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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (8/26/20)

Who took over at TakeOver?



NEW NXT Coverage

There is a NEW NXT Champion, but at what cost?

TakeOver: XXX closed with an epic clash between Keith Lee and Karrion Kross, and in the end, The Limitless One was taken past his limit! Kross won and brought doomsday to NXT, but at what cost to his body?


  • NXT Tag Team Championships: Imperium VS Breezango; Breezango wins and becomes the new NXT Tag Team Champions.
  • Jake Atlas VS Tommaso Ciampa; Ciampa wins.
  • Mia Yim VS Mercedes Martinez w/ Robert Stone Brand; changed to…
  • Mia Yim VS Shotzi Blackheart; Shotzi wins.
  • NXT Cruiserweight Championship: Santos Escobar VS Isaiah “Swerve” Scott; Escobar wins and retains the NXT Cruiserweight Championship.
  • Drake Maverick VS Kyle O’Reilly; O’Reilly wins.
  • Io Shirai & Rhea Ripley VS Dakota Kai & Raquel Gonzalez; Kai & Gonzalez win.


The NEW NXT Champion is here!

Karrion Kross, as well as Scarlett Bordeaux, head to the ring, having triumphed over the Limitless Keith Lee. However, it is clear Kross’ right arm is in a sling as Scarlett hands him a mic. Karrion says, “I told you again and again that I would become the NXT Champion. And I warned you that on the way there, everyone would suffer!” At TakeOver: 30, he kept his word when he ripped this title off Keith’s “carcass, like flesh from bone!” Everyone should now that when you go to war, there will be casualties on both sides. Kross’ shoulder was separated. He is in pain, but he loves it. However, he is a realist. He understands the reality of his situation. There is no way he can defend the title in this condition.

“On the path, there are obstacles. But for me, the obstacles are the path.” Kross lays down the NXT Championship, and Scarlett sets an hourglass beside it. “Let this be a warning. This changes absolutely nothing. Doomsday is coming.” In the end, everyone pays the toll. God help the “obstacles” that will be in his path. #Ticktock. The sands pour, counting down the days until the new champion now turned former champion can come back to truly take the throne.


Wade Barrett returns to join commentary!

The former WWE Intercontinental Champion is back and honored to be here in NXT. The wind has been taken out of his sails from Kross’ huge announcement just now! But as someone who had to relinquish a title for the very same reason as Kross, Barrett’s heart goes out to him.


NXT Tag Team Championships: Imperium VS Breezango!

Speaking of returns, Marcel Barthel & Fabian Aichner return to action to properly settle things with Tyler Breeze and Fandango! The fun-loving Prince Pretty and Lord of Dance are keeping it all business as they get one more shot at the Impeccable German and Pride of Italy! Will Breezango become the fun-loving tag team champions? Or will the mat forever be sacred?

But before introductions and belt raising, Breezango attacks Imperium! They fire off fast hands and kick Barthel and Aichner out! The champions get back in and are red hot but the referee keeps the peace. The teams sort out, Fandango and Aichner start, and they tie up. Aichner waistlocks, Fandango standing switches, Aichner pries free, rolls back and arm-drags Fandango down. Fandango gets up, Barthel tags in and Aichner whips. Barthel arm-drags Fandango down and cranks on the bad arm with an armlock. Fandango gets up, Barthel headlocks but Fandango powers out. Barthel runs Fandango over, speeds things up, but Fandango hurdles and dropkicks Barthel down! Barthel staggers up as NXT goes picture in picture.

Barthel facelocks Fandango and drags her to the other corner. Aichner tags in, Imperium mugs Fandango, then Aichner clubs him down. Aichner drags Fandango up and CHOPS him back to the corner. Aichner stomps a mudhole, digs his boot in, but lets up at the ref’s count. Tag to Barthel and Barthel talks trash as he stomps Fandango. Barthel stomps a mudhole of his own, lets off to taunt Breeze, but Fandango fights up! Fandango CHOPS Barthel, Barthel kicks low and throat chops! The ref reprimands but Barthel has Fandango on the apron. Barthel DECKS him, and Fandango staggers about on the floor. Barthel drags Fandango back up to clobber him in the ring!

Barthel kicks Fandango to the open corner and stomps away. The ref counts, Barthel argues, but he whips Fandango back to the Imperium corner. Fandango reaches for Breeze but Barthel brings him around, shoves and throws a body shot. Barthel elbows Fandango at the ropes, tags Aichner, and they mug Fandango more. Aichner scoops Fandango for a backbreaker! Cover, TWO! Aichner keeps Fandango from Breeze with a facelock, tags Barthel back in, and they mug Fandango more. The ref reprimands, Aichner exits but Barthel toys with Fandango. Barthel drags Fandango up to throw European Uppercuts! He whips Fandango and elbows him down, covers, ONE!

Barthel keeps close to Fandango and facelocks again. Fandango endures but Barthel shifts to a chinlock and grinds Fandango down more. Fandango fights as the crowd rallies up. NXT returns to single picture, Fandango fights back with body shots but Barthel throat chops again! Tag to Aichner, Barthel fires off hands then Aichner throws some of his own. Fandango hits back, but Aichner picks him up to feed to Barthel’s EuroUpper! Fandango staggers into Aichner’s LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Fandango crawls to the ropes but Aichner is on him with a butterfly suplex! Cover, TWO! Aichner drags Fandango up, bumps him off buckles, tag to Barthel. Imperium double whips, Fandango kicks back and throws Aichner out! Hot tag to Breeze!

Prince Pretty runs into Barthel’s kick, Barthel DECKS Fandango, and Barthel sends Breeze at the Imperium corner. Breeze SUPER MODEL KICKS Aichner off the apron! Breeze mule kicks Barthel, runs and hits a forearm in the corner! Breeze whips corner to corner for another big forearm! Breeze keeps moving but Barthel EuroUppers him at the ropes! Barthel runs, Breeze KNEES back! Barthel staggers to a corner, Breeze whips corner to corner, but Barthel reverses and redirects Breeze at the ref! Breeze stops himself by going up and over, but Barthel EuroUppers him again! Then Half Hatch suplexes Breeze to center! Barthel hops up, leaps, but into Breeze’s BEAUTY SHOT! Cover, TWO!!

Breeze is surprised but he refocuses. The crowd rallies as Breeze drags Barthel around. Barthel resists as Breeze brings him up with the double chicken wings. Barthel bumps Breeze into buckles but Breeze holds on. Barthel rams back in again, throws elbow after elbow, then enziguris Breeze down! The ref reprimands all the corner action but Barthel talks trash while dragging Breeze around by his hair. Breeze trips Barthel up and drags him around! Barthel kicks away, hot tags Aichner, and Aichner runs into an ENZIGURI! Breeze shakes out the cobwebs and drags Aichner over. Fandango tags in, Breeze catapults Aichner into Fandango’s forearm! Fandango climbs up, FASHION FAUX PAS!! But Barthel bails Aichner out!

Fandango FLIES! Down goes Aichner, but Barthel EuroUppers Fandango off his feet! Aichner dead lift GERMAN SUPLEXES Fandango to the floor! Imperium immediately takes control back and NXT goes to break!

NXT returns as Aichner grinds Fandango down with a keylock arm triangle. Fandango fights up, fights free, and rocks Aichner. Fandango DECKS Barthel, BOOTS Aichner, but leaps into Aichner’s arms! Aichner pops Fandango up to a rolling senton! And moonsault! Cover but Breeze breaks it! Barthel BLASTS Breeze with another EUroUpper! Barthel throws Breeze into the boards, then tilt-o-whirl SLAMS him down! The ref reprimands and Barthel returns to his corner. Aichner drags Barthel up and suplexes for a toss! But Fandango lands on his feet! JAWBREAKER! Barthel tags in but Fandango dodges, only to run into a SPINE BUSTER! PENALTY KICK! AIR RAID CRASH!! Cover, TWO!! Fandango survives and Imperium can’t believe it!

The crowd is thunderous for Fandango but Barthel drags him back up. Barthel puts Fandango in the corner and stick shim between the ropes. Tag to Aichner, Imperium goes side to side, but Fandango moves and the dropkick sandwich ends up double-edged! Barthel dropkicks Aichner down and is in shock! Fandango crawls, Breeze is back on the corner, Barthel gets Aichner back in, but Breeze tags in! Aichner LARIATS Breeze!! Tag to Barthel, but Breeze escapes the bomb to SUPER MODEL KICK Barthel out of the sky! Aichner swings but misses, SUPER MODEL KICK! Hot tag back to Fandango, and he climbs up! Fandango leaps to DOUBLE LEG DROP!! Cover on Aichner, Breezango wins!!

Winners: Breezango, by pinfall (NEW NXT Tag Team Champions)

Simply stunning! Breeze and Fandango finally have championships in their WWE careers! An incredible journey finally strikes gold, and now the former Fashion Police have the greatest accessories added to their wardrobes! And they celebrate with commentary! Will Barthel and Aichner have to answer to Walter the Ring General for this?


The NEW North American Champion, Damian Priest, arrives.

Mackenzie is there to ask him questions, and he knows she has many, but he will answer them all in due time. But the after party is still rolling from TakeOver. But Timothy Thatcher walks by and says it’s EMBARRASSING to see how Priest behaves. Priest doesn’t even know who Thatcher is. Well Thatcher is a guy who can show that title the respect it deserves, and should be the guy who gets the first shot. Oh? Yeah! Because if Priest steps in the ring with Thatcher without a bunch of ladders to hide behind, Thatcher will show how “unequipped” Priest is. Priest takes a chug of champagne and tells Thatcher he’s plenty well equipped. Priest laughs now, but will Thatcher make him eat those words?


NXT Media peeks in on a very important meeting.

NXT General Manager, William Regal, as well as top executives Matt “A-Train” Bloom, HBK Shawn Michaels and HHH himself sit at a table. We cannot hear them, but we can only assume it has to do with the suddenly vacated NXT Championship. With former champion, Keith Lee, now part of Monday Night Raw, the possibilities are limitless.


Jake Atlas VS Tommaso Ciampa!

The bright and rising star has a style and presentation quite the opposite of the returning Psycho Killer! The song still says #NoOneWillSurvive, will that still hold true?

The bell rings and the two tie up. Ciampa powers Atlas to a corner, the ref counts and Ciampa lets up, to then stomp low and CHOP hard! Atlas shoves back and gets in Ciampa’s face, to get a HEADBUTT! Ciampa stomps a mudhole into Atlas but lets off at the ref’s count. But then he goes after Atlas with even more fire! The ref counts, CIampa lets off at 4, to drag Atlas through the ropes for WILLOW’S BELL! Cover, Ciampa wins!!

Winner: Tommaso Ciampa, by pinfall

Welcome back, Blackheart Ciampa! Perhaps Ciampa’s fastest and most furious win, and thereby Atlas’ most brutal defeat. And Ciampa isn’t done as he drags Atlas out to throw into steel steps! And into Plexiglas! And back into steps! Atlas goes up and over and the crowd is divided between die hards who like this Ciampa and those who are upset seeing him brutally attack Atlas even more! Ciampa stops when extra referees appear, only to PSYCHO KNEE Atlas!! Ciampa drags Atlas to the ring, puts him under the frame, but thinks better of the guillotine catapult. Until he does it anyway!! Ciampa sits on the apron while a stretcher is brought out for Atlas.

Referees shout “What the hell are you thinking?!” What did Atlas do to deserve this? Ciampa doesn’t speak, but perhaps it was just getting the short straw on the match draw. Ciampa doesn’t even stop here, he drags Atlas off the stretcher for ANOTHER WILLOW’S BELL! The crowd turns on Ciampa, but that never bothered Ciampa in the first place. Will Ciampa do this to everyone on his path back to “Goldie,” the NXT Championship?


Candice LeRae speaks on her “friendship” with Tegan Nox.

They met as Candice was coming up on 10 years in the indies, and was fortunate to find her. There was obviously something special about Tegan, and it reminded Candice of herself. Tegan is amazingly talented, has a great attitude and a passion for wrestling. Candice roomed with Tegan in Wales, Tegan showed Candice a castle, and that’s basically a great way to win Candice over. It was an amazing time, going all over and shared stories, and even did some cooking. It was like peanut butter and jelly, but Candice thinks Tegan is the one who doesn’t get it. Candice would help Tegan, but where was Tegan to help her?

Candice says she’s on the right path. Tegan can join that path, but she just needs to open her mind. If Tegan doesn’t want to follow Candice, then stay out of Candice’s way. “Sometimes, you just gotta be selfish.” If Tegan doesn’t get that, that’s life.


NXT returns with a backstage interview with Bronson Reed.

Auszilla knows Thatcher called his shot at Priest for the North American Championship, but Reed has been in that title picture longer. How does Reed feel about Thatcher’s comments? Reed “appreciates” Thatcher’s ambition, but Reed’s the one who actually has a win over Priest. Therefore, Reed should have that opportunity. But Austin Theory walks in! For one, quite the surprise to see Theory back and on NXT instead of Raw. But Theory congrats Reed on that long, long climb to TakeOver: XXX. Of course, it only took Theory a couple steps to be part of WrestleMania at just 22, but hey! Here’s some advice. If Reed keeps chasing the stars, maybe when he’s 55, he’ll be champion. Funny. SLAP! Theory laughs off that “warm welcome,” but will he have a response for Reed waiting next time?


Mia Yim VS Mercedes Martinez w/ Robert Stone Brand!

The Head Baddie in Charge is proud of Keith Lee for his debut on Monday Night Raw, but that means she’s truly solo in NXT. And right away, Robert Stone says, “C’mon, Mia! Your lack of intelligence is astounding to me!” Did anyone really think he’d let Mercedes Martinez get in the ring after what Rhea Ripley did to her? Yes, Mia is the HBIC of NXT, but this is #SuitManStone, and he- is getting run over by Shotzi Blackheart’s tank! Again! Aliyah can’t move it off him and Shotzi hurries to the ring! She’ll take on Mia in Mercedes’ place! Will this change of plans throw Mia for a loop? Or will she show Shotzi how to really #TCB, Take Care o’ Business?

Mia Yim VS Shotzi Blackheart!

The bell rings and Shotzi and Mia fist bump with respect, completely ignoring the fact referees dragged the tank off Stone’s legs and now carry him to the back. Shotzi and Mia tie up, Shotzi waistlocks but Mia standing switches to slam Shotzi down. Mia facelocks, Shotzi gets up, Mia slips around to hammerlock. Shotzi works on a reversal and trips Mia up. Shotzi wants the legs, Mia resists, “WELCOME TO THE BALL PIT!” Jeff Hardy style leg splitting leg drop! Mia hobbles up, Shotzi whips but Mia reverses. Mia follows, redirects Shotzi and huricanranas! Shotzi gets up, counter punches, bobs ‘n’ weaves but the monkey flip is blocked! Mia swings a kick but Shotzi slides under it, to come back and pop up for a huricanrana takedown! Cover, TWO!

The two get up, Mia body scissors and rolls Shotzi to a cover, TWO! Shotzi and Mia both boot but they both block, too. They talk it out and agree to put the legs down at the same time. A nod of respect and another fist bump, and Shotzi howls, only for Mia to throat chop her! Mia shrugs then throws forearms in the corner. Mia whips corner to corner, Shotzi boots but Mia blocks! Mia has both legs for a DOUBLE DRAGON SCREW! Shotzi hobbles away, Mia gets her legs again and matchbook covers, TWO! Mia stalks Shotzi to a corner, drags her up to snapmare her back down and KICK her! Mia digs her knees into Shotzi’s back and laces up the legs for a Bow ‘n’ Arrow! Shotzi endures being bent back, but pops free to cover! TWO, and Mia shotgun dropkicks Shotzi to a corner!

Mia runs, Shotzi boots back! Shotzi goes up and over, rolls and runs back, to corner splash and whip! Mia rolls, Shotzi SLING DOGS her! Shotzi fires up as the crowd does, and she KNEES Mia, then rolling elbows! QUESTION MARK KICK! SNAP SAIDO! Cover, TWO!! Shotzi grows frustrated, drags Mia up and runs again, but into Mia’s full nelson, for a DRAGON SUPLEX! Shotzi ends up in a corner, Mia runs in to give her a helluva BOOT! Mia rolls Shotzi out, climbs up and missile dropkicks, only for Shotzi to deflect! Shotzi back sentons then climbs up top! Shotzi aims, for the SUPER SENTON! Cover, Shotzi wins!!

Winner: Shotzi Blackheart, by pinfall

A huge win for Shotzi for coming out of nowhere! Will Shotzi ride that tank all the way to an NXT Women’s Championship match? Will Mia be able to rebound on her own road back to a title opportunity?


NXT Media finds William Regal exiting his office.

They ask the NXT GM about the meeting we saw earlier. Was a decision made? Yes, and Regal is going to take this news to the ring. What decision has been reached for the uncertain future of the NXT Championship?


NXT returns with a backstage interview with Dakota Kai and Raquel Gonzalez.

What are their thoughts on tonight’s tag team match with Io Shirai and Rhea Ripley? Dakota says Rhea should’ve minded her business at TakeOver. But if you’re wondering how they feel about the match, they’re not bothered! It’ll be easy because they’re an actual team. Rhea and Io are not, because they barely get along. But Rhea wants what Io has, and Io wants to keep it. Dakota still deserves to be champion and will prove that tonight. Raquel tells Rhea she messed up getting in her face. These two head out, will #BigMamaCool and #CobraKai show both the Mosh Pit Kid and NXT Women’s Champion who the real nightmares and evil geniuses are?


William Regal is in the ring.

He stands with the NXT Championship and mentions TakeOver: XXX’s incredible main event of Keith Lee and Karrion Kross. Even after suffering a shoulder injury halfway through, Kross overcame that and Keith to become the new champion. But as we know, the injury was too severe and the title was relinquished. As hard as that is, Kross has handled that the same as every situation since coming to NXT: “With conviction and ferocity.” So Regal feels it is his duty to wish Kross well on his recovery.

But the show must go on, and we need a new NXT Champion. And after conferring with the “NXT Advisory Board,” they have an “incredible solution.” Next week’s special Tuesday Night NXT, FOUR of the greatest superstars in NXT history, all former champions, four who can claim to be the greatest ever in this industry, will compete in a Fatal 4 Way! All four have numerous accolades and any one of them could be considered the face of NXT, title or no. Those four are: the historic first Triple Crown winner, Johnny Gargano; one of the most ferocious competitors Regal has ever seen, and who never truly lost the title, Tommaso Ciampa; a man who reigned for 292 days, the first WWE Universal Champion, Finn Balor; and finally, the other Triple Crown winner and the number one longest reigning NXT Champion in history, Adam Cole!

NXT’s Super Tuesday will see one of those men become THE NXT Champion! But it won’t be so easy. For the first time in history, it will be decided in a Fatal 4 Way, 60 Minute IRONMAN MATCH! A what?! That match is unheard of, but it will truly prove who is the rightful next champion! Will you be ready for #NXTuesday?!


NXT Cruiserweight Championship: Santos Escobar VS Isaiah “Swerve” Scott!

Speaking of championships, the Leader of Leaders has been trying to lead the Cruiserweight Division but it’s hard to say “by example.” But he’s finally entering Swerve’s House, unable to deny that Swerve is the only man to beat him in the WWE! Will Swerve soon have gold to justify all his confidence? Or will the legacy of Fantasma grow stronger still?

Somewhat surprisingly, Escobar walks out with El Legado’s Raul Mendoza and Joaquin Wilde, but has them return to the back. We’ve also seen him do this before and they only returned later on to be an ace in the hole. Will Swerve be ready for that?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and this battle for the top spot in the division begins!

Swerve and Escobar circle, tie up, and Escobar gets the arm for a wristlock and whip. Swerve goes up the ropes, hops to the apron, and reels Escobar in for a boot! Swerve then hops up, flips and arm-drags Escobar out of the ring! Escobar staggers around but Swerve goes up and out to the apron again. Escobar gets away and wags his finger but Swerve says it was that close. The two are in a stand-off as NXT goes to break.

NXT returns, Escobar has a headlock and grinds Swerve, and holds on as Swerve tries to power out. Swerve tries again, and hits a back suplex! Cover, ONE, but Escobar still has the headlock. Swerve pushes Escobar to the ropes, powers out but Escobar runs him over. Escobar snapmares but Swerve rolls away to avoid the cover, then goes Eddy Gordo to headscissor Escobar! Swerve dodges Escobar’s boot, throws Escobar down then gets the arm and rolls to a DEAD LIFT SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! The crowd fires up for Swerve but Swerve grits his teeth as he watches Escobar. Swerve drags Escobar up to the Gory Especial, and bends Escobar back! Backslide out of it, TWO!

Swerve keeps his cool as he stalks Escobar to a corner. Escobar mule kicks, throws haymakers and whips Swerve to ropes. Swerve reverses, goes Gordo again to throw Escobar with an arm scissor! Escobar bails out again but Swerve follows on the apron. Swerve drags Escobar up but Escobar LAUNCHES Swerve into the boards! Escobar grins as he drags Swerve up to fireman’s carry and snake eyes off the steps! Swerve clutches a wrist that hit the steps, too, but Escobar kicks him around. Escobar puts Swerve back in, stalks him and kicks him down! Cover, TWO! Escobar grins, perhaps amused. Escobar drags Swerve up, CHOPS and stomps him down, then stomps the bad arm. Escobar stomps and stomps, drags Swerve up and rams him into a corner.

Escobar rolls back to run corner to corner for DOUBLE KNEES! Cover, TWO!! Escobar still grins and he stomps Swerve more. Escobar drags Swerve up by his hair, puts him in the corner with double knuckle locks and a headbutt! Swerve pushes back but Escobar knees low. Escobar trips Swerve up but Swerve keeps Escobar away with his feet. They both hop up to the ropes and start brawling! Swerve jumps but the steiner is turned into a POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Swerve survives and that shocks Escobar, and NXT goes to another break!

NXT returns again, and Escobar CHOPS Swerve on the ropes! Escobar taunts Swerve, whips him and pop-up atomic drops Swerve for a basement KNEE! Escobar keeps talking smack and SPITS on Swerve! Swerve grits his teeth as Escobar kicks him, and he catches the boot to grab Escobar by the jaw! Swerve pushes Escobar to the opposite ropes and fires off fast hands! Swerve has Escobar in the corner, fires off until the ref counts 4 and pushes Escobar out. He climbs up to leap and hit the flying uppercut on Escobar’s back! Escobar bails out, Swerve follows and BOOTS Escobar down! The crowd fires up as Swerve builds speed to FLY! The Fosbury Flop takes Escobar out at the ramp!

Swerve drags Escobar up and puts him in to slingshot, somersault and LEAPING COMPLETE SHOT! Cover, TWO!! Escobar survives and here comes El Legado! Wilde distracts from one end but Swerve swipes at Mendoza on the other. Escobar enziguris! Cover, TWO!?! Breezango even things with El Legado and they brawl up the ramp! Swerve and Escobar are in opposite corners now that they’re all alone. Escobar runs into a KNEE! Cover, TWO!! Escobar is on Swerve first but Swerve trips Escobar to roll and DEAD LIFT GERMAN! Bridging cover, TWO! Swerve grits his teeth as he and Escobar rise. Swerve focuses, demands Escobar sit up, and then hits the HOUSE CALL!! Cover, TWO!?!? Escobar survives and Swerve can’t believe it!

Swerve drags Escobar back up, fireman’s carries but Escobar slips out to shove Swerve away. Swerve is in the corner, Escobar runs in, but Swerve pops him up for the CONFIDENCE BOOST!! Cover, ROPEBREAKS! Swerve can’t believe it. Wait, there’s a mask? There’s something attached to the inside, too. Escobar puts it on, Swerve comes over, and Escobar HEADBUTTS him! That loaded mask takes Swerve down! Cover, Escobar wins!!

Winner: Santos Escobar, by pinfall (still NXT Cruiserweight Champion)

Someone check that mask! What was it in that mask’s forehead that made Escobar’s headbutt a lethal weapon? Will anyone be able to dethrone Escobar when he has tricks both up his sleeve and in his masks?


NXT hears from Johnny Gargano.

“I know better than anyone that life can change in a moment.” Just last Wednesday, he was inches away from breaking his neck and having his career ended! It made Gargano sit back and think on what he would be leaving as a legacy. “An unfulfilled promise.” Gargano said he was going to fix NXT and rule it. Slow and steady, brick by brick, Gargano has been building his kingdom, but it would seem as if by fate that he has a golden opportunity. #NXTuesday, a Fatal 4 Ironman Match will help Gargano remind us who he is! He’s been NXT’s Ironman for years, and will once again have the title to prove it. But will the Wednesday Night be able to triumph on Super Tuesday?


NXT hears from Finn Balor.

“Life comes full circle in this business. And while some fall and pray, The Prince rises to the occasion. All the pieces are set. The four cornerstones of NXT.” Balor is going to enjoy every second of that one hour proving that he isn’t just a cornerstone, but the centerpiece! And next Tuesday, “everyone from the marketing department to the TV networks to Joey at home trolling on the internet,” are going to get Finn Balor as NXT Champion again.


Drake Maverick VS Kyle O’Reilly w/ The Undisputed Era!

Rockstar Spud is not at all okay with the Undisputed Era wrecking his match with Killian Dain, and so he dared a member of the UE to take him on 1v1! O’Reilly returns to singles action to step up, will NXT’s #1 underdog put him in his place?

The bell rings, and Maverick fires off fast hands and feet! Kyle pushes Maverick away, Maverick ducks the roundhouse to come back with more fast hands! Maverick kicks, haymakers, but Kyle knees. Kyle goes to boot but Maverick dodges again! Maverick fires off more fast hands and he whips. Kyle reverses, Maverick dodges and dropkicks a foot out! Kyle falls out of the ring but the UE regroups with him. Maverick climbs up top to LEAP onto them! Kyle gets clear and back into the ring, but Maverick hurries up and in. Kyle kicks away, SLAPS Maverick, fires knees and KICKS Maverick down! Kyle grounds ‘n’ pounds, moves around and throws down heavy fists!

Kyle kicks Maverick around, paces around and taunting him. Maverick sits up as the fans rally, Kyle kicks him and knees away. Kyle snapmares, KICKS Maverick in the back, but Maverick gets right up! “C’MERE!” Maverick snampares Kyle to KICK him in return! Kyle gets to a corner, stinging from that one! Maverick runs corner to corner, forearms and bulldogs! Then back sentons! Kyle flounders while Maverick grins and runs corner to corner. Kyle kitchen sink KNEES Maverick down! Maverick clutches his stomach, Kyle brings him up to wrench the arm to a shoulder breaker! Maverick throws a forearm, Kyle gives it back, and the two brawl! Kyle kicks the legs, bobs ‘n weaves then fires off a flurry! Kyle KICKS that leg out from under Maverick!

Kyle paces again as Maverick crawls. Kyle grabs the leg, brings Maverick up with a heel hook, but Maverick enziguris! Maverick has a cravat, Kyle powers out of Sliced Bread and gets the KNEEBAR! Maverick fights, rolls but now Kyle has the other foot for a heel hook! Maverick grabs Kyle’s head to punch away! Kyle cranks on the legs even harder, Maverick taps!! Kyle wins!

Winner: Kyle O’Reilly, by submission

The UE celebrates by stomping Maverick down! Kyle wants them to let off a bit but Strong is just mad. Fish fetches a chair for Strong, but here comes KILLIAN DAIN! The Beast of Belfast was the other half of that ruined match and he WRECKS Strong and Fish! Kyle gets clear as Dain gets the chair and SMACKS Strong! Kyle distracts long enough so Fish and Strong can bail out! The UE regroups and retreats, but what of Dain and Maverick? Maverick isn’t sure, but he does thank Dain. Dain CLOBBERS him! Dain didn’t do it for Maverick, he’s fighting the UE for himself! Will the Undisputed Era watch out for the Belfast behemoth from now on?


Backstage interview with Rhea Ripley.

Dakota and Raquel said Rhea and Io don’t even like each other, and that Rhea just wants the NXT Women’s Championship. What is her response? Rhea says it’s no surprise that she wants the title, but she won’t let that get in the way tonight. And Rhea didn’t show up at TakeOver to save Io, but to send a message to Dakota and Raquel that Io is Rhea’s now. And if Raquel wants Rhea to get out of her face, then she’ll have to make her! That fierce 2v2 is happening after the break!


NXT returns and hears from Adam Cole.

“Next Tuesday, I have the chance once again to make history. Because the Mount Rushmore of NXT, Gargano, Ciampa, Balor and Cole, we are in a Four Way match, a 60 minute Ironman match, to determine the new NXT Champion.” And now that Cole has gotten past Pat McAfee, he’ll focus on the important stuff, and that’s getting back his NXT Championship. When he held it for the record breaking 400+ days, he was called many things. One of those was the Ironman of NXT, so a match like this is right up his alley. It’s one thing to be NXT Champion once, it’s another ball game to be it twice. And that is exactly what Cole vows to do, and #ThatIsUndisputed.


NXT has another big match for Super Tuesday!

After the brawling and controversy in the Cruiserweight Championship, Swerve and Breezango again take on El Legado del Fantasma, but now in a Six Man STREET FIGHT! Will Swerve and the new NXT Tag Team Champions finally put Escobar, Mendoza and Wilde in their place? Or will El Legado cement their legacy as the leaders of Cruiserweight and Lucha Libre wrestling?


Io Shirai & Rhea Ripley VS Dakota Kai & Raquel Gonzalez!

The Evil Genius overcame Dakota trying to stack the deck with help from Big Mama Cool, but now things are much more even. Will the Aussie Nightmare make sure she and Shirai win so we can get flashbacks to In Your House? Or will the Daughter of the Desperado help Dakota establish she deserves a rematch?

The teams sort out, Rhea tells Shirai to go so she and Dakota can start. They tie up, Rhea throws Dakota down then whips her to a corner. Rhea runs in, Dakota goes up and over but Rhea won’t budge as Dakota tries to roll her up. Rhea stomps Dakota, drags her up and throws her to the corner. Rhea wants Raquel to tag in, so she does! They tie up, they’re in a deadlock so Raquel breaks it. They try again, Rhea breaks it. Raquel gets in Rhea’s face but gets a headbutt for it! Raquel still comes back to shove Rhea! Shirai tags in, goes after Raquel and Rhea is beside herself. Raquel whips Shirai, Shirai goes up and leaps to huricanrana Raquel out! Dakota gets in Shirai’s way but Shirai kicks her down! Raquel catches Dakota and tensions are high as NXT goes picture in picture.

Shirai waits for Raquel to come back but Dakota gets in to distract her. Raquel sneaks up on Shirai, Shirai dodges one clothesline but not the blindside! Raquel drags Shirai up to whip to a corner! Then she wrenches, shoulder breakers and clamps onto the arm. Dakota tags in, takes the hand-off and wrenches Shirai’s arm to a whip. Shirai stops herself but Dakota is there to club her down. Dakota puts Shirai’s arm through ropes to pull on it! The ref counts, Dakota stops but she keeps Shirai from Rhea. Dakota bumps Shirai off buckles, tags in Raquel and Raquel digs her boot into Shirai’s chin. The ref counts, Raquel stops, but Dakota gets in a cheap shot almost literally behind the ref’s back!

Raquel wrenches a wristlock, lifts Shirai up with one arm, then sets her down to LARIAT! Raquel drags Shirai back up, lifts her again, holds her for even longer then lets her down to RAM her with a shoulder! Raquel drags Shirai up again to clamp on a choke grip, for a CHOKE- NO! Shirai huricanranas to a cover, TWO! Shirai staggers forward, avoids Dakota’s cheap shot, but turns around into Raquel’s tackle! Dakota tags in, she taunts Rhea then runs at Shirai, to get a BOOT! Shirai fights out of the corner, ducks Dakota but Dakota reels her in by her hair! Shirai resists the whip, reaches for Rhea, but so does Dakota for Raquel. NXT returns to single picture as Shirai wheelbarrows and STOMPS Dakota down!

Tag to Rhea and she side steps Dakota’s boot to DECK Raquel! Rhea dropkicks Dakota, fires up to cravat knee over and over! Rhea hook kicks then fireman’s carries Dakota, but Raquel saves Dakota! Raquel grabs Rhea’s hair but Rhea swings a big haymaker! Both Raquel and Dakota manage to avoid it, and they drag Rhea up and out to the floor! The ref reprimands and the crowd boos as Raquel bounces Rhea off the apron. Raquel puts Rhea in, covers, TWO! Raquel grows frustrated as she drags Rhea up. Raquel whips Rhea hard to a corner and Rhea bounces of buckles to hit the mat! Raquel drags Rhea back up, Rhea throws body shots but Raquel CLUBS her down! Raquel drags Rhea away, covers, TWO!

Raquel drags Rhea over to tag in Dakota. They mug Rhea in the corner, Dakota brings Rhea around for a roll up, TWO! Dakota clubs Rhea down, digs her knee brace in, and pulls back on an armlock. Rhea endures, the crowd rallies up and Rhea pulls hair. Dakota stomps Rhea down, keeps her from Shirai, and Raquel tags back in. They mug Rhea more, Raquel whips her to a corner, and runs in but blocks the boot. Rhea boots with the other foot, but Raquel still keeps her from Shirai. Rhea ROUNDHOUSES Raquel away! Tags to Dakota and Shirai! Shirai rallies on Dakota, and hits a FLAPJACK! Raquel rushes in but Shirai SHOTEIS! Dakota waitlocks Shirai, Shirai elbows free, blocks Dakota’s boot and sends it into Raquel!

Shirai baits Dakota into a drop toehold then runs to SHINKANSEN Raquel! TIGER FEINT for Dakota! Shirai springboards and missile dropkicks Dakota down! Cover, TWO!! Shirai drags Dakota back up, underhooks, but no Tiger Driver. Dakota SCORPION KICKS, then KAI-RO- NO! Shirai powers out of that to KAMI-GOYE!! Shirai drags Dakota up in a waistlock for a GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, but Raquel barrels in to break it! Rhea gets in, Raquel boots but it’s blocked! But Dakota BOOTS Rhea! Shirai SHOTEIS Dakota! Raquel LARIATS Shirai! Raquel helps Dakota to the corner, Raquel tags in, and Raquel drags Shirai up. Raquel scoops, Dakota runs to BOOT for the POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO!?!

Raquel is seething while Shirai is crawling. Raquel drags Shirai up, Shirai rolls and enziguris from the mat! Dakota gets in to distract from the tag to Rhea! The ref doesn’t see it, it doesn’t count! Raquel takes Shirai to the corner to stomp away! Raquel stomps away on Dakota, and MERCEDES MARTINEZ attacks Rhea!! Robert Stone he wouldn’t let Mercedes in a match, not that she wasn’t here! Mercedes gets payback on Rhea and slips away into the shadows while Raquel scoops Shirai for a SWINGING POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO!?!? Raquel is furious! Raquel drags Shirai up and tags Dakota back in. Raquel whips Shirai corner to corner, but Rhea rises! Rhea pushes Shirai out of the way as Dakota comes in Around the World! Dakota only boots buckles!

Dakota hobbles away, Rhea tags in, but so does Raquel. Rhea runs right into a BOOT!! Raquel drags Rhea up, scoops for the MEGA CHOKE SLAM! Cover, Raquel and Dakota win!!

Winners: Dakota Kai & Raquel Gonzalez, by pinfall

Give an assist to Mercedes Martinez! It seems Rhea’s far from through with the Robert Stone Brand, will Rhea find a way to shut them down once and for all? As for Dakota and Raquel, will Dakota be the one getting the nod when it was Raquel doing the literal heavy lifting?

My Thoughts:

A great NXT to follow TakeOver! And in an interesting way, it was part aftermath and part go-home to #NXTuesday, aka Super Tuesday! Kross relinquishes the title because of the shoulder separation, which is a definite misfortune, but NXT knows how to improvise and give us something incredible. A Fatal 4 Way Ironman match?! That’s an amazing idea. Ciampa returns to up the old “Psycho Killer” side as he destroys Jake Atlas. Is Atlas needing time off and this is how they write him off? Because how is he NOT written off NXT for about six weeks? The promos from the other three were good, too, but I feel like Finn Balor needs to get this win for at least his character’s sake. It’s been great seeing him bring up others, but Balor should become the next two-time NXT Champion.

There’s also a lot of action setting up around the North American Championship. Thatcher is practically following Priest’s example of losing to Balor yet moving up to something, and I wouldn’t mind seeing those two fight for the title. Reed does have a point, too, as someone who has beaten Priest, but it seems like he’ll have to deal with the returning Austin Theory first, which isn’t so bad either. Maybe something big on NXTuesday sets up for another big title match for the North American Championship. Candice had a good promo about Tegan but I was hoping to have Tegan’s response tonight. Maybe that’s for Tuesday, leading to a grudge match between those two.

I really liked that Imperium VS Breezango happened tonight, if only because it gets things moving. NXT UK is set to make their return to new action with September 17th so I’d imagine Imperium does have to regroup so they can tape episodes together. Plus things move right to Breezango VS El Legado as they still fight it out during the Cruiserweight Championship match. Another sneaky way to win only mildly ruins the great match between Swerve and Escobar, but I give credit to him using a “loaded” mask instead of a glove. I wonder if that trick comes up again in the Six Man Street Fight. And I have a feeling El Legado wins to make a point that they’re up next for the tag title opportunity.

Maverick and O’Reilly had a really good match, and I’m intrigued as to how O’Reilly was trying to keep Fish and Strong from going Heel on Maverick afterward. Dain shows up and I thought he and Maverick were going to be a duo, but it seems not. It could still circle back that way, but it definitely works with both characters that Maverick reached out and Dain turned him down the hard way.

There was some great stuff with the Robert Stone Brand, Stone himself is again great as the comedy relief just shrieking when he got “crushed” by the tank. Shotzi and Mia have a great match and it was quite the surprise for Shotzi to win. Mercedes showing up to basically screw over Rhea and Shirai in their great tag main event was also a nice touch. I feel like there could be a Six or Eight Woman Tag, with Dakota and Raquel joining Robert Stone Brand to face Mia, Shotzi, Rhea and Shirai. Mia turns on Shotzi for that feud, Raquel finishes it off just like tonight, and it’s Raquel who gets a shot, to Dakota’s chagrin.

My Score: 9.3/10

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Mitchell’s NJPW WTL x BOSJ Results & Report! (11/28/21)

World Tag League, Round 5!




Don’t worry, World Tag League returns!

Don’t adjust your screen, NJPW World Tag League is back for another round after taking some time off! And hometown hero, Yuji Nagata, is in the main event!


  • World Tag League 2021: Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan VS Tomoaki Honma & Togi Makabe; Kojima & Tenzan win.
  • World Tag League 2021: SANADA & Tetsuya Naito VS Chase Owens & Bad Luck Fale; Sanada & Naito win.
  • World Tag League 2021: Toru Yano & Hiroshi Tanahashi VS The United Empire; Yano & Tanahashi win.
  • World Tag League 2021: Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI VS Yujiro Takahashi & EVIL w/ Dick Togo; Yujiro & Evil win.
  • World Tag League 2021: Dangerous Tekkers VS The Guerrillas of Destiny; Dangerous Tekkers win.
  • World Tag League 2021: Yuji Nagata & Tiger Mask VS TAKA Michinoku & Minoru Suzuki; Nagata & Tiger Mask win.


Here are the current World Tag League Standings!

SANADA & Tetsuya Naito: 4-0, 8 points
Toru Yano & Hiroshi Tanahashi: 3-1, 6 points
Chase Owens & Bad Luck Fale: 3-1, 6 points
Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI: 3-1, 6 points
The United Empire: 3-1, 6 points
Dangerous Tekkers: 3-1, 6 points
Guerrillas of Destiny: 3-1, 6 points
EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi: 1-3, 2 points
Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan: 1-3, 2 points
Yuji Nagata & Tiger Mask: 0-4, 0 points
Minoru Suzuki & TAKA Michinoku: 0-4, 0 points
Tomoaki Honma & Togi Makabe: 0-4, 0 points


World Tag League 2021: Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan VS Tomoaki Honma & Togi Makabe!

TenCozy only has one win, which means they could fall to the back of the pack right here! Will the Great Bash Heels drag them down and finally get on the board?

The teams sort out and fans rally as Tenzan starts with Honma. They tie up, Tenzan pushes Honma back but the tow go again. Another tie up, they’re in more of a deadlock this time. Tenzan manages to put Honma on ropes, and lets off slowly, but Honma avoids the Mongolian Chops! Honma kicks low and headlocks, and holds tight as Tenzan  tries to power out. Tenzan throws body shots, powers out this time, and they ram shoulders! Neither falls, Honma runs again and they ram shoulders again. Still neither falls, so Honma dares Tenzan to run. Tenzan fakes Honma out to CLOBBER him! Fans rally up as Tenzan stomps Honma down.

Tenzan sits Honma up to CLUB him in the chest, then he tags Kojima. Kojima runs to knock Makabe down. TenCozy pinball Honma between forearms and Mongolian Chops, then Kojima hits the Mongolian Chops! Kojima CLUBS Honma, scoops and SLAMS him, then coordinates with Tenzan. Tenzan runs, but Honma avoids the slingshot elbow and falling headbutt! Honma drags Kojima out to RAM him into railing! Honma puts Kojima back in, tags in Makabe, and fans cheer as Makabe stomps Kojima. Makabe bumps Kojima off buckles, throws forearms on him over and over, but lets off as the ref reprimands to then dig his knee in. The ref counts, Makabe lets off at 4.

Makabe brings Kojima around to bump him off more buckles, then tag to Honma. Honma CLUBS and CHOPS Kojima! Kojima staggers, Honma CHOPS again! Honma snapmares Kojima, CHOPS him down, then sits him up to CHOP him again. Cover, TWO! Honma stomps Kojima while fans rally up. Honma brings Kojima up but Kojima throws body shots. Honma CHOPS Kojima down! Tag to Makabe, he wraps on a chinlock. Kojima endures but Makabe grinds him down to the mat. Fans rally up, Tenzan gets in and stomps Makabe. Makabe lets Kojima go but he stomps Kojima down. Tag to Honma, and they bring Kojima up to double whip and double shoulder! Cover, TWO!

Fans rally up as Honma knocks Tenzan down. Honma stands Kojima up to CHOP him to the GBH corner. Honma CHOPS again, then tags in Makabe. Makabe stomps Kojima, CLUBS him down, then brings him up for a waistlock. Kojima resists, elbows free and hits a DDT! Fans fire up while both men are down, and Kojima gets up to hot tag to Tenzan! Tenzan rallies on GBH and fires Mongolian Chops on Makabe! Tenzan stomps Makabe in the corner, then CHOPS him, then stomps him again. Tenzan whips corner to corner, runs in and clotheslines! Fans fire up as Tenzan calls his shot, TENZAN BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO!

Fans rally more as Tenzan CLUBS Makabe. Tenzan reels Makabe in but Makabe fights the urenage. Makabe kicks low then runs, but into a headbutt! Tenzan runs but into a LARIAT! Tenzan stays up so Makabe runs in to corner clothesline! Makabe bumps Tenzan off buckles, laughs and runs in to clothesline again! Makabe climbs up and fans fire up as he punches away. Makabe gets 10 fast, then reels Tenzan in. Tenzna fights the back drop, headbutts and haymakers, then runs. DOUBLE LARIATS! Makabe keeps moving but he runs into the MOUNTAIN BOMB! Both men are down and fans fire up! Hot tags to Honma and Kojima!

Kojima and Honma ram shoulders, and again. Honma flexes, kicks, runs but Kojima runs him over! Kojima shows off the dancing pecs, stomps Honma in the corner, then fires off Machine Gun Chops! Fans fire up and Kojima whips corner to corner. Kojima runs in to forearm smash! Kojima throws Honma down but he’s right back up! Kojima kicks Honma low, CLUBS him then runs, but Honma back elbows. Honma runs and runs Kojima over! Honma fires up and KOKESHI! Honma gets Kojima up to suplex high and hard! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up but Honma DECKS Tenzan! Honma and Makabe coordinate, LARIAT SANDWICH! RUNNING HEADBUTT! Cover, Tenzan breaks it!

Makabe throws Tenzan out and fans rally up. Honma gets Kojima up but Kojima blocks the suplex and throws body shots. Honma and Kojima fire off forearms back and forth, and fans rally as they pick up speed. Kojima gets the edge then the ROLLING ELBOW! COZY CUTTER! Cover, Makabe breaks it! Tenzan gets in to kick and CLUB Makabe down. Kojima stomps Honma, then TenCozy double whip. Makabe runs through the double lariat but not the TENCOZY CUTTER! Tenzan kicks Makabe out, Kojima throws off his armband. Kojima runs but Honma dodges to come back and LARIAT! Cover, TWO!!

Honma hurries to scoop Kojima but Kojima slips out, so Honma HEADBUTTS! Honma runs but into the COZY LARIAT! Cover, TenCozy wins!

Winners: Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Honma & Makabe earn 0)

The Great Bash Heels are still without a win! Will they ever get out of the starting block? As for Kojima & Tenzan, do they still have a chance to win the whole thing?


World Tag League 2021: SANADA & Tetsuya Naito VS Chase Owens & Bad Luck Fale!

Los Ingobernables de Japon is undefeated through the rounds, but the Bullet Club boys are right on their heels. Will the Cold Skull & Uncontrollable Charisma stay Tranquilo? Or will the block be Too Sweet after tonight?

Chase & Fale are impatient with Naito taking of his suit. Naito asks they wait, but they don’t! Fale attacks Naito while Chase hits Sanada, then Fale throws Sanada out while Chase stomps Naito down. The bell rings to put this on the record while Fale goes after Sanada on the outside. Chase stomps Naito, drags him up, headlocks then punches him in the headlock. Chase stomps Naito into the corner, stomps away on him in the corner, then lets off to mock the LIJ fist. Chase wrenches Naito’s arm, whips him corner to corner, but Naito boots back. And again! Naito RANAS Chase then hip tosses for a basement dropkick! Naito also shows Chase how the pose is done.

Naito drags Chase up by his hair, tags in Sanada, and Sanada grabs the hair to wrench it! The ref reprimands and counts, Sanada lets go at 4. Sanada CLUBS Chase on the neck, and again, then whips Chase to ropes to elbow him down. Fans rally as Sanada pulls Chase’s hair and tags in Naito. LIJ mugs Chase, Naito snapmares Chase down and wraps on a chinlock. Chase endures, but Fale gets in to stomp Naito down! The ref reprimands but Naito keeps on Chase with body shots. Naito whips, Chase reverses, Naito wrecks Fale with a dropkick! Naito gives Chase an atomic drop, whips him corner to corner then runs in to jump kick! Leg sweep!

But Fale anchors Naito! Chase HOTSHOTS him down! Chase also hits Sanada, then Fale drags Naito down to RAM him into railing. Chase tags Fale in and Fale brings Naito up. Fans rally but Fale puts Naito in the ring to stomp the legs. Naito’s legs are still a weak point, and Fale stands on one at the ropes! The ref counts, Fale lets off at 4. Fale stalks Naito, tags in Chase, and Chase drops knees on the knee! Chase puts a leg on the ropes and STRADDLE ATTACKS! Chase pulls on the leg with a deep toehold, then he SLAMS the leg on the apron edge! Chase puts Naito in, stomps him down, then taunts Sanada before he CLUBS Naito in the corner.

Tag to Fale, the Bullet Club “massage” is in effect at the ropes! The ref counts, they both step off Naito’s back, then Fale brings Naito up. Naito fires off forearms and haymakers, and he ROCKS Fale. Naito dodges Fale’s clothesline and runs to the ropes but Chase grabs him! Fale runs in but Naito gets away, Fale knocks Chase down! Naito kicks Fale and uses the ropes but Fale fights off the tornado DDT to body shot and whip. FLYING FOREARMS from Naito! Both men are down and fans fire up! Naito crawls over, hot tag to Sanada! Sanada dropkicks Fale but he stays up to Sanada dropkicks again. Sanada dodges to dropkick and Fale falls against ropes!

Sanada whips but Fale blocks to reverse. Sanada holds ropes, Fale runs over but Sanada dumps him out! PLANCHA and down goes Fale! Fans fire up and Sanada encourages them to get louder. Fans do, rallying up as Sanada puts Fale in. Sanada aims from a corner, springboards but Fale gets under. Sanada comes back but Fale runs him over! Fale drops the BIG elbow! Cover, TWO! Fale tags in Chase and he drags Sanada up. Chase whips and KNEES Sanada to then wrench and slingshot BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Chase keeps cool, fans rally up and Chase drags Sanada up. Sanada trips Chase and goes for the arms, but Chase kicks him away!

Chase trips Sanada now, and now Chase tries the Paradise Lock! Sanada kicks Chase away, they both kick but they both block! They argue over who lets go first. They agree to do so at the same time, start to lower, but then Chase holds on! He trips Sanada and stomps him down! Then he tries again! Chase steals Paradise!! He stands on Sanada and gets fans to rally up! But Naito gets in to kick Chase down! Naito frees Sanada but Fale gets Naito! Fale shoves Naito into Chase’s waistlock, but Naito fights off the Grenade Suplex combo! Naito elbows Chase, kicks Fale then runs, but into a body shot! Chase adds the knee lift, then Fale LARIATS Naito down!

Fans fire up while Chase forearm smashes Sanada, then Fale SPLASHES! Fale fireman’s carries, Chase goes up, FLYING STOMP DEATH VALLEY, to SHINING WIZARD! Cover, TWO! Sanada survives but Chase drags him up and reels him in! Sanada RANAS out of the piledriver, dodges the Shi Trigger and O’Conner BRIDGES! LIJ WINS!

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

Chase throws a tantrum over losing like that! And Fale doesn’t want to hear it from Naito, either. But will LIJ be able to keep this going with plenty more World Tag League to go?


World Tag League 2021: Toru Yano & Hiroshi Tanahashi VS The United Empire!

The Joker & The Ace fell last round, but Great-O-Khan & Aaron Henare get the best win in the tournament! Will Yano & Tanahashi be able to rebound? Or will the United Empire build more momentum towards the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships?

The teams sort out and Henare calls out Tanahashi, revisiting their days of HenarACE. Yano goes through the selection process, and Tanahashi starts. Fans rally with “Let’s Go, Ace!” already. The two circle, tie up, and are in a deadlock. Henare finds a point of leverage and puts Tanahashi on the ropes, only for Tanahashi to turn it around. Tanahashi lets off but Henare throws body shots, forearms and KICKS! Tanahashi falls, Henare gets him up to wrench and whip corner to corner. Henare runs in but into an elbow. Tanahashi goes up to CROSSBODY! Fans fire up as Tanahashi air guitars. Henare runs in but into a hip toss, and Tanahashi air guitars again.

Tanahashi throws the guitar to Henare and fans fire up. Henare is furious, he “smashes” the air guitar! Clearly, there’s no reconciling for HenarACE. Yano tags in and Khan calls Henare over. Henare tags Khan, and now Khan gets his chance at revenge for Power Struggle. Fans rally as the two circle. Khan’s drop steps throw Yano off, Yano school thug squats. Khan and Yano egg each other on, Khan sits down to give Yano a shot at his leg. Fans rally up, Tanahashi tells Yano to keep it up and Khan gets mad. Khan kicks Yano to ropes, CLUBS him over and over, then whips him to ropes. Yano holds ropes, Khan runs in but Yano dodges to SLAP him on the head!

Khan swings on Yano again but Yano dodges and runs, but Khan gets around to the IRON CLAW SLEEPER! Henare gets in to fire off body shots, then he ELBOW JABS Tanahashi! Khan Mongolian Chops, Henare KICKS Yano down, then Khan drops a SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Khan drags Yano up, double underhooks and pulls the arms back. Henare tags in and the Empire mugs Yano. Henare DECKS Yano, then turns him over to rain down big forearms! Henare gets the leg and steps through for a HEEL HOOK! Yano endures, Tanahashi coaches him up and Yano gets the ROPEBREAK! Henare holds until the ref counts 4 but he still has Yano’s leg hooked!

The ref reprimands and counts, Henare claims Yano was holding his leg, but he still lets Yano go. Henare drags Yano up, tags in Khan, and Khan Mongolian Chops Yano on the back. Khan bumps Yano off buckles, then climbs up to sit on Yano’s head! The ref reprimands but Khan pulls Yano’s arms back! Khan hops as the ref counts, and then he mocks the school thug crouch! Fans rally up but Khan pretends to put out a cigarette. Khan drags Yano up and goes to make him kiss his foot! Yano resists, powers up and goes to low blow, but Khan blocks! So Yano pulls hair! Khan elbows free, whips Yano to ropes but Yano reverses to throw Khan down by his hair!

Fans rally up, hot tag to Tanahashi! Tanahashi fires off fast hands on Khan, whips him to ropes but Khan reverses. Henare is there but Tanahashi DECKS him! Tanahashi then dodges Khan to come back and FLYING FOREARM! Fans fire up with Tanahashi and he drags Khan up. Tanahashi scoops and SLAMS Khan, then goes to the corner. Tanahashi climbs up, to SUNSET SENTON! Cover, TWO! Tanahashi hurries to drag Khan around by the legs, and he has the TEXAS CLOVER HOLD! Khan endures but Henare gets in! Tanahashi blocks the kick to DRAGON SCREW Henare down! Tanahashi then runs at Khan, but Khan ducks the slingblade to HITSUJIGOROSHI!

Tanahashi endures but Khan scoops to a BACKBREAKER! Both men are down and fans fire up! Khan crawls and tags in Henare. Henare snarls and ROCKS Tanahashi with a forearm. Tanahashi goes to a corner, Henare fires off body shots and forearms! The ref has to bring Henare off but Henare shoves him away! Henare keeps on Tanahashi, and then he shouts in Tanahashi’s face. Henare drags Tanahashi up to snapmare and KICK him in the back! Cover, TWO! Henare scowls but fans rally “Let’s Go, Ace!” as he drags Tanahashi up. Tanahashi fights the suplex to forearm! Henare ROCKS Tanahashi with a forearm in return!

Henare suplexes, but Tanahashi fights it to a TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! Fans rally, Tanahashi crawls, hot tag to Yano! Yano unties the buckle pad, dodges Henare, but Henare avoids hitting the buckles! Yano thinks he outsmarted Henare but Henare CLUBS him on the back. Henare whips Yano, Yano stops from hitting buckles, then baits Henare into the buckles! Fans fire up, Yano DECKS Khan then he and Tanahashi whip Henare. Yano runs in to back elbow, Tanahashi runs in to SPLASH! Tanahashi and Yano coordinate, Yano hits Henare an atomic drop then trips him to catapult into the bare buckles! Tanahashi runs in to SLING- NO! Henare shoves Tanahashi into Yano!

Khan gets in to BOOT Tanahashi! Fans rally, Khan slashes his throat and drags Yano up to whip to a corner. Khan runs in to clothesline! Henare runs in to SHINING WIZARD! Henare shoves Yano, ROUNDHOUSE BOOT COMBO! Cover, TWO! Tanahashi gets in, Khan fires off Mongolian Chops! And then HELL STAB! Khan drags Yano up, HITSUJIGOROSHI! Henare gets the legs, standing HEEL HOOK! It’s the Fubuki variation, aka KITSUNEGOROSHI! But Tanahashi gets in to SLINGBLADE Khan down! Henare fires off fast hands, but Tanahashi SHOTEIS back! Yano shoves the ref aside and LOW BLOWS Henare! Roll up and high stack, Yano & Tanahashi win!

Winners: Toru Yano & Hiroshi Tanahashi (gain 2 points; The United Empire earns 0)

Khan protests, but Yano gets another one over him. Will The Joker & The Ace continue to surprise us all and head for the top? As for the Empire, will they be able to live down being taken down by such a duo?


World Tag League 2021: Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI VS Yujiro Takahashi & EVIL w/ Dick Togo!

Chaos’ Fierce Warrior & Head Hunter have only lost once so far, but the House Torture has only won once! Will that still be the case after tonight? Or will Goto-Hashi fail to #GetBackUp when Darkness Falls?

Goto-Hashi attack before the bell! They don’t trust the House of Torture and won’t let them get the first hit! Goto throws Yujiro out while Hashi is after Evil on the outside. Goto stomps Yujiro, Hashi POSTS Evil, and the bell rings to put this on the record before Hashi kicks Dick down! Goto brings Yujiro up to whip him into railing! Hashi drags Evil up to whip him into railing! Oh no, Abe-san goes down! Even when Evil doesn’t mean to, he hurts Abe-san! Goto puts Yujiro in the ring, stomps him down, then drags him up to put in a corner. Goto stomps more, fires off forearms, then bring Yujiro up. He and Hashi double whip to double shoulder, then hip toss senton!

Evil gets in but Goto-Hashi kick and whip him. Evil holds ropes and bails out, then Dick slips in, only for Goto-Hashi to storm over. Dick gets out but Hashi gives chase! Dick trips, Hashi drags him up and puts him in the ring! Goto drags Dick up, Evil argues with the ref, but Goto-Hashi hammer Dick down! Fans cheer while Goto stomps Yujiro down. Goto drags Yujiro up but Yujiro pulls hair. Goto fires forearms, brings Yujiro around and suplexes, but Yujiro fights it off and BITES the hand! The ref reprimands, Yujiro stops to then whip Goto, into bare buckles! The blud buckle pad is gone a la the Bullet Club favorite strategy!

Yujiro intercepts Hashi and whips him into the bare buckles! Tag to Evil, he fetches Goto, and he drags Goto around to RAMS into the timekeeper’s area! This time Evil did mean to hurt Abe-san! Evil gets the mic and uses the cord to CHOKE Goto! Goto’s grunts and Evil’s trash talk can be heard on the mic, so the ref stops that. Evil drags Goto up and puts him into the ring. Fans rally up Goto but Evil drags him up to whip into the bare buckles! Tag to Yujiro, he drags Goto up and snapmares to then throw down haymakers. The ref reprimands the closed fists, so Yujiro runs to basement BOOT! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up but Yujiro drags Goto up.

Yujiro reels Goto in, BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Yujiro tags Evil and Evil drags Goto up. Fans rally, Evil throws Goto out, but then Evil distracts the ref so Dick can DECK Goto! Dick puts Goto back in, Evil covers, TWO! Evil argues the count, the ref says that was fair. Fans rally again as Evil brings Goto up. Goto CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS, but Evil rakes eyes! Evil whips Goto to the bare buckles but Goto stops himself! Goto DECKS Yujiro, sends Evil into the bare buckles and hits a BIG back suplex! Fans fire up, Goto tags in Hashi! Hashi runs in to CHOP Evil at the corner! Hashi whips to CHOP Evil again, then mule kick!

Hashi hangs Evil out to dry and he dropkicks Evil down! Hashi keeps going to basement dropkick Evil! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up, Hashi drags Evil up and reels him in, but Evil pulls hair to deny the suplex. Hashi breaks free to fire off fast hands and a CHOP! Hashi whips, Evil reverses and Yujiro gets a cheap shot in! Yujiro grabs Hashi, Evil runs in but Hashi gets away. Evil stops from hitting Yujiro, Hashi runs back in but Evil and Yujiro dodge. Evil keeps the ref from seeing Dick trip Hashi! Evil stands on Hashi, tags in Yujiro, then Evil DECKS Goto! Yujiro gets Hashi up, he and Evil whip Hashi corner to corner.

Yujiro runs in to BOOT, Evil runs in to CLOTHESLINE and FISHERMAN BUSTER! Yujiro basement BOOTS! Cover, Goto breaks it! Evil throws Goto out and Yujiro drags Hashi up. Yujiro reels Hashi in, INCOLLE SLAM! Cover, TWO! Yujiro can’t believe it but the fans rally up for Hashi. Yujiro sits Hashi up but Goto LARIATS him down! Evil gets in, Goto kicks low and brings him around. Hashi runs, RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP BLOCKBSUTER! Yujiro gets up but Hashi shoves him to Goto’s fireman’s carry. Yujiro slips out but Hashi SUPERKICKS! Goto fireman’s carries again, Hashi SUPERKICKS and Goto USHIGOROSHI! Fans fire up as Goto drags Yujiro back up!

Goto dragon sleepers and Hashi has the legs, but Dick gets on the apron! The ref tells him to get down, Evil gets in to throw Hashi into the ref! Goto swings but Evil shoves him into Hashi! LOW BLOW for Goto! Hashi CLUBS Evil down, but Evil LOW BLOWS him now! Fans rally up but Evil drags Goto up to throw him out. Dick has Goto with the SPOILER CHOKER! Evil gets a chair, and even Yujiro’s pimp cane. Dick leaves Goto behind to use the SPOILER CHOKER on Hashi! Evil JAMS the chair into Hashi’s ribs! Then Yujiro has the cane, CANE SHOT on Hashi! The cane even breaks from that shot! Yujiro gets Hashi back up for BIG JUICE! Cover, the ref is back, Bullet Club wins!

Winners: Yujiro Takahashi & Evil, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Goto-Hashi earns 0)

The King of Darkness applauds his Tokyo Pimp as they get away with another one. Will their underhanded tactics get them back in the running? As for Goto-Hashi, is it already too late for them to #TurnItAllAround?


World Tag League 2021: The Dangerous Tekkers VS The Guerrillas of Destiny!

Last round, Taichi & Zack Sabre Jr. tasted defeat while Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa had sweet, sweet victory. Will the Holy Emperor & Submission Master make the Good Bad Guy & Silverback #JustTapOut? Or will the champions be bitter as Bullet Club makes it just Too Sweet?

The Guerrillas Low Sweet, Taichi shows off the dancing pecs, and the teams sort out. Fans rally up as Loa starts against Taichi. Taichi stretches, he and Loa circle and tie up. Taichi actually brings things to the ropes, but Loa lets off for the ropebreak. Taichi and Loa circle again, tie up again, and Taichi again brings things back on the ropes. Loa lets off again, and Taichi applauds the sportsmanship with the fans. Taichi and Loa circle again, tie up, and Loa won’t let it go to ropes this time! Loa throws Taichi down and he rallies the fans. “Straight up, Taichi! C’mon!” Taichi steps up to kick Loa low then KICK away on a leg!

Taichi talks trash, but Loa ROCKS him with a forearm! Loa eggs Taichi on, so Taichi KICKS him back. Taichi eggs Loa on, so Loa ROCKS him with another forearm. Taichi KICKS, Loa FOREARMS, repeat! They go back and forth, Loa gets the edge, Taichi BOOTS! Loa rebounds but Taichi BOOTS! Taichi runs but Loa runs him over! Loa eggs Taichi on but tags in Tama. Tama tells the fans to hush, as he brings Taichi up to CLUB him down! Tama talks trash then rains down fists! Tama drags Taichi up to CLUB him, but Taichi RAMS Tama to the Tekekr’s corner! Tag to ZSJ and ZSJ pulls Tama’s ears! ZSJ EuroUppers, and again, and again!

Fans fire up while Tama falls over! ZSJ gets Tama up, snapmares, but Tama kicks him away to avoid the neck twist. ZSJ headlocks, Tama powers out, Tama hurdles and hurdles but ZSJ avoids the chop to get around and cobra twist! Fans fire up again as Tama fights free and hip tosses ZSJ down! Tama runs into a victory roll and NECK TWIST! Fans rally, ZSJ cravats Tama and brings him up for a neck wrench. Tama arm-drags free, arm-drags again, but ZSJ headscissors to bring Tama down! ZSJ pushes up and squeezes on the headscissor, but Tama flails and fights up. Tama pries free and gets a headlock.

ZSJ headscissors, Tama kips free, but ZSJ headlocks. ZSJ holds on tight as Tama tries to power out. ZSJ grinds the hold, Tama fights up and tries again, but still can’t power out. ZSJ grinds Tama to the mat, but Tama fihts back up. Tama throws body shots, powers out this time, but ZSJ turns arm-drag into backslide, that Tama fights to a COMPLETE SHOT! Loa gets in to DECK Taichi! Loa goes out after Taichi with stomps, Tama gets up and drags ZSJ up to throw him out hard. Loa chokes Taichi but lets off as fans rally up. A ring count starts on ZSJ, Loa stomps him down. Loa RAMS ZSJ into the apron, then whips him into railing at 11 of 20!

ZSJ falls to the floor and the count reaches 15. Loa talks some trash but the ref has him stay back. Loa decides to put ZSJ in at 19, Tama covers, TWO! Tama CLUBS away on ZSJ, then stomps him down. ZSJ goes to a corner, Tama brings him up and snap suplexes him down! Loa slingshot sentons, Tama covers, TWO! Tag to Loa, fans rally up, and Loa chokes ZSJ! The ref counts, Loa lets off at 4, and Taichi gets in. The ref keeps Taichi back, especially since he had his mic stand at the ready. Loa drags ZSJ up to throw forearms. Fans rally up, ZSJ EuroUppers back, but Loa ROCKS him with a forearm. ZSJ EuroUppers again, but Loa just ROCKS him with another forearm.

Loa eggs ZSJ on, ZSJ gets up and EuroUppers again, but Loa ROCKS him with yet another forearm. Loa drags ZSJ up, dragon sleeper for a BACKBREAKER, then a facelock for a stalling suplex! Loa walks around with ZSJ for a count of 10 before the JACKHAMMER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up, Loa tags Tama, and Tama talks trash to Taichi. Tama brings ZSJ up but ZSJ EuroUppers! Tama fires up but ZSJ EuroUppers again! And again! Tama kicks low, EuroUppers ZSJ, then drags him up for another EuroUpper! Tama wants another but ZSJ turns that into a backslide! Tama rolls through, but ZSJ gets him for a NECK TWIST!

Fans rally while Tama writhes. ZSJ crawls, hot tag to Taichi! Taichi fires off Kowata Kicks, then tops it off with a KICK! Tama staggers up, he blocks a kick and CLUBS the leg! Tama whips, Taichi reverses to wrench and DANGEROUS HOOK KICK! Loa runs in but Taichi dodges. Taichi swings but Loa dodges the Ax Bomber to waistlock. Taichi fights the lift, elbows free, and PELES Loa down! Fans rally up as Taichi runs in and corner clotheslines. Taichi snapmares and KICKS Tama in the back! Taichi drags Tama up and reels him in, SEITEIJYUJIRYOU! Tama endures, fights the stretch plum, and fireman’s carries.

Taichi fights free of that, Tama SUPER FOREARMS! Taichi comes back, AX BOMBER! OFF COME THE PANTS! Tama sits up, ducks the buzzsaw, then ducks Ax Bomber to dragon sleeper. Taichi fights free of that to reel Tama in, DANGER- NO! Tama fights the saido, to PELE Taichi back! Fans rally up while both men are down. Tama tags in Loa and Loa drags Taichi up. Taichi kicks low, kicks a leg, then KICKS the leg! Taichi kicks again, Loa kicks, knees and ENZIGURIS! Taichi goes to a corner, Loa runs in, but Taichi dodges to GAMANGIRI! Taichi falls back and fans fire up! Taichi crawls, hot tag to ZSJ!

ZSJ runs and BOOTS Tama down, then runs at Loa in the corner to EuroUpper! ZSJ whips Loa into Taichi’s sobat! Taichi KICKS Loa down, then sets him up for ZSJ’s PENALTY KICK! Cover, TWO! Taichi brings Loa back up, but Loa swings. Taichi choke grips! ZSJ joins in, CHOKE SLAM BACK SUPLEX! Cover, TWO!! Loa survives and Tekkers grow frustrated. Fans rally up, ZSJ drags Loa up now, Taichi powers up in the corner. But Loa scoops and SLAMS ZSJ! Tama drags Taichi out and RAMS him into railing! Loa drags ZSJ up, whips him to ropes, Tama gets in to body shot. Loa uppercuts, Tama NECKBREAKERS! Cover, Taichi gets in and breaks it!

Tama drags Taichi up, scoops and SLAMS him, then Loa drags ZSJ up. Loa and Tama BACK SUPLEX NECKBREAKER! Cover, Taichi breaks it again! Tama drags Taichi up, throws him out, and then goes out after him. Fans rally up as Loa drags ZSJ up. Tama climbs a corner, Loa POWERBOMBS ZSJ! Tama SUPREME FLOW!! Cover, TWO!! The Guerrillas can’t believe it! Jado calls for it, and Tama drags ZSJ over. Loa goes up but ZSJ escapes the Super Bomb and Taichi ROUNDHOUSES Tama! Taichi Alabama lifts Loa but Tama kicks him low! Taichi swings a clothesline but Tama catches him into a dragon sleeper. Loa gets the legs, TONGAN TWIST!!

The Guerrillas focus on ZSJ while fans rally up. They get ZSJ up, but he fights free! ZSJ wrenches and PELES Tama’s arm, EuroUppers Loa, then EuroUppers Tama. Loa comes back with a kick, then drags ZSJ up again. ZSJ fights the bomb into a GUILLOTINE! But Loa powers out, and now Tama holds ZSJ up! Taichi grabs Tama’s legs to stop Magic Killer, and ZSJ tornadoes Loa into a cradle! TEKKERS WIN!

Winners: Dangerous Tekkers, by pinfall (gain 2 points; GOD earns 0)

The tag team champions snatch victory from the jaws of defeat, and the Guerrillas go nuts! They shove the ref down, stomp the Tekkers out of the ring, and even Jado gets in the ref’s face! Did the Tekkers get lucky? Or is this just the different between them and the other teams?


World Tag League 2021: Yuji Nagata & Tiger Mask VS TAKA Michinoku & Minoru Suzuki!

The Blue Justice Card is here! Togane’s hometown hero closes out the night alongside his legendary tag team partner, against some rather legendary opponents! Who finally gets on the board in this World Tag League?

The teams sort out, and naturally, Nagata starts in his hometown. And just as naturally, Suzuki starts against him. Fans rally up as these rivals circle. They feel things out, tie up with knuckle locks, and then Suzuki gets an arm to wrench to a wristlock. Nagata spins through, wrenches and wristlocks but Suzuki wrenches back. Nagata cording holds and facelocks but Suzuki puts him against the ropes. Red Shoes calls for the break, Suzuki slowly lets off, talking about a clean break, and he lets off to pat Nagata on the shoulders. Then Suzuki SLAPS Nagata! Nagata storms up but Suzuki backs away to tag in Taka.

Taka CLUBS Nagata, throws knees, but Nagata body shots and knees back! Taka falls over, Nagata BOOTS Suzuki down Nagata then wrenches Taka, tags in Tiger Mask, but Taka gets away. Fans rally up as Tiger and Taka circle. They knuckle lock, but Taka kicks low, CLUBS Tiger down then stomps him. Taka brings Tiger up but Tiger sobats! And front kicks! And kicks! And BUZZSAWS! Taka gets up but Tiger KICKS him more! Taka eggs Tiger on but Tiger KICKS him down! Tiger stomps Taka, drags him up and Nagata tags in. Nagata kicks, wrenches, wristlocks, bends the arm back and ELBOW BREAKERS! Nagata CLUBS Taka, throws forearms, but Taka kicks low.

Nagata throws forearms, runs, but into a cheap shot from Suzuki! Suzuki then catches Tiger for a HANGING ARMBAR! Taka knocks Tiger off the corner then POSTS him! Suzuki lets off to drag Nagata out and whip him into railing! Suzuki boots and knees Nagata against the railing then DECKS him with a forearm! Suzuki uses the camera cable to choke Nagata! Red Shoes reprimands, Suzuki lets off and tells Red Shoes to worry about Taka. Suzuki then gets a chair from under the ring and uses it to choke Nagata! Red Shoes reprimands and counts, Suzuki lets off to stomp Nagata. Suzuki brings Nagata up but Nagata throws body shots!

Nagata whips, Suzuki reverses and Nagata hits railing again! A ring count starts, Suzuki bumps Nagata off the apron then puts him in at 8 of 20. Taka digs his knee into Nagata, the ref counts, Taka lets off with his hands but that’s not the proble. Taka stomps Nagata, tags Suzuki, and Suzuki uses the tag rope to snapmare and CHOKE Nagata! Taka says Tiger Mask is up to something and that distracts Red Shoes. Suzuki stops choking, covers Nagata, TWO! Fans rally up for Nagata while Suzuki drags Nagata up. Tag to Taka, they mug Nagata then Taka snapmares. Taka digs his knuckles into Nagata’s face! Red Shoes reprimands, counts, Taka stops to then scrape his soles off Nagata’s face. And again!

Tag to Suzuki, Suzuki drags Nagata up to snapmare. Then he BOOTS Tiger down before he PENALTY KICKS Nagata. A cocky one foot cover isn’t good enough for Red Shoes and Suzuki gets upset. Suzuki kicks Nagata around but fans rally up. Nagata gets up, shoves Suzuki, then throws forearms. Suzuki eggs him on, Nagata throws more forearms, Suzuki CHOPS back! And knees low! Tag to Taka, more mugging in the corner. Taka bumps Nagata off buckles, whips him corner to corner, then runs in to SHINING WIZARD! Snapmare and cover, TWO! Taka SHINING WIZARDS Nagata down! Cover, TWO! Fans still rally as Taka knees and whips.

Nagata reverses to kitchen sink knee Taka down! Fans fire up while both men are down. Nagata gets up, hot tag to Tiger Mask! Tiger goes up top to CROSSBODY Taka down! Taka ducks a kick, CLUBS Tiger on the back and has the arms for a motorcycle stretch. But Tiger kangaroo kicks free! Tiger ROUNDHOUSES Taka down, then drags him up to underhook. Taka blocks the Tiger Driver to UPPERCUT! Taka runs, but Tiger gets around to crucifix takedown, and then CHICKEN WING CROSSFACE! Suzuki gets in to stomp Tiger down! Tiger lets off Taka to get in Suzuki’s face. Suzuki eggs Tiger on but Tiger goes back to Taka. Taka plays deadweight then CALF KICKS!

Tag to Suzuki and he drags Tiger up to fire off forearms! Suzuki runs but Tiger sobats! Fans fire up, hot tag to Nagata! Nagata KICKS Suzuki in the chest, and again, and again! Nagata whips Suzuki corner to corner, runs in and BOOTS, then brings Suzuki out, only for Suzuki to fight the exploder. Nagata ROCKS Suzuki to Half Hatch Suplex! Cover, TWO! Fans rally for “NA-GA-TA!” as he gets Suzuki up, but Suzuki blocks the suplex. Nagata knees low, whips him to a corner but Suzuki reverses. Suzuki runs in to BOOT! Suzuki snapmares, runs and PENALTY KICKS! Cover, TWO! Suzuki is annoyed but fans rally up. Suzuki gives toying kicks while mocking the applause.

Nagata gets up and shoves Suzuki, then throws forearms. Suzuki laughs it off to forearm Nagata back. Nagata forearms Suzuki, and then eggs him on. Suzuki forearms hard, but Nagata comes back with a forearm of his own! Suzuki forearms, eggs Nagata on, and Nagata forearms again! Fans fire up as the forearms keep going back and forth! Suzuki forearms once, twice, three times! Nagata comes back, but Suzuki gets him for a SLEEPER! Taka runs in to DECK Tiger off the corner! Suzuki-Gun mugs Nagata in a corner, whips him corner to corner, Taka clotheslines then Suzuki BOOTS! Suzuki ROCKS Nagata, runs, BOOT SUPERKICK COMBO! Cover, TWO!

Suzuki gets Nagata in a SLEEPER, Taka intercepts Tiger for a CROSSFACE! Fans rally, Tiger crawls for ropes while Nagata endures. Red Shoes checks Nagata as he fades, but Nagata gets a second wind! Blue Justice is turning purple, but Suzuki covers, TWO!! Nagata survives, so Suzuki drags him up to bring him over. Gotch hold but Nagata fights and grabs ropes! Suzuki tags Taka, he and Taka double whip again. Taka runs in but misses, Nagata BOOTS Suzuki down! And elbows Taka! Tiger gets in, to give Taka TIGER DRIVER! NAGATA LOCK II!! Taka endures the crossface, Suzuki stomps Nagata down! Suzuki drags Nagata up to throw knees, but Nagata fires forearms to throw Suzuki out.

Nagata BOOTS Taka to a corner then SHINING WIZARDS! BRAINBUSTER!! Cover, Suzuki breaks it! Suzuki uses the tag rope to choke Nagata again! Nagata fights up, Suzuki lets him free but Nagata hits an EXPLODER! Tiger gets Suzuki up, he and Nagata DOUBLE GIRI! Fans are thunderous for Nagata while Tiger keeps Suzuki down. Nagata drags Taka up, SAIDO! With bridge! Nagata & Tiger Mask win!

Winners: Yuji Nagata & Tiger Mask, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Suzuki-Gun earns 0)

Finally, Team Blue Justice scores! And Suzuki is pissed again. And again, he takes it out on the Young Lions. Will the Meanest Man in the World ever get himself and Taka going in the World Tag League? As for Nagata, he gets the mic to address his hometown. “Once again, thank you, everyone! Thanks to Tiger Mask’s support, we finally got our first win. Thank you very much!” Nagata knows things with COVID have been getting better in Japan but they’re still fighting it. To have these fans here means a lot. “I mean this from the bottom of my heart, thank you very much.”

He’d like everyone from the whole card to send this off, but head count has to stay low because of COVID. They’ll just go with everyone from Hontai instead. “Hontai wrestlers, please come out here!” The Great Bash Heels and TenCozy return, as does Tanahashi. They each shake hands with Nagata as they reenter the ring. Nagata notes this is also the 30th anniversary for both Tenzan and Kojima. Nagata has prepared a special gift for the occasion. Big bouquets are brought out for them, and then Honma and Tanahashi helps present special anniversary photos.

Tenzan’s is his victory parade from his G1 Climax win in 2005, and then Kojima’s is his Triple Crown and IWGP Heavyweight Championship wins. The fans cheer this amazing gift! Honma almost doesn’t want to give that great item up. TenCozy poses with their pictures for a photo op moment. And then Nagata has a special gift from his own company, Nagata Lock. TenCozy is very honored to get this cash gift. And before things wrap, a special greeting from Masahiro Chono! Chono hops off commentary to get in the ring with the others. Chono shakes everyone’s hands, helps with the bouquets, and then is handed the mic.

“TenCozy! How long are you going to be doing this thing? This makes 30 years, huh? Please think of your future. Pack it in within ten years. You’ve worked yourselves hard, including Nagata. But until you retire, run with the best in today’s NJPW! From your beginnings in the old era, keep doing your best for the future. Thanks for your hard work!” Fans cheer those words of encouragement, and Nagata says today they celebrate 30 years of Tenzan & Kojima. He knows next year will be his own 30th, so that will be the theme here in Togane. Make sure to be there, as well.

Nagata thanks the fans again, and hopes that next year’s show will be a great success. Join in, everyone! 1, 2, 3, ZE-A! A great moment for all of Hontai and even all of NJPW. Will this first win for Nagata & Tiger Mask be just the first of many? Will Nagata have something big to celebrate in his own 30th year?


Here are the NEW World Tag League Standings!

SANADA & Tetsuya Naito: 5-0, 10 points
Toru Yano & Hiroshi Tanahashi: 4-1, 8 points
Dangerous Tekkers: 4-1, 8 points
Guerrillas of Destiny: 3-2, 6 points
Chase Owens & Bad Luck Fale: 3-2, 6 points
Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI: 3-2, 6 points
The United Empire: 3-2, 6 points
EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi: 2-3, 4 points
Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan: 2-3, 4 points
Yuji Nagata & Tiger Mask: 1-4, 2 points
Minoru Suzuki & TAKA Michinoku: 0-5, 0 points
Tomoaki Honma & Togi Makabe: 0-5, 0 points

My Thoughts:

A great round for World Tag League, with some fairly surprising results. A solid opener from TenCozy and Great Bash Heels, and what great timing that TenCozy won to then be honored at the end of the night. That moment itself was great stuff, including Chono poking fun at TenCozy. LIJ staying undefeated is great stuff, as is Yano & Tanahashi staying strong near the top. House of Torture winning keeps them alive, and I have a feeling when they face LIJ on 12/12, aka the last round before the finals, will be a very important match in this tournament. Tekkers of course stay strong, but it’s not like the Guerrillas are out of it yet, either. Nagata & Tiger Mask winning was also a natural choice to give the crowd a happy ending to the event and a great set-up to that closing moment with TenCozy.

My Score: 8.9/10

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