NXT has a #RRREEEALDream Match!
While the Interim NXT Cruiserweight Championship Tournament continues, Finn Balor vows to prove why HE is the greatest champion ever!
- Shotzi Blackheart & Tegan Nox VS Dakota Kai & Raquel Gonzalez; Dakota & Raquel win.
- Interim NXT Cruiserweight Championship Tournament, Group A: Drake Maverick VS Jake Atlas; Atlas wins.
- Interim NXT Cruiserweight Championship Tournament, Group A: KUSHIDA VS Tony Nese; Kushida wins.
- Mia Yim VS Jessi Kamea; Mia wins.
- Interim NXT Cruiserweight Championship Tournament, Group B: El Hijo del Fantasma VS Jack Gallagher; Fantasma wins.
- Velveteen Dream VS Finn Balor; changed to…
- Velveteen Dream & Keith Lee VS The Undisputed Era; Dream and Dexter Lumis win.
PLAY BY PLAY
NXT opens with chaos!
Finn Balor’s private dressing room has been wrecked! Someone, or perhaps multiple someones, left Balor’s bags and a torn up shirt but there’s no sign of The Prince himself. What happened to Balor? And what does that mean for the main event tonight?
Velveteen Dream is already in the ring!
And he’s parodying Balor’s entrance! Dream has a leather jacket and a mic as he says, “New levels, new devils.” And then he does a finger gun. Dream says that in his experience, sometimes you’re just dealing with the same old demons. None of that matters tonight, because Dream was stood up by The Demon. Yes, Finn Balor, he means you. But wait! The Undisputed Era’s Adam Cole returns! The NXT Champion says a lot of people assumed Balor VS Dream was going to determine a new #1 contender. But that’s rather convenient, isn’t it? Balor is suddenly nowhere to be found! Cole knows EXACTLY what’s going on here. Dream is trying to weasel his way into a guaranteed opportunity. Dream can dream all he wants but he will never be NXT Champion! Adam Cole is reality! And while we don’t know what happened to Balor, Cole knows what’s going to happen to Dream. The Undisputed Era jumps Dream from behind!
Bobby Fish and Roderick Strong stomp away and then Cole joins in! The 3v1 has Dream against the ropes! They drag him up but Dream keeps kicking. But here comes the NXT North American Champion, Keith Lee! He BLASTS the Undisputed Era and rallies with lariats! Lee swats the boot away to run and POUNCE Cole into Strong! The Undisputed Era regroups and retreats as Lee stands with Dream. Will the Limitless One help Dream stand against Cole and his cohorts? Will we learn what happened to The Prince tonight?
Shotzi Blackheart & Tegan Nox VS Dakota Kai & Raquel Gonzalez!
The Team Kick Civil War took a new turn when the wild child made sure the odds were even! But will she be able to help Tegan #TCB, take care o’ business? Or will #CobraKai and the Daughter of the Desperado kick them both to the curb?
The teams sort out and Tegan starts against Raquel. The bell rings and Raquel rushes right at Tegan with a boot! But Tegan side-steps it to go for a roll-up. Raquel stays up and stomps at Tegan. Tegan gets up but Raquel whips. Shotzi tags in and Tegan dropkicks a knee. Shotzi gives a knee, a spinning forearm and a question mark kick! Shotzi runs and springboards to huricanrana, but Raquel stays up! Raquel powers Shotzi up but Shotzi escapes the bomb attempt. Shotzi dropkicks Raquel back and Dakota tags in. Dakota rushes at Shotzi but Shotzi trips her up! Dakota shoves Shotzi back but Shotzi goes up and over in the corner. Shotzi comes back and arm-drags Dakota! She boots away the clothesline to hit a SLING-DOG! Dakota crawls to ropes and Shotzi shouts, “WELCOME TO THE BALL PIT!” What? Shotzi runs and CANNONBALLS into Dakota! Oh that’s what she meant.
Tag to Tegan, and she hits a CANNONBALL, too! Tag to Shotzi but Dakota bails out. Raquel runs in but gets dumped out! Tegan helps Shotzi go up and FLY for a crossbody! Down go Dakota and Raquel, and Shotzi howls to the moon while NXT goes to break!
NXT returns and Raquel has Shotzi in a Canadian torture rack! Shotzi endures but Raquel vows to break her. Raquel RAMS Shotzi into the corner and Dakota tags in. Dakota BOOTS Shotzi down off the top, then drags her in for a cover. TWO, but Dakota keeps on Shotzi with a whip to the corner. Dakota glares at Tegan before going Around the World. The boot misses but Dakota hurries to grab Shotzi. Shotzi enziguris! Hot tags to Raquel and Tegan! Tegan dodges Raquel to hit Dakota down! Tegan rushes Raquel and throws hands, but Raquel clamps on a choke grip! But Tegan breaks free to CHOP away! She backs Raquel down with forearms and body shots! Tegan fires up but her clothesline doesn’t drop Raquel! Nor does the second one! Tegan stomps Raquel’s foot and uppercuts, then HEADBUTTS! Tegan whips but Raquel blocks and reverses.
Raquel runs in but only gets buckles. Tegan uppercuts again, then adds an enziguri! Raquel staggers and Tegan climbs up. Dakota runs over but Tegan boots her away. Tegan leaps, into Raquel’s arms! Raquel FALL AWAY SLAMS Tegan! Shotzi tags in and climbs up, to leap for a SEATED SENTON! Cover, TWO! Dakota runs in and grabs Shotzi, but Tegan throws Dakota out. Dakota drags Tegan out to BOOT down! Shotzi runs, wheelbarrows but Raquel blocks the bulldog, for a POWERBOMB! Cover, Raquel and Dakota win!
Winners: Raquel Gonzalez & Dakota Kai, by pinfall
The difference maker makes all the difference. Will Raquel’s strength and Dakota’s speed be a combination the NXT Women’s Division is not ready for?
NXT announces a big new main event!
With Finn Balor nowhere to be found and the tension rising between Dream and Cole, a tag team match has been made! Dream and Lee team up to take on the Undisputed Era’s Adam Cole and Roderick Strong! What will happen in this #UndisputedLimitlessDream match?
NXT shares Drake Maverick’s emotional video message.
“I have been released from my WWE contract.” Maverick is very fortunate that the WWE is still allowing him to compete in the Interim NXT Cruiserweight Championship Tournament. It is very likely they will be the last matches Maverick will ever have. Maverick was in tears as he finished recording.
Since then, Maverick has reflected on what this opportunity means. He hasn’t been in the ring in some time, and he’s going up against some of the best in the world today. This tournament now means everything to him. He isn’t done yet, he still has a story to tell. This isn’t even about the title anymore, this is about his life. The global crisis is affecting everyone, from his coworkers, friends and family. Maverick is not special, but he has to give it his all in these next three matches. Just as he said when he poured his heart out, he doesn’t want anyone to feel sorry for him. There are those going through way worse. But Maverick will do everything he has to because he is not done yet. Maverick vows to become NXT Cruiserweight Champion. Will Maverick fight his way back into the WWE in this round robin?
Interim NXT Cruiserweight Championship Tournament, Group A: Drake Maverick VS Jake Atlas!
As we just heard, the former 205 Live General Manager is staking it all on this tournament! He is a man with nothing to lose and everything to gain! But will that motivation be enough to overpower Atlas?
Before the match, we learn about the newest signing from Evolve. Atlas sharpened his skills and honed his craft and now joins the top athletes in the world. Atlas wants to break barriers and pave the way for others, as well as make those who support him proud. This title symbolizes that whatever you aim for, you can obtain it. The odds are against him but he’s been breaking stereotypes and proving doubters wrong all along.
The bell rings and the two tie up. Atlas pushes Maverick away, showing the difference physically already. But Maverick comes back and gets a headlock. Atlas powers up and out but Maverick slides under to a waistlock. Maverick tries for a roll but Atlas bucks Maverick off, only to turn around into Maverick’s sunset flip. Atlas slips out but Maverick ducks the kick. Atlas standing moonsaults but Maverick gets clear! Maverick goes to sweep the legs but Atlas cartwheels out of the way! Atlas gives a bow but Maverick gets up in a huff. Maverick and Atlas circle again, and Maverick mocks the bow, to then lunge at the leg! Atlas blocks the initial takedown but Maverick brings him around for a trip. Maverick then shifts right to a headlock and grinds Atlas down.
Atlas powers up and the two stand. Maverick shifts to an armlock and traps an arm. Maverick wants La Magistrol or perhaps Tequila Sunrise but Atlas gets away. Atlas and Maverick stand off and reset. They tie up again, Maverick KICKS a leg! Atlas hobbles to a corner but Maverick is after him again. But Atlas powers up to Alabama Lift Maverick! Maverick kicks and gets to the apron for safety, then shoulders in! He slides under, goes around and dropkicks! Atlas wobbles but Maverick runs in. Atlas catches Maverick for a bomb, but Maverick fights for his life! Maverick drags Atlas over the ropes with a headscissors! Atlas hits the floor and Maverick catches his breath. Maverick drags Atlas up and into the ring, then runs, into a tilt-o-whirl BACKBREAKER! Cover, ONE! Both men grit their teeth as they slowly stand.
Maverick gets to a corner but Atlas whips him corner to corner hard! Atlas drags Maverick up but Maverick pushes him away. Maverick manages to stand in the corner, but Atlas reels him in for a SLAM! Atlas has the waistlock still, and makes it a bearhug. Maverick fights with elbows but can’t get free. He endures the squeeze and throws elbows. Atlas drags Maverick up but Maverick runs him into buckles! Maverick is free but Atlas comes back. Maverick POSTS Atlas! Atlas slowly gets out but Maverick KICKS the leg again! Maverick throws hands and European Uppercuts! Maverick whips corner to corner, Atlas reverses, but Maverick goes up and over! He baits Atlas into a drop toehold that sends him into buckles! Maverick adds on with another KICK! Atlas staggers and Maverick climbs up, for a missile dropkick! Maverick has the legs, TEQUILA SUNRISE! Atlas scrambles and gets the ropebreak!
Atlas bails out but Maverick DIVES!! Maverick is on fire as he puts Atlas back in! Maverick climbs up while Atlas is in the drop zone. MACHO ELBOW!! Cover, TWO!?! Atlas survives but Maverick has a wild look in his eyes. Maverick cravats, but no Sliced Bread! Atlas hits a SUPERKICK!! Atlas climbs up top now, but slowly. Maverick SHORYUKENS! Maverick climbs up to join Atlas, and jumps, but Atlas denies the Super Steiner! Atlas cartwheels on the ropes to DDT Maverick!! Cover, Atlas wins!!
Winner: Jake Atlas, by pinfall; (moves up to 1-0; Maverick drops to 0-1)
The grit and determination was off the charts! Atlas has his first win in both this round robin and in NXT period. Is he on course towards the title? As for Maverick, this is strike one. Will he be able to rebound in the next round?
On-stage interview with Jake Atlas.
Congratulations are in order for this big win. Atlas says he is on top of the world right now! He wants to say something to Maverick on his way out, but Maverick sulks and storms off. Atlas says Maverick gave him a hell of a fight, but that’s one down and tow to go. The world will know Atlas’ story when he becomes the new NXT Cruiserweight Champion.
Someone is replaying last week’s Keith Lee vignette.
The Limitless One’s story has been shared with the entire NXT Universe. But Damian Priest doesn’t give a damn about it. The only thing he cares about is that North American Champions. The same title he granted opportunities to, to the people he knew he could beat. Lee handpicked Cameron Grimes because he knew he could win. He did the same thing with Dominik Dijakovic. And that Triple Threat wasn’t Lee’s idea, it was William Regal’s. And Lee still didn’t beat Priest. Priest understands why Lee avoids him. Priest hits hard, and is the one man that can limit him. Lee thinks of himself as “The Moment Maker.” Priest has a moment for Lee: Priest’s first NXT main event when he beat Keith Lee. But now, he’s thinking of a bigger moment. No, the biggest moment. It’ll be when Priest beats Lee for the title, and solidifies his story, so that he will #LiveForever. When will this huge challenge happen?
Interim NXT Cruiserweight Championship Tournament, Group A: KUSHIDA VS Tony Nese!
The Time Splitter is no stranger to round robin tournaments, and is ready to conquer this one. The Premier Athlete is no stranger to title tournaments, and is ready to win another. But then who proves they can win a round robin that’s for the title? The first step starts here!
The bell rings and Kushida circles with Nese fast. Nese waistlocks and throws Kushida away! Nese flexes but Kushida keeps his cool. The two go again, go around, and Kushida gets the arm. Nese gets around to another waistlock and slams Kushida down! Nese floats to a facelock, but Kushida slips out and gets Nese in a facelock of his own. Kushida keeps hold as Nese rolls, and again. Kushida floats all over Nese and pats him on the back. Nese gets up in a huff as Kushida flexes back on him. Nese powers Kushida down and has the leg, but Kushida rolls around. Kushida resists but Nese still gets both legs in a modified deathlock. Kushida reaches back and gets Nese in a headlock! Nese rolls but Kushida holds on and shifts to a hammerlock. Kushida cranks but Nese powers him to ropes. The ref calls for the ropebreak, and Nese pie faces. So Kushida ROCKS him with rights!
Kushida backs Nese down but Nese throat chops! Nese brings Kushida around for the bulldog hotshot! It wasn’t the best landing for Nese, but he drags Kushida out to throw him into railing! Nese keeps on Kushida by throwing him hard into more barriers! He puts Kushida back in the ring and covers, ONE! Nese keeps on Kushida as he brings him up. Kushida throws forearms again, but Nese throws him to the apron. Kushida stays on and climbs up, to leap for flying ax handles! Nese flounders but Kushida whips. Nese reverses, and trips up the handspring! He drags Kushida out again and back into barriers! Nese is fired up as NXT goes to break.
NXT returns and Kushida endures the Nese squeeze. Nese pulls on Kushida’s hair while he has the body scissors on tight. Kushida CHOPS so Nese CHOPS back! It’s a CHOP fight inside the body scissors! Kushida gets an edge as he CHOPS again and again! He gets free but keeps on with a ground ‘n’ pound! Nese powers Kushida away and both men stagger to their feet. He CHOPS Kushida back but Kushida CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Nese whips but Kushida reverses to throw Nese out. Kushida walks into another hotshot! Nese PREMIER TRIANGLES, but he FLOPS! Kushida fires up to throw forearm after forearm! He whips but Nese reverses, but Kushida hits the handspring back elbow! He whips Nese to hip toss, cartwheel and dropkick! Nese flounders into the FAST BALL! Kushida Penalty Kicks the arm!
Kushida whips but Nese holds ropes to fake the hip toss out. Nese ROCKS Kushida, but Kushida KICKS away on the arm! Kushida whips, Nese reverses, slides and pump handles! He lifts but Kushida has the bad arm! HOVERBOARD LOCK! Nese endures, stays standing, and powers through to NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO!! Both men are down but Nese drags himself to the corner. Nese climbs up but Kushida handspring heel kicks! Kushida hurries up top, but Nese pushes him down! Nese 450 SPLASH! Cover, TWO!?! Nese can’t believe it! Both men are down but Kushida goes to a corner. Nese has a target, brings down the knee pad, and runs, into a SHOTEI! Kushida runs in to SHOTEI again! Nese is down and Kushida heads up top! But Nese SHORYUKENS!
Nese climbs up and drags Kushida into the fireman’s carry. Kushida fights with elbows, and then shifts around, for the SUPER HOVERBOARD, and TAKEDOWN! SAKURABO LOCK!! Nese taps, Kushida wins!!
Winner: KUSHIDA, by submission (moves up to 1-0; Nese drops to 0-1)
And the Super Junior takes the crucial first win! Will this lead Kushida to another championship in his career? Or can Nese make a recovery to catch back up?
Backstage interview with Matt Riddle and Timothy Thatcher.
Last week, everyone got a big surprise when the Bro’s mystery partner was the debuting Thatcher in an NXT Tag Team Championship defense. Both belts are on Riddle’s shoulders because obviously he and Thatcher won against Indus Sher. But Riddle makes it clear, Thatcher is his new tag partner for the time being. Riddle loves “T Time” here, but he still misses Stallion Pete. But a big win is a big win, so how are they gelling as a team? Thatcher says that even with that big win, there’s a long way to go. Clearly both men have different philosophies. Riddle likes the knockout, Thatcher prefers to lock on and make an opponent submit. Thatcher is a beautiful man, and every time Riddle looks into those blue eyes, he is reminded of Stallion Pete. Um, Thatcher’s eyes are brown. They sure are, bro. And next week, the NXT Universe will see how beautiful Thatcher really is. What does Riddle have in mind? Just trust him, bro.
NXT, “we gave you fair warning.”
He’s coming~! He already struck down Tommaso Ciampa. And soon, everyone will know that “you can’t stop it.” Scarlet and Karrion Kross are here, and doomsday is upon NXT. Who will be left standing when the clock strikes midnight?
NXT hears from Johnny Gargano and Candice LeRae.
“September 16th, 2016.” That is a day Gargano will never forget. The most beautiful woman said, “I do,” and became Mrs. Wrestling. Gargano’s fairy tale came true. Most people only get one fairy tale ending, if even that. But Gargano’s entire career has been a fairy tale. The first ever NXT Triple Crown winner! Who would’ve thought? No one but Gargano. During a time when NXT had superstars like Finn Balor, Samoa Joe, Shinsuke Nakamura, Kevin Owens, and Ricochet, who would’ve thought Johnny Gargano would become the heart and soul of the brand? No one but Gargano. “And who thought that Johnny Gargano was always the better man over Tommaso Ciampa?” No one, but them. Dinner is served and both Mr. & Mrs. Wrestling feel great. Because they are not living in a fairy tale, they are living in reality. The true fairy tale was NXT.
“You can play by the rules as much as you want, but let’s be honest.” The NXT Gargano loves has become a toxic wasteland where the good people, like Johnny and Candice, are taken advantage of! The horrible people thrive and are rewarded! The real fairy tale was thinking being a good person and being nice to everyone was going to lead to success. Media appearances! Can Gargano do those? Yeah, no problem! Merchandise! Can Gargano sign these? Yeah, no problem! Happy birthday messages “for some stupid kid”! Can Gargano film these? Yeah, no problem! But it’s a cookie cutter world where they take advantage of kindness. Gargano is sick and tired of saying yes all the time while “a dirt bag like Tommaso Ciampa gets what he doesn’t deserve.” You know who does deserve everything? Gargano does! He is sick and tired of waving the NXT banner on top of a mountain of under appreciation.
Candice agrees. But sadly, that’s just the NXT way. She’s been underappreciated since she stepped foot in the place. She played the big sister role to the entire women’s locker room. Tegan, Dakota, and countless others. Candice sacrificed for those women. She put them before herself. Candice ate second so they could all eat first. It’s what was right. But when she needed help, where were they? Any of them! Nowhere to be found! And Candice kept telling herself, “They’ll change, Candice. It’s okay, they’ll change.” But isn’t that what some people call, “insanity?” Doing the same thing over and over and over, expecting a different result. Insanity is quite enlightening. But in celebration, Gargano lets Candice eat first. Take what you deserve, because that is what they’ll both do from now on.
They both know how NXT has worked for a long, long time. Too long. All these random people walked all over them, and all the horrible people got things handed to them. Yet these two were given table scraps! They wanted to keep the personal and professional lives separate, but where did that get them? Gargano got hurt. Friends betrayed them both time and again! But who does Gargano trust? Candice. And Candice can trust Gargano. They tried to fix NXT separately. But now, they are going to tear NXT down and rebuild it in their image. It isn’t just the Johnny Gargano way. It’s their way. The Johnny & Candice way. And they’ll make history as the first ever married couple to reign together! NXT Women’s and NXT Champion. They will rule together. And then everyone else will get what they deserve, when the happy couple gets what they deserve.
NXT hears from Io Shirai.
“I’ve been waiting a long time to face Charlotte Flair.” But why is that? Because the Evil Genius wants to show Charlotte just how great Shirai really is. “She will find out everything when she sees my eyes in the ring.” The #1 contender is coming for the title. “The castle where the beautiful, beautiful queen lives… I’m destroying it!” Oi, Charlotte! Shirai bows down to NO ONE.
Backstage interview with Drake Maverick.
Maverick is alone, sulking on the stairs, as he is asked about his defeat. “Jake Atlas is great.” Every other athlete in this tournament is fighting their opponent. Maverick is fighting his opponent, and himself. Maverick thinks that maybe everyone was right about him. Is Maverick throwing in the towel when there’s still two rounds to go?
Mia Yim VS Jessi Kamea!
The Head Baddie In Charge got a lot of praise from Charlotte Flair, and wants to stay sharp before that “lesson in humility” the Queen promises. Will Mia sharpen that edge at the expense of the nerdy-turned-naughty Jessi?
The bell rings and Mia circles with Jessi. They tie up, Jessi gets the wristlock and wrenches, but Mia powers Jessi to a corner! Mia grinds forearms but Jessi pushes her away. Jessi runs into Mia’s drop toehold, and Mia headlocks. Jessi throws body shots then whips, but Mia runs her over. But Jessi kips right up! Mia is impressed, and they speed up. Jessi runs Mia over but Mia shows she can kip, too. Jessi runs, Mia side steps then follows to redirect her. Mia comes back to run Jessi over! Jessie is up but Mia fakes her out and kicks her in the back! Cover, TWO! Mia drags Jessi up and throws big knees. She whips Jessi to a corner but Jessi dodges. Jessi waistlocks but Mia standing switches. Jessi bucks Mia off and wipes her out with a windmill kick! Cover, TWO!
Jessi keeps on Mia with a ground ‘n’ pound! Mia powers out but Jessi pushes her around. Mia throws body shots but Jessi CLUBS her down! Jessi snapmares Mia but Mia kicks back. Jessi throws Mia down by her hair then springboards, for an elbow drop! Cover, TWO! Mia gets to a corner and dodges Jessi running in. Jessi hops up and jumps but her dropkick misses! Mia rallies with clotheslines and boots! Jumping neckbreaker! Mia fires up as she taunts Jessi. She brings Jessi up, hits an STO and then flips Jessi for PROTECT YA NECK! Cover, Mia wins!
Winner: Mia Yim, by pinfall
The HBIC gets the W! But wait! Charlotte Flair returns to NXT already! The two stand face to face and surely Mia heard. “Out of the deepest division, I wanted a match with you first.” Mia has had time to think about it, does she still want this match, too? The last five years, Mia has watched Charlotte grow into The Queen she is now. But Mia has grown into the Head Baddie. She would be honored to be in the ring with her. Good! Because Charlotte never got to thank Mia for that match five years ago. Mia helped Charlotte become a star. Mia has always been “a good hand,” so now Charlotte will finally make Mia into a star, too. A back handed compliment, but Flairs know about back hands. Will Mia give it back in kind?
NXT hears from Jack Gallagher.
“Gentleman Jack” has been with the WWE Cruiserweight Division for the last four years. In that time, he has yet to be Cruiserweight Champion. It was fun and games, but now he’s here to be a champion, “not a bloody joke for you people.” Outside of the ring, he remains a gentleman. But inside, when you see those tattoos, that is warpaint. Those are proof of the live he has lived etched into his skin. In this tournament, we will see things from Gallagher that you never expected.
“Another day in the life of the Robert Stone Brand.”
Robert Stone himself lounges poolside while the Hot Commodity, Chelsea Green, poses for a swimsuit photo shoot. Chelsea was mere inches from becoming #1 contender. But now, they will reload, move forward and prove why she is the face of the NXT Women’s Division. She is beautiful, brilliant and tough. Name another woman who has that? Shotzi Blackheart? No. Tegan Nox? No way! Not even Rhea Ripley! Chelsea says that she put the world on notice in that ladder match. She proved she’s not just a pretty face. She is the total package! Yes, she is. And she’s a future NXT Women’s Champion. Yes, she is.
Interim NXT Cruiserweight Championship Tournament, Group B: El Hijo del Fantasma VS Jack Gallagher!
The Son of the Phantom makes his NXT in-ring debut in the biggest way possible! He is therefore also the newest member of the Cruiserweight Division. But his first match will be quite the challenge against one of the pillars of 205 Live. Will the gentleman turned jackal ruin the debut? Or will his road to the title continue to be treacherous?
The bell rings and the two rush each other! They tie up and ago around, and Fantasma puts Gallagher on the ropes. Gallagher puts him in the corner and the two scrap. Gallagher wants after the mask but the ref reprimands. He backs Gallagher off and Gallagher smirks. Fantasma glares as he and Gallagher circle again. They approach, tie up and Fantasma waistlocks. He slams Gallagher down and facelocks. He holds on as Gallagher rolls, but Gallagher slips out to hammerlock. Gallagher again pulls the mask but shifts to a chinbar. Fantasma sits up and reaches back to use him for leverage. Fantasma stands, powers out and speeds things up to dropkick Gallagher down! Cover, ONE, but Fantasma has Gallagher in a chinlock now.
Gallagher endures as Fantasma cranks the neck. Gallagher stands up, headlocks back, but Fantasma powers out. Fantasma leaps into a fireman’s carry, and wasteland slam! Cover, ONE! Gallagher tries again, ONE! Another cover, TWO! Gallagher keeps his cool as he simply works to tire Fantasma out. He brings Fantasma up but Fantasma throws forearms! Fantasma ROCKS Gallagher with a right then builds speed. Gallagher tosses Fantasma to the apron and ROCKS him back! Gallagher baseball slides but Fantasma ducks under, only for Gallagher to throw him into railing! The second generation luchador is down and Gallagher refreshes the count. Gallagher drags Fantasma up by his mask, and throws EuroUppers. He knocks Fantasma against railing again, then refreshes the count a second time. The ref reprimands so Gallagher goes back in to stay. He reaches for Fantasma, only to get a PELE!
Fantasma counter punches Gallagher from the apron. Fantasma traps on arm, then hops up to get the other, for a crucifix toss! Gallagher crashes down but Fantasma builds speed. Fantasma fakes Gallagher out with that somersault, to then PESCADO! Direct hit and Fantasma fires up! Gallagher is crawling away as NXT goes to break.
NXT returns and Gallagher spins Fantasma on the apron to KICK in the back! Gallagher keeps toying with the mask, then gives another KICK! Gallagher drags Fantasma in for a cover, TWO! The fighting gentleman grows frustrated and he stomps Fantasma’s arm! He cranks on it from wrist to shoulder but Fantasma endures. Fantasma works up to his feet and powers Gallagher back. Fantasma tries but can’t power out of the hold. Gallagher cranks harder on the arm, but Fantasma gets up again. Fantasma whips then breaks Gallagher’s grip to run him over with elbows and clotheslines! Fantasma fires up as he puts Gallagher in a corner. He throws forearm after forearm but Gallagher throws body shots back. Gallagher backs Fantasma up to ram his shoulder into the ribs! Gallagher throws a punch but Fantasma dodges to SUPERKICK! That sends Gallagher tumbling out of the ring!
Fantasma builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit with that powerful tope suicida! The ring count climbs as both men are down, but Fantasma puts Gallagher in at 7. Fantasma stalks Gallagher to a corner and stomps him. He throws some elbows then goes corner to corner. Fantasma hits a corner uppercut! And then a sudden wheelbarrow victory roll! TWO, but Fantasma keeps his cool. Gallagher stands but Fantasma fireman’s carries. Gallagher claws the mask then O’Conner rolls, TWO! Fantasma gets up, to get a HEADBUTT! Cover, TWO!! Fantasma survives and Gallagher can’t believe it! Gallagher grits his teeth as he gets back up. He goes corner to corner now, but the Gentleman’s Dropkick misses! Fantasma fireman’s carries but again the mask is a target. But Fantasma knees away on Gallagher’s head, before hitting the SAMOAN DRIVER! Cover, Fantasma wins!!
Winner: El Hijo del Fantasma, by pinfall (moves up to 1-0; Gallagher drops to 0-1)
The debut is successful! Fantasma joins Akira Tozawa in the top half of the block while Gallagher joins Isaiah “Swerve” in the bottom.
On-stage interview with El Hijo del Fantasma!
A big win for his debut, and he politely takes the mic from Mackenzie. “Muchos gracias” to everyone around the world at home watching. Fantasma vows that this tournament will be his, as will that NXT Cruiserweight Championship. Is tonight’s win just the first of many?
NXT gets set for a big night next week!
Charlotte Flair and Mia Yim have their rematch from the match that started it all! Will the Queen make the Head Baddie in Charge bow down? Plus, Priest’s challenge was heard, and accepted! It will be Keith Lee VS Damian Priest for the NXT North American Championship!!
NXT shares footage from the commercial.
El Hijo del Fantasma was on his way out, speaking with NXT Media about his tournament win, when another mystery van pulled up! And they came for Fantasma! He fought them off and they ran away! What is with those mysterious luchadors and their abducting NXT superstars?!
Velveteen Dream & Keith Lee VS The Undisputed Era!
Dream no longer minds that The Prince is no longer his opponent tonight, because he has the opponent he’s wanted after for weeks. Will the experience be limitless tonight? Or will the winners be undisputed?
The bell rings and the Undisputed Era attack immediately! Strong goes after Lee while Cole goes after Dream! Lee bumps Lee back and Dream turns things around to TACKLE Cole into a corner! Fish swipes at Dream but Dream kicks him away. Dream DECKS Cole while the ref reprimands Fish. Dream wants after Fish but the ref takes care of it. The ref says Fish is EJECTED! Meanwhile, Strong and Lee spill out of the ring. Lee knocks Strong down, but Priest appears! Priest JAMS the baton into Lee’s chest and throat!! Lee is gasping for air as Dream returns to the ring. Dream sees Lee is down and has the ref check on him. They call for help and additional refs appear. Cole and Strong aren’t sure what happened but they like that it’s in their favor. And while everyone’s busy with Lee, the Undisputed Era RAM Dream into railing! Things are chaotic again as NXT goes to break!
NXT returns and Dream is without Lee as Strong ROCKS him with a right! Cover, TWO! Strong mocks Dream by going to the corner and offering a tag. Dream flounders up but Strong clamps on with a facelock. Dream powers Strong to the corner and rams him into buckles! He throws body shot after body shot, then whips Strong. Strong reverses and sends Dream hard into the Undisputed corner! Tag to Cole, and Strong brings Dream up. Dream fights back, blocks a boot and throws hands. But Cole BOOTS Dream into the OLYMPIC SLAM! Cover, TWO! Dream still lives and Cole grows frustrated. Cole tells Dream that he is a nobody and will never be champion. Cole drops ax handles and knees on Dream then drags him to the corner. Tag to Strong and the UE mug Dream in their corner. Strong drags Dream up and scoops for a backbreaker! Cover, ONE, so Strong drags Dream up for an atomic BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!
Strong keeps close to Dream and has him for a grounded cobra twist. Dream endures being bent, but wait. Is that Dexter Lumis on the apron!? Lumis is in Dream’s corner! Why!? What is his obsession with the Undisputed Era about? Dream powers up and pries free of the hold! Strong staggers but Dream elbows him down! Dream crawls towards the corner, but Strong brings him around. Strong suplexes but Dream slips out! Dream fireman’s carries, for a DREAM VALLEY DRIVER! Strong and Dream crawl, and Lumis reaches out his hand! The ref says Lumis needs the tag rope so Lumis grabs it. Cole rushes at Dream but Dream slips under and then leaps over! HOT TAG TO LUMIS! Lumis rallies on Cole with uppercuts! Strong runs in but gets uppercuts and a dropkick! Lumis stomps Strong to the corner then rains down right hands! Cole turns Lumis around and kicks low to whip. But Lumis reverses, Cole ducks a haymaker, but not the Thesz Press!
Lumis rains down fast hands on Cole, then catches Strong for a SPINE BUSTER! Cole flounders into the URENAGE! But Fish returns! He isn’t allowed out here! Lumis tags Dream then FLIES onto Fish and Strong!! Dream is up top, for the PURPLE RAIN MAKER!! Cover, Dream and LUMIS win!
Winners: Velveteen Dream & Dexter Lumis, by pinfall
The Experience pins the NXT Champion!! He has a path to the title! But what is Lumis’ part in all this? And what happened to Finn Balor?!
What a wild episode! So much great stuff, stuff I didn’t even expect them to have tonight. But also, an elephant in the room that needs to be addressed. I’m glad Drake Maverick isn’t gone, but it really brings into question what’s really going on. As linked to and reported, Maverick was among the many names on the released talent list last week on #BlackWednesday. I assumed NXT was going to bring back a repackaged Mendoza or Wilde to take his place and use it for story. Instead, Maverick had a vignette to somehow turn the release into its own story. Was Maverick’s release real? If so, was his emotional video somehow the thing that convinced WWE to secretly keep him? Or was it all a badly timed work? In a vacuum, Maverick fighting for his job on top of a title is really powerful stuff, because it was. But given the situation, it just seems a little disappointing that NXT has been dragged into Vince territory.
I won’t knock his match for it, though. Maverick and Atlas really did put it all on the line because of the stories they both came in with. Though Atlas didn’t say any words relating to it, it was clear he is fighting to openly represent the LGBT community within the WWE Universe. That is not solely why he won, because he is a great athlete, and it also just works better in Maverick’s story if he has to struggle even more. I’m not sure Maverick gets even a single win, but I could see Atlas being in the middle of the block with a 2-1 record. Nese VS Kushida was also an incredible Group A match, and naturally Kushida wins to lead off. Kushida is still the favorite to take the group, while Nese VS Atlas will be a big match to determine second and third place in the group. Gallagher VS Fantasma was a great match to wrap Group B’s opening round, and again, it’s natural for Fantasma to win here. I’m intrigued by them tying Fantasma to that luchador abductors story, though. Is it a group trying to stop luchadors or consolidate them?
The Women’s Division gets another strong showing tonight. The opening tag match was really good, and it makes sense for the Heels to win in order to extend the story. Can NXT please lead the way in extending the WWE Women’s Tag Team Division? Though, I suppose that would mean Fox gets over themselves and lets Bliss-Cross be on NXT at some point. Robert Stone and Chelsea Green have a decent promo, mostly about the aesthetics of the Hot Commodity. Jessie Eleban returns as Jessi Kamea and has a decent showing against Mia Yim. I’m very excited to see Charlotte VS Mia next week with the story of both women improving over the last 5 years. Pretty sure Charlotte wins but I’m sure Mia will look strong. Shirai had a great little promo, I wonder if her match with Charlotte is part of Money in the Bank given how A) NXT is slowly becoming on par with Raw and SmackDown, and B) the MITB matches are changed up this year.
Scarlet and “Karrion Kross” are officially named on air so that’s a nice development. Candice and Gargano gave an amazing cinematic promo. It was like a horror movie or something, and that’s a great development for their characters. I would love if they got to accomplish that goal of being the super couple of NXT. Then there’s the Finn Balor mystery and the great overlapping of stories. Lee VS Priest is going to be great next week but wow did Priest do a number on Lee (in kayfabe). And as I sensed last week, Lumis is apparently targeting the Undisputed Era as the most bizarre Face I’ve seen in some time. But at the same time, could Lumis have been the one to go after Balor because he “knew” things would go this way? Did he create the opening for himself to join Dream against the UE? Or was it just Imperium because of what Balor said last week? I’m actually hoping it’s Lumis. Dream getting the win is great, and Cole VS Dream is going to be great, too. It’s hard to say if Dream wins or not, but if WWE pulled the trigger on McIntyre with an empty arena, I would think HHH could do the same for Dream.
My Score: 9.2/10
Andrew’s IMPACT Results & Match Ratings: 12.1.2022
After the holiday, we get on track for Hard to Kill. Deonna vs Mickie James is the main event…do we see Mickie’s career end tonight?
With the holiday last week, I wasn’t home to cover IMPACT so it’s going to be a fun night of how much I remember and how well they frame the stories.
We’re on the road to Hard to Kill, so we need to remind people about Over Drive and then move forward. I’m also curious if we get any resolution on the VBD stare down after EY lost. I really don’t want EY to get kicked since that will be a sad group of mid card sacks of shit. But I guess we’ll see.
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) December 2, 2022
- Rich Swann vs Bully Ray: Swann wins via DQ – * 1/2
- Moose vs Bhupinder Gujjar: Moose wins via Lights Out – * 3/4
- Steve Maclin vs Frankie Kazarian: Kaz wins via DQ – **
- Last Rodeo: Deonna Purrazzo vs Mickie James: Mickie wins via Victory Roll – *** 1/2
We get the Over Drive highlights, so I’m guessing they did their usual Thanksgiving fun episode. Bully Ray walks out to start the show. Bully recaps things, explains how he kept his word while running down the crowd, intimidating children and doing solid heel work.
It goes a little long, but thankfully Rich Swann eventually gets sick of the diatribe and rushes the ring. Swann gets in a few pot shots, but Bully bails out, tries to walk away and gets a plancha. The referee comes out and the match will kick off the show!
Rich Swann vs Bully Ray
Bully jaws a little, lays in some punches and power moves but Rich eventually turns the tide. The quick step over back kick and a Frog Splash for 1. But then Bully catches Rich on the top rope, Tree of Woe and starts wailing on him.
Bully keeps control of Swann until Swann drops down with the Jawbreaker and then we see him start using the speed and athleticism with kicks and top rope moves. Bully stifles Rich, goes for the Avalanche Senton as he flirts with the referee and misses. Rich hits a 450 Splash for 2, and then we see a little back and forth, before Bully grabs his chain and hits Rich in front of the referee. So the DQ happens but Bully doesn’t care. Bully gets a chair and other weapons from under the ring and starts beating on Rich.
Bully really likes these zip ties, Tommy Dreamer comes out to stop Bully though. They argue, Bully shoves Dreamer and then D’Amore hits the ring to try and quell this. Bully is defiant, even D’Amore is getting fired up and looks like he wants to fight Bully. Dreamer trying to keep D’Amore away from Bully is funny and pretty great.
Moose vs Bhupinder Gujjar
Definitely not a match I expected.
Moose gets in the early shots, but Gujjar starts to fire back and he gets some solid shots sending Moose to the outside. Gujjar takes to long to pander after the Dropkick and Moose has him eat a Big Boot into an Apron Powerbomb.
Gujjar shows more fire but Moose cuts him down. Moose goes for the Lights Out, but Gujjar dodges sending Moose into the corner. A few shots, Ripcord Knee, Slingblade and now…tuning up the Gargoyle Spear but Moose side steps it like Samoa Joe. Gujjar leapfrogs the Lights Out again, but Moose puts the brakes on and fires back connecting with the Lights Out and the win.
Moose starts to rant and says that he doesn’t want any of the idiots to to talk about Bully Ray or “Say his name”, and then JOE HENDRY’s music hits! There is already a “This is Awesome” chant just with Joe Hendry and Moose standing in the ring. Hendry fights Moose off mostly and Gujjar hits the awful Spear out of nowhere to get Moose to powder out.
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) December 2, 2022
Steve Maclin vs Frankie Kazarian
Maclin starts off with some big strikes but Kaz ducks the line and hits the Springboard Reverse Elbow, and begins his offensive. Kaz beats on him in one corner then Maclin tosses him out and we see some back and forth. Neither are really landing big strikes, Maclin keeps some control with smaller strikes and knees against the ropes, but nothing really definitive.
A few of Maclin’s shots piss off Kaz and they Hockey Fight a little but Maclin keeps all of the control. Kaz does finally start a comeback and we get some of the classic Kaz Flying Forearm, Guillotine Legdrop and Slingshot Cutter. Maclin powder…and grabs a chair. So…another DQ finish?
Last Rodeo: Deonna Purrazzo vs Mickie James
They do a good job pacing things back and forth early on. Deonna fights back and starts to rock Mickie, the Slingshot into the bottom rope gives Deonna full control. Headlock Takeover and tries to wear Mickie down, Mickie fires back but Deonna refuses to give her the advantage. Mickie finally manages to slow her down with a Headscissors and now we get Mickie dropping Deonna down, Mickie goes to the top for the Thesz Press, but Deonna pushes her off.
Commercial break kicks in, and Deonna hits a Brainbuster for a few sequential pinfall attempts, but Mickie refuses to stay down. Camel Clutch from Deonna is wearing down Mickie but she manages to fight out. A few back elbows, then Mickie goes to the ropes to try offense but Deonna stifles. They struggle and Mickie finally gets Deonna on the outside, Dropkick and Thesz Press to the outside.
Mickie throws Deonna in, Missile Dropkick, Neckbreaker and looking for the Mick D-T, but Deonna stops it. Tornado DDT attempt from Mickie, but a Pump Kick from Deonna drops Mickie for a 2 count. Queen’s Gambit attempt, Superkick counter from Mickie for another 2. Mick D-T again, but Deonna blocks and swings around driving Mickie down into the Fujiwara. Venus Di Milo gets locked in too close to the ropes.
Locomotion Victory Rolls, Deonna tries to grab the tights, but Mickie counters through and picks up the win with a little tights pull of her own.
Jordynne’s music hits. She basically says they both put things behind them, and challenges Mickie at Hard to Kill. Career versus Title.
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) December 2, 2022
Overall Score: 6/10
Honestly, Bully went on a little long, Moose’s promo was a little too similar to Bully just being a piece of shit. Plus the match quality aside from the main event was lame, two DQs is redundant…so yeah, not sure what to make of this.
Career versus Title for Knockouts is nice but then after that we had the vignette killing off Eric Young so VBD is a mid card faction. Which I guess is a little sad since this is the best Deaner we’ve ever seen, but he’s still not a credible on the card.
So it was a weird show, but Joe Hendry always makes things a little better.
Mitchell’s NJPW WTL X Super Jr. Tag Results & Report! (11/30/22)
World Tag League, Round 4!
Will the United Empire continue to conquer?
World Tag League finally goes again, and round four might be bad luck for the top of the block! Will Aussie Open continue to lead as an undefeated duo?
- Tomoaki Honma & Ryohei Oiwa VS Yuto Nakashima & Oska Leube; Nakashima & Leube win.
- Six Man Tag: Master Wato, Clark Connors & Kosei Fujita VS Suzuki-Gun; Suzuki-Gun wins.
- 8 Man Tag: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS Bullet Club; LIJ wins.
- World Tag League 2022: Alex Coughlin & Gabriel Kidd VS Bad Luck Fale & Chase Owens; Fale & Chase win.
- World Tag League 2022: Great-O-Khan & Aaron Henare VS Minoru Suzuki & Lance Archer; Suzuki & Archer win.
- World Tag League 2022: Aussie Open VS EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi; Aussie Open wins.
- World Tag League 2022: Tetsuya Naito & SANADA VS Shane Haste & Mikey Nicholls; Shane & Mikey win.
- World Tag League 2022: Toru Yano & Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI; Yano & Tanahashi win.
PLAY BY PLAY
Here are the current World Tag League standings!
Aussie Open: 3-0, 6 points
Goto & Hashi: 2-1, 4 points
Naito & Sanada: 2-1, 4 points
Suzuki & Archer: 2-1, 4 points
Khan & Henare: 2-1, 4 points
The Mighty: 2-1, 4 points
Yano & Tanahashi: 1-2, 2 points
Chase & Fale: 1-2, 2 points
Evil & Yujiro: 0-3, 0 points
Coughlin & Kidd: 0-3, 0 points
World Tag League 2022: Alex Coughlin & Gabriel Kidd VS Bad Luck Fale & Chase Owens!
The #MechanicalBulls are barely holding on, but so are the General’s Jewels! Who gets a grip and claws their way back up before it’s too late?
The teams sort out and Kidd starts against Chase. Fans rally as the two circle, and they’re able to cheer “KIDDU! KIDDU!” The two tie up with knuckle locks, break, then go again. Chase waistlocks, but Kidd pries free to wrench. Chase spins and wrenches back to top wristlock. Kidd slips around, spins Chase and snapmares, then sits him up to a chinlock. Chase fights up to get in the ropes. The ref counts the break and Kidd counts along to let go at 4. Chase is annoyed but Kidd says it’s okay. Kidd and Chase approach, Chase kicks the knuckle lock away to tie up collar ‘n’ elbow. Chase puts Kidd in a corner, the ref counts, and Chase lets off.
Chase CHOPS Kidd, but Kidd DECKS Chase! Kidd fires up and fans applaud. Chase stands up and resets with Kidd, they tie up, and Chase claws Kidd’s eyes! The ref reprimands, Chase headlocks but Kidd powers out. Chase runs Kidd over and tells him, “SUCK IT!” Things speed up, Kidd hurdles but Chase stomps the monkey flip with a stomp! Chase headlocks but Coughlin tags in as Kidd powers out. Kidd drops down and Coughlin scoops Chase to SLAM! Kidd drops a SENTON, then the Mechanical Bulls flex. Coughlin deadlift gut wrenches for the SUPLEX! Fans fire up and Chase goes to a corner. Coughlin runs in, but Chase dodges!
Chase CHOPS, and CHOPS, but Coughlin just frowns at him. Coughlin puts Chase in the corner, but Chase blocks the chop with knees! Coughlin shapes out the arm and Chase storms up on him, but Coughlin picks Chase up to RAM him in the corner! Coughlin UPPERCUTS, CHOPS, and roars! Fans fire up with The Android as he drags Chase up. Coughlin tags Kidd, whips Chase, then kicks Chase low. Kidd knee lifts, Coughlin CHOPS, and Chase falls for Kidd to drop an elbow! Fale gets in but Coughlin kicks him first. The Mechanical Bulls mug Fale then double whip, but Fale runs them both over! Fans fire up as the Rogue General stomps Kidd.
Fale drags Kidd up, whips him corner to corner, and Chase stomps a mudhole in. Chase drags Kidd up to scrape his face on the ropes! Tag to Fale, and Chase pushes Kidd down for him and Fale to stand on his back! The ref counts but Chase & Fale salute. Bullet Club steps away at 4, and Fale drags Kidd to a cover. TWO, and Fale is upset with the ref. Fans rally for Kidd but Fale stomps him down. Fale drags Kidd up but Kidd CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Fale throat chops back! Kidd sputters and Fale tags Chase. Chase drags Kidd up, he and Fale double whip, and they body shot, knee lift and LARIAT! Cover, TWO!
Fans fire up for Kidd but Chase taunts Coughlin. The ref stops Coughlin from getting in as Chase brings Kidd up. Kidd swings but Chase dodges to BELL CLAP! Chase throws Kidd down for the NECK TWEAK! Kidd writhes and Chase tags Fale. Bullet Club whip Kidd to a corner, then Fale runs in, only for Kidd to dodge! Chase runs in but Kidd dumps him out! Fans rally up but Fale stomps Kidd down. Fale drags Kidd up, scoops him, but Kidd slips off! SUPERKICK! Fale staggers away and fans fire up! Kidd crawls for his corner, hot tag to- NO, Chase trips Coughlin! Chase wags his finger, and Fale SPLASHES Kidd in the corner! Cover, TWO!
Fans rally up and Kidd sputters, but Fale tags Chase. Chase drags Kidd up and calls his shot! Chase suplexes, but Kidd blocks! Kidd throws body shots, but Chase blocks his suplex. They fight for control and fans rally up. Chase gets Kidd up, but Kidd fights back down to TENZAN BRAINBUSTER! Kidd fires up as fans fire up, and both men crawl to their corners. Hot tags to Coughlin and Fale! The Android dodges the General to RAM shoulders! Coughlin fires off forearms then scoops! But Fale’s too big! Or is he?! Fale CLUBS Coughlin before he’s off the ground too far! Fale scoops Coughlin to a fireman’s carry, but Coughlin fights free!
Coughlin fires off more forearms, he ROCKS Fale, then tries the scoop! Fans rally but Fale resists! Coughlin knees low, CHOPS, and fires up! “LET’S GO!!” Coughlin runs but Fale CLOBBERS him! Fale then runs to drop a BIG elbow! Cover, TWO! Fans cheer as Coughlin is still in this. Tag to Chase, Bullet Club double whip to FLAPJACK and SLIDING BOOT! Cover, but Kidd breaks it! Fans fire up as Kidd fires off forearms on Bullet Club! Kidd forearms, CHOPS, repeat! Kidd roars, runs, but Chase gets around to waistlock and lift! Fale runs in, GRENADE LAUNCHER! Fale whips Coughlin corner to corner, Chase runs in and forearm smashes!
Fale runs in to SPLASH! Fale then scoops Coughlin and Chase goes up, but Coughlin slips free! Coughlin shoves Fale into Chase, and Chase falls onto his crown jewels! Fale staggers, into a SCOOP SLAM!! The Android roars and fans fire up! Coughlin clinches Chase, for an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Fans fire up more and Coughlin drags Chase up. But Chase BOOTS, C-TRIGGERS, and tucks Coughlin in! PACKAGE DRIVER!! Cover, Chase & Fale win!
Winners: Chase Owens & Bad Luck Fale, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Coughlin & Kidd earn 0)
Chase turns things around in the blink of an eye, and he and Fale survive the Mechanical Bulls! Can they survive until the end of the league to be a finalist? As for Coughlin & Kidd, is their run already over at 0-4?
World Tag League 2022: Great-O-Khan & Aaron Henare VS Minoru Suzuki & Lance Archer!
The All United Empire Finals is still possible, but only if the Dominator & Ultimate Weapon continue to dominate! Will they keep their hopes alive? Or will even the Empire see that #EverybodyDies?
As always, The Orchestrator, Gideon Grey, is here to give the Empire’s introductions. As for the Murderhawk Monster, he storms over the railing to get right up to commentary! Milano Collection AT and Master Wato ask for mercy, they don’t wanna get hit. Then Suzuki makes his entrance and Archer chases Gideon! Gideon runs all the way to the back row, and Archer pushes Young Lion Oskar Leube out of his way. Fans all join in on “KAZE NI NARE!” and then Suzuki-Gun attacks the Empire! Archer kicks Henare and throws him out while Suzuki himself is after Khan! Suzuki throws Khan out, stomps him at ringside, and the bell rings!
Suzuki stands Khan up to knee him low, then kick him down! Archer chases a cameraman off, but then Henare dodges his boot into the post! Henare comes back to ROCK Archer! Khan and Suzuki trade forearms, then Suzuki kicks low. Suzuki whips, Khan reverses and Suzuki hits railing! Suzuki slumps down and Khan is after him. Khan shakes the railing while choking Suzuki with his foot! Khan lets off to CLUB Suzuki but Suzuki throws body shots. Khan CLUBS Suzuki again, puts him in the ring, and then drags him around to CHOKE! The ref counts, Khan lets off and brings up all the stuff Suzuki was doing.
Suzuki kicks at Khan from below, but Khan stomps away on Suzuki! Khan CHOKES Suzuki again, but lets off as the ref reprimands. Fans rally up as Khan drags Suzuki up. Khan puts Suzuki in the corner, CLUBS him, then hops up onto his throne! Fans applaud but Suzuki snarls as Khan pulls back the arms! Henare talks trash right to Suzuki’s face while the ref manages to keep Archer back. Suzuki SPITS at Henare! Khan hops off, Henare CLUBS Suzuki, then Khan tags Henare in. The Empire mugs Suzuki but he fights back with CHOPS and palm strikes! But the Empire still mugs Suzuki with clubbing arms.
Henare ROCKS Suzuki with forearm after forearm in the corner, then digs his boots in! The ref counts and Henare lets off, but Suzuki stands right up! Henare KICKS, KICKS and ROCKS Suzuki! Fans fire up, and Suzuki hits back! Suzuki wrenches an arm, brings Henare to ropes, then HOTSHOTS the arm! Henare swings on Suzuki but into a HANGING ARMBAR! Archer runs to BLAST Khan off the apron! The ref reprimands, Suzuki lets off and drags Henare out to whip him hard into the railing! Suzuki ELBOWS Henare in the head and Henare drops to the floor. Archer stomps Khan around outside to keep him down.
Archer apparently takes offense to Khan’s ponytail being a braid, it’s too much like Archer’s murderhawk braid. Anyway, Suzuki stands Henare up, slaps him around, and he bumps Henare off the apron. The ring count climbs but Suzuki puts Henare in at 5 of 20. Tag to Archer, and Suzuki-Gun stands on Henare’s head! The ref reprimands, Suzuki-Gun steps away, and Archer drags Henare back up. Archer puts Henare in a corner, stomps a mudhole in, laughs and stomps some more. Archer digs his knee in but the ref counts. Archer lets off at 4, then Suzuki gets a shot in. Suzuki returns the trash talk from earlier as he slaps Henare around.
Archer stands Henare up and Henare throws a body shot. Archer fires up and throws his shirt off, egging Henare on. Henare throws forearms, then a CHOP! Archer laughs and dares him to do that again. Henare CHOPS, so Archer DECKS him! Fans fire up while Archer looms over Henare. Archer drags Henare up and to the corner to tag in Suzuki. Suzuki-Gun mugs Henare with body shot after body shot! Suzuki hits Henare one more time and he falls over! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up but Suzuki drags Henare up. Henare throws a forearm, but Suzuki gives it back! Suzuki eggs Henare on so Henare throws another forearm!
Suzuki ROCKS Henare with a shot, fans rally up, and Henare fires off a flurry! Suzuki kicks low! Suzuki runs, but Henare blocks the kick to step-over WHEEL KICK! Both men are down and fans fire up! Henare stirs, hurries over, hot tag to Khan! Khan throws hands on Suzuki then the Mongolian Chop! Khan whips Suzuki to a corner and clotheslines from behind! Khan dribbles Suzuki’s head off the buckles! The ref reprimands but Khan SLAM DUNKS Suzuki! Suzuki staggers around, Khan runs, and he runs Suzuki over! Cover, ONE!! Suzuki is still a tough old bastard and Khan drags him up.
Fans rally up as Khan whips Suzuki corner to corner. Suzuki reverses and BOOTS Khan! Then Suzuki dribbles Khan off the buckles! Fans rally, Suzuki snapmares and PENALTY KICKS! Suzuki seems to prefer soccer to basketball. Cover, TWO! Suzuki stomps Khan, slaps him around, but Khan stands as fans rally. Khan ROCKS Suzuki, but Suzuki ROCKS Khan! The forearms go back and forth, harder and harder, faster and faster, and fans rally with each shot! Khan ROCKS Suzuki, ROCKS him again, but Suzuki just laughs! Suzuki ROCKS Khan right back! Khan wobbles and drops to a knee! Suzuki eggs Khan on, so Khan Mongolian Chops!
Khan Mongolian Chops again! Khan roars, runs, but Suzuki kitchen sink knees him down! Tag to Archer! Archer stalks Khan, and clamps on an IRON CLAW! But Khan clamps on HIS IRON CLAW! The fans rally for the battle of iron claws! Khan and Archer go back and forth, but Archer breaks free to full nelson! Khan breaks free of that to drag Archer down to a KNEEBAR! Archer flails and crawls and reaches out as Khan grapevines the leg! Khan has a HEEL HOOK, then shifts the angle! Archer keeps moving and gets the ROPEBREAK! Fans cheer as Khan lets off to tag Henare. Khan still anchors the leg, then he and Henare stomp Archer down.
Henare drags Archer up to throw body shots in the corner. Henare & Khan double whip Archer corner to corner, then Khan runs in to clothesline! Henare runs in to add a clothesline! Henare feeds Archer to the HITSUJIGOROSHI, then grabs at the legs. But Suzuki runs in to CLUB Henare and stop the Fubuki! Suzuki CHOPS Henare, CHOPS Khan, repeat! HEADBUTT for Henare, HEADBUTT for Khan! Henare swings but Suzuki gets around to shove Henare into Khan! Suzuki runs but into SUPERKICK BOOT COMBO! Fans fire up and Khan runs at Archer in the corner, but into a BOOT! Henare runs in, but Archer dodges!
Archer puts Khan in a corner, and he sees he has two targets! Fans fire up as Archer runs to back elbow Henare! And runs corner to corner to back elbow Khan! Back to Henare, but then Khan dodges! Archer kicks Khan, runs, but into a chicken wing and PONYTAIL CHOKE! The ref reprimands but Khan feeds Archer to Henare’s HEEL KICK! Khan puts on HITSUJIGOROSHI, Henare gets the legs for FUBUKI, then MARINE!! Cover, TWO!! Archer survives and fans fire up again! Henare calls the shot, and he fireman’s carries Archer. Khan runs, but Suzuki slips in to catch Khan with a SLEEPER HOLD!
Archer slips free to choke grip Henare! But Henare throws a HARD body shot! Henare roars and runs in, to SHINING WIZARD in the corner! Henare shoves Archer out, goes up, but Archer blocks the “brain chop!” Archer STEP-UP KNEES Henare, and has the inverted crucifix! BLACKOUT BOMB!! Cover, Suzuki-Gun wins!
Winners: Lance Archer & Minoru Suzuki, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Khan & Henare earn 0)
The Suzuki Army just conquered the United Empire! Did they just kill the hopes of an All United Empire Finals? Or can Khan & Henare find new live in the next round?
World Tag League 2022: Aussie Open VS EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi!
Speaking of the Empire, Mark Davis & Kyle Fletcher are leading the pack, hoping to carve their names in history! Will “Dunk-Zilla” and the “Aussie Arrow” still be riding high? Or will the King of Darkness & Tokyo Pimp bring them down by any means necessary?
Gideon Grey returns, safe from Archer, to give Aussie Open their introductions. Then the House of Torture makes their entrance, with Dick Togo already accompanying them outright. Who knows where Sho is lurking, but surely he’s here, too. Aussie Open don’t sweat Evil or Yujiro as they taunt them during the introductions. Fletcher tells Dick to shoo, “See you later, bucko.” But then the House of Torture attack 3v2! Evil claws Fletcher’s eyes while Dick and Yujiro mug Davis. Dick even DECKS Gideon! Yujiro throws Davis out while Evil throws Fletcher out. The bell rings to put this on record as the brawling continues outside.
Evil and Yujiro whip Aussie Open but Aussie Open reverse to send Evil and Yujiro into railing! Then Aussie Open pick them up, run around the way, and SANDWICH them at ramp side! Fans fire up and Fletcher helps Gideon back up. Fletcher CLUBS Evil, Davis puts Yujiro in, and Fletcher goes in after Yujiro. Fans rally up as Aussie Open double whip the Pimp to double sledge, PENALTY KICK and SENTON! Fans fire up as Davis covers, TWO! Davis glares at Dick then drags Yujiro up to ROCK him with a forearm. Tag to Kyle, Aussie Open mugs Yujiro, and Yujiro staggers around. Fletcher reels Yujiro in, but Yujiro wrenches and BITES Fletcher’s hand!
The ref reprimands, Yujiro stops and he kicks Fletcher low. Yujiro whips, Fletcher reverses but Yujiro holds ropes. Fletcher runs in but into a FLAPJACK HOTSHOT! Evil BLASTS Davis and goes out after him! Dick ROCKS Fletcher while Evil brings Davis around. Evil RAMS Davis into the timekeeper! Davis and Abe-san both flop down on the other side of the railing! The ref reprimands and Young Lions hurry to help Abe-san. Evil kicks Fletcher around, pulls his hair, then puts him in the ring for Yujiro. Yujiro drags Fletcher to a cover and the ref returns to count, ONE! Fans rally but Evil is already annoyed with the count.
Yujiro bumps Fletcher off buckles, tags Evil, and Evil has the ref check Davis But this is so Evil can CHOKE Fletcher with his shirt! Fans boo but Evil gets away with that and covers, TWO! Evil is upset again but the ref defends his count. Tag to Yujiro and he drags Kyle up. Yujiro snapmares and runs to basement BOOT! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up with Fletcher as Evil argues the count. Yujiro drags Fletcher up, fans rally and cheer for Aussie Open. Yujiro ROCKS Fletcher, brings him around, and ROCKS him again. Evil holds Fletcher in place so Yujiro can CHOKE him with a boot! The ref has to keep Davis back so the House of Torture gets away with that.
Evil taunts Davis, then he drags Fletcher up into a cobra twist. Yujiro and Dick link up with Evil to link to the railing for leverage! Fans boo and Gideon storms over, but Dick kicks him first! Dick then makes Gideon part of the chain! Fletcher endures even more before the ref notices! The ref counts, the House lets off and Fletcher crawls away. Evil keeps him from Davis but taunts Davis to reach out. Evil brings Fletcher around but Fletcher fires off forearms! But Evil knees low! Evil suplexes but Fletcher blocks! Fans rally as Fletcher keeps fighting, and he wrenches out to get around and SNAP HALF ‘N’ HALF!
Fans fire up with Fletcher and he crawls for his corner. Hot tag to Davis! Dunk-Zilla blasts through Yujiro to corner clothesline Evil! Then Davis CHOPS Yujiro, and corner clotheslines Evil again! Another CHOP for Yujiro, another corner clothesline for Evil! Davis goes for another but Yujiro dodges the chop to kick low. Evil & Yujiro double whip Davis, but Davis handsprings and comes back to DOUBLE LARIAT! Fans fire up with Davis as he storms up to Evil in a corner. Davis CHOP-LARIATS! And CHOP-LARIATS! And CHOP-LARIATS again! Davis drags Evil up to fireman’s carry, but Evil slips around to a waistlock.
Davis elbows free but Dick swipes at him! Dick plays innocent, and Davis turns around into an EYE RAKE! Evil whips Davis into bare buckles! The fans boo the Bullet Club Special but Yujiro tags in. Yujiro & Evil stomp Davis, then Yujiro drags Davis up. Yujiro stands Davis against ropes to BOOT him! Yujiro then brings Davis out to FISHERMAN BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up for Aussie Open but Yujiro brings Davis up. Davis fights the Incolle Slam, but Yujiro kick slow! Yujiro whips, Davis reverses and runs in, but Yujiro dodges! Yujiro runs in but Davis catches him to BUCKLE SHOT!
Davis runs side to side to SLIDING FOREARM! Fans fire up and Davis runs to BLAST Evil! But Dick grabs Davis! Fletcher runs in to SHOTGUN Dick down! Aussie Open brings Yujiro up, POP-UP KICK! And then the scoop, to the LAWN DART CUTTER! Cover, but Evil breaks it! Fletcher CLUBS Evil and throws him out! Fletcher hurries back to the corner, Davis tags him in! Fans rally as Aussie Open calls for the finish, but here’s SHO! Sho distracts everyone by brandishing his wrench! The ref tells Sho to get down so he does, but this allows Evil to shove Aussie Open into each other, and the ref!
Fans boo as Dick gets in to JAM Davis with a chair! And again! The House of Torture mugs Aussie Open 4v2! Fans boo harder, then they rally up for Aussie Open. Gideon gets in to block Sho from using the wrench! But Evil CLUBS Gideon! But here comes GREAT-O-KHAN! He BOOTS Sho down and DECKS Dick! He Mongolian Chops Evil, dodges Yujiro and hits the RUNNING NECKBREAKER! Fans roar and the Empire fires back up! Aussie Open aim at Evil, SUPERKICK BOOT COMBO! Evil goes down, Yujiro staggers, and he has his pimp cane! The ref stops Yujiro from using it, and then Gideon gets in to LOW BLOW Yujiro!
Fans fire up and Aussie Open give Yujiro COREALIS!! Cover, Aussie Open wins!
Winners: Aussie Open, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Evil & Yujiro earn 0)
The House of Torture can’t seem to figure it out! Will they ever get on the board at this rate? As for Fletcher & Davis, is it only a matter of time before they conquer the World Tag League?
World Tag League 2022: Tetsuya Naito & SANADA VS Shane Haste & Mikey Nicholls!
It was Lights Out for the Uncontrollable Charisma & Cold Skull last round, but The Mighty did not kneel! Will Shane & Mikey stay standing? Or will Los Ingobernables de Japon make them tranquilo?
Naito takes his time with his entrance attire as always, which mildly annoys The Mighty. Shane mocks Sanada’s dancing pecks with butt flexing. The teams sort out and Mikey wants Naito to step up. LIJ fist bumps, fans cheer, and Naito obliges. Fans rally for “NA-I-TO!” at the bell. Naito and Mikey circle slowly, feel things out, then Naito toys around with the step forward and the step back. Mikey gets annoyed but they tie up. Mikey waistlocks but Naito wrenches out to a wristlock. Mikey rolls, wrenches, wristlocks, but Naito rolls, wrenches and hammerlocks. Mikey reaches back to headlock, but Naito powers out, only for Mikey to run him over!
Naito gets up, Mikey runs him over again! Mikey wrenches and whips Naito to ropes, but Naito whips the back drop away. Mikey comes back to turn Naito’s back drop into a suplex! Mikey holds Naito up and fans rally! Mikey keeps Naito for over TEN before the SLAM! Cover, TWO! Fans rally and Mikey drags Naito up. Mikey puts Naito in the corner, tags Shane, and the Mighty stomp away. Shane snapmares to basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Shane keeps on Naito’s arm with a knuckle lock. Shane KICKS Naito in the back, wrenches the arm and YANKS it. Shane wrenches and YANKS again, then tags Mikey.
The Mighty mugs Naito, double whips him, but Naito ducks the double clothesline to shove Mikey into Shane! Shane falls out of the ring and Naito whips Mikey to ropes. Sanada trips Mikey and Naito basement dropkicks! Fans rally up as Mikey flops out of the ring. Naito goes out after Mikey and whips him hard into railing! Sanada bumps Shane off the apron, then Naito whips Mikey into more railing! The ring count starts, Mikey drags himself up and in at 9 of 20. Naito headlocks Mikey and claws his eyes! The ref reprimands, Naito lets off, but then he just claws Mikey’s eyes! The ref counts, Naito lets off and tags Sanada in.
LIJ mugs Mikey, Sanada wrenches and CLUBS the arm. Sanada YANKS, wrenches, but Mikey throws big forearms! Sanada waistlocks, hammerlocks, then twists the arm. Mikey throws elbows to back Sanada up into a corner. Mikey whips but Sanada reverses. Sanada runs in, he blocks the boot, and he CLUBS the leg! Mikey falls, Sanada tags Naito, and Naito whips Mikey to another corner. Naito runs in to JUMP KICK! Leg sweep! COMBINACION CABRON! Fans fire up as Naito poses, and he taunts Shane. Naito drags Mikey up but Mikey throws a haymaker. Naito returns it so Mikey throws another. They go back and forth, faster and faster, and fans fire up!
Mikey ROCKS Naito, ROCKS him again, then ROLLING ELBOWS! But Naito just rakes Mikey’s eyes! The ref counts, Naito lets off and whips corner to corner. Naito runs in but Mikey UPPERCUTS! Mikey runs but into a kick! Naito whips, runs in, but Mikey LARIATS Naito down! Fans fire up as both men crawl for their corners, hot tag to Shane! Shane CLOBBERS Naito, BLASTS Sanada then ELBOWS Naito! Shane whips Naito corner to corner to UPPERCUT him down! Sanada gets in, kicks Shane low and whips him to ropes. Shane reverses to wrench and SAIDO! Fans fire up, Shane KICKS, BOOTS and INVERTED EXPLODERS Naito! Cover, TWO!
Fans rally up and Shane stalks Naito. Shane drags Naito up, hoists him up top and ROCKS Naito with a right. Shane climbs up after Naito but Naito CLAWS Shane’s eyes! Shane staggers away but Mikey rushes in to ROCK Naito! Mikey climbs up but Naito fires off forearms! Mikey drops back but he gives Shane a boost! Shane gets Naito, SUPERPLEX POWERBOMB COMBO! Mikey drags Shane onto the cover but Sanada breaks it! Mikey CLUBS Sanada and throws him out. Shane and Naito stir, Mikey whips Sanada but Sanada reverses! Mikey hits railing hard! Shane drags Naito up, reels him in, but Naito blocks the lift!
Naito wrenches out to throw ELBOW after ELBOW! Shane avoids an elbow to UPPERCUT, then he whips only for Naito to reverse it, TORNADO DDT! Fans fire up while both men are down! Naito crawls as fans rally, hot tag to Sanada! Sanada runs in at Shane and blocks a boot! Shane kicks free, but Sanada dropkicks the legs, then dropkicks Shane out of the ring! Sanada hurries and PLANCHAS! Direct hit and fans fire up! Sanada drags Shane back up, puts him back in, and fans rally again. Sanada springboards but Shane gets under! Shane comes back, but into a fireman’s carry! Shane slips off, Sanada elbows him away, but Mikey sneaks a tag.
Shane wrenches Sanada but Sanada fights the back suplex. Sanada swings at Mikey but into the BACK SUPLEX NECKBREAKER! Fans fire up as Mikey runs to SLIDING LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Sanada is still in this but Mikey snarls. Fans rally, Mikey drags Sanada up and fireman’s carries, only for Sanada to slip off! Sanada ducks the back elbow but right into a DDT! Fans rally back up while both men are down, and Mikey roars! Mikey drags Sanada up to scoop, but Sanada slips off to shove Mikey into Naito’s atomic drop! ENZIGURI! Fireman’s carry and T K O! Cover, Shane breaks it! Naito throws Mikey out and fans fire up as Sanada climbs the corner!
ROUNDING BODY- NO, Sanada has to land out as Mikey moves! Shane gets in to BROKEN ARROW! Naito dropkicks Shane’s legs out! Mikey storms up into Naito’s ELBOW! Mikey roars, Naito dodges his lariat and comes back to dropkick the legs! Naito runs, CORRIENDO SHIKI- NO, Mikey blocks Destino and Shane runs in, LAWN DART DDT! Fans fire up and Mikey drags Sanada up. Shane hops up, Mikey scoops, but Sanada slips off to shove Mikey at Shane! Sanada O’Conner BRI- NO, Mikey stops the bridge and shoves Sanada into Shane’s ROUNDHOUSE! Mikey scoops Sanada again, TANK BUSTER!! Cover, The Mighty win!!
Winners: Shane Haste & Mikey Nicholls, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Naito & Sanada earn 0)
The Mighty Don’t Kneel, and they find a way to win! Will Shane & Mikey find an outside way into the finals? Is the pressure to make it to WrestleKingdom going to break Naito before the league is out?
World Tag League 2022: Toru Yano & Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI!
The Joker & The Ace finally got on the board, but the winstreak of one win might already end against the Fierce Warrior & Head Hunter. Can the trickster bring himself to pull any tricks on his friends in Chaos? Or will Bishamon turn out the lights on Yano & Tanahashi?
The teams sort out and Yano grows impatient. He doesn’t even take note of Tanahashi taking off his jacket to show off the muscles. Goto steps up and Yano fires up. The bell rings and fans rally and duel. Yano squats and talks some smack, but Goto squats with him! Goto gives back the trash talk, Hashi steps in to back Goto up, and even smooshes Goto’s face up to make it more menacing! Yano says enough jokes, but Goto blocks Yano’s kick! Hashi runs to dropkick the leg! Goto BLASTS Tanahashi, then Bishamon brings Yano up to drum away! Tanahashi rushes in, but Bishamon kicks him to drum him, too! Fans fire up as Bishamon stands tall.
Goto stomps Yano to a corner, fires forearms, then whips him corner to corner. Yano reverses, then hurries to untie a buckle pad! Yano fires up but turns around into a kick! But the pad shielded Yano! Fans boo and Goto can’t believe it! Yano throws the pad to Goto and SLAPS him! Yano whips and Goto hits the buckles! Hashi runs in, Yano kicks him and whips him into bare buckles, too! Tag to Tanahashi and Yano throws Hashi out. Tanahashi drags Goto up, throws him out, and the bad boys bring Bishamon around to whip into railing! Fans rally and cheer as Tanahashi drags Goto back up to put him in the ring.
Tanahashi stomps Goto’s leg then YANKS it! Fans cheer as Tanahashi air guitars. Tanahashi drags Goto up and bumps him off buckles. Tag to Yano, and he bumps Goto off the bare buckles! And again! Fans fire up while Red Shoes keeps Hashi back. Yano whips Goto into the bare buckles now! Goto hobbles and fans fire up. Yano kneels on Goto for a cover, but Red Shoes says it’s a choke! Yano says no, it’s just up high! Yano stomps Goto, drags him up and bumps him off buckles. Tag to Tanahashi, and the bad boys whip Goto to ropes. They run him over, then they squat! Tanahashi drags Goto up, but Goto CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS!
Tanahashi throws body shots, runs, but Goto follows to LARIAT! Fans fire up while both men are down! Goto and Tanahashi crawl, hot tag to Hashi! Hashi ELBOWS Tanahashi down, BLASTS Yano, then storms up on Tanahashi. Tanahashi kicks low, whips Hashi to the padded corner, but Hashi comes back to CHOP! Hashi mule kicks and turns Tanahashi for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally and Hashi runs in again, to CHOP Tanahashi against ropes! Hashi hangs Tanahashi out to dry, runs side to side, and he DROPKICKS Tanahashi down! Cover, TWO! Fans continue to rally and Hashi stalks Tanahashi.
Fans rally, “GO ACE! GO ACE!” but Hashi brings Tanahashi up. Hashi reels Tanahashi in but Tanahashi fights the lift. Hashi keeps trying, but Tanahashi wrenches out. Hashi ROCKS Tanahashi, but Tanahashi ROCKS Hashi! They go back and forth, forearm for forearm, and fans rally up! Tanahashi gets the edge, but Hashi CHOPS back! Hashi aims but Tanahashi blocks the superkick to DRAGON SCREW! Fans rally while both men are down! Hashi and Tanahashi crawl, hot tags to Goto and Yano! Yano dodges Goto, claws his eyes and whips him, but Goto reverses! Yano hits the bare buckles, then Goto hits MURAMASA, and the BULLDOG! Cover, TWO!
Fans rally, Goto fireman’s carries but Yano fights with elbows! Yano runs, Goto follows but Yano ducks! Goto deflects the boot to DISCUS LARIAT! Fans fire up with Goto and he drags Yano up, but Yano ROCKS him! Goto ROCKS Yano back, the forearms start flying back and forth, faster and faster! Fans rally as Goto gets the edge, but Yano rakes the eyes! But Goto SLAPS Yano! Goto whips, Yano reverses and throws Goto by his hair! Hot tag to Tanahashi! Tanahashi runs in to forearm smash, then he feeds Goto to an atomic drop! Trip and CATAPULT into the bare buckles! Tanahashi runs but Goto denies the Slingblade!
Goto shoves Tanahashi into Yano, then DOUBLE LARIATS! Fans fire up as all three men are down! Goto crawls, fans rally up, and Goto hot tags Hashi! Hashi runs the ropes but Tanahashi blocks the lariat! Hashi spins to CHOP! Tanahashi fires off a strike fest! But both men roar! Hashi fires off his own strike fest and CHOPS! SUPERKICK! Tanahashi stays up, Hashi runs to LARIAT him down! Cover, TWO!! Fans fire up with Hashi and he brings Tanahashi back up. Hashi fisherman’s but Tanahashi fights the suplex to TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! Tanahashi runs, to SLINGBLADE! Cover, but Goto breaks it!
Yano throws Goto back out! Tanahashi fires up and he goes up the corner! HIGH FLY FLOW onto Hashi’s knees!! Hashi cradles, TWO!!! Tanahashi survives the sudden turnaround and fans are thunderous! Fans rally with “GO ACE! GO ACE!” as Tanahashi and Hashi stir. They both sit up, head for each other, and Tanahashi throws a forearm. Hashi throws it back! Tanahashi throws another forearm, but Hashi throws it back! They stand, egg each other on, and the forearms fly faster and faster! Fans rally, SHOTEI rocks Hashi! Tanahashi runs, but into Goto’s fireman’s carry! Tanahashi slips off but Goto powers him into the corner!
Hashi runs in and Goto moves, Hashi CHOPS Tanahashi! Hashi feeds Tanahashi to the fireman’s carry but he slips off again! Tanahashi full nelsons but Goto breaks that and ducks, HIDDEN GAP! Fireman’s carry again, FIERCE FLASH! Fans fire up more as Bishamon says it’s time! They drag Tanahashi up, hook him up, but Tanahashi kicks Hashi away! Yano drags Hashi out while Tanahashi hits TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! Yano puts Hashi back in, drags Goto out, and Tanahashi runs, into a CHOP! Hashi runs, dodges Tanahashi once, but the SLINGBLADE comes back around!! Fans fire up as Tanahashi climbs the corner!
Goto anchors Tanahashi’s legs! Tanahashi CLUBS Goto but Hashi ROCKS Tanahashi! Hashi climbs up, but Yano LOW BLOWS Goto! Yano slips in and grabs Hashi for the ONIGOROSHI BOMB!! Tanahashi adjusts, HIGH FLY FLOW!!! Direct hit!! Cover, Ace & Joker win!!
Winners: Hiroshi Tanahashi & Toru Yano, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Goto & Hashi earn 0)
The World Tag League 2021 winners have fallen to 2-2! Are their chances of back-to-back wins in jeopardy?
As for Yano & Tanahashi, Tanahashi gets the mic to thank the fans for coming tonight. “Hey, Toru, it’s great to hear the cheers, huh?” Fans cheer because it’s great TO cheer! Tanahashi says he wants to have this every day, “so make sure you stay safe and healthy so that happens! Thank you for today!” Fans cheer for that, and they want the air guitar! Tanahashi borrows one from a fan on the east side, that he passes to Yano! Yano’s happy to be part of a rare air guitar duet! Master Wato even has his on commentary, so now it’s a trio! “SHIZUOKA~!” “OSU~!” “SHIZUOKA~!” “OSU~!” “LET’S ROCK!” The jam session is on!
Fans clap along as Yano is a natural! Fans cheer but they want the “EN-CO-RU! EN-CO-RU!” Tanahashi is never one to disappoint the fans, and Yano gets his chair guitar! They jam out again, and Yano can truly do it all! But he’s not gonna throw the chair to the fans, that’s dangerous. But the fans want another encore! Tanahashi says, “LAST ONE! Yano takes a seat in his chair for air DRUMS! Now it’s a real jam session! Big finish and…! Fans cheer the great performance, and Tanahashi gets the mic back. “Toru and Hiroshi are going for the trophies, so keep supporting us! And keep supporting NJPW! Finally, people of Shizuoka… ASHITEMASU~!”
Will love, energy and comedy propel the Joker & the Ace to the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships?
Here are the NEW World Tag League standings!
Aussie Open: 4-0, 8 points
The Mighty: 3-1, 6 points
Suzuki & Archer: 3-1, 6 points
Yano & Tanahashi: 2-2, 4 points
Goto & Hashi: 2-2, 4 points
Naito & Sanada: 2-2, 4 points
Khan & Henare: 2-2, 4 points
Chase & Fale: 2-2, 4 points
Evil & Yujiro: 0-4, 0 points
Coughlin & Kidd: 0-4, 0 points
Another really good event and a really good round for World Tag League. I’m a little surprised Coughlin & Kidd haven’t gotten a win yet, but they always look solid in their matches. Great stuff back to back for the United Empire, even though Khan & Henare did lose. Khan helping Aussie Open was good stuff, though, and of course the House of Torture keep losing big time. Also, Naito & Sanada losing again puts the pressure on them, they could have an even stronger showing in the second half of this tournament. Tanahashi & Yano winning to close was a bit of a surprise, but they’re a great team and huge fan favorites, I would love to see them be a team for more than just World Tag League.
My Score: 8.7/10
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