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.
- 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
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
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]
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.
NOAH WEEKLY NEWSLETTER VOL.187 ~ 29TH SEPTEMBER 2022
Keiji Mutoh continues his Retirement tour and bringing out faces from the past! NOAH has a new champion! Interesting inter-promotional battles on the horizon as well!
Kaito Kiyomiya is the new GHC Heavyweight Champion, nominates Kazuyuki Fujita as challenger
Following provocation by Kenoh not only saying that he was going to be the one to inherit Keiji Mutoh’s Shining Wizard and the memory of Keiji Mutoh himself (and the outright claim that Kiyomiya would simply forget about Mutoh once Mutoh had retired, which Kiyomiya didn’t even bother responding to), Kenoh went one step further at their last pre match on the 19th September by pulling Keiji Mutoh’s pose, kissing his hand, putting it to Kiyomiya’s lips and then exploding it. Kiyomiya erupted in fury at this, it was far more than any verbal provocation of Kenoh’s, which I guess he has learned to ignore over the years. They fought for the GHC Heavyweight in Nagoya on September 25th, with Kiyomiya emerging victorious following a modified Shining Wizard. As Kenoh left it was like a spell was broken. Kenoh went backstage and muttered about Kiyomiya being the company favorite and in his interview the day after winning the title, Kiyomiya said nothing about Keiji Mutoh. Mutoh as we know had been a focus of both Kiyomiya and Kenoh leading up to the title match.
Back in the ring, Kiyomiya called out his next opponent. Kazuyuki Fujita. Fujita came to the ring, carrying a can of beer which he swigged from. Getting in the ring he circled Kiyomiya and took off his t-shirt. Kiyomiya said that he was expecting a fight, but Fujita did something that no other NOAH wrestler had (or perhaps would) do, and that was to throw himself at Kiyomiya and then make nuzzling motions against his head, while he licked the belt. Kiyomiya pushed him off, and Fujita retaliated by pouring beer over his head.
Kiyomiya screaming that he hated beer was met with Fujita toasting him from the ramp and yelling “Kampaiii” (“cheers”) after a fight had broken out, and Kiyomiya threw him from the ring.
Backstage, Kiyomiya said his reason for nominating Kazuyuki Fujita as his challenger was that he had never been defeated for the GHC Heavyweight. Fujita had to give up the belt due to Coronavirus. It has been a recurring theme of most of the GHC Heavyweight champions since Go Shiozaki, that Fujita has been the man to beat in order to cement yourself as champion. Kiyomiya was picking up that torch.
As for Fujita, he played it as if he was a Casanova and had been asked out on a date by warning Kiyomiya that when you experience Fujita, you can never go back because you were never going to be the same. He was going to “make it a night to remember”. He sipped his beer, and licked his lips afterwards.
Title match has been set for NOAH’s return to Ariake on the 30th October.
STINGER lose, NOAH Junior Regulars win, enter Tadasuke (with a chair)
Following a period of brutal attacks on Seiki Yoshioka (by the end of the match he could hardly use one side of his body) and a title challenge where Atsushi Kotoge was bloodied up, The NOAH Junior Regulars emerged victorious and bought the tag titles home to their unit. They had very little time to celebrate their win and put ice on their wounds, when Tadasuke burst in and attacked Atsushi Kotoge with a chair while Hi69 beat up on the already incapacitated Seiki Yoshioka. Tadasuke (wild grin on his face) got on the microphone and made a challenge for the tag titles. Then Tadasuke wiped the blood from Kotoge that had got on his hands on his hair, leaving red streaks in the peroxide. Tadasuke was even waving the bloodied seat of the chair, which had detached during the attack, around backstage.
Title match will be on the 30th October when NOAH return to the Ariake complex.
Takashi Sugiura and Satoshi Kojima, NOAH’s most dysfunctional tag team, win the GHC Heavyweight tag titles
It must be said that with the combined efforts of Satoshi Kojima and Hideki Suzuki, we almost have our Sugi back.
At the press conference/title match signing, Sugi and Kojima appeared dressed in suits and wearing dark glasses. They looked something between The Men In Black and “Dangerous Detectives” (as Tokyo Sports called them which stems from a Japanese TV show). Hideki Suzuki was on form, not only mistranslating Timothy Thatcher and stating at one point that Thatcher said he came to Japan to “beat you up” and being rude to a journalist for being overfamiliar with his “punk mouth”, the highlight of the press conference was his long close up stare at Sugi, who was trying not to laugh.
The dysfunctional team won the titles in Nagoya on the 25th September, and despite their falling out during the match, Sugi actually gave Kojima a proper handshake. Then they went back to squabbling backstage over Kojima talking on the mic when it was Sugi who got the win. No challengers have come forward as of yet.
HAYATA retains the GHC Junior, Ninja Mack makes his long awaited challenge
It had been an emotional match for YO-HEY, and for fans. Cutting out the aerial techniques that had characterized their earlier matches, both he and HAYATA demonstrated how much they had both evolved by concentrating on a more NOAH based ground attack with submissions. YO-HEY might have failed in the challenge, but he had at least gotten one win over HAYATA in the pre-match. He knew the title match would be different and he would need to level up, and afterwards he reflected and said he would start from rock bottom in order to make his next challenge. What fans had noticed that while things had changed between them, some things were the same, such as YO-HEY coloring his hair, his tongue (and even his boxer shorts) purple, which is HAYATA’s color, and HAYATA not speaking as much as he has done in previous title challenges, as he is content to let YO-HEY talk. After the match, Ninja Mack came to challenge. HAYATA accepted by saying, that he was “finally interested in the belt” and acknowledging him as challenger. Title match will of course be on the 30th October. But HAYATA is not immediately going into a fallout match with Ninja Mack at NOAH’s next event on the 30th, but is having a tag match against YO-HEY.
Keiji Mutoh’s Retirement Road
Keiji Mutoh has been very busy.
– 23rd September: Great Muta appears in AEW
The Great Muta made a surprise appearance in AEW to rescue Sting, who had been tied to a chair by Darby Allen. Muta came to the ring, advanced on Sting and then turned and spat green mist into the face of Allen and then reunited with Sting. Keiji Mutoh announced that Sting would attend Muta’s retirement on the 22nd in Yokohama, but has not said in what capacity, although it is assumed that they will tag. Regarding any further appearances in America, Mutoh said he didn’t think it was likely, but did warn that The Great Muta may pop up somewhere as you never knew where he would turn up next.
– 25th September: Keiji Mutoh Retirement Road: Love Forever 2
Keiji Mutoh teamed with his junior Kazuyuki Fujita to take on Mutoh’s classmate, Masakatsu Funaki and Katsuhiko Nakajima, who Mutoh has known since he was a boy, and still calls affectionately “Katsuhiko”. Nakajima said he was going to break up this class reunion, and while Mutoh did get kicked (Nakajima smirked and said it was fun when Mutoh later complained his leg still hurt) but it was Fujita who got the worst of it. During the match, Nakajima pulled out Mutoh’s Space Rolling Elbow. Mutoh was initially not pleased, but then he became very happy to see it and said that he thought that “Katsuhiko” did it because he had some small measure of feeling for him. I think had Nakajima been a more acrobatic wrestler, Mutoh might have handed it to him. Mutoh won the match with The Shining Wizard, pinning Nakajima. This was Mutoh’s farewell to Nagoya, his classmate, his junior and Nakajima.
– 26th September: Hiroshi Tanahashi comes to the press conference and a tag match is announced
Hiroshi Tanahashi presented 38 roses to Mutoh when he came to the press conference. Each rose symbolizes a year of Mutoh’s career. Mutoh joked that he should have laid them at his feet, as had happened in boxing recently. Tanahashi said he wasn’t good at ad-libbing, and then introduced himself as “one of the greatest New Japan talents in the past one hundred years”. During the press conference, a tag match was announced. New Japan’s Hiroshi Tanahashi, Togi Makabe and Honma Tomoaki will team together against the team of Naomichi Marufuji, Keiji Mutoh and Keiji Mutoh. This will take place on the 30th October. Mutoh has not given up hope of appearing one final time in the New Japan ring.
– 16th October: A new match is announced
NOAH announced that due to fan demand, Keiji Mutoh will be appearing in Fukuoka. He will tag with Ninja Mack and Satoshi Kojima against Naomichi Marufuji, HAYATA and Jack Morris. Satoshi Kojima is of course connected to Mutoh through All Japan and New Japan, Naomichi Marufuji has wanted a match against Mutoh (he will be tagging with him as we know on the 30th October) and HAYATA has been a big fan of Mutoh for a while, as he has influenced a lot of his style and persona. HAYATA thinks of himself and The Great Muta as “The Phantom Team”. Muta doesn’t like to speak and HAYATA said, neither does he.
Naomichi Marufuji and Katsuhiko Nakajima head overseas
Naomichi Marufuji and Katsuhiko Nakajima will appear for Evolution Pro Wrestling in New York for their anniversary show on November 12th. Marufuji’s match is yet to be announced, but Nakajima will take on Josh Alexander. Alexander has said he wonders how Nakajima is going to kick after he snaps his ankle. They will also appear at King of Indies in San Francisco on November 19th.
NOSAWA vs Katsuhiko Nakajima (and Kenoh)
After being beaten up by Katsuhiko Nakajima who gave him some pretty stiff soccerball kicks outside the ring at Korakuen Hall recently, (although he would tell you that Nakajima tried to beat him up), NOSAWA Rongai has been on a quest to face Nakajima in a match. Then he threw in Kenoh, so it could be himself and Eita versus Kongoh. Hideki Suzuki told him that he was probably going to die, but NOSAWA has taken no notice and kept on with his demand. His demand has not been met because rather than facing Nakajima and Kenoh, NOAH have booked him against rookies Yasutaka Yano and Kai Fujimura. NOSAWA thinks he is having to go through some kind of trial.
ELSEWHERE IN NOAH
– Hideki Suzuki has hinted that perhaps Takashi Sugiura might like to get back online.
– Yoshiki Inamura and YO-HEY continued their guild, despite the fact that YO-HEY said someone attacked and burned their castle down. A picture was taken of YO-HEY and Inamura playing the game, with YO-HEY seated cross legged on Inamura, who was doing a bridge in the ring. We have seen Inamura used as a weight, but is he now used as furniture?
– NOAH’s Director, Narihiro Takeda, wrote on a NOAH Note that he would like for Darby Allin to come to NOAH one day.
– Tadasuke got a match thrown out by ripping off Alejandro’s mask. Tadasuke did not care, and did not even respond when Alejandro asked if he wanted a mask for himself?
– Daiki Inaba had his long awaited singles match with Katsuhiko Nakajima, but failed to revenge himself for Nakajima’s behavior in W-1. Nakajima even went for the cocky pin by grinning and leaning on Inaba.
– There was usual chaos at the NOAH Junior Space sessions as Daisuke Harada is not there to take control. Atsushi Kotoge seems to be the main culprit, forgetting to invite Seiki Yoshioka in and at one time even failing to press record.
– It’s probably best that Daiki Inaba, who apparently likes to be in the nip backstage, was not present when NOAH was at Differ. It was bad enough that Sugi used to wander around naked…
– Mitsuharu Misawa wrote in a diary entry for 2006 about filming an advert for THE LEAVE, and having to sing first thing in the morning while they were filming. Probably due to the fact that he had a problem with his throat anyway, was a heavy smoker and had taken “so many chops and kicks” to it in his career, he said he sounded very hoarse.
EVENT RECAPS AND POST MATCH PROMOS
SUNNY VOYAGE – September 19th
N-INNOVATION – September 21st
GRAND SHIP 2022 IN NAGOYA/KEIJI MUTOH RETIREMENT ROAD – September 25th
- GHC Heavyweight Champion: Kaito Kiyomiya
Challenger: Kazuyuki Fujita, [Muto Retirement Road] ABEMA presents Ariake Gaisen-THE RETURN-PRO-WRESTLING LOVE FOREVER . 3 ~TRIUMPH~ Sunday 30th October, Ariake Arena, Tokyo
- GHC Junior Champion: HAYATA
Challenger: Ninja Mack, [Muto Retirement Road] ABEMA presents Ariake Gaisen-THE RETURN-PRO-WRESTLING LOVE FOREVER . 3 ~TRIUMPH~ Sunday 30th October, Ariake Arena, Tokyo
- GHC Heavyweight Tag Champions: KojiSugi (Satoshi Kojima & Takashi Sugiura)
- GHC Junior Tag Champions: The NOAH Junior Regulars (Atsushi Kotoge & Seiki Yoshioka)
Challengers: Kongoh Juniors (Tadasuke & Hi69), [Muto Retirement Road] ABEMA presents Ariake Gaisen-THE RETURN-PRO-WRESTLING LOVE FOREVER . 3 ~TRIUMPH~ Sunday 30th October, Ariake Arena, Tokyo
- GHC National Champion: Masakatsu Funaki
Challenger: Masa Kitamiya, SUNNY VOYAGE 2022 – Friday September 30th (Bandaijima Multi-Purpose Square Ogama)
(This event will not be broadcast live, but hopefully this match will be shown via Instagram)
THIS WEEK IN NOAH
– Friday, October 7th
STAR NAVIGATION 2022 – Korakuen Hall, Tokyo
Time: 18:30 JST
Broadcast: WrestleUniverse/ABEMA (live)
– Saturday, October 8th
STAR NAVIGATION 2022 – Korakuen Hall, Tokyo
Time: 18:30 JST
Broadcast: WrestleUniverse (live)
Note about broadcasts
Unless you are living in Japan or have a VPN you know is compatible with ABEMA, please do not subscribe to the service. For fans living outside of Japan, a subscription to WrestleUniverse would be better as they show more NOAH shows than ABEMA, and usually the events get uploaded very quickly. ABEMA broadcasts are only in Japanese, you can only watch them live, and this is the only NOAH they show. They do not broadcast old shows as these belong to Samurai TV.
BIRTHDAYS & ANNIVERSARIES
Wednesday, 5th October: Keiji Mutoh debut anniversary (38)
Wednesday, 5th October: Seiki Yoshioka debut anniversary (14)
“Taka & Satoshi” reveal a “dangerous detective” look, mischievous Suzuki is a reckless interpreter, the GHC tag signing ceremony is thrown into chaos by bizarre question and answer between the two teams
With thanks to: Metal NOAH
GIF taken from WrestleUniverse & NOAH Official YouTube
Picture credit: YO-HEY & NOAH.co.jp
Andrew’s IMPACT Wrestling Results & Match Ratings: 9.29.2022
Bound for Glory is 8 days away, but Victory Road just happened. What kind of show do we get with some fallout and penultimate hype?
Victory Road just happened, but Bound for Glory is like 8 nights away? You know I forgot that it was such a quick turn around. That makes tonight weird, since there’s some fallout, but then there’s gonna be a lot of table setting for Bound for Glory.
This episode could be awful. The last week or so haven’t exactly set the world afire, so I’m curious if the highlight really is just gonna be the Monster’s Ball with Masha and Allie Katch.
*insert joke about possibly gagging and balls and Swinger’s Dungeon*
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) September 30, 2022
- Bullet Club (Ace Austin & Chris Bey w/Juice Robinson) vs Trey Miguel & Laredo Kid: Bullet Club win via Finesse & Fold – **
- IMPACT Digital Media Championship: Brian Myers (c) vs Crazzy Steve: Myers retains via Roster Cut – ** 1/2
- Delirious vs Black Taurus: Black Taurus wins via Destination Hellhole – ** 1/4
- PCO & Vincent vs Rich Swann & Heath: Rich wins via Phoenix Splash – ** 1/4
- Pick Your Poison: Monster’s Ball Match: Masha Slamovich vs Allie Katch: Masha wins via Russian Death Device – *** 1/2
Bullet Club (Ace Austin & Chris Bey w/Juice Robinson) vs Trey Miguel & Laredo Kid
I don’t think I could care less about this match if I tried. Trey and Laredo are worthless. Laredo has eaten so many terrible losses and Trey is just bad. If the BC Juniors don’t win…I will really question the booking.
My biggest takeaway early is the commentary tries to put over Trey “turning heads”. No he doesn’t, he is legitimately hard to watch and everything that Will Ospreay did wrong in his early career; is basically Trey, but with less personality. Oh did you expect play by play? They isolate Laredo, decent tandem attacks, when Trey comes in it’s bad offense typical Cruiser garbage with laughable facials and body language.
Just typical crap with Trey. Were there some cool high spots? Sure. Do I care? NOPE.
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) September 30, 2022
IMPACT Digital Media Championship: Brian Myers (c) vs Crazzy Steve
Steve starts with some of his quirky mat wrestling, Arm Wringers into Drop Toe Holds and face biting. It shocked Myers early, but he takes a small shortcut and starts trying to slow down the psycho from Decay. Steve bounces off the ropes and Myers does his sliding trip move before commercial.
Back from commercial, Snapmare from Steve and the neck twister into some corner offense of Hip Attacks and Sentons for 2. Myers dodges King Kill 33, lands a few pot shots, Implant DDT for 2. Into the corner, face bite, Upside Down, after the rope break Myers grabs the referee to block Steve. Eye Poke, Roster Cut, AND STILL…
Simple, but entertaining. Plus it continues Myers’ arrogant, full of himself for absolutely no reason persona. Oh and he offers up an Open Challenge for Bound for Glory. Maybe Bobby Fish? Someone new? Could be interesting.
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) September 30, 2022
Delirious vs Black Taurus
Delirious is between gibberish and Stone Cold early on while they’re just trading shots. Delirious twists the Nose Ring…in the mask…and Taurus sells it momentarily before stomping the foot and decking him. This is just a weird match. I mean we all know Delirious is weird, but he’s not all comedy; and Taurus is supposed to be legit-ish.
Admittedly, with the exception of Victory Road, it has been years since I’ve watched a Delirious match. So the level of ridiculousness has hit Toru Yano levels, especially after the 10 count Leg Drops. Taurus powders, comes back in, Shoulder Tackle, Blackhole Backbreaker into a Samoan Drop. As soon as Taurus looks in charge, Delirious throws together a combo, eats a Headbutt and then Destination Hellhole.
Sheesh okay after 2 interview segments we get to Honor No More’s victory celebration segment. Just a lot of talking and inaction, so this just goes to feed that weird feeling I had coming into the show because of the timing. Eddie does the usual thing where hates on PCO and accuses him of being the weak link, which is a smart story angle since the fans tend to like PCO’s gimmick and this makes him more sympathetic to casual observers.
Oh good Taven is talking now. Wait did I just say that? DAMN YOU IMPACT! Made me like Matt Taven. Maria stirs the pot a little saying that Eddie is a better wrestler than Josh and Moose…by the implications.
Thank God, Josh Alexander finally breaks up the segment with…more talking. Okay never mind. Jesus since the end of the Delirious match it was like 15 minutes before Josh finally charged the ring and threw down a bit with Honor No More. Rich Swann and Heath make a bit of the babyface save for Josh, but the numbers are still on Honor No More’s side. Oh MCMG come down in a tracksuit and dress clothes! Someone wasn’t ready to be doing a run in.
PCO & Vincent vs Rich Swann & Heath
Well isn’t that convenient that four of the men in the donnybrook were supposed to be in a match anyway.
Rich uses his quickness to try and stay ahead of PCO, but PCO cuts him off in the corner into the Corner Hung Codebreaker, then the leaned against the ropes Leg Drop thing. Vincent throws together a T-Bone Suplex into a Flatliner and keeps the vibes flowing on Rich Swann.
PCO clears out Heath, but PCO’s hand gets stuck in the ropes. Vincent eats a flip kick and the Phoenix Splash while PCO and Heath are brawling on the outside after the rope issue with PCO.
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) September 30, 2022
Pick Your Poison: Monster’s Ball Match: Masha Slamovich vs Allie Katch
Haymakers and Headbutts start things off as they both hit the ropes and lay out one another with dual clotheslines. Trash can lid duel, Masha gets first contact, but Allie blocks and returns 3 shots. German Suplex from Masha into whipping her with a chain, some choking and then general pulling with the chain in Katch’s mouth or around her eyes. Katch claws at Masha’s eyes to try and get some space.
Headbutts and Biting from Masha as Allie tries to power out of a Bow and Arrow. More chain choking…I’m not sure if this is a wrestling match or BDSM prep at the moment. Ahh Masha needs more Cowbell but Allie cuts her off with a trash can lid. Allie tries a Piledriver through a door, but Masha turns it into an Air Raid Crash into the opposite corner.
Commercial break, and Allie is getting choked again. Spots get a little redundant, slams, chokes, and blood. OHHH – it’s a “Use the Door” chant. I thought it was – nah – I won’t say what I thought it was. Chairshot from Masha misses, but a Snap Suplex from Masha onto the chair gets some usefulness. Straight Right to the gut and an Axe Kick allows Masha to hit the Death Valley Driver onto the propped up chair. Masha goes back to biting after it was only 2. Allie cuts off Masha going to the top, Superplex onto the trash can lid, into a Death Valley Driver through the door – but Masha kicks out.
Allie tries a Piledriver on the apron a few times, but Masha blocks. Masha tries for the Release German to the floor but Allie holds on. Dazed strikes, bites and then a Russian Leg Sweep through the table lays both out for a short time. Masha grabs a black bag, it’s gotta be tacks for Monster’s Ball. Masha eats a few tacks for good show, picks up Allie but Allie fights. Piledriver into the tacks from Allie, only 2. Allie opens a trash can, and empties a bunch of cut up soda cans. Hits Masha with the can, Masha fires, Spinning Heel Kick and then Russian Death Device into the pile of tacks and cans.
Overall Score: 6.25/10
The main event was pretty good, maybe even a little better than I gave it credit for; I’m just sick of seeing some crazy hardcore match so often from Impact. It feels like its weekly, and that’s too damn much. Trey is terrible, and that’s a hill I’m willing to die on. He sells poorly, he doesn’t tell a story with his wrestling and he looks like an idiot pretending to be something he isn’t; and that’s talented.
Myers is fine with his classic delusional heel style, Delirious gave a bit of a rub to Taurus so I’m guessing he’s probably next up in the X Division. But a straight 15 minutes of interviews and talking is just too damn much especially when the surrounding wrestling isn’t very good or hearty enough to help people tolerate talking time.
I do however love Joe Hendry. So…yeah. There’s always some quirky gimmicks that just resonate well with me, and this is gorgeous.
All in all, decent enough; though next week could be a real banger of a Go Home.
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