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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (11/27/20)

What is next for the Tribal Chief?

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WWE SmackDown Coverage 3.0

It’s the SmackDown After Survivor Series!

Survivor Series was not good for Team SmackDown, but the champions dominated! Will there even be challenges for them as the year nears its end?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Otis VS King Corbin; No Contest.
  • Robert Roode & Dolph Ziggler VS The Street Profits; Roode & Ziggler win.
  • Sami Zayn VS Daniel Bryan; Sami wins.
  • Natalya VS Bianca Belair; Belair wins.
  • Buddy Murphy w/ the Mysterio Family VS King Corbin; Murphy wins.
  • Kevin Owens VS Jey Uso; Kevin wins, by disqualification.

PLAY BY PLAY

Jey Uso heads to the ring!

The last week hasn’t gone well for #MainEventJey, from losing to Daniel Bryan going into Survivor Series, to being part of the swept team at Survivor Series. But after Survivor Series, we are talking about the #FinalFarewell to The Undertaker, when we should talk about the man who represented when he went toe-to-toe with Drew McIntyre! McIntyre ain’t no pushover, having beaten Randy Orton and Brock Lesnar. But he didn’t beat Jey’s cousin! Drew will always be Number 2, but this man is Number 1! #BestoftheBest, Jey’s cousin- Roman Reigns makes his entrance to cut Jey off. Roman and Paul Heyman make their way to the ring and Jey is all smiles.

Once the #HeadoftheTable and the Special Counsel join Jey between the ropes, Jey claps but the fans on the ThunderDome screens give thumbs down. Jey hands the mic to Heyman, who then hands it to Roman, and Roman says, “Play it.” The footage plays from Sunday, after Team SmackDown lost. Roman says the team lost because they didn’t respect Jey, and they didn’t respect Roman. “If you can’t make them respect you, you have no place in the family.” But of course, Jey had his part to play in helping his Tribal Chief beat the Scottish Warrior in the epic Universal VS World Champion main event. At the time, Roman accepted Jey. But now…?

Back in the present, Roman asks Jey what he was told after the Survivor Series 5v5. Jey was told to leave, but he didn’t. Did Roman say he needed help with Drew? No, he didn’t. So Roman asks Jey now, “Why do you think you, and my team, Team SmackDown, lost at Survivor Series?” Jey says they didn’t want to listen. Why does he think that is? Because they don’t fear Jey. They don’t fear him because they don’t respect him. And like Roman said before, if they don’t respect Jey, they don’t respect the family. And if they don’t respect the family, then who are they?

“If I’m not the Head of the Table, then you must think I’m some wannabe b*tch in the locker room, begging for leftovers.” If that’s who Roman is, then who is Jey? How does the rest of the family look at Jey? Is that how Jey looks at Roman? Is that who Roman is to Jey? Someone begging? Is that how Jey feels about Roman? Because that’s how Jey’s failures make Roman feel. And Roman doesn’t like that feeling. Roman drops the mic and heads off, having heaped everything on to Jey. What will Jey do to get rid of those feelings?

 

Otis VS King Corbin!

The Blue Collar Solid and the Wolf King were part of that Survivor Series team that lost. But before these two can have out their issues, Jey ATTACKS OTIS WITH A CHAIR! Jey is going to make Otis fear him! CHAIR SHOT after CHAIR SHOT to Otis! Jey is not showing mercy! He digs the chair into Otis’ chest then rains down fists! “You wanna get this damn work, I’mma get you!” ANOTHER chair shot! And another! Referees finally rush out to stop Jey, but Jey is clearly far from through! What happens after SmackDown goes to break?

 

Robert Roode & Dolph Ziggler VS The Street Profits!

The Glorious Show-Offs mock Otis, “He finally waked up from that Thanksgiving nap to be knocked into a long winter’s sleep.” Roode says Ziggler should take it easy on Otis. He’s got a lot on his plate. Like at Thanksgiving! But no more wasting time with dumb jokes. These two are aces, two true pros, two “dirty dogs” that have laser focus on The Street Profits! “Cuz guess what, fam? DZ and Roode are up!” “And we, want the SmackDown Tag Team Championships!” But Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins show up. They don’t like the parody, but they’re alright. They have a lot to be thankful for. Like facing the #BestoftheBest, the NEW~ DAY~! The Profits took the torch, but the Power of Positivity is forever.

They’re also thankful for being against Robert Roode and… HBK? No that’s not him. It has to be! Look how he dresses! And his dangerous superkick! No that’s Dolph. He’s just a big fan of HBK. But Dawkins ins fortunate to be compared to the less fortunate, like Roode. Roode can only grow facial hair in one spot. But he’s got two 007’s right here. But the Profits are up, and they want the smoke! Will the SmackDown Tag Team Champions keep rolling from defeating the 10-time W, W, E, World, Tag, Team CHAMPIONS~ at Survivor Series?

The teams sort out and Ziggler starts with Dawks. They circle, approach, and Dawkins avoids a leg shoot to get a headlock. Tag to Ford, the Profits whip and dropkick Ziggler down! Roode jumps in but Ford doges, Dawkins ROCKS Roode! Ford and Dawkins double whip to DOUBLE FLAPJACK! Dawkins clotheslines Roode out but Ziggler clotheslines Dawkins! Ziggler builds speed but runs into a RIGHT! Dawkins hurries in, tags Ford back in and Ford goes up top already! But Roode yanks Dawkins down and anchors Ford. Ford boots Roode, leaps, but FLOPS! And that stomach still hurts from what the New Day did to him all match! The champs are in trouble as SmackDown goes to break!

SmackDown returns and Ford fights up out of a chinlock, but Ziggler dropkicks him in the stomach! Tag to Roode, Roode whips Ziggler in for a splash! Then they feed Ford to a backbreaker! Cover, TWO! Roode stomps the stomach, adding on to what New Day did. Roode gets Ford into a low cobra twist and clamps onto the abs! Ford endures as Roode digs an elbow in to the ribs. Fans rally up on their screens, Ford fights up to hip toss free! Both men are down and crawling for their corners. Ziggler tags in and he hits a FAMOUSER! Cover, Dawkins breaks it! The ref gets Dawkins back and Ziggler gets away with clawing Ford’s eyes!

Ziggler has Ford in the corner, talks some trash, and then dares Ford to do something. Ford counter punches! Ford fights out, ROCKS Ziggler and elbows Roode. But Ziggler kicks low and down goes Ford! Ziggler puts Ford in a corner hard, then runs in, but misses the splash! Ziggler is stuck, Ford crawls for his corner! Ziggler tags Roode, Ford tags Dawkins! Dawkins rallies on Roode and hits a flying back elbow! FLAPJACK for Ziggler! EXPLODER for Roode! CYCLONE SPLASH on Roode, one on Ziggler! Then a BULLDOG for Roode! Ziggler swings into the butterfly ANARCHY! Roode boots back, runs in, but into the ANOINTING!

Ford tags in and goes back up! FROM THE HEAVENS!! It hits this time, but the ribs! Cover, Ziggler breaks it! Dawkins goes after Ziggler but Ziggler SUPERKICKS! Ford blocks a kick, spins Ziggler and enziguris! Roode rolls Ford up, holds TIGHTS, Roode and Ziggler win!!

Winners: Robert Roode & Dolph Ziggler, by pinfall

Ford is shocked but that was a GLORIOUS way to cheat! Will Roode-Dolph get themselves golden gifts for the holidays?

 

Backstage interview with Daniel Bryan.

In a few moments, he can be one step closer to making his plans for the Intercontinental Championship a reality. So what is his strategy for Sami Zayn? Acceptance and Zen. Bryan was made to accept Jey is more vicious than ever before. Bryan has to accept that Sami is delusional. Sami sees himself as a master strategist! Perhaps the best champion ever! But it’s all delusion. What Sami does is exploit loopholes and escape. So tonight, Bryan breaks the delusions. There’s this other delusion that everyone is out to get Sami. Bryan isn’t after Sami. He’s after the title. And when Bryan beats Sami tonight, he’ll get that much closer to the title.

 

Backstage interview with the Mysterio Family and Buddy Muprhy.

A turbulent few months for everyone here, but do they believe this story with Seth Rollins is over? To be part of an amazing family, all together here, Rey says what Rollins did can’t be paid back in full. The Mysterios are thankful for many things, especially right now. Dominik’s career has kicked off, Aalyah is a mature, confident woman, and now we’re thankful that Murphy realized Rollins was garbage. Murphy is no one’s mindless disciple.

But then Baron Corbin comes in and doesn’t believe this “joke.” Rey is a joke, too. Because he couldn’t pass his talent on to his boy. But he did pass on his bad judgment in character. Do they think Murphy will be here next year? Or is he riding the coattails of the Mysterio name while it’s still worth something? Murphy keeps his cool as Corbin walks off, but will this heat up soon enough?

 

SmackDown says #ThankYouTaker

The tribute highlight reel plays again, documenting the 30 years, from 11/22/1990 to 11/22/2020 at Survivor Series and the #FinalFarewell. There will never be another.

 

Sami Zayn VS Daniel Bryan!

The “Champion of All People” couldn’t back up his talk when he was up against the Rocky Mountain Machine, Bobby Lashley. Sure, the Hurt Business was ringside, but that was to make sure his “master strategies” were foiled at every turn. Will Sami rebound and show why he is the WWE Intercontinental Championship? Or is the YES Movement about to earn a title shot the old fashioned way?

SmackDown returns and Sami says “One day after a national American holiday, I’m supposed to fight?” Sami doesn’t care for Thanksgiving because it celebrates “the atrocities” committed against Native Americans, by being gluttonous with factory-farmed turkey! Not for this champion! The only person that should be thankful is Daniel Bryan! After months of scheming, he gets the match he wants. After undermining Sami’s reign, with “I would do this, I would do that,” Bryan had his chance at WrestleMania! Bryan didn’t win, Sami did! Bryan did nothing yet WWE Management rolls out the red carpet for him, because they’re sticking it to Sami! They’re sabotaging Sami! But Bryan makes his entrance to shut Sami up. The bell rings, and this WrestleMania rematch, as Sami pointed out, begins!

Sami and Bryan circle, tie up but break. Sami stays in a corner but Bryan waits for Sami to return. They circle again, tie up again, and Bryan drags Sami down to wrench to a wristlock. Bryan wrangles Sami down and STOMPS the arm! Sami scrambles to ropes and checks his arm. Bryan waits as Sami complains about standing on hair. They tie up again, Bryan headlocks, wrenches and YANKS the arm, then wrenches again. Sami powers out, drops but Bryan runs him over! Sami goes to the apron again and Bryan is a little annoyed. Bryan smirks as Sami shakes out his arms before coming back.

Bryan and Sami circle, approach, tie up, and Bryan rolls to wrench and then trip Sami to get the legs. Bryan ties the legs up, knees Sami in the back, then adds an arm to it. Sami endures the mounted hammerlock, and Bryan adds torque on it. Sami fights up, throws elbows and is free. Sami runs, but Bryan drops to then dropkick Sami down! Cover, TWO! Bryan is right back on that arm to wrench and whip. Sami kicks back, throws Bryan out of the ring hard, then takes a moment to catch his breath. Sami wants the count out but Bryan is up at 5. Bryan watches Sami closely as he gets in, but Sami still stomps him down! Sami stands on Bryan until the ref counts, then he drags Bryan up.

Sami throws Bryan out again but follows this time. He throws Bryan into barriers, then into the ring, then climbs up top. Bryan sees Sami and trips him up! Bryan climbs to join Sami now, brings Sami up, but Sami fights back. Sami headbutts Bryan away, adjusts, but Bryan returns to dropkick Sami to the floor! Bryan then climbs up and aims, for a FLYING CROSSBODY, into barriers! Sami turns Bryan’s momentum against him quite literally, and SmackDown goes to break!

SmackDown returns again, and Sami has Bryan down in a chinlock. Bryan fights up as fans rally, but Sami puts Bryan in a corner. The ref counts, Sami throws body shots and haymakers! The ref counts again, Sami lets off at 4. Bryan staggers up but Sami whips him to ropes, to then clobber him with a clothesline! Cover, TWO! Cover again, TWO! Another, TWO! Sami grows annoyed with the count but he stalks Bryan to a corner. Sami throws more hands, taunts Bryan and then whips him corner to corner. Bryan goes up and over, keeps moving, dodges Sami and hits a leaping lariat! Both men are down but fans rally on their screens.

Bryan goes to one corner, Sami goes to another, and Bryan runs in to dropkick! Bryan throws fast hands of his own and adds kicks! Bryan puts Sami up top, climbs up to join him, and hits a SUPER STEINER! Cover, TWO! Sami survives but Bryan keeps his cool. Bryan goes back to Sami and wrenches the arm to an elbow breaker! Then he KICKS! Wrench, ELBOW BREAKER, and KICK! Sami falls to his knees but he gets away from the buzzsaw! Sami goes to the apron, Bryan goes out after him, to wrench, but Sami rakes eyes! Sami POSTS Bryan, then brings him back for an APRON BRAIN BUSTER!! Bryan slumps to the floor but Sami’s down, too!

A ring count starts and both men stir. Sami is standing at 5 and in, but Bryan gets up at 7. Bryan flounders at 8, stands at 9 and is in! Sami drags Bryan up and to the BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Bryan survives and Sami is beside himself. Sami thinks on what to do, and he stalks Bryan. Sami talks trash as he kicks Bryan. This is what he wanted, right? “You’re not better than me!” Sami pulls Bryan’s hair and reels him in, but Bryan slips out of the back suplex to get an ARMBAR TAKEDOWN! Sami clasps hands, Bryan turns him around, to the YES LOCK! Sami is caught and Bryan cranks back! Bryan adds clubbing forearms, but Sami scoots around! ROPEBREAK!

Bryan lets Sami go and Sami bails out of the ring. Sami goes around the way, Bryan builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit and Sami hits announce desk! Bryan puts Sami back in the ring, but Sami gets right back out. So Bryan DIVES again! Direct hit to the ramp! Bryan chases Sami up the ramp, to the stage, but Sami throws haymakers! The ring count is climbing and Sami is retreating! Bryan pursues, but the count- Wait, Sami returns! The count is ten, Sami wins!!

Winner: Sami Zayn, by count-out

The Intercontinental Champion outsmarted Bryan, but that’s not the only reason Bryan got lost backstage! JEY USO is attacking him!! Kevin Owens rushes over to save Bryan, but then Jey gets after him, too! The refs get in to stop this but Jey tells Kevin, “You know where I’ll be!” Kevin wants the refs to watch Bryan, because he’s going after Jey! Will Kevin make sure to KO Uso?

 

SmackDown returns as Jey talks with Roman.

“I’m doing what you said to do, Uce.” Jey is making them fear and respect him. But Kevin comes by and says he’s had it with the family issues affecting SmackDown. If Roman wants to go on an ego trip, fine. But he’s getting in Jey’s head. Roman says family’s so important, but Roman sure treats his like trash. Roman tells Jey that he needs to take pride in how his sons look at him. Kevin does not look at them with fear. “Fix that.”

 

Natalya VS Bianca Belair!

The Queen of Harts, the #BOAT, Best of All Time, may be the winningest woman in the WWE, but she’s about to face the EST. Will Bianca show Natty just how she’s the roughest, the toughest, the quickest, the strongest, and the new best woman on SmackDown?

But first, the longest reigning SmackDown Women’s Champion (former) is here! Bayley comes out to see her former teammates do battle, from commentary! The bell rings and Natty ties right up with Bianca. Natty headlocks., Bianca powers out and things speed up. Bianca hurdles, hurdles and wheelbarrows Natty, but Natty rolls through. ONE, Bianca has the cover, ONE! Bianca whips Natty corner to corner but Natty reverses. Bianca goes up an dover and handsprings, but Natty moves and Bianca POSTS herself! Natty throws furious forearms but lets off, to then stomp away! The ref counts, Natty backs off, and she pushes Bianca back into the corner!

Bianca pushes Natty away, Natty comes back to snap suplex, and then kicks Bianca! Natty drags Bianca up, Bianca blocks the suplex to cradle, TWO! Bianca stands, but the DISCUS takes her down! Cover, TWO! Natty grows frustrated as she drags Bianca around to stomp the legs. Natty gets the legs, then the arms, for the surfboard! Bianca endures the Romero Special but Natty gets a cover, TWO! Bianca gets to ropes, Natty brings her around but Bianca shoves her to a corner! Bianca handsprings and RAMS into Natty! And again and again and again! Bianca fires off with fury, then runs, only for Natty to elbow her away!

Natty runs, discus, but Bianca caches her! GlamEST- No, Natty slips out and tumbles to the floor! Bianca pursues, Bayley says this isn’t smart. Or she’ll get counted out again. Bianca claps back but Natty swings. Bianca dodges, Natty stops herself from hitting Bayley, but then she dodges and Bianca definitely hits Bayley! Natty CLUBS Bianca from behind, puts her in the ring, and stalks behind her. Bayley storms in and wants after Bianca, but Bianca boots Natty into her! Roll up, Bianca wins!!

Winner: Bianca Belair, by pinfall

The EST just sank the #BOAT, but she’s also on the Role Model’s radar. Bayley dares Bianca to bring it on, and Bianca claps back again. Will these two throw down to prove who is really headed to the top of SmackDown?

 

Heyman is found talking with Adam Pearce.

The Special Counsel knows Pearce is in charge around here, but what is it he wants the official to do for him?

 

Buddy Murphy w/ the Mysterio Family VS King Corbin!

After the Wolf King disrespected la familia, the freed disciple is going to defend their honor! Will Murphy remind us all why he was and still is the Aussie Juggernaut? Or will Corbin make him bend the knee?

SmackDown returns as Corbin makes his entrance. The bell rings and Murphy circles with Corbin. They tie up, Murphy gets around to waistlock but Corbin backs Murphy to the corner. Corbin throws elbows but Dom gets mad. Corbin and the ref tell Dom to stay back, and Murphy headlocks. Corbin powers out, then runs him over with a shoulder. Rey gets on the apron now and the ref tells Rey to stay back now. Murphy dodges Corbin, rolls him up, TWO! Corbin throws hands but Murphy fires off! Corbin dodges the knee to CLOBBER Murphy! Rey still gets on the apron, and then Dom starts stuff, and Corbin gets annoyed.

Corbin drags Murphy up, whips him corner to corner hard, then runs corner to corner, only for Murphy to go up! Corbin slides out but Aalyah is in the way! Corbin is furious with this, but Murphy WRECKS him with a dropkick! Then slingshots, fakes Corbin out and moves to PENALTY KICK! Corbin staggers, Murphy lines up a shot, but leaps into a choke grip! Corbin shoves Murphy but Murphy stops himself, and baits Corbin into steel steps! Murphy goes up top fast, leaps back in, but Corbin gets under! Murphy rolls, dodges, but runs into DEEP SIX! Rey gets in the ring?! Then right out! Corbin is pissed and shouts at Rey but Rey just taunts Corbin back.

Murphy gets up as Dom and Aalyah coach him up. Corbin drags Murphy up to rain down fists. Corbin rains down even more right hands but Dom again gets on the apron. Corbin backs Dom down, goes back to Murphy and drags him up to put him on the ropes. Corbin throws haymakers on Murphy, the ref counts and Corbin lets off. Corbin tells the ref to tell the Mysterios the rules, then eh tosses Murphy to a corner. Corbin runs in but Murphy dodges to send him into buckles! Murphy dodges Corbin, Dom swipes at legs! Murphy KNEE TRIGGERS! Cover, and Dom makes sure there’s no ropebreaks! Murphy wins!

Winner: Buddy Murphy, by pinfall

The family that fights together wins together! But Corbin is furious! He gets a mic then shouts at the Mysterios, “This is outrageous! It wasn’t one-on-one, man to man!” But what would he expect from the Mysterios! They’re spineless cowards! But next week, Corbin wants a rematch with Murphy, and he’ll be “prepared.” What does he mean by that?

 

BREAKING NEWS!

The reason Heyman was talking with Pearce? Because we’re getting a match of Kevin Owens VS Jey Uso! Will the Prizefighter pay for getting in the Tribal Chief’s face?

 

SmackDown returns and Big E is playing Apollo Crews in trash can basketball.

Apollo gets ready to make his move, he shoots but it misses! That’s a foul! No, no, that was clean. But Sami Zayn comes over and says he has an interview but the ring is behind them. He is clearly going to talk about his win over the future Hall of Famer, Daniel Bryan. For most people, it takes three seconds to win, Sami beat Bryan for 10. That was how he beat Apollo that way so he should know. Big E keeps Apollo back, Apollo will head out and see Sami later. Big E says Sami has built a rickety house with no foundation. Count outs, loose buckles, vertigo! Not funny, it’s a medical condition.

Big E’s point is that Sami’s margin for error is razor thin. He’s in a house of cards, because all it takes is a gust of wind, and it all comes tumbling down. Sami tells E that he’s disappointed. Sami thought he was different, but no. Big E is diminishing Sami. It’s sour grapes to Sami. Sami is in the middle of a historic reign, and the last time Big E had this belt was… Many, many moons ago, that was largely forgettable. So instead of tearing Sami down, applaud him! Big E says Sami is right. Ten seconds is impressive. They shake hands, but Big E holds on strong, for 10! Sami clutches his hand. Big E is “so proud” of Sami. Kayla asks if Sami still wants the interview but he shouts no! Will Sami’s reign not last much longer the way he’s going?

 

Billie Kay crashes commentary!

She asks “Mr. Cole” to consider her head shots and resume. If they are unable to find the words to describe what’s happened, Billie has an extensive background in talking. She’ll take it from here if they want. No, thanks, Billie. Will Billie ever find her place in SmackDown?

 

Carmella speaks.

“You know by now what I’m here to do, what I’ve done. How embarrassing for a SmackDown Women’s Champion to fall so easily.” But she’s glad to see the middle school games are over, because now we’ll all see who the most dominant woman on SmackDown really is. It’s funny how Carmella was where Sasha is now. She had the title, the spotlight, the fans. And then she did things for them. What fans wanted her to do. Catering to their whims. And in losing herself, she lost it all. So believe her when she says she isn’t doing anything for anyone else anymore! She calls the shots! And everyone else jumps for her. She snaps her fingers, but whoever it is is late. Wait, that’s… SASHA! And she splashes Mella with her drink and throws hands on her!

Sasha gets even with Mella and puts on the BANK STATEMENT! Security pulls them apart but Sasha tells Mella to find her face to face, “like a real woman!” Will The Boss remind Mella who is really in charge here?

 

Kevin Owens VS Jey Uso!

It’s time to #FightOwensFight! Will he show Jey who should really be respected around here?

SmackDown returns as Jey makes his entrance. The bell rings and Roman is watching backstage as Jey and Kevin go right at each other! They tie up, Jey puts Kevin in a corner but Kevin dodges to CHOP and throw haymakers! Kevin CHOPS Jey more, throws more fists, and has Jey on ropes. Kevin whips, Jey holds the ropes and bails out! Jey paces but Kevin goes out to ROCK him with a right! Then throw him into barriers! Kevin puts Jey in, stomps away, then puts Jey in a corner with more haymakers! The ref counts, Kevin lets off and Roman doesn’t look happy. Kevin throws Jey out hard, pursues again, and whips Jey, only for Jey to reverse and send Kevin into steel steps!

Kevin gets up and in the ring but Jey follows. Heyman keeps his eyes on Roman as Roman watches Jey rain down rights on Kevin. Jey double ax handles before he lets off. Jey paces while Kevin gets to ropes. Jey storms over, wraps an arm around the rope and pulls! The ref counts, Kevin claws Jey’s face but Jey YANKS the arm before letting off. Jey stalks Kevin, but Kevin throws hands! Jey rocks Kevin with an uppercut, then throws forearms. Kevin hits back, Jey hits again, Kevin rebounds to LARIAT! BACK SENTON! Both men writhe for different reasons, and Kevin goes after Jey, only for Jey to POST him!

Jey sees Kevin bail out again, and he builds speed, to DIVE! But Kevin catches Jey, trips him up and catapults him into the POST! Jey flounders into a SUPERKICK! Jey flounders more and Kevin SUPERKICKS him over the barriers! Kevin has Jey reeling while SmackDown goes to break!

SmackDown returns once more and Jey is down on the outside, as Kevin APRON CANNONBALLS! Kevin puts Jey back in the ring, covers, TWO! Jey survives and gets to the apron, but Kevin drags him up. Jey hotshots the arm! Kevin staggers away, Jey wrenches and ARM CODE BREAKERS! Kevin writhes but Jey slams the bad arm on the mat! And again! Jey seethes as he drops a knee on the arm! Jey drags Kevin up to go after the arm with a top wristlock. Roman is still stoic as Jey wrenches on the arm. Fans rally, Kevin fights up, but Jey throws Kevin down by his head! Jey glares as Kevin writhes and gets to the corner. Jey says Kevin stuck his nose in the wrong family business. “UCE! OH!” Jey runs corner to corner but Kevin dodges to SUPERKICK!

Both men are down again and fans rally on their screens! Kevin drags himself up with his good arm, dodges to CHOP and CHOP and haymaker on Jey! Kevin can only hit with the good arm, and he whips Jey, for a POP- NO! The arm limits Kevin! SUPERKICK from Jey! Cover, TWO!! Jey keeps his cool as he looks down at Kevin. Jey climbs up top, Kevin gets up to throw a forearm and a CHOP! Kevin climbs up with one good arm but Jey headbutts the bad arm! Jey shoves Kevin, adjusts and leaps, USO SPLASH onto knees! Kevin reels Jey in, pump handles and USHIGOROSHIS! Cover, TWO!?! Jey survives that modified package driver meets neckbreaker, but Kevin keeps his focus!

Kevin aims, kicks and- No, no stunner as Jey shoves Kevin into buckles! And then POSTS Kevin to the other corner! Jey goes out and brings a chair into this! Jey doesn’t care about the win, he wants to hurt Kevin! He SMACKS Kevin in the back!

Winner: Kevin Owens, by disqualification

Jey roars as he SMACKS Kevin again! Heyman smiles, but Roman isn’t showing anything yet. Jey clears off the announce desk as his rage boils over! Jey goes back to Kevin, and- Kevin kicks to STUNNER!! Heyman’s smile fades as Jey flops out of the ring. Kevin goes out, drags Jey up and throws him over the desk! Jey tumbles down, Kevin goes looking and finds a chair for himself! Kevin gives Jey the CHAIR SHOT! And another! “You watching, Roman?!” Kevin’s been watching! CHAIR SHOT for Jey! Where’s Roman?! Where is he for his family!? This is because of Roman! “You want people to fear you? I fear no one!” MORE chair shots for Jey until the chair is bent!! “Including you!”

Kevin tells Roman that if he has a problem, “come say it to my face.” Kevin gets on the desk and shouts, “I’m the head of this table!” Then he drags Jey into the ring, brings him around, and dares Roman to do something. STUNNER! But Roman doesn’t move from where he’s watching. Kevin sits at the “head” of the announce desk, and asks where Roman is. Wherever he is, Kevin will be waiting. Kevin has sent a message to Roman that is loud and clear! But how will the Tribal Chief respond?


My Thoughts:

This was a very good SmackDown to follow Survivor Series and head for TLC. For one, the entire story thread of Jey Uso, Roman Reigns, and Kevin Owens. Jey going after the Face members of Team SmackDown with the whole idea of making them fear and respect him, Roman and the family, was expected, but it was done so expertly! Roman has done incredible character work but so has Jey, and that continued tonight with Kevin in the mix. I also like that Jey included Bryan in the mix given their match just last week. I did not see Kevin being the next challenger for Roman, but it’s actually a great choice. Kevin of course is a master of character work, too, so him battling Roman is going to be a great feud. Bryan and Otis might even get involved because of Jey. Maybe that’s the Six Man Tag we get when/if Jimmy returns and joins up. It could even be reluctantly, because Jimmy is fighting to help Jey, not Roman.

Speaking of Bryan, he had a great match with Sami, even with the count-out finish, because it tied into a story. Sami bragging and then Big E showing him up is clearly the start of an Intercontinental Championship feud. Big E becoming IC Champion again isn’t so bad, but obviously many of us were hoping he’d head for the Universal Championship. Maybe he can do both? Though I was almost hoping for a Big E VS Apollo thing, even if it was just for a match, because that’d just be a great match. The Mysterio family story is taking an interesting turn. I like that Murphy VS Corbin is the lead, but I just don’t know how to feel about the Mysterios helping Murphy win. It’s karma on Corbin but it makes Murphy look weak. But Corbin “being prepared” next week makes me think he’s getting new lackeys, who I really hope are NXT “call-ups” of some kind.

Roode-Dolph VS Profits was a really good match, and naturally the Heels use a quick cheat to get the win. This will naturally set up a title match, but I feel like they’re going to stretch this out towards TLC. That’s fine, gives TLC something big, like perhaps a tag team table or ladder match. Bianca VS Natty with Bayley on commentary was good stuff, and while Bianca VS Bayley could be the main story, I feel like there could be so much more done with The EST VS The #BOAT with the “est” being the focus. Natty says she’s winningest, but Bianca could easily counter that by saying Natty is only that because she’s been around for so long. And of course, Sasha gets back at Carmella and we truly begin on their title match build, which will/should also be for TLC.

My Score: 8.6/10


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Andrew’s IMPACT Results & Match Ratings: 12.1.2022

After the holiday, we get on track for Hard to Kill. Deonna vs Mickie James is the main event…do we see Mickie’s career end tonight?

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With the holiday last week, I wasn’t home to cover IMPACT so it’s going to be a fun night of how much I remember and how well they frame the stories.

We’re on the road to Hard to Kill, so we need to remind people about Over Drive and then move forward. I’m also curious if we get any resolution on the VBD stare down after EY lost. I really don’t want EY to get kicked since that will be a sad group of mid card sacks of shit. But I guess we’ll see.

Ratings:

  • Rich Swann vs Bully Ray: Swann wins via DQ – * 1/2
  • Moose vs Bhupinder Gujjar: Moose wins via Lights Out – * 3/4
  • Steve Maclin vs Frankie Kazarian: Kaz wins via DQ – **
  • Last Rodeo: Deonna Purrazzo vs Mickie James: Mickie wins via Victory Roll – *** 1/2

 

Results:

We get the Over Drive highlights, so I’m guessing they did their usual Thanksgiving fun episode. Bully Ray walks out to start the show. Bully recaps things, explains how he kept his word while running down the crowd, intimidating children and doing solid heel work. 

It goes a little long, but thankfully Rich Swann eventually gets sick of the diatribe and rushes the ring. Swann gets in a few pot shots, but Bully bails out, tries to walk away and gets a plancha. The referee comes out and the match will kick off the show!

Rich Swann vs Bully Ray

Bully jaws a little, lays in some punches and power moves but Rich eventually turns the tide. The quick step over back kick and a Frog Splash for 1. But then Bully catches Rich on the top rope, Tree of Woe and starts wailing on him.

Bully keeps control of Swann until Swann drops down with the Jawbreaker and then we see him start using the speed and athleticism with kicks and top rope moves. Bully stifles Rich, goes for the Avalanche Senton as he flirts with the referee and misses. Rich hits a 450 Splash for 2, and then we see a little back and forth, before Bully grabs his chain and hits Rich in front of the referee. So the DQ happens but Bully doesn’t care. Bully gets a chair and other weapons from under the ring and starts beating on Rich.

Bully really likes these zip ties, Tommy Dreamer comes out to stop Bully though. They argue, Bully shoves Dreamer and then D’Amore hits the ring to try and quell this. Bully is defiant, even D’Amore is getting fired up and looks like he wants to fight Bully. Dreamer trying to keep D’Amore away from Bully is funny and pretty great. 

Moose vs Bhupinder Gujjar

Definitely not a match I expected. 

Moose gets in the early shots, but Gujjar starts to fire back and he gets some solid shots sending Moose to the outside. Gujjar takes to long to pander after the Dropkick and Moose has him eat a Big Boot into an Apron Powerbomb.

Gujjar shows more fire but Moose cuts him down. Moose goes for the Lights Out, but Gujjar dodges sending Moose into the corner. A few shots, Ripcord Knee, Slingblade and now…tuning up the Gargoyle Spear but Moose side steps it like Samoa Joe. Gujjar leapfrogs the Lights Out again, but Moose puts the brakes on and fires back connecting with the Lights Out and the win.

Moose starts to rant and says that he doesn’t want any of the idiots to to talk about Bully Ray or “Say his name”, and then JOE HENDRY’s music hits! There is already a “This is Awesome” chant just with Joe Hendry and Moose standing in the ring. Hendry fights Moose off mostly and Gujjar hits the awful Spear out of nowhere to get Moose to powder out. 

Steve Maclin vs Frankie Kazarian

Maclin starts off with some big strikes but Kaz ducks the line and hits the Springboard Reverse Elbow, and begins his offensive. Kaz beats on him in one corner then Maclin tosses him out and we see some back and forth. Neither are really landing big strikes, Maclin keeps some control with smaller strikes and knees against the ropes, but nothing really definitive.

A few of Maclin’s shots piss off Kaz and they Hockey Fight a little but Maclin keeps all of the control. Kaz does finally start a comeback and we get some of the classic Kaz Flying Forearm, Guillotine Legdrop and Slingshot Cutter. Maclin powder…and grabs a chair. So…another DQ finish?

Last Rodeo: Deonna Purrazzo vs Mickie James

They do a good job pacing things back and forth early on. Deonna fights back and starts to rock Mickie, the Slingshot into the bottom rope gives Deonna full control. Headlock Takeover and tries to wear Mickie down, Mickie fires back but Deonna refuses to give her the advantage. Mickie finally manages to slow her down with a Headscissors and now we get Mickie dropping Deonna down, Mickie goes to the top for the Thesz Press, but Deonna pushes her off.

Commercial break kicks in, and Deonna hits a Brainbuster for a few sequential pinfall attempts, but Mickie refuses to stay down. Camel Clutch from Deonna is wearing down Mickie but she manages to fight out. A few back elbows, then Mickie goes to the ropes to try offense but Deonna stifles. They struggle and Mickie finally gets Deonna on the outside, Dropkick and Thesz Press to the outside.

Mickie throws Deonna in, Missile Dropkick, Neckbreaker and looking for the Mick D-T, but Deonna stops it. Tornado DDT attempt from Mickie, but a Pump Kick from Deonna drops Mickie for a 2 count. Queen’s Gambit attempt, Superkick counter from Mickie for another 2. Mick D-T again, but Deonna blocks and swings around driving Mickie down into the Fujiwara. Venus Di Milo gets locked in too close to the ropes.

Locomotion Victory Rolls, Deonna tries to grab the tights, but Mickie counters through and picks up the win with a little tights pull of her own.

Jordynne’s music hits. She basically says they both put things behind them, and challenges Mickie at Hard to Kill. Career versus Title. 

Overall Score: 6/10

Honestly, Bully went on a little long, Moose’s promo was a little too similar to Bully just being a piece of shit. Plus the match quality aside from the main event was lame, two DQs is redundant…so yeah, not sure what to make of this.

Career versus Title for Knockouts is nice but then after that we had the vignette killing off Eric Young so VBD is a mid card faction. Which I guess is a little sad since this is the best Deaner we’ve ever seen, but he’s still not a credible on the card.

So it was a weird show, but Joe Hendry always makes things a little better.


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Mitchell’s NJPW WTL X Super Jr. Tag Results & Report! (11/30/22)

World Tag League, Round 4!

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NJPW WTL X Super Jr.

Will the United Empire continue to conquer?

World Tag League finally goes again, and round four might be bad luck for the top of the block! Will Aussie Open continue to lead as an undefeated duo?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Tomoaki Honma & Ryohei Oiwa VS Yuto Nakashima & Oska Leube; Nakashima & Leube win.
  • Six Man Tag: Master Wato, Clark Connors & Kosei Fujita VS Suzuki-Gun; Suzuki-Gun wins.
  • 8 Man Tag: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS Bullet Club; LIJ wins.
  • World Tag League 2022: Alex Coughlin & Gabriel Kidd VS Bad Luck Fale & Chase Owens; Fale & Chase win.
  • World Tag League 2022: Great-O-Khan & Aaron Henare VS Minoru Suzuki & Lance Archer; Suzuki & Archer win.
  • World Tag League 2022: Aussie Open VS EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi; Aussie Open wins.
  • World Tag League 2022: Tetsuya Naito & SANADA VS Shane Haste & Mikey Nicholls; Shane & Mikey win.
  • World Tag League 2022: Toru Yano & Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI; Yano & Tanahashi win.

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Here are the current World Tag League standings!

Aussie Open: 3-0, 6 points
Goto & Hashi: 2-1, 4 points
Naito & Sanada: 2-1, 4 points
Suzuki & Archer: 2-1, 4 points
Khan & Henare: 2-1, 4 points
The Mighty: 2-1, 4 points
Yano & Tanahashi: 1-2, 2 points
Chase & Fale: 1-2, 2 points
Evil & Yujiro: 0-3, 0 points
Coughlin & Kidd: 0-3, 0 points

 

World Tag League 2022: Alex Coughlin & Gabriel Kidd VS Bad Luck Fale & Chase Owens!

The #MechanicalBulls are barely holding on, but so are the General’s Jewels! Who gets a grip and claws their way back up before it’s too late?

The teams sort out and Kidd starts against Chase. Fans rally as the two circle, and they’re able to cheer “KIDDU! KIDDU!” The two tie up with knuckle locks, break, then go again. Chase waistlocks, but Kidd pries free to wrench. Chase spins and wrenches back to top wristlock. Kidd slips around, spins Chase and snapmares, then sits him up to a chinlock. Chase fights up to get in the ropes. The ref counts the break and Kidd counts along to let go at 4. Chase is annoyed but Kidd says it’s okay. Kidd and Chase approach, Chase kicks the knuckle lock away to tie up collar ‘n’ elbow. Chase puts Kidd in a corner, the ref counts, and Chase lets off.

Chase CHOPS Kidd, but Kidd DECKS Chase! Kidd fires up and fans applaud. Chase stands up and resets with Kidd, they tie up, and Chase claws Kidd’s eyes! The ref reprimands, Chase headlocks but Kidd powers out. Chase runs Kidd over and tells him, “SUCK IT!” Things speed up, Kidd hurdles but Chase stomps the monkey flip with a stomp! Chase headlocks but Coughlin tags in as Kidd powers out. Kidd drops down and Coughlin scoops Chase to SLAM! Kidd drops a SENTON, then the Mechanical Bulls flex. Coughlin deadlift gut wrenches for the SUPLEX! Fans fire up and Chase goes to a corner. Coughlin runs in, but Chase dodges!

Chase CHOPS, and CHOPS, but Coughlin just frowns at him. Coughlin puts Chase in the corner, but Chase blocks the chop with knees! Coughlin shapes out the arm and Chase storms up on him, but Coughlin picks Chase up to RAM him in the corner! Coughlin UPPERCUTS, CHOPS, and roars! Fans fire up with The Android as he drags Chase up. Coughlin tags Kidd, whips Chase, then kicks Chase low. Kidd knee lifts, Coughlin CHOPS, and Chase falls for Kidd to drop an elbow! Fale gets in but Coughlin kicks him first. The Mechanical Bulls mug Fale then double whip, but Fale runs them both over! Fans fire up as the Rogue General stomps Kidd.

Fale drags Kidd up, whips him corner to corner, and Chase stomps a mudhole in. Chase drags Kidd up to scrape his face on the ropes! Tag to Fale, and Chase pushes Kidd down for him and Fale to stand on his back! The ref counts but Chase & Fale salute. Bullet Club steps away at 4, and Fale drags Kidd to a cover. TWO, and Fale is upset with the ref. Fans rally for Kidd but Fale stomps him down. Fale drags Kidd up but Kidd CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Fale throat chops back! Kidd sputters and Fale tags Chase. Chase drags Kidd up, he and Fale double whip, and they body shot, knee lift and LARIAT! Cover, TWO!

Fans fire up for Kidd but Chase taunts Coughlin. The ref stops Coughlin from getting in as Chase brings Kidd up. Kidd swings but Chase dodges to BELL CLAP! Chase throws Kidd down for the NECK TWEAK! Kidd writhes and Chase tags Fale. Bullet Club whip Kidd to a corner, then Fale runs in, only for Kidd to dodge! Chase runs in but Kidd dumps him out! Fans rally up but Fale stomps Kidd down. Fale drags Kidd up, scoops him, but Kidd slips off! SUPERKICK! Fale staggers away and fans fire up! Kidd crawls for his corner, hot tag to- NO, Chase trips Coughlin! Chase wags his finger, and Fale SPLASHES Kidd in the corner! Cover, TWO!

Fans rally up and Kidd sputters, but Fale tags Chase. Chase drags Kidd up and calls his shot! Chase suplexes, but Kidd blocks! Kidd throws body shots, but Chase blocks his suplex. They fight for control and fans rally up. Chase gets Kidd up, but Kidd fights back down to TENZAN BRAINBUSTER! Kidd fires up as fans fire up, and both men crawl to their corners. Hot tags to Coughlin and Fale! The Android dodges the General to RAM shoulders! Coughlin fires off forearms then scoops! But Fale’s too big! Or is he?! Fale CLUBS Coughlin before he’s off the ground too far! Fale scoops Coughlin to a fireman’s carry, but Coughlin fights free!

Coughlin fires off more forearms, he ROCKS Fale, then tries the scoop! Fans rally but Fale resists! Coughlin knees low, CHOPS, and fires up! “LET’S GO!!” Coughlin runs but Fale CLOBBERS him! Fale then runs to drop a BIG elbow! Cover, TWO! Fans cheer as Coughlin is still in this. Tag to Chase, Bullet Club double whip to FLAPJACK and SLIDING BOOT! Cover, but Kidd breaks it! Fans fire up as Kidd fires off forearms on Bullet Club! Kidd forearms, CHOPS, repeat! Kidd roars, runs, but Chase gets around to waistlock and lift! Fale runs in, GRENADE LAUNCHER! Fale whips Coughlin corner to corner, Chase runs in and forearm smashes!

Fale runs in to SPLASH! Fale then scoops Coughlin and Chase goes up, but Coughlin slips free! Coughlin shoves Fale into Chase, and Chase falls onto his crown jewels! Fale staggers, into a SCOOP SLAM!! The Android roars and fans fire up! Coughlin clinches Chase, for an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Fans fire up more and Coughlin drags Chase up. But Chase BOOTS, C-TRIGGERS, and tucks Coughlin in! PACKAGE DRIVER!! Cover, Chase & Fale win!

Winners: Chase Owens & Bad Luck Fale, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Coughlin & Kidd earn 0)

Chase turns things around in the blink of an eye, and he and Fale survive the Mechanical Bulls! Can they survive until the end of the league to be a finalist? As for Coughlin & Kidd, is their run already over at 0-4?

 

World Tag League 2022: Great-O-Khan & Aaron Henare VS Minoru Suzuki & Lance Archer!

The All United Empire Finals is still possible, but only if the Dominator & Ultimate Weapon continue to dominate! Will they keep their hopes alive? Or will even the Empire see that #EverybodyDies?

As always, The Orchestrator, Gideon Grey, is here to give the Empire’s introductions. As for the Murderhawk Monster, he storms over the railing to get right up to commentary! Milano Collection AT and Master Wato ask for mercy, they don’t wanna get hit. Then Suzuki makes his entrance and Archer chases Gideon! Gideon runs all the way to the back row, and Archer pushes Young Lion Oskar Leube out of his way. Fans all join in on “KAZE NI NARE!” and then Suzuki-Gun attacks the Empire! Archer kicks Henare and throws him out while Suzuki himself is after Khan! Suzuki throws Khan out, stomps him at ringside, and the bell rings!

Suzuki stands Khan up to knee him low, then kick him down! Archer chases a cameraman off, but then Henare dodges his boot into the post! Henare comes back to ROCK Archer! Khan and Suzuki trade forearms, then Suzuki kicks low. Suzuki whips, Khan reverses and Suzuki hits railing! Suzuki slumps down and Khan is after him. Khan shakes the railing while choking Suzuki with his foot! Khan lets off to CLUB Suzuki but Suzuki throws body shots. Khan CLUBS Suzuki again, puts him in the ring, and then drags him around to CHOKE! The ref counts, Khan lets off and brings up all the stuff Suzuki was doing.

Suzuki kicks at Khan from below, but Khan stomps away on Suzuki! Khan CHOKES Suzuki again, but lets off as the ref reprimands. Fans rally up as Khan drags Suzuki up. Khan puts Suzuki in the corner, CLUBS him, then hops up onto his throne! Fans applaud but Suzuki snarls as Khan pulls back the arms! Henare talks trash right to Suzuki’s face while the ref manages to keep Archer back. Suzuki SPITS at Henare! Khan hops off, Henare CLUBS Suzuki, then Khan tags Henare in. The Empire mugs Suzuki but he fights back with CHOPS and palm strikes! But the Empire still mugs Suzuki with clubbing arms.

Henare ROCKS Suzuki with forearm after forearm in the corner, then digs his boots in! The ref counts and Henare lets off, but Suzuki stands right up! Henare KICKS, KICKS and ROCKS Suzuki! Fans fire up, and Suzuki hits back! Suzuki wrenches an arm, brings Henare to ropes, then HOTSHOTS the arm! Henare swings on Suzuki but into a HANGING ARMBAR! Archer runs to BLAST Khan off the apron! The ref reprimands, Suzuki lets off and drags Henare out to whip him hard into the railing! Suzuki ELBOWS Henare in the head and Henare drops to the floor. Archer stomps Khan around outside to keep him down.

Archer apparently takes offense to Khan’s ponytail being a braid, it’s too much like Archer’s murderhawk braid. Anyway, Suzuki stands Henare up, slaps him around, and he bumps Henare off the apron. The ring count climbs but Suzuki puts Henare in at 5 of 20. Tag to Archer, and Suzuki-Gun stands on Henare’s head! The ref reprimands, Suzuki-Gun steps away, and Archer drags Henare back up. Archer puts Henare in a corner, stomps a mudhole in, laughs and stomps some more. Archer digs his knee in but the ref counts. Archer lets off at 4, then Suzuki gets a shot in. Suzuki returns the trash talk from earlier as he slaps Henare around.

Archer stands Henare up and Henare throws a body shot. Archer fires up and throws his shirt off, egging Henare on. Henare throws forearms, then a CHOP! Archer laughs and dares him to do that again. Henare CHOPS, so Archer DECKS him! Fans fire up while Archer looms over Henare. Archer drags Henare up and to the corner to tag in Suzuki. Suzuki-Gun mugs Henare with body shot after body shot! Suzuki hits Henare one more time and he falls over! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up but Suzuki drags Henare up. Henare throws a forearm, but Suzuki gives it back! Suzuki eggs Henare on so Henare throws another forearm!

Suzuki ROCKS Henare with a shot, fans rally up, and Henare fires off a flurry! Suzuki kicks low! Suzuki runs, but Henare blocks the kick to step-over WHEEL KICK! Both men are down and fans fire up! Henare stirs, hurries over, hot tag to Khan! Khan throws hands on Suzuki then the Mongolian Chop! Khan whips Suzuki to a corner and clotheslines from behind! Khan dribbles Suzuki’s head off the buckles! The ref reprimands but Khan SLAM DUNKS Suzuki! Suzuki staggers around, Khan runs, and he runs Suzuki over! Cover, ONE!! Suzuki is still a tough old bastard and Khan drags him up.

Fans rally up as Khan whips Suzuki corner to corner. Suzuki reverses and BOOTS Khan! Then Suzuki dribbles Khan off the buckles! Fans rally, Suzuki snapmares and PENALTY KICKS! Suzuki seems to prefer soccer to basketball. Cover, TWO! Suzuki stomps Khan, slaps him around, but Khan stands as fans rally. Khan ROCKS Suzuki, but Suzuki ROCKS Khan! The forearms go back and forth, harder and harder, faster and faster, and fans rally with each shot! Khan ROCKS Suzuki, ROCKS him again, but Suzuki just laughs! Suzuki ROCKS Khan right back! Khan wobbles and drops to a knee! Suzuki eggs Khan on, so Khan Mongolian Chops!

Khan Mongolian Chops again! Khan roars, runs, but Suzuki kitchen sink knees him down! Tag to Archer! Archer stalks Khan, and clamps on an IRON CLAW! But Khan clamps on HIS IRON CLAW! The fans rally for the battle of iron claws! Khan and Archer go back and forth, but Archer breaks free to full nelson! Khan breaks free of that to drag Archer down to a KNEEBAR! Archer flails and crawls and reaches out as Khan grapevines the leg! Khan has a HEEL HOOK, then shifts the angle! Archer keeps moving and gets the ROPEBREAK! Fans cheer as Khan lets off to tag Henare. Khan still anchors the leg, then he and Henare stomp Archer down.

Henare drags Archer up to throw body shots in the corner. Henare & Khan double whip Archer corner to corner,  then Khan runs in to clothesline! Henare runs in to add a clothesline! Henare feeds Archer to the HITSUJIGOROSHI, then grabs at the legs. But Suzuki runs in to CLUB Henare and stop the Fubuki! Suzuki CHOPS Henare, CHOPS Khan, repeat! HEADBUTT for Henare, HEADBUTT for Khan! Henare swings but Suzuki gets around to shove Henare into Khan! Suzuki runs but into SUPERKICK BOOT COMBO! Fans fire up and Khan runs at Archer in the corner, but into a BOOT! Henare runs in, but Archer dodges!

Archer puts Khan in a corner, and he sees he has two targets! Fans fire up as Archer runs to back elbow Henare! And  runs corner to corner to back elbow Khan! Back to Henare, but then Khan dodges! Archer kicks Khan, runs, but into a chicken wing and PONYTAIL CHOKE! The ref reprimands but Khan feeds Archer to Henare’s HEEL KICK! Khan puts on HITSUJIGOROSHI, Henare gets the legs for FUBUKI, then MARINE!! Cover, TWO!! Archer survives and fans fire up again! Henare calls the shot, and he fireman’s carries Archer. Khan runs, but Suzuki slips in to catch Khan with a SLEEPER HOLD!

Archer slips free to choke grip Henare! But Henare throws a HARD body shot! Henare roars and runs in, to SHINING WIZARD in the corner! Henare shoves Archer out, goes up, but Archer blocks the “brain chop!” Archer STEP-UP KNEES Henare, and has the inverted crucifix! BLACKOUT BOMB!! Cover, Suzuki-Gun wins!

Winners: Lance Archer & Minoru Suzuki, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Khan & Henare earn 0)

The Suzuki Army just conquered the United Empire! Did they just kill the hopes of an All United Empire Finals? Or can Khan & Henare find new live in the next round?

 

World Tag League 2022: Aussie Open VS EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi!

Speaking of the Empire, Mark Davis & Kyle Fletcher are leading the pack, hoping to carve their names in history! Will “Dunk-Zilla” and the “Aussie Arrow” still be riding high? Or will the King of Darkness & Tokyo Pimp bring them down by any means necessary?

Gideon Grey returns, safe from Archer, to give Aussie Open their introductions. Then the House of Torture makes their entrance, with Dick Togo already accompanying them outright. Who knows where Sho is lurking, but surely he’s here, too. Aussie Open don’t sweat Evil or Yujiro as they taunt them during the introductions. Fletcher tells Dick to shoo, “See you later, bucko.” But then the House of Torture attack 3v2! Evil claws Fletcher’s eyes while Dick and Yujiro mug Davis. Dick even DECKS Gideon! Yujiro throws Davis out while Evil throws Fletcher out. The bell rings to put this on record as the brawling continues outside.

Evil and Yujiro whip Aussie Open but Aussie Open reverse to send Evil and Yujiro into railing! Then Aussie Open pick them up, run around the way, and SANDWICH them at ramp side! Fans fire up and Fletcher helps Gideon back up. Fletcher CLUBS Evil, Davis puts Yujiro in, and Fletcher goes in after Yujiro. Fans rally up as Aussie Open double whip the Pimp to double sledge, PENALTY KICK and SENTON! Fans fire up as Davis covers, TWO! Davis glares at Dick then drags Yujiro up to ROCK him with a forearm. Tag to Kyle, Aussie Open mugs Yujiro, and Yujiro staggers around. Fletcher reels Yujiro in, but Yujiro wrenches and BITES Fletcher’s hand!

The ref reprimands, Yujiro stops and he kicks Fletcher low. Yujiro whips, Fletcher reverses but Yujiro holds ropes. Fletcher runs in but into a FLAPJACK HOTSHOT! Evil BLASTS Davis and goes out after him! Dick ROCKS Fletcher while Evil brings Davis around. Evil RAMS Davis into the timekeeper! Davis and Abe-san both flop down on the other side of the railing! The ref reprimands and Young Lions hurry to help Abe-san. Evil kicks Fletcher around, pulls his hair, then puts him in the ring for Yujiro. Yujiro drags Fletcher to a cover and the ref returns to count, ONE! Fans rally but Evil is already annoyed with the count.

Yujiro bumps Fletcher off buckles, tags Evil, and Evil has the ref check Davis But this is so Evil can CHOKE Fletcher with his shirt! Fans boo but Evil gets away with that and covers, TWO! Evil is upset again but the ref defends his count. Tag to Yujiro and he drags Kyle up. Yujiro snapmares and runs to basement BOOT! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up with Fletcher as Evil argues the count. Yujiro drags Fletcher up, fans rally and cheer for Aussie Open. Yujiro ROCKS Fletcher, brings him around, and ROCKS him again. Evil holds Fletcher in place so Yujiro can CHOKE him with a boot! The ref has to keep Davis back so the House of Torture gets away with that.

Evil taunts Davis, then he drags Fletcher up into a cobra twist. Yujiro and Dick link up with Evil to link to the railing for leverage! Fans boo and Gideon storms over, but Dick kicks him first! Dick then makes Gideon part of the chain! Fletcher endures even more before the ref notices! The ref counts, the House lets off and Fletcher crawls away. Evil keeps him from Davis but taunts Davis to reach out. Evil brings Fletcher around but Fletcher fires off forearms! But Evil knees low! Evil suplexes but Fletcher blocks! Fans rally as Fletcher keeps fighting, and he wrenches out to get around and SNAP HALF ‘N’ HALF!

Fans fire up with Fletcher and he crawls for his corner. Hot tag to Davis! Dunk-Zilla blasts through Yujiro to corner clothesline Evil! Then Davis CHOPS Yujiro, and corner clotheslines Evil again! Another CHOP for Yujiro, another corner clothesline for Evil! Davis goes for another but Yujiro dodges the chop to kick low. Evil & Yujiro double whip Davis, but Davis handsprings and comes back to DOUBLE LARIAT! Fans fire up with Davis as he storms up to Evil in a corner. Davis CHOP-LARIATS! And CHOP-LARIATS! And CHOP-LARIATS again! Davis drags Evil up to fireman’s carry, but Evil slips around to a waistlock.

Davis elbows free but Dick swipes at him! Dick plays innocent, and Davis turns around into an EYE RAKE! Evil whips Davis into bare buckles! The fans boo the Bullet Club Special but Yujiro tags in. Yujiro & Evil stomp Davis, then Yujiro drags Davis up. Yujiro stands Davis against ropes to BOOT him! Yujiro then brings Davis out to FISHERMAN BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up for Aussie Open but Yujiro brings Davis up. Davis fights the Incolle Slam, but Yujiro kick slow! Yujiro whips, Davis reverses and runs in, but Yujiro dodges! Yujiro runs in but Davis catches him to BUCKLE SHOT!

Davis runs side to side to SLIDING FOREARM! Fans fire up and Davis runs to BLAST Evil! But Dick grabs Davis! Fletcher runs in to SHOTGUN Dick down! Aussie Open brings Yujiro up, POP-UP KICK! And then the scoop, to the LAWN DART CUTTER! Cover, but Evil breaks it! Fletcher CLUBS Evil and throws him out! Fletcher hurries back to the corner, Davis tags him in! Fans rally as Aussie Open calls for the finish, but here’s SHO! Sho distracts everyone by brandishing his wrench! The ref tells Sho to get down so he does, but this allows Evil to shove Aussie Open into each other, and the ref!

Fans boo as Dick gets in to JAM Davis with a chair! And again! The House of Torture mugs Aussie Open 4v2! Fans boo harder, then they rally up for Aussie Open. Gideon gets in to block Sho from using the wrench! But Evil CLUBS Gideon! But here comes GREAT-O-KHAN! He BOOTS Sho down and DECKS Dick! He Mongolian Chops Evil, dodges Yujiro and hits the RUNNING NECKBREAKER! Fans roar and the Empire fires back up! Aussie Open aim at Evil, SUPERKICK BOOT COMBO! Evil goes down, Yujiro staggers, and he has his pimp cane! The ref stops Yujiro from using it, and then Gideon gets in to LOW BLOW Yujiro!

Fans fire up and Aussie Open give Yujiro COREALIS!! Cover, Aussie Open wins!

Winners: Aussie Open, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Evil & Yujiro earn 0)

The House of Torture can’t seem to figure it out! Will they ever get on the board at this rate? As for Fletcher & Davis, is it only a matter of time before they conquer the World Tag League?

 

World Tag League 2022: Tetsuya Naito & SANADA VS Shane Haste & Mikey Nicholls!

It was Lights Out for the Uncontrollable Charisma & Cold Skull last round, but The Mighty did not kneel! Will Shane & Mikey stay standing? Or will Los Ingobernables de Japon make them tranquilo?

Naito takes his time with his entrance attire as always, which mildly annoys The Mighty. Shane mocks Sanada’s dancing pecks with butt flexing. The teams sort out and Mikey wants Naito to step up. LIJ fist bumps, fans cheer, and Naito obliges. Fans rally for “NA-I-TO!” at the bell. Naito and Mikey circle slowly, feel things out, then Naito toys around with the step forward and the step back. Mikey gets annoyed but they tie up. Mikey waistlocks but Naito wrenches out to a wristlock. Mikey rolls, wrenches, wristlocks, but Naito rolls, wrenches and hammerlocks. Mikey reaches back to headlock, but Naito powers out, only for Mikey to run him over!

Naito gets up, Mikey runs him over again! Mikey wrenches and whips Naito to ropes, but Naito whips the back drop away. Mikey comes back to turn Naito’s back drop into a suplex! Mikey holds Naito up and fans rally! Mikey keeps Naito for over TEN before the SLAM! Cover, TWO! Fans rally and Mikey drags Naito up. Mikey puts Naito in the corner, tags Shane, and the Mighty stomp away. Shane snapmares to basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Shane keeps on Naito’s arm with a knuckle lock. Shane KICKS Naito in the back, wrenches the arm and YANKS it. Shane wrenches and YANKS again, then tags Mikey.

The Mighty mugs Naito, double whips him, but Naito ducks the double clothesline to shove Mikey into Shane! Shane falls out of the ring and Naito whips Mikey to ropes. Sanada trips Mikey and Naito basement dropkicks! Fans rally up as Mikey flops out of the ring. Naito goes out after Mikey and whips him hard into railing! Sanada bumps Shane off the apron, then Naito whips Mikey into more railing! The ring count starts, Mikey drags himself up and in at 9 of 20. Naito headlocks Mikey and claws his eyes! The ref reprimands, Naito lets off, but then he just claws Mikey’s eyes! The ref counts, Naito lets off and tags Sanada in.

LIJ mugs Mikey, Sanada wrenches and CLUBS the arm. Sanada YANKS, wrenches, but Mikey throws big forearms! Sanada waistlocks, hammerlocks, then twists the arm. Mikey throws elbows to back Sanada up into a corner. Mikey whips but Sanada reverses. Sanada runs in, he blocks the boot, and he CLUBS the leg! Mikey falls, Sanada tags Naito, and Naito whips Mikey to another corner. Naito runs in to JUMP KICK! Leg sweep! COMBINACION CABRON! Fans fire up as Naito poses, and he taunts Shane. Naito drags Mikey up but Mikey throws a haymaker. Naito returns it so Mikey throws another. They go back and forth, faster and faster, and fans fire up!

Mikey ROCKS Naito, ROCKS him again, then ROLLING ELBOWS! But Naito just rakes Mikey’s eyes! The ref counts, Naito lets off and whips corner to corner. Naito runs in but Mikey UPPERCUTS! Mikey runs but into a kick! Naito whips, runs in, but Mikey LARIATS Naito down! Fans fire up as both men crawl for their corners, hot tag to Shane! Shane CLOBBERS Naito, BLASTS Sanada then ELBOWS Naito! Shane whips Naito corner to corner to UPPERCUT him down! Sanada gets in, kicks Shane low and whips him to ropes. Shane reverses to wrench and SAIDO! Fans fire up, Shane KICKS, BOOTS and INVERTED EXPLODERS Naito! Cover, TWO!

Fans rally up and Shane stalks Naito. Shane drags Naito up, hoists him up top and ROCKS Naito with a right. Shane climbs up after Naito but Naito CLAWS Shane’s eyes! Shane staggers away but Mikey rushes in to ROCK Naito! Mikey climbs up but Naito fires off forearms! Mikey drops back but he gives Shane a boost! Shane gets Naito, SUPERPLEX POWERBOMB COMBO! Mikey drags Shane onto the cover but Sanada breaks it! Mikey CLUBS Sanada and throws him out. Shane and Naito stir, Mikey whips Sanada but Sanada reverses! Mikey hits railing hard! Shane drags Naito up, reels him in, but Naito blocks the lift!

Naito wrenches out to throw ELBOW after ELBOW! Shane avoids an elbow to UPPERCUT, then he whips only for Naito to reverse it, TORNADO DDT! Fans fire up while both men are down! Naito crawls as fans rally, hot tag to Sanada! Sanada runs in at Shane and blocks a boot! Shane kicks free, but Sanada dropkicks the legs, then dropkicks Shane out of the ring! Sanada hurries and PLANCHAS! Direct hit and fans fire up! Sanada drags Shane back up, puts him back in, and fans rally again. Sanada springboards but Shane gets under! Shane comes back, but into a fireman’s carry! Shane slips off, Sanada elbows him away, but Mikey sneaks a tag.

Shane wrenches Sanada but Sanada fights the back suplex. Sanada swings at Mikey but into the BACK SUPLEX NECKBREAKER! Fans fire up as Mikey runs to SLIDING LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Sanada is still in this but Mikey snarls. Fans rally, Mikey drags Sanada up and fireman’s carries, only for Sanada to slip off! Sanada ducks the back elbow but right into a DDT! Fans rally back up while both men are down, and Mikey roars! Mikey drags Sanada up to scoop, but Sanada slips off to shove Mikey into Naito’s atomic drop! ENZIGURI! Fireman’s carry and T K O! Cover, Shane breaks it! Naito throws Mikey out and fans fire up as Sanada climbs the corner!

ROUNDING BODY- NO, Sanada has to land out as Mikey moves! Shane gets in to BROKEN ARROW! Naito dropkicks Shane’s legs out! Mikey storms up into Naito’s ELBOW! Mikey roars, Naito dodges his lariat and comes back to dropkick the legs! Naito runs, CORRIENDO SHIKI- NO, Mikey blocks Destino and Shane runs in, LAWN DART DDT! Fans fire up and Mikey drags Sanada up. Shane hops up, Mikey scoops, but Sanada slips off to shove Mikey at Shane! Sanada O’Conner BRI- NO, Mikey stops the bridge and shoves Sanada into Shane’s ROUNDHOUSE! Mikey scoops Sanada again, TANK BUSTER!! Cover, The Mighty win!!

Winners: Shane Haste & Mikey Nicholls, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Naito & Sanada earn 0)

The Mighty Don’t Kneel, and they find a way to win! Will Shane & Mikey find an outside way into the finals? Is the pressure to make it to WrestleKingdom going to break Naito before the league is out?

 

World Tag League 2022: Toru Yano & Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI!

The Joker & The Ace finally got on the board, but the winstreak of one win might already end against the Fierce Warrior & Head Hunter. Can the trickster bring himself to pull any tricks on his friends in Chaos? Or will Bishamon turn out the lights on Yano & Tanahashi?

The teams sort out and Yano grows impatient. He doesn’t even take note of Tanahashi taking off his jacket to show off the muscles. Goto steps up and Yano fires up. The bell rings and fans rally and duel. Yano squats and talks some smack, but Goto squats with him! Goto gives back the trash talk, Hashi steps in to back Goto up, and even smooshes Goto’s face up to make it more menacing! Yano says enough jokes, but Goto blocks Yano’s kick! Hashi runs to dropkick the leg! Goto BLASTS Tanahashi, then Bishamon brings Yano up to drum away! Tanahashi rushes in, but Bishamon kicks him to drum him, too! Fans fire up as Bishamon stands tall.

Goto stomps Yano to a corner, fires forearms, then whips him corner to corner. Yano reverses, then hurries to untie a buckle pad! Yano fires up but turns around into a kick! But the pad shielded Yano! Fans boo and Goto can’t believe it! Yano throws the pad to Goto and SLAPS him! Yano whips and Goto hits the buckles! Hashi runs in, Yano kicks him and whips him into bare buckles, too! Tag to Tanahashi and Yano throws Hashi out. Tanahashi drags Goto up, throws him out, and the bad boys bring Bishamon around to whip into railing! Fans rally and cheer as Tanahashi drags Goto back up to put him in the ring.

Tanahashi stomps Goto’s leg then YANKS it! Fans cheer as Tanahashi air guitars. Tanahashi drags Goto up and bumps him off buckles. Tag to Yano, and he bumps Goto off the bare buckles! And again! Fans fire up while Red Shoes keeps Hashi back. Yano whips Goto into the bare buckles now! Goto hobbles and fans fire up. Yano kneels on Goto for a cover, but Red Shoes says it’s a choke! Yano says no, it’s just up high! Yano stomps Goto, drags him up and bumps him off buckles. Tag to Tanahashi, and the bad boys whip Goto to ropes. They run him over, then they squat! Tanahashi drags Goto up, but Goto CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS!

Tanahashi throws body shots, runs, but Goto follows to LARIAT! Fans fire up while both men are down! Goto and Tanahashi crawl, hot tag to Hashi! Hashi ELBOWS Tanahashi down, BLASTS Yano, then storms up on Tanahashi. Tanahashi kicks low, whips Hashi to the padded corner, but Hashi comes back to CHOP! Hashi mule kicks and turns Tanahashi for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally and Hashi runs in again, to CHOP Tanahashi against ropes! Hashi hangs Tanahashi out to dry, runs side to side, and he DROPKICKS Tanahashi down! Cover, TWO! Fans continue to rally and Hashi stalks Tanahashi.

Fans rally, “GO ACE! GO ACE!” but Hashi brings Tanahashi up. Hashi reels Tanahashi in but Tanahashi fights the lift. Hashi keeps trying, but Tanahashi wrenches out. Hashi ROCKS Tanahashi, but Tanahashi ROCKS Hashi! They go back and forth, forearm for forearm, and fans rally up! Tanahashi gets the edge, but Hashi CHOPS back! Hashi aims but Tanahashi blocks the superkick to DRAGON SCREW! Fans rally while both men are down! Hashi and Tanahashi crawl, hot tags to Goto and Yano! Yano dodges Goto, claws his eyes and whips him, but Goto reverses! Yano hits the bare buckles, then Goto hits MURAMASA, and the BULLDOG! Cover, TWO!

Fans rally, Goto fireman’s carries but Yano fights with elbows! Yano runs, Goto follows but Yano ducks! Goto deflects the boot to DISCUS LARIAT! Fans fire up with Goto and he drags Yano up, but Yano ROCKS him! Goto ROCKS Yano back, the forearms start flying back and forth, faster and faster! Fans rally as Goto gets the edge, but Yano rakes the eyes! But Goto SLAPS Yano! Goto whips, Yano reverses and throws Goto by his hair! Hot tag to Tanahashi! Tanahashi runs in to forearm smash, then he feeds Goto to an atomic drop! Trip and CATAPULT into the bare buckles! Tanahashi runs but Goto denies the Slingblade!

Goto shoves Tanahashi into Yano, then DOUBLE LARIATS! Fans fire up as all three men are down! Goto crawls, fans rally up, and Goto hot tags Hashi! Hashi runs the ropes but Tanahashi blocks the lariat! Hashi spins to CHOP! Tanahashi fires off a strike fest! But both men roar! Hashi fires off his own strike fest and CHOPS! SUPERKICK! Tanahashi stays up, Hashi runs to LARIAT him down! Cover, TWO!! Fans fire up with Hashi and he brings Tanahashi back up. Hashi fisherman’s but Tanahashi fights the suplex to TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! Tanahashi runs, to SLINGBLADE! Cover, but Goto breaks it!

Yano throws Goto back out! Tanahashi fires up and he goes up the corner! HIGH FLY FLOW onto Hashi’s knees!! Hashi cradles, TWO!!! Tanahashi survives the sudden turnaround and fans are thunderous! Fans rally with “GO ACE! GO ACE!” as Tanahashi and Hashi stir. They both sit up, head for each other, and Tanahashi throws a forearm. Hashi throws it back! Tanahashi throws another forearm, but Hashi throws it back! They stand, egg each other on, and the forearms fly faster and faster! Fans rally, SHOTEI rocks Hashi! Tanahashi runs, but into Goto’s fireman’s carry! Tanahashi slips off but Goto powers him into the corner!

Hashi runs in and Goto moves, Hashi CHOPS Tanahashi! Hashi feeds Tanahashi to the fireman’s carry but he slips off again! Tanahashi full nelsons but Goto breaks that and ducks, HIDDEN GAP! Fireman’s carry again, FIERCE FLASH! Fans fire up more as Bishamon says it’s time! They drag Tanahashi up, hook him up, but Tanahashi kicks Hashi away! Yano drags Hashi out while Tanahashi hits TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! Yano puts Hashi back in, drags Goto out, and Tanahashi runs, into a CHOP! Hashi runs, dodges Tanahashi once, but the SLINGBLADE comes back around!! Fans fire up as Tanahashi climbs the corner!

Goto anchors Tanahashi’s legs! Tanahashi CLUBS Goto but Hashi ROCKS Tanahashi! Hashi climbs up, but Yano LOW BLOWS Goto! Yano slips in and grabs Hashi for the ONIGOROSHI BOMB!! Tanahashi adjusts, HIGH FLY FLOW!!! Direct hit!! Cover, Ace & Joker win!!

Winners: Hiroshi Tanahashi & Toru Yano, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Goto & Hashi earn 0)

The World Tag League 2021 winners have fallen to 2-2! Are their chances of back-to-back wins in jeopardy?

As for Yano & Tanahashi, Tanahashi gets the mic to thank the fans for coming tonight. “Hey, Toru, it’s great to hear the cheers, huh?” Fans cheer because it’s great TO cheer! Tanahashi says he wants to have this every day, “so make sure you stay safe and healthy so that happens! Thank you for today!” Fans cheer for that, and they want the air guitar! Tanahashi borrows one from a fan on the east side, that he passes to Yano! Yano’s happy to be part of a rare air guitar duet! Master Wato even has his on commentary, so now it’s a trio! “SHIZUOKA~!” “OSU~!” “SHIZUOKA~!” “OSU~!” “LET’S ROCK!” The jam session is on!

Fans clap along as Yano is a natural! Fans cheer but they want the “EN-CO-RU! EN-CO-RU!” Tanahashi is never one to disappoint the fans, and Yano gets his chair guitar! They jam out again, and Yano can truly do it all! But he’s not gonna throw the chair to the fans, that’s dangerous. But the fans want another encore! Tanahashi says, “LAST ONE! Yano takes a seat in his chair for air DRUMS! Now it’s a real jam session! Big finish and…! Fans cheer the great performance, and Tanahashi gets the mic back. “Toru and Hiroshi are going for the trophies, so keep supporting us! And keep supporting NJPW! Finally, people of Shizuoka… ASHITEMASU~!”

Will love, energy and comedy propel the Joker & the Ace to the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships?

 

Here are the NEW World Tag League standings!

Aussie Open: 4-0, 8 points
The Mighty: 3-1, 6 points
Suzuki & Archer: 3-1, 6 points
Yano & Tanahashi: 2-2, 4 points
Goto & Hashi: 2-2, 4 points
Naito & Sanada: 2-2, 4 points
Khan & Henare: 2-2, 4 points
Chase & Fale: 2-2, 4 points
Evil & Yujiro: 0-4, 0 points
Coughlin & Kidd: 0-4, 0 points


My Thoughts:

Another really good event and a really good round for World Tag League. I’m a little surprised Coughlin & Kidd haven’t gotten a win yet, but they always look solid in their matches. Great stuff back to back for the United Empire, even though Khan & Henare did lose. Khan helping Aussie Open was good stuff, though, and of course the House of Torture keep losing big time. Also, Naito & Sanada losing again puts the pressure on them, they could have an even stronger showing in the second half of this tournament. Tanahashi & Yano winning to close was a bit of a surprise, but they’re a great team and huge fan favorites, I would love to see them be a team for more than just World Tag League.

My Score: 8.7/10


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