NXT continues to heat up the summer!
The Great American Bash is over but the fireworks are still going! Will this still be Io Shirai’s NXT after defending her title against Tegan Nox?
- Cameron Grimes VS Damian Priest; Priest wins.
- Shotzi Blackheart VS Indi Hartwell; Hartwell wins.
- NXT and North American Championship Winner Take All Match: Keith Lee VS Dominik Dijakovic; Lee wins and retains the NXT and North American Championships.
- Timothy Thatcher VS Denzel Dejournette; Thatcher wins.
- NXT Women’s Championship: Io Shirai VS Tegan Nox; Shirai wins and retains the NXT Women’s Championship.
PLAY BY PLAY
Keith Lee is now the first ever DOUBLE CHAMPION in NXT history as he holds both the North American Championship and THE NXT Championship simultaneously! “This makes me not just a moment maker, not just a prophecy ender. Today, I am a history maker.” Johnny Gargano says Keith Lee did make history, but he won’t have too long to bask in it. Finn Balor says that the only thing Keith achieved was becoming the biggest target in NXT history. Damian Priest looks forward to taking some of the weight off Keith’s shoulders. Cameron Grimes says he is taking BOTH championships! Timothy Thatcher “wishes” the champion luck.
And even Kushida, Bronson Reed, Danny Burch, Oney Lorcan, Tyler Breeze, Fandango, Malcolm Bivens, Tehuti Miles, Ever-Rise, Tony Nese, El Legado del Fantasma, Drake Maverick and Dexter Lumis (though silently) all congratulate him. But Karrion Kross says, “Ticktock.” Who will be the first to step to this first-ever Double NXT Champion?
Keith Lee is here!
The Limitless Champion brings both belts to the ring as the crowd goes wild! Keith grabs a mic but takes a moment to enjoy the crowd sing “Oh~ Bask in His Glory!” and chant “N X LEE!” Keith smiles and says, “That is beautiful. Like a choir!” But there’s something more he needs. Ms. Alicia, can he hear the announcement one more time, please? “Please welcome, the North American and NEW NXT Champion~! Keith, LEE~!” That’s beautiful, thank you so much.
Keith admits he is at a crossroads. He understands the past few months have been difficulty and trying. All of us have had our struggles and tough times, sadness and suffering. Keith understands more than anyone, the losses, the hurt and the pain. He wants the fans at home to know something. This ring Keith stands in, “there’s something so incredibly special that can occur when we are in this ring and I am standing here before you, because I can feel it right now.” Not just the crowd here, not just Ms. Alicia, but when Keith stands here with these two titles. “And now, I stand here before you as not just your North American Champion. No, no, no, no, no. Also NXT Champion.”
But he wants to highlight the fact that he is not in disbelief or fooled himself. He has enjoyed this, celebrated it, but he is back to reality. And the reality is, there’s an entire locker room, some supporters and friends, some just straight-up enemies. They all want the same opportunity he managed to earn. SO in the mood of celebration, Keith celebrates the understanding: “This wasn’t done on my own. Opportunity created this. Chances created this.” Keith understands he isn’t a self-made man, there’s no such thing as that. He has to acknowledge Tim Brooks was more than just a trainer. Brooks was like a father who was there when no one else was, and he believed in Keith when no one else did!
And it doesn’t stop there! Keith didn’t do this alone. The fans made sure that when he came here, he was welcomed with the most opened arms! They told the people about Limitless Keith Lee, and would sing with all their passion, love and energy, “Oh Bask in His Glory!” Guess what? Now the world does! Keith thanks the fans but that’s not all! There is still one more person Keith must point out as playing a pivotal part. Keith saw this man backstage, and he knows that this person might be trying to decide what he’s doing with his WWE career, but Keith feels like maybe, just maybe, he can be of help. Keith is celebrating for Brooks, for the fans, and now he’d like to talk with his “Number one frenemy,” Dominik Dijakovic!
And so the Croatian Colossus appears! Dijakovic joins Keith in the ring with a mic of his own, and says no one on this planet is prouder for Keith than him. But this isn’t about Dijakovic, this is Keith’s moment. No, no, Keith disagrees. Keith feels this is also about Dijakovic, because it is about both of them. Dijakovic doesn’t realize it, but Keith’s line of “not being self made” means this: The matches these two have had is one of the things that propelled Keith to the opportunities. Dijakovic is the one individual that has truly tested Keith’s limits. With that in mind, the best way to represent these titles is with competition. Keith talked with Mr. William Regal, and upon a suggestion, it has been made. The first challenger for these titles will be Dijakovic.
Dijakovic can’t believe it. These titles together? Absolutely! When? Keith figured he’d say that. The best way to honor competition is with the best competition. Keith’s idea would be… Well, Keith is dressed, so how about tonight?! Dijakovic isn’t dressed, however, and he hesitates to answer. Keith wants him to just say yes. The crowd wants to see it! Then Dijakovic says yes! Double fist bumps for a double championship showdown! Will Keith and Dijakovic put on another instant classic in this historic first defense?
Cameron Grimes VS Damian Priest!
The Carolina Caveman calls himself the #1 contender to the NXT double championship prize, but he has to actually earn that right. Now that the Archer of Infamy is 100%, will things be very different from their previous showdown?
Grimes rushes Priest to surprise him, but Priest BOOTS Grimes down! The ref keeps Priest back to check on Grimes, Grimes wants this fight so the bell rings. Grimes fires off body shots and fast hands but Priest gives knees. Priest throws Grimes into buckles, clubs and stomps away, but lets up at the ref’s count of 4. He drags Grimes up by his vest and hair to throw him back into buckles. Priest hits a leaping back elbow, then goes corner to corner for another! Grimes staggers, Priest runs in again, spinning heel kick! Grimes is down and Priest eggs him on. Priest kicks Grimes out, follows after, but Priest elbows him back!
Grimes gets in the ring, Priest climbs up the apron, and Priest dodges Grimes’ counter attack to ROUNDHOUSE him away! Priest climbs the ropes to leap in, into Grimes’ SUPERMAN FOREARM! Priest bails out, Grimes runs and wrecks him with a dropkick! Grimes drags Priest up and into the ring, and then throws Priest into buckles! Grimes scoops Priest and swings him for a side slam! Cover, TWO! Grimes grows frustrated but he drags Priest up by his hair. Grimes says “You don’t mess with Cameron Grimes!” He rams his shoulder into Priest again and again, then whips him to the ropes. Grimes dropkicks Priest down, covers, TWO! Grimes grows further frustrated and NXT goes picture in picture.
Priest sits up so Grimes KICKS him in the back! Grimes drags Priest up to kick him more, and he stomps a leg in the corner. The ref counts, Grimes throws forearms but Priest throws them back. They brawl, Grimes digs his fingers into Priest’s face! Priest falls out of the ring and tries to see, and Grimes trash talks the crowd. Grimes drags Priest back up and DECKS him! Grimes goes to the apron to KNEES Priest away! Priest staggers around the corner, Grimes throws him into barriers! Grimes grimaces as he drags Priest back up and into the ring. Grimes clubs away on Priest at the apron, then follows after. Grimes wrenches Priest and drags him down to the armlock. Priest endures the grind as Grimes grinds his teeth.
Priest fights up against the hold but Grimes chinbars to wrangle Priest down! Grimes makes the hold part straitjacket but Priest keeps fighting. Priest sits up, fights back but Grimes knees low. Grimes whips Priest hard into a corner! Priest crawls, Grimes KNEES him into the ropes! Grimes grinds his forearm on Priest’s face but lets up at the ref’s count. Grimes pushes Priest around, then stands on his head in the corner. Grimes backs off to drag Priest up again. Priest breaks free to throw heavy elbows! Grimes gets under and around to ROUNDHOUSE Priest in the back! Grimes kicks Priest into another corner, then brings him up for forearms.
Priest fires up as Grimes keeps hitting him. Priest hits back and the two brawl back and forth! Priest wobbles, Grimes gets the edge, ROCKS Priest, but takes too long taunting and Priest comes back with forearms of his own! NXT returns to single picture as Grimes slips around and scoops, but Priest slips out to ear clap! Boot and several kicks, then furious forearms and a LARIAT! Grimes is in a daze as Priest drags him back up. Grimes slips out below but Priest runs into the corner, but the back elbow misses! Grimes runs, and clotheslines Priest out hard! Grimes keeps moving, but Priest dodges the baseball slide to choke grip. Grimes slips out of that and forearms the back. He comes back, to get ROCKED by another right!
Priest drags Grimes up as the ring count climbs. He crucifix lifts, for an APRON CRUCIFIX BOMB! Priest refreshes the count, brings Grimes back in and takes aim. Spinning roundhouse misses, Grimes lifts but Priest elbows free. Grimes O’Conner rolls instead, TWO! Grimes ends up in a corner, comes back, LIFTING COMPLETE SHOT! Cover, TWO!! Priest can’t believe Grimes lives, but he looks to change that. Priest drags Grimes up by his beard, dragon sleepers, but no reckoning as Grimes cradle counters! TWO, Grimes ducks the lariat and turns Priest’s counter into the COLLISION COURSE! Cover, TWO!! Priest still lives and Grimes is beside himself! Grimes gets to ropes while Priest sits up and the crowd rallies up.
Grimes wants Priest to stand up. “you’re not gonna stop Cameron Grimes!” He SLAPS Priest, but Priest DECKS him! Priest has Grimes’ bear to throw furious fists! Grimes pushes and ROUNDHOUSES back! Grimes runs, but no Cave-In! Grimes gets stuck int he ropes, CYCLONE KICK from Priest! DRAPING RECKONING!! Cover, Priest wins!!
Winner: Damian Priest, by pinfall
The Archer of Infamy hit his mark and has his redemption in the rematch! Priest tells Keith and Dijakovic that he’s “real interested” in the results of tonight’s double title match. Will Priest continue on towards the two golden targets and take them from whoever reigns supreme?
Timothy Thatcher teaches another lesson.
“Hello, gentlemen. Welcome to another session of Thatch As Thatch Can.” Tonight’s lesson is what Oney Lorcan learned at The Great American Bash. For every submission, there is something to be learned. Fujiwara Armbar can be added even more pressure. The one being used as an example is tapping and cursing, and Thatcher says this is how he got Oney to “cry like a child.” Not only will you win, you will leave an impression that lasts a lifetime. Tapping is a lesson, but making your opponent cry is pure satisfaction. Class is over, get out. And put some ice on that arm.
Shotzi Blackheart VS Indi Hartwell!
It’s time to #TCB, Take Care o’ Business! Shotzi and her tank ran over the Robert Stone Brand’s, well, Robert Stone after he and Aliyah got in her face. Will Shotzi leave an impression on #Impressive Indi?
The bell rings and Indi rushes Shotzi, but Shotzi gets around to waistlock. Indi switches, Shotzi elbows back and shoulder breakers to an arm-drag. Indi runs back, Shotzi gives her an arm code breaker, then grabs the arms o kick away from the mat! Shotzi spins, rolls Indi to a cover, TWO! Shotzi kicks but Indi blocks and laughs at her. But Shotzi turns to trip Indi up! Indi kicks Shotzi away, but Shotzi BOOTS Indi away! Shotzi goes up and headscissors Indi into buckles! Shotzi runs side to side, but Indi dodges the attack to dropkick Shotzi to the outside! The crowd boos Indi but she drags Shotzi up and into the ring. Indi clubs Shotzi down then brings her up for haymakers. Cover, TWO!
Indi keeps her cool as she keeps on Shotzi. Indi whips and DECKS Shotzi then covers, TWO! Shotzi grits her teeth as Indi looms over her. Indi drags Shotzi up, whips and scoops for a sidewalk slam! Cover, TWO! Indi grabs Shotzi’s arms and pulls her back, knee in between the shoulders. Shotzi endures the stretch even as Indi changes it to a boot. The crowd rallies, Shotzi fights her way up, spins around and throws big forearms! Shotzi whips, Indi blocks to reverse, but Shotzi goes up and over. Shotzi runs back to corner splash! She rolls Indi, and SLING DOGS her down! The crowd rallies up as Shotzi KNEES then ROLLING ELBOWS! QUESTION MARK KICK! BOOT! Indi wobbles, Shotzi runs, CANNONBALL!
But here comes Robert Stone in a walking boot! He hobbles up the steps, Shotzi shining wizards Indi to a DDT from the corner! The ref and Stone argue, Shotzi climbs up, Aliyah appears out of nowhere to trip her up!! Shotzi crashes down, Indi runs in to BOOT her down! Cover, Indi wins!!
Winner: Indi Hartwell, by pinfall
The Robert Stone Brand were certainly a major factor here! Will Indi be their next impressive recruit? Is Shotzi only starting to suffer at the hands of Stone and Aliyah?
Backstage interview with Tegan Nox.
She is finishing her warm-up for her huge title match tonight, and was quoted as saying Io Shirai is the best female wrestler in the world. What will it take for Tegan to win? A wise man once said that when you come across an obstacle, you just jump over it. Shirai is that obstacle. The thing is, Tegan has traveled too far and done this for too long to not win. She will solidify her destiny, and is faster, stronger and shinier than she has ever been. She wants to be on the same level as her heroes, Kane and Molly Holly, and that means she must become champion. Tonight’s that tonight. Will that all come true later tonight?
NXT checks in with El Legado del Fantasma.
In a luxurious restaurant, Santos Escobar and his cohorts toast their first victory together at The Great American bash. And one more thing. This is to the end of Drake Maverick’s career. The only reason he has a job is because he cried on YouTube. Joaquin Wilde says, “To the little chihuahua.” Raul Mendoza adds that they need to do something about Breezango. Those two tried to make a joke out of lucha libre culture! Escobar says everyone will see “what happens when you try to mock the lucha libre culture.” The NXT Universe has it wrong. It isn’t some fiesta. It is an art. Exactly! And these three are the true artists. Look at Mendoza! The technical assassin! Look at Wilde! When he is in the air, that is the end of his opponent.
“The Cruiserweight Division was in desperate need of a leader.” Escobar took the Cruiserweight Championship from being a sideshow, to being the main show. “We are going to build our empire!” Sometimes, you have to tear things down to build it back up. They are El Legado del Fantasma. They are familia. But are they the true future of lucha libre and the Cruiserweight Division?
NXT and North American Championship Winner Take All Match: Keith Lee VS Dominik Dijakovic!
A historic first defense worthy of a main event anywhere is shockingly tonight’s halfway point! Will the Limitless One still simultaneous-Lee reign? Or will we have a shocker courtesy of some #BigGuyMagic?
The introductions are made, both titles are raised, and this titanic rematch for two titles begins!
Keith and Dijakovic circle as the crowd rallies already. The rivals know each other well as they keep circling, both perhaps wary of a grapple. They tie up with knuckle locks, go around and go shoulder to shoulder in a test of strength. It is a deadlock but Keith starts to back Dijakovic down to ropes. The ref counts, the two break and Keith lets Dijakovic move aside. They go again with an collar and elbow, and Lee backs Dijakovic to a corner. Dijakovic pushes back and they go along the ropes back and forth. The ref counts for the ropebreak, Dijakovic lets up and gives Keith space. The crowd cheers this good sportsmanship as the two circle again.
Keith and Dijakovic approach, tie up, go back to ropes and then off ropes to the other side of the ring. Keith has control, wrangles Dijakovic down and stands over him, but Dijakovic pushes Keith’s face. Keith stands on Dijakovic’s arm and holds the other one to throw it down! Dijakovic avoids the splash on his arm, and the elbow drop to follow, and then hurries to cover, ONE! The two stand off and the crowd is loving this even more. Both rivals smile and the crowd sings, “Oh~ Bask in His Glory~!” Dijakovic and Keith reset and Dijakovic offers a handshake. Keith trusts it, and they shake hands. But it’s Keith who reels Dijakovic in for a headlock!
Dijakovic endures the grind, pries at the hold, slips in and gets a headlock of his own. Keith endures the grind, powers out, and the two collide with shoulders! Neither moves, the two grin, and they try again. Still neither falls, so Dijakovic tries a third time. And a fourth time! And a fifth time! Still nothing, and the crowd is thunderous. Dijakovic nods his respect and wants another handshake. Keith still trusts it, but gets a CHOP for it! That might’ve been a mistake. Keith grins and GRIZZLY MAGNUM CHOPS Dijakovic off his feet! Keith drags Dijakovic to a drop zone and climbs up! Dijakovic stops him, torture racks him, but Keith slips off! Dijakovic says it was that close and Keith chuckles as NXT goes to break.
NXT returns as Dijakovic has Keith down in a chinlock! The crowd rallies as Keith endures and fights his way up. Keith pries at the hold but Dijakovic thrashes him around. Keith tries again, Dijakovic keeps cranking on the hold, but Keith fights up and breaks the grip! Dijakovic headbutts and clubs Keith down! Dijakovic facelocks, “TIME TO FLY, KEITH!” But Keith blocks the suplex, so Dijakovic throws body shots. Dijakovic keeps trying but Keith blocks. Dijakovic clubs but Keith breaks the facelock. Keith ROCKS Dijakovic with haymaker after haymaker, but Dijakovic swings back. Keith ducks, whips and follows to run Dijakovic over! And then POUNCES him to a corner!
Keith follows Dijakovic outside, runs but Dijakovic moves! Keith stops himself, remembering this from just last week with Adam Cole. Dijakovic sees Keith glaring at him and gets back in the ring. Keith follows, blocks the boot to ROCK Dijakovic again! Keith runs, but Dijakovic scoops for a sidewalk slam!? Cover, TWO!! The crowd is still thunderous as Keith and Dijakovic both catch their breath. Dijakovic slaps some focus into himself as he goes to a corner. Keith grits his teeth as he drags himself up with the ropes. Dijakovic runs but into Keith’s arms, for a DRAPING SIDEWINDER! Cover, TWO!! Dijakovic survives but Keith just grits his teeth again.
Keith drags Dijakovic up, puts him in a corner and hoists him to the top rope. The crowd rallies as Keith CHOPS Dijakovic then climbs up to join him. Keith sits Dijakovic up with a choke grip, but Dijakovic throws body shots back. Dijakovic headbutts Keith again and again, and again and again, until Keith flops to the mat! Dijakovic steadies himself, adjusts his position, and Keith stands for Dijakovic’s FLYING BLOCKBUSTER!! TWO!! Dijakovic keeps going, with a BOOT and rolling elbow! Dijakovic runs to spin, CYCLONE BOOT! Cover, TWO!! Dijakovic stays focused as he goes back up top. Dijakovic aims at “Keith Lee! Woop Woop!” and he leaps into GRIZZLY MAGNUM!
Lee pops Dijakovic up for the LIMITLESS SPINE BUSTER! Keith fires up, drags Dijakovic into a fireman’s carry, but Dijakovic elbows away. It’s not enough! BIG BANG CATASTROPHE!! Cover, Keith wins!!
Winner: Keith Lee, by pinfall (still NXT & North American Champion)
The rivalry raised the bar again, but it was still Keith Lee’s victory! Is he truly Limitless? Keith and Dijakovic are still good sports, and they hug it out. But wait, the lights start to dim. Scarlett is here! She has a satchel, and she brings it to the ring. She pours it out under the spotlight to reveal the broken pieces of the hourglass. Does Keith understand what is waiting for him in the near future? Will he have no choice but to #FallAndPray?
NXT returns with a backstage interview with Dominik Dijakovic.
An instant classic with Keith, but Dijakovic says Keith feels on a completely different level. Dijakovic saw Scarlett show up, sending a message for Karrion Kross. Kross is good, but he’s not Keith Lee good. However, Kross barges in, perhaps taking offense to that. Does he have something to say? Kross speaks in Serbian, “Yes. I will tear you apart, piece by piece.” Dijakovic dares him to do it. Dijakovic turns to leave, but Kross grabs at him, so Dijakovic shoves Kross into a door! The two start brawling in the backstage area, and Kross NORTHERN LIGHTS SUPLEXES Dijakovic over spare railing! Kross takes off his jacket and tie before kicking the railing away. “Ticktock!” Dijakovic is down, who else will feel his wrath?
Timothy Thatcher VS Denzel Dejournette!
Class is in session again, and the sadistic professor of pain looks to school another opponent. Will Denzel survive his Thatch As Thatch Can crash course?
The bell rings, Thatcher and Denzel tie up and go around. Thatcher pushes Denzel to the corner, Denzel pushes back to another corner, but Thatcher turns things around. Thatcher clubs Denzel but Denzel hits back. Thatcher hits again, then facelocks for a guillotine suplex! Float over, cover, ONE, and Denzel gets a leg pick and takedown! Denzel tries a cover, ONE, but Denzel keeps close to turn Thatcher over to another cover! ONE, but Denzle scrambles around to get a facelock of his own. Thatcher slips out, waistlocks, but Denzel switches. The two go around and Thatcher is after the arm! Thatcher knees and clubs Denzel down, clamps onto the head and cranks. Denzel slips up and out and they tie up again.
Thatcher arm-drags but Denzel has the chinlock! Thatcher gets up, throws Denzel down and has the leg. Denzel kicks him over and over but Thatcher still turns him for a Half Crab! Thatcher deeply twists that ankle and knee and Denzel taps! Thatcher wins!
Winner: Timothy Thatcher, by submission
Thatcher makes Denzel suffer a little longer but he lets up in the end. Thatcher then goes after the leg again because as we learned earlier tonight, tapping is the lesson, but everything else is for fun! Denzel taps as Thatcher has the heel hook Half Crab, but here comes Oney Lorcan! Lorcan CLOBBERS Thatcher and stomps away! The crowd cheers as Oney chases Thatcher out of the ring! Will Oney get extra credit with Mr. Thatcher?
Rhea Ripley tweets at NXT!
“No more dumpsters, no more time wasted, I’m OFFICIALLY done with Robert Stone Brand.” Rhea vows to get right back to the NXT Women’s Championship, and that means she will be watching tonight’s match very closely. Will the Aussie Nightmare return more brutal than ever?
NXT Media catches up with The Robert Stone Brand.
Rhea may be done with Stone, but it seems Stone isn’t done with Killian Dain. Stone apologizes for the coffee last week but he’s had a really rough week. But to be truthful, that coffee thing was all Shotzi’s fault! She knocked Aliyah into him and then the coffee flew into Keith. Aliyah hurries over to show Dexter Lumis’ newest artwork. It’s The Great American Bash highlights, from Mia Yim VS Candice LeRae to Keith Lee becoming double champion, to Dain and Shotzi humiliating Stone. Dain grabs the artwork and is furious at his part in it. Stone will make this up to Dain by getting him a match with Lumis! Stone promises to do just that! Stone pulled it off, Dain VS Lumis will have a first-ever match-up next week! Will Dain look to make Lumis into a bloody masterpiece of his own?
Another big match announced for next week!
After that confrontation backstage, Mr. Doomsday and the Croatian Colossus collide in the ring! Will Dijakovic cancel the apocalypse Kross promises for Keith Lee? Or will he simply be the first titan to fall?
NXT Women’s Championship: Io Shirai VS Tegan Nox!
The Evil Genius finally took over and made this HER NXT at TakeOver: In Your House. The Girl with the Shiniest Wizard has been on a comeback story like no other. Something’s gotta give as these two finally collide! Who takes this title further on into the summer as things heat up?
The introductions are made, Shirai slaps the handshake away, and we skip raising the title to ring the bell!
Shirai and Tegan circle, tie up, and then break. They go again as the crowd cheers. Shirai backs Tegan down, Tegan turns it around, and they end up in a corner. They go along the ropes to another corner, the ref counts, but they get out of the corner and Tegan throws Shirai down. Shirai keeps shoulders up as the two keep the collar and elbow. Tegan brings Shirai up to wristlock and wrench but Shirai spins and wrenches back. Tegan steps through, bridges back, handsprings and wrenches to a hammerlock. Shirai reaches back to headlock, then spins to hit the takeover! Tegan keeps her shoulders up, turns Shirai to a cover, TWO! Shirai keeps the headlock and grinds on it. Tegan tries again, TWO!
Shirai traps an arm but Tegan sits up. Shirai wrenches the arm, Tegan breaks through to drop toehold and lace up the legs. Tegan headlocks and cranks back. Shirai rolls but Tegan rolls it further, and they end up near ropes. They stand, the crowd rallies, and Shirai pries out to bring Tegan to a knee. Shirai gets the headlock back, Tegan fights up and pries out to arm-drag Shirai away! They both stand, Tegan arm-drags again, then side steps Shirai to table top, waistlock and roll for a bridging cover! TWO, but Tegan rolls Shirai up, TWO! Tegan bumps Shirai off buckles, stomps a mudhole, but Shirai hits back and gives those stomps in return! Shirai lets up as the ref counts, and she bumps Tegan off buckles.
Shirai stomps Tegan more, lets up at the ref counts again, and then trash talks Tegan. Shirai clubs and forearms Tegan, but Tegan turns things around to fire off forearms of her own! The ref counts, Tegan stomps but lets up to run. Shirai puts her on the apron but Tegan lands on her feet. Shirai runs and slides but Tegan gets away to the apron. Tegan aims but Shirai blocks the Penalty Kick to sweep the legs! Tegan crashes on the apron and Shirai grins as NXT goes to break.
NXT returns and Shirai has Tegan down in a chinlock. The crowd rallies up as Tegan fights to her feet. Shirai throws Tegan down by her hair! Shirai taunts Tegan and slaps her around. Tegan gets mad as Shirai keeps pushing. Tegan eggs Shirai on and Shirai pie faces Tegan, so Tegan throws forearms and uppercuts! Tegan whips Shirai but Shirai goes up and crossbodies, but Tegan catches her to make it a BRIDGING FALL AWAY! Cover, TWO! Tegan is surprised but fires up as she runs corner to corner. Shirai drop toeholds Tegan into buckles then stomps away! The ref counts, Shirai lets up, but she digs both boots in before the swinging meteora! Cover, TWO!
Shirai keeps her cool, and she stands on Tegan’s hands at the ropes! The ref counts, Shirai lets up at 4 and Tegan scrambles to another corner. Shirai wrenches an arm, stands on the hand then chinlocks Tegan. Shirai also pulls hair but stops when the ref reprimands. Tegan fights her way up, rolls Shirai up, TWO! Shirai kicks Tegan down then chokes her at the ropes with a deep headscissor hold! The ref counts again, Shirai lets up and Tegan gasps for air. Shirai scoops Tegan to slam her down, then she runs only to miss the elbow drop! Tegan crawls and stands, Oklahoma Roll, TWO! Shirai bumps shoulders and puts Tegan on the ropes.
Shirai stands Tegan up, CHOPS her, then brings her up for more! Shirai thrashes Tegan around but Tegan fights up to kick back. Tegan throws big forearms but Shirai throws them back! Tegan eggs Shirai on but Shirai throws her down by her hair! Handstand knee drop! Cover, TWO! Shirai grows annoyed with Tegan and stomps her around. Shirai drags Tegan up to dig her knee into Tegan’s head but lets up at the ref’s count. Shirai brings Tegan up but Tegan HEADBUTTS back! Tegan wobbles, runs, but into Shirai’s FLAPJACK! Cover, TWO! Shirai grows frustrated as NXT goes picture in picture.
Tegan checks her teeth but they’re still there. Shirai watches Tegan crawl to the corner, then brings her around to whip corner to corner. Shirai runs in but Tegan boots, only for Shirai to put the leg on the ropes. Shirai puts the other leg on the other rope, and then dropkicks the inner thighs! Tegan manages to free herself from the corner but Shirai stalks her again. Shirai throws the legs down hard on the mat, and Tegan hops and hobbles to the corner. Shirai sets the leg up in the ropes again to this time pull on it! The ref counts, Tegan kicks at Shirai, and Shirai lets go. Tegan hobbles away but has to flop down and check those knees.
Shirai goes after Tegan with clubbing forearms, but Tegan hits back. They go back and forth with big forearm shots, Shirai turns one around into a CROSSFACE! Tegan reaches around, crawls, endures, and manages to turn Shirai to a cover! TWO and Shirai still cranks on the crossface. Tegan scoots around again, ropebreak with her feet! Shirai lets go as NXT returns to single picture. Shirai stomps away on Tegan at the ropes, then springboards, but Tegan moves! The stomps get nothing but Shirai hurries after Tegan on the outside. Shirai KICKS Tegan down then clubs away on her back. Shirai whips, Tegan reverses, but Shirai stops herself from running into steps. Tegan runs at her but Shirai elbows her away! Shirai throws Tegan into the steps!
Shirai runs but Tegan moves, the Shinkansen crashes into the steel! Tegan drags Shirai up and into the ring, prepares the hand, and choke grips! But Shirai grabs the arm, Tegan resists the takedown, so Shirai throws big forearms instead! Shirai double underhooks, TIGER BACKBREAKER! But Shirai can’t cover because her own knee is in pain! The crowd rallies up, Shirai walks over but Tegan cradle counters, TWO! Shirai ducks around to GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Shirai steps on Tegan and goes to the corner, but Tegan trips her up! Shirai is in the Tree of Woe, Tegan runs corner to corner, but Tegan sees Shirai sitting up, so she EuroUppers Shirai in the back! Tegan goes again, to CANNONBALL into the Tree! Cover, ROPEBREAK!!
Tegan is beside herself but the crowd rallies up. Tegan CHOPS Shirai, and CHOPS and then rallies with clotheslines! She brings Shirai back up to whip, but Shirai reverses. Shirai runs in, Tegan goes up and over to uppercut back! Tegan sits Shirai down, runs and CANNON-BOARS! Shirai staggers while Tegan climbs, FLYING CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO!! Tegan wants to try again to make Kane proud! Choke grip, CHOKE SLAM! Cover, TWO!?! Shirai survives and Tegan doesn’t know what to make of it! Shirai crawls away but Tegan glares at her. Tegan runs in, corner uppercut! Tegan goes corner to corner, for another! And then corner to corner again, but Shirai dodges! Shirai waistlocks to CORNER GERMAN SUPLEX!
The crowd is thunderous again as Shirai goes corner to corner, SHINKANSEN! Shirai puts Tegan on the ropes, for the TIGER FEINT KICK! Tegan flounders, Shirai climbs up and leaps, missile dropkick! Tegan is in a daze as Shirai covers, TWO!! Tegan will not die! The crowd will not stop rallying, either, and both women slowly rise. Shirai drags Tegan into the underhooks but Tegan fights out to mule kick the bad leg! GOURD BUSTER! Tegan hurries up top as Shirai rises, MOLLY-GO-ROUND!! Cover, TWO!?!? The best moves of Tegan’s role models haven’t been enough, but she still has something of her own! SHINIEST- SHOTEI!! Then DESCENT INTO DARKNESS!! The Asai Moonsault hits, Shirai covers, Shirai wins!
Winner: Io Shirai, by pinfall (still NXT Women’s Champion)
The Evil Genius made some miscalculations here and there, but in the end, she has the result she wanted. But as Shirai makes her exit, she gets a BOOT from Dakota Kai!! The champion is down despite being victorious! Will #CobraKai do what her former friend just failed to and dethrone Shirai?
Another great episode, with a lot of great stuff not expected at all. Keith Lee giving Dominik Dijakovic a match for both titles was incredible for many reasons. For one, the match itself was incredible, real TakeOver worthy. Second, it implies NXT will do what NJPW is doing with the IWGP Heavyweight and Intercontinental Championships, in that both titles are defended at the same time yet they’re not unified. Scarlett had a good moment presenting the shattered hourglass to make it even more clear Kross will be coming for the titles. But Kross won’t go for the titles right away, and that’s a good thing. Kross and Dijakovic are going to have a great match, and that’s the path Kross needs to be on. Almost all the people we saw in the opening video congratulating yet warning Keith need to be on Kross’ lift for dream matches.
Priest and Grimes had a great rematch, but I figured Priest wins to stay even with Grimes. Maybe they have a tiebreaker that acts as a contender’s match, but again the winner runs into Kross first. Kross should be the conduit for tying many stories together, especially with both titles attached to each other right now. Shotzi’s story with the Robert Stone Brand isn’t over, and I’m surprised things deflected from Dain VS Stone to Dain VS Lumis. I know Rhea dodged a bullet of sorts not joining Stone’s brand, but is Dain really going to end up the replacement? Dain VS Lumis is still going to be a lot of fun but it just doesn’t add up to me. Indi Hartwell joining Robert Stone Brand would, after they helped her beat Shotzi. And then despite Rhea saying she’s done, I almost want to see Rhea and Shotzi have a tag match with Aliyah and Indi to establish a kayfabe restraining order or something. Plus, I feel like Shotzi and Rhea would be a great combination.
Thatcher and Dejournette had a great match, really scrappy and yet very technical. I’m glad to see Oney run out to go after Thatcher, and this makes for a great rivalry. I still want this Thatch As Thatch Can thing to become a faction to give a lot of unused names some real great shine, and they can have matches against Oney, Burch and whoever else Thatcher brutalizes, like Dejournette. El Legado del Fantasma had a really good promo, but did NO ONE check the audio? I had to crank the volume on the TV to get any of it. And lastly, the main event of Shirai and Nox was also worthy of TakeOver, Tegan looked incredible even in losing, but naturally Shirai wins to keep her long awaited reign going. Dakota’s boot outta nowhere was also an incredible way to end the episode. Shirai herself should go on a dream match run before ever even coming close to losing. Asuka had a great streak, Shayna had a great and at times too long of a streak, Shirai deserves no less.
My Score: 9.4/10
Mitchell’s WWE Survivor Series Results & Report! (11/26/22)
Survivor Series goes to war!
For the first time ever, WWE combines Survivor Series and The Match Beyond! Will The Bloodline still be standing after taking on five Brawling Brutes?
- Women’s WarGames: Team EST VS Team Damage CTRL; Team EST wins.
- AJ Styles w/ The OC VS Finn Balor w/ The Judgment Day; Styles wins.
- SmackDown Women’s Championship: Ronda Rousey w/ Shayna Baszler VS Shotzi Blackheart; Ronda wins and retains the title.
- WWE United States Championship Triple Threat: Seth Rollins VS Bobby Lashley VS Austin Theory; Theory wins and becomes the new WWE United States Champion.
- Men’s WarGames: The Bloodline VS Team Brutes; The Bloodline wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
It’s the Survivor Series Kickoff show!
Join Kayla Braxton, Kevin Patrick, Booker T, Jerry “The King” Lawler and Peter Rosenberg in discussing, analyzing and predicting all the action here tonight!
Backstage interview with Shayna Baszler & Ronda Rousey.
Megan Morant says we all saw what they did to Raquel Rodriguez, and Ronda pretends to feel terrible. Raquel got involved in their business, she started it, but they ended it. And it was the most fun Ronda’s had in a long time. Shayna agrees there. But tonight, Ronda defends her SmackDown Women’s Championship against Shotzi, and after what happened to Raquel, Shotzi says this is personal. Oh is it? They couldn’t tell between all the whining and crying. Does Megan know what it’s like to dislocate someone else’s elbow, ripping the tendons and separating a part from themselves? It sounds like tearing a turkey leg off. Feels like it, too. Not that Megan would know.
But another sound that’s so different is snapping an ankle. These two revel in the sounds of torturing another human, but will Ronda feel the wrath of the Wild Child soon enough?
Black Sabbath’s War Pigs plays.
And Ozzy himself is here to sing, “Time will tell them they are power mad, making war just for fun! Treating people just like pawns in chess, wait until their Judgment Day comes!” But that day is now, as the cage descends! “Satan laughing spreads his wing! OH LORD, YEAH!” Ozzy himself says, “Welcome to WarGames! HAHAHAHA!”
Women’s WarGames: Team EST VS Team Damage CTRL!
In a battle against Bayley, Dakota Kai, Iyo Sky, Nikki Cross & Rhea Ripley, Bianca Belair, Asuka and Alexa Bliss have recruited Mia Yim and THE MAN, Becky Lynch! This war for control of the Women’s Division has gone #BigTime, but who will survive the sadistic steel?
The teams sort out and stepping up for her team is the RawEST Women’s Champion herself! Bianca leads by example, and meeting her from Team DMG CTRL is #CobraKai, who has FOUR WarGames matches under her belt from her days in NXT! The door closes, the bell rings, and fans fire up as we get five minutes of 1v1. They tie up, go around, Dakota pulls hair but Bianca turns it around. Bianca dribbles Dakota off buckles, then TOSSES her across the way! Bianca kicks low, brings Dakota up, but Dakota fights free of the bomb. But Bianca DROPKICKS Dakota into the second ring! Fans fire up as Bianca kips up.
Bianca storms over, but into a HOTSHOT! Fans rally for “E S T! E S T!” Dakota grins, Bianca chases Dakota in the gap, then drags her into the second ring with a waistlock for a SLAM! Bianca holds on, drags Dakota up again, then ripcords and whips her away. Bianca runs in but Dakota goes up and over. Bianca blocks the roll up and handsprings away. Dakota runs in but gets run over! Bianca paces around Dakota, drags her up and fireman’s carries. Dakota blocks the lawn dart and CLUBS free. Dakota pulls the ponytail but Bianca blocks! Bianca uses her ponytail to whip Dakota at the wall! Dakota stops herself, dodges Bianca, but runs into a BACKBREAKER!
Dakota crawls to a corner while the clock ticks down. Bianca runs in but Dakota dodges to POST her! Then BOOT WASH her against the steel! Dakota digs her boot in and stomps away as we have two-and-a-half minutes left. Dakota mocks Bianca and fans are torn. Most boo and Bianca crawls away, but Dakota ax kicks her down! Dakota CLUBS Bianca, stalks her to the gap, and BOOTS her into the first ring! Dakota stalks Bianca and CLUBS her again. Dakota pushes Bianca to a corner, runs in, but Bianca elbows her away. Bianca BOOTS Dakota away, then slips into the gap to ROCK Dakota!
Fans fire up as Bianca rushes in, spins Dakota around and suplexes high and hard! Both women are down and fans fire up as we hit the one minute mark! Bianca kips up and fans rally again! Dakota swings but and they fire off fast hands! Fans fire up, Bianca shoves but Dakota dodges! Dakota kicks, avoids the hair whip, then SCORPION KICKS! Bianca staggers, Dakota runs in, roll but into the ALLEY-OOP BOMB! Bianca kips up again at 30 seconds! Bianca TOSSES Dakota into steel! And then back the other way! Dakota staggers up and Bianca reels her in, for a POWERBOMB into the steel!
The last ten seconds tick away, and now IYO SKY rushes in! The Evil Genius also has great WarGames experience, she dodges Bianca and handsprings! Bianca dodges but Sky SHOTGUNS then kips up! Fans fire up as now DGM CTRL has the numbers advantage for three minutes. Sky wrenches, whips and WRINGS Bianca, but she handsprings through! Bianca eggs Sky on, dodges her in the corner, but Sky goes up to FLYING RANA! Bianca ends up in the gap and her team shouts for her to get up. Kai & Sky surround Bianca, but she throws big forearms! Bianca DECKS Kai but Sky DIVES onto Bianca!
Kai & Sky have Bianca in the second ring, whip her to a corner, clothesline and back elbow, then a BOOT! Bianca sits down, SHINKANSEN arrives! BOOT WASH and SWINGING- Wait, Sky is going a little too hard. She boots Bianca instead, even though fans boo. Bayley tells them to shut up, like they could do what Sky did! Kai & Sky mug Bianca, drag her up, but Bianca blocks the double suplex TO DOUBLE SUPLEX THEM! Fans fire up and we’re at the one minute mark! Bianca drags Kai up, chicken wings, but Sky springboards to MISSILE DROPKICK Bianca down! Sky & Kai stomp Bianca down at the ropes, then pace around.
We’re under 30 seconds as Kai & Sky double whip Bianca into the steel! Bianca flounders but the countdown is back! And it’s ASUKA who rushes to the ring! Fans fire up as the Empress of Tomorrow dodges Kai! They each dodge kicks but Asuka gets around to GERMAN SUPLEX! Sky rushes over and fans fire up to see the Joshi Strong Style rivalry reignite! They each evade, fire off forearms, and Asuka gest the edge! Asuka whips, Sky reverse but Asuka stops herself. She dodges Sky but Sky tiger feints and arm-drags! Sky dodges, whips, and ROCKS Asuka at the ropes! Sky runs but Asuka HIP ATTACKS! Asuka runs, Sky follows, dodges, but get a POP-UP KNEE!
Asuka URAKENS, URAKENS, SOBATS, KICKS, CHOPS and SWEEPS, to a SLIDING KICK! Fans fire up as Asuka hurries to a corner. Asuka climbs up but Dakota rushes her! They brawl up top across the gap! Asuka gets the edge, and goes all out with that KICK! Bianca helps out, and they drag Dakota from the top to a trophy lift! Bianca TOSSES Dakota into the steel! Asuka leaps to MISSILE DROPKICK Sky! Fans fire up but we’re at one minute! Bianca and Asuka high-five and catch their breath. Asuka keeps on Sky, Bianca keeps on Kai, snap suplex! Sky and Asuka brawl, the countdown returns! Bianca digs her boots into Kai!
Nikki Cross rushes to the ring, but she doesn’t get in the ring yet. Fans fire up as she brings out a kendo stick! Nikki sends that one in, and another, and then some trash can lids! Asuka storms over, but Nikki SLAMS the door shut on Asuka! Nikki keeps adding to her arsenal but Boston wants tables. Nikki leaves it at this, though, and she JAMS Bianca with a lid! Then SMACKS her on the back! Nikki SPLASHES Bianca in the corner, then goes up to TORNADO DDT! Nikki fireman’s carries Asuka for a LANDSLIDE! Nikki fires up and fans fire up with her as she LASHES Asuka with her leather jacket! Bianca gets some, too!
Nikki shakes the cage, we’re already under a minute as she just grins through the steel. Nikki SMACKS Bianca with a trash can lid, Sky & Kai mug Asuka. Nikki fishhooks Bianca’s face, Kai gives her a kendo stick to make the camel clutch hurt even more! We’re at ten seconds again as Sky hooks up Asuka in a camel clutch. Team EST sends Alexa! The Five Foot Fury dodges Nikki and SHOTGUNS Kai! She hits an STO on Sky, BOOTS Nikki, then ROCKS her with haymaker after haymaker! SHOTGUN! Fans fire up as Asuka and Alexa get some things. They double whip Sky, ROCK her with a right, then BULLDOG her on a trash can lid!
Bianca helps Alexa RANA Dakota onto a trash can lid! Fans fire up but Nikki fights back! Throat chop for Alexa! Nikki CLUBS Alexa, has a kendo stick, but Bianca grabs it from her! And BREAKS it on her knee! Nikki just laughs that off, and climbs up the cage! But Bianca stops her! Dakota and Iyo SMACK away on Bianca with kendo sticks! Nikki has reached the top of the cage, but escape does nothing but forfeit in this match. Alexa & Asuka SMACK away on Kai & Sky now with kendo sticks! Nikki just kicks her feet and smiles as she watches Bianca WHIPLASH Kai! And WHIPLASH Sky! But Nikki laughs as she SUPER CROSSBODIES them all down!!
Boston is thunderous for the insanity of Nikki Cross! And now the countdown returns! DMG CTRL sends Bayley! The Role Model finally gets involved now that her team has done enough damage. Bayley looks under the ring, and she brings out a LADDER! It may not be a table but fans still love seeing it! Bayley gets the ladder in and Dakota helps her bring it over. Sky SMACKS Bianca with a trash can lid while Alexa & Asuka go after Nikki. Bayley brings out another ladder?! This one enters the ring, too, the others keep scrapping, and fans chant, “We Want Tables!” Well Boston, HERE’S A TABLE!
Bayley drags the table over, Bianca RAMS Dakota into a corner, and Bayley gets the table in. Sky kicks Alexa into the second ring, Nikki wraps Asuka’s arm around ropes, Bayley SUNSET BOMBS Bianca into buckles! Dakota helps Bayley set up the furniture, and they bring it over for Sky to put in the gap. They RAM the table into Bianca to trap her in the gap! DMG CTRL mugs Bianca, then smacks her off the table! Bayley says this is THEIR match now! DMG CTRL mugs Asuka & Alexa, snap suplex for Bliss! Nikki uses Bianca’s braid to SMACK her head off the table! DMG CTRL help Sky with the LIONSAULT onto Alexa!
Fans boo as Bayley snap suplexes Asuka. Then DMG CTRL helps Kai DOUBLE STOMP Asuka! Bayley taunts Bayley, but the countdown is back. Team EST sends “Michin!” She grabs trash CANS, and CHUCKS them in at DMG CTRL! Bayley boots Alexa, stomps Asuka, but Mia keeps throwing in cans. Mia gets in and RAMS Bayley with one! Dakota leaps, but into a can! Nikki runs into a FLAPJACK! Sky swings but misses, Mia kicks the lid into Sky and JAWBREAKERS her off the edge! Mia drags Dakota around to TOSS into steel! Mia gives Kawada Kicks to Dakota through the ropes, and then she kicks Sky aside. Mia gives Dakota a SPIKE RANA onto a lid!
Nikki jumps on for a SLEEPER! Mia stays up as Nikki thrashes her around! Bianca fights free of the table in the gap! Bianca TOSSES Bayley to a ring, Asuka CLUBS Sky! We’re under a minute as Mia DIVES from ring to ring to take out Bayley! Sky and Asuka try to drag the other down in a corner, Alexa is after Nikki, Bianca tries to set up the table. Bayley stops Bianca, but Bianca puts Bayley in the gap. Bianca DECKS Bayley, Mia and Kai meet at the other side. There’s brawls in ever corner of these rings! Asuka and Alexa each try to suplex Sky and Nikki, then Bianca and Mia get control of Bayley and Kai. Bayley SUPERPLEXES Bayley!
Mia SUPERPLEXES Kai onto a trash can lid! Alexa SUPERPLEXES Nikki and Asuka SUPER GERMAN SUPLEXES Sky! And the countdown is back! DMG CTRL’s last member is released! Rhea the Eradicator is loose! She DECKS Alexa, SHOTGUNS Asuka, HEADBUTTS Mia, BOOTS Bianca then stomps and KNEE SMASHES her! Alexa goes up but Rhea ROCKS her first! Rhea RAMS Bianca into Asuka, then ROCKS Asuka before she GERMAN SUPLEXES Bianca! Alexa LEAPS but Rhea catches her and suplexes her! And then TOSSES her into steel! Nikki is after Mia, Kai and Bayley go after Bianca.
Kai stomps Asuka, Rhea and Nikki mug Mia. Fans rally for the final entrant in Becky, but there’s still over a minute left on the clock. Nikki laughs as she watches her team mug everyone else. Rhea puts Asuka in the PRISM TRAP! Sky runs and runs and runs, to BASEMENT DROPKICK Asuka out of the Prism! Bayley high fives her teammates, and they put Asuka in the gap. They drag her into the second ring, but Mia kicks Rhea down! Mia CHUCKS a can into Rhea at the corner! Mia fires up and runs in, FULL METAL CANNONBALL! Becky paces, Asuka fights off DMG CTRL, but Sky SHOTGUNS her down!
Mia DIVES, but Bayley catches her! Sky SMACKS away on Mia with a lid! Then Kai hits a DIVING DOUBLE STOMPS! But here comes THE MAN!! Becky storms right into the ring, and now WarGames can truly “begin!” Becky fires off forearms on everyone that steps to her! Sky fights back and shoves Becky away, but Becky puts her against the steel tp JUMP KICK! Kai runs in, Becky dodges to KICK her! Becky BOOTS Nikki, then Becky SMACKS Sky off ladder rungs! Becky fires off forearms and uppercuts, but then dodges! Nikki SMACKS Sky with a can! Becky kicks and SMACKS Nikki, then puts the can around Sky!
Becky brings Nikki around to SMACK off the can, then keeps in on Sky as she climbs up the corner! The MAN’S LEG DROP! Sky is down inside the can and fans fire up! Becky then grins as she stalks up to Bayley. Bayley is very afraid but Becky dares her to get up. “Come fight me, ya little bitch!” Bayley swings but Becky fires back! Fans fire up as they brawl back and forth, then Becky gets the edge! SOBAT! Becky stomps a mudhole into Bayley against the steel! Fans fire up but now Rhea steps to Becky. Becky swings but Rhea blocks! Rhea HEADBUTS Becky, pump handles, RIP- NO, Becky slips out! But Bayley returns!
Becky DECKS Bayley but Rhea hits RIPTIDE!! Cover, Asuka BUZZSAWS it apart! Bayley swings but misses and gets an URAKEN! Nikki is after Alexa, Dakota TOSSES Mia into steel! Rhea and Asuka brawl, but Rhea ducks! Becky blocks the uraken, and saves Asuka from Rhea. Becky dodges Rhea, Asuka hits her with BLUE MIST!! Fans fire up but Bayley CLOBBERS Asuka! Bayley ROCKS Becky, drags Asuka up and SMACKS her off buckles! But Becky rolls Bayley! TWO, and Bayley UPPERCUTS Becky! Bayley puts Becky in a Tree of Woe and taunts the fans. Bayley CHOPS Becky, then STOMPS her down!
“The Man? The Man?! I’m the damn Role Model!” Bayley drags Becky to the gap, wraps her up, ROSE PLANT ONTO THE STEEL!! Cover, Asuka breaks it! Nikki fires off on Asuka, Sky joins in. They double whip but Asuka reverses! Bianca sends Sky up, but keeps her from climbing. Sky kicks Bianca, Asuka goes after her! Everyone is swarming, Kai SMACKS Asuka with a can! DMG CTRL have Asuka and mug her, but Mia and Alexa join in! Then Bianca adds on! But Nikki SMACKS Bianca down with a kendo stick! DMG CTRL fight off Asuka and Alexa, and Nikki give Alexa a DRAPING NECKBREAKEAR!
Asuka and Kai fall, Bianca gets Bayley for a POWERBOMB! But Sky is up on the very top of the cage! SUPER OVER THE MOONSAULT!! Direct hit on Bianca and Mia but Sky’s so wiped out, she can’t cover! Boston loses its mind as ALL TEN women are down around this double ring! “This is Awesome!” and the ten start stirring here and there. Nikki RAMS into Alexa, then SLAMS her down! Nikki brings out HANDCUFFS! “You think I forgot? YOU THINK I FORGOT?!?!” She shouts but Alexa SLAPS her! So Nikki cuffs Alexa, Alexa resists, but Nikki still brings her over, Nikki reaches for the cage, but Alexa gets the cuff, to hook on to Nikki!!
Nikki is furious, but Alexa brings her off the ropes with an Electric Chair! For a SLAM onto a trash can!! They’re both down while the others rise up. Rhea runs but Asuka dodges, CODE BREAKER! Asuka runs in to HIP ATTACK, but Rhea catches it! To TOSS Asuka into steel! “That’s for my eyes!” But Mia CLUBS Rhea and tosses her to the other ring. They brawl, but Rhea hooks Mia up! But Mia sips out of Riptide to get a SLEEPER! Rhea runs to crash through the ladder!! Fans lose their minds all over again! Bianca and Becky stand against Bayley, Kai & Sky, where this all began at SummerSlam! And fans are thunderous for it!
The two sides talk trash, and then they brawl! But that’s 3v2! Kai & Sky have Becky while Bianca scoops Bayley t SPINEBSUTER on a can! Kai hops onto Bianca but she fights Kai and Sky off! Torture rack for Kai, KISS OF- NO, Kai lands out, but into a MANHANDLE SLAM! Sky runs in, pops free of the clinch, but into a KISS OF DEATH!! Fans fire up as Bianca TOSSES Bayley into the gap! Becky knows fans want tables, so she and Bianca get the table! They position the table in a corner, Bianca puts Sky on the table and Becky goes up to the very top! Bianca puts Kai on the table, and stops Bayley from going after Becky!
Torture rack, KISS OF DEATH into the steel!! Becky is up at the top, for a SUPER MAN’S LEG DROP!! Cover, Team EST wins!!
Winners: Team EST, by pinfall
Now THAT was Big Time! Becky, Bianca, Asuka, Alexa & Mia stand tall together, having kept Damage Control from taking over! Is this just the beginning of another big time comeback for The Man?
The Bloodline meets in the private room.
Jey has something to talk with Roman Reigns about. “Uce, from day one, I knew as soon as we started hanging around with Sami Zayn, Uce, I knew he couldn’t be trusted, Uce.” He’s why they lost the advantage! Jey heard Sami and Kevin Owens talking it up! Sami lied right to Jey’s face! The only reason he didn’t go get Sami was cuz Roman didn’t give the order. So what’re they gonna do about it? Roman says, “What’re we gonna do? Jey, I don’t know how to tell you. But this is what you’re going to do. You’re going to go out there and be the Right Hand Man and do what I say, while I’m going to be the Tribal Chief and worry about everything else. You understand me?” Jey says yes.
Roman tells Jey he will look Sami in the eye, man to man, and will know if Sami’s telling the truth. Roman will know where Sami’s loyalties lie. Just focus on tonight. Jey nods and fist bumps. Roman then tells Paul Heyman to get Sami. Heyman gets out his phone and makes the call. The confrontation is coming, but will Roman like the answer he gets when he confronts Sami tonight?
AJ Styles w/ The OC VS Finn Balor w/ The Judgment Day!
Once part of the same club, once good brothers, but now enemies torn apart by arrogance and darkness. This has to end somehow, but will it be the Phenomenal One that comes out on top? Or will Survivor Series be reeeeeeeal?
The bell rings and fans rally up as the two circle. They tie up, are in a deadlock, but Finn gets around to a waistlock. Styles wrenches out to switch, but Finn pulls at the arm in return. Finn goes to ropes, Styles lets go but then Finn headlocks. The ref counts, they both let off but then Finn shoves Styles away. Styles keeps his cool and circles with Finn. They tie up, Finn gets the arm and wrenches. Styles chinbars to get a facelock but Finn backs Styles into a corner, The ref counts, both men let off again, and Finn pats Styles on the shoulder. But Styles blocks his cheap shot! Styles CLUBS the leg, KICKS the leg out, then KICKS it again!
Styles KICKS the leg out again, drags Finn around, and DDTs the foot! Finn hobbles away as Styles says he’ll pick Finn apart piece by piece! Styles ROCKS Finn, whips him corner to corner, then scoops Finn on the return for a BACKBREAKER! Fans fire up, Styles stalks Finn to a corner and has the leg. The ref counts but Styles lifts Finn for a SHINBREAKER! Fans rally as Styles tells Dom to shut up. Styles KICKS Finn’s leg out, and Finn says, ‘C’mon, AJ, we’re boys!” Styles says, “Not anymore!” Styles throws hands but Finn gives them back! Finn backs Styles down, throws body shots, but Styles HEADBUTTS in return!
Styles HEDBUTTS Finn to back him down and Boston rallies up for Styles. Styles bumps Finn off buckles, Finn staggers away, but then Finn victory rolls and STOMPS Styles down! Finn springboard stomps again and again, but stops as the ref counts. Finn snarls as he walks on the bad leg and fans boo. Dom and Priest soak up the heat for Finn as Finn brings Styles up. Finn DECKS Styles, bumps him off buckles, then CHOPS! Finn whips Styles corner to corner, then brings him out to a BACKBREAKER! Cover, ONE!! Styles is showing his toughness but Finn snarls. Finn drags Styles up but Styles throws body shots!
Styles backs Finn down with forearms, whips, but Finn reverses. Styles sunset flips but Finn rolls through to basement dropkick! Cover, ONE!! Finn looms over Styles while fans boo, but he hooks Styles up with a cobra twist! Styles endures while Finn pulls on the hold. Fans rally up and Styles fights his way around, but Finn CLUBS Styles on the back. Finn shoves Styles to ropes, ROCKS him in the back, then does it again! Fans boo as Finn drags Styles back up. Finn shoves but Styles ROCKS Finn! Styles fires off more shots, whips Finn to ropes, but Finn turns hip toss into a cobra twist! Styles endures all over again!
Fans rally and the Good Brothers coach Styles up. Styles throws elbows into Finn’s leg and gets free to hip toss! Finn gets up, Styles CLOBBERS him again and again! Styles snapmares, runs and SLIDING FOREARMS! Fans fire up and Finn staggers to a corner. Styles runs in to clothesline! Fireman’s carry, USHIGOROSHI! Cover, TWO! Styles is annoyed but he keeps on Finn. Styles brings Finn up but Finn trips him to DOUBLE- NO, Styles avoids the stomp! Styles goes to the apron but Finn KNEES him in the ropes! And again, and again! But Styles blocks to DRAGON SCREW the leg in the ropes!
Fans fire up as Styles aims, but Priest distracts the ref so Dom can trip Styles! But Gallows & Anderson surround Dom! Gallows UPPERCUTS Dom, he and Anderson mug Dom, but Priest rushes over! The Good Brothers and the bad boys brawl and Boston fires up! Gallows TOSSES Dom away, then ROCKS Priest! Gallows DUMPS Priest over the barriers! Anderson keeps after Dom, the brawl spills into the crowd! Fans fire up, Styles DECKS Dom and sends him over the barriers for the Machine Gun! Those four all disappear into the night, Styles finally has Finn 1v1! But Finn counter atomic drop to a cover, TWO! Styles rolls Finn, TWO!
Styles torture racks but Finn slips free to sunset flip! TWO! Finn runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges, to SLINGBLADE Styles down! Finn snarls as he goes to the corner and takes aim. Fans boo but Finn runs at Styles, but into an ENZIGURI! Finn wobbles, Styles reels him in to suplex into buckles! Cover, TWO! Fans rally while both men are down. Styles rises up and he brings Finn up. But Finn RAMS Styles into the corner! Finn shakes his bad leg, but Styles catches him to roll! But Finn rolls through, DOUBLE STOMPS! Both men are down again but Finn grins as he stands back up. Finn hobbles and stomps Styles around.
Styles sits up, Finn stomps him down again, talking trash all the while. Finn talks trash to Boston, too, and then he stomps Styles more. Styles eggs Finn on and Finn kicks him more! “Is that all you got!?” Finn runs and BOOTS Styles! But Styles just fires up! Styles blocks the boot, fires off the Phenomenal Blitz, but Finn ducks under to dragon sleeper! But Styles fireman’s carries! Finn slips out, ELBOW DROP DDT! Cover, TWO! Styles survives but Finn snarls as he goes to ropes. Finn drags Styles up, reels him in, and mocks the Clash! But Styles grabs a leg and drags Finn down! Finn kicks Styles away, ROCKS him, but Styles PELES!
Finn wobbles, but he PELES in return! Both men are down and Boston fires up! Finn and Styles stir, Styles goes to a corner. Finn runs in to CHOP! Finn whips Styles corner to corner, Styles reverses and clotheslines! Styles whips Finn out to put him back in! But Finn dodges to put Styles in the gap. Styles ROCKS Finn, slingshots, but into a fireman’s carry! GUTBUSTER DROP! Cover, TWO! Finn is furious and he drags Styles up to a fireman’s carry. USHIGOROSHI! Finn drags Styles up in a dragon sleeper, but Styles slips out of 1916! Styles ELBOWS Finn from a corner, goes up the corner, and QUEBRADAS into the ELBOW DROP DDT! Cover, TWO!
Both men are down from copying each other’s signature favorites, but Styles drags Finn into a drop zone. Styles goes to the corner and climbs up top. Fans fire up as Styles 450’s, but he has to roll through as Finn moves! Finn SHOTGUNS Styles down! Styles is in a drop zone and Finn laughs as he climbs up! Fans boo but Finn jumps, only for Styles to move! Finn’s leg jams, Styles rolls him into the CALF CRUSHER!! Finn endures but Styles pulls way back on the leg! Styles pulls way back, but Finn DRIBBLES Styles’ head on the mat! Styles lets go and both men are down on the mat again.
Fans rally up as Finn rises. Styles stirs but he’s dazed from being treated like a basketball. Finn ROCKS Styles with a haymaker, and then another! Finn throws body shots in the corner, then more haymakers! Styles ROCKS Finn back! Styles backs Finn down, but Finn hits back. They go back and forth, faster and faster, and fans fire up! Finn CHOPS, Styles CHOPS back! Then ENZIGURIS! Finn goes to a corner, Styles runs in, but Finn puts him back on the pron. ENZIGURI, but Styles DECKS Finn! Styles adjusts, springboards, PHENOMENAL FOREARM!! Cover, Styles wins!
Winner: AJ Styles, by pinfall
The leaders battled for their teams, and in the end, this was phenomenal! But is this truly the end of the war? Or will Judgment Day come back around to tear down The OC?
SmackDown Women’s Championship: Ronda Rousey w/ Shayna Baszler VS Shotzi Blackheart!
The Baddest Woman on the Planet has been acting more like a snotty bully as of late, but that’s fine, because the Wild Child knows exactly how to handle bullies: step to them and expose them. This got a lot more intense after just last night when Ronda and Shayna broke Raquel Rodriguez’s arm, will Shotzi avenge Big Mami Cool while taking the title? Or will Rowdy Ronda rip Shotzi apart like a Thanksgiving turkey?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if Shotzi can TCB, tank care of business!
The bell rings, Ronda doesn’t sweat Shotzi, but Shotzi fires off fast hands! Ronda SAYANAGIS Shotzi but Shotzi comes back with more fast hands! Another SAYANAGI, but Shotzi comes back! But Ronda ducks the enziguri to get an ANKLE LOCK! Shotzi endures, reaches out, but Ronda YANKS her from ropes. Ronda and Shayna both talk trash on Shotzi, but Shotzi rolls and throws Ronda away! Shotzi runs in to CANNONBALL! Ronda flops out of the ring and Shayna is actually a little worried. Shotzi builds speed but Shayna shoves Ronda away to take the DIVE! But Shotzi still drags Ronda up to RAM her into steel steps!
Shotzi puts Ronda in the ring, ROCKS her with a forearm, then ROCKS her again! Shotzi runs, BOOTS Shayna off the apron, but Ronda rushes over! Shotzi dodges to LARIAT Ronda from the ropes! Shotzi goes up top, leaps, CROSS- BODY SLAM! Ronda turns momentum around in a split second! Ronda kicks Shotzi around, kicks her hands out from under her, then CLUBS her down. “I could beat you with my feet!” But then Shotzi grabs a leg, trips Ronda, and stomps Ronda down! Shotzi roars, and drops a leg, but into a leg scissors! Ronda tells fans they’re going to get an ankle for a souvenir!
Ronda puts on the ANKLE LOCK! Shotzi fights right up to ENZIGURI! Ronda still holds onto the foot, but she is wobbly! Ronda drags Shotzi up and wraps her up, rolls and has a STRAITJACKET LEGLOCK! Ronda says Boston doesn’t care about Shotzi because they’re not making any noise. Fans chant “We Want Sasha!” but Shotzi fights free to fire off fists! Ronda BOOTS Shotzi down then fires off at the ropes! Ronda drags Shotzi up, puts her through ropes and CHOKES her! The ref counts, Ronda looks at her “watch,” then lets off at 4. But Shotzi CLOBBERS Ronda!! Shotzi sputters, but she drags Ronda up again.
Shotzi has Ronda on the ropes, for an APRON DDT!! It was a nasty landing and both women are on the floor. A ring count starts, but Shotzi stalks Ronda. Shayna rushes in but Shotzi BOOTS Shayna! Shotzi kicks off Ronda to hit a SLICED BREAD on Shayna! Shotzi refreshes the count, storms up on Ronda and blocks a boot to TOSS Ronda into the crowd! Shayna runs in, Shotzi TOSSES her, too! Here’s that front row seat Shotzi promised last night! CROSSBODY and fans go toppling over! Fans nearby lose their minds seeing that! Shotzi stands up and drags Ronda back up. The ring count is climbing, Shotzi hurries to throw Ronda over the barriers.
We’re at 7 of 10, Shotzi puts Ronda in at 8. Shotzi climbs but Ronda meets her with a KNEE! Ronda brings Shotzi around, SUPER SAYANAGI!! Ronda crawls to cover, TWO!!! Shotzi survives and Ronda is furious! Ronda drags Shotzi around, rolls to fireman’s carry her, PIPER’S PIT!! Ronda says this is for the fans! ARMBAR!!! Shotzi taps, Ronda wins!
Winner: Ronda Rousey, by submission (still SmackDown women’s Champion)
Shayna returns to hand the belt to Ronda while fans boo. Shayna was the real advantage for Ronda here, will anyone be able to stop the Baddest Woman on the Planet when she has back-up like that?
Sami Zayn meets with Roman Reigns.
He knows they wanted to talk, so is now a good time? The perfect time. How is Sami feeling? Good! Tonight’s a big night, right? Always a big night for the Bloodline. But about last night… Was Sami talking to Kevin? Sami admits it, he was talking to Kevin. Roman sighs. Then he asks Sami this: Why’d he lie to Jey about it? Sami says he didn’t lie, he just withheld information. But it was only because Jey had the match that night. The advantage was on the line, Sami didn’t want to put things on Jey’s plate. Jey already has trouble trusting Sami outright, Jey wouldn’t have understood, Sami didn’t want to put that on his plate.
And Sami didn’t initiate, it was Kevin who talked to him. Kevin talked, then left, and that is the truth. And what was it that Kevin said? Kevin said that Sami should be the one to turn on The Bloodline before they turn on Sami. Kevin’s Sami’s friend, right? Or was. Roman gets that. But Roman wants Sami to understand that this is family. This is blood. Roman needs Sami to look him in the eyes and Roman needs to know if Sami is with them, or will stab them in the back. Sami say she is with Roman. Roman needs to understand that. There are five people on the whole planet allowed to be in this room: Heyman, the Usos, Solo, and Sami. That’s not lost on Sami, that means the world to him.
It means the world to Sami that Roman took him in as family. Sami will not let Roman down tonight. He will not let Roman down any night. He is with The Bloodline. Roman looks at Sami, Sami looks at Roman, and Heyman watches them both. Roman stands up, and tells Sami to stand up. Sami does stand, and Roman smiles. Roman says, “Let’s do it.” Roman HUGS Sami! Sami thanks Roman, but then the look on Roman’s face seems different. Did Sami really convince Roman he’s genuine? Or is Roman the one who convinced Sami?
WWE United States Championship Triple Threat: Seth Rollins VS Bobby Lashley VS Austin Theory!
The Visionary and the All Mighty battled for this belt 1v1 and the Visionary won, and that didn’t sit well with the All Mighty. But then, just as Lashley brutalized Rollins, the Youngest Mr. Money in the Bank did something with his briefcase never thought of before and he cashed in on the US title! Lashley kept Theory from taking the title, but now all three men will battle for this belt at the same time! Will Lashley take back what was his? Will Theory prove he isn’t the future but the NOW of WWE? Or will Rollins #BurnItDown in Boston?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if anyone can dethrone Seth Freakin’ Rollins!
The bell rings and Lashley CLOBBERS Theory right out of the ring! Fans sing “OH~ OHH~ OHHH~!” and Rollins says okay, let’s have this 1v1. Theory gets back in, Rollins CLOBBERS him right out! Lashley and Rollins brawl, Lashley RAMS Rollins into the corner and then RAMS him again and again and again! Lashley runs side to side to RAM Rollins, then hit a NECKBREAKER! Fans rally for Rollins but Lashley brings him around to suplex. Rollins knees free, CHOPS, but Lashley just glares at him. Rollins CHOPS, CHOPS, and ROLLING- NO, Lashley gets around but Rollins fights the full nelson! Rollins PELES Lashley away, runs in but is put on the apron.
Rollins ROCKS Lashley but Theory trips Rollins up! Theory RAMS Rollins into barriers! Theory snarls and stares Lashley down. Lashley storms out but Theory slides in. Lashley slides in but Theory fires off forearms and stomps! Theory rains down fists but fans boo. Theory drags Lashley up, but Lashley suplexes Theory! Lashley carries Theory around then SLAMS him down! Rollins springboards in, but into a back drop! Theory kick but Lashley blocks to ELBOW him away. Lashley then clotheslines Theory in a corner, then clotheslines Rollins in the other. Lashley RAMS into Theory, then he RAMS into Rollins!
Fans fire up, Lashley has Rollins but Theory runs in. Lashley catches Theory, COMPLETE SHOT DDT COMBO! Lashley fireman’s carries Theory to then RAM into Rollins! Lashley roars and fans fire up! Rollins stagger sup, Lashley kicks low and gut wrenches to the Canadian Rack, AK-47! Cover, Theory drags the ref out! Fans boo but there’re no disqualifications here for that. Theory runs form Lashley but Lashley drags him out of the ring to TOSS into the timekeeper’s area! Fans fire up and Theory has a chair! But Lashley blocks it! Lashley throws the chair away, YANKS Theory into a fireman’s carry, but Theory slips off!
Theory shoves Lashley but Lashley stops from being posted. Lashley ELBOWS Theory away, but Rollins FLYING KNEES! Direct hit on Lashley and Rollins RAMS him into steel steps! Fans fire up and Rollins hurries to pull the steps apart. But Theory CLOBBERS Rollins! Theory rains down fists, fans still sing “OH~ OHH~ OHHH~!” Theory has the steps and he RAMS Lashley down! Then he RAMS Rollins down! Theory puts the steps down a moment, but he sees Lashley getting back up. Theory picks the steels up to SLAM them into Lashley! Theory puts Rollins in the ring, somersaults and SHOTGUNS Rollins down! Cover, TWO!
Theory stomps away on Rollins but fans boo as he paces about. Theory drags Rollins up, bumps him off buckles, then throws haymakers and body shots. Theory digs his knee in but fans sing “OH~ OHH~ OHHH~!” Theory goes out after Lashley to SMACK him off the desk! Theory RAMS Lashley into barriers! Theory slides back into the ring to drag Rollins up, but Rollins cradles! TWO!! Theory CLOBBERS Rollins, covers, ONE!! Theory looms over Rollins, DECKS him, then pie faces him around. Rollins seethes as Theory talks trash and pushes him around. Theory ROCKS Rollins, pushes him around, and says this is HIS time!
Rollins ROCKS Theory! And again! And again! Rollins CHOPS, ROCKS, repeat! Fans “WOO~!” as Rollins CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Rollins whips, Theory reverses but Rollins CLOBBERS Theory! And again! And then redirects Theory to SLINGBLADE! SUPERKICK! Fans fire up and Theory bails out, Rollins builds speed to DIVE onto Lashley! Direct hit, and Rollins builds speed again to DIVE onto Theory! Rollins keeps moving, he DIVES and hits Lashley again! Rollins gets up but Theory runs in! Rollins sends him out, builds speed and FLIES! Direct hit on both opponents and Boston is thunderous!
Fans sing “OH~ OHH~ OHHH~!” as Rollins brings Theory up. Theory shoulders in, somersaults, but into a POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO! Both Theory and Rollins are down and Lashley slides in. Rollins hurries to kick Lashley back out, then he goes to a corner. Fans fire up and sing for Rollins again. Rollins soaks it all in, then aims at Theory, Rollins runs, but Lashley drags Theory out of the way! MILE HIGH SPINEBUSTER! HURT LOCK on Rollins! But Theory jumps onto Lashley for a SLEEPER! Rollins pries at the hold while Theory squeezes tight! Lashley lets Rollins go so he can TOSS Theory out of the ring!
Rollins returns to kick low and hook the arms! PEDIGREE!! Cover, TWO!! Lashley survives because Rollins isn’t The Game, but fans rally up behind Rollins as he gets back up. Rollins drags Lashley into a drop zone and he hurries to a corner. Rollins climbs, PHOENIX- NO, Lashley moves, Theory throws Rollins out! Theory runs at Lashley, SOMERSAULT BLOCKBUSTER! Theory calls for it, fans boo but Theory drags Lashley up. Fireman’s carry, A-TOWN D- NO, Lashley slips off to get the HURT LOCK!! Theory endures, pushes off the corner to get a cover! FROG SPLASH OUTTA NOWHERE!! Cover on Lashley, TWO!?!?
All three men are down and Boston cannot believe it! “This is Awesome!” as all three men start to stir. Rollins watches Theory go to ropes. Rollins storms over but Theory shoves back. Theory swings, misses, but he ELBOWS Rollins. Rollins PELES Theory, but Theory fireman’s carries! Rollins slips off, runs and ROLLING ELBOWS! Then the turn and DRAEM SM- NO, Theory ducks to ROCK Rollins! Theory hooks the arms, but Rollins fireman’s carries! Lashley drags Theory off into a DOUBLE HURT LOCK?!? How is Lashley doing that!?! But they both RAM Lashley into the buckles! Lashley runs, but Theory jumps over, Lashley POSTS himself!
Rollins ROCKS Theory, SUPERKICKS Lashley, DREAM SMASHER for Theory!! Fans are thunderous again and Rollins aims. Rollins sees his targets line up, he runs in to leap off Theory and STOMP Lashley! Theory whips, but Rollins throws Theory out but Theory ROCKS him back! Theory goes up top, Rollins is right after him! SUPERPLEX and roll through to a FALCON- SPEAR!!! Theory falls onto the cover, and Theory wins?!?!
Winner: Austin Theory, by pinfall (NEW WWE United States Champion)
Boston boos because they can’t believe the sheer luck of Theory! The Youngest TWO-TIME United States Champion in WWE history leaves Boston victoriously, is he truly The NOW?
Jey talks with Roman again.
What did Sami say? Is he lying to Roman, too? Roman looked Sami in the eye and he saw everything he needed to see. Alright. Jey accepts that answer, but Roman is still very cryptic. Is this going to turn out good for Sami? Or very, very badly?
Men’s WarGames: The Bloodline VS Team Brutes!
The Tribal Chief has done whatever he wants to whoever he wants in the WWE, all thanks to having The Usos, Solo Sikoa, and even the Honorary Uce, Sami Zayn, by his side. But now, there won’t be any surprises, because they’re all here in the open, and so are their enemies! Will Drew McIntyre, Sheamus, Ridge Holland, Pete Dunne & Kevin Owens take advantage of their numbers advantage win last night? Or can nothing stop a united Bloodline?
Stepping up first for the Brawling Brutes is the Bruiserweight! “Butch” enters his FOURTH WarGames, will that in itself be a powerful advantage? Stepping up for the Bloodline is Jey. Roman hugs it out with his Right Hand Man, will Jey make the family proud? The bell rings and the five minutes start ticking away. Jey and Dunne stare down from opposite rings and Jey talks trash. Dunne is snarling, Jey tells “Butch” he’s in the big boy league! Dunne dares Jey to get in his ring, then! Jey steps through the gap, but he hesitates. Dunne keeps egging Jey on, fans chant, “Let’s Go, Ucey!” Jey rushes in and Dunne is right on him!
Dunne fires off hands, whips and CLOBBERS Jey! Dunne drags Jey around to wrap an arm in a hammerlock. Dunne grabs the other hand, and he bends fingers back! And then the elbow! Jey endures but tapping out wouldn’t matter now anyway! Dunne isolates that arm to STOMP it! Dunne puts that hand against the steel and he bends the fingers against the chain links! Jey fights but Dunne BOOTS the hand! Jey scrambles away, clutching his fingers, but Dunne is right on him at the ropes. Dunne wraps that arm around the ropes and tortures Jey with a hammerlock and chinbar! Dunne CLUBS Jey, then brings him around.
Dunne whips but Jey reverses to TOSS Dunn into steel! Jey CLUBS Dunne back down, then stalks him. Jey drags Dunne up for a POP-UP NECKBREAKER! Jey watches the clock as we are under two minutes. Dunne sits up but Jey eggs him on. Jey wrenches for an ARM CODE BREAKER! Dunne writhes and Jey circles around him. Dunne KICKS Jey’s leg, kicks from below, but Jey DECKS Dunne! Jey clutches that bad hand as we reach one minute. Jey hammerlocks and whips Dunne into the steel! Dunne writhes and crawls his way to the other ring, but Jey follows him. Jey eggs Dunne on, but Dunne gets the fingers!
Dunne ends the fingers, and STOMPS them on the steel in the gap! Jey shakes out the hand as he crawls away, but Dunne is right after him. Dunne hauls Jey up to KIMURA! Jey gets to ropes to stay standing, and he SLAMS Dunne down! The countdown is done, the Brutes send Ridge the Fridge! Ridge storms in, he dodges Jey to run him over! And again! Ridge then ducks ‘n’ dodges to FLYING SHOULDER! Ridge helps Dunne get up and the Brutes bring Jey up. Jey mule kicks and UPPERCUTS Ridge! Jey whips, Ridge reverses but Jey KICKS him! Jey runs, into a POWERSLAM! Ridge waits for Jey to stand, he runs in and SPLASHES in the corner!
Ridge keeps going, another SPLASH! And then another SPLASH! And another! Dunne adds a forearm smash, Ridge comes back to SPLASH again! Ridge HEADBUTTS Jey down, then he and Dunne coordinate! They beat their chests, watch Jey rise, and then they HIGH LOW Jey down! Dunne and Ridge then isolate the arms, to DOUBLE KNEE DROP them! Jey crawls to a corner as he still has one minute all alone. Dunne bends the fingers again, then Ridge pulls on a leg! Jey can only endure as Dunne digs his knee into the hand, then STOMPS it! Jey flops away into the other ring as we reach 30 seconds.
Dunne and Ridge stalk Jey, torture his hands and arms again, and then STOMP both arms at once! The countdown is done, but the Brutes are waiting. Here comes Ji- No? Roman says SAMI is next? Jimmy accepts that, and this could be a test for the Honorary Uce! Sami takes his time walking to the ring, knowing the Brutes will be right on him. Sami calls to Jey, fans cheer on “SAMI USO!” as he walks up to the steps. Sami walks in, Dunne has Jey but Jey TOSSES Dunne into the steel! Jey and Ridge brawl, Jey whips but Dunne TOSSES Jey! Now Sami attacks! Sami fires off on Ridge, DUMPS him into the gap, and then stomps away on him!
Fans fire up as Sami jumps and stomps and kicks Ridge around! Sami has Ridge in a corner, he fires off haymakers, but Ridge dodges to EuroUpper and EuroUpper and EuroUpper! Ridge fires off haymakers but Jey catches Ridge on the ropes. Sami DECKS Ridge! Sami pats Jey on the back but Jey pushes him away. Jey and Sami argue, but Dunne is up top! Dunne BOOTS Sami, BOOTS Jey, then MOONSAULTS them both down! Fans fire up as the Brutes regroup. Ridge storms up to pick bot Sami and Jey up! DOUBLE BACK DROP! We’re under a minute now as Ridge dumps Jey into the second ring.
Ridge stomps a mudhole into Jey, then he backs up. Jey stands, Ridge runs in, but Sami pulls Jey out of the way! Ridge hits steel! Dunne goes after Sami but Jey goes after Dunne! Jey TOSSES Dunne into steel, but the countdown is done! Here comes the Scottish Warrior! McIntyre storms his way over, Jey and Sami are ready. McIntyre steps through the gap and both Sami and Jey go after him! He pushes them both away to CLOBBER Sami and TOSS Jey into steel! McIntyre TOSSES Jey into the other side! McIntyre then TOSSES Jey into more steel! McIntyre scoops Jey, to LAWN DART Jey into steel!
But Sami leaps! But McIntyre catches him! OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! McIntyre then clinches Sami in the other corner, for another OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Jey staggers up, into a SPINEBUSTER! McIntyre says “I’m feeling pretty Ucey right now!” He drags Jey up to CHOP in the corner! McIntyre hoists Jey up top as we reach one minute on the clock again. McIntyre climbs up after Jey, fans are torn, but Sami trips McIntyre up! But Ridge TOSSES Sami into steel! Jey kicks McIntyre, fire hands on Ridge and Ridge falls. But Dunne springs up! Jey ROCKS Dunne, sends him tumbling away, but McIntyre sits up! SPIDER SUPLEX!
McIntyre gets out of the Tree, he dodges Sami, and hits a FUTURE SHOCK! But the countdown is over, and now the Bloodline sends Jimmy! McIntyre has Sami on the top rope but Jey trips McIntyre! Jimmy brings out a TABLE! Boston fires up as Jimmy sends in the furniture, and both Sami and Jey hurry to set it up. Jimmy sends in another table! And then a third! The Bloodline quickly turns the tables but Jey doesn’t want Sami to bother. Jey will set this one up, and Jimmy tries to keep the peace. But Sami and Jey start shoving! Jimmy tells them all to chill, and Roman doesn’t like what he sees.
The Brutes rush in but they get mugged 3v2! Jimmy tosses Dunne, and he tells Jey to help keep the Brutes down. The Usos mug McIntyre while Sami sets up a table. The Usos TOSS McIntyre into steel! Jimmy ROCKS Dunne then TOSSES him, too! Sami brings the table into the second ring, we have one minute left again as Sami and Jimmy set the table up against a corner. Jey stomps and kicks the Brutes down, then Sami stomps McIntyre in the corner. Sami stands on McIntyre, “This is the Bloodline!” Jimmy KNEES Dunne down, then Sami drags McIntyre up. Sami and Jimmy work together while Jey checks his hand.
But the countdown is finishing as McIntyre hits a GLASGOW KISS! Then one for Jimmy! Here comes KEVIN!! Jey ROCKS McIntyre, but Kevin is searching under the ring. Kevin finds chairs! Kevin throws those in a few at a time, then he storms up. Kevin JAMS Jimmy. JAMS Jey, then SMACKS Jimmy! Jey gets a chair, the chairs CLASH, then Kevin SMACKS Jey on the back! Kevin sets the chair down to DDT Jimmy on it! Then he CANNONBALLS into Jey! Fans fire up as Kevin goes up top, SWANTON BOMB onto Jey! Fans fire up again as Kevin gets the chair and CHUCKS it at Jimmy! Down goes Jimmy!
Kevin gets the chair back to SLAM DUNK it on Jey! But now Kevin and Sami meet. Ridge CLUBS away on Sami! Sami falls, Kevin and Jey brawl. Jey SMACKS Kevin with the chair! Jimmy rains down fists in Kevin while Ridge and McIntyre mug Sami. Jimmy SUPERKICKS Ridge, but Dunne JAMS Jimmy with a chair. Dunne SLAMS Jimmy’s hand on a chair but Jey DECKS Dunne! McIntyre suplexes, stalls, and SLAMS Sami! Fans rally as McIntyre puts Sami in a corner. McIntyre stomps and ROCKS Sami on repeat. Dunne GAMANGIRIS Jey but Jimmy sets up a table. Kevin BACK SUPLEXES Jimmy through the table!
McIntyre CHOPS Sami, Ridge stomps Sami, Dunne forearm smashes Sami! We’re under 20 seconds as McIntyre stomps away! The countdown finishes, and the Bloodline sends The Enforcer! Solo fires up and goes to the ring. The Brutes stomp a mudhole into Sami but Solo CLOBBERS Ridge! Solo fires haymakers on Ridge, Dunne fires forearm on Solo. Solo shoves Dunne away to LARIAT him down! Solo TOSSES Dunne into steel! Ridge uppercuts Solo over and over, whips, but Solo reverses! Ridge comes back, into a SAMOAN DROP! Fans fire up with Solo, and then he stares Kevin down. They both step into the gap, and they fire off haymakers!
Fans fire up for the brawl and Solo HEADBUTTS! Solo whips but Kevin reverses and Solo hits steel! But he just shrugs it off?! Solo snarls, but Kevin SUPERKICKS him! Solo stays up, another SUPERKICK! Solo is still up so Kevin stomps a bare foot! Kevin reels Solo in but Solo fights the bomb to back drop Kevin on the steel! Kevin writhes, we’re at another one minute mark. And now, Solo stares down with McIntyre. This is for Clash at the Castle! They brawl with big haymakers, Solo ROCKS McIntyre but McIntyre BOOTS Solo! Solo SUPERKICKS and McIntyre goes to a corner! Solo roars and runs in, HIP- FLYING HEADBUTT!!
All eight men are down and the countdown is done! And finally, The Fella is in! Sheamus storms to the ring but Sami holds the door closed! Sheamus and Sami tug-o-war, but Sheamus wins that to then SLAM the door shut on Sami! Sheamus gets in to CLOBBER Jimmy, CLOBBER Jey, and CLOBBER Sami! Sheamus clotheslines Jimmy into the gap! Then he scoops Jey for an IRISH CRUSE BACKBREAKER! POWERSLAM for Sami! Fans fire up as the Celtic Warrior then goes to the corner of the second ring, for a DOUBLE FLYING LARIAT! Both Usos are down but Roman is preparing for his turn. Sheamus TOSSES Jimmy into steel!
Sami swings wild but misses. Sheamus clinches but Sami kicks free and fires off haymakers! Sami whips but Sheamus reverses to send him into steel! Sheamus helps the Brutes stand back up and fans fire up. The OG Brutes TRIP SPLASH Sami and the Usos against the steel! And then they fire off haymakers! McIntyre stomps Solo to keep him down while the rest get beat down! Solo HEADBUTTS away on Sheamus, whips him, but Sheamus fights the fireman’s carry! Sheamus swings, but into a clinch! Sheamus fights that, too, while McIntyre smothers Jimmy. Sheamus and McIntyre stomp Solo and Jimmy down.
Sheamus fireman’s carries Solo, he climbs up a corner, and hits Solo with a SUPER WHITE NOISE!! Both men are down, but the countdown is done! The Head of the Table finally joins the action, and WarGames can finally end! Roman helps the Bloodline regroup in one ring while the Brutes are all in the other. The ten men all stare down, fans fire up, and the chants of “UCEY! UCEY!” return. The Brutes rush the Bloodline and the brawl is on! Sheamus has Roman and Roman ROCKS Sheamus! Roman ROCKS McIntyre! Roman ROCKS Ridge! He ROCKS Dunne, then he ROCKS Kevin! The Tribal Chief locks ‘n’ loads to SUPERMAN PUNCH Sheamus!
Fans are torn as Roman looks around at the battlefield. Sheamus staggers up, Roman lets out the battle cry! But Sheamus KNEES Roman away and TOSSES him to the gap! Sheamus has Roman on the ropes, and McIntyre helps keep Roman there! But then the Bloodline go after them! Ridge and Dunne go after the Usos and Sami, somehow, someway, the Brutes put everyone in the Bloodline on the ropes! Fans fire up for a QUINTUPLE BEATS OF THE BODHRAIN! They all go past TEN, and then to TWENTY, and then to TWENTY-FIVE!! That’s 125 beats in total!! Fans are thunderous as the Brutes all sort things out with the Bloodline.
Sheamus throws hands on Roman but Roman hits back! McIntyre and Kevin join in, they all have a bone to pick with Roman! The others go to stop the Bloodline, Sheamus swings but Roman ROCKS him with an uppercut! And another! Roman fireman’s carries but Sheamus fights free to shove and KNEE Roman down! Fans fire up as Sheamus aims from a corner. “BROGUE! BROGUE!” And Sheamus runs at Roman, but Solo takes the BROGUE! Roman SPEARS Sheamus! Cover, Dunne breaks it in time!! Sami fires off on Dunne! “You know who that is?! That’s the Tribal Chief! You understand who you’re dealing with?!”
Sami ROCKS Dunne but Dunne ROCKS Sami! Jey runs in, but Dunne dodges and the SUPERKICK hits Sami!! Not that Jey really cares, but Jimmy gets mad at him. Dunne BOOTS Jey, hops up top, but Jey ROCKS Dunne! The Usos climb up and have Dunne, SUPER ONE D!! Cover, Ridge breaks it!! Ridge drags the Usos up, but they shove him away to DOUBLE SUPERKICK! Ridge wobbles, Roman SPEARS Ridge through the table!! Fans lose their minds as Roman crawls out of the wreckage. But right to McIntyre’s feet! McIntyre drags Roman up, TOSSES him into the first ring, and then brings him towards a table!
McIntyre drags Roman up, reels him in, but Solo SUPERKICKS McIntyre! SPINNING SOLO through the table!! Solo roars, but Kevin gives him a STUNNER!! Cover, Roman breaks it! Kevin and Roman stare down now, and fans fire up seeing these two meet again! Kevin and Roman circle, Kevin shouts, “I’m not done with you! Not by a long shot!” Kevin SLAPS Roman, then the haymakers start flying! Roman ROCKS Kevin with an uppercut, runs in but into a STUN- NO, Roman powers out to SUPERMAN PUNCH! Kevin crawls, Roman steadies himself, “OOAH~!” Roman runs in, into a SUPERKICK! Kevin whips Roman for a POP-UP POWERBOMB!!
Kevin fires up, Roman staggers up, into a STUNNER!! Cover, Sami stops the ref!! Sami said he was on Roman’s side, and this just proved it! Kevin glares at his best frenemy, but fans chant “SAMI USO!” Sami and Kevin stare down and Sami says it doesn’t have to be like this. Kevin is a friend but Roman is Sami’s family. Oh, is this family? Kevin has Roman, but he blocks Jimmy’s superkick! Sami LOW BLOWS Kevin!! Fans boo, because it’s one thing to show loyalty, but it’s another to literally go below the belt! Sami seems conflicted about it, but he tells Roman that he did this for him. Roman nods, Sami runs in at Kevin, HELLUVA KICK!!
Kevin falls against Sami and Sami holds him up, and Sami looks at Jey. Sami pushes Kevin down into the drop zone, and he offers him up. Jey goes up, USO SPLASH!! Cover, the Bloodline wins!
Winners: The Bloodline, by pinfall
The Honorary Uso just turned on his friend of 25 YEARS to side with the Tribal Chief. And Roman hugs Sami for it! Even JEY hugs Sami!! With Sami finally sitting at the table on the Island of Relevancy, is there no stopping The Bloodline from running everything in WWE?
What a wild Survivor Series with WarGames for the first time. Obviously this was going to end up bookended by the WarGames matches, and with ladies first, they gave us an awesome opener, and from a strategic standpoint, it made so much sense to have Bianca, Kai & Sky start because they had WarGames experience. And the trend still stands, the team that wins numbers advantage loses. To be fair, I’m not sure how that serves the story with Bianca still Raw Women’s Champion and Kai & Sky still the tag team champions. If it went the other way around, maybe there’d be something because Bayley would want one more shot at Bianca.
Now, with Becky getting the win, maybe Becky wants a Raw Women’s title match but Bayley says “Not so fast!” and we get a great match between those two to name a #1 contender. Meanwhile, it can also set up Alexa & Asuka VS Kai & Sky again, but with Nikki stepping in to feud with Alexa instead. Also I like that Nikki’s ring gear was a villainous recolor of her Almost Super Hero outfit, because there was clearly the lightning butterfly still on it. One detail that was played up well was Rhea and Mia not being able to join Judgment Day and OC since Styles VS Finn was right after.
Styles VS Finn was awesome stuff, and I did like that the Good Brothers brawled with Dom & Priest to the back. Styles winning makes sense with all the wins Judgment Day got through cheating, but I can’t really say this was definitive. There’s always a chance the factions just move on to other feuds, but I can’t be sure how that would work, either. Shotzi VS Ronda was… Well, that apron DDT was awful, but probably because Ronda, through no fault of her own, just didn’t wanna take it. Self-preservation is a hard instinct to fight off but you kinda have to as a pro-wrestler sometimes. Without that, things moved pretty smoothly, but it didn’t help that Boston only wanted Sasha Banks to return and nothing else. And again, it was obvious that Ronda was going to retain, so that didn’t help, either.
Great Triple Threat for the US Championship, and I suppose it’s also a case of perspective how that finish felt. For one, a Spear that stops a Falcon Arrow, only to result in the third guy winning was very creative. Theory was either opportunistic or lucky, I saw it as lucky, but sometimes stuff happens differently live than planned on paper. Either way, Theory winning the title was a surprise, I thought Rollins was going to keep on rolling through the year. But maybe now Rollins and Theory feud 1v1 to prove who is truly the better man.
And we had great promos leading up the main event to keep in question whether or not Sami will stay loyal to The Bloodline. They did a great job keeping it rather vague on how Roman was feeling, and then it all showed itself in the match as Sami saves Jey, who was always doubting him, and even sinking to new lows to betray Kevin. Which is also great given Sami’s story with Kevin because it was Kevin who betrayed Sami first in NXT, and now Sami betrayed Kevin here on a bigger stage. The Bloodline wins to also keep the trend of the advantage actually being a disadvantage, and now this must be pushing past the Rumble to give us something big for WrestleMania, which makes a lot of sense really. They stumbled onto something great with “Sami Uso” and they’re going to keep it going.
My Score: 8.9/10
Mitchell’s NJPW WTL X Super Jr. Tag Results & Report! (11/26/22)
World Tag League is back in action!
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?
- 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.
PLAY BY PLAY
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
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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