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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (11/13/20)

Friday the 13th Night SmackDown!

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Will things finally be done between Mysterio and Rollins?

Enough is enough! This story has gone from Raw to SmackDown, and to finally put this to rest, the Savior and the King of Lucha Libre battle ONE LAST TIME!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • WWE Intercontinental Championship: Sami Zayn VS Apollo Crews; Zayn wins and retains the title.
  • Dolph Ziggler w/ Robert Roode VS Otis; Otis wins.
  • No Holds Barred: Seth Rollins VS Rey Mysterio; Mysterio wins.
  • Survivor Series Women’s Team SmackDown Qualifier Triple Threat: Natalya VS ??? VS ???; changed to…
  • Survivor Series Women’s Team SmackDown Qualifier Triple Threat: Natalya VS Liv Morgan VS Tamina VS Chelsea Green; Liv wins and joins Team SmackDown.
  • Unsanctioned Match: Drew McIntyre VS Jey Uso; McIntyre wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Roman Reigns is here!

The Tribal Chief and his Special Counsel again open up SmackDown and head to the ring. Paul Heyman gets the mic to Roman, and Roman asks him what he calls this place again. “The Island of Relevancy.” And why is it called that? Heyman explains that anyone around Roman is relevant. Roman is who makes everyone relevant. The numbers do not lie. You can look at it in the flesh. Take cousin Jey Uso, for example. Before, Jey was just a twin, but now he’s Main Event Jey. Jey put Daniel Bryan out, haven’t seem him since. Jey destroyed Kevin Owens. And now Jey will lead Roman’s team, Team SmackDown, to victory at Survivor Series. Roman will do the same the secondary champion, Randy Orton.

And when you think about Orton, which Roman doesn’t, “he’s the classic example of, you can respect a man’s accomplishments, and still not respect the man himself.” But wait! Is that Drew McIntyre?! The Scottish Stud is on SmackDown?! The Brand 2 Brand Invitation must be part of this! Heyman is stunned but Roman just looks annoyed as McIntyre gets in the ring with a mic of his own. “It’s been a minute. Paul Heyman, did you miss me?” McIntyre was “passing through” and heard Roman. He doesn’t want Roman wasting his time and energy. He was talking about Orton but he won’t be facing Orton at Survivor Series. Raw will have the WWE World Championship, Orton VS McIntyre, and McIntyre will win to make it him against Roman at Survivor Series.

And that made McIntyre think back to the last time they were in the ring together. A lot has changed since. When was that? “Oh yeah! I was eliminating you to win the Royal Rumble earlier this year!” Roman may not have been paying attention, but he can just ask Heyman what happened. McIntyre made Heyman’s client his b*tch, and defeated him at WrestleMania. Roman knows what happened after, right? No, the head of the table just disappeared! Left us all high and dry! Someone had to step up. And that was McIntyre. But it has been a privilege and will continue to be. Roman sees the Top Guy spot as a right, but McIntyre sees it is an honor! McIntyre is so excited to seeing Roman face to face to say MCINTYRE is the man now! And he’ll prove it at Survivor Series!

Roman responds by saying he likes McIntyre, and always has. He respects McIntyre and what McIntyre said is the truth. “But I’m back now.” And ever since coming back, nobody knows who McIntyre is. Roman doesn’t watch Raw and Heyman says he’s not missing much. Well nobody watches Raw, do they? Because they’re watching SmackDown, and they’re watching SmackDown because they’re all watching Roman. And since McIntyre failed his audition here, please tell us “Who is Drew McIntyre?” Who is McIntyre? Roman wants to know? McIntyre is the guy who is going to beat Orton for the world title, then head into Survivor Series, and will show Roman who the secondary champion really is.

Jey rushes out to back Roman up. Jey tasks McIntyre what he’s doing here. This isn’t Monday, it’s Friday! And they run this show! They do this! Roman didn’t invite Drew so what’s he doing here? Being real disrespectful, that’s what! The last one to do that was Daniel Bryan, Jey got him. The last one to do that was Kevin Owens, Jey got him. So it seems like Jey has to get Drew, too! With that said, 1v1 right here tonight! What’s McIntyre’s answer? “Well-” Jey drops the mic on McIntyre! So McIntyre shoves Jey! McIntyre gets in Roman’s face and Roman has Jey stand down. Roman leads Jey and Heyman away, but will this be settled before the night is over?

 

SmackDown returns as Roman yells at Jey.

Don’t say it “we,” “ours,” “us!” ROMAN runs this! This is HIS! Roman calls the shots! Who is the Universal Champion?! Roman never said for Jey to go out and handle his business! No one said for Jey to come out and make a match for himself! Roman calls the shots! Okay, okay, Uce. Jey will handle it. Does this mean Jey is facing Drew after all?

 

WWE Intercontinental Championship: Sami Zayn VS Apollo Crews!

The self-proclaimed Champion of the People is angry! He was told just today, at 7 PM Eastern, only an hour before the show started, that he has to defend this title! And not just against anyone, but against a former US Champion in Apollo Crews! Crews, 235 pound powerhouse, one of the most agile men in the WWE, and Sami only gets one hour notice!? “Tell me that doesn’t reek of sabotage!” WWE is trying to sabotage the Champion of the People! But Sami is used to that and will use this as an opportunity to show everyone, especially Bobby Lashley, the difference between an Intercontinental and a US Champion!

Sami says he has had to jump through more hoops than anyone! He had to defeat two future Hall of Famers just to have the title he never lost! Who else has done that?! But Apollo makes his entrance, the introductions are made, and the belt is raised as we see who is meeting the Rocky Mountain Machine at Survivor Series!

Sami kicks and punches Crews to a corner then fires off with haymakers! The ref counts, Sami lets off and he CHOPS Apollo against ropes. Sami whips but Apollo runs him over! And again! Apollo has Sami in a corner and hits a corner splash! Then he gorilla presses and carries Sami around, to then throw him at the buckles! Sami flounders out of the ring but Apollo hurries and puts him back in. Sami kicks back, reels Apollo in, but Apollo blocks the suplex. Apollo suplexes, gets Sami up and over and brings him down! And then enziguris! Standing moonsault! Cover, TWO!! Sami narrowly escapes but Apollo is right after him.

Apollo whips, Sami holds ropes and bails out. Sami grabs the apron skirt and yanks it off! He plays like he didn’t mean to but Apollo stalks over. Sami throws Apollo into the ring frame! Sami sticks a foot through the framing and tightens the ropes! Sami gets in the ring, Apollo is counted out! Sami wins!

Winner: Sami Zayn, by count out (still WWE Intercontinental Championship)

Another sneaky- er, clever way for Sami to come away the winner! And he again repeats that this is the difference between Intercontinental and United States Champion! But will Sami’s brain power matter when up against the All Mighty?

 

Adam Pearce talks with Drew McIntyre.

He wants McIntyre to understand McIntyre being on Raw and Jey being on SmackDown, they can’t officially have a match. However, Pearce can arrange an unsanctioned match. McIntyre thinks about it. He asks Pearce if he’s met McIntyre before. Obviously. Interacted with him before? Certainly. And knows what he is about? Yes. Then the answer is obviously yes. And tell Roman to have a front row seat, he’ll want to see this one! It IS happening, but will the Tribal Chief be happy about it?

 

Backstage interview with The Mysterio Family.

Rey has Dominik, Aalyah and Angie with him to witness the #FinalChapter with Seth Rollins. Ever since Rollins started targeting him, he has endured attacks. Rey stops that talk there. This isn’t about him or Seth or the eye. “Things have changed once he started targeting my family.” Rollins devoted all of his time trying to destroy them with their secrets, text messages, not at all knowing the strength of their bonds. Tonight will be the final chapter. Everything Rollins has done to the Mysterios culminates in this final match. Rollins says he is the Messiah, but he is the devil. So for Rey, his family, the WWE Universe and the powers above, Rey vows to send Rollins “back to that soul crushing hell where he belongs!”

 

Sasha Banks is here!

The Boss struts her way to the ring with the SmackDown Women’s Championship. And we will hear from her after the break!

SmackDown returns and Sasha has a mic to say, “The haters said I could win but I couldn’t retain it. Yet here I am, your SmackDown Women’s Champion, and damn does it feel good.” After the past six months, the highs and the lows, that would’ve been enough to stop anyone else. But not Sasha! She is at the top of her game and on top of the Women’s Division. So everyone else is put on notice. Carmella, Sasha knows you’re watching. Bravo to- Bayley shows up? But Carmella sneaks up behind Sasha and turns her around to SUPERKICK! “Better watch your back, Boss! I’m right here, baby!” Mella drags Sasha up to hit her with a FACEBUSTER! The Untouchable gets the drop on Sasha again! Was Bayley setting Sasha up for her? Or was she just taking advantage of an opening?

 

Otis eats up a storm!

Dolph Ziggler and Robert Roode walk up to talk bad on him as if he isn’t there! Eating three plates by himself, all alone, because his one friend betrayed him! And now he doesn’t even have the Money in the Bank contract! Miz has it now! Otis gets angry now. Roode and Ziggler act like they don’t get it, but Otis throws the TABLE at them! Ziggler and Roode get out of there, but will the wrath of Dozer be felt soon enough?

 

Dolph Ziggler w/ Robert Roode VS Otis!

Well it seems that could happen after all! Will the Show-Off be doing anything but laughing after facing an angry Dozer?

The bell rings, Ziggler talks smack and then SLAPS Otis! Otis snarls and rams Ziggler to a corner! Otis TOSSES Ziggler across the way, then fires up as he brings Ziggler up. Otis throws haymakers and clubbing fists from all sides! The ref counts, Otis lets off and then runs in to corner splash! Ziggler is down, Otis pumps up but Roode gets on the apron. Otis DECKS Roode, but gets hit with a ZIGZAG! Cover, TWO!! Ziggler is furious but he wants Otis to stand. Ziggler tunes up the band, aims but is blocked! Otis spins Ziggler for a POWERSLAM! Otis hits the CATERPILLAR ELBOW! Ziggler is in the corner, Otis goes up but Roode creeps closer. Otis glares at Roode and Roode stops! VADER BOMB!! Cover, Otis wins!

Winner: Otis, by pinfall

You can only push Otis so far before he pushes back! Will Otis push through these hard times to be a big winner once again?

 

Rollins talks with Murphy backstage.

Clearly the Architect has plans for tonight’s match. But will Murphy have plans of his own?

 

Otis is fired up backstage!

“I did not lose my way, I stayed focused, I stayed on target!” And Chad Gable comes by to say that is what Otis needs to be doing every single week. Otis could be doing that to anyone. But what he needs is discipline. A mentor, even! Otis needs someone to show him how to unlock his “inner alpha.” Gable is creating the “Alpha Academy” and already has pamphlets! Otis likes this idea! Blue Collar Solid never stops! Otis asks if Gable wants to “clang ‘n’ bang” in the gym, get those reps going. Maybe have some club sodas on the way? Otis heads off, perhaps not taking Gable’s offer seriously. Will Gable make Otis understand?

 

No Holds Barred: Seth Rollins w/ Buddy Murphy VS Rey Mysterio w/ the Mysterio Family!

The Monday Night Messiah turned Savior of SmackDown has been anything but a saving grace for the WWE. Rollins has tried to ruin the lives of those who simply don’t agree with him. And in the midst of it all, there has been a family drama the likes of a top tier telenovela. All the players are here at ringside, will it all truly end here in this #FinalChapter where the only rule is to win?

SmackDown returns and the bell rings, Rollins smirks as he stares Rey down. Rey fires off, goes after legs and he backs Rollins to a corner! Rey rams but Rollins carries Rey all the way to the other corner! Rollins whips corner to corner, Rey goes up and headscissors Rollins down! Rey KICKS Rollins’ leg, clubs and shoves him but Rollins kicks back. Rollins runs, sunset flips but Rey rolls through to kick Rollins down! Rey takes a moment to catch his breath but Rollins bails out. Rey is after Rollins at the apron but Rollins hotshots him back hard! Rollins goes looking under the ring and brings out a chair. Rollins gets in the ring but Rey dropkicks the leg out! Rollins is on the ropes, Rey runs but Rollins bails out before Rey can dial it up!

Rollins gets back on the apron but Rey rams him with a shoulder. Rey CLUBS Rollins, bumps Rollins off buckles, and then goes up and out, only for Rollins to catch him! Rollins laughs as he spins Rey, but Rey APRON DDT’S Rollins down! Rey gets in the ring to rest but comes out after Rollins. Rey shoves Rollins into barriers! And then stalks him around the way to RAM him into the apron! And back into the barriers! Rollins goes rolling but Rey keeps after him. Rey KICKS Rollins, clubs him down, but Rollins shoves Rey into steel steps! Rollins Electric Chairs Rey but Rey fights back! Rey spins and sunset BOMBS Rollins into barriers!

The Mysterio family cheers Rey on as both he and Rollins are down. Murphy stays close but doesn’t really show emotion one way or another. Rey kicks Rollins then KICKS him again! Rey gets back in the ring, builds speed, and slides, but into Rollins’ suplex and FALCON ARROW to the desk! Rey writhes, his mask all offset, as he tries to get back up. Rollins hobbles over and drags Rey back up. Rollins bounces Rey off the desk, and then throws him into barriers! Rollins puts Rey back in the ring, covers, TWO! Rey is still in this and Rollins is annoyed. Rollins drops elbows to Rey’s back, then drags Rey up into a backbreaker!

Rollins stalks Rey to a corner and stands on Rey’s head! Rollins lets off to bring Rey back up, whips him corner to corner hard and Rey bounces off buckles! Cover, TWO! Dom and the family cheer for Rey to get up but Rollins wedges the chair into the corner. Rollins stalks Rey and CLUBS him on the back! Rollins brings Rey around, scoops him and aims for the corner, but Rey slips out! Rollins avoids hitting the chair and elbows Rey back! Rollins shoves Rey into the corner, but misses his corner splash! Rey goes up and springboards for a seated senton! Rey keeps moving, tilt-o-whirl headscissors! Rollins shoves Rey, Rey wheelbarrows back to BULLDOG! Cover, TWO!

Rollins crawls to a corner but the Mysterios cheer Rey on. Rey RAMS into Rollins, and again! Rollins knees him back then whips him and slides him out! Rey hits the floor at the feet of his family! Rollins goes out and the Mysterios move out of the way. Rollins has the steel steps and he RAMS Rey down! Rollins stares at Dom, Aalyah and Angie, and decides to bring the rest of the steps over! Rollins drags Rey up and over. “You wanted the end, the end is coming!” Rollins says “bye bye” to Dom, Angie and even Aalyah, but Rey avoids the curb stomp! Rey kicks Rollins in the leg then trips Rollins up! Rollins hits face first off the steps!

Rey clubs Rollins down, gets in to build speed and SLIDING SPLASH onto the steps!! Rollins clutches his ribs as Rey evens things up, and SmackDown goes to break!

SmackDown returns again and Rollins has put Rey in the ring. Rollins goes back to under the ring to bring out a table! Rollins puts the table in, stomps Rey down, then sets the table up. Rey kicks back, throws haymakers, but Rollins kicks low and snap suplexes! Wait, Rollins holds on! That was uno amigo! Then he hits dos amigos! Rollins aims for the table but Rey fights out of the third! Rey throws haymakers and forearms, he whips Rollins but Rollins reverses! Rey slides under the table, comes back but Rollins JAMS the table into Rey! Rollins goes around the table to stomp away on Rey! Rollins drags Rey up while he climbs the corner. Rey fights back and the Mysterios rally with the fans! Rey enziguris and Rollins wobbles up top!

Rey throws more hands, climbs up but Rollins fights back. They brawl, Rey throws a headbutt then jumps, but his steiner is blocked! Rollins brings Rey back up, to POWERBOMB Rey through the table!! Rollins crawls to the cover, TWO!! Rey still lives and Rollins is shocked! The Mysterios cheer Rey on while Rollins seethes and shouts. The wreckage is cleared out and Rollins thinks on what to do next. Rollins gets the chair from the corner, and takes off the feet paddings! Rollins aims those for Rey’s GOOD eye! Dom drags Rollins off Rey but Rollins SUPERKICKS him down! Murphy heads over but Rollins says it is okay. Rollins tells them to just watch them. Rollins gets in, has the chair, but Rey dropkicks it into Rollins’ face!

Rollins writhes, Murphy gets in and helps him up! Murphy has the chair, holds it out to Rollins and Rollins takes it. Is Murphy really still Rollins’ disciple? Aalyah is hurt most of all by this, but then Murphy KNEE TRIGGERS Rollins!! This was what he was panning all along!! Rollins gets up in rage but Murphy gets away! Rey runs in but Rollins is moving the ropes too much and the 619 doesn’t connect! Rey gets back in fast to go after Rollins with kicks! Rollins ends up back on the ropes, and Rey redials the 619!! Then he goes up, shout out to Eddie with the FROG SPLASH! Cover, Rey wins!!

Winner: Rey Mysterio, by pinfall

The Final Chapter is a happy ending for Rey Mysterio! And how fitting on the 15th anniversary of losing Eddie Guerrero that a frog splash wins it for him! Murphy also has written his last chapter with Rollins as he finally and truly turned against him! But Rey is still wary of Aalyah going to him. Rey goes to Murphy first, and wants Murphy to join him in the ring “like a man.” Murphy does. Is he looking for Rey’s approval? Rey offers a handshake, and Murphy takes it. Aalyah runs to Murphy and they hug. And Dom also accepts Murphy with a handshake of his own. Is the Mysterio family even stronger than before now that they’ve triumphed over Rollins and forgiven Murphy?

 

Natalya talks with Adam Pearce.

He already knows what she wants. She wants to earn her spot on the SmackDown Women’s Team for Survivor Series. He’s already arranged another Triple Threat for that. No, that’s not what she wanted! How hard is it for him to just name her to the team!? She is the #BOAT, Best Of All Time! If SmackDown is going to win, only she can charter that voyage! It is her journey! Why is it that hard?! Sorry, but it is his duty to inform her that the Triple Threat is up next. Natty storms off, and in walks CHELSEA GREEN! The Hot Mess is now officially SmackDown, will she have a spot on Team SmackDown?

 

Backstage interview with Seth Rollins.

“NOT NOW, ELAINE!” Well so much for that. Rollins demands Pearce get out and talk! If this is about Mysterio- No, this is NOT about Mysterio! Rollins never wants to see the Mysterios again! This is about Murphy! “I created him. That coward. That disgraceful bastard!” Murphy betrayed him!! Rollins demands Pearce give him the opportunity to destroy Murphy! Has one story ended only for another to begin?

 

Survivor Series Women’s Team SmackDown Qualifier Triple Threat: Natalya VS Liv Morgan VS Tamina!

The Queen of Harts has tried this two times before, and instead of her, it was Bianca Belair and Ruby Riott who qualified for the team. Will Liv have a chance to join her friends at Survivor Series? Will a different multi-generation superstar be shining in the light? Or will the third time be the charm for the #BOAT?

Wait, the announcement comes down that this Triple Threat is being turned into a FATAL 4 WAY!? And it’s CHELSEA GREEN joining the match! Did she pull some strings to get this opportunity?

Survivor Series Women’s Team SmackDown Qualifier Fatal 4 Way: Natalya VS Liv Morgan VS Tamina VS Chelsea Green!

The bell rings and the four women circle. Tamina finds herself surrounded as the strongest, and Chelsea hits her first! Tamina doesn’t go down so Chelsea gets away! Liv jumps on with a sleeper and Natty rushes head on but Tamina headbutts Natty down! Tamina backs into buckles but Liv holds on. Chelsea runs in but Tamina BOOTS her down! Natty runs in but Tamina BOOTS her, too! Tamina throws Liv off, then goes to boot, but Liv catches that to a KNEE JACKER! Liv goes up and missile dropkicks Tamina down! Chelsea and Natty drag Tamina out to whip her into barriers! Chelsea clubs Natty then DECKS her, but Liv dropkicks Chelsea down!

Liv goes to the apron but Natty RAMS her into the apron! Then puts her in the ring to throws haymakers! Natty whips but Liv reverses to send Natty into buckles, Natty dodges, rebound sit down but Liv rolls through it! Liv ducks the discus for the SPINNING DDT! Cover, TWO!! Natty survives and Liv is surprised! Liv clubs away on Natty, Natty hits back! Cover, TWO! Liv checks her face but Natty has the legs! Natty steps through, Liv kicks the Sharpshooter away. Natty clamps onto Liv with a chinlock but Liv endures. Natty thrashes Liv, Liv fights her way up, Liv arm-drags Natty off and CLOBBERS her! Cover, TWO!

Liv keeps on Natty but Natty trips her up! Natty steps through but Liv again kicks her away. Liv brings Natty up, whips but Natty reverses, only to take the LIV BREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Liv is furious but she sees Tamina coming. Liv runs and hits another LIV BREAKER! Natty bails out as Liv covers Tamina, Liv wins!!

Winner: Liv Morgan, by pinfall (joins Team SmackDown)

The Riott Squad will not be united on Team SmackDown! And Natty is furious! Is the #BOAT sinking faster and faster? Or can she still keep afloat with spots still left on the team?

 

Backstage interview with Drew McIntyre.

The Scottish Stud is ready to compete, but with the world title match on Raw, is it wise to take on a man who has been on a vicious hot streak like Jey Uso? McIntyre is happy for Jey stepping up. Jey has beaten two former world champions in a row. “Good for him.” And while McIntyre wanted to send a message to Roman, he also gets to send a message to Orton. McIntyre is in a great mood! But there’s also a lot of pent up anger. So a warning to Jey: “It’s a lot more humiliating to get your ass kicked in your own backyard.” Will McIntyre be confident all the way into his rematch with Orton? Or is Jey about to beat a third former world champion in a row?

 

Big E is in the middle of another playground style bet.

This backstage staffer is doing jump rope but he is short of 100! “A sucker is born every day!” Too easy getting that money. The Street Profits roll up with a cart and some pans. Last week, we ended with laughs but the Profits felt they crossed the line wanting a scoop on ya bois, the NEW~ DAY~! So they made the New Day some Guy Fieri worthy apology food. BOOM! Chocolate cake, apple slices and green beans! Nice, nice. But why are they all arranged like… an L… Oh, because ya bois are known for serving pancakes, but the Profits are serving up an L! IF the New Day retains the tag titles against The Hurt Business!

Big E says while the Profits are great athletes and champions, the best they’ll ever be is “New Day Lite. Great Value New Day. Knockoff New Day. Diet New Day!” Because at Survivor Series, the best tag team in the world, and Big E means the whole world, will be clear as day. The NEW~ DAY~! Big E laughs and the Profits join in again, but not for long. Will there be anything but jokes and laughs as we draw closer and closer to the battle between #TheBestoftheBest?

 

Unsanctioned Match: Drew McIntyre VS Jey Uso!

Raw VS SmackDown gets started early in this match! Will the Scottish Stud be rolling towards his newest rematch with Randy Orton? Or will Jey make up for stepping out of line by defeating another top tier superstar?

SmackDown returns, the bell rings and McIntyre circles with Jey. They tie up, McIntyre powers Jey to a corner and grinds him into buckles. The ref counts, McIntyre lets off and lets Jey out. Jey and McIntyre circle again, tie up, and Jey waistlocks. Jey shifts to a headlock and thrashes, but McIntyre powers out. McIntyre runs Jey over and then says, “C’mon, Uce!” Jey gets up slow, McIntyre is after him but Jey uppercuts! And again! Jey whips corner to corner but McIntyre reverses. Jey slides to a stop but runs into a double hand TOSS! McIntyre fires off on Jey, stomps away, then CHOPS him! Jey falls to his knees, his chest stinging, but McIntyre takes his shirt off to CHOP him again! NOW Jey is really stinging!

McIntyre drags Jey back up with a DEAD LIFT SUPLEX! McIntyre grins before he covers, TWO! Jey sputters and crawls but McIntyre stomps a hand! Jey clutches his fingers, McIntyre brings him up to whip him and run him over again! McIntyre dares Jey to get up. “Roman’s watching! Head of the table! Prove yourself!” McIntyre brings Jey up to CHOP him again! And bump him off buckles! Jey jawbreakers back! McIntyre wobbles, Jey whips but McIntyre reverses. Jey goes up but McIntyre kicks him out of the air! But Jey dumps McIntyre out, builds speed but runs into a big haymaker! McIntyre gets in, Jey kicks the ropes! McIntyre stops from being hit in the claymore and then Jey SUPERKICKS him out! Jey catches his breath as SmackDown goes to break!

SmackDown returns once more, and now Jey rains down rights on McIntyre! Jey lets off and stalks McIntyre to ropes. McIntyre hits back, throws haymakers and CHOPS him again! McIntyre runs but Jey SAMOAN DROPS him! Cover, TWO! Jey watches McIntyre get to a corner. Jey stomps away on McIntyre but lets off at the ref’s count. Jey goes to the opposite corner, “UCE!” but he runs into a LARIAT! McIntyre rallies and whips to OVERHEAD SUPLEX Jey! Then he gets Jey in a corner, to OVERHEAD SUPLEX him again! Jey flounders about, McIntyre hits a leaping neckbreaker! And kips up! McIntyre drags Jey up, underhooks, but no Future Shock as Jey trips him up! Jackknife cover, TWO!

Jey mule kicks McIntyre, uppercuts him, but McIntyre HEADBUTTS! Jey wobbles from the Glasgow Kiss and McIntyre runs, but Jey follows, but runs into a POP-UP SIT-OUT BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Jey survives but McIntyre keeps his cool. McIntyre drags Jey up, but Jey breaks free to SUPERKICK him down! Jey heads to a corner and climbs up top! But McIntyre is right up to throw haymakers! McIntyre climbs, brings Jey up, but Jey trips McIntyre up! Jey throws headbutts of his own and McIntyre is in the Tree of Woe! Jey adjusts, McIntyre sits right up to SPIDER SUPLEX him away! McIntyre headstands out of the Tree and aims at Jey! Jey flounders up, but he bails out to deny the Claymore!

McIntyre goes out and brings Jey out to throw him into barriers! And then into the apron! Then into more barriers! Jey flounders and Roman’s music hits! McIntyre puts Jey in the ring and sees Roman heading down the ramp! But Jey POSTS McIntyre in the distraction! And POSTS him again! Jey grabs McIntyre to throw him into steel steps! The ref reprimands but Jey drags McIntyre into the ring. Jey says he’ll beat him now, but Roman keeps Jey out of the ring? “I don’t care if you beat him. Make him… understand.” Jey understands what Roman means, and slides in at the count of 8. Jey rains down furious fists over and over, from all sides! McIntyre can only guard himself but Jey lets off, only to turn into a CLAYMORE!! Cover, McIntyre wins!!

Winner: Drew McIntyre, by pinfall

Roman’s motivation wasn’t enough for Jey to beat McIntyre at all! And now McIntyre asks Roman, “Do you understand me now?” Roman says McIntyre still needs a title. Maybe then they’ll talk. Roman leaves without waiting for Jey. But will McIntyre be there on Survivor Series Sunday to “talk” with the Tribal Chief, champion to champion?


My Thoughts:

This was a really good SmackDown, though I hope they haven’t foreshadowed too much about Raw with McIntyre being here. It makes a lot of sense that McIntyre would want Roman to keep in mind it isn’t automatically Roman VS Orton. It was great for Jey to get a little too fired up, for Roman to get angry with him, and then go out to try and affect Jey’s match with McIntyre. A great match even before Roman showed up, naturally McIntyre wins and gets in Roman’s face, but I hope this doesn’t affect McIntyre’s chances of winning the world title. Actually, I suppose it would, because if McIntyre wins, that means we’re getting exactly what was set up tonight in these two battling to show us who is really the top dog in the WWE.

Sami VS Apollo for the Intercontinental Championship was sadly more a formality since a lot of titles have been put on the line before Survivor Series to see if matches change. Sami had another clever way of beating an opponent without having to battle him for too long, but I don’t think tricks like that will work if Lashley has MVP ringside for him. Setting up Otis VS Ziggler was painfully blatant, but Otis needed a win after the things he’s been losing. I’m curious as to Gable wanting to recruit Otis to some kind of self-help academy, but I think it’ll actually benefit them both if this turns into a feud. Gable is becoming the cocky Heel high on his own accomplishments, but surely he’ll be taken down a peg over time.

It was a little funny for Natty to turn Pearce’s expectations around. The winningest woman in WWE history wants to be on the team by default, but she’s starting to become the losingest woman since she keeps striking out. Of course, they are Triple Threats and now a Fatal 4 Way. She’ll probably demand a 1v1 to have a fair chance. I am pleasantly surprised that it wasn’t Chelsea Green just getting in because she was added last minute. The SmackDown women’s team will be far less dysfunctional than Raw’s since the Riott Squad are together and teaming up with someone established as a friend of theirs in Bianca Belair. Of course, that can always change with the last two spots left to fill.

For the story of Rey and Rollins having been dragged out for as long as it was, which is to say perhaps a little too long, with too much melodrama, the “Final Chapter” was a great No Holds Barred match. I’m glad the mind games Murphy was playing with Rollins weren’t dragged out, either. Murphy gets his own revenge on Rollins to help Rey, and while that part of the story is over, I can only imagine how Rollins VS Murphy will go. I also don’t know how the apparent romance of Murphy and Aalyah is going to go, but it’s bound to be a messy end. I hope someone at least comes out a title contender from this. Maybe we get a battle of bloodlines as Roman and Jey take on Rey and Dom, maybe even throw Murphy in should Jimmy “fall in line” with the family. That much would at least make up for some things.

My Score: 8.3/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (8/17/22)

American Dragon VS Dragonslayer!

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Dynamite becomes the House of the Dragon!

AEW has an epic rematch between Bryan Danielson and Daniel Garcia, in a Best Two Out of Three Falls match! Will Red Death truly slay the American Dragon?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Best 2 out of 3 Falls: Bryan Danielson VS Daniel Garcia; wins.
  • Gunn Club VS The Varsity Blonds; win(s).
  • Toni Storm VS KiLynn King; wins.
  • AEW World Trios Championship Tournament, Opening Round: La Faccion Ingobernable VS The Young Bucks & ???; win(s) and advances.

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Mitchell’s NJPW G1 Climax 32 Results & Report! (8/17/22)

And then there were four!

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The G1 Climax’s Final Four face off!

A VS B and C VS D, the biggest G1 Climax in NJPW history reaches its semifinals! Will Tetsuya Naito make Will Ospreay trainquilo? Will Kazuchika Okada make it rain on the Good Bad Guy?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • 8 Man Tag: Chaos VS Suzuki-Gun; Chaos wins.
  • Royce Isaacs & Tom Lawlor VS Dangerous Tekkers; Dangerous Tekkers win.
  • Tomoaki Honma & Togi Makabe VS Bad Dude Tito & JONAH; Tito & Jonah win.
  • Six Man Tag: The United Empire VS Bullet Club; Bullet Club wins.
  • 8 Man Tag: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS Bullet Club; Bullet Club wins.
  • 8 Man Tag: Hiroshi Tanahashi, Toru Yano, David Finlay & KUSHIDA VS Bullet Club; Tanahashi, Yano, Finlay & Kushida win.
  • G1 Climax 32 Semifinal: Kazuchika Okada VS Tama Tonga; Okada wins and advances to the finals.
  • G1 Climax 32 Semifinal: Tetsuya Naito VS Will Ospreay; Ospreay wins and advances to the finals.

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G1 Climax 32 Semifinal: Kazuchika Okada VS Tama Tonga w/ Jado!

It’s A Block VS B Block, Rainmaker VS Good Bad Guy! And in G1 Climax 31, Okada lost to Tama! Will history repeat itself? Or will Tama have to fall back to the golden ticket he got from beating Jay White?

The bell rings and fans rally up already as the two circle. Tama and Okada shake hands to show there’s respect here and fans cheer more. Okada and Tama tie up, are in a deadlock, but Okada uses his height as leverage. Okada puts Tama on the ropes and the ref calls for the break. Okada lets off, pats Tama on the shoulders, but Tama rushes in. Okada kicks low, headlocks, but Tama powers up and out. Okada runs Tama over and fans fire up. Okada runs, Tama gets up to arm-drag Okada around! Then Tama dropkicks Okada down! Fans fire up more as Tama brings Okada up. Tama CLUBS Okada and follows him to a corner.

Tama throws body shots, but Okada throws forearms! Tama knees low, Okada throws body shots but Tama CLUBS Okada down. Fans rally as Tama whips corner to corner, but Okada reverses. Okada runs in but into a back elbow. Tama runs at Okada but into the FLAPJACK! Fans applaud while Okada catches his breath. Jado coaches Tama while fans rally up. Okada drags Tama up, ROCKS him with a forearm, and Tama goes to ropes. Okada brings Tama around to CLUB him on the neck. Okada puts Tama in a corner and throws a back elbow. And then another! And then another! The ref counts and Okada lets off.

Fans rally, Jado coaches Tama, but Okada brings Tama up. Tama throws body shots but Okada knees low. Okada turns Tama for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally and Okada sits Tama up for a chinlock. Tama endures while Okada squeezes tight. The fans rally up more as Okada turns and twists Tama. Tama fights up to his feet, throws elbows, but Okada knees low. Okada throws Tama out of the ring then follows after. Tama staggers up into a kick and DDT to the floor! Okada leaves Tama behind while fans rally up. Jado coaches Tama while the ring count climbs. We’re at 5 of 20 but Tama is still down.

Tama pushes up off the floor at 10 of 20 and crawls his way over, and he drags himself up at 16, only to fall! Tama springs up and in at 19! Okada walks over and kicks Tama around while the fans rally up. “O-KA-DA!” eggs Tama on, so Tama fires off forearm after forearm! Okada eggs Tama on, Tama keeps throwing hands, but Okada DECKS Tama with one! Okada whips Tama to a corner, but Tama comes back to CLOBBER Okada! Fans fire up and rally again as Tama drags himself up the ropes. Tama rushes Okada to LARIAT, and ELBOW, and scoop SLAM! OFF COMES THE VEST! Fans fire up with Tama as he claps, “TA-MA! TA-MA!”

Okada is in the corner, Tama runs in to STINGER SPLASH! And then a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Fans continue to rally as Tama paces around. Tama brings Okada up to CLUB him down, then he throws body shots. Tama dragon sleepers but Okada fights free! Tama throws a body shot, an uppercut, and then whips. Okada ducks ‘n’ dodges to CLOBBER Tama with an elbow! Fans rally and Okada whips Tama into a corner. Okada runs in to back elbow, then kicks and DDTs! Cover, TWO! Fans clap for “O-KA-DA!” “GOOD BAD GUY!” as Okada watches Tama stand. Tama staggers into the Alabama Lift! But Tama fights it off with body shots!

Okada ROCKS Tama, but Tama ROCKS Okada. Okada EuroUppers but Tama EuroUppers back! Okada swings but into the TONGAN TWIST! Fans rally up again as Okada bails out of the ring. Tama goes out after Okada and brings him up, but Okada throws body shots! Okada whips Tama into railing, and Tama bounces off into a scoop! But Tama fights that to a TONGAN TWIST to the floor! A bit of payback from earlier! Fans rally up while the ref checks both men. Both men are able to continue and Tama stands first. The ring count starts and Tama drags Okada up at 5 of 20 to put him in at 6. Fans cheer as this match continues.

Tama stalks Okada while the fans clap. Okada stands, Tama rushes in, VENENO! Cover, TWO! Tama paces around then brings Okada back up. Tama fireman’s carries, but Okada fights free and spins Tama. ROLLING- NO, Tama ducks the lariat to fireman’s carry! S R C! Tama heads for the corner and fans fire up! SUPREME FLOW! Cover, TWO!! Okada survives and Tama grows frustrated, but Jado calls the shot! Tama and Jado pound the mat, and fans clap along. Tama watches Okada rise, then he rushes in, GUN- NO, Okada turns that into the BACK2BACKBREAKER! And then the MONEY CLIP!!

Tama endures and fans rally up! Tama reaches out and gets the ROPEBREAK! Okada lets go in frustration but fans fire up more. The fans continue to rally, “O-KA-DA!” “GOOD BAD GUY!” Okada drags Tama up, scoops him and SLAMS him, then goes to the corner. Okada climbs up and fans rally for the MACHO ELBOW! And of course, the Rainmaker Pose! Okada drags Tama up, wristlocks, but Tama throws back elbows. Okada CLUBS Tama, EuroUppers and runs, but into a DROPKICK! Fans fire up as Tama takes Okada down! Tama drags Okada up, but Okada fights off the suplex to shove and DROPKICK Tama in return!

Okada drags Tama back up, ripcords, but Tama ducks to slips around, BLOODY SUNDAY!! Shoutout to the Prince! Cover, TWO!! Okada survives but Tama just reloads and brings him back up! Double underhooks, but Okada fights free to LARIAT! Not quite the Rainmaker but Okada holds onto the wrist! Fans rally as Okada slowly rises back up. Okada drags Tama up, for a short arm LARIAT! Okada fires up and the fans follow suit! He drags Tama back up, ripcords, but Tama ducks and runs, into a DROPKICK! But he gets back up! Tama is roaring, fans are fire dup, but Okada scoops for the LANDSLIDE!!

Okada then ripcords Tama, GUN STUN!!! But Tama can’t make the cover! Jado shouts to Tama, he crawls over to Okada, pushes Okada over for the cover, TWO!!! Okada survives because of the delay! Fans are thunderous while both men are still down! Tama rises and he drags Okada back up. Tama reels Okada in, underhooks the arms, but Okada fights the lift! Tama CLUBS Okada, CLUBS him again, and fans rally as Tama CLUBS Okada one more time. Tama brings Okada up, reels him in again, but Okada back drops and sits on the cover! TWO!! Tama swings, but into a waistlock! Tama fights the suplex, throws elbows, and then whips.

Okada reverses but Tama dodges the dropkick! And he hurries to underhook, but Okada slips out! GUN- NO, Okada holds it off this time, to then get the wristlock! Ripcord, GUN- NO!! Okada turns it into a MONEY CLIP!!! Fans rally as hard as ever, and Tama turns clip into cradle! TWO!!! Okada escapes, BOOTS, but Tama PELES! Tama reloads fast and waits on Okada to stand! Okada is up, Tama runs in, GUN- NO!!! Okada fights it again, to ENZIGURI! And then pump handle scoop, POWERSLAM!! Ripcord, RAINMAKER!!! Cover, Okada wins!

Winner: Kazuchika Okada, by pinfall (advances to the finals)

Tama put up one hell of a fight, truly worthy of the biggest G1 Climax ever, but it just wasn’t enough to stop the Rainmaker! Will Okada not stop until he has that Right to Challenge briefcase once more?

 

G1 Climax 32 Semifinal: Tetsuya Naito VS Will Ospreay w/ Great-O-Khan!

It’s C Block VS D Block, Uncontrollable Charisma VS Commonwealth Kingpin! We know Okada awaits in the finals, will he be facing one of his great rivals in Naito? Or will it be one of his great enemies in Ospreay?

Naito takes off his elaborate entrance attire while Ospreay takes his time with his coat and two title belts. Fans rally, “NA-I-TO!” “O-SU-PREAY!” and the bell rings. Ospreay encourages the fans to get louder so they do, and Naito says that’s nice. The two then circle, Naito goes back and forth to toy with Ospreay, but then they tie up. They’re in a deadlock, but Ospreay finds a point of leverage. He puts Naito on the ropes and Red Shoes counts. Ospreay pats Naito but Naito turns things around. Naito has Ospreay on the ropes, but then pats Ospreay on the shoulders. To then kick low and CLUB him on the neck! And again!

Red Shoes reprimands but Naito whips Ospreay. Ospreay reverses, Naito holds ropes and BOOTS Back, to then RANA! But Ospreay handsprings through! Naito ducks the Penalty Kick, avoids the Standing Moonsault, then arm-drags Ospreay! Naito ducks a roundhouse and tranquilos! Ospreay smirks while Naito bails out. Fans rally up while Naito stares Khan down. Khan keeps his distance and Naito takes a walk around the ring. Khan tells Naito to get back in so Naito does. Naito and Ospreay circle, feel out a knuckle lock, then circle some more. Ospreay blocks Naito’s kick! Naito tries to reach Ospreay but he can’t!

Ospreay ROCKS Naito with a forearm, then another! Ospreay whips, atomic drops and CHOPS Naito down, for the STANDING SHOOTING STAR! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up and Khan cheers Ospreay on. Ospreay drags Naito up, ROCKS him again, then bumps him off buckles. Ospreay CHOPS Naito in the corner, then stalks him to another corner. Ospreay CHOPS again and Naito staggers. Ospreay whips him but Naito reverses, only for Ospreay to go up and over. Naito dodges, blocks a kick and puts Ospreay in the ropes for a DRAPING BACKBREAKER! Naito then whips Ospreay to ropes for a hip toss! And basement dropkick! Naito keeps going, NECKBREAKER!

Fans fire up while Ospreay clutches his neck. Fans rally up and Naito brings Ospreay into a chinlock. Naito grinds Ospreay down with an almost bulldog choke but Ospreay endures. Fans rally up more, Ospreay pulls hair but Red Shoes reprimands. Naito lets off to snapmare Ospreay into a headscissor hold! Naito pushes up to put pressure on the neck but Ospreay endures. Ospreay rolls around and gets the ROPEBREAK! Red Shoes counts and Khan protests, and Naito lets off. Fans rally up as Naito brings Ospreay around. Naito ROCKS Ospreay but Ospreay ROCKS Naito, repeat! Naito then CLUBS Ospreay on the neck!

Naito CLUBS away on Ospreay in the corner, then whips him corner to corner. Naito runs in to JUMP KICK! Leg sweep, SWINGING DROPKICK! Combinacion Cabron! Fans fire up as Naito poses, then covers, TWO! Fans rally up and Naito stomps Ospreay around. Naito brings Ospreay up to cravat and neck wrench! Ospreay endures, drops to a knee, and fans rally again. Ospreay fights back up, throws body shots, but Naito ROCKS him again. Naito whips, Ospreay reverses but Naito reverses again. Naito swings into a full nelson, but he arm-drags free! Naito dodges and whips but Ospreay handsprings to NEURALIZER!

Fans fire up while both men are down. Ospreay sits up and grits his teeth. Ospreay waits on Naito to get up, but Naito is slow. Ospreay fireman’s carries to then SNAKE EYES and BOOT! Ospreay goes to the apron and fans fire up with him. Ospreay aims at Naito, springboards and PIP PIP CHEERIO! Cover, TWO! Ospreay is annoyed but fans continue to rally. Ospreay drags Naito back up, reels him in, but Naito resists the lift. Ospreay keeps trying but Naito flails. Ospreay CLUBS Naito, throws a quick Kowada Kick, then CHOPS Naito off his feet! Naito gets up but Ospreay reels him in, only for Naito to fight the bomb!

Naito ducks the lariat to BACKBREAKER into the LEG HOOK NELSON! Naito slaps Ospreay around but Ospreay still endures. Ospreay moves around, but Naito drags him from ropes! Fans rally, Naito puts on more pressure, but Ospreay kicks his way around! ROPEBREAK! Fans fire up as Red Shoes counts, and Naito lets Ospreay go. Fans rally as Naito stands and Ospreay drags himself up the ropes. Naito hammerlocks and half nelsons but Ospreay fights off the lift! Naito ripcords but Ospreay ducks the elbow. Naito CLUBS Ospreay, dodges a haymaker, then ROCKS Ospreay! Naito runs, into the Tiger Wall Kick and ENZIGURI! But Naito rebounds, into a SPANISH FLY!!

Fans are thunderous as both men are down again! Ospreay and Naito sit up, talk some trash, and then get forehead to forehead. Naito throws a forearm but Ospreay gives it back. Naito grins and forearms Ospreay again! Ospreay ROCKS Naito back! Ospreay eggs Naito on so Naito ROCKS Ospreay! Ospreay roars and fans fire up, and Ospreay throws another forearm! Naito gives another, and they go back and forth! Fans rally up as the speed picks up! Ospreay fires off a flurry, then CHOPS!! Naito staggers and Ospreay waits on him. Naito comes back to SLAP Ospreay! Ospreay grins and fans fire up!

Ospreay blocks a kick, ducks the enziguri but Naito dodges Hidden Blade to TORNADO- NO! Ospreay blocks to suplex and BRAINBUSTER! But Ospreay holds on, brings Naito back up, suplexes but Naito RANAS! Cover, TWO!! Ospreay escapes in time but Naito gets him for the TORNADO DDT! Fans are thunderous again while both men are down. Naito and Ospreay stir and Naito sits up first. Naito crawls his way over, drags Ospreay up, and throws heavy back elbows! Ospreay drops to a knee, but Naito brings him up for more heavy elbows! Ospreay drops again but he grabs at Naito. Naito brings Ospreay up for even more heavy elbows!

Ospreay falls over backwards, and the tape on his shoulders is coming off! Naito hammerlocks, half nelsons, and hits GLORIA! Cover, TWO! Ospreay is still in this but Naito is still smiling. Naito brings Ospreay up again, wrenches the arm, but Ospreay RAMS him into the corner! Ospreay runs in but Naito alley-oops him into the corner! Naito then sits Ospreay up on the top rope backwards, and climbs up behind him! Naito goes up to SUPER POISON-RANA!!! Cover, TWO!!! Ospreay survives and fans are thunderous! Naito aims from the corner as Ospreay rises, then he runs in to CORRIENDO SHIKI- NO, Ospreay blocks Destino!

But Ospreay also holds Naito up! Ospreay ties up the legs, MAGIC CROSS DRIVER!! Cover, TWO!! Fans are thunderous again as Ospreay aims from the corner! Naito sits up, Ospreay rushes in, HIDDEN BLADE!!! But Ospreay isn’t satisfied with that, he drags Naito up! Underhook and lift, STORM- DESTINO!!! Naito turns things around but both men are down! The fans are electric as both men stir on the mat! Naito crawls over to Ospreay, drags him up, but Ospreay BOOTS! Naito ENZIGURIS! Naito scoops but Ospreay slips out to HOOK KICK! Ospreay calls his shot, springboards, but Naito ducks the OsCutter! SPINEBUSTER!!

Naito hauls Ospreay up to wrench and- NO, Ospreay turns it, CHELSEA GRIN!! Fans fire up as Ospreay aims again! Ospreay runs in, but Naito ducks the blade! CORRIENDO SHIKI DESTINO!!!! Cover, TWO?!?!? Ospreay survives and no one can believe it!! Naito roars, drags Ospreay up, and tilt-o-whirls, DESTI- NO!! Ospreay slips out to HIDDEN BLADE!!! Cover, TWO?!?!?!? Maybe 2.999!! The fans can’t believe it, Khan can’t believe, commentary can’t believe it! But Ospreay drags Naito back up, reels him in and underhooks, for STORMBREAKER!!!! Cover, OSPREAY WINS!!!

Winner: Will Ospreay, by pinfall (advances to the finals)

After fighting back from an 0-2 start, after fighting his heart out here, Naito falls before the Climax! If this is truly Naito’s last G1 Climax, if this is truly his last year with NJPW, has it all ended here and now? Or can Naito find another path to Wrestle Kingdom?

As for Ospreay, he holds up his IWGP US Heavyweight Championship and Rev-Pro British Heavyweight Championship high as he stands over Naito, and then again as he stands on the corner. Khan waves the banner of the United Empire, then brings the mic to Ospreay. The fans applaud, but Ospreay says, “Louder, Budokan! Louder!! Motto! Gentlemen, I said MORE! I want more!” Fans applaud louder, and Ospreay is happy. “Naito, good showing. One more, onegaishimasu. This doesn’t get spoken about enough. In May, I nearly died! I had a kidney infection that nearly killed me! And in three months, three months! After saying I could’ve died, I’m in the G1 Final!”

Fans applaud that heart, and Ospreay says his opponent “is a man who seemingly, I can’t beat on my own. In the seven matches Ospreay and Okada have had, Okada has one SIX of them. SIX. Everyone is now doubting me, because they think I can’t beat Okada. I’ve seen it done with my own eyes! I have seen AJ Styles beat Okada. I have seen Tanahashi beat Okada. I’ve seen NAITO beat Okada! Hell, I’ve even see Jay White dethrone Okada. Know what makes me different? I know in my heart, I know I’m better than all those guys! I know I’m the best wrestler in the world today!!” Fans applaud that, he has a case for it.

Ospreay lists off his accomplishments: Best of the Super Juniors; the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship; the New Japan Cup; the British Heavyweight Championship; the NEVER Openweight Championship; the IWGP US Heavyweight Championship; and the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship!! There’s just one more to go! “And believe me. Believe me when I say this. Believe me, I’m not gonna lose. I will beat Okada! I will lead NJPW out of the Dark Ages, and I will bring it back tot he light! Okada, matta ashita <I’ll be waiting tomorrow.> See you at the top!” The Kingpin vows to go from Grand Slam to ULTIMATE Champion in NJPW, will he succeed?


My Thoughts:

A great event as the penultimate night of the G1 this year. Yes, I skipped a lot of matches, and I wish I had time to see that 8 Man with Tanahashi, Yano, Finlay & Kushida, because it saw the return of the Good Brothers to Japan. But Tanahashi’s team won thanks to some sneaky moves from Yano. I wonder if anyone from Tanahashi’s team will go after Karl Anderson’s NEVER Openweight Championship. Any one of them would be a great opponent for Anderson, but especially Tanahashi.

But we got awesome G1 matches, as to be expected. Tama has been running strong, but it sure seems like everyone knows how to counter the Gun Stun… It makes sense that Okada wins, he could potentially go back-to-back as the G1 Climax winner. But given that, I don’t think he will. Ospreay VS Naito was a great choice to be the main event between the two semifinal matches, and honestly I didn’t think Naito was going to lose. This is supposed to be his last year, so I thought he’d get to the finals before losing and having to worry about what’s next.

Ospreay has a great promo and he does make a great argument for winning the finals. Ospreay’s checked off almost everything to do in NJPW as a singles wrestler, even more than what Okada has done. Ospreay getting the honor of being the first to check everything off the list would be huge.

My Score: 9/10


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