NXT makes what’s old new again!
In an homage to an old tradition, NXT isn’t just taking over! NXT is In Your House! But who will reign supreme between Queen, Nightmare and Evil Genius?
- Six Woman Tag: Mia Yim, Tegan Nox & Shotzi Blackheart VS Candice LeRae, Dakota Kai & Raquel Gonzalez; Yim, Nox & Blackheart win.
- Finn Balor VS Damian Priest; Balor wins.
- NXT North American Championship: Keith Lee VS Johnny Gargano; Lee wins and retains the NXT North American Championship.
- NXT Championship Backlot Brawl: Adam Cole VS The Velveteen Dream; Cole wins and retains the NXT Championship.
- Tommaso Ciampa VS Karrion Kross w/ Scarlet Bordeaux; Kross wins.
- NXT Women’s Championship Triple Threat: Charlotte Flair VS Rhea Ripley VS Io Shirai; Shirai wins and becomes the new NXT Women’s Champion.
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It’s the NXT TakeOver Preshow!
Join Scott Stanford, Sam Roberts and Pat McAfee in reliving, discussing and predicting all the action set for tonight as NXT honors the 25th anniversary! And none other than Todd Pettingill gives the introduction!
Todd Pettengill introduces us to the inaugural NXT TakeOver: In Your House!
The host of the original is back for this special night, 25 years in the making! NXT has laid out the welcome mat, but Tommaso Ciampa says “Daddy’s Home!” Will he pull the rug out from under Karrion Kross? Will Velveteen’s dream of becoming champion come to an end? But no, no one is winning a house tonight. “Welcome to OUR house!” Code Orange performs the official theme, Underneath!
Six Woman Tag: Mia Yim, Tegan Nox & Shotzi Blackheart VS Candice LeRae, Dakota Kai & Raquel Gonzalez!
Just think of this as a Women’s Division civil war! The Head Baddie, the Shiniest Wizard and the Wild Child won’t let Mrs. Gargano remake NXT in her image! Will the resistance hold strong? Or will Candice, #CobraKai and the Daughter of the Desperado give them no other choice but to surrender?
The trios sort out and Mia starts with Candice. The crowd cheers “This is Awesome!” already, but Candice tags out to Raquel. Not that awesome but still a good start as the two tie up. Mia tries but can’t power Raquel back. Raquel pushes Mia down, but Mia gets up. Mia gets the waistlock but gets thrown off! Raquel is on Mia but Mia CHOPS away! Raquel blocks but Mia hops on for a guillotine! Mia tries to drag Raquel down, but Raquel powers out to a suplex and toss! Mia lands on her feet and Tegan tags in. Tegan dodges a boot to kick away on Raquel’s leg. Tegan runs, Raquel follows and rusn Tegan over! Tag to Dakota and she goes to kick Tegan. Tegan ducks, rolls Dakota, TWO! Tegan grabs Dakota with the choke grip, but Dakota breaks free! Dakota kicks but Tegan blocks and ROCKS her to a corner!
Tegan runs in, Dakota goes up and over to roll Tegan up, TWO! Dakota goes after Tegan fast with a whip, but Tegan slides under to sunset flip! TWO, and Dakota sits on the cover! TWO, and Tegan HEADBUTTS Dakota! Dakota flounders back, Tegan runs and uppercuts! Tegan sweeps the legs, for the CANNON-BOAR! Cover, TWO! Dakota survives but Tegan tags in Shotzi! Shotzi drags Dakota up and boots the punch away to hit a SLING-DOG! Dakota flounders, Shotzi runs, but her rope attack misses! Shotzi dodges the boot but not the scorpion kick! Dakota drags Shotzi in to cover, TWO! Dakota drags Shotzi over and tags Candice in. Candice hits the step-up but not the senton as Shotzi moves! Question Mark kick for Candice sends her out! Mia laughs as she looms close, but Raquel and Dakota protect her.
Shotzi DIVES but into Raquel’s arms! And a toss! But Mia DIVES to take Dakota and Raquel down! Candice scurries away to springboard and crossbody Mia and Shotzi! Tegan climbs up to top this off with a 450!! All six women go down but the crowd fires up for “NXT! NXT!” Shotzi finds Candice and puts her in the ring. Shotzi gets to the top rope again and she leaps to METEORA! Candice flounders, Shotzi runs, CANNONBALL! Cover, TWO!! Candice lives but Shotzi fires up more. Shotzi drags Candice up, ducks the enziguri, and gets CATTLE MUTILATION!! Dakota gets in to KICK the hold apart! And Raquel sneaks in to drag Shotzi up for a LARIAT! Cover, TWO!! Shotzi survives but Candice drags her away. Tag to Dakota and she stomps Shotzi down. Dakota taunts Shotzi reaching for Tegan and bumps her off buckles. Dakota grinds her boot in then lets off at the ref’s count.
Dakota drags Shotzi up to bump her off more buckles. Tag to Raquel and Raquel stomps and hammers away on Shotzi in the corner! She lets up at 4 but Dakota pulls Shotzi’s hair! Raquel tags Dakota in and Raquel whips Shotzi into the corner. Dakota taunts Mia and Tegan as Shotzi gets up. Dakota goes around the world but Shotzi gets clear! Raqauel and Candice get clear, too, but Shotzi hurries away! Dakota hurries after but gets double jawbreakers! Enziguri ends Dakota into her corner! Candice tags in and hammers Shotzi down! Candice talks trash but Shotzi slips under, tag to Mia! Mia rallies on the Poison Pixie with forearms, dropkick and a neckbreaker! The crowd fires up with Mia but the Pnealty Kick misses! Candice swings, into a DRAGON SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Candice survives again but Mia rocks Raquel!
Mia drags Candice up, wrench, but Candice PUMP HANDLE SUPLEXES first! Both women are down but the crowd rallies up. Candice crawls and tags in Raquel, but Mia tags in Tegan! Tegan rallies on Raquel and fires off shots! Tegan clotheslines but Raquel stays up! Tegan stomps a foot, uppercuts, then runs, to be caught! Raquel pops Tegan up, Tegan lands and kicks the legs. Tegan goes up, but her huricanrana becomes a POWERBOMB! Matchbook cover, TWO!! Mia swings on Raquel but is sent out by Candice! Candice hammers away on the ramp but they brawl on the “lawn” and into the “garage” of the set! Raquel drags Tegan up and she tags in Dakota. Raquel scoops but Shotzi saves, and the BOOT rocks Raquel! Tegan has Dakota for the CHOKE SLAM! Shotzi gets some help for a SLICED BREAD! They dropkick Raquel one after the other, then SHINIEST WIZARD for Dakota! Cover, Tegan and team win!
Winners: Mia Yim, Tegan Nox & Shotzi Blackheart, by pinfall
The brawling of the Head Baddie and Mrs. Wrestling still happens somewhere in the back, but Tegan and Shotzi finish this off with great team work! Will this end the war between them? Or is it only going to escalate from here?
Finn Balor VS Damian Priest!
When you come at the Prince, you better not miss! The Archer of Infamy wants to use Balor’s name as the foundation of his legacy, but will he #LiveForever or be buried instead?
Before there’s a bell, Balor BLASTS Priest with a dropkick! Priest gets up in a huff and the bell rings, but Balor kicks him and stomps him at the ropes! Priest pushes Balor away but Balor returns to CHOP him! Balor tackles Priest to a corner then whips, but Priest reverses. Priest runs in but misses his back elbow and Balor CHOPS! Balor chop blocks and stomps more! Priest gets out but Balor pursues from around the way. Balor runs to ROCK Priest with a forearm! The count begins but Balor whips Priest. Priest reverses to send Balor into the steel steps! Priest drags Balor up to ROCK him with a right! The count keeps going but Priest snake eyes Balor off the apron! Priest refreshes the count and throws steel steps around. Priest brings the base around, catches Balor’s Sling Blade and goes up the steps, for an APRON SIDEWALK SLAM!
Balor writhes into the ring but Priest takes his time stalking him. Balor stands up and Priest DECKS him! Priest mocks Balor as he looms over him. Priest kicks Balor while he’s down and the crowd duels. Priest ROCKS Balor again, then drags him up. Balor breaks free to throw forearms! Priest choke grips, shoves Balor, but runs into boots! Balor runs, into a LIFTING COMPLETE SHOT! Priest grounds ‘n’ pounds then looms over Balor. Balor slowly sits up, Priest drags him back up, and Priest whips Balor for a LEAPING back elbow! Balor flounders to a corner and Priest stomps away! Priest stops at the ref’s count to drag Balor around. Cover, ONE, but Priest clamps on with a chinbar and half nelson. Balor endures as Priest taunts him. The crowd rallies up, Balor fights his way up, but Priest wrangles him back down.
Priest leans and grinds on the hold but Balor fights up again. The crowd rallies as Balor jawbreakers free! Priest wobbles but EAR CLAPS and BOOTS Balor away! Priest runs into more boots! Balor throws big forearms, then runs, ducks and forearms Priest down! Priest flounders to a corner now, Balor runs in to CHOP! Balor whips corner to corner but Priest blocks and reels Balor in. But Balor hits a suplex first! The crowd cheers as Balor gets up. Priest is on the apron, Balor dropkicks him off! Balor kicks Priest against the barriers and stomps away! The ref counts but Balor goes back in to refresh the count. Balor throws more forearms and then gets in the ring to build speed. But Priest returns to CLOBBER Balor! Priest drags Balor up, Canadian rack but Balor slips out! Balor has the dragon sleeper but Priest powers out to BROKEN ARROW! Priest drags Balor up again, but Balor trips him up to DOUBLE STOMP!
Both men are down but the crowd rallies up. Balor grits his teeth as he gets up first. Balor throws forearms on Priest then kicks. Priest uppercuts, knees, kicks, kicks and ROLLING ELBOWS! But Balor returns with forearms! Priest ROUNDHOUSES, but Balor PELES! Cover, TWO!! Priest survives but the fans are loving “NXT! NXT!” all over again. Balor stares at Priest as he gets to ropes. Priest stands, but Balor rocks him with a running forearm! And another! But Priest stops the third with the choke grip, pop up, but Balor victory rolls, TWO!! Balor clotheslines Priest out, then builds speed. But Priest leaps right up on the apron to ROUNDHOUSE! Priest drags Balor out to ram him into barriers! Priest reels Balor in, Canadian racks and lifts, CRUCIFIX BOMB TO THE APRON!! Priest puts Balor in, covers, TWO!?! Balor survives and Priest is beside himself.
Priest gets to his feet while Balor slowly gets to a corner. Priest runs in, for a BIG back elbow! He runs again, for a second! Priest wants the hat trick, but he runs into a SLING BLADE! Balor takes aim now, but runs into the SPINNING ROUNDHOUSE! And then another! Priest reels Balor in, but no Final Reckoning, he gets Balor’s elbow drop DDT! Balor resets and aims, for the shotgun dropkick! Priest goes down and Balor goes up! But Priest grabs Balor first! Priest climbs up to join Balor, for a SUPER SOUTH OF HEAVEN!! Cover, TWO!?!? “This is Awesome!” because it’s not over yet! A standing count begins but both men stir. Priest and Balor go to ropes on adjacent ends. Priest sees the positioning of the steel steps and gets an idea. He promises Balor isn’t going to finish this match, and drags Balor to the apron.
Balor senses what’s coming, and fires off forearms! But he gets another ROUNDHOUSE! Priest reels Balor in, Canadian rack again, but Balor escapes again! Balor rocks Priest with a forearm, and Priest falls onto the steel steps!!! The referee checks on Priest as the crowd loses its mind. Priest manages to rise, gets in the ring, but Balor is up top! COUP DE GRACE! But that’s not enough, Balor goes up again! COUP DE GRACE DEUX! Cover, Balor wins!!
Winner: Finn Balor, by pinfall
“Brutal” doesn’t even begin to cover it! The Archer of Infamy might #LiveForever just for that fall! Will Priest be able to rise again? Or is The Prince finally going to head back for the throne?
NXT North American Championship: Keith Lee VS Johnny Gargano!
The Limitless One vows to show #TheJohnnyGarganoWay has already reached its limit. But #JohnnyRuthless won’t #BaskInHisGlory, he wants the title back! What happens to the heart and soul of NXT as these two icons do battle?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and the gold is on the line In Your House!
Gargano and Keith circle, but Keith knows what Gargano is up to asking for a test of strength with the bad hand. Keith knuckle locks then TOSSES Gargano! Gargano gets up and goes again, but his headlock barely bothers Keith. Keith powers Gargano off but the bad eye is bothering him. Gargano puts up his dukes and circles with Keith again. Keith goes after Gargano but Gargano dodges the strikes. Keith blocks the kick and almost heel kicks Gargano’s head off! Gargano backs away to a corner while the fans cheer, “Keith Lee! Woop woop!” Gargano runs at Keith but gets run over! Gargano bails out but Keith pursues. Gargano gets back in and dropkicks Keith away! Then he DIVES, but Keith catches him! Keith brings Gargano over to pop him up. But Gargano gets to the apron to MULE KICK the eye!
Gargano leaps, but Keith catches him! Keith pops Gargano back up, but Gargano goes after the eyes! Keith lets Gargano go, but avoids another step trap! Keith bumps Gargano off the apron then hoists him up and snake eyes him on the apron! Gargano tries to get away but Keith brings him back out to ROCK with a right! Gargano scurries away to the “front door,” and knocks? No one’s home, Gargano. Keith smiles as he heads over. Gargano pleads with whoever might be backstage, but Keith bumps him off the door! And GRIZZLY MAGNUM CHOPS him! The crowd wants “One More Time!” but Keith TOSSES Gargano down the “lawn.” Keith stalks Gargano back to the ring and they get in. Gargano clubs and stomps and hammers away! Keith pushes Gargano away but Gargano comes back for more. Keith pushes Gargano away again but Gargano goes after the bad hand!
Keith puts Gargano in a corner, tosses him across the way, then brings Gargano up for knees and a HARD left. But that hurts Keith’s hand almost as much! Gargano gets up and enziguris Keith down! Gargano clubs Keith to a corner and only stops because of the count. Gargano stands on the bad hand then digs his forearm into the bad arm. Keith powers Gargano away but Gargano comes back to CHOP! Gargano climbs up to rain down palm strikes on the bad eye! Keith powers Gargano off but Gargano just keeps coming back for more! Gargano haymakers, wrenches the bad hand and knees the elbow, but Keith pushes him away. Gargano comes back to BOOT Keith to the corner! Gargano goes after the bad arm but the ref backs him off. Keith is seething but Gargano comes from the outside. He pulls Keith’s hand against the buckle’s crossbar!!
Gargano lets up at 4 but the crowd boos. Gargano says they’re lucky to watch him perform. Gargano goes back to Keith for a cover, ONE! Gargano wraps Keith up in a cobra clutch to go after both wrist and eye! Keith endures as the crowd rallies. Keith fights up but Gargano knees him in the back. Gargano wrangles Keith down and keeps on the bad eye. Keith continues to endure and fights up again. Gargano becomes a backpack and digs his palm into the bad eye! Gargano elbows Keith down! Gargano springboard stomps over and over then drops an elbow! Cover, TWO! Gargano seethes as Keith clutches his hand. The crowd rallies but Gargano stands on the bad hand and fish hooks the mouth. Gargano drags Keith up to throw hands into the eyes! Keith can only push Gargano away, but Gargano mocks the #BaskInHisGlory.
Gargano throws more palm strikes but the fans sing “Johnny Sucks!” to the tune of Darth Vader’s Imperial march. Gargano mocks Keith but the fans rally up. Keith throws punches but that’s still his bad hand. But his good hand grabs Gargano’s to keep him from running! Keith blocks punches to give forearms! Keith whips Gargano to a corner, runs in, but misses as Gargano moves. Gargano ducks, slips out and enziguris! Gargano slingshots into a CLUB! Keith brings Gargano up for a BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Gargano survives but Keith keeps his focus. Keith gets to his feet, brings Gargano up, but Gargano holds onto a leg to block the bomb. Gargano pulls on the fingers, slips under Keith to throw forearms from all sides. Keith DECKS Gargano with just one! Gargano gets up to fire off more, but Keith ROCKS him again!
Gargano bobs ‘n’ weaves to give more forearms, then runs, into a pop-up! But Gargano gets the arm for a hanging armbar! Keith stays on his feet to lift Gargano up with that one arm! But Gargano pulls the fingers! Keith endures, powers up, and SLAMS Gargano down. Keith blocks a punch but Gargano fires off clotheslines, only to spin into a LARIAT! Cover, TWO!! Gargano may have no soul but he still has that superhuman heart! The crowd rallies as Keith looms over Gargano. Keith dares Gargano to get up, but he brings him up himself. Keith lifts, Gargano pulls the fingers! Gargano kicks away but Keith powers through! Gargano sunset flips through, TWO!! Keith just barely escapes but both men are down. Now the crowd sings “Gargano Sucks~” to the tune of, well, “John Cena Sucks.”
Gargano headbutts Keith down then kicks him over and over. Gargano sits Keith up but Keith pushes him away, tilt-o-whirl but Gargano goes for the arm! Keith whips Gargano away, Keith ducks to SUPERKICK! Keith HEADBUTTS, and fireman’s carries, for Big Bang- NO! Gargano rolls Keith up, TWO!! Keith barely escapes again, and he gets a BUZZSAW! Gargano runs, into a SPINEBUSTER! But Gargano flops to the bottom rope, and then out of the ring. The crowd rallies as Keith catches his breath. Keith fetches Gargano and puts him back in the ring. Keith grabs the rope to get back in, Gargano kicks the bad hand! And then Gargano DIVES, to TORNADO DDT! Gargano realizes Champion’s Advantage will be against him if he can’t get Keith back in. Gargano drags Keith but Keith is out cold!
The count is at 8, Gargano refreshes it desperately, and argues with the ref about it. Gargano goes back out, Keith has revived, and he POUNCES Gargano through the Plexiglas!! The crowd is going nuts as Gargano is down and out on the outside! The ref checks on Gargano but Keith still fetches Gargano. Keith drags Gargano by one hand back to the “lawn.” Keith scoops Gargano to carry him, but Candice returns? She was going to help Gargano, but then Mia is there and she fires off on Candice! Candice and Mia get in the ring and they brawl, all the way back out of the ring! Keith drags Gargano up, but Gargano has a KEY!! HE DIGS IT INTO KEITH’S OTHER EYE!! SLINGSHOT DDT!! Cover, TWO!?!? The #OneFinalBeat didn’t beat Keith and Gargano is furious!
Gargano aims from a corner, to SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO!! Gargano SUPERKICKS again! Cover, TWO!! Keith still has so much left and Gargano is furious! Gargano SUPERKICKS a third time! Cover, TWO!?! The crowd is loving this but Gargano is hating it! Gargano stands up as the crowd rallies for Keith. Gargano stomps the bad hand, then brings Keith up. Keith choke grips Gargano! Gargano tries to break free but Keith pops him up, for a SPIRIT BOMB!! Gargano flounders to a corner but Keith glares at him. Keith goes full power for a DEAD LIFT POWERBOMB! And then the fireman’s carry, BIG BANG CATASTROPHE!! Cover, Keith Lee wins!
Winner: Keith Lee, by pinfall (still NXT North American Champion)
#TJGW did NOT get the W he wanted! Keith Lee is still limitless and still champion! Will NXT forever #BaskInHisGlory?
NXT Championship Backlot Brawl: Adam Cole VS The Velveteen Dream!
The longest reigning NXT Champion ever wants this to be the Undisputed END to the Experience! If Dream doesn’t win now, he’ll never get another shot so long as Cole is champion. But with this very special match type, who will shine brightest as THE champion of NXT?
Cole drives up in an Undisputed monster truck, while Dream drives up in the Lamborghini of everyone’s dreams. And Dream cosplays as Negan! Dream brings Lucille’s cousin with him while the rules are set: anything goes, but the match must end inside the ring. Regal told the ref to tell them, “Enjoy the spotlight.” The crowd in their cars are fired up as Dream gets to the ring. Cole talks trash but it’s hard to hear over the roar of the engines. Cole wants Dream to fight like a man, aka without the bat. Dream says, “Anything for you, Cole man.” Cole gets in the ring while Dream takes off the jacket and scarf. Dream throws the scarf at Cole, but Cole swings the belt! Dream rolls Cole up, TWO! The two stand off, Cole swings but into a backslide! TWO and Cole backs away again. Dream catches Cole to an Oklahoma Roll, TWO! Cole scurries out, then into the ring, to BOOT Dream down!
Cole rains down right hands but Dream pushes him away. Dream flounders but Cole talks trash. Cole wants to take his belt and go home, but Dream hurries after. Cole grabs a car without a driver, but Dream brings back Lucille’s cousin! Dream starts swinging and breaks off rear view mirrors and dents the doors! Dream tells Cole to get out of the car, and Cole does, to go around and throws hands. Cole rocks Dream but Dream DECKS Cole! Dream pulls on Cole’s hair but another car pulls up. “Did somebody call for an Uber?” No but Cole and Dream end up fighting through the van! The ref tells the Uber driver to move on, and Dream goes after Cole. Dream says they’re just getting started, and he ROCKS Cole again! Cole tries to find a door he can get through but Dream clubs him down.
Dream throws Cole into trash cans then throws the trash can down! Cole avoids getting canned, and he suddenly begs Dream for mercy. Dream walks hover, but is yanked into a pole! Cole scurries away and still looks for shelter. Dream manages to follow Cole, bringing another trash can along. Dream throws the can and swings the lid, but where did Cole go? Dream starts looking for unlocked doors, and finds one. Only to get blasted with an extinguisher! Cole keeps smoking Dream then brings him up gasping for air. Cole clubs Dream down while bragging about being the best NXT Champion ever. Dream manages to make it back to the cars but Cole clubs him to ringside. Cole throws more forearms but Dream uppercuts. Cole kicks low and brings Dream around, for another BOOT! Dream staggers away towards the cars, but Cole throws uppercuts to send him further on.
“Why don’t you just quit, Dream? You won’t, because you’re stupid!” Cole hammers Dream’s face against the bumper of a truck but the crowd boos. Dream uses his shirt to choke Cole! Cole gets loose as the shirt tears, but Dream kicks him low and POSTS him! Dream goes to the apron, aims at Cole, and drops ax handles. Dream drags Cole up into the ring, covers, but Cole uses the ropes to pry Dream off him. Cole wants a time-out, but there are no time-outs in pro-wrestling. Dream climbs up and aims, to leap, into a SUPERKICK! Cole asks what he has to do to end Dream. Cole goes to the apron now, takes aim, and says night night. Cole leaps, into DREAM’S SUPERKICK! Dream wobbles as he brings Cole back up. He bumps Cole off the hood of a car! And then POWERSLAMS him onto one! Dream promises Cole will never forget this.
Dream produces a ladder and brings it over. Cole begs for mercy again but Dream hammers away instead. Dream sets the ladder up and starts climbing. But another car comes in with horns loud and lights bright. It’s the Undisputed Era’s Roderick Strong and Bobby Fish! The distraction allows Cole to go after Dream, but then Cole brags too much. Dream shoves him OFF the ladder and Cole CRASHES Onto the windshield! Cole’s arm is bleeding and the Era goes after Dream! Dream fights as best he can, but that’s 2v1! The Era beats Dream down then checks on Cole. Cole tells them that they know what to do. Strong and Fish hurry to the Undisputed Monster Truck and they put in chair after chair after chair into the ring! ECW flashbacks, anyone? How many chairs did Cole load up on that truck!?
Strong fetches Dream but then something drags a chair under the ring? It’s DEXTER LUMIS! The “tortured artist” is here, and looks to make good on his artistic warning. Lumis gives chair shot after chair shot to Strong and Fish! Then uppercut after uppercut! Lumis clubs Fish and Strong over to an open trunk! He puts Strong in first, then tosses Fish onto him! The trunk is closed and Lumis has two captives! Lumis drives off into the night while Dream flounders his way into the ring. Cole sits up with his bleeding and possibly broken arm, and crawls his way to the ring. Cole drags himself up the apron, up the corner, and to the top rope. Cole aims at Dream, leaps, but into a DREAM VALLEY DRIVER! Cover, TWO!?! Cole survives but Dream hurries to the corner now.
Dream flounders up to the top rope, Cole is sitting on the chairs, PURPLE RAIN MAKER ONTO THE CHAIRS!! Cover, TWO?!?! How did Cole survive?! Dream rips off his shirt, and says, “Every era is meant to end. BAYBAY, do you hear it? This is the sound of your dream coming to an end.” #DreamOver! But Cole LOW BLOWS Dream!! No disqualifications in the Backlot Brawl, and Cole heads up top! PANAMA SUNRISE ONTO THE CHAIRS!!! Cover, Cole wins!!
Winner: Adam Cole, by pinfall (still NXT Champion)
372 days and counting for the Undisputed Era! The dream is over, but for Velveteen himself! What must Dream do to finally have the brightest spotlight of them all? Will anyone ever end Cole’s reign?
Todd Pettengill checks in with us.
What a night already! He’s still just now catching his breath. But we check in with some “viewers” on… AOL Chat? It’s Triple H, Shawn Michaels and Road Dogg! They don’t know how to computers, so they get frustrated. But while they figure that out, let’s move on with the action!
Tommaso Ciampa VS Karrion Kross w/ Scarlet Bordeaux!
Ticktock, the Psycho Killer is on the clock. He and Mr. Doomsday promise to show each other something “special.” But labels aside, either #NoOneWillSurvive, or someone will #FallAndPray!
The bell rings and Scarlet is already enjoying this. The crowd rallies up already as the two stare down. Ciampa throws a forearm but Kross doesn’t flinch. Ciampa throws forearms and even boots, but Kross pushes Ciampa to a corner and BOOTS back! Kross drags Ciampa up, and TOSSES him! Ciampa bails out but Kross pursues around the way. Kross keeps Ciampa from getting back in the ring, but Ciampa elbows back and bumps Kross off steps! Scarlet checks on Kross, but Ciampa gets Kross between the ropes! No Willow’s Bell, but Ciampa denies the Exploder. Ciampa ROCKS Kross but Kross grits his teeth and comes back. Ciampa dodges and BOOTS, but Kross is up again! Kross powers Ciampa out hard and then continues after him. “You’re in my house now, Tommy boy!” APRON POWERBOMB! The surgically replaced neck is in danger after that one! But Kross and Scarlet just smile as Ciampa writhes and clutches his neck.
Kross tells the ref to move, then he drags Ciampa up and into the ring. Kross stalks Ciampa to the corner and kicks away. Kross knees low then reels Ciampa in, for another EXPLODER! Ciampa writhes but Kross just roars and revels in his ruthlessness. “How’s your neck holding up?!” Kross cranks on the neck then stomps Ciampa down. Kross brings Ciampa up again to put in a corner, and then use another EXPLODER! Ciampa is folded up but manages to get to a corner. Kross looms over him before ramming in his knee! And again, over and over! The ref counts, Kross backs off and Ciampa flounders up. Kross dares Ciampa to hit him, but Kross catches Ciampa for a NORTHERN LIGHTS! Roll through, LARIAT! Scarlet mocks Ciampa’s pain while Kross stalks him.
Ciampa slips away to CHOP and CHOP and CHOP! Kross grabs Ciampa’s neck but Ciampa fires off palm strikes! Ciampa enziguris Kross down, then runs to KNEE him out of the ring! Scarlet is worried now as Ciampa hits WILLOW’S BELL!! Cover, TWO!?! Ciampa was so close and he knows it. But Ciampa aims to KNEE Kross down again! Kross gets up, only to get another KNEE! Ciampa drags Kross up, underhooks, but Kross powers out to an F10 TOSS!! Kross drags Ciampa into the KROSS-JACKET!! Ciampa flails, reaches, but he’s trapped! Ciampa fades out, Kross wins!!
Winner: Killer Kross, by submission
The end is near, and Ciampa has fallen! Scarlet raises Kross’ hand in celebration, will she follow Kross down the road to total dominance of NXT?
Renee Young is here!
What a fun retro vibe! But the party doesn’t stop with the show. Renee will interview the man behind NXT, Triple H, on Facebook Live!
NXT Women’s Championship Triple Threat: Charlotte Flair VS Rhea Ripley VS Io Shirai!
The Queen is back atop the division after dethroning the Nightmare at WrestleMania 36. And since then, “the hardest working woman in any industry” has made sure every woman in the WWE understands their place on the food chain. But after throwing the match against the Evil Genius, and ruining the match between Shirai and Rhea, it comes to this! Will Charlotte still reign when she has two opponents to worry about? Is Rhea going to again be the future of NXT? Or will Shirai drag them down into the darkness so that she can finally shine?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and this battle for true dominance begins!
Shirai, Rhea and Charlotte stare down as the crowd rallies up. The three circle, but Charlotte bails out to let Rhea and Shirai have it out. Rhea is already annoyed, and the crowd chants, “You Don’t Go Here!” Charlotte shouts back, “I MADE here!” Shirai and Rhea do tie up, Rhea powers Shirai down, but Charlotte returns to throw Rhea down! Charlotte runs away, Shirai rolls Rhea, ONE! Rhea ROCKS Shirai, Charlotte kicks Rhea low! Charlotte bumps Rhea off buckles and then stomps away. Shirai runs over to pull Charlotte off, but Charlotte kicks her back. Charlotte scoops,. Shirai slips out and hits an Edge-o-matic! Shirai runs into Rhea’s BOOTS, but Rhea runs into Charlotte’s neckbrekaer! Charlotte catches Shirai’s leap for a FALL AWAY SLAM! Charlotte kips up and the crowd lets out a “WOO~!”
Charlotte says this is her house and the others are guests. She CHOPS her “guests” over and over, back and forth, then soaks up the heat. Charlotte brings Rhea and Shirai up and says they’re never leaving. But they both hit her with CHOPS! And fast hands! They stomp Charlotte to a corner but Rhea headbutts Shirai down. Rhea clubs Charlotte over and over, then whips her to a corner. Charlotte tumbles up and out, forearms Rhea away, but Shirai runs in. Charlotte shoulders Shirai away but Rhea trips Charlotte up. Rhea cannonballs from the apron but misses! Charlotte RAMS Rhea into barriers! Charlotte smiles but turns around into Shirai’s huricanrana! The crowd fires up with Shirai as she brings Charlotte up. Charlotte POSTS Shirai, then RAMS her into Rhea! The contenders are down and the Queen tells the crowd to kiss her ass.
Charlotte drags Shirai up to put her in the ring. Charlotte takes her time stalking Shirai and even toys with her. “You’re the best?!” Shirai fights back but Charlotte clubs her down. Charlotte drags Shirai up and whips, but Shirai hops up! Charlotte catches her, back suplexes but Shirai lands on her feet! Shirai runs, handsprings, dropkicks but into the BOSTON CRAB! Shirai endures as Charlotte sits deep! Shirai crawls for the ropes but Charlotte shifts to a Lion Tamer! Shirai kicks free and Rhea returns to LARIAT Charlotte! Rhea rallies on Charlotte, spins her and hits cravat knees! Rhea runs to BOOT Charlotte down! The crowd is fired up with Rhea as she hits the basement dropkick! Shirai runs in and flapjack dropkicks Rhea! Charlotte is on the ropes, she gets the Tiger Feint!
Shirai climbs up and leaps but Charlotte gets under. Shirai comes back, victory roll to STOMPS! Shirai keeps moving, basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Charlotte survives the onslaught but Shirai keeps her focus. Shirai fires up and goes corner to corner, but Rhea intercepts to O’Conner roll, and dead lift! Shirai elbows out, a HEADBUTT takes them both out! The crowd rallies up as all three women are down. Charlotte sees her contenders stirring and going after each other. Shirai and Rhea grab each other’s hair, but Charlotte SPEARS them both! Cover on Shirai, TWO! Cover on Rhea, TWO! Charlotte just grins as the match continues. Charlotte drags Rhea over to a corner and says “SUCK IT” a la DX. Charlotte places Shirai next to Rhea before going up top. She hit this before, and wants it again, MOONSAULT, but she gets KNEES!
Shirai rolls Charlotte, but Rhea rolls Shirai, to a pump handle and RIP- NO! Crossbody counter! Shirai tilt-o-whirls Charlotte to a CROSSFACE!! Charlotte endures, reaches out, but Rhea BUZZSAWS Shirai off! Charlotte BOOTS Rhea, covers, TWO! Rhea lives and Charlotte is losing her cool. “This is Awesome!” as Charlotte aims from a corner. Rhea sits up, but she avoids Natural Selection to SUPERKICK and Atomic SLAM! Shirai springboards to missile dropkick Rhea down! The crowd is thunderous as Shirai gives Rhea a corner METEORA! Charlotte hits NATURAL SELECTION on Shirai!! Cover, TWO!?! Shirai survives and Charlotte is shocked! Charlotte thinks of what she has to do, but Shirai ghost pins! TWO and Charlotte has the legs! Figure Four and the bridge, but Rhea drags Charlotte out! Rhea clubs and hammers away on Charlotte but Charlotte gives it back!
Charlotte bumps Rhea off steps, but Rhea kicks back. The two brawl towards the “lawn”, and Shirai DIVES! Direct hit on Rhea! The crowd is thunderous again but Charlotte clips Shirai! Charlotte throws Shirai THROUGH THE WINDOW! Rhea stalks up and SMASHES Charlotte with a potted plant! Charlotte tackles Rhea and the two scrap right by the “garage!” Rhea slaps Charlotte around while the ref says they need to end this in the ring. Charlotte slaps and clubs Rhea back, then smooshes her into the Plexiglas! Charlotte and Rhea keep brawling, but Rhea staggers. Charlotte aims from the door, but Shirai’s on the “roof!” “Please Don’t Die!” Rhea and Charlotte brawl more, and Shirai is like a cat as she drops in on them! DOUBLE CROSSBODY! All three wipe out and the crowd loses their minds!
Shirai gets up first and she puts Charlotte in the ring. Shirai hurries up to the corner and the top rope. Rhea rises and hurries over and she ROCKS Shirai with a right! Rhea gets in, Charlotte runs in but is sent into the POST! Charlotte flops out and Rhea goes after Shirai with CHOPS and haymakers! Rhea climbs up, brings Shirai up, but Shirai resists! Shirai fights Rhea back, slips under, and pushes Rhea into the buckles. Shirai climbs back up, clubs away on Rhea, then brings her up for a SUPER STEIN- NO! And Charlotte returns to BOOT Shirai down! Rhea BOOTS Charlotte, but Charlotte throws forearms and CHOPS! Charlotte CHOPS and CHOPS and climbs again. Rhea resists and headbutts back! Rhea pump handles for a SUPER RIPTIDE!! Cover, but Shirai breaks it! That was so close!
The crowd is at a fever pitch but Rhea is furious. Rhea boots, misses, and the SHOTEIS land from all sides! Shirai runs, pops up, but the victory roll is blocked to the INVERTED CLOVERLEAF! Or as she calls it, the Prism Trap! But Charlotte has a kendo stick! Rhea spanks Shirai, Charlotte SMACKS Rhea! And then Shirai! And then Rhea again! And then Shirai more! Rhea, again! Charlotte says she’s going to beat Rhea again! She tosses the kendo stick away, and SPEARS Rhea again! Charlotte grabs the legs, Figure Four! Bridge to the Figure EIGHT!! Rhea endures, but Shirai ASAI MOONSAULTS RHEA!! Cover, SHIRAI WINS!!!
Winner: Io Shirai, by pinfall (NEW NXT Women’s Champion)
The Evil Genius found a brilliant solution to this problem! And finally, she has the title! The confetti rains down and the streamers fly! What does this change in power mean for the future of NXT?
An incredible night for what felt like a rather oddly placed TakeOver event. One odd thing was that we didn’t get a tag title match. I don’t remember them saying Imperium VS Breezango wasn’t for TakeOver, but maybe that’s why Indus Sher showed up at the end of last Wednesday’s NXT. There might be more build for that match before we get it, which would actually help things just a little bit. I still feel like it should’ve been Oney Lorcan and Imperium, but maybe that is being saved for what would’ve been TakeOver: Boston in a couple months. Instead, the Six Woman Tag opens and it was really good. I was surprised the Faces won, but it didn’t feel like the many feuds in that match are over. For one, Mia and Candice brawl during the North American Championship match, and I almost thought it was going to cost Keith the title.
Keith VS Gargano was great, with or without the brawling, but it makes a lot of sense for Keith to win. The Johnny Gargano Way can’t get its way just yet. He and Candice haven’t shown us enough just yet, and their goal of reigning together might make more sense if Gargano has the NXT Championship again. On top of no tag titles, I was surprised the NXT Championship was the middle of the show. Dream cosplaying Negan from The Walking Dead was a great surprise but that bat wasn’t much help. It barely dented the car Cole tried to escape in and didn’t come into play later. Lumis kidnapping Strong and Fish was a great bit, but it didn’t help Dream win. I’m rather surprised, I would’ve thought this was Dream’s time, but maybe WWE wants to give reason Cole to stay since there’s concern he might go to AEW. At the same time, this could mean Dream will help just about anyone in defeating Cole now, so as to undo the clause of being kept from future opportunities.
Finn Balor VS Damian Priest was an incredible match, definitely worth of a TakeOver. That steel step spot alone was so rough. I’m surprised Priest was able to get up after that. But I figured Balor would win, he needs to stay strong to head for a title story of his own. I hope Cole VS Balor is next, I don’t think we got a proper “Who is THE BEST NXT Champion ever?” story out of them. And it would be great if Balor got the NXT Championship back before going back after Walter and the NXT UK Championship. Having a truly undisputed champion in NXT might be a bit much, but someone of a Cole, Balor and Walter level is definitely worthy. Ciampa VS Kross definitely had a great match, but of course Kross was going to win. He dominated Ciampa here, but I preferred his character work from Lucha Underground as the White Rabbit. Either way, Kross definitely has a title in his future, and it might be the North American Championship.
And finally, for the first time in a long time, the women main event TakeOver! This match was amazing, above and beyond expectations, but with the outcome I was most hoping for. Io Shirai is finally on top of the NXT Women’s Division! She probably should’ve been champion sooner, but better late than never. Charlotte might be back to give us a proper match with Shirai, but I would hope Shirai retains in that match. And while Charlotte beat Asuka again on Raw, it was via count-out thanks to Nia. I’m sure Charlotte can come back around as I don’t see Nia winning at Backlash next Sunday, but I would hope Charlotte loses to Asuka. What would be creative for Charlotte is if she had to struggle and work harder than ever before, all the while giving us some dream matches between Raw and NXT.
My Score: 9.3/10
Andrew’s IMPACT Results & Match Ratings: 12.1.2022
After the holiday, we get on track for Hard to Kill. Deonna vs Mickie James is the main event…do we see Mickie’s career end tonight?
With the holiday last week, I wasn’t home to cover IMPACT so it’s going to be a fun night of how much I remember and how well they frame the stories.
We’re on the road to Hard to Kill, so we need to remind people about Over Drive and then move forward. I’m also curious if we get any resolution on the VBD stare down after EY lost. I really don’t want EY to get kicked since that will be a sad group of mid card sacks of shit. But I guess we’ll see.
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) December 2, 2022
- Rich Swann vs Bully Ray: Swann wins via DQ – * 1/2
- Moose vs Bhupinder Gujjar: Moose wins via Lights Out – * 3/4
- Steve Maclin vs Frankie Kazarian: Kaz wins via DQ – **
- Last Rodeo: Deonna Purrazzo vs Mickie James: Mickie wins via Victory Roll – *** 1/2
We get the Over Drive highlights, so I’m guessing they did their usual Thanksgiving fun episode. Bully Ray walks out to start the show. Bully recaps things, explains how he kept his word while running down the crowd, intimidating children and doing solid heel work.
It goes a little long, but thankfully Rich Swann eventually gets sick of the diatribe and rushes the ring. Swann gets in a few pot shots, but Bully bails out, tries to walk away and gets a plancha. The referee comes out and the match will kick off the show!
Rich Swann vs Bully Ray
Bully jaws a little, lays in some punches and power moves but Rich eventually turns the tide. The quick step over back kick and a Frog Splash for 1. But then Bully catches Rich on the top rope, Tree of Woe and starts wailing on him.
Bully keeps control of Swann until Swann drops down with the Jawbreaker and then we see him start using the speed and athleticism with kicks and top rope moves. Bully stifles Rich, goes for the Avalanche Senton as he flirts with the referee and misses. Rich hits a 450 Splash for 2, and then we see a little back and forth, before Bully grabs his chain and hits Rich in front of the referee. So the DQ happens but Bully doesn’t care. Bully gets a chair and other weapons from under the ring and starts beating on Rich.
Bully really likes these zip ties, Tommy Dreamer comes out to stop Bully though. They argue, Bully shoves Dreamer and then D’Amore hits the ring to try and quell this. Bully is defiant, even D’Amore is getting fired up and looks like he wants to fight Bully. Dreamer trying to keep D’Amore away from Bully is funny and pretty great.
Moose vs Bhupinder Gujjar
Definitely not a match I expected.
Moose gets in the early shots, but Gujjar starts to fire back and he gets some solid shots sending Moose to the outside. Gujjar takes to long to pander after the Dropkick and Moose has him eat a Big Boot into an Apron Powerbomb.
Gujjar shows more fire but Moose cuts him down. Moose goes for the Lights Out, but Gujjar dodges sending Moose into the corner. A few shots, Ripcord Knee, Slingblade and now…tuning up the Gargoyle Spear but Moose side steps it like Samoa Joe. Gujjar leapfrogs the Lights Out again, but Moose puts the brakes on and fires back connecting with the Lights Out and the win.
Moose starts to rant and says that he doesn’t want any of the idiots to to talk about Bully Ray or “Say his name”, and then JOE HENDRY’s music hits! There is already a “This is Awesome” chant just with Joe Hendry and Moose standing in the ring. Hendry fights Moose off mostly and Gujjar hits the awful Spear out of nowhere to get Moose to powder out.
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) December 2, 2022
Steve Maclin vs Frankie Kazarian
Maclin starts off with some big strikes but Kaz ducks the line and hits the Springboard Reverse Elbow, and begins his offensive. Kaz beats on him in one corner then Maclin tosses him out and we see some back and forth. Neither are really landing big strikes, Maclin keeps some control with smaller strikes and knees against the ropes, but nothing really definitive.
A few of Maclin’s shots piss off Kaz and they Hockey Fight a little but Maclin keeps all of the control. Kaz does finally start a comeback and we get some of the classic Kaz Flying Forearm, Guillotine Legdrop and Slingshot Cutter. Maclin powder…and grabs a chair. So…another DQ finish?
Last Rodeo: Deonna Purrazzo vs Mickie James
They do a good job pacing things back and forth early on. Deonna fights back and starts to rock Mickie, the Slingshot into the bottom rope gives Deonna full control. Headlock Takeover and tries to wear Mickie down, Mickie fires back but Deonna refuses to give her the advantage. Mickie finally manages to slow her down with a Headscissors and now we get Mickie dropping Deonna down, Mickie goes to the top for the Thesz Press, but Deonna pushes her off.
Commercial break kicks in, and Deonna hits a Brainbuster for a few sequential pinfall attempts, but Mickie refuses to stay down. Camel Clutch from Deonna is wearing down Mickie but she manages to fight out. A few back elbows, then Mickie goes to the ropes to try offense but Deonna stifles. They struggle and Mickie finally gets Deonna on the outside, Dropkick and Thesz Press to the outside.
Mickie throws Deonna in, Missile Dropkick, Neckbreaker and looking for the Mick D-T, but Deonna stops it. Tornado DDT attempt from Mickie, but a Pump Kick from Deonna drops Mickie for a 2 count. Queen’s Gambit attempt, Superkick counter from Mickie for another 2. Mick D-T again, but Deonna blocks and swings around driving Mickie down into the Fujiwara. Venus Di Milo gets locked in too close to the ropes.
Locomotion Victory Rolls, Deonna tries to grab the tights, but Mickie counters through and picks up the win with a little tights pull of her own.
Jordynne’s music hits. She basically says they both put things behind them, and challenges Mickie at Hard to Kill. Career versus Title.
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) December 2, 2022
Overall Score: 6/10
Honestly, Bully went on a little long, Moose’s promo was a little too similar to Bully just being a piece of shit. Plus the match quality aside from the main event was lame, two DQs is redundant…so yeah, not sure what to make of this.
Career versus Title for Knockouts is nice but then after that we had the vignette killing off Eric Young so VBD is a mid card faction. Which I guess is a little sad since this is the best Deaner we’ve ever seen, but he’s still not a credible on the card.
So it was a weird show, but Joe Hendry always makes things a little better.
Mitchell’s NJPW WTL X Super Jr. Tag Results & Report! (11/30/22)
World Tag League, Round 4!
Will the United Empire continue to conquer?
World Tag League finally goes again, and round four might be bad luck for the top of the block! Will Aussie Open continue to lead as an undefeated duo?
- Tomoaki Honma & Ryohei Oiwa VS Yuto Nakashima & Oska Leube; Nakashima & Leube win.
- Six Man Tag: Master Wato, Clark Connors & Kosei Fujita VS Suzuki-Gun; Suzuki-Gun wins.
- 8 Man Tag: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS Bullet Club; LIJ wins.
- World Tag League 2022: Alex Coughlin & Gabriel Kidd VS Bad Luck Fale & Chase Owens; Fale & Chase win.
- World Tag League 2022: Great-O-Khan & Aaron Henare VS Minoru Suzuki & Lance Archer; Suzuki & Archer win.
- World Tag League 2022: Aussie Open VS EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi; Aussie Open wins.
- World Tag League 2022: Tetsuya Naito & SANADA VS Shane Haste & Mikey Nicholls; Shane & Mikey win.
- World Tag League 2022: Toru Yano & Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI; Yano & Tanahashi win.
PLAY BY PLAY
Here are the current World Tag League standings!
Aussie Open: 3-0, 6 points
Goto & Hashi: 2-1, 4 points
Naito & Sanada: 2-1, 4 points
Suzuki & Archer: 2-1, 4 points
Khan & Henare: 2-1, 4 points
The Mighty: 2-1, 4 points
Yano & Tanahashi: 1-2, 2 points
Chase & Fale: 1-2, 2 points
Evil & Yujiro: 0-3, 0 points
Coughlin & Kidd: 0-3, 0 points
World Tag League 2022: Alex Coughlin & Gabriel Kidd VS Bad Luck Fale & Chase Owens!
The #MechanicalBulls are barely holding on, but so are the General’s Jewels! Who gets a grip and claws their way back up before it’s too late?
The teams sort out and Kidd starts against Chase. Fans rally as the two circle, and they’re able to cheer “KIDDU! KIDDU!” The two tie up with knuckle locks, break, then go again. Chase waistlocks, but Kidd pries free to wrench. Chase spins and wrenches back to top wristlock. Kidd slips around, spins Chase and snapmares, then sits him up to a chinlock. Chase fights up to get in the ropes. The ref counts the break and Kidd counts along to let go at 4. Chase is annoyed but Kidd says it’s okay. Kidd and Chase approach, Chase kicks the knuckle lock away to tie up collar ‘n’ elbow. Chase puts Kidd in a corner, the ref counts, and Chase lets off.
Chase CHOPS Kidd, but Kidd DECKS Chase! Kidd fires up and fans applaud. Chase stands up and resets with Kidd, they tie up, and Chase claws Kidd’s eyes! The ref reprimands, Chase headlocks but Kidd powers out. Chase runs Kidd over and tells him, “SUCK IT!” Things speed up, Kidd hurdles but Chase stomps the monkey flip with a stomp! Chase headlocks but Coughlin tags in as Kidd powers out. Kidd drops down and Coughlin scoops Chase to SLAM! Kidd drops a SENTON, then the Mechanical Bulls flex. Coughlin deadlift gut wrenches for the SUPLEX! Fans fire up and Chase goes to a corner. Coughlin runs in, but Chase dodges!
Chase CHOPS, and CHOPS, but Coughlin just frowns at him. Coughlin puts Chase in the corner, but Chase blocks the chop with knees! Coughlin shapes out the arm and Chase storms up on him, but Coughlin picks Chase up to RAM him in the corner! Coughlin UPPERCUTS, CHOPS, and roars! Fans fire up with The Android as he drags Chase up. Coughlin tags Kidd, whips Chase, then kicks Chase low. Kidd knee lifts, Coughlin CHOPS, and Chase falls for Kidd to drop an elbow! Fale gets in but Coughlin kicks him first. The Mechanical Bulls mug Fale then double whip, but Fale runs them both over! Fans fire up as the Rogue General stomps Kidd.
Fale drags Kidd up, whips him corner to corner, and Chase stomps a mudhole in. Chase drags Kidd up to scrape his face on the ropes! Tag to Fale, and Chase pushes Kidd down for him and Fale to stand on his back! The ref counts but Chase & Fale salute. Bullet Club steps away at 4, and Fale drags Kidd to a cover. TWO, and Fale is upset with the ref. Fans rally for Kidd but Fale stomps him down. Fale drags Kidd up but Kidd CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Fale throat chops back! Kidd sputters and Fale tags Chase. Chase drags Kidd up, he and Fale double whip, and they body shot, knee lift and LARIAT! Cover, TWO!
Fans fire up for Kidd but Chase taunts Coughlin. The ref stops Coughlin from getting in as Chase brings Kidd up. Kidd swings but Chase dodges to BELL CLAP! Chase throws Kidd down for the NECK TWEAK! Kidd writhes and Chase tags Fale. Bullet Club whip Kidd to a corner, then Fale runs in, only for Kidd to dodge! Chase runs in but Kidd dumps him out! Fans rally up but Fale stomps Kidd down. Fale drags Kidd up, scoops him, but Kidd slips off! SUPERKICK! Fale staggers away and fans fire up! Kidd crawls for his corner, hot tag to- NO, Chase trips Coughlin! Chase wags his finger, and Fale SPLASHES Kidd in the corner! Cover, TWO!
Fans rally up and Kidd sputters, but Fale tags Chase. Chase drags Kidd up and calls his shot! Chase suplexes, but Kidd blocks! Kidd throws body shots, but Chase blocks his suplex. They fight for control and fans rally up. Chase gets Kidd up, but Kidd fights back down to TENZAN BRAINBUSTER! Kidd fires up as fans fire up, and both men crawl to their corners. Hot tags to Coughlin and Fale! The Android dodges the General to RAM shoulders! Coughlin fires off forearms then scoops! But Fale’s too big! Or is he?! Fale CLUBS Coughlin before he’s off the ground too far! Fale scoops Coughlin to a fireman’s carry, but Coughlin fights free!
Coughlin fires off more forearms, he ROCKS Fale, then tries the scoop! Fans rally but Fale resists! Coughlin knees low, CHOPS, and fires up! “LET’S GO!!” Coughlin runs but Fale CLOBBERS him! Fale then runs to drop a BIG elbow! Cover, TWO! Fans cheer as Coughlin is still in this. Tag to Chase, Bullet Club double whip to FLAPJACK and SLIDING BOOT! Cover, but Kidd breaks it! Fans fire up as Kidd fires off forearms on Bullet Club! Kidd forearms, CHOPS, repeat! Kidd roars, runs, but Chase gets around to waistlock and lift! Fale runs in, GRENADE LAUNCHER! Fale whips Coughlin corner to corner, Chase runs in and forearm smashes!
Fale runs in to SPLASH! Fale then scoops Coughlin and Chase goes up, but Coughlin slips free! Coughlin shoves Fale into Chase, and Chase falls onto his crown jewels! Fale staggers, into a SCOOP SLAM!! The Android roars and fans fire up! Coughlin clinches Chase, for an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Fans fire up more and Coughlin drags Chase up. But Chase BOOTS, C-TRIGGERS, and tucks Coughlin in! PACKAGE DRIVER!! Cover, Chase & Fale win!
Winners: Chase Owens & Bad Luck Fale, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Coughlin & Kidd earn 0)
Chase turns things around in the blink of an eye, and he and Fale survive the Mechanical Bulls! Can they survive until the end of the league to be a finalist? As for Coughlin & Kidd, is their run already over at 0-4?
World Tag League 2022: Great-O-Khan & Aaron Henare VS Minoru Suzuki & Lance Archer!
The All United Empire Finals is still possible, but only if the Dominator & Ultimate Weapon continue to dominate! Will they keep their hopes alive? Or will even the Empire see that #EverybodyDies?
As always, The Orchestrator, Gideon Grey, is here to give the Empire’s introductions. As for the Murderhawk Monster, he storms over the railing to get right up to commentary! Milano Collection AT and Master Wato ask for mercy, they don’t wanna get hit. Then Suzuki makes his entrance and Archer chases Gideon! Gideon runs all the way to the back row, and Archer pushes Young Lion Oskar Leube out of his way. Fans all join in on “KAZE NI NARE!” and then Suzuki-Gun attacks the Empire! Archer kicks Henare and throws him out while Suzuki himself is after Khan! Suzuki throws Khan out, stomps him at ringside, and the bell rings!
Suzuki stands Khan up to knee him low, then kick him down! Archer chases a cameraman off, but then Henare dodges his boot into the post! Henare comes back to ROCK Archer! Khan and Suzuki trade forearms, then Suzuki kicks low. Suzuki whips, Khan reverses and Suzuki hits railing! Suzuki slumps down and Khan is after him. Khan shakes the railing while choking Suzuki with his foot! Khan lets off to CLUB Suzuki but Suzuki throws body shots. Khan CLUBS Suzuki again, puts him in the ring, and then drags him around to CHOKE! The ref counts, Khan lets off and brings up all the stuff Suzuki was doing.
Suzuki kicks at Khan from below, but Khan stomps away on Suzuki! Khan CHOKES Suzuki again, but lets off as the ref reprimands. Fans rally up as Khan drags Suzuki up. Khan puts Suzuki in the corner, CLUBS him, then hops up onto his throne! Fans applaud but Suzuki snarls as Khan pulls back the arms! Henare talks trash right to Suzuki’s face while the ref manages to keep Archer back. Suzuki SPITS at Henare! Khan hops off, Henare CLUBS Suzuki, then Khan tags Henare in. The Empire mugs Suzuki but he fights back with CHOPS and palm strikes! But the Empire still mugs Suzuki with clubbing arms.
Henare ROCKS Suzuki with forearm after forearm in the corner, then digs his boots in! The ref counts and Henare lets off, but Suzuki stands right up! Henare KICKS, KICKS and ROCKS Suzuki! Fans fire up, and Suzuki hits back! Suzuki wrenches an arm, brings Henare to ropes, then HOTSHOTS the arm! Henare swings on Suzuki but into a HANGING ARMBAR! Archer runs to BLAST Khan off the apron! The ref reprimands, Suzuki lets off and drags Henare out to whip him hard into the railing! Suzuki ELBOWS Henare in the head and Henare drops to the floor. Archer stomps Khan around outside to keep him down.
Archer apparently takes offense to Khan’s ponytail being a braid, it’s too much like Archer’s murderhawk braid. Anyway, Suzuki stands Henare up, slaps him around, and he bumps Henare off the apron. The ring count climbs but Suzuki puts Henare in at 5 of 20. Tag to Archer, and Suzuki-Gun stands on Henare’s head! The ref reprimands, Suzuki-Gun steps away, and Archer drags Henare back up. Archer puts Henare in a corner, stomps a mudhole in, laughs and stomps some more. Archer digs his knee in but the ref counts. Archer lets off at 4, then Suzuki gets a shot in. Suzuki returns the trash talk from earlier as he slaps Henare around.
Archer stands Henare up and Henare throws a body shot. Archer fires up and throws his shirt off, egging Henare on. Henare throws forearms, then a CHOP! Archer laughs and dares him to do that again. Henare CHOPS, so Archer DECKS him! Fans fire up while Archer looms over Henare. Archer drags Henare up and to the corner to tag in Suzuki. Suzuki-Gun mugs Henare with body shot after body shot! Suzuki hits Henare one more time and he falls over! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up but Suzuki drags Henare up. Henare throws a forearm, but Suzuki gives it back! Suzuki eggs Henare on so Henare throws another forearm!
Suzuki ROCKS Henare with a shot, fans rally up, and Henare fires off a flurry! Suzuki kicks low! Suzuki runs, but Henare blocks the kick to step-over WHEEL KICK! Both men are down and fans fire up! Henare stirs, hurries over, hot tag to Khan! Khan throws hands on Suzuki then the Mongolian Chop! Khan whips Suzuki to a corner and clotheslines from behind! Khan dribbles Suzuki’s head off the buckles! The ref reprimands but Khan SLAM DUNKS Suzuki! Suzuki staggers around, Khan runs, and he runs Suzuki over! Cover, ONE!! Suzuki is still a tough old bastard and Khan drags him up.
Fans rally up as Khan whips Suzuki corner to corner. Suzuki reverses and BOOTS Khan! Then Suzuki dribbles Khan off the buckles! Fans rally, Suzuki snapmares and PENALTY KICKS! Suzuki seems to prefer soccer to basketball. Cover, TWO! Suzuki stomps Khan, slaps him around, but Khan stands as fans rally. Khan ROCKS Suzuki, but Suzuki ROCKS Khan! The forearms go back and forth, harder and harder, faster and faster, and fans rally with each shot! Khan ROCKS Suzuki, ROCKS him again, but Suzuki just laughs! Suzuki ROCKS Khan right back! Khan wobbles and drops to a knee! Suzuki eggs Khan on, so Khan Mongolian Chops!
Khan Mongolian Chops again! Khan roars, runs, but Suzuki kitchen sink knees him down! Tag to Archer! Archer stalks Khan, and clamps on an IRON CLAW! But Khan clamps on HIS IRON CLAW! The fans rally for the battle of iron claws! Khan and Archer go back and forth, but Archer breaks free to full nelson! Khan breaks free of that to drag Archer down to a KNEEBAR! Archer flails and crawls and reaches out as Khan grapevines the leg! Khan has a HEEL HOOK, then shifts the angle! Archer keeps moving and gets the ROPEBREAK! Fans cheer as Khan lets off to tag Henare. Khan still anchors the leg, then he and Henare stomp Archer down.
Henare drags Archer up to throw body shots in the corner. Henare & Khan double whip Archer corner to corner, then Khan runs in to clothesline! Henare runs in to add a clothesline! Henare feeds Archer to the HITSUJIGOROSHI, then grabs at the legs. But Suzuki runs in to CLUB Henare and stop the Fubuki! Suzuki CHOPS Henare, CHOPS Khan, repeat! HEADBUTT for Henare, HEADBUTT for Khan! Henare swings but Suzuki gets around to shove Henare into Khan! Suzuki runs but into SUPERKICK BOOT COMBO! Fans fire up and Khan runs at Archer in the corner, but into a BOOT! Henare runs in, but Archer dodges!
Archer puts Khan in a corner, and he sees he has two targets! Fans fire up as Archer runs to back elbow Henare! And runs corner to corner to back elbow Khan! Back to Henare, but then Khan dodges! Archer kicks Khan, runs, but into a chicken wing and PONYTAIL CHOKE! The ref reprimands but Khan feeds Archer to Henare’s HEEL KICK! Khan puts on HITSUJIGOROSHI, Henare gets the legs for FUBUKI, then MARINE!! Cover, TWO!! Archer survives and fans fire up again! Henare calls the shot, and he fireman’s carries Archer. Khan runs, but Suzuki slips in to catch Khan with a SLEEPER HOLD!
Archer slips free to choke grip Henare! But Henare throws a HARD body shot! Henare roars and runs in, to SHINING WIZARD in the corner! Henare shoves Archer out, goes up, but Archer blocks the “brain chop!” Archer STEP-UP KNEES Henare, and has the inverted crucifix! BLACKOUT BOMB!! Cover, Suzuki-Gun wins!
Winners: Lance Archer & Minoru Suzuki, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Khan & Henare earn 0)
The Suzuki Army just conquered the United Empire! Did they just kill the hopes of an All United Empire Finals? Or can Khan & Henare find new live in the next round?
World Tag League 2022: Aussie Open VS EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi!
Speaking of the Empire, Mark Davis & Kyle Fletcher are leading the pack, hoping to carve their names in history! Will “Dunk-Zilla” and the “Aussie Arrow” still be riding high? Or will the King of Darkness & Tokyo Pimp bring them down by any means necessary?
Gideon Grey returns, safe from Archer, to give Aussie Open their introductions. Then the House of Torture makes their entrance, with Dick Togo already accompanying them outright. Who knows where Sho is lurking, but surely he’s here, too. Aussie Open don’t sweat Evil or Yujiro as they taunt them during the introductions. Fletcher tells Dick to shoo, “See you later, bucko.” But then the House of Torture attack 3v2! Evil claws Fletcher’s eyes while Dick and Yujiro mug Davis. Dick even DECKS Gideon! Yujiro throws Davis out while Evil throws Fletcher out. The bell rings to put this on record as the brawling continues outside.
Evil and Yujiro whip Aussie Open but Aussie Open reverse to send Evil and Yujiro into railing! Then Aussie Open pick them up, run around the way, and SANDWICH them at ramp side! Fans fire up and Fletcher helps Gideon back up. Fletcher CLUBS Evil, Davis puts Yujiro in, and Fletcher goes in after Yujiro. Fans rally up as Aussie Open double whip the Pimp to double sledge, PENALTY KICK and SENTON! Fans fire up as Davis covers, TWO! Davis glares at Dick then drags Yujiro up to ROCK him with a forearm. Tag to Kyle, Aussie Open mugs Yujiro, and Yujiro staggers around. Fletcher reels Yujiro in, but Yujiro wrenches and BITES Fletcher’s hand!
The ref reprimands, Yujiro stops and he kicks Fletcher low. Yujiro whips, Fletcher reverses but Yujiro holds ropes. Fletcher runs in but into a FLAPJACK HOTSHOT! Evil BLASTS Davis and goes out after him! Dick ROCKS Fletcher while Evil brings Davis around. Evil RAMS Davis into the timekeeper! Davis and Abe-san both flop down on the other side of the railing! The ref reprimands and Young Lions hurry to help Abe-san. Evil kicks Fletcher around, pulls his hair, then puts him in the ring for Yujiro. Yujiro drags Fletcher to a cover and the ref returns to count, ONE! Fans rally but Evil is already annoyed with the count.
Yujiro bumps Fletcher off buckles, tags Evil, and Evil has the ref check Davis But this is so Evil can CHOKE Fletcher with his shirt! Fans boo but Evil gets away with that and covers, TWO! Evil is upset again but the ref defends his count. Tag to Yujiro and he drags Kyle up. Yujiro snapmares and runs to basement BOOT! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up with Fletcher as Evil argues the count. Yujiro drags Fletcher up, fans rally and cheer for Aussie Open. Yujiro ROCKS Fletcher, brings him around, and ROCKS him again. Evil holds Fletcher in place so Yujiro can CHOKE him with a boot! The ref has to keep Davis back so the House of Torture gets away with that.
Evil taunts Davis, then he drags Fletcher up into a cobra twist. Yujiro and Dick link up with Evil to link to the railing for leverage! Fans boo and Gideon storms over, but Dick kicks him first! Dick then makes Gideon part of the chain! Fletcher endures even more before the ref notices! The ref counts, the House lets off and Fletcher crawls away. Evil keeps him from Davis but taunts Davis to reach out. Evil brings Fletcher around but Fletcher fires off forearms! But Evil knees low! Evil suplexes but Fletcher blocks! Fans rally as Fletcher keeps fighting, and he wrenches out to get around and SNAP HALF ‘N’ HALF!
Fans fire up with Fletcher and he crawls for his corner. Hot tag to Davis! Dunk-Zilla blasts through Yujiro to corner clothesline Evil! Then Davis CHOPS Yujiro, and corner clotheslines Evil again! Another CHOP for Yujiro, another corner clothesline for Evil! Davis goes for another but Yujiro dodges the chop to kick low. Evil & Yujiro double whip Davis, but Davis handsprings and comes back to DOUBLE LARIAT! Fans fire up with Davis as he storms up to Evil in a corner. Davis CHOP-LARIATS! And CHOP-LARIATS! And CHOP-LARIATS again! Davis drags Evil up to fireman’s carry, but Evil slips around to a waistlock.
Davis elbows free but Dick swipes at him! Dick plays innocent, and Davis turns around into an EYE RAKE! Evil whips Davis into bare buckles! The fans boo the Bullet Club Special but Yujiro tags in. Yujiro & Evil stomp Davis, then Yujiro drags Davis up. Yujiro stands Davis against ropes to BOOT him! Yujiro then brings Davis out to FISHERMAN BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up for Aussie Open but Yujiro brings Davis up. Davis fights the Incolle Slam, but Yujiro kick slow! Yujiro whips, Davis reverses and runs in, but Yujiro dodges! Yujiro runs in but Davis catches him to BUCKLE SHOT!
Davis runs side to side to SLIDING FOREARM! Fans fire up and Davis runs to BLAST Evil! But Dick grabs Davis! Fletcher runs in to SHOTGUN Dick down! Aussie Open brings Yujiro up, POP-UP KICK! And then the scoop, to the LAWN DART CUTTER! Cover, but Evil breaks it! Fletcher CLUBS Evil and throws him out! Fletcher hurries back to the corner, Davis tags him in! Fans rally as Aussie Open calls for the finish, but here’s SHO! Sho distracts everyone by brandishing his wrench! The ref tells Sho to get down so he does, but this allows Evil to shove Aussie Open into each other, and the ref!
Fans boo as Dick gets in to JAM Davis with a chair! And again! The House of Torture mugs Aussie Open 4v2! Fans boo harder, then they rally up for Aussie Open. Gideon gets in to block Sho from using the wrench! But Evil CLUBS Gideon! But here comes GREAT-O-KHAN! He BOOTS Sho down and DECKS Dick! He Mongolian Chops Evil, dodges Yujiro and hits the RUNNING NECKBREAKER! Fans roar and the Empire fires back up! Aussie Open aim at Evil, SUPERKICK BOOT COMBO! Evil goes down, Yujiro staggers, and he has his pimp cane! The ref stops Yujiro from using it, and then Gideon gets in to LOW BLOW Yujiro!
Fans fire up and Aussie Open give Yujiro COREALIS!! Cover, Aussie Open wins!
Winners: Aussie Open, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Evil & Yujiro earn 0)
The House of Torture can’t seem to figure it out! Will they ever get on the board at this rate? As for Fletcher & Davis, is it only a matter of time before they conquer the World Tag League?
World Tag League 2022: Tetsuya Naito & SANADA VS Shane Haste & Mikey Nicholls!
It was Lights Out for the Uncontrollable Charisma & Cold Skull last round, but The Mighty did not kneel! Will Shane & Mikey stay standing? Or will Los Ingobernables de Japon make them tranquilo?
Naito takes his time with his entrance attire as always, which mildly annoys The Mighty. Shane mocks Sanada’s dancing pecks with butt flexing. The teams sort out and Mikey wants Naito to step up. LIJ fist bumps, fans cheer, and Naito obliges. Fans rally for “NA-I-TO!” at the bell. Naito and Mikey circle slowly, feel things out, then Naito toys around with the step forward and the step back. Mikey gets annoyed but they tie up. Mikey waistlocks but Naito wrenches out to a wristlock. Mikey rolls, wrenches, wristlocks, but Naito rolls, wrenches and hammerlocks. Mikey reaches back to headlock, but Naito powers out, only for Mikey to run him over!
Naito gets up, Mikey runs him over again! Mikey wrenches and whips Naito to ropes, but Naito whips the back drop away. Mikey comes back to turn Naito’s back drop into a suplex! Mikey holds Naito up and fans rally! Mikey keeps Naito for over TEN before the SLAM! Cover, TWO! Fans rally and Mikey drags Naito up. Mikey puts Naito in the corner, tags Shane, and the Mighty stomp away. Shane snapmares to basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Shane keeps on Naito’s arm with a knuckle lock. Shane KICKS Naito in the back, wrenches the arm and YANKS it. Shane wrenches and YANKS again, then tags Mikey.
The Mighty mugs Naito, double whips him, but Naito ducks the double clothesline to shove Mikey into Shane! Shane falls out of the ring and Naito whips Mikey to ropes. Sanada trips Mikey and Naito basement dropkicks! Fans rally up as Mikey flops out of the ring. Naito goes out after Mikey and whips him hard into railing! Sanada bumps Shane off the apron, then Naito whips Mikey into more railing! The ring count starts, Mikey drags himself up and in at 9 of 20. Naito headlocks Mikey and claws his eyes! The ref reprimands, Naito lets off, but then he just claws Mikey’s eyes! The ref counts, Naito lets off and tags Sanada in.
LIJ mugs Mikey, Sanada wrenches and CLUBS the arm. Sanada YANKS, wrenches, but Mikey throws big forearms! Sanada waistlocks, hammerlocks, then twists the arm. Mikey throws elbows to back Sanada up into a corner. Mikey whips but Sanada reverses. Sanada runs in, he blocks the boot, and he CLUBS the leg! Mikey falls, Sanada tags Naito, and Naito whips Mikey to another corner. Naito runs in to JUMP KICK! Leg sweep! COMBINACION CABRON! Fans fire up as Naito poses, and he taunts Shane. Naito drags Mikey up but Mikey throws a haymaker. Naito returns it so Mikey throws another. They go back and forth, faster and faster, and fans fire up!
Mikey ROCKS Naito, ROCKS him again, then ROLLING ELBOWS! But Naito just rakes Mikey’s eyes! The ref counts, Naito lets off and whips corner to corner. Naito runs in but Mikey UPPERCUTS! Mikey runs but into a kick! Naito whips, runs in, but Mikey LARIATS Naito down! Fans fire up as both men crawl for their corners, hot tag to Shane! Shane CLOBBERS Naito, BLASTS Sanada then ELBOWS Naito! Shane whips Naito corner to corner to UPPERCUT him down! Sanada gets in, kicks Shane low and whips him to ropes. Shane reverses to wrench and SAIDO! Fans fire up, Shane KICKS, BOOTS and INVERTED EXPLODERS Naito! Cover, TWO!
Fans rally up and Shane stalks Naito. Shane drags Naito up, hoists him up top and ROCKS Naito with a right. Shane climbs up after Naito but Naito CLAWS Shane’s eyes! Shane staggers away but Mikey rushes in to ROCK Naito! Mikey climbs up but Naito fires off forearms! Mikey drops back but he gives Shane a boost! Shane gets Naito, SUPERPLEX POWERBOMB COMBO! Mikey drags Shane onto the cover but Sanada breaks it! Mikey CLUBS Sanada and throws him out. Shane and Naito stir, Mikey whips Sanada but Sanada reverses! Mikey hits railing hard! Shane drags Naito up, reels him in, but Naito blocks the lift!
Naito wrenches out to throw ELBOW after ELBOW! Shane avoids an elbow to UPPERCUT, then he whips only for Naito to reverse it, TORNADO DDT! Fans fire up while both men are down! Naito crawls as fans rally, hot tag to Sanada! Sanada runs in at Shane and blocks a boot! Shane kicks free, but Sanada dropkicks the legs, then dropkicks Shane out of the ring! Sanada hurries and PLANCHAS! Direct hit and fans fire up! Sanada drags Shane back up, puts him back in, and fans rally again. Sanada springboards but Shane gets under! Shane comes back, but into a fireman’s carry! Shane slips off, Sanada elbows him away, but Mikey sneaks a tag.
Shane wrenches Sanada but Sanada fights the back suplex. Sanada swings at Mikey but into the BACK SUPLEX NECKBREAKER! Fans fire up as Mikey runs to SLIDING LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Sanada is still in this but Mikey snarls. Fans rally, Mikey drags Sanada up and fireman’s carries, only for Sanada to slip off! Sanada ducks the back elbow but right into a DDT! Fans rally back up while both men are down, and Mikey roars! Mikey drags Sanada up to scoop, but Sanada slips off to shove Mikey into Naito’s atomic drop! ENZIGURI! Fireman’s carry and T K O! Cover, Shane breaks it! Naito throws Mikey out and fans fire up as Sanada climbs the corner!
ROUNDING BODY- NO, Sanada has to land out as Mikey moves! Shane gets in to BROKEN ARROW! Naito dropkicks Shane’s legs out! Mikey storms up into Naito’s ELBOW! Mikey roars, Naito dodges his lariat and comes back to dropkick the legs! Naito runs, CORRIENDO SHIKI- NO, Mikey blocks Destino and Shane runs in, LAWN DART DDT! Fans fire up and Mikey drags Sanada up. Shane hops up, Mikey scoops, but Sanada slips off to shove Mikey at Shane! Sanada O’Conner BRI- NO, Mikey stops the bridge and shoves Sanada into Shane’s ROUNDHOUSE! Mikey scoops Sanada again, TANK BUSTER!! Cover, The Mighty win!!
Winners: Shane Haste & Mikey Nicholls, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Naito & Sanada earn 0)
The Mighty Don’t Kneel, and they find a way to win! Will Shane & Mikey find an outside way into the finals? Is the pressure to make it to WrestleKingdom going to break Naito before the league is out?
World Tag League 2022: Toru Yano & Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI!
The Joker & The Ace finally got on the board, but the winstreak of one win might already end against the Fierce Warrior & Head Hunter. Can the trickster bring himself to pull any tricks on his friends in Chaos? Or will Bishamon turn out the lights on Yano & Tanahashi?
The teams sort out and Yano grows impatient. He doesn’t even take note of Tanahashi taking off his jacket to show off the muscles. Goto steps up and Yano fires up. The bell rings and fans rally and duel. Yano squats and talks some smack, but Goto squats with him! Goto gives back the trash talk, Hashi steps in to back Goto up, and even smooshes Goto’s face up to make it more menacing! Yano says enough jokes, but Goto blocks Yano’s kick! Hashi runs to dropkick the leg! Goto BLASTS Tanahashi, then Bishamon brings Yano up to drum away! Tanahashi rushes in, but Bishamon kicks him to drum him, too! Fans fire up as Bishamon stands tall.
Goto stomps Yano to a corner, fires forearms, then whips him corner to corner. Yano reverses, then hurries to untie a buckle pad! Yano fires up but turns around into a kick! But the pad shielded Yano! Fans boo and Goto can’t believe it! Yano throws the pad to Goto and SLAPS him! Yano whips and Goto hits the buckles! Hashi runs in, Yano kicks him and whips him into bare buckles, too! Tag to Tanahashi and Yano throws Hashi out. Tanahashi drags Goto up, throws him out, and the bad boys bring Bishamon around to whip into railing! Fans rally and cheer as Tanahashi drags Goto back up to put him in the ring.
Tanahashi stomps Goto’s leg then YANKS it! Fans cheer as Tanahashi air guitars. Tanahashi drags Goto up and bumps him off buckles. Tag to Yano, and he bumps Goto off the bare buckles! And again! Fans fire up while Red Shoes keeps Hashi back. Yano whips Goto into the bare buckles now! Goto hobbles and fans fire up. Yano kneels on Goto for a cover, but Red Shoes says it’s a choke! Yano says no, it’s just up high! Yano stomps Goto, drags him up and bumps him off buckles. Tag to Tanahashi, and the bad boys whip Goto to ropes. They run him over, then they squat! Tanahashi drags Goto up, but Goto CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS!
Tanahashi throws body shots, runs, but Goto follows to LARIAT! Fans fire up while both men are down! Goto and Tanahashi crawl, hot tag to Hashi! Hashi ELBOWS Tanahashi down, BLASTS Yano, then storms up on Tanahashi. Tanahashi kicks low, whips Hashi to the padded corner, but Hashi comes back to CHOP! Hashi mule kicks and turns Tanahashi for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally and Hashi runs in again, to CHOP Tanahashi against ropes! Hashi hangs Tanahashi out to dry, runs side to side, and he DROPKICKS Tanahashi down! Cover, TWO! Fans continue to rally and Hashi stalks Tanahashi.
Fans rally, “GO ACE! GO ACE!” but Hashi brings Tanahashi up. Hashi reels Tanahashi in but Tanahashi fights the lift. Hashi keeps trying, but Tanahashi wrenches out. Hashi ROCKS Tanahashi, but Tanahashi ROCKS Hashi! They go back and forth, forearm for forearm, and fans rally up! Tanahashi gets the edge, but Hashi CHOPS back! Hashi aims but Tanahashi blocks the superkick to DRAGON SCREW! Fans rally while both men are down! Hashi and Tanahashi crawl, hot tags to Goto and Yano! Yano dodges Goto, claws his eyes and whips him, but Goto reverses! Yano hits the bare buckles, then Goto hits MURAMASA, and the BULLDOG! Cover, TWO!
Fans rally, Goto fireman’s carries but Yano fights with elbows! Yano runs, Goto follows but Yano ducks! Goto deflects the boot to DISCUS LARIAT! Fans fire up with Goto and he drags Yano up, but Yano ROCKS him! Goto ROCKS Yano back, the forearms start flying back and forth, faster and faster! Fans rally as Goto gets the edge, but Yano rakes the eyes! But Goto SLAPS Yano! Goto whips, Yano reverses and throws Goto by his hair! Hot tag to Tanahashi! Tanahashi runs in to forearm smash, then he feeds Goto to an atomic drop! Trip and CATAPULT into the bare buckles! Tanahashi runs but Goto denies the Slingblade!
Goto shoves Tanahashi into Yano, then DOUBLE LARIATS! Fans fire up as all three men are down! Goto crawls, fans rally up, and Goto hot tags Hashi! Hashi runs the ropes but Tanahashi blocks the lariat! Hashi spins to CHOP! Tanahashi fires off a strike fest! But both men roar! Hashi fires off his own strike fest and CHOPS! SUPERKICK! Tanahashi stays up, Hashi runs to LARIAT him down! Cover, TWO!! Fans fire up with Hashi and he brings Tanahashi back up. Hashi fisherman’s but Tanahashi fights the suplex to TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! Tanahashi runs, to SLINGBLADE! Cover, but Goto breaks it!
Yano throws Goto back out! Tanahashi fires up and he goes up the corner! HIGH FLY FLOW onto Hashi’s knees!! Hashi cradles, TWO!!! Tanahashi survives the sudden turnaround and fans are thunderous! Fans rally with “GO ACE! GO ACE!” as Tanahashi and Hashi stir. They both sit up, head for each other, and Tanahashi throws a forearm. Hashi throws it back! Tanahashi throws another forearm, but Hashi throws it back! They stand, egg each other on, and the forearms fly faster and faster! Fans rally, SHOTEI rocks Hashi! Tanahashi runs, but into Goto’s fireman’s carry! Tanahashi slips off but Goto powers him into the corner!
Hashi runs in and Goto moves, Hashi CHOPS Tanahashi! Hashi feeds Tanahashi to the fireman’s carry but he slips off again! Tanahashi full nelsons but Goto breaks that and ducks, HIDDEN GAP! Fireman’s carry again, FIERCE FLASH! Fans fire up more as Bishamon says it’s time! They drag Tanahashi up, hook him up, but Tanahashi kicks Hashi away! Yano drags Hashi out while Tanahashi hits TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! Yano puts Hashi back in, drags Goto out, and Tanahashi runs, into a CHOP! Hashi runs, dodges Tanahashi once, but the SLINGBLADE comes back around!! Fans fire up as Tanahashi climbs the corner!
Goto anchors Tanahashi’s legs! Tanahashi CLUBS Goto but Hashi ROCKS Tanahashi! Hashi climbs up, but Yano LOW BLOWS Goto! Yano slips in and grabs Hashi for the ONIGOROSHI BOMB!! Tanahashi adjusts, HIGH FLY FLOW!!! Direct hit!! Cover, Ace & Joker win!!
Winners: Hiroshi Tanahashi & Toru Yano, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Goto & Hashi earn 0)
The World Tag League 2021 winners have fallen to 2-2! Are their chances of back-to-back wins in jeopardy?
As for Yano & Tanahashi, Tanahashi gets the mic to thank the fans for coming tonight. “Hey, Toru, it’s great to hear the cheers, huh?” Fans cheer because it’s great TO cheer! Tanahashi says he wants to have this every day, “so make sure you stay safe and healthy so that happens! Thank you for today!” Fans cheer for that, and they want the air guitar! Tanahashi borrows one from a fan on the east side, that he passes to Yano! Yano’s happy to be part of a rare air guitar duet! Master Wato even has his on commentary, so now it’s a trio! “SHIZUOKA~!” “OSU~!” “SHIZUOKA~!” “OSU~!” “LET’S ROCK!” The jam session is on!
Fans clap along as Yano is a natural! Fans cheer but they want the “EN-CO-RU! EN-CO-RU!” Tanahashi is never one to disappoint the fans, and Yano gets his chair guitar! They jam out again, and Yano can truly do it all! But he’s not gonna throw the chair to the fans, that’s dangerous. But the fans want another encore! Tanahashi says, “LAST ONE! Yano takes a seat in his chair for air DRUMS! Now it’s a real jam session! Big finish and…! Fans cheer the great performance, and Tanahashi gets the mic back. “Toru and Hiroshi are going for the trophies, so keep supporting us! And keep supporting NJPW! Finally, people of Shizuoka… ASHITEMASU~!”
Will love, energy and comedy propel the Joker & the Ace to the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships?
Here are the NEW World Tag League standings!
Aussie Open: 4-0, 8 points
The Mighty: 3-1, 6 points
Suzuki & Archer: 3-1, 6 points
Yano & Tanahashi: 2-2, 4 points
Goto & Hashi: 2-2, 4 points
Naito & Sanada: 2-2, 4 points
Khan & Henare: 2-2, 4 points
Chase & Fale: 2-2, 4 points
Evil & Yujiro: 0-4, 0 points
Coughlin & Kidd: 0-4, 0 points
Another really good event and a really good round for World Tag League. I’m a little surprised Coughlin & Kidd haven’t gotten a win yet, but they always look solid in their matches. Great stuff back to back for the United Empire, even though Khan & Henare did lose. Khan helping Aussie Open was good stuff, though, and of course the House of Torture keep losing big time. Also, Naito & Sanada losing again puts the pressure on them, they could have an even stronger showing in the second half of this tournament. Tanahashi & Yano winning to close was a bit of a surprise, but they’re a great team and huge fan favorites, I would love to see them be a team for more than just World Tag League.
My Score: 8.7/10
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