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Mitchell’s NJPW WTL x BOSJ Results & Report! (11/29/20)

Best of the Super Juniors returns again!

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NJPW WTLBOSJ

Who will rock round six of the BOSJ?

As the round robin continues, three men stand at 4-1! Will Time Bomb, Bone Soldier or Grandmaster be leading the block after tonight?

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

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Here are the current 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

 

Ryusuke Taguchi VS Yuya Uemura!

The Funky Weapon is on the low end of the block now, but the Young Lion is still worse off. Will that change as the BSOJ enters the second half?

The fans cheer as Taguchi and Uemura show respect. The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, are in a deadlock, but Uemura gets a waistlock. Taguchi gets to ropes, the ref calls for the break, but Taguchi turns things around on Uemura. Taguchi shows haymaker, but he lets off. Uemura tackles him, goes after an arm, but Taguchi uses his legs to get free. Taguchi gets the ropes and Uemura lets go. Taguchi bails out and takes a moment to refocus. Taguchi returns, gets Uemura’s leg, but Uemura flips around to get the leg for a takedown. Uemura covers, ONE, but he keeps on an arm. Taguchi again uses his legs against Uemura and turns him to a cover, ONE.

Uemura flips Taguchi over and has the arms, but Taguchi fights free of that to get legs. High stack cover, but Uemura keeps a shoulder up. Taguchi wants the ankle but Uemura gets one of Taguchi’s. Taguchi goes right up to chicken wing but Uemura turns it over. They both end up in ropes and fans cheer as the two break. Fans rally as Taguchi and Uemura reset. Uemura gets a leg, drags Taguchi down but Taguchi scrambles away to the ropes. Uemura drags Taguchi from ropes, has the leg, passes through the guard and goes after an arm. Taguchi moves around but Uemura adds a headlock. Taguchi makes it a cover, TWO and Uemura stays on the headlock.

Uemura grinds, Taguchi powers up and pries free to a wristlock. Taguchi goes to hook a leg but Uemura stays up. Taguchi manages the takedown, and gets OH MY ANKLE LOCK! Uemura gets ropes while fans cheer, and Taguchi lets go at 3. Taguchi rubs the Funky Weapon in Uemura’s face, and even takes a breather as he sits on Uemura. Taguchi runs to hip attack at the ropes! And again! But Uemura dropkicks Taguchi down on the third! Fans cheer as both men are down! Taguchi gets to a corner, Uemura hurries over and stomps away. Uemura throws forearms, then whips Taguchi corner to corner for a back elbow! Uemura keeps going, corner to corner again for a dropkick! Taguchi flops down, Uemura stack covers, TWO!

Fans rally as Uemura fires up. Uemura gets the legs but Taguchi scrambles to the ropebreak! Uemura lets go to stomp away! Fans rally, Uemura drags Taguchi up, Taguchi CHOPS back! Taguchi dropkicks the leg out, OH MY ANKLE LOCK! Uemura scrambles, Taguchi drags him back but Uemura reverses to an ANKLE LOCK! Taguchi rolls, but into the BOSTON CRAB! Fans cheer as Uemura sits back deep! Taguchi endures, powers up, crawls, but Uemura drags him away! Taguchi tries again and gets the ropebreak! Uemura lets go fast to catch his breath. Fans rally as Uemura drags Taguchi up in a waistlock. Taguchi fights out with elbows then switches, but Uemura switches. Taguchi switches and hits a reverse DDT! Cover, TWO!

Taguchi drags Uemura up, suplexes, uno amigo! Dos amigos! THREE AMIGOS! Cover, TWO! Fans rally and Taguchi manages a kip up! Taguchi goes to a corner, powers up and takes aim, “ORAYO!” But Uemura rolls the Bumaye up to a cover! TWO!! Taguchi kicks low but runs into Uemura’s arm-drag! Taguchi headscissors to drag Uemura down, OH MY ANKLE LOCK! Uemura reaches as fans rally, but Taguchi cranks harder on the ankle! Taguchi drags Uemura away but Uemura hits an ARMBAR TAKEDOWN! Taguchi rolls and makes it a cover, TWO!! Uemura still has the arm but Taguchi gets another ropebreak!

Uemura lets go, fires up and drags Taguchi up to wrench. Uemura clamps on an arm but Taguchi throws forearms. Uemura throws a forearm, Taguchi gives it back! Uemura throws another forearm, Taguchi again gives it back. They go back and forth, fans build up to a rally as they pick up speed! Taguchi gets the edge, Uemura fires up to give it all back! Uemura roars and runs, but Taguchi follows, only for the hip attack to be caught! GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Uemura keeps on Taguchi as he traps the arms. Taguchi rolls to get OH MY ANKLE LOCK! Uemura scrambles, reaches, but Taguchi drags him back!

Uemura still moves around, but Taguchi reels him in to chicken wing! DODON- No, victory roll! TWO! Taguchi has the cover, TWO!! OH MY ANKLE! Uemura scrambles, reaches, Taguchi drags him to drop an elbow on the leg! Taguchi ties up Uemura’s legs, OH MY GOD ANKLE DEATHLOCK!! Uemura taps, Taguchi wins!

Winner: Ryusuke Taguchi, by submission; now 3-3, Uemura is now 0-6

Needless to say, the Young Lion is out of the running. But will the Funky Weapon still have what it takes to take the block?

 

El Desperado VS DOUKI!

Suzuki-Gun VS Suzuki-Gun? How will this go when Desperado still has an outside shot at the finals?

Desperado and Douki stare down even before the bell, and fans rally up with the bell. Desperado and Douki circle, tie up, and Douki waistlocks. Desperado switches, slams Douki then flips him but Douki arm-drags back. Desperado sweeps, covers, ONE! Douki moves around but Desperado facelocks. Desperado flips Douki around again but Douki arm-drags again. Desperado sunset filps, pops it to a prawn hold, TWO! Desperado keeps Douki down with floating and rear mount, then he gets an arm. Douki avoids the chinlock but Desperado headlocks. Douki pushes on the mask and facelocks but Desperado slips out to wrench the arm.

Desperado has the wristlock to knuckle lock, and he whips to wring Douki out. They ram shoulders, things speed up, and Douki hurdles to arm-drag! Fans cheer as Douki dropkicks Desperado out! Douki runs and fakes Desperado out with a handspring! Fans cheer as Desperado realizes what happened. Desperado kicks railing in frustration and then he talks some trash on Douki. Douki waits in the ring but Desperado dares him to try that again. Douki rushes outside and the two start brawling! The ref reprimands and tells them to get in the ring but Douki gets the edge. Desperado pokes Douki in the eye! Desperado has Douki’s pipe, shoves the ref aside, but Douki kicks low!

Douki has the pipe now and Desperado tells him no! Douki SMACKS Desperado with the pipe! Fans cheer as Douki chokes Desperado with the pipe! The ref returns and reprimands, and Douki lets go of the pipe. Douki stalks Desperado and stomps him! Douki wrenches and whips Desperado into railing! Fans cheer while Desperado goes down in a heap. A ring count starts and Douki stalks Desperado. Douki drags Desperado up at 10 of 20, puts him in at 14, and fans cheer as this continues in the ring. Douki stomps Desperado, talks trash back, but Desperado throws forearms! Douki rakes Desperado’s eyes! Fans cheer as Douki looms over Desperado.

Douki stands on Desperado’s head and taunts him! The ref counts, Douki lets off at 3, then drags Desperado up. Douki whips Desperado to ropes, elbows him down then covers, ONE! Douki keeps his cool as he drags Desperado back up. Douki reels Desperado in, suplexes, but Desperado fights it off. Douki keeps trying but Desperado keeps resisting. Douki rakes Desperado’s eyes again! But Desperado suplexes Douki! Fans fire up as both men go to opposite corners. Desperado runs in corner to corner, blocks a boot and puts the leg on the ropes, to dropkick the other leg! Desperado grabs the other leg, for a DRAPING DRAGON SCREW!

Douki hobbles and falls, Desperado gets the leg for a STRETCH MUFFLER! Douki flails and reaches to get the ropebreak! Desperado cranks harder but lets go at the ref’s order. Fans rally up but Desperado stands on Douki’s head to scrape his face. Desperado reels Douki in, Guitarra, but Douki slips out! Desperado CHOPS Douki, talks trash, but Douki CHOPS back! Fans cheer but Desperado throws a forearm. Douki throws the forearm back! They go back and forth and fans rally up! Douki gets the edge, Desperado kicks the bad leg! Douki uppercuts and doubles Desperado over! Douki runs but Desperado SPINEBUSTERS! To the STRETCH MUFFLER!

Desperado gets the arm for NUMERO DOS! And he leans HARD on the hold! Douki endures, moves around, reaches, and gets the ropebreak! The fans cheer as Douki survives, but Desperado doesn’t let up. Desperadop drops knees on the leg, then drags him away for another knee drop. Douki clutches the knee, fans rally up, but Desperado splashes down on the leg! Stretch Muffler, but Douki rolls to a cradle, TWO!! Desperado kicks the bad leg, but Douki jumps the dropkick! ITALIAN STRETCH #32! Desperado endures while fans rally up and Douki pulls on the arms! Desperado gets to his feet, Douki drags him back down to put the Italian Stretch on again!

Desperado endures but Douki has him down on the mat. Desperado fights his way up, and gets the ropebreak! The ref counts, Douki lets go at 4, and fans rally up. Douki stalks Desperado and slashes the throat. Douki goes to the apron, aims as Desperado rises, and slingshots for DAY- NO! Desperado holds Douki up to then put him back on the apron! Desperado rushes in but Douki dumps him to the apron! They both sand, Douki ENZIGURIS! Desperado wobbles, holding onto the ropes. Douki hits an APRON MONKEY FLIP! Desperado crashes down and the fans fire up!

The ref checks and Desperado is okay to continue, but Douki climbs up the corner?! Douki LEAPS, DOUKI BOMB!! Both men are down and fans fire up! The ring count begins and reaches 5 of 20 before either stirs. The count is 10 of 20 as Douki gets up and Douki drags himself in at 14. Desperado hears 15 and gets up, hurries over and is in at 18! Douki goes back to the apron to aim again. Slingshot for DAYBREAK! Cover, TWO!! Desperado survives and fans fire up again! Douki fires up and he reels Desperado into the wheelbarrow. Full nelson but Desperado victory rolls, to STRETCH MUFFLER! And NUMERO DOS! Douki flails, reaches, but Desperado rolls him away to get BOTH arms! Douki verbally quits, Desperado wins!

Winner: El Desperado, by submission; now 4-2, Douki is now 0-6

Douki is eliminated from the running while Desperado is moving up! Will he be able to break away from the pack and be THE Best of the Super Juniors?

 

Master Wato w/ Hiroyoshi Tenzan VS SHO!

The two young, bright stars of the Junior Heavyweight Division finally face off, and at a very pivotal moment in this round robin! Will the Way of the Grandmaster be the one to shock High Voltage?

The bell rings and Sho circles with Wato. Wato tests the waters with kicks, but Sho stays back. Sho tries kicks of his own but Wato evades. Sho shoots in, uses a leg guard while going for a leg but Wato avoids the takedown. Fans cheer as the two reset. Wato deflects a boot, Sho ducks a kick, they each block a kick. Wato avoids the sweep and Sho avoids the Dreamcast Kick! Fans cheer as the two reset again and circle. Sho blocks a kick to waistlock but Wato elbows free. Wato runs, Sho ducks down and things speed up. Wato hurdles, back elbows and back hands, to KICK Sho down! Sho bails out, Wato runs but Sho gets away.

Wato redirects, slingshots but lands on the apron when Sho slides in. Wato kicks Sho away, springboards but Sho gets under! Sho is in the corner, he puts Wato on the apron to sweep the leg! Sho runs side to side to dropkick Wato down! Fans fire up, Sho goes to the apron and he Penalty Kicks Wato’s arm! Sho lets things cool off before he fetches Wato. Sho wristlocks and wrenches Wato to put him in the ring. Fans cheer as Sho stomps Wato down then brings him up to whip to ropes and elbow him down! Sho KICKS Wato in the back, then drags him up to wrench the arm again. Sho hammerlocks, then throws Wato down to keylock the arm into the mat. Sho stands on the arm to then stomp it!

Fans rally up and Sho drags Wato back into an armlock and wrench. Sho has the cording hold but Wato throws hands. Sho wrenches that arm to have the arm pretzel and STO! Cover, TWO! Sho still has the arm for a double wristlock! Wato endures and fans rally up but Sho keeps cranking the Kimura! Wato gets a ropebreak with a leg and Sho lets off fast. Sho taunts Wato and Wato CHOPS! Sho eggs him on, Wato CHOPS more! Wato throws forearms but Sho KICKS the bad arm! Sho drags Wato up, suplexes but Wato slips out to waistloick. Sho blocks another kick then whips Wato to the corner. Wato boots Sho, runs and huricanranas!

Sho bails out and fans fire up as Wato builds speed. Wato TORNILLO! Fans fire up as they crash down at railing! Wato gets up and fans rally behind him. The ring count starts but Wato gets in Sho in at 5 of 20. Wato aims, springboards and flying uppercuts! Cover, TWO! Wato drags Sho up and wrenches to hook him up, but Sho powers out of the Mouse Trap! Wato sunset flips, Sho slips out to kick but Wato ducks! Wato rolls Sho to KICK him down! Wato runs and things speed up, Sho goes the other way to SPEAR Wato down! Fans rally up as both men stir. Sho gets up first and he drags Wato around to wrench, kick, kick and KICK!

Wato blocks the next kick but Sho drags him down to an ARMBAR! Wato endures, moves around, and gets the ropebreak with a leg. Sho lets go, drags Wato up, and hits an elbow breaker! Then another! And another! Sho KICKS and KICKS and KICKS Wato from all sides, but Wato glares at him to egg him on. Sho KICKS the bad arm but Wato grits his teeth. Wato blocks another kick, elbows the leg then fires off KICKS of his own! Wato boots Sho to ropes, then runs, but into a LARIAT! Sho runs but Wato DYNAMIC DROPKICKS! Fans fire up as Wato wrenches Sho and reels him in, but Sho pops Wato into the ARMBAR! Wato rolls to cover, TWO, DISARMER!

Wato endures the inverted armbar, moves around and gets the ropebreak again! Sho drags Wato up, crossarm but Wato huricanranas out! Cover, TWO! Sho runs but Wato dodges the knee, DREAMCAST KICK! Wato drags Sho up, wrenches and reels him in, MOUSE TRAP DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Sho survives and fans fire up but Wato puts Sho in a drop zone. Wato climbs up, aims, R P P FLOPS! Sho gets to the corner while fans rally up. Sho goes back to Wato, throws forearms but Wato throws forearms back. Sho forearms, Wato wobbles but forearms back. They go back and forth more as they stand up. Wato fires off more forearms, but Sho gives forearms from all sides! Fans fire up as Wato wobbles again!

Sho drags Wato up but Wato BACK HANDS! Wato runs, into Sho’s JUMPING KNEE! Sho runs, into a ROUNDHOUSE! But he comes back, only to get another ROUNDHOUSE! Sho goes down, Wato wobbles but fans fire up! Wato reels Sho in, scoops, TENZAN TOMB- NO! Sho slips out and shoves to CLOBBER Wato from behind! Sho runs, but Wato boots his lariat away. Wato dodges the next lariat, but not the THIRD LARIAT! Sho fires up and drags Wato around to reel him in! POWER BREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Wato survives but Sho takes aim with the bow! Sho drags Wato back up, reels him back in and double pump handles, for SHOCK ARROW!! Cover, Sho wins!!

Winner: Sho, by pinfall; now 4-2, Wato is now 4-2

Water loses to electricity! Sho brings Wato down and they’re both 4-2, will this tiebreaker come into play down the line?

 

BUSHI VS Taiji Ishimori!

The Death Mask goes up against THE IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion, still poised for a run at the top of the block! But will Bone Soldier Reborn make sure Bushi’s chances die right here?

Taiji takes aim at Bushi, and Bushi dropkicks Taiji down! Fans fire up as Bushi builds speed, the bell rings, but Taiji intercepts the dive with a kick! Bushi tumbles down, Taiji finally takes off his entrance gear, and he stomps Bushi down. Taiji drags Bushi up by his mask, wraps his arm around the railing and pulls! Red Shoes reprimands and counts, Taiji lets go to BOOT the arm! Bushi tumbles down while fans cheer and Taiji stalks over. Taiji drags Bushi up, wrenches the bad arm then POSTS the shoulder! The ring count starts, Taiji goes back to Bushi and drags him up at 9 of 20. Taiji puts Bushi in at 14 and fans cheer that this continues in the ring. Cover but Red Shoes refuses because he saw everything.

Taiji stomps Bushi, pulls his shirt off and chokes him with it! That’s usually Bushi’s move! Red Shoes reprimands and counts, Taiji stops at 3. Taiji uses the shirt in the armbar but Red Shoes counts, so Taiji lets go at 3. Taiji clubs Bushi then wrenches to snapmare, and ground wring out! Bushi clutches the elbow while fans cheer the creativity. Taiji traps the arm, and drops a knee on the elbow! And another! Taiji pulls on the arm, fans rally up and Bushi endures. Bushi moves around, Taiji pulls harder on the arm but Bushi refuses to quit. Bushi reaches, Taiji drops another knee, then stalks Bushi to ropes.

Taiji throws elbows, brings Bushi up in a cravat, then hooks a leg before he throws in shoulder after shoulder! Taiji snapmares Bushi and NECK TWISTS! Bushi writhes, Taiji covers, TWO! Bushi gets to a corner, Taiji drags him back up and rams him into the buckle pad! And again! And again! Bushi falls but Taiji covers, TWO! Fans rally up as Taiji looms over Bushi. Taiji drags Bushi up to whip but Bushi sunset flips! Taiji pops him up and around to a sunset flip, TWO! Taiji gets the crucifix pin, TWO! Taiji’s right on Bushi’s bad arm as fans rally up, and Taiji YANKS back on the arm! Bushi writhes but fans rally up again.

Taiji drags Bushi up but Bushi throws body shots. Taiji CHOPS Bushi to the corner and CHOPS again! Bushi flounders on the ropes but Bushi whips him corner to corner. Taiji runs in but Bushi boots him away! Bushi huricanranas Taiji down and fans fire up! Bushi drags Taiji up and throws fast forearms! Taiji throws one back then wrenches the bad arm to an elbow breaker! Bushi staggers to a corner, Taiji runs in but Bushi slips out to swing kick! Bushi goes up top and leaps, missile dropkick! And a Bushirooni, too! Taiji bails out, Bushi DIVES! Direct hit into railing! Fans fire up as Bushi rises.

Bushi drags Taiji up, puts him in and then takes aim from the corner. Bushi dropkicks a leg out, hits a DDT then covers, TWO! Fans rally as Bushi keeps his cool. Bushi drags Taiji up, puts him in the ropes and DRAPING BACKSTABBERS! Bushi aims from the corner again as Taiji rises, but Taiji denies the Code Breaker to roll Bushi to a YES LOCK! Bushi gets the ropebreak with a leg, Taiji lets off fast and fans rally up. Taiji drags Bushi back up, gut wrenches and hits the shoulder breaker! Then Taiji rolls Bushi back into the YES LOCK! Bushi endures as Taiji cranks on the hold! Fans rally up, Bushi crawls and reaches, little by little, and gets the ropebreak!

Taiji lets go but grows frustrated. Taiji takes aim, says BANG, then drags Bushi up. Bushi resists the half hatch to backslide, but Taiji slips out. Bushi dodges the knee, kicks and whips but Taiji handsprings for the NEURALIZER! Fans fire up as both men are down again! Bushi goes to one corner, Taiji goes to the other. Taiji runs corner to corner but Bushi puts him up on the rope! Bushi CHOPS and CHOPS and hops up, to then SUPER STEINER! Cover, TWO! Both men are down but fans fire up again. Bushi sits up first and he drags Taiji up. Taiji spins out of the fisherman screw to knee low. Taiji runs, Bushi dropkicks him at the ropes!

Bushi goes to the apron and drags Taiji through, APRON DDT! Fans fire up as Bushi goes in and drags Taiji up. Bushi fireman’s carries but Taiji fights free. Bushi resists the suplex but the forearms start flying! Taiji forearms, Bushi forearms, faster and faster! Fans rally as they keep going, Bushi gets the edge and runs, into a BOOT! Taiji runs into an enziguri! Taiji returns but Bushi gets around him for a back suplex! Fans fire up for Bushi as he drags Taiji up, DESTROYER! Cover, TWO!! Taiji survives and fans rally again! Bushi goes to the corner, climbs up, and takes aim, but Taiji blocks MX! Taiji fireman’s, gut wrenches, CIPHER UTAKI!

Both men are down and fans fire up again! Taiji and Bushi stir, Taiji fires himself up as he brings Bushi in. Bushi denies Bloody Cross to another backslide, but Taiji denies the bridge! BONE LOCK!! Bushi moves around, drags himself and Taiji over but Taiji rolls him away! BONE LOCK is back on! Bushi endures, fans rally, but Bushi taps! Taiji wins!

Winner: Taiji Ishimori, by submission; now 5-1, Bushi is now 3-3

The Bone Soldier wins again! But that one loss is still hanging over his head. Will he win it all to cancel out his “debt” to Hiromu?

 

Robbie Eagles VS Hiromu Takahashi!

The Sniper of the Sky’s window for taking this tournament is closing! Will he be able to take down the Ticking Timebomb to keep that window open a little longer? Or will it be slammed shut by the man who’s already pinned the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion?

Hiromu mocks Eagles’ scope while Eagles takes off the vest. Fans rally up even before the bell rings. The clapping fits “HI-RO-MU!” as he circles with Eagles. Hiromu and Eagles approach, tie up, and are in a deadlock. Hiromu manages to power Eagles back but Eagles turns things around on the ropes. Red Shoes calls for the break and Eagles lets go cleanly. Eagles then swings on Hiromu but Hiromu ducks the chop! Hiromu whips but Eagles reverses to go up and around and arm-drag, only for Hiromu to block and roll Eagles! Eagles slips out, avoids the dropkick but Hiromu avoids the same. Things speed up, Eagles hurdles and rolls, but into a wheelbarrow!

Eagles victory rolls but Hiromu kicks the Ron Miller Special away! Hiromu bails out and fans cheer! Eagles waits in the ring while Hiromu walks around outside. Hiromu has Eagles stay back before he gets in. Eagles runs into a kick and a chop. Hiromu whips but Eagles blocks, only for Hiromu to CHOP! Eagles goes up and around again to arm-drag Hiromu this time! Eagles then dodges Hiromu to huricanrana Hiromu down! Hiromu bails out again but fans rally as Eagles builds speed. Hiromu gets in, Eagles dodges and windmill kicks! Hiromu bails out a third time, Eagles DIVES! Dirett hit with the tope somersault but they both crash into railing!

Red Shoes checks on them but they’re both okay to continue. Eagles gets in the ring and a ring count starts. Hiromu stirs at 4 of 20, sits up at 6, Eagles mocks Hiromu with cat paws. Eagles goes out and CHOPS Hiromu! Fans cheer as Eagles puts Hiromu in and covers, TWO! Eagles keeps on Hiromu with stomps to the leg! Hiromu kicks Eagles out to sunset flip, and APRON BOMB! Hiromu was very considerate, knowing the railing were too close for a bomb to the floor. Fans rally and clap, “HI-RO-MU!” as Hiromu stretches out the arms and fetches Eagles. Hiromu CHOPS Eagles again, then puts him in the ring.

Hiromu stomps Eagles around, drags him back out, and then whips him into railing! And then into more railing! Fans rally as Hiromu gets a lot of space. Hiromu runs back at Eagles for a shotgun dropkick through the gate! Fans fire up while Eagles tumbles! Hiromu waves to the camera, puts Eagles back in the ring and covers, TWO! Hiromu has the legs, for the Cloverleaf BACKBREAKER! Eagles writhes but Hiromu is after him with a Camel Clutch! Fans rally as Eagles endures, but then Hiromu mocks “Robbie Robbie Robbie! OI OI OI!” as he hits Eagles in the head! And then it’s back to the Camel Clutch for real!

Eagles endures, reaches, but Hiromu keeps the arms trapped. Eagles still uses his legs and powers his way to the ropebreak! Hiromu gets the legs for a ROPE GUILLOTINE! Eagles sputters while fans cheer. Fans rally up and Hiromu dares Eagles to get up. Hiromu stomps Eagles but Eagles CHOPS back! Hiromu stands Eagles up to CHOP him off his feet! Hiromu continues to mock, “Robbie Robbie Robbie! OI OI OI!” Eagles gets mad and SLAPS Hiromu! Fans cheer as Eagles throws forearms but Hiromu eggs him on. Eagles forearms again but Hiromu CHOPS him off his feet again! Hiromu CHOPS Eagles to a corner, whips him corner to corner, but Eagles reverses!

Eagles runs in, Hiromu puts him on the apron, then Hiromu counter punches! Hiromu runs, Eagles enziguris back! Eagles springboards to missile dropkick the leg out! BLINDSIDE LARIAT! Hiromu is on ropes, Eagles hits a 6-1-9! Springboard ELBOW DROP! Fans fire up as both men are down! Hiromu and Eagles both sit up, but Eagles is first to stand. Eagles kicks, kicks and kicks, to run and KICK! Cover, TWO! Eagles keeps his cool as Hiromu gets to a corner. Eagles runs in corner to corner, to double knee! Hiromu sits down, Eagles returns with METEORA! Cover, TWO! Eagles stands over Hiromu as fans rally up again.

Eagles drags Hiromu up to club him down, then brings him back up again. Eagles cravats but no Sliced Bread! Hiromu dodges to clothesline, roll Eagles and basement dropkick! Eagles bails out and staggers around but fans fire up. Hiromu aims from the apron and runs in, to FLYING SHOTGUN! Eagles hits railings again and Hiromu fires up! Hiromu drags Eagles up and into the ring, brings him up and hits a FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO! Eagles survives but Hiromu keeps cool. Fans rally up again and Hiromu drags Eagles back up. Hiromu fireman’s carries but Eagles slips out to shove him to a corner. Hiromu boots Eagles away, avoids the Sweep-1-9, but Eagles blocks the superkick!

Eagles hits fast, hooks Hiromu up, but Hiromu resists the backpack! Hiromu waistlocks, Eagles resists the lift and gets the other leg! DRAGON SCREW TOEHOLD?! Eagles hits another toehold and then a mule kick! Fans fire up with Eagles as he goes to the top rope! WARP 4.5! Direct hit but perhaps double-edged for Eagles! Hiromu clutches the leg but Eagles clutches his sides. Eagles crawls over to Hiromu as fans rally up. Eagles gets the leg, spins through but Hiromu kicks him away again. Hiromu gets up but Eagles is after his leg again. Hiromu clubs Eagles away, but Eagles comes back to KICK the leg! Hiromu throws a forearm! Eagles KICKS the leg!

Hiromu forearms! Eagles KICKS! Hiromu fires up and the forearms fly, but Eagles KICKS again! Fans cheer as both men stay up and keep going. Hiromu ROCKS Eagles with a forearm, and then another, and another! Eagles flounders, Hiromu runs but Eagles elbows back. Hiromu tries again, Eagles dodges to dropkick Hiromu down! Fans rally up as Eagles watches Hiromu go to a corner. Eagles runs corner to corner but Hiromu OVERHEAD SUPLEXES him into buckles! Fans rally again as “HI-RO-MU!” rises and Eagles stir. Hiromu drags Eagles back up, fireman’s carries, DYNAMITE PLUNGER! Cover, TWO!

Hiromu grows frustrated as he and Eagles sit up again. Hiromu gets the bad leg moving, gets Eagles up in the fireman’s carry, CORNER DEATH VALLEY! Hiromu brings Eagles up again, spins him, but Eagles sunset flips and jackknifes, TWO!! Hiromu escapes but Eagles is right after him with a CHOP BLOCK! Eagles runs, into a SUPERKICK! But he stays up, only for Hiromu to SUPERKICK him again! Fans fire up as both men are down! Hiromu crawls over, drags Eagles back up and fireman’s carries, but Eagles fights out to the apron. Hiromu SUPERKICKS Eagles again! Eagles holds onto ropes to stay up, but Hiromu runs and sunset flips!

But the bad leg hurts on the landing! Hiromu lets Eagles go but fans rally up. Hiromu hobbles back to the apron and he goes after Eagles. Eagles mule kicks the bad leg! Eagles gets an idea and he reels Hiromu in. Cravat, but Hiromu blocks the Sliced Bread! Hiromu drags Eagles back to the apron and now they brawl with forearms! Hiromu gets the edge but Eagles BOOTS him! Fans rally as Hiromu fires up, but he superkicks into the APRON TURBO BACKPACK!! Both men crash down and fans fire up! Red Shoes checks and somehow they’re both okay to continue! The ring count is 7 of 20 before Eagles stands, and Eagles is in at 9. Hiromu crawls over at 12 but doesn’t stand until 17! Hiromu flops back down, hurries back up and is in at 19.9!

Eagles can’t believe it but he just drags Hiromu to a drop zone. Eagles climbs up top as fans rally. Hiromu intercepts with a haymaker! Eagles ends up backwards on the top rope as Hiromu climbs. Eagles elbows Hiromu away but Hiromu clubs him down! Hiromu climbs back up, Eagles resists the German! Eagles clubs and cravats, to SUPER SLICED BREAD!! Cover, TWO!?! Hiromu survives and fans are thunderous! Eagles hurries to the top rope again, WARP 4.5 to Hiromu’s back! Cover, TWO!! Eagles drags Hiromu but Hiromu cradle counters, TWO! Fans fire up as Eagles PENALTY KICKS the leg! Then rolls Hiromu to the RON MILLER SPECIAL!

Hiromu endures the modified deathlock as he drags himself and Eagles over. Eagles cranks harder on the legs, then drags Hiromu away from ropes! Fans rally as Hiromu endures more! Hiromu refuses to quit as he keeps crawling! Eagles pulls as hard as he can but Hiromu tells Red Shoes to stop asking! Hiromu claws at the mat, and gets the ropebreak! Eagles lets go and fans fire up again! Eagles takes aim and drags Hiromu back up. Eagles reels Hiromu in, turns him, and uses the corner, but Hiromu escapes the inverted Shiranui! Hiromu fireman’s carries and heads for a corner, but his bad leg gives out! Eagles escapes the fireman’s carry while Hiromu falls!

Fans rally up harder as Eagles dares Hiromu to stand. Hiromu does and Eagles back kicks, front kicks and dropkicks the leg! Eagles runs, into a LARIAT! But Eagles roars as he gets up! Hiromu roars, too, and the fans are thunderous again! Hiromu runs through the pain to LARIAT again! Cover, TWO!! Fans rally as hard as ever as both men are down. Hiromu grits his teeth as he gets up and gets the bad leg to move. Hiromu drags Eagles up and fireman’s carries, but Eagles slips out to dragon sleeper! Hiromu slips around, suplexes, but Eagles fights against it.

Hiromu shifts to a fireman’s carry, throws Eagles into a dragon sleeper, and inverted suplexes, but Eagles slips out of that to waistlock! Hiromu elbows but Eagles ROUNDHOUSES, HEEL KICKS and PELES! Eagles runs, into a pop-up, tries to huricanrana out of the bomb, but Hiromu double clutches. Eagles still fights back, but Hiromu powers through to VICTORIA! Fans fire up with Hiromu as he brings Eagles in, inverted suplex, TIME BOMB 2!! Cover, Hiromu wins!!

Winner: Hiromu Takahashi, by pinfall; now 5-1, Eagles is now 2-4

Eagles’ chances have just been blown to bits as the Timebomb keeps pace with the Bone Soldier! Hiromu gets the mic to say, “Robbie Robibe Robbie! OI! OI! OI!” This time it’s out of respect, not mocking. He means it when he says, “That was awesome. Thank you, Robbie.” Fans cheer for that, and Hiromu says his leg sure hurts! And his arm! And he chipped a tooth, his back hurts, and he’s just mentally worn out. But Hiromu says that the more it hurts, the more power it gives him! Because that is the “Hiromu-chan Style!” And in just four more matches, Hiromu will take the Best of the Super Juniors! He’ll make it more, more, more, MORE, MORE FUN for everyone! Hiromu’s spirit is strong, but will his body last until the very end?

 

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

Hiromu Takahashi: 5-1
Taiji Ishimori: 5-1
El Desperado: 4-2
Master Wato: 4-2
SHO: 4-2
BUSHI: 3-3
Ryusuke Taguchi: 3-3
Robbie Eagles: 2-4 [ELIMINATED]
DOUKI: 0-6 [ELIMINATED]
Yuya Uemura: 0-6 [ELIMINATED]


My Thoughts:

A really good round for BOSJ. Uemura again gets to look strong even in losing to Taguchi. Desperado VS Douki was great because it was both Heel VS Heel, and Suzuki-Gun VS Suzuki-Gun. Unlike Bullet Club, Suzuki-Gun facing itself only seems to make the members stronger, and there wasn’t any real hint of tension since Suzuki-Gun is always brutal. After six rounds, I can’t be sure either Uemura or Douki will be spoilers for anyone, but perhaps the match of Uemura VS Douki will be used as a big moment for the Young Lion. Wato VS Sho was really good, as I expected, and Sho winning makes sense, as Wato can’t be top of the block with Hiromu and Ishimori just yet.

Eagles VS Hiromu was great stuff, and naturally Hiromu wins to keep his run going. With Hiromu’s leg constantly being a target, the real question for his run will be, “What state is the leg come the finals?” It can add a lot of great character and story elements to the finals, because at this rate, I’m pretty sure Hiromu doesn’t drop out of the top two spots.

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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