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Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (4/13/20)

Who goes for the gold?

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Raw heads for Money in the Bank!

Drew McIntyre is WWE World Champion. Becky Lynch is Raw Women’s Champion. But who steps up for golden opportunities before Money in the Bank?

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Women’s Money in the Bank Qualifier: Asuka VS Ruby Riott; Asuka wins and advances to the Women’s MITB Ladder Match.
  • Aleister Black VS Oney Lorcan; Aleister wins.
  • Women’s Money in the Bank Qualifier: Shayna Baszler VS Sarah Logan; Baszler wins and advances to the Women’s MITB Ladder Match.
  • Akira Tozawa VS Austin Theory; Theory wins.
  • Angel Garza VS Tehuti Miles; Garza wins.
  • Women’s Money in the Bank Qualifier: Kairi Sane VS Nia Jax; Jax wins and advances to the Women’s MITB Ladder Match.
  • Bobby Lashley w/ Lana VS No Way Jose; Lashley wins.
  • The Viking Raiders VS Ricochet & Cedric Alexander; The Viking Raiders win.
  • Champion VS Champion: Drew McIntyre VS Andrade Almas w/ Zelina Vega; McIntyre wins.

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Drew McIntyre opens Raw!

The Scottish Stud has the cameraman get in the ring with him so he can speak directly to the WWE Universe. “Thank you for the privilege of allowing me into your living room.” For himself and all the WWE superstars, this is an honor. McIntyre also thanks fans for their outpouring of support. If you didn’t know, the internet can be pretty negative. But ever since he won the title, everyone has been so positive. It is surreal. McIntyre lives his life long dream. He beat The Beast in under five minutes, and then 20 minutes later, he had to face The Big Show. McIntyre watches the match back, and remembers all the hard hits and body slams. But even after a Choke Slam, McIntyre kept going. And Show made the mistake of telegraphing. McIntyre hits his Claymore and gets the win!

Back to the present, McIntyre makes a point of beating two big men back to back. That sets the tone for his reign. He will be a champion that shows up and defends the title. To all the superstars, if you deserve a shot, you get a shot. McIntyre can’t say how much this title means to him. But here comes Andrade Almas! El Idolo is back and with Zelina Vega again by his side. Vega pretends to tear up but then gets immediately serious. She stops McIntyre here to introduce Raw’s real top champion, the WWE United States Champion, Andrade~! McIntyre remembers Andrade. Right, of course! Vega feels bad for ruining the speech. It sounded great, like out of Braveheart. But really, they’re here to congratulate him in person. Because who else can say they had TWO WrestleMania Moments in one night?

But while McIntyre had two, Almas had an injury that robbed him of even one. So it’d be such a shame if someone injured McIntyre and took his title. McIntyre stops Vega there and gets to Vega’s point for her. He remembers when they were both in NXT, and Almas hurt McIntyre to take the NXT Championship. McIntyre lost six months from a torn bicep. But Almas doesn’t do a lot of talking, so he should listen. If he wants Champion VS Champion tonight, “you’ve got it!” Almas does speak for himself, and says that last time, Almas took the title and took McIntyre out. And that was him being nice. No more Mr. Nice Guy tonight! What does Almas have in store for McIntyre tonight? Or can McIntyre keep history from repeating itself?

 

Women’s Money in the Bank Qualifier: Asuka VS Ruby Riott!

The Empress of Tomorrow may not have gotten the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships back, but there’s always another title to go after! Will Asuka stop the Riott before it starts? Or is Ruby going to take a step closer to cashing in?

The bell rings, Asuka laughs and applauds at Ruby but says, “Mudi mudi mudi!” It is impossible to beat Asuka! Ruby gives the trash talk back but offers a handshake. Asuka laughs more, and rushes Ruby instead! Ruby headlocks but Asuka tries to power out. Ruby holds on and rams shoulder. Asuka eggs Ruby on and Ruby runs. They collide but it doesn’t make Asuka budge. Ruby throws haymakers instead then runs, but Asuka follows. Ruby dodges and keeps moving to run Asuka over! Cover, ONE! Ruby pushes Asuka around and wants to see “The Real Asuka.” Asuka grabs Ruby’s arm! Asuka yanks on it and clamps onto the shoulder again. She stomps away on the arm then grinds the shoulder into the mat.

Ruby fights her way around and gets a ropebreak with a leg. The ref counts, Asuka lets up, but she stomps Ruby down in a corner. Asuka pushes Ruby around and grinds her forearms in. The ref counts but Ruby pushes Asuka away. Ruby elbows, goes up, but no Deadly Nightshade as Asuka KICKS her down! Cover, TWO! Asuka keeps her cool as she brings Ruby up to ram her shoulder first into buckles! Asuka digs her heel into Ruby but stops at the count of 4. She argues with the ref while Ruby crawls along the ropes. Asuka stomps Ruby back down then thrashes her about. The ref counts but Asuka lets up at 4 again. Asuka drags Ruby up from the apron but Ruby hits back. But Asuka comes back with the hip attack! Asuka blasts Ruby down, then sliding KNEES from the apron!

Asuka brings Ruby up but Ruby throws her over barriers! Ruby walks into a ROUNDHOUSE! The ring count climbs to 5 as Asuka talks trash. Asuka dances around while Raw goes to break.

Raw returns and Asuka grinds Ruby down again. Ruby fights up and fights back but Asuka throws her down by her hair! The ref reprimands but Asuka just kicks Ruby over and over on the ropes. Asuka runs but Ruby dodges the hip attack to SUPERKICK! Asuka is stuck and Ruby BOOTS her down! Ruby shakes out her bad arm while Asuka is on the outside. Ruby fetches Asuka back in then covers, TWO! Asuka checks her teeth while Ruby looks up at the MITB briefcase. Ruby kicks Asuka around then drags her up. She makes Asuka look at the briefcase, then whips her to a corner. Ruby runs in to forearm then whip her corner to corner. Asuka comes back to forearm Ruby down! Asuka crawls towards Ruby and grabs her by the hair. She brings Ruby in for a forearm, but Ruby gives it back.

Asuka and Ruby brawl up to their feet, but Asuka gets the edge. Asuka kicks but Ruby blocks! Ruby back kicks then runs, for a rolling bulldog! Cover, TWO! Ruby grows frustrated but then she gets caught into an armbar! Ruby endures, moves up and wants a cover. TWO and Asuka lets Ruby go. Ruby wrenches but the Riott Kick is blocked! Asuka has an ANKLE LOCK! Ruby gets up but Asuka reels her in, trapped leg German! Asuka runs to SHINING WIZARD Ruby down! Cover, TWO!! Ruby still lives and Asuka is furious! Asuka drags Ruby up and into the chicken wing, but Ruby backs her into buckles! Ruby cravats and knees Asuka into the corner! Ruby runs side to side to BOOT Asuka down! Then she goes the other way, for another BOOT! Ruby brings Asuka out and aims from behind, RABBIT LARIAT! Cover, TWO!!

Asuka survives and Ruby grows frustrated now. Ruby drags Asuka to a drop zone and climbs up the corner. Ruby STAGE DIVE SENTONS BUT FLOPS! Into the ASUKA LOCK! But Ruby rolls around to cover, TWO!! Both women back off as they catch their breath. Asuka is furious and she goes after Ruby. Ruby holds the ropes then elbows Asuka away. Asuka runs into a COMPLETE SHOT! Ghost pin, TWO!!, into a RINGS OF SATURN! Ruby has her on hold, and stomps away! Asuka endures, moves around, makes it a cover, TWO back to Ruby’s cover! TWO and Asuka gets around, to the ASUKA LOCK!! Ruby taps, Asuka wins!!

Winner: Asuka, by submission (advances to the Women’s MITB Ladder Match)

The Empress is in her very first MITB Ladder match! Charly Caruso interviews Asuka in the ring. Charly notes Asuka’s new aggression. Asuka says in Japanese that she is still Asuka! And when it comes to MITB, NO ONE is ready!

 

Raw returns with MVP’s VIP Lounge.

“Ladies and gentlemen, tonight, I offer you a very special edition.” He has exclusive breaking news for Raw next week. Next week, three Men’s MITB qualifying matches will happen. If you win the MITB Ladder match, you have a 365 day window to cash in on the WWE World Championship, “anytime, any place.” First, Rey Mysterio VS Buddy Murphy! Then, Aleister Black VS Austin Theory! And last but not least, Apollo Crews VS “one of the most decorated WWE superstars of all time,” MVP! MVP isn’t trying to sway anyone, but if you’re putting money on anyone, put it on the guaranteed winner. Ya boy, MVP is #BALLIN! But out of these three first-time-ever match-ups, who come out with tickets punched to MITB?

 

Aleister Black VS Oney Lorcan!

As MVP just said, The Embodiment of the End is going to compete for a spot in the MITB Ladder Match. Will he sharpen his edge on the back of the Boston Brawler?

The bell rings and the two approach. They circle and tie up, and Aleister gets an arm. Oney moves towards a waistlock but Aleister wrenches and trips him back. Aleister facelocks but Oney fights his way up. Oney slips out, chinbars Aleister, then gets the waistlock. Aleister fights up and wriggles free but Oney headlocks. Aleister powers his way out and around back to a facelock. Oney pries free to wrench and headlock back. Aleister rolls Oney to a cover, ONE! Aleister waistlocks then facelocks and they end up on ropes. The two separate clean and circle again. They tie up, Oney headlocks and holds tight as Aleister tries to get out. Aleister rolls Oney again, ONE! Aleister arm-drags Oney down hard and clamps onto the arm! Oney gets up and arm-drags free, but Aleister arm-drags again!

Aleister grinds but Oney gets up. Oney powers Aleister to ropes then puts him on the apron to European Uppercut! Aleister is down and Oney builds speed! But Aleister gets in, dodges Oney, and QUEBRADAS! Oney is right up but Aleister snapmares him to a cover. TWO and Aleister BOOTS Oney out! The two catch their breath while Raw goes to break.

Raw returns and Oney fires off on Aleister in a corner! The ref backs him off but Aleister elbows Oney away. Aleister swings into a half nelson! He fights free and throws EuroUppers. Oney gives them back then knees low. Oney whips and elbows Aleister down! Cover, TWO! Oney wants the half nelson but Aleister grabs a leg. The two struggle against each other and Oney goes for a full nelson. Aleister endures as Oney leans on him. Aleister pries against the hold then breaks free. But Oney trips Aleister to a BOSTON CRAB! Half Crab, even! Aleister endures and reaches back to get around. Aleister boots Oney over and over until he’s free! Oney comes back but gets another elbow. Aleister hits a flying takedown, to the HEEL HOOK! Oney flails and gets the ropebreak!

Aleister lets Oney free but starts kicking away. Oney clinches and swings, into an armlock! Oney stays up but Aleister cranks on the arm! ROPEBREAK! Aleister lets Oney go and Oney CHOPS! Aleister BOOTS back then throws more EuroUppers. Oney shoves but Aleister rallies with forearms and elbows. Aleister unleashes the strike fest! KNEE THRUST! Aleister kips up and runs, but Oney gets under the springboard to LARIAT! Cover, TWO!! Aleister lives but the Fury of 205 Live fires up! Oney half nelsons but Aleister wheelbarrows to a victory roll! TWO and Oney CHOPS again! Oney CHOPS again and fires up. He dares Aleister to stand, and Aleister KNEES back! Aleister brings Oney back up with a foot, to BLACK MASS! Cover, Aleister wins!

Winner: Aleister Black, by pinfall

Another week, another fight, and another incredible display of fortitude! Aleister wins and Sarah interviews him in the ring. Surely Aleister sees Oney as a tough competitor, but what is his game plan for Austin Theory? “Game plan? My game plan is to win.” Will #AllDay come to an end and #FadeToBlack?

 

The Man comes back around to Raw!

Becky Lynch’s reign as Raw Women’s Champion surpasses one YEAR! She grabs a mic to say, “It’s only been a couple of weeks since I stood here last.” WrestleMania gave her a short time to beat the “human bone breaker,” but she did it. Becky wants to clear up some confusion as to what happened. She told Shayna Baszler that it would be heart versus skill. But it was even more than that. A lot has been said about Becky lately. Maybe she’s arrogant. Or maybe she lets us think that. Maybe things are going to her head. Or maybe she uses that to get into others. Because the more Shayna destroyed opponents, the sillier Becky became. Why is that? Because the only person that can get close enough to The Queen to destroy her, is the jester, “who she sees as posing no threat.” That’s why Becky’s still champ.

Someone born to bully everyone will never beat someone born to survive everything. That brings Becky to the MITB Ladder match. Becky wants whoever wants it the most to get the contract to then name a time and a place. That is where you will find The Man waiting for them. Becky always has a plan. But she promises the winner that thinks they can beat her, she will shock the world all over again. Bold words from Becky, but will she be the one shocked instead?

 

Backstage interview with Andrade and Zelina.

Tonight, the Champion VS Champion match is happening. McIntyre is coming off one of the most impressive WrestleMania performances in history. Is this going to be a cause for concern? Vega speaks up, first correcting Charly on how she says “Andrade.” Secondly, Vega asks who comes up with these questions? Because it can’t be Charly. Not even she’s that ridiculous. But if we’re talking dominant champions, look no further than Almas. McIntyre won, that was great, but that was one night. Almas has defended his title month after month after month against the best. So remember: the last time McIntyre was champion, he was dethroned by Almas. Almas says it took McIntyre so long to win that title. After tonight, he won’t have as strong a hold on it.

 

Women’s Money in the Bank Qualifier: Shayna Baszler VS Sarah Logan!

The Queen of Spades wrecked the Elimination Chamber field but failed to beat Becky. Will the Kentucky Viking be the first to exact some revenge?

Before making her entrance, Shayna is asked about the “derogatory remarks” Ronda Rousey has made towards professional wrestling. Shayna’s response is just a death glare before going to the ramp. The bell rings and the two tie up. Shayna headlocks but Sarah slips out to club her on the back. Shayna ROCKS Sarah with a right then digs her forearms into Sarah. She hammers away on Sarah from head to torso! The ref reprimands as Shayna just keeps adding on, and he pulls her away. Shayna STOMPS Sarah’s arm!! Sarah just got Dakota’d! And SARAH wins!?!

Winner: Sarah Logan, by disqualification

Shayna throws a tantrum, but after what she did to Sarah, Sarah doesn’t look in any shape to join the MITB Ladder match. Will Shayna not stop until she’s broken everyone in her path back to Becky?

 

Seth Rollins speaks backstage.

“At WrestleMania, I lost to Kevin Owens. And once again, my career has been crucified.” Rollins says no more as Raw goes to break. What will the Monday Night Messiah do to resurrect his mission?

 

Akira Tozawa VS Austin Theory!

The Stamina Monster returns to Raw! But he’ll also be returning to NXT this Wednesday as part of the Interim NXT Cruiserweight Championship Tournament! Vega joins commentary to watch her stable member compete. Will Theory prove himself ready for next week’s MITB qualifier?

The bell rings and Tozawa circles with Theory. Theory kicks low then clubs Tozawa down. He throws forearms but Tozawa gives them back! Theory knees low then back suplexes, but Tozawa slips out! Tozawa ducks, back kicks, spins but slides under to spin and hit the roundhouse! Theory ends up in a corner and Tozawa runs in. Theory stops the monkey flip but Tozawa rains down hands! Tozawa gets to about 7 before Theory flapjacks him on buckles! Theory shakes out the cobwebs before dragging Tozawa up. He snapmares and stomps Tozawa down! Theory mocks Tozawa for not being part of WrestleMania. Theory stomps Tozawa at the corner but the ref backs him off. Tozawa grits his teeth but Theory drags him around to rain down rights. Theory lets up to clamp on a chinlock!

Tozawa endures the knee in his back as Theory bends him back. Theory jams the knee in harder then bends him more. Tozawa endures, reaches and gets the ropebreak with a foot. Theory lets up at 4 to stomp Tozawa again. Theory drags Tozawa up and CHOPS! Tozawa staggers but Theory wrenches and whips him corner to corner hard! Cover, TWO! Theory still grins as he looms over Tozawa. Tozawa hits back with body shots but Theory blocks the boot to trip him up! Theory hits a standing moonsault! Cover, TWO! Theory stays on Tozawa with an armlock and forearm to the chin. He grinds Tozawa down then grabs the other arm. Tozawa endures, even as Theory stands on his back! Theory pulls harder on the arm then throws it onto the mat! Theory paces while watching Tozawa writhe.

Tozawa crawls but Theory stalks him to ropes. Tozawa CHOPS, but Theory eggs him on. Tozawa CHOPS but Theory DECKS him! Vega likes what she sees as Theory brings Tozawa up for a snap suplex! Cover, TWO! Theory keeps on Tozawa with another chinlock. Theory has a half camel clutch but Tozawa fights up. Tozawa throws body shots but Theory gives him a backbreaker! Cover, TWO, and we’re back to the armlock. Tozawa fights his way up but Theory whips. Theory pops Tozawa up but Tozawa huricanranas! Theory bails out, and Tozawa BOOTS Him down! Tozawa runs but Theory gets clear. Tozawa stops himself, to apron CANNONBALL! They both wreck into barriers and Vega is speechless! Vega claims it’s fine, but Theory staggers away.

Tozawa drags Theory up and into the ring. Tozawa enziguris then climbs up, for a missile dropkick! Cover, TWO! Vega manages to keep confident but Tozawa stalks Theory. Tozawa drags Theory up but Theory gets the ropes. Theory swings an elbow but Tozawa ducks to JAB! Tozawa runs to tilt-o-whirl, to the IRON OCTOPUS! Theory powers out and spins Tozawa around to a fireman’s carry! ATL TKO!! Cover, Theory wins!

Winner: Austin Theory, by pinfall

Andrade and Angel Garza appear, and Vega stands on the desk. La Muneca’s men raise their fists together, then drag Tozawa up. They add on with CHOPS! They put Tozawa up top then drag him out on the ropes! SUPER LA SOMBRA DDT!! Vega applauds as her men stand tall. Will this stable soon take over Raw?

 

Raw shares part of WWE Chronicle: Drew McIntyre.

“There’s a saying in Scotland, ‘What’s meant to be will be.'” If McIntyre was to put the last few months into words, from the amazing victories to the bitter disappointments and the realizations that everything can change overnight, it is that McIntyre has found “perspective.” Not just as a superstar, but as a husband and a person. The community’s support is felt in every fiber of his body. If McIntyre can give everyone a brief moment of joy in the darkness, then his journey has been worth it. This is more than a redemption story for him, but for everyone.

The last 19 years have prepared him for his WrestleMania Moment, even if it isn’t the moment he’s dreamed off since he was a boy. His moment won’t have fireworks or cheers, but it’ll have something bigger. McIntyre will feel the fans as he has in Houston. It won’t be his moment, it will be ours.

 

Backstage interview with Rey Mysterio.

The King of Lucha Libre has had a legendary career, but there is one thing he hasn’t had yet: The MITB contract. What would it mean to finally be Mr. MITB? Well looking back through his career, 2010 was perhaps a standout year for Mysterio. He won his second world championship, but two months later, gets hit with a cash-in from Kane. Kane ended that reign right then and there. But Mysterio’s point is that no one knows better than him how dangerous Mr. MITB can be. First comes beating Murphy in the qualifier. Mysterio respects Murphy for the bright superstar he is. But he doesn’t want this as badly as Mysterio does. Mysterio puts it all on the line to become Mr. MITB, and have his chance to cash in.

 

Seth Rollins speaks again.

“Everyone needs something to have faith in.” Rollins wants the WWE Universe to know that he is still here for them. “Your messiah has truly risen.”

 

Angel Garza VS Tehuti Miles!

All of Vega’s men will be in action tonight now that El Latino es en la casa! But will the Latino Lothario be able to go the distance against Miles?

The bell rings and Garza pushes Miles around. Miles dares Garza to bring it, and then he baits Garza into a waistlock. Garza bucks Miles off but Miles bypasses him and things speed up. Miles leaps but Garza dropkicks him out of the air! Garza CHOPS Miles then has him against the ropes. Garza CHOPS again then whips, to pop-up kick Miles down! And off come the pants! Garza throws them at Miles then dropkicks him back down! Garza has the cameraman get on the apron so he can look right into the camera. He talks trash in Spanish, and tells the ladies they’re more than welcome. Garza then drags Miles up and cranks on him with a grounded cobra twist. Miles endures but Garza hammers away on the ribs.

Garza cranks on Miles more but Miles refuses to quit. Garza drags Miles up to club him around, then put him on the top rope. He climbs up behind Miles and dedicates this to the “honeys.” Tree of Woe Penalty Kick! Garza grins as Miles flops to the mat. Garza drags Miles up and underhooks, for the WING CLIPPER! Cover, Garza wins!

Winner: Angel Garza, by pinfall

La Muneca’s men are 2-0 on the night! Will El Idolo make it a perfect night for Vega’s stable of studs?

But once again, the trio is in the ring together! Just like Tozawa, Miles gets slapped around and put in a corner. Theory and Garza hoist Miles up top and hand him off to Almas. SUPER LA SOMBRA!! Vega laughs as her men make another example. Will McIntyre relive the past in the worst way possible?

 

Backstage interview with The Kabuki Warriors.

Asuka is in and Kairi Sane has her match later tonight. “Ruby was NOT ready for Asuka!” Kairi’s confidence going in against Nia Jax is clearly through the roof as she and Asuka joke around. Will the Pirate Princess be able to get past the Irresistible Force so that she and Asuka can join forces in MITB?

 

Raw returns with a backstage interview with Drew McIntyre.

Charly knows McIntyre has to focus, but he must surely know what Vega and Almas have been saying and doing tonight. His response is the scar on his arm. Two to three times a week, he looks at it and is reminded of Almas. McIntyre remembers back to when he lost the title, had to take six months off, and had his career derailed. But McIntyre worked his arse off to get back and is now WWE Champion! But he doesn’t forgive or forget. Almas has strong words but McIntyre has a promise: McIntyre will hurt Almas, Claymore him, and if it costs Almas six months, so be it. Will Raw end with WarGames revenge?

 

Women’s Money in the Bank Qualifier: Kairi Sane VS Nia Jax!

Raw’s last spot in the Women’s MITB Ladder Match will be filled! Will the Pirate Princess set sail alongside Asuka? Or will the Irresistible Force make her return even grander with this golden opportunity?

The bell rings and Kairi rushes at Nia, only to be TOSSED! Kairi grins as she gets up, and get around to waistlock Nia. Nia throws her off easily, but Kairi baits her into buckles! Kairi climbs and boots Nia then kicks her away. She climbs back up and then leaps over Nia. Kairi pantomimes her climbing the ladder and grabbing the briefcase, before telling Nia to “kiss this.” Nia rushes Kairi but Kairi dodges and dropkicks! Nia only staggers so Kairi dropkicks again. Kairi’s kicks still have no effect, and Nia just throws her out of the ring! Asuka is watching backstage anxiously and is very fired up for Kairi. Kairi gets up and in but Nia is on her with a scoop slam! Nia slaps Kairi around then drags her back up. Nia clobbers Kairi with one arm! And again!

Nia toys with Kairi as she brings her back up. The ref reprimands but Nia TOSSES Kairi again! Nia drags Kairi up to throw her again! Nia swaggers about before she brings Kairi up. She trophy lifts then SAMOAN DROPS Kairi! Cover, Nia wins!

Winner: Nia Jax, by pinfall (advances to the Women’s MITB Ladder Match)

The Raw entrants have been determined! Asuka and Shayna are dangerous in their own way, but Nia just annihilated Kairi! Will everyone have to worry about the returning Irresistible Force now?

 

Charlotte Flair returns to Raw!

The Queen is once again NXT Women’s Champion after her incredible match with Rhea Ripley! What’s old is new again as she is now a twelve-time champion between all three brands. She grabs a mic and says, “Tonight is history lessons with The Queen.” First, The Queen wins the 2020 Women’s Royal Rumble. That allowed her to choose a champion of her choice. There’s Becky, but been there, done that a bunch. Then there was Bayley, but been there, done that more than a bunch. So what did that leave Charlotte with? Becky didn’t make a challenge. Bayley didn’t make a challenge. It was “the next big thing,” Rhea Ripley. That got The Queen’s attention. It was ballsy! It reminded Charlotte of someone.

But that was then, and this is now. Because now, Charlotte is a two-time NXT Women’s Champion! Not after beating Becky again. Not after beating Bayley for the millionth time. It was because Charlotte beat “the next big thing,” which makes Charlotte the BIGGEST thing. Charlotte reminds us last year that Vince knew Charlotte was the biggest thing. That’s why he had her “save” WrestleMania 35. This year, Rhea chose the Queen. Because Rhea secretly wants to be The Queen. But Rhea lacks humility. That’s why Charlotte is standing here reminding everyone that there always be someone faster, stronger and better. Charlotte will remind NXT of “humility.”

That brings her to Io Shirai. That was an amazing victory, but Charlotte isn’t in this just for victories. Charlotte is here to teach lessons. Lesson number one: Everyone boys down to The Queen. WOO~! But will the Evil Genius be a rebellion Charlotte can’t crush?

 

Bobby Lashley w/ Lana VS No Way Jose!

The Rocky Mountain Machine listened to the Ravishing Russian at WrestleMania, and LOST! Will he know better this time against the fighting fiesta?

The bell rings and Lashley ties up with Jose. Lashley waistlocks but Jose fights off the lift. Joe elbows out but Lashley elbows back. Lana coaches Lashley and Lashely lariats Jose down! Lana says Lashley should finish it but Lashley stomps away and throws hands in the corner. The ref counts and Lana shouts for Lashley to attack. Lashley storms out and tells Lana to “please shut the HELL up!” He then storms back into the ring and runs at Jose, but just manages to block the boo! Jose ROCKS Lashley but Lashley throws Jose overhead! Lashley aims as Jose rises, but then Lana distracts Lahsley with something. Jose rolls Lashley up, TWO!! Lashley MOUNTAIN TOP SLAMS Jose down! Then SPEARS!! Cover, Lashley wins!

Winner: Bobby Lashley, by pinfall

Lashley still gets a win despite Lana’s influence. Will Lashley make his way towards a title in spite of her hanging around?

 

Seth Rollins speaks yet again.

“To all the nonbelievers, you have left me no alternative. Tonight, I stomp out all doubt.” What does this ominous warning mean for the Raw roster?

 

The Viking Raiders VS Ricochet & Cedric Alexander!

Erik and Ivar return and the raid returns with them! Will they start a new warpath to return to the Raw Tag Team Championships? Or will the newest and fastest team fly high with MITB on the horizon?

The teams sort out and Erik starts against Ricochet. Ricochet dodges to throw kicks and fists but Erik puts him in a corner. Ricochet dodges to CHOP but Erik just growls. Things speed up, Ricochet rolls off Erik’s back, then ducks under, and handsprings back. Erik LARIATS Ricochet then DECKS Alexander! Erik tags in Ivar and goes after Ricochet. Ivar climbs up but Ricochet escapes Erik to enziguri! Alexander dropkicks Erik then Ricochet No Hands Ranas Ivar down! Alexander builds speed and DIVES onto Erik at the ramp! Ricochet LIONSAULTS onto Ivar! Cover, TWO! Ricochet keeps on Ivar with a facelock and clubbing forearms. He backs Ivar down and tags in Alexander. Alexander adds onto Ivar but Ivar blocks the whips. Ivar kicks Ricochet and throws Alexander into a corner.

Ivar whips Ricochet at Alexander but Alexander puts him on the apron. Alexander gets clear of Ivar, and the enziguris sandwich Ivar in the middle! TORNADO DDT! Cover, TWO! Ivar survives but Alexander clamps on with a facelock. Alexander drags Ivar but Ivar powers up. Alexander clubs away and drags Ivar over to the corner. Tag to Ricochet and they both club away on Ivar. They double whip but Ivar breaks the clothesline! Erik tags in as Ricochet hurdles Ivar. Alexander sends Ivar out while Ricochet dodges Erik. Alexander ROCKS Erik with a right, then covers! TWO, but Alexander keeps his focus. Alexander facelocks Erik and drags him up. Tag to Ricochet again, and Alexander half hatch suplexes! Ricochet knee-boards for a senton! Cover, TWO!

Tag back to Alexander and he drags Erik up. Alexander CHOPS Erik to the corner, then decks him with a right. He scrapes Erik out and slingshots, but the pescado misses! Hot tag to Ivar but Ricochet springboards in! Erik catches Ricochet to TOSS him out onto Alexander! The fast and the furious crash and burn! But now Ivar DIVES!! The Warbeard wipes Ricochet and Alexander out, and we go to break!

Raw returns as Erik grinds Alexander down with an armlock. Alexander fights his way up and throws body shots. Erik whips him into the corner and tags Ivar. The Vikings give Alexander knee after KNEE! Ivar drags Alexander up and snapmares him. Ivar runs to drop a knee then covers, TWO! Alexander reaches but Ivar brings him away from Ricochet. Tag to Erik and Ivar RAMS into Alexander. Erik RAMS in, too, digging into the ribs. Tag back to Ivar, and Ivar RAMS in again! Ivar looms over Alexander as he tags Erik back in. The Vikings bring Alexander up, for a scoop slam! Then Erik scoops Ivar to SLAM on Alexander! Cover, TWO! Alexander survives but Ivar tags back in. The Vikings mug and club him in the corner.

Ivar scoops but Alexander slips out to sunset flip! ONE but Alexander cartwheels and basement dropkicks! Alexander is on the apron, and hits the step-board COMPLETE SHOT! Both Ivar and Alexander crawl, hot tags to Ricochet and Erik! Ricochet throws forearms then springboards to crossbody! Ivar runs in but gets an enziguri! Ricochet corner uppercuts Ivar, then swings on Erik. Erik throws Ricochet but no Ace Ten Mao, Ricochet hits the dropkick-flip! And enziguri! Ricochet tiger feints high on Ivar! And shoulders into Erik for a springboard lariat! Ricochet fires up and standing shooting stars! Cover, TWO! Ricochet sees Alexander is back and tags him in. They both aim at Erik and Alexander runs. Neuralizer misses! Erik gives Ricochet Ace Ten Mao!

Tag to Ivar and Ivar seated sentons Alexander! Cartwheel dodges the superkick to LARIAT! Ivar roars as he sidewalk slams Alexander! BASEMENT SPLASH! Tag back to Erik, and they give Alexander a corner splash and knees! Then human weapon hip attack! Erik covers, TWO! Alexander flounders about but Erik tags Ivar. The Vikings drag Alexander up, but Alexander BOOTS! Alexander runs, but into the waistlock! SPRINGBOARD LARIAT GERMAN! Cover, but Ricochet breaks it! Erik has Ricochet in the full nelson for a knee! Then the HEEL KICK! Ivar tags Erik and they focus on Alexander again. THOR’S HAMMER! Cover, The Viking Raiders win!

Winners: The Viking Raiders, by pinfall

Raw again goes through a #VikingExperience! Will the war return to the tag team titles sooner rather than later?

 

Raw returns with a backstage interview with The Street Profits.

Montez Ford and Angelo Dawkins have their Raw Tag Team Championships, but that’s not all! Welcome the newest addition to Raw! The strongest, the toughest, the quickest, THE EST of WWE… Bianca Belair! Yes, the welcome is official. But a question for the champions: The Viking Raiders want the titles back. Their response? Ford says that they have a lot of respect for Erik and Ivar, and all vikings in general. Did you know that Vikings introduced the words “happy” and “egg” to the English language? And they were crazy navigators! And shockingly enough, they actually had excellent hygiene. The More You Know! Thumbs up.

Bianca tells her boys, UH-UH! While they’re playing around, when was the last time they actually beat the Viking Raiders? Um… ZERO TIMES! Erik and Ivar are cosplaying, but the Profits get whooped. So stop with the games, and get, that, smoke. Bianca clappin’ at Ford and Dawkins has them speechless. Will the Profits be up higher than ever when they get serious about being champions?

 

Champion VS Champion: Drew McIntyre VS Andrade Almas w/ Zelina Vega!

Austin Theory and Angel Garza are also joining La Muneca in accompanying the WWE United States Champion to the ring. Theory and Garza defeated their opponents and then made examples out of them. Will it be a three for three sweep on the night? Or are they going to get lost in Claymore Country?

Vega gets in McIntyre’s face about Almas being champion. McIntyre asks if Almas is going to rein her in. That only upsets Vega more and even riles up Almas. But the ref has Vega and the others exit, and then the bell rings. Almas CHOPS but McIntyre doesn’t even budge! McIntyre HEADBUTTS Almas down then brings him up. “Three years!!” McIntyre puts Almas in the corner to CHOP! Almas boots but McIntyre throws haymakers! McIntyre CHOPS again and Almas staggers. Almas chops but McIntyre just hammers away! Vega protests and McIntyre stops at the ref’s count. McIntyre whips Almas, Almas goes up but McIntyre BOOTS him out of the air! McIntyre taunts Almas as he bails out to regroup with Vega’s team. But Garza backs off as McIntyre goes out to fetch Almas.

McIntyre scoops Almas and lifts him way up to snake eyes on barriers! Almas gasps and sputters but McIntyre CHOPS Almas! McIntyre refreshes the ring count to then bring Almas up. He CHOPS Almas against the post! Garza and Theory bark at McIntyre but the ref tells them to stay back. McIntyre goes back to Almas, but Almas yanks him into the post! And again! Almas stomps away on the once injured arm! And Almas CHOPS McIntyre around the way. He SLAMS the arm on steps! Then CHOPS and forearms and CHOPS and KNEES McIntyre against barriers! Almas gives the arm a shoulder breaker then stalks McIntyre into the ring. McIntyre fights off the armlock and whips him to the ropes. Almas gets stuck but frees himself. Almas ducks the punch to get a draping armbar! He lets go at 4 but the team cheers.

Almas goes up top and leaps, but McIntyre catches him! Almas goes after the bad arm and fights free. He runs, into McIntyre’s clothesline! McIntyre whips to elbow Almas down! Almas dodges but runs into a BOOT! McIntyre gets the bad arm moving as he goes to the top rope! “Look at me!” Almas stands and McIntyre uses a flying ax handle to take him down! McIntyre kips up, and glares down at the scar on his arm. He looms over Almas as Vega coaches. McIntyre CLUBS Almas back down, then hauls him up. Underhooks but Almas slips out. Boot feint to ELBOW! Almas throws more elbows at the ropes, but backs off as the ref counts. Theory takes a swipe while Almas runs, but McIntyre tosses Almas out ONTO Theory and Garza!

McIntyre goes out to fetch the one who grabbed his foot. He finds Theory and CHOPS him! McIntyre then puts Almas in and climbs up again. Vega distracts this time, and Almas trips McIntyre up! Almas laughs as he drags McIntyre up! We’ve seen this already tonight, and McIntyre remembers! He pops Almas off to CHOP him back! McIntyre elbows in the corner, then drags Almas up, INVERTED ALABAMA SLAM! Vega is in shock as McIntyre glares. McIntyre counts down, to the CLAYMORE!! Cover, McIntyre wins!

Winner: Drew McIntyre, by pinfall

The WWE World Champion triumphs over the United States Champion! But here comes Seth Rollins?! And Garza chop blocks McIntyre from behind! Rollins runs down to the ring, Garza runs away, and Rollins SUPERKICKS McIntyre down! The Monday Night Messiah gives McIntyre a CURB STOMP! Rollins stares at the world championship, but leaves it behind. McIntyre stirs, so Rollins CURB STOMPS him again!! Is this what Rollins meant? Is his resurrection going to be at the expense of McIntyre’s redemption story?

 


 

My Thoughts:

A pretty good episode of Raw, and a lot of good progress towards MITB. The only women’s qualifier that was weak as Nia VS Kairi because it ended up a squash. Of course, that mostly comes off the outcome being almost too obvious. Nia just got back, so she wasn’t going to lose. And this only adds on that Kairi is on her way out, unless she’s going to pal around with Asuka as a sidekick rather than a tag partner. Shayna “breaking” Sarah Logan’s arm like that was a good use of brutality for her, showing that her character is only more motivated now. But the real interesting part is that they brought up Ronda Rousey’s comments to Shayna. It’s an interesting move stirring up trouble within the MMA Horsewomen, and could make for some twists and turns whenever it is Ronda returns to the ring.

The Men’s MITB qualifiers are going to be great next week. Aleister VS Theory, Mysterio VS Murphy and even Apollo VS MVP are all solid match ups. I liked how MVP’s set-up of his own match sounded like Edge was back in this. Even with Edge doing a Last Man Standing match, ladder matches are riskier because it’s hard to do the physics calculations of a ladder in a split second. It’s better Edge wait for something more 1v1 and easier to stay on top of. Bianca Belair getting on the Profits over their comedy promo was a good move. She should be the reason they get serious in and out of the ring, but this should’ve been during the title chase. If she’d been on Raw sooner, or had waited until they lost, it’d have better pacing. But better late than never, I suppose.

And I guess this means the story with Vega’s team is already over. Well, that and what Vega’s team did. I will say that Vega’s stable is pulling together well, and they definitely made big moves tonight. Garza and Theory get good wins, and Theory is getting a big opportunity just being in a qualifier. Rollins’ attack on McIntyre was somewhat surprising, as I would’ve thought revenge on Kevin is the next step. But I suppose the top title is the best way to spread his “message,” and a match of Heel Rollins VS Face McIntyre will be great. At this point, Mr. MITB could be on either brand, but I don’t think that will have bearing on the title match. I would hope McIntyre wins to become the new face of Rollins’ opposition, and maybe even join forces with Kevin.

My Score: 8/10


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Mitchell’s NJPW WTL x BOSJ Results & Report! (11/28/21)

World Tag League, Round 5!

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NJPW WTL X BOSJ 2021

Don’t worry, World Tag League returns!

Don’t adjust your screen, NJPW World Tag League is back for another round after taking some time off! And hometown hero, Yuji Nagata, is in the main event!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • World Tag League 2021: Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan VS Tomoaki Honma & Togi Makabe; Kojima & Tenzan win.
  • World Tag League 2021: SANADA & Tetsuya Naito VS Chase Owens & Bad Luck Fale; Sanada & Naito win.
  • World Tag League 2021: Toru Yano & Hiroshi Tanahashi VS The United Empire; Yano & Tanahashi win.
  • World Tag League 2021: Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI VS Yujiro Takahashi & EVIL w/ Dick Togo; Yujiro & Evil win.
  • World Tag League 2021: Dangerous Tekkers VS The Guerrillas of Destiny; Dangerous Tekkers win.
  • World Tag League 2021: Yuji Nagata & Tiger Mask VS TAKA Michinoku & Minoru Suzuki; Nagata & Tiger Mask win.

PLAY BY PLAY

Here are the current World Tag League Standings!

SANADA & Tetsuya Naito: 4-0, 8 points
Toru Yano & Hiroshi Tanahashi: 3-1, 6 points
Chase Owens & Bad Luck Fale: 3-1, 6 points
Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI: 3-1, 6 points
The United Empire: 3-1, 6 points
Dangerous Tekkers: 3-1, 6 points
Guerrillas of Destiny: 3-1, 6 points
EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi: 1-3, 2 points
Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan: 1-3, 2 points
Yuji Nagata & Tiger Mask: 0-4, 0 points
Minoru Suzuki & TAKA Michinoku: 0-4, 0 points
Tomoaki Honma & Togi Makabe: 0-4, 0 points

 

World Tag League 2021: Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan VS Tomoaki Honma & Togi Makabe!

TenCozy only has one win, which means they could fall to the back of the pack right here! Will the Great Bash Heels drag them down and finally get on the board?

The teams sort out and fans rally as Tenzan starts with Honma. They tie up, Tenzan pushes Honma back but the tow go again. Another tie up, they’re in more of a deadlock this time. Tenzan manages to put Honma on ropes, and lets off slowly, but Honma avoids the Mongolian Chops! Honma kicks low and headlocks, and holds tight as Tenzan  tries to power out. Tenzan throws body shots, powers out this time, and they ram shoulders! Neither falls, Honma runs again and they ram shoulders again. Still neither falls, so Honma dares Tenzan to run. Tenzan fakes Honma out to CLOBBER him! Fans rally up as Tenzan stomps Honma down.

Tenzan sits Honma up to CLUB him in the chest, then he tags Kojima. Kojima runs to knock Makabe down. TenCozy pinball Honma between forearms and Mongolian Chops, then Kojima hits the Mongolian Chops! Kojima CLUBS Honma, scoops and SLAMS him, then coordinates with Tenzan. Tenzan runs, but Honma avoids the slingshot elbow and falling headbutt! Honma drags Kojima out to RAM him into railing! Honma puts Kojima back in, tags in Makabe, and fans cheer as Makabe stomps Kojima. Makabe bumps Kojima off buckles, throws forearms on him over and over, but lets off as the ref reprimands to then dig his knee in. The ref counts, Makabe lets off at 4.

Makabe brings Kojima around to bump him off more buckles, then tag to Honma. Honma CLUBS and CHOPS Kojima! Kojima staggers, Honma CHOPS again! Honma snapmares Kojima, CHOPS him down, then sits him up to CHOP him again. Cover, TWO! Honma stomps Kojima while fans rally up. Honma brings Kojima up but Kojima throws body shots. Honma CHOPS Kojima down! Tag to Makabe, he wraps on a chinlock. Kojima endures but Makabe grinds him down to the mat. Fans rally up, Tenzan gets in and stomps Makabe. Makabe lets Kojima go but he stomps Kojima down. Tag to Honma, and they bring Kojima up to double whip and double shoulder! Cover, TWO!

Fans rally up as Honma knocks Tenzan down. Honma stands Kojima up to CHOP him to the GBH corner. Honma CHOPS again, then tags in Makabe. Makabe stomps Kojima, CLUBS him down, then brings him up for a waistlock. Kojima resists, elbows free and hits a DDT! Fans fire up while both men are down, and Kojima gets up to hot tag to Tenzan! Tenzan rallies on GBH and fires Mongolian Chops on Makabe! Tenzan stomps Makabe in the corner, then CHOPS him, then stomps him again. Tenzan whips corner to corner, runs in and clotheslines! Fans fire up as Tenzan calls his shot, TENZAN BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO!

Fans rally more as Tenzan CLUBS Makabe. Tenzan reels Makabe in but Makabe fights the urenage. Makabe kicks low then runs, but into a headbutt! Tenzan runs but into a LARIAT! Tenzan stays up so Makabe runs in to corner clothesline! Makabe bumps Tenzan off buckles, laughs and runs in to clothesline again! Makabe climbs up and fans fire up as he punches away. Makabe gets 10 fast, then reels Tenzan in. Tenzna fights the back drop, headbutts and haymakers, then runs. DOUBLE LARIATS! Makabe keeps moving but he runs into the MOUNTAIN BOMB! Both men are down and fans fire up! Hot tags to Honma and Kojima!

Kojima and Honma ram shoulders, and again. Honma flexes, kicks, runs but Kojima runs him over! Kojima shows off the dancing pecs, stomps Honma in the corner, then fires off Machine Gun Chops! Fans fire up and Kojima whips corner to corner. Kojima runs in to forearm smash! Kojima throws Honma down but he’s right back up! Kojima kicks Honma low, CLUBS him then runs, but Honma back elbows. Honma runs and runs Kojima over! Honma fires up and KOKESHI! Honma gets Kojima up to suplex high and hard! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up but Honma DECKS Tenzan! Honma and Makabe coordinate, LARIAT SANDWICH! RUNNING HEADBUTT! Cover, Tenzan breaks it!

Makabe throws Tenzan out and fans rally up. Honma gets Kojima up but Kojima blocks the suplex and throws body shots. Honma and Kojima fire off forearms back and forth, and fans rally as they pick up speed. Kojima gets the edge then the ROLLING ELBOW! COZY CUTTER! Cover, Makabe breaks it! Tenzan gets in to kick and CLUB Makabe down. Kojima stomps Honma, then TenCozy double whip. Makabe runs through the double lariat but not the TENCOZY CUTTER! Tenzan kicks Makabe out, Kojima throws off his armband. Kojima runs but Honma dodges to come back and LARIAT! Cover, TWO!!

Honma hurries to scoop Kojima but Kojima slips out, so Honma HEADBUTTS! Honma runs but into the COZY LARIAT! Cover, TenCozy wins!

Winners: Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Honma & Makabe earn 0)

The Great Bash Heels are still without a win! Will they ever get out of the starting block? As for Kojima & Tenzan, do they still have a chance to win the whole thing?

 

World Tag League 2021: SANADA & Tetsuya Naito VS Chase Owens & Bad Luck Fale!

Los Ingobernables de Japon is undefeated through the rounds, but the Bullet Club boys are right on their heels. Will the Cold Skull & Uncontrollable Charisma stay Tranquilo? Or will the block be Too Sweet after tonight?

Chase & Fale are impatient with Naito taking of his suit. Naito asks they wait, but they don’t! Fale attacks Naito while Chase hits Sanada, then Fale throws Sanada out while Chase stomps Naito down. The bell rings to put this on the record while Fale goes after Sanada on the outside. Chase stomps Naito, drags him up, headlocks then punches him in the headlock. Chase stomps Naito into the corner, stomps away on him in the corner, then lets off to mock the LIJ fist. Chase wrenches Naito’s arm, whips him corner to corner, but Naito boots back. And again! Naito RANAS Chase then hip tosses for a basement dropkick! Naito also shows Chase how the pose is done.

Naito drags Chase up by his hair, tags in Sanada, and Sanada grabs the hair to wrench it! The ref reprimands and counts, Sanada lets go at 4. Sanada CLUBS Chase on the neck, and again, then whips Chase to ropes to elbow him down. Fans rally as Sanada pulls Chase’s hair and tags in Naito. LIJ mugs Chase, Naito snapmares Chase down and wraps on a chinlock. Chase endures, but Fale gets in to stomp Naito down! The ref reprimands but Naito keeps on Chase with body shots. Naito whips, Chase reverses, Naito wrecks Fale with a dropkick! Naito gives Chase an atomic drop, whips him corner to corner then runs in to jump kick! Leg sweep!

But Fale anchors Naito! Chase HOTSHOTS him down! Chase also hits Sanada, then Fale drags Naito down to RAM him into railing. Chase tags Fale in and Fale brings Naito up. Fans rally but Fale puts Naito in the ring to stomp the legs. Naito’s legs are still a weak point, and Fale stands on one at the ropes! The ref counts, Fale lets off at 4. Fale stalks Naito, tags in Chase, and Chase drops knees on the knee! Chase puts a leg on the ropes and STRADDLE ATTACKS! Chase pulls on the leg with a deep toehold, then he SLAMS the leg on the apron edge! Chase puts Naito in, stomps him down, then taunts Sanada before he CLUBS Naito in the corner.

Tag to Fale, the Bullet Club “massage” is in effect at the ropes! The ref counts, they both step off Naito’s back, then Fale brings Naito up. Naito fires off forearms and haymakers, and he ROCKS Fale. Naito dodges Fale’s clothesline and runs to the ropes but Chase grabs him! Fale runs in but Naito gets away, Fale knocks Chase down! Naito kicks Fale and uses the ropes but Fale fights off the tornado DDT to body shot and whip. FLYING FOREARMS from Naito! Both men are down and fans fire up! Naito crawls over, hot tag to Sanada! Sanada dropkicks Fale but he stays up to Sanada dropkicks again. Sanada dodges to dropkick and Fale falls against ropes!

Sanada whips but Fale blocks to reverse. Sanada holds ropes, Fale runs over but Sanada dumps him out! PLANCHA and down goes Fale! Fans fire up and Sanada encourages them to get louder. Fans do, rallying up as Sanada puts Fale in. Sanada aims from a corner, springboards but Fale gets under. Sanada comes back but Fale runs him over! Fale drops the BIG elbow! Cover, TWO! Fale tags in Chase and he drags Sanada up. Chase whips and KNEES Sanada to then wrench and slingshot BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Chase keeps cool, fans rally up and Chase drags Sanada up. Sanada trips Chase and goes for the arms, but Chase kicks him away!

Chase trips Sanada now, and now Chase tries the Paradise Lock! Sanada kicks Chase away, they both kick but they both block! They argue over who lets go first. They agree to do so at the same time, start to lower, but then Chase holds on! He trips Sanada and stomps him down! Then he tries again! Chase steals Paradise!! He stands on Sanada and gets fans to rally up! But Naito gets in to kick Chase down! Naito frees Sanada but Fale gets Naito! Fale shoves Naito into Chase’s waistlock, but Naito fights off the Grenade Suplex combo! Naito elbows Chase, kicks Fale then runs, but into a body shot! Chase adds the knee lift, then Fale LARIATS Naito down!

Fans fire up while Chase forearm smashes Sanada, then Fale SPLASHES! Fale fireman’s carries, Chase goes up, FLYING STOMP DEATH VALLEY, to SHINING WIZARD! Cover, TWO! Sanada survives but Chase drags him up and reels him in! Sanada RANAS out of the piledriver, dodges the Shi Trigger and O’Conner BRIDGES! LIJ WINS!

Winners: Sanada & Tetsuya Naito, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Chase & Fale earn 0)

Chase throws a tantrum over losing like that! And Fale doesn’t want to hear it from Naito, either. But will LIJ be able to keep this going with plenty more World Tag League to go?

 

World Tag League 2021: Toru Yano & Hiroshi Tanahashi VS The United Empire!

The Joker & The Ace fell last round, but Great-O-Khan & Aaron Henare get the best win in the tournament! Will Yano & Tanahashi be able to rebound? Or will the United Empire build more momentum towards the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships?

The teams sort out and Henare calls out Tanahashi, revisiting their days of HenarACE. Yano goes through the selection process, and Tanahashi starts. Fans rally with “Let’s Go, Ace!” already. The two circle, tie up, and are in a deadlock. Henare finds a point of leverage and puts Tanahashi on the ropes, only for Tanahashi to turn it around. Tanahashi lets off but Henare throws body shots, forearms and KICKS! Tanahashi falls, Henare gets him up to wrench and whip corner to corner. Henare runs in but into an elbow. Tanahashi goes up to CROSSBODY! Fans fire up as Tanahashi air guitars. Henare runs in but into a hip toss, and Tanahashi air guitars again.

Tanahashi throws the guitar to Henare and fans fire up. Henare is furious, he “smashes” the air guitar! Clearly, there’s no reconciling for HenarACE. Yano tags in and Khan calls Henare over. Henare tags Khan, and now Khan gets his chance at revenge for Power Struggle. Fans rally as the two circle. Khan’s drop steps throw Yano off, Yano school thug squats. Khan and Yano egg each other on, Khan sits down to give Yano a shot at his leg. Fans rally up, Tanahashi tells Yano to keep it up and Khan gets mad. Khan kicks Yano to ropes, CLUBS him over and over, then whips him to ropes. Yano holds ropes, Khan runs in but Yano dodges to SLAP him on the head!

Khan swings on Yano again but Yano dodges and runs, but Khan gets around to the IRON CLAW SLEEPER! Henare gets in to fire off body shots, then he ELBOW JABS Tanahashi! Khan Mongolian Chops, Henare KICKS Yano down, then Khan drops a SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Khan drags Yano up, double underhooks and pulls the arms back. Henare tags in and the Empire mugs Yano. Henare DECKS Yano, then turns him over to rain down big forearms! Henare gets the leg and steps through for a HEEL HOOK! Yano endures, Tanahashi coaches him up and Yano gets the ROPEBREAK! Henare holds until the ref counts 4 but he still has Yano’s leg hooked!

The ref reprimands and counts, Henare claims Yano was holding his leg, but he still lets Yano go. Henare drags Yano up, tags in Khan, and Khan Mongolian Chops Yano on the back. Khan bumps Yano off buckles, then climbs up to sit on Yano’s head! The ref reprimands but Khan pulls Yano’s arms back! Khan hops as the ref counts, and then he mocks the school thug crouch! Fans rally up but Khan pretends to put out a cigarette. Khan drags Yano up and goes to make him kiss his foot! Yano resists, powers up and goes to low blow, but Khan blocks! So Yano pulls hair! Khan elbows free, whips Yano to ropes but Yano reverses to throw Khan down by his hair!

Fans rally up, hot tag to Tanahashi! Tanahashi fires off fast hands on Khan, whips him to ropes but Khan reverses. Henare is there but Tanahashi DECKS him! Tanahashi then dodges Khan to come back and FLYING FOREARM! Fans fire up with Tanahashi and he drags Khan up. Tanahashi scoops and SLAMS Khan, then goes to the corner. Tanahashi climbs up, to SUNSET SENTON! Cover, TWO! Tanahashi hurries to drag Khan around by the legs, and he has the TEXAS CLOVER HOLD! Khan endures but Henare gets in! Tanahashi blocks the kick to DRAGON SCREW Henare down! Tanahashi then runs at Khan, but Khan ducks the slingblade to HITSUJIGOROSHI!

Tanahashi endures but Khan scoops to a BACKBREAKER! Both men are down and fans fire up! Khan crawls and tags in Henare. Henare snarls and ROCKS Tanahashi with a forearm. Tanahashi goes to a corner, Henare fires off body shots and forearms! The ref has to bring Henare off but Henare shoves him away! Henare keeps on Tanahashi, and then he shouts in Tanahashi’s face. Henare drags Tanahashi up to snapmare and KICK him in the back! Cover, TWO! Henare scowls but fans rally “Let’s Go, Ace!” as he drags Tanahashi up. Tanahashi fights the suplex to forearm! Henare ROCKS Tanahashi with a forearm in return!

Henare suplexes, but Tanahashi fights it to a TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! Fans rally, Tanahashi crawls, hot tag to Yano! Yano unties the buckle pad, dodges Henare, but Henare avoids hitting the buckles! Yano thinks he outsmarted Henare but Henare CLUBS him on the back. Henare whips Yano, Yano stops from hitting buckles, then baits Henare into the buckles! Fans fire up, Yano DECKS Khan then he and Tanahashi whip Henare. Yano runs in to back elbow, Tanahashi runs in to SPLASH! Tanahashi and Yano coordinate, Yano hits Henare an atomic drop then trips him to catapult into the bare buckles! Tanahashi runs in to SLING- NO! Henare shoves Tanahashi into Yano!

Khan gets in to BOOT Tanahashi! Fans rally, Khan slashes his throat and drags Yano up to whip to a corner. Khan runs in to clothesline! Henare runs in to SHINING WIZARD! Henare shoves Yano, ROUNDHOUSE BOOT COMBO! Cover, TWO! Tanahashi gets in, Khan fires off Mongolian Chops! And then HELL STAB! Khan drags Yano up, HITSUJIGOROSHI! Henare gets the legs, standing HEEL HOOK! It’s the Fubuki variation, aka KITSUNEGOROSHI! But Tanahashi gets in to SLINGBLADE Khan down! Henare fires off fast hands, but Tanahashi SHOTEIS back! Yano shoves the ref aside and LOW BLOWS Henare! Roll up and high stack, Yano & Tanahashi win!

Winners: Toru Yano & Hiroshi Tanahashi (gain 2 points; The United Empire earns 0)

Khan protests, but Yano gets another one over him. Will The Joker & The Ace continue to surprise us all and head for the top? As for the Empire, will they be able to live down being taken down by such a duo?

 

World Tag League 2021: Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI VS Yujiro Takahashi & EVIL w/ Dick Togo!

Chaos’ Fierce Warrior & Head Hunter have only lost once so far, but the House Torture has only won once! Will that still be the case after tonight? Or will Goto-Hashi fail to #GetBackUp when Darkness Falls?

Goto-Hashi attack before the bell! They don’t trust the House of Torture and won’t let them get the first hit! Goto throws Yujiro out while Hashi is after Evil on the outside. Goto stomps Yujiro, Hashi POSTS Evil, and the bell rings to put this on the record before Hashi kicks Dick down! Goto brings Yujiro up to whip him into railing! Hashi drags Evil up to whip him into railing! Oh no, Abe-san goes down! Even when Evil doesn’t mean to, he hurts Abe-san! Goto puts Yujiro in the ring, stomps him down, then drags him up to put in a corner. Goto stomps more, fires off forearms, then bring Yujiro up. He and Hashi double whip to double shoulder, then hip toss senton!

Evil gets in but Goto-Hashi kick and whip him. Evil holds ropes and bails out, then Dick slips in, only for Goto-Hashi to storm over. Dick gets out but Hashi gives chase! Dick trips, Hashi drags him up and puts him in the ring! Goto drags Dick up, Evil argues with the ref, but Goto-Hashi hammer Dick down! Fans cheer while Goto stomps Yujiro down. Goto drags Yujiro up but Yujiro pulls hair. Goto fires forearms, brings Yujiro around and suplexes, but Yujiro fights it off and BITES the hand! The ref reprimands, Yujiro stops to then whip Goto, into bare buckles! The blud buckle pad is gone a la the Bullet Club favorite strategy!

Yujiro intercepts Hashi and whips him into the bare buckles! Tag to Evil, he fetches Goto, and he drags Goto around to RAMS into the timekeeper’s area! This time Evil did mean to hurt Abe-san! Evil gets the mic and uses the cord to CHOKE Goto! Goto’s grunts and Evil’s trash talk can be heard on the mic, so the ref stops that. Evil drags Goto up and puts him into the ring. Fans rally up Goto but Evil drags him up to whip into the bare buckles! Tag to Yujiro, he drags Goto up and snapmares to then throw down haymakers. The ref reprimands the closed fists, so Yujiro runs to basement BOOT! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up but Yujiro drags Goto up.

Yujiro reels Goto in, BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Yujiro tags Evil and Evil drags Goto up. Fans rally, Evil throws Goto out, but then Evil distracts the ref so Dick can DECK Goto! Dick puts Goto back in, Evil covers, TWO! Evil argues the count, the ref says that was fair. Fans rally again as Evil brings Goto up. Goto CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS, but Evil rakes eyes! Evil whips Goto to the bare buckles but Goto stops himself! Goto DECKS Yujiro, sends Evil into the bare buckles and hits a BIG back suplex! Fans fire up, Goto tags in Hashi! Hashi runs in to CHOP Evil at the corner! Hashi whips to CHOP Evil again, then mule kick!

Hashi hangs Evil out to dry and he dropkicks Evil down! Hashi keeps going to basement dropkick Evil! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up, Hashi drags Evil up and reels him in, but Evil pulls hair to deny the suplex. Hashi breaks free to fire off fast hands and a CHOP! Hashi whips, Evil reverses and Yujiro gets a cheap shot in! Yujiro grabs Hashi, Evil runs in but Hashi gets away. Evil stops from hitting Yujiro, Hashi runs back in but Evil and Yujiro dodge. Evil keeps the ref from seeing Dick trip Hashi! Evil stands on Hashi, tags in Yujiro, then Evil DECKS Goto! Yujiro gets Hashi up, he and Evil whip Hashi corner to corner.

Yujiro runs in to BOOT, Evil runs in to CLOTHESLINE and FISHERMAN BUSTER! Yujiro basement BOOTS! Cover, Goto breaks it! Evil throws Goto out and Yujiro drags Hashi up. Yujiro reels Hashi in, INCOLLE SLAM! Cover, TWO! Yujiro can’t believe it but the fans rally up for Hashi. Yujiro sits Hashi up but Goto LARIATS him down! Evil gets in, Goto kicks low and brings him around. Hashi runs, RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP BLOCKBSUTER! Yujiro gets up but Hashi shoves him to Goto’s fireman’s carry. Yujiro slips out but Hashi SUPERKICKS! Goto fireman’s carries again, Hashi SUPERKICKS and Goto USHIGOROSHI! Fans fire up as Goto drags Yujiro back up!

Goto dragon sleepers and Hashi has the legs, but Dick gets on the apron! The ref tells him to get down, Evil gets in to throw Hashi into the ref! Goto swings but Evil shoves him into Hashi! LOW BLOW for Goto! Hashi CLUBS Evil down, but Evil LOW BLOWS him now! Fans rally up but Evil drags Goto up to throw him out. Dick has Goto with the SPOILER CHOKER! Evil gets a chair, and even Yujiro’s pimp cane. Dick leaves Goto behind to use the SPOILER CHOKER on Hashi! Evil JAMS the chair into Hashi’s ribs! Then Yujiro has the cane, CANE SHOT on Hashi! The cane even breaks from that shot! Yujiro gets Hashi back up for BIG JUICE! Cover, the ref is back, Bullet Club wins!

Winners: Yujiro Takahashi & Evil, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Goto-Hashi earns 0)

The King of Darkness applauds his Tokyo Pimp as they get away with another one. Will their underhanded tactics get them back in the running? As for Goto-Hashi, is it already too late for them to #TurnItAllAround?

 

World Tag League 2021: The Dangerous Tekkers VS The Guerrillas of Destiny!

Last round, Taichi & Zack Sabre Jr. tasted defeat while Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa had sweet, sweet victory. Will the Holy Emperor & Submission Master make the Good Bad Guy & Silverback #JustTapOut? Or will the champions be bitter as Bullet Club makes it just Too Sweet?

The Guerrillas Low Sweet, Taichi shows off the dancing pecs, and the teams sort out. Fans rally up as Loa starts against Taichi. Taichi stretches, he and Loa circle and tie up. Taichi actually brings things to the ropes, but Loa lets off for the ropebreak. Taichi and Loa circle again, tie up again, and Taichi again brings things back on the ropes. Loa lets off again, and Taichi applauds the sportsmanship with the fans. Taichi and Loa circle again, tie up, and Loa won’t let it go to ropes this time! Loa throws Taichi down and he rallies the fans. “Straight up, Taichi! C’mon!” Taichi steps up to kick Loa low then KICK away on a leg!

Taichi talks trash, but Loa ROCKS him with a forearm! Loa eggs Taichi on, so Taichi KICKS him back. Taichi eggs Loa on, so Loa ROCKS him with another forearm. Taichi KICKS, Loa FOREARMS, repeat! They go back and forth, Loa gets the edge, Taichi BOOTS! Loa rebounds but Taichi BOOTS! Taichi runs but Loa runs him over! Loa eggs Taichi on but tags in Tama. Tama tells the fans to hush, as he brings Taichi up to CLUB him down! Tama talks trash then rains down fists! Tama drags Taichi up to CLUB him, but Taichi RAMS Tama to the Tekekr’s corner! Tag to ZSJ and ZSJ pulls Tama’s ears! ZSJ EuroUppers, and again, and again!

Fans fire up while Tama falls over! ZSJ gets Tama up, snapmares, but Tama kicks him away to avoid the neck twist. ZSJ headlocks, Tama powers out, Tama hurdles and hurdles but ZSJ avoids the chop to get around and cobra twist! Fans fire up again as Tama fights free and hip tosses ZSJ down! Tama runs into a victory roll and NECK TWIST! Fans rally, ZSJ cravats Tama and brings him up for a neck wrench. Tama arm-drags free, arm-drags again, but ZSJ headscissors to bring Tama down! ZSJ pushes up and squeezes on the headscissor, but Tama flails and fights up. Tama pries free and gets a headlock.

ZSJ headscissors, Tama kips free, but ZSJ headlocks. ZSJ holds on tight as Tama tries to power out. ZSJ grinds the hold, Tama fights up and tries again, but still can’t power out. ZSJ grinds Tama to the mat, but Tama fihts back up. Tama throws body shots, powers out this time, but ZSJ turns arm-drag into backslide, that Tama fights to a COMPLETE SHOT! Loa gets in to DECK Taichi! Loa goes out after Taichi with stomps, Tama gets up and drags ZSJ up to throw him out hard. Loa chokes Taichi but lets off as fans rally up. A ring count starts on ZSJ, Loa stomps him down. Loa RAMS ZSJ into the apron, then whips him into railing at 11 of 20!

ZSJ falls to the floor and the count reaches 15. Loa talks some trash but the ref has him stay back. Loa decides to put ZSJ in at 19, Tama covers, TWO! Tama CLUBS away on ZSJ, then stomps him down. ZSJ goes to a corner, Tama brings him up and snap suplexes him down! Loa slingshot sentons, Tama covers, TWO! Tag to Loa, fans rally up, and Loa chokes ZSJ! The ref counts, Loa lets off at 4, and Taichi gets in. The ref keeps Taichi back, especially since he had his mic stand at the ready. Loa drags ZSJ up to throw forearms. Fans rally up, ZSJ EuroUppers back, but Loa ROCKS him with a forearm. ZSJ EuroUppers again, but Loa just ROCKS him with another forearm.

Loa eggs ZSJ on, ZSJ gets up and EuroUppers again, but Loa ROCKS him with yet another forearm. Loa drags ZSJ up, dragon sleeper for a BACKBREAKER, then a facelock for a stalling suplex! Loa walks around with ZSJ for a count of 10 before the JACKHAMMER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up, Loa tags Tama, and Tama talks trash to Taichi. Tama brings ZSJ up but ZSJ EuroUppers! Tama fires up but ZSJ EuroUppers again! And again! Tama kicks low, EuroUppers ZSJ, then drags him up for another EuroUpper! Tama wants another but ZSJ turns that into a backslide! Tama rolls through, but ZSJ gets him for a NECK TWIST!

Fans rally while Tama writhes. ZSJ crawls, hot tag to Taichi! Taichi fires off Kowata Kicks, then tops it off with a KICK! Tama staggers up, he blocks a kick and CLUBS the leg! Tama whips, Taichi reverses to wrench and DANGEROUS HOOK KICK! Loa runs in but Taichi dodges. Taichi swings but Loa dodges the Ax Bomber to waistlock. Taichi fights the lift, elbows free, and PELES Loa down! Fans rally up as Taichi runs in and corner clotheslines. Taichi snapmares and KICKS Tama in the back! Taichi drags Tama up and reels him in, SEITEIJYUJIRYOU! Tama endures, fights the stretch plum, and fireman’s carries.

Taichi fights free of that, Tama SUPER FOREARMS! Taichi comes back, AX BOMBER! OFF COME THE PANTS! Tama sits up, ducks the buzzsaw, then ducks Ax Bomber to dragon sleeper. Taichi fights free of that to reel Tama in, DANGER- NO! Tama fights the saido, to PELE Taichi back! Fans rally up while both men are down. Tama tags in Loa and Loa drags Taichi up. Taichi kicks low, kicks a leg, then KICKS the leg! Taichi kicks again, Loa kicks, knees and ENZIGURIS! Taichi goes to a corner, Loa runs in, but Taichi dodges to GAMANGIRI! Taichi falls back and fans fire up! Taichi crawls, hot tag to ZSJ!

ZSJ runs and BOOTS Tama down, then runs at Loa in the corner to EuroUpper! ZSJ whips Loa into Taichi’s sobat! Taichi KICKS Loa down, then sets him up for ZSJ’s PENALTY KICK! Cover, TWO! Taichi brings Loa back up, but Loa swings. Taichi choke grips! ZSJ joins in, CHOKE SLAM BACK SUPLEX! Cover, TWO!! Loa survives and Tekkers grow frustrated. Fans rally up, ZSJ drags Loa up now, Taichi powers up in the corner. But Loa scoops and SLAMS ZSJ! Tama drags Taichi out and RAMS him into railing! Loa drags ZSJ up, whips him to ropes, Tama gets in to body shot. Loa uppercuts, Tama NECKBREAKERS! Cover, Taichi gets in and breaks it!

Tama drags Taichi up, scoops and SLAMS him, then Loa drags ZSJ up. Loa and Tama BACK SUPLEX NECKBREAKER! Cover, Taichi breaks it again! Tama drags Taichi up, throws him out, and then goes out after him. Fans rally up as Loa drags ZSJ up. Tama climbs a corner, Loa POWERBOMBS ZSJ! Tama SUPREME FLOW!! Cover, TWO!! The Guerrillas can’t believe it! Jado calls for it, and Tama drags ZSJ over. Loa goes up but ZSJ escapes the Super Bomb and Taichi ROUNDHOUSES Tama! Taichi Alabama lifts Loa but Tama kicks him low! Taichi swings a clothesline but Tama catches him into a dragon sleeper. Loa gets the legs, TONGAN TWIST!!

The Guerrillas focus on ZSJ while fans rally up. They get ZSJ up, but he fights free! ZSJ wrenches and PELES Tama’s arm, EuroUppers Loa, then EuroUppers Tama. Loa comes back with a kick, then drags ZSJ up again. ZSJ fights the bomb into a GUILLOTINE! But Loa powers out, and now Tama holds ZSJ up! Taichi grabs Tama’s legs to stop Magic Killer, and ZSJ tornadoes Loa into a cradle! TEKKERS WIN!

Winners: Dangerous Tekkers, by pinfall (gain 2 points; GOD earns 0)

The tag team champions snatch victory from the jaws of defeat, and the Guerrillas go nuts! They shove the ref down, stomp the Tekkers out of the ring, and even Jado gets in the ref’s face! Did the Tekkers get lucky? Or is this just the different between them and the other teams?

 

World Tag League 2021: Yuji Nagata & Tiger Mask VS TAKA Michinoku & Minoru Suzuki!

The Blue Justice Card is here! Togane’s hometown hero closes out the night alongside his legendary tag team partner, against some rather legendary opponents! Who finally gets on the board in this World Tag League?

The teams sort out, and naturally, Nagata starts in his hometown. And just as naturally, Suzuki starts against him. Fans rally up as these rivals circle. They feel things out, tie up with knuckle locks, and then Suzuki gets an arm to wrench to a wristlock. Nagata spins through, wrenches and wristlocks but Suzuki wrenches back. Nagata cording holds and facelocks but Suzuki puts him against the ropes. Red Shoes calls for the break, Suzuki slowly lets off, talking about a clean break, and he lets off to pat Nagata on the shoulders. Then Suzuki SLAPS Nagata! Nagata storms up but Suzuki backs away to tag in Taka.

Taka CLUBS Nagata, throws knees, but Nagata body shots and knees back! Taka falls over, Nagata BOOTS Suzuki down Nagata then wrenches Taka, tags in Tiger Mask, but Taka gets away. Fans rally up as Tiger and Taka circle. They knuckle lock, but Taka kicks low, CLUBS Tiger down then stomps him. Taka brings Tiger up but Tiger sobats! And front kicks! And kicks! And BUZZSAWS! Taka gets up but Tiger KICKS him more! Taka eggs Tiger on but Tiger KICKS him down! Tiger stomps Taka, drags him up and Nagata tags in. Nagata kicks, wrenches, wristlocks, bends the arm back and ELBOW BREAKERS! Nagata CLUBS Taka, throws forearms, but Taka kicks low.

Nagata throws forearms, runs, but into a cheap shot from Suzuki! Suzuki then catches Tiger for a HANGING ARMBAR! Taka knocks Tiger off the corner then POSTS him! Suzuki lets off to drag Nagata out and whip him into railing! Suzuki boots and knees Nagata against the railing then DECKS him with a forearm! Suzuki uses the camera cable to choke Nagata! Red Shoes reprimands, Suzuki lets off and tells Red Shoes to worry about Taka. Suzuki then gets a chair from under the ring and uses it to choke Nagata! Red Shoes reprimands and counts, Suzuki lets off to stomp Nagata. Suzuki brings Nagata up but Nagata throws body shots!

Nagata whips, Suzuki reverses and Nagata hits railing again! A ring count starts, Suzuki bumps Nagata off the apron then puts him in at 8 of 20. Taka digs his knee into Nagata, the ref counts, Taka lets off with his hands but that’s not the proble. Taka stomps Nagata, tags Suzuki, and Suzuki uses the tag rope to snapmare and CHOKE Nagata! Taka says Tiger Mask is up to something and that distracts Red Shoes. Suzuki stops choking, covers Nagata, TWO! Fans rally up for Nagata while Suzuki drags Nagata up. Tag to Taka, they mug Nagata then Taka snapmares. Taka digs his knuckles into Nagata’s face! Red Shoes reprimands, counts, Taka stops to then scrape his soles off Nagata’s face. And again!

Tag to Suzuki, Suzuki drags Nagata up to snapmare. Then he BOOTS Tiger down before he PENALTY KICKS Nagata. A cocky one foot cover isn’t good enough for Red Shoes and Suzuki gets upset. Suzuki kicks Nagata around but fans rally up. Nagata gets up, shoves Suzuki, then throws forearms. Suzuki eggs him on, Nagata throws more forearms, Suzuki CHOPS back! And knees low! Tag to Taka, more mugging in the corner. Taka bumps Nagata off buckles, whips him corner to corner, then runs in to SHINING WIZARD! Snapmare and cover, TWO! Taka SHINING WIZARDS Nagata down! Cover, TWO! Fans still rally as Taka knees and whips.

Nagata reverses to kitchen sink knee Taka down! Fans fire up while both men are down. Nagata gets up, hot tag to Tiger Mask! Tiger goes up top to CROSSBODY Taka down! Taka ducks a kick, CLUBS Tiger on the back and has the arms for a motorcycle stretch. But Tiger kangaroo kicks free! Tiger ROUNDHOUSES Taka down, then drags him up to underhook. Taka blocks the Tiger Driver to UPPERCUT! Taka runs, but Tiger gets around to crucifix takedown, and then CHICKEN WING CROSSFACE! Suzuki gets in to stomp Tiger down! Tiger lets off Taka to get in Suzuki’s face. Suzuki eggs Tiger on but Tiger goes back to Taka. Taka plays deadweight then CALF KICKS!

Tag to Suzuki and he drags Tiger up to fire off forearms! Suzuki runs but Tiger sobats! Fans fire up, hot tag to Nagata! Nagata KICKS Suzuki in the chest, and again, and again! Nagata whips Suzuki corner to corner, runs in and BOOTS, then brings Suzuki out, only for Suzuki to fight the exploder. Nagata ROCKS Suzuki to Half Hatch Suplex! Cover, TWO! Fans rally for “NA-GA-TA!” as he gets Suzuki up, but Suzuki blocks the suplex. Nagata knees low, whips him to a corner but Suzuki reverses. Suzuki runs in to BOOT! Suzuki snapmares, runs and PENALTY KICKS! Cover, TWO! Suzuki is annoyed but fans rally up. Suzuki gives toying kicks while mocking the applause.

Nagata gets up and shoves Suzuki, then throws forearms. Suzuki laughs it off to forearm Nagata back. Nagata forearms Suzuki, and then eggs him on. Suzuki forearms hard, but Nagata comes back with a forearm of his own! Suzuki forearms, eggs Nagata on, and Nagata forearms again! Fans fire up as the forearms keep going back and forth! Suzuki forearms once, twice, three times! Nagata comes back, but Suzuki gets him for a SLEEPER! Taka runs in to DECK Tiger off the corner! Suzuki-Gun mugs Nagata in a corner, whips him corner to corner, Taka clotheslines then Suzuki BOOTS! Suzuki ROCKS Nagata, runs, BOOT SUPERKICK COMBO! Cover, TWO!

Suzuki gets Nagata in a SLEEPER, Taka intercepts Tiger for a CROSSFACE! Fans rally, Tiger crawls for ropes while Nagata endures. Red Shoes checks Nagata as he fades, but Nagata gets a second wind! Blue Justice is turning purple, but Suzuki covers, TWO!! Nagata survives, so Suzuki drags him up to bring him over. Gotch hold but Nagata fights and grabs ropes! Suzuki tags Taka, he and Taka double whip again. Taka runs in but misses, Nagata BOOTS Suzuki down! And elbows Taka! Tiger gets in, to give Taka TIGER DRIVER! NAGATA LOCK II!! Taka endures the crossface, Suzuki stomps Nagata down! Suzuki drags Nagata up to throw knees, but Nagata fires forearms to throw Suzuki out.

Nagata BOOTS Taka to a corner then SHINING WIZARDS! BRAINBUSTER!! Cover, Suzuki breaks it! Suzuki uses the tag rope to choke Nagata again! Nagata fights up, Suzuki lets him free but Nagata hits an EXPLODER! Tiger gets Suzuki up, he and Nagata DOUBLE GIRI! Fans are thunderous for Nagata while Tiger keeps Suzuki down. Nagata drags Taka up, SAIDO! With bridge! Nagata & Tiger Mask win!

Winners: Yuji Nagata & Tiger Mask, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Suzuki-Gun earns 0)

Finally, Team Blue Justice scores! And Suzuki is pissed again. And again, he takes it out on the Young Lions. Will the Meanest Man in the World ever get himself and Taka going in the World Tag League? As for Nagata, he gets the mic to address his hometown. “Once again, thank you, everyone! Thanks to Tiger Mask’s support, we finally got our first win. Thank you very much!” Nagata knows things with COVID have been getting better in Japan but they’re still fighting it. To have these fans here means a lot. “I mean this from the bottom of my heart, thank you very much.”

He’d like everyone from the whole card to send this off, but head count has to stay low because of COVID. They’ll just go with everyone from Hontai instead. “Hontai wrestlers, please come out here!” The Great Bash Heels and TenCozy return, as does Tanahashi. They each shake hands with Nagata as they reenter the ring. Nagata notes this is also the 30th anniversary for both Tenzan and Kojima. Nagata has prepared a special gift for the occasion. Big bouquets are brought out for them, and then Honma and Tanahashi helps present special anniversary photos.

Tenzan’s is his victory parade from his G1 Climax win in 2005, and then Kojima’s is his Triple Crown and IWGP Heavyweight Championship wins. The fans cheer this amazing gift! Honma almost doesn’t want to give that great item up. TenCozy poses with their pictures for a photo op moment. And then Nagata has a special gift from his own company, Nagata Lock. TenCozy is very honored to get this cash gift. And before things wrap, a special greeting from Masahiro Chono! Chono hops off commentary to get in the ring with the others. Chono shakes everyone’s hands, helps with the bouquets, and then is handed the mic.

“TenCozy! How long are you going to be doing this thing? This makes 30 years, huh? Please think of your future. Pack it in within ten years. You’ve worked yourselves hard, including Nagata. But until you retire, run with the best in today’s NJPW! From your beginnings in the old era, keep doing your best for the future. Thanks for your hard work!” Fans cheer those words of encouragement, and Nagata says today they celebrate 30 years of Tenzan & Kojima. He knows next year will be his own 30th, so that will be the theme here in Togane. Make sure to be there, as well.

Nagata thanks the fans again, and hopes that next year’s show will be a great success. Join in, everyone! 1, 2, 3, ZE-A! A great moment for all of Hontai and even all of NJPW. Will this first win for Nagata & Tiger Mask be just the first of many? Will Nagata have something big to celebrate in his own 30th year?

 

Here are the NEW World Tag League Standings!

SANADA & Tetsuya Naito: 5-0, 10 points
Toru Yano & Hiroshi Tanahashi: 4-1, 8 points
Dangerous Tekkers: 4-1, 8 points
Guerrillas of Destiny: 3-2, 6 points
Chase Owens & Bad Luck Fale: 3-2, 6 points
Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI: 3-2, 6 points
The United Empire: 3-2, 6 points
EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi: 2-3, 4 points
Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan: 2-3, 4 points
Yuji Nagata & Tiger Mask: 1-4, 2 points
Minoru Suzuki & TAKA Michinoku: 0-5, 0 points
Tomoaki Honma & Togi Makabe: 0-5, 0 points


My Thoughts:

A great round for World Tag League, with some fairly surprising results. A solid opener from TenCozy and Great Bash Heels, and what great timing that TenCozy won to then be honored at the end of the night. That moment itself was great stuff, including Chono poking fun at TenCozy. LIJ staying undefeated is great stuff, as is Yano & Tanahashi staying strong near the top. House of Torture winning keeps them alive, and I have a feeling when they face LIJ on 12/12, aka the last round before the finals, will be a very important match in this tournament. Tekkers of course stay strong, but it’s not like the Guerrillas are out of it yet, either. Nagata & Tiger Mask winning was also a natural choice to give the crowd a happy ending to the event and a great set-up to that closing moment with TenCozy.

My Score: 8.9/10


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