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Mitchell’s NJPW WTL x BOSJ Results & Report! (11/25/20)

BOSJ, Round 5!

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NJPW WTLBOSJ

Best of the Super Juniors hits the halfway point!

World Tag League hit halftime, now so does Best of the Super Juniors! Will we see another shocker? Or will Hiromu and Ishimori stay on pace?

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

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

Hiromu Takahashi: 3-1
Taiji Ishimori: 3-1
Master Wato: 3-1
SHO: 3-1
Ryusuke Taguchi: 2-2
El Desperado: 2-2
BUSHI: 2-2
Robbie Eagles: 2-2
DOUKI: 0-4
Yuya Uemura: 0-4

 

Yuya Uemura VS Hiromu Takahashi!

This Young Lion gave the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion quite the fight but still fell short. Will the Ticking Timebomb do even better than that to keep from having another loss?

The bell rings and fans cheer as Uemura is fired up. Hiromu takes it easy as he circles with Uemura. They tie up, Hiromu headlocks but Uemura powers out. They collide shoulders and Hiromu eggs the Young Lion on. They collide again, Uemura runs but Hiromu elbows him at the ropes. Hiromu runs and the two collide again! Neither falls and fans cheer! Uemura roars, runs but Hiromu follows, only for Uemura to run him over! Hiromu bails out, Uemura pursues, dodges, and scoops to SLAM him! Fans cheer Uemura as he goes to the apron. Uemura leaps to crossbody! Direct hit and Uemura fires up more! Uemura drags Hiromu up and puts him in the ring. Cover, TWO!

Uemura keeps his focus as he stomps Hiromu and goes after the legs. Hiromu scrambles around and gets the ropebreak. Uemura lets off to stomp away on Hiromu’s back, then brings him up for forearms and an uppercut. Uemura runs, Hiromu trips him and drags him out, to ram into railing! And more railing! Hiromu clutches his back before he shotgun dropkicks Uemura back into the railing! The ref checks but Uemura is okay to continue. Hiromu drags Uemura up, fans cheer as he puts Uemura back in. Hiromu has a cocky cover, ONE!

Hiromu grins as he grabs Uemura’s legs and ties them up, Cloverleaf BACKBREAKER! A unique combination and Hiromu brings Uemura back up for a scoop slam! Cover, TWO! Uemura clutches his back but fans cheer. Hiromu stomps Uemura, gets the legs again and has another Cloverleaf! For another backbreaker! Uemura writhes but Hiromu grins as he grabs the legs again. Fans rally but Hiromu gets Uemura for a Half Crab! Hiromu sits deep but Uemura crawls. Fans rally as Uemura endures, and Uemura gets the ropebreak! Hiromu lets off and talks some trash. Uemura gets up to throw a forearm but Hiromu eggs him on.

Uemura throws more forearms, but Hiromu avoids the dropkick! Uemura flounders because of his back but Hiromu gives him toying kicks. Fans rally up as Hiromu runs, and fakes out another dropkick! Uemura is down but fans rally up. Hiromu brings Uemura up, and CHOPS him to a corner! And whips him corner to corner, to run in, only for Uemura to boot! Uemura runs, but into an elbow! Hiromu runs, into the dropkick! Fans fire up as Uemura gets himself to a corner. Hiromu is in the opposite corner, Uemura fires up and runs corner to corner, back elbow! Uemura fires off furious forearms over and over and fans rally up!

Uemura whips corner to corner, runs in again, big dropkick! Cover, TWO! Uemura keeps on a leg but Hiromu kicks, into the FULL BOSTON CRAB! Uemura sits deep on Hiromu as fans rally again! Hiromu endures, powers up and reaches, but Uemura drags him from the ropes! Hiromu tries again, and gets the ropebreak! Uemura lets go and grits his teeth. Hiromu sits up but Uemura waistlocks! Hiromu elbows free, but swings into the waistlock! Hiromu holds off the lift, throws more elbows but Uemura lets him spin through, to a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO, to an ARMBAR! Hiromu clasps hands, Uemura keeps pulling, and gets the hands apart!

Hiromu gets the ropebreak, Uemura holds until the count of 4! Uemura drags Hiromu up, traps the arms, but Hiromu drops to block. Uemura powers up to still lift him, but Hiromu slips out! Hiromu suplexes but Uemura fights that off, to suplex! Hiromu slips out again, waistlocks, but avoids a back elbow, only for Uemura to ROCK him with a right! Uemura fires up as fans rally, and he runs, into a SUPERKICK! Both men are down but fans rally again. Hiromu checks his jaw while stalking up behind Uemura. Hiromu drags Uemura around but Uemura crosses legs for a victory roll, TWO!! Hiromu mule kicks, but he runs into the TRAPPED ARM SUPLEX!

Uemura is fired up and the fans are thunderous! Uemura drags Hiromu up, wrenches and clamps on, but Hiromu ROCKS him! Uemura ROCKS Hiromu, roars and runs again, but into a LARIAT! Fans fire up again as Hiromu glares at Uemura. Hiromu drags Uemura up, FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO!! Uemura survives and Hiromu is surprised! Hiromu drags Uemura around to use the BOSTON CRAB on him! Hiromu sits deep, Uemura TAPS, Hiromu wins!

Winner: Hiromu Takahashi, by submission; now 4-1, Uemura is now 0-5

A rare way for the Timebomb to win, but he perhaps did it to teach Uemura a lesson. Will the Young Lion learn much from this fifth loss? As for Hiromu, he’s leading the way into the second half, will he lead all the way until the end?

 

Master Wato w/ Hiroyoshi Tenzan VS DOUKI!

The Way of the Grandmaster shocked El Desperado last round, and vows to be THE Best of the Super Juniors! But he now faces the other Suzuki-Gun member in this tournament! Will Wato sweep the most sadistic faction in NJPW on his way to the mountaintop?

As part of his entrance, Wato goes to the corner, but Douki attacks with his pipe! The ref reprimands, Douki tosses the pop and the bell rings. Douki clubs Wato, drags him up and CHOPS him! Douki whips, Wato reverses and drops but Douki brings him up to whip again. Douki hurdles, Wato leaps over the monkey flip, then comes back. Wato huricanranas and fans fire up! Wato dropkicks Douki out of the ring! Fans rally up as Wato builds speed, but Douki ducks. So Wato slingshots, but Douki feeds a Young Lion to the PLANCHA! Douki whips Wato into railing! Douki fetches his pipe, but the ref reprimands and stops him. Douki pushes the ref away but Tenzan steps in, so he gets jammed with the pipe! Douki then jams Wato anyway!

And uses the pipe to choke Wato! Douki stops before the ref returns, and he puts the pipe aside. Douki goes to the ring, Wato slowly gets up and the ring count starts. Tenzan coaches Wato up and Wato gets in. Douki drags Wato up to club him down, but fans rally. Douki clubs Wato again, but Wato hits back with body shots and forearms! Douki kicks low to DDT! Cover, TWO! Douki keeps his cool while he drags Wato back up. Douki scoops and slams Wato, to then run and double stomp! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up for Wato but Douki drags him up first. Douki CHOPS Wato down, then drags him back up. Douki bumps Wato off buckles but Wato hits back. Douki fires off forearms and digs his boot into Wato’s face.

The ref counts, Douki lets off at 4, then he brings Wato up to whip corner to corner. Douki runs in but Wato dodges and then ROUNDHOUSES Douki down! Fans cheer and Tenzan coaches Wato up. Wato drags Douki up but Douki rakes eyes! Douki suplexes but Wato slips out to waistlock. Douki elbows out then runs, but Wato hurdles, back elbows, back hands and sobats! Douki bails out and fans fire up as Wato aims. Wato slingshots but Douki moves, and Wato lands on the apron, to then FLYING RANA! Fans fire up with Wato and he gets back in the ring. Douki staggers up and around, Wato TORNILLOS! Fans fire up more as Wato drags Douki back up.

Wato clubs Douki then puts him in the ring at 9 of 20. Fans rally as Wato aims and springboards, for the flying uppercut! Cover, TWO! Wato drags Douki around, wrenches and reels him in, but Douki fights off the Mouse Trap. Wato KICKS Douki, then runs, but Douki uses the ref as as shield! Douki grabs Wato for the ITALIAN STRETCH #32! Wato endures and fans rally up, but Douki drags Wato down more! Wato scrambles and gets the ropebreak! Douki lets go at 3, and slashes his throat because he wants to end this. Douki goes to the apron, aims at Wato, and slingshots, DAY- NO! Wato blocks to scoop, but Douki slips out! Wato elbows the waistlock away but Douki kicks low.

Douki whips but Wato avoids the kick in the corner. Wato fires off forerams and elbows but Douki forearms back! They throw forearms back and forth, Douki enziguris! Knuckle lock cover, TWO! ITALIAN STRETCH! Fans rally as Wato struggles and moves around, to get another ropebreak! The ref counts, Douki lets go at 4, and he goes back to the apron. Douki aims, slingshots, DAYBREAK! Cover, TWO!! Wato survives but Douki keeps his focus. Douki brings Wato into the wheelbarrow, but Wato slips out to go for a suplex. Douki knees low then runs, but into a waistlock! Douki resists the lift, elbows then rakes eyes! The ref reprimands, Douki goes to a corner to run out and kick Wato down.

Douki brings Wato up, runs but Wato gets around to hook him up! Douki arm-drags free of the Mouse Trap but runs into a boot. Wato runs, crucifix takedown, to the MOUSE TRAP DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Douki survives but fans rally up. Wato drags Douki up and scoops him, but Douki slips out to shove Wato at the ref! And then dropkicks him into the ref! The ref is down, and Douki gets his pipe! Douki aims and swings, but Wato sobats first! Wato runs, but into the PIPE! And then Douki PIPE SHOTS Wato down! Douki gets the ref, covers, TWO!! Wato survives and Douki is furious! Douki drags Wato around, into the wheelbarrow, but Wato victory rolls! TWO!

Wato and Douki flounder up, Douki uppercuts! Douki runs, into a ROUNDHOUSE! Douki fires up again, but he runs into TENZAN TOMBSTONE DRIVER! But the TTD isn’t enough for Wato, he goes up top! R P P!! Cover, Wato wins!

Winner: Master Wato, by pinfall; now 4-1, Douki is now 0-5

The Grandmaster wins and stays strong in the round robin! Will he become the Best of the Super Juniors after all?

 

Ryusuke Taguchi VS BUSHI!

The Funky Weapon was on the receiving end of a shocking defeat when Sho literally kicked his ass then shot him down with the Shock Arrow. Will Taguchi rise again, stronger than ever?

The bell rings and Taguchi seems to be playing the copycat game with Bushi. From being on the corner to stretching his arms the same way as they cricle, Taguchi does what Bushi does. Fans rally up and now Taguchi does his dance. Taguchi and Bushi approach and Taguchi tests the waters with spinning hip attacks. Bushi kicks and clubs Taguchi down, then stomps him! Bushi brings Taguchi up, whips but Taguchi reverses. Things speed up and Taguchi keeps side stepping and passing Bushi by. Bushi basement dropkicks but Taguchi avoids it! Fans cheer and Taguchi smirks as he wags his finger at Bushi. Taguchi sits Bushi up for a point blank hip attack. And then another!

Bushi goes to a corner, Taguchi whips him corner to corner, then runs in. Bushi dodges the corner attack to hit a back elbow. Bushi drags Taguchi to the corner and pulls him against the post! The ref reprimands but the damage has been done to the Funky Weapon! Bushi drags Taguchi out and whips him into railing! Taguchi writhes and the ref reprimands, but Bushi fetches Taguchi to put him in the ring. Fans cheer while Taguchi slow rolls. Bushi stomps Taguchi on the way out but follows him. Bushi stomps Taguchi at the railing, then drags Taguchi up to put him in. Taguchi slow rolls again, Bushi kicks him the rest of the way out. The ring count begins while Taguchi clutches a leg.

The count is 8 of 20 before Taguchi sits up, and then Taguchi slowly stands. The count is 13, then 14, but Taguchi takes his time until 19.5! Bushi stomps Taguchi down, digs his boot in, but the ref counts. Bushi lets off and Taguchi claims his leg hurts. Bushi drags Taguchi up and hits a neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Fans rally but then Bushi grinds his boot into Taguchi’s guchi! The ref counts, Bushi stops at 3, and the ref checks on Taguchi. Bushi turns Taguchi over for an STF! Taguchi endures, moves around, and fans rally up as he reaches for ropes. Taguchi crawls and gets the ropebreak! Bushi claws Taguchi’s face but stops at 4.

Bushi stomps Taguchi, drags him up, but Taguchi hits back with body shots! Bushi kicks low, clubs Taguchi on the back, then whips him to ropes. Taguchi reverses but Bushi sunset flips. Taguchi stays up and pants himself! Bushi avoids the booty drop! Bushi stomps Taguchi then runs, but into the BARE ASS ATTACK! Bushi bails out, Taguchi runs and BARE ASS ATTACKS Bushi off the apron! Taguchi fires up and TRIANGLE PLANCHAS! A ring count starts, Taguchi walks off the landing but goes back to Bushi at 8 of 20. Taguchi puts Bushi back in and still keeps some of his butt bare, as he SPRINGBOARD HIP ATTACKS! Cover, TWO!

Fans rally up as Taguchi drags Bushi up. Taguchi suplexes but Bushi slips out to waistlock. Taguchi switches, dragon sleepers for reverse DDT! Cover, TWO! OH MY ANKLE LOCK! Bushi scrambles to get the ropebreak! Taguchi holds on until the ref counts, and then he rubs his butt in Bushi’s face! Is he twerking? The ref counts and Taguchi lets off to run and hip attack! And then again, only for Bushi to dump him out! Taguchi takes a tumble and Bushi builds speed, but Taguchi dropkicks the legs out! LA MAGISTROL! TWO! Fans rally up and Taguchi drags Bushi back up. Taguchi whips Bushi corner to corner, runs in but Bushi slips out to swing kick!

Bushi climbs up and leaps to missile dropkick! And Bushirooni! Taguchi ends up in the other corner but he dodges Bushi. Bushi puts Taguchi on the top rope! The Funky Weapon suffers major damage! The ref counts and Bushi lets off, but kicks the rope! Taguchi falls and Bushi goes out to the apron. Bushi drags Taguchi through ropes, DRAPING DDT to the arpon! Taguchi is hanging out of the ropes like his butt is out of his tights! Bushi drags Taguchi in, fireman’s carries, but Taguchi slips off. Bushi kicks low but runs into a sobat. Taguchi runs but into an enzugiri! Bushi runs but the Code Breaker is countered to OH MY ANKLE LOCK!

Taguchi cranks on the ankle, drags Bushi away but Bushi rolls! Taguchi holds on! Fans rally as Bushi endures more! Bushi crawls but Taguchi reels him into chicken wings! DODON- Victory roll! TWO and Taguchi sits on the cover, TWO! OH MY ANKLE LOCK! Taguchi cranks on the foot but Bushi still endures. Bushi stands up to enziguri, Taguchi ducks but Bushi mule kicks! Taguchi enziguris back! DODON- NO! Bushi hits the FISHERMAN SCREW! Cover, TWO!! Taguchi survives, gets to a corner, but Bushi brings him up to put him in the ropes. DRAPING BACKSTABBER! Bushi gets up again as fans rally.

Bushi aims at Taguchi from a corner, runs in, CODE BREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Taguchi survives but Bushi goes to the corner! Bushi fires up and climbs, then aims at Taguchi, for M X!! Cover, Bushi wins!!

Winner: Bushi, by pinfall; now 3-2, Taguchi is now 2-3

The Death Mask was the death of Taguchi’s hot streak! But is there still time for the Funky Weapon to reload? Or is Bushi going to beat him to the top of the BOSJ?

 

Robbie Eagles VS Taiji Ishimori!

Last round, the Sniper of the Sky was shot down while the Bone Soldier stood tall. Will Eagles be able to reload and hit a new target? Or will the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion make sure he still only owes one person a title match from this tournament?

The bell rings and Ishimori wants Eagles to Low Sweet him? But Eagles isn’t Bullet Club. Eagles kicks the Low Sweet away and the bell rings. Eagles dropkicks Ishimori down, then dropkicks him down again! Eagles knuckle locks Ishimori, cranks on the fingers, then CHOPS! Eagles goes up and around to arm-drag then dodges and ducks to huricanrana! Ishimori gets up but Eagles windmill kicks him down! Ishimori bails out, dodges the baseball slide and gets back in the ring. Eagles follows but Ishimori stomps him down. Ishimori throws hands, whips Eagles and goes to hip toss but Eagles rolls him to basement dropkick him! Fans cheer while Ishimori writhes.

Eagles KICKS Ishimori, and KICKS him again. Ishimori blocks th ekick to elbow th eleg then club Eagles’ back. Ishimori bumps Eagles off buckles, throws more haymakers, then brings him up to whip corner to conrre. Egales reverses, Ishimori slips out, around, and shoulders in. Springboard seated senton! Fans fire up and Ishimori drags Eagles up for a cravat. Eagles endures, even as Ishimori rams his shoulder in again and again. Ishimori snapmares and neck TWISTS! Eagles clutches his neck but Ishimori covers, ONE! Ishimori drags Eagles up to a chinlock, digs his knee in, and pulls Eagles back. Eagles endures and reaches but Ishimori puts him in a headscissor squeeze.

Fans rally as Eagles endures and moves around. Eagles turns and rolls and gets the ropebreak! Red Shoes counts, Ishimori gives one last jam as he lets go at 4. Ishimori brings Eagles up for a neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Ishimori wraps Eagles up in a chinlock but fans rally as Eagles endures the grind. Ishimori shifts to a cover, ONE! He tries again, TWO! And again, TWO! And again, TWO! Eagles shakes his head as he gets out again. Ishimori brings Eagles up but Eagles throws body shots. Eagles CHOPS but Ishimori knees low! Ishimori CHOPS Eagles off his feet! Eagles gets to a corner but Ishimori CHOPS him again!

Ishimori wrenches and whips Eagles corner to corner, then runs in, but Eagles goes to boot. Ishimori blocks, turns Eagles sideways and kicks, before he runs side to side, for the SLIDING GERMAN! Cover, TWO! Fans rally while Eagles stirs. Ishimori takes his time to check his knee pads as Eagles gets to a corner. Ishimori runs in but Eagles elbows him away. Ishimori returns, Eagles drops down and slides to a sunset, but ishimori slips out. Ishimori swings into the roll up with bridge! TWO and Ishimori kicks low. Ishimori runs, Eagles gets around to rolling chop block! And blinside lariat! Both men are down and fans fire up!

Fans rally as the two stir, and Eagles sits up first. Eagles KICKS Ishimori, and KICKS, and KICKS! Eagles runs to SLIDING LEG LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Eagles keeps his cool and drags Ishimori up to CHOP! Eagles throws forearms, whips IShimori but Ishimori reverses. Ishimori runs into the corner but is put on the apron. Eagles enziguris Ishimori down then builds speed, to SOMERSAULT TOPE! Fans fire up with Eagles and he goes back to Ishimori. Eagles puts Ishimori in, covers, TWO! Ishimori goes to a corner but Eagles runs in to DOUBLE KNEES! Eagles rolls back and returns, into a BOOT! But Eagles Sweep-1-9’s, to METEORA! Cover, TWO!

Eagles keeps his focus as he goes out to the apron. Fans rally up, Eagles aims and springboards, to missile dropkick the legs out! Eagles grabs the legs, steps through but Ishimori cradle counters, TWO! Eagles kicks and whips Ishimori but Ishimori handsprings to NEURALIZER KICK! Both men are down but fans rally up again. Ishimori gets his bad leg moving and he kicks at Eagles. Ishimori rakes eyes, goes to a corner and runs back out, to shotgun dropkick Eagles to the other corner! Ishimori runs corner to corner, Eagles tries to dodge, the METEORA still gets his arm! Eagles clutches his elbow, Ishimori runs and tilt-o-whirls to the takedown! YES LOCK!

Eagles endures, crawls, but Ishimori pulls him away! Eagles still endures, Ishimori cranks on the crossface harder, but Eagles keeps moving around! Eagles is so close, and he gets the ropebreak with a foot! Ishimori lets go reluctantly but he slowly gets up. Ishimori says BANG and drags Eagles back up. But Eagles fights off Bloody Cross, bobs ‘n’ weaves to then block the clothesline with knees! ROUNDHOUSE, HEEL KICK, PELE! Eagles drags Ishimori back up, cravats, but no Sliced Bread! CIPHER- NO! Eagles counters to the RON MILLER SPECIAL!! Ishimori flails, reaches, crawls for ropes but Eagles cranks harder! Fans rally, Ishimori keeps crawling, but Eagles brings him away!

Eagles kicks away on Ishimori’s back, but Ishimori refuses to give in! Ishimori drags himself and Eagles over to the ROPEBREAK! Eagles lets go right away, but he’s frustrated. Eagles goes after Ishimori at the ropes for a SLICED BREAD! Cover, TWO! SUPERKICK! Eagles goes up fast, WARP 4.5, ONTO KNEES! Fans rally as Eagles staggers up. Ishimori gut wrenches him, for a SHOULDER BUSTER! Ishimori goes to the corner and gets his leg moving. Fans rally as Ishimori climbs. Ishimori 450’s onto Eagles’ knees!! Fans fire up as Eagles evens things with Ishimori! Fans rally up now and both men stir.

Eagles sits up first but Ishimori follows. Eagles throws a forearm from the mat, Ishimori forearms back. They go back and forth, fight their way up and throw more forearms! Fans rally up as they pick up speed! Eagles CHOPS and forearms, then kicks, kicks and sobats! Front kick, dropkick takes the legs out! Eagles runs, dodges but Ishimori JUMPING KNEES! Ishimori hops up, but Eagles throws him off! Ishimori elbows but his boot is blocked to a kick, body shot and grab, TURBO BACKPACK! Cover, TWO!! Both men are down but fans are fired up!

Eagles rises first and he drags Ishimori up. Eagles turns Ishimori and runs the corner, but no reverse sliced bread! Ishimori slams Eagles down and puts on the BONE LOCK!! Eagles reaches for ropes, Ishimori rolls him away, BLOODY CROSS!! Cover, Ishimori wins!!

Winner: Taiji Ishimori, by pinfall; now 4-1, Eagles is now 2-3

The IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion dodges a bullet to shoot Eagles down! But will he be able to keep this up in the BOSJ’s second half? As for Eagles, is he all but done in the round robin?

 

SHO VS El Desperado!

When he beat Taguchi, High Voltage beat the man who beat the man who beat the man who beat the champion! That is to say, Taguchi has also beaten Desperado in BOSJ 27, and Sho beat Taguchi. Will Sho double down and beat both the man who beat the man who beat the man who beat the champion and the man who beat the man who beat the champion?

The bell rings and fans cheer as the two circle. Sho and Desperado approach, feel out the grapple, but Desperado backs up to a corner. Sho backs off and the two go again. They knuckle lock but then Desperado pokes Sho’s eyes! Desperado clubs Sho on the back while laughs at him for being an idiot. Desperado turns around into Sho’s tackle! Sho ground ‘n’ pounds to then get the arm! Desperado clasps hands and moves around, Sho rolls to get a leg but Desperado resists. Sho pushes through to facelock then back mount then roll for the arm! Desperado holds the armbar off, rolls and gets Sho’s legs. Desperado goes after a leg but Sho trips him up again!

Sho has the heel hook but Desperado gets the ropes! The fans cheer as Sho lets off and resets. Desperado and Sho circle, Desperado shoots in for a foot but Sho holds off the takedown. Sho slips around to waistlock, half nelson, chinlock, then roll Desperado for the arm! Desperado gets the ropes just as Sho gets the armbar! Sho lets go and fans cheer as he stomps Desperado. Desperado gets to a corner, Sho knuckle locks then wrenches. Sho wrenches both arms for the pretzel keylock. Desperado talks trash but Sho sweeps the legs! Fans cheer as Sho stands tall over Desperado. Sho stomps Desperado more, KICKS him in the chest, then digs his boots in at the ropes.

Red Shoes reprimands, Sho lets off at 3, then taunts Desperado now as he throws forearms! Desperado ends up in a corner, Sho whips him corner to corner, but Desperado reverses. Desperado runs in but is put on the apron! Sho sweeps legs, runs but Desperado ducks the baseball slide! Desperado RAMS Sho into railing, then whips him into more railing! Sho flops down while fans cheer the aggression. Desperado drags Sho up as fans rally, then puts him in the corner to pull him against the post! Desperado SLAMS a leg against the steel! Sho flops out of the ring, Desperado SMASHES the knee on the floor!

Red Shoes checks on Sho while Desperado sneaks the ring bell hammer! Desperado also fetches himself a chair from under the ring. The chair hides the hammer but Red Shoes reprimands. Desperado gives Red Shoes the chair, to HAMMER Sho! And then HAMMER Sho’s leg! Desperado threatens Young Lions with the hammer before throwing it away. Desperado puts Sho in the ring, stalks him, then stomps him. Fans rally up for Sho but Desperado brings him up. Sho throws forearms but Desperado kicks the leg out! Desperado puts the leg on the ropes to springboard straddle attack it! Sho scrambles away and Desperado mockingly asks how he’s doing.

Desperado stands on the bad leg while fans rally, and Desperado keeps asking what’s wrong. Sho throws a forearm! Desperado eggs him on so Sho throws another forearm! Desperado rakes Sho’s eyes! Red Shoes reprimands, Desperado throws Sho down then knee breakers the leg! Then he drops down on it! Desperado has the butterfly deathlock on! Fans rally and Sho endures but Desperado bridges back to add pressure. Sho has Desperado sit up and CHOPS him! But that only causes Desperado to fall back! Sho sits Desperado up again and CHOPS, but again Desperado just falls back! Sho falls back but sits up to keep his shoulders off.

Desperado adds pressure to the legs, Sho endures and fights towards ropes. Fans rally up, Sho reaches but Desperado adds pressure. Sho reaches and gets the ropebreak! Desperado says he needs help undoing the hold and Red Shoes works to untie it. Desperado drops a knee on Sho’s knee, and “apologizes” about that. Desperado taunts Sho and then brings him back up. Desperado suplexes but Sho resists! Sho suplexes but the bad leg limits him! Desperado kicks the bad leg then drags Sho back up. Desperado brings Sho up but Sho suplexes him up and over after all! Fans rally up for Sho and Sho gets his bad leg moving.

Sho aims from a corner, runs corner to corner and clotheslines! Sho whips, wrenches but Desperado breaks free! Sho blocks the kick to give some kicks! And more kicks! Desperado covers up but Sho kicks him from behind! Sho kicks Desperado down then covers, TWO! Fans rally and Sho dead lifts Desperado in the waistlock but Desperado kicks and flails! Desperado elbows free, Sho forearms back. Sho runs, Desperado goes the other way but the spear is blocked! Sho knees then runs, but Desperado dropkicks the legs out! Desperado grabs the bad leg for a GROUND DRAGON SCREW! And then he splashes on the leg! And puts on STRETCH MUFFLER!

Sho endures and fans rally up, but Desperado drags Sho from the ropes! Desperado cranks on the leg, gets the arm, NUMERO DOS! Sho still crawls with his one arm, but Desperado tries to grab it! Sho gets the ropes first! Red Shoes counts and Desperado lets go reluctantly. Fans rally up and Desperado stands up. Desperado drags Sho up, reels him in, but Sho slips out of Guitarra to waistlock! Desperado kicks the bad leg then talks more trash. Desperado throws a forearm then another. Sho gets mad and eggs Desperado on. Fans rally as the forearms fly! Sho dares Desperado to bring it on and they start going back and forth! They go faster and faster, harder and harder!

Sho ROCKS Desperado then fires forearms from all sides! Now Sho mockingly asks what’s wrong, but Desperado kicks the bad leg! Desperado taunts Sho back and drags him up. Sho swings but into a spin and GUITARRA DE ANGEL! Cover, TWO!! Sho survives and fans fire up! Desperado grits his teeth and fires himself up as he drags Sho around. Desperado underhooks but Sho blocks the lift! Sho powers out to back drop Desperado away! Fans fire up again as Sho gets up. Desperado kicks the bad leg then whips Sho. Sho reverses and kitchen sink knees! But that was the bad leg!

Both men flounder about and Sho gets to a corner. Sho aims at Desperado, for a PENALTY KICK to the arm! And then a rolling takedown to the double wristlock! Desperado holds on but Sho gets the KIMURA! Sho taunts Desperado with “How do you like that?!” Desperado kicks and flails and gets the ropebreak! Sho lets off just long enough, and he drags Desperado up. Sho wrenches to an ELBOW BREAKER! And another! And another! Sho runs, but Desperado SPINEBUSTERS! STRETCH MUFFLER, but Sho turns over to get an inverted ARMBAR! A Disarmer even! Desperado endures, rolls, and covers, TWO! ARMBAR!

Desperado flails and gets another ropebreak! Sho holds until 4, and fans rally up. Sho taunts Desperado and kicks at him. Desperado stays on ropes so Sho just scrapes his boot off his head. Sho drags Desperado up but Desperado kicks the bad leg! Sho kicks the bad arm! BACKSTABBER! Sho pushes Desperado up to then run corner to corner for a BIG corner clothesline! Sho keeps moving, LARIAT! Fans fire up with Sho as he drags Desperado back up! Sho lifts for the POWER BREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Desperado survives but fans fire up for Sho!

Sho flounders over, aims his bow and brings Desperado back up. Desperado gets around, he and Sho dosido and Desperado grabs at Red Shoes! Sho dodges the low blow to KNEE! Sho reels Desperado in, double pump handles but Desperado lands out of Shock Arrow! Sho HEADBUTTS! Sho drags Desperado around but Desperado spins to victory roll! TWO!! Sho scrambles up, Desperado shoves him at Red Shoes, then turns him around for the RIGHT HAND! Desperado drags Sho in, PINCHE LOCO!! Cover, Desperado wins!!

Winner: El Desperado, by pinfall; now 3-2, Sho is now 3-2

Sho may have beaten Taguchi, who beat Desperado, but now Desperado has beaten Sho! Will this be the loss that short circuits Sho’s chances? As for Desperado, he gets the mic to speak. “Oi, oi, hold on. The champion, albeit the tag champion, is going to give you some praise here. Why leave so quickly? Don’t be an idiot.” Desperado says Sho isn’t weak, not at all. Sho stayed on the attack until the very end.

But y’know what? It’s not about strength, it’s about who wins! That’s why Desperado is a champion now! “You don’t get to talk about strength, because you didn’t have enough in the end.” Desperado will be winning the BOSJ, and Sho, with his bad leg, will lose the rest of his matches. “Too bad.” Desperado leaves with both his and Yoshinobu Kanemaru’s tag titles, but will he be adding the BOSJ trophy to the collection?

 

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

Hiromu Takahashi: 4-1
Taiji Ishimori: 4-1
Master Wato: 4-1
El Desperado: 3-2
BUSHI: 3-2
SHO: 3-2
Ryusuke Taguchi: 2-3
Robbie Eagles: 2-3
DOUKI: 0-5
Yuya Uemura: 0-5


My Thoughts:

A really good fifth round, but not much more than what we got last round. Uemura looked good again but Hiromu of course wins. I was surprised Hiromu debuted a new move like the Cloverleaf backbreaker here but it’s still a very clever combination. Wato as top three is a surprise in itself, and I feel like with Douki, he would’ve completed a sweep of Suzuki-Gun had Kanemaru not gotten injured. Ishimori of course stays up near the top, the champion can’t have more than two title matches owed with only WrestleKingdom left. Taguchi again weaponizes his bare ass but it backfires this time and Bushi stays in the middle of the block.

Sho VS Desperado was a great match, and it works out that Desperado wins here. Desperado stays just outside the top, but I bet this also sets up a Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship story, maybe Yoh and Kanemaru will both be back in time for WK15 to give us RPG3K VS Suzuki-Gun. That would be a great moment, especially for Sho & Yoh, and especially if they won the titles back. RPG3K’s reign got cut short, so starting the next one off with a WK15 victory to start 2021 would be perfect.

My Score: 8.9/10


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

NJPW returns to the UK!

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

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

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

 

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

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

 

 

Will Ospreay VS Shota Umino

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

 


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

The Acclaimed are on a Rampage!

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Backstage interview with The Firm.

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

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

 

Backstage interview with Jade Cargill & The Baddies.

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

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

 

Lee Moriarty w/ The Firm VS Fuego Del Sol!

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

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

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

Winner: Lee Moriarty, by submission

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

 

Backstage interview with Hangman Page & The Dark Order.

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Jamie Hayter, by pinfall

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

 

Wardlow and Samoa Joe speak.

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

 

Ryan Nemeth is in the ring.

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

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

 

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

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

 

AEW looks at Jon Moxley VS Hangman Page.

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

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

 

Mark Henry talks with tonight’s main eventers.

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

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

 

BREAKING NEWS for Battle of the Belts 4!

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Rush, by pinfall

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

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


My Thoughts:

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

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

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

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

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

My Score: 8.7/10


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