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
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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