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Mitchell’s Women of Wrestling Results & Report! (11/16/19)

Who is left out in the cold while others go for gold?

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WoW Season 2

Tonight, the WOW Tag Team Division is on display!

The WOW Tag Team Championship Series has boiled down to three teams, two of which are downright scary! Which team falls just before the finals?

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • The Bully Busters VS Abilene Maverick & The Disciplinarian w/ Samantha Smart; The Bully Busters win.
  • The Dixie Darlings VS Southern Pride; Southern Pride wins.
  • Faith the Lioness w/ Lana Star VS Khloe Hurtz; Lioness wins.
  • WOW Tag Team Championship Series Triple Threat Semifinals: The Monsters of Madness VS Siren & Holidead VS Adrenaline & Fire; Siren & Holidead LOSE, The Monsters of Madness and Adrenaline & Fire advance to the championship finals.

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Previously on WOW…

The Born Legend survived her encounter with the Queen of the Splash, but that doesn’t mean the hunt is over. The Beast will want her turn, but will Tessa Blanchard find another way to duck the biggest and the baddest? And speaking of, the biggest and baddest tag team in WOW, the Monsters of Madness, qualified to become the third team in a semifinal triple threat! Will Havok & Hazard, Siren & Holidead or Fire & Adrenaline be completely ELIMINATED from the championship series? And which two become our finalists fighting over those coveted tag titles?

 

Welcome BACK to WOW!

The Bully Busters couldn’t get going in the WOW Tag Team Championship series, but they won’t back down from a fight! As for The Smart Team, they’re looking to finally push past those they look down on. Will Keta Rush help her protege, Stephy Slays, finally get some payback on Abilene Maverick and The Disciplinarian, Robyn Reid?

The Bully Busters VS Abilene Maverick & The Disciplinarian w/ Samantha Smart!

No more “neck injury” for the Governor’s Daughter. It seems having back-up heals all wounds. But will Abilene be hurting after a loss to her hated rival?

The teams sort out but then Abilene and Reid rush Keta Rush and Stephy Slays! Keta and Stephy dodge then come back with a dropkick and a lariat! Abilene and Reid bail out and regroup with the #IQSuperior on the outside. Keta and Stephy high-ten but then Reid gets in so this match can start. Stephy and Reid circle but Abilene swipes at Stephy. This distraction allows Reid to attack from behind! Reid clubs Stephy down then brings her up to bump her off buckles. Fans boo but Stephy dodges Reid! Hot tag to Keta! Abilene tags in, too, and rushes Keta. Keta tilt-o-whirls to headscissor Abilene! Keta climbs up to crossbody! Abilene hurries away, tag to Reid. KEta dodges to kick away on Reid! Keta whips, Reid reverses, but Keta clotheslines again!

Keta puts Reid in a corner and whips but Reid reverses. Reid runs in but misses and gets rolled up! TWO, but Keta keeps on Reid. Ried throws big forearms back! Reid clubs Keta then whips her, and Abilene gets a cheap shot in! Fans boo as Reid clubs Keta and Samantha SMACKS Keta with the yardstick! Reid forearms Keta then brings her around, but Abilene tags in without permission. Reid scowls but Abilene hops up, and Reid lifts Keta. Ax handle sidewalk slam combo! Cover, TWO Abilene drags Keta up to bump buckles and again. Fans rally up but Abilene hits Stephy! The ref keeps Stephy back as Abilene taunts, and Reid holds Keta down. Abilene runs back to dropkick Keta in the back! Fans boo as Abilene tags to Reid. Reid stands over Keta and mocks Stephy before dribbling Keta down. Then Reid cheap shots Stephy!

The ref still keeps Stephy back and that allows Abilene to drag Keta to the Smart corner! Team Smart mugs Keta, and Reid CHOPS Keta down. Tag to Abilene and she grinds her foot into Keta’s throat while blowing a mocking kiss to Stephy. Tag to Reid and Reid rams shoulders into Keta. Keta fights back with knees but Reid clubs her down! Reid stands on Keta for a cocky cover, TWO! Abilene drags Keta up into a sleeper hold! Reid throws body shots then tags Abilene. Fans are booing as hard as they can as Abilene whips then knees Keta against ropes. And then back the other way! Abilene laughs as she hits a third one, then a cobra twist! Abilene elbows away, going after those ribs and abs. But Keta fights out to a headlock! Abilene tries to power out but Keta holds on tight! Reid runs in and gets Keta up, but Keta throws them both, headlock-headscissor double takedown! Hot tag to Stephy!

The Bully Busters double whip Reid to double drop toehold and a double elbow drop! Fans are thunderous as Keta whips Stephy to forearm and rally on Reid! Dropkick! Stephy fires up and monkey flips Reid out of a corner! Cover, but Abilene breaks it! Fans boo as Reid and Abilene mug Stephy. They whip her corner to corner but Stephy goes up and over to sunset flip! Cover, Abilene goes after Keta, but she’s forgetting to save Reid! The Bully Busters win!!

Winners: The Bully Busters, Stephy Slay pinning

How did Abilene miss that?! She just lost this match because she wouldn’t help her teammate! The Bully Busters get a win either way, will they be rolling on towards those tag titles after the tournament wraps?

 

The Smart Team argues in the locker room.

Abilene is DONE with this trio. Reid needs anger management and discipline. But they’re upset with her for being the undisciplined one! Well, either way, the Smart Team is back down to a duo. What plan will they formulate after going back to the drawing board?

 

WOW take a closer look at the Dixie Darlings.

Jolynn and Jolene take aim with their hunting bows, and get bull’s eyes. These two twins from the country love having some fun and joking around, but perhaps the playing around went too far. A misunderstanding turned to a boot theft prank on Grits ‘n’ Glam, Jessie Jones and Amber O’Neal. So when the Dixie Darlings let them in on the joke, Jessie and Amber did as they promised and “beat the brakes off ’em.” But a beating backstage isn’t enough to settle this. Their tag team grudge match goes down tonight!

The Dixie Darlings VS Southern Pride!

Jessie Jones grabs the mic to tell LA to “shut yer mouths.” She don’t care if y’all like ’em or not, everyone saw how Grits ‘n’ Glam got screwed out of the series! They didn’t have their boots, so they were at a disadvantage! Fans still say “You Suck!” But the boots are back on, so it’s time to beat the brakes off ’em again. With that, Jolynn and Jolene rush the ring, and the brawl is on!

Amber and Jessie stomp away as the bell rings. They double whip the twins but the twins come back with twin clotheslines! Jessie and Amber go to corners while the Darlings celebrate with a quick chest bump. They then take the fight to Southern Pride in the corners with forearms. Jolynn and Jolene line them up and whip Jessie and Amber into each other! Southern Pride regroups on the outside and talk strategy, and things finally calm down for a real match. Amber starts but runs into kicks and a headlock from Jolene. Amber pulls hair to put her on ropes then powers out as part of the ropebreak, and Jessie gets a cheap shot in! Amber lines up a shot to clothesline Jolene down! Amber drags her up by her hair to knock her down and dribble her off the mat. Jessie soaks up the heat on the apron as Amber bumps Jolene off buckles.

Amber bumps Jolene off more buckles then takes a cheap shot at Jolynn. That’s all just a distraction so Jessie can get her shots in on Jolene, then Amber runs back in for a boot! Tag to Jessie and Jesse hip attacks Jolene! Jessie drags Jolene up, wrenches and rams her shoulder in, repeat. Jessie grins as she keeps on Jolene’s arm, then whips, for a big shoulder tackle! Fans boo as Jessie goes after Jolene with a crossface! She even toys with her, letting the free arm reach for Jolynn. Jolynn gets made and the ref keeps her back, but that allows Amber to hop in and add on a Half Crab! Half Crab Crossface! Then Jessie leaves, faking a tag with a loud clap! The ref is completely fooled and Amber keeps on with a Full Crab. Jolene claws but Amber lets her go, just to knock her down. The Bullet Babe is just toying with the young Woman of Wrestling as she kicks away on her back.

Amber full nelsons Jolene and does the splits to keep on her. She rolls Jolene to a mounted armlock, a chicken wing camel clutch! Into Cattle Mutilation! Jolene endures, Amber shifts to an inverted armbar! She stomps away on Jolene as she cranks on the arm! Jolene refuses to quit, she rolls to a cover, TWO! Amber stomps Jolene down then throws hands and stomps. Amber whips Jolene but Jolene comes back, wanting a backslide! Jessie distracts as the cover is made! The Darlings would’ve won right there! Amber LARIATS Jolene down! Amber keeps on the arm and then brings Jolene up to whip into the corner. Amber clotheslines then tags Jessie. Jessie hammerlocks Jolene to ram her into buckles! “See what happens when you get in our gear bag?!” Fans chant “You Suck! You Suck!” but Jessie throws Jolene into buckles again.

Jessie drags Jolene up but Jolene has fight left! Jolene powers her way to her corner, tag to her sister! But Amber distracted just in time! Jolynn has to go back and Jolene gets mugged with double boots! Grits ‘n’ Glam are making a point about stealing the shoes. Fans start chanting, “Ref, You Suck! Ref, You Suck!” for all these missed calls! Jolene has a bloody nose from how rough she’s being treated, but Amber tags back in. Amber stomps Jolene more then brings her around for a suplex. Jolene blocks and fights back, then spins out to DDT! Both women are down, but crawling for their corners. Hot tags to Jessie and Jolynn! Jolynn rallies on behalf of her sister, snapmare to neck snap to basement blockbuster! Crucifix cover, TWO! Jessie founders up but is put in a corner. Jolynn runs corner to corner, but Jessie slips out. Jessie hotshots Jolynn’s arm and Amber goes after Jolene!

With no sister to save her, Jolynn is caught by Jessie’s Second Amendment Armbar! Jolynn taps, Southern Pride wins!

Winners: Southern Pride, Jessie Jones by submission

The Dixie Darlings showed heart but the veterans were too crafty. Grits ‘n’ Glam knew how to game the system, will this end the fun and games for Jolene and Jolynn?

“One more time so y’all don’t forget. Heaven have mercy on anybody else who interferes with me and my partner. You get in our gear, you get your gears checked!” That is to say, they’ll beat the brakes off you!

 

Lana Star speaks to Lioness.

The Fabulous One says this has to be done her way. Lioness follows along, and Lana vows no one will underestimate Lana ever again.

 

WOW shares post-match footage after Khloe Hurtz lost her return match.

Her Ring Rats mean well, but well, they always mess things up. She was angry with them so much, she fired them! With no Ring Rats ringside, will things go smoother from now on?

 

Faith the Lioness w/ Lana Star VS Khloe Hurtz!

After making The Lioness a lamb to the slaughter at the hands of The Beast, the Fabulous One arranged a rebound match. Can Lana’s newest protege bounce back against her All Natural opponent?

Lana appears first to steal Shaul Guerrero’s thunder of introducing “a new Lioness.” They are sick and tired of others taking advantage of them! WOW will learn not to underestimate Lana ever again! But Lioness has her dancers back, so perhaps the Lana way isn’t so bad after all. But after the quick performance, Khloe makes her way out and this match of rebounding Women of Wrestling begins!

Lioness and Khloe circle and tie up. Khloe waistlocks and slams then floats to a facelock. Lioness fights her way up but Khloe shifts to a headlock. Lioness fights out with elbows then runs to run Khloe over! Things speed up, Lioness arm-drags Khloe to an armlock. Khloe works her way up, and rakes Lioness’ eyes with those nails! Khloe stomps Lioness’ feet then clubs her down! Khloe drops on Lioness to put her in a clutch. Khloe smothers Lioness into the mat, but lets up at the ref’s reprimand. Khloe brings Lioness up for haymakers, then a back lift into a Tree of Woe! Khloe hops up to stomp Lioness down! And then pulls her back against the buckles! The ref counts and Khloe stops at 4. Lioness flops out of the Tree while Khloe soaks up the attention and heat.

Khloe gets back in to stomp Lioness more, then drags her up for shoulder ramming. Khloe walks corner to corner to handspring back in for a back bump! Khloe whips Lioness corner to corner but Lioness goes up and over to sunset flip! TWO, but Lioness is on Khloe quick. Khloe breaks free to trip Lioness into a figure four, then twists to hook Lioness’ head with a leg! Lioness is stuck in some kind of figure four gogoplata pretzel! Lioness endures so Khloe bends the fingers back! That’s not allowed in WOW so the ref counts and Khloe lets up at 4. Lioness rises as Khloe argues, and Lioness fights back! Big scoop slam! Elbow drop! Cover, TWO! But Lioness drags Khloe up by her extensions. Khloe fights back, the ref gets the hair out of the way, and Khloe whips. Lioness dodges and spinning roundhouses! Cover, Khloe gets a ropebreak but Lana pushes it off! But Khloe still kicks out at TWO!

Khloe knows Lana cheated but Lana plays innocent. Khloe turns around in a huff and fights off Lioness to fireman’s carry. Khloe does some squats before the Samoan Drop! But Lana distracts on the apron, using her mirror to play up Khloe’s narcissism and vanity! Khloe fixes her hair, to get SMASHED by the mirror! That’s bad luck, for Khloe! Lioness covers, Lioness wins!

Winner: Faith the Lioness, by pinfall

Beauty hurts and right now, so does Khloe Hurtz. But Lana keeps her word doing things her way. Will Lioness still have her soul having sold out to the Star of WOW?

 

WOW Tag Team Championship Series Triple Threat Semifinals: The Monsters of Madness VS Siren & Holidead VS Adrenaline & Fire!

Don’t get it twisted, this is technically an elimination match, in that someone is getting eliminated from the tournament! Which team takes the loss, leaving the other two to face off in the finals?

The introductions are made, extra referees are ready ringside, and teams sort out so that only two competitors are in at once. Havok & Hazard opt out so we start with Holidead for the Voodoo Dolls and Adrenaline for the biggest underdogs in this fight!

Fans are rallying at the bell as Holidead circles with Adrenaline. They tie up and Holidead shoves Adrenaline down. Adrenaline springs back up but Holidead runs her over. Adrenaline is up again, dodges, leaps and then hurincanranas! Holidead is up to get arm-drags all around, and a dropkick to knock her down! Tag to Fire as Holidead tags out to Hazard. Fire rallies on Hazard, then spins her for a snapmare and SUPERKICK! Cover, ONE! Hazard gets Fire with a standing STO, then puts her in the Monster’s corner. Tag to Havok, and she drags Fire up for a fireman’s carry. Fire slips out to tag in Siren! Havok welcomes the Voodoo Doll and they stand face to face. Havok shoves, Siren forearms back! They brawl in a battle of darkness and destruction, but Siren dodges to come back into a two-handed choke grip!

Havok lifts Siren but Siren fights out, not afraid of the Monster! Siren tags Holidead, and Holidead rams Havok. Neither falls so they both run and collide again! Still nothing, so Holidead keeps moving. Holidead revs up, to tag Adrenaline in, and THROW her in! Havok kicks Adrenaline down then brings her up for big forearms. Havok chokes Adrenalin on the ropes but the ref counts. Havok lets up, Adrenaline gets to a corner, and Havok two-hand pushes her into the corner! Tag to Hazard and the Monsters of Madness mug Adrenaline with mudhole stomps. And Bad Vibrations just for fun! Hazard drags Adrenaline up and around to snap suplex! Cover, TWO! Hazard tags in Havok and the Monsters mug Adrenaline more. Havok drags Adrenaline up for a big backbreaker! But she grins as she hoists Adrenaline up again, only for Adrenaline to headscissor her away!

Havok staggers to the Voodoo corner, Adrenaline hurries to her own, hot tags to Holidead and Fire! But Havok glares at Holidead, so Fire double dropkicks them both! Fire runs but into Holidead’s arms, POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO! Holidead stomps Fire then drags her up to whip and corner clothesline! Fans fire up for Fire but Holidead suplexes her across the way! Fire ends up in the Voodoo corner, and gets fed Siren’s boot! Siren tags in and puts Fire back in the corner to hit a swinging meteora! Then comes back with a Sliding D! Siren drags Fire up, hoists her onto the top rope, and in the Tree of Woe! Holidead tags in and goes corner to corner to dropkick Fire out of the Tree! “How you doing, Fire, huh!?” Fans rally for Fire but Holidead toys with her. Holidead drags Fire up but Fire dropkicks back! Holidead ends up in the Monster corner, Havok tags in!

Havok yanks Fire from Adrenaline to haul her up in the two-hand CHOKE SLAM! And then has both legs for the Boston Crab! Adrenaline leaps but Havok catches her! AIR RAID CRASH! Havok tosses Adrenaline out then goes back to Fire. Havok lifts but Fire fights out! Hot tag to Holidead! Holidead SPINEBUSTERS HAVOK! But Hazard GERMAN SUPLEXES Holidead! Fire SUPERKICKS Hazard! Siren BUTTERFLY DDT’S Fire! Havok is in a corner, the Voodoo Dolls regroup, but Hazard attacks them from behind. They go after her now, double suplex, but Havok saves her teammate to double clothesline the Dolls! Hazard gets Siren clear and Havok brawls with Holidead. Holidead BOOTS Havok, Havok rebounds, into a fireman’s carry! Holidead has Havok up but Havok slips out to reel Holidead in to her own fireman’s carry. AIR RAID CRASH! Cover, the Monsters of Madness win!

Winners: The Monsters of Madness, ELIMINATING Holidead & Siren from the series

Havok and Hazard get rid of the Voodoo Dolls! The underdogs of Adrenaline and Fire get to be in the championship match, but do they have a chance against such a dominant duo? From how the Monsters of Madness are laughing, they sure don’t think so.

 


 

My Thoughts:

A pretty good episode, mostly about tag team wrestling, but also a bit sloppy at times. For one, Keta Rush and Stephy Slays may be fan favorites, and they may have won, but they were the weak links in that match. Though I can’t really say Abilene was much better. What was going on with that Abilene spot at the end where she was going after Keta? Were they supposed to distract the ref or just each other? Have them tumble out of the ring if the latter is the case, or have them fall on the ref if it’s the former. Not really the best stuff from WOW there. The next tag team blow-off match was a bit better, though it seems like Southern Pride got a little too rough. I don’t think Jolene was supposed to get that bloody nose. But Southern Pride is solidly Heel, they get the win for being the meaner, craftier veterans, and could be a strong contender should the tag team champions be Faces.

And speaking of, I actually was among those confused with WOW throwing around the word “elimination” in the tag team series match. Most of the time, a wrestling fan hears “elimination” and thinks “until one team is left.” Instead, this was just a case of throwing in a word that wasn’t needed. I feel like it would’ve been clearer if they just said “semifinal triple threat” like I wrote, and then explained it with commentary. But in the end, there was no involvement of Princess Aussie, which seems like a shame. I fully thought the Psycho Sisters would try to screw the Voodoo Dolls over and then Aussie would help and that sets up a Six Woman Tag like I said last episode. That could still be set up all in one episode but this would’ve been better. And with Fire & Adrenaline as ultimate underdogs against The Monsters of Madness, I really could see this going either way. I don’t see many clear-cut Face tag teams in WOW, so I feel that means the inaugural champs are Faces, and then Adrenaline & Fire can be underdog champs for season three.

My Score: 8.1/10


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Mitchell’s NJPW WTL x BOSJ Results & Report! (11/27/21)

BOSJ, Round 6!

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NJPW WTL X BOSJ 2021

It’s Sniper of the Skies VS Rogue Luchador!

NJPW Power Struggle’s Junior Heavyweight title match is revisited as Robbie Eagles and El Desperado meet in the Best of the Super Juniors, Round 6!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

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Here are the current BOSJ 28 standings!

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

 

Best of the Super Juniors 28: Ryusuke Taguchi VS Yoshinobu Kanemaru!

The Funky Weapon is on a roller coaster ride in this BOSJ, but now he’s meeting the Heel Master, who is the top of the block! Will Taguchi be able to even out? Or will Kanemaru continue to lead the way?

Wait, Kanemaru attacks Taguchi while he’s posing! Kanemaru stomps away at the ropes, the bell rings to get this on record, and then Kanemaru keeps stomping. He takes Taguchi’s shirt off and continues stomping him. Taguchi gets up, Kanemaru kicks low but Taguchi CHOPS back. And CHOPS! But Kanemaru rakes eyes! Kanemaru runs, Taguchi goes the other way and the two run the ropes. Kanemaru stops himself but Taguchi keeps going as fans rally. Taguchi eggs Kanemaru on to join him, but Kanemaru just lets him keep going. Then he pushes him to keep him going! Taguchi is getting tired, Kanemaru dropkicks the legs out!

Taguchi clutches his leg, Kanemaru drags him back and SMASHES the knee into the mat. Taguchi writhes but Kanemaru stomps the leg. Kanemaru drags Taguchi up, has the leg, for a SHIN BREAKER! Taguchi writhes even more and gets to ropes. Kanemaru puts the leg on the ropes to stand on it! The ref counts, Kanemaru lets off at 4. Kanemaru drags Taguchi back to drop an elbow and clamp on a toehold. Taguchi fights back with a chinlock but Kanemaru wrenches the leg. Kanemaru then lets off to drop knees on the knee, then pulls on the toehold again. Taguchi gets the ropebreak, Kanemaru lets go at 3.

Kanemaru drags Taguchi away from the ropes to YANK the leg. Fans rally for Taguchi but Kanemaru has the leg for a HALF CRAB! Taguchi endures, crawls forward and gets the ropebreak! Kanemaru lets go at 4, then stomps Taguchi’s bad leg. Kanemaru starts kicking Taguchi in the butt! Taguchi goes to the corner but Kanemaru keeps kicking. Taguchi hits back but Kanemaru rakes eyes! The ref reprimands, Kanemaru stomps the bad leg again. Kanemaru whips corner to corner, runs in but Taguchi boots him back! Taguchi gets the bad leg moving, but runs into an atomic drop! Kanemaru runs, but into the HIP ATTACK! Fans fire up as Taguchi gets his bad leg moving.

Taguchi runs at Kanemaru to hip attack at the ropes! And again! And then baseball slide to the apron GAMANGIRI! Fans fire up as Taguchi aims from the apron and springboards, MISSILE HIP! Cover, TWO! Taguchi drags Kanemaru up and suplexes, Uno Amigo! Taguchi suplexes again, Dos Amigos! Then THREE AMIGOS! Cover, TWO! Taguchi keeps focus as fans rally up. Taguchi brings Kanemaru up to chicken wing, but Kanemaru blocks, and then mule kicks the bad leg! He kicks the leg again, but Taguchi gives Kanemaru a point blank hip attack! Kanemaru kicks the bad leg again but Taguchi gives another point blank hip.

Kanemaru kicks the leg again but Taguchi fires off point blank hip attacks! Taguchi runs, but into another dropkick to the legs! Kanemaru gets the leg for a FIGURE FOUR! Taguchi blocks the leg lock from being completed! Kanemaru puts as much pressure as he can even with that much, and Taguchi can’t hold it back! Kanemaru has the Figure Four in and Taguchi reaches out for ropes. Fans rally up, Taguchi drags himself over, ROPEBREAK! Kanemaru holds on until 4, then drags Taguchi back up. Scoop and BRITISH FALL! Cover, TWO! Kanemaru drags Taguchi to a drop zone, goes up top, MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO!

Fans rally as Taguchi is still in this, but Kanemaru goes up again. Kanemaru waits on Taguchi to rise, but Taguchi’s bad leg is really wobbly. Taguchi stands, Kanemaru waits for him to be stable but Taguchi falls over! Kanemaru hops down to get at Taguchi, but Taguchi was suckering him in! Victory roll, TWO!! Kanemaru kicks the bad leg, steps through, but Taguchi kicks him down! OH MY GARFUNKEL! Kanemaru endures the ankle lock, reaches out, and fans rally up. Taguchi twists the ankle, puts as much weight as he can on the hold, but Kanemaru still fights forward to the ROPEBREAK! Taguchi lets go, and he calls upon the powers of Strong Style!

Taguchi aims from the corner, “OHYA~!” BUM- NO, roll up! TWO!! ENZIGURI from Taguchi, Kanemaru staggers around, Taguchi gets the arms! Kanemaru fights the Dodon Buster so Taguchi TIGER SUPLEXES! Bridge, TWO!! Kanemaru narrowly escapes but Taguchi fires up! Fans fire up with him, and he drags Kanemaru up. Chicken wings, but Kanemaru grabs the ref and pushes him down! Taguchi avoids the low blow to get the chicken wings, DODON LOW BLOW! Taguchi shoves Kanemaru to ropes then rolls him up, Taguchi wins!

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

The Funky Weapon shoots down the top of the block! But Taguchi still has a way to go if he wants to be the Best of the Super Juniors, can he keep going on this upward trajectory? Or will Kanemaru be able to shrug this off and stay ahead of the pack?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 28: Douki VS SHO!

Japones Del Mal couldn’t beat his Suzuki-Gun teammates, but Kanemaru exposed the Murder Machine’s weaknesses last round. Will Douki and his pipe be able to thwart Sho and his wrench?

Sho wants the ref to check Douki thoroughly, and so the ref does, only for Sho to then push the ref aside and attack Douki! The bell rings, Sho runs but Douki hurdles, drops and rolls to headscissor! Sho gets up and Douki dropkicks him down! Fans cheer and Douki stomps Sho down. Douki drags Sho up to CLUB him, then drags him up, only for Sho to rake eyes! The ref reprimands, Sho puts Douki on the ropes, and the ref counts. Sho stops at 4, whips Douki to ropes, but holds the ropes to stop himself. Sho runs in but Douki does the splits and Sho tumbles out to the floor! Douki aims and slingshots to PLANCHA, but Sho uses a Young Lion as a shield!

Douki is down, Sho drags him up and whips him into railing! Sho steps on the Young Lion on his way to stomping Douki. Sho then has the ref check on the Young Lion, so he can get away with whipping Douki into more railing! Sho drags Douki up to torture the fingers! The ref starts the ring count, Sho slides into the ring and the count passes 10 of 20. Douki gets up at 15 and in at 16. Sho walks over to drag Douki up, but Douki throws body shots and forearms. So Sho rakes his eyes again! The ref counts, Sho stops at 4, to dig his boots in at the corner! The ref counts again, Sho stops at 4. Sho drags Douki up to scoop and SLAM! Cover, TWO!

Sho argues the count but the ref says it was far. Sho claws Douki’s eyes again! The ref counts, Sho lets off and argues with the ref again. Sho then toys with Douki, but Douki chops. And chops! Sho eggs him on so Douki CHOPS again. Sho DECKS Douki with a forearm! Sho drags Douki up, suplexes, but Douki slips out to waistlock. Sho switches, Douki resists the lift and elbows free. Sho reels Douki in but Douki breaks free to mule kick and ENZIGURI! Both men are down but Sho gets to a corner. Douki runsin to clothesline, then he runs, only for Sho to duck. Douki wheelbarrow arm-drags him, to then dodge and springboard, TRUST FALL! Direct hit and Sho bails out!

Douki aims but Sho wants to use the Young Lion again! Douki fakes Sho out, mule kicks him then ASAI MOONSAULTS! Direct hit again! Fans fire up with Douki but he’s still down to catch his breath. Douki crawls over to Sho, drags him up, and puts him in the ring. Springboard DOUBLE STOMPS! Cover, TWO! Douki drags Sho back up, hooks him up, but Sho blocks the Gory Especial. Douki knees Sho low, runs in at the corner, and blocks boots to pop Sho up into the Gory Especial! But Sho pulls the fingers! The ref reprimands, Sho CLUBS the bad hand, but Douki ducks the punch to mule kick! Douki runs, but the ref is a shield now! Sho then SPEARS Douki down!

Fans rally up while both men are on the mat. Sho gets up at the ropes, drags Douki up and wrenches the arm, and brings Douki down to kick, KICK and SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO! Sho aims his bow and drags Douki up to reel him in. Double pump handles, but Douki slips out to get ITALIAN STRETCH #32! Sho stays on his feet, reaches out, but Douki drags him from ropes to put him back in the stretch! Sho endures, Douki pulls harder on the hold and brings Sho down! Sho sputters, but he refuses to give up! Sho moves around, Douki keeps pulling, Sho turns and… ROPEBREAK! Douki lets go and Sho is dazed!

Douki hurries to the apron as Sho sputters and rises. Fans rally up, DAYBREAK!! Cover, TWO!! Sho survives but Douki calls for the finish! Douki drags Sho into the wheelbarrow, full nelson, but Sho fights free! Switch and a shove into the ref, then a clothesline in the corner that sandwiches them both! Everyone’s done, and Sho crawls to his corner! Sho brings out the wrench! But Douki’s going to his corner, and he has his pipe! Douki blocks the wrench with the pipe to PIPE SHOT Sho down! Douki gets the ref moving, drags Sho around and wheelbarrows, but Sho grabs the ref! Sho shoves the ref into Douki, then LOW BLOWS Douki from behind!

Sho gets his wrench! WRENCH SHOT!! Sho then gets the ref up and brings him over. Sho drags Douki up, for the SNAKE BITE!! Douki’s already out, Sho wins!

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

The Murder Machine gets away with another one! He’s back on top of the block, will he be able to stay there from now on?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 28: Master Wato VS YOH!

The Way of the Grandmaster surprised Ryusuke Taguchi while Direct Drive shocked the Sniper of the Skies! But will Wato stop Yoh’s momentum before it even starts?

The bell rings and fans rally up as the two circle. They feel out the grapple, Wato shoots in to waistlock but Yoh wrenches out to a wristlock. Wato spins, wrenches and wristlocks back. Yoh rolls, trips Wato and has a toehold but Wato uses a leg to bring Yoh down. Yoh clasps hands and sits up out of the armbar. Yoh has a top mount but Wato slips out. Fans cheer the standoff as the two reset. They knuckle lock, Wato wrenches to a hammerlock, but Yoh goes to elbow. Wato stops that with a headlock. Yoh pries the hold but Wato holds tighter. Yoh drop toeholds and flats to the headlock but Wato slips out again to get a chinlock and an arm. Wato then floats to have the legs tied up.

Yoh crawls and gets the ropebreak. Wato lets off, and the two reset. They feel things out then Wato KICKS a leg, then KICKS Yoh in the chest. Wato KICKS Yoh to the corner then fires off forearms. Wato whips corner to corner but Yoh goes up and over, only for Wato to kick low. Things speed up, Yoh drops and sidesteps to drop toehold. Wato avoids the basement dropkick to back elbow, uppercut and rolling sobat! Fans fire up as Wato KICKS Yoh from all sides! Cover, TWO! Wato stomps Yoh, drags him up, whips to ropes but Yoh reverses to dropkick Wato down! Wato bails out, Yoh PLANCHAS out onto him! Fans fire up with Yoh while Wato is down.

Yoh stomps Wato, drags him up, and puts him in the ring. Yoh drags Wato up, turns him and NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Yoh drags Wato up, CLUBS him on the neck, then CLUBS him again. Yoh brings Wato around to ROCK with a forearm, then whips Wato corner to corner for a back elbow! Yoh wrenches and DECKS Wato, cover, TWO! Yoh keeps on Wato with a headscissor necklock! Wato endures as Yoh puts on the pressure. Wato crawls, reaches out, and gets a ropebreak with a foot. Yoh lets go but stomps Wato down. Yoh drags Wato up but Wato throws body shots. Wato throws forearms, Yoh kicks low.

Yoh whips Wato to a corner, runs in, but Wato boots him! Yoh comes back and gets more boots, then Wato RANAS Yoh out! Wato builds speed to TORNILLO! Direct hit at the ramp and both men are down! The ref starts a count, Wato sits up at 11 and drags Yoh up and puts him in at 16. Wato then aims from the apron, springboards and FLYING UPPERCUTS! Fans fire up, Wato waits on Yoh to rise to fire off kicks! SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO! Wato keeps his focus as he drags Yoh up and wrenches to reel him in. Yoh elbows free of the Mouse Trap but Wato knees low. Wato QUESTION MARK KICKS Yoh down! You gets up, but blocks the screw high kick to a DRAGON SCREW!

Wato writhes, Yoh gets him for a CALF KILLER! Wato endures, crawls, drags himself and Yoh over, but Yoh throws elbows down! Yoh pulls back harder but Wato still gets the ROPEBREAK! Yoh stalks Wato and dropkicks the leg out! Yoh drags Wato from the ropes, to suplex, but Wato slips out. Wato’s bad leg jams, Yoh gets him again, FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up and Yoh drags Wato back up to waistlock. Wato fights with elbows but Yoh still holds on. Wato goes to ropes, Yoh CLUBS him then full nelsons. Wato breaks free, victory rolls, TWO! Yoh gets up but Wato cradles, TWO! Wato kicks but Yoh blocks, DRAGON- NO, Wato makes it a sit-down, TWO!!

Wato gets up but Yoh uppercuts! Yoh runs but into Wato’s CALF KICK! Both men are down again and fans rally up! Wato crawls over to Yoh, drags him up, and throws a forearm! Yoh forearms back, so Wato forearms again. Yoh throws another forearm, so Wato keeps going. Wato gets the edge, knocking Yoh down. Wato drags Yoh up but Yoh fires boxing elbows! Yoh kicks a leg, then spins, but Wato blocks! Yoh ducks the roundhouse, Wato ducks the heel kick, Wato sobats but Yoh goes Matrix to avoid the roundhouse! ROLLING ELBOW and GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Yoh fires up and so do the fans!

Yoh drags Wato up, underhooks, but no Direct Drive! Wato spins out to ROUNDHOUSE! Both men are down and fans rally up again. Wato rises slowly, goes to ropes and waits on Yoh to rise. Wato spins, SCREW HIGH KICK! Wato gets Yoh back up, wrenches and hooks him up, MOUSE TRAP DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Yoh escapes but Wato drags him to a drop zone. Wato climbs the corner, but oh stops him with a forearm! Yoh climbs, CLUBS Wato on the back, but Wato throws body shots. Yoh stumbles down, Wato gets up but Yoh GAMANGIRIS first! Yoh goes back up, brings Wato up for the SUPERPLEX! Roll through, and- Wato sips out to shove Yoh to a corner!

Wato runs in, Yoh puts him on the apron, but Wato GAMANGIRIS! Yoh staggers and flops, Wato aims again. Wato springboards, into a SUPERKICK!! Fans fire up and Yoh gets Wato right back up! Suplex to GHOSTBUSTER! And then, DIRECT DRIVE!! Cover, YOH WINS!

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

The momentum keeps going for Yoh! He may still be at the back, but can he power his way right to the front?

 

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

Black Mask lost to Hiromu-chan and the Headbanga lost to the Bone Soldier in last round’s battle of teammates. Now that things are back to facing enemies, who gets back up to break even?

Judging from how bad ELP’s foot feels from his backflip entrance, he hasn’t healed up from Taiji pulling one over on him by taking “that” and putting it in his boot. The bell rings and fans rally up as the two stare down. ELP and Bushi approach, but then ELP backs up to encourage the fans to get louder. He and Bushi approach again, but again ELP backs off to encourage the fans. The fans get louder, ELP and Bushi tie up. ELP puts Bushi on ropes but Bushi turns it around. Bushi lets off cleanly, and he gives ELP space. ELP gets fans to clap, “E! L P!” and then ties up with Bushi. ELP pulls on the mask, gets a headlock, but Bushi powers out, only for ELP to run him over.

ELP flexes, struts, runs, but Bushi drops. ELP stops to step on Bushi and strut some more. Bushi kicks and whips but ELP reverses. Bushi rolls off ELP’s back, dodges and RANAS, but ELP handsprings through! Fans cheer and ELP struts again. ELP even shows off with a backflip, but his foot hurts again! Bushi dropkicks ELP down! ELP bails out, Bushi builds speed, but ELP moves so Bushi rolls back to mock ELP’s rocker hands. ELP says no, don’t do that. ELP gets in, Bushi dodges again, then RANAS again! ELP tumbles out, Bushi runs and DIVES! Direct hit and ELP hits railing! Fans cheer as Bushi stomps ELP down.

Bushi drags ELP up, whips him into railing, then brings him up to put him into the ring. Bushi takes off his shirt to use it to choke ELP! The ref counts, Bushi lets go with one hand. The ref counts more, Bushi lets go completely. Bushi CLUBS ELP, turns him and NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Bushi keeps cool, brings ELP up and suplexes, but ELP slips out. Bushi elbows him away but ELP mule kicks! Bushi falls over and writhes on the mat! “It” IS back in ELP’s boot! ELP drags Bushi up, whips him corner to corner, and Bushi hits hard off the buckles! Cover, TWO! ELP tries again, TWO! Another try, TWO! ELP grabs for an ear but he instead has to grab the mask.

ELP stands Bushi up, brings him in and has the cobra twist! Bushi endures, ELP reaches for ropes but the ref watches him closely. Bushi throws body shots and hip tosses ELP down! Fans rally up while both men are down. ELP crawls over to Bushi and drags him up but Bushi fires off forearms! ELP stomps Bushi’s foot! “It” might’ve crushed Bushi’s toes! ELP then isolates a hand, and he STOMPS it! Bushi clutches the fingers but ELP bends them back! The ref reprimands but ELP BITES The hand! The ref counts, Bushi stops at 4. ELP twists the wrist, gets Bushi up and knucklelocks to HOP! ELP goes up and up and tightrope walks, then kicks Bushi to keep going.

ELP struts as he tightrope walks, kicks Bushi again, and keeps going. Bushi trips ELP up and ELP ends up getting a hotshot on the way down! ELP gasps and sputters, Bushi takes aim and SLINGSHOT RANAS! Both men go down and fans fire up! Bushi gets up first and fans fire up with him. Bushi brings ELP up and into the ring, then fans rally as Bushi CHOPS and whips ELP corner to corner. ELP reverses, runs in corner to corner but Bushi swing kicks him away! Bushi goes up and leaps, missile dropkick! BUSHIROONI! Bushi then runs in at the corner to back elbow! Bushi reels ELP in, but ELP slips out and dodges to springboard CROSSBODY! Handspring LIONSAULT! Cover, TWO!

Both men are down again but fans rally up. ELP kips up and brings Bushi up for an atomic drop! Then a scoop and SLAM! ELP goes to the corner, hops up, takes aim, DIVING AX HANDLE! Fans rally as ELP tunes up the band! Bushi slowly rises, ELP adjusts his boot, but Bushi blocks the kick to put the leg on the ropes! DRAPING CODE BREAKER! Both men are down again and fans rally back up. Bushi drags ELP up, catches ELP’s punch and spins him for a DDT! Bushi gets ELP back up, FISHERMAN SCREW! Cover, TWO! ELP is still in this but Bushi goes to the corner. Fans rally up as Bushi aims, M- NO! ELP pops Bushi up but Bushi sunset flips!

ELP rolls through, high stacks, TWO, but ELP drags Bushi up and hooks the arms, STYLES CLASH!! Cover, TWO!! Bushi survives, ELP isn’t phenomenal! ELP hobbles up, drags Bushi back up, reels him back in and tucks the arms. Bushi slips out to cradle! TWO!! ELP BUZZSAW! ELP goes back to a corner, gets the boot going again, Bushi stands and ELP hesitates?! ELP runs to V-TRIGGER instead! And then he Electric Chair Lifts, but Bushi fights free, to BACKSTABBER! Bushi drags ELP up and wrenches him into TERRIBLE! Cover, TWO! ELP survives but Bushi goes to the corner! Bushi goes up the ropes, ELP hobbles around, MX!! Cover, Bushi wins!

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

The Headbanga’s hesitation may have cost him! Will he worry less about copying Bullet Club’s best and just win as himself? As for Bushi, he evens out, but will he be able to make a play for the top?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 28: Robbie Eagles VS El Desperado!

These two only faced off earlier this month, but the irony of Eagles losing the title is that neither has had the best run in this tournament. Will the Sniper of the Skies redeem himself from Power Struggle? Or will the Rogue Luchador give a repeat performance from Osaka?

The bell rings and fans rally up already as the two stare down. Eagles and Desperado circle and Eagles gets the fans to rally harder. They tie up, Eagles waistlocks but Desperado breaks free to wrench and wristlock. Eagles spins, breaks the wristlock, wrenches and wristlocks back. Desperado rolls, breaks and wrenches back on Eagles. Eagles rolls, handsprings and wrenches to a hammerlock. Desperado stands on Eagles’ foot, gets a headlock and the takeover. Eagles rolls it to a cover, ONE, and Desperado keeps on the headlock. Eagles headscissors and squeezes tight but Desperado endures. Desperado bridges, moves around, and gets free to have the butterfly deathlock!

Eagles is down, Desperado floats to a headlock. Desperado grinds Eagles but Eagles fights up to his feet. Eagles tries to pry free but Desperado grinds harder. Eagles still tries to pry, and he gets the hold around, to then drop and trip Desperado to a leglock. Eagles floats to a headlock, pushes off ropes but Desperado rolls to a cover. ONE, and Eagles keeps the headlock. Desperado pulls hair to get up and pop out of the headlock. The ref reprimands and counts, Desperado shifts to a headlock. Desperado grinds the hold, Eagles puts Desperado on ropes. The ref calls for the break, Eagles lets off, but he does a step to make sure Desperado stays on his guard.

Desperado applauds along with the fans as he and Eagles reset. They circle, Desperado claws Eagles’ eyes! Desperado headlocks, Eagles powers out but Desperado runs him over! Things speed up, Eagles hurdles, Desperado leads, but Eagles comes back. Eagles blocks the hip toss and rolls to drag Desperado down and basement dropkick! Fans cheer while Eagles stalks Desperado, but Desperado rakes Eagles’ eyes again! The ref reprimands, Desperado lets off and he drags Eagles up. Eagles holds ropes to stop the whip, Desperado kicks the leg! Desperado whips, Eagles reverses to go up and around but Desperado blocks the arm-drag to SLAP Eagles down!

Desperado runs, flying arm-drags Eagles away, then runs in. Eagles dodges, goes up and around to flying arm-drag back! Desperado bails out, Eagles runs but he fakes Desperado out with the backflip, and then he DIVES! Direct hit and Desperado hits railing, and it’s enough to knock Milano Collection AT out of his seat! Eagles checks on Milano, but he’s alright. Eagles flexes because that’s how strong he is! Eagles then gets Desperado up to CHOP against the apron! Desperado hobbles away, stinging, but Eagles keeps on him. Eagles puts Desperado in the ring, stops him from crawling away, and stomps the leg!

Eagles paces, drags Desperado up and snapmares for a RUNNING KICK! Cover, TWO! Eagles stomps Desperado, Desperado CHOPS back! And again! Eagles eggs him on so Desperado keeps going, but Eagles knees low and CHOPS Desperado down! Fans cheer that one, it was strong. Eagles gives Desperado space at the ropes to come back, but then he goes out to drag Desperado to the apron. Eagles SLAMS the leg on the apron! Desperado flops to the floor and flounders to the ramp. Eagles goes to the ramp and Desperado gets up. Desperado CHOPS but again Eagles eggs him on. Desperado chops again but Eagles CHOPS Desperado back down!

Eagles drags Desperado up, puts him in the ring, covers, TWO! Eagles drops a knee on Desperado’s chest! Cover, TWO! Eagles stomps Desperado at the ropes, brings him around to hook the arm, and then he gets the fans to rally up as he pulls on the legs! Deathlock STOMP! Desperado writhes, Eagles covers, TWO! Another try, TWO! Eagles is frustrated but he waits on Desperado to sit up. Eagles KICKS him, and KICKS him, and KICKS again! Eagles runs, but Desperado blocks the kick! Eagles sobats, but runs into a SPINE- NO! Eagles fights out and whips Desperado to a corner. Eagles runs in but is put on the apron.

Desperado punches, Eagles blocks and GAMANGIRIS Desperado away! Eagles springboards but Desperado gets clear to come back and SPEAR! Both men are down again but Desperado gets up at the ropes. Desperado hobbles over, brings Eagles up, suplexes high and hard! Cover, TWO! Desperado has the leg for the GROUND DRAGON SCREW! Desperado gets the leg again to drop knees on the knee! Eagles writhes but Desperado gets the STRETCH MUFFLER! Eagles endures as Desperado thrashes, and Eagles fights his way over. Desperado keeps him back, but Eagles keeps fighting, ROPEBREAK! Desperado lets go and fans rally up.

Desperado drags Eagles up, reels him in, but Eagles fights the shinbreaker. Desperado kicks the leg! Desperado then brings Eagles back up, but Eagles knees free! Wheelbarrow to victory roll, to RON MILLER SPECIAL!! Now Desperado endures the leg lock, crawls forward, but Eagles puts as much pressure as he can! Desperado refuses to give up, and he powers his way to the ROPEBREAK! Eagles lets go and Desperado clutches the leg. Eagles drags Desperado back, stomps away on the leg then KICKS it! Eagles steps over, Desperado kicks Eagles away, but Eagles comes back with a PENALTY KICK! Cover, TWO!

Eagles keeps cool while fans rally up. He gets his bad leg moving, drags Desperado back up, but Desperado dropkicks the bad leg out! Desperado gets up, hobbles over, but Eagles dropkicks him in the bad leg now! Desperado drags himself up in the corner, Eagles runs in to DOUBLE KNEE! Eagles rolls back, his leg holds him back a bit, and runs in but into a boot! Eagles comes back to Tiger Feint the leg out! Eagles then comes back with METEORA! Desperado flops down, Eagles covers, TWO! Eagles drags Desperado to a drop zone, but his own bad leg slows his climb. Eagles 450, but he catches Desperado’s knees! Eagles turns Desperado to drop knees on the knee!

Eagles gets the leg, steps through but Desperado roll shim up! TWO, to the STRETCH MUFFLER! But Eagles power sit to a cradle, TWO! ROUNDHOUSE! SUPER- NO! Desperado blocks, reels Eagles in, but Eagles fights the Guitarra to slip around and cravat, SHIRANUI but Desperado blocks that! Desperado spins Eagles around, GUITARRA- NO! Eagles slips out and ROLLING KICKS the leg out! Eagles runs, but Desperado ducks the blindside! Both men get their bad legs moving, Eagles ducks the haymaker to SUPERKICK, then SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO!! Desperado survives and Eagles can’t believe it!

Eagles grits his teeth while fans rally up. Eagles aims his finger gun, rolls Desperado up but Desperado fights out to SPINEBUSTER! And then a roll, float over, GUITARRA DEL ANGEL! Cover, TWO!! Eagles survives and fans fire up! Desperado drags Eagles up, underhooks the arms, but Eagles RANAS out but Desperado sunset flips! TWO, Eagles sits on it, TWO! Desperado runs into a schoolboy with bridge, TWO!! BIG elbow shot, but Eagles PELES back! Both men are down but Eagles fires up! Eagles drags Desperado up, cravat to SHIRANUI! Then dragon sleeper and a spin, but Desperado slips out to EL ES CULERO! DESPERADO WINS!!

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

Eagles can’t believe it! Desperado didn’t even need his best shots to win! But with this, will Desperado also look to take back the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championships in the near future?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 28: Hiromu Takahashi VS Taiji Ishimori!

The Ticking Timebomb and Bone Soldier Reborn were the winning halves of their tag teams last round, and now they close out this round! Will one side sweep the night? Or will we see a 1-1 split?

Hiromu hands over the guide book to Milano, and he seems to be calling Taiji a “Muscular chihuahua.” The bell rings and they ram each other! Then they start throwing forearms! Taiji gets the edge, whips but Hiromu reverses to then follow and RANA, but Taiji blocks! Taiji brings Hiromu up but Hiromu slips out, only for Taiji to get around and waistlock. Hiromu switches but Taiji elbows him away. Taiji whips, Hiromu reveres but Taiji handsprings, into a waistlock! Taiji switches again, shoves Hiromu into a corner, then blocks the boots to ENZIGURI. But Hiromu gets out of the ropes to elbow! Hiromu keeps going and he runs Taiji over!

Fans fire up while Hiromu catches his breath. Hiromu drags Taiji up, CHPOS him, then CHOPS him again! Hiromu brings Taiji around to CHOP again and Taiji leans on ropes. Hiromu whips, Taiji reverse to shoulder and WRING the arm out, then WRING it again! Hiromu bails out and clutches the arm. Red Shoes checks on him but Hiromu says he can still continue. Taiji goes out as Hiromu goes around the way. Taiji stalks Hiromu, then BOOTS him into railing! Taiji wraps the arm around railing and pulls! Hiromu grabs at Taiji’s hair but Taiji kicks the railing to jam the arm. Taiji drags Hiromu up, fans rally, and Taiji wernches to hammerlock and POST the bad arm!

Taiji puts Hiromu in, pulls on the arm and SLAMS it against the post! Then Taiji brings out a chair! Taiji SLAMS the bad arm into the post, then snatches a chair from the timekeeper’s area. Red Shoes confiscates that chair, but doesn’t see Taiji get the chair from under the ring and SMACKS Hiromu’s arm! Hiromu goes running as he clutches the bad arm, but fans rally behind him. The ring count starts, Taiji drags Hiromu up by the bad arm and puts him in the ring at 8 of 20. Cover, TWO! Taiji is annoyed but he drags Hiromu by the bad arm again. Taiji wrenches to an ELBOW BREAKER! And then snapmares to drop a leg on the bad arm, and trap it for an arm scissors.

Hiromu endures, moves around, but Taiji drops a knee on the bad arm, then drops a fist! Cover, TWO! Hiromu gets himself to a corner, Taiji goes over to CHOP him down! Taiji drags Hiromu up but Hiromu CHOPS, so Taiji kicks the bad arm, and gives it an ARM CODE BREAKER! Cover, TWO! Taiji keeps on Hiromu, locking up the good arm to then pull on the bad arm. Taiji moves the arm around and around then YANKS it back! Hiromu crawls to the corner and fans rally up. Taiji paces, then drags Hiromu up but Hiromu CHOPS back! And CHOPS again! And again! Taiji CLUBS Hiromu down, but Hiromu gets up to CHOP!

Taiji eggs Hiromu on, Hiromu throws forearms but Taiji BOOTS the bad arm! Taiji runs but Hiromu follows and RANAS Taiji down! Fans rally up as Hiromu drags himself up the ropes. Taiji runs in but Hiromu boots him! Hiromu then hops up to HANGING HEADSCISSOR! Red Shoes counts, Hiromu lets go at 4. Hiromu gets in to whip Taiji to the corner and clothesline! Then he snapmares and runs to basement dropkick! Taiji bails out and fans rally up! Hiromu goes to the apron for the FLYING SHOTGUN DROPKICK! Taiji hits railing and Hiromu fires up! Hiromu gets his bad arm moving, then drags Taiji up to put him in the ring.

Hiromu drags Taiji up, FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO! Hiromu drags Taiji up, fireman’s carries, but Taiji slips off to send Hiromu into the corner. Taiji runs in, blocks boots, ENZIGURI! Taiji runs to SLIDING GERMAN! Fans rally up while Hiromu is down. Taiji drags Hiromu out, underhooks, but Hiromu fights off the Bloody Cross! Taiji knees low and fireman’s carries to SNAKE EYES Hiromu on the railing! Hiromu writhes, Taiji gets in the ring and the ring count starts. Fans rally up but Hiromu stirs. Hiromu rises at 12, stands at 14, and gets in at 15, only for Taiji to basement dropkick the bad arm! Taiji steps over, YES LOCK!

Hiromu endures, moves around, reaches out and fans rally up. Taiji pulls back, but Hiromu keeps crawling over! Ropebreak! Red Shoes counts, Taiji lets go. Red Shoes checks on Hiromu but Taiji unties the blue buckle pad! The Bullet Club favorite! Taiji goes back to Hiromu, drags him up, gut wrenches, but Hiromu fights to gut wrench Taiji! But Taiji headscissors free, but swings into a hook, spin and RANA, that Hiromu makes into D!! Taiji is stuck in the triangle hold, but he fights up to deadlift, but Hiromu RANAS him back down! Hiromu holds tight to the triangle hold but Taiji endures. Fans rally, Hiromu has Taiji down on the mat, but Taiji powers up again!

Taiji manages a deadlift and BUCKLE BOMB! It was still a padded corner so Hiromu got lucky there. Hiromu falls out of the ring but fans rally up. Taiji stays in the ring as the count climbs, but Hiromu gets up. So Taiji goes to the corner and jumps up! Hiromu stops Taiji and has a waistlock! Taiji resists, but Hiromu shifts to a bomb position! Taiji fights free of that but Hiromu SUPERKICKS him! Hiromu drags Taiji up, fireman’s carries, APRON DEATH VALLEY! Both men fall to the floor as fans fire up! Red Shoes checks, they’re both okay to continue. Fans rally up and the ring count starts while both men stir.

Hiromu stands at 11, staggers about and goes to Taiji at 15. Hiromu puts Taiji in at 17, and fans cheer as he fireman’s carries again. Taiji fights free, but Hiromu suplexes. Taiji fights that, wrenches and ducks but Hiromu mule kicks and front kicks. Fireman’s carry, but Taiji shoves Hiromu to a corner. Taiji runs back in, but he leaps over the overhead Belly2Belly! Hiromu waistlocks Taiji up top, drags Taiji down, but Taiji switches. Hiromu switches, Taiji elbows free and slides under, to then double pump handle and flip Hiromu into position, CIPHER UTAKI! Both men are down and fans rally up!

Hiromu clutches his bad arm, Taiji crawls his way over. Hiromu throws a forearm, Taiji throws it back. Hiromu forearms again, they stand and Taiji throws another. Hiromu forearms, Taiji forearms, Taiji ROCKS Hiromu and gets the edge! Hiromu keeps coming back, even as Taiji throws more forearms! Taiji ROCKS Hiromu again and again but Hiromu just fires up again and again! Hiromu finally staggers back and fans cheer. But then Hiromu SHOTGUN dropkicks Taiji into a corner! Both men are down, fans rally up. Hiromu drags himself up, Taiji fires up and runs, into the OVERHEAD Belly2Belly into buckles!

Fans rally up again as Hiromu stands up. Hiromu goes over and brings Taiji up. Hiromu suplexes but Taiji fights out to get the arm! Hiromu fights his way over but Taiji rolls him away, to then drag Hiromu up and POST him! That’s why he took away the pad: to open the way to the corner post! Taiji hammerlocks the arm and scoops, to then SHOULDER BREAKER! Fans rally up while Hiromu and Taiji are both down. Taiji aims, Hiromu slowly stands, Taiji runs in to tilt-o-whirl, but Hiromu blocks and spins for DYNAMITE PLUNGER! Hiromu roars and fans fire up as he drags Taiji back up. Hiromu suplexes but Taiji knees free, but Hiromu SUPERKICKS!

Hiromu runs into a BOOT! Hiromu roars and runs in, to a JUMP KNEE! Down goes Hiromu and Taiji roars! Taiji aims, bang! He drags Hiromu up, BLOODY- NO! Hiromu slips out, spins Taiji around, VICTORIA! Hiromu crawls to the cover, TWO! Hiromu slowly rises, fans rally up, and Hiromu drags Taiji up in the dragon sleeper. Hiromu inverted suplexes but Taiji slips out and spins around to drag Hiromu down for the over-the-shoulder, only for Hiromu to roll him up! TWO!! Taiji runs in but Hiromu scoops, dragon sleepers, but Taiji snapmares free to dragon sleeper back! But Hiromu arm-drags free, rolls to a fireman’s carry, and CORNER DEATH VALLEY!

Hiromu fires up and fans are with him! Hiromu drags Taiji up, fireman’s carries, spins and Taiji pops out! DOUBLE LARIATS collide and both men drop to their knees! Hiromu drags Taiji up, fires up and runs, HIROMU-CHAN BOMBER!! Taiji is dazed but Hiromu fires up again! Hiromu dragon sleepers for the inverted suplex but Taiji slips out, tilt-o-whirl takedown! BONE LOCK!! Hiromu scrambles, reaches out, but Taiji rolls him away! Taiji pulls way back, HIROMU TAPS! TAIJI WINS!!

Winner: Taiji Ishimori, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Hiromu earns 0)

The Bone Soldier defuses the Timebomb and has a huge win under his belt! Can Hiromu recover and still have a chance at going back-to-back? As for Taiji, he takes a moment to rest before he gets the mic. “Hiromu. You really are something. I hate to admit it, but damn!” Fans applaud this odd showing of respect Taiji is giving as Hiromu takes his leave. Taiji says he can’t go on some “energetic rant like Hiromu,” but he’ll just say, “The NJPW Junior Division isn’t all about El Desperado and Hiromu Takahashi! I said this before, but once again. Look at me! I will show you strength and greatness! It’s Reborn!” Will Taiji prove this division doesn’t belong to anyone but him?

 

Here are the NEW BOSJ 28 standings!

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


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