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Andrew’s New Japan Cup Results & Match Ratings 7.11.20: Final Day

New Japan Cup Finals! EVIL vs Okada! Master Wato’s gimmick debut match!

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Wrestling in front of fans is back! Granted it looks like they only made about 50% of the tickets available since the floor fans had a chair gap between one another. I also read that they staggered entry depending on your section. They really attempted to reduce crowded sections and situations, and it looked like everyone in attendance wore a mask.

The real reason we’re here though is to see Master Wato’s debut match! RIGHT! Okay of course not, but it was too easy not to mention. EVIL has had a great run in the New Japan Cup, even though he’s won every match after low blows and assorted chairshots. If you’re name is EVIL, you’re not supposed to really follow the rules, right?

Will the Finals be, “Okada wins lol” or “Everything is Evil”?

Let’s get to it!

Ratings:

  • Yuya Uemura & Yota Tsuji vs Great Bash Heel (Tomoaki Honma & Togi Makabe): Makabe wins via German Suplex Hold @9:15 – ***
  • TenCozy (Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima) vs Hirooki Goto & Gabriel Kidd: Kojima wins via Gowan Lariat @9:55 – ** 1/2
  • DOUKI vs Master Wato: Master Wato wins via RPP @7:45 – ***
  • Yujiro Takahashi & Taiji Ishimori vs SANADA & BUSHI: Yujiro wins via Pimp Juice @9:20 – ** 3/4 
  • Yoshinobu Kanemaru, Zack Sabre Jr, El Desperado & Taichi vs Kota Ibushi, Hiroshi Tanahashi, Ryusuke Taguchi & Yuji Nagata: Desperado wins via Pinche Loco @12:45 – *** 1/4 
  • CHAOS (Tomohiro Ishii, SHO & Toru Yano) vs LIJ (Tetsuya Naito, Hiromu Takahashi & Shingo Takagi): Natio wins via Rolling Jacknife Cradle @15:00 – ***
  • New Japan Cup Finals: EVIL vs Kazuchika Okada: EVIL wins via Everything is Evil @31:50 – ****

 

Results:

Yuya Uemura & Yota Tsuji vs Great Bash Heel (Tomoaki Honma & Togi Makabe)

So we have come to expect Young Lion teams to lose more often than not, but the fun is watching how far they progress from match to match. Tsuji has become a competent power wrestler, even sending Makabe reeling at times, catching him with a Spear and getting the best of a strike exchange. Yuya is turning into a bit of a suplex specialist. His Double Overhook Belly to Belly Throw is unique and effective; he even broke out a pinning combination where he does a bit of an Inverted Gator Roll before going into the Cradle.

Another thing that can’t be overlooked is the fact that Makabe bumped a fair bit here. Not sure if it was the reinvigoration of fans in attendance or what, but Makabe helped the Young Lions a lot. Makabe won with his German Suplex Hold that he tends to use of younger guys, but this was a really fun starter.

TenCozy (Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima) vs Hirooki Goto & Gabriel Kidd

Much like the last match, the finish was never in question. I do appreciate that New Japan brought out veterans/fan favorites for the first show with fans in 4 months. It’s nice to watch some of the old guard get a win in front of more energetic fans.

Tenzan and Kojima both proved to still be equal to Goto in different departments, where Gabriel showed improvement. He still needs a lot of work on how to facially sell through strikes, but he’s come a long way since that awful match against ELP. It was cool to see TenCozy take out Goto with their Tandem Cozy Cutter finish, to then focus on the Young Lion. Gabriel managed to fight off the tandem move, and focus on the legal man. But Kojima caught him, with what I think the announcers were calling the Gowan Lariat…and it did look more like Go Shiozaki’s than the Cozy Lariat. So I’m going with Gowan.

DOUKI vs Master Wato

Well it’s the blue nightmare against the fall guy of Suzuki-Gun. Now I know I set this up like a joke, but New Japan set this in motion like a joke. Underwhelming debut, dorky voice over “Way into the Grandmaster” video package and then getting attacked by DOUKI…sheesh, only thing worse would’ve been YOSHI-HASHI making the save and landing on his face.

Setup aside, okay, this was a pretty solid match. Wato may look like the worst pre-transformation blue Power Ranger in history, but his moves were crisp. The Master Wato gimmick works with the move set, since it’s many martial arts strikes, mixed in with some fun lucha style dives. Wato pulls out a nice Tornillo, a kick combination that ends with a spinning backfist, Brazilian Kick and his finish is the Spiral Tap/Yang Time. It is apparently called RPP…if I figure out what that stands for I’ll plug it into a future article.

Either way, Wato looked good. DOUKI took a bunch of shortcuts, but the Grandmaster prevailed. Not a bad first match back, for a gimmick that seemed dead on arrival.

After the match Yoshinobu Kanemaru attacks Wato, but Tenzan makes the save. They might be trying to use the general favor that fans have for Tenzan to help get over the new gimmick. 

Yujiro Takahashi & Taiji Ishimori vs SANADA & BUSHI

This match was interesting since both SANADA and Taiji played to the crowd, which you could see amused them during the match. Taiji took BUSHI to the corner to work on taking off his mask, and played to the crowd to boo. Japanese crowds don’t audibly boo much, but there was a solid portion who played along. SANADA pulled off the Paradise Lock and the place roared with applause so SANADA acknowledged the applause a bit before the Dropkick to unlock the hold.

As for the match on a whole, it was alright. Lacked a little from some of the previous undercard matches, but the crowd involvement had to be fun for fans in attendance. It’s also nice to see Yujiro pin BUSHI with Pimp Juice after a little bit of a counter exchange. A little slow, and not the best, but Yujiro tends to get overlooked for one reason or the other.

Yoshinobu Kanemaru, Zack Sabre Jr, El Desperado & Taichi vs Kota Ibushi, Hiroshi Tanahashi, Ryusuke Taguchi & Yuji Nagata

Even without the Suzuki and Nagata thread to play with in this match, it was still pretty good and added nicely to the story leading to the Heavyweight Tag title match tomorrow. Tanahashi took a lot of early offense, as Taichi may have started, but Zack ran interference almost immediately. Kota tried to match the interference, but the heels were much more adept at it.

In a small sprinkle of humor, Taguchi broke up a few pins by just messing with Despy. He would come in the ring, so Despy would break the hold and anticipate an attack, then just clap and root on Tanahashi like a good coach as he goes back to the apron. That happened twice before Desperado just cut him off and was done with the shenanigans.

Which that small interaction played well for the finish, since the last two were Despy and Taguchi; with Taguchi continuing occasional mind games. Taguchi looked to be about to win with Dodon, but Despy counters, they jocky for position, referee gets turned around so Despy clocks Taguchi with the closed fist. After eating the punch, Despy hits Pinche Loco and the heels win again.

After the match, ZSJ and Taichi double team Ibushi until Tanahashi makes the save. Ibushi and Tanahashi hit Taichi with a Double Side Effect, and stand tall with their belts. This is interesting since if you count Cup matches, the Aces only have 1 win in matches with ZSJ or Taichi since the return, and normally heels pose before the title match. So it’s an interesting look of instead of winning a brawl afterwards to “get heat back” the champions did it to “save face”. 

CHAOS (Tomohiro Ishii, SHO & Toru Yano) vs LIJ (Tetsuya Naito, Hiromu Takahashi & Shingo Takagi)

Given the fact that this was mostly built around the SHO and Shingo match, it was still fun interactions all around. Ishii seems to have not forgiven/forgotten about his New Japan Cup loss and goes at Hiromu for a bit. Yano takes pot shots at Naito and Hiromu, while Shingo and SHO really seem like the only serious ones.

At one point when SHO was asking for a tag, Shingo was on the apron and yelled over to him and it seemed like “Wait for me to get tagged in. You want to be a big man? We go at each other” and SHO obliged. He did get tagged first, but gave Shingo the opportunity to get in the ring and go crazy. SHO even got a little bit of time with Naito, and he is definitely a star in the making.

Funnily enough, the finish was perfect since it involved Yano. Yano almost upset Naito a few times, but as he grabs Naito and Shingo’s hair, Hiromu pops in, grabs Yano by the hair. They throw him into the corner, hit a few combination moves and Naito does the flourish with the Rolling Jacknife Cradle for the pinfall.

New Japan Cup Finals: EVIL vs Kazuchika Okada

This match played into their past, EVIL’s current trajectory and Okada doing the Okada thing. EVIL got a quick jump on things, as he’s done in the past, but Okada won’t fall in a 2 minute match. EVIL applied his signature chairs with the chair wrapped around the arm into the ring post and of course, the Home Run Chairshot. Red Shoes was bumped and bullied quite a few times allowing EVIL numerous moments to uppercut Okada between the legs, Garvin Stomp the boys and even counter the Cobra Clutch with a well aimed backwards leg.

EVIL brought back memories of their first meeting when he hit Darkness Falls on a pile of chairs. Much like their first meeting, this match ended well for EVIL. At first when we saw Gedo run out to distract the referee and Yujiro hit the Miami Shine on Okada, announcers and everyone seemed confused. But once EVIL hit Everything is Evil to win the Cup, it all made sense.

He calls down Naito, they exchange a few words, Naito offers the LIJ fist bump and well…watch the gif below.

 

Overall Score: 7.5/10

Big story moments in this show, along with EVIL finally breaking out, made this show something special. All of the championship matches for Dominion were set up for a final punctuation tomorrow, and the return of a live crowd helped the overall experience.

Most New Japan fans thought that Taichi’s wins over the Golden Aces in the Cup were to make the challenge seem more credible even though the Aces would retain. Now, with the Aces standing tall over Taichi in particular…that makes you wonder who’s really winning tomorrow. Shingo versus SHO will probably exceed most expectations, but with EVIL leaving LIJ…I can’t see Shingo dropping the belt already.

Moving us to the main event, I personally don’t see Naito losing both belts fresh off a betrayal and wrestling hiatus. This will probably be the usual gang warfare style of match, since Bullet Club will interfere, so LIJ should repay that in kind. Since EVIL has been targeting the jimmies all New Japan Cup, and Naito loves baseball, if he doesn’t wear a cup during the match I’ll be shocked.

There we go, even after a fairly mediocre New Japan Cup, the final day pays things off and we have some great forward momentum.


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Mitchell’s NJPW WTL X Super Jr. Tag Results & Report! (11/27/22)

BOTH tournaments on one card!

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NJPW WTL X Super Jr.

Double up the tag team action!

NJPW is going big with this crossover! Both World Tag League and Super Jr. Tag League are here for a massive match card!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Super Jr. Tag League 2022: KUSHIDA & Kevin Knight VS BUSHI & Titán; Bushi & Titán win.
  • World Tag League 2022: Alex Coughlin & Gabriel Kidd VS Great-O-Khan & Aaron Henare; Khan & Henare win.
  • Super Jr. Tag League 2022: Alex Zayne & El Lindaman VS SHO & Dick Togo; Zayne & Lindaman win.
  • World Tag League 2022: Aussie Open VS Minoru Suzuki & Lance Archer; Aussie Open wins.
  • Super Jr. Tag League 2022: Ryusuke Taguchi & Clark Connors VS Ace Austin & Chris Bey; Ace & Bey win.
  • World Tag League 2022: Toru Yano & Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Bad Luck Fale & Chase Owens; Yano & Tanahashi win.
  • Super Jr. Tag League 2022: YOH & Lio Rush VS DOUKI & Yoshinobu Kanemaru; Yoh & Lio win.
  • World Tag League 2022: Shane Haste & Mikey Nicholls VS EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi; Shane & Mikey win.
  • Super Jr. Tag League 2022: Robbie Eagles & Tiger Mask VS TJP & Francesco Akira; TJP & Akira win.
  • World Tag League 2022: Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI VS Tetsuya Naito & SANADA; Goto & Hashi win.

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Here are the current Super Jr. Tag League standings!

Austin & Bey: 3-0, 6 points
Bushi & Titan: 2-1, 4 points
TJP & Akira: 2-1, 4 points
Zayne & Lindaman: 2-1, 4 points
Yoh & Lio: 2-1, 4 points
Eagles & Tiger Mask: 2-1, 4 points
KUSHIDA & Knight: 1-2, 2 points
Taguchi & Connors: 1-2, 2 points
Sho & Dick: 0-3, 0 points
Douki & Kanemaru: 0-3, 0 points

 

Here are the current World Tag League standings!

Naito & Sanada: 2-0, 4 points
Suzuki & Archer: 2-0, 4 points
Aussie Open: 2-0, 4 points
Goto & Hashi: 1-1, 2 points
Khan & Henare: 1-1, 2 points
The Mighty: 1-1, 2 points
Chase & Fale: 1-1, 2 points
Yano & Tanahashi: 0-2, 0 points
Evil & Yujiro: 0-2, 0 points
Coughlin & Kidd: 0-2, 0 points

 

Super Jr. Tag League 2022: KUSHIDA & Kevin Knight VS BUSHI & Titán!

The #TimeJet is losing altitude, but the thing about time travel is that there’s always time! Will they be able to get back up and get those points? Or will Black Mask & El Inmortal keep the momentum going with their “we just beat the champs” energy?

The teams sort out and fans can cheer! They rally as the two circle. Knight and Titan feel out a knuckle lock, then Knight taunts Titan with his height and reach advantage. So Titan SOBATS and puts Knight in a corner. Titan wrenches and whips corner to corner but Knight reverses. Knight runs in but Titan goes up and over and handsprings away! Fans cheer for the agility, and then he runs at Knight. Knight leaps up and over! Titan gets around, knuckle locks and CHOPS, then he goes up and up to tightrope walk and springboard, but into Knight’s arms! Knight SLAMS Titan down!

Fans fire up as Knight BLASTS Bushi, then JUMPING SPLASHES Titan! Cover, TWO! Fans applaud and Knight brings Titan up to wrench. Tag to Kushida and fans cheer as Knight hands off the arm to an ELBOW BREAKER! Kushida drags Titan back up, wrenches and CLUBS the arm, then stalks Titan to ropes. Kushida whips Titan then hip tosses, to then cartwheel and dropkick! Cover, TWO as Titan slips out! Kushida watches Bushi closely as he wrenches Titan again. Tag to Kevin and Kevin takes the handoff. Knight wrenches the arm, tags to Kushida, and hands off the arm again. Kushida wrenches the arm then tags Knight.

Knight takes the handoff to wrench Titan, and then tags Kushida. Kushida goes up to drop an ax handle! Kushida brings Titan up and wrenches while Knight goes up. Fans rally as Kushida wrenches but Titan fights back. Kushida whips Titan corner to corner, but Titan goes up to CROSSBODY! But then Knight throws Titan down by his mask! Titan kips up and PELES Knight down! Titan hurries and tags in Bushi! Fans fire up and Bushi grinds his forearm into Kushida’s face. The ref counts, Bushi lets off, and Bushi CHOPS! And CHOPS! Bushi pushes Kushida down, covers, ONE! Bushi calls Titan in and Titan stomps Kushida down.

LIJ put Kushida in a corner, whip corner to corner, then Bushi hits a back elbow. Bushi sets up, INMORTAL IN MOTION! Then a feed to a lift, MISSILE DROPKICK SPINEBUSTER! Cover, but Knight breaks it! Bushi drags Kushida up and fans rally. Bushi snapmares Kushida into a chinlock, and digs his knee into Kushida’s back. Kushida endures but Bushi claws at Kushida’s face! The ref reprimands, Bushi stops to wrap on a headscissor squeeze. Kushida endures and moves around, he gets the ROPEBREAK! Bushi lets off but he stomps Kushida down. Bushi drags Kushida up but Kushida KICKS Bushi’s arm!

Kushida KICKS and KICKS, fans fire up and Kushida hits an ELBOW BREAKER on the arm! Titan tags in to stomp Kushida down! Titan snapmares and KICKS Kushida in the back! Fans fire up again as LIJ mug Kushida at the ropes. LIJ double whip but Kushida handsprings to DOUBLE BACK ELBOW! All three men are down and fans fire back up! Kushida rolls and hot tags Knight! Knight rallies with a SPLASH on Titan in one corner, SPLASH on Bushi in the other, then SPLASH on Titan! SPLASH for Bushi, but Titan BOOTS Knight! Titan goes up, but Knight DROPKICKS him down to the floor!

Fans fire up as Knight aims and PLANCHAS! Down goes Titan and Knight fires up! Fans rally as he drags Titan up and puts him in. Kushida Electric Chair Lifts, DROPKICK ELECTRIC CHAIR DROP! Cover, Bushi barrels in to break it! Fans rally up as all four men are down! Time Jet get up first, they whip Bushi to a corner, then Knight whips Kushida in. Bushi dodges Kushida, BOOTS Knight, then whips Kushida into Knight! Titan and Bushi knuckle lock so Titan can go up and up and tightrope walk to DOUBLE MISSILE DROPKICK! Fans fire up as Kushida spills out of the ring. Bushi builds speed and DIVES onto Kushida!

Fans fire up more as Titan brings Knight up. Knight fires off forearms and an uppercut! Knight runs, into a TORNADO DDT! Fans fire up more as Titan roars! Titan runs in to LOCO LARIAT! Bushi CODE BREAKERS! ANGEL INMORTAL!! Cover, LIJ wins!

Winners: Bushi & Titán, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Kushida & Knight earn 0)

Los Ingobernables de Japon continues on, but there’s still a long way to go! Will Bushi & Titan keep up the pace to be a finalist? Has time run out for Kushida & Knight after all?

 

World Tag League 2022: Alex Coughlin & Gabriel Kidd VS Great-O-Khan & Aaron Henare!

The #MechanicalBulls have yet to put up points, while the Dominator & Ultimate Weapon made the Mighty fall. Will Coughlin & Kidd end up conquered? Or will they be defiant against the United Empire?

The Orchestrator, Gideon Grey, is of course here to give Khan & Henare their introductions. The teams sort out and Khan calls out Kidd. Kidd says alright and they start. They circle, fans rally, and the two feel out a grapple. Kidd facelocks, waistlocks, and keeps on top of Khan as he moves around. The two break and fans applaud. Kidd takes a crane stance to mock Khan, and they tie up again. Kidd powers Khan back but Khan pulls on an ear! Khan headlocks Kidd and grinds him down. Kidd endures, fights up, powers out and tags Coughlin. The Mechanical Bulls run Khan over, then split the wishbone!

Henare runs in but Coughlin kicks him first. Kidd knee lifts and Coughlin CHOPS Henare down! Kidd runs to SENTON, and fans fire up as Coughlin flexes. Coughlin drags Khan up to suplex and walk over to the corner! Tag to Kidd before the SLAM, and then Kidd stomps Khan down. Kidd mocks the Empire’s pose, then hits a STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Kidd drags Khan up, but Khan shoots around to get a SLEEPER! But he also uses his ponytail! The ref reprimands, Coughlin shouts, “Stop choking him!” but Henare runs in to BLAST Coughlin off the apron! Khan holds on until the ref counts.

Kidd sputters while Henare ROCKS Coughlin on the outside. Khan ROCKS Kidd, CLUBS him to a corner, wrenches and CLUBS the arm, then knees low. Khan whips Kidd hard into the corner! Fans rally up as Khan bumps Kidd off buckles. Khan then sits on his throne! Fans applaud while Kidd sputters more. Khan pulls the arms back! The ref reprimands and counts, Khan hops down at 4. Tag to Henare and he drags Kidd up. Henare throws knees, snapmares and KICKS, then SENTONS! Fans rally up as Henare drags Kidd to a kneeling cover, TWO! Henare looms over Kidd, drags him back up, and KICKS him back down!

Henare drags Kidd up, tags in Khan, and Khan scoops Kidd to carry him around, before the SLAM! Kidd kneels for the cover, TWO! But then Khan DECKS Coughlin! Khan scuffs Kidd and kicks him around. Khan Mongolian Chops Kidd down! Fans fire up and Khan talks trash. Mongolian Chop! Kidd drops again but fans rally up. Khan stands Kidd up but Kidd blocks the chops! Khan tries to power Kidd down but Kidd powers back up! Fans fire up as the struggle back and forth continues! Kidd powers up and uses Tenzan Power Mongolian Chops! Fans fire up more as both men crawl! Hot tags to Henare and Coughlin!

The Android and Ultimate Weapon RAM shoulders, and they both roar! The forearms fly back and forth and fans fire up as they pick up speed! Henare roars and fires off a flurry! But Coughlin roars to knee low, UPPERCUT, and CHOP! Henare stays up so Coughlin whips him to the corner. Henare elbows him away, goes up and leaps, but into Coughlin’s arms! OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Fans fire up with Coughlin as he roars! Coughlin drags Henare for a short arm LARIAT! Cover, but Khan breaks it! Khan drags Coughlin up but Coughlin lifts Khan for a BIG back suplex! Coughlin shouts to Kidd, tags him in, and he whips Kidd in to clothesline Henare!

Coughlin whips Kidd back in to CHOP! Kidd hits an EXPLODER, Coughlin scoops Henare for a FALL AWAY SLAM! Kidd goes to the corner and goes up to MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up with the Mechanical Bulls as they flex. They run in but Henare moves, the DOUBLE LARIATS take Kidd out! Khan wraps onto Coughlin with a HITSUJIGOROSHI! But Coughlin gets up and over to CHOP Khan on the back! Coughlin gut wrenches but Khan slips free to Mongolian Chop from behind! Khan scoops, Henare SCREW HIGH KICKS Coughlin before the TTD!! Khan steals the Tenzan Tombstone Driver!

The Empire roars and flexes now! Fans fire up for the “monster rage,” but Kidd HEADBUTTS Henare! And HEADBUTTS again! But Henare body shots, ELBOWS, Kidd roars but the HEEL KICK hits! Then the RAMPAGE!! Cover, TWO!?!? Fans fire up as Kidd survives! Kidd dodges Henare, SUPERKICKS, and fires up! But Khan BOOTS him into the half nelson and torture rack! STREETS OF RAGE! Cover, The Empire wins!

Winners: Great-O-Khan & Aaron Henare, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Coughlin & Kidd earn 0)

The third time was not the charm for the Mechanical Bulls, and Khan wants the fans to cheer the Empire loudly! No, LOUDLY! The fans cheer more, and Khan promises that the entire United Empire will win tonight, from them to Catch 2/2 to Aussie Open! Will NJPW witness the full power of the United Empire here in Nagoya?

 

Super Jr. Tag League 2022: Alex Zayne & El Lindaman VS SHO & Dick Togo!

The #GLEATSAUCE burned the Wild Hips while the Murder Machine & Spoiler could not stop Ace & Bey. Will Zayne & Lindaman burn Sho & Dick with a fourth loss? Or can the House of Torture finally snatch one away?

But wait! Sho & Dick attack Zayne & Lindaman on the ramp! Sho and Lindaman brawl while Dick CLUBS Zayne up the ramp. Sho rakes Lindaman’s eyes while Dick CHOKES Zayne! Then Sho & Dick mug Zayne, and hit a PILEDRIVER to the stage! Sho laughs at Zayne’s pain while Dick CHOKES Lindaman! Sho disrespects the towel and the G-Rex title belt. Dick smacks Lindaman off the apron, then he and Sho whip Lindaman into railing! Sho puts Lindaman in the ring and the match finally begins. Dick stomps Lindaman, then Sho gets in so that they can both stomp. Fans boo and give thumbs down but Sho & Dick soak up the heat.

Dick & Sho drag Lindaman up, double whip him to ropes and then DOUBLE SPINEBUSTER! They hook up the legs, and sit Lindaman up for a DOUBLE KIMURA! The ref reprimands and counts, one of them is illegally in here. Sho & Dick let off, and Sho exits while Dick stomps Lindaman. Fans continue to boo but Dick drags Lindaman up to snapmare and FIST DROP! Cover, TWO! Fans rally but Dick wraps on a chinlock. Lindaman endures and fans rally. Lindaman fights up, throws elbows and gets free, but Dick reels him back in. Lindaman SAYANAGIS Dick down! Fans rally but Zayne is still down at the top of the ramp!

Dick drags Lindaman away, tags in Sho, and Sho stomps Lindaman. Sho gets the legs and brings Lindaman into a  BOW ‘N’ ARROW! Lindaman has the ROPEBREAK, but Dick slingshot sentons onto him! Fans boo as Sho brings Lindaman up for a POWER BREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Lindaman survives and fans fire up! But Sho laughs at Lindaman’s pain and aims his bow. Sho drags Lindaman up and reels him in to tuck the arms. SHOCK- NO, Lindaman fights free with a back drop! Fans fire up as Zayne returns! But Dick trips Zayne off the apron! Fans boo but Sho drags Lindaman back into a POP-UP ARMBAR!

Lindaman moves around, but into the SNAKE BITE! Lindaman fades but fans fire up as Zayne gets in! Zayne stomps Sho down! Dick throws Zayne back out and Sho tags him in. Dick storms up to Lindaman, stomps him, then drags him up. Lindaman throws forearms and knees in return! Lindaman CHOPS Dick in the corner but Dick rakes the eyes! Dick argues with the ref to distract from Sho bringing in his wrench! Lindaman dodges and Zayne BOOTS Sho! Dick goes after Zayne, he and Sho double whip. But Zayne breaks the clothesline to DOUBLE RANA! Zayne schoolboys Sho and EDDY GORDO KICKS!

Zayne fires off elbows and a mule kick, then runs, but Dick gets a cheap shot in! Sho clotheslines Zayne and himself out! Dick CLBOBERS Lindaman! Dick reels Lindaman in but Lindaman fights the Pedigree! Dick CLUBS Lindaman, but runs into an EXPLODER! Fans fire up and rally for Lindaman. Lindaman fires up and he brings Dick up into a waistlock. But Dick victory rolls! TWO, Dick ghost pins! TWO, into the CROSSFACE! Lindaman endures being bent back while Sho sends Zayne into railing! Lindaman crawls his way over, but Sho grabs Lindaman’s hand to bend the fingers! The ref reprimands and Sho lets go, but Dick rolls Lindaman away!

But Lindaman rolls it around to a cover! TWO!! Dick staggers up, Lindaman shoves him into Sho! GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, GLEAT SAUCE WINS!

Winners: Alex Zayne & El Lindaman, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Sho & Dick earn 0)

The House of Torture tried to take advantage but couldn’t capitalize! Are Sho & Dick doomed? As for Zayne & Lindaman, will they keep turning up to heat to eat up the rest of the block?

 

World Tag League 2022: Aussie Open VS Minoru Suzuki & Lance Archer!

Mark Davis & Kyle Fletcher won big in their first World Tag League tournament main event while the Meanest Team in the Tournament tore down Yano & Tanahashi. Will “Dunk-Zilla” and “The Aussie Arrow” stay spotless? Or will they learn that #EverybodyDies makes no exceptions?

Fans clap along and are ready, they sing nice and loud, “KAZE NI NARE~!” Gideon returns but is a bit wary of Suzuki & Archer. Young Lion Oskar Leube has to fetch the mic for Gideon so he can give Aussie Open their introductions. Suzuki gives some toying kicks as Aussie Open get in the ring but Fletcher shoves Suzuki back! The ref keeps the peace and teams sort out. Fans fire up as the big men start! Archer and Davis circle, but Archer steps outside as fans cheer for Aussie Open. Davis steps outside, too, and they RAM shoulders! Both men stay standing, so they go around the way and run in, to RAM shoulders again!

Neither man falls, so they go into the ring. Archer runs, Davis drops but the hip toss is blocked! Archer blocks Davis’ hip toss, but Davis blocks Archer’s hip toss. Davis ducks Archer’s lariat, then leaps over him! Archer scoops, Davis slips off, but Archer avoids the boot! Fans cheer that exchange, and Archer offers a fist bump. Davis isn’t sure about that, so he just kicks and fires off forearms! Davis whips, Archer ducks ‘n’ dodges to CROSSBODY! Fans fire up as Archer laughs! Davis hurries away to his corner and Archer goes to his. Suzuki tags in so fans want to see Kyle! Davis stands up to tag Kyle, and fans rally as the two step to each other.

The two stare down, Suzuki pie faces Kyle but Kyle shoves him back. Kyle talks trash but Suzuki eggs him on. Kyle CHOPS, but Suzuki doesn’t flinch. Fans fire up and Archer says Kyle F’d up now! Kyle eggs Suzuki on, and Suzuki CHOPS! Kyle drops to take a seat! Suzuki storms up on Kyle as he goes to ropes but the ref has Suzuki back down. Kyle stands back up and brushes himself off. Fans rally up and Suzuki wrenches an arm. Kyle wrenches back, wristlocks, but Suzuki kicks and wrenches. Kyle wrenches back again, but Suzuki wrenches him. Suzuki wrenches the other arm and steps through ropes to HOTSHOT the arm!

Kyle swings back but into a HANGING ARMBAR! Archer BLASTS Davis while the ref counts! Suzuki lets go at 4, he drags Kyle out, and Suzuki-Gun sends Aussie Open into railing! Suzuki twists Kyle’s arm with a KIMURA! Kyle kicks and flails, he can’t get out of it on the floor! Suzuki lets go to kick Kyle around while Archer stomps Davis against railing. Suzuki KNEES Kyle down, then bends him back against railing! Kyle claws at Suzuki but can’t get him to let go. Suzuki ELBOWS Kyle down, then he goes to the ring. Tag to Archer and Archer fetches Kyle. Archer brings Kyle around to CHOKE in front of the timekeeper’s area!

Archer SMACKS Kyle off the bell! Archer puts Kyle in the ring, taunts him over how Davis is still down, then Archer brings Kyle up for a short arm LARIAT! Tag to Suzuki and he puts on an ARMBAR! Kyle flails and kicks around, reaches out desperately, and finally has the ROPEBREAK! Suzuki lets off quickly to tag Archer back in. Archer puts Kyle in the corner, laughs at him, then runs corner to corner and back again for a BIG back elbow! He keeps moving, another back elbow! And then again, but Kyle dodges! Fans rally as Kyle crawls to the corner. Davis is back, but Archer keeps Kyle from him.

Kyle fires off forearms but Archer choke grips! Kyle breaks free, dodges, and SUPERKICKS! Archer drops to a knee and fans rally up. Hot tag to Davis! Davis breaks through the clothesline to BLAST Suzuki! Archer runs in and he blocks the boot, only for Davis to dodge the clothesline. Davis CHOP LARIATS in return! And again! And again! Fans fire up with Davis as he whips Archer to ropes. Archer reverses, Davis handsprings and ENZIGURIS! Davis roars, runs side to side, and SLIDING FOREARMS! Cover, TWO! Davis snarls and fireman’s carries, and he manages to lift Archer! But Archer slips off, shoves, only for Davis to dodge!

Davis clotheslines Archer up and out of the ring! Fans fire up as Davis goes out and picks up a Young Lion! Davis runs with Ryohei Oiwa and Kyle has Yuto Nakashima! They SANDWICH Archer with the Young Lions! Fans fire up as Davis puts Archer in the ring. Tag to Fletcher, Aussie Open picks Archer up! But Suzuki clamps a SLEEPER on Kyle! Archer powers out to FULL NELSON SLAM Davis! Suzuki whips Kyle to a corner, runs in and BOOTS! Archer back elbows! Snapmare, PENALTY KICK, SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Tag to Suzuki and he runs at Kyle in the corner, another BOOT! Snapmare and PENALTY feint as Kyle covers up!

Suzuki waits for Kyle to literally let his guard down, and then he KICKS him down! Cover, TWO! Suzuki rallies the fans and he brings Kyle up. Kyle fires a forearm but Suzuki just grins and laughs. Suzuki ROCKS Kyle, stalks him, and eggs him on. Fans rally, Kyle stands back up, and Kyle ROCKS Suzuki! Kyle eggs Suzuki on so Suzuki ROCKS Kyle! Kyle fumes and fires up to ROCK Suzuki! The forearms go back and forth, faster and faster, and Kyle gets the edge! Kyle roars, but Suzuki DECKS him! Fans fire up with Suzuki and he drags Kyle up into a SLEEPER! Kyle is fading already, but Suzuki spins him to reel him in!

Suzuki Gotch lifts but Kyle powers out with a back drop! Davis triangle jump DROPKICKS Archer! Kyle runs to GAMANGIRI Suzuki in the corner, then suplexes for a BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Fans rally up and Davis joins Kyle. Aussie Open hook Suzuki up, but Archer brings Davis away! Archer stomps a mudhole into Davis at the corner while Suzuki kicks Kyle’s legs out, for a SLEEPER! Kyle is fading, Suzuki spins him around! Archer brings Davis up, too, but Davis slips off! Davis shoves Archer into Suzuki! BOOT and fireman’s carry, POP-UP ROUNDHOUSE! Suzuki kicks Davis, CHOPS Kyle, and then fires off more CHOPS!

Fans rally as Suzuki CHOPS Aussie Open to their knees! Kyle blocks a chop, he and Davis double wrench to DOUBLE FOREARM! Kyle runs, LARIAT! But Suzuki stays up on rage alone! Kyle runs again but Suzuki ducks the lariat, only for Davis to LARIAT! But Suzuki still stays up! Suzuki roars, so Aussie Open LARIAT SANDWICHES him! Aussie Open hauls Suzuki up, COREALIS!! Cover, Aussie Open wins!!

Winners: Aussie Open, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Suzuki & Archer earn 0)

Maybe everybody dies, but Aussie Open is still alive! And they’re still undefeated in World Tag League! Will Davis & Fletcher truly be the future of tag team wrestling?

 

Super Jr. Tag League 2022: Ryusuke Taguchi & Clark Connors VS Ace Austin & Chris Bey!

The Wild Hips got burned by The Sauce & G-Rex, and now they go up against the hot hand of the #InevitableFinesse! Will Taguchi & Connors turn the fourth round into good luck? Or will Ace & Bey continue to have an impact in the league?

Bullet Club Too Sweets, and the Wild Hips present two beers! Bey & Ace want some, so Connors brings out a few more! But they’re a bit wet, so he and Taguchi wipe them off on their butts! Ace slaps the beers away, he and Bey don’t want those anymore. Taguchi & Connors crack open theirs and have a drink, but then Ace & Bey attack! But Connors & Taguchi don’t drop the beers! The bell rings, Ace & Bey whip Taguchi & Connors at each other, but they do-si-do with the beer! “Cheers!” and they cross-arm chug! Fans applaud but then Ace & Bey rush in again! Taguchi HIP ATTACKS Ace down while Connors just knees Bey away.

Taguchi and Connors chug while they WHIP HIP Ace! And WHIP HIP Bey! And then back to Ace! And then Taguchi whips Connors to HIP ATTACK Bey! Another WHIP HIP for Ace! Fans fire up as Wild Hips hip bump and never waste a drop! They finish chugging, and then Connors brings Ace up. Connors uppercuts Ace, whips him to ropes, but Ace holds ropes. Connors blocks the boot, flips Ace to the apron and ROCKS him! Fans rally as Connors runs Around the World, but Ace KNEES Connors first! Connors swipes but Ace handsprings around to PENALTY KICK Connors! Ace DECKS Taguchi and coordinates with Bey!

Bey builds speed, TOO SWEET CONJILO! Fans fire up as Bullet Club poses. Bey puts Connors in for Ace to stomp around. Ace stomps Connors, then hip drops the arm! Ace has the mounted armbar, and he brings out the ace up his sleeve! PAPER CUT! Ace hides the card, Bey says shush, it’s a secret. Ace drags Connors up but Connors CHOPS! But that was the cut hand! Connors clutches his hand and Ace CLUBS him down. Ace stomps Connors down and digs his boot in. He lets off as the ref counts, then he tags Bey. Ace hooks Connors up, Bey runs, SWEEP KICK RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP COMBO! And then STANDING MOONSAULT LEG DROP COMBO! Cover, TWO!

Fans rally up while Bey swaggers around. Bey basement boots Connors, then UPPERCUTS him in the back! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up and Bey drags Connors up. Bey whips Connors to a corner, runs corner to corner, STINGER SPLASH! Bey brings Connors out to DISCUS HAYMAKER! Cocky cover, ONE! Bey cravats Connors to keep him down but Connors endures. Bey leans all his weight and even headstands, but the fans rally up. Connors fights up, throws body shots, but Bey KNEES him back! Bey runs at the ropes but Connors puts him on the apron. Bey hooks Connors up to keep him from Taguchi!

Bey KNEES Connors, slingshots up and over, and things speed up, Connors POUNCES Bey!! Both men are down and fans fire up again. Connors and Bey crawl, hot tags to Ace and Taguchi! Ace dodges to kick low and CHOP! Ace whips but Taguchi reverses to HIP ATTACK! Fans fire up again as Taguchi HIP ATTACKS at the ropes! And again! And then baseball slide to APRON HIP! Cover, TWO! Taguchi drags Ace up but Ace swings, into a back suplex! Ace lands on his feet to waistlock but Taguchi switches. Ace elbows free, runs, but Taguchi follows. HIP- NO, Ace turns that into an atomic drop! Taguchi hobbles and Ace says TOO SWEET YEARS OF DEATH!

But wait, Ace’s hand gets stuck! Taguchi’s iron cheeks clamp on! Fans fire up and Taguchi hops around, bringing Ace with him. Connors is in, he fires up, and he SPEARS Ace down! Fans fire up more as the Wild Hips combine their powers! “ORYA~!” CROSS HIPS!! Cover, but Bey breaks it! Bey SUPERMAN PUNCHES Connors, but Connors UPPERCUTS Bey! Then POUNCE HIP- NO, Bey dropkicks Taguchi out of the air! Ace HEEL KICKS Connors out of the ring! And then builds speed to hit the FLOP! Direct hit at the ramp! Fans fire up as Ace hurries to get on the apron. Triangle jump ENZIGURI!

Bey tags in, ONE TWO SWEET CUTTER!! And THE FOLD!! Cover, Bullet Club wins!

Winners: Ace Austin & Chris Bey, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Wild Hips earn 0)

And that’s four in a row! Ace & Bey keep on going, is it truly inevitable that they will take the trophies?

 

World Tag League 2022: Toru Yano & Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Bad Luck Fale & Chase Owens!

The Joker & The Ace could not survive Suzuki-Gun while The General’s Jewels blew up the House of Torture! Will Fale & Chase set off another Grenade? Or will Yano & Tanahashi make it a dud?

Yano & Tanahashi keep up the high school bad boy act. They squat, then show off the “SUGOI” muscles of Tanahashi. Bullet Club Too Sweets, then they squat. Yano & Tanahashi squat and then Bullet Club attacks! Chase throws Yano out, then he and Fale stomp Tanahashi! The bell rings, Bullet Club mugs Tanahashi, but fans rally up for The Ace. Chase whips Tanahashi to the corner, runs in but Tanahashi dodges! Tanahashi dropkicks Fale’s leg, then blocks Chase’s kick to DRAGON SCREW! Fans fire up as Tanahashi tries to scoop Fale! But Fale’s too big! Fale CLUBS Tanahashi, scoops him, but Tanahashi slips free!

Tanahashi fires off fast hands, runs, but Fale runs him over! Fale drags Tanahashi to ropes, tags in Chase, and then Bullet Club stands on Tanahashi’s back! The ref reprimands but they salute before stepping away. Fans rally for Tanahashi but Chase drags Tanahashi up. Chase bumps Tanahashi off buckles, tags in Fale, and then whips Tanahashi. Body shot, knee lift, LARIAT! Fale covers, but Yano breaks it! Chase sends Yano out and Fale tags him in. Chase drags Tanahashi up but Tanahashi forearms back. Chase BELL CLAPS Tanahashi, then throws him down by his hair! Chase has Tanahashi’s head between his feet, to NECK TWEAK as he falls back! Cover, TWO!

Chase drags Tanahashi up, bumps him off buckles, and tags in Fale. Fale whips Chase in, Chase forearm smashes then Fale SPLASHES! Fale scoops and SLAMS Fale, then Chase climbs up. But Yano hurries over to spray Chase with his cleaning product! Fale CLOBBERS Yano for that, ROCKS him and scoops him, to SLAM him! Fale runs but Yano avoids the elbow drop! Chase CLUBS Yano, ROCKS him, then ROCKS him again. Fale stomps Tanahashi, then he and Chase both whip Tanahashi and Yano. But Tanahashi & Yano hold the ropes! They taunt Bullet Club, then get around them to RAM them into each other!

DOUBLE LOW- NO, Chase & Fale each catch Yano! The ref reprimands, but Tanahashi DOUBLE LOW BLOWS! Roll-up on Fale, Tanahashi & Yano win!!

Winners: Toru Yano & Hiroshi Tanahashi, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Fale & Chase earn 0)

The Once in a Century Talent has learned much from the Producer! And with that, they’re finally on the board! Will The Joker & The Ace be able to pull off a late round comeback?

 

Super Jr. Tag League 2022: YOH & Lio Rush VS DOUKI & Yoshinobu Kanemaru!

The Men of the Hour are just outside the top spot while Japones del Mal & The Heel Master are lagging behind. Will Yoh & Lio keep up the momentum? Or will Douki & Kanemaru start playing spoiler?

As soon as the introductions are over, Douki & Kanemaru attack! Kanemaru is after Lio while Douki throws Yoh out. The bell rings and Kanemaru stomps a mudhole into Lio. Douki goes out after Yoh and CLUBS him while Kanemaru bumps Lio off buckles. Kanemaru whips Lio corner to corner, but Lio goes up and over and runs. Lio redirects himself, and again, then slides under the boot to SPRINGBOARD RANA! Fans fire up, but Douki kicks and CLUBS Lio! Yoh gets in, Douki kicks him. Douki runs but Lio and Yoh both handspring to dodge! They mule kick, front kick and ENZIGURI Douki, into a NECKBREAKER from Yoh!

Fans fire up while Douki bails out. Lio HANDSPRING KICKS Kanemaru off the apron, then builds speed with Yoh. But Douki & Kanemaru get in to dropkick their legs out! Douki kicks Yoh out of the ring and then whips him into railing! Kanemaru brings Lio up to whip, and dropkick the legs out again! Kanemaru SMASHES the knee on the mat, then tags in Douki. Lio hobbles and falls, Douki drags him back to drop an elbow on the leg! Douki has a toehold but Lio endures. Douki drags Lio over to put the leg on ropes and HIP DROP it! Lio clutches his leg but Douki stomps him. Douki distracts the ref so Kanemaru can CLUB the leg on the apron!

Kanemaru tags in with the ref none the wiser. Fans rally as Lio gets back in the ring, and Kanemaru stomps Lio down. Kanemaru BOOTS Yoh for good measure, then throws Lio out. Kanemaru distracts the ref so Douki can SMASH the knee on the floor! Douki then drags Lio up to put him in for Kanemaru to cover, TWO! Fans rally up but Kanemaru stomps Lio down. Kanemaru stalks Lio, stomps him around, but fans rally for “LI-O RUSH! LI-O RUSH!” Lio kicks, Kanemaru blocks it, and he keeps Lio from Yoh to flip Lio! Lio lands on his feet, but his leg jams! Douki grabs at Lio but Lio elbows him away.

Kanemaru runs in but Lio BOOTS him away. Kanemaru runs back in, Lio slips under, but Kanemaru grabs a leg! Kanemaru drags Lio away from Yoh, but Lio hops up to ENZIGURI! Hot tag to Yoh! Fans fire up as Direct Drive rallies on Suzuki-Gun! Yoh dodges Kanemaru, dodges again, and FLYING FOREARMS! Fans rally as Yoh brings Kanemaru up again. Yoh scoops, SLAMS, and climbs up the corner for a TWISTING SENTON! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up with Yoh as he drags Kanemaru up. Yoh reels Kanemaru in and suplexes, but Kanemaru slips out to waistlock. Yoh elbows free, runs, but into a dropkick to the legs!

Kanemaru drags Yoh around, steps through, and has the FIGURE FOUR! Douki intercepts Lio, throws him back out, then goes out after him. Kanemaru thrashes but Yoh endures the hold! Yoh reaches out, tries to turn Kanemaru over, but Kanemaru blocks it. Yoh drags himself and Kanemaru over, to get the ROPEBREAK! Fans cheer and Kanemaru lets go as the ref pries at the hold. Kanemaru stomps Yoh’s leg, then drags him up, SHIN BREAKER! Kanemaru kicks the leg, runs again, but Yoh scoops! But Kanemaru slips through! Yoh reel shim back in to FALCON ARROW! Both men are down and fans fire up!

Yoh and Kanemaru crawl as the fans rally up. Hot tags to Douki and Lio! Lio blocks a kick to fire off palm strikes and an uppercut! Lio runs, but Douki follows, only for Lio to duck under and send Douki out! Lio DIVES and Douki is sent into barriers! Fans fire up as Lio puts Douki back in. Lio rallies the fans as he pounds the mat. Lio then runs to springboard, but Douki blocks Rush Hour! Douki waistlocks, Lio switches but Douki elbows free! Douki kicks and ENZIGURIS! Douki runs, and LARIATS Lio inside out! Douki DECKS Yoh for good measure and Kanemaru gets in. Kanemaru runs to UPPERCUT in the corner!

Douki climbs, Kanemaru scoops, BRITISH FALL to DIVING DOUBLE STOMPS! Cover, TWO, but into ITALIAN STRETCH #32! Lio endures and fights to his feet, and he moves around, only for Douki to drag him down and roll away from the ropes! ITALIAN STRETCH! But Yoh stomps Douki down! Douki HELL STABS Yoh in return! Fans rally as Douki aims at Lio from the apron. Slingshot, DAYBREAK!! Cover, TWO!?! Kanemaru sends Yoh into railing while Douki fires back up! Douki brings Lio around, wheelbarrows, SUPLEX DE- NO, Lio fights off the full nelson! Lio switches and feeds Douki to Yoh’s JUMP KNEE!

Yoh roars, runs, but Douki uses the ref as a shield! ENZIGURI! Fans fire up as Douki goes back for Lio. Kanemaru has his whiskey and tags a swig! Douki brings Lio over, but Lio ducks! The WHISKEY MIST hits Douki! Yoh SUPERKICKS Kanemaru down! And then Yoh SUPERKICKS Douki! Lio fires up, runs, springboards, RUSH HOUR!! Yoh PLANCHAS Kanemaru! Lio hurries up top, for the FINAL HOUR!! Cover, the Men of the Hour win!

Winners: Yoh & Lio Rush, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Douki & Kanemaru earn 0)

The Heel Master trying to tip the scales ended up messing them up! Kanemaru & Douki are 0-4, will they be drinking to forget? As for Lio & Yoh, they’re building up speed at just the right time, will they take over Super Jr. Tag League?

 

World Tag League 2022: Shane Haste & Mikey Nicholls VS EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi!

The Mighty Don’t Kneel, but they fell to the United Empire, and the House of Torture could not beat Bad Luck. Who will have better luck here in the third round?

But as The Mighty make their entrance, SHO & DICK attack from behind! The House of Torture is stacking the deck right from the start! Fans boo as the House of Torture mug the Mighty! The ref reprimands but the match hasn’t started so no one can be disqualified yet. Evil smacks Shane off the apron, then smacks him off it again before putting Shane in the ring. The bell rings and Evil uses the Mighty’s towel to CHOKE Shane! Dick & Sho distracts the ref, but the ref finally sees that and counts. Evil lets off at 4, then kicks Shane around. Evil runs, but Shane UPPERCUTS! Shane snapmares and basement dropkicks!

Fans fire up and Shane throws his shirt at Evil. Shane stomps Evil, KICKS him around, then KICKS him more! Shane BOOTS Evil, reels him into a clinch, but Evil grabs at the ref! Evil then switches with Shane to RAM him into the ref! The ref falls out of the ring, fans boo, but Yujiro BLASTS Mikey off the apron! Evil throws Shane out, Sho goes after Mikey and rakes the eyes! Sho and Yujiro mug Mikey and go out into the crowd while Evil and Dick mug Shane and go up the ramp. Evil CLAWS Shane’s back, fans boo more, but Evil lines Shane up for Dick to JAM in the ribs with a chair! Yujiro does the same to Mickey!

Fans tell Dick & Sho to go away but Dick just soaks up the heat. Evil suplexes Shane to the ramp! Evil grins and he looms over Shane. Evil scuffs Shane, drags him up, and even Dick helps bring Shane over to the ring. Shane fights back but Evil rakes his eyes! Fans rally as Evil puts Shane in and the House of Torture surrounds him. They all stomp away on Shane! Fans boo even harder but Evil just laughs. The House of Torture “put one out” on Shane, and then Sho drags the ref up. But Mikey goes after Sho! Sho rakes Mikey’s eyes! The ref is back in the ring, Evil claws Shane’s eyes again, then covers. ONE!!

Fans applaud as Shane refuses to go down easy. Yujiro tags in and he kicks Shane low. Yujiro kicks, snapmares, and drops a leg! And then an elbow! And then a headbutt! Cover, TWO! Evil is frustrated but fans fire up as Shane stays in this. Yujiro drags Shane up, bumps him off buckles, then tags in Evil. Shane hits back but Evil smothers him in the corner. The ref reprimands, Evil lets off and CHOPS! Fans rally and Shane hits back again, but Evil CHOPS again! Shane throws a forearm, but Evil pushes Shane back. Yujiro holds onto Shane and Evil winds up, but he CLAWS Shane’s face! Fans boo again and the ref reprimands.

Evil lets off, then dares Mikey to get in and hit him. The ref keeps Mikey back, Evil puts Shane in a corner and tags Yujiro. Yujiro storms up to Shane, snapmares and basement BOOTS! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up but Yujiro kicks at Shane. Yujiro pie faces Shane but Shane throws body shots! Fans rally up and Shane throws more shots, but Yujiro kicks low. Yujiro runs, but Shane deflects the boot to UPPERCUT Yujiro down! Fans fire up as Shane crawls over, hot tag to Mikey! Mikey rallies on the Tokyo Pimp with lariats, then whips him to a corner for a clothesline! Mikey whips, Yujiro gets around and ducks an elbow, but right into a DDT!

Fans fire up and Mikey BLASTS Evil! Mikey fires up, runs corner to corner and clotheslines Yujiro! He whips corner to corner to clothesline again! Evil runs in but Mikey dodges, and Evil’s clothesline hits Yujiro! Mikey whips Evil but Evil reverses, only for Mikey to come back and DOUBLE LARIAT Evil & Yujiro! Fans fire up again as Mikey roars! Mikey drags Yujiro up, reels him in, but Yujiro wrenches out and BITES Mikey’s hand! The ref reprimands but Mikey kicks Yujiro. Mikey runs but Sho trips him up! Fans boo but Yujiro BOOTS Mikey down! Shane gets in but Yujiro blocks the kick and claws the eyes!

Yujiro throws Shane down and runs to basement BOOT! Evil digs his knee into Mikey’s head at the corner, then he and Yujiro double whip corner to corner. Yujiro runs in to BOOT, Evil runs in to clothesline! Evil then hits a FISHERMAN BUSTER! Yujiro basement BOOTS again! Cover, TWO! Mikey is still in this and Sho is furious! Sho argues with the ref, but this outrage is just so Dick can use the SPOILER CHOKER on Mikey! Fans boo as Mikey endures, but then Shane whips Evil into railing! Shane BOOTS Yujiro, then sends Dick out! Shane BLASTS Sho, but Yujiro waistlocks. Shane switches, Mikey rushes over, HIGH LOW ROCK ‘N’ ROLL!

Evil runs in but Mikey gets around him to waistlock, BACK SUPLEX NECKBREAKER COMBO! Fans fire up with The Mighty as they roar! Shane and Mikey drag Yujiro up, trophy lift, THUNDER VALLEY!! Cover, The Mighty win!!

Winners: Shane Haste & Mikey Nicholls, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Evil & Yujiro earn 0)

They were battling the House of Torture 4v2 the entire time, and they still won! Will Shane & Mikey make a mighty comeback? Should the King of Darkness and team just admit that not Everything Is Evil?

 

Super Jr. Tag League 2022: Robbie Eagles & Tiger Mask VS TJP & Francesco Akira!

The Flying Tigers are back up are shooting down Suzuki-Gun, but Catch 2/2 is stinging from their first loss! Will Eagles & Tiger pile on? Or can the Public Enemy & Nova Fireball redeem themselves?

Oh look, Gideon Grey is back. He gives the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions their introductions, as well as one for Red Shoes. Gideon makes a bit of fun of Tiger Mask, and then Catch 2/2 attack with dropkicks! The bell rings as Gideon bails out. Catch 2/2 double whip Eagles but he reverses to send TJP away. Eagles CHOPS Akira, then sends TJP into him to knock him down! Then Eagles dodges TJP’s clothesline to mule kick a leg out. Eagles runs, DOUBLE SLIDING LARIAT! Fans fire up while Catch 2/2 bails out. Tiger & Eagles build speed, they DOUBLE DIVE! Down go the champs and fans fire up!

Eagles & Tiger drag Akira up and put him in. Fans chant along with “ROBBIE ROBBIE ROBBIE!” “OI OI OI!” Eagles brings Akira around to whip him into the corner, and then Flying Tigers DOUBLE KICK Akira! TJP rushes in but Eagles blocks a kick and hooks him up to TURBO BACKPACK! Cover, Akira breaks it! Tiger throws Akira out, Eagles CLUBS TJP to a corner, and throws some forearms. Flying Tigers kick, KICK, but TJP moves and the SUPERKICK hits Tiger! Eagles brings TJP up to whip but TJP goes up and over. Akira returns, TJP helps him to RAILGUN DROPKICK Eagles!

Fans fire up, Akira runs and wheelbarrows with TJP to BOOSTED CODE BREAKER Eagles! TJP runs to LARIAT Eagles down! Cover, TWO! Eagles survives but Akira dropkicks Tiger out of the ring. Catch 2/2 double whip and double hip toss into the POWERBOMB NECKBREAKER COMBO! Cover, but Tiger breaks it! Akira kicks Tiger back out, then TJP drags Eagles up. TJP bumps Eagles off buckles, then sits him down to dig his boot in. TJP mocks the “Robbie Robbie Robbie!” before he gives Eagles scrapes to the face. TJP runs side to side, to BOOT WASH! Fans fire up and they want another! TJP obliges, but Eagles SOBATS!

Eagles runs, but into a BOOT! But Eagles hits STANDING SLICED BREAD! Eagles crawls over, hot tag to Tiger! Tiger goes up top to CROSSBODY TJP! Akira gets in and hooks Tiger’s arms. TJP runs in but Tiger BOOTS TJP away. Tiger then KANGAROO KICKS Akira away! TJP runs in again but Tiger scoops TJP for a BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Tiger keeps cool as he whips TJP to a corner. Tiger ROUNDHOUSES TJP, then reels him into underhooks. TJP blocks the lift but Tiger keeps trying. TJP shoots around, Tiger switches but TJP elbows free. TJP runs, Akira tags in before the springboard LARIAT!

Fans fire up and TJP throws his shirt to the crowd! Free souvenir as TJP drags Tiger up. Akira climbs up the corner, DOUBLE STOMP REVERSE DDT COMBO! Akira drags Tiger to the drop zone and TJP goes up top for the MAMBA SPLASH! Cover, but Eagles breaks it!! Fans fire up while all four men are down! TJP and Eagles crawl to each other to go forehead to forehead. Eagles whips, TJP reverses and ROLLING SOBATS! TJP runs, but Eagles DROPKICKS! Akira runs in but Eagles ducks the enziguri! ROUNDHOUSE, SUPERKICK, and ENZIGURI! Fans fire up with Eagles and he cravats, for SLICED- NO, Akira slips free!

Eagles waistlocks but Akira victory rolls to STOMP 182! Fans fire up as Eagles and TJP flop out of the ring. Tiger staggers up, Akira is on him! Tiger switches, chicken wings, but Akira ducks and TJP’s SUPERKICK hits Tiger! Akira then chicken wings Tiger to pop him up into a waistlock, but Eagles ENZIGURIS Akira again! Eagles then DIVES to take out TJP! Tiger SOBATS and TIGER DRIVERS!! Cover, TWO!?!? Akira survives and fans fire up again! Tiger keeps his cool as he brings Akira up. Tiger BUZZ- NO, Akira ducks and rolls Tiger up, TWO! Tiger rushes in but into an ENZIGURI! Akira reels Tiger in, but Tiger wrenches out, crucifix takedown! TWO!!!

But Tiger drags Akira into a REVERSE DOUBLE ARMBAR!! TJP runs in but Eagles wheelbarrows and victory rolls him, into a RON MILLER SPECIAL!! Catch 2/2 endure stereo submissions! TJP crawls over to Akira, to grab at Tiger’s mask!” TJP drags Tiger off Akira! Eagles lets TJP go to kick him out. Flying Tigers drag Akira up but he fires off forearms! Akira CHOPS Eagles, runs, but Eagles spins him around! SOLE FOOD, into TIGER SUPLEX! Bridging cover, but TJP breaks it in time!! Eagles throws TJP back out and goes to the apron. Eagles and Tiger aim at Akira in the corner, DOUBLE KICK COMBO!

Akira sits down but Tiger drags him back up! Tiger hoists Akira up top then climbs. Fans rally as Tiger brings Akira up, but TJP trips Eagles! TJP Electric Chair Lifts Tiger! Akira adjusts, but Tiger slips off! Tiger gets under Akira’s leap, but TJP dodges Tiger! Akira SUPERKICKS Tiger! Eagles springboards, but TJP DROPKICKS him outta the sky! But Tiger fires off KICKS on Catch 2/2! Then forearms! Tiger runs, into the ALLEY-OOP FACEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!!! Tiger survives and fans fire up again! But “CATCH! NI NI!” starts up. TJP sits Tiger up, the champs run, 2 BY 2!! Cover, Catch 2/2 wins!

Winners: TJP & Francesco Akira, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Eagles & Tiger earn 0)

The IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions redeem themselves in the fourth round! Will they make sure no one else gets a win off them for the rest of the league?

 

World Tag League 2022: Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI VS Tetsuya Naito & SANADA!

#Bishamon could not stop the future of tag team wrestling that is Aussie Open, but the Uncontrollable Charisma & Cold Skull are feeling just fine after two big wins. Will the Fierce Warrior & Head Hunter #GetBackUp? Or will Naito & Sanada help Nagoya be tranquilo tonight?

The jackets are put aside, but of course Naito takes his time with his entrance attire. The teams sort out, LIJ fist bumps, and fans applaud as Naito starts against Goto. Fans rally and chant for “NA-I-TO!” at the bell. Naito just stares at Goto, but then chants for “GO-TO! GO-TO!” start. The two circle, approach, but then Naito backs off. They circle more, approach again, but Naito backs off. Then they finally tie up, and Goto puts Naito on the ropes. Red Shoes calls the break and the two let off slowly. Goto pats Naito on the shoulder and fans applaud. But then Naito rushes Goto to put him on ropes!

Red Shoes counts, Naito pushes Goto but lets off as Red Shoes reprimands. Naito grins but Red Shoes tells him to let go of Red Shoes. Naito lets go, but Sanada pulls Goto’s hair! Naito kicks low and Red Shoes reprimands them. Naito CLUBS Goto, whips him corner to corner, but Goto comes back to run him over! Goto DECKS Sanada, stomps Naito, then tags Hashi. Bishamon double whip and double shoulder Naito down! Then HIP TOSS SENTON! Sanada runs in but Bishamon kicks him low and drums away on him! Then Bishamon drums Naito! Fans fire up as Hashi drags Naito up. Hashi hangs Naito out to dry and Goto holds him, so Hashi can run side to side and dropkick! Cover, TWO!

Hashi keeps cool and drags Naito up. Hashi CLUBS Naito, CHOPS him, then CHOPS him again! Naito wobbles, but he blocks the whip by holding ropes! Hashi CLUBS Naito, mule kicks and whips, but Naito reverses! Sanada trips Hashi up and Naito dropkicks Hashi down! Goto rushes in but into a drop toehold and basement dropkick! Naito kicks Hashi out and LIJ goes after Bishamon. Naito whips Hashi into railing! Sanada stomps Goto down, Naito drags Hashi back up. Naito CHOKES Hashi on the railing! Red Shoes reprimands and counts, but Naito lets off to CLUB Hashi down. A ring count starts, Naito stomps Hashi down.

Naito goes into the ring at 10 of 20 but Hashi is still down at 13. Hashi sits up at 15, stands and slides in at 17! Naito drags Hashi up, cravats and throws shoulders. Hashi hits back but Naito CLUBS and whips! Naito runs to JUMP KICK, leg sweep, COMBINACION CABRON! Fans fire up for Naito’s pose, then he tags in Sanada. Sanada stomps Hashi around, brings him up, and CLUBS him. Hashi staggers but Sanada CLUBS him again. Naito grabs hold of Hashi in the corner, and LIJ mugs Hashi. Sanada drags Hashi up, whips him to ropes, and ELBOWS him down! Cover, TWO! Fans applaud as Hashi hangs tough.

Sanada tags Naito and Naito drags Hashi up to a NECKBREAKER then PLUMA BLANCA! Naito thrashes Hashi around while taunting Goto. Goto gets in to stomp Naito, but Sanada throws Goto back out. Naito lets Hashi go, tags Sanada, and Sanada wrenches and whips Hashi corner to corner. Sanada runs in but blocks Hashi’s boot! Sanada trips Hashi, and fans cheer as Sanada ties Hashi up. But Hashi powers out of Paradise! Sanada kips up and trips Hashi again, to put him in Paradise! Fans applaud and cheer and Sanada encourages them to get louder. The fans oblige, Sanada runs in and dropkicks Hashi out of Paradise! Cover, TWO!

Sanada drags Hashi up, suplexes, but Hashi fights that off! Hahi tries to suplex but Sanada fights that off. They fight for suplex control as fans rally and duel. Hashi gets Sanada up, but brings him into the HEAD- NO, Sanada fights the Head Buster! Hashi dodges the lariat, to hit a HEADHUNTER! Fans fire up while both men are down! Hashi and Sanada crawl, hot tag to Goto! Goto runs Sanada over, BLASTS Naito, then fires off forearms on Sanada! Goto whips Sanada to the corner for MURAMASA! And BULLDOG! Cover, TWO! Fans rally as Goto drags Sanada back up. Got fireman’s carries, but Sanada fights free!

Sanada waistlocks but Goto elbows free! Goto runs but Sanada dropkicks his leg! Goto hobbles, so Sanada dropkicks him down! Fans rally while both men are down. Sanada crawls over, hot tag to Naito! Naito stomps Goto down, drags him up, and ROCKS Goto to a corner. Naito whips but Goto reverses. Goto runs in but Naito BOOTS him! Naito runs, wrenches Goto but Goto avoids the elbow! Goto deflects the boot to DISCUS LARIAT! Fans fire up while both men are down again! Goto crawls, hot tag to Hashi! Hashi runs Naito over, then elbows him down! Hashi whips, Naito holds the ropes and BOOTS back!

Naito runs to RANA Hashi down! Hashi goes to a corner, Naito runs in, but Hashi CHOPS him! Hashi mule kicks, turns Naito, and hits a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally and Hashi brings Naito up. Naito blocks the suplex, but Hashi keeps trying. Hashi throws body shots, suplexes, but Naito knees free! Hashi CHOPS! Hashi runs, but into a SPINEBUSTER! Naito drags Hashi back up, hoists him up top, then climbs up after him! But Hashi slips down and brings Naito off the corner! Naito fights free of the bomb, blocks a kick and CLUBS the leg, to CHOP again! Hashi fires up and the fans fire up with him!

Hashi runs corner to corner but Naito dodges! Sanada runs in to back elbow! Feed to Naito’s atomic drop, and then Hashi fires off the big back elbows! Sanada keeps Goto on the outside as Naito goes up and reels Hashi in. ESPERANZA! Cover, TWO!! Hashi survives but Naito drags him back up. Fans rally as Naito wrenches and tilt-o-whirls, DESTI- NO, Hashi blocks and Goto gets in! G Y- NO, Naito kicks Hashi away and slips around Goto, Sanada DROPKICKS Goto down! Hashi runs in but into an atomic drop! KICK, ENZIGURI, BIG back suplex, rolling jackknife! TWO!!! Hashi escapes and fans fire up!

LIJ coordinate and they drag Hashi back up. Sanada gives Naito the boost but Hashi stops the tornado to send Naito into Sanada! Naito blocks a kick to give a kick, but Hashi suplexes Naito first! Fans fire up as all four men are down! Hashi and Naito stir, and Goto climbs back onto the apron! Hashi crawls to his corner, but Naito crawls to his, hot tags to Goto and Sanada! Sanada dodges Goto but Goto deflects the boot, only for Sanada to duck the discus! Sanada reels Goto in but Goto elbows Sanada away. Goto runs, but Sanada hurdles! And hurdles! And DROPKICKS! Fans fire up again as Goto bails out. Sanada goes to the ropes to PLANCHA!

Fans fire up and Sanada brings Goto back up. Sanada puts Goto in the ring and fans rally again. Sanada aims from the apron now and Goto stands up. Sanada springboards but Goto gets under! Goto fireman’s carries, USHIGOROSHI! Fans fire up while both men are down again! Goto snarls and he drags Sanada up. Goto dragon sleepers, but Sanada spins around to suplex! Goto fights that, they fight for suplex control, but Goto lets off to DISCUS LARIAT! Fans rally even harder and Goto drags Sanada back up. Dragon sleeper, but Sanada drops to victory roll! TWO!!! Even Goto’s surprised he escaped!

Sanada ELBOWS, ROLLING ELBOWS, then roars! Sanada runs, but Goto fireman’s carries! Sanada slips off but Goto dodges, HIDDEN GAP SUPERKICK from Hashi! Fans fire up as Hashi CHOPS Naito off the apron! Bishamon call their shot, they say it’s lights out! They stand Sanada up, hook him up, but Sanada BOOTS Hashi away! Naito trips Hashi and drags him out while Sanada spins things around on Goto! SKULL END!!! But Hashi whips Naito into railing! Goto endures and reaches out, but he’s turning red! Goto starts fading! Sanada lets him go and puts him in a drop zone! Sanada goes up top, for ROUNDING BODY-

NO, Goto moves! Sanada lands on his feet, Hashi dropkicks him down! Naito ELBOWS Hashi down then basement dropkicks him! But Hashi’s right up to LARIAT Naito! Fans are thunderous as all four men are down again! Goto and Sanada stir while Hashi and Naito roll out of the ring. Goto staggers up to his feet and powers up! Sanada sits up, BUZZSAW! Goto drags Sanada up, fireman’s carries, USHIGO- NO, Sanada lands on his feet! Goto rushes in but Sanada gets around to O’Conner B- NO, Goto blocks the bridge, Hashi SUPERKICKS! Goto fireman’s carries, FIERCE FLASH!! Hashi BLASTS Naito off the apron!

Bishamon sets Sanada up again, SHOTO!!! Cover, Bishamon wins!!!

Winners: Hirooki Goto & Yoshi-Hashi, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Naito & Sanada earn 0)

Los Ingobernables de Japon takes their first loss this World Tag League! Is there cause for concern that Naito won’t make it to his final WrestleKingdom?

As for Goto & Hashi, Goto gets the mic to say, “Bishamon is back in Nagoya!” Fans fire up for that! Goto then says, “And… Cheering is back in Nagoya!” Fans cheer even more for that! Goto wants to literally hear it, “Who do you think will win World Tag League?” It’s hard to say who the fans are cheering for, but then they join in a chant of “BI-SHA-MON! BI-SHA-MON!” Goto admits there are “mixed opinions. But next time we’re here, it’ll be after we win World Tag League and come back as champions!” Fans do like the sound of that. Goto finishes with, “Until then, it’s lights out time! SHOTO!!”

Will Goto & Hashi use this momentum to go back-to-back as World Tag League winners and win the titles?

 

Here are the NEW Super Jr. Tag League standings!

Austin & Bey: 4-0, 8 points
Bushi & Titan: 3-1, 6 points
TJP & Akira: 3-1, 6 points
Zayne & Lindaman: 3-1, 6 points
Yoh & Lio: 3-1, 6 points
Eagles & Tiger Mask: 2-2, 4 points
KUSHIDA & Knight: 1-3, 2 points
Taguchi & Connors: 1-3, 2 points
Sho & Dick: 0-4, 0 points
Douki & Kanemaru: 0-4, 0 points

 

Here are the NEW 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


My Thoughts:

A great event for this series, and it’s been a while since I’ve done an entire NJPW show. I really like that despite all their efforts in both tournaments, the House of Torture can’t even buy a win. They’re really the scrubs of NJPW at this point, but this is all making it bigger for when each team finally gets that one win to spoil someone’s run. Great win for Yano & Tanahashi to finally score some points, and a great win for Aussie Open on Suzuki & Archer. And Khan was right, all of the Empire won tonight to prove they’re a very strong faction.

Taguchi & Connors drinking beer while wrestling that first half of the match was funny stuff, but I figured Ace & Bey were going to stay undefeated. That first loss also has to be big, that might happen right as finalists are decided. Super Juniors are going again on Monday, which is a surprise when World Tag League is a round behind them. There are more 3-1 teams than I expected, Yoh & Lio are one of them and they’re up next for Ace & Bey. They might give Ace & Bey a great match but I don’t know if round five is where Ace & Bey take their first loss.

The main event was awesome stuff, and Bishamon winning was a bit of a surprise, but it really shouldn’t since they won WTL last year. But this does put some pressure on Naito & Sanada, which is good for the story. It couldn’t just be smooth sailing for LIJ, so this is a good time to get that loss out of the way and have LIJ push harder towards the finals.

My Score: 8.8/10


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Mitchell’s NJPW WTL X Super Jr. Tag Results & Report! (11/26/22)

World Tag League is back in action!

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NJPW WTL X Super Jr.

Will the United Empire conquer their foes?

After a few days off, World Tag League is back in action as NJPW arrives in Kanagawa! But will an All United Empire finals still be possible? Or will Bishamon and The Mighty each spoil those chances?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Six Man Tag: Togi Makabe, Kosei Fujita & Oskar Leube VS Tomoaki Honma, Yuto Nakashima & Ryohei Oiwa; Makabe, Fujita & Leube win.
  • 8 Man Tag: Ryusuke Taguchi, Clark Connors, Master Wato & Jado VS Bullet Club; Taguchi, Connors, Wato & Jado win.
  • 8 Man Tag: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS Suzuki-Gun; LIJ wins.
  • World Tag League 2022: Alex Coughlin & Gabriel Kidd VS Tetsuya Naito & SANADA; Naito & Sanada win.
  • World Tag League 2022: Shane Haste & Mikey Nicholls VS Great-O-Khan & Aaron Henare; Khan & Henare win.
  • World Tag League 2022: Bad Luck Fale & Chase Owens VS EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi; Fale & Chase win.
  • World Tag League 2022: Toru Yano & Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Minoru Suzuki & Lance Archer; Suzuki & Archer win.
  • World Tag League 2022: Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI VS Aussie Open; Aussie Open wins.

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Here are the current World Tag League standings!

The Mighty: 1-0, 2 points
Suzuki & Archer: 1-0, 2 points
Goto & Hashi: 1-0, 2 points
Aussie Open: 1-0, 2 points
Naito & Sanada: 1-0, 2 points
Khan & Henare: 0-1, 0 points
Yano & Tanahashi: 0-1, 0 points
Evil & Yujiro: 0-1, 0 points
Coughlin & Kidd: 0-1, 0 points
Chase & Fale: 0-1, 0 points

 

World Tag League 2022: Alex Coughlin & Gabriel Kidd VS Tetsuya Naito & SANADA!

The Android & The Young Bull could not make the Mighty kneel, let alone fall, and now they’re going up against the team that conquered the United Empire! Will Naito & Sanada stay tranquilo as they ride the #MechanicalBulls?

The fans already rally for “L I J! L I J!” and Kidd encourages them to keep going. The teams sort out and Naito takes his time with his entrance attire as always. Kidd sarcastically applauds as Naito finishes. Kidd bows as he asks Naito start with him. LIJ fist bump, Kidd applauds again, and continues to implore Naito. Naito does start and fans rally as the bell rings. Naito circles with Kidd, though he doesn’t seem worried. The two tie up, are in a deadlock, but Kidd finds a point of leverage to put Naito on ropes. Naito turns it around but Kidd turns it back. Kidd lets off as the ref counts, and he asks for an LIJ fist bump?

Naito wonders if Kidd means it, and he steps forward to offer it back. Fans applaud and Kidd gets fired up. Kidd goes for the fist bump, but then Naito rakes his eyes! Naito whips Kidd to ropes to ELBOW him down! Naito keeps moving but Kidd drops, hurdles, and monkey flips Naito away! Kidd keeps moving as Naito bails out, but Kidd steals tranquilo! He’s a bit hyper with the LIJ fist raise but Naito rushes in. Kidd avoids the leg drop but Naito avoids the elbow drop. Naito arm-drags Kidd to an armlock but Kidd headscissors. Naito gets free and he tranquilos right next to Coughlin. Fans applaud as Naito and Kidd reset.

Naito tags Sanada so Kidd tags Coughlin. Fans rally as these two feel out the knuckle locks. They feel out the clinch, Coughlin waistlocks but Sanada switches. Coughlin switches but Sanada wrenches out to a wristlock. Coughlin rolls, slips through, spins Sanada around and wrenches him back to a wristlock. Fans applaud the exchange as Saanada endures the twist. Sanada moves around, wrenches and hammerlocks then full nelsons. Coughlin breaks that, spins Sanada and headlocks. Sanada pries at the hold but Coughlin puts it on tighter. Fans rally as Sanada endures the grind. Sanada brings Coughlin down to a knee to pop out the back.

Sanada headlocks but Coughlin carries him to ropes! The ref counts, Coughlin lets off cleanly. Fans and Sanada all applaud the sportsmanship. Sanada and Coughlin circle, tie up again, and Sanada cravats. Coughlin endures, and he blocks the snapmare! Coughlin stands up and his core strength lifts Sanada! Sanada goes up and over, Coughlin blocks a kick to give a kick. Coughlin snapmares but Sanada handsprings through! Coughlin evades the dropkick! Coughlin steps over to La Magistrol! TWO!! Sanada escapes and Coughlin flexes as fans applaud. Sanada applauds, The Android is impressive. Fans applaud as Sanada offers a handshake.

Coughlin analyzes the situation. Fans applaud for it, Coughlin reaches out, and they shake hands. But they both go to kick! They each block, and now they argue about who’s in the wrong. Coughlin tells Sanada to put his foot down right now, but Sanada says him first. They then agree to let go at the same time. They slowly go down, but Sanada holds on! Sanada trips Coughlin and ties him up, but Coughlin powers out! Coughlin runs Sanada over! Fans fire up and Coughlin flexes again. Coughlin drags Sanada up, tags Kidd, and the Mechanical Bulls whip Sanada to ropes. They run him over with double shoulders, then they split the wishbone!

Kidd stomps Sanada down, mocks Naito with the LIJ fist, then Kidd STANDING MOONSAULTS! Cover, TWO! Kidd goes back to taunting Naito, then he brings Sanada over. Tag to Coughlin, Kidd full nelsons Sanada to hold him still. Coughlin aims, but Sanada breaks free and the CHOP hits Kidd! Sanada knees Coughlin low, whips him to ropes, but Coughlin reverses. Sanada dropkicks the legs out! Kidd run sin, into a drop toehold! Naito slides in to basement dropkick Kidd! Naito follows Kidd out of the ring but Coughlin storms up to Sanada. Sanada grabs a leg to CLUB it! Naito sends Kidd into railing, Sanada CHOP BLOCKS Coughlin!

Sanada drags Coughlin around, stomps the leg, then he tags Naito. Naito stomps the leg now, then ties Coughlin’s legs up into a modified FIGURE FOUR! Coughlin endures, drags himself and Naito over, and has the ROPEBREAK! Naito thrashes the hold but the ref unties the legs. Naito drags Coughlin over and tags in Sanada. Sanada kicks the leg, then he drags Coughlin up for more kicks. Sanada whips Coughlin corner to corner but runs into a BOOT! Coughlin runs in, sunset flips, but Sanada rolls through! Sanada ties Coughlin up in Paradise! Fans fire up as Sanada dropkicks Coughlin out of Paradise!

Sanada drags Coughlin up but Coughlin CHOPS back! Coughlin whips, Sanada reverses and leaps, but into a BEARHUG! And then an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Fans fire up as both men crawl, hot tag to Kidd! The Young Bull rallies on LIJ, DROPKICK for Sanada and DROPKICK for Naito! Kidd dodges Sanada’s clothesline to hit a BIG back suplex! Kidd mocks the LIJ fist and then brings Sanada up. Kidd CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS Sanada in the corner, then uses Tenzan Power! Mongolian Chop! Fans fire up with Kidd and he storms up to bring Sanada around. Suplex, but Sanada slips out to waistlock.

Kidd switches but Sanada throws elbows. Sanada whips, Kidd reverses but Sanada stops himself and whips Kidd out of the ring! Then Sanada PLANCHAS! Direct hit and fans fire up! Sanada drags Kidd up and in and fans rally up again. Sanada aims from the apron, springboards, but Kidd gets under. Kidd runs in but into a fireman’s carry. Kidd slips off and shoves Sanada to ropes, then dodges Sanada to run the ropes. Sanada ducks, and ducks again, to DROPKICK! But Kidd stays up to COMEBACKER LARIAT! Fans rally up while both men are down! They crawl for their corners, hot tags to Naito and Coughlin!

Coughlin lifts Naito up to RAM him into a corner! Coughlin RAMS in again and again, then UPPERCUTS and CHOPS! Fans fire up and Coughlin whips corner to corner. Coughlin runs in to FLYING SHOULDER! Coughlin then scoops to FALL AWAY SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Fans fire up and Coughlin stalks up behind Naito. Coughlin deadlifts Naito with the waistlock, but Naito throws elbows to fight free. But Coughlin ROCKS Naito back! Coughlin runs but into BOOTS! Coughlin tries again, but gets an ELBOW! Coughlin roars and tries a third time, but Naito dodges and Sanada elbows!

Sanada feeds Coughlin to an atomic drop! ENZIGURI! BIG back suplex! Rolling jackknife bridge! TWO!!! The Android survives the LIJ blitz and fans fire up! Naito drags Coughlin up, coordinates with Sanada, but Kidd CLOBBERS Sanada! Naito goes after Kidd, whips him to ropes, but Kidd reverses. Kidd catches Naito’s leaping elbow to EXPLODER! Kidd runs in at the corner to CHOP! Kidd runs and Coughlin whips him back in for a clothesline! Kidd SAIDOS Naito, and Coughlin deadlift gut wrenches! Fans fire up for the DROID PLEX! Cover, TWO! Naito survives and fans fire up again.

Kidd & Coughlin both flex, and they both bring Naito up. Sanada saves Naito from the double suplex, throws Kidd out, and gives Naito the boost for the TORNADO DDT! Sanada DROPKICKS Kidd out again, and then Naito wrenches for DESTINO!! Cover, LIJ wins!

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

And Naito dropkicks Kidd back out just because! The Mechanical Bulls broke down again, but will the third round be the charm? As for LIJ, they’ve got momentum building, can they take the World Tag League?

 

World Tag League 2022: Shane Haste & Mikey Nicholls VS Great-O-Khan & Aaron Henare!

Speaking of the Mighty and the Empire, one side stood tall while they other fell to open the tournament. The Mighty Don’t Kneel, but will they be conquered? Or will the Dominator & Ultimate Weapon not look so dominate or ultimate at all?

The Orchestrator, Gideon Grey, is of course here to give the United Empire their introductions. The teams sort out and Mikey gets impatient. Henare steps up, and the two circle. Fans rally as Henare tests the waters with kicks. Mikey and Henare tie up, Mikey gets an arm and wrenches to a wristlock, but Henare kicks low. Henare throws hands, headlocks, and he grinds Mikey down. Mikey fights up and powers out, and they RAM shoulders! Neither falls and Mikey dares Henare to try again. Henare runs and they RAM shoulders again! Mikey talks some trash but Henare ROCKS him with a right!

Henare whips, Mikey reverses, and Mikey runs in at the corner, but Henare elbows him back! Mikey ducks the flying kick to run Henare over! Mikey runs Henare over again! Mikey wrenches an arm, tags Shane, and Shane wrenches the arm to YANK it! Shane snapmares and dropkicks Henare, but has a cocky cover, ONE! Shane drags Henare up, tags Mikey back in, and the Mighty double whip to double ELBOW! STANDING MOONSAULT FIST DROP COMBO! Mikey covers, TWO! Khan was also there but Henare got out of that himself. Mikey claws Henare’s face, but lets off as the ref reprimands. Mikey drags Henare up and tags in Shane.

Mikey CHOPS Henare, Shane CHOPS Henare, but Henare throws body shots. Shane UPPERCUTS, Henare BOOTS back, and Shane staggers into Khan’s cheap shot! Henare CLOBBERS Shane, and Khan runs in to BLAST Mikey! Khan hurries back to the Empire corner while fans rally up. Henare HEADBUTTS Shane and then tags in Khan. The Empire smothers Shane, and then Khan CHOKES Shane on the ropes! The ref is busy reprimanding Henare so he misses Khan use his own ponytail in the choke! The ref finally notice something is up and counts. Khan lets off, but then digs his knee into Shane at the ropes.

The ref counts again, Khan lets off with a stomp. Shane sits up to throw body shots, but Khan uses a Mongolian Chop! Shane falls down, Khan drags him back up. Khan makes Mikey watch as he sits on his throne! Fans applaud as the Empire stands together with their arms crossed. Shane says it smells down there! Khan pulls his arms back for that one. The ref counts, Khan hops off at 4 and he taunts Mikey. The ref has to keep Mikey back, and Khan wrenches Shane’s arm to tag in Henare. The Empire mugs Shane, and then Henare puts Shane through ropes to pull him back! Henare CLUBS and CLUBS and CLUBS away on Shane!

Fans fire up as Henare lets off and Shane flops to the floor. Henare taunts Mikey, the ref is busy with them, and Khan CHOKES Shane with the microphone! Shane coughs and sputters and we can all hear it, so the ref tells Khan to stop. Khan lets off, he CLUBS Shane down again. Khan bumps Shane off the apron, but Shane hits back with forearms! Khan RAMS Shane into the apron! Henare BLASTS Mikey! Khan laughs in Shane’s face, then BITES his ear! Khan puts Shane in, Henare covers, TWO! Shane is hanging tough but Henare knuckle locks a hand. Henare gives toying kicks, twists the wrist, then gives more kicks.

Shane eggs Henare on and fans rally up. Shane stands, Henare KICKS him again! Shane stays standing, Henare kicks again, but Shane blocks it! Shane kicks Henare’s plant leg, BOOTS him, and Henare comes back with a clothesline, but Shane catches that and spins Henare into a half nelson. Shane spins Henare more, suplex and BROKEN ARROW! Fans fire up while both men are down! Shane and Henare crawl, hot tag to Mikey! Khan runs in but Mikey DOUBLE LARIATS The Empire! Mikey clotheslines Khan in a corner, then clotheslines Henare in the other! Mikey whips, Henare reverses, but Mikey gets around Khan to send him into Henare! Mikey DOUBLE LARIATS again!

Mikey fireman’s carries Henare but Henare slips off. Henare waistlocks, he ducks Mikey’s elbow, but Mikey DDTs! Mikey runs to SLIDING LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up again as Mikey drags Henare up. Henare throws body shots and an ELBOW! Mikey drops to a knee, Henare runs, but into a SPINEBUSTER! Mikey runs to SLIDING LARIAT again! Cover, Khan breaks it! Shane gets in to CLUB Khan and throw him out. Mikey shouts, “WITNESS ME, MO FO!” Mikey whips, scoops, but Henare gets up and around to shove Mikey! Scoop to the BERSERKER BOMB! Both men are down and fans fire back up!

Henare and Mikey stir, Henare tags Khan! Khan storms up to Mikey for Mongolian Chops! And Mongolian Chops! And then, Mongo- NO, Mikey blocks! Mikey kicks low, whips Khan to a corner, but Khan reverses. Mikey bounces off buckles, and Khan brings him around to dribble him off the buckles! Khan goes to ten, then SLAM DUNKS! Mikey staggers, into an EXPLODER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up as Khan roars and flexes! Khan drags Mikey up for HITSUJIGOROSHI! Mikey endures the Sheep Killer, Khan lifts him up but Mikey slips free to short arm LARIAT! Both men are down and fans fire up again!

Shane slides in and the Mighty drag Khan up. They coordinate, atomic UPPERCUT, to a BACK SUPLEX NECKBREAKER COMBO! Cover, Henare breaks it! Shane KICKS Henare and throws him out, then coordinates with Mikey. The Mighty drag Khan up, but Henare saves Khan from Thunder Valley! Henare shoves Shane into Mikey, then RAMPAGE SPEARS Shane down! Shane flops out of the ring and Henare roars! Fans fire up as Henare fireman’s carries Mikey. Khan tells Mikey this is what he gets! Khan runs, but Mikey slips out to waistlock! Henare quickly switches but Mikey ELBOWS Khan and ROCKS Henare!

Mikey ELBOWS Khan, fires off haymakers on Henare, then he runs, but into a fireman’s carry! IMPERIAL DROP!! Cover, The Empire wins!!

Winners: Great-O-Khan & Aaron Henare, by pinfall (gains 2 points; The Mighty earn 0)

The Mighty Don’t Kneel, but they do fall! The Dominator & Ultimate Weapon break even, will this win be an important tiebreaker down the line?

 

World Tag League 2022: Bad Luck Fale & Chase Owens VS EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi!

We saw Bullet Club meet Bullet Club yesterday in the Super Jr. Tag League, and now it happens in World Tag League! Will the Rogue General & Crown Jewel blow up the House of Torture? Or will the King of Darkness & Tokyo Pimp make up for their recent failures?

Chase wants to know why we don’t see Pieter. Maybe it’s too cold out for the Bullet bunny. But that aside, the boys all agree to Too Sweet. They throw it up, Too~… everyone pokes each other in the eyes! They were all thinking of the same sneaky move! Fale swings blind, but then DICK TOGO grabs at his foot! Fale drags Dick in and Dick wants mercy! Evil and Yujiro poke Fale in the eyes again! Then they poke Chase in the eyes! The bell rings as Yujiro goes out after Fale and Evil has Chase. Evil tosses Chase out, Yujiro rakes Fale’s eyes, so Evil does the same to Chase! If only fans could boo right now…

Yujiro RAMS Fale into railing while Evil brings a chair out from under the ring! The ref is busy with Yujiro, Evil throws the chair at Chase, and then pretends Chase brought it out. Chase says no way, and he throws it back to Evil. Evil throws it back to Chase, and then Dick pretends he got hit! Evil tattles to the ref and the ref sees the chair! Chase defends his innocence, throws the chair down and rushes at Evil, but Evil kicks him low! Evil puts Chase in the ring, claws his eyes in a corner, then lets off before the ref says anything. Evil whips corner to corner but Chase goes up and over. Chase keeps moving and he CLOBBERS Evil!

Dick distracts but Chase runs him over. Chase steps through the ropes to warn Dick, but Yujiro KICKS the ropes! Chase gets hit in his crown jewels! Evil goes out and Yujiro follows. Evil grabs the chair to JAM Chase with it! Evil pulls Chase’s shirt out of the way to CLAW his back! Evil puts Chase in, he drags Chase up, and mockingly holds Chase’s hand out to Fale. Evil claws Chase’s eyes with his other hand, then brings Chase around to tag Yujiro. Yujiro CLUBS Chase’s arm, DECKS him with a haymaker, then rains down fists. The ref reprimands about those being closed fists, so Yujiro lets off.

Chase goes to ropes, he kicks Yujiro back, then CHOPS! Yujiro knees low, bumps Chase off buckles, then runs in to BOOT Chase down! Fans rally up but Yujiro snapmares Chase to a cover, TWO! Fans rally more but Yujiro tags Evil. Evil stalks Chase as he crawls away. Evil drags Chase up, scoops and SLAMS him, then covers, TWO! Evil argues but the count was fair. Tag to Yujiro and he stands Chase up to ROCK him with a forearm. Yujiro ROCKS Chase again and Chase staggers to ropes. Evil talks trash, Yujiro snapmares Chase and basement BOOTS him! Cover, TWO! Evil is annoyed again but Yujiro tags him in.

Evil storms up but Chase throws body shots! Chase CHOPS but Evil wrenches an arm. Evil whips Chase into bare buckles! The Bullet Club Special still works in the red corner! Evil taunts Fale, the ref is busy with them, and Dick CHOKES Chase in the distraction! Evil drags Chase around to a cover, TWO! Evil is furious but fans rally up. Chase sits up but Evil wrenches and whips him to ropes. Chase ducks ‘n’ WRECKS Dick with a dropkick! Chase shoulders into Evil, slingshots and schoolboys to SUPERKICK! Fans fire up while both men are down! Chase and Evil crawl, hot tags to Fale and Yujiro!

Fale throws hands, whips Yujiro to a neutral corner, then runs in to SPLASH! Yujiro flops down and Fale runs for a BIG elbow drop! Cover, TWO! Fale snarls but fans fire up as he waits on Yujiro. Yujiro stands, Fale choke grips! Pull the pin, but Yujiro BITES the fingers! The ref reprimands, Yujiro stops, and Yujiro whips, only for Fale to reverse. Yujiro holds ropes, Fale runs in but Yujiro dodges! Evil anchors Fale’s foot, Yujiro BOOTS Fale against ropes! Yujiro runs, but Fale fireman’s carries! But Yuijro grabs the ref! Yujiro gets free of the carry and shoves the ref into Fale! Down goes the ref! Now Sho shows up!

Yujiro kicks Fale while Sho gets in the ring with a chair! Sho JAMS Fale with the chair, then he JAMS Chase! Evil CLUBS Fale, CLUBS him again, kicks him against ropes, and Yujiro joins in. They double whip Fale, but Fale runs them over instead! Fans fire up but SHo fires off on Fale. Sho runs, but Chase C-TRIGGERS Sho, then sets him up! Fale and Chase coordinate, GRENADE LAUNCHER! Sho falls out of the ring, Fale grabs Yujiro. But Dick uses the SPOILER CHOKER! Fale sputters and Yujiro gets the pimp cane! Fans fire up as Fale knocks Dick down, but Yujiro CANE SHOTS Fale! Fale stays standing, Yujiro aims again!

But Chase snatches the cane away! CANE SHOT for Yujiro! Evil runs in, but the low blow is blocked by the cane! Fale LOW BLOW GRENADES Evil!! Fans fire up as Fale drags Yujiro up! The ref is back up in time for the GRENADE!! Cover, Fale & Chase win!

Winners: Bad Luck Fale & Chase Owens, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Evil & Yujiro earn 0)

The House of Torture just can’t help themselves! They try to cheat and then it backfires on them again! Will Bullet Club decide to clip the branches once and for all?

 

World Tag League 2022: Toru Yano & Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Minoru Suzuki & Lance Archer!

The Joker & The Ace may have dressed up as bad boys, but they couldn’t stop Mark Davis & Kyle Fletcher. And now they’re up against some bad, bad men in the King of Pancrase and Murderhawk Monster! Will #EverybodyDie two rounds in a row? Or can love, energy and comedy help Yano & Tanahashi survive?

As usual, Archer DECKS a Young Lion during his entrance. Ryohei Oiwa probably feels even worse after losing that Six Man Tag earlier. Minoru Suzuki makes his entrance next, and unfortunately, fans can’t shout, “KAZE NI NARE~!” this time. And then Suzuki boots Young Lion Yuto Nakashima down for holding the ropes open for their opponents! Yano’s introduction seems to have gotten longer with some new roles he’s acquired. Archer throws his shirt at Tanahashi but Tanahashi catches it to put it aside. Tanahashi and Yano squat, then Yano gets impatient with the ref’s check. Tanahashi shows off the muscles, “SUGOI~!”

The teams finally sort out and Archer steps up. Tanahashi and Yano want him to back up to give them space. Tanahashi starts for his team, the bell rings, and fans rally up with “Let’s Go, Ace!” Tanahashi and Archer circle, tie up, and Archer powers Tanahashi right to the ropes. The ref counts, Tanahashi slips away, and he eggs Archer on. Archer and Tanahashi circle, Archer gives sarcastic applause, and the two tie up. Tanahashi waistlocks but Archer is too big to lift! Archer swings a big back elbow but Tanahashi ducks it! Tanahashi headlocks but Archer powers out, Tanahashi’s shoulder tackle bounces off Archer!

Tanahashi still fires up and runs, but Archer ROCKS him with a forearm! Archer whips Tanahashi but Tanahashi avoids the boot to dropkick the legs! Tag to Yano and Yano fires up. Yano storms in, to squat! He dares Suzuki to get in?! Archer tags Suzuki and fans applaud. Suzuki storms up to Yano, and they’re face to… Well, okay, Yano is face to waist with Suzuki. Yano stands up, so Suzuki SLAPS, KNEES and HEADBUTTS Yano down! Suzuki squats and tells Yano off! Suzuki drags Yano up by his hair, whips him to ropes, but Yano holds ropes. Suzuki rushes in, Yano dodges and SLAPS Suzuki on the back of the head!

Fans fire up as Suzuki scowls and Yano unties a buckle pad. The ref reprimands but Yano tells him to shut up. But then Yano turns around to see Suzuki and he’s frightened! Yano throws the pad to Suzuki and he catches it, and now the ref reprimands Suzuki! The ref and Suzuki fight over the buckle pad and Yano kicks Suzuki low! Yano runs, but Suzuki BOOTS him down! Archer runs in to BOOT Tanahashi off the apron! Suzuki-Gun goes out after The Joker & The Ace, and Suzuki whips Yano hard into railing! Suzuki stomps Yano down, then CHOKES him with camera cable! The ref reprimands and Suzuki stops to tell the ref to shut up.

Suzuki storms about, he drags Yano back up, and he RAMS Yano into more railing! Suzuki BOOTS Yano, ROCKS him with a right, and then SLAPS Yano around. Archer looms over Tanahashi then drags him up to send him into railing. Suzuki tells commentary to shut up and leave him alone. Suzuki puts Yano in the ring, then grinds his foot into Yano’s face. The ref reprimands, but Suzuki kicks and stomps Yano. Fans rally and clap for “Y T R!” but Suzuki tells them to shut up, too. Suzuki drags Yano up but Yano fires off forearms! Suzuki doesn’t flinch, though, and he eggs Yano on. Yano throws another forearm, but Suzuki throws a body shot, then DECKS Yano!

Tag to Archer and Archer drags Yano up. Archer says it’s okay, he pats Yano on the head, and then whips him into the bare buckles! Yano’s strategy comes back to bite him! Archer glares at Tanahashi and tells him to shut up but Tanahashi gets fired up. The ref keeps Tanahashi back and Archer says Tanahashi “can’t do sh*t” about what’s happening. Archer drags Yano up and puts him in a corner to ROCK him with a right! Archer pets Yano’s head, and ROCKS him again! Archer and Tanahashi shout at each other and the ref is busy with them, so Suzuki clamps on an ARMBAR on Yano in the corner! He makes it a HANGING ARMBAR!

Suzuki gets away with that while the ref is scared of Archer. Suzuki stomps Yano, then Archer stands on Yano! The ref reprimands but fans rally as Archer bounces on Yano again and again. Tag to Suzuki, Archer holds Yano up and Suzuki BOOTS Yano down. Archer pets Yano again and says it’s okay. Suzuki pulls on Yano’s beard, then SLAPS him down! Suzuki slaps Yano around but Tanahashi rallies the fans for “Y T R!” Suzuki knees Yano low, whips him corner to corner but Yano reverses. Suzuki stops from hitting bare buckles, Yano runs in, but Suzuki sends him into bare buckles! Suzuki kicks low, runs, but Yano atomic drops!

Fans fire up as Yano crawls over, hot tag to Tanahashi! Tanahashi runs to FLYING FOREARM Suzuki! Tanahashi runs at Archer but Archer catches him in a choke grip! But Tanahashi wrenches and HOTSHOTS Archer down! Tanahashi goes back for Suzuki to ROCK and whip. Suzuki reverses, but Tanahashi blocks the boot to a DRAGON SCREW! Fans fire up with Tanahashi and he drags Suzuki up to scoop and SLAM into a drop zone. Tanahashi goes up the ropes, SUNSET SENTON! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up, Tanahashi runs as Suzuki rises, but Suzuki ducks the slingblade to whip Tanahashi into a corner! BOOT!

Suzuki snapmares, runs, and PENALTY KICKS! Cover, TWO! Fans rally while Suzuki argues the count. The ref says it was a fair two. Suzuki slaps Tanahashi around, talks trash, but Tanahashi throws forearms. Suzuki doesn’t budge and he eggs Tanahashi on. Tanahashi throws more forearms, but then Suzuki ROCKS Tanahashi right back. Suzuki still eggs Tanahashi on, so the forearms start flying! Fans rally up as the shots go back and forth, faster and faster! Tanahashi gets the edge, but Suzuki just laughs! Suzuki ROCKS Tanahashi again! Tanahashi drops to his knees but fans rally back up! Suzuki stands Tanahashi up, and Tanahashi PALM STRIKES!

Suzuki palm strikes back! So Tanahashi throws another! Suzuki wobbles, Tanahashi runs, but Suzuki BOOTS! Suzuki runs, into a SLINGBLADE! But both men get back up, and Suzuki BOOTS Tanahashi down! Fans fire up and Suzuki quickly rolls to his corner, hot tag to Archer! Yano shouts to Tanahashi, but then he runs away when Archer storms over! Yano apologizes to Tanahashi, but Tanahashi throws a forearm on Archer. Archer puts Tanahashi in a corner for body shots and a windmill of haymakers! Archer laughs as Tanahashi sits down. Fans fire up and Archer tells the ref to shut up. Archer stands Tanahashi up to put him up top!

Archer has the inverted crucifix, but Tanahashi fights free! Tanahashi gets around, spins Archer around, TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! And now Yano’s back on the corner! Tanahashi crawls over, hot tag to Yano! Yano brings Archer up, ducks the haymaker, but he pulls on the braids! Archer swings an elbow but Yano avoids it! Yano baits Archer into a corner, and Archer hits the bare buckles! Yano rolls- Er, tries to roll Archer, but he stays up! Archer CLUBS Yano away! Suzuki storms in to stomp Yano. Suzuki-Gun double whip Yano corner to corner, Suzuki runs in but Yano dodges. Yano waistlocks Archer and feeds him to Tanahashi’s SHOTEI! Roll-up, Suzuki breaks it!

Tanahashi kicks Suzuki out of the ring, then he and Yano double whip Archer. Archer DOUBLE CROSSBODIES them instead! Fans fire up and Archer laughs as he stands back up. Archer stomps around and fans clap along. Then Archer tells them to shut up! Archer choke grips Yano, but Yano rakes the eyes! But Archer blocks the low blow! Yano apologizes, hooks the arms, but Archer’s too big for the backslide! Suzuki slides in and grabs Yano’s leg! Suzuki has a standing HEEL HOOK, but Yano hops away to a corner! Archer runs in to ELBOW Yano! Archer hoists Yano up, inverted crucifix, BLACKOUT BOMB!! Cover, Suzuki-Gun wins!

Winners: Lance Archer & Minoru Suzuki, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Yano & Tanahashi earn 0)

Another big win in the block, and Suzuki tortures Young Lions just for the fun of it! Archer grabs Oiwa as he checks on Yano, and hits a CHOKE SLAM! And then Suzuki grabs the referee! Suzuki reels him in, Gotch hold, but he lets him go! Fans applaud the brief moment of mercy from the Meanest Man in the World. #EverybodyDies, but will Suzuki-Gun hoist up the trophies in the end?

 

World Tag League 2022: Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI VS Aussie Open!

#BISHAMON shined bright against the House of Torture while Davis & Fletcher lived up to FTR’s seal as the future of tag team wrestling. But will the Fierce Warrior & Head Hunter show the future isn’t here just yet? Or will Chaos NOT #GetBackUp after facing the United Empire?

Gideon Grey returns to give Aussie Open their introductions. The teams sort out and they talk some trash to each other. Fans rally up and Hashi starts against Davis. The bell rings, fans applaud and the two circle. They tie up, are in a deadlock, but Davis’ height gives him the advantage. Davis puts Hashi on ropes, but Hashi dodges the chop! Hashi kicks low, CLUBS Davis, then CLUBS him again. Hashi headlocks, grinds the hold, but Davis fights up and powers out. Davis RAMS shoulders with Hashi, but neither falls! They get forehead to forehead and fans fire up. Davis eggs Hashi on so Hashi runs, and he RAMS Davis!

Davis stays up, Hashi brushes himself off, and Davis gets in Hashi’s face. Davis runs now, Hashi ELBOWS him, runs, but Davis runs him over! Fans fire up and Davis looms over Hashi. Davis drags Hashi up, CHOPS him to the corner, then tags in Fletcher. Fletcher CHOPS Hashi and fans applaud. Fletcher ROCKS Hashi, throws more forearms, then whips Hashi. Goto tags in as Hashi reverses, and Bishamon runs Fletcher over! Hashi runs for the hip toss senton! Fans fire up and Davis runs in, but Goto kicks low. Bishamon drums away on Davis! Goto drags Fletcher up, he and Hashi drum him, too! Fans fire up with Bishamon!

Goto goes out after Davis and Hashi goes out after Fletcher. Goto bumps Davis off the apron and Hashi sends Fletcher into railing! Goto CLUBS Davis, CLAWS his back, and Hashi brings Fletcher to the ramp. Hashi CLUBS Fletcher, Goto CLUBS Davis. Bishamon coordinates, they both whip, but Aussie Open both reverse! Goto runs into Hashi, and then Aussie Open picks them both up to run around the way, and SANDWICH them in front of commentary! The Empire throws up the crowns while fans fire up. Fletcher puts Goto in, he and Davis drag him up, and Aussie Open double whip to double CHOP!

Fletcher runs to PENALTY KICK, Davis SENTONS! Fletcher covers, TWO! Fletcher mocks the applause while Davis whips Hashi hard into railing! Red Shoes reprimands but Fletcher focuses on Goto with stomps. Fletcher drags Goto up, ROCKS him, then stomps Goto in the corner. Fletcher CHOPS Goto, stomps him, then fires off forearm after forearm! Fans fire up and Fletcher lets off to tag Davis. Davis drags Goto up, scoops him and SLAMS him, then kneels for the cover. TWO, but Davis just sits Goto up. Davis clamps onto the arm and digs his forearm into Goto’s neck but Goto endures. Goto fights forward to the ROPEBREAK!

Red Shoes counts as Davis grinds the hold, but Davis lets off at 4. Davis kicks Goto around, fans rally up, but Davis brings Goto to the Aussie Open corner. Davis CHOPS Goto, tags Fletcher, and Fletcher stomps Goto. Fletcher CHOPS but Goto kicks back! Fletcher CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS, then he grinds his forearm into Goto’s face! Red Shoes reprimands and counts, Fletcher lets off and apologizes. Fletcher drags Goto up, but Goto fires off body shots and palm strikes! Fletcher kicks low, CHOPS then runs, but Goto follows to LARIAT! Fans fire up while both men are down, and then rally as Goto and Fletcher crawl.

Hot tag to Hashi! Hashi CLOBBERS Fletcher, BLASTS Davis, then storms up to Fletcher. Hashi whips, Fletcher reverses but Hashi comes back to CHOP! Mule kick and turn, for the NECKBREAKER! Fans fire up with Hashi as Fletcher flounders to ropes. Hashi runs in to CHOP again! Hashi hangs Fletcher out to dry, runs side to side and dropkicks Fletcher down! Hashi keeps moving, basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Fans rally and Hashi keeps cool as he stalks Fletcher. Hashi drags Fletcher up and reels him in, but Fletcher fights the fisherman’s hook. Hashi wrenches to ROCK Fletcher, but Fletcher blocks the superkick!

Fletcher spins Hashi but then Hashi blocks Fletcher’s superkick! Hashi spins Fletcher, Fletcher ducks the lariat to SNAP DRAGON! Fans fire up as both men are down! Hashi and Fletcher crawl for their corners, hot tags to Davis and Goto! Goto and Davis DOUBLE LARIAT! And again! Davis kicks low, runs, but Goto follows! Davis ducks the lariat but Goto deflects the boot to DISCUS LARIAT! Goto drags Davis up, fires off forearms, then he whips Davis corner to corner. MURAMASA! And BULLDOG! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up and Goto drags Davis back up. Goto fireman’s carries, but Davis fights free!

Davis waistlocks but Goto elbows free. Goto runs, into a scoop and POWERSLAM, to SENTON! Davis staggers over, Fletcher tags in. Aussie Open drags Goto up, Davis fireman’s carries, but Hashi dropkicks Fletcher! Goto slips off but Davis switches with him! Goto ducks, HIDDEN GAP SUPERKICK for Davis! Fans fire up and Goto runs in to clothesline Fletcher at the corner! Hashi adds his own clothesline! Feed to Goto and then Hashi goes up top! Goto hooks Fletcher up, FLYING GOTO GOTO HUNTER!! Cover, TWO!! Fletcher survives but Hashi calls for lights out! Goto hauls Fletcher up, Hashi gets the legs, but Fletcher kicks him away!

Davis drags Hashi out, Fletcher turns things around on Goto, BRAINBUSTER! Tag to Davis, Aussie Open drags Goto up to fireman’s carry, POP-UP KICK!! Then the scoop and Fletcher goes up top, LAWN DART CUTTER! Davis covers, TWO!! Goto survives and shows the toughness of a former IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champion! Fans fire up and Goto crawls to the corner. Davis grinds his forearm in, then runs side to side, SLIDING FOREARM! Davis fires up and fans fire up, too! Davis wrenches and torture racks Goto but Goto fights free! Goto shoves, fireman’s carries, USHIGOROSHI!

Fans fire up and both men are down! Hashi is back on the corner! Hot tag to the Head Hunter! Hashi runs and LARIATS, but Davis stays up! Davis roars, goes forehead to forehead with Hashi, and ROCKS him with a forearm! Hashi ROCKS Davis back! Davis throws another forearm, Hashi throws it back! Daivs throws another forearm, and Hashi throws it back! Hashi fires off a strike fest and CHOP! But Davis CHOPS back! Davis runs, into a SUPERKICK! Hashi runs, and LARIATS Davis down! Cover, TWO!! Davis is still in this but Hashi and the fans are fired up! Hashi drags Davis up, full nelsons, but Davis breaks free to PELE!

Hot tag to Fletcher! Aussie Open drags Hashi up, they double pump handle, but Goto saves Hashi from Corealis! Goto CLUBS away on Davis but Fletcher kicks him! Fletcher runs, into a fireman’s carry! Fletcher slips off, but Goto ducks, HIDDEN GAP! Davis returns but Goto catches him and spins him around! Hashi helps get Davis up but Davis kicks free! Davis whips Goto out to the apron, Fletcher SHOTGUNS Goto down! Aussie Open fire up, off come the elbow pads! They aim at Hashi from opposite corners, LARIAT SANDWICH! They vow to end this now! COREALIS!! Cover, Aussie Open wins!!

Winners: Aussie Open, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Goto & Hashi earn 0)

Hashi could NOT #GetBackUp, and now Bishamon has fallen to 1-1! But will they be able to #TurnItAllAround next round?

As for Aussie Open, they usher Hashi & Goto out of “their” ring, and Gideon Grey brings the mic to them. Fletcher takes the mic to say, “Fujisawaaa~!” Fans applaud and Fletcher continues by saying, in Japanese, “I speak very little Japanese, I’m sorry. Any of you guys speak English?” Then Fletcher will speak in English. Fletcher & Davis have waited a long time to be part of World Tag League, and closing the show by winning the main event. “Bishamon, Yoshi-Hashi, Hirooki Goto, they were last year’s winners, and we just SWEPT THE FLOOR with them! We came here, guaranteeing Aussie Open winning World Tag League 2022, and I think that just proved that nobody can stop us!”

Fletcher introduces himself and Davis, “We are the United Empire! And we today and all World Tag League long, run the world! Gideon, send them home.” Gideon takes the mic to say that this message is to everybody. “If you’re going to step in this ring against the UnitedEmpire, bring your best game, because there is nobody better in the world. So on behalf of “Dunk-Zilla” Mark Davis and the “Aussie Arrow,” Kyle Fletcher, as well as himself and the rest of the United Empire, “Thank you very much for coming out, drive safely home. <This is the power of the United Empire!!>” Will Aussie Open lead the way into the future of tag team wrestling with this tournament?

 

Here are the NEW World Tag League standings!

Naito & Sanada: 2-0, 4 points
Suzuki & Archer: 2-0, 4 points
Aussie Open: 2-0, 4 points
Goto & Hashi: 1-1, 2 points
Khan & Henare: 1-1, 2 points
The Mighty: 1-1, 2 points
Chase & Fale: 1-1, 2 points
Yano & Tanahashi: 0-2, 0 points
Evil & Yujiro: 0-2, 0 points
Coughlin & Kidd: 0-2, 0 points


My Thoughts:

Another great event for this series, and just the second round of World Tag League. That win on LIJ VS Suzuki-Gun came about after a restart from yet another double count-out, and it was only four minutes before Takagi got Taichi with a Ground Cobra Twist. I love this whole thing, it’s hilarious. Anyway, great matches in the tag league, and I’m actually a little surprised the House of Torture didn’t cheat a win this time. Sho & Dick are 0-3, now Evil & Yujiro are 0-2 and might even go 0-3 with the next round tomorrow in a big event where both tournaments are active on the same card. There’s a chance Evil & Yujiro get a win off LIJ just to stick it to them as Naito may or may not be retiring.

The United Empire both winning this time keeps their story of wanting an all Empire finals alive, though I still don’t see it happening. LIJ VS Aussie Open will be a big one, though, with how strong Aussie Open is going. That could be the match-up we’ll see in the finals, and it’d be fitting. Aussie Open gave FTR that match of the year candidate back at Royal Quest, we could get an early 2023 match of the year candidate should Aussie Open win the league. But as I’ve been saying, it feels like LIJ should all be going to WrestleKingdom for Naito’s sake. Aussie Open is the future, reaching the finals would be great enough, and then they can come for the titles in the New Year.

My Score: 8.7/10


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