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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (11/6/19)

NXT prepares for war!

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NXT continues on towards TakeOver!

WarGames is on the horizon, but so is the first-ever Survivor Series featuring NXT! Will there be responses from Raw and SmackDown?

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Pete Dunne VS Damien Priest; Dunne wins.
  • Taynara Conti VS Santana Garrett; Conti wins.
  • Shayna Baszler VS Dakota Kai; Baszler wins.
  • NXT Cruiserweight Championship #1 Contender’s Match: Tony Nese VS Angel Garza; Garza wins and will challenge Lio Rush for the title.
  • Isaiah “Swerve” Scott VS Dominik Dijakovic; Dijakovic wins.
  • Six Man Tag: The OC VS Tommaso Ciampa, Keith Lee & Matt Riddle; No Contest.

PLAY BY PLAY

BREAKING NEWS: There is a response from the main roster!!

Just before NXT went on the air, The OC appeared to attack the Undisputed Era, minus Adam Cole! Bobby Fish was bloodied by Luke Gallows while Karl Anderson and AJ Styles beat down Roderick Strong and Kyle O’Reilly! Gallows even CHOKE SLAMS Fish through a table! “That’s called a receipt, kids!”

The OC now walks into the arena!

The Phenomenal One and the Best Tag Team in the World beat up security! Full Sail is torn as the trio enters the ring and has a mic. “So this is NXT?” Full Sail chants loud and proud! But Styles needs to understand something: The Undisputed Era tried to take over Raw to start a war? “Well we’re bringing the war to you!” Why not? All the champions just got taken out. So now The OC is taking over NXT. That’s not just Phenomenal, that is Undisputed. And Too Sweet. But here comes Tommaso Ciampa! The Blackheart has a mic of his own to counter. Fans chant “Daddy’s Home!” as Ciampa says that for years, Ciampa used to be asked the same question: When is Ciampa going to the main roster? Well, Styles, Anderson, and Gallows, Ciampa will be the first to welcome the OC to the real main roster.

Ciampa says that NXT is now and always has been THE show, and just happens to be “Daddy’s Home.” So if y’all wanna whip Undisputed Era’s ass, fine by him. But if they’re going to stand in his ring and claim they’re taking over, Ciampa does have a problem there. Styles doesn’t think the three of them should be worried about Ciampa. Styles admits, Ciampa is the only one with balls to say anything. But then Ciampa is joined by Keith Lee and Matt Riddle! “It looks to me like we’ve got plenty of balls.” Ciampa, Lee and Riddle were more than ready to go against the Undisputed Era at WarGames, but it seems they’ve found someone to go to war with tonight! Fans love the sound of that! But AJ Styles says they need to think about that. “You’re on!” The OC will wage war with the Limitless, the Bro and the Psycho Killer!!

 

Pete Dunne VS Damien Priest!

While NXT may be going after Raw and SmackDown, the Bruiserweight just wants after the Archer of Infamy! Priest aimed low in order to defeat Dunne before, but will Dunne be aiming a little higher? Or will Priest still #LiveForever?

The bell rings and Dunne glares at Priest. Fans duel as Priest and Dunne circle. Priest smirks but backs off to ropes as Dunne approaches. The two tie up and Priest headlocks, but Dunne powers out to speed things up. Dunne hurdles but Priest has the dragon sleeper! No Reckoning yet, Dunne wants the pump handle! Priest denies the Bitter End to choke grip! But Dunne has fingers! Priest breaks free but Dunne bobs ‘n’ weaves those big kicks, only to miss his own forearm. Priest smirks again as NXT goes picture in picture.

The two circle again, tie up, and Dunne headlocks. Priest powers out and elbows him down! Priest soaks up the cheers and jeers, but Dunne KICKS back on his leg! And again and again! Dunne rolls Priest, TWO, but he stomps the arm out! Priest gets up but Dunne clotheslines him out! Priest lands on his feet but slides into Dunne’s trap! Dunne grinds and stomps the hand! Priest reels back, but Dunne is on the apron, and he Penalty Kicks the arm! Priest gets into the ring but Dunne grabs at the arm. Priest spins out to roundhouse Dunne down! Priest grabs at Dunne on the apron but gets caught into a hanging armbar! The ref counts and Dunne lets go at 4! Priest reels back again, but Dunne climbs up top. Dunne suckers Priest in, and has the arm for a KICK! Then he puts the fingers on the post to kick them!

Dunne gets in while Priest shakes out his hand. Dunne wants to bomb but Priest holds the tag ropes to save himself! Priest pushes Dunne away, then catches him for an elevated Complete Shot! Priest finally breathes easy with Dunne down. Priest drags Dunne up but Dunne hits back. Priest swiftly kicks then discus forearms Dunne down! Priest keeps on Dunne with a chinbar, but Dunne has fingers again! Dunne stands but Priest ROCKS him with a right! Priest drags Dunne up to throw him into buckles, then throws big haymakers and stomps to keep him down! The ref backs Priest off but Priest drags Dunne up to whip him corner to corner. Priest runs in to hit a big back elbow in the corner! Then he suplexes Dunne to a Falcon Arrow! Cover, TWO!

NXT returns to single picture as Priest looms over Dunne. Priest toys with Dunne and waits for him to sit up, before he throws another big right! Dunne throws one back! Priest kicks Dunne while he’s down then continues to do so. Priest puts Dunne in a chinlock, grinding his knee into Dunne’s back. Fans rally up and Dunne fights his way up. Priest knees low then shoves Dunne to a corner. Priest runs in but Dunne hops on for a Kimura! But Priest endures and stays standing, to power Dunne to a suplex! Dunne knees free to X-PLEX Priest! Both men are down but Full Sail fires up. Dunne and Priest slowly stand and Dunne throws fast hands! Priest swings but misses, and Dunne just CHOPS away! Dunne whips but Priest blocks to reverse. Dunne goes up and over to enziguri! Priest staggers about, Dunne goes up, and leaps to dropkick the legs out!

Fans fire up as Dunne has Priest, but Priest elbows free. Priest runs but Dunne sidesteps, only for Priest to standing switch out of the rebound German! Priest suplexes, but Dunne lands on his feet to BUZZSAW! Priest bails out but Dunne goes to the apron to climb up top. Dunne MOONSAULTS! Direct hit wipes them both out! Full Sail rallies for “NXT! NXT!” The ring count begins and Dunne gets in at 4. Priest crawls over to steel steps at 5 but Dunne goes out to pursue. Priest knees low and whips Dunne at steel steps. Dunne hops up to moonsault back! But Priest gets clear to choke grip and CHOKE SLAM on the apron! Dunne writhes but Priest puts him in to climb up top. Priest aims, but flies into a forearm! Dunne has Priest, powerbomb! Cover, TWO!!

Both men are down but fans builds back up to a rally. Dunne is up first and aims, to STOMP the hands! BUZZSAW! Pump handle, but no Bitter End! Ear clap to ROUNDHOUSE! Dunne bails out, Priest catches his breath, but then Priest builds speed to FLY! The step-up tope conjilo wipes Dunne out, and both men are down as NXT goes to break!

NXT returns as Dunne and Priest are brawling fast and furious! Priest spins but into Dunne’s HARD right! Dunne fires off more, but he spins into a HARD right from Priest! Dunne rebounds, but BOTH men throw big rights! Priest falls over but comes back to clothesline with Dunne! And double KICKS take both men out! Full Sail gives a standing ovation for this one as both men are down again. Dunne and Priest stir as the standing count begins. Fans hope they “Fight Forever!” as Dunne dodges a kick. Priest wrenches and headbutts! But Priest LARIATS! Choke grip, but Dunne enziguris Priest away! Dunne runs in, goes up but gets caught, CRUCIFIX BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Dunne lives and Priest is too tired to be shocked.

Fans duel again as another standing count begins. Priest stands first, takes aim, but Dunne grabs the hand! Dunne has those fingers, but Priest runs at the ref! The ref turns away and Priest kicks low, but Dunne blocks it! To LOW BLOW Priest back! Dunne drags Priest into the armbar, and SNAPS the fingers!! Priest taps, Dunne wins!!

Winner: Pete Dunne, by submission

Turnabout is fair play! And the Bruiserweight gets even with the Archer of Infamy! Will this feud go down in infamy on the road to WarGames?

But here comes Killian Dain! The Beast of Belfast wants revenge for his fingers, but Priest pulls him off Dunne?! To go after Dunne himself! Dain headbutts Priest out! Then Dain aims at Dunne, runs in corner to corner, big corner splash! Dunne is down, Dain goes up, VADER BOMB! The referee tells Dain to leave, but Dain warns Dunne this is what he gets. Dain does leave Dunne, but Priest goes after him! But his own bad hand hinders him, and Dain rams Priest into steps! Dain gets space, to CANNONBALL into Priest! Big Damo has decimated Dunne and Damien, will he continue to destroy whoever stands in his way?

 

The WarGames teams are being assembled!

As announced on WWE’s The Bump, team captains Rhea Ripley and Shayna Baszler have recruited teammates for the historic 4v4 Women’s WarGames match. Shayna chose Io Shirai and Bianca Belair while Rhea chose Tegan Nox and Candice LeRae. However, that leaves each team with a fourth partner to be picked. Who will Rhea and Shayna recruit in time to make history?

 

Backstage interview with Dakota Kai.

Rhea and Shayna both didn’t see much stock in choosing the Captain of Team Kick. Rhea doesn’t see Dakota as a strong enough of a fighter, while Shayna says Dakota is just a “waste of a pick.” But Dakota is taking Shayna on tonight, so what is she hoping to prove? Everyone knows the history between Dakota and Shayna. But Dakota isn’t the same person she is before, she’s more fired up than ever before. Dakota proves to both teams why she deserves to be in WarGames! And if Shayna wants to say Dakota is a waste of a pick, let’s see what she says after Dakota kicks her face off!

 

Taynara Conti VS Santana Garrett!

Surely both the Brazilian Blackbelt and the returning real-life Superwoman surely both want to make impressions on the team captains tonight. But which woman makes the biggest impression by taking home a win?

The bell rings and Taynara circles with Santana. They tie up, push each other around, but Taynara hops up to get an armbar takedown! Santana makes it a cover, ONE as Taynara lets her go. The two go again, Taynara waistlocks but Santana reverses to a wristlock. Taynara kicks and knuckle locks for an STO! Cover but Santana bridges. Taynara sweeps the legs to crisscross the arms and pull! Santana reaches up to drag Taynara down with headscissors! Taynara pops out, but runs into arm-drags! Santana wrenches and Russian Leg Sweeps to a cover, TWO! Santana runs but Taynara tightly overhead suplexes, then KNEES Santana at the ropes! Taynara wraps Santana’s arm on the ropes to kick away! The ref counts and Taynara lets up at 4, to drag Santana. Santana holds ropes, so Taynara kicks out the arms! Cover, TWO!

Taynara grits her teeth, growing frustrated with the Mae Young Classic competitor. Taynara sits Santana up to kick away on her back and shoulder. Taynara drags Santana up but Santana hits back with forearms! Taynara knees low then reels Santana in, judo takedown to takedown! Taynara wrenches Santana, rolls her, umaplata into Rings of Saturn! Santana endures, reaches with legs, and pries an arm free to push to a cover. TWO and Taynara crucifixes, TWO! Santana jawbreakers back! Taynara staggers, but runs into an elbow. And a boot! Santana dodges in the corner, runs back in and rallies with forearms! Santana handspring back elbows in the corner! Taynara walks into a waistlock, but she bucks Santana off. Santana handsprings back to DECK Taynara! Cover, TWO!! Taynara survives and Santana can’t believe it. But Santana runs, handsprings, but her moonsault misses! Taynara Brazil BOOTS her down! Cover, Taynara wins!

Winner: Taynara Conti, by pinfall

Has this gotten the attention of Rhea and Shayna? Or is there still something more the team captains are looking for in a WarGames teammate?

 

Shayna Baszler VS Dakota Kai!

The Queen of Spades doesn’t think much of Team Kick’s kiwi, as we’ve seen in the past. However, Dakota has grown since returning from those injuries, and looks to prove she’s worthy of WarGames. Will Dakota kick her way to a pick? Or will Shayna simply use her as a warm-up on her way to a busy Survivor Series weekend?

Shayna of course has her Horsewomen ringside, so Dakota will have to keep her head on a swivel. The bell rings and Dakota circles with Shayna. They tie up, Shayna powers Dakota to a corner, but lets up at the ref’s count. Dakota gives a shove! They tie up again and Shayna waistlocks to then pull hair. She shoves Dakota, but Dakota pie faces! Shayna waistlocks and has the hair again but Dakota leg trips! Dakota runs but fakes Shayna out, to scuff her with a boot! Dakota eggs Shayna on, then BOOTS her back! Shayna dodges in the corner but Dakota goes up and over to roll her up, TWO! Dakota arm-drags Shayna then leaping snapmares! PENALTY KICK! Shayna bails out to cool off, but Dakota aims from the apron. Shayna catches the kick to throw Dakota into the post! Dakota is down and Shayna goes to the ring.

Dakota gets up and in but Shayan is on that bad leg! Shayna stomps away then drags Dakota into a knee wrench! Dakota endures as Shayna pulls hard, but she refuses to quit. Dakota kicks with her free leg but Shayna turns her over. Shayna lets her hair down to STOMP the ankle!! Dakota clutches her foot as she goes to ropes. Shayna may have damaged Dakota all over again as NXT goes to break.

NXT returns as Dakota fights against a heel hook! Shayna lets go and Dakota hobbles to a corner. Shayna runs in, Dakota STOMPS Shayna down! Fans rally up as both women slowly rise. Dakota lariats and rallies on Shayna! Dakota boots and hook kicks to then quickly go to the apron. Dakota forearms, drags Shayna down and spins her around for a BOOT! Shayna is reeling, fans are rallying, Dakota runs in for the swinging meteora! Cover, TWO! Dakota hurries to a corner and climbs up top. Shayna stops her with a kick! Shayna climbs up, clubs away on Dakota’s back, then brings her in for a GUT WRENCH SUPERPLEX! Cover, TWO!! Dakota still lives but she is dazed. Shayna and Dakota both slowly rise as fans duel. Shayna forearms but Dakota hits back! They brawl from their knees to their feet!

Dakota forearms, Shayna body shots Dakota forearms, Shayna forearms back. They pick up speed and go around the ring, and now it’s just fast and furious! Shayna staggers Dakota, blocks, but misses to get a headbutt! Dakota is learning from Tegan! But she runs into a roundhouse! Dakota rebounds to DISCUS! Shayna is in a corner, Dakota goes Around the World, but into Shayna’s ROUNDHOUSE! Dakota still gets the BOOT WASH! Both women are down again and fans are rallying up! Shayna rises first but Dakota slowly follows. Dakota drags Shayna up by her hair to kick away on her face! Dakota fireman’s carries, but the bad leg lets out. Shayna kicks the leg out, then runs to hit the step-up KNEE! Cover, TWO!! KIRAFUDA KLUTCH!! Dakota flips out to BOOT Shayna!

Dakota runs, but into a takedown! KIRAFUDA AGAIN! Dakota flails, rolls, reaches, but Shayna uses a leg to trap Dakota! Dakota taps, Shayna wins!

Winner: Shayna Baszler, by submission

The Submission Magician had just enough tricks to defeat Dakota. Will losing impress Rhea Ripley?

But then the Horsewomen go after Dakota for good measure! But here comes Team Rhea! Only for Team Baszler to intercept! Io Shirai wipes out Candice into the titantron then brawls with Tegan while Rhea gets sent into steel steps! Bianca joins in to go after Tegan, and Team Baszler has the advantage! Until MIA YIM attacks with a kendo stick!! Head Baddie swinging for the fences on all of Baszler’s team! And then gets at Baszler herself! Full Sail is thunderous as Mia stands tall protecting Dakota. If not Dakota, then has Mia Yim just made herself Rhea’s fourth pick?

 

Backstage interview with Ciampa, Lee and Riddle.

After running all over SmackDown and Raw, they take on The OC in Full Sail. The question is then, do they have a fourth man for WarGames with the Undisputed Era? One thing at a time. Everyone will know when they know. As for The OC, they’re coming into NXT looking for a fight. Come on in, the door is wide open! But will Team Blackheart slam that door shut on this takeover going the other way?

 

NXT Cruiserweight Championship #1 Contender’s Match: Tony Nese VS Angel Garza!

The Man of the Hour has got targets on his back from both the black ‘n’ gold and the purple ‘n’ orange. The Premier Athlete is a 205 Live pillar while the pride de La Familia de Garza looks to make himself a cornerstone of this Cruiserweight Division. Who will be meeting Lio Rush for the title in the near future?

The bell rings and Full Sail is on Garza’s side. Garza counts his own abs and sees he’s not too far off Nese’s 8-pack. The two tie up and go around into a corner. Nese and Garza both pull hair! They tell each other to let go, but Garza shoves Nese away. They go again, Nese waistlocks but Garza leg trips to a leg lock! Garza has Nese in the Trailer Hitch, but Nese slips out to cover, ONE and Garza facelocks. Nese slips out but Garza powers him over, but the two separate. Fans cheer this opening exchange! The two get up and go again, and Nese kicks to wrench Garza to the mat. Nese grinds a knee into Garza’s shoulder, but fans rally. Garza rolls up and around to wrench but Nese rolls to a waistlock and slam! Nese flexes on Garza as fans boo and jeer.

Garza and Nese get up and go again. Garza ducks to shove, hurdle but Nese leaps over. Things speed up more, Garza huricanranas! And… No! Nese denies the pants removal with a CHOP! Fans boo but Garza CHOPS back! Nese CHOPS, and Garza eggs him on! Nese CHOPS but Garza wants more. Nese trips him to throw hands but Garza turns it around to throw hands of his own. Both men break and end up in corners. Nese runs in but Garza dodges, only to walk into an elbow! Nese bumps Garza off buckles then throws body shots. Garza turns it around to put Nese up top, but Nese boots him away. Garza enziguris back! Garza climbs up to join Nese, clubs away on Nese first, then wants the superplex. Nese fights back, adjusts, sunset flip but no bomb! The pants come off!! Garza then missile dropkicks Nese down! Garza grins as NXT goes to break.

NXT returns and Garza fights out of Nese’s hold. Nese pulls hair again to whip Garza. Garza rolls, rebounds and forearms! Garza is rallying, and he dropkicks Nese down! Nese is reeling, and is sent to the apron. Garza sweeps to WRECK Nese with the dropkick! Garza then goes out and climbs up top, SUPER MOONSAULT! And he’s right back up! Fans cheer for “NXT! NXT!” as Garza puts Nese in. Nese misses his kick, Garza underhooks, butterfly backbreaker! Cover, TWO! Nese lives, showing that toughness that made him a champion. But Garza drags him up to slap Nese around. Nese slips under, pump handles, and scoops to a SLAM! Cover, TWO!! Nese is learning how tough Garza is, but he drags Garza up to pump handle again. Another lift, but Garza slips out to inverted gut wrench, falling lung blower!

Garza has Nese in the drop zone and fans rallying behind. Garza is up top, SHORYUKEN from Nese! Garza shoulders in but into a kick! Nese roundhouses then sweeps the legs, then slingshots. Nese fakes Garza out and cartwheels over to run into a tilt-o-whirl DDT to the floor! Nese puts Garza in, climbs up top, 450 SPLASH! Cover, ROPEBREAK! Garza knew where he was and Nese can’t believe it! Nese drags Garza up and chops, but Garza CHOPS. Nese haymakers but so does Garza. Garza gets an edge, but Nese ROCKS him at the ropes. Nese runs into a SUPERKICK! Garza spins Nese, but they both CHOP! Both men are stinging, but Nese back drops Garza at the ropes. But perhaps too close, as Garza rebounds to powerbomb! Cover, TWO!! Nese lives but Garza won’t stop!

Garza puts Nese in a drop zone, corner LIONSAULT! But Garza catches Nese’s boots, and sits him up to mule kick! Garza underhooks, lifts, Wing Clipper! Cover, Garza wins!!

Winner: Angel Garza, by pinfall; NEW #1 Contender to the NXT Cruiserweight Championship

The butterfly sit-out driver is what grounds Nese and now Garza is going for gold! But Lio Rush appears to meet his new challenger face-to-face. Lio offers a handshake, saying he looks forward to this match. Garza SLAPS Lio instead! Lio manages to laugh it off. But will Lio give that back in spades on next week’s NXT?

 

Backstage interview with Team Rhea.

After what we just saw, is it safe to assume Rhea has her fourth? Well that was absolute brutality, exactly how Rhea likes it. If Shayna wants a fight, she’s getting a fight. The fourth and final member IS Mia Yim! Mia has been fighting her whole life, and now at WarGames, the team is “collecting bodies!” Mia is more than ready. Rhea apologizes to Dakota, but she just didn’t make the cut. Dakota tries to be happy for those who did, but she does sulk away. The Mosh Pit Kid has her team, but who will Shayna respond with?

 

Isaiah “Swerve” Scott VS Dominik Dijakovic!

Ciampa says this is Daddy’s Home but it’s also whose house? Swerve’s House! Swerve has gotten big wins between NXT and 205 Live, but is this going to be his literally biggest win yet? Or will he #FeastHisEyes on a defeat courtesy of the Croatian Colossus?

The bell rings and the two circle. Swerve gets the wristlock and wrenches, but Dijakovic pulls Swerve’s head into a headlock. Dijakovic cravats and snapmares but Swerve rolls and kips up to copy the Feast Your Eyes! Swerve ducks the big hands to fire off kicks! Fans cheer as Swerve throws body shots and more kicks. Swerve rocks Dijakovic with that right then wrenches, but Dijakovic reverses the whip. Swerve goes up and over but gets caught to the fireman’s carry! Dijakovic pops Swerve up for a knee strike, and a TOSS! Dijakovic stomps Swerve down then rains down rights! Dijakovic drags Swerve up and fans duel, but it’s “Time to Fly!” Suplex TOSS! Cover, TWO! Dijakovic stomps Swerve then powers him to a corner for big back elbows!

Fans rally up as Dijakovic CLUBS Swerve. Dijakovic whips then scoops Swerve to a backbreaker! And he steps up for a falling splash! Cover, TWO! Swerve crawls away but Dijakovic stalks over. Dijakovic drags Swerve up by his dreads to throw him down. Swerve kicks back from the mat, then rolls to spring up, Complete Shot! Fans rally for Swerve as Dijakovic staggers. Swerve hits a big back elbow then kicks the legs out, to drop the elbow on Dijakovic’s shoulders! Swerve runs in but is put on the apron. He ducks the back hand to get in, Swerve gets a GERMAN SUPLEX on Dijakovic! Swerve runs in but gets buckles, and Dijakovic hops up, only for Swerve to sweep the legs and SUPERKICK! Dijakovic is stuck, Swerve hits a satellite DDT! Cover, ONE!?

Swerve refocuses and heads to a corner. Dijakovic stirs as fans rally up, but Swerve goes up top, only for Dijakovic to SUPERKICK his legs out! Torture rack, FEAST YOUR EYES on a roll up! TWO, and Swerve fakes Dijakovic out, basement enziguri! Swerve runs in to throw a forearm, then rolls, into the CYCLONE KICK! Dijakovic choke grips, CHOKE BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Swerve survives and Dijakovic can’t believe it! Fans rally up, Dijakovic drags Swerve up, and shouts “You’re a nobody!” Dijakovic sands Swerve up and laughs at him, to choke grip. But Swerve turns the choke slam into a POISON RANA! Dijakovic is dazed and Swerve climbs up top, KILL-STOMPS TO THE APRON!! Swerve puts Dijakovic in, runs, spinning lariat!! Cover, TWO!!

Fans are fired up as Swerve takes aim again. Swerve runs in, but into Dijakovic’s grip. But Swerve breaks out, to SUPERKICK! Dijakovic tries to reel Swerve in but Swerve breaks free to ROCK him with a right. But Dijakovic spins and LARIATS! But Swerve is right up to dumdum stomps!? Dijakovic is reeling, Swerve runs in, hops up, but into the torture rack! FEAST YOUR EYES for real! Cover, Dijakovic wins!!

Winner: Dominik Dijakovic, by pinfall

A colossal challenge, and in the end, Swerve was knocked down the mountain. With Ciampa still needing a fourth man, will he give Dijakovic a call?

 

A big match is announced!

To determine which side gets the advantage in the Women’s WarGames match, Io Shirai and Mia Yim will go 1v1 in a Ladder match! Who ascends to help their team get a leg up on the other?

 

Six Man Tag: The OC VS Tommaso Ciampa, Keith Lee & Matt Riddle!

AJ Styles and the Good Brothers were the first from Raw to respond to NXT’s takeover, but didn’t expect there to be three superstars brave enough to step up. Will the Blackheart and his team keep Full Sail from being #JustTooSweet?

The trios meet in the ring, and the brawl is on! Fists are flying as Styles has Riddle, Gallows is against Ciampa and Lee throws Anderson out! The brawling spills out of the ring and Riddle turns it around on Styles. Ciampa and Lee regroup on their end as Riddle forearms away on Styles. But Styles sends Riddle into railing, as does Gallows to Ciampa. Styles gets in the ring but Ciampa powers past Gallows to meet him with the bell! Fans are behind “Daddy Ciampa!” as he brawls with Styles! Ciampa shoves but misses his knee, to dodge Styles’ back hand to ROCK him with a right! Ciampa runs, but into a dropkick! Ciampa ends up outside with Riddle, and Styles slingshots! Styles hits Riddle with the forearm, then puts Ciampa in the ring. Ciampa gets Styles, Willow’s Bell draping DDT! Cover, TWO!!

Ciampa drags Styles up and over and tags to Lee. Lee clubs Styles down then drags Styles up. Styles slips out of the scoop to kick and chop block a leg out. Styles staggers, tag to Gallows. Gallows and Lee meet as the biggest men in the match and fans sing for Lee. They tie up, Gallows headlocks but Lee powers out. Lee rams shoulders but neither man falls. Gallows runs and rams but Lee doesn’t budge. Lee runs and rams Gallows and makes him step back! Gallows dares Lee to try that again, but he goes to swing. Lee dodges and rams Gallows out of the ring! Gallows is in quick and kicks low to then throw uppercuts. Tag to Anderson and he mule kicks. The Machine Gun soaks up the heat, but Lee hurdles over Anderson to crossbody! Fans are fired up as NXT goes picture in picture.

Lee looms over Anderson then brings him over. Tag to Ciampa and Ciampa stomps away! The ref backs Ciampa off but Ciampa drags Anderson up. Ciampa whips but Anderson reverses, only for Ciampa to grab ropes. Ciampa kicks back but Styles trips him up! Gallows ROCKS Ciampa with an uppercut while Anderson distracts the ref. Anderson sends Ciampa out and Styles hits him with a sliding knee! Anderson drags Ciampa back in to whip corner to corner hard! Anderson drags Ciampa up and into the OC’s corner for big uppercuts. Tag to Gallows and Gallows fires off body shots! Gallows drops elbow after elbow on Ciampa then covers, TWO! Gallows drags Ciampa up by his beard to headbutt him into the OC’s corner. Tag to Styles and Styles stomps a mudhole into Ciampa. Ciampa taunts Riddle and Lee, then drags Ciampa up. Ciampa fights back with big haymakers, but Styles hits back! And then hits a backbreaker!

Styles taunts Riddle and Lee more then wraps Ciampa up in a chinlock. Fans rally and Ciampa fights his way up. Styles puts Ciampa in the corner and tags Anderson, and the OC mugs Ciampa. Fans boo and jeer but Anderson drags Ciampa up into a snapmare. Anderson chinlocks and grinds Ciampa down, but fans rally up. Ciampa fights his way up to jawbreaker free! Ciampa hits the OC, but Anderson redirects him for a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Anderson drags Anderson over to the OC corner and tags in Gallows. Gallows gives Ciampa more body shots then snap suplexes him down. Gallows drives elbow after elbow into Ciampa’s shoulder, then wraps on a chinlock of his own. Ciampa endures, fights his way up and jawbreakers free again! Ciampa dumps Gallows out, but Gallows trips Lee up and YAKUZA KICKS!

Gallows gets back in and drags Ciampa away, tag to Anderson. Anderson brings Ciampa up but Ciampa throws haymakers! Anderson uppercuts then hops up, but leaps into a KNEE! Both men are down and Full Sail is thunderous! Ciampa and Anderson crawl, hot tags to Styles and Riddle! The Bro rallies on the OC! Big forearm for Styles, PELE for Anderson! Riddle kips up to forearm and BROSPLODER Styles! Forearm for Anderson! And a BROSPLODER! BROTON for Styles! BROTON for Anderson! Penalty Kick for Styles! Riddle dead lift GERMAN SUPLEXES Anderson! Ripcord to Final Flash knee, Bro To Sleep and a German! Bridging cover, but Gallows breaks it! Lee returns but gets a ROUNDHOUSE! Anderson gets in, Gallows lifts Lee, but Ciampa stops Magic Killer! Ciampa throws Anderson out, Gallows uppercuts Ciampa back! Lee lifts Gallows, but Gallows elbows like crazy. It’s not enough! Lee SLAMS Gallows!

Styles runs at Lee, tornado DDT! Riddle has Styles in the German but Styles lands on his feet to enziguri! Suplex, BRAIN BUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Riddle still lives and Styles is shocked! Full Sail is thunderous again for “NXT! NXT!” as Styles wants his Clash. But Riddle powers out, only to run into a boot, then a forearm! Styles springboards, but Riddle gets under, LEE POUNCES STYLES! But into the ref! Lee realizes what he did, but he also sees Gallows and Anderson. Lee builds speed, Anderson returns, but Lee clotheslines Anderson and himself out! Riddle builds speed now, FOSBURY FLOP, but he wrecks himself in it! Ciampa hits Styles with the Psycho Knee! Underhooks, but here comes BALOR!! Finn Balor said his future is his past, and his past is Too Sweet. Styles PELES in the distraction!

Balor has Riddle, BLOODY SUNDAY! Finn and Styles lock eyes, and throw up the Too Sweet and finger guns. Styles drags Ciampa up, has Ciampa in the Clash, but Adam Cole appears to SUPERKICK STYLES!! The only member of the Undisputed Era that wasn’t attacked, and he defends his brand! But then he gives Ciampa the Last Shot?!? Cole still hates Ciampa, and Cole stares Finn down. Cole and Finn are the only two that stand tall, what does this mean for the power balance in NXT?

 


 

My Thoughts:

A great episode of NXT right here that does an equally great job of blending the WarGames and Survivor Series stories together. Though, I’m surprised the response from main roster wasn’t SmackDown based, as they were first attacked. But maybe that’s next week. We do get a great match out of Dunne VS Priest for a purely NXT story. Naturally, Dunne wins with some payback, and naturally Killian Dain comes after Dunne for his own revenge. I did not expect Priest and Dain to fight each other, perhaps we’ll get a Triple Threat out of them sometime between now and WarGames. Taynara VS Santana was technically not filler, it is technically still possible for Taynara to be the fourth woman for Team Shayna. We also got a great match out of Swerve VS Dijakovic. This can also be seen as a match where perhaps one becomes the fourth man for the Men’s WarGames match on Team Ciampa.

The NXT Cruiserweight Contender’s match was incredible, Nese and Garza did amazing for their first match against each other. With the title becoming NXT property, it did make some sense for Garza to get the win, and now we’ll get that match next week. However, this will again make me wonder what happens with 205 Live’s stories. Is Nese just out and now he has to feud with a Face on Fridays? Shayna VS Dakota was a great match, and it was a great way to bring in the Women’s WarGames story. Even when I was hoping the Women’s WarGames match was 5v5 I knew it would be Mia Yim joining Team Rhea. But now that it’s confirmed just 4v4, I really hope this snub doesn’t turn Dakota. She and Tegan just got reunited as Team Kick, so maybe Dakota helps counter Jessamyn and Marina, who will surely be present even if they’re not in the match.

Everything with The OC, Undisputed Era and Team Ciampa was great tonight. I love the touch of detail as Fish was getting beat up, just that random blood splatter on the trailer. Good promos from Styles and Ciampa to set up the Six Man Tag, and then the match itself was incredible. It makes all the sense in the world for Finn to make his presence known on behalf of The OC, aka the newest form of The (Balor) Club. It was also completely logical for Adam Cole, conspicuous by his absence in the beat down, to go after The OC himself. And then it still made a ton of sense for him to go after Ciampa, knowing that WarGames is coming. And the intriguing thing was Cole and Finn staring down. Finn still has Gargano for WarGames, but it is still unclear if Finn is with or against the Undisputed Era, and this was a good tease to keep us guessing.

My Score: 9/10


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Andrew’s IMPACT Results & Match Ratings: 12.1.2022

After the holiday, we get on track for Hard to Kill. Deonna vs Mickie James is the main event…do we see Mickie’s career end tonight?

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With the holiday last week, I wasn’t home to cover IMPACT so it’s going to be a fun night of how much I remember and how well they frame the stories.

We’re on the road to Hard to Kill, so we need to remind people about Over Drive and then move forward. I’m also curious if we get any resolution on the VBD stare down after EY lost. I really don’t want EY to get kicked since that will be a sad group of mid card sacks of shit. But I guess we’ll see.

Ratings:

  • Rich Swann vs Bully Ray: Swann wins via DQ – * 1/2
  • Moose vs Bhupinder Gujjar: Moose wins via Lights Out – * 3/4
  • Steve Maclin vs Frankie Kazarian: Kaz wins via DQ – **
  • Last Rodeo: Deonna Purrazzo vs Mickie James: Mickie wins via Victory Roll – *** 1/2

 

Results:

We get the Over Drive highlights, so I’m guessing they did their usual Thanksgiving fun episode. Bully Ray walks out to start the show. Bully recaps things, explains how he kept his word while running down the crowd, intimidating children and doing solid heel work. 

It goes a little long, but thankfully Rich Swann eventually gets sick of the diatribe and rushes the ring. Swann gets in a few pot shots, but Bully bails out, tries to walk away and gets a plancha. The referee comes out and the match will kick off the show!

Rich Swann vs Bully Ray

Bully jaws a little, lays in some punches and power moves but Rich eventually turns the tide. The quick step over back kick and a Frog Splash for 1. But then Bully catches Rich on the top rope, Tree of Woe and starts wailing on him.

Bully keeps control of Swann until Swann drops down with the Jawbreaker and then we see him start using the speed and athleticism with kicks and top rope moves. Bully stifles Rich, goes for the Avalanche Senton as he flirts with the referee and misses. Rich hits a 450 Splash for 2, and then we see a little back and forth, before Bully grabs his chain and hits Rich in front of the referee. So the DQ happens but Bully doesn’t care. Bully gets a chair and other weapons from under the ring and starts beating on Rich.

Bully really likes these zip ties, Tommy Dreamer comes out to stop Bully though. They argue, Bully shoves Dreamer and then D’Amore hits the ring to try and quell this. Bully is defiant, even D’Amore is getting fired up and looks like he wants to fight Bully. Dreamer trying to keep D’Amore away from Bully is funny and pretty great. 

Moose vs Bhupinder Gujjar

Definitely not a match I expected. 

Moose gets in the early shots, but Gujjar starts to fire back and he gets some solid shots sending Moose to the outside. Gujjar takes to long to pander after the Dropkick and Moose has him eat a Big Boot into an Apron Powerbomb.

Gujjar shows more fire but Moose cuts him down. Moose goes for the Lights Out, but Gujjar dodges sending Moose into the corner. A few shots, Ripcord Knee, Slingblade and now…tuning up the Gargoyle Spear but Moose side steps it like Samoa Joe. Gujjar leapfrogs the Lights Out again, but Moose puts the brakes on and fires back connecting with the Lights Out and the win.

Moose starts to rant and says that he doesn’t want any of the idiots to to talk about Bully Ray or “Say his name”, and then JOE HENDRY’s music hits! There is already a “This is Awesome” chant just with Joe Hendry and Moose standing in the ring. Hendry fights Moose off mostly and Gujjar hits the awful Spear out of nowhere to get Moose to powder out. 

Steve Maclin vs Frankie Kazarian

Maclin starts off with some big strikes but Kaz ducks the line and hits the Springboard Reverse Elbow, and begins his offensive. Kaz beats on him in one corner then Maclin tosses him out and we see some back and forth. Neither are really landing big strikes, Maclin keeps some control with smaller strikes and knees against the ropes, but nothing really definitive.

A few of Maclin’s shots piss off Kaz and they Hockey Fight a little but Maclin keeps all of the control. Kaz does finally start a comeback and we get some of the classic Kaz Flying Forearm, Guillotine Legdrop and Slingshot Cutter. Maclin powder…and grabs a chair. So…another DQ finish?

Last Rodeo: Deonna Purrazzo vs Mickie James

They do a good job pacing things back and forth early on. Deonna fights back and starts to rock Mickie, the Slingshot into the bottom rope gives Deonna full control. Headlock Takeover and tries to wear Mickie down, Mickie fires back but Deonna refuses to give her the advantage. Mickie finally manages to slow her down with a Headscissors and now we get Mickie dropping Deonna down, Mickie goes to the top for the Thesz Press, but Deonna pushes her off.

Commercial break kicks in, and Deonna hits a Brainbuster for a few sequential pinfall attempts, but Mickie refuses to stay down. Camel Clutch from Deonna is wearing down Mickie but she manages to fight out. A few back elbows, then Mickie goes to the ropes to try offense but Deonna stifles. They struggle and Mickie finally gets Deonna on the outside, Dropkick and Thesz Press to the outside.

Mickie throws Deonna in, Missile Dropkick, Neckbreaker and looking for the Mick D-T, but Deonna stops it. Tornado DDT attempt from Mickie, but a Pump Kick from Deonna drops Mickie for a 2 count. Queen’s Gambit attempt, Superkick counter from Mickie for another 2. Mick D-T again, but Deonna blocks and swings around driving Mickie down into the Fujiwara. Venus Di Milo gets locked in too close to the ropes.

Locomotion Victory Rolls, Deonna tries to grab the tights, but Mickie counters through and picks up the win with a little tights pull of her own.

Jordynne’s music hits. She basically says they both put things behind them, and challenges Mickie at Hard to Kill. Career versus Title. 

Overall Score: 6/10

Honestly, Bully went on a little long, Moose’s promo was a little too similar to Bully just being a piece of shit. Plus the match quality aside from the main event was lame, two DQs is redundant…so yeah, not sure what to make of this.

Career versus Title for Knockouts is nice but then after that we had the vignette killing off Eric Young so VBD is a mid card faction. Which I guess is a little sad since this is the best Deaner we’ve ever seen, but he’s still not a credible on the card.

So it was a weird show, but Joe Hendry always makes things a little better.


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Mitchell’s NJPW WTL X Super Jr. Tag Results & Report! (11/30/22)

World Tag League, Round 4!

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NJPW WTL X Super Jr.

Will the United Empire continue to conquer?

World Tag League finally goes again, and round four might be bad luck for the top of the block! Will Aussie Open continue to lead as an undefeated duo?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

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Here are the current World Tag League standings!

Aussie Open: 3-0, 6 points
Goto & Hashi: 2-1, 4 points
Naito & Sanada: 2-1, 4 points
Suzuki & Archer: 2-1, 4 points
Khan & Henare: 2-1, 4 points
The Mighty: 2-1, 4 points
Yano & Tanahashi: 1-2, 2 points
Chase & Fale: 1-2, 2 points
Evil & Yujiro: 0-3, 0 points
Coughlin & Kidd: 0-3, 0 points

 

World Tag League 2022: Alex Coughlin & Gabriel Kidd VS Bad Luck Fale & Chase Owens!

The #MechanicalBulls are barely holding on, but so are the General’s Jewels! Who gets a grip and claws their way back up before it’s too late?

The teams sort out and Kidd starts against Chase. Fans rally as the two circle, and they’re able to cheer “KIDDU! KIDDU!” The two tie up with knuckle locks, break, then go again. Chase waistlocks, but Kidd pries free to wrench. Chase spins and wrenches back to top wristlock. Kidd slips around, spins Chase and snapmares, then sits him up to a chinlock. Chase fights up to get in the ropes. The ref counts the break and Kidd counts along to let go at 4. Chase is annoyed but Kidd says it’s okay. Kidd and Chase approach, Chase kicks the knuckle lock away to tie up collar ‘n’ elbow. Chase puts Kidd in a corner, the ref counts, and Chase lets off.

Chase CHOPS Kidd, but Kidd DECKS Chase! Kidd fires up and fans applaud. Chase stands up and resets with Kidd, they tie up, and Chase claws Kidd’s eyes! The ref reprimands, Chase headlocks but Kidd powers out. Chase runs Kidd over and tells him, “SUCK IT!” Things speed up, Kidd hurdles but Chase stomps the monkey flip with a stomp! Chase headlocks but Coughlin tags in as Kidd powers out. Kidd drops down and Coughlin scoops Chase to SLAM! Kidd drops a SENTON, then the Mechanical Bulls flex. Coughlin deadlift gut wrenches for the SUPLEX! Fans fire up and Chase goes to a corner. Coughlin runs in, but Chase dodges!

Chase CHOPS, and CHOPS, but Coughlin just frowns at him. Coughlin puts Chase in the corner, but Chase blocks the chop with knees! Coughlin shapes out the arm and Chase storms up on him, but Coughlin picks Chase up to RAM him in the corner! Coughlin UPPERCUTS, CHOPS, and roars! Fans fire up with The Android as he drags Chase up. Coughlin tags Kidd, whips Chase, then kicks Chase low. Kidd knee lifts, Coughlin CHOPS, and Chase falls for Kidd to drop an elbow! Fale gets in but Coughlin kicks him first. The Mechanical Bulls mug Fale then double whip, but Fale runs them both over! Fans fire up as the Rogue General stomps Kidd.

Fale drags Kidd up, whips him corner to corner, and Chase stomps a mudhole in. Chase drags Kidd up to scrape his face on the ropes! Tag to Fale, and Chase pushes Kidd down for him and Fale to stand on his back! The ref counts but Chase & Fale salute. Bullet Club steps away at 4, and Fale drags Kidd to a cover. TWO, and Fale is upset with the ref. Fans rally for Kidd but Fale stomps him down. Fale drags Kidd up but Kidd CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Fale throat chops back! Kidd sputters and Fale tags Chase. Chase drags Kidd up, he and Fale double whip, and they body shot, knee lift and LARIAT! Cover, TWO!

Fans fire up for Kidd but Chase taunts Coughlin. The ref stops Coughlin from getting in as Chase brings Kidd up. Kidd swings but Chase dodges to BELL CLAP! Chase throws Kidd down for the NECK TWEAK! Kidd writhes and Chase tags Fale. Bullet Club whip Kidd to a corner, then Fale runs in, only for Kidd to dodge! Chase runs in but Kidd dumps him out! Fans rally up but Fale stomps Kidd down. Fale drags Kidd up, scoops him, but Kidd slips off! SUPERKICK! Fale staggers away and fans fire up! Kidd crawls for his corner, hot tag to- NO, Chase trips Coughlin! Chase wags his finger, and Fale SPLASHES Kidd in the corner! Cover, TWO!

Fans rally up and Kidd sputters, but Fale tags Chase. Chase drags Kidd up and calls his shot! Chase suplexes, but Kidd blocks! Kidd throws body shots, but Chase blocks his suplex. They fight for control and fans rally up. Chase gets Kidd up, but Kidd fights back down to TENZAN BRAINBUSTER! Kidd fires up as fans fire up, and both men crawl to their corners. Hot tags to Coughlin and Fale! The Android dodges the General to RAM shoulders! Coughlin fires off forearms then scoops! But Fale’s too big! Or is he?! Fale CLUBS Coughlin before he’s off the ground too far! Fale scoops Coughlin to a fireman’s carry, but Coughlin fights free!

Coughlin fires off more forearms, he ROCKS Fale, then tries the scoop! Fans rally but Fale resists! Coughlin knees low, CHOPS, and fires up! “LET’S GO!!” Coughlin runs but Fale CLOBBERS him! Fale then runs to drop a BIG elbow! Cover, TWO! Fans cheer as Coughlin is still in this. Tag to Chase, Bullet Club double whip to FLAPJACK and SLIDING BOOT! Cover, but Kidd breaks it! Fans fire up as Kidd fires off forearms on Bullet Club! Kidd forearms, CHOPS, repeat! Kidd roars, runs, but Chase gets around to waistlock and lift! Fale runs in, GRENADE LAUNCHER! Fale whips Coughlin corner to corner, Chase runs in and forearm smashes!

Fale runs in to SPLASH! Fale then scoops Coughlin and Chase goes up, but Coughlin slips free! Coughlin shoves Fale into Chase, and Chase falls onto his crown jewels! Fale staggers, into a SCOOP SLAM!! The Android roars and fans fire up! Coughlin clinches Chase, for an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Fans fire up more and Coughlin drags Chase up. But Chase BOOTS, C-TRIGGERS, and tucks Coughlin in! PACKAGE DRIVER!! Cover, Chase & Fale win!

Winners: Chase Owens & Bad Luck Fale, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Coughlin & Kidd earn 0)

Chase turns things around in the blink of an eye, and he and Fale survive the Mechanical Bulls! Can they survive until the end of the league to be a finalist? As for Coughlin & Kidd, is their run already over at 0-4?

 

World Tag League 2022: Great-O-Khan & Aaron Henare VS Minoru Suzuki & Lance Archer!

The All United Empire Finals is still possible, but only if the Dominator & Ultimate Weapon continue to dominate! Will they keep their hopes alive? Or will even the Empire see that #EverybodyDies?

As always, The Orchestrator, Gideon Grey, is here to give the Empire’s introductions. As for the Murderhawk Monster, he storms over the railing to get right up to commentary! Milano Collection AT and Master Wato ask for mercy, they don’t wanna get hit. Then Suzuki makes his entrance and Archer chases Gideon! Gideon runs all the way to the back row, and Archer pushes Young Lion Oskar Leube out of his way. Fans all join in on “KAZE NI NARE!” and then Suzuki-Gun attacks the Empire! Archer kicks Henare and throws him out while Suzuki himself is after Khan! Suzuki throws Khan out, stomps him at ringside, and the bell rings!

Suzuki stands Khan up to knee him low, then kick him down! Archer chases a cameraman off, but then Henare dodges his boot into the post! Henare comes back to ROCK Archer! Khan and Suzuki trade forearms, then Suzuki kicks low. Suzuki whips, Khan reverses and Suzuki hits railing! Suzuki slumps down and Khan is after him. Khan shakes the railing while choking Suzuki with his foot! Khan lets off to CLUB Suzuki but Suzuki throws body shots. Khan CLUBS Suzuki again, puts him in the ring, and then drags him around to CHOKE! The ref counts, Khan lets off and brings up all the stuff Suzuki was doing.

Suzuki kicks at Khan from below, but Khan stomps away on Suzuki! Khan CHOKES Suzuki again, but lets off as the ref reprimands. Fans rally up as Khan drags Suzuki up. Khan puts Suzuki in the corner, CLUBS him, then hops up onto his throne! Fans applaud but Suzuki snarls as Khan pulls back the arms! Henare talks trash right to Suzuki’s face while the ref manages to keep Archer back. Suzuki SPITS at Henare! Khan hops off, Henare CLUBS Suzuki, then Khan tags Henare in. The Empire mugs Suzuki but he fights back with CHOPS and palm strikes! But the Empire still mugs Suzuki with clubbing arms.

Henare ROCKS Suzuki with forearm after forearm in the corner, then digs his boots in! The ref counts and Henare lets off, but Suzuki stands right up! Henare KICKS, KICKS and ROCKS Suzuki! Fans fire up, and Suzuki hits back! Suzuki wrenches an arm, brings Henare to ropes, then HOTSHOTS the arm! Henare swings on Suzuki but into a HANGING ARMBAR! Archer runs to BLAST Khan off the apron! The ref reprimands, Suzuki lets off and drags Henare out to whip him hard into the railing! Suzuki ELBOWS Henare in the head and Henare drops to the floor. Archer stomps Khan around outside to keep him down.

Archer apparently takes offense to Khan’s ponytail being a braid, it’s too much like Archer’s murderhawk braid. Anyway, Suzuki stands Henare up, slaps him around, and he bumps Henare off the apron. The ring count climbs but Suzuki puts Henare in at 5 of 20. Tag to Archer, and Suzuki-Gun stands on Henare’s head! The ref reprimands, Suzuki-Gun steps away, and Archer drags Henare back up. Archer puts Henare in a corner, stomps a mudhole in, laughs and stomps some more. Archer digs his knee in but the ref counts. Archer lets off at 4, then Suzuki gets a shot in. Suzuki returns the trash talk from earlier as he slaps Henare around.

Archer stands Henare up and Henare throws a body shot. Archer fires up and throws his shirt off, egging Henare on. Henare throws forearms, then a CHOP! Archer laughs and dares him to do that again. Henare CHOPS, so Archer DECKS him! Fans fire up while Archer looms over Henare. Archer drags Henare up and to the corner to tag in Suzuki. Suzuki-Gun mugs Henare with body shot after body shot! Suzuki hits Henare one more time and he falls over! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up but Suzuki drags Henare up. Henare throws a forearm, but Suzuki gives it back! Suzuki eggs Henare on so Henare throws another forearm!

Suzuki ROCKS Henare with a shot, fans rally up, and Henare fires off a flurry! Suzuki kicks low! Suzuki runs, but Henare blocks the kick to step-over WHEEL KICK! Both men are down and fans fire up! Henare stirs, hurries over, hot tag to Khan! Khan throws hands on Suzuki then the Mongolian Chop! Khan whips Suzuki to a corner and clotheslines from behind! Khan dribbles Suzuki’s head off the buckles! The ref reprimands but Khan SLAM DUNKS Suzuki! Suzuki staggers around, Khan runs, and he runs Suzuki over! Cover, ONE!! Suzuki is still a tough old bastard and Khan drags him up.

Fans rally up as Khan whips Suzuki corner to corner. Suzuki reverses and BOOTS Khan! Then Suzuki dribbles Khan off the buckles! Fans rally, Suzuki snapmares and PENALTY KICKS! Suzuki seems to prefer soccer to basketball. Cover, TWO! Suzuki stomps Khan, slaps him around, but Khan stands as fans rally. Khan ROCKS Suzuki, but Suzuki ROCKS Khan! The forearms go back and forth, harder and harder, faster and faster, and fans rally with each shot! Khan ROCKS Suzuki, ROCKS him again, but Suzuki just laughs! Suzuki ROCKS Khan right back! Khan wobbles and drops to a knee! Suzuki eggs Khan on, so Khan Mongolian Chops!

Khan Mongolian Chops again! Khan roars, runs, but Suzuki kitchen sink knees him down! Tag to Archer! Archer stalks Khan, and clamps on an IRON CLAW! But Khan clamps on HIS IRON CLAW! The fans rally for the battle of iron claws! Khan and Archer go back and forth, but Archer breaks free to full nelson! Khan breaks free of that to drag Archer down to a KNEEBAR! Archer flails and crawls and reaches out as Khan grapevines the leg! Khan has a HEEL HOOK, then shifts the angle! Archer keeps moving and gets the ROPEBREAK! Fans cheer as Khan lets off to tag Henare. Khan still anchors the leg, then he and Henare stomp Archer down.

Henare drags Archer up to throw body shots in the corner. Henare & Khan double whip Archer corner to corner,  then Khan runs in to clothesline! Henare runs in to add a clothesline! Henare feeds Archer to the HITSUJIGOROSHI, then grabs at the legs. But Suzuki runs in to CLUB Henare and stop the Fubuki! Suzuki CHOPS Henare, CHOPS Khan, repeat! HEADBUTT for Henare, HEADBUTT for Khan! Henare swings but Suzuki gets around to shove Henare into Khan! Suzuki runs but into SUPERKICK BOOT COMBO! Fans fire up and Khan runs at Archer in the corner, but into a BOOT! Henare runs in, but Archer dodges!

Archer puts Khan in a corner, and he sees he has two targets! Fans fire up as Archer runs to back elbow Henare! And  runs corner to corner to back elbow Khan! Back to Henare, but then Khan dodges! Archer kicks Khan, runs, but into a chicken wing and PONYTAIL CHOKE! The ref reprimands but Khan feeds Archer to Henare’s HEEL KICK! Khan puts on HITSUJIGOROSHI, Henare gets the legs for FUBUKI, then MARINE!! Cover, TWO!! Archer survives and fans fire up again! Henare calls the shot, and he fireman’s carries Archer. Khan runs, but Suzuki slips in to catch Khan with a SLEEPER HOLD!

Archer slips free to choke grip Henare! But Henare throws a HARD body shot! Henare roars and runs in, to SHINING WIZARD in the corner! Henare shoves Archer out, goes up, but Archer blocks the “brain chop!” Archer STEP-UP KNEES Henare, and has the inverted crucifix! BLACKOUT BOMB!! Cover, Suzuki-Gun wins!

Winners: Lance Archer & Minoru Suzuki, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Khan & Henare earn 0)

The Suzuki Army just conquered the United Empire! Did they just kill the hopes of an All United Empire Finals? Or can Khan & Henare find new live in the next round?

 

World Tag League 2022: Aussie Open VS EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi!

Speaking of the Empire, Mark Davis & Kyle Fletcher are leading the pack, hoping to carve their names in history! Will “Dunk-Zilla” and the “Aussie Arrow” still be riding high? Or will the King of Darkness & Tokyo Pimp bring them down by any means necessary?

Gideon Grey returns, safe from Archer, to give Aussie Open their introductions. Then the House of Torture makes their entrance, with Dick Togo already accompanying them outright. Who knows where Sho is lurking, but surely he’s here, too. Aussie Open don’t sweat Evil or Yujiro as they taunt them during the introductions. Fletcher tells Dick to shoo, “See you later, bucko.” But then the House of Torture attack 3v2! Evil claws Fletcher’s eyes while Dick and Yujiro mug Davis. Dick even DECKS Gideon! Yujiro throws Davis out while Evil throws Fletcher out. The bell rings to put this on record as the brawling continues outside.

Evil and Yujiro whip Aussie Open but Aussie Open reverse to send Evil and Yujiro into railing! Then Aussie Open pick them up, run around the way, and SANDWICH them at ramp side! Fans fire up and Fletcher helps Gideon back up. Fletcher CLUBS Evil, Davis puts Yujiro in, and Fletcher goes in after Yujiro. Fans rally up as Aussie Open double whip the Pimp to double sledge, PENALTY KICK and SENTON! Fans fire up as Davis covers, TWO! Davis glares at Dick then drags Yujiro up to ROCK him with a forearm. Tag to Kyle, Aussie Open mugs Yujiro, and Yujiro staggers around. Fletcher reels Yujiro in, but Yujiro wrenches and BITES Fletcher’s hand!

The ref reprimands, Yujiro stops and he kicks Fletcher low. Yujiro whips, Fletcher reverses but Yujiro holds ropes. Fletcher runs in but into a FLAPJACK HOTSHOT! Evil BLASTS Davis and goes out after him! Dick ROCKS Fletcher while Evil brings Davis around. Evil RAMS Davis into the timekeeper! Davis and Abe-san both flop down on the other side of the railing! The ref reprimands and Young Lions hurry to help Abe-san. Evil kicks Fletcher around, pulls his hair, then puts him in the ring for Yujiro. Yujiro drags Fletcher to a cover and the ref returns to count, ONE! Fans rally but Evil is already annoyed with the count.

Yujiro bumps Fletcher off buckles, tags Evil, and Evil has the ref check Davis But this is so Evil can CHOKE Fletcher with his shirt! Fans boo but Evil gets away with that and covers, TWO! Evil is upset again but the ref defends his count. Tag to Yujiro and he drags Kyle up. Yujiro snapmares and runs to basement BOOT! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up with Fletcher as Evil argues the count. Yujiro drags Fletcher up, fans rally and cheer for Aussie Open. Yujiro ROCKS Fletcher, brings him around, and ROCKS him again. Evil holds Fletcher in place so Yujiro can CHOKE him with a boot! The ref has to keep Davis back so the House of Torture gets away with that.

Evil taunts Davis, then he drags Fletcher up into a cobra twist. Yujiro and Dick link up with Evil to link to the railing for leverage! Fans boo and Gideon storms over, but Dick kicks him first! Dick then makes Gideon part of the chain! Fletcher endures even more before the ref notices! The ref counts, the House lets off and Fletcher crawls away. Evil keeps him from Davis but taunts Davis to reach out. Evil brings Fletcher around but Fletcher fires off forearms! But Evil knees low! Evil suplexes but Fletcher blocks! Fans rally as Fletcher keeps fighting, and he wrenches out to get around and SNAP HALF ‘N’ HALF!

Fans fire up with Fletcher and he crawls for his corner. Hot tag to Davis! Dunk-Zilla blasts through Yujiro to corner clothesline Evil! Then Davis CHOPS Yujiro, and corner clotheslines Evil again! Another CHOP for Yujiro, another corner clothesline for Evil! Davis goes for another but Yujiro dodges the chop to kick low. Evil & Yujiro double whip Davis, but Davis handsprings and comes back to DOUBLE LARIAT! Fans fire up with Davis as he storms up to Evil in a corner. Davis CHOP-LARIATS! And CHOP-LARIATS! And CHOP-LARIATS again! Davis drags Evil up to fireman’s carry, but Evil slips around to a waistlock.

Davis elbows free but Dick swipes at him! Dick plays innocent, and Davis turns around into an EYE RAKE! Evil whips Davis into bare buckles! The fans boo the Bullet Club Special but Yujiro tags in. Yujiro & Evil stomp Davis, then Yujiro drags Davis up. Yujiro stands Davis against ropes to BOOT him! Yujiro then brings Davis out to FISHERMAN BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up for Aussie Open but Yujiro brings Davis up. Davis fights the Incolle Slam, but Yujiro kick slow! Yujiro whips, Davis reverses and runs in, but Yujiro dodges! Yujiro runs in but Davis catches him to BUCKLE SHOT!

Davis runs side to side to SLIDING FOREARM! Fans fire up and Davis runs to BLAST Evil! But Dick grabs Davis! Fletcher runs in to SHOTGUN Dick down! Aussie Open brings Yujiro up, POP-UP KICK! And then the scoop, to the LAWN DART CUTTER! Cover, but Evil breaks it! Fletcher CLUBS Evil and throws him out! Fletcher hurries back to the corner, Davis tags him in! Fans rally as Aussie Open calls for the finish, but here’s SHO! Sho distracts everyone by brandishing his wrench! The ref tells Sho to get down so he does, but this allows Evil to shove Aussie Open into each other, and the ref!

Fans boo as Dick gets in to JAM Davis with a chair! And again! The House of Torture mugs Aussie Open 4v2! Fans boo harder, then they rally up for Aussie Open. Gideon gets in to block Sho from using the wrench! But Evil CLUBS Gideon! But here comes GREAT-O-KHAN! He BOOTS Sho down and DECKS Dick! He Mongolian Chops Evil, dodges Yujiro and hits the RUNNING NECKBREAKER! Fans roar and the Empire fires back up! Aussie Open aim at Evil, SUPERKICK BOOT COMBO! Evil goes down, Yujiro staggers, and he has his pimp cane! The ref stops Yujiro from using it, and then Gideon gets in to LOW BLOW Yujiro!

Fans fire up and Aussie Open give Yujiro COREALIS!! Cover, Aussie Open wins!

Winners: Aussie Open, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Evil & Yujiro earn 0)

The House of Torture can’t seem to figure it out! Will they ever get on the board at this rate? As for Fletcher & Davis, is it only a matter of time before they conquer the World Tag League?

 

World Tag League 2022: Tetsuya Naito & SANADA VS Shane Haste & Mikey Nicholls!

It was Lights Out for the Uncontrollable Charisma & Cold Skull last round, but The Mighty did not kneel! Will Shane & Mikey stay standing? Or will Los Ingobernables de Japon make them tranquilo?

Naito takes his time with his entrance attire as always, which mildly annoys The Mighty. Shane mocks Sanada’s dancing pecks with butt flexing. The teams sort out and Mikey wants Naito to step up. LIJ fist bumps, fans cheer, and Naito obliges. Fans rally for “NA-I-TO!” at the bell. Naito and Mikey circle slowly, feel things out, then Naito toys around with the step forward and the step back. Mikey gets annoyed but they tie up. Mikey waistlocks but Naito wrenches out to a wristlock. Mikey rolls, wrenches, wristlocks, but Naito rolls, wrenches and hammerlocks. Mikey reaches back to headlock, but Naito powers out, only for Mikey to run him over!

Naito gets up, Mikey runs him over again! Mikey wrenches and whips Naito to ropes, but Naito whips the back drop away. Mikey comes back to turn Naito’s back drop into a suplex! Mikey holds Naito up and fans rally! Mikey keeps Naito for over TEN before the SLAM! Cover, TWO! Fans rally and Mikey drags Naito up. Mikey puts Naito in the corner, tags Shane, and the Mighty stomp away. Shane snapmares to basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Shane keeps on Naito’s arm with a knuckle lock. Shane KICKS Naito in the back, wrenches the arm and YANKS it. Shane wrenches and YANKS again, then tags Mikey.

The Mighty mugs Naito, double whips him, but Naito ducks the double clothesline to shove Mikey into Shane! Shane falls out of the ring and Naito whips Mikey to ropes. Sanada trips Mikey and Naito basement dropkicks! Fans rally up as Mikey flops out of the ring. Naito goes out after Mikey and whips him hard into railing! Sanada bumps Shane off the apron, then Naito whips Mikey into more railing! The ring count starts, Mikey drags himself up and in at 9 of 20. Naito headlocks Mikey and claws his eyes! The ref reprimands, Naito lets off, but then he just claws Mikey’s eyes! The ref counts, Naito lets off and tags Sanada in.

LIJ mugs Mikey, Sanada wrenches and CLUBS the arm. Sanada YANKS, wrenches, but Mikey throws big forearms! Sanada waistlocks, hammerlocks, then twists the arm. Mikey throws elbows to back Sanada up into a corner. Mikey whips but Sanada reverses. Sanada runs in, he blocks the boot, and he CLUBS the leg! Mikey falls, Sanada tags Naito, and Naito whips Mikey to another corner. Naito runs in to JUMP KICK! Leg sweep! COMBINACION CABRON! Fans fire up as Naito poses, and he taunts Shane. Naito drags Mikey up but Mikey throws a haymaker. Naito returns it so Mikey throws another. They go back and forth, faster and faster, and fans fire up!

Mikey ROCKS Naito, ROCKS him again, then ROLLING ELBOWS! But Naito just rakes Mikey’s eyes! The ref counts, Naito lets off and whips corner to corner. Naito runs in but Mikey UPPERCUTS! Mikey runs but into a kick! Naito whips, runs in, but Mikey LARIATS Naito down! Fans fire up as both men crawl for their corners, hot tag to Shane! Shane CLOBBERS Naito, BLASTS Sanada then ELBOWS Naito! Shane whips Naito corner to corner to UPPERCUT him down! Sanada gets in, kicks Shane low and whips him to ropes. Shane reverses to wrench and SAIDO! Fans fire up, Shane KICKS, BOOTS and INVERTED EXPLODERS Naito! Cover, TWO!

Fans rally up and Shane stalks Naito. Shane drags Naito up, hoists him up top and ROCKS Naito with a right. Shane climbs up after Naito but Naito CLAWS Shane’s eyes! Shane staggers away but Mikey rushes in to ROCK Naito! Mikey climbs up but Naito fires off forearms! Mikey drops back but he gives Shane a boost! Shane gets Naito, SUPERPLEX POWERBOMB COMBO! Mikey drags Shane onto the cover but Sanada breaks it! Mikey CLUBS Sanada and throws him out. Shane and Naito stir, Mikey whips Sanada but Sanada reverses! Mikey hits railing hard! Shane drags Naito up, reels him in, but Naito blocks the lift!

Naito wrenches out to throw ELBOW after ELBOW! Shane avoids an elbow to UPPERCUT, then he whips only for Naito to reverse it, TORNADO DDT! Fans fire up while both men are down! Naito crawls as fans rally, hot tag to Sanada! Sanada runs in at Shane and blocks a boot! Shane kicks free, but Sanada dropkicks the legs, then dropkicks Shane out of the ring! Sanada hurries and PLANCHAS! Direct hit and fans fire up! Sanada drags Shane back up, puts him back in, and fans rally again. Sanada springboards but Shane gets under! Shane comes back, but into a fireman’s carry! Shane slips off, Sanada elbows him away, but Mikey sneaks a tag.

Shane wrenches Sanada but Sanada fights the back suplex. Sanada swings at Mikey but into the BACK SUPLEX NECKBREAKER! Fans fire up as Mikey runs to SLIDING LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Sanada is still in this but Mikey snarls. Fans rally, Mikey drags Sanada up and fireman’s carries, only for Sanada to slip off! Sanada ducks the back elbow but right into a DDT! Fans rally back up while both men are down, and Mikey roars! Mikey drags Sanada up to scoop, but Sanada slips off to shove Mikey into Naito’s atomic drop! ENZIGURI! Fireman’s carry and T K O! Cover, Shane breaks it! Naito throws Mikey out and fans fire up as Sanada climbs the corner!

ROUNDING BODY- NO, Sanada has to land out as Mikey moves! Shane gets in to BROKEN ARROW! Naito dropkicks Shane’s legs out! Mikey storms up into Naito’s ELBOW! Mikey roars, Naito dodges his lariat and comes back to dropkick the legs! Naito runs, CORRIENDO SHIKI- NO, Mikey blocks Destino and Shane runs in, LAWN DART DDT! Fans fire up and Mikey drags Sanada up. Shane hops up, Mikey scoops, but Sanada slips off to shove Mikey at Shane! Sanada O’Conner BRI- NO, Mikey stops the bridge and shoves Sanada into Shane’s ROUNDHOUSE! Mikey scoops Sanada again, TANK BUSTER!! Cover, The Mighty win!!

Winners: Shane Haste & Mikey Nicholls, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Naito & Sanada earn 0)

The Mighty Don’t Kneel, and they find a way to win! Will Shane & Mikey find an outside way into the finals? Is the pressure to make it to WrestleKingdom going to break Naito before the league is out?

 

World Tag League 2022: Toru Yano & Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI!

The Joker & The Ace finally got on the board, but the winstreak of one win might already end against the Fierce Warrior & Head Hunter. Can the trickster bring himself to pull any tricks on his friends in Chaos? Or will Bishamon turn out the lights on Yano & Tanahashi?

The teams sort out and Yano grows impatient. He doesn’t even take note of Tanahashi taking off his jacket to show off the muscles. Goto steps up and Yano fires up. The bell rings and fans rally and duel. Yano squats and talks some smack, but Goto squats with him! Goto gives back the trash talk, Hashi steps in to back Goto up, and even smooshes Goto’s face up to make it more menacing! Yano says enough jokes, but Goto blocks Yano’s kick! Hashi runs to dropkick the leg! Goto BLASTS Tanahashi, then Bishamon brings Yano up to drum away! Tanahashi rushes in, but Bishamon kicks him to drum him, too! Fans fire up as Bishamon stands tall.

Goto stomps Yano to a corner, fires forearms, then whips him corner to corner. Yano reverses, then hurries to untie a buckle pad! Yano fires up but turns around into a kick! But the pad shielded Yano! Fans boo and Goto can’t believe it! Yano throws the pad to Goto and SLAPS him! Yano whips and Goto hits the buckles! Hashi runs in, Yano kicks him and whips him into bare buckles, too! Tag to Tanahashi and Yano throws Hashi out. Tanahashi drags Goto up, throws him out, and the bad boys bring Bishamon around to whip into railing! Fans rally and cheer as Tanahashi drags Goto back up to put him in the ring.

Tanahashi stomps Goto’s leg then YANKS it! Fans cheer as Tanahashi air guitars. Tanahashi drags Goto up and bumps him off buckles. Tag to Yano, and he bumps Goto off the bare buckles! And again! Fans fire up while Red Shoes keeps Hashi back. Yano whips Goto into the bare buckles now! Goto hobbles and fans fire up. Yano kneels on Goto for a cover, but Red Shoes says it’s a choke! Yano says no, it’s just up high! Yano stomps Goto, drags him up and bumps him off buckles. Tag to Tanahashi, and the bad boys whip Goto to ropes. They run him over, then they squat! Tanahashi drags Goto up, but Goto CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS!

Tanahashi throws body shots, runs, but Goto follows to LARIAT! Fans fire up while both men are down! Goto and Tanahashi crawl, hot tag to Hashi! Hashi ELBOWS Tanahashi down, BLASTS Yano, then storms up on Tanahashi. Tanahashi kicks low, whips Hashi to the padded corner, but Hashi comes back to CHOP! Hashi mule kicks and turns Tanahashi for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally and Hashi runs in again, to CHOP Tanahashi against ropes! Hashi hangs Tanahashi out to dry, runs side to side, and he DROPKICKS Tanahashi down! Cover, TWO! Fans continue to rally and Hashi stalks Tanahashi.

Fans rally, “GO ACE! GO ACE!” but Hashi brings Tanahashi up. Hashi reels Tanahashi in but Tanahashi fights the lift. Hashi keeps trying, but Tanahashi wrenches out. Hashi ROCKS Tanahashi, but Tanahashi ROCKS Hashi! They go back and forth, forearm for forearm, and fans rally up! Tanahashi gets the edge, but Hashi CHOPS back! Hashi aims but Tanahashi blocks the superkick to DRAGON SCREW! Fans rally while both men are down! Hashi and Tanahashi crawl, hot tags to Goto and Yano! Yano dodges Goto, claws his eyes and whips him, but Goto reverses! Yano hits the bare buckles, then Goto hits MURAMASA, and the BULLDOG! Cover, TWO!

Fans rally, Goto fireman’s carries but Yano fights with elbows! Yano runs, Goto follows but Yano ducks! Goto deflects the boot to DISCUS LARIAT! Fans fire up with Goto and he drags Yano up, but Yano ROCKS him! Goto ROCKS Yano back, the forearms start flying back and forth, faster and faster! Fans rally as Goto gets the edge, but Yano rakes the eyes! But Goto SLAPS Yano! Goto whips, Yano reverses and throws Goto by his hair! Hot tag to Tanahashi! Tanahashi runs in to forearm smash, then he feeds Goto to an atomic drop! Trip and CATAPULT into the bare buckles! Tanahashi runs but Goto denies the Slingblade!

Goto shoves Tanahashi into Yano, then DOUBLE LARIATS! Fans fire up as all three men are down! Goto crawls, fans rally up, and Goto hot tags Hashi! Hashi runs the ropes but Tanahashi blocks the lariat! Hashi spins to CHOP! Tanahashi fires off a strike fest! But both men roar! Hashi fires off his own strike fest and CHOPS! SUPERKICK! Tanahashi stays up, Hashi runs to LARIAT him down! Cover, TWO!! Fans fire up with Hashi and he brings Tanahashi back up. Hashi fisherman’s but Tanahashi fights the suplex to TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! Tanahashi runs, to SLINGBLADE! Cover, but Goto breaks it!

Yano throws Goto back out! Tanahashi fires up and he goes up the corner! HIGH FLY FLOW onto Hashi’s knees!! Hashi cradles, TWO!!! Tanahashi survives the sudden turnaround and fans are thunderous! Fans rally with “GO ACE! GO ACE!” as Tanahashi and Hashi stir. They both sit up, head for each other, and Tanahashi throws a forearm. Hashi throws it back! Tanahashi throws another forearm, but Hashi throws it back! They stand, egg each other on, and the forearms fly faster and faster! Fans rally, SHOTEI rocks Hashi! Tanahashi runs, but into Goto’s fireman’s carry! Tanahashi slips off but Goto powers him into the corner!

Hashi runs in and Goto moves, Hashi CHOPS Tanahashi! Hashi feeds Tanahashi to the fireman’s carry but he slips off again! Tanahashi full nelsons but Goto breaks that and ducks, HIDDEN GAP! Fireman’s carry again, FIERCE FLASH! Fans fire up more as Bishamon says it’s time! They drag Tanahashi up, hook him up, but Tanahashi kicks Hashi away! Yano drags Hashi out while Tanahashi hits TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! Yano puts Hashi back in, drags Goto out, and Tanahashi runs, into a CHOP! Hashi runs, dodges Tanahashi once, but the SLINGBLADE comes back around!! Fans fire up as Tanahashi climbs the corner!

Goto anchors Tanahashi’s legs! Tanahashi CLUBS Goto but Hashi ROCKS Tanahashi! Hashi climbs up, but Yano LOW BLOWS Goto! Yano slips in and grabs Hashi for the ONIGOROSHI BOMB!! Tanahashi adjusts, HIGH FLY FLOW!!! Direct hit!! Cover, Ace & Joker win!!

Winners: Hiroshi Tanahashi & Toru Yano, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Goto & Hashi earn 0)

The World Tag League 2021 winners have fallen to 2-2! Are their chances of back-to-back wins in jeopardy?

As for Yano & Tanahashi, Tanahashi gets the mic to thank the fans for coming tonight. “Hey, Toru, it’s great to hear the cheers, huh?” Fans cheer because it’s great TO cheer! Tanahashi says he wants to have this every day, “so make sure you stay safe and healthy so that happens! Thank you for today!” Fans cheer for that, and they want the air guitar! Tanahashi borrows one from a fan on the east side, that he passes to Yano! Yano’s happy to be part of a rare air guitar duet! Master Wato even has his on commentary, so now it’s a trio! “SHIZUOKA~!” “OSU~!” “SHIZUOKA~!” “OSU~!” “LET’S ROCK!” The jam session is on!

Fans clap along as Yano is a natural! Fans cheer but they want the “EN-CO-RU! EN-CO-RU!” Tanahashi is never one to disappoint the fans, and Yano gets his chair guitar! They jam out again, and Yano can truly do it all! But he’s not gonna throw the chair to the fans, that’s dangerous. But the fans want another encore! Tanahashi says, “LAST ONE! Yano takes a seat in his chair for air DRUMS! Now it’s a real jam session! Big finish and…! Fans cheer the great performance, and Tanahashi gets the mic back. “Toru and Hiroshi are going for the trophies, so keep supporting us! And keep supporting NJPW! Finally, people of Shizuoka… ASHITEMASU~!”

Will love, energy and comedy propel the Joker & the Ace to the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships?

 

Here are the NEW World Tag League standings!

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


My Thoughts:

Another really good event and a really good round for World Tag League. I’m a little surprised Coughlin & Kidd haven’t gotten a win yet, but they always look solid in their matches. Great stuff back to back for the United Empire, even though Khan & Henare did lose. Khan helping Aussie Open was good stuff, though, and of course the House of Torture keep losing big time. Also, Naito & Sanada losing again puts the pressure on them, they could have an even stronger showing in the second half of this tournament. Tanahashi & Yano winning to close was a bit of a surprise, but they’re a great team and huge fan favorites, I would love to see them be a team for more than just World Tag League.

My Score: 8.7/10


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