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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (2/7/20)

SmackDown, WHO’S NEXT?!

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NEW SmackDown Coverage

Goldberg returns to SmackDown!

And tonight, we will all learn who’s next for the WWE Hall of Fame Universal Champion as we head for Super Showdown!

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • The Usos VS Robert Roode & Dolph Ziggler; The Usos win.
  • Cesaro w/ Sami Zayn VS Elias; Elias wins.
  • Daniel Bryan VS Heath Slater; Bryan wins.
  • Sheamus VS Apollo Crews; Sheamus wins.
  • SmackDown Women’s Championship #1 Contender’s Fatal 4 Way: Naomi VS Carmella VS Dana Brooke VS Alexa Bliss; Carmella wins and will challenge Bayley for the title.

PLAY BY PLAY

SmackDown opens with The Miz and John Morrison!

The dynamic duo of the A-Lister and Guru of Greatness are also #1 contenders to the SmackDown Tag Team Championships! And as they prepare for Super Showdown, the two go to the ring to take their seats. Morrison and Miz introduce themselves, and Miz seems to stick with the ol’ “Chick Magnet.” Well considering he has a wife and two daughters, it doesn’t really matter. But welcome to the return of… The Dirt Sheet! “In honor of the return of the Dirt Sheet,” as well as the Academy Awards and Super Showdown, this edition reveals the brand new blockbuster! This will win Oscars, Golden Globes and Slammies! “Once Upon a Time in Dirt Sheet!”

Miz and Morrison pull up, meet with Papa Miz, and hear about the sensational Kofi Kingston. Morrison and Miz are of course Brad Pitt and DiCaprio, working to get back on top. “Welcome to Slam Town, Bruce.” He’s the Miz and he’s awesome. “Don’t you forget it.” Coming soon at Super Showdown: NEW Tag Team Champions. “Oscar worthy? Maybe. SmackDown Tag Team Champion worthy? Definitely!” Well everyone wants to hang out with the cool kids now, but it’d mean more if it was coming from The Academy. But AWWWW~ San Jose~! Clap for the New Day, and FEEL~, the POWER~! Big E and Kofi head on out, with popcorn instead of pancakes! Wait, there are pancakes behind the belts.

“Wow! That was amazing!” What a great trailer! Big E agrees. It had action, one of the greatest athletes to grace the WWE ring in Mr. Miz. Papa had that stance, man! And an Easter egg for everyone: Kofi is Mr. Miz’s favorite superstar. Yes! Papa likes Kofi more than he does his own son! And there was drama, where Nelly- Wait, what? That wasn’t that trailer. Or sorry that was BET Uncut. And lastly, there was comedy! Because the fact Miz & Morrison think they’re winning, that’s Richard Pryor level comedy! Miz and Morrison fake laugh right back at the New Day. The New Day has no right to talk, because Miz & Morrison dominated the New Day! They beat ALL the other SmackDown tag teams for this opportunity!

Well, not every other team. The Usos say “Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa… WHOA.” Did they say Miz & Morrison beat who? Who who who? They didn’t beat the Usos! Friday Night Lockdown, boys! And now, Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode appear! But during the entrances, Miz & Morrison attack The New Day! All that popcorn is wasted! The Usos back the New Day up but then Ziggler & Roode stand with Miz & Morrison. Jimmy & Jey will take on the GLORIOUS Show-Offs after things sort out during the break.

 

The Usos VS Robert Roode & Dolph Ziggler!

SmackDown returns as Ziggler starts with Jimmy Uso. They tie up and go around right away, and end up in a corner. The ref calls for a break but neither man lets go. Ziggler tags in Roode and they mug Jimmy. Roode CHOPS Jimmy then scrapes his laces. Roode bumps Jimmy off buckles then CHOPS again. He whips corner to corner but Jimmy goes up and over to CHOP back! And again! And again! Roode headlocks, Jimmy powers out but Roode runs him over. Things speed up and Jimmy uppercuts Roode HARD! Then he ROCKS Ziggler with the same! Jimmy drags Roode up to tag in Jey. Jey climbs to drop ax handles on the arm. Jey CHOPS Roode, too, then whips. Roode reverses but Ziggler swipes at Jey. Roode then LARIATS Jey down and covers, TWO!

Jey sits up but Roode stomps him back down. Tag to Ziggler and the Wolf King’s knights choke Jey at the ropes. The ref backs Ziggler off, but then Ziggler dropkick Jey down! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up as Ziggler stands on Jey in the corner. The ref backs Ziggler off but Roode rakes Jey’s eyes! Ziggler drags Jey up and tags Roode. They mug Jey more, then Roode snapmares for a chinlock. Jey endures as Roode leans on him and grinds him down. Fans continue to rally and Jey reaches for his brother. But Roode CLUBS Jey down then tags Ziggler. Roode suplexes for a Gourd Buster, Ziggler adds a FAMOUSER! Cover, TWO! Ziggler hits Jimmy just because, but Jey rolls him up! TWO, and Ziggler drags Jey to the corner.

Tag to Roode, Ziggler whips Jey for Roode’s lift, GLORIOUS ZIGZAG!! Cover, Jimmy breaks it! Ziggler whips, Jimmy SUPERKICKS him down! Roode BOOTS Jimmy but blocks Jey’s kick. Jey hits the dragon whip enziguri! Jey flounders to a corner and climbs up top. Ziggler distracts and Roode shoves Jey way down! Jey crashes off barriers and the Usos are in trouble as SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns and Roode-Dolph isolates Jey in their corner. Roode scrapes Jey’s eyes on the top rope! Then stomps a mudhole into him at the open corner. The ref backs Roode off, only for a moment as Roode grinds his foot into Jey. Fans boo but Roode-Dolph soak up the heat. Roode tags Ziggler in and Ziggler stalks up behind Jey. Ziggler drags Jey up to throw hands but Jey throws counter punches! Ziggler kicks Jey’s leg out and then drags him back to the corner. Tag to Roode and Roode stomps Jey down. Roode drags Jey up to then bump off buckles. Jey keeps fighting, throwing more hands! He powers Roode out of the ring and then heads for his corner! But Roode gets in and stomps Jey just feet away! Jimmy swipes at Roode, Jey slips under, hot tag!

Jimmy kicks Roode, then leaps for a crossbody! He rocks Ziggler then kicks and uppercuts Roode! Fireman’s carry, Samoan Drop! Then one for Ziggler! Roode-Dolph end up in opposite corners, and fans fire up with Jimmy! Jimmy hits a hip attack on Ziggler! Then aims at Roode, only to get scooped for a slam! Cover, TWO! Roode grows frustrated but he says, “That’s it!” Fans boo as Roode winds it up… GLORIOUS~! The kick and the lift, but no DDT as Jimmy back drops Roode off! Ziggler tags in, to ZIGZAG! Cover, TWO!! Jimmy survives and Ziggler is shocked! San Jose rallies for Jimmy as he crawls to a corner, but Ziggler takes aim. Ziggler tunes up as Jimmy drags himself to his feet. Jimmy staggers but SUPERKICKS Ziggler!

SUPERKICK for Roode! Tag to Jey! Jey climbs, aims at Ziggler, USO SPLASH onto knees!! Cover, TWO!! Jey survives and Ziggler is shocked again! Tag to Roode, and the King’s court (jesters) drag Jey up. They double suplex but Jimmy saves Jey! Ziggler clotheslines Jimmy and himself out. Roode blocks a kick to waistlock, but Jimmy tags in. DOUBLE SUPERKICKS! Fans fire up as Jimmy climbs up, USO SPLASH! Cover, The Usos win!

Winners: The Usos, by pinfall

It was quite the fight, but the Uso Penitentiary keeps Roode-Dolph on lock! Will Jimmy & Jey make a case as to why they should have a SmackDown Tag Team Championship opportunity?

 

Alexa Bliss prepares for her SmackDown Women’s Championship contenders match.

Nikki Cross helps her prepare, handing Alexa her glitter skeleton gloves. Alexa is confident she can beat Bayley in a title match. In fact, she did, right here in San Jose. But she has to get through Carmella, Dana and Naomi first. Well you don’t become the first-ever woman to have both Raw and SmackDown titles without having something twisted up your sleeve. Will the Goddess return to the summit? Or will another contender knock her aside for their own shot?

SmackDown relives last week’s main event.

In a Loser Eats Dog Food match, guess who was the loser? Not the Big Dog or his cousins, the Usos! Baron Corbin took the pin and was chained to the post! The Samoan Bloodline made sure Corbin got a feast of dog food! Corbin was mortified, but what will he do in response?

Speaking of Baron Corbin, he storms into the WWE production truck! He is infuriated that SmackDown replayed all that footage! But the guy was doing his job? Well let’s see him do his job now! Corbin drags the man and throws him down the stairs! The fans boo as Corbin bullies the guy, but security backs him off. Is the Wolf King only going to stoop to new lows now that he’s been humiliated?

 

Ladies and Gentlemen: Elias.

The Drifter is in San Jose, strumming away on his guitar, and fans start clapping along. “San Jose, thank you very much!” Elias has a match with Cesaro and needs to know who has his back. So he has one question for them here tonight: “Who Wants to Walk With Elias?!” The Bay does! But before the match, Elias has a match so please clap along for “Third Time’s the Charm.”

“San Jose-” Cesaro interrupts the song! The Swiss Cyborg’s “Great Liberator,” Sami Zayn has a mic to “apologize.” Fans boo and he tells them to shut up. But it doesn’t feel good to be interrupted, huh? Like what Elias did to Sami last week! Fans boo harder but Elias says in case Sami wasn’t paying attention, “it’s a miracle if I don’t get interrupted.” Well it doesn’t matter when or why Elias gets interrupted, but it does matter when you interrupt Sami! And when you try to make a fool of Team Sami after Shinsuke was ROBBED of his Intercontinental Championship! Fans thought that was funny, huh? “YES!”

Well now the joke’s on you! Elias is going to pay, at the hands of Cesaro. Everything that happens tonight, Elias brought on himself. This match goes down after the break!

 

Cesaro w/ Sami Zayn VS Elias!

SmackDown returns as Cesaro has Elias in the corner. The ref backs Cesaro off but Cesaro stomps Elias down. Cesaro headlocks but Elias powers out. Things speed up, Cesaro blocks a hip toss to throw body shots and European Uppercuts! Cesaro whips, Elias reverses, and Elias back drops Cesaro high and hard! Elias keeps on Cesaro with a backbreaker! cover, TWO! Elias keeps his cook as he whips Cesaro to a corner. Cesaro reverses but Elias goes up to boot Cesaro back! Elias then hurries up top, but Sami gets on the apron! The ref tells Sami to get down but Elias is ready for Cesaro. Cesaro blocks a buckle bump to bump Elias off the post! Then BOOT him to the floor! Sami taunts Elias while Cesaro raises his hand up victoriously.

Fans boo Sami and the ref starts a ring count. Cesaro goes out to fetch Elias and also high-five Sami. Cesaro scoops Elias to snake eyes him on the barriers! Then he puts Elias in the ring to cover, TWO! Cesaro clamps on with a chinlock and grinds Elias down. Elias endures and fights his way up. Fans rally and Elias throws elbows. Elias is free and runs, but into a back drop from Cesaro! Cesaro runs to drop an elbow! Cover, TWO! Sami protests the count but Cesaro dead lifts and gut wrenches Elias! Cover, TWO! Sami flexes on behalf of Cesaro and says Elias brought this on himself. Elias gets to ropes, Cesaro chokes him! The ref counts but Cesaro backs off, and Sami gets a cheap shot in! Fans boo but Sami gets away with it.

Cesaro clamps on a chinlock and grinds Elias down again. Elias endures even as Sami shouts at him. Fans rally up and Elias stands to throw elbows. Elias is free and runs again to kick Cesaro this time. Cesaro shoves to get the chinlock back, but Elias hits a back suplex! Both men are down and San Jose rallies up! Elias is in the corner, Cesaro runs in but gets a boot! Elias runs out to KNEE Cesaro down! Cover, TWO!! Sami is relieved but Elias is up again. Elias heads for a corner and up top. Cesaro bumps ropes to trip Elias up! Cesaro climbs to join Elias now, but Elias holds on! Elias throws body shots and shoves Cesaro down. Then Elias adjusts, but Cesaro SHORYUKEN! Cesaro dead lift SUPERPLEXES Elias! Cover, TWO!! Sami is protesting again but Elias does survive.

Cesaro drags Elias up but Elias trips him up, jackknife cover! TWO, small package! TWO, and Elias runs, to get a POP-UP UPPERCUT! Cover, TWO!! Cesaro grows frustrated as he has to stalk after Elias. He drags Elias back up and throws more EuroUppers! So many uppercuts! Elias CHOPS back! And again! Cesaro throws more EuroUppers! Fans boo but Elias throws hands! Elias backs Cesaro down to a corner and stomps away but the ref pulls him off. Elias LARIATS Cesaro then scoops him for a slam! The Drifter heads up top once more, perhaps this is third time’s the charm! MACHO ELBOW!! Cover, Elias wins!

Winner: Elias, by pinfall

The song title was a prophecy! Elias gets a big win on the Road to WrestleMania, but will he find himself on the Grandest Stage of Them All?

 

SmackDown returns, and Baron Corbin storms out to the ring.

Take a look at this crown! This means he is the King of the Ring, and he will NOT be silenced! This is HIS kingdom, and we should all BOW DOWN and LISTEN! Fans boo instead. “Last week was an abomination!” The Big Dog should’ve lost like the 49ers lost to Corbin’s Chiefs! Fans really don’t like that. Corbin says Roman should’ve been buried in dog food, but he can’t do anything without his “lap dogs,” the Usos. When are the Usos going to realize they’re carrying dead weight? If Roman is as tough as he is, he would’ve just fought Corbin 1v1 at the Royal Rumble. And then Corbin would’ve won that match, too, to also win the Men’s Royal Rumble, to then headline WrestleMania!

So as the king, Corbin wants… no, he deserves and DEMANDS one more match with Roman! Corbin is the king of SmackDown, so he will not let this show continue until he gets Roman in the ring. Fans boo and Corbin mocks them. Fans laughed at him, didn’t they? They liked seeing him get humiliated, right? Corbin takes a fan’s drink and dumps it on him! Fans boo even more, but here comes ROMAN! He’s just dong as Corbin wanted, and now Corbin is panicking! SUPERMAN PUNCH! Roman throws Corbin into barriers, and that same fan splashes Corbin with a drink! Roman throws Corbin around more, then into steel steps! And again! Corbin flounders and Roman hits the Drive-By Dropkick!

Roman puts Corbin in the ring, also as Corbin wanted, but Corbin retreats! Fans boo but Roman gets himself a mic.”Hey, Corbin! That’s what I thought, coward.” Fans cheer as Roman says that if the cowardly king wants another match, he’s got it. And if it’s 1v1, fine. Tell the boys to stay home, because this will be a Steel Cage match! The Big Dog and the Wolf King are going to be locked in together, but who is the one that escapes in one piece?

 

SmackDown interviews Goldberg via video.

The WWE Hall of Famer has been at the center of many rumors lately. So simply put, “Who’s next?” To get to the point, Goldberg was watching the Royal Rumble with his son. It wasn’t just incredible, it was inspiring! It entertained, and got Goldberg thinking, and feeling that itch again. Lesnar has his hands full right now, but what about the Universal Champion? Everyone knows Goldberg’s time with that title was short, and he never got his rematch. So maybe this is a big mistake, but you don’t get anywhere playing it safe. Goldberg puts it out there-

“We interrupt this broadcast for an important message from Firefly Fun House New!” What?! Bray Wyatt is your news anchor and says, “Yowie wowie, and welcome to a special broadcast of Firefly Fun House News.” FFN has breaking news from SmackDown as one William Goldberg is considering challenging The Fiend for the Universal Championship. Silly Billy. That’s bad news for you! Because “he” accepts! Now, let’s go to Mercy the Buzzard with the weather. It’ll be a cold day in hell before The Fiend loses that title. Thank you, Mercy. But now, to Mr. Goldberg. You there, Bill? Bill? Hello? Goldberg isn’t playing along, intimidation doesn’t work on him. Well, then take his advice and-

No, the only thing Goldberg is taking from The Fiend/Bray Wyatt is that title! So Goldberg has news for you! The Fiend, Bray Wyatt… YOU’RE NEXT!! Goldberg is done with the interview, but Bray says that wasn’t very nice. “Let me in.” Bye! See you soon, Billy!

 

Daniel Bryan is watching backstage.

Just like everyone, Bryan saw that “FFN” broadcast. Heath Slater says hey to Bryan and asks how he’s been. That Goldberg-Wyatt stuff, the legend doesn’t know what he’s getting himself into. Goldberg should talk with Bryan about that stuff, right? The Fiend came after him, his family, his friends. No, Bray did that stuff to Miz. Oh, well, same difference, Miz got Bryan here. But Slater just wants to check on Bryan after what happened. Slater would not have chosen a strap match and get whipped like that. Then Bryan looked all helpless and tied up to that man. Why? He is crazy! And choosing that match was stupid. Goodness, man. You okay?

Bryan gets what Slater is saying. But how about this? Bryan VS Slater, tonight? Slater may’ve stuck his foot in his mouth, but is Bryan about to kick Slater’s teeth down his throat?

 

Daniel Bryan VS Heath Slater!

SmackDown returns and this match is happening! Is Bryan going to take out all his frustrations on the One Man Band?

The bell rings and Bryan dropkicks Slater in the corner! Then throws him out of the ring! Bryan builds speed to DIVE onto Slater! Slater goes flying over the announce desk, but Bryan puts him back in. Bryan climbs up and leaps to missile dropkick Slater down! Bryan kips up and fans fire up as he gives Slater furious Yes Kicks! Fans chant “YES! YES!” with every strike. BUZZSAW! Slater is down but Bryan won’t stop here. Bryan aims from the corner and joins in with the “YES! YES!” Slater stands, Bryan hits a KNEE PLUS! But that is not enough. DANIELSON STOMPS!! The ref backs Bryan off but Bryan is right back on Slater with more stomps! And then, the LeBelle Lock! Slater is OUT, Bryan wins!

Winner: Daniel Bryan, by referee stoppage

Slater wasn’t even able to tap, that’s how badly Bryan beat him down. Is this the change that seems to happen in everyone after facing The Fiend?

 

BRAUN is here!

And the Monster Among Men is the NEW WWE Intercontinental Champion after dethroning the King of Strong Style last week. Sami called that match a travesty, but it was a true triumph as Strowman now has his hands on his first singles title. Renee Young returns to SmackDown to introduce and interview Strowman in the ring. She asks Strowman how it is to #GetTheseHands around that gold? Fans cheer and chant, “You Deserve It!” for him, and he says that honestly, he’s getting chills. This is his greatest achievement in his career. He’s done a lot of amazing things, like winning the Greatest Royal Rumble and flipping ambulances and trucks. Hell, he won the Raw Tag Team Championships with an 8-year-old at WrestleMania.

But the one thing that Strowman hadn’t really done was hold a singles title over his head. Until now! Strowman holds the title over his head, only for Shinsuke Nakamura to appear! The former champion has Sami with him and Sami tells Strowman that while he’s sorry to cut the victory short, “your win was fraudulent.” Sami demands a rematch for Shinsuke. Well Strowman is going to cut Sami short because no one wants to listen to Sami again. Strowman is willing to fight any time, anywhere! And that’s including right here, in San Jose! Then okay! It’ll happen, just NOT in San Jose. Unlike Strowman, Sami and Shin think. They are going to be tactical, surgical, and use all their resources.

The Revival attack from behind!? The #TopGuys are helping Sami out as they beat down Strowman! Sami loves it as he and Shinsuke are in the ring. Shinsuke drags Strowman to a corner for Bad Vibrations! The Revival taunt Strowman as they stand side-by-side with Shinsuke. Strowman stands, The Revival whip Shinsuke in, to get DECKED! Strowman BOOTS and DECKS Dawson & Dash, then glares at Sami. Sami runs away but Strowman gives chase! Strowman runs over Dawson, then Dash, before grabbing Sami by his jacket! But Sami slips out of the jacket, gets in, KINSHASA! Nakamura knocks Strowman down, for ANOTHER KINSHASA! Shinsuke mocks Strowman’s roar as he leaves the Monster down and out. Will this be how the title rematch goes when the Monster and the Artist meet again?

 

Otis prepares for next week’s Valentine’s Friday SmackDown.

The Dozer has a date with his “sweet peach,” Mandy Rose, has has the date marked on his calendar. Tucker is going to help his buddy, and Otis really wants to impress Mandy. Prepare the montage! Otis works out to get into Valentine’s shape! Jump rope, pumping weights and even kegs, and doing sit-ups motivated by pizza! Tying a bow tie and trying on other outfits is part of the training, too. Sleeveless tux jacket is perfect! But also, Otis practices fine dining. Remember, Otis, the fork is your friend. But Otis stands up, and his gut alone tips the table. But he’s ready. Is Mandy?

 

Sheamus VS Apollo Crews!

The Celtic Warrior is 2-0 on Chad Gable, and now he’s on to bigger and better. Will Apollo measure up to Sheamus’ standards?

The bell rings and Sheamus kicks Apollo low. Sheamus reels Apollo in but Apollo dodges to throw hands. Apollo whips, Sheamus reverses but Apollo kicks and enziguris! Apollo runs into the corner, Sheamus dodges! BROGUE!! Cover, Sheamus wins!

Winner: Sheamus, by pinfall

Well that was a short match. Er, a quick one. But Sheamus isn’t done here, because he aims at Apollo again. But here comes Shorty G! Gable chops away then ducks the Brogue! Gable gets the ankle but Sheamus knocks him away, to BROGUE on the return! The Fella just fell two men in one night! Will Sheamus continue to fight his way up to the big fight?

 

SmackDown Women’s Championship #1 Contender’s Fatal 4 Way: Naomi VS Carmella VS Dana Brooke VS Alexa Bliss!

San Jose’s Bayley from the Bay wants to lead by example, but she needs someone to make an example out of to do that. Only Ms. Flex Appeal hasn’t had the title, will she finally make an impact? Or will a former champion have a second chance at the gold after tonight?

The bell rings and all four women stand off. Bayley watches from a comfy armchair as Carmella kicks Alexa and Dana goes after Naomi. Naomi turns things around on Dana but Dana pushes her away to then put her on the apron. Mella bumps Bliss on buckles as Naomi slingshots sunset flips Dana. Cover, TWO and Dana sits on Naomi, TWO! Mella rolls Dana, TWO, Alexa Oklahoma rolls Mella, TWO. The four stand off and fans cheer. Dana kicks Naomi then swings on Mella. Mella moonwalks away but into Alexa. Dana dropkicks Naomi and Alexa SLAPS Mella! Alexa puts Mella in a corner and stomps away. Dana runs in, handspring back elbow for Mella! Alexa ROCKS Dana then dropkick both her and Mella out. But then Naomi dropkicks Alexa out!

Naomi aims at all there as she slingshot tornillos! Bayley stands over all four women and holds her belt up. Naomi gets up and glares at Bayley. San Jose still supports their hometown hero, but Naomi shoves her down! Bayley is right up and after Naomi, which is fine because this is no disqualifications! Bayley cubs Naomi and throws her into steel steps! The champ just made her own impact as SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns once again and Dana climbs up. She aims at Mella in the drop zone and SWANTONS, to FLOP! Alexa adds on a basement DDT! Mella gives Alexa a Complete Shot! These three are down and Bayley watches closely. Naomi is still down from what Bayley did, but she’s still in this match. Alexa and Mella brawl, then Dana joins in. Noami kicks Mella then crossbodies Bliss and Brooke! She gets Mella with a hair-pulling facebuster! Alexa throws a hand but into a full nelson BOMB! Naomi dodges Dana for a springboard roundhouse! Cover, but Alexa breaks it!

Naomi and Alexa go after each other but Alexa throws Naomi out. Mella rolls Alexa up, TWO! Alexa ducks a kick to SLAP and ROCK Mella! Then knee drops for Insult, but no Injury as Dana lifts and POWERBOMBS! Shout out to Batista and a cover, Mella breaks it! Dana drags herself to a corner and Mella stomps a fabulous mudhole. Mella then moonwalks again, to run in for a Fabulous Bronco Buster! But Naomi grabs Mella for a corner bulldog! Naomi hops up, split-leg moonsault! Cover but Dana breaks it in time! Fans cheer as Naomi and Dana go after each other. “I’ve ahd enough of you!” Dana SLAPS Naomi then fireman’s carries. Naomi slips out to shove and duck, wheelbarrow STUNNER!

Dana ends up in a drop zone but Alexa dropkicks Naomi! Alexa brings Naomi up to put in a corner for mudehole stomps. The ref backs Alexa off but she drags Naomi out. Alexa clamps on but Naomi cradle counters! TWO, but Naomi quickly scoop slams Alexa down! Leg drop! Cover, TWO! Naomi drags Alexa up to put on the top rope, and then climbs up to join her. The two fight up top, but Naomi headbutts and forearms away on Alexa. Alexa blocks to fire forearms of her own! Alexa shoves Naomi down, hops down and covers, TWO! Naomi sits up and Alexa grabs her hair. Alexa brings Naomi up to club her down, then runs to SLAP! Cover, ONE, and Alexa complains to th ref. Naomi is up to elbow Alexa back!

Dana returns on the apron and Mella gets in the ring. Alexa is thrown into Mella, then Naomi grabs Dana to suplex and slam! Naomi runs for LEAPING split leg drop! Cover, TWO!! Naomi throws Dana out in frustration then goes after Alexa. Alexa sends her into buckles face first! But Naomi grabs Alexa in a headlock! She runs at the corner, but the bulldog is sent into buckles! Alexa throws Naomi down then climbs up top! TWISTED BLISS gets knees!! Naoim hits the REAR VIEW! Mella FABULOUS KICK! And again! Cover, Mella wins?!

Winner: Carmella, by pinfall (NEW #1 Contender to the SmackDown Women’s Championship)

And Bayley PLANTS her! Former friends don’t matter to Bayley, this is HER SmackDown! The Princess of Staten Island will have to remember that as she heads for gold again.

 


 

My Thoughts:

This wasn’t quite the “Super SmackDown” episode of last week, but this was still a good episode. I don’t think we needed Sheamus squashing Apollo Crews and Chad Gable this week, make that something for next week, just because it was put in like an Erick Rowan squash right before the main event. The time given to that segment could’ve gone to another, such as the main event. Speaking of the main event, it was a good move that Carmella won the match and not Naomi. Naomi will wait for WrestleMania, so use Carmella or another to give Bayley a win along the road to that PPV. I would’ve liked if Dana Brooke got the win so she gets her shot, but Mella VS Bayley is a story that’s needs to be told.

I liked having The Dirt Sheet open, and that trailer parody was pretty well made. Let’s hope Miz & Morrison do more of these as their reunion goes on. Usos VS Roode-Dolph was a solid opening match, too, and I would love for Usos to be the first challenger for Miz & Morrison after Super Showdown, because I would think Miz & Morrison win those titles. If anything, WrestleMania needs to give us some huge tag title matches for both brands, especially SmackDown. While New Day has the titles now and Miz-Morrison are more than likely getting them next, SmackDown feels like third place out of three in tag team wrestling.

Elias had a good match with Cesaro, but Team Sami stands tall over Strowman as The Revival seem to join The Great Liberator. If Sami can help the #TopGuys stick around and get title shots, that’s a good move I suppose. Shinsuke VS Strowman is surely happening at Super Showdown, and I can’t be sure who wins it. Much like the United States Championship, I want the Intercontinental Championship to have a really great Elimination Chamber match. There are a lot of contenders on the roster, we need to see them all shine, and a Chamber match can do that.

Roman VS Corbin one more (hopefully last?) time in a Steel Cage match, huh? Cage matches are so cliche at this point, because it doesn’t keep Roode-Dolph from interfering at all. Well, unless they write in a ringside ban for those two. Only then can this finally be settled. Goldberg VS Fiend being announced and then Bryan taking his anger out on Slater, these surely will tie in together. Firefly Fun House News was funny, too. I would think The Fiend wins, but I’m thinking Bryan interferes so that Goldberg loses. Another thing that might happen for Elimination Chamber is a #1 Contender’s match to the Universal Championship, throwing in Bryan, Roman and others to at least make it seem like someone other than Roman might be stepping up.

My Score: 8.5/10


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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?

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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.

Ratings:

  • 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 – *****

Results:

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.

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.

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!


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Mitchell’s NJPW WTL X Super Jr. Tag Results & Report! (12/7/22)

The Super Jr. Tag League penultimate round!

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NJPW WTL X Super Jr.

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?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • 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.

PLAY BY PLAY

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]


My Thoughts:

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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