Title talk abound on SmackDown!
The Miz & Morrison have something to say to Strowman, AJ Styles and Daniel Bryan are face to face, and Bliss-Cross defend their WWE Women’s Tag Titles!
- Baron Corbin VS Otis Dozovic w/ Mandy Rose; Otis wins, by disqualification.
- Lacey Evans VS Sonya Deville; Evans wins.
- AJ Styles VS Drew Gulak w/ Daniel Bryan; Gulak wins.
- Six Man Tag: The New Day & Chad Gable VS The Artist Collective & Mojo Rawley; Gable & The New Day win.
- WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships: Bliss-Cross VS Bayley & Sasha Banks; Bayley & Banks win and become new WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions.
PLAY BY PLAY
Jeff Hardy is backstage.
The Charismatic Enigma is clearly in better shape both mentally and physically after what happened last week. A car accident put Elias in the hospital and all witnesses saw was a man running away from the scene. The evidence pointed towards Hardy, from the rental permit to the alcohol found in the car to how he could barely walk. Police arrested Hardy and that threw the SmackDown schedule out of order. Sheamus would win a battle royal, battle Daniel Bryan, but lose because Hardy returned! Hardy seems to think Sheamus had something to do with last week, but now we hear from Hardy himself!
Hardy heads to the ring!
“Wow, it’s great to see y’all, man. First of all, I would like to thank WWE Management and Fox for giving me this time to get this off my chest.” Last week, we witnessed something awful. People’s lives were endangered, the show was thrown into chaos, and though Elias walked away with serious injuries, it could’ve been worse. Hardy wants to paint you a portrait from his perspective. He pulled into the parking lot, excited about the show. He grabbed his stuff out of the car and BAM, he got hit by something. The next thing he knew, the police were all around him and he reeked of alcohol. His head was barely conscious and the cuffs ripped his wrists up. Hardy questioned the last eight months, from sobriety to career to family. The crowd cheers in support of Hardy continues. He says he felt he let his family down. “How many more times can I beg for forgiveness?”
But it’s all good! Hardy is here in the WWE for a reason! Hardy is glad to know he’s not in this alone. Though his head was spinning, he knew he didn’t slip. He’s in the station, they’re throwing all the tests at him and he passes them all. More witnesses showed up for interviews. The person in the car had red hair and matching beard! So Hardy was free to go and ready to go. We all know who fits that description, right? Sheamus put a rage in Hardy that can only be expressed through action. Sheamus tried to take everything from Hardy, and he won’t let Sheamus get away with it! But here comes Sheamus to respond! “Don’t go pointing fingers and casting aspersions on me, fella.” Hardy is doing what he’s done his entire life: blame others for his problems.
Why is it that people like Hardy try to avoid responsibility? Why does he always have an excuse? The fans of Hardy are worse than him because they’re in denial! Worse, they’re enablers. The crowd boos and he tells them to shut up. Sheamus tells Hardy, “For once in your life, be a man and admit what you did.” But he won’t, right? Because Hardy’s not a man. Hardy’s a junkie. The crowd boos harder, but Sheamus says not to worry about disappointing his wife and kids. They’re used to it. Hardy rushes Sheamus, avoids the Brogue and tackles him on the ramp! Hardy and Sheamus brawl, but the BROGUE lands after all! Sheamus drags Hardy up to slam into the Plexiglas! And then more Plexiglas, and more Plexiglas, and then even more Plexiglas! Hardy flounders to ringside and Sheamus looms over him as the crowd chants, “You Suck!” Is Sheamus the one who framed Hardy? Will Hardy get retribution for everything?
Otis and Mandy arrive.
Mr. Money in the Bank and his sweet peach spot Baron Corbin’s cape and crown. Mandy wants Otis to try it on, so he does. KING Otis looks good to Mandy. They head out with the Wolf King’s crown, will this get back to Corbin? In fact, Corbin walks by a moment later and wonders where the crown went! He demands the staffer tell him what happened, and the guy gives up Otis. Corbin storms after Otis, but this is good timing, since they have a match set for after the break!
Baron Corbin VS Otis Dozovic w/ Mandy Rose!
The King of the Ring has wanted payback on The Dozer since Money in the Bank, but now he’ll want even more because of the little fun Otis and Mandy were having. Will Corbin finally be in a good mood after this? Or will fall to pieces after running into the human wrecking ball?
Corbin obviously wants to fight the minute he’s out there, but the ref tells him to put the scepter aside first. Corbin does, the bell rings and Otis brawls with him! Otis rocks Corbin, counter punches but runs into a kick. Corbin POSTS Otis, then runs corner to corner, only to be sent into buckles! Otis clotheslines Corbin out, Corbin gets in fast, but Otis dodges and clotheslines him back out! Otis fetches Corbin as Mandy and the crowd cheers, but Corbin rams Otis into the apron! And then POSTS him again! Mandy coaches Otis while the ring count climbs. Corbin puts Otis in at 4, gets in at 5, and whips Otis into a corner. Corbin runs in but Otis dodges, so Corbin slides out then in. Otis scoops, Corbin slips out and Corbin hits a SPINE BUSTER! Cover, TWO!
Corbin keeps on Otis with a half nelson chinbar. Otis endures, fights his way up and throws body shots. Corbin throws forearms and has Otis in a corner. Corbin throws body shots over and over until the ref counts 4, then he DECKS Otis! Cover, TWO! Corbin grows frustrated but he keeps on Otis at the ropes. Corbin throws forearms, puts on the half nelson and thrashes Otis around. Otis fights free again but Corbin climbs on for a sleeper hold! Mandy and the crowd rally as Otis rams Corbin into buckles! Otis runs into a boot, then another. Corbin keeps kicking but Otis powers up! Otis dodges and elbows Corbin down! And again! Otis rallies with clotheslines and Fall Away Slams Corbin away! And again!
Corbin gets to a corner and Otis hits a splash! Corbin is down and Mandy wants Otis to finish this! Otis pumps up but Corbin bails out. Corbin wants his crown and takes it from the timekeeper’s area, but Otis walks over. But Corbin uses the crown as a weapon! And then a chair!
Winner: Otis Dozovic, by disqualification
Corbin doesn’t let up on Otis and they go back to the ring. Otis dodges the chair shot to body check and corner splash! Corbin is down again and Otis gets back to the pumping! THE CATERPILLAR ELBOW! Otis is all fired up and Mandy celebrates with him! Will Otis keep building momentum to bust through the WWE Universal Champion, whoever it may be?
The Miz & John Morrison are in a van.
They have surveillance equipment and are preparing to make The Monster Among Men’s life a living hell. Braun Strowman pulls in, grabs his luggage, and heads inside. The Greatest Tag Team of the 21st Century clearly has something planned, but will they pull it off?
SmackDown returns and Miz talks to the WWE Universe. “Everyone knows what it’s like to deal with annoying coworkers.” They’re the worst. Ever since they challenged Strowman to a Handicap match, their coworkers-and even the WWE Universe-have been saying stuff like, “Well why did you do that? You don’t stand a chance! It’s gonna be fun watching Braun Strowman disemboweling you.” That’s annoying. But not surprising. Those are the same people that underestimated Miz and Morrison their entire careers, just like Strowman is underestimating them! Strowman showed up to work without a care in the world, but that changes. This may be childish, immature, low-brow and idiotic, but this is strategic. Angry monsters make mistakes. “A wise man once said, ‘This is how we do it. This is Friday nights.'” And by the time we get to Backlash, Strowman’s life will be hell.
Inside, Strowman gets a refill of water and… his drink fizzes over! Somehow Miz & Morrison sabotaged his thermos, and they’re pumped up about it! “Get These Hands, Braun? WASH These Hands!” Strowman is furious and he storms off somewhere else. Will he put together who just pranked him?
Backstage interview with Chad Gable.
Shorty G returned to SmackDown to get an upset over Cesaro. But speaking of returns, Mojo Rawley is here. He apologizes to the “little man,” but there are far more important things to talk about. Like Mojo’s boy, Gronk, getting robbed of that WWE 24/7 Championship. So this interview just got cut short. It’s funny because Gable’s short! Wow, genuine comedian here with some classic material. But then Cesaro and Shinsuke Nakamura appear to mug Gable with Mojo’s help! The New Day back Gable up and back the others off. Will Shorty G, Big E and Kofi teach these bullies a lesson?
Lacey Evans VS Sonya Deville!
The Sassy Southern Belle and the Gladiator Gal went toe to toe last week but no one won in the Double Count-Out. Now they look to settle things, but then Sonya blindsides Lacey at the ramp! Lacey goes right into steel steps and Sonya goes into the ring. The crowd boos, Lacey grits her teeth and glares at Sonya, and SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns and the bell rings. Lacey and Sonya tie up and go around, and Lacey has Sonya on the ropes. Sonya pushes back, Lacey arm-drags her around and dares her to get up. Sonya composes herself and circles with Lacey again. They tie up, Sonya waistlocks but Lacey standing switches. Sonya elbows out hard, switches back and slams Lacey down. Lacey spins and gets away, but Sonya backs off to cool things down. The two go again, Sonya kicks low and whips Lacey to a corner. Lacey dodges, throws forearms and sweeps the legs! Lacey slingshots for the elbow drop! Cover, ONE! Lacey keeps her cool and keeps on Sonya with buckles bumps! She bumps Sonya off more buckles then pulls on an arm with the ropes. Lacey hooks Sonya’s head with a leg for leverage. The ref backs Lacey off, and Sonya throws hands!
Sonya whips but Lacey reverses, only to run into a BOOT! Sonya says that’s all blondes are capable of, but Lacey gets to her feet. Sonya chokes Lacey on the ropes but the ref counts. Sonya lets up at 4, but comes back to kick at the leg! She taunts Lacey as she kicks more, then kicks her in the corner. Sonya brings Lacey out to clobber! And she stands on the hair! She backs off at 4, but KICKS Lacey in the chest! Sonya grinds forearms in Lacey’s face, then stands her up to go for a corner. Lacey turns it around to bump Sonya off buckles again! Lacey blocks a boot, trips Sonya up, then drags her through the ropes. She knees away on Sonya, then slingshots up and over to roll her up, but into the ref! The ref hobbles away and he needs medical help! Sonya and Lacey back off as the ref is attended to, and SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns and a new referee has tagged in. Sonya throws hands on Lacey then KICKS her down! Cover, TWO, but Sonya wraps Lacey up in a chinlock. Lacey endures as Sonya thrashes her about. The crowd rallies, Lacey fights her way up, and rams Sonya into the corner! Sonya grabs hair but Lacey throws more shoulders in. Sonya throws Lacey down by her hair, then mocks her pain. Sonya drags Lacey out to the apron, for a draping neckbreaker! Lacey writhes but Sonya brings her up to the steel steps. The ref reprimands Sonya but she stands on Lacey’s head on the steps! Sonya stops at 4 but the damage has been done. Sonya drags Lacey up and puts her into the ring to cover, TWO! Lacey gasps for air but she’s toughing it out. Lacey chops but Sonya throws forearms. Sonya fireman’s carries but Lacey slips out to swing. Sonya dodges but gets a LARIAT!
Both women are down and the crowd fires up. Lacey and Sonya stir, and Sonya flounders up to her feet first. But Lacey rallies with more clotheslines! Lacey spins Sonya, kicks away and brings Sonya down! Lacey flexes and runs to Penalty Kick! Sonya ends up in a corner, Lacey hits the swinging bronco buster! Lacey climbs up the corner, for the SASSIEST MOONSAULT EVER! Cover, TWO!! Sonya survives and Lacey can’t believe it! Lacey drags Sonya up, spins her around, but Sonya KNEES Lacey, and ROCKS her with a right! Sonya is after Lacey in the ropes and chokes her more! The ref counts and Sonya stops at 4 to then club Lacey down! Sonya runs, SLIDING WIZARD! Cover, TWO!! Lacey lives and Sonya is furious!
The crowd rallies up as Lacey grits her teeth. Mandy talks to Sonya via the titantron. Sonya may want to hurt Mandy, but Mandy knows Sonya is hurting inside because she’s not a real fighter. Sonya’s a FAILURE! Sonya is furious as she shouts at the screen! She dares the “Barbie doll” to come back out and fight her. But Lacey turns Sonya around for the WOMAN’S RIGHT! Cover, Lacey wins!
Winner: Lacey Evans, by pinfall
Mandy gives Sonya a taste of her own medicine, and the Model Soldier gets the victory. Will Lacey be able to rise back towards the SmackDown Women’s Championship? Has the fury between Fire and Desire only reached a new level?
Matt Riddle loves having the crowd fired up behind him. This will be his moment, and you will remember his name.
Backstage interview with Braun Strowman.
The WWE Universal Champion cleaned up after that prank, but he knows “these two dorks,” Miz & Morrison are up to something. They’re like annoying gnats in the middle of the Summer. But speaking of, they’ve got another prank planned. Miz presses a button and… SLIME falls on Kayla! That was meant for him… Well the “jackasses” messed up, and Kayla is angry for Strowman. “Those… BASTARDS.” Well, Miz and Morrison still take that as a win. But are they going to be the ones getting messed up at Backlash?
Renee Young is in the ring!
Her guests tonight are two extraordinary wrestlers of this or any other generation! They will meet in the WWE Intercontinental Championship Tournament Finals next Friday, it’s Daniel Bryan and AJ Styles! Renee wants to start with Bryan but Styles says Bryan will do the same thing: call him a coward for taking the easy way into the finals, while Bryan foolishly chose to fight. If Hardy didn’t get involved, Sheamus would be standing here instead. So does Bryan think Styles is a coward? Well he shows signs of being cowardly, but to each their own. This is the one title Styles hasn’t had in the WWE, so is that why he took his bye? Styles took his bye because it was the smart move. Styles looks in the mirror and sees the greatest champion the WWE has ever had! When Styles looks at Bryan, “he’s all heart.” That’s not a bad thing, no. Bryan is doing something rather noble, but it is also something rather stupid.
Bryan sees what Styles is doing, and it’s not working. They’ve known each other a long time. Long enough to know they have two entirely different world views, and two entirely different visions of what it is to be champion. In Styles’ vision, he defends the title sparingly, against a select few under the guise that no one else is good enough. Styles believes what he just said in saying he’s the greatest of all time. But he could never fathom someone coming out of nowhere and shattering that vision. But Bryan’s vision is defending the title every single week on SmackDown, against decorated veterans and young up-and-comers. Anyone who wants the opportunity gets the opportunity! And not because it’s noble, as Styles put it. It’s because Bryan wants to push himself, test himself, and learn and grow! The best isn’t who Bryan is now, but who he can be!
And when the WWE Universe tunes in to Friday Night SmackDown, Bryan wants them to be excited each and every week, knowing there is a title match! Knowing that maybe their favorite wrestler could beat Bryan and become champion! That’s what Bryan wants! The crowd agrees with that vision, but Styles says Bryan wants Styles to give handouts. Styles doesn’t believe in handouts. He believes in earned opportunities. Speaking of, how did Drew Gulak get the opportunity to become Bryan’s coach? An opportunity to work here, in the WWE. That’s not an opportunity, that’s a handout! So if Styles and Bryan can’t agree, how about this? Styles can reach across the aisle to do something unexpected. How about Styles give Gulak an opportunity? Right here, right now, Gulak is backstage, so he can get out here and get his handout, aka an ass-whipping.
Gulak appears! And he tackles Styles! Styles bails out but Bryan is cheering! Is the whipping gonna be on the other wrestler tonight?
AJ Styles VS Drew Gulak w/ Daniel Bryan!
SmackDown returns and the bell rings. Styles fires off strikes on Gulak and backs him down to a corner. Styles CHOPS and whips and elbows Gulak down! Bryan coaches Gulak but Styles bumps Gulak off buckles. Styles rams shoulders in and CHOPS again. He brings Gulak out but Gulak jawbreakers back! The crowd cheers as things speed up. Styles hurdles but Gulak fakes his dropkick out! Gulak goes after the arm and has a chinbar corssface! Styles gets the ropebreak, Gulak lets up at 4 but clamps right back on for another crossface! Styles gets back to ropes, they end up in a corner, and Gulak lets go but is trapped. Styles elbows Gulak and kicks at the legs! Styles fires off more strikes then snapmares Gulak for a Penalty Kick!
Bryan and the crowd rally for Gulak but he swings into Styles’ backbreaker! Cover, ONE! Styles grows frustrated but he still looms over Gulak. He drags Gulak up to a fireman’s carry but Gulak slips out to headbutt! Gulak whips, Styles reverses, but Gulak boots back, to run into a LARIAT! Styles seethes but the crowd rallies again. Styles drags Gulak into a chinlock and digs his knee into Gulak’s back. Gulak fights up and throws body shots. He powers Styles to a corner and fires off haymakers! The ref counts, Gulak lets up at 4, but comes back. Styles CHOPS and forearms back, then whips Gulak corner to corner. Gulak dodges and Styles runs into buckles, then a clothesline! Gulak rallies and dropkicks Styles to a corner!
The crowd fires up and Gulak runs corner to corner, for a big corner clothesline to snap fisherman suplex! Gulak stalks Styles and scoops him for a DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Styles survives but Gulak keeps his cool. Styles gets to a corner and Gulak heads over. Gulak hoists Styles up to an Electric Chair, but Styles rakes Gulak’s face to escape, and PELES! Styles reels Gulak in, scoop to dragon sleeper for an inverted DDT! The crowd boos while Styles and Bryan stare down. Styles drags Gulak back up and reels him in, but Gulak trips him to a jackknife cover! GULAK WINS!
Winner: Drew Gulak, by pinfall
The Phenomenal One just got upset! The Philly Stretcher turns this “handout” into an opportunity and has a win over a former world champion! What will this do for Gulak’s path in the WWE? What will this do to Styles’ confidence going into next week’s title match?
Miz & Morrison go over to Strowman’s car.
The Buick Grand National, a true classic. Yes, one of a kind. It’d be a crying shame if something happened to it. Is that a fly on the window? Well it’s a good thing Miz has been working on his golf game. “FORE!” He smashes the windshield!! And Morrison has a baseball bat. Papa Strowman loves softball. Miz “pitches” to Morrison, and he hits a grand slam into the windshield! They would hate to see the look on Strowman’s face. He’s going to be PISSED.
Six Man Tag: The New Day & Chad Gable VS The Artist Collective & Mojo Rawley!
AWWWW~ people at hooome~! Bullies are no good, and three of them might just get what they deserve! Will Kofi Kingston, Big E and Shorty G show the Swiss Cyborg, the King of Strong Style and the Hype Bro what happens to negativity in the face of positivity?
The teams sort out, and Gable steps up to Cesaro. Gable goes for a rolling kick, but Cesaro catches him! Cesaro brings Gable up but Gable sunset flips! TOW and Cesaro gets up under Gable, only to get a huricanrana! Gable gets up but Cesaro knees him down! Cesaro gut wrenches but Gable blocks the suplex. Gable gets a leg for a dragon screw! Tag to Big E and Gable tweaks the legs. Big E throws body shots then whips, but Cesaro throws a European Uppercut! Tag to Mojo and he runs to tackle Big E! Cover, TWO! Mojo taunts Kofi and puts Big E in the corner. Tag to Nakamura and they stomp away on Big E. Nakamura brings Big E up, mocks the hip swivel then fires off a strike fest! Big E catches the roundhouse but Nakamura resists the belly2belly. It doesn’t work and Big E THROWS Nakamura overhead!
Tag to Kofi and Big E RAMS into Nakamura. Kofi runs and uses Big E’s step stool for a big corner splash! Tag to Gable and he brings Nakamura out for a snapmare. Tag to Big E, and he gives Shorty G help in the moonsault! Big E runs, tags Nakamura, and hits the SPLASH! Kofi frog splashes, TWO! Kofi aims from the corner and the crowd claps along. But Cesaro gets Nakamura out, only for Kofi to FLY! Kofi takes out Cesaro but also hurts himself. Nakamura waits for Kofi, “C’MON!” Kofi gets up but Mojo POUNCES him into the apron!! Kofi is down and SmackDown goes to break!
SmackDown returns Kofi endures as Cesaro cranks on the chinlock. The crowd rallies and Kofi fights up and out. Kofi leaps but Cesaro catches him for a backbreaker! Cover, TWO, but Cesaro tags Mojo in. Mojo stomps Kofi down then pulls on his hair. Mojo headbutts Kofi down then taunts Big E and Shorty G. MOjo runs at Kofi but is sent out of the ring. He gets back up on the apron and in the ring, to hit Big E before Kofi can tag! But Kofi DOUBLE STOMPS Mojo down! Both men are on the mat but crawling for their corners. Hot tag to Gable! Gable is up top fast and crossbodies Mojo down! Gable hits Nakamura then throws forearms and uppercuts on Mojo! Mojo swings but misses, Gable mule kicks then overhead suplexes Cesaro!
Gable fires up and goes corner to corner, for the rolling kick! And then a rolling neckbreaker! Gable goes up top again, for the MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO!! Gable keeps his cool as he keeps his focus on Mojo. Mojo bucks the roll off, then fireman’s carries Gable to pop him p. Gable lands on his feet, trips Mojo up, and has the ANKLE LOCK! With the GRAPEVINE! But Nakamura slides and knees Gable! Big E scoops Nakamura but Nakamura gets tot he apron. Nakamura holds Big E in place, Cesaro EuroUppers Gable! Kofi LEAPS Onto Cesaro, but Mojo lifts Gable, HYPER DRIVE! Cover, TWO!?! Gable survives the pop-up slam and Mojo is furious! Mojo drags Gable up and over but Gable blasts Cesaro! Mojo tosses Gable, runs, but Gable dodges! Big E tags in., Gable feeds Mojo to the scoop. Gable PESCADOS onto the Collective, Mojo takes the MIDNIGHT HOUR! Cover, The New Day & Gable win!
Winners: Chad Gable & The New Day, by pinfall
The SmackDown Tag Team Champions and their new buddy give the bullies what they deserve! Will Mojo, Cesaro and Nakamura learn to pick on someone their own size next time?
Strowman heads to the parking lot.
And he sees what Miz & Morrison did to his car! Miz & Morrison laugh it up in their van, and Strowman is furious! Strowman asks security where Miz & Morrison are. Miz wants Morrison to get the keys so they can get out of here, but Morrison says Miz had them. The security guard tells Strowman that Miz & Morrison are in the van. Strowman storms over but the doors are locked. Miz & Morrison think they’re safe, but Strowman says, “You two are dead men.” Miz & Morrison laugh at him, but Strowman starts rocking the van! And then he starts tipping the van over!! Miz & Morrison panic as they go over!! Strowman shouts, “Now that’s funny!” Will Miz & Morrison survive, let alone win, at Backlash?
Backlash has another match made!
Jeff Hardy and Sheamus will settle the score when they have it out in a rematch from the WWE Intercontinental Championship Tournament! Whether the Fella framed Hardy or not, can Hardy finally shut Sheamus up about his past?
WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships: Bliss-Cross VS Bayley & Sasha Banks!
Alexa & Nikki have gotten past one pair of obnoxious best friends in The IIconics, Peyton Royce & Billie Kay. But now the inaugural Tag Team Champions come back for the titles they put on the map! Will the “role models” of SmackDown have even more gold on them after tonight?
The introductions are made, the tag title belts are raised, and the teams sort out. Nikki runs right at Bayley and tackles her! Nikki hammers away but Bayley gets up, only for Nikki to hop on for a thrashing sleeper! Alexa tags in and she snapmares Bayley into an STO! And she adds Insult2Injury, to tag in Nikki for the basement dropkick! Cover, ONE, but Nikki clamps onto Bayley. Nikki whips Bayley to the corner, then fires up for the corner splash! Alexa tags back in, and waves at Sasha before SLAPPING Bayley! Alexa brings Bayley up but Bayley knees and clubs back! Bayley brings Alexa up and tags in Sasha. They stomp Alexa in the corner then taunt the crowd that they’re going to be tag champs again.
Sasha bumps Alexa off the buckles then digs her boot in. She tags in Bayley and they SLAP Alexa back! Bayley chokes Alexa at the ropes but lets up at 4. Bayley taunts Nikki but Alexa rolls her up! TWO, and Alexa powers Bayley to the corner! Nikki tags in and fires up for a bulldog! Cover, TWO! Bayley bails out but Nikki wrecks her with a dropkick! Nikki fires off on Sasha and POSTS her, then LEAPS onto Bayley! Nikki is all fired up as she says, “You belong to me!” Bayley says she doesn’t but Nikki puts her in the ring. Sasha grabs at Nikki but Nikki headbutts her down! Bayley knees Nikki off the apron and tags in Sasha. Sasha METEORAS and takes Nikki down! The Boss & the Leader are back in control as SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns once more and Sasha stomps away on Nikki in the corner. She lets up at 4 to taunt Alexa and tag Bayley. They double whip and spin Nikki around for a double SLAM! Bayley covers, TWO! Bayley stays between Nikki and Alexa, and even taunts Nikki to reach. But she sends Nikki to the corner and tags in Sasha. Sasha mocks Alexa to then hit a corner meteora! High stack cover, TWO! Sasha wraps on with a chinlock and leans on Nikki. Nikki endures, the crowd rallies up, and Alexa reaches. Sasha backslides Nikki, TWO! Sasha drags Nikki away and tags Bayley in. They stomp Nikki down again, then Bayley wraps on with a chinlock of her own. Bayley leans on Nikki as the crowd rallies. Nikki endures and fights her way up. Nikki throws hands but Bayley powers her to a corner. Bayley rams her shoulder in, then rolls back for the wacky waving, only to hit buckles!
Nikki crawls but Bayley clobbers her! Bayley throws Nikki to the apron but the hotshot is denied! Nikki shoulders in then flounders around. Bayley tries to stop Nikki but Nikki kicks her away! Hot tag to Alexa! Alexa rallies on Bayley, counter punches and ROCKS Bayley! Sasha gets the punches, too! Alexa dropkicks Bayley then fires up! Alexa adds Insult2Injury, then goes up top! But Sasha goes after her, only to be kicked away. Bayley ROCKS Alexa then climbs up to join her. “Talk about the first-ever women’s tag team champions!” SUPER BAYLEY2BELLY!! Tag to Sasha, SHINING WIZARD! Cover, TWO!! Sasha can’t believe it and she is furious! Sasha paces around Alexa like a shark and brings her up. She whips but Alexa reveres, but Sasha goes up and over. Alexa headscissors Sasha into buckles!
Bayley crawls in, Nikki drags her back out, and hits an apron tornado DDT! Alexa hops on for a SUNSET BOMB!! Cover, TWO!! Sasha survives but both women are down. Hot tag to Nikki! Nikki climbs up, crossbodies and covers, TWO! Sasha rolls towards her corner but Nikki gets Sasha first. Nikki puts Sasha on the ropes, but no Purge as Sasha springs out. Bayley returns to tag in, BACKSTABBER and BANK STATEMENT! Bayley takes the hand-off but Nikki drags her up and into a neckbreaker! Cover but Sasha breaks it! Sasha drags Bayley back to her corner, tags herself back in, and puts Nikki against ropes. Sasha shoulders and knees in, then slingshot body scissors to the BANK STATEMENT! Nikki endures, reaches, and Bayley keeps Alexa away! Nikki rolls to a cover, TWO, ghost pin! Sasha & Bayley win!!
Winners: Sasha Banks & Bayley, by pinfall (NEW WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions)
The miscommunication didn’t stop #BossTime from finishing this off! And we now #BayleyTwoBelts! What will this mean for the future of SmackDown?
A really good episode for SmackDown, though still with some things left out. When are we hearing from the hacker again? Maybe at Backlash? One of his possible targets were very active tonight as Miz & Morrison did their best Heel version of Degeneration X pranking Vince McMahon. I actually did like the “failed” slime prank, that was brilliant. And I’m very glad Strowman got back in touch with his vehicle tipping side, that was a natural way for him to get back at Miz & Morrison. With one more week, I feel like there might be escalation but it’ll all follow the formula of Strowman standing tall at Backlash. I doubt Otis tries to cash in, either, that should be when the fans get to return. I can see Corbin playing interference on cash-ins now after his match with Otis tonight. It’d be a logical way to put heat on Corbin, since Corbin wouldn’t want someone else succeeding where he failed.
I really liked how the Styles-Bryan Face-to-Face worked out. They had a great argument about their championship “visions,” and while Bryan’s is the more favorable because it means title matches for ratings, it’s not like Styles is wrong in saying opportunities should be earned. Styles VS Gulak was a really good match, and Styles can’t say Gulak didn’t earn that win. A part of me thinks this means Styles wins next week, and Gulak gets a title match sometime later, but Bryan’s weekly open challenges would be a lot of fun. I think the viewers will be the ones winning in the end. We got a nice segment with Hardy and Sheamus, but the way it was worded, it doesn’t seem like Sheamus was denying the accusations. He didn’t give an alibi, so maybe this isn’t a double frame-up. Hardy VS Sheamus at Backlash will be good, but with as much as Hardy has won already, I feel like Sheamus finds a dirty way to win.
Lacey VS Sonya this week was really good. It was physical, and they used the ref bump in a very unique way. But it was also great for Mandy to get some payback with her titantron distraction. I still hope this leads to a proper blow-off at Extreme Rules, where Sonya and Mandy can just go after each other with reckless abandon. Lacey, meanwhile, is spinning her wheels because she already had her chance at the SmackDown Women’s Championship. The New Day had a great match alongside Gable, and it mostly makes me wonder what Mojo’s going to be up to. The SmackDown Tag Team Championship story might be put on pause because of how people reacted to what Jaxson Ryker said, but I didn’t really see the Forgotten Sons ready for the titles at this point anyway.
But speaking of tag titles, Bayley and Sasha get those back, and this might actually complicate things for the better. I’m now hoping they and the IIconics get to settle things since we never got a follow-up after WrestleMania 35. There was also a good bit of tension teased again where Sasha didn’t realize Bayley tagged in and they had to scramble to get the legal wrestler in. It might be too easy, but it seems like the hacker will return to expose their fragile friendship. That would actually be a shame, Bayley and Sasha should self-destruct on their own. And it’d basically mean the tag titles either go back to Bliss-Cross or to the IIconics without actually earning it. Also can these titles have a match in NXT already? There isn’t really a strong women’s tag team there yet, but if the effort was actually put in, we’d actually some.
My Score: 8.5/10
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.
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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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