Who qualifies for the NXT North American Championship Ladder match?
Tonight, another Triple Threat will be held to add to TakeOver: XXX’s Ladder Match to crown a NEW NXT North American Champion! Will it be Thatcher, Lumis or Balor joining Bronson Reed in that Furious 5 Way?
- Io Shirai & Tegan Nox VS Dakota Kai & Candice LeRae; Shirai & Nox win.
- Roderick Strong VS Johnny Gargano; Gargano wins.
- Shotzi Blackheart VS Mercedes Martinez w/ The Robert Stone Brand; Martinez wins.
- Imperium VS Ever-Rise; Imperium wins.
- Isaiah “Swerve” Scott VS Jake Atlas; Swerve wins.
- NXT North American Championship Ladder Match Qualifier Triple Threat: Timothy Thatcher VS Dexter Lumis VS Finn Balor; Lumis wins and advances to NXT TakeOver: 30.
PLAY BY PLAY
Keith Lee is seething.
The NXT Double Champion’s shining moment was made even brighter thanks to his “Number one frenemy,” Domink Dijakovic. Keith thanked his rival with the first shot at a double title match. But then Karrion Kross crushed the Croatian Colossus for a simple comment on how he measured up. Dijakovic refused to let Keith quit for him, and now, as the song says, “The end is here.” Will Keith avenge Dijakovic and cancel Kross’ apocalypse?
Io Shirai & Tegan Nox VS Dakota Kai & Candice LeRae!
The Evil Genius of the Sky wasn’t allowed to celebrate her victory of the girl with the Shiniest Wizard because #CobraKai chose to strike. And now she doesn’t even get her entrance because of another ambush! Dakota and Shirai brawl on the ramp, Tegan attacks Dakota and the Pint-Sized Pixie rushes out to join the fray! NXT is off to a furious start, but how will this match end?
Tegan gets in the ring and Shirai throws Candice in. Shirai follows, Candice goes after her but Tegan pushes Candice down. Dakota swipes at Shirai but the ref gets the teams to separate and sort out. The bell rings, and Candice starts with Tegan. They tie up, go around, and Candice puts Tegan on the ropes. Candice lets up with some attitude but she and Tegan circle again. They tie up, the crowd rallies, Candice wrenches to a wristlock. Tegan spins through, bridges back, but Candice trips her to a cover. ONE as Tegan gets a shoulder up. Candice pushes that down for the cover, ONE as Tegan puts the other shoulder up. Candice hops on for a full body cover, TWO! Candice fires off furious fists and covers again, TWO!
Candice clubs Tegan down and bumps her off buckles. Tegan hits back but Candice runs in to elbow her. Candice snapmares and drops a fist to the cover. TWO, but Candice keeps on Tegan with grinding forearms! The crowd rallies as Candice drags Tegan up. Tegan throws hands and rocks Candice! Dakota tags in but Shirai does, too! Dakota sweeps the legs to kick Shirai in the face! “FIGHT ME!” Shirai obliges with haymakers and knees! Shirai snapmares Dakota and BOOTS her back! Dakota grits her teeth as Shirai gives back the trash talk. Things speed up, Shirai redirects and dodges to then tiger feint and arm-drag Dakota down! Shirai basement dropkicks Dakota down then kips up! The crowd is thunderous as Shirai drags Dakota around.
Dakota kicks and flips Shirai away! Shirai swipes but Dakota avoids the sweep to BOOT Shirai down! Cover, TWO! Dakota drags Shirai up and bumps her off buckles. She keeps Shirai stuck while Candice tags in. Candice snapmares and KICKS Shirai in the back then covers, ONE! Candice facelocks Shirai, Dakota tags in and they mug Shirai in the corner. Dakota snapmares Shirai, covers, TWO! The crowd rallies as Dakota brings Shirai back up. Dakota clubs Shirai to the ropes then chokes her! The ref counts, Dakota lets up and brings Shirai around for a snap suplex! Cover, TWO! Dakota grows frustrated with Shirai but she has an evil smirk as she looms over her. Dakota whips but Shirai reverses to then FLAPJACK!
Shirai stands on Dakota’s chest and pulls her hair before pulling her into a motorcycle stretch, then Lotus Lock! Candice runs in to stomp the leg based full nelson apart! Tegan throws Candice out in return! Shirai gets to her feet and tags Tegan in, and the two bring Dakota up for a double suplex. Dakota slips out, shoves Tegan at Shirai, and then Candice drags Shirai out to throw into barriers! Dakota BOOTS Tegan down! Candice tags in to fetch Tegan and throw her into steel steps! Candice claims she “missed” putting Tegan in the ring, and NXT goes picture in picture.
Tegan writhes on the floor while Candice looms over her. Candice puts Tegan in this time and covers, TWO! Candice drags Tegan back up to put into the corner hard. Tag to Dakota and Dakota stomps a mudhole into Tegan! Dakota digs her heel in but stops at the ref’s count. Dakota keeps Tegan from crawling away and clubs her down. Cover, TWO! Dakota still smirks as she drags Tegan away with a facelock. But Tegan spins and rolls Dakota up, TWO!! Dakota LARIATS Tegan down! Cover, TWO! Dakota mocks Shirai by holding Tegan’s hand out for a tag, only to trap it and put Tegan into a grounded cobra twist! Tegan endures, kicks and flails, but she fights free to throw body shots. Tegan rolls Dakota again, TWO!
Dakota BOOTS Tegan down! Cover, TWO! Tegan sputters while she gets a foot on the ropes, but Dakota brings her up and away to the corner. Dakota tags Candice and Candice toys with Tegan. Candice stands on Tegan’s head, lets up at the ref’s count, but Dakota CHOKES Tegan! Shirai protests, the ref keeps her back, and Candice covers Tegan. TWO, but Candice keeps on Tegan with a chinlock. Tegan endures, pries at the hold, but Candice throws her down! Cover, TWO! Candice whips Tegan into the corner, tags in Dakota, and Dakota throws body shots. Dakota taunts Shirai while she swaggers about, but she runs into Tegan’s elbow! Tegan hits Candice, scoops Dakota, and hits a FALL AWAY SLAM!
NXT returns to single picture as Candice tags in. Shirai avoids Candice’s cheap shot and Tegan HEADBUTTS Candice down! But both Tegan and Candice fall over and the fans rally up again. Tegan and Candice crawl, hot tags to Dakota and Shirai! Shirai rallies on Dakota with big shoulder tackles! Shirai whips, Dakota reverses but Shirai ducks and handsprings! Dakota gets clear but the dropkick hits! Shirai fires up and the crowd does, too. Shirai runs, Dakota dodges but Shirai slips out to swing kick back! Shirai kicks and SHOTEIS Candice away! Shirai springboards to missile dropkick Dakota down! Cover, TWO!!
Shirai keeps her cool, drags Dakota back up, and underhooks for the lift. Dakota fights out, but swings into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Shirai has Dakota in the drop zone and climbs up top. But Dakota clubs Shirai down first! Dakota climbs up and clubs Shirai on the back. Shirai resists the superplex but Dakota clubs away more. Dakota brings Shirai up again, but Shirai trips Dakota up! Shirai CHOPS Dakota into a Tree of Woe! WOE STOMPS!! Cover, TWO!! Dakota survives and Shirai grows frustrated. Shirai drags Dakota back up, scoops but Dakota slips out. Dakota tags out to Candice, much to Candice’s surprise. Shirai doesn’t hesitate and she tiger feint kicks Candice in the corner!
Candice flounders and Shirai climbs up. Missile dropkick! Candice flounders all the way to the other corner, for Shirai to hit the SHINKANSEN! Shirai keeps moving to DIVE out onto Dakota! SHINIEST WIZARD behind the ref’s back! Shirai climbs up again, DESCENT INTO DARKNESS! Cover, Shirai and Tegan win!
Winners: Io Shirai & Tegan Nox, by pinfall
Darkness and light combined to defeat the poison and the snake! Will Shirai do the same when it’s 1v1 with Dakota?
NXT shares footage from the Pat McAfee Show incident.
It was last Thursday that the longest reigning NXT Champion of all time, Adam Cole BAYBAY, went on the former NFL kicker’s podcast radio show. McAfee and Cole have always been at odds with each other, so when Adam Cole called himself the King of NXT, McAfee couldn’t help but laugh. McAfee pointed out that The Undisputed Era was a major part of Cole’s many reigns. But that’s smart, since Cole is “kinda small.” Cole blew up over that and cursed McAfee out and his “stupid (bleeping) show.” Cole stormed off, but that was not the end of this.
On Monday, McAfee had Triple H on to explain it was a “misunderstanding.” Cole himself issued a lengthy apology on Twitter for being unprofessional. McAfee is open to meeting with Cole again to talk this out and get to the bottom of things. When and where will Cole and McAfee sit down and discuss the apparent “miscommunication?”
Roderick Strong VS Johnny Gargano!
After they both lost to #ThiccBoi Bronson Reed, the Savior of the Backbreaker and #AllHeartNoSoul Gargano talked a lot of smack while playing the blame game on social media. William Regal made their spat into a 1v1 match, and now we’ll see who can back up their words!
The bell rings and the two approach fast. They feel out the grapple, tie up, go around, and Strong gets Gargano down but Gargano spins out of a cover. Strong keeps on Gargano, facelocks, but Gargano spins out to reverse it. Gargano holds on as Strong rolls, the crowd rallies up, and Strong gets a leg. Strong tries the cover, ONE, but Strong won’t let Gargano go. Gargano gets an arm and pulls but Strong makes it a cover, TWO! Strong and Gargano still fight for control, Gargano manages a headlock but Strong pops out to get the legs! Gargano powers out of the Strong Hold, ducks the boot and rolls Strong to a cover, ONE! Gargano wants the GargaNO Escape but Strong powers out to get the legs! Gargano rolls to throw Strong to a cover, TWO! Strong and Gargano struggle but separate, and the crowds cheer that exchange.
Gargano and Strong talk trash and start shoving! Strong trips Gargano, goes for a cover but Gargano turns. Strong gets the “dork” in a clinch, slaps his head and floats around. Cover, TWO as Gargano manages to bridge. Gargano and Strong rolls, Strong has the cover again, ONE! Gargano slips out and around to get the arm, but Strong resists the crossface so Gargano brings the other arm around! It’s a modified butterfly stretch or even Rings of Saturn, but Strong endures. Strong crawls, rolls, but Gargano turns Strong into a recliner cover. TWO, Gargano headlock takeovers and grinds Strong down. Strong works against the hold, avoids the cover, and gets up. Strong throws body shots, whips Gargano, but Gargano goes up and over. Things speed up, Gargano huricanranas Strong to a corner!
Gargano runs in, Strong puts him on the apron, and then Strong catches the slingshot spear! Gargano won’t let Strong copy the draping DDT and he dumps Strong to the apron. Strong drags Gargano out to a half nelson wheelbarrow, but Gargano slips out to wring the arm out! Gargano grins as NXT goes to break.
NXT returns and Gargano works to get Strong into a modified standing cobra twist. Strong powers against it to scoop and BACKBREAKER! Gargano stands up for Strong to CHOP! Strong bumps and CHOPS Gargano in the corner, follows him across the way to throw forearms and a CHOP! Strong keeps on Gargano but Gargano dodges to wrench. Strong throws body shots and clubbing forearms, then he reels Gargano in for a suplex and gourd buster! Gargano flounders, but he goes up and over in the corner. Strong blocks the crucifix takedown to pop Gargano into a fireman’s carry. Gargano slips off and onto the apron to enziguri Strong away! Gargano slingshots, but the One Final Beat is blocked to a BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!
Gargano crawls away to a corner but Strong is on him. Strong CHOPS again, and the crowd felt that one. Strong hoists Gargano up top, but Gargano fights him as Strong climbs. They brawl, Gargano clubs Strong away and adjusts, but Strong grabs a foot. Gargano kicks Strong away and leaps for a tornado Complete Shot! Cover, TWO! The crowd is thunderous as Gargano gets up and hobbles over. Gargano slams Strong’s bad arm on the mat, then KICKS it! Strong elbows with the good arm, then boot, but the enziguri misses! Gargano rolls, Strong dodges the school boy kick, to OLYMPIC- NO! Arm-drag into a roll and GargaNO Escape! Strong endures, rolls to a cover, TWO!!
Strong has the legs, Gargano fights him but Strong kicks away on the back. Gargano kicks back with his heel then kangaroo boots Strong down. Strong gives them back! Both men are down but the crowd fires up. Gargano stands, wrenches an arm but Strong CHOPS back. Gargano forearms, Strong CHOPS, Gargano enziguris! Strong boots, enziguris and catches the superkick into a scoop! Gargano knees free first, but Strong back elbows. Gargano spins but the discus ends up in the fireman’s carry, for a pop-up, to a RANA! Gargano throws Strong and SUPERKICKS him down! Strong flops out of the ring, Gargano slides but misses. Gargano tilt-o-whirl headscissors Strong into barriers! Then POSTS him!
Gargano rams Strong into Plexiglas! And more Plexiglas! Strong ends up in the ring, Gargano takes aim. Slingshot, ONE FINAL BEAT!! Gargano still has to crawl to a cover, Gargano still wins!
Winner: Johnny Gargano, by pinfall
#TheJohnnyGarganoWay shows Strong where he still stands in the power rankings! Gargano may not have a shot at gold for TakeOver: XXX, but will he get his way on the other side of it?
Backstage interview with Dakota Kai.
Dakota walked out on Candice at the end of their tag match, but Dakota says she doesn’t care. Dakota is not a team player anymore. She is done jumping through hoops, having to do Triple Threats, tag teams and battle royals just to be a contender. She IS the #1 contender. She wants Io Shirai and the NXT Women’s Championship!
As Dakota goes to leave, a new platinum blonde heavy metal Rhea Ripley walks in to asks if she heard that right. Dakota is after Io Shirai? “Mate, I don’t care if you’re not a team player anymore.” In fact, good for Dakota. But Rhea’s problem is Dakota thinks she’s next. “Io is mine, and I don’t mind going through anyone who thinks otherwise.” Well, Dakota is going to see what William Regal has to say about that. Rhea is fine by that. Just what will GM Regal’s decision be about the NXT Women’s Championship scene?
Backstage interview with Timothy Thatcher.
Tonight, he goes against Dexter Lumis and Finn Balor in the second North American Championship qualifier Triple Threat. “Indeed. Two men that are gonna get schooled in Thatch As Thatch Can. One, Mr. Balor. Last week, he spoke of some sort of push. The only push that I know is when I push my shoulder into his kneecap as I dislocate his leg.” And then we have Lumis, “the man with a thousand mile stare.” Look into Thatcher’s eyes. Lumis thinks he’s a tortured artist, but he knows nothing of the subject, until he steps in the ring with Thatcher. Um, Lumis is lurking in the shadows… Will it be the Professor of Pain that learns something tonight?
The Undisputed Era talks backstage.
Strong and Bobby Fish are also upset with McAfee, and they’re all upset with Gargano, but Kyle O’Reilly arrives to ask what’s going on. That depends, what’s going on with him? Kyle is sick and tired of “the Hollywood BS,” the excuses and setbacks. Do they remember who they are? The Undisputed Era! Freakin’ Roddy Strong! The Infamous Bobby Fish, Kyle’s tag team partner! And Adam Freakin’ Cole! They ran this place since the second they got here! The Undisputed Era is back in business, which means back to changing the business! Kyle has fired up his friends, but will they be able to rebuild at this point?
Shotzi Blackheart VS Mercedes Martinez w/ The Robert Stone Brand!
“Welcome to the ball pit!” The wild child is ready to #TCB, and she “triple dog dared” mean Mercedes to give her a destructive dream match! But can Shotzi take care of business now that Mercedes is doing business with Robert Stone?
The bell rings and Shotzi goes right at Mercedes with forearms! Mercedes shoves her away but Shotzi comes back with more! Shotzi kicks low then runs, but Mercedes uses that momentum to toss Shotzi out! Stone and Aliyah talk trash to distract Shotzi and Mercedes CLOBBERS Shotzi down! The crowd boos but Mercedes keeps on Shotzi with a wheelbarrow SLAM to the apron! Mercedes pushes Shotzi in, stalks her to the center and rains down right forearms! Shotzi takes the hammering fists but Mercedes lets up to bring her around, fisherman, but cradle counter! ONE, Shotzi dodges the boot to enziguris back!
Shotzi runs to shotgun dropkick Mercedes into the corner! Shotzi runs corner to corner, Mercedes puts her up top but Shotzi boots back. SUNSET BOMB! Cover, TWO! Mercedes survives and Shotzi grows frustrated. Shotzi drags Mercedes up, whips but Mercedes reveres. Shotzi ducks, comes back, SLING DOG! Mercedes gets up, Shotzi KNEES her back, then rolling elbows! QUESTION MARK KICK! Mercedes flounders, Shotzi howls, BALL PIT CANNONBALL! Direct hit on the ropes and Shotzi covers, TWO! Shotzi keeps her focus and brings Mercedes up to run. Mercedes hits a SPINE BUSTER! High stack, TWO!
Mercedes keeps on Shotzi with more ground ‘n’ pound, then she scrapes her sole on Shotzi’s face! Mercedes drags Shotzi up, clubs away, then suplexes, only for Shotzi to slip out. Shotzi cravats, goes up but gets put on the top rope. Mercedes CLUBS Shotzi, climbs up to club her more, then clubs her in the chest over and over! Shotzi is a ragdoll as Mercedes brings her up for a SPIDER SUPER GERMAN! Mercedes sits up, hops down and drags Shotzi into the fireman’s carry. Mercedes tucks, AIR RAID CRASH! Cover, Mercedes wins!
Winner: Mercedes Martinez, by pinfall
Stone’s newest signee is already paying off! Mercedes tanks NXT’s tank girl, will she do the same to the rest of the roster?
NXT, prepare for Ridge Holland’s arrival.
“Growing up in Yorkshire, England, you either go to jail, of you find a way out.” His way out was built on malice, forged on the rugby field. He was too violent. Just ask anyone he has been on the field with, or in the ring with. “They don’t leave the same. NXT, this is your warning. Ridge Holland is coming for the North American Championship.” The Northern Grit comes to the States! Will anyone stand a chance with him in the running?
Keith Lee is here!
The Limitless NXT Champion is not in a good mood as he goes to the ring. Keith grabs a mic to speak. “Let’s get something straight. We can talk all day about Dijak telling me no. That he wanted it. But the reality is, Dijak is a grown man, and he is going to be just fine. On the other hand, this man that seems to think the sound of sand is the sound of a clock…” Keith wants Kross to listen. “You have clearly made it a point that you want my attention, that you want this championship, and you’ve done so much extra BULLSH*T!” The crowd likes this angry Keith as he tells Kross, “All of your extra BULLSH*T means nothing when you can’t come to me face to face!” Keith is here, doing something Kross does not have the BALLS to do, and that is to talk face to face, man to man. “Kross, I’m calling you out.”
But instead of Mr. Doomsday, Keith gets the Carolina Caveman, Cameron Grimes! “Dijakovic? Kross?” Keith should be talking about Cameron Grimes! If anyone should be upset, it’s Grimes! Because Keith gave away the North American Championship before Grimes could take both titles. But that’s okay, because Grimes is here to say that he is taking that NXT Championship, “and going straight to the moon~!” Keith, can you hear him? Look at him, Keith. Can you hear? Keith can hear, and he can feel Grimes’ head in his hands as he grabs Grimes from the apron!! Grimes panics but Keith tosses him in with one hand! And then he corner splashes Grimes down! The crowd is rowdy as Grimes flounders to his feet, but then the spotlights shine on Keith, and Scarlett Bordeaux.
Scarlett is dressed in scarlet as she stands on stage. And then Grimes runs at Keith! But then “OH SH-,” the Cave-In is turned into a SPIRIT BOMB! Grimes twitches but Scarlett doesn’t move. She waves a hand, and Kross talks to “Mr. Lee” via the titantron. “What kind of a man makes the choice to stand by and do absolutely nothing while his friend suffers?” Keith did that. And Keith has to live with that. But for now, Kross will provide Keith with two choices. The easy way: Keith gives Kross his shot at the title. The hard way, and Kross says Keith doesn’t even want to know what that is. “Because everyone will suffer! Ticktock.” Keith picks up a mic to say, “Choices. You wan’t to talk about choices? Kross, pick the time and place, and I will whoop that ass.” Scarlett leaves to take that message back to her man. Kross calls it the easy way, but will he learn how hard it is to stop the Limitless One?
Imperium VS Ever-Rise!
The NXT Tag Team Champions, Fabian Aichner & Marcel Barthel, return! Their part in Imperium’s takeover of both branches resumes, but will the Canadian best friends for life, Chase Parker and Matt Martel, be able to throw a wrench into those plans?
The teams sort out, Barthel starts with Martel and the two circle. Barthel slaps Martel around a bit as they end up in the corner. The ref calls for a break, Barthel lets off but gets in another slap! Martel runs at Barthel but into the arm-drag, and Barthel turns it into a keylock. Martel endures, gets up, pushes Barthel back but Aichner tags in. Barthel whips and Aichner arm-drags Martel for an armlock of his own. Aichner shifts around and wrenches to get another high keylock. Martel spins through and whips but Aichner reverses, but Martel holds ropes and boots back. Parker tags in, Martel trips Aichner up and Parker slingshots for the elbow drop! Barthel runs in but Parker dodges to CHOP!
Parker throws hands on Barthel, whips Martel so Martel can whip him, and then rocks Barthel with a forearm smash! Parker feeds Barthel to the drop toehold, but Aichner intercepts Parker to SPINE BUSTER him onto Martel! Aichner drags Parker up to throw him to the corner, then he tags in Barthel. Imperium puts Parker in the ropes to meet at the corner with double dropkicks! Parker crawls away but Barthel drags him up. Barthel ROCKS Parker with the uppercut then tags Aichner. Imperium whips Parker for Aichner’s SPINE BUSTER! Barthel adds the PENALTY KICK! Then they coordinate to give Parker the EURO BOMB!! Cover, Imperium wins!
Winner: Imperium, by pinfall
The Pride of Italy and the Impeccable German defeat the longest bonded team, and now take up the mic to speak. “The standard bearers of the NXT Tag Team Division have returned!” But then the Undisputed Era interrupts! Cole, Strong, Fish and O’Reilly rush the ring and attack Imperium! This is Worlds Collide reignited! Their 4v2 advantage beats Imperium down and the crowd is thunderous! SUPERKICK for Barthel! TOTAL ANNIHILATION for Aichner! “We are the Undisputed Era! We’re the ones who run NXT, not anybody else!” Is this the spark that lights a new flame to #ShockTheSystem?
NXT takes a closer look at Bronson Reed.
“This place, with all the street art and graffiti, reminds me of my home, Adelaide, South Australia.” Auszilla would watch his friends and family do street art with passion and love. His passion was pro-wrestling. His earliest memories in life are of him watching pro-wrestling with his uncle. It was a dream to get to the WWE, but he didn’t think it was possible. His journey to NXT revolves around his wife. To start wrestling, he had to go to a wrestling camp, which of course cost money. She was the one who gave him the money to do it, and has since then been the one motivating him forward. Reed has gone all around the world, 13 different countries, to land here in NXT. He was in the Breakout Tournament, faced Dexter Lumis to start it off, and won big.
“Michael Jordan said that some people want it to happen, some people wish it would happen, and only some people make it happen.” Reed feels he is that third group. He made it happen against two incredibly talented superstars, and proved himself and the world that he is a prime time player. Nothing will stop him in the ladder match, because no one has 320 pounds of fury like him. His body is built for destruction. No one has his fighting spirit. Shawn Michaels had his boyhood dream come true, but TakeOver 30 will see the THICC BOI DREAM come true!
William Regal addresses the situation between Keith Lee and Karrion Kross.
“Good evening, everyone.” In light of what we saw between Keith and Kross, Regal wants to remind them both that he will not be bullied into making championship matches. Those opportunities are still and will always be earned in NXT. Then just how far will Kross go to earn his shot at the Limitless One?
Isaiah “Swerve” Scott VS Jake Atlas!
Swerve oozes confidence, and is so confident that his one win over Santos Escobar is enough, that he has been calling out the NXT Cruiserweight Champion between NXT and 205 Live. But Atlas was also fairly impressive in that Cruiserweight Championship round robin. Will Atlas leave Swerve on the outside looking in at the title scene?
The bell rings and Atlas circles with Swerve. They tie up, Atlas snapmares but Swerve avoids a cover and headscissors Atlas back. Swerve kips up while Atlas scrambles to a corner, and Swerve grins as fans cheer. Atlas and Swerve go again, Atlas goes for a leg but Swerve grabs the arm. Atlas finishes the takeover and speeds things up, Swerve stays low but Atlas leaps over to use that gymnastics background to handstand walk and handspring back! Swerve gets clear, goes Eddy Gordo but Atlas throws him down. Atlas slides to kick but Swerve avoids that, and avoids the standing moonsault. Atlas lands on his feet, cartwheels away from the boot, and then dropkicks Swerve down! The crowd is fired up as Swerve sits up and checks his chin. Atlas bows but Swerve smirks.
Swerve shoves Atlas to a corner, Atlas boots but Swerve deflects. Atlas rebounds, arm-drags and then runs to dropkick again! Swerve deflects that, too, Oklahoma Rolls Atlas into a ghost pin, TWO! Atlas kicks low then CHOPS Swerve to a corner. Atlas CHOPS again, and again! Swerve is reeling but Atlas clubs and kicks him! Atlas kicks again but Swerve catches it and puts him in a corner to CALF KICK him down! Swerve takes a moment to check his chin while NXT goes to break.
NXT returns and Atlas resists the dead lift. Atlas shoves Swerve to a corner, runs in and rams his shoulder in. Atlas is on the apron, he springboards for the BLOCKBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Atlas keeps his cool as Swerve survives. Atlas drags Swerve up, Swerve chinbars and powers out to elbow him back! Swerve brings Atlas up, back suplex but Atlas lands on his feet. Atlas ROCKS Swerve with that uppercut! Swerve ends up in a corner, Atlas runs in but Swerve goes up and over and rolls Atlas, but Atlas BOOTS the Complete Shot away! Atlas headlocks for the CLIMAX! Cover, TWO!! Swerve survives the headlock driver and Atlas can’t believe it!
Atlas drags Swerve up, CHOPS him, clubs him and throws forearms. Swerve gets around, rolls Atlas but then rolls him again to dead lift GERMAN! Atlas gets up, Swerve somersaults for the COMPLETE SHOT! Cover, TWO!! Atlas lives and Swerve grows frustrated. Swerve stalks Atlas, kicks him to a corner and brings him up by the legs. Atlas kicks Swerve away then walks into a wristlock and flip! Atlas rolls back but Swerve uses that to pop up! Atlas follows, ROCKS Swerve with a right, Swerve rocks him back! But Atlas blocks, half nelsons and lifts, SUPER SPINNING TORTURE RACK BOMB!! Atlas crawls to the cover, TWO!?! Swerve survives and the crowd is thunderous!
Atlas hurries to the corner and climbs back up. “This is Awesome!” has he cartwheels, but no Rainbow DDT just yet as Swerve pushes Atlas off course! Swerve sweeps the legs to SUPERKICK! Atlas is stuck in a Tree of Woe, Swerve hits the HOUSE CALL on the outside! Swerve puts Atlas back in, hoists him up, JML DRIVER! Cover, Swerve wins!
Winner: Isaiah “Swerve” Scott, by pinfall
Atlas gave Swerve quite the fight, but in the end, Swerve leaves Atlas down and out! Will he be able to dethrone Escobar and bring the Cruiserweight gold to Swerve’s House?
Backstage interview with Damian Priest.
The Archer of Infamy has a Triple Threat North American Championship qualifier next week against Oney Lorcan and the debuting Ridge Holland. His thoughts? He finds it very interesting. He knew he was in one of these Triple Threats, but nothing has changed now that he knows his opponents. This opportunity is his to take, and there is no scenario in his mind where he doesn’t walk out of TakeOver: XXX as the new North American Champion. He isn’t looking past his opponents, though. He knows how tough Oney is, and though he doesn’t know much about Holland, it’s obvious “that dude’s legit.” Come next week, we will not see an upset like with Bronson Reed. The favorite will win, and then the Reign of Infamy begins. But speaking of, tonight’s Triple Threat is up next! Who will Priest look to join after tonight?
NXT makes it official!
To determine who faces Io Shirai for the NXT Women’s Championship at TakeOver: XXX, it will be a #1 Contender’s Match between Dakota Kai and Rhea Ripley! Will #CobraKai get to sink her teeth into the Aussie Nightmare before trying on the Evil Genius? Or will Rhea being her road to redemption at Dakota’s expense?
And after the huge attack the Undisputed Era hit Imperium with, the NXT Tag Team Championships are on the line! Aichner and Barthel take on reDRagon, O’Reilly & Fish as part of next week’s episode!
NXT North American Championship Ladder Match Qualifier Triple Threat: Timothy Thatcher VS Dexter Lumis VS Finn Balor!
The Professor of Pain, the Tortured Artist, or The Prince. All three are hungry for gold, but only one can be part of the Furious 5 Way at TakeOver 30! Who joins Bronson Reed in the biggest golden opportunity in a long time?
The bell rings and Balor and Thatcher approach, but Lumis stays put. So Balor and Thatcher tie up, break, and Thatcher throws an uppercut. Balor boots back from the corner, slips out and drags Thatcher out. Thatcher rams Balor into the apron then throws him into the ring. Balor staggers up and Lumis finally does something as he uppercuts Balor away. Thatcher goes after Lumis but gets an uppercut, too! Lumis ROCKS Balor again, then throws Thatcher out to join him. The crowd fires up as Lumis builds speed to FLY! Balor and Thatcher get clear, but Lumis lands on his feet?! Since when could he do that?! Balor runs at Lumis but gets an uppercut, as does Thatcher! Lumis puts Thatcher in but Thatcher kicks Lumis back.
Thatcher throws uppercuts on Lumis as Balor returns. Thatcher goes after Balor’s leg, they hop around and Balor throws body shots. Lumis runs and clotheslines them both down! Lumis looms over Balor, brings him up, and throws another uppercut! Lumis back suplexes high and hard to drop Balor, then covers, TWO! Thatcher grabs Lumis and throws uppercuts. Lumis throws Thatcher out hard then goes back to Balor but Balor kicks low. Balor clubs and stomps Lumis down, stomps the knee and ankle, then CHOPS! Balor bumps Lumis off buckles, throws more body shots and then repeats the process.
Balor CHOPS Lumis, Thatcher blasts Balor with an uppercut! Thatcher is after Lumis with the EuroUppers, stalks Lumis on the ropes, and clinches for the Belly2Belly! Cover, TWO! Thatcher is after an arm for the double wristlock! Lumis endures, Balor gets in but Thatcher is after Balor’s leg! Balor resists, Lumis staggers over but Thatcher throws more EuroUppers on him. Thatcher slugs Lumis but Lumis flapjacks him onto ropes! Thatcher flounders out, Balor enziguris Lumis! Lumis is down, Balor goes up! But Thatcher pushes Balor off the top to stop the Coup de Grace! The crowd is fired up while NXT goes picture in picture.
Thatcher snarls as he scrapes Balor on the apron with his foot. Thatcher knees away on Lumis, drives in elbows, then goes after the leg Balor went after. Lumis resists but Thatcher has the heel hook to twist the ankle! Lumis endures, Balor returns and Thatcher intercepts again. Balor resists and Lumis rolls Thatcher up! TOW, Lumis turns around into Balor’s stiff forearm! Thatcher runs at Balor but Balor side steps the shoulder to kick away on Thatcher! Balor kicks and kicks and kicks, Thatcher flops down but Lumis CLOBBERS Balor! Balor crashes down on the apron and flops to the floor, but Lumis and Thatcher are also down.
Lumis crawls after Thatcher, rains down hammering rights, but lets up to drag Thatcher around. Thatcher throws hands and facelocks for a headlock suplex! Balor returns but Thatcher uppercuts him right down! Thatcher drags Finn around with a face hook, then takes the arm for a cobra clutch! Balor endures, fights his way up, but Thatcher wrangles him down! Thatcher locks the clutch in deeper but the crowd rallies up. Balor fights back up, NXT returns to single picture and Balor hits the jawbreaker! Thatcher avoids Lumis’ dropkick and Lumis rolls out of the ring. Thatcher ROCKS Balor with another EuroUpper, then drags him up. Balor cradle counters, TWO! Thatcher BLASTS Balor with the EuroUpper!
Balor staggers to ropes, Thatcher chokes him on the ropes! No disqualifications so Thatcher can hold it for as long as he wants, but he still lets up to bring Balor around. Thatcher throws another hard EuroUpper, then he knees Balor in the ribs. Lumis climbs up the apron but Thatcher clubs him down. Thatcher knees Balor while he’s down, then laces the legs and goes after the face. Balor grabs Thatcher’s fingers and bends them back! Thatcher knees Balor back and clubs him down. Thatcher drags Balor up, scoops and slams him down! Elbow drop! Cover, ONE! Thatcher sees Lumis and knees him off the apron. Balor throws forearms but Thatcher returns them. They brawl, Balor runs and forearms Thatcher down!
Balor drags Thatcher up but Thatcher rocks him with a forearm. Balor boots from the corner, runs and forearms Thatcher down again! Balor trips Thatcher but Thatcher boots him away. Lumis returns to DECK Thatcher with right hand after right hand! Corner clothesline and bulldog! Balor runs into an uppercut but he PELES back! All three men are down but the crowd fires up. Lumis and Thatcher are in opposite corners, Balor CHOPS Lumis. Balor runs at Thatcher but has to dodge Thatcher’s clothesline, to hit the elbow drop DDT! SLING BLADE for Lumis! Balor aims at Lumis but Thatcher slithers around to trip the Prince! And POST his crown jewels before throwing a leg into the steel! Balor crawls but refuses to be taken out of this. Thatcher grabs the leg for a heel hook!
Lumis slides out and ROCKS Thatcher with an uppercut! Thatcher crawls away while Balor flops out. Lumis stalks Thatcher, brings him up and shoves him, to SPINE BUSTER! The crowd is thunderous again as Lumis watches Thatcher rise. Thatcher denies the urenage and then enziguris him down! Balor returns, Thatcher finally gives him the DRAGON SCREW! Thatcher grabs Lumis by the face and SLAPS him! Thatcher underhooks but Lumis resists, to hit the URENAGE! SILENCE ARM TRIANGLE!! Thatcher flails, endures, and Balor COUP DE GRACES outta nowhere!! Balor has to hobble to a cover, Thatcher drags him off! Balor kicks away on Thatcher but Thatcher has the leg for an ANKLE LOCK!
Thatcher keeps Balor from ropes with his modified grip and then GRAPEVINES! Balor endures, flails, Lumis slithers up and watches Thatcher! SILENCE!!! It’s a DUAL SUBMISSION!! Balor is free because Thatcher is OUT! LUMIS WINS!!
Winner: Dexter Lumis, by submission (advances to TakeOver: XXX)
The Professor of Pain just learned a valuable lesson about Triple Threats: always watch out for the third man. Lumis joins Bronson Reed in the ladder match, bringing them both back to the Breakout Tournament where it all began. Will things be very, very different for the Tortured Artist?
A great episode once again, with some very interesting developments. First off, it seems the “incident” with Adam Cole on the Pat McAfee Show is highly likely a work, though I can’t be sure to what end. I feel like we got a Face turn out of the entire Undisputed Era since they went after Imperium, who are firmly Heels. Strong VS Gargano was a great match, but Gargano wins so that his #TJGW story still makes sense. Imperium VS Ever-Rise was a good Face showing for Ever-Rise but also a really good return win for Imperium. Reigniting things with Imperium is great, because Worlds Collide’s 4v4 unfortunately had one fault in that Alexander Wolfe got legitimately injured and was out of the match. It is a bit optimistic, but perhaps a proper 4v4 can happen at whatever TakeOver is paired with Survivor Series or Royal Rumble as a full revisit. Then and only then should Undisputed Era move on to the “main roster,” preferably SmackDown.
The opening women’s tag match was really good, especially with Dakota jumping Shirai at the ramp. Dakota ups her Heel game by abandoning Candice, but that can always be circled back to with Candice and Dakota having beef down the line. Dakota VS Rhea to officially name a contender is going to be great next week, and while either choice is great, it has to be Dakota who wins because of how things have been going. Rhea has time to wait and see how things go, but Dakota’s been hovering around the title scene, she needs another go to make the WarGames Heel turn pay off. Meanwhile, Shotzi has a pretty good match with Mercedes, but of course Mercedes wins. Mercedes just got back, she’s with Robert Stone Brand, and this will drag the feud out for a bit while both women are outside the title scene.
Speaking of title scenes, Keith had a great promo, perhaps saying BS twice just to get the censors going, and Grimes had the perfectly punctual “bad timing” promo to get whooped. Regal says Kross can’t just bully his way to a title match but I have a feeling he’ll do just that in the coming weeks. Swerve VS Atlas was very good, but Swerve felt like the natural winner given all the spotlight he gets between NXT and 205 Live. I’m sure between the two shows, El Legado del Fantasma will respond to the would-be contender, and I feel like with that trio as a common enemy, Swerve, Atlas and perhaps a returning Kushida could face them in a Six Man before anything is decided.
The vignette for Bronson Reed was really good, and is a strong indicator he is a favorite in the Furious 5 Ladder Match. Honestly, it was between him and Finn as far as I was concerned, and now that Finn is out, I’m thinking Reed takes it all the way. Priest VS Oney VS Holland is next week, and that is great for all three men involved. Holland’s move from NXT UK to NXT USA is a good move for him. Holland came into NXT UK feeling like a midcard championship level star but there is no proper midcard title in NXT UK, so going for the North American title is smart. I feel like Holland will win to mostly be a shock factor, and add some serious strength to the ladder match.
Tonight’s Triple Threat was incredible and had another somewhat surprising finish. I would’ve thought Thatcher would catch Lumis or Balor into a surprise submission, but it’s great for Lumis to get this win in many ways. Most of all, I feel like this ladder match is making up for how things went in the wake of the Breakout Tournament. The controversy and anger that caused Jordan Myles to quit WWE/NXT (and from what I recall, wrestling altogether) marred a lot of what the Breakout Tournament was meant to do, and having Reed and Lumis, two tournament contestants that didn’t win but stuck around, could get things back on track for that wave of superstars. Reed, Lumis, I again predict Holland, that is already a strong field of young contenders, I can’t wait to see the last two Triple Threats.
My Score: 9.3/10
Mitchell’s NJPW WTL X Super Jr. Tag Results & Report! (11/27/22)
BOTH tournaments on one card!
Double up the tag team action!
NJPW is going big with this crossover! Both World Tag League and Super Jr. Tag League are here for a massive match card!
- Super Jr. Tag League 2022: KUSHIDA & Kevin Knight VS BUSHI & Titán; Bushi & Titán win.
- World Tag League 2022: Alex Coughlin & Gabriel Kidd VS Great-O-Khan & Aaron Henare; Khan & Henare win.
- Super Jr. Tag League 2022: Alex Zayne & El Lindaman VS SHO & Dick Togo; Zayne & Lindaman win.
- World Tag League 2022: Aussie Open VS Minoru Suzuki & Lance Archer; Aussie Open wins.
- Super Jr. Tag League 2022: Ryusuke Taguchi & Clark Connors VS Ace Austin & Chris Bey; Ace & Bey win.
- World Tag League 2022: Toru Yano & Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Bad Luck Fale & Chase Owens; Yano & Tanahashi win.
- Super Jr. Tag League 2022: YOH & Lio Rush VS DOUKI & Yoshinobu Kanemaru; Yoh & Lio win.
- World Tag League 2022: Shane Haste & Mikey Nicholls VS EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi; Shane & Mikey win.
- Super Jr. Tag League 2022: Robbie Eagles & Tiger Mask VS TJP & Francesco Akira; TJP & Akira win.
- World Tag League 2022: Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI VS Tetsuya Naito & SANADA; Goto & Hashi win.
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Here are the current Super Jr. Tag League standings!
Austin & Bey: 3-0, 6 points
Bushi & Titan: 2-1, 4 points
TJP & Akira: 2-1, 4 points
Zayne & Lindaman: 2-1, 4 points
Yoh & Lio: 2-1, 4 points
Eagles & Tiger Mask: 2-1, 4 points
KUSHIDA & Knight: 1-2, 2 points
Taguchi & Connors: 1-2, 2 points
Sho & Dick: 0-3, 0 points
Douki & Kanemaru: 0-3, 0 points
Here are the current World Tag League standings!
Naito & Sanada: 2-0, 4 points
Suzuki & Archer: 2-0, 4 points
Aussie Open: 2-0, 4 points
Goto & Hashi: 1-1, 2 points
Khan & Henare: 1-1, 2 points
The Mighty: 1-1, 2 points
Chase & Fale: 1-1, 2 points
Yano & Tanahashi: 0-2, 0 points
Evil & Yujiro: 0-2, 0 points
Coughlin & Kidd: 0-2, 0 points
Super Jr. Tag League 2022: KUSHIDA & Kevin Knight VS BUSHI & Titán!
The #TimeJet is losing altitude, but the thing about time travel is that there’s always time! Will they be able to get back up and get those points? Or will Black Mask & El Inmortal keep the momentum going with their “we just beat the champs” energy?
The teams sort out and fans can cheer! They rally as the two circle. Knight and Titan feel out a knuckle lock, then Knight taunts Titan with his height and reach advantage. So Titan SOBATS and puts Knight in a corner. Titan wrenches and whips corner to corner but Knight reverses. Knight runs in but Titan goes up and over and handsprings away! Fans cheer for the agility, and then he runs at Knight. Knight leaps up and over! Titan gets around, knuckle locks and CHOPS, then he goes up and up to tightrope walk and springboard, but into Knight’s arms! Knight SLAMS Titan down!
Fans fire up as Knight BLASTS Bushi, then JUMPING SPLASHES Titan! Cover, TWO! Fans applaud and Knight brings Titan up to wrench. Tag to Kushida and fans cheer as Knight hands off the arm to an ELBOW BREAKER! Kushida drags Titan back up, wrenches and CLUBS the arm, then stalks Titan to ropes. Kushida whips Titan then hip tosses, to then cartwheel and dropkick! Cover, TWO as Titan slips out! Kushida watches Bushi closely as he wrenches Titan again. Tag to Kevin and Kevin takes the handoff. Knight wrenches the arm, tags to Kushida, and hands off the arm again. Kushida wrenches the arm then tags Knight.
Knight takes the handoff to wrench Titan, and then tags Kushida. Kushida goes up to drop an ax handle! Kushida brings Titan up and wrenches while Knight goes up. Fans rally as Kushida wrenches but Titan fights back. Kushida whips Titan corner to corner, but Titan goes up to CROSSBODY! But then Knight throws Titan down by his mask! Titan kips up and PELES Knight down! Titan hurries and tags in Bushi! Fans fire up and Bushi grinds his forearm into Kushida’s face. The ref counts, Bushi lets off, and Bushi CHOPS! And CHOPS! Bushi pushes Kushida down, covers, ONE! Bushi calls Titan in and Titan stomps Kushida down.
LIJ put Kushida in a corner, whip corner to corner, then Bushi hits a back elbow. Bushi sets up, INMORTAL IN MOTION! Then a feed to a lift, MISSILE DROPKICK SPINEBUSTER! Cover, but Knight breaks it! Bushi drags Kushida up and fans rally. Bushi snapmares Kushida into a chinlock, and digs his knee into Kushida’s back. Kushida endures but Bushi claws at Kushida’s face! The ref reprimands, Bushi stops to wrap on a headscissor squeeze. Kushida endures and moves around, he gets the ROPEBREAK! Bushi lets off but he stomps Kushida down. Bushi drags Kushida up but Kushida KICKS Bushi’s arm!
Kushida KICKS and KICKS, fans fire up and Kushida hits an ELBOW BREAKER on the arm! Titan tags in to stomp Kushida down! Titan snapmares and KICKS Kushida in the back! Fans fire up again as LIJ mug Kushida at the ropes. LIJ double whip but Kushida handsprings to DOUBLE BACK ELBOW! All three men are down and fans fire back up! Kushida rolls and hot tags Knight! Knight rallies with a SPLASH on Titan in one corner, SPLASH on Bushi in the other, then SPLASH on Titan! SPLASH for Bushi, but Titan BOOTS Knight! Titan goes up, but Knight DROPKICKS him down to the floor!
Fans fire up as Knight aims and PLANCHAS! Down goes Titan and Knight fires up! Fans rally as he drags Titan up and puts him in. Kushida Electric Chair Lifts, DROPKICK ELECTRIC CHAIR DROP! Cover, Bushi barrels in to break it! Fans rally up as all four men are down! Time Jet get up first, they whip Bushi to a corner, then Knight whips Kushida in. Bushi dodges Kushida, BOOTS Knight, then whips Kushida into Knight! Titan and Bushi knuckle lock so Titan can go up and up and tightrope walk to DOUBLE MISSILE DROPKICK! Fans fire up as Kushida spills out of the ring. Bushi builds speed and DIVES onto Kushida!
Fans fire up more as Titan brings Knight up. Knight fires off forearms and an uppercut! Knight runs, into a TORNADO DDT! Fans fire up more as Titan roars! Titan runs in to LOCO LARIAT! Bushi CODE BREAKERS! ANGEL INMORTAL!! Cover, LIJ wins!
Winners: Bushi & Titán, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Kushida & Knight earn 0)
Los Ingobernables de Japon continues on, but there’s still a long way to go! Will Bushi & Titan keep up the pace to be a finalist? Has time run out for Kushida & Knight after all?
World Tag League 2022: Alex Coughlin & Gabriel Kidd VS Great-O-Khan & Aaron Henare!
The #MechanicalBulls have yet to put up points, while the Dominator & Ultimate Weapon made the Mighty fall. Will Coughlin & Kidd end up conquered? Or will they be defiant against the United Empire?
The Orchestrator, Gideon Grey, is of course here to give Khan & Henare their introductions. The teams sort out and Khan calls out Kidd. Kidd says alright and they start. They circle, fans rally, and the two feel out a grapple. Kidd facelocks, waistlocks, and keeps on top of Khan as he moves around. The two break and fans applaud. Kidd takes a crane stance to mock Khan, and they tie up again. Kidd powers Khan back but Khan pulls on an ear! Khan headlocks Kidd and grinds him down. Kidd endures, fights up, powers out and tags Coughlin. The Mechanical Bulls run Khan over, then split the wishbone!
Henare runs in but Coughlin kicks him first. Kidd knee lifts and Coughlin CHOPS Henare down! Kidd runs to SENTON, and fans fire up as Coughlin flexes. Coughlin drags Khan up to suplex and walk over to the corner! Tag to Kidd before the SLAM, and then Kidd stomps Khan down. Kidd mocks the Empire’s pose, then hits a STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Kidd drags Khan up, but Khan shoots around to get a SLEEPER! But he also uses his ponytail! The ref reprimands, Coughlin shouts, “Stop choking him!” but Henare runs in to BLAST Coughlin off the apron! Khan holds on until the ref counts.
Kidd sputters while Henare ROCKS Coughlin on the outside. Khan ROCKS Kidd, CLUBS him to a corner, wrenches and CLUBS the arm, then knees low. Khan whips Kidd hard into the corner! Fans rally up as Khan bumps Kidd off buckles. Khan then sits on his throne! Fans applaud while Kidd sputters more. Khan pulls the arms back! The ref reprimands and counts, Khan hops down at 4. Tag to Henare and he drags Kidd up. Henare throws knees, snapmares and KICKS, then SENTONS! Fans rally up as Henare drags Kidd to a kneeling cover, TWO! Henare looms over Kidd, drags him back up, and KICKS him back down!
Henare drags Kidd up, tags in Khan, and Khan scoops Kidd to carry him around, before the SLAM! Kidd kneels for the cover, TWO! But then Khan DECKS Coughlin! Khan scuffs Kidd and kicks him around. Khan Mongolian Chops Kidd down! Fans fire up and Khan talks trash. Mongolian Chop! Kidd drops again but fans rally up. Khan stands Kidd up but Kidd blocks the chops! Khan tries to power Kidd down but Kidd powers back up! Fans fire up as the struggle back and forth continues! Kidd powers up and uses Tenzan Power Mongolian Chops! Fans fire up more as both men crawl! Hot tags to Henare and Coughlin!
The Android and Ultimate Weapon RAM shoulders, and they both roar! The forearms fly back and forth and fans fire up as they pick up speed! Henare roars and fires off a flurry! But Coughlin roars to knee low, UPPERCUT, and CHOP! Henare stays up so Coughlin whips him to the corner. Henare elbows him away, goes up and leaps, but into Coughlin’s arms! OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Fans fire up with Coughlin as he roars! Coughlin drags Henare for a short arm LARIAT! Cover, but Khan breaks it! Khan drags Coughlin up but Coughlin lifts Khan for a BIG back suplex! Coughlin shouts to Kidd, tags him in, and he whips Kidd in to clothesline Henare!
Coughlin whips Kidd back in to CHOP! Kidd hits an EXPLODER, Coughlin scoops Henare for a FALL AWAY SLAM! Kidd goes to the corner and goes up to MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up with the Mechanical Bulls as they flex. They run in but Henare moves, the DOUBLE LARIATS take Kidd out! Khan wraps onto Coughlin with a HITSUJIGOROSHI! But Coughlin gets up and over to CHOP Khan on the back! Coughlin gut wrenches but Khan slips free to Mongolian Chop from behind! Khan scoops, Henare SCREW HIGH KICKS Coughlin before the TTD!! Khan steals the Tenzan Tombstone Driver!
The Empire roars and flexes now! Fans fire up for the “monster rage,” but Kidd HEADBUTTS Henare! And HEADBUTTS again! But Henare body shots, ELBOWS, Kidd roars but the HEEL KICK hits! Then the RAMPAGE!! Cover, TWO!?!? Fans fire up as Kidd survives! Kidd dodges Henare, SUPERKICKS, and fires up! But Khan BOOTS him into the half nelson and torture rack! STREETS OF RAGE! Cover, The Empire wins!
Winners: Great-O-Khan & Aaron Henare, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Coughlin & Kidd earn 0)
The third time was not the charm for the Mechanical Bulls, and Khan wants the fans to cheer the Empire loudly! No, LOUDLY! The fans cheer more, and Khan promises that the entire United Empire will win tonight, from them to Catch 2/2 to Aussie Open! Will NJPW witness the full power of the United Empire here in Nagoya?
Super Jr. Tag League 2022: Alex Zayne & El Lindaman VS SHO & Dick Togo!
The #GLEATSAUCE burned the Wild Hips while the Murder Machine & Spoiler could not stop Ace & Bey. Will Zayne & Lindaman burn Sho & Dick with a fourth loss? Or can the House of Torture finally snatch one away?
But wait! Sho & Dick attack Zayne & Lindaman on the ramp! Sho and Lindaman brawl while Dick CLUBS Zayne up the ramp. Sho rakes Lindaman’s eyes while Dick CHOKES Zayne! Then Sho & Dick mug Zayne, and hit a PILEDRIVER to the stage! Sho laughs at Zayne’s pain while Dick CHOKES Lindaman! Sho disrespects the towel and the G-Rex title belt. Dick smacks Lindaman off the apron, then he and Sho whip Lindaman into railing! Sho puts Lindaman in the ring and the match finally begins. Dick stomps Lindaman, then Sho gets in so that they can both stomp. Fans boo and give thumbs down but Sho & Dick soak up the heat.
Dick & Sho drag Lindaman up, double whip him to ropes and then DOUBLE SPINEBUSTER! They hook up the legs, and sit Lindaman up for a DOUBLE KIMURA! The ref reprimands and counts, one of them is illegally in here. Sho & Dick let off, and Sho exits while Dick stomps Lindaman. Fans continue to boo but Dick drags Lindaman up to snapmare and FIST DROP! Cover, TWO! Fans rally but Dick wraps on a chinlock. Lindaman endures and fans rally. Lindaman fights up, throws elbows and gets free, but Dick reels him back in. Lindaman SAYANAGIS Dick down! Fans rally but Zayne is still down at the top of the ramp!
Dick drags Lindaman away, tags in Sho, and Sho stomps Lindaman. Sho gets the legs and brings Lindaman into a BOW ‘N’ ARROW! Lindaman has the ROPEBREAK, but Dick slingshot sentons onto him! Fans boo as Sho brings Lindaman up for a POWER BREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Lindaman survives and fans fire up! But Sho laughs at Lindaman’s pain and aims his bow. Sho drags Lindaman up and reels him in to tuck the arms. SHOCK- NO, Lindaman fights free with a back drop! Fans fire up as Zayne returns! But Dick trips Zayne off the apron! Fans boo but Sho drags Lindaman back into a POP-UP ARMBAR!
Lindaman moves around, but into the SNAKE BITE! Lindaman fades but fans fire up as Zayne gets in! Zayne stomps Sho down! Dick throws Zayne back out and Sho tags him in. Dick storms up to Lindaman, stomps him, then drags him up. Lindaman throws forearms and knees in return! Lindaman CHOPS Dick in the corner but Dick rakes the eyes! Dick argues with the ref to distract from Sho bringing in his wrench! Lindaman dodges and Zayne BOOTS Sho! Dick goes after Zayne, he and Sho double whip. But Zayne breaks the clothesline to DOUBLE RANA! Zayne schoolboys Sho and EDDY GORDO KICKS!
Zayne fires off elbows and a mule kick, then runs, but Dick gets a cheap shot in! Sho clotheslines Zayne and himself out! Dick CLBOBERS Lindaman! Dick reels Lindaman in but Lindaman fights the Pedigree! Dick CLUBS Lindaman, but runs into an EXPLODER! Fans fire up and rally for Lindaman. Lindaman fires up and he brings Dick up into a waistlock. But Dick victory rolls! TWO, Dick ghost pins! TWO, into the CROSSFACE! Lindaman endures being bent back while Sho sends Zayne into railing! Lindaman crawls his way over, but Sho grabs Lindaman’s hand to bend the fingers! The ref reprimands and Sho lets go, but Dick rolls Lindaman away!
But Lindaman rolls it around to a cover! TWO!! Dick staggers up, Lindaman shoves him into Sho! GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, GLEAT SAUCE WINS!
Winners: Alex Zayne & El Lindaman, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Sho & Dick earn 0)
The House of Torture tried to take advantage but couldn’t capitalize! Are Sho & Dick doomed? As for Zayne & Lindaman, will they keep turning up to heat to eat up the rest of the block?
World Tag League 2022: Aussie Open VS Minoru Suzuki & Lance Archer!
Mark Davis & Kyle Fletcher won big in their first World Tag League tournament main event while the Meanest Team in the Tournament tore down Yano & Tanahashi. Will “Dunk-Zilla” and “The Aussie Arrow” stay spotless? Or will they learn that #EverybodyDies makes no exceptions?
Fans clap along and are ready, they sing nice and loud, “KAZE NI NARE~!” Gideon returns but is a bit wary of Suzuki & Archer. Young Lion Oskar Leube has to fetch the mic for Gideon so he can give Aussie Open their introductions. Suzuki gives some toying kicks as Aussie Open get in the ring but Fletcher shoves Suzuki back! The ref keeps the peace and teams sort out. Fans fire up as the big men start! Archer and Davis circle, but Archer steps outside as fans cheer for Aussie Open. Davis steps outside, too, and they RAM shoulders! Both men stay standing, so they go around the way and run in, to RAM shoulders again!
Neither man falls, so they go into the ring. Archer runs, Davis drops but the hip toss is blocked! Archer blocks Davis’ hip toss, but Davis blocks Archer’s hip toss. Davis ducks Archer’s lariat, then leaps over him! Archer scoops, Davis slips off, but Archer avoids the boot! Fans cheer that exchange, and Archer offers a fist bump. Davis isn’t sure about that, so he just kicks and fires off forearms! Davis whips, Archer ducks ‘n’ dodges to CROSSBODY! Fans fire up as Archer laughs! Davis hurries away to his corner and Archer goes to his. Suzuki tags in so fans want to see Kyle! Davis stands up to tag Kyle, and fans rally as the two step to each other.
The two stare down, Suzuki pie faces Kyle but Kyle shoves him back. Kyle talks trash but Suzuki eggs him on. Kyle CHOPS, but Suzuki doesn’t flinch. Fans fire up and Archer says Kyle F’d up now! Kyle eggs Suzuki on, and Suzuki CHOPS! Kyle drops to take a seat! Suzuki storms up on Kyle as he goes to ropes but the ref has Suzuki back down. Kyle stands back up and brushes himself off. Fans rally up and Suzuki wrenches an arm. Kyle wrenches back, wristlocks, but Suzuki kicks and wrenches. Kyle wrenches back again, but Suzuki wrenches him. Suzuki wrenches the other arm and steps through ropes to HOTSHOT the arm!
Kyle swings back but into a HANGING ARMBAR! Archer BLASTS Davis while the ref counts! Suzuki lets go at 4, he drags Kyle out, and Suzuki-Gun sends Aussie Open into railing! Suzuki twists Kyle’s arm with a KIMURA! Kyle kicks and flails, he can’t get out of it on the floor! Suzuki lets go to kick Kyle around while Archer stomps Davis against railing. Suzuki KNEES Kyle down, then bends him back against railing! Kyle claws at Suzuki but can’t get him to let go. Suzuki ELBOWS Kyle down, then he goes to the ring. Tag to Archer and Archer fetches Kyle. Archer brings Kyle around to CHOKE in front of the timekeeper’s area!
Archer SMACKS Kyle off the bell! Archer puts Kyle in the ring, taunts him over how Davis is still down, then Archer brings Kyle up for a short arm LARIAT! Tag to Suzuki and he puts on an ARMBAR! Kyle flails and kicks around, reaches out desperately, and finally has the ROPEBREAK! Suzuki lets off quickly to tag Archer back in. Archer puts Kyle in the corner, laughs at him, then runs corner to corner and back again for a BIG back elbow! He keeps moving, another back elbow! And then again, but Kyle dodges! Fans rally as Kyle crawls to the corner. Davis is back, but Archer keeps Kyle from him.
Kyle fires off forearms but Archer choke grips! Kyle breaks free, dodges, and SUPERKICKS! Archer drops to a knee and fans rally up. Hot tag to Davis! Davis breaks through the clothesline to BLAST Suzuki! Archer runs in and he blocks the boot, only for Davis to dodge the clothesline. Davis CHOP LARIATS in return! And again! And again! Fans fire up with Davis as he whips Archer to ropes. Archer reverses, Davis handsprings and ENZIGURIS! Davis roars, runs side to side, and SLIDING FOREARMS! Cover, TWO! Davis snarls and fireman’s carries, and he manages to lift Archer! But Archer slips off, shoves, only for Davis to dodge!
Davis clotheslines Archer up and out of the ring! Fans fire up as Davis goes out and picks up a Young Lion! Davis runs with Ryohei Oiwa and Kyle has Yuto Nakashima! They SANDWICH Archer with the Young Lions! Fans fire up as Davis puts Archer in the ring. Tag to Fletcher, Aussie Open picks Archer up! But Suzuki clamps a SLEEPER on Kyle! Archer powers out to FULL NELSON SLAM Davis! Suzuki whips Kyle to a corner, runs in and BOOTS! Archer back elbows! Snapmare, PENALTY KICK, SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Tag to Suzuki and he runs at Kyle in the corner, another BOOT! Snapmare and PENALTY feint as Kyle covers up!
Suzuki waits for Kyle to literally let his guard down, and then he KICKS him down! Cover, TWO! Suzuki rallies the fans and he brings Kyle up. Kyle fires a forearm but Suzuki just grins and laughs. Suzuki ROCKS Kyle, stalks him, and eggs him on. Fans rally, Kyle stands back up, and Kyle ROCKS Suzuki! Kyle eggs Suzuki on so Suzuki ROCKS Kyle! Kyle fumes and fires up to ROCK Suzuki! The forearms go back and forth, faster and faster, and Kyle gets the edge! Kyle roars, but Suzuki DECKS him! Fans fire up with Suzuki and he drags Kyle up into a SLEEPER! Kyle is fading already, but Suzuki spins him to reel him in!
Suzuki Gotch lifts but Kyle powers out with a back drop! Davis triangle jump DROPKICKS Archer! Kyle runs to GAMANGIRI Suzuki in the corner, then suplexes for a BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Fans rally up and Davis joins Kyle. Aussie Open hook Suzuki up, but Archer brings Davis away! Archer stomps a mudhole into Davis at the corner while Suzuki kicks Kyle’s legs out, for a SLEEPER! Kyle is fading, Suzuki spins him around! Archer brings Davis up, too, but Davis slips off! Davis shoves Archer into Suzuki! BOOT and fireman’s carry, POP-UP ROUNDHOUSE! Suzuki kicks Davis, CHOPS Kyle, and then fires off more CHOPS!
Fans rally as Suzuki CHOPS Aussie Open to their knees! Kyle blocks a chop, he and Davis double wrench to DOUBLE FOREARM! Kyle runs, LARIAT! But Suzuki stays up on rage alone! Kyle runs again but Suzuki ducks the lariat, only for Davis to LARIAT! But Suzuki still stays up! Suzuki roars, so Aussie Open LARIAT SANDWICHES him! Aussie Open hauls Suzuki up, COREALIS!! Cover, Aussie Open wins!!
Winners: Aussie Open, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Suzuki & Archer earn 0)
Maybe everybody dies, but Aussie Open is still alive! And they’re still undefeated in World Tag League! Will Davis & Fletcher truly be the future of tag team wrestling?
Super Jr. Tag League 2022: Ryusuke Taguchi & Clark Connors VS Ace Austin & Chris Bey!
The Wild Hips got burned by The Sauce & G-Rex, and now they go up against the hot hand of the #InevitableFinesse! Will Taguchi & Connors turn the fourth round into good luck? Or will Ace & Bey continue to have an impact in the league?
Bullet Club Too Sweets, and the Wild Hips present two beers! Bey & Ace want some, so Connors brings out a few more! But they’re a bit wet, so he and Taguchi wipe them off on their butts! Ace slaps the beers away, he and Bey don’t want those anymore. Taguchi & Connors crack open theirs and have a drink, but then Ace & Bey attack! But Connors & Taguchi don’t drop the beers! The bell rings, Ace & Bey whip Taguchi & Connors at each other, but they do-si-do with the beer! “Cheers!” and they cross-arm chug! Fans applaud but then Ace & Bey rush in again! Taguchi HIP ATTACKS Ace down while Connors just knees Bey away.
Taguchi and Connors chug while they WHIP HIP Ace! And WHIP HIP Bey! And then back to Ace! And then Taguchi whips Connors to HIP ATTACK Bey! Another WHIP HIP for Ace! Fans fire up as Wild Hips hip bump and never waste a drop! They finish chugging, and then Connors brings Ace up. Connors uppercuts Ace, whips him to ropes, but Ace holds ropes. Connors blocks the boot, flips Ace to the apron and ROCKS him! Fans rally as Connors runs Around the World, but Ace KNEES Connors first! Connors swipes but Ace handsprings around to PENALTY KICK Connors! Ace DECKS Taguchi and coordinates with Bey!
Bey builds speed, TOO SWEET CONJILO! Fans fire up as Bullet Club poses. Bey puts Connors in for Ace to stomp around. Ace stomps Connors, then hip drops the arm! Ace has the mounted armbar, and he brings out the ace up his sleeve! PAPER CUT! Ace hides the card, Bey says shush, it’s a secret. Ace drags Connors up but Connors CHOPS! But that was the cut hand! Connors clutches his hand and Ace CLUBS him down. Ace stomps Connors down and digs his boot in. He lets off as the ref counts, then he tags Bey. Ace hooks Connors up, Bey runs, SWEEP KICK RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP COMBO! And then STANDING MOONSAULT LEG DROP COMBO! Cover, TWO!
Fans rally up while Bey swaggers around. Bey basement boots Connors, then UPPERCUTS him in the back! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up and Bey drags Connors up. Bey whips Connors to a corner, runs corner to corner, STINGER SPLASH! Bey brings Connors out to DISCUS HAYMAKER! Cocky cover, ONE! Bey cravats Connors to keep him down but Connors endures. Bey leans all his weight and even headstands, but the fans rally up. Connors fights up, throws body shots, but Bey KNEES him back! Bey runs at the ropes but Connors puts him on the apron. Bey hooks Connors up to keep him from Taguchi!
Bey KNEES Connors, slingshots up and over, and things speed up, Connors POUNCES Bey!! Both men are down and fans fire up again. Connors and Bey crawl, hot tags to Ace and Taguchi! Ace dodges to kick low and CHOP! Ace whips but Taguchi reverses to HIP ATTACK! Fans fire up again as Taguchi HIP ATTACKS at the ropes! And again! And then baseball slide to APRON HIP! Cover, TWO! Taguchi drags Ace up but Ace swings, into a back suplex! Ace lands on his feet to waistlock but Taguchi switches. Ace elbows free, runs, but Taguchi follows. HIP- NO, Ace turns that into an atomic drop! Taguchi hobbles and Ace says TOO SWEET YEARS OF DEATH!
But wait, Ace’s hand gets stuck! Taguchi’s iron cheeks clamp on! Fans fire up and Taguchi hops around, bringing Ace with him. Connors is in, he fires up, and he SPEARS Ace down! Fans fire up more as the Wild Hips combine their powers! “ORYA~!” CROSS HIPS!! Cover, but Bey breaks it! Bey SUPERMAN PUNCHES Connors, but Connors UPPERCUTS Bey! Then POUNCE HIP- NO, Bey dropkicks Taguchi out of the air! Ace HEEL KICKS Connors out of the ring! And then builds speed to hit the FLOP! Direct hit at the ramp! Fans fire up as Ace hurries to get on the apron. Triangle jump ENZIGURI!
Bey tags in, ONE TWO SWEET CUTTER!! And THE FOLD!! Cover, Bullet Club wins!
Winners: Ace Austin & Chris Bey, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Wild Hips earn 0)
And that’s four in a row! Ace & Bey keep on going, is it truly inevitable that they will take the trophies?
World Tag League 2022: Toru Yano & Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Bad Luck Fale & Chase Owens!
The Joker & The Ace could not survive Suzuki-Gun while The General’s Jewels blew up the House of Torture! Will Fale & Chase set off another Grenade? Or will Yano & Tanahashi make it a dud?
Yano & Tanahashi keep up the high school bad boy act. They squat, then show off the “SUGOI” muscles of Tanahashi. Bullet Club Too Sweets, then they squat. Yano & Tanahashi squat and then Bullet Club attacks! Chase throws Yano out, then he and Fale stomp Tanahashi! The bell rings, Bullet Club mugs Tanahashi, but fans rally up for The Ace. Chase whips Tanahashi to the corner, runs in but Tanahashi dodges! Tanahashi dropkicks Fale’s leg, then blocks Chase’s kick to DRAGON SCREW! Fans fire up as Tanahashi tries to scoop Fale! But Fale’s too big! Fale CLUBS Tanahashi, scoops him, but Tanahashi slips free!
Tanahashi fires off fast hands, runs, but Fale runs him over! Fale drags Tanahashi to ropes, tags in Chase, and then Bullet Club stands on Tanahashi’s back! The ref reprimands but they salute before stepping away. Fans rally for Tanahashi but Chase drags Tanahashi up. Chase bumps Tanahashi off buckles, tags in Fale, and then whips Tanahashi. Body shot, knee lift, LARIAT! Fale covers, but Yano breaks it! Chase sends Yano out and Fale tags him in. Chase drags Tanahashi up but Tanahashi forearms back. Chase BELL CLAPS Tanahashi, then throws him down by his hair! Chase has Tanahashi’s head between his feet, to NECK TWEAK as he falls back! Cover, TWO!
Chase drags Tanahashi up, bumps him off buckles, and tags in Fale. Fale whips Chase in, Chase forearm smashes then Fale SPLASHES! Fale scoops and SLAMS Fale, then Chase climbs up. But Yano hurries over to spray Chase with his cleaning product! Fale CLOBBERS Yano for that, ROCKS him and scoops him, to SLAM him! Fale runs but Yano avoids the elbow drop! Chase CLUBS Yano, ROCKS him, then ROCKS him again. Fale stomps Tanahashi, then he and Chase both whip Tanahashi and Yano. But Tanahashi & Yano hold the ropes! They taunt Bullet Club, then get around them to RAM them into each other!
DOUBLE LOW- NO, Chase & Fale each catch Yano! The ref reprimands, but Tanahashi DOUBLE LOW BLOWS! Roll-up on Fale, Tanahashi & Yano win!!
Winners: Toru Yano & Hiroshi Tanahashi, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Fale & Chase earn 0)
The Once in a Century Talent has learned much from the Producer! And with that, they’re finally on the board! Will The Joker & The Ace be able to pull off a late round comeback?
Super Jr. Tag League 2022: YOH & Lio Rush VS DOUKI & Yoshinobu Kanemaru!
The Men of the Hour are just outside the top spot while Japones del Mal & The Heel Master are lagging behind. Will Yoh & Lio keep up the momentum? Or will Douki & Kanemaru start playing spoiler?
As soon as the introductions are over, Douki & Kanemaru attack! Kanemaru is after Lio while Douki throws Yoh out. The bell rings and Kanemaru stomps a mudhole into Lio. Douki goes out after Yoh and CLUBS him while Kanemaru bumps Lio off buckles. Kanemaru whips Lio corner to corner, but Lio goes up and over and runs. Lio redirects himself, and again, then slides under the boot to SPRINGBOARD RANA! Fans fire up, but Douki kicks and CLUBS Lio! Yoh gets in, Douki kicks him. Douki runs but Lio and Yoh both handspring to dodge! They mule kick, front kick and ENZIGURI Douki, into a NECKBREAKER from Yoh!
Fans fire up while Douki bails out. Lio HANDSPRING KICKS Kanemaru off the apron, then builds speed with Yoh. But Douki & Kanemaru get in to dropkick their legs out! Douki kicks Yoh out of the ring and then whips him into railing! Kanemaru brings Lio up to whip, and dropkick the legs out again! Kanemaru SMASHES the knee on the mat, then tags in Douki. Lio hobbles and falls, Douki drags him back to drop an elbow on the leg! Douki has a toehold but Lio endures. Douki drags Lio over to put the leg on ropes and HIP DROP it! Lio clutches his leg but Douki stomps him. Douki distracts the ref so Kanemaru can CLUB the leg on the apron!
Kanemaru tags in with the ref none the wiser. Fans rally as Lio gets back in the ring, and Kanemaru stomps Lio down. Kanemaru BOOTS Yoh for good measure, then throws Lio out. Kanemaru distracts the ref so Douki can SMASH the knee on the floor! Douki then drags Lio up to put him in for Kanemaru to cover, TWO! Fans rally up but Kanemaru stomps Lio down. Kanemaru stalks Lio, stomps him around, but fans rally for “LI-O RUSH! LI-O RUSH!” Lio kicks, Kanemaru blocks it, and he keeps Lio from Yoh to flip Lio! Lio lands on his feet, but his leg jams! Douki grabs at Lio but Lio elbows him away.
Kanemaru runs in but Lio BOOTS him away. Kanemaru runs back in, Lio slips under, but Kanemaru grabs a leg! Kanemaru drags Lio away from Yoh, but Lio hops up to ENZIGURI! Hot tag to Yoh! Fans fire up as Direct Drive rallies on Suzuki-Gun! Yoh dodges Kanemaru, dodges again, and FLYING FOREARMS! Fans rally as Yoh brings Kanemaru up again. Yoh scoops, SLAMS, and climbs up the corner for a TWISTING SENTON! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up with Yoh as he drags Kanemaru up. Yoh reels Kanemaru in and suplexes, but Kanemaru slips out to waistlock. Yoh elbows free, runs, but into a dropkick to the legs!
Kanemaru drags Yoh around, steps through, and has the FIGURE FOUR! Douki intercepts Lio, throws him back out, then goes out after him. Kanemaru thrashes but Yoh endures the hold! Yoh reaches out, tries to turn Kanemaru over, but Kanemaru blocks it. Yoh drags himself and Kanemaru over, to get the ROPEBREAK! Fans cheer and Kanemaru lets go as the ref pries at the hold. Kanemaru stomps Yoh’s leg, then drags him up, SHIN BREAKER! Kanemaru kicks the leg, runs again, but Yoh scoops! But Kanemaru slips through! Yoh reel shim back in to FALCON ARROW! Both men are down and fans fire up!
Yoh and Kanemaru crawl as the fans rally up. Hot tags to Douki and Lio! Lio blocks a kick to fire off palm strikes and an uppercut! Lio runs, but Douki follows, only for Lio to duck under and send Douki out! Lio DIVES and Douki is sent into barriers! Fans fire up as Lio puts Douki back in. Lio rallies the fans as he pounds the mat. Lio then runs to springboard, but Douki blocks Rush Hour! Douki waistlocks, Lio switches but Douki elbows free! Douki kicks and ENZIGURIS! Douki runs, and LARIATS Lio inside out! Douki DECKS Yoh for good measure and Kanemaru gets in. Kanemaru runs to UPPERCUT in the corner!
Douki climbs, Kanemaru scoops, BRITISH FALL to DIVING DOUBLE STOMPS! Cover, TWO, but into ITALIAN STRETCH #32! Lio endures and fights to his feet, and he moves around, only for Douki to drag him down and roll away from the ropes! ITALIAN STRETCH! But Yoh stomps Douki down! Douki HELL STABS Yoh in return! Fans rally as Douki aims at Lio from the apron. Slingshot, DAYBREAK!! Cover, TWO!?! Kanemaru sends Yoh into railing while Douki fires back up! Douki brings Lio around, wheelbarrows, SUPLEX DE- NO, Lio fights off the full nelson! Lio switches and feeds Douki to Yoh’s JUMP KNEE!
Yoh roars, runs, but Douki uses the ref as a shield! ENZIGURI! Fans fire up as Douki goes back for Lio. Kanemaru has his whiskey and tags a swig! Douki brings Lio over, but Lio ducks! The WHISKEY MIST hits Douki! Yoh SUPERKICKS Kanemaru down! And then Yoh SUPERKICKS Douki! Lio fires up, runs, springboards, RUSH HOUR!! Yoh PLANCHAS Kanemaru! Lio hurries up top, for the FINAL HOUR!! Cover, the Men of the Hour win!
Winners: Yoh & Lio Rush, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Douki & Kanemaru earn 0)
The Heel Master trying to tip the scales ended up messing them up! Kanemaru & Douki are 0-4, will they be drinking to forget? As for Lio & Yoh, they’re building up speed at just the right time, will they take over Super Jr. Tag League?
World Tag League 2022: Shane Haste & Mikey Nicholls VS EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi!
The Mighty Don’t Kneel, but they fell to the United Empire, and the House of Torture could not beat Bad Luck. Who will have better luck here in the third round?
But as The Mighty make their entrance, SHO & DICK attack from behind! The House of Torture is stacking the deck right from the start! Fans boo as the House of Torture mug the Mighty! The ref reprimands but the match hasn’t started so no one can be disqualified yet. Evil smacks Shane off the apron, then smacks him off it again before putting Shane in the ring. The bell rings and Evil uses the Mighty’s towel to CHOKE Shane! Dick & Sho distracts the ref, but the ref finally sees that and counts. Evil lets off at 4, then kicks Shane around. Evil runs, but Shane UPPERCUTS! Shane snapmares and basement dropkicks!
Fans fire up and Shane throws his shirt at Evil. Shane stomps Evil, KICKS him around, then KICKS him more! Shane BOOTS Evil, reels him into a clinch, but Evil grabs at the ref! Evil then switches with Shane to RAM him into the ref! The ref falls out of the ring, fans boo, but Yujiro BLASTS Mikey off the apron! Evil throws Shane out, Sho goes after Mikey and rakes the eyes! Sho and Yujiro mug Mikey and go out into the crowd while Evil and Dick mug Shane and go up the ramp. Evil CLAWS Shane’s back, fans boo more, but Evil lines Shane up for Dick to JAM in the ribs with a chair! Yujiro does the same to Mickey!
Fans tell Dick & Sho to go away but Dick just soaks up the heat. Evil suplexes Shane to the ramp! Evil grins and he looms over Shane. Evil scuffs Shane, drags him up, and even Dick helps bring Shane over to the ring. Shane fights back but Evil rakes his eyes! Fans rally as Evil puts Shane in and the House of Torture surrounds him. They all stomp away on Shane! Fans boo even harder but Evil just laughs. The House of Torture “put one out” on Shane, and then Sho drags the ref up. But Mikey goes after Sho! Sho rakes Mikey’s eyes! The ref is back in the ring, Evil claws Shane’s eyes again, then covers. ONE!!
Fans applaud as Shane refuses to go down easy. Yujiro tags in and he kicks Shane low. Yujiro kicks, snapmares, and drops a leg! And then an elbow! And then a headbutt! Cover, TWO! Evil is frustrated but fans fire up as Shane stays in this. Yujiro drags Shane up, bumps him off buckles, then tags in Evil. Shane hits back but Evil smothers him in the corner. The ref reprimands, Evil lets off and CHOPS! Fans rally and Shane hits back again, but Evil CHOPS again! Shane throws a forearm, but Evil pushes Shane back. Yujiro holds onto Shane and Evil winds up, but he CLAWS Shane’s face! Fans boo again and the ref reprimands.
Evil lets off, then dares Mikey to get in and hit him. The ref keeps Mikey back, Evil puts Shane in a corner and tags Yujiro. Yujiro storms up to Shane, snapmares and basement BOOTS! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up but Yujiro kicks at Shane. Yujiro pie faces Shane but Shane throws body shots! Fans rally up and Shane throws more shots, but Yujiro kicks low. Yujiro runs, but Shane deflects the boot to UPPERCUT Yujiro down! Fans fire up as Shane crawls over, hot tag to Mikey! Mikey rallies on the Tokyo Pimp with lariats, then whips him to a corner for a clothesline! Mikey whips, Yujiro gets around and ducks an elbow, but right into a DDT!
Fans fire up and Mikey BLASTS Evil! Mikey fires up, runs corner to corner and clotheslines Yujiro! He whips corner to corner to clothesline again! Evil runs in but Mikey dodges, and Evil’s clothesline hits Yujiro! Mikey whips Evil but Evil reverses, only for Mikey to come back and DOUBLE LARIAT Evil & Yujiro! Fans fire up again as Mikey roars! Mikey drags Yujiro up, reels him in, but Yujiro wrenches out and BITES Mikey’s hand! The ref reprimands but Mikey kicks Yujiro. Mikey runs but Sho trips him up! Fans boo but Yujiro BOOTS Mikey down! Shane gets in but Yujiro blocks the kick and claws the eyes!
Yujiro throws Shane down and runs to basement BOOT! Evil digs his knee into Mikey’s head at the corner, then he and Yujiro double whip corner to corner. Yujiro runs in to BOOT, Evil runs in to clothesline! Evil then hits a FISHERMAN BUSTER! Yujiro basement BOOTS again! Cover, TWO! Mikey is still in this and Sho is furious! Sho argues with the ref, but this outrage is just so Dick can use the SPOILER CHOKER on Mikey! Fans boo as Mikey endures, but then Shane whips Evil into railing! Shane BOOTS Yujiro, then sends Dick out! Shane BLASTS Sho, but Yujiro waistlocks. Shane switches, Mikey rushes over, HIGH LOW ROCK ‘N’ ROLL!
Evil runs in but Mikey gets around him to waistlock, BACK SUPLEX NECKBREAKER COMBO! Fans fire up with The Mighty as they roar! Shane and Mikey drag Yujiro up, trophy lift, THUNDER VALLEY!! Cover, The Mighty win!!
Winners: Shane Haste & Mikey Nicholls, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Evil & Yujiro earn 0)
They were battling the House of Torture 4v2 the entire time, and they still won! Will Shane & Mikey make a mighty comeback? Should the King of Darkness and team just admit that not Everything Is Evil?
Super Jr. Tag League 2022: Robbie Eagles & Tiger Mask VS TJP & Francesco Akira!
The Flying Tigers are back up are shooting down Suzuki-Gun, but Catch 2/2 is stinging from their first loss! Will Eagles & Tiger pile on? Or can the Public Enemy & Nova Fireball redeem themselves?
Oh look, Gideon Grey is back. He gives the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions their introductions, as well as one for Red Shoes. Gideon makes a bit of fun of Tiger Mask, and then Catch 2/2 attack with dropkicks! The bell rings as Gideon bails out. Catch 2/2 double whip Eagles but he reverses to send TJP away. Eagles CHOPS Akira, then sends TJP into him to knock him down! Then Eagles dodges TJP’s clothesline to mule kick a leg out. Eagles runs, DOUBLE SLIDING LARIAT! Fans fire up while Catch 2/2 bails out. Tiger & Eagles build speed, they DOUBLE DIVE! Down go the champs and fans fire up!
Eagles & Tiger drag Akira up and put him in. Fans chant along with “ROBBIE ROBBIE ROBBIE!” “OI OI OI!” Eagles brings Akira around to whip him into the corner, and then Flying Tigers DOUBLE KICK Akira! TJP rushes in but Eagles blocks a kick and hooks him up to TURBO BACKPACK! Cover, Akira breaks it! Tiger throws Akira out, Eagles CLUBS TJP to a corner, and throws some forearms. Flying Tigers kick, KICK, but TJP moves and the SUPERKICK hits Tiger! Eagles brings TJP up to whip but TJP goes up and over. Akira returns, TJP helps him to RAILGUN DROPKICK Eagles!
Fans fire up, Akira runs and wheelbarrows with TJP to BOOSTED CODE BREAKER Eagles! TJP runs to LARIAT Eagles down! Cover, TWO! Eagles survives but Akira dropkicks Tiger out of the ring. Catch 2/2 double whip and double hip toss into the POWERBOMB NECKBREAKER COMBO! Cover, but Tiger breaks it! Akira kicks Tiger back out, then TJP drags Eagles up. TJP bumps Eagles off buckles, then sits him down to dig his boot in. TJP mocks the “Robbie Robbie Robbie!” before he gives Eagles scrapes to the face. TJP runs side to side, to BOOT WASH! Fans fire up and they want another! TJP obliges, but Eagles SOBATS!
Eagles runs, but into a BOOT! But Eagles hits STANDING SLICED BREAD! Eagles crawls over, hot tag to Tiger! Tiger goes up top to CROSSBODY TJP! Akira gets in and hooks Tiger’s arms. TJP runs in but Tiger BOOTS TJP away. Tiger then KANGAROO KICKS Akira away! TJP runs in again but Tiger scoops TJP for a BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Tiger keeps cool as he whips TJP to a corner. Tiger ROUNDHOUSES TJP, then reels him into underhooks. TJP blocks the lift but Tiger keeps trying. TJP shoots around, Tiger switches but TJP elbows free. TJP runs, Akira tags in before the springboard LARIAT!
Fans fire up and TJP throws his shirt to the crowd! Free souvenir as TJP drags Tiger up. Akira climbs up the corner, DOUBLE STOMP REVERSE DDT COMBO! Akira drags Tiger to the drop zone and TJP goes up top for the MAMBA SPLASH! Cover, but Eagles breaks it!! Fans fire up while all four men are down! TJP and Eagles crawl to each other to go forehead to forehead. Eagles whips, TJP reverses and ROLLING SOBATS! TJP runs, but Eagles DROPKICKS! Akira runs in but Eagles ducks the enziguri! ROUNDHOUSE, SUPERKICK, and ENZIGURI! Fans fire up with Eagles and he cravats, for SLICED- NO, Akira slips free!
Eagles waistlocks but Akira victory rolls to STOMP 182! Fans fire up as Eagles and TJP flop out of the ring. Tiger staggers up, Akira is on him! Tiger switches, chicken wings, but Akira ducks and TJP’s SUPERKICK hits Tiger! Akira then chicken wings Tiger to pop him up into a waistlock, but Eagles ENZIGURIS Akira again! Eagles then DIVES to take out TJP! Tiger SOBATS and TIGER DRIVERS!! Cover, TWO!?!? Akira survives and fans fire up again! Tiger keeps his cool as he brings Akira up. Tiger BUZZ- NO, Akira ducks and rolls Tiger up, TWO! Tiger rushes in but into an ENZIGURI! Akira reels Tiger in, but Tiger wrenches out, crucifix takedown! TWO!!!
But Tiger drags Akira into a REVERSE DOUBLE ARMBAR!! TJP runs in but Eagles wheelbarrows and victory rolls him, into a RON MILLER SPECIAL!! Catch 2/2 endure stereo submissions! TJP crawls over to Akira, to grab at Tiger’s mask!” TJP drags Tiger off Akira! Eagles lets TJP go to kick him out. Flying Tigers drag Akira up but he fires off forearms! Akira CHOPS Eagles, runs, but Eagles spins him around! SOLE FOOD, into TIGER SUPLEX! Bridging cover, but TJP breaks it in time!! Eagles throws TJP back out and goes to the apron. Eagles and Tiger aim at Akira in the corner, DOUBLE KICK COMBO!
Akira sits down but Tiger drags him back up! Tiger hoists Akira up top then climbs. Fans rally as Tiger brings Akira up, but TJP trips Eagles! TJP Electric Chair Lifts Tiger! Akira adjusts, but Tiger slips off! Tiger gets under Akira’s leap, but TJP dodges Tiger! Akira SUPERKICKS Tiger! Eagles springboards, but TJP DROPKICKS him outta the sky! But Tiger fires off KICKS on Catch 2/2! Then forearms! Tiger runs, into the ALLEY-OOP FACEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!!! Tiger survives and fans fire up again! But “CATCH! NI NI!” starts up. TJP sits Tiger up, the champs run, 2 BY 2!! Cover, Catch 2/2 wins!
Winners: TJP & Francesco Akira, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Eagles & Tiger earn 0)
The IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions redeem themselves in the fourth round! Will they make sure no one else gets a win off them for the rest of the league?
World Tag League 2022: Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI VS Tetsuya Naito & SANADA!
#Bishamon could not stop the future of tag team wrestling that is Aussie Open, but the Uncontrollable Charisma & Cold Skull are feeling just fine after two big wins. Will the Fierce Warrior & Head Hunter #GetBackUp? Or will Naito & Sanada help Nagoya be tranquilo tonight?
The jackets are put aside, but of course Naito takes his time with his entrance attire. The teams sort out, LIJ fist bumps, and fans applaud as Naito starts against Goto. Fans rally and chant for “NA-I-TO!” at the bell. Naito just stares at Goto, but then chants for “GO-TO! GO-TO!” start. The two circle, approach, but then Naito backs off. They circle more, approach again, but Naito backs off. Then they finally tie up, and Goto puts Naito on the ropes. Red Shoes calls the break and the two let off slowly. Goto pats Naito on the shoulder and fans applaud. But then Naito rushes Goto to put him on ropes!
Red Shoes counts, Naito pushes Goto but lets off as Red Shoes reprimands. Naito grins but Red Shoes tells him to let go of Red Shoes. Naito lets go, but Sanada pulls Goto’s hair! Naito kicks low and Red Shoes reprimands them. Naito CLUBS Goto, whips him corner to corner, but Goto comes back to run him over! Goto DECKS Sanada, stomps Naito, then tags Hashi. Bishamon double whip and double shoulder Naito down! Then HIP TOSS SENTON! Sanada runs in but Bishamon kicks him low and drums away on him! Then Bishamon drums Naito! Fans fire up as Hashi drags Naito up. Hashi hangs Naito out to dry and Goto holds him, so Hashi can run side to side and dropkick! Cover, TWO!
Hashi keeps cool and drags Naito up. Hashi CLUBS Naito, CHOPS him, then CHOPS him again! Naito wobbles, but he blocks the whip by holding ropes! Hashi CLUBS Naito, mule kicks and whips, but Naito reverses! Sanada trips Hashi up and Naito dropkicks Hashi down! Goto rushes in but into a drop toehold and basement dropkick! Naito kicks Hashi out and LIJ goes after Bishamon. Naito whips Hashi into railing! Sanada stomps Goto down, Naito drags Hashi back up. Naito CHOKES Hashi on the railing! Red Shoes reprimands and counts, but Naito lets off to CLUB Hashi down. A ring count starts, Naito stomps Hashi down.
Naito goes into the ring at 10 of 20 but Hashi is still down at 13. Hashi sits up at 15, stands and slides in at 17! Naito drags Hashi up, cravats and throws shoulders. Hashi hits back but Naito CLUBS and whips! Naito runs to JUMP KICK, leg sweep, COMBINACION CABRON! Fans fire up for Naito’s pose, then he tags in Sanada. Sanada stomps Hashi around, brings him up, and CLUBS him. Hashi staggers but Sanada CLUBS him again. Naito grabs hold of Hashi in the corner, and LIJ mugs Hashi. Sanada drags Hashi up, whips him to ropes, and ELBOWS him down! Cover, TWO! Fans applaud as Hashi hangs tough.
Sanada tags Naito and Naito drags Hashi up to a NECKBREAKER then PLUMA BLANCA! Naito thrashes Hashi around while taunting Goto. Goto gets in to stomp Naito, but Sanada throws Goto back out. Naito lets Hashi go, tags Sanada, and Sanada wrenches and whips Hashi corner to corner. Sanada runs in but blocks Hashi’s boot! Sanada trips Hashi, and fans cheer as Sanada ties Hashi up. But Hashi powers out of Paradise! Sanada kips up and trips Hashi again, to put him in Paradise! Fans applaud and cheer and Sanada encourages them to get louder. The fans oblige, Sanada runs in and dropkicks Hashi out of Paradise! Cover, TWO!
Sanada drags Hashi up, suplexes, but Hashi fights that off! Hahi tries to suplex but Sanada fights that off. They fight for suplex control as fans rally and duel. Hashi gets Sanada up, but brings him into the HEAD- NO, Sanada fights the Head Buster! Hashi dodges the lariat, to hit a HEADHUNTER! Fans fire up while both men are down! Hashi and Sanada crawl, hot tag to Goto! Goto runs Sanada over, BLASTS Naito, then fires off forearms on Sanada! Goto whips Sanada to the corner for MURAMASA! And BULLDOG! Cover, TWO! Fans rally as Goto drags Sanada back up. Got fireman’s carries, but Sanada fights free!
Sanada waistlocks but Goto elbows free! Goto runs but Sanada dropkicks his leg! Goto hobbles, so Sanada dropkicks him down! Fans rally while both men are down. Sanada crawls over, hot tag to Naito! Naito stomps Goto down, drags him up, and ROCKS Goto to a corner. Naito whips but Goto reverses. Goto runs in but Naito BOOTS him! Naito runs, wrenches Goto but Goto avoids the elbow! Goto deflects the boot to DISCUS LARIAT! Fans fire up while both men are down again! Goto crawls, hot tag to Hashi! Hashi runs Naito over, then elbows him down! Hashi whips, Naito holds the ropes and BOOTS back!
Naito runs to RANA Hashi down! Hashi goes to a corner, Naito runs in, but Hashi CHOPS him! Hashi mule kicks, turns Naito, and hits a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally and Hashi brings Naito up. Naito blocks the suplex, but Hashi keeps trying. Hashi throws body shots, suplexes, but Naito knees free! Hashi CHOPS! Hashi runs, but into a SPINEBUSTER! Naito drags Hashi back up, hoists him up top, then climbs up after him! But Hashi slips down and brings Naito off the corner! Naito fights free of the bomb, blocks a kick and CLUBS the leg, to CHOP again! Hashi fires up and the fans fire up with him!
Hashi runs corner to corner but Naito dodges! Sanada runs in to back elbow! Feed to Naito’s atomic drop, and then Hashi fires off the big back elbows! Sanada keeps Goto on the outside as Naito goes up and reels Hashi in. ESPERANZA! Cover, TWO!! Hashi survives but Naito drags him back up. Fans rally as Naito wrenches and tilt-o-whirls, DESTI- NO, Hashi blocks and Goto gets in! G Y- NO, Naito kicks Hashi away and slips around Goto, Sanada DROPKICKS Goto down! Hashi runs in but into an atomic drop! KICK, ENZIGURI, BIG back suplex, rolling jackknife! TWO!!! Hashi escapes and fans fire up!
LIJ coordinate and they drag Hashi back up. Sanada gives Naito the boost but Hashi stops the tornado to send Naito into Sanada! Naito blocks a kick to give a kick, but Hashi suplexes Naito first! Fans fire up as all four men are down! Hashi and Naito stir, and Goto climbs back onto the apron! Hashi crawls to his corner, but Naito crawls to his, hot tags to Goto and Sanada! Sanada dodges Goto but Goto deflects the boot, only for Sanada to duck the discus! Sanada reels Goto in but Goto elbows Sanada away. Goto runs, but Sanada hurdles! And hurdles! And DROPKICKS! Fans fire up again as Goto bails out. Sanada goes to the ropes to PLANCHA!
Fans fire up and Sanada brings Goto back up. Sanada puts Goto in the ring and fans rally again. Sanada aims from the apron now and Goto stands up. Sanada springboards but Goto gets under! Goto fireman’s carries, USHIGOROSHI! Fans fire up while both men are down again! Goto snarls and he drags Sanada up. Goto dragon sleepers, but Sanada spins around to suplex! Goto fights that, they fight for suplex control, but Goto lets off to DISCUS LARIAT! Fans rally even harder and Goto drags Sanada back up. Dragon sleeper, but Sanada drops to victory roll! TWO!!! Even Goto’s surprised he escaped!
Sanada ELBOWS, ROLLING ELBOWS, then roars! Sanada runs, but Goto fireman’s carries! Sanada slips off but Goto dodges, HIDDEN GAP SUPERKICK from Hashi! Fans fire up as Hashi CHOPS Naito off the apron! Bishamon call their shot, they say it’s lights out! They stand Sanada up, hook him up, but Sanada BOOTS Hashi away! Naito trips Hashi and drags him out while Sanada spins things around on Goto! SKULL END!!! But Hashi whips Naito into railing! Goto endures and reaches out, but he’s turning red! Goto starts fading! Sanada lets him go and puts him in a drop zone! Sanada goes up top, for ROUNDING BODY-
NO, Goto moves! Sanada lands on his feet, Hashi dropkicks him down! Naito ELBOWS Hashi down then basement dropkicks him! But Hashi’s right up to LARIAT Naito! Fans are thunderous as all four men are down again! Goto and Sanada stir while Hashi and Naito roll out of the ring. Goto staggers up to his feet and powers up! Sanada sits up, BUZZSAW! Goto drags Sanada up, fireman’s carries, USHIGO- NO, Sanada lands on his feet! Goto rushes in but Sanada gets around to O’Conner B- NO, Goto blocks the bridge, Hashi SUPERKICKS! Goto fireman’s carries, FIERCE FLASH!! Hashi BLASTS Naito off the apron!
Bishamon sets Sanada up again, SHOTO!!! Cover, Bishamon wins!!!
Winners: Hirooki Goto & Yoshi-Hashi, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Naito & Sanada earn 0)
Los Ingobernables de Japon takes their first loss this World Tag League! Is there cause for concern that Naito won’t make it to his final WrestleKingdom?
As for Goto & Hashi, Goto gets the mic to say, “Bishamon is back in Nagoya!” Fans fire up for that! Goto then says, “And… Cheering is back in Nagoya!” Fans cheer even more for that! Goto wants to literally hear it, “Who do you think will win World Tag League?” It’s hard to say who the fans are cheering for, but then they join in a chant of “BI-SHA-MON! BI-SHA-MON!” Goto admits there are “mixed opinions. But next time we’re here, it’ll be after we win World Tag League and come back as champions!” Fans do like the sound of that. Goto finishes with, “Until then, it’s lights out time! SHOTO!!”
Will Goto & Hashi use this momentum to go back-to-back as World Tag League winners and win the titles?
Here are the NEW Super Jr. Tag League standings!
Austin & Bey: 4-0, 8 points
Bushi & Titan: 3-1, 6 points
TJP & Akira: 3-1, 6 points
Zayne & Lindaman: 3-1, 6 points
Yoh & Lio: 3-1, 6 points
Eagles & Tiger Mask: 2-2, 4 points
KUSHIDA & Knight: 1-3, 2 points
Taguchi & Connors: 1-3, 2 points
Sho & Dick: 0-4, 0 points
Douki & Kanemaru: 0-4, 0 points
Here are the NEW World Tag League standings!
Aussie Open: 3-0, 6 points
Goto & Hashi: 2-1, 4 points
Naito & Sanada: 2-1, 4 points
Suzuki & Archer: 2-1, 4 points
Khan & Henare: 2-1, 4 points
The Mighty: 2-1, 4 points
Yano & Tanahashi: 1-2, 2 points
Chase & Fale: 1-2, 2 points
Evil & Yujiro: 0-3, 0 points
Coughlin & Kidd: 0-3, 0 points
A great event for this series, and it’s been a while since I’ve done an entire NJPW show. I really like that despite all their efforts in both tournaments, the House of Torture can’t even buy a win. They’re really the scrubs of NJPW at this point, but this is all making it bigger for when each team finally gets that one win to spoil someone’s run. Great win for Yano & Tanahashi to finally score some points, and a great win for Aussie Open on Suzuki & Archer. And Khan was right, all of the Empire won tonight to prove they’re a very strong faction.
Taguchi & Connors drinking beer while wrestling that first half of the match was funny stuff, but I figured Ace & Bey were going to stay undefeated. That first loss also has to be big, that might happen right as finalists are decided. Super Juniors are going again on Monday, which is a surprise when World Tag League is a round behind them. There are more 3-1 teams than I expected, Yoh & Lio are one of them and they’re up next for Ace & Bey. They might give Ace & Bey a great match but I don’t know if round five is where Ace & Bey take their first loss.
The main event was awesome stuff, and Bishamon winning was a bit of a surprise, but it really shouldn’t since they won WTL last year. But this does put some pressure on Naito & Sanada, which is good for the story. It couldn’t just be smooth sailing for LIJ, so this is a good time to get that loss out of the way and have LIJ push harder towards the finals.
My Score: 8.8/10
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
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