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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (9/1/20)

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NEW NXT Coverage

Who will be the NEW NXT Champion?

It’s NXT Super Tuesday, and four of the best compete in one match! Who makes it to the end of a 60 MINUTE IRONMAN FATAL 4 WAY to take the title?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Six Man Tag Street Fight: El Legado del Fantasma VS Isaiah “Swerve” Scott & Breezango; Swerve & Breezango win.
  • Candice LeRae VS Kacy Catanzaro w/ Kayden Carter; LeRae wins.
  • Bronson Reed VS Timothy Thatcher; Thatcher wins.
  • Vacant NXT Championship 60 Minute Ironman Fatal 4 Way: Finn Balor VS Adam Cole VS Johnny Gargano VS Tommaso Ciampa; Balor and Cole tie with 2 points each, will go 1v1 next week.

PLAY BY PLAY

Six Man Tag Street Fight: El Legado del Fantasma VS Isaiah “Swerve” Scott & Breezango!

Santos Escobar had a lot of help retaining that NXT Cruiserweight Championship last week, and not just from Joaquin Wilde and Raul Mendoza. A loaded mask was the ace in the hole and that helped the Leader of Leaders walk out of Swerve’s House with the gold. But now he and his men walk back in to take on Swerve and the NEW NXT Tag Team Champions in a fight with no rules but to win! Will Tyler Breeze & Fandango help Swerve turn it up and bring El Legado down?

But the moment Breezango gets on the apron, Escobar gives Mendoza a boost to dropkick them both down! Swerve helps them back up but Wilde gets a boost to FLY! Direct hit on all three at the ramp! Mendoza gets a trash can while Escobar and Wilde stomp their opponents down. Wilde also fetches a table while Mendoza throws Fandango into barriers. Escobar pulls Swerve’s arm through ladder rungs while Wilde works to set up a table. Breeze goes after Wilde, Mendoza goes after Breeze. Swerve throws Escobar into the ladder but Wilde stomps Fandango. Mendoza goes after Swerve while Wilde whips Breeze into boards! Mendoza bounces Swerve off boards on the other side, but Fandango ROCKS Escobar!

The ladder is toppled over, Fandango uses it to atomic drop Escobar! Mendoza and Swerve are in the ring and Mendoza wedges a chair into a corner. Wilde keeps on Breeze while Mendoza CHOPS Swerve. Mendoza whips, Swerve reverses but Mendoza stops himself from crashing into the chair. So Swerve dropkicks him into it!! Mendoza topples out and the crowd fires up as Swerve pursues. Swerve talks trash to Mendoza while Breeze and Wilde are in the ring, SIDE BACKSTABBER! Breeze pursues Wilde and regroups with Swerve. Escobar has Fandango again and CHOPS him. Swerve CHOPS Mendoza, Breeze hotshots Wilde on railing! Fandango whips Escobar into the ladder!

Swerve SMACKS Mendoza with a trash can lid! Fandango is a ladder helicopter and he SMACKS each member of El Legado in turn! Full Sail is thunderous as Fandango stands tall! Breeze bounces Wilde off steel steps and Swerve punches Mendoza down. Breezango regroups, Mendoza hits Breeze first while Escobar is stuck in a Tree of Woe. Swerve kicks Escobar, Breeze sunset flips Mendoza but Mendoza stays up. Mendoza punches Breeze down, soaks up the heat, but Fandango catapults Breeze into the Mendoza line! Fandango tosses a trash can lid up, Swerve KICKS It into Mendoza’s face! Cover, TWO!

The rest of El Legado returns but Swerve boots and KNEES Escobar down! Fandango goes looking under the ring, and brings out a fire extinguisher! Breeze takes hold of it, and BLASTS El Legado! The crowd is thunderous as Swerve and Breezango stand tall and NXT goes to break.

NXT returns and Fandango has been WRECKED through a table! Replays show El Legado pulled off a TRIPLE Coast2Coast to crush Breeze inside a trash can, and that Mendoza’s missile dropkick sent Fandango crashing down. In the present, Swerve knocks Wilde out of the ring but Escobar tackles and enziguris him in the corner! Escobar goes corner to corner but Swerve goes up and over. Swerve ROCKS Mendoza and Escobar with right hands. Mendoza blocks a kick but sends it into Escobar’s head! Swerve elbows Mendoza and runs, but Mendoza forearms back. Mendoza runs into a somersault COMPLETE SHOT! Swerve goes to the apron to BOOT Mendoza down!

Escobar runs and DECKS Swerve off the apron! Escobar sees his target, builds up speed, and DIVES! Hell’s Arrow sends Swerve out of the area! The crowd rallies, “This is Awesome!” as Escobar laughs. Wilde and Mendoza mock Breeze and kick him down. They club him at the ramp, throw haymakers, then bring him around, but IMPERIUM attacks! Marcel Barthel and Fabian Aichner want their pound of flesh after losing the titles, and they’re even working together with El Legado! They drag Breeze up and into the ring. The crowd boos but there’s nothing that can stop this when it’s No Disqualification. But wait, when did Swerve and Fandango get a fork lift?! They’re way up top, and they both FLY in to wipe out Imperium and El Legado!

The crowd is thunderous as the grunts are tossed from the ring! Breeze gets his payback as he stomps Barthel. Fandango coordinates and both he and Breeze go to the top rope. Salute and FLY! Double crossbodies take out Imperium, Wilde and Mendoza! Swerve has Escobar all to himself, JML DRIVER!!! Cover, Swerve and Breezango win!!

Winners: Isaiah “Swerve” Scott & Breezango, by pinfall

And once again, Swerve pins the NXT Cruiserweight Champion! Even when things weren’t in their favor, Swerve, Prince Pretty and the Lord of the Dance found a way to win! Will all three keep on rolling with so much gold going around?

 

Tegan Nox talks about her “friendship” with Candice LeRae.

They met on the independents a few years ago. Candice was so nice and helpful and they bonded over so many things. They were like family. Ending up in NXT together was great, because they got to do even more. It meant so much to her. But a lot can happen in six months. The Johnny Gargano Way dimmed the light in Candice. This is not the Candice that helped Tegan to her surgeries or met her nephews or any of that. It hurt Tegan for Candice to say all she did. Tegan is struggling to see the good in Candice. She wants to talk this out over drinks, but she’ll do whatever it takes to fix this.

 

Candice LeRae VS Kacy Catanzaro w/ Kayden Carter!

Speaking of the Pint-Sized Poison Pixie, she looks to keep sharp on her rise back up the ranks. Will she use the American Ninja Warrior to sharpen that edge she now has?

The bell rings and Candice scowls as she circles with Kacy. They tie up, Kacy waistlocks but Candice elbows out hard. Kacy gets up, goes after an arm, hammerlocks to a headlock to an arm-drag! Candice comes back to waistlock but Kacy elbows out now. Kacy hops up and handsprings back to headscissor Candice to ropes. Kacy leaps at Candice but gets caught up in the ropes for a draping neckbreaker! Candice baseball slide dropkicks Kacy out hard! Kayden helps Kacy keep her cool but Candice pushes her away to put Kacy in. Candice tells Kayden to stay out of this, but she runs into Kacy’s drop toehold! Oklahoma roll, TWO! Candice ELBOWS Kacy down, covers, TWO!

Candice drags Kacy back up by her hair. Kayden protests but Candice bumps Kacy on buckles. Candice runs corner to corner for a back body check! Snapmare to neck snap! Cover, TWO! Candice whips Kacy corner to corner, runs in again but into knees! Kacy dodges Candice to send her into buckles, then stomps a mudhole into her! The ref counts, Kacy backs off but stays fired up. Kacy hits an A-List Lariat and throws Candice out for a handspring ax kick! Cover, TWO! Candice gets up, blocks the Code Breaker to a Queen Angelito STOMP!! Cover, Candice wins!

Winner: Candice LeRae, by pinfall

The Poison Pixie just crushed Kacy, but she grabs a mic to speak. “Hearing what Tegan had to say and then coming out here, seeing Kacy and Kayden’s friendship… Honestly, I was a little distracted. Maybe a little jealous.” Because it reminded her of the friendship she and Tegan used to have. The crowd boos but she says she’s sincere. Candice says Tegan wants to talk it over? So does Candice. She invites Tegan over for dinner. Is the Pixie softening back to her old ways?

 

NXT returns to hear from Rhea Ripley.

“Mercedes. Martinez. I am sick and tired of you and the Robert Stone Brand sticking your nose in my business!” She thought they get the message when Rhea powerbomb’d Mercedes onto the concrete, but maybe she’s too thick for that. Now, Rhea will have to rip her limb from limb. But not in a normal match. Rhea wants it in a STEEL CAGE! Will the Mosh Pit Kid and Mean Ms. Mercedes battle inside the unforgiving steel?

 

Bronson Reed VS Timothy Thatcher!

Auszilla and the Professor of Pain both feel deserving of a shot at the NEW North American Champion, Damian Priest. But that means they need to prove who is more deserving! Will Thatch As Thatch Can have an answer for such a #COLOSSAL force?

The bell rings and Reed circles with Thatcher. They tie up, go around, Thatcher gets the arm and wrenches for a wristlock. Reed resists, waistlocks and throws Thatcher! Thatcher gets up, ties up with Reed and pulls on an ear. Reed headlocks back, Thatcher pries free to chinlock and chicken wing. Reed pries at the chinbar but they end up on ropes. The ref counts. Thatcher lets go to European Uppercut! Reed throws BIG forearms and rocks Thatcher! Thatcher knees low and hard, cranks on a facelock, but Reed powers out to CLOBBER Thatcher! Reed looms over Thatcher, stomps him around the ring and clubs him on the back. Thatcher gets up to EuroUpper, but Reed DECKS him!

Thatcher kicks from the mat at Reed’s legs. Reed just drops a COLOSSAL SENTON onto him! Thatcher gasps for air but refuses to quit. Reed drags Thatcher up by his ear now, fireman’s carries, but Thatcher slips off and ducks one clothesline, only to get the strong left! Reed drags Thatcher back up, headbutts him to a corner, and then whips him corner to corner. Thatcher reverses and wrings the arm out! Thatcher covers, TWO! Thatcher keeps on that arm with a double wristlock. Reed endures, cranks to a high keylock, but Reed endures. Reed fights up, Thatcher throws EuroUppers and forearms but Reed throws forearms back! Reed ROCKS Thatcher then rolling elbows him down! The crowd is thunderous as Reed springboards for an elbow!

Thatcher drags himself out of the ring but Reed takes aim. Reed builds speed to DIVE! COLOSSAL TOPE SUICIDA! Direct hit but Reed’s bad arm takes some damage for it. Reed drags Thatcher up, puts him in the ring, then shakes out the bad arm. AUSTIN THEORY attacks with a blindside bulldog!! The crowd boos as Theory runs, Thatcher goes after the arm! ARMBAR!! Reed endures, clasps hands, fights around and clubs away on Thatcher’s head. Thatcher just shifts to a FUJIWARA! Reed endures, but taps! Thatcher wins!

Winner: Timothy Thatcher, by submission

Give a huge assist to Theory’s hit ‘n’ run! Will Reed track Theory down to give him a colossal receipt? Will Thatcher move on to take on the Archer of Infamy?

 

NXT returns to Mercedes Martinez’s response.

“Rhea, you want to fight, in a cage? I’m all about fighting. Next Tuesday, it’s on!” Now NXTuesday II has an incredible match! Who wins and who survives when these two destructive forces collide?

 

Vacant NXT Championship 60 Minute Ironman Fatal 4 Way: Finn Balor VS Adam Cole VS Johnny Gargano VS Tommaso Ciampa!

Karrion Kross dethroned Keith Lee but suffered an injury that keeps him from being a fighting champion. Now, four of the best NXT Champions of all time, the “Mount Rushmore” as even Adam Cole put it, battle not only to crown a new champion, but perhaps determine who is THE GREATEST in NXT history!

The introductions are made, the crowd is booing all four for the many dastardly deeds they’ve done, and NXT goes to break before this most historic match begins!

NXT returns, the bell rings and the countdown of one HOUR begins! The crowd is thunderous but Gargano bails out. Ciampa BOOTS Cole and stomps away! Balor brings Ciampa off to throw forearms but Ciampa hits back! Ciampa has Balor in a corner and stomps away while Gargano just watches. Ciampa CHOPS Cole then throws haymakers. Balor hurries over to throw body shots and a CHOP of his own. Balor rams Ciampa, CHOPS Cole, then stomps Ciampa in a corner. Balor whips, Ciampa reverses and runs Balor over! Ciampa tosses Balor out, Gargano returns but Ciampa sees the kick coming. Ciampa DECKS Gargano and throws him out to then KNEE him off the apron! And then he KNEES Balor off the apron!

Ciampa goes out and runs at Balor, to KNEE him over railing! And then he KNEES Gargano into railing! Ciampa bangs the Plexiglas as the crowd fires up. Cole eggs Ciampa on but Ciampa ROCKS him with haymakers! Ciampa bumps Cole off the apron then decides to go looking under the ring. No, he has the skirt open, planning to do to Cole what he did to Jake Atlas last week! Balor goes after Ciampa with forearm sand knocks him into steel steps. Balor stomps Cole, drags him up and throws him into boards! Balor glares at Ciampa and brings him into the ring. Balor gets in but Ciampa stomps him and CHOPS him in a corner.

Balor staggers to a corner, Ciampa snapmares and KNEES Him in the back! Ciampa clamps on a chinlock, Balor endures with the knee in his back and the crowd rallies up. Balor fights up, but Ciampa scrapes his laces on Balor’s face! Balor staggers up but Ciampa decks him! Ciampa stomps Balor, drag shim back into the chinlock against the knee and grinds him down. The crowd rallies and Balor fights up, but Ciampa knees low and runs, into Balor’s elbow! Both men fall over and Cole returns. Cole goes after Ciampa first, throwing him out. Cole then goes after Balor but into a mule kick! Balor BOOTS Cole down then goes after Cole at the ropes. Balor chokes Cole but lets up to put Cole in a corner.

Balor CHOPS Cole, rams his shoulder in over and over, then lets up for Cole to flop down. Cover, TWO! Balor keeps his cool and DECKS Gargano off the apron! Balor stomps Cole back down, drags him back up but Cole throws body shots. Cole whips, Balor reverses but Cole sunset flips. Balor rolls through to basement dropkick! Gargano is in and he stomps away on Balor! Then he stomps away on Cole! Gargano rains down lefts on Cole, then goes to Balor. Gargano digs his boots in and tells Balor he hasn’t forgotten their first encounter. Gargano turns Balor for a neckbreaker! Gargano mocks the finger guns before he decks Ciampa! Gargano snapmares Cole and basement dropkicks him in the back! Cover, TWO!

Gargano focuses on Cole with the wirstlock to shoulder breaker! Cole clutches the arm, Gargano jams it more! Gargano DECKS Balor on the apron then goes back to Cole. Cole resists the Half ‘n’ Half and rolls to the ropes. The ref reminds him that there’s no ropebreaks, but Gargano stomps Cole to a corner. Gargano mocks the UE hands now then KICKS the arm! Cole clutches the arm but refuses to let this take him out of the match. Gargano says this is his world, and he drags Cole up to wrench the bad arm. Gargano traps that arm while also cranking on Cole’s head and neck. The crowd rallies, Cole endures even as Gargano digs his forearm into his head. Cole fights free but Gargano elbows him on the back.

Gargano wrenches, whips but Cole kicks back! Cole clobbers Gargano and rallies with elbows. Cole spins Gargano for a leaping neckbreaker! Gargano gets away as Cole’s bad arm slows him down. Cole throws forearms on Balor now, then snapmares to knee him in the back. Cole kicks Gargano out of the ring and he wraps Balor up in a chinlock. The crowd rallies, Balor fights his way up, but Cole drops him with a neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Balor gets to a corner, Cole sees Ciampa get in and stomps him back out. Cole returns to Balor, wrenches and whips corner to corner, then runs in into Balor’s boots! Balor rallies now, whips but Cole reverses. Balor runs Cole over with forearms! Balor trips Cole to DOUBLE STOMP him! Ciampa returns, but he gets the elbow drop DDT! Cover, TWO!

Balor keeps on Ciampa with a thrashing chinlock, adds an arm to it for a modified cobra clutch, and leans on the hold. NXT goes to break as the crowd continues to rally.

NXT returns and Gargano has Cole in a corner. We’re under 45 minutes, still no falls as Gargano CHOPS Cole. Gargano CHOPS Cole and then fires off furious haymakers! Gargano lets up to check his teeth and jaw, then drags Cole back up to wrench and whip corner to corner. Cole reverses, Gargano goes up and tries to roll Cole up but Cole has a fireman’s carry. Gargano fights out, runs but into a BOOT! Cole fireman’s carries for USHIGOROSHI! Cover, TWO!! Cole checks his teeth and jaw now, too, but he keeps his focus on Gargano. Gargano anchors Cole’s feet, Cole clubs him down and goes to a corner. Cole climbs up, takes aim, but Gargano avoids Panama Sunrise! Balor grabs Cole but Gargano enziguris him before anything more.

Cole SUPERKICKS Gargano! Cole aims at Ciampa, Ciampa blocks the kick, spins Cole but Cole enziguris back! Ciampa still KNEES Cole down! All four men are down and the crowd fires up for “NXT! NXT!” Precious seconds tick away as the four men stir. Ciampa sits up but Gargano goes to the apron while the crowd says, “This is Awesome!” Ciampa heads over to Cole, drags him up and reels him in, but Cole breaks free to mule kick a leg out! Cole goes to a corner and hops up but Balor throws Ciampa into him! Ciampa tumbles out, Balor chops and fires off on Cole, kicking the legs over and over! Balor wrenches the leg against ropes, punches Cole more, then climbs up top.

Cole fights back, Ciampa adds on! Ciampa has Balor, Balor has Cole, TOWER OF DOOM! But Gargano trips Ciampa up to POST the Psycho Killer groin first! Gargano gets in to cover Balor, TWO! Cover on Cole, TWO! Gargano grows frustrated that he doesn’t have his first fall. Cole rolls to the far side to be on the apron. Gargano punches Balor to a corner, CHOPS him, then rams his shoulder into Balor and digs in. Gargano lets up to mock the fact there’s no count for a disqualification. Gargano goes back to ramming his shoulder into Balor, then brings Balor up to hoist him up top. Gargano drags Balor out but Balor escapes the lawn dart. Things speed up, Gargano tilt-o-whirls but into Balor’s BLOODY SUNDAY! Cover, TWO!!

Balor grits his teeth as he DECKS Cole off the apron! SLING BLADE for Gargano! Balor aims, SHOTGUN dropkick! Gargano is in the drop zone, Balor goes up top! COUP DE- NO! Gargano moves, Ciampa scoops Balor, AIR RAID CRASH! Cover, TWO!! Ciampa is furious that Balor survives and NXT goes picture in picture.

Ciampa goes after Balor in a corner, punches him down then runs side to side. Cole BOOTS Ciampa first! Then BACKSTABBERS! Cover, TWO! Cole grows frustrated now, but he focuses as he gets back to his feet. Cole looms over Ciampa, pulls down the knee pad, but Ciampa anchors his foot. Cole clubs Ciampa until he lets go, then sits Ciampa up. Cole runs but Ciampa anchors him again. Gargano SUPERKICKS Cole, then tilt-o-whirl takedown into the GargaNO Escape! Ciampa gets Balor in the PSYCHO FUJIWARA! Double submissions, like the good ol’ days of DIY!! But Cole fights up and around, Balor endures, Cole and Balor get to ropes! No ropebreaks stop this but there’s also no point since this isn’t a Falls Count Anywhere match. Cole and Balor are freed and both Ciampa and Gargano catch their breath.

Ciampa stomps Balor while Gargano throws haymakers on Cole. Ciampa digs his boots into Balor as NXT returns to single picture. But now Gargano and Ciampa see each other. Balor and Cole throw them out! Balor and Cole stare down, and the crowd rallies up as Cole shows a TOO SWEET! He was technically a club member. Balor nods, gives the Too Sweet back, and they coordinate to take on DIY. But then Balor throws Cole out onto Gargano and then FLIES onto both Cole and Gargano! Cole was also kicked out of that club, for those who didn’t know. Balor goes around the way and shotgun dropkicks Ciampa into the timekeeper’s area!

Balor snarls as he spots Gargano and Cole. Balor takes aim, and he SHOTGUNS them both into the boards! Balor puts Cole in, climbs up top, and leaps for the COUP DE GRACE! Cover, Balor gets the first fall!!

Balor: 1; Cole: 0; Gargano: 0; Ciampa: 0

The Prince takes a very critical lead with just over 30 minutes left! Balor waits for someone else to get in the ring, but he also runs them off as they try. Ciampa and Gargano flank the ring, Balor’s head is on a swivel, and Gargano gets in first. Balor stomps Gargano, then stomps Ciampa! Gargano gets up but Balor knees low and Balor whips him to a corner. Balor CHOPS Gargano, follows him as he flounders and CHOPS him again! Gargano flounders, Balor drags him up and scoop slams him down, to then drop an elbow! Cover, TWO! Balor grinds Gargano down with a chinlock, Gargano endures and the crowd rallies up.

Balor cranks on Gargano’s head but Gargano fights up. Ciampa returns, Balor fights him and then throws him into Gargano. Balor springboard stomps away on Ciampa and Gargano back and forth, left and right, over and over! Balor finally lets off and the crowd is torn between cheers and jeers. Cole gets on the apron but Balor rocks and shoulders him down! NXT again goes picture in picture as Balor looms over Ciampa.

Balor wraps Ciampa up in a chinlock and grinds him down. Ciampa endures, Balor cranks harder, but Ciampa fights his way up. Balor knees low, CHOPS Ciampa to a corner, then whips him corner to corner. Ciampa comes back to clothesline Balor down! And then corner clothesline and bulldog! Ciampa runs to drop a knee on Balor’s back! Cover, TWO! Balor survives, keeping his lead, but Ciampa drags him back up. Ciampa reels Balor in, underhooks, but has to swing on Cole first. Cole PELES back! Cole climbs up, aims at Ciampa, but leaps into a KNEE! Ciampa drags Cole in, underhook and lift, PROJECT CIAMPA! Cover off the powerbomb backbreaker, but Balor breaks it!

Gargano gets in, Ciampa kicks him first, then lifts him up, PROJECT CIAMPA!! Cover, but Balor breaks that one, too! Balor is not letting Ciampa tie him so quickly! So Ciampa goes after Balor. But Balor jackknifes out of it, TWO!! Ciampa kicks low, reels Balor in, PROJECT! CIAMPA!! Cover, TWO!?! Balor survives and Ciampa is beside himself! Balor bails out, Ciampa has no one to go after. Gargano crawls around outside while Cole stirs ramp side. Ciampa gets up, NXT returns to single picture, and he goes out after Cole. Ciampa rains down rights then drags Cole to the ring! He wants to do what he did to Atlas! But Balor dropkicks Ciampa down! And then he stomps away on Cole!

Balor puts Ciampa in the ring but Ciampa gets him for WILLOW’S BELL!! Then double underhooks, FAIRY TALE ENDING! Cover, Gargano breaks it! Gargano throws Ciampa out, covers Balor, Gargano gets the second fall!!

Balor: 1; Cole: 0; Gargano: 1; Ciampa: 0

The “Wednesday Knight” sneaks one off Ciampa, then tries on Balor again. Cover, TWO, but Gargano drags Ciampa to the ropes. Gargano gets on the apron but Ciampa trips him up! No final beat yet but Gargano keeps Ciampa from getting in. Ciampa boots Gargano into barriers, Cole BOOTS Ciampa down! LAST SHOT!! Cover, TWO!! Cole sits Ciampa up, runs but into a LARIAT! Ciampa folds Cole inside out with that one, then he drags the dead weight up and underhooks. But Cole revives, fights out and SUPERKICKS back! Cole staggers into a SLING BLADE! Cole aims again, but runs into a SUPERKICK! Gargano slingshots, into a SUPERKICK!! Cole goes up top, PANAMA CITY SUNRISE!! Cover, Cole has the third fall!!

Balor: 1; Cole: 1; Gargano: 1; Ciampa: 0

Ciampa is in last place as we’re under 25 minutes! But with how this is going, the crowd hopes they “Fight Forever!” Cole shakes out his head and gets to ropes. Gargano stirs, Cole drags him but Gargano holds apron skirt. Gargano can’t hold the skirt forever, Cole drags him up and runs, but Balor trips Cole up! Cole hits Balor away, Ciampa KNEES Gargano down and covers, TWO!! Ciampa drags Gargano up but swings on Cole first. Ciampa has to fight them both off, then gets them both on the apron! DOUBLE WILLOW’S BELL!! Ciampa drags Cole up, FAIRY TALE ENDING!! Cover, Ciampa gets the fourth fall!

Balor: 1; Cole: 1; Gargano: 1; Ciampa: 1

Ciampa ties things up so we’re basically back where we started! Balor is the only one up and walking around, though. Balor gets to a corner and watches the other three rise. The crowd rallies as Gargano stands but flounders to ropes. Cole leans on ropes, too, as does Ciampa. “This is Awesome!” as Cole, Balor, Ciampa and Gargano each have a side of the ring. Balor throws hands on Cole, Ciampa brawls with Gargano. Then Cole hits Gargano and Ciampa hits Balor. They keep trading punches and partners, but Balor and Gargano kick back. Balor BOOTS Cole, Ciampa CHOPS Gargano! Gargano and Cole flop out of the ring and now Ciampa and Balor fire off on each other.

Cole and Gargano brawl on the outside, too. Balor gets the edge on Ciampa, but Ciampa fires back. DOUBLE clotheslines take them both out! Cole and Gargano do much the same, with DOUBLE SUPERKICKS!! All four men are down again and the crowd is thunderous! We’re under 20 minutes as Cole drags himself up from the floor, only to flop back down. Balor and Ciampa go after each other again and Ciampa punches first. Ciampa whips corner to corner hard and Balor falls! Cover, TWO! He tries again, TWO! Ciampa keeps trying, TWO! Ciampa grows frustrated but he goes after Balor at the ropes with stomps.

Ciampa CHOPS Balor in a corner, runs side to side for the KNEE! The crowd rallies up and Ciampa runs again, for another KNEE! Cole gets up but Ciampa DECKS him! Ciampa goes after Gargano and throws him into Plexiglas! Then he does the same to Cole! Ciampa sits on the apron, “I’m back!” He applauds and pats himself on the back but the crowd boos. Ciampa drags Cole up, puts him on the apron, and then fireman’s carries. Cole resists, clubs Ciampa back, then BOOTS him. Ciampa stays up so Cole BOOTS him into the ring. Cole steadies himself, goes to a corner and climbs up top. Cole aims but Ciampa anchors his foot. The two brawl, Ciampa CHOPS Cole then climbs up to join him.

Ciampa punches and punches, lifts Cole up, but Cole slips out. Cole wants a bomb, Ciampa goes to punch but Cole avoids it. Cole SUPERKICKS the leg out! Ciampa’s repaired leg takes a huge hit! Cole aims at Ciampa as NXT once again goes picture in picture.

Cole is right on the leg with a FIGURE FOUR LEGLOCK! Ciampa endures the hold as Cole cranks harder and harder on it. Ciampa’s shoulders are down, ONE as he sits back up. Balor gets in and DOUBLE STOMPS Cole! Then he covers Cole, TWO!! Balor drags Cole out of the ring, goes after Ciampa to put him BACK in the Figure Four!! Balor cranks on the hold, Ciampa endures all over again! Ciampa keeps his shoulders up but Balor keeps on the bad leg! Balor even throws forearms but Ciampa hits back. Cole SUPERKIKCS Balor down! The leglock is broken apart, Cole gets CIampa, but Ciampa cradle counters! TWO!! Cole trips Ciampa, has the legs again, and puts the Figure Four BACK ON!

Ciampa endures, flails and reaches, but no ropebreaks break this. He still drags Cole but Cole cranks back on the hold! Ciampa grabs at the ref but the ref can’t do anything about it! Ciampa still reaches, crawls, but Cole cranks and bridges again. Ciampa stays sitting up, looks so close but then shouts in refusal! He’d rather lose his leg than lose this match! But then Gargano gets in, turns them over so pressure is on Cole, and puts Ciampa in the GargaNO Escape!! Cole and Ciampa endure new pain, but Balor sees three targets. Balor gets in and stomps Gargano until he lets go! Then he stomps Ciampa and rains punches down on Cole!

Balor glare at all three opponents as he decides what to do next. Balor drags Gargano up and puts him in a corner to CHOP! Balor sees Cole, runs over and CHOPS! Ciampa is in the third corner, so Balor CHOPS him, too! CHOP for Cole, and then a whip into the other corner for another CHOP! Gargano gets another CHOP, and Balor stomps Ciampa down. We’re nearing 10 minutes left as Balor whips Gargano corner to corner and CHOPS him down! Balor drags Gargano up, snap suplex and cover, TWO! Balor boots Cole out of the ring and CHOPS Ciampa in the corner again. Balor whips corner to corner but Ciampa’s knee gives out! Balor stomps Gargano while Ciampa writhes in pain.

Balor kicks Gargano out, goes after Ciampa’s leg, and puts on a HALF CRAB! Ciampa endures, crawls, reaches and gets the ropebreak! Balor lets go to stomp the bad leg! Balor watches Ciampa stand, BOOTS Cole out of the ring, then runs at Ciampa for a SLING BLADE! SHOTGUN for Ciampa! Ciampa is in the drop zone, Balor grits his teeth as he heads to a corner, and climbs up top. Gargano goes after Balor but Balor clubs him down. Balor adjusts, aims, COUP DE- NO! Ciampa moves, DOUBLE SUPERKICKS for Balor! Gargano SUPERKICKS Cole, Cole flounders out of the ring, Gargano sees everyone else is outside. Gargano builds speed to DIVE onto Ciampa! Ciampa hits barriers, Gargano hurries to DIVE onto Cole!

The crowd is thunderous as Gargano flounders around the way. Gargano gets back in the ring to DIVE at Balor! But Balor blocks to lift but Gargano powers out. TORNADO DDT!! NXT once again goes picture in picture as Gargano catches his breath and the ref checks on Balor.

Gargano drags Balor up, but that’s dead weight on wobbly legs. Gargano catches his breath again before trying again, but he still can’t drag Balor up. Gargano tries one more time but gives up on him. Cole is in the ring and SUPERKICKS Gargano! Then BRAIN BUSTER! Cover, TWO!!! Cole is furious that Gargano still has that superhuman heart! Cole drags Gargano up, Gargano pushes him away as he flounders around. Cole throws forearms on Gargano, but Gargano gives them back! Gargano and Cole keep throwing forearms on their knees, then Gargano fires off left hands as he grounds ‘n’ pounds Cole!

Gargano still has a dazed look but he demands Cole stand. NXT returns to single picture, Cole blocks the superkick to give a SUPERKICK! And another SUPERKICK! Cole runs, the Last Shot misses, Gargano clamps on! Gargano wants his hold, gets the chicken wing overhead, and the crossface!! Cole endures, moves around, rolls Gargano but Gargano rolls through to keep the hold! Cole endures, Ciampa drags them both out of the ring! Ciampa stomps Gargano and punches Cole down. He also hits Balor for good measure. Balor gets up but Ciampa punches him again, then RAMS him into the boards!

Ciampa staggers back and CHOPS Cole down! And he CHOPS Gargano down! The crowd is thunderous as Ciampa drags Cole up and snap suplexes him to the floor! Ciampa goes after Balor, and throws him into the boards again! We’re at THREE minutes left as Gargano fires off on Ciampa. Ciampa CHOPS back, and again, and again! Gargano flops down, Ciampa puts him under the ring! RING FRAME GUILLOTINE!! Gargano gasps and sputters, Ciampa drags him up and into the ring! Ciampa covers, but Cole drags him off it! Cole throws forearms, Ciampa hits back. Ciampa gets back to Gargano, Balor drags him off now! Balor and Ciampa brawl, Ciampa throws Balor all the way to girders! Ciampa throws Cole into more girders!

Ciampa hurries back to the ring, but Gargano surprises him with a cradle! TWO!!! Ciampa is up, and he throat chops Gargano!! We’re at 90 seconds!! Ciampa looms over the gasping Gargano, drags in him up and puts him in a corner. Ciampa CHOPS Gargano again! ONE MINUTE! Ciampa puts Gargano up top, CHOPS again, then climbs up to join Gargano. Gargano feebly resists, Ciampa brings Gargano up, SUPER AIR RAID CRASH!! But Balor COUP DE GRACE!! Cover on Ciampa, Balor gets the fifth fall!!

Balor: 2; Cole: 1; Gargano: 1; Ciampa: 1

The final countdown begins! Ten! Nine! LAST SHOT OUTTA NOWHERE!! Cole struggles to turn Balor over, cover, TIME IS UP!! But Cole scored the fall?!?!

Final Score: Balor: 2; Cole: 2; Gargano: 1; Ciampa: 1

Balor and Cole each have two points?! Cole thinks he’s the new champion but he has apparently lost count. He got his second point after Balor got his! William Regal hurries out to explain this, and he takes the belt from the ref. He explains that next week, Super Tuesday II, it will be a one fall to the finish, Balor VS Cole, and THEN we will know our new NXT Champion!! Balor and Cole argue but are clearly ready to finally settle this. Who will finally be the NEW NXT Champion?


My Thoughts:

An absolutely incredible episode! I was a little surprised the Ironman match wasn’t first because of time concerns, but I suppose ending with it was a much better move. And we got a lot of great stuff in the first hour, like the Six Man Tag Street Fight. There was a lot of great stuff in that, even Imperium showing up. It means that we might still get one more big NXT Tag Team Championship match before NXT UK comes back in two weeks. Imperium might even become a factor in El Legado getting the titles so that Breezango isn’t hurt that bad in the result. Reed VS Thatcher was really good, even with Theory interfering. I like the rebrand of Reed from Thicc Boi to Colossal, and I’m pretty sure he bulldozes Theory the next time we see Theory. Plus, Priest VS Thatcher for the North American Championship is going to be awesome.

Candice had a good match against Kacy, but I’m pretty sure her dinner invite to Tegan is going to turn sour. It could be a flat out trap, but maybe it starts nice only for Candice to take offense to something and attack Tegan. Either way, this will result in a grudge match at some point, and the winner could even be in line for the NXT Women’s Championship. Next week’s Super Tuesday II is going to be great! Mercedes VS Rhea in a cage! Though, I can already feel Aliyah and Robert Stone getting involved but then Shotzi countering that, especially with the use of her tank. I honestly have no idea where it goes from there, but I wish WWE would learn how to use all three brands and the Women’s Tag Divisions together so we could get Rhea and Shotzi against Shayna and Nia or something like that.

Then of course, that insane and historic match certainly like nothing I’ve ever seen before! There was so much great stuff in this, and I think the best sequence was Ciampa firing off powerbomb backbreakers, all for Balor to get in there and break the pins. I personally was hoping Balor would win to validate his return to NXT, but at a certain point, I also had the strangest feeling that there’d be some kind of tie by the end of it. I honestly thought Cole ran out of time but maybe they kayfabe’d it a little. Balor VS Cole next week to finally decide this is a perfectly fine move, because that was the match-up I honestly expected months ago but we never got. And Balor still better win, for all the same reasons he should’ve won tonight.

My Score: 9.4/10


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

World Tag League, Round 5!

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NJPW WTL X BOSJ 2021

Don’t worry, World Tag League returns!

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

Here are the current World Tag League Standings!

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Here are the NEW World Tag League Standings!

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


My Thoughts:

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

My Score: 8.9/10


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