NJPW’s double tournament event comes to an end!
After nine rounds, we finally have our final match-ups! Who will win World Tag League 2020 and Best of the Super Juniors 27?
- Six Man Tag: Chaos VS Bullet Club; Bullet Club wins.
- Six Man Tag: Kazuchika Okada & HenarACE VS The Empire; The Empire wins.
- SANADA & Shingo Takagi VS EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi; Sanada & Takagi win.
- Kota Ibushi & Master Wato VS Tetsuya Naito & Bushi; Ibushi & Wato win.
- World Tag League 2020 Finals: FinJuice VS Guerrillas of Destiny; GOD wins and will challenge for the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships at WrestleKingdom 15.
- Best of the Super Juniors 27 Finals: Hiromu Takahashi VS El Desperado; Hiromu wins and will challenge for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championships at WrestleKingdom 15.
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Six Man Tag: Chaos VS Bullet Club!
Robbie Eagles, Sho and Toru Yano join forces against Chase Owens, Bad Luck Fale and the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion, Taiji Ishimori! But will the Sniper of the Sky and High Voltage help Mr. KOPW 2020 stay strong towards WrestleKingdom? Or will Yano owe a match to the Crown Jewel, Rogue General or Bone Soldier Reborn?
But as Chaos gets in the ring, Bullet Club attacks! Fale keeps Yano in as the bell rings and the others mug Eagles and Sho! The ref reprimands but Fale chases him off. Fans rally but Fale whips Yano to ropes. Yano holds ropes, dodges Fale and goes to slap, but Fale turns around! Yano dodges, rakes eyes and then goes to scoop! Fale too big! Fale clubs Yano, scoops and slams him instead! Yano gets up but Fale is on him with a whip to the corner. Fale runs corner to corner, but Yano dodges, and then goes to the other corner to untie the buckle pad! SMACK! Fale doesn’t flinch. Yano SMACKS again, but still nothing. “CHIKUSHO!” Yano tries to scoop but Fale CLUBS, scoops and SLAMS Yano!
Fans cheer the strength as Fale looms over Yano. Tag to Ishimori and he stomps away on Yano. Ishimori whips Yano at the bare corner but Yano stops himself! Yano baits Ishimori in and Ishimori hits buckles! Yano scoops and slams Ishimori then tags in Sho! Sho rallies on Ishimori, DECKS Owens and dropkicks Fale! Sho runs in and corner clotheslines Ishimori! Ishimori reverses the whip but Sho reverses back to kick, kick and KICK him down! Fans fire up with Sho and he aims, but Ishimori blocks the buzzsaw to CHOP! Things speed up, Sho redirects and SPEARS! Cover, TWO! Fans rally as Sho waistlocks and dead lifts, but Ishimori flails and elbows free!
Sho fires off forearms from all sides! Sho runs, Ishimori BOOTS him! Ishimori runs but Sho side steps to SNAP GERMAN! Ishimori flounders up but Sho whips him, Ishimori handsprings to NEURALIZER! Both men are down, fans fire up and the two go to their corners. Hot tags to Owens and Eagles! Eagles rallies with forearms, Owens shoves and baits Eagles in. Eagles ends up on the apron but he enziguris back! Eagles springboards to missile dropkick the legs out! Fans fire up with Eagles as he gets the leg, spins, but Owens rolls him! Eagles rolls out to mule kick! And kick, and kick, and KICK! Eagles runs to leg lariat Owens to a corner!
Fans fire up even more as Eagles runs corner to corner, to double knee! Then he returns, but Owens boots! SWEEP-1-9! METEORA! Cover, TWO! Eagles keeps focus and fans rally up. Fale and Ishimori go after Sho and Yano while Eagles WARP 4.5- NO, Owens moves and the splash flops! Owens drags Eagles up, reels him in, tucks the arms, but Eagles RANAS! Cover, TWO!! Owens is free and he SUPERKICKS! Rolling fireman’s carry to a pop-up, but Eagles rolls and high stacks! TWO, and Owens JEWEL-
NO! Eagles blocks, but Owens BELL CLAPS out of the backpack! HAMMERLOCK LARIAT! The HEIST! Cover, TWO!! Fans fire up but Owens straitjackets for Fale’s GRENADE!! Bridging cover, Bullet Club wins!!
Winners: Bullet Club, by pinfall
It may not have been the heist of the century, but Owens comes away with a big win for Bullet Club! Will the faction rebound as a whole with WrestleKingdom?
Wait, Yano goes after Fale! He keeps trying to scoop, but Fale scoops him to SLAM him again! Fale stomps Yano and Owens grabs the KOPW 2020 trophy! He hands it to Fale and Fale has Yano look at it as he STOMPS IT! Fale loves breaking other people’s property, doesn’t he? Will the Producer repair the trophy again, even stronger than before?
Six Man Tag: Kazuchika Okada & HenarACE VS The Empire!
The Rainmaker returns, and he is teaming up with Hiroshi Tanahashi and Toa Henare to take on the traitor, Will Ospreay! But of course, Ospreay has Great-O-Khan and Jeff Cobb with him. We already saw the Dominator and Hawaiian Hulk conquer the Ace and Hammerhead, will that happen all over again here?
Again, the Empire doesn’t budge as their opponents make their entrances. The trios sort out and fans clap, “O-KA-DA!” HenarACE show off the muscles as the entrance jackets are put aside. Okada dares Ospreay to step up and give us a WrestleKingdom sampler! Opsreay accepts and they fire off forearms back and forth, faster and faster! Ospreay knees, puts Okada in a corner and CHOPS, CHOPS, CHOPS then stomps, stomps, stomps! Ospreay climbs up to rain down fists but the ref pulls him off. Okada hits back with forearm after forearm! Ospreay knees low but runs into a BOOT! Fans fire up for Okada as he wrenches Ospreay and brings him over.
Tag to Tanahashi, and they double whip. Ospreay holds ropes, throws Okada out then kicks Tanahashi to wrench the arm! Khan tags in, knees low then knees harder! Khan has the arm-triangle already! Tanahashi stays standing, elbows free, and then headlocks. Khan powers out but Tanahashi dropkicks a leg! And again! And again! Khan is down, Tanahashi drags him over and tags in Henare. HenarACE double whip, double elbow, then Tomahawk and elbow drop! And FLEX! HenarACE put Khan in the Double Half Crab! Fans fire up but the ref reprimands. The ref also has to keep The Empire under control, but HenarACE lets Khan go.
Henare drags Khan up to facelock and tag Tanahashi back in. HenarACE mug Khan, Tanahashi fires off strikes but Khan Mongolian CHOPS! And again! But Tanahashi blocks to SHOTEI! Tanahashi runs but into CHOPS! Khan gets a body sicssor takedown to a KNEEBAR! Cobb and Ospreay hit Okada and Henare! They fight outside while Tanahashi endures the leg lock! Tanahashi crawls and gets the ropebreak! Ospreay looms over Okada while Khan stomps and YANKS Tanahashi’s leg! Khan drags Tanahashi over, tags in Cobb, and they stomp Tanahashi more! Cobb looms over Tanahashi, drags him up and scoops him for knees to the ribs!
Cobb carries Tanahashi around for a backbreaker! Khan tags in, Cobb SLAMS Tanahashi down and Khan clamps on with the arm triangle! Fans rally as Tanahashi endures and kicks around to the ropebreak! The ref counts, Ospreay tags in but Khan only lets go at the count of 4. Ospreay drags Tanahashi up to bump off buckles! Ospreay fires off forearms and digs his boot into Tanahashi while talking trash! Fans rally for Tanahashi but Ospreay drags him over. Cobb tag sin but the whole Empire mugs him. Khan DECKS Okada and Henare, then he and Cobb double whip Tanahashi. Cobb whips Khan in for a clothesline! Khan gut wrench suplexes Tanahashi to Cobb, who gut wrench suplexes Tanahashi back the other way!
Tag to Ospreay, the Empire gets Tanahashi up to while Ospreay goes to the top rope. Ospreay missile dropkicks the double back suplex down! Cover, TWO!! Tanahashi survives and fans fire up! Ospreay grins at Okada while he toys with Tanahashi. Tanahashi hits back with forearms but Ospreay ROCKS him with an uppercut! Ospreay run sin but Tanahashi elbows him away! Tanahashi goes up but misses the crossbody! Ospreay aims but Tanahashi catches the leg to a DRAGON SCREW! Fans fire up as both men are down! Hot tag to Okada! Okada fires off forearms on Ospreay then whips but Ospreay reverses, only for Okada to duck and dodge to back elbow Ospreay down! Okada hits Khan and Cobb then dodges Ospreay to back elbow, kick and DDT! Cover, TWO!!
Okada keeps his focus as fans rally up! Okada stalks Ospreay, Alabama lifts, but Ospreay fights that off to throw a BIG forearm! Ospreay runs in but is popped up to the Alabama! Ospreay holds ropes to escape, then he dodges Okada to pull hair, KICK and CLUB Okada down! Tag to Cobb and Cobb waistlocks Okada for a dead lift! Okada elbows out but Cobb ROCKS him! Okada EuroUppers then ducks the forearm to FLAPJACK Cobb down! Fans fire up and Okada tags in Henare! Henare rallies on Cobb, whips but Cobb reverses, only to RAM Cobb! Neither falls so they just RAM and RAM and RAM again! Cobb runs but Henare CHOPS him! Henare runs but Cobb scoops him! Pop-up to the suplex, but Henare slips out!
Henare catches an arm to Tomahawk elbow over and over! Fans fire up as Henare runs but Cobb reels him in! Henare elbows but into an OVERHEAD SUPLEX! Fans fire up for this power on display! Henare is in the corner and Cobb runs in, only for Henare to dodge! Henare fireman’s carries Cobb but Cobb slips off. Henare blocks the kick to ELBOW and HEEL KICK back! Okada DECKS Ospreay and then hits Khan! HenarACE coordinate, Henare fireman’s carries Cobb for a SAMOAN DROP! Cover, TWO!! Tanahashi and Henare watch Cobb rise, and Tanahashi runs, SLING SWEEP! Cover, Ospreay breaks it!
Okada hits Ospreay, throws him out and fans rally up with “HE-NA-RE!” Henare fires up, runs, but into Khan’s BOOT! Khan goes after Tanahashi, Tanahshi waistlocks but Khan rolls to get a KNEEBAR! Cobb throws Henare for the TOUR OF THE ISLANDS!! Cover, The Empire wins!!
Winners: The Empire, by pinfall
Cobb and Khan get the better of HenarACE again! Ospreay rejoins his men and tells them to finish Tanahashi off! Khan has the kneebar again but Okada clubs him away! Ospreay has Khan and Cobb move aside so that he can stand face to face with Okada. Ospreay tells Okada that Okada doesn’t really know who he is. Okada grabs Ospreay but Cobb CLUBS Okada! And they set Okada up for an OSCUTTER! Bea Priestly gets a chair and gives it to Ospreay, who gives it to Khan! They have Tanahashi’s legs isolate and Khan SMACKS them over and over and over with the chair!! Ospreay says Tanahashi is no longer the Ace! Okada is no longer the top of the mountain! Khan says this is THE EMPIRE! Will it only be a matter of time before they conquer all of NJPW?
SANADA & Shingo Takagi VS EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi w/ Dick Togo!
Speaking of facing traitors, we get a rematch from the round robin! Cold Skull and The Dragon want to get back at the King of Darkness and Tokyo Pimp for that loss, but will they have to keep their eyes open for the Spoiler?
The entrance jackets are put aside as fans clap for “L I J!” Bullet Club gives a Low Sweet and then attack LIJ! Yujiro clubs Takagi, Evil is after Sanada and the bell put sthis on record. Sanada dropkicks Evili out then PLANCHAS him down! Takagi runs Yujiro over and fans fire up! Takagi drags Yujiro up, suplexes up and over, and then brings Yujiro back up. Yujiro rakes eyes! And then he distracts the ref so that Dick can choke Sanada! Evil MULE KICKS Sanada to get him to fall! Evil slaps his former friend and tag partner around as Dick pulls the Spoiler choker tighter. But Takagi goes out after them! Yujiro and the ref pursue as Takagi checks on Sanada. Evil CLUBS Takagi, Yujiro mugs him, and the two put Takagi in.
Yujiro stomps Takagi while the ref is checking on Sanada. Fans rally up but Yujiro drops a leg, an elbow and a headbutt. Cover, TWO! Yujiro tags Evil and Evil stands on Takagi’s head. The ref reprimands and Evil steps away, but Takagi fires off forearms! Evil eggs him on but Takagi hits harder! Evil rakes Takagi’s eyes! Evil whips Takagi to the corner, and surprise! The blue buckle pad is loose! Takagi hits bare buckles as the Bullet Club classic happens all over again. Sanada is still out on the ramp as Bullet Club whips Takagi to a corner. Yujiro runs in to BOOT, Evil runs in to corner clothesline! Then FISHERMAN BUSTER! And bsaement BOOT! Cover, TWO!
Takagi survives but Bullet Club keeps focus since they’ve all but made this a handicap match. But Takagi fires off forearms and CHOPS! Takagi runs but Dick trips him while Evil was in the ref’ sway! Dick drags Takagi up and Yujiro has his pimp cane, but Sanada is back! Sanada clobbers Bullet Club, including Dick! And he fires off on Evil!! Fans are fired up as Sanada shows no mercy to the traitor! The ref pulls him away but Sanada shoves the ref down! Sanada goes out to whip Evil into railing! And more railing! This hot rage is rare for Cold Skull and fans are loving it!
As for Takagi, Yujiro BOOTS him, then runs, into an elbow! JAB! LARIAT! Takagi runs to SLIDING LARIAT! Then a pump handle and torture rack, for LAST OF THE DRAGONS!! Cover, LIJ wins!!
Winners: Sanada & Shingo Takagi, by pinfall
The calm and the fury get even with Evil and Yujiro! But Sanada’s rage is not satisfied, he’s after Evil again! He just rains more fists down! Young Lions try to stop him but get shoved aside! Then Sanada throws them around and kicks them out! Then he goes back for more on Evil! Sanada finally stops and cools off, but then he explodes again! Not even Takagi can stop Sanada! Evil hits back and these two just keep going on the ramp! Dick gets in but Sanada DECKS him! Evil CHOPS Sanada and eggs Sanada on as Sanada keeps hitting back! Sanada kicks Evil, and drags him backstage! Takagi doesn’t even get what happened and he’s Sanada’s teammate. But that aside, LIJ won, will they keep on winning here tonight?
Wait, Cobb returns! He told Takagi before he wants that NEVER Openweight Championship, and now he’s here to tell him again. Cobb picks up the belt, Takagi wants it back, and Cobb hands it over. Cobb won’t let go, though! And he uses it to reel Takagi into TOUR OF THE ISLANDS!! Cobb picks the belt up again and puts it in Takagi’s face, before raising it up high over his head. Will Cobb take this belt for the glory of The Empire?
Kota Ibushi & Master Wato w/ Hiroyoshi Tenzan VS Tetsuya Naito & Bushi!
The Golden Star and the IWGP Double Champion met again just last week as part of the big three-day weekend NJPW had to wrap up the round robins! Los Ingobernables de Japon was strong that night, will the IWGP Double Champion and Death Mask stay strong? Or will the Way of the Grandmaster help Ibushi bounce back before the WrestleKingdom 15 Night 1 title match?
Naito isn’t dressed as fancy as usual, but he just makes up for that by taking even longer walking to the ring. The teams sort out, fans rally with “NA-I-TO!” “I-BU-SHI!” and after the LIJ fist bump, we start with the WK15 preview! Ibushi and Naito approach, circle slowly, and then move back as Naito plays his games. Ibushi keeps his cool, but Naito kicks first! The forearms fly back and forth, faster and faster, and fans rally with them! Naito rakes eyes! The ref reprimands and Naito mocks Tenzan’s chops! Naito whips, Ibushi reverses but Naito sunset flips. Ibushi slips out, Naito ducks the kick to arm-drag, but Ibushi headscissors! Naito pops out but Ibushi dropkicks him down!
Ibushi stomps Naito, tags in Wato, and Wato drags Naito up to kick and kick and KICK! Bushi gets in but Wato KICKS him down! Wato goes after Naito, whips him and hurdles to back elbow, back hand and sobat! Fans fire up with Wato as he aims and kicks, but Naito dodges! Naito shoves, kicks and Bushi gets in to sunset flip flop for Naito’s basement dropkick! Bushi hits Ibushi and the ref reprimands while fans rally. Naito goes out to get in Tenzan’s face while Bushi stomps Wato. Naito then gets Ibushi up to whip him into railing! Bushi digs his boots into Wato but lets off as Naito returns. Naito drags Wato up, and throws those Tenzan Mongolian Chops! Fans like that as Naito tags in Bushi.
LIJ mugs Wato then Bushi brings Wato around for the Mongolian Chops, too! Tenzan is mad as Bushi throws more chops then stomps Wato. Bushi snapmares Wato into a chinlock, then a cover, TWO! Fans cheer and Bushi tags Naito in. Naito drags Wato up, dragon sleepers and backbreakers to the leg hook full nelson! Bushi keeps guard but Wato moves around. Fans rally as Wato endures, and Wato gets the ropebreak with a foot! The ref counts, Naito claims he’s stuck, so the ref undoes the hold for him. Naito stomps Wato then brings Wato up. Wato throws forearms, Bushi CLUBS Wato and Naito DECKS Ibushi!
LIJ put Wato in a corner to whip him corner to corner, and Bushi runs in but misses! Wato tilt-o-whirl backbreakers Naito! Bushi runs, into the DREAMCAST KICK! Fans rally up, Wato and Naito are down, but Wato rolls to tag in Ibushi! Ibushi fires up to fire off forearms on Naito! Naito reverses the whip but Ibushi JUMPING KICKS Naito down! Fans fire up as Ibushi runs in but Naito dodges. Ibushi goes up and over, and KICKS Naito down! Standing moonsault! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up more and Ibushi powers up. Ibushi drags Naito up but Naito throws forearm after forearm! Ibushi fires them back, Naito spins Ibushi around, arm-drags him then elbows him down! Basement dropkick!
Fans rally “I-BU-SHI!” “NA-I-TO!” as Naito whips Ibushi corner to corner. Naito runs in, rocket kick and sweep, swinging dropkick! COMBINACION CABRON! Naito drags Ibushi up but Ibushi fights the neckbreaker off. Ibushi blocks a kick, fires a strike fest and then whips. Naito reverses to tornado DDT! Fans fire up as both men are down! Bushi tags in and goes to a corner. Bushi climbs, aims at Ibushi, and missile dropkicks! And BUSHIROONI! Bushi stomps Ibushi, drags him up, but Ibushi swings on him! Bushi spins Ibushi around to DDT! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up as Bushi drags Ibushi up, FISHERMAN SCREW! Cover, but Wato breaks it!
Naito throws Wato out and Bushi drags Ibushi up. Bushi puts Ibushi in the ropes, and hits a DRAPING BACKSTABBER! Fans fire up as Bushi aims corner to corner, runs and CODE- NO! Ibushi denies that and ROUNDHOUSES Bushi down! Naito whips Ibushi, Ibushi reverses and then catches Naito’s leaping forearms! Ibushi spins Naito around for Wato’s springboard uppercut! Naito bails out, Wato builds speed and TORNILLOS Naito at the ramp! Ibushi KICKS and KICKS Bushi, but Bushi blocks to elbow the leg. Bushi runs, into a V-TRIGGER! KENNY~! Ibushi sits Bushi up, KAMI-GOYE!! Cover, Ibushi and Wato win!
Winners: Kota Ibushi & Master Wato, by pinfall
Naito’s team won the Six Man but Ibushi just won the 2v2! But it is only a matter of time before these two face off again. Who wins when it’s just 1v1 for the IWGP Heavyweight AND Intercontinental Championships?
World Tag League 2020 Finals: FinJuice VS Guerrillas of Destiny!
Juice Robinson and David Finlay have appeared in back-to-back finals, but the truly historic achievement is on the other side of facing Tama Tonga and Tonga Loa! Will FinJuice be the third team in a row to go back-to-back as World Tag League winners?
After the Low Sweet, and as Juice warns Jado, the teams sort out. Loa starts with Finlay and fans rally up. They circle, tie up, and Loa pushes Finlay away. Finlay shrugs that off, circles with Loa again and then gets around to a headlock. Loa powers up to carry Finlay to a corner! The ref calls for the break, Loa backs off, but Finlay dodges the sucker punch! Finlay headlocks, holds tight and fans rally up. Loa powers up again to pull hair and rolls Finlay off. Finlay runs into a headlock takeover! Loa grins as he grinds Finlay down but Finlay moves around. Finlay works to get up but Loa holds tight. Finlay throws body shots, powers out and tags Juice.
Loa holds ropes, Tama tags in, and the ref hurries to keep this from turning into a brawl! FinJuice and GOD stare down with dukes up, but they cool off and let it stay as Juice and Tama. Fans rally as they circle, tie up, and are in a deadlock. Tama manages to power Juice back, but then Juice powers Tama back. Tama headlocks, Juice powers out but Tama kicks back! Tama dodges, Jado swipes at Juice and the ref reprimands. Juice and Tama stand off and fans cheer as the ref is telling Jado he is EJECTED! Young Lions grab Jado and drag him away! GOD is furious but this is only fair! Tama goes after Juice for that with big haymakers!
Tama whips, Juice reverses and arm-drags! Juice has the arm and wrenches him to the corner. Finlay tags in to drop ax handles on the arm! FinJuice double kick, run and double BULLDOG! Cover, ONE, but Finlay is right on Tama’s arm. Finlay wrenches, Juice tags in and Juice goes up to drop ax handles! Juice DECKS Loa, FinJuice double whip Tama, and they double hip toss Tama down. Loa runs in but he gets a double hip toss! Finlay basement uppercuts, Juice back sentons! Fans rally and Juice wrenches Tama’s arm, tags Finlay, and Finlay again drops ax handles on the arm. FinJuice whips Tama again, and double- No, Tama fights out!
Tama ducks the leg lariat, shoves Finaly into Juice and tags in Loa! Loa DOUBLE LARIATS FinJuice down! Loa whips Finlay, back drops him high and hard, then kicks Juice to whip and back drop him, too! Fans cheer the feat of strength as Loa brings Finlay back up for a snap suplex! Uno amigo, then the back suplex to BOMB! Cover, TWO! Loa grows frustrated but fans rally up. Loa drags Finlay to a cover, ONE! Loa wraps a chinlock on, Finlay endures and works his way up. Loa puts Finlay in the corner, Tama tags in and GOD mugs Finlay. They double whip, body shot, body shot and neckbreaker! Cover, TWO!
Tama is frustrated and he drags Finlay around for clobbering forearms to the chest, and an elbow right to the head! Fans rally for Finlay as Tama paces. Tama headbutts Finlay to the corner, tags Loa, and GOD double suplexes Finlay hard! Cover, TWO! Finlay reaches for Juice but Loa stays close. Loa dares Finlay to tag Juice but Finlay pie faces Loa. They slap each other and then Finlay throws forearm after forearm! Loa just fires up and DECKS Finlay with one! Loa runs corner to corner, Finlay elbows him first! Finlay hurries, but he dodges and tosses Loa first! Tama drags Finlay back but Finlay kicks him away! Loa trips Juice off the apron! The tag is denied!
Loa gets in, he drags Finlay up and fireman’s carries for a SAMOAN DROP! Tag to Tama, Loa puts Finlay in the corner, and Tama taunts Juice. Juice rallies the fans up and Tama goes back to Finlay. Finlay fights out of the corner with forearms and elbows! Finlay EuroUppers Tama but Tama gets around to back suplex. Finlay lands on his feet, dodges Tama and tags in Juice! Juice rallies on GOD, then gives Loa a SPINEBUSTER! Tama runs in to get a full nelson SLAM! PLANCHA for Loa! Juice shakes the hands of the trophies then goes back to the ring. Juice runs in and corner clotheslines Tama! Then he runs to LEAPING LARIAT!
Juice climbs up as fans rally, and he leaps at Tama for a BIG crossbody! Cover, TWO!! Tama survives and fans fire up more! Juice tags Finlay, FinJuice has Tama in a corner, and Juice runs in to corner clothesline! Finlay EuroUppers, Juice scoops Tama, for an ELBOW DROP BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Tama survives again and fans rally up more! Finlay tags Juice, FinJuice drags Tama up again, and Juice builds speed, only for Loa to SPEAR! Finlay drops Tama but Loa shoves him into Tama’s TONGAN TWIST! GOD regroups and brings Juice up. They double atomic FACEBUSTER, then cover, TWO!
GOD keeps cool and coordinate again in opposite corners. FLYING HEADBUTT, and FROG SPLASH! Cover, TWO!! Juice survives now and GOD is furious! Fans rally up as Loa brings Juice up. Tama steadies himself while Loa runs Juice into the corner! Tama runs in but Juice dodges the splash! Finlay EuroUppers Tama in the corner! Loa CLOBBERS Finlay but Juice LEG LARIATS Loa! Tama dropkicks Juice but Finlay IRISH CURSE BACKBREAKERS Tama! Loa scoops Finlay for an OKLAHOMA STAMPEDE! Fans are thunderous as Loa drags Juice up. Juice breaks free and shouts, “EAT S*IT!” as the LEFT HAND O’ GOD hits Loa!!
All four men are down and fans fire up again! The ref checks on them all and Loa stirs. Loa and Finlay get out while Juice and Tama go to opposite corners. Juice runs and CANNONBALLS Tama! Fans fire up as the straps come down! Juice pumps up as Tama flounders around, JAB! JAB! JAB! Juice pumps up again, but Tama ducks the left, only to get the RIGHT HAND O’ GOD! Juice reels Tama in but wait, Jado is returning! The ref tells Jado to stay back, but he doesn’t see Loa have a kendo stick of his own! Loa SMACKS Juice, and SMACKS him again! Tama rolls Juice up, but Finlay breaks the cover!!
Tama swings on Finlay, Finlay runs into Loa’s lethal combination, and CROSSFACE! Tama has Juice in the SHARPSHOOTER! They used these holds to send a message just earlier this week! Fans rally as FinJuice endures double submissions, and Juice crawls for ropes! But Tama drags him away! Tama sits DEEP, Juice grits his teeth and powers up! Juice crawls again to the ROPEBREAK! Tama and Loa let FinJuice go, and fans are thunderous again! Loa throws Finlay out and Tama is furious, but Jado is back to coach them up. Jado calls for the finish and GOD drags Juice up. They get him up, MAGIC KILLER!! Cover, TWO!?!? Juice survives and shocks everyone!
Jado calls out the other move, and GOD drags Juice up again. Loa grins as he pcks Juice up and RAMS him into a corner. Tama hits a corner splash, Loa climbs up and Tama suplexes Juice up to him. SUPER- STEINER!!! Juice counters and Finlay goes after Tama! No stunner, but no Gun Stun as Finlay shoves Loa into Jado! PRIMA NOCTA STUNNER! Finlay aims at Loa in a corner, runs in and EuroUppers! Then ACID- No, Loa powers out, BOOTS and suplexes, but Finlay suplexes first! LAST CALL BRAIN BUSTER! Fans are thunderous again as Finlay helps Juice get up! Finlay hoists Tama up, Juice runs, and HART ATTACK! Cover, TWO?!?!
Tama survives and fans are fired up as FinJuice tries again! Finlay drags Tama to the top rope, climbs up to join him, and Juice is on the other corner. SUPERPLEX! To FROG SPLASH! Cover, TWO!??!? Power and Glory wasn’t enough!?! But Finlay keeps Juice focused! Thumbs up, thumbs down! Juice drags Tama up, brings him to a corner and Electric Chair lifts. Finlay goes up but Loa shoves him down! Tama falls off and the ref keeps Loa out. Jado is in but Juice takes the kendo stick from him! Wait, is that KENTA?! BRIEFCASE SHOT!! Wasn’t Kenta supposed to go to America!? Tama drags Juice up and Loa is up top again! SUPER POWERBOMB!!! Cover, GOD WINS!!
Winners: Guerrillas of Destiny, by pinfall (World Tag League 2020 winners)
This is certainly Bullet Club’s win as the Fang Revived had a part to play in this! Kenta still has his shot at the IWGP US Championship, and as Loa and Tama hold up the WTL trophies, they have their shot at the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships! They all celebrate with a picture and a Low Sweet, but will they celebrate even bigger when all those belts come back to Bullet Club?
Best of the Super Juniors 27 Finals: Hiromu Takahashi VS El Desperado!
The Timebomb and Rogue Luchador both have a win over the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion, Taiji Ishimori, in BOSJ 27, but Desperado beat Hiromu in their own head-to-head match. But what sweet irony that these two must face each other again in the finals! Who gets the more important win and then hold the trophy over their head?
The bell rings and fans are fired up already as the two stare down. They slowly circle, approach and tie up. They’re in a deadlock, Desperado gets around to waistlock but Hiromu pries the hold apart. Hiromu wrenches to a wristlock but Desperado rolls and wrenches back. Desperado twists the wrist, hammerlocks the arm, but Hiromu reaches back to headlock. Hiromu hits a takeover, Desperado the headscissors, but Hiromu pops out and fans cheer! Hiromu and Desperado reset and circle again. They approach, tie up, Desperado shoots after a leg, Hiromu facelocks to block, but Desperado rolls and facelocks back. Desperado floats, Hiromu slips out, Hiromu waistlocks, but Desperado gets the arm to crank into a hammerlock.
Hiromu reaches back again to headlock, Desperado bridges over but Hiromu holds on to grind him down. Desperado rolls it to a cover, ONE and Hiromu keeps on the headlock. Desperado pulls hair but Hiromu wrenches on the headlock. They stand up, Hiromu hammerlocks and wrangles Desperado down, but Desperado gets to ropes. Red Shoes calls for the break, and Hiromu lets go, only to stand on Desperado’s head. Hiromu gives a toying kick but Desperado gets up to shove Hiromu. Desperado CHOPS, Hiromu CHOPS, repeat! Faster and faster, and the fans rally up! Back and forth, CHOP for CHOP, “ORYA! ORYA!” CHOP! CHOP!
Hiromu taunts Desperado but Desperado pokes him in the eye! Desperado runs, Hiromu follows and ranas, but Desperado blocks and STRETCH MUFFLERS! Hiromu scrambles to ropebreak, but Desperado won’t let go right away. Desperado stands on Hiromu then taunts him. Hiromu gets up, fans rally and the two go forehead to forearm. Hiromu fires forearms, then ROCKS Desperado. Hiromu runs but Desperado uses Red Shoes as a shield! Hiromu shoves Red Shoes away but Desperado dropkicks the legs out! Desperado drags Hiromu up to throw him out, then follows to whip him into railing! Desperado taunts Hiromu, has media move aside, and he whips Hiromu into more railing!
Hiromu slumps down, Red Shoes tells Desperado to get this in the ring, and Desperado goes in while Red Shoes checks Hiromu. Hiromu is okay to continue, but Desperado undoes a buckle pad like Yano would. Fans rally as the ring count climbs to 10 of 20. Hiromu is up, takes a few extra counts, and is in at 15. Desperado stomps Hiromu, and whips him to the bare corner! Red Shoes reprimands but the damage is done! Desperado drags Hiromu up to whip him back in! Desperado laughs and mocks Hiromu’s pain, then back suplexes high and hard! Desperado “apologizes” to Red Shoes as fans rally up.
Desperado stands on Hiromu’s head, scrapes his heel off him, then drags him back up. Desperado snap suplexes then covers, TWO! Fans rally for Hiromu again but Desperado drags him back up. Hiromu CHOPS back, and CHOPS, but Desperado scoop slams him! And drops a splash on the bad leg! Then drops knees on the leg, too! Desperado hooks the leg up for a knee breaker, then paces. Desperado mocks the “HI-RO-MU!” clapping, stands on the bad leg and mocks Hiromu’s pain. Hiromu pushes Desperado away but Desperado throws Hiromu out. Desperado scoops and slams Hiromu to the floor! Hiromu clutches his ribs and Desperado gets a chair.
Red Shoes checks on Hiromu so Desperado leaves the chair behind. Desperado grabs the bad leg and SMASHES the knee into the floor! Fans rally up for Hiromu and Red Shoes reprimands Desperado. Desperado goes in, a ring count starts again, and Hiromu slowly rises. Hiromu manages to stand at 11, hobbles around and gets in at 14. Desperado drags Hiromu around and drops another splash on the leg! Cover, ONE, but Desperado drops down on the leg! Desperado ties up the legs in the Butterfly Deathlock! Desperado taunts Hiromu as he puts pressure on the legs, but Hiromu CHOPS him! But Desperado just leans back and adds more pressure that way!
Desperado taunts Hiromu as he crawls for ropes, and Hiromu gets the ropebreak. Red Shoes calls for the break, Desperado lets up but “GOMEN!” he drops a knee on the knee! Fans rally for “HI-RO-MU!” and Hiromu CHOPS Desperado! Desperado eggs him on, kicks the leg, then suplexes. Hiromu slips out but the leg jams! Desperado runs, Hiromu manages to follow and RANAS Desperado down! Fans fire up as both men slowly rise. Hiromu gets to a corner, Desperado runs in and CHOPS! Desperado whips, Hiromu reverses and corner clotheslines! Hiromu runs to basement dropkick Desperado down!
Fans rally up, Desperado and Hiromu slowly rise, and Hiromu hobbles to ropes. Desperado runs in, Hiromu BOOTS him, and then DRAPING HEADSCISSORS Desperado! Hiromu lets go at 4, to drag Desperado out in a wheelbarrow, to SLAM him down on the floor! Fans are thunderous as both men are down on the outside! Hiromu gets up first and goes to the apron. Desperado stands, Hiromu runs and SHOTGUN dropkicks Desperado into railing! Fans fire up with Hiromu as he gets his bad leg moving. Hiromu drags Desperado up and into the ring, then drags him up to a suplex, FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO!
Hiromu keeps his cool as he tries to get his bad leg moving. Hiromu stands, drags Desperado up and fireman’s carries, but Desperado slips out! Desperado runs in but Hiromu boots him! Hiromu runs, but into a lift! Hiromu fights the spinebuster off, but runs into a back suplex! Hiromu fights that off, too, but Desperado reels him into a SHIN BREAKER! STRETCH MUFFLER! But Hiromu rolls and throws Desperado off! Fans fire up as Desperado goes to a corner. Desperado runs at Hiromu, but into an OVERHEAD SUPLEX! Desperado hits the corner and falls down! Fans fire up again as both men slowly stir. Hiromu stands first and hobbles around.
Hiromu drags Desperado up, fireman’s carries, but Desperado blocks. Hiromu still gets Desperado up but Desperado fights against it. Hiromu tries again, gets Desperado up but the leg gives out as he tries to pop him up further. Desperado aims, runs, but blocks the superkick to LOCO MONO! Hiromu SUPERKICKS after all! Hiromu runs, Desperado dodges but Hiromu SUPERKICKS again! Both men are down, but Hiromu is getting up as fans fire up! Hiromu hobbles back to Desperado, drags him back up, fireman’s carries again, and CORNER DEATH VALLEYS! Hiromu brings Desperado back up, RUNNING DEATH VALLEY!
Fans fire up and Hiromu drags Desperado up one more time! Fireman’s carry, spin, but Desperado sunset flips, and STRETCH MUFFLERS! Desperado gets the arm, NUMERO DOS!! Hiromu endures, reaches, crawls, and gets the ropebreak! Desperado cranks harder until Red Shoes counts 4! Fans fire up as both men are down. Desperado roars in frustration as he drags Hiromu back up. Desperado reels Hiromu in, Guitarra- No, Hiromu escapes! But the leg jams again! Hiromu tumbles out of the ring and Desperado waits for him to rise. Desperado builds speed to- No, Hiromu gets in so Desperado stops! Hiromu comes back to sunset flip, but he can’t hold on and just hits the floor!
Hiromu hurries back up, grabs Desperado in a waistlock, but Desperado scrapes him off! Hiromu hits railing and Desperado hurries back after him. Desperado whips Hiromu into the railing! Hiromu is down in a slump, and Desperado grabs one of the Junior Heavyweight Tag belts? Red Shoes tells him to drop it, Desperado tells him to shut up and then tosses the belt away. But Desperado grabs that chair from before! Desperado SMACKS the bad leg with the chair! And again, and again, and again! Red Shoes comes back out and Desperado throws the chair away. Fans rally up as hard as they can for Hiromu while Desperado tries to drag him up.
Desperado mockingly asks how Hiromu’s supposed to continue. Desperado stomps the bad leg! Desperado drags Hiromu up and puts him in. Desperado gets the leg for Stretch Muffler, but Hiromu kicks him away! Desperado stomps the leg again! Fans still rally but the Stretch Muffler returns! Hiromu kicks and rolls, but Desperado is on him with GUITARRA DE ANGEL! Cover, TWO!! STRETCH MUFFLER!! Desperado tortures the leg, Hiromu crawls and reaches, but Desperado drags him away, into NUMERO DOS! Hiromu endures more, reaches with his one free hand, and fans are thunderous as they rally!
Hiromu claws, Desperado cranks and rolls, then gets BOTH arms! NUMER DOS MAX!! But Hiromu powers up with his abs?! Hiromu hits a DESTROYER!! Both men are down again and fans are thunderous! Hiromu and Desperado slowly stir as Red Shoes checks on them. Hiromu is up first and he hobbles around before steadying himself. Hiromu heads for Desperado, drags him up by his mask tassels, and then fireman’s carries. Desperado slips out and shoves Hiromu into Red Shoes! And LOW BLOWS!! Desperado grins as Hiromu and Red Shoes are down! Desperado hobbles over and drags Hiromu up. Hiromu breaks free to LOCO MONO Desperado?!? Hiromu used Desperado’s right straight against him!
Hiromu hobbles back over, drags him up and pulls at the mask! Not the fancy new inverted mask! Hiromu’s ripped the top half of it off!! Desperado’s hair is exposed as Hiromu kicks and slaps him around. Desperado glares right at Hiromu as he gets up. And he just throws the rest of it away?! Desperado shows the face of Kyosuke Mikami!! And he starts throwing hands on Hiromu! Hiromu throws them back and it’s just a brawl! Desperado fires off but Hiromu tackles him to fire back! The brawling continues, Desperado rakes eyes, and then Hiromu SLAPS him down!! Hiromu drags Desperado back up, Desperado LOCO MONOS!
Desperado roars, drags Hiromu back up and reels him in to underhook! Hiromu fights off Pinche to wrench and HEADBUTT! Both men are down again and fans are electric! Hiromu rises first, has a wild smile on his face, and he drags Desperado back up! Fireman’s carry, but Desperado fights out, only for Hiromu to spin, VICTORIA!! Hiromu fires up, drags Desperado into a dragon sleeper suplex, but Desperado slips out to EL ES CULERO! Cover, TWO!?!? Hiromu escapes and Desperado is FURIOUS! Desperado glares at Hiromu from the corner, runs out at him, and LARIATS collide! Hiromu roars but Desperado kicks the bad leg out!
Desperado powers up but Hiromu SUPERKICKS! Desperado flops over, Hiromu gets up and fans are electric all over again! Hiromu runs as Desperado rises, but Desperado spins Hiromu, only for Hiromu to fireman’s carry! CORNER DEATH VALLEY to the BARE buckles!! Fans are erupting as Hiromu drags Desperado back up! Fireman’s carry, spin and TIMEBOMB!!! Cover, TWO!?!?!?! HOW?!?!? How is Desperado in this?!? Hiromu can’t even figure that out! Hiromu gets up, grins another wild grin and drags Desperado back up. INVERTED FALCON ARROW! But that isn’t enough, as Hiromu drags Desperado back up, to TIME BOMB 2!!!! Cover, Hiromu WINS!!
Winner: Hiromu Takahashi, by pinfall (Best of the Super Juniors 27 winner)
An utter, undeniable EPIC! Hiromu gets revenge on Desperado, and has his second-ever BOSJ trophy! Hiromu gets a mic already and he shouts, “OI, DESPERADO! Me and you, we’ve got plenty more still to come. Until we both have to retire, we’re going to be fighting forever. I won this time, but I’ll see you again.” With that, Hiromu lets Desperado leave, and he holds the trophy close to his heart! Hiromu holds it up, even as he rests on the mat and cries tears of joy. Fans clap for “HI-RO-MU!” as he catches his breath and sits up.
Hiromu again has the mic to say, “I got something I want to do here. There’s somebody I want to fight. Ishimori! I want you for that IWGP Junior… No, that’s not what I want to say…” Hiromu says that before he takes Ishimori on for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship, there’s a match he wants. It’s been eating away at him. He tells NJPW America’s Super J Cup to get ready! He wants that tournament’s winner! “I’m waiting!” Hiromu wants after the OTHER Junior Heavyweight tournament winner! Because that way, NJPW can go back to where it was, for those who were born to wrestle and do nothing else!
We fans give them strength, power and energy! When fans clap and applaud, that gives THEM strength, power and energy to do that! That connection with fan and wrestler that puts NJPW where it is today. Hiromu says whatever happens next, he LOVES the Junior Heavyweight Division and he LOVES NJPW! So everyone, both here and around the world, living this very moment, they’ll make this even more, more, more, MORE, MORE, MORE FUN!!! Will Hiromu get that match with the Super J-Cup winner at WrestleKingdom before facing the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion?
What an event! The matches before the tournament finals were all really fun, and I think the biggest development was Sanada so angrily going after Evil. I sense a singles grudge match for one of the WrestleKingdom nights so that those two can finally have things out. New Japan Cup, G1 Climax, World Tag League, and here for the final night, all have built upon the previous for a great match for them at WK15. The Empire wins because surely Okada is winning at WK15 against Ospreay, but I like that Cobb returned to make sure Takagi understood the challenge he’s issued. I bet that is the trade-off: Ospreay loses to Okada, but Cobb gets a belt for the faction. Or it could go the other way, who knows.
The finals matches were both great, but WTL’s was just a touch weaker. That is not to take away from it, there was great stuff between FinJuice and GOD. But one thing that did hurt it was that GOD had Kenta show up and help them win. I suppose this does make for good story, though, as Bullet Club is going to be seeking more belts to build themselves back up. Fale crushed the KOPW 2020 trophy so he and Yano are probably having a match. Kenta is surely getting after Moxley at some point to get the IWGP US Championship. GOD are after the tag titles and Ishimori still has the Junior Heavyweight Championship. All those prizes are pretty solid for them to be holding onto as we possibly get another Bullet Club Civil War.
And of course, the main event, the best match of the night and the entire WTL X BOSJ event, Hiromu VS Desperado again, on a level worthy of both the trophy and the title! That was just so amazing, lots of story because of how often these two have faced each other even just this year, both before and after the lockdown. Desperado had great inverted color scheme gear, and how bold to have it be made just so Hiromu could rip half the mask away. And then what an amazing move from a luchador to say “Screw it!” and just go without his mask! I wonder if this is a sign of some kind of change in Desperado’s overall look, but maybe it was just to give a great moment here tonight.
Hiromu winning is great, and I am pleasantly surprised to hear him call out the eventual Super J-Cup winner. I wonder if Hiromu is going to make that match his night one so that he isn’t resting while Ishimori gives Desperado his owed title match. The idea would be, BOSJ 27 VS Super J-Cup 2020, only the winner gets their title shot at WK15 night 2, bringing both trophies to that title match. And therefore, it is possible that we have Hiromu holding up both trophies and wearing the title to end his night as THE BEST Junior Heavyweight wrestler in NJPW today.
My Score: 9.4/10
Mitchell’s AEW Revolution Results & Report! (3/7/21)
This is going to be an EXPLOSIVE Revolution!
AEW’s Revolution returns for 2021!
The Revolution returns and AEW is raising the stakes! Who will survive the EXPLODING BARBED WIRE DEATHMATCH to be World Champion!?
- Buy-In: Thunder Rosa & Riho VS Britt Baker &
RebelMaki Itoh; Baker & Itoh win.
- AEW World Tag Team Championships: The Young Bucks VS Y2MJF w/ Wardlow; The Young Bucks win and retain the titles.
- Casino Tag Team Battle Royal: Death Triangle wins and will challenge for the AEW World Tag Team Championships.
- AEW Women’s World Championship: Hikaru Shida VS Ryo Mizunami; Shida wins and retains the title.
- Miro & Kip Sabian w/ Penelope Ford VS Chuck Taylor & Orange Cassidy; Miro & Sabian win.
- Big Money Match: Hangman Page VS Matt Hardy; Hangman wins and will receive Hardy’s Q1 earnings.
- Face of the Revolution Ladder Match: Cody Rhodes VS Penta El Zero M VS Scorpio Sky VS Max Caster VS Lance Archer VS ???; Scorpio wins and will challenge for the AEW TNT Championship.
- Street Fight: Team Taz VS Sting & Darby Allin; Sting & Darby win.
- AEW World Championship Exploding Barbed Wire Deathmatch: Kenny Omega w/ Don Callis VS Jon Moxley; Omega wins and retains the title.
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It’s the Revolution Buy-In!
Sting’s return is nostalgic, historic, and shocking! He saw something of himself in Darby Allin, but why is he in AEW? Sting did not leave under his own terms a few too many times, and he won’t do that ever again. Darby doesn’t just remind Sting of himself with the paint, but the aura and the way he thinks. Team Taz thinks Darby is obsessed with Taz, but it has been the other way this whole time. Team Taz claims their number game is playing fair, but Sting and Darby having baseball bats and skateboards is dirty. So to get dirty, it’s going to be a STREET FIGHT! There’s respect but no fear here. “It’s all about survival.” Who survives when civility is thrown to the curb and the only rule is to win?
Aneki was on the edge of retirement when AEW Double or Nothing 2019 called to her. First wrestling for AEW left her wanting to come back for more. She has won the Women’s Title Eliminator Tournament, and she won’t let this chance pass her by. With a reinvigorated passion, she won the Japanese Bracket by beating one of her greatest rivals in Aja Kong, and then she brought all that emotion and tension to win the whole thing against Nyla Rose. Hikaru Shida remembers first meeting Mizunami in 2010, and her bragging that even if Shida wrestled for 100 years, she could never beat Mizunami. They’ve faced off three times, and have gone to DRAWS three times!
But now, 11 years later, we’ll see if someone can finally win! Mizunami didn’t retire all so she could beat Shida! Shida has been a fighting champion for half a year now, and has built a bridge between Japan and the world, and vows to be the one to cross it! Will Shida prove she’s the best Women’s Champion in the WORLD?! Or will she have to admit Aneki is still too great.
Young Bucks and two singles wrestlers as a team? “Here we go again.” Revolution 2020 was the Bucks VS Hangman & Omega, and the Bucks lost. Is that in the back of their minds? Of course! They don’t want to repeat history. They’ve changed tag team wrestling in the world, but took longer than expected to get the AEW World Tag Team Championships. It felt a lot like the independents in some ways. But after what Y2MJF have down to them and their family, “two egomaniacs who think they can do whatever they want,” the Bucks are sick of it. Is the bond of Y2MJF real? Who knows. What hasn’t Jericho done? What can’t Jericho be? But then there’s MJF, “a piece of shit.”
Jericho sings the praises of MJF, who is only 24 and is already a top name in pro-wrestling. MJF has only done that after being on TV for just over a year! But they’re so alike, will that only cause them to break apart? The Bucks say this could’ve just been standard pro-wrestling war of words, but Y2MJF went and made it personal. Attacking their friends, attacking them, attacking their FATHER, Y2MJF have gone too far! MJF asks if there is a right and wrong when it comes to winning. That move alone will do damage to the Bucks more than any wrestling move could. But will this emotional attack only motivate the Bucks to go from beating to hurting Y2MJF?
Big Money Matt was upset that he couldn’t outsmart the Cowboy, and now is trying to make him pay for it! But a win and a loss aren’t just on the line, a massive amount of revenue is, too! The loser’s 2021 first quarter financial earnings will be given to the winner! Hardy threatens to hurt Hangman Page both directly and indirectly, but will Hardy morally bankrupt himself first?
To be the Face of the Revolution, you have to take risks. And there’s little riskier in wrestling than a Ladder match! But the reward is worth the risk, because only one can go after the TNT Championship! It is just as important to AEW as the world title is, because of the Open Challenge legacy and the memory of Brodie Lee. Every man has something to prove, from Scorpio Sky wanting his breakthrough, Cody Rhodes who wants to recapture former glory, to Platinum Max Caster wanting to prove the worth he already feels he has, to Lance Archer wanting what should’ve been his all along, to Pentagon showing what Cero Miedo is truly about! But there is a wild card left to be revealed! Who will lead the way as the Face of the Revolution?
“You can only roll the dice so many times.” Moxley knew something would happen at some point. As many challengers as he took on in 2020, he knew he’d get caught up. But the way for it to happen just left a bad taste in his mouth. Don Callis says those who live moment to moment can’t understand how he and Kenny Omega planned this out. This wasn’t just a few weeks or a few years. This was all being worked towards for 27 YEARS! The Invisible Hand has guided Omega from the shadows, and so the “insects” are of course unable to grasp this. There’s no such thing as family in the business, but there is between Callis and Omega.
Callis and Omega think on another level. Callis’ plan has made Omega the Michael Jordan of wrestling, as he should be! And the Good Brothers are his powerful back-up. Moxley doesn’t care if it’s AEW, NJPW, Impact, everyone’s trying to take him out. Good luck, because you’re not the first, and won’t be the last. Callis says Moxley is a cockroach, but this Exploding Barbed Wire Deathmatch will be his extermination! Moxley and Omega have already raised the bar on intensity and violence, but this is a legendarily lethal stipulation! And Omega says it will be so humiliating for Moxley to look himself in the mirror and say that not only couldn’t he outwrestle Omega, but outdo him in something right up his alley!
Moxley knows this is all designed to destroy him, but it is his responsibility to take Omega out. If this is the end, then Moxley can’t think of a better way to go. Will barbed wires, explosions, and whatever the hell else these two bring to the fight be enough to end it?
Thunder Rosa & Riho VS Britt Baker & Rebel!
The former NWA Women’s World Champion teams with the inaugural AEW Women’s World Champion to silence a common enemy! But will the Dentist and her assistant be the ones smiling at the end of this kickoff?
Britt has a mic but no Rebel? It seems she’s excused her sidekick from this match because of the “brutal” attack from Nyla Rose! But Tony Khan and Britt got a second opinion, and Rebel hobbles out with a crutch! Rebel can’t compete, so Britt has a replacement! This is the perfect substitute for tonight, it’s… MAKI ITOH!! The Cutest in the World, the Fired Idol, has joined Britt in battle! But will Itoh-chan outshine even the Face of the AEW Women’s Division?
Thunder Rosa & Riho VS Britt Baker & Maki Itoh w/ Rebel!
The teams sort out and Riho starts with Britt. they tie up, go around, Britt spins Riho to full nelson and snapmare, but Riho turns that around to a wristlock. Britt gets up, wrenches and snapmares but Riho slips back out to the wristlock! Britt throws body shots, gets to ropes and steps through. The ref counts, Riho lets go at 4, and fans boo as Britt takes a second to shake her arm out. Britt returns, kicks Riho low, then throws forearms. Britt whips, Riho handsprings through and dropkicks Britt down! Things speed up, Riho dropkicks again! Riho whips Britt, Britt reverses but Riho tilt-o-whirls to headscissor Britt down!
Riho drags Britt up, brings her over, but Britt gets away. Rosa and Itoh tag in and fans are fired up! Rosa isn’t amused by Itoh’s double dirty birds, but they tie up. Rosa waistlocks, Itoh pries free and wrenches to a hammerlock. Itoh headlocks, fans rally for Rosa and she gets an arm to drag Itoh down. Rosa flips Britt off as she puts Itoh in a facelock. Itoh switches, headlocks, but Rosa powers out. Itoh rams Rosa but Rosa stays up and flexes. Itoh runs but Rosa rams her! Itoh gets frustrated but she throws forearms, Rosa forearms back! They go harder, and Rosa ROCKS Itoh! Itoh forearms back, Rosa fires off and ROCKS Itoh again!
Itoh cries?! Rosa asks what the heck. Itoh stomps Rosa’s foot! She suckered Rosa in! And then flips her off! Itoh runs, but Rosa runs her over! Rosa drags Itoh up, whips her but Itoh reverses. Itoh runs in and hits a back elbow! Itoh whips, follows and hits a bulldog to her knees! Itoh fires up and does a pose, “Who’s the cutest in the world? ITOH-CHAN~!” She rains down fists, but Rosa turns it around to an Electric Chair SNAKE EYES! Itoh staggers and Rosa brings her over to tag in Riho. Rosa snap suplexes Itoh for Riho to run, wheelbarrow with Rosa and SPLASH on Itoh! Cover, TWO!
Riho drags Itoh up, wrenches and drop toeholds her to ropes, then dials it up! 6 1 9 connects! Cover, TWO!! Itoh survives but Riho drags her over to bump off Rosa’s boot! Tag to Rosa, she snapmares Itoh to a cover, TWO! Rosa keeps on Itoh with a short camel clutch, and Riho DECKS Britt! Riho runs to basement dropkick Itoh, Rosa covers, TWO! Rosa brings Itoh up, tags Riho, but Itoh throws a forearm! Riho hits back, but so does Itoh! They go back and forth, even leaning into the shots! Riho knees Itoh then runs, but Britt trips Riho up! Fans boos Britt throws Riho into railing! Rosa protests but the ref is distracted, and Rebel helps Britt get Riho in! Rebel isn’t hurt at all!
Itoh fires up her head and runs, but the Kokeshi FLOPS! Itoh tags to Britt and she drags Riho up for forearms! Britt cravats, fans rally for Riho but Britt throws knees! Britt flips Rosa off then drags Riho around to stomp her! Britt drags Riho up, and hits a half hatch suplex! Cover, TWO! Britt is annoyed but she drags Riho to ropes and stands on her! The ref counts, Britt lets off at 3 but Rebel swipes Riho with a shirt! Itoh tags in and mugs Riho to then snapmare and clamp on with a camel clutch! Riho endures as fans rally, and Riho reaches out with legs for the ropebreak! The ref counts, Itoh lets off at 3, and then she stomps Riho down.
Itoh brings Riho up to bump off buckles and whip her corner to corner. Itoh runs in but Riho dodges! Riho hotshots Itoh! Riho hurries up top, leaps, and crossbodies! Cover, TWO!! Itoh survives again but Riho goes to her corner. Hot tags to Rosa and Britt! They brawl, Rosa runs and CLOBBERS Britt! Rosa fires up more and runs in to A-LIST LARIAT Britt down, for the SWINGING METEORA! Rosa rolls and runs and BASEMENT DROPKICKS! Rosa drags Britt up again, underhooks, and BUTTERFLY SUPLEXES! Rosa still isn’t done, she sets Britt up for a big back senton! Cover, TWO! Rosa grows annoyed but she vows to finish Britt!
Rosa drags Britt up, suplexes but Rosa slips off to waistlock. Itoh tags in as Britt puts Rosa in the corner, and then Britt whips Itoh in for an elbow! Itoh feeds Rosa to Britt’s SLINGBLADE! Itoh fires up that head, and hits the FALLING KOKESHI! Cover, TWO!! Rosa survives and Itoh sighs. Itoh drags Rosa up, flips her off, but Rosa kicks for a STUNNER!! Hot tag to Riho and she DECKS Britt again! Riho KNEES Itoh, but Britt SUPERKICKS her! Rosa enziguris Britt, Itoh kicks and whips Rosa! Itoh runs but into a boot! Rosa runs but into a spin and TORNADO DDT! Rosa bails to the apron but Itoh drags her back in and goes to a corner! Itoh climbs, for the SUPER KOKESHI, but she FLOPS!
Riho runs in to KNEE, but into a HALF CRAB?! Itoh has Riho caught!! Riho endures, and she gets the ropebreak! Itoh lets go in frustration but fans are fired up! Itoh drags Riho back up, throws another forearm but Riho hits back! Itoh forearms again, Riho returns it, and they’re fast and furious! Riho gets the edge, but Itoh HEADBUTTS the forearm! Itoh HEADBUTTS again! Both women stagger, Itoh hot tags to Britt! Britt gets Riho for an AIR RAID CRASH! Cover, Rosa breaks it in time! Britt grabs at Riho but Riho ENZIGURIS! Hot tag to Rosa! Rosa runs at Britt, crucifix to sunset flip, TWO! Britt cradles Rosa then rolls her and rolls her to a backslide, TWO!
Britt reels Rosa in for a DDT! Cover, TWO to the ghost pin, TWO!! Rosa mule kicks Britt down! Rebel gets on the apron to distract but Rosa grabs her arm! Britt runs in but Rosa sends her into Rebel! Rosa fireman’s carries and DEATH VALLEY DRIVERS! Cover, but Itoh breaks it!! Rosa throws Itoh out and Riho LEAPS down onto her! Rosa scoops Britt but Britt slips out to SUPERKICK! Britt shoves Rosa at the ref, Rebel CRUTCH SMACKS Rosa!! Britt rolls Rosa, Britt and Itoh win!!
Winners: Britt Baker & Maki Itoh, by pinfall
That crutch wasn’t a crutch but an ace in the hole! Will this help Britt get past her issues with Rosa? Or will Rosa only want to double down and go for broke the next time she gets her hands on Britt?
AEW mourn the loss of Jim Crockett Jr.
AEW World Tag Team Championships: The Young Bucks VS Y2MJF w/ Wardlow!
Dysfunction in the Inner Circle may have cost them Sammy Guevara, but somehow, someway, the combination of Chris Jericho & MJF came out as THE team to face the champions! Will Matt & Nick make the Ayatollah of Rock ‘n’ Rolla and Salt of the Earth regret thinking they could ever be a better tag team?
Fans sing Judas for Jericho, the introductions are made, and the belts are raised. Teams sort out, and the Revolution begins with gold!
Jericho and Nick start and Nick tackles Jericho to rain down fists! MJF gets in but Matt tackles him! The Bucks rain down fists but Y2MJF run away! Matt clubs MJF, throws haymakers, and Nick does the same to Jericho! They brawl and Jericho tries to flee into the crowd of wrestlers! Nick drags him back and ROCKS him with rights! Matt ROCKS MJF, MJF rakes Matt’s eyes! Jericho whips Nick into railing, MJF does the same to Matt on the other side! They trade dance partners to whip the Bucks into each other! Fans boo but Jericho CLUBS Matt and MJF rakes Nick’s eyes! Y2MJF put the Bucks in the ring but then the Bucks run to DIVE! They take Y2MJF down and fire off hands!
Matt and Nick put Y2MJF in, then shoulder into them to slingshot and double sunset flip, to DOUBLE SHARPSHOOTERS! Y2MJF endure, and grab each other’s hands to stop them from tapping out! The Bucks let MJF go, Jericho gets a ropebreak but Nick stomps him down. Nick tags Matt, the Bucks whip Jericho but he reverses. Nick goes up and over and Matt SPEARS him down! Matt gets MJF with headscissors, and Nick dropkicks MJF down! Fans fire up while Wardlow checks on his boss. Nick tags in, Matt sets Jericho up, and Nick hits the DRAPING SWANTON! Cover, MJF breaks it!
Nick ROCKS MJF, throws him out, then handsprings, only for MJF to anchor a foot! Jericho triangle dropkicks Nick down! Jericho scrapes Nick off the apron and distracts the ref so MJF and Wardlow can mug Nick! Fans boo but MJF plays innocent. MJF puts Nick in for Jericho and he gets Nick up for a back suplex! Jericho looms over Nick, tags MJF back in, and Y2MJF double whip to double FLAPJACK Nick! MJF steps on Nick and so does Jericho, and then they mock the Bucks’ pose! Nick crawls for Matt but MJF clubs Nick down. Y2MJF double back suplex but Nick lands on his feet, dodges them both, and tags in Matt!
Matt rallies on the challengers and fires off endless haymakers and CHOPS on MJF! Matt fakes MJF out to hit a DDT! MJF says he’s hurt, Matt runs but Wardlow dumps him out! Jericho snap suplexes Matt, Wardlow BOOTS him down! Fans boo as Wardlow gets away with that. Jericho mockingly claps for Matt and MJF stands on Matt’s hand. MJF talks trash to fans then stomps Matt’s arm! MJF struts around then clubs Matt. MJF chokes Matt, tags Jericho, and Y2MJF mug Matt. Jericho suplexes Matt high and hard, then drags him up to whip him into the corner. MJF tags in and they mug Matt.
Y2MJF double suplex Matt and hold him up for a count of 10, to flip fans off while slamming Matt down! Cover, TWO! MJF wraps on a chinlock and grinds Matt down but fans rally up. Matt fights up, throws body shots, but MJF throws him down by hair! MJF smirks and he storms over but Matt boots him! Matt elbows Jericho away but MJF drop toeholds to a facelock! Fans rally, Matt fights his way up, and Northern Light Suplexes MJF away! But Jericho trips Nick off the apron! MJF WRINGS Matt into buckles! Cover, TWO! A close call, but MJF drags Matt up, MJF bumps Matt off Jericho’s boot then tags Jericho in.
Jericho throws hands, tags MJF back in, and they double whip to double- NO! Matt DOUBLE DDT’s the flapjack! Fans rally, Matt crawls, hot tag to Nick! Nick rallies with haymakers on Y2MJF, then kick, ROUNDHOUSE, front kick, SPIN KICK! SHINING WIZARD for MJF, dirty bird BULLDOG CLOTHESLINE for Y2MJF! Nick keeps moving and he PENALTY KICKS Jericho from the apron! Nick slingshots at MJF for the FACEBUSTER! Then the cartwheel moonsault for Jericho! Slingshot DESTROYER for MJF!! Cover, TWO!? MJF is tough, you have to give him that! Nick puts MJF in the corner, MJF fights back but Matt tucks him in for CHEEKY NANDOS!
The Bucks tag, and they shout out Motor City Machine Guns with the SLICED BREAD BOMB! Cover, TWO!!? MJF is even tougher than expected! Matt keeps his cool as he drags MJF up. MJF headlocks and punches Matt! Tag to Jericho and he runs in, into Matt’s LARIAT! Matt rains down fists on Jericho, then runs, but into Jericho’s takedown! Jericho wants the Walls! But Matt reels Jericho in for a cradle, TWO!! Jericho blocks the superkick, spins Matt but Matt SUPERKICKS Judas Effect! Tag to Nick but MJF anchors Nick! Jericho reverse the gut wrench to a TOMBSTONE! Nick springboards but misses, and Jericho gets him in the WALLS OF JERICHO!!
Nick endures as Jericho sits deep! Fans rally and duel, Nick drags himself over, Matt tags in! Matt SUPER- NO! Jericho trips Matt to get the WALLS OF JERICHO again!! Matt endures, turns, and throws hands on Jericho! Matt throws Jericho away, brings Jericho around and CHOPS him! Jericho goes to bulldog but Matt puts him in the corner! MJF tags in and backslides Matt, TWO!! Matt shoves MJF and leaps, but into a POWERBOMB! cover, TWO!! MJF is furious, but “This is Awesome!” MJF seethes as he looms over Matt and gives him toying kicks. Fans boo but MJF soaks up the heat. “SUCK IT!” MJF kicks, then shouts “SUCK IT!” again!
MJF keeps kicking and telling Matt to “SUCK IT!” MJF winds it up but Matt scoops him! Jericho gives Nick a CODE BREAKER before the Meltzer Driver! MJF victory rolls, TWO!!! Matt narrowly escapes but he ‘s put on the apron. Matt aims but Wardlow distracts so Jericho can use FLOYD THE BAT! MJF hits the HEATSEEKER!! Cover, TWO!?!? Y2MJF can’t believe Matt survives but the fans are thunderous! MJF drags Matt up, bumps him off Jericho’s boot, then tags Jericho in. Y2MJF mug Matt, then shout at him to stay down. They double whip Matt corner to corner, Jericho runs in but Nick KICKS him down! MJF gets dumped out, hot tag to Nick!
Nick climbs up and Matt goes to another corner. Matt LEAPS at MJF and Nick CROSSBODIES Jericho! Cover, TWO!! Jericho survives and Nick is frustrated. Nick throws hands on Jericho over and over, but Wardlow grabs at Nick! Nick dodges, JUDAS EFFECT hits Wardlow! Nick rolls Jericho, TWO!! Nick runs but Jericho throat chops him! LIONSAULT into DOUBLE SUPERKICKS!! B T E TRIGGER!!! Cover, MJF breaks it?!? The Bucks dodge his punch to SUPERKICK PING PONG!! MJF is drooling, as he takes a DOUBLE SUPERKICK! DOUBLE SUPERKICKS for Jericho! Tag back to Matt and the Bucks vow to end this!
Matt gut wrenches Jericho, Nick aims from the stage and springboards, MELTZER DRIVER!! Cover, the Bucks win!!
Winners: The Young Bucks, by pinfall (still AEW World Tag Team Champions)
The challengers may have been a new team, but they were a strong team, just not the best team! Now the Bucks will watch the Casino Tag Team Battle Royal very closely! Who will be stepping up to face Matt & Nick next?
Casino Tag Team Battle Royal!
Speaking of, two teams will start this match, and every 90 seconds, a new team will be thrown in at random. A team is only eliminated when both members are gone, so even one person left could win it for their partner! The first two teams are… Dustin Rhodes & QT Marshall, the Natural Nightmares, and The Dark Order’s 5 and 10, Alan Angels & Preston Vance! But will either of these two teams be standing at the end of it all?
The bell rings and the clock is counting! The Nightmare Family and Dark Order have buried the hatchet, but then QT ROCKS Vance! Angels ROCKS QT and Dustin CHOPS away on Vance! They brawl, Vance CHOPS Dustin, Angels KICKS away on QT! QT turns things around to ROCK Angels while Dustin whips Vance. Vance goes up and over and builds speed, into Dustin’s POWERSLAM! Dustin kicks, but Vance sees the uppercut coming and BOOTS him away! Angels rains down five fists but QT puts him in the apron! WT BOOTS Vance but Angels KICKS QT! Angels slingshots for a CODE BREAKER, then SHOTGUN FALL AWAY SLAMS with Vance! MOONSAULT onto QT!
Fans fire up but Dustin DOUBLE BULLDOGS the Dark Order! The countdown is done and out come… PROUD ‘N’ POWERFUL, Santana & Ortiz! And they rush the ring to rally on the Nightmares! They kick and chop and CHOP! QT comes back to ROCK Santana while Ortiz stomps the Dark Order. Santana fireman’s carries QT, Ortiz joins in, NECKBREAKER DEATH VALLEY! PNP get Angels but he escapes the double team. He throws kicks, dodges Santana and ENZIGURIS! Angels keeps moving but Ortiz follows, only for Vance to BOOT Ortiz! Ortiz is on ropes, Angels runs to CROSSBODY him against them!
QT gives Angels a CUTTER! And then throws and ELIMINATES Angels! But then Vance throws QT over! QT holds on, the countdown is done and next is… The Sydal Brothers! Matt & Mike BOOT PNP, slingshot in and Mike dropkicks! Mike enziguris Santana for Matt’s FLYING METEORA! The Sydals fire up and go Matrix to avoid Vance! They KICK and KICK and KICK and KICK, then QUESTION MARK KICK Vance! The Sydals hit the DOUBLE LIGHTNING SPIRAL! QT is after Ortiz, Mike is after Santana, Dustin throws Vance up and over but Vance holds on! Vance survives while Santana fights the Sydals.
The Sydals CHOPS away on Santana, Dustin bumps Ortiz off buckles, and the countdown is done! The next team in is… MORE Dark Order, it’s Uno & Stu! They rally on the Nightmares, and RAM Dustin to then BOOT him! Matt Sydal runs into a BIG Urenage! Mike gets fed to Uno’s TWISTING COMPLETE SHOT! PNP mugs the OG, and then throw Mike out to ELIMINATE him! The Dark Order brawls with PNP, Stu KNEES Santana! Ortiz CHOPS and CHOPS but then gets fed to the Electric Chair toss POWERBOMB! Vance joins in to SPINEBUSTER Ortiz! Santana BOOTS and SUPERKICKS and CLOBBERS them all in return!
Dustin is after Stu with a BIG back suplex, the countdown is done again, and we get the GUNN CLUB! Austin & Colten are repping for Papa Billy and the Nightmares Family, and they rally on everyone that isn’t Dustin or QT! Colten whips Austin to uppercut Uno! Austin whips Colten to DUNK ON Stu! Colten dropkicks Uno, Austin hits the QUICK DRAW on Stu! Vance SEPARS Austin, Matt fires off on Colten! Ortiz whips Mike Sydal out, Santana BOOTS him down! The Sydal Brothers are DONE! PNP go after the Nightmares, the Dark Order go after whoever else, and the countdown is done again. The next team in is… Cezar Bononi & “Pretty” Peter Avalon!
The Pretty Boys run in and rally on the Gunn Brothers! Then they ROCK Uno! Avalon is fired up but Bononi did most of the damage. Avalon jawbreakers and enziguris Austin, then Bononi scoops and SLAMS Colten for Avalon’s basement dropkick! Avalon keeps on Austin while Bononi bumps Colten. QT saves Dustin from PNP and throws uppercuts. Uno and Vance go after Ortiz, Dustin CLAWS Bononi’s back! Bononi throws haymakers in return, Uno and Vance scoop Ortiz. The countdown finishes and the next team is… the Varsity Blondes! Griff Garrison & Brian Pillman Jr. hit whoever, and they CHOP and SPLASH Bononi! They double suplex, but he double suplexes them right back!
Coltsen powers Bononi to a corner. Austin gives Avalon a FAMOUSER! Then Austin ELIMINATES Avalon! He and Colten celebrate bot Bononi goes after them! Bononi whips, Austin dodges and clips Bononi’s leg! Colten hits a FAMOUSER! The Gunn Brothers get BOnoni, but QT DUMPS the Gunns out?! The Gunns are DONE, but Dustin says the Nightma reFamily was supposed to work together! QT gets mad at Dustin and he ELIMINATES himself!? What is going on with QT?! But the countdown is done and out comes BEAR COUNTRY! Bronson & Boulder storm in and spin BPJ for a SPINEBUSTER! Griff gets a kick and Uno is scooped, for the POWERBOMB POWERSLAM COMBO! Fans fire up for Bear Country as they roar!
The Bears go after Stu but he DOUBLE PELES! Stu tries to torture rack Boulder?! He gets him up bot Bronson saves his partner! Boulder BOOTS, and throws Stu out to ELIMINATE him! Dustin attacks Bronson, Boulder digs knees into Griff! Vance CHOPS Bononi, Griff goes after Dustin. The countdown is done and the next team is… Jurassic Express! Jungle Boy and Luchasaurus get in, JB RAANAS Ortiz then dropkicks Santana! Luchasaurus DOUBLE CHOKE SLAMS the Blondes’! The Dark Order go after Luchasaurus, Santana and Ortiz give JB the back suplex, but JB double headscissors them! JB clotheslines and ELIMINATES Ortiz!!
Bononi DECKS JB, but he turns around into Luchasaurus’ TAIL WHIP! Luchasaurus clotheslines and ELIMINATES Bononi, the Pretty Boys are DONE! Griff fires off on Luchasaurus but Luchasaurus tosses him to ELIMINATE him! Santana goes after JB but JB body scissors and ELIMINATES him! PNP are DONE! Uno runs in but is put on the apron! Stunt helps out to RANA Uno into a post and ELIMINATE him! But here comes The Butcher & The Blade! The wolves are ready to hunt and they hit Vance and BPJ! Vance fires back but BPJ gets ELIMINATED! No more Blondes, and then JACK EVANS helps ELIMINATE Vance?! No more Dark Order at this point!
The Bears, the wolves, Dustin and Jurassic Express are still battling! Boulder throws Dustin out but he survives! Dustin hits back but Blade & Butcher are after him! Dustin holds on, throws hands, but they club him down! Bunny Allie helps out and they ELIMINATE Dustin! No more Natural Nightmares! BUt here comes PRIVATE PARTY! Marq Quen & Isiah Kassidy have new gear to go with their new attitude thanks to Matt Hardy. They go after JB, JB rocks Kassidy but Quen throw shim out! JB slingshots in, rebounds but misses, the Party mug him with DOUBLE ENZIGURIS! Quen stomps Boulder, Kassidy is after JB but Luchasaurus CLUBS Quen.
Butcher & Blade focus on Bronson, Private Party is after JB, but JB holds on with help from Stunt! The countdown is done again, and here comes SCU~! Frankie Kazarian and Christopher Daniels take the fight to Private Party! They double hip toss and POWERBOMB NECKBREAKER to Kassidy! Bronson attacks back but Kaz ROCKS him, SCU hits a HIGH LOW! SCU CHOPS Luchasaurus and double whip, but Luchasaurus fights them off! HEADBUTTS all around, then a double choke grip! but SCU slip out of the slams, Bear Country work together to ELIMINATE Luchasaurus! But then Butcher dumps and ELIMINATES Bear Country!!
But the Bears drag Butcher out to mug him! They put Butcher back in for Daniels to go after, and the next team is… DEATH TRIANGLE!! PAC & Rey Fenix rush in, Blade gets a BOOT and a FOREARM! Everyone gets SUPERKICKS and DROPKICKS! They each throw out one, Quen and Blade are ELIMINATED! Butcher LCOBBERS Death Triangle but SCU goes after Butcher! SCU tries to throw Butcher out but Butcher fights them off. Daniels BOOTS Butcher, Kaz ROCKS Pac, Fenix runs in to fire hands with Daniels! STO for Fenix! Daniels throws Fenix to ropes but Fenix goes Spider-Man! The countdown is done and in comes… the last of the Dark Order!
Alex Reynolds & John Silver fire up and fire off on SCU! Silver BOOTS Daniels at the ropes, then torture racks for the TOWER HACKER BOMB! Reynolds gets JB to TOMBSTONE him onto Daniels! The Dark Order give Quen a combo then the DARK DESTROYER! They whip Kassidy out and ELIMINATE him! Butcher CLOBBERS the Dark Order, but SCU dumps him out and ELIMINATES him! No more Fam! SCU, Death Triangle, Dark Order, and JB alone all brawl! JB ends up in a 2v1 for that reason while Fenix takes it to Daniels and CHOPS him! Fenix knuckle locks, CHOPS, and goes up, up and Daniels trips him, only for Fenix to body scissor and ELIMINATE Daniels!
Reynolds puts JB on the apron but JB drags him out to join him! They brawl, Reynolds BOOTS JB but JB pops Reynolds up an dover a post to ELIMINATE him! Pac ROCKS Kaz, Kaz throws hands back! They brawl, Kaz mule kicks but Pac gets around to back suplex Kaz up and out! SCU is DONE!! Death Triangle stands together while Silver and JB are left for their teams. And the brawl is on again! Fenix CLUBS JB down, Silver ROCKS Pac. Fenix uses a camel clutch to grind JB down then throws him out, but JB holds on! Silver fights back as Pac puts him on the apron, and he enziguris Pac down! Fenix ROCKS Silver but he holds on for dear life!
JB whips Fenix, Fenix reverses but JB dodges the sobat! JB dumps Fenix out but he lands on the apron to enziguri JB away! Fans rally up for all these fan favorites as Silver and Pac fires off forearms! They go back and forth, over and over, and Silver KICKS and KICKS and KICKS! And KICKS, KICKS, KICKS! Silver runs, but Pac dodges to SNAP GERMAN! Pac whips, Silver reveres but Pac reverses back! Silver clings to the ropes! Pac runs, but Silver BOOTS him! Fenix tightrope walks and KICKS Silver to ELIMIANTE him! NO MORE DARK ORDER!! And now Death Triangle stand together against JB!
Fans rally for JB but Fenix and Pac mug him! JB tries to fight back but Pac back kicks, front kicks and back kicks again. JB avoids the dropkick and dumps Pac out to ELIMINATE him!! Things have changed and now JB stands with the Firebird! Fans are thunderous as these two CHOP back and forth! CHOP for CHOP for CHOP but JB gets the edge! JB kicks, hops up and spins to body scissor and arm-drag! JB keeps moving but he slides out the bottom. Fenix DIVES through the middle! Fenix almost breaks his own ass on the railing!
Fenix puts JB in and the refs argue what was top and what was middle! Fenix is still in this, and he springboards, into JB’s SUPERKICK! JB whips, Fenix reverses, JB REBOUND LARIATS! JB hits a POISON RANA!! Fans are fired up as JB gets Fenix up and throws him, but Fenix goes Spider-Man to HEEL KICK! Fenix clotheslines JB out and ELIMIANTES him!! Death Triangle wins!!
Winners: Death Triangle (NEW #1 Contenders to the AEW World Tag Team Championships)
The Bastard and the Firebird are headed for the Young Bucks! Will Penta El Zero M complete the triangle in tonight’s ladder match?
Backstage interview with Paul Wight.
Any hints for who AEW is singing tonight? Well everyone has been asking, but the only ones who know are him, Tony Khan, and the person themselves. Wight is going to really elevate AEW with Dark Elevation, so in the spirit of teamwork, here’s a hint: No one can outwork this talent. Who could that be?
AEW Women’s World Championship: Hikaru Shida VS Ryo Mizunami!
The Full Metal Warrior has been waiting for this moment, but so has Aneki! Mizunami won the Women’s Title Eliminator Tournament, but will she win the title? Or will Hikaru Shida break the streak of draws to win 100 years earlier than Mizunami’s claim?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and this rivalry turned Revolution begins!
Shida and Ryo stare down as fans rally up. Shida offers a handshake, Ryo takes it, but Shida is ready for the forearm this time! Ryo respects that and the two circle. They tie up, Ryo powers Shida back but Shida waistlocks then headlocks. Ryo switches, Shida powers out but Ryo runs her over! Shida kips up and Ryo likes that. Shida speeds up, redirects and comes back, but Ryo runs her over! Ryo fires up and so do the fans as she runs in to forearm Shida in the corner! Ryo CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS, and machine gun CHOPS! Kojima would be proud! Ryo powers up but Shida turns things around to bump her off buckles!
Shida fires off machine gun forearms! Shida powers up but Ryo puts Shida in the corner to CHOP and CHOP again! Another round of machine gun chops, and Ryo lets off to power up and do a dance, to CHOP again! Fans fire up, Ryo powers up and does her pantomime, but Shida hits a RANA! Shida smirks as she goes back to whip Ryo corner to corner. Shida runs in and KNEES Ryo down! Shida puts Ryo on the apron and CLUBS her, then gets space to run in and KNEE her back in! Fans fire up with Shida, Ryo staggers around but Shida gets a chair! Shida stands the chair up, runs in and launches, but Ryo blocks the knee to TOSS Shida into the crowd of wrestlers!
Ryo swaggers about while the ref checks on Shida. Shida drags herself up and Ryo drags her back to ringside. Ryo puts Shida in, and drops a leg to the back! But Shida powers up to try a stretch muffler, only for Ryo to FAMOUSER! Ryo runs to drop a leg, brother! And another, brother! And a third, BROTHER! Cover, TWO! Ryo pulls Shida into the half camel clutch! Shida endures, moves around and gets a ropebreak! Ryo stomps Shida, drags Shida up, but Shida thrwos forearms! Ryo swings but Shida spins her, but Ryo blocks the hip toss! Ryo kicks low, whips Shida corner to corner, but Shida goes up to mule kick and KNEE back!
Shida climbs, headscissors and hits DEADLY NIGHTSHADE! Shida climbs again, Ryo stands, Shida missile dropkicks Ryo down! Cover, TWO! Shida grits her teeth, drags Ryo up and reels her in. Ryo blocks the suplex, throws forearms, and runs in to clothesline Shida to the ramp! Shida gets up, KICKS Ryo back, and then bumps Ryo off buckles! Shida climbs up, brings Ryo up, but Ryo resists Shida’s suplex! Shida hops down to throw forearms, then fireman’s carries, but Ryo slips around! Shida blocks the sunset flip to CRUNCHIE Ryo to the ramp!! Fans chant “Holy Shida!” as the champ leaves challenger behind!
The ring count gets to 5 of 10 but Ryo crawls over. Shida is there to leap up and drag Ryo to the corner, DEAD LIFT SUPERPLEX!! Cover, TWO!! Ryo is still in this and Shida is furious! Shida toys with Ryo a bit, but Ryo gets fired up! Ryo stands and forearms away on Shida! Shida takes it to DECK Ryo with one! Shida drags Ryo back up but Ryo double clutches the arms for a HEADBUTT! And another! Machine gun headbutts?! Shida ROCKS Ryo, Ryo CHOPS and LARIATS! And then LARIATS again!! Ryo runs to LARIAT a third time! Ryo fireman’s carries to hit a DEATH VALLEY PILEDRIVER! Cover, TWO?!? Shida survives and Ryo is furious!
Ryo drags Shida up, reels her into another fireman’s carry, but Shida slips off to roll and ROCK her! Shida runs to TAMASHI!! But Ryo is right up to LARIAT again!! But Shida is right up to TAMASHI AGAIN!! Both women are down and fans are thunderous! Fans rally as a standing count begins, but it’s not until 5 that either stirs. Ryo and Shida crawl for each other at 7, and they sit up. The count is done, Shida throws a forearm but Ryo returns it! They both grin as they keep throwing BIG forearm shots! Ryo eggs Shida on and Shida ROCKS her again! Ryo forearms, Shida forearms and Shida gets the edge, only for Ryo to ROCK Shida again!
Ryo keeps hitting, she powers up and Shida wobbles and falls! Ryo drags Shida up again, and clinches for an URENAGE EXPLODER! Shida stands up and Ryo SPEARS! Ryo fires up again, and she goes to the corner! Ryo climbs up, takes aim, and hits the SUPER LEG DROP!! Cover, TWO!?!? Shida survives and Ryo is beside herself! Fans again chant “Holy Shida!” but Ryo drags her up. Ryo brings Shida up to scoop, but Shida victory rolls the driver away! Shida can’t hold the cover and Ryo gets to a corner. Fans rally and duel, Ryo runs but into Shida’s knee and enziguri! Shida tries the suplex, Ryo slips out but into a STRAITJACKET GERMAN! But Ryo is right up, to BLINDSIDE LARIAT!!
Fans fire up again as Ryo drags Shida, but Shida hits a FALCON ARROW!! Shida can’t cover but she kips up and runs, to TAMA- NO! Ryo blocks but Shida knees and ROCKS and BLINDSIDE TAMASHIS! Then the FALCON ARROW!! Cover, TWO!?!? Shida keeps moving, but Ryo LARIATS her again! Both women go to opposite corners, run at each other, but the KNEE hits first! Ryo staggers up and Shida runs in to get around the lariat, and eye poke! INSIDE CRADLE, TWO!! TAMASHI! But Ryo cradle counters the cover?! TWO!! Shida ENZIGURIS Ryo! Cover, TWO!! Fans are thunderous, “This is Awesome!”
Shida drags Ryo up, reels her back in, to suplex and SIDE SLAM! Shida wants one more, and gets another TAMASHI!! Cover, TWO?!?!? How is Ryo doing this!? Shida “draws her sword,” to SPINNING KNEE! High stack cover, Shida wins!!
Winner: Hikaru Shida, by pinfall (still AEW Women’s World Champion)
Shida finally defeats one of her greatest rivals and retains the title! But Nyla Rose runs in to attack! Vickie Guerrero laughs as Nyla stomps Ryo, too! But Shida attacks Nyla back! Shida and Ryo stand united against Nyla but here come Britt and Itoh! They attack Shida and Ryo! Rebel gets in with the crutch but Nyla stands in Britt’s way. Nyla laughs, she’ll allow this. Rebel CRACKS Shida, and Britt stomps Shida! But here comes THUNDER ROSA! Rosa runs off Nyla and Itoh and especially Britt! Will Rosa help Shida and Ryo get revenge on these Vicious Vixens and wily weasels?
AEW Double or Nothing 2021 is coming!
May 30, in Jacksonville, Florida, AEW raises the stakes again!
Backstage interview with Chuck Taylor & Orange Cassidy!
They’re ready for their battle with Miro and Kip Sabian, but they go after them first! Kip slams Cassidy on a road case, and Miro SMASHES Chuck’s face into GLASS!! “Play my music!”
Miro & Kip Sabian w/ Penelope Ford VS Chuck Taylor & Orange Cassidy!
The Best Man drags the Kentucky Gentleman out to the ring, forcing him to have this match on Miro’s schedule! Chuck is bleeding from getting glass to the face, and Kip talks trash as Miro throws Chuck’s denim jacket away. They throw Chuck into the ring and Miro gets a mic to egg “Charles” on. Chuck has a way out of this but he keeps saying no! Miro could’ve brought Chuck with him to the moon, but Chuck keeps saying no! Miro can make this stop if Chuck just says the words. Chuck asks Miro to wait, and Miro sits him up. Chuck says, “Ring the damn bell!” And then he SLAPS Miro! The bell rings, and Miro CLOBBERS Chuck!
Miro puts Chuck in the corner, he stomps away on Chuck, then reels him in to CLOBBER him again! Miro is furious as he rains down rights on Chuck’s bloody wound! The ref reprimands and Miro lets off, and he enjoys having Chuck’s blood on him. Tag to Sabian, and he springboards into missile dropkick Chuck down! Sabian taunts Chuck, bumps him off buckles and stomps away! The ref counts, Sabian lets off, and Miro talks more trash. “You had a chance!” Sabian digs his knee into Chuck, tags Miro in, and Miro chokes Sabian! The ref counts, Miro lets off at 4, then seethes as he ROCKS Chuck with a haymaker! And then stomps away on Chuck in the corner!
Tag to Sabian, and Sabian runs corner to corner to dropkick Chuck down! Chuck is bloody, but he BOOTS Sabian back! Sabian is steamed, but he runs into the SEXY CHUCKIE KNEE! Chuck reaches but there’s no one to tag after what happened to Cassidy! Fans rally, but here comes Cassidy! Sore as he is, and as slow as he is before, Cassidy ends up crawling on the stage. Miro heads that way, but the Sloth was playing possum! ORANGE PUNCH for Miro! Chuck DECKS Sabian, and tags in Cassidy! Cassidy fires up to run in, but Sabian avoids the punch! Cassidy standing switches and DIVES! Direct hit into railing, then Cassidy puts Sabian in for the DEEP IMPACT FLYING DDT! Cover, TWO!!
Fans rally for Cassidy as he drags Sabian back up. Alabama lift but the back denies the rest! Sabian ROCKS and pop-up KNEES Cassidy, to the GUTBUSTER DROP! Sabian seethes then PENALTY KICKS! Cover, TWO!! Cassidy survives but Sabian hits the FISHERMAN BUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Miro slowly rises on the outside but Sabian drags Cassidy up. Fans rally as Sabian gets Cassidy up for a torture rack! Cassidy lands on his feet out of the flip, Chuck tags in and Cassidy tilt-o-whirl DDT’s! Sabian staggers and Cassidy gets Sabian up. Chuck climbs, STRONG ZERO, BEACH BREAK STYLE!! And then the AWFUL WAFFLE!! Cover, but Miro breaks it in time!
Fans boo as Miro gets up, but Cassidy stares him down! Penelope distracts the ref, Cassidy puts his hands in his pockets! Miro laughs at the shin kick attack! Penelope keeps distracting the ref over Kip, but then Cassidy dodges! ORANGE- NO! ROUNDHOUSE! Miro suplexes but gets STUN-DO GMILLIONAIRE! Penelope will not leave the re falone and Cassidy hits an ORANGE PUNCH! Miro stumbles, Penelope is in Orange’s way! Miro shoves Cassidy into Penelope?! Miro doesn’t even care, he ROUNDHOUSES Cassidy, and scoops him for a BEST SLAM! Chuck BOOTS Miro but Miro CLOBBERS Chuck! The ref warns Miro that he isn’t legal!
Miro throws Sabian in, tags in, but Chuck gets a cradle! TWO!! ROUNDHOUSE for Chuck! And the BEST KICK! Miro shouts and stomps Chuck, for GAME OVER!! Chuck taps, Miro and Sabian win!!
Winners: Miro & Kip Sabian, by submission
The Best Man has made Chuck and Cassidy suffer, and now he is a winner! But does Sabian even understand what Miro did to Mrs. Superbad? Does
Backstage interview with the Inner Circle.
No tag titles for Y2MJF, no title shot for Proud ‘n’ Powerful, what is next after they failed tonight? Failed!? Does Marvez want to get his ass kicked!? The Inner Circle SHOULD be tag team champions and the Bucks know it! But look how depleted they are! But they’re an army, and like any great army, they’ll change their battle plans. The Inner Circle War Council will give us some changes, and we’ll hear about them this Wednesday. MJF agrees, and has been thinking about this. It is time for a change, and that will make the Inner Circle that much better. But what does that all entail come this week’s Dynamite?
Big Money Match: Hangman Page VS Matt Hardy!
The Cowboy knew not to trust “Big Money Matt,” the greedy, conniving “carny” that he is. But Hangman’s fast one got turned around on him, and now it’s an all or nothing bet! Who gets ALL of the loser’s the 2021 Q1 profits along with the last laugh?
The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, go around, end up in a corner, and Hardy lets off, but Hangman avoids the sucker punch! Hangman fires off haymakers and CHOPS and stomps! Fans fire up as Hangman backs off, but Hangman whips only for Hardy to reverse. Hardy gets a sleeper but Hangman back suplexes him down fast! Hangman brings Hardy up to CHOP! And CHOP! Hardy pulls hair to ROCK Hangman with a haymaker, but he runs into a FALL AWAY SLAM! Hangman kips up, aims from the apron, but Hardy bails out! Fans boo but Hangman just hops down to pursue. Hangman storms up to kick Hardy and then TOSS him over the railing!
Hangman hops the rail, brings Hardy up and hits a SNAKE EYES On the next rail! Hangman climbs the guard rail to LEAP and hit a double ax handle! Hardy is down but fans fire up for Hangman! Hangman tosses Hardy back to ringside, follows him, and puts him in the ring. Hardy bails out as Hangman slides in, but Hangman keeps his cool. Hangman goes back out but Hardy throws body shots! Hangman throws forearms, but Hardy sends the forearm into the post! Hardy gets the arm and wraps it around the crossbar! Hardy pulls on the fingers, the ref counts, and Hardy lets go. Hardy BITES the fingers, then JAMS them into the post!
Hardy brings Hangman up the steel steps the SMACK the hand, then SMACK Hangman’s head! Hangman’s hand is stuck in the gap, Hardy BOOTS the steps!! Hangman clutches that arm as Hardy gets back in the ring. Hardy refreshes the count, goes back out and drags Hangman in by his bad fingers. The fans rally and duel as Hardy knuckle locks and wrenches the wrist! Hardy grinds Hangman down, and then he BITES more fingers! The ref counts, Hardy stops at 4 to then step over and wrench the arm again. Hangman endures, fights up and throws headbutts and body shots! Hardy clubs Hangman to bump him off buckles and RAM him in!
Hardy ROCKS Hangman with a right, whips but Hangman resists. Hardy clubs the hands, then whips Hangman hard into the other corner! Hangman bounces off buckles and hits the mat while Hardy soaks up the heat. Hardy taunts Hangman, CHOPS him, then whips him corner to corner. Hangman comes back to ELBOW Hardy down! Hangman uses ax handles and a whip, but Hardy reveres. Hangman gets around to ROCK Hardy, but that was the bad hand! Hangman fights through the pain, but runs into a SIDE EFFECT that he makes a crucifix! TWO!! Hangman fireman’s carries Hardy for a DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Cover, TWO!
Fans rally and duel as Hangman goes to the apron. Hangman shakes out the bad hand, Hardy runs over but into a boot! Hardy ROCKS Hangman with a haymaker, then suplexes Hangman in. Hangman slips out to throw Hardy to the apron. Hardy stands into Hangman’s TRIANGLE LARIAT! Hangman aims and PLANCHAS, but Hardy dodges! Hardy kicks low and hits a TWIST OF FATE to the floor! Both men are down but fans fire up again. Hardy gets in the ring, and he’ll let the count take care of Hangman now. The count climbs to 5 before Hangman sits up. Hangman stands at 8, and gets in at 9.5! Hardy stomps Hangman then stands on his head! The ref counts, Hardy stops at 4.
Hardy drags Hangman up, puts him through ropes and pulls him back! The ref counts, Hardy lets off at 4, and he brings Hangman around for elbows. Hardy whips Hangman corner to corner, runs in, but Hangman boots him! Hangman goes up the corner, but Hardy clubs him down! Hardy pulls but Hangman holds the ropes! Hangman’s bad hand can’t, and Hardy hits the SUPER GERMAN! Cover, TWO!! Hardy grows annoyed but he drags Hangman up. Hardy cravats, Hangman endures, and Hangman throws body shots. Hardy CLUBS Hangman, brings him up and whips him to ropes, but Hangman dodges. Hardy dodges Hangman, both run, and both LARIAT!
Neither man is down so they LARIAT again! Hangman hits a ROLLING ELBOW! Hardy staggers to ropes, Hangman runs, and he clotheslines Hardy and himself out of the ring! Hangman goes to the corner, climbs up, and ARIHARA MOONSAULTS! Direct hit and both men go down! The ref checks but Hangman drags Hardy into the ring. Fans rally for “A E DUB!” as Hangman climbs again. Hardy stands, Hangman leaps for a BIG CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Hardy survives and crawls to a corner. Hangman gets up and runs in to clothesline! Hangman rolls Hardy and runs to SLIDING LARIAT! Fans fire up with Hangman as he drags Hardy up. Alabama lift, but Hardy avoids Dead-Eye!
Hardy ELBOWS Hardy, and hits a modified NECKBREAKER! Fans rally up as Hardy goes to the corner and climbs up. Hardy powers up too long and Hangman goes up to clinch! Hardy fights with body shots, slips under to CLUB Hangman, then drags Hangman into the crucifix for a SIT-OUT RAZOR’S EDGE! Cover, TWO!! Fans rally and duel, but Hardy calls for his shot! Hangman slowly rises, Hardy kicks but Hangman blocks and spins! Hardy blocks the lariat to kick again, but no Twist! Alabama to the DEADEYE!! But Isiah Kassidy distracts the ref! Quen is also there and he’s calling to Hardy! Hangman runs Kassidy off but sees Quen. Quen gets away, too, and Hardy rises.
Hangman goes to Hardy, but Hardy swings on him. Hangman dodges to DECK Hardy! Kassidy gets in, Hangman CLOBBERS him! Hangman BOOTS Quen, then DIVES to take Kassidy out! Slingshot, into a SIDE EFFECT!! And TWIST OF FATE!! Cover, TWO!?! Hangman survives and shocks Hardy! Hardy tells Quen to go up top, but here comes the DARK ORDER! They rush Private Party! They keep Hardy’s party down, Hangman BOOTS Hardy, but is put on the apron! The Dark Order is there to catch Hangman when he falls! BUCK SHOT!!! Cover, Hangman wins!!
Winner: Hangman Page, by pinfall (Hardy owes Hangman his Q1 earnings)
And the Dark Order is there to celebrate with Hangman! Hangman brings it in for a group hug! Colt Cabana even has beer! Hangman cracks them open and takes a sip. That must taste good! But will the Cowboy be rolling in the green like Scrooge McDuck now that he has Big Money Matt’s dough?
Face of the Revolution Ladder Match: Cody Rhodes VS Penta El Zero M VS Scorpio Sky VS Max Caster VS Lance Archer VS ???
The American Nightmare was the first to hold the TNT Champion, but that doesn’t mean he’s the one who represents the revolution that is AEW. Will Cero Miedo, SCU’s Closer, Platinum Max or the Murderhawk Monster take the brass ring into their own hands? But wait, who is the mysterious sixth entry? It’s #AllEgo, ETHAN PAGE!! Will Ethan make the biggest impact in his debut?
The bell rings, everyone is wary of everyone else, but Archer and Cody go after each other! Scorpio is after Ethan while Penta chases Caster! Ethan stomps Scorpio, chokes him, then lets off. Archer digs his boot into Cody, Ethan stomps Scorpio and Caster stomps Penta. Ethan throws Scorpio into railing, Penta turns things around on Caster and POSTS him! Archer CLOBBERS Cody out of the ring, then goes out to CLUB him! Archer bumps Cody off the stage floor, Scorpio throws hands on Ethan. Ethan ROCKS Scorpio, Penta KICKS Caster’s leg! Archer has a ladder and he RAMS Cody in the bad shoulder! And then TOSSES the ladder at Scorpio and Ethan!!
Archer goes out to throw Penta around and BOOTS Caster down! Archer goes back to the ring, stands the ladder up just to RAM it into Penta! And RAM it again! And then Ethan, and then Penta again! Archer stands the ladder up but Penta SUPERKICKS It into him! And then hits a SLINGBLADE with the ladder included! Penta has the ladder now and he runs at Scorpio! Scorpio gets around to GERMAN SUPLEX Penta and ladder away! Caster gets in, blocks the German to arm-drag and dropkick Scorpio! Fans boo as Caster calls for reinforcements! Jack Evans has the boombox, but Vance gets out there to SPINEBUSTER Evans on the ramp! That’s payback for Dynamite!
Vance leaves Evans down but Caster still gets the boombox, Cody hits a DISASTER KICK! Ethan stands the ladder up! Ethan climbs, Cody chases after! Archer pushes the ladder, choke grips Cody and Ethan but Cody kicks and Rhodes uppercuts! Ethan BOOTS Archer, he and Cody whip Archer into the ladder! Cody shakes hands with Ethan but Ethan kicks him low! Ethan RAMS Cody with the ladder! Caster uses the boombox to SMACK Ethan! And BASH Scorpio! Caster goes out to SMACK Cody with the boombox! And then LEAPS to SMASH it down on Cody’s bad arm! Penta returns to the ring slowly and he has the ladder to himself.
But Penta sees targets on the outside, and he runs up the ladder to LAUNCH! Direct hit onto Caster and Cody! Archer gets in and sees targets, too. He dropkicks Penta back down, then goes for the ladder. But Ethan steps in to CUTTER Archer to the ladder! Ethan drags Archer over and puts him in the ladder to SLAM it closed on him over an dover and over! Scorpio gets in and sneaks up on Ethan to fireman’s carry! Ethan slips off, scoops Scorpio, and SLAMS him down! Then he crucifix lifts to SPLASH MOUNTAIN Scorpio onto ladder and Archer!! That ladder might be broken, and same goes for Scorpio and Archer!
Ethan fetches a new ladder, brings it over, moves the busted one aside and then sets up the new one. Cody gets up but Ethan DECKS him! Ethan climbs, Archer tips the ladder, and Penta hits Ethan with a BACKSTABBER! Penta hurries to climb the ladder now but Cody hurries in with a springboard missile dropkick! Direct hit sends Penta down! Cody drags Penta up but Penta SUPERKICKS first! Penta has Cody on the outside where a ladder bridge has been set up! Cody fights out of the driver to fireman’s carry, but Penta fights out of that! Penta brings Cody to the ladder bridge, CERO MIEDO for a LADDER DESTROYER!!!! Fans lose their minds as Penta perhaps breaks Cody’s arm and himself!
Fans chant “This is Awesome!” as medics check on Cody and Penta. Ethan goes to suplex Scorpio at a ladder but Scorpio suplexes Ethan to the floor! Caster climbs the ladder because no one else is around! Scorpio hurries in and knocks Caster down! Cody has to be taken to the back, Caster throws Scorpio out, and then Caster climbs again. Scorpio gets a new ladder in but Caster stomps Scorpio. Scorpio YANKS Caster off the ladder! Scorpio climbs, Cody takes a moment at the entrance but medics tell him to go to the back. Caster brings a bigger ladder up and he climbs! Scorpio reaches for the literal brass ring but Caster brawls with him!
Caster and Scorpio wobble, Archer climbs up to join them! Archer choke grips each of them but Ethan CLUBS Archer! Ethan goes up the other side and everyone is grabbing for the ring! They brawl, Scorpio SMACKS Archer off the ladder, as does Caster, and Ethan! Ethan and Caster brawl, Scorpio is after the goal! Scorpio ROCKS Caster with haymakers, then BOOTS him down! Scorpio adjusts, reaches, but Penta CLUBS Scorpio! Scorpio hops off, Penta stalks up behind him and throws more forearms! And a SUPERKICK! Fans rally for Penta and he feeds off it as he starts to climb! Scorpio hurries after and CLUBS Penta!
Scorpio climbs, throws haymakers then BITES Penta through the mask! Scorpio gets Penta for a SUPER NECKBREAKER! Ethan returns! He climbs a ladder, pushing the other out of the way! Caster climbs up the other end to intercept Ethan! They brawl, Caster rakes Ethan’s eyes! Caster climbs up higher and sunsets over for a SUPER SUNSET BOMB!! Ethan is a heap in the corner but Scorpio and Caster hurry around. Scorpio clears space, hits Caster, then hurries up the ladder. Caster drags Scorpio down but Scorpio ROCKS him! And then THROWS him into the ladder! Scorpio resets the ladder, sets it down, then SLAMS Caster on it!
Scorpio hobbles to a corner and fans rally up as Scorpio climbs. Jake the Snake lurks but the ref keeps him back. Scorpio FROG SPLASHES Caster and ladder!! Fans are thunderous for “A E DUB!” as Scorpio fights through the pain to get back up! Scorpio stands the ladder back up, Archer gets in but Scorpio fires off hands! Archer trips Scorpio and CATAPULTS Scorpio, but he uses that to get up higher!! Archer drags Scorpio back down, then runs in but into a BOOT! Scorpio goes up, but Arc her KNEES him and Scorpio lands through a ladder bridge!! Penta SUPERKICKS Archer, pops Ethan up top, SUPERKICKS Archer again, then mugs Ethan.
Caster runs in but is SUPLEXED onto Ethan! SPRINGBOARD SLINGBLADE takes Archer down! Penta is alone and he stands the ladder! Penta climbs, Ethan flounders after and they brawls at the top! Ethan reaches, Penta ROCKS him then pokes his eye then bumps him off buckles! CERO MIEDO- Ethan pulls the mask! Ethan shoves Penta, and CODY returns?! Cody has his weight belt! He SMACKS Caster, he SMACKS Ethan, and then RAMS Ethan into the ladder! Cody fires off with the good arm! Arn Anderson says this is reckless but Cody hits a CROSS RHODES on Ethan!! Cody stands the ladder in a corner, climbs up, and with Ethan in the drop zone, Archer intercepts!
Archer fires off hands on the bad arm! Cody holds on with the good arm, but Archer brings Cody along for a SUPERPLEX! Caster is up top and he hits the MIC DROP on the bad arm! Caster fires up, gets a ladder up under the brass ring, and he climbs! Penta hurries up to fire haymakers but Caster hits back! They brawl, Penta bumps Caster’s head off the ladder again and again! CERO! MIEDO! But Caster kisses the hand, only for Archer to SHOVE the ladder over! Caster and Penta hit ropes! Archer gets Ethan for a CHOKE SLAM! Cody runs in, for a CHOKE SLAM!! Penta gets a CHOKE SLAM!!! Caster is back and SLAPS Archer, only to get a choke grip. Caster SLAPS him again, so Archer DECKS Caster!
Archer drags a ladder in place, picks Caster up, and BLACKOUT BOMBS him on the ladder!!! Fans are thunderous as Archer is alone with a ladder! Jake the Snake is pumped as Archer stands the ladder up and climbs! But Ethan clubs Archer. Archer barely felt that! Archer hops down just to DECK Ethan! Archer climbs again, but Ethan is back?! LOW BLOW!! Now DQ in a ladder match, and Caster hits SPLASH MOUNTAIN! But Jake the Snake reels Ethan in for a SHORT ARM CLOTHESLINE!! Fans go nuts but Penta SUPERKICKS The Snake! Penta climbs now, but Cody returns!
Cody CLUBS Penta, throws haymakers and bumps Penta off the ladder. Cody goes up and up and SUPER CODY CUTTERS!! Cody climbs, Penta crawls about, and Penta gets a CHAIR! Penta SMACKS Cody with the chair! Wait did Arn give Penta that chair?! Penta drags Cody off the ladder and climbs it. But Scorpio gets the chair to SMACK Penta! And then SMACK the legs! Penta falls, clutching his foot! Scorpio hurries up, but Cody follows from the other end! Fans rally and duel, the two meet and Scorpio grabs for brass ring but Cody ROCKS Scorpio with haymakers! Cody keeps throwing hands, grabs the brass ring, but Scorpio SLAMS the bad arm on the ladder!
Scorpio rises, and tells Cody he’s NOT the Face of the Revolution! Scorpio shoves Cody down, reaches up, and grabs the brass ring off the hook!! Scorpio wins!!
Winner: Scorpio Sky (NEW #1 contender to the AEW TNT Championship)
The Closer finishes this off and he’s THE Face of the Revolution! Scorpio was able to #ReachForTheSky, but will he cash this in to have the title? We find out this Wednesday on Dynamite!
AEW presents their newest signee!
We count down to the big moment, and the wrestler who comes out is… CHRISTIAN CAGE! Captain Charisma is All Elite! And the All Elite Peeps are happy to hear it! Christian takes the contract and the pen, soaks in the moment, and signs on the dotted line! Will Christian #OutworkEveryone and turn that #OneLastMatch into #OneMoreTitleReign?
Street Fight: Team Taz VS Sting & Darby Allin!
Ricky Starks & Brian Cage are #AbsoluteMachines, and are ready to do damage to the Icon and the Relentless TNT Champion! Will things finally be settled between the scorned Taz and the underdog Darby?
Speaking of Taz, he’s stuck on commentary because Tony Khan wants to keep things fair. We go to the undisclosed location where this fight is going down. Starks walks out, decked out in vest and jeans and he joins Cage in his lime green sports car. They drive on to a vacant lot, and walk over to the abandoned warehouse. They find a ring set up, so they step inside that. But while there’s a referee, where are…? Wait, the lights go down, Darby’s music plays, and a small army of Stingers lead the way! Darby skateboards along, and a truck drives down the road. The “hoodlums” patiently wait for their generals, and Darby hitches a ride from Sting’s truck!
Sting and Darby arrive, having mixed and matched face paint designs. The bell rings, the hoodlums fire up, and t Sting whips Darby at Cage! Sting fires off on Starks. Cage puts Darby in a corner but Darby gets up, and springboards to bounce off the wall! Cage catches Darby to TOSS him onto hoodlums! Team Taz mugs Sting now. Cage stomps Sting to a corner and Starks joins in. Cage goes out to find Darby but he throws tires at the hoodlums to clear them out! And then he throws hoodlums! One takes an APRON BOMB! Darby rushes back in but Cage RAMS him into the post!
Cage hauls Darby around with one hand, and hits a SNAKE EYES off railing! Cage uses his shirt to CHOKE Darby, and they leave Starks and Sting behind in the ring. Starks fires off hands on Sting, but Sting reverses the whip to CLOBBER Starks! Cage RAMS Darby around into pillars and posts, but Sting hits a STINGER SPLASH on Starks! Sting military presses for a SNAKE EYES! Back to Cage and Darby, Cage CLUBS Darby towards hard wood floors. Cage hauls Darby up but Darby fights off the bomb to CHOP BLOCK a leg! Darby fires off hands, Cage shoves him and fireman’s carries, to RAM Darby into a wall! Cage military presses and TOSSES Darby into double doors!
Darby crawls but Cage hauls him up into this dark room off to the side. Sting hits Starks with another STINGER SPLASH, and then he CLOBBERS Starks out of the ring! Starks staggers and retreats but Sting follows behind him. Sting SMACKS glass with the bat to let Starks know he’s coming for him! Starks tries to get away but String THROWS the bat him! Starks avoids it, but he tells Sting he’s NOTHING without the bat. So Sting tosses the bat to kick and throw Starks around! Sting dribbles Starks off the wall then rains down rights and lefts! Sting stomps Starks down, then stands him up to SLAM him against the wall!
Sting leaves Starks behind to go find Darby and Cage. Cage throws Darby along as they go up the steel staircase. Cage suplexes Darby and holds him up while walking up the stairs! Cage SLAMS Darby into a trash can! “Who better than Cage, Darby, huh!?” Cage kicks Darby along and Darby crawls, but Cage stands on Darby’s head! Cage grins, digs his boot in harder, but Sting turns Cage around to throw into ladder! And Darby dropkicks Cage into rusty wall! Sting and Darby mug Cage 2v1! Taz gets worried but the mugging just gets worse! Starks returns to SPEAR Darby into another room! Starks comes back to throw hands on Sting!
Starks has a pipe and he JAMS Sting! Then shoves a barrel into him! Starks keeps after Sting and uses the barrel to CHOP BLOCK Sting! Sting falls against a bunch of spare filing cabinets! Starks SLAMS Sting against them, but Sting hits Starks low! Cage runs in but Sting dodges and the trash can lid hits Starks! Sting throws hands on Cage, Cage knees low, but Darby returns to hop on Cage! Darby has a sleeper, Sting throws hands on Cage, but Cage hits back! Cage shoves Sting into a crate, then RAMS Darby into one! Cage brings Darby up and reels him in, but Sting uses the fire extinguisher! Darby SMASHES a glass bottle on Cage’s head!
Sting and Darby drag Cage up and DOUBLE SPINEBUSTER him through a table! But Starks has a 2×4 to SMACK Sting! Darby and Starks brawl with big slapping haymakers! Darby fires off, backs Starks down, but Starks knees low! Starks runs but Darby sends him into a post! Darby climbs the post to SUPER COFFIN DROP through a palette! But POWERHOUSE WILL HOBBS attacks! Hobbs BOMBS Darby into the post, and then calls in Hook! Hook throws Darby with a sayanagi! Sting rises but so does Cage! Cage stalks up behind Sting and kicks him low, to then RAMS him into a wall! And CLUB him down!
Team Taz regroups and they mug Darby 3v1! Hook talks trash to Darby, Hobbs holds Darby up and Cage throws body shots. The two behemoths swing Darby into and through spare window frames!! Team Taz leaves Darby for dead and Hook KICKS Sting! Hook drags Sting up to throw hands, and now Sting is taking a 3v1 mugging! Starks rises and does his best to follow after. Cage uses a snow shovel to SMACK Sting! And SMACK him again! Darby rises?! And he has Sting’s bat! Darby tosses the bat to Sting! Sting uses the bat to SMACK away on Team Taz! He even BREAKS the bat on Cage’s back!! Sting picks up the shovel and BASHES Cage!
Darby takes aim and he SUPER MACHO ELBOWS Cage through the flooring!! Sting looks over and lets what happens happen. Sting goes back to find Starks in the ring but Starks elbows Sting away! Starks dodges the Stinger Splash, and it’s BARE BUCKLES to Sting’s chest! Starks runs and dodges and SPEARS! Cover, TWO!?! Sting survives and Starks can’t believe it! Starks gets up to throw slapping palm strikes on Sting but Sting ROCKS Starks with a right! Starks low blow mule kicks Sting, gets Sting up, but Sting fights the powerbomb to sunset flip! TWO!! Sting and Starks slowly rise, and Sting walks over. Starks elbows but into the SCORPION DEATH DROP!! Cover, Sting and Darby win!!
Winners: Sting & Darby Allin, by pinfall
Taz can’t believe that his team lost! But is Darby even in any shape to fight and defend his title for Dynamite?!
AEW World Championship Exploding Barbed Wire Deathmatch: Kenny Omega w/ Don Callis VS Jon Moxley!
Three sides are barbed wires. There are explosives set to go off if the barbed wires are pushed far enough. There are three “Triple Hell” spots that go off on contact! And if the match isn’t over after 30 minutes, ALL explosives go off! This match could end the Cleaner’s title reign, but could it end someone’s career?!
AEW isn’t risking anything, the ref is even wearing a fireproof hazard suit and plastic face shield just in case. Moxley wears a jacket that is in tribute to Atsushi Onita, and then has a sip of liquid courage to help him to the ring. Omega wears a shirt that already commemorates this moment in history, and Callis joins commentary to guarantee he has overseen all of this. This is a “special send-off” for Moxley. The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and Moxley finishes off that flask as we see what gives first: title reign or wrestling career!
Fans are thunderous already as Moxley and Omega stare down. “This is Awesome!” already as Omega and Moxley slowly circle. The clock is ticking on that 30 minutes but these two don’t seem to be in any hurry. They tie up, and Omega tries to push Moxley to barbed wire! Moxley holds firm but Omega claws at Moxley’s face and hair! Moxley turns things around! Omega fights back now by clawing at Moxley’s face and hair! They go the other way and are dangerously close, but Moxley tries to pull Omega in! Omega pushes Moxley, Moxley headbutts Omega! Omega throws a haymaker and now it’s a brawl! Omega CHOPS, Moxley CHOPS, repeat!
Omega kicks low, headlocks, but Moxley tries to push him back. Omega brings Moxley around but has to stop himself from going into the other ropes! Moxley gets close but Omega cranks on the headlock. Moxley hits a back suplex! Omega holds on with the headlock and thrashes Moxley around! Moxley sits up, Omega clubs him, and throws a forearm! Omega BITES Moxley’s forehead! Omega whips but Moxley stops himself! Moxley dodges and Omega has to stop himself! Moxley kicks Omega and suplexes but Omega fights that off! Omega ROCKS Moxley, whips him but Moxley reverses!
Omega hits the corner panel, which is safe, but he runs into a fireman’s carry! Moxley goes to throw Omega but Omega gets away! Fans cheer as the two stand off and reset. Omega and Moxley slap some nerve into themselves and the fans rally up. Moxley and Omega throw JABS back and forth, then forearms! Omega rakes Moxley’s eyes! Omega runs to the safe ropes to rebound and BOOT! Moxley stays up, Omega BOOTS, then runs again, but Moxley clothesline him out to the ramp! Moxley pursues, gets a chair and tosses it in the ring! And then a kendo stick, and then a chair wrapped heavily in barbed wire!
Moxley has Barbie the Baseball Bat and SMACKS Omega with it! The barbed wire gets Omega in the stomach, then Moxley brings it around on Omega’s face to hit a Russian Leg Sweep to the stage! Moxley gets the kendo stick back and he SMACKS Omega on the back! And again! Omega gets back to the ring but Moxley has both bat and kendo stick! Moxley dual wields ! But Omega is dumping out some POCKET SAND!! Moxley swings wild but Omega taunts him. Omega kicks Moxley low, and whips Moxley to barbed wire, BANG! The first explosion goes off and fans lose their minds! Callis thinks that’s it but Moxley still breathes! Omega covers, TWO!!
Omega has the kendo stick and he SMACKS Moxley down! And again! And then SMACKS a leg! Moxley writhes but Omega has a trash can. Omega SMASHES the can on Moxley’s head! Omega stands the can up, gets Moxley’s leg, and hits a SHIN BREAKER to the can! Moxley writhes again and Callis is loving this! Omega gets the kendo stick and he uses it to choke Moxley! Moxley fights but Omega SMACKS him, then KOTARO KRUSHERS to the can! Cover, TWO! Omega goes after the bad leg and yanks on it, then drops down with a FIGURE FOURE! Moxley endures the leg hold but his face is bleeding! The ref checks, Moxley refuses to quit, and Moxley reaches around.
Moxley grabs the barbed wire wrapped chair! He grinds it on Omega’s legs like razor sharp sandpaper!! Omega lets Moxley go to check his legs and even hands. No blood, and Omega ducks the barbed wire bat attack! Omega full nelsons but Moxley breaks free! Moxley runs but Omega THROWS him into the barbed wire board and BREAKS IT!! If Moxley wasn’t bleeding before, he is now! A crimson mask is about to have sleeves to match as Moxley is prying himself. Omega drags Moxley around, but has to carefully climb the ropes to MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO!! Omega says that’s alright, he gets the kendo stick to SMACK Moxley over an dover! And then SMACKS him on the back of the head!
The count is 20 minutes left before the big explosion. Omega wants the figure four but Moxley boots him at ropes! BANG!! Omega staggers, into a SHOTGUN DROPKICK! BANG!!! If explosions were scores, Moxley is up by one! Fans lose their minds again and say “This is Awesome!” Omega crawls, Moxley follows, but Omega drags Moxley up first. Moxley gets an EXPLODER! Omega is down while Moxley peers through his crimson mask! Moxley drags Omega up, has both wrists, and reels him into a pump handle! Omega fights the suplex off and elbows Moxley, to full nelson! Moxley blocks the Dragon Suplex to throw Omega off! EXPLODER through the other barbed wire board!
Both men are down, but Omega is not stuck in the wires like Moxley’s. Moxley sets the chair up and has to wipe blood away from his face so he can see again. Omega slowly rises, Moxley tells him bang bang, and reels him in for underhooks. Omega fights free, and ROLLING ELBOWS Moxley, to then Electric Chair! Moxley escapes to GERMAN SUPLEX Omega onto the can! Moxley gets up, reels Omega into a SIDEWALK SLAM onto the barbed wire chair!! The jeans are hooked in the wires for a moment but Omega frees his legs. Moxley rips part of the wire off the chair?! Flashback to his I Quit match with Eddie Kingston, Moxley has the barbed wire arm!
Fans are calling Moxley a “Sick F*ck!” as he aims at Omega! Omega fights back with forearms! Moxley wobbles but power sup, Omega BOOTS him! Moxley spins around to LARIAT with the left hand! Moxley aims with the dangerous right, but Omega ducks to SNAP DRAGON! Omega drags Moxley back around for another SNAP DRAGON! Moxley is right up!? V-TRIGGER! BARBED WIRE LARIAT!!! Fans are still thunderous as Moxley and Omega rise. Moxley fires up and he reels Omega in, but no Paradigm Shift! Omega shoves Moxley and himself to ropes! BANG!!! That explosion might’ve been the biggest yet! The ref calls for water to wash Omega’s eyes out!
Omega and Moxley crawl out from under the ropes, blood and smoke and light all reasons why their vision is impaired. They both stand on the edge, fans rally and duel, and Omega JABS! Moxley JABS, Omega JABS, then CHOPS! Omega CHOPS and CHOPS but Moxley throws forearms. They brawl, Moxley rakes Moxley’s eyes and bloody wound! Omega brings Moxley around but Moxley resists the hip toss to hell! Omega clubs away on Moxley, Moxley hits back, and BITES Omega’s head! Moxley headlocks then KNEES Omega! Omega wobbles, Moxley brings him in, throws more knees, and then underhooks! DEATH RIDER TO HELL!!! They crash on the “mines” and BOOM!
Moxley writhes but he’s in the worst spot! Omega is ironically safe from the wires because he took that header. Moxley makes sure no blood is from his arms. He is clean, but he carefully frees himself from the wires. Omega is now bleeding from the forehead and fans are thunderously dueling. Moxley and Omega lock eyes from across hell, and Moxley gets a LONG strand of barbed wire for his own. Moxley hurts himself just to bend the wires around to a shape he can wield. Moxley then puts Omega in the ring, stalks after him, and sits him up to BARBED WIRE PUNCH him! And again! And again! Omega manages to stay seated upright, but we get a FINAL COUNTDOWN~!
Moxley hurries to get Omega up, and hits a PILEDRIVER!! Cover, TWO!?! Omega is still in this, Moxley covers again, TWO!! How much longer do they have?! Moxley drags Omega up again, underhooks, but Omega drops and LOW BLOWS! Omega brings Moxley in, brings him up and POWERBOMBS! High stack, TWO!! Moxley flounders about, moves things out of his way, and Omega grabs at the ref?! Moxley stands, Omega steadies himself and V-TRIGGERS! Moxley is still up, for another V-TRIGGER from Omega! Omega Electric Chair lifts Moxley, for a ONE WINGED ANGEL!! Cover, BANG because of the ropebreak!! Moxley survives the match only because he risked his life!
Moxley gets the barbed wire bat! Omega writhes as the flash blinded him again! Moxley roars and rises, fans are thunderously dueling again, but here come the GOOD BROTHERS! Karl Anderson gets in but gets SMACKED by the bat! Luke Gallows gives Omega an extra thicc Barbie, for him to HOMERUN! It had an explosive inside?! Callis says THAT was their secret trump card! Cover, TWO!?!? Omega is furious with the ref and tears off a sleeve of the hazmat suit! The Biz Cliz set Moxley up, as well as a chair! Five minutes left before the explosion, ONE WINGED ANGEL to the chair!! The chair crumbles, as does Moxley, and Omega covers, Omega wins!
Winner: Kenny Omega, by pinfall (still AEW World Champion)
Callis laughs and says this was all strategy! Callis declares Omega not just God of Wrestling, but the God of Deathmatches! But it was only because of Gallows & Anderson that Omega survives with his reign intact! Callis warns his guys that there’s still a countdown in progress! Biz Cliz doesn’t care, they throw the ref away and mug Moxley more! Omega throws things out of the ring and at the ref! Gallows & Anderson handcuff Moxley! They stomp Moxley, Omega says this is what Moxley wanted and this is what he got! Anderson makes sure Moxley’s forehead wound keeps bleeding! But the clock is ticking, are they going to leave Moxley for dead?!
Omega uses his Extra Thicc Barbie to DIG Moxley’s forehead open! Two minutes left, the Biz Cliz needs to get going! Omega SMASHES Moxley in the stomach with the bat, then SMASHES him on the back! Fans boo but Omega isn’t done adding insult to injury! They make us look at Moxley’s bloody face! Wait, wait, wait! NOW we get a final countdown! ONE MINUTE AND COUNTING! Callis says it should be fine, but he’ll be going over here just because. RUN, BIZ CLIZ, RUN!! Moxley is stuck in the ring with only 30 seconds left!
Wait, Eddie Kingston and The Fam are here?! Kingston still cares about Moxley! He tries to get Moxley out but his Fam leaves him behind!! HURRY, KINGSTON!! NOOOO~! Kingston covers Moxley- Oh, what? Sparklers and firecrackers? Was Callis trolling? Or was his “Moxley Extermination Chamber” a dud? Kingston doesn’t want to leave Moxley. Is he actually out cold or is he just being dramatic? Point is, Moxley is in awful shape. Will he ever be able to compete again?
I know we just saw an underwhelming finish as far as the “final explosion,” but this was still another incredible AEW PPV. The Buy-In match’s surprise of Maki Itoh was awesome, because I was oddly wondering if anyone else from the Women’s Title Eliminator Tournament Japan bracket made the trip. The Buy-In match itself was great stuff, too, but of course Britt cheats to win. Then later, after the awesome Women’s Championship match, I’m a little disappointed it wasn’t Big Swole who attacked Shida after her great promo on AEW Dark. I suppose setting up a great Six Woman Tag is good, and I suppose Swole will crash the match to start beef with Shida, but I would’ve preferred if actual story was put first.
Not to be mean, but for the hype we got over the last few days, talking about a WWE Hall of Fame contender and then tonight’s line about “they can outwork anyone,” I was not picturing Christian at all. And not just because I was hoping WWE would do more with Edge & Christian once Mania season is over. Christian is great on the mic, but from what I remember, only good in the ring. I just feel like this is a little too “Instant Classic” Christian Cage back when he went to TNA Impact, or even when he returned to WWE in 2009 and ended up their ECW Champion. He could probably be a TNT Championship contender, but I’m not seeing world title potential.
The tag title match was a great opener, and for just a second I thought Y2MJF were going to cheat those belts away from the Bucks, but it is much better for THE tag team to win this time. Plus, we’re going to see an “Inner Circle War Council” segment happen on Dynamite, and I bet MJF starts to suggest replacements for the “weaker” parts of the faction. I am surprised Santana & Ortiz didn’t win the Casino Tag Battle Royal but that could feed into the “war council” and the suggested substitutions. Death Triangle winning is great, but I wish they’d been able to make it the Lucha Brothers in this case. Penta didn’t win the ladder match, so what’s he going to do now? Or will Death Triangle use Freebird rules?
The ladder match was also great stuff, and that was pretty big for Ethan Page to debut through that match. Max Caster had a scathingly good rap this time (which I couldn’t get written down because B/R Live doesn’t allow pausing or anything), I hope that turns up somewhere. I appreciate that they did everything to make us think Cody was going to swipe this from the others, since that was what we were all thinking anyway. But in the end, Scorpio Sky winning this a great move, and Scorpio is going to have a great match with Darby. Though, I guess that means Darby lived, we did see him fall into the abyss with Cage…
Speaking of, that Street Fight cinematic was great, but the moment before Darby tosses the bat to Sting so clearly was just an edited shot of Sting in like a green screen moment. I should’ve figured Sting would not only be on the winning side but get the win himself. We may criticize WWE for their use of part-timers and returning legends, but Sting is the one case where he’s gotten raw deals wherever he goes, so maybe AEW can be where he properly retires, whenever that will be. I wouldn’t be surprised if his partnership with Darby continues as more of a mentor, but then is his tag partner when needed.
Miro’s attack before the grudge match was a good touch, it makes sense he’d do something like that. I’m a little disappointed Trent didn’t come out to be Chuck’s tag partner, but I guess if Miro was meant to win this, they’d want to save Trent’s heroic return for another time. I hope Miro shoving Cassidy in Penelope and Sabian being a bit upset about that is the cracks in the foundation. Miro and Sabian have had their time as a team, they should both be back to singles competitors, and it could be because Miro is selfishly reckless and putting both Sabian and Penelope in harm’s way.
The Big Money match was really good, and I’m surprised Hangman won, but it was great for Dark Order to counter Private Party. I wonder where things go from here, especially with Hardy not having big money anymore. Will he desperately try and get Private Party to do things so that the money they make becomes the money he makes? Though, I suppose Hangman could point out that he will get 100% of the 30% Hardy is taking from Private Party, and then Big Money Matt is left broke. And then Hangman and the Dark Order can throw big money parties to rub it in Hardy Party’s face.
Then holy crap and a half that Exploding Barbed Wire Deathmatch. We got a great detail in the ref wearing the safety gear, we got some good references back to the Lights Out Match from Full Gear, though a little disappointed there was no barbed wire wrapped broom. There was a great reference back to the I Quit match with the barbed wire forearm and knuckles, and I liked that the explosions were used so Moxley could survive a One Winged Angel without really surviving it. The One Winged Angel is a properly protected finisher in an era where false finishers are the standard way of upping a match’s star level and a wrestler’s power level.
Omega got great Heel heat for needing the Good Brothers to help. It kinda sucks that they did that but clearly Omega was meant to win so how else would he do that? I liked that Kingston hurried out to save Moxley because deep down, they’re still friends. It makes sense that The Fam stayed Heel because they didn’t care enough to help, and that could also cause tension in that group. To me, Kingston no longer needs to be in charge of them and they don’t need to listen to him, that story kinda ran its course by the time Pac returned to reunite with the Lucha Brothers.
Now yes, the final explosion was not anywhere near what was promised by, well, anything. Callis said he accounted for everything so the dud should be pinned on him, and a lot of the next phase of the story should branch from that. Callis should admit that he didn’t let the final, “end it all” explosion be as big as it could have just in case all the screw job tactics screwed up and it was Omega left for dead. Then with Kingston and Moxley, it’d be a bit too comedic for them to say Kingston passed out from the heightened drama and fear for his life, but that’s the only way to salvage his sell. We all know the sparklers and such were NOT dangerous at all.
And in reality, we know Tony Khan couldn’t go as big on the ring explosion as even just the pyro they do on stage. As great as it would’ve been to see a lot more fire, and then maybe the ring falls apart with Kingston and Moxley riding it out, we have to remember there are surely going to be AEW Dark matches recorded tonight for Tuesday’s broadcast, and rebuilding a demolished ring would just add too much time onto their busy night. Speaking of which, I hope the Dark After Revolution isn’t that many matches. A lot of people were on tonight’s card, we might only need half a dozen or so matches to get the handful of people left off their ring work for the week.
My Score: 9.6/10
Mitchell’s New Japan Cup Results & Report! (3/7/21)
New Japan Cup, day 3!
Will the United Empire start to rule over NJPW?
Will Ospreay wants to prove he is the best in NJPW, and that means becoming IWGP World Heavyweight Champion! But first, he must win the Cup! Will the Commonwealth Kingpin get through Tenzan to do just that?
NOTE: NJPW no longer wants to feed AXS TV now that it is with Anthem and Impact Wrestling. But never fear, I will cover NJPW in the spirit of AXS in providing the most important matches of the show.
- 8 Man Tag: Chaos VS Los Ingobernables de Japon; LIJ wins.
- 2021 New Japan Cup Opening Round: Zack Sabre Jr VS Gabriel Kidd; ZSJ wins and advances.
- 2021 New Japan Cup Opening Round: Hiroyoshi Tenzan VS Will Ospreay; Ospreay wins and advances.
PLAY BY PLAY
8 Man Tag: Chaos VS Los Ingobernables de Japon!
In perhaps the biggest shock of the NJCup, the Dragon slayed the Rainmaker! But can Kazuchika Okada at least get some revenge with High Voltage, the Stone Pitbull and the Fierce Warrior by his side? Or will having Death Mask, Cold Skull and the Uncontrollable Charisma help Shingo Takagi roll into his match with Hirooki Goto?
The teams sort out and Ishii stares down with Sanada. The ref has Ishii give Sanada space, and after the LIJ fist bump, it will be Goto starting against Takagi! We’re getting a preview of NJCUP’s second round and fans rally up! Goto and Takagi circle, tie up, and Goto headlocks. Takagi powers out, rams Goto but both men stay up. Takagi runs, rams but Goto fires forearms! Takagi gives them back, they go fast and furious back and forth and fans rally up! Goto gets the edge, runs and rams Takagi, but Takagi rebounds to run him over! Goto avoids the back senton to hit a headlock takeover. Takagi headscissors, Goto kips free and they tie up again.
Goto puts Takagi in the Chaos corner and Sho tags in. Goto and Sho stomp Takagi, Ishii gets a shot in, and Sho wrenches Takagi to a wristlock and elbow breakers! Sho wrenches more, hits more elbow breakers, then whips Takagi to ropes. Sho elbows Takagi down, covers, TWO! Sho is right on Takagi with a double wristlock! Fans rally, Takagi gets up and gets the ropebreak. Sho lets off but tags in Okada, and Chaos hits the LIJ corner! Okada goes after Takagi, and Chaos gets in for quadruple hammering! Fans rally with “O-KA-DA!” “TA-KA-GI!” Okada drags Takagi up to forearm. Okada whips, Takaig reverses, Bushi gets a cheap shot in, and then LIJ hits Chaos back!
Takagi clamps onto Okada with a chinlock while Ishii and Sanada brawl. Sanada rakes Ishii’s eyes while Takagi shifts to a motorcycle stretch on Okada. Bushi tags in and LIJ mugs Okada. Takagi CLUBS Okada, and Bushi uses his shirt to choke him! LIJ goes after Chaos and the ref is busy with all of them! Bushi stomps Okada, lets go and gets his shirt out of the way. Bushi chinlocks and claws at Okada’s face but the ref reprimands and counts. Naito tags in and both Naito and Bushi stomp Okada down. Naito gets the legs and turns Okada, but Okada resists and gets the ropebreak. The ref counts, Bushi tries to break Okada’s grip, but Naito lets go first. Naito drags Okada up to CLUB him!
Bushi and Naito double whip Okada, then double elbow him down! Basement dropkick sandwich! Cover, TWO! Naito drags Okada up as fans rally, and Sanada tags in. LIJ mugs Okada, Sanada CLUBS Okada, and fans continue to rally. Sanada throws forearms and has Okada in a corner. Sanada clubs Okada but Okada hits back! Sanada knees low, whips Okada corner to corner but Okada reverses. Okada runs in but into Sanada’s boot! Sanada runs but into Okada’s BOOT! Both men are down, fans rally up, and Okada tags in Ishii! Ishii dodges a boot, Sanada dodges a clothesline, and Sanada shoves Ishii to a corner. Sanada runs in but Ishii dodges. Ishii runs in but Sanada dodges.
Sanada runs back in but Ishii boots him! Ishii runs but into Sanada’s boot! Sanada whips, Ishii reverses, but runs into Sanada’s boot! Sanada runs but into a forearm! Ishii whips, Sanada reverses, but Ishii rebounds and runs him over! Bushi runs in but Ishii sends him into Sho’s knee! Takagi runs in but Sho and Ishii both kick him. They double whip Takagi but Takagi DECKS Goto! Takagi runs back but into double shoulders! Naito runs into double hip tosses, and a KICK sandwich! Ishii has Sanada while Chaos keeps LIJ out. Ishii CHOPS Sanada, and CHOPS, and CHOPS! Ishii talks trash to Sanada but Sanada CHOPS Ishii! And CHOPS! And CHOPS!
Ishii eggs Sanada on then CHOPS him back down! Ishii whips corner to corner, Sanada elbows then QUEBRADA, but Ishii gets under! Ishii runs into a fireman’s carry, that Sanada throws into the dragon sleeper! But Ishii slips out to suplex, only for Sanada to slip out. Ishii elbows Sanada but runs into a basement dropkick! Both men are down and fans rally up! Sanada drags Ishii up, but Ishii blocks the back suplex! Ishii elbows free, gets around and waistlocks but Sanada elbows him. Ishii puts Sanada in a corner to clothesline! Ishii whips but Sanada goes up and out to springboard missile dropkick! Fans fire up as both men are down again!
Sanada and Ishii crawl for their corners, hot tags to Goto and Takagi! Fans fire up as Goto fires off on Takagi! Goto whips, Takagi reverses but Takagi blocks the boot, and clotheslines! Takagi suplexes Goto up and over, covers, TWO! Takagi keeps his cool and fans rally. Takagi sits Goto up for elbows to the shoulder, then runs, but Goto ducks the sliding lariat! Goto kicks, whips, and runs in to clothesline! Goto keeps going, but clotheslines collide! And again! Takagi fires up but Goto follows, only for Takagi to dodge, but Goto fireman’s carries! USHIGOROSHI! Fans fire up again as both men are down. Goto tags in Sho, and Sho DECKS Bushi!
Sho aims at Takagi in a corner, runs in and clotheslines! Sho whips, Takagi reverses, but Sho comes back to LARIAT! Takagi stays up, Sho dodges and runs to SPEAR! Cover, TWO! Sho keeps his focus and brings Takagi up. Takagi resists the lift out of the waistlock but Sho CLUBS him to the corner. Sho whips Takagi corner to corner, runs in but Takagi dodges! Naito hits the rocket kick! Leg sweep! COMBINACION CABRON! LIJ hits Chaos’ corner and then Bushi enziguris Sho! Takagi picks Sho up, he and Bushi combine for a BACKSTABBER SPINEBUSTER! Takagi sits Sho up, runs, and hits a SLIDING LARIAT! Cover, TWO!! Sho survives and fans fire up with Takagi!
Takagi drags Sho up, pump handles and fireman’s carries. But Goto kicks Takagi down! Bushi spins Goto to a DDT! Okada CLOBBERS Bushi, Naito runs in to dropkick Okada! Ishii gets Naito with a back suplex, but Sanada dropkicks Ishii! Sanada and Takagi double whip Sho but Sho SPEARS Sanada! Takagi fires boxing elbows, but Sho comes back with boxing elbows of his own! Sho runs but Takagi clotheslines him at the rope! Takagi runs but into a KNEE! Takagi elbows, JABS, but Sho gets around to waistlock! Sho feeds Takagi to Okada’s EuroUpper! Okada DECKS Naito then leaves it to Sho! DEAD LIFT GERMAN! Bridging cover, TWO!!
Sho takes aim with the bow, and reels Takagi in to double pump handle, but Takagi back drops free! Takagi winds up but Sho swats the clothesline! Sho runs, into the elbow, and LEFT LARIAT! Fans fire up with “OI! OI! OI!” and Takagi builds speed, PUMPING BOMBER! Cover, TWO!! Sho survives but Takagi brings him back up! Pump handle fireman’s carry, LAST OF THE DRAGON! Cover, LIJ wins!!
Winners: Los Ingobernables de Japon, by pinfall
And the Dragon keeps on slaying! Will he do the same against Goto? As for Ishii and Sanada, we’ll just have to wait and see what happens when Stone Pitbull collides with Cold Skull!
2021 New Japan Cup Opening Round: Zack Sabre Jr VS Gabriel Kidd!
The Submission Master won the 2018 NJCUP but has yet to truly reach the top! Will he make this Young Lion #JustTapOut and look to repeat history?
The bell rings and ZSJ circles with Kidd. They feel out the grapple and tie up, and ZSJ wrangles Kidd down with a wristlock. Kidd gets up, wrenches, but ZSJ rolls free fast. They go again, tie up with knuckle locks, and Kidd has power to bend ZSJ back. ZSJ bridges and rolls and wrenches, but Kidd spins and wrenches through to wrangle ZSJ down! Kidd has the wristlock, ZSJ fights up, rolls and hooks a leg, but Kidd wrangles him down with strength! Kidd bends the fingers, the elbow, but ZSJ slips out to get a hammerlock. They end up on ropes, Red Shoes wants them to break but they both keep fighting for control. ZSJ backs off and fans cheer the exchange.
Kidd and ZSJ reset, feel out a new grapple, and ZSJ gets Kidd into a straitjacket stretch! Kidd endures, moves around, and powers the straitjacket onto ZSJ! Kidd digs his knee and then his forehead into ZSJ’s back, but ZSJ powers up, bridges and puts the straitjacket back on Kidd! ZSJ bends Kidd against his knees but Kidd flips up and over to put the straitjacket back on ZSJ! ZSJ fights up, wriggles free, wrenches and wrangles Kidd with a wristlock. Kidd reaches up to get a headscissor takedown! Kidd is after an ankle but he keeps on the headscissors. ZSJ moves around, pops free and has Kidd’s legs in a butterfly deathlock!
Kidd tries to fight back but ZSJ digs his elbows into Kidd’s knees! Kidd keeps his shoulders up, throws ZSJ off, and fans cheer as the two stand off. Kidd and ZSJ circle, fans rally again, and the two feel out another grapple. Kidd and ZSJ tie up, Kidd gets a wristlock but ZSJ counters with a chinbar. ZSJ shifts to get a facelock but Kidd gets a leg takedown. Kidd has a standing toehold and cranks the foot, but ZSJ endures and rolls to roll free! ZSJ and Kidd circle, they tie up again, and Kidd puts ZSJ against ropes. ZSJ pushes back with forearms, Kidd clinches, but Red Shoes calls for a break. Kidd and ZSJ keep fighting for control but Kidd backs off.
ZSJ and Kidd tie up again, are in a deadlock, but ZSJ gets a wristlock and drags Kidd down into headscissors! Kidd pops free, rolls, but ZSJ holds onto the wrist. Kidd rolls, slips through, wrenches and shovels ZSJ up and over! Kidd wrenches, clamps onto the arm and has a chinbar! ZSJ endures but Kidd wrenches to a wristlock, then a one-armed lift and SLAM! Kidd is right back on the arm and he bends the fingers. ZSJ reaches up for headscissors but Kidd twists the wrist to fight that off. ZSJ kips up, wrenches, reaches down to trip Kidd, but Kidd boots ZSJ away. Things speed up, ZSJ stops to roll Kidd to a full nelson! Kidd breaks free, ZSJ snapmares but Kidd gets a leg for a toehold!
ZSJ rolls but Kidd cartwheels through. ZSJ dodges Kidd’s dropkick and traps Kidd’s head for a NECK CRANK! Fans cheer that technical exchange while Kidd holds his neck. Fans rally up as ZSJ stalks Kidd. ZSJ brings Kidd up to ROCK him with a EuroUpper, and another, and another! ZSJ BOOTS Kidd down, then stands on him in the corner. ZSJ gets a leg and pulls it against ropes! Red Shoes counts, ZSJ lets go at 3, and he paces around. ZSJ kicks Kidd, kicks more, but Kidd eggs him on. Kidd gets up, ZSJ pie faces but Kidd throws big forearms! ZSJ gets the arm and wrenches Kidd down to a double wristlock in the ropes! Red Shoes reprimands and counts but ZSJ lets go at 3.
Kidd gets out of the ring, Red Shoes goes out to check on him, but ZSJ patiently waits inside. A ring count starts, Kidd is in at 5 of 20, but ZSJ is on him with a cravat. ZSJ grinds Kidd down, fans rally up, and Kidd endures. Kidd fights his way up, scoops ZSJ, but ZSJ fights that to snapmare Kidd back down! ZSJ cranks on the cravat, but Kidd fights up and throws body shots. Kidd tries to power out but ZSJ just hits another snapmare! ZSJ taunts Kidd while cranking on the cravat. Kidd fights up, throws body shots and scoops to SLAM ZSJ! Fans fire up as both men are down. Kidd gets fans to rally with “OI! OI! OI!” but ZSJ headbutts low.
ZSJ headlocks, Kidd powers out, dodges ZSJ and runs him over! Fans fire up with Kidd as he runs corner to corner at ZSJ for a big clothesline! Kidd snap suplexes, covers, TWO! Kidd grits his teeth as he EuroUppers ZSJ! ZSJ EuroUppers back, then steps over to go for a leg but Kidd sits on the cover! ONE as ZSJ sunset flips but Kidd rolls through! Kidd gets the legs and goes to turn ZSJ, but ZSJ drags Kidd down! Kidd gets back up, tries again, but ZSJ gets a leg free to kick and kick! Kidd eggs ZSJ on, then turns him to the HALF CRAB! ZSJ endures, scrambles and gets the ropebreak! Red Shoes counts, Kidd lets go at 4, but he drags ZSJ up.
Kidd reels ZSJ in, waistlocks, but ZSJ resists the lift. ZSJ double wristlocks but Kidd rolls him over! TWO, and Kidd ROCKS ZSJ with a forearm! ZSJ walks that off but Kidd ROCKS him again! ZSJ pushes Kidd with a shoulder so Kidd forearms ZSJ again. ZSJ eggs Kidd on, Kidd EuroUppers! Kidd throws more forearms but ZSJ EuroUppers back! Kidd forearms, eggs ZSJ on, but ZSJ EuroUppers again! Fans rally as Kidd ROCKS ZSJ again! ZSJ throws a forearm, Kidd returns it, and things get fast and furious! Fans fire up as the forearms fly and ZSJ ROCKS Kidd, only for Kidd to DECK ZSJ! Kidd fires up and he drags ZSJ up again. Kidd throws forearms over and over on ZSJ in the corner!
ZSJ falls down and fans fire up with “OI! OI! OI!” again. Kidd drags ZSJ up, but ZSJ SLAPS Kidd! Kidd grits his teeth but ZSJ SLAPS him again! ZSJ drags Kidd up but Kidd SLAPS ZSJ down! Kidd drags ZSJ up again to suplex but ZSJ slips out and drags Kidd to a FUJIWARA ARMBAR! Kidd endures, ZSJ hops on for a mounted armbar! Kidd moves around as ZSJ cranks the arm more, and Kidd still gets the ropebreak! ZSJ lets go but PENALTY KICKS Kidd down! Cover, TWO!! ZSJ grows annoyed but he kicks Kidd in the back! ZSJ toys with Kidd, eggs him on but Kidd eggs ZSJ on! ZSJ PENALTY KICKS again! ZSJ runs, Kidd gets up to dropkick ZSJ down! Cover, TWO!
Kidd drags ZSJ to a waistlock but ZSJ counters to a guillotine! But Kidd powers through that to a BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Fans rally up for Kidd as he and ZSJ slowly rise. Kidd has ZSJ in a waistlock, drags him up, but ZSJ elbows him, Kidd holds on, to GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Kidd keeps firing up with “OI! OI! OI!” and he underhooks ZSJ. ZSJ drops to drag Kidd into a sunset but Kidd counters to a prawn hold! TWO!! ZSJ uppercuts into underhooks! Kidd gets ZSJ up but ZSJ slips out, to get the COBRA TWIST! Kidd reaches for ropes but ZSJ grabs at that arm. Kidd pops free to hip toss ZSJ down! But ZSJ gets Kidd for a TRIANGLE HOLD!
Kidd tries to dead lift but ZSJ drags him down! ZSJ double guns as he squeezes tighter with just legs! Kidd taps, ZSJ wins!
Winner: Zack Sabre Jr, by submission (advances to the next round)
ZSJ holds on to make Kidd suffer, and other Young Lions have to pry ZSJ off Kidd! The Submission Master gives mocking head pats to the Kidd, but will he be able to make the rest of the tournament #JustTapOut?
2021 New Japan Cup Opening Round: Hiroyoshi Tenzan VS Will Ospreay!
Ikari no Mogyu has led “the resistance” against the United Empire, but now he faces their leader! Will Tenzan chop down the “Commonwealth Kingpin” and head for revenge on the rest? Or will Ospreay join Jeff Cobb and Great-O-Khan in glory?
Before the bell, the two get in each other’s face and start shoving. The bell rings and they fire off forearms! Fans rally already as the two go back and forth. Ospreay knees low, runs but gets run over! Tenzan unleashes Mongolian Chops! Ospreay flounders away, Tenzan runs and clotheslines Ospreay out of the ring! Ospreay flounders up but Tenzan is there to club Ospreay! Ospreay CHOPS and ROCKS Tenzan back, then brings him up to reel in. Tenzan avoids the piledriver by back dropping Ospreay! Tenzan sees Ospreay’s Rev-Pro British Heavyweight title and picks it up, but he decides not to use it. Tenzan stomps Ospreay around the outside and even rake Ospreay’s eyes!
Red Shoes reprimands, Tenzan puts Ospreay in but Ospreay catches him at the ropes with a kick! DRAPING NECKBREAKER! Tenzan writhes while Ospreay grits his teeth. Ospreay drops a knee, grinds it down for a cover, TWO! Master Wato rallies with the fans as Ospreay throws Tenzan out. Ospreay goes out to whip Tenzan into railing! Ospreay uses a cravat to bend Tenzan back against railing! Red Shoes reprimands, Ospreay lets off and he drags Tenzan up. Ospreay throws clubbing elbows, but Tenzan hits back. Ospreay clubs Tenzan and puts him on the apron! Ospreay goes up, for a GUILLOTINE KNEE DROP! Ospreay shoves Tenzan in, covers, TWO!
Fans rally up, Ospreay looms over Tenzan. Ospreay drags Tenzan up, bumps him off buckles, and throws forearms. Tenzan eggs Ospreay on so Ospreay throws forearms into the gut! Ospreay clubs Tenzan, digs his boot in, but lets off as Red Shoes counts. Fans rally and Tenzan kicks Ospreay low! Tenzan kicks Ospreay again, throws a haymaker, but Ospreay CHOPS! Ospreay turns Tenzan for a neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Ospreay clamps on with a chinlock but Tenzan endures. Fans rally up, Tenzan fights to his feet, and Tenzan elbows, only for Ospreay to clamp on with a cravat! Tenzan endures, grabs at Ospreay’s face, but Red Shoes reprimands.
Tenzan throws body shots, Ospreay CLUBS him, but Ospreay runs into the WHEEL KICK! Tenzan fires up, and unleashes more Mongolian Chops! Ospreay goes to a corner, Tenzan stomps him and throws a headbutt! Tenzan whips corner to corner, runs in and clotheslines! And headbutts again! Tenzan goes out and climbs up! Fans fire up as Tenzan drags Ospreay up, and hits the FLYING BULLDOG! Cover, TWO! Tenzan CLUBS Ospreay, and calls his shot, for the BIG suplex! Cover, TWO! Tenzan grows annoyed, and he stomps Ospreay around. Ospreay throws a forearm but Tenzan gives it back! They go back and forth, Tenzan kicks low then whips.
Ospreay reverses, runs in, but Tenzan puts him on the apron. Ospreay ROCKS Tenzan then PIP PIP CHEERIO! Cover, TWO! Ospreay reels Tenzan in for a BIG suplex! Cover, TWO! Ospreay grows annoyed but fans fire up again. Tenzan rises, Ospreay brings him to a fireman’s carry but Tenzan fights it off. Ospreay fires forearms and ROCKS Tenzan with the last, to run and BOOT! Tenzan stays up, Ospreay runs, but into the MOUNTAIN BOMB! Tenzan runs, but into a SPANISH FLY!! Cover, TWO!! Fans fire up again as Ospreay grits his teeth. Ospreay goes to the corner, aims and springboards, but Tenzan HEADBUTTS Pip Pip Cheerio down! Then he FALLING HEADBUTTS! Cover, TWO!
Tenzan gets Ospreay for the ANACONDA VICE! Ospreay endures as Tenzan thrashes him about! Ospreay fights, reaches, but Tenzan turns him away from ropes! Ospreay keeps fighting and gets the ropebreak with a foot! Tenzan lets go fast and fans rally up. Tenzan brings Ospreay up, scoops, but Ospreay slips out to COBRA CLUTCH SUPLEX! Ospreay aims from a corner, Tenzan rises, ROLLING ELBOW! Cover, TWO! Ospreay is furious, he even put some extra spin on the discus! Ospreay reels Tenzan in, underhooks, but Tenzan resists the lift! Ospreay hits some Kowata Kicks and then runs, but Tenzan swings! Ospreay gets around to HOOK KICK!
Ospreay fires up, but runs into a BIG LARIAT from Tenzan! Fans fire up as Ospreay stumbles about, into Tenzan’s scoop! T T D!! Cover, TWO!! Ospreay survives but Tenzan wants the Anaconda Vice again! Ospreay flails and reaches as Tenzan thrashes around again. Ospreay fights up, but Tenzan hits the ANACONDA BUSTER! Cover, TWO!!! Ospreay survives again but Tenzan heads up top! Ospreay anchors a leg but Tenzan clubs at him! Ospreay tucks Tenzan in! CHEEKY NANDOS! And then Ospreay gets Tenzan up for a LAST RIDE! Cover, TWO!?! Tenzan survives and fans fire up, but Ospreay calls his shot!
Ospreay springboards, OSCUTTER!! Cover, TWO?!?! Tenzan survives and no one can believe it! Ospreay gets up, reels Tenzan in, underhooks and gets Tenzan up, but Tenzan slides off to headbutt! MONGOLIAN CHOP! And again! Tenzan fires up, scoops but Ospreay resists! Ospreay elbows away on Tenzan, scoops him, and pops him up to a fireman’s carry, for a SIT OUT SLAM!! Cover, TWO!! Tenzan survives but Ospreay takes off the armband! Ospreay brings Tenzan up, around, and hits a DREAM CRUSHER ELBOW! Ospreay keeps going, underhooks and lifts, for STORMBREAKER!! Cover, Ospreay wins!!
Winner: Will Ospreay, by pinfall (advances to the next round)
And the United Empire has swept their first round opponents! Is there no stopping them taking over NJPW? Ospreay gets the mic and says, “Oi, Yamana-shy~!” He perhaps got Yamanashi wrong on purpose, but he mocks the fans for cheering and knowing where they come from. “Tenzan, guys like me, and I’ve said it before, think that your best days are behind you, my friend! But after tonight’s performance, I see you’ve still got some more fight in you, Tenzan-san.” Ospreay says that he is the Kingpin, the Billy Goat, the British Heavyweight Champion, and the best bet for winning the entire NJCUP!
So Ospreay will say this: “Tell me the best! Show me the best! But until they step in the ring with me, you all need to be reminded I am Will Ospreay, and I am on another level!!” The Commonwealth Kingpin and leader of the Empire has said his piece, but will win the whole damn thing?
A very good installment for the New Japan Cup, though yes I skipped the entire first half this time. But the 8 Man Tag was a lot of fun, and Takagi continuing his momentum from the biggest win yet makes sense. Takagi is rolling towards his match with Goto, and as I said the other day, I’m very certain Takagi wins. There is great character interaction between Ishii and Sanada, that match is going to be great stuff, too. ZSJ VS Kidd tripped me out, I thought my player accidentally got into 1.5 speed, but that’s just how fast those two were going. Kidd is showing promise with being able to keep up with ZSJ, but naturally ZSJ wins as Kidd is still a Young Lion.
Tenzan VS Ospreay was also really good, but I had a feeling Ospreay would win. Cobb VS Evil, Khan VS Yano and Ospreay VS ZSJ will all be really good one way or another, and honestly can all go any number of ways. However, because I don’t see Empire VS Empire happening, even though this is a tournament arc, if Evil wins, Khan wins. If Cobb wins, Yano finds a way to beat Khan. Ospreay could be the member that goes the farthest, because he really needs to be given the opportunities to prove he’s in the uppercard now. He lost to Okada at WrestleKingdom but now Okada has lost to Takagi, so maybe Ospreay can even rub all this in Okada’s face the next time they meet.
My Score: 9/10
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