The New Japan Cup is almost TOO amazing!
After a great opening week, the New Japan Cup 2020 raises the bar on itself with a star-studded third day! Who moves on to the second round?
NOTE: NJPW no longer wants to feed AXS TV now that it is with Anthem and Impact Wrestling. But never fear, I will cover NJPW in the spirit of AXS in providing the most important matches of the show.
- Ryusuke Taguchi VS SANADA; SANADA wins and advances to the second round.
- SHO VS Shingo Takagi; SHO wins and advances to the second round.
- Kota Ibushi VS Zack Sabre Jr; Ibushi wins and advances to the second round.
- Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Taichi; Taichi wins and advances to the second round.
PLAY BY PLAY
Ryusuke Taguchi VS SANADA!
The Funky Weapon is primed but he’s up against the Cold Skull, who was red hot for a good stretch this year. But now that everyone’s starting from scratch, will Taguchi scratch the itch of finally getting those big titles? Or will Sanada take a step closer to challenging his faction leader?
The bell rings and Taguchi wants double fist bump. Sanada leaves him hanging, so they circle. They approach, tie up, and are in a deadlock right away. Sanada powers Taguchi to the ropes but lets up with a pat on the shoulder. Taguchi plays like that stung, and circles with Sanada again. They tie up again, Taguchi gets around but Sanada wrenches out to the standing switch. Taguchi wrenches back to a wristlock, then again, and he brings Sanada to a knee. Sanada gets up, wrenches one arm, then the other arm, then hammerlocks. But Taguchi slips through to hammerlock Sanada back! Sanada goes to elbow but Taguchi spins him for a snapmare and chinlock. Sanada kicks and reaches but Taguchi grinds him down.
Sanada slips out the back and hammerlocks, but Taguchi gets up to turn it back on Sanada again. Taguchi shifts to a headlock, grinds Sanada to the mat, and cranks back on the head. Sanada powers up, pries out, but Taguchi spins through to get the hammerlock again. Sanada reaches back to headlock, shift sides, and throws Taguchi for the takedown! Taguchi headscissors, Sanada pops out and the two stand off. Taguchi applauds but asks for the fist bumps again. Sanada still leaves him hanging, but Taguchi keeps asking. Taguchi even kneels to prove this isn’t a trick. Sanada gives him the fist bump, but blocks the cheap shot kick! Taguchi apologizes and asks Sanada put the foot down. Sanada does, the two back away, but then Taguchi swings! Sanada dodges, double dropkicks cancel out!
Sanada asks for the fist bumps? Taguchi is surprised and hopes the cameras are seeing this. Taguchi applauds, then goes to give the fist bumps back. But then both men try to cheap shot! They catch each other, and both let the other down, but Taguchi fakes Sanada out again! Taguchi has the leg for a takedown! Taguchi steals PARADISE! He stands on Sanada and poses for the cameras. But Sanada has gotten his arms free without Taguchi knowing! Taguchi does a dance, but turns around into a takedown! Sanada shows Taguchi how Paradise is done! And Taguchi is definitely stuck as Sanada stands on him for the cameras. Sanada shows mercy, as he dropkicks Taguchi out of Paradise! Taguchi falls out of the ring, too, and Sanada takes his time fetching him into the ring.
Sanada brings Taguchi up, back suplex lift for the atomic drop! Taguchi clutches his ass in pain! Sanada brings Taguchi up again, for another atomic drop! Taguchi grits his teeth in pain from his ass! Wait, is he powering up, too? Sanada brings Taguchi up, Taguchi slips out of the lift, but Sanada elbows him away. Sanada runs, but dodges the Funky Weapon! Taguchi crashes down and Sanada covers, TWO! Taguchi survives the damage to his ass but Sanada clamps on a chinlock. Sanada cranks it to a sleeper hold and Taguchi starts to turn red. Taguchi kicks and flails, and starts to scoot to get the ropebreak! Sanada lets go quickly, and drags Taguchi up to club him to a corner. Sanada wrenches and whips Taguchi corner to corner, but runs into a BOOT! Taguchi runs, but Sanada dodges the Funky Weapon again!
Sanada runs and sunset flips, but Taguchi rolls through to basement dropkick! Both men are down but stirring. Taguchi fires himself up as he and Sanada rise. Sanada gets to ropes, Taguchi fires up, hip attack at the ropes! And another! And then a baseball slide to an apron hip attack! Cover, TWO! Taguchi keeps going as he brings Sanada up. Snap suplex for uno amigo! ANother, dos amigos! Taguchi wants tres but Sanada suplexes him first! Taguchi flails and fends it off, to suplex Sanada again! But Sanada slips out to the dragon sleeper! But before Sanada can complete Skull End, Taguchi spins around to hit TRES AMIGOS! Both men are down again, but Taguchi kips up!? Taguchi calls upon the powers of the King of Strong Style as he goes to a corner. “ORYA!” Taguchi runs but into a basement dropkick! No Bum-a-ye just yet!
Taguchi bails out but Sanada aims at the ropes. Slingshot but Taguchi avoids the pescado! TRIANGLE CROSSBODY! Taguchi takes Sanada down on the outside! Taguchi gets up as the ring count begins, and he brings Sanada up at 7 of 20. He puts Sanada in at 13, then goes to a corner. Taguchi aims and springboards, but Sanada gets under! Sanada comes back, but Taguchi dropkicks the leg out! ANKLE LOCK! Sanada fights to his free foot, uses a corner to go up and over, and gets SKULL END!! Taguchi flails, Sanada drops back for the body scissors but Taguchi rolls back! Cover, ONE, but Taguchi gets the ANKLE LOCK! Taguchi cranks on the foot but Sanada endures! Sanada rolls, kicks Taguchi back but Taguchi still has a hold on the foot!
Taguchi cranks and leans on the ankle but Sanada gets up again. Sanada enziguris, but it misses! Taguchi drops elbows on the ankle and leans on the hold! Sanada endures, crawls, reaches, but Taguchi drags him away! Sanada moves around, brings Taguchi down by his legs, and uses Taguchi’s legs to throw him over. SKULL END! But Taguchi hammers away with his free arm! Sanada holds on but fades, and Taguchi uses knees to bring Sanada down more. But Sanada stands right back up! SKULL SWING! But Taguchi cradle counters, TWO!! Sanada dropkicks but Taguchi deflects! LA MAGISTROL! TWO!?! Sanada escapes, Taguchi enziguris! Taguchi runs, but Sanada follows to waistlock at the ropes! Taguchi standing switches to roll Sanada up, TWO!! Things speed up, FUNKY- ATOMIC DROP! O’Conner Roll, JAPAN CLUTCH! SANADA WINS!
Winner: SANADA, by pinfall
An incredible technical exchange ends it all! The Funky Weapon misfired, and now the Cold Skull is hot again! Will Sanada keep that going, even as his fellow LIJ members are also in this tournament?
SHO VS Shingo Takagi!
Speaking of a Los Ingobernables de Japon member wanting to challenge the leader, the same goes for the Last Dragon! Will Shingo show Sho that he’s just not ready for the big time?
The bell rings and Sho rushes Shingo with a BIG clothesline! Shingo stays up but wobbles, so Sho hurries to try again! The clothesline hits but Shingo still stays up. Shingo throws forearm after forearm, but Sho gives a SUPER FOREARM back! Sho whips, Shingo reverses, Sho boots but Shingo blocks it! Shingo rocks Sho with a right, runs corner to corner, but Sho follows to clothesline back! Sho keeps moving, shoulders Shingo, Shingo rebounds to shoulder Sho back, but Sho comes back to LARIAT Shingo down! Cover, TWO! Sho goes right for an ARMBAR! Shingo scrambles and gets the ropebreak! Sho lets go but goes after Shingo with stomps at the ropes! The ref backs Sho down and Shingo sits up.
Sho hurries over to stomp Shingo again, and even stand on his chest! The ref reprimands and counts, but Sho lets up at 4. Shingo gets up, Sho cravats to snapmare and KICK! Sho watches Shingo sputter, but Shingo eggs Sho on. Sho kicks again! Shingo stays sitting up and dares Sho to keep going. Sho KICKS and Shingo falls over! Shingo grits his teeth as he gets back up, and both men egg the other on. Shingo catches Sho’s kick, throws a forearm, but Sho gives it back. The two brawl back and forth, picking up speed! Sho gets the edge as he throws elbows from all sides, but Shingo stands up to give it all back! Shingo runs, into Sho’s dropkick! But Shingo keeps going to run Sho over! Shingo whips Sho but Sho holds ropes, only for Shingo to clothesline him out of the ring!
Sho has a rough landing but Shingo goes out to fetch him. Shingo drags Sho up to whip into railing! Then he stands on Sho’s head and kicks away! The ref reprimands but Shingo brings Sho up. Shingo fireman’s carries Sho for a snake eyes off the apron, then a DDT to the floor! Shingo takes his time catching his breath as the ring count climbs. He drags Sho up at 10 of 20, puts him in at 12, and then follows to clamp onto Sho with a chinbar. Sho endures as Shingo shifts, and drives elbow after elbow into his chest and shoulder! Shingo sets Sho down, for a BIG knee drop! Sho writhes in pain but Shingo stands on his head to add on. Shingo stomps then walks it off before toying with Sho. Sho gets up but Shingo slaps and kicks him around. Sho gets mad and gets up to throw forearms! Shingo throws them back, and he ROCKS Sho!
Sho flounders, hits back, but Shingo jabs away to then CHOP Sho to a corner! Shingo brings Sho back out to whip and knee! Then he runs, Sho SPEARS, but Shingo blocks!! Shingo knees away then goes to suplex, but it’s SHO who suplexes Shingo! Both men are down but Sho gets to his feet first. Shingo runs out of a corner but Sho runs him over. Sho throws forearms and kicks, then goes corner to corner for a corner clothesline! Sho keeps moving, dodges Shingo’s clothesline, and comes back with a SPEAR! Sho takes Shingo down, covers, TWO!! Shingo survives but Sho doesn’t lose focus. Sho brings Shingo into a waistlock but Shingo elbows back. Sho grabs the arm but Shingo stays on his feet.
Shingo rolls but Sho uses that to get the wristlock and shoulder breaker! And another! And then a torturing wristlock to a third shoulder breaker! Sho runs, into the back elbow! JAB! LARIAT! Shingo catches his breath while Sho is dazed on the mat. Shingo goes to Sho but Sho catches him to an armbar! Shingo clasps hands to resist but Sho breaks it free! Sho drags Shingo into a triangle hold, but Shingo powers up for a dead lift POWERBOMB! Shingo drags Sho back up, Gory Especial, but Sho resists! Sho shows his strength, spins through to kick and kick and KICK, then SUPERKICK! Sho watches Shingo rise, then runs, but double clotheslines hit! Neither falls, so they both clothesline again! Still neither falls, Shingo swats Sho’s third clothesline away, to get a SNAP SAIDO! Sho gets up!?
Sho swats Shingo’s clothesline away to waistlock, GERMAN SUPLEX! Sho holds on, for a SECOND! Sho wants a third but Shingo gets the ropebreak. Sho lets go, KICKS, then waistlocks again. Shingo elbows but Sho kicks low. Sho runs but Shingo follows to clothesline at the ropes. Shingo runs but Sho KNEES! Sho runs, Shingo goes perpendicular, to PUMPING BOMBER! SLIDING LARIAT! Shingo isn’t done with Sho, he drags him up, Gory Especial, NOSHIGAMI! Cover, TWO!?! Sho survives Shingo’s Gory Bomb but Shingo isn’t done with him yet. Shingo kicks Sho while he’s down, then drags him up. Sho resists the torture rack and elbows away. Shingo whips Sho, corner clotheslines, then brings Sho back up to hoist him up top.
Shingo climbs to join Sho, but Sho goes after the bad arm! The ref counts as Sho has the top rope wristlock, so Sho throws hands and headbutts! Sho keeps going until Shingo wobbles. Sho adjusts, SUNSET FLIP POWERBOMB BACKBREAKER! But it’s double edged given that height, and Sho clutches his knees. But Sho gets to his feet, runs, and PUMPING BOMBERS SHINGO!! Cover, ONE?!?! Sho won’t worry about being shocked, he just drags Shingo into a dead lift waistlock! Shingo resists, but Sho powers through to GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Shingo escapes at the last possible second! Sho just fires up more, takes aim with his bow, and brings Shingo into the doubl eump handle. But Shingo back drops Shock Arrow away!
Sho runs to clothesline Shingo on the back, but Shingo comes back to clothesline! Sho stays up and Shingo eggs him on. The two start brawling with big forearms again! Sho wobbles, throws another, but Shingo DOUBLE CHOPS! Sho fires up to throw elbows from all sides, then all from the right! A total of 10 but he walks into a JAB! And HEADBUTT! Shingo grits his teeth as he dodges Sho’s clothesline, for MADE IN JAPAN!! Cover, TWO!?!? Shingo can’t believe Sho survives! Shingo gets up, runs, PUMPING BOMBER!! Cover, TWO?!?!? How?!? Shingo doesn’t worry about that, he just brings Sho back up. Shingo pump handles and fireman’s carries, but Sho slips out to arm-drag to the KIMURA!
Shingo endures the double wristlock as Sho cranks back on it hard! Shingo reaches, but Sho gator rolls him away to the double ump hnalde! CROSS-ARM DRIVER! Sho fires up, gest the double pump handle proper, SHOCK ARROW!!! Cover, SHO WINS!?!
Winner: Sho, by pinfall
IMPOSSIBLE! One half of the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions pins Mr. Openweight?! Sho heads on, but will he and Shingo meet again with the NEVER Openweight Championship on the line?
Kota Ibushi VS Zack Sabre Jr!
The Golden Star and The Ace are still IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions and still have a bone to pick with the #DangerousTekkers. But for now, they all try to climb the mountain to challenge the Double Champion, Tetsuya Naito! Will Ibushi score the first blow? Or will he #JustTapOut?
The bell rings and Ibushi circles with ZSJ. Ibushi avoids ZSJ as he slides around, but ZSJ stays back as Ibushi tests with kicks. ZSJ tries to get a leg but Ibushi kicks at him. They feel things out and go all around the ring, and ZSJ gets the facelock. He brings Ibushi down to a waistlock then shifts to the arm. ZSJ goes back to the facelock but Ibushi powers him down to the mat. Ibushi finds a way to the lateral press, but ZSJ gets out fast to go after the arms with his legs. Ibushi gets the mount again, another press, but ZSJ gets out and away. The two reset and circle again. ZSJ keeps his distance as Ibushi looks ready to swing on him. They approach and Ibushi kicks ZSJ in the leg! ZSJ backs off, they circle, approach, and Ibushi tries hands. ZSJ avoids, but his kick is deflected.
ZSJ lunges at the leg, Ibushi stays on top with the waistlock but ZSJ slips out and around to float around and get the mount, to an armbar! Ibushi clasps hands and moves around, but ZSJ stays wrapped on with body scissors. ZSJ grabs at IBushi for a chinlock but settles for fish hooking his face. They move around, ZSJ goes after the armbar again, but Ibushi rolls back to get around ZSJ. Ibushi waistlocks then goes after ZSJ’s arms a la Rings of Saturn. ZSJ rolls, Ibushi wants a ghost pin, ZSJ slips out to body scissor roll Ibushi back into the chinlock, but Ibushi gets the ropebreak. ZSJ lets go and Ibushi bails out, both men taking their time to reset. They go again, testing the waters with grabs and kicks, and Ibushi makes contact with the leg! Ibushi kicks and KICKS and ZSJ falls to the mat. Ibushi KICKS ZSJ in the back, covers, ONE!
Ibushi clamps onto ZSJ with a chinlock and grinds him down. ZSJ gets the ropebreak with a leg and Ibushi lets go with a slap on the back. Ibushi backs off and both he and ZSJ talk trash. ZSJ gives Ibushi free shots and Ibushi fires off. But ZSJ catches a kick to a heel hook! Ibushi scrambles as ZSJ grapevines the legs! ZSJ cranks but Ibushi gets the ropebreak! ZSJ lets go but the damage is done. Ibushi goes to a corner but ZSJ is on him with a standing toehold. ZSJ turns Ibushi over for a modified calf killer. ZSJ traps one leg, pulls on the other, and twists Ibushi around. Ibushi gets another ropebreak and ZSJ lets go. Ibushi drags himself up in the corner so ZSJ backs off. ZSJ runs in but Ibushi goes up, over and rolls to ROUNDHOUSE ZSJ down! Standing moonsault! Cover, TWO!
Ibushi keeps his cool, and stomps ZSJ on the back! Ibushi brings ZSJ up for forearms and ROCKS ZSJ. ZSJ comes back with a strong European Uppercut, but Ibushi just ROCKS him again. ZSJ wrenches but Ibushi ROCKS him, then whips him to a corner. ZSJ goes up and comes back, into a SNAP-RANA! ZSJ ends up outside, Ibushi fires himself up, and goes to the corner, only for ZSJ to get far away from there. ZSJ won’t let Ibushi fly out at him, and takes a breather. ZSJ retruns but Ibushi BOOTS him out! ZSJ hurries and trips Ibushi up, for a HANGING KNEEBAR! Ibushi falls to the floor which does help for a moment, but ZSJ just clamps on tighter. The ref reprimands, submissions don’t matter on the outside! ZSJ lets go and leaves Ibushi behind as he goes to the ring.
The ring count begins and Ibushi hobbles up at 7 of 20. Ibushi gets in at 11, but ZSJ stands on the bad leg. ZSJ walks all over the bad leg then cranks the other, for a modified figure four to a kneebar! They’re in the ropes but ZSJ keeps twisting and pulling! The ref reprimands, ZSJ lets go, but again the damage is done. ZSJ toys with Ibushi, kicking him harder and harder. Ibushi fires off forearms but ZSJ sweeps the legs! ZSJ watches Ibushi get to a corner, then runs in for a EuroUpper! Ibushi comes back, into a boot! ZSJ boots the clohteline, PELES the arm, but Ibushi LARIATS back! Both men are down and the ref checks on them. They’re okay to continue, and Ibushi slowly rises. Ibushi drags ZSJ up, reels him in, and lifts, but ZSJ counters to a GUILLOTINE! Ibushi stays up, pops free, but ZSJ gets the leg for another KNEEBAR!
Ibushi stays up, shifts back, and dead lifts ZSJ into a full nelson! ZSJ breaks the hold, wrenches, and CRANKS the arm between his legs! Then he wrenches, hooks Ibushi up for the IRON OCTOPUS! Ibushi powers out, has ZSJ as a backpack, and ZSJ sleeper holds. But Ibushi keeps fighting, so ZSJ gets the roll up, to a HALF CRAB! ZSJ sits deep on the hold but Ibushi grits his teeth as he endures. ZSJ adds the other leg, and he has another heel hook! Ibushi reaches and gets the ROPEBREAK! ZSJ lets go in frustration but he comes back to STOMP the bad leg! ZSJ KICKS Ibushi down but Ibushi sits back up. ZSJ kicks more but Ibushi sits up again. ZSJ kicks and kicks but Ibushi stands. Ibushi blocks, swings a punch, but gets caught to a crucifix pin! TWO, and ZSJ gets a triangle hold!
Ibushi powers up, dead lifts and POWERBOMBS ZSJ! ZSJ gets up, dodges one kick, blocks another and EuroUppers! Ibushi PELES back! Both men are down but Ibushi sits up first. Ibushi gets up, brings ZSJ in, powerbomb lift but ZSJ avoids the Last Ride! ZSJ mule kicks, runs in, Ibushi double stomps, but ZSJ catches them! ZSJ wants another leg lock but Ibushi KICKS ZSJ away from below! ZSJ comes back to PENALTY KICK! ZSJ has to catch his breath before he brings Ibushi up. ZSJ scoops, Ibushi slips out, V-TRIGGER!! KENNY~!! Ibushi sits ZSJ up, KAMI-GOYE!!! Cover, Ibushi wins!
Winner: Kota Ibushi, by pinfall
One half of the #GoldenAces succeeds and is heading to the next round! Is the start of Ibushi becoming a triple belt champion?
Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Taichi!
We saw one half of this tag team rivalry compete, now it’s time for the other! Will we see a sweep or a split? Will the Once in a Century Talent be ready for the Sliest Wrestler in the World?
But while Tanahashi is on the corner per his entrance tradition, Taichi grabs him for a SUPER POWERBOMB! Taichi grins as he paces around Tanahashi. Red Shoes reprimands but there’s only so much he can do about it now. Taichi wants the match to start already but Red Shoes tells him to wait. Red Shoes checks on Tanahashi but Taichi looms closely. Red Shoes moves Taichi back and Young Lions come in, but Taichi kicks the Young LIons out! Taichi demands Red Shoes get this match on the record but Red Shoes has to help Tanahashi first. Red Shoes gets the title belt off Tanahashi, and Tanahashi manages to sit up. Tanahashi wants this match, too, so the bell rings. Taichi BUZZSAWS! Taichi kicks Tanahashi out of the ring and Tanahashi flops to the floor.
Taichi keeps Red Shoes’ attention and this allows DOUKI to attack! It’s never a fair fight when it comes to Taichi! Douki uses his walking stick to choke Tanahashi! The ref misses all of this as Douki brings Tanahashi up to wrench and whip into railing! Red Shoes finally spots Douki and tells him to leave. Taichi drags Tanahashi up and chokes him with camera cables! The Young Lions get Red Shoes’ attention about this and Red Shoes reprimands Taichi. Taichi stops, but only for a moment! Douki stays and Taichi drags Tanahashi up, Suzuki-Gun continues to buck Red Shoes’ authority. Taichi puts Tanahashi in to cover but Red Shoes refuses to count. Red Shoes stands up for himself as he wants Tanahashi to have a fair chance. Taichi CHOKES Tanahashi with his bare hands!
Red Shoes counts, Taichi stops at 4, but then chokes again! Taichi stops at 4 again, then stalks Tanahashi to the ropes. Taichi uses the ropes to choke Tanahashi now, and again Red Shoes stops. Another stop at 4 but Tanahashi throws body shots! Tanahashi backs Taichi down but Taichi chokes him again! Taichi stands on Tanahashi’s head then lets off to bring Tanahashi up. Taichi throws Tanahashi out and Douki lurks close again. Taichi goes out to deal with Tanahashi himself, but Tanahashi throws hands and kicks back! Tanahashi whips Taichi into railing! Douki creeps close but Tanahashi backs him off with a glare. But Taichi clobbers Tanahashi from behind! Red Shoes argues with Douki but Taichi whips Tanahashi into railing! Taichi opens the gate and drags Tanahashi through. Taichi throws Tanahshi into folded bleachers!
Taichi has camera crews clear out and he takes a chair to JAM Tanahashi with it! And again, right in the head! Tanahashi goes down and Red Shoes reprimands Taichi, but Taichi presses the chair’s edge into Tanahashi’s throat! Tanahashi kicks and flails but Taichi eventually lets up. Red Shoes tells Taichi to bring this back in the ring, so Taichi drags Tanahashi up by his hair. Taichi POSTS Tanahashi the moment they’re ringside! Taichi puts Tanahashi in the ring, looms over him, then covers with just a hand. But again, Red Shoes refuses until Tanahashi’s had time to get back into this. The Young Lions rally for The Ace but Taichi snapmares and KICKS Tanahashi in the back. But Tanahashi fires up and sits up. Taichi toys with him but Tanahashi eggs him on. Taichi basement BOOTS Tanahashi down!
Taichi drags Tanahashi up, but Tanahashi throws forearms back! Taichi kicks the leg then whips, but Tanahashi comes back with the flying forearms! Tanahashi keeps the fire building and the Young Lions rally again. Tanahashi brings Taichi up for more forearms and body shots, and Taichi falls to the mat. Tanahashi scoops and slams Taichi, then goes to the corner. Second rope senton! Cover, TWO! The rallying continues and Tanahashi feeds off that energy. Taichi stands, Tanahashi runs, but Tanahsahi blocks the boot to a DRAGON SCREW! Tanahashi doesn’t lose his cool, he gets up and watches Taichi in the corner. Tanahashi goes corner to corner but the splash misses! Taichi gamanguris! Tanahashi drops and Taichi shakes out his legs as he walks about. Taichi dares Tanahashi to sit up, and then BUZZS-
NO! Tanahashi blocks the kick! But Taichi rakes the eyes! Taichi kicks the leg but Tanahashi throws forearms. They go back and forth, forearm for kick, but then Taichi fires off several shots! Tanahashi hobbles to ropes but Taichi dares him to come back. Tanahashi does with a furious strike fest! Taichi wobbles to ropes but he still smirks. Taichi comes back to KICK Tanahashi hard in the chest! And again! But Tanahashi blocks, elbows the leg and throws forearms. Taichi boots, back kicks, and looms over Tanahashi as he drops to a knee. Taichi slaps Tanahashi, ducks the palm strike, for a SAIDO! Tanahashi is down but Taichi catches his breath instead of trying to cover. Taichi drags Tanahashi back up but he’s dead weight. The Young Lions rally and Taichi drags Tanahashi back up again.
Taichi reels Tanahashi in, but Tanahashi blocks the bomb lift! Taichi unleashes the Kowata kicks, then brings Tanahashi back in. Powerbomb lift, but Tanahashi slips out! The bad leg buckles, Taichi boots, but runs into a scoop! SWINGING SIDE SLAM! Both men are down again but the rallying builds. Tanahashi rises slowly but he returns to his feet. Tanahashi watches Taichi rise, then builds speed, but the Slingblade is denied! Tanahashi elbows the suplex away, tries again, but still no Slingblade! Tanahashi reaches for ropes but Taichi CLUBS and lifts! SLINGBLADE COUNTER! Tanahashi fires up as the Young Lions rally. Tanahashi runs, but Taichi ducks the Slingblade to Alabama lift! Tanahashi flails, TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! Tanahashi runs again, to hit a proper SLINGBLADE! Cover, TWO!! Taichi survives, but Tanahashi has more to give!
Tanahashi goes right to a corner and to the top rope. Taichi stands, HIGH FLY FLOW-BODY! Tanahashi wants another but Douki stands in his way! Red Shoes tells Douki to get away but Douki keeps egging Tanahsahi on. Tanahashi swings on Douki, Douki ducks once, but gets ROCKED with the uppercut! Taichi grabs at Tanahashi, Tanahashi kicks, but Taichi blocks it! Taichi shoves Red Shoes away, to LOW BLOW Tanahashi!! GEDO CLUTCH!! TWO!?!? Tanahashi survives but Taichi is too exhausted to be frustrated. The Young Lions rally again but Taichi is up first. Taichi powers up, takes aim, but Tanahashi deflects the superkick to run! Into a LARIAT! Taichi drags Tanahshi up, powerbomb lift, LAST RIDE!! Cover, TWO?!?! Tanahashi survives, this is not the end for him!
The rallying continues but Taichi gets up and slashes the throat. Taichi drags Tanahashi back up, Alabama lifts, but Tanahashi powers it down to club away on Taichi’s back! Tanahashi fires forearm after forearm, but Taichi DECKS him! Taichi brings Tanahashi up, but Tanahashi ROCKS him with the palm strike! Tanahashi fires up and brings Taichi back up. Taichi is dead weight now but Tanahashi just keeps going. Tanahashi whips, Taichi reverse but Tanahashi grabs hold. So Taichi brings Tanahashi in to SNAP SAIDO!! Taichi drags Tanahashi up again, runs, BLIND AX BOMBER! GAMANGIRI! Off come the pants!! Taichi powers up as Tanahashi slowly rises. Tanahashi turns around, into the SUPERKICK!! Taichi drags Tanahashi back up, Alabama to BLACK MEPHISTO!! Cover, TAICHI WINS!
Winner: Taichi, by pinfall
The tag teams split the series on the night! The Maestro trumps the Ace, but wants to keep going! Dragon sleeper! The Young Lions rush in but Douki clobbers them all! Taichi makes Tanahashi suffer until he is satisfied. But Ibushi comes hobbling out! Ibushi runs Taichi and Douki off as he comes to the aid of his role model. Taichi has Ibushi calm down and then joins him in the ring. These two will meet in the next round, but they’ll also meet for the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships. And then Douki blindsides Ibushi!
Taichi grabs Ibushi’s title belt and CLOBBERS him with it! And then he CLOBBERS Tanahashi with it! Taichi stacks the #GoldenAces and stands on them, as if he’s already won it all. Taichi grabs a mic to speak. “What happened to you guys?” These two are tag champions for now, but not if he can take care of them both by himself. As it stands now, Taichi won’t just take the tag titles, but the entire New Japan Cup, to become THE greatest in NJPW. Will all of Taichi’s dark dreams come true in the spotlight?
A great start to the second week of New Japan Cup, as the only match I could justifiably skip was the tag team match with Suzuki-Gun. I honestly thought the matches involving Suzuki-Gun would go on first, but it does work to make Douki’s return a bit more surprising. If he’d shown up just after being in the 8 Man Tag, it’d seem really stupid. One interesting thing to note, though still done to great effect, was that LIJ and Suzuki-Gun each split the night. Sanada gets a win over Taguchi, perfect for Sanada getting back on that great run he had before the pandemic shutdown, and then Sho gets a shocking and amazing upset over Shingo! I would really love to see a rematch of Shingo and Sho for the Openweight Championship.
Then it seemed very likely and natural for Tanahashi and Ibushi to split with Taichi and ZSJ. In order for Dangerous Tekkers to be a serious contender, they can’t both lose, and it adds to some drama for Taichi to be the one that wins. I think Ibushi beats Taichi to split the team series while also pushing forward to be a part of the Final Four. The tag titles can be on the line at Dominion, assuming someone else makes it to the finals over Ibushi. Dominion would definitely be the place for a great tag team match, and who knows, that could be a great moment for a title change.
My Score: 9.2/10
Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (5/27/22)
Who’s the third man, brother?
Just who (who who who) is joining The New Day?
The Brawling Brutes have been beating the New Day SmackDown after SmackDown, but now Xavier Woods & Kofi Kingston even the odds! But with who?
- SmackDown Women’s Championship Contender’s Match: Ronda Rousey VS Raquel Rodriguez; No Contest.
- Ronda Rousey & Raquel Rodriguez VS Natalya & Shayna Baszler; Ronda & Raquel win.
- Los Lotharios VS Jinder Mahal & Shanky; Los Lotharios win.
- Ricochet & Drew Gulak VS Imperium; Imperium wins.
- Six Man Tag: The New Day & Drew McIntyre VS The Brawling Brutes; New Day & McIntyre win.
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Ladies and gentlemen, welcome the NEW Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions!
Jimmy & Jey Uso walk out, the 312 day SmackDown Tag Team Champions, but also THE tag team champions of the WWE! They get the mics while shouldering the belts, and Jey welcomes Little Rock to the show! Jimmy says before getting the celebration on, everyone put their fingers up to thank the Tribal Chief, the Needle Mover, the Head of the Table, and the Undisputed WWE Universal Champion, their cousin, Roman Reigns! Jey also thanks Big Uce to allow them to beat RKBRO all on their own. Thank you, Roman. Fans boo that bold faced lie, but Jey says he’ll get real and off script.
Those rocking with the Usos since day one, you know that two days ago marks 12 YEARS in the WWE. Fans do applaud that, that is a triumph. 12 years ago, the Usos walked out and never in a million years would Jey have thought they’d still be here after all that. For 12 years, the fans have cheered them, booed them, seen the ups and the downs. But that means that for 12 years, y’all watched these two grow up. That means for 12 years, all these plane rides, the miles on the road, the time being away from family, you know who was there for the Uso? Fans cheer because they know, it was all of us fans! Real talk.
But check this out. The world is crazy these days. Jey loves coming to the WWE and entertaining the fans. So from the bottom of their hearts, for their family, the Usos want to say thank you to the fans. Fans cheer that in thanks back. Jimmy takes a breath as the fans chant, “UCE! OH! UCE! OH!” Jimmy then says, “For the past 12 years, we’ve also realized that… We absolutely needed NOBODY~!” GOTTEE! All they needed were each other! They didn’t need you, you, or you! The Bloodline is drippin’ in all the gold! Look upon your undisputed! Unified! WWE Tag Team Champions!! Don’t boo them! Boo Randy for not being here!
Where is Randy? Home! He got bodied by the Usos! And Little Bro, got his ass crying like the kids last week. Riddle is looking at the true tag team! He the two, and #WeTheOnes! But here comes SHINSUKE NAKAMURA! He tells the Usos that he and his partners challenges them to a match for those tag titles! HE wanted to get them by himself but Nakamura asked to join. What? Well where is his partner? Peg Leg Pete, the dude who got busted? Rick, BOOOGS~? No, it’s THE BRO! Matt Riddle is teaming with the King of Strong Style! Will they get revenge on the Usos together? They rush the ring, and they brawl at the ropes!
Fans fire up, Jimmy sends Riddle down, Jey sends Nakamura down, but Riddle rushes right back in! He fights them both, but they throw him out! Nakamura gets back in, but he gets mugged, too! Riddle returns with a FLOATING BRO ATTACK! Fans fire up as Riddle and Nakamura get the Usos up! Nakamura throws Jimmy out, ROUNDHOUSE! Riddle DECKS Jey! The Usos grab up their gold and get outta there! Will the Usos be able to handle the #BrosOfStrongStyle?
SmackDown returns as Riddle and Nakamura talk backstage.
The Bro wonders what they should call themselves. Nakamura Bro? Kayla says they did look good out there, but how would Randy feel about this? Actually, this was Randy’s idea. and Nakamura is pleased. He may not be B0ogs, but Riddle and Nakamura will dominate. And Nakamura may not be Randy, but there’s potential for greatness here. Will these two becoming the ultimate
SmackDown Women’s Championship Contender’s Match: Ronda Rousey VS Raquel Rodriguez!
Last time was for the SmackDown Women’s Championship, but this to see if Big Mami Cool can earn another shot! Of course, backstage, we see Shotzi, Xia Li, Aliyah, Natalya and Shayna Baszler watching from the locker room. Shotzi complains that Raquel is getting another match with Ronda when she choked! Why are all of them getting passed over? Xia is undefeated in the WWE, so why isn’t she out there? Xia thinks about that, then storms out. Aliyah may be annoying but she has the fastest win in WWE at 3.16 seconds. Even she deserves a shot. Aliyah tells Shotzi to just shut up, then she storms out.
But Natty has more wins than any woman in WWE history! She is a living legend! If she had the same opportunities as Raquel, she’d be champion now! And Shayna, straight up, you’re a killer. Raquel has zero killer instincts. They are the best in the world yet here they are, letting another opportunity pass them by. So then, what’re they gonna do about it? Spades & Hart look at each other, is there an understanding between them and the wild card? Will they do something about this while Raquel faces Ronda?
SmackDown returns and Ronda makes her entrance. And now Shotzi, Natty & Shayna decide to go out there to stop this! Shayna & Natty go first, Shotzi has to get her helmet. But then the door is locked!? Shotzi gets shut out of her plan! By Aliyah! Payback! Back tot he ring, though, the match begins and Ronda dodges Raquel. Then she fires hands, but Raquel waistlocks and SLAMS Ronda! Raquel drags Ronda up but Ronda elbows free and throws kicks. Ronda goes up but Raquel holds her up! Only to end up in a HANGING ARMBAR! But Raquel drags Ronda up, only for Ronda to cradle! TWO, and Raquel kicks low.
Raquel gut wrenches Ronda up to a Canadian Rack! And then she BENDS Ronda’s arms! But Shayna CHOP BLOCKS Raquel down!
Winner: Raquel Rodriguez, by disqualification
Shayna & Natty mug Raquel but Ronda goes after Natty! They brawl, Shayna runs in but Raquel blocks a knee! Raquel dumps Shayna out, Ronda BOOTS Natty out! Fans fire up as the baddest and the biggest women on SmackDown are standing tall! But will there be something more after the break, playa?
Ronda Rousey & Raquel Rodriguez VS Natalya & Shayna Baszler!
SmackDown returns and holla holla, we have a tag match! Natty stomps Raquel’s leg, tags Shayna, and Shayna puts the leg in a toehold. Raquel endures while fans rally for her and Ronda. Raquel kicks at Shayna with the free leg, but Shayna turns her over to isolate the foot and STOMP it! Raquel gets to a neutral corner, Shayna blocks the kick and JAMS the bad leg! Shayna puts Raquel in the corner but Raquel BOOTS her away! Raquel swipes at Natty but Shayna KICKS away on the bad leg! Shayna puts the leg on the ropes for a HIP- NO! Raquel boots Shayna out! Raquel crawls but Natty gets Shayna in.
Natty tags in, drags Raquel back, and steps through! But Raquel fights out of the Sharpshooter! Hot tag to Ronda! Fans fire up as Ronda rallies on Natty! Drop sayanagi after sayanagi, and Ronda fires up! Ronda boots but Natty blocks to trip her! Natty steps through, SHARPSHOOTER! Ronda endures, reaches out, crawls over, but Natty drags her away! Natty sits deep but Ronda still fights! Ronda reaches out, Raquel tags back in! Raquel CLUBS Natty down! Natty tags Shayna but Raquel rallies on her! Raquel swings, CLOBBERS Shayna, and fires up to fight through the bad leg! The bad leg gives up on the bomb, but Raquel HEADBUTTS Shayna down!
Raquel goes up the corner, TWISTING VADER! Cover, Natty breaks it! Ronda goes after Natty but Natty hits her first. But Ronda throws Natty out! Raquel shoves Shayna into Ronda, and Ronda snarls at her old pal. But then Natty drags Ronda out! Natty and Ronda trade hands, Raquel gets Shayna up for the TEXANA BOMB!! Cover, Raquel & Ronda win!
Winners: Ronda Rousey & Raquel Rodriguez, by pinfall
A huge win for Rowdy Ronda and Ricky Desperado! But will this keep back the tide of those coming for them both?
Backstage interview with The New Day.
Megan asks Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods who their partner will be in tonight’s match. Uh, does Netflix give away the ending to Stranger things? Does Bad Bunny give away all the songs before the album drops? The point is, errybody, and they mean errybody, has been blowin’ up the phones of the NEW~ DAY~ Because they wanna fight the Brawling Brutes. With Big E out, this could be anyone joining them! Even Moon Knight! Or Max Moon! Or Reed Richards, Mr. Fantastic. Or a fantastic beast. Or some dude off the streets! It could be anyone. Even Megan.
But what ya bois have is the element of surprise. They won’t go out there outnumbered. Tonight, they will take on and defeat those Brawling Brutes. BECAAAAAUSE~! NEW! DAY ROCKS! NEW! DAY ROCKS!
Mad Cap Moss posts a message to Happy Corbin.
“You spit in the face of Andre’s legacy. You tried to end my career. But you didn’t, cuz Mad Cap is built different. Corbin, get ready to see a side of me you’ve neve seen before. No jokes. No cap. Next week on SmackDown, I’m coming to WHOOP YOUR ASS!” Will Corbin wish he’d never even brought Moss up to SmackDown?
Los Lotharios VS Jinder Mahal & Shanky!
The Lethal Lovers are back in action, and also bring the Kiss Cam with them. They spot a lovely lady in the front row and give her kisses on the cheeks. But will Angel Garza & Humberto Carrillo be kissing the mat against the Modern Day Maharaja and his towering sidekick? Or will they be blowing kisses to everyone with a win tonight?
SmackDown returns as Jinder & Shanky make their entrance. Or, maybe not? The music hits but Jinder is looking for Shanky. Shanky is jamming out to the theme song, but he should be going to gorilla! Well, the Lotharios flirty with ring announcer Samantha while they wait. Now Jinder & Shanky make their entrance, and Shanky is still jamming out. The teams sort out, and Carrillo starts with Shanky. They tie up, Shanky powers Carrillo to a corner but Carrillo goes up the ropes. The ref counts, Shanky lets go, and Carrillo leaps! But Shanky catches him, shoves him, but Carrillo ducks, only to get a BOOT!
Shanky roars and fans fire up! Shanky gets Carrillo up, tags in Jinder, and they mug Carrillo. Jinder CLUBS Carrillo, whips him to ropes but Carrillo RANAS! Carrillo dropkicks Jinder, tags Garza, and they set up for the LEAP FROG ATTACK! They then DOUBLE CHOP Jinder, and Garza fires off haymakers! Jinder throws body shots back but Garza headlocks. Jinder powers up, Carrillo tags in and Garza reverses. Jinder KICKS Garza, back drops Carrillo, but Garza dumps him out! Garza WRECKS Jinder with a dropkick! Jinder hits the desk, Garza puts him back in. Garza then grins at Samantha and OFF COME THE PANTS!
But Shanky creeps up on Garza while he swivels, and he shows off his dance moves. Shanky CLUBS Garza, then SUPERKICKS! But Carrillo SUPERKICKS Jinder! Cover, Los Lotharios win!
Winners: Los Lotharios, by pinfall
So much for Shanky’s good time! Garza & Carrillo snatch that win, and Jinder is upset with Shanky losing focus! They lost again because Shanky was too busy dancing! Shanky tells Jinder no more! Jinder storms off, and Shanky looks at Samantha. She smiles and the fans chant for “Shanky! Shanky!” as he does his Bollywood best! Is Shanky going to be his own man from now on?
Adam Pearce is visited by Max Dupri.
Max hopes Mr. Pearce has reached out to his legal team and verified the contract so that Maximum Male Models can begin recruiting. Isn’t it about time SmackDown unleashed Max Du-PRI? Well, yes, turns out it is legal and binding, Max is onboard. Say it right, they did this last week. Max Du-PRI! Well, Max can teach everyone how to say the name because he is officially on SmackDown. Oh, y’know what this means? That means the process of Maximum Male Models finding their first client is on. And by the way, Pearce doesn’t make the cut. Max heads out, but just who will he say is a fit for MMM?
Kevin Owens is here!
It’s a very special edition of The KO Show! Kevin promises a member of The Bloodline as his special guest! Will it be the Usos? Paul Heyman? The Tribal Chief himself? We find out, after the break!
SmackDown returns and Kevin has his own custom KO mic. Kevin welcomes us to this special edition of HIS show! And for the last few months, Kevin has been seeking the truth and dealing with a liar by the name of ELIAS! NOT EZEKIEL! ELIAS! At Hell in a Cell, Elias will regret showing his stupid, beardless face in the WWE! That brings Kevin to his guest tonight. There is a special reason why this is Kevin’s guest. It’s the locker room leader and close personal confidant of the Bloodline, SAMI ZAYN! Of course it’s Sami… Fans boo because now who is lying? But Sami and Kevin reunite after a long time apart, with a BIG hug!
Kevin and Sami are so happy to see each other, they look great. Sami’s flowing locks are amazing! Sami says last time, they had some bad blood, but they’re always up and down. They don’t even remember what it was about. But Sami’s been killing it here! He is the leader they sorely need. And what he’s doing for the Bloodline, it’s unbelievable. Oh, don’t sell yourself short. Kevin is doing great on Raw! Elias? Ezekiel? Uh, clearly the same person! C’mon! How does no one see it? They hug again because Kevin is touched that Sami understands. Is he crying? N-No… Just finally good to hear someone say it!
Everyone knows it’s Elias! But everyone plays along and it’s horrible! But these two always have each other’s back! Always. Well not always. No, always. But tonight, this is why Sami is Kevin’s guest. Kevin needs Sami to kinda drop what he’s doing on Smackdown to go to Raw so he and Kevin can call out all the liars! That starts with Elias. Let’s go. C’mon. Uh, look, Kev. Sami’s always got your back, but now is not a good time. He has a lot on hips plate leading SmackDown. They need him, the Bloodline needs him, it’s just not a good time, Uce. Uce? Did you just say, “Uce?” Did he? Yes. That’s weird. He’s been hanging out with the Usos so much, they’re rubbing off on each other.
This is the side Kevin forgot about Sami. He’s naïve. No he’ snot! Ye she is! Uce?! Sami is not actually in the Bloodline. Yes, but he’s an associate. No, no, you’re not. Frankly, Kevin is sorry to say this, but Sami is praising them, wearing their merch, he looks like a moron. Let’s just cut it out and listen to your real friend. Oh, real friend, huh? Moron, huh? Sami was being nice. Sami says Elias and Ezekiel are clearly different people. Brothers who don’t look like, there’s photos that prove it. Who is the moron? NO, SAMI IS MORON! They’re not different people! Kevin is a liar! Well Sami’s a moron! Liar! Moron! Liar liar pants on fire! TOO FAR! They’re not on fire!
Sami needs to snap out of it! If he’s so tight with the Usos, why did they leave him high ‘n’ dry on Raw? Sami is like this with them, right Then Kevin can call them out, and they won’t leave Sami high and dry. Ladies and gentlemen, the Bloodline! … Well, give them a sec. Then Kevin will say it louder. Ladies and gentlemen, THE BLOODLINE!! Still nothing. Kevin tells Sami that the reason they’re not coming out is because the Bloodline couldn’t care less about Sami. He’s sorry but that’s true. Sami looks around and says “Whatever, man. You don’t know what you’re talking about.” Sami leaves, but Kevin chases after. Forget them, come to Raw!
Sami SHOVES Kevin! Sami tells Kevin to leave him alone and go back to Raw without him. Sami has a locker room to lead! Kevin is speechless, and ring staff already pack up his set. Kevin gets mad at the staff and gives one a STUNNER! Kevin glares at the other guy and the other guy says to calm down. Kevin says he’s right. Then STUNNER! Kevin leaves the ring, but will he be able to forget what happened between him and Sami?
Ricochet & Drew Gulak VS Imperium!
The King of Flight and the Philly Stretcher team up to take on Der Ring General and Ludwig Kaiser! But will they get payback on GUNTHER together? Or will SmackDown and the mat become sacred?
SmackDown returns and Ludwig has the mic. “Ladies and gentlemen… The mat is sacred! Only one gives the rightful respect it truly deserves. DER RING GENERAL…! GUNTHER!” With that, Imperium makes their entrance and go to the ring. The teams sort out and Ludwig starts with Gulak. They tie up, Ludwig arm-drags, brings Gulak around and has the armlock. Ludwig grinds the shoulder but Gulak headlocks back. They end up on ropes, Ludwig turns things around to cravat and choke Gulak! The ref counts, Ludwig lets off and Gunther BOOTS Gulak down! Ludwig fires off stomps and hands, then tags Gunther!
Gunther brings Gulak up to TOSS Gulak out of the ring! Gunther shows no mercy while Ricochet checks on Gulak, and SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns again and Gunther ha Gulak in a motorcycle stretch! Gulak fights up, but Gunther CHOPS him down! Gunther then stares down the Intercontinental Champion, then he stomps Gulak down. Tag to Ludwig and he waistlocks. Gulak reaches out for Ricochet, throws elbows, and fans fire up as he reaches again! Ludwig holds on, swings, but Gulak dodges! Ludwig scoops, Gulak escapes, tag to Ricochet! Ricochet fires off on Ludwig, whips, Ludwig reverses but Ricochet RANAS! Then he dodges to springboard CROSSBODY! Gunther gets in and the ref tells him to go back. But that was just to distract, Ludwig rolls Ricochet up, TWO!
Ricochet JUMPING KNEES Ludwig! Ricochet stares Gunther down now, fireman’s carries, but Ludwig rakes eyes! Gulak tags in before Ludwig tosses Ricochet! Gulak fires off, Ludwig THROAT CHOPS! But Gulak boots! Ludwig blocks, “NEIN!” He ROCKS Gulak then HALF HATCH SUPLEX! Ludwig grinds, drags Gulak up, fans boo but Ludwig runs to PENALTY KICK! Cover, Imperium wins!
Winners: Imperium, by pinfall
Ricochet gets back in to keep them from doing any more to Gulak, but he should worry about himself! Gunther BOOTS Ricochet out, Ludwig PENALTY KICKS Gulak again! Will Imperium soon reign over SmackDown?
Sami apologizes to the Usos.
He is sorry but he just feels Kevin said some truths. He isn’t sure he’s getting respect for what he’s putting in. They can tell him the truth. What do they think of Sami? What is he to them? Cuz here’s what he’s thinking. What if Sami joined the group? Not by blood or anything, but like an honorary member. Sure, honorary Uce works. Yeah, there we go! Sami says they’re smart, this is the right choice. Now, if they need anything, he’s got them. And if he needs anything, they have him. Got you, Uce! Peace! Sami is fired up, but is he just being strung along?
For Memorial Day Monday, Riddle & Nakamura get a Championship Contenders Match against The Usos! If The Bro & The King of Strong Style can take down Jimmy & Jey, they’ll get their shot at the Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championships!
SmackDown celebrates Memorial Day early.
“They didn’t volunteer to die. They volunteered to defend values which make up what we call civilization.” – Ronald Regan
“What doe sit mean to be selfless? To have the courage to put all else first for a greater cause? In every generation, there are those who put everything before themselves. And this weekend, we honor them.” The men and women who fought for our freedom, from World War I to Desert Storm, Normandy to Afghanistan. Look back at the moments, the events, that defined America’s history. The struggles, the battles. Remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice. Ronald Regan said that we honor their memory so that their pledges and sacrifices will be remembered.
We show our gratitude to those who shaped us, who guided us, and who ensured our values and freedom would live forever. We show reverence and respect. On this weekend, we say, “Thank you.”
Six Man Tag: The New Day & ??? VS The Brawling Brutes!
The numbers game has been in the favor of the Fight Night Boys after Big E’s horrible accident, but Woods & Kofi have found a way to turn things back around! But just who (who who who) is the third man, brother? We’ll find out, after the break!
SmackDown returns and Sheamus has a mic. “What’s the story? Now let me make one thing perfectly clear, yeah? It’s FIGHT! NIGHT! FIGHT! NIGHT! Every night!” But the New Day don’t want a fair fight! They won’t tell us who the mystery partner is, but Sheamus doesn’t care. They could bring out King Kong, Godzilla or Moby Dick. It won’t matter, because they’ll get a severe beatin’ from these Brawlin’ Brutes! It could be anyone in the world and they’d still lay out all three. And they’ll all be on bed rest right next to Big E. Ain’t that right, Ridge? Too bloody right! It won’t matter how big and tall they are, they’ll cut ’em root to stem, Right, Butch? Butch goes wild!
Sheamus says the truth is, these are two of the toughest brutes Sheamus has ever seen. New Day finds out they don’t rock, “NEW! DAY SUCKS!” But here come the New Day! Woods wants everyone to hold up a sec. Brawlin’ Brutes? Who are they? Off-brand Wrestle Buddies? Who is this dick they speak of? But Sheamus is right about one thing. Tonight IS fight night! But not 2v3, because Sheamus is right about something else: This will be an unfair fight. The New Day found a real physical specimen. They found a true freak of nature! A man who will steal Ridge’s girl, AND Butch’s Auntie at the same damn time!
So then, brutes, this man will not have any problem kicking Sheamus right in that ugly mug he calls a face. Good accent, Woods. No, don’t lie to him. He was more Blackbeard than anything. Then arrrr ya ready? So who (who who who) is it? It’s… DREW MCINTYRE! The Scottish Warrior knows Sheamus all too well and vice-versa! Will “Big D” McIntyre help Kofi & Woods layeth the smack DOWN on these brutes?
SmackDown returns once again and Woods starts with Butch! They rush each other, Dunne CLOBBERS Woods, DECKS Kofi, but just swipes at McIntyre. Woods whips but Dunne runs him over! Things keep moving, Woods hurdles then mule kicks! Woods CLUBS Dunne, runs, Kofi tags in and Woods hits a SWINGING NECKBREAKER! Kofi PENALTY KICKS, Woods SLIDING LARITS Kofi IMPLODER SPLASH! LEG DROP to FIST DROP to SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Kofi brings Dunne right up, wrenches, tag back to Woods. Dunne gets away but the New Day dodges him to DOUBLE BULLDOG!
Woods rains down rights on Dunne, then brings him up. Dunne fishhooks Woods’ face! Dunne ROCKS Woods with a right, tags Sheamus, and Sheamus CLUBS Woods down. Sheamus stomps Woods, brings him up and gives him BEATS OF THE BODHRAIN! Sheamus goes all the way to nine, then tags Dunne so he can give Woods way m ore shots! Ridge then tags in, he drags Woods around and suplexes him into the ring! Cover, TWO! Ridge drags Woods up, whips him to ropes, but Woods ducks and dodges, Kofi tags in before the slide! ROLLIGN ELBOW, then FLYING AX HANDLE! Fans fire up with Kofi and he whips Ridge to a corner.
Ridge reverses, Kofi goes up and missile dropkicks! Dunne misses his chance to swipe at Kofi, and Kofi stomps Ridge! Tag to Woods, he stomps and it’s the good ol’ stampede! Dunne runs in but is sent right back out! And now the tag to McIntyre! Little Rock fires up as McIntyre joins in on the stampede! Tag to Kofi, McIntyre DECKS Dunne, and McIntyre whips Kofi in for a basement dropkick! Kofi claps it up, “NEW! DAY ROCKS!” But Ridge pushes Kofi to a corner. Kofi boots back, Sheamus distracts, Dunne sucker punches Kofi! Ridge POUNCES Kofi, roars “FIGHT NIGHT!” and the brute shave control as SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns again and Dunne keeps Kofi from the corner! Kofi throws hands, Dunne holds on and whips Kofi into the brute corner! Forearm smash then tag to Ridge, but Ridge keeps Dunne from going after McIntyre. Ridge RAMS Dunne into Kofi, tag to Sheamus! POWERSLAM and Sheamus is up top, KING KONG KNEE! Cover, TWO! Sheamus tags Ridge back, they get Kofi up and Ridge ROCKS Kofi with a forearm. Tag to Dunne, they mug Kofi but Kofi fights back! Sheamus gets in, IRISH- NO! Kofi slips out to DDT! Fans fire up as Kofi and all the brutes are down! Kofi crawls, but Dunne trips Woods off the apron! Ridge trips McIntyre!
Ridge RAMS McIntyre into steps! Sheamus CLOBBERS Kofi, Alabama Lifts, ALABAMA SLAM! Cover, TWO!! Kofi survives and Sheamus is shocked! Sheamus fishhooks Kofi’s face for the Dublin Smile, but Kofi fights up with body shots! Sheamus swings, into SOS! Both men are down and fans fire up! Kofi crawls, and McIntyre rises! Fans fire up for the hot tags to Ridge and McIntyre! McIntyre rallies on Ridge! McIntyre whips, CLOBBERS Ridge, then clinches in a corner for the OVEREHAD Belly2Belly! Dunne laps in, but into a clinch! OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Dunne flounders out, McIntyre dodges Ridge to NECKBREAKER!
McIntyre kips up and fans fire up! McIntyre grins and waits on Ridge, but Dunne leaps on for a SLEEPER! McIntyre tosses Dunne out of the ring! Woods gets in, builds speed and he RWECKS Dunne with a dropkick! But Sheamus BROGES Woods! Kofi FLIES and takes out Sheamus! Fans are thunderous as McIntyre has Ridge! Ridge throat chops! Ridge scoops, but McIntyre fights free and shoves, to GLASGOW KISS! Then from the corner, “THREE! TWO! ONE!” CLAYMORE!! McIntyre tags to Woods so he can finish this! Woods goes up, tightrope walks, LIMIT BREAKER!! Cover, #DrewDay WINS!
Winners: The New Day & Drew McIntyre, by pinfall
Vengeance and vindication here in Little Rock! But New Day wants McIntyre to stick around to celebrate! Woods plays the trombone and Kofi gets the hips into it. They want McIntyre to take a turn! Fans fire up for it, and McIntyre figures why not. He does a strut, a shoulder shimmy, and a little spin around! #DrewDay roar in victory, have they all dealt with those Brawling Brutes once and for all?
This was actually a really fun episode of SmackDown here, though not without its strange choices. I feel like the meta of Shotzi’s promo escaped the writers. Why have Ronda VS Raquel so soon already after their previous match? Why not have Raquel go against the Heels who criticized the booking? And of course it leads to an “impromptu” tag match, Raquel & Ronda getting a great win over Shayna & Natty. I do like that we got interaction between Ronda and Shayna. Maybe Shayna can step up and get her shot to feud with Ronda for a stretch? A little late to set anything up for Hell in a Cell, but maybe something for Money in the Bank? Ironically, that might’ve helped ticket sales but oh well.
I liked the opening segment of Usos giving us a work shoot of their heartfelt feelings that then raise their Heel heat. And I like that while Nakamura is without Boogs and while Riddle is without Randy, we’ll get these two trying for the tag titles together. We have already heard Roman is not defending his title(s) at Hell in a Cell, but maybe if Bros of Strong Style win on Monday, we get a last minute addition to Hell in a Cell for those tag titles. We also got a hilarious and amazing segment from Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn where they build both their stories of being delusional at the same time. That segment shows why those two should reunite and go for those tag titles very soon.
Moss has a good social media post promo, his return next week is going to be great. Max Du-PRI has a good segment with Pearce, and now that MMM is getting going, can’t wait to see who Max brings in and see how this goes. It’ll probably be a bit goofy but I suppose if it gives people screen time, there should be no complaints. I like that we got Imperium taking on Gulak and Ricochet. Gulak of course takes the loss but it was cool that Ludwig got the pin. He finally gets going on SmackDown, and there’s still ways for Gunther to get at the Intercontinental Championship. Too bad it’s not in time for Hell in a Cell. Maybe MITB will have one because duh, this title needs to be on a PPV again, and it sounds like this PPV needs more to it.
And of course, great stuff from The New Day. Great interview promo, good pre-match promos from them and The Brawling Brutes (I still hate how lazy Vince and team are in naming them), and naturally, it was McIntyre. We didn’t get as much between McIntyre and Sheamus as I was hoping for but that’s because Dunne being frantic and all over the place seems to take the focus of the match and the story. Naturally, #DrewDay wins because New Day needed to get even with the Brutes, and McIntyre needed to get going again here. But I feel like this feud is going to keep going. Maybe we get McIntyre VS Dunne? That’d be awesome stuff, at least.
My Score: 8.4/10
Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (5/27/22)
The Young Bucks are on a Rampage!
Time to pregame before the SUPERKICK, PARTAAAY~!
Before going Double or Nothing with the Hardy Boyz in Las Vegas, The Young Bucks are in action on another early edition of Rampage!
- Bryan Danielson VS Matt Sydal; Bryan wins.
- The Young Bucks VS Jon Cruz & Taylor Rust; The Young Bucks wins.
- Max Caster VS Dante Martin; Dante wins.
- Owen Hart Foundation Women’s Tournament: Ruby Soho VS Kris Statlander; Soho wins and advances to the finals.
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Bryan Danielson VS Matt Sydal!
The American Dragon had a scary spill just last week, but he looks just fine now. Will he kick Sydal’s head in to prove to the Jericho Appreciation Society he’s more than ready for Anarchy in the Arena? Or will Sydal’s third eye see an opening to exploit?
The bell rings and fans are already thunderous for “A E DUB!” as the two men stare down. Bryan and Sydal circle, they tie up, and Bryan arm-drags Sydal. Fans fire up more as Regal on commentary assures us, Bryan is in great shape. Bryan and Sydal tie up with knuckle locks, they go shoulder to shoulder, but Bryan gets a forearm shot in! Bryan then drops back, gets the arm, spins Sydal to a headlock, and he grinds Sydal down. Sydal endures, but Bryan throws a palm strike! Sydal endures as Bryan shifts to a cravat, Bryan snapmares and drops a knee on his head! Fans fire up and Bryan backs off.
Sydal and Bryan circle again, the two feel things out, and fans rally up. Sydal shoot sin, cravats but Bryan shove shim away. Sydal comes back for a flying-mare! Bryan stays back and shakes his head. Bryan hops up to his feet and the two circle again. They tie up, Bryan waistlocks, full nelsons and he drags Sydal down. Sydal endures, fights up and fans rally again. Sydal pries free but Bryan gets him for a BACKBREAKER! Sydal goes to ropes but Bryan brings him up to EuroUpper! Bryan has Sydal in the corner, brings him out to EuroUpper again! And again! Bryan gets the leg, turns Sydal over, and he hooks up the legs.
Sydal reaches out but Bryan grabs as the shoulders. Sydal resists so Bryan fishhooks his face! The ref counts, Bryan lets go, and rolls forward to get the head! Bryan fires off forearms then lets off, “Who’s the best?!” Fans fire up because it’s him! Bryan headlocks, but Sydal endures. Sydal powers out but Bryan runs him over! Fans fire up as things sped up, Sydal hurdles and WHEEL KICKS! Fans fire up more as Sydal stomps and STANDING MARIPOSAS! Rampage goes picture in picture as Sydal covers, TWO! Sydal keeps cool and he KICKS Bryan in the side. Bryan gets up but Sydal throws knees. Bryan throws knees back!
Bryan has Sydal on the ropes, ROCKS him with forearms and uppercuts, then brings Sydal around to hang him out to dry! Sydal is stuck up top, Bryan KICKS him for good measure. Bryan goes to the corner, climbs up, and he FLYING KNEE DROPS! Bryan paces around Sydal then clamps on a cravat. Sydal endures, Rampage returns to single picture, but Bryan snapmares him down to drop another knee! Cover, TWO! Sydal growls but Bryan clamps onto him for another snapmare. Sydal handsprings through to JUMP KNEE! And SOBAT! Fans fire up while both men are down, Regal says Sydal should capitalize!
But too late, Bryan gives back more EuroUppers! Sydal KICKS, CHOPS and CHOPS again! Sydal fires off forearms, whips, but Bryan reverses. Sydal WHEEL- NO, Bryan catches the kick to pop Sydal up, but Sydal RANAS! Cover, TWO! Sydal fires up and so do the fans, Sydal KICKS Bryan’s leg, then KICKS it again! Bryan shoves Sydal, but Sydal QUESTION MARK KICKS! Cover, TWO! Sydal hurries up top as fans rally, but Bryan ROCKS him first! Bryan gets up after Sydal and underhooks the arms. Sydal fights free, throws forearm sand he sends Bryan down! METEORA!! But into a HALF CRAB!! Bryan has the leg, Sydal endures, but Bryan steps over to get a deep angle!
Sydal still endures and he fights around! Bryan shifts to HEEL HOOK! But Sydal scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! Fans fire up as Sydal is let go, and Bryan snarls. Bryan KICKS Sydal, and KICKS again! KICK after KICK and Sydal flounders. Fans fire up and Bryan soaks it in. Bryan has Sydal in a corner, HEADBUTTS him, then hoists him up top backwards. Bryan climbs up behind Sydal, fans fire up as he brings Sydal up, but Sydal throws down elbows. Bryan CLUBS Sydal back, brings Sydal back up, but Sydal SUPER SUNET POWERBOMBS! DEEP stack, TWO!!! Bryan narrowly escapes and fans are thunderous for “A E DUB!”
Sydal and Bryan throws shots back and forth, Sydal gets the edge, but Bryan EuroUppers again and again! Sydal spins one to a backslide, TWO! JUMP KNEE! Bryan wobbles, but he ducks the next kick to BUSAIKU KNEE! Bryan then sits Sydal up, for HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Bryan hits Sydal again and again then gets the DRAGON GUILLOTINE!! Sydal is OUT, Bryan wins!
Winner: Bryan Danielson, by submission
Regal thanks commentary for having him again, and the American Dragon is on fire! Will he, Jon Moxley, Eddie Kingston, Santana & Ortiz all get their revenge on the Jericho Appreciation Society?
The Hardy Boyz are- Wait.
That’s not Matt & Jeff, that’s Matt and Nick! The Young Bucks are taking that comment about being Hardy Boyz cosplayers to heart! And then they bring out Gangrel!? Sadly, Brandon Cutler is stuck as Lita.
The Young Bucks VS ???
Matt & Nick Jackson are taking on Matt & Jeff Hardy for Double or Nothing in a battle of brothers as well as generation defining tag teams. But will the Bucks be able to take this all seriously while mocking the Hardys? Or will Jon Cruz & Taylor Rust be the ones with the last laugh tonight?
The teams sort out and Nick starts against Cruz. They circle, tie up, and Nick headlocks. Cruz powers out, Nick runs him over, then mocks Jeff’s dance. Things speed up, Cruz leaps but into an atomic drop! Nick triops Cruz and uses the leg splitting leg drop and basement dropkick! Tag to Matt, Nick DECKS Rust, and Matt puts Cruz in the corner. The Bucks set up, POETRY IN MOTION! Fans fire up for the picture perfect recreation! Matt scoop SLAMS Cruz, goes up top, and with the V1 fingers, Matt goes to the second rope. Tag to Nick, he gets Cruz up and now the V1 fingers! Elbow drop! Nick tags Matt back in and they bring Cruz up.
Double back suplex but Cruz lands out! Tag to Rust! Rust dropkicks Nick, dodges Matt and kitchen sink knees! Sobat and SCISSOR KICK on Matt! Rust runs, but into DOUBLE SUPERKICKS! The Bucks show their true colors, but Cruz tags in! He punches the Bucks, goes up top, but the Bucks get clear to DOUBLE SUPERKICK! Matt gets Cruz up, and he hits a TWIST OF FATE! Tag to Nick, he throws off the shirt and goes up top, SWANTON BOMB! Cover, the Bucks win!
Winners: The Young Bucks, by pinfall
It seems anything the Hardys can do, the Bucks can do better! But then they attack Gangrel! Seems he is part of them making an example to the Hardys! They get Gangrel down, but the REAL Hardys appear! “DELETE! DELETE!” The Bucks stand their ground as they stare down the Hardys, but they run into kicks! Cutler attacks! But then they turn their attention to him. Gangrel kicks Cutler and hits the IMPALER! And then a TWIST OF FATE from the real Matt Hardy! SWANTON BOMB for the real Jeff Hardy! Gangrel makes up with his old friends, but will the Hardys be able to DELETE the Elite?
Darby Allin speaks.
“It wasn’t Adam Cole, it wasn’t Bobby Fish. It wasn’t the Young Bucks, it was you, Kyle O’Reilly. It was you who took out sting.” Darby wants a fight at Double or Nothing with Kyle, or else he’ll interfere with Cole’s match, the Young Bucks’ match, and he’ll just make that night a living hell. So let’s make it official: Darby Allin VS Kyle O’Reilly, Double or Nothing. Will #KillerKyle accept the Relentless One’s challenge?
Max Caster w Gunn Club VS Dante Martin!
Platinum Max and Angel Dorado faced off on the very first episode of AEW Dark: Elevation, and now here, just after AEW turns three years old, they meet again! But will it be a repeat of history? Or will Dante show how much he’s improved since that day? Caster has a rap, of course. “Acclaimed ‘n’ the Gunns, we the new hot thing. Dante’s out of the break, already in the ring. I’ma bend your knees like the shmoney dance. Man, you couldn’t get laid at the bunny ranch! Your girl told me that you such a bitch. I’ma put you on the shelf like your brother is! Top Flight’s ’bout to crash, boy! You getting beat by Acclaimed and the Ass Boys!”
Austin says they talked about this, don’t use that name. “LOS ANGELES!” No, VEGAS, stupid! Oh, right. LAS ANGE- NO!! Bowens gets the mic and says, LAS VEGAAAAAS~! The Acclaimed have arrived! But Dante springboards and takes out Caster & said Ass Boys! But then Billy Gunn CLOBBERS Dante and RAMS him into the steps! Billy then helps Caster get in the ring so this match can start. The ref reprimands and EJECTS rest of the club! Bowens can’t believe it, and Dante rolls Caster up! TWO!! Dante springs up but Caster KICKS the leg out! Caster stomps the leg again and again, then covers. ONE, but Caster hurries to get Dante back up.
Caster has the leg, Dante CLUBS him down, throws forearms then KICKS! Dante whips, Caster reverses and CLOBBERS Dante, to then GROUND DRAGON SCREW! Cover, ONE!! Rampage goes picture in picture as Caster stalks Dante. Caster drags Dante up but Dante throws body shots. Caster grabs hair! Dante knees low, runs up the corner, and leaps, but into Caster’s arms! Caster SLAMS Dante down, gets the leg and ties him up, FIGURE FOUR LEG LOCK! Dante endures and reaches out, fans rally up, and Dante works to turn it over! Dante turns the leglock! Caster endures, but he gets the ROPEBREAK! The ref undoes the hold, Dante storms over but Caster trips him! Caster SMASHES the knee into the mat, then wraps Dante up with a leg inside the chinlock!
Dante endures so Caster shifts to focus on an arm. Dante fights up, Caster CLUBS him down. Caster whips Dante to the apron but Dante ROCKS him back. Dante springboards, but Caster BOOTS him down! Caster drags Dante in and snap suplexes! Caster covers, ONE, and Rampage goes to break.
Rampage returns, Cater back hands then back suplexes Dante! Caster goes up the corner fast, aims and MIC- NOPE! Caster has to land on his feet as Dante moves! Dante elbows Caster, sunset flips, TWO! Caster gets the leg, steps through again but Dante kicks him away to O’Conner Roll on the rebound! TWO, and Dante springs up and over! Dante jumps over again, CLOBBERS Caster, and starts to rally! Fans fire up and Dante runs at the corner, but is put on the apron. Dante KICKS Caster, goes up top, CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Dante hurries to the apron, fans fire up but Caster blocks the gamangiri. Dante HOTSHOTS, then resets! NOSEDIVE!! Cover, Dante wins!
Winner: Dante Martin, by pinfall
Dante avenges his loss on Elevation! Will this help Dante fly to the top of the ranks in the near future?
AEW looks closely at the Owen Hart Cup Men’s Finals.
Samoa Joe says that when it comes to facing someone like Adam Cole, you must take everything into account. Cole says he is in the finals with a man he truly admires. People look at the legacy Joe has left on this great sport and Cole finds himself where he has to beat that legacy. Cole says he is a world-class pro-wrestler, he ill be a franchise player for AEW for years to come, and it all starts with these finals! After Cole beats Joe and wins the Owen Hart Tournament, the world will remember Adam Cole BAYBAY. But Joe says as the ROH World Television Champion, Cole’s time is near.
The Men of the Year and Dan Lambert are in the ring.
Lambert says we live in crazy times, and there are very few things we can count on in this world. Death, taxes, and if you have bad acne, and a girlfriend whose CM Punk merch shirt is two sizes bigger than yours, you’re an AEW fan! If you need anything in the world of combat sports, come see Dynamite Dan. That’s what Scorpio did when he needed a new TNT Championship belt. These usually take six months to handcraft, but Dan called his buddy Ron at Red Leather Belts, and not only did he put this together in less than a week, but this is a masterpiece truly worthy of Scorpio Sky, LA’s favorite champion.
Ethan does the honors, and it is a GOLD strap with purple ribbon! The TNT Champion honors the Black Mamba, and Ethan says that now that Sky has a belt to match his talent, we can all finally be finished with the trash known as Sammy Guevara and Tay Conti! But speaking of, they and Frankie Kazarian are back on the tron. They hate to interrupt the celebration, but here is breaking news! A break in at the American Top Team HQ! Luckily, they’re on the scene! They bust in, keep people from calling authorities, and they see the trophies. They’ll take some of those. Oh hey, the “participation trophy” TNT belt! Kaz wants that belt!
Sammy says hold on, there’s something better. The BMF Championship! That is one of a kind and beautiful. You thinking what he’s thinking? Kaz sure hopes not. SamTay say they’ll “celebrate” with this belt. Sammy SMASHES the case open and they grab the BMF belt! And a few other belts, too. If Men of the Year want all these back, they’ll be in Vegas on Sunday. And bring VanZant, too. BMF: Be Mad, Fellas. Scorpio is FURIOUS! This has gone on way too long! If they want their mixed trios match, then those three scumbags against the Men of the Year & PAIGE VANZANT is happening!
But here’s the kicker: If MOTY win, then Sammy and Frankie are BARRED from challenging for the TNT Championship! They’ve been begging for this ass kicking a long time, and they’ll get it at Double or Nothing! And after that, they are DONE! But now that SamTay & the Heavy Metal Rebel have the match they wanted, will they get the revenge they wanted, too?
Mark Henry speaks tonight’s main eventers.
He starts with Ruby about what this tournament means to her. These last couple of months, Ruby’s been doubting herself, second guessing herself, losing the confidence she had when she arrived in AEW. Then she earned her shot in this tournament. This could be a turning point in her career, even if she has to beat her friend and whatever version of herself she’s bringing to the ring. Kris says that it seems everyone “needs” to win this. But Ruby needs to understand Kris has been here since day one, and what does she have to shown for it? No title, a blown out knee, and a back-up plan to the prestigious tournament. And all her friends have turned on her.
So Ruby needs to understand Kris isn’t letting this get away from her like all the other opportunities. No one, not friend or enemy, can stop her! Then there’s been enough talk. It’s time for the main event! Will the Runaway’s destination be Double or Nothing? Or will Statlander’s new form take the form of an Owen Hart Cup finalist?
Owen Hart Foundation Women’s Tournament: Ruby Soho VS Kris Statlander!
The bell rings and fans fire up as the two circle and tie up. Kris headlocks, hits the takeover, but Ruby keeps her shoulders up. Ruby headscissors, squeezes tight, but Kris kips free. Ruby sweeps, Kris kips up and sweeps back! Ruby rushes after the bad leg but Kris has the ropes. The ref counts, Ruby lets off, and fans are dueling hard. The two tie up, Kris headlocks but Ruby powers up to power out. Kris runs Ruby over and fans fire up. Kris runs, Ruby drops then shoots in to waistlock. Kris throws Ruby off and flexes! Things speed up again, Kris runs Ruby over, covers, ONE! Kris drags Ruby up to wrench and whip to the corner.
Ruby goes up and over, shows a punch, but she pulls it back! Kris gets in Ruby’s face about literally pulling punches, and the two tie up again. Kris monkey flips but Ruby comes back to wheelbarrow and arm-drag! Ruby runs in at the corner, Kris dodges but Ruby FLYING ARM-DRAGS! Kris blocks the next arm-drag to ROCK Ruby with a forearm! Ruby KICKS the leg, Kris CLOBBERS Ruby! Fans fire up while Rampage goes picture in picture.
Kris glares at Ruby, drags her up, and suplexes. Kris holds Ruby up for a count of 10, then 20, before the SLAM! Cover, TWO! Kris drags Ruby up, wraps on a chinlock then makes it a cobra clutch! Ruby endures, fights up, throws body shots, and runs, into Kris’ arms! Kris SLAMS Ruby down, then SPLASHES! Cover, TWO! Kris grows annoyed but she rallies the fans up. Kris drags Ruby up, scoops, but Ruby slips out to roll Kris up! TWO, and Kris scoops Ruby to SLAM her again! Kris drags Ruby up, brings her around, but Ruby turns back suplex into CROSSBODY! Ruby bounces off and the ref starts a standing count.
Kris sits up at 3, Ruby follows at 4, and they go after each other at 5 with forearms. Ruby ROCKS Kris, Kris ROCKS Ruby, and back again! They stand, throw more forearms, then Ruby HEADBUTTS! Ruby runs, but the monkey flip is bounced off the ropes! Ruby tries a DDT but Kris throws her off! Ruby comes back, into a POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO! Rampage returns to single picture as fans rally up. Kris whips Ruby to a corner and uppercuts! Kris then fireman’s carries Ruby up the ropes! Ruby fights with elbows, slips around and SUPER STEINERS! Kris flounders, Ruby runs, but into a POWERBOMB! High stack, TWO!!
Kris can’t believe it! Ruby survives and she gets to ropes while fans fire up! Kris runs in at the corner but Ruby dodges! Kris’ bad arm hits buckles! She still fireman’s carries, “This is Awesome!” but the bad arm holds the trophy lift back! NO FUTURE! But Kris tumbles out of the ring! Ruby hurries to get Kris up but Kris is almost dead weight. Ruby gets Kris on her feet but Kris shoves her away. Kris puts Ruby on the apron but Ruby FLYING RANAS back! Ruby puts Kris in, hurries up the corner, but Kris rushes in! Ruby ROCKS Kris first, reels her in by the arm, TORNADO ARMBAR DDT!! Then KIMURA!!
Kris endures as Ruby cranks on the arm, and Kris reaches out for the ROPEBREAK! Ruby drags Kris up again, turns her, but no neckbreaker as Kris pushes free. Ruby goes up, but no Deadly Nightshade! Kris has the Electric Chair, but Ruby tries to bend back. No Poison-Rana, WHIPLASH INTO BUCKLES! O’Conner Roll, CHAOS THEORY!! And then the fisherman, DRIVER!! Cover, TWO!?! Ruby survives and no one can believe it! Kris snarls, she drags Ruby up, and she CLOBBERS her point blank! Kris gets the legs and the arms, SPIDE- NO! Ruby kicks and kicks and kicks! Kris staggers, Ruby sweeps the legs! Oklahoma Roll, RUBY WINS!!
Winner: Ruby Soho, by pinfall (advances to the finals)
Tony Schiavone gets in the ring to interview the winner, but Britt Baker shows up first! She has a mic but Ruby tells everyone to cut the music. Britt can put the mic down. Everyone’s listened to Britt over and over, no one wants to listen to her anymore! Ruby gets it, the fans are upset she win. She did what she had to do to win the match. But Ruby needs to tell Britt something. Kris is Ruby’s friend, she loves and respects her, but look what she did. And Ruby hates Britt, so she’s gonna hurt her. Ruby has been telling Britt since Grand Slam that Britt has a receipt coming. Ruby’s cashing it in at Double or Nothing! Britt just smiles, but will she still be smiling after the Owen Hart Cup Women’s Finals?
A great episode here for Rampage, especially as a go-home. Great opening contest out of Bryan VS Sydal, wild to think that these guys only faced off once in ROH and missed each other in WWE, because this felt like they’d been going back and forth for years. Bryan wins, of course, for the momentum going into the Anarchy in the Arena 10 Man. Could be a sign that someone on Blackpool Combat Club & Friends is taking the loss to JAS. Great cosplay by the Bucks, that was a really fun match of them squashing Cruz and Rust. Also good to see Rust somewhere after WWE cut him way too soon, too. Great to see Gangrel, and of course the Hardys get their own bit. Bucks VS Hardys at Double or Nothing could go either way but I’m leaning towards Hardys.
They didn’t advertise Caster VS Dante but this was a great surprise. Obviously good stuff within the Acclaimed Gunn Club faction, and we got a very good match. Caster won the Elevation match they highlighted, Dante wins this one, maybe they’ll give this a tiebreaker match down the line. Scorpio Sky having a purple ‘n’ gold TNT belt is a great choice, and then an honestly genius move from SamTay & Kaz to steal some of the belts American Top Team “can’t replace.” A Mixed Trios is actually better than just 2v2, and I do like the stipulation of blocking Kaz and Sammy as contenders. It does give it away just a little that SamTay & Kaz win, but I bet Ethan takes the loss. PVZ isn’t being brought in to take the pin and no one is going to pin the TNT Champion unless it’s for the belt.
Great promo vignette from Cole and Joe, and I’m still leaning towards Cole winning. Great promos from Ruby and Kris going into their match, it really added to the fire in that main event, which was a great main event. Ruby using what Velvet told her was good story stuff, but I didn’t expect fans to boo it as hard as they did. Kris is a fan favorite, so maybe she comes around to get a title shot, like the TBS Championship after Jade beats Jay. I did like Ruby’s promo to end the show, shutting Britt up before she can begin. But Ruby being so adamant about getting that fire back, pretty sure she’s losing to Britt.
My Score: 8.6/10
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