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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (11/6/20)

Who is heading for Survivor Series?

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WWE SmackDown Coverage 3.0

Will the SmackDown Women’s Championship still be legit?

SmackDown has a rematch from Hell in a Cell! Will Bayley once again be our Role Model? Or will Sasha Banks prove she can hold onto the gold?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • SmackDown Women’s Championship: Sasha Banks VS Bayley; Banks wins and retains the title.
  • Survivor Series Team SmackDown Qualifier: Rey Mysterio VS Baron Corbin; Corbin wins and joins Team SmackDown.
  • Survivor Series Women’s Team SmackDown Qualifier Triple Threat: Natalya VS Ruby Riott VS Zelina Vega; Riott wins and joins Team SmackDown.
  • Survivor Series Team SmackDown Qualifier: Seth Rollins VS Otis; Rollins wins and joins Team SmackDown.
  • Jey Uso VS Kevin Owens; Uso wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

SmackDown Women’s Championship: Sasha Banks VS Bayley!

History waits for no one, so there’s no point in waiting on this one! And speaking of history, Bayley has pointed out Sasha’s history of losing titles as quickly as she wins them. But will The Boss keep history from repeating itself and establish this is finally her time?

Before the match, Kayla Braxton interviews Bayley backstage. Since their start in the WWE, these two have been “intertwined.” Watching the video package just now must’ve stirred up some emotions. Yeah, so many. Like when Bayley hit Sasha with the chair, that brought her joy. And thinking about Sasha forcing Bayley to sign the contract, that makes her angry. But she’s mostly sad. In that amazing video, they forgot the biggest part of Sasha’s career: DING DONG, hello? losing titles when she defends them! Sasha better got her fill these last two weeks, because tonight, Bayley takes back the title. This rivalry ends the same way it started: Sasha crippled in the ring by her own failure!

Bayley makes her entrance, the introductions are made and the belt is raised. What could be the final chapter between these best frenemies starts now!

The two tie up, go around, pulling hair as they go into the corner. Bayley turns things around but Sasha turns them back. The ref counts, the two let up at 4, and then Bayley shoves Sasha. Sasha CHOPS Bayley! Then throws forearms! Sasha knuckle locks and goes up the ropes to arm-drag and cover, ONE! Sasha keeps on Bayley with knuckle locks and brings her up. Bayley steps through to chicken wing but Sasha goes up a corner to get out! Back to knuckle locks, Bayley trips Sasha to a cover, TWO! Sasha keeps Bayley away, then goes up to wheelbarrow and takedown! Bayley scrambles to ropes and Sasha has no choice but to let go. Sasha seethes, “Hello, ding dong! I’m waiting!” We’ll all have to wait as SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns and Sasha dodges Bayley’s baseball slide to come back. Bayley is on the apron so Sasha slides to trip her up! Sasha then spins on the apron to kick Bayley down! Sasha puts Bayley back in, Bayley is in the corner and Sasha hits the swinging meteora! Cover, TWO! Bayley gets to the far side but Sasha follows after. Sasha goes to the apron and runs at Bayley to METEORA into the post! Sasha goes side to side again but Bayley LAUNCHES Sasha with her boots! Sasha crashes and burns on the apron then hits the floor! Bayley grins as she looms over Sasha. She puts Sasha in, covers, TWO! Bayley drives knees into Sasha’s back then chokes her on the ropes! The ref reprimands, Bayley stops and Sasha gets to a corner.

Bayley stomps Sasha, drags her around and has the legs, ROPE GUILLOTINE! Cover TWO! Bayley grows annoyed and she drags Sasha up to a chinlock. Sasha endures as Bayley thrashes her around and fans clap on their ThunderDome screens. Sasha fights up, but Bayley throws her into a corner! Bayley goes corner to corner but misses! Sasha runs in but Bayley catches her, only for Sasha to DEADLY NIGHTSHADE! CORNER METEORA! Cover, TWO! Bayley staggers up and CLOBBERS Sasha! Cover, TWO! Bayley grows frustrated but the fans rally. Bayley drags Sasha up to the top rope, climbs up to join her, but Sasha fights back! Sasha hammers away, Bayley hops down, FLYING METEORA! Both women are down but fans fire up!

Bayley gets to the apron but Sasha hurries after her. Sasha aims, CROSSBODY from the apron! Both women go down on the outside as SmackDown goes to break!

SmackDown returns again and Sasha is back up top. Bayley hits her but Sasha hits back! Sasha adjusts but Bayley goes to the apron to throw haymakers! Bayley tries to superplex Sasha to the outside, but Sasha resists! Sasha fights back, slides under and around to drag Bayley off the top, only for Bayley to huricanrana her into the desk! Bayley gets Sasha up an din the ring fast, then goes up top herself! Sasha intercepts with a forearm! Sasha YANKS Bayley off the top! Bayley hits a buckle on the way down, and Sasha runs side to side, BOOT WASH DROPKICK! Sasha slips back to the outside as she hits Bayley, and she comes back to run up the steps, APRON ELBOW DROP! Bayley tumbles down but Sasha puts her right back in!

Sasha gets up top again, aims and FROG SPLASH! Cover, TWO!! Bayley survives and Sasha can’t believe it! Fans clap and rally up, Sasha stands Bayley up for the BACKSTABBER, but Bayley rolls through the crossface! BAYLEY2- NO! Sasha drop toeholds out of the suplex to get the CROSSFACE! Bayley goes under the ropes, Sasha lets go to get a leg but Bayley BOOTS Sasha into barriers! Sasha slumps down while Bayley steadies herself. Bayley goes out, drags Sasha up and in, and decides to bring out a kendo stick?! The ref warns her, this is a normal match! But the stick is a distraction for a chair! Bayley wants to use THAT chair, but Sasha BOOTS it! Then BOOTS Bayley! Sasha TOSSES the chair, but Bayley hits a BACKSTABBER! To BAYLEY2BELLY!! Cover, TWO!?! Sasha survives and Bayley can’t believe it!

Bayley hurries up top again, MACHO ELBOW!! Cover, TWO!!! Bayley is beside herself! She seethes as she looms over Sasha, and she brings the arm in. Sasha avoids the Planter and throws Bayley into buckles! Bayley boots back, runs and gets around to redirect and KNEE Sasha! Then SAIDO! Cover, TWO!! Sasha survives the onslaught and Bayley is losing her cool. Sasha shakes her head, saying she is not done. But Bayley STEALS the Bank Statement crossface!! Sasha endures, moves around, crawls forward, but Bayley blocks with her foot! The ref reprimands, Sasha gets around to jackknife, TWO! The two go to the apron again, Sasha dodges and Bayley POSTS herself!

Sasha goes back to the apron and stomps Bayley down! Sasha drags Bayley back in, BACKSTABBER to BANK STATEMENT! Bayley raises a hand but Sasha traps it! Bayley TAPS, Sasha wins!!

Winner: Sasha Banks, by submission (still SmackDown Women’s Champion)

Now it’s legit! The curse was broken and Sasha Banks holds onto the gold! But now she goes to Survivor Series to take on Asuka in a Champion VS Champion match! Will The Boss be better than the Empress of Tomorrow? Wait, CARMELLA attacks with a FABULOUS KICK! And then the MELLA BUSTER! “I’m back, baby!” The now #Untouchable Princess of Staten Island just called her shot! Will she be the one to break Banks?

 

Kevin Owens finds Jey Uso backstage.

Rough couple of weeks for the two of them. Kevin says Jey getting Roman’s coffee should be Paul Heyman’s job. What was that? Dude, he’s just kidding. Oh so he thinks the family is a joke? No, none of this is a joke. Kevin says he and Jey are teammates at Survivor Series. Kevin doesn’t have the best record at Survivor Series, so he just wanted to check in. But Jey has a lot on his mind, so that’s fine. Maybe switch to decaf. Kevin leaves before things get any more tense. Will Team SmackDown be able to hold it together better than Team Raw?

 

WWE has HUGE news for Survivor Series!

After reaching 30 YEARS, the Undertaker will be at the PPV where it all started, and he bids his “Final Farewell.” Will it truly be the last ride for the Dead Man?

 

Backstage interview with Jey Uso!

Kayla says the last month or so has been very emotional. But let’s look at last week in particular. Jey was face to face with Roman after the brutal and humiliating way Roman defeated him at Hell in a Cell. And while it looked like Jey was going to defy the Tribal Chief, blood was thicker than water. Jey bowed the knee, fell in line, and acknowledged Roman as head of the table. Jey not only beat Daniel Bryan to qualify for the SmackDown Survivor Series team, but he beat down Daniel Bryan to make a point. Can he explain his actions? He did what he had to do. It wasn’t personal. Bryan is a friend, but family is forever. Yes, unless you don’t fall in line. Oh haha, Kayla. Everyone wants to be funny, is that it?

Paul Heyman walks in and says hi. But he has a question: did Roman authorize this interview? That’s rhetorical. Roman did not approve. Roman needs to speak to Jey. Kayla says Heyman has a better spot in the family. Still throwing shade, huh? Let’s not keep Roman waiting. Heyman and Jey leave, but that wasn’t a yes or a no to Kayla’s questions.

 

Rey Mysterio is on the phone.

He’s trying to contact daughter Aalyah but she’s clearly not answering. Dominik hurries over and asks what’s going on. Rey’s match is next and he’s not even dressed?! Because he’s trying to figure out where Aalyah is! Dom hasn’t seen or heard from her, but the match! Rey asks Dom to go get his things for him. Dom hurries off, but CORBIN attacks! The Wolf King is going to take a shortcut to Survivor Series by beating up his opponent! Dom chases Corbin off, but has Corbin already won?

 

Heyman talks with Jey.

Heyman respects what Jey is doing, but if he wants to do something like that interview, he has to run it by Roman first. He has to ask about doing interviews?! Yes, glad you understand. Then let’s go talk to him! Heyman tells Jey to wait so he can get Roman, and they’ll talk… when Roman’s ready. Heyman goes inside, leaving Jey literally on the outside. Roman shows up rather quickly, and he asks Jey why he’s doing interviews. Trying to tell his story? No it’s part of the job. Well there’s a chain of command here. If you want to do one of those, talk to Roman. If he can’t find Roman, talk to Heyman. What’s going on with Kevin? Forget that fool, he’s making dumb jokes. Jokes, huh? Sounded more like disrespect. If he disrespects Jey, he disrespects Roman. If he disrespects Roman, he disrespects the entire bloodline.

Kevin running his mouth against the family, who are at the top of the mountain, he’s going to let that slide? No, Jey will handle it. Jey goes off somewhere, but what is he going to do? Roman asks if Heyman knew. Heyman stutters that he found out as it happened. Heyman’s supposed to know everything. Heyman is supposed to handle everything so that Roman doesn’t have to. Heyman understands. Then go find Pearce. They’ll handle the KO problem tonight. Heyman heads off, but how is Roman going to “handle” this?

 

Survivor Series Team SmackDown Qualifier: Rey Mysterio VS Baron Corbin!

The Wolf King is already in the ring, and of course is smug about what he just did backstage. The music hits for the King of Lucha Libre, but he doesn’t come out. At least, not alone. Dom is with him, but will Rey be able to fight in street clothes, beat up and still worried about his daughter?

The bell rings and Rey rushes Corbin, only to get hit with a SPINE BUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Rey gets to a corner but Corbin throws body shots! Corbin throws haymakers, too, and then mockingly asks if Rey is okay. Corbin bumps Rey off buckles, digs his knee in, but lets off at the ref’s count. Rey gets to the apron and Dom is worried, but Corbin mockingly applauds. Corbin goes out, ROCKS Rey with a right, then bumps him off the apron. The ref starts a ring count but Corbin puts Rey in. Rey gets to a corner, elbows back and throws body shots, but Corbin knees hard and low! Corbin stands on Rey’s head and chest! Corbin lets off while fans give thumbs down. Corbin throws Rey out then lets the ring count climb.

Dom checks on Rey but Corbin comes out to break the count. Corbin stalks behind Rey and throws more big forearms. Corbin runs in but Rey moves, Corbin only gets steel steps! Rey refreshes the count and goes out after Corbin with kicks! Rey puts Corbin against the apron to throw hands then he puts Corbin in. Rey gets in, throws forearms, and runs, into Corbin’s elbow! Corbin looms over Rey and drags him up. Corbin choke grips and lifts, but Rey sunset flips out of the slam to cover, TWO! Tilt-o-whirl headscissors throws Corbin out! But Seth Rollins is here! The Savior of SmackDown smirks, but then says he means no harm. Will that be true while SmackDown goes to break?

SmackDown returns and Corbin has Rey against the post. The ref counts, Corbin lets off, and Rey now POSTS Corbin! Both men are down and the ring count climbs. Rollins mockingly rallies for Rey as Rey puts Corbin in. Rey springboards and splashes! But he can’t cover, his own body is too sore! Corbin and Rey slowly rise and Corbin shoves Rey into a corner! Corbin runs in but Rey elbows back! Rey boots back, Corbin wobbles but runs into more boots! Rey springboards to QUEBRADA, but into Corbin’s arms! Corbin hits a Canadian rack BACKBREAKER! Rollins cheers Corbin on as he covers, TWO! Rey survives and crawls to the apron. Corbin drags Rey around as Dom glares at Rollins. Corbin CLUBS Rey down and soaks up the heat from fans.

Corbin drags Rey up, puts him against ropes and throws forearm after forearm into the back! The ref counts, Corbin lets off and Rollins cheers. Corbin drags Rey around, hoists him up top and throws haymakers. Corbin climbs up but Rey fights back! Rey headbutts Corbin until he staggers down, then Rey adjusts to leap! But Corbin catches him this time, for a BACKBREAKER! And another! Corbin carries Rey around for a SLAM! Cover, TWO! Corbin grows frustrated, as does Rollins, but Corbin digs his knee into Rey for his chinlock clutch. Rey gets the ropebreak and Corbin lets off. Rey tumbles out of the ring but Corbin goes out to fetch him. Corbin brings Rey up to RAM into the apron!

The ring count climbs to 5 before Corbin puts Rey in. Corbin rains down rights over and over, then stares down Dom. Dom glances between Corbin and Rollins, who shakes his head. Corbin hauls Rey up to CLUB him down, then runs to DECK him with a right! Corbin taunts Rey, runs again and DECKS Rey with another right! Corbin grins as he drags Rey up, runs a third time, but Rey dodges and runs, but into a bearhug! Rey endures, fights and BITES! Corbin rams Rey into the buckles, then runs corner to corner. Rey ducks down to dodge, then enziguris from the apron! Rey climbs up and leaps, SEATED SENTON! And then he speeds up to dropkick the legs out and basement dropkick Corbin down! Rollins is worried as Rey SPRINGBOARD SENTONS! Cover, TWO!

Rey and Corbin slowly rise as fans rally. Rollins gets frustrated on Corbin’s behalf but Dom coaches Rey on. Corbin shoves Rey away, but Rey slips through End of Days to drop toehold! Corbin is on the ropes, Rey dials it up, but Corbin bails out! And then Corbin sucker punches Dom! Rey dropkicks Corbin then PLANCHAS! Direct hit and everyone is down! Rollins watches closely while Dom sits up. Rey puts Corbin in the ring but he’s still worried about his son. Dom says he’s fine so Rey goes in. Corbin headbutts low, reels Rey in, and lifts, but Rey fights out to huricanrana! 6 1 9!! Rollins attacks Dom! Rey goes out to hit Rollins and throw him into barriers! Fans give thumbs down as Buddy Murphy and Aalyah finally appear!

Rey says Murphy needs to leave but Aalyah says he’s here to help now! The ring count climbs, Rey has to hurry back in, but he’s still shouting at Murphy. Corbin gets Rey for END OF DAYS!! Cover, Corbin wins!!

Winner: King Corbin, by pinfall (joins Team SmackDown)

Rey could not keep his focus, and now he’s out of Survivor Series! But will the Wolf King of the Ring be King of Team SmackDown?

 

BREAKING NEWS!

Jey will “handle” the KO problem himself as he and Kevin will have a match tonight! Will this only sabotage SmackDown’s chances at Survivor Series?

 

Survivor Series Women’s Team SmackDown Qualifier Triple Threat: Natalya VS Ruby Riott VS Zelina Vega!

The Queen of Harts, the Best of All Time #BOAT, didn’t qualify in the Triple Threat against Billie Kay and Bianca Belair, but there’s still time. Will the winningest woman in WWE history be able to qualify against the Squad leader and La Muneca?

The bell rings and Natty shoves Zelina away to get Ruby in a facelock. Zelina comes back to roll Natty but Ruby pushes that part. Zelina gets around Ruby but Ruby switches, only for Natty to get her in an O’Conner roll. Zelina boots Natty down, Ruby and Zelina brawl and Zelina clubs Ruby down. Zelina ax kicks, runs, but Natty trips her and throws her out! Natty gets in but Ruby cradle counters, ONE! Natty gets Ruby for a scoop and slam! Natty gets the legs, hooks them up and grabs the arms. Natty hoists Ruby up into the Romero Special surfobarods! But Zelina slides in to cover Natty, TWO as Natty lets Ruby go at the same time.

Natty shoves Zelina but Zelina elbows back and huricanranas around and around and around and around! Zelina is dizzy now, and she runs into Ruby’s STO! Ruby goes up top while Natty and Zelina are down! Natty gets to Ruby but Ruby kicks her away! Ruby adjusts, STAGE DIVE SENTON, but Zelina moves! Natty Sharpshooters but Zelina BULLDOGS! Zelina hits METEORA! She snapmares Ruby and runs to SPIKE-RANA! But Ruby rolls out! Natty rolls Zelina up, TWO! DISCUS- NO! Zelina gets around, crucifix to sunset flip, TWO! Natty has the legs, another Sharpshooter! Zelina endures, crawls, reaches, but has to keep going because of no ropebreak disqualifications! But Ruby clamps on to get the arms! Natty lets go and NOW Zelina taps?! Ruby wins!!

Winner: Ruby Riott, by submission (joins Team SmackDown)

Natty can’t believe it! She’s 0-2 in these Triple Threats! Ruby benefits from the #BOAT making a mistake, will Ruby and Bianca Belair make for a strong combination?

 

Big E is backstage, playing Trivial Pursuit?

The answer is, the Duchess of Cornwall! Pay up! Big bank takes little bank! The Street Profits come by clapping, “Big! E Rocks!” Big E appreciates that. Wanna kick it in the Champions’ Lounge? They got the lease off Cesaro and Shinsuke so they’ll remodel. Big E will take them up on it. Let’s talk Survivor Series! Oh okay, this is about the scoop on the New Day, huh? Just a little scoop. Well if you really wanna know… “If y’all lay down in the ring, Kofi and Woods won’t beat you up too bad.” Ouch. But they laugh it off together. That’s funny, brother. Big E heads out, comes back for more laughs, then they do some Three Stooges.

Billie Kay comes by and joins in the laughter, but then she cuts that short to show “Mr. Profits” her headshot and resume, if they’re looking for some real inside info on the Raw brand. After all, she was just there. Billie, they were, too! Oh right. Then that’s a no on the help? The Profits head out, will Billie find somewhere to belong on the Blue Brand?

 

Survivor Series Team SmackDown Qualifier: Seth Rollins VS Otis!

The Savior had a hand in screwing over Rey, but will he be directly responsible for keeping The Dozer off the team? Or will the Blue Collar Solid working man turn his luck around to get back on top?

SmackDown returns and Rollins makes his entrance. The Mysterios are watching closely backstage, hoping he faces the consequences of his actions. The bell rings and Otis circles with Rollins. They tie up Rollins waistlocks and clubs Otis over and over. Rollins laughs and whips but Otis blocks! Otis is too big and strong and he whips Rollins HARD into the corner! Then he MAT SLAMS Rollins, then SLAMS him again! Rollins bails out and composes himself after getting thrown around. But Buddy Murphy walks out to confront Rollins. The Mysterios are still watching as Rollins gets back in the ring. Rollins kicks but Otis blocks and throws him down! Otis bumps Rollins off buckles hard, then brings him up to whip. Rollins kicks back then runs, but Otis dumps him out! And at Murphy’s feet!

Rollins scrambles up and away from Murphy but Murphy just stares him down. Otis comes out to TACKLE Rollins! Otis puts Rollins in, check son Murphy but Murphy stays put. Otis goes in, Rollins hits a SLING BLADE! Cover, TWO! Rollins is a bit shocked but Otis is in a corner. Rollins runs in and RAMS his shoulder in! But Otis isn’t bothered! Otis jiggles and shimmies as Rollins kicks! Rollins keeps kicking but Otis keeps powering up! Otis is fired up, Rollins CHOPS, but the jiggling just continues! And the thrusting starts! Otis is feeling it as he counter HEADBUTS, then rallies with big body blocks! Rollins swings, runs but into a FLAPJACK! Otis brings Rollins up tp out him in a corner, scoop and spin for the SLAM!

Rollins is in the corner again but he boots back! Rollins goes up, leaps, but into Otis’ arms! Otis FALL AWAY SLAMS Rollins to the far side! Otis is all fired up and he runs to corner splash! Rollins is down, Otis has a target! Otis starts things up but Murphy gets on the apron? Is Murphy here to help Rollins? He does look Rollins’ way, but then reconsiders. Otis still swipes at Murphy but Rollins SUPERKICKS Otis down! And hits a CURB STOMP! Cover, Rollins wins!

Winner: Seth Rollins, by pinfall (joins Team SmackDown)

The Mysterios are confused! Is Murphy still Rollins’ disciple? Or is Murphy playing a mind game even more complex than Rollins understands?

 

SmackDown returns as Rollins confronts Murphy backstage!

Rollins knows what he saw tonight. At least, he thinks he knows. Tell him he saw what he thinks he saw. Tell him! Murphy points to Rollins and says “messiah,” then to himself and says “disciple.” Yes! Say it again! Rollins is messiah, Murphy is disciple. Rollins knew Murphy would understand! He knew Murphy would see the light, and that the Mysterio family would never truly accept him. Welcome home, Murphy. There’s work to be done! But now Aalyah confronts him! Murphy says it isn’t what it looks like but she’s still upset! Murphy says she needs to trust him. This is for the greater good. Is Murphy tricking Rollins? Or is he just fooling himself?

 

Michael Cole interviews Lars Sullivan.

Cole knows Lars sat down for an interview with Corey Graves last week, speaking on the issues as a child and how he was called “a freak” by bullies. Lars sits with his shirt off as he says he hates bullies. “I’ve been bullied my entire life.” For how he looks, for how he talks, for how he dresses. “Those bullies, they would push me down. They would kick me. They would steal my lunch. They would mock me and they would call me ‘freak.'” The other kids would just stand there and watch, and laugh! Lars seethes as he says at 13 years old, he started lifting weights and learned how to take care of himself. He gained 50 pounds of muscle in about 18 months. The bullying stopped. In fact, Lars became a bully. Lars bullied those bullies, “and that was so much fun, man.”

Lars bullied the bystanders who watched and laughed! He got back at them because they deserved it. “I learned that I could bully whoever I wanted.” He could make them do whatever he want, or eat whatever he wanted. “Dirt. Glass. Bugs.” Lars could do whatever Lars wanted. Like this! He ROARS at Cole, and then laughs to himself. “Now that’s intimidation! That’s bullying! And I love it.” What else will Lars do? And who will he do it to?

 

Jey Uso VS Kevin Owens!

Making fun of the family will not be allowed by the Tribal Chief. In fact, it seems if it isn’t Roman’s will, it will not happen. Will Jey carry out Roman’s will and humble Kevin here tonight?

SmackDown returns as Kayla interviews Kevin backstage. He’s about to face his Survivor Series teammate. Does he feel things got out of hand? Yes, of course they did! When Kevin came into work today, he didn’t expect to fight his Survivor Series partner! But the thing is, Kevin has a tendency to speak his mind. It’s like a bad habit. But if Jey or Roman or Roman’s little b- Special counsel, has a problem with that, so be it. Kevin says what else is out of hand is what Jey did- well, what Roman told Jey to do to Daniel Bryan last week.

But hey, Kevin’s done questionable things for his family, too. The difference is, Kevin chose to do those things. He wasn’t made to do them. He is his own man. Which is more than he can say for Jey right now. So know this, Jey. The beating you’ve got coming? It is 100% from Kevin. Will Kevin be able to #JustKeepFighting after his fight with Jey?

The bell rings, Kevin and Jey circle. They tie up, Kevin headlocks and grinds Jey down. Jey fights up, powers out but Kevin runs him over! Jey gets to ropes but Kevin stays back. Roman is watching backstage as Jey gets back up. Jey and Kevin tie up again, Kevin waistlocks but Jey pries free to a wristlock. Kevin ROCKS Jey with a right then headlocks again. Kevin grinds Jey down but Jey fights up. Jey throws body shots but Kevin scoops and slams him, then drops a back senton! Cover, TWO! Kevin keeps on Jey but Jey throws Kevin out. Kevin comes back but Jey runs, into a forearm! Kevin drags Jey up but Jey throws body shots! Jey hotshots Kevin down! Roman gives an order and Heyman heads out?

Jey runs and DIVES but Kevin catches him to throw him into the barriers! Kevin refreshes the count to then FROG SPLASH to the floor! Double-edged but worth it in Kevin’s mind! The Prizefighter is in control as SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns as Jey stomps a mudhole into Kevin! Jey lets off at the ref’s count but he fires himself up. Jey goes after Kevin but Kevin throws hands. Jey ROCKS Kevin with a right then stalks him at ropes. Jey whips Kevin, Kevin kicks back but Jey still fireman’s carries. Kevin slips off for a HEADSHOT neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Kevin goes up top but has to shake out the cobwebs. And now Heyman appears? This was Roman’s order, and Kevin is distracted. Jey SUPERKICKS Kevin down to the ground! Jey builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit and Kevin hits barriers! Jey gets up and brings Kevin up to bump him off steel steps! Kevin checks his jaw but his teeth are still there. Kevin and Jey get in, Jey drags Kevin around to stomp him down! Kevin gets up, Jey SUPERKICKS him again!

Jey tells Heyman, “This is how we do, Paul!” Jey rains down rights on Kevin, then brings him up into a chinlock. Jey clamps down tight but Kevin endures. Kevin fights up as fans clap. Kevin arm-drags free, but Jey superkicks again, only for Kevin to block and SUPERKICK back! Both men are down and Heyman grows worried. Fans rally as Kevin goes to a corner. Jey slowly rises, runs at Kevin but misses! Kevin SUPERKICKS again! And then CANNONBALLS! Kevin has Jey in the drop zone and he climbs up, SWANTON BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Jey survives and Heyman is surprised! Kevin drags Jey up and whips him to ropes, but Jey slips off the pop-up to SUPERKICK back! And then back suplex NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!!

Kevin and Jey stir and Heyman is flustered. Jey gets to a corner, and goes up top as Kevin is in a drop zone. Kevin gets up to intercept with haymakers! Jey punches Kevin back and then down, but Kevin gets under the leap! Pop-up POWERBOMB! Cover, ROPEBREAK!! Kevin stomps Jey, tells Heyman to shut up, but now ROMAN comes out! The ref and Kevin are both distracted, Jey LOW BLOW HEADBUTTS Kevin down!! SUPERKICK!! Jey goes to the corner, climbs up top, USO SPLASH! Cover, Jey wins!

Winner: Jey Uso, by pinfall

The family basically won together! Jey high-fives Heyman, then meets Roman at the stage. Roman is proud of Jey that he is starting to see things his way. Will the Anoa’i Dynasty soon control all of SmackDown?


My Thoughts:

This was a fairly good SmackDown, but there sure was a lot of Mysterio family drama this week. Both Men’s Survivor Series Team matches had to do with that story, with some very interesting twists and turns. I almost thought Corbin attacking Rey outta nowhere meant Dominik was going to sub in and somehow win his way to Survivor Series. In a way, I’m glad Rey still had the match, as he’s been needing to get back in the ring one way or another. But with Rollins and ultimately Murphy distracting him, obviously Rey was going to lose. At the same time, it’d be way too easy to copy the dysfunction angle from Raw if Rey and Rollins were both on the team. And while Rollins beats Otis thanks to Murphy, I like that it isn’t just Murphy blindly going back to Rollins. Murphy wants Aalyah to trust this is part of a plan, but honestly, it’d just be better if Murphy outright beat the hell out of Rollins. The Mysterio men just need to understand people can change and Murphy can be their ally rather than another enemy.

Natty being in another Triple Threat is fine, because there are various reasons to explain it. For one, there are only so many women on either Raw or SmackDown so you gotta use them all. And Natty is the winningest woman in WWE, she really is a great wrestler, and this is her giving back and putting the newer stars over. It was very clever to copy last week’s spot of double submissions to then let it be Ruby’s win. I have a feeling Natty ends up on the team eventually, but the dysfunction there is Natty is on a team with women who have beaten her to get on the team. Opening tonight with Bayley VS Sasha was a great move, it was a great match though not exactly top 5 for even just their rivalry. Naturally Sasha retains to finally get that “curse” off her back, and then to set up a fresh match-up as Carmella makes a surprise return! Sasha VS Carmella will surely take us through to Royal Rumble.

Lars Sullivan’s second interview definitely built upon the first, and it easily framed the motivations behind Lars’ behavior. Not sure who his first feud will be against with the singles titles all under Heel control, but maybe he gets on Team SmackDown and we get all kinds of hoss match-ups with Keith Lee, Braun Strowman and even Sheamus. Big E should also be on Team SmackDown, he and Sheamus can bring back some of that recent rivalry. Big E’s segment with The Street Profits was really fun, and I feel like while things are respectful right now, the Raw VS SmackDown Tag Champions match could get real chippy and rough real quick. I feel like if Big E isn’t destined for the Universal Championship at WrestleMania, he and Sami Zayn need to start on an Intercontinental Championship program before the Royal Rumble.

The big story of Jey Uso was really strong tonight. Jey is understandably on edge, so it works that he’d take that out on Kevin and his general wry wit. There is also understandable tension as Jey doesn’t want to go to Roman for permission on everything like Roman’s his dad or something. But Jey still seems to agree with the general mission, and there are any number of ways this can go. Jimmy might even return to confront Jey on all of this, and it’s up to Jimmy to either save Jey or end up just like him. Again, this is perhaps some of the best pure story stuff you can find anywhere right now, it’s so good.

My Score: 8.2/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (8/10/22)

MOX VS JERICHO 2!

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Can the Maniac tame the Lionheart?

Jon Moxley puts up the Interim AEW World Championship, but not against The Wizard of the Painmaker, but against LIONHEART Chris Jericho!! Will Dynamite never, ever, EEEVER… be the same, again?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Coffin Match: Darby Allin VS Brody King; wins.
  • Tornado Tag: The Lucha Brothers VS La Faccion Ingobernable; win(s).
  • Ricky Starks VS Aaron Solo w/ The Factory; wins.
  • AEW TBS Championship: Jade Cargill w/ The Baddies VS Madison Rayne; wins and
  • Interim AEW World Championship: Jon Moxley VS Chris Jericho; wins and

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Mitchell’s NJPW G1 Climax 32 Results & Report! (8/10/22)

C Block’s top spot is up for grabs!

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Will the Ace of the Universe stay on top?

We’re getting into the nitty-gritty of the biggest G1 Climax ever! But will Hiroshi Tanahashi still lead C Block? Or will Hirooki Goto trump the Ace?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Six Man Tag: YOSHI-HASHI, Ryohei Oiwa & Yuto Nakashima VS The United Empire; The United Empire wins.
  • Tomohiro Ishii & Toru Yano VS Bad Dude Tito & JONAH; Ishii & Yano win.
  • Six Man Tag: Suzuki-Gun VS Bullet Club; Suzuki-Gun wins.
  • 8 Man Tag: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS Bullet Club; Bullet Club wins.
  • G1 Climax, D Block: David Finlay VS El Phantasmo; ELP wins.
  • G1 Climax, B Block: Tama Tonga VS Great-O-Khan; Tama wins.
  • G1 Climax, C Block: Zack Sabre Jr. VS EVIL; ZSJ wins.
  • G1 Climax, A Block: Kazuchika Okada VS Tom Lawlor; Okada wins.
  • G1 Climax, C Block: Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Hirooki Goto; Goto wins.

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Here are the current standings!

A Block

  • Lance Archer: 3-2, 6 points
  • JONAH: 3-2, 6 points
  • Kazuchika Okada: 3-1, 6 points
  • Jeff Cobb: 2-2, 4 points
  • Tom Lawlor: 2-2, 4 points
  • Bad Luck Fale: 2-3, 4 points
  • Toru Yano: 1-4, 2 points [ELIMINATED]

B Block

  • Jay White: 4-0, 8 points
  • Tama Tonga: 3-1, 6 points
  • SANADA: 3-2, 6 points
  • Taichi: 2-2, 4 points
  • Chase Owens: 2-4, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
  • Great-O-Khan: 1-3, 2 points [ELIMINATED]
  • Tomohiro Ishii: 1-4, 2 points [ELIMINATED]

C Block

  • Hiroshi Tanahashi: 3-1, 6 points
  • Zack Sabre Jr: 3-1, 6 points
  • Tetsuya Naito: 3-2, 6 points
  • Hirooki Goto: 2-2, 4 points
  • EVIL: 2-2, 4 points
  • KENTA: 1-3, 2 points [ELIMINATED]
  • Aaron Henare: 1-4, 2 points [ELIMINATED]

D Block

  • David Finlay: 3-1, 6 points
  • Yujiro Takahashi: 3-2, 6 points
  • Shingo Takagi: 2-2, 4 points
  • Will Ospreay: 2-2, 4 points
  • YOSHI-HASHI: 2-2, 4 points
  • Juice Robinson: 2-3, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
  • El Phantasmo: 1-3, 2 points

 

G1 Climax, D Block: David Finlay VS El Phantasmo!

The Rebel leads the block while the Headbanga is technically last. But ELP still has this match and another until his run is done, can he turn the block upside down? Or will Finlay shock ELP just like he did so many others in the block?

Fans rally up and ELP encourages them to get louder. The bell rings and ELP has the fans settle down. ELP and Finlay circle and the fans clap again, “RE-BE-RU!” “E L P!” Finlay shoots in but ELP keeps his distance. They tie up, Finlay gets an arm and wrenches to a wristlock. ELP rolls, wrenches and wristlocks back, but Finlay spins and wrenches to wristlock again. Finlay grinds the arm down but ELP rolls and trips Finlay. ELP turns Finlay over to a BOW ‘N’ ARROW, but Finlay pops out to a cover, ONE! Fans applaud the exchange, then ELP handsprings up. Fans applaud that, and ELP stomps, stomps, claps to get fans on that We Will Rock You rhythm.

ELP and Finlay tie up, Finlay wrenches to a hammerlock but ELP switches it onto Finlay. Finlay switches it onto ELP but ELP switches it back. Finlay switches it back again, but ELP switches it again. Finlay steps through the ropes and back in to wrap ELP’s arm around ropes. The ref counts, Finlay cranks the hold but lets off, to kick the ropes! The rope jams ELP’s arm, ELP swings on Finlay but into an arm-drag that Finlay then turns into a ghost pin, TWO! ELP scrambles away and fans fire up. Finlay and ELP reset and fans rally up. The two circle, tie up, and ELP headlocks. Finlay endures the grind, powers up and out, but ELP runs him over!

ELP flexes and fans applaud. Things speed up, Finlay hurdles but ELP shoves and follows to RANA! Finlay ends up in a corner while ELP kips up and fans applaud. Fans also rally up as ELP struts around. ELP springboards to backflip and strike his pose. Fans applaud and ELP bets Finlay can’t do that. Finlay and ELP circle, tie up, and are in a deadlock this time. ELP headlocks but Finlay powers out to get his own headlock, and the takeover. ELP headscissors, Finlay kips free but roles reverse as ELP headlocks to the takeover. Finlay headscissors, ELP kips free and sweeps the leg. Cover, ONE!

Finlay goes to sweep but ELP jumps and body scissors to a cover, ONE! Finlay sits on ELP for a cover, ONE! ELP has the cover back, ONE! Finlay has the cradle, TWO!! ELP escapes and scrambles away while fans fire up. Finlay says it was that close. Fans rally again, ELP and Finlay reset and circle. ELP wants a handshake? Finlay kicks that away and shoves ELP. ELP throws a forearm but Finlay gives it back. ELP throws another, Finlay returns it, and fans rally as they speed up! ELP knees low, CHOPS Finlay, and then runs, into a dropkick! ELP bails out, Finlay slingshots, but ELP avoids the plancha. ELP gets in the ring to HOTSHOT Finlay down!

Fans fire up as ELP builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit at the ramp! Fans rally up again as ELP stands. ELP stomps Finlay, Finlay throws body shots, but ELP KICKS Finlay’s arm! ELP brings Finlay around to smack off the apron, then he climbs up the apron. Fans rally and ELP takes aim, but Finlay anchors ELP’s foot! ELP CLUBS Finlay, throws hands, then mule kicks him away! ASAI MOONSAULT! Direct hit again and fans fire up! ELP drags Finlay up and into the ring, then climbs the ropes to SWANTON! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up as Finlay is still in this. ELP drags Finlay up, throws forearms, but Finlay kicks low.

ELP ROCKS Finlay and fires off more shots in the corner! The ref counts, ELP lets off to whip Finlay corner to corner. Finlay bounces off buckles into the atomic drop! ELP scoops and SLAMS Finlay, then he goes up the corner. Fans fire up as ELP aims, FALLING AX HANDLE! Cover, TWO! Fans rally and ELP stomps Finlay into the corner. ELP digs his boots in, then claws at Finlay’s face! The ref counts and ELP lets off. Finlay kicks from below but ELP stomps him down. ELP reels Finlay in, flexes and brings Finlay up, but Finlay RANAS free! ELP ends up on ropes, Finlay clotheslines him up and out! Then PLANCHAS! Direct hit in return!

Fans fire up with Finlay and he drags ELP up. Finlay puts ELP in the ring, sees him go to the corner, and runs in to UPPERCUT! Finlay then hits an EXPLODER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally as ELP is still in this and Finlay eggs ELP on. ELP throws a body shot but Finlay CHOPS him down! Finlay drags ELP up, ELP fights the back suplex and throws headlock punches. Finlay still back suplexes but ELP lands on his feet to roll Finlay up! TWO, and ELP dodges Finlay to springboard CROSSBODY! Then LIONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up while both men are down! ELP snarls and he BENDS Finlay’s fingers! ELP drags Finlay up to straitjacket,

ELP torture racks, spins around, but Finlay slips off and clinches, IRISH CURSE BACKBREAKER! Then a shove and scoop, BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO!! ELP survives and fans fire up as Finlay says he’s gonna bring him around! Finlay drags ELP up, cravats, ACID DROP!! Cover, TWO!?! ELP survives and fans fire up again! Finlay puts ELP in a drop zone and climbs up the corner. Fans rally as Finlay reaches the top, but ELP trips Finlay up! Finlay lands on his shillelagh, ELP ROCKS him, then climbs up after him. But Finlay throws body shots and shoves ELP away! ELP backflips to land on his feet! Then steps up to ENZIGURI Finlay!

Fans fire up as Finlay dangles from the top rope. ELP climbs up after him, drags Finlay up to the very top, and SUPER STEINERS! Then ELP goes right up for the THUNDERKISS 86!! Cover, TWO!!! Finlay survives and the fans are thunderous! ELP and Finlay both sputter but ELP drags himself up the ropes. ELP drags Finlay up and reels him in. ELP tucks the arms, but Finlay slips out to cradle! But then rolls through, but ELP slips out of Trash Panda to INVERTED SUPLEX, but Finlay slips off to O’Conner Roll! TWO!! Finlay coms back to jackknife, TWO! ELP has the cover, TWO! Finlay has it but ELP turns it right around, AND WINS!!

Winner: El Phantasmo, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Finlay earns 0)

The Headbanga is still alive! And he may have just won the biggest two points in the block! Will ELP finish strong in the final round? Or will Finlay slam the door shut when he faces Yoshi-Hashi?

 

G1 Climax, B Block: Tama Tonga w/ Jado VS Great-O-Khan!

The Good “Bad” Guy is on his way up, but the Dominator is out of the running. Tama still has Jay White in the final round, will he go in red hot? Or will Khan’s Eliminator all but eliminate Tama from the Climax?

The bell rings and fans rally as the two circle. They feel out the grapple, clinch, and then Khan waistlocks. Khan trips Tama to get a back mount but Tama slips around to use a leg guard. Khan lets off and the fans applaud this opening exchange. Tama and Khan reset and circle again, then Khan shoots in. Tama avoids the leg pick to throw Khan with arm-drags! Tama keeps on an armlock and fans applaud again. Khan endures, fights up, but Tama wrenches to wristlock. Tama wrenches again and keeps on the wrist, but Khan pulls on an ear! The ref reprimands but Khan puts Tama in the corner. Khan CHOKES Tama, then TOSSES Tama across the way!

Fans applaud the showing of strength, and Khan stalks up behind Tama. Khan throws Tama out of the ring, then tells Jado to stay back. Khan drags Tama up to whip hard into railing! Tama falls down and fans rally up, but Khan stands on Tama’s head. Khan shakes the railing as he digs his boot in, but lets off as the ref reprimands. Khan goes into the ring and Tama sputters on the floor. The ring count starts and Khan stands at the center of the ring. Tama gets in at 7 of 20 but Khan is right on him for a scoop SLAM! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up as Khan stalks Tama. Tama throws body shots but Khan CLUBS him down.

Khan wrenches an arm, bumps Tama off buckles, then CLUBS him. Khan hops up to sit on Tama’s head! Fans applaud as Khan pulls Tama’s arms back. The ref counts, Khan hops off at 4, and Tama falls over. Khan eggs Tama on while giving him toying kicks. Tama crawls but Khan goes to make him kiss his boot! Tama fights it as the fans rally up, but Khan CLUBS Tama! Tama fires up but Khan CLUBS him again! And again! Tama just gets powered up! Tama fires off haymakers on Khan! Tama whips, Khan reverses but Tama bounces off the buckles, into a back elbow! But Tama says F that, and he LARIATS Khan down!

Fans fire up while both Tama and Khan stir. Tama sits up first but Khan follows. Tama runs in to rally with clotheslines and elbows! Khan swings, Tama dodges, and he DROPKICKS Khan down! OFF COMES THE VEST! Fans fire up with Tama as he paces around. Khan is in a corner, Tama runs in to STINGER SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Jado coaches Tama to keep going and fans rally back up. Tama drags Khan up, elbows him down, then clamps on to back suplex. Khan fights that off with a headlock, and an IRON CLAW! Khan then fireman’s carries but Tama fights free to the dragon sleeper!

But Khan IRON CLAWS from below! Snap suplex! Fans fire up again as both men are down. Tama crawls away to a corner, Khan storms over and brings him up. Khan fires off forearm after forearm and he sits Tama down. Khan drags Tama back up to whip corner to corner and clothesline! Khan then clamps onto Tama to dribble his head off the buckles! Khan then SLAM DUNK- NO, Tama fights that off and HEADBUTTS back! Tama dribbles Khan now! Khan blocks the Slam Dunk now! Khan elbows Tama, then Mongolian Chops! Fans fire up as Khan SLAM DUNKS Tama after all! Khan then waits on Tama to stand up, and he runs, into an uppercut!

Khan BOOTS back but Tama ENZIGURIS! Khan HELL STABS! Tama leaps but into a SAYANAGI! Fans fire up again as both men are down. Khan crawls his way over to Tama and drags him up. Khan throws a forearm, but Tama gives it back. Khan throws another forearm but Tama gives it back. Khan throws another, Jado coaches Tama and Tama hits back again. Fans rally as the forearms go faster and faster and faster! Khan gets the edge, then he DECKS Tama! Khan fires up and fans rally! Tama gets up, Khan puts some stank on the Mongolian Chops! Jado coaches Tama, he stands up, and Khan Mongolian Chops again!

Fans rally as Tama gets up again. Khan Monogolian Chops him back down! Khan eggs Tama on, Tama throws fast hands! SUPERMAN- MONGOLIAN CHOP! Khan intercepts Tama, to then MONGO- Fireman’s carry! SRC! Fans fire up and Tama roars! Tama goes to the corner and climbs up, SUPREME FLOW! Cover, TWO!! Khan survives and fans are thunderous! Tama grins and pounds the mat! Fans clap along, Tama watches Khan rise at the ropes, and Tama rushes in to GUN- NO, Khan blocks it! To IRON CLAW! And then IRON RACK! Khan spins out for the NECKBREAKER! Fans are thunderous again as Khan roars!

Khan drags Tama up, HITSUJIGOROSHI! Tama endures the Sheepkiller and throws hands! Khan CHOPS Tama, scoops him, and swings for a BACKBREAKER! HITSUJIGOROSHI LUNA! Tama endures again but the fans still rally! The ref checks, Tama’s hand drops once. And then it drops twice. But Tama gets his second wind! But Khan IRON CLAWS for the ELIMI-NO, COUNTER GUN STUN!! Fans are thunderous as Tama crawls to the cover, Tama wins!!

Winner: Tama Tonga, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Khan earns 0)

The Dominator falls again, and the Good Bad Guy still has a shot! Can Tama reload and shoot down the Switchblade before the semifinals?

 

G1 Climax, C Block: Zack Sabre Jr. VS EVIL w/ Dick Togo!

The Submission Master is second in the block while the King of Darkness could be a wild card. Both lost to The Ace, who is in action later on, who here will be poised right behind Tanahashi with a win tonight?

For whatever reason, ZSJ is wearing a mask, and a hat that says “I AM ZSJ.” Evil attacks ZSJ at the ramp, but surprise! It’s a Young Lion in disguise! The Submission Master just tricked the trickster, but the Young Lion takes the beating for him! Dick goes looking for the real ZSJ, but gets caught into an armlock! ZSJ grins, brings Dick around and gets Evil in a headlock! ZSJ drags them both to ringside! Dick hits low, Evil smacks ZSJ off the apron, and EVIL says this is what ZSJ gets for tricking them! Evil lines up his shot, but ZSJ stops from being rammed into railing! ZSJ turns it around with a headlock, and he has Abe-san move! Then he RAMS Evil into railing!

Fans applaud as ZSJ gives Evil another taste of his own medicine, then ZSJ wrenches an ear! ZSJ puts Evil in the ring, the ref rings the bell, and ZSJ drags Evil up. ZSJ wrenches and twists a wrist but Evil throat chops! Evil whips ZSJ to a corner, but he stops from hitting bare buckles! Dick already brought the Bullet Club Special into play! Evil runs in, but ZSJ dodges! Evil hits bare steel! ZSJ rolls Evil up, TWO!! Evil survives but ZSJ EuroUppers! ZSJ runs, but Dick grabs his leg! ZSJ uses that to TWIST Dick’s arm! But then Evil shoves the ref at ZSJ! ZSJ stops the ref, and has him duck when Evil swings a clothesline!

ZSJ pushes the ref away, and blocks Evil’s low blow! ARM TWIST! Fans applaud as ZSJ bests Evil’s plot again! ZSJ scoops, but Evil slips out! Evil spins ZSJ around, EVERY- NO, ZSJ slips around to trip Evil up! Body scissors, EURO CLUTCH! ZSJ WINS!!!

Winner: Zack Sabre Jr, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Evil earns 0)

That was the fastest win in this year’s G1! The Submission Master thwarted all the tricks and the House of Torture had no chance to spring other traps! Has ZSJ just secured himself a spot in the semifinals? Or will it still come down to his battle with Naito next week?

 

G1 Climax, A Block: Kazuchika Okada VS Tom Lawlor w/ Royce Isaacs!

The Top Dog crushed both the Rainmaker and The Filthy One with Death From Above, but neither run has been torpedoed just yet. Will Okada rebound before the finish line? Or will this one get filthy?

Being clever, Royce Isaacs brings an umbrella to shield them from the rain. Fans rally up already, “TOM! LAW-LOR!” and Lawlor makes sure Okada hears it. The bell rings and the two circle. They feel out the grapple, Lawlor shoots in for a leg but Okada blocks. Lawlor still trips Okada up, goes for a press, ONE. The two reset, grapple Lawlor waistlocks and drags Okada down to a leg lock. Okada fights before Lawlor can lock in anything more dangerous, grabs to Lawlor’s leg back, and the two stand. Okada facelocks, Lawlor gets around to a waistlock, but Okada throws him over. Lawlor headscissors and fans applaud the exchange.

Lawlor twists Okada’s wrist but Okada reaches out to a ROPEBREAK! Lawlor lets off and fans continue to clap, “TOM! LAW-LOR!” Lawlor and Okada circle. Okada waistlocks and ripcords, but Lawlor twists Okada’s arm to a FUJIWARA ARMBAR! Okada reaches out to another ROPEBREAK, and Lawlor lets go again. Okada bails out and Lawlor spins around, OFF COME THE SHORTS! Lawlor of course has his denim tights on, but he uses the shorts to wrangle Okada. Lawlor wrenches and SLAMS the arm against the apron, then POSTS Okada! Okada falls and the claps shift to “O-KA-DA!” Lawlor drags Okada up to CHOP him!

Lawlor brings Okada around, puts him in the ring, and the “TOM! LAW-LOR!” claps return. Lawlor stomps Okada’s hand, drags him up, and CHOPS again! Okada staggers, Lawlor CHOPS him again. Okada scowls this time but Lawlor CHOPS again. Okada still scowls so Lawlor throws a forearm! And another forearm! Okada still frowns, so Lawlor wrenches the arm again! Lawlor whips Okada to ropes, ducks Okada’s elbow and BOOTS the bad arm! Lawlor runs, but into the FLAPJACK! Fans fire up as both men are down! Okada shakes out the bad arm and fans rally. Lawlor gets to his corner but Okada storms over.

Okada fires forearms, whips Lawlor to ropes, but Lawlor reverses. Okada CLOBBERS Lawlor with an elbow! Fans fire up and Okada whips Lawlor to a corner. Okada runs in to back elbow! Then he kicks low, and DDTs! Cover, TWO! Okada gets fans to clap, clap, clap, stomp but Lawlor blocks the Alabama Lift. Lawlor CLUBS Okada, wrenches his arm and EuroUppers! “TOM! LAW-LOR!” runs corner to corner but Okada dodges! Okada puts Lawlor up top to DROPKICK him to the floor! Fans fire up while Lawlor tumbles to the railing! The “TOM! LAW-LOR!” clap returns as Lawlor crawls. Okada goes out to fetch Lawlor, and he whips Lawlor hard into railing!

Okada runs in to BOOT Lawlor over the railing! Okada moves railing back to drag Lawlor back up, and he drapes Lawlor out! Lawlor WRENCHES the arm! DOUBLE WRISTLOCK over the railing, and then through it! Lawlor BOOTS the railing to jam Okada’s arm! Fans rally and Lawlor hobbles his way back to ringside. Lawlor drags Okada up, puts him in the ring, and fans rally up more. Lawlor slingshots in to get the ARMBAR! Okada clasps hands to block that, and he moves around, only for Lawlor to make this a TRIANGLE HOLD! With a DOUBLE WRISTLOCK! Okada endures this hybrid hold but he’s turning red!

Okada moves around, sputters and gets the ROPEBREAK! Lawlor lets off in frustration while fans applaud. Isaacs coaches Lawlor up and he drags Okada from the ropes. Lawlor twists the wrist, cravats and throws knee after knee after knee into Okada’s head! Lawlor lets off, fans rally up and he runs the ropes, but he fakes out the dropkick! Okada lands on his feet, Lawlor runs in and dodges the haymaker to WHEEL KICK! Fans fire up and Lawlor tries again, but Okada DROPKICKS him down! Fans fire up even more with both men down! Lawlor is dazed as he and Okada stir. Okada stands up, and he brings Lawlor around.

Okada wrenches for the MONEY CLIP, but Lawlor powers through to waistlock! Okada throws elbows, but Lawlor ENZIGURIS! Okada staggers to a corner but he comes back with a SHOTGUN! Lawlor hits buckles then falls down! Fans rally up again and Lawlor reaches out in another daze. Okada stands, he drags Lawlor up and Alabama Lifts for the REVERSE NECKBREAKER! Okada then goes to a corner and climbs up. Fans clap, “TOM! LAW-LOR!” as Okada reaches the top, MACHO ELBOW INTO THE ARMBAR!! Okada clasps hands but Lawlor slaps them to the beat! Lawlor uses a LEG CRAVAT to add on! Okada scrambles to the ROPEBREAK!!

Fans fire up and Lawlor lets Okada go. Lawlor beats his chest to the rhythm, and he drags Okada back up. Okada ROCKS him with a forearm! But Lawlor ROCKS Okada back! Okada throws another forearm, but Lawlor gives it back! Okada, then Lawlor, faster and faster and fans fire up! Okada ROCKS Lawlor again, and again, and then UPPERCUTS! Lawlor grins and grabs the bad arm to UPPERCUT it! And UPPERCUT again! Lawlor then wrenches to an ELBOW BREAKER! And another ELBOW BREAKER! Lawlor then wrenches the arm, hammerlocks it, and he fires off forearms to the beat! “TOM! LAW-LOR! TOM! LAW-LOR!”

Lawlor roars, spins, but Okada SWATS the lariat! But that hurts Okada’s arm, too! ROLLING ELBOW!! Cover, TWO!! Okada survives and fans are fired up again! Lawlor drags Okada up, has the bad arm, ARMBREAKER DDT! And then a omoplata, into the RINGS OF SATURN!! Lawlor shows savage innovation on par with ZSJ! Okada endures and fans rally up, but Lawlor pulls way back on the arms! Okada reaches with his leg for another ROPEBREAK! Fans applaud but Lawlor lets off in frustration. Fans clap for “TOM! LAW-LOR!” again and he waits on Okada to get up. Okada slowly rises, Lawlor gets his arms!

But Okada intercepts the knee for a scoop and SLAM! Fans fire up with Okada and he drags Lawlor up to ripcord, but the bad arm can’t hold on! Okada has to crawl over to Lawlor and drag him up again. Lawlor ducks the lariat to URENAGE! Lawlor roars and fans fire up with the “TOM! LAW-LOR!” rhythm. Lawlor drags Okada up by the bad arm, then gets the other, for KAMI-GOYE to the arm! And then KAMI-GOYE to the head! Then then the straitjacket! Okada fights it off with his good arm, steps forward and reaches out, but Lawlor gets a LEG CAPTURE SUPLEX! Fans fire up and Lawlor feels the energy building!

Lawlor copies the Rainmaker Pose!! The clapping continues, “TOM! LAW-LOR!” gets the straitjacket, for the- WAIT, Okada victory rolls! TWO! Lawlor runs in but Okada ducks the Penalty Kick to roll-up! TWO, and Lawlor runs to PENALTY KICK the bad arm! Lawlor then gets that arm for a STANDING ARMBAR! Then a hammerlock, and tornado into the body scissors! Okada power sup to back drop, and he sits on the cover! OKADA WINS!!

Winner: Kazuchika Okada, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Lawlor earns 0)

Okada snatches victory from the jaws of defeat! And though he didn’t need the lariat, the Rainmaker still washes away The Filthy One! Okada is back on top of the block, but can he hold onto that top spot in the final round?

 

G1 Climax, C Block: Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Hirooki Goto!

The Ace leads the block after beating Zack Sabre Jr, who beat the original block leader, the Fierce Warrior! Now Tanahashi and Goto meet, the top spot still up for grabs! Will Tanahashi solidify his rank before the end? Or will Goto create a rock-paper-scissors situation?

As always, Tanahashi shows off the muscles and the fans applaud. The bell rings and fans rally up, “Let’s Go, Ace!” Tanahashi circles with Goto, they tie up, and are in a deadlock! Goto finds a point of leverage and powers Tanahashi to ropes. Red Shoes calls the break and Goto lets off with a pat on the shoulder. They circle and tie up again, and are in another deadlock. Goto powers Tanahashi back but Tanahashi turns things around to put Goto on the ropes. Tanahashi lets off with a pat on the shoulder, but then he throws a body shot! Tanahashi headlocks, wrenches an arm to a wristlock, but Goto rolls and wrenches back.

Tanahashi endures as Goto twists the wrist, and he drops to get a leg pick! Tanahashi ties up the legs and fans applaud the exchange. Tanahashi shifts to a headlock and grinds, but Goto pries the hold. Tanahashi powers the hold on again, but Goto powers up. Goto can’t power out as Tanahashi holds tight! Fans rally as Goto endures the grind and fights up. Goto tries again but still can’t power out! Tanahashi grinds Goto down, but Goto fights his way back up. Goto throws body shots, then powers up and out, to put Tanahashi in a headlock! Fans applaud the exchange as now Tanahashi endures the grind.

Tanahashi fights up, throws body shots, powers out, but Goto counters a hip toss with a hip toss! Goto runs and runs Tanahashi over! Fans fire up and Goto stomps Tanahashi down. Goto drags Tanahashi up to CLUB him, whip him to a corner, and run in, but into an elbow! Tanahashi goes up to CROSSBODY! Fans fire up for the air guitar! Fans rally and Tanahashi waits on Goto to stand. Tanahashi then runs, but Goto sidesteps to send Tanahashi out! Tanahashi holds on, but Goto slides out before he can skin the cat! Goto ROCKS Tanahashi with a body shot! Goto brings Tanahashi around to CLUB and put in the ring.

Fans applaud as Goto stomps Tanahashi. Goto CLUBS and kicks Tanahashi while the fans rally, “Let’s Go, Ace!” Goto whips Tanahashi corner to corner, then runs in, but Tanahashi dropkicks the legs out! Goto bails out but Tanahashi pursues to put Goto in! Tanahashi says this is ending in the ring, and Tanahashi stomps a leg. Tanahashi YANKS the leg, then drops an elbow! Tanahashi has the toehold but Goto tries to fight back with a chinlock. Tanahashi cranks the leg, then stands to stomp it. Tanahashi drops another elbow, then ties up Goto’s legs in a BUTTERFLY DEATHLOCK! Goto endures, CHOPS Tanahashi, but Tanahashi holds on!

Tanahashi puts more pressure on the knees but Goto drags himself back! Goto reaches out for the ROPEBREAK! Tanahashi lets off while fans applaud. Tanahashi paces, stomps Goto more, then brings him up. Fans rally but Goto CHOPS! And CHOPS! Tanahashi kicks the bad leg, then kicks it again. Tanahashi runs, but Goto follows! Tanahashi dodges the lariat, but Goto deflects the boot to DISCUS LARIAT! Fans fire up while both men are down! Fans rally as Goto and Tanahashi sit up. Tanahashi gets to a corner but Goto drags him up. Goto fires forearm after forearm, then whips corner to corner. Goto runs in to MURAMASA! And then BULLDOG! Cover, TWO!

Goto keeps his focus while Tanahashi is still in this. Goto drags Tanahashi up, but Tanahashi blocks the fireman’s carry with elbows. Goto powers through, but Tanahashi slips out! Goto fireman’s carries again but Tanahashi slips off, SLING-DOG! Fans fire up and Tanahashi fires up, too! Tanahashi drags Goto by his legs, ties those up, but Goto kicks Tanahashi away! Tanahashi grabs the bad leg for a GROUND DRAGON SCREW! And then an INVERTED GROUND DRAGON SCREW! Tanahashi ties the legs up for the TEXAS CLOVERLEAF! Goto endures and fans rally up! Goto crawls, reaches out, but Tanahashi drags him away from ropes!

Goto endures as Tanahashi sits deep on the hold! Goto still reaches out, for the ROPEBREAK! Tanahashi lets go, almost too tired to hold on. Fans rally up, “Let’s Go, Ace!” as Tanahashi stomps Goto. Goto goes to the apron but Tanahashi drags him up. Tanahashi grabs at the bad leg and brings it in, but Goto fires off forearms! Tanahashi lets the leg go, and Goto bumps him off buckles! Then LARIATS him down! Fans fire up and Goto drags himself over to a corner. Goto climbs up and fans rally! But Tanahashi rises to throw a body shot! Tanahashi climbs up after Goto but Goto throws body shots. Tanahashi and Goto brawl up top and fans fire up!

Goto gets the edge with forearm after forearm, then he HEADBUTTS Tanahashi! Goto adjusts, but Tanahashi throws more body shots! Tanahashi SUPERPLEXES Goto down!! Fans are thunderous as Tanahashi gets the legs, but Goto uses that to drag Tanahashi down! Goto omoplatas one arm, then grabs the other, SHORYU KEKKAI!! Tanahashi endures and moves around while fans rally, but Goto pulls back on the arm more! Goto pulls Tanahashi back into a crossface modification!! Tanahashi endures, moves around, and reaches out for a ROPEBREAK! Red Shoes counts and Goto lets go, and fans rally up as Goto rises.

Goto drags Tanahashi up, fireman’s carries, USHIGOROSHI! Tanahashi writhes and Goto roars! Goto drags Tanahashi up again, dragon sleepers, but Tanahashi spins it around to wrench. Goto ROCKS Tanahashi with a forearm! Tanahashi drops to his knees and Goto roars again! Goto drags Tanahashi up but Tanahashi ROCKS Goto with a forearm! Goto ROCKS Tanahashi back! Tanahashi ROCKS Goto, Goto ROCKS Tanahashi, and fans rally as the forearms go faster and faster! Tanahashi fires off a flurry, but Goto gives those back! Tanahashi fires off a strike fest, but Goto HEADBUTTS! SHOTEI from Tanahashi!!

And then Tanahashi falls over, into Goto’s groin! That was an incidental low blow but the damage is done all the same! Tanahashi gets and roars! He wants Goto to stand, and Goto downs, into the SLINGBLADE! Cover, TWO!! Tanahashi hurries to go up the corner! Goto stands again, for the HIGH FLY ATTACK! Fans are thunderous as Tanahashi goes back up! HIGH FLY FLOW FLOPS as Goto moves!! Fans are thunderous again as both men are down! Red Shoes helps Goto with some blood in his mouth, and then Goto gets himself to a corner. Tanahashi stands, runs in, but Goto dodges! RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP!

Goto then clamps on to make it a cradle, GOTO SANSHIKI! TWO!!! Tanahashi escapes by nanoseconds and shocks everyone! The fans are electric and rallying again. Tanahashi roar, runs in, but is sent into the ropes! Goto has Tanahashi for the DRAPING SHOUTO!! But he can’t make the cover, he’s just too tired! Fans are electric and Goto manages to crawl to the ropes. Goto drags himself up the ropes, he roars and takes aim, BUZZSAW!! Tanahashi staggers up into the fireman’s carry! But Tanahashi slips into a cradle! TWO!!! Tanahashi holds onto Goto for TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! And then another TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! But Goto suplexes for SHOUTEN KAI!!

Fans are electric all over again as Goto’s mouth has even more blood coming from it! But Goto still dragon sleepers Tanahashi for the G T R!!! Cover, GOTO WINS!!

Winner: Hirooki Goto, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Tanahashi earns 0)

This might have been the hardest fought match in the G1! Goto literally tastes his own blood, but it is Tanahashi who tastes bitter defeat! Is there still a chance for The Ace to take the block?

As for the Fierce Warrior, he catches his breath, checks his bloody mouth, and gets his NEVER Openweight Six Man title belt. Goto then gets the mic to say, “There’s one match left in my G1 Climax. I’m barely hanging on, but I’m alive!” Fans applaud that, and Goto vows he will win his next G1 match, “and shine the light of hope through all the darkness in the world!” Fans applaud Goto’s subtle calling out of Evil. Goto then says, “Finally, to my son at home, watching on NJPW World, Daddy’s damn tough! I will live! I will survive! I will thrive!” Fans applaud as Goto has one more battle on the 16th! Will that be the moment Goto takes the C Block?

 

Here are the NEW standings!

A Block

  • Kazuchika Okada: 4-1, 8 points
  • Lance Archer: 3-2, 6 points
  • JONAH: 3-2, 6 points
  • Jeff Cobb: 2-2, 4 points
  • Bad Luck Fale: 2-3, 4 points
  • Tom Lawlor: 2-3, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
  • Toru Yano: 1-4, 2 points [ELIMINATED]

B Block

  • Jay White: 4-0, 8 points
  • Tama Tonga: 4-1, 8 points
  • SANADA: 3-2, 6 points
  • Taichi: 2-2, 4 points
  • Chase Owens: 2-4, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
  • Great-O-Khan: 1-4, 2 points [ELIMINATED]
  • Tomohiro Ishii: 1-4, 2 points [ELIMINATED]

C Block

  • Zack Sabre Jr: 4-1, 8 points
  • Hirooki Goto: 3-2, 6 points
  • Hiroshi Tanahashi: 3-2, 6 points
  • Tetsuya Naito: 3-2, 6 points
  • EVIL: 2-3, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
  • KENTA: 1-3, 2 points [ELIMINATED]
  • Aaron Henare: 1-4, 2 points [ELIMINATED]

D Block

  • David Finlay: 3-2, 6 points
  • Yujiro Takahashi: 3-2, 6 points
  • Shingo Takagi: 2-2, 4 points
  • Will Ospreay: 2-2, 4 points
  • YOSHI-HASHI: 2-2, 4 points
  • El Phantasmo: 2-3, 4 points
  • Juice Robinson: 2-3, 4 points [ELIMINATED]

My Thoughts:

Another great event for G1, and it definitely puts a lot of great pressure on the last few rounds coming up. ELP gives Finlay the shocking upset, and now technically, everyone outside of Juice is a viable winner of the D Block. Tama VS Khan was great stuff, but I figured Khan would lose. He’s already out and Tama could take the block if he beats Jay White in the last round, putting the spotlight on next Tuesday, 8/16. I figured ZSJ would beat Evil, but it was amazing and hilarious how he did it. I never expected ZSJ to use a Young Lion as a decoy, and then wins in under five minutes! ZSJ is leading the block, but as I said just yesterday, it all comes down to ZSJ VS Naito, also on 8/16.

Okada VS Lawlor was great stuff, Lawlor showing off a great amount of his technical ability. But to bring drama into the last few A Block rounds, Okada had to win here. Lawlor and Yano are both facing Jeff Cobb this weekend, if even one of them can beat Cobb, Cobb is done. Okada just has Archer on 8/16, and that is “win and you’re in.” Even if Jonah beats Fale, he’ll only be 4-2 to either Okada’s 5-1, or Archer’s 4-2 with the tiebreaker from that count-out win. And then we got awesome stuff from Tanahashi VS Goto. It wasn’t a shocker that Goto won, but that is still great for Goto to win. If ZSJ beats Naito, that’s it, ZSJ is in. But if ZSJ loses to Naito, Goto has to beat Evil to get in. Naito only gets in if he beats ZSJ AND Evil beats Goto. Tuesday is going to be a huge, I can’t wait!

My Score: 8.9/10


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