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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (9/8/20)

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NEW NXT Coverage

We will FINALLY have a NEW NXT Champion!

It seems the SIXTY MINUTE Ironman Fatal 4 Way wasn’t enough! Finn Balor and Adam Cole now face off for the NXT Championship in SUDDEN DEATH!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Vacant NXT Championship: Finn Balor VS Adam Cole; Balor wins and is the new NXT Champion.
  • The Velveteen Dream VS Ashante “Thee” Adonis; Dream wins.
  • Bronson Reed VS Austin Theory; Reed wins.
  • Roderick Strong w/ Bobby Fish VS Killian Dain; Strong wins.
  • Steel Cage Match: Rhea Ripley VS Mercedes Martinez; Ripley wins.

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Vacant NXT Championship: Finn Balor VS Adam Cole!

A last second Last Shot is what kept NXT from crowning a new champion last week, and that has brought us to this! Two of the greatest NXT Champions in this brand’s history are finally going to see who is THE greatest! Will the Prince take the throne? Or is Cole’s place in the NXT pantheon undisputed?

The introductions are made, William Regal presents the belt, and we finally settle the score!

The crowd duels already as the two circle. They tie up, Balor powers Cole to a corner but Cole turns things around. Balor turns it back, backs off at the ref’s count, and they circle again. Cole and Balor feel out the test of strength but Balor shoots in to get a leg to a takedonw. Blaor facelocks, holds on as Cole rolls, and shifts to a chinlock. Balor squeezes tight, Cole gets up and gets around to ahmmerlock, but Balor trips him! Balor has the headlock back, Cole keeps his shoulders up then rolls Balor, TWO! Cole tries again, TWO! Cole and Balor stand up, Cole tries but can’t power out as Balor grinds Cole down.

Cole gets back up, powers up on the second attempt but Balor runs him over! Cover, ONE, but Balor gets the chinlock back. The crowd rallies, both men fight up but Cole rolls to get the hammerlock. Balor reaches back, sits up, and the crowd rallies again. Balor snapmares Cole down to another headlock and grinds down hard. Cole endures, works up and around to get the hammerlock back. Balor reaches back again, Cole shifts him to a cover, TWO! The two back off and the crowd is thunderous again! The two circle, approach, tie up with knuckle locks but Cole wrenches to the hammerlock. Cole grinds Balor down with that hold but Balor endures.

The crowd rallies as Balor fights back up to his feet. Cole wrenches, Balor rolls and wrenches back to arm-drag Cole down! Balor has Cole’s arm and digs a knee into his head. Cole endures, works on an escape, but Balor twists the arm harder. Cole gets up, arm-drags back, but Balor headscissors! Balor holds tight as Cole kicks. Balor even goes after the arm, bending the fingers! Cole moves around, pops out and dropkicks Balor down! Cole shakes out his arm and throws forearms on Balor. Balor staggers, Cole ROCKS him again! Cole CHOPS Balor at the ropes then wrenches to a whip. Balor reverses, Cole whips Balor again, fireman’s carry, USHIGOROSHI! Cover, TWO!! The crowd is thunderous as we go picture in picture.

Balor clutches his neck while Cole shakes out the bad arm. Cole drags Balor up, turns him around and hits a neckbreaker! Cole knees Balor in the back, and again, then again! Cole wraps on a chinlock and grinds Balor down, talking trash as he cranks back. Balor endures, fights up to his feet, but Cole knees low then hits another neckbreaker! Cole stalks Balor to ropes, clubs him on the back, then brings him around to bump off buckles. Cole stomps away on Balor, lets up at the ref’s count, then drags Balor up for big forearms! Balor is in a corner, Cole BOOTS him down!

Cole wrenches Balor, whips him corner to corner hard and Balor hits the mat! Cole talks more trash as he watches Balor slowly get up. Cole throws forearms on Balor, wrenches and whips, but Balor reverses. Cole sunset flips, Balor slips out and STOMPS Cole down! Both men are down, shaking out their heads and arms. Balor is up first, he drags Cole up to elbow him down! Balor drives more elbows into Cole’s shoulders then wraps on a chinlock. Balor grinds Cole down, Cole endures but fights his way back up. Cole throws elbows and is free, buy he runs into Balor’s back elbow! Cover, TWO! Balor keeps his focus as he drags Cole back up to CHOP him against the ropes! Cole falls over as NXT returns to single picture.

Balor snapmares, KICKS and covers Cole, TWO! The crowd rallies as Balor drives in more elbows and wraps on another chinlock. Cole endures as Balor grinds him down. The crowd keeps on rallying as Cole fights back up. Balor shifts to a clinch but Cole jawbreakers free! Cole runs again, but into another back elbow! Balor scoop slams Cole down, runs and drops an elbow! Cover, TWO! Balor keeps his cool as the fans fire up again. Balor drags Cole up, bumps him off buckles then stomps away on him. The ref counts, tells Balor to stop and Balor lets off. Balor brings Cole up, CHOPS him against buckles, and stalks him as he stumbles and crawls. Balor runs to basement dropkick! Cover, TWO!

Balor grows annoyed but the fans are still rallying. Balor drags Cole up, rams his shoulder in over and over in the corner! And then CHOPS again! Cole staggers away to another corner, Balor is on him with more shoulders! The ref counts, Balor stops at 4 to CHOP! The crowd duels, Balor whips Cole corner to corner and CHOPS! Then back the other way for another CHOP! Balor whips a third time, for a third CHOP! Cole forearms back but Balor gives another forearm. They brawl with forearms back and forth, Cole gets the edge. Cole whips, Balor kicks back, but Cole clotheslines! And back elbows! Cole aims and BOOTS Balor down! The crowd is thunderous as Cole catches his breath.

Cole watches Balor slowly rise, grabs him in a waistlock, but Balor elbows out. Balor gets around, Cole breaks the waistlock to PELE! And BACKSTABBER! Cover, TWO!! Cole grows frustrated but he takes aim. Cole runs but Balor trips him up. Cole avoids the stomps, Balor avoids the superkick to SLING BLADE! Balor runs, into a SHINING WIZARD!! Cover, TWO!! Balor barely survives and the crowd agrees, “This is Awesome!” Cole tells Balor that Cole will be the new champion, and then he pulls down the knee pad. Cole runs, but Balor trips him up again, to DOUBLE STOMP! The crowd is thunderous all over again and Balor stomps away on Cole at the ropes! The ref counts, Balor stops at 4 and Cole bails out, to get wrecked by a dropkick!

Balor kicks away on Cole at the railing, the ref counts and Balor stops at 4 again. Balor goes in the ring, goes back out, and then whips Cole into the timekeeper’s area! Cole ends up taking a seat, Balor takes aim and runs in, but into a SUPERKICK! Both men are down on the outside as NXT goes picture in picture again!

Balor and Cole stir as the ring count surely begins. A double count-out would mean having to start from square one! Balor and Cole rise as we see the ref is at 7! And 8! Both men are in at 9! Balor and Cole keep this going as they slowly sit up at opposite ends of the ring. Cole glares at Balor, Balor sputters for air, but they both get forehead to forehead. Balor throws a forearm, Cole throws one back! Balor ROCKS Cole, Cole ROCKS Balor! They keep hitting each other back and forth, even as they rise to their feet. Balor rebounds to ROCK Cole, Cole comes back to ROCK Balor! They’re picking up speed and hitting even harder!

Balor CHOPS, Cole BOOTS, but Balor PELES! Balor reels Cole in, Cole suplexes first for a BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Balor survives and Cole can’t believe it! Cole hurries to a corner as NXT returns to single picture. Cole aims, but Balor trips him up on the ropes! Balor has Cole in the drop zone, he heads up top now, and COUP- NO! Cole moved, and he mule kicks the legs out! Cole gets a leg, steps through, for a FIGURE FOUR! Balor endures, his shoulders are down but he sits back up! Balor flails, sits up, drags himself and reaches. Cole tells him to quit but Balor gets the ropebreak! Cole lets go at 4, but both men slowly rise.

Cole aims from a corner again, Balor stands up, but Balor SLING BLADES Cole first! Cole comes back, into the elbow drop DDT! Balor hobbles but takes aim from a corner now, to SHOTGUN dropkick Cole to a corner! Cole bounces off buckles and is in the drop zone! Balor goes up top as fast as he can, takes aim again, COUP DE GRACE!! But the bad leg slows Balor to the cover! TWO!?! Cole survives because of that delay!! Balor refuses to be frustrated, he just drags Cole back up. Cole trips Balor up, wraps up the legs for another FIGURE FOUR! Balor endures, his shoulders are down, TWO! Balor refuses to quit, and he works to turn this over. Cole turns it back over, but Balor reaches for the ropes again! Cole lets go, drags Balor away, and goes to reapply, but Balor cradle counters, TWO!

SUPERKICK!! Cole takes Balor down outta nowhere but he isn’t done there. He sits Balor up, runs, LAST SHOT!! Cover, TWO!?!? Now Balor shocks Cole! The crowd is loving “NXT! NXT!” as the atmosphere is electric! Cole goes to a corner, climbs up the ropes again, but Balor catches the jump to a fireman’s carry! And pops Cole to a half hatch, but Cole rams Balor into buckles! Balor holds on, turns Cole around, BLOODY SUNDAY!! But Balor can’t cover because of the bad leg! Balor grits his teeth and powers through the pain to climb back up! Cole SUPERKICKS a leg out! Cole hurries up from the outside, but Balor grabs him first! Balor throws elbows, shifts position, for a SUPER 1916!! Cover, Balor wins!!

Winner: Finn Balor, by pinfall (NEW NXT Champion)

The Prince joins the Two-Time Club alongside rivals, Samoa Joe and Shinsuke Nakamura! Truly a crowning achievement as he overcomes Cole in the biggest fight of either man’s careers! Will Balor go on to redefine what it means to hold gold in the black ‘n’ gold?

 

Rhea Ripley speaks.

“Mercedes. You’ve spent months trying to make a name for yourself at my expense. You’re not the first, and you’re not going to be the last.” But inside of a STEEL CAGE, Rhea will show Mercedes why Rhea is the Nightmare. Will the Robert Stone Brand regret ever targeting the only woman to be Women’s Champion in both NXT and NXT UK in her career?

 

NXT returns as Balor is congratulated.

Bronson Reed, Triple H, William Regal, and even Cole give Balor congrats on winning tonight. NXT Media says Balor must be on top of the world. Balor says that everyone for the last 10 months has been asking why Balor is back. The reason is around his waist. What is next now that The Prince is reigning once again?

 

Robert Stone insists on an interview.

Stone asks Kenzie if she wants to know why he is “the greatest manager in the world.” IT’s because he knows things no one else does. Like where stuff is! He found Shotzi Blackheart’s tank! Beautiful, dangerous and under Shotzi’s protection. She DECKS Stone, so Aliyah goes after Shotzi! These two brawl and bump into Io Shirai! Aliyah apologizes, but the Evil Genius chases after her! They end up at ringside, in the ring, and Shotzi flanks Aliyah. Aliyah is trapped! She gets a forearm, forearm and BOOT! Then Shirai tops it off with a TIGER BACKBREAKER!

Stone hurries up top, leaps but Shotzi saves Shirai to hit Stone in the pebbles! Shirai likes that. She and Shotzi coordinate, go to the corners, and MOONSAULT AND SENTON!! High ten between Shotzi and Shirai, but then Shotzi plays keep away with the title. Shirai isn’t as happy about that. “Don’t make me hurt you.” Will the wild child get a shot at the champion soon enough?

 

Candice LeRae prepares for Tegan Nox’s visit.

She wants Johnny to understand and trust her. He does, so he will be on his best behavior. Ding dong, someone’s here. He gets the door, puts on a smile, and welcomes Tegan in. No pizza? Oh, c’mon, that was just a joke with Keith and Mia. Gargano says he’s just joking with her. Up top. Down low. Too slow! see? Just having fun. They all go to the table and Candice hugs Tegan. They let Tegan sit at the head of the table and Candice wants to talk. Tegan feels a bit uncomfortable, but will this stay peaceful? We’ll see, after the break.

 

NXT returns to Timothy Thatcher teaching class.

Another night of Thatch As Thatch Can. Tonight is a film study lesson, “Know Your Enemy.” Firstly, Damian Priest. A strong striker, but there are openings. He takes time to pose on bombing and you can get his leg. Springboarding around is “Just stupid.” Feet on the ground, you’re in control. The North American Champion thinks life is a party. Life isn’t a party, it grinds you down until you quit. Like a match with Thatcher. Class, we’ve got work to do. Will Thatcher come up with the perfect game plan to bring the pain to Priest?

 

The Velveteen Dream VS Ashante “Thee” Adonis!

The Experience may not be North American Champion, but he is focused on getting back up into that spotlight. Will he do so against the wrestler formerly known as Tehuti Miles?

Tehuti/Adonis doesn’t seem to take Dream serious, but Dream seems to think he’s just copying Dream. Dream checks the overalls but Adonis shoves him away. Dream likes that, and he calls for a test of strength, to then drop down. Oh he’s gettin cute, huh? Adonis crouches and says he can be cuter than Dream. Dream SLAPS him for that! Dream puts Adonis in the corner, grinds him in but lets off to pose in the ref’s face. But then Adonis clobbers Dream with clotheslines and a whip for a BIG back drop! Dream gets up, Adonis dropkicks him then rolls him up! Cover, TWO!! Dream escapes the biggest upset in his career, whips Adonis but Adonis reverses and DDT’s! Adonis kips up and the crowd fires up!

Dream flounders around, the ref checks on him, but Adonis aims. Adonis almost supkericks the ref as Dream moves! Dream pokes Adonis in the eyes then hits DREAM VALLEY DRIVER! Cover, Dream wins!

Winner: Velveteen Dream, by pinfall

One quick trick and Dream turned it all around! Will Dream send Adonis back to being Tehuti on 205 Live? And will Dream find his way to a title scene soon enough?

Dream takes the mic as the crowd boos. And then KUSHIDA attacks him! The Time Splitter is back after that North American Championship Series defeat and beat down! The refs get Kushida back, Dream goes after him but Kushida ROCKS him! Dream grabs at Kushida’s hair and drags Kushida up, but Kushida YANKS Dream into the post!! The Super Junior has newfound aggression and he POSTS Dream again! Dream flounders to the apron, the refs tell Kushida to stop, but Dream drags Kushida back up. Kushida gets a HANGING ARMBAR through the ropes!! Dream is tapping but it doesn’t matter, Kushida doesn’t stop until he’s satisfied!

Kushida watches Dream flop to the floor as he makes his leave. Will Dream wish he could go back in time and undo what he did?

 

NXT hears from Breezango and Imperium.

The title belts smell like “gold, baby oil and success.” Oops, Fandango dropped his. But yeah, success. The NEW NXT Tag Team Champions beat “Emporium” and finally have titles. Five years, it took them to get something. But now, they are the top of the heap. Which is why Imperium and El Legado del Fantasma attacked them together.

Imperium says Breezango are jokes. Every day those two hold the titles, it is a disgrace to this sport and everything Imperium stands for. They don’t like Breezango, Breezango doesn’t like them! There’s no sizzle on that steak! But they lost the best accessories to Fandango and Breeze. Imperium says they can enjoy their celebration for now, because they will wipe the floor with them. The world will soon witness the shortest tag title reign ever. But Breezango says that if they’re jokes, then Imperium will be the punchlines. The rematch is coming when NXT returns to Wednesdays!

 

NXT returns with the Gargano house.

Tegan, Candice and Johnny eat in awkward silence, and even Doggo Gargano joins in on the meal. Johnny points out how awkward this is. Is it him? He will finish his meal in the other room, he’ll read doggo a story for bedtime. Candice asks if she should start. She wants Tegan to fess up to the mistakes she made. And what mistakes are those? Tegan is pretty sure Candice betrayed her first. Well Candice didn’t dress up as a pizza delivery person to visit a “fake friend’s” house for laughs. Well Tegan didn’t try to put a friend through a table. The big issue is that Tegan doesn’t understand #TheGarganoWay. There is a better way of handling things, and there is a new Candice. Is Tegan upset she isn’t part of it?

Tegan says she understands, she just doesn’t agree with it. It’s like Gargano is changing her. Okay, okay, no. This is Candice, the real Candice. But the real Candice helped others. Yes, Candice has had Tegan’s back. Has she led Tegan down the wrong path before? No. Why would this be any different, then? What has Tegan got to lose? Tegan takes a long drink of water. Is she considering Candice’s offer?

 

Bronson Reed VS Austin Theory!

The Colossal was close to crushing Timothy Thatcher, but it was only because of #TheRealSuperstar getting in the way that he didn’t! Will Theory be reminded that gravity isn’t a theory but a reality?

The bell rings, Theory and Reed circle, and Theory offers a handshake. Reed rushes in, Theory gets a headlock, but Reed powers out and Theory bounces off his shoulder. Theory pretends like it didn’t hurt, but Reed headlocks and grinds him down. That definitely hurts as Theory tries to power out. Reed grinds harder and mocks the #AllDay catchphrase. Theory powers up but can’t power out as Reed holds on tight! Reed brings Theory to the mat, grinds harder, and Theory is turning red! Reed brings Theory up, Theory throws body shots and stomps feet! Theory gets free this time, but Reed runs him over! Theory flounders to a corner, Reed brings him up and whips to ropes, then avoid the counter kick!

Reed goes to ropes for a springboard elbow drop! Cover, TWO! Theory survives but is gasping for air all over again. Theory gets to the apron, Reed follows and drags Theory up by his ear. Reed hip tosses Theory into the ring, then wraps on a chinlock. Theory is still very red in the face as Reed leans on him. Theory fights up, fights out and runs, into a back elbow! Theory bails out to the apron again but Reed is after him again. Reed stands Theory up but Theory throws a forearm and then a shoulder. Theory slingshots but Reed stays up out of the sunset flip, to SIT DOWN on Theory!! Cover, TWO!! Theory manages to get away again but Reed keeps after him.

Reed is on the apron, he FLYING TACKLES Theory to the ramp!! Theory tries to remember where he is while NXT goes picture in picture.

Reed brings Theory up, clubs him down and stalks him back to the ring. Theory gets up but Reed clubs him on the back. Reed puts Theory in the ring, takes his time following after, and brings Theory up to ROCK him with a right hand. Theory ends up in a corner, Reed RAMS his shoulder in. Reed whips corner to corner. Theory hits hard and tumbles to the mat! Reed drags Theory up but Theory throws body shots. Reed knees Theory into the corner, then brings him back up. Reed whips corner to corner again, and Theory hits hard again! Cover, TWO! Reed clamps onto Theory with a rear bearhug! Reed squeezes tight as Theory endures.

Theory fights up to his feet, Reed squeezes tighter but Theory throws elbows. Theory is free, and he baits Reed into a corner to dropkick the legs out! Reed hits buckles face first! Reed slowly sits up but Theory aims and KICKS him in the side! Cover, TWO! Theory keeps on Reed with a cobra clutch! Reed endures as Theory tries to squeeze the air out of him now. Reed fights up, pries free, but Theory dropkicks him down! Cover, ONE!! Theory is furious as he stomps and clubs Reed over and over! Theory pulls back on the chinlock but Reed fights to his feet. NXT returns to single picture as the crowd rallies up.

Reed has Theory as a backpack, and drops the SENTON! Both men are down, the crowd is fired up, and both men crawl to opposite ends. A standing count begins, Reed and Theory rise at 3, and Reed counter punches Theory! And again! Reed fires off and whips Theory to DECK him! Theory staggers into an atomic drop, and a Bionic Elbow! Theory wants a timeout but Reed runs in to CORNER SPLASH! Fireman’s carry and JAGGED EDGE! Cover, TWO!! Theory survives but is not in good shape after that modified Death Valley. Theory escapes the suplex, and somehow manages a back suplex before his back gives out! Cover, TWO!!

Reed is seething as he runs at Theory, blocks the boot but not the forearm! Theory somersaults for a BLOCKBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Reed still has something left and Theory grits his teeth. Theory fights through his pain and says he’s still #AllDay. Theory brings Reed up, fireman’s carries, but his legs wobble! He falls over with Reed on top of him! Reed sentons then heads up top! Reed aims, TSUNAMI SPLASH!! Cover, Reed wins!

Winner: Bronson Reed, by pinfall

Theory could not last #AllDay against Auszilla and now pays for messing with the big man! Will the Colossal find his way back to a title in the coming weeks?

 

Backstage interview with Adam Cole.

After that incredible match with Finn Balor, he came up short. What is he feeling right now? Well he’s obviously disappointed. But truth be told, the better man won. Kenzie asks about the Too Sweet and handshake with Balor afterward. Cole says he does respect Balor. They both went through the same 60 Minute Iron Man Fatal 4 last week, and another big match tonight, so Cole admits Balor is good. But Balor better hope Cole doesn’t come back for more, because it’ll be different. And that is undisputed. Will Cole get himself a second chance at becoming a two-time NXT Champion?

 

NXT returns to hear from Mercedes Martinez.

“When a lion wants to be king, they don’t go after the weaklings. They challenge the strongest, fiercest animal they can find, and take them out.” Rhea is a bad woman, but not as bad as Mercedes. When the cage door shuts, Mercedes won’t stop until there is NOTHING left of Rhea. Will Mercedes become the new alpha female of NXT?

 

Roderick Strong w/ Bobby Fish VS Killian Dain!

Adam Cole may have fallen down tonight, but the rest of the Undisputed Era is cleaning things up. Kyle O’Reilly won as he settled scores with Drake Maverick, can the Savior of the Backbreaker do the same with the Belfast Beast?

Fish talks trash to Dain but the bell rings and Strong circles with the big man. Strong gets around and pushes Big Damo away to smirk at him. Dain comes back, Strong gets around and slaps Dain in the back of the head. Dain corners Strong, scoops him, but Strong slips off to CHOP! Dain didn’t even flinch! Strong bails out fast, baits Dain around the way and Fish is there as a decoy! Strong clobbers Dain, throws him into the ring and Fish talks more trash. Strong stomps Dain in the corner, throws haymakers, but he lets off at the ref’s count. Dain just seethes and grabs Strong to put him in the corner! Dain fires off body shots, whips him corner to corner and Strong hits chest first! Then Dain LARIATS Strong down!

Dain circles Strong as he gets up, and whips him corner to corner again. Strong goes up but can’t get over, so he sleeper holds. Dain breaks free but Strong dropkicks Dain out! Dain gets back to the apron, Strong runs in but into an URENAGE! Fish kicks the legs out while the ref is checking on Strong! The Belfast Beast staggers back up as NXT goes to break.

NXT returns and Strong has Dain in a facelock. Dain powers up, lifts Strong but Strong slips off to go for a cobra twist. Dain hip tosses Strong off and then clobbers him! Dain is rallying as the crowd fires up. Strong is in a corner, Dain runs in to corner splash! Dain whips to splash again, then he throws Strong down. Strong gets up, Dain gives him the DIVIDE! Cover, TWO!! Strong survives but Dain glares. Fish talks trash to Dain but Dain tunes him out to go after Strong. Strong holds the ropes, Dain lets off, but then Dain brings Strong up to fireman’s carry. Strong fights off but Dain punches him first. Dain runs at Strong but into a boot! And enziguri!

Strong leaps but his knee misses, Dain fireman’s carry for a wasteland slam and SENTON! Dain goes up top, Fish drags Strong to safety! Dain hops down, the ref reprimands, but Dain DECKS Fish! Strong KNEES Dain down! Cover, Strong wins!

Winner: Roderick Strong, by pinfall

Big assist to the Infamous One for helping out there! And now he helps Strong stomp away on Dain! But here comes Maverick with a pipe! He JAMS and SMACKS the UE over and over, but Fish elbows him down! Fish stomps Maverick, Strong rains down rights, they both knee and stomp, but Dain gets that pipe! The UE runs away as Dain starts swinging! Dain is seething, but he glares at Maverick! Dain didn’t show Maverick much mercy when roles were reversed, but this time, Dain spares Rockstar Spud. Maverick hurries after to again offer a handshake. Will Dain take it this time? NOPE! He DECKS Maverick again! Dain doesn’t want friends, he wants vengeance! Will he get that on the UE all on is own?

 

NXT again checks in on Tegan and Candice.

Cheers to a friendship, sisterhood and “the next NXT Women’s Champion…” Candice LeRae. Tegan is glad they did this, but why did Candice have to put herself ahead of Tegan? Well, they’re doing things #TheGarganoWay now, right? And Tegan had her shot and lost, so obviously if anyone beats Shirai, it’s Candice. But Candice has yet to beat Shirai, so… Candice takes a sip, and then throws the salad in Tegan’s face!! Tegan says it needs a little something. And she splashes Candice with her drink! Candice can’t believe Tegan is doing this to her in her own house! Well Candice started it! Gargano returns and is upset with Tegan. “You’re a horrible person, you’re a bad friend, you’re a piece of garbage.”

Candice complains that the drink is in her eye. Tegan takes the bowl of spaghetti and tells Johnny, “F*** you!” And she dumps it on his head! That shirt is ruined… Candice is upset, throws something at Tegan, but misses and hits the television! Tegan gets out, Candice chases after, and Gargano is just upset about the TV screen. Will Tegan and Candice have no choice but to settle this friendship turned bitter grudge in the ring?

 

NXT returns to an interview with Damian Priest.

It’s breaking news: next week, Priest defends his title against Thatcher! Thatcher was watching film to prepare, how does Priest respond? Priest’s response is, “Man, that guy’s ugly.” Thatcher didn’t need to watch anything. If Thatcher wants to know Priest’s game plan, it’s this: he’s going to kick and punch “that stupid face” until he rearranges it. Because to be honest, Thatcher can’t look any worse. But in seriousness, all Thatcher should expect is a Reckoning. Priest will not lose in his first defense. And he invites Kenzie to join the #PartyForever afterward. Will the Archer of Infamy be able to thwart the Professor of Pain with power?

 

NXT announces a big match for next week!

After the confrontation with the Robert Stone Brand and the tension that followed, Shotzi and Shirai go 1v1 in a non-title match! Will the wild child #TCB, Take Care o’ Business, against THE NXT Women’s Champion? Or is Shotzi still 100 years too early to defeat the Evil Genius?

 

Steel Cage Match: Rhea Ripley VS Mercedes Martinez!

These two have gone back and forth ever since the Mosh Pit Kid rejected the Robert Stone Brand and the Latina Lioness joined up. The #BattleoftheBadasses enters the cage, and Mercedes is even armed with a kendo stick! And she even fetches chairs as she arrives! Will Mercedes break bamboo, bones and more in order to end Rhea?

But wait! Mercedes isn’t done there, she wants to bring in a TABLE! But Rhea runs down and blindsides her before that can come into play! Rhea bounces Mercedes off the cage all, then bounces the cage door off of Mercedes! Stone protests but Rhea still BOOTS the door into Mercedes for a steel sandwich! The refs reprimand Rhea, this match hasn’t even begun, but Rhea puts Mercedes in. Rhea throws her vest at Stone to chase him off, and she brings the table into the ring! Rhea will play Mercedes’ game to prove she can beat her at it! Rhea gets in the cage and now the match begins!

Mercedes gets up and attacks Rhea at the ropes! Mercedes whips Rhea into the steel! She stands on Rhea’s head, then clubs her on the back. Rhea hits back but Mercedes clubs her down. Mercedes drags Rhea into a camel clutch just to club away with crossface forearms! Mercedes gets a chair but Rhea ducks the shot to kick low and lariat hard! Rhea drags Mercedes up and whips her into the steel now! Mercedes crashes down, Rhea drags her up, and then pulls her arms against the ropes in a motorcycle stretch, to BOOT her into the wall! Mercedes flops down, Rhea wedges a chair in the corner, but Mercedes reverses the whip! Rhea stops herself, elbows back and BOOTS Mercedes down!

The crowd is thunderous as Rhea looms over Mercedes. Rhea drags Mercedes back up, stands her up and ROCKS Her with a right! Mercedes flounders around, Rhea drags her back up and clubs her over and over and over! Mercedes sits up, Rhea KICKS her in the side. Stone calls Rhea a lunatic but Rhea still scares him with a glare. Rhea stands on Mercedes’ back, and slaps her around. Rhea ax kicks Mercedes down, then drags her back up to pump handle. Mercedes escapes the Riptide for the FISHERMAN BUSTER!! Both women are down, Stone is pumped up and the crowd is fired up! Mercedes and Rhea slowly stir, Stone talks trash and smirks that he’s the one safe from her with the cage up.

Mercedes gets a chair, aims at Rhea but Rhea boots the chair away! Rhea hops up but Mercedes rocks her with a right! Mercedes brings Rhea out onto the shoulder, to POWERSLAM onto a chair!! Cover, TWO!! Rhea survives and NXT goes picture in picture.

Mercedes grabs another chair and SMACKS Rhea on the back! Rhea spasms and flails from that chair shot, but Mercedes stomps her down and grinds the chair in! Mercedes lets up to get the kendo stick and SMACK Rhea! Rhea hits back with body shots and ROCKS Mercedes with a right. Rhea has the kendo stick, Mercedes ducks the swing, and throws big forearms on Rhea. Mercedes EuroUppers Rhea HARD, and Rhea goes down! Mercedes drags her back up to fireman’s carry, but Rhea fights out. Rhea mule kicks then whips Mercedes into the corner chair!! Stone freaks out, but he coaches Mercedes. Rhea drags Mercedes up for cravat knee attacks and a snapmare!

Rhea taunts Stone before she basement dropkicks Mercedes! Rhea drags Mercedes back up, back suplexes and throws Mercedes into a corner. She pulls Mercedes into a Tree of Woe to springboard stomp her over and over! Rhea then climbs up onto Mercedes’ legs, but Mercedes sits up to club Rhea back! SPIDER GERMAN SUPLEX!! Mercedes glares even as she’s still stuck in the Tree! Mercedes pulls herself back up again to get the legs free. The crowd is thunderous as Rhea rises and Mercedes shifts. Rhea THROWS the chair at Mercedes!! Mercedes is dazed in the corner, Stone coaches her but Rhea hurries over to DROPKICK her into the steel!! Mercedes’ head is stuck in the frame!!

Rhea brings Mercedes out of the frame to throw forearms on her head! Rhea climbs up higher, drags Mercedes up to join her, and hits a SUPERPLEX!! The crowd is loving “NXT! NXT!” Rhea crawls to a cover, TWO!! Rhea is beside herself as Mercedes survives! Stone is worried, Rhea stands and hurries over to Mercedes. Rhea demands Mercedes get up, brings her up, but Mercedes fires forearms back! Mercedes shoves, pops Rhea up and SPINE BUSTERS! Both women are down again and the crowd rallies. Mercedes stands, but Rhea Electric Chair lifts her, for a FACEBUSTER! The crowd is fired up again as Rhea has the legs, for the PRISM TRAP!! Mercedes endures the reverse cloverleaf, Rhea thrashes her about, but Mercedes grabs the kendo stick to SMACK Rhea! Mercedes is free but Rhea just grimaces.

Rhea grabs the stick but Stone is climbing the cage. Rhea SMACKS Mercedes, spots Stone, and then SMACKS at him! She then climbs up to pull his hair, pull him up, and headbutt! But Mercedes SMACKS Rhea with the kendo stick! And again! Rhea stays on the top rope, Mercedes climbs up to join her and smack Rhea’s head off the steel! SUPER NECKBREAKER!! Both women crash down, “This is Awesome!” The ref checks on both Rhea and Mercedes but they’re okay to continue. Mercedes drags herself to cover Rhea, TWO!! Rhea still has something left and Mercedes isn’t sure what to do to end it.

Mercedes roars as she clears out some space and fetches the table Rhea brought in for her! Mercedes sets it up, drags Rhea up and over to the corner and CHOPS her! Mercedes hoists Rhea up, ROCKS her, then climbs up to join her. Rhea resists as Mercedes fisherman hooks the leg. Mercedes clubs Rhea, Rhea clubs Mercedes, and Rhea headbutts back! Mercedes holds on, Rhea headbutts again and pump handles! SUPER RIPTIDE THROUGH THE TABLE!!! Cover, Rhea wins!!

Winner: Rhea Ripley, by pinfall

This was one of the most destructive matches in quite some time, and it is the Nightmare that stands tall above the wreckage! Will Robert Stone and his brand finally leave her alone?


My Thoughts:

The second #NXTuesday was another great one! But as of now, special Tuesday airings are just that: special airings. Next week’s return to Wednesday nights is already being made into a big one with the NXT Tag Team Championships on the line. The promo video was great, Breezango VS Imperium in a rematch is going to be a lot of fun, but I feel like Breezango retains so that Imperium can go back to NXT UK in a week, and Breezango can move on to face El Legado. Robert Stone Brand trying to go after Shotzi’s tank was great, it’s a logical step in that story. I do like that the segment was used to bridge things into Shirai VS Shotzi next week. I don’t know if that becomes the title program since they’re having the 1v1 already.

Maybe Candice and/or Tegan get involved after those honestly really good “dinner” segments. A Fatal 4 Way would be a great way to A) boost Shirai’s power level, or B) give the others an easier way of taking the title while preserving Shirai’s power level. There’s a lot of time before whatever TakeOver goes with Survivor Series, so there’s any number of things they could do with the title until then. I just hope that if Survivor Series is another triple brand battle, Shirai is the one that goes in with the title, because I would love to see Shirai VS Asuka VS Bayley. That is a Triple Threat I could not call for the life of me.

I wonder if we get Dream VS Kushida next week after tonight. Dream gets a quick Heel win and Kushida has a great return beating Dream up, but I have a gripe with them RENAMING Tehuti Miles to an obvious parody of Megan Thee Stallion. He’s been Tehuti for months, don’t just act like what he’s done on 205 Live means nothing!! I really hope he’s just Tehuti again the next time he’s on NXT and was “trying something” this week. This may not be the worst thing NXT has done, but it is one of the most confusing. Reed VS Theory is great and Reed wins, I bet he’s next up after Priest VS Thatcher next week in what will be a great first defense for Priest.

Strong VS Dain was good but of course Fish gets involved. It seems odd that half of the UE is staying Heel while the other half is almost on their way to Face. Maverick helping Dain is good character work from him, and Dain rejecting Maverick with a punch is still good character work, too. I’m sure Dain will at some point accept Maverick as an ally against the UE. I’m just wondering how the UE works out what side of the spectrum they’re on. Will Cole and O’Reilly convince Fish and Strong or the other way around? That sounds like an interesting story for them going forward. Balor VS Cole to open the show was great, and the match itself was incredible. We all knew Balor was winning, and that’s not even with spoilers or anything, it just seemed very clear.

It was great for Cole to give congrats to Balor, as it continues the slow Face turn started with the Pat McAfee rivalry. The Prince joins Samoa Joe and Shinsuke Nakamura, who came in after but had great feuds with Balor and each other. It seems fitting that they’re the three two-time NXT Champions. And sky’s the limit for who is next with Balor, to be honest. Ending the show with the “Battle of the Badasses” (interesting last minute subtitle) was great. Usually cage matches feel cliche but they did a great job with this one. Stone still tried to interfere, but Rhea got the better of him and it didn’t cost her the match. This has to be it for Rhea’s part with the Robert Stone Brand because she won very definitively. Rhea can also wait in the wings for another shot at the NXT Women’s Championship. In fact, Rhea could be a great part of the Survivor Series Women’s Champion Triple Threat since she dominated that entire weekend last year.

My Score: 9.3/10


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

World Tag League, Round 5!

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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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