NJPW holds two iconic tournaments at the same time!
One way or another, 2020 will be a historic year, because for the first time ever, NJPW is holding both World Tag League AND Best of the Super Juniors SIMULTANEOUSLY! How much more incredible will both traditions become with them layered on top of each other?
- World Tag League 2020: Toru Yano & Tomohiro Ishii VS Chase Owens & Bad Luck Fale; Yano & Ishii win.
- Best of the Super Juniors 27: Master Wato VS
Yoshinobu KanemaruYuya Uemaru; Wato wins.
- World Tag League 2020: HenarACE VS Great-O-Khan & ???; Great-O-Khan & Jeff Cobb win.
- Best of the Super Juniors 27: Robbie Eagles VS DOUKI; Eagles wins.
- World Tag League 2020: YOSHI-HASHI & Hirooki Goto VS Dangerous Tekkers; The Dangerous Tekkers win.
- Best of the Super Juniors 27: SHO VS BUSHI; SHO wins.
- World Tag League 2020: SANADA & Shingo Takagi VS EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi; EVIL & Yujiro win.
- Best of the Super Juniors 27: Ryusuke Taguchi VS El Desperado; Taguchi wins.
- World Tag League 2020: FinJuice VS The Guerrillas of Destiny; FinJuice wins.
- Best of the Super Juniors 27: Hiromu Takahashi VS Taiji Ishimori; Hiromu wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
World Tag League 2020: Toru Yano & Tomohiro Ishii VS Chase Owens & Bad Luck Fale!
Chaos VS Bullet Club starts off the opening round, and the provisional Mr. KOPW joins forces with the Stone Pitbull against the Crown Jewel and Rogue General! Will there be someone more aiming for that trophy come WrestleKingdom?
The teams sort out and after the ref checks Yano for his tricks and a Bullet Club Low Sweet, Ishii and Owens start. Owens pie faces Ishii to egg him on but Ishii swings on him! Owens ducks, clubs away on Ishii but Ishii ROCKS him with a right! Ishii whips, Owens reverses but Ishii comes back from the corner to run Owens over! Ishii runs at Fale but Fale hits him first! Fale holds Ishii, Owens runs but Yano cheap shots! Yano rakes Owens’ eyes, Fale rushes in but Yano gets away. Ishii throws forearms Fale but Fale whips Ishii away. Ishii holds ropes and Yano gets in to slap Fale on the back of the head! Fale glares at Yano but Yano apologizes and runs away! Fans cheer as Ishii throws forearms on Fale again.
Fale throws forearms back and rocks Ishii! Yano returns but Fale sees him coming! Yano turns around and Owens is there! Yano apologizes again but still gets mugged! Owens and Fale stomp Yano, then bring him up. Ishii gets Yano out of the way and Owens forearms Fale! Yano and Ishii run Owens over then go after Fale with a double whip. Fale runs Yano and Ishii over! Fale finally gets out and Owens stomps Ishii. Owens bumps Ishii off buckles but Ishii just roars. Owens throws forearms and elbows, Ishii roars more, but Owens knocks him down! Tag to Fale and they stand on Ishii together at the ropes! The ref counts, Owens and Fale let up at 4 but get some last shots in. Fale brings Ishii up to CLUB him down! And again!
Ishii grits his teeth while Fale says, “I’m back motha f***a!” Ishii throws body shots back but Fale CLUBS him down again! Tag to Owens and Bullet Club mugs Ishii! The ref is too busy with Yano and Ishii suffers more mugging than normal. Fans rally up as Owens toys with Ishii, but Ishii blocks the kick! Owens fires off a strike fest but Ishii ROCKS him! Ishii runs but Owens BOOTS! Owens runs but Ishii spins him around and suplexes. Owens fights out, knees back, but Ishii headbutts! Owens LARIATS! Both men are down and fans fire up! Owens runs but Ishii dodges to GERMAN SUPLEX! Fans fire up more as both men are down again! Hot tags to Fale and Yano!
Yano dodges Fale and rakes his eyes! Then he goes for the buckle pad! The pad is loose but Fale clubs Yano back. Fale whips Yano, Yano stops himself and dodges! Fale hits buckles, Yano goes to scoop but Fale is a big man! Fans rally for Yano as he keeps trying but Fale clubs Yano down! Fale whips Yano to ropes, Yano holds the ropes then dodges, but he still can’t scoop! Fale clubs and scoops Yano for a slam! Ishii returns and fires off on Fale! Fale whips Ishii into the exposed buckles! And then Fale whips Yano into Ishii! Fale whips Owens in to sandwich Chaos against the buckles! Fale runs in, but Yano and Ishii get away, only Owens gets sandwiched!
Fale choke grips both Ishii and Yano, but they break free to ram Fale into Owens! Another buckle sandwich! Fale swings on Yano but Ishii hits him first! Yano tries to scoop but Fale scoops him instead! Ishii shoves them over! Yano covers, Owens runs in but Yano moves, the splash lands on Fale! Yano covers them both, Yano and Ishii win!
Winners: Toru Yano & Tomohiro Ishii, by pinfall; now 1-0, Fale & Owens are now 0-1
Bullet Club isn’t just upset, they’re pissed! They go after Yano and Ishii after the bell! Fale scoop slams Yano then chokes him! And shoves Young Lions that try to stop him! Then another scoop slam, to another choke! Owens keeps Ishii down in a corner then kicks him out of the ring. Fale scoop slams Yano for a third time! Bullet Club’s Rogue General and Crown Jewel may have lost the opening round, but have they made sure Yano and Ishii won’t win the next round?
Best of the Super Juniors 27: Master Wato VS
Yoshinobu Kanemaru Yuya Uemaru!
What was meant to be a rematch from Jingu! is canceled because the Heel Master suffered a knee injury! Will the Way of the Grandmaster be ready for the Young Lion take is taking Kanemaru’s place?
The bell rings and Uemaru rushes Wato! Uemaru fires off forearms and whips Wato corner to corner, to then hit a big corner to corner dropkick! Uemaru doesn’t stop, he puts on a BOSTON CRAB! Wato reaches for ropes but Uemaru drags him away! Wato tries again but again Uemaru drags him away! Uemaru sits deep on the hold but Wato powers up! Wato crawls his way to ropes, Uemaru sits as deep as he can but Wato still gets the ropebreak! Uemaru lets off fast to stomp away on Wato! Fans are fired up with Uemaru as he drags Wato up. Wato kicks back and kicks Uemaro down! Wato brings Uemaru up, scoops and slams him, then brings him up to KICK him down! And then kick him in the back! Cover, TWO!
Fans fire up and Wato drags Uemaro back up. Wato throws elbows, Uemaru gets to ropes but Wato keeps firing off! Wato brings Uemaru up, CHOPS him and whips him, but Uemaru DECKS Wato with a forearm! Uemaru fires up, brings Wato up and throws more forearms! And even European Uppercuts! Uemaru stomps a mudhole into Wato but lets off as the ref counts. Uemaru brings Wato up, whips him corner to corner and runs in but Wato dodges! Wato runs but into Uemaru’s dropkick! Uemaru fires up, brings Wato up and trasp the arms! Wato resists the suplex but Uemaru throws forearms! Uemaru waistlocks to GERMAN!
Uemaru keeps going and stands Wato back up. Uemaru traps the arms this time, roars at him, and lifts him. Wato body scissors to block, then pops out to the MOUSE TRAP DRIVER! But he can’t hold the cover! Wato drags Uemaru back up, brings him in and scoops to the DRIVER! Cover, Wato wins!
Winner: Master Wato, by pinfall; now 1-0, Yuya Uemaru is now 0-1
The TDD has been passed on and Wato has a big win in his first BOSJ! Will this lead Wato to the Junior Heavyweight Championship? Or is it still a long way for the Way of the Grandmaster?
World Tag League 2020: HenarACE VS Great-O-Khan & ???
Toa Henare reunites with Hiroshi Tanahashi but they’re up against The Empire! But who is it that Will Ospreay recruited to fight alongside The Dominator?
The Empire makes their entrance first, and we learn that the mysterious “X” is JEFF COBB! The Hawaiian Hulk has joined Will Ospreay’s forces!! Will this unbelievable wild card make the Empire the real ace of this tournament?
Tanahashi and Henare get in and O-Khan and Cobb attack! Khan stomps Tanahashi while Cobb has Henare in the corner for CHOPS! The ref has the bell ring to get this on record as Khan bumps Tanahashi off buckles. The Empire whip HenarAce at each other, but Tanahashi dropkicks Cobb’s leg out and Henare runs Khan over! Tanahashi gives Cobb a DRAGON SCREW, Henare Samoan Drops Khan! HenarAce double whip Cobb, elbow him down, then combine elbow drop and tamahawk drop! HenarAce flexes on Cobb before getting a DOUBLE HALF CRAB! Cobb endures, Khan gets in and claws HenarAce! Khan knocks HenarAce’s heads together, then the Mongolian Chop knocks Henare down!
Khan focuses on Tanahashi, and gives him a Mongolian Chop! And another! Tanahashi blocks the third but Khan dodges the Shotei to IRON CLAW SLAM! Cobb and Khan go after Henare but Henare forearms and CHOPS back and forth! Henare rocks Cobb, blocks Khan’s kick to elbow the knee then elbow Khan down! Henare escapes Cobb’s lift to rock him with a strike fest! Henare runs into a BOOT from Khan! Khan drags Henare up, feeds him to the TOUR OF THE ISLANDS! Cover, The Empire wins!!
Winners: The Empire, by pinfall; now 1-0, HenarAce is now 0-1
That wasn’t just fast, that was DOMINANT! And they’re not done! Cobb throws Henare out hard, and then Khan fetches Tanahashi into the ring! Khan takes this one as he puts Tanahashi’s leg in a KNEEBAR! Young Lions get in but Cobb DECKS them! Khan lets go of Tanahashi’s leg and grins as he goes outside to get a chair! Khan puts the chair in, brings it over to Tanahashi, and SMACKS the leg!! Tanahashi writhes and clutches the knee! Khan tells everyone that this is the power of himself and Jeff Cobb, THE EMPIRE! Will this first win together be just the beginning?
Best of the Super Juniors 27: Robbie Eagles VS DOUKI!
The Eagle returns to Japan! But will the Sky Sniper soar high above to start the Junior Heavyweight round robin?
Eagles gets in the ring and Douki is right after him! Douki throws clubbing forearms, Eagle hits back but Douki rocks and CHOPS Eagles down! Douki whips, Eagles reverses to go around and arm-drag Douki away! Eagles dodges Douki to huricanrana! Fans cheer as Eagles eggs Douki on! Douki gets up, Eagles windmill kicks him out! Eagles kips up and builds speed to DIVE, Somersault Tope! Fans fire up for Eagles as he lands on his feet! Eagles and the fans rally up, and Eagles puts Douki in the ring. Cover, TWO! Eagles keeps on Douki with a step over and trap of the arm to then drop a knee. Eagles has the other arm, then the legs. Fans rally up and Eagles STOMPS the deathlock!
Eagles KICKS Douki over and over but Douki blocks one to rake the eyes! Douki whips Eagles but Eagles reverses and runs in, but is put on the apron. Eagles counter punches Douki, springboards, but Douki uses the ref to trip Eagles up! Eagles falls to the floor, Douki goes out to fetch him, and wrenches to whip him into railing! Eagles goes down in a heap but Douki brings out a chair! Douki puts the chair down, drags Eagles over, but the ref takes the chair away. Douki shoves the ref and grabs his steel pipe! Douki uses the pie to choke Eagles in the facelock! And turn Eagles for a neckbreaker! Eagles writhes and Douki goes back into the ring. Fans rally up as Eagles stirs. The ref goes back to the ring, starts a count, and it climbs to 10 of 20 before Eagles stands.
Eagles hobbles to the ring and in at 15, but Douki is on Eagles with elbows! Douki wraps on a chinlock and bends Eagles against his knee. Eagles endures, fights his way around and gets the ropebreak with a foot! Douki lets go and slaps Eagles around. Douki stands Eagles up and slaps him, then whips him corner to corner. Douki runs in but Eagles elbows him away. Eagles drops down to sunset flip, TWO! Douki knees low, reels Eagles in and suplexes, but Eagle slips out to rolling kick the leg out! Eagles runs to blindside elbow Douki down! Fans cheer as both men are down, and rally up as Eagles goes to a corner. Eagles aims from the apron, and springboard dropkicks a leg out! Douki sits up into more KICKS, then Eagles runs to leg lariat! Cover, TWO!
Eagles grows frustrated but Douki flounders to a corner. Eagles runs corner to corner to double knee! Then he rolls back, only for Douki to boot him! Eagles corner tiger feint kicks a leg out, then DOUBLE KNEES Douki into the corner! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up and Eagles heads up top! Eagles aims, 450 SPLASH, but into Douki’s ITALIAN STRETCH! Eagles endures this modified triangle, fans rally up as he works to stay on his feet, and Eagles manages to get a ropebreak with a foot. Douki lets go at 3 and Eagles finally flops over. Douki slashes the throat and heads to the apron. Eagles rises, Douki slingshots but Eagles catches him! Eagles spins around, Douki blocks the cravat to uppercut!
Douki runs, Eagles ducks and mule kicks, to cravat for Sliced Bread, but Douki slips out! Douki elbows Eagles back, but walks into double knees! ROUNDHOUSE! HEEL KICK! ENZIGURI! Douki wobbles and Eagles fires up with the fans! Eagles runs but into a LARIAT! Both men are down and fans fire up again! Douki crawls to a corner, fires himself up, and wants Eagles to stand. Eagles rises, Douki slingshots, DAYBREAK DDT! Cover, TWO!?! Eagles survives but Douki won’t stop here! Douki calls for the suplex, and he reels Eagles in, but Eagles victory rolls! Douki kicks him away but Eagles comes back to jackknife, TWO!
Eagles swings, Douki spins and reels him in and around to arm-drag! Then Douki drags Eagles into a Dragon’s Lair! TWO!! Douki is SHOCKED! Douki kicks, Eagle blocks and spins Douki around, cravat, TURBO BACKPACK! But Eagles isn’t done there, SUPERKICK! Eagles goes up top, for WARP 4.5 to the LEGS! Then the RON MILLER SPECIAL!! Douki endures the modified figure four, and taps! Eagles wins!!
Winner: Robbie Eagles, by submission; now 1-0, Douki is now 0-1
What a way to return! Will Eagles fly high and become the Best of the Super Juniors?
World Tag League 2020: YOSHI-HASHI & Hirooki Goto VS Dangerous Tekkers!
On the Road to Power Struggle, the Head Hunter and Fierce Warrior could not dethrone the IWGP Heavyweight Champions. But Zack Sabre Jr. and Taichi will have to be careful not to take any team easy, or else they’ll end up owing title matches. Will the Submission Master and Sliest Wrestler in the World start off on the right foot in the tournament?
The teams sort out and Goto starts against Taichi. Taichi puts his fanny pack away and the bell rings. Fans cheer as Goto and Taichi slowly circle. They tie up, Goto puts Taichi on the ropes but lets off clean. Taichi circles with Goto, they tie up again, and again Goto puts Taichi on ropes. The ref calls for the break, Goto pushes Taichi as he lets off this time. Goto wants Taichi to take him seriously, and the two tie up again. Goto again puts Taichi on ropes, then pulls Taichi’s hair! The ref gets in the middle but ZSJ knocks Goto down! ZSJ also DECKS Hashi, and then the Tekkers double whip Goto corner to corner. Goto dodges Taichi and clobbers ZSJ! Goto ROCKS Taichi, Hashi comes on and they double whip Taichi to run him over! Hashi runs, hip toss senton! Goto covers, TWO!
Goto stays on Taichi with a chinlock and digs his knee into Taichi’s back. ZSJ gets in and KICKS Goto, then runs away. Goto glares at ZSJ but Taichi kicks him. Taichi runs but Goto runs him over! Cover, TWO! Goto sees ZSJ sneaking around and dares him to do something. Taichi chokes Goto in the corner! ZSJ runs and BOOTS Hashi down! The ref tells Taichi to stop choking but he misses ZSJ throwing EuroUppers on Hashi! Hashi CHOPS back but ZSJ pulls Hashi’s ears! ZSJ gets Hashi down to CRANK his neck! Taichi throws Goto out and chokes him with camera cable! The ref counts, Taichi lets go but not for long! The ref counts again, frees Goto, but the Tekkers regroup and put Goto in.
Taichi brings Goto up, and chokes him again! ZSJ adds his boot into this but the ref counts on them both! The Tekkers put their hands up at 3 but ZSJ’s boot is still choking Goto! The ref counts again, again ZSJ and Taichi put their hands up, but the boot hasn’t moved! The ref gets them to finally stop and Goto falls over. Taichi smirks and tags ZSJ in, and they stomp Goto down. ZSJ brings Goto up to spin into a cravat and crank on the neck. ZSJ snapmares but still has the cravat to grinds Goto down! Goto scrambles and gets a ropebreak! ZSJ tries to hold on with a headscissor but the ref counts. ZSJ lets off but Taichi stands on Goto’s leg. Taichi tags in and mocks fans as they clap and rally for Goto. Taichi “covers” but he’s just choking Goto again!
The ref reprimands and counts, Taichi stops but chokes again! Taichi keeps using the same tricks but the ref counts again. Taichi stops, to sucker punch Hashi! Fans rally up for Goto but Taichi is on him first. Goto choke grips Taichi! Goto gives Taichi the choking back but ZSJ sleeper holds Goto! ZSJ drags Goto down but lets go at the count. The Tekkers double whip but Goto DOUBLE LARIATS them down! The fans cheer as all three are down and Hashi returns! Hot tag to Hashi! Hashi fires up and runs at Taichi in the corner to CHOP him! Hashi whips Taichi corner to corner, reels him in and CHOPS again! Hashi runs but into a boot! He just fires up, dodges and BLOCKBUSTERS! Hashi DECKS ZSJ as revenge for earlier!
Taichi staggers up, Hashi runs in and CHOPS him against ropes! Hashi hangs Taichi out to dry then runs to dropkick him down! Hashi keeps going, basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Taichi survives but Hashi drags him up. Fans rally, Hashi suplexes but Taichi blocks. Taichi spins out but Hashi denies the saido! Hashi runs at Taichi in a corner but misses! Hashi dodges the gamangiri but not the boot, but he fires up again! Hashi runs, into Taichi’s AX BOMBER! Both men are down but fans fire up! Taichi crawls to his corner, hot tag to ZSJ! ZSJ runs in and uppercuts Hashi in the corner! Hashi shoves back and eggs ZSJ on! ZSJ fires off more EuroUppers then a boot! Hashi CHOPS ZSJ off his feet!
Hashi drags ZSJ up and suplexes, then neckbreaker position, but ZSJ wrenches out of the Head Buster and hops on for a guillotine! But Hashi powers out to hit a BRAIN BUSTER! Goto DECKS Taichi and brings ZSJ up. Goto whips ZSJ corner to corner, runs in and MURAMASA! Hashi CHOPS! Hashi feeds ZSJ to Goto’s kick! They hook ZSJ up, HEAD HUNTER LEG SWEEP! Cover, but Taichi breaks it! Goto goes after Taichi but Taichi chokes him! Taichi choke grips Hashi, too, but they both choke Taichi! The ref reprimands all the choking and everyone lets go. Goto and Hashi get Taichi up but Taichi fights out! Taichi pops Hashi up, he and ZSJ coordinate but Goto shoves ZSJ down!
Hashi has Taichi now, turns him, and with Goto, GOTO BUSTER! ZSJ uppercuts in but Hashi SUPERKICKS! Goto has ZSJ, SUPERKICK to dragon sleeper, but Taichi saves ZSJ while choking Goto! ZSJ sunset flips Hashi, the Tekkers win!!
Winners: The Dangerous Tekkers, by pinfall; now 1-0, Goto & Hashi are now 0-1
The IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions win by the seat of their pants! And they scramble away to laugh at Goto and Hashi from a safe distance! Will the champions stay this clean through the whole tournament?
Best of the Super Juniors 27: SHO VS BUSHI!
High Voltage has pulled off some shockers, but will he lightning strike twice for him in the Junior Heavyweight round robin? Or will Death Mask Bushi start on a path towards the Bone Soldier?
The bell rings and Bushi circles with Sho. They tie up, are in a deadlock, but Bushi gets Sho on ropes. Sho turns it around, Bushi turns it around but Sho turns it back around. The ref calls for the break and Sho lets off. Bushi kicks low and headlocks! Sho powers out, things speed up and Sho goes sideways to run Bushi over! Fans cheer and Bushi bails out, but Sho gets on the apron. Bushi avoids the kick to trip Sho up! Bushi stomps Sho, the ref wants this to get back in the ring, but Bushi whips Sho into railing! Bushi drags Sho up and looks to put him in the ring, then whips him into more railing! The ref starts a count, it climbs to 5 as Bushi brings Sho up again. Bushi whips Sho into even MORE railing at 10!
Bushi gets in at 12 of 20 and leaves Sho on the outside. Sho gets moving at 17, and in at 19! Fans cheer but Bushi is annoyed. Bushi stomps Sho, drags him up and bumps him off buckles. Bushi stomps and CHOPS Sho, then CHOPS Sho again! Bushi CHOPS a third time and Sho sits down, and Bushi digs his boots in! The ref counts, Bushi lets off but that’s the same trick we saw ZSJ do! Bushi actually lets off and fans rally up. Bushi brings Sho up, scoops and slams him, then covers, TWO! Fans cheer but Bushi stays on Sho with an STF! Sho fights his way towards ropes, dragging Bushi with him as he goes! Bushi claws Sho’s eyes but Sho still gets the ropebreak! The ref counts, Bushi stops and fans cheer.
Bushi gives toying kicks to Sho, then drags him up. Sho throws forearms but Bushi eggs him on. Bushi knees low, clubs Sho down, then brings Sho up. Sho spins out of the fisherman but BUshi kicks low. Bushi runs but into a SPEAR! Fans fire up with Sho, Sho throws big forearms and backs Bushi to a corner. Sho whips corner to corner and runs in to clothesline! Sho spins Bushi around, kicks and kicks and KICKS! Fans rally up as Sho watches Bushi stand, and Sho KICKS Bushi down! Cover, TWO! Sho watches Bushi stir, brings him back up and goes after the arm. Sho wrenches and twists the arm to an elbow breaker! And another! And another! Bushi clutches the arm and Sho KICKS at it! Bushi blocks and elbows the leg then kicks out the other. Bushi runs to basement dropkick Sho out of the ring!
Bushi runs and DIVES, direct hit sends Sho into railing! Both men are down and the ring count returns. Bushi is up at 9 of 20, he puts Sho in at 12. Fans cheer as Bushi brings Sho up and around to a neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Bushi stomps Sho in frustration then stands on Sho’s head. Fans rally up as Sho gets up and throws forearms in return! Bushi forearms, Sho forearms, repeat! Sho fires up and forearms but Bushi gives them back! Fans rally as they go faster and faster! Bushi gets the edge but Sho gives forearms from all sides! Sho runs and LARIATS Bushi down! Sho fires up and reels Bushi in, but Bushi fights the bomb off! Bushi spins Sho around, backslide but Sho slips out. Bushi dodges to enziguri!
Sho staggers into a corner then back out, and Bushi runs, but his monkey flip is blocked! Sho gets a takedown to the ARMBAR! Bushi endures, moves around to get a cover, TWO!! Sho dead lift GERMANS! Sho fires up again and he drags Bushi up. Sho reels Bushi back in, lift, POWER BREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Bushi survives the powerbomb backbreaker but Sho keeps turning up the voltage! Sho tucks Bushi in and lifts, SHOCK ARROW!! Cover, Sho wins!
Winner: SHO, by pinfall; now 1-0, Bushi is now 0-1
Sho scores big to open the BOSJ! Will he keep up the voltage and make it to the top?
World Tag League 2020: SANADA & Shingo Takagi VS EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi w/ Dick Togo!
Who would have thought it’d come to this? The Cold Skull and King of Darkness have won the WTL trophy together in back to back years, but are now on completely opposite sides. Who takes what is already a very important win in this year’s tournament?
After a Low Sweet, Bullet Club jumps LIJ! The bell rings as Evil stomps Takagi and Yujiro throws Sanada out. Takagi fights back with forearms and chops but Evil clubs Takagi back. Bullet Club whip Takagi but he holds ropes and comes back to run over Yujiro! Evil dodges but Takagi elbows him and spins him to a suplex, BRAIN BUSTER! Fans fire up and Takagi tags in Sanada. LIJ whip Evil, Takagi knees low and snapmares Evil for Sanada’s basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Sanada elbows Evil and follows him to a corner. Sanada whips corner to corner and runs in, but he blocks the boot! Sanada trips Evil but Evil denies Paradise! Sanada knees Evil low, clubs him then whips him, but Evil reverses. Sanada hold ropes and dumps Evil out!
Fans fire up and Sanada builds speed, to tumble out. Evil knows that trick and brings Sanada down to RAM him into the timekeeper’s area! Evil did this to Naito at Power Struggle, now he’s doing it to Evil! Yujiro goes after Takagi in the distraction, and Evil chokes Sanada with camera cable! Dick doesn’t see the problem and keeps the ref away. Evil lets off on Sanada and Yujiro comes over. They put Sanada in and Evil follows. Evil has a cocky cover, the ref counts, TWO! Fans rally but Yujiro tags in. Yujiro stomps Sanada, brings him up, snapmares him back down and drops a leg, an elbow and a headbutt! Cover, TWO! Fans cheer but Yujiro sits Sanada up to rain down big right hands! Tag to Evil and Evil hears fans rally for “SA-NA-DA!” with clapping.
Evil throws Sanada out and distracts the ref so that Dick can hit Sanada! Dick puts Sanada back on the apron, Evil runs in and BLASTS Sanada off, and Sanada again topples the timekeeper’s area over! Yujiro throws Takagi into railing on the other side and the ref check son Sanada. Yujiro mocks Sanada with butt pats. Yujiro puts Sanada in and Evil covers, TWO! Another try, TWO! Another try, TWO! Evil grows frustrated and argues the count. Tag to Yujiro and Yujiro brings Sanada up. Sanada throws forearms but Yujiro knees low. Yujiro has Sanada on the ropes and BOOTS him! Yujiro brings Sanada around, fisherman but no buster as Sanada fights out! Fans rally and Sanada goes to suplex Yujiro, but Yujiro BITES Sanada’s hand!
The ref counts, Yujiro stops, then fireman’s carries. Sanada BITES Yujiro’s hand! The ref counts, Sanada stops and Yujiro whips him, but Sanada dropkicks the legs out! Fans rally up as Sanada crawls, hot tag to Takagi! Takagi runs at Yujiro, blocks the boot and stomps away! Evil gets in to kick Takagi and whip him away but Takagi reverses! Takagi corner clotheslines Evil, then clotheslines Yujiro, then sends Evil into Yujiro to double clothesline them! And he DECKS Dick, too! Fans fire up as Takagi suplexes Yujiro high and hard! Cover, TWO! Takagi drives elbow after elbow into Yujiro, then runs but Yujiroi avoids the clothesline. Yujiro kicks and forearms but Takagi forearms back. Fans rally as they go back and forth, but Yujiro rakes eyes! Yujiro runs but Takagi clotheslines him at the ropes!
Takagi runs but Yujiro BOOTS him! Yujiro brings Takagi in for the reverse DDT! Tag to Evil and Evil stalks Takagi. Evil gives toying kicks to Takagi’s head but the fans rally up for “TA-KA-GI!” Takagi kicks but Evil blocks it to hand it off to the ref! Takagi catches the mule kick because he knows this trick! Takagi shoves the ref aside to DRAGON SCREW Evil down! Fans cheer and Takagi tags in Sanada! Sanada brings Evil up, knees him low and whips him corner to corner. Evil reverses but Sanada elbows back. QUEBRADA but Evil gets under! Sanada runs but Yujiro trips him up! Evil DECKS Takagi then brings Sanada up. Bullet Club whips Sanada corner to corner, Yjiro BOOTS and Evil corner clotheslines!
Takagi gets in, Yujiro kicks him! DOUBLE FISHERMAN BUSTERS take LIJ down! Evil drags Sanada back up but fans rally for “L I J!” with their claps. But Evil hits DARKNESS FALLS! Cover, TWO! Sanada survives and Evil is furious! Fans rally up more but Evil slashes the throat. Evil drags Sanada up, spins him around, but no STO! Sanada waistlocks, Takagi runs but Evil boots him away! Evil standing switches, Takagi still runs in and Sanada moves, PUMPING BOMBER on Evil! Yujiro returns but Takagi clobbers him! Fans fire up with LIJ and they double whip Evil corner to corner. Sanada hits a back elbow, Takagi hits a clothesline, then Takagi feeds Evil to Sanada’s boot! Takagi adds a blindside lariat, Sanada hits T K O! Cover, but Yujiro breaks it!
Takagi throws Yujiro out and lets Sanada take care of this! Sanada brings Evil up in the dragon sleeper! Evil fights but Sanada hits a SKULL SWING! Yujiro has the pimp cane! The ref stops him, but Evil powers Sanada to ropes. Dick gets Sanada with the SPOILER CHOKER! The ref is busy with Yujiro, but Sanada is fighting out of the choker! Fans rally and Sanada frees himself! And sends Evil into Dick! Takagi drags Yujiro out while Sanada rolls Evil up! TWO! Sanada fireman’s carries Evil and throws him into the dragon sleeper! Fans fire up but Sanada sees Yujiro coming! Sanada pushes Evil away, fireman’s carries Yujiro, but Yujiro grabs the ref! Evil LOW BLOWS Sanada!! Evil reels Sanada in, spins him around, EVERYTHING IS EVIL!! Cover, Bullet Club wins!!
Winners: EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi, by pinfall; now 1-0, Sanada & Takagi are now 0-1
All the dirty tricks in the book were used and Bullet Club takes the win! Is the King of Darkness truly the better half of the duo that was? Or is he the worst?
Best of the Super Juniors 27: Ryusuke Taguchi VS El Desperado!
Though the Heel Master is injured, “Despy” holds onto both IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championships. Will he represent both and disarm the Funky Weapon in the opening round?
The bell rings and fans cheer as Taguchi does some last warm-ups. Desperado just shrugs that off as he circles with Taguchi. Taguchi does some jumping and spinning and Desperado keeps his distance. Fans rally up as Taguchi moves around a lot. Taguchi and Desperado circle but Taguchi needs a breather from his warming up. Taguchi comes back, Desperado kicks him low and talks trash. Desperado thrwos forearms, elbows then runs, but Taguchi drops down to speed things up. And again, and again! Desperado basement dropkicks but Taguchi dodges! Taguchi outsmarted Desperado there, and then he throws poke after poke! Taguchi powers up to pat Desperado at super speed! Desperado stops that and rakes Taguchi’s eyes!
Desperado whips Taguchi but Taguchi reverses, but he runs in to be put on the apron. Taguchi counter punches then climbs up, jumps in but into a basement dropkick to the leg! Desperado drags Taguchi to the corner and pulls him into the post! And then SLAMS a leg into it! Taguchi clutches his leg but Desperado talks more smack. Fans rally up, Desperado has the leg again and SLAMS it back into the post! Desperado gets in the ring while Taguchi tumbles to the floor. Taguchi gets his leg moving as Red Shoes starts the ring count. Fans rally up and Taguchi gets up at 10, then walks off the bad leg. Taguchi hears the count pass 15, he gets in at 19! And then goes back to the apron!
Desperado chases after and they go around the way. Taguchi wants Desperado to take it easy but Desperado throws a forearm then POSTS Taguchi! Desperado puts Taguchi in, fans cheer as Taguch slowly rolls all the way to ropes. Desperado stops Taguchi from getting out so Taguchi rolls the other way. Desperado brings Taguchi up, has the bad leg, but Taguchi fights off the shin breaker! Taguchi tries to run away but Desperado reels him in for the SHIN BREAKER! And then steps through to drop a leg on the leg! Desperado ties the legs up for a butterfly stretch! Taguchi endures, grabs at Desperado, but Desperado pushes on the butterfly harder. Fans rally for Taguchi as he endures and crawls, and gets the ropebreak!
Desperado says he’s stuck so Red Shoes helps undo the hold. Taguchi clutches the leg again, Desperado drags him up and suplexes. Taguchi slips out but the bad leg buckles! Taguchi ends up in a corner, Desperado runs in, but Taguchi boots back! Taguchi runs but into an atomic drop! Desperado runs in but into boots! Taguchi gets the bad leg moving, he fakes Desperado out, and fans cheer as he jumps again, but into another atomic drop! Desperado uppercuts then runs, but into a SOMERSAULT FUNKY WEAPON! Fans fire up with Taguchi as he runs and goes up the corner, triangle crossbody! Direct hit and fans fire up as Taguchi rises! Taguchi drags Desperado up and into the ring.
Taguchi climbs up but reconsiders. Taguchi brings Desperado up and snap suplexes! Uno amigo! Snap suplex, dos amigos! Taguchi wants tres but Desperado fights it off! Taguchi fights off Desperado’s suplex to hit THREE AMIGOS! Cover, TWO! Taguchi has the ankle lock! Desperado scrambles around as Taguchi holds tight, and Desperado still gets the ropebreak! Taguchi goes after Desperado’s leg to give back to spinning toehold! Taguchi drags Desperado up, suplexes and GOURD BUSTERS! Taguchi rolls back to a corner and powers up! “ORYA~!” But Desperado does the splits to duck Bum-a-ye! Fans fire up and Desperado runs in. Desperado blocks the boot and dropkicks the bad leg! Then he gives it a DRAGON SCREW!
Taguchi writhes, Desperado gets the leg for the Stretch Muffler! Desperado cranks on the leg, grabs for an arm as Taguchi flails, NUMERO DOS! Taguchi still gets the ropebreak with the other arm and Desperado lets go. Desperado grows frustrated but the fans cheer Taguchi on. Red Shoes checks on Taguchi but Desperado drags him up first. Desperado underhooks but no guitar as Taguchi slips out and spins Desperado around! Taguchi double chicken wings but the leg gives out on the lift! Desperado kicks then runs but into a dropkick! Fans fire up as Taguchi rises! Taguchi fires up and runs in, SLIDING HIP! Cover, TWO! Desperado also has the rope for good measure and fans rally up.
Taguchi gets up, drags Desperado around to the chicken wings, but Desperado shoves him at Red Shoes! Taguchi blocks the low blow and spins Desperado around, but Desperado pops out to underhook! Taguchi fights off the lift and enziguris back! Taguchi fires up and the fans join in as he brings Desperaod up. DONDON- VICTORY ROLL! TWO, Taguchi has Desperado down, Taguchi wins!!
Winner: Ryusuke Taguchi, by pinfall; now 1-0, Desperado is 0-1
Taguchi got the better of Desperado there! Will the Funky Weapon hit its mark as the BOSJ continues?
World Tag League 2020: FinJuice VS The Guerrillas of Destiny w/ Jado!
The 2019 WTL winners are back again! But they’re up against familiar foes in Tama Tonga and Tonga Loa. Will David Finlay and Juice Robinson be able to survive the Bullet Club’s Firing Squad? Or will they be reminded why ain’t nobody realer than Guerrilla?
After a Low Sweet for GOD, the teams sort out and The Flamboyant One starts against the Good Bad Guy. Fans rally already as Juice and Tama circle. They tie up, are in a deadlock, but Juice uses his height to get leverage. Juice pushes Tama to ropes but Tama turns it around. Tama lets off to show the good part, but then swings on Juice to show the bad part! Juice gets away and pretends to be a matador. Fans cheer as Juice tells Tama to kiss this. Tama and Juice tie up again, Tama waistlocks but Juice pries out and wrenches to a wristlock. Tama kicks low, wrenches back and then shifts to a hammerlock. Tama then headlocks to a takeover but Juice headscissors back!
Tama pops out, gets another takeover but again Juice headscissors! Tama pops out again, to get another headlock takeover! Juice wants a third headscissor but Tama fights that off to grind on then headlock. Juice powers up and throws body shots. Juice powers out and tags to Finlay. Things speed up and Finlay elbows Tama down! Cover, ONE but Finlay gets Tama in a headlock. Tama fights up, Finlay shifts to wrench to a wristlock, then he drags Tama down to the mat. Finlay grinds the arm, Tama fights back up and knees low. Tama CLUBS Finlay, tags Loa but Final dodges him to wrench and wristlock! Tag to Juice, Juice drops ax handles on the arm! Juice wrenches, Finlay tags back in and drops more ax handles!
Finlay wrenches Loa again, tags back to Juice and Juice hollers as he drops more ax handles! FinJuice double whip and double hip toss Loa down, then Finlay hits a sliding uppercut, and Juice drops a senton! Fans cheer as Juice drags Loa to a cover, ONE! Juice argues the count but he drags Loa up. Loa throws body shots and powers Juice to a corner. Tag to Tama and the GOD mug Juice! Tama digs his boot into Juice’s chest, then runs side to side to BOOT WASH! Cover, TWO! Tama grabs Juice’s hair to keep him in place for elbows. Tag to Loa, GOD double whip, throw hands and a leaping neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Loa keeps on Juice with a chinlock but fans rally. Loa makes it part straitjacket but Juice fights up. Juice throws body shots but Loa throws elbows. Juice clinches to jawbreaker free!
Juice DECKS Tama, too, but Loa catches Juice to throw him away. Juice ducks the clothesline, hot tag to Finlay! Finlay rallies on Loa, whips but Loa reverses, only for Finlay to hit a flying elbow! Tama runs in but Finlay dropkicks him down! Finlay aims and PLANCHAS to take Loa down! Fans fire up with Finlay as he stares Jado down. Finlay drags Loa up and into the ring then goes to a corner. Fans rally, but Tama goes after Finlay first. Finlay decks Tama but Loa goes up and clubs away on Finlay! Loa underhooks, SUPER BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! Finlay ends up in the opposite corner, but Loa brings him up to throw him out! Loa goes after Juice and Tama whips Finlay into railing!
Red Shoes reprimands but the damage is done, and Loa RAMS Juice into the apron! Loa BOOTS Juice down and then regroups with Tama to CLOBBER Finlay. Loa drags Finlay up and puts him in to cover, TWO! Finlay is still in this and fans cheer but Loa tags Tama. GOD double whip and double back drop Finlay high and hard! Fans rally for Finlay but Tama DECKS Juice! Tama goes back to Finlay, throws crossface forearms over and over and then CLUBS Finlay down! Tama looms over Finlay, Tama drags back up and snap suplexes! Cover, TWO! Fans cheer as Finlay reaches for his corner, but Tama brings him away to snapmare. Tag to Loa for the senton atomico! Tama adds his own then Loa covers, TWO!
Loa keeps Finlay down by pulling his hair. Finlay pushes Loa and fans fire up! Loa and Finlay are forehead to forehead and Finlay fires off forearms and uppercuts! Finlay hits Tama then elbows Loa! Loa is fired up but Finlay FLYING UPPERCUTS him down! Loa grabs at Finlay’s legs, Finlay kicks him away, hot tag to Juice! Juice rallies on GOD over and over, SPINE BUSTER for Loa! Tama ducks the leg lariat but not the SPINE BUSTER! Juice is fired up and he runs in at Loa for the CANNONBALL! Juice gets fans to stomp-stomp-clap, and he goes after Loa with JABS! We Will, We Will JAB You! Juice fakes Loa out with the Left Hand to dropkick him down! Juice then whips Loa, Loa reverses and Jado swipes at Juice! Juice dodges Loa to WRECK Jado with a dropkick!
Juice then shoulders into Loa, goes up top and leaps up and over him! Loa comes back to kick low, knee and enziguri! Juice wobbles, Loa is pissed and so he scoop POWERSLAMS him! Both men are down but Loa gets to his corner, tag to Tama! Tama rains down rights on Juice, Red Shoes reprimands but Tama just SLAPS Juice instead. GOD coordinate, drag Juice up, TONGAN TWIST! Cover, but Finlay breaks it! Fans cheer as Finlay fires off on Loa and then Tama! And then back and forth, but he gets caught into a TONGAN TWIST! FinJuice is down but fans are fired up all the same! GOD coordinates and brings Finlay back up. Loa RAMS Juice into a corner and Tama adds a splash! Loa runs at Juice but is put on the apron! Juice dodges Tama, FinJuice DOUBLE FLAPJACK him down!
FinJuice coordinate now, Juice brings Tatma up and Finlay runs in, shotgun Russian leg sweep! Cover, TWO!! Tama survives and Juice grows frustrated. Juice drags Tama back up and Finlay builds speed, but Loa gets in to LARIAT Finlay! GOD hit MAGIC KILLER on Juice!! Cover, TWO!?! Juice survives and GOD is shocked! Jado calls for Super Bomb and GOD brings Juice up. Loa RAMS Juice into a corner, Tama hits his corner splash! Loa climbs, but Juice suplexes Tama instead! Finlay hits Loa, climbs up and clubs away. Finlay brings Loa up for a SUPERPLEX! Juice FROG SPLASHES in! FinJuice fires up but Jado gets on the apron! Juice DECKS Jado with the Left Hand o’ God!
Tama runs in but Finlay turns his Gun Stun into a BACKBREAKER! Juice hoists Tama up in an Electric Chair and Finlay is up top, DOOMSDAY DEVICE! Cover, FinJuice wins!!
Winners: FinJiuce, by pinfall; now 1-0, Guerrillas of Destiny are 0-1
The 2019 World Tag League winners are still winners! Having defeated one of Bullet Club’s best duos, is it all but a shoe-in that FinJuice will go back to back?
Best of the Super Juniors 27: Hiromu Takahashi VS Taiji Ishimori!
There is a lot of history between the Ticking Time Bomb and the Bone Soldier Reborn, but most recently was their IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship in Jingu! This opening round main event could very well determine everything in the Junior Heavyweight Division! Will Hiromu avenge the Summer Struggle?
The bell rings and the two rush each other! Hiromu dodges the kick to fireman’s carry but Ishimori slips out! Ishimori half hatches but Hiromu resists the lift. Ishimori dodges the clothesline to tilt-o-whirl, but Hiromu holds that off. Ishimori and Hiromu block each other’s strikes but Hiromu’s kick low hits. Hiromu whips but Ishimori reverses. Ishimori runs in, blocks Hiromu’s boots and turns him into the ropes. Ishimori enziguris and runs side to side, but Hiromu comes back to dropkick the legs out! Hiromu runs and dropkicks Ishimori out! Fans fire up as Hiromu aims from the apron, and he flying dropkicks Ishimori into railing! Hiromu walks around the way to build up speed as he makes a full lap, and then he stops to stomp Ishimori!
Hiromu brings Ishimori up to CHOP him, then CHOP him again! Hiromu puts Ishimori in the ring, digs his knee into Ishimori’s neck then stomps him more. Hiromu drags Ishimori up and CHOPS him again! Ishimori goes to a corner, Hiromu CHOPS him again, and fans rally as Hiromu whips corner to corner. Ishimori slips out to the apron, slides under and slips to the other side to shoulder back in. Ishimori slingshots but Hiromu DECKS him! Ishimori tumbles down but Hiromu waits for him to get on the apron. Hiromu runs and LEAPS to sunset flip! Ishimori holds off the bomb, back flips through, but Hiromu huricanranas, only for Ishimori to block! Ishimori swings and lifts Hiromu up to APRON BOMB him! Fans rally up while Hiromu is down.
Ishimori gets back in the ring while Red Shoes checks on Hiromu. Hiromu is okay so a ring count begins. Hiromu sits up at 6, slowly stands up at 12, then walks around the way to get in at 16. Ishimori is after Hiromu with clubbing forearms, then he drags Hiromu up for a cravat. Ishimori rams his shoulder in, snapmares and CRANKS Hiromu’s neck! Hiromu writhes but fans rally up again. Ishimori stomps Hiromu, kicks at him, then eggs him on. Hiromu CHOPS but Ishimori just flexes. Hiromu CHOPS, so Ishimori CHOPS! Hiromu CHOPS, Ishimori CHOPS, and now we go to forearms back and forth! Ishimori gets the edge then runs, but into a wheelbarrow to COMPLETE SHOT! Both men are down but fans rally up for “HI-RO-MU!”
Hiromu gets to one corner while Ishimori gets to the other. They run at each other again, double clotheslines collide! And again! Hiromu runs in to clothesline, then goes corner to corner. Ishimori follows to clothesline back! Ishimori runs, Hiromu follows, and then blows past Ishimori to whip him into the corner! Hiromu hits a shotgun dropkick, then keeps going, only for Ishimori to return the dropkick! Ishimori runs but Hiromu pops him up, only for Ishimori to huricanrana! Ishimori runs in, Hiromu throws him up to the top rope, then fireman’s carries! Ishimori pops up again but Hiromu sets him down. Things speed up, Hiromu reverses the whip and catches the handspring into a GERMAN! But Ishimori is right up to POISON-RANA!
Hiromu stands but flounders, Ishimori runs in but Hiromu OVERHEAD suplexes Ishimori into buckles! Fans fire up as both men are down again! Hiromu stirs and slowly sits up but Ishimori gets under the bottom rope. Hiromu smiles as he heads over and joins Ishimori on the apron. Hiromu drags Ishimori up, suplexes him but Ishimori slips out! Ishimori enziguris back! Ishimori reels Hiromu in but Hiromu holds ropes! Hiromu lifts Ishimori but Ishimori fights out. Ishimori knees Hiromu then brings him up, APRON PILE DRIVER!! Hiromu falls to the floor and fans are stunned! Red Shoes checks on Hiromu, and Hiromu is somehow okay! Fans rally up now as Hiromu stirs. Ishimori goes back into the ring to let the count take care of this.
The count reaches 10 but Hiromu stands so Ishimori goes to the corner, TRIANGLE MOONSAULT! But Hiromu catches Ishimori for a MICHINOKU DRIVER! Both men are down on the outside and fans fire up! Ishimori and Hiromu stir, the ring count reaches 10 of 20, but Hiromu is up first at 15. Hiromu hobbles and gets into the ring at 17! Ishimori is up at 18 but in at 19.5! Fans cheer as this match continues in the ring! Hiromu fires himself up and runs, but Ishimori clotheslines him at ropes! Ishimori runs but Hiromu dropkicks him at ropes! Hiromu runs and dropkicks Ishimori into the ropes! Ishimori ends up stuck in the ropes then slumps to the apron! Hiromu drags Ishimori up, fireman’s carry and DYNAMITE PLUNGER! Cover, TWO!
Ishimori survives and Hiromu grows frustrated. Hiromu gets up as fans rally. Hiromu drags Ishimori up, fireman’s carries again but Ishimori blocks! Hiromu still gets Ishimori up but Ishimori throws elbows! Ishimori slips off, deflects the superkick and BOOTS, but Hiromu SUPERKICKS back! Hiromu runs into a LEAPING KNEE! Ishimori runs into a LARIAT! Both men are down again and fans fire up! Hiromu crawls to a cover, TWO!! Ishimori survives but Hiromu is too tired to be frustrated. Fans rally up again as Hiromu rises. Hiromu drags Ishimori up, fireman’s carries again but Ishimori slips right off! Hiromu fights off Bloody Cross and double clotheslines collide again! Ishimori runs and LARIATS Hiromu down! Both men are down and fans fire up again!
Ishimori rises, fires himself up and brings Hiromu up. Ishimori gut wrenches, SHOULDER BREAKER then CYPHER UTAGI! Cover, TWO!! Hiromu survives but Ishimori is too tired to be frustrated now! Fans rally as Ishimori gets to a corner and watches Hiromu flounder. Hiromu gets up, Ishimori tilt-o-whirls to the takedown! YES LOCK! Hiromu endures, fans fire up, Hiromu grabs at Red Shoes but refuses to give in! Ishimori cranks harder but Hiromu crawls over. Hiromu reaches with a foot, but Ishimori rolls Hiromu away! Ishimori keeps the Yes Lock on but Hiromu refuses to give in! Hiromu moves around, finds ropes again, but Ishimori shifts the arm for the chicken wing. This gives Hiromu an opening, he gets the ROPEBREAK!
Ishimori lets go in frustration but perhaps also exhaustion! Ishimori gets up and says BANG, then drags Hiromu up. Hiromu resists the suplex, ducks one clothesline then a back hand but not the next clothesline! Ishimori fires up but Hiromu is dead weight. Ishimori stands on Hiromu but Hiromu keeps a shoulder up. Ishimori has an arm, he drags Hiromu up and half hatch, but Hiromu arm-drags free! POP-UP BOMB! And then suplex to facebuster! Cover, TWO! Fans cheer and rally up again as both men rise. Hiromu is up first and fires himself up as he goes back to Ishimori. Hiromu drags Ishimori up, dragon sleeper and inverted suplex, but Ishimori fights out!
Ishimori inverted suplexes but Hiromu fights, so Ishimori hits a backbreaker! Ishimori lifts again but Hiromu arm-drags, holds on to roll and fireman’s carry! Ishimori flails but Hiromu CORNER DEATH VALLEY DRIVERS! Hiromu holds on, brings Ishimori back up, RUNNING DEATH VALLEY BOMB! Fans fire up and Hiromu does, too! Hiromu fireman’s carries once more, spins and TIME BOMB!! Cover, Hiromu wins!
Winner: Hiromu Takahashi, by pinfall; now 1-0, Ishimori is now 0-1
The Time Bomb gets an explosive victory! He pins the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion, but with WrestleKingdom 15 fast approaching, will Hiromu still have to win BOSJ to have his shot at the title? Will Ishimori have to be much more careful to make sure his dance card doesn’t fill up before the end of the year?
After catching his breath, Hiromu gets the mic to speak. “I beat Taiji Ishimori!!” Is Ishimori listening? He might as well hand the belt over to Hiromu now. Pff, nah, Hiromu knows that’s not how this works. After all, this is Best of the Super Juniors. Hiromu sits back while fans cheer. Hiromu continues to say that the point is that he won the first main event of BOSJ 27. “That’s what Hiromu Takahashi does! I’m of to a good start! How about it, Aichi?” Oh? Oh oh? Ho ho ho, well well well. This is the first time in ages for fans to watch ten matches in a row. They must be tired! Fans cheer because they still have energy. Hiromu is very tired, he should sit back down.
“But it’s all good, right? This moment, this time, this kind of exhaustion, this is amazing! To wrestle and watch wrestling until you’re completely exhausted, that’s the most fun you can have, right?!” Fans cheer in agreement. Even though we’re all going through these tough times, Hiromu hopes to wear us out even more! “All the pro-wrestling fans, you better be ready!” Because this month is going to be so much fun, you WILL be exhausted! Fans cheer, loving that idea! “World Tag League and Best of the Super Juniors 27 is underway! Let’s have more, more, more, more more more more fun together!!” Will Hiromu have the most fun ever as 2020 nears the end?
Here are the current standings!
World Tag League
Toru Yano & Tomohiro Ishii: 1-0
The Empire: 1-0
The Dangerous Tekkers: 1-0
EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi: 1-0
Bad Luck Fale & Chase Owens: 0-1
SANADA & Shingo Takagi: 0-1
YOSHI-HASHI & Hirooki Goto: 0-1
Guerrillas of Destiny: 0-1
Best of the Super Juniors 27
Master Wato: 1-0
Robbie Eagles: 1-0
Ryusuke Taguchi: 1-0
Hiromu Takahashi: 1-0
Yuya Uemaru: 0-1
El Desperado: 0-1
Taiji Ishimori: 0-1
A real great start to these two tournaments in one night, but I do feel bad Kanemaru injured his knee before he could be in this. His match with Wato was surely going to be really good, but I’m also sure Wato would’ve won that to avenge his Jingu loss. Uemaru taking Kanemaru’s place, obviously Wato was going to win, and there could be a lot of changes to how the round robin was going to go. I bet Uemaru does get one win at the right time to really mess up someone’s record, like on Desperado or Eagles. For just BOSJ, they were all great matches, but it was really only Taguchi VS Desperado and Hiromu VS Ishimori that felt they could go either way. Hiromu VS Ishimori was title match worthy, but I can’t be sure the Junior Heavyweight title mirrors the Heavyweight title with the double duty for WrestleKingdom 15. If Hiromu doesn’t win the whole thing, he might not get his shot at the title until after WK15.
In World Tag League, there was also a lot of great stuff, but it felt like Cobb being “X” aka the new Empire member, was the biggest surprise of the night, as well as he and Khan just destroying HenarAce, in more ways than one. They went after Tanahashi’s leg and that can end up being Tanahashi’s entire story from here on, putting it on Henare to do the heavy lifting, in parallel to how the Golden Aces story was feeling. Dangerous Tekkers get a quick win, which speaks to Hashi and Goto being strong, but also to start strong as the tag champions being in the tournament. I feel like Tekkers will go on a run similar to Tetsuya Naito in the G1 Climax, in that they’ll be undefeated until almost the very end.
FinJuice beating GoD really is big as FinJuice are the previous WTL winners, and GOD are a high level tag team that could also be contenders. FinJuice and Tekkers will make for a big match that I hope is somehow saved until the end of the rounds to be a very pivotal moment. It could also be a parallel to Naito and Evil or Evil and Sanada, where it all determines the final tally and who wins.
My Score: 9/10
Andrew’s IMPACT Results & Match Ratings: 1.27.2022
BULLET CLUB! HONOR NO MORE! Royal Rumble Mentions! IMPACT is really proving to be the real Forbidden Door. How does this craziness continue?
BULLET CLUB! HONOR NO MORE! Royal Rumble Mentions! IMPACT is really proving to be the real Forbidden Door. How does this craziness continue?
This was their first show from the most recent tapings. We know the Guerrillas of Destiny will be here, Jay White is also supposed to be around…plus everything keeping Ring of Honor relevant we’ve got a lot to try and fit into two hours.
Any more crazy debuts, returns, or what have you? Let’s get to it!
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) January 28, 2022
- Chris Bey vs Jake Something: Something wins via Into the Void – *** ¼
- The Influence (Madison Rayne & Kaleb) vs The IInspiration: Cassie Lee wins via Code Red Cradle Counter – ***
- Massive Cassidy vs The Learning Tree: Cassidy wins via BQE – N/A
- Johnny Swinger vs Jonah: Jonah wins via Tsunami – N/A
- Chris Sabin vs PCO: PCO wins via Bubba Bomb – *** ¼
We see they are still selling the D’lo is injured angle, so we get 205 Live flashbacks! Tom is on commentary with Matthew Rehwoldt!
Chris Bey vs Jake Something
Bey starts things off quickly but Jake puts a stop to that with a big right hand that dazes Bey. Bey powders, Jake follows, but it set up Bey to hit an Apron Tiger Feint. He goes for an Asai Moonsault, but Jake catches him and hits Snake Eyes on the apron. Bey bounces to the post, Jake charges and Bey moves to have Jake crash himself into the pole.
We get more of the clash of styles where Bey goes for a few quick shots or high flying haymakers, but Jake seems to return 3 or 4 of Bey’s moves just with one big power move. There’s a tenacious spot with Bey clinging to Jake with the Rear Naked choke and refusing to let go regardless of being driven into the corner and even flat on the mat.
Jake powers through and manages to drop Bey to break the Sleeper. The action is quick and could go either way. Bey counters Jake’s corner spear, he counters Jake’s Blackhole Slam and we see a beautiful Spinning Heel Kick. Huricanrana, but Jake holds on and turns it into a Sitout Powerbomb. Bey keeps everything moving quickly, he baits Jake into the corner, goes to the top rope and Jake catches him out of mid-air. A small pause for the cause, and Jake creates the momentum for Into the Void himself.
Post-Match G.o.D. run down beat the hell out of Jake, Speedball Mike Bailey makes a save until Jay White comes down and Bailey sells the involvement hilariously. G.o.D. tell us exactly why they’re here and we all knew, Good Brothers gonna fall victim to the Firing Squad.
.@ScottDAmore just made it official!
"You win, you stay! You lose don't let the door hit you in the ass on the way out!"
Honor No More VS IMPACT WRESTLING at No Surrender! pic.twitter.com/6q7v4lfGso
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) January 28, 2022
The Influence (Madison Rayne & Kaleb) vs The IInspiration
This is a little stupid but it keeps the story moving. The IInspiration missed the first title match because of covid stopping them from going to Hard to Kill. Now Tenille isn’t available for these tapings I guess, so this is a non-title match.
Madison starts off with Cassie and Madison gets out-wrestled. So Madison tags in Kaleb and Cassie immediately starts making a joke of the situation and Cassie feigns an old Jimmy tap. Cassie again out-wrestles Kaleb and tags in Jessie. Jessie and Kaleb have a weird moment where he pulls her up from a failed Sunset Flip and they have a pause where it almost looks like they’re gonna kiss or something.
The hiccup in the action gives The Influence and opening and a big Superkick from Kaleb connects on Cassie. Madison controls the match and tags in Kaleb. He comes off the middle rope Jerry Lawler style but Cassie counters the move with a Manhattan Drop. Then she retreats to the ropes, he charges, and crotches himself on the middle rope. Madison tags back in since Kaleb has been having issues.
Jessie hits the Shades of Kay which causes Madison to DDT Kaleb. After some shenanigans, a blind tag from Kaleb gives The Influence a close call. But a Code Red kind of counter to a Powerbomb gives Cassie the victory. Watching Kaleb and Madison throw tantrums over the loss is pretty hilarious.
AHH Gisele Shaw is the Quintessential Diva! She’s been on AXS TV before when she was Azteca during WOW from a few years ago. She’s been in the business for a while and isn’t terrible in the ring. I’m looking forward to her honestly.
Something says that did not go the way @The_Ace_Austin planned…@gailkimITSME loved the idea of @FultonWorld/@The_Ace_Austin/@SpeedballBailey & @JakeSomething_ vs The Bullet Club and made it official for next week on #IMPACTonAXSTV!#IMPACTWRESTLING pic.twitter.com/nxZ5Eu9N3x
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) January 28, 2022
Mickie holds a State of the Knockouts and it’s just a big hype session for the Royal Rumble, to help set the stage that Chelsea Green is still somewhat relevant in the title picture even though Tasha Steelz is the rightful number one contender. It was fine, but went a bit long.
We get about 10 seconds of Jordynne Grace defending the Digital Media title against Kiera Hogan, then she officially accepts Zack, erhm…Matt Cardona’s challenge. And Brian Myers adds like nine guys to the Learning Tree just to throw numbers at Massive Cassidy as he joins commentary.
Massive Cassidy vs The Learning Tree
Tom calls Zicky Dice “If the State of Florida were a person”; super accurate. This is a hilarious Squash match and the commentary makes it fantastic. BQE wins the match for Cassidy.
Brian Myers squares up to Cassidy, and Moose comes down to attack his next challenger. Morrissey fights them off mostly, gets buried under the Learning Tree and goes full Super Shredder but Moose cuts him in half with Lights Out! Myers is amused and Moose poses victorious and looking sharp as hell.
Johnny Swinger vs Jonah
Swingman gonna be a dead man. Jonah gonna take em to the morgue. We do see apparently Dan Lambert is in the crowd. So this could be a return of Dan Lambert to IMPACT. Yeah Tsunami wins, anyone surprised? Jonah tosses out Swinger and looks like he might do more damage, but Decay’s music hits and they seem to have an interest in Swinger. So Jonah allows them to have their fun and do what they will.
Chris Sabin vs PCO
Definitely NOT a match I expected in 2022, especially with the faction seconds around the ring. PCO makes sure the pace is slow and works on Sabin’s left arm. Driving it into the turnbuckles, wrenching over the ropes, dropping hammers into his elbow and of course Arm Wringers. Sabin needs to do a little Junior stylings to roll with the Wringer and now tries the rope runs. Frankenstein doesn’t go down until Sabin goes for the low Dropkick, then a Flying Shoulder Tackle.
Sabin is moving nicely, but PCO calls the refs attention and Honor No More trips up Sabin running the ropes. Eddie Edwards tries to return it in kind, but the referee is staring right at him. Stupid good guy Eddie tries to cheat and he’s just bad at it. Commercial break takes us to Sabin having PCO in the corner for 10 count punches. Springboard Flatliner attempt but PCO grabs him out of the sky and sends him to the outside. Brings him back in just to crush him over the top rope with a car crash lariat. Middle Ropes PCO Senton through the ropes to the outside onto Sabin.
PCO throws Sabin into the steps and just rocks him. Then we see the top corner Senton onto Sabin as he’s draped on the apron. PCO doing those moves you’re not expecting from someone his age or size, but it’s been his bread and butter with his PCO resurgence the last 5 years or so. PCO SAULT – MISSES! Sabin has been getting destroyed and now finally has a second to put things together.
Missile Dropkick, Yakuza Kick and then a Missile Dropkick to the back of the head sending PCO to the outside. Suicide Dive sends PCO reeling into the guardrail! Top Rope Crossbody from Sabin for 2. Cradle Shock attempt but no, Crucifix Cradle near fall and then a big clubbing lariat from PCO and Sabin’s momentum is stunted. Vader Bomb from PCO, Sabin gets the Knees up, kick, running Enzuigiri, Cradle Shock but Honor No More starts making their presence known. PCO is still selling so Sabin attacks all of them, Maria distracts the referee, and the numbers catch up with Sabin. PCO hits the Bubba Bomb and folds up Sabin for the victory!
Overall Score: 7/10
They set up the main event during the show, made it feel like a big deal, and it wasn’t really over booked given all the people being involved. Massive Cassidy dismantling the Learning Tree was comedic and great given the commentary and the way the segment ended with Myers and Moose having their moments.
Bullet Club opened things and made it all feel important, I mean let’s just put it this way. There were a lot of factions being involved, but no one felt lost, it all felt kinda cool and big and even the throw together group of Ace/Fulton/Jake/Speedball felt logical and of course a little campy, but works for the IMPACT presentation. Gisele Shaw being shown and named as the Quintessential Diva could be great since she’s not a WWE hand me down, but she does have a little bit of stroke given her other work. The personality they gave her in the promo makes me feel like she’ll fit into Inspiration/Tenille kind of style, but when they recently added Lady Frost and Masha Slammovich; it’s really great to see a bunch of different women in the division.
Also not gonna lie, I’m a little curious what Dan Lambert will be doing. Given the fact that like 2018 ATT was positioned against Moose, I wonder if there will be any of that animosity or if Moose will align with them since 2018 Moose is not 2022 Moose. Fun threads in this show!
Mitchell’s WWE NXT UK Results & Report! (1/27/22)
Grudge match after grudge match!
Will the Irish Ace strike gold again?
Ilja Dragunov defends the NXT UK Championship against Jordan Devlin, in an EMPTY ARENA MATCH! Will Devlin celebrate all by himself tonight?
- Six Man Tag: Gallus VS Die Familie; Die Familie wins.
- Amale VS Jinny; Jinny wins.
- NXT UK Championship Empty Arena Match: Ilja Dragunov VS Jordan Devlin; Dragunov wins and retains the title.
PLAY BY PLAY
Six Man Tag: Gallus VS Die Familie!
Wolfgang & The Coffey Brothers are a firm and a family, but The Babo still says he, Rohan Raja & Charles Dempsey have a stronger bond. These bonds will be tested as these six finally have it out! What happens on this full contact family feud?
The trios sort out, Teoman starts against Joe Coffey and fans sing for Gallus right away. The Iron King talks trash with Teoman as they circle. They tie up, go around, and Joe puts Teoman in the corner. Teoman BOOTS but Joe ROCKS Teoman with haymakers! Teoman kicks and fires off forearms, but then Joe gives more haymakers. Tag to Mark, and the brothers double wrench to lift and CHOP Teoman down! Mark gets Teoman up to punch, arm-drag, and armlock. Mark puts on a cobra clutch, drags Teoman up and Wolfgang tags in. Ripcord to a shoulder and a forearm! Teoman crawls, kicks Wolfie’s leg, and Raja tags in!
But Wolfgang hip tosses Raja down! Then arm-drags him up and over for an armlock. Wolfgang tags Mark back in, they coordinate to takedown and DOUBLE MONKEY FLIP! Raja hits ropes on the way to a corner, Mark runs in to back body block! Mark goes up, Dempsey distracts him! Raja YANKS Mark down to then DECK him, BOOT him, and stomp him around! Raja drags Mark up, tags in Teoman, and they mug Mark. Teoman wrenches, CLUBS the arm, then uppercuts it. Teoman has a wristlock and he wrangles Mark down. Teoman bends the fingers and then the elbow! Mark fights back but Teoman hits him in return.
Mark gets up, throws big forearm after forearm, then rams Teoman into an open corner. Mark throws body shots but Teoman BOOTS and elbows Mark away! Teoman goes up, blindside missile dropkick! Cover, TWO! Teoman is annoyed but he keeps Mark down with an armlock. Mark endures, Gallus and the fans rally up, and Mark fights up. Teoman tags Dempsey, they mug Mark, and Dempsey drags Mark up to facelock. Mark endures but Dempsey RAMPS him into the corner! And then again! Dempsey keeps on the grovit but Mark throws body shots. Mark gets free, he EuroUppers, but Dempsey gives it back!
They go back and forth, Mark catches the arms for a backslide! ONE, Dempsey headbutts low, ROCKS Mark then clinches. Dempsey CHOPS Mark off his feet, covers, TWO! Dempsey keeps on Mark with an armlock and he grinds the shoulder. Fans sing for Gallus but Dempsey moves around to grind the shoulder and twist it through! Mark tries to fight, Dempsey mounts for a cover, ONE as Mark sunsets! Dempsey rolls through, lateral press, ONE but Dempsey has a double wristlock. Mark fights up as Dempsey cranks the hold! Raja tags in, Dempsey feeds Mark to a BIG forearm! Raja covers, TWO!
Raja stomps Mark, drags Mark up and over, and Dempsey tags back in. They whip Mark, knee low, then KNEE lift Mark down! Cover, but Joe breaks it! Dempsey glares at Joe, but turns around into big forearms and CHOPS from Mark! Dempsey knees Mark low, elbows Joe down, then swings, into a back suplex! Dempsey tags Raja, Mark crawls for his corner but Raja gets the legs. Mark kicks Raja away, Teoman tags in! Teoman goes around to swing on Wolfgang, but turns around into a back drop! Mark crawls, hot tag to Wolfgang! Fans rally as Wolfgang CLOBBERS Teoman, SPLASHES Raja, then goes up to AX HANDLE Teoman!
Wolfgang DECKS Dempsey, fires off hands on Teoman, then whips to KNEE low! BASEMENT SPLASH! Wolfgang drags Teoman up, EXPLODER! Cover, TWO! Teoman is still in this for Die Familie, and he kicks Wolfgang away to get to his corner. Wolfgang SPLASHES, but Raja tags in! Wolfgang SLAPS Raja down, Wolfgang runs in, but Raja gets Teoman out of the way! Teoman hits a SLIDING FOREARM, then Raja drags Wolfgang up, INVERTED DDT! Cover, TWO!! Wolfgang survives and Raja is furious! Fans rally up, Teoman swings on Joe! Raja goes after Wolfgang, but backstabber is denied! Tag to Joe!
Joe rallies on Raja, DECKS Teoman, CLOBBERS Raja, and pop-up UPPERCUTS Teoman! Raja sidesteps Joe but Joe breaks through the clothesline to FLYING SHOULDER! Joe shoves, clinches and OVERHEAD suplexes Raja! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up with Joe as he drags Raja back up. Joe whips Raja to a corner, Raja reverses, but Joe goes up and ROCKS Raja. Joe goes up and up, CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Joe goes to the corner, runs in, but Raja dodges the sendoff! BACKSTABBER! Joe flounders and both men are down! Raja crawls over to the corner, hot tag to Dempsey! Dempsey knees low, BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!
Dempsey drags Joe up into a FULL NELSON! Joe fights the suplex and THROWS Dempsey off! GLASGOW SENDOFF! Tag to Mark! The Coffey Brothers get Dempsey up, HIGH LOW!! Cover, Teoman breaks it! Teoman throws Joe out, goes to the apron and PENALTY KICKS! Mark swings on Teoman, then DOUBLE CHOPS Dempsey! Tag to Wolfgang and they get Dempsey up. Feed to the scoop, but Raja drags Mark out! Teoman gets in, to CHOP BLOCK Wolfgang’s leg! Dempsey has the STF!! Wolfgang endures, and taps! DIE FAMILIE WINS!
Winners: Die Familie, by submission
Though not blood, these brothers in arms found a way to keep down the Gallus boys! Is NXT UK going to be their kingdom soon enough?
NXT UK hears from Oliver Carter & Ashton Smith, as well as Jack Starz & Dave Mastiff.
The finals are coming! And that means one step closer to becoming the next NXT UK Tag Team Champions! But Jack & Dave are no joke. They’re good, but they’re only a team of two months. Smith & Carter have been a team of two years. Jack is more like Dave’s apprentice. This is their time.
Dave Mastiff says the #1 contendership is close. And he knows Tyler Bate & Trent Seven pretty well. But they can’t underestimate Carter & Smith. Yeah, they’ve had things to say about Mastiff & Starz, and two years together is impressive. But how about a 20 year career? That’s impressive. Two years is a drop in the ocean to The Bomber. Everything Smith learned about tag matches, he learned from Mastiff. Starz will take care of Carter, and Mastiff knows Smith like the back of his hand.
Smith says he’s learned more on his own than what Mastiff taught him, he and Carter are ready. Carter says they’re the hottest tag team under the sun and the freshest flavor on the brand. If there’s any team more serious, it’s Smith & Carter. If there’s any team more supreme, it’s Smith & Carter. If there’s any team winning the match, it’s Smith & Carter. Ready and Forward, Always Forward! Starz says to bring their A Games, and everything they’ve got, because no one is stopping him and Mastiff from taking those NXT UK Tag Team Championships! All four men are fired up, but which duo burns brighter in this #1 contender’s tag?
Amale VS Jinny!
Similar backgrounds, similar career paths, but completely different outlooks on life; that is why the French Hope and the Spoiled Princess of Knightsbridge can’t stand each other. But now that things have come to blows, will Amale’s positivity negate Jinny’s negativity? Or does Jinny have that much more fury and fire to win out?
The bell rings, the two tie right up, and Jinny knees low! Jinny headlocks, Amale powers out but Jinny pulls hair to CLUB Amale down. Jinny hits a headlock takeover, Amale headscissors, but Jinny kips free. Amale clinches, headlocks for the takeover, but Jinny goes for the headscissors. Amale shrugs that off, Jinny fights up, and Jinny pulls hair. Jinny powers out but Amale runs her over! Jinny kicks low, but Amale throws body shots! And forearms! Jinny gives those back, clamps onto an arm, but Amale gets to ropes. The ref counts but Jinny wraps the arm around ropes to throw knee after knee!
Jinny stops as the ref counts 4, but Amale fires forearms in return! Jinny kicks low, scowls and whips, but Amale reverses to then duck, dodge, and scoop SLAM! Jinny flounders, Amale hits a somersault senton, to a basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Amale grits her teeth as she follows Jinny. Amale waistlocks, Jinny holds ropes, and then Jinny HOTSHOTS Amale off the top! Jinny WRINGS Amale’s arm out, stomps Amale around, then grabs an arm to drop a knee on it! Then she does the same to the other arm! Cover, TWO! Jinny grabs hair but fans rally up. Jinny drags Amale up but Amale throws haymakers! Jinny wrenches to wrangle Amale down!
Amale endures the armlock but Jinny CLAWS the arm from wrist to shoulder! Amale keeps Jinny from getting the other arm, then gets up to throw body shots and forearms. Jinny shoves Amale, but Amale sunset flips! TWO! Jinny rushes in, ducks and dodges to throw Amale by her hair! Fans boo but Jinny KNEES Amale down! And KNEES Her in the side! And again! And again! Jinny drags Amale up, tucks the arm, and throws elbows down before putting on the IRON OCTOPUS! Amale endures but Jinny pulls the arm way back! Amale stays on her feet, powers up, and is free to hip toss Jinny down!
Fans rally, Jinny gets up but she knees Amale low! Jinny whips Amale to a corner, runs in but into a BOOT! Amale goes up to DOUBLE STOMP Jinny down! Amale runs corner to corner to LARIAT Jinny! And then another lariat! Fans fire up with Amale and she brings Jinny up. Jinny throws body shots and low kicks, but Amale reverses the whip, corner clothesline! Amale roars, Jinny is rocked, Amale whips her into a buckle! Amale runs side to side, BOOT WASH! Amale drags Jinny out for a waistlock, but Jinny throws back elbows! Amale turns that around to a NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO!
Amale grows frustrated, but she keeps on Jinny. Amale hooks the leg but Amale pulls hair! Jinny throws elbows, brings Amale to a corner, and trips her up to high stack! Legs on the ropes! JINNY WINS!
Winner: Jinny, by pinfall
Jinny snatches that win by waiting until the last second to get the leverage! Amale is furious, but will she be able to get her revenge?
To up the ante from their first time around, Meiko Satomura and Blair Davenport face off for the NXT UK Women’s Championship, in a Japanese Street Fight! Blair brutalized Meiko after losing, will she brutalize her again before winning? Or will Meiko make Blair regret showing her that disrespect?
NXT UK Media catches up with Nathan Frazer.
The British Prodigy comes off a big loss against Ring General, Walter/Gunther. How is he feeling now? Considering literally no one thought he was going to win, he feels great with how well he did. But then barging in to celebrate their victory is Die Familie. They already have champagne ready, but they ask Frazer what he’s doing in their locker room. Oh so this is their room now? Well, congrats, boys, you must be so proud of yourselves. Teoman tells Frazer that Die Familie doesn’t need anything from a loser like him. Oh, Die Familie? Cute nickname. You really think you’re family? Teoman just keeps the others around so he isn’t a loser himself. It’s so blatantly obvious.
Raja gets in Frazer’s face about those comments, and Teoman says to get out of the room. Fine, enjoy your little party. Will Frazer prove who the real loser is soon enough?
NXT UK Championship Empty Arena Match: Ilja Dragunov VS Jordan Devlin!
Oh the irony. Just as we got fans back, now they have to leave! The Irish Ace says the fans are the real source of the Czar’s power. But when it’s No Holds Barred and Falls Count Anywhere, will Devlin be able to stand all on his own? Or will UNBESIEGBAR still have the power to break him as the fans cheer him on from outside the arena?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who can stand on their own two feet!
Devlin HEADBUTTS Dragunov before the bell! Then he rains down forearms! The ref wants Delvin to stop, the bell hasn’t rung! Devlin picks up the title and says it is coming home with him! The ref asks Dragunov if he still wants to fight, and of course he does! The bell rings, Devlin swings the belt at Dragunov, but Dragunov dodges and gets around for a GERMAN SUPLEX! Dragunov holds on, talks trash back in Russian to GERMAN SUPLEX Devlin again! Dragunov holds on, gets Devlin up again, but Devlin grabs ropes! No ropebreaks in this match, so Devlin MULE KICK LOW BLOWS!
Devlin CLUBS Dragunov down, ROCKS him with a forearm, then keeps on him with more heavy shots. Devlin ties Dragunov up in the ropes! Devlin SLAPS Dragunov, and says he’s stronger, faster and smarter than Dragunov! Devlin goes out to get the timekeeper’s chair! Devlin says Dragunov’s family will have to live with this. Dragunov eggs Devlin on, then boots him! Devlin is annoyed, he fires off haymakers on Dragunov’s head! Devlin goes back outside, and he brings in a screwdriver?! Devlin gets in, wanting to go HHH on Ric Flair that one time. Dragunov BOOTS Devlin down, and is free of the ropes!
Devlin ROCKS Dragunov, Dragunov ENZIGURIS Devlin! Both men get up, Dragunov runs in to clothesline Devlin and himself out of the ring! Dragunov and Devlin get up again, Dragunov CHOPS Devlin against barriers. And CHOPS again! Dragunov hits an APRON BACK SUPLEX! And then a scoop and SLAM to the floor! Dragunov seethes while Devlin writhes on the mat. Dragunov drags Devlin up, brings him around with a headlock to bump him off the apron. And then off the barriers! Dragunov waistlocks, Devlin holds the barriers, and he elbows free of the waistlock. Dragunov staggers, but he swings. Devlin ducks but Dragunov uses the left to LARIAT!
Dragunov chases after Devlin, stands him up, and CHOPS him against barriers. Dragunov brings Devlin along and whips him into barriers! Dragunov takes a moment, still shaking out cobwebs from those shots Devlin gave him while tied up in the ropes. Dragunov gets Devlin up but Devlin uses the barriers to block! Dragunov clutches one side of his head, perhaps still feeling that headbutt. Devlin CHOPS Dragunov, brings him around, and RAMS him into steel steps! Dragunov clutches an arm and cries out in pain! Devlin gets the top half of the steps and lifts it up into the ring. Devlin then goes back for Dragunov, only for Dragunov to TORPEDO MOSCOW him through barriers!!
Both men writhe and groan where fans would’ve been sitting otherwise. Dragunov flounders to lean against a chair while Devlin manages to sit up. Devlin falls against a chair, but Dragunov is after him again! Dragunov BOWLS Devlin through the chairs! Dragunov tosses some folding chairs into the ring, all the while telling Devlin in Russian what’s coming. Dragunov holds onto the last few chairs to SMACK Devlin on the back! Devlin screams in pain, Dragunov sets the tables down in a nice little pile. Devlin tries to get away and he tumbles over the barriers. Dragunov drags him back up, CLUBS away on him, but and suplexes him up and over, onto the chairs!
Devlin writhes, Dragunov pushes him down to cover, TWO!! Devlin survives that hard landing, but Dragunov stalks him as they go towards the staging area. Devlin sits in a chair and wants mercy, but Dragunov just CHOPS him out of his seat! They continue down the way, Dragunov dares Devlin to talk about his family now! Dragunov drags Devlin up to TOSS him into a nearby table! All the computers and things on it go flying off! Devlin is stuck on the table, Dragunov pushes him off it. Dragunov drags Devlin up, waistlocks, Gotch lifts, but Devlin rakes eyes! Devlin goes to suplex but Dragunov slips out to CLOBBER Devlin!
Devlin leans on the table again. Dragunov gets space, and he runs in, TORPEDO MOSCOW but Devlin gets clear! Only Dragunov crashes through the table!! Devlin covers, TWO!! Dragunov survives, and Devlin can’t believe it! Devlin drags Dragunov from the wreckage and SMACKS him off a road case! Did he leave a dent in it? Devlin SMACKS Dragunov off it again, then gets a smaller case! Devlin shoves the case in, ROAD CASE SANDWICH! Devlin SLAPS Dragunov down, stands him back up, and CLUBS him on the back. Dragunov flounders, Devlin drags him up, but Dragunov resists the suplex.
Devlin CLUBS Dragunov, but it’s Dragunov who suplexes! Devlin knees free, stands on top of the road case, and RAKES Dragunov’s eyes! Devlin SMACKS Dragunov off the edge of the case! MOONSAULT OFF THE CASE! Direct hit and both men fall on the concrete! Both men are down as Devlin can’t get the cover! Devlin manages to sit up first, and he brings Dragunov back up. Devlin CHOPS Dragunov, they go back around the staging, and Devlin ROCKS Dragunov. Dragunov staggers through the chairs, Devlin throws down fists! Devlin brings Dragunov up to TOSS him over the barriers! They’re back at ringside as Dragunov groans and writhes.
Devlin hobbles his way around and he starts looking under the ring. Fans may not be here to chant it, but Devlin wants a table! Dragunov CLUBS him and CHOPS him first! Dragunov puts Devlin in the ring, and Dragunov decides he wants the table. Dragunov puts the table in the ring, but Devlin has a chair! Devlin SMACKS Dragunov the second he’s in the ring! Devlin takes the table back for his own, sets it up in a corner, and then goes back for Dragunov. Devlin stands Dragunov up, ROCKS him with a right, and Dragunov wobbles. Dragunov blocks the ripcord to body scissors! Dragunov rains down elbows over and over on Devlin!!
Dragunov is furious, and he drags Devlin back up, traps the arms in the Gotch lift, POWERSLAM onto a chair! Cover, TWO!!? Devlin survives but Dragunov has no energy to be frustrated! Dragunov instead makes his way to a corner and climbs up top. Devlin JAMS Dragunov’s knee with a chair! Fireman’s carry, SWINGING SAMOAN DROP! Cover, TWO!?!? Devlin is furious that Dragunov survives! Devlin gives thumbs down to say this is over. He has the arm, but Dragunov again blocks the ripcord. Dragunov gets up to reel Devlin into a fireman’s carry! Devlin elbows over and over but Dragunov won’t let him down!
Devlin rakes eyes, but Dragunov still CORNER DEATH VALLEY DRIVERS through the table!!! Cover, TWO?!?!! Devlin survives and surely somewhere, the BT Sports Studio crowd is losing its mind! Dragunov aims from a corner as Devlin flounders his way to the far side. Dragunov still shouts out, “UN! BE! SIEG! BAR!!” But his head starts hurting! Devlin says Dragunov can’t win when there’s no fans! Devlin eggs Dragunov on to do it for Constantin! Dragunov staggers, HEADBUTT!!! Devlin suplexes for a SHEER DROP BRAINBUSTER!!! Cover, TWO!!!! Devlin is beside himself, how is Dragunov doing this?!
Devlin storms his way back out of the ring and he thinks of what he has to do. He finds the zip ties used for the cables. He brings those into the ring, LASHES Dragunov with them, then KICKS him down! Devlin zip ties one of Dragunov’s arms, hammers away on his shoulder and then gets the other. Dragunov is defiant to the end as he talks trash in Russian, but his arms are now zip tied to each other! Devlin rains down fists over and over, Dragunov unable to guard his head. Devlin says he told Dragunov this was coming. Dragunov could have walked away, but now he’ll be rolled out of here without the title! Devlin SMACKS Dragunov’s leg!
Devlin says this was Dragunov’s choice. Dragunov still kicks from below! Devlin brings him to the steel steps and digs his head into the steel! Devlin has the chair! But Devlin avoids the steel step con-chair-to! Dragunov BOOTS Devlin, and Devlin staggers in a daze! Dragunov jumps off the steps, TORPEDO MOSCOW!!! He crawls to the cover, Dragunov wins!!!
Winner: Ilja Dragunov, by pinfall (still NXT UK Champion)
The Irish Ace gave Dragunov his most sadistic fight yet, and yet Dragunov still comes out the winner! If not even this could stop him, will anything ever stop The Czar? Or is UNBESIEGBAR eternal?
What an episode! Gallus VS Die Familie was a very good opener, but I had figured Die Familie was winning. I said as much last week that Gallus could be in the next wave of NXT UK transfers to NXT 2.0. Joe Coffey isn’t looking like NXT UK Champion material so maybe Gallus joins Imperium, and perhaps Joe Coffey has a repeat run where he gives the singles champs great matches but never gets those belts. Die Familie having a confrontation with Nathan Frazer nods towards what’s next for them, but I feel like Frazer’s gonna need an ally to take them on. No idea who, but maybe we could get an equally eclectic counter faction to take on Die Familie. Frazer, Gradwell and Huxley for some reason seem like the most logically illogical trio to make.
We got a really good promo vignette out of the tag team finalists. Carter & Smith VS Mastiff & Starz, that match could go any which way since it’s Faces VS Faces with Face tag team champions right now. And also, Meiko VS Blair in a Japanese Street Fight is going to be awesome, but it makes me wonder what will make it stand out from any standard Street Fight. Honestly, when WWE does a Street Fight, the only theme is holiday. When another place like AEW does a Street Fight named for a location, they try to bring items specific to that location. So seeing what NXT UK comes up with will be reason enough to watch.
Amale VS Jinny was really good, really aggressive, but of course Jinny cheats to win. These two are definitely going to have a series of matches, and the final winner (probably Amale) will be primed for a title match. And there’s a chance Jinny moves on to NXT 2.0 since they don’t seem to see her as NXT UK Women’s Championship material at this point. I am curious to see Jinny interact with Toxic Attraction. And then that main event, what an awesome match! Match of the week, even match of the month. I again point out the irony of Devlin saying Dragunov can’t win without fans, but going Empty Arena was great as they could fully use the BT Sports Studio arena area.
Great creativity in how vicious Devlin was, but Dragunov wins out and gains some major power levels. And just as I’ve said about Joe Coffey and Jinny, if Devlin isn’t seen as NXT UK Champion material at this point, he’s probably going to NXT 2.0 to try for the North American Championship. Between COVID and Vince McMahon, Devlin’s Cruiserweight title reign was killed, and he could end up following Balor’s footsteps by Vince “losing faith” in him as a top champion. But Devlin can still do a lot as someone who pushes the new kids to their limits.
My Score: 8.8/10
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