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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (7/22/20)

FALL AND PRAY!

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OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Killian Dain VS Dexter Lumis; Lumis wins.
  • Ever-Rise VS Breezango; Breezango wins.
  • Shotzi Blackheart VS Aliyah w/ Robert Stone; Blackheart wins.
  • NXT North American Championship Ladder Match Qualifier Triple Threat: Roderick Strong VS Johnny Gargano VS Bronson Reed; Reed wins and advances to NXT TakeOver: 30.
  • Oney Lorcan VS Timothy Thatcher; Thatcher wins.
  • Dominik Dijakovic VS Karrion Kross w/ Scarlett Bordeaux; Kross wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

NXT opens with William Regal via video call!

“Welcome to NXT. Two weeks ago, the world witnessed Keith Lee ended Adam Cole’s incredible 403 day reign, and became the North American and NXT Champion in what can only be described as an incredible accomplishment.” Keith has asked for time to address the NXT Universe. As such, we cut over to Keith in his home with both his title belts. Keith thanks Mr. Regal for this time, and Keith says it’s been an incredible couple of weeks. He knows how much work it takes just to get to NXT. His own journey began 15 years ago with his trainer, the late “Killer” Tim Brooks.

Brooks may be gone now, but he spoke the truth. “Time, blood, sweat.” It all prepares you for the opportunities that come your way. And when that opportunity struck, Keith became North American Champion. When it struck again, Keith became THE NXT Champion. Life is about making the most of opportunities. Some may call him Limitless, he will not limit others, Make no mistake, he will defend the NXT Championship as much as he can, but at this point in time, he will RELINQUISH the North American Championship! This is in an effort to make sure others have the same opportunities he have, with the caveat that as many people as possible have an opportunity to win.

Regal says it is a wonderful and noble gesture. And as such, we begin a HUGE series of Triple Threat matches! The winners will go to NXT TakeOver: 30, on August 22nd, for a ladder match to crown a NEW North American Champion. That series begins tonight with Johnny Gargano, Roderick Strong and Bronson Reed battling for their spot! Who moves on to go to TakeOver: Triple X?

 

Killian Dain VS Dexter Lumis!

The Beast of Belfast didn’t take kindly to having coffee splashed on him even accidentally. But he also didn’t like the Tortured Artist immortalizing it in ink. Will Big Damo make sure Lumis suffers for his art?

The bell rings and Dain circles with Lumis. They tie up and go around, and Dain headlocks but Lumis powers out. Dain runs Lumis over then keeps moving. Lumis gets up but Dain runs him over again. Lumis slithers and Dain stops in his tracks. Dain drags Lumis up, throws European Uppercuts then whips. Lumis slides out of the ring then dodges Dain as he rushes out. Lumis stares at Dain but Dain drags him back out. Lumis rocks Dain with uppercuts of his own, then haymakers. Lumis whips, Dain reverses but Lumis leaps over the steel steps! The crowd cheers as Lumis rocks Dain with another right. But Dain comes back with the DIVIDE! Dain gets into the ring and Lumis is at the mercy of the count.

The crowd rallies but Dain drags Lumis up and over to throw into Plexiglas! Dain digs his forearm into Lumis’ face, then bounces him off the Plexiglas. Dain puts Lumis in the ring and on the apron to club away. The ref reprimands but Dain KNEES Lumis! Dain drags Lumis out, Lumis hits back and puts Dain in. LUmis climbs up but Dain knees him low. Dain brings Lumis through ropes, clubs him again, then goes up top for a guillotine leg drop! Cover, TWO! Lumis survives and NXT goes picture in picture.

Dain keeps on Lumis by standing on one hand and wrenching the other. Dain throws Lumis back out of the ring hard, then soaks up the heat from the crowd. Dain goes out to get in the faces of the crowd before clubbing Lumis. He pushes Lumis’ face into the Plexiglas but lets up to put him back in the ring. Dain spots Lumis slither to a corner and runs in for a big splash! Dain pushes Lumis down and soaks up more heat before throwing big forearms. Lumis throws punches back but Dain clubs him down. Dain chokes Lumis at the ropes until the ref counts. Lumis shakes out his arms and sputters for air but Dain throws forearms in the corner.

Dain whips corner to corner hard and Lumis goes down in a heap! Dain doesn’t let up, but Lumis throws body shots again. Lumis stands, runs but into a mule kick! Lumis goes down again, clutching those ribs. Dain drops a senton outta nowhere! Lumis crawls and Dain eggs him on before raining down fists. Dain turns Lumis over for a partial camel clutch. Dain hooks Lumis’ face but the ref reprimands so Dain lets go. Dain stands on Lumis’ lower back and pulls him back with a chinlock. Lumis endures, Dain hooks his nose again, then lets up to add an arm for a crossface modification. Lumis still endures and works against the hold. NXT returns to single picture as Lumis is free and punches from below!

Dain comes back to ROCK Lumis with a forearm, but Lumis just sits back up. Lumis stares at Dain, Dain CHOPS! Lumis embraces the pain as Dain keeps throwing forearms and chops and haymakers! Dain BOOTS Lumis down before tearing at his own shirt. Dain wants Lumis to stand, then runs, into a SPINE BUSTER! The crowd is thunderous as Lumis gets up. Dain also stands, swings but Lumis ducks to throw haymakers. Dain shoves, Lumis ducks to THESZ PRESS! Lumis throws fast hands but Dain gets away, only to get a corner clothesline and bulldog! Lumis brings Dain up for a BIG back suplex! Kip up to leg drop! Cover, TWO! Lumis keeps his cool as he goes to a corner.

Lumis leaps but his Swanton FLOPS! Dain runs and shotgun dropkicks Lumis to a corner! CANNONBALL! Dain drags Lumis up to a powerbomb! And elbow drop! Cover, TWO! Lumis still lives and the crowd cheers for “NXT! NXT!” giving them such a great opener. Dain grits his teeth as he drags Lumis back up. Fireman’s carry, but Lumis slips out to shove Dain into buckles. URENAGE! Dain avoids The Silence to drag Lumis back up. Lumis slips off the bomb, ducks the punch and baits Dain into buckles. Dain puts Lumis on the apron but Lumis rocks him back! Lumis climbs up, Dain throws forearms first and climbs up to join Lumis. The two fight for control, Lumis shoves Dain down! SWANTON hits!

Dain gets up, for another URENAGE! THE SILENCE! Dain endures, claws, reaches, but fades out! Lumis brings Dain around, Dain keeps prying at the hold but he’s out again! Lumis wins!!

Winner: Dexter Lumis, by submission

Lumis’ eyes continue to stare into our souls as he conquers the Beast of Belfast. Will Lumis be among the future contenders for the North American Championship Ladder match?

 

Backstage interview with Roderick Strong!

The Undisputed Era’s Savior of the Backbreaker is one of the first with an opportunity at entering the North American Championship Ladder match. What does this mean to him? This means that the Era can get back on track. The last few weeks have been strange. And Keith Lee never actually gave Strong a rematch so Strong should just automatically be in that ladder match. Bronson Reed comes in to say that’s where Strong is wrong. Strong and the UE have had a million chances, but Keith gave up the title to create opportunities. This is Reed’s biggest chance and he is going to prove he is a big time player in NXT.

Johnny Gargano comes in laughing and says, “Excuse me, boys. Face of the brand coming through.” Strong tells “Johnny Goof” he’ll see him later. Gargano says if Reed wants to be a player, welcome to Gargano’s world. This all ends with Gargano becoming North American Champion again and making history, again. Later, Thicc Boi. Well this Thicc Boi vows to go all out. Will Strong and Gargano survive the power of Auszilla?

 

Dakota Kai speaks.

“Hi, Io. It felt SO good to kick you off that pedestal you put yourself on. When the taste returns to your mouth, I’ll be waiting. And oh, make sure to bring the NXT Women’s Championship with you, too.” #CobraKai has called her shot, but will she hit it when the Evil Genius gives her that chance?

 

Ever-Rise VS Breezango!

Matt Martel & Chase Parker have been going back and forth, up and down, but they never expected to face the Fashion Mounties! Will Tyler Breeze & Fandango enforce the law and have fun doing it?

The teams sort out Breeze starts against Parker. They circle, tie up, and go around. Breeze headlocks, grinds Parker down but Parker powers up to power out. Breeze runs Parker over and then lounges on the ropes. Parker shouts, “You think you’re cute, huh?” Parker runs in but Breeze dodges, and then shows Super Model Kick! Parker scrambles away and Martel says, “Watch his face!” Ever-Rise fakes a tag but Breeze dodges and hurdles Parker to show kick again! Parker stops in his tracks and Martel shouts, “Easy! Easy!” Martel starts a “Defense!” chant like this is football or something, so Breeze SUPER MODEL KICKS him! Parker clobbers Breeze and rains down angry rights!

Parker rips the Mountie uniform off Parker then tags in Martel. Parker throws Breeze out hard and then Martel drops ax handles! Martel stomps away on Breeze to then bump him off Plexiglas! The ref reprimands, Martel puts Parker in and drops another ax handle! Martel whips Breeze hard into the corner, tags Parker, and Ever-Rise mugs Breeze. Parker throws hands, pulls on Breeze’s ear to bring him up for a back suplex. Breeze escapes and tags in Fandango! The Lord of the Dance rallies on Ever-Rise, CHOPS away on Parker then whips corner to corner. Parker staggers into the BACK DROP! Fandango sees Martel coming and back drops him before hitting Parker with a Russian Leg Sweep!

Fandango goes up top and puts on the hat! He salutes and FALLS onto Ever-Rise! Mountie Dive is a hit! Fandango puts Parker in, Breeze tags in, Breezango DOUBLE SUPER MODEL KICKS! And then the same for Martel! Cover on Parker, Breezango wins!

Winners: Breezango, by pinfall

The Mounties always get their men, and also get the win! Are Breeze and Fandango back in contention for the NXT Tag Team Championships?

 

Backstage interview with Dominik Dijakovic.

Tonight, the Croatian Colossus goes 1v1 with Karrion Kross for the first time ever, after their brutal brawl backstage last week. How does Dijakovic make sure the match ends different than the fight? Well Kross suplex’d Dijakovic over railing onto his head, after Dijakovic gave it his all against Keith Lee. Tonight, Kross is taking on a 100% fresh and ready Dijakovic. Dijakovic was trying to figure out what was next for him in NXT and now he knows what it is: knocking Karrion Kross out cold! Will it go that way for Dijakovic? Or will he be made to #FallAndPray?

 

Io Shirai tweets a reply to Dakota Kai.

“Actions have consequences… And you cannot undo your actions. Wednesday, I’ll be seeing you…” But just when and where will the Evil Genius of the Sky strike #CapKota?

 

Shotzi Blackheart VS Aliyah w/ Robert Stone!

The wild child ran Robert Stone’s leg over in return for getting in her face, and now his foot is in a brace. Will Aliyah at least feel like she got ran over by that tank when Shotzi #TCB, Takes Care o’ Business?

Speaking of that tank, Shotzi cruises down the ramp and rams the steel steps into Stone! He hobbles off while she howls and gets in the ring. “Welcome to the ball pit!” The bell rings and Shotzi goes for a boot. Aliyah dodges but Shotzi dodges the heel kick. Shotzi fires off forearms but Aliyah shoves her. Shotzi trips Aliyah and has the legs, “Welcome to the Ball Pit!” A Jeff Hardy style leg splitting leg drop sends Aliyah crawling to ropes. Shotzi CANNONBALLS her into the ropes! Shotzi howls and runs but Aliyah dodges the straddle attack to come back with a FLYING FACEBUSTER! Aliyah puts Shotzi in, covers, TWO!

Shotzi gets to a corner while Aliyah smirks. Aliyah whips Shotzi to another corner, blocks the boot counter to throw Shotzi down! Aliyah drags Shotzi up by her hair to stomp her down! Stone applauds but the crowd boos as Aliyah bumps Shotzi off buckles. Stone talks trash as Aliyah snap suplexes and floats back to drag Shotzi back up for a NORTHERN LIGHTS! Cover, TWO!! Aliyah grows annoyed with Shotzi but drags her into a hair-pulling camel clutch. Aliyah hooks up the arms but the crowd rallies up. Shotzi endures, fights to get her arms free, then trips Aliyah into an Oklahoma Roll! ONE, but Shotzi SLAPS then JABS Aliyah. Aliyah reverses the whip but Shotzi goes up and over and comes back with a corner splash!

Shotzi rolls Aliyah out to hit a SLING-DOG! The crowd fires up as Shotzi BOOTS Aliyah then rolling elbows! QUESTION MARK! SAIDO SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! Aliyah lives but Shotzi grits her teeth. Shotzi drags Aliyah up, wrenches and chicken wings, but Aliyah stomps the foot to put Shotzi into buckles! Roll up but with ropes! The ref notices in time and stops at two! Stone and Aliyah are furious but Shotzi enziguris Aliyah down! Shotzi drags Aliyah back up, chicken wings for the TIGER SUPLEX! Shotzi gets to the corner and climbs up, but Stone gets on the apron. Shotzi BOOTS Stone down! Stone lands on his bad leg, Shotzi goes up and SUPER SENTONS Aliyah down! Cover, Shotzi wins!

Winner: Shotzi Blackheart, by pinfall

Now that’s how you TCB! Shotzi hops into her tank and Stone is stuck on the ramp! She runs over the OTHER leg!! Will the bougie brand back off and let Shotzi be Shotzi? But then Mercedes Martinez BOOTS Shotzi down?! Aliyah drags Stone out from under the tank while Mercedes leaves. What does Mercedes have against Shotzi to blindside her like this?

 

NXT takes a look at Isaiah “Swerve” Scott.

“Swerve is many things. But overall, Swerve is confidence.” He was a loner as a kid, but he loved to dance. When he finally got a full sense of confidence was performing Billy Jean for his high school talent show. And all he wanted to do after that was perform. Being int he studio helps him loosen up, zone out and be himself. It’s just like the ring. Making music and being in a match is about being in sync. The beat and the harmonies need to be in sync or it throws the whole track out of whack. The same goes with footwork in the ring and keeping the match on track. Being in the ring with a Johnny Gargano, the inaugural NXT Triple Crown, is special. Him taking Gargano to the limit shows Swerve what it takes to become champion.

Swerve has heard Santos Escobar saying the Cruiserweight Division needed a leader. Swerve wants to remind Escobar that he was the first one to beat Escobar in the WWE. The next time they meet, we’ll be looking at the new NXT Cruiserweight Champion.

 

NXT North American Championship Ladder Match Qualifier Triple Threat: Roderick Strong VS Johnny Gargano VS Bronson Reed!

The first spot in TakeOver: 30’s Ladder Match will either be Undisputed, have #AllHeartNoSoul, or belong to Auszilla! Only one man moves on, let the series begin!

The bell rings and the three circle. Strong rushes but fakes Reed out. Reed runs Gargano over, speeds up with Strong, and Strong leaps to bounce off Reed’s shoulder! Reed holds the ring as Gargano and Strong bail out. Those two argue with each other, and Gargano wants to work together. They agree to rush Reed on three. One, two- They both try to fake the other out, and then claim they knew all along the other would do that. Reed stomps Gargano’s hand on the apron! Then hip tosses Strong into the ring! Reed whips and runs Strong over! Gargano returns, kicks Reed then huricaransas, but is blocked! Reed scoops and SLAMS Gargano down!

Strong clubs Reed from behind and throws haymakers. Reed hits back, headbutts Strong down, then fireman’s carries. Gargano runs but is just added to the load! Strong gets down and CHOPS Reed on the back! Strong tries to Olympic Slam but Reed clubs him down. Reed ducks Gargano’s enziguri and it hits Strong! Reed runs, Gargano drops down but then he’s shoved into Strong! Strong flops out of the ring and Reed glares at Gargano. Gargano bails out fast as NXT goes to break.

NXT returns as Strong throws haymakers on Reed. Reed hits back and backs Strong to a corner. Reed runs in to hip attack! Then he runs at Gargano for another hip attack! Gargano flops out so Reed powers up but runs into Strong’s knee! Reed goes down, Strong hurries after him with clubbing and CHOPS! Strong climbs up to rain down rights and lefts in the corner! Reed pushes him away but Gargano returns to add left hands. Strong pulls Gargano away to rain down rights. Gargano pulls Strong away to rain down lefts. Strong stomps Reed and the two back off. Strong drags Reed up as the crowd duels, “Johnny Sucks!” “Strong Sucks!” Strong CHOPS Reed, Gargano CHOPS, too! They keep giving CHOPS but Reed CHOPS back!

Reed DECKS Strong and CHOPS Gargano but Strong kicks a leg out. Gargano kicks back then the two bring Reed up. They double whip but Reed crisscrosses them into each other! Reed elbows Strong and body presses Gargano! Strong leg lariats in return! Strong drags Reed around to underhook the arms. Reed resists the lift to back drop but Strong sunset flips! Gargano grabs Strong to catapult him into Reed’s thicc boi! Gargano KNEES Reed out then rushes Strong. Strong puts Gargano on the apron then runs, into the SLINGSHOT SPEAR! Gargano DIVES out onto Reed and sends him into barriers! Gargano slingshots back in but Strong blocks to butterfly backbreaker! Cover, TWO!!

Strong stomps Gargano then grabs the legs. Gargano resists the Strong Hold long enough for Reed to return and DECK Strong! Reed rallies and atomic drops to CLOBBER Strong. Gargano swings into a full nelson that becomes a dragon sleeper. Strong staggers into Reed’s arms, URENAGE INVERTED DDT COMBO! Reed is fired up with the crowd as he looks at Strong and Gargano in a corner. He runs to SANDWICH SPLASH them both! THICC SENTON onto Strong! Cover but Gargano kicks it apart! Gargano drags himself up and goes to Reed to throw haymakers. Reed still gets up to headbutt back! Strong and Gargano both sit up, Reed lifts Gargano but Strong chop blocks Reed down!

Strong and Gargano CHOP Reed together! Reed stays up but Strong gets in position. Gargano enziguris Reed for Strong to OLYMPIC SLAM! But Gargano throws Strong out of the ring! Cover on Reed, TWO!! Gargano can’t steal a win and he is frustrated! Gargano brings Reed up to put him through the ropes. He puts Reed’s arms in the ropes and SUPERKICKS him! Then SUPER- NO! Strong gives Gargano a BACKBREAKER! Strong runs side to side to throw elbow after elbow on Reed! Gargano shoves Strong out again! Gargano runs to slide, wheelbarrow half nelson but he fights free! The two brawl and Reed DIVES!! Aussie Strong Style wipes them both out and the crowd is thunderous as we go to break!

NXT returns again and Reed CHOPS Gargano! Strong CHOPS Reed, Gargano throws forearms on Reed. More CHOPS and forearms fly but Reed double clotheslines Strong and Gargano down! Reed grits his teeth and roars as he aims at Strong. Strong boots back, but Gargano steps into Strong’s enziguri! Strong hops up, Reed ROCKS him with a right, then drags Gargano up in a fireman’s carry. Reed adds Strong to the stack, DOUBLE SAMOAN DROP! Cover on Gargano, TWO!! Gargano still has that superhuman heart but Reed goes after Strong. Reed hoists Strong up top, CHOPS again, then throws haymakers. Reed climbs up top but Strong hits back. Gargano chop blocks Reed’s leg and brings him down.

Gargano throws haymakers and CHOPS on Reed, then goes after Strong. Strong fights Gargano back and fireman’s carries him up! Gargano fights that off, but Reed adds on with clubbing forearms. Reed has Gargano in an Electric Chair, Strong gets up, but Gargano avoids Doomsday with a POISON-RANA! But Strong KNEES Gargano first! Cover on Reed, Gargano SUPERKICKS it apart! All three men are down and “This is Awesome!” Reed is on the apron and Strong throws forearms from all sides. Reed CLUBS back, Gargano clubs Reed’s legs from behind! Gargano has Reed, Strong KNEES Reed into the POWERBOMB!! The crowd loses its mind while the ref checks on Reed. Reed writhes, Gargano turns around for Strong to WRECK him with a dropkick!

Strong puts Gargano in, runs corner to corner and SHINING WIZARDS! Back suplex SLAM! Cover, TWO!! Strong keeps his focus as he drags Gargano up. Gargano resists the underhooks but Strong still gets him up, only for Gargano to huricanrana! Gargano runs, tilt-o-whirl takedown to GargaNO Escape! But Strong makes it a cover, TWO! Gargano powers out of Strong Hold, ducks the boot and rolls Strong, TWO! SUPERKICK! Gargano drags Strong up to scoop and LAWN DART! The crowd fires up as Gargano aims but Strong dodges! Strong fireman’s carries, GUTBUSTER DROP! Gargano is on the apron, and enziguris Strong away! Slingshots, ONE FINAL BEAT!! But Gargano sputters to the cover, REED THICC BOI SPALSHES! Cover, REED WINS!!

Winner: Bronson Reed, by pinfall (advances to TakeOver: 30)

INCREDIBLE! Truly the biggest win in Reed’s career, and he’s on to TakeOver: XXX!! Will Reed take full advantage of this massive opportunity?

 

Oney Lorcan VS Timothy Thatcher!

The Boston Fury wants revenge on the ruthless teacher of torture for that extended Fujiwara armbar and the insults added later on. Will Thatcher continue to add insult to injury, as well as more injuries?

The bell rings and Oney circles with Thatcher. They approach, Oney avoids Thatcher’s grip, but they clinch and Thatcher gets the arm. Thatcher shifts to a facelock to gator roll Oney but Oney gets to his feet and gets around. Thatcher keeps on the arm and wrist but Oney keeps on the rear. Oney goes from waistlock to facelock but Thatcher slips out to hammerlock. Oney moves around, gets Thatcher’s arm to a wristlock. Thatcher gets up, throws body shots and clamps onto Oney’s shoulders. Thatcher grinds a forearm into Oney’s face, Oney drops to get the leg. Thatcher fights off the toehold to go after the arm again. Oney clasps hands to avoid the armbar, goes after the leg again, but Thatcher SLAPS!

Thatcher has the leg, Oney CHOPS and SLAPS! Oney keeps throwing CHOPS but Thatcher clinches to a belly2belly! Cover, TWO! Thatcher keeps on Oney with a chinlock but Oney endures. The crowd rallies as Oney fights but Thatcher makes it a cover. ONE, but Thatcher facelocks Oney again. Oney fights back up, Thatcher clubs his neck and knees low! Thatcher again facelocks, head ‘n’ arm suplex! Cover, TWO! Thatcher still keeps on Oney with a grounded clinch. Thatcher turns Oney over, has the legs and laces them up, to then get a Bow ‘n’ Arrow! Oney endures, but Thatcher makes it a cover. TWO and Oney is free, to go after a leg. Oney trips Thatcher, has the ankle but Thatcher resists.

Thatcher gets the arm again and has a double wristlock, but Oney gets the ropebreak! Thatcher lets go fast but he KNEES Oney against ropes! He throws a EuroUpper then stands Oney up against ropes. Thatcher CLUBS Oney and KNEES him down again! Cover, TWO! The crowd still rallies for Oney as Thatcher drags him up. Oney fires off body shots and CHOPS! Thatcher clinches but Oney pushes him away to BLAST him with a EuroUpper! Oney keeps moving, and EuroUppers again! The crowd fires up as Oney aims at Thatcher on the outside. Thatcher drags Oney out and goes after the arm again. Oney chinbars in return, and POSTS Thatcher arm first! Both men are even in that respect now, and NXT goes to break.

NXT returns and Thatcher has Oney in a corner. Thatcher uses one hand to push Oney into buckles and the other to throw point-blank forearms! The ref counts and Thatcher lets up at 4. Thatcher drags Oney back up to club him back down. Thatcher half nelsons as he clubs away on Oney’s back. Thatcher makes the nelson a keylock, but Oney throws body shots. Thatcher shoves Oney to buckles, Oney elbows back. Oney hops up and boots Thatcher away, to then leap and EuroUpper! Both men are down but the crowd fires up. Thatcher stands. Oney stalks up behind but Thatcher denies the Half ‘n’ Half. Thatcher wants the chicken wing crossface but Oney grabs the fingers! Oney gets the bad arm for a takedown and double wristlock!

Thatcher resists, powers up and throws forearms! Oney holds onto the wrist even as Thatcher clubs and SLAPS away! Oney trips Thatcher to get the HALF CRAB! Oney cranks back but Thatcher grits what teeth he has to reach back. Thatcher is after a leg but Oney drops down to FUJIWARA! Oney wants to use Thatcher’s favorite against him! Thatcher endures, reaches up and fish hooks Oney’s face! The ref reprimands but Oney lets Thatcher go. Oney throws haymakers and CHOPS on the bad arm! HALF ‘N’ HALF! Cover, TWO!! Thatcher toughs it out but Oney fires up! Oney glares at Thatcher as he CHOPS again! Thatcher blocks but Oney breaks through to CHOP again! And CHOP!

Thatcher goes for a leg, Oney goes after the arm! Thatcher resists, they go around and Thatcher rams Oney into buckles. Oney holds onto the arm to twist, but Thatcher reaches back to clasp hands. Oney keeps working on the wristlock, pushing that elbow. Thatcher trips Oney up to get a cover, with tights! Thatcher wins!!

Winner: Timothy Thatcher, by pinfall

Thatcher escapes by the skin of his teeth! Oney almost got his revenge, but will this rivalry give us the full trilogy?

 

Backstage interview with The Robert Stone Brand.

Stone does NOT want to talk right now! He got ran over again! Aliyah tells Mackenzie to leave, but Mercedes walks by. Mercedes tells Stone to stay seated and listen. Mercedes says she needs someone to handle the big matches, look at the contracts, and handle all the crap she doesn’t care about. That way, she can focus on being in the ring and hurting her opponents. Got that? Crystal clear. He’s her man- Do NOT overstep your boundaries, or she will make sure both his legs stay broken. Understood! “Welcome to the Robert Stone Brand.” They shake on it, and Stone is so excited! Until his legs hurt again. Is Mercedes the key Stone needs to get his brand to the top of NXT?

 

Finn Balor speaks.

“Keith Lee’s giving out opportunities. He’s giving NXT opportunities. He’s giving Finn Balor opportunities.” At Finn’s level, he doesn’t need charity. But he will take advantage that Keith is not man enough to defend the title. The Prince will take the North American Championship, and he’s not playing games. He tells us his next move: Dexter Lumis, Timothy Thatcher, “I’m sorry for ya. But your opportunity sucks, because you have to deal with me. Your push just hit the ceiling.” At TakeOver: 30, the North American Championship gets what it needs in the #FinnRub. That is truly a sinister Triple Threat, but who survives to join Bronson Reed in that Ladder match?

 

Dominik Dijakovic VS Karrion Kross w/ Scarlett Bordeaux!

After facing the then Double Champion, Keith Lee, Dijakovic proclaimed Keith was an a whole new level, and that not even Kross could touch him. Mr. Doomsday took offense to that, dumped Dijakovic over railing, and then walked away. But there’s no running from this! Will Dijakovic survive the apocalypse?

The bell rings and Kross circles with Dijakovic. They stare down, approach, then tie up. They go around along the ropes and in a corner, then back out to center. The titans separate and the crowd fires up. Kross and Dijakovic tie up again, go around some more, and Dijakovic powers Kross to a corner. The ref calls for the break, Dijakovic lets off, but Kross kicks low! Kross facelocks, cranks on Dijakovic’s head, but Dijakovic fights up. Dijakovic rams Kross to buckles but Kross wrenches the head harder. The crowd rallies for Dijakovic and he rams Kross again. And again! Kross holds on so Dijakovic throws body shots.

Dijakovic wrenches out, torture racks, but Kross blocks Fest to wrench and lift. Dijakovic fights the saido off to bring Kross around for elbows! Dijkaovic knees and DECKS Kross out of the ring! Kross is reeling for once in NXT, but he RAMS into Dijakovic! Kross puts Dijakovic against barriers, aims a big right hand, but Dijakovic dodges the fist! Kross punches Plexiglas but doesn’t even flinch! Dijakovic comes back to BOOT Kross down! Kross definitely felt that one and Scarlett is furious. The ring count climbs, Dijakovic puts Kross in at 7. Dijakovic runs at Kross in a corner but Kross BOOTS back! And ROUNDHOUSES, to DDT! Kross grins as he spikes Dijakovic and NXT goes picture in picture.

Kross takes his time going back to Dijakovic and talks trash as he stomps him down. Kross taunts Dijakovic and brings him up to throw haymakers! Dijakovic is on the ropes and Kross chokes him with a boot! The ref counts, Kross lets off to CLUB Dijakovic on the back. Kross drags Dijakovic up to knee low, then turn him for a neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Kross traps an arm and has Dijakovic in a headlock and pulls! Dijakovic endures and pushes back but Kross BITES Dijakovic’s hand! The ref reprimands, Dijakovic keeps pushing back but Kross holds on. Dijakovic makes the headlock a cover, TWO and Kross cranks harder.

Dijakovic endures, frees his arm, and fights to his feet. Dijakovic throws body shots but Kross trips him up just to bring it back to square one! NXT returns to single picture as Kross floats around to trap the arms and dig an elbow into Dijakovic’s face. Dijakovic endures as Kross cranks on the shoulder. The crowd rallies up, Dijakovic fights up, throws body shots and forearms, but Kross roars and DOOMSDAY SAIDOS!! Kross roars again as he stands tall. Kross calls for it, and grabs Dijakovic for the Krossjacket! Dijakovic arm-drags free before it locks in, and then fireman’s carries! Kross slips out, but Dijakovic ROCKS him with a right! Scarlett is worried and coaches Kross up, but Dijakovic throws body shots.

Dijakovic backs Kross down with elbows from all sides, but Kross shoves. Kross walks into the mule kick, front kick and ELBOW! “TIME TO FLY!” Dijakovic suplex TOSSES Kross! Kross stands, Dijakovic choke grips and CHOKE BOMBS! Cover, TWO!! Kross survives but Dijakovic grits his teeth. Kross bails out, Dijakovic FLIES!! Direct hit and the crowd is thunderous! Dijakovic drags Kross up and tells him, “You’re no Keith Lee!” But Kross says, “Neither are you!” Kross whips Dijakovic into steel steps! Kross refreshes the ring count while Scarlett has a big smile on her face. Kross chokes Dijakovic with his boot but lets up at the ref’s count. The ring count continues, Kross BOOTS the steps into Dijakovic’s head!!

The ref reprimands Kross and tells him to get back in the ring. The ref checks on Dijakovic but somehow Dijakovic is still okay! Kross enters the ring and the ring count continues. Kross goes back out to drag Dijakovic out from the steps and up into the ring. But Dijakovic is dead weight! Kross gets Dijakovic and himself in at 8, then drags Dijakovic around. Dijakovic stirs but Kross puts his arms down to throw HEAVY forearms! Kross sees Keith Lee coming down the ramp! Keith glares at Kross and Kross glares back. Dijakovic doesn’t want Keith to end this, “He’s mine.” Kross keeps raining down rights! Kross lets up and Dijakovic again tells Keith to stand down. “It’s my call. It’s on me.”

Kross shows no mercy and throws ANOTHER heavy right! Dijakovic is in a daze but he still shouts to Keith, “No!” Dijakovic crawls to the corner and tells Keith to let what happens happen. Kross drags Dijakovic up and makes sure Keith is watching the KROSSJACKET! “Look at him, Keith! Look at him!” Dijakovic is fading out! He’s turning purple! He’s OUT!! Kross wins!

Winner: Karrion Kross, by referee stoppage

Keith gets in not a moment sooner and Kross backs off. The two glare at each other as Kross’ hand is raised. Kross has sent a message to the Limitless NXT Champion through his greatest rival’s defeat. Will Keith respond more directly? Will Dijakovic ever be able to rise again?


My Thoughts:

This was a great and rather brutal episode tonight. First, great adjustment to TakeOver to go with the number since it can’t be in Boston as planned. TakeOver: 30, aka TakeOver: XXX, already has a great logo, and it already has a great match with that North American Championship ladder match. It was quite the surprise that Keith Lee vacated the title, but I suppose that is one way around any double header story or Double Championship/Winner Takes All cliches since we’ve seen that already with Becky Two Belts and NJPW’s own Double Championship story. The Triple Threat of Strong VS Gargano VS Reed was great, and it was made even better by that surprise win! I honestly didn’t pick Reed for that, it felt more like Gargano’s win, but this is big for the up-and-comer.

Balor VS Thatcher VS Lumis is also going to be great. Lumis VS Dain was really good, and Thatcher VS Oney II was a great rematch. I feel like Lumis could end up a surprise winner, but at the same time, I feel like Balor needs this to keep going. By now, he was supposed to have faced Walter in NXT UK but obviously that hasn’t been able to happen. Balor getting the North American Championship and holding onto it until he and Walter can have a match would be great to be honest. I can’t wait to see who else gets in on the Triple Threats and the apparently Five Man Ladder match. By virtue of being an NXT TakeOver ladder match, that’s going to be insane, and perhaps even star-making.

Ever-Rise VS Breezango was fun, and Breezango entering as Mounties was a great surprise. I feel like TakeOver: XXX could set up a huge NXT Tag Team Championship match, with three or more teams. Get Imperium, Breezango and Indus Sher in the ring in a tornado tag or something, that’ll really fire up the tag division in an otherwise weak era. Shirai VS Kai is going to be really good, and Kai’s video promo and Shirai’s tweet were pretty good to keep the ball rolling. Shotzi had a good match with Aliyah, Stone continues to be entertaining, and what a twist for Mercedes Martinez to go after Shotzi and sign with Stone. I’m still sensing Rhea Ripley backing Shotzi up against Aliyah and Mercedes, and the winning team could even move up in the WWE Women’s Tag Division. Y’know, once the tag titles are free of Bayley & Sasha Banks.

Swerve getting a profile vignette was pretty good. I guess part of his gimmick now is that he’s a musician, composer and maybe even rapper. WWE needs to get Josiah Williams, aka Wrestle & Flow, back so he can give Swerve a track that isn’t just the backing beat for Shawn Spears’ theme in AEW. Swerve calling out Escobar is good, ties NXT and 205 Live together. Then the main event, Kross VS Dijakovic, was also great stuff. The ending was borderline Rocky IV, Apollo losing and dying at the hands of Drago because he told Rocky not to throw in the towel. Dijakovic goes down, probably so he can resurface on Raw or SmackDown in the future, but it adds a lot to Keith VS Kross. Those two having a match at TakeOver: XXX is the logical move, but it feels way too hard to call here what happens. Keith just got THE NXT title, but how does he retain it without hurting Kross’ already very high power levels?

My Score: 9.2/10


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Mitchell’s NJPW WTL X Super Jr. Tag Results & Report! (12/3/22)

Is World Tag League tranquilo?

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NJPW WTL X Super Jr.

Can Naito & Sanada win back-to-back main events?

We just saw Los Ingobernables de Japon conquer Aussie Open, but can they trump The Joker & The Ace in NJPW World Tag League’s sixth round?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

Here are the current World Tag League standings!

Aussie Open: 5-1, 10 points
The Mighty: 5-1, 10 points
Naito & Sanada: 4-2, 8 points
Khan & Henare: 4-2, 8 points
Suzuki & Archer: 3-2, 6 points
Yano & Tanahashi: 3-2, 6 points
Goto & Hashi: 3-2, 6 points
Evil & Yujiro: 0-5, 0 points [ELIMINATED]
Coughlin & Kidd: 0-5, 0 points [ELIMINATED]

Chase & Fale: [FORFEIT]

 

World Tag League 2022: Alex Coughlin & Gabriel Kidd VS Aussie Open!

The Mechanical Bulls are in the exact opposite spot as Mark Davis & Kyle Fletcher, but that won’t stop them! Can Coughlin & Kidd ruin the All United Empire Finals? Or will Dunk-Zilla & The Aussie Arrow turn things around from their first loss this league?

The Orchestrator, Gideon Grey, is here, and he says it is Coughlin’s birthday. Gideon was going to get Coughlin a birthday present, and then he heard how horribly Coughlin’s first WTL run is going. Kidd gets impatient and Gideon says this is what he’s getting at. This is his present to them: an opportunity to win their first two points against his team, “representing the United Empire…!” Gideon gives the introductions and Aussie Open makes their entrance.  And Aussie Open is so fired up, they don’t sort out, they just go after Coughlin & Kidd! Davis is after Kidd, Kyle has Coughlin, and Davis knees Kidd low to send him out of the ring!

The bell rings, Aussie Open double whip Coughlin, but he ducks their double clothesline to shove Kyle into Davis. Coughlin goes to ropes, Davis runs in but Coughlin dumps him out. Kyle runs in but Coughlin TOSSES him out onto Davis! Kidd is up top and fans cheer for the ARIHARA MOONSAULT! Direct hit and fans cheer as Kidd fires up! Kidd puts Kyle back in for Coughlin, and Coughlin deadlift gut wrench suplexes! And then deadlift back suplexes! Cover, TWO! Tag to Kidd and he runs to BLAST Davis! Coughlin runs in to clothesline Kidd at the corner, then feeds him to Kidd’s EXPLODER!

The Mechanical Bulls flex and the fans fire up again. Coughlin hauls Kyle up, he and Kidd double suplex but Davis saves Kyle! Aussie Open dodge the Mechanical Bulls, Kyle SUPERKICKS Coughlin while Davis BOOTS Kidd! Fans fire up as Davis goes to the corner to tag in. Davis storms up on Kidd, he brings Kidd up but Kidd CHOPS back. Kidd eggs Davis on but Davis CHOPS Kidd! Kidd CHOPS, CHOPS and eggs Davis on. Davis CHOPS Kidd and fans fire up for that one. Kidd CHOPS, CHOPS and CHOPS, then roars at Davis, but Davis knees low then throws Kidd out. Kyle BLASTS Coughlin off the apron!

Aussie Open coordinate, Kyle picks up Coughlin and Davis picks up Kidd, and they run around the way to SANDWICH the Mechanical Bulls! And then, DOUBLE APRON BACK SUPLEXES! And then, DOUBLE SCOOP SLAMS to the floor! Fans fire up as Kyle gets in the ring. The ring count starts, Coughlin and Kidd writhe as the count passes 5 of 20. Kidd sits up at 10, drags himself up with the railing, and fans rally up. The count is 15, Kidd flounders and staggers about, but Coughlin helps him up at 18 to get in at 19! Davis tags Kyle, Aussie Open double whip and double ELBOW Kidd, PENALTY KICK to SENTON! Cover, TWO!

Fans rally up as Kyle looms over Kidd. Kyle sits Kidd up to ELBOW him in the head! Kyle clamps on a chinlock and grinds Kidd down. Kidd endures as Coughlin and the fans rally up. Kyle shifts to a BULLY CHOKE! Kidd endures, fights up, and gets the ROPEBREAK! Fans cheer and Kyle cranks more, until the ref counts 4. Kyle “apologizes” then tags in Davis. Davis drags Kidd up but Kidd CHOPS! Davis scoops Kidd to SLAM him! Kidd grits his teeth as he gets back up to CHOP and CHOP! Davis scoop SLAMS again, but Kidd is right up! Kidd CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Davis whips Kidd right out, BOOTS Coughlin, and Kyle goes after Kidd!

Kyle scoops Kidd but Kidd slips off to scoop Kyle! Kidd SLAMS Kyle on the floor! Fans fire up as Kidd gets back in, dodges Davis, but Davis blocks the kick. Kidd gets free to ROCK Davis with a haymaker! Davis drops to a knee and fans fire up! Kidd roars and tags in Coughlin! The Android fires off forearms, but Davis blocks the chop. Coughlin avoids the clothesline to kick low to UPPERCUT then CHOP! Fans fire up with Coughlin and he whips Davis to a corner. Davis reverses, runs in and SPLASHES, but into a clinch! OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Fans fire up with Coughlin and he drags Davis up, short arm LARIAT! Cover, Kyle breaks it!

Coughlin kicks Kyle then throws him out. Fans rally and Coughlin drags Davis up. Coughlin scoops Davis but Davis fights with elbows. Coughlin still powers out but Davis slips off to ENZIGURI! Kyle tags in while Coughlin staggers to an open corner. Kyle runs in to BOOT Coughlin, then he suplexes. Coughlin slips out to scoop Kyle, INVERTED SLAM! Fans fire up and Coughlin tags Kidd. Kidd fires up, Coughlin whips him in at Kyle for a clothesline! And then another whip for a CHOP! Kidd SUPERKICKS Kyle, feeds him to Coughlin’s scoop, and Coughlin pops Kyle around for a POWERBOMB! Kidd covers, TWO!

Fans rally again as Kidd tags Coughlin. Kidd whips Coughlin in now but Coughlin blocks Kyle’s boot. Kyle SUPERKICKS instead and Coughlin goes down! Kidd runs in but Kyle puts him on the apron to SUPERKICK! Davis is there to catch Kidd, Kyle goes out, POP-UP ROUNDHOUSE! Aussie Open goes after Coughlin, scoop for the LAWN DART CUTTER! Cover, TWO!! Coughlin survives and fans fire up again! Kyle is frustrated but he tags Davis back in. Aussie Open haul Coughlin up, double wrench, but he blocks the double pump handles! The Android shows his full power as he RAMS Aussie Open into each other!

Coughlin then reels them both in, for a DOUBLE BACK SUPLEX! Fans are thunderous as all three men are down! Kidd returns and calls to Coughlin! Fans rally as Coughlin crawls that way, hot tag to Kidd! Kidd CHOPS Davis, but Davis just frowns. Kidd eggs Davis on, and Davis CHOPS Kidd! Davis eggs Kidd so Kidd CHOPS Davis! Davis CHOPS Kidd, but Kidd CHOPS Davis! Fans rally up as the CHOPS keep going, back and forth, faster and faster! Davis CHOPS and CHOPS, and CHOPS! But Kidd CHOPS Davis down!! Fans are thunderous as Coughlin slides back in. The Mechanical Bulls pinball Davis with forearm after forearm!

Davis SLAPS Kidd, SLAPS Coughlin, so they DOUBLE HEADBUTT him! Coughlin & Kidd go to opposite corners, they’re looking to copy Aussie Open! They both run in but Davis drops out of the way! Kidd & Coughlin stop short of hitting each other, but then Kyle gets in. Kyle SUPERKICKS Coughlin, dodges Kidd and Davis BOOTS Kidd! Aussie Open throw off the elbow pads but Kidd roars. But he stands up into the DOUBLE LARIAT SANDWICH! Double pump handles, for COREALIS!! Cover, Aussie Open wins!

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

Well, that’ll be a birthday present Coughlin wishes he could return. Aussie Open bounce back from their first loss, are they still future winners of the World Tag League?

 

World Tag League 2022: Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI VS Great-O-Khan & Aaron Henare!

Bishamon is just outside the top of this block, but they vow to #GetBackUp! However, the Dominator & Ultimate Weapon are determined to keep that All United Empire Finals dream alive! Will it be Lights Out for Khan & Henare? Or will they be able to conquer the Chaos?

Naturally, Gideon Grey is still here from last match to give his other team their introductions. The teams sort out and fans rally for Khan already. Khan starts against the Fierce Warrior and fans fire up already. Khan and Goto circle, feel out the grapple, each trying for a leg. Goto facelocks but Khan slips free and fans applaud. The two go again, clinch, and end up on ropes. The ref calls the break, Goto lets off with a pat of the shoulders. Fans applaud and Khan comes back. They tie up collar ‘n’ elbow, and Khan powers Goto back to ropes. The ref calls the break again, and Khan lets off with pats on the shoulder. Then an IRON CLAW on the ear!

Khan laughs while the ref reprimands, and Khan CLUBS the ear! Hashi protests but Khan UPPERCUTS him down! Khan CLUBS Goto, runs, but Hashi slides in so Bishamon can run Khan over! HIP TOSS SENTON! Henare runs in but he gets double kicks, and the drums! Goto & Hashi drag Khan up and fans fire up for the drums! Goto stomps Khan around, then drags him back up. Khan shots around and has the PONYTAIL SLEEPER! The ref reprimands, Khan lets go at 4, then CHOKES Goto with his hands! The ref reprimands again, Khan lets off, but he misses Henare sending Hashi into railing! Khan CHOKES Goto more!

The ref reprimands again and Khan lets off. Henare leaves Hashi alone, and fans rally up both ways. Khan stands Goto up for Mongolian Chops! Goto staggers, Khan has him against ropes, and he Mongolian Chops again! Khan brings Goto out to Mongolian Chop him down! Kneeling cover, TWO! Khan tags Henare, the Empire mugs Goto, and Henare stalks Goto to ropes. Henare bends Goto back against the ropes while Khan distracts the ref. Henare bangs the war drums! Fans rally, Henare lets off and Goto flops back. Henare snapmares and KICKS, then SENTONS! Cover, TWO! Henare clamps onto Goto’s arm to keep him down.

Henare digs his elbow into Goto’s forehead, then JAMS Goto with the elbow. Tag to Khan and he drags Goto around. Goto CHOPS Khan! And CHOPS! But Khan knees low, then whips Goto into the corner. Khan CLUBS Goto on the back, then sits up on his throne! Henare BLASTS Hashi for good measure, and then Khan pulls Goto’s arms back. Henare KNEES Goto in the back! The ref reprimands and counts, Khan hops off at 4. Cover, TWO! Khan tells everyone to shut up but they rally for Goto anyway. Khan says Goto’s gonna kiss his foot! Goto resists as Khan pushes him down, and Goto fights up to his feet!

Goto CHOPS and CHPS and CHOPS, but Khan knees low and CLUBS Goto. Khan runs, Goto follows and LARIATS! Fans fire up as both men are down! Goto crawls, hot tag to Hashi! The Head Hunter rallies on The Empire! Fans fire up as Hashi runs in to CHOP Khan in a corner! Hashi whips and CHOPS again, then mule kicks! Khan fights the neckbreaker, but Hashi dodges the haymaker to hit the HEADHUNTER! Fans fire up as Khan staggers about. Hashi runs in to CHOP again! Hashi suplexes to hang Khan out to dry. Hashi runs side to side to dropkick Khan down! Hashi keeps moving, basement dropkick! Cover, TWO!

Hashi keeps cool and fans rally up. Hashi drags Khan up, fisherman’s a leg, but Khan fights with body shots. Khan pulls on Hashi’s ears! Khan whips Hashi into Henare’s haymaker, then Khan hits the PANCAKE PLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Hashi escapes but Henare tags in. Henare stomps the mat and waits on Hashi to stand. Henare runs in, RAMP- NO, Hashi fights off the Rampage with forearms! Hashi throws more forearms, but Henare DECKS Hashi with just one! Henare whips Hashi, but Hashi dropkicks the legs out! Fans fire up while both men are down! Hashi crawls over, hot tag to Goto!

Goto fires off on Henare with forearms! Goto whips corner to corner, runs in, MURAMASA! And then the BULLDOG! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up and Goto drags Henare back up. Goto fireman’s carries but Henare fights that off with forearms. Goto ROCKS Henare, but Henare snarls. Henare ROCKS Goto, but Goto ROCKS Henare! The forearms go back and forth, faster and faster, and fans rally up. Henare eggs Goto on so Goto fires off a flurry! Then an ELBOW JAB! Goto runs, but into Khan’s cheap shot! ELBOW JAB, and then the Empire coordinates, BOOT ROUNDHOUSE SANDWICH!

Hashi runs in, but into an IRON CLAW SLEEPER! Henare drags Goto up, into the ULTIMA NELSON! Bishamon fights against these submissions, so Henare spins to BODY SHOT Goto! And then the fisherman to the torture rack! Khan has Hashi in the Iron Claw, but Bishamon escapes both Streets of Rage and Eliminator! They shove Khan and Henare into each other, then Hashi SUPERKICKS Khan! Fans fire up as Hashi calls to Goto. Forearm and feed to the fireman’s carry, but Henare slips off. Goto powers Henare back into a corner, then moves aside as Hashi runs in to clothesline! Hashi feeds to the kick and hook-up!

Hashi runs, GOTO GOTO HUNTER! Cover, TWO! Henare survives the Russian Leg Sweep Blockbuster, but Hashi says it’s lights out! Goto drags Henare up to the dragon sleeper, Hashi has the legs, but Khan PONYTAIL SLEEPERS Hashi! Goto lets Henare go but Khan shoves Hashi into him! Then HITSUJIGOROSHI for Hashi! Henare gets the legs for the FUBUKI! And then MARINE!! Fans rally up as Henare & Khan drag Goto up. Khan Mongolian Chops Goto, then whips him corner to corner. Khan whips Henare in but Goto avoids the knee! Goto fires off forearms on Khan, then whips, only for Khan to reverse! RAMPAGE!! Cover, TWO?!?

Fans fire up again as Goto survives! Khan knocks Hashi down, and then the Monster Rage boils over! Henare drags Goto back up as fans rally. Fireman’s carry, and Khan runs, but Hashi LARIATS Khan down! SUPERKICK for Henare! Fireman’s carry, FIERCE FLASH into SHOUTO!! Cover, Bishamon wins!!

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

The Dominator & Ultimate Weapon fall! Are the dreams of an All United Empire Finals finally shattered? Will Goto & Hashi head for back-to-back World Tag League wins?

 

World Tag League 2022: Minoru Suzuki & Lance Archer VS EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi!

The Meanest Tag Team in the World Tag League is still alive in the block, but if #EverybodyDies, can the King of Darkness and Tokyo Pimp spoil things for them? Or will the House of Torture learn not Everything is Evil?

Dick Togo accompanies the House of Torture out this time, but surely Sho is lurking. As always, Archer CLOBBERS a Young Lion in his entrance, and this time it’s Oskar Leube. And Archer again storms over to commentary to intimidate Milano Collection AT. Suzuki then makes his entrance, and fans get to shout along with, “KAZE NI NARE!” But as soon as introductions are done, Yujiro and Evil attack! Yujiro goes after Suzuki while Evil is after Archer! But Archer turns that around to send Evil out! The bell rings just before Suzuki throws Yujiro out, and then the brawling continues outside!

Fans rally as Suzuki knees Yujiro, then headlocks. Yujiro throws body shots then shoves Suzuki into railing! Evil throws his shirt at Archer to distract him, then he hits down low! Evil brings Archer around to ram into railing, then brings him into No Man’s Land. But Archer turns that around by raking Evil’s eyes! Fans cheer as The House of Torture is getting a taste of their own medicine! Speaking of, Suzuki is storming up to Yujiro with a chair! But Yujiro uses his pimp cane to fight back! CANE SHOT to the gut, then CANE SHOT to the head! But Archer goes after Yujiro now and snatches the cane away.

The ref tries to restore order but Archer JAMS Yujiro with his own cane. Suzuki gets in the ring but Yujiro is after him. Evil gets a chair, but so does Archer! Evil complains but the ref reprimands them both. Yujiro clamps a chinlock onto Suzuki, but Suzuki gets the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts that, Yujiro lets off, and then Yujiro slaps Suzuki around. Suzuki shoves Yujiro but Yujiro kicks low. Suzuki fires forearms but Yujiro knee slow. Evil holds Suzuki in the corner and Yujiro BOOTS Suzuki down! Evil tags in but fans rally up for Suzuki. Evil digs his boots in but the ref counts. Evil lets off at 4 and fans continue to rally.

Evil taunts Suzuki as he sits up. Evil CHOPS Suzuki, but Suzuki says that’s nothing! Suzuki eggs Evil on so Evil CHOPS again. Still not enough for Minoru, so Evil winds up, to claw Suzuki’s eyes! Fans boo but Yujiro tags in. Yujiro kicks Suzuki, SLAPS him, but Suzuki fights back with kicks! Yujiro claws Suzuki’s eyes more, then brings him around to snapmare. Yujiro runs to basement boot! Cover, ONE!! Fans fire up as Suzuki snarls and eggs Yujiro on. Yujiro brings Suzuki over with a headlock, Evil tags in. Evil throws his shirt at Archer again, but Suzuki CHOKES Yujiro! Evil claws Suzuki’s eyes!

The ref is busy with an angry Archer, Evil gets away with all this. Cover, TWO! Evil argues the count but then Suzuki sits up with a scowl. Evil talks trash while Archer throws his shirt back. Evil gives toying kicks but Suzuki slowly stands up. Evil keeps taunting Suzuki, but Suzuki throws a body shot! Evil rakes the eyes again, but Suzuki avoids the lariat to BOOT Evil down! Fans fire up and Suzuki tags in Archer! The Murderhawk Monster storms up to Evil, knees him low, then whips him hard into a corner! Yujiro runs in and clubs Archer, but Archer doesn’t budge! Archer knees Yujiro low, then whips him hard into a corner!

Fans fire up, but then Dick slides in! Archer turns around and Dick stops in his tracks. Dick bows and offers a handshake. Fans say not to trust that but Archer still accepts. To then whip Dick into Yujiro! And back elbow them both! Archer whips Dick into Evil, then back elbows them both! Archer whips Dick back at Yujiro, for another back elbow! And then back at Evil for another back elbow! Fans fire up with Archer while Dick flops down. Archer brings Evil around, runs and CROSSBODIES! Cover, TWO! Evil survives but Archer tags Suzuki. Evil begs for mercy and he apologizes, but Suzuki-Gun doesn’t trust that. Evil goes to double low blow, but gets blocked!

Archer & Suzuki kick and stomp Evil, then whip him to the corner. Suzuki runs in, Evil BOOTS him! Evil avoids Archer and Archer hits buckles. Evil hurries to reach out to Yujiro, but Archer runs in! Evil dumps Archer out! Hot tag to Yujiro! Yujiro brings Suzuki up, blocks his kick, rakes the eyes and throws Suzuki down for a SLIDING BOOT! Yujiro stands Suzuki up to throw knees and forearms. Yujiro puts Suzuki on ropes to BOOT him! Yujiro runs, but Suzuki knees low! Suzuki has the GUILLOTINE! But Yujiro BITES the hand! Suzuki kicks low, shoots around, but Yujiro grabs the ref to stop the sleeper!

Suzuki KICKS Yujiro’s arm! Suzuki argues with the ref but then Yujiro shoves Suzuki into the ref! The ref goes down, Evil slides in and BLASTS Archer! Dick slides in to stomp away on Suzuki! Fans boo as Evil and Dick stomp Suzuki, but Archer attacks them and Yujiro! Archer throws Dick and Evil out, then he goes out to CLUB Evil down. Suzuki and Yujiro stand, Yujiro throws forearm after forearm, but Suzuki just laughs those off! Yujiro kicks low, runs, but Suzuki follows, shoots around, and has the SLEEPER! Fans fire up as Suzuki spins Yujiro around, Gotch PILEDRIVER!! Cover, SHO drags the ref out!!

The Murder Machine stomps Suzuki as fans boo hard as ever! Archer gets in to grab both of them, but Dick uses the SPOILER CHOKER on Archer! Archer still choke grips Sho! But Evil LOW BLOWS Archer! Evil then clotheslines Archer out of the ring! Suzuki fights back but gets the SPOILER CHOKER, and the WRENCH SHOT! And then EVERYTHING IS EVIL!! Evil drags Yujiro onto the cover and Dick fetches the ref. Fans boo the cover, but the House of Torture wins!

Winners: Evil & Yujiro Takahashi, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Suzuki & Archer earn 0)

The Murderhawk Monster rises and is furious, and same for Suzuki! They chase off the House of Torture, beat up on Young Lions and even the railing. Suzuki snatches the chairs from the timekeeper’s area to throw at Evil and Sho as they run away! The House of Torture ruined their run, but will Suzuki & Archer look to ruin Evil’s life?

 

World Tag League 2022: Toru Yano & Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Tetsuya Naito & SANADA!

The Joker & The Ace have found a way to stay alive in the block, but the Uncontrollable Charisma & Cold Skull are coming off a huge win just yesterday. Will Naito & Sanada keep this tournament tranquilo? Or will love, energy and comedy win out?

Naito mocks the bad boy squat as he makes his entrance. Maybe Naito was a “Yankee” in his school days, too? Yano grows impatient as Naito takes his time entering the ring. But Yano still says Tanahashi’s muscles are “SUGOI~!” Naito takes his time with his entrance attire while fans rally up, and Yano is again impatient. Naito taunts Yano with the tearaway pants, then throws them away. The teams sort out and Tanahashi starts for his team. LIJ slowly fist bumps, and  Yano is annoyed again. The fist bump finally happens, and Yano gets further impatient waiting on LIJ to choose a starter. LIJ is taking their time on purpose at this point.

Finally, Naito steps up, and fans applaud. The bell rings and fans rally both ways. Tanahashi and Naito circle, Naito approaches but then backs away. They finally do tie up, and Tanahashi headlocks. Tanahashi thrashes but Naito pries the hold open. Tanahashi clamps it on tighter and fans rally up. Naito powers up but can’t power out as Tanahashi holds tight! Fans applaud and Naito fights back up. Naito pries at the hold, but ends up pulling hair! Red Shoes reprimands, but then Tanahashi pulls hair! Red Shoes counts, both men let go at 4, but then Naito pulls hair again! Tanahasih breaks free, but swings into a shove.

Naito arm-drags Tanahashi, kicks him and whips him out of the ring. Naito builds speed, but he fakes Tanahashi out to tranquilo! Fans fire up and Tanahashi storms in, only for Naito to roll out. Naito takes his time returning, and he circles with Tanahashi again. They feel out a knuckle lock, but then Naito tags in Sanada. Fans applaud as Yano calls to Tanahashi. Tanahashi tags Yano and fans fire up with him. Yano and Sanada circle, and then Yano squats! Is Sanada Yankee enough to squat with him? Sanada just stares at Yano stone faced. Yano eggs Sanada on and fans rally up, but Sanada isn’t sure.

Yano gets the fans to chant for it, so Sanada steps up to squat! But then Yano shoves him over! Yano ties Sanada up?! But he can’t figure out Paradise! Sanada kicks him away and Yano ends up in a corner. Yano says, “Lucky!” and he starts untying a buckle pad! Sanada runs over to CLUB Yano, then he whips Yano corner to corner. Yano reverses, then finishes untying the pad. Yano says here goes, but Sanada kicks Yano! But the pad takes the hit! Yano throws the pad to Sanada, but Sanada just throws it down! Yano is astonished and yells… at the pad? Sanada rolls Yano for a ROLLING CRADLE!

They go around and around and around, and around and around, then cover, but Tanahashi tips it! Yano has the cover, TWO! Tanahashi BLASTS Naito, Yano staggers around, but so does Sanada. Tanahashi kicks Sanada to ropes, then Yano staggers over. Yano & Tanahashi double whip, double shoulder Sanada down, and then they both squat. Fans fire up, Yano talks some trash, and then he and Tanahashi drag Sanada up. They double whip him to a corner, then Yano whips Tanahashi in. Sanada dodges Tanahashi to dropkick Yano down! Sanada then trips Tanahashi up, and ties him up in Paradise!

Fans fire up as Sanada gets Yano, too! Sanada ties Yano up in Paradise! Fans fire up for Double Paradise! Yano and Tanahashi both call to each other but neither can do anything! Fans fire up and Sanada encourages them to get louder. The fans do get louder, and Sanada runs to dropkick Tanahashi out of Paradise! And then Naito distracts Red Shoes so Sanada can get the buckle pad. Fans rally up as Sanada SMACKS Yano out of Paradise! Sanada goes out after Yano and stomps him down while Naito SMACKS Tanahashi with the buckle pad! Naito then sends Tanahashi into railing while Sanada drags Yano up. Sanada POSTS Yano, then stalks him around the way.

Sanada drags Yano back up, puts him back in the ring, and covers, TWO! Yano is still in this and fans rally up. Sanada tags Naito, Naito drags Yano up, and LIJ double whips Yano to ropes. They double ELBOW, then split the wishbone before DOUBLE BASEMENT DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! Naito squats so he can slap Yano around. Naito drags Yano up, cravats for a neck wrench, and he grinds Yano down. Fans rally, Yano endures, but Sanada tags in. Sanada ELBOWS Yano down, then stalks him. Sanada brings Yano up, CLUBS him down, then paces around. Tanahashi coaches Yano but Sanada stays on him.

Yano pulls Sanada’s hair! Sanada breaks free, knees low and whips, but Yano reverses to throw Sanada down! Fans rally and Yano crawls over, hot tag to Tanahashi! The Ace runs and forearms Sanada down! Tanahashi BLASTS Naito for good measure, then runs in at Sanada. Tanahashi blocks the boot to DRAGON SCREW! Naito runs in, but Tanahashi blocks the kick! Tanahashi waves bye before he DRAGON SCREWS Naito! Fans fire up with Tanahashi and he storms over to Sanada. Tanahashi scoops and SLAMS Sanada into a drop zone, then he goes up the corner. SUNSET SENTON! Cover, TWO!

Tanahashi stays focused and fans rally again. Sanada slowly rises, Tanahashi runs, but Sanada dropkicks Tanahashi’s legs, then DROPKICKS Tanahashi out! Sanada hurries over to the ropes, to PLANCHA, but Tanahashi slides in! Sanada lands safe on the apron, he ROCKS Tanahashi, but Tanahashi gets a leg! DRAPING DRAGON SCREW, a dropkick to the legs, then another DRAPING DRAGON SCREW! Tanahashi drags Sanada around by the legs, and ties him up in the TEXAS CLOVERLEAF! Naito BOOTS Tanahashi, CLUBS him, but Tanahashi hits back. Tanahashi sends Naito out, and fans fire up again.

Tanahashi waits on Sanada to stand and he runs the ropes, but Sanada ducks the slingblade! Sanada blocks the kick, to DRAGON SCREW back! Fans fire up and both men crawl. Sanada heads for his corner, hot tag to Naito! Naito storms up on Tanahashi to kick his legs. Naito whips corner to corner, runs in and JUMP KICKS! Leg sweep, COMBINACION feint, and a squat! Tanahashi lets his guard down, and Naito basement dropkicks! Fans fire up and Naito brings Tanahashi around into a FIGURE FOUR! But Yano stomps Naito down! Tanahashi is free and Yano coaches him up. Naito drags Tanahashi up instead.

Naito has a leg but Tanahashi fights with elbows. Naito ROCKS Tanahashi, whips him to ropes, but Tanahashi reverses to SLINGBLADE! Fans fire up while both men are down! Tanahashi and Naito crawl, hot tag to Yano! Yano brings Naito up, ducks Naito’s haymaker and clinches to Belly2Belly! Fans fire up more and Yano whips Naito at the bare corner. Naito reverses but Yano stops himself. Yano dodges and Naito hits bare buckles! Roll-up, TWO!! Naito survives but Yano fires back up. Yano runs in at the corner but Naito dodges, and Sanada runs in to elbow Yano! Sanada feeds Yano to Naito’s ELBOW, then Sanada back suplexes!

ROLLING JACKKNIFE BRIDGE, TWO!! Yano escapes! Fans fire up and Naito drags Yano back up. Naito throws ELBOW after ELBOW into Yano, but Yano gets around! Tanahashi gets in, Yano feeds Naito to the DRAGON PALM! Yano runs to CHOP BLOCK! Roll-up, Sanada breaks it in time!! Fans fire up again and Tanahashi drags Sanada up to throw him out. Yano hauls Naito up, but Naito fights free. Sanada drags Tanahashi out and sends him into railing. Naito feeds Yano to Sanada’s low dropkick! Tanahashi returns and gets around Sanada, but Sanada turns Twist ‘n’ Shout into MAGIC SCREW!

Fans fire up as Sanada DROPKICKS Yano, and Naito atomic drops! ENZIGURI to ROLLING ELBOWS! Then assisted TORNADO DDT! Fans fire up as Naito drags Yano back up. Naito wrenches, tilt-o-whirls, DESTINO!! Cover, LIJ wins!

Winners: Tetsuya Naito & Sanada, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Yano & Tanahashi earn 0)

The Joker & The Ace bust! Their run at the top is out of the question, but can they shift into spoiler mode after this?

As for LIJ, the rest of the faction joins Naito & Sanada, including Shingo Takagi who’s been on commentary. Naito gets the mic to say, “Buenas noches, KAKOGAWA~!” Naito notes this is the first Kakogawa event for NJPW in four YEARS, so there’s surely some fans seeing them live for the first time ever. He asks if everyone enjoyed seeing the World Tag League tonight, and the fans cheer because they certainly did. Naito notes that he and Sanada have now moved up to 5-2 for 10 points. “We will win out and take the trophies? Or not? Keep watching World Tag League, enjoy the drama, and… Actually… I got nothing.”

Fans have a good laugh, but Naito does continue with, “Keep watching World Tag League to the end. By the way, now today, some of you can only clap but the rest can cheer, right?” Those fans cheer to confirm! “So let’s end this right for the first time ever in Kakogawa.” Fans cheer, liking the sound of that. “For those of you in the clapping sections, please yell out in your hearts. For those who can cheer, please yell out with me! Everyone, are you ready?” Fans cheer to say yes, they are! “There’s only one way to close out the first NJPW show in Kakogawa in four years. Bushi! Sanada! Hiromu! Takagi! Titan! Y Naito! Nosotros! LOS! INGOBERRRNABLEEEEES~! DE! JA! PON!”

Fans are fired up to even have this much cheering back. Will they all be able to cheer the next time NJPW is in Kakogawa? Will they be cheering on LIJ as the World Tag League winners and IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions?

 

Here are the NEW World Tag League standings!

Aussie Open: 6-1, 12 points
The Mighty: 5-1, 10 points
Naito & Sanada: 5-2, 10 points
Goto & Hashi: 4-2, 8 points
Khan & Henare: 4-3, 8 points
Suzuki & Archer: 3-3, 6 points [ELIMINATED]
Yano & Tanahashi: 3-3, 6 points [ELIMINATED]
Evil & Yujiro: 1-5, 2 points [ELIMINATED]
Coughlin & Kidd: 0-6, 0 points [ELIMINATED]

Chase & Fale: [FORFEIT]


My Thoughts:

Another great round for World Tag League, and a couple more teams are mathematically eliminated. House of Torture get their first win ruining the run for Suzuki & Archer, and I kinda want a feud of Suzuki-Gun VS House of Torture now so Suzuki can beat the crap outta Evil and Dick. Coughlin & Kidd are a great looking team despite that 0-6 record, but sometimes great looking teams don’t get the round robin run you’d expect. Aussie Open are certainly shoe-ins for the finals, and they’re up against Khan & Henare next to give us that All United Empire match since I don’t see the All United Empire Finals happening.

Bishamon looked great in their win over Khan & Henare, keeping their hopes of going back-to-back alive. But there has to be something that spoils that, because I’m still seeing LIJ making it. As I figured yesterday, Yano & Tanahashi VS Naito & Sanada was hilarious but also really competitive, and back-to-back main event wins is great for LIJ. And it’d be fitting that Aussie Open gets a second chance at LIJ for giving them that loss.

My Score: 8.7/10


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(NOAH) NOAH NEWSLETTER VOL.192 ~ 30TH NOVEMBER 2022

NOAH ends November with some big announcements! Returns, new debuts and surprising challenges!

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Masa Kitamiya challenges Masato Tanaka

Following the tag match against Masato Tanaka and Shoki Kitamura in ZERO-ONE on the 20th November, Masa Kitamiya challenged Masato Tanaka for the ZERO-ONE World Heavyweight. Kitamiya said he wanted the belt for two reasons – one was because Masato Tanaka had the belt, and secondly because he felt that his eleventh year in wrestling had been a sad one. The match will take place at Korakuen Hall on the 1st January, the same day that NOAH at the Nippon Budokan, so Kitamiya will be wrestling two matches that day with ZERO-ONE taking place before NOAH. Kitamiya is determined to enter The Nippon Budokan as champion.

Akitoshi Saito remembers Bison Smith

Akitoshi Saito made a touching tribute to his old partner on the anniversary of his passing, by winning the match with the Iron Claw slam. Backstage he remembered “the blue eyed samurai” by recalling their last conversation, and saying that he felt Bison was with him and had given his approval for Saito to team with Yone.

Perros Del Mal De Japon Farewell

Perros Del Mal De Japon made their final appearance as a unit in Yoyogi on November 23rd. They were accompanied to the ring by Kotaro Suzuki (who may not be appearing in NOAH following The Tokyo Gurentai produce due to his contract expiring) and Ikuto Hidaka. Neither of them got involved too much in the match.

Yoshinari Ogawa came to the ring with a Singapore cane slung over his shoulder, while his partners also brandished weapons, Kai Fujimura had a baseball bat and Yasutaka Yano carried a trash can. The match was as you would expect; the first time everyone got counted out, the second time ended in a count out when the young boys got Perros counted out (Ogawa had left in disgust by this time) and when he came back, the match lasted 11 minutes and 36 seconds, and ended when NOSAWA decided to assault the referee. Ogawa took everyone out with a trash can lid before leaving. He had also managed to hit Kotaro on the head earlier, but concentrated his attack on NOSAWA and Eita. When Ogawa had gone, Perros bade farewell to each other, but their war with Ogawa wasn’t over as both Eita and NOSAWA will have singles match with him. NOSAWA’S match will be on the 14th in Aizuwakamatsu, Fukushima, while Eita’s will be on the 23rd at the N-INNOVATION. Kotaro Suzuki was a little irritated that he didn’t get a singles match, which NOSAWA completely ignored, but he will have a singles match himself against Eita on the 20th.

MaruKen reunite to challenge for the GHC Heavyweight Tag Titles

Naomichi Marufuji pinned Takashi Sugiura in Yoyogi and therefore won the right to challenge the tag champions. With Masakatsu Funaki and Masaaki Mochizuki hanging over the ropes offering their hands as partners, Marufuji announced to the uproar of the crowd and the disbelief of Takashi Sugiura (whose reaction was akin to “Who? Are you fucking kidding me?”) that he would be challenging with KENTA. Backstage, Marufuji was not too sure that KENTA would accept the offer, but he did and the match has been set for the Nippon Budokan on New Year’s Day.

To explain for the newer fans, during their NOAH Junior days, KENTA and Marufuji were in a much beloved junior tag team known as MaruKen, they hold the record for the longest title reign as a junior team and they also broke down the rules for juniors fighting heavyweights as Misawa allowed them to challenge for the GHC Heavyweight Tag Titles. As a team they never had a falling out that led to their split, they just drifted apart as Marufuji noted in “Heir To The Ark” and went to do their own things and over time they became rivals. Now they reunite as heavyweights.

AMAKUSA challenges Dante Leon

AMAKUSA made a silent challenge to Dante Leon for the GHC Junior Heavyweight following their match in Yoyogi. The way the match went gave fans the impression that Alejandro might be the one to challenge, but in the end it was Amakusa who pointed silently at the belt. Title challenge will main event the N-Innovation on the 23rd December.

Kenoh & Kaito Kiyomiya

Kaito Kiyomiya overcame Kenoh in their second pre match, and taking the microphone he stood over him and said that Kenoh had just been overcome by the guy who he was saying “was just trying his best”, and what did that say about Kenoh? Kiyomiya told him it meant he “was all mouth”. Their next pre match is on the 14th December.

Darby Allin

It has been announced that the team of Great Muta, Sting and Darby Allin will team together at Great Muta’s final match on the 22nd January at the Yokohama Arena. Allin had been tagging with Sting when Muta materialized on the 23rd September to save Sting from Buddy Matthews. There has been no mention as to who will be their opponents, but it is thought that Matthews may be involved as he has a score to settle.

YO-HEY & Kzy challenge for the GHC Junior Tag Titles

Tag championships can be volatile belts and tend to suffer more backwards and forwards than singles belts do at times. This was the story when Atsushi Kotoge and Seiji Yoshioka managed to take the belts back from The Kongoh Juniors in Yoyogi. This was the Kongoh Junior’s first defense, and Hajime Ohara and Shuji Kondo, had only held the belts for thirteen days. Following their title win, the next threat came from their own unit, as YO-HEY challenged for the belts with DragonGate’s Kzy as his partner.

“I’m in a disappointing situation with no results to speak of at all. To overcome this situation, I want the belt. With the belt in hand, I can reach even higher heights. I want to do this, so please let me challenge for the tag belt next”.

Title match will take place on the 23rd December at the N-Innovation.

Yoshiki Inamura fails to capture his first singles belt, but succeeds in other ways

Yoshiki Inamura failed to win his first singles gold when El Hijo Del Dr Wagner Junior used his experience (the part which he and Inamura were not well matched in, and I doubt Wagner Jnr has ever had anyone throw him around after catching him following a dive) to retain the gold. Inamura had wanted to win this belt to usher in his own era of NOAH, which would be separate to Kiyomiya’s (yet I think would also rival his, as Inamura would kind of be more the leader of the younger generation, which Kiyomiya knows is rising up to threaten him), and he would stand next to him and not below him as champion. Inamura might have failed in his attempt to win his first singles belt, but as Tokyo Sports said, he most definitely gave birth to his era.

ELSEWHERE IN NOAH

– Shuhei Taniguchi had his best match in a long time when he and Hideki Suzuki fought to a referee stop in Yoyogi. Fans want to see a round two.

– For some reason the wrestling promotions (and not the MMA companies) were told to come to Antonio Inoki’s memorial on the 24th November at 11am instead of 1pm, someone said this could be a prank that Inoki had set up. Prank or not, in something practically unheard of NOAH (Kenoh, Yoshiki Inamura, Satoshi Kojima, Kaito Kiyomiya, Katsuhiko Nakajima and Takashi Sugiura), New Japan and All Japan, plus some staff members, went to have something eat and drink and all sat down and talked for two hours. Inoki’s final wake will be held on March 7th at Ryogoku Kokugikan, what form this will take has not been announced, but it will be a fan event. In Shinto, the deceased are mourned and funeral services are held for forty-nine days following death, the final day is a day of celebration and farewells, when the mourning period is over and the deceased can finally leave earth and cross to the afterlife. It has been said that Inoki will be sharing a beer with Giant Baba.

– Takashi Sugiura’s pants stayed on when he met up with Kenta Kobashi and had some drinks…which is more than can be said about when he visited Akira Taue’s restaurant, and got drunk with Go Shiozaki.

– Kazuyuki Fujita said in his Weekly Pro yearbook profile, that he liked drinking highballs on the Shinkansen.

– Yoshiki Inamura and Kaito Kiyomiya summon Alejandro 

EVENT RECAPS AND POST MATCH PROMOS

NOAH THE BEST 2022 – WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 23RD, NATIONAL YOYOGI STADIUM 2ND GYMNASIUM

Event Recap

Post match interviews

CURRENT CHAMPIONS

  • GHC Heavyweight Champion: Kaito Kiyomiya
    Challenger: Kenoh, ABEMA presents NOAH “THE NEW YEAR” 2023 (Saturday January 1st, Nippon Budokan)
  • GHC Junior Champion: Dante Leon
    Challenger: AMAKUSA, N Innovation (Friday December 23rd, Shinjuku Face)
  • GHC Heavyweight Tag Champions: KojiSugi (Satoshi Kojima & Takashi Sugiura)
    Challengers: MaruKen (Naomichi Marufuji and KENTA), ABEMA presents NOAH “THE NEW YEAR” 2023 (Saturday January 1st, Nippon Budokan)
  • GHC Junior Tag Champions: The NOAH Junior Regulars (Atsushi Kotoge & Seiki Yoshioka)
    Challengers: YO-HEY & Kzy, N Innovation (Friday December 23rd, Shinjuku Face)
  • GHC National Champion: El Hijo Del Dr Wagner Jnr 
    Challenger: TBA, NOAH the BEST 2022 (Wednesday November 23rd National Yoyogi Stadium 2nd Gymnasium)

 

THIS WEEK IN NOAH

(December 2022 schedule)

Wednesday, December 7th: Kinya Okada debut anniversary (4 years)

ARTICLES

“Inside of me there is a “good” Keiji Mutoh and a “bad” Keiji Mutoh” – enthusiasm and conflict for Keiji Mutoh’s last run

“It was a sad eleventh year…” momentum to seize the belt in the Zero-One New Year’s Day title match

“We can make it a connection”, Kondo is “Marmalade brother?!” – Interview with Hajime Ohara just before the Junior Tag Defense match

GHC Junior Tag Match Signing: Ohara “Thigh Raise & Anya Words”. Yoshioka emphasizes that, “If I lose, hit rock bottom”

GHC National Match Signing: Japan-Mexico same generation clash: Wagner Jnr “Create A New History”, Inamura “Create A New NOAH”

“Take the belt and stand in the same position as Kiyomiya!” – Interview with Yoshiki Inamura before his challenge for the GHC National Championship 

Recapture for the first time in two weeks with “Baggio Spirit”, Interview with Atsushi Kotoge and Seiki Yoshioka ahead of the Yoyogi Junior Tag Match

WEEKLY PRO ARTICLES & INTERVIEWS

Coach points out! What is the current situation of young people as seen by Ogawa through the “Mauritius Cup?”

BOOK CORNER

“Donmai, Donmai” – Mitsuharu Misawa’s diary

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With thanks to: Metal-NOAH


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