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Mitchell’s NJPW WTL x BOSJ Results & Report! (12/4/20)

Who will be great in round 8?

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NJPW WTLBOSJ

World Tag League enters the penultimate round!

It’s round 8 and World Tag League is almost through! But who pushes through to be leader of the block this close to the final?

NOTE: NJPW no longer wants to feed AXS TV now that it is with Anthem and Impact Wrestling. But never fear, I will cover NJPW in the spirit of AXS in providing the most important matches of the show.

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • World Tag League 2020: Dangerous Tekkers VS Bad Luck Fale & Chase Owens; Dangerous Tekkers win.
  • World Tag League 2020: YOSHI-HASHI & Hirooki Goto VS Evil & Yujiro Takahashi; Hashi & Goto win.
  • World Tag League 2020: FinJuice VS Toru Yano & Tomohiro Ishii; FinJuice wins.
  • World Tag League 2020: The Empire VS Guerrillas of Destiny; Guerrillas of Destiny win.
  • World Tag League 2020: HenarACE VS SANADA & Shingo Takagi; Sanada & Takagi win.

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Here are the current World Tag League standings!

Toru Yano & Tomohiro Ishii: 5-2
FinJuice: 4-3
Guerrillas of Destiny: 4-3
The Empire: 4-3
The Dangerous Tekkers: 4-3
SANADA & Shingo Takagi: 4-3
YOSHI-HASHI & Hirooki Goto: 4-3
EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi: 3-4
Bad Luck Fale & Chase Owens: 2-5 [ELIMINATED]
HenarACE: 1-6 [ELIMINATED]

 

Dangerous Tekkers VS Bad Luck Fale & Chase Owens!

The IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions are still on the outside of the finals but are going for a final push! The Rogue General and the Crown Jewel are completely out of the running, but will they be spoilers instead?

The moment the champions are in the ring, Bullet Club attacks! Owens clubs and stomps Taichi while Fale is after ZSJ! The bell rings to put this on record, ZSJ throws forearms back on Fale! Owens helps out Fale and they mug ZSJ! Owens goes back after Taichi while Fale keeps on ZSJ. Fale bounces ZSJ off the apron while Owens pushes Taichi around. Fale taunts and stares into the camera, but ZSJ whips Fale into railing! And Taichi POSTS Owens! Fans cheer as ZSJ gets back in the ring and Fale pursues. Fale CLUBS ZSJ but ZSJ European Uppercuts! ZSJ fires off more but Fale DECKS him with one! Cover, but Fale’s also choking ZSJ!

The ref sees that and reprimands. Fale stops, whips ZSJ hard into a corner, and watches ZSJ bounce off buckles. Fale glares at Taichi and then Fale stomps ZSJ. Fale puts ZSJ in the corner and chokes him! The ref counts, Fale stops at 3. ZSJ rolls away but Fale stays close. Fale drags ZSJ up and whips ZSJ back to the corner. ZSJ goes up, under and around to then duck and leap to get the guillotine! Fans cheer and Fale fights to stay up. Fale powers up but can’t throw ZSJ off! Fale RAMS ZSJ into a corner instead! ZSJ sputters, but he dodges Fale and tags in Taichi! Taichi chokes Fale! But Fale chokes Taichi back! Taichi uses both hands, but Fale pries free.

Fale grabs ZSJ, but the Tekkers break free, dodge, and fire off kicks and EuroUppers! Taichi wants to send this fast, but ZSJ can’t suplex Fale, he’s too big! So Taichi tries the Alabama lift but Fale is still too big! Fale CLUBS Taichi, tags in Owens, then throws Taichi out for Owens to whip into railing! Fale goes after ZSJ while Owens rains down rights and knees Taichi down! Owens stands on Taichi’s chest, but ZSJ has Fale’s arm! ZSJ wrenches the arm but Fale fights back. Owens bumps Taichi off the apron then pushes him in the ring. Owens drags Taichi up, whips him, and Fale returns to body shot. Owens knee lifts, Fale LARIATS! Cover, ZSJ breaks it!

Fale clubs ZSJ, throws him out, then goes out. ZSJ runs back to his corner while Owens runs at Taichi. Taichi dodges, ZSJ gets in to EuroUpper! Feed to the BUZZSAW! ZSJ dropkicks Fale while Taichi covers, TWO! Fans fire up with Taichi and off come the pants! Taichi aims as Owens rises, but Owens dodges the superkick! Taichi dodges the knee, but Owens denies Dangerous with elbows! Owens Jewel Triggers the Ax Bomber away, and spins Taichi for a neckbreaker! Owens calls for Fale and they get Taichi up. But ZSJ intercepts the Grenade with an IRON OCTOPUS!

Taichi elbows Owens away, Alabama lift, but Fale tips it over! Owens has Taichi tucked in but ZSJ tips the package driver over! Taichi Alabama lifts again, but Owens sunset flips! Taichi reaches out, Fale BOOTS him down! Cover, TWO!! ZSJ finally lets Fale go but Owens forearms him! Fale grabs ZSJ, but ZSJ gets away and the SUPERKICK hits Fale! Taichi runs in, Owens moves and the AX BOMBER sends Fale out! Owens comes back to O’Conner roll, TWO!! Taichi barely escapes, JEWEL TRIGGER! Owens drags Taichi back up but ZSJ gets Owens in a sleeper hold! Feed to the sobat, EuroUpper and ROUNDHOUSE! ZSJ scoops, TENSHOU ZACK DRIVER! Cover, the champions win!

Winners: Dangerous Tekkers, by pinfall; now 5-3, Fale & Owens are now 2-6

When it rains, it pours for Bullet Club’s third stringers! Will this be a pivotal point for the Sliest Wrestler and the Submission Master?

 

YOSHI-HASHI & Hirooki Goto VS Evil & Yujiro Takahashi w/ Dick Togo!

Two teams holding on for dear life in the World Tag League are both hoping to #TurnItAllAround! But will Chaos’ Head Hunter and Fierce Warrior be able to #GetBackUp when Darkness Falls?

The Bullet Club Low Sweets, Evil mocks the clapping, and then the teams sort out. Evil starts with Hashi and the two slowly circle. Then Yujiro sneak attacks Hashi! Evil DECKS Goto, and helps Yujiro mug Hashi in the middle of the ring. Bullet Club whips Hashi corner to corner, Evil runs in but Hashi dodges to then elbow Yujiro down! Evil kicks, runs but gets run over! Fans cheer as Hashi stomps Evil to ropes. Hashi CHOPS Evil at the ropes, Evil calls for the ropebreak, but Hashi CHOPS him again! Hashi throws forearms, whips Evil, but Evil reverses and Dick takes a swipe! Evil whips Hashi, Hashi dodges and comes back, HEAD HUNTER!

Fans fire up as Hashi brings Evil over and bumps him off buckles. Tag to Goto and Chaos double whips. They double shoulder Evil, then hip toss senton! Goto drags Evil up and fans fire up as Chaos hammers away on Evil’s back. Yujiro runs in but he gets hammered, too! Goto glares at Dick and chases him around the way, and Hashi is there! They hammer Dick! Fans fire up for Chaos as they go back to the ring. Goto brings Evil up, clubs him, but Evil rakes eyes! The ref counts, Evil stops and whips Goto, surprise~! The buckles are bare! Goto hits steel, but Hashi gets in, only for Evil to whip him into the bare buckles!

The ref reprimands, but Yujiro drags Goto out and Evil kicks Hashi out. Yujiro rakes Goto’s eyes, Evil whips Hashi into railing, and the ref has his hands full with Bullet Club problems! Evil grabs the buckle pad to SMACK Hashi with! Yujiro stomps Goto, Evil bumps Hashi off buckles, and Dick just runs interference. Evil drags Hashi into the ring, stomps a leg, and Hashi goes rolling back out. Yujiro throws Goto into railing while Hashi hobbles. Evil puts Goto in, kicks him around, then tags in Yujiro. Yujiro stomps Goto but fans rally up. Yujiro snapmares Goto and drops a leg, an elbow and a headbutt! Cover, TWO! Yujiro argues the count but the ref says it was fair.

Yujiro drags Goto up and whips him to the bare corner! Goto hits steel, Evil tags in, and Evil wrenches Goto’s arm to reel him into the cobra twist! Bullet Club form the chain, Evil to Yujiro to Dick to railing! The ref spots that and reprimands! The ref counts, Dick and Yujiro let go at 4! Goto flops down but Evil looms over him. Evil stands on Goto’s head, fans rally up, but Evil brings Goto up. Goto CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Goto runs, Evil kicks back and rakes- No, Goto blocks that and kicks Evil in return! Goto DECKS Yujiro then grabs at Evil. Evil reverses the whip but Goto stops from hitting buckles to dodge and send Evil into buckles! Goto hits a BIG back suplex!

Fans fire up as both men are down, and Goto crawls to hot tag Hashi! Hashi rallies on Bullet Club, and makes sure to hotshot Dick, too! Evil runs in, Hashi CHOPS him! Hashi runs corner to corner to CHOP again! Evil reverses the whip but Hashi CHOPS, mule kicks and hangs Evil out to dry! Hashi runs to dropkick Evil down! And then basement dropkicks! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up with Hashi as he drags Evil up and reels him in, but Evil resists the lift. Hashi clubs away, but Evil trips Hashi and gets the legs! Hashi holds off the Sharpshooter and hits Evil away! Evil kicks and whips but Hashi reverses to drag Evil down to the BUTTERFLY LOCK!

Fans fire up but Evil pulls at Hashi’s ears! Hashi gets up, the ref reprimands but Evil is free! Hashi kicks, but Evil gives that to the ref and mule kicks Hashi down! Tag to Yujiro and Yujiro drags Hashi up to put on the ropes. Yujiro runs to BOOT Hashi! Yujiro runs again but Hashi dodges to spin back kick! Hot tag to Goto! Yujiro is in a corner, Goto runs in to MURAMASA! And BULLDOG! Cover, TWO! Goto drags Yujiro up, fireman’s carries, but Yujiro rakes Goto’s eyes! Yujiro blocks a kick, throws Goto down and basement boots! Yujiro whips Got to a corner and BOOTS him! Yujiro snapmares, runs, but Goto dodges and Hashi basement dropkicks!

Hashi DECKS Evil, drags Yujiro up, GOTO BUSTER! But Chaos isn’t done! Dragon sleeper and lift, but Yujiro fights out! Evil drags Hashi out and Yujiro hits a FISHERMAN BUSTER on Goto! Evil distracts the ref and Dick gets Yujiro his pimp cane! Yujiro aims as Goto rises, CANE SHOT! Cover, Hashi breaks it! Hashi stomps Yujiro but Evil still distracts the ref! Dick uses the SPOILER CHOKER on Hashi! Hashi fights it off! Hashi powers up and pulls the choker away to DECK Dick! Evil runs in but gets a SUPERKICK! Yujiro CLOBBERS Hashi and fires up! Goto flounders up, Yujiro reels him in for the INCOLLE SLAM! Cover, TWO!!

Goto survives but Yujiro sits him up. Goto denies Pimp Juice and blocks the mule kick! Yujiro throws a forearm, fireman’s carries, but Goto slips off to dragon sleeper! Yujiro slips through to suplex but Goto slips out! Hashi SUPERKICKS Yujiro and Goto fireman’s carries! SUPERKICK USHIGOROSHI! Chaos DECKS Evil and Dick! They drag Yujiro back up, G Y W!! Cover, Chaos wins!!

Winners: Hirooki Goto & Yoshi-Hashi, by pinfall; now 5-3, Evil & Yujiro are now 3-5

No, wait, now things are bad for Bullet Club, because the King of Darkness and his team are out of the running! And Goto and Hashi are at the doorstep of the finals! Will they get in and #TurnItAllAround?

 

FinJuice VS Toru Yano & Tomohiro Ishii!

Surely Juice Robinson and David Finlay looked like unlikely winners of the 2019 World Tag League, but they did it! And now they’re up against perhaps the most unlikely leaders of this year’s block! Will FinJuice knock the Producer and the Pitbull down a peg as the 2020 finals draw closer?

Yano sanitizes the ref and then gets impatient about the check. Juice finishes taking off his entrance attire and the teams sort out. Yano insists he start and fans cheer. Juice starts and the bell finally rings. Fans rally up as Juice and Yano circle. This rematch from G1 has a lot of trash talk already. Juice gets Yano’s wrist but tries to bring him to Finlay. Yano pulls back to reach for Ishii but Juice kicks and drags Yano. Tag to Finlay, Finlay goes up to drop ax handles! Juice scoops and slams Yano, then scoops and slams Finlay onto Yano! Cover, TWO! Finlay clamps onto Yano, brings him over and tags in Juice. Juice drops ax handles then snapmares Yano.

Finlay runs to basement uppercut, and Juice adds a splash! Cover, TWO! Juice keeps his eyes on Ishii as he brings Yano up. Fans rally as Juice wrenches Yano and tags in Finlay. Finlay goes up to drop ax handles on Yano’s arm again. Ishii runs in but FinJuice kick him to double BULLDOG! Yano has the buckle pad loose! He SMACKS Finlay and SMACKS Juice! The ref reprimands but Yano throws the pad away to complain about the double team. Ishii goes after Juice, Yano whips Finlay into bare buckles as Juice goes into railing! Yano stomps Finlay, drags Finlay up and bumps him off pad to tag Ishii. Ishii CHOPS Finlay, and CHOPS, and CHOPS!

Ishii kicks at Finlay and CHOPS, but Finlay CHOPS again! And again! Ishii doesn’t budge so the two go forehead to forehead. Finlay CHOPS, Ishii CHOPS! Ishii DECKS Juice, drags Finlay up and tags in Yano. Chaos mugs Finlay and Yano whips Finlay back to bare buckles! Fans cheer but Finlay writhes. Yano taunts Juice then stomps Finlay down, to whip him back into bare buckles! Tag to Ishii, and Ishii taunts Juice. Ishii clubs Finlay, reels Finlay into a back suplex! Cover, TWO! Fans cheer and rally as Ishii kicks at Finlay. Ishii stands Finlay up to CHOP again, and again! Juice taunts Ishii then rallies the fans. Ishii throws forearms but Finlay grits his teeth!

Finlay forearms back then back suplexes, but Ishii fights that off with elbows! Ishii suplexes but Finlay slips out to back suplex up and over! Fans rally as both men are down. Finlay crawls, hot tag to Juice! Juice elbows Ishii down, then Yano, then Ishii! And Yano again! Juice drops a back senton on Yano! Ishii kicks Juice and runs, into the FULL NELSON SLAM! Fans fire up with Juice and Juice looks for Yano. Yano is not there so Juice whips Ishii to the bare corner! Ishii gets buckles, Juice runs in and clotheslines! Juice keeps moving, CANNONBALL! Cover, ROPEBREAK! Juice keeps his cool and pumps up. Fans clap, “Juice! Juice! Juice!” as he pumps up.

Ishii rises, Juice aims and JABS! JAB! And JAB! JAB! JAB! But Ishii ROCKS Juice back! Ishii whips, Juice reverses and BOOTS, but Ishii roars! Ishii forearms, runs, but they collide shoulders! Juice roars, ROCKS Ishii then fireman’s carries, but Ishii slips off. Ishii ducks Juice’s elbow, throws a forearm, then runs, but into Juice’s LEG LARIAT! But Ishii is right back up!? Ishii roars and gets Juice in the POWERSLAM! But Juice pops up! They ram shoulders, Ishii ducks the left hand to suplex Juice up and over! Both men are down, fans fire up, and Ishii tags in Yano! Yano brings Juice up, whips at the bare corner, but Juice goes up and over! Juice rolls, hot tag to Finlay!

Finlay fires off on Yano, Yano reverses the whip but Finlay flying uppercuts! Yano goes to the bare corner, Finlay hits a back body block! Finlay goes up, Yano ducks under and atomic drops! Yano and Ishii whip Finlay to the bare corner, but Finlay stops himself! Finlay dodges Yano to send him into buckles, and then uppercuts Ishii! Juice runs in to LEAPING LARIAT Ishii! Juice runs at Yano to corner clothesline! Finlay corner uppercuts, then FinJuice combine, backbreaker elbow drop! Cover, TWO!! Yano survives and fans fire up! Juice tags in, FinJuice drags Yano up. Finlay runs, SHOTGUN LEG SWEEP! Cover, but Ishii breaks it in time!

Finlay kicks Ishii out and fans fire up! Ishii gets back in but Juice clubs him. FinJuice double whip Ishii to DOUBLE FLAPJACK! Finlay tags back in, FinJuice drags Yano up to double whip. Yano holds ropes, dodges Juice and shoves Finlay into Juice. Finlay comes back, Juice hits LEFT HAND O’ GOD! JUMPING KNEE from Finlay, Juice chicken wings Yano, but Ishii attacks Juice first! Finlay leaps at Ishii but Ishii shoves away his stunner! Yano rolls Finlay up, TWO!! Ishii runs but Finlay forearms! Juice headbutts Ishii, but FinJuice sees Yano’s low blows coming! But then Ishii clobbers FinJuice from behind! Yano cradles Finlay while Ishii shoves Juice, but Juice still breaks the cover!

Ishii and Juice brawl, Ishii gets around the Left Hand to GERMAN Juice! Finlay gives Ishii the half nelson BACKBREAKER! Finlay runs but Yano sends him into bare buckles! Yano rolls Finlay, TWO! Finlay waistlocks but avoids the low blow! Yano waistlocks but Finlay uses that to roll Yano into GRANBY! Cover, FinJuice wins!!

Winners: FinJuice, by pinfall; now 5-3, Yano & Ishii are now 5-3

The 2019 World Tag League winners beat the team at the top, so now THEY are now on top! Does this mean Finlay and Juice are going back to back?

 

The Empire VS Guerrillas of Destiny!

Great-O-Khan and Jeff Cobb are just a step behind the block leaders, as are Tama Tonga and Tonga Loa. But will the Dominator and the Hawaiian Hulk conquer even GOD to become World Tag League leaders?

As usual, the Empire does not budge as the other team enters the ring. They kinda photobomb GOD posing in that way. But GOD Low Sweets and the teams sort out. Cobb starts with Loa and fans rally up at the bell. Loa and Cobb circle, tie up, and are in a deadlock. They break, stare down, and tie up again. Cobb manages to power Loa back but only a step, and the two break again. Fans cheer this showing of strength, and Loa huddles up with Tama for a moment. Loa comes back, circles with Cobb, and they tie up. Loa gets Cobb back but Cobb puts Loa in the corner, then they go around the ropes. And around to other corners, and then Cobb headlocks.

Loa powers out, things speed up, Loa hurdles and then they ram shoulders. They keep going, Cobb hurdles and they ram shoulders! Cobb rebounds to ram but so does Loa! They keep ramming again and again and again! Fans fire up as they keep going and going! Cobb eggs Loa on and now forearms fly! Fans rally as the brawling picks up speed! Loa gets the edge, but Cobb knees low! But Loa pokes eyes! Loa runs, slips out of the scoop and shoves Cobb to dropkick him down! Fans cheer as Loa tags Tama, but Cobb runs Tama over! Cobb drags Tama up, rocks him with a right and puts him in the corner. Cobb stomps away while Khan holds Tama in but Red Shoes reprimands.

The Empire lets off and Tama tries to fight back but they mug Tama and rake eyes! Tag to Khan, the Empire mugs Tama more, and then Khan judo throws Tama down! Khan arm-triangles Tama and squeezes tight! Tama flails and kicks to get the ropebreak! Khan leans on Tama even as he lets off at Red Shoes’ count. Khan stomps Tama, sucker punches Loa and growls. Tama hits back but Khan CLUBS him down! Khan drags Tama up, bumps him off buckles, tag to Cobb. Cobb headbutts Tama in the ribs, scoops him and carries him around. Cobb stares Loa down while giving knees to Tama’s ribs! Cobb hits a BACKBREAKER, then just TOSSES Tama aside! Cover, ONE!?

Cobb tries again with a forearm in Tama’s face but Red Shoes says that’s too much like a choke. Cobb lets off, tags Khan in, and the Empire mugs Tama in the corner. Khan stalks Tama, waistlocks and drags him up, and squeezes tight with a rear bearhug. Khan rams Tama into the corner, then climbs up to sit on Tama’s head! Loa runs in and knocks Khan down to the floor! Cobb goes after Loa and they brawl! Cobb throws Loa out and stalks Tama. Khan gets back in. Khan facelocks Tama and drags him up. Khan throws in knees, Cobb comes in and The Empire double whip. The Empire double shoulders Tama down then Cobb sucker punches Loa for good measure. But Loa gets back in and goes after Cobb!

Khan goes after Loa but Tama goes after Khan! Tama clubs Khan, clubs Cobb, but Cobb throws Tama out! Khan clubs Loa, Cobb throws Tama into railing and then headbutts him. Tama goes up the ramp while Loa headbutts Khan back! Cobb pursues Tama, Tama hits Cobb then hurries back to the ring. Loa whips Khan into railing! Tama headbutts Cobb, and throws him into railing, too! Red Shoes has his hands full now as he tries to get everyone back in the ring. But Tama whips Khan into Loa’s LARIAT! Fans cheer but the brawling continues as Cobb comes back to club Loa! Tama CLUBS Cobb to the ramp and a ring count starts. Tama rains down rights as the count climbs.

The count is 9 of 20 as Loa rakes Khan’s eyes. Tama goes in at 12 but Cobb drags him back out at 14! Cobb throws forearms, the count is 16! Cobb gets in, but Tama drags him out! The count resets and GOD clubs the Empire. Tama chokes Cobb against railing but Khan uppercuts Loa! Tama clobbers Khan down! Red Shoes goes out to reprimand all four but Loa bumps Cobb off the apron. Tama POSTS Khan and the count begins again. The count is 10 of 20 but Tama asks for a timeout. No such thing in wrestling, so Tama puts Khan in at 14. Fans cheer as this continues in the ring, and Loa tags in to slingshot senton! Tama slingshot sentons, Loa covers, TWO!

Loa keeps his cool as he brings Khan back up. Khan breaks free but Loa throws forearm after forearm! Khan roars and judo throws Loa down! Loa gets up but Khan tags in Cobb! Cobb and Loa ram shoulders again and again, then Cobb gets under Loa to bring him to a corner! Cobb rams Loa more, whips him out to whip him back in, then runs in for the leaping back elbow! Loa dodges to corner clothesline! Loa runs but Cobb scoops him! Pop-up to stalling suplex, but Loa fights out before the slam! Loa throws knees and an enziguri! Loa runs but Cobb reels him in! Loa fights off the waistlock, runs, but into a SUPERKICK!

Cobb keeps Loa up, runs, but Loa follows! Cobb bucks off the roll, runs at Loa and dodges, but Loa dodges, DOUBLE CROSSBODIES COLLIDE! Both men are down and crawling, and they hot tag to Khan and Tama! Tama throws forearms but Khan stays standing! Khan grabs Tama with the iron claw, but Tama fights free! Tama throws a strike fest, then runs, into a BOOT! Khan grits his teeth while fans fire up, and Khan clamps the claw back onto Tama’s head. Khan hits Mongolian Chops! And again! And again! Tama staggers into the Mongolian palm strike! Khan powers up the claw again, clamps back on, and drags Tama back up! But Jado distracts!

Khan throws Tama aside to glare at Jado. Khan gets Jado with the claw! Red Shoes counts but Tama brings Khan off Jado! Tama fights off the claw, Loa returns and the brothers throw hands on Khan! GOD dragon sleepers and lifts, TONGAN TWIST! Cover while Loa intercepts Cobb, TWO!! Khan survives but GOD regroups. Loa helps Tama up, and they coordinate. Loa drags Khan up, rams him into a corner, then Tama runs in. Khan dodges the splash to BOOT Loa, and Cobb returns to hit the leaping back elbow on Tama! Fans fire up as The Empire coordinate. Cobb gut wrench suplexes Tama, dodges Loa and clotheslines Loa and himself out of the ring!

Khan drags Tama up to gut wrench and suplex! Khan uses his claw to cover, TWO! Tama defies the cocky claw cover, but Khan powers up again. Khan clamps on the claw, drags Tama back up, ELI- Tama grabs at Red Shoes! Jado KENDO STICK SMACKS Khan!! GUN STUN!! Cover, GOD wins!!

Winners: Guerrillas of Destiny, by pinfall; now 5-3, The Empire is now 4-4

There is still a team alive for Bullet Club! Can Tama and Loa take a top spot in the block before it’s too late?

 

HenarACE VS SANADA & Shingo Takagi!

Toa and Tanahashi are tragically the last place team in the 2020 World Tag League. But perhaps they can be a spoiler for Los Ingobernables de Japon’s Cold Skull and Dragon? Or will the bad hand they’ve been dealt only get worse?

Everyone has big entrance jackets to take off, and HenarACE show off the muscles. Fans cheer and Henare dares Takagi to step up to him. Takagi tells Henare to hold on a second, because he wants Tanahashi. But Henare says he’s chicken. Instead, it will be Tanahashi and Sanada to start, and fans rally at the bell. Tanahashi feels the claps are “Let’s Go Ace!” but they could easily be “L I J!” or “SA-NA-DA!” Sanada and Tanahashi circle, tie up, and Tanahashi waistlocks. Sanada switches, Tanahashi switches, then goes for a full nelson. Sanada breaks that, hammerlocks an arm, but Tanahashi drop toeholds!

Tanahashi shifts to a headlock, hits a takeover, but Sanada headscissors back. Tanahashi pops out, Sanada reverses the roles with this headlock takeover but Tanahashi headscissors. Sanada pops out but Tanahashi plays air guitar. Fans cheer and Tanahashi tosses the guitar to Henare, who puts it aside. Tanahashi and Sanada reset, circle, but Henare wants in to go after Takagi. Tanahashi tags him and Henare dares Takagi to do the same. Fans rally up for that idea, and Takagi talks with Sanada. Takagi lets Sanada give Henare a go, and those two circle. Henare and Sanada circle but Henare takes a swing at Takagi! Takagi stays back, Sanada clubs and whips Henare. Henare dodges to hit Takagi!

Takagi gets mad now and wants in! Sanada gives the tag, and Henare is right after Takagi! Fans fire up as Henare fires off forearms and knees! Henare whips corner to corner, Takagi reverses, blocks a boot and hits a clothesline! But Henare turns it around to fire off forearms! Takagi eggs him on so Henare throws forearms and body blows! Henare fires up, builds speed, but Takagi withstands the clothesline. Takagi gives forearms from all sides, runs and rams Henare but Henare rebounds to run Takagi over! Henare Tomahawks Sanada then Tanahashi gets in. HenarACE throw hands then double whip, to double elbow and Tomahawk Elbow combo! And flex!

HenarACE put Takagi in the Double Half Crab! Takagi endures but Red Shoes counts, so HenarACE lets him go. Henare stomps Takagi and taunts him. Takagi is stubborn so Henare keeps hitting him with those toying boots. Takagi eggs Henare on so Henare keeps hitting him. Fans rally up as Takagi blocks the kick to shoulder, JAB and LARIAT Henare down! Sanada gets in to DECK Tanahashi! LIJ throws HenarACE out and the brawling continues! Takagi whips Henare into railing, then whips him the other way into even more railing! Henare goes down, Sanada RAMS Tanahashi into railing, too, and Takagi stands on Henare’s head.

Takagi kicks at Henare now, and gives him a swift stomp to the back. Takagi puts Henare in and fans cheer that this continues in the ring. Takagi stands on Henare’s body, stomps a bit, but tops it off with a double stomp as Red Shoes counts. Tag to Sanada, fans rally up but LIJ keeps stomping Henare down. Red Shoes reprimands but LIJ double whip, elbow drop and elbow drop then drop a senton! Cover, TWO! Sanada keeps his cool as he drags Henare into a chinlock. Henare endures the knee in his back, Tanahashi rallies the fans back up. Henare fights up, fights back, and scoops, but Sanada blocks! Sanada throws elbows, scoops Henare and slams him down!

Tag to Takagi and Takagi taunts Henare as he looms over him. Takagi gives toying kicks, then he sucker punches Tanahashi! Takagi drags Henare up and suplexes high and hard! Takagi jumps to drop a knee on Henare’s chin! Cover, TWO! Fans cheer while Henare checks his jaw. Takagi drags Henare up into a seated stretch, and throws elbows into the shoulder. Takagi chinbars for a neck wrench then CLUBS Henare down! Takagi smirks as Tanahashi rallies the fans again. Takagi wrenches Henare, tags Sanada, and Sanada climbs up to drop ax handles on the arm. LIJ bring Henare back up, double whip, knee at the ropes, then snapmare for the basement dropkick!

Takagi DECKS Tanahashi while Sanada covers Henare, TWO! Fans cheer as Henare is still in this, but Sanada brings him back up. Henare throws forearms and CHOPS Sanada! Henare scoops, Sanada slips out to kick and whip! Henare catches the hurdle for a POWERSLAM! Fans fire up as both men are down! Sanada and Henare crawl, Tanahashi reaches out as far as he can, hot tag to the Ace! Tanahashi rallie son LIJ with forearms and elbows, then he dropkicks Sanada’s legs out! Tanahashi intercepts Takagi at the ropes to DRAGON SCREW! Tanahashi blocks Sanada’s kick to DRAGON SCREW! Fans fire up with Tanahashi as he gets the legs for the CLOVERLEAF!

Sanada endures, crawls and gets the ropebreak! Tanahashi lets go fast and stalks Sanada. Tanahashi brings Sanada up, scoop slams him to a drop zone, then goes to the second rope. SOMERSAULT SENTON! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up with Tanahashi again as he runs. Sanada fireman’s carries but Tanahashi fights free! Sanada elbows and whips, but Tanahashi reverses! Sanada goes out, springboards in and missile dropkicks Tanahashi down! Fans fire up again as both men are down! Takagi is back and Sanada heads over to tag him in! Takagi talks a little smack before he gives toying kicks to Tanahashi. Takagi steps on Tanahashi’s head, but Tanahashi gets mad.

Tanahashi fires off a forearm, but Takagi gives it back! The two are fast and furious already and fans are fired up! Tanahashi gets the edge, EuroUppers, but Takagi elbows! JABS! But Tanahashi SHOTEIS! Takagi holds off the Twist, throws body shots, and suplexes, but Tanahashi fights that to TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! Both men are down, fans rally up, and Henare is back! Hot tag to the Hammerhead! Henare throws forearms on Takagi, as well as knees! Henare whips corner to corner, runs in and corner clotheslines! Henare whips again, Takagi reverses but Henare blocks! Henare spins and SAMOAN DROPS! Fans fire up with Henare and Henare goes to a corner.

Henare climbs up top, aims, and leaps for a FLYING SHOULDER TACKLE! Cover, TWO! Takagi grits his teeth and shakes his head but Henare brings him back up. Henare reels Takagi in, suplexes but Takagi blocks! Henare gets Takagi up but Takagi fights it off! Henare tries again, gets Takagi up but Takagi slips off! Takagi waistlocks, Henare throws elbows then switches. Takagi fires off elbows and gets Henare in a corner! Sanada runs in to elbow Henare, Takagi hits a clothesline! Then the calm-and-fury combo, BOOT to LARIAT to KICK to DROPKICK SAIDO! Cover and Sanada intercepts Tanahashi, TWO! Sanada throws Tanahashi into railing then regroups with Takagi.

Henare fights LIJ with forearms and CHOPS! Takagi eggs Henare on then LIJ double kick and whip! Henare tackles Sanada! Takagi kicks, but Henare suplexes! Fans fire up and Tanahashi gets back in. HenarACE coordinate on Takagi, SLING SWEEP! Cover, Sanada breaks it! Tanahashi drags Sanada up and out, stomps him down, and fans rally up! Henare aims at Takagi and fires up. Takagi stands, but he stops the rampage to knee and DDT! Tanahashi holds Sanada back but Takagi sits Henare up. SLIDING- NO! Henare dodges the lariat, but he swings into NOSHIGAMI! Tanahashi and Sanada keep fighting as Takagi fires up with “OI! OI! OI!”

Takagi brings Henare up, wheelbarrows and Sanada gets in, WHEELBARROW CUTTER! Cover, TWO!! Sanada intercepts Tanahashi, CLUBS him, then goes to Henare. Henare HEEL KICKS Sanada! Takagi CHOPS Henare! Henare CHOPS Takagi! Takagi likes the fire and he LARIATS! Henare withstands point-blank Pumping, and gives a LARIAT back! Takagi stays up, the two go forehead to forehead, then run, DOUBLE LARIATS! Neither falls but Takagi throws forearms from all sides! Takagi gets over 10 shots in! Over 15! Henare ROCKS Takagi with big palm strikes! Takagi stays up to elbow, HEADBUTT, but Henare HAMMERHEADBUTTS!!

Both men wobble, fans fire up and Henare gets a second wind! Henare runs, into a clothesline at ropes! Takagi runs, Henare dodges, SPEAR! Cover, TWO!! Fans are thunderous as Henare fires himself up again! “AOH! AOH! AOH!” Takagi slowly rises, Henare runs in, but PUMPING BOMBER hits!! But Henare gets up!? And he catches Takagi to TOA- NO! Pump handle, MADE IN JAPAN!!! Cover, Tanahashi breaks it! Sanada grabs Tanahashi, throws him out, and then PLANCHAS! Direct hit and down goes Tanahashi! Takagi focuses on Henare as he rises. Takagi runs, PUMPING BOMBER!! Cover, TWO!?!? Henare survives and shocks LIJ!

Fans are thunderous again and Takagi drags Henare up. Takagi gets Henare up to pump handle and fireman’s carry, LAST OF THE DRAGONS! Cover, LIJ wins!!

Winners: Sanada & Shingo Takagi, by pinfall; now 5-3, HenarACE is now 1-7

What a powerful battle! But in the end, the Dragon could not be slayed, and Cold Skull did not melt! But Takagi seems to be telling Henare he did great, only to then also literally kick him out of the ring. Mixed message, don’t you think? Fans cheer as Takagi gets the mic. “Osu, osu. It’s been about a year since we’ve been here, and of course me and Sanada had to win.” And Takagi will say this about Henare: he’s gotten pretty tough! But Takagi is still a little tougher. But during the next three days, it’s Beppu, Kagoshima then Fukuoka. And there’s only one team on all three shows! Who is that? Don’t worry, he’ll tell you. It’s them! Takagi and Sanada!

Do you know why they’d do that? They talked about it and it’s real simple: “Because we love the hell out of Kyushu!” So they can’t come back to Kyushu empty handed. Takagi vows to still be NEVER Openweight Champion then, but maybe he and Sanada come back as the tag team champions! That’s all for Takagi, he thinks Kyushu should hear from Sanada. Fans clap for that idea. Sanada tells Takagi that it needs to be louder, so the fans get louder! They clap, “SA-NA-DA! TA-KA-GI!” Takagi will let Sanada handle the rest, so that Takagi can rest! The fans cheer as Sanada takes up the mic.

“Our first events in Kyushu all year, shall we do the thing?” It takes a moment, but the lights do go down. The fans become the stars with their phone lights, and Sanada tells us, “I’ve got something to tell you guys. Me and TKG are cover stars of Weekly Pro-Wrestling.” And they’re gonna win World Tag League 2020! “Oi, Beppu! See you next time!” Will LIJ be on that cover again when they have the World Tag League Trophies and a shot at the titles?

 

Here are the NEW World Tag League standings!

The Dangerous Tekkers: 5-3
SANADA & Shingo Takagi: 5-3
FinJuice: 5-3
Toru Yano & Tomohiro Ishii: 5-3
Guerrillas of Destiny: 5-3
YOSHI-HASHI & Hirooki Goto: 5-3
The Empire: 4-4
EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi: 3-5 [ELIMINATED]
Bad Luck Fale & Chase Owens: 2-6 [ELIMINATED]
HenarACE: 1-7 [ELIMINATED]


My Thoughts:

What a wild round! SIX teams at 5-3!!! The ninth round is going to be amazing because of the possibilities! Obviously a 6-3 team is in but there could be just one or even three, and it’s going to come down to tiebreaker wins. I can’t wait.


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

Moxley is on a Rampage!

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AEW continues LIVE in Washington, D.C!

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

Jon Moxley VS Ethan Page w/ Scorpio Sky!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Jon Moxley, by submission

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

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

 

AEW hears from Jurassic Express.

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Trent Beretta, by pinfall

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

 

AEW takes a closer look at Martinez VS Rosa.

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

 

Hook VS Serpentico!

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

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

Winner: Hook, by submission

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

 

Mark Henry talks with the main eventers.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


My Thoughts:

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

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

My Score: 8.7/10


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

Acknowledge the history made!

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The Tribal Chief is the new Universal Championship standard!

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

The Usos are in the ring to start off SmackDown!

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Kofi Kingston, by pinfall

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

 

Aliyah VS Natalya!

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

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

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

Winner: Aliyah, by disqualification

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

 

Los Lotharios VS The Viking Raiders!

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

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

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

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

Winners: The Viking Raiders, by pinfall

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

 

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

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

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

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

Winner: Charlotte Flair, by referee stoppage

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

 

Backstage interview with Kevin Owens & Seth Rollins.

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

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

 

Sami Zayn heads to the ring!

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

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

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

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

 

Adam Pearce talks with Eric Bischoff backstage.

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

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

 

Sheamus w/ Ridge Holland VS Ricochet!

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

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

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

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

Winner: Sheamus, by pinfall

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

 

Shinsuke Nakamura and Rick Boogs rock out backstage.

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

 

Seth Rollins & Kevin Owens VS The Usos!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


My Thoughts:

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

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

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

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

My Score: 8.1/10


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