The NXT Cruiserweight Championship Tournament finally finishes!
Drake Maverick has been fighting to stay in NXT, and now he might become Interim Cruiserweight Champion! Will he pull off one last miracle on the mat?
- Candice LeRae VS Mia Yim; Double Count-Out.
- Mixed Tag: Keith Lee & Mia Yim VS Johnny Gargano & Candice LeRae; Gargano & LeRae win.
- Tony Nese VS Isaiah “Swerve” Scott; Swerve wins.
- NXT Tag Team Championship #1 Contenders Triple Threat: The Undisputed Era VS Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch VS ???; Breezango wins and will challenge Imperium for the titles at TakeOver: In Your House.
- Aliyah VS Santana Garrett; Garrett wins.
- Cameron Grimes VS Bronson Reed; Grimes wins.
- Interim NXT Cruiserweight Championship Tournament Finals: Drake Maverick VS El Hijo del Fantasma; Fantasma wins and becomes the interim NXT Cruiserweight Champion.
PLAY BY PLAY
Candice LeRae VS Mia Yim!
Pint-Sized Poison wants to make the Head Baddie in Charge pay for mocking her and Johnny. But will she have to eat defeat along with her words?
But before the bell, Candice serves up knuckle sandwiches and has Mia in the corner! The ref backs Candice off and Mia keeps her cool. The bell rings and Mia runs Candice over! And BOOTS her down! Candice flounders, goes after a leg, but Mia pries her off to throw her aside. Candice gets to a corner but Mia runs in to BOOT again! Mia pulls on the hair and uses that to snapmare Candice down, for a Peanlty KICK! Candice writhes and rolls to the apron. Mia drags Candice up but Candice chokes Mia on the ropes! Mia powers up to drag Cnadice up and into the ring for a full nelson. Candice drops down to KICK Mia in the head! Mia staggers, Candice recovers and throws hands! The crowd boos as Candice hammers away on Mia. Candice grimaces as she gives Mia the step-up back senton! Cover, TWO!
Candice frowns while the crowd rallies up. Candice drops another senton, and then another! Cover, TWO! Mia survives the hat trick but Candice is after her right away. Candice pulls hair, but Mia powers up to carry Candice. Mia RAMS Candice into buckles out of the backpack, then runs corner to corner to CANNONBALL! Cover, TWO! Candice shakes out the cobwebs while Mia looms over her. Mia toys with Candice and brings her up> Candice throws body shots and CHOPS, and even forearms. She backs Mia down with furious fists but the ref counts. Candice lets up at 4, to run corner to corner for a back body check! But Mia DECKS Candice out of the ring! Mia goes out to fetch Candice and clubs her on the back. Mia dead lifts Candice to swing her into barriers!
The ring count climbs but Mia clubs away on Candice at the ramp. The count passes 5 as the two brawl. Candice tackles Mia and throws hands, but the count hits 10!
The match is over but the fight has just begun! Mia scoops Candice up, but Candice huricanranas to send Mia into the titantron! The screen goes out but Candice keeps clubbing away! Tegan Nox appears to back Candice off, but Dakota Kai BOOTS Mia down! Raquel Gonzalez is not far behind, and she DECKS Tegan! But Shotzi returns to go after Dakota! Shotzi TOSSES Dakota and a brawl is on all over the stage! Referees rush out to break this up, but Mia runs and ROCKS Candice!
Mia backs off as the refs tell her and Johnny Gargano appears to check on his wife. Candice doesn’t want to be helped away, she goes back for more! She blindsides Mia on the ramp and beats her down at ringside! Gargano cheers Candice on, but here comes KEITH LEE! Mr. & Mrs. Wrestling run away into the ring as Keith helps Mia back up. And #Yimitless rushes the ring! The Garganos run away again, but GM William Regal sends word down to the ring. We’re getting a MIXED TAG MATCH! Will #TheJohnnyGarganoWay have no choice but to #BaskInTheirGlory?
Mixed Tag: Keith Lee & Mia Yim VS Johnny Gargano & Candice LeRae!
NXT returns and Gargano is complaining because he is far from dressed to compete. The crowd boos as Gargano and Candice go to leave, but Keith grabs Gargano and trophy lifts him! Keith carries Gargano back to the ring but Candice jumps on! She doesn’t bother him at all as he TOSSES Gargano into the ring. Mia dropkicks Gargano to the corner! Keith pops Candice off and she ends up in the ring, and Mia shotgun dropkicks her! The bell rings to make this official as Mia CHOPS and TOSSES Candice! Mia CHOPS Candice again, and TOSSES her again! Gargano is panicking as Candice flounders into the #Yimitless corner. Candice is spooked when she realizes where she is, and she staggers into SOLE FOOD! Cover, TWO!
Mia keeps her cool while Gargano finally gets on the corner. Mia drags Candice up and suplexes, but Candice resists. Gargano talks trash so Mia pushes Candice down to swipe at him. But Candice chop blocks in the distraction! Candice has the leg for a foot DDT! Gargano is all cocky now as Candice covers, but Mia keeps her shoulders up. Candice kicks Mia around but Mia hits back. Candice clubs Mia then pushes her to a corner. Candice drags Mia around but Mia pushes Candice away. Mia runs into the corner to BOOT, and then sit Candice down. Mia gives Candice some face washing while Gargano talks trash. Mia smirks at Gargano and dares him to do something. Gargano says he’s not in wrestling gear, how is he supposed to do anything?
Mia heads for Keith to force Gargano’s hand, but Candice anchors her feet. So Mia just dead lifts Candice for a DRAGON SUPLEX! Bridging cover, but Gargano sweeps her legs! Keith steps to Gargano and TOSSES him into the ring! Mia goes after Candice on the outside while Keith throws hands on Gargano. Keith tosses Gargano back to his corner then brings him back up to whip corner to corner. Keith hits a big corner splash, and keeps Gargano up with his body. He drags Gargano right up, but Gargano digs something into Keith’s eye!?! His car keys!! Mia checks on Keith but Candice rolls her up! The Garganos wins!!
Winners: Candice LeRae & Johnny Gargano, by pinfall
#TJGW wins but Keith wants revenge already! Candice saves Johnny from Keith’s wrath, but Keith still shouts warnings to him. But then Keith’s hand slips in between steel steps and ring post, and Gargano KICKS the steps!! Keith’s hand may have just been crushed!! Will Gargano use every trick in the book to once again become NXT North American Champion?
Tommaso Ciampa responds to Karrion Kross.
“The word ‘special’ has been thrown around a lot lately.” But this is Ciampa’s 13th TakeOver. While each TakeOver is special in its own way, Kross and Ciampa make this one very different. There are still a lot of questions circling around Kross, “so let’s throw the damn questions out the window!” This Sunday, June 7th, “under those bright TakeOver lights, with the pressure on and the entire world watching,” Kross needs to bring his A Game. Because Ciampa’s hunch is that Ciampa’s A Game is that much better. Kross chose Ciampa as his first real target. But Ciampa promises that he will be the one Kross remembers. Kross finds out that there’s special, and then there’s Tommaso Ciampa.
Backstage interview with Dexter Lumis.
The eeriest superstar in NXT today, perhaps ever, is asked about the odds of Velveteen Dream finally becoming NXT Champion against Adam Cole at TakeOver: In Your House. Lumis doesn’t say a word, but he does bring out an easel and some markers. He draws on the paper to express his opinion. What will Lumis show us when NXT returns from break?
NXT Media catches up with Drake Maverick.
As seen on WWE’s YouTube, Rockstar Spud arrives, ready for his NXT Cruiserweight Championship match. How is he feeling? Well, he and Mackenzie Mitchell have known each other for a long time, how about he interviews her? He asks her how she thinks he feels. Because he is feeling NO PRESSURE! Why? Because today is the day! It could be the best day or the worst day, but Maverick is feeling amazing right now! He could become THE NXT Cruiserweight Champion! This is the first time he’s not felt pressure in so long. He’ll have cookies in catering that he keeps ignoring because of all the training, and maybe even some chocolate cake. Because that’s the thing about today! He doesn’t know what is going to happen, and he’s excited. The chips are down, he rolls the dice! Who knows what happens! He even looks right into the camera as he says this could go either way, but that’s the beauty of it. We find out what the future holds for Drake Maverick tonight!
The NXT Championship match will be a BACKLOT BRAWL!
Per Adam Cole’s negotiations with William Regal, this will be Velveteen Dream’s last shot at the title, so long as Cole is champion. And Regal has found the perfect stipulation and location for the two lovers of attention in this unique match-up.
NXT Prime Target: In Your House.
Monday, 6/1/20, in Orlando, Florida. NXT Champion Adam Cole knows the Undisputed Era has a special day planned for him. But every day is special for the champion. We start off with Kyle O’Reilly returning, and the Era picking Cole up in a limousine! They get ready to party, but what’s the occasion? As if he doesn’t know. But June 1st marks the ONE YEAR MARK of Cole as champion! A great day for the greatest NXT Champion EVER.
Meanwhile, Dream skates as he reflects on his long road to this opportunity. “Let’s take a little trip down memory lane.” This road all started when Cole screwed Dream out of the North American Championship. And then the Era threw him off the top of a production truck, nearly breaking Dream’s back. But Dream came back, and hopes Cole likes pain. Because there’s going to be a lot of it. Dream admires the beauty all around him. A beautiful NXT is the Dream’s NXT.
The Undisputed Era arrives at Fresco and has a feast. Cole has a toast. “The Undisputed Era is the greatest thing that I have ever done in my entire love.” He loves Kyle, Bobby and Roddy, and is so proud of them all. But this toast is for the ONE YEAR MARK, the longest reigning and certainly greatest NXT Champion of all time. This is also a toast to the beautiful victory at TakeOver: In Your House. And that is Undisputed. Cheers!
“The Dream’s been doing a lot of thinking, and The Dream’s got a lot on his mind, Adam Cole.” You don’t think Dream can handle 4v1? If Cole wants to talk numbers, Dream has some numbers for Cole. 24: that’s how old Dream is, and he’s already a superstar. Then there’s the 1-2-3, when Dream pinned Cole. That’s why Dream is Cole’s new reality. Cole needs to wake up. Ladies, bring the mirror. Dream needs a private conversation. “Mirror, mirror, on the wall. Who will be the greatest NXT Champion of them all?” The mirror, whose spirit is very much like Prince, says Dream will be the one.
Cole wants Regal to say that Dream never gets another shot at his title, so long as it is on his shoulder. Regal agreed to the terms, and Sunday will either solidify Cole’s legacy, or finally crown Dream the champion. Sam Roberts has said it will not be about Dream’s tights or entrance. It will be about one thing and only one thing only: being unbeatable. Peter Rosenberg says this is the ultimate “traditional” pro-wrestler against the ultimate “charismatic personality.” Not even WWE World Champion, Drew McIntyre, knows what to expect in this. All he knows he will be watching. No one knows what Dream is truly capable of, because he is so unpredictable. Pat McAfee says that Dream has a lot in common with Dennis Rodman. Flamboyant, draws a lot of attention outside of “his craft,” but when he gets in the game, in the ring, on the court, they both deliver.
Regal has found a location to shine a lot on their talent, and that is the #BacklotBrawl! But who shines brightest in this already historic night for NXT?
NXT checks in on Dexter Lumis.
Lumis’ artwork is complete, and it’s a caricature of himself driving a truck, with who appear to be the Undisputed Era in the back. Mackenzie says that’s quite… good? What does this mean for Lumis’ plans at TakeOver?
Tony Nese VS Isaiah “Swerve” Scott!
The Premier Athlete still hasn’t lived down going 0-3 in the NXT Cruiserweight Championship round robin, but he has since rebounded thanks to 205 Live. Will he keep things going now that he gets to confront Swerve over his harsh criticism?
Before the bell, the crowd chants, “Whose House?” “Swerve’s House!” Nese keeps flexing on Swerve, but as soon as the bell rings, Swerve TACKLES Nese down! Swerve rains hands down on Nese but Nese gets away. Swerve pursues and CLUBS Nese down, then throws him into barriers! The ring count climbs as Swerve clubs and kicks Nese around the way. Swerve ROCKS Nese with a right then whips him at steps. Nese chinbars to stop that then pushes Swerve away. Nese gets in the ring, Swerve follows at 9, only to get CLOBBERED by that back elbow! Nese throws furious crossface forearms but the crowd boos. Nese soaks up the heat and kicks Swerve while he’s down. He drags Swerve up to club him but Swerve shoves. Nese BOOTS Swerve down then covers, ONE!
Nese stalks Swerve and BOOTS him down again! Swerve gets under the bottom rope but Nese stomps him more. The ref backs Nese off and Nese soaks up more heat. Nese drags Swerve up and whips him corner to corner hard! Swerve hits buckles then mat, and Nese flexes on him again. Cover, TWO! Nese puts on the squeeze with the body scissors! Swerve endures but the crowd rallies up. Swerve grabs at Nese but Nese CHOPS him down! Swerve CHOPS back, and we have a CHOP fight while Nese still has the squeeze! Swerve gets the edge, gets the ground ‘n’ pound, but Nese guillotines! Swerve fights his way around and the crowd rallies up again. Swerve powers up, elbows back, and pops Nese for a BRAIN BUSTER!
Both men are down and the crowd is loving this. Swerve grits his teeth while Nese flounders to a corner. Nese runs but Swerve counter punches and CHOPS! Swerve fires off on Nese then ROUNDHOUSES! Swerve whips but Nese reverses, and Nese table tops Swerve down! Nese PREMIER TRIANGLES, but Swerve dodges! Swerve tosses Nese out then goes to the apron to BOOT! Nese is down but Swerve fetches him up and… He still wants the steel steps, so Swerve RAMS Nese in! The count is past 7 but Swerve puts Nese in at 8. Swerve goes after Nese at the corner but Nese uses the ropes as defense. The ref backs Swerve off, and Nese throat chops! Nese brings Swerve around but Swerve pries free with a foot and ROCKS Nese with a right!
Nese staggers to a corner, Swerve runs in to uppercut! He rolls Nese, hops up, but here comes Jack Gallagher! Gentleman turned Jackal Gallagher has beef with both these boys, but he’s distracting Swerve right now! Nese SHORYUKENS Swerve down! And then brings him into the Alabama, only for Swerve to sunset flip! Cover, Swerve wins!!
Winner: Isaiah “Swerve” Scott, by pinfall
Swerve gets out of the ring before Gallagher can pounce, and Nese is just back on the losing end of things! Swerve gets his payback, but will Nese and Gallagher get theirs?
Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch fire each other up backstage.
“We’ve got this! We can do this!” The One Two wants that second chance at the NXT Tag Team Championships, but they’re not the only ones. The Undisputed Era’s Bobby Fish and Roderick Strong prepare, as well, but there’s still a wild card third team yet to be introduced. Who punches their tickets to TakeOver to take on Imperium’s Marcel Barthel & Fabian Aichner?
NXT Tag Team Championship #1 Contenders Triple Threat: The Undisputed Era VS Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch VS ???
We know all about the Savior of the Backbreaker and the Infamous, as well as the Boston Fury and The Govenah. But none of them know who is being added to the mix! It’s… BREEZANGO~ IIIN~ SPAAACE~! That’s right! Prince Pretty and the Lord of the Dance are back! Will this triple threat now be out of this world?
To start, this variation of a Triple Threat Tag has a member from each team active! Tyler Breeze steps to Fish and Burch and the bell rings. Fish kicks Burch low almost immediately, then goes after Breeze with hands! Burch and Fish brawl but Breeze joins in where he can. Burch and Breeze punch Fish over and over until he falls. They both bring Fish up to double whip, then SPINE BUSTER and a roll to a HEADBUTT! Burch covers but Breeze pushes him aside. Breeze covers but Burch returns the favor. They stare down and talk trash, but Strong runs at Breeze, only to get a POP-UP SPINE BUSTER! Burch clotheslines Strong out but Fish rolls Burch up! TWO, and Breeze enziguris Fish down! Breeze rolls Burch, TWO! Burch is up and shoves Breeze, and then again. Fandango and Oney jump in and the crowd is going nuts as NXT goes to break!
NXT returns and Burch stomps away on Strong in a corner. Breeze gets his stomps in but Burch stomps more. They dig their boots into Strong and scrape him to the apron. Burch brings Strong up and throws European Uppercuts. Strong knees Breeze, CHOPS Burch, and fires off forearms. Strong throws hands on Burch and whips, but Burch reverses to corner clothesline and gamangiri! Burch rolls Strong, hops up, and Breeze SUPER MODEL KICKS Strong! Burch gives Breeze the missile dropkick! Breeze and Strong flounder but Burch is after Strong at the ropes. Fish protests but Burch ROCKS him just because. Strong ROCKS Burch, but Breeze grabs Strong. Strong fights off the Complete Shot and shoves Breeze into Burch! They collide head to head and Burch falls out. Breeze staggers into Strong’s BACKBREAKER! And Fish BLASTS Burch with an elbow!
Strong calls to Fish and Fish returns. Fish tags in and the Era stomp away on Breeze. Fish drags Breeze up to kick into the corner then fire off shots. Burch climbs up but Fish KNEES him out. Fish brings Breeze around for knees then bumps him off buckles. Tag to Strong and Strong CHOPS Breeze! Breeze reaches for Fandango but Strong mocks the dance moves. Strong stomps Breeze down then covers, TWO! Strong grabs the arm for a keylock but Breeze endures. Breeze gets up but Strong clamps on with a chinlock. The crowd rallies for Breeze as Fandango reaches out. Breeze fights his way up and Burch returns to clobber Strong. Fish gets in but he gets fists! Burch haymakers and CHOPS but the Era get him 2v1! Breeze heads for his corner and tags in Fandango!
Fandango BOOTS Strong, then leaps to knee him down! Fish runs into a spinning powerslam! So does Strong! The crowd fires up as Fandango uses Fish to give Strong a TORNADO DDT! Then he hits a FALCON ARROW! Cover but Fish stomps it up. Oney tags in and CHOPS away on Fish! And then CHOPS away on Fandango! Oney runs with clotheslines and elbows for everyone! Oney gives the Era a DOUBLE BLOCKBUSTER! Burch returns but Fandango decks him! Oney BLASTS Fandango with a EuroUpper! Oney runs but Fandango catches him for a back suplex out onto everyone! The crowd loves “NXT! NXT!” as Fandango builds speed, for Burch to BACK DROP out onto the rest!
The crowd chants “This is Awesome!” as the pile sorts out. Breeze gets in the ring but Burch dodges the Super Model Kick to throw forearms. Burch throws EuroUppers, runs, but into the SUPER MODEL KICK! Strong CLOBBERS Breeze and Fish adds on. The ref tries to restore order but the Era see Dexter Lumis in the crowd! Lumis’ stare scares them, but Oney’s uppercut BLASTS them! Oney goes after Strong and Breeze gives Fish the BEAUTY SHOT! Fandango DROPS THE LEG! Cover, Breezango wins!!
Winners: Breezango, by pinfall (NEW #1 Contenders to the NXT Tag Team Championships)
An incredible reunion brings the Fashion Astronauts to TakeOver! But Imperium appears, wearing the tag titles around their waists. Aichner & Barthel glare at the jokers, but here come some tigers! It’s Indus Sher and Malcolm Bivens! Rinku, Saurav and Bivens seem to be putting Aichner & Barthel on notice that TakeOver will only be the beginning. Who survives In Your House to then become the hunted?
NXT shares the Robert Stone Brand fallout from last week.
Also found on WWE’s YouTube, Chelsea Green and Robert Stone himself were feeling great after the victory alongside Charlotte Flair. Did the brand come through or did it come through? The Queen of All Eras and “Princess of NXT” were a good combo, and only Stone could pull that off. The Robert Stone Brand has worked! Green and Stone have worked! Green is the hottest she’s ever been. Which is why he’s fired. Ha, funny joke. Wait, she’s serious. Is she serious? There’s no way she’s serious! Stone hurried after his number one, and only, client but we have yet to get a clear answer.
Aliyah VS Santana Garrett!
The Bougie thought she was on her way to the Robert Stone Brand signing her, but he didn’t exactly give her his card. Will she prove herself worthy this week, though she goes up against the Wonder Woman of Wrestling?
The bell rings and Aliyah rushes Garrett but runs into a waistlock. Aliyah elbows out and spins Garrett to a neckbreaker! Aliyah rains down furious rights, and out comes a disheveled Robert Stone. He applauds as Aliyah covers, TWO! Aliyah grows frustrated but she drags Garrett up and bumps her off buckles. Stone cheers as Aliyah THROWS Garrett across the ring. Aliyah runs corner to corner at Garrett for a LEAPING BOOT! “THAT’S RIGHT!!” Cover, TWO! Garrett survives but Aliyah is on her with a double chicken wing. Garrett endures and the crowd rallies up while Stone coaches Aliyah.
Garrett powers her way up and backs Aliyah into the corner. Aliyah holds on but Garrett rams her again. Garrett is free but Aliyah grabs hair! Garrett breaks free but Aliyah SLAPS her! Aliyah hops up, but Garrett SLAPS back! Garrett hits the STRATUSPHERE! Garrett keeps moving, and she handspring moonsaults! Cover, Garrett wins!
Winner: Santana Garrett, by pinfall
Stone is in even more disarray after his desperate plan B turned out to be a bust. Aliyah pleads with him to still sign her, but Stone leaves without a word. Will Stone be able to pull himself together and resurrect the brand?
NXT Prime Target: In Your House 2, The NXT Women’s Championship.
“I don’t need anyone. Infinity, void, seeking me. Alone, isolated, darkness, emptiness. I love being alone. Being alone makes me stronger.” Io Shirai says that Charlotte Flair and Rhea Ripley should be afraid of her, because she will be the next NXT Women’s Champion.
5:30 AM on Monday, 6/1/20, Rhea Ripley wakes up. She doesn’t have to get up this early, she just chooses to because she doesn’t have anything else to do but become the best her she can. That’s why she gets up this early, goes to the gym this early, and works on getting better and better all day. Rhea finished 2019 at the highest point her career has ever seen. “And then 2020 hit, and it’s pretty much been all downhill from there.” Sam Roberts says that Rhea is already the future of women’s wrestling. Look at all she accomplished in such a short amount of time. That’s hard to argue against, until WrestleMania came. Charlotte Flair beat her. What happened happened. 2020 got the better of Rhea.
Charlotte Flair is already at the Performance Center, preparing for In Your House. She’s nervous. It’s been a long time since she’s been on a TakeOver. People don’t realize this about Charlotte, but she is NXT homegrown. She changed her life here. When the crowd chanted, “You Don’t Go Here!” as they approached WrestleMania, she said, “Excuse me? I made here.” The original class of NXT had to fight to get TakeOver to happen. The original, Fatal 4 Way, [R]EVOLUTION, aRival, Unstoppable, Brooklyn, Respect, London, Dallas, The End, and beyond! “Just people accepting NXT for what it is.” Had Charlotte not had her match against Natalya to become NXT Women’s Champion, Charlotte would never have been taken serious. Natty speaks to that match, Charlotte’s first ever title match. Going back where she started from, this is full circle.
Peter Rosenberg says “It wasn’t enough for her to be the Queen of WWE. She had to go back to NXT to show everyone that she is still as hungry as she ever was.” Because TakeOver is that extremely important to her and the history of where she is today. An outside? No, when she walks inside the building, she’s home. As for Rhea, when she works out, she thinks about a lot of things. She’s just focused on Sunday, Charlotte and Shirai. That motivates her to work harder and harder to get that title back. Charlotte won the Women’s Rumble, and Rhea dared to take a shot. She wanted Charlotte to pick her, because then that’d get Rhea on WrestleMania. The dream match happened, and Rosenberg even said Rhea is going to be the greatest of all time. Then she ran into the mountain that is Charlotte. Rhea knows she merely scratched the surface of being a champion. This is a need for her. The NXT Women’s Championship is being showcased on all three brands thanks to Charlotte, which will make this win even sweeter.
“As the entire world talks about what Charlotte did five years ago, and what Rhea did five months ago, let’s talk about what Io Shirai is doing today.” Sam Roberts says that every time Shirai walks into an NXT ring, every set of eyes are locked on every move she makes. Beth Phoenix shares that growing up in Japan, Shirai began training in high school. She transitioned from martial arts to pro-wrestling at just 16 years old. Shirai won every award, every title, and Rosenberg relates Shirai’s story to AJ Styles. An incredible talent that wrestled around the world, 10 years in Japan, and now she’s here. Natty says Shirai is one of the best, period. She has this mystique and you want to know about her. When she’s on TV, you watch what she does because she is innovative, groundbreaking, beautiful, mysterious and talented.
Pat McAfee says Shirai is a wolverine. She’s a spider! She will rip your face off, and will take that title to become NEW Women’s Champion! Lock it in! The three most unique and dominant women in wrestling today will prove to themselves and the world who is the best! Who takes over In Your House?
Cameron Grimes VS Bronson Reed!
The Carolina Caveman is bragging that it’s #GrimeTime all because Damian Priest softened Finn Balor up for him. But will he make good on all that bragging when he goes up against Auszilla?
The bell rings and Grimes circles with Reed. Grimes goes after a leg but can’t lift Reed. Reed gut wrenches Grimes up to the Canadian rack but Grimes gets free. Grimes CHOPS but Reed doesn’t even flinch! Reed clubs and haymakers away on Grimes! Reed whips then atomic drops Grimes to then CLUB Grimes down! Grimes flounders into Reed’s arms for the military press and SLAM! Reed drops the back senton! Grimes crawls but Reed drags him back in. Grimes hold ropes but Reed gets him to let go. Grimes BOOTS from the mat but Reed stays on his feet. Reed walks into an elbow, and Grimes runs, into Reed’s arms again! But Grimes slips out to SUPER FOREARM! Grimes waistlocks but Reed bucks him off the roll, to THESZ PRESS!
Reed stomps around as Grimes goes to a corner. The crowd rallies and Reed runs in, THICC HIP ATTACK! Grimes flops out of the ring but Reed fetches him into it. Reed hurries to the corner and goes up top!? Reed MONSTER SPLASHES but FLOPS! Grimes gets to his feet, and hits the CAVE-IN!! Cover, Grimes wins!!
Winner: Cameron Grimes, by pinfall
Now Grimes can brag about the literally biggest win in his career. “That’s how I beat Finn Balor, and that’s how I beat them all!” But Karrion Kross is here?! Grimes runs away, but Kross wants after Reed! DOOMSDAY SAIDO!! Kross tells Ciampa, “This Sunday… ‘Special.’ Ticktock.” Is time almost up on the Blackheart?
NXT TakeOver: In Your House gets even bigger!
After the huge confrontation at the start of the night, Mia Yim joins forces with Shotzi Blackheart and Tegan Nox to take on their mutual enemies in Candice LeRae, Dakota Kai and Raquel Gonzalez! Which side of this women’s division war will take over at TakeOver?
Interim NXT Cruiserweight Championship Tournament Finals: Drake Maverick VS El Hijo del Fantasma!
Rockstar Spud pulled of a #MiracleontheMat in Group A, but the Son of the Phantom handled his business in Group B. While Maverick feels absolutely no pressure tonight, will that help or hurt him here against the second generation luchador?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and this last step to the title finally begins! The crowd duels as Maverick and Fantasma shake hands. But then Fantasma spins and rolls Maverick up, TWO! Maverick scrambles away, shocked he got away. Maverick cools off and circles with Fantasma. They tie up, go around, Fantasma waistlocks and slams then floats on Maverick. Maverick slips out to get the armlock and hammerlock. Maverick goes after the other arm but Fantasma fights his way up. Fantasma trips, covers, TWO, and Maverick backs away again. Maverick resets and ties up with Fantasma again. Fantasma puts Maverick in a corner but gives him a clean break. They go again, Fantasma hooks Maverick and drives him into the mat for the armlock.
Maverick endures and gets up, but gets a jamming monkey flip for it. Ghost pin, TWO but barely! Fantasma says it was that close and Maverick grows frustrated. Maverick backs off to cool down and come back. They tie up, Fantasma powers Maverick back then wrenches to whip. Maverick ducks, tilt-o-whirls, and headscissors Fantasma out of the ring! Fantasma staggers up, perhaps a bit surprised. Fantasma sees the slide coming and ducks under. He kick slow and powerbomb lifts but Maverick gets to the apron and fights free. Maverick leaps and CANNONBALLS Fantasma down! Maverick has control as NXT goes to break!
NXT returns and Maverick fires off body shots and forearms in the corner! The ref counts but Maverick lets up at 4 to whip Fantasma corner to corner. Fantasma reverses but Maverick goes up and over to then bait him into a dropkick that sends him into buckles! Maverick kicks the rope to jam Fantasma, then hops up top to missile dropkick Fantasma down! Fantasma bails out while Maverick checks his legs. Maverick hurries to pursue but Fantasma pops him up for a SIT-OUT BOMB on the floor! Maverick writhes and screams in pain but Fantasma puts him in the ring. Cover, TWO!! Maverick survives and Fantasma can’t believe it! Fantasma stalks up behind Maverick and then drags him up for a shove and forearm to the back!
Maverick screams in pain but Fantasma shoves and forearms him again! Fantasma hooks up the legs and goes after the arms. Maverick can’t fight off the Romero Special! The floating surfboard pulls at all his limbs but Maverick refuses to quit, even as Fantasma move shim up and down! And then back for a cover, ROPEBREAK! Fantasma drops an elbow right on the back, not giving Maverick time to rest. Fantasma drags Maverick up and back suplexes for a back drop driver! Cover, TWO! Maverick continues to tough it out and the crowd is rallying behind him. Fantasma drags Maverick back up to throw forearms and then back suplex again. Maverick fights out and hurries to a corner, to then boot Fantasma, and again send him into buckles! Another kick to the ropes and Maverick goes up again. Maverick leaps, but Fantasma catches him for a takedown! BOSTON CRAB!
Maverick screams as Fantasma sits deep! But Maverick refuses to let the ref talk him out of this, and he claws to the ROPEBREAK! Fantasma lets go fast and is shocked Maverick isn’t done. Maverick manages to say, “I’m not gonna quit!” and he crawls back towards Fantasma. Fantasma asks if Maverick wants more, and Maverick pushes him. So Fantasma SIT-OUT POWERBOMBS him again!! Cover, TWO!?! Maverick doesn’t know how to give up and the crowd hasn’t given up on him, either! Fantasma watches Maverick stagger and hobble to the corner. Maverick SLAPS Fantasma, so Fantasma turns him around for forearm after forearm to that lower back! Fantasma brings Maverick up and whips him to the corner. Maverick comes back to LARIAT!
Maverick fires up and fires off on Fantasma in a corner! The ref counts and has to pull Maverick off. Maverick is reaching a boiling point, and he runs to wheelbarrow, for a BULLDOG! He keeps going and gets to the corner. Maverick climbs up and leaps, for the MACHO ELBOW! Cover, ONE?! So close and yet so far, but “This is Awesome!” all the same. Maverick drags Fantasma up but gets a jawbreaker, to a SPINE BUSTER! Fantasma flounders to a corner and climbs up top. Maverick trips Fantasma up and heads to the apron! The crowd hopes they “Fight Forever!” at this point, but it has to end somehow. Maverick climbs to join Fantasma but Fantasma headbutts! Maverick headbutts back! They headbutt each other and they both fall down! But Fantasma ends up on the outside and Maverick is inside!
The ring count climbs, but the gold masked luchadors appear?! Are they finally going to capture Fantasma?! But Maverick DIVES onto them first!! He won’t let them ruin his match! He boots and punches and chops them down, but then turns around into Fantasma’s SUPERKICK! Fantasma fireman’s carries, for the PHANTOM DRIVER! Fantasma wins!!
Winner: El Hijo del Fantasma, by pinfall (NEW NXT Cruiserweight Champion)
One dream comes true as another ends! Fantasma is the winner and has the title, but must oddly thank the wrestler-abducting men that appeared. Will Fantasma be able to hold onto this title and his freedom? And what is the fate of Drake Maverick? Is this loss the last one he suffers in the WWE? Or has he at least won a place on the roster? At the very least, he has won the respect and admiration of his peers here at Full Sail. Maverick thanks the WWE Universe while the crowd chants, “Thank You, Drake!”
But wait! As Maverick makes his way up the ramp, Triple H appears! And as he shakes Maverick’s hand, he presents him with an NXT contract! Maverick signs on the dotted line, and is officially back! Is this just the beginning of a new chapter for Rockstar Spud?
A great go-home, and another great episode all around! Though, maybe with more than we needed in the opening segment than we needed. Mia VS Candice leading to a Mixed Tag Match that still ended in Candice getting the win off Mia was a bit odd for NXT. That’s usually more of a Raw/SmackDown move. But I suppose there was only one way for Gargano and Candice to win without making Keith Lee look weak this close to the North American Championship match. I can’t be sure who wins but it is a bit of a shame for both Keith and Gargano. Maybe something happens to have a finish where Champion’s Advantage kicks in. I am glad they at least gave us the Mixed Tag, and I am very glad to see we’re getting that Six Woman Tag. The brawl was great and that Six Woman Tag will be great, and it could go either way to great effect.
Swerve gets another win in a pretty good match with Nese. I’m mostly surprised that Gallagher didn’t just go after Nese when he couldn’t get Swerve. Maybe this prompts Swerve to get a tag team partner, but I’m not sure who it’d be. I’d prefer a Triple Threat that wraps all the stories up nicely, and gives us a challenger to the Cruiserweight Championship. The Cruiserweight Championship match tonight was the best stuff of the night, with so much story coming from Maverick’s side of things. I thought the gold masked luchadors were going to cost Fantasma, but that turned out to be the exact opposite. Maverick loses but gets the HHH handshake and contract, because clearly he’d been doing this as a WWE talent the entire time.
The tag team triple threat was great just on how we had the surprise of Breezango, and how it was a Triple Threat Tag, not two at a time like usual. A shame that Oney and Burch have to again wait for their time, but there is a lot of story already going into Imperium VS Breezango, given how Imperium takes things very seriously and Breezango takes it pretty easy. And I liked that Indus Sher reminded everyone that they’re just waiting their turn. Grimes gets a good win in a mostly filler match, but Kross and Ciampa sending each other messages tonight was good. The Prime Target specials being part of the show was alright. I thought they were supposed to be aired after the show on the Network, but I probably wouldn’t have watched them if they were. The content itself was all great, and I like the idea of this “Backlot Brawl,” where it isn’t so much a parking lot brawl as perhaps just a normal match with a lot of car headlights around. I can’t be sure who wins the NXT Championship, but I’m still hoping Shirai wins the Women’s Championship because it’s what she needs and it’s what NXT needs to keep Shirai around.
My Score: 9.2/10
Andrew’s IMPACT Results & Match Ratings: 12.1.2022
After the holiday, we get on track for Hard to Kill. Deonna vs Mickie James is the main event…do we see Mickie’s career end tonight?
With the holiday last week, I wasn’t home to cover IMPACT so it’s going to be a fun night of how much I remember and how well they frame the stories.
We’re on the road to Hard to Kill, so we need to remind people about Over Drive and then move forward. I’m also curious if we get any resolution on the VBD stare down after EY lost. I really don’t want EY to get kicked since that will be a sad group of mid card sacks of shit. But I guess we’ll see.
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) December 2, 2022
- Rich Swann vs Bully Ray: Swann wins via DQ – * 1/2
- Moose vs Bhupinder Gujjar: Moose wins via Lights Out – * 3/4
- Steve Maclin vs Frankie Kazarian: Kaz wins via DQ – **
- Last Rodeo: Deonna Purrazzo vs Mickie James: Mickie wins via Victory Roll – *** 1/2
We get the Over Drive highlights, so I’m guessing they did their usual Thanksgiving fun episode. Bully Ray walks out to start the show. Bully recaps things, explains how he kept his word while running down the crowd, intimidating children and doing solid heel work.
It goes a little long, but thankfully Rich Swann eventually gets sick of the diatribe and rushes the ring. Swann gets in a few pot shots, but Bully bails out, tries to walk away and gets a plancha. The referee comes out and the match will kick off the show!
Rich Swann vs Bully Ray
Bully jaws a little, lays in some punches and power moves but Rich eventually turns the tide. The quick step over back kick and a Frog Splash for 1. But then Bully catches Rich on the top rope, Tree of Woe and starts wailing on him.
Bully keeps control of Swann until Swann drops down with the Jawbreaker and then we see him start using the speed and athleticism with kicks and top rope moves. Bully stifles Rich, goes for the Avalanche Senton as he flirts with the referee and misses. Rich hits a 450 Splash for 2, and then we see a little back and forth, before Bully grabs his chain and hits Rich in front of the referee. So the DQ happens but Bully doesn’t care. Bully gets a chair and other weapons from under the ring and starts beating on Rich.
Bully really likes these zip ties, Tommy Dreamer comes out to stop Bully though. They argue, Bully shoves Dreamer and then D’Amore hits the ring to try and quell this. Bully is defiant, even D’Amore is getting fired up and looks like he wants to fight Bully. Dreamer trying to keep D’Amore away from Bully is funny and pretty great.
Moose vs Bhupinder Gujjar
Definitely not a match I expected.
Moose gets in the early shots, but Gujjar starts to fire back and he gets some solid shots sending Moose to the outside. Gujjar takes to long to pander after the Dropkick and Moose has him eat a Big Boot into an Apron Powerbomb.
Gujjar shows more fire but Moose cuts him down. Moose goes for the Lights Out, but Gujjar dodges sending Moose into the corner. A few shots, Ripcord Knee, Slingblade and now…tuning up the Gargoyle Spear but Moose side steps it like Samoa Joe. Gujjar leapfrogs the Lights Out again, but Moose puts the brakes on and fires back connecting with the Lights Out and the win.
Moose starts to rant and says that he doesn’t want any of the idiots to to talk about Bully Ray or “Say his name”, and then JOE HENDRY’s music hits! There is already a “This is Awesome” chant just with Joe Hendry and Moose standing in the ring. Hendry fights Moose off mostly and Gujjar hits the awful Spear out of nowhere to get Moose to powder out.
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) December 2, 2022
Steve Maclin vs Frankie Kazarian
Maclin starts off with some big strikes but Kaz ducks the line and hits the Springboard Reverse Elbow, and begins his offensive. Kaz beats on him in one corner then Maclin tosses him out and we see some back and forth. Neither are really landing big strikes, Maclin keeps some control with smaller strikes and knees against the ropes, but nothing really definitive.
A few of Maclin’s shots piss off Kaz and they Hockey Fight a little but Maclin keeps all of the control. Kaz does finally start a comeback and we get some of the classic Kaz Flying Forearm, Guillotine Legdrop and Slingshot Cutter. Maclin powder…and grabs a chair. So…another DQ finish?
Last Rodeo: Deonna Purrazzo vs Mickie James
They do a good job pacing things back and forth early on. Deonna fights back and starts to rock Mickie, the Slingshot into the bottom rope gives Deonna full control. Headlock Takeover and tries to wear Mickie down, Mickie fires back but Deonna refuses to give her the advantage. Mickie finally manages to slow her down with a Headscissors and now we get Mickie dropping Deonna down, Mickie goes to the top for the Thesz Press, but Deonna pushes her off.
Commercial break kicks in, and Deonna hits a Brainbuster for a few sequential pinfall attempts, but Mickie refuses to stay down. Camel Clutch from Deonna is wearing down Mickie but she manages to fight out. A few back elbows, then Mickie goes to the ropes to try offense but Deonna stifles. They struggle and Mickie finally gets Deonna on the outside, Dropkick and Thesz Press to the outside.
Mickie throws Deonna in, Missile Dropkick, Neckbreaker and looking for the Mick D-T, but Deonna stops it. Tornado DDT attempt from Mickie, but a Pump Kick from Deonna drops Mickie for a 2 count. Queen’s Gambit attempt, Superkick counter from Mickie for another 2. Mick D-T again, but Deonna blocks and swings around driving Mickie down into the Fujiwara. Venus Di Milo gets locked in too close to the ropes.
Locomotion Victory Rolls, Deonna tries to grab the tights, but Mickie counters through and picks up the win with a little tights pull of her own.
Jordynne’s music hits. She basically says they both put things behind them, and challenges Mickie at Hard to Kill. Career versus Title.
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) December 2, 2022
Overall Score: 6/10
Honestly, Bully went on a little long, Moose’s promo was a little too similar to Bully just being a piece of shit. Plus the match quality aside from the main event was lame, two DQs is redundant…so yeah, not sure what to make of this.
Career versus Title for Knockouts is nice but then after that we had the vignette killing off Eric Young so VBD is a mid card faction. Which I guess is a little sad since this is the best Deaner we’ve ever seen, but he’s still not a credible on the card.
So it was a weird show, but Joe Hendry always makes things a little better.
Mitchell’s NJPW WTL X Super Jr. Tag Results & Report! (11/30/22)
World Tag League, Round 4!
Will the United Empire continue to conquer?
World Tag League finally goes again, and round four might be bad luck for the top of the block! Will Aussie Open continue to lead as an undefeated duo?
- Tomoaki Honma & Ryohei Oiwa VS Yuto Nakashima & Oska Leube; Nakashima & Leube win.
- Six Man Tag: Master Wato, Clark Connors & Kosei Fujita VS Suzuki-Gun; Suzuki-Gun wins.
- 8 Man Tag: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS Bullet Club; LIJ wins.
- World Tag League 2022: Alex Coughlin & Gabriel Kidd VS Bad Luck Fale & Chase Owens; Fale & Chase win.
- World Tag League 2022: Great-O-Khan & Aaron Henare VS Minoru Suzuki & Lance Archer; Suzuki & Archer win.
- World Tag League 2022: Aussie Open VS EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi; Aussie Open wins.
- World Tag League 2022: Tetsuya Naito & SANADA VS Shane Haste & Mikey Nicholls; Shane & Mikey win.
- World Tag League 2022: Toru Yano & Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI; Yano & Tanahashi win.
PLAY BY PLAY
Here are the current World Tag League standings!
Aussie Open: 3-0, 6 points
Goto & Hashi: 2-1, 4 points
Naito & Sanada: 2-1, 4 points
Suzuki & Archer: 2-1, 4 points
Khan & Henare: 2-1, 4 points
The Mighty: 2-1, 4 points
Yano & Tanahashi: 1-2, 2 points
Chase & Fale: 1-2, 2 points
Evil & Yujiro: 0-3, 0 points
Coughlin & Kidd: 0-3, 0 points
World Tag League 2022: Alex Coughlin & Gabriel Kidd VS Bad Luck Fale & Chase Owens!
The #MechanicalBulls are barely holding on, but so are the General’s Jewels! Who gets a grip and claws their way back up before it’s too late?
The teams sort out and Kidd starts against Chase. Fans rally as the two circle, and they’re able to cheer “KIDDU! KIDDU!” The two tie up with knuckle locks, break, then go again. Chase waistlocks, but Kidd pries free to wrench. Chase spins and wrenches back to top wristlock. Kidd slips around, spins Chase and snapmares, then sits him up to a chinlock. Chase fights up to get in the ropes. The ref counts the break and Kidd counts along to let go at 4. Chase is annoyed but Kidd says it’s okay. Kidd and Chase approach, Chase kicks the knuckle lock away to tie up collar ‘n’ elbow. Chase puts Kidd in a corner, the ref counts, and Chase lets off.
Chase CHOPS Kidd, but Kidd DECKS Chase! Kidd fires up and fans applaud. Chase stands up and resets with Kidd, they tie up, and Chase claws Kidd’s eyes! The ref reprimands, Chase headlocks but Kidd powers out. Chase runs Kidd over and tells him, “SUCK IT!” Things speed up, Kidd hurdles but Chase stomps the monkey flip with a stomp! Chase headlocks but Coughlin tags in as Kidd powers out. Kidd drops down and Coughlin scoops Chase to SLAM! Kidd drops a SENTON, then the Mechanical Bulls flex. Coughlin deadlift gut wrenches for the SUPLEX! Fans fire up and Chase goes to a corner. Coughlin runs in, but Chase dodges!
Chase CHOPS, and CHOPS, but Coughlin just frowns at him. Coughlin puts Chase in the corner, but Chase blocks the chop with knees! Coughlin shapes out the arm and Chase storms up on him, but Coughlin picks Chase up to RAM him in the corner! Coughlin UPPERCUTS, CHOPS, and roars! Fans fire up with The Android as he drags Chase up. Coughlin tags Kidd, whips Chase, then kicks Chase low. Kidd knee lifts, Coughlin CHOPS, and Chase falls for Kidd to drop an elbow! Fale gets in but Coughlin kicks him first. The Mechanical Bulls mug Fale then double whip, but Fale runs them both over! Fans fire up as the Rogue General stomps Kidd.
Fale drags Kidd up, whips him corner to corner, and Chase stomps a mudhole in. Chase drags Kidd up to scrape his face on the ropes! Tag to Fale, and Chase pushes Kidd down for him and Fale to stand on his back! The ref counts but Chase & Fale salute. Bullet Club steps away at 4, and Fale drags Kidd to a cover. TWO, and Fale is upset with the ref. Fans rally for Kidd but Fale stomps him down. Fale drags Kidd up but Kidd CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Fale throat chops back! Kidd sputters and Fale tags Chase. Chase drags Kidd up, he and Fale double whip, and they body shot, knee lift and LARIAT! Cover, TWO!
Fans fire up for Kidd but Chase taunts Coughlin. The ref stops Coughlin from getting in as Chase brings Kidd up. Kidd swings but Chase dodges to BELL CLAP! Chase throws Kidd down for the NECK TWEAK! Kidd writhes and Chase tags Fale. Bullet Club whip Kidd to a corner, then Fale runs in, only for Kidd to dodge! Chase runs in but Kidd dumps him out! Fans rally up but Fale stomps Kidd down. Fale drags Kidd up, scoops him, but Kidd slips off! SUPERKICK! Fale staggers away and fans fire up! Kidd crawls for his corner, hot tag to- NO, Chase trips Coughlin! Chase wags his finger, and Fale SPLASHES Kidd in the corner! Cover, TWO!
Fans rally up and Kidd sputters, but Fale tags Chase. Chase drags Kidd up and calls his shot! Chase suplexes, but Kidd blocks! Kidd throws body shots, but Chase blocks his suplex. They fight for control and fans rally up. Chase gets Kidd up, but Kidd fights back down to TENZAN BRAINBUSTER! Kidd fires up as fans fire up, and both men crawl to their corners. Hot tags to Coughlin and Fale! The Android dodges the General to RAM shoulders! Coughlin fires off forearms then scoops! But Fale’s too big! Or is he?! Fale CLUBS Coughlin before he’s off the ground too far! Fale scoops Coughlin to a fireman’s carry, but Coughlin fights free!
Coughlin fires off more forearms, he ROCKS Fale, then tries the scoop! Fans rally but Fale resists! Coughlin knees low, CHOPS, and fires up! “LET’S GO!!” Coughlin runs but Fale CLOBBERS him! Fale then runs to drop a BIG elbow! Cover, TWO! Fans cheer as Coughlin is still in this. Tag to Chase, Bullet Club double whip to FLAPJACK and SLIDING BOOT! Cover, but Kidd breaks it! Fans fire up as Kidd fires off forearms on Bullet Club! Kidd forearms, CHOPS, repeat! Kidd roars, runs, but Chase gets around to waistlock and lift! Fale runs in, GRENADE LAUNCHER! Fale whips Coughlin corner to corner, Chase runs in and forearm smashes!
Fale runs in to SPLASH! Fale then scoops Coughlin and Chase goes up, but Coughlin slips free! Coughlin shoves Fale into Chase, and Chase falls onto his crown jewels! Fale staggers, into a SCOOP SLAM!! The Android roars and fans fire up! Coughlin clinches Chase, for an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Fans fire up more and Coughlin drags Chase up. But Chase BOOTS, C-TRIGGERS, and tucks Coughlin in! PACKAGE DRIVER!! Cover, Chase & Fale win!
Winners: Chase Owens & Bad Luck Fale, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Coughlin & Kidd earn 0)
Chase turns things around in the blink of an eye, and he and Fale survive the Mechanical Bulls! Can they survive until the end of the league to be a finalist? As for Coughlin & Kidd, is their run already over at 0-4?
World Tag League 2022: Great-O-Khan & Aaron Henare VS Minoru Suzuki & Lance Archer!
The All United Empire Finals is still possible, but only if the Dominator & Ultimate Weapon continue to dominate! Will they keep their hopes alive? Or will even the Empire see that #EverybodyDies?
As always, The Orchestrator, Gideon Grey, is here to give the Empire’s introductions. As for the Murderhawk Monster, he storms over the railing to get right up to commentary! Milano Collection AT and Master Wato ask for mercy, they don’t wanna get hit. Then Suzuki makes his entrance and Archer chases Gideon! Gideon runs all the way to the back row, and Archer pushes Young Lion Oskar Leube out of his way. Fans all join in on “KAZE NI NARE!” and then Suzuki-Gun attacks the Empire! Archer kicks Henare and throws him out while Suzuki himself is after Khan! Suzuki throws Khan out, stomps him at ringside, and the bell rings!
Suzuki stands Khan up to knee him low, then kick him down! Archer chases a cameraman off, but then Henare dodges his boot into the post! Henare comes back to ROCK Archer! Khan and Suzuki trade forearms, then Suzuki kicks low. Suzuki whips, Khan reverses and Suzuki hits railing! Suzuki slumps down and Khan is after him. Khan shakes the railing while choking Suzuki with his foot! Khan lets off to CLUB Suzuki but Suzuki throws body shots. Khan CLUBS Suzuki again, puts him in the ring, and then drags him around to CHOKE! The ref counts, Khan lets off and brings up all the stuff Suzuki was doing.
Suzuki kicks at Khan from below, but Khan stomps away on Suzuki! Khan CHOKES Suzuki again, but lets off as the ref reprimands. Fans rally up as Khan drags Suzuki up. Khan puts Suzuki in the corner, CLUBS him, then hops up onto his throne! Fans applaud but Suzuki snarls as Khan pulls back the arms! Henare talks trash right to Suzuki’s face while the ref manages to keep Archer back. Suzuki SPITS at Henare! Khan hops off, Henare CLUBS Suzuki, then Khan tags Henare in. The Empire mugs Suzuki but he fights back with CHOPS and palm strikes! But the Empire still mugs Suzuki with clubbing arms.
Henare ROCKS Suzuki with forearm after forearm in the corner, then digs his boots in! The ref counts and Henare lets off, but Suzuki stands right up! Henare KICKS, KICKS and ROCKS Suzuki! Fans fire up, and Suzuki hits back! Suzuki wrenches an arm, brings Henare to ropes, then HOTSHOTS the arm! Henare swings on Suzuki but into a HANGING ARMBAR! Archer runs to BLAST Khan off the apron! The ref reprimands, Suzuki lets off and drags Henare out to whip him hard into the railing! Suzuki ELBOWS Henare in the head and Henare drops to the floor. Archer stomps Khan around outside to keep him down.
Archer apparently takes offense to Khan’s ponytail being a braid, it’s too much like Archer’s murderhawk braid. Anyway, Suzuki stands Henare up, slaps him around, and he bumps Henare off the apron. The ring count climbs but Suzuki puts Henare in at 5 of 20. Tag to Archer, and Suzuki-Gun stands on Henare’s head! The ref reprimands, Suzuki-Gun steps away, and Archer drags Henare back up. Archer puts Henare in a corner, stomps a mudhole in, laughs and stomps some more. Archer digs his knee in but the ref counts. Archer lets off at 4, then Suzuki gets a shot in. Suzuki returns the trash talk from earlier as he slaps Henare around.
Archer stands Henare up and Henare throws a body shot. Archer fires up and throws his shirt off, egging Henare on. Henare throws forearms, then a CHOP! Archer laughs and dares him to do that again. Henare CHOPS, so Archer DECKS him! Fans fire up while Archer looms over Henare. Archer drags Henare up and to the corner to tag in Suzuki. Suzuki-Gun mugs Henare with body shot after body shot! Suzuki hits Henare one more time and he falls over! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up but Suzuki drags Henare up. Henare throws a forearm, but Suzuki gives it back! Suzuki eggs Henare on so Henare throws another forearm!
Suzuki ROCKS Henare with a shot, fans rally up, and Henare fires off a flurry! Suzuki kicks low! Suzuki runs, but Henare blocks the kick to step-over WHEEL KICK! Both men are down and fans fire up! Henare stirs, hurries over, hot tag to Khan! Khan throws hands on Suzuki then the Mongolian Chop! Khan whips Suzuki to a corner and clotheslines from behind! Khan dribbles Suzuki’s head off the buckles! The ref reprimands but Khan SLAM DUNKS Suzuki! Suzuki staggers around, Khan runs, and he runs Suzuki over! Cover, ONE!! Suzuki is still a tough old bastard and Khan drags him up.
Fans rally up as Khan whips Suzuki corner to corner. Suzuki reverses and BOOTS Khan! Then Suzuki dribbles Khan off the buckles! Fans rally, Suzuki snapmares and PENALTY KICKS! Suzuki seems to prefer soccer to basketball. Cover, TWO! Suzuki stomps Khan, slaps him around, but Khan stands as fans rally. Khan ROCKS Suzuki, but Suzuki ROCKS Khan! The forearms go back and forth, harder and harder, faster and faster, and fans rally with each shot! Khan ROCKS Suzuki, ROCKS him again, but Suzuki just laughs! Suzuki ROCKS Khan right back! Khan wobbles and drops to a knee! Suzuki eggs Khan on, so Khan Mongolian Chops!
Khan Mongolian Chops again! Khan roars, runs, but Suzuki kitchen sink knees him down! Tag to Archer! Archer stalks Khan, and clamps on an IRON CLAW! But Khan clamps on HIS IRON CLAW! The fans rally for the battle of iron claws! Khan and Archer go back and forth, but Archer breaks free to full nelson! Khan breaks free of that to drag Archer down to a KNEEBAR! Archer flails and crawls and reaches out as Khan grapevines the leg! Khan has a HEEL HOOK, then shifts the angle! Archer keeps moving and gets the ROPEBREAK! Fans cheer as Khan lets off to tag Henare. Khan still anchors the leg, then he and Henare stomp Archer down.
Henare drags Archer up to throw body shots in the corner. Henare & Khan double whip Archer corner to corner, then Khan runs in to clothesline! Henare runs in to add a clothesline! Henare feeds Archer to the HITSUJIGOROSHI, then grabs at the legs. But Suzuki runs in to CLUB Henare and stop the Fubuki! Suzuki CHOPS Henare, CHOPS Khan, repeat! HEADBUTT for Henare, HEADBUTT for Khan! Henare swings but Suzuki gets around to shove Henare into Khan! Suzuki runs but into SUPERKICK BOOT COMBO! Fans fire up and Khan runs at Archer in the corner, but into a BOOT! Henare runs in, but Archer dodges!
Archer puts Khan in a corner, and he sees he has two targets! Fans fire up as Archer runs to back elbow Henare! And runs corner to corner to back elbow Khan! Back to Henare, but then Khan dodges! Archer kicks Khan, runs, but into a chicken wing and PONYTAIL CHOKE! The ref reprimands but Khan feeds Archer to Henare’s HEEL KICK! Khan puts on HITSUJIGOROSHI, Henare gets the legs for FUBUKI, then MARINE!! Cover, TWO!! Archer survives and fans fire up again! Henare calls the shot, and he fireman’s carries Archer. Khan runs, but Suzuki slips in to catch Khan with a SLEEPER HOLD!
Archer slips free to choke grip Henare! But Henare throws a HARD body shot! Henare roars and runs in, to SHINING WIZARD in the corner! Henare shoves Archer out, goes up, but Archer blocks the “brain chop!” Archer STEP-UP KNEES Henare, and has the inverted crucifix! BLACKOUT BOMB!! Cover, Suzuki-Gun wins!
Winners: Lance Archer & Minoru Suzuki, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Khan & Henare earn 0)
The Suzuki Army just conquered the United Empire! Did they just kill the hopes of an All United Empire Finals? Or can Khan & Henare find new live in the next round?
World Tag League 2022: Aussie Open VS EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi!
Speaking of the Empire, Mark Davis & Kyle Fletcher are leading the pack, hoping to carve their names in history! Will “Dunk-Zilla” and the “Aussie Arrow” still be riding high? Or will the King of Darkness & Tokyo Pimp bring them down by any means necessary?
Gideon Grey returns, safe from Archer, to give Aussie Open their introductions. Then the House of Torture makes their entrance, with Dick Togo already accompanying them outright. Who knows where Sho is lurking, but surely he’s here, too. Aussie Open don’t sweat Evil or Yujiro as they taunt them during the introductions. Fletcher tells Dick to shoo, “See you later, bucko.” But then the House of Torture attack 3v2! Evil claws Fletcher’s eyes while Dick and Yujiro mug Davis. Dick even DECKS Gideon! Yujiro throws Davis out while Evil throws Fletcher out. The bell rings to put this on record as the brawling continues outside.
Evil and Yujiro whip Aussie Open but Aussie Open reverse to send Evil and Yujiro into railing! Then Aussie Open pick them up, run around the way, and SANDWICH them at ramp side! Fans fire up and Fletcher helps Gideon back up. Fletcher CLUBS Evil, Davis puts Yujiro in, and Fletcher goes in after Yujiro. Fans rally up as Aussie Open double whip the Pimp to double sledge, PENALTY KICK and SENTON! Fans fire up as Davis covers, TWO! Davis glares at Dick then drags Yujiro up to ROCK him with a forearm. Tag to Kyle, Aussie Open mugs Yujiro, and Yujiro staggers around. Fletcher reels Yujiro in, but Yujiro wrenches and BITES Fletcher’s hand!
The ref reprimands, Yujiro stops and he kicks Fletcher low. Yujiro whips, Fletcher reverses but Yujiro holds ropes. Fletcher runs in but into a FLAPJACK HOTSHOT! Evil BLASTS Davis and goes out after him! Dick ROCKS Fletcher while Evil brings Davis around. Evil RAMS Davis into the timekeeper! Davis and Abe-san both flop down on the other side of the railing! The ref reprimands and Young Lions hurry to help Abe-san. Evil kicks Fletcher around, pulls his hair, then puts him in the ring for Yujiro. Yujiro drags Fletcher to a cover and the ref returns to count, ONE! Fans rally but Evil is already annoyed with the count.
Yujiro bumps Fletcher off buckles, tags Evil, and Evil has the ref check Davis But this is so Evil can CHOKE Fletcher with his shirt! Fans boo but Evil gets away with that and covers, TWO! Evil is upset again but the ref defends his count. Tag to Yujiro and he drags Kyle up. Yujiro snapmares and runs to basement BOOT! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up with Fletcher as Evil argues the count. Yujiro drags Fletcher up, fans rally and cheer for Aussie Open. Yujiro ROCKS Fletcher, brings him around, and ROCKS him again. Evil holds Fletcher in place so Yujiro can CHOKE him with a boot! The ref has to keep Davis back so the House of Torture gets away with that.
Evil taunts Davis, then he drags Fletcher up into a cobra twist. Yujiro and Dick link up with Evil to link to the railing for leverage! Fans boo and Gideon storms over, but Dick kicks him first! Dick then makes Gideon part of the chain! Fletcher endures even more before the ref notices! The ref counts, the House lets off and Fletcher crawls away. Evil keeps him from Davis but taunts Davis to reach out. Evil brings Fletcher around but Fletcher fires off forearms! But Evil knees low! Evil suplexes but Fletcher blocks! Fans rally as Fletcher keeps fighting, and he wrenches out to get around and SNAP HALF ‘N’ HALF!
Fans fire up with Fletcher and he crawls for his corner. Hot tag to Davis! Dunk-Zilla blasts through Yujiro to corner clothesline Evil! Then Davis CHOPS Yujiro, and corner clotheslines Evil again! Another CHOP for Yujiro, another corner clothesline for Evil! Davis goes for another but Yujiro dodges the chop to kick low. Evil & Yujiro double whip Davis, but Davis handsprings and comes back to DOUBLE LARIAT! Fans fire up with Davis as he storms up to Evil in a corner. Davis CHOP-LARIATS! And CHOP-LARIATS! And CHOP-LARIATS again! Davis drags Evil up to fireman’s carry, but Evil slips around to a waistlock.
Davis elbows free but Dick swipes at him! Dick plays innocent, and Davis turns around into an EYE RAKE! Evil whips Davis into bare buckles! The fans boo the Bullet Club Special but Yujiro tags in. Yujiro & Evil stomp Davis, then Yujiro drags Davis up. Yujiro stands Davis against ropes to BOOT him! Yujiro then brings Davis out to FISHERMAN BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up for Aussie Open but Yujiro brings Davis up. Davis fights the Incolle Slam, but Yujiro kick slow! Yujiro whips, Davis reverses and runs in, but Yujiro dodges! Yujiro runs in but Davis catches him to BUCKLE SHOT!
Davis runs side to side to SLIDING FOREARM! Fans fire up and Davis runs to BLAST Evil! But Dick grabs Davis! Fletcher runs in to SHOTGUN Dick down! Aussie Open brings Yujiro up, POP-UP KICK! And then the scoop, to the LAWN DART CUTTER! Cover, but Evil breaks it! Fletcher CLUBS Evil and throws him out! Fletcher hurries back to the corner, Davis tags him in! Fans rally as Aussie Open calls for the finish, but here’s SHO! Sho distracts everyone by brandishing his wrench! The ref tells Sho to get down so he does, but this allows Evil to shove Aussie Open into each other, and the ref!
Fans boo as Dick gets in to JAM Davis with a chair! And again! The House of Torture mugs Aussie Open 4v2! Fans boo harder, then they rally up for Aussie Open. Gideon gets in to block Sho from using the wrench! But Evil CLUBS Gideon! But here comes GREAT-O-KHAN! He BOOTS Sho down and DECKS Dick! He Mongolian Chops Evil, dodges Yujiro and hits the RUNNING NECKBREAKER! Fans roar and the Empire fires back up! Aussie Open aim at Evil, SUPERKICK BOOT COMBO! Evil goes down, Yujiro staggers, and he has his pimp cane! The ref stops Yujiro from using it, and then Gideon gets in to LOW BLOW Yujiro!
Fans fire up and Aussie Open give Yujiro COREALIS!! Cover, Aussie Open wins!
Winners: Aussie Open, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Evil & Yujiro earn 0)
The House of Torture can’t seem to figure it out! Will they ever get on the board at this rate? As for Fletcher & Davis, is it only a matter of time before they conquer the World Tag League?
World Tag League 2022: Tetsuya Naito & SANADA VS Shane Haste & Mikey Nicholls!
It was Lights Out for the Uncontrollable Charisma & Cold Skull last round, but The Mighty did not kneel! Will Shane & Mikey stay standing? Or will Los Ingobernables de Japon make them tranquilo?
Naito takes his time with his entrance attire as always, which mildly annoys The Mighty. Shane mocks Sanada’s dancing pecks with butt flexing. The teams sort out and Mikey wants Naito to step up. LIJ fist bumps, fans cheer, and Naito obliges. Fans rally for “NA-I-TO!” at the bell. Naito and Mikey circle slowly, feel things out, then Naito toys around with the step forward and the step back. Mikey gets annoyed but they tie up. Mikey waistlocks but Naito wrenches out to a wristlock. Mikey rolls, wrenches, wristlocks, but Naito rolls, wrenches and hammerlocks. Mikey reaches back to headlock, but Naito powers out, only for Mikey to run him over!
Naito gets up, Mikey runs him over again! Mikey wrenches and whips Naito to ropes, but Naito whips the back drop away. Mikey comes back to turn Naito’s back drop into a suplex! Mikey holds Naito up and fans rally! Mikey keeps Naito for over TEN before the SLAM! Cover, TWO! Fans rally and Mikey drags Naito up. Mikey puts Naito in the corner, tags Shane, and the Mighty stomp away. Shane snapmares to basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Shane keeps on Naito’s arm with a knuckle lock. Shane KICKS Naito in the back, wrenches the arm and YANKS it. Shane wrenches and YANKS again, then tags Mikey.
The Mighty mugs Naito, double whips him, but Naito ducks the double clothesline to shove Mikey into Shane! Shane falls out of the ring and Naito whips Mikey to ropes. Sanada trips Mikey and Naito basement dropkicks! Fans rally up as Mikey flops out of the ring. Naito goes out after Mikey and whips him hard into railing! Sanada bumps Shane off the apron, then Naito whips Mikey into more railing! The ring count starts, Mikey drags himself up and in at 9 of 20. Naito headlocks Mikey and claws his eyes! The ref reprimands, Naito lets off, but then he just claws Mikey’s eyes! The ref counts, Naito lets off and tags Sanada in.
LIJ mugs Mikey, Sanada wrenches and CLUBS the arm. Sanada YANKS, wrenches, but Mikey throws big forearms! Sanada waistlocks, hammerlocks, then twists the arm. Mikey throws elbows to back Sanada up into a corner. Mikey whips but Sanada reverses. Sanada runs in, he blocks the boot, and he CLUBS the leg! Mikey falls, Sanada tags Naito, and Naito whips Mikey to another corner. Naito runs in to JUMP KICK! Leg sweep! COMBINACION CABRON! Fans fire up as Naito poses, and he taunts Shane. Naito drags Mikey up but Mikey throws a haymaker. Naito returns it so Mikey throws another. They go back and forth, faster and faster, and fans fire up!
Mikey ROCKS Naito, ROCKS him again, then ROLLING ELBOWS! But Naito just rakes Mikey’s eyes! The ref counts, Naito lets off and whips corner to corner. Naito runs in but Mikey UPPERCUTS! Mikey runs but into a kick! Naito whips, runs in, but Mikey LARIATS Naito down! Fans fire up as both men crawl for their corners, hot tag to Shane! Shane CLOBBERS Naito, BLASTS Sanada then ELBOWS Naito! Shane whips Naito corner to corner to UPPERCUT him down! Sanada gets in, kicks Shane low and whips him to ropes. Shane reverses to wrench and SAIDO! Fans fire up, Shane KICKS, BOOTS and INVERTED EXPLODERS Naito! Cover, TWO!
Fans rally up and Shane stalks Naito. Shane drags Naito up, hoists him up top and ROCKS Naito with a right. Shane climbs up after Naito but Naito CLAWS Shane’s eyes! Shane staggers away but Mikey rushes in to ROCK Naito! Mikey climbs up but Naito fires off forearms! Mikey drops back but he gives Shane a boost! Shane gets Naito, SUPERPLEX POWERBOMB COMBO! Mikey drags Shane onto the cover but Sanada breaks it! Mikey CLUBS Sanada and throws him out. Shane and Naito stir, Mikey whips Sanada but Sanada reverses! Mikey hits railing hard! Shane drags Naito up, reels him in, but Naito blocks the lift!
Naito wrenches out to throw ELBOW after ELBOW! Shane avoids an elbow to UPPERCUT, then he whips only for Naito to reverse it, TORNADO DDT! Fans fire up while both men are down! Naito crawls as fans rally, hot tag to Sanada! Sanada runs in at Shane and blocks a boot! Shane kicks free, but Sanada dropkicks the legs, then dropkicks Shane out of the ring! Sanada hurries and PLANCHAS! Direct hit and fans fire up! Sanada drags Shane back up, puts him back in, and fans rally again. Sanada springboards but Shane gets under! Shane comes back, but into a fireman’s carry! Shane slips off, Sanada elbows him away, but Mikey sneaks a tag.
Shane wrenches Sanada but Sanada fights the back suplex. Sanada swings at Mikey but into the BACK SUPLEX NECKBREAKER! Fans fire up as Mikey runs to SLIDING LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Sanada is still in this but Mikey snarls. Fans rally, Mikey drags Sanada up and fireman’s carries, only for Sanada to slip off! Sanada ducks the back elbow but right into a DDT! Fans rally back up while both men are down, and Mikey roars! Mikey drags Sanada up to scoop, but Sanada slips off to shove Mikey into Naito’s atomic drop! ENZIGURI! Fireman’s carry and T K O! Cover, Shane breaks it! Naito throws Mikey out and fans fire up as Sanada climbs the corner!
ROUNDING BODY- NO, Sanada has to land out as Mikey moves! Shane gets in to BROKEN ARROW! Naito dropkicks Shane’s legs out! Mikey storms up into Naito’s ELBOW! Mikey roars, Naito dodges his lariat and comes back to dropkick the legs! Naito runs, CORRIENDO SHIKI- NO, Mikey blocks Destino and Shane runs in, LAWN DART DDT! Fans fire up and Mikey drags Sanada up. Shane hops up, Mikey scoops, but Sanada slips off to shove Mikey at Shane! Sanada O’Conner BRI- NO, Mikey stops the bridge and shoves Sanada into Shane’s ROUNDHOUSE! Mikey scoops Sanada again, TANK BUSTER!! Cover, The Mighty win!!
Winners: Shane Haste & Mikey Nicholls, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Naito & Sanada earn 0)
The Mighty Don’t Kneel, and they find a way to win! Will Shane & Mikey find an outside way into the finals? Is the pressure to make it to WrestleKingdom going to break Naito before the league is out?
World Tag League 2022: Toru Yano & Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI!
The Joker & The Ace finally got on the board, but the winstreak of one win might already end against the Fierce Warrior & Head Hunter. Can the trickster bring himself to pull any tricks on his friends in Chaos? Or will Bishamon turn out the lights on Yano & Tanahashi?
The teams sort out and Yano grows impatient. He doesn’t even take note of Tanahashi taking off his jacket to show off the muscles. Goto steps up and Yano fires up. The bell rings and fans rally and duel. Yano squats and talks some smack, but Goto squats with him! Goto gives back the trash talk, Hashi steps in to back Goto up, and even smooshes Goto’s face up to make it more menacing! Yano says enough jokes, but Goto blocks Yano’s kick! Hashi runs to dropkick the leg! Goto BLASTS Tanahashi, then Bishamon brings Yano up to drum away! Tanahashi rushes in, but Bishamon kicks him to drum him, too! Fans fire up as Bishamon stands tall.
Goto stomps Yano to a corner, fires forearms, then whips him corner to corner. Yano reverses, then hurries to untie a buckle pad! Yano fires up but turns around into a kick! But the pad shielded Yano! Fans boo and Goto can’t believe it! Yano throws the pad to Goto and SLAPS him! Yano whips and Goto hits the buckles! Hashi runs in, Yano kicks him and whips him into bare buckles, too! Tag to Tanahashi and Yano throws Hashi out. Tanahashi drags Goto up, throws him out, and the bad boys bring Bishamon around to whip into railing! Fans rally and cheer as Tanahashi drags Goto back up to put him in the ring.
Tanahashi stomps Goto’s leg then YANKS it! Fans cheer as Tanahashi air guitars. Tanahashi drags Goto up and bumps him off buckles. Tag to Yano, and he bumps Goto off the bare buckles! And again! Fans fire up while Red Shoes keeps Hashi back. Yano whips Goto into the bare buckles now! Goto hobbles and fans fire up. Yano kneels on Goto for a cover, but Red Shoes says it’s a choke! Yano says no, it’s just up high! Yano stomps Goto, drags him up and bumps him off buckles. Tag to Tanahashi, and the bad boys whip Goto to ropes. They run him over, then they squat! Tanahashi drags Goto up, but Goto CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS!
Tanahashi throws body shots, runs, but Goto follows to LARIAT! Fans fire up while both men are down! Goto and Tanahashi crawl, hot tag to Hashi! Hashi ELBOWS Tanahashi down, BLASTS Yano, then storms up on Tanahashi. Tanahashi kicks low, whips Hashi to the padded corner, but Hashi comes back to CHOP! Hashi mule kicks and turns Tanahashi for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally and Hashi runs in again, to CHOP Tanahashi against ropes! Hashi hangs Tanahashi out to dry, runs side to side, and he DROPKICKS Tanahashi down! Cover, TWO! Fans continue to rally and Hashi stalks Tanahashi.
Fans rally, “GO ACE! GO ACE!” but Hashi brings Tanahashi up. Hashi reels Tanahashi in but Tanahashi fights the lift. Hashi keeps trying, but Tanahashi wrenches out. Hashi ROCKS Tanahashi, but Tanahashi ROCKS Hashi! They go back and forth, forearm for forearm, and fans rally up! Tanahashi gets the edge, but Hashi CHOPS back! Hashi aims but Tanahashi blocks the superkick to DRAGON SCREW! Fans rally while both men are down! Hashi and Tanahashi crawl, hot tags to Goto and Yano! Yano dodges Goto, claws his eyes and whips him, but Goto reverses! Yano hits the bare buckles, then Goto hits MURAMASA, and the BULLDOG! Cover, TWO!
Fans rally, Goto fireman’s carries but Yano fights with elbows! Yano runs, Goto follows but Yano ducks! Goto deflects the boot to DISCUS LARIAT! Fans fire up with Goto and he drags Yano up, but Yano ROCKS him! Goto ROCKS Yano back, the forearms start flying back and forth, faster and faster! Fans rally as Goto gets the edge, but Yano rakes the eyes! But Goto SLAPS Yano! Goto whips, Yano reverses and throws Goto by his hair! Hot tag to Tanahashi! Tanahashi runs in to forearm smash, then he feeds Goto to an atomic drop! Trip and CATAPULT into the bare buckles! Tanahashi runs but Goto denies the Slingblade!
Goto shoves Tanahashi into Yano, then DOUBLE LARIATS! Fans fire up as all three men are down! Goto crawls, fans rally up, and Goto hot tags Hashi! Hashi runs the ropes but Tanahashi blocks the lariat! Hashi spins to CHOP! Tanahashi fires off a strike fest! But both men roar! Hashi fires off his own strike fest and CHOPS! SUPERKICK! Tanahashi stays up, Hashi runs to LARIAT him down! Cover, TWO!! Fans fire up with Hashi and he brings Tanahashi back up. Hashi fisherman’s but Tanahashi fights the suplex to TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! Tanahashi runs, to SLINGBLADE! Cover, but Goto breaks it!
Yano throws Goto back out! Tanahashi fires up and he goes up the corner! HIGH FLY FLOW onto Hashi’s knees!! Hashi cradles, TWO!!! Tanahashi survives the sudden turnaround and fans are thunderous! Fans rally with “GO ACE! GO ACE!” as Tanahashi and Hashi stir. They both sit up, head for each other, and Tanahashi throws a forearm. Hashi throws it back! Tanahashi throws another forearm, but Hashi throws it back! They stand, egg each other on, and the forearms fly faster and faster! Fans rally, SHOTEI rocks Hashi! Tanahashi runs, but into Goto’s fireman’s carry! Tanahashi slips off but Goto powers him into the corner!
Hashi runs in and Goto moves, Hashi CHOPS Tanahashi! Hashi feeds Tanahashi to the fireman’s carry but he slips off again! Tanahashi full nelsons but Goto breaks that and ducks, HIDDEN GAP! Fireman’s carry again, FIERCE FLASH! Fans fire up more as Bishamon says it’s time! They drag Tanahashi up, hook him up, but Tanahashi kicks Hashi away! Yano drags Hashi out while Tanahashi hits TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! Yano puts Hashi back in, drags Goto out, and Tanahashi runs, into a CHOP! Hashi runs, dodges Tanahashi once, but the SLINGBLADE comes back around!! Fans fire up as Tanahashi climbs the corner!
Goto anchors Tanahashi’s legs! Tanahashi CLUBS Goto but Hashi ROCKS Tanahashi! Hashi climbs up, but Yano LOW BLOWS Goto! Yano slips in and grabs Hashi for the ONIGOROSHI BOMB!! Tanahashi adjusts, HIGH FLY FLOW!!! Direct hit!! Cover, Ace & Joker win!!
Winners: Hiroshi Tanahashi & Toru Yano, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Goto & Hashi earn 0)
The World Tag League 2021 winners have fallen to 2-2! Are their chances of back-to-back wins in jeopardy?
As for Yano & Tanahashi, Tanahashi gets the mic to thank the fans for coming tonight. “Hey, Toru, it’s great to hear the cheers, huh?” Fans cheer because it’s great TO cheer! Tanahashi says he wants to have this every day, “so make sure you stay safe and healthy so that happens! Thank you for today!” Fans cheer for that, and they want the air guitar! Tanahashi borrows one from a fan on the east side, that he passes to Yano! Yano’s happy to be part of a rare air guitar duet! Master Wato even has his on commentary, so now it’s a trio! “SHIZUOKA~!” “OSU~!” “SHIZUOKA~!” “OSU~!” “LET’S ROCK!” The jam session is on!
Fans clap along as Yano is a natural! Fans cheer but they want the “EN-CO-RU! EN-CO-RU!” Tanahashi is never one to disappoint the fans, and Yano gets his chair guitar! They jam out again, and Yano can truly do it all! But he’s not gonna throw the chair to the fans, that’s dangerous. But the fans want another encore! Tanahashi says, “LAST ONE! Yano takes a seat in his chair for air DRUMS! Now it’s a real jam session! Big finish and…! Fans cheer the great performance, and Tanahashi gets the mic back. “Toru and Hiroshi are going for the trophies, so keep supporting us! And keep supporting NJPW! Finally, people of Shizuoka… ASHITEMASU~!”
Will love, energy and comedy propel the Joker & the Ace to the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships?
Here are the NEW World Tag League standings!
Aussie Open: 4-0, 8 points
The Mighty: 3-1, 6 points
Suzuki & Archer: 3-1, 6 points
Yano & Tanahashi: 2-2, 4 points
Goto & Hashi: 2-2, 4 points
Naito & Sanada: 2-2, 4 points
Khan & Henare: 2-2, 4 points
Chase & Fale: 2-2, 4 points
Evil & Yujiro: 0-4, 0 points
Coughlin & Kidd: 0-4, 0 points
Another really good event and a really good round for World Tag League. I’m a little surprised Coughlin & Kidd haven’t gotten a win yet, but they always look solid in their matches. Great stuff back to back for the United Empire, even though Khan & Henare did lose. Khan helping Aussie Open was good stuff, though, and of course the House of Torture keep losing big time. Also, Naito & Sanada losing again puts the pressure on them, they could have an even stronger showing in the second half of this tournament. Tanahashi & Yano winning to close was a bit of a surprise, but they’re a great team and huge fan favorites, I would love to see them be a team for more than just World Tag League.
My Score: 8.7/10
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