The 2020 New Japan Cup Final is upon us!
NJPW starts a busy weekend by wrapping an incredible New Japan Cup! Naito awaits an opponent for Dominion, but will it be friend or foe?
NOTE: NJPW no longer wants to feed AXS TV now that it is with Anthem and Impact Wrestling. But never fear, I will cover NJPW in the spirit of AXS in providing the most important matches of the show.
- 8 Man Tag: Suzuki-Gun VS Hiroshi Tanahashi, Kota Ibushi, Yuji Nagata & Ryusuke Taguchi; Suzuki-Gun wins.
- Six Man Tag: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS Chaos; LIJ wins.
- New Japan Cup Finals: Kazuchika Okada VS EVIL; EVIL wins and will challenge Tetsuya Naito at Dominion.
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8 Man Tag: Suzuki-Gun VS Hiroshi Tanahashi, Kota Ibushi, Yuji Nagata & Ryusuke Taguchi!
The Meanest Faction in the World goes up against a rather incredible line-up! The Golden Aces want payback on the Dangerous Tekkers ahead of their IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championship defense, but will they get it?
The fans, who are excited just to be back in the building, are very excited to see fan favorites. The teams sort out, ZSJ and Taichi of course egging on Ibushi and Tanahashi. But then Suzuki-Gun bails out? Taguchi complains but Suzuki-Gun says this is how they’re going to choose who starts. Taguchi’s team huddles up, and then breaks. Fans cheer, and in the end, it’s The Ace starting! He dares Taichi or ZSJ to start, and gets the fans rallying already. Taichi accepts the challenge and steps inside. The bell rings and we finally begin!
Taichi and Tanahashi circle but Taichi backs to a neutral corner. The ref keeps Tanahashi back, Taichi comes back, they approach, but ZSJ attacks! Ibushi gets in, he gets attacked, and the ref tries to get the Tekkers to stop. They don’t, and whip Ibushi corner to corner. Ibushi dodges Taichi, elbows ZSJ down then boots Taichi! The fans cheer as Ibushi helps Tanahashi whip Taichi. They double elbow Taichi down, Tanahashi drops an elbow, Ibushi corkscrew splashes, Tanahashi somersault sentons! Cover, TWO! Taichi survives the flurry of offense but the Golden Aces keep calm. Tanahashi scoops and slams Taichi, heads to a corner and hops up. Fans cheer until ZSJ dropkicks him down! Kanemaru and Desperado attack Taguchi and Nagata!
ZSJ drags Tanahashi up, feeds him to Taichi who puts him in double chicken wings. ZSJ hits a dragon screw! Tanahashi is kept standing, so ZSJ can dragon screw the other leg! The ref reprimands, Suzuki-Gun stands down, and Taichi grabs Tanahashi’s leg for a Queen Angelito Stretch! The fans rally and Tanahashi gets a ropebreak. Taichi keeps twisting until the ref gets him to back off. Tag to Kanemaru, he and Taichi stomp Tanahashi’s legs. Kanemaru smashes the knee into the mat, then whips him to rpoes. Basement dropkick takes out the legs, Kanemaru covers, TWO! Kanemaru drags Tanahashi over, ZSJ wraps Tanahashi’s legs against the bottom rope! The rest of Suzuki-Gun blocks the ref and Tanahashi’s team from stopping it!
ZSJ just keeps getting away with the heel hook and toehold in the rope! Ibushi fights through and goes after Taichi! They go after each other’s throats, literally! They spill out, Kanemaru stands on Tanahashi’s head while ZSJ has a hanging kneebar! Taichi whips Ibushi into barriers! Desperado is the only one in the ring now as Taichi feeds Tanahashi in. Desperado has the leg and turns Tanahashi for a Half Crab! Taguchi hops in just to coach Tanahashi up. Desperado can’t even, so he just stomps and cranks Tanahashi’s leg more. Taguchi hops back in, just to coach Tanhashi again. Desperado is annoyed, so he goes for the FULL Crab! He sees Taguchi coming this time and drop toeholds Taguchi onto Tanahashi’s legs!
Desperado throws Taguchi out, tags in Taichi, and Taichi looms over Tanahashi. Taichi talks smack while bringing Tanahashi up but the fans rally. Tanahashi fires forearms back! Taichi KICKS the bad leg! Tanahashi hobbles away and Taichi runs to the corner, but Tanahashi elbows back! And springboard crossbodies! Both men are down, crawl to their corners, but ZSJ hits Ibushi! The ref reprimands ZSJ but it’s too late. Taichi stomps Tanahashi down and taunts him. Taichi goes to kick but Tanahashi blocks to dragon screw back! Both men are down again, the crowd rallies up, hot tag to Blue Justice!
Kanemaru also tags in and dropkicks Nagata’s leg! Nagata stays up so Kanemaru kicks the leg more! Kanemaru throws haymakers but Nagata fires of to DECK Kanemaru! Nagata fires up more to kick and kick and KICK Kanemaru to a corner! Nagata whips Kanemaru corner to corner and BOOTS! Kanemaru blocks the exploder, so Nagata forearms and whips. Kanemaru reverses, Desperado trips Nagata and stomps away! The ref reprimands but Desperado rakes Nagata’s eyes. Desperado whips Nagata corner to corner, runs in, but misses as Nagata goes after Kanemaru with a boot! Desperado kicks Nagata low, whips again, but Nagata reverses to OVERHEAD suplex! Kanemaru kicks then runs, into a boot, but he blocks! Only to get the EXPLODER! Cover, TWO!
Nagata argues the count but two is two! Ibushi tags in and he springboards at Kanemaru for a missile dropkick! Ibushi waits for Kanemaru to get up but ZSJ tags in. ZSJ rushes Ibushi, dodges the boot to throw uppercuts but Ibhshi whips. Things speed up, ZSJ catches Ibushi out of the air! Bow ‘n’ Arrow, Ibushi pops out to cover, ONE! Ibushi strike fest and KICK! Standing moonsault! Cover, TWO! The fans rally up for Ibushi as he KICKS ZSJ again! And again! He makes ZSJ sit up but ZSJ ducks the buzzsaw to get the leg for a standing heel hook! Ibushi kicks him away, runs into the corner but misses. Ibushi goes up and over, ZSJ keeps up to get the Iron Octopus! Suzuki-Gun goes after the others while Ibushi endures being twisted around!
The fans rally as Taichi chokes Tanahashi and Nagata brawls with Kanemaru. Ibushi drops to a knee, ZSJ cranks even harder, but Tanahashi gets in to stomp ZSJ down! Taichi attacks Tanahashi and kicks him out of the ring. The Tekkers drag Ibushi up, double whip him and then ZSJ runs in to EuroUpper! Taichi adds a clothesline, feeds Ibushi to the scoop, but Ibushi slips out! DOUBLE PELE! The fans are thunderous as Ibushi hot tags Taguchi! Taguchi runs and runs and misses the Funky Weapon. Tag to Desperado and he stomps away on Taguchi. Desperado whips and gives Taguchi the atomic drop! And then the inverted atomic drop! Desperado runs in but into boots! Taguchi comes back, fakes Desperado out, and wags his finger. Then he gets him with Funky Weapon!
Ibushi, Nagata and Tanahashi come in, and Nagata helps Taguchi double whip Desperado corner to corner. Nagata runs in to boot! Tanahshi corner splashes! Ibushi knees! Taguchi fires up as they double whip Desperado back, FUNKY WEAPON! Cover but all of Suzuki-Gun breaks it! Suzuki-Gun gets thrown out, the Golden Aces DOUBLE PLANCHA the Dangerous Tekkers! Taguchi calls upon the power of Nakmaura, for BUM-A-YE!! Cover, TWO!?! Taguchi keeps his cool, brings Desperado up in the double chicken wing, but Desperado victory rolls through! He rolls Taguchi to shove inot the ref! Then he DECKS Taguchi with that right! Underhooks, PINCHE LOCO!! Cover, Suzuki-Gun wins!
Winners: Suzuki-Gun, by pinfall
But the brawling outside is still going! Ibushi gets whipped into barriers and Taichi chokes him with his foot! The Young Lions and referees try to restore order but that’s not so easy with Suzuki-Gun. The Tekkers take the tag titles as if they’ve already won them. Will it be so easy when it’s a normal 2v2?
Ibushi comes back but gets beat down! ZSJ claws Ibushi’s eyes and puts him in a neck CRANK! Taichi talks smack to the crowd but Tanahashi gets in to fight back! Ibushi fights ZSJ off, SLINGBLADE from Tanahashi! Taichi stands to get a combo, DOUBLE POP-UP ELBOW! Will the Golden Aces stay on top after Dominion?
Six Man Tag: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS Chaos!
The Last Dragon and one half of Roppongi 3K have a NEVER Openweight title match set for Dominion, while Tetsuya Naito prepares for his own massive title defense! Will LIJ’s three champions stay strong against the Stone Pitbull, the Clown Prince of NJPW and Sho the shockmaster?
The teams sort out and we begin with Sho and Shingo in a preview of their title match! Fans are already excited as they tie up and Shingo headlocks. Sho powers out, they collide shoulders but neither falls. Sho runs, Shingo stays solid. Sho throws forearms but Shingo gives them back. Shingo whips, Sho reverses, hurdles and drops to dropkick! Shingo comes back to run him over! The fans cheer as Shingo runs but Sho dodges the sliding lariat. Sho whips Shingo corner to corner then runs in to corner clothesline! Shingo eggs him on so Sho throws forearms and whips again. Shingo reverses but Sho comes back to run him over! Sho stomps away on Shingo then KICKS him in the back! Shingo writhes and Yano fires up as he tags in. Yano mocks Shingo, and goes after a buckle pad!
Shingo stops him before he unties it, whips him away, but Yano reverses, so he can go back to the buckle! The corner is exposed! Shingo runs in but stops himself before hitting the buckles. Red Shoes reprimands, Shingo runs at Yano, Yano dodges and swings the pad. Shingo dodges that but Yano kicks low. Yano talks smack but Shingo smacks the buckle pad away. So Yano rakes Shingo’s eyes! Red Shoes reprimands, Yano runs but Naito gets in to dropkick his legs out! Naito and Hiromu take out Ishii and Sho! Shingo drops elbows on Yano while Ishii and Hiromu brawl outside. Hiromu sends Ishii into barriers then clubs him down. Shingo elbows Yano on the back, cravats and snapmares to then run and hit Sho!
Shingo goes after Sho on the outside, whipping him hard into barriers! Shingo returns to the ring, stomps Yano down, then drags him to the LIJ corner. Naito tags in and fans cheer to have their Double Champion in action. Naito drags Yano up, cravats and cranks on the neck. He puts Yano in a corner, Red Shoes counts but Naito whips Yano corner to corner. Rocket kick and leg sweep, Combinacion Cabron! Naito wrenches Yano’s arm, Hiromu tags in and Hiromu clubs Yano’s arm. Hiromu CHOPS Yano to the exposed corner then whips him corner to corner. Hiromu runs in, corner clothesline and a roll to a basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Yano stays in this so Hiromu fireman’s carries. Yano slips off and grabs Hiromu’s hair! Not this again!
Hiromu breaks free and shouts at Yano, but Yano grabs two handfuls of hair! Hiromu breaks free to fire off chops, Hiromu whips, Yano reverses and uses the hair for a takedown! Both men crawl, Ishii tags in. Hiromu fires off forearms but Ishii stays up. Ishii swings, Hiromu dodges, shoulder bump and drop toehold. Ishii dodges the dropkick, swats the mule kick but Hiromu elbows him away. Hiromu runs but Ishii runs him over! Ishii kicks Hiromu but Hiromu gets up to get in his face. Hiromu CHOPS away but they don’t bother Ishii. Ishii backs Hiromu down to CHOP and CHOP! Hiromu fires up to CHOP back! It’s a brand new chop fight! Ishii chops, Hiromu CHOPS!
Hiormu whips, forearms and puts Ishii on the ropes to kick the ropes. Ishii staggers into Hiromu’s shotgun dropkick! Hiromu drags Ishii up but Ishii blocks the suplex. Fans rally as the two men fight for suplex control. Ishii gets Hiromu up all the same, but Hiromu slips out to shove and superkick. Ishii deflects it, forearms, but Hiromu reels him into a German Suplex! Hiromu and Ishii stagger up, Ishii ducks HIromu to German Suplex! Hiromu SUPERKICKS back, but runs into a BACK SUPLEX! Only to get up and dropkick! Fans cheer as both men are down, and rally up as they stir. Shingo barks at Sho and now they’re the two stepping up. Hot tags and the two collide with clotheslines! And again!
Sho drops, Shingo whips him to the bare corner, but Sho boots back. Shingo clotheslines right back! Shingo JABS, CHOPS, repeat! Jab, chop, jab, jab, jab! Sho sits down, Shingo keeps hitting, but lets up at Red Shoes’ orders. Shingo stands on Sho’s head but Red Shoes reprimands. Shingo brings Sho up, whips and knees him, but it’s Sho who suplexes! Sho dead lifts Shingo but Shingo fights back. Sho CLUBS Shingo, then runs, into Shingo’s back elbow and JAB! Shingo swings, Sho dodges and SPEARS! Cover, TWO! Sho keeps focus as he takes aim with the bow. Sho underhook pump handles, but Shingo back drops out! Shingo drags Sho up but Sho breaks free. The two go forehead to forehead. Shingo pie faces, Sho forearms.
Sho eggs Shingo on but Shingo forearms back. Both men keep coming back, forearm for forearm! They pick up speed and the fans love it! Sho gets the edge, eggs Shingo on, but Shingo stands right up! Shingo throws elbows from all sides! Sho comes back with a leaping forearm! Sho runs, into the clothesline! Shingo runs, into a knee! Sho swats one clothesline away, only to get a Southpaw LARIAT! The fans rally up as both men are down. Shingo and Sho crawl for their corners, hot tag to Naito, but he takes his time going after Sho. Naito forearms and whips to hip toss and basement dropkick! Naito brings Sho up to whip again but Sho reverses. Sho runs into a back elbow, but Naito runs into a scoop! Naito slips out, spins Sho but Sho breaks free. Naito dodges but Sho LARIATS back!
The fans rally again, Sho heads for his corner and tags in Yano! Yano fires up and brings Naito up. Yano whips but Naito reverses. Yano stops himself from hitting bare buckles, then dodges Naito to send him into buckles! Yano rolls Naito up, TWO!! Yano brings Naito up and rakes his eyes! Naito rakes eyes back! Roll up, TWO! Naito kicks Yano low, turns him, but Yano pulls hair! Naito hits back, whips Yano to ropes, but Yano reverses and even dodges the flying forearms! Yano shoves Naito at Ishii but Naito hits Ishii first! Naito blocks Yano’s low blow!! Naito brings Yano around but Ishii clubs Naiot from behind! Cover, Hiromu breaks it up! Ishii throws Hiromu out and helps Yano with Naito. They whip him at the exposed corner, back elbow and clothesline! Atomic drop, lariat to roll up! TWO!!!
Naito survives again but Yano calls his shot. Yano lifts Naito but Shingo hits him from behind. Sho goes after Shingo with forearms at the ropes then whips. Shingo reverses, BLOCKS the spear into a DDT! Shingo runs to SLIDING LARIAT! Naito brings Yano back up as Shingo rallies the fans. LIJ double whips Yano, Yano ducks the line to grab hair! Hiromu grabs Yano’s hair! Hiromu whips Yano, Yano reverses but misses in the corner! Shingo corner clotheslines, Naito atomic drops and enziguris! SUPERKICK from Hiromu! Shingo LARIATS and Naito rolling jackknife covers! LIJ wins!
Winners: Los Ingobernables de Japon, by pinfall
Yano tried every trick in the book, but he couldn’t get one over on the Double Champion and his amigos. Shingo is ready for Sho, but will he still be the Double NEVER Openweight Champion? Will Naito be ready for whoever wins the Cup Finals?
New Japan Cup Finals: Kazuchika Okada VS EVIL!
The Rainmaker wants to reign again and will put everyone Deep In Debt to do it. The King of Darkness will win by any means necessary, and proved as much against his own LIJ teammate, Sanada. Who goes for broke and cashes in on the golden opportunity at Dominion?
The bell rings and the two stare down as the fans rally up already. Okada and Evil circle, approach but Okada backs away a moment. They approach again, feel out the grapple, and Evil kicks low. Evil headlocks and grinds Okada down, but Okada fights up. Okada pries at the hold but Evil clamps it on tighter. Evil grinds but Okada pushes him back to the ropes. Okada powers out, Evil LARIATS him down! Evil fireman’s carries, DARKNESS FALLS!? Cover, TWO!! Evil tried to finish this fast but it’s not that easy with Okada. Evil spins Okada around but Okada blocks the STO. Okada wants his Deep In Debt clutch already but Evil gets to the ropes. Okada lets go and bails out to finally let the pain sink in. Evil goes out to fetch Okada and stomp him down. Okada RAMS Evil into the barriers!
Okada brings Evil up, puts him in the ring, but his head is still bothering him. Okada follows after Evil and brings him up. Okada turns Evil for a neckbreaker! Okada makes sure his own head and neck are okay before bringing Evil back up. Okada bumps Evil off buckles and throws back elbows in. Okada snapmares and runs to basement dropkick Evil down! Evil writhes but Okada calmly adjusts his knee pads. Okada covers, ONE, but Okada keeps his cool. Okada brings Evil up, scoops and slams him, to then slingshot senton. Evil dodges, Okada rolls through but Evil gets his arm to hotshot it! Evil drags Okada out and whips him hard into barriers! Okada slumps down to the floor but Evil brings him up. Evil wrenches and whips Okada hard the other way!
Okada is down again as Evil goes searching under the ring. Evil finds chairs and Red Shoes tells him to stop. Evil shoves Red Shoes away while he puts Okada’s arm in a chair. Evil POSTS the arm! Okada falls down in a heap as he clutches that arm! Red Shoes comes back but Evil shoves him away again. Evil brings Okada up, puts the chair around his head this time, and grabs another chair! HOME RUN!! Fans cheer seeing that signature chair shot from Evil again. Evil leaves Okada behind but the fans rally up. Red Shoes returns and reprimands Evil but he doesn’t care. Evil wants the ring count so it begins. Okada stirs and sits up at 10 of 20. Okada staggers over and in at 12, but Evil stomps him down!
Evil stomps and stomps then throws the bad arm down on the mat. Evil smirks as he does it again! Evil stomps Okada more, then wrenches the arm to wrap around the ropes. Red Shoes reprimands as Evil pulls, but Evil stops at 3. Evil goes to Okada in a corner to CHOP him! Okada stays up, Evil CHOPS him again. Okada staggers and falls to his knees, but Evil covers, TWO! Evil grows annoyed but he brings Okada up to throw him out. Evil drags Okada up by the bad arm and wraps it around the railing! Evil pulls and Red Shoes counts, but he lets go at 3. To BOOT the railing! Okada’s arm feels even worse but Evil just paces about. Evil drags Okada up again, puts him in the ring, and stomps him around. Evil cranks on the arm but Okada endures.
Okada fights his way up, fights back with body shots and breaks free. Okada kicks low but Evil spins out to elbow him back. Evil clubs the bad arm, whips him to ropes but Okada reverses to kick and DDT! Both men are down and fans cheer again. Red Shoes checks on both men, but Okada sits up fast. Okada looms over Evil, brings him up and throws forearms. Okada whips, Evil reverses, Okada ducks and dodges to elbow back! Okada fires up and the fans do, too! Okada brings Evil back up, whips him to a corner then runs in. Evil dodges, runs in but Okada dodges. Okada puts Evil up top to dropkick him down! Evil hits the floor and fans cheer again. Okada takes his time fetching Evil. Okada whips Evil hard into barriers then boots him over! The fans cheer for this classic Okada move.
Okada drags Evil back up and across the railing, for a DRAPING DDT! Red Shoes checks on Evil but he’s okay to continue. Okada leaves Evil behind as the ring count climbs, but then brings him up at 10 of 20 to put him in. Cover, TWO! Okada keeps his cool and has the fans rally up. Evil stands, staggers, Okada Alabama lifts. Evil fights out and throws Okada down by his hair! Okada crawls to a corner, Evil runs in but he blocks Okada’s boots. Evil turns Okada sideways and CLUBS him into a Tree of Woe, WOE STOMP! Evil takes a moment to catch his breath before bringing Okada up. Evil fisherman suplexes! Cover, TWO! Evil keeps his cool as he brings Okada up. Evil clubs the bad arm again and again, then wrenches to club one more time. Evil runs, but into Okada’s FLAPJACK!
The fans rally up as both men are down. Okada sits up first, Evil follows, and both stand. Okada throws a forearm but Evil returns it. Okada boots but Evil CHOPS! Okada runs to dropkick, Evil dodges but Okada dodges the senton! Okada dragon sleepers to the gut wrench, but Evil slips out to waistlock. Okada elbows out and runs, Evil goes to the corner, but Okada dropkicks him down! Fans fire up as Okada brings Evil up for the gut wrench. TOMBSTONE! Okada brings Evil up to put Deep In Debt! Evil endures the clutch, fans rally up, Evil crawls and reaches but Okada cranks harder! Evil starts to fade, but he revives to get the ropebreak! Okada lets go and both men slowly recover. Evil stands in the corner, Okada whips him corner to corner then runs in to hit the back elbow!
Okada kicks, Evil blocks and gives it to Red Shoes to mule kick the leg out! Evil shoves Okada into Red Shoes and then LOW BLOWS! Evil said by any means necessary! But both men are down, as is Red Shoes. The fans rally up as the three stir. Evil crawls, bails out, and brings in more chairs! And still more chairs! Evil has four chairs, the number of DEATH. He piles them together, drags Okada up and over, fireman’s carries, DARKNESS FALLS ON THE CHAIRS!! Fans cheer this level of aggression! Evil hides the evidence by getting it out of the ring, and tells Red Shoes to get in. Red Shoes is back, counts the cover, TWO!?! Okada barely survives and Evil is furious with Red Shoes! Okada crawls to a corner and Evil gets to his feet. Evil runs in, BIG corner clothesline!
Evil brings Okada up and hoists him to the top rope. Evil climbs to join Okada, stands on the very top rope, for a SUPERPLEX!! But Okada rolls away so Evil has to pursue! Cover, TWO!! Okada survives again and Evil is beside himself. Evil stands up, drags Okada up and slashes the throat. Evil stands Okada up, spins him around but Okada forearms back. Evil just shakes his head and rakes Okada’s eyes! Red Shoes counts, Evil stops and then runs in. Okada pops Evil up, Alabama to REVERSE NECKBREAKER! Both men are down again but the fans fire back up. The fans rally as Okada and Evil stir. Okada sits up first, goes forehead to forehead with Evil, and they start trading forearms. Evil eggs Okada on but Okada grits his teeth to give another forearm back.
Evil forearms again, Okada shakes his head and forearms back. They pick up speed and the fans rally up! Okada European Uppercuts! Evil stays up, but Okada EuroUppers again. Evil staggers, comes back but gets another EuroUpper! Evil won’t fall so Okada boots., Evil blocks it, elbows the knee, forearms and ROLLING ELBOWS! Evil runs, into Okada’s dropkick! Okada drags Evil up into DEEP IN DEBT! Evil endures as Okada cranks on the hold. Evil rakes Okada’s eyes! Red Shoes reprimands but Evil doesn’t stop until the count of 3. Okada goes to a corner, Evil runs in, but into a boot! Okada runs and dropkicks Evil down, only for Evil to spring up! But Evil runs into a gut wrench, JUMPING TOMBSTONE! DEEP IN DEBT!!
Okada is determined to win with this new clutch, and Evil starts to fade! The fans fire up and Red Shoes checks on Evil. Okada lets Evil go, to bring him up for a LARIAT! And then ANOTHER LARIAT! And back to DEEP IN DEBT! Evil fades again, but who is that walking up the ramp? Is that Gedo?! Why does Gedo insist on interfering now?! Is Gedo not over Okada yet? Wait, Yujiro Takahashi attacks! Tokyo Pimp drags Okada up to the fireman’s carry, MIAMI SHINE!! Is this how much Bullet Club hates Okada?! Both Okada and Evil are down as Gedo and Yujiro leave, Red Shoes completely unaware of what just happened. The fans rally up, and Evil starts to stir. The rallying keeps going as Evil drags himself up the ropes. Okada starts to stir, Evil flounders about and heads for Okada.
Evil brings Okada up, runs, and LARIATS! Cover, TWO?!?! Okada still lives!! This is how much getting back to the IWGP Heavyweight Championship means to him! Evil staggers over again and drags Okada back up. He spins Okada, EVERYTHING- NO! Okada blocks the STO, elbows free then ROCKS Evil with a EuroUpper! Evil still fireman’s carries Okada! Okada slips off, and gets DEEP IN DEBT! Okada leans on Evil but Evil fights his way back up. Evil powers Okada back and Red Shoes gets sandwich’d! Evil wants his STO, Okada spins out to spin, but still no Rainmaker as Evil catches him! Okada blocks the STO again, wants his clutch, but Evil MULE KICK LOW BLOWS!
Evil staggers over, trips Okada up, and gives him the EVIL STOMP!! Okada’s gems are crushed! Evil hobbles over, drags Okada up as Red Shoes revives, and spins for EVERYTHING IS EVIL!!! Cover, Evil wins?!!?
Winner: EVIL, by pinfall; 2020 New Japan Cup Champion
What a shocking turn of events! Okada survives the strangest screw job attempt, but he cannot survive the darkness! Evil takes the Cup and is going to challenge Naito! LIJ will face LIJ at Dominion! Evil takes a mic to speak to the crowd. Didn’t he tell you the winner of the Cup would be evil? “Oi, Naito. Get out here.” He’s calling out his own faction leader…! And so, Naito appears! The Double Champion smirks as he brings both his IWGP Heavyweight and Intercontinental Championships to the ring. Naito gets his own mic and congratulates the King of Darkness. LIJ is about to have a title match against itself. Naito tells him to bring it on, cabron.
Naito waits for the LIJ fist bump, but Evil gives a TOO SWEET?! EVERYTHING IS EVIL!! Evil has just changed teams?! That explains Gedo and Tokyo Pimp! And speaking of, they, Jado and Taiji Ishimori come out and applaud Evil’s actions! Evil STOMPS the LIJ baseball cap!! Bullet Club is Evil, and they Low Sweet over Naito! Then Evil starts stomping Naito! LIJ rushes the ring! They defend their leader from someone who used to be their ally! Now that it’s LIJ VS Bullet Club for Dominion, what does this mean for the future of NJPW?
An incredible way to cap off the New Japan Cup and also set up Dominion! I was a little torn with what to include, but I’m glad I went with both the 8 Man and 6 Man tag matches. Sorry, Grand Master Wato. Suzuki-Gun is really putting the screws to the Golden Aces, and though they win, the Golden Aces stand tall. NJPW keeps the math muddy so it really could go either way for the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships. LIJ had a great win in the Six Man but naturally Sho is still going strong. Sho and Shingo are going to have a killer NEVER Openweight Championship match and I still can’t be sure who gets the win. Shingo ended up with a long dual Openweight reign because of the lockdowns, but he needs to actually build his reign with strong defenses to make it feel the same.
Okada VS Evil was very plotting and methodical, but issues of pace make some sense because these two have made it all the way to the end, so they’d be sore and beat up. It was all great, and in the moment the Bullet Club joining in made no sense though it could also have branched into Okada and Chaos VS Bullet Club all over again. Evil winning was still perfectly surprising, but what a shock for Evil to be leaving LIJ! Evil is Bullet Club now, and what a shock if he finds a way to win against Naito. LIJ VS Bullet Club sounds great, too, but there’s something I’m sure they’ll address: What happens to the NEVER Openweight Six Man titles? Evil is one of the champions! Will his spot be vacated and another member of LIJ steps up? Maybe that’s something for New Japan Road to handle, too. All in all, this is great creativity from NJPW in the restart of their year.
My Score: 9.5/10
Mathew’s AJPW Champion Carnival Results & Review: Day 4 (4/17/2021)
AJPW is back with Day 4 of the Champion Carnival and Mathew is back as well! Will Zeus stay undefeated? Check it out!
Hello everyone and you read it right, I have returned and ready to get the show on the road. I wanna thank Andrew for covering the first three days of the Carnival while I was on vacation while also dealing with laptop issues. Should be getting a new computer soon but in the meantime, gonna abuse this old laptop as much as I can till it happens. All Japan’s memorable time of the year, the Champion Carnival is currently underway and I’m here to take over the 6 remaining days.
It’s been a fun three shows so far and let’s see if the rest can deliver. Will Zeus remain undefeated?
Let’s find out as we…dive right in.
Star Rating System:
- 0 Stars: Dave Meltzer
- 1 Star: Vince Russo
- 2 Stars: Tony Schiavone
- 3 Stars: Eric Bischoff
- 4 Stars: Bruce Prichard
- 5 Stars: Jim Cornette
Champion Carnival 2021 Match
Shotaro Ashino vs. Kohei Sato
Review: Time for our first match-up as Shotaro Ashino takes on Kohei Sato. Ashino is in a bit of turmoil ever since he lost Enfants Terribles and only has one victory under his belt while losing his first two matches. Sato has a steady record as he only has one win and loss under his belt, and a win here would put him in the middle of the rankings. Can Ashino win two in a row or does he fall behind again?
These two started with some chain wrestling but it appears to be a stalemate as they transition into a chop battle, where Sato is winning. I know Sato may not look like much in a physical sense but he can deliver some stiff shots to you, so definitely wanna be careful when in the ring with this guy. Ashino did try to make a comeback with a European Uppercut but Sato forearms him down. In the grand scheme of things, Shotaro being on his own is a much better path for him since he was mostly known as Wrestle-1’s guy and leader of this group, and now that he doesn’t have them and is now a babyface, it’s a fresher start for him to see what he can do on his own.
Sato appears to be heading towards Ashino and it was the opening Shotaro needed to hit a Dragon Screw, making Sato go down and this is where he will shine. Shotaro with the Gutwrench but Sato kicked out. Shotaro going in with the leg work to try and weaken it for the Ankle Lock later but Sato grabbed the ropes. Shotaro ran the ropes but Sato catches him with a knee to the gut, gaining control of the match once again while delivering kicks to the chest and midsection. Sato went for the Brainbuster but Ashino reversed it, hitting a German Suplex as he goes for the cover but once Sato kicked out, Ashino quickly turned it into the Ankle Lock! Sato would eventually get to the ropes and Shotaro is forced to let go of the hold. Shotaro tried to get the ankle again but Sato punched him in the gut and it leads to an exchange of blows till Sato won that battle, topping it off with a Falcon Arrow as Shotaro kicked out at two! It wouldn’t last much longer as Sato quickly picked him up to hit the Drill-a-Hole Piledriver, getting the victory over Ashino. I know people are frustrated with how Ashino has been booked since arriving at All Japan but all it takes is patience, he’s basically started over and getting the slow build back up.
Rating: Eric Bischoff and a quarter.
Champion Carnival 2021 Match
Suwama vs. Koji Doi
Review: Time for our next match as Koji Doi takes on the Triple Crown Champion, Suwama. Suwama currently only has one win under his belt with two losses, so it’s a better record than last year but he still needs to find a way to get back up on the totem pole. Koji has the same record as the champ but a victory here would gain a lot of momentum. Will the champ prevail or does Koji pull an upset?
Loo at Koji getting the first advantage with a couple of shoulder tackles to the champ and oh wait, never mind, Suwama double chopped him and now has him in the corner. Suwama Irish-whips him into the corner but Koji reversed it as Suwama attempts a Lariat as Koji blocked it and hits his arm with a Codebreaker, turning it into a Fujiwara Armbar. After being forced to let go, Koji responds by stomping on his arm and having it through the ropes to pull on it. Koji Doi is someone I’ve always considered to be an underrated talent and glad he’s getting the opportunity on a bigger platform than Wrestle-1.
Suwama makes a comeback after hitting a flying shoulder tackle to get Koji down. Suwama then throws him into the corner to hit a Lariat before pulling him in for a Belly-to-Belly Suplex but Koji kicked out at two. Suwama called for the Last Ride but Koji was able to flip him over, leading the two to exchange blows until Koji tossed him into the ropes for a side slam. Koji delivered a Dropkick and would attempt to lift him but the champ refused to go up, causing Koji to just knock him down with a Lariat. Koji went for the Murder Lariat but Suwama catches him with a Belly-to-Belly Suplex, then gets him for a German, and then a Discus Lariat for good measure. Suwama hits the Backdrop but Koji got up to fight through the pain but Suwama applies the Sleeper Hold and Koji is out, giving Suwama the victory!
Rating: Eric Bischoff
Champion Carnival 2021 Match
Jake Lee vs. Shinjiro Otani
Review: Halfway through the day as Zero1’s Shinjiro Otani takes on the leader of TOTAL ECLIPSE, Jake Lee. Jake Lee has made quite the transformation ever since he turned heel and took Enfants Terribles from Ashino, he has developed a whole new persona since then and it seems to be the change he needed to show he’s a top star. Can Jake bounce back from his first loss or will he lose two in a row?
There appears to be an issue under the ring as the referee and announcer go check on it before starting the match, guess a bar or piece of wood popped out. Now the match is underway with Jake delivering some stomps down on Otani but would eventually get tossed over the ropes. Otani would deliver some stomps of his own after getting Lee back into the ring, just stomping away at him into the corner until Jake tripped him, delivering more stomps onto him. Jake is wrestling a completely different style compared to how we’re used to seeing him and it works for his new persona. He delivers it well and this whole tournament is a great way to showcase his new self. Jake delivered stiff kicks to the midsection and Otani would eventually catch his foot to hit it with an elbow and leg sweep him off his feet.
Jake grabbed Otani’s head and delivered multiple knees to his head but Otani would eventually counteract with a German Suplex. Otani went for a palm strike but Jake delivered a knee to the gut and then one more knee to the back of his head after getting him down. Jake delivered a couple more knee shots to Otani as he’s laughing maniacally to the crowd before he went to pick him up to hit his new finisher, the D4C, which is a delayed vertical drop Brainbuster. Jake crossed Otani’s arms while covering him and gets the victory. If this is how Jake Lee is going to be, this may very well be the trigger to make him the next Triple Crown Champion.
Rating: Eric Bischoff and a quarter
Champion Carnival 2021 Match
Zeus vs. Yuma Aoyagi
Review: It’s now time for our main event as Purple Haze leader and last year’s winner, Zeus takes on NEXTREAM’s own Yuma Aoyagi. Zeus is currently the only one that remains undefeated in the tournament so far and a win here would help secure himself closer to the winner of the tournament. Yuma only has one win under his belt but a victory here can stop Zeus and remain strong in the game. Does Zeus remain undefeated or will Yuma be his first loss?
It’s good to see that Zeus is still a snacc, Mathew likes. Yuma failed to challenge Zeus in raw power after being tackled down but Yuma could still try to outsmart him as he had Zeuss over the top ropes and Dropkicked him to get him to the outside. 2021 has been a great year for Yuma, winning the tag titles for the first time, delivering solid matches at the beginning of the year, this little resurgance this past year has been a big plus for Yuma since he was falling behind in terms of star power. They fight outside briefly but Zeus would deliver his beautiful chops to hurt his chest and tossed Yuma back into the ring. When you think about it, Zeus is still undefeated from last year’s Carnival as well, so has that undefeated Carnival record carried over from his victory to this upcoming one, so it makes sense for Zeus to look as dominating as possible during this tournament.
Yuma got back into it when hitting a Crossbody onto Zeus but would kick out at one. Yuma tossed Zeus into the ropes but Zeus would hit a Flying Clothesline instead as the two are down but Zeus is getting up first, lifting him up for a Bearhug and tossed him over. Zeus calls for the Chokeslam but Yuma fights him off, delivering an below to the face and as he ran the ropes, he ducked under Zeus to hit a German Suplex. Yuma climbed to the top rope but Zeus chops him before coming up to hit a Superplex as the two men go down. Zeus hits the Chokeslam this time and climbs to the top rope to hit a Frog Splash but Yuma kicked out at two! Zeus quickly went for the Facelock and looks like he could tap but Yuma had his foot on the rope. Zeus called for the Jackhammer but Yuma reversed it into a German Suplex but Zeus quickly got up to attempt a Lariat, however, Yuma ducked again to hit another German. Yuma has the End Game locked in but Zeus was close enough to grab the rope, and break the hold. Zeus went for a Lariat but Yuma ducked as they ran the ropes, making Zeus hit the Lariat this time as Yuma was turned inside out. Zeus went for one more Lariat as Yuma reversed it into a Crucifix Pin and gets the surprising victory over Zeus! Big win for Yuma and Zeus is no longer undefeated.
Rating: Eric Bischoff and a half.
Overall: While none of the matches were mind blowing, everything was still solid. Nothing crazy or over the top, just solid and basic wrestling for this night. Hopefully tomorrow will deliver something different. We had two people in the top spot and two people who are one loss away from being eliminated.
Favorite Match: Zeus vs. Yuma Aoyagi
Least Favorite Match: Suwama vs. Koji Doi
Champion Carnival Standings:
- Zeus: (3-1) (6 Points)
- Jake Lee: (3-1) (6 Points)
- Shuji Ishikawa: (2-1) (4 Points)
- Kohei Sato: (2-1) (4 Points)
- Yuma Aoyagi: (2-2) (4 Points)
- Suwama: (2-2) (4 Points)
- Kento Miyahara: (1-2) (2 Points)
- Shinjiro Otani: (1-2) (2 Points)
- Koji Doi: (1-3) (2 Points)
- Shotaro Ashino: (1-3) (2 Points)
Mitchell’s WWE 205 Live Results & Report! (4/16/21)
Will Retro take down The Premier?
Tony Nese defends that 205 Live is still HIS show!
The Premier Athlete says he IS Mr. 205 Live, but that could all change! Will August Grey lead the way for the purple ‘n’ orange?
- Ashante “Thee” Adonis VS Jake Atlas; Atlas wins.
- August Grey VS Tony Nese; Grey wins.
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Ashante “Thee” Adonis VS Jake Atlas!
The Braggadocios learned savvy from THE Brian Kendrick, but in a roundabout way, the Muscle of El Monte learned aggression from The Psycho Killer! Who puts the lessons learned into practice now that WWE is past WrestleMania?
The bell rings and Atlas circles with Adonis. Fans rally as they approach, and Adonis gives a testing kick to the arm. Atlas shakes that off but Adonis kicks him again. Atlas eggs Adonis on, then swats the kick to wrench the arm! Atlas YANKS the arm, wrenches to an elbow breaker then clamps down on it. Adonis gets up but Atlas brings him back down. Adonis reverses the armlock but Atlas reverses it back. Adonis rolls Atlas but Atlas shifts right back to the armlock. Fans rally, Adonis fights up but Atlas shoves him away to then arm-drag on the rebound! Atlas grinds the arm, Adonis fights up, but Atlas whips Adonis to arm-drag again!
Atlas goes after the arm and wrangles Adonis back down. Adonis fights up but Atlas whips, only for Adonis to fake the arm-drag out! Adonis KNEES Atlas in the side, but Atlas shoves him! Adonis shoves back, they lock up and go around! They end up on ropes, the ref has them break. Adonis swings, Atlas ducks it but Adonis returns the favor. Adonis back suplexes, Atlas lands on his feet, slides under and runs, but into a LARIAT! Adonis seethes as he stalks Atlas to a corner, and then RAMS his shoulder in! Adonis throws EuroUppers, follows Atlas and throws more EuroUppers! Atlas CHOPS back! And CHOPS again!
Atlas CLUBS Adonis, CHOPS him in a corner, but Adonis kicks back! Adonis ROCKS Atlas in the corner, CHOPS him, and then whips him corner to corner. Atlas reverses but Adonis reverses back, only to miss in the corner! Atlas WRINGS the arm out, then goes up top! Atlas aims, but Adonis trips up the cartwheel! Atlas is stuck on the top rope, AIRDROP sends Atlas to the floor! Adonis goes out to fetch Atlas, and RAM him into boards! Adonis SLAMS Atlas’ arm into the steel steps! Adonis gets Atlas up an din the ring at 7 of 10, then covers, TWO! Atlas toughs it out and fans rally up as he crawls for ropes. Adonis gets the arm first, wrenches it, and uppercuts the triceps!
Adonis WRINGS Atlas’ arm in return, then covers, TWO! Atlas grits his teeth but Adonis is after the arm! Adonis wants a Fujiwara but Atlas turns it to a cover, TWO! Adonis still has the arm, shifts around and goes for the Fujiwara again! Atlas endures as Adonis bends the arm back, and he powers up to get around. Atlas throws body shots, Adonis CLUBS the arm, repeat! Adonis bumps Atlas off buckles, but Atlas elbows back! Atlas boots the clothesline away then back kicks, ax kicks and BOOTS Adonis! Adonis resists the waistlock and elbows free! Atlas EuroUppers Adonis, then rallies with clotheslines! Atlas spins Adonis to WHEEL KICK! Adonis staggers into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Cover, TWO!!
Atlas couldn’t hold Adonis down because of the bad arm! Atlas tastes his own blood in his mouth but that only fires him up! Fans rally as Atlas climbs a corner, but Adonis intercepts with a forearm! Adonis goes up, he and Atlas brawl up top but Atlas ROCKS Adonis! Adonis comes back to ROCKET LAUNCH Atlas down! Atlas slowly rises, Adonis climbs up and leaps, BIG CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Atlas survives and Adonis is growing frustrated. Adonis kicks Atlas to the apron. Adonis stands Atlas up, rolls him through the ropes, TWO! Adonis back drops but Atlas sunset flips, TWO! KNEE TRIGGER! And a ROLLING ELBOW!
Atlas GOURD BUSTERS Adonis to the drop zone, then goes up top. Atlas hits the CARTWHEEL DDT!! Cover, Atlas wins!
Winner: Jake Atlas, by pinfall
It seems Old Man Ciampa’s lessons paid off! Will Atlas lift himself up towards a title opportunity now that Santos Escobar isn’t the champion?
August Grey VS Tony Nese!
#RetroAG finally got payback on Daivari Dinero, then was weirdly congratulated by him after defeating Adonis a few weeks ago. Will Daivari congratulate Grey again when he defeats Daivari’s fellow 205 Live OG? Or will the Premier Athlete prevent the new wave from taking over his brand?
Well Daivari is showing which side he’s on by accompanying Nese to the ring! Though he does get left hanging on that fist bump. Daivari joins commentary as the bell rings and Grey circles with Nese. They tie up, Nese waistlocks and slams Grey down! Nese then flexes on Grey, but fans are on Grey’s side as he and Nese circle again. Grey and Nese tie up, Grey waistlocks, but Nese hooks a leg to get the drop toehold. Nese floats to a facelock but Grey slips out to a hammerlock. Grey reels Nese in, Nese resists but Grey wrenches a wristlock to then headlock. Nese tries but can’t power out as Grey grinds him down. Nese tries again but Grey still holds on tight!
Nese fights up, powers out, and things speed up. Nese hurdles, Grey headlocks to the takeover! Fans cheer as Nese endures another grind. Nese fights up, powers Grey to a corner, and the ref counts. Nese is set free but he whips Grey corner to corner. Grey goes up and over and hits another headlock takeover! Nese pushes with forearms but Grey grinds the headlock. Nese fights up, fans rally and Nese powers out. Grey goes up and over again but Nese goes up and over, too! Nese does jumping jacks just to show off. Grey runs, into an arm-drag, but he gets the headlock! Nese rolls Grey off but Grey does the jumping jacks in return!
Grey side-steps Nese, blocks the hip toss and dodges the clothesline to headlock again. Nese counters as he back suplexes Grey down! Nese kicks and stomps Grey around, covers, TWO! Nese grows annoyed as he gets Grey up and kicks him in the stomach! Fans rally for Grey but Nese hauls Grey up in a pump handle! Grey slips free, drop toeholds Nese onto ropes, then dials it up for a SLIDING STRADDLE! Grey ROCKS Nese with an uppercut, then climbs up, SHORYUKEN from Nese! Grey is stuck on the ropes, Nese runs in to TOP SHELF KICK, to the fireman’s carry and GUTBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Nese stomps Grey down and then looms over him.
Nese soaks up heat from the fans as he kicks Grey in the side. Nese whips Grey hard into the corner and Grey bounces off buckles! Nese flexes on Grey again and Daivari cheers the peak. Nese kicks Grey to a corner, Grey hits back with body shots! Grey throws haymakers but Nese hits a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Nese goes to a corner and unties a buckle pad? The ref stops him before he can finish, and Grey trips Nese up! Grey gives Nese a taste of his own medicine, catapult into that buckle! Roll up and cover, TWO! Grey CHOPS Nese, whips but Nese reverses to then slide and pump handle, for the scoop and DRIVER! Cover, TWO!!
Grey survives but Daivari says Nese’s got this. Grey gets to a corner, Nese storms over to give him kicks in the ribs! Grey throws body shots and forearms and a CHOP! Nese runs into a back elbow, Grey boots but that’s blocked. Nese throws the foot down but Grey ROCKS him! Grey runs to RANA, then CLOBBER Nese! Grey goes for a gut wrench, Nese back drops but Grey sunset flips! Nese rolls through to back KICK Grey down! Cover, TWO!! Grey survives but Nese puts on the squeeze! Grey endures, pries the feet apart but Nese shifts to a headlock. Nese knees Grey, then talks trash. Nese pushes Grey around but fans taunt Nese, “You Still Suck!” Grey CHOPS Nese, then JABS! CHOP! JAB!
Nese puts Grey in a corner but Grey dodges to CHOP and stomp away! Grey fires off hands, the ref counts and Grey stops at 4. Grey whips, Nese reverses but Grey comes back to LARIAT! Grey spins Nese to hit a jawbreaker, to NECKBREAKER! Grey handsprings and fans fire up with him! Daivari doesn’t like the showboating, but Nese throws Grey to the apron. Grey ROCKS Nese in return, then goes up top! Tightrope CROSSBODY! Grey rains down rights and then ROCKS Nese again! Grey hits the EXTRA LARGE BACK SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! Daivari says it takes more than that to stop the Premier Athlete, the 205 Live OG! Grey gets up, brings Nese up but Nese throat chops!
Grey gasps, Nese talks trash, and then Nese runs with Grey, but Grey blocks the hotshot! Grey shoulders but into a kick! Nese slingshots, into a HOTSHOT CUTTER! Grey gets Nese in, for another Extra Large, but Nese lands on his feet! Nese gets a cover, TWO! Nese mule kicks, front kicks, knee lifts and enziguris! Nese whips, uses that to slide, but Grey rolls through to SUPERKICK! Nese tumbles out, Grey DIVES! Direct hit and Nese is sent flying over the announce desk! Fans fire up and Daivari has to get out of his seat because of that. Grey gets back to the ring, the ring count is 5 of 10! It keeps going, 7 of 10 but Nese is still down. Will Grey learn from last time?
NOPE! Grey goes out at 9 because he wants to win this in the ring! Daivari brings up how that messed him up with Mansoor, but Grey tells him to shut up. Nese rolls Grey up, but Grey turns it around! Grey wins!!
Winner: August Grey, by pinfall
What was that about messing up? Grey won “the right way,” but Daivari says it was just dumb luck! Will AG keep getting the better of the OG on 205 Live?
A very fun, very good 205 Live to get back to new content after WrestleMania. Atlas VS Adonis was a very good match, started to feel like the early days of 205 Live that we just relived last week. Atlas and Adonis being names from Greek myth, I kinda want them to try being a team at some point. Though at the same time, that feels like something early 2000’s WWE would do and maybe it’s best if they don’t? Who knows, maybe give it a try, see if something comes of it.
Grey VS Nese was also really good, and the story that’s building with Grey and these OG is pretty good. Daivari on commentary was explaining how Grey winning against Adonis with the feet on ropes was a twinkling of him being compatible with Daivari & Nese, who are solidly Heel. But Grey resisting that and doing things the solidly Face way is a good story in itself, so I hope this is how Grey builds himself up to at least try for the Cruiserweight Championship. Grey’s got a lot of innovative moves, as well, so I’d definitely be okay with seeing him try those with Kushida, maybe even Swerve and Ruff.
My Score: 8.2/10
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