NXT brings Halloween Havoc back from the dead!
Shotzi Blackheart hosts NXT’s first ever Halloween Havoc! Just how scary will it get for Johnny Gargano and Candice LeRae in their TakeOver rematches?
- Spin the Wheel, Make the Deal – NXT North American Championship Devil’s Playground Match: Damian Priest VS Johnny Gargano; Gargano wins and becomes the new NXT North American Champion.
- Santos Escobar VS Jake Atlas; Escobar wins.
- Haunted House of Terror match: Dexter Lumis VS Cameron Grimes; To Be Continued…
- Rhea Ripley VS Raquel Gonzalez; Ripley wins.
- Haunted House of Terror match, Part 2: Lumis wins.
- Spin the Wheel, Make the Deal – NXT Women’s Championship TLS Match: Io Shirai VS Candice LeRae; Shirai wins and retains the title.
PLAY BY PLAY
An evil has been reawakened.
Haunted houses, scary monsters of the ring, and a game of chance that will determine the fates of both champions and challengers! The scariest night in sports entertainment rises from the grave, and it’s hosted by the wild child herself, Shotzi Blackheart! Or in this case, SHOTZISTEIN! And we start off with some heavy metal as Damian Priest’s theme is performed LIVE! Priest is in the ring, shoots his arrow and bangs his head along! But next is Johnny Gargano, his own theme remixed as he SLASHES THE PUMPKIN BUDDY! Johnny Skellington joins the Archer of Infamy in the ring but Shotzi gets their attention. “It’s time! Spin the Wheel, Make the Deal!” And we land on… DEVIL’S PLAYGROUND! What does that even mean?!
NXT North American Championship Devil’s Playground Match: Damian Priest VS Johnny Gargano!
The bell rings, Gargano turns around and Priest DECKS him! Priest is on Gargano with big haymakers as Vic “Waldo” Joseph explains this is an extra scary FALLS COUNT ANYWHERE match! No disqualifications, no count outs and no limits to what these two can do to each other. Therefore, Priest fires off over and over, ROCKS Gargano with an uppercut then DECKS him again! Priest whips Gargano corner to corner, runs in but Gargano boots back. Gargano leaps up but is thrown aside. Priest bell claps then LIFTING COMPLETE SHOTS! Gargano gets to a corner, Priest runs corner to corner for the LEAPING back elbow! He keeps moving for another! Gargano staggers, Priest runs corner to corner again, for a splash! Then he whips Gargano but Gargano grabs ropes. Gargano elbows back, but runs into a heel kick! Cover, TWO!
Priest keeps close and drags Gargano up to knuckle lock. Priest goes up top and goes Old School, only for Gargano to push him off balance. Priest forearms Gargano back, springboard forearms and sends Gargano out of the ring! Priest pursues, stalks Gargano to the ramp but Gargano gets in the ring. Gargano dropkicks Priest down then slingshots, but Priest gets in. Priest turns around, catches the slingshot spear and flips Gargano over! Gargano slips out, trips Priest up and slams the leg on the apron! Gargano throws forearms through the ropes, gets up to rain down fists, then lets off to bring Priest out. Gargano shoves Priest into steel steps! Fans boo Gargano, and chant, “Johnny Sucks!” as Gargano catches his breath.
Gargano backs off to start using the no disqualification stipulation. He brings out a kendo stick! Gargano wields it with a grin as he stalks Priest, but Priest has HIS BATON! Priest dodges Gargano’s swings as NXT goes picture in picture!
Priest blocks the kendo stick smack, disarms Gargano, but Gargano dodges the baton to fire off clubbing forearms! Priest lifts Gargano to RAM him into the boards! Gargano writhes on the ground, Priest drags him up and RAMS him into more boards! Priest looms over Gargano and stalks him. Gargano goes up and over steps to get away but Priest just goes around. Priest ROCKS Gargano again, then pulls off the top half of steps. Priest aims, runs and RAMS Gargano with the steel! Priest tosses the steps aside to stalk after Gargano again. He brings Gargano up to ROCK him with a right hand! They go up the ramp as Priest keeps punching Gargano. They end up on stage, Priest throws Gargano into the pumpkin balloon! And then stomps away!
Gargano frees himself from the pumpkin but Priest ROUNDHOUSES him back down! Cover on the pumpkin, TWO! Priest drags Gargano up to HEADBUTT! Gargano staggers around the stage, Priest throws fast hands! Priest CLUBS Gargano down, looms over him, but Gargano grabs at the lights. Priest drags Gargano up, scoops him, and brings him to the ramp. Gargano sips out, shoves Priest then KICKS him! Gargano gets up, KICKS Priest again, then digs Priest’s face into steel! There’s no disqualifications so Gargano goes until he’s satisfied. Gargano watches Priest flounder, and he throws forearms into Priest’s back!
NXT returns to single picture as Gargano goes to the stage. Gargano LEAPS and CANNONBALLS Priest down! Fans fire up as Gargano gloats, “I’m the best in the world!” Gargano gets the kendo stick and SMACKS Priest! And again! And again! Priest ends up in his ring, and has his baton again! Gargano shoulders low, but Priest uses the baton to SMACK the enziguri away! Gargano hobbles, Priest brings him in with the SOUTH OF HEAVEN CHOKE SLAM! Cover, TWO!! Gargano survives but Priest grits his teeth. Gargano grabs the baton and brings it with him to the apron. Priest ROCKS Gargano first and the baton goes flying! Priest drags Gargano up on the apron, fireman’s carries, but Gargano slips in. Priest shoves, dodges, but his kick is caught up and Gargano enziguris Priest down!
Gargano DIVES, but into Priest’s hand! Gargano sips out to RAM Priest into boards! And then SLICED BREAD onto the steel steps! Cover, TWO!! Priest survives but Gargano keeps his focus as fans fire up for “NXT! NXT!” Gargano drags Priest up, brings him over and tornados but no DDT! BROKEN ARROW onto the announce desk! Gargano might be the broken one! Gargano is hurrying away to around the back, but Priest pursues. Priest taunts Gargano, “You feel that pain, Johnny?” Gargano and Priest brawl by the spooky set, Gargano CLUBS Priest’s back! Gargano brings Priest around the way, and he opens a casket. A prop falls out and scares Gargano! So Gargano SUPERKICK the “stupid thing!” Priest is there to kick low and kick more, then ROCK Gargano with that discus forearm!
Priest stalks Gargano further back stage, Gargano feebly throws candy at Priest. But then he uses a FIRE EXTINGUISHER! And he SLAMS Priest against the garage door over and over! Priest flops down, flails, but Gargano gets up. Gargano looks around at what he can use, and chooses a trash can. Gargano dumps the trash on Priest, sticks the can around him and dribbles him against the garage door! Gargano then grabs a cart and wheels it at Priest to RAM him! Fans boo as NXT is again picture in picture! Gargano covers, TWO!
Gargano seethes as he SMACKS Priest with a trash can lid! And then he has another trash can to SMACK Priest with! Priest staggers his way back into the arena and by the spooky set. Gargano grabs a crowbar and CRACKS Priest in the ribs! Then he drags Priest down, FULL METAL GargaNO Escape!! Priest endures the crowbar in his face! And in his MOUTH!! Priest fights up, scoops Gargano, and LAWN DARTS him into the boards!! The fans, in costume, are freaking out behind their masks! Priest clubs Gargano, drags him up and ROCKS him with a forearm! They go to the other side of the set, Gargano tries to use the second casket but Priest stops himself. Priest SMACKS Gargano with the lid! Then BOOTS Gargano through a wall!! The Archer of Infamy is roaring and rolling as NXT goes to break!
NXT returns and Priest throws more hands and ROCKS Gargano onto a haybale! Gargano boots back, gets up onto the upper level, but Priest TOSSES the trash can at Gargano! Gargano ends up by the wheel of (ill) fortune. Priest follows Gargano up there, looms over him, and drags him up. Fans rally for Priest as he drags Gargano up. Priest reels Gargano in, Gargano slips under and SUPERKICKS Priest down! Gargano grabs the trash can, and he SMACKS Priest with it! And again! And again! And again, and again, and again!! The can is dented into a flat shape now! Gargano sits the can up, drags Priest up, and tells the wheel this is its fault! Gargano mocks the Archer of Infamy, and he thrusts, into Priest’s ROUNDHOUSE! Gargano balances with the can, but Priest KICKS it into him!
Priest stands up, fans fire up and Priest roars again! Priest drags Gargano up, dragon sleeper and RECK- NO! Ghost Face attacks Priest from behind with a PIPE! Gargano gets up, drags Priest, and uses the wheel to hit the TORNADO DDT! Ghost Face still looms, but then leaves to fetch Gargano one of those prop tombstones! Gargano uses it to SMASH Priest into the crypt!! Priest has crashed down and fans lose their minds! Gargano hurries down, covers him, and WINS!!
Winner: Johnny Gargano, by pinfall (NEW NXT North American Champion)
All Heart, No Soul, and one mysterious friend that was all the difference! Gargano makes history as he becomes the first-ever TWO-TIME North American Champion! But will #TheJohnnyGarganoWay complete its mission with the Poison Pixie taking on the Evil Genius later on tonight?
Cameron Grimes mutters to himself.
William Regal checks on him, and almost scares him out of his hat. Grimes has been meaning to ask Regal a question but Regal says Grimes needs to be ready in the parking lot. There’s a van waiting to take him to the Haunted House. But that’s not where the ring is, the ring is in the arena. Surely that’s where Regal meant for Grimes to have his match with Dexter Lumis tonight, right? No. Come with Regal to the parking lot. No, the parking lot is a scary place! Even scarier than the Bar Mitzvah Triangle (Bermuda?). Regal says, “After you,” and Grimes is very reluctant. Will Grimes survive the night with Lumis inside the Haunted House of Horr- er, Terror?
Pat McAfee, Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch are in the ring!
“Well, well, well…” Happy Halloween Havoc, everybody! Everyone’s saying that Halloween Havoc is the second best night the brand has had in the last couple months. The number one? Obviously TakeOver: XXX. That was the night when the entire world agreed that the greatest debut in the history of this business was Pat McAfee’s, bar none! People don’t agree on anything, but even the idiotic Internet Wrestling Community, which includes “these stooges” here at ringside, could agree on that. There are some clowns in the crowd, which is how they are normally anyway.
But after TakeOver: XXX when McAfee put on a show that stole the show his first time in the ring, Adam Cole didn’t come over and say congrats or that he appreciates what McAfee did giving him all he could handle. NO, “that scumbag” flexed on McAfee! McAfee walked out sore, tired, probably could’ve cost a couple more pounds and realized he made some rookie mistakes. But on his private plane headed home to Indianapolis, all McAfee could think about was how big of a BUM Adam Cole is! McAfee couldn’t come here and handle Cole himself. He had a new Sirius XM show debuting, he had a YouTube page hitting a million subscribers, he had College Gameday, and he has the biggest internet show daily! He cannot be down here to handle Adam Cole.
So what did he do? He called a man who is “a more handsome, stronger, younger version of myself” in Ridge Holland. McAfee told Holland that NXT isn’t using him right, and offered him a chance at some money. Holland doesn’t want money, he wants a car. McAfee thought Holland wanted some big car cuz Holland is a big sumbish. Holland wanted a Mercedes, McAfee said okay, and told Holland what he had to do. Holland did it, dumped Cole’s “lifeless, stupid body” over the barriers and left. It was a whodunnit, blah blah blah while Pat “Big Brain” McAfee was sitting at home watching it unfold. Then Wednesday, McAfee saw Holland, the guy he hired to raise hell on the Undisputed Era, FRACTURE HIS LEGS into 700 pieces! An expensive mistake, but McAfee had a deep thought. Is it over? Did Ridge Holland deserve to be put in this position?
McAfee didn’t give up. He reached out to the guy that took out his guy and asked them if he and his guy wanted to be McAfee’s guys. They turned him down at first, because they could not be bought. Respectable, noble. But then Lorcan and Burch lose to the UE, and go back to McAfee to talk about that deal. But McAfee said the timing is right! What did they say? Wait, where are the mics for Lorcan and Burch? The DISRESPECT NXT has shown these two continues to grow! But before Lorcan and Burch can talk, the Undisputed Era is here! Well, just Kyle O’Reilly, actually, as the others are all healing up. But Kyle doesn’t back down. McAfee mockingly asks if Kyle is here to apologize. No, because he has THE BRUISERWEIGHT with him! Pete Dunne brought CHAIRS, too! And one is handed to Kyle!
McAfee, Lorcan and Burch get out before Kyle and Dunne get in! Both sides dare the other to do something, Kyle even throws his chair down so it’ll be fair. But then Dunne CHAIR SHOTS Kyle!! WHAT?! And then a BUZZSAW! McAfee says Kyle is STUPID! Dunne, Lorcan and Burch stomp away on McAfee and McAfee just watches and applauds. Fans boo as Dunne gives Kyle DANIELSON STOMPS! McAfee says Kyle fell for the trap! Dunne wrenches Kyle’s arm, tortures the fingers and puts them on the chair to STOMP!! Oney and Burch drag Kyle up and prop him up, but McAfee has them wait so he can place a chair under the landing zone. LONDON TOWER to the chair!! McAfee says he’s smarter than Kyle and his friends. These four are the new kings of NXT, and that, “Cauliflower Kyle,” is UNDISPUTED. How did McAfee get The Bruiserweight on his side?! What will these four do next?!
Grimes still reluctantly goes with Regal to the parking lot.
Grimes keeps trying to reason with Regal. He can just lose by forfeit and go back to the locker room. No. How about Regal go with him? Grimes would feel much safer! No. Grimes goes outside, thinking Regal is following, but the door shuts behind him! Oh no! Grimes looks and says it can’t be… This piece of junk is the van taking him there? Well he should at least be shotgun then. OH NO who is that? A zombie?! And out of the back, it’s MICHAEL HAYES?! “Thanks for the lift.” Hayes tells Grimes he was born in a place called Party Town, on a road called Bad Street. And it’s called Bad Street because further down the block you went, the badder it got. And he’s from the last house on the block. Hayes walks away and Grimes reluctantly gets in as he complains, “I hate rednecks…” The van takes off into the night, but where will Grimes end up?
Santos Escobar w/ El Legado del Fantasma VS Jake Atlas!
El Legado del Fantasma won the Six Man Tag match, but the Leader of Leaders took a header thanks to Atlas’ cartwheel DDT! This isn’t for the title, but it could be an appetizer! Will it be trick or treat, victory or defeat when Atlas gets a 1v1 shot at the NXT Cruiserweight Champion?
The bell rings and Escobar ROCKS Atlas with a calf kick! Escobar stomps and kicks Atlas to the corner, Atlas hits back but Escobar stomps Atlas down. Escobar stands Atlas up to CHOP him! Escobar tells Atlas he doesn’t belong, then he whips him corner to corner. Atlas hits hard, then Escobar adds knees! Escobar throws forearms, taunts Atlas more, but Atlas grits his teeth. Escobar brings Atlas out to shove him back, then runs corner to corner for DOUBLE KNEES! Atlas flops down, Escobar drags him up to wrench and kick. Escobar drags Atlas up, SLAPS Atlas, then tells him again, “You don’t belong here! Quit!” Atlas seethes, and he blocks the punch to SLAP Escobar back! Escobar turns into Atlas’ haymakers! Atlas fires off body shots and clubbing forearms!
Atlas whips, Escobar reverses but Atlas dodges to elbow back hard! Atlas whips Escobar corner to corner, then back drops Escobar! Escobar gets up, Atlas scoops and dumps him! Atlas reels Escobar in, Escobar fights back so Atlas throws uppercuts! Atlas SNAP GERMANS! And ROLLING ELBOWS! Cover, TWO! Escobar survives but he is in a daze! Atlas is up top, CARTWHEEL DDT!! Cover, but Legado get the ropebreak for Escobar! The ref suspects them, but Atlas FLIES out to take them down! Escobar grabs Atlas but Atlas DECKS him! Atlas has to fight off the others, but Raul Mendoza uses the LOADED MASK HEADBUTT! Mendoza puts Atlas in, Escobar hits the butterfly FACEBUSTER! Cover, Escobar wins!
Winner: Santos Escobar, by pinfall
It was definitely the tricks that brought Atlas defeat! Will Atlas have to wait a long time before he gets sweet revenge?
Ember Moon speaks.
“Swimming with the sharks of this division, it motivates that last lift, that last jump, that last push.” She wants confrontation and competition! She wants it ALL! Dakota Kai stepped up, exactly what Ember wanted. When Ember left, Dakota was afraid of her own shadow. Now Dakota’s one of the best. Dakota has a sick kick, but too bad she won’t like the receipt. Ember puts #CobraKai on notice, will there be a response?
Our host has gone from Shotzistein to Shotzipira!
“The scares have just begun! Coming up next is the Haunted House of Terror!” Grimes’ Uber from Hell is almost to its destination, will it be his final destination?
Haunted House of Terror match: Dexter Lumis VS Cameron Grimes!
The van pulls up, Grimes springs out of it in a cold sweat, and tells himself to be ready. “Lumis?! I hope this is the right place, Lumis, because I’m coming for ya!” Wait, what’s that? Oh, just a swing. Lumis will need more than that to s-scare Cameron Grimes! But Grimes warns Lumis now, when he finds Lumis, he’ll get him! Lumis is UP IN THE TREE! Grimes tries to stay brave as he walks inside the house. Is this the right house? Deer head! H-Ha! Almost got him. But Grimes has seen bigger bucks. But then a tricycle goes by all by itself!? Grimes is freaking out. He didn’t know Lumis had kids! Lumis is now in the pantry closet!?
Grimes keeps looking through the house, trying to bolster his own courage. Is Lumis even in here? That referee is doing a Blair Witch! HE HAS WARTS ON HIS FACE! Lumis busts in through a door and two-hand chokes Grimes against the wall! Grimes claws Lumis’ eyes, throws him into a vanity and KICKS him into the mirror! Grimes hurries away, closing the door behind him. Lumis hammers the door but Grimes holds it shut! Lumis kicks the door off the frame! Grimes goes to a bathroom and shuts himself in, but… Is someone in the shower? Oh, hello, miss. Well, Grimes didn’t realize Lumis had a sister. Maybe Grimes will wash up. Make room for- OH NOOO WHAT?! Is that the girl from The Ring!?
Grimes runs away and wants OUT! He can’t find the door he came in through! Lumis grabs him through a window!! Lumis climbs in, rams Grimes into a wall, then carries him. Grimes rakes eyes again then shoulders Lumis away. Grimes runs away but dares Lumis to try something. More people with warts on their faces!! Grimes runs down a hallway and bumps into Lumis! UPPERCUT! Grimes BOOTS and ROUNDHOUSES, and says this is over! Grimes grabs a broom but Lumis has left. Who is this now? Oh it’s Lumis’ Ring Sister!! And there’s TWO OF THEM!? One jumps off the fridge to tackle Grimes! Grimes flails about as she’s on his back! They smash through the screen door into the backyard! Grimes flails and throws the spooky ghoul off! But turns around to see the warty zombies!
Grimes finds his way back to the van and gets in shotgun. LUMIS IS DRIVING! Grimes bails out again and runs off down the street into the night! To be continued…
Rhea Ripley VS Raquel Gonzalez!
The Nightmare and #RickyDesperado are going to bring the brutality, you can bet on that! But who will establish themselves as THE monstrous alpha female of NXT?
NXT returns as Raquel makes her entrance. The ref has to keep the peace for just long enough, the bell rings and these two tie up and go around! Fans rally, Raquel knees low and hard, then whips Rhea to a corner. Rhea dodges, Raquel rams into buckles and Rhea fires off hands! Rhea throws more haymakers, but Raquel blocks the whip! Raquel whips Rhea to a corner, Rhea goes up but gets caught! Rhea slips out, kicks low and reels Raquel in for a facelock! Raquel thrashes and powers Rhea to a corner! Raquel RAMS in, then lets off to bring Rhea around. Raquel CLUBS Rhea, Rhea throws body shots but Raquel shoves her away. Rhea boots but Raquel blocks so Rhea boots her away. Raquel blocks the punch and that shocks Rhea!
Rhea stomps a foot, HEADBUTTS, but Raquel ducks the roundhouse to CLOBBER Rhea from behind! Rhea gets up but still seems surprised by Raquel’s power. They get forehead to forehead, talking trash about who’s stronger. Raquel shoves, Rhea shoves back, repeat! Raquel SLAPS, Rhea SLAPS, and they both glare before firing off fast and furious! Rhea ducks, throws body shots, ducks again then kicks the leg. Rhea runs but Raquel throws her down! And drops an elbow! And then stomps Rhea down! Raquel drags Rhea up, suplexes but Rhea blocks! Rhea suplexes but Raquel blocks. They keep fighting for control, Raquel gets Rhea up but Rhea slips out to LARIAT! Raquel stays up!! So Rhea LARIATS again, but it’s still not enough!
Raquel blocks the third try, fireman’s carries, but Rhea slips out to fireman’s carry back! Raquel slips out, blocks the kick then throws Rhea to ropes. Raquel follows, Rhea dodges, goes the other way, DROPKICK! Raquel bails out as fans fire up! Rhea runs and wrecks Raquel with a dropkick! Raquel ends up at the desk and Rhea aims from the apron. Rhea CANNONBALLS but is caught?! Raquel brings Rhea up to POWREBOMB into the boards!! Raquel lets Rhea hit the floor as NXT goes picture in picture. Raquel puts Rhea in the ring and covers, TWO!
Raquel seethes, drags Rhea up, and whips her to a corner. Raquel stomps a mudhole into Rhea, digs her foot in, but the ref counts. Raquel lets off to argue with the ref, then drags Rhea up to CLUB her over and over! Raquel drags Rhea up, Rhea hits back, but Raquel shoves and BOOTS Rhea down! Cover, TWO! Raquel stays on Rhea with the grounded double chicken wing! Rhea endures as Raquel RAMS her knee in! And again! Raquel thrashes Rhea around but Rhea refuses to give up! Rhea fights up and out, they start throwing haymakers on the mat! Raquel ROCKS Rhea, CLUBS Rhea, then brings her up to scoop and POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO! Raquel grows frustrated and NXT goes to break.
NXT returns as Raquel tortures Rhea in the Gory Especial Stretch! Fans rally for “NXT! NXT!” as Rhea endures. Raquel pulls back on the arms but Rhea powers up! Rhea pops out to sunset flip, TWO! Rhea ducks a clothesline but not the BLINDSIDE! Cover, TWO! Raquel grows frustrated again as she drags Rhea back up. Raquel whips and corner splashes Rhea, then runs in again. Rhea elbows Raquel back, and then again. Raquel swings but into Raquel’s LARIAT! Cover, TWO!! Rhea survives and Raquel is losing her cool. Raquel drags Rhea up, reels her in, but Rhea back drops! Rhea and Raquel slowly stand, Rhea CHOPS and CHOPS and then spins Raquel for cravat knee strikes! Rhea runs, gets around Raquel and sweeps the legs! Raquel gets up but Rhea runs to DROPKICK her down! Cover, TWO!!
Fans are thunderous as Rhea and Raquel slowly rise. Rhea has Raquel first for the straddle knockdown! And another! Rhea stomps and stomps and stomps, then gets the legs! PRISM TRAP!! Raquel endures, rolls, but Rhea sits for a cover, ONE! Rhea ends up in the ropes, Raquel BOOTS her down! Raquel drags Rhea up, scoops her and swings for another POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO! Rhea survives, reminding us why she was an NXT and NXT UK Women’s Champion! Raquel puts Rhea in the corner, throws forearms then hoists her up top. Raquel climbs up to join Rhea, clubs her, then stands her up. Rhea resists, fights back and slips inside to then haymaker and headbutt! Rhea manages a pump handle, but Raquel fights free! Raquel staggers, comes back, throws forearms, but Rhea hits back!
Rhea and Raquel brawl as Raquel climbs. Rhea boots her away, stands up, but Raquel is right back up to SUPER OVERHEAD SUPLEX Rhea!! Rhea is in a daze, Raquel covers, TWO!?!? Raquel is in angry disbelief! Raquel drags Rhea up as fans are thunderous for “NXT! NXT!” Raquel fisherman’s and lifts, but Rhea slips around the headscissor Raquel into buckles! Rhea stalks Raquel, ROUNDHOUSES her, then pump handles! RIPTIDE!! Cover, Rhea wins!!
Winner: Rhea Ripley, by pinfall
The Mosh Pit Kid is STILL the dominant force of the NXT Women’s Division! Will anyone ever be able to survive her brutality?
Grimes is still running down the street!
But where is he in relation to the Capitol Wrestling Center? Grimes is trying to make the long, long journey, but will he make it before the show is over?
Backstage interview with “Hollywood” Drake Maverick.
What does he and his tag partner, Killian Dain, have planned for tonight? “Well y’know something, Mean Gene,” Dain and Maverick, “with the 2 point 4 inch pythons,” have tag team domination on their minds, brother! Well, this isn’t Mean Gene, this is- Yes you are, Mackenzie! But it is Halloween, so please play along? But then someone is being Andre the Giant! And another is the MUMMY! And Maverick is sandwiched between them! But here comes THE SHOCKMASTER! And he doesn’t trip over himself this time! Mummy and Andre back off, and Maverick wants Dain to take the helmet off. He was supposed to trip. Why? Because the Shockmaster does that. Oh, it was hard to tell when Maverick kept adding “brother” to everything. But no, Dain didn’t want to do that. Why doesn’t he like fun?
First, Dain didn’t like the gear. God no. Second, the logo. Definitely no! Then Dain didn’t like the music! Definitely did. And now he won’t even do Shockmaster right! Do you know how long it took for Maverick to recreate the helmet?! But fine, Maverick will be tiny Shockmaster. He puts the helmet on, and trips. Dain laughs at Maverick falling on his arse.
Grimes returns to the CWC!
Grimes is relieved to be back! He’s running out of gas as he gets back to the door. Is Grimes going to find a safe place to hide from Lumis?
Actually, Grimes ends up by ringside! And on the spooky set. He realizes that, and how there’s a lot more fog. Wait, how did creepy Ring girl get here?! Grimes begs she and her twin not do something to him! They creep and crawl their way to him and Grimes warns them! Grimes gets in the ring, warns them to stay out or he’ll get ’em! But Lumis slides in behind him!! OH NO! Lumis puts Grimes in a corner, DECKS him with uppercuts and ROKCS Him with haymakers! Clothesline and BULLDOG! Grimes flounders, Lumis runs in but Grimes boots him! Grimes runs, into a SPINE BUSTER! Lumis paces around Grimes, watches him writhe in the smoke, and then Grimes sits up. Grimes begs Lumis for mercy, but the zombies are lurking! Grimes freaks out, begs them to stop this, but then he gives one a CAVE-IN!
Lumis just stares as “his sister” crawls up. Lumis lets her climb and crawl all over him, then get up on his shoulders. Grimes begs for mercy and apologizes for everything he’s done. No go as Lumis TOSSES the zombie girl at him! Then URENAGE! Into THE SILENCE!! Grimes flails, fades, and is OUT!! Lumis… wins?
Winner: Dexter Lumis, by submission
Well the smoke still fills the ringside, and the zombies creep and crawl in around Lumis. Lumis leaves Grimes for dead as the lights fade out. THE END. Will Lumis make sure things only get scarier for his next victim?
NXT hears from Io Shirai and Candice LeRae before their match.
The Evil Genius says #TheJohnnyGarganoWay won’t be enough to beat her. The Poison Pixie says, “Trick or treat, here’s defeat.” She got rid of the dead weight and is now where she should be: #1 contender. Shirai says biker chain match, she beats Candice. Candice says Cole Miner’s Glove on a Pole, she beats Shirai. Blindfold match? Buried Alive? Casket Match? Boiler Room Brawl? Weapon’s Wild? It doesn’t matter if it’s Shotzi’s Choice! Shirai and Candice are confident in their chances. Candice almost had Shirai at TakeOver. Tonight, she leaves NXT Women’s Champion. Shirai says it doesn’t matter, she beats Candice.
Shotzistein, Shotzipira, now she’s BeelzeShotzi!
Last but not least, Shotzi spins the wheel one last time for the NXT Women’s Championship! We find out what kind of match Shirai and Candice have after the break.
Tommaso Ciampa speaks.
“Week after week, I look around this place, and one thing has become abundantly clear. I don’t recognize NXT anymore.” The letters, the colors, those are the same, and the talent is still among the most talented in the world today. But the attitude and the culture, everyone walking around like they’re owed something, asking for opportunity. “Out with the old, in with the new. It’s my turn.” This isn’t a game, no one takes turns! If you’re hungry, you eat. Ciampa’s hungrier, he eats first. Ciampa says everyone wants to blame someone else for what they don’t have. “Different locations, different voices, same message. Brass ring, glass ceiling, ‘they’re holding down my talent, I’m great!'” Maybe this tweet or this post will get them buzz.
Ciampa’s heard it all before. And he knows this much: Ciampa was never handed anything! He never asked for an opportunity. He was simply undeniable. “The greatest sports entertainer of all time, and for a very, very long time, Tommaso Ciampa was NXT.” Fate took that away from him, but he’s going to take it back. “Velveteen Dream, this all begins with you. A 25-year-old prodigy, oozing It Factor, who can’t seem to get out of his own damn way. How does that old saying go? Hit me with a cast once, shame on you. Hit me with a cast twice, you’re a dead man.” Will the Dream die when #NoOneWillSurvive?
Candice LeRae heads to the ring.
The Poison Pixie is out first, being the Sally to Johnny’s Jack Skellington. But will Shirai make sure she’s in literal stitches after tonight? Speaking of, POPPY is back for a special performance as part of Shirai’s entrance! Poppy’s dressed up, too, cosplaying as Sayaka Igarashi of Kakeguri, it seems. But of course, it’s time to spin the wheel! And we land on… TLS, Tables, Ladders and SCARES, oh my!
NXT Women’s Championship TLS Match: Io Shirai VS Candice LeRae!
The bell rings, Candice swings on Shirai but Shirai ducks to FLAPJACK Candice down! Candice bails out fast, Shirai builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit into the “graveyard!” Shirai catches her breath and looks under the ring. Just as the ref finally straps the belt to the hook, Shirai brings out a ladder! Candice pushes Shirai into the apron, brings her up and throws her into barriers! Candice goes looking under the ring and brings out a TABLE! But what is that in the pillowcase stuck to it? Candice grabs the back, pours it out, and it’s BODY PARTS?! Oh, prop parts, but still! That scared Candice for a second. Shirai grabs the fake arms and SLAPS Candice with them! And SPANKS her, too! Shirai then runs, but Candice drop toeholds Shirai onto the ladder!
Candice grabs another ladder, brings that out and SLAMS it down on Shirai! Then she stands that ladder up, CLUBS Shirai on the back and follows her around the way. Candice whips, Shirai reverses and POSTS Candice! Shirai makes sure her arms are okay before bringing Candice up. Candice hits back, whips but Shirai sends Candice over the desk! Shirai clears the desk off, stands on top of it, and drags Candice up to join her. Shirai suplexes but Candice fights back! Candice uses a monitor to SMACK Shirai! Shirai tumbles down, Candice brings out another ladder! Candice makes herself a ladder bridge between ring and desk, but Shirai has a chair. Shirai TOSSES it at Candice’s head! Shirai goes under the ladder and stomps Candice. That better not be bad luck.
Shirai runs and METEORAS Candice into the side of the steps! Shirai isn’t done, she goes around and brings out more chairs! Shirai puts the chairs in the ring, Candice crawls up behind her but gets a chair to the ribs! Shirai puts the chair in the ring, then keeps adding more! There are about half a dozen chairs in the ring, then Shirai suplexes Candice to the floor! Fans are thunderous as NXT goes picture in picture.
Shirai just keeps looking under the ring, but there’s nothing left for her on this side. She goes around the way, moves the fake body parts aside and sets up that table from before. Candice crawls up behind her again, and CLUBS Shirai on the back. There’s a chalk outline on the table! Candice RAMS Shirai into steel steps, but Shirai comes back to stomp Candice! And bump her off the steps! Shirai brings out a SECOND TABLE! Candice ROCKS Shirai with a haymaker, then another! Candice clubs Shirai, but Shirai FLAPJACKS Candice off the steps! Shirai throws Candice around, climbs up top, but Candice gets in the ring. Candice staggers up but Shirai missile dropkicks her down! Shirai Alabama lifts Candice for the AIR RAID CRASH!
Shirai goes back out, sets up the other table, and places it side by side with the other. Candice dropkicks Shirai down as NXT returns to single picture! Candice brings Shirai up, Shirai forearms but Candice returns it! They ROCK each other and the two fall over! Shirai crawls away and back to a ladder. Shirai picks it up, puts it in the ring, but Candice puts one in on her own. Shirai stands hers up first, but Candice climbs it! Shirai drags her down, Candice rocks Shirai back. They brawl, Shirai wheelbarrows, but into a FACEBUSTER! Candice stands her own ladder up in a corner. She brings Shirai away from her ladder, climbs it, but Shirai drags Candice back down. Shirai throws a SHOTEI! Candice goes down, Shirai arranges her chairs in a nice pile.
Shirai stomps Candice, drags her up and reels her in, underhooks but Candice resists! Shira still gets her up, TIGER BACKBREAKER! Shirai puts Candice on the chair pile, goes up top, and OVER THE MOONSAULTS onto chairs!! Candice moved and Shirai crashes onto chairs hard! Candice SMACKS Shirai on the back! And again! And again! Shirai flounders and writhes her way under the ladder. Candice stands the chair up, drags Shirai up and asks, “Remember this?! You did this to me!” Shirai does and she blocks the suplex! Shirai hits Candice, Candice waistlocks but Shirai spins around! Shirai suplexes Candice onto the chair!! History repeats itself! Candice is down in a heap and fans are fired up for “NXT! NXT!”
Shirai crawls to her ladder, climbs back up, but Candice anchors Shirai’s foot. Shirai kicks but Candice drags her down. Candice SLAPS Shirai, but Shirai just gets mad. Candice is against a ladder, Shirai runs in, the SHINKANSEN crashes into the ladder as Candice moves!! And then Shirai barely guards herself as the ladder falls on her! Candice is on the apron, she shoulders Shirai away. Shirai clutches the leg, Candice shakes out the arm. Candice climbs up a corner, Shirai SHOTEIS again! Shirai shoves her chairs away and brings her ladder around. Shirai sets some ladders up, climbs up to go after Candice, and then brings her up. Candice fights, the two hop down, so Shirai grabs a chair and catches a leg! FULL METAL DRAGON SCREW!!
Candice drops to the apron, her foot having been wrenched in that vice, but Shirai shows no mercy! Shirai runs to Tiger Feint! Candice ducks to SMACK Shirai with the chair! Both women are on the apron, MS. LERAE’S WILD RIDE through both tables!! Now the chalk outlines are for them! Fans are losing their minds as both women are down, “This is Awesome!” But GHOST FACE is back!? They put Candice in and help her to the ladder?! And UP the ladder! Ghost Face is following #TJGW! But SHOTZI gets in to counter this! Shotzi has Ghost Face in an Electric Chair, and DROPS them on the chair pile!! But Candice is still on top of the ladder! Candice rises slowly, but Shirai has her own ladder! Shirai sets up right next to Candice and intercepts her!
Shirai stops Candice from getting the belt, but Candice RAKES eyes! Shirai drops down, Candice reaches, but Shirai SHOVES the ladders over! Candice falls through the ladder bridge!! Even Shirai realizes that was scary! Shirai climbs back up and grabs the belt, Shirai wins!!
Winner: Io Shirai (still NXT Women’s Champion)
The Evil Genius survives that truly terrifying title match! Shirai sits atop the ladder, will anyone ever dethrone her from the top of the NXT Women’s Division? As for Candice LeRae, is she still in one piece?
This was an AWESOME episode! Opening not only with the North American Championship but having the live theme for Priest was great stuff. I was glad we got “Devil’s Playground,” because that name alone was reason to make it the stipulation. Of course it just turns out to be Falls Count Anywhere, but it turned into an awesome Falls Count Anywhere. I will say, I didn’t expect there to be someone to interfere, but I should have. Same goes for the INSANE (and honestly a bit scary) TLC match in the main event. And while it was Ghost Face each time, I bet it was two different people. Given how things have been going for the #TJGW story, Austin Theory had to be the one interfering in the North American Championship match, and then Indi Hartwell puts on her own Ghost Face costume to help Candice. I figured Gargano and Candice would split the results, so it works out that Gargano won his for some fresher match-ups for that title. And seriously, Candice fell through the ladder rather awkwardly so hopefully she’s okay.
For being a host, Shotzi didn’t do as much as I expected, but it seems costume changes take a lot of doing. She still got a great part in helping keep Candice from winning thanks to Ghost Face Indi. I feel like if Candice isn’t getting another shot at the title, she (and Indi) are going to spin off to go after Shotzi. If only Tegan Nox wasn’t actually hurt, she could come back and help Shotzi take on Candice and Indi. But after that awesome 1v1 of Rhea VS Raquel, I bet Rhea teams up with Shotzi again now that she’s gotten past another feud. Shotzi and Rhea are honestly a great combination given they’re both rockers. Escobar VS Atlas was good, but Escobar still needed El Legado to help him win, so that’s a little disappointing. I wonder if NXT is going to keep Escobar as champion long enough for him and Jordan Devlin to face off and crown our Undisputed Cruiserweight Champion.
We got a great little bit from Maverick and Dain with the costume references to the days of WCW, and it feels like Dain is starting to lighten up a little on Maverick. McAfee and his group had a great segment, because he is great on the mic talking trash, and because I did NOT see Dunne being the fourth man. But it makes sense that you get another hard hitter to fit in with Oney and Burch since Holland can’t be because of injury. And it also seems to add to my thinking that WarGames is the end result, since we’re talking 4v4, the Undisputed Era is involved, and Dunne has been a rival of theirs and even entered WarGames last year. That’s going to be a great moment when the UE regroups at 100% health and they get to give that dreaded announcement.
Ciampa issuing a warning to Dream was a great promo, and though it mainly sticks to kayfabe, I couldn’t help but feel that thin layer of meta given the real life issues Dream has been dealing with, and perhaps been creating for himself out of immaturity. But Ciampa VS Dream is going to be a great match. As will Ember VS Dakota, after Ember gave a good promo herself. Lumis VS Grimes was a great match, even with the cinematic portions. Regal was great, seeing Michael Hayes was great, and Grimes was perfect! But naturally, Lumis wins as he is the naturally scary character, and I wonder if Lumis will be the one moving up the ranks towards the NXT Championship. Finn Balor still has to recover, but I’m sure he’ll be fine. Balor VS Lumis will be an interesting route to take, too, as Lumis doesn’t really talk that much, but the match should be a bit more methodical and not so overly strong style like Balor VS O’Reilly ended up being.
My Score: 9.3/10
Andrew’s IMPACT Results & Match Ratings: 12.8.2022
Josh Alexander finally addresses what happened at Over Drive! MCMG gets a title match! Eric Young was written out, how does Deaner change Violent by Design?
We get a new era of VBD, Motor City Machine Guns with a tag title shot and Josh Alexander will finally address what happened at Over Drive. I doubt we’re going to get a clean resolution to the tag match since Brian Myers and Matt Cardona are just assholes, but hopefully we get something fun.
Apparently since Deaner is the Violence, the group is just called The Design.
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) December 9, 2022
- Tag Team Titles: Motor City Machine Guns vs Heath & Rhino (c): No Contest – ** 1/4
- Savannah Evans w/Tasha Steelz vs Taya Valkyrie w/Death Dollz: Savannah wins via Full Nelson Bomb – **
- Kon w/The Design vs Sami Callihan: Kon wins via Death Valley Driver – **
- IMPACT World Championship Open Challenge: Mike Bailey vs Josh Alexander (c): Josh retains via C4 Spike – *****
Tag Team Titles: Motor City Machine Guns vs Heath & Rhino (c)
Rhino and Sabin start off and they work to Shelley and Heath with a little bit of MCMG tandem work. Guns are tying up Heath, some corner work where the ref is allowing a little more contact than usual; main point is that Heath is getting twisted and torqued.
Heath tries to paint brush his way out of a Figure Four, but Shelley dips into his heel tendencies. Heath gets to the ropes and Shelley lays back and tells the ref he’s willing to break. He doesn’t and forces the referee to untie their legs, so he gets some extra damage in. Dragon Screw attempt gets turned around, Heath drops Shelley and finally gets Rhino back in.
Guns try to utilize some tandem attacks, but as we see Sabin and Heath swinging back and forth; the Major Players hit the ring and hit simultaneous Wake Up Calls on Heath and Sabin, causing the no contest.
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) December 9, 2022
Savannah Evans w/Tasha Steelz vs Taya Valkyrie w/Death Dollz
Savannah starts off honestly just overpowering Taya. A few quick shoves, Bear Hugs, rag dolls…and Taya is on the back foot. A little bit of ducking and dodging gives Taya the chances to hit the Spear and send Savannah out.
Savannah puts the brakes on anything Taya can start, we go to commercial and Savannah throws Taya with a Butterfly Suplex…so there’s just a lot of Taya working from underneath. Flying Headscissors finally gives Taya a breather, Blue Thunder Bomb for 2 into an Indian Deathlock transitioning into an STF before Savannah fights out.
Road to Valhalla attempt, Savannah blocks it, a little back and forth before Savannah connects with the Full Nelson Bomb for the win.
Kon w/The Design vs Sami Callihan
Early on Sami is struggling with Kon’s power and size. This is hard to really swallow, even as an early “debut” of a new stable. Sami keeps fighting the good fight, grasps for a Jaw Breaker and turns a Kon charge into a Scoop Slam…but Kon tries to keep being the immovable object.
Sami buckles Kon’s knee and hits the Tanaka style forearm and tries to stay on the bigger guy. The numbers eventually start to distract Sami, Angels distracts the referee, Deaner stops Sami and Kon hits a Death Valley Driver for the win.
I’m not really impressed with this, but I guess you really can’t have the new stable get punked out. Even though they are all punks.
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) December 9, 2022
Josh Alexander comes out to address the Over Drive fallout and states an open challenge with the intent to drag out Bully Ray – but Bully has a whole video set up goading Josh and saying he’s not there.
So Speedball Mike Bailey comes down to see if the open challenge is still on the table.
IMPACT World Championship Open Challenge: Mike Bailey vs Josh Alexander (c)
Bailey tries to come at Josh hard, and Josh shows that his left arm is still bothering him some; but he generally shrugs off Bailey for the early goings. A big Forearm and Kitchen Sink have Josh slowly stalking his opponent. His attention isn’t on Bailey, so his style reflects as much.
Josh sends Bailey to the ropes, back handspring, machine gun kicks send Josh reeling and a Tope con Hilo finally gives Bailey some momentum. Commercial break comes back with Bailey hitting a big Double Knees, but a Running Boot from Josh puts things back in his favor. Josh lands kick after kick, big forearms, and just hits Bailey with disdain because he’s not Bully Ray.
A Shotgun Dropkick opens things up for Speedball, Sole Butt doubles over Josh, Axe Kick, Roundhouse into a Corkscrew Shooting Star Press for 2. Buzzsaw Kick missed, German Suplex train begins! Two in a row, Bailey tries to block, so Josh pins the arms and hits a Shutdown Suplex for 2. C4 Spike, spun out, Ankle Lock attempt, blocked and turned into a Kimura from Bailey, but now they’re just jockeying for submission positions. Josh counters the Octopus into running him into the corner twice, but Speedball doesn’t let go. One more attempted jam, but a Poison Rana gives Bailey a 2 count.
Another commercial comes back to Josh driving his knee into Speedball’s shoulder blades. Flipping Stomp miss from Bailey, Tornado Kicks land, Ultima Weapon misses and Josh goes for a C4 Spike but the arm gives out! They spill to the outside and Bailey strings together some offense. A big Missile Dropkick leads into Round Kicks, and then open hand chop exchange. Both men after just firing back and forth, neither is relenting. Forearms and kicks, finally into a proper Fighting Spirit spot that Bailey counters a Rolling Forearm with a Straight Side Kick. Bailey charges into the ropes, Josh catches him in Capture Suplex position but drags him over the ropes and slams him onto the apron.
This is a third commercial break and we’re perched with Bailey going for a Super Frankensteiner, Josh blocks, feigns the Avalanche Styles Clash, but Bailey counters! Flamingo Driver attempt, Josh gets pissed, counters and then throws Bailey with a Torture Rack Bomb. 2 count immediately into the Ankle Lock, but Bailey blocks, manages to get away, counters Josh in the corner, Ultima Weapon connects! But Bailey can’t get the pinfall as he sells his legs. Speedball gets up, PK as he keeps selling the legs but still uses his offense. PK again! Backflip Double Knees, a few missed kicks before finally connecting and then charging through with the snap kick. Open Hand Chops from Josh, Kicks from Bailey, Josh just grabs him and starts the locomotion German Suplexes.
Six suplexes and another commercial! Back perched, Kimura Lock from Bailey, Josh fights, Bailey tries a kick, but Josh grabs him and dumps him back into the ring with an Olympic Slam for a near fall. Josh climbs to the top, Moonsault misses! Bailey slowly climbs to the top rope, Josh pops up, Avalanche Olympic Slam for 2! Josh struggles to try and pick up Bailey, so they have a slow rise as both men are banged up. Bailey pops up with the Straight Kick to the face for a near fall, and we actually hear the 10 minutes remaining call from Penzer.
Ankle Lock again from Josh, but Bailey keeps squirming. Josh Death Rolls with the Ankle and doesn’t want to let go, he’s trying to end this. Bailey tries to stretch up to get out of it, but gets scooped into a Tombstone Piledriver but only another 2 and back into the Ankle Lock! Up Kicks break the submission, Bailey tries to stop Josh from charging back into the corner with a kick, but Josh drivers his knee into Bailey’s leg, drags him back to the center and Grapevine’s the Ankle. Speedball barely manages to claw to the ropes.
Josh tries to climb the corner with Bailey, but Bailey slips down and now he’s trying to get up to Josh but can’t quite muster the energy to get past Josh. Josh keeps clocking and dropping Bailey. Bailey finally powers through the offense, stares down Josh and Avalanche Frankensteiner! Ultima Weapon… connects again but foot on the bottom rope! Flamingo…nope, Styles Clash from Josh into the Ankle Lock again! Bailey grabs the bottom rope and tries to kick Josh away, but Josh finds adrenaline rips Bailey into his arms for an Inverted Piledriver. Josh and Bailey keep struggling as Josh is going for a C4 Spike, 2 C4 Spikes with about 15 seconds left!
Overall Score: 9/10
A Western company actually mentioning time remaining, having to bump a “scheduled main event” and dedicate the last hour of the show to literally one match is a little surprising. The show also did try to add credibility to The Design, Savannah Evans got to look impressive and the fact the tag match was interrupted…to no one’s surprise, helped sell the epic main event even harder.
I don’t really have a lot to say aside from that was a hell of a match, and the fact that it was about 15 seconds short of a Broadway is both crazy and almost feels dirty that it didn’t quite get there. But it was great, built off their previous match and was a great endcap to the year both men had as being fighting champions and two bastions of hope of the company in 2022. IMPACT loves to just to clip shows for the last two weeks of the year, so we only have 1 maybe 2 more real episodes before Hard to Kill is around the corner. But hot damn was this match amazing!
Mitchell’s NJPW WTL X Super Jr. Tag Results & Report! (12/7/22)
The Super Jr. Tag League penultimate round!
The Super Juniors are so close, they can almost taste it!
NJPW continues on and the Super Jr. Tag League is almost done! Is it inevitable that Ace Austin & Chris Bey are finalists in the tournament? Or will they get burned by the #GLEATSAUCE?
- Yuto Nakashima & Ryohei Oiwa VS Oskar Leube & Kosei Fujita; Leube & Fujita win.
- Six Man Tag: Suzuki-Gun VS Bullet Club; Suzuki-Gun wins.
- 8 Man Tag: Toru Yano, Hiroshi Tanahashi, Tomoaki Honma & Master Wato VS Los Ingobernables de Japon; LIJ wins.
- Super Jr. Tag League 2022: KUSHIDA & Kevin Knight VS TJP & Francesco Akira; TJP & Akira win.
- Super Jr. Tag League 2022: Ryusuke Taguchi & Clark Connors VS YOH & Lio Rush; Yoh & Lio win.
- Super Jr. Tag League 2022: DOUKI & Yoshinobu Kanemaru VS SHO & Dick Togo; Douki & Kanemaru win.
- Super Jr. Tag League 2022: Robbie Eagles & Tiger Mask VS BUSHI & Titán; Bushi & Titán win.
- Super Jr. Tag League 2022: Alex Zayne & El Lindaman VS Ace Austin & Chris Bey; Zayne & Lindaman win.
PLAY BY PLAY
Here are the current Super Jr. Tag League standings!
Austin & Bey: 6-1, 12 points
Bushi & Titan: 5-2, 10 points
TJP & Akira: 5-2, 10 points
Yoh & Lio: 5-2, 10 points
Zayne & Lindaman: 5-2, 10 points
Taguchi & Connors: 3-4, 6 points [ELIMINATED]
Eagles & Tiger Mask: 2-5, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
Douki & Kanemaru: 2-5, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
KUSHIDA & Knight: 1-6, 2 points [ELIMINATED]
Sho & Dick: 1-6, 2 points [ELIMINATED]
Super Jr. Tag League 2022: KUSHIDA & Kevin Knight VS TJP & Francesco Akira!
The Time Jet may be out of the running, but they could use this moment to turn it all around! Will Kushida & Knight find #Time2Fly? Or will Catch 2/2 not be denied their spot in the finals?
The Orchestrator, Gideon Grey, is here to make the introductions for the Public Enemy & Nova Fireball. The teams sort out and fans applaud as Knight starts against TJP. Fans rally as the two circle. TJP avoids Knight’s rush at the legs, gets around to a waistlock, but Knight switches. TJP sits, pries at the hold, but Knight brings him up to SLAM him down! Knight floats to a facelock, TJP rolls but Knight stays with him, but TJP slips away. Fans applaud this opening exchange and the two reset. Knight and TJP circle, knuckle lock, and TJP spins to wrench and wrangle Knight with a top wristlock.
Knight rolls, stands, TJP wrenches his arm again. Knight rolls, handsprings and wrenches back! Fans applaud while TJP works on a return. TJP rolls, spins, cartwheels, but Knight stops the headscissors to CHOP! Fans applaud as TJP staggers to ropes. Knight CHOPS TJP again, then whips TJP to ropes. They RAM shoulders but neither man falls. Knight flexes and fans applaud. TJP runs, they RAM shoulders again and Knight stays up. Knight says TJP doesn’t have it, but TJP kicks low! TJP runs, but Knight hurdles over! TJP rebounds, and he blocks the hip toss into a cobra twist! Fans applaud while Knight endures.
TJP drops for a ground cobra cradle, TWO! Knight whips, TJP stops himself and comes back to tie Knight’s one arm up, and he YANKS Knight’s other arm back! Fans applaud while TJP drags Knight away. Tag to Akira and Catch 2/2 mug Knight. They double whip but Knight DOUBLE FLYING SHOULDER TACKLES them down! Fans fire up as Knight brings Akira up. Knight wrenches Akira, tags Kushida, and he hands off the wrench. Kushida wrenches to a wristlock, then tags Knight back in. They hand off the wrench again, tag, and then hand it off again! Kushida CLUBS Akira’s arm, wrangles him down, and traps the arm to TWIST!
Fans applaud as Kushida drags Akira up to wrench again. Tag to Knight, they hand off the wrench again and again and again! Then they double snapmare to double knee drop both arms! Fans applaud but TJP runs in! Into a drop toehold and PENALTY KICK to the arm! Kushida & Knight secret handshake, then they double whip TJP to a corner. Then they double whip Akira into TJP! Kushida runs in to back elbow sandwich the champs! Knight runs in to STINGER SPLASH SANDWICH the champs! Knight pushes Akira aside to whip TJP corner to corner. TJP goes up and over, Akira returns for a RAILGUN DROPKICK!
Fans rally as Akira drags Knight up to CLUB him on the neck. Akira stomps Knight in the corner and digs his boots in! The ref counts, Akira stops at 4, then tags TJP. Catch 2/2 drag Knight up, they double whip him to ropes, and SOBAT, KICK, KICK and BASEMENT SHOTGUN! Cover, TWO! TJP sits Knight up to KNEE him in the back! TJP drops knees on the arm, then on a leg. Then TJP has the leg for a standing toehold. Knight endures, even as TJP twists the ankle! Fans rally, Knight fights up and stands. TJP stays clear of the haymakers but Knight breaks free. Knight kicks with the other way but TJP blocks it!
TJP slips around, but Knight ENZIGURIS TJP down! Fans rally, Akira grabs Knight’s legs but Knight kicks him away. But TJP runs past Knight to BLAST Kushida! Knight run sin but TJP goes up and over to get a TARANTULA! Akira intercepts Kushida at the apron for a TARANTULA! Fans fire up for the double shoutout to Tajiri, and Catch 2/2 lets off as the ref counts. Akira returns to his corner, TJP stalks Knight and fans rally up. TJP drags Knight up, scoops and SLAMS him, then goes to the apron. Slingshot SENTON! Tag to Akira, and he runs to go up the Electric Chair! “Take Picture!” But Knight JET FLIGHT DROPKICKS Akira down!
Fans fire up while all three men are down! Knight crawls, hot tag to Kushida! Kushida climbs up and AX HANDLES TJP down! Kushida KICKS and KICKS and KICKS Akira, then whips him to ropes. Akira reverses but Kushida FLYING FOREARMS! Kushida dodges to PELE! TJP kicks Kushida, runs, but into a hip toss! Cartwheel, basement dropkick! Fans fire up with Kushida and he winds up, but Akira blocks the Buzzsaw! Akira whips Kushida to ropes, but Kushida reverses. Akira sunset flips but Kushida stays up! Kushida has the arm, for an ARMBAR! The fans fire up as Kushida pulls back, but Akira rolls to the ROPEBREAK!
Kushida lets go quickly and fans rally up. They clap for “KU-SHI-DA!” as he wrenches Akira’s arm to an ELBOW BREAKER! Kushida aims, but Akira dodges the Penalty Kick! Akira CHOPS, but Kushida ROCKS! Akira SUPERKICKS, but Kushida SHOTEIS! Fans fire up while both men are down! Kushida crawls, hot tag to Knight! Knight hurries after Akira, brings him up and whips him to a corner. Knight runs in and Kushida runs in from the apron, SPLASH ENZIGURI COMBO! Knight hoists Akira up top, climbs up after him, but TJP gets in! TJP Electric Chair Lifts Knight, but Kushida HANDSPRING KICKS Akira!
Knight fights free of TJP while Kushida has a KIMURA on Akira! TJP lets Knight go to go after Kushida! TJP has the Electric Chair Lift, but Kushida fights free to get the HOVERBOARD KIMURA! Knight jumps to SUPER STEINER Akira! Fans fire up and Knight leaps, SATELLITE DDT!! Cover, TJP SLAMS Kushida onto it! Fans fire up while Kushida throws TJP out. Knight drags Akira up, fans clap “TIME TO FLY!” They double suplex but Akira fights it. Akira ROCKS and CHOPS on repeat! But Knight knees low! Time2Fly double whip but Akira shotguns the clothesline apart! And TJP runs in to DOUBLE BULLDOG!
Fans fire up and TJP blocks a kick to spin around, LEG CAPTURE BACK SUPLEX for Knight! Kushida DECKS TJP! Akira GERMAN SUPLEXES Kushida! Knight SLIDING SHOULDERS Akira down! Fans are thunderous as all four men are down! Knight sits up, he brings TJP up but TJP throws a forearm. Knight forearms back, so TJP forearms again. The forearms keep going, then TJP UPPERCUTS! Knight UPPERCUTS in return! The forearms return, Knight gets the edge! Knight runs, into a ROLLING SOBAT! TJP runs, ducks a lariat and SUPERKICKS! TJP runs, into a DROPKICK! Knight kips up and fans fire up again!
Knight runs corner to corner at TJP, but TJP goes up and over! TORNADO DDT!! Cover, TWO!! Knight is still in this and fans are thunderous! TJP drags Knight to a drop zone, goes up the corner, but Knight is up! Knight springs up to join TJP, he throws body shots, but TJP hits back. Fans rally as TJP slips under and trips Knight! Knight is in a Tree of Woe, TJP helps Akira walk the tightrope, for a MISSILE WOE DROPKICK! Knight is down in another drop zone and TJP goes back up! MAMBA SPLASH!! Cover, but Kushida breaks it! Kushida CLUBS Akira, CLUBS TJP, then BUZZSAWS Akira! Kushida runs, but into an ALLEY-OOP!
Fans fire up as Catch 2/2 sit Knight up! 2 BY 2!! Cover, Catch 2/2 win!
Winners: TJP & Francesco Akira, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Kushida & Knight earn 0)
That’s two more points for a dozen total! Will the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions prove they are THE best tag team in the division?
Super Jr. Tag League 2022: Ryusuke Taguchi & Clark Connors VS YOH & Lio Rush!
The Wild Hips haven’t had much luck in the league, but they’re not giving up! Will Taguchi & Connors stampede through Direct Drive & The Bad Child? Or will the Men of the Hour still have time on the clock?
Taguchi and Connors reach into their bags, and they have beer again! Fans applaud, and the Wild Hips offer some to Yoh & Lio. Really? Right now? Sure! Think of it like a party. Fans applaud but Yoh & Lio aren’t sure, they’re technically working. Yoh and Lio take a can each, Connors & Taguchi crack theirs open and drink. Fans applaud, it’s now or never for Lio & Yoh. They argue it out, but Lio says his stomach doesn’t feel good. Connors understands and fans applaud. The beers are put aside for now, and the teams sort out. Lio starts with Connors and fans rally up at the bell. Lio and Connors circle, feel things out, and knuckle lock.
Connors shoots in but Lio sprawls and facelocks. Connors slips out to facelock and then waistlock then back to a facelock. Lio slips out to waistlock, they stand up, and Connors pries free to switch. Connors drags Lio down, goes back for a facelock, but Lio switches that onto Connors. Connors fights back up, throws a knee, and fans applaud as Connors headlocks. Lio powers up and out but Connors runs him over! Fans applaud again and Connors runs the ropes. Lio drops, then redirects to whip Connors. Connors redirects, too, and then again! Lio handsprings to dodge, then he mule kicks and ENZIGURIS! Fans fire up and Lio covers, TWO!
Lio has the fans rally up, and Lio wrenches Connors’ arm. Tag to Yoh, they double whip Connors and double kick. Yoh whips Lio but Connors avoids the scissor kick! Lio whips Yoh now but Connors avoids Yoh to rebound and run them both over! Fans fire up with Connors and he calls to Taguchi. Taguchi hops in, Connors EuroUppers Yoh. Yoh is in one corner, Lio is in the other and the Wild Hips combine. WHIP HIP into Lio! WHIP HIP into Yoh! And then another for Lio! And another for Yoh! Then Taguchi WHIP HIPS Connors into Lio, and then WHIP HIPS him into Yoh! Fans fire up as the Wild Hips butt bump.
Taguchi sets up on the corner and Connors brings Yoh around. But Yoh reverses and sends Connors into the Funky Weapon! Lio returns to LARIAT Connors down! Taguchi hops down and runs at Yoh, but Yoh atomic drops the hip attack! Yoh scoops and SLAMS Taguchi, then he and Lio hook Taguchi’s legs into the ropes! Not quite a Tree of Woe, more a Bush of Woe. Fans rally as Lio and Yoh fire up. They hook up, ROLLING DIVING HEADBUTT into the Bush! Fans fire up while Taguchi flops over. Yoh drags Taguchi to the apron, and he uses the ropes in a Paradise Lock!? Yoh learned a form of Paradise!
Connors returns but Yoh kicks him down. Yoh drags Connors up to ROCK him with a forearm, and then stomp him in the corner. Tag to Lio, he and Yoh double whip Connors to DOUBLE ELBOW! Then Lio runs to get a wheelbarrow boost from Yoh, WHEELBARROW SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Lio taunts Taguchi then clamps onto Connors with a sleeper and body scissors! Yoh plays defense, but Taguchi can’t get free anyway. Connors fights up with Lio as a backpack, and he RAMS Lio into the corner! Yoh tags in, Connors hurries to his corner, but he can’t tag Taguchi like that! Lio whips Connors to the corner, Yoh & Lio mug him!
Yoh & Lio drag Connors up again, throw forearms and haymakers, then Yoh has Connors on ropes. Yoh throws more forearms, puts him back in the corner, but Connors fights back with forearms and elbows! Fans rally, Connors crawls, but Lio drags him up for a BIG back suplex! Fans rally, Yoh & Lio drag Connors up and double whip. Connors ELBOWS Yoh away but Lio kicks him low. Lio runs, Connors drops and POUNCES Lio into Yoh, and Yoh falls on Taguchi! Taguchi’s free from Paradise! Fans fire up as Connors hurries over, hot tag to Taguchi! Taguchi fires up, and he HIP ATTACKS Yoh at the ropes! Then HIP ATTACKS Lio at the ropes!
Taguchi keeps going, another HIP ATTACK for Yoh! Another HIP ATTACK for Lio! Baseball slide and APRON HIP for Yoh! Fans fire up and Taguchi takes aim from the apron. Springboard and MISSILE HIP! Taguchi covers, TWO! Taguchi drags Yoh up but Yoh swings, into a waistlock. Yoh elbows free, runs, but Taguchi follows! Yoh catches the hip attack into a waistlock, but Taguchi elbows free. Taguchi fakes Yoh out into running into a HIP ATTACK! Fans fire up and Taguchi runs side to side! PEOPLE’S T-BAG!! Cover, TWO!! Yoh survives and fans fire up. Taguchi calls upon the powers of Strong Style! “ORYA~!”
But Lio gets in the way, and offers the beer! He wants to have the drink now? Lio gets the fans to applaud for it, and they crack open the beers. They drink, and Lio hits a STUNNER on Taguchi! Lio laughs at Taguchi falling for it, then he HAANDSPRING KICKS Connors off the apron! Lio hurries to get another drink of beer, then he builds speed! But then Lio feels queasy! Connors runs in to SPEAR Lio down! Fans fire up, Connors drags Yoh up but Yoh throws forearms! Yoh ROCKS Taguchi, UPPERCUTS Connors, but runs into DOUBLE HIP ATTACKS! The Wild Hips combine their powers, take a drink, and show the RED UNDIES! CROSS HIPS!!! Cover, Lio breaks it!!
Fans fire up and Connors throws Lio out. Taguchi stands back up and fans rally. Taguchi stands Yoh up, to ENZIGURI! Fans fire up and Taguchi drags Yoh up into chicken wings! But Yoh wheelbarrows and victory rolls, only for Taguchi to sit on it! TWO!!! But Taguchi has OH MY GAH ANKLE!! Yoh flails, reaches out, moves around, and Connors keeps Lio on the outside! Yoh scrambles to get a BEER! Yoh stands up to make Taguchi drink!! Taguchi chugs, Yoh shakes him up!! Taguchi is dizzy now, but he SPITS the beer! He’s gone from The Rock to The Game! Taguchi kicks low, runs, but into 3K!!!! Cover, the Men of the Hour win!!
Winners: Yoh & Lio Rush, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Taguchi & Connors earn 0)
It’s all about the game and how you play it, but the Wild Hips got beat at their own game! Will Yoh & Lio close in on that outside shot to the finals?
Super Jr. Tag League 2022: DOUKI & Yoshinobu Kanemaru VS SHO & Dick Togo!
Japones Del Mal & The Heel Master got the biggest win they could by beating the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions! Will that momentum help them finish strong? Or will the House of Torture ruin things for them right before the end?
Both sides argue about the other needing to be thoroughly checked. After all, Douki has the pipe and Kanemaru has the whiskey, but the Murder Machine has a wrench and the Spoiler has his choker. But for now, the teams sort out and Dick starts against Kanemaru. Fans rally as the two circle. They tie up, Dick powers Kanemaru to ropes, but lets off as the ref counts. Kanemaru dodges the sucker punch and tells the ref that’s what he was talking about! Dick apologizes, and offers a handshake. Kanemaru says don’t even bother with that. Dick shakes Sho’s hand and Sho hops in to shake the ref’s hand. Dick also shakes the ref’s hand.
Douki steps in and the House of Torture offers him a handshake, too. Douki & Kanemaru reach out to accept, but then they block the cheap kicks! Douki throws Sho’s foot into Dick, then he throws Sho out while Kanemaru rolls Dick up! TWO!! Dick escapes, Douki goes out after Sho while Kanemaru stalks Dick to the corner. Dick pokes Kanemaru in the eye! Dick then whips corner to corner but Kanemaru reverses. Dick BOOTS Kanemaru, runs, but into a dropkick to the legs! Tag to Douki, Suzuki-Gun SMASH both knees! Cover, TWO! Douki stomps Dick around, then puts the leg on the ropes for a HIP DROP!
Fans rally while Douki drags Dick up. Douki kicks low, whips Dick to ropes, then runs in, only to be put on the apron. Dick swings but Douki shoulders into him. But Sho trips Douki up! Dick BLASTS Kanemaru, Sho stomps Douki around by commentary. Sho drags Douki up, brings him all the way to the back wall, rakes the eyes, and then goes into the rear stage area! Sho sends Douki into the wall! Dick keeps after Kanemaru while Sho whips Douki at the edge! Douki keeps from falling, he turns around and Sho BOOTS him off the stage! Fans applaud as Sho stands tall. Sho stomps Douki in front of the back row, then says to turn our attention back to ringside.
The ring count starts while Dick waits on Douki. Sho wants the count to go faster, and then he touches the Super Jr. Tag League trophy. Fans rally as Douki stands, and he hurries up the aisle! We’re at 12 of 20, Sho gets on the mic to shout that this is over! Sho rings the bell himself! The ref tells Sho no, but Sho makes the ref raise his hand in victory. Doukik returns! But Sho and Dick mug him! The ref reprimands them, counts, but both Sho and Dick let off at 4. Douki fights up but Dick fights off the scoop. Dick throws body shots and he CLUBS Douki down! Dick scoops and SLAMS Douki down! Dick then clamps onto Douki’s arms for a motorcycle stretch!
Fans rally as Douki endures and reaches out. Douki gets the ROPEBREAK, and Dick lets off. Dick scrapes his sole on Douki’s face, then he tags Sho. Sho runs to BLAST Kanemaru, then he and Dick mug Douki. Douki hits back but Sho rakes the eyes! Sho shoves Douki down, brings him back up, and throws him out of the ring. Sho distracts the ref so Dick can ROCK Douki! Dick puts Douki back in for Sho to ROPE GUILLOTINE! Cover, the ref refuses because of shenanigans. Sho stomps Douki then covers, TWO! Fans fire up while Sho is upset with the ref. Sho drags Douki back up but Douki throws forearms! Sho rakes the eyes!
The ref reprimands but Sho grins as he brings Douki up again. Douki blocks the suplex and fans rally. Sho powers Douki up but Douki fights it. Douki powers Sho up, but Sho bends Douki’s fingers! Sho suplexes but Douki slips out! Douki waistlocks but Sho elbows free. Sho runs, but into a FLYING HEADBUTT! Fans fire up while both men are down again! Sho and Douki crawl, hot tag to Kanemaru! Kanemaru stomps on Sho then BLASTS Dick! Kanemaru whips, Sho reverses but Kanemaru dropkicks the legs out! Kanemaru drags Sho up, SHIN BREAKER and then a dropkick to the legs! Kanemaru steps through for a FIGURE FOUR!
Sho endures the leglock and Kanemaru trashes about! Dick gets in to stomp away on Kanemaru! The hold is undone but the ref reprimands Dick. Kanemaru drags Sho around, stomps the legs, but Sho bends the fingers! So Kanemaru rakes Sho’s eyes! The ref reprimands them both, Kanemaru kicks Sho and runs. But Sho uses the ref as a shield! Sho then runs but now Kanemaru uses the ref as a shield! Kanemaru kicks low, ELBOWS Sho in the head, then runs, but Dick gets a cheap shot in! Sho SPEARS Kanemaru down! Tag to Dick and the House of Torture stomps away on Kanemaru. They whip him corner to corner, then Sho runs in.
Kanemaru dodges Sho, kicks Dick and sends him into Sho! ENZIGURI for Dick! Fans fire up while all three are down! Douki calls out and Kanemaru heads that way! Hot tag to Douki! Douki goes up to CROSSBODY! Dick staggers up, Douki dodges him to springboard BACK ELBOW! Douki drags Dick into the drop zone, for a RUNNING DOUBLE STOMP! Cover, TWO! Fans rally, Douki drags Dick up and hooks him up! But Dick fights the Gory Especial to snapmare and ghost pin! TWO! CROSSFACE!! Fans rally while Douki endures! Douki reaches out, claws his way over, but Dick rolls him way!
But Douki slips out to waistlock! He baits Dick into a double pump handle and he flips Dick over! Douki then rolls Dick into ITALIAN STRETCH #32! Fans fire up while Dick endures! But then Sho drags the ref out! Sho gets in to stomp away on Douki! The Young Lions check on the ref while Sho gets his wrench! But Douki gets his PIPE! Fans fire up as Douki’s is bigger! Sho still swings but Douki dodges! Douki swings but Sho dodges! Douki blocks the wrench attack and Sho drops it! Douki JAMS Sho with the pipe, then CHOKES him with it! But Dick slides in to use the SPOILER CHOKER! But Kanemaru takes a swig!
Yujiro & Evil rush out from the back! But Kanemaru WHISKEY MISTS Yujiro! Then he KICKS the ropes to hit Evil down low! Then Kanemaru WHISKEY MISTS Dick! But Sho LOW BLOWS Kanemaru! Everyone falls at the same time! Fans fire up and rally as the ref returns! The ref can’t make heads or tails of what happened, but Dick and Douki stay in the ring. Dick drags Douki up, underhooks, but Douki blocks the Pedigree! Dick CLUBS Douki down, drags him back up and tries again. But Douki wrenches out! Dick rakes the eyes! Dick gets the whiskey and tags a swig!? But Douki HELL STABS! The whiskey spews into the air!
Douki drags Dick back down, ITALIAN STRETCH #32!!! Dick verbally quits, Suzuki-Gun wins!!
Winners: Douki & Yoshinobu Kanemaru, by submission (gain 2 points; Sho & Dick earn 0)
Incredible! Douki the underdog has gotten his team to three wins in this latter half of the tournament! Is this a sign that things are finally clicking for Japones Del Mal?
Super Jr. Tag League 2022: Robbie Eagles & Tiger Mask VS BUSHI & Titán!
The Flying Tigers may not have a shot at the finals, but they can shoot down another team’s chances! Will the Sniper of the Sky and the Junior Heavyweight legend eliminate LIJ? Or will the Black Mask y El Inmortal stay alive for one more round?
The teams sort out, Eagles calls out Titan, so LIJ fist bumps. Fans applaud as Titan and Eagles circle. They tie up, Eagles wrenches an arm to a wristlock, but Titan rolls, handsprings and wrenches back. Eagles endures the wristlock now, but he uses the ropes to flip through and wrench back. Titan endures now, rolls, kips up and bridges to then handspring and wrench back! Fans rally as Titan wrenches again. Titan whips corner to corner, Eagles reverses but Titan goes up and over to handspring away. Fans cheer and things keep moving. Titan jumps over, whips Eagles but Eagles reverses to go up and around and arm-drag! But Titan handstands walks!
Titan rolls, handsprings, and fans fire up as things keep moving. Titan hurdles, Eagles counters the arm-drag to a takedown, and then he handsprings to basement dropkick! Fans cheer the opening exchange as Eagles covers, TWO! Eagles keeps on Titan, brings him over, and bumps him off buckles. Tag to Tiger and he KICKS and KICKS and KICKS Titan down! Tiger stomps Titan, brings him up and ROCKS him with a forearm. Tiger runs but Titan DROPKICKS him in return! Fans rally and Titan rolls to tag in Bushi! Bushi stomps Tiger, bumps him off buckles, then CHOPS! And CHOPS again!
Bushi pushes Tiger out, turns him, and hits a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Bushi goes after Tiger’s mask! The ref reprimands, Bushi stops going after the laces to pull at the chin! The ref reprimands and counts, Bushi stops at 4. Bushi stomps Tiger down, then he tags in Titan. Titan climbs while Bushi drags Tiger up. Bushi wrenches an arm and Titan DOUBLE STOMPS it! Titan kicks Tiger around, then mule kicks him. Titan snapmares Tiger to PENALTY KICK! Fans rally and Eagles coaches Tiger, but Titan stands Tiger up. Tiger throws body shots, then throws KICK after KICK! Titan blocks a kick but Tiger SPIN KICKS him away!
Fans rally, Tiger rolls and hot tags Eagles! Eagles springboards up and over Titan, BLASTS Bushi, then RANAS Titan! Fans fire up as Eagles WHEEL KICKS Titan and kips up! Titan bails out, Eagles builds speed, but Bushi trips Eagles up! Titan mule kicks Tiger, CLUBS him down and gets back in the ring. Titan KICKS Eagles while he’s down, then he tags Bushi. Fans rally as LIJ mug Eagles, then double whip him corner to corner. Bushi runs in to back elbow Titan, and then sets up for INMORTAL IN MOTION! Feed to a lift, DROPKICK SPINEBUSTER COMBO! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up but Titan BLASTS Tiger!
Fans rally up as LIJ loom over Eagles. They kick Eagles around, drag him up and double whip again. Eagles reverses to send Bushi away and then he knees Titan low. Bushi returns and Eagles sends him into Titan! Titan falls, Eagles mule kicks Bushi then runs, BASEMENT DROPKICK BLINDSIDE LARIAT COMBO! Fans fire up while all three men are down! Eagles crawls for his corner, hot tag to Tiger! Tiger goes up top and CROSSBODIES Bushi down! Titan CLUBS Tiger, holds him up, but Tiger BOOTS Bushi and KANGAROO KICKS Titan! Bushi returns, into a tilt-o-whirl BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!
Fans rally as Tiger brings Bushi back up. Tiger underhooks Bushi but Titan runs in! Tiger mule kicks Titan, Eagles runs in to KICK, and then DOUBLE ROUNDHOUSES take Titan down! Fans fire up and Bushi fires forearms on both Flying Tigers! Bushi fires off on Tiger, but Eagles SOBATS Bushi! Eagles cravats Bushi and Tiger gives him a boost into the ASAI DDT! Roll and feed to the underhooks, TIGER DRIVER! Cover, Titan breaks it! Eagles throws Titan out and Tiger goes to a corner. But Titan POSTS Eagles! Tiger reaches the top but Titan attacks him first! Titan ROCKET LAUNCHES Tiger off the corner!
Bushi crawls to the LIJ corner, hot tag to Titan! Titan roars, fans fire up, and Titan springboard MISSILE DROPKICKS! Titan drags Tiger up, reels him in and suplexes for the GOURD BUSTER, to a SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO! Tiger is still in this and fans rally up. Tiger goes to a corner, Titan powers up and runs in, LOCO- NO, Tiger BOOTS Titan away! Then crucifix takedown! TWO!! Into the REVERSE DOUBLE ARMBAR!! Titan endures, flails, Eagles intercepts Bushi into the RON MILLER SPECIAL!! But Titan gets the ROPEBREAK! The Flying Tigers let LIJ go and Eagles kicks Bushi out.
Eagles rallies the fans and he joins Tiger in bringing Titan up. The Flying Tigers double whip Titan to a corner, Eagles goes to the apron. They both run in, ENZIGURI ROUNDHOUSE COMBO! Fans fire up as Tiger brings Titan up to the top rope. Bushi rushes in but Eagles springboards and missile dropkicks the legs out! Tiger climbs up after Titan, underhooks the arms, and fans rally up! SUPER BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! Cover, TWO!! Titan survives, but Tiger has a KIMURA! Titan endures as Tiger also traps his head! Bushi barrels through Eagles to break it up! Fans rally as Bushi fires forearms on Eagles.
Eagles knees low, Bushi ducks a roundhouse to spin Eagles into a DDT! Tiger fires off on Bushi, knees low and SOBATS! Tiger runs, but into a DROPKICK! Bushi runs to BLAST Eagles! Then Bushi builds speed to DIVE onto Eagles! Fans fire up and Titan roars! Titan drags Tiger up, reels him in to a fireman’s carry, and spins for the LANDSLIDE! Cover, TWO!! Tiger survives again and fans fire up! Bushi returns as Tiger goes to a corner. Titan runs in, LOCO LARIAT! Bushi hits the CODE BREAKER! Titan springboards, but slips! Angel Inmortal is more a diving headbutt botch! Bushi hurries to get Titan back up and Titan resets.
Bushi watches Eagles while Titan COAST2COAST dropkicks Tiger!! Cover, LIJ wins!
Winners: Bushi & Titán, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Eagles & Tiger earn 0)
It wasn’t pretty, but it was effective! LIJ stay alive for another round, will they make the Super Jr. Tag League finals tranquilo?
Super Jr. Tag League 2022: Alex Zayne & El Lindaman VS Ace Austin & Chris Bey!
The #SAUCEHEARTS holds their fate in their own hands! If they win, they take over the top spot! If they lose, their bubble bursts right before the end! Can Zayne & Lindaman stop the Inevitable? Or will Ace & Bey keep things Too Sweet?
The teams sort out, Zayne steps up and calls out his former friend, Ace. Ace & Bey Too Sweet and then point finger guns at Zayne. Lindaman says, “Boo~!” but Ace starts against Zayne. The fans rally as the two stare down, but then Ace tags out to Bey. Bey & Ace laugh at Zayne thinking he was going to get his way. Zayne and Bey circle, fans rally up again, and the two tie up. They go around, Zayne puts Bey on ropes but he stares Ace down. Red shoes counts the break, Zayne lets off with a pat on Bey’s shoulder. Bey acts like he’s gonna punch, but he just hands Red Shoes some of his gold chains that’re coming loose.
Zayne and Bey reset as fans rally up, and Bey gets around to waistlock. Zayne works on the hold but Bey shifts to a headlock. Zayne throws body shots, then elbows, then he powers out, only for Bey to pull on Zayne’s beard! Bey laughs and flexes while Red Shoes reprimands. Bey headlocks, but Zayne powers up to put Bey on ropes! Zayne then powers out to wrench Bey’s arm. Bey endures the wristlock, but Zayne pulls on Bey’s beard! Tag to Lindaman and Lindaman kicks Bey low. Fans applaud as Lindaman wrenches and wristlocks Bey to then YANK the arm! Lindaman YANKS the arm again, and he keeps Bey from Ace.
But Bey pulls Lindaman’s hair! Red Shoes reprimands but Bey knees Lindaman low, tags Ace, and Bullet Club mugs Lindaman. They double whip Lindaman corner to corner, Bey runs in but Lindaman picks Bey up! AIR RAID CRASH! Ace runs in and knees low. Ace whips, Lindaman reverses and SAYANAGIS! Then BASEMENT DDT! Fans fire up with Lindaman and he looms over Ace. Lindaman drags Ace, scoops him and SLAMS him, then rallies the fans as he goes to the corner. Lindaman runs, stomps and goes to the other corner! Fans fire up as Lindaman climbs, but Ace wants Red Shoes to check him. This is a distraction so Bey can trip Lindaman up!
Ace hobbles over and tags in Bey. Bey BLASTS Zayne, then he and Ace double whip Lindaman! POMMEL KICK, and then FINESSE IN MOTION! Bey feeds Lindaman to Ace’s drop toehold and Eddy Gordo Kick! Bey DOUBLE STOMPS Lindaman down! Bey stands on Lindaman in a cocky cover, TWO! Fans applaud while Bey drags Lindaman up. Bey ROCKS Lindaman, drags him up again, and then CLAWS Lindaman’s eyes! Red Shoes counts, Bey lets off and pretends he can’t hear the fans rallying up. Bey KICKS Lindaman in the side, then coordinates with Ace. Bey bumps Lindaman’s face off Ace’s boot!
Red Shoes reprimands while Bey tags Ace. Bullet Club double wrench Lindaman, double CLAW his back, then double drop toehold to Too Sweet CLAW his back! Fans applaud while Ace stomps Lindaman. Cover, TWO! Fans applaud more, Ace stomps Lindaman more. Ace CHOKES Lindaman with his shirt, then drags Lindaman up to gut wrench suplex! Ace stands on Lindaman before a LEG DROP! Cover, TWO! Ace KNEES Lindaman in the back, and again, but Lindaman gets up to ROCK Ace! And again! But Ace NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO! Ace drags Lindaman up and tags in Bey.
Bullet Club mugs Lindaman, double whip him to ropes but Lindaman holds ropes. Ace runs in but Lindaman steps aside to send him tumbling out! Bey runs in but Lindaman puts him on the apron. Bey holds onto Lindaman to keep him from Zayne, and Bey shoulders in. Bey slingshots up and over, but Lindaman CLOBBERS him! Fans fire up, hot tag- NO, Ace trips Zayne off the apron! Bey CLOBBERS Lindaman while Ace stomps Zayne. Bey snapmares and UPPERCUTS Lindaman in the back. Cover, TWO! Bey argues the count while fans rally up. Bey sits Lindaman up for a chinlock and grinds him down.
Fans rally as Lindaman endures. Lindaman fights his way up, throws elbows, but Bey CLUBS Lindaman down! Tag to Ace, and Ace brings Lindaman around, DOUBLE SWEEP COMBO! And then the STANDING MOONSAULT LEG DROP COMBO! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up while Ace grows frustrated. Ace drags Lindaman up, whips him hard into the corner, and Bey CHOKES Lindaman while Ace distracts Red Shoes with talk about Zayne. Red Shoes keeps them apart, and then Ace goes over to Lindaman. Ace tags Bey, drags Lindaman up, and Bey takes a crane stance. Bey crane steps to then poke Lindaman in his eyes!
Fans applaud while Bey crane steps around. Bey drags Lindaman up, reels him in, and says he’s gonna give us three amigos. But Lindaman blocks the first amigo! Bey throws body shots, then a knee! Uno Amigo! Then Dos Amigos! Then THREE AMIGOS! Bey kips up and fans applaud. Bey goes up the corner, fans fire up, and Bey mocks Zayne with “ITADAKIMAAASU~!” MOONSAULT, but Bey has to roll through when Lindaman moves! Lindaman runs in, gets around, kicks Bey’s legs out then dropkicks him in the back! Fans fire up while both men are down, hot tags to Ace and Zayne! Zayne fires off hands on Ace, then spins him for the DISCUS LARIAT!
Fans fire up as Zayne storms up on Ace, fires off boxing elbows, then mule kicks! Zayne runs but Bey runs in to SOBAT! Bey whips, Zayne ducks ‘n’ dodges, then he DOUBLE RANAS Bey & Ace! Fans fire up and Zayne swings, but Bey catches him! Ace runs up but Zayne BOOTS him! Zayne elbows free of Bey to knee him low, then he runs again, DOUBLE ROLLING SCISSOR KICK! Fans fire up again as Zayne focuses on Ace. Zayne stalks Ace, drags him from the corner, and he pulls the kick pad away from the boot! Ace kicks Zayne away, but Zayne blocks the roundhouse! Zayne drags Ace down and Ace desperately claws for the ropes! ROPEBREAK!
Zayne holds on but Bey drags Ace out to safety. But then Lindaman runs in and he uses Zayne as a boost to SOMERSAULT SENTON out onto Bullet Club! Fans fire up with that direct hit, and Zayne waits on them to stand back up. Fans rally, Lindaman drags Ace up for Zayne and puts him in. Zayne drags Ace up, reels him in, but Bey SUPERMAN PUNCHES Lindaman! Zayne suplexes, Ace slips out and goes to ropes. Zayne runs in, he blocks Ace’s boot and flips him to the apron. Bey gets up to join Ace, Zayne runs in but he gets DOUBLE KNEES! Ace & Bey dump Zayne out, and then Bey gets in to build speed. Bey FLIES and takes out Zayne!
Lindaman swipes at Ace but Ace handsprings up and over! Ace PENALTY KICKS Lindaman down! Ace and Bey get Zayne up, Ace slingshots in and kips up to build speed! THE FALL TO GLORY! Fans fire up for the Fosbury Flop and Bey says that was great! Ace puts Zayne in the ring, fans rally up and Bullet Club sees Zayne go to the corner. Bey sets up, but Zayne ducks the pommel kick! Zayne BOOTS Bey, puts Ace in the corner to ELBOW, then he hoists Ace up top. Bey runs in but is sent into Ace’s knees! Zayne uses Bey to get up and SUPER STEINER Ace! And GERMAN SUPLEX Bey onto Ace! Fans fire up as Zayne drags Ace up.
Zayne scoops for the BAJA BLAST! Cover, TWO! Ace survives but Zayne keeps his focus. Lindaman returns, he and Zayne coordinate. Lindaman drags Ace up and Zayne goes to the corner. Lindaman hits KUMAGOROSHI, and Zayne shouts “ITADAKIMAAASU~!” Zayne climbs up, but Bey GAMANGIRIS him down! Lindaman storms over but Bey GAMANGIRIS him, too! Ace hits a BIG back suplex on Lindaman, and Bey climbs up after Zayne. Zayne is reclined along a top rope, Bey DOUBLE STOMPS him down! Bey drags Zayne up and torture racks! Ace steps in to FLYING CHUCK and Bey spins to RACK NECKBREAKER!! Ace covers, TWO!?!?
Fans are thunderous as Zayne survives! Bullet Club grows frustrated, but they decide to bring out the trump card. But Lindaman BOOTS Ace! And ROCKS Bey! And ROCKS Ace! Lindaman fires off on Bey, then BOOTS Ace! Lindaman whips but Ace reverses. Bey SPLASHES Lindaman, hoists him up top, and then Ace goes up top with Bey. They bring Lindaman up, but Zayne CLUBS them first! Zayne adds on now, for a TOWER OF DOOM, DOUBLE POWERBOMB SUPERPLEX!! Fans fire up as all four men are down! They all stir, and Bey slowly rolls out of the ring, as does Lindaman. That leaves Zayne and Ace alone.
Zayne crawls over to Ace, and Ace SLAPS Zayne! Zayne SLAPS Ace, and they SLAP back and forth! Then they throw forearms back and forth! Fans rally as the two fight up to their feet to throw more forearm shots! Ace gets the edge, knees low then swings, but Zayne spins him! Ace blocks the lariat, Zayne blocks the kick! Zayne ducks a kick to wrap Zayne up! TACO- NO, Ace slips out! Ace KNEES, KNEE LIFTS and HEEL KICKS! Zayne wobbles, Ace runs, THE FOLD!!! Cover, LINDAMAN BREAKS IT!! Fans are thunderous as Lindaman waistlocks Ace and deadlifts! Bey saves Ace to PELE Lindaman!
Fans fire up, Bullet Club coordinates, ONE TOO- NO, Lindaman catches the cutter to GERMAN SUPLEX! Bey lands on his feet, but Lindaman GERMAN SUPLEXES! Zayne kips up, Ace BOOTS him, but Zayne ducks the roundhouse! Lindaman GERMAN SUPLEXES! DOUBLE BRIDGE!! SAUCEHEARTS WIN!!!!
Winners: Alex Zayne & El Lindaman, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Ace & Bey earn 0)
INCREDIBLE! The top team falls, and now we have a NEW top team! Can the Bullet Club still have an impact on the Super Jr. Tag League finals?
As for SAUCEHEARTS, Lindaman gets the mic to say he and Zayne just won! “This league started back on November 21st in Korakuen, and now we’re here. I’m delighted we won the main event here, in Sasebo.” Fans applaud as they’re happy to see it, too. Lindaman says he’s “got a lot of personal feelings for this place. My father was born and raised in Sasebo. My mother was also born and raised in Sasebo. Make no mistake, Sasebo runs in El Lindaman’s veins.” Fans applaud to know he’s one of theirs. But then Lindaman says, “Sorry, I lied! I’m from Tokyo! Sorry! I might have told a little white lie about Sasebo, but I’m not lying when I say we’re taking this Super Jr. Tag League!”
Fans applaud that, and Lindaman continues to say, “After this win here, we’ll continue to do the same when we face Douki & Kanemaru. Then we’re off to the finals in Sendai.” Fans also applaud that. Lindaman says he’s proud to be holding the mic after a NJPW main event, but some fans may not know him. “El Lindaman doesn’t belong to NJPW, but I represent the promotion known as GLEAT. But since I have the mic, mind if I close this the GLEAT way?” Fans applaud, they’d love to see it! Lindaman says, “For those of you unfamiliar in Sasebo, let me give you a crash course! Don’t worry, it’s very simple. Learn it and try it at home.
“When I say, ‘Let’s,’ you pump your fist and shout, ‘GLEAT!’ Did you get that?” Fans applaud, as that is pretty simple. So are they all ready? Lindaman then admits, he didn’t get the pin so Zayne should have a part to say. They can “remix” this for the occasion and get some “Itadakimasu” in. Lindaman asks, “Everyone, did you enjoy NJPW today?” Fans applaud because they did! “Did you enjoy Super Jr. Tag League?” Fans applaud because they did! Then watch them as they head for the finals in Sendai! “Everyone in Sasebo, let’s… GLEAT! And…” “ITADAKIMAAASU!” The SAUCEHEARTS are fired up, but will they bring the heat all the way to the tournament finals?
Here are the NEW Super Jr. Tag League standings!
Zayne & Lindaman: 6-2, 12 points
Austin & Bey: 6-2, 12 points
Bushi & Titan: 6-2, 12 points
TJP & Akira: 6-2, 12 points
Yoh & Lio: 6-2, 12 points
Taguchi & Connors: 3-5, 6 points [ELIMINATED]
Eagles & Tiger Mask: 2-5, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
Douki & Kanemaru: 3-5, 6 points [ELIMINATED]
KUSHIDA & Knight: 1-7, 2 points [ELIMINATED]
Sho & Dick: 1-7, 2 points [ELIMINATED]
A great event for the Super Jr. Tag League, and I am surprised that we still have FIVE teams, aka half the block, still alive going into the final round! Hilarious stuff from Wild Hips VS Yoh & Lio with the beer and the references to The Rock, Stone Cold and I suppose Triple H. Douki & Kanemaru getting a win over Sho & Dick was great, even if it didn’t affect the finals. Eagles & Tiger gave LIJ a great match but LIJ was the team I expected to win out. I did not, however, think #GLEATSAUCE #SAUCEHEARTS Zayne & Lindaman were gonna get this one, and that is great stuff. It is revenge on Ace for him betraying Zayne and joining Bullet Club, and keeps him and Lindaman alive.
Now, three of the five matches on Friday the 10th matter, with LIJ VS Yoh & Lio, Zayne & Lindaman VS Douki & Kanemaru and Catch 2/2 VS Ace & Bey. Yoh & Lio have a “win and they’re in” scenario for having beaten SAUCEHEARTS and Bullet Club, and they’d eliminate LIJ from the running. And for LIJ, they beat Catch 2/2, who beat everyone else, but they lost to Bullet Club. Ace & Bey would have to lose for LIJ to get in, but then I think that gives us LIJ VS Catch 2/2 for the finals. That match-up seems to fit the story, but I wouldn’t mind another scenario just so we don’t get LIJ VS Catch 2/2 before a potential WrestleKingdom title match.
My Score: 8.8/10
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