NXT is stocking up on tag team action tonight!
Tonight, Breezango defend their NXT Tag Team Championships against Roderick Strong and Bobby Fish! Will it be the Second Coming of the Golden Prophecy?
- KUSHIDA VS The Velveteen Dream VS Tommaso Ciampa; Kushida wins.
- Ember Moon VS Jessi Kamea; Moon wins.
- Austin Theory VS Bronson Reed; Reed wins.
- Austin Theory VS Bronson Reed again; Reed wins, again.
- Six Man Tag: El Legado del Fantasma VS Isaiah “Swerve” Scott, Ashante “Thee” Adonis & Jake Atlas; El Legado wins.
- Killian Dain & Drake Maverick VS Ever-Rise; Ever-Rise wins, by disqualification.
- Xia Li VS Kacy Catanzaro w/ Kayden Carter; Catanzaro wins.
- Timothy Thatcher VS Anthony Greene; Thatcher wins.
- NXT Tag Team Championships: Breezango VS
The Undisputed EraOney Lorcan & Danny Burch; Lorcan & Burch win and become the new NXT Tag Team Champions.
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KUSHIDA VS The Velveteen Dream!
The Time Splitter doesn’t want to wait, he wants his TakeOver rematch with the Experience NOW! Kushida won then, will he win again? Or has Dream learned to be more serious with the Super Junior that broke his arm?
Wait a minute! The Psycho Killer attacks Dream as he makes his entrance! Dream made the mistake of interfering with Kushida VS Ciampa and now he’s paying for it! Ciampa punches Dream down the ramp then throws him into the Plexiglas! Dream flounders but Ciampa throws him into more boards! And then into the ring! Kushida DECKS Dream, and turns out this is a TRIPLE THREAT!
KUSHIDA VS The Velveteen Dream VS Tommaso Ciampa!
Well, Dream is paying double for what he’s done! Will it be Kushida or Ciampa that gets their revenge first?
Ciampa and Kushida take turns punching Dream around the ring, then they throw Dream out hard! Kushida and Ciampa settle things with each other as they trade hands, but Ciampa kicks and punches back. Ciampa whips, Kushida ducks and dodges to handspring Dream back down! Ciampa goes out after Dream by ramming him into more Plexiglas! Kushida goes out to go after Ciampa, but Ciampa whips him into Plexiglas, too! “This is MY home!” The fans here at the Capitol Wrestling Center are thunderous as they agree! Ciampa kicks Dream, and SLAMS the bad hand off the announce desk! Ciampa throws Dream into more Plexiglas, then runs to PSYCHO KNEE Kushida! He comes back to KNEE Dream! Ciampa is fired up and the fans fire up with him!
Ciampa finally throws off the shirt, drags Dream up and puts him in the ring. Dream runs, Ciampa ducks so Dream hurdles him and then ducks Kushida’s clothesline. Dream comes back, Kushida hip tosses Dream! Ciampa hip tosses Kushida but Kushida handsprings through only for Ciampa to DECK him! Ciampa stomps Dream and stands on the bad hand! Ciampa STOMPS the cast! Dream backs off, Kushida runs in but is sent into Dream but Kushida forearms Dream first. Also, apparently Dream’s shirt has anime girl eyes on it? Ciampa runs but into Kushida’s COMPLETE SHOT into Dream’s Experience! Kushida rolls Ciampa up, TWO! Kushida stays on Ciampa with a wrench and elbows. Kushida whips, Ciampa grabs him for a facelock but Kushida fights through to get the arm!
Ciampa knees low and hard, then drags Kushida up. Dream reaches for Kushida through ropes, Ciampa drags Kushida until Dream is the one draped on the ropes! CHAIN WILLOW’S BELL! Ciampa covers Dream, TWO! He covers Kushida, TWO! Fans rally up behind Ciampa as he stomps Kushida to a corner. Ciampa stomps a mudhole into Kushida, then goes to Dream. Ciampa wrenches the bad arm and gives it a YANK! And then he CLUBS the elbow! Ciampa stands on the bad arm and drops knees on it! Dream writhes but Ciampa goes after Kushida. Ciampa CHOPS Kushida in the corner, whips him corner to corner but Kushida reverses and throws a big back elbow! Kushida drags Ciampa up, wrenches, but Ciampa hooks the ropes! Kushida keeps pulling but Ciampa rakes Kushida’s eyes!
The ref reprimands but Dream covers Kushida! ONE, Ciampa DECKS Dream! Ciampa drags Dream around, Kushida gets up, snap suplex for Dream! Ciampa drags Kushida up, wrenches and grinds the shoulder then chinbars. Kushida endures, fans rally up and Ciampa cranks on the hold. Kushida fights up, fights out and throws haymakers! Kushida whips, Ciampa reverses but Kushida sunset flips! Cover, TWO! Ciampa gets to a corner, Kushida is after him but Dream adds on. Dream CLUBS Kushida and ROCKS Ciampa! Dream stomps Kushida down, shows off the cast that’s falling apart and fans jeer with, “Dream Sucks!” Dream whips Kushida into Ciampa then poses before running into a BIG forearm from Ciampa! Ciampa CHOPS Dream, ROCKS Kushida, then puts them in the same corner.
Ciampa CHOPS Kushida but Dream feels the impact, too! Then Ciampa CHOPS Dream directly! Ciampa CHOPS Kushida again, CHOPS Dream again, repeat! Dream hits back but Ciampa CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Dream tries to guard but Ciampa just CHOPS away on his arms! Fans fire up with Ciampa as he drags Kushida back up. Kushida blocks the chop, spins Ciampa and CHOPS away! And KICKS! Kushida whips, Ciampa reverses, Kushida handsprings but Dream helps Ciampa catch Kushida for a double back suplex! Kushida lands on his feet to FAST BALL Ciampa! Dream BOOTS Kushida then tries again but Kushida blocks! Kushida spins Dream, Dream fireman’s carries, DREAM VALLEY! Ciampa KNEES Dream out of the ring! All three men are down and the fans are thunderous as NXT goes to break!
NXT returns and Kushida fights out of a headlock with elbows, only for Ciampa to throat chop him! The fans are loving “NXT! NXT!” as Ciampa shoves and ROCKS Kushida at the ropes. Kushida boots back and ends up on the apron! He enziguris Ciampa away then jumps Dream’s sweep! SEATED SENTON! Kushida rains down rights and gets an ARMBAR! Dream taps but it doesn’t matter on the outside! Ciampa stomps away on both Dream and Kushida! Fans are thunderous again as Ciampa drags Kushida up. Kushida turns things around and throws Ciampa at boards, but Ciampa stops himself! Ciampa swings into the Fujiwara BULLDOG! Ciampa clutches the arm, Kushida puts him in the ring and PENALTY KICKS the arm! Then whips Ciampa for a hip toss INTO ARMBAR!!
Ciampa endures, clasps hands, Dream PURPLE RAIN MAKERS!! All three men are down again but Dream flounders to a cover, Ciampa breaks it!! Dream tried dropping in but it didn’t work out! Kushida flounders away so Ciampa ROCKS Dream! Dream rebounds off ropes to hit back, but Ciampa wobbles and comes back to hit again. Dream gets up, Ciampa kicks low and reel shim in to underhooks. Dream slips out, the ref almost ends up a casualty and Ciampa rolls Dream up! WITH TIGHTS! TWO!! Ciampa argues but Dream SUPERKICKS! fireman’s carry, DREAM VALLEY! It took a lot out of Dream to do that but he covers, Kushida breaks it! Fans are loving this as all three men reset!
Dream soaks up the heat as he swivels his hips. Dream tells Ciampa and Kushida that “The future is not yours! The future belongs to The Dream.” Dream swivels his hips more, but Ciampa CHOPS him! Kushida KICKS the bad arm! CHOP! KICK! Ciampa forearms Kushida, Kushida FAST BALLS! Kushida KICKS Dream, dodges Ciampa and Ciampa BOOTS Dream! Kushida throw’s Ciampa out hard, then FLIES out onto Dream! Kushida gets back in and FLIES out onto Ciampa! Kushida is back in and fans are thunderous again as Kushida again FLIES onto Dream! Ciampa gets in, gets Kushida, WILLOW’S BELL!! Ciampa keeps going, drags Kushida up, underhooks, but Dream SUPERKICKS! Dream fireman’s carries, Kushida crucifix takedown, TWO!! Kushida BOOTS Dream out, Ciampa CLOBBERS Kushida!
Ciampa drags Kushida up once again but has to get Dream first! Dream escapes the DDT so Ciampa kicks away. Kushida runs in, Ciampa switches on the O’Conner roll, TWO and into Dream’s CAST PUNCH! Kushida drags Ciampa up, DEAD LIFT GERMAN! Bridging cover, KUSHIDA WINS!
Winner: KUSHIDA, by pinfall
An incredible match that was fast, furious and everything in between! Is this going to be the beginning to the Time Splitter’s time?
The Undisputed Era speaks.
Adam Cole is via Zoom as he says, “Boys and girls, the past couple of weeks, the Undisputed Era, we’ve hit some roadblocks.” But tonight, that will change. As we all know, Cole is still out but is getting better every single day. That is bad news for anyone not in the Undisputed Era. As for tonight, Roderick Strong and Bobby Fish will succeed in bringing back the NXT Tag Team Champions. That’s right! Kyle O’Reilly says that when they first talked about the Golden Prophecy, “believe it or not, there were doubters. But look at us now. We’ve accomplished all that and more.” Fish says of course! And speaking of tonight, Breezango is one heck of a team, but c’mon. Do they stand a chance against Roddy and him? Strong says absolutely not! Tonight, the NXT Tag Team titles come back to where they belong, courtesy of the Rod ‘n’ Bob Express. Choo choo! And THAT is Undisputed.
NXT has some Halloween Havoc news!
On top of #SpintheWheelMakeaDeal determining what stipulations BOTH the NXT North American and NXT Women’s Championships will be fought under, and on top of Rhea Ripley VS Raquel Gonzalez in a battle of alpha females, there will be Cameron Grimes VS Dexter Lumis in a HAUNTED HOUSE OF TERROR match! Just what spooky scary stipulations will this match have in store for the Technical Savage and the Tortured Artist?
NXT profiles The Aussie Nightmare, Rhea Ripley!
The only woman to have been NXT and NXT UK Women’s Champion in her career, Rhea is “sick and tired of all these daydreamers. This is my division now, and the Nightmare is just beginning.” She has dominated on both sides of the Atlantic, and took down all the women in NXT who thought they could take her out. “And I have brutalized every single one of them.” But that level of attitude and aggression invites even more challengers, and the Daughter of the Desperado is taking her shot. Raquel says SHE is the biggest and the baddest woman in the business today. They wanted to throw down in the Performance Center, but they’re going to have this out in the ring! Rhea isn’t afraid of a fight. Halloween Havoc will make a nightmare into reality, but for who?
Ember Moon VS Jessi Kamea!
The Shenom is back and is more than happy to start from scratch in the rankings. It’s a long road to the NXT Women’s Championship, will Ember’s Law be upheld tonight?
The bell rings and Ember circles with Jessi. They tie up, are in a deadlock, so Ember arm-drags Jessi down and gets in her face. Jessi sits up, Ember eggs her on, then Ember sweeps the legs! Ember pats Jessi on the head but Jessi gets up to hip toss her down! Ember gets up, Jessi dodges and does the splits to duck! Jessi runs to EuroUpper Ember down! Cover, ONE! Jessi cravats Ember, cranks on the neck, but Ember handsprings through the snapmare! Fans cheer the exchange and Ember gets attitude. Ember dodges and shotgun dropkicks Jessi! Then mule kick to front KICK! Jessi is down, Ember runs to STOMP her down! Ember walks all over Jessi before hitting a standing moonsault! Cover, TWO!
Ember keeps on Jessi with a crossface! Jessi reaches, drags herself forward but Ember taunts her. Ember cranks back, pulls Jessi from ropes, but Jessi rolls to a cover, TWO! Ember stomps Jessi down again but Jessi uses her long legs to kick back. Ember kicks and kicks, then gets those legs. Jessi keeps kicking but Ember wrenches to an ANKLE LOCK, with a deep lean like a Half Crab! Jessi endures this scorpion style hold and she drags herself towards ropes. Jessi rolls and sends Ember into buckles! Ember comes back but the back senton flops as Jessi evades! Jessi dodges again, runs back in for a LEAPING forearm smash! Jessi brings Ember out as she runs, SPINNING HEEL KICK! Ember is down, Jessi springboards to elbow drop! Cover, TWO!! Ember survives and Jessi can’t believe it! She almost beat a former NXT Women’s Champion!
Ember rises as the fans rally. Jessi whips but Ember blocks! Jessi tries again and sends Ember to a corner but Ember goes up and flies back for a CODE BREAKER! Ember has the legs, ties them up and turns Jessi over, Queen Angelito with some hair pulling into a chinlock! Jessi taps, Ember wins!
Winner: Ember Moon, by submission
That’s the first time the Prophecy of Flame won with a submission, and it definitely impressed! Whatever Ember calls that, will she be telling us all she was right to come back? But wait, someone trips Ember up and drags her out! It’s Dakota Kai, coming back for revenge! Dakota BOOTS Ember on the apron! Dakota was Eclipsed in that tag match last week, and she is pissed! “If you think you can just use me to get yourself back in the spotlight, think again!” Dakota counters Ember’s Law with an ultimatum! Will #CobraKai strike down Ember Moon before she has a chance to shine?
Something’s happened backstage!
Roderick Strong and NXT officials have found Bobby Fish down in a hallway! Fish insists he’s fine but he can barely stand! Kyle helps Strong get Fish up. Fish says someone blindsided him and went after his leg. And this, on the night of their NXT Tag Team Championship match! Could this be related to Ridge Holland’s attack on Adam Cole? Who is trying to eliminate the Undisputed Era?
Austin Theory VS Bronson Reed!
“The Real Superstar” says he can go #AllDay, but all he’s been doing lately is losing. Will that change or remain the same against the COLOSSAL One?
The bell rings and and Theory gets around Reed to shove him. Reed storms up on Theory and he goes to a corner, but the ref counts. Reed drags Theory out of the corner but Theory gets around to headlock. NXT patches in Mackenzie Mitchell with a quick update on Bobby Fish. Fish is on his way to a local hospital for an MRI on his knee. Therefore, Breezango won’t be facing Roderick Strong and Bobby Fish, but Roderick Strong and Kyle O’Reilly, who was confirmed medically cleared this morning. Will the combination of O’Reilly and Strong once again hold gold together?
As for the match, Reed powers out of Theory’s headlock, Theory leaps but BOUNCES OFF Reed’s shoulder! Reed watches Theory flounder and whips him corner to corner. Reed runs in to corner splash! Theory flounders around again, Reed brings him back up and throws haymakers! Theory flounders even more, Reed has him in another corner and CHOPS him down! Reed brings Theory up to whip corner to corner, Theory goes up and over and rolls back to dropkick! Reed wobbles but Theory stays on him with forearms and stomps. Theory has Reed in a corner, the ref counts but Theory lets off to bump Reed off buckles. Reed CHPOS Theory and sends him rolling! Reed drags Theory up, scoops, but Theory slips out to chop block! Theory clubs Reed then clamps on a chinlock!
Reed endures, fans rally and Theory talks trash. Reed fights up, pries free but Theory kicks the leg! Theory puts the chinlock back on, but Reed endures again. Fans rally, Reed powers up and throws big body shots! Theory knees low, whips but Reed reverses to POWERSLAM! And COLOSSAL SENTON! Theory is down, Reed goes up top, but Theory fires off forearms! Theory CHOPS, climbs up to join Reed, and tries to bring him up. Reed resists, CLUBS Theory and then shoves him down! Theory is back up but sent back down with that forearm! Reed adjusts, TSUNAMI SPLASH!! Cover, Reed wins!!
Winner: Bronson Reed, by pinfall
The losing streak for Theory continues, and Reed is back on track! Will Reed continue back up towards titles? Theory gets a mic as he gasps and sputters, and says, “Stop right there!” Theory is the FUTURE of the WWE! He’s 23 and done more in the business than Reed’s done in his entire “stupid 15 year career!” So get back in the ring because Theory isn’t going to stop until he wins. Reed does get in, and this rematch is happening!
Austin Theory VS Bronson Reed again!
Theory clubs away on Reed and stomps and forearms! Theory runs but into a POP-UP SAMOAN DROP!! That had some air! Cover, Reed wins AGAIN!
Winner: Bronson Reed, by pinfall again
Theory really didn’t think that through! Now he’s 2-0 in the same night! Will Theory every figure out what he’s missing to get out of this slump?
Backstage interview with Xia Li and Kacy Catanzaro.
Last week, Xia asked William Regal to give her a match, and when Kacy volunteered, this is the match-up he created. Xia wants everyone to understand how important having this match is, and she thanks Kacy for accepting the challenge. Kacy says that they’ve had their differences recently, but Xia has been a friend in the past, and Kacy is always up for a challenge. So the pressure is on Xia for some reason, what has changed? It’s just very important to Xia. She has to win, she needs this match. Kacy gets it. May the best woman win. Xia says this is going to be the biggest match of her career. She HAS to win. But why is she so desperate for a victory?
NXT Media finds Austin Theory as he leaves.
Any comments on losing to Bronson Reed twice in one night? “That’s it. I’m done.” Done? Theory puts his things in his car, and says he QUITS NXT?! Is he serious? Or is he just saying that out of frustration? Will Mr. Regal call Theory to see if he’ll reconsider?
Six Man Tag: El Legado del Fantasma VS Isaiah “Swerve” Scott, Ashante “Thee” Adonis & Jake Atlas!
Just as the saga of Santos Escobar and Isaiah “Swerve” Scott looks to be over, something keeps it going! Escobar, Raul Mendoza and Joaquin Wilde wanted after the man formerly known as Tehuti Miles in return for him screwing up their screw job, but they didn’t expect Atlas to help him out! And now, Swerve, Adonis and Atlas form a new alliance to take on the would-be conquerors of the Cruiserweight Division! Will Swerve’s House stand tall once again against El Legado?
The tension builds as all six men are in the ring. The bell rings, Legado bails out and Escobar says he’s too smart for that. They taunt Swerve’s team, then flank the ring! Swerve, Adonis and Atlas are ready, and then Swerve rushes forward to handspring out of the ring and get in Escobar’s face! Wilde and Mendoza rush in but Adonis and Atlas are ready! Those four brawl while Escobar smirks at Swerve’s trash talk! Escobar swings on Swerve but Swerve counter punches him! Swerve fires off on Escobar and throws him into barriers! Adonis throws Mendoza out while Swerve throws Escobar into steps! Atlas is on Wilde and fans are thunderous as Atlas CHOPS Wilde! Atlas drags Wilde up to throw hands then snapmares him to KICK him in the back! Atlas keeps on Wilde with a rain of furious right fists!
Atlas lets off to drag Wilde up and tags in Adonis. They double whip, Wilde runs into a FLAPJACK! Cover, TWO! Adonis clubs Wilde, drags him into a chinlock and then throws forearms on the back. Adonis puts Wilde on ropes and chokes him, then lets off to bump him off buckles. Tag to Atlas, they mug Wilde in the corner, and Atlas CLUBS Wilde in the chest. Atlas snap suplexes Wilde, uno amigo! And then dos amigo! Fans fire up for “Eddie! Eddie!” as Atlas hits the three amigos! Cover, TWO! Atlas keeps focused as he stomps Wilde down. Atlas talks smack and slaps Wilde around. Atlas also clubs Wilde, then clubs him again! Atlas drags Wilde up, throws him to a corner, and Wilde ends up rolling, posting groin first! Atlas mocks Wilde’s pain before he ROCKS him with a right!
Atlas knuckle locks, runs up a corner, but has to jump over Escobar! Atlas mule kicks Escobar from the top rope, sees Mendoza running in and leaps to get him, too! Headscissor arm-drag combo! Tag to Adonis and Atlas eggs Escobar on. Escobar runs in, Atlas dodges and Adonis sends him out! El Legado regroup but Adonis fakes them out! “Got ‘im!” Atlas helps Swerve go up top and FLY onto them all! Direct hit takes out Escobar and his cohorts and fans are fired up as “NXT! NXT!” goes picture in picture!
Swerve drags Wilde up and into the ring for Adonis and Adonis covers, TWO! Mendoza gets in but Adonis sees him coming so Mendoza bails back out. But Wilde blindside knees Adonis down! Adonis tumbles out, Mendoza tags in and he drags Adonis up to throw into steel steps! Mendoza goes in to coordinate with Wilde and they BLAST Atlas and Swerve off the apron! Swerve comes back but he gets mugged 2v1! El Legado clears off the announce desk! They mug Swerve more, and then bring him up to the apron. Swerve fights off their triple powerbomb but Escobar sweeps the legs! Swerve hits the apron on the way down and then Escobar backs off to his corner. Swerve slowly stands up and goes back to his corner while Mendoza covers Adonis, TWO!
Mendoza stomps Adonis down, steps over him then brings him up for a snap suplex! Tag to Wilde, Wilde drags Adonis up and CLUBS him down! Wilde pushes Adonis then taunts Swerve and Atlas. The ref keeps them out and Wilde stomps away on Adonis. Wilde drags Adonis up, Adonis fights back but Wilde rams him into the Legado corner. Wilde CHOPS Adonis, tags Mendoza and Mendoza CHOPS Adonis! Tag to Escobar, Legado mugs Adonis then Escobar pushes Adonis into the corner to CHOP him again! Adonis fights back but gets mugged more as Wilde tags in. Wilde snapmares Adonis and drives in a knee for a chinlock. NXT returns to single picture as fans rally for Adonis. Adonis fights up, fights out, but Wilde clubs away!
Wilde bumps Adonis off buckles, tags to Escobar, and Escobar stomps. Tag to Mendoza, double whip and double elbows! Wilde runs, Mendoza and Escobar are there, rebound hip toss splash! Mendoza LIONSAULTS! Cover, Swerve breaks it with a scuff of his boot. The ref gets Swerve to stand down, but Mendoza stomps Adonis down. Mendoza grins as he drags Adonis up to wrench and whip into the corner hard! Mendoza stomps a mudhole and digs in a knee, tag to Wilde. Wilde drags Adonis up and whips him to elbow him down hard! Wilde taunts Swerve and Atlas but again the ref keeps them in. Wilde stands on Adonis’ arm but Adonis fights up. Wilde knees low and hard then brings him to the corner. Tag to Escobar, they CHOP and CHOP away.
Escobar puts Adonis in a corner, rolls back to run in, DOUBLE KNEES to the chest! Escobar pushes Adonis down to stand on him, and not even as a cover, he’s just taunting his opponents. Tag to Mendoza, they mug Adonis more and Mendoza keeps Adonis from his corner. Mendoza has the arm for a mounted armlock, grinning at Swerve and Atlas. Fans rally up as Adonis endures. Mendoza jams the arm, pulls back harder, but Adonis powers up! Adonis fights up, Mendoza knees low and bumps him off buckles! Tag to Wilde, Wilde snapmares Adonis down to drive his knee in again! Wilde drags Adonis up, Adonis dropkicks him down! Fans fire up as both men are down, crawling for their corners! Hot tags to Escobar and Atlas!
Atlas springboards in to crossbody! Wilde returns but Atlas DECKS him! Atlas DECKS Mendoza, hits everyone and then uppercuts Escobar into a GERMAN SUPLEX! And he DECKS Escobar, too! Tag to Swerve, Escobar CALF KICKS Atlas! Swerve ROCKS Escobar with fast hands and has him in a corner! Swerve shoves, ROLLING THUNDER COMPLETE SHOTS! Cover, TWO! Escobar survives but Swerve whips him to ropes. Mendoza tags in, Escobar dodges the kick but Mendoza runs into the back drop! Swerve decks Wilde and then goes out to BOOT Escobar! Mendoza ENZIGURIS Atlas but Swerve comes around! Swerve is up top, Mendoza hits him first. Mendoza goes to the apron, drags Swerve to a fireman’s carry but Swerve slips out. They brawl on the edge, Swerve BOOTS Mendoza down! Mendoza YANKS Swerve down!
The ref wants this inside the ring but Wilde runs and leaps, but Atlas intercepts in midair! SPANISH FLY onto everyone! Well, not everyone as Escobar was nowhere near! But everyone is down and the fans are thunderous! Swerve rises and puts Mendoza in! Swerve half nelsons, lifts, but Mendoza manages to arm-drag out! Mendoza fires up and runs at Swerve, Swerve dodges and Mendoza goes up, but Swerve catches him for the CONFIDENCE BOOST! Cover, but Wilde breaks it up! Swerve throws Wilde out, tags Adonis, and they go after Mendoza. Swerve helps get Adonis up in bomb position, Swerve runs but Mendoza huricanranas Adonis into Swerve! Swerve staggers, Mendoza throws him out! Escobar returns, builds speed and DIVES! The ARROW FROM HELL sends Swerve over the desk! But Atlas is there, CARTWHEEL DDT off the desk!! Atlas is fired up after taking down the champion!
Meanwhile, Mendoza waistlocks Adonis, and Wilde tags in before Adonis bucks Mendoza away! Hotshot, then the ENZIGURI LEG SWEEP!! Cover, El Legado wins!!
Winners: El Legado del Fantasma, by pinfall
The Leader of Leaders was wiped out but his cohorts took care of this for him! Escobar has the Cruiserweight Championship for now, but will Atlas rise up to take that all away?
The Garganos are upset.
“Why are we doing this?” Candice LeRae knows how Johnny feels about chance wheels. Yes, but- Everybody knows Johnny Gargano hates wheels! Yet here we are. Yes, but this is to prepare themselves for the worst. They are going to spin the wheel, but they can’t leave it all to chance. So Candice has created a tiny version of the Halloween Havoc wheel of stipulations to practice with. It’s literally a training wheel. Fine! What’s the worst that can happen? Johnny gives the wheel a spin, and he lands on… Buried Alive. THAT is the worst that can happen. He’ll be buried alive, with a bunch of dirt on him! What’re the odds of that, though? One in a million? Technically one in 12… Just take your turn, Candice.
Candice spins and lands on… Trick or Street Fight! That’s great! Candice can totally beat Io Shirai in one of those! Great, for her! Candice will be champion, Johnny will be six feet under! He goes again. And lands on… Casket Match! Almost as bad as Buried Alive. “Why does this wheel want me dead?!” This is why he hates them! They’re unpredictable! He can’t control them! Candice knows how he does things! He needs to be in control! “I hate you, wheel! I hate you!” Johnny storms off to go to bed, and tells Candice to get rid of the wheel. Will Johnny have better luck with the real wheel next week?
Killian Dain & Drake Maverick VS Ever-Rise!
While the Belfast Beast and Rockstar Spud don’t have a team name yet like Chase Parker and Matt Marthel have, Big Damo isn’t going to let anyone bully Drake, because that’s Dain’s thing! Will they at least stay on the same page here tonight?
The teams sort out, Maverick starts with Parker and they tie up. They go around, Parker pulls hair and puts Maverick in the corner. Tag to Marthel and Ever-Rise mugs Maverick. Marthel scoops, Parker runs, backbreaker and KNEE! Marthel taunts Maverick, wrenches and yanks the arm, tags to Parker, and the mugging continues. Parker stomps a mudhole into Maverick then throws haymakers. Parker drags Maverick up to shove him to ropes, and CLUB him on the rebound! Tag to Marthel and they mug Maverick more. Marthel bumps Maverick off buckle then whips him corner to corner. Tag to Parker, Parker whips Marthel for Marthel to whip Parker in for a big forearm smash! Parker feeds Maverick to Marthel’s drop toehold, then hits the BOOYAH elbow drop!
Parker taunts Dain, “This is your partner?!” but Maverick hits back Maverick swings into a back suplex but manages to tag Dain! Parker throws Maverick out but turns around into Dain’s clothesline! Dain hip tosses Marthel in, runs Parker over, and then he bumps Marthel off buckles to CLOBBER him! Dain whips Parker, and hits the DIVIDE! Marthel staggers up into the fireman’s carry but Parker chop blocks the legs! Marthel staggers away, but Dain gets up! Dain choke grips Parker but Marthel chop blocks again! Parker has the leg, turns Dain over for a HALF CRAB! Marthel makes Maverick watch “the loser” and says that’s Maverick’s only friend! Maverick gets mad and ROCKS Marthel! And then whips him into boards!
Marthel catches up to Maverick to keep him from Dain! Marthel shoves Maverick into the timekeeper’s area, so Maverick grabs a chair! Maverick JAMS Marthel without the ref seeing! Maverick gets in with the chair, the ref tells him no, but Maverick SMACKS Parker on the back!!
Winners: Ever-Rise, by disqualification
The rage of Rockstar Spud has been unleashed! He SMACKS Marthel! Ever-Rise retreats and Maverick shouts, “WHO WANTS SOME?!” Fans are thunderous and Dain is shocked! The team lost, and Maverick realizes what he did. Dain is upset, Maverick apologizes but understands if he wants to him him. Dain slaps him on the chest and says, “THAT WAS AWESOME!” Maverick actually kicked some ass! Dain wonders where THAT Maverick has been! Well, the music doesn’t help, but Dain has started to respect Maverick. A little. Will that little respect grow as the two stick together?
There’s been another backstage incident?!
And this time, it’s Roderick Strong! He is down in a doorway and Kyle shows up. Medics check on Strong but he looks in worse shape than Fish! Who is doing this to the Undisputed Era?! Will they even be able to compete for the titles tonight?
NXT returns with Regal, Breezango and others on the scene.
Regal asks “How the bloody hell did nobody see who did it?!” Danny Burch says he and Oney Lorcan at least heard something happening. Regal tells Kyle that he knows this is a rough position, but NXT promised a tag title match tonight. Kyle knows, he isn’t competing tonight. And at this point, maybe they should just give the match to the runner-ups, Lorcan and Burch. Burch says he and Oney don’t want it this way. The UE won fair and square. Maybe just have one of them substitute in. Kyle isn’t so sure about that. Kyle leaves, and Regal asks if Breezango has any objections to the change. They don’t. Then that’s that. Breezango will now defend against Oney and Burch, “best of luck to the four of you.” They shake hands, but with the way things are going, will they all make it to the main event?
Xia Li VS Kacy Catanzaro w/ Kayden Carter!
The Spicy is growing a bit desperate, but with no real explanation why. Will it matter if she can get a win over the American Ninja Warrior?
The bell rings and KC circles with Xia. They tie up, go around, Xia headlocks but KC powers out only to be run over. Xia talks trash then runs, but sees KC drop down so she counters with a body scissors and clutch! ONE, KC wobbles up but into a whip. KC goes up and over, O’Conner rolls but Xia slips out, only for KC to basement dropkick! Twisting splash and a cover, TWO! KC is after an arm but Xia chinbars, and then ties KC’s hair around a rope! Xia hits the rope to pull the hair and tweak KC’s neck! Xia whips, hip tosses and CHOPS KC down! KC gets to ropes as Xia fires herself up. Xia drags KC up for knees from all sides then a hard back kick! Cover, TWO! Another try, TWO! Xia is furious as she tries again, TWO!
Xia argues the count but two is two. Xia drags KC back up, scoops her, but KC slips out and shoves! KC dodges and comes back with body shots! KC rocks Xia and keeps on her! KC stomps a mudhole in a corner but Xia pushes her away. KC fires up and comes back with an A-List Lariat! KC throws Xia out, HANDSPRING AX KICK! KC wheelbarrows, victory rolls, KC wins!
Winner: Kacy Catanzaro, by pinfall
Xia can’t believe she lost! She CLOBBERS KC! Kayden gets in but Xia BOOTS her down! Xia fires off on KC and bumps her off buckles! She stomps a mudhole into KC, losing her cool! But Raquel gets in to CLOBBER Xia! And then she lifts KC to throw her at Kayden! And then she drags Kayden up, fisherman POWERBOMB! Whatever problems Xia is dealing with, Raquel doesn’t care! “Rhea Ripley! THIS is what awaits you! I’m bigger! I’m badder! And next week at Halloween Havoc, I’m going to be La Diabla of your nightmare!” Big Mama Cruel wants to take over and be THE woman to fear in NXT! Will she be just that after taking on the Mosh Pit Kid?
Backstage interview with Cameron Grimes.
Next week, he’s 1v1 with Dexter Lumis, just as he figured it’d happen after he stomped Dexter here, there and everywhere. But what are his thoughts on it being next week- Right, Halloween Havoc! Lumis VS Grimes! Got it, Mackenzie, thanks. But it’s a Haunted House of Terror match. Wait, a what? Haunted House of Terror. The heck is that? Who said it was that? Mr. Regal confirmed it. AND LUMIS IS STARING AT GRIMES THROUGH A WINDOW! Grimes is in disbelief about the stipulation. Regal’s accent is a bit thick, maybe he said something and it just sounded like that. Is Grimes afraid? G-Grimes ain’t afraid! W-Why would he be afraid? He’s b-beaten L-Lumis loads of times, and after this H-Haunted House thing… Grimes g-g-going to the moon… Will Grimes be up all night worrying about this haunting news?
Io Shirai studies up on Halloween Havoc.
Spin the Wheel, Make a Deal. The Evil Genius does her research on each stipulation, and the likely outcome. Biker Chain Match, a la Brock Lesnar VS The Undertaker, “I beat Candice.” Blindfold match, another classic, “I beat Candice.” Casket Match, also a la Taker, “I beat Candice.” Trick or Street Fight, “I beat Candice.” Weapons Wild Match, a la a certain Lunatic Fringe asylum, “I beat Candice.” At Halloween Havoc, no matter what, Shirai beats Candice. Will the odds always be in the NXT Women’s Champion’s favor?
Thatch As Thatch Can is in the ring!
Timothy Thatcher welcomes us to a special live session of his teachings. Tonight’s lesson: success. “Now, to understand your craft and be a confident technical wrestler does not lead to success. You need to have aggression and you need to be able to show no mercy.” Tonight, Thatcher and… What’s your name again? Anthony Greene. Thatcher and Andrew here will demonstrate how to apply simple techniques in a way that causes extreme pain. So Alex, go for his leg. Greene does, and Thatcher quickly sprawls to push Greene down. So now, Thatcher easily has Greene’s head. As he tries to work his way back up, you can hook it, stop the shoulder, bar the face, use his chest to block the rise.
Now, as Thatcher went over before, cutting bone digs underneath as he lifts up. Greene taps to the modified facelock and Thatcher releases. The fans applaud as Thatcher explains it damages the neck and turns the head in an awkward angle. Alright Matt, let’s go again, and this time be aggressive. Green goes in faster, Thatcher flips him over this time and has the double wristlock. This time, Thatcher used his opponent’s own momentum against him. Thatcher grabbed the arm Greene left exposed, pulled him right over. Notice the angle here. Greene taps to the wristlock, but there’s still so much more space to take it! Thatcher pushes with his legs as he works to bring the arm even further behind Greene! Greene keeps tapping and shouts for Thatcher to left off. Thatcher says it’s no work for him, all pain for Greene.
Thatcher finally lets go and explains that the double wristlock is effective because no matter how big someone is, the arm can’t push out. Greene is upset but Thatcher pats him on the shoulder. It’s how you learn! So obviously, Greene can’t take the leg, so Thatcher offers up an arm. But Greene DOES get the leg and he trips Thatcher up! Thatcher comes back, and Greene uses what he was just taught to get Thatcher in a facelock! They end up on ropes, fans cheer as the student is punking out the professor! Thatcher pries free and Greene backs off. Thatcher is upset, but he does have to admit that was good. Greene wants to be a tough guy, huh? Well let’s move on from a demonstration to an exhibition. The referee gets in, and Thatcher DECKS Green! Ring the bell!
Timothy Thatcher VS Anthony Greene!
Thatcher throws off the shirt and RAMS a knee into Greene’s side! And again! Thatcher stomps Green, fans rally for “Andrew!” but Thatcher drags him up into a corner. Thatcher throws forearms over and over, the ref backs him up. Thatcher drags Greene up in the facelock, and ROCKS him with the EuroUpper! Thatcher has a standing heel hook, he kicks away on Greene’s back then steps over for a HALF CRAB! Greene taps, Thatcher wins!
Winner: Timothy Thatcher, by submission
But Thatcher tortures Greene’s leg with a deeper pull! Fans boo as Thatcher holds on longer. Thatcher kicks Greene out of his ring, literally, and then says, “Class dismissed.” Thatch As Thatch Can is far more than a school of hard knocks, it’s a university of vicious locks! Will Thatcher school even more of NXT’s prospects?
Damian Priest speaks.
While getting his tattoos touched up, the Archer of Infamy says, “Johnny, before TakeOver: 31, I understood why you came at me the way you did. I’ve been there, you know I’ve done that.” But the difference between them is that win or lose, once Priest’s handled business, he moves on. Gargano can’t do that, can he? He can’t let go because he’s still wondering, “What happened to the great Johnny Wrestling? What’s changed?” Priest will tell him: not a damn thing. Gargano is still great as he ever was. What changed was Priest showed up. Halloween Havoc’s wheel will decide the stipulation, and it could be very dangerous. Priest can take the pain. Can Gargano?
NXT Tag Team Championships: Breezango VS Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch!
What was meant to be a match with The Undisputed Era’s “Rod ‘n’ Bob Express” turned into Strong & O’Reilly, and now not the Undisputed Era at all! Will the One Two make good on this newest second chance? Or will Prince Pretty and the Lord of the Dance keep those golden accessories around their wrists?
NXT returns as the introductions are made. The belts are raised, the teams sort out, and it’s Fandango and Oney to start off this surprise turn of (main) events!
Fandango and Oney circle as fans rally up. They tie up, Oney arm-drags Fandango then the two stand off. Fandango and Oney circle again, tie up again, and are in a deadlock. Fans rally as Fandango gets a headlock. Oney powers up but can’t power out as Fandango holds tight. Oney tries again and gets free this time, to then arm-drag Fandango, only for Fandango to get the headlock back! Fandango grinds Oney down, Oney fights up and powers out again. Fandango runs Oney over, swivels the hips then speeds things up. Oney jumps but into a CHOP! Fandango CHOPS more, then whips Oney corner to corner. Oney reverses, Fandango goes up and sunset flips but Oney slips out to get a leg! Oney wants the Crab but Fandango flails. Oney still gets the HALF CRAB! Ropebreak! Oney lets go fast and the two reset.
Fandango and Oney tie up, Oney throws EuroUppers but Fandango EuroUppers back! Oney kicks and CHOPS, wrenches, tags Burch in. The One Two double wrench and double chop Fandango, then Burch EuroUppers Fandango down! Burch drags Fandango up, wrenches to an elbow breaker, then throws another EuroUpper, but into a backslide! TWO, Fandango EuroUppers Burch! Tag to Breeze, Breezango mug Burch in their corner then Breeze snap suplexes! Cover, ONE, but Breeze keeps close. Burch moves around, fights up, but Breeze clubs him down. Breeze puts Burch in the corner but Burch fights back with haymakers! Breeze powers Burch back in and rams his shoulder in! The ref counts, Breeze lets off and stomps a mudhole! Breeze digs his heels in, the ref counts, Breeze lets off.
Burch gets out, Breeze pursues but Burch headbutts low! Burch throws a EuroUpper then throws Breeze into barriers! Fans fire up as Burch brings Breeze up. Breeze pushes him away, the ring count climbs, but Burch gets in and grabs at Breeze from the apron. Burch gets Breeze in at 7 but Breeze goes out and trips Burch. Breeze SLAMS Burch’s leg into the post! Burch writhes and winces as NXT goes picture in picture.
Breeze gets back after Burch’s leg to POST it again! Burch writhes more, Breeze gets in and drags Burch up. Burch DECKS Breeze! Burch hobbles, tags in Oney, and Oney runs into an enziguri! The BritAm Brawlers are down, Breeze tags in Fandango! Fandango drops a knee on Oney’s leg then throws haymakers. Fandango CHOPS Oney in the corner, whips him corner to corner HARD, and watches Oney hit the mat. Cover, TWO! Fandango drags Oney up, swivels the hips as he facelocks and suplexes, to hang Oney out to dry! Tag to Breeze, Breezango BOOT SANDWICH! Cover, TWO! Breeze keeps on Oney, drags him over and tags Fandango in. They mug Oney, Fandango drags Oney up to throw hands but Oney hits back!
Oney CHOPS Fandango, tags Burch, and the One Two work together, atomic drop to HEADBUTT! Cover, TWO! Burch dares Fandango to get up, then drags him away to tag in Oney. NXT returns to single picture as Oney EuroUppers Fandango down! Cover, ONE! Oney tags Burch, they coordinate on Fandango again, but Fandango slips out to kick Burch’s bad leg! Oney is on Fandango, he ducks the back elbow but not Fandango’s LARIAT! Fandango LARIATS Burch, too! The One Two go out, Fandango follows and throws hands! Fandango CHOPS Burch, Breeze joins in to brawl with Oney! The ref has a ring count, Oney EuroUppers Breeze and Burch CHOPS Fandango! Oney gets in the ring, Burch DECKS Fandango, and Oney DIVES, into a BEAUTY SHOT! Burch throws Burch over the barriers!
The ring count starts again, Burch leaves Breeze behind but Fandango gets him for a kick and FALCON ARROW! Fandango hurries up top, leaps, LAST DANCE LEG DROP! Cover, TWO!?! Burch survives but Fandango is too tired to be shocked. Breeze flounders his way back to his corner and fans are rallying hard as ever. Fandango drags Burch up and over to the corner, tags Breeze in, and the champs coordinate. But Oney get sin to throw Fandango out! Oney ducks the enziguri to get the leg! HALF CRAB! Burch adds on the CROSSFACE! The ref counts, Oney holds on but Fandango throws him out! Fandango stomps Burch then bails out! Breeze and Burch are down but so are their partners! Fandango returns to his corner first and fans rally as Burch and Breeze rise.
Burch hobbles to Breeze, Breeze trips him by the bad leg and drops elbow after elbow on the knee! Burch writhes but Breeze slowly makes his way to an open corner. Breeze climbs up, Burch trips him up! Burch drags Breeze out, LONDON TOWER! Cover, Oney tries to intercept Fandango but Fandango just barrels through to break up the pin! All four men are down and the fans are loving this! The ref tells the illegal partners to leave as the teams regroup. Burch grits his teeth, Oney snarls, Breezango DOUBLE SUPERKICK Burch down! Oney runs, misses, DOUBLE SUPERKICKS for him, too! Fandango hurries up to the top rope, but a masked man shoves him down!? Who is that in that shiny mask?! He goes under the ring before the ref can see him! The ref is distracted checking on Fandango, Burch LOW BLOWS Breeze?! What is this!?
Burch and Oney get Breeze up, ASSISTED DRAPING DDT!! Cover, Burch and Lorcan win!?!
Winners: Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch, by pinfall (NEW NXT Tag Team Champions)
For the first time ever in the WWE, these two are champions! But needless to say, there was a lot of controversy! Wait, the masked man returns and celebrates with these two? Who is this?! The mask comes off, and it’s… PAT MCAFEE!! “You’re NEW NXT Tag Team Champions~! Danny Burch! Oney Lorcan! And that, my friends, is Undisputed!” McAfee orchestrated the most elaborate screw job ever! “You’re welcome!”
This was a pretty great episode, with lots of twists and turns. The opening Triple Threat was incredible and a bit of a surprise. I thought we would’ve gotten Ciampa VS Dream that Kushida interferes with and then Halloween Havoc would add a Triple Threat with a Halloween theme. But either way, it’s big for Kushida to win. Maybe he is in line for the North American Championship after next week’s match. We got great promos from the Garganos, Priest and Shirai, too. Johnny is hilarious with his dislike of roulette wheels. I really thought he was going to trash the one Candice made out of anger. And also, I hope NXT didn’t show their hand by Candice landing on Trick or Street Fight. That’s a good match and all, but we need to go fairly big for the first ever NXT Halloween Havoc. If the “Weapons Wild” is implied to be the rehashed Ambrose Asylum, go with that.
I like that Grimes VS Lumis was given a stipulation to fit Halloween, and Grimes was hilarious in his promo going 180 from confident to very afraid. I don’t know what the Haunted House of Terror match is going to look like, but these two are going to make it a lot of fun. Xia’s story is intriguing, I just kinda wished Raquel let her off the hook so we could understand why Xia is desperate. But Raquel sends a message to Rhea, so she’s totally losing right? A bit of a shame in some respects. Dakota going after Ember was a good touch, though. Ember gets a win off Jessi Kamea in a really good match, but could have an extended feud with Dakota. Dain and Maverick VS Ever-Rise was good, but Maverick snapping was definitely the best. Especially with Dain actually starting to accept Maverick. Maybe they do change the theme to something they can both agree on, and that helps them really get going as a team.
I really thought Theory’s story was going to take him into The Johnny Gargano Way, but after losing a pretty good match to Reed, then demanding another only to get crushed, I suppose him “quitting” is also an interesting direction. I wonder if this still leads him towards #TJGW as Johnny reaches out to him. We also need developments with Indi Hartwell, so maybe she shows up during whatever kind of match the NXT Women’s Championship is under. Which actually might dictate that it is something more like Trick of Street Fight, or just something not in a cage environment. Thatch As Thatch Can was a pretty good segment, but I almost expected someone to go out and save Anthony/Andrew/Alex Greene. Maybe that’ll be the next time class is live in the ring.
The Cruiserweight Six Man Tag was a lot of fun, maybe just a little hairy here or there, but definitely something. And though it wasn’t obvious at first, the ending sequence definitely made it seem that Atlas was moving up. Atlas got the drop on Escobar, he is Latino and gave the smack talk in Spanish as good as the Heels, and shows a lot of promise overall with his combination of athletics and charisma. It’s a shame Swerve never got the belt off Escobar once, a bit like Austin Aries in his rivalry with Adrian Neville a couple years ago, but maybe Swerve and Adonis can be the tag team I was picturing them to be. And maybe, with everyone having seen Escobar’s tricks, Swerve and Adonis to counter Mendoza and Wilde, and Atlas’ newfound aggression, he’s the first man to dethrone Escobar.
Now obviously story of the night was the Undisputed Era being picked apart. This was actually a great way to pivot from the Ridge Holland injury. Or it could have even been the plan all along, but the injury was just an unfortunate detail that happened. Either way, PAT MCAFEE being the mastermind behind this conspiracy is incredible! He has the money from his multi-million dollar endeavors, so of course he could pay Holland enough to buy that fancy car. He lost to Adam Cole, so he wants revenge, and he got some of that by keeping the UE out of the title match. Then he screws over Breezango to help Burch and Lorcan, who could easily have been on this the entire time! Oney and Lorcan sidelining Holland could’ve been them “tying up loose ends,” or however they might say it in a crime drama series. This has to lead to McAfee recruiting a fourth, his team VS UE, at the very least in an 4v4 elimination tag.
My Score: 9/10
Andrew’s IMPACT Results & Match Ratings: 12.1.2022
After the holiday, we get on track for Hard to Kill. Deonna vs Mickie James is the main event…do we see Mickie’s career end tonight?
With the holiday last week, I wasn’t home to cover IMPACT so it’s going to be a fun night of how much I remember and how well they frame the stories.
We’re on the road to Hard to Kill, so we need to remind people about Over Drive and then move forward. I’m also curious if we get any resolution on the VBD stare down after EY lost. I really don’t want EY to get kicked since that will be a sad group of mid card sacks of shit. But I guess we’ll see.
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) December 2, 2022
- Rich Swann vs Bully Ray: Swann wins via DQ – * 1/2
- Moose vs Bhupinder Gujjar: Moose wins via Lights Out – * 3/4
- Steve Maclin vs Frankie Kazarian: Kaz wins via DQ – **
- Last Rodeo: Deonna Purrazzo vs Mickie James: Mickie wins via Victory Roll – *** 1/2
We get the Over Drive highlights, so I’m guessing they did their usual Thanksgiving fun episode. Bully Ray walks out to start the show. Bully recaps things, explains how he kept his word while running down the crowd, intimidating children and doing solid heel work.
It goes a little long, but thankfully Rich Swann eventually gets sick of the diatribe and rushes the ring. Swann gets in a few pot shots, but Bully bails out, tries to walk away and gets a plancha. The referee comes out and the match will kick off the show!
Rich Swann vs Bully Ray
Bully jaws a little, lays in some punches and power moves but Rich eventually turns the tide. The quick step over back kick and a Frog Splash for 1. But then Bully catches Rich on the top rope, Tree of Woe and starts wailing on him.
Bully keeps control of Swann until Swann drops down with the Jawbreaker and then we see him start using the speed and athleticism with kicks and top rope moves. Bully stifles Rich, goes for the Avalanche Senton as he flirts with the referee and misses. Rich hits a 450 Splash for 2, and then we see a little back and forth, before Bully grabs his chain and hits Rich in front of the referee. So the DQ happens but Bully doesn’t care. Bully gets a chair and other weapons from under the ring and starts beating on Rich.
Bully really likes these zip ties, Tommy Dreamer comes out to stop Bully though. They argue, Bully shoves Dreamer and then D’Amore hits the ring to try and quell this. Bully is defiant, even D’Amore is getting fired up and looks like he wants to fight Bully. Dreamer trying to keep D’Amore away from Bully is funny and pretty great.
Moose vs Bhupinder Gujjar
Definitely not a match I expected.
Moose gets in the early shots, but Gujjar starts to fire back and he gets some solid shots sending Moose to the outside. Gujjar takes to long to pander after the Dropkick and Moose has him eat a Big Boot into an Apron Powerbomb.
Gujjar shows more fire but Moose cuts him down. Moose goes for the Lights Out, but Gujjar dodges sending Moose into the corner. A few shots, Ripcord Knee, Slingblade and now…tuning up the Gargoyle Spear but Moose side steps it like Samoa Joe. Gujjar leapfrogs the Lights Out again, but Moose puts the brakes on and fires back connecting with the Lights Out and the win.
Moose starts to rant and says that he doesn’t want any of the idiots to to talk about Bully Ray or “Say his name”, and then JOE HENDRY’s music hits! There is already a “This is Awesome” chant just with Joe Hendry and Moose standing in the ring. Hendry fights Moose off mostly and Gujjar hits the awful Spear out of nowhere to get Moose to powder out.
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) December 2, 2022
Steve Maclin vs Frankie Kazarian
Maclin starts off with some big strikes but Kaz ducks the line and hits the Springboard Reverse Elbow, and begins his offensive. Kaz beats on him in one corner then Maclin tosses him out and we see some back and forth. Neither are really landing big strikes, Maclin keeps some control with smaller strikes and knees against the ropes, but nothing really definitive.
A few of Maclin’s shots piss off Kaz and they Hockey Fight a little but Maclin keeps all of the control. Kaz does finally start a comeback and we get some of the classic Kaz Flying Forearm, Guillotine Legdrop and Slingshot Cutter. Maclin powder…and grabs a chair. So…another DQ finish?
Last Rodeo: Deonna Purrazzo vs Mickie James
They do a good job pacing things back and forth early on. Deonna fights back and starts to rock Mickie, the Slingshot into the bottom rope gives Deonna full control. Headlock Takeover and tries to wear Mickie down, Mickie fires back but Deonna refuses to give her the advantage. Mickie finally manages to slow her down with a Headscissors and now we get Mickie dropping Deonna down, Mickie goes to the top for the Thesz Press, but Deonna pushes her off.
Commercial break kicks in, and Deonna hits a Brainbuster for a few sequential pinfall attempts, but Mickie refuses to stay down. Camel Clutch from Deonna is wearing down Mickie but she manages to fight out. A few back elbows, then Mickie goes to the ropes to try offense but Deonna stifles. They struggle and Mickie finally gets Deonna on the outside, Dropkick and Thesz Press to the outside.
Mickie throws Deonna in, Missile Dropkick, Neckbreaker and looking for the Mick D-T, but Deonna stops it. Tornado DDT attempt from Mickie, but a Pump Kick from Deonna drops Mickie for a 2 count. Queen’s Gambit attempt, Superkick counter from Mickie for another 2. Mick D-T again, but Deonna blocks and swings around driving Mickie down into the Fujiwara. Venus Di Milo gets locked in too close to the ropes.
Locomotion Victory Rolls, Deonna tries to grab the tights, but Mickie counters through and picks up the win with a little tights pull of her own.
Jordynne’s music hits. She basically says they both put things behind them, and challenges Mickie at Hard to Kill. Career versus Title.
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) December 2, 2022
Overall Score: 6/10
Honestly, Bully went on a little long, Moose’s promo was a little too similar to Bully just being a piece of shit. Plus the match quality aside from the main event was lame, two DQs is redundant…so yeah, not sure what to make of this.
Career versus Title for Knockouts is nice but then after that we had the vignette killing off Eric Young so VBD is a mid card faction. Which I guess is a little sad since this is the best Deaner we’ve ever seen, but he’s still not a credible on the card.
So it was a weird show, but Joe Hendry always makes things a little better.
Mitchell’s NJPW WTL X Super Jr. Tag Results & Report! (11/30/22)
World Tag League, Round 4!
Will the United Empire continue to conquer?
World Tag League finally goes again, and round four might be bad luck for the top of the block! Will Aussie Open continue to lead as an undefeated duo?
- Tomoaki Honma & Ryohei Oiwa VS Yuto Nakashima & Oska Leube; Nakashima & Leube win.
- Six Man Tag: Master Wato, Clark Connors & Kosei Fujita VS Suzuki-Gun; Suzuki-Gun wins.
- 8 Man Tag: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS Bullet Club; LIJ wins.
- World Tag League 2022: Alex Coughlin & Gabriel Kidd VS Bad Luck Fale & Chase Owens; Fale & Chase win.
- World Tag League 2022: Great-O-Khan & Aaron Henare VS Minoru Suzuki & Lance Archer; Suzuki & Archer win.
- World Tag League 2022: Aussie Open VS EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi; Aussie Open wins.
- World Tag League 2022: Tetsuya Naito & SANADA VS Shane Haste & Mikey Nicholls; Shane & Mikey win.
- World Tag League 2022: Toru Yano & Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI; Yano & Tanahashi win.
PLAY BY PLAY
Here are the current World Tag League standings!
Aussie Open: 3-0, 6 points
Goto & Hashi: 2-1, 4 points
Naito & Sanada: 2-1, 4 points
Suzuki & Archer: 2-1, 4 points
Khan & Henare: 2-1, 4 points
The Mighty: 2-1, 4 points
Yano & Tanahashi: 1-2, 2 points
Chase & Fale: 1-2, 2 points
Evil & Yujiro: 0-3, 0 points
Coughlin & Kidd: 0-3, 0 points
World Tag League 2022: Alex Coughlin & Gabriel Kidd VS Bad Luck Fale & Chase Owens!
The #MechanicalBulls are barely holding on, but so are the General’s Jewels! Who gets a grip and claws their way back up before it’s too late?
The teams sort out and Kidd starts against Chase. Fans rally as the two circle, and they’re able to cheer “KIDDU! KIDDU!” The two tie up with knuckle locks, break, then go again. Chase waistlocks, but Kidd pries free to wrench. Chase spins and wrenches back to top wristlock. Kidd slips around, spins Chase and snapmares, then sits him up to a chinlock. Chase fights up to get in the ropes. The ref counts the break and Kidd counts along to let go at 4. Chase is annoyed but Kidd says it’s okay. Kidd and Chase approach, Chase kicks the knuckle lock away to tie up collar ‘n’ elbow. Chase puts Kidd in a corner, the ref counts, and Chase lets off.
Chase CHOPS Kidd, but Kidd DECKS Chase! Kidd fires up and fans applaud. Chase stands up and resets with Kidd, they tie up, and Chase claws Kidd’s eyes! The ref reprimands, Chase headlocks but Kidd powers out. Chase runs Kidd over and tells him, “SUCK IT!” Things speed up, Kidd hurdles but Chase stomps the monkey flip with a stomp! Chase headlocks but Coughlin tags in as Kidd powers out. Kidd drops down and Coughlin scoops Chase to SLAM! Kidd drops a SENTON, then the Mechanical Bulls flex. Coughlin deadlift gut wrenches for the SUPLEX! Fans fire up and Chase goes to a corner. Coughlin runs in, but Chase dodges!
Chase CHOPS, and CHOPS, but Coughlin just frowns at him. Coughlin puts Chase in the corner, but Chase blocks the chop with knees! Coughlin shapes out the arm and Chase storms up on him, but Coughlin picks Chase up to RAM him in the corner! Coughlin UPPERCUTS, CHOPS, and roars! Fans fire up with The Android as he drags Chase up. Coughlin tags Kidd, whips Chase, then kicks Chase low. Kidd knee lifts, Coughlin CHOPS, and Chase falls for Kidd to drop an elbow! Fale gets in but Coughlin kicks him first. The Mechanical Bulls mug Fale then double whip, but Fale runs them both over! Fans fire up as the Rogue General stomps Kidd.
Fale drags Kidd up, whips him corner to corner, and Chase stomps a mudhole in. Chase drags Kidd up to scrape his face on the ropes! Tag to Fale, and Chase pushes Kidd down for him and Fale to stand on his back! The ref counts but Chase & Fale salute. Bullet Club steps away at 4, and Fale drags Kidd to a cover. TWO, and Fale is upset with the ref. Fans rally for Kidd but Fale stomps him down. Fale drags Kidd up but Kidd CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Fale throat chops back! Kidd sputters and Fale tags Chase. Chase drags Kidd up, he and Fale double whip, and they body shot, knee lift and LARIAT! Cover, TWO!
Fans fire up for Kidd but Chase taunts Coughlin. The ref stops Coughlin from getting in as Chase brings Kidd up. Kidd swings but Chase dodges to BELL CLAP! Chase throws Kidd down for the NECK TWEAK! Kidd writhes and Chase tags Fale. Bullet Club whip Kidd to a corner, then Fale runs in, only for Kidd to dodge! Chase runs in but Kidd dumps him out! Fans rally up but Fale stomps Kidd down. Fale drags Kidd up, scoops him, but Kidd slips off! SUPERKICK! Fale staggers away and fans fire up! Kidd crawls for his corner, hot tag to- NO, Chase trips Coughlin! Chase wags his finger, and Fale SPLASHES Kidd in the corner! Cover, TWO!
Fans rally up and Kidd sputters, but Fale tags Chase. Chase drags Kidd up and calls his shot! Chase suplexes, but Kidd blocks! Kidd throws body shots, but Chase blocks his suplex. They fight for control and fans rally up. Chase gets Kidd up, but Kidd fights back down to TENZAN BRAINBUSTER! Kidd fires up as fans fire up, and both men crawl to their corners. Hot tags to Coughlin and Fale! The Android dodges the General to RAM shoulders! Coughlin fires off forearms then scoops! But Fale’s too big! Or is he?! Fale CLUBS Coughlin before he’s off the ground too far! Fale scoops Coughlin to a fireman’s carry, but Coughlin fights free!
Coughlin fires off more forearms, he ROCKS Fale, then tries the scoop! Fans rally but Fale resists! Coughlin knees low, CHOPS, and fires up! “LET’S GO!!” Coughlin runs but Fale CLOBBERS him! Fale then runs to drop a BIG elbow! Cover, TWO! Fans cheer as Coughlin is still in this. Tag to Chase, Bullet Club double whip to FLAPJACK and SLIDING BOOT! Cover, but Kidd breaks it! Fans fire up as Kidd fires off forearms on Bullet Club! Kidd forearms, CHOPS, repeat! Kidd roars, runs, but Chase gets around to waistlock and lift! Fale runs in, GRENADE LAUNCHER! Fale whips Coughlin corner to corner, Chase runs in and forearm smashes!
Fale runs in to SPLASH! Fale then scoops Coughlin and Chase goes up, but Coughlin slips free! Coughlin shoves Fale into Chase, and Chase falls onto his crown jewels! Fale staggers, into a SCOOP SLAM!! The Android roars and fans fire up! Coughlin clinches Chase, for an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Fans fire up more and Coughlin drags Chase up. But Chase BOOTS, C-TRIGGERS, and tucks Coughlin in! PACKAGE DRIVER!! Cover, Chase & Fale win!
Winners: Chase Owens & Bad Luck Fale, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Coughlin & Kidd earn 0)
Chase turns things around in the blink of an eye, and he and Fale survive the Mechanical Bulls! Can they survive until the end of the league to be a finalist? As for Coughlin & Kidd, is their run already over at 0-4?
World Tag League 2022: Great-O-Khan & Aaron Henare VS Minoru Suzuki & Lance Archer!
The All United Empire Finals is still possible, but only if the Dominator & Ultimate Weapon continue to dominate! Will they keep their hopes alive? Or will even the Empire see that #EverybodyDies?
As always, The Orchestrator, Gideon Grey, is here to give the Empire’s introductions. As for the Murderhawk Monster, he storms over the railing to get right up to commentary! Milano Collection AT and Master Wato ask for mercy, they don’t wanna get hit. Then Suzuki makes his entrance and Archer chases Gideon! Gideon runs all the way to the back row, and Archer pushes Young Lion Oskar Leube out of his way. Fans all join in on “KAZE NI NARE!” and then Suzuki-Gun attacks the Empire! Archer kicks Henare and throws him out while Suzuki himself is after Khan! Suzuki throws Khan out, stomps him at ringside, and the bell rings!
Suzuki stands Khan up to knee him low, then kick him down! Archer chases a cameraman off, but then Henare dodges his boot into the post! Henare comes back to ROCK Archer! Khan and Suzuki trade forearms, then Suzuki kicks low. Suzuki whips, Khan reverses and Suzuki hits railing! Suzuki slumps down and Khan is after him. Khan shakes the railing while choking Suzuki with his foot! Khan lets off to CLUB Suzuki but Suzuki throws body shots. Khan CLUBS Suzuki again, puts him in the ring, and then drags him around to CHOKE! The ref counts, Khan lets off and brings up all the stuff Suzuki was doing.
Suzuki kicks at Khan from below, but Khan stomps away on Suzuki! Khan CHOKES Suzuki again, but lets off as the ref reprimands. Fans rally up as Khan drags Suzuki up. Khan puts Suzuki in the corner, CLUBS him, then hops up onto his throne! Fans applaud but Suzuki snarls as Khan pulls back the arms! Henare talks trash right to Suzuki’s face while the ref manages to keep Archer back. Suzuki SPITS at Henare! Khan hops off, Henare CLUBS Suzuki, then Khan tags Henare in. The Empire mugs Suzuki but he fights back with CHOPS and palm strikes! But the Empire still mugs Suzuki with clubbing arms.
Henare ROCKS Suzuki with forearm after forearm in the corner, then digs his boots in! The ref counts and Henare lets off, but Suzuki stands right up! Henare KICKS, KICKS and ROCKS Suzuki! Fans fire up, and Suzuki hits back! Suzuki wrenches an arm, brings Henare to ropes, then HOTSHOTS the arm! Henare swings on Suzuki but into a HANGING ARMBAR! Archer runs to BLAST Khan off the apron! The ref reprimands, Suzuki lets off and drags Henare out to whip him hard into the railing! Suzuki ELBOWS Henare in the head and Henare drops to the floor. Archer stomps Khan around outside to keep him down.
Archer apparently takes offense to Khan’s ponytail being a braid, it’s too much like Archer’s murderhawk braid. Anyway, Suzuki stands Henare up, slaps him around, and he bumps Henare off the apron. The ring count climbs but Suzuki puts Henare in at 5 of 20. Tag to Archer, and Suzuki-Gun stands on Henare’s head! The ref reprimands, Suzuki-Gun steps away, and Archer drags Henare back up. Archer puts Henare in a corner, stomps a mudhole in, laughs and stomps some more. Archer digs his knee in but the ref counts. Archer lets off at 4, then Suzuki gets a shot in. Suzuki returns the trash talk from earlier as he slaps Henare around.
Archer stands Henare up and Henare throws a body shot. Archer fires up and throws his shirt off, egging Henare on. Henare throws forearms, then a CHOP! Archer laughs and dares him to do that again. Henare CHOPS, so Archer DECKS him! Fans fire up while Archer looms over Henare. Archer drags Henare up and to the corner to tag in Suzuki. Suzuki-Gun mugs Henare with body shot after body shot! Suzuki hits Henare one more time and he falls over! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up but Suzuki drags Henare up. Henare throws a forearm, but Suzuki gives it back! Suzuki eggs Henare on so Henare throws another forearm!
Suzuki ROCKS Henare with a shot, fans rally up, and Henare fires off a flurry! Suzuki kicks low! Suzuki runs, but Henare blocks the kick to step-over WHEEL KICK! Both men are down and fans fire up! Henare stirs, hurries over, hot tag to Khan! Khan throws hands on Suzuki then the Mongolian Chop! Khan whips Suzuki to a corner and clotheslines from behind! Khan dribbles Suzuki’s head off the buckles! The ref reprimands but Khan SLAM DUNKS Suzuki! Suzuki staggers around, Khan runs, and he runs Suzuki over! Cover, ONE!! Suzuki is still a tough old bastard and Khan drags him up.
Fans rally up as Khan whips Suzuki corner to corner. Suzuki reverses and BOOTS Khan! Then Suzuki dribbles Khan off the buckles! Fans rally, Suzuki snapmares and PENALTY KICKS! Suzuki seems to prefer soccer to basketball. Cover, TWO! Suzuki stomps Khan, slaps him around, but Khan stands as fans rally. Khan ROCKS Suzuki, but Suzuki ROCKS Khan! The forearms go back and forth, harder and harder, faster and faster, and fans rally with each shot! Khan ROCKS Suzuki, ROCKS him again, but Suzuki just laughs! Suzuki ROCKS Khan right back! Khan wobbles and drops to a knee! Suzuki eggs Khan on, so Khan Mongolian Chops!
Khan Mongolian Chops again! Khan roars, runs, but Suzuki kitchen sink knees him down! Tag to Archer! Archer stalks Khan, and clamps on an IRON CLAW! But Khan clamps on HIS IRON CLAW! The fans rally for the battle of iron claws! Khan and Archer go back and forth, but Archer breaks free to full nelson! Khan breaks free of that to drag Archer down to a KNEEBAR! Archer flails and crawls and reaches out as Khan grapevines the leg! Khan has a HEEL HOOK, then shifts the angle! Archer keeps moving and gets the ROPEBREAK! Fans cheer as Khan lets off to tag Henare. Khan still anchors the leg, then he and Henare stomp Archer down.
Henare drags Archer up to throw body shots in the corner. Henare & Khan double whip Archer corner to corner, then Khan runs in to clothesline! Henare runs in to add a clothesline! Henare feeds Archer to the HITSUJIGOROSHI, then grabs at the legs. But Suzuki runs in to CLUB Henare and stop the Fubuki! Suzuki CHOPS Henare, CHOPS Khan, repeat! HEADBUTT for Henare, HEADBUTT for Khan! Henare swings but Suzuki gets around to shove Henare into Khan! Suzuki runs but into SUPERKICK BOOT COMBO! Fans fire up and Khan runs at Archer in the corner, but into a BOOT! Henare runs in, but Archer dodges!
Archer puts Khan in a corner, and he sees he has two targets! Fans fire up as Archer runs to back elbow Henare! And runs corner to corner to back elbow Khan! Back to Henare, but then Khan dodges! Archer kicks Khan, runs, but into a chicken wing and PONYTAIL CHOKE! The ref reprimands but Khan feeds Archer to Henare’s HEEL KICK! Khan puts on HITSUJIGOROSHI, Henare gets the legs for FUBUKI, then MARINE!! Cover, TWO!! Archer survives and fans fire up again! Henare calls the shot, and he fireman’s carries Archer. Khan runs, but Suzuki slips in to catch Khan with a SLEEPER HOLD!
Archer slips free to choke grip Henare! But Henare throws a HARD body shot! Henare roars and runs in, to SHINING WIZARD in the corner! Henare shoves Archer out, goes up, but Archer blocks the “brain chop!” Archer STEP-UP KNEES Henare, and has the inverted crucifix! BLACKOUT BOMB!! Cover, Suzuki-Gun wins!
Winners: Lance Archer & Minoru Suzuki, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Khan & Henare earn 0)
The Suzuki Army just conquered the United Empire! Did they just kill the hopes of an All United Empire Finals? Or can Khan & Henare find new live in the next round?
World Tag League 2022: Aussie Open VS EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi!
Speaking of the Empire, Mark Davis & Kyle Fletcher are leading the pack, hoping to carve their names in history! Will “Dunk-Zilla” and the “Aussie Arrow” still be riding high? Or will the King of Darkness & Tokyo Pimp bring them down by any means necessary?
Gideon Grey returns, safe from Archer, to give Aussie Open their introductions. Then the House of Torture makes their entrance, with Dick Togo already accompanying them outright. Who knows where Sho is lurking, but surely he’s here, too. Aussie Open don’t sweat Evil or Yujiro as they taunt them during the introductions. Fletcher tells Dick to shoo, “See you later, bucko.” But then the House of Torture attack 3v2! Evil claws Fletcher’s eyes while Dick and Yujiro mug Davis. Dick even DECKS Gideon! Yujiro throws Davis out while Evil throws Fletcher out. The bell rings to put this on record as the brawling continues outside.
Evil and Yujiro whip Aussie Open but Aussie Open reverse to send Evil and Yujiro into railing! Then Aussie Open pick them up, run around the way, and SANDWICH them at ramp side! Fans fire up and Fletcher helps Gideon back up. Fletcher CLUBS Evil, Davis puts Yujiro in, and Fletcher goes in after Yujiro. Fans rally up as Aussie Open double whip the Pimp to double sledge, PENALTY KICK and SENTON! Fans fire up as Davis covers, TWO! Davis glares at Dick then drags Yujiro up to ROCK him with a forearm. Tag to Kyle, Aussie Open mugs Yujiro, and Yujiro staggers around. Fletcher reels Yujiro in, but Yujiro wrenches and BITES Fletcher’s hand!
The ref reprimands, Yujiro stops and he kicks Fletcher low. Yujiro whips, Fletcher reverses but Yujiro holds ropes. Fletcher runs in but into a FLAPJACK HOTSHOT! Evil BLASTS Davis and goes out after him! Dick ROCKS Fletcher while Evil brings Davis around. Evil RAMS Davis into the timekeeper! Davis and Abe-san both flop down on the other side of the railing! The ref reprimands and Young Lions hurry to help Abe-san. Evil kicks Fletcher around, pulls his hair, then puts him in the ring for Yujiro. Yujiro drags Fletcher to a cover and the ref returns to count, ONE! Fans rally but Evil is already annoyed with the count.
Yujiro bumps Fletcher off buckles, tags Evil, and Evil has the ref check Davis But this is so Evil can CHOKE Fletcher with his shirt! Fans boo but Evil gets away with that and covers, TWO! Evil is upset again but the ref defends his count. Tag to Yujiro and he drags Kyle up. Yujiro snapmares and runs to basement BOOT! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up with Fletcher as Evil argues the count. Yujiro drags Fletcher up, fans rally and cheer for Aussie Open. Yujiro ROCKS Fletcher, brings him around, and ROCKS him again. Evil holds Fletcher in place so Yujiro can CHOKE him with a boot! The ref has to keep Davis back so the House of Torture gets away with that.
Evil taunts Davis, then he drags Fletcher up into a cobra twist. Yujiro and Dick link up with Evil to link to the railing for leverage! Fans boo and Gideon storms over, but Dick kicks him first! Dick then makes Gideon part of the chain! Fletcher endures even more before the ref notices! The ref counts, the House lets off and Fletcher crawls away. Evil keeps him from Davis but taunts Davis to reach out. Evil brings Fletcher around but Fletcher fires off forearms! But Evil knees low! Evil suplexes but Fletcher blocks! Fans rally as Fletcher keeps fighting, and he wrenches out to get around and SNAP HALF ‘N’ HALF!
Fans fire up with Fletcher and he crawls for his corner. Hot tag to Davis! Dunk-Zilla blasts through Yujiro to corner clothesline Evil! Then Davis CHOPS Yujiro, and corner clotheslines Evil again! Another CHOP for Yujiro, another corner clothesline for Evil! Davis goes for another but Yujiro dodges the chop to kick low. Evil & Yujiro double whip Davis, but Davis handsprings and comes back to DOUBLE LARIAT! Fans fire up with Davis as he storms up to Evil in a corner. Davis CHOP-LARIATS! And CHOP-LARIATS! And CHOP-LARIATS again! Davis drags Evil up to fireman’s carry, but Evil slips around to a waistlock.
Davis elbows free but Dick swipes at him! Dick plays innocent, and Davis turns around into an EYE RAKE! Evil whips Davis into bare buckles! The fans boo the Bullet Club Special but Yujiro tags in. Yujiro & Evil stomp Davis, then Yujiro drags Davis up. Yujiro stands Davis against ropes to BOOT him! Yujiro then brings Davis out to FISHERMAN BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up for Aussie Open but Yujiro brings Davis up. Davis fights the Incolle Slam, but Yujiro kick slow! Yujiro whips, Davis reverses and runs in, but Yujiro dodges! Yujiro runs in but Davis catches him to BUCKLE SHOT!
Davis runs side to side to SLIDING FOREARM! Fans fire up and Davis runs to BLAST Evil! But Dick grabs Davis! Fletcher runs in to SHOTGUN Dick down! Aussie Open brings Yujiro up, POP-UP KICK! And then the scoop, to the LAWN DART CUTTER! Cover, but Evil breaks it! Fletcher CLUBS Evil and throws him out! Fletcher hurries back to the corner, Davis tags him in! Fans rally as Aussie Open calls for the finish, but here’s SHO! Sho distracts everyone by brandishing his wrench! The ref tells Sho to get down so he does, but this allows Evil to shove Aussie Open into each other, and the ref!
Fans boo as Dick gets in to JAM Davis with a chair! And again! The House of Torture mugs Aussie Open 4v2! Fans boo harder, then they rally up for Aussie Open. Gideon gets in to block Sho from using the wrench! But Evil CLUBS Gideon! But here comes GREAT-O-KHAN! He BOOTS Sho down and DECKS Dick! He Mongolian Chops Evil, dodges Yujiro and hits the RUNNING NECKBREAKER! Fans roar and the Empire fires back up! Aussie Open aim at Evil, SUPERKICK BOOT COMBO! Evil goes down, Yujiro staggers, and he has his pimp cane! The ref stops Yujiro from using it, and then Gideon gets in to LOW BLOW Yujiro!
Fans fire up and Aussie Open give Yujiro COREALIS!! Cover, Aussie Open wins!
Winners: Aussie Open, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Evil & Yujiro earn 0)
The House of Torture can’t seem to figure it out! Will they ever get on the board at this rate? As for Fletcher & Davis, is it only a matter of time before they conquer the World Tag League?
World Tag League 2022: Tetsuya Naito & SANADA VS Shane Haste & Mikey Nicholls!
It was Lights Out for the Uncontrollable Charisma & Cold Skull last round, but The Mighty did not kneel! Will Shane & Mikey stay standing? Or will Los Ingobernables de Japon make them tranquilo?
Naito takes his time with his entrance attire as always, which mildly annoys The Mighty. Shane mocks Sanada’s dancing pecks with butt flexing. The teams sort out and Mikey wants Naito to step up. LIJ fist bumps, fans cheer, and Naito obliges. Fans rally for “NA-I-TO!” at the bell. Naito and Mikey circle slowly, feel things out, then Naito toys around with the step forward and the step back. Mikey gets annoyed but they tie up. Mikey waistlocks but Naito wrenches out to a wristlock. Mikey rolls, wrenches, wristlocks, but Naito rolls, wrenches and hammerlocks. Mikey reaches back to headlock, but Naito powers out, only for Mikey to run him over!
Naito gets up, Mikey runs him over again! Mikey wrenches and whips Naito to ropes, but Naito whips the back drop away. Mikey comes back to turn Naito’s back drop into a suplex! Mikey holds Naito up and fans rally! Mikey keeps Naito for over TEN before the SLAM! Cover, TWO! Fans rally and Mikey drags Naito up. Mikey puts Naito in the corner, tags Shane, and the Mighty stomp away. Shane snapmares to basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Shane keeps on Naito’s arm with a knuckle lock. Shane KICKS Naito in the back, wrenches the arm and YANKS it. Shane wrenches and YANKS again, then tags Mikey.
The Mighty mugs Naito, double whips him, but Naito ducks the double clothesline to shove Mikey into Shane! Shane falls out of the ring and Naito whips Mikey to ropes. Sanada trips Mikey and Naito basement dropkicks! Fans rally up as Mikey flops out of the ring. Naito goes out after Mikey and whips him hard into railing! Sanada bumps Shane off the apron, then Naito whips Mikey into more railing! The ring count starts, Mikey drags himself up and in at 9 of 20. Naito headlocks Mikey and claws his eyes! The ref reprimands, Naito lets off, but then he just claws Mikey’s eyes! The ref counts, Naito lets off and tags Sanada in.
LIJ mugs Mikey, Sanada wrenches and CLUBS the arm. Sanada YANKS, wrenches, but Mikey throws big forearms! Sanada waistlocks, hammerlocks, then twists the arm. Mikey throws elbows to back Sanada up into a corner. Mikey whips but Sanada reverses. Sanada runs in, he blocks the boot, and he CLUBS the leg! Mikey falls, Sanada tags Naito, and Naito whips Mikey to another corner. Naito runs in to JUMP KICK! Leg sweep! COMBINACION CABRON! Fans fire up as Naito poses, and he taunts Shane. Naito drags Mikey up but Mikey throws a haymaker. Naito returns it so Mikey throws another. They go back and forth, faster and faster, and fans fire up!
Mikey ROCKS Naito, ROCKS him again, then ROLLING ELBOWS! But Naito just rakes Mikey’s eyes! The ref counts, Naito lets off and whips corner to corner. Naito runs in but Mikey UPPERCUTS! Mikey runs but into a kick! Naito whips, runs in, but Mikey LARIATS Naito down! Fans fire up as both men crawl for their corners, hot tag to Shane! Shane CLOBBERS Naito, BLASTS Sanada then ELBOWS Naito! Shane whips Naito corner to corner to UPPERCUT him down! Sanada gets in, kicks Shane low and whips him to ropes. Shane reverses to wrench and SAIDO! Fans fire up, Shane KICKS, BOOTS and INVERTED EXPLODERS Naito! Cover, TWO!
Fans rally up and Shane stalks Naito. Shane drags Naito up, hoists him up top and ROCKS Naito with a right. Shane climbs up after Naito but Naito CLAWS Shane’s eyes! Shane staggers away but Mikey rushes in to ROCK Naito! Mikey climbs up but Naito fires off forearms! Mikey drops back but he gives Shane a boost! Shane gets Naito, SUPERPLEX POWERBOMB COMBO! Mikey drags Shane onto the cover but Sanada breaks it! Mikey CLUBS Sanada and throws him out. Shane and Naito stir, Mikey whips Sanada but Sanada reverses! Mikey hits railing hard! Shane drags Naito up, reels him in, but Naito blocks the lift!
Naito wrenches out to throw ELBOW after ELBOW! Shane avoids an elbow to UPPERCUT, then he whips only for Naito to reverse it, TORNADO DDT! Fans fire up while both men are down! Naito crawls as fans rally, hot tag to Sanada! Sanada runs in at Shane and blocks a boot! Shane kicks free, but Sanada dropkicks the legs, then dropkicks Shane out of the ring! Sanada hurries and PLANCHAS! Direct hit and fans fire up! Sanada drags Shane back up, puts him back in, and fans rally again. Sanada springboards but Shane gets under! Shane comes back, but into a fireman’s carry! Shane slips off, Sanada elbows him away, but Mikey sneaks a tag.
Shane wrenches Sanada but Sanada fights the back suplex. Sanada swings at Mikey but into the BACK SUPLEX NECKBREAKER! Fans fire up as Mikey runs to SLIDING LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Sanada is still in this but Mikey snarls. Fans rally, Mikey drags Sanada up and fireman’s carries, only for Sanada to slip off! Sanada ducks the back elbow but right into a DDT! Fans rally back up while both men are down, and Mikey roars! Mikey drags Sanada up to scoop, but Sanada slips off to shove Mikey into Naito’s atomic drop! ENZIGURI! Fireman’s carry and T K O! Cover, Shane breaks it! Naito throws Mikey out and fans fire up as Sanada climbs the corner!
ROUNDING BODY- NO, Sanada has to land out as Mikey moves! Shane gets in to BROKEN ARROW! Naito dropkicks Shane’s legs out! Mikey storms up into Naito’s ELBOW! Mikey roars, Naito dodges his lariat and comes back to dropkick the legs! Naito runs, CORRIENDO SHIKI- NO, Mikey blocks Destino and Shane runs in, LAWN DART DDT! Fans fire up and Mikey drags Sanada up. Shane hops up, Mikey scoops, but Sanada slips off to shove Mikey at Shane! Sanada O’Conner BRI- NO, Mikey stops the bridge and shoves Sanada into Shane’s ROUNDHOUSE! Mikey scoops Sanada again, TANK BUSTER!! Cover, The Mighty win!!
Winners: Shane Haste & Mikey Nicholls, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Naito & Sanada earn 0)
The Mighty Don’t Kneel, and they find a way to win! Will Shane & Mikey find an outside way into the finals? Is the pressure to make it to WrestleKingdom going to break Naito before the league is out?
World Tag League 2022: Toru Yano & Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI!
The Joker & The Ace finally got on the board, but the winstreak of one win might already end against the Fierce Warrior & Head Hunter. Can the trickster bring himself to pull any tricks on his friends in Chaos? Or will Bishamon turn out the lights on Yano & Tanahashi?
The teams sort out and Yano grows impatient. He doesn’t even take note of Tanahashi taking off his jacket to show off the muscles. Goto steps up and Yano fires up. The bell rings and fans rally and duel. Yano squats and talks some smack, but Goto squats with him! Goto gives back the trash talk, Hashi steps in to back Goto up, and even smooshes Goto’s face up to make it more menacing! Yano says enough jokes, but Goto blocks Yano’s kick! Hashi runs to dropkick the leg! Goto BLASTS Tanahashi, then Bishamon brings Yano up to drum away! Tanahashi rushes in, but Bishamon kicks him to drum him, too! Fans fire up as Bishamon stands tall.
Goto stomps Yano to a corner, fires forearms, then whips him corner to corner. Yano reverses, then hurries to untie a buckle pad! Yano fires up but turns around into a kick! But the pad shielded Yano! Fans boo and Goto can’t believe it! Yano throws the pad to Goto and SLAPS him! Yano whips and Goto hits the buckles! Hashi runs in, Yano kicks him and whips him into bare buckles, too! Tag to Tanahashi and Yano throws Hashi out. Tanahashi drags Goto up, throws him out, and the bad boys bring Bishamon around to whip into railing! Fans rally and cheer as Tanahashi drags Goto back up to put him in the ring.
Tanahashi stomps Goto’s leg then YANKS it! Fans cheer as Tanahashi air guitars. Tanahashi drags Goto up and bumps him off buckles. Tag to Yano, and he bumps Goto off the bare buckles! And again! Fans fire up while Red Shoes keeps Hashi back. Yano whips Goto into the bare buckles now! Goto hobbles and fans fire up. Yano kneels on Goto for a cover, but Red Shoes says it’s a choke! Yano says no, it’s just up high! Yano stomps Goto, drags him up and bumps him off buckles. Tag to Tanahashi, and the bad boys whip Goto to ropes. They run him over, then they squat! Tanahashi drags Goto up, but Goto CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS!
Tanahashi throws body shots, runs, but Goto follows to LARIAT! Fans fire up while both men are down! Goto and Tanahashi crawl, hot tag to Hashi! Hashi ELBOWS Tanahashi down, BLASTS Yano, then storms up on Tanahashi. Tanahashi kicks low, whips Hashi to the padded corner, but Hashi comes back to CHOP! Hashi mule kicks and turns Tanahashi for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally and Hashi runs in again, to CHOP Tanahashi against ropes! Hashi hangs Tanahashi out to dry, runs side to side, and he DROPKICKS Tanahashi down! Cover, TWO! Fans continue to rally and Hashi stalks Tanahashi.
Fans rally, “GO ACE! GO ACE!” but Hashi brings Tanahashi up. Hashi reels Tanahashi in but Tanahashi fights the lift. Hashi keeps trying, but Tanahashi wrenches out. Hashi ROCKS Tanahashi, but Tanahashi ROCKS Hashi! They go back and forth, forearm for forearm, and fans rally up! Tanahashi gets the edge, but Hashi CHOPS back! Hashi aims but Tanahashi blocks the superkick to DRAGON SCREW! Fans rally while both men are down! Hashi and Tanahashi crawl, hot tags to Goto and Yano! Yano dodges Goto, claws his eyes and whips him, but Goto reverses! Yano hits the bare buckles, then Goto hits MURAMASA, and the BULLDOG! Cover, TWO!
Fans rally, Goto fireman’s carries but Yano fights with elbows! Yano runs, Goto follows but Yano ducks! Goto deflects the boot to DISCUS LARIAT! Fans fire up with Goto and he drags Yano up, but Yano ROCKS him! Goto ROCKS Yano back, the forearms start flying back and forth, faster and faster! Fans rally as Goto gets the edge, but Yano rakes the eyes! But Goto SLAPS Yano! Goto whips, Yano reverses and throws Goto by his hair! Hot tag to Tanahashi! Tanahashi runs in to forearm smash, then he feeds Goto to an atomic drop! Trip and CATAPULT into the bare buckles! Tanahashi runs but Goto denies the Slingblade!
Goto shoves Tanahashi into Yano, then DOUBLE LARIATS! Fans fire up as all three men are down! Goto crawls, fans rally up, and Goto hot tags Hashi! Hashi runs the ropes but Tanahashi blocks the lariat! Hashi spins to CHOP! Tanahashi fires off a strike fest! But both men roar! Hashi fires off his own strike fest and CHOPS! SUPERKICK! Tanahashi stays up, Hashi runs to LARIAT him down! Cover, TWO!! Fans fire up with Hashi and he brings Tanahashi back up. Hashi fisherman’s but Tanahashi fights the suplex to TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! Tanahashi runs, to SLINGBLADE! Cover, but Goto breaks it!
Yano throws Goto back out! Tanahashi fires up and he goes up the corner! HIGH FLY FLOW onto Hashi’s knees!! Hashi cradles, TWO!!! Tanahashi survives the sudden turnaround and fans are thunderous! Fans rally with “GO ACE! GO ACE!” as Tanahashi and Hashi stir. They both sit up, head for each other, and Tanahashi throws a forearm. Hashi throws it back! Tanahashi throws another forearm, but Hashi throws it back! They stand, egg each other on, and the forearms fly faster and faster! Fans rally, SHOTEI rocks Hashi! Tanahashi runs, but into Goto’s fireman’s carry! Tanahashi slips off but Goto powers him into the corner!
Hashi runs in and Goto moves, Hashi CHOPS Tanahashi! Hashi feeds Tanahashi to the fireman’s carry but he slips off again! Tanahashi full nelsons but Goto breaks that and ducks, HIDDEN GAP! Fireman’s carry again, FIERCE FLASH! Fans fire up more as Bishamon says it’s time! They drag Tanahashi up, hook him up, but Tanahashi kicks Hashi away! Yano drags Hashi out while Tanahashi hits TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! Yano puts Hashi back in, drags Goto out, and Tanahashi runs, into a CHOP! Hashi runs, dodges Tanahashi once, but the SLINGBLADE comes back around!! Fans fire up as Tanahashi climbs the corner!
Goto anchors Tanahashi’s legs! Tanahashi CLUBS Goto but Hashi ROCKS Tanahashi! Hashi climbs up, but Yano LOW BLOWS Goto! Yano slips in and grabs Hashi for the ONIGOROSHI BOMB!! Tanahashi adjusts, HIGH FLY FLOW!!! Direct hit!! Cover, Ace & Joker win!!
Winners: Hiroshi Tanahashi & Toru Yano, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Goto & Hashi earn 0)
The World Tag League 2021 winners have fallen to 2-2! Are their chances of back-to-back wins in jeopardy?
As for Yano & Tanahashi, Tanahashi gets the mic to thank the fans for coming tonight. “Hey, Toru, it’s great to hear the cheers, huh?” Fans cheer because it’s great TO cheer! Tanahashi says he wants to have this every day, “so make sure you stay safe and healthy so that happens! Thank you for today!” Fans cheer for that, and they want the air guitar! Tanahashi borrows one from a fan on the east side, that he passes to Yano! Yano’s happy to be part of a rare air guitar duet! Master Wato even has his on commentary, so now it’s a trio! “SHIZUOKA~!” “OSU~!” “SHIZUOKA~!” “OSU~!” “LET’S ROCK!” The jam session is on!
Fans clap along as Yano is a natural! Fans cheer but they want the “EN-CO-RU! EN-CO-RU!” Tanahashi is never one to disappoint the fans, and Yano gets his chair guitar! They jam out again, and Yano can truly do it all! But he’s not gonna throw the chair to the fans, that’s dangerous. But the fans want another encore! Tanahashi says, “LAST ONE! Yano takes a seat in his chair for air DRUMS! Now it’s a real jam session! Big finish and…! Fans cheer the great performance, and Tanahashi gets the mic back. “Toru and Hiroshi are going for the trophies, so keep supporting us! And keep supporting NJPW! Finally, people of Shizuoka… ASHITEMASU~!”
Will love, energy and comedy propel the Joker & the Ace to the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships?
Here are the NEW World Tag League standings!
Aussie Open: 4-0, 8 points
The Mighty: 3-1, 6 points
Suzuki & Archer: 3-1, 6 points
Yano & Tanahashi: 2-2, 4 points
Goto & Hashi: 2-2, 4 points
Naito & Sanada: 2-2, 4 points
Khan & Henare: 2-2, 4 points
Chase & Fale: 2-2, 4 points
Evil & Yujiro: 0-4, 0 points
Coughlin & Kidd: 0-4, 0 points
Another really good event and a really good round for World Tag League. I’m a little surprised Coughlin & Kidd haven’t gotten a win yet, but they always look solid in their matches. Great stuff back to back for the United Empire, even though Khan & Henare did lose. Khan helping Aussie Open was good stuff, though, and of course the House of Torture keep losing big time. Also, Naito & Sanada losing again puts the pressure on them, they could have an even stronger showing in the second half of this tournament. Tanahashi & Yano winning to close was a bit of a surprise, but they’re a great team and huge fan favorites, I would love to see them be a team for more than just World Tag League.
My Score: 8.7/10
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