Will the fourth round be bad luck for someone in World Tag League?
NJPW has World Tag League back on the card, and the teams must deal with the hands they were dealt! Will HenarACE finally get on the board?
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.
- World Tag League 2020: SANADA & Shingo Takagi VS Bad Luck Fale & Chase Owens; LIJ wins.
- World Tag League 2020: HenarACE VS Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI; Goto & Hashi win.
- World Tag League 2020: Toru Yano & Tomohiro Ishii VS EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi; Evil & Yujiro win.
- World Tag League 2020: FinJuice VS The Empire; The Empire wins.
- World Tag League 2020: The Dangerous Tekkers VS The Guerrillas of Destiny; The Guerrillas of Destiny win.
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Here are the current World Tag League standings!
SANADA & Shingo Takagi: 2-1
Guerrillas of Destiny: 2-1
Toru Yano & Tomohiro Ishii: 2-1
The Empire: 2-1
The Dangerous Tekkers: 2-1
EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi: 2-1
YOSHI-HASHI & Hirooki Goto: 1-2
Bad Luck Fale & Chase Owens: 0-3
SANADA & Shingo Takagi VS Bad Luck Fale & Chase Owens!
The Cold Skull and Dragon won last round’s main event and vowed to take the whole league. Meanwhile, Bullet Club’s Rogue General and Crown Jewel are feeling like “bad luck” isn’t just a nickname. Will fortunes change for Fale and Owens? Or will Sanada and #TKG be the first to break away from the pack?
The teams sort out and after a Low Sweet, the Bullet Club strikes! Owens bumps Sanada off buckles while Fale has Takagi outside. The bell rings and fans cheer as Owens digs his knee in. Takagi throws Fale away, Owens whips Sanada but Sanada dodges to dropkick the legs out! Tag to Takagi and LIJ double whip Owens to knee, roll and basement dropkick! Takagi drops an elbow, another, and then a back senton! Cover, ONE! Takagi drags Owens into body scissors and squeezes tight! Owens endures, Takagi pulls hair then shifts to a body scissor cover, TWO! Owens gets up, Takagi facelocks and wrenches and tags in Sanada. Sanada goes up to top drop ax handles!
Fans cheer as Sanada wrenches and whips Owens corner to corner. Sanada runs in, blocks Owens’ boot and trips him up! Sanada puts Owens in Paradise! Fans cheer and Sanada encourages them to get louder. Fale frees Owens to corner splash Sanada! And DECK Takagi! Fale goes after Takagi, and whips him into railing! Takagi stays up but Owens stomps Sanada on the outside, too. Fale bumps Takagi off railing, Owens puts Sanada back in. Fans cheer as Owens covers, TWO! Tag to Fale and Bullet Club mug Sanada. Sanada doubles over, Fale kicks him around, but fans rally up with “L I J!” claps. Fale tells them to shut up as he stomps Sanada. Fale stands on Sanada’s chest! The ref counts, Fale stops at 3.
Fale tags Owens, drags Sanada up, and Bullet Club mugs Sanada more. The ref keeps Takagi back and Owens tops things off with a haymaker. Owens knees on Sanada’s head but the ref reprimands. Owens lets off, drags Sanada back up and rams him into the corner! Fale chokes Sanada while Owens taunts Takagi! The ref has to keep Takagi back, and Fale tags in to throw heavy body shots! The ref didn’t see the tag so he argues with Fale, and Owens chokes Sanada now! Fale tells the ref to back off, Owens has an idea and he tags in. Owens trips Sanada, and goes to STEAL Paradise! But he doesn’t know how it works! Owens asks how to do it and Milano does his best to explain, but Sanada crawls away!
Owens stomps Sanada and suplexes. Sanada slips out, waistlocks but Owens elbows. Sanada jumps up to huricanrana! Fale tags in to clobber Sanada! Sanada dropkicks back! Hot tag to Takagi! Fans fire up as Takagi puts Fale’s leg on a rope and kicks away! Owens clubs Takagi but Takagi whips him away to corner clothesline! Clothesline for Fale, BIG shoulder for Owens! Fale runs in, Takagi dodges and tries to fireman’s carry! Fale is big, he slips off fast and whips. Takagi holds ropes, boots back and then powers up! PUMPING BOMBER, but Fale stays up! Takagi keeps trying but Fale still stays up! Fale swings, Takagi dodges, PUMPING BOMBER!! Cover, Owens breaks it!
Owens clubs away on Takagi then gets away to his corner. Fale crawls, tags Owens in and Owens looms over Takagi. Owens gives toying kicks and slaps as he eggs Takagi on. Takagi forearms back so Owens gives a forearm. Takagi forearms again, Owens returns it. Fans rally up as the two pick up speed! Back and forth but then Takagi fires off from all sides! Takagi runs, into a boot! Owens runs, into a clothesline !Takagi runs, Owens fires off a strike fest but Takagi ROCKS him! Elbow, but JEWLE TRIGGER! Owens steadies himself, JEWEL- NO! Takagi JABS, feints, and DDT’s! Tag to Sanada!
Sanada whips Owens as fans rally, but Owens reverses. Owens runs in but Sanada elbows to Quebrada. Owens dodges, to corner Complete Shot! Fale gets in to stomp Sanada and club him. Bullet Club double whip, knee, and LARIAT! Cover, but Takagi breaks it! Fale shoves Takagi out and Owens aims, SLIDING WIZARD! Cover, TWO!! Sanada survives and fans fire up! Owens argues the count but he goes back to Sanada. Owens drags Sanada up, JEWEL TRIGGER! Owens tucks Sanada in, but Sanada fights off the driver to fireman’s carry! Fale body shots Sanada and saves Owens! Bullet Club double whip, but Sanada kicks back! And sends Owens into Fale, to then dragon sleeper. Owens spins around and has Sanada, Fale runs in, but Sanada gets a way! Fale CLOBBERS Owens!
Takagi returns to clothesline Fale out of the ring! Fans fire up with LIJ as they focus on Owens. Sanada dragon sleepers but Owens cradle counters! TWO!! Sanada swings, into a school boy! WITH TIGHTS! TWO!! Owens knees but misses, Sanada O’Conner to BRIDGE! LIJ wins!
Winners: Sanada & Shingo Takagi, by pinfall; now 3-1, Fale & Owens are now 0-4
LIJ gets that fast and furious victory, proving that this unique combination of calm and fury, ice and fire, could very well be what wins it all! Will WTL belong to LIJ?
HenarACE VS Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI!
Hiroshi Tanahashi and Toa Henare are at the bottom, but the Fierce Warrior and Head Hunter are on the edge! Will HenarACE bring Chaos down before they can #GetBackUp?
The teams sort out and after Tanahashi and Henare show off the muscles, Hashi starts against the Ace. Fans cheer as the two bow with the bell. Then the fans rally and the two tie up. Hashi waistlocks, Tana switches, Hashi wrenches free and cranks on the wristlock. Tana drop toeholds, floats to tie up the legs in a figure four, then shifts to a headlock. Hashi slips out to headlock back, and the two stand up. Hashi hits the takeover but Tana throws him off, and fans cheer as the two stand off. Tana strums the air guitar then “tosses” it to Henare. Tana and Hashi circle again, tie up, and Tana headlocks. Hashi tries to power out but Tana holds tight. Hashi tries again but still Tana holds tight. Hashi puts Tana in a corner, the ref calls for a break, and Hashi lets off cleanly. But then Hashi kicks low!
Hashi whips corner to corner, runs in but Tana elbows back. Tana goes up to crossbody! Fans cheer as Tana arm-drags Hashi down to an armlock. Hashi endures, fights his way up, but Tana wrenches to tag in Henare. HenarACE double whip, double shoulder, and then Henare clobbers Goto. Tomahawk elbow drop combo! HenarACE then drag Hashi around for the Double Half Crab! The ref counts and HenarACE lets Hashi go. Fans cheer as Tana returns to the corner. Henare stomps Hashi, drags him up and clubs him, then knees low and CHOPS! Hashi stays up but Henare runs. Hashi slides to trip Henare, and Goto attacks Tana!
Goto and Hashi drag HenarACE out, Goto POSTS Tana! Hashi stalks Henare, regroups with Goto at the corner and they stomp Henare down! The ref reprimands and Goto goes back to the corner. Hashi drags Henare up and puts him in. Hashi stomps Henare, tags Goto, and together, Chaos double whips Henare for double shoulders! Hashi runs, hip toss senton! Goto covers, TWO! Goto keeps on Henare with stomps. Goto drags Henare up to snapmare him into a chinlock. Henare endures, Goto drives an elbow into his head! Tag to Hashi and Hashi elbows Henare, too. Hashi hangs Henare out to dry and Goto keeps him there, Hashi runs to dropkick Henare down! Cover, TWO!
Tag to Goto and Goto stomps Henare. Fans rally up, Henare CHOPS Goto back! And CHOPS again! Goto eggs Henare on so Henare CHOPS, but Goto knees low. Goto clubs and whips henare to a corner, then runs in to clothesline! Henare blocks the bulldog to throw Goto into buckles! Henare runs but Goto spins him around to suplex, but Henare fights it off! Henare and Goto fight for suplex control and fans rally up. Henare gets Goto up and over! Both men are down and fans fire up! Henare and Goto crawl, hot tag to Tanahashi! Tana fires up, runs at Goto, and forearms him down! Hashi runs in but Tana hip tosses him! Tana runs in but blocks Goto’s boot, to a DRAGON SCREW! Hashi runs back in, but he gets a DRAGON SCREW, too!
Fans fire up with Tana as he brings Goto up. Tana scoop slams Goto to a drop zone then hops up, second rope somersault senton! Cover, TWO! Fans rally as Tanahashi waits for Goto to stand. Tanahashi runs, but Goto follows, and follows, and LARIATS! Both men are down as fans cheer and rally up. Tag to Hashi and he runs at Tana to CHOP him in the corner! Hashi whips to reel him in, for a CHOP! Hashi runs in again but Tana boots him away! Tana goes up and leaps to missile dropkick Hashi down! Fans fire up and rally as Tana crawls, hot tag to Henare! The Hammerhead rallies on Hashi with forearms and CHOPS! Henare whips, Hashi reverses but Henare runs him over with a shoulder tackle!
Henare runs in to corner clothesline, then fireman’s for the RUNNING SAMOAN DROP! Cover, TWO! Hashi survives but Henare fires himself up. Henare aims from a corner, runs at Hashi, but into a boot! Henare catches Hashi’s arm and throws Tomahawk elbows! Henare runs but Hashi ducks and spinning mule kicks! Goto returns, fireman’s carries Henare, SUPERKICK USHIGOROSHI! BASEMENT KNEES! Cover, Tanahashi breaks it! Goto clubs Tana and regroups with Hashi. They double whip Tana but he kicks back! And throws palm strikes! Tana spins Hashi for TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! HenarACE regroups and focuses on Hashi. Tana runs, SLING SWEEP! Henare covers, but Goto breaks it!
Tana throws Goto out, goes out after him and throws body shots. Henare roars and runs, RAMPAGE SPEAR! Cover, TWO!! Hashi survives but Henare grits his teeth. Goto POSTS Tana while Henare fires up! Henare drags Hashi back up, but Hashi escapes the urenage! Henare forearms Goto and elbows Hashi! But Goto dragon sleepers, only for Henare to spin through! They both fight for suplex control again, Goto slips out and dodges Henare, Hashi SUPERKICKS! Hashi SUPERKICKS Tana, he and Goto combine, dragon sleeper and DRAGON SCREW! Tana bails out, Goto fireman’s carries Henare! SUPERKICK to G Y W!! Cover, Hashi and Goto win!!
Winners: Hirooki Goto & Yoshi-Hashi, by pinfall; now 2-2, HenarACE now 0-4
An incredible match up, and Chaos survives! Is there still time for Goto and Hashi to #TurnItAllAround in the tournament? Are the odds just against Tanahashi and Henare?
Toru Yano & Tomohiro Ishii VS EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi w/ Dick Togo!
The Producer and Pitbull are 2-1, just like the King of Darkness and Tokyo Pimp. But where Yano and Ishii are on the up, Evil and Yujiro are on the downswing! Will Bullet Club send Chaos down into the darkness?
Ishii glares at Dick and Yano says having him around isn’t fair. The ref keeps Ishii back, and after Bullet Club Low Sweets, we start with Evil and Ishii. The bell rings, but then Evil tags out to Yujiro. Yujiro and Ishii circle, Ishii rushes Evil but Evil gets away. Yujiro clubs Ishii, runs, bumps Ishii but Ishii shoulder bumps back. Yujiro bumps Ishii again, Evil trips Ishii up! Yujiro runs and basement boots! Yujiro whips Ishii to a corner but Ishii comes back to run him over! Ishii glares at Evil but he drags Yujiro up to throw forearms. Tag to Yano and fans cheer as Yano fires up. Yujiro throws a forearm but Yano just goes to his favorite corner! Yujiro stops him, whips him to the other corner but Yano reverses, and unties the buckle pad!
Yano tosses the pad to Yujiro and then complains to the ref. The ref is busy arguing with Yujiro and Yano unties the other neutral corner’s pad! The ref takes the one pad from Yujiro, but Yano SMACKS Yujiro with the other! Fans cheer as Yano aims for a corner. Yano whips, Yujiro reverses and Yano hits bare buckles! It has backfired! Yujiro whips Yano the other way and Yano hits more buckles! Yujiro whips Yano at the blue corner, and Evil moves the pad! Yano hits more bare buckles! Three corners are exposed! Evil drags Yano out while Yujiro goes after Ishii! Evil RAMS Yano into railing! The ref reprimands but the damage is done, and Evil adds on! Evil rakes Yano’s eyes and Yujiro goes after Ishii more!
The ref counts, Evil stops, but Yujiro whips Ishii into railing! And now Dick stomps Yano! Evil makes the ref get in the ring as Dick puts Yano in for Yujiro. Cover, TWO! Yujiro is annoyed but he stomps Yano down. Tag to Evil, he drags Yano back up and throws him out. Evil distracts the ref and Dick attacks again! Dick DECKS Yano then grinds his boot into Yano’s neck! Ishii is furious but the ref keeps him back. Evil covers Yano, TWO! Evil argues the count but fans cheer. Evil stomps Yano, tags Yujiro and Yujiro stomps Yano, too. Yujiro sits Yano up and runs to basement boot! Cover, TWO! Bullet Club is getting upset with the ref but Yujiro stomps Yano down.
Yano hits back with forearms, but Yujiro blocks the kick to trip Yano up, and add the basement boot! Yujiro drags Yano back up, whips him to a corner, and Yano hits bare buckles again! Yujiro kicks but Yano pulls hair! Yujiro whips him away but Yano reverses to throw Yujiro down by his hair! Fans cheer as Yano crawls, hot tag to Ishii! Ishii runs but Yujiro dodges to rake eyes! Yujiro throws forearms but Ishii just gets mad. Ishii forearms and whips, Yujiro reverses and Evil gets a cheap shot in! Evil holds Ishii and Yujiro runs in, but Ishii gets away! Yujiro stops from hitting Evil swings on Ishii but misses and Ishii hits Evil! Ishii blocks the boot, forearms Yujiro back, then throws more forearms to put him in a corner.
Evil runs in and attacks, but Ishii whips him into bare buckles! Ishii whips Yujiro into Evil then runs in. Yujiro dodges so only Evil takes the corner clothesline! Ishii dodges Yujiro and Evil takes another clothesline! And another as Yujiro dodges Ishii! Yujiro runs but Ishii runs him over! Evil runs in but Ishii gets around to back suplex! Fans fire up for Ishii as he glares at Yujiro. Ishii brings Yujiro in, Yujiro bites the hand! The ref counts, Yujiro stops and fisherman’s but Ishii slips out. Yujiro forearms Ishii first then runs, to BOOT! Ishii roars and forearms, to run, into a dragon sleeper! Ishii slips through but Yujiro escapes the suplex to reverse DDT!
Tag to Evil and Evil runs at Ishii in the corner, but blocks boots first. Evil clubs Ishii, turns him sideways in the ropes, and STOMPS him down! Fans rally for Ishii but Evil drags him up to a fireman’s carry. Ishii slips off and ducks an elbow to give an elbow. Ishii whips, Evil reverses and then distracts the ref. Dick swipes at Ishii, dodges Ishii’s swipe and then forearms Ishii away! Evil runs in but Ishii dodges to send him into Dick! Dick goes flying and Ishii GERMAN SUPLEXES Evil! Both men are down but fans fire up! Ishii crawls, hot tag to Yano! Yano fires up and whips Evil, only for Evil to reverse. Yano stops himself from hitting buckles, dodges to send Evil into buckles, and rolls Evil up! TWO and Yano argues the count.
Evil blocks a kick, gives it to the ref and mule kicks Yano down! Yujiro returns and Bullet Club double whips Yano into a corner! Yujiro runs in but Yano dodges to send him into buckles! Yano spins Evil for a backslide but Evil resists. Yujiro runs in, Yano grabs the ref but Yujiro rakes Yano’s eyes! Evil and Yujiro stomp Yano down but Ishii returns to fire off forearms and CHOPS! Ishii runs but gets run over! Yujiro drops a leg, Evil drops a senton! Fans clap because that was a good combo. Evil brings Yano up, runs, but Yano atomic drops and trips, to the CATAPULT! Evil hits buckles, but he blocks the low blow!
Yujiro distracts the ref with his pimp cane, and Dick gets in with the CHOKER! Yano LOW BLOWS Dick! Evil kicks Yano and Yujiro gets in without the cane. Bullet Club whips, Yano gets around them to shove Evil into Yujiro! Ishii returns to CLUB Evil and Yano rolls him up! Cover as Ishii blocks Yujiro, TWO!! Evil escapes but Chaos double whip. Evil holds ropes and double clotheslines but no one falls! Yano waistlocks but Evil boots Ishii! Evil switches to shove Yano into Ishii, Yujiro and Evil DOUBLE LOW BLOW!! EVERYTHING IS EVIL!! Bullet Club wins!!
Winners: Evil & Yujiro Takahashi, by pinfall; now 3-1, Yano & Ishii are now 2-2
The King of Darkness just pinned the Clown Prince of NJPW! Will Yano’s provisional reign be in danger come WrestleKingdom? Will Bullet Club take over World Tag League one way or another?
FinJuice VS The Empire!
The World Tag League 2019 winners aren’t spotless but they won their way up to 2-1! Great-O-Khan and Jeff Cobb rebounded against Fale and Owens, but they’re not going to stop until they take over NJPW’s Heavyweight Tag Division! Will the Dominator and the Hulk crush the Flamboyant friends?
The teams sort out and Juice starts against Cobb. Fans rally as Juice and Cobb approach. Juice waistlocks, Cobb pries the hold off and throws him to his corner. Juice and Finlay talk it over, Juice comes back and ties up with Cobb. Juice wrenches but Cobb blocks the whip. Cobb whips Jucie awya but Juice avoids Khan. Fans cheer as Cobb and Juice reset, tie up, and Jucie gets around. Juice headlocks, Cobb powers out and the two collide. Cobb rebounds to run Juice over! Cobb runs, Juice stays low then hurdles over. Juice arm-drags Cobb to an armlock! Cobb endures and Juice brings him up to wrench again.
Tag to Finlay and he goes up top to drop ax handles. Finlay hits an elbow breaker, tags Juice and Juice hits his own double ax handle. Juice wrenches, Cobb whips him away but Juice goes up and over in the corner. Cobb turns around into Juice’s arm-drag! Fans cheer and Juice flexes while holding Cobb down. Cobb moves around, gets up, but Juice wrenches and tags Finlay back in. Finlay goes up to drop another ax handle. FinJuice double whip Cobb to kick and double BULLDOG! Cover, TWO! Finlay keeps on Cobb’s arm, Cobb gets up and scoops, tag to Khan! Cobb slams Finlay down, Khan stomps Finlay then brings him up. Khan CLUBS Finlay’s ear!
Khan digs his boots into Finlay at the ropes but stops as Red Shoes counts. Khan stomps Finlay in the corner and digs his boots in again. Red Shoes counts, Khan lets off, and Khan comes back to bring Finlay up. Tag to Cobb and the Empire mugs Finlay in the corner. Cobb scoops Finlay to hit a backbreaker, then another! Cobb tosses Finlay aside then glares at Juice. Tag to Khan, fans rally but the Empire mugs Finlay more. Khan puts Finlay on ropes to CLUB him, then paces. Finlay hits back with body shots but Khan uses a Mongolian Chop to knock him down! Tag to Cobb, fans rally and Finlay hits back! Cobb headbutts Finlay then scoops him, but Finlay slips out! Finlay dodges Cobb and hot tags Juice!
Juice JABS and JABS, then CHOPS! Fans fire up with Juice as he whips Cobb, but Cobb reverses, only for Juice to hit a flying clothesline! Khan runs in but Juice hits an atomic drop and LEG LARIAT! Fans fire up with Juice, he climbs up top, and leaps at Cobb for the crossbody! Cover, TWO! Juice argues the count but then he PLANCHAS, only for Khan to move! Khan BOOTS Juice down! Khan drags Juice up, puts him in, and Cobb tags Khan in. Khan stomps Juice, swipes at Finlay, but Finlay gets away. Khan goes back to Juice and drags him up to throw forearms. Fans rally as Juice staggers around but Khan forearms him again.
Khan facelocks and drags Juice over to tag in Cobb. Cobb headbutts Juice’s ribs then throws haymakers and more headbutts. Juice flops back, Cobb stands on him for a cocky cover, ONE! Cobb bumps Juice off buckles as fans rally up, and he stomps a mudhole in. Cobb glares at Finlay and Khan gets cheap shots in. Khan tags in, stays between Juice and Finlay and grinds Juice down with a facelock. Fans rally up, Juice powers up, and Juice reaches for Finlay. Cobb gets in and Red Shoes is busy with him, he misses the tag! Red Shoes keeps Finlay back and The Empire mugs Juice! Khan Mongolian Chops Juice down! Khan taunts Finlay but the fans rally up.
Juice rises, Khan puts him on the top rope backwards, then Mongolian CHOPS him on the back! Juice is in the Tree of Woe and Khan taunts him before digging his boot in. Red Shoes counts, Khan goes corner to corner, but Juice sits up to avoid the sliding boot! Juice frees himself of the Tree, hot tag to Finlay! Finlay fires off forearms on Khan, whips but Khan reverses, only for Finlay to hit a flying uppercut! Cobb is in but he gets a dropkick! Finlay PLANCHAS Khan down! Fans rally as Finlay puts Khan back in. Finlay fires up and climbs to the top, to drop ax handles on Khan. Cobb waistlocks and back suplexes but Finlay lands on his feet, to back suplex Cobb! Fans rally up, Finlay uppercuts Cobb in one corner and uppercuts Khan in the other!
Finlay shoves Khan and aims, flying uppercut! Cover, TWO! Fans rally while Khan sputters. Finlay drags Khan up but Khan fights off the suplex. Khan elbows Finlay but Finlay knees back. Finlay swings into a judo throw! Khan tags Cobb, they drag Finlay up and bump him off buckles. They double whip Finlay to a corner, then Cobb whips Khan in for a clothesline! Khan gut wrench suplexes Finlay, then Cobb gut wrenches Finlay the other way! Cover, TWO! Fans cheer as Finlay survives but the Empire is frustrated. The Empire drags Finlay up, double whip him again but Finlay dodges to tag Juice! Finlay sends Khan out, Cobb ROCKS Juice!
Cobb slingshots Juice into the Canadian rack, but Finlay saves him! SHOTGUN LEG SWEEP! Cover, but Khan breaks it! Finlay goes after Khan but gets another Mongolian Chop! And another! Khan fires up, runs, but into a DOUBLE FLAPJACK! FinJuice watch Khan get up, and they double clothesline him out! Tag to Finlay but Cobb rocks Juice! Finlay whips Cobb but Cobb whips Finlay. Cobb misses the corner elbow, Juice clotheslines, Finlay uppercuts, Juice CANNONBALLS! FinJuice fires up and the fans rally for them! Juice goes to one corner, Finlay puts Cobb up top, but Khan grabs Juice! ELIMINATOR CHOKE SLAM!
Finlay runs into Khan’s CLAW SLEEPER! And then ELIMINATOR CHOKE- STUNNER! Finlay counters Khan, but Cobb blocks Finlay’s cutter! Finlay rebounds into a TOUR OF- NO! FInlay slips out ot SATELLITE DDT! Finlay slashes the throat, brings Cobb up, SLICED- TOUR OF THE ISLANDS!! Cover, The Empire wins!!
Winner: The Empire, by pinfall; now 3-1, FinJuice is now 2-2
Khan and Cobb just crushed the 2019 WTL winners! They’re nearing the top of the block, will The Empire rule over the Heavyweight Tag Division? Is there still time for FinJuice to make a comeback and go back-to-back?
The Dangerous Tekkers VS The Guerrillas of Destiny!
This main event is already worthy of a title match! Taichi and Zack Sabre Jr. want to rebound from losing to LIJ, but will they end up owing Tama Tonga and Tonga Loa a title match, too?
Taichi enters the ring, and GOD jumps him! They stomp away and ZSJ hurries down the ramp! ZSJ gets in and things are even but GOD still has the advantage! The bell rings and Tama chases ZSJ out of the ring while Loa clubs Taichi. Loa rains down fists on Taichi but ZSJ hits back. ZSJ pulls on Tama’s ears and nose but Tama elbows him down. Taichi got his cloak off but Loa RAMS him into the apron! Taichi staggers to the timekeeper’s area and the ramp but Loa stmops him down. ZSJ whips Tama into railing! ZSJ cranks Tama’s neck and follows after Taichi and Loa as they go further up the ramp. Taichi bumps Loa off the stage side, ZSJ bumps Tama off railing.
Taichi drags Loa up the stairs to the stage and then over to a space. Loa hits back with body shots and clubbing forearms. ZSJ wrenches Tama’s arm and drags him up onto stage. Taichi brings Loa around but Loa blocks the suplex! Tama hits ZSJ down, Loa clubs Taichi, but Taichi and ZSJ hit back! Red Shoes tells the teams to get back to the ring but Taichi clamps onto Loa’s nose to rake eyes! ZSJ pulls Tama’s ears, and with ZSJ, they go to double suplex! Tama fights that off and then Loa saves him! The GOD stomp the Tekkers down then finally head back towards the ring. Loa headlocks and punches ZSJ while Tama pushes Taichi along. Loa scoops ZSJ but Taichi hits Tama back. Either way, everyone ends up back in the ring and fans cheer.
Loa looms over ZSJ but ZSJ EuroUppers back! And again! Taichi stomps Tama to a corner while ZSJ has Loa in another. Taichi throws Tama out and things are finally 1v1 as ZSJ has Loa. Taichi chokes Tama with camera cable! ZSJ throws Loa out, whips but Loa reverses to send ZSJ into railing! So much for being back in the ring. Loa whips ZSJ but ZSJ tumbles before hitting more railing. Taichi brings Tama back to the ram for elbows. ZSJ and Loa end up along that side as ZSJ wrenches the arm and tortures the fingers! Everyone is going back up the ramp! Fans rally as ZSJ wrenches and wrenches and brings Loa to the stage. Taichi drags Tama up to the stage the hard way, and we go back to the edge!
Tama holds off the Dangerous Saido and Loa rakes ZSJ’s eyes! Tama clubs Taichi in the chest over and over and over, Loa has ZSJ and brings him up! ZSJ fights out of the bomb for the Guillotine! Taichi gets Tama in a Cobra Twist! Red Shoes starts a ring count as the dual submissions continue! The count is at 10 of 20 when the Tekkers let go and run for it! The Tekkers hurry to the ring, get in at 15, the GOD hurry! They’re in the ring at 19!! Taichi and ZSJ stomp them down! Taichi throws Tama out so that he and ZSJ can focus on Loa. Taichi digs his boot in, ZSJ adds on, and Red Shoes counts. The Tekkers put their hands up but again that’s not the problem.
Red Shoes counts again, they still put their hands up. Red Shoes counts again, the Tekkers finally let off the boot choke. Taichi toys with Loa and ZSJ drags Loa up. ZSJ throws a EuroUpper, then another, and another! Loa gets mad and grits his teeth to kick low. Loa scoops, flips off Taichi, but ZSJ slips back to be a sleeper backpack! ZSJ squeezes tight but Loa stays on his feet. Loa’s eyes bug out but he grabs at Red Shoes. Jado kendo stick SMACKS ZSJ off Loa’s back! Loa drags ZSJ away, tags in Tama, and GOD drags ZSJ up to double whip. GOD body shots, uppercuts and leaping neckbreakers! Cover, TWO! Fans cheer but Tama keeps ZSJ away from Taichi.
Tama clubs away on ZSJ’s chest, drags him back up and clubs his arm. Tama wrenches, ZSJ rolls and handsprings and wrenches to whip. Tama reverses and arm-drags ZSJ down! Cover, TWO! Tama drags ZSJ up, snapmares him into a chinlock and grinds him down. ZSJ endures, Loa gets in Taichi’s face but Taichi rakes Loa’s eyes! Taichi kicks Loa then clubs Tama. Loa throws hands and headbutts on Taichi then goes out after him. Tama drags ZJS up to club him on the back then CLAWS ZSJ’s back! Tama digs a knee into ZSJ in the corner but Red Shoes counts. Tama stops, tags Loa and Loa digs his boots into ZSJ. Red Shoes counts, Loa stops, and Loa taunts ZSJ. Loa scoops ZSJ, brings him around, and POWERSLAMS him! Cover, TWO!
Loa grins as he keeps on ZSJ. Fans rally as Loa chinlocks and grinds ZSJ down. ZSJ fights up, spins through and wrenches to a wristlock! Loa headbutts, powers ZSJ into an open corner, then backs off to run in. ZSJ boots Loa, climbs up top and leaps for a flying EuroUpper! Fans rally while both men are down. ZSJ rolls to tag in Taichi! Taichi chokes Loa! Tama goes after Taichi but Taichi chokes him! Loa clubs Taichi, so Taichi chokes him again! Taichi sees Jado get on the apron so he chokes Jado! Fans definitely like that. GOD goes after Taichi so Taichi tries to choke them both! GOD choke grip him back to a corner but Red Shoes counts. GOD lets off at 3, then double whip Taichi corner to corner. Loa runs in but Taichi dodges to kick him down! Taichi dodges Tama to AX BOMBER!
All three men are down and fans rally up. Taichi rises first, off come the pants! Taichi aims from a corner as Loa rises, but Loa deflects the kick to GERMAN! But Taichi is right up! Loa boots, Taichi ROUNDHOUSES, Loa LARIATS! Fans rally while both men are down! Taichi and roll to their ocrnesr, hot tags to ZSJ and Tama! ZSJ dodges Tam ato fire off EuroUppers! Tama shove shim awya, things speed up and Tama dropkicks ZSJ down! Tama drags ZSJ up, fireman’s carries but ZSJ pops off to Pele th earm! ZSJ kicks, Tama ducks but the sweep hits! Fan sfire up with ZSJ and he aims at Tama, PENALTY- No, Tama ducks the kick but ZSJ comes back to boot! ZSJ runs, Tama follows but ZSJ spins him to an IRON OCTOPUS!
Tama powers out, fireman’s carry to FLAPJACK! Both men are down as fans rally up! ZSJ gets to a corner, Tama runs in but misses the splash! Taichi corner clotheslines, ZSJ corner uppercuts, Taichi mule kicks, ZSJ PENALTY KICKS! Cover, TWO! The Tekkers stay focused as ZSJ drags Tama back up. Taichi aims but Loa clobbers him first! Tama slips out of the scoop to dragon sleeper, Loa helps out, TONGAN TWIST!! Cover, TWO!! ZSJ survives so Jado suggests the classic! Loa gives ZSJ to Tama, they bring ZSJ up but ZSJ boots out of Magic Killer to cradle Tama! TWO, ZSJ backslides Tama but Tama slips off to GUN- NO! ARMBAR!!
Taichi whips Loa into railing while ZSJ and Tama fight for control. Tama gets free to get the SHARPSHOOTER! ZSJ endures, Jado taunts, but ZSJ heads that way. Tama drags ZSJ away but ZSJ spins to HEEL HOOK! ZSJ has the leg caught, Tama endures, but Jado distracts! Tama is tapping but Red Shoes doesn’t see it! ZSJ is furious, he tells Jado to cut it out, but Loa shoves ZSJ into Red Shoes! EXPLODER! Tama chokes Loa with the mic stand! Jado chokes Taichi with the kendo stick! Taichi fades out, Jado eggs him on, and Taichi BLOCKS the kendo stick with the mic stand! LOW BLOW to Jado and then he’s tossed!
Loa has Taichi’s mic stand and CLOBBERS him! ZSJ has the kendo stick and fires off on Loa!! Tama CLOBBERS ZSJ with Taichi’s IRON FINGERS!! Tama hurries to revive Red Shoes, then he covers, GOD WINS!!
Winners: Guerrillas of Destiny, by pinfall; now 3-1, Dangerous Tekkers now 2-2
The IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions have lost again! Taichi pushes the Young Lion aside to try and get an explanation for this, but ZSJ is in no shape to talk. Tama has Jado’s kendo stick as he stares Taichi down. Taichi’s glare as he and ZSJ exit is enough to say they won’t forget nor forgive this. Jado gets the mic to say, “Tama Tonga! Tonga Loa! GOD with Master Heater! Bullet Club, FORRRR… LIFE!!” A Low Sweet and that’s all the former tag champions need to say! GOD are near the top of the block, but have they just found their shortcut to the titles?
Here are the NEW World Tag League standings!
SANADA & Shingo Takagi: 3-1
Guerrillas of Destiny: 3-1
The Empire: 3-1
EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi: 3-1
Toru Yano & Tomohiro Ishii: 2-2
The Dangerous Tekkers: 2-2
YOSHI-HASHI & Hirooki Goto: 1-3
Bad Luck Fale & Chase Owens: 0-4
Wow, what a great round for WTL! While Owens and Fale are not all that surprisingly winless, I am very surprised HenarACE lost to Goto and Hashi. I cannot be sure who HenarACE gets a win off now, because I can’t see the top teams losing past the 1’s in their records. LIJ, the Empire and the Bullet Club’s better teams are going strong, but I think it was very surprising for GOD to beat the tag champions. Tekkers lost to LIJ, now they’ve lost to GOD, so will they end up with three contenders when a WTL winner is decided? Will LIJ or GOD be the WTL winner to save us the trouble of figuring that out?
I’ve already said for BOSJ that LIJ is doing a lot of parallels here. The IWGP Double Championships are doing double duty, and Naito could end up sweeping the weekend. The IWGP Junior Heavyweight title might be in store for the same thing since Hiromu beat Taiji Ishimori, and the tournament still needs to be decided. We could end up the same here with the tag titles as Tekkers will have to face LIJ/GOD for the loss from the tournament, and then the other because of the WTL reward. And again I say doing all of that for WK15 would be perfect, because we need something big to start the new year to shake off how rough this year has been.
My Score: 9.1/10
AJ’s WrestleMania 37 Night One Results & Review 4/10/21
AJ continues with the WWE coverage this Mania week! Night 1 of WrestleMania may have been rain delayed; but did that dampen the excitement?
Ladies and Gentlemen, boys and girls. Children of all ages… WrestleMania is finally upon us once again and this time we are for real going to have it at my champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers stadium, Raymond James and we get fans involved! We will hear the cheers, the boos and of course the ugly in the whole the but it’s still the grandest stage of them all. We have some decent matches for night one that will take place, sadly a thunder storm but if we know Vince McMahon, that’s not going to stop him.
Welcome to the Thirty-Seventh installment of WrestleMania!!!!!!!!
- Drew McIntryre vs Bobby Lashley(c) for the WWE Championship: Bobby Lashley wins via Hurt Lock – **** – TITLE DEFENSE!!!!!
- Tag Team Turmoil: Naomi & Lana vs Carmella & Billie Kay vs The Riott Squad vs Dana Brooke & Mandy Rose vs Tamina & Natalya: Tamina wins by last Elimination the Riott Squad – ** ½
- Seth Rollins vs Cesaro: Cesaro wins via Gotch Neutralizer – *** ¼
- AJ Styles & Omos vs The New Day(c) for the WWE Raw Tag Team Championships: Omos wins via Two-Handed Chokeslam – *** – TITLE CHANGE!!!
- Steel Cage: Braun Strowman vs Shane McMahon: Braun Strowman wins via Running Powerslam – ** ¼
- Bad Bunny & Damien Priest vs Miz & John Morrison: Bad Bunny wins via Electric Chair Crossbody combination – *** ¼
- Bianca Belair vs Sasha Banks(c) for the WWE SmackDown Wom0n’s Championship: Bianca Belair wins via KOD – **** – TITLE CHANGE!!!
Drew McIntyre vs Bobby Lashley
Both men try to get a strength advantage with a Collar & Elbow tie up before breaking it and going to holds now and still getting even ground. Now both men get some fighting in the corner going, delivering punches and strikes until they go to the outside where Lashley takes control and ragdolls McIntyre into the barricades before tossing Drew back in. Lashley keeps the onslaught on Drew and gets a quick pin attempt for a one and continues to get the beat down on the former champ. Lashley gets a lot of steam going as he goes to do another shoulder tackle into the corner, only to miss and Drew targets the arm of Bobby. Momentum shifting into Drew’s favor as Drew getting things going for him, suplexes and strikes galore as he goes for the Future Shock DDT. Lashley puts Drew into the corner to get separation but Drew catches the strike attempt and catches lashley into Northern Lights Suplex for a nearfall.
Bobby gets a reversal into a slam, a near fall and both men get some signature moves in. Drew hits the Glasgow Kiss and Bobby hits back with a one handed Spinebuster. After another near fall, Drew gets caught in a Hurt Lock but gets out of it quickly as they both go to the corner. Drew getting the swing this time and lands a good ol’ Alabama Slamma for a near fall of his own before trying to set up a sky-high superplex to the champion. Lashley fights off the attempt as Drew gets a Kimora Lock in to weaken the arm, Lashley fights him off again, catching Drew into a Tree of Woe but Drew sits up to launch Bobby in a Belly- To Belly. Lashley hits another one armed Spinebuster until Drew kips up and tells him to bring it, delivering a trifecta of Future Shock DDTs for a two count.
Drew in shock but goes to the corner, doing the countdown to the Claymore but Lashley rolls out of the ring. Drew tapping into a little bit of Undertaker and does a Tope Con Hilo to take MVP and Bobby out and takes Lashley back to the ring, setting up for something in from the top. Lashley catches the challenger and goes to apply another Hurt Lock but Drew runs out of the way to stun Lashley. As Lashley goes to do another Spinebuster, Drew rolls it into a Kimura Lock, perfectly on before Lashley inches slowly to the ropes to kick out. Lashley now, getting his aggression out, taking it to McIntyre in the corner until Drew gets separation, going for another Claymore until MVP distracts the former champion and misses the Claymore for Lashley to get the Hurt Lock in. Drew looked impressive to break out but Lashley didn’t break when Drew pushed off the corner and passes out from the pressure.
Tag Team Turmoil
Naomi & Lana vs Carmella & Billie Kay to start off the gauntlet style matchup as Naomi and Lana take the early advantage against Carmella. Carmella gets a tag onto Billie Kay but the advantage is still Lana and Naomi. When all four get in for chaos, Billie Kay goes for a roll up and beat Naomi and Lana for the next team to come out…
Riott Squad come out and take it to Billie early on but Carmella gets a tag and starts a beat down against Liv Morgan. Ruby breaks up the pin attempt but as Billie goes for the same pin attempt, the ref catches it and the Riott Squad get a tag and the advantage as Billie Kay gets brutalized, pinned and Carmella starts to beat up Liv before the next team come in…
Dana and Mandy come out and Ruby fights the two alone from the beat down as the fresher team gets things going and Liv barely gets a break of a pin attempt as Mandy and Dana work Ruby’s neck now. As Mandy cuts the ring off from Ruby, Ruby starts to fight out of the corner and gets Liv into the match now as they start the beat down of Mandy Rose. As the Riott Squad lose the advantage, Rose and Brooke get some damage with a superplex and Swanton combination but Liv gets a reversal on Dana and get the pinfall.
Natalya and Tamina are the last two to get in the match up and start the powerhouse assault on the Riott Squad. The two getting the best of the most tenured tag team in the whole match up as Liv tries to break out of their grasp. Ruby gets the tag and hit the codebreaker/senton combination to Tamina only for a two though and Tamina gets the advantage back, gets the tag to Natalya and they hit a Hart Attack. Natalya looks to get the Sharpshooter but changes her mind and tags Tamina in for the Superfly Splash to get the Day Two Tag Team Championship opportunity.
Seth Rollins vs Cesaro-
Cesaro goes quick into the offense with an Uppercut and goes for the Swing early but Seth rushes out and panics with Cesaro getting more and more of a beat down. Cesaro getting a good amount of offense going as Seth starts to target Cesaro’s arm and starts to pick things up after with his Superplex/Falcon Arrow combo after getting distance. Seth getting cocky again as he tries to take it to Cesaro but the Swiss Cyborg gets his strikes in again, taking down Seth with Uppercuts and goes for the swing again constantly, first time gets countered into a cradle, second time Seth gets to the ropes but the third time is the charm for nine rotations of the Swing and Sharpshooter. Seth breaks out of the hold and moves out of another Uppercut attempt from the corner, hurting Cesaro’s arm again as Rollins gets his high offense in, knees, Slingblades and a 360 Splash but nothing keeps Cesaro down. Seth tries for a ripcord knee but Cesaro changes it into a Neutralizer and a two count. Rollins crawls to the ropes and gets his legs grabbed again for yet ANOTHER Swing but flips out of it, into a Pedigree but fails to get the victory again.
Rollins gets his speech in about being God as he hits Cesaro in time to set up the Curb Stomp. Rollins gets caught into a Uppercut (second best Stomp counter) and takes Rollins spinning, first with a no handed Airplane Spin, Giant Swing and finishes it with a Neutralizer.
(Now get my Red and Pewter out of my sight on Rollins. They are winners unlike you tonight, Seth.)
New Day vs AJ Styles and Omos-
We… are getting Omos to start off against Kofi…? Oh no. New Day goaded AJ to start.
Kofi and AJ using their speed to go off and do some of their big moves or attempt them as AJ thinks he gets an advantage but Kofi gets it, with a slam and near fall, teasing AJ after a beat down as the champs get frequent tags, even getting a Unicorn Stampede off before Xavier holds AJ down for a bit. They keep teasing Omos to tag in but to no avail, New Day beating AJ down more. Kofi goes to tease AJ to get to tag AJ but tags Woods in to cut him off from tagging Omos. After a flurry from AJ to separate from Woods, Kofi tags himself in and fights AJ from tagging the big man in until AJ separates himself from the two and realizes, “I can tag the big man…? I CAN TAG THE BIG MAN!”
Omos comes in and Xavier can’t knock Omos down as Kofi tries to tag in and chop down the big man as The New Day… well to quote the remake of The Longest Yard… they shit themselves. Omos dismantles and smashes The New Day in the ring. Omos basically is breaking them apart as AJ flings over Omos for a Phenomenal Forearm and Omos two handed Chokeslams Kofi down for the win… Jesus Christ. They made him look like a billion dollars in the ring tonight.
Braun Strowman vs Shane McMahon-
As Braun comes in second, Elias and Ryker goes and beats Strowman down with chairs before the bell and Shane tells them to bring Braun in for it to start.
Shane grabs one of the chairs and beats Braun down with the chair over and over, going for a quick win and escaping but Braun, limping, stops Shane and taking more strikes from Shane for a good amount, limping and weakened as Shane breaks sheet metal from the top of the cage to continue the beat down and near fall. Braun now taking the fight to Shane as he stops Shane from escaping and tossing Shane into the cage walls over and over as Shane gets Braun’s hands now before getting squashed between the cage walls. Braun gets the full advantage in the match until his legs give out from earlier and Shane slides out, doing a swinging DDT and setting Braun up to go from Florida all the way to Cali with the Coast to Coast for a second near fall. Ryker and Elias climb the outside to get Shane out but Strowman runs into the cage to loosen all three of them. More offense goes on before Shane gets away and climbs out almost until he pisses off Braun and… gets caught, pulling the cage apart and dragging Shane back in. Braun getting a bright idea as he props Shane up on the cage, going up himself before Braun launches Shane off the cage and climbs back in, stumbling and standing up for himself and everyone who was bullied that’s watching before hitting a Running Powerslam for the win.
We get a small break for the cage to be taken down to honor the inductees to the 2020 Hall of Fame, Shatner, Liger, JBL, The Bella Twins, The British Bulldog, Titus O’Neal with the Warrior Award and the New World Order, Waltman, Hall, Nash and Hogan.
Bad Bunny & Damien Priest vs Miz & John Morrison-
Priest and Miz start it off and Miz goes to the corner and goads Bunny to come in and tags in as they walk around a little bit and Miz being an ass saying he can get the first shot as Bad Bunny pops Miz down. Bunny actually goes for a waist lock as Miz swings wild, Bunny ducks and gets another jab in before Miz gets pissed off and both of them trade blows in the corner of the ring before Miz gets the advantage, taking Bad Bunny into one corner and gets cocky a little before getting countered and Bunny flings Miz down with an arm drag. Miz rolls out and gets caught INTO A LA MAGISTAL AND A NEAR FALL! Miz had to get cheap after a a short pep talk with Morrison as Bad Bunny showing he’s better than Enzo with the rope spot. Bunny gets the advantage again as he slides under the ropes and does a well done Tilt-A-Whirl Head Scissor on Miz before tagging Morrison and getting some control in the match for M&M.
Miz gets back in and taunts Damien Priest by putting Bad Bunny in a headlock, inches away from Priest until Bunny gets some fight in him, dropping Morrison from the apron and almost getting to Priest, countering Miz’s stop with a Sunset Flip but getting beaten down after the pin attempt. Miz and Morrison take it to Bunny on the outside a bit. Morrison gets tagged in and taunts Booker T with a Spinarooni (A perfect one at that) as the tag to Miz gets in and Priest tries to get the crowd amped up. Miz cheap shots Priest and takes the ref’s attention away as M&M just keep embarrassing Bad Bunny with kicks in the corner. Miz gets cocky again and goes for his signature clothesline in the corner but Bunny stops him, dropping Morrison’s attack from the apron and hits a Tornado DDT onto Miz as he finally tags Damien Priest.
Damien goes to both men with his speed and strength, suplexing Miz into Morrison and hitting a chokeslam into a nearfall as all four men now get in the ring. Stereo Falcon Arrows, Damien Priest getting his step up Tope Con Hilo and Bunny with a crossbody. Priest gets Miz into the ring and Miz counters it into a Skull Crushing Finale into a pinfall. Bad Bunny goes to break it up and almost gets a tag in before Morrison pulls Bunny down. Bad Bunny having none of it from Morrison, hits a God Damn Destroyer as Priest props Miz up, gets the tag and lands a crossbody on the Miz for the win.
(Okay… Bad Bunny actually impressed me. Showed he cared. I give him props for that. I really do.)
Bianca Belair vs Sasha Banks-
Both women size each other up for Collar & Elbows and Sasha shoves Bianca down, getting the trash talk started before Bianca kips up and shows a good amount of her –est’s, being Strong, Quick, Fast against Sasha as Sasha gets annoyed and gets caught by Bianca, rolling her out of the ring as Bianca goes to the outside. After some fighting on the apron, Sasha goes for a good suicide dive attempt but Bianca catches her and carries her to the ring as the match gets back to the ring. Bianca gets her usually offense going but Sasha actually grabs the hair of Bianca during the cartwheel and takes control this time around, getting her edge back and weakening the challenger. Sasha takes her to the corner and goes for the double knee attempt from the apron before Bianca catches her and drops her on her shoulder as they both go to the outside. Bianca’s hair gets caught by Sasha and Bianca takes control on the outside before the ref gets to 8 and both come back in. Bianca showed off her strength this time after a cradle attempt and does an impressive amount of time on a stalling suplex. Sasha keeps using Bianca’s hair to try to stop her after the Suplex but Bianca uses her hair as a ripcord effect into a clothesline. Sasha gets beat down from a Standing Shooting Star and getting propped into the corner as Belair goes for a 450 attempt from the top rope and Sasha counters, getting the momentum change momentarily.
Bianca catches some of Sasha’s high speed offense and does powerbomb pinfalls as Sasha kicks out of the first two, reversing the third with an X-Factor and taking control back with a Tornado DDt for another near fall. Banks now goes to the top for a Frog Splash. Sasha gets her anger and ruthlessness to wrap Bianca’s hair around her opponent into a Bank Statement and somehow, Bianca powers through and gets to the ropes before Sasha starts stopping on Bianca’s face after the break. Banks keeps going with the trash talking but Bianca shoves her into the corner post with some Shoulder Tackles and sets her up for a Superplex. Sasha fights her off and attempts a cartwheel kick before Sasha grabs the feet into a Tree of Woe position to land a Meteora. Sasha misses the first one, goes to a knee strike from the Tree as Bianca sits up so Sasha lands knees first into the turnbuckle and eats a 450 Splash for a near fall. Sasha tries to get control again after but gets whipped in the midsection with Bianca’s hair and after a fight to swing around, Bianca grabs Sasha up and lands the Kiss Of Death to win her first Women’s Championship in WWE.
Overall Score: 8/10
Well not too bad for the first fan attended event for WWE… barring NXT of course. Bad Bunny showed he can actually care about wrestling, wasn’t expecting a Canadian Destroyer… or I guess Puerto Rican Destroyer. Cesaro gets his moment, Bianca gets her moment. AJ Styles is now a Grand Slam Champion and every match except for the Tag Team Turmoil thing was pretty solid. I actually can’t wait for night two of Mania. Did it match Stand and Deliver Night One? No. That is still the best match of the week so far but they brought a good amount of fire this night and held a candle to Night Two all things considered. Well we have one more day for me to do Mania Week writing so let’s see if Night two can live up to Night One.
Just… people stop wearing my Bucs colors and lose in the process. Seriously. Disappointed me tonight Seth and New Day.
WWE 24/7 Championship Results & Report! (4/10/21)
BEHOLD! The Night Panther!!
It’s the epic conclusion to the Legend of the Night Planter!
Mild-mannered Old Spice salesman, Joseph Average, finds himself in the middle of an incredible WWE 24/7 Championship prophecy! But is he hero or villain?
- WWE 24/7 Championship Picnic Panic: R-Truth VS Akira Tozawa & Night Panther; Truth retains the title.
PLAY BY PLAY
R-Truth is having a picnic.
“This is just not your ordinary picnic. We eatin’ good.” And after spraying some Old Spice Night Panther, they’re smellin’ good, too! But Akira Tozawa is sneaking up to snatch Truth’s snacks! Truth goes to reach for some, sees Tozawa, and Tozawa says, “Say cheese~!” What’s Tozawa doing at Truth’s picnic?! And with Ninja Referee (Drew Gulak) and the Night Panther! Truth finds he’s outnumbered! Tozawa and Ninja Ref Gulak grab Truth, and Truth says, “Oh no! Say it ain’t so, Joe!” He went from Average Joe, to Average Ninja! But if you go full ninja, you go evil. But, Joe’s not evil…
Tozawa shouts, “ATTACK!” But stand back, there’s a Hurricane comin’ through! A hurricane? Truth’s insurance covers that. But what is he doing here? What’s he doing here? Everyone knows that hurricanes and night panthers are mortal enemies. Truth confirms. And yet, here Joe is, ruining Truth’s picnic with his baby. Wazzupwiththat?! Night Panther, attack!! Night Panther punches at Hurricane but is blocked and counter punched! Truth breaks free of the kung-fu grip, and hurries with Hurricane to the Truth Cave! AWAY~!
The ninjas pick themselves up and Tozawa blames Night Panther for this. But he tried…! Tozawa takes away Night Panther’s seemingly endless blackbelt. Was this Yokozuna sized? But Tozawa doesn’t care what the prophecy says, Joseph Average is NOT the Night Panther! The “HAH! HAH! HAH!” turns into laughter at Joe’s failure, and Joe runs away in shame. Ninja Ref Gulak tries to talk with Tozawa but he won’t hear it. Will Tozawa ever get the 24/7 Championship away from Truth? Will Joseph Average redeem himself? Or is there truly someone else who the Night Panther mantle is meant for?
Not quite as conclusive as I thought, but this was a pretty great next part to this story with Eric Bugenhagen, aka Ricky Buge, aka The Buge, now Joseph “The Night Panther” Average, who may not even be the Night Panther anymore. I like that we got The Hurricane in this, and if it weren’t for the divide of WWE and AEW, I would love if the cinematic wrestling universe got Matt Hardy involved with this title. Having a brand deal feels right up the “Big Money Matt” gimmick’s alley. I hope Buge returns and proves himself as the Night Panther, or even just as Joseph Average. This is the kind of fun this title needs to be having either way.
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