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Andrew’s NJPW Power Struggle Ratings & Analysis: 11/3/2019

New Japan’s last large scale show before Wrestle Kingdom! What kind of surprises do we get? Let’s find out!

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New Japan’s last large scale show before Wrestle Kingdom! What kind of surprises do we get? Let’s find out!

The last few years have given us interesting wrinkles at Power Struggle.

Marty Scurll defeated Will Ospreay for the Junior Heavyweight Championship in 2017, to set up the 4 way match at Wrestle Kingdom. 2017 also brought us the birth of The Switchblade and Jericho’s return to New Japan.

Goto beat Taichi for the NEVER Openweight Championship in 2018, which helped Taichi rise in the Heavyweight Division and build his current persona.

Those are just two quick examples from recent memory. So if anything, the show tends to be eventful.

Let’s see what we get this year!

Ratings:

  • Volador Jr, Titan, TJP & Clark Connors vs Yuya Uemura, Tiger Mask, Ryusuke Taguchi & Jyushin Thunder Liger: TJP wins via Detonation Kick @5:45 – ** ¼
  • Rocky Romero & Robbie Eagles vs ELP & Taiji Ishimori: ELP wins via CR2 @8:40 – ***
  • Lance Archer, Zack Sabre Jr & Minoru Suzuki vs EVIL, SANADA & Shingo Takagi: SANADA wins via Rolling Double Leg Cradle @9:05 – ***
  • Hiroshi Tanahashi & Kota Ibushi vs YOSHI-HASHI & Kazuchika Okada: Tanahashi wins via High Fly Flow @10:50 – ***
  • Taichi w/Miho Abe vs Tetsuya Naito: Naito wins via Destino @12:55 – *** ¾
  • Super Jr Tag League Finals: Roppongi 3k (SHO & YOH) vs El Desperado & Yoshinobu Kanemaru: SHO wins via 3k @14:15 – ****
  • NEVER Openweight Championship: KENTA (c) vs Tomohiro Ishii: KENTA retains via Go 2 Sleep @20:10 – **** 1/4
  • Junior Heavyweight Championship: BUSHI vs Will Ospreay (c): Ospreay retains via Stormbreaker @16:20 – *** ¾
  • IWGP Intercontinental Championship: Jay White (c) vs Hirooki Goto: White retains via Blade Runner @27:40 – *** 1/2

 

Analysis:

Volador Jr, Titan, TJP & Clark Connors vs Yuya Uemura, Tiger Mask, Ryusuke Taguchi & Jyushin Thunder Liger – Two teams from the Super Jr Tag League on each side, and that’s about all the set up this has. A good mixture of Young Lions and Veterans creates a fun dynamic in the match. Aside from Connors going after Liger a bit, there was nothing to take from this match. Uemura was getting a bit of a spotlight during the tournament and this continued to showcase his heart, but still nothing surprising or better than average.

Rocky Romero & Robbie Eagles vs ELP & Taiji Ishimori – Bullet Club got screwed a little because of the points, and that’s the back story here. The Junior Tag champions are frustrated being an opener aside from being in the Finals. This was a fun match, but nothing within itself to further a story between the four men. Just a fun match for what it was.

Lance Archer, Zack Sabre Jr & Minoru Suzuki vs EVIL, SANADA & Shingo Takagi – LIJ and Suzuki-Gun has had a faction feud for the last 2 years. So the heat between the groups isn’t a surprise, and doesn’t always take a lot to get started. Archer and EVIL do big strong man things to kick the match off. Suzuki and Shingo have had a budding rivalry throughout the undercard Super Jr Tag league matches. Then we have SANADA and Sabre, they’ve had numerous great tournament matches, so we all know they are nearly equals. SANADA getting a pin over Sabre Jr, will probably set up a RevPro title shot for SANADA. Maybe at Wrestle Kingdom, maybe a little bit before that, but this could be a good spot for SANADA to get some singles gold while in New Japan.

Hiroshi Tanahashi & Kota Ibushi vs YOSHI-HASHI & Kazuchika Okada – At this point we should all know why Ibushi and Okada are on opposite sides of the match. Tanahashi is the person Ibushi respects the most, and YOSHI-HASHI is around to eat the pin. Too on the nose? YOSHI-HASHI is awful, so hush.

Anyway, the match was…sloppy. The threads with Ibushi and Okada kept the action moving and the interactions fun, but this was really one of the worst matches I’ve seen Okada in, undercard tag or not. However, after the match, we see how this was setting up for something bigger.

-Lights go out, Chris Jericho has a video message for BAKAhashi. January 5th, Jericho challenges Tanahashi. This will be interesting to see if Jericho walks out with the AEW Championship (if he still has it) and if this is a Jericho special, or the beginning of a working relationship.

Taichi w/Miho Abe vs Tetsuya Naito – We get a serious version of Naito, which doesn’t show up much. No grinning, no slow Traquilo, they go after each other as soon as they’re both in the ring. Taichi showed great aggression and precision on his offense, Naito showed an edge that hasn’t been there in a long time. Naito’s one moment of cockiness, when he spat on Taichi, backfired…allowing Taichi to counter a Frankensteiner into an Avalanche Powerbomb. Great back and forth from both men, but Naito tapped into something different. He slipped out of Black Mephisto from Taichi, and even decided to steal the move from Taichi. Following that up immediately with Destino, and Naito gets a little momentum and finally puts Taichi in his rear view mirror.

Super Jr Tag League Finals: Roppongi 3k (SHO & YOH) vs El Desperado & Yoshinobu Kanemaru – Kanemaru and Desperado jump SHO and YOH during entrances, SHO was laid out on the ramp and YOH fought a handicap match for a good portion of this. The heel team pulled out chairshots and the Satori Mist, but the fan favorite Roppongi team, played great babyfaces in peril. SHO’s back was heavily taped up before the match, so that was an easy target. This was just a lot of resolve shown from SHO and YOH. SHO eventually got the hot tag, sold his ass off, and there were believable near falls on both sides. With the win, Roppongi 3k becomes the first team to win 3 years in a row. Really good, Rock ‘n’ Roll Express style match.

-After the match, Ishimori and ELP attack Roppongi 3k and leave with the Tag League trophies.

NEVER Openweight Championship: KENTA (c) vs Tomohiro Ishii – Both men have a pretty big dislike for one another. Ishii is still irritated at KENTA for his betrayal and the way he screwed him in the tag team championship match. KENTA however, is just reveling in being a smug prick for all of the fans to hate.

This match was probably KENTA’s best match since joining Bullet Club. Great hard hitting back and forth matchup, no Bullet Club interference, and no one can question his health or ability to take a hit. KENTA gave a few glimpses of old NOAH KENTA, with great striking, a cold demeanor and enjoying inflicting the pain. The fact that KENTA lowered the knee pad and hit a second Go 2 Sleep, just to make a point, says a lot without saying anything at all. Damn good match.

Junior Heavyweight Championship: BUSHI vs Will Ospreay (c) – BUSHI made his own destiny by costing the Birds of Prey the Tag League. Ospreay has had a stranglehold on the division, even moving up to challenge Heavyweights this year. We had a few interesting moments, like Ospreay sucking the mist out of BUSHI’s mouth, to mist BUSHI. BUSHI also pulled off a backslide, and then bridged his legs over, and it just looked awkward. Cool looking, but ineffective. The match was solid; just a few odd missteps here or there stopped it from being great. It should be noted that Ospreay managed to kick out of BUSHI’s finish, the MX, which I can’t remember the last time someone kicked out of the MX clean.

-Ospreay says he’s essentially lapped the Division and wants a challenger, then says “he’s not here”. Right when Ospreay is about to leave the ring, the tron starts playing a Ticking Time Bomb, and Hiromu Takahashi returns! Hiromu throws himself into the barricade, the corners; flat back bumps and finishes his promo in the wrestling neck press position to prove his health. Ospreay versus Hiromu, Wrestle Kingdom is set!

IWGP Intercontinental Championship: Jay White (c) vs Hirooki Goto – This was a little odd, since the match went back and forth between style dictating who was in charge. Early on Jay hit some suplexes and used the outside to run down Goto, but once the strike exchanges started to pick up, Goto was easily in the driver’s seat.

Aside from the back and forth start, this match really went the way we’ve grown to expect. Once Jay starts to show signs of weakness, Gedo gets involved. The most egregious interference being after Goto hits GTR, goes for the cover and Gedo pulls the referee out. Shibata jumps the guardrail to take out Gedo, but KENTA comes out, hits a Yakuza Kick and Go 2 Sleep on Goto, throws the referee in and gets some free shots on Shibata. Jay wants to put a little flourish on the victory and hits the Blade Runner to retain the title. As a match it was alright, but the heel tactics and general finish just made the whole thing fall flat.

-Afterwards, Naito, Ibushi and Okada come out. Ibushi, Naito and White all want to be double champion. Okada thinks they’re all stupid since the Heavyweight Title is the top title and he doesn’t care about the others. But he takes a great dig at Naito by saying New Japan should put it to a vote, double title match or just Heavyweight. These four are a great way to start the main event picture of 2020.

Overall Score: 8.5/10

The match quality was solid to great and the surprises really helped the show feel like a huge event and keep the energy up. Jericho versus Tanahashi January 5th, Hiromu versus Ospreay and the whole Double Champion/Heavyweight Championship melodrama will be great to get us through the end of the year. Also, it can’t be understated that Shibata taking a few bumps and being actively involved in the main event really does lend to the speculation of KENTA vs Shibata for the NEVER at Wrestle Kingdom.

This was just a lot of great stories, hinting towards high level matches even for lower level belts. It’s a good thing Wrestle Kingdom is two days, since the whole drama with Sabre Jr and SANADA, as well as, Shingo and Suzuki, have high caliber potential, but take a heavy back seat to the larger stories.

Anyone who thinks that New Japan was having an off year might have to eat their hats. This was a great show, and even though no titles changed hands, there were plenty of other large surprises that happened.


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Mitchell’s NJPW WTL x BOSJ Results & Report! (12/5/21)

BOSJ, Round 9!

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NJPW WTL X BOSJ 2021

Will the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion finally take over?

We’re entering the Best of the Super Juniors homestretch, but El Desperado still isn’t in the lead! Will he get closer to that with a win over Bushi?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Best of the Super Juniors 28: DOUKI VS Taiji Ishimori; Ishimori wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 28: YOH VS Yoshinobu Kanemaru; Yoh wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 28: Ryusuke Taguchi VS El Phantasmo; ELP wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 28: Robbie Eagles VS SHO; Eagles wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 28: Hiromu Takahashi VS Master Wato; Hiromu wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 28: BUSHI VS El Desperado; Desperado wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Here are the current BOSJ 28 standings!

SHO: 6-2, 12 points
El Desperado: 4-3-1, 9 points
Hiromu Takahashi: 4-3-1, 9 points
Yoshinobu Kanemaru: 4-4, 8 points
Ryusuke Taguchi: 4-4, 8 points
Robbie Eagles: 4-4, 8 points
El Phantasmo: 4-4, 8 points
Bushi: 4-4, 8 points
Taiji Ishimori: 4-4, 8 points
YOH: 4-4, 8 points
Master Wato: 3-5, 6 points
Douki: 2-6, 4 points [ELIMINATED]

 

Best of the Super Juniors 28: DOUKI VS Taiji Ishimori!

Japones Del Mal is not in the running, but he can be a spoiler for everyone he faces next! Will Bone Soldier Reborn be the first run Douki ruins?

The bell rings and Taiji goes right at Douki with a low kick! Taiji whips, Douki reverses, Douki hurdles and rolls back but Taiji throws him down, only for Douki kip up and arm-drag Taiji away. Douki blocks the haymaker to knuckle lock, CHOP, go up and up and FLYING ARM-DRAG! Taiji bails out, Douki slingshots to the apron but Taiji disrupts the asai moonsault! Fans cheer the exchange, and Taiji drags Douki up to whip him into railing. Taiji wraps Douki’s arm around railing and pulls! The ref reprimands, Taiji hammerlocks the arm to POST Douki’s shoulder! While the ref checks on Douki, Taiji goes to the blue corner and unties the buckle pad. The Bullet Club special comes into play!

A ring count starts, Douki slowly gets up and stands at 10 of 20. Douki gets in at 11 but Taiji is right on him. Taiji wrenches the arm, hammerlocks, and RAMS Douki into the bare buckles! Douki writhes, the ref reprimands, but Taiji covers, ONE! Fans cheer but Taiji traps an arm to pull on the other. Douki endures as Taiji moves the arm around, then Taiji SNAPS it back! Douki writhes and clutches his shoulder but Taiji looms over him. Taiji slaps Douki around, brings him up, but Douki throws body shots and CHOPS! Taiji CLUBS Douki, drags him up and scoops, but Douki slips off to roll-up! TWO and Taiji BOOTS Douki! Taiji runs but into a dropkick!

Both men are down and fans rally up. Taiji goes to a corner, Douki goes to the other. Douki runs in to clothesline, then he runs, only for Taiji to dodge. Douki wheelbarrows and arm-drags, then dodges to springboard back elbow! Fans fire up as Douki runs and he DOUBLE STOMPS Taiji down! Cover, TWO! Douki drags Taiji up, hooks him up, but Taiji resists the Gory Especial. Douki spins Taiji around, knees him low then whips, but Taiji handsprings to NEURALIZER! Both men are down again and fans rally back up. Taiji and Douki go to opposite corners again, and this time Taiji runs corner to corner.

Taiji blocks boots, puts Douki in the ropes to ENZIGURI and SLIDING GERMAN! Cover, TWO! Taiji drags Douki up, and POSTS him in the bare corner! Taiji then drags Douki back to wrench the bad arm, ELBOW BREAKER! Taiji runs, but Douki blocks the boot to hook Taiji up! Gory Especial, DOTON NO JUTSU! Cover, TWO! Taiji rushes in but into the ITALIAN STRETCH #32! Taiji endures, fans rally up, and Taiji reaches out to ropebreak! Douki lets go, goes to the apron, and takes aim. Slingshot, but no Daybreak! Taiji powers Douki up and around to CIPHER- NO! Douki turns that into a wheelbarrow! But Taiji fights the full nelson and switches, but Douki elbows him away.

Douki goes to run but Taiji reels him in. Douki breaks free, mule kicks and ENZIGURIS! Both men are down again and fans rally back up. Douki goes back to the apron, slingshot, DAYBREAK! Cover, TWO! Taiji survives but Douki fires up! Fans rally up more and Douki brings Taiji into the wheelbarrow. Taiji arm-drags then FUJIWARA! BONE LOCK!! Douki endures, crawls, but Taiji rolls Douki away from ropes! Taiji facelocks but Douki slips out and rolls him up, TWO! ITALIAN STRETCH #32! Taiji fights up but Douki pulls harder on the hold! Fans rally, Taiji starts to fade, but he fights back up. Douki rolls him from ropes but Taiji drags Douki up!

Douki fights Bloody Cross to torture rack, but Taiji slips out of the swinging slam! Taiji tilt-o-whirls for the takedown! BONE LOCK!! Douki crawls, Taiji rolls him from ropes and pulls way back! Douki taps, Taiji wins!

Winner: Taiji Ishimori, by submission (gains 2 points; Douki earns 0)

The Bone Solder is still alive in the BOSJ! Will he still have a chance to reach the finals this year?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 28: YOH VS Yoshinobu Kanemaru!

Direct Drive broke even by getting a huge win over the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion! But will the Heel Master get revenge on El Desperado’s behalf? Or will Yoh continue this incredible comeback run?

Yoh makes his entrance and Kanemaru attacks! Kanemaru kicks and CLUBS Yoh against the railing, the ref reprimands but Kanemaru whips Yoh into railing! The bell rings to get this on record as Kanemaru stomps Yoh down. Kanemaru drags Yoh up to CLUB him on the neck, then whips him towards more railing. But Yoh grabs the post to swing himself into the ring! Kanemaru hurries to the apron, Yoh dropkicks him down! Yoh then PLANCHAS! Direct hit and fans fire up with Yoh! Yoh stomps Kanemaru now, then drags him up to put in the ring. Fans cheer as Yoh continues to stomp Kanemaru. Yoh drags Kanemaru up to forearm, whip, pass and drop toehold!

Yoh adds the basement dropkick, covers, TWO! Yoh drags Kanemaru back up, CLUBS him on the neck now, and fans rally up. Yoh snapmares to chinlock but Kanemaru endures. Kanemaru fights up, pries at the hold, but Yoh squeezes tighter. Kanemaru powers up but can’t power out as Yoh holds tight! Yoh grinds the hold, Kanemaru fights up and throws body shots. Kanemaru gets the leg for a SHINBREAKER! He holds on to CLUB the leg, then dropkick it out! Yoh writhes but Kanemaru stomps Yoh. Kanemaru gets the leg, drags Yoh around and YANKS the leg. Kanemaru gets the leg again to drop elbows on the knee and then trap it in a toehold.

Yoh endures, fights back with a chinlock but Kanemaru twists the foot. The fans rally, Yoh drives elbowsinto Kanemaru but Kanemaru pulls on the foot more. Yoh drags himself and Kanemaru over to the ropebreak! Kanemaru lets go at 4, then stomps the leg. Yoh goes to the apron but Kanemaru still drops a knee on the bad knee! Kanemaru baseball slide dropkicks Yoh to the floor! Fans rally up while Kanemaru watches Yoh. The ring count starts but Kanemaru goes out to CLUB Yoh’s leg! Kanemaru wraps the leg around railing and BOOTS the railing to jam the leg! Yoh falls over but Kanemaru just SMASHES the knee into the floor!

Yoh clutches his knee and Kanemaru leaves him behind as the ring count starts again. The count is 10 of 20 before Yoh gets up. Yoh hobbles in at 12, Kanemaru has the leg to trip Yoh and turn him for a HALF CRAB! Yoh endures, powers out, reaches out, crawls his way over, and gets the ROPEBREAK! Kanemaru lets go in frustration, and he stomps Yoh’s leg again. Kanemaru kicks Yoh, then stomps the leg. Yoh CHOPS back, but Kanemaru kicks the leg out! Yoh writhes, Kanemaru kicks at Yoh again. Kanemaru throws a haymaker but Yoh comes back with a forearm. Kanemaru kicks the leg again, runs, but Yoh blocks the boot! Kanemaru rakes the eyes!

Kanemaru whips but Yoh FLYING FOREARMS back! Both men are down and fans rally up. Kanemaru rolls to a corner, Yoh drags himself up. Yoh runs in and back elbows, then wrenches an arm, only for Kanemaru to duck the clothesline. Kanemaru waistlocks, Yoh switches, but Kanemaru elbows free. Kanemaru runs, but Yoh handsprings to dodge! But the bad leg slows him down! Yoh still dodges the clothesline to NECKBREAKER! Yoh gets Kanemaru back up, FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up, Yoh stands and brings Kanemaru around. Yoh full nelsons but Kanemaru breaks free, only to end up in a waistlock.

Kanemaru holds off the lift, mule kicks the leg, but Yoh EuroUppers. Yoh runs, Kanemaru dodges and runs, tilt-o-whirl, but Yoh shoves Kanemaru away. Kanemaru ducks the superkick and dropkicks Yoh’s leg out again! Fans rally but Kanemaru gets the FIGURE FOUR! Yoh endures as Kanemaru puts as much pressure as he can on the hold! Fans rally as Yoh reaches out. Yoh pries at the hold but Kanemaru applies more pressure. Yoh moves around, crawls over, but Kanemaru drags him away from ropes! Kanemaru pulls on Yoh’s foot but Yoh keeps reaching and crawling! ROPEBREAK! Kanemaru lets go at 4, drags Yoh back up, and scoops for BRITISH FALL! Cover, TWO!

Fans rally up but Kanemaru drags Yoh around to crotch lift for a FACEBUSTER! High stack, TWO! Yoh is still in this but Kanemaru goes up the corner! Kanemaru waits for Yoh to stand, DEEP- NO! Yoh gets around, but Kanemaru denies the O’Conner Roll. Tilt-o-whirl DDT! Yoh staggers, dodges, and SUPERKICKS! Both men are down and fans fire up! Fans rally as both men stir. Yoh gets up and fires himself up! Yoh drags Kanemaru up, underhooks the arms, but Kanemaru blocks and slips out to victory roll! TWO and Yoh sits on the cover, TWO! Kanemaru has the victory roll back, TWO! Dropkick to the leg!

Kanemaru gets the legs and steps through, but Yoh rolls him back into the FIVE STAR CLUTCH! YOH WINS!!

Winner: Yoh, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Kanemaru earns 0)

Another shocker for Direct Drive! Is Yoh going to propel himself to the top with this momentum?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 28: Ryusuke Taguchi VS El Phantasmo!

The Funky Weapon lost to the Ticking Timebomb while The Headbanga asserted Bullet Club dominance over the Murder Machine. But now, Taguchi and ELP meet again after their IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship rivalry. Will Taguchi win and expose “that” in ELP’s boot? Or will his pursuit of the truth cost him the match?

Taguchi does a jump off the corner and then holds his right foot. ELP already knows he’s just mocking his “not” loaded boot. ELP holds his sunglasses out to a fan, but then makes him reach. ELP says too bad, and then gives the glasses to Milano Collection AT. ELP then says this is a clean match, there’s nothing in his boot. The bell rings, fans rally and the two dance around to the clapping. They get the fans to rally a bit more, and it’s starting to look like a 2D fighter with how these two are approaching. They tie up, are in a deadlock, but ELP gets around to waistlock. Taguchi pries the hold open and wrenches to wristlock. ELP rolls, kips up and wrenches back.

Taguchi rolls, kips but falls. Taguchi keeps trying but he can’t quite get up. The ref helps Taguchi kip up and Taguchi wrenches! ELP gets away and tells the ref he can’t help Taguchi! “No! No! Bad referee.” ELP is saying Taguchi is cheating but Taguchi gives the ref a thumbs up. ELP and Taguchi reset, fans rally up, and ELP gets them on the “E! L P!” rhythm. ELP gets around to waistlock then headlock Taguchi. Taguchi powers out, things speed up, Taguchi keeps ELP moving, but then ELP whips Taguchi to turn the tables. ELP keeps Taguchi moving with the bypass and drop down but Taguchi seems to be slowing down. Fans rally and they keep going!

Taguchi trips over ELP and ELP covers, TWO! ELP shows off with jumping jacks and fans rally back up. ELP drags Taguchi up, ROCKS him with a right, then another. Taguchi ends up in a corner, ELP whips but Taguchi reverses. ELP goes up and over, rolls back, and cartwheels to show off more. ELP even handstands and jumps out of the ring to strut about. ELP then slingshots back into the ring to do drop steps and a Quebrada! ELP poses and fans applaud. ELP takes a bow, then he dares Taguchi to show his athleticism. ELP whips Taguchi corner to corner, Taguchi goes up and over and rolls and cartwheels, then shows off his dance moves.

Taguchi then rolls out to dance around ringside as fans rally, then Taguchi gets back in to hop up, but then hop down. Fans cheer as Taguchi strikes a pose. ELP asks, “You guys think that’s good? Sugoi, huh? BOO!” ELP shoves Taguchi so Taguchi shoves back. ELP pushes a shoulder, so Taguchi pushes back. ELP pats Taguchi on the face and Taguchi pretends like it hurt. Taguchi gives ELP a bit of a pec check, so ELP “kicks” Taguchi in the shins. Not quite Freshly Squeezed but Taguchi says something and ELP asks for a translation. Taguchi is simply saying ELP kicked him. ELP returns the pec check, and some slaps.

Taguchi wants to purple nurple but ELP slaps the hands away and stomps the foot! Taguchi clutches his foot, surely “that” is in ELP’s boot after all! Taguchi has wobbly legs, but ELP BITES Taguchi’s hand! Knuckle lock, CHOP, and ELP goes up and up and jumps around to then leap and PURPLE NURPLE! Then DOUBLE! The ref reprimands, ELP lets off and argues with the ref. ELP swings but Taguchi blocks the chop! Taguchi knuckle locks, he goes up and up, then tightrope walks! Fans rally as he goes slowly and carefully, but ELP says he’s got him. Fans rally up more, Taguchi tries the jump trick but ends up crotching himself!

ELP shoves Taguchi down and out, and Taguchi is stiff as a board! ELP goes out to fetch Taguchi but he isn’t even sure if Taguchi is okay. ELP drags Taguchi up and into the ring, then struts around on the apron as fans rally up. ELP has them change to the “E! L P!” rhythm again before he slingshots, only for Taguchi to slowly roll away. So ELP handstands and walks for the SENTON! Cover, TWO! ELP drags Taguchi up, wrenches and wristlocks, then shouts for Taguchi to tap out. Taguchi fights up, throws body shots, then runs, ducks and dodges, but ELP avoids the hip attack! Taguchi crashes and burns! ELP drags Taguchi back up, wrenches and wristlocks again, then hammerlocks.

Taguchi steps through the ropes, then back in to have ELP’s arm wrapped around ropes! Taguchi hip attacks the arm! Taguchi runs, into an atomic drop! But ELP holds that foot, “that” is a bit double-edged. Taguchi HIP ATTACKS ELP down! Fans fire up as Taguchi hip attacks ELP against the ropes, then again! Then slide for the APRON HIP! Taguchi aims as fans rally up, and Taguchi springboards for the MISSILE HIP! Cover, TWO! Taguchi drags ELP up, snap suplexes, Uno Amigo! Then Dos Amigos! THREE AMIGOS! Cover, TWO! Taguchi calls upon the powers of Strong Style! “OHYA~!” Taguchi runs in, but ELP rolls him up! TWO! ELP rakes Taguchi’s eyes!

ELP tunes up the band, but Taguchi blocks and rolls ELP! TWO, Taguchi backslides! TWO! Taguchi small packages, TWO and ELP has the package! TWO and it’s back to Taguchi! ROLLING PACKAGE! They end up breaking, and both men stagger around dizzily. ELP wants a timeout! Taguchi says no, but his enziguri whiffs! ELP drags Taguchi up, straitjacket torture rack, SWINGING- No, wait, that just makes ELP dizzier. ELP falls out of the ring, Taguchi gets in the ropes to stay in. ELP gets back and Taguchi is stuck? ELP tunes up, but Taguchi drops to avoid Sudden Death! ELP crotches himself on ropes and Taguchi covers! TWO, and ELP low blows as he kicks out!

ELP drags himself to the apron and dry heaves from getting hit low. ELP claims he needs to clean up but Taguchi grabs him. The ref is looking to see if ELP actually barfed, and ELP fakes Taguchi out to mule kick low! ELP wrenches the wristlock, Taguchi taps!! ELP WINS!

Winner: El Phantasmo, by submission (gains 2 points; Taguchi earns 0)

ELP used trickery, but the record book is going to show that Taguchi tapped out to a simple wristlock! Will this ensure the Headbanga is the Best of the Super Juniors?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 28: Robbie Eagles VS SHO!

All of Chaos was betrayed when High Voltage joined the House of Torture. Will the Sniper of the Skies get his own revenge on the Murder Machine? Or will he be just another victim of Sho’s dark side?

The bell rings and Sho offers “Robbie-chan” a handshake. Robbie isn’t trusting that at all, so Sho tries a Too Sweet. Eagles kicks that, so Sho goes to ropes. The ref has Eagles stay back, but Eagles chases Sho around the ring. Sho stays near the ropes so Eagles has to stay back. Eagles dodges the sucker punch! Eagles wrenches Sho to a wristlock but Sho wrenches back, only for Eagles to roll and wrench Sho. Sho drops, trips Eagles and has the leg to then get the arm. Sho wrenches, Eagles uses ropes to flip through and wrench back! Eagles hammerlocks and fans cheer, but Sho hammerlocks back. Eagles reaches back to headlock and hit the takeover. Sho pulls hair, the ref reprimands.

Sho kicks around, gets the headscissor, but Eagles moves around to headstand and pop free. Eagles steps through but Sho kicks him away. Sho goes to ropes again but Eagles storms over. Sho rakes Eagles’ eyes! The ref counts, Sho stops at 4, and Eagles drops back. Sho stands on Eagles against the ropes, the ref counts, and Sho stops at 4. Sho brings Eagles up but Eagles blocks the whip. Sho rakes eyes! Sho whips, Eagles reverses to go up and around but Sho blocks the arm-drag. Sho whips, Eagles ducks and dodges but Sho blocks the rana! Sho brings Eagles up but Eagles pops off to back elbow. Eagles goes up to FLYING RANA! Sho gets up, into a WHEEL KICK!

Eagles kips up and Sho scrambles! Fans rally as Eagles builds speed, but Eagles fakes Sho out. Eagles runs and DIVES, but Sho makes a Young Lion take the hit! Sho then kicks Eagles and whips him into railing! Sho laughs at the Young Lion’s pain while he gets Eagles up and chokes him with his own bandana! Eagles throws elbows but can’t get free. The ref sees this and counts, Sho lets go at 4. Sho drags Eagles up, puts him in the ring, and stomps Eagles down. Sho brings Eagles up, bumps him off buckle then stomps away. Sho digs his boots in, the ref reprimands and counts, but Sho lets off at 4. Eagles CHOPS Sho, and chops again, and again!

Eagles throws forearms and ROCKS Sho, but Sho rakes Eagles’ eyes! Sho shoves Eagles down then storms around. Eagles flounders, Sho gets the wrist and twists! Sho even bends the fingers! The ref counts, Sho lets go to bring Eagles up and around. Sho suplexes but Eagles blocks. Eagles suplexes but Sho blocks to bend the fingers! The ref counts, Sho CLUBS Eagles’ hand, then brings Eagles up for a suplex. Eagles slips out to rolling kick the leg, and BLINDSIDE CLOTHESLINE! Sho bails out, fans fire up and Eagles builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit and they both crash into railing! Eagles checks on Milano Collection and he’s okay, so Eagles fires up.

Sho drags himself away but Eagles follows. Sho wants mercy but Eagles CHOPS him instead. The ring count climbs, Eagles drags Sho up and into the ring. Fans fire up as Eagles aims, springboards, and dropkicks the legs out! Eagles runs to PENALTY KICK! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up with Eagles and he runs corner to corner to DOUBLE KNEE! Sho BOOTS back but Eagles 619’s the legs out! Eagles then goes corner to corner again, METEORA! Cover, TWO! Eagles drags Sho by a leg, Sho wants mercy and Eagles says this IS mercy. But Sho grabs Eagles’ bandana! Eagles gives Sho a spinning toehold! Eagles rolls Sho, hooks him up, but Sho pushes Eagles at the ref!

Sho runs in, Eagles saves the ref to ROUNDHOUSE, SUPERKICK and PELE Sho down! Fans fire up, Eagles drags Sho around, cravat but Sho shoves him away. Eagles goes to the apron, springboards in, but Sho again shoves the ref at him! Eagles pushes the ref aside, but Sho SPEARS him down! Sho drags Eagles up, reels him in and double pump handles, but Eagles slips out of Shock Arrow! So Sho drags him down to SNAKE BITE! Eagles stays on his feet as fans rally, and he moves around to the ROPEBREAK! Sho lets go at 4 and Eagles flops down. Fans fire up as Eagles sputters but Sho twists the wrist again. Sho wrenches, kicks, kicks and KICKS away on Eagles’ chest!

Eagles falls over but Sho shakes his head. Sho drags Eagles up to kick, KICK and SUPER- NO! Eagles blocks to CHOP and hook, TURBO BACKPACK! Cover, TWO!! Eagles rolls to SUPERKICK Sho back down! Eagles goes up top and 450 FLOPS! Sho avoids the splash just in time and fans rally up as Eagles stirs. Sho runs in to PENALTY KICK the arm! Sho then has the arm for a KIMURA! Eagles moves around, waistlocks, but Sho switches. Eagles mule kicks the leg, cravats, SHIRA- NO! Sho shoves Eagles into the ref! Then GERMAN SUPLEXES Eagles down! Sho crawls his way to his corner, and he gets the wrench! Fans rally up as Eagles rises, but Sho takes aim.

Eagles ducks the wrench to dropkick Sho’s legs out! Fans fire up and Eagles has the wrench! The ref sees the wrench and wants Eagles to drop it. Eagles wants to use it but the ref stops him! So Sho reels Eagles in! Eagles blocks the low blow to SHIRA- NO, Sho slips out and elbows. Sho waistlocks but Eagles victory rolls! TWO, but Eagles schoolboys with bridge, TWO! Step through, RON MILLER SPECIAL!! Sho endures, flails, reaches out, but Eagles drags him away! Fans fire up as Eagles puts more pressure! Sho taps, Eagles wins!!

Winner: Robbie Eagles, by submission (gains 2 points; Sho earns 0)

Now that is a shocker! The Murder Machine’s lead is slipping, will he end up not making it to the finals? As for Eagles, is this win going to help him fly higher than ever?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 28: Hiromu Takahashi VS Master Wato!

Both Ticking Timebomb and Way of the Grandmaster won last round, but while one is so close to the top, the other is on the bubble. Will Hiromu pop that bubble for Wato? Or will his plans for the back-to-back tournament finals blow up in his face?

Hiromu’s page for Wato in his guide book reminds Wato of his brutal loss to Sho and his failed World Tag League run with Hiroyoshi Tenzan. The bell rings and fans rally as the two circle. They approach, Wato tests the waters with a kick but Hiromu avoids it. They tie up, Hiromu powers Wato to ropes and the ref calls for the break. Hiromu lets off slowly, but Wato avoids the chop to kick Hiromu! Wato CHOPS Hiromu, KICKS him agains tropes, then whips Hiromu to ropes. Hiromu reverses. hurdles, Wato leaps, and things keep moving. Hiromu follows Wato to RANA, but Wato handsprings through. Hiromu avoids the Penalty Kick, waistlocks, but Wato switches.

Hiromu elbows free, whips and corner clotheslines, then runs, but into the back elbow, uppercut and sobat! Fans cheer Wato and rally up as Wato stalks Hiromu. Hiromu sits up, Wato KICKS him! And KICKS! And KICKS! Hiromu eggs him on so Wato KICKS again! Wato runs but into a boot! Hiromu hops up to HANGING HEADSCISSOR! The ref counts, Hiromu lets go at 4 to drag Wato out and RAM him into railing! Hiromu brings Wato around and whips him at the post! Wato swings around the post to get in the ring! Hiromu gets on the apron, Wato dropkicks him down! Fans fire up as Wato aims, PLANCHA but Hiromu gets clear! Hiromu then whips Wato into railing!

Wato falls on the floor, Hiromu drags Wato up and brings him around to snap suplex to the floor! A ring count starts, Hiromu drags Wato up at 6 of 20 and puts him on the apron at 8. Hiromu hooks Wato’s arm sin the ropes and fans rally up. Hiromu gets space to run in and DRIVE-BY DROPKICK! Hiromu drags Wato around, has the legs, for a ROPE GUILLOTINE! Wato clutches his throat, Hiromu drags him to a cover, TWO! Wato is still in this and fans rally up. Hiromu drags Wato up, but Wato CHOPS! Wato forearms, Hiromu DECKS him! Hiromu drags Wato up to scoop and SLAM! Hiromu gets the legs again, ties them up, and hits a Texas Cloverleaf LEG DDT!

Wato writhes, Hiromu gets the leg for a toehold, then a modified ARMBAR! Wato endures this unique submission, he reaches out for ropes, but Hiromu pulls him back in! Wato still fights so Hiromu rolls him to a cover, TWO! Fans cheer and rally up as Hiromu drags Wato up. Hiromu CHOPS Wato, CHOPS again, then whips. Wato blocks by holding ropes, so Hiromu CHOPS him again. Hiromu whips, Wato holds ropes and boots back. Wato BOOTS again, then runs in to RANA Hiromu down! Hiromu bails out, fans rally up and Wato builds speed to TORNILLO! Direct hit and fans fire up while both men are down on the outside.

The ring count starts, Wato crawls over to Hiromu at 5 of 20, drags him up at 10, and then puts him in at 12. Fans rally as Wato aims from the apron. Wato springboards for the FLYING UPPERCUT! Wato fiers up and fans rally as he waits on Hiromu. Hiromu rises, Wato KICKS him from all sides! SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO! Wato drags Hiromu up, wrenches, hooks Hiromu up, but Hiromu fights the Mouse Trap, so Wato makes it an OCTOPUS! Hiromu endures, Wato brings him from ropes, MOUSE- NO! Hiromu fireman’s carries, but Wato slips out. Wato runs in but Hiromu dodges to corner clothesline! Snapmare and basement dropkick!

Fans rally up, Hiromu gets up and drags Wato up. Hiromu fireman’s carries but Wato fights. Hiromu throws Wato, Wato lands on his feet to knee low. Hiromu catches Wato’s clothesline to swing him around and jump, D! Wato is caught in the triangle hold and Hiromu squeezes tight! Fans rally as Wato endures, moves around, rolls, but Hiromu rolls Wato away from ropes! Wato high stacks, dead lifts, but Hiromu lets go to ROLLING ELBOW! Hiromu runs but Wato BOOTS! Wato runs but Hiromu LARIATS! Hiromu runs but Wato boots the lariat away to ROUNDHOUSE! Hiromu goes down and fans fire up with Wato!

Wato drags Hiromu up, wrenches and hooks him up, MOUSE TRAP DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Hiromu escapes but Wato goes to the corner. Wato climbs, but Hiromu rolls away. So Wato goes for the COUP DE GRACE instead!! Cover, TWO!! Hiromu ends up in another drop zone, Wato goes up top! R P P FLOPS!! Hiromu and Wato are both down and fans rally back up. They are in opposite corners, but Hiromu drags himself up. Wato also rises, runs in, but avoids the overhead suplex! Wato goes up but Hiromu drags him down with a waistlock but Wato switches. Wato avoids the elbow to kick, kick, sobat and KICK!

Hiromu mule kicks, front kicks, but Wato ducks the superkick to SUPERKICK! Hiromu HIGH ANGLE GERMAN! Bridging cover, TWO!! Hiromu survives but fans fire up again! Wato gets up, and he waints on Hiromu to get up. Hiromu guards but Wato kicks him in the back! Hiromu catches the kick to the front, but Wato ducks the clothesline. Hiromu SUPERKICKS! Hiromu roars, runs, but Wato slips around to tilt-o-whirl, only for Hiromu to block! DYNAMITE PLUNGER! Fans fire up while both men are down. Hiromu sits up, grits his teeth, and he drags Wato back up. Wato fights the suplex, wrenches, SCREW HIGH- NO, HIROMU-CHAN BOMBER!

But Wato roars and rises! Hiromu ducks a kick to GERMAN SUPLEX! Hiromu roars, fans fire up and Wato flounders. Hiromu runs, but into a snap cradle! TWO!! Hiromu escapes, Wato CHOPS! Hiromu staggers into a SLAP! And then another! Hiromu SLAPS back! Wato kicks but misses, Hiromu suplexes, VICTORY ROYALE! Cover, TWO! Wato survives, fans fire up, and Hiromu slaps himself to get back up. Hiromu drags Wato up, dragon sleeper, but Wato slips out of the suplex to tilt-o-whirl roll-up. Hiromu rolls through, HIROMU-CHAN BOMBER!! Hiromu fires up and fans are thunderous as he gets Wato up. Dragon sleeper, inverted suplex, TIMEBOMB II!! Cover, Hiromu wins!

Winner: Hiromu Takahashi, by pinfall (gains 2 points, Wato earns 0)

The bubble has burst and Wato’s run is done! But will Hiromu be able to stay afloat until the end?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 28: BUSHI VS El Desperado!

The Black Mask has built back up to break even at 4-4, and he’s just behind the Rogue Luchador. Will Bushi get a huge win over the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion? Or will Desperado start establishing that he IS the Best of the Super Juniors?

Bushi attacks during Desperado’s introduction! He stomps away, the bell rings, and Bushi kicks Desperado around. Desperado gets up, they start throwing forearms back and forth! Fans fire up as they go faster, then Bushi ROCKS Desperado. Bushi talks trash but Desperado rakes the eyes! Desperado whips, Bushi RANAS! Desperado bails out, Bushi runs but Desperado ducks the baseball slide to RAM Bushi into railing! Desperado then DECKS Bushi as payback for how this started. Desperado stomps Bushi, also as payback. Desperado looks around and brings out some chairs from under the ring! Desperado brings one over but Red Shoes stops him.

Desperado pushes Red Shoes aside but Bushi dropkicks the chair into Desperado! Desperado clutches his ribs, Bushi stomps him down. Bushi drags Desperado up and whips him into railing! Desperado falls back, Bushi brings him around to CLUB him on the neck. Bushi RAMS Desperado into the apron, then stalks him as Desperado goes around the way. Bushi stomps Desperado, puts him in the ring, stomps him over and over, then takes off his shirt to CHOKE him! The ref counts, Bushi lets go to then cravat and NECKBREAKER! Cover, ONE!! Bushi keeps cool while fans rally up. Bushi drags Desperado up, brings him around, hangs him out to dry on the ropes then CLUBS him.

Bushi goes to the corner to dropkick Desperado down! Fans rally up, Bushi drags Desperado through the ropes, but Desperado denies the DDT and shoves Bushi down! Desperado then runs and DIVES! Direct hit and they both hit railing! Both men are down and fans fire up! Desperado rises as fans rally, and he goes back to where he left the chairs. Desperado puts one chair on Bushi’s leg, then has the other chair. CON-CHAIR-TO to Bushi’s leg! Red Shoes reprimands but the damage is already done! Desperado drags Bushi up and puts him in the ring. Desperado kicks railing in frustration while he talks some trash on Bushi.

Desperado then gets in the ring, taunts Bushi, then gets the leg to YANK it! Desperado stands on the knee, Bushi pulls at Desprado’s mask but Desperado RAKES his eye! Desperado SPLASHES the leg! Cover, TWO! Bushi rolls away, Desperado drags him into a chinlock. Bushi endures, fans rally up, and Bushi fights up. Desperado squeezes as tight as he can and even twists on the chinlock! Bushi keeps fighting, reaches out, but Desperado rakes eyes! Bushi still gets the ropebreak! Red Shoes counts, Desperado lets off but STRADDLE ATTACKS the leg! Fans rally as Bushi writhes and clutches his knee. Desperado tells them to hush, then he drags Bushi up.

Bushi CHOPS, and CHOPS, and CHOPS! Desperado kicks the bad leg out! Bushi writhes again but Desperado gets the legs tied up for a BUTTERFLY DEATHLOCK! Bushi endures as Desperado moves around and applies pressure. Bushi sits up to dig his head into Desperado’s chest, but Desperado puts even more pressure on the stretch! Bushi throws forearms in return! Desperado “falls” to apply pressure, then he shifts to a traditional Deathlock so he can taunt Bushi while reclining. Bushi endures, reaches, crawls, but he CHOPS Desperado. So Desperado sits up for the Butterfly! Bushi crawls, ROPEBREAK! Desperado lets go, and “Oops!” drops knees on Bushi’s knee.

Desperado drags Bushi up, whips him corner to corner, but Bushi can’t even run on the bad leg! Desperado taunts Bushi but fans rally up. Bushi drags himself up in the corner, Desperado runs in but Bushi puts him on the apron. Desperado kicks Bushi’s bad leg through the ropes! Desperado drags Bushi to the apron but Bushi BOOTS Desperado into the railing! Fans fire up as Bushi aims and slingshots, FLYING RANA! Fans fire up as both men are down, and Bushi fires up as he stands! Bushi gets in the ring, manages to build speed and DIVES! Direct hit and Desperado hits railing! Both men are down again and fans rally back up.

The ring count starts and Bushi sits up at 10 of 20. Bushi stands at 12, hobbles over at 14 and brings Desperado up to put him in at 17! Fans fire up as Bushi climbs the corner. Missile dropkick! But no Bushirooni, his knee hurts too much. Bushi drags Desperado up, blocks the elbow and spins him for a DDT! Cover, TWO! Bushi drags Desperado up, reels him in, but his bad leg stops him from using the Destroyer! Desperado shoves Bushi away, rolls him up, STRETCH MUFFLER! Bushi scrambles, ROPEBREAK! Desperado thrashes the leg but lets go at 4. Desperado stomps the knee! Bushi writhes an clutches his leg again, but Desperado drags him back up.

Desperado has the leg, but Bushi CLUBS away to stop the shinbreaker. Desperado keeps Bushi from running, SHIN BREAKER, to GROUND DRAGON SCREW! STRETCH MUFFLER! Bushi endures, fans rally up, Desperado thrashes the leg more! Bushi crawls, reaches out, but Desperado drags him away! Desperado gets an arm, NUMERO DOS!! Bushi endures, reaches and crawls with his one free arm, but Desperado pulls back harder! Bushi refuses to give up here, and he gets the ROPEBREAK! Desperado lets go in frustration, but then drags Bushi away from ropes. Desperado goes up top for a FROG SPLASH! Cover, TWO!! Fans rally up, Desperado gets up, then gets Bushi.

Bushi fights Guitarra, Desperado ducks the enziguri and prevents the heel kick with a STRETCH MUFFLER! Bushi rolls to make it a cradle! TWO, Bushi dodges the clothesline to shove Desperado. Desperado holds ropes but Bushi blocks the boot! Bushi puts the leg in the rope, dropkick to the leg, then DRAPING BACKSTABBER! Desperado is down but fans fire up as Bushi goes to the apron. Bushi drags Desperado up and through the ropes, APRON DDT! Desperado is stuck in the ropes but Bushi gets in to pull him into a cover, TWO! Fans fire up again while both men are down. Bushi drags himself to a corner and climbs up. Desperado stands, Bushi leaps, but Desperado gets under!

Bushi’s leg jams, Desperado dropkicks the leg out! Fans still rally as both men are still down. Desperado stands and drags Bushi up. Bushi fires a forearm! Desperado forearms back! Bushi forearms, Desperado forearms back. Fans rally as they go back and forth, faster and faster! Bushi ROCKS Desperado, but Desperado PALM STRIKES! Desperado then spins Bushi around, GUITARRA- NO, Bushi slips out! Desperado elbows Bushi, runs but Bushi boots! Bushi runs, Desperado elbows him! Desperado fakes Bushi out and SPINE- NO! Bushi fights that off, spins Desperado around, FISHER- NO, Desperado slips out to kick the bad leg!

Despereado says too bad, but he runs into a DROPKICK! Both men are down and fans fire up again! Bushi gets up and roars! Bushi gets Desperado up, CANADIAN DESTROYER! Cover, TWO!! Desperado survives and both men are down again. Fans rally up as Bushi rolls his way to a corner. Desperado goes to the other, Bushi runs in, but Desperado blocks the Code Breaker to a SPINEBUSTER! Roll and gut wrench, GUITARRA DEL ANGEL! Cover, TWO!! Bushi survives and Desperado is furious! Desperado gets Bushi up, underhooks, but no Pinche! Bushi wrenches out, enziguri misses but the heel kick hits! Backslide, Desperado rolls through to LOCO MONO!!

Desperado reels Bush in, PINCHE LOCO!! Cover, Desperado wins!

Winner: El Desperado, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Bushi earns 0)

The Black Mask falls to the Rogue Luchador! Is Bushi now on the outside looking in on the finals? Desperado doesn’t wait long to get the mic, either, saying, “”I said before the Best of the Super Juniors, I would go into every match with a main event title match approach. But if my opponent doesn’t feel that strongly about it, I can’t carry it all on my own. Thanks for the effort, Bushi. With that, I was pushed to win this main event.”

Desperado continues to say that there’s a lot of talk, but no one is running away with this tournament. Who knows who’ll be in the finals. But Desperado knows he will show hat it means to be Junior Heavyweight Champion. “I will be in the final, and I will win it.” Desperado leaves it at that, but will he be the one determining his own future?

 

Here are the NEW BOSJ 28 standings!

SHO: 6-3, 12 points
El Desperado: 5-3-1, 11 points
Hiromu Takahashi: 5-3-1, 11 points
El Phantasmo: 5-4, 10 points
Robbie Eagles: 5-4, 10 points
Taiji Ishimori: 5-4, 10 points
YOH: 5-4, 10 points
Bushi: 4-5, 8 points
Ryusuke Taguchi: 4-5, 8 points
Yoshinobu Kanemaru: 4-5, 8 points
Master Wato: 3-6, 6 points [ELIMINATED]
Douki: 2-7, 4 points [ELIMINATED]


My Thoughts:

Another great round for BOSJ, and honestly, we could probably consider the 4-5 block as eliminated, too. Yoh getting the win over Kanemaru was a great shocker, and Taguchi VS ELP was very funny stuff. Eagles winning over Sho was another surprise, but again, Sho had a loss to give because he’s that far ahead. Wato had another great match against Hiromu, but not quite on the level of the match he had with Desperado. Hiromu and Desperado staying tied makes me want to see the Triple Threat finals happen, just as I said last round.

My Score: 8.9/10


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Mitchell’s NJPW WTL x BOSJ Results & Report! (12/4/21)

World Tag League, Round 8!

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NJPW WTL X BOSJ 2021

Will the Dangerous Tekkers be cheated by the House of Torture?

The IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions lead the World Tag League, but that could change in an instant. Will Darkness Fall on Taichi & Zack Sabre Jr?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • World Tag League 2021: Tiger Mask & Yuji Nagata VS Chase Owens & Bad Luck Fale; Chase & Fale win.
  • World Tag League 2021: Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI VS TAKA Michinoku & Minoru Suzuki; Goto & Hashi win.
  • World Tag League 2021: Tomoaki Honma & Togi Makabe VS The United Empire; The United Empire wins.
  • World Tag League 2021: Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan VS SANADA & Tetsuya Naito; LIJ wins.
  • World Tag League 2021: Dangerous Tekkers & Yujiro Takahashi & EVIL w/ Dick Togo; Takahashi & Evil win.
  • World Tag League 2021: Toru Yano & Hiroshi Tanahashi VS The Guerrillas of Destiny; GoD wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Here are the current World Tag League Standings!

Dangerous Tekkers: 6-1, 12 points
SANADA & Tetsuya Naito: 5-2, 10 points
Chase Owens & Bad Luck Fale: 5-2, 10 points
Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI: 5-2, 10 points
The United Empire: 5-2, 10 points
Toru Yano & Hiroshi Tanahashi: 4-3, 8 points
EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi: 4-3, 8 points
Guerrillas of Destiny: 4-3, 8 points
Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan: 2-5, 4 points
Yuji Nagata & Tiger Mask: 1-6, 2 points
Tomoaki Honma & Togi Makabe: 1-6, 2 points
Minoru Suzuki & TAKA Michinoku: 0-7, 0 points

 

World Tag League 2021: Tiger Mask & Yuji Nagata VS Chase Owens & Bad Luck Fale!

Team Blue Justice are on the edge, can they hold on to their long shot? Or will the Crown Jewel & Rogue General take that away as they head for the top?

The teams sort out, Tiger Mask starts against Chase, and the two circle. Chase then sucker punches Nagata, and Fale gets in to go after Tiger! The ref keeps Fale back while Chase whips Nagata into railing! Chase gets back in, tags Fale, and Fale corners Tiger. Fans rally up for Tiger Mask and he dodges Fale. Tiger and Fale circle, Fale rushes in but Tiger dodges again. Tiger leaps to bump shoulders but Fale doesn’t even budge! Fans rally up as Tiger dodges then bails out. But Chase rushes over to throw Tiger back in! Tiger dodges Fale but Chase attacks from behind! Chase CLUBS Tiger, Fale stomps him down. Fale tags Chase back in, Chase stomps Tiger more.

The fans rally as Chase digs his boots in, but he lets off as the ref counts. Chase drags Tiger up but Tiger throws body shots. Chase kicks and CLUBS Tiger down, then hits a KNEE JAMMER! Cover, TWO! Chase clamps on the chinlock and grinds Tiger down. Tiger endures, so Chase lets off to tag in Fale. They put Tiger at the ropes and stand on his back for the Bullet Club “massage!” The ref counts, Bullet Club steps away and salutes. Fale drags Tiger up, throws heavy body shots, then bumps him off Chase’s boot. Tag to Chase, he wrenches and scoops Tiger for a BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up, Chase taunts Nagata on the outside, then kicks Tiger around.

Chase drags Tiger up, Tiger throws body shots and kicks! Chase RAMS Tiger into the corner, tag to Fale. Bullet Club mugs Tiger, Fale throws more heavy body shots. Fale has Tiger in the open corner, and starts clubbing away with big forearms! Tiger sits down but Fale stands him back up. Fale gets space but Tiger dodges! Fale hits only buckles, but then Chase traps Tiger in the other corner! Fale runs in to SPLASH! Fale pushes Tiger down then drops the BIG elbow! Cover, TWO! Chase BOOTS Nagata down! Bullet Club drags Tiger Mask back up, waistlock and Fale runs, but Tiger fights free! Tiger dodges, Fale LARIATS Chase down! Tiger drop toeholds and Fale falls onto Chase!

Tiger then steps all over them to tag Nagata in! Nagata BOOTS Fale, ducks his lariat and kicks away at the leg! Nagata whips, Fale reverses but Nagata rolls and feints to dropkick a leg out! Nagata powers up to KICK Fale in the chest! And again! And again! Nagata brings Fale up, wrenches the arm and hits an ELBOW BREAKER! Nagata runs but Fale runs him over! Fans fire up, Fale gets up and hurries over to tag in Chase. Chase walks into body shots and forearms! Nagata whips, Chase reverses and forearm smashes to a short arm LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Chase keeps cool and catches his breath as he brings Nagata up. Nagata fires a forearm, Chase gives it back.

They go back and forth, then Nagata ROCKS Chase! Chase fires off a strike fest! Tiger Mask goes up top, CROSSBODY! Tiger runs at Fale but gets caught! Chase runs in, Tiger ducks and Chase DECKS Fale! Nagata kicks Chase, he and Tiger whip Chase to a corner! Tiger KICKS then Nagata BOOTS! EXPLODER! They get Chase back up, DOUBLE GIRI! Tiger underhooks the arms, TIGER DRIVER! Nagata covers, TWO!! Into NAGATA LOCK II!! Chase endures the crossface, but Fale gets in to stomp Nagata down! BIG ELBOW DROP! Tiger throws Fale out and stomps Chase while fans fire up. Tiger goes to the corner but Fale is after him!

Tiger kicks Fale away, then hops down to CROSSBODY! But Fale catches him and POSTS him! Chase gets up, runs in but into a BOOT! Nagata reels Chase in but Chase fights the saido. Chase tucks the arms but Nagata back drops free! Nagata KICKS Chase, and again! SHI TIGGER! Chase tucks Nagata in, PACKAGE DRIVER! Cover, Bullet Club wins!

Winners: Chase Owens & Bad Luck Fale, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Tiger Mask & Nagata earn 0)

Team Blue Justice is shot down, the Crown Jewel & Rogue General keep on going! Will Bullet Club look to make the tournament finals just Too Sweet?

 

World Tag League 2021: Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI VS TAKA Michinoku & Minoru Suzuki!

The Fierce Warrior & Head Hunter are still in the running, and doing far better than the Blue Playmaker & Meanest Man in the World. But will Suzuki-Gun look to be spoilers from here on out?

Suzuki-Gun pounces during introductions! Suzuki throws Goto out while Taka rakes Hashi’s eyes! The bell rings to get this on record as Taka digs his boot into Hashi! Suzuki whips Goto but Goto reverses to send Suzuki into railing! Taka knees Hashi, rakes his eyes again, but the ref reprimands. Hashi blocks a kick, CLUBS the leg, then CHOPS and CLUBS Taka down. Goto gets in, Goto-Hashi double whip and double shoulder Taka down! Then hip toss senton combo! Fans fire up as Hashi brings Taka up and CLUBS him on the back. Hashi ROCKS Taka with forearms, then CHOPS him down! Fans rally as Hashi CLUBS Taka more, then runs, but into Suzuki’s cheap shot!

Suzuki baits Hashi into a HANGING ARMBAR! The ref reprimands but Taka goes after Goto! Suzuki lets Hashi go to drag him out and whips him into railing! Hashi falls in a heap, Suzuki drags him back up to wrap the arm around railing! Suzuki pulls that arm, then pulls Hashi’s hair. Suzuki BOOTS the railing to jam the arm! Meanwhile, Taka is choking Goto! The ref reprimands, Taka stops, but Suzuki gets a chair! Suzuki JAMS Hashi with the chair, then SMACKS him on the back! Fans rally up as Suzuki drags Hashi and wrenches the arm. Suzuki digs the arm into the apron, Taka stands on Hashi’s head! The ref reprimands, Suzuki backs off but Taka bends Hashi’s arm and fingers!

The ref is done with Suzuki and sees Taka. The ref reprimands, Taka lets off and Hashi flops to the floor. Tag to Suzuki, Taka fetches Hashi and puts him in the ring. Suzuki looms over Hashi, drags him up and snapmares for a chinlock. Then Suzuki shifts right to a motorcycle stretch, step over and trapped hammerlock so Suzuki can pull on the other arm. Hashi endures, fights up but Suzuki steps over to keep on the arm. Suzuki twists the wrist, bends fingers, then bends the elbow. Hashi gets a foot for the ropebreak! Taka tags in and stomps Hashi down. Taka wrenches the arm to ELBOW BREAKER!

Taka drags Hashi up to wrench again, move the arm around and ELBOW BREAKER! Taka has Hashi in the ropes, Suzuki kicks at him, then they each pull an arm against the ropes! The ref keeps Goto back while Hashi endures, and then the ref reprimands. Suzuki-Gun lets off, Taka drags Hashi up and Suzuki tags in. Suzuki-Gun mugs Hashi, Suzuki throws a forearm but Hashi throws forearms back. Suzuki wrenches to KICK the arm! Suzuki goes corner to corner and BOOTS Hashi, then snapmares, runs and PENALTY- NO! Hashi blocks the kick! Suzuki throws forearms, whips Hashi, but Hashi dropkicks the leg out!

Fans fire up while both men are down, and Hashi crawls to hot tag Goto! Taka gets in to intercept, and he whips Goto to the corner, only for Goto to rebound and run Taka over! Goto runs at Suzuki in the corner, MURAMASA to BULLDOG! Cover, TWO! Goto grimaces, drags Suzuki up and fireman’s carries but Suzuki fights out to spin Goto and ROCK him with a right! Suzuki brings Goto up to fire more forearms, but Goto forearms back! Suzuki forearms, Goto forearms, repeat, and fans rally up as they pick up speed. Suzuki eggs Goto on, Goto fires off more forearms. Suzuki ROCKS Goto with one, but Goto comes back to ROCK Suzuki!

Goto runs, Suzuki follows and shoots around to SLEEPER! Then spin, but Goto back drops out of the piledriver! Goto deflects the boot to DISCUS LARIAT! Both men are down, fans rally up, hot tag to Hashi! Hashi runs in at Suzuki to CHOP! Then a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Hashi drags Suzuki up, Suzuki gets Hashi’s arm! Tag to Taka, Suzuki-Gun mugs then double whips Hashi. Taka clotheslines, Suzuki BOOTS! Suzuki ROCKS Hashi with a forearm, then runs, BOOT SUPERKICK COMBO! Cover, Goto breaks it! Suzuki drags Goto up and throws him out, Taka brings Hashi up. Taka goes to scoop but Hashi fights that.

Hashi ROCKS Taka, runs, Taka follows and dodges to get the headlock! Taka drags Hashi down to JUST FACELOCK! Hashi endures, crawls over, and reaches for ropes. Taka rolls him away, gets the arm and La Magistrol! TWO, SHINING WIZARD! Cover, TWO!! Hashi survives but Taka vows to end this! Taka drags Hashi up, scoops, but Hashi fights free. Taka pokes Hashi in the eyes, but runs into a CHOP! Hashi scoops, Taka slips out and feeds to Suzuki’s SLEEPER! Taka runs but Goto DECKS him! Goto gets Suzuki in the fireman’s carry, USHIGOROSHI! Goto fireman’s carries Taka, Taka slips off but Hashi SUPERKICKS him!

Fireman’s carry, SUPERKICK to USHI, but dragon sleeper for the leg lift! SHOUKO!! Cover, Chaos wins!

Winners: Hirooki Goto & Yoshi-Hashi, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Suzuki-Gun earns 0)

Another loss and Suzuki is furious again! Suzuki swings his chair at the railing by commentary! Is there any hope for Suzuki & Taka to get even one win before the end? As for Goto-Hashi, are they just a few wins away from the World Tag League trophies?

 

World Tag League 2021: Tomoaki Honma & Togi Makabe VS The United Empire!

The Great Bash Heels are another long shot, but they could start that run right here and now! Will the Dominator & Ultimate Weapon crush that revolution before it begins?

The teams sort out, and Henare calls out the Rampaging King Kong. Makabe accepts and the two circle with the bell. Fans rally up as they tie up, and are in a deadlock! Makabe powers Henare back to the ropes, the ref calls for the break, but Henare throws a cheap shot knee! Henare forearms, headlocks, but Makabe powers out. The two ram shoulders but neither falls. Makabe eggs Henare on, Henare runs, they arm shoulders again. Henare fires off forearms, then runs, ducks the clothesline but Makabe runs him over! Makabe drags Henare over, tags in Honma, and GBH double whip to double shoulder Henare down.

Honma stomps Henare, CLUBS him, then scoops and SLAMS! Honma fires up but Khan grabs him at the ropes with an IRON CLAW SLEEPER! Henare DECKS Makabe while the ref reprimands Khan, and Khan gets in to keep on the sleeper. The Empire mugs Honma, Mongolian Chop and buzzsaw! Khan drops knees on Honma’s head! Fans fire up as Khan roars, then Henare covers. TWO, Henare rains down forearms on Honma. The ref saw the closed fist at the end, though! Henare drags Honma up, throws body shots, then KNEES Honma in the corner. Khan holds Honma in place for Henare to throw more body shots. The ref keeps Makabe back, Khan kicks Honma down.

Henare uses a knee to cover, TWO! Fans rally for Honma but Khan tags in. Khan taunts Honma, then sucker punches Makabe! Honma gets up and kicks back but Khan blocks to back elbow. Khan bumps Honma off buckles, then climbs up to sit on Honma’s head! The ref reprimands while Khan taunts Makabe. Khan pulls Honma’s arms back, but lets off as the ref counts. Khan brings Honma around and prepares the claw. Honma rises, fans rally up, and Honma blocks the iron claw! Honma powers Khan back and kicks low to DDT! Khan flounders, fans rally up, and Honma hot tags Makabe!

Makabe rallies on Khan, DECKS Henare, then runs at Khan in the corner to clothesline! Makabe climbs up, rains down fists, and laughs as he gets all 10. Khan blocks the suplex, clubs and knees him, then runs, only to get run over! Cover, TWO! Makabe drags Khan up in a waistlock, but Khan resists the lift and stomps Makabe’s foot. Khan throws Makabe with a drop sayanagi! Fans fire up, Khan hot tags Henare! Henare throws forearms and body shots in the corner, then goes up to rain down punches of his own! Henare gets 10 and laughs, but Makabe carries Henare! Henare fights off to ROCK Makabe. Henare runs, ducks the right but not the LEFT!

Fans fire up and Makabe crawls to his corner, hot tag to Honma! Honma runs and runs Henare over! Fans fire up, Honma CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS Henare to a corner! Honma whips corner to corner, runs in and back elbows, then BULLDOGS! Fans fire up with Honma, KOKESHI FLOPS! Khan gets in and drags Honma up, HITSUJIGOROSHI! Henare DECKS Makabe, Khan gives Honma a BACKBREAKER! Khan makes it a rack, Henare STOMPS Honma down! Fans rally up while Henare drags Honma up. Fireman’s carry, and Khan runs, but Makabe gets in to CLOBBER Khan! Henare kicks Makabe and throws body shots.

The Empire mugs Makabe, double whips him, but Makabe breaks through the line, only to get double kicks. The Emipre runs, but Makabe follows, and he DOUBLE CLOTHESLINES them! Honma and Makabe coordinate, CLOTHESLINE SANDWICH for Henare! Ax handle and LARIAT! Honma runs, KOKESHI! Cover, TWO! Henare survives but GBH coordinate again. Makabe whips Henare into the RUNNING HEADBUTT! Cover, Khan breaks it in time! Makabe stomps Khan, throws him out, but Honma brings Henare up. Honma scoops and SLAMS, then goes up the corner as fans fire up! DIVING KOKESHI FLOPS!!

Khan gets in to Mongolian Chop Honma again and again in the corner! Khan whips Honma corner to corner, runs in to clothesline, then Henare runs in to SHINING WIZARD! BOOT ROUNDHOUSE COMBO! Makabe returns but gets caught into HITSUJIGOROSHI! Henare gets the heel hooks! FUBUKI, then MARINE! The Empire fires up and drags Honma up. Fireman’s carry, Khan runs, but Honma slips out and shoves them into each other! Honma catches them for the COMPLETE SHOT DDT COMBO! Fans fire up with Honma as he drags Henare up. BASEMENT KOKESHI!! Cover, TWO!! Henare survives and Honma can’t believe it!

Fans are thunderous as Honma drags Henare up. Henare blocks the suplex, throws body shots, but Honma throws a forearm. Henare ELBOW JABS, but Honma HEADBUTTS! Henare HEEL KICKS and HEADBUTTS! Cover, TWO!! Honma is still in this and fans fire up! Henare powers up and calls to Khan. Henare fireman’s carries, Khan runs, IMPERIAL DROP!! Cover, the Empire wins!

Winner: The United Empire, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Great Bash Heels earn 0)

Another team bites the dust! Will Khan & Henare continue to show the power of the United Empire and take the trophies?

 

World Tag League 2021: Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan VS SANADA & Tetsuya Naito!

TenCozy won’t let their record get them down, they want to make this 30th year a special one! But will it be a Skull End at the hands of Cold Skull & Uncontrollable Charisma? Or do these veterans still got one more run in them?

Naito takes his time with his suit, but Naito taunts Tenzan the bull by shaking his red pants at him. LIJ fist bumps, and Kojima starts against Sanada. They stare down then circle as fans rally up. They tie up, Sanada gets an arm then waistlocks, but Kojima wrenches out. Kojima hammerlocks, headlocks, but Sanada endures the grind. Sanada wrenches out to get the headlock now. Kojima throws body shots, powers out, but Sanada runs him over! Fans fire up as Sanada shows off the dancing pecs. Things speed up, Kojima hip tosses Sanada then runs Sanada over! Kojima shows off the dancing pecs! Sanada gets away to tag in Naito, and he again taunts Tenzna.

Tenzan tags in but then Naito bails out. Tenzan pursues but then Naito gets back in. Naito still taunts Tenzan, Tenzan gets in and Naito attacks! Naito CLUBS Tenzan, then goes back to taunting, then CLUBS him more. Tenzan gets mad but Naito kicks low. Naito runs, but into a headbutt! Tenzan fires off Mongolian Chops! Naito falls and fans fire up, but Sanada gets in, only to get Mongolian Chops! Kojima gets in, he and Tenzan pinball Sanada with forearms and Mongolian Chops until Kojima Mongolian Chops! Kojima throws Sanada out, TenCozy goes after Naito. They CLUB Naito then Kojima scoops and SLAMS!

TenCozy coordinates, but Naito avoids the falling headbutt while Sanada trips Kojima off the apron! Naito drags Tenzan up by his mullet! The ref reprimands, Naito lets go at 4 to have a chinlock. Naito rakes eyes then stalks Tenzan to a corner. Sanada keeps on Kojima on the outside while Naito CLUBS Tenzan! Naito whips Tenzan corner to corner, jump kicks and leg sweeps, COMBINACION CABRON! Naito poses, then uses a knee for a cover, TWO! Naito drags Tenzan up by his hair, tags in Sanada, and Sanada CLUBS Tenzan down. Sanada drags Tenzan up, CLUBS him again, but Tenzan hits Naito! And headbutts! And headbutts again!

Sanada gets Tenzan with a eye rake and throws him down. Sanada stomps Tenzan, drags him up and tags Naito back in. LIJ mugs Tenzan, then Naito CLUBS Tenzan against the ropes. Sanada gets in, LIJ double whip and double back elbow! Then they split the wishbone and double basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up, “TEN COZY!” “L I J!” as Naito kicks Tenzan around. Tenzan throws body shots and CHOPS, but Naito rakes eyes! The ref reprimands, Naito steals the Mongolian Chops! And again! Naito gives an wind up, but it’s all to fake Tenzan out so he can kick low! Naito runs but into a WHEEL KICK! Tenzan crawls then rolls, hot tag to Kojima!

Kojima rallies on LIJ, but Naito kicks and whips. Kojima reverses to CLOBBER Naito! Fans fire up with Kojima and he stomps Naito to a corner. Kojima fires off MACHINE GUN CHOPS! Sanada rushes over but he gets added to the MACHINE GUN CHOPS! Kojima CHOPS Sanada down then fires off more MACHINE GUN CHOPS on Naito! Kojima whips Naito corner to corner, runs in and forearm smashes! Kojima shoves Naito down but Sanada kicks and clubs Kojima back. LIJ double whip Kojima to ropes, but he gets around the shove Naito into Sanada! Then kick and DDT for Naito! Kojima powers up and fans rally. Kojima drags Naito up, but Naito blocks the cutter!

Naito throws body shots, then gets a full nelson. Kojima breaks free, switches and full nelsons Naito, but Naito arm-drags free! Naito back elbows Kojima down then adds the basement dropkick! Fans rally up, Naito tags Sanada! Sanada brings Kojima up for forearms, but Kojima kicks back and fires forearms of his own. Kojima spins but Sanada fireman’s carries, only for Kojima to fight free. Kojima swats Sanada’s clothesline to COZY CUTTER! Fans fire up while both men are down, and Kojima gets up, hot tag to Tenzan! Tenzan rallies on LIJ, then Mongolian Chops Sanada to a corner! Tenzan headbutts, CHOPS, then whips corner to corner.

Tenzan runs in to corner clothesline! TENZAN BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally while Tenzan stomps Sanada. Sanada gets up, fires forearms but Tenzan gives them back. Fans rally as they go back and forth, but Tenzan headbutts. Sanada blocks the Mongolian Chops to steal the Mongolian Chops! Sanada runs, into the MOUNTAIN BOMB! Kojima intercepts Naito and throws him out. Tenzan covers, TWO! Tenzan gets the ANACONDA VICE! Sanada flails but Naito gets in to stomp Tenzan down. Naito kicks Kojima, then fires off forearms on TenCozy. Naito runs, into TENCOZY CUTTER!

Fans fire up as Kojima stomps Naito outside the ring and Tenzan drags Sanada back up. Tenzan scoops, but Sanada slips out, waistlocks, O’Conner BRIDGE! LIJ wins!

Winners: Sanada & Tetsuya Naito, by pinfall (gain 2 points; TenCozy earns 0)

Los Ingobernables de Japon rebound from last round! And Naito borrows Shingo Takagi’s LIJ towel to still taunt Tenzan. Will LIJ still be able to take World Tag League in a snap as Sanada promised?

 

World Tag League 2021: Dangerous Tekkers & Yujiro Takahashi & EVIL w/ Dick Togo!

This may not be the main event but it could be the most important match of the night! Taichi & Zack Sabre Jr. lead the block, but that only means they have to be extra careful against the House of Torture. Will Tokyo Pimp & the King of Darkness prove Everything is Evil? Or will they #JustTapOut to the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions?

The Tekkers crowd the House of Torture, but they do have a right to be wary of Dick Togo. Bullet Club Low Sweets, Taichi shows off the dancing pecs, then teams sort out. Yujiro starts against ZSJ, and fans rally up as the two circle. They both go low as they feel out the grapple, and then Yujiro SLAPS ZSJ! ZSJ runs into a corner, Yujiro throws forearms. Yujiro runs to boot but ZSJ blocks to trip Yujiro, spinning toehold and BUTTERFLY DEATHLOCK! ZSJ even stands but Evil grabs ZSJ by the hair. ZSJ grabs Evil’s arm for a hammerlock! ZSJ has the House of Torture tied up all by himself! The ref counts, Taichi throws Dick into the ring!

ZSJ lets go of Yujiro and Evil, and the Tekkers focus on Dick. Dick wants mercy, and even be friends. ZSJ knows he’s lying but he still takes the handshake, to BEND the fingers! Dick taps, gets to ropes, and ZSJ lets him go. Evil checks on Dick but Taichi stomps Yujiro. ZSJ drags Yujiro over, has the toehold, and tags Taichi in. Taichi stomps Yujiro, drags him up and gives him Kowata Kicks. Taichi snapmares and KICKS Yujiro in the back! Yujiro writhes, Taichi drags Yujiro up, but Yujiro BITES Taichi’s hand! The ref reprimands, Yujiro whips Taichi to the corner, and surprise! The blue buckle pad is gone! Taichi hits bare buckles as the Bullet Club special comes into play!

ZSJ rushes in but Yujiro intercepts him with a kick. Yujiro whips ZSJ into the bare buckles! Evil drags ZSJ out to whip him into railing! Then Evil brings Taichi up to RAM into the timekeeper’s area! Abe-san suffers again! Evil gets the mic while Yujiro stomps ZSJ. Evil chokes Taichi and talks trash. Taichi tells him to shut up! Evil lets go, drags Taichi up and puts him in the ring for Yujiro. Yujiro covers, TWO! Fans rally up but the House of Torture argues the count. Yujiro stands Taichi up to knee low, and again. Taichi falls over, Yujiro digs his knee into him at the ropes. Evil digs his heels in, but the ref counts. They let off at 4 and Evil tags in.

Evil drags Yujiro up, throws him out, and then distracts the ref so Dick can DECK Taichi! Dick puts Taichi in and Evil grabs at him. Taichi wants after Dick but Evil stomps Taichi’s leg. Tag to Yujiro, Yujiro drags Taichi back up. Yujiro runs in to BOOT Taichi in the corner! Taichi falls, Yujiro covers, TWO! Fans rally up but Yujiro drags Taichi up to throw knees low. Yujiro forearms Taichi in the corner but Taichi eggs him on. Yujiro CHOPS then whips corner to corner, then runs in to BOOT! Yujiro goes corner to corner again but Taichi boots now! Yujiro comes back but is put in the corner for a GAMANGIRI! Both men are down and fans rally back up! Hot tag to ZSJ!

ZSJ runs in at Yujiro to boot, then runs corner to corner to EuroUpper! ZSJ hammerlocks but Yujiro resists the Northern Lights so ZSJ WRINGS him out! ZSJ then BOOTS Evil and Evil crashes into railing! ZSJ goes back to wrench Yujiro, but Yujiro throws forearms. Yujiro whips, ZSJ reverses to wrench and wrangle Yujiro down. ZSJ STOMPS the arm! ZSJ drags Yujiro up, waistlocks, full nelsons but Yujiro breaks that. ZSJ has the waistlock, ducks the elbow and NORTHERN LIGHTS, float to the KIMURA! Yujiro endures, so ZSJ shifts to an ARMBAR! Yujiro reaches out, ROPEBREAK! ZSJ lets go and fans rally up. ZSJ BOOTS Yujiro, then BOOTS him again.

Yujiro blocks the third kick to throw ZSJ down! Yujiro runs but ZSJ avoids the basement dropkick, only for Yujiro to block the Penalty Kick! Yujiro fireman’s carries but ZSJ slips out to GUILLOTINE! Yujiro endures, and BITES the hand! Yujiro reels ZSJ in, but ZSJ fights the fisherman to PELE the arm! ZSJ wrenches to an ELBOW BREAKER, then wrenches again, but Yujiro reels him in for an INCOLLE SLAM! Tag to Evil and he stands on ZSJ’s head. Evil scuffs ZSJ then drags him up. ZSJ kicks but Evil blocks, gives it to the ref, but ZSJ catches the kick for an ANKLE LOCK! Evil endures, hops around, and claws ZSJ’s eyes! The ref reprimands, Evil stops to run, but into a boot!

Evil ducks the high kick but ZSJ sweeps the legs! Fans fire up as ZSJ crawls over, hot tag to Taichi! Taichi scowls as he drags Evil up but Evil rakes Taichi’s eyes! Taichi CHOKES Evil! The ref reprimands, Yujiro pulls hair, so Taichi CHOKES Yujiro! The ref reprimands again, Taichi lets go of Yujiro to choke Evil! Taichi drives Evil down, lets off as the ref reprimands, then CHOKES Dick on the apron! Fans fire up as Taichi takes care of the distraction. Taichi drags Evil up, and whips him to the bare corner! The Bullet Club special bites Evil in the butt! Taichi wrenches Evil’s arm to DANGEROUS HOOK KICK! Fans fire up as Taichi wants Evil to rise.

Evil sits up, ducks the buzzsaw but Taichi elbows the waistlock away. Taichi runs but Yujiro and his pimp cane are there! Evil waistlocks but Taichi resists the lift to PELE Evil in the back! Fans fire up again as Taichi rises. Taichi runs, Evil grabs the ref and Dick trips Taichi up! Yujiro BOOTS ZSJ down, he and Evil get Taichi in the corner. They double whip corner to corner,Yujiro runs in to BOOT! Evil runs in to clothesline! Evil brings Taichi out, FISHERMAN BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Evil grows frustrated but the fans rally for Taichi. ZSJ whips Yujiro into railing! Evil fireman’s carries but Taichi fights free to get the arms!

ZSJ gets in, DRAGON SCREW! And then DRAGON SCREW the other way! Fans fire up as ZSJ PENALTY KICKS Evil down, then sits him up for the BUZZSAW! Taichi covers, Yujiro breaks it! ZSJ wrenches to PELE Yujiro’s arm, AX BOMBER takes him down! Fans fire up for the Tekkers as they go after Evil. Taichi drags Evil up, Evil goes for the eyes but Taichi choke grips first! ZSJ joins in, CHOKE SLAM BACK SUPLEX! Cover, TWO!! Evil survives but the Tekkers keep focus. OFF COME THE PANTS! Taichi aims, but Dick grabs a leg! Evil fights ZSJ off then shoves him into Taichi! Evil shoves the ref to LOW- NO! ZSJ traps the arm with his legs and TWISTS!

Fans fire up but Yujiro gets in. ZSJ blocks his low blow, too, for another ARM TWIST! ZSJ gets Yujiro for a cobra twist, Taichi gets Evil for SEITEIJYUJIRYOU!! The House of Torture endures stereo submissions, and Taichi cranks way back on the stretch plum! Evil endures, then pushes the ref down! Yujiro grabs the ref, so that he doesn’t see Evil tapping out!! And Dick SPOILER CHOKERS ZSJ!! ZSJ lets Yujiro go and then Yujiro CLUBS Taichi! Evil is free, Yujiro mule kicks then SUPERKICKS Taichi! Yujiro sits Taichi back up, PIMP- NO! Taichi fights free, but Yujiro BOOTS! Taichi fires up to three point stance and RUNNING FOREARM!

Fans fire up and Taichi aims from the corner. Evil gets up, Taichi sets up in the three point stance again, but Evil LAUNCHES the ref at Taichi! Taichi gets clear, but runs into EVERYTHING- NO! Taichi slips out to DANGEROUS SAIDO!! But the ref is down, the cover isn’t being counted! Again, the Tekkers would’ve won this! SPOILER CHOKER!! But Taichi fights up! Only for Dick to squeeze tighter! Feed to EVERYTHING IS EVIL!! Cover, House of Torture wins!!

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

The champions fall to the treachery of the House of Torture! Dick shoves ZSJ in and drags him up, so Evil can BELT SHOT with his NEVER Openweight Six Man title! Then they grab the IWGP Heavyweight Tag belts and hold them up. Will this be the reality we see in the near future?

 

World Tag League 2021: Toru Yano & Hiroshi Tanahashi VS The Guerrillas of Destiny!

The Joker & The Ace are just on the outside, same as the Good Bad Guy & Silverback, and both teams lost just last round. Who rebounds from bad luck in round seven to be great in round 8?

Tama Tonga and Tanga Loa have done their hair up in Mohawks to mock the pompadours on Yano & Tanahashi. Tama wants Red Shoes to be very careful with his hawk, too. Bullet Club Low Sweets, Tanahashi shoves off the muscles and Yano says, “SUGOI~!” The teams sort out, Yano & Tanahashi squat while Tama & Loa strike poses. And then GoD attack! The bell rings as GoD CLUBS Yano & Tanahashi, then Loa messes up Tanahashi’s hair! GoD whip Yano & Tanahashi but they both hold ropes to taunt back. They then both dodge and SLAP GoD on the head! GoD rush in, Yano & Tanahashi get around to waistlock and then shove them into each other!

Yano throws Tama out, then he and Tanahashi double whip Loa to double shoulder him down! Fans fire up and Yano does his best to get his pompadour back. Yano & Tanahashi go out, Yano CLUBS Tama then bumps him off the apron. Tanahashi CLUBS Loa and brings him around. Yano whips Tama but Tama reverses to send Yano into railing! Loa does the same to Tanahashi on the other side! Tama stomps Yano, Loa stomps Tanahashi! Loa RAMS Tanahashi into railing, Tama leaves Yano behind. Red Shoes starts a ring count, Loa drags Tanahashi up and the Guerrillas mug him. The count is 15 of 20, Loa puts Tanahashi in and fans cheer. Cover, TWO!

Loa drags Tanahashi up, tags Tama in, and Loa snapmares Tanahashi for Tama’s slingshot senton! Tama makes sure his hawk is still up, then he tags Loa back in. Loa drags Tanahashi up as fans rally. Tanahashi fires off body shots but Loa headbutts! Loa brings Tanahashi up to scoop, but Tanahashi fights free and shoves Loa into the corner! Loa turns around, Tanahashi dropkicks the leg out! Fans rally up, hot tag to Yano! Yano has Red Shoes move aside so he can untie a buckle pad. Loa runs in but Yano dodges so Loa hits buckles! Tama gets in but Yano throws the pad at him. Red Shoes wants to confiscate the buckle pad but Tama won’t let him.

Tama shoves Red Shoes down, Yano grabs Tama by the hair! Loa grabs Yano by the hair! Loa whips Yano into Tama’s PAD SMACK! Tama SMACKS Tanahashi, too! Tama stomps Yano while making sure his hawk is good. Loa goes after Tanahashi on the outside, fans rally up, and Yano goes to the apron. Loa brings Yano down and stomps him on the floor. Loa steps on Yano, drags him back up and puts him in the ring. Loa drags Yano up, then RAMS him into the corner! Loa RAMS his shoulder in again and again then lets off to tag Tama. Tama punches Yano down, then talks trash to Tanahashi. Tama drags Yano up as fans rally.

Tama CLUBS Yano, drags him up, and snapmares to then CLUB away on Yano’s chest! Tama warns Tanahashi, then sucker punches him anyway! Tama rains down fists on Yano, then chokes him! Red Shoes reprimands, Tama lets off. Tama brings Yano up in a corner to punch him down again. Red Shoes reprimands about the closed fist so Tama stomps away on Yano instead! Tama lets off and takes off the vest! Tama fires up and fans rally as he runs in, STINGER SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Fans rally, Tama warns Tanahashi but Yano grabs Tama’s hair! Tama breaks free, but Yano grabs hair with the other hand! And again, and again, until Tama pulls Yano’s hair!

Tama CLUBS Yano, fixes his hawk then whips, but Yano reverse to throw Tama down by the hawk! Fans fire up, Tama’s hawk is lopsided, hot tag to Tanahashi! Tanahashi fires off fast hands, whips but Tama reverses, only for Tanahashi to FLYING FOREARM! Tanahashi DECKS Loa, scoops Tama and SLAMS him down! Fans fire up as Tanahashi goes up but Loa goes after Tanahashi with forearms! Loa brings Tanahashi down to CLUB him, then GoD regroups. They double whip Tanahashi to ropes but he kicks Tama down! Tanahashi blocks Loa’s kick to DRAGON SCREW! Then he blocks Tama’s kick to DRAGON SCREW!

Tanahashi gets the legs, ties them up, and he turns Tama for the TEXAS CLOVERLEAF! Tama endures, crawls, and gets the ROPEBREAK! Tanahashi lets go, stomps Tama, and fans fire up as Tanahashi runs. But Tama avoids the slingblade, only for Tanahashi to avoid the super punch! Tanahashi fires off fast hands, runs, but into Tama’s DROPKICK! Tama crawls, hot tag to Loa! Loa runs in at Tanahashi in the corner to clothesline! Loa then whips Tanahashi into bare buckles and adds another clothesline! EXPLODER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up, “Let’s Go, Ace!” Loa drags Tanahashi up, suplexes, but Tanahashi fights to TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT!

Fans fire up more as Tanahashi and Loa are down again! Hot tag to Yano! Yano brings Loa up, whips him, but Loa reverses! Yano stops from hitting bare buckles, but Loa kicks him and whips him to ropes. Yano holds ropes to taunt Loa, then he dodges Loa to clinch and BELLY2BELLY! Fans fire up, Yano brings Loa back up. Loa headbutts low then runs, but Yano atomic drops to a trip! Yano catapults Loa into Tama! Tanahashi gets in, they double whip Loa to a corner, Tanahashi runs in to splash! Yano runs in to back elbow! Yano shoves Loa, Tanahashi fires up and runs, but Loa avoids slingblade to shove Tanahashi into Yano! Loa fires off kicks and an ENZIGURI!

Tanahashi falls, Loa gets up but Yano kicks him back. Yano runs, Tama gets in, body shot, uppercut and NECKBREAKER! GoD gets Yano up, NIGHTFALL! Cover, TWO!! Yano survives and fans fire up! Jado calls the shot, Loa gets Yano back up. Feed to Tama, MAGIC- No! Tanahashi kicks Loa down then fires off forearms on them both! Loa kicks, Tanahashi blocks, but Tama grabs Tanahashi! Loa gets the legs, TONGAN TWIST! Tanahashi flops out of the ring, Loa drags Yano back up. Feed to Tama but Yano gets around to shove Tama at Loa! Tama bounces off Loa’s shoulder, Yano ducks Loa’s clothesline to drag him down, M U!!

TWO, Yano shoves Red Shoes at Loa but Loa moves Red Shoes aside, Yano LOW BLOWS! Roll up, TWO!! Loa escapes and Yano argues with Red Shoes! Tama gets in, Yano turns around into GUN STUN!! Tama helps Loa up, Jado wants to see it! GoD get Yano up, MAGIC KILLER!! Cover, GoD wins!!

Winners: Guerrillas of Destiny, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Yano & Tanahashi earn 0)

The Ace & The Joker fall again, but they’re still not out of the running! Can they recover and be just fine in round nine? As for GoD, they get the mics and Loa starts. “Oh, Yamanashi. Just a quick reminder of who we are. We are the seven-time tag team heavyweight champions. We were the 2020 World Tag League champions. Do not forget that. This year, we will repeat as World Tag League champions. And if you already know, we are G O suck on that mother… D!”

Tama takes the mic now to say, “Hey, champion.” He’s calling out Shingo Takagi, and says, partially in Japanese, “This is Bullet Club Nation! We are the greatest tag team in NJPW! And this year, World Tag League 2021 will be ours because we are the Guerrillas of Destiny!” Low Sweet to top it off, will Tama & Loa go back-to-back to take the Heavyweight Tag Division back?

 

Here are the NEW World Tag League Standings!

Dangerous Tekkers: 6-2, 12 points
SANADA & Tetsuya Naito: 6-2, 12 points
Chase Owens & Bad Luck Fale: 6-2, 12 points
Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI: 6-2, 12 points
The United Empire: 6-2, 12 points
EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi: 5-3, 10 points
Guerrillas of Destiny: 5-3, 10 points
Toru Yano & Hiroshi Tanahashi: 4-4, 8 points
Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan: 2-6, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
Yuji Nagata & Tiger Mask: 1-7, 2 points [ELIMINATED]
Tomoaki Honma & Togi Makabe: 1-7, 2 points [ELIMINATED]
Minoru Suzuki & TAKA Michinoku: 0-8, 0 points [ELIMINATED]


My Thoughts:

A great round, but pretty clear that the bottom four would be mathematically eliminated here. I can see why Yano & Tanahashi VS Guerrillas were the main event and not the Tekkers. Both Yano-Tanahashi and GoD were 4-3 here, this puts GoD up and just on the outside of things while The Ace & The Joker are the next ones on the bubble. I thought we were going to get a bit more out of Yano & Tanahashi but I suppose they’re here to give good matches for the other contenders. Should’ve figured House of Torture would cheat the Tekkers, they’re also just on the outside. That is quite the block at 6-2, this could still be anyone’s tournament.

My Score: 8.8/10


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