Who gets lucky in World Tag League’s seventh round?
Round 7 has put the spotlight on last year’s World Tag League winners and the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions! Who wins this tournament’s most pivotal match-up?
NOTE: NJPW no longer wants to feed AXS TV now that it is with Anthem and Impact Wrestling. But never fear, I will cover NJPW in the spirit of AXS in providing the most important matches of the show.
- World Tag League 2020: The Empire VS EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi; The Empire wins.
- World Tag League 2020: Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI VS Bad Luck Fale & Chase Owens; Goto & Hashi win.
- World Tag League 2020: HenarACE VS Toru Yano & Tomohiro Ishii; Yano & Ishii win.
- World Tag League 2020: SANADA & Shingo Takagi VS Guerrillas of Destiny; Guerrillas of Destiny win.
- World Tag League 2020: FinJuice VS Dangerous Tekkers; FinJuice wins.
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Here are the current World Tag League standings!
Toru Yano & Tomohiro Ishii: 4-2
The Dangerous Tekkers: 4-2
SANADA & Shingo Takagi: 4-2
Guerrillas of Destiny: 3-3
The Empire: 3-3
EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi: 3-3
YOSHI-HASHI & Hirooki Goto: 3-3
Bad Luck Fale & Chase Owens: 2-4
HenarACE: 1-5 [ELIMINATED]
The Empire VS EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi w/ Dick Togo!
Two teams on the bubble are battling to stay alive! Will the Great-O-Khan and Jeff Cobb conquer the King of Darkness and the Tokyo Pimp to continue towards the top? Or will they be the next to find that Everything is Evil?
The Empire doesn’t budge as Evil and Yujiro get in the ring. Bullet Club gives a Low Sweet, and the Empire Strikes! Khan throws Evil out while Cobb throws Yujiro. The bell rings to get this on record as Khan kicks Evil and Cobb goes after Yujiro on the outside. Khan rakes Evil’s eyes then glares at Dick. Cobb sends Yujiro tumbling around the corner while Khan POSTS Evil! Cobb clubs Yujiro, stalks him to railing, and CHOPS him! Khan goes to the ring and Cobb puts Yujiro in. Khan pulls on Yujiro’s ear then brings him up to CLUB the ear! Fans cheer as Khan drags Yujiro up to gut wrench and SLAM him down! Cover, TWO! Fans rally and Khan drags Yujiro up to waistlock. Khan carries Yujiro to the corner, CLUBS Yujiro on the back, then sits on his head!
Fans cheer as Khan dares Evil to do something, then he pulls on Yujiro’s arms. The ref counts, Khan hops down at 3 and taunts Evil more. Tag to Cobb, Cobb drags Yujiro up and scoops him for standing knees to the ribs, and a backbreaker! Cobb tosses Yujiro aside while staring Evil down. Fans rally as Cobb stalks Yujiro. Cobb brings Yujiro up, throws forearms, then puts him in the corner. The Empire mugs Yujiro but the ref reprimands Khan for holding Yujiro. Khan tags in and the mugging continues. Khan stalks Yujiro as he staggers about, then brings him up and in for a judo throw! Arm triangle!
Yujiro flails and kicks, and he gets the ropebreak! Khan leans all his weight on Yujiro before letting go. Fans rally, Khan puts Yujiro in the corner and tags Cobb in. Cobb headbutts Yujiro on the back, puts him in a corner and rams in! And again! And again! The ref reprimands but Cobb lets off and brings Yujiro over. Tag to Khan and he clubs Yujiro on the back. Cobb adds a headbutt before leaving. Khan dares Evil to do something and fans rally up. Khan digs Yujiro’s face into his boot, but Yujiro powers up! Khan knees low again and again but Yujiro throws forearms. Khan puts his hands back to egg Yujiro on, then Mongolian CHOPS him back! Khan runs but into a flapjack hotshot!
Yujiro distracts the ref while Khan flops out of the ring, and Evil JAMS a chair into Khan! And then, the chair HOME RUN! Evil gets away with that but Cobb comes around to back Evil off. Dick hits Cobb but Cobb doesn’t even budge. But then Evil JAMS Cobb with the chair and RAMS him into railing! The ref can’t keep up with it all and Evil puts Khan in the ring. Yujiro drags Khan up to snapmare and drop a leg, an elbow and a headbutt. Cover, TWO! Fans rally as Yujiro drags Khan up. Yujiro whips Khan to the corner, and surprise! Evil pulls the buckle pad away! Khan gets bare steel, Evil tags in and throws him out.
Evil then brings Khan up to RAM the timekeeper’s area! Abe-san was ready this time and he got clear. Evil RAMS Khan in again! Evil rakes Khan’s eyes but lets off as the ref reprimands. Evil puts Khan back in, stands on Khan’s head, but the ref reprimands. Fans rally, Evil stops and wrenches Khan’s arm, and wrenches again. And wrenches again, to whip him into the bare buckles! Khan goes down and Yujiro tags in. Evil and Yujiro double whip Khan, Yujiro bots and Evil clotheslines! Fisherman suplex to basement boot! Cover but Cobb breaks it! Evil throws Cobb out, Yujiro goes after Khan but Khan swings on. Yujiro gets around to reverse DDT!
Yujiro runs and BOOTS Khan against ropes, then runs, only for Khan to BOOT back! Fans fire up and Khan tags in Cobb! Cobb rallies and runs Yujiro over with shoulders! Cobb carries Yujiro to a corner, rams his shoulder in again and again, then whips Yujiro out to send him back in! Cobb hits a leaping back elbow! Cobb lifts Yujiro to RUNNING BACK SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! Yujiro survives and fans rally up, but Cobb looms over him. Cobb drags Yujiro up, reels him in, but Yujiro BITES Cobb’s hand! The ref reprimands, Yujiro stops biting to block the kick and trip him up. Yujiro runs and basement boots Cobb! Cobb staggers up, Yujiro reels him in for an INCOLLE SLAM! Cover, TWO!
Dick distracts the ref and Yujiro hurries to get his pimp cane! Yujiro aims, Cobb stands, CANE SHOT! Yujiro sits Cobb up, but Khan runs in to get Yujiro with the iron claw! But Evil kicks Khan first! Khan goes after Evil with the claw but Evil holds it off! Evil blocks the kick, hands it to the ref and mule kicks! Evil distracts the ref, Dick uses the SPOILER CHOKER on Khan! Khan breaks free, side steps Evil and Mongolian CHOPS him into Dick! Yujiro runs into the iron claw and is thrown into Evil! Khan judo throws Evil and fans fire up! Khan clamps onto Yujiro, coordinates with Cobb, feed to the TOUR OF THE ISLANDS! Cover, The Empire wins!
Winners: The Empire, by pinfall; now 4-3, Evil & Yujiro are now 3-4
The Dominator and Hawaiian Hulk dominated the darkness! Will they take the entire league for the glory of Will Ospreay?
Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI VS Bad Luck Fale & Chase Owens!
Chaos’ Fierce Warrior and Head Hunter are fighting to #TurnItAllAround, but they’re on the bubble, just like the Rogue General and Crown Jewel! Will Goto and Hashi be able to avoid elimination?
Goto barely gets in the ring before Bullet Club attacks! Owens stomps Goto and Fale clubs Hashi! The bell rings to get this on record as Hashi bails out. Fale drags Goto up and Bullet Club double whip Goto to a corner. Fale runs in but Goto dodges to clobber Owens! Hashi returns to CHOP Fale and Goto clotheslines! Fans fire up as Chaos double whips Owens for double shoulders. Hashi runs for the hip toss senton! Fans fire up with Chaos as Goto drags Owens back up. Chaos hammers away on Owens’ back, but Fale returns. Chaos kicks him first and hammers away. But Fale breaks out, only for Chaos to double kick and whip. Fale runs them both over! Fans cheer that showing of strength as Bullet Club brings things outside.
Owens whips Hashi to railing, Fale clubs Goto down. Owens goes back to the ring while Fale stomps Goto. Fale drags Goto up and puts him in, Owens pulls Goto’s shirt off and chokes him with it! The ref reprimands, Owens stops at 3 then brings Goto back up. Owens headlock punches Goto then tags in Fale. Bullet Club mugs Goto, but the ref reprimands. Owens lets Goto go and Fale argues with the ref but fans rally up. Fale digs his boot into Goto’s neck but lets off as the ref counts. Fale argues with the ref and Owens gets a cheap shot in. Fale drags Goto up, scoops him and slams him, then pushes him to ropes. Tag to Owens, and Bullet Club gives Goto that “massage” they talked about last round.
Hashi protests but the ref keeps him in, then reprimands Bullet Club for standing on Goto. Fale steps away and Owens drops elbow after elbow on Goto’s back. Owens tags Fale in, stomps Goto, then Fale stomps Goto. Fale steps on Goto then drops an elbow, only to miss! Fans rally up for Goto as he and Fale crawl. Hot tag to Hashi! Hashi DECKS Owens, rams Fale but Fale choke grips! Hashi breaks free to throw forearms and CHOPS! Hashi whips but Fale blocks to reverse! Fale runs in but misses in the corner! Hashi runs in to clothesline! Hashi whips Fale, Fale reverses but Hashi dropkicks a leg out! And then runs to hit HEAD HUNTER! Cover, TWO!
Fans rally up for Hashi as he watches Fale stand. Hashi aims and SUPE- No, Fale blocks the kick to fireman’s carry! Hashi slips out, waistlocks but Fale rams him into a corner! Fale rolls and crawls to tag in Owens, and Owens runs in to forearm Hashi! And then clothesline! Cover, TWO! Fans rally but Owens keeps his cool. Owens toys with Hashi, kicking and slapping him around. JEWEL TRIG- No, Hashi blocks the knee to spinning back kick! Owens staggers away, Hashi tags in Goto! Goto runs in to MURAMASA! And BULLDOG! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up and Goto drags Owens to a fireman’s carry.
Owens slips out, throws forearms but Goto forearms back. They go back and forth, faster and faster, and fans rally up with them. Goto gets the edge, fires up, but Owens ducks to fire off a strike fest! Owens runs but Goto follows, only for Owens to enziguri! Owens wrenches, hammerlocks and LARIATS! Cover, TWO!! Goto survives and Owens is furious! Owens calls for Fale, Bullet Club regroups, wristlock but Hashi SUPERKICKS Fale! Owens runs at Hashi but Hashi dodges, the BOOT hits Fale! Goto clotheslines Fale out! Owens BOOTS Hashi after all, and rolls Goto up! With tights! TWO!!
Goto fireman’s carries, Owens slips off to shove Goto into Hashi! Goto dodges Jewel Trigger, Hashi SUPERKICKS Owens! Goto fireman’s carries, SUPERKICK USHIGOROSHI! Fans fire up with Chaos as they drag Owens back up, G Y W!! Cover, Chaos wins!
Winners: Hirooki Goto & Yoshi-Hashi, by pinfall; now 4-3, Fale & Owens now 2-5
Round 7 was good luck for Goto and Hashi! They’re still alive, and now Fale and Owens are out of the running! Will Chaos really find a way to #TurnItAllAround?
HenarACE VS Toru Yano & Tomohiro Ishii!
Sadly, at 1-5 and with this being round 7 of 9, there is no chance for Hiroshi Tanahashi and Toa Henare to win the 2020 World Tag League. However, they can still be spoilers for the Producer and the Stone Pitbull! Will the Once in a Century Talent and the Hammerhead at least succeed in causing Chaos’ failure?
Yano gets impatient with the checks again, even as HenarACE shows off the muscles. Fans rally as Henare starts with Ishii at the bell. Ishii and Henare stare down and approach then tie up. Henare headlocks, Ishii endures the grind, throws body shots and powers out. They ram shoulders but neither backs down. Henare runs, rams Ishii again but Ishii doesn’t budge! Ishii forearms, runs, rams but Henare rebounds to ram. They ram and ram and ram, but Henare staggers. Henare reverses the whip, Ishii comes back to ram him! Henare forearms, runs, rams Ishii, Ishii rebounds and Henare finally runs him over! Henare hits Yano for good measure, then coordinates with Tanahashi.
HenarACE double whip and double shoulder Ishii, into the Double Half Crab! Yano gets in to pull hair! HenarACE hits him, trips him and puts him in the Double Half Crab! Ishii CLUBS Henare, CLUBS Tanahashi, but runs into double elbows! Tomahawk elbow comb! And flex! Fans rally up as Henare stomps Ishii at the ropes. Henare whips, Ishii reverses and Yano gets a cheap shot in! Henare doesn’t budge, and then DECKS Yano! Henare turns around, Ishii runs him over! Ishii hits Tanahashi then goes back to Henare. Yano quietly slips off a neutral corner’s buckle pad while Ishii KICKS Henare in the back. Ishii kicks and toys with Henare but Henare gets mad. Henare slaps Ishii!
Ishii doesn’t flinch. Henare throws forearms, Ishii wobbles, and Henare keeps on him! Ishii puts Henare in the corner to CHOP, forearm, CHOP, forearm, repeat! Fans cheer but the ref reprimands. Ishii tags Yano in and Yano stomps Henare. Yano brings Henare up to whip at the bare corner! Henare hits steel and falls! Tanahashi protests but the ref keeps him back. Yano stomps Henare, fans rally up, but Yano brings Henare up. Henare throws body shots and back hands! Yano rakes eyes, whips Henare again, and Henare gets more bare buckles! Yano drags Henare up to suplex but Henare blocks! Yano throws forearms, whips him to ropes but Henare comes back with a flying tackle!
Both men are down and fans rally up! Tanahashi reaches as far as he can, Henare gets up, hot tag to The Ace! Tanahashi runs to forearm Yano down! Tanahashi hits Ishii for good measure, then brings Yano up for more forearms. Tanahashi whips, Yano holds ropes but Tanahashi dropkicks a leg! And DRAGON SCREWS! Tanahashi scoops and slams Yano to a drop zone, then goes to the second rope. Somersault senton! Cover, TWO! Yano survives but fans rally up! Tanahashi waits for Yano to rise, then runs, but Yano grabs hair! Tanahashi hits back, Yano forearms back, they brawl faster and faster! Fans rally up as Tanahashi fires off strikes.
Yano reverses the whip to pull hair for a throw! Fans rally as Yano tags in Ishii! Ishii drags Tanahashi up to CHOP and CHOP and CHOP him to a corner! Ishii CHOPS more and more and more, but Tanahashi turns it around to CHOP back! Ishii eggs Tanahashi on and Tanahashi keeps throwing CHOP after CHOP! Fans fire up with Tanahashi and he brings Ishii up. Tanahashi whips but Ishii reverses, then runs in, but into an elbow! Tanahashi jumps up to crossbody! Both men are down and fans fire up! Tanahashi crawls to his corner, hot tag to Henare! Henare dodges Ishii, DECKS Yano, then rams Ishii! Ishii stays up, forearms and whips, but Henare reverses. Henare runs in but Ishii dodges to come back with a clothesline!
Henare shoves Ishii back and throws forearms! Ishii swings but into a fireman’s carry, SAMOAN DROP! Fans fire up with Henare and he drags Ishii up. Henare reels Ishii in, suplexes, Ishii tries to fight free but Henare holds him up! Henare gets Ishii up again but Ishii fights it off to suplex back! Henare slips out, shoves Ishii into Tanahashi’s SHOTEI! Henare KICKS Ishii down, and fans fire up with HenarACE as the coordinate. Ishii stands, Tanahashi runs but Yano drags Tanahashi out! Yano throws Tanahashi into railing, Henare runs into a hotshot! Ishii GERMANS Henare down! Tag to Yano and Chaos drags Henare up. They whip Henare to the corner, Ishii hits a clothesline!
Ishii whips Henare to Yano but Henare fights off the atomic drop! Henare also fights off the hip toss with elbows! Ishii falls but Yano rakes eyes! Yano whips, Henare reverses and Yano gets bare buckles, then Henare’s LARIAT! Fans fire up with Henare as he goes to a corner. Henare climbs up, leaps, FLYING SHOULDER! Ishii is right up and RAMS Henare down! Henare is right up and rams with Ishii! Ishii throws a haymaker, Henare throws many! Ishii DECKS Henare!! Ishii drags Henare up as fans rally, and hits a back suplex! Cover, TWO! Ishii keeps his cool as he looms over Henare. Ishii drags Henare back up, reels him in, but Tanahashi returns to dropkick a leg out!
Yano returns, dodges Tanahashi and pulls hair. Tanahashi fires off strikes but Yano counters to backslide, but Tanahashi fights it off. Ishii clotheslines Tanahashi, Yano whips Tanahashi into bare buckles! Chaos regroups to drag Henare up and whip him to a corner. Henare dodges Ishii but not the atomic drop! Yano catapults Henare into Tanahashi, who saves Henare from buckles! Yano runs in but HenarACE sends him into buckles! Tanahashi runs at Ishii to corner splash! Tanahashi keeps moving, but no Sling Blade! Ishii whips, Tanahashi reverses and dodges but Ishii denies the Sling Blade again! Ishii spins Tanahashi but Tanahashi resists the suplex for TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT!
Fans fire up with Tanahashi as he and Henare coordinate on Ishii. Ishii rises, Tanahashi runs, SLING SWEEP! Henare fires up now as Tanahashi PLANCHAS Yano! Henare aims from a corner, Ishii gets up, RAMPAGE SPEAR! Cover, TWO!! Ishii survives but Henare fires up more! The fans are thunderous as Henare drags Ishii up. Henare reels Ishii in but Ishii resists the lift! Henare back elbows then runs, dodges and SPEARS! Cover, but Yano breaks it! Tanahashi gets in and he goes after Yano. HenarACE double whip, Yano ducks the clotheslines and shoves Tanahashi into Henare! Tanahashi reverses the whip and Yano gets buckles!
Tanahashi runs in but Yano dodges and Tanahashi gets buckles! Henare whips Yano but Yano holds ropes. Yano baits Henare in, Ishii clotheslines Henare at ropes! Yano belly2belly, Ishii SLIDING LARIAT! Cover, Tanahashi breaks it!! Yano kicks Tanahashi out as Ishii runs at Henare, to LARIAT! Cover, TWO!! Fans fire up and Ishii drags Henare up to a suplex! Henare fights free but Ishii swats clothesline away to headbutt! Ishii spins Henare but Henare suplexes! Ishii fights out, Henare headbutts! HEEL KICKS! TOA- NO! Ishii slips out to BRAIN BUSTER!! Cover, Chaos wins!!
Winners: Toru Yano & Tomohiro Ishii, by pinfall; now 5-2, HenarACE is now 1-6
No such luck for Henare and Tanahashi, they are still at the bottom of the block! But could it be? Could Mr. KOPW 2020 and Stone Pitbull be headed to the top of the World Tag League?
SANADA & Shingo Takagi VS Guerrillas of Destiny!
The Cold Skull and the Dragon vow their combination of calm and fury will win the league, but they’ll have to get past the Firing Squad first! Will Tama Tonga and Tonga Loa reach the top of the block for Bullet Club?
Jado and GOD Low Sweet while LIJ put the elaborate entrance attire aside. Fans clap “L I J!” as Sanada starts with Tama. They circle as fans continue to rally. Sanada and Tama tie up, Sanada waistlocks, and Tama wrenches out to a hammerlock. Tama headlocks, Sanada pries out with a wrench to hammerlock, but Tama pulls on hair. Sanada pulls on the hammerlock, but Tama reaches back, stomps a foot, and has a cravat. Sanada endures as Tama wrenches on the neck. Tama snapmares but Sanada handsprings through! Tama avoids the basement dropkick but Sanada avoids an elbow drop! Sanada hits a headlock takeover, Tama headscissors but Sanada pops out! Sanada dropkicks Tama down!
Fans fire up as Sanada tags Takagi in. LIJ drags Tama up to mug him, then they double whip. They double elbow, drop elbows, then Takagi drops a senton! Cover, TWO! Takagi keeps his eyes on Jado as he wraps Tama up. Takagi drops elbows, clamps on a chinbar, then brings Tama up to wrench and wristlock. Tag to Sanada, Sanada climbs up and drops an ax handle on the arm. Sanada wrenches Tama’s arm, Takagi goes up and drops ax handles. Tama gets to ropes, Sanada wrenches, yanks and whips. Tama reverses, Sanada holds ropes and jumps over Tama’s baseball slide. Sanada runs, fakes Tama out with the tumble, but has to avoid Jado’s kendo stick! Tama hits Sanada with a Gun Stun hotshot!
Low rushes in to RAM Takagi off the apron! LIJ hits railing and GOD goes out after them! Loa stomps Takagi, Tama distracts the ref exaggerating his bad arm, and Loa CLUBS Takagi while Jado whips Sanada into railing! Loa leaves Takagi behind and a ring count starts. Sanada sits up at 5 of 20, slowly gets to his feet at 9. Sanada walks around the way but Tama rushes out at 14! Sanada gets in but Tama is back in and he stomps Sanada down! Tama drags Sanada up and brings him over to bump off Loa’s boot. Tag to Loa and Tama snapmares Sanada for the slingshot senton! Tama adds his own, Loa covers, TWO!
Fans rally up while Loa argues the count. Loa says it’s “G O D” not “L I J,” and then he stomps Sanada. Loa drags Sanada up, picks him up, and rams him into the corner! GOD mugs Sanada but the ref counts. Loa lets off at 3 and Sanada flops down. Fans rally up and Sanada blocks the scoop. Loa throws body shots, Sanada tries to suplex but Loa fights that off. Fans rally as the two fight for suplex control. Loa gets Sanada up but Sanada slips out. Loa elbows and runs, but Sanada dropkicks the legs out! Fans rally as Sanada and Loa crawl. Hot tag to Takagi! Takagi runs at Loa in the corner to CHOP, JAB, repeat! Takagi fires off more jabs but Tama clubs him!
Tama whips, Takagi reverses and corner clotheslines! Takagi runs corner to corner to clothesline Loa! Takagi shoves Tama into Loa, but GOD withstands the double clothesline! GOD double kicks and double whip, but Takagi stops himself to DOUBLE DDT them down! Jado gets on the apron but Takagi DECKS him! Fans fire up with Takagi as he goes after Loa. Takagi whips Loa, knees him against ropes, then snapmares him to run and SLIDING LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up with “L I J!” clapping as Takagi drags Loa back up. Loa throws a forearm but Takagi doesn’t flinch.
Takagi forearms but Loa doesn’t flinch. Forearms fly back and forth, faster and faster, and fans fire up! Loa gets the edge, grins and roars, then runs, into a lariat! Both men stay up, double clotheslines collide again! Loa runs, Takagi clotheslines at the ropes! SNAP SAIDO! Loa just pumps up! Loa gets around to SNAP GERMAN, but Takagi is up, DOUBLE LARIATS take them both down! Fans fire up as both men stir and crawl. Hot tags to Sanada and Tama! Sanada dodges, forearms and whips, but Tama forearms back. Things speed up, Sanada hurdles, hurdles and dropkicks Tama out! Takagi sets Tama up for Sanada’s PLANCHA!
Fans fire up and Sanada encourages them to get louder! The fans get louder and he is satisfied. Sanada puts Tama in, covers, TWO! Sanada keeps his cool as he drags Tama back up. Sanada fireman’s carries, Tama fights out and dragon sleepers. Takagi intercepts Loa, Sanada reverses the dragon sleeper, and now it’s DOUBLE DRAGON! GOD endures, Takagi throws Loa down and helps Sanada with Tama! They STEAL Tongan Twist! Cover, TWO!! Tama survives but fans rally up! Sanada drags Tama up, Takagi returns, and Takagi has a bloody eyebrow as he and Sanada double whip Tama to a corner.
Sanada back elbows, Takagi clotheslines, Sanada boots, Takagi blindside lariats, and Sanada hits MAGIC SCREW! Cover, Loa breaks it! Takagi goes after Loa and throws him out. Sanada vows to end this and he brings Tama up. Sanada scoops and backbreakers, then leaves Tama in a drop zone. Sanada goes up, MOONSAULT, but he has to land on his feet! Loa gets in, BACK SUPLEX NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! GOD drag Sanada back up, they hit a proper TONGAN TWIST! Cover, Takagi breaks it in time!! Takagi fires off forearms on Loa then on Tama! But they get Takagi for a TONGAN TWIST! Fans rally up as GOD drags Sanada up, MAGIC KILLER!! Cover, TWO!?! Sanada survives because he knows that move well!
Jado calls for the Super Bomb so GOD drags Sanada up. Loa RAMS Sanada to a corner, Tama hits a corner splash! Loa goes up top, Tama suplexes Sanada up to him, for the SUPER- STEINER?! Sanada counters out of the bomb and Tama sees Loa go tumbling! Tama drags Sanada but Takagi gets in. Takagi denies a Gun Stun but Tama runs into the ref! The ref is down, Jado gets in but Takagi blocks the kendo stick! JAB for Jado! JAB for Tama! Dropkick and PUMPING BOMBER! T K O!! Cover, but Loa breaks it! Takagi fires forearms on Loa, whips him, but Loa reverses. Takagi dodges to PUMPING BOMBER Loa out of the ring!
Fans fire up as Sanada has Tama in the dragon sleeper! Tama cradle counters, TWO!! Tama runs in but Sanada elbows and QUEBRADAS, to the dragon sleeper! Tama flips through but Sanada turns it around, only for Tama to turn it around! Sanada counters the inverted suplex to get the dragon sleeper, then spins to get a normal suplex. Tama slips out to back suplex but Sanada lands on his feet! Sanada holds off the Gun Stun! SKULL SWING! To Skull END!! But Jado gets in as Loa distracts the ref! KENDO SMACK! GUN STUN!!! Cover, GOD wins!!
Winners: Guerrillas of Destiny, by pinfall; now 4-3, LIJ is now 4-3
The Master Heater insurance policy pays off again! GOD has a tiebreaker over LIJ now that they’re both 4-3! But have GOD completely cooled off LIJ’s hot streak? Or is there still time for Sanada and Takagi to keep their promise of victory?
FinJuice VS Dangerous Tekkers!
The road to back-to-back finals for Juice Robinson and David Finlay runs through the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions! Will Taichi and Zack Sabre Jr. deny us all a historic accomplishment when they make FinJuice #JustTapOut?
Taichi shows off the dancing pecs, but FinJuice both have dancing pecs! Fans clap and the pecs move in time. The teams sort out and Finlay starts against ZSJ. Fans rally as the two circle, test the waters, and then tie up with knuckle locks. They break, come back and tie up with collar and elbow. Finlay waistlocks, ZSJ switches to get the arm for a hammerlock, but Finlay slips through. ZSJ gets away from Finlay and fans cheer. ZSJ and Finlay reset, circle and tie up, and ZSJ stands on a hand. ZSJ gets around to motorcycle stretch but Finlay reverse it onto ZSJ. Finlay digs a foot in, ZSJ rolls and escapes, and fans cheer again.
ZSJ and Finlay circle again, fans rally up and the two tie up. Finlay goes after an arm and wrenches, but ZSJ rolls, only for Finlay to wrangle him down. ZSJ gets up, Juice tags in and drops ax handles! Juice taunts Taichi and brings ZSJ up. Juice wrenches, Finlay tags in and Finlay drops ax handles. Finlay drags ZSJ up, Juice tags in, and FinJuice double whip to double elbow. Cover, TWO! Juice brings ZSJ up, facelocks ZSJ and tags Finlay back in. Finlay climbs while Juice scoops and slams. Juice scoops Finlay to slam him onto ZSJ! Cover, TWO! Finlay keeps close to ZSJ and facelocks to grind him down. Finlay gator rolls ZSJ to the corner and tags in Juice.
FinJuice double whip ZSJ and double kick him, to then double BULLDOG! Juice DECKS Taichi for good measure, then drags ZSJ up. Juice wrenches, fireman’s carries, but Taichi gets in to choke Juice! ZSJ DECKS Finlay for good measure, but Red Shoes counts. Taichi keeps choking then digs his boot in. ZSJ adds his boot, Finlay protests but Red Shoes keeps Finlay back. ZSJ lets off and Taichi keeps digging his boot in, until Red Shoes reprimands. Taichi chokes Juice on the ropes! Red Shoes counts as ZSJ adds boots in! Red Shoes keeps counting, they put their hands up. That’s not the problem! Red Shoes keeps counting, they put hands up.
ZSJ finally stops, and Taichi brings Juice up. ZSJ tags in, he DECKS Finlay again! Taichi and ZSJ regroup, ZSJ throws EuroUppers! Juice staggers about, ZSJ keeps hitting him with EuroUppers! Tag to Taichi and Taichi drags Juice around. Taichi covers, ONE, but he choke covers again! Red Shoes sees it this time and reprimands. Taichi stops and “covers” but it’s still a choke! Red Shoes counts for that, so Taichi blatantly chokes this time! Taichi even chokes Finlay! Fans rally as Taichi stalks Juice. Taichi drags Juice up, Juice throws a forearm! And another! Juice headbutts, Taichi staggers, but Taichi DECKS Finlay before the tag!
ZSJ gets in, Tekkers double whip but Juice double crossbodies them down! Hot tag to Finlay! Finlay rallies with forearms for everyone! Finlay uppercuts ZSJ then uppercuts Taichi! Finlay jumps up to FLYING UPPERCUT! Cover, TWO! Finlay brings Taichi up but Taichi fights off the urenage! ZSJ drags Finlay down to hammerlock and ARM TWIST! Taichi chokes Juice! Red Shoes reprimands the Tekkers but Taichi drags Finlay up. Taichi throws Finlay out, ZSJ goes after Juice and Taichi hammerlocks Finlay to POST the bad arm! ZSJ throws EuroUppers on Juice at the railing! ZSJ digs his boots into Juice while Taichi wraps Finlay’s arm around railing!
Red Shoes reprimands the Tekkers but Taichi keeps pulling on the arm. ZSJ BOOTS Finlay down! The ring count is already at 8 of 20, then 14 when Taichi puts Finlay in. Taichi tags ZJS, they stomp Finlay, then ZSJ wrenches and wrenches and wrings Finlay’ out. ZSJ tortures the arm, elbow, fingers, and then STOMPS the shoulder! Taichi tags in and he goes over to Finlay. Fans rally but Taichi wraps the bad arm around ropes. Red Shoes reprimands, Taichi lets go at 3. Taichi brings Finlay over to throw into the corner. Tag to ZSJ and ZSJ gives toying kicks. Finlay gets up and throws forearms! ZSJ kicks the bad arm!
ZSJ has the hammerlock, tags Taichi back in, and they torture the arm together in the corner. Taichi CLUBS Finlay then taunts Juice. Taichi gives toying kicks to Finlay, Finlay throws body shots and forearms! Fans rally with Finlay as he throws more uppercuts, but Taichi hammerlocks to arm and throws him into buckles! Taichi paces while Finlay clutches the arm, then Taichi DECKS Juice! Red Shoes stays in Juice’s way as he gets in, and Juice has no choice but ot go back. Finlay blocks Taichi’s buzzsaw, but Taichi rakes Finlay’s eyes! Finlay avoids Ax Bomber to back suplex Taichi down! Fans fire up as Taichi and Finlay crawl for their corners. Hot tags to ZSJ and Juice!
Juice rallies with big elbows for ZSJ and Taichi! Back senton for Taichi! Fans fire up but ZSJ throws body shots and uppercuts! ZSJ runs, but into a SPINEBUSTER! Taichi gets in but Juice gives him the Full Nelson SLAM! Juice fires up and fans fire up with him. Juice runs corner to corner to clothesline ZSJ, then keeps moving to LEAPING LARIAT ZSJ! Fans stomp-stomp-clap with Juice, We Will, We Will JAB You! JAB! JAB! But ZSJ ducks the left to get a GUILLOTINE! But Juice powers up and out to a suplex! Cover, TWO! Juice keeps his focus, tags in Finlay, and FinJuice targets ZSJ in a corner. Juice runs in to clothesline, Finaly hits a back elbow. Finlay feeds to Juice’s BACKBREAKER, and adds the ELBOW DROP! Cover, but Taichi breaks it!
Juice throws Taichi out, Finlay stomps ZSJ then tags Juice back in. FinJuice double whip ZSJ for the atomic drop and- No, Taichi drags Finlay out! Juice CHOPS ZSJ while Finlay is sent into railing! ZSJ avoids Juice in the corner, Taichi hits Juice with a clothesline! ZSJ uppercuts, Taichi back kicks! ZSJ Penalty Kicks! Cover, TWO!! Juice survives and fans fire up! The Tekkers coordinate, and off come Taichi’s pants! ZSJ scoops Juice, but Finlay drags Taichi out! Juice feeds ZSJ to the urenage BACKBREAKER! FinJuice coordinate, SHOTGUN SWEEP! Cover, TWO!! ZSJ survives and Juice grows frustrated. Finlay says they can still bring ZSJ up, and that’s what Juice does with the Electric Chair lift! But Taichi grabs Finlay!
ZSJ turns things into an IRON OCTOPUS! Red Shoes reprimands Taichi as he has his top rope cobra twist! Juice endures even as ZSJ shifts to Hurrah! Another Year! Taichi lets Finlay go to drag him down off the top! Juice powers up and reaches for ropes, and gets the ropebreak! ZSJ lets Juice go and fans cheer! Fans rally up, ZSJ kicks at Juice and stomps the arms. Juice grits his teeth but ZSJ kicks him more. Juice gets up, ZSJ boots but Juice just tanks them! ZSJ runs, Juice blocks the boot to leg lariat, but ZSJ gets under! IRON OCTO- No! Juice powers out to JUICE BOX! Both men are down from the gut buster drop and fans rally up again!
Finlay is back at his corner and Juice crawls that way. Taichi is also back and ZSJ crawls for his corner. Hot tag to Finlay and he DECKS Taichi! Finlay runs at ZSJ to uppercut in the corner! FInlay drags ZSJ up, but ZSJ wrenches to PELE the arm! Taichi tags in and he kicks at Finlay while talking trash. Finlay gets up and throws a forearm! Taichi KICKS the bad arm. Finlay throws another forearm, but Taichi KICKS the bad arm! Fans fire up as Finlay throws another forearm, but Taichi KICKS the bad arm! Finlay forearms more and more, then uppercuts, but Taichi KICKS! Finlay CHOPS, fires up and runs, to block Taichi’s boot and EuroUpper him down!
Taichi goes to a corner, Finlay aims from the other. Finlay runs corner to corner but misses the splash to get a GAMANGIRI! Juice LEG LARIATS Taichi, but ZSJ BOOTS Juice’s left arm! So Juice uses the RIGHT HAND O’ GOD on ZSJ! Taichi GAMANGIRIS Juice! Finlay almost gets his stunner, but he gets the DANGEROUS SAIDO! Cover, TWO!! Finlay survives, all four men are down and fans rally up! ZSJ and Juice flop out of the ring and Taichi sits up. Finlay follows but Taichi powers up! Taichi runs in and AX BOMBERS! Fans fire up because Taichi isn’t done yet!
Taichi drags Finlay up, Alabama lifts but Finlay fights that off to turn Taichi! Taichi escapes the backslide, denies the stunner, but runs into a knee! Taichi ROCKS Finlay with an elbow! Taichi aims, Finlay blocks the superkick and cravats for SLICED- No, Taichi denies Finlay that to Alabama lift! ZSJ returns but Juice intercepts with the LEFT HAND O’GOD!! Finlay sunset flips, rocks it back, Taichi gets a LEFT HAND O’GOD! And STUNNER! Into PULP FRICTION!! Finlay has Taichi, Juice has ZSJ, ACID DROP and PULP FRICTION in stereo!! Cover, FinJuice wins!!
Winners: FinJuice, by pinfall; now 4-3, Dangerous Tekkers now 4-3
And now things get interesting! So many teams at 4-3, but the 2019 World Tag League winners have pinned the tag team champions! Will FinJuice have their title match regardless of the tournament results? Juice gets the mic to shout, “KORAKUEEEN~!” Juice goes to the corner and asks for some slack. “Good evening~! How are you feeling? ‘We’re feeling good.'” FinJuice has one again! ZSJ, Taichi, they’re the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions. But FinJuice ICHIBAN! Number one! They did it last year, and they can do it again this year! Now they’ll all have some ice cold beers, CHEERS! Thank you very much! FinJuice will give it their all! Will they be toasting the new year with both beer bottles, the tag trophies, and then the tag titles?
Here are the NEW World Tag League standings!
Toru Yano & Tomohiro Ishii: 5-2
Guerrillas of Destiny: 4-3
The Empire: 4-3
The Dangerous Tekkers: 4-3
SANADA & Shingo Takagi: 4-3
YOSHI-HASHI & Hirooki Goto: 4-3
EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi: 3-4
Bad Luck Fale & Chase Owens: 2-5 [ELIMINATED]
HenarACE: 1-6 [ELIMINATED]
Well what an interesting round for WTL 2020. Toru Yano getting strong runs in tournaments is one of the oddest things in pro-wrestling this year. He and Ishii stand alone at 5-2 and all rather quietly as they’ve not been in the main event at all yet. Could they be the finalists no one saw coming? Is Yano going to become a collector of trophies with his KOPW 2020 and then the WTL 2020 side by side? Another development in just WTL is all the 4-3 teams. FinJuice beating Tekkers was big, this is really complicating who will be second place and therefore a finalist. With three losses on the round robin record, are Tekkers just going to add New Year’s Dash to the big weekend and get through all the matches they owe? Are FinJuice going to go back to back after all? This is getting wild but that’s a lot of the fun!
My Score: 8.9/10
AJ’s WrestleMania 37 Night One Results & Review 4/10/21
AJ continues with the WWE coverage this Mania week! Night 1 of WrestleMania may have been rain delayed; but did that dampen the excitement?
Ladies and Gentlemen, boys and girls. Children of all ages… WrestleMania is finally upon us once again and this time we are for real going to have it at my champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers stadium, Raymond James and we get fans involved! We will hear the cheers, the boos and of course the ugly in the whole the but it’s still the grandest stage of them all. We have some decent matches for night one that will take place, sadly a thunder storm but if we know Vince McMahon, that’s not going to stop him.
Welcome to the Thirty-Seventh installment of WrestleMania!!!!!!!!
- Drew McIntryre vs Bobby Lashley(c) for the WWE Championship: Bobby Lashley wins via Hurt Lock – **** – TITLE DEFENSE!!!!!
- Tag Team Turmoil: Naomi & Lana vs Carmella & Billie Kay vs The Riott Squad vs Dana Brooke & Mandy Rose vs Tamina & Natalya: Tamina wins by last Elimination the Riott Squad – ** ½
- Seth Rollins vs Cesaro: Cesaro wins via Gotch Neutralizer – *** ¼
- AJ Styles & Omos vs The New Day(c) for the WWE Raw Tag Team Championships: Omos wins via Two-Handed Chokeslam – *** – TITLE CHANGE!!!
- Steel Cage: Braun Strowman vs Shane McMahon: Braun Strowman wins via Running Powerslam – ** ¼
- Bad Bunny & Damien Priest vs Miz & John Morrison: Bad Bunny wins via Electric Chair Crossbody combination – *** ¼
- Bianca Belair vs Sasha Banks(c) for the WWE SmackDown Wom0n’s Championship: Bianca Belair wins via KOD – **** – TITLE CHANGE!!!
Drew McIntyre vs Bobby Lashley
Both men try to get a strength advantage with a Collar & Elbow tie up before breaking it and going to holds now and still getting even ground. Now both men get some fighting in the corner going, delivering punches and strikes until they go to the outside where Lashley takes control and ragdolls McIntyre into the barricades before tossing Drew back in. Lashley keeps the onslaught on Drew and gets a quick pin attempt for a one and continues to get the beat down on the former champ. Lashley gets a lot of steam going as he goes to do another shoulder tackle into the corner, only to miss and Drew targets the arm of Bobby. Momentum shifting into Drew’s favor as Drew getting things going for him, suplexes and strikes galore as he goes for the Future Shock DDT. Lashley puts Drew into the corner to get separation but Drew catches the strike attempt and catches lashley into Northern Lights Suplex for a nearfall.
Bobby gets a reversal into a slam, a near fall and both men get some signature moves in. Drew hits the Glasgow Kiss and Bobby hits back with a one handed Spinebuster. After another near fall, Drew gets caught in a Hurt Lock but gets out of it quickly as they both go to the corner. Drew getting the swing this time and lands a good ol’ Alabama Slamma for a near fall of his own before trying to set up a sky-high superplex to the champion. Lashley fights off the attempt as Drew gets a Kimora Lock in to weaken the arm, Lashley fights him off again, catching Drew into a Tree of Woe but Drew sits up to launch Bobby in a Belly- To Belly. Lashley hits another one armed Spinebuster until Drew kips up and tells him to bring it, delivering a trifecta of Future Shock DDTs for a two count.
Drew in shock but goes to the corner, doing the countdown to the Claymore but Lashley rolls out of the ring. Drew tapping into a little bit of Undertaker and does a Tope Con Hilo to take MVP and Bobby out and takes Lashley back to the ring, setting up for something in from the top. Lashley catches the challenger and goes to apply another Hurt Lock but Drew runs out of the way to stun Lashley. As Lashley goes to do another Spinebuster, Drew rolls it into a Kimura Lock, perfectly on before Lashley inches slowly to the ropes to kick out. Lashley now, getting his aggression out, taking it to McIntyre in the corner until Drew gets separation, going for another Claymore until MVP distracts the former champion and misses the Claymore for Lashley to get the Hurt Lock in. Drew looked impressive to break out but Lashley didn’t break when Drew pushed off the corner and passes out from the pressure.
Tag Team Turmoil
Naomi & Lana vs Carmella & Billie Kay to start off the gauntlet style matchup as Naomi and Lana take the early advantage against Carmella. Carmella gets a tag onto Billie Kay but the advantage is still Lana and Naomi. When all four get in for chaos, Billie Kay goes for a roll up and beat Naomi and Lana for the next team to come out…
Riott Squad come out and take it to Billie early on but Carmella gets a tag and starts a beat down against Liv Morgan. Ruby breaks up the pin attempt but as Billie goes for the same pin attempt, the ref catches it and the Riott Squad get a tag and the advantage as Billie Kay gets brutalized, pinned and Carmella starts to beat up Liv before the next team come in…
Dana and Mandy come out and Ruby fights the two alone from the beat down as the fresher team gets things going and Liv barely gets a break of a pin attempt as Mandy and Dana work Ruby’s neck now. As Mandy cuts the ring off from Ruby, Ruby starts to fight out of the corner and gets Liv into the match now as they start the beat down of Mandy Rose. As the Riott Squad lose the advantage, Rose and Brooke get some damage with a superplex and Swanton combination but Liv gets a reversal on Dana and get the pinfall.
Natalya and Tamina are the last two to get in the match up and start the powerhouse assault on the Riott Squad. The two getting the best of the most tenured tag team in the whole match up as Liv tries to break out of their grasp. Ruby gets the tag and hit the codebreaker/senton combination to Tamina only for a two though and Tamina gets the advantage back, gets the tag to Natalya and they hit a Hart Attack. Natalya looks to get the Sharpshooter but changes her mind and tags Tamina in for the Superfly Splash to get the Day Two Tag Team Championship opportunity.
Seth Rollins vs Cesaro-
Cesaro goes quick into the offense with an Uppercut and goes for the Swing early but Seth rushes out and panics with Cesaro getting more and more of a beat down. Cesaro getting a good amount of offense going as Seth starts to target Cesaro’s arm and starts to pick things up after with his Superplex/Falcon Arrow combo after getting distance. Seth getting cocky again as he tries to take it to Cesaro but the Swiss Cyborg gets his strikes in again, taking down Seth with Uppercuts and goes for the swing again constantly, first time gets countered into a cradle, second time Seth gets to the ropes but the third time is the charm for nine rotations of the Swing and Sharpshooter. Seth breaks out of the hold and moves out of another Uppercut attempt from the corner, hurting Cesaro’s arm again as Rollins gets his high offense in, knees, Slingblades and a 360 Splash but nothing keeps Cesaro down. Seth tries for a ripcord knee but Cesaro changes it into a Neutralizer and a two count. Rollins crawls to the ropes and gets his legs grabbed again for yet ANOTHER Swing but flips out of it, into a Pedigree but fails to get the victory again.
Rollins gets his speech in about being God as he hits Cesaro in time to set up the Curb Stomp. Rollins gets caught into a Uppercut (second best Stomp counter) and takes Rollins spinning, first with a no handed Airplane Spin, Giant Swing and finishes it with a Neutralizer.
(Now get my Red and Pewter out of my sight on Rollins. They are winners unlike you tonight, Seth.)
New Day vs AJ Styles and Omos-
We… are getting Omos to start off against Kofi…? Oh no. New Day goaded AJ to start.
Kofi and AJ using their speed to go off and do some of their big moves or attempt them as AJ thinks he gets an advantage but Kofi gets it, with a slam and near fall, teasing AJ after a beat down as the champs get frequent tags, even getting a Unicorn Stampede off before Xavier holds AJ down for a bit. They keep teasing Omos to tag in but to no avail, New Day beating AJ down more. Kofi goes to tease AJ to get to tag AJ but tags Woods in to cut him off from tagging Omos. After a flurry from AJ to separate from Woods, Kofi tags himself in and fights AJ from tagging the big man in until AJ separates himself from the two and realizes, “I can tag the big man…? I CAN TAG THE BIG MAN!”
Omos comes in and Xavier can’t knock Omos down as Kofi tries to tag in and chop down the big man as The New Day… well to quote the remake of The Longest Yard… they shit themselves. Omos dismantles and smashes The New Day in the ring. Omos basically is breaking them apart as AJ flings over Omos for a Phenomenal Forearm and Omos two handed Chokeslams Kofi down for the win… Jesus Christ. They made him look like a billion dollars in the ring tonight.
Braun Strowman vs Shane McMahon-
As Braun comes in second, Elias and Ryker goes and beats Strowman down with chairs before the bell and Shane tells them to bring Braun in for it to start.
Shane grabs one of the chairs and beats Braun down with the chair over and over, going for a quick win and escaping but Braun, limping, stops Shane and taking more strikes from Shane for a good amount, limping and weakened as Shane breaks sheet metal from the top of the cage to continue the beat down and near fall. Braun now taking the fight to Shane as he stops Shane from escaping and tossing Shane into the cage walls over and over as Shane gets Braun’s hands now before getting squashed between the cage walls. Braun gets the full advantage in the match until his legs give out from earlier and Shane slides out, doing a swinging DDT and setting Braun up to go from Florida all the way to Cali with the Coast to Coast for a second near fall. Ryker and Elias climb the outside to get Shane out but Strowman runs into the cage to loosen all three of them. More offense goes on before Shane gets away and climbs out almost until he pisses off Braun and… gets caught, pulling the cage apart and dragging Shane back in. Braun getting a bright idea as he props Shane up on the cage, going up himself before Braun launches Shane off the cage and climbs back in, stumbling and standing up for himself and everyone who was bullied that’s watching before hitting a Running Powerslam for the win.
We get a small break for the cage to be taken down to honor the inductees to the 2020 Hall of Fame, Shatner, Liger, JBL, The Bella Twins, The British Bulldog, Titus O’Neal with the Warrior Award and the New World Order, Waltman, Hall, Nash and Hogan.
Bad Bunny & Damien Priest vs Miz & John Morrison-
Priest and Miz start it off and Miz goes to the corner and goads Bunny to come in and tags in as they walk around a little bit and Miz being an ass saying he can get the first shot as Bad Bunny pops Miz down. Bunny actually goes for a waist lock as Miz swings wild, Bunny ducks and gets another jab in before Miz gets pissed off and both of them trade blows in the corner of the ring before Miz gets the advantage, taking Bad Bunny into one corner and gets cocky a little before getting countered and Bunny flings Miz down with an arm drag. Miz rolls out and gets caught INTO A LA MAGISTAL AND A NEAR FALL! Miz had to get cheap after a a short pep talk with Morrison as Bad Bunny showing he’s better than Enzo with the rope spot. Bunny gets the advantage again as he slides under the ropes and does a well done Tilt-A-Whirl Head Scissor on Miz before tagging Morrison and getting some control in the match for M&M.
Miz gets back in and taunts Damien Priest by putting Bad Bunny in a headlock, inches away from Priest until Bunny gets some fight in him, dropping Morrison from the apron and almost getting to Priest, countering Miz’s stop with a Sunset Flip but getting beaten down after the pin attempt. Miz and Morrison take it to Bunny on the outside a bit. Morrison gets tagged in and taunts Booker T with a Spinarooni (A perfect one at that) as the tag to Miz gets in and Priest tries to get the crowd amped up. Miz cheap shots Priest and takes the ref’s attention away as M&M just keep embarrassing Bad Bunny with kicks in the corner. Miz gets cocky again and goes for his signature clothesline in the corner but Bunny stops him, dropping Morrison’s attack from the apron and hits a Tornado DDT onto Miz as he finally tags Damien Priest.
Damien goes to both men with his speed and strength, suplexing Miz into Morrison and hitting a chokeslam into a nearfall as all four men now get in the ring. Stereo Falcon Arrows, Damien Priest getting his step up Tope Con Hilo and Bunny with a crossbody. Priest gets Miz into the ring and Miz counters it into a Skull Crushing Finale into a pinfall. Bad Bunny goes to break it up and almost gets a tag in before Morrison pulls Bunny down. Bad Bunny having none of it from Morrison, hits a God Damn Destroyer as Priest props Miz up, gets the tag and lands a crossbody on the Miz for the win.
(Okay… Bad Bunny actually impressed me. Showed he cared. I give him props for that. I really do.)
Bianca Belair vs Sasha Banks-
Both women size each other up for Collar & Elbows and Sasha shoves Bianca down, getting the trash talk started before Bianca kips up and shows a good amount of her –est’s, being Strong, Quick, Fast against Sasha as Sasha gets annoyed and gets caught by Bianca, rolling her out of the ring as Bianca goes to the outside. After some fighting on the apron, Sasha goes for a good suicide dive attempt but Bianca catches her and carries her to the ring as the match gets back to the ring. Bianca gets her usually offense going but Sasha actually grabs the hair of Bianca during the cartwheel and takes control this time around, getting her edge back and weakening the challenger. Sasha takes her to the corner and goes for the double knee attempt from the apron before Bianca catches her and drops her on her shoulder as they both go to the outside. Bianca’s hair gets caught by Sasha and Bianca takes control on the outside before the ref gets to 8 and both come back in. Bianca showed off her strength this time after a cradle attempt and does an impressive amount of time on a stalling suplex. Sasha keeps using Bianca’s hair to try to stop her after the Suplex but Bianca uses her hair as a ripcord effect into a clothesline. Sasha gets beat down from a Standing Shooting Star and getting propped into the corner as Belair goes for a 450 attempt from the top rope and Sasha counters, getting the momentum change momentarily.
Bianca catches some of Sasha’s high speed offense and does powerbomb pinfalls as Sasha kicks out of the first two, reversing the third with an X-Factor and taking control back with a Tornado DDt for another near fall. Banks now goes to the top for a Frog Splash. Sasha gets her anger and ruthlessness to wrap Bianca’s hair around her opponent into a Bank Statement and somehow, Bianca powers through and gets to the ropes before Sasha starts stopping on Bianca’s face after the break. Banks keeps going with the trash talking but Bianca shoves her into the corner post with some Shoulder Tackles and sets her up for a Superplex. Sasha fights her off and attempts a cartwheel kick before Sasha grabs the feet into a Tree of Woe position to land a Meteora. Sasha misses the first one, goes to a knee strike from the Tree as Bianca sits up so Sasha lands knees first into the turnbuckle and eats a 450 Splash for a near fall. Sasha tries to get control again after but gets whipped in the midsection with Bianca’s hair and after a fight to swing around, Bianca grabs Sasha up and lands the Kiss Of Death to win her first Women’s Championship in WWE.
Overall Score: 8/10
Well not too bad for the first fan attended event for WWE… barring NXT of course. Bad Bunny showed he can actually care about wrestling, wasn’t expecting a Canadian Destroyer… or I guess Puerto Rican Destroyer. Cesaro gets his moment, Bianca gets her moment. AJ Styles is now a Grand Slam Champion and every match except for the Tag Team Turmoil thing was pretty solid. I actually can’t wait for night two of Mania. Did it match Stand and Deliver Night One? No. That is still the best match of the week so far but they brought a good amount of fire this night and held a candle to Night Two all things considered. Well we have one more day for me to do Mania Week writing so let’s see if Night two can live up to Night One.
Just… people stop wearing my Bucs colors and lose in the process. Seriously. Disappointed me tonight Seth and New Day.
WWE 24/7 Championship Results & Report! (4/10/21)
BEHOLD! The Night Panther!!
It’s the epic conclusion to the Legend of the Night Planter!
Mild-mannered Old Spice salesman, Joseph Average, finds himself in the middle of an incredible WWE 24/7 Championship prophecy! But is he hero or villain?
- WWE 24/7 Championship Picnic Panic: R-Truth VS Akira Tozawa & Night Panther; Truth retains the title.
PLAY BY PLAY
R-Truth is having a picnic.
“This is just not your ordinary picnic. We eatin’ good.” And after spraying some Old Spice Night Panther, they’re smellin’ good, too! But Akira Tozawa is sneaking up to snatch Truth’s snacks! Truth goes to reach for some, sees Tozawa, and Tozawa says, “Say cheese~!” What’s Tozawa doing at Truth’s picnic?! And with Ninja Referee (Drew Gulak) and the Night Panther! Truth finds he’s outnumbered! Tozawa and Ninja Ref Gulak grab Truth, and Truth says, “Oh no! Say it ain’t so, Joe!” He went from Average Joe, to Average Ninja! But if you go full ninja, you go evil. But, Joe’s not evil…
Tozawa shouts, “ATTACK!” But stand back, there’s a Hurricane comin’ through! A hurricane? Truth’s insurance covers that. But what is he doing here? What’s he doing here? Everyone knows that hurricanes and night panthers are mortal enemies. Truth confirms. And yet, here Joe is, ruining Truth’s picnic with his baby. Wazzupwiththat?! Night Panther, attack!! Night Panther punches at Hurricane but is blocked and counter punched! Truth breaks free of the kung-fu grip, and hurries with Hurricane to the Truth Cave! AWAY~!
The ninjas pick themselves up and Tozawa blames Night Panther for this. But he tried…! Tozawa takes away Night Panther’s seemingly endless blackbelt. Was this Yokozuna sized? But Tozawa doesn’t care what the prophecy says, Joseph Average is NOT the Night Panther! The “HAH! HAH! HAH!” turns into laughter at Joe’s failure, and Joe runs away in shame. Ninja Ref Gulak tries to talk with Tozawa but he won’t hear it. Will Tozawa ever get the 24/7 Championship away from Truth? Will Joseph Average redeem himself? Or is there truly someone else who the Night Panther mantle is meant for?
Not quite as conclusive as I thought, but this was a pretty great next part to this story with Eric Bugenhagen, aka Ricky Buge, aka The Buge, now Joseph “The Night Panther” Average, who may not even be the Night Panther anymore. I like that we got The Hurricane in this, and if it weren’t for the divide of WWE and AEW, I would love if the cinematic wrestling universe got Matt Hardy involved with this title. Having a brand deal feels right up the “Big Money Matt” gimmick’s alley. I hope Buge returns and proves himself as the Night Panther, or even just as Joseph Average. This is the kind of fun this title needs to be having either way.
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