Who will reign after the Clash of Champions?
Raw and SmackDown put up all the gold in one night! Will Randy Orton become a 14 time world champion? Or will Drew McIntyre still reign atop the WWE?
- Kickoff Show – SmackDown Tag Team Championships: Cesaro & Shinsuke Nakamura VS Lucha House Party; Cesaro & Nakamura win and retain the SmackDown Tag Team Championships.
WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships: Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler VS The Riott Squad
- WWE Intercontinental Championship Triple Threat Ladder match: Jeff Hardy VS Sami Zayn VS AJ Styles; Zayn wins and is the undisputed WWE Intercontinental Champion.
- WWE 24/7 Championship Wrong Turn at Ref Town: R-Truth w/ Lil Jimmy VS Drew Gulak; Gulak wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
- Raw Women’s Championship: Asuka VS Zelina Vega; Asuka wins and retains the Raw Women’s Championship.
- WWE United States Championship: Bobby Lashley w/ The Hurt Business VS Apollo Crews w/ Ricochet; Lashley wins and retains the WWE United States Championship.
- Raw Tag Team Championships: The Street Profits VS Angel Garza & Andrade Almas; The Street Profits win and retain the Raw Tag Team Championships.
- WWE 24/7 Championship Acceptance Speech Ambush: Drew Gulak VS R-Truth; Truth wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
- SmackDown Women’s Championship: Bayley VS
Nikki Cross???; Asuka wins by disqualification, Bayley retains the SmackDown Women’s Championship.
- WWE World Championship Ambulance Match: Drew McIntyre VS Randy Orton; McIntyre wins and retains the WWE World Championship.
- WWE Universal Championship: Roman Reigns w/ Paul Heyman VS Jey Uso; Reigns wins and retains the WWE Universal Championship.
PLAY BY PLAY
It’s the Clash of Champions Kickoff Show!
Join Charly Caruso, Booker T, John Bradshaw Layfield and Peter Rosenberg in reviewing, discussing and predicting all the action about to go down in the #GoldRush!
Nia Jax, Shayna Baszler and Nikki Cross have NOT been medically cleared to compete for tonight, the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships and SmackDown Women’s Championship matches will be addressed tonight and tomorrow on Monday Night Raw!
Backstage interview inside the Champions’ Lounge.
The SmackDown Tag Team Champions, Cesaro and Shinsuke Nakamura, are toasting already with Kayla Braxton. She thanks them for letting her in here, but isn’t this premature? NO, Kayla, tonight the victory is guaranteed! Lucha House Party are all great athletes, individually. But together, they’re like oil ‘n’ water. Swiss, Japanese, but in the ring it is Pippin and Jordan! Hobbs and Shaw! Simon and Garfunkel! Hello darkness, my old friend~! Love that song. And tonight, they will take great pleasure in defending the titles, and watching LHP implode.
But they aren’t worried about that time LHP won? Don’t be a Debbie Downer, okay? They let her in without her actually being a champion. Please, do them a favor and show yourself to the door. Will the Swiss Cyborg and King of Strong Style still have their golden tickets to the Champions’ Lounge after tonight?
MVP joins the Kickoff Show via video chat.
Montel Vontavius Porter feels like MVP, aka outstanding. But with Apollo Crews constantly in the way of th eHurt Business, is MVP sick of him? No, MVP is sick of stupid questions. Apollo is not in the Hurt Business’ way. Lashley hurt Apollo’s neck, his feelings, and will hurt the feelings of Apollo’s kids, too. Booker asks how Cedric Alexander doing in the Hurt Business? Oh, MVP has plans for him. Alexander has a college education, amateur experience, and there is a lot of potential there. MVP knows that a veteran can see that potential in younger stars, so MVP just needs to mentor Alexander to greatness.
JBL says the Hurt Business is one of the greatest groups he’s seen in a long time. Business is good, but where do they feel they’ll be in six months to a year? Well, the business is a global conglomerate and will continue to grow. They will expand beyond borders. MVP is the “managing partner” and spokesman for Hurt Business, but he does see lots and lots of title gold in the future. Everyone wants to know their alignment, but the only thing that matters is gold and green.
Charly asks MVP about what happens if Apollo actually wins. MVP wants to rewind back to how they are the Hurt Business, emphasis on business. This is not personal, just business. But Apollo beating Lashley? That’s insanity! That’s like saying Mark Henry will beat up a hurricane. A natural disaster comes, you batten down the hatches and ride it out. That is all Apollo can do tonight against the All Mighty Lashley. Peter asks one last question. We saw Hurt Business fight Retribution, are they going to be a distraction? Absolutely not. It was MVP and his associates that offered to deal with Retribution. There is method to the madness and a plan in place. There are no distractions, but just part of the “business model.”
Charly wishes Lashley luck, but MVP says Lashley doesn’t need luck. MVP wishes luck to the panel instead. But will Apollo throw a wrench in the plan MVP has for the business?
R-Truth is a prospector?
He wants more gold! This is the gold rush, y’all! He sifts his mixing bowl and still has his WWE 24/7 Championship. No, wait, panning for gold isn’t like a frying pan. And that’s a bowl. Truth says it’s a gold rush so he wants gold. No, not that kind of gold rush< Truth. It’s just that there’s all the championship gold tonight. And as 24/7 Champion, he needs to be the most careful. And where did Truth get this costume, anyway? Did the shark attack scare him that badly? Yes, that was the highest of scarestivity. This is scaryology, JBL, you gotta study it. So no concerns about someone coming after Truth’s title? No, he’s minding his own business. Well, then be careful because all titles are on the line. Especially this title. Then get ready for hide ‘n’ seek! Off goes ol’ Truth! Shucky Ducky Quack Quack!
Backstage interview with Angel Garza and Andrade Almas.
The #1 contenders are ready for their rematch with the Street Profits, but how can they make sure they have a plan without Zelina Vega? Garza says playing the field can be a lot more fun. “No one needs baggage weighing them down.” Vega blamed them for their setbacks, but it was Vega instigating things. Almas says that Vega is the past, their future is the gold. If they have each other’s back, how can they lose? No one can measure up to the future Raw Tag Team Champions. They even finish each other’s sentences. The Profits want the smoke, but they need to first extinguish the fire. Will Garza and Almas bring the heat to Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins?
Sami Zayn interrupts the panel,
He is again upset that HE is not called the Intercontinental Champion and Jeff Hardy is. “PLEASE enlighten me, Charly, and tell me why you didn’t just refer to me as the Intercontinental Champion?” Because Hardy is- Well who pinned Hardy on Friday? And who didn’t lose the title? Sami did both of those things! Sami beat Braun Strowman! Not many people did. Sami faced Daniel Bryan at WrestleMania and Sami won! No one has defeated Sami, so how is it he is not the champion? Just because Styles won the sham tournament like a scab? And then Hardy wins it off Styles!
Sami says Booker knows etiquette, so Booker surely agrees Hardy should’ve thrown away his reign and told Sami to give him a shot at the real title, right? Booker says a champion gone as long as Sami, he could be an interim at best. Sami seems no one understands. If no one is going to show him the respect he deserves, he’s leaving. If he loses tonight, he blames the panel for throwing him off his game!
SmackDown Tag Team Championships: Cesaro & Shinsuke Nakamura VS Lucha House Party!
Not originally meant to be this early, things have been moved around because of the changes to the overall card. Will that barely matter to the Swiss Cyborg and King of Strong Style? Or will this mean LHP has an advantage by catching them unprepared?
The introductions are made, the belts are raised, but which two members of LHP are stepping up? It will be Kalisto and Lince Dorado! They sort out, and Lince starts with Cesaro. Cesaro corners Lince but Lince gets a waistlock. Cesaro spins through to scoop and slam Lince down! Cesaro kicks Lince while he’s down, then stomps him down. Cesaro throws haymakers and Lince flounders to ropes. Cesaro whips but Lince rolls off his back! Lince runs but into an STO! Cesaro goes to cover but Lince blocks with a monkey flip, tilt-o-whirl and headscissors! Lince dropkicks and Cesaro ends up in LHP’s corner! Lince enziguris Cesaro and tags Kalisto! Kalisto gets a boost for the elevated splash! Lince adds his own splash, Kalisto covers, TWO!
Kalisto throws haymakers on Cesaro, but Cesaro pops Kalisto up! Kalisto lands on his feet, Cesaro whips him to ropes but Kalisto tilt-o-whirls into a sleeper hold! Cesaro powers up and rams Kalisto into buckles. Kalisto boots Cesaro, leaps and hits a huricanrana! Tag to Lince, Lince missile dropkicks! Lince hobbles, Cesaro tags Nakamura in and Nakamura brawls with Lince! Nakamura knees and whips Lince corner to corner, but Lince boots back! Lince hops up but Nakamura ROUNDHOUSES him down! Gran Metalik checks on Lince but Nakamura puts Lince on the apron. Nakamura taunts Kalisto before he KNEES Lince into the ring! Nakamura gets in, drags Lince up and bumps him off buckles.
Tag to Cesaro, Cesaro stomps a mudhole into Lince and throws haymakers. The ref backs Cesaro off but Nakamura gets a cheap shot in. Cesaro drags Lince up by the mask and reels him in for a LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Cesaro puts Lince back in the corner, tags Nakamura in, and they mug Lince. Nakamura brings Lince around to KICK him in the chest! Lince wobbles, Nakamura KICKS and KICKS again! Cover, TWO! Nakamura drags Lince up, pushes him to a corner for Bad Vibrations! Nakamura lets up at the ref’s count to then dig his heels into Lince’s head. The ref counts, Nakamura lets off and drags Lince back up. Nakamura snapmares and drops a knee! Cover, TWO! Nakamura tags Cesaro and Cesaro stomps Lince. Cesaro grinds forearms in Lince’s face, covers, TWO!
Cesaro keeps on Lince with a chinlock into a camel clutch of sorts, but Lince endures. LHP and the fans rally up, Lince fights back but Cesaro whips him. Lince rolls for a SNSET BOMB! Cover, TWO, and Cesaro BOOTS Lince down! Cover, TWO! Cesaro grows frustrated but he drags Lince to the corner. Tag to Nakamura, they mug Lince, and Nakamura puts Lince on the top rope. Nakamura runs in but only gets buckles! Lince enziguris then climbs up, for a crossbody! Both men are down and the LHP rally! Lince and Nakamura crawl, hot tag to Cesaro and he BOOTS Kalisto down! Cesaro throws body shots on Lince but the ref counts. Cesaro fireman’s carries and puts Licne on the top rope! Tag to Nakamura, and now Nakamura gets his Top Shelf Knee!
Cesaro gut wrenches Lince off, Nakamura knees Lince into the suplex! Cover, TWO! Lince still lives and Nakamura grows frustrated. Nakamura rams knees into Lince over and over, as well as elbows, and then more knees! Cover, TWO! Nakamura drags Lince up, tags Cesaro in, and they mug Lince more. Cesaro brings Lince around to put in another ocrner for European Uppercuts. Cesaro whips Lince corner to corner but Lince elbows him away! Cesaro back suplexes Lince away from the ocrner but Lince lands on his feet! Lince boots, Cesaro blocks and flips him but Lince lands on his feet! Lince slides under Cesaro, hot tag to Kalisto! The self-proclaimed leader of LHP fires off kicks on Cesaro!
Kalisto whips, Cesaro reverses but Kalisto dodges and tilt-o-whirls to DDT! Cover, Nakamura knees him off! Nakamura intercepts Lince, whips him but Lince handsprings! But Nakamura blocks the Golden Rewind to back suplex, but Lince lands on his feet again! BACKSTABBER! Nakamura gets out, Kalisto aims at Cesaro on the apron. Kalisto kicks and enziguris Cesaro to then slingshot, but the DDT is blocked! Cesaro powers Kalisto up, but LInce DIVES to give Kalisto the spin! DDT! Kalisto kicks at Nakamura, Nakamura blocks but Lince SUPERKICKS him down! LHP is on the same page! They get Cesaro in the ring, Kalisto hits a bottom rope moonsault!
Tag to Lince for the second rope moonsault! Tag back to Kalisto and he’s all the way up, for the TOP ROPE MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO!! Cesaro survives the hat trick and grabs Kalisto’s foot! Kalisto keeps fighting towards his corner, Cesaro drags him away but Kalisto uses that to slide under! Sunset flip, TWO, and Cesaro fireman’s carries Kalisto! Nakamura trips Lince and throws him into barriers! And then INVERTED EXPLODERS Lince over! Kalisto dodges Cesaro, tries another sunset, but Cesaro pops him right up! Kalisto rana roll-up, TWO! Kalisto fires off strikes, SOLIDA but no sol! Tag to Nakamura, EUROUPPER and swinging KINSHASA! Cover, Cesaro and Nakamura win!
Winners: Shinsuke Nakamura & Cesaro, by pinfall (still SmackDown Tag Team Champions)
LHP was on the same page, but it didn’t matter because the champions are just on a different level! Will anyone take over the Champions’ Lounge with these two in charge?
“You’ve worked your whole life for this.”
John Cena narrates as the superstars work hard in and out of the ring to “hold this honor. To be the best. But in the blink of an eye, it could all go away.” For there are others who worked just as hard as the champions. They say it is their turn now to be the one others chase. “So this is it. A clash of champions!” This night ends all the debates in an “all-out gold rush.” Superstars get in the ring with purpose, declare they’re champions, and prove it! Will the Claymore crush the Viper? Or will the Viper remind us all exactly who he is? Will the Big Dog still be the chief? Or will another show he is just as worthy? Will the Role Model’s dominance continue? Or come crashing down? When the moment comes calling, how will you answer? Another chaser? Or as the champion?
WWE Intercontinental Championship Triple Threat Ladder match: Jeff Hardy VS Sami Zayn VS AJ Styles!
The Charismatic Enigma won the title off the Phenomenal One, the Phenomenal One won the title in the tournament, but the Great Liberator says none of that should have happened! Sami Zayn never lost the title, but he wasn’t around enough to defend it! Will Sami “fix” all of that tonight? Or will he have a hard pill to swallow when someone else brings down both copies of the Intercontinental Championship?
The introductions are made, the belts already hang high over head, and we will all see who is THE WWE Intercontinental Champion!
Sami complains again and again about this, so Styles ROCKS him! He and Hardy hit Sami, Hardy hits Styles and whips him away. Hardy hits Sami, and whips him into Styles! Hardy snapmares Styles, brings him up, and bulldog clotheslines Styles and Sami down! Hardy stomps Styles, kicks Sami and goes outside. Hardy gets a ladder already, but Styles dropkicks it into Hardy’s ribs! Styles aims and slingshots to forearm Hardy down! Styles grabs the ladder but Sami mule kicks Styles. Sami uses the ARABIAN PRESS to take Styles down! Sami almost crashed into the ladders but he gets up and walks it off. Sami brings the ladder up and aims at Hardy, to SLAM it on Hardy’s back! Sami taunts Hardy and Styles, and SLAMS the ladder on Styles!
Sami leaves these two behind to put the ladder in the ring. Sami stands that ladder up, but Hardy goes after him! Hardy clubs away on Sami as the ladder leans on ropes. Hardy whips, back drops and sends Sami onto the ladder! Sami writhes while Hardy goes to the ladder. Hardy brings the ladder off the ropes and sets it up, upside-down? Styles comes in, Hardy clubs him first, and suplexes Styles. Styles resists, rams Hardy into a corner but Hardy kicks back. Hardy hops up, Styles throws haymakers but Hardy boots. Styles baits Hardy and Hardy leaps, Styles sends Hardy into the ladder! Hardy and ladder crash down, but Styles picks up the ladder. Styles stands the ladder up but sees the supports broke so he puts that in the corner.
Sami gets up, Styles throws haymakers and then whips Sami into the ladder! Sami bounces around the corner like pinball, and that causes him to crash back down on the steel! Styles goes out to fetch a ladder that’ll stand up while Sami flops out of the ring. Styles stands this new ladder up, climbs it, but Sami returns to stop him! Sami drags Styles down and pushes him away, but Styles PELES him down! Styles returns to his ladder, starts the climb again, but Hardy returns. Hardy climbs the other side to throw haymakers! The two brawl up top, Styles wobbles down but comes back to punch Hardy. Styles throws Hardy down by his hair! Styles reaches for the titles, but Hardy returns to drag Styles back down! Hardy brings Styles back to earth and clubs away.
Styles fires off strikes but Hardy atomic drops, leg trip and leg splitter! Basement dropkick! Styles and Hardy are both down but Hardy crawls to the ladder. Styles is on the apron, Sami goes after Hardy to throw him out! Sami baseball slide dropkicks Styles before climbing the ladder! Styles hurries up and gets Sami off the good ladder to bring him to the bad ladder. Sami blocks the throw to elbow Styles away. Styles swings into an EXPLODER onto the bad ladder!! Styles writhes out of the ring where Hardy is. Sami is alone and climbing! Sami touches the belts but Hardy is back! Hardy clubs Sami down from the top, clubs him some more, then throws him out. Sami drags Hardy out to join him, and throws him into barriers and folded ladders! Styles DECKS Sami!
Styles stalks Hardy, even with his back bothering him. Styles bumps Hardy off the really tall ladder, then pushes him around. Styles makes sure Sami stays down by stomping him. Styles then runs and uses the steel steps to LEAP at Hardy, but Hardy dodges and lets Styles crash into barriers! Hardy comes back, does the same trick, and hits POETRY IN MOTION on Styles! Everyone is down on the outside but Hardy stands first. Sami HELLUVA KICKS outta nowhere! Hardy ends up down and out in front of the ThunderDome screens! Sami hurries back into the ring, hurries to the ladder, but is slowly climbing from his sore body slowing him down. Styles CHUCKS a step ladder at Sami and nails him!! Styles saves his chances by nearly breaking Sami’s arm with that attack!
Styles slowly drags himself into the ring and goes back to the ladder. Hardy flounders in, hurries over and he climbs with Styles. They both swat at each other while reaching for the gold. They start brawling again, but the ladder is wobbly! The ladder tips over, BOTH Styles and Hardy fall out of the ring!! Sami survives hiding inside the corner! Sami gets the ladder back up, climbs up all alone, but Hardy returns! Hardy grabs at Sami, Sami kicks Hardy away, and Sami starts climbing. Styles springboards, but Hardy tips the ladder at the same time! The Phenomenal Forearm gets SWATTED out of the air, but the ladder comes back to BOP Hardy! Sami is again the only one left standing!
Sami stands the ladder back up again, again begins to climb, but Hardy is there, to drag Sami down to a TWIST OF FATE! Now all three men are down! Hardy rises first, drags himself to the ladder and climbs, but Styels goes after him. Hardy kicks Styles away, reaches for the belts, but Sami tips the ladder the long way! Hardy flips over the top to be safe, until the ladder hits the post!! The ladder flips around and scissors Hardy!! Sami hurries after a new ladder but Styles is there to throw haymakers! Styles clubs Sami, makes him let go of the ladder, and bounces him off the announce desk! Styles takes the ladder of his own now, puts it in the ring, but Sami attacks! Sami POSTS Styles then takes ownership of this ladder.
Sami makes a ladder bridge from ring to desk, and brings Styles back. Sami tries to bump Styles but Styles blocks and hits back. Styles bounces Sami off the desk then climbs up. Styles kicks Sami, Sami wobbles, Styles MOONSAULT DDT’s off the desk!! Styles gets up, puts Sami on Sami’s own ladder bridge, but the bridge tips over. So Styles just SLAMS Sami on the desk! Styles resets that ladder bridge, puts Sami on the ladder and clubs away. Hardy returns?! And he RAMS Styles in the face with a ladder!! Hardy sees what’s going on with Sami and the ladder and throws off the shirt! Hardy brings a TALLER ladder over, climbs that, and relives the glory days with a SWANTON BOMB THROUGH SAMI AND THE LADDER!!!
Somehow, Sami and Hardy live! Hardy RAMS Styles with the step ladder before hobbling off after a new ladder. Hardy puts that in the ring, but Styles the ladder that scissored Hardy against him again! Styles knocks Hardy down, gets in the ring and stands the new ladder up. Styles climbs, reaches for the titles, but Hardy returns to tip the ladder over! Styles crashes down, Hardy flounders about, and somewhere, someone chants “This is Awesome!” Wait! Sami rises on rage alone! Sami throws Hardy into barriers! And into more barriers! Sami reaches inside his jacket and has HANDCUFFS?! Sami planned something all along! Sami stomps Hardy, and brings over a short ladder. Sami SMACKS Hardy with it! And then cuffs Hardy BY HIS EAR GAUGE HOLE!! Sami just made that ladder into a huge earring!
Sami puts another ladder in the ring and kicks Styles down! Sami cuffs one of Styles’ wrists, but since Styles resists, Sami kicks him more and more. Sami stands up a ladder, but Styles punches back! Styles bumps Sami off the ladder, reels Sami in, and snap suplexes! But wait, Sami managed to cuff himself to Styles?! When did he do that?! Sami laughs because Styles can’t go anywhere without him now! Styles punches and stomps Sami down for his little “magic trick.” Styles drags Sami with him as he climbs! Hardy carries the ladder that’s cuffed to his ear and heads for the ring! Styles fireman’s carries Sami to make his own climb easier, but Hardy and his ladder are here!
Sami has a key, and while Hardy SMACKS Styles over and over, Sami uncuffs himself from Styles!! Sami is free, and he cuffs Styles to the ladder! Styles is stuck halfway! Sami climbs up and over, and grabs the belts!! SAMI WINS!!
Winner: Sami Zayn (UNDISPUTED WWE Intercontinental Champion)
Still champion? New champion? Guess it doesn’t matter now! Sami has both belts, making him THE champion! And he leaves the key on the ground for the others to fight over now! Kayla Braxton is on stage to interview Sami about this big win. She says Sami recaptured, but he says that is not at all the case. The title was his all along! It should be “And STILL Intercontinental Champion,” Sami Zayn! Will Sami ever lose the belt(s) ever again?
R-Truth is backstage, trying to hide!
Lil’ Jimmy and Truth have wandered into the referee’s room! “My bad. We’re on the wrong set.” Enjoy your snacks, guys. Truth hurries off but the ref asks if he needs anything. Truth says back off! But Drew Gulak gets him! GULAK WINS!!
Winner: Drew Gulak, by pinfall (NEW WWE 24/7 Champion)
The founder of Catchpoint just caught Truth! Truth blames Jimmy for this! SmackDown has the 24/7 Championship, but will they still have it by the end of the night?
Raw Women’s Championship: Asuka VS Zelina Vega!
Originally for the kickoff, the only women’s championship match left untouched happens now! Will La Muneca finally be the one ready for Asuka? Or is there no such thing?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and the biggest test in Vega’s career begins now!
Asuka and Vega circle, tie up, and Asuka throws Vega down. Asuka taunts Vega’s talking all this time, and then calls for a test of strength. She partially teases Vega for her shorter height, so Vega kicks. Asuka avoids the kick, too, and dances around. Vega tries again but nope, Asuka still knew it was coming. Vega kicks, Asuka moves but Vega kicks again! That time she catches Asuka, and now Vega gets the knuckle locks. Vega and Asuka have a test of strength, and Asuka runs Vega over! Cover, TWO as Vega gets a shoulder up. Asuka pushes that shoulder down, TWO as Vega gets the other shoulder up. Vega stands, kicks and wrenches to kick the arm! Vega taunts Asuka now, they tie up and go around. Asuka wrenches, yanks on the arm, but Vega wrenches through.
Asuka forearms first, then reels Vega in for a headlock. Vega endures, throws body shots, but Asuka holds tight as Vega tries to power out. Vega tries again, gets free but Asuka runs her over! Asuka dances a little again, then speeds things up. Asuka rolls, Vega side-steps but Asuka blocks the arm-drag to an ARMBAR! Vega moves around, reaches and gets the ropebreak with a foot! Asuka lets go fast, Vega gets to a corner, and Asuka stomps Vega. Asuka hoists Vega up top, clubs her on the back, but Vega hits back. They brawl, Asuka gets the edge, Vega shoves her down! Vega hurries after Asuka but Asuka pushes her away. Vega still wants the arm but Asuka shoves her away. Vega comes back again, Asuka mule kicks her! Vega is on the apron, Asuka runs and hip attacks her off!
Asuka shakes out the bad arm and goes out after Vega. Vega yanks Asuka into steel steps! Vega drags Asuka into the ring, goes after Asuka’s arm with clubbing forearms and stomps. The ref counts as Vega digs her boot in, but she lets off at 4. Vega drags Asuka up to throw her arm first into the corner! Vega wrenches the arm to a hammerlock but Asuka whips free. Vega is in a corner now, Asuka runs in but Vega boots her! Asuka shares that off but runs into an arm wringer! Cover, ONE! Vega keeps on the arm with a hammerlock, Asuka endures but Vega bridges! Vega cranks on the arm, then shifts to a cover, TWO! Vega drags Asuka up, hits a shoulder breaker, then repeats! Asuka blocks the third for a chinlock! Vega pushes off buckles to escape the Asuka Lock, to an ARMBAR!
Asuka kicks around and gets out to get the chinlock again! Vega fights and snapmares free! Asuka mule kicks Vega away! Vega goes to the apron, Asuka hurries over and throws forearms. Vega hits back, Asuka kicks and runs, but the hip attack misses! Vega climbs on for a DRAPING CRUCIFIX! Vega lets go at the count of 4, climbs up top, and reels Asuka in for a huricanrana! Asuka is in the other corner, Vega hits CIEN SHADOWS! Cover, TWO!! Asuka survives and Vega can’t believe it! Asuka gets up, Vega hurries after, but the backstabber is denied! Asuka kicks but Vega ducks to roll her, for the SCHOOL GIRL KICK! Cover, TWO!!
Vega is furious and goes after Asuka, but the rocket kick is blocked! Asuka has Vega, pops her up but Vega wheelbarrows to a victory roll! TWO, Vega reels Asuka into a EUROCLUTCH! TWO, into ASUKA LOCK!! Vega taps, Asuka wins!!
Winner: Asuka, by submission (still Raw Women’s Champion)
Vega had a lot of fight, but it was not enough to dethrone the Empress of Tomorrow! Charly Caruso interviews Asuka and asks if Vega impressed her at all. Vega is “like a firecracker. Small, yet dangerous.” But Vega was NOT ready for Asuka! Vega stands up, and Asuka offers her a handshake. Vega refuses, because she BOWS! Asuka bows, but then Vega attacks! Vega is a sore loser and she throws Asuka down! Asuka gest up in a rage, and shouts, “OI OI! What the hell, huh!?” Vega wants to still fight, huh!? Asuka will fight her again, and rip her apart! Will the Empress give La Muneca another match just so she can teach her a lesson in respect?
WWE United States Championship: Bobby Lashley w/ The Hurt Business VS Apollo Crews w/ Ricochet!
The Rocky Mountain Machine and CEO of the Hurt Business holds the gold that has hot potato’d between the business and Apollo. Will it go back to Apollo in this rematch from Payback? Or will Lashley just put the hurt back on him?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and business picks up once again!
Lashley and Apollo circle, Lashley gets a leg and trips Apollo to a cover, ONE! Lashley and Apollo go again, Lashley has the arm, MVP coaches Lashley to break the arm. Lashley wrenches, Apollo throws forearms but Lashley knees low. Lashley runs and runs Apollo over, then waits for him to get back up. Apollo does, they tie up again and Lashley again gets the arm. Lashley wrenches, steps through to trip Apollo up but Apollo kicks back! Apollo boots and clothelsines Lashley out of the ring! Apollo goes to the apron to MOONSAULT Lashley down! Apollo is fired up and Ricochet is fired up with him. Ricochet keeps his eyes on MVP while Apollo rams Lashley into barriers. Apollo puts Lashley in, but Lashley clobbers Apollo on the apron.
Apollo blocks the buckle bump to give the buckle bump then enziguris Lashley away! Apollo climbs, leaps and crossbodies! Cover, TWO! Apollo keeps on Lashley with forearms then a whip. Lashley reverses, Apollo goes up but Lashley stays back to shove Apollo into buckles. Apollo bounces off into the COMPLETE SHOT! Cover, TWO! MVP tells Apollo’s dreams are now nightmares, “nothing you can do about it.” Lashley slams Apollo’s arms on the mat then chokes Apollo on the ropes. MVP asks if they’re doing business right now. Lashley drags Apollo up but Apollo hits back. Lashley rams Apollo into the corner, throws haymakers then digs his forearm into Apollo’s face. The ref counts, Lashley lets up, but then he puts Apollo back on ropes to choke him!
The ref counts while MVP talks trash. Lashley lets up, Ricochet shouts at MVP, but Lashley suplexes Apollo high and hard! Cover, TWO! Apollo flops out of the ring and Lashley goes out after him. Ricochet coaches Apollo but Lashley gets in his way. Lashley fireman’s carries Apollo, but Apollo slips off to POST Lashley! MVP hurries to check on Lashley while Ricochet coaches Apollo. Apollo and Lashley are back in at 9! Apollo starts rallying with forearms on Lashley! Apollo rams Lashley to a corner, rams over and over, then fires up as he goes corner to corner for a SPLASH! Lashley swings but Apollo dodges. Lashley mule kicks but runs into an elbow! Lashley bails out but Apollo leaps from the apron to crossbody again!
Apollo drags Lashley back up and into the ring, climbs up top, but leaps over Lashley. Lashley runs into an enziguri! Apollo gorilla presses and dumps Lashley down, standing moonsault! Cover, TWO! Lashley lives and MVP coaches him up. Apollo goes to a corner, climbs up again, but Lashley throws haymakers! Lashley climbs up to join Apollo, brings Apollo up, for a SUPERPLEX! Lashley crawls to a cover, TWO! Ricochet coaches Apollo up, but Lashley drags Apollo up into the gut wrench. Apollo lands out of the Dominator to kick and STANDING SHOOTING STAR! Apollo goes to a corner, climbs back up, and FROG SPLASH! Cover, TWO!! Lashley lives and Apollo can’t believe it!
MVP and Ricochet are both worried but for different reasons. Apollo waistlocks, Lashley standing switches but Apollo elbows free. Apollo runs, Lashley follows and he picks Apollo up for the ALL MIGHTY SPINE BUSTER!! Lashley stalks Apollo, and gets the HURT LOCK!! Apollo taps, Lashley wins!!
Winner: Bobby Lashley, by submission (still WWE United States Champion)
Business is booming as Apollo is hurting! Will anyone ever take this title from the iron grip of the Rocky Mountain Machine?
Raw Tag Team Championships: The Street Profits VS Angel Garza & Andrade Almas!
There has been much drama and action between these two teams. Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins have been firmly united but it has been a roller coaster of dysfunction for the Lethal Lothario and El Idolo. But now that La Muneca is out of the way, can Garza and Almas stay on the same page to finally take the gold? Or will their fire be put out for the Profits’ smoke?
The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and the teams sort out. Dawkins and Almas start what could be the final chapter in this rivalry!
Dawkins and Almas circle, tie up, and Dawkins gets the arm. Dawkins wrenches to a wristlock, Almas spins through to wrench, shoulder breaker and wristlock. Dawkins wrenches back but Almas throws forearms. Almas knees, tags Garza and they mug Dawkins. Garza wrenches for a standing armbar, tags Almas back in, and they mug Dawkins more. Almas headlocks, Dawkins tries to power out but Almas holds on! Dawkins tries again and gets free to then run Almas over! Things speed up, Dawkins hurdles and whips Almas to dropkick him down! Dawkins drags Almas up, tags Ford, and they whip Almas for another dropkick! Garza gets in but he gets a dropkick! Almas clobbers Ford from behind and whips him. Ford reverses, leaps up and over but Garza saves Almas from another dropkick!
Garza tags in, whips Ford for Almas to pop him up, into Garza’s kick! Off come the pants! Garza throws them at Ford then grinds Ford down with an armbar. Tag to Almas, Almas climbs up and Garza holds Ford, for a missile dropkick! Almas looms over Ford, stomps him down, then brings Ford up to throw out of the ring. Tag to Garza, Almas goes out after Ford to sit him on the apron. Garza runs to PENALTY KICK Ford at the ropes! Cover, TWO! Garza keeps on Ford with a chinlcok and thrashes him about. Garza shifts to add a half nelson, then he knees Ford in the side over and over. Dawkins coaches Ford as Ford endures. Fans build to a rally, Ford fights up, and Ford powers up to back suplex Garza down! And then kick him for good measure!
Garza kicks Ford back but both men are still down. Garza kicks Ford again but Ford heads for his corner. Ford reaches but Garza anchors a foot. Ford gets free, hot tag to Dawkins! Garza tags Almas but Dawkins rallies with clotheslines and a leaping elbow! Garza runs into a FLAPJACK! Dawkins gives Almas an EXPLODER! Dawkins is fired up, he runs at Almas for a cyclone splash! Dawkins runs but into Almas’ dropkick! Almas has Dawkins in a corner, fires himself up and runs corner to corner. CIEN- NO! Dawkins dodges the knees, shoves ALmas, but Garza tags in! ANOINMENT SPINE BUSTER for Almas, but Garza dropkicks Dawkins down!
Ford tags in and goes up top, Garza intercepts with forearms! They brawl up top, stand up, SUPER SPANISH FLY!! Cover, TWO!?! Ford survives but Garza is too tired to be frustrated! Ford slowly rises but Garza goes after him. Ford DECKS Garza! Garza and Ford both wobble, Ford dodges Garza but Almas trips Dawkins in time! Garza rolls Ford up, TWO! Ford kicks but Garza catches him and KNEES him back! Garza flounders but the ref throws up an X? Almas tags in, blasts Dawkins and gives Ford CIEN SHADOWS! Cover, TWO!?! Ford survives again and Garza looks to be out of this match. But Almas reels Ford in, Ford resists the hammerlock and enziguris! Hot tag to Dawkins! ANNOINMENT! Cover, THREE?! The Profits win!!
Winners: The Street Profits, by pinfall (still Raw Tag Team Champions)
Almas was just a half second too late, according to the ref! But replay shows maybe not? Will Garza and Almas have grounds for one more time around with the Profits? Or are the Profits moving on to new challengers? Can Garza even compete with medics checking on him?
The 2020 WWE Draft is coming!
Yes, it’s once again time to shake things up again! Every superstar on Raw and SmackDown, even the champions, are on the board! October 9th, as part of Friday Night SmackDown, we will see who ends up where in the WWE!
Backstage interview with Drew Gulak!
How did the new 24/7 Champion find himself in that position? Well, as a coach, one of his first rules is “Always be alert.” He wasn’t even scheduled to compete, but he knew he needed to stay loose. Gulak was just doing his lunges up and down the halls of the ThunderDome, and that’s when he spotted R-Truth! Truth’s guard was down, Gulak seized the moment, and now has the title! He’d like to dedicate this victory to a former champion and a former rival, Akira Tozawa, who may have been eaten by a shark. But Truth comes in, CLOBBERS Gulak with that bowl from the kickoff show, and covers! The ref is there, counts, Truth wins!!
Winner: R-Truth, by pinfall (NEW WWE 24/7 Champion)
THIRTY-NINE! Truth has his baby back once again, and said Gulak should’ve had a V8. Gulak didn’t even get to finish his acceptance speech, but will he get a second chance soon enough?
Bayley heads to the ring!
The longest reigning SmackDown Women’s Champion is here, with both belt and chair, to address Nikki Cross being unable to compete. Bayley takes a seat in the chair she used to hurt Sasha Banks and sets her title on it. “Aw man, what sad news about Nikki Cross!” Nikki has to forfeit her title opportunity! That sucks, because Bayley was hoping to see Nikki would prove the world wrong and show she could actually win. Bayley even got new gear for this! But don’t worry, the most dominant champion in WWE would’ve won either way.
But Bayley won’t let us down as our role model. Tonight, she is giving the opportunity of a lifetime to any superstar in the back! It is an open challenge! Anyone? Ding dong, hello? No one here? Well that’ sit then. Cut to the chase, the ref can raise her hand now and declare her the winner! The ref gets in, Bayley runs around to celebrate, but wait. Is that ASUKA?! Well, she is anyone in the back, but the fact that she was still here is a surprise! Is Asuka going to become the Two Belt Empress?!
SmackDown Women’s Championship: Bayley VS Asuka!
The bell rings as Bayley swings on Asuka but Asuka dodges and dances! Bayley rushes Asuka, Asuka dodges to then follow and run her over! Asuka is fired up as she runs at Bayley for a corner hip attack! Asuka reels Bayley in, Bayley fights out but Asuka blocks a kick to GERMAN SUPLEX! Bayley bails out, takes off her jacket and says she is NOT doing this. Champion’s Advantage! But Asuka pursues, puts Bayley back in and hits the sliding kick! Asuka aims from a corner to hip attack again! Cover, TWO! ARMBAR! Bayley kicks and flails, powers Asuka to a cover, ONE! ASUKA LOCK!! Bayley gets the ropes! Asuka lets go, Bayley gasps as she gets to the apron. Asuka drags Bayley up but Bayley hotshots Asuka away!
Bayley rains down rights on the arm, having seen what Vega was doing to Asuka in that match. Bayley SAIDO SUPLEXES Asuka! Cover, TWO! Bayley is frustrated and argues with the ref but she stomps Asuka at the ropes. Bayley wraps the arm around the bottom rope, but she lets go at the ref’s count. Bayley KNEES Asuka in the corner, covers, TWO! Bayley sneers as she toys with Asuka. Bayley is after the bad arm, and hits an armbreaker DDT! Bayley dares Michael Cole to say her name again as she climbs up top. Bayley leaps, into Asuka’s CODE BREAKER! Bayley flops out of the ring and Asuka fires herself up!
Asuka aims from the apron, runs but Bayley blocks the kick to trip Asuka up! Bayley gets back in the ring, runs and baseball slides but Asuka dodges to ROUNDHOUSE! Asuka drags Bayley up for a GERMAN SUPLEX to the floor! Asuka drags Bayley up but Bayley uses a CHAIR!
Winner: Asuka, by disqualification; Bayley is still SmackDown Women’s Champion
Bayley keeps her title and keeps on Asuka with the chair! The Chairwoman keeps that reign going, but someone SMACKS her with a chair!! It’s SASHA BANKS! Sasha, bad neck and all, still gives Bayley a taste of her own medicine! Sasha clubs away on Bayley, Bayley shoves her away and scrambles into the ring. Sasha grabs at her but Bayley kicks her down! Sasha’s neck is still a target and Bayley drags her up to put her in the ring. Bayley tells Cole to shut up now, and she gets another chair! And a kendo stick! Bayley stalks Sasha, has the chair, and sits it up. Bayley gets HER chair, brings it over menacingly, but Sasha kicks her in the knees!
Sasha grabs the kendo stick and SMACKS Bayley on the back! And again! And again and again and again! Bayley crawls, Sasha stands on the chair! Sasha takes the chair for her own, Bayley begs for mercy, but Bayley gets away before Sasha can swing on her! The Boss leaves it at this because of her neck, but she has clearly put fear in the heart of Bayley! Will it only be a matter of time before these two finally put this grudge to bed?
WWE World Championship Ambulance Match: Drew McIntyre VS Randy Orton!
The Viper went after the Scottish Psychopath with THREE punts to the head, and McIntyre had to ride to a hospital in an ambulance. But McIntyre would return the favor and hit Orton with THREE Claymores! Orton also rode in an ambulance, and only became more determined to be the Legend Killer of old. Who takes one more ride in an ambulance while the other rides off with the world title around their waist?
As each man makes his entrance, they look at the ambulance, the final destination of this match. The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and the difference between one man’s first reign and another man’s 14th begins!
McIntyre kicks and punches Orton first! Orton flounders around the ring, McIntyre keeps hitting him, and then CHOPS him! McIntyre stomps Orton in a corner, punches him more and follows him around the way. Orton kicks back, McIntyre throws more haymakers and a CHOP! McIntyre CHOPS Orton again, then has him against the ropes to punch him right down! “Get your ass up, Randy! Get up!” McIntyre drags Orton up, and ROCKS him with a haymaker! McIntyre whips, Orton ducks but the RKO is denied! Orton side steps McIntyre to send him to the apron. McIntyre gets back in but Orton kicks the ropes to hit McIntyre in his claymore! Orton kicks McIntyre again then drags him out for the DRAPING DDT! McIntyre is down and clutching the jaw, which is still a factor.
Orton scowls as he looms over McIntyre, and he backs up. Orton takes aim as McIntyre sits up, but who is that grabbing Orton’s foot? That’s THE BIG SHOW! Big Show drags Orton out and gives him a CHOKE SLAM through the announce desk! No disqualifications means The Giant can get away with this! Show leaves and Orton drags himself from the wreckage. McIntyre hurries after Orton and grins at what happened to him. McIntyre drags Orton up, fireman’s carries and gives him snake eyes to the barriers! The fans cheer as McIntyre stomps Orton then brings him up, for a CHOP! McIntyre bumps Orton off steel steps, then stomps one of Orton’s hands! Orton writhes and curses under his breath but McIntyre brings him up again. McIntyre whips him into more barriers!
McIntyre is having fun now as he stalks Orton. “How does it feel, Randy?” McIntyre drags Orton up by a facelock, clubs him and ROCKS him with another haymaker! Orton flounders on the ramp but McIntyre brings him up to another fireman’s carry. They approach the ambulance, and McIntyre LAWN DARTS Orton into the doors! McIntyre opens the side compartment, and brings out crutches?! And a chair! McIntyre watches Orton rise and he JAMS him with the chair, then SMACKS him on the back! Orton writhes more, McIntyre waits for him to rise. McIntyre wants Orton to look at him for this one. But Orton SMACKS McIntyre with a crutch! And then sweeps the legs with them! Orton grabs the chair and digs it into McIntyre’s jaw!
Orton throws crutches aside and opens the ambulance doors. McIntyre rises and Orton pushes him in. McIntyre fights back, puts Orton in and beats him down! McIntyre just needs to close the doors! Orton boots McIntyre away but McIntyre comes back with haymakers. Orton counter punches right to the jaw! Orton EuroUppers McIntyre, then hobbles after him. Orton brings McIntyre around to bump him off the side of the ambulance! Orton opens the driver side door and is already plotting. The Viper slithers back to McIntyre, drags him over, puts McIntyre in the cab, but McIntyre knows what he’s up to! McIntyre pushes Orton away to HEADBUTT! The Glasgow Kiss hit Orton so hard, he’s drooling in a stupor! McIntyre aims at Orton now, to run and CLAYMORE THE DOOR OFF!? Orton dodges and the door takes the shot!
McIntyre’s leg is hurting now and Orton watches McIntyre writhe as he catches his breath. Orton drags McIntyre up for more EuroUppers, then brings him over to the other side of the ambulance. McIntyre blocks a bump to bump Orton off the hood! McIntyre pursues as Orton crawls away. They go behind the curtain to a backstage area. McIntyre CHOPS Orton, follows him to an arm chair and has him take a seat. McIntyre rains down right hands until Orton flops out of the chair! McIntyre throws things aside and gets his bad leg to work. McIntyre drags Orton up to put him against the wall for a CHOP! Orton is stinging but McIntyre whips him. Orton reverses to send McIntyre into a wall! Orton also bumps into the camera man, but who is this attacking now?
It’s CHRISTIAN! At last, he is on his own two feet again! And he slides Orton across catering! The ref gets Christian to stop so Christian leaves. McIntyre hobbles over to Orton, drags him up and headlock punches him more. And CHOPS him again! Orton stumbles and staggers back to the curtain and McIntyre clubs him through. McIntyre tosses Orton on top of the hood, climbs up to join him, and brings Orton up. Orton rakes McIntyre’s eyes! Both men wobble, Orton throws McIntyre onto the windshield! Orton covers out of instinct but that doesn’t help here. Orton realizes that, and lets off to rest on the hood. McIntyre manages to get up, and he’s climbing up higher on the vehicle! Orton pursues and punches McIntyre to the very roof of the ambulance!
Orton joins McIntyre up there, but McIntyre hits back. McIntyre rocks Orton, but Orton KNEES McIntyre in the head! Orton sits back while McIntyre clutches his jaw. McIntyre ends up at the rear of the ambulance again and Orton punches him. McIntyre is hanging on but Orton stomps his hands! McIntyre clings with one hand but can’t hold on as Orton stands on the fingers! McIntyre lets go and falls to the floor! Orton looks down with a big grin before standing up. Orton turns around into SWEET CHIN MUSIC from HBK!! HBK shoves Orton off the roof and down through spare tables!! And he tells Orton to SUCK IT! Orton’s enemies continue to haunt him until the very end!
Orton drags himself from the wreckage but McIntyre is there to get him! McIntyre drags him up, fireman’s carries him to the ambulance, but Orton fights back! Orton gets off to RKO!! McIntyre is down with a dazed look in his eyes! Orton sits up, crawls over to McIntyre, and hauls him into the back of the ambulance! Orton closes one door, but he takes too long smiling before going to the other door, and McIntyre holds it open! McIntyre forces his way out, rakes Orton’s eyes, and gets out! McIntyre staggers away, aims at Orton, and hits a CLAYMORE!! McIntyre hauls Orton up and into the ambulance, but then thinks what more he can do first. McIntyre drags Orton out part way, and PUNTS Orton!! He finally returns the favor before putting Orton back in and closing both doors! McIntyre wins!!
Winner: Drew McIntyre (still WWE World Champion)
McIntyre literally shuts the door on Orton’s 14th title reign! The Scottish Psychopath holds tight to the gold, but who will come for it next? Wait, who is driving the ambulance? RIC FLAIR!! “I promise not to break the speed limit! WOO~!” Again, the sins of the Viper have come back to haunt him! Will Orton return even a little humbler than before?
WWE Universal Championship: Roman Reigns w/ Paul Heyman VS Jey Uso!
The Big Dog says this is HIS island, HIS WWE, and HIS right as the Tribal Chief! But for once, Jey wants to show he is worthy of the great family legacy! Will this night be that night? Or will the razing, defending, undisputed Universal Heavyweight Champion of the World still be RRROMAN! RRREIGNS?
The introductions are made, the title is raised, and the battle of the Anoa’i Family, by the Anoa’i Family and for the Anoa’i Family begins!
Jey and Roman stare down then circle. Jey says “It didn’t have to go down like this, Uce.” Roman sucker punched him so that’s why this is happening. They tie up, Roman powers Jey to a corner but lets up at the ref’s count. Roman gets in Jey’s face but Jey stares right back. They circle and tie up again. Roman still powers Jey to a corner then throws him across the way! Jey gets up, shakes out the arms and stares Roman down again. They circle again, Roman tells Jey he should’ve just taken the payday. Jey says he wants to get this, too. They tie up again, Roman again puts Jey in a corner and whips him corner to corner. Jey goes up and over and shouts out daddy Rikishi with the pop lock ‘n’ dabbin’.
Roman rushes Jey, Jey gets a waistlock but Roman switches and powers Jey to a corner again. Roman then throws Jey across the way again and Jey tumbles out of the ring. Jey gets up and walks around to cool off. Roman talks smack and asks, “How you gonna be the chief if you can’t stay on the island?” Jey fires himself up and shoulders into Roman! And rocks him with an uppercut! And another! Jey whips, Roman reverses but Jey ducks, only for Roman to hit the leaping lariat! Cover, TWO! Roman keeps his cool as he watches Jey crawl to ropes. Roman chokes Jey on the ropes! The ref counts, Roman says, “I told you!” but he lets off at 4. Jey gasps and Heyman tells the ref to respect the chief. Roman drags Jey up, bumps Jey off buckles, then drags him up to DECK him!
Roman tells Jey he should’ve listened to the chief. Jey gets to the apron, Roman drags him up to choke him on the ropes again! The ref counts, Roman lets up at 4 to ROCK Jey with the uppercut! Jey tumbles down to the ground and Roman paces about. The ring count climbs, Roman goes out at 4 to fetch Jey. Roman drags Jey up to bump him off the apron! Jey flounders about but uppercuts back! Roman uppercuts harder! Jey staggers to the announce desk, Roman hears the ring count and refreshes it at 6. Roman tells the ref he is the chief, he does what he wants. Roman bounces Jey off the desk! Roman says he loves Jey but this is a lesson he has to learn. Roman puts Jey in, covers, TWO! Jey refuses to lose so Roman wraps on a chinlock.
Jey endures, Roman squeezes tight but fans clap to build to a rally. Jey fights up and throws body shots to fight free. Roman headbutts Jey! Roman whips Jey to ropes but Jey kicks back! Jey mule kicks, and uppercuts! Roman rebounds into a SAMOAN DROP! Cover, TWO! Roman is starting to see what his cousin is really capable of! Jey gets to a corner and aims at Roman. “UCE! OH!” Jey runs corner to corner, but into the SUPERMAN PUNCH! Roman takes a moment to catch his breath, but Jey flops out of the ring. Roman watches Jey crawl to the desk before going out. Roman heads over but Jey throws a forearm! Roman actually likes that! Roman forearms Jey, Jey forearms again! “What, b*tch?!” Roman ROCKS Jey with that uppercut!
The ring count is 5, Roman drags Jey up and in at 7. Roman covers, TWO! Jey still won’t stay down and Roman sighs. Heyman tells Jey he should just listen to the chief, he’s only making this harder on himself. Roman told Jey on Friday, this is that ass whooping. Just stay down next time. Roman headbutts Jey again, throws haymakers over and over but the ref counts. Roman lets up, looms over Jey, and tells Jey there are levels to this. Roman lives at this level. “I’ve been doing this.” Jey CHOPS back! Roman ROCKS him with another uppercut! Roman says Jey doesn’t pay attention. Jey crawls to a corner, Roman runs in and clotheslines him down! Roman stalks Jey to another corner, and hits another clothesline!
Jey staggers away to yet another corner, and Roman runs in, to get boots! Jey dodges the uppercut to give uppercuts! Jey shoves and POSTS Roman! Roman gets himself out of the corner and shakes out the arm while Jey gets up. Jey runs in to clothesline Roman out! Jey builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit sends Roman into barriers! Jey puts Roman back in, kicks but Roman blocks, only to get the DRAGON WHIP! Roman stumbles out, Jey DIVES again! Direct hit at the ramp and both men are down! Jey gets up, drags Roman up and brings him back into the ring. Jey goes up, leaps, crossbody! Cover, TWO! SUPERKICK!! Cover, TWO!! Roman survives the rally from Jey but Jey is too tired to be frustrated about it!
Jey goes to the apron, climbs up a corner, but Roman is up! Jey leaps over Roman, rolls, into a LEG LARIAT!? Roman covers, TWO!! Roman brings out something new but Jey survives! Roman seethes as he stands over Jey again. Jey crawls while Roman goes to a corner. Roman aims at Jey, Jey staggers up, but Jey jumps over the spear to roll Roman up! TWO!! SUPERKICK!! Jey goes back up top, USO SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!!! Roman survives again, but wait! The way he kicked out, it was like a low blow! Was it just bad positioning from Jey? Or was that on purpose? Either way, both men are down and somewhere in the ThunderDome, “This is Awesome!” Roman goes back to the corner, Jey stands, SPEAR!! But Roman doesn’t cover?
Roman watches Jey writhe and says, “I told you.” Jey should’ve just taken the payday. But he brought Roman out here. “Say it to me! Tell me. I want you to call me ‘chief.’ Acknowledge me as your Tribal Chief, Uce. Do it now and this is done.” Jey refuses. Roman grabs him by the beard and hair and tells him to say it. Jey still refuses, so Roman whips and SPEARS him back down! Roman keeps saying Jey just has to say it. Tell Roman in front of the entire world. Tell Roman he is the head of the table. Roman makes Jey look into the camera. Tell us that Roman owns it all! “Not today, Uce!” Jey is defiant until the end, Heyman tells Roman he is the Tribal Chief. But it doesn’t matter if Heyman says it. Jey needs to say it! If Jey doesn’t want to, he’ll be made to! Roman rains down furious right hands!
The ref tries to stop Roman but Roman won’t unless Jey says it! Roman pushes the ref aside and is getting frustrated with him. This is Roman’s world, so do not make him address you again or he’ll knock you into next week and into a new job. “This is family business here.” Roman goes back to Jey and again demands Jey acknowledge his place in the family. Roman headbutts and throws point-blank elbows! The ref checks on Jey but Jey says he isn’t quitting. Roman wants the ref to understand, this is how it’s been their whole life. Roman makes Jey look at the camera. The family is watching! Roman’s kids, Jey’s kids, everyone. Roman throws more forearms on Jey, but here comes Jimmy!
Jimmy isn’t cleared but he isn’t here to fight. Jimmy has a towel and tells Jey he’s about to throw this in. Jey doesn’t need to prove himself to Roman! Jey tells Jimmy not to do it, Roman dares Jimmy to do it. Roman says Jimmy needs to bend the knee and tell Roman is the head of the family. That is how this ends. Jey tells Jimmy not to do anything. Jimmy is torn, but he does as Jey says. Roman says they’ve spent their whole lives together and yet Jimmy is gonna listen to Jey? Jimmy wants to throw in the towel, Jey tells him not to, and Roman drags Jey from the ropes for MORE forearms! And haymakers! Jimmy throws in the towel!!
Winner: Roman Reigns, by forfeit (still WWE Universal Champion)
But Roman refuses to stop! Jimmy gets in to shield his brother and tell Roman it’s enough! Is this how Roman wanted to win?! They’re supposed to be family! What is wrong with Roman!? “You the chief, man. You’re the Tribal Chief.” If that’s what Roman wants, then fine. Just leave Jey alone and cool off. Roman not only takes his title, but he takes the lei Jey came out with. Roman is still champion, and is now truly, in his mind, the Tribal Chief of the Anoa’i Family. If Roman brutalized blood, will he only be more merciless towards everyone else?
All things being what they are, Clash of Champions was great tonight! Yes, we all know about the COVID concerns in Florida right now, and clearly that hit WWE at a very bad time. We did not get the Women’s Tag Team Championships match, but Raw will address that. Granted, it felt like the Riott Squad was going to lose but hopefully this doesn’t ruin anyone’s chances at these titles. Even if it has to wait for Hell in a Cell, I think that’d be fine. Nikki Cross being out is also a shame, hopefully she (and Killian Dain for that matter, as he is her real-life husband) will be alright.
I imagine much of what we got out of the resulting Bayley VS Asuka match was the same, i.e. the disqualification and Sasha attacking. It’s fine for Sasha to get some retaliation, but I feel like they aren’t really selling her neck all that much by having her back again. Keep Sasha away until the Royal Rumble and she can win to go to WrestleMania. They took the slow burn approach this long, just keep doing it. Asuka of course won against Vega, but it was a good match for Vega. Vega faking Asuka out with the respectful bow was good, but I feel like they’ll just be having a non-title match to settle things from here. And while Retribution didn’t show tonight, I wonder if Mia Yim and Mercedes Martinez, or whatever their Retribution names are, get after Asuka to go for that title.
For that matter, no Retribution during the US Championship match seemed like a missed opportunity. Lashley and Apollo had a good match, and Lashley wins so I bet Dominik “T-Bar” Dijakovic takes him on in singles competition. Odd name and ruined gimmick aside, Lashley VS Dijakovic would be a great match, so long as it’s booked like it’s still Dijakovic. I liked the little bits of the WWE 24/7 Championship we got, including Truth becoming an old timey prospector just to sell the “gold rush” subtitle. Gulak got a quick reign, it’s a shame there wasn’t a third segment for him to get it back. The WWE Draft is coming back, though I REALLY don’t want it to, maybe Gulak and a few others end up on Raw to freshen up the 24/7 Championship scene since it seems just a USA Network thing right now.
The Triple Threat Ladder match opening was a good move, but WOW was it scary! I’m really surprised Hardy isn’t injured in some way, especially from that one particular ladder spot. I did like the creativity of the match, though, such as Sami cuffing people to things. I am also surprised Sami won, but in some way it makes sense, as now Sami gets to explore the midcard, which he didn’t get to do while staying healthy during the peak of pandemic. The SmackDown Tag Team Championship match was really good, and I’m more surprised that LHP didn’t fall apart. I wonder if Sami tries to reunite with Cesaro & Nakamura now that Sami is truly a champion. I wouldn’t mind a Six Man Tag of “Artist Collective” VS LHP and THAT is how LHP falls apart.
I honestly didn’t think Profits would win tonight, but I feel like there was an audible called after Garza went down. I hope his leg isn’t too messed up. There are only so many people on any show because of the many releases AND coronavirus concerns, and even then there are fewer tag teams right now. Ivar went down so Viking Raiders aren’t going to be active, AOP was let go because they kept getting hurt, and now Garza could be out. Almas could go to singles competition, and Almas VS Lashley would also be a great match, but who knows right now.
The top titles had great matches, too. I like that Orton’s victims came back. It didn’t really hurt McIntyre to me, because it’s just natural story that they’d want revenge. Maybe this is a way for Orton to stay away for a moment while Edge recovers, and they can both return to have their tiebreaker at Mania. And Roman VS Jey, incredible story telling! It had incredible pacing as it moved from chippy competition to a serious and even uncomfortable fighting. Roman demanding Jey admit who is in charge, Jey telling Jimmy to stay out of it but Jimmy throwing in the towel, all amazing stuff. It’s hard to comprehend how this storytelling is from the same people giving us the confusing mess that is Retribution. If anything, Retribution was left off tonight so no one could compare them side by side.
My Score: 8.7/10
Andrew’s IMPACT Results & Match Ratings: 12.1.2022
After the holiday, we get on track for Hard to Kill. Deonna vs Mickie James is the main event…do we see Mickie’s career end tonight?
With the holiday last week, I wasn’t home to cover IMPACT so it’s going to be a fun night of how much I remember and how well they frame the stories.
We’re on the road to Hard to Kill, so we need to remind people about Over Drive and then move forward. I’m also curious if we get any resolution on the VBD stare down after EY lost. I really don’t want EY to get kicked since that will be a sad group of mid card sacks of shit. But I guess we’ll see.
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) December 2, 2022
- Rich Swann vs Bully Ray: Swann wins via DQ – * 1/2
- Moose vs Bhupinder Gujjar: Moose wins via Lights Out – * 3/4
- Steve Maclin vs Frankie Kazarian: Kaz wins via DQ – **
- Last Rodeo: Deonna Purrazzo vs Mickie James: Mickie wins via Victory Roll – *** 1/2
We get the Over Drive highlights, so I’m guessing they did their usual Thanksgiving fun episode. Bully Ray walks out to start the show. Bully recaps things, explains how he kept his word while running down the crowd, intimidating children and doing solid heel work.
It goes a little long, but thankfully Rich Swann eventually gets sick of the diatribe and rushes the ring. Swann gets in a few pot shots, but Bully bails out, tries to walk away and gets a plancha. The referee comes out and the match will kick off the show!
Rich Swann vs Bully Ray
Bully jaws a little, lays in some punches and power moves but Rich eventually turns the tide. The quick step over back kick and a Frog Splash for 1. But then Bully catches Rich on the top rope, Tree of Woe and starts wailing on him.
Bully keeps control of Swann until Swann drops down with the Jawbreaker and then we see him start using the speed and athleticism with kicks and top rope moves. Bully stifles Rich, goes for the Avalanche Senton as he flirts with the referee and misses. Rich hits a 450 Splash for 2, and then we see a little back and forth, before Bully grabs his chain and hits Rich in front of the referee. So the DQ happens but Bully doesn’t care. Bully gets a chair and other weapons from under the ring and starts beating on Rich.
Bully really likes these zip ties, Tommy Dreamer comes out to stop Bully though. They argue, Bully shoves Dreamer and then D’Amore hits the ring to try and quell this. Bully is defiant, even D’Amore is getting fired up and looks like he wants to fight Bully. Dreamer trying to keep D’Amore away from Bully is funny and pretty great.
Moose vs Bhupinder Gujjar
Definitely not a match I expected.
Moose gets in the early shots, but Gujjar starts to fire back and he gets some solid shots sending Moose to the outside. Gujjar takes to long to pander after the Dropkick and Moose has him eat a Big Boot into an Apron Powerbomb.
Gujjar shows more fire but Moose cuts him down. Moose goes for the Lights Out, but Gujjar dodges sending Moose into the corner. A few shots, Ripcord Knee, Slingblade and now…tuning up the Gargoyle Spear but Moose side steps it like Samoa Joe. Gujjar leapfrogs the Lights Out again, but Moose puts the brakes on and fires back connecting with the Lights Out and the win.
Moose starts to rant and says that he doesn’t want any of the idiots to to talk about Bully Ray or “Say his name”, and then JOE HENDRY’s music hits! There is already a “This is Awesome” chant just with Joe Hendry and Moose standing in the ring. Hendry fights Moose off mostly and Gujjar hits the awful Spear out of nowhere to get Moose to powder out.
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) December 2, 2022
Steve Maclin vs Frankie Kazarian
Maclin starts off with some big strikes but Kaz ducks the line and hits the Springboard Reverse Elbow, and begins his offensive. Kaz beats on him in one corner then Maclin tosses him out and we see some back and forth. Neither are really landing big strikes, Maclin keeps some control with smaller strikes and knees against the ropes, but nothing really definitive.
A few of Maclin’s shots piss off Kaz and they Hockey Fight a little but Maclin keeps all of the control. Kaz does finally start a comeback and we get some of the classic Kaz Flying Forearm, Guillotine Legdrop and Slingshot Cutter. Maclin powder…and grabs a chair. So…another DQ finish?
Last Rodeo: Deonna Purrazzo vs Mickie James
They do a good job pacing things back and forth early on. Deonna fights back and starts to rock Mickie, the Slingshot into the bottom rope gives Deonna full control. Headlock Takeover and tries to wear Mickie down, Mickie fires back but Deonna refuses to give her the advantage. Mickie finally manages to slow her down with a Headscissors and now we get Mickie dropping Deonna down, Mickie goes to the top for the Thesz Press, but Deonna pushes her off.
Commercial break kicks in, and Deonna hits a Brainbuster for a few sequential pinfall attempts, but Mickie refuses to stay down. Camel Clutch from Deonna is wearing down Mickie but she manages to fight out. A few back elbows, then Mickie goes to the ropes to try offense but Deonna stifles. They struggle and Mickie finally gets Deonna on the outside, Dropkick and Thesz Press to the outside.
Mickie throws Deonna in, Missile Dropkick, Neckbreaker and looking for the Mick D-T, but Deonna stops it. Tornado DDT attempt from Mickie, but a Pump Kick from Deonna drops Mickie for a 2 count. Queen’s Gambit attempt, Superkick counter from Mickie for another 2. Mick D-T again, but Deonna blocks and swings around driving Mickie down into the Fujiwara. Venus Di Milo gets locked in too close to the ropes.
Locomotion Victory Rolls, Deonna tries to grab the tights, but Mickie counters through and picks up the win with a little tights pull of her own.
Jordynne’s music hits. She basically says they both put things behind them, and challenges Mickie at Hard to Kill. Career versus Title.
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) December 2, 2022
Overall Score: 6/10
Honestly, Bully went on a little long, Moose’s promo was a little too similar to Bully just being a piece of shit. Plus the match quality aside from the main event was lame, two DQs is redundant…so yeah, not sure what to make of this.
Career versus Title for Knockouts is nice but then after that we had the vignette killing off Eric Young so VBD is a mid card faction. Which I guess is a little sad since this is the best Deaner we’ve ever seen, but he’s still not a credible on the card.
So it was a weird show, but Joe Hendry always makes things a little better.
Mitchell’s NJPW WTL X Super Jr. Tag Results & Report! (11/30/22)
World Tag League, Round 4!
Will the United Empire continue to conquer?
World Tag League finally goes again, and round four might be bad luck for the top of the block! Will Aussie Open continue to lead as an undefeated duo?
- Tomoaki Honma & Ryohei Oiwa VS Yuto Nakashima & Oska Leube; Nakashima & Leube win.
- Six Man Tag: Master Wato, Clark Connors & Kosei Fujita VS Suzuki-Gun; Suzuki-Gun wins.
- 8 Man Tag: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS Bullet Club; LIJ wins.
- World Tag League 2022: Alex Coughlin & Gabriel Kidd VS Bad Luck Fale & Chase Owens; Fale & Chase win.
- World Tag League 2022: Great-O-Khan & Aaron Henare VS Minoru Suzuki & Lance Archer; Suzuki & Archer win.
- World Tag League 2022: Aussie Open VS EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi; Aussie Open wins.
- World Tag League 2022: Tetsuya Naito & SANADA VS Shane Haste & Mikey Nicholls; Shane & Mikey win.
- World Tag League 2022: Toru Yano & Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI; Yano & Tanahashi win.
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Here are the current 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
World Tag League 2022: Alex Coughlin & Gabriel Kidd VS Bad Luck Fale & Chase Owens!
The #MechanicalBulls are barely holding on, but so are the General’s Jewels! Who gets a grip and claws their way back up before it’s too late?
The teams sort out and Kidd starts against Chase. Fans rally as the two circle, and they’re able to cheer “KIDDU! KIDDU!” The two tie up with knuckle locks, break, then go again. Chase waistlocks, but Kidd pries free to wrench. Chase spins and wrenches back to top wristlock. Kidd slips around, spins Chase and snapmares, then sits him up to a chinlock. Chase fights up to get in the ropes. The ref counts the break and Kidd counts along to let go at 4. Chase is annoyed but Kidd says it’s okay. Kidd and Chase approach, Chase kicks the knuckle lock away to tie up collar ‘n’ elbow. Chase puts Kidd in a corner, the ref counts, and Chase lets off.
Chase CHOPS Kidd, but Kidd DECKS Chase! Kidd fires up and fans applaud. Chase stands up and resets with Kidd, they tie up, and Chase claws Kidd’s eyes! The ref reprimands, Chase headlocks but Kidd powers out. Chase runs Kidd over and tells him, “SUCK IT!” Things speed up, Kidd hurdles but Chase stomps the monkey flip with a stomp! Chase headlocks but Coughlin tags in as Kidd powers out. Kidd drops down and Coughlin scoops Chase to SLAM! Kidd drops a SENTON, then the Mechanical Bulls flex. Coughlin deadlift gut wrenches for the SUPLEX! Fans fire up and Chase goes to a corner. Coughlin runs in, but Chase dodges!
Chase CHOPS, and CHOPS, but Coughlin just frowns at him. Coughlin puts Chase in the corner, but Chase blocks the chop with knees! Coughlin shapes out the arm and Chase storms up on him, but Coughlin picks Chase up to RAM him in the corner! Coughlin UPPERCUTS, CHOPS, and roars! Fans fire up with The Android as he drags Chase up. Coughlin tags Kidd, whips Chase, then kicks Chase low. Kidd knee lifts, Coughlin CHOPS, and Chase falls for Kidd to drop an elbow! Fale gets in but Coughlin kicks him first. The Mechanical Bulls mug Fale then double whip, but Fale runs them both over! Fans fire up as the Rogue General stomps Kidd.
Fale drags Kidd up, whips him corner to corner, and Chase stomps a mudhole in. Chase drags Kidd up to scrape his face on the ropes! Tag to Fale, and Chase pushes Kidd down for him and Fale to stand on his back! The ref counts but Chase & Fale salute. Bullet Club steps away at 4, and Fale drags Kidd to a cover. TWO, and Fale is upset with the ref. Fans rally for Kidd but Fale stomps him down. Fale drags Kidd up but Kidd CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Fale throat chops back! Kidd sputters and Fale tags Chase. Chase drags Kidd up, he and Fale double whip, and they body shot, knee lift and LARIAT! Cover, TWO!
Fans fire up for Kidd but Chase taunts Coughlin. The ref stops Coughlin from getting in as Chase brings Kidd up. Kidd swings but Chase dodges to BELL CLAP! Chase throws Kidd down for the NECK TWEAK! Kidd writhes and Chase tags Fale. Bullet Club whip Kidd to a corner, then Fale runs in, only for Kidd to dodge! Chase runs in but Kidd dumps him out! Fans rally up but Fale stomps Kidd down. Fale drags Kidd up, scoops him, but Kidd slips off! SUPERKICK! Fale staggers away and fans fire up! Kidd crawls for his corner, hot tag to- NO, Chase trips Coughlin! Chase wags his finger, and Fale SPLASHES Kidd in the corner! Cover, TWO!
Fans rally up and Kidd sputters, but Fale tags Chase. Chase drags Kidd up and calls his shot! Chase suplexes, but Kidd blocks! Kidd throws body shots, but Chase blocks his suplex. They fight for control and fans rally up. Chase gets Kidd up, but Kidd fights back down to TENZAN BRAINBUSTER! Kidd fires up as fans fire up, and both men crawl to their corners. Hot tags to Coughlin and Fale! The Android dodges the General to RAM shoulders! Coughlin fires off forearms then scoops! But Fale’s too big! Or is he?! Fale CLUBS Coughlin before he’s off the ground too far! Fale scoops Coughlin to a fireman’s carry, but Coughlin fights free!
Coughlin fires off more forearms, he ROCKS Fale, then tries the scoop! Fans rally but Fale resists! Coughlin knees low, CHOPS, and fires up! “LET’S GO!!” Coughlin runs but Fale CLOBBERS him! Fale then runs to drop a BIG elbow! Cover, TWO! Fans cheer as Coughlin is still in this. Tag to Chase, Bullet Club double whip to FLAPJACK and SLIDING BOOT! Cover, but Kidd breaks it! Fans fire up as Kidd fires off forearms on Bullet Club! Kidd forearms, CHOPS, repeat! Kidd roars, runs, but Chase gets around to waistlock and lift! Fale runs in, GRENADE LAUNCHER! Fale whips Coughlin corner to corner, Chase runs in and forearm smashes!
Fale runs in to SPLASH! Fale then scoops Coughlin and Chase goes up, but Coughlin slips free! Coughlin shoves Fale into Chase, and Chase falls onto his crown jewels! Fale staggers, into a SCOOP SLAM!! The Android roars and fans fire up! Coughlin clinches Chase, for an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Fans fire up more and Coughlin drags Chase up. But Chase BOOTS, C-TRIGGERS, and tucks Coughlin in! PACKAGE DRIVER!! Cover, Chase & Fale win!
Winners: Chase Owens & Bad Luck Fale, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Coughlin & Kidd earn 0)
Chase turns things around in the blink of an eye, and he and Fale survive the Mechanical Bulls! Can they survive until the end of the league to be a finalist? As for Coughlin & Kidd, is their run already over at 0-4?
World Tag League 2022: Great-O-Khan & Aaron Henare VS Minoru Suzuki & Lance Archer!
The All United Empire Finals is still possible, but only if the Dominator & Ultimate Weapon continue to dominate! Will they keep their hopes alive? Or will even the Empire see that #EverybodyDies?
As always, The Orchestrator, Gideon Grey, is here to give the Empire’s introductions. As for the Murderhawk Monster, he storms over the railing to get right up to commentary! Milano Collection AT and Master Wato ask for mercy, they don’t wanna get hit. Then Suzuki makes his entrance and Archer chases Gideon! Gideon runs all the way to the back row, and Archer pushes Young Lion Oskar Leube out of his way. Fans all join in on “KAZE NI NARE!” and then Suzuki-Gun attacks the Empire! Archer kicks Henare and throws him out while Suzuki himself is after Khan! Suzuki throws Khan out, stomps him at ringside, and the bell rings!
Suzuki stands Khan up to knee him low, then kick him down! Archer chases a cameraman off, but then Henare dodges his boot into the post! Henare comes back to ROCK Archer! Khan and Suzuki trade forearms, then Suzuki kicks low. Suzuki whips, Khan reverses and Suzuki hits railing! Suzuki slumps down and Khan is after him. Khan shakes the railing while choking Suzuki with his foot! Khan lets off to CLUB Suzuki but Suzuki throws body shots. Khan CLUBS Suzuki again, puts him in the ring, and then drags him around to CHOKE! The ref counts, Khan lets off and brings up all the stuff Suzuki was doing.
Suzuki kicks at Khan from below, but Khan stomps away on Suzuki! Khan CHOKES Suzuki again, but lets off as the ref reprimands. Fans rally up as Khan drags Suzuki up. Khan puts Suzuki in the corner, CLUBS him, then hops up onto his throne! Fans applaud but Suzuki snarls as Khan pulls back the arms! Henare talks trash right to Suzuki’s face while the ref manages to keep Archer back. Suzuki SPITS at Henare! Khan hops off, Henare CLUBS Suzuki, then Khan tags Henare in. The Empire mugs Suzuki but he fights back with CHOPS and palm strikes! But the Empire still mugs Suzuki with clubbing arms.
Henare ROCKS Suzuki with forearm after forearm in the corner, then digs his boots in! The ref counts and Henare lets off, but Suzuki stands right up! Henare KICKS, KICKS and ROCKS Suzuki! Fans fire up, and Suzuki hits back! Suzuki wrenches an arm, brings Henare to ropes, then HOTSHOTS the arm! Henare swings on Suzuki but into a HANGING ARMBAR! Archer runs to BLAST Khan off the apron! The ref reprimands, Suzuki lets off and drags Henare out to whip him hard into the railing! Suzuki ELBOWS Henare in the head and Henare drops to the floor. Archer stomps Khan around outside to keep him down.
Archer apparently takes offense to Khan’s ponytail being a braid, it’s too much like Archer’s murderhawk braid. Anyway, Suzuki stands Henare up, slaps him around, and he bumps Henare off the apron. The ring count climbs but Suzuki puts Henare in at 5 of 20. Tag to Archer, and Suzuki-Gun stands on Henare’s head! The ref reprimands, Suzuki-Gun steps away, and Archer drags Henare back up. Archer puts Henare in a corner, stomps a mudhole in, laughs and stomps some more. Archer digs his knee in but the ref counts. Archer lets off at 4, then Suzuki gets a shot in. Suzuki returns the trash talk from earlier as he slaps Henare around.
Archer stands Henare up and Henare throws a body shot. Archer fires up and throws his shirt off, egging Henare on. Henare throws forearms, then a CHOP! Archer laughs and dares him to do that again. Henare CHOPS, so Archer DECKS him! Fans fire up while Archer looms over Henare. Archer drags Henare up and to the corner to tag in Suzuki. Suzuki-Gun mugs Henare with body shot after body shot! Suzuki hits Henare one more time and he falls over! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up but Suzuki drags Henare up. Henare throws a forearm, but Suzuki gives it back! Suzuki eggs Henare on so Henare throws another forearm!
Suzuki ROCKS Henare with a shot, fans rally up, and Henare fires off a flurry! Suzuki kicks low! Suzuki runs, but Henare blocks the kick to step-over WHEEL KICK! Both men are down and fans fire up! Henare stirs, hurries over, hot tag to Khan! Khan throws hands on Suzuki then the Mongolian Chop! Khan whips Suzuki to a corner and clotheslines from behind! Khan dribbles Suzuki’s head off the buckles! The ref reprimands but Khan SLAM DUNKS Suzuki! Suzuki staggers around, Khan runs, and he runs Suzuki over! Cover, ONE!! Suzuki is still a tough old bastard and Khan drags him up.
Fans rally up as Khan whips Suzuki corner to corner. Suzuki reverses and BOOTS Khan! Then Suzuki dribbles Khan off the buckles! Fans rally, Suzuki snapmares and PENALTY KICKS! Suzuki seems to prefer soccer to basketball. Cover, TWO! Suzuki stomps Khan, slaps him around, but Khan stands as fans rally. Khan ROCKS Suzuki, but Suzuki ROCKS Khan! The forearms go back and forth, harder and harder, faster and faster, and fans rally with each shot! Khan ROCKS Suzuki, ROCKS him again, but Suzuki just laughs! Suzuki ROCKS Khan right back! Khan wobbles and drops to a knee! Suzuki eggs Khan on, so Khan Mongolian Chops!
Khan Mongolian Chops again! Khan roars, runs, but Suzuki kitchen sink knees him down! Tag to Archer! Archer stalks Khan, and clamps on an IRON CLAW! But Khan clamps on HIS IRON CLAW! The fans rally for the battle of iron claws! Khan and Archer go back and forth, but Archer breaks free to full nelson! Khan breaks free of that to drag Archer down to a KNEEBAR! Archer flails and crawls and reaches out as Khan grapevines the leg! Khan has a HEEL HOOK, then shifts the angle! Archer keeps moving and gets the ROPEBREAK! Fans cheer as Khan lets off to tag Henare. Khan still anchors the leg, then he and Henare stomp Archer down.
Henare drags Archer up to throw body shots in the corner. Henare & Khan double whip Archer corner to corner, then Khan runs in to clothesline! Henare runs in to add a clothesline! Henare feeds Archer to the HITSUJIGOROSHI, then grabs at the legs. But Suzuki runs in to CLUB Henare and stop the Fubuki! Suzuki CHOPS Henare, CHOPS Khan, repeat! HEADBUTT for Henare, HEADBUTT for Khan! Henare swings but Suzuki gets around to shove Henare into Khan! Suzuki runs but into SUPERKICK BOOT COMBO! Fans fire up and Khan runs at Archer in the corner, but into a BOOT! Henare runs in, but Archer dodges!
Archer puts Khan in a corner, and he sees he has two targets! Fans fire up as Archer runs to back elbow Henare! And runs corner to corner to back elbow Khan! Back to Henare, but then Khan dodges! Archer kicks Khan, runs, but into a chicken wing and PONYTAIL CHOKE! The ref reprimands but Khan feeds Archer to Henare’s HEEL KICK! Khan puts on HITSUJIGOROSHI, Henare gets the legs for FUBUKI, then MARINE!! Cover, TWO!! Archer survives and fans fire up again! Henare calls the shot, and he fireman’s carries Archer. Khan runs, but Suzuki slips in to catch Khan with a SLEEPER HOLD!
Archer slips free to choke grip Henare! But Henare throws a HARD body shot! Henare roars and runs in, to SHINING WIZARD in the corner! Henare shoves Archer out, goes up, but Archer blocks the “brain chop!” Archer STEP-UP KNEES Henare, and has the inverted crucifix! BLACKOUT BOMB!! Cover, Suzuki-Gun wins!
Winners: Lance Archer & Minoru Suzuki, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Khan & Henare earn 0)
The Suzuki Army just conquered the United Empire! Did they just kill the hopes of an All United Empire Finals? Or can Khan & Henare find new live in the next round?
World Tag League 2022: Aussie Open VS EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi!
Speaking of the Empire, Mark Davis & Kyle Fletcher are leading the pack, hoping to carve their names in history! Will “Dunk-Zilla” and the “Aussie Arrow” still be riding high? Or will the King of Darkness & Tokyo Pimp bring them down by any means necessary?
Gideon Grey returns, safe from Archer, to give Aussie Open their introductions. Then the House of Torture makes their entrance, with Dick Togo already accompanying them outright. Who knows where Sho is lurking, but surely he’s here, too. Aussie Open don’t sweat Evil or Yujiro as they taunt them during the introductions. Fletcher tells Dick to shoo, “See you later, bucko.” But then the House of Torture attack 3v2! Evil claws Fletcher’s eyes while Dick and Yujiro mug Davis. Dick even DECKS Gideon! Yujiro throws Davis out while Evil throws Fletcher out. The bell rings to put this on record as the brawling continues outside.
Evil and Yujiro whip Aussie Open but Aussie Open reverse to send Evil and Yujiro into railing! Then Aussie Open pick them up, run around the way, and SANDWICH them at ramp side! Fans fire up and Fletcher helps Gideon back up. Fletcher CLUBS Evil, Davis puts Yujiro in, and Fletcher goes in after Yujiro. Fans rally up as Aussie Open double whip the Pimp to double sledge, PENALTY KICK and SENTON! Fans fire up as Davis covers, TWO! Davis glares at Dick then drags Yujiro up to ROCK him with a forearm. Tag to Kyle, Aussie Open mugs Yujiro, and Yujiro staggers around. Fletcher reels Yujiro in, but Yujiro wrenches and BITES Fletcher’s hand!
The ref reprimands, Yujiro stops and he kicks Fletcher low. Yujiro whips, Fletcher reverses but Yujiro holds ropes. Fletcher runs in but into a FLAPJACK HOTSHOT! Evil BLASTS Davis and goes out after him! Dick ROCKS Fletcher while Evil brings Davis around. Evil RAMS Davis into the timekeeper! Davis and Abe-san both flop down on the other side of the railing! The ref reprimands and Young Lions hurry to help Abe-san. Evil kicks Fletcher around, pulls his hair, then puts him in the ring for Yujiro. Yujiro drags Fletcher to a cover and the ref returns to count, ONE! Fans rally but Evil is already annoyed with the count.
Yujiro bumps Fletcher off buckles, tags Evil, and Evil has the ref check Davis But this is so Evil can CHOKE Fletcher with his shirt! Fans boo but Evil gets away with that and covers, TWO! Evil is upset again but the ref defends his count. Tag to Yujiro and he drags Kyle up. Yujiro snapmares and runs to basement BOOT! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up with Fletcher as Evil argues the count. Yujiro drags Fletcher up, fans rally and cheer for Aussie Open. Yujiro ROCKS Fletcher, brings him around, and ROCKS him again. Evil holds Fletcher in place so Yujiro can CHOKE him with a boot! The ref has to keep Davis back so the House of Torture gets away with that.
Evil taunts Davis, then he drags Fletcher up into a cobra twist. Yujiro and Dick link up with Evil to link to the railing for leverage! Fans boo and Gideon storms over, but Dick kicks him first! Dick then makes Gideon part of the chain! Fletcher endures even more before the ref notices! The ref counts, the House lets off and Fletcher crawls away. Evil keeps him from Davis but taunts Davis to reach out. Evil brings Fletcher around but Fletcher fires off forearms! But Evil knees low! Evil suplexes but Fletcher blocks! Fans rally as Fletcher keeps fighting, and he wrenches out to get around and SNAP HALF ‘N’ HALF!
Fans fire up with Fletcher and he crawls for his corner. Hot tag to Davis! Dunk-Zilla blasts through Yujiro to corner clothesline Evil! Then Davis CHOPS Yujiro, and corner clotheslines Evil again! Another CHOP for Yujiro, another corner clothesline for Evil! Davis goes for another but Yujiro dodges the chop to kick low. Evil & Yujiro double whip Davis, but Davis handsprings and comes back to DOUBLE LARIAT! Fans fire up with Davis as he storms up to Evil in a corner. Davis CHOP-LARIATS! And CHOP-LARIATS! And CHOP-LARIATS again! Davis drags Evil up to fireman’s carry, but Evil slips around to a waistlock.
Davis elbows free but Dick swipes at him! Dick plays innocent, and Davis turns around into an EYE RAKE! Evil whips Davis into bare buckles! The fans boo the Bullet Club Special but Yujiro tags in. Yujiro & Evil stomp Davis, then Yujiro drags Davis up. Yujiro stands Davis against ropes to BOOT him! Yujiro then brings Davis out to FISHERMAN BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up for Aussie Open but Yujiro brings Davis up. Davis fights the Incolle Slam, but Yujiro kick slow! Yujiro whips, Davis reverses and runs in, but Yujiro dodges! Yujiro runs in but Davis catches him to BUCKLE SHOT!
Davis runs side to side to SLIDING FOREARM! Fans fire up and Davis runs to BLAST Evil! But Dick grabs Davis! Fletcher runs in to SHOTGUN Dick down! Aussie Open brings Yujiro up, POP-UP KICK! And then the scoop, to the LAWN DART CUTTER! Cover, but Evil breaks it! Fletcher CLUBS Evil and throws him out! Fletcher hurries back to the corner, Davis tags him in! Fans rally as Aussie Open calls for the finish, but here’s SHO! Sho distracts everyone by brandishing his wrench! The ref tells Sho to get down so he does, but this allows Evil to shove Aussie Open into each other, and the ref!
Fans boo as Dick gets in to JAM Davis with a chair! And again! The House of Torture mugs Aussie Open 4v2! Fans boo harder, then they rally up for Aussie Open. Gideon gets in to block Sho from using the wrench! But Evil CLUBS Gideon! But here comes GREAT-O-KHAN! He BOOTS Sho down and DECKS Dick! He Mongolian Chops Evil, dodges Yujiro and hits the RUNNING NECKBREAKER! Fans roar and the Empire fires back up! Aussie Open aim at Evil, SUPERKICK BOOT COMBO! Evil goes down, Yujiro staggers, and he has his pimp cane! The ref stops Yujiro from using it, and then Gideon gets in to LOW BLOW Yujiro!
Fans fire up and Aussie Open give Yujiro COREALIS!! Cover, Aussie Open wins!
Winners: Aussie Open, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Evil & Yujiro earn 0)
The House of Torture can’t seem to figure it out! Will they ever get on the board at this rate? As for Fletcher & Davis, is it only a matter of time before they conquer the World Tag League?
World Tag League 2022: Tetsuya Naito & SANADA VS Shane Haste & Mikey Nicholls!
It was Lights Out for the Uncontrollable Charisma & Cold Skull last round, but The Mighty did not kneel! Will Shane & Mikey stay standing? Or will Los Ingobernables de Japon make them tranquilo?
Naito takes his time with his entrance attire as always, which mildly annoys The Mighty. Shane mocks Sanada’s dancing pecks with butt flexing. The teams sort out and Mikey wants Naito to step up. LIJ fist bumps, fans cheer, and Naito obliges. Fans rally for “NA-I-TO!” at the bell. Naito and Mikey circle slowly, feel things out, then Naito toys around with the step forward and the step back. Mikey gets annoyed but they tie up. Mikey waistlocks but Naito wrenches out to a wristlock. Mikey rolls, wrenches, wristlocks, but Naito rolls, wrenches and hammerlocks. Mikey reaches back to headlock, but Naito powers out, only for Mikey to run him over!
Naito gets up, Mikey runs him over again! Mikey wrenches and whips Naito to ropes, but Naito whips the back drop away. Mikey comes back to turn Naito’s back drop into a suplex! Mikey holds Naito up and fans rally! Mikey keeps Naito for over TEN before the SLAM! Cover, TWO! Fans rally and Mikey drags Naito up. Mikey puts Naito in the corner, tags Shane, and the Mighty stomp away. Shane snapmares to basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Shane keeps on Naito’s arm with a knuckle lock. Shane KICKS Naito in the back, wrenches the arm and YANKS it. Shane wrenches and YANKS again, then tags Mikey.
The Mighty mugs Naito, double whips him, but Naito ducks the double clothesline to shove Mikey into Shane! Shane falls out of the ring and Naito whips Mikey to ropes. Sanada trips Mikey and Naito basement dropkicks! Fans rally up as Mikey flops out of the ring. Naito goes out after Mikey and whips him hard into railing! Sanada bumps Shane off the apron, then Naito whips Mikey into more railing! The ring count starts, Mikey drags himself up and in at 9 of 20. Naito headlocks Mikey and claws his eyes! The ref reprimands, Naito lets off, but then he just claws Mikey’s eyes! The ref counts, Naito lets off and tags Sanada in.
LIJ mugs Mikey, Sanada wrenches and CLUBS the arm. Sanada YANKS, wrenches, but Mikey throws big forearms! Sanada waistlocks, hammerlocks, then twists the arm. Mikey throws elbows to back Sanada up into a corner. Mikey whips but Sanada reverses. Sanada runs in, he blocks the boot, and he CLUBS the leg! Mikey falls, Sanada tags Naito, and Naito whips Mikey to another corner. Naito runs in to JUMP KICK! Leg sweep! COMBINACION CABRON! Fans fire up as Naito poses, and he taunts Shane. Naito drags Mikey up but Mikey throws a haymaker. Naito returns it so Mikey throws another. They go back and forth, faster and faster, and fans fire up!
Mikey ROCKS Naito, ROCKS him again, then ROLLING ELBOWS! But Naito just rakes Mikey’s eyes! The ref counts, Naito lets off and whips corner to corner. Naito runs in but Mikey UPPERCUTS! Mikey runs but into a kick! Naito whips, runs in, but Mikey LARIATS Naito down! Fans fire up as both men crawl for their corners, hot tag to Shane! Shane CLOBBERS Naito, BLASTS Sanada then ELBOWS Naito! Shane whips Naito corner to corner to UPPERCUT him down! Sanada gets in, kicks Shane low and whips him to ropes. Shane reverses to wrench and SAIDO! Fans fire up, Shane KICKS, BOOTS and INVERTED EXPLODERS Naito! Cover, TWO!
Fans rally up and Shane stalks Naito. Shane drags Naito up, hoists him up top and ROCKS Naito with a right. Shane climbs up after Naito but Naito CLAWS Shane’s eyes! Shane staggers away but Mikey rushes in to ROCK Naito! Mikey climbs up but Naito fires off forearms! Mikey drops back but he gives Shane a boost! Shane gets Naito, SUPERPLEX POWERBOMB COMBO! Mikey drags Shane onto the cover but Sanada breaks it! Mikey CLUBS Sanada and throws him out. Shane and Naito stir, Mikey whips Sanada but Sanada reverses! Mikey hits railing hard! Shane drags Naito up, reels him in, but Naito blocks the lift!
Naito wrenches out to throw ELBOW after ELBOW! Shane avoids an elbow to UPPERCUT, then he whips only for Naito to reverse it, TORNADO DDT! Fans fire up while both men are down! Naito crawls as fans rally, hot tag to Sanada! Sanada runs in at Shane and blocks a boot! Shane kicks free, but Sanada dropkicks the legs, then dropkicks Shane out of the ring! Sanada hurries and PLANCHAS! Direct hit and fans fire up! Sanada drags Shane back up, puts him back in, and fans rally again. Sanada springboards but Shane gets under! Shane comes back, but into a fireman’s carry! Shane slips off, Sanada elbows him away, but Mikey sneaks a tag.
Shane wrenches Sanada but Sanada fights the back suplex. Sanada swings at Mikey but into the BACK SUPLEX NECKBREAKER! Fans fire up as Mikey runs to SLIDING LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Sanada is still in this but Mikey snarls. Fans rally, Mikey drags Sanada up and fireman’s carries, only for Sanada to slip off! Sanada ducks the back elbow but right into a DDT! Fans rally back up while both men are down, and Mikey roars! Mikey drags Sanada up to scoop, but Sanada slips off to shove Mikey into Naito’s atomic drop! ENZIGURI! Fireman’s carry and T K O! Cover, Shane breaks it! Naito throws Mikey out and fans fire up as Sanada climbs the corner!
ROUNDING BODY- NO, Sanada has to land out as Mikey moves! Shane gets in to BROKEN ARROW! Naito dropkicks Shane’s legs out! Mikey storms up into Naito’s ELBOW! Mikey roars, Naito dodges his lariat and comes back to dropkick the legs! Naito runs, CORRIENDO SHIKI- NO, Mikey blocks Destino and Shane runs in, LAWN DART DDT! Fans fire up and Mikey drags Sanada up. Shane hops up, Mikey scoops, but Sanada slips off to shove Mikey at Shane! Sanada O’Conner BRI- NO, Mikey stops the bridge and shoves Sanada into Shane’s ROUNDHOUSE! Mikey scoops Sanada again, TANK BUSTER!! Cover, The Mighty win!!
Winners: Shane Haste & Mikey Nicholls, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Naito & Sanada earn 0)
The Mighty Don’t Kneel, and they find a way to win! Will Shane & Mikey find an outside way into the finals? Is the pressure to make it to WrestleKingdom going to break Naito before the league is out?
World Tag League 2022: Toru Yano & Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI!
The Joker & The Ace finally got on the board, but the winstreak of one win might already end against the Fierce Warrior & Head Hunter. Can the trickster bring himself to pull any tricks on his friends in Chaos? Or will Bishamon turn out the lights on Yano & Tanahashi?
The teams sort out and Yano grows impatient. He doesn’t even take note of Tanahashi taking off his jacket to show off the muscles. Goto steps up and Yano fires up. The bell rings and fans rally and duel. Yano squats and talks some smack, but Goto squats with him! Goto gives back the trash talk, Hashi steps in to back Goto up, and even smooshes Goto’s face up to make it more menacing! Yano says enough jokes, but Goto blocks Yano’s kick! Hashi runs to dropkick the leg! Goto BLASTS Tanahashi, then Bishamon brings Yano up to drum away! Tanahashi rushes in, but Bishamon kicks him to drum him, too! Fans fire up as Bishamon stands tall.
Goto stomps Yano to a corner, fires forearms, then whips him corner to corner. Yano reverses, then hurries to untie a buckle pad! Yano fires up but turns around into a kick! But the pad shielded Yano! Fans boo and Goto can’t believe it! Yano throws the pad to Goto and SLAPS him! Yano whips and Goto hits the buckles! Hashi runs in, Yano kicks him and whips him into bare buckles, too! Tag to Tanahashi and Yano throws Hashi out. Tanahashi drags Goto up, throws him out, and the bad boys bring Bishamon around to whip into railing! Fans rally and cheer as Tanahashi drags Goto back up to put him in the ring.
Tanahashi stomps Goto’s leg then YANKS it! Fans cheer as Tanahashi air guitars. Tanahashi drags Goto up and bumps him off buckles. Tag to Yano, and he bumps Goto off the bare buckles! And again! Fans fire up while Red Shoes keeps Hashi back. Yano whips Goto into the bare buckles now! Goto hobbles and fans fire up. Yano kneels on Goto for a cover, but Red Shoes says it’s a choke! Yano says no, it’s just up high! Yano stomps Goto, drags him up and bumps him off buckles. Tag to Tanahashi, and the bad boys whip Goto to ropes. They run him over, then they squat! Tanahashi drags Goto up, but Goto CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS!
Tanahashi throws body shots, runs, but Goto follows to LARIAT! Fans fire up while both men are down! Goto and Tanahashi crawl, hot tag to Hashi! Hashi ELBOWS Tanahashi down, BLASTS Yano, then storms up on Tanahashi. Tanahashi kicks low, whips Hashi to the padded corner, but Hashi comes back to CHOP! Hashi mule kicks and turns Tanahashi for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally and Hashi runs in again, to CHOP Tanahashi against ropes! Hashi hangs Tanahashi out to dry, runs side to side, and he DROPKICKS Tanahashi down! Cover, TWO! Fans continue to rally and Hashi stalks Tanahashi.
Fans rally, “GO ACE! GO ACE!” but Hashi brings Tanahashi up. Hashi reels Tanahashi in but Tanahashi fights the lift. Hashi keeps trying, but Tanahashi wrenches out. Hashi ROCKS Tanahashi, but Tanahashi ROCKS Hashi! They go back and forth, forearm for forearm, and fans rally up! Tanahashi gets the edge, but Hashi CHOPS back! Hashi aims but Tanahashi blocks the superkick to DRAGON SCREW! Fans rally while both men are down! Hashi and Tanahashi crawl, hot tags to Goto and Yano! Yano dodges Goto, claws his eyes and whips him, but Goto reverses! Yano hits the bare buckles, then Goto hits MURAMASA, and the BULLDOG! Cover, TWO!
Fans rally, Goto fireman’s carries but Yano fights with elbows! Yano runs, Goto follows but Yano ducks! Goto deflects the boot to DISCUS LARIAT! Fans fire up with Goto and he drags Yano up, but Yano ROCKS him! Goto ROCKS Yano back, the forearms start flying back and forth, faster and faster! Fans rally as Goto gets the edge, but Yano rakes the eyes! But Goto SLAPS Yano! Goto whips, Yano reverses and throws Goto by his hair! Hot tag to Tanahashi! Tanahashi runs in to forearm smash, then he feeds Goto to an atomic drop! Trip and CATAPULT into the bare buckles! Tanahashi runs but Goto denies the Slingblade!
Goto shoves Tanahashi into Yano, then DOUBLE LARIATS! Fans fire up as all three men are down! Goto crawls, fans rally up, and Goto hot tags Hashi! Hashi runs the ropes but Tanahashi blocks the lariat! Hashi spins to CHOP! Tanahashi fires off a strike fest! But both men roar! Hashi fires off his own strike fest and CHOPS! SUPERKICK! Tanahashi stays up, Hashi runs to LARIAT him down! Cover, TWO!! Fans fire up with Hashi and he brings Tanahashi back up. Hashi fisherman’s but Tanahashi fights the suplex to TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! Tanahashi runs, to SLINGBLADE! Cover, but Goto breaks it!
Yano throws Goto back out! Tanahashi fires up and he goes up the corner! HIGH FLY FLOW onto Hashi’s knees!! Hashi cradles, TWO!!! Tanahashi survives the sudden turnaround and fans are thunderous! Fans rally with “GO ACE! GO ACE!” as Tanahashi and Hashi stir. They both sit up, head for each other, and Tanahashi throws a forearm. Hashi throws it back! Tanahashi throws another forearm, but Hashi throws it back! They stand, egg each other on, and the forearms fly faster and faster! Fans rally, SHOTEI rocks Hashi! Tanahashi runs, but into Goto’s fireman’s carry! Tanahashi slips off but Goto powers him into the corner!
Hashi runs in and Goto moves, Hashi CHOPS Tanahashi! Hashi feeds Tanahashi to the fireman’s carry but he slips off again! Tanahashi full nelsons but Goto breaks that and ducks, HIDDEN GAP! Fireman’s carry again, FIERCE FLASH! Fans fire up more as Bishamon says it’s time! They drag Tanahashi up, hook him up, but Tanahashi kicks Hashi away! Yano drags Hashi out while Tanahashi hits TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! Yano puts Hashi back in, drags Goto out, and Tanahashi runs, into a CHOP! Hashi runs, dodges Tanahashi once, but the SLINGBLADE comes back around!! Fans fire up as Tanahashi climbs the corner!
Goto anchors Tanahashi’s legs! Tanahashi CLUBS Goto but Hashi ROCKS Tanahashi! Hashi climbs up, but Yano LOW BLOWS Goto! Yano slips in and grabs Hashi for the ONIGOROSHI BOMB!! Tanahashi adjusts, HIGH FLY FLOW!!! Direct hit!! Cover, Ace & Joker win!!
Winners: Hiroshi Tanahashi & Toru Yano, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Goto & Hashi earn 0)
The World Tag League 2021 winners have fallen to 2-2! Are their chances of back-to-back wins in jeopardy?
As for Yano & Tanahashi, Tanahashi gets the mic to thank the fans for coming tonight. “Hey, Toru, it’s great to hear the cheers, huh?” Fans cheer because it’s great TO cheer! Tanahashi says he wants to have this every day, “so make sure you stay safe and healthy so that happens! Thank you for today!” Fans cheer for that, and they want the air guitar! Tanahashi borrows one from a fan on the east side, that he passes to Yano! Yano’s happy to be part of a rare air guitar duet! Master Wato even has his on commentary, so now it’s a trio! “SHIZUOKA~!” “OSU~!” “SHIZUOKA~!” “OSU~!” “LET’S ROCK!” The jam session is on!
Fans clap along as Yano is a natural! Fans cheer but they want the “EN-CO-RU! EN-CO-RU!” Tanahashi is never one to disappoint the fans, and Yano gets his chair guitar! They jam out again, and Yano can truly do it all! But he’s not gonna throw the chair to the fans, that’s dangerous. But the fans want another encore! Tanahashi says, “LAST ONE! Yano takes a seat in his chair for air DRUMS! Now it’s a real jam session! Big finish and…! Fans cheer the great performance, and Tanahashi gets the mic back. “Toru and Hiroshi are going for the trophies, so keep supporting us! And keep supporting NJPW! Finally, people of Shizuoka… ASHITEMASU~!”
Will love, energy and comedy propel the Joker & the Ace to the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships?
Here are the NEW World Tag League standings!
Aussie Open: 4-0, 8 points
The Mighty: 3-1, 6 points
Suzuki & Archer: 3-1, 6 points
Yano & Tanahashi: 2-2, 4 points
Goto & Hashi: 2-2, 4 points
Naito & Sanada: 2-2, 4 points
Khan & Henare: 2-2, 4 points
Chase & Fale: 2-2, 4 points
Evil & Yujiro: 0-4, 0 points
Coughlin & Kidd: 0-4, 0 points
Another really good event and a really good round for World Tag League. I’m a little surprised Coughlin & Kidd haven’t gotten a win yet, but they always look solid in their matches. Great stuff back to back for the United Empire, even though Khan & Henare did lose. Khan helping Aussie Open was good stuff, though, and of course the House of Torture keep losing big time. Also, Naito & Sanada losing again puts the pressure on them, they could have an even stronger showing in the second half of this tournament. Tanahashi & Yano winning to close was a bit of a surprise, but they’re a great team and huge fan favorites, I would love to see them be a team for more than just World Tag League.
My Score: 8.7/10
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