Starrcade is the Kevin Owens Show!
Or rather, the Kevin Owens Show is on Starrcade. And The Nature Boy, Ric Flair, is Kevin Owen’s special guest! What will the 16-time world champion and two-time Hall of Famer have to say tonight?
- The OC VS The Street Profits w/ Ric Flair; The Street Profits win.
- WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships Fatal 4 Way: The Kabuki Warriors VS Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross VS Sasha Banks & Bayley VS Becky Lynch & Charlotte Flair; The Kabuki Warriors win and retain the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships.
- Last Man Standing: Rusev VS Bobby Lashley w/ Lana; Lashely wins, by forfeit.
- Bobby Lashley w/ Lana VS Kevin Owens; Lashley wins, by disqualification.
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It’s the Kevin Owens Show!
The Prizefighter is in Hotlanta and fans are fired up to see him. “Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Starrcade!” And to “the biggest Kevin Owens Show I’ve ever done.” That’s because the guest is, well, fans already know. The 16-time world champion, two-time hall of famer, the Nature Boy, RIC FLAIR! Fans “WOO~!” as Flair makes his way to the ring. Flair returns to Starrcade after almost two decades, and Kevin shakes his hand as they take their seats. “Ric, as you can see, I’ve arranged for these very expensive chairs for you.” Flair tells Kevin he is honored to be here, and is a huge fan of Kevin’s. He’s a huge fan of everyone in the WWE. Flair just wants everyone to know that 36 years ago, the original Starrcade, and seeing his daughter now be part of it, “This is the WWE.” Who cares about the New England Patriots? He is happy to see people here to see the show.
Thanksgiving for Flair, just as Roman Reigns said on Friday, they are thankful to the fans and family. Flair is fortunate to still be here, to see his daughter wrestle. Flair thanks the late, great Harley Race and Dusty Rhodes, the men who made this event possible. Then there’s the Icon, Sting. Guys who Flair wrestled at Starrcade. Flair wanted to be the best ever, but behind that curtain, there are 30 or so people who want to show that they’re the best. Kevin agrees, but those same people are inspired by the legacies of Flair and Starrcade. And speaking of legacies, that “WOO” sound, it’d be a disservice to not hear the true woo. Let’s all do it together. This is to thank Kevin for having Flair here, and to thank those who have since passed. “WOO~!” Okay now, everyone together. One, two- The OC interrupt!
Gallows and Anderson don’t say woo, they say “Whoa!” The Good Brothers hate to interrupt the nostalgia, but what is going on here? Talking about the past? They should be celebrating that #HotKarl and #BigLG are the “Best Mother Lovin’ Tag Team in the World!” Karl loves it when Luke talks like that. Well speaking of the past, how about the time these two had hair? Karl will let that slide. He has an idea: for the next 55 minutes, the Good Brothers in the truck should throw highlights or some Botch Club out. Kevin lets them in on something. The guys in the trucks think the OC are stupid. And Botch Club? That must b your last match. Or maybe AJ Styles losing the United States Championship to Rey Mysterio! What do they think about this?
Here come the Street Profits! Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins stand up to the OC, and Kevin hands over the good mic. “How about we, uh… cook up some highlights here tonight in Atlanta, Georgia?” That is to say, with Kevin and the Nature Boy here, the Profits can handle the Good Brothers right now. Kevin likes the idea. He’ll get popcorn, the Profits can kick the OC’s ass!
The OC VS The Street Profits w/ Ric Flair!
The Best Tag Team in the World still have some business with Ford & Dawkins, but will Starrcade be #TooSweet? Or will Atlanta #GetTheSmoke?
The teams sort out and Ford is fired up to go against Karl Anderson. They tie up, Anderson wrenches to a wristlock, but Ford rolls, rolls and handsprings to wrench back! Atlanta cheers but Anderson knees low then throws an elbow. Anderson haymakers then whips corner to corner. Ford goes up and over to then cartwheel and handspring! Then he dropkicks Anderson down! Ford does his own stylin’ and profilin’! Ford headlocks and Dawkins tags in as Anderson powers out. Ford reverses and Dawkins runs Anderson over! Cover, ONE, but Dawkins keeps on Anderson with a headlock. Ford is fired up but Anderson powers out. Dawkins hurdles Anderson then whips to dropkick him down! Cover, TWO, but Dawkins keeps on Anderson. Tag to Ford, whip and a dropkick! Ford shows off with another handspring then covers, TWO!
Ford gets Anderson’s arm for an armlock, but Anderson fights his way up. Anderson powers Ford to the OC corner, then throws a cheap shot. Tag to Gallows and the OC mug Ford. Gallows bumps Ford off buckles, whips corner to corner, but Ford elbows back. Ford hops out but has to fight Anderson off, YAKUZA KICK! Gallows rocks Ford then throws up the Too Sweet to gloat. Ford slowly gets up but the ref keeps Gallows in. Anderson gets a cheap shot! Dawkins coaches Ford up as Ford flops back into the ring. Gallows is on him in the OC corner with big hands! Gallows soaks up the heat, then waits for Ford to get up. ROUNDHOUSE! Ford goes down and Gallows mocks the “WOO~!” Fans boo but Gallows brings Ford up for a headbutt. Tag to Anderson, the OC mug Ford more. Anderson stomps then snapmares Ford for a headlock. Ford endures the grind as fans rally up.
Ford fights up, Anderson holds on tight, and Ford is so close! Anderson kicks low then stomps Ford to the OC corner. Anderson mocks the “WOO~” now then rams his shoulder into Ford. Tag to Gallows and the OC continues to mug Ford. Gallows scoops Ford for a Fall Away Slam! Then he runs into the corner, big uppercut! Cover, TWO! Gallows rams his elbows in over and over then wraps on a chinlock. Ford flails as he endures but fans rally up again. Gallows puts as much weight on Ford as he can but fans rally harder. Ford fights up but Gallows knees low. Gallows whips, but Ford boots! Ford fights out of the OC corner but Gallows rocks him with an uppercut. Gallows back suplexes but Ford lands on his feet to enziguri! Both men are down and fans rally again!
Ford crawls but Gallows gets up. Hot tags to Anderson and Dawkins! Dawkins rallies on Anderson! The Curse of Greatness hits Gallows then uppercuts Anderson! Gallows gets in to get a dropkick! Anderson gets slammed down! Fans fire up as Dawkins goes corner to corner, cyclone splash! And then one for Anderson! Then back to Gallows! Anderson staggers into a bulldog! Dawkins clotheslines Gallows out but turns around into Anderson’s SPINE BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Anderson is furious but tags to Gallows. Gallows drags Dawkins up, neckbreaker back suplex combo! Cover, TWO!! Dawkins survives but Gallows tags back to Anderson. They drag Dawkins up, but Ford denies Magic Killer! Gallows uppercuts Ford but Ford tosses Gallows out. Then PESCADOS! Anderson runs at Gallows, SPINE BUSTER for him! Tag to Ford, who goes up top, WORLD STAR SPLASH! Cover, the Profits win!
Winners: The Street Profits, Ford by pinfall
The Nature Boy loves it! The Profits pin the Best Tag Team in the World, does that mean they should have that World Cup trophy now? Does this at least mean the Profits are on their way to gold?
Sasha Banks finds Bayley backstage.
What are they even doing in this “low rate town?” Obviously it’s because the WWE needs this duo to make the WWE Women’s Tag Division relevant again. Then they better put a few more zeros on the checks. First, they’ll do what they do, then get out of here. The inaugural tag team champions will prove why they run the whole damn show. Double champs, double the pay, double duty cuz they gonna slay. Sasha is dropping bars, but will the Kabuki Warriors be dropping those titles in Fatal 4 Way action?
WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships Fatal 4 Way: The Kabuki Warriors VS Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross VS Sasha Banks & Bayley VS Becky Lynch & Charlotte Flair!
The Empress of Tomorrow and Pirate Princess are in for the biggest challenge of their reign! Bliss-Cross could become two-time champions, but so could the Boss & Smug Connection! For that matter, we could be seeing the resurrection of #BeckyTwoBelts, or the rise of #BayleyTwoBelts! Will there be history made on tonight’s Starrcade?
The Kabuki Warriors have new music! Will this new synthesis between Asuka and Kairi Sane inspire victory?
The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and only two women can be legal at any given moment. The teams sort out and it is Kairi Sane starting with crazy Nikki Cross!
Kairi and Cross circle but are wary of the other two teams. Kairi takes a page out of Asuka’s book by telling Nikki to kiss this. Kairi then laughs at Nikki but Nikki swats her away. And she gives back the “kiss this!” with interest! Bayley tags in off Kairi, and Kairi has no choice but to leave. Bayley ties up with Nikki and arm-drags her away, but Charlotte tags off of Nikki. Now the Queen is in and fans “WOO~!” Charlotte circles with familiar foe Bayley, but Asuka tags in off the SmackDown Women’s Champion. The Empress wants to go after Charlotte more, and they tie up. Asuka waistlocks, Charlotte headlocks back, but Asuka powers out. Charlotte runs Asuka over with a shoulder, and brushes herself off.
Charlotte runs, Asuka stays low but Charlotte somersaults over. Things speed up, the handstand gets a kick! Asuka brings Charlotte up but Charlotte throws Asuka by her hair! Charlotte BOOTS Kairi! Asuka kicks Charlotte but gets an elbow for it. Asuka dodges the boot, but not the CHOP! And another CHOP! The Flair Chops continue and fans “WOO~” with each one. Charlotte whips then scoops Asuka for a Fall Away Slam! And then kips up! Charlotte grabs a leg, Asuka kicks her away, and Sasha tags in off Charlotte. The Boss throws hands on Asuka, but fans are divided. Asuka fires off palm strikes but Sasha shoves, only for Asuka to dropkick her down! Asuka runs in but the hip attack misses! Cross tags in off Asuka before Sasha dropkicks Asuka down. Nikki runs up on Sasha to roll her up, TWO!
Nikki keeps on Sasha with an inside cradle, TWO! Nikki arm-drags Sasha then dropkicks her down. Tag to Alexa and the crazy best friends work together. Alexa whips Nikki in for a splash, then runs in to SLAP Sasha! Tag back to Nikki and Nikki bulldogs, only for Sasha to throw her off! Sasha drags Nikki over to tag Bayley. Boss & Smug stomp a mudhole into Nikki but fans rally up. Bayley clubs Nikki then whips, but Becky tags in before Nikki elbows Bayley away. The Man stands against Bad Bad Bayley, Raw Women’s Champion stands against SmackDown Women’s Champion! Bayley swings on Becky but Becky dodges to back kick and European Uppercut. Becky whips then arm-drags Bayley around. Becky keeps on the arm while flexing.
Bayley gets up and throws Becky down by her hair! Bayley whips, Becky reverses, but Sasha tags in. Becky is put on the apron but she still fights back! Becky kicks Sasha then Bayley then climbs up, but Sasha trips her up! Becky is down, Sasha covers, TWO! Sasha drags Becky up to stomp a mudhole into The Man. She stops at 4 to tag Bayley. Bayley haymakers then backs up to run in for a big knee! Tag to Sasha, who swings in for a meteora! Cover, but Charlotte breaks it! Horsewomen argue with Horsewomen but Sasha tags in Bayley. Boss & Smug mug Becky but fans rally up. Bayley BOOTS Charlotte, but Becky throws Bayley out! Bayley hurries back in to drag Becky away but Becky kicks Bayley. Tag to Bliss! The Goddess rallies on Bayley, SLAP and a right hand! Basement dropkick adds on!
Fans fire up as Bliss hits Insult, but Sasha denies the rest. Bliss sends Sasha out, Bayley waistlocks Bliss but Bliss standing switches. Kairi tags off Bayley just before Alexa O’Conner rolls her away, and Kairi BACK HANDS Bliss! Kairi wants a high five with Bayley, but then gives her a back hand, too! Kairi is feeling it as she goes after Bliss at the ropes. Fans rally and duel as Kairi pulls hair to pull Alexa against ropes. Kairi lets up at 4 to run and dropkick Alexa down. Then springboard stomps! Cover, TWO! Kairi keeps on Alexa with a Half Crab and sits deep. Alexa endures as fans rally up. Alexa reaches and gets the ropebreak, and Sasha tags in off Kairi. Alexa is free, but Sasha drags Alexa up for a snap suplex. Cover, TWO! Sasha is furious but she drags Alexa over to tag Bayley.
Boss & Smug crisscross Bliss to throw her into buckles! Cover, TWO! Alexa keeps everyone else’s chances alive but Bayley jams Alexa’s arm. Bayley decks Alexa and brings her around for a suplex. Alexa blocks, cradle counters, TWO! Bayley knees Alexa down! But Asuka tags in off Bayley! Asuka tells Bayley to get out but Bayley complains. The Kabuki Warriors double whip Alexa, then kick, ax kick and double slam! Asuka taunts The Man and the Queen then runs at Alexa, only to get knees! Alexa decks Kairi and drop toeholds Asuka! Alexa heads out but Kairi runs in to intercept, only to be shoved away. Asuka grabs Alexa while Kairi trips Charlotte! Alexa keeps crawling, Asuka brings her up, but Alexa ducks the clothesline and back hand for a DIVINE RIGHT!
Both women are down, Atlanta fires up! Asuka and Alexa crawl, hot tags to Kairi and Becky! The Straight Fire fires off on the Kabuki Warriors! Fans fire up as Becky blows up Boss & Smug! Then forearm smash to Kairi! Becky baits Asuka in, the hip attack goes into Kairi! Then she jump kicks Asuka and fires off strikes on Kairi! Becksploder! Fans fire up as Sasha runs in and gets a Becksploder! Bayley gets a Becksploder! Fans fire up more but Asuka scoops. Becky slips out, and also catches Kairi, double DDT combo! Becky goes to a corner, and drops The Man’s Leg! Cover, but Asuka kicks it apart! Asuka drags Kairi over and then tags in. The Kabuki Warriors drag Becky up, they double whip, but Becky holds ropes. Becky boots Kairi back and Nikki tags in! Asuka ROUNDHOUSES Becky down!
Nikki climbs up and aims, to DOUBLE CROSSBODY the Kabuki Warriors! Fans fire up with frantic Nikki Cross, THE PURGE hits Asuka! Cover, Sasha breaks it! Sasha blocks a kick to give Nikki a knee! Alexa gets in, backbreaker! Bayley is in, SAIDO! Becky is in, forearm smash! Asuka is up, German Suplex! Kairi is up top and aiming at Becky, InSANE Elbow! Asuka is back, but Charlotte SPEARS both Kabuki Warriors! Fans fire up but Nikki returns to hop onto Charlotte! Charlotte throws Nikki off but misses, hitting a buckle! Asuka swings a kick but Nikki gets under and rolls Asuka up, TWO! ASUKA LOCK! Nikki is caught, flailing, but taps!! The Kabuki Warriors win!!
Winners: The Kabuki Warriors, Asuka by submission; still WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions
A fast and furious Fatal 4, but the Kabuki Warriors found a way to win! They hold onto their belts, denying all three opposing forces their part in history. But will one of those three teams return to try again 2v2?
Last Man Standing: Rusev VS Bobby Lashley w/ Lana!
The Bulgarian Brute couldn’t stand being kept out of the arena last Monday and went after the Rocky Mountain homewrecker! He was of course arrested for defying the restraining order, and also for tipping girders over onto Lashley, but it seems Lashley is okay to compete tonight. Will Lashley be anything but okay after Rusev gets to do whatever he wants within the legal limits of the law?
Before Rusev’s entrance, Lana takes to the mic. “Starrcade. I have some good news, and I have some bad news.” Fans already boo. The good news is that Lana is excited for this holiday season because of her “hot, hot boyfriend. Because he is the gift that keeps on giving.” Lana feels so grateful, #Blessed, that she has found someone that appreciates and values Lana, unlike future ex-husband Rusev. No one can appreciate Lana like Lashley can. Fans chant “Rusev Day!” and Lashley tells them to shut up. Lana does, too, but that only gets fans to chant louder.
Well then, here’s the bad news! There will be NO Last Man Standing match! Because that’s what happens when Rusev acts like a monster. Lana filed a new restraining order for the state of Georgia! Fans still chant for “Rusev Day!” but Lana says Rusev Day is CANCELLED! But the loving humans that these two are, Lana and Lashley will still accept a victory via forfeit. The referee is told to raise Lashley’s hand, and the bell rings.
Winner: Bobby Lashley, by forfeit
Lana just legally cheated Rusev out of a match! But here comes Kevin Owens! He is NOT going to let this happen. This is not how Starrcade ends. Kevin cannot allow this to happen. The show started off great with Kevin and Flair, so “we’re sure as Hell not going to end it with Lana and Bobby Lashley!” Why not? Because, Bobby, NO ONE CARES about your relationship!! Fans agree with that! Lana is upset, but Kevin is not going to shut up. Kevin is going to do the opposite and keep on #Talking!
Lana says he’s disrespectful. Ouch, oh, that hurts. Is Lashley going to ignore him then? Yes, Lana wants Lashley to ignore Kevin. Like how she’s been ignoring her Russian accent these last five years? Or like how everyone’s been ignoring their careers since they got together? Lashley gets upset, and dares Kevin to take the ass whooping Rusev was going to get! How about that!? Kevin thinks about it, and he will take it! The match is now the All Mighty VS the Prizefighter!
Bobby Lashley w/ Lana VS Kevin Owens!
The bell rings, Lashley runs into a SUPERKICK! And then another SUPERKICK! Lashley goes down into a corner, Kevin runs corner to corner to CANNONBALL! Fans fire up with Kevin as Lashley staggers up. Kevin kicks but Lashley gets away before a stunner. Fans boo as Lashley walks around the way. Kevin goes out to go after Lashley with haymakers. Kevin goes up to the apron and shouts, “This is MY show!” CANNONBALL again! Fans continue to be fired up as Kevin drags Lashley up. The ring count climbs, Kevin bumps Lashley off the announce desk then puts him in the ring. Lashley bails out to regroup with Lana but Kevin follows. Lashley trips Kevin on the apron! Kevin crashes ‘n’ burns and fans boo.
Lashley throws Kevin into the post! Lashley fires off haymakers then bounces Kevin off the announce desk now. Lashley refreshes the count to put Kevin back in. Fans rally up for Kevin but Lashley chokes Kevin on the ropes. Lashley clubs away but the ref backs him off. Lashley stomps Kevin, then rips off his shirt. Kevin CHOPS Lashley then throws haymakers. Lashley rams his shoulder into Kevin then runs in for a big tackle! Kevin falls down and Lashley catches his breath as he walks it off. The rib tape and shoulder tape prove he isn’t 100%. Fans boo as Lashley drags Kevin up for haymakers. Lashley chinlocks Kevin but fans taunt with “Rusev Day!” Kevin fights his way up and throws body shots into the bad ribs. Lashley knees low, whips, then clotheslines in the corner!
Lashley rams elbows into Kevin over and over, then brings Kevin out for a suplex. Kevin resists and fights back, to suplex Lashley! Both men are down and fans fire up. Lana is upset but fans are rallying for “Kevin Owens!” Kevin and Lashley stand and start throwing hands. Lashley gets Kevin with a Complete Shot! Cover, TWO! Lashley keeps on Kevin with an armlock, and turns it into a crossface. Kevin gets a ropebreak, but Lashley grabs that arm to throw it down. Lashley looms over Kevin as he stands up. Lashley knees Kevin into a corner but Kevin blocks the buckle bump! Kevin fights out and CHOPS away on Lashley! Kevin runs, but into the kitchen sink knee! Lashley stomps Kevin then drags him up as Lana gloats. Lashley tosses Kevin out then soaks up the heat.
Kevin is at the mercy of the ring count, but he gets up at 4. Lashley watches as Kevin uses steps to help him at 8, and gets in at 9! Lashley is on Kevin with big haymakers in a corner. Lashely whips Kevin corner to corner then runs in, but Kevin dodges! Lashley only gets buckles and Kevin heads up top! Lashley stops Kevin with haymakers then climbs up to join him again. Lashley throws haymakers but Kevin hits back with body shots. Kevin resists the superplex, hits more body shots, and headbutts Lashley down! Kevin adjusts, for the SWANTON! But he goes back up top, FROG SPLASH! Cover, TWO!! Lashley lives and Kevin can’t believe it! But Lana is worried for Lashley as Kevin gets up again.
Kevin kicks but still no stunner. Lashley spins Kevin around, but Kevin gets out of the neckbreaker for a STUNNER! Lana gets in the ring to distract during the cover! Kevin would’ve won by now! Lana gets out just as Kevin gives up, but then he turns around into the Rocky Mountain Top SLAM! Cover, TWO!! Kevin survives and Lana is furious! Lana says winning doesn’t matter now, only hurting Kevin does. She puts a chair in the ring! But here comes RUSEV!! Rusev attacks Lashley!!
Winner: Bobby Lashley, by disqualification
Rusev fires off and Atlanta is on his side! Rusev whips, Lashley reverses, but Rusev lariats Lashley down! The Ravishing Russian is furious but Rusev keeps on her “hot hot boyfriend!” Rusev throws Lashley into a post, into the announce desk, and then into railings! The fans chant “Rusev Day!” as Rusev goes after Lashley in front of them! Rusev bounces Lashley off railing, then brings him deeper into the stands. Rusev uses a trash can to SMASH Lashley! Fans high-five the unruly Rusev as he drags Lashley around. Lana shouts that Rusev is breaking the law, but Rusev doesn’t care about that. Lashley mule kicks Rusev to throw Rusev into steel steps! Lashley puts Rusev in the ring then brings out a kendo stick! Lashley stalks Rusev, and SMACKS him on the back! And again!
Lana laughs now, and mocks Rusev’s pain. Lashley aims again, but Rusev blocks the kendo attack! Rusev and Lashley struggle over the stick, and Lashley kicks low. Lashley runs, but Rusev uses the kendo stick to SMACK the bad ribs! And again! And again! Again! Rusev breaks the stick on his knee, and goes for the chair! Lana freaks out as Rusev holds the chair up high. Fans cheer as Rusev JAMS the chair into the ribs, and gives Lashley a strong steel SMACK on the back! Lashley is down after that chair shot, but Rusev isn’t done with him. Rusev tosses the chair to Lashley, to MACHKA KICK it into Lashley’s head!
Lashley bails out and Lana hurries to his side, but Rusev wants more of “Bob” as fans chant. The Bulgarian Badass just got retribution, but then runs before the cops come! Will Rusev continue to hit and run on the the homewreckers?
The third WWE Starrcade event and the first one aired live, this was a lot of fun. I figured the Kevin Owens Show would open, and it was great to hear Ric Flair basically just use his time to shoot and give genuine appreciation to the original Starrcade generation as well as the current WWE generation. I thought we were getting a match with Kevin to open, Flair in his corner, but instead it’d be the one team Kevin has said he wouldn’t betray! The Street Profits VS The OC give us a great opening tag match, and as commentary mentioned, this was a great reference to how the first match on the very first Starrcade was a tag team match. The Profits win because fans absolutely love them and this is mostly just for fun. But I could see Raw having Profits and OC settle things “for real,” and the winner goes against the Viking Raiders for the Raw Tag Team Championships at TLC.
That Fatal 4 Women’s Tag was incredible! Why wasn’t this just the title match at TLC? But it was great to have all four WWE Horsewomen in one match, along with Bliss-Cross having their first match back as a team. I figured it would be Kabuki Warriors retaining, but I was surprised it wasn’t green mist. The Kabuki Warriors get a clean win on their record, but this apparently doesn’t factor into story for Raw. We apparently get a 2v1 Handicap, The Kabuki Warriors VS Charlotte Flair. I’m thinking someone, either Natty or Becky, get involved and that gives us a TLC match of The Kabuki Warriors VS Charlotte & ???. If the titles are changing at TLC, I still feel it has to be because Paige gets involved as revenge for getting the green mist. If Paige doesn’t show up, Kabuki Warriors retain.
In the moment, the “cancelling” of the Last Man Standing match was a shame but it was still good story for Lana to do that. Kevin getting his match and with Lashley was a good move, and the match itself was pretty great. It was also awesome for Rusev to show up and just beat up Lashley and run him off. This surely has to feed into a TLC match, either the Last Man Standing they teased tonight, or one of the TLC-based No Disqualification stipulations that isn’t a Ladder Match. I wouldn’t want a Tables match for this but I feel like it’d be that one. But somewhere through the course of that match, something has to happen that breaks Lana and Lashley up. This can’t go on forever, nor should it.
My Score: 8.5/10
Andrew’s IMPACT Results & Match Ratings: 12.8.2022
Josh Alexander finally addresses what happened at Over Drive! MCMG gets a title match! Eric Young was written out, how does Deaner change Violent by Design?
We get a new era of VBD, Motor City Machine Guns with a tag title shot and Josh Alexander will finally address what happened at Over Drive. I doubt we’re going to get a clean resolution to the tag match since Brian Myers and Matt Cardona are just assholes, but hopefully we get something fun.
Apparently since Deaner is the Violence, the group is just called The Design.
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) December 9, 2022
- Tag Team Titles: Motor City Machine Guns vs Heath & Rhino (c): No Contest – ** 1/4
- Savannah Evans w/Tasha Steelz vs Taya Valkyrie w/Death Dollz: Savannah wins via Full Nelson Bomb – **
- Kon w/The Design vs Sami Callihan: Kon wins via Death Valley Driver – **
- IMPACT World Championship Open Challenge: Mike Bailey vs Josh Alexander (c): Josh retains via C4 Spike – *****
Tag Team Titles: Motor City Machine Guns vs Heath & Rhino (c)
Rhino and Sabin start off and they work to Shelley and Heath with a little bit of MCMG tandem work. Guns are tying up Heath, some corner work where the ref is allowing a little more contact than usual; main point is that Heath is getting twisted and torqued.
Heath tries to paint brush his way out of a Figure Four, but Shelley dips into his heel tendencies. Heath gets to the ropes and Shelley lays back and tells the ref he’s willing to break. He doesn’t and forces the referee to untie their legs, so he gets some extra damage in. Dragon Screw attempt gets turned around, Heath drops Shelley and finally gets Rhino back in.
Guns try to utilize some tandem attacks, but as we see Sabin and Heath swinging back and forth; the Major Players hit the ring and hit simultaneous Wake Up Calls on Heath and Sabin, causing the no contest.
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) December 9, 2022
Savannah Evans w/Tasha Steelz vs Taya Valkyrie w/Death Dollz
Savannah starts off honestly just overpowering Taya. A few quick shoves, Bear Hugs, rag dolls…and Taya is on the back foot. A little bit of ducking and dodging gives Taya the chances to hit the Spear and send Savannah out.
Savannah puts the brakes on anything Taya can start, we go to commercial and Savannah throws Taya with a Butterfly Suplex…so there’s just a lot of Taya working from underneath. Flying Headscissors finally gives Taya a breather, Blue Thunder Bomb for 2 into an Indian Deathlock transitioning into an STF before Savannah fights out.
Road to Valhalla attempt, Savannah blocks it, a little back and forth before Savannah connects with the Full Nelson Bomb for the win.
Kon w/The Design vs Sami Callihan
Early on Sami is struggling with Kon’s power and size. This is hard to really swallow, even as an early “debut” of a new stable. Sami keeps fighting the good fight, grasps for a Jaw Breaker and turns a Kon charge into a Scoop Slam…but Kon tries to keep being the immovable object.
Sami buckles Kon’s knee and hits the Tanaka style forearm and tries to stay on the bigger guy. The numbers eventually start to distract Sami, Angels distracts the referee, Deaner stops Sami and Kon hits a Death Valley Driver for the win.
I’m not really impressed with this, but I guess you really can’t have the new stable get punked out. Even though they are all punks.
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) December 9, 2022
Josh Alexander comes out to address the Over Drive fallout and states an open challenge with the intent to drag out Bully Ray – but Bully has a whole video set up goading Josh and saying he’s not there.
So Speedball Mike Bailey comes down to see if the open challenge is still on the table.
IMPACT World Championship Open Challenge: Mike Bailey vs Josh Alexander (c)
Bailey tries to come at Josh hard, and Josh shows that his left arm is still bothering him some; but he generally shrugs off Bailey for the early goings. A big Forearm and Kitchen Sink have Josh slowly stalking his opponent. His attention isn’t on Bailey, so his style reflects as much.
Josh sends Bailey to the ropes, back handspring, machine gun kicks send Josh reeling and a Tope con Hilo finally gives Bailey some momentum. Commercial break comes back with Bailey hitting a big Double Knees, but a Running Boot from Josh puts things back in his favor. Josh lands kick after kick, big forearms, and just hits Bailey with disdain because he’s not Bully Ray.
A Shotgun Dropkick opens things up for Speedball, Sole Butt doubles over Josh, Axe Kick, Roundhouse into a Corkscrew Shooting Star Press for 2. Buzzsaw Kick missed, German Suplex train begins! Two in a row, Bailey tries to block, so Josh pins the arms and hits a Shutdown Suplex for 2. C4 Spike, spun out, Ankle Lock attempt, blocked and turned into a Kimura from Bailey, but now they’re just jockeying for submission positions. Josh counters the Octopus into running him into the corner twice, but Speedball doesn’t let go. One more attempted jam, but a Poison Rana gives Bailey a 2 count.
Another commercial comes back to Josh driving his knee into Speedball’s shoulder blades. Flipping Stomp miss from Bailey, Tornado Kicks land, Ultima Weapon misses and Josh goes for a C4 Spike but the arm gives out! They spill to the outside and Bailey strings together some offense. A big Missile Dropkick leads into Round Kicks, and then open hand chop exchange. Both men after just firing back and forth, neither is relenting. Forearms and kicks, finally into a proper Fighting Spirit spot that Bailey counters a Rolling Forearm with a Straight Side Kick. Bailey charges into the ropes, Josh catches him in Capture Suplex position but drags him over the ropes and slams him onto the apron.
This is a third commercial break and we’re perched with Bailey going for a Super Frankensteiner, Josh blocks, feigns the Avalanche Styles Clash, but Bailey counters! Flamingo Driver attempt, Josh gets pissed, counters and then throws Bailey with a Torture Rack Bomb. 2 count immediately into the Ankle Lock, but Bailey blocks, manages to get away, counters Josh in the corner, Ultima Weapon connects! But Bailey can’t get the pinfall as he sells his legs. Speedball gets up, PK as he keeps selling the legs but still uses his offense. PK again! Backflip Double Knees, a few missed kicks before finally connecting and then charging through with the snap kick. Open Hand Chops from Josh, Kicks from Bailey, Josh just grabs him and starts the locomotion German Suplexes.
Six suplexes and another commercial! Back perched, Kimura Lock from Bailey, Josh fights, Bailey tries a kick, but Josh grabs him and dumps him back into the ring with an Olympic Slam for a near fall. Josh climbs to the top, Moonsault misses! Bailey slowly climbs to the top rope, Josh pops up, Avalanche Olympic Slam for 2! Josh struggles to try and pick up Bailey, so they have a slow rise as both men are banged up. Bailey pops up with the Straight Kick to the face for a near fall, and we actually hear the 10 minutes remaining call from Penzer.
Ankle Lock again from Josh, but Bailey keeps squirming. Josh Death Rolls with the Ankle and doesn’t want to let go, he’s trying to end this. Bailey tries to stretch up to get out of it, but gets scooped into a Tombstone Piledriver but only another 2 and back into the Ankle Lock! Up Kicks break the submission, Bailey tries to stop Josh from charging back into the corner with a kick, but Josh drivers his knee into Bailey’s leg, drags him back to the center and Grapevine’s the Ankle. Speedball barely manages to claw to the ropes.
Josh tries to climb the corner with Bailey, but Bailey slips down and now he’s trying to get up to Josh but can’t quite muster the energy to get past Josh. Josh keeps clocking and dropping Bailey. Bailey finally powers through the offense, stares down Josh and Avalanche Frankensteiner! Ultima Weapon… connects again but foot on the bottom rope! Flamingo…nope, Styles Clash from Josh into the Ankle Lock again! Bailey grabs the bottom rope and tries to kick Josh away, but Josh finds adrenaline rips Bailey into his arms for an Inverted Piledriver. Josh and Bailey keep struggling as Josh is going for a C4 Spike, 2 C4 Spikes with about 15 seconds left!
Overall Score: 9/10
A Western company actually mentioning time remaining, having to bump a “scheduled main event” and dedicate the last hour of the show to literally one match is a little surprising. The show also did try to add credibility to The Design, Savannah Evans got to look impressive and the fact the tag match was interrupted…to no one’s surprise, helped sell the epic main event even harder.
I don’t really have a lot to say aside from that was a hell of a match, and the fact that it was about 15 seconds short of a Broadway is both crazy and almost feels dirty that it didn’t quite get there. But it was great, built off their previous match and was a great endcap to the year both men had as being fighting champions and two bastions of hope of the company in 2022. IMPACT loves to just to clip shows for the last two weeks of the year, so we only have 1 maybe 2 more real episodes before Hard to Kill is around the corner. But hot damn was this match amazing!
Mitchell’s NJPW WTL X Super Jr. Tag Results & Report! (12/7/22)
The Super Jr. Tag League penultimate round!
The Super Juniors are so close, they can almost taste it!
NJPW continues on and the Super Jr. Tag League is almost done! Is it inevitable that Ace Austin & Chris Bey are finalists in the tournament? Or will they get burned by the #GLEATSAUCE?
- Yuto Nakashima & Ryohei Oiwa VS Oskar Leube & Kosei Fujita; Leube & Fujita win.
- Six Man Tag: Suzuki-Gun VS Bullet Club; Suzuki-Gun wins.
- 8 Man Tag: Toru Yano, Hiroshi Tanahashi, Tomoaki Honma & Master Wato VS Los Ingobernables de Japon; LIJ wins.
- Super Jr. Tag League 2022: KUSHIDA & Kevin Knight VS TJP & Francesco Akira; TJP & Akira win.
- Super Jr. Tag League 2022: Ryusuke Taguchi & Clark Connors VS YOH & Lio Rush; Yoh & Lio win.
- Super Jr. Tag League 2022: DOUKI & Yoshinobu Kanemaru VS SHO & Dick Togo; Douki & Kanemaru win.
- Super Jr. Tag League 2022: Robbie Eagles & Tiger Mask VS BUSHI & Titán; Bushi & Titán win.
- Super Jr. Tag League 2022: Alex Zayne & El Lindaman VS Ace Austin & Chris Bey; Zayne & Lindaman win.
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Here are the current Super Jr. Tag League standings!
Austin & Bey: 6-1, 12 points
Bushi & Titan: 5-2, 10 points
TJP & Akira: 5-2, 10 points
Yoh & Lio: 5-2, 10 points
Zayne & Lindaman: 5-2, 10 points
Taguchi & Connors: 3-4, 6 points [ELIMINATED]
Eagles & Tiger Mask: 2-5, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
Douki & Kanemaru: 2-5, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
KUSHIDA & Knight: 1-6, 2 points [ELIMINATED]
Sho & Dick: 1-6, 2 points [ELIMINATED]
Super Jr. Tag League 2022: KUSHIDA & Kevin Knight VS TJP & Francesco Akira!
The Time Jet may be out of the running, but they could use this moment to turn it all around! Will Kushida & Knight find #Time2Fly? Or will Catch 2/2 not be denied their spot in the finals?
The Orchestrator, Gideon Grey, is here to make the introductions for the Public Enemy & Nova Fireball. The teams sort out and fans applaud as Knight starts against TJP. Fans rally as the two circle. TJP avoids Knight’s rush at the legs, gets around to a waistlock, but Knight switches. TJP sits, pries at the hold, but Knight brings him up to SLAM him down! Knight floats to a facelock, TJP rolls but Knight stays with him, but TJP slips away. Fans applaud this opening exchange and the two reset. Knight and TJP circle, knuckle lock, and TJP spins to wrench and wrangle Knight with a top wristlock.
Knight rolls, stands, TJP wrenches his arm again. Knight rolls, handsprings and wrenches back! Fans applaud while TJP works on a return. TJP rolls, spins, cartwheels, but Knight stops the headscissors to CHOP! Fans applaud as TJP staggers to ropes. Knight CHOPS TJP again, then whips TJP to ropes. They RAM shoulders but neither man falls. Knight flexes and fans applaud. TJP runs, they RAM shoulders again and Knight stays up. Knight says TJP doesn’t have it, but TJP kicks low! TJP runs, but Knight hurdles over! TJP rebounds, and he blocks the hip toss into a cobra twist! Fans applaud while Knight endures.
TJP drops for a ground cobra cradle, TWO! Knight whips, TJP stops himself and comes back to tie Knight’s one arm up, and he YANKS Knight’s other arm back! Fans applaud while TJP drags Knight away. Tag to Akira and Catch 2/2 mug Knight. They double whip but Knight DOUBLE FLYING SHOULDER TACKLES them down! Fans fire up as Knight brings Akira up. Knight wrenches Akira, tags Kushida, and he hands off the wrench. Kushida wrenches to a wristlock, then tags Knight back in. They hand off the wrench again, tag, and then hand it off again! Kushida CLUBS Akira’s arm, wrangles him down, and traps the arm to TWIST!
Fans applaud as Kushida drags Akira up to wrench again. Tag to Knight, they hand off the wrench again and again and again! Then they double snapmare to double knee drop both arms! Fans applaud but TJP runs in! Into a drop toehold and PENALTY KICK to the arm! Kushida & Knight secret handshake, then they double whip TJP to a corner. Then they double whip Akira into TJP! Kushida runs in to back elbow sandwich the champs! Knight runs in to STINGER SPLASH SANDWICH the champs! Knight pushes Akira aside to whip TJP corner to corner. TJP goes up and over, Akira returns for a RAILGUN DROPKICK!
Fans rally as Akira drags Knight up to CLUB him on the neck. Akira stomps Knight in the corner and digs his boots in! The ref counts, Akira stops at 4, then tags TJP. Catch 2/2 drag Knight up, they double whip him to ropes, and SOBAT, KICK, KICK and BASEMENT SHOTGUN! Cover, TWO! TJP sits Knight up to KNEE him in the back! TJP drops knees on the arm, then on a leg. Then TJP has the leg for a standing toehold. Knight endures, even as TJP twists the ankle! Fans rally, Knight fights up and stands. TJP stays clear of the haymakers but Knight breaks free. Knight kicks with the other way but TJP blocks it!
TJP slips around, but Knight ENZIGURIS TJP down! Fans rally, Akira grabs Knight’s legs but Knight kicks him away. But TJP runs past Knight to BLAST Kushida! Knight run sin but TJP goes up and over to get a TARANTULA! Akira intercepts Kushida at the apron for a TARANTULA! Fans fire up for the double shoutout to Tajiri, and Catch 2/2 lets off as the ref counts. Akira returns to his corner, TJP stalks Knight and fans rally up. TJP drags Knight up, scoops and SLAMS him, then goes to the apron. Slingshot SENTON! Tag to Akira, and he runs to go up the Electric Chair! “Take Picture!” But Knight JET FLIGHT DROPKICKS Akira down!
Fans fire up while all three men are down! Knight crawls, hot tag to Kushida! Kushida climbs up and AX HANDLES TJP down! Kushida KICKS and KICKS and KICKS Akira, then whips him to ropes. Akira reverses but Kushida FLYING FOREARMS! Kushida dodges to PELE! TJP kicks Kushida, runs, but into a hip toss! Cartwheel, basement dropkick! Fans fire up with Kushida and he winds up, but Akira blocks the Buzzsaw! Akira whips Kushida to ropes, but Kushida reverses. Akira sunset flips but Kushida stays up! Kushida has the arm, for an ARMBAR! The fans fire up as Kushida pulls back, but Akira rolls to the ROPEBREAK!
Kushida lets go quickly and fans rally up. They clap for “KU-SHI-DA!” as he wrenches Akira’s arm to an ELBOW BREAKER! Kushida aims, but Akira dodges the Penalty Kick! Akira CHOPS, but Kushida ROCKS! Akira SUPERKICKS, but Kushida SHOTEIS! Fans fire up while both men are down! Kushida crawls, hot tag to Knight! Knight hurries after Akira, brings him up and whips him to a corner. Knight runs in and Kushida runs in from the apron, SPLASH ENZIGURI COMBO! Knight hoists Akira up top, climbs up after him, but TJP gets in! TJP Electric Chair Lifts Knight, but Kushida HANDSPRING KICKS Akira!
Knight fights free of TJP while Kushida has a KIMURA on Akira! TJP lets Knight go to go after Kushida! TJP has the Electric Chair Lift, but Kushida fights free to get the HOVERBOARD KIMURA! Knight jumps to SUPER STEINER Akira! Fans fire up and Knight leaps, SATELLITE DDT!! Cover, TJP SLAMS Kushida onto it! Fans fire up while Kushida throws TJP out. Knight drags Akira up, fans clap “TIME TO FLY!” They double suplex but Akira fights it. Akira ROCKS and CHOPS on repeat! But Knight knees low! Time2Fly double whip but Akira shotguns the clothesline apart! And TJP runs in to DOUBLE BULLDOG!
Fans fire up and TJP blocks a kick to spin around, LEG CAPTURE BACK SUPLEX for Knight! Kushida DECKS TJP! Akira GERMAN SUPLEXES Kushida! Knight SLIDING SHOULDERS Akira down! Fans are thunderous as all four men are down! Knight sits up, he brings TJP up but TJP throws a forearm. Knight forearms back, so TJP forearms again. The forearms keep going, then TJP UPPERCUTS! Knight UPPERCUTS in return! The forearms return, Knight gets the edge! Knight runs, into a ROLLING SOBAT! TJP runs, ducks a lariat and SUPERKICKS! TJP runs, into a DROPKICK! Knight kips up and fans fire up again!
Knight runs corner to corner at TJP, but TJP goes up and over! TORNADO DDT!! Cover, TWO!! Knight is still in this and fans are thunderous! TJP drags Knight to a drop zone, goes up the corner, but Knight is up! Knight springs up to join TJP, he throws body shots, but TJP hits back. Fans rally as TJP slips under and trips Knight! Knight is in a Tree of Woe, TJP helps Akira walk the tightrope, for a MISSILE WOE DROPKICK! Knight is down in another drop zone and TJP goes back up! MAMBA SPLASH!! Cover, but Kushida breaks it! Kushida CLUBS Akira, CLUBS TJP, then BUZZSAWS Akira! Kushida runs, but into an ALLEY-OOP!
Fans fire up as Catch 2/2 sit Knight up! 2 BY 2!! Cover, Catch 2/2 win!
Winners: TJP & Francesco Akira, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Kushida & Knight earn 0)
That’s two more points for a dozen total! Will the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions prove they are THE best tag team in the division?
Super Jr. Tag League 2022: Ryusuke Taguchi & Clark Connors VS YOH & Lio Rush!
The Wild Hips haven’t had much luck in the league, but they’re not giving up! Will Taguchi & Connors stampede through Direct Drive & The Bad Child? Or will the Men of the Hour still have time on the clock?
Taguchi and Connors reach into their bags, and they have beer again! Fans applaud, and the Wild Hips offer some to Yoh & Lio. Really? Right now? Sure! Think of it like a party. Fans applaud but Yoh & Lio aren’t sure, they’re technically working. Yoh and Lio take a can each, Connors & Taguchi crack theirs open and drink. Fans applaud, it’s now or never for Lio & Yoh. They argue it out, but Lio says his stomach doesn’t feel good. Connors understands and fans applaud. The beers are put aside for now, and the teams sort out. Lio starts with Connors and fans rally up at the bell. Lio and Connors circle, feel things out, and knuckle lock.
Connors shoots in but Lio sprawls and facelocks. Connors slips out to facelock and then waistlock then back to a facelock. Lio slips out to waistlock, they stand up, and Connors pries free to switch. Connors drags Lio down, goes back for a facelock, but Lio switches that onto Connors. Connors fights back up, throws a knee, and fans applaud as Connors headlocks. Lio powers up and out but Connors runs him over! Fans applaud again and Connors runs the ropes. Lio drops, then redirects to whip Connors. Connors redirects, too, and then again! Lio handsprings to dodge, then he mule kicks and ENZIGURIS! Fans fire up and Lio covers, TWO!
Lio has the fans rally up, and Lio wrenches Connors’ arm. Tag to Yoh, they double whip Connors and double kick. Yoh whips Lio but Connors avoids the scissor kick! Lio whips Yoh now but Connors avoids Yoh to rebound and run them both over! Fans fire up with Connors and he calls to Taguchi. Taguchi hops in, Connors EuroUppers Yoh. Yoh is in one corner, Lio is in the other and the Wild Hips combine. WHIP HIP into Lio! WHIP HIP into Yoh! And then another for Lio! And another for Yoh! Then Taguchi WHIP HIPS Connors into Lio, and then WHIP HIPS him into Yoh! Fans fire up as the Wild Hips butt bump.
Taguchi sets up on the corner and Connors brings Yoh around. But Yoh reverses and sends Connors into the Funky Weapon! Lio returns to LARIAT Connors down! Taguchi hops down and runs at Yoh, but Yoh atomic drops the hip attack! Yoh scoops and SLAMS Taguchi, then he and Lio hook Taguchi’s legs into the ropes! Not quite a Tree of Woe, more a Bush of Woe. Fans rally as Lio and Yoh fire up. They hook up, ROLLING DIVING HEADBUTT into the Bush! Fans fire up while Taguchi flops over. Yoh drags Taguchi to the apron, and he uses the ropes in a Paradise Lock!? Yoh learned a form of Paradise!
Connors returns but Yoh kicks him down. Yoh drags Connors up to ROCK him with a forearm, and then stomp him in the corner. Tag to Lio, he and Yoh double whip Connors to DOUBLE ELBOW! Then Lio runs to get a wheelbarrow boost from Yoh, WHEELBARROW SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Lio taunts Taguchi then clamps onto Connors with a sleeper and body scissors! Yoh plays defense, but Taguchi can’t get free anyway. Connors fights up with Lio as a backpack, and he RAMS Lio into the corner! Yoh tags in, Connors hurries to his corner, but he can’t tag Taguchi like that! Lio whips Connors to the corner, Yoh & Lio mug him!
Yoh & Lio drag Connors up again, throw forearms and haymakers, then Yoh has Connors on ropes. Yoh throws more forearms, puts him back in the corner, but Connors fights back with forearms and elbows! Fans rally, Connors crawls, but Lio drags him up for a BIG back suplex! Fans rally, Yoh & Lio drag Connors up and double whip. Connors ELBOWS Yoh away but Lio kicks him low. Lio runs, Connors drops and POUNCES Lio into Yoh, and Yoh falls on Taguchi! Taguchi’s free from Paradise! Fans fire up as Connors hurries over, hot tag to Taguchi! Taguchi fires up, and he HIP ATTACKS Yoh at the ropes! Then HIP ATTACKS Lio at the ropes!
Taguchi keeps going, another HIP ATTACK for Yoh! Another HIP ATTACK for Lio! Baseball slide and APRON HIP for Yoh! Fans fire up and Taguchi takes aim from the apron. Springboard and MISSILE HIP! Taguchi covers, TWO! Taguchi drags Yoh up but Yoh swings, into a waistlock. Yoh elbows free, runs, but Taguchi follows! Yoh catches the hip attack into a waistlock, but Taguchi elbows free. Taguchi fakes Yoh out into running into a HIP ATTACK! Fans fire up and Taguchi runs side to side! PEOPLE’S T-BAG!! Cover, TWO!! Yoh survives and fans fire up. Taguchi calls upon the powers of Strong Style! “ORYA~!”
But Lio gets in the way, and offers the beer! He wants to have the drink now? Lio gets the fans to applaud for it, and they crack open the beers. They drink, and Lio hits a STUNNER on Taguchi! Lio laughs at Taguchi falling for it, then he HAANDSPRING KICKS Connors off the apron! Lio hurries to get another drink of beer, then he builds speed! But then Lio feels queasy! Connors runs in to SPEAR Lio down! Fans fire up, Connors drags Yoh up but Yoh throws forearms! Yoh ROCKS Taguchi, UPPERCUTS Connors, but runs into DOUBLE HIP ATTACKS! The Wild Hips combine their powers, take a drink, and show the RED UNDIES! CROSS HIPS!!! Cover, Lio breaks it!!
Fans fire up and Connors throws Lio out. Taguchi stands back up and fans rally. Taguchi stands Yoh up, to ENZIGURI! Fans fire up and Taguchi drags Yoh up into chicken wings! But Yoh wheelbarrows and victory rolls, only for Taguchi to sit on it! TWO!!! But Taguchi has OH MY GAH ANKLE!! Yoh flails, reaches out, moves around, and Connors keeps Lio on the outside! Yoh scrambles to get a BEER! Yoh stands up to make Taguchi drink!! Taguchi chugs, Yoh shakes him up!! Taguchi is dizzy now, but he SPITS the beer! He’s gone from The Rock to The Game! Taguchi kicks low, runs, but into 3K!!!! Cover, the Men of the Hour win!!
Winners: Yoh & Lio Rush, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Taguchi & Connors earn 0)
It’s all about the game and how you play it, but the Wild Hips got beat at their own game! Will Yoh & Lio close in on that outside shot to the finals?
Super Jr. Tag League 2022: DOUKI & Yoshinobu Kanemaru VS SHO & Dick Togo!
Japones Del Mal & The Heel Master got the biggest win they could by beating the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions! Will that momentum help them finish strong? Or will the House of Torture ruin things for them right before the end?
Both sides argue about the other needing to be thoroughly checked. After all, Douki has the pipe and Kanemaru has the whiskey, but the Murder Machine has a wrench and the Spoiler has his choker. But for now, the teams sort out and Dick starts against Kanemaru. Fans rally as the two circle. They tie up, Dick powers Kanemaru to ropes, but lets off as the ref counts. Kanemaru dodges the sucker punch and tells the ref that’s what he was talking about! Dick apologizes, and offers a handshake. Kanemaru says don’t even bother with that. Dick shakes Sho’s hand and Sho hops in to shake the ref’s hand. Dick also shakes the ref’s hand.
Douki steps in and the House of Torture offers him a handshake, too. Douki & Kanemaru reach out to accept, but then they block the cheap kicks! Douki throws Sho’s foot into Dick, then he throws Sho out while Kanemaru rolls Dick up! TWO!! Dick escapes, Douki goes out after Sho while Kanemaru stalks Dick to the corner. Dick pokes Kanemaru in the eye! Dick then whips corner to corner but Kanemaru reverses. Dick BOOTS Kanemaru, runs, but into a dropkick to the legs! Tag to Douki, Suzuki-Gun SMASH both knees! Cover, TWO! Douki stomps Dick around, then puts the leg on the ropes for a HIP DROP!
Fans rally while Douki drags Dick up. Douki kicks low, whips Dick to ropes, then runs in, only to be put on the apron. Dick swings but Douki shoulders into him. But Sho trips Douki up! Dick BLASTS Kanemaru, Sho stomps Douki around by commentary. Sho drags Douki up, brings him all the way to the back wall, rakes the eyes, and then goes into the rear stage area! Sho sends Douki into the wall! Dick keeps after Kanemaru while Sho whips Douki at the edge! Douki keeps from falling, he turns around and Sho BOOTS him off the stage! Fans applaud as Sho stands tall. Sho stomps Douki in front of the back row, then says to turn our attention back to ringside.
The ring count starts while Dick waits on Douki. Sho wants the count to go faster, and then he touches the Super Jr. Tag League trophy. Fans rally as Douki stands, and he hurries up the aisle! We’re at 12 of 20, Sho gets on the mic to shout that this is over! Sho rings the bell himself! The ref tells Sho no, but Sho makes the ref raise his hand in victory. Doukik returns! But Sho and Dick mug him! The ref reprimands them, counts, but both Sho and Dick let off at 4. Douki fights up but Dick fights off the scoop. Dick throws body shots and he CLUBS Douki down! Dick scoops and SLAMS Douki down! Dick then clamps onto Douki’s arms for a motorcycle stretch!
Fans rally as Douki endures and reaches out. Douki gets the ROPEBREAK, and Dick lets off. Dick scrapes his sole on Douki’s face, then he tags Sho. Sho runs to BLAST Kanemaru, then he and Dick mug Douki. Douki hits back but Sho rakes the eyes! Sho shoves Douki down, brings him back up, and throws him out of the ring. Sho distracts the ref so Dick can ROCK Douki! Dick puts Douki back in for Sho to ROPE GUILLOTINE! Cover, the ref refuses because of shenanigans. Sho stomps Douki then covers, TWO! Fans fire up while Sho is upset with the ref. Sho drags Douki back up but Douki throws forearms! Sho rakes the eyes!
The ref reprimands but Sho grins as he brings Douki up again. Douki blocks the suplex and fans rally. Sho powers Douki up but Douki fights it. Douki powers Sho up, but Sho bends Douki’s fingers! Sho suplexes but Douki slips out! Douki waistlocks but Sho elbows free. Sho runs, but into a FLYING HEADBUTT! Fans fire up while both men are down again! Sho and Douki crawl, hot tag to Kanemaru! Kanemaru stomps on Sho then BLASTS Dick! Kanemaru whips, Sho reverses but Kanemaru dropkicks the legs out! Kanemaru drags Sho up, SHIN BREAKER and then a dropkick to the legs! Kanemaru steps through for a FIGURE FOUR!
Sho endures the leglock and Kanemaru trashes about! Dick gets in to stomp away on Kanemaru! The hold is undone but the ref reprimands Dick. Kanemaru drags Sho around, stomps the legs, but Sho bends the fingers! So Kanemaru rakes Sho’s eyes! The ref reprimands them both, Kanemaru kicks Sho and runs. But Sho uses the ref as a shield! Sho then runs but now Kanemaru uses the ref as a shield! Kanemaru kicks low, ELBOWS Sho in the head, then runs, but Dick gets a cheap shot in! Sho SPEARS Kanemaru down! Tag to Dick and the House of Torture stomps away on Kanemaru. They whip him corner to corner, then Sho runs in.
Kanemaru dodges Sho, kicks Dick and sends him into Sho! ENZIGURI for Dick! Fans fire up while all three are down! Douki calls out and Kanemaru heads that way! Hot tag to Douki! Douki goes up to CROSSBODY! Dick staggers up, Douki dodges him to springboard BACK ELBOW! Douki drags Dick into the drop zone, for a RUNNING DOUBLE STOMP! Cover, TWO! Fans rally, Douki drags Dick up and hooks him up! But Dick fights the Gory Especial to snapmare and ghost pin! TWO! CROSSFACE!! Fans rally while Douki endures! Douki reaches out, claws his way over, but Dick rolls him way!
But Douki slips out to waistlock! He baits Dick into a double pump handle and he flips Dick over! Douki then rolls Dick into ITALIAN STRETCH #32! Fans fire up while Dick endures! But then Sho drags the ref out! Sho gets in to stomp away on Douki! The Young Lions check on the ref while Sho gets his wrench! But Douki gets his PIPE! Fans fire up as Douki’s is bigger! Sho still swings but Douki dodges! Douki swings but Sho dodges! Douki blocks the wrench attack and Sho drops it! Douki JAMS Sho with the pipe, then CHOKES him with it! But Dick slides in to use the SPOILER CHOKER! But Kanemaru takes a swig!
Yujiro & Evil rush out from the back! But Kanemaru WHISKEY MISTS Yujiro! Then he KICKS the ropes to hit Evil down low! Then Kanemaru WHISKEY MISTS Dick! But Sho LOW BLOWS Kanemaru! Everyone falls at the same time! Fans fire up and rally as the ref returns! The ref can’t make heads or tails of what happened, but Dick and Douki stay in the ring. Dick drags Douki up, underhooks, but Douki blocks the Pedigree! Dick CLUBS Douki down, drags him back up and tries again. But Douki wrenches out! Dick rakes the eyes! Dick gets the whiskey and tags a swig!? But Douki HELL STABS! The whiskey spews into the air!
Douki drags Dick back down, ITALIAN STRETCH #32!!! Dick verbally quits, Suzuki-Gun wins!!
Winners: Douki & Yoshinobu Kanemaru, by submission (gain 2 points; Sho & Dick earn 0)
Incredible! Douki the underdog has gotten his team to three wins in this latter half of the tournament! Is this a sign that things are finally clicking for Japones Del Mal?
Super Jr. Tag League 2022: Robbie Eagles & Tiger Mask VS BUSHI & Titán!
The Flying Tigers may not have a shot at the finals, but they can shoot down another team’s chances! Will the Sniper of the Sky and the Junior Heavyweight legend eliminate LIJ? Or will the Black Mask y El Inmortal stay alive for one more round?
The teams sort out, Eagles calls out Titan, so LIJ fist bumps. Fans applaud as Titan and Eagles circle. They tie up, Eagles wrenches an arm to a wristlock, but Titan rolls, handsprings and wrenches back. Eagles endures the wristlock now, but he uses the ropes to flip through and wrench back. Titan endures now, rolls, kips up and bridges to then handspring and wrench back! Fans rally as Titan wrenches again. Titan whips corner to corner, Eagles reverses but Titan goes up and over to handspring away. Fans cheer and things keep moving. Titan jumps over, whips Eagles but Eagles reverses to go up and around and arm-drag! But Titan handstands walks!
Titan rolls, handsprings, and fans fire up as things keep moving. Titan hurdles, Eagles counters the arm-drag to a takedown, and then he handsprings to basement dropkick! Fans cheer the opening exchange as Eagles covers, TWO! Eagles keeps on Titan, brings him over, and bumps him off buckles. Tag to Tiger and he KICKS and KICKS and KICKS Titan down! Tiger stomps Titan, brings him up and ROCKS him with a forearm. Tiger runs but Titan DROPKICKS him in return! Fans rally and Titan rolls to tag in Bushi! Bushi stomps Tiger, bumps him off buckles, then CHOPS! And CHOPS again!
Bushi pushes Tiger out, turns him, and hits a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Bushi goes after Tiger’s mask! The ref reprimands, Bushi stops going after the laces to pull at the chin! The ref reprimands and counts, Bushi stops at 4. Bushi stomps Tiger down, then he tags in Titan. Titan climbs while Bushi drags Tiger up. Bushi wrenches an arm and Titan DOUBLE STOMPS it! Titan kicks Tiger around, then mule kicks him. Titan snapmares Tiger to PENALTY KICK! Fans rally and Eagles coaches Tiger, but Titan stands Tiger up. Tiger throws body shots, then throws KICK after KICK! Titan blocks a kick but Tiger SPIN KICKS him away!
Fans rally, Tiger rolls and hot tags Eagles! Eagles springboards up and over Titan, BLASTS Bushi, then RANAS Titan! Fans fire up as Eagles WHEEL KICKS Titan and kips up! Titan bails out, Eagles builds speed, but Bushi trips Eagles up! Titan mule kicks Tiger, CLUBS him down and gets back in the ring. Titan KICKS Eagles while he’s down, then he tags Bushi. Fans rally as LIJ mug Eagles, then double whip him corner to corner. Bushi runs in to back elbow Titan, and then sets up for INMORTAL IN MOTION! Feed to a lift, DROPKICK SPINEBUSTER COMBO! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up but Titan BLASTS Tiger!
Fans rally up as LIJ loom over Eagles. They kick Eagles around, drag him up and double whip again. Eagles reverses to send Bushi away and then he knees Titan low. Bushi returns and Eagles sends him into Titan! Titan falls, Eagles mule kicks Bushi then runs, BASEMENT DROPKICK BLINDSIDE LARIAT COMBO! Fans fire up while all three men are down! Eagles crawls for his corner, hot tag to Tiger! Tiger goes up top and CROSSBODIES Bushi down! Titan CLUBS Tiger, holds him up, but Tiger BOOTS Bushi and KANGAROO KICKS Titan! Bushi returns, into a tilt-o-whirl BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!
Fans rally as Tiger brings Bushi back up. Tiger underhooks Bushi but Titan runs in! Tiger mule kicks Titan, Eagles runs in to KICK, and then DOUBLE ROUNDHOUSES take Titan down! Fans fire up and Bushi fires forearms on both Flying Tigers! Bushi fires off on Tiger, but Eagles SOBATS Bushi! Eagles cravats Bushi and Tiger gives him a boost into the ASAI DDT! Roll and feed to the underhooks, TIGER DRIVER! Cover, Titan breaks it! Eagles throws Titan out and Tiger goes to a corner. But Titan POSTS Eagles! Tiger reaches the top but Titan attacks him first! Titan ROCKET LAUNCHES Tiger off the corner!
Bushi crawls to the LIJ corner, hot tag to Titan! Titan roars, fans fire up, and Titan springboard MISSILE DROPKICKS! Titan drags Tiger up, reels him in and suplexes for the GOURD BUSTER, to a SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO! Tiger is still in this and fans rally up. Tiger goes to a corner, Titan powers up and runs in, LOCO- NO, Tiger BOOTS Titan away! Then crucifix takedown! TWO!! Into the REVERSE DOUBLE ARMBAR!! Titan endures, flails, Eagles intercepts Bushi into the RON MILLER SPECIAL!! But Titan gets the ROPEBREAK! The Flying Tigers let LIJ go and Eagles kicks Bushi out.
Eagles rallies the fans and he joins Tiger in bringing Titan up. The Flying Tigers double whip Titan to a corner, Eagles goes to the apron. They both run in, ENZIGURI ROUNDHOUSE COMBO! Fans fire up as Tiger brings Titan up to the top rope. Bushi rushes in but Eagles springboards and missile dropkicks the legs out! Tiger climbs up after Titan, underhooks the arms, and fans rally up! SUPER BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! Cover, TWO!! Titan survives, but Tiger has a KIMURA! Titan endures as Tiger also traps his head! Bushi barrels through Eagles to break it up! Fans rally as Bushi fires forearms on Eagles.
Eagles knees low, Bushi ducks a roundhouse to spin Eagles into a DDT! Tiger fires off on Bushi, knees low and SOBATS! Tiger runs, but into a DROPKICK! Bushi runs to BLAST Eagles! Then Bushi builds speed to DIVE onto Eagles! Fans fire up and Titan roars! Titan drags Tiger up, reels him in to a fireman’s carry, and spins for the LANDSLIDE! Cover, TWO!! Tiger survives again and fans fire up! Bushi returns as Tiger goes to a corner. Titan runs in, LOCO LARIAT! Bushi hits the CODE BREAKER! Titan springboards, but slips! Angel Inmortal is more a diving headbutt botch! Bushi hurries to get Titan back up and Titan resets.
Bushi watches Eagles while Titan COAST2COAST dropkicks Tiger!! Cover, LIJ wins!
Winners: Bushi & Titán, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Eagles & Tiger earn 0)
It wasn’t pretty, but it was effective! LIJ stay alive for another round, will they make the Super Jr. Tag League finals tranquilo?
Super Jr. Tag League 2022: Alex Zayne & El Lindaman VS Ace Austin & Chris Bey!
The #SAUCEHEARTS holds their fate in their own hands! If they win, they take over the top spot! If they lose, their bubble bursts right before the end! Can Zayne & Lindaman stop the Inevitable? Or will Ace & Bey keep things Too Sweet?
The teams sort out, Zayne steps up and calls out his former friend, Ace. Ace & Bey Too Sweet and then point finger guns at Zayne. Lindaman says, “Boo~!” but Ace starts against Zayne. The fans rally as the two stare down, but then Ace tags out to Bey. Bey & Ace laugh at Zayne thinking he was going to get his way. Zayne and Bey circle, fans rally up again, and the two tie up. They go around, Zayne puts Bey on ropes but he stares Ace down. Red shoes counts the break, Zayne lets off with a pat on Bey’s shoulder. Bey acts like he’s gonna punch, but he just hands Red Shoes some of his gold chains that’re coming loose.
Zayne and Bey reset as fans rally up, and Bey gets around to waistlock. Zayne works on the hold but Bey shifts to a headlock. Zayne throws body shots, then elbows, then he powers out, only for Bey to pull on Zayne’s beard! Bey laughs and flexes while Red Shoes reprimands. Bey headlocks, but Zayne powers up to put Bey on ropes! Zayne then powers out to wrench Bey’s arm. Bey endures the wristlock, but Zayne pulls on Bey’s beard! Tag to Lindaman and Lindaman kicks Bey low. Fans applaud as Lindaman wrenches and wristlocks Bey to then YANK the arm! Lindaman YANKS the arm again, and he keeps Bey from Ace.
But Bey pulls Lindaman’s hair! Red Shoes reprimands but Bey knees Lindaman low, tags Ace, and Bullet Club mugs Lindaman. They double whip Lindaman corner to corner, Bey runs in but Lindaman picks Bey up! AIR RAID CRASH! Ace runs in and knees low. Ace whips, Lindaman reverses and SAYANAGIS! Then BASEMENT DDT! Fans fire up with Lindaman and he looms over Ace. Lindaman drags Ace, scoops him and SLAMS him, then rallies the fans as he goes to the corner. Lindaman runs, stomps and goes to the other corner! Fans fire up as Lindaman climbs, but Ace wants Red Shoes to check him. This is a distraction so Bey can trip Lindaman up!
Ace hobbles over and tags in Bey. Bey BLASTS Zayne, then he and Ace double whip Lindaman! POMMEL KICK, and then FINESSE IN MOTION! Bey feeds Lindaman to Ace’s drop toehold and Eddy Gordo Kick! Bey DOUBLE STOMPS Lindaman down! Bey stands on Lindaman in a cocky cover, TWO! Fans applaud while Bey drags Lindaman up. Bey ROCKS Lindaman, drags him up again, and then CLAWS Lindaman’s eyes! Red Shoes counts, Bey lets off and pretends he can’t hear the fans rallying up. Bey KICKS Lindaman in the side, then coordinates with Ace. Bey bumps Lindaman’s face off Ace’s boot!
Red Shoes reprimands while Bey tags Ace. Bullet Club double wrench Lindaman, double CLAW his back, then double drop toehold to Too Sweet CLAW his back! Fans applaud while Ace stomps Lindaman. Cover, TWO! Fans applaud more, Ace stomps Lindaman more. Ace CHOKES Lindaman with his shirt, then drags Lindaman up to gut wrench suplex! Ace stands on Lindaman before a LEG DROP! Cover, TWO! Ace KNEES Lindaman in the back, and again, but Lindaman gets up to ROCK Ace! And again! But Ace NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO! Ace drags Lindaman up and tags in Bey.
Bullet Club mugs Lindaman, double whip him to ropes but Lindaman holds ropes. Ace runs in but Lindaman steps aside to send him tumbling out! Bey runs in but Lindaman puts him on the apron. Bey holds onto Lindaman to keep him from Zayne, and Bey shoulders in. Bey slingshots up and over, but Lindaman CLOBBERS him! Fans fire up, hot tag- NO, Ace trips Zayne off the apron! Bey CLOBBERS Lindaman while Ace stomps Zayne. Bey snapmares and UPPERCUTS Lindaman in the back. Cover, TWO! Bey argues the count while fans rally up. Bey sits Lindaman up for a chinlock and grinds him down.
Fans rally as Lindaman endures. Lindaman fights his way up, throws elbows, but Bey CLUBS Lindaman down! Tag to Ace, and Ace brings Lindaman around, DOUBLE SWEEP COMBO! And then the STANDING MOONSAULT LEG DROP COMBO! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up while Ace grows frustrated. Ace drags Lindaman up, whips him hard into the corner, and Bey CHOKES Lindaman while Ace distracts Red Shoes with talk about Zayne. Red Shoes keeps them apart, and then Ace goes over to Lindaman. Ace tags Bey, drags Lindaman up, and Bey takes a crane stance. Bey crane steps to then poke Lindaman in his eyes!
Fans applaud while Bey crane steps around. Bey drags Lindaman up, reels him in, and says he’s gonna give us three amigos. But Lindaman blocks the first amigo! Bey throws body shots, then a knee! Uno Amigo! Then Dos Amigos! Then THREE AMIGOS! Bey kips up and fans applaud. Bey goes up the corner, fans fire up, and Bey mocks Zayne with “ITADAKIMAAASU~!” MOONSAULT, but Bey has to roll through when Lindaman moves! Lindaman runs in, gets around, kicks Bey’s legs out then dropkicks him in the back! Fans fire up while both men are down, hot tags to Ace and Zayne! Zayne fires off hands on Ace, then spins him for the DISCUS LARIAT!
Fans fire up as Zayne storms up on Ace, fires off boxing elbows, then mule kicks! Zayne runs but Bey runs in to SOBAT! Bey whips, Zayne ducks ‘n’ dodges, then he DOUBLE RANAS Bey & Ace! Fans fire up and Zayne swings, but Bey catches him! Ace runs up but Zayne BOOTS him! Zayne elbows free of Bey to knee him low, then he runs again, DOUBLE ROLLING SCISSOR KICK! Fans fire up again as Zayne focuses on Ace. Zayne stalks Ace, drags him from the corner, and he pulls the kick pad away from the boot! Ace kicks Zayne away, but Zayne blocks the roundhouse! Zayne drags Ace down and Ace desperately claws for the ropes! ROPEBREAK!
Zayne holds on but Bey drags Ace out to safety. But then Lindaman runs in and he uses Zayne as a boost to SOMERSAULT SENTON out onto Bullet Club! Fans fire up with that direct hit, and Zayne waits on them to stand back up. Fans rally, Lindaman drags Ace up for Zayne and puts him in. Zayne drags Ace up, reels him in, but Bey SUPERMAN PUNCHES Lindaman! Zayne suplexes, Ace slips out and goes to ropes. Zayne runs in, he blocks Ace’s boot and flips him to the apron. Bey gets up to join Ace, Zayne runs in but he gets DOUBLE KNEES! Ace & Bey dump Zayne out, and then Bey gets in to build speed. Bey FLIES and takes out Zayne!
Lindaman swipes at Ace but Ace handsprings up and over! Ace PENALTY KICKS Lindaman down! Ace and Bey get Zayne up, Ace slingshots in and kips up to build speed! THE FALL TO GLORY! Fans fire up for the Fosbury Flop and Bey says that was great! Ace puts Zayne in the ring, fans rally up and Bullet Club sees Zayne go to the corner. Bey sets up, but Zayne ducks the pommel kick! Zayne BOOTS Bey, puts Ace in the corner to ELBOW, then he hoists Ace up top. Bey runs in but is sent into Ace’s knees! Zayne uses Bey to get up and SUPER STEINER Ace! And GERMAN SUPLEX Bey onto Ace! Fans fire up as Zayne drags Ace up.
Zayne scoops for the BAJA BLAST! Cover, TWO! Ace survives but Zayne keeps his focus. Lindaman returns, he and Zayne coordinate. Lindaman drags Ace up and Zayne goes to the corner. Lindaman hits KUMAGOROSHI, and Zayne shouts “ITADAKIMAAASU~!” Zayne climbs up, but Bey GAMANGIRIS him down! Lindaman storms over but Bey GAMANGIRIS him, too! Ace hits a BIG back suplex on Lindaman, and Bey climbs up after Zayne. Zayne is reclined along a top rope, Bey DOUBLE STOMPS him down! Bey drags Zayne up and torture racks! Ace steps in to FLYING CHUCK and Bey spins to RACK NECKBREAKER!! Ace covers, TWO!?!?
Fans are thunderous as Zayne survives! Bullet Club grows frustrated, but they decide to bring out the trump card. But Lindaman BOOTS Ace! And ROCKS Bey! And ROCKS Ace! Lindaman fires off on Bey, then BOOTS Ace! Lindaman whips but Ace reverses. Bey SPLASHES Lindaman, hoists him up top, and then Ace goes up top with Bey. They bring Lindaman up, but Zayne CLUBS them first! Zayne adds on now, for a TOWER OF DOOM, DOUBLE POWERBOMB SUPERPLEX!! Fans fire up as all four men are down! They all stir, and Bey slowly rolls out of the ring, as does Lindaman. That leaves Zayne and Ace alone.
Zayne crawls over to Ace, and Ace SLAPS Zayne! Zayne SLAPS Ace, and they SLAP back and forth! Then they throw forearms back and forth! Fans rally as the two fight up to their feet to throw more forearm shots! Ace gets the edge, knees low then swings, but Zayne spins him! Ace blocks the lariat, Zayne blocks the kick! Zayne ducks a kick to wrap Zayne up! TACO- NO, Ace slips out! Ace KNEES, KNEE LIFTS and HEEL KICKS! Zayne wobbles, Ace runs, THE FOLD!!! Cover, LINDAMAN BREAKS IT!! Fans are thunderous as Lindaman waistlocks Ace and deadlifts! Bey saves Ace to PELE Lindaman!
Fans fire up, Bullet Club coordinates, ONE TOO- NO, Lindaman catches the cutter to GERMAN SUPLEX! Bey lands on his feet, but Lindaman GERMAN SUPLEXES! Zayne kips up, Ace BOOTS him, but Zayne ducks the roundhouse! Lindaman GERMAN SUPLEXES! DOUBLE BRIDGE!! SAUCEHEARTS WIN!!!!
Winners: Alex Zayne & El Lindaman, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Ace & Bey earn 0)
INCREDIBLE! The top team falls, and now we have a NEW top team! Can the Bullet Club still have an impact on the Super Jr. Tag League finals?
As for SAUCEHEARTS, Lindaman gets the mic to say he and Zayne just won! “This league started back on November 21st in Korakuen, and now we’re here. I’m delighted we won the main event here, in Sasebo.” Fans applaud as they’re happy to see it, too. Lindaman says he’s “got a lot of personal feelings for this place. My father was born and raised in Sasebo. My mother was also born and raised in Sasebo. Make no mistake, Sasebo runs in El Lindaman’s veins.” Fans applaud to know he’s one of theirs. But then Lindaman says, “Sorry, I lied! I’m from Tokyo! Sorry! I might have told a little white lie about Sasebo, but I’m not lying when I say we’re taking this Super Jr. Tag League!”
Fans applaud that, and Lindaman continues to say, “After this win here, we’ll continue to do the same when we face Douki & Kanemaru. Then we’re off to the finals in Sendai.” Fans also applaud that. Lindaman says he’s proud to be holding the mic after a NJPW main event, but some fans may not know him. “El Lindaman doesn’t belong to NJPW, but I represent the promotion known as GLEAT. But since I have the mic, mind if I close this the GLEAT way?” Fans applaud, they’d love to see it! Lindaman says, “For those of you unfamiliar in Sasebo, let me give you a crash course! Don’t worry, it’s very simple. Learn it and try it at home.
“When I say, ‘Let’s,’ you pump your fist and shout, ‘GLEAT!’ Did you get that?” Fans applaud, as that is pretty simple. So are they all ready? Lindaman then admits, he didn’t get the pin so Zayne should have a part to say. They can “remix” this for the occasion and get some “Itadakimasu” in. Lindaman asks, “Everyone, did you enjoy NJPW today?” Fans applaud because they did! “Did you enjoy Super Jr. Tag League?” Fans applaud because they did! Then watch them as they head for the finals in Sendai! “Everyone in Sasebo, let’s… GLEAT! And…” “ITADAKIMAAASU!” The SAUCEHEARTS are fired up, but will they bring the heat all the way to the tournament finals?
Here are the NEW Super Jr. Tag League standings!
Zayne & Lindaman: 6-2, 12 points
Austin & Bey: 6-2, 12 points
Bushi & Titan: 6-2, 12 points
TJP & Akira: 6-2, 12 points
Yoh & Lio: 6-2, 12 points
Taguchi & Connors: 3-5, 6 points [ELIMINATED]
Eagles & Tiger Mask: 2-5, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
Douki & Kanemaru: 3-5, 6 points [ELIMINATED]
KUSHIDA & Knight: 1-7, 2 points [ELIMINATED]
Sho & Dick: 1-7, 2 points [ELIMINATED]
A great event for the Super Jr. Tag League, and I am surprised that we still have FIVE teams, aka half the block, still alive going into the final round! Hilarious stuff from Wild Hips VS Yoh & Lio with the beer and the references to The Rock, Stone Cold and I suppose Triple H. Douki & Kanemaru getting a win over Sho & Dick was great, even if it didn’t affect the finals. Eagles & Tiger gave LIJ a great match but LIJ was the team I expected to win out. I did not, however, think #GLEATSAUCE #SAUCEHEARTS Zayne & Lindaman were gonna get this one, and that is great stuff. It is revenge on Ace for him betraying Zayne and joining Bullet Club, and keeps him and Lindaman alive.
Now, three of the five matches on Friday the 10th matter, with LIJ VS Yoh & Lio, Zayne & Lindaman VS Douki & Kanemaru and Catch 2/2 VS Ace & Bey. Yoh & Lio have a “win and they’re in” scenario for having beaten SAUCEHEARTS and Bullet Club, and they’d eliminate LIJ from the running. And for LIJ, they beat Catch 2/2, who beat everyone else, but they lost to Bullet Club. Ace & Bey would have to lose for LIJ to get in, but then I think that gives us LIJ VS Catch 2/2 for the finals. That match-up seems to fit the story, but I wouldn’t mind another scenario just so we don’t get LIJ VS Catch 2/2 before a potential WrestleKingdom title match.
My Score: 8.8/10
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