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Mitchell’s NJPW WTL x BOSJ Results & Report! (11/30/20)

WTL 2020 is entering round 7!

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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.

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • 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
FinJuice: 3-3
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
FinJuice: 4-3
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]


My Thoughts:

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


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Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (1/21/22)

Moxley is on a Rampage!

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AEW continues LIVE in Washington, D.C!

Jon Moxley gets back in action against Ethan Page, and Jade Cargill defends the TBS Championship against Anna Jay!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Jon Moxley VS Ethan Page w/ Scorpio Sky; Moxley wins.
  • Nick Jackson w/ Matt Jackson VS Trent Beretta w/ Orange Cassidy; Trent wins.
  • Hook VS Serpentico; Hook wins.
  • AEW TBS Championship: Jade Cargill w/ Mark Sterling VS Anna Jay w/ John Silver; Cargill wins and retains the title.

PLAY BY PLAY

Jon Moxley VS Ethan Page w/ Scorpio Sky!

The Maniac is back and he’s even more liberated than he was before! Will Moxley use that newfound freedom, and the same old ferocity, to deflate All Ego?

The bell rings and Moxley circles with Ethan. Fans are fired up for Mox as he ties up with Ethan. They go around, Moxley powers Ethan to a corner but Ethan shoves Moxley away. Ethan double guns and grins but Moxley keeps cool. Moxley and Ethan circle, tie up, Moxley waistlocks but Ethan switches to shove Mox away. Ethan blows a kiss but Moxley ties up with him again. They go around, end up on ropes and fans rally as Ethan lets off. Ethan CHOPS, but Moxley eggs him on. Ethan CHOPS again, Moxley CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Ethan kicks low, whips, but Moxley reverses. Things speed up and Moxley CLOBBERS Ethan!

Moxley follows Ethan to a corner, grinds forearms into his face, then climbs up to BITE Ethan’s forehead! Mox did say he drinks blood now… Moxley runs, but into a BOOT! Ethan goes up to ENZIGURI, then runs Moxley over with a shoulder! Moxley tumbles out of the ring and Ethan soaks up the heat. Ethan goes out to fetch Moxley, bumps him off the timekeeper’s table, then throws down hands. The ref starts a ring count but Ethan mugs Moxley and breaks the table! Moxley staggers away, Ethan stalks behind him. Moxley kicks and CHOPS back! And CHOPS more! Moxley whips Ethan into railing! Fans fire up as they get even closer to the action.

Moxley drags Ethan up, puts him in the ring, and fans fire up more as Moxley steps in. But Ethan knees Moxley at the ropes, gets the legs caught in the rope, and dropkicks the knee! Fans boo but Ethan drags Moxley up and in through the ropes. Double underhooks, DRAPING BUTTERFLY BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Ethan looms over Moxley, has him on ropes and throws down punches! The ref counts, Ethan lets off, but Ethan drags Moxley up. Moxley rams him into the corner and throws his shoulder in. Moxley whips corner to corner, but Ethan dodges and Moxley POSTS himself!

AEW goes picture in picture as Ethan grins and Moxley flops to the floor. Ethan goes out, hammerlocks the bad arm and POSTS it! Ethan SLAMS the bad arm against railing, then brings Moxley around to KNEE him low. Ethan TOSSES Moxley over the railing and now the front row is getting a real interactive experience. Ethan talks trash that HE is the face of AEW, not Moxley. Ethan drags Moxley back over the railing to ringside, and then puts him in the ring. Ethan stalks Moxley, drags him up and reels him in, but Moxley fights out of the crucifix as AEW returns to single picture! School boy, TWO!

Ethan swings, Moxley gets around, GERMAN SUPLEX! And another German Suplex! Moxley gets Ethan up a third time but Ethan elbows free. Ethan runs but Moxley sidesteps for a SNAP GERMAN! Ethan flounders up in a corner, Moxley runs in and forearm smashes! Moxley keeps moving, Ethan ducks and fires a forearm! Moxley forearms back, but Ethan hits back. Moxley ROCKS Ethan, eggs him on, but Ethan throws another forearm. Moxley SLAPS, Ethan SLAPS, it’s a SLAP fight! Moxley fires off boxing elbows but Ethan knees low again! Ethan runs, into a knee at the ropes! Moxley runs, into a BOOT!

Moxley ducks the roundhouse to LARIAT Ethan down! Fans fire up as Moxley rises again. Moxley drags Ethan up, underhooks the arms, PARA- NO! Ethan slips out, ROUNDHOUSE! ROLLING ELBOW! Suplex to a BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally, Ethan gets a leg and turns Moxley over for a HALF CRAB! Moxley endures, crawls, and reaches out for the ROPEBREAK! Ethan lets go at the ref’s count, and he fires off haymakers! Ethan runs in, but Moxley dumps him out! Moxley builds speed despite the knee, and he DIVES! Direct hit and Ethan hits railing! Moxley puts Ethan in, goes to the corner, climbs up, but Ethan ROCKS him first!

Ethan climbs up, brings Moxley onto a shoulder, SUPER POWERSLAM! Ethan has to crawl to the cover, TWO!! Ghost pin, TWO! Moxley drives hammering elbows into Ethan’s head! Then knees! Then the BULLY CHOKE!! Ethan endures, Moxley cranks way back, Ethan is OUT! Moxley wins!

Winner: Jon Moxley, by submission

And there it is! Moxley is back, and Ethan can’t even believe it! But Ethan gets in Moxley’s face, so Moxley kicks him and hits PARADIGM SHIFT! Now Ethan’s out cold all over again! Will Moxley do much of the same to the next man put in front of him?

As Moxley makes his exit, Bryan Danielson is there! Bryan applauds Moxley, but is the American Dragon planning on being next up?

 

AEW hears from Jurassic Express.

Jungle Boy tells Billy Gunn that Billy’s been “a salty old bitch” since they first met. So the fact Billy is upset his sons haven’t just been handed a tag title match doesn’t surprise him. The Gunn Clubs crossed the line going after Christian Cage like that. Christian was right about apples not falling far from the tree. Billy’s little Ass Boys are entitled and sour, just like Billy. The title match should be the least of their concerns, because when Christian comes back, this won’t be about a match. They’ll be coming to stomp Gunn Club’s heads into the ground! Will Jungle Boy & Luchasaurus make Gunn Club extinct?

 

Nick Jackson w/ Matt Jackson VS Trent Beretta w/ Orange Cassidy!

The Roppongi Vice reunion had to be postponed because of gaddang COVID. But Freshly Squeezed has Trent’s back as he takes on one of the Young Bucks 1v1. Who will have the momentum going into the tag team rivalry’s revival?

The bell rings, the two circle, and they tie up. Trent powers Nick to ropes, the ref calls for the break, and Trent lets off to pull a page out of Kazuchika Okada’s book: a fake chop, to then pat the shoulders. Nick is annoyed, he kicks Trent low and whips him to ropes. Trent kicks the back drop away, but Nick blocks the punch to knuckle lock, CHOP, and “LUCHA~ LIBRE~!” arm-drag! But Trent gets up and CLOBBERS Nick! Trent storms in at Nick to stomp, CHOP, and stalk Nick to another corner for another CHOP. And then another CHOP! Nick wants to tag Matt but Cutler reminds him this is a singles match.

Nick avoids Trent’s chop, stomps him then reels Trent in. But Trent powers up to TOSS Nick away! Fans fire up and Cassidy double guns on Trent’s behalf. Trent storms over to the apron but Nick hotshots him! Nick slingshots, but Trent blocks the DDT to NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, ONE!! rent’s neck might be a concern again, but he gets up to throw forearms on Nick. Trent whips, back drops Nick high and hard, and fans fire up. Trent brings Nick up to throw forearms, wrap on a headlock, but Nick powers out. Things speed up, Trent ducks and dodges but crossbodies into ropes as Nick ducks!

Nick smirks as Trent is on the apron. Nick drags Trent through the ropes for a HOTSHOT NECKBREAKER! Trent flops out of the ring, Nick goes out to the apron, PENALTY KICK to the back! Trent goes down, Nick strikes a lounging pose on the apron. Fans rally up as AEW goes picture in picture.

Cutler sprays Nick down so he stays cool, and Nick drags Trent up. Nick puts Trent in the ring, climbs up a corner, and leaps to hit an ax handle to Trent’s back! Nick drags Trent up again, CLUBS him on the neck, then brings him around to run and HOTSHOT BULLDOG! Nick does his Macho Man before he goes into the ring. Nick brings Trent up, heads for the ropes again, but Trent powers out to CLOBBER Nick! Nick bails out, Trent grits his teeth and builds speed, but Nick gets in to SUPERKICK! Trent falls out of the ring, Nick runs and FLIES! Not the best takeoff but Nick still wipes Trent out! Nick gets back in the ring, but Cassidy makes sure Matt doesn’t try something.

Matt eggs Cassidy on, and Cassidy pulls back his fist, but then he avoids Nick’s kick from the apron! Trent trips Nick up and Nick hits apron on the way down! Trent puts Nick back in, hops up the corner, but Nick trips Trent up! Trent hits buckles on the way down! Nick wants Trent to get up but AEW goes to break.

AEW returns and Nick is up top. Trent is in the drop zone, Nick SWANTONS but onto Trent’s knees! Trent saves himself and fans rally up! Trent throws forearms but Nick hits back. They double forearm but neither falls! They double forearm again, they still stay up, and Trent LARIATS Nick down! Trent fires up, waistlocks and deadlifts to a GERMAN SUPLEX! Trent aims from a corner, runs and BUSAIKU KNEE! Cover, TWO! Nick goes to ropes, Trent fires forearms on him. Trent rains them down on Nick but the ref backs him off. Nick gets up, BOOTS Trent back, then handsprings to the apron. Trent runs in, but slides as Nick backflips away!

Trent dodges Nick to SPEAR him down! Fans fire up with Trent as he gets up and puts Nick in the ring. Trent runs in at the corner but into a BOOT! Nick swings but into a SAIDO! Trent gets Nick for a TORNADO DDT! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up, Trent brings Nick up and CHOPS! And CHOPS! Trent runs, but Nick uses the ref as a shield! ROUNDHOUSE! GERMAN SUPLEX! But Trent gets right up and gets Nick for a GERMAN SUPLEX! Both men are down, a standing count begins and fans rally up. Nick crawls to the apron, shoulders into Trent, then slingshots, but Trent catches him! Trent shoves Nick away, Nick backflips and lands on his feet to ROCK Trent!

Nick slingshots, DESTROYER!! Cover, TWO!! Trent survives and shocks Nick! Nick rains down fists on Trent, “This is Awesome!” but far from over! Nick brings Trent up but Trent throws a forearm! Nick throws another forearm, but Trent forearms back! Nick ROCKS Trent, but Trent shakes it off and ROCKS Nick! Nick goes to a corner, spins, ROUNDHOUSE! Trent crawls to a corner, Nick runs in to SHINING WIZARD, ROUNDHOUSE, and forearm to a  BULLDOG! Nick wants Trent to stand up, but Trent blocks the superkick to whip! Nick flips through, but into a HALF ‘N’ HALF! Nick SUPERKICKS, but Trent LARIATS!

Fans are thunderous as Trent gets Nick back up, PILEDRIVER!! Cover, TWO!?! Nick survives and Trent can’t believe it! Trent crawls after Nick and they end up on the ramp. Trent reels Nick in, but Nick back drops Trent away! Nick climbs a corner, takes aim, SWANTON on the ramp! Trent rolls into the ring, Nick goes back up top. Nick aims again, 450 SPLASH!! Cover, TWO?!? Nick can’t believe it and Matt is furious! Nick aims from the corner, Trent slowly rises, SUPERKICK! Nick says he wants another! SUPER- NO! Trent ducks, Alabama lift and tuck, STRONG ZERO! Cover, Trent wins!!

Winner: Trent Beretta, by pinfall

A massive victory for #JustTrent! But will it be even bigger when Rocky Romero returns to reignite Roppongi Vice VS Young Bucks?

 

AEW takes a closer look at Martinez VS Rosa.

“No one knows the reason why I’m here. No one needs to know. All they need to know is that my first priority is taking out Thunder Rosa.” But Rosa reminds Mercedes that she took the TBS Championship away from her. Mercedes asks how it feels to see her dreams of being a champion slip away thanks to the OG Badass? Just cuz Mercedes thinks she’s the OG, doesn’t mean she is an OG. La Mera Mera is ready for anyone, but when and where are we going to see these two tear into each other?

 

Hook VS Serpentico!

The Handsome Devil is still undefeated, and he hasn’t even broken a sweat yet. Will he continue the streak? Or will SNAKEMAN strike him down?

Serpentico throws his streamers, and Hook CLOBBERS him! The bell rings and Serpentico tries to find his way out of the streamers but Hook just throws knee after knee, then he throws Serpentico! And then a drop sayanagi! STO! Fans sing, “Hook is gonna kill~ you~!” Hook gets Serpentico up, double wristlock takedown but Serpentico scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! Hook lets off, then runs in, but into a boot! Serpentico runs, into an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Hook paces, Serpentico flounders up, into the REDRUM! Serpentico taps, Hook wins!

Winner: Hook, by submission

Hook makes SNAKEMAN pay, but QT Marshall storms out and says this is what he’s been talking about! Hitting before the bell, holding on after! QT says Hook is a delinquent! Hook goes up the ramp but QT won’t let him through. Hook’s tough now, huh? QT says he’s ready for him now! But then Hook TOSSES QT, and walks on him! Will QT learn to just let Hook be Hook?

 

Mark Henry talks with the main eventers.

Jade Cargill is 24-0 and the TBS Champion. The first-ever, too. How does she feel about her competition tonight? “Anna Banana? Let’s just make this about me. I am undefeated, baby. And I am the first TBS champ. Anna should be elated that she has a spot on the main event.” Anna warns Jade one more time. She has a dark side. That street fight changed Anna, and she chokes people out. Tonight, TBS stands for That Bitch SLAYER. Oh, well Anna better bring the barbed wire! Anna says she doesn’t need it. Mark Henry says there’s been enough talk. It’s time for the main event! Will Number 99 survive the storm that’s coming for her?

AEW TBS Championship: Jade Cargill w/ Mark Sterling VS Anna Jay w/ John Silver!

The introductions are made, the title is raised, and we see if Jade stays the undefeated inaugural TBS Champion!

Fans rally and duel as Jade flexes while Anna shows the Dark Order claw. They tie up, go around, Jade headlocks. Jade holds on as Anna tries to power out, but Anna gets free on the second try, only for Jade to run her over! Jade dusts herself off, drags Anna up, but Anna JAWBREAKERS! Anna runs, jumps, but into Jade’s arms! FALL AWAY SLAM! Jade kips up and fans fire up as she smirks. “I like money, but I’m That BI-” ROLL UP! TWO, and Jade CLOBBERS Anna! Anna bails out again, Mark Sterling talks smack but John Silver gets in his way. Jade goes out and moves Mark aside to get in Johnny Hungy’s face. They flex their guns at each other, they’re both jacked!

But then Anna roars as she runs in to CLOBBER Jade! “That Bitch SLAYER!” Anna gets back in the ring to refresh the count, and AEW goes picture in picture.

Anna SMACKS Jade off the apron, then does it again! Anna high fives Silver, but Jade hits back with elbows. Jade gets in the ring, Anna follows, and Anna runs in at the corner to forearm smash! Anna climbs up to rain down fists, but only gets 7 before Jade throws her away! Anna runs back in, but into a SPINEBUSTER! Jade drops an elbow, covers, TWO! Jade shows off by doing push-ups, but Anna throws body shots. Jade CLUBS Anna down, stalks her to a corner, then brings her up for forearms. Jade stomps Anna back down, digs her boot in, and lets off as the ref counts 4. Jade drags Anna back up to RAM a shoulder in!

Jade RAMS Anna again, lets off as the ref reprimands, but Jade fires off more forearms. Jade bumps Anna off buckles, CLUBS her, and CLUBS her again. Jade keeps on Anna, taunts her, then runs in, but into a BOOT! Anna runs, into an OVERHEAD suplex! Jade kips up, covers, TWO! Jade is annoyed but she drags Anna up to bump her off buckles again. Jade bumps Anna off more buckles, runs corner to corner as she “dribbles,” to DUNK on Anna! AEW returns to single picture as Jade whips Anna corner to corner. Anna dodges the corner attack to HEEL KICK! SLEEPER on the ropes! The ref counts, Jade HOTSHOTS Anna!

Both women are down, the ref starts a standing count, and fans rally up. Jade sputters as she gets up, and she stands Anna up, only for Anna to ROCK her with a forearm! Anna runs into the corner to back elbow, forearm, roll and DANGEROUS JAY KICK! Anna whips, Jade reverses but Anna wrenches to DANGEROUS JAY KICK again! And then a mule kick, SUPERKICK, and a COMPLETE SHOT! Anna roars and fans fire up with her! Anna drags Jade up, but Mark is on the apron to distract! Anna chases him off, Silver gets Mark by his tie! BRAINBUSTER to the floor! Anna gets around Jade, backslide! TWO!!

Jade BOOTS Anna down! Jade drags Anna back up, hooks the arms, JAD- VICTORY ROLL! To the QUEENSLAYER!!! Jade flails, fights up, and RAMS Anna into buckles! Jade is free, but Anna knocks her down! Anna hops up the corner, drags Jade up, HANGING SLEEPER! The ref counts, but Jade pries free! Jade drags Anna out onto her shoulder, but Anna slips off! Anna shoves Jade into a corner, DANGEROUS- NO! Jade catches Anna and powers her up for a POWERBOMB! And then Jade hooks the arms, JADED!! Cover, Jade wins!

Winner: Jade Cargill, by pinfall (still AEW TBS Champion)

Anna gave it her all, but it just wasn’t enough! Jade is 25-0, is still the champion, and is still making the big bucks! Will she continue to dominate until she is THE champion in AEW?


My Thoughts:

A great episode of Rampage, lots of great focus on the matches but there were still good promos, too. Jungle Boy calls out Gunn Club on behalf of Jurassic Express, I’m thinking we’re getting a Six Man Tag before the tag title match. Mercedes Martinez and Thunder Rosa have another good promo to build towards their match, but hopefully it happens sooner rather than later. They can’t keep delaying this just because AEW keeps forgetting to make more time for women’s matches on Dynamite. Moxley VS Ethan was really good stuff, a great opener for sure, and a great return for Moxley. Bryan Danielson being there to applaud Mox was a nice way to branch this to something between them, that is going to be a killer match.

Nick VS Trent was also a killer match. Rocky Romero will definitely be back next week, and having Roppongi Vice VS Young Bucks on the post Beach Break Rampage will be really big. Hook had another great night, especially with him getting to shut QT up. Hook should definitely be considered for a TNT Championship story at some point. And we got a great TBS Championship match. Anna’s promo before was a little shaky but she came really close. But as I figured, Jade wins, and she’s going to build quite the reign before she ever loses.

My Score: 8.7/10


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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (1/21/22)

Acknowledge the history made!

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SmackDown 2022

The Tribal Chief is the new Universal Championship standard!

SmackDown, acknowledge that Roman Reigns is the new longest reigning WWE Universal Champion as the Bloodline celebrates!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Kofi Kingston VS “Mad Cap” Moss w/ “Happy” Corbin; Kofi wins.
  • Aliyah VS Natalya; Aliyah wins, by disqualification.
  • Los Lotharios VS The Viking Raiders; The Viking Raiders win.
  • SmackDown Women’s Championship Contender’s Match: Charlotte Flair VS Naomi; Charlotte wins and denies Naomi a title match.
  • Sheamus w/ Ridge Holland VS Ricochet; Sheamus wins.
  • Seth Rollins & Kevin Owens VS The Usos; Rollins & Kevin win, by disqualification, and The Usos are banned from ringside during the Royal Rumble’s Universal Championship match.

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The Usos are in the ring to start off SmackDown!

Jey tells Nashville, “The Bloodline is now in your city!” Jimmy says they’re here for one reason and one reason only! They’re celebrating the longest reigning Universal Champion EVER! At 508 days… That’s 508 consecutive days! There are a few big names who have been Universal Champion, but none held the belt as long as this. Not Kevin Owens, not Seth Freakin’ Rollins, not Brock Lesnar! But there is one. He is the Head of the Table, he is the Tribal Chief, he is the longest reigning Universal Champion in WWE history! Their cousin, ROMAN! REEEIGNS! And here comes Roman! He holds up the belt for one round of pyro on stage, then the second round in the ring.

Jimmy gets Roman a mic, and Roman says, “Nashville! Acknowledge me.” Jimmy says, “Ladies and gentlemen, let’s witness the highlights of the most dominant, decorated WWE champion, Roman Reigns.” The video starts by noting August 30th, 2020, Roman Reigns returned to action and took the title from Braun Strowman. From there, he defeated Kevin Owens, Daniel Bryan, Edge, Cesaro, Rey Mysterio, Finn Balor, Shinsuke Nakamura, and even John Cena, Brock Lesnar, and Big E. “ACKNOWLEDGE ME!” Back to present, Roman has a big smile on his face while the Usos applaud. That was a good video!

But then SETH ROLLINS appears! “Oooooh, what kind of party would it be without Seth Freakin’ Rollins~?” Hell of a video, and congratulations to the longest reigning Universal Champion of all time. They should celebrate, because that reign will end very, very shortly. But also, celebrate the fact that Roman made an honest man outta Rollins. Last week, Rollins came out, told Roman that he’s not responsible for any of his own success, and Rollins meant that in a meta way. Roman is the chosen one, catered to, but oh, Roman took it so literally. In fact, Roman sent his cousins to Raw to do the dirty work for him. If Roman had a message to send, he could just text.

But since we’re here celebrating, what they should be celebrating is the longest reigning SmackDown Tag Team Champions in history, The Usos! They in truth, and Roman knows it, too, are the cornerstones of the Bloodline. They’re the ones who make everything Roman do possible. They hold Roman up now, just like Rollins and Mox did in the Shield! So let’s have a celebration for the Usos! “UCE! SO! UCE! SO!” Rollins laughs and says it is fun to say that. Roman tells “little brother” Rollins that he makes all the same excuses. Did Cena write that stuff for Rollins? Roman assures Rollins that their match at the Rumble will be 1v1. Rollins has Roman’s word.

Oh, is he gonna add a “Believe that” next? Once upon a time, Roman’s word was as good as gold, but Rollins doesn’t believe him. So Roman should put his money where his mouth is. Rollins can get a partner, beat the Usos, and then bar them from ringside at the Rumble! Rollins even adds a You Can’t See Me. Roman mulls it over, but the Usos say, “Hell yeah! Challenge accepted, Uce!” Then we have a main event! Rollins loves it! Jey says Rollins is trippin’. Ain’t nobody crazy enough to team with Rollins in the first place, so they’re good. Yes, not too many people like Rollins. But uh… Here’s KEVIN OWENS! The Prizefighter and Rollins hug, Kevin shouts HE likes Rollins!

Roman has them cut the “stupid music.” Nothing is final until the Tribal Chief says so! Rollins is a betting man, huh? Then let’s raise the stakes. When Rollins & Kevin lose tonight, that means Rollins loses his match at the Rumble. And Roman can go on vacation until WrestleMania! Deal? Rollins thinks, and says, “You’re on!” What a huge match on the way to the Royal Rumble! Will the Usos clear Roman’s schedule for him? Or will Roman have no choice but to do things all by himself?

 

Kofi Kingston VS “Mad Cap” Moss w/ “Happy” Corbin!

The Right Hand of the King will not let it stand that the literal fool of SmackDown got the last laugh last week. Before the match, Corbin says they’ve been on a roll! First, they took out Drew McIntyre. Then Moss steamrolled Sir Kofi! As incredible as Kofi is, without King Woods, the Hand of the King is just a disembodied hand. If Kofi started a Garth Brooks cover band, what would he sing? Friends in NO places! But Kofi makes his entrance, and surprise! Big E is here! Even more Raw stars are showing up on SmackDown! Will the Powerhouse of Positivity keep Corbin from helping his hyena sidekick?

The bell rings, Kofi and Moss circle. Kofi dodges Moss to waistlock, headlock, but Moss powers out. Moss runs Kofi over with a shoulder and then gives two thumbs up. Big E coaches Kofi but Moss CLUBS Kofi to the corner. Moss whips Kofi corner to corner, but Kofi goes up to missile dropkick! And LEAPING LARIAT! Fans fire up as Kofi runs, for the NEW~ DAY~ Boom Drop! Big E says to make this quick work, and Kofi claps it up. Moss slowly gets up but Corbin distracts. Moss CLOBBERS Kofi from behind! Moss throws haymakers, CLUBS Kofi down, then throws Kofi out of the ring. Moss goes out and Corbin suggests to use the steps.

Moss gets Kofi up, whips him over, but Kofi leaps over the steps to jump back and CLOBBER Moss! And then Big E sends Corbin into the steps! The New Day is all fired up as SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns and Moss has a chinlock. Kofi fights up and hits a JAWBREAKER! Kofi runs, Moss gets him up for a SPINEBUSTER! Corbin is fired up and Moss taunts Kofi. Moss also taunts Big E, then he stomps away on Kofi in a corner! The ref counts, Moss lets off and runs in, but is sent into buckles! Moss staggers up, Kofi rallies with DOUBLE CHOPS! And a dropkick! Kofi runs, but Moss ducks the lariat to kick low. Moss whips Kofi to a corner, Kofi goes up and up and RANAS Moss to another corner! Then STOMPS Moss down! Cover, TWO! Moss survives but Kofi drags him up to whip. Moss reveres, Kofi leaps, but into a POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO!

Moss snarls, Corbin tells him to keep on Kofi. Moss says this is it, and he reels Kofi in. Kofi slips out of the gut wrench, dodges to TROUBLE IN PARADISE outta nowhere!! Cover, Kofi wins!

Winner: Kofi Kingston, by pinfall

Corbin gets in the ring, but Big E gets in, too. Big E dares Corbin to do something, but Corbin bails back out. Moss flounders up, Big E says this is for Corbin. Scoop and BIG ENDING! The New Day owns Corbin’s crony, will they own the Royal Rumble?

 

Aliyah VS Natalya!

Last time these two faced off, it lasted only 3.17 seconds because the Queen of Harts overestimated herself. Will Natty take Aliyah more seriously and redeem herself? Or will Aliyah still win, even if it takes longer than the blink of an eye?

SmackDown returns and Natty makes her entrance. Nashville’s own Summer Rae is in the crowd and is given a shoutout by the ring announcer. The bell rings, Natty kicks Aliyah then pulls her hair. Aliyah rolls Natty up, ONE! Natty bumps Aliyah off buckles, and stomps her. Natty drags Aliyah out to a snap suplex! Cover, ONE! Natty says Aliyah is gonna learn for disrespecting her, but Aliyah gets a cradle! TWO, and Natty LARIATS Aliyah down! Cover, ONE! Natty drags Aliyah up, whips, but Aliyah reverses. Aliyah runs in but Natty puts her on the apron. Aliyah throws a forearm, and hits a handspring huricanrana! But Natty’s right up, for a DISCUS! Cover, TWO!

Natty is frustrated with Aliyah and drags her up to reel her in. Natty gets a Canadian rack and uses gravity to stretch Aliyah out. Aliyah fights up, sunset flips, TWO! Natty whips Aliyah hard into ropes, then stomps her down! The ref counts, Natty lets off at 4, and she stomps Aliyah in the corner. The ref counts, Natty doesn’t let off, that’s a disqualification!

Winner: Aliyah, by disqualification

Aliyah wins again, but Natty only gets angrier! Natty fires off hands on Aliyah, and even dribbles Aliyah off the mat! But here comes XIA LI! The Protector returns to defend Aliyah from the bully, Natalya! Xia gets in the ring, stares Natty down, and then blocks Natty’s punch! Xia sobats Natty out of the ring, then dares her to try again. Natty leaves it at this, but will Xia make sure Natty learns not to cross the line?

 

Los Lotharios VS The Viking Raiders!

Angel Garza & Humberto Carrillo may not have won the #1 contenders Fatal 4 Way, but they can definitely be a speed bump in the road. Will Erik & Ivar stumble against these two studs? Or will they run right through the heartthrobs on their way to the Usos?

SmackDown returns as the Viking Raiders make their entrance. Nashville is ready for the raid, and the teams sort out. Humberto starts against Ivar and they circle. Humberto knees low, CLUBS Ivar, then clamps onto an arm. Ivar powers Humberto back, tags in Erik, and whip. Humberto dodges Ivar but Erik scoops him for a SLAM! Then Erik scoops and SLAMS Ivar onto Humberto! Erik roars, drags Humberto up to whip to ropes, then scoops. Humberto slips out, Garza tags in, and Humberto feeds Erik to Garza’s GAMANGIRI! Garza fires off hands, knees Erik at the ropes, and off come the pants!

Garza throws the pants at Erik, has him against ropes, and tags Carrillo. Garza holds Erik out, they LEAP FROG ATTACK Erik down! Then double basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Humberto rains down fists, then STANDING MOONSAULTS but flops! Erik KNEES Humberto down, hot tags to Garza and Ivar! The War Beard rallies on Garza, then hits a BASEMENT SPLASH! Humberto runs in, into a HEEL KICK! Ivar runs at Garza, but Garza dodges. He turns seated senton into POWERBOMB! High stack, TWO! Tag to Humberto, but Erik sneaks a tag in! Los Lotharios double whip Ivar, but he cartwheels through the double clothesline!

The Viking Raiders scoop a Lothario each, stack them on Erik, POWERBOMB POWERSLAM COMBO! Then they get Humberto up, THOR’S HAMMER!! Cover, The Viking Raiders win!

Winners: The Viking Raiders, by pinfall

Raid successful! But the ultimate challenge will be going after the gold! Will Erik & Ivar get the titles off the longest reigning SmackDown Tag Team Champions?

 

SmackDown Women’s Championship Contender’s Match: Charlotte Flair VS Naomi!

Adam Pearce stepped in to get past Sonya Deville’s bias, and now Naomi gets another chance! Will Nashville #FeelTheGlow now that things are fair and square against Flair?

SmackDown returns and Charlotte makes her entrance. But then Sonya appears outta nowhere and gets in the ring to talk with the ref. She wants to be the special guest referee?! Sonya throws off the jacket and the ref hands over his shirt. Naomi says Sonya can’t do this, but Sonya says she can. The bell rings, Naomi glares at Sonya, and then Charlotte ROCKS Naomi with a forearm! Fans boo but Charlotte stomps away! Sonya doesn’t count as a ref should, and Charlotte dribbles Naomi off the mat! Charlotte mocks the fans, drags Naomi into a headscissor necklock, and she RAMS Naomi into the mat again and again.

Charlotte squeezes tight, Sonya asks if Charlotte is okay, and she says yes. Charlotte TOSSES Naomi, and says this is too easy. She brings Naomi up to CHOP her in the corner. And CHOP! But Naomi kicks, Charlotte blocks, Naomi ENZIGURIS! And then RANA- NO! Charlotte blocks to a BOSTON CRAB! Naomi endures, crawls, Sonya stands in her way of the ropes! But Naomi fights through to kick Charlotte into Sonya! REAR VIEW!! Cover, but Sonya ignores it! Naomi would’ve won twice over by now! Naomi shouts at Sonya but then Charlotte CHOP BLOCKS the leg! FIGURE FOUR! Sonya just rings the bell?!?

Winner: Charlotte Flair, by referee stoppage

And then Charlotte bridges to a FIGURE EIGHT! Charlotte makes Naomi suffer a little longer, and then Sonya mocks Naomi, “How does it feel to be a big loser?” What does Naomi have to do to get Sonya to stop being a tyrant?

 

Backstage interview with Kevin Owens & Seth Rollins.

Kevin and Seth are in a good mood, even with tonight’s high stakes tag match. Why is Rollins willing to bet his Universal Championship opportunity? Kevin asks if he can take this one. Yeah, have at it. Kevin tells Kayla that if it wasn’t for the Usos, Kevin would be the longest reigning Universal Champion of all time, but they kept that from happening. So the thought of them doing that to his friend, Seth Rollins, it tears Kevin up inside. Rollins says Kevin has become an honest man! And Rollins says that the stakes may be huge, but the risk is worth the reward. Can Rollins beat Roman with the Usos by his side? Maybe.

But 1v1, well, “Death, taxes and Seth Freakin’ Rollins beats Roman Reigns every single time!” HAHAHA! Kevin even has a shirt that says that. The friends head out, but will it be a certainty that they make Roman VS Rollins truly 1v1?

 

Sami Zayn heads to the ring!

The Great Liberator continues to try and out Jackass the Jackass original, Johnny Knoxville, and we’ll see how he plans to do that, after the break.

SmackDown returns and it’s time for an all-new #InZayn! Sami has a collection of items on a table and he welcomes us to “self defense.” Many may not know this about Knoxville, but before he got famous doing Jackass, he got noticed for testing self-defense weapons on himself. So Sami is going to do the same here tonight! He has some of the most dangerous self-defense weapons on the market, and some not on the market, and will use them on himself! Anything Knoxville can do, Sami can do better! Starting with a cattle prod! The max setting could put down a rhino! So just going with level one, that’s quite a lot of voltage already.

Sami aims at himself, and here goes. One, two, three. ZAP! Sami hobbles around and tries to laugh off the pain. Not great, that wasn’t fun. Sami says it’s no big deal, really. Let’s go to level two! Knoxville was incapacitated for about 15 minutes, but let’s see how a real man handles it. Sami says he’ll even up the ante by putting it to his chest! Everyone, shut up! This is dangerous. One, two, three. ZAP! Sami falls right over into the ropes! Why does it hurt so much!? Sami gets up, but here comes Knoxville! So, Sami, you are so concerned about Knoxville making a mockery of his profession, yet Sami’s doing the same to Knoxville’s? Something seems off here…

Fans rally behind Knoxville and Sami says this is HIS show! Nothing is off! Knoxville snatches the cattle prod, and says this is a legit model. But it’s literally off. Sami never turned it on! Here, Knoxville will fix that. ZAP! And Sami falls right down! Yeah, that’s not good. Knoxville “apologizes” and wants to help Sami up. Sami asks why Knoxville did that, but Knoxville says, “See you at the Rumble.” And then Knoxville TOSSES Sami up and out! Will Sami stop trying to go InZayn and worry more about just wrestling the Rumble?

 

Adam Pearce talks with Eric Bischoff backstage.

Eric says a pessimist complains about the wind, while an optimist expects the winds to change. A true leader adjusts the sails. Pearce likes that. But in walks Sonya. Perfect timing. Pearce properly introduces them, and hopes Sonya knows of Eric’s history as a decision maker here in the WWE. Of course, and it’s a pleasure to meet him. She didn’t know he was coming, though. Well, Sonya, what you did out there in the ring was completely over the line. Pearce doesn’t know what this issue with Naomi is, but it needs to stop. It is affecting Sonya’s ability to lead. Pearce says  he’ll bring it to upper management that Sonya and Naomi should have a match, next week.

Sonya does her best not to explode, and says great. Let her know what they say. Sonya walks back out, and Eric says that was great leadership. Pearce thanks Eric for that, but will Naomi be the one who’s really thankful once she gets her hands on Sonya?

 

Sheamus w/ Ridge Holland VS Ricochet!

The Fella has his protégé back by his side! Will the damage to the nose be avenged? Or will the One and Only just give Sheamus some of the same?

SmackDown returns and Ricochet makes his entrance. The bell rings, Sheamus kicks low and fires off on Ricochet! Sheamus bumps Ricochet off buckles, fires more forearms, and Ridge says to unleash on Ricochet for the nose! Sheamus whips, Ricochet goes up and over then runs to KICK and CHOP and forearm! Ricochet runs, but into a scoop and BACKBREAKER! Sheamus snarls, drags Ricochet and drives elbows into his shoulders. Sheamus knees Ricochet in the back then wraps on a chinlock. Sheamus thrashes Ricochet, Ricochet fights with fists and body shots to hit a JAWBREAKER!

Ricochet runs, Sheamus scoops but Ricochet slips free to tiger wall kick! And dropkick! Sheamus staggers, Ricochet runs, but into an IRISH CURSE BACKBREAKER! Ridge loves it and Sheamus soaks up the heat. Ricochet goes to the apron, Sheamus drags him up to ROCK him with a forearm. Sheamus gives Ricochet Beats of the Bodhrain! Sheamus stops at 9 to go out to the apron and CLOBBER Ricochet back into the ring! Sheamus drags Ricochet up in a motorcycle stretch but Ricochet kangaroo kicks free! Ricochet dodges the boot and Sheamus ends up on the apron! Ricochet triangle jump dropkicks Sheamus down!

Ricochet builds speed, and DIVES into a knee! Sheamus takes Ricochet outta the air, then puts him in the ring. Sheamus runs in and BROGUES! Cover, Sheamus wins!

Winner: Sheamus, by pinfall

Ridge celebrates with The Celtic Warrior as he rolls towards the Rumble! Will Sheamus win the Rumble once again to head back to WrestleMania’s main event?

 

Shinsuke Nakamura and Rick Boogs rock out backstage.

Wait, is that Double J? Jeff Jarrett is here! Double J, E, double F, J, A, double R, E, double T! HAHA~! That was good, guys. But Jeff has to say, Boogs plays a mighty fine guitar. What’s his name? Double J wants to know his name? He’s Rick… BOOGS! Well, can he spell it? R I C K- Well, anyway, will we get a duet of Boogs and Jarrett some day?

 

Seth Rollins & Kevin Owens VS The Usos!

The Visionary and Prizefighter want to keep Jimmy & Jey from helping out the Tribal Chief at the Royal Rumble, but Roman wants a vacation. Will the Bloodline ironically prove Rollins right by doing their cousin’s dirty work? Or will Seth & Kevin be the ones that level the playing field against the Head of the Table?

Roman is watching from his private room as Rollins and Kevin go to the ring. This high stakes main event tag match determines Rollins’ fate, after the break.

SmackDown returns and Rollins starts against Jimmy. Rollins wants Jimmy to acknowledge the fans singing Rollins’ theme. Then Rollins rolls Jimmy up, TWO! Backslide, ONE! Rollins Oklahoma Rolls, ONE! Jimmy bails out and Rollins is feeling good. Rollins gives Jimmy time to come back, Jey tags in. Fans want tables already but Jey kicks Rollins low. Jey headlocks to the takeover but Rollins rolls it to a cover, ONE! Another, ONE! A third, TWO! Jey mule kicks hard, then he RAMS Rollins into the corner! Tag to Jimmy, the Usos mug Rollins, and Roman is pleased. Tag back to Jey, they stomp away on Rollins, and then tag back to Jimmy.

The stomping continues, Jimmy fires up but fans are torn. Jimmy drags Rollins up but Rollins powers him to the other corner! Rollins fires off, tags Kevin, and they stomp away on Jimmy in return! Tag back to Rollins, he stomps Jimmy more, then lets off as the ref counts. Kevin gets up to fire up the fans, and Rollins wrenches to kick Jimmy low. Rollins scoops and SLAMS Jimmy, then goes to a corner. Rollins climbs, but Jey distracts the ref. Jimmy trips Rollins up! Kevin protests but Jimmy bumps Rollins off buckles. Tag to Jey, Jimmy ROCKS Rollins with an uppercut, then holds Rollins still for Jey’s forearm smash!

Jey CLUBS Rollins down, stomps Rollins, and tags Jimmy. The Usos mug Rollins, Jimmy bumps Rollins off buckles, then stomps him down. Fans are torn as Jimmy holds up the finger. “UCE! SO!” Jimmy runs, but Rollins LARIATS him down! Fans fire up as both men are down, hot tag to Kevin! Kevin dodges Jimmy and fires off forearms and CHOPS! Kevin whips, CLOBBERS Jimmy with an elbow and adds a SENTON! Kevin DECKS Jey, shouts “SUCK IT!” and runs corner to corner and CANNONBALL into Jimmy! Then Kevin goes up top, only for Jey to rush over. Kevin kicks Jey away, SWANTONS onto Jimmy’s knees!

SUPERKICK! Tag to Jey, and he finds Kevin on the outside to SUPERKICK again! The Usos stand tall as SmackDown goes to break!

SmackDown returns again and both Kevin and Jimmy are down. They crawl for their corners, hot tag to Jey and he goes past Kevin to DECK Rollins! Jey drags Kevin away, the ref keeps Rollins from getting in, and Jey stomps away on Kevin! Roman nods as he watches, but Kevin CHOPS back. Kevin DECKS Jimmy, CHOPS Jey, but Jey mule kicks! Kevin drops into the corner, Jimmy holds him down and Jey stomps. Tag, and Jimmy stomps Kevin down now. Jimmy rains down fists, the ref counts, Jimmy lets off at 4. Fans rally, Jimmy drags Kevin up but Kevin blocks the kick, and ducks the Dragon Whip to ENZIGURI!

Both men are down again, Kevin crawls, hot tags to Jey and Rollins! Rollins rallies on Jey, whips but Jey reverses, only to get a SLINGBLADE! And then a fireman’s carry, to a GUT BUSTER! Rollins clotheslines Jey out of the ring! Jimmy runs in but Rollins sends him out, too! Rollins builds speed and DIVES! He takes out both Usos at once! Nashville fires up as Rollins puts Jey back in. Rollins aims from the apron, springboards in, FLYING KNEE! Cover, TWO! Jey survives but Rollins drags Jey back up to suplex. Jey slips out, waistlocks, but Rollins switches. Jey switches back, back suplexes to a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!

Jey is frustrated, but he gets up and aims from a corner. SUPER- NO! Rollins blocks to kick and reel Jey in! Jey fights the bomb, Jimmy tags in! Rollins runs into an ALLEY-UCE! Cover, TWO!! Rollins survives and the Usos can’t believe it! Fans rally up, Jimmy decks Kevin off the apron to take away a tag! Jimmy goes up top, Rollins stands but he gets under Jimmy! Kevin tags in, ROLLING ELBOW from Rollins! Jey gets in, but gets a PELE! Kevin POP-UP POWERBOMBS Jimmy! Cover, TWO!! But Kevin hurries to put Jimmy in a drop zone! Kevin goes back up top, fans fire up, but Jimmy ROCKS him with an uppercut!

Jimmy GAMANGIRIS Kevin, then climbs up after him. Kevin holds ropes, and turns things around, SUPER FISHERMAN BUSTER! Kevin crawls to the cover, Jey breaks it! Fans are thunderous as Rollins tags back in! Forearm smash for Jey, then a flurry of fists and feet for Jimmy! Jey SUPERKICKS Rollins! Kevin kicks but no stunner! Kevin blocks Jey’s superkick to STUNNER anyway! Jimmy SUPERKICKS Kevin! Rollins SUPERKICKS Jimmy! ROLLING ELBOW, then the DREAM SMASHER! Fans are thunderous and singing Rollins’ theme as he aims at Jimmy, CURB STOMP!! But Roman runs in to SUPERMAN PUNCH!!

Winners: Seth Rollins & Kevin Owens, by disqualification (The Usos are banned from ringside)

Rollins was going to win, so Roman beat him to it! The Usos are still out of the equation, and the Architect is under the skin of the Tribal Chief! Will Rollins take advantage of Roman’s frustration and take away the Universal Championship?


My Thoughts:

A pretty good episode of SmackDown, though sadly a lot of it shares the same formula as Raw. The matches weren’t as long as they could’ve or should’ve been, and the promos took priority. I will say, stars from Raw showing up was quite a surprise. Perhaps a ratings grab play, maybe even an indicator that the rosters are combining into one again. But in Xavier Woods’ absence, it’s great that Big E is here to support Kofi. Kofi gets redemption in the rematch with Moss, and turns out we’re getting a tag match, New Day VS Corbin & Moss. That will be a really good match for the go-home as everyone’s going into the Rumble.

Jarrett showing up was random but they could be planting seeds for him and Boogs having something for WrestleMania. Bischoff showing up was cool, and I like that Pearce is putting Sonya in her place. Sonya again screws over Naomi but now she and Naomi are going to have a match. I just hope it lasts longer than five minutes, given how WWE is doing things these days. Aliyah gets another win because Natty loses her cool, but I appreciate that WWE remembered they were building to something with Natty and Xia. Viking Raiders get a quick win over Los Lotharios to stay warm for the SmackDown Tag Team Championship match, but it doesn’t do much to make me think they’re winning the titles.

Sheamus getting payback on Ricochet for Ridge was rather anticlimactic. It was too short of a match for what we know those two can do. And can’t Ridge get payback for himself? Why is it Boogs gets the push while partnered with Nakamura but Ridge is just around while he’s partnered with Sheamus? They should basically be parallels. And when is Sami getting his title shot? I get Sami wasn’t going to really zap himself with the cattle prod, but they used such a corny zap sound. Even when Knoxville appeared to “really” zap Sami, it was a bad sound effect. Even though Sami’s the Heel, I hope he gets to eliminate Knoxville to get that heat, and then Nakamura eliminates Sami as instant karma.

But as has been the case for SmackDown these last 508 days, the best stuff was with the Bloodline. That really was a well made video to highlight Roman’s reign, and the interplay between Roman and the Usos was great stuff. Rollins and Kevin were great as always, too, and their tag match was a great match. I should’ve figured Roman would throw the match out of frustration. The Usos won’t be part of the main event, so unless someone from Raw who doesn’t like Rollins costs him, this could be the best opportunity to take that title of Roman before 600+ days.

My Score: 8.1/10


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