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Mitchell’s NJPW WTL x BOSJ Results & Report! (11/20/20)

The Best of the Super Juniors continues!

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NJPW WTLBOSJ

The Junior Heavyweights are back in action!

It’s round three for the Best of the Super Juniors! Can IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion, Taiji Ishimori, keep from losing again?

NOTE: NJPW no longer wants to feed AXS TV now that it is with Anthem and Impact Wrestling. But never fear, I will cover NJPW in the spirit of AXS in providing the most important matches of the show.

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Best of the Super Juniors 27: Yuya Uemura VS El Desperado; Desperado wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 27: Taiji Ishimori VS Douki; Ishimori wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 27: Ryusuke Taguchi VS Master Wato; Taguchi wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 27: SHO VS Robbie Eagles; Eagles wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 27: Hiromu Takahashi VS BUSHI; Hiromu wins.

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Here are the current Best of the Super Juniors 27 standings!

Master Wato: 2-0
SHO: 2-0
BUSHI: 1-1
El Desperado: 1-1
Taiji Ishimori: 1-1
Robbie Eagles: 1-1
Ryusuke Taguchi: 1-1
Hiromu Takahashi: 1-1
DOUKI: 0-2
Yuya Uemura: 0-2

 

Yuya Uemura VS El Desperado!

The Young Lion took Yoshinobu Kanemaru’s place, and now he faces the Heel Master’s tag team partner! Will Despy have it real easy in this third round?

The bell rings and Desperado bails out before Uemura can rush him. The ref keeps Uemura in the ring while Desperado paces around. Desperado talks some trash but wants Uemura to stay back. Uemura moves the ref aside but Desperado dodges him to get back in the ring. Uemura returns, trips Desperado to a cover, ONE but Uemura has the short arm scissor! Desperado gets up and around to break the leg hold. Desperado gets a headlock but Uemura gets up to drop toehold hard! Uemura has the armlock, tries for a lateral but Desperado resists. Uemura gets the arms again but Desperado gets a leg guard in. Uemura gets around to get the facelock but Desperado slips out to facelock back. Uemura slips out to go after the arms again but Desperado clasps hands.

Uemura gets through the grip to ARMBAR! Desperado scrambles to ropes and the ref counts, Uemura lets up to stomp Desperado down! Fans fire up with Uemura as he brings Desperado up. Desperado hits back, throws Uemura out and goes after him at the railing. Desperado stomps, whips but Uemura reverses to send Desperado into railing! Uemura runs Desperado over and fans rally up! Uemura drags Desperado up, puts him back in, and fans rally again. Desperado swings but Uemura counter punches! Uemura gets in but Desperado kicks the ropes! Uemura writhes but Desperado taunts him while standing on his head. Desperado drags Uemura up to throw him back out, and whips him into railing! Uemura crashes hard and falls in a heap!

Fans rally as Desperado paces. Desperado drags Uemura up and scoop slams him down! Desperado leaves Uemura behind and fans rally as the ring count starts. The count reaches 10 of 20 before Uemura sits up. The count is 15 as Uemura heads for the ring, 18 as he stands, but he gets in before 19! Desperado stomps Uemura’s back and shoulders then drags him up for a fast scoop and slam! Desperado stands over Uemura, drags him into a camel clutch and sits deep! Fans rally as Uemura endures. Uemura gets an arm free but Desperado flips him to a cover, TWO! Fans cheer but Desperado is annoyed. Desperado drags Uemura around and JAMS the knee!

Desperado taunts Uemura, mockingly asking what’s wrong. Uemura gets up to CHOP but Desperado eggs him on. Uemura CHOPS, Desperado kicks the leg out! Desperado drags Uemura up, but Uemura fights off the shin breaker! Desperado kicks and runs, and fakes out Uemura’s dropkick! Desperado talks trash while bringing Uemura back up. Desperado whips, Uemura reverses and dropkicks him after all! But it proves to be double-edged with the bad leg! Fans rally as Desperado goes to a corner and Uemura goes to the other. Uemura runs in, big back elbow! And a series of forearms! Uemura stomps a mudhole in and the ref counts. Uemura stomps and stomps and fans fire up!

Uemura drags Desperado up, whips him corner to corner then runs in again, to dropkick! Desperado wobbles, Uemura keeps going to CLOBBER him with a forearm! Cover, TWO! Fans rally for the Young Lion as he gets the legs! Desperado scrambles but Uemura drags him from ropes to stomp him and turn him, BOSTON CRAB! Desperado endures as Uemura sits deep! Desperado powers up but Uemura drags him from ropes! Fans rally and rally, Uemura sits back deeper but Desperado powers up again! Desperado reaches, and gets the ropebreak! Fans cheer as Uemura keeps on Desperado with stomps! Uemura drags Desperado up to lock the arms, but Desperado blocks the lift!

Uemura ROCKS him with a forearm and waistlocks but Desperado breaks free! Desperado ROCKS Uemura but Uemura ROCKS him back! Uemura fires up and runs, but into a SPINE BUSTER! Cover, TWO, but into a HALF Boston Crab! Desperado sits deep now but Uemura powers up! Uemura reaches but Desperado drags him away to STRETCH MUFFLER! Uemura scrambles and gets the ropebreak! Desperado keeps cranking the leg until the ref counts 3! Fans rally for Uemaru but Desperado drags him up. Desperado reels Uemaru in but no guitar yet! Uemura gets Desperado in an ARMBAR TAKEDOWN! Desperado makes it a cover, TWO and Uemura cranks on the ARMBAR!

Desperado gets the ropebreak but Uemura lets go at 3! Fans are fired up for Uemura as he drags Desperado back up. Desperado desperately holds ropes but Uemura throws uppercuts to his arm! Uemura keeps pulling but Desperado holds on, so Uemura CLUBS the arm! Uemura wrenches the arm but Desperado pokes his eyes! Desperado drags Uemura down into the EL ES CULERO! Desperado wins!!

Winner: El Desperado, by pinfall; now 2-1, Uemura is now 0-3

Desperado had to cheat to beat Uemura?! Unbelievable! But does this mean Uemura has promise as a powerhouse Super Junior? As for Desperado, will he be able to hold onto a chance at the trophy at this rate?

 

Taiji Ishimori VS Douki!

The Bone Soldier lost to the Ticking Time Bomb but managed to rebound against the Funky Weapon. Will Japones de Mal be bueno or no bueno for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion?

As Ishimori takes off his Shredder helmet, Douki dropkicks him down! Ishimori bails out, Douki builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit as the bell rings! Fans fire up and Douki drags Ishimori up and around to POST him! Ishimori stumbles to railing and Douki takes the belt off him. The ref says Douki hasn’t won that at all and to give it over. Douki wants to use it to hit Ishimori but he lets the ref have the belt. Douki CLUBS Ishimori then hits a DDT to the floor! Fans rally and Douki leaves Ishimori behind. Ishimori gets up as the ring count starts. Ishimori gets in at 5 but Douki CLUBS him down! And CLUBS him again! Ishimori seethes as he hits back, so Douki rakes his eyes! The ref counts, Douki stops at 4, then whips Ishimori to ropes. Ishimori handsprings to NEURALIZER!

Douki bails out, fans rally up and Ishimori runs to the corner, TRIANGLE QUEBRADA! Direct hit and fans fire up more! Ishimori drags Douki up and whips him into railing! And then wrenches him to whip into more railing! Ishimori grabs his belt but the ref tells him not to do anything with it. Ishimori puts it back and then throws haymakers on Douki. Ishimori chokes Douki against the railing, and even uses a reverse cravat! The ref counts, Ishimori lets Douki free at 3. Fans rally as Ishimori drags Douki up and into the ring. Ishimori watches from the apron, and then springboards to seated senton! And then he rolls Douki into the YES LOCK! Douki gets the ropebreak fast but Ishimori holds on until the ref reprimands. Ishimori slowly lets off, to then stomp the arm!

Douki goes to the corner, Ishimori CLUBS the bad arm! Ishimori wraps the bad arm around ropes! The ref counts, Ishimori lets go but only for a moment before going right after the arm again! The ref counts and Ishimori lets go at 3. Fans rally, Ishimori brings Douki up to snapmare him into a chinlock. Ishimori grinds Douki into the mat but the fans rally as Douki endures. Douki fights his way up, throws elbows and gets free. Douki runs, but Ishimori catches him to a sleeper, then BACKSTABBER! Cover, TWO! Fans cheer and rally as Douki is still in this. Ishimori gut wrenches but Douki victory rolls to the ITALIAN STRETCH #32! Ishimori stays on his feet as Douki pulls on the arms, and he gets the ropebreak! The ref counts, Douki lets go at 3, and he looms over Ishimori.

Douki drags Ishimori up, hooks the arms and spins him, but Ishimori resists the backslide. They spin back around, Douki knees low and Ishimori goes to a corner. Douki runs in but Ishimori boots him away. Douki runs in again, blocks the next boot, and pops Ishimori up and over into the Gory Especial! DOTON JUTSU! Cover off the modified Gory, TWO!! Ishimori survives and fans cheer while Douki slashes the throat! Douki goes to the apron and wants Ishimori to get back up. Ishimori rises, slingshot but no Daybreak! Ishimori pops Douki up and around but no Cipher! ITALIAN- NO! Jackknife, TWO! Sunset, TWO! Jackknife, TWO! Ishimori rolls through into an ITALIAN STRETCH!

Fans fire up as Ishimori fights his way out, but Douki rolls him back into the ITALIAN STRETCH! Ishimori endures, fights to get on his feet, but he starts fading! Fans rally as Ishimori gets a second wind and gets back to his feet! Ishimori rolls to the ropebreak! The ref counts, Douki cranks tighter but lets off. Fans rally up as Douki powers up and runs, to LARIAT! Cover, TWO!! Ishimori survives but Douki roars as he heads to the apron. Douki wants Ishimori to stand, and then he slingshots, DAYBREAK!! Cover, TWO!?! Ishimori survives but Douki says he’ll end it now! Douki reels Ishimori into the wheelbarrow, but Ishimori slips out to crank on a facelock! Douki resists the lift but Ishimori knees. Douki fireman’s carries out but Ishimori shoves him away to BOOT him!

Ishimori runs, but Douki uses the ref as a shield! Then Douki enziguris, only to miss! Ishimori rolls Douki to a ghost pin! TWO, and both men scramble up. Ishimori KNEES Douki, fires up and reels him in, but still no Bloody Cross! Douki whips Ishimori into the ref! And he grabs his pipe! PIPE SHOT to the stomach! But Ishimori finds his belt! Fans fire up and Douki thinks he’s going to finish this off, but Ishimori uses the belt to SMACK the pipe away! And then he BELT SHOTS Douki down! Ishimori throws the belt away, revives the ref, and gives Douki BLOODY CROSS! Cover, Ishimori wins!

Winner: Taiji Ishimori, by pinfall; now 2-1, Douki is now 0-3

The IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion cheats the cheater and comes out on top! Will Ishimori be able to take the BOSJ after all? Wait, Ishimori is making Douki pay for the cheating by using Douki’s pipe in a Yes Lock! Young Lions pull Ishimori off Douki but the damage has been done! Will Douki think twice before angering the Bone Soldier?

 

Ryusuke Taguchi VS Master Wato w/ Hiroyoshi Tenzan!

These two teamed together in the round robin for the Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championships, but only one can be the Best of the Super Juniors! Will Taguchi put the Way of the Grandmaster to the test?

The bell rings and Taguchi shakes hands with Wato to show there is respect. They circle, Wato uses kicks to test the waters, but Taguchi stays clear. Taguchi shoots in to get the leg, Wato turns that around but Taguchi fights Wato off with legs. Taguchi gets an arm, Wato stays up to try for a lateral press but Taguchi resists. Taguchi tries to headscissor but Wato moves around. Cover, ONE, and the two stand off, which fans cheer. Taguchi and Wato reset and Taguchi gets the wristlock right away! Taguchi hammerlocks, Wato reaches back and jumps up to snapmare! Taguchi bails out and fans rally. Wato patiently waits and Taguchi gets back in.

Taguchi and Wato circle again, tie up and Wato gets the leg. Wato trips Taguchi, locks onto the leg, but Taguchi chinlocks back. Taguchi cranks to get free, but Wato pops out to hammerlock. Taguchi has the ropebreak and Wato lets off. Wato stomps the arm but backs off to reset. Taguchi gets the leg, trips Wato, and then goes for an arm. Wato rolls around to get a leg, Taguchi gets free and waistlocks. Wato switches, Taguchi drop toeholds and wants the ankle lock! Wato gets the ropebreak and fans cheer this technical exchange. Taguchi and Wato reset again, circle and tie up. Taguchi wrenches the arm, has the wristlock, but Wato rolls and handsprings to wrench back! Taguchi rolls, spins through and arm-drags Wato away!

Wato comes back to elbow, back hand and sobat! Fans cheer as Wato CHOPS Taguchi! Taguchi CHOPS back, Wato CHOPS again! Wato elbows Taguchi to ropes then whips. Taguchi reverses, drops down and hurdles over. Wato leaps over, things keep moving and Wato dropkicks Taguchi down! Fans fire up with Wato as he builds speed and TORNILLOS! Wato has fans rallying more as he brings Taguchi up. Wato puts Taguchi in, aims from the apron and springboards, for the flying uppercut! Cover, TWO! Taguchi survives but Wato keeps his cool. Wato chinlocks, grinds Taguchi down, then digs his knee in. Taguchi pries at the hold but Wato elbows him down! And KICKS him in the back! Cover, TWO!

Wato waits for Taguchi to get up as fans rally. Taguchi rises, ducks the buzzsaw and waistlocks. Wato elbows free, runs but Taguchi follows, but runs into an atomic drop! Taguchi puts Wato on the apron, shoulders back and triangle dropkicks! Wato tumbles down, Taguchi runs again and triangle PLANCHAS! Direct hit and both men are down. Fans rally up and a ring count starts. The count is at 8 as Taguchi stands. Taguchi paces at 10, drags Wato up at 12, and puts him in at 14. Fans cheer as Taguchi aims from the apron. Taguchi springboards but Wato gets under! Wato sobats, kicks and kicks, but the roundhouse is blocked! HIP ATTACK! Taguchi hip attacks more, then spins, into a ROUNDHOUSE to his butt!

Wato sweeps but Taguchi jump sover, but misses the sliding hip. Wato runs into an enziguri! But comes back with the DREAMCAST KICK! Both men are down and fans fire up! Wato and Taguchi stir, go to opposite corners, and Wato runs in, but Taguchi dodges! Taguchi returns, blocks the boot and gets both legs to yank Wato dowen! High stack, TWO, to OH MY ANKLE LOCK! Wato endures, rolls and reverses it to an ANKLE LOCK of his own! Taguchi endures, reaches, but Wato drags him away. Taguchi keeps crawling and he gets to the ropebreak! Wato lets off and drags Taguchi by his leg. Wato kicks the leg, then kicks it again.

Taguchi stands and Wato kicks and kicks and kicks! Wato BUZZSAWS! Fans fire up with Wato as he drags Taguchi back up. Wato wrenches, reels him in, MOUSE TRAP DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Taguchi survives but Wato keeps his focus. Wato drags Taguchi up, scoops, but Taguchi fights free and drops down to get the leg! OH MY ANKLE LOCK! Wato endures, crawls, but Taguchi drags him away! Wato rolls and throws Taguchi off! Taguchi runs in but into boots! Wato runs back to sunset flip, but Taguchi stays up! The tights come down and butt is exposed! TWO, and Taguchi is sitting on Wato! Taguchi wins!!

Winner: Ryusuke Taguchi, by pinfall; now 2-1, Wato now 2-1

Wato feels like he needs a shower now. But he also lost and is no longer undefeated in the round robin! Will he have to fight harder to get back up? Taguchi is more concerned about how he keeps getting exposed in these matches! Will the Funky Weapon be able to stay covered up better as the BOSJ continues?

 

SHO VS Robbie Eagles!

Chaos VS Chaos, High Voltage VS Sniper of the Sky! Will Sho shock Eagles out of the sky to stay undefeated in the round robin?

Fans rally at the bell and the two fist bump to show there is respect. They circle, Eagles encourages fans to get louder and they do, and then Eagles and Sho tie up. Sho waistlocks but Eagles pries free to a wristlock. Sho spins through to wrench and hammerlock then headlock to the takeover. Eagles headscissors, Sho pops out and fans cheer as the two reset. Fans rally up again as Eagles and Sho circle. They knuckle lock and Sho already wrenches to get Eagles on his knees. Eagles endures, gets up and powers up, only for Sho to wrangle him back down. Eagles tries again, breaks one lock to wrench and wrench the other. But Sho sees the up-and-around arm-drag coming and blocks it!

Sho brings Eagles up to arm-drag him away, but things speed up. Eagles dodges, ducks and sunset flips, only for Sho to stay up. Sho gets an arm, ARMBAR! Eagles gets the ropebreak, Sho lets go but he brings Eagles up to wrench the arm. Eagles pushes Sho away, wheelbarrows and victory rolls to get the legs, RON MILLER SPECIAL! Sho scrambles to get the ropebreak, and Eagles lets off on the inverted figure four. Fans rally up and Eagles stomps Sho’s legs. Eagles CHOPS then runs, but Sho kitchen sink knees him down! And KICKS Eagles in the back! Sho shakes out the leg before he covers, ONE! Fans rally as Sho wrenches Eagles’ arm again.

Sho wrenches, cording holds, then wrenches the other arm for the arm pretzel! Sho then sweeps the leg to slam Eagles down! Cover, TWO, but Sho is after the arm with a double wristlock. Eagles gets to the ropebreak and Sho lets off again. Sho drags Eagles up, wrenches his arm again and hits an ELBOW BREAKER! And another! And another! Sho aims from a corner but Eagles avoids the penalty kick to his arm! Eagles fires off forearms but Sho KICKS back! Sho spinning elbows, then scoops Eagles up. Eagles slips out to chop block and run, BLINDSIDE LARIAT! Sho bails out and fans fire up as Eagles builds speed to DIVE! Eagles hits Sho into railing and even lands on his feet out of his somersault tope! Fans fire up again and Eagles hops back over the railing to bring Sho up.

Eagles puts Sho in, covers, ONE! Eagles keeps his cool as he stomps Sho to a corner. Eagles rains down fists, but claims he’s using his forearm. Eagles brings Sho around, traps the arm and then ties up the legs. Eagles starts up a chant of “Robbie, Robbie, Robbie! OI OI OI!” but fans can only clap along. Robbie then STOMPS the deathlock! Sho scrambles to a corner, keeps the bad leg away from Eagles, but Eagles drags him to a cover, TWO! Eagles stalks Sho more, stomps the leg then steps through. Sho kicks Eagles away but Eagles kicks the leg. Eagles stomps Sho, bumps him off buckles then goes out. Fans rally, Eagles springboards but Sho dodges to come back and SPEAR Eagles down!

Fans rally up as Sho stalks up behind Eagles. Sho throws forearms on Eagles, puts him in a corner to whip him corner to corner. Sho runs in to clothesline and whip again. Eagles reverses but Sho reverses to kick, kick and KICK! Sho watches Eagles rise as fans rally up. Eagles blocks the kick! Sho denies the backpack to GERMAN but Eagles lands on his feet! Sho kicks, whips but Eagles reverses. Sho puts Eagles on the apron but Eagles counter enziguris! Springboard missile dropkick to the leg! Fans fire up as both men slowly rise. Eagles stands first and he KICKS Sho in the chest! And again! And again! Sho sits back up and Eagles runs to running enziguri!

Fans rally as Sho gets to a corner. Eagles runs in to double knee! Eagles rolls back but runs into a boot! Sho avoids the sweep-1-9 to sweep back! Sho runs and dropkicks Eagles off the apron! Eagles gets up, Sho goes to the apron but misses the Penalty Kick! Eagles sweep-1-9’s from the apron and Sho tumbles down! Eagles then cravats Sho, uses the post, and hits SLICED BREAD! Fans fire up as both men are down on the outside! Red Shoes checks but they’re both okay to continue so a ring count begins. The count reaches 5 before either man stirs, and 10 before Eagles sits up. The count keeps climbing and is 15 before Eagles and Sho are on their knees. Both men stand up and get in at 19! Fans cheer as this match continues!

Eagles crawls over to Sho as Sho sits up. Eagles throws a forearm, Sho forearms back. Eagles forearms again but Sho ROCKS him with one right back! They stand, the forearms keep flying! Eagles shakes out the cobwebs to keep hitting, and the two pick up speed. Fans rally, Eagles fires off forearms and a hammer elbow! Eagles runs to lariat but Sho stays up! Sho smirks and shakes his head so Eagles lariats again! Still not enough so Eagles tries again, only for Sho to swat the lariat away! Eagles sobats, front kicks and ROUNDHOUSES! HOOK KICKS! PELE! Fans fire up with Eagles as he aims at Sho. Sho blocks the superkick but Eagles kicks low. Eagles whips, Sho reverses but Eagles dodges to hurican-

NO! Sho blocks and swings Eagles up! Eagles fights but still can’t huricanrana! Sho brings him up again, Eagles fights back again and hits a huricanrana! Cover, TWO! Sho dead lifts Eagles into a POWER BREAKER! Sho crawls to the cover, TWO!! Eagles survives but Sho keeps his focus. Sho drags Eagles into a waistlock and dead lifts to a GERMAN! Sho holds on to GERMAN again! Sho still holds on, but Eagles resists the third! Eagles grabs ropes, Sho lets go to KICK the arms! Sho runs but Eagles boots the clothesline, then knees the other! Eagles blocks the kick, CHOPS and spins, TURBO BACKPACK! Cover, TWO!! Fans fire up as Sho survives!

Eagles takes a moment to catch his breath before going after a leg. Eagles steps through but Sho kicks and kicks back! Eagles spins and drops for the leg breaker! Eagles gives toying kicks, Sho eggs Eagles on. Eagles throws slaps but Sho throws a forearm! Eagles KICKS the leg, Sho forearms again! Sho eggs Eagles on, Eagles KICKS again but Sho stays up. Sho forearms, Eagles returns it, repeat! Eagles wobbles and Sho takes advantage with elbows from all sides! Fans rally but Eagles knees low and KICKS Sho down! Eagles hurries to the corner, fans fire up as he climbs, WARP 4.5 but Sho moves! Eagles rolls through, Sho deflects his boot to KNEE!

Sho runs, into a kick but it doesn’t slow him down!? Sho LARIATS Eagles down! Fans fire up and Eagles is in a daze as Sho takes aim. Sho Penalty Kicks the arm! And then pops him up and down into the armlock! Eagles resists, rolls Sho up, TWO! DISARMER!! Eagles endures, Sho cranks, and Eagles moves around to get a ropebreak with his foot! Sho lets go, brings Eagles in, crosses the arms, CROSSARM DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Eagles survives but Sho won’t stop here! Sho watches Eagles as fans rally up. Eagles flounders, Sho PENALTY KICKS him down! Sho aims his bow, drags Eagles up and hooks him up, SHOCK-

NO! Eagles slips out to ROUNDHOUSE, and ROUNDHOUSE, but Sho HEADBUTTS! Sho drags Eagles back up, hooks him back up, Canadian racks, but Eagles slips off! Eagles ROUNDHOUSES again, reels Sho in for a KNEE, and then drops down with him! Fans fire up as Eagles drags Sho back up. Eagles INVERTED SHIRANUI DDT’S! Sho is down, Eagles goes up, WARP 4.5!! He hits the legs! RON MILLER SPECIAL!! Sho endures the inverted figure four, fans rally, but Eagles kicks and stomps him! Sho grits his teeth and drags himself and Eagles, but Eagles cranks harder! SHO TAPS, EAGLES WINS!

Winner: Robbie Eagles, by submission; now 2-1, Sho is now 2-1

High Voltage shorted out and Eagles flies high! But Eagles shows Sho respect with a bow, that Sho returns. Will one of these two bright young stars still find a way to shine at the end of the BOSJ?

 

Hiromu Takahashi VS BUSHI!

Los Ingobernables de Japon must battle itself as the Ticking Time Bomb and Death Mask face off! These two also teamed together in the tag title round robin, but who takes the next step towards THE Junior Heavyweight Championship?

Bushi sits on his corner as Hiromu makes his entrance, and still allows Hiromu to enter in from that side, as they would for tag matches. The elaborate entrance attires are put aside, fans clap for “L I J!” as the bell, and the two stare down. Hiromu and Bushi circle, approach and tie up. They’re in a deadlock, but Hiromu manages to get up and under to put Bushi on ropes. Red Shoes counts, Hiromu lets off but tries to chop! Bushi dodges, whips but Hiromu reverses, only for Bushi to huricanrana Hiromu out! Bushi builds speed but Hiromu drops down, so Bushi rolls back to lounge on the mat. Fans cheer as Bushi dares Hiromu to come back.

Hiromu dodges Bushi and kicks low to then whip. Bushi reverses but Hiromu shotgun dropkicks him out! Fans rally and now Hiromu builds speed, but Bushi gets away so Hiromu sits down. Hiromu dares Bushi to come back now and Bushi applauds that. Bushi gets in, Hiromu stomps him down, then drags Bushi up to CHOP! Bushi CHOPS, Hiromu CHOPS, repeat! Hiromu likes how it’s going and the CHOP fight continues! Hiromu CHOPS and CHOPS, and asks Bushi what’s wrong. Bushi shoves and CHOPS, and they fire off more CHOPS! Fans rally as the CHOPS keep flying! Hiromu gets the edge again but Bushi dropkicks the leg! Bushi runs but Hiromu clotheslines! Hiromu runs but Bushi dropkicks the leg again!

Hiromu goes out, Bushi slingshots to RANA! Fans fire up as both men are down! Bushi gets up first and stomps Hiromu down. Bushi drags Hiromu up and whips him to railing! Hiromu falls over and a ring count starts. Fans rally as Bushi drags Hiromu up at 7. Bushi whips Hiromu into more railing at 10! Hiromu falls over, Bushi walks back over and stomps him at 14. The count is 15, Bushi gets in but Hiromu hobbles up. Hiromu is in at 18, and fans cheer. Bushi paces as the clap is still “L I J!” Bushi drags Hiromu up to bump him off buckles and stomp him down. Bushi takes his shirt off to choke Hiromu with it! Red Shoes counts, Bushi stops at 3, and Hiromu gets to a corner.

Hiromu hits back but Bushi clubs and stomps him down. Bushi drags Hiromu up again, hangs him out to dry on ropes, then goes to the corner for the missile dropkick! Hiromu tumbles down, Bushi covers, ONE! Bushi keeps his cool and fans rally up more. Bushi drags Hiromu up, turns him and hits a neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Bushi again keeps his cool and stomps Hiromu down. Bushi puts Hiromu in an STF! Fans rally, Hiromu endures but Bushi cranks back on the hold. Hiromu drags himself and Bushi over, to get the ropebreak! Red Shoes counts, Bushi lets go at 4, and fans rally up again. Bushi drags Hiromu back up, scoops and slams him down then covers, TWO!

Bushi brings Hiromu back up but Hiromu CHOPS! Bushi doesn’t flinch and he eggs Hiromu on. Hiromu CHOPS more, and more, but Bushi knees low. Bushi back suplexes high and hard! Cover, TWO! Hiromu is still in this but Bushi stomps him down. Bushi paces, drags Hiromu up and bumps him off buckles. Bushi CHOPS and CHOPS Hiromu now, then whips him corner to corner. Hiromu tumbles, dodges Bushi, and comes back but into a boot! Bushi runs, Hiromu follows and cross chops Bushi down! Cover, TWO! Fans rally as Hiromu CHOPS and whips Bushi to forearm him, throw him on the rope, then kick the rope! Bushi staggers, Hiromu runs and shotgun dropkicks him out again!

Fans rally as Hiromu rises. Hiromu goes to the apron and wants Bushi to stand. Bushi slowly stands, Hiromu runs and shotgun dropkicks him into railing! Fans rally more and Hiromu gets up. Hiromu drags Bushi up and into the ring, then drags him up to suplex for the FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO! Hiromu keeps his cool while Bushi goes to a corner. Fans rally, Hiromu wants Bushi to stand, and Hiromu runs in to corner clothesline! Hiromu whips corner to corner, but Bushi boots him away! Bushi slips out to swing kick! Bushi climbs up and leaps to missile dropkick! Bushi hits the Bushirooni and fans fire up!

Bushi drags Hiromu back up, but Hiromu slips out of the fisherman! Bushi deflects the superkick but Hiromu ducks the enziguri! Hiromu waistlocks but Bushi elbows out. Hiromu spins Bushi and suplexes. Bushi slips out and waistlocks but ducks the elbow again. Bushi dodges a clothesline to spin Hiromu into a DDT! Fans cheer the exchange while both men are down! Fans rally up now and Bushi goes to a corner. Bushi aims as Hiromu rises, and he runs in, but the code breaker is blocked! Hiromu fireman’s carries but Bushi slips off! Bushi runs, Hiromu follows, Bushi dodges but Hiromu POP-UP BOMBS! But Hiromu can’t hold the cover!

Fans rally up again as Hiromu stands first. Hiromu drags Bushi up, fireman’s carries, DYNAMITE PLUNGER! Cover, TWO! Bushi survives but Hiromu keeps his focus. Hiromu fires up and drags Bushi into the fireman’s carry. Bushi slips out to send Hiromu into a corner! Bushi puts Hiromu in the ropes for a DRAPING BACKSTABBER! Bushi goes to a corner and aims at Hiromu, CODE BREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Hiromu survives but Bushi is too tired to be upset. Bushi gets up, goes to a corner and climbs. Hiromu rises, Bushi leaps, but Hiromu blocks MX to fireman’s carry again. Bushi gets out to the apron but Hiromu SUPERKICKS him down! Fans rally up again and Hiromu stands.

Hiromu watches Bushi rise, he builds speed but Bushi forearms him first! Bushi drags Hiromu throw ropes, DRAPING DDT to the apron! Hiromu tumbles out to the floor and fans fire up again. Bushi goes in, builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit into the railing but both men are down! Bushi fires up as he rises and fans fire up with him. Bushi puts Hiromu in, goes to a corner and climbs up again. Bushi aims as Hiromu rises, and leaps, into Hiromu’s CODE BREAKER! Both men are down again but fans rally up! Hiromu and Bushi stir, but Hiromu gets up first. Hiromu drags Bushi up, fireman’s carries, and runs but Bushi slips out to backslide! ONE and they turn over! Hiromu spins Bushi, rolling fireman’s carry and Hiromu fires up to CORNER DEATH VALLEY!

But Hiromu keeps hold of Bushi to bring him back up! Bushi slips off to backslide again! Hiromu rolls off but Bushi dropkicks the leg out! LA MAGISTROL, TWO!! Hiromu escapes and both men flounder up. Bushi hits another BACKSTABBER! But Hiromu fires up, only to turn into a CODE BREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Hiromu survives again and fans are thunderous! Bushi gets up, goes back to a corner and climbs up again. Hiromu rises, Bushi leaps, MX!! Cover, TWO!?!? Hiromu survives and Bushi can’t believe it! Bushi is furious but he gets back up. Bushi goes back to a corner, and goes up top! Hiromu rises again, SUPER M- NO! Hiromu gets clear, and OVERHEAD suplexes into the buckles!

Both men are down, fans are still thunderous! Bushi crawls over to Hiromu and drags him up. Hiromu pushes him away but throws a weak forearm. Bushi eggs Hiromu on and throws a forearm of his own. Hiromu hits back, fans rally up and Bushi hits back. Bushi and Hiromu slowly stand but the forearms keep flying back and forth! Hiromu, Bushi, repeat, until Hiromu wobbles! Bushi keeps Hiromu from falling, stands him up to fire off a series of forearms, but then Hiromu SUPERKICKS! Bushi ENZIGURIS! Hiromu SUPERKICKS again! Hiromu runs, and LARIATS! Fans fire up and Hiromu drags Bushi up, for the VICTORIA! Cover, TWO!!

Bushi survives but Hiromu is too tired to be upset! Fans rally up and Hiromu fires up! Hiromu drags Bushi up, reels him in for the inverted suplex but Bushi slips out! BACKSLIDE AND BRIDGE! TWO!! Hiromu escapes, fires up and LARIATS! But Bushi rises! Only to flounder to a corner! Hiromu runs in and shotgun dropkicks Bushi into ropes! Bushi is stuck but Hiromu keeps on him as fans fire up. Hiromu drags Bushi back in, fireman’s carries and CORNER DEATH VALLEYS! He again hauls Bushi up, for the RUNNING DEATH VALLEY! Hiromu fires up once more as he brings Bushi back up. Another fireman’s carry, for TIME BOMB!! Cover, Hiromu wins!

Winner: Hiromu Takahashi, by pinfall; now 2-1, Bushi is now 1-2

The battle of LIJ Juniors has been won by the Time Bomb! It took a lot out of both men, will Bushi still be able to recover in the round robin? Bushi sticks around as Hiromu gets the mic and the fans clap for “L I J!” “Bushi, I’m so happy we’re on a team. I’m so happy we’re partners. Thank you.” He’s not saying this just because he won. He has this opportunity now, and he’s always wanted to tell Bushi that. Fans clap again as Bushi and Hiromu give the LIJ fist bump.

“There’s something I haven’t said to you guys yet. For all of you watching this, there’s something I haven’t said yet…” Hiromu says the Best of the Super Juniors 27 is still going to be won by him! Fans clap for that, and Hiromu says to “you, and you, and you, and you,” and even those at home, we are witness to his prophecy. Hiromu will make the next seven rounds “more, more, more, more, MORE, MORE, MORE FUN for everyone!” Fans love that idea! But will Hiromu really be able to win it all, even after having outdone his on comrade?

 

Here are the NEW Best of the Super Juniors 27 standings!

Ryusuke Taguchi: 2-1
El Desperado: 2-1
Hiromu Takahashi: 2-1
Taiji Ishimori: 2-1
Robbie Eagles: 2-1
Master Wato: 2-1
SHO: 2-1
BUSHI: 1-2
DOUKI: 0-3
Yuya Uemura: 0-3


My Thoughts:

A really good next part to Best of the Super Juniors, with quite a lot of parallels to World Tag League. There are a LOT of guys at 2-1, but plenty of tiebreakers among them, part of why I listed them the way I have. Taguchi won in a really good match against Wato, and his win over Desperado is the reason he leads the block. Desperado made Uemura look great, but of course the established name beats the Young Lion. Hiromu VS Bushi was a spectacular main event, and there’s still much respect between the LIJ members, and now Hiromu is third place. Ishimori VS Douki was a pretty good Heel VS Heel but, again, it was the champion VS Douki. Douki VS Uemura is going to be interesting, I wonder if that is the one match the Young Lion wins.

Sho VS Eagles was a great match, definitely worthy of being the penultimate match of the night because it was that good. Sho is no longer undefeated, but that makes the block hard to predict now, which is the fun of it. I almost thought, given Eagles’ history with Will Ospreay, he was going to suddenly reveal he was joining The Empire. But it’s fine that he stays Face, maybe Eagles will get a moment to confront Ospreay. Maybe Eagles still turns and joins Ospreay in the end, but that will have to wait to be seen.

My Score: 8.9/10


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Mitchell’s NJPW Royal Quest II Results & Report! (10/1/22)

NJPW returns to the UK!

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NJPW + FTR + UK = A classic in the making!

NJPW returns to the UK, and FTR is coming with them! Cash & Dax defend the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships against the NJPW Strong Tag Team Champions, Aussie Open!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Gabriel Kidd VS Dan Moloney; wins.
  • Great-O-Khan & Gideon Gray VS Michael Oku & Ricky Knight Jr; win.
  • Kanji & Jazzy Gabbert VS Alex Windsor & Ava White; win.
  • Six Man Tag: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS Suzuki-Gun; wins.
  • Kazuchika Okada & Tomohiro Ishii VS JONAH & Bad Dude Tito; win.
  • 8 Man Tag: Hiroshi Tanahashi, Tama Tonga, Hikuleo & Jado VS Bullet Club; win(s).
  • IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships: FTR VS Aussie Open; wins and
  • Will Ospreay VS Shota Umino; wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

[NJPW has scheduled Royal Quest II for “On Demand,” coverage will begin when video is available]

 

IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships: FTR VS Aussie Open; wins and

This one has been a long time coming! Music City Mayhem saw the United Empire win a Six Man Tag, but they pinned Alex Zayne. Can Kyle Fletcher & Mark Davis beat Cash Wheeler & Dax Harwood 2v2? Or will the #ForeverTripleReign continue for the joint ROH, AAA & IWGP Tag Team Champions?

 

 

Will Ospreay VS Shota Umino

Speaking of title fights, The Commonwealth Kingpin just retained his IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship against David Finlay, only to find Tetsuya Naito AND Zack Sabre Jr. are after him! Will Ospreay be able to keep his focus tonight? Or will #SHOOTER hit a bull’s eye and add himself to that title picture?

 


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Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (9/30/22)

The Acclaimed are on a Rampage!

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Everyone LOVES the NEW AEW World Tag Team Champions, The Acclaimed! Except for the Andrade Family Office! Will Max Caster & Anthony Bowens lose their titles after just getting them?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • AEW World Tag Team Championships Triple Threat: The Acclaimed VS Private Party VS The Butcher & The Blade; The Acclaimed win and retain the titles.
  • Lee Moriarty w/ The Firm VS Fuego Del Sol; Moriarty wins.
  • Jamie Hayter w/ Britt Baker & Rebel VS Willow Nightingale; Hayter wins.
  • Rush w/ Jose the Assistant VS John Silver w/ Alex Reynolds; Rush wins.

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AEW World Tag Team Championships Triple Threat: The Acclaimed VS Private Party VS The Butcher & The Blade!

The Open Challenge was answered in a big, BIG way! Max Caster & Anthony Bowens aren’t just facing one team, but TWO teams, both under the Andrade Family Office. Will Marq Quen, Isiah Kassidy and the menacing mercenaries make El Idolo proud? Or will it be a Mic Drop from the #ForeverChampions?

Justin Roberts makes the introductions before The Acclaimed make their entrance. “Yo! Listen! Listen! Yo! Yo! Everybody loves the new champions. Even Adam Lavine was in our DMs! Philly knows Private Party sucks! Y’all need to hop off Matt Hardy’s nuts. Tonight, yo, our hands go up. Y’all’re losers, and that’s why your band broke up. Y’know Acclaimed been winning. We run your who team into the ground like Ben Simmons!” Bowens takes over to say, “PHILADELPHIAAAA~! The Acclaimed have arrived! SCISSOR ME, DADDY ASS!” And they do! But will Platinum Max & the Five Tool Player stay golden with the odds stacked against them?

In this kind of Triple Threat Tag, only two teams are active at any time, so Bowens steps up against Kassidy. The fans sing “OH~ Scissor Me, Daddy~!” for The Acclaimed. Matt Hardy is watching backstage, quietly cheering on Private Party. Bowens and Kassidy circle, tie up, and Bowens wrenches an arm. Kassidy rolls, kips up, wrenches back, and has a wristlock. Bowens slips through, wrenches back to a hammerlock, spin and snapmare to a ghost pin, TWO! Kassidy gets a backslide, TWO! Bowens runs in but Kassidy sweeps the legs to a cover, ONE! Bowens returns the favor, ONE as Kassidy goes Matrix! But Bowens schoolboys, TWO!

Things speed up, Kassidy RANAS Bowens, and fans are torn while Kassidy talks trash. But Butcher & Blade tell Kassidy to focus and he rushes Bowens, only for Bowens to ELBOW, JAB, CHOP and SUPERK- NO, Kassidy goes Matrix again! Bowens says it was that close. Kassidy offers a handshake, Bowens shakes hands to show respect, but then Butcher & Blade reach out for a tag. Kassidy says no way, homies. He swings on Bowens but Bowens gets around and puts him in the Acclaimed corner! Caster tags in, Bowens feeds Kassidy to a takedown. Caster then shifts to get a leg, he stomps it, and he makes scissor fingers.

Caster drags Kassidy up, ducks his haymaker to CHOP and DROPKICK! Fans fire up and Caster SCISSORS Billy! Caster brings Kassidy up to a headlock but Kassidy powers out. Bowens sneaks a tag, Caster sunsets and Bowens runs in, NECKBREAKER BACKBREAKER COMBO! Fans fire up, Quen runs in but Caster tackles him. Bowens goes up top and Caster drags Quen over. Bowens says it’s scissor time! SCISSOR LEG DROP! Fans fire up while Private Party regroups. But then Butcher & Blade attack! The ref reprimands but they don’t care, they’ve had it with the champs! Blade stomps Bowens, Butcher stomps Cater, then they drag Kassidy over to their corner.

Blade tags in, he drags Kassidy up but Kassidy fires off hands! Blade knees low, he whips Kassidy to the ropes but Quen is there for some SILLY STRING- NO, Blade SHOVES Kassidy down to the floor! And Butcher BLASTS Quen for good measure! But Bowens fires off on them both! Haymakers and CHOPS back and forth, but he runs into a DOUBLE HEADBUTT! Butcher DECKS Caster while fans boo and Billy protests. The mercs mug Bowens while AEW goes picture in picture.

Blade digs his boot in, tags Butcher, and Butcher digs a knee in. The ref counts, Butcher lets off, but he drags Bowens up to CHOP! Bowens staggers away but Butcher stays on him. Cover, TWO! Butcher knees Bowens in the back, tags Blade, but Bowens fights back again. Blade CLAWS Bowens’ eyes! The ref reprimands but Blade whips Bowens to ropes to LARIAT! Blade mocks the scissor fingers, and he SLAMS Bowens’ arm down. Blade taunts Caster then goes back to Bowens. Bowens kicks from below! And fires off haymakers! Blade rakes Bowens’ eyes again! Blade drags Bowens up, reels him in, and snap suplexes! Cover, TWO!

Blade is annoyed but he drags Bowens up again. Rampage returns to single picture as fans rally. Bowens endures a chinlock but he fights his way up. Bowens throws body shots, runs, but Blade hits a POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO! Blade drags Bowens up, scoops him, and he carries him over to tag Butcher. The mercs combine for a LEG DROP SIDEWALK SLAM! Cover, TWO! Bowens is still in this and Hardy tries to will Private Party back into this match. Butcher bumps Bowens off buckles, tags Blade, and Blade brings Bowens around. Bowens throws more body shots and forearms, but Blade ROCKS Bowens!

Blade runs, but Bowens ELBOWS, JABS, CHOPS, and SUPERKICKS! The Five Tool Combo finishes and Bowens crawls for his corner! But Butcher CLOBBERS Caster first! Bowens dodges Butcher, BOOTS him away, but Caster is down! Bowens ELBOWS Butcher, runs in, but into a back drop! So Quen tags in! Quen GAMANGIRIS Butcher, springboards and CROSSBODIES Blade! Butcher runs in, Quen ducks to go up and up and QUEBRADA! Direct hit on Butcher! Blade pops Quen up but Quen DROPKICKS! Quen kips up and tags Kassidy! Private Party double whips Blade to a corner, Kassidy hurries to triangle jump STUNNER Butcher!

Quen sets up, Kassidy runs in, PARTY IN MOTION! Quen FLIES onto Butcher! Kassidy then feeds Blade to Quen and Kassidy goes up top! HUMAN HIGHLIGHT REEL!! Cover, Caster breaks it! Fans cheer as The Acclaimed are still in this but Hardy is stressed. Quen rushes Caster but Caster back drops him up and out! But Butcher CLOBBERS Caster! Kassidy runs in, but into a fireman’s carry, TOSS to a GUTBUSTER! And then a gut wrench POWERBOMB! Cover, Bowens breaks it! Butcher tosses Bowens out now and the mercs drag Kassidy up. They double whip, Kassidy slips around and shoves them into each other!

Butcher falls out, Kassidy sends Blades out then takes aim. Bowens sneaks a tag as Kassidy springboards to PLANCHA! Down go the mercs! Caster climbs up now, to SUPER CROSSBODY everyone!! Fans are thunderous as Caster puts Blade in! Bowens fires up, THE ARRIVAL! The MIC DROP!! Cover, The Acclaimed win!!

Winners: The Acclaimed, by pinfall (still AEW World Tag Team Champions)

A massive first defense for Caster & Bowens, and they come away the champions! And they SCISSOR~! Will this victory only make the celebration on National Scissors Day that much bigger?

 

Backstage interview with The Firm.

Lexi Nair is trying to get a word with Stokely Hathaway and the Gunn Sons, Austin & Colten. They are talking among themselves but she speaks up. Austin & Colten had some “harsh words” for FTR last week. Oh, you mean Mr. Mustache and Mullet Man? Well, since the Gunn Sons get TV time and they don’t, Colten & Austin will gladly things. Austin wants to know how FTR holds the “Ring of Horror” tag titles- No, the Ring of Honor tag titles. Oh, right. Well, they also have the “Triple A Batteries” titles. No, no, Triple A. And the IWGP R2D2 titles. It’s just IWGP. But speaking of those, FTR is currently in London to defend those.

“Well, regardless,” Colten says, “they don’t have what we want, and that’s the AEW titles.” Austin says that’s right. Also, FTR has been holding on to their #1 contenders status for like eight years now and have yet to make moves! So the Gunns will make the move everyone else in AEW does, and that’s leap frog FTR to go right for the champs! Top Gunns, out! Will Austin & Colten’s need for speed get them to the top? Or will they crash ‘n’ burn against The Acclaimed?

 

Backstage interview with Jade Cargill & The Baddies.

Lexi Nair says that was an incredible win last week at Rampage: Grand Slam, where even hip hop legend, Trina, anointed Jade as the NEW “Baddest B*tch.” Jade knows that, “Lindsey.” But that’s besides the point. “All you whack ass, fat ass-” Leila Grey says Jade should chill out, but Jade says she’s gonna say what she wants! She’s so bored because AEW hasn’t brought her any kind of competition. But then Nyla Rose, Marina Shafir & Vickie Guerrero walk in. Vickie reminds Jade that the last time she faced Nyla, Jade won but didn’t pin her. That doesn’t matter! Jade beat Nyla! And Marina, too! Vickie has the Problem Solver stand down and Nyla speaks up.

“What’s the matter, Jade? I’m not one of your precious little numbers? Scared of a little one-on-one?” Oh, one on one? Okay, Jade will give Nyla what she wants, but on Jade’s time. Now get outta her face! Vickie takes off her scarf and throws it at Leila, telling her to cover herself up. The Vicious Vixens head out, and the Baddies wonder what’s wrong with how Leila’s dressed. Will the Native Beast be the one that finally ends the undefeated streak?

 

Lee Moriarty w/ The Firm VS Fuego Del Sol!

Someone else with title aspirations is #TAIGASTYLE, who ditched Matt Sydal to join Maxwell Jacob Friedman’s faction on retainer. Moriarty wants the ROH Pure Championship around Daniel Garcia’s waist, but will he stomp out the Fire of the Sun first?

The bell rings and fans rally up. The two tie up, Moriarty headlocks and grinds then shifts to a cravat. Fuego endures but Moriarty pushes him down. Fuego keeps himself up, but Moriarty sweeps the arms to then roll Fuego into a snapmare cradle, TWO! Fuego gets up into a CHOP, headbutt and EuroUpper! Moriarty grins, he wrenches Fuego and whips, but Fuego reverses to mule kick! Fuego runs, handsprings over Moriarty’s dropdown, but Moriarty DROPKICKS Fuego down! Moriarty grins again while fans boo. Moriarty stomps Fuego at the ropes again and again until the ref counts. Moriarty lets off, to then stomp away again!

The ref counts, Moriarty lets off and Fuego goes to a corner. Moriarty runs in in to SHINING WIZARD! Moriarty reels Fuego into an arm-trap SAIDO SUPLEX! Moriarty mockingly applauds at the fans, then he looms over Fuego. Fans rally, Moriarty wrenches and hooks Fuego up, for a FACEBUSTER! Stokely likes what he sees as Moriarty clamps on the BORDER CITY STRETCH! Fuego taps, Moriarty wins!

Winner: Lee Moriarty, by submission

The fans boo as Moriarty holds on past the bell, and Moriarty lets go when Fuego stops tapping! Moriarty says this is HIS time, but Fuego’s not done suffering! Morrissey clamps on a claw and deadlifts Fuego by his head! And then holds him up with one arm! For a SKYSCRAPER CHOKE SLAM!!! Fuego just fell from the sky, will The Firm dominate AEW sooner rather than later?

 

Backstage interview with Hangman Page & The Dark Order.

Lexi Nair stands with The Cowboy, as well as Evil Uno & Preston Vance. She notes that last week on Rampage, Hangman won the Grand Slam Golden Ticket Battle Royal and is now headed to Cincinnati and an AEW World Championship match with Jon Moxley. Hangman says his match with Mox is just a few weeks away, and this is one Hangman has been looking forward to for a very long time. Uno says that everyone will be in Hangman’s corner for this. But wait, here come Andrade and Jose. Jose points out that if you look back, look what happened when Vance got eliminated. Jose uses his tablet to play the footage on the TV.

Jay Lethal triangle jumps, aiming for Hangman, but Hangman ducks and Vance takes the hit. Jose says it’s Hangman who eliminated Vance! Uno says that’s ridiculous logic. Andrade says he just wants to help Vance. This week is a big opportunity for Vance. What does Vance say to a 1v1? If Andrade wins, Vance gives up his mask. Deal? Vance shakes hands, but then he then pulls Andrade in. Vance has his own condition: If Vance beats Andrade, Andrade leaves AEW for good! High stakes between Number Ten and El Idolo, who wins for the Dynamite Anniversary?

But wait, the Firm walks in now? Stokely says they haven’t been snitching cuz they don’t like snitches, but… Jose says if Stokely wants to speak with El Idolo, he has to go through Jose. Oh, so Jose’s the boss? Ethan Page thought the boss was Andrade. And if he is, then maybe pay a little more attention to them. Be more firm with Private Party. Because Ethan knows there’s some “contract tampering” with their new-old friend, Matt Hardy. Stokely says that’s a bit messy. Andrade asks Jose what that’s about, and Jose does admit Hardy’s sniffing around. Will El Idolo crash the #HardyParty before it begins?

 

Jamie Hayter w/ Britt Baker & Rebel VS Willow Nightingale!

These two got into it during the Lumberjack match on Dynamite, and now they’ll settle things here on Rampage! Is Hayter gonna hate on the ever energetic Willow? Or will Willow show everyone how to deal with a Hayter?

The bell rings and Hayter rushes Willow, but Willow dodges and hits a THESZ PRESS! Fast hands, but Hayter returns those! Willow gets back on top to rain down HEADBUTT after HEADBUTT! Fans fire up with Willow, and she waistlocks Hayter. Hayter switches, Willow switches, but Hayter stomps a foot. Hayter elbows Willow, runs and RAMS shoulders, but Willow stays up! Willow shakes her head and Hayter is annoyed. Hayter runs, she RAMS Willow again, but Willow stays up to flex! Fans rally for both Hayter and Willow, Hayter runs again but Willow follows to run her over!

Fans fire up, Willow scoops and SLAMS Hayter, for a SENTON! Willow sits Hayter up to run and BASEMENT CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up and Willow drags Hayter up. FISHERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Not quite perfect and Hayter survives. But Willow powers up, runs and CHOPS! Fans “WOO~!” while Hayter goes to another corner. Willow runs in to CHOP again! Britt protests, the ref does count, and Willow whips. Hayter reverses, only for Willow to handspring through! But Hayter BOOTS Willow down! Rebel & Britt are happy now and Hayter HIP TOSSES Willow to a corner. Willow sits up, for the METEORA!

Hayter lets the ref check Willow while fans rally and duel. Rampage goes picture in picture as Britt talks trash on Willow. Willow swipes at her but Hayter drags Willow away. Hayter snap suplexes, covers, ONE! Hayter clamps on a chinlock and she leans on Willow. Willow endures, but Hayter thrashes her around! Hayter wrangles Willow but Willow fights up. Willow throws body shots, but Hayter throws her down by her hair! The ref reprimands but Hayter soaks up the heat. Hayter stomps Willow around, then drags her up to CLUB back down. Willow goes to ropes and Hayter storms over, but into a back elbow.

Hayter CLUBS Willow again and Willow goes to the corner. Hayter mocks the fans rallying up, then she brings Willow around to bump off buckles. And again! Britt likes what she sees but the ref reprimands. Hayter “apologizes” but it’s just a distraction so Britt can pull Willow’s foot against the crossbar! Willow gets free but Hayter storms up again. Hayter pulls Willow’s hair to grind her head into the ropes! The ref reprimands, Hayter lets off and she whips Willow corner to corner hard! Willow bounces off buckles and hits the mat, but Hayter digs her knee into Willow’s face. The ref reprimands, Willow pushes Hayter but Hayter CLUBS her down.

Hayter stands on Willow’s back to use her like a skateboard! Willow shakes Hayter off but then Hayter straddles Willow to CLUB away on her! Hayter drags Willow up to UPPERCUT against ropes. And CHOP! Hayter has control as Rampage goes to break.

Rampage returns, and Willow fireman’s carries Hayter! Hayter flails to get free, and she ripcords. Willow ducks the Hate Maker but Hayter elbows Willow away. Hayter then hits an IRISH CURSE BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Willow survives and fans fire up! Rebel and Britt are worried, but Hayter drags Willow up. Hayter CLUBS and ROCKS Willow, then gut wrenches. Willow slips off, shoves and POUNCES!! Hayter ends up flopping out of the ring! Britt is there to check Hayter and then claims that is cheating! But fans fire up with Willow and she brings down the straps! Willow goes out after Hayter and puts her in the ring.

Britt & Rebel are creeping, but Willow’s glare scares them away! Willow gets in the ring but Hayter stomps away on her! Hayter tells the booing fans to shut it, and then she drags Willow up. Hayter EuroUppers, then whips Willow. Willow reverses, fireman’s carries, and hits a DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Hayter survives and Britt breathes easy. Willow stays positive and she goes up a corner. Fans fire up, but Hayter has the ref check her so that Britt can anchor Willow! Willow CLUBS Britt away but Hayter waistlocks! HIGH ANGLE GERMAN! Hayter holds on, ripcords, HATE MAKER!! Cover, Hayter wins!

Winner: Jamie Hayter, by pinfall

Hayter flexes but give a big assist to Britt Baker, DMD. With their friendship stronger than ever, will Hayter & Baker take over AEW?

 

Wardlow and Samoa Joe speak.

The AEW TNT Champion says, “Together, the power, and the mayhem, and the chaos is limitless.” The ROH World Television Champion says, “What stands before you is WARDJOE! It is a creed and it is a call, to all that battle, to all who seek to stand before all, that all will fall, and all who think they’re ready for what we will do… will be left wanting.” Will there be no stopping this Two TITAN Power Trip?

 

Ryan Nemeth is in the ring.

The Hollywood Hunk introduces himself, and he wants to set things straight. First off, Rocky Balboa is not real! Secondly, Ben Franklin was nothing but a two-pump chump who moved here to DIE. He will give Philly credit, they do have a long-standing wrestling tradition. What was it again? Extremely Crappy Wrestling? Is that what it was? Wait! Here comes HOOK! We were expecting to see the FTW Champion, and now he has even more of a reason to show up with someone talking crap on ECW. Hook gets in the ring to CLOBBER Nemeth! And then he drags Nemeth up to bump him off buckles, and then SAYANAGI with authority!

Hook then sits Nemeth up to give him CLUBBING crossface forearms! Nemeth is a ragdoll as it is but Hook puts on REDRUM!! Nemeth taps fast but passes out just as quickly! The Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil just showed everyone you do NOT insult Extreme Championship Wrestling with him around. But wait, as Hook heads up the ramp, The Trustbusters walk out. Ari Daivari has Sonny Kiss and “Jeeves Kay” (AKA VSK) with him. And Jeeves, being the butler, has an invitation for Hook on a silver platter. Jeeves leaves it on the ground for Hook and the Trust Busters leave. Hook snatches up the letter and takes his leave, what is Daivari Dinero planning now?

 

AEW shares footage of Swerve’s visit to Rolling Loud NYC.

As Keith Lee let us know last Wednesday, Swerve had this prior engagement to attend, hence the champs defending against other teams. But despite the good time Swerve had with the hip hop and rap stars of today, he is still furious about that loss at Grand Slam. Will Swerve look to be the rock that smashes National Scissors Day this Wednesday?

 

AEW looks at Jon Moxley VS Hangman Page.

The Blue Eyed Battler says, “I remember this building. I remember Hangman Page.” That is to say, it was last year’s Dynamite Anniversary that these two did battle in the Casino Ladder Match. “They say he’s the future of AEW. Okay. I’m the present. I am the here and now.” The Cowboy says, “So I’ve won the Golden Ticket Battle Royal on Rampage and I am the #1 contender to the AEW World Championship.” Moxley says, “Cowboy Sh*t, right? Yeah, we’ll see.”

Hangman says, “The one thing that I need almost as much as the AEW World Championship, is the people. The people have always been behind me, they light a fire under me. They keep me going.” The cameraman hates to break this to Hangman, but their title match is in Cincy. “Aw, sh*t.” The Cowboy knows he’ll be walking in as the enemy, but will he find away around homefield advantage? Or will this title stay with the Blackpool Combat Club?

 

Mark Henry talks with tonight’s main eventers.

The World’s Strongest Man says to the Dark Order that LFI, La Faccion Ingobernables has been trying to poach Vance from them. How do they feel about that? And what is their course of action tonight? Silver says that honestly, LFI’s little man crush on Ten is starting to come off a little bit creepy. Alex Reynolds says that all this stuff, this poaching attempt, will not affect The Dark Order. They’re a real family, and they are one. And because of that, “Mr. Rush,” tonight the Meat Man beats you! Andrade says okay, “piqueno,” calm down. Tonight, LFI shows everyone who they are. They are winners! The Dark Order doesn’t deserve Ten!

Jose points out that Silver can’t ignore that Rush eliminated him from the Battle Royal. Rush tells the “little boy” that all this talk is too much. He’s not here to talk. Rush is here to fight! He’ll see you in the ring, perro! Andrade has Rush tranquilo and Mark Henry says it looks like there’s been enough talk. It’s time for the main event! Will Johnny Hungy prove LFI doesn’t win everything? Or will El Toro Blanco bulldoze through Silver to further damage the Dark Order?

 

BREAKING NEWS for Battle of the Belts 4!

After the controversial way The Bastard retained the title against Orange Cassidy, he must now defend the All-Atlantic Championship against Trent Beretta! And speaking of which, we hear from #JustTrent!

“Something my mom always told me growing up, ‘You never hit a man in the head with a hammer.’ Pac, you broke one of Sue’s rules. Orange, he’s not here. He’s hurt right now. And when you hurt one of our friends, we hurt you.” But legally, cuz they’re good boys. So in DC, Bastard, Trent’s gonna hurt you. “Hands in, boys.” Chuck Taylor, Danhausen and Rocky Romero put their hands in with Trent, this one’s for Orange!

 

Rush w/ Jose the Assistant VS John Silver w/ Alex Reynolds!

LFI wants to grow stronger by making the Dark Order weaker, and while Andrade takes on Vance in a Mask VS AEW Career match, this one is straight up about pride and machismo! Will Rush fire the first salvo in this faction warfare? Or will the Meat Man make ground beef outta El Toro Blanco?

The bell rings and fans rally up. Silver and Rush approach, and Philly cheers for “JOHNNY HUNGY!” Rush shoves Silver but Silver headlocks back. Rush throws hands, powers out, and runs Silver over. Rush stomps away, flexes to mock Silver, then runs. Silver stays low then hurdles to drop again. Rush leaps over, they both run, and Silver UPPERCUTS Rush out of the ring! Fans fire up as Silver flexes now. LFI regroups but Silver builds speed, only to roll and copy Tranquilo! LFI is furious now, and Andrade wants Rush to end Silver! Rush gets in, and he DECKS Silver with that right! Silver sits up in a daze, Rush stomps him back down.

Rush pretends to take something from Silver’s head, either a mask or his actual head, and he “punts” it into the crowd! The kick is good, and Rush goes back to Silver. Rush CHOPS Silver in a corner, CHOPS again, then whips corner to corner. Rush clotheslines then whips again to clothesline the other corner. Rush snapmares and basement dropkicks! Fans boo as Rush kips up to mock the #JoinDarkOrder hand. Silver goes to the apron and Reynolds checks on him, but Rush goes out to drag Silver of and whip him into railing! Rush then brings Silver around to throw hands, and he whips Silver into more railing!

Fans boo but Silver CHOPS and ROCKS Rush! Rush CHOPS back! Rush grabs camera cables but the ref reprimands. Rush snarls but he kicks Silver around. Rush puts Silver in the ring, tells everyone to tranquilo, but fans boo. Rush grits his teeth and gets in, he blocks a kick and he DECKS Silver again. Rush then stomps away on Silver in the corner! Rush runs corner to corner, only to stop short and BOOT Silver instead! Fans boo while Rush Tranquilos, and Rampage goes picture in picture.

Rush soaks up the heat, drags Silver up, but Silver throws hands. Rush HEADBUTTS Silver, then throws him out! It kinda catches Andrade by surprise, he was watching the crowd. Rush distracts the ref, and Andrade stomps Silver down! Andrade gets away and Rush soaks up more heat. Andrade mocks Silver, dares him to get up, and the ring count climbs. Silver drags himself up but Rush goes out after him, to SMACK him off the timekeeper’s table! And again! Then he CHOPS Silver onto the table! Silver gets up but Rush is after him again, to RAM him into the railing. Rush takes a water bottle to pour it out on his head, he’s getting hot in Philly.

Silver CHOPS back! And ROCKS Rush! Rush pulls Silver’s beard but Silver ROCKS him again. Rush grabs a trash bin and SMASHES Silver with it! Trash goes flying and Silver sputters. Rush stalks Silver back to the ring. The ref reprimands but Rush just shrugs it off. Silver CHOPS! Rush eggs Silver on so Silver CHOPS! Rush SLAPS Silver, then CHOPS him down! Silver sputters again but Rush kicks him around. Rush drags Silver onto the ropes to CHOKE him! The ref reprimands, Rush lets off at 4, and he argues with the ref. Rush drags Silver from ropes to say this is over. Rush goes up the corner, fans rally up, and Rush SUPER SENTONS but FLOPS!

Silver avoids disaster while Rush writhes! A standing count starts, Reynolds rallies the fans up for Silver, and Rampage returns to single picture as the Meat Man rises! Silver runs in to SPLASH Rush! Silver runs but Rush follows to SPLASH! Rush runs corner to corner but Silver follows to SPLASH again! Silver runs, but he suckers Rush in for a GERMAN SUPLEX! Rush gets up, swings, but into another GERMAN SUPLEX! Fans fire up with Silver as he has a wild look in his eye! Silver drags Rush up, whips him to ropes but Rush reverses, only to jump into a POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Rush survives and Silver is seething!

The standing count is back while Rush is down but fans rally. Silver stands, snarls, and drags Rush up to suplex. Rush blocks, throws body shots and then pushes Silver. Silver KICKS! And KICKS! And runs, but Rush follows! CHOP! CHOP! SUPERKICK! Silver wobbles into a NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO!! Rush can’t believe Silver survives and Andrade looks worried. Andrade tells Rush to finish this but Rush gives toying kicks to Silver. Silver stands and Rush eggs him on. Silver throws a forearm but Rush gives it back! Silver throws another but Rush does, too. Fans rally for Silver as the CHOPS start going back and forth!

Silver CHOPS, Rush DECKS Silver!! Rush snarls as he looms over Silver, then he runs, into a swing! But Rush gets around to backslide. Sliver slips off to KICK, KICK, SUPERKICK and BRAINBUSTER!! Cover, TWO!! Rush survives and Jose gets on the apron! But Reynolds YANKS Jose down! Jose clutches his knee after it bangs off the edge, but now Andrade distracts Silver. The ref reprimands Andrade, Silver tells Andrade to get in the ring then. But Andrade backs down and Rush SUPERMAN FOREARMS Silver down! Silver is sitting in the corner, Rush goes corner to corner, BULL’S HORNS!! Cover, Rush wins!

Winner: Rush, by pinfall

LFI gets the better of the Dark Order here tonight, Jose should get some kind of hazard pay for his assist. But then Andrade and Rush start stomping away on Silver! Reynolds gets in but he gets mugged, too! LFI has 3v2 advantage but here come Uno & Vance! They DECK Jose, fire off on Andrade, but Rush goes after Vance! Uno goes after Rush, but now Butcher & Blade rush out! The AFO are here to help their boss! Now the numbers are back in LFI’s favor! But wait! Here comes Hangman! The Cowboy dodges Andrade, BOOTS Blade, dumps Butcher out, then stares Rush down. They fire off hands, a revisit from how the Golden Ticket Battle Royal finished!

Hangman gets the edge with all his haymakers, then he whips. Rush reverses, Hangman goes up and out and loads up, but Rush bails out! Jose hobbles, Hangman figures what the hell. BUCKSHOT for the assistant! Rush is furious, and it is clear he and Hangman have unfinished business. So THIS JUST IN! Tony Khan makes it official for the Dynamite Anniversary episode! Hangman Page VS Rush 1v1! Will the Cowboy wrangle El Toro Blanco before taking on the AEW World Champion?


My Thoughts:

A great episode for Rampage to follow up Dynamite and the Grand Slam, as well as to help set up things for the anniversary week. The tag title match was a great opening match, and it did a great job propelling multiple stories. For one, Acclaimed retain, which I figured anyway. They’re surely going to defend against Austin & Colten next, since the Gunns called them out while also calling FTR out. Acclaimed will win there, too, and who knows how it goes with FTR. I don’t wanna say Tony Khan booked himself into a corner, but he’s come close. FTR can’t really lose since they have THREE different tag titles, but The Acclaimed are so popular that it’d be a shame if they lost.

Good segment from The Baddies and the Vixens. Nice character work with Jade; she wants stronger competition yet is hesitant when such a competitor steps up. Nyla VS Jade will be a great match, and with both Marina and Vickie, they’ll be able to cancel out with Kiera and Leila, meaning Nyla will have a fair(er) shot than most. Moriarty gets a quick win off Fuego, but the big thing is Moriarty’s new Heel aggression and Morrissey also getting his in. Assuming Garcia leaves the Jericho Appreciation Society to go full Face, he and Moriarty are gonna have one hell of a feud and match. Also I like that The Firm has to be the one to tell Andrade about Hardy wanting Private Party back, it adds another dimension to that faction’s identity.

Really good promo from #WARDJOE, and I like the idea that they’re going to be some new kind of Two Man Power Trip. They might not go for the ROH tag titles since FTR are technically Wardlow’s pals, but that also adds to the complexities of the AEW tag title picture. Unless Wardlow & Joe each go for other singles titles instead. That could be a way around it, especially with Jericho wanting to bury former ROH World Champions. Jericho VS Joe would be some awesome stuff. Hook whooping Nemeth was also pretty awesome. But I bet with the Trustbusters’ invitation to Hook, the options are A) join the Trustbusters or B) put up the FTW title. And I think we know which one Hook will choose.

Great stuff from Hayter VS Willow, fans love them both and those two can go. Again, there was wasted potential in just doing away with Hayter VS Britt as a feud. But whatever, Britt helps Hayter win, Hayter can have momentum while Britt’s nose heals up, and then we wait and see if they ever/never circle back to a feud. I mean, it could work, with Britt getting jealous of Hayter being just as beloved by the fans and getting opportunities for titles. Glad to see the feud of Death Triangle VS Best Friends continues, as now Trent gets a shot at Pac for Battle of the Belts IV. Not sure Trent wins that one, but it’ll be an awesome match.

And I like what we’re getting out of the LFI VS Dark Order feud. Good promo segment to set up Andrade VS Vance, but I don’t see Andrade leaving AEW so he’ll be taking Vance’s mask. Rush VS Silver was a great main event, but of course Heels win with Heel tactics. Reynolds and Jose should’ve been more careful with that apron trip-up spot, though, that was not a clean drop. Of course we get a brawl, and of course Hangman helps the Dark Order. Hangman VS Rush 1v1 is going to be an awesome match for the anniversary show, and it’ll help Hangman get some momentum going into the title match in Cincy. Great promo from him and Moxley, too, and Hangman was perfectly in character realizing he’s going to be at a disadvantage.

My Score: 8.7/10


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