World Tag League reaches the halfway point!
Round five of ten has arrived but the Dangerous Tekkers are 2-2! Will the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions keep from owing more title matches?
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: FinJuice VS Bad Luck Fale & Chase Owens; Fale & Owens win.
- World Tag League 2020: HenarACE VS EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi; HenarACE wins.
- World Tag League 2020: Toru Yano & Tomohiro Ishii VS Guerrillas of Destiny; Yano & Ishii win.
- World Tag League 2020: Dangerous Tekkers VS The Empire; Dangerous Tekkers win.
- World Tag League 2020: Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI VS SANADA & Shingo Takagi; LIJ wins.
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Here are the current 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: 2-2
Bad Luck Fale & Chase Owens: 0-4
FinJuice VS Bad Luck Fale & Chase Owens!
Last year’s WTL winners aren’t having the best run, but they’re much better off than the Rogue General and Crown Jewel. Will Juice Robinson and David Finlay make sure this part of the Bullet Club stays at the bottom of the block?
Bullet Club goes to Low Sweet, but they rush FinJuice instead! Owens throws Finlay out and Fale is after Juice in the corner! The bell rings to get this on record as Fale throws heavy hands. Finlay rams Owens into railing but Fale whips Juice corner to corner. Fale runs in but Juice dodges! Juice JABS, JABS, JABS, and fans clap along! Juice pumps up but Fale body shots again! Fale fireman’s carries but Fin saves Juice! FinJuice double dropkicks Fale away but Owens tags in, to run into double hip tosses! Fale runs in, but into double dropkicks! Juice gets fans to stomp-stomp-clap, and he goes to Owens.
Tag to Finlay, and FinJuice throws hands, then Juice snapmares for Finlay’s rolling tackle! Cover, ONE, but Finlay keeps close with the armlock. Owens gets up, knees low and headlocks. Finlay powers out and tags Juice, FinJuice drop and hurdle to then scoop slam Owens down! Juice scoop slams Finlay onto Owens, then drops the back senton! Cover, TWO! Juice drags Owens up, wrenches, tags Finlay and holds Owens for Finlay’s ax handle. Juice whips, FinJuice double kick to double BULLDOG! Juice DECKS Fale while Finlay covers, TWO! Fans rally up as Finlay facelocks and brings Owens up.
Tag to Juice and Juice goes up top to drop more ax handles. Finlay whips Owens corner to corner, Juice and Finlay dosido for Juice to corner clothesline! Juice shouts for one more, but Owens reverses the whip. Owens misses in the corner but Fale CLOBBERS Juice and Owens DECKS Finlay! Fale drags Juice up to whip him into railing! Owens stands on Finlay’s head while Fale punches Plexiglas down! Fale stomps Juice while Owens gets back in the ring. The ref reprimands Fale and Fale puts Juice in the ring. Owens drags Juice up to wrench and scoop for a backbreaker! Cover, TWO! Owens drags Juice over and tags in Fale.
Fale DECKS Finlay then goes over to Juice. Bullet Club stands on Juice’s back! The ref reprimands, Fale lets off, and Fale drags Juice back up. Fale pushes Juice against ropes to CLUB him on the back! And again! Juice staggers about but Fale CLUBS him into the corner. Tag to Owens, Owens brings Juice around to whip into a corner. Owens runs in to forearm then LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Fans rally for Juice but Owens has him in a facelock. Juice fights up, throws body shots, but Owens cravats. Juice still fights free then jawbreakers Owens! Owens shove Juice but Juice elbows Fale! Juice forearms Owens then elbows Fale again. Owens ducks the heel kick, and he calls for Fale!
Owens back suplexes but Juice lands on his feet! Fale grabs Juice, but Juice dodges and the SUPERKICK hits Fale! Juice hurries, hot tag to Finlay! Finlay dodges Owens, dropkicks Fale and throws forearms on Owens! Owens reverses the whip but Finlay hits a flying uppercut! Owens bails out, Finlay aims and slingshots, PLANCHA! Fans cheer as Finlay puts Owens back in the ring. Finlay goes up top and Owens staggers about, into ax handles! Owens stays up but Finlay runs in to uppercut him in the corner! Finlay goes up again, flying uppercut! Cover, TWO! Finlay tags Juice and FinJuice double whip Owens. Atomic drop and shift, SHOTGUN LEG SWEEP! Cover, TWO!
Juice tags Finlay back in and FinJuice double whips Owens again. Owens holds ropes, boots Finlay and enziguris Juice! Owens SUPERKICKS Finlay then WRECKS Juice with the dropkick! Tag to Fale and Bullet Club double whip Finlay. Fale body shots, Owens knee lifts and Fale LARIATS! Cover, but Juice breaks it! Owens stomps and clubs Juice, then tucks him in. Juice fights off the package driver and back drops out! Fale grabs Juice for the GRENADE! Finlay fires off on Fale and throws a EuroUpper! Finlay runs, into Fale’s grip! But Finlay fights off the Grenade, only to get the JEWEL TRIGGER!
Owens has Finlay in a cross arm lift, Bullet Club hits the GRENADE STRAITJACKET SUPLEX! Cover, Bullet Club wins!!
Winners: Bad Luck Fale & Chase Owens, by pinfall; now 1-4, FinJuice is now 2-3
Bullet Club not only gets on the board at the half, but they take down last year’s WTL winners! Is this less a sign of Fale and Owens rising up and more of FinJuice falling down?
HenarACE VS EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi w/ Dick Togo!
Speaking of bottom of the block, who would’ve thought Hiroshi Tanahashi would be 0-4! But there’s still a chance he and the Hammerhead head for the top! Will HenarACE trump the King of Darkness and the Tokyo Pimp?
The Bullet Club gives the Low Sweet, HenarACE show off the muscles, and teams sort out to have Tanahashi start with Evil. Fans rally and clap, “Let’s Go, Ace!” as Tanahashi and Evil circle. Yujiro gets in and attacks from behind! Evil DECKS Henare and then joins in stomping on Tanahashi. Bullet Club double whip but Tanahashi kicks Yujiro and headlocks Evil. Tanahashi jumps up and gets Yujiro for a double takedown! Fans cheer as Bullet Club flounders. Tanahashi throws forearms on Evil, whips but Evil reverses. Evil runs into an elbow, Tanahashi jumps up to crossbody!
Tag to Henare and HenarACE double whip Evil to double elbow him down. Tomahawk elbow drop combo! And the flex! Fans fire up as HenarACE double Half Crab Evil! The ref counts because Tanahashi isn’t legal, so HenarACE lets off. Fans cheer as Henare drags Evil up and throws a big forearm! And another! Henare clubs Evil’s back and fans use the rhythm to rally up. But Evil rakes Henare’s eyes! The ref reprimands, Evil whips Henare, and surprise! Yujiro removes the blue buckle pad! Henare hits bare buckles and suffers the Bullet Club’s favorite trick! Evil whips Tanahashi in and Tanahashi hits buckles! The ref reprimands but the damage is done.
Yujiro goes after Henare and claws his eyes! Dick attacks Tanahashi! Evil keeps the ref away as Yujiro keeps stomping Henare. Evil brings Tanahashi up to whip him into railing! Yujiro chokes Henare but the ref reprimands. Yujiro stops, Dick gets a quick shot in, and Henare is fed to Evil. Evil throws Henare back out and has the ref watch Tanahashi. Dick DECKS Henare! Dick puts Henare in but the ref has to keep Tanahashi back. Evil covers Henare, TWO! Evil argues the count but fans cheer. Evil tags Yujiro, Yujiro stomps Henare then stomps him more. Yujiro brings Henare up to snapmare and drop a leg, an elbow, and a headbutt! Cover, TWO!
Fans cheer but Yujiro drags Henare up. Yujiro whips Henare into the bare buckles again! Tag to Evil and Evil stands on Henare’s head. The ref reprimands but Evil lets up, only to claw at Henare’s face! Evil is smothering Henare! The ref counts, Evil lets go and Henare gasps and sputters. Evil wrenches Henare, fans rally but Evil puts Henare in a cobra twist. Evil grabs Yujiro’s hand, and Yujiro grab’s Dick’s hand, and Dick grabs railing! This long chain of leverage adds on, but the ref doesn’t see it! The Bullet Club links up again, but this time the ref sees! The ref counts and they all let go at 4. Henare is free but the damage has been done. Fans rally up and Evil grins at Tanahashi as he drags Henare back up.
Henare CHOPS back! And CHOPS again! And CHOPS again! Evil whips Henare back into barriers! Evil kicks low, mocks the clubbing rhythm then suplexes, but Henare fights back! Fans rally, Henare suplexes Evil! Fans fire up as both men are down! Tanahashi reaches as far out as he can, hot tag to the Ace! Tanahashi rallies on Evil, DECKS Yujiro and DECKS Dick! Evil walks into a kick, but he reverses the whip, only for Tanahashi to baseball slide Dick! Tanahashi runs Evil over then drops another leaping elbow! Tanahashi brings Evil up again, scoop slams him then goes up, somersault senton! Cover, TWO! Fans rally with Tanahashi, “Let’s Go, Ace!”
Evil rises, Tanahashi runs, but Evil throws him out! Tanahashi tries to skin the cat but Dick gets a leg for a DRAGON SCREW! Evil drags Tanahashi in, ties up the legs, SHARPSHOOTER! Yujiro intercepts Henare as Tanahashi endures! Fans rally up, Henare busts in and attacks Evil! Tanahashi is saved but Evil throws Henare back out. Yujiro gets in and Bullet Club brings Tanahashi up. They mug Tanahashi, going after the legs. Evil runs but Henare trips him! Tanahashi spins things around on Yujiro, TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! Fans fire up as Yujiro and Tanahashi crawl. Hot tag to Henare! The Hammerhead rallies on Yujiro with forearms!
Henare whips, Yujiro reverses but Henare dodges to LEAPING TACKLE! Yujiro gets to a corner, Henare runs in and clotheslines! Henare fireman’s carries to the running SAMOAN DROP! Cover, TWO! Henare keeps his focus and fires up, “AOH! AOH! AOH!” RAMP- No! Yujiro blocks the spear with a rake of the eyes! Yujiro blocks the kick, trips Henare and runs, but Henare dodges! Henare blocks a kick to elbow and HEEL KICK! Henare aims from the corner again, but Dick anchors Henare! Evil distracts the ref and Yujiro BOOTS Henare! Evil clotheslines and FISHERMAN BUSTERS! BASEMENT BOOT from Yujiro! Cover, but Tanahashi breaks it!
Evil goes after Yujiro while Dick distracts the ref! Evil scrapes Tanahashi out, Yujiro drags Henare into the INCOLLE SLAM! Cover, TWO!! Henare survives and fans are fired up! Dick distracts again and Yujiro has his pimp cane! CANE SHOT!! Evil has Tanahashi on the outside but Tanahshi RAMS him into railing! Yujiro reels Henare in but Tanahashi gets in to DRAGON SCREW! Evil gets in, to get a DRAGON SCREW! Dick gets in to get a DRAGON SCREW! Tanahashi is fired up, the fans are thunderous, HenarACE SLING SWEEP!! Henare aims at Yujiro, RAMPAGE!! Tanahashi PLANCHAS Evil and Dick! Henare isn’t done with Yujiro, he gets him with the TOA BOMB!! Cover, HenarACE wins!!
Winners: HenarACE, by pinfall; now 1-4, Evil & Yujiro now 3-2
Tanahashi and Henare finally get on the board, too! After all, aces trump kings! But will HenarACE still be high going into the WTL’s second half?
Toru Yano & Tomohiro Ishii VS Guerrillas of Destiny w/ Jado!
The provisional Mr. KOPW 2020 and the perennial Stone Pitbull are in the middle of the block while Tama Tonga and Tonga Loa are near the top! Will Chaos be shot down by the Firing Squad at this tournament’s halfway point?
Yano is again impatient with the check, and then he starts against the Silver Back. But he doesn’t realize until he turns around. Loa taunts the YTR but Yano fires up. They collide but Loa doesn’t move. Yano tries again but it still doesn’t work! So Yano rakes Loa’s eyes! Yano runs again but Loa runs him over! Loa whips Yano, Yano grabs ropes and baits Loa in. Yano dodges, slaps Loa, but then apologizes as Loa glares. Tama gets in and Yano sees he’s surrounded. Yano says “No no no!” they say, “Yes, yes, yes!” Yano goes after a corner pad but GOD stop him with clubs and stomps. Ishii gets in but GOD gives him kicks and clubbing forearms.
GOD double whip Ishii to a corner, Loa runs in but Ishii dodges to run Tama over! Loa runs Ishii over, but Yano has the buckle pad to SMACK Loa down! Yano tosses the pad to Jado and now the ref goes after him! Jado hops off the apron and Yano stomps Loa. Fans rally as Yano runs but Jado is there with the kendo stick. The ref reprimands but Loa clobbers Yano from behind! Tama drags Yano out to whip into railing! Tama uses the buckle pad to SMACK Yano! And again! Loa is after Ishii on the other side and Tama SMACKS Yano a third time! Tama hides the pad under the ring and Loa heads over. A ring count starts, Loa brings Yano up to put in at 6 of 20. Cover, TWO!
Loa keeps his cool as he drags Yano up and tags in Tama. Loa scoop slams Yano, Tama slingshot sentons! Loa slingshot sentons, too, then Tama rains down right hands. The ref reprimands about closed fists but Tama says his are fine. Tama throws more hands, the ref reprimands again. Tama sits down on Yano for a cover, TWO! Tag to Loa and they drag Yano up. GOD double suplexes Yano and Loa covers, TWO! Loa keeps his cool as he looms over Yano. Loa taunts Yano, stomps him down, then brings Yano up to headbutt! Loa stomps and throws forearms on Yano then pushes Ishii off the apron! Loa bumps Yano off buckles, wraps an arm in the rope, but the ref reprimands.
Loa backs off and distracts the ref so that Tama can club away on Yano’s chest! Loa returns and Tama gets away wit it as Yano falls down. The ref checks on Yano and Loa mockingly shows concern. Loa brings Yano up and aims for the bare corner! Yano reverses and pulls hair! Loa whips Yano, Yano reverses again and throws Loa down by his hair! Fans rally as Yano and Loa stir. Yano crawls but so does Loa, hot tags to Tama and Ishii! Tama dodges to fire off hands but Ishii roars and hits back. Ishii whips, Tama reverses and Ishii hits bare buckles! Tama runs in but Ishii dodges so Tama gets bare buckles! Loa throws forearms then whips Ishii away to the other corner.
Loa has Tama run in but Ishii boots him! Loa runs in but Ishii puts Tama in the way, Loa corner clotheslines Tama! Ishii clotheslines Tama, then boots Loa! Ishii whips Tama at Loa but Loa kicks back. Loa runs but Ishii runs him over! Ishii drop toeholds Tama down and fans fire up. Ishii stalks Tama, swings, but Tama slips around to dragon sleeper, only for Ishii to spin through and suplex! Fans fire up and Ishii waits for Tama to rise. Ishii runs, Tama follows, dodges and SUPER FOREARMS! Loa tackles Ishii to the bare buckles! Tama runs in and hits the corner splash! Then feeds Ishii to a kick and uppercut from Loa, before hitting the twisting inverted DDT! Cover, TWO!
Fans fire up but GOD is frustrated. Tama tags Loa and Loa drags Ishii up for clubbing forearms. Ishii forearms back but Loa ROCKS Ishii! Loa suplexes for uno amigo! And then spins through for a BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up, Loa argues the count but two is two. Loa DECKS Yano then drags Ishii back up. Loa scoops Ishii but Ishii slips out of the lawn dart to clothesline! Loa roars and shoves to fire off forearms on Ishii! Ishii ducks the big clothesline to back suplex back! Both men are down, fans fire up and Ishii tags to Yano! Yano whips Loa at the bare buckles but Loa stops himself. Loa dodges and Yano gets buckles!
Loa whips, Yano reverses and then atomic drops! Tama runs in, he gets an atomic drop! Yano whips Loa but Loa reverses, only for Yano to stop himself. Yano sends Loa into buckles, rolls Loa up, TWO! Yano spins Loa for a backslide, TWO! Yano goes for a fisherman but Loa breaks out to knee, kick and enziguri! Ishii runs in but Loa LARIATS him down! GOD focus on Yano with a double whip, body shots and the leaping neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Fans cheer as Yano survives but Jado calls for the end! GOD brings Yano up, but Ishii stops Magic Killer! Ishii waistlocks Loa and GERMAN SUPLEXES him away!
Tama runs into a waistlock, Ishii ducks the elbow and ROCKS Tama with a right! Tama blocks then swings, but into a spin and suplex. Tama fights out, spins Ishii but Ishii denies Gun Stun! Ishii tries to suplex, but Tama counters and Loa returns, MAGIC KILLER! GOD goes back to Yano now, brings him up, and set him up but Yano fights out! Yano shoves Tama into Loa, but they block the double low blows! They get him for TONGAN TWIST! Cover, TWO!?! Yano survives but Jado distracts the referee! Jado tosses his kendo stick in and Tama grabs it, but Yao dodges and Tama SMACKS Loa! Yano shoves Loa into Tama, LOW BLOWS Loa and rolls him up, CHAOS WINS!
Winners: Toru Yano & Tomohiro Ishii, by pinfall; now 3-2, GOD are now 3-2
Bullet Club as a whole has gone 1-2 on the day! The GOD are sore losers, but they don’t attack the winners, they just break Yano’s KOPW trophy! But Tama and Loa themselves are still in the same boat as Yano and Ishii. Will the Guerrillas be able to get back on track in the second half?
Dangerous Tekkers VS The Empire!
Taichi and Zack Sabre Jr. are not happy that they have not just one but two losses on their WTL record! But will they be able to keep it from becoming three when faced with the Dominator and the Hawaiian Hulk?
Taichi gets right in Great-O-Khan’s face as he “sings,” and ZSJ does the same to Jeff Cobb. The second the song ends, Khan Mongolian CHOPS Taichi down and Cobb DECKS ZSJ! Cobb headbutts ZSJ out of the ring and the bell rings. The Empire goes after the Tekkers with more headbutts and forearms! Cobb drags ZSJ up and DECKS him wiht a right! Khan bumps Taichi off the apron and Cobb brings ZSJ around to throw another forearm! Cobb headbutts ZSJ in the back! Khan throws Taichi around while Cobb CLUBS ZSJ down. Fans clap as ZSJ hits back with low headbutts. Khan whips Taichi to railing, then regroups with Cobb.
The Empire puts ZSJ in, Cobb throws more forearms on him. ZSJ gets to an open corner and Cobb RAMS a shoulder in. Cobb whips ZSJ corner to corner. ZSJ goes up and over and gets around to get the cobra twist, but Cobb hip tosses him off right away! ZSJ fires up to throw EuroUppers! Cobb waistlocks but ZSJ slips out to get the IRON OCTOPUS! The fans cheer but Cobb powers out to spin ZSJ around, but ZSJ gets a guillotine instead! ZSJ has the body scissors, too, but Cobb puts him on the top rope! Cobb lets off but ZSJ boots him away! ZSJ leaps on for a guillotine, but Cobb SUPLEXES him away! Tag to Khan and Khan CLOBBERS Taichi off the apron!
Khan gut wrenches ZSJ up for a DROP! Khan stomps all over ZSJ and ZSJ gets to a corner. But it’s The Empire’s corner! Khan stomps him down and grinds his boot in! Taichi runs at Khan and claws at Khan’s face! Khan pushes him away to DECK him! Khan scrapes Taichi out and then tags in Cobb. Cobb clubs ZSJ then bumps him off buckles. Cobb stomps a mudhole into ZSJ, then backs off. Red Shoes checks on ZSJ but Khan taunts him. Cobb has ZSJ in chicken wings and tags in Khan. The Empire mugs ZSJ, and Khan taunts ZSJ more. Khan drags ZSJ up to waistlock but ZSJ flails and kicks, only for Khan to ram him into buckles! Khan sits on ZSJ in the corner and taunts Taichi!
Red Shoes has to keep Taichi back, Khan pulls ZSJ’s arms back. Red Shoes counts, Khan jumps down and ZSJ flounders. Khan keeps ZSJ from Taichi and tags Cobb back in. The Empire mugs ZSJ as Cobb headbutts, but ZSJ rolls for his corner! Cobb intercepts and DECKS ZSJ! Cobb whips ZSJ to an open corner hard! ZSJ still tries to make his way to Taichi but Cobb covers, TWO! Cobb keeps ZSJ down, brings him around, then clubs him down. Cobb tags Khan, they mug ZSJ more, then Khan scoops ZSJ. ZSJ flails but Khan still SLAMS him down! Khan looms over ZSJ but ZSJ kicks back. ZSJ throws EuroUppers as fans rally up but Khan doesn’t even flinch.
Khan pushes ZSJ but ZSJ EuroUppers! That one Khan felt! Khan Mongolian CHOPS ZSJ down! Khan whips ZSJ to a corner, ZSJ goes up and gets a TORNADO DDT! Fans fire up while both men are down! ZSJ crawls but so does Khan, hot tags to Taichi and Cobb! Taichi dodges Cobb to choke him! Cobb throws forearms but Taichi chokes him again! Cobb spins Taichi for a waistlock, Taichi elbows free then dodges to waistlock back. Cobb is too big for the saido and he elbows free. Cobb runs but Taichi BOOTS him! AX BOMBER, but Cobb doesn’t budge! Cobb runs Taichi over with a shoulder! Fans cheer the feat of strength while Taichi gets to a corner.
Cobb runs in but Taichi dodges the flying elbow, to GAMANGIRI! Taichi waistlocks for DANGEROUS SAIDO! Fans rally while both men are down, and Taichi sits up first. Taichi takes off the pants! Taichi aims from the corner, dares Cobb to get up, but Cobb deflects the kick! Cobb ROCKS Taichi with a right but Taichi comes back! Cobb blocks the kick to spin Taichi into the ATHLETIC PLEX! Both men are down again but Cobb crawls and tags in Khan. Khan stalks Taichi and talks trash as he grinds Taichi’s head into his boot. Taichi powers up against Khan’s grip, but Khan knees low! And again! Taichi gets angry but the Mongolian CHOP knocks him down!
Khan runs but Taichi dodges to AX BOMBER! Khan is folded up and fans fire up! Taichi tags in ZSJ! The Submission Master BOOTS Khan, Khan growls so ZSJ boots him again! Khan rebounds, ZSJ dodges but ZSJ runs into the judo throw! Cobb returns and the Empire drags ZSJ up. The Empire double whip him corner to corner, Khan whips Cobb in and Cobb hits the flying elbow! Cobb gut wrench suplexes ZSJ, then Khan gut wrench suplexes ZSJ the other way! Cover, TWO! Fans cheer as ZSJ survives but Khan gets frustrated. Khan drags ZSJ up, whips him to a corner and follows up with the clothesline from behind!
Khan puts ZSJ up top to Mongolian CHOP! Khan puts ZSJ in the Tree of Woe and digs his boot in! Red Shoes counts, Khan stomps, then runs corner to corner. Taichi gets in as Khan returns, for a sobat and ROUNDHOUSE! Taichi DECKS Cobb, frees ZSJ and the Tekkers go after Khan, PENALTY KICK! Cover but Cobb breaks it! Cobb fires forearms on the Tekkers then whips ZSJ for a TOUR- Tilt-o-whirl! ZSJ has a sleeper, then spins him around! Taichi aims, but ZSJ can’t suplex Cobb! ZSJ EuroUppers Cobb into Taichi’s BOOT! ZSJ scoops but Cobb topples him over! Khan CLOBBERS Taichi, Cobb dead lifts and pops ZSJ up for a suplex!
Fans cheer the incredible strength and Khan looks to finish this! Eliminator claw, but ZSJ armbar counters! ZSJ drags Khan into a triangle hold, but Khan dead lifts! Cobb and Taichi brawl on the outside as Khan claws ZSJ’s face! Khan hands ZSJ off to Cobb but ZSJ slips out to shove Cobb into TENSHO JUJIHOU SUPERKICK! Khan returns and CLAWS Taichi’s face! Taichi drops to a knee, but Khan brings him up, only for Taichi to CHOKE Khan! It’s a choke versus the iron claw! But ZSJ wrenches and PELES, Taichi ROUNDHOUSES! EuroUpper, ZACK MEPHISTO!! Cover, the Tekkers win!!
Winner: Dangerous Tekkers, by pinfall; now 3-2, The Empire is now 3-2
The champions conquer the Empire! And more importantly, they keep from owing another title match! Then, in very Suzuki-Gun fashion, Taichi adds insult to injury as he returns the favor to Khan! He grinds Khan’s face into his boot! Taichi has a good laugh and lets off before Cobb gets back in. The champions are feeling great, but can they make a comeback and be top of the league?
Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI VS SANADA & Shingo Takagi!
The Fierce Warrior and Head Hunter broke even, but the Cold Skull and Dragon have been on a roll. Will Chaos’ other combination come to a Skull End against the calm and the fury of LIJ?
The entrance attire is put aside and the teams sort out. Goto starts against Takagi in a NEVER Openweight Championship rematch. Fans cheer and rally already as the two circle. They tie up, Goto headlocks, grinds Takagi down, but Takagi powers out and pulls Goto’s hair. Takagi headlocks, Goto powers out and the two ram shoulders. Takagi eggs Goto on so Goto runs and shoulders him again. Neither budges, they each egg the other on, but Goto runs, only for Takagi to elbow him! Takagi runs, shoulders Goto but Goto rebounds to run him over! Tag to Hashi and Chaos drags Takagi up to double whip. They double shoulder Takagi down, then hip toss senton! Hashi covers, ONE!
Fans cheer and Hashi stomps Takagi to ropes. Hashi stomps Takagi more, brings him up and clubs him again. Takagi hits Goto but Hashi clubs Takagi. Hashi throws a forearm but Takagi throws it back. They go back and forth, fast and furious and fans rally up! There’s no stopping but Hashi does body shot and CHOP! Hashi runs, Sanada gets a cheap shot in! Takagi runs but Goto gets a cheap shot in! Hashi elbows Sanada away, Goto and Hashi double whip Takagi but Takagi holds ropes. Takagi boots Goto, runs Hashi over, then hip tosses Goto onto Hashi! Takagi adds a back senton and fans cheer! Takagi drags Hashi up and Sanada whips Goto into railing! Takagi throws Hashi out to then whip him into railing, too!
Sanada digs his knee into Goto at railing while Hashi writhes. Fans rally up and Takagi drags Hashi up. Takagi RAMS Hashi into the apron, puts him in the ring, then drags him back up for a motorcycle stretch. Sanada tags in and LIJ mugs Hashi. LIJ double whip, Takagi knees and rolls Hashi for Sanada’s basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Sanada keeps on Hashi with a chinlock but Goto talks trash. Sanada lets off of Hashi to stomp him down! Sanada brings Hashi up to CLUB the bad arm! Sanada wrenches Hashi, tags Takagi, and Takagi CLUBS the bad arm. Takagi drags Hashi up and brings him around but Hashi throws body shots.
Takagi knees and whips Hashi to run him over! Then Takagi CLOBBERS Goto off the apron! Fans cheer while Takagi drags Hashi back up. Takagi suplexes Hashi high and fast! Cover, Goto breaks it! Goto coaches Hashi up but Takagi drags Hashi over to feed to Sanada’s knee. Sanada tags in, knees Hashi to a corner, but Hashi forearms back. Hashi CHOPS, Sanada grits his teeth and Hashi CHOPS again! And again! Sanada clubs the bad arm, whips Hashi corner to corner, but blocks Hashi’s boot. Sanada drags Hashi into Paradise! Takagi DECKS Goto for good measure as fans rally up. Sanada encourages them to get louder, and they do, then Sanada dropkicks Hashi out of Paradise! Cover, TWO!
Sanada drags Hashi up but Hashi resists the suplex. Sanada still gets Hashi up but Hashi fights back, to suplex Sanada instead! Fans rally as both men are down! Sanada and Hashi crawl, hot tag to Takagi! Takagi stops Hashi and clubs his bad shoulder. Takagi whips Hashi to a corner, blocks the boot and clotheslines! Takagi runs, Hashi dodges, HEADHUNTER! Hot tag to Goto and he rallies on LIJ! Takagi kicks Goto then runs, but Goto follows to LARIAT! Fans fire up with Goto as he has Takagi in a corner. Goto whips corner to corner then follows up with MURAMASA! And BULLDOG! Cover, TWO!
Goto keeps on Takagi as he brings him up, fireman’s carries, but Takagi slips off. Goto elbows out of the waistlock and then out of a fireman’s carry! Takagi fights off the dragon sleeper to run and SLIDING LARIAT! Both men are down and fans fire up! Takagi fires up and fans clap with “OI! OI! OI!” Takagi drags Goto up, Goto forearms but Takagi hits back! Takagi eggs Goto on and the two brawl back and forth! Takagi headbutts, whips, but Goto reverses! Goto runs in to clothesline! Goto keeps moving but Takagi elbows, JABS, and spins Goto around to DDT! Tag to Sanada as fans rally up.
LIJ double whip Goto and Sanada elbows, Takagi blindside clotheslines and Sanada kicks. LIJ combines for a DROPKICK BACK SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! Sanada keeps his cool and drags Goto up. Sanada fireman’s carries but Goto fights out. Sanada kicks and whips but Goto reverses. Goto runs but Sanada elbows him away. Sanada Quebrada but Goto gets clear to HEAD SHOT! Fans rally up, Goto hot tags Hashi! Hashi runs in at Sanada to CHOP! Hashi whips to CHOP and mule kick, then he hangs Sanada out to dry! Hashi runs and dropkicks Sanada down! Hashi keeps moving to basement dropkick! Cover, TWO!
Fans fire up and Hashi DECKS Takagi off the apron. Hashi drags Sanada up and fans rally. Hashi reels Sanada in, Sanada huricanranas out of the bomb, to swing into the spinning back kick! Goto returns, fireman’s carries, SUPERKICK USHIGOROSHI! Then the METEORA! Cover, Takagi breaks it! Goto goes after Takgi but Takagi fires off on him and Hashi! Chaos hits back, double whips, but Takagi holds ropes. Chaos blocks his double clotheslines to double kick back, and then Hashi turns Takagi for GOTO BUSTER! Goto and Hashi drag Sanada up, bring him up but Sanada fights out and suplexes. Goto suplexes Sanada, Hashi holds Sanada up, G Y R!! Cover, TWO!!
Sanada survives and fans fire up again! Goto drags Sanada back up and dragon sleepers. Hashi brings Sanada up again but Takagi saves him! Goto knees Takagi but double clotheslines collide, and collide again! Goto swats Takagi away but spins to LEFT HAND LARIAT! But Hashi LARIATS Takagi! Sanada kicks Hashi and whips, but Hashi reverses! Sanada tumbles out, springboards back in and missile dropkicks! All four men are down but the fans fire up! LIJ sits up first and fans clap “L I J” for them. Takagi and Sanada bring Hashi up, double whip him corner to corner, then elbow and clothesline! Boot and clothesline, to MAGIC SCREW! Cover, but Goto breaks it!
Takagi drags Goto out to bump him off the apron. Sanada scoops Hashi for a backbreaker! Sanada goes up top, MOONSAULT, but Hashi dodges! Goto sends Takagi into railing, Sanada runs in but Hashi boots him. Hashi runs at Sanada but Sanada spins him for SHIRANUI, to DRAGON SLEEPER! Hashi endures but Goto gets in to dragon sleeper Sanada! Hashi picks Sanada up, Takagi stops that! Goto and Hashi are shoved into each other, DOUBLE LARIATS! Takagi PUMPING BOMBERS Goto out of the ring! Sanada EuroUppers Hashi, Takagi PUMPING BOMBERS, but Hashi stays up!? Hashi shoves Takagi into Sanada then SUPERKICKS!
Hashi runs, Takagi clotheslines him at ropes! Takagi keeps moving, PUMPING BOMBER!! Sanada drags Hashi up, T K O! Cover, TWO!! Hashi survives but Sanada says he’ll end it! Takagi sends GOto into railing for good measure while Sanada dragon sleepers. But Hashi spins through to cradle! TWO, Hashi scoops but Sanada slips out to dragon sleeper, but Hashi victory rolls! TWO!! Hashi swings into an O’Conner roll, but he switches to roll Sanada! TWO!!! Sanada is in a corner, he elbows Hashi then QUEBRADA, to dragon sleeper! Hashi endures, Takagi and Goto still brawl as the SKULL SWING becomes SKULL END!! Hashi flails and kicks while Takagi and Goto brawl, HASHI TAPS! LIJ WINS!
Winners: Sanada & Shingo Takagi, by submission; now 4-1, Goto & Hashi are now 2-3
Los Ingobernables de Japon are the top of the block! No other team is doing better! Sanada looks to be leaving, but he’s actually fetching the mic! Fans clap “L I J!” or perhaps “SA-NA-DA!” Sanada says, “Me and TKG here are taking this year’s World Tag League. Everone here in Koriyama, it’s been a year, but why don’t we try it?” It takes a moment, but the lights go down and the “stars” come out. “This is the last time for NJPW in the Tohoku region this year, so this is my gift to you. Oi, Koriyama! See you next time.” Will LIJ stay hot and take the league?
Here are the NEW World Tag League standings!
SANADA & Shingo Takagi: 4-1
Toru Yano & Tomohiro Ishii: 3-2
The Dangerous Tekkers: 3-2
Guerrillas of Destiny: 3-2
The Empire: 3-2
EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi: 3-2
YOSHI-HASHI & Hirooki Goto: 2-3
Bad Luck Fale & Chase Owens: 1-4
A really good round for WTL, with some wild surprises! I did not think Fale and Owens would get a win off, well, anyone. But to get a win off last year’s winners is even bigger! That could be the spoiler right there, keeping FinJuice from being a possibility as the winner now. HenarACE finally getting on the board is great, too, especially over Evil and Yujiro. That isn’t enough to say it was a spoiler win, but it was still great to see. Yano and Ishii getting that win over GOD was a great surprise, but even more surprising was that the trophy broke. I wonder if Yano’s replacement is something bigger and goofier than what it was, or if it’s just the old trophy put together with tape. That latter possibility might even be more on brand for Yano, actually.
We got great matches out of Tekkers VS Empire and Chaos VS LIJ. Empire looked very strong again but it was of necessity in the big picture that Tekkers won. They can’t owe three teams a match when WrestleKingdom is only two nights. Then, LIJ standing atop the entire thing as the only 4-1 team is great stuff. I was saying with the Summer Struggle and G1 Climax that Sanada needs to have something while everyone else in LIJ either has or is on track for something else. Naito with the IWGP Heavyweight and Intercontinental Championships, Takagi with the NEVER Openweight Championship, and then at least Hiromu Takahashi going back for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship, Sanada could use some direction for being as popular as he is with the fans.
My Score: 9/10
Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (1/21/22)
Moxley is on a Rampage!
AEW continues LIVE in Washington, D.C!
Jon Moxley gets back in action against Ethan Page, and Jade Cargill defends the TBS Championship against Anna Jay!
- Jon Moxley VS Ethan Page w/ Scorpio Sky; Moxley wins.
- Nick Jackson w/ Matt Jackson VS Trent Beretta w/ Orange Cassidy; Trent wins.
- Hook VS Serpentico; Hook wins.
- AEW TBS Championship: Jade Cargill w/ Mark Sterling VS Anna Jay w/ John Silver; Cargill wins and retains the title.
PLAY BY PLAY
Jon Moxley VS Ethan Page w/ Scorpio Sky!
The Maniac is back and he’s even more liberated than he was before! Will Moxley use that newfound freedom, and the same old ferocity, to deflate All Ego?
The bell rings and Moxley circles with Ethan. Fans are fired up for Mox as he ties up with Ethan. They go around, Moxley powers Ethan to a corner but Ethan shoves Moxley away. Ethan double guns and grins but Moxley keeps cool. Moxley and Ethan circle, tie up, Moxley waistlocks but Ethan switches to shove Mox away. Ethan blows a kiss but Moxley ties up with him again. They go around, end up on ropes and fans rally as Ethan lets off. Ethan CHOPS, but Moxley eggs him on. Ethan CHOPS again, Moxley CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Ethan kicks low, whips, but Moxley reverses. Things speed up and Moxley CLOBBERS Ethan!
Moxley follows Ethan to a corner, grinds forearms into his face, then climbs up to BITE Ethan’s forehead! Mox did say he drinks blood now… Moxley runs, but into a BOOT! Ethan goes up to ENZIGURI, then runs Moxley over with a shoulder! Moxley tumbles out of the ring and Ethan soaks up the heat. Ethan goes out to fetch Moxley, bumps him off the timekeeper’s table, then throws down hands. The ref starts a ring count but Ethan mugs Moxley and breaks the table! Moxley staggers away, Ethan stalks behind him. Moxley kicks and CHOPS back! And CHOPS more! Moxley whips Ethan into railing! Fans fire up as they get even closer to the action.
Moxley drags Ethan up, puts him in the ring, and fans fire up more as Moxley steps in. But Ethan knees Moxley at the ropes, gets the legs caught in the rope, and dropkicks the knee! Fans boo but Ethan drags Moxley up and in through the ropes. Double underhooks, DRAPING BUTTERFLY BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Ethan looms over Moxley, has him on ropes and throws down punches! The ref counts, Ethan lets off, but Ethan drags Moxley up. Moxley rams him into the corner and throws his shoulder in. Moxley whips corner to corner, but Ethan dodges and Moxley POSTS himself!
AEW goes picture in picture as Ethan grins and Moxley flops to the floor. Ethan goes out, hammerlocks the bad arm and POSTS it! Ethan SLAMS the bad arm against railing, then brings Moxley around to KNEE him low. Ethan TOSSES Moxley over the railing and now the front row is getting a real interactive experience. Ethan talks trash that HE is the face of AEW, not Moxley. Ethan drags Moxley back over the railing to ringside, and then puts him in the ring. Ethan stalks Moxley, drags him up and reels him in, but Moxley fights out of the crucifix as AEW returns to single picture! School boy, TWO!
Ethan swings, Moxley gets around, GERMAN SUPLEX! And another German Suplex! Moxley gets Ethan up a third time but Ethan elbows free. Ethan runs but Moxley sidesteps for a SNAP GERMAN! Ethan flounders up in a corner, Moxley runs in and forearm smashes! Moxley keeps moving, Ethan ducks and fires a forearm! Moxley forearms back, but Ethan hits back. Moxley ROCKS Ethan, eggs him on, but Ethan throws another forearm. Moxley SLAPS, Ethan SLAPS, it’s a SLAP fight! Moxley fires off boxing elbows but Ethan knees low again! Ethan runs, into a knee at the ropes! Moxley runs, into a BOOT!
Moxley ducks the roundhouse to LARIAT Ethan down! Fans fire up as Moxley rises again. Moxley drags Ethan up, underhooks the arms, PARA- NO! Ethan slips out, ROUNDHOUSE! ROLLING ELBOW! Suplex to a BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally, Ethan gets a leg and turns Moxley over for a HALF CRAB! Moxley endures, crawls, and reaches out for the ROPEBREAK! Ethan lets go at the ref’s count, and he fires off haymakers! Ethan runs in, but Moxley dumps him out! Moxley builds speed despite the knee, and he DIVES! Direct hit and Ethan hits railing! Moxley puts Ethan in, goes to the corner, climbs up, but Ethan ROCKS him first!
Ethan climbs up, brings Moxley onto a shoulder, SUPER POWERSLAM! Ethan has to crawl to the cover, TWO!! Ghost pin, TWO! Moxley drives hammering elbows into Ethan’s head! Then knees! Then the BULLY CHOKE!! Ethan endures, Moxley cranks way back, Ethan is OUT! Moxley wins!
Winner: Jon Moxley, by submission
And there it is! Moxley is back, and Ethan can’t even believe it! But Ethan gets in Moxley’s face, so Moxley kicks him and hits PARADIGM SHIFT! Now Ethan’s out cold all over again! Will Moxley do much of the same to the next man put in front of him?
As Moxley makes his exit, Bryan Danielson is there! Bryan applauds Moxley, but is the American Dragon planning on being next up?
AEW hears from Jurassic Express.
Jungle Boy tells Billy Gunn that Billy’s been “a salty old bitch” since they first met. So the fact Billy is upset his sons haven’t just been handed a tag title match doesn’t surprise him. The Gunn Clubs crossed the line going after Christian Cage like that. Christian was right about apples not falling far from the tree. Billy’s little Ass Boys are entitled and sour, just like Billy. The title match should be the least of their concerns, because when Christian comes back, this won’t be about a match. They’ll be coming to stomp Gunn Club’s heads into the ground! Will Jungle Boy & Luchasaurus make Gunn Club extinct?
Nick Jackson w/ Matt Jackson VS Trent Beretta w/ Orange Cassidy!
The Roppongi Vice reunion had to be postponed because of gaddang COVID. But Freshly Squeezed has Trent’s back as he takes on one of the Young Bucks 1v1. Who will have the momentum going into the tag team rivalry’s revival?
The bell rings, the two circle, and they tie up. Trent powers Nick to ropes, the ref calls for the break, and Trent lets off to pull a page out of Kazuchika Okada’s book: a fake chop, to then pat the shoulders. Nick is annoyed, he kicks Trent low and whips him to ropes. Trent kicks the back drop away, but Nick blocks the punch to knuckle lock, CHOP, and “LUCHA~ LIBRE~!” arm-drag! But Trent gets up and CLOBBERS Nick! Trent storms in at Nick to stomp, CHOP, and stalk Nick to another corner for another CHOP. And then another CHOP! Nick wants to tag Matt but Cutler reminds him this is a singles match.
Nick avoids Trent’s chop, stomps him then reels Trent in. But Trent powers up to TOSS Nick away! Fans fire up and Cassidy double guns on Trent’s behalf. Trent storms over to the apron but Nick hotshots him! Nick slingshots, but Trent blocks the DDT to NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, ONE!! rent’s neck might be a concern again, but he gets up to throw forearms on Nick. Trent whips, back drops Nick high and hard, and fans fire up. Trent brings Nick up to throw forearms, wrap on a headlock, but Nick powers out. Things speed up, Trent ducks and dodges but crossbodies into ropes as Nick ducks!
Nick smirks as Trent is on the apron. Nick drags Trent through the ropes for a HOTSHOT NECKBREAKER! Trent flops out of the ring, Nick goes out to the apron, PENALTY KICK to the back! Trent goes down, Nick strikes a lounging pose on the apron. Fans rally up as AEW goes picture in picture.
Cutler sprays Nick down so he stays cool, and Nick drags Trent up. Nick puts Trent in the ring, climbs up a corner, and leaps to hit an ax handle to Trent’s back! Nick drags Trent up again, CLUBS him on the neck, then brings him around to run and HOTSHOT BULLDOG! Nick does his Macho Man before he goes into the ring. Nick brings Trent up, heads for the ropes again, but Trent powers out to CLOBBER Nick! Nick bails out, Trent grits his teeth and builds speed, but Nick gets in to SUPERKICK! Trent falls out of the ring, Nick runs and FLIES! Not the best takeoff but Nick still wipes Trent out! Nick gets back in the ring, but Cassidy makes sure Matt doesn’t try something.
Matt eggs Cassidy on, and Cassidy pulls back his fist, but then he avoids Nick’s kick from the apron! Trent trips Nick up and Nick hits apron on the way down! Trent puts Nick back in, hops up the corner, but Nick trips Trent up! Trent hits buckles on the way down! Nick wants Trent to get up but AEW goes to break.
AEW returns and Nick is up top. Trent is in the drop zone, Nick SWANTONS but onto Trent’s knees! Trent saves himself and fans rally up! Trent throws forearms but Nick hits back. They double forearm but neither falls! They double forearm again, they still stay up, and Trent LARIATS Nick down! Trent fires up, waistlocks and deadlifts to a GERMAN SUPLEX! Trent aims from a corner, runs and BUSAIKU KNEE! Cover, TWO! Nick goes to ropes, Trent fires forearms on him. Trent rains them down on Nick but the ref backs him off. Nick gets up, BOOTS Trent back, then handsprings to the apron. Trent runs in, but slides as Nick backflips away!
Trent dodges Nick to SPEAR him down! Fans fire up with Trent as he gets up and puts Nick in the ring. Trent runs in at the corner but into a BOOT! Nick swings but into a SAIDO! Trent gets Nick for a TORNADO DDT! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up, Trent brings Nick up and CHOPS! And CHOPS! Trent runs, but Nick uses the ref as a shield! ROUNDHOUSE! GERMAN SUPLEX! But Trent gets right up and gets Nick for a GERMAN SUPLEX! Both men are down, a standing count begins and fans rally up. Nick crawls to the apron, shoulders into Trent, then slingshots, but Trent catches him! Trent shoves Nick away, Nick backflips and lands on his feet to ROCK Trent!
Nick slingshots, DESTROYER!! Cover, TWO!! Trent survives and shocks Nick! Nick rains down fists on Trent, “This is Awesome!” but far from over! Nick brings Trent up but Trent throws a forearm! Nick throws another forearm, but Trent forearms back! Nick ROCKS Trent, but Trent shakes it off and ROCKS Nick! Nick goes to a corner, spins, ROUNDHOUSE! Trent crawls to a corner, Nick runs in to SHINING WIZARD, ROUNDHOUSE, and forearm to a BULLDOG! Nick wants Trent to stand up, but Trent blocks the superkick to whip! Nick flips through, but into a HALF ‘N’ HALF! Nick SUPERKICKS, but Trent LARIATS!
Fans are thunderous as Trent gets Nick back up, PILEDRIVER!! Cover, TWO!?! Nick survives and Trent can’t believe it! Trent crawls after Nick and they end up on the ramp. Trent reels Nick in, but Nick back drops Trent away! Nick climbs a corner, takes aim, SWANTON on the ramp! Trent rolls into the ring, Nick goes back up top. Nick aims again, 450 SPLASH!! Cover, TWO?!? Nick can’t believe it and Matt is furious! Nick aims from the corner, Trent slowly rises, SUPERKICK! Nick says he wants another! SUPER- NO! Trent ducks, Alabama lift and tuck, STRONG ZERO! Cover, Trent wins!!
Winner: Trent Beretta, by pinfall
A massive victory for #JustTrent! But will it be even bigger when Rocky Romero returns to reignite Roppongi Vice VS Young Bucks?
AEW takes a closer look at Martinez VS Rosa.
“No one knows the reason why I’m here. No one needs to know. All they need to know is that my first priority is taking out Thunder Rosa.” But Rosa reminds Mercedes that she took the TBS Championship away from her. Mercedes asks how it feels to see her dreams of being a champion slip away thanks to the OG Badass? Just cuz Mercedes thinks she’s the OG, doesn’t mean she is an OG. La Mera Mera is ready for anyone, but when and where are we going to see these two tear into each other?
Hook VS Serpentico!
The Handsome Devil is still undefeated, and he hasn’t even broken a sweat yet. Will he continue the streak? Or will SNAKEMAN strike him down?
Serpentico throws his streamers, and Hook CLOBBERS him! The bell rings and Serpentico tries to find his way out of the streamers but Hook just throws knee after knee, then he throws Serpentico! And then a drop sayanagi! STO! Fans sing, “Hook is gonna kill~ you~!” Hook gets Serpentico up, double wristlock takedown but Serpentico scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! Hook lets off, then runs in, but into a boot! Serpentico runs, into an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Hook paces, Serpentico flounders up, into the REDRUM! Serpentico taps, Hook wins!
Winner: Hook, by submission
Hook makes SNAKEMAN pay, but QT Marshall storms out and says this is what he’s been talking about! Hitting before the bell, holding on after! QT says Hook is a delinquent! Hook goes up the ramp but QT won’t let him through. Hook’s tough now, huh? QT says he’s ready for him now! But then Hook TOSSES QT, and walks on him! Will QT learn to just let Hook be Hook?
Mark Henry talks with the main eventers.
Jade Cargill is 24-0 and the TBS Champion. The first-ever, too. How does she feel about her competition tonight? “Anna Banana? Let’s just make this about me. I am undefeated, baby. And I am the first TBS champ. Anna should be elated that she has a spot on the main event.” Anna warns Jade one more time. She has a dark side. That street fight changed Anna, and she chokes people out. Tonight, TBS stands for That Bitch SLAYER. Oh, well Anna better bring the barbed wire! Anna says she doesn’t need it. Mark Henry says there’s been enough talk. It’s time for the main event! Will Number 99 survive the storm that’s coming for her?
AEW TBS Championship: Jade Cargill w/ Mark Sterling VS Anna Jay w/ John Silver!
The introductions are made, the title is raised, and we see if Jade stays the undefeated inaugural TBS Champion!
Fans rally and duel as Jade flexes while Anna shows the Dark Order claw. They tie up, go around, Jade headlocks. Jade holds on as Anna tries to power out, but Anna gets free on the second try, only for Jade to run her over! Jade dusts herself off, drags Anna up, but Anna JAWBREAKERS! Anna runs, jumps, but into Jade’s arms! FALL AWAY SLAM! Jade kips up and fans fire up as she smirks. “I like money, but I’m That BI-” ROLL UP! TWO, and Jade CLOBBERS Anna! Anna bails out again, Mark Sterling talks smack but John Silver gets in his way. Jade goes out and moves Mark aside to get in Johnny Hungy’s face. They flex their guns at each other, they’re both jacked!
But then Anna roars as she runs in to CLOBBER Jade! “That Bitch SLAYER!” Anna gets back in the ring to refresh the count, and AEW goes picture in picture.
Anna SMACKS Jade off the apron, then does it again! Anna high fives Silver, but Jade hits back with elbows. Jade gets in the ring, Anna follows, and Anna runs in at the corner to forearm smash! Anna climbs up to rain down fists, but only gets 7 before Jade throws her away! Anna runs back in, but into a SPINEBUSTER! Jade drops an elbow, covers, TWO! Jade shows off by doing push-ups, but Anna throws body shots. Jade CLUBS Anna down, stalks her to a corner, then brings her up for forearms. Jade stomps Anna back down, digs her boot in, and lets off as the ref counts 4. Jade drags Anna back up to RAM a shoulder in!
Jade RAMS Anna again, lets off as the ref reprimands, but Jade fires off more forearms. Jade bumps Anna off buckles, CLUBS her, and CLUBS her again. Jade keeps on Anna, taunts her, then runs in, but into a BOOT! Anna runs, into an OVERHEAD suplex! Jade kips up, covers, TWO! Jade is annoyed but she drags Anna up to bump her off buckles again. Jade bumps Anna off more buckles, runs corner to corner as she “dribbles,” to DUNK on Anna! AEW returns to single picture as Jade whips Anna corner to corner. Anna dodges the corner attack to HEEL KICK! SLEEPER on the ropes! The ref counts, Jade HOTSHOTS Anna!
Both women are down, the ref starts a standing count, and fans rally up. Jade sputters as she gets up, and she stands Anna up, only for Anna to ROCK her with a forearm! Anna runs into the corner to back elbow, forearm, roll and DANGEROUS JAY KICK! Anna whips, Jade reverses but Anna wrenches to DANGEROUS JAY KICK again! And then a mule kick, SUPERKICK, and a COMPLETE SHOT! Anna roars and fans fire up with her! Anna drags Jade up, but Mark is on the apron to distract! Anna chases him off, Silver gets Mark by his tie! BRAINBUSTER to the floor! Anna gets around Jade, backslide! TWO!!
Jade BOOTS Anna down! Jade drags Anna back up, hooks the arms, JAD- VICTORY ROLL! To the QUEENSLAYER!!! Jade flails, fights up, and RAMS Anna into buckles! Jade is free, but Anna knocks her down! Anna hops up the corner, drags Jade up, HANGING SLEEPER! The ref counts, but Jade pries free! Jade drags Anna out onto her shoulder, but Anna slips off! Anna shoves Jade into a corner, DANGEROUS- NO! Jade catches Anna and powers her up for a POWERBOMB! And then Jade hooks the arms, JADED!! Cover, Jade wins!
Winner: Jade Cargill, by pinfall (still AEW TBS Champion)
Anna gave it her all, but it just wasn’t enough! Jade is 25-0, is still the champion, and is still making the big bucks! Will she continue to dominate until she is THE champion in AEW?
A great episode of Rampage, lots of great focus on the matches but there were still good promos, too. Jungle Boy calls out Gunn Club on behalf of Jurassic Express, I’m thinking we’re getting a Six Man Tag before the tag title match. Mercedes Martinez and Thunder Rosa have another good promo to build towards their match, but hopefully it happens sooner rather than later. They can’t keep delaying this just because AEW keeps forgetting to make more time for women’s matches on Dynamite. Moxley VS Ethan was really good stuff, a great opener for sure, and a great return for Moxley. Bryan Danielson being there to applaud Mox was a nice way to branch this to something between them, that is going to be a killer match.
Nick VS Trent was also a killer match. Rocky Romero will definitely be back next week, and having Roppongi Vice VS Young Bucks on the post Beach Break Rampage will be really big. Hook had another great night, especially with him getting to shut QT up. Hook should definitely be considered for a TNT Championship story at some point. And we got a great TBS Championship match. Anna’s promo before was a little shaky but she came really close. But as I figured, Jade wins, and she’s going to build quite the reign before she ever loses.
My Score: 8.7/10
Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (1/21/22)
Acknowledge the history made!
The Tribal Chief is the new Universal Championship standard!
SmackDown, acknowledge that Roman Reigns is the new longest reigning WWE Universal Champion as the Bloodline celebrates!
- Kofi Kingston VS “Mad Cap” Moss w/ “Happy” Corbin; Kofi wins.
- Aliyah VS Natalya; Aliyah wins, by disqualification.
- Los Lotharios VS The Viking Raiders; The Viking Raiders win.
- SmackDown Women’s Championship Contender’s Match: Charlotte Flair VS Naomi; Charlotte wins and denies Naomi a title match.
- Sheamus w/ Ridge Holland VS Ricochet; Sheamus wins.
- Seth Rollins & Kevin Owens VS The Usos; Rollins & Kevin win, by disqualification, and The Usos are banned from ringside during the Royal Rumble’s Universal Championship match.
PLAY BY PLAY
The Usos are in the ring to start off SmackDown!
Jey tells Nashville, “The Bloodline is now in your city!” Jimmy says they’re here for one reason and one reason only! They’re celebrating the longest reigning Universal Champion EVER! At 508 days… That’s 508 consecutive days! There are a few big names who have been Universal Champion, but none held the belt as long as this. Not Kevin Owens, not Seth Freakin’ Rollins, not Brock Lesnar! But there is one. He is the Head of the Table, he is the Tribal Chief, he is the longest reigning Universal Champion in WWE history! Their cousin, ROMAN! REEEIGNS! And here comes Roman! He holds up the belt for one round of pyro on stage, then the second round in the ring.
Jimmy gets Roman a mic, and Roman says, “Nashville! Acknowledge me.” Jimmy says, “Ladies and gentlemen, let’s witness the highlights of the most dominant, decorated WWE champion, Roman Reigns.” The video starts by noting August 30th, 2020, Roman Reigns returned to action and took the title from Braun Strowman. From there, he defeated Kevin Owens, Daniel Bryan, Edge, Cesaro, Rey Mysterio, Finn Balor, Shinsuke Nakamura, and even John Cena, Brock Lesnar, and Big E. “ACKNOWLEDGE ME!” Back to present, Roman has a big smile on his face while the Usos applaud. That was a good video!
But then SETH ROLLINS appears! “Oooooh, what kind of party would it be without Seth Freakin’ Rollins~?” Hell of a video, and congratulations to the longest reigning Universal Champion of all time. They should celebrate, because that reign will end very, very shortly. But also, celebrate the fact that Roman made an honest man outta Rollins. Last week, Rollins came out, told Roman that he’s not responsible for any of his own success, and Rollins meant that in a meta way. Roman is the chosen one, catered to, but oh, Roman took it so literally. In fact, Roman sent his cousins to Raw to do the dirty work for him. If Roman had a message to send, he could just text.
But since we’re here celebrating, what they should be celebrating is the longest reigning SmackDown Tag Team Champions in history, The Usos! They in truth, and Roman knows it, too, are the cornerstones of the Bloodline. They’re the ones who make everything Roman do possible. They hold Roman up now, just like Rollins and Mox did in the Shield! So let’s have a celebration for the Usos! “UCE! SO! UCE! SO!” Rollins laughs and says it is fun to say that. Roman tells “little brother” Rollins that he makes all the same excuses. Did Cena write that stuff for Rollins? Roman assures Rollins that their match at the Rumble will be 1v1. Rollins has Roman’s word.
Oh, is he gonna add a “Believe that” next? Once upon a time, Roman’s word was as good as gold, but Rollins doesn’t believe him. So Roman should put his money where his mouth is. Rollins can get a partner, beat the Usos, and then bar them from ringside at the Rumble! Rollins even adds a You Can’t See Me. Roman mulls it over, but the Usos say, “Hell yeah! Challenge accepted, Uce!” Then we have a main event! Rollins loves it! Jey says Rollins is trippin’. Ain’t nobody crazy enough to team with Rollins in the first place, so they’re good. Yes, not too many people like Rollins. But uh… Here’s KEVIN OWENS! The Prizefighter and Rollins hug, Kevin shouts HE likes Rollins!
Roman has them cut the “stupid music.” Nothing is final until the Tribal Chief says so! Rollins is a betting man, huh? Then let’s raise the stakes. When Rollins & Kevin lose tonight, that means Rollins loses his match at the Rumble. And Roman can go on vacation until WrestleMania! Deal? Rollins thinks, and says, “You’re on!” What a huge match on the way to the Royal Rumble! Will the Usos clear Roman’s schedule for him? Or will Roman have no choice but to do things all by himself?
Kofi Kingston VS “Mad Cap” Moss w/ “Happy” Corbin!
The Right Hand of the King will not let it stand that the literal fool of SmackDown got the last laugh last week. Before the match, Corbin says they’ve been on a roll! First, they took out Drew McIntyre. Then Moss steamrolled Sir Kofi! As incredible as Kofi is, without King Woods, the Hand of the King is just a disembodied hand. If Kofi started a Garth Brooks cover band, what would he sing? Friends in NO places! But Kofi makes his entrance, and surprise! Big E is here! Even more Raw stars are showing up on SmackDown! Will the Powerhouse of Positivity keep Corbin from helping his hyena sidekick?
The bell rings, Kofi and Moss circle. Kofi dodges Moss to waistlock, headlock, but Moss powers out. Moss runs Kofi over with a shoulder and then gives two thumbs up. Big E coaches Kofi but Moss CLUBS Kofi to the corner. Moss whips Kofi corner to corner, but Kofi goes up to missile dropkick! And LEAPING LARIAT! Fans fire up as Kofi runs, for the NEW~ DAY~ Boom Drop! Big E says to make this quick work, and Kofi claps it up. Moss slowly gets up but Corbin distracts. Moss CLOBBERS Kofi from behind! Moss throws haymakers, CLUBS Kofi down, then throws Kofi out of the ring. Moss goes out and Corbin suggests to use the steps.
Moss gets Kofi up, whips him over, but Kofi leaps over the steps to jump back and CLOBBER Moss! And then Big E sends Corbin into the steps! The New Day is all fired up as SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns and Moss has a chinlock. Kofi fights up and hits a JAWBREAKER! Kofi runs, Moss gets him up for a SPINEBUSTER! Corbin is fired up and Moss taunts Kofi. Moss also taunts Big E, then he stomps away on Kofi in a corner! The ref counts, Moss lets off and runs in, but is sent into buckles! Moss staggers up, Kofi rallies with DOUBLE CHOPS! And a dropkick! Kofi runs, but Moss ducks the lariat to kick low. Moss whips Kofi to a corner, Kofi goes up and up and RANAS Moss to another corner! Then STOMPS Moss down! Cover, TWO! Moss survives but Kofi drags him up to whip. Moss reveres, Kofi leaps, but into a POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO!
Moss snarls, Corbin tells him to keep on Kofi. Moss says this is it, and he reels Kofi in. Kofi slips out of the gut wrench, dodges to TROUBLE IN PARADISE outta nowhere!! Cover, Kofi wins!
Winner: Kofi Kingston, by pinfall
Corbin gets in the ring, but Big E gets in, too. Big E dares Corbin to do something, but Corbin bails back out. Moss flounders up, Big E says this is for Corbin. Scoop and BIG ENDING! The New Day owns Corbin’s crony, will they own the Royal Rumble?
Aliyah VS Natalya!
Last time these two faced off, it lasted only 3.17 seconds because the Queen of Harts overestimated herself. Will Natty take Aliyah more seriously and redeem herself? Or will Aliyah still win, even if it takes longer than the blink of an eye?
SmackDown returns and Natty makes her entrance. Nashville’s own Summer Rae is in the crowd and is given a shoutout by the ring announcer. The bell rings, Natty kicks Aliyah then pulls her hair. Aliyah rolls Natty up, ONE! Natty bumps Aliyah off buckles, and stomps her. Natty drags Aliyah out to a snap suplex! Cover, ONE! Natty says Aliyah is gonna learn for disrespecting her, but Aliyah gets a cradle! TWO, and Natty LARIATS Aliyah down! Cover, ONE! Natty drags Aliyah up, whips, but Aliyah reverses. Aliyah runs in but Natty puts her on the apron. Aliyah throws a forearm, and hits a handspring huricanrana! But Natty’s right up, for a DISCUS! Cover, TWO!
Natty is frustrated with Aliyah and drags her up to reel her in. Natty gets a Canadian rack and uses gravity to stretch Aliyah out. Aliyah fights up, sunset flips, TWO! Natty whips Aliyah hard into ropes, then stomps her down! The ref counts, Natty lets off at 4, and she stomps Aliyah in the corner. The ref counts, Natty doesn’t let off, that’s a disqualification!
Winner: Aliyah, by disqualification
Aliyah wins again, but Natty only gets angrier! Natty fires off hands on Aliyah, and even dribbles Aliyah off the mat! But here comes XIA LI! The Protector returns to defend Aliyah from the bully, Natalya! Xia gets in the ring, stares Natty down, and then blocks Natty’s punch! Xia sobats Natty out of the ring, then dares her to try again. Natty leaves it at this, but will Xia make sure Natty learns not to cross the line?
Los Lotharios VS The Viking Raiders!
Angel Garza & Humberto Carrillo may not have won the #1 contenders Fatal 4 Way, but they can definitely be a speed bump in the road. Will Erik & Ivar stumble against these two studs? Or will they run right through the heartthrobs on their way to the Usos?
SmackDown returns as the Viking Raiders make their entrance. Nashville is ready for the raid, and the teams sort out. Humberto starts against Ivar and they circle. Humberto knees low, CLUBS Ivar, then clamps onto an arm. Ivar powers Humberto back, tags in Erik, and whip. Humberto dodges Ivar but Erik scoops him for a SLAM! Then Erik scoops and SLAMS Ivar onto Humberto! Erik roars, drags Humberto up to whip to ropes, then scoops. Humberto slips out, Garza tags in, and Humberto feeds Erik to Garza’s GAMANGIRI! Garza fires off hands, knees Erik at the ropes, and off come the pants!
Garza throws the pants at Erik, has him against ropes, and tags Carrillo. Garza holds Erik out, they LEAP FROG ATTACK Erik down! Then double basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Humberto rains down fists, then STANDING MOONSAULTS but flops! Erik KNEES Humberto down, hot tags to Garza and Ivar! The War Beard rallies on Garza, then hits a BASEMENT SPLASH! Humberto runs in, into a HEEL KICK! Ivar runs at Garza, but Garza dodges. He turns seated senton into POWERBOMB! High stack, TWO! Tag to Humberto, but Erik sneaks a tag in! Los Lotharios double whip Ivar, but he cartwheels through the double clothesline!
The Viking Raiders scoop a Lothario each, stack them on Erik, POWERBOMB POWERSLAM COMBO! Then they get Humberto up, THOR’S HAMMER!! Cover, The Viking Raiders win!
Winners: The Viking Raiders, by pinfall
Raid successful! But the ultimate challenge will be going after the gold! Will Erik & Ivar get the titles off the longest reigning SmackDown Tag Team Champions?
SmackDown Women’s Championship Contender’s Match: Charlotte Flair VS Naomi!
Adam Pearce stepped in to get past Sonya Deville’s bias, and now Naomi gets another chance! Will Nashville #FeelTheGlow now that things are fair and square against Flair?
SmackDown returns and Charlotte makes her entrance. But then Sonya appears outta nowhere and gets in the ring to talk with the ref. She wants to be the special guest referee?! Sonya throws off the jacket and the ref hands over his shirt. Naomi says Sonya can’t do this, but Sonya says she can. The bell rings, Naomi glares at Sonya, and then Charlotte ROCKS Naomi with a forearm! Fans boo but Charlotte stomps away! Sonya doesn’t count as a ref should, and Charlotte dribbles Naomi off the mat! Charlotte mocks the fans, drags Naomi into a headscissor necklock, and she RAMS Naomi into the mat again and again.
Charlotte squeezes tight, Sonya asks if Charlotte is okay, and she says yes. Charlotte TOSSES Naomi, and says this is too easy. She brings Naomi up to CHOP her in the corner. And CHOP! But Naomi kicks, Charlotte blocks, Naomi ENZIGURIS! And then RANA- NO! Charlotte blocks to a BOSTON CRAB! Naomi endures, crawls, Sonya stands in her way of the ropes! But Naomi fights through to kick Charlotte into Sonya! REAR VIEW!! Cover, but Sonya ignores it! Naomi would’ve won twice over by now! Naomi shouts at Sonya but then Charlotte CHOP BLOCKS the leg! FIGURE FOUR! Sonya just rings the bell?!?
Winner: Charlotte Flair, by referee stoppage
And then Charlotte bridges to a FIGURE EIGHT! Charlotte makes Naomi suffer a little longer, and then Sonya mocks Naomi, “How does it feel to be a big loser?” What does Naomi have to do to get Sonya to stop being a tyrant?
Backstage interview with Kevin Owens & Seth Rollins.
Kevin and Seth are in a good mood, even with tonight’s high stakes tag match. Why is Rollins willing to bet his Universal Championship opportunity? Kevin asks if he can take this one. Yeah, have at it. Kevin tells Kayla that if it wasn’t for the Usos, Kevin would be the longest reigning Universal Champion of all time, but they kept that from happening. So the thought of them doing that to his friend, Seth Rollins, it tears Kevin up inside. Rollins says Kevin has become an honest man! And Rollins says that the stakes may be huge, but the risk is worth the reward. Can Rollins beat Roman with the Usos by his side? Maybe.
But 1v1, well, “Death, taxes and Seth Freakin’ Rollins beats Roman Reigns every single time!” HAHAHA! Kevin even has a shirt that says that. The friends head out, but will it be a certainty that they make Roman VS Rollins truly 1v1?
Sami Zayn heads to the ring!
The Great Liberator continues to try and out Jackass the Jackass original, Johnny Knoxville, and we’ll see how he plans to do that, after the break.
SmackDown returns and it’s time for an all-new #InZayn! Sami has a collection of items on a table and he welcomes us to “self defense.” Many may not know this about Knoxville, but before he got famous doing Jackass, he got noticed for testing self-defense weapons on himself. So Sami is going to do the same here tonight! He has some of the most dangerous self-defense weapons on the market, and some not on the market, and will use them on himself! Anything Knoxville can do, Sami can do better! Starting with a cattle prod! The max setting could put down a rhino! So just going with level one, that’s quite a lot of voltage already.
Sami aims at himself, and here goes. One, two, three. ZAP! Sami hobbles around and tries to laugh off the pain. Not great, that wasn’t fun. Sami says it’s no big deal, really. Let’s go to level two! Knoxville was incapacitated for about 15 minutes, but let’s see how a real man handles it. Sami says he’ll even up the ante by putting it to his chest! Everyone, shut up! This is dangerous. One, two, three. ZAP! Sami falls right over into the ropes! Why does it hurt so much!? Sami gets up, but here comes Knoxville! So, Sami, you are so concerned about Knoxville making a mockery of his profession, yet Sami’s doing the same to Knoxville’s? Something seems off here…
Fans rally behind Knoxville and Sami says this is HIS show! Nothing is off! Knoxville snatches the cattle prod, and says this is a legit model. But it’s literally off. Sami never turned it on! Here, Knoxville will fix that. ZAP! And Sami falls right down! Yeah, that’s not good. Knoxville “apologizes” and wants to help Sami up. Sami asks why Knoxville did that, but Knoxville says, “See you at the Rumble.” And then Knoxville TOSSES Sami up and out! Will Sami stop trying to go InZayn and worry more about just wrestling the Rumble?
Adam Pearce talks with Eric Bischoff backstage.
Eric says a pessimist complains about the wind, while an optimist expects the winds to change. A true leader adjusts the sails. Pearce likes that. But in walks Sonya. Perfect timing. Pearce properly introduces them, and hopes Sonya knows of Eric’s history as a decision maker here in the WWE. Of course, and it’s a pleasure to meet him. She didn’t know he was coming, though. Well, Sonya, what you did out there in the ring was completely over the line. Pearce doesn’t know what this issue with Naomi is, but it needs to stop. It is affecting Sonya’s ability to lead. Pearce says he’ll bring it to upper management that Sonya and Naomi should have a match, next week.
Sonya does her best not to explode, and says great. Let her know what they say. Sonya walks back out, and Eric says that was great leadership. Pearce thanks Eric for that, but will Naomi be the one who’s really thankful once she gets her hands on Sonya?
Sheamus w/ Ridge Holland VS Ricochet!
The Fella has his protégé back by his side! Will the damage to the nose be avenged? Or will the One and Only just give Sheamus some of the same?
SmackDown returns and Ricochet makes his entrance. The bell rings, Sheamus kicks low and fires off on Ricochet! Sheamus bumps Ricochet off buckles, fires more forearms, and Ridge says to unleash on Ricochet for the nose! Sheamus whips, Ricochet goes up and over then runs to KICK and CHOP and forearm! Ricochet runs, but into a scoop and BACKBREAKER! Sheamus snarls, drags Ricochet and drives elbows into his shoulders. Sheamus knees Ricochet in the back then wraps on a chinlock. Sheamus thrashes Ricochet, Ricochet fights with fists and body shots to hit a JAWBREAKER!
Ricochet runs, Sheamus scoops but Ricochet slips free to tiger wall kick! And dropkick! Sheamus staggers, Ricochet runs, but into an IRISH CURSE BACKBREAKER! Ridge loves it and Sheamus soaks up the heat. Ricochet goes to the apron, Sheamus drags him up to ROCK him with a forearm. Sheamus gives Ricochet Beats of the Bodhrain! Sheamus stops at 9 to go out to the apron and CLOBBER Ricochet back into the ring! Sheamus drags Ricochet up in a motorcycle stretch but Ricochet kangaroo kicks free! Ricochet dodges the boot and Sheamus ends up on the apron! Ricochet triangle jump dropkicks Sheamus down!
Ricochet builds speed, and DIVES into a knee! Sheamus takes Ricochet outta the air, then puts him in the ring. Sheamus runs in and BROGUES! Cover, Sheamus wins!
Winner: Sheamus, by pinfall
Ridge celebrates with The Celtic Warrior as he rolls towards the Rumble! Will Sheamus win the Rumble once again to head back to WrestleMania’s main event?
Shinsuke Nakamura and Rick Boogs rock out backstage.
Wait, is that Double J? Jeff Jarrett is here! Double J, E, double F, J, A, double R, E, double T! HAHA~! That was good, guys. But Jeff has to say, Boogs plays a mighty fine guitar. What’s his name? Double J wants to know his name? He’s Rick… BOOGS! Well, can he spell it? R I C K- Well, anyway, will we get a duet of Boogs and Jarrett some day?
Seth Rollins & Kevin Owens VS The Usos!
The Visionary and Prizefighter want to keep Jimmy & Jey from helping out the Tribal Chief at the Royal Rumble, but Roman wants a vacation. Will the Bloodline ironically prove Rollins right by doing their cousin’s dirty work? Or will Seth & Kevin be the ones that level the playing field against the Head of the Table?
Roman is watching from his private room as Rollins and Kevin go to the ring. This high stakes main event tag match determines Rollins’ fate, after the break.
SmackDown returns and Rollins starts against Jimmy. Rollins wants Jimmy to acknowledge the fans singing Rollins’ theme. Then Rollins rolls Jimmy up, TWO! Backslide, ONE! Rollins Oklahoma Rolls, ONE! Jimmy bails out and Rollins is feeling good. Rollins gives Jimmy time to come back, Jey tags in. Fans want tables already but Jey kicks Rollins low. Jey headlocks to the takeover but Rollins rolls it to a cover, ONE! Another, ONE! A third, TWO! Jey mule kicks hard, then he RAMS Rollins into the corner! Tag to Jimmy, the Usos mug Rollins, and Roman is pleased. Tag back to Jey, they stomp away on Rollins, and then tag back to Jimmy.
The stomping continues, Jimmy fires up but fans are torn. Jimmy drags Rollins up but Rollins powers him to the other corner! Rollins fires off, tags Kevin, and they stomp away on Jimmy in return! Tag back to Rollins, he stomps Jimmy more, then lets off as the ref counts. Kevin gets up to fire up the fans, and Rollins wrenches to kick Jimmy low. Rollins scoops and SLAMS Jimmy, then goes to a corner. Rollins climbs, but Jey distracts the ref. Jimmy trips Rollins up! Kevin protests but Jimmy bumps Rollins off buckles. Tag to Jey, Jimmy ROCKS Rollins with an uppercut, then holds Rollins still for Jey’s forearm smash!
Jey CLUBS Rollins down, stomps Rollins, and tags Jimmy. The Usos mug Rollins, Jimmy bumps Rollins off buckles, then stomps him down. Fans are torn as Jimmy holds up the finger. “UCE! SO!” Jimmy runs, but Rollins LARIATS him down! Fans fire up as both men are down, hot tag to Kevin! Kevin dodges Jimmy and fires off forearms and CHOPS! Kevin whips, CLOBBERS Jimmy with an elbow and adds a SENTON! Kevin DECKS Jey, shouts “SUCK IT!” and runs corner to corner and CANNONBALL into Jimmy! Then Kevin goes up top, only for Jey to rush over. Kevin kicks Jey away, SWANTONS onto Jimmy’s knees!
SUPERKICK! Tag to Jey, and he finds Kevin on the outside to SUPERKICK again! The Usos stand tall as SmackDown goes to break!
SmackDown returns again and both Kevin and Jimmy are down. They crawl for their corners, hot tag to Jey and he goes past Kevin to DECK Rollins! Jey drags Kevin away, the ref keeps Rollins from getting in, and Jey stomps away on Kevin! Roman nods as he watches, but Kevin CHOPS back. Kevin DECKS Jimmy, CHOPS Jey, but Jey mule kicks! Kevin drops into the corner, Jimmy holds him down and Jey stomps. Tag, and Jimmy stomps Kevin down now. Jimmy rains down fists, the ref counts, Jimmy lets off at 4. Fans rally, Jimmy drags Kevin up but Kevin blocks the kick, and ducks the Dragon Whip to ENZIGURI!
Both men are down again, Kevin crawls, hot tags to Jey and Rollins! Rollins rallies on Jey, whips but Jey reverses, only to get a SLINGBLADE! And then a fireman’s carry, to a GUT BUSTER! Rollins clotheslines Jey out of the ring! Jimmy runs in but Rollins sends him out, too! Rollins builds speed and DIVES! He takes out both Usos at once! Nashville fires up as Rollins puts Jey back in. Rollins aims from the apron, springboards in, FLYING KNEE! Cover, TWO! Jey survives but Rollins drags Jey back up to suplex. Jey slips out, waistlocks, but Rollins switches. Jey switches back, back suplexes to a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!
Jey is frustrated, but he gets up and aims from a corner. SUPER- NO! Rollins blocks to kick and reel Jey in! Jey fights the bomb, Jimmy tags in! Rollins runs into an ALLEY-UCE! Cover, TWO!! Rollins survives and the Usos can’t believe it! Fans rally up, Jimmy decks Kevin off the apron to take away a tag! Jimmy goes up top, Rollins stands but he gets under Jimmy! Kevin tags in, ROLLING ELBOW from Rollins! Jey gets in, but gets a PELE! Kevin POP-UP POWERBOMBS Jimmy! Cover, TWO!! But Kevin hurries to put Jimmy in a drop zone! Kevin goes back up top, fans fire up, but Jimmy ROCKS him with an uppercut!
Jimmy GAMANGIRIS Kevin, then climbs up after him. Kevin holds ropes, and turns things around, SUPER FISHERMAN BUSTER! Kevin crawls to the cover, Jey breaks it! Fans are thunderous as Rollins tags back in! Forearm smash for Jey, then a flurry of fists and feet for Jimmy! Jey SUPERKICKS Rollins! Kevin kicks but no stunner! Kevin blocks Jey’s superkick to STUNNER anyway! Jimmy SUPERKICKS Kevin! Rollins SUPERKICKS Jimmy! ROLLING ELBOW, then the DREAM SMASHER! Fans are thunderous and singing Rollins’ theme as he aims at Jimmy, CURB STOMP!! But Roman runs in to SUPERMAN PUNCH!!
Winners: Seth Rollins & Kevin Owens, by disqualification (The Usos are banned from ringside)
Rollins was going to win, so Roman beat him to it! The Usos are still out of the equation, and the Architect is under the skin of the Tribal Chief! Will Rollins take advantage of Roman’s frustration and take away the Universal Championship?
A pretty good episode of SmackDown, though sadly a lot of it shares the same formula as Raw. The matches weren’t as long as they could’ve or should’ve been, and the promos took priority. I will say, stars from Raw showing up was quite a surprise. Perhaps a ratings grab play, maybe even an indicator that the rosters are combining into one again. But in Xavier Woods’ absence, it’s great that Big E is here to support Kofi. Kofi gets redemption in the rematch with Moss, and turns out we’re getting a tag match, New Day VS Corbin & Moss. That will be a really good match for the go-home as everyone’s going into the Rumble.
Jarrett showing up was random but they could be planting seeds for him and Boogs having something for WrestleMania. Bischoff showing up was cool, and I like that Pearce is putting Sonya in her place. Sonya again screws over Naomi but now she and Naomi are going to have a match. I just hope it lasts longer than five minutes, given how WWE is doing things these days. Aliyah gets another win because Natty loses her cool, but I appreciate that WWE remembered they were building to something with Natty and Xia. Viking Raiders get a quick win over Los Lotharios to stay warm for the SmackDown Tag Team Championship match, but it doesn’t do much to make me think they’re winning the titles.
Sheamus getting payback on Ricochet for Ridge was rather anticlimactic. It was too short of a match for what we know those two can do. And can’t Ridge get payback for himself? Why is it Boogs gets the push while partnered with Nakamura but Ridge is just around while he’s partnered with Sheamus? They should basically be parallels. And when is Sami getting his title shot? I get Sami wasn’t going to really zap himself with the cattle prod, but they used such a corny zap sound. Even when Knoxville appeared to “really” zap Sami, it was a bad sound effect. Even though Sami’s the Heel, I hope he gets to eliminate Knoxville to get that heat, and then Nakamura eliminates Sami as instant karma.
But as has been the case for SmackDown these last 508 days, the best stuff was with the Bloodline. That really was a well made video to highlight Roman’s reign, and the interplay between Roman and the Usos was great stuff. Rollins and Kevin were great as always, too, and their tag match was a great match. I should’ve figured Roman would throw the match out of frustration. The Usos won’t be part of the main event, so unless someone from Raw who doesn’t like Rollins costs him, this could be the best opportunity to take that title of Roman before 600+ days.
My Score: 8.1/10
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