World Tag League and Best of the Super Juniors reunite in round 9!
With just one round left each, NJPW’s round robins combine their forces into a massive round nine super show! Who will be the finalists in both WTL 2020 and BOSJ 27?
- Best of the Super Juniors 27: Yuya Uemura VS Robbie Eagles; Eagles wins.
- World Tag League 2020: EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi VS Bad Luck Fale & Chase Owens; Fale & Owens win.
- Best of the Super Juniors 27: Ryusuke Taguchi VS DOUKI; Taguchi wins.
- World Tag League 2020: HenarACE VS Guerrillas of Destiny; GOD wins.
- Best of the Super Juniors 27: Master Wato VS Hiromu Takahashi; Hiromu wins.
- World Tag League 2020: SANADA & Shingo Takagi VS The Empire; The Empire wins.
- Best of the Super Juniors 27: SHO VS Taiji Ishimori; Ishimori wins.
- World Tag League 2020: Toru Yano & Tomohiro Ishii VS Dangerous Tekkers; Dangerous Tekkers win.
- Best of the Super Juniors 27: BUSHI VS El Desperado; Desperado wins.
- World Tag League 2020: FinJuice VS Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI; FinJuice wins.
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Here are the current Best of the Super Juniors 27 standings!
El Desperado: 6-2
Hiromu Takahashi: 6-2
Taiji Ishimori: 6-2
BUSHI: 4-4 [ELIMINATED]
Master Wato: 4-4 [ELIMINATED]
Ryusuke Taguchi: 3-5 [ELIMINATED]
Robbie Eagles: 3-5 [ELIMINATED]
DOUKI: 2-6 [ELIMINATED]
Yuya Uemura: 0-8 [ELIMINATED]
Here are the current 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]
Best of the Super Juniors 27: Yuya Uemura VS Robbie Eagles!
Two men out of the running are battling for pride! Will the Young Lion go without a single win?
The bell rings and both men rush in! Uemura dodges the boot to run and run Eagles over! Eagles gets up and Uemura runs to run him over again! Things speed up, Eagles hurdles but Uemura blocks the hip toss. Eagles blocks Uemura’s counter, but Uemura blocks Eagles’ Turbo Backpack! Uemura gets an armbar takedown! Eagles gets the ropebreak fast and Uemura lets off. Fans fire up as Eagles CHOPS and knuckle locks Uemura. Eagles goes up and around to arm-drag, then he dodges and ducks Uemura’s clotheslines to headscissor! But Uemura holds on to BOSTON CRAB! Eagles again gets the ropebreak fast and Uemura lets off, to stomp Eagles down!
Uemura drags Eagles up but Eagles throws forearms. Uemura gives the forearms back and then runs. Eagles follows to rolling chop block! And blindside lariat! Fans cheer as Eagles catches his breath before the cover, TWO! Eagles drags Uemura up to KICK him in the chest! And KICK, and KICK, and KICK! Eagles runs to KICK Uemura down! Cover, TWO! Uemura sits up but Eagles brings him up for a scoop and slam! Eagles drops knees on Uemura’s head, then fans fire up as Eagles goes to the corner. Eagles goes up top, WARP 4- No, Uemura dodges the splash, then dodges the running knee. Uemura puts Eagles out but Eagles counter forearms!
Eagles springboards but Uemura dropkicks him out of the air! Uemura saw that move from Eagles’ other matches and was ready! Uemura whips Eagles corner to corner and hits a back elbow! Fans rally as Uemura fires off forearm after forearm! Uemura drags Eagles up, whips him corner to corner then runs in, to dropkick Eagles down! Cover, TWO! Uemura fires up and has the legs again! Eagles resists but Uemura still turns him over for the BOSTON CRAB! Eagles endures as Uemura sits back! Fans rally up as Eagles reaches and crawls, but Uemura drags him away! Uemura sits back more, but Eagles turns it around to kick Uemura away! Uemura is right on Eagles with a facelock but Eagles breaks out and knees low. Eagles kicks but Uemura catches it!
Uemura spins Eagles, waistlocks, but Eagles throws elbows. Uemura catches the arms but Eagles gets another ropebreak! The ref calls for the break, Uemura lets off, but then walks into Eagles’ elbow! Eagles boots Uemura away, goes back to the apron, and enziguris Uemura. Springboard, missile dropkick to the leg! Eagles fires up as he gets Uemura’s leg, but Uemura cradle counters! TWO, and Eagles trips Uemura up. Uemura rolls Eagles again, TWO! Eagles ROUNDHOUSES, HEEL KICKS and PE- NO! Uemura ducks and then runs, to CLOBBER Eagles!
Uemura drags Eagles back, wrenches and traps the arm, but Eagles CHOPS with the free hand. Uemura catches that, Eagles resists the suplex, so Uemura rolls makes it a modified jackknife! TWO!! Uemura swings, Eagles dodges, blocks, hooks, TURBO BACKPACK! Cover, TWO!! But Eagles gets the legs in the RON MILLER SPECIAL! Uemura endures, crawls, reaches, but Eagles drags him back! Uemura taps, Eagles wins!
Winner: Robbie Eagles, by submission; ends at 4-5, Uemura ends at 0-9
The Sniper of the Sky shoots down one last target! The Young Lion fought so hard in the BOSJ 27 as a substitute for Yoshinobu Kanemura, but could not score over his many senpai! Will this dishearten or strengthen the rookie’s resolve?
World Tag League 2020: EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi w/ Dick Togo VS Bad Luck Fale & Chase Owens!
Speaking of being out of the running, Bullet Club’s King of Darkness, Tokyo Pimp, Rogue General and Crown Jewel are without a prize to fight for. But given there’s been tension within the faction, will Bullet Club still (not) be fine after this?
Being this is all Bullet Club, Owens and Fale expect to join in on a group Low Sweet. They all throw it up, and the Low Sweet is honored. Perhaps Evil and Yujiro are more reasonable than Tama Tonga and Tonga Loa are. Owens and Yujiro start but Yujiro asks for the mic? “Chase, Pieter is coming now.” OMG really!? Yujiro’s vivacious valet is just a DISTRACTION! Yujiro rolls Owens up, TWO!! Owens says that’s not cool! You can’t tease us like that! Yujiro apologizes and lies down for Owens to make it up to him. Owens covers, TWO, and into a ghost pin! TWO! Owens is more upset now! Yujiro apologizes again, it was instinct.
Yujiro offers a handshake but Owens refuses, he can’t be trusted. Yujiro shakes hands with the ref to prove to Owens he’s cool. Owens accepts that, they shake hands, then Yujiro kicks Owens! Yujiro whips Owens and SURPRISE~! The buckle pad is loose! Owens gets bare buckles! First time it’s been the red corner. Fale runs in and Yujiro kicks low. Yujiro whips but Fale reverses and Yujiro gets buckles! Evil rushes in. Fale hits him and whips, but Evil stops himself from hitting buckles. Evil baits Fale in and Fale hits buckles! Evil distracts the ref, Dick gets Yujiro the Pimp Cane! Yujiro tosses it to Owens! Owens tosses it back, but Yujiro hurries to toss it back to him! It’s hot potato with the pimp cane!
Yujiro pretends he got hit! The ref sees Owens with the cane and assumes Owens did it! Owens defends his innocence, then grabs Yujiro, but Yujiro cradles! TWO, and Owens kicks and forearms Yujiro. Owens runs, but Dick trips him up! Evil distracts the ref again, but Fale is after Evil! The ref sees Dick and the choker is spoiled! Owens shoves Yujiro into Dick and rolls Yujiro up! And uses the ropes for leverage! Fale and Owens win!!
Winners: Chase Owens & Bad Luck Fale, by pinfall; end at 3-6, Evil & Yujiro end at 3-6
That’s why you don’t cheat! You’ll only get cheated back! But will Jay White like that Yujiro got some karma? Or will he worry that Bullet Club is being divided?
Best of the Super Juniors 27: Ryusuke Taguchi VS DOUKI!
The Funky Weapon just showed a side we hadn’t seen as he did his best to take down the Timebomb! But Taguchi is on the outside looking in, will he take his frustrations out on Japones del Mal?
The second Taguchi gets in the ring, Douki swings his pipe! Taguchi dodges, kicks back and runs, but Douki SMACKS the hip attack with the pipe! Taguchi tumbles out of the ring while the ref reprimands and confiscates the pipe. The bell rings, Douki whips Taguchi into railing! Douki drags Taguchi up and brings him up to POST the funky weapon’s front end! Taguchi writhes but fans rally up. Douki leaves Taguchi behind and the ring count climbs. The count reaches 9 before Taguchi gets up. Taguchi throws his shirt off and walks off the pain to get in at 18! Douki stomps Taguchi, drags him up and scoops for a slam! Douki runs and runs to DOUBLE STOMP! Cover, TWO!
Taguchi survives, still sore in the groin. Douki slaps Taguchi around then brings Taguchi up. Taguchi throws a hard body shot, then CHOPS! Douki knees low but not too low, and then suplexes Taguchi up. Taguchi slips out, waistlocks, but Douki elbows him away! Douki runs in at the corner but Taguchi boots him away! Taguchi runs at Douki but Douki gives the funky weapon an atomic drop! Douki runs, Taguchi somersaults but Douki avoids the hip attack! Douki taunts Taguchi, runs, but into the SPINNING HIP ATTACK! Fans are fired up as Taguchi sees Douki outside. Taguchi builds speed and FLIES! Taguchi takes down Douki at the ramp and fans fire up more!
Taguchi drags Douki up, puts him in the ring and aims from the apron. Fans rally up as Taguchi springboards, MISSILE HIP! Cover, TWO! Taguchi drags Douki back up and fans rally as he suplexes! Uno amigo! Dos amigos! Douki fights the third amigo off and rakes Taguchi’s eyes! Douki whips, Taguchi reverses but Douki sunset flips! Taguchi stays up, and pulls down the pants! Taguchi sits down to cover, TWO! OH MY ANKLE! Douki rolls to throw Taguchi off, and blocks the boots to pop Taguchi into the Gory Especial! DODON NO JUTSU! Cover, TWO!! Taguchi survives but Douki vows to end it! Douki goes to the apron, aims and slingshots, DAY-
NO! Taguchi counters to a gourd buster! Taguchi goes to the corner and powers up, oh and pulls his pants back up. “ORAYO!” BUM- NO! Douki rolls Taguchi to the ITALIAN STRETCH #32! Taguchi moves around and gets the ropebreak! Douki lets go at the ref’s count of 3 and goes back to the apron. Taguchi rises, Douki slingshots, DAYBREAK! Cover, TWO! Taguchi survives and Douki is furious, but Douki also has something more to try! Fans rally up as Douki drags Taguchi into the wheelbarrow. But Taguchi rolls and gets OH MY ANKLE LOCK! Douki flounders around, Taguchi cranks harder, then reels Douki in, DODON-
NO! Douki rolls, slips around and gets the ITALIAN STRETCH! Taguchi manages to stay up and move around, but Douki rolls him from ropes. Taguchi slips out to get OH MY ANKLE LOCK! Taguchi drags Douki around, Douki kicks but Taguchi still holds on! Douki flails, reaches, claws over to the ropes, but Taguchi drags him away again! Chicken wings and DODON BUSTER!! Cover, Taguchi wins!!
Winner: Ryusuke Taguchi, by submission; ends at 4-5, Douki ends at 2-7
And in total, Taguchi breaks through the 69 barrier! As proud as he was to have 69, there must always come a time when you leave 69 behind. Will Taguchi prove he can still score even though his BOSJ run is over for the year?
World Tag League 2020: HenarACE VS Guerrillas of Destiny!
Hiroshi Tanahashi and Toa Henare are at the bottom, but they could drag Tama Tonga and Tonga Loa down in the final round! Will GOD stay alive, only to watch their fate be put in the hands of others?
HenarACE makes their entrance first, only to be attacked by GOD from behind! Tama and Loa aren’t waiting for the bell as they beat down Tanahashi and Henare! Tama drags Tana out of his jacket and throws knees! The bell rings as Loa tries Henare’s jacket on for himself, and likes it. Tama puts Tanahashi in and he grabs a leg. Tama stomps away on the leg while Loa clubs Henare on the outside. Tama hits a leg DDT! Fans rally, “Let’s Go Ace!” but Tama drags Tanahashi around to hook up the legs, in a SHARPSHOOTER! Tanahashi endures but Henare gets in to throw forearms on Tama!
Tama holds on even as Henare keeps hitting him, and then he SPITS at Henare! So Henare HEEL KICKS Tama! Now Tanahashi is free but Loa gets in to clobber Henare! Loa flexes then drags Henare up. Henare throws forearms back so the two brawl! Loa forearms, Henare forearms, repeat and the fans fire up! Loa throws more forearms, but Henare HAMMERHEADBUTTS! Loa HEADBUTTS back! They BOTH headbutt! Hammerhead and Silver Back stagger, but Loa kicks. Henare blocks to elbow, but Loa enziguris! Loa runs, but Henare spins him to SAMOAN DROP! Tama CLOBBERS Henare from behind!
Tama whips Henare to ropes but Henare reverses, and HenarACE double elbow, to Tomahawk Elbow combo! And flex! Fans fire up as HenarAce coordinate, SLING SWEEP! Tanahashi DECKS Jado, blocks Tama’s kick and DRAGON SCREWS! Tanahashi drags Tama around and has the legs, for the CLOVERLEAF! Tama endures, Jado distracts and Loa SMACKS Tanahashi’s bad leg with the kendo stick! Tama gets Tanahashi’s legs and has the SHARPSHOOTER again! Loa sends Henare into railing to keep him away! Tanahashi TAPS, GOD wins!!
Winners: Guerrillas of Destiny, by submission; end at 6-3, HenarACE ends at 1-8
And it’s over already!? Tama won’t let go but Young Lions get in. Tama throws them aside and Loa uses the kendo stick on them! Tama lets go of Tanahashi when he’s satisfied, and GOD still have a path open to the finals. But will that path be blocked by the end of the night?
Best of the Super Juniors 27: Master Wato VS Hiromu Takahashi!
The Way of the Grandmaster was knocked off course, but he could do the same to the Timebomb! Will Wato spoil things for Hiromu this close to the finals?
The bell rings and Wato rushes Hiromu to dynamic dropkick! Hiromu sits up but Wato KICKS and KICKS from all sides! Hiromu blocks a kick but Wato SLAPS free, then shotgun dropkicks Hiromu out! Wato runs but Hiromu gets in to deny the flight! Hiromu comes back to sunset flip! Wato can’t hold on and the POWERBOMB hits! Fans cheer as the ref checks on both men. That wasn’t the cleanest bomb but Hiromu gets up and walks it off. Hiromu drags Wato up to whip him into railing! And then into more railing! Hiromu says Tenzan should watch this, as he JOHN WOO SHOTGUNS Wato into more railing! Fans fire up as Hiromu looms over Wato.
The ring count begins and Hiromu puts Wato in at 5 of 20. Hiromu kneels on Wato for a cover, TWO! Hiromu drags Wato back up, fireman’s carries, but Wato pops up! Hiromu shoves him away and clotheslines at the ropes! Hiromu runs and shotgun dropkicks again! Cover, TWO! Hiromu keeps his cool as he stomps Wato around. Fans rally up and Wato throws forearms! Hiromu eggs him on and Wato throws more forearms, but Hiromu ROCKS him with one! Hiromu mocks Tenzan’s flailing but Wato blocks the chops to ROCK him back! Wato whips, Hiromu reverses and runs in to corner clothesline! Hiromu rolls Wato but runs into the back elbow, back hand and SOBAT!
Both men are down, fans fire up, and Wato rises. Wato drags Hiromu up, whips and dropkicks! Hiromu bails out and Wato builds speed, TORNILLO! Direct hit at the ramp! Fans fire up with Wato and he drags Hiromu up. Wato puts Hiromu in, aims from the apron, and springboards, FLYING UPPERCUT! Cover, TWO! Wato drags Hiromu up, wrenches and reels him in, but Hiromu fights out of the Mouse Trap to fireman’s carry! Wato fights out of that to spin, but Hiromu ducks the back hand to ROCK Wato with a forearm! Hiromu runs but into another sobat, and Wato ROUNDHOUSES him down! Fans fire up as Wato brings Hiromu back up and in, MOUSE TRAP DRIVER! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up as Wato fires up.
Hiromu anchors Wato’s foot so Wato drags him around to stomp him. Wato then goes to the corner, climbs up top, but Hiromu gets up to hit him first! Hiromu CHOPS, climbs, and throws forearms on Wato. Wato throws forearms back, then adjusts to sunset flip! Hiromu holds on but can’t, so he tries to huricanrana! Wato blocks to hit the JUMBO SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! Wato is frustrated but he climbs back up top! R P P FLOPS!! Hiromu avoids the corkscrew and both men are down again. Fans rally and Wato drags Hiromu back up. Hiromu breaks free but Wato BACK HANDS him!
Wato scoops, Hiromu slips out and suplexes, but Wato fights that off. Hiromu ROCKS Wato with a forearm then SUPERKICKS! Hiromu runs, into a boot! Wato runs, into a LARIAT, but he stays up!? Fans fire up, Hiromu runs but Wato dodges to come back, Hiromu LARIATS him down this time! But Wato just gets back up! Hiromu runs and runs to LARIAT again!! Cover, TWO!! Fans fire up as Hiromu drags Wato back up and into a fireman’s carry. Wato fights free, dragon sleeper but Hiromu slips out to VICTORIA! Cover, TWO!! Wato survives and Hiromu is shocked! Hiromu’s anger boils up and fans rally.
Hiromu brings Wato back up and fireman’s carries, for a CORNER DEATH VALLEY! Hiromu just fires up more and fans fire up with him! Another fireman’s carry, but Wato sunset flips out! TWO!!! Wato almost caught Hiromu there, but Hiromu drags Wato into a dragon sleeper! Hiromu lifts, for TIMEBOMB 2!! Cover, Hiromu wins!!
Winner: Hiromu Takahashi, by pinfall; ends at 7-2, Wato ends at 4-5
There is still time on the Timebomb’s clock! But will he be defused by someone else’s victory?
World Tag League 2020: SANADA & Shingo Takagi VS The Empire!
Other members of Los Ingobernables are now in action! Cold Skull and The Dragon pride themselves on having competed this entire three-day weekend, but will that come back to haunt them? Will Great-O-Khan and Jeff Cobb conquer LIJ for the glory of Ospreay’s Empire?
The Empire doesn’t move as LIJ enters the ring and takes off their entrance attire. Takagi says he’ll start, but then the Empire strikes! Cobb is after Takagi and Khan is after Sanada! Cobb stomps Takagi while Khan Mongolian CHOPS Sanada! The Empire whips LIJ at each other but they stop, and then send the Empire into each other instead! Sanada dropkicks Khan down then helps Takagi whip Cobb. They double elbow, drop elbow after elbow, then Takagi sentons! Sanada clubs Khan, LIJ whips him and Takagi clotheslines Khan at ropes. Takagi snapmares Khan for Sanada’s basement dropkick! Fans fire up with Takagi as he clubs Cobb.
Cobb gets up and stares Takagi down as fans rally, “L I J!” Takagi throws forearms but Cobb just tanks them. Takagi kicks low but Cobb fights off the scoop. Cobb clubs Takagi, suplexes, but Takagi slips out to waistlock. Cobb elbows but Takagi ducks and kicks. Takagi goes to whip but Cobb blocks and reverses, then catches Takagi on the rebound for a HUGE OVERHEAD SUPLEX! Cobb drags Takagi over, tags Khan in and the Empire stomps Takagi down. Khan drags Takagi up for an arm triangle but Takagi elbows out. Khan judo throws Takagi down and gets the arm triangle again! Takagi endures as Khan leans on the hold. Takagi kicks and flails, starts to fade, but gets the ropebreak!
Khan lets go at the ref’s count, but then he knees on Takagi’s head! The ref reprimands and Khan stands up. Khan waistlocks and dead lifts Takagi, to ram him into the Empire’s corner! Khan then climbs up to sit on Takagi’s head! The ref reprimands but Khan taunts Sanada. Khan pulls on the arms, the ref counts, Khan lets off at 4. Takagi sputters and Khan walks around. Khan drags Takagi up but fans rally up. Khan grinds Takagi’s face into his boot laces! Takagi fights free but Khan gives toying kicks. Khan dares Takagi to hit him, so Takagi throws forearms! And CHOPS! Khan stays put and Mongolian CHOPS! And chops! Takagi blocks to CHOP back! And ROCK Khan with an uppercut!
Khan holds off the suplex, throws body shots and suplexes, but Takagi resists and suplexes Khan instead! Fans fire up, Takagi crawls and tags in Sanada! Sanada throws forearms on Khan, Cobb clubs Sanada! The ref reprimands but the Empire mugs Sanada. The Empire double whips Sanada, Khan runs in but Sanada dodges to dropkick Cobb’s legs out! Sanada blocks a boot and drags Khan down, into Paradise! Sanada PLANCHAS Cobb down! Fans fire up, Sanada encourages them to get louder and they get much louder! Sanada returns to dropkick Khan out of Paradise! Cover, TWO! Sanada drags Khan back up, fans rally but Khan blocks the fireman’s carry. Khan clubs then Mongolian CHOPS!
Khan whips, Sanada elbows back then QUEBRADAS, to the dragon sleeper! Takagi intercepts Cobb to put him in one, DOUBLE DRAGON SLEEPERS! Takagi lets Cobb go, Sanada knees Khan down, then LIJ puts Khan in a corner. They whip him corner to corner, Sanada elbows, Takagi clotheslines, calm-fury combo! DROPKICK SAIDO! Cover, TWO! Sanada keeps focus as he drags Khan back up. Sanada fireman’s carries but Khan slips out. Sanada fights the waistlock off and whips. Khan reverses, Sanada goes up and out to springboard up and over! Sanada ducks but runs into a judo throw! Khan tags Cobb in and Cobb dead lift waistlocks!
Sanada fights that off with elbows, dodges Cobb to huricanrana, but Cobb blocks! Cobb brings Sanada up, Sanada gets Cobb with the rana this time! Fans fire up as Sanada tags in Takagi! Takagi blocks a boot to corner clothesline! Cobb resists the suplex and runs, but Takagi elbows him back! And LARIATS! Fans fire up and clap, “OI! OI! OI!” for Takagi. Takagi powers up and runs, SLIDING- Cobb tanks the lariat to arm triangle! And EXPLODER! Khan DECKS Sanada! The Empire regroups and whips Takagi corner to corner, then Khan whips Cobb in. BIG back elbow, and then Cobb gut wrench suplexes Takagi! Khan gut wrench suplexes Takagi back the other way!
Cobb gives Takagi a gut wrench BOMB! Cover, Sanada breaks it! Khan stomps Sanada, throws him out, and has Cobb handle Takagi. Cobb brings Takagi up, whips him, but Takagi holds ropes. Cobb runs in but Takagi boots him! Takagi calls for Sanada but he’s busy with Khan. Takagi BOOTS Cobb, Sanada springboards in to missile dropkick Cobb down! Khan gets back in, gets around and CLAW SLEEPERS! ELIMINATOR CLAW SLAM! Takagi dodges Khan to PUMPING BOMBER! Takagi fires off forearms on Cobb from all sides, but Cobb JABS! Takagi JABS! Cobb SUPERKICKS, Takagi LARIATS! Cobb HEADBUTTS!
Cobb fires up, runs, but Takagi clotheslines him at ropes! Takagi keeps going, Cobb dodges, REBOUND GERMAN!! Khan returns and BOOTS Takagi down! Khan drags Takagi up, and feeds him to the TOUR OF THE ISLANDS!! Cover, The Empire wins!!
Winners: The Empire, by pinfall; ends 5-4, LIJ ends at 5-4
Khan and Cobb have just spoiled LIJ’s run!! Even if other teams were to drop to 5-4, the Empire has the leg up on Sanada and Takagi! Will this mean the Dominator and Hawaiian Hulk become finalists?! For that matter, will Cobb look to take the NEVER Openweight Championship from Takagi?
Best of the Super Juniors 27: SHO VS Taiji Ishimori!
This is a very pivotal match placed at a very pivotal time! With the finals being made of the top two in the block, the winner here could have their foot in the door! Will High Voltage shock the Bone Soldier? Or will the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion keep his fate in his own hands?
The bell rings and Sho runs Ishimori over! Fans cheer as Sho drags Ishimori up but Ishimori rakes eyes! Ishimori CHOPS Sho, whips him corner to corner but Sho reverses. Ishimori slips out, slides under and slips out again to shoulde rin. Sho gets under the springboard, puts Ishimori back out and sweeps the legs! Sho runs to dropkick Ishimori off the apron! Then Sho goes to the apron himself, but Ishimori blocks the penalty kick to trip Sho up! Ishimori catches his breath and gets back on the apron. Sho throws forearms first, then waistlocks, to APRON GERMAN! But Ishimori lands on his feet!? And enziguris! For an APRON PILEDRIVER!!
The ref checks on Sho and somehow Sho’s still conscious, and even more surprising, able to continue! Ishimori puts Sho in, rolls him to the omoplata and the YES LOCK! Sho endures despite what just happened to his head and neck, and he reaches out with a leg. Fans rally, Sho crawls over, and gets the ropebreak! The ref counts, Ishimori lets go at 4, and keeps his cool as he looms over Sho. Ishimori drags Sho up but Sho throws forearms first! Ishimori throws forearms and elbows of his own, runs, but Sho dodges only for Ishimori to boot! Ishimori runs, Sho runs and redirects to SPEAR Ishimori down! Fans cheer as Sho has evened things up!
Ishimori goes to a corner, Sho runs in and clotheslines! Sho whips but Ishimori reverses, only for Sho to reverse back and KICK, KICK and KICK! Fans fire up as Sho grits his teeth and waits for Ishimori to sit up, to KICK him down! Cover, TWO! Sho drags Ishimori back up, wrenches to elbow breaker after elbow breaker! Ishimori avoids the penalty kick to his arm, Sho reverses the whip, Ishimori handsprings but Sho KICKS the arm after all! Sho drags Ishimori up, reels him in, but Ishimori pops out. Sho kicks low then runs, but into the JUMPING KNEE! Sho stumbles into the corner, Ishimori runs corner to corner to METEORA!
Ishimori throws Sho to center and runs at him to tilt-o-whirl but Sho blocks! Sho has the arm, drags Ishimori down, and gets the KIMURA! Ishimori endures as Sho cranks harder on the arm! Fans rally, Ishimori fights and moves around, but Sho stays in front of him. Sho gator rolls and has the arms crossed! Ishimori resists the lift to back drop out! Both men are down and fans rally up. Sho and Ishimori rise, Ishimori crawls over, and he throws the first forearm. Sho forearms back so Ishimori hits again. The forearms go back and forth as the two stand, and fans rally up as they pick up speed. Ishimori gets the edge but Sho KICKS the arm!
Ishimori LARIATS with the good arm but Sho stays up. LARIATS collide, and again! Sho runs, Ishimori dodges and RUNNING DESTROYERS! But Sho gets up to dodge and REBOUND GERMAN! Both men are down again and fans are fired up all over again! Sho gets to ropes and stands up. Sho hobbles and wobbles over to Ishimori and brings him up, but Ishimori CHOPS! Sho KICKS the arm, throws forearms from all sides, and fans fire up! Sho ROCKS Ishimori, runs, and LARIATS him down! The energy is building for High Voltage and he drags Ishimori up. Sho reels him in, lifts and POWER BREAKERS! Cover, TWO!!
Ishimori survives and Sho grows frustrated, but Sho takes aim with his bow! Sho drags Ishimori up and reels him back in, to double pump handle! SHOCK- NO! Ishimori slips out and half hatches, but Sho denies the Bloody Cross to get the pop up ARMBAR! Ishimori flails, tries to turn over but Sho keeps him down! Ishimori shifts, makes it a cover, TWO! BONE LOCK!! Sho endures, fans rally, but Ishimori cranks on the hold! Sho kicks and gets up so Ishimori rolls him from ropes! Sho denies Bloody Cross again to scoop! Ishimori slips out, Sho spins it around, CROSS ARM DRIVER!! Cover, TWO!! Ishimori survives and Sho fires himself up!
Sho takes aim with the bow, brings Ishimori back up, double pump handles and… SHOCK- NO! Ishimori body scissors and guillotines! Sho stays up but he’s fading! The ref checks and fans rally, and Sho gets a second wind! Suplex, but Ishimori slips out to backbreaker! BLOODY SUNDAY!! Cover, TWO!! Sho survives and fans are thunderous! Ishimori is furious and he drags Sho up! Half hatch, BLOODY CROSS!!! Cover, Ishimori wins!!
Winner: Taiji Ishimori, by pinfall; ends 7-2, Sho ends at 6-3
The IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion stays alive! But only for now! With Hiromu also 7-2 and having that early win over Ishimori, it all comes down to the last match of the BOSJ’s ninth round! Will Desperado fall to help Ishimori rise?
World Tag League 2020: Toru Yano & Tomohiro Ishii VS Dangerous Tekkers!
The Producer and the Pitbull are hoping to secure a shot at the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions, even without being in the WTL finals! But will Yano have a trick up his sleeve that even the Sliest Wrestler and Submission Master won’t see? Wait, why does that sound familiar?
Yano is again impatient during the checks. Taichi makes the pecs dance even as Yano complains. Yano loses his cool and unties a buckle pad! Red Shoes reprimands but ZSJ is doing the same as Yano! Ishii and Taichi tie up, the bell rings, Taichi waistlocks but Ishii ducks and Yano SMACKS Taichi with the pad! Ishii stops ZSJ from untying his then whips him at Yano. But ZSJ reverses and it’s Ishii who gets the SMACK! ZSJ sunset flips Yano, cover, TWO!! Yano escapes, ZSJ gets him for an ARMBAR TAKEDOWN! Yano makes it a cover, TWO!! ZSJ healdocks, Yano powers out but ZSJ hooks him!
Yano goes around with ZSJ but the IRON OCTOPUS still hooks on! Yano pops out and hip tosses ZSJ down! Yano whips, ZSJ reverses and Taichi trips Yano! ZSJ ghost pins, TWO!! Ishii knocks Taichi down as Yano drop toeholds ZSJ onto ropes, Ishii forearms ZSJ back! Yano rolls ZSJ up, TWO!! Fans cheer and Yano stomps ZSJ. Yano complains to Red SHoes about the count but bumps ZSJ off buckles. Yano whips ZSJ corner to corner but ZSJ reverses. Yano stops himself from hitting bare buckles, baits ZSJ in but ZSJ stops himself. ZSJ baits Yano back in and sends him into buckles! Yano blocks the EuroClutch and feeds ZSJ to Ishii’s suplex!
ZSJ slips out and full nelsons, but Ishii boots Taichi. Ishii sends Taichi into ZSJ, Yano rolls ZSJ up, TWO! ZSJ hooks Yano, turns so that Ishii’s lariat hits Yano, and then backslides! Cover, TWO!! Yano escapes and flops out of the ring and fans are thunderous! Taichi whips Ishii into railing, ZSJ goes out but Yano POSTS him! Yano drags ZSJ up and tells Red Shoes to shut up. Yano uses the apron skirt to wrap ZSJ up, but ZSJ grabs Yano’s ears! ZSJ frees himself and then puts Yano in the skirt roll! ZSJ drags Yano down and leaves him behind to get in the ring! The ring count climbs as the Tekkers regroup.
Yano works to free himself from the human sushi, but Ishii just drags him up and puts him in at 17! The Tekkers stand on Yano’s chest and Red Shoes reprimands. Yano is freed of the apron skirt and ZSJ puts Yano in the corner. The Tekkers dig their boots into Yano, Red Shoes counts, the Tekkers put their hands up. No that’s not the problem! Red Shoes counts again, Tekkers still put their hands up. Red Shoes counts and this time the Tekkers step away. ZSJ and Taichi give toying kicks to Yano, then ZSJ pulls Yano up by his ears! Red Shoes reprimands the ear wrenching, ZSJ stops to throw a EuroUpper! Yano pulls hair, ZSJ throws another EuroUpper!
ZSJ runs, into an atomic drop! Yano dodges the clothesline to throw ZSJ by his hair! Fans cheer as both men are down and stirring. Yano and ZSJ crawl, hot tags to Ishii and Taichi! Ishii dodges the boot but Taichi dodges the clothesline. Ishii ducks the roundhouse and waistlocks. Taichi elbows but Ishii forearms! Ishii whips, Taichi reverses and then boots Ishii! Ishii stays up, roars and runs to ram Taichi! Taichi kicks, runs but Ishii runs him over! Taichi is up to BOOT Ishii but Ishii is right up to ram shoulders again! Ishii CHOPS, Taichi KICKS, repeat! Fans rally as they pick up speed, and Taichi gets the edge.
Taichi whips Ishii, Ishii reverses and Yano trips Taichi! Ishii DECKS ZSJ, Yano drags Taichi up. Yano whips Taichi to a corner, runs in but misses! GAMANGIRI! Taichi dodges Ishii, ZSJ runs in to EuroUpper! Taichi sobats, ZSJ PENALTY KICKS! Ishii sits up, BUZZSAW from Taichi! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up again as Taichi and Ishii are down! Fans rally up, Taichi rises and runs, but Ishii blocks the bomber to headbutt! Taichi ENZIGURIS Ishii down! ZSJ returns, drags Ishii up by his ears, and Taichi takes off the pants! But Yano gets in to shove Taichi into bare buckles! Yano dodges ZSJ and ZSJ gets bare buckles! Yano grabs both Tekkers by the hair, and feeds them to Ishii’s DOUBLE LARIATS!
Fans fire up with Chaos as Yano drags Taichi back up. Yano whips, Taichi reverses but Yano holds ropes. Yano dodges Taichi, Ishii clotheslines! Yano BELLY2BELLY, SLIDING LARIAT from Ishii! Cover, ZSJ breaks it in time! Yano throws ZSJ out hard, Ishii fires up and fans rally! Ishii drags Taichi up while Yano stands on ZSJ. Yano whips ZSJ to railing, Ishii runs at Taichi, but Taichi boots him first! Ishii swats the lariat but swings into a waistlock! Ishii fights off Dangerous saido! Taichi sobats, Ishii forearms! Taichi AX BOMBERS, but Ishii stays up to HEADBUTT! Ishii fires up and so do the fans! Ishii runs, Taichi stands, LARIAT from Ishii! Cover, TWO!!
Taichi survives but Ishii drags him up. Ishii suplexes, Taichi fights out and feeds to ZSJ’s boot! ZSJ scoops, Ishii slips out but ZSJ switches on the waistlock! Yano sneaks in, but ZSJ blocks the low blow! ZSJ hooks the arm for a TWIST! Ishii swats ZSJ, Taichi ROUNDHOUSES Ishii! ZSJ EuroUppers, Taichi ROCKS Ishii, then the scoop, TENSHOU ZACK DRIVER!! Yano returns, to get TENSHOU JUJIHOU!! Tekkers drag Ishii back up, Alabama lift, ZACK MEPHISTO!! Cover, Tekkers win!!
Winners: Dangerous Tekkers, by pinfall; end at 6-3, Yano & Ishii end at 5-4
The IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions are still in this! But with three teams having wins over them, will Taichi and ZSJ still be squeezed out of the finals?
Best of the Super Juniors 27: BUSHI VS El Desperado!
This is it! We’ve seen how the rest of the block has played out. And all Bushi has to do to keep Desperado out of the finals is not lose! Will Narazumono (Rogue) Luchador keep his run alive against Death Mask?
The bell rings and Bushi slowly circles with Desperado. Fans rally as the two appraoch, and Desperado kicks low. Desperado clubs, CHOPS, and whips, but Bushi holds ropes. Bushi baits Desperado in, dumps him out then builds speed, but fakes Desperado out to SLINGSHOT RANA! Fans cheer and Bushi drags Desperado up to whip him into railing! And into more railing! Bushi stalks Desperado around the way, drags him back up and puts him in the ring, which fans cheer. Bushi takes off his shirt to choke Desperado with it! Red Shoes reprimands but Bushi stomps Desperado down.
Bushi puts Desperado in a corner, stomps and whips him, but Desperado reverses to run in! Bushi slips out, but Desperado slides under to drag Desperado out! Now Desperado sends Bushi into railing! Desperado has media move aside so he can whip Bushi into even more railing! Bushi goes down in a heap and Desperado walks by to taunt commentary. Desperado snatches one of Milano’s pens! But Desperado hides it from Red Shoes, to then JAM IT in Bushi’s face! Desperado throws the pen away as Red Shoes reprimands. The ring count starts, Desperado goes in at 2 but Bushi staggers up at 8 of 20. Bushi hobbles, gets to the ring and inside at 14.
Desperado is on Bushi and his leg for a SHIN BREAKER! And then a splash onto the knee! And then knee drops onto the knee! Cover, TWO! Desperado is annoyed but he stalks Bushi to a corner. Desperado jams knees into Bushi’s knee, pulls on the leg, then puts the leg on ropes for a springboard sit down! Fans rally for Bushi but Desperago wags his finger. Desperado hooks the leg up and has the butterfly deathlock! Bushi endures, Desperado mockingly applauds, then adds pressure to the hold. Desperado mockingly asks what’s wrong as Bushi endures. Bushi drags himself and Desperado over and Desperado eggs him on.
Bushi gets the ropebreak, and Desperado says he needs help undoing the hold. “GOMEN!” Knee drop to the knee! Desperado stalks Bushi as fans rally up. Bushi throws body shots and forearms, but Desperado kicks the bad leg! Desperado suplexes, Bushi slips out and fires off forearms. Bushi catches Desperado’s clothesline and spins him to a DDT! Both men are down, fans rally up and Bushi heads after Desperado. Bushi throws forearms and whips but Desperado reverses. Bushi boots Desperado away and then missile dropkicks! And even Bushiroonis! Bushi hobbles over to Desperado and drags him up to suplex and hang Desperado out to dry.
Bushi CLUBS Desperado, goes to the corner and missile dropkicks him down! Bushi drags Desperado up and through the ropes, APRON DDT! Desperado tumbles down and fans fire up! Bushi builds speed, and DIVES! Direct hit sends Desperado into railing! But Bushi keeps going, anotehr DIVE! Desperado hits railings again and both men are down! The ring count returns and is up to 7 before either sits up. Bushi is up at 13, hobbles and gets in the ring at 15. Desperado is still out!? But he revives at 19 to spring in at 19.5!! Bushi lifts but Desperado tries to back drop! Bushi stops that, so Desperado trips him to get the STRETCH MUFFLER!
Bushi moves around, is so close but Desperado drags him away! Bushi manages to power out and fans fire up! Desperado hobbles over and kicks the leg, but runs into a dropkick! Bushi drags Desperado up, FISHERMAN SCREW! Cover, TWO! Bushi goes to a corner and fans rally up. Desperado rises, Bushi aims and runs, CODE- NO! Desperado throws Bushi, hooks the leg, and drags Bushi down to the MOUSE TRAP! TWO!! Bushi escapes and fans cheer while Desperado is furiously shouting! Desperado stomps Bushi, drags him up, Guitarra but Bushi slips out! Bushi waistlocks. Desperado switches and shoves him at Red Shoes!
Bushi stops himself, but sees the right hand coming and ENZIGURIS first! Fans fire up as Bushi goes back to a corner. Bushi aims at Desperado as he slowly rises. Bushi runs in, CODE BREAKER! Bushi doesn’t cover, he drags Desperado up, DESTROYER!! Cover, TWO?!? Desperado survives but Bushi isn’t done yet! Fans rally as Bushi climbs and aims from another corner. Bushi calls for it, leaps at Desperado, SPINEBUSTER! To STRETCH MUFFLER! Desperado reaches for an arm as Bushi reaches for ropes! Fans rally as Bushi crawls and claws, but Desperado drags him away and cranks on the leg!
Desperado leans on the hold but Bushi endures and powers up! Fans rally but Desperado rolls and gets the arms! NUMERO DOS!! Bushi still endures, but he can’t hold on! Bushi verbally quits and Desperado wins!!
Winner: El Desperado, by pinfall; ends at 7-2, Bushi ends at 4-5
The IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champion has done it! He has secured a spot in the finals! And because they both have a victory over Ishimori, Desperado and Hiromu Takahashi will meet again!! Glad to hear it, Desperado gets the mic to speak!
“Bushi, you gave me more of a fight than I thought. Why don’t you bring that fire more often?” Be less talk, more actions! If you can do it like that, do it from the start! But moving on from Bushi, Desperado admits he’s better talking to someone directly than to a crowd. That said, he’ll talk directly to Hiromu! Fans clap “HI-RO-MU!” and look who appears! Hiromu claps for “Despy” as he walks down the ramp.
Hiromu goes into the ring and is given a mic so he may talk with Desperado. “I’m so very happy I get to have my revenge on you, and do it in the Budokan!” Hiromu wants Desperado to help him show the world the history they have in that venue! The finalists of BOSJ 27 stare down! They only have five days to prepare, who will be ready to hold up that Super Junior trophy?
World Tag League 2020: FinJuice VS Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI!
Again, this is it! And again, we’ve seen how the rest of the block has played out! David Finlay and Juice Robinson beat GOD, but so did the Fierce Warrior and Head Hunter, which really complicates things! If the 2019 WTL winners win here, they and GOD go to the finals together! If Chaos’ last pair standing wins, they are tied with GOD and Tekkers, and who knows what happens then! What will the WTL 2020 finals look like after this?
The teams sort out, and Finlay starts with Goto. Fans rally up and are loud already as the two circle. Finlay and Goto tie up, Goto powers Finlay to ropes but Finlay turns it around. Finlay lets off and circles with Goto again. They tie up, Finlay headlocks, Goto powers out to get a headlock in Finlay. Finlay powers out but Goto blocks the hip toss to give a hip toss! Goto runs to run Finlay over! Goto DECKS Juice for good measure, then tags in Hashi. Chaos whips Finlay to double shoulder, then the hip toss senton! Hashi and Goto bring Finlay up to hammer him on the back! Juice gets in but he gets hammered, too! Fans rally with Chaos as Hashi stomps Finlay.
Hashi drags Finlay up to club him to ropes. Hashi clubs Finlay more, headlocks, but Finlay powers out. Juice tags in, Finlay DECKS Goto and Juice scoop slams Hashi! Juice then scoops Finlay to slam him onto Hashi! Juice sits Hashi up and Finlay runs, basement uppercut! Juice splashes, covers, TWO! Fans cheer as Juice drags Hashi up. Juice suplexes, holds Hashi up and drops after 10! Cover, TWO! Juice tags Finlay, drags Hashi up, and Finlay drops ax handles on the arm. Finlay and Juice double whip, double elbow and then Finlay covers. TWO, but Finlay clamps onto the arm! Fans rally and Hashi fights up, but Finlay wrenches and brings Hashi to the corner.
Tag to Juice and Juice goes up to drop ax handles! Finlay hits a back suplex, Juice hits a back senton! Cover, TWO! Juice brings Hashi back up and wrenches the arm again but Hashi throws forearms! Juice wrenches again, tags Finlay and Finlay goes up to drop another ax handle! FinJuice whip Hashi, kick and DOUBLE BULLDOG! Juice DECKS Goto, Finlay covers, TWO! Finlay clamps on with a chinlock and he grinds Hashi down. Hashi endures, fights up and throws body shots. Hashi CHOPS Finlay but Finlay CHOPS Hashi down! Finlay grits his teeth and drags Hashi back up to suplex. Hashi fights it off, the two fight for suplex control and fans rally.
Hashi gets Finlay up and over! Fans fire up as both men crawl for their corners! Finlay drags Hashi away but Hashi kicks Finlay away! Juice tags in, but so does Goto! Goto runs Juice over, kicks Finlay and suplexes Finlay onto Juice! Fans fire up with Goto as he throws forearms on Juice then whips him corner to corner! MURAMASA, and BULLDOG! Cover, TWO! Goto drags Hashi up, fireman’s carries, but Juice fights out to throw forearms! Goto forearms back and the fans rally as the two go back and forth! Juice ROCKS Goto then headbutts him! Juice runs, Goto and Juice collide with LARIATS! Both men wobble but Goto fires up!
Goto stands Juice up to run, but the LARIATS collide again! Both men roar and run, DOUBLE LARIATS take both men down! Fans fire up as the two men stir. Juice sits up and flounders over, but Goto rolls, hot tags to Finlay and Hashi! Finaly forearms but Hashi returns it and now these two are fast and furious! Fans rally as Hashi gets the edge, but Finlay gives it all back! A EuroUpper added on! Finlay whips, Hashi reverses but Finlay LEAPING UPPERCUTS! Finlay runs at Hashi, Hashi CHOPS him first! Hashi fires up and runs back at Finlay to CHOP again! Hashi whips and CHOPS, then mule kicks and turns Finlay for the neckbreaker! Cover, TWO!
Fans rally up stronger as Hashi drags Finlay up. Hashi reels Finlay in, Finlay slips out of the bomb but Hashi denies the stunner! Finlay swings into the full nelson, the tuck, but Finlay slips out! Finlay denies the superkick to SATELLITE DDT! Fans fire up as Finlay grits his teeth and Hashi writhes. Tag to Juice, Juice aims at Hashi in the corner and runs in. Big clothesline! Finlay back elbows! But Hashi fights back with forearms and kicks! Hashi uses a hip toss to CANNONBALL Juice onto Finlay! Fans rally, Hashi tags in Goto! Goto drags Juice up, whips him corner to corner and runs in to clothesline! Hashi runs in and CHOPS, then feeds to Goto’s kick!
Goto hooks Juice up, Hashi runs, HEAD HUNTER LEG SWEEP! Cover, Finlay breaks it! Hashi stomps Finlay and regroups with Goto. Hashi turns Finlay but Finlay fights free! Finlay swings on Goto, Goto spins Finlay to a suplex, but Finlay tries to suplex first! Goto fights that off, suplexes Finlay again and Hashi helps hold Finlay up! G Y R!! Fans fire up as Goto and Hashi drag Juice up! Goto dragon sleepers Juice, Hashi lifts but Juice kicks free! Juice suplexes, Goto fights out and Hashi SUPERKICKS Juice! Fireman’s carry, SUPERKICK GOROSHI!! Hashi intercepts Finlay as Goto covers, TWO!!
Juice survives and fans are thunderous! Chaos regroups, drags Juice back up, G Y W!!! Cover, Finlay breaks it!!! Hashi and Goto regroup again as fans rally up. Goto stomps Finlay, he and Hashi whip Finlay but Finlay SPEARS Goto! Hashi spinning back kicks Finlay, but Finlay catches him for the URENAGE BACKBREAKER! Fans rally up as all four men are down! It’s thunderous in here as Goto goes to one corner and Finlay runs in! Finlay hits a big EuroUpper, then suplexes for LAST SHOT! Finlay drags Goto up to the top rope, climbs up top, and Juice is up on the other corner. SUPERPLEX! Goto bounces, Juice FROG SPLASHES! Cover, TWO!?!?
Goto survives the combination and FinJuice is shocked! Juice pulls down the straps and drags Goto up. Juice Electric Chair lifts Goto, Finlay is up top, but Goto slips out to shove Juice into Finlay! Finlay tumbles down into railing, Goto dragon sleepers but Juice snapmares him away! Juice chicken wings Goto and turns him, but Hashi SUPERKICKS! Goto rolls Juice to a ghost pin, TWO!?! Juice swings but misses, Goto HEADBUTTS! Hashi and Finlay crash into railing on the outside while Goto drags Juice back up. Juice fights out of the suplex and feeds Goto to Finlay’s STUNNER! LEFT HAND O’ GOD!! Juice chicken wings and turns, PULP FRICTION!! Cover, FinJuice wins!!!
Winners: FinJuice, by pinfall; end at 6-3, Goto & Hashi end at 5-4
Finlay and Juice are back-to-back finalists!! And meeting them in that finals will be the Guerrillas of Destiny! FinJuice beat Tama and Loa to be IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions in the past, and even beat them in the earlier rounds, will they beat them again in the finals to be back-to-back WTL champions?
Juice gets the mic to say, “FUKUOKA!” But wait, GOD is here and a GUN STUN OUTTA NOWHERE!! Loa mugs Finlay in a corner, then stomps him down! Jado joins in as Tama says Juice needs to keep his eyes on them. Loa drags Finlay up, Tama has the legs, COMPLETE SHOT to CROSSFACE, and then SHARPSHOOTER for Juice!! Juice is tapping but it won’t matter tonight! The Guerrillas are just sending a brutal message to their rivals! Tama stops the Young Lions from saving Finlay, and Loa lets Finlay go when he’s satisfied.
Tama drags Juice up by his hair to say, “Rematch! It’s our rematch!” Jado has the mic to say, “World Tag League. FinJuice, the winners of this tournament is NOT you!” The real main event, the real leaders of this division are the Master Heater and GOD! “Bullet Club FOOOOOR LIFE!” Will Tama and Loa avenge those losses in the most impactful way? Will they be Bullet Club’s saving grace in WTL 2020?
Here are the FINAL Best of the Super Juniors 27 standings!
El Desperado: 7-2 [FINALIST]
Hiromu Takahashi: 7-2 [FINALIST]
Taiji Ishimori: 7-2 [ELIMINATED]
SHO: 6-3 [ELIMINATED]
BUSHI: 4-5 [ELIMINATED]
Master Wato: 4-5 [ELIMINATED]
Ryusuke Taguchi: 4-5 [ELIMINATED]
Robbie Eagles: 4-5 [ELIMINATED]
DOUKI: 2-7 [ELIMINATED]
Yuya Uemura: 0-9 [ELIMINATED]
Here are the current World Tag League standings!
FinJuice: 6-3 [FINALISTS]
Guerrillas of Destiny: 6-3 [FINALISTS]
The Dangerous Tekkers: 6-3 [ELIMINATED]
YOSHI-HASHI & Hirooki Goto: 5-4 [ELIMINATED]
The Empire: 5-4 [ELIMINATED]
Toru Yano & Tomohiro Ishii: 5-4 [ELIMINATED]
SANADA & Shingo Takagi: 5-4 [ELIMINATED]
EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi: 3-6 [ELIMINATED]
Bad Luck Fale & Chase Owens: 3-6 [ELIMINATED]
HenarACE: 1-8 [ELIMINATED]
What a great super show between the tournaments! All the matches were good, though the matches in that first half of the card were pretty quick. Though, it makes sense when those matches had nothing to do with the finals of the tournament. And the matches that would affect the finals were amazing! Naturally GOD and Hiromu beat their opponents, that was for the drama, and the drama was definitely in Tekkers VS Yano-Ishii and Ishimori VS Sho. More Ishimori VS Sho than the tag match, though I did like the frantic nature of Yano’s trickery.
Empire spoiling things for Sanada and Takagi is a shocker, I really thought there’d be more for Sanada and Takagi to do as a team. I do get Cobb VS Takagi makes a great NEVER Openweight Championship match, which I suppose Takagi did need for WK15, but I would’ve liked if Sanada got something, too. Maybe Sanada gets something like a shot at Yano’s KOPW 2020 trophy. Sanada needs something, that’s all I’m saying.
But in the end, the main events determined the rest of this, and it was great stuff, especially in FinJucie VS Goto-Hashi. I almost thought for 2020, they’d make WTL a triple threat finals, but NJPW likes keeping things traditional. Two sides, one winner, that’s it. Plus, there’s history at stake here as FinJuice could be the third team in a row to win back-to-back WTL finals. That alone is reason enough to give us FinJuice VS GOD, but then you add their history on top of it and that’s going to be one for the ages, as will Desperado VS Hiromu.
My Score: 9.2/10
Andrew’s IMPACT Results & Match Ratings: 1.27.2022
BULLET CLUB! HONOR NO MORE! Royal Rumble Mentions! IMPACT is really proving to be the real Forbidden Door. How does this craziness continue?
BULLET CLUB! HONOR NO MORE! Royal Rumble Mentions! IMPACT is really proving to be the real Forbidden Door. How does this craziness continue?
This was their first show from the most recent tapings. We know the Guerrillas of Destiny will be here, Jay White is also supposed to be around…plus everything keeping Ring of Honor relevant we’ve got a lot to try and fit into two hours.
Any more crazy debuts, returns, or what have you? Let’s get to it!
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) January 28, 2022
- Chris Bey vs Jake Something: Something wins via Into the Void – *** ¼
- The Influence (Madison Rayne & Kaleb) vs The IInspiration: Cassie Lee wins via Code Red Cradle Counter – ***
- Massive Cassidy vs The Learning Tree: Cassidy wins via BQE – N/A
- Johnny Swinger vs Jonah: Jonah wins via Tsunami – N/A
- Chris Sabin vs PCO: PCO wins via Bubba Bomb – *** ¼
We see they are still selling the D’lo is injured angle, so we get 205 Live flashbacks! Tom is on commentary with Matthew Rehwoldt!
Chris Bey vs Jake Something
Bey starts things off quickly but Jake puts a stop to that with a big right hand that dazes Bey. Bey powders, Jake follows, but it set up Bey to hit an Apron Tiger Feint. He goes for an Asai Moonsault, but Jake catches him and hits Snake Eyes on the apron. Bey bounces to the post, Jake charges and Bey moves to have Jake crash himself into the pole.
We get more of the clash of styles where Bey goes for a few quick shots or high flying haymakers, but Jake seems to return 3 or 4 of Bey’s moves just with one big power move. There’s a tenacious spot with Bey clinging to Jake with the Rear Naked choke and refusing to let go regardless of being driven into the corner and even flat on the mat.
Jake powers through and manages to drop Bey to break the Sleeper. The action is quick and could go either way. Bey counters Jake’s corner spear, he counters Jake’s Blackhole Slam and we see a beautiful Spinning Heel Kick. Huricanrana, but Jake holds on and turns it into a Sitout Powerbomb. Bey keeps everything moving quickly, he baits Jake into the corner, goes to the top rope and Jake catches him out of mid-air. A small pause for the cause, and Jake creates the momentum for Into the Void himself.
Post-Match G.o.D. run down beat the hell out of Jake, Speedball Mike Bailey makes a save until Jay White comes down and Bailey sells the involvement hilariously. G.o.D. tell us exactly why they’re here and we all knew, Good Brothers gonna fall victim to the Firing Squad.
.@ScottDAmore just made it official!
"You win, you stay! You lose don't let the door hit you in the ass on the way out!"
Honor No More VS IMPACT WRESTLING at No Surrender! pic.twitter.com/6q7v4lfGso
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) January 28, 2022
The Influence (Madison Rayne & Kaleb) vs The IInspiration
This is a little stupid but it keeps the story moving. The IInspiration missed the first title match because of covid stopping them from going to Hard to Kill. Now Tenille isn’t available for these tapings I guess, so this is a non-title match.
Madison starts off with Cassie and Madison gets out-wrestled. So Madison tags in Kaleb and Cassie immediately starts making a joke of the situation and Cassie feigns an old Jimmy tap. Cassie again out-wrestles Kaleb and tags in Jessie. Jessie and Kaleb have a weird moment where he pulls her up from a failed Sunset Flip and they have a pause where it almost looks like they’re gonna kiss or something.
The hiccup in the action gives The Influence and opening and a big Superkick from Kaleb connects on Cassie. Madison controls the match and tags in Kaleb. He comes off the middle rope Jerry Lawler style but Cassie counters the move with a Manhattan Drop. Then she retreats to the ropes, he charges, and crotches himself on the middle rope. Madison tags back in since Kaleb has been having issues.
Jessie hits the Shades of Kay which causes Madison to DDT Kaleb. After some shenanigans, a blind tag from Kaleb gives The Influence a close call. But a Code Red kind of counter to a Powerbomb gives Cassie the victory. Watching Kaleb and Madison throw tantrums over the loss is pretty hilarious.
AHH Gisele Shaw is the Quintessential Diva! She’s been on AXS TV before when she was Azteca during WOW from a few years ago. She’s been in the business for a while and isn’t terrible in the ring. I’m looking forward to her honestly.
Something says that did not go the way @The_Ace_Austin planned…@gailkimITSME loved the idea of @FultonWorld/@The_Ace_Austin/@SpeedballBailey & @JakeSomething_ vs The Bullet Club and made it official for next week on #IMPACTonAXSTV!#IMPACTWRESTLING pic.twitter.com/nxZ5Eu9N3x
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) January 28, 2022
Mickie holds a State of the Knockouts and it’s just a big hype session for the Royal Rumble, to help set the stage that Chelsea Green is still somewhat relevant in the title picture even though Tasha Steelz is the rightful number one contender. It was fine, but went a bit long.
We get about 10 seconds of Jordynne Grace defending the Digital Media title against Kiera Hogan, then she officially accepts Zack, erhm…Matt Cardona’s challenge. And Brian Myers adds like nine guys to the Learning Tree just to throw numbers at Massive Cassidy as he joins commentary.
Massive Cassidy vs The Learning Tree
Tom calls Zicky Dice “If the State of Florida were a person”; super accurate. This is a hilarious Squash match and the commentary makes it fantastic. BQE wins the match for Cassidy.
Brian Myers squares up to Cassidy, and Moose comes down to attack his next challenger. Morrissey fights them off mostly, gets buried under the Learning Tree and goes full Super Shredder but Moose cuts him in half with Lights Out! Myers is amused and Moose poses victorious and looking sharp as hell.
Johnny Swinger vs Jonah
Swingman gonna be a dead man. Jonah gonna take em to the morgue. We do see apparently Dan Lambert is in the crowd. So this could be a return of Dan Lambert to IMPACT. Yeah Tsunami wins, anyone surprised? Jonah tosses out Swinger and looks like he might do more damage, but Decay’s music hits and they seem to have an interest in Swinger. So Jonah allows them to have their fun and do what they will.
Chris Sabin vs PCO
Definitely NOT a match I expected in 2022, especially with the faction seconds around the ring. PCO makes sure the pace is slow and works on Sabin’s left arm. Driving it into the turnbuckles, wrenching over the ropes, dropping hammers into his elbow and of course Arm Wringers. Sabin needs to do a little Junior stylings to roll with the Wringer and now tries the rope runs. Frankenstein doesn’t go down until Sabin goes for the low Dropkick, then a Flying Shoulder Tackle.
Sabin is moving nicely, but PCO calls the refs attention and Honor No More trips up Sabin running the ropes. Eddie Edwards tries to return it in kind, but the referee is staring right at him. Stupid good guy Eddie tries to cheat and he’s just bad at it. Commercial break takes us to Sabin having PCO in the corner for 10 count punches. Springboard Flatliner attempt but PCO grabs him out of the sky and sends him to the outside. Brings him back in just to crush him over the top rope with a car crash lariat. Middle Ropes PCO Senton through the ropes to the outside onto Sabin.
PCO throws Sabin into the steps and just rocks him. Then we see the top corner Senton onto Sabin as he’s draped on the apron. PCO doing those moves you’re not expecting from someone his age or size, but it’s been his bread and butter with his PCO resurgence the last 5 years or so. PCO SAULT – MISSES! Sabin has been getting destroyed and now finally has a second to put things together.
Missile Dropkick, Yakuza Kick and then a Missile Dropkick to the back of the head sending PCO to the outside. Suicide Dive sends PCO reeling into the guardrail! Top Rope Crossbody from Sabin for 2. Cradle Shock attempt but no, Crucifix Cradle near fall and then a big clubbing lariat from PCO and Sabin’s momentum is stunted. Vader Bomb from PCO, Sabin gets the Knees up, kick, running Enzuigiri, Cradle Shock but Honor No More starts making their presence known. PCO is still selling so Sabin attacks all of them, Maria distracts the referee, and the numbers catch up with Sabin. PCO hits the Bubba Bomb and folds up Sabin for the victory!
Overall Score: 7/10
They set up the main event during the show, made it feel like a big deal, and it wasn’t really over booked given all the people being involved. Massive Cassidy dismantling the Learning Tree was comedic and great given the commentary and the way the segment ended with Myers and Moose having their moments.
Bullet Club opened things and made it all feel important, I mean let’s just put it this way. There were a lot of factions being involved, but no one felt lost, it all felt kinda cool and big and even the throw together group of Ace/Fulton/Jake/Speedball felt logical and of course a little campy, but works for the IMPACT presentation. Gisele Shaw being shown and named as the Quintessential Diva could be great since she’s not a WWE hand me down, but she does have a little bit of stroke given her other work. The personality they gave her in the promo makes me feel like she’ll fit into Inspiration/Tenille kind of style, but when they recently added Lady Frost and Masha Slammovich; it’s really great to see a bunch of different women in the division.
Also not gonna lie, I’m a little curious what Dan Lambert will be doing. Given the fact that like 2018 ATT was positioned against Moose, I wonder if there will be any of that animosity or if Moose will align with them since 2018 Moose is not 2022 Moose. Fun threads in this show!
Mitchell’s WWE NXT UK Results & Report! (1/27/22)
Grudge match after grudge match!
Will the Irish Ace strike gold again?
Ilja Dragunov defends the NXT UK Championship against Jordan Devlin, in an EMPTY ARENA MATCH! Will Devlin celebrate all by himself tonight?
- Six Man Tag: Gallus VS Die Familie; Die Familie wins.
- Amale VS Jinny; Jinny wins.
- NXT UK Championship Empty Arena Match: Ilja Dragunov VS Jordan Devlin; Dragunov wins and retains the title.
PLAY BY PLAY
Six Man Tag: Gallus VS Die Familie!
Wolfgang & The Coffey Brothers are a firm and a family, but The Babo still says he, Rohan Raja & Charles Dempsey have a stronger bond. These bonds will be tested as these six finally have it out! What happens on this full contact family feud?
The trios sort out, Teoman starts against Joe Coffey and fans sing for Gallus right away. The Iron King talks trash with Teoman as they circle. They tie up, go around, and Joe puts Teoman in the corner. Teoman BOOTS but Joe ROCKS Teoman with haymakers! Teoman kicks and fires off forearms, but then Joe gives more haymakers. Tag to Mark, and the brothers double wrench to lift and CHOP Teoman down! Mark gets Teoman up to punch, arm-drag, and armlock. Mark puts on a cobra clutch, drags Teoman up and Wolfgang tags in. Ripcord to a shoulder and a forearm! Teoman crawls, kicks Wolfie’s leg, and Raja tags in!
But Wolfgang hip tosses Raja down! Then arm-drags him up and over for an armlock. Wolfgang tags Mark back in, they coordinate to takedown and DOUBLE MONKEY FLIP! Raja hits ropes on the way to a corner, Mark runs in to back body block! Mark goes up, Dempsey distracts him! Raja YANKS Mark down to then DECK him, BOOT him, and stomp him around! Raja drags Mark up, tags in Teoman, and they mug Mark. Teoman wrenches, CLUBS the arm, then uppercuts it. Teoman has a wristlock and he wrangles Mark down. Teoman bends the fingers and then the elbow! Mark fights back but Teoman hits him in return.
Mark gets up, throws big forearm after forearm, then rams Teoman into an open corner. Mark throws body shots but Teoman BOOTS and elbows Mark away! Teoman goes up, blindside missile dropkick! Cover, TWO! Teoman is annoyed but he keeps Mark down with an armlock. Mark endures, Gallus and the fans rally up, and Mark fights up. Teoman tags Dempsey, they mug Mark, and Dempsey drags Mark up to facelock. Mark endures but Dempsey RAMPS him into the corner! And then again! Dempsey keeps on the grovit but Mark throws body shots. Mark gets free, he EuroUppers, but Dempsey gives it back!
They go back and forth, Mark catches the arms for a backslide! ONE, Dempsey headbutts low, ROCKS Mark then clinches. Dempsey CHOPS Mark off his feet, covers, TWO! Dempsey keeps on Mark with an armlock and he grinds the shoulder. Fans sing for Gallus but Dempsey moves around to grind the shoulder and twist it through! Mark tries to fight, Dempsey mounts for a cover, ONE as Mark sunsets! Dempsey rolls through, lateral press, ONE but Dempsey has a double wristlock. Mark fights up as Dempsey cranks the hold! Raja tags in, Dempsey feeds Mark to a BIG forearm! Raja covers, TWO!
Raja stomps Mark, drags Mark up and over, and Dempsey tags back in. They whip Mark, knee low, then KNEE lift Mark down! Cover, but Joe breaks it! Dempsey glares at Joe, but turns around into big forearms and CHOPS from Mark! Dempsey knees Mark low, elbows Joe down, then swings, into a back suplex! Dempsey tags Raja, Mark crawls for his corner but Raja gets the legs. Mark kicks Raja away, Teoman tags in! Teoman goes around to swing on Wolfgang, but turns around into a back drop! Mark crawls, hot tag to Wolfgang! Fans rally as Wolfgang CLOBBERS Teoman, SPLASHES Raja, then goes up to AX HANDLE Teoman!
Wolfgang DECKS Dempsey, fires off hands on Teoman, then whips to KNEE low! BASEMENT SPLASH! Wolfgang drags Teoman up, EXPLODER! Cover, TWO! Teoman is still in this for Die Familie, and he kicks Wolfgang away to get to his corner. Wolfgang SPLASHES, but Raja tags in! Wolfgang SLAPS Raja down, Wolfgang runs in, but Raja gets Teoman out of the way! Teoman hits a SLIDING FOREARM, then Raja drags Wolfgang up, INVERTED DDT! Cover, TWO!! Wolfgang survives and Raja is furious! Fans rally up, Teoman swings on Joe! Raja goes after Wolfgang, but backstabber is denied! Tag to Joe!
Joe rallies on Raja, DECKS Teoman, CLOBBERS Raja, and pop-up UPPERCUTS Teoman! Raja sidesteps Joe but Joe breaks through the clothesline to FLYING SHOULDER! Joe shoves, clinches and OVERHEAD suplexes Raja! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up with Joe as he drags Raja back up. Joe whips Raja to a corner, Raja reverses, but Joe goes up and ROCKS Raja. Joe goes up and up, CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Joe goes to the corner, runs in, but Raja dodges the sendoff! BACKSTABBER! Joe flounders and both men are down! Raja crawls over to the corner, hot tag to Dempsey! Dempsey knees low, BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!
Dempsey drags Joe up into a FULL NELSON! Joe fights the suplex and THROWS Dempsey off! GLASGOW SENDOFF! Tag to Mark! The Coffey Brothers get Dempsey up, HIGH LOW!! Cover, Teoman breaks it! Teoman throws Joe out, goes to the apron and PENALTY KICKS! Mark swings on Teoman, then DOUBLE CHOPS Dempsey! Tag to Wolfgang and they get Dempsey up. Feed to the scoop, but Raja drags Mark out! Teoman gets in, to CHOP BLOCK Wolfgang’s leg! Dempsey has the STF!! Wolfgang endures, and taps! DIE FAMILIE WINS!
Winners: Die Familie, by submission
Though not blood, these brothers in arms found a way to keep down the Gallus boys! Is NXT UK going to be their kingdom soon enough?
NXT UK hears from Oliver Carter & Ashton Smith, as well as Jack Starz & Dave Mastiff.
The finals are coming! And that means one step closer to becoming the next NXT UK Tag Team Champions! But Jack & Dave are no joke. They’re good, but they’re only a team of two months. Smith & Carter have been a team of two years. Jack is more like Dave’s apprentice. This is their time.
Dave Mastiff says the #1 contendership is close. And he knows Tyler Bate & Trent Seven pretty well. But they can’t underestimate Carter & Smith. Yeah, they’ve had things to say about Mastiff & Starz, and two years together is impressive. But how about a 20 year career? That’s impressive. Two years is a drop in the ocean to The Bomber. Everything Smith learned about tag matches, he learned from Mastiff. Starz will take care of Carter, and Mastiff knows Smith like the back of his hand.
Smith says he’s learned more on his own than what Mastiff taught him, he and Carter are ready. Carter says they’re the hottest tag team under the sun and the freshest flavor on the brand. If there’s any team more serious, it’s Smith & Carter. If there’s any team more supreme, it’s Smith & Carter. If there’s any team winning the match, it’s Smith & Carter. Ready and Forward, Always Forward! Starz says to bring their A Games, and everything they’ve got, because no one is stopping him and Mastiff from taking those NXT UK Tag Team Championships! All four men are fired up, but which duo burns brighter in this #1 contender’s tag?
Amale VS Jinny!
Similar backgrounds, similar career paths, but completely different outlooks on life; that is why the French Hope and the Spoiled Princess of Knightsbridge can’t stand each other. But now that things have come to blows, will Amale’s positivity negate Jinny’s negativity? Or does Jinny have that much more fury and fire to win out?
The bell rings, the two tie right up, and Jinny knees low! Jinny headlocks, Amale powers out but Jinny pulls hair to CLUB Amale down. Jinny hits a headlock takeover, Amale headscissors, but Jinny kips free. Amale clinches, headlocks for the takeover, but Jinny goes for the headscissors. Amale shrugs that off, Jinny fights up, and Jinny pulls hair. Jinny powers out but Amale runs her over! Jinny kicks low, but Amale throws body shots! And forearms! Jinny gives those back, clamps onto an arm, but Amale gets to ropes. The ref counts but Jinny wraps the arm around ropes to throw knee after knee!
Jinny stops as the ref counts 4, but Amale fires forearms in return! Jinny kicks low, scowls and whips, but Amale reverses to then duck, dodge, and scoop SLAM! Jinny flounders, Amale hits a somersault senton, to a basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Amale grits her teeth as she follows Jinny. Amale waistlocks, Jinny holds ropes, and then Jinny HOTSHOTS Amale off the top! Jinny WRINGS Amale’s arm out, stomps Amale around, then grabs an arm to drop a knee on it! Then she does the same to the other arm! Cover, TWO! Jinny grabs hair but fans rally up. Jinny drags Amale up but Amale throws haymakers! Jinny wrenches to wrangle Amale down!
Amale endures the armlock but Jinny CLAWS the arm from wrist to shoulder! Amale keeps Jinny from getting the other arm, then gets up to throw body shots and forearms. Jinny shoves Amale, but Amale sunset flips! TWO! Jinny rushes in, ducks and dodges to throw Amale by her hair! Fans boo but Jinny KNEES Amale down! And KNEES Her in the side! And again! And again! Jinny drags Amale up, tucks the arm, and throws elbows down before putting on the IRON OCTOPUS! Amale endures but Jinny pulls the arm way back! Amale stays on her feet, powers up, and is free to hip toss Jinny down!
Fans rally, Jinny gets up but she knees Amale low! Jinny whips Amale to a corner, runs in but into a BOOT! Amale goes up to DOUBLE STOMP Jinny down! Amale runs corner to corner to LARIAT Jinny! And then another lariat! Fans fire up with Amale and she brings Jinny up. Jinny throws body shots and low kicks, but Amale reverses the whip, corner clothesline! Amale roars, Jinny is rocked, Amale whips her into a buckle! Amale runs side to side, BOOT WASH! Amale drags Jinny out for a waistlock, but Jinny throws back elbows! Amale turns that around to a NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO!
Amale grows frustrated, but she keeps on Jinny. Amale hooks the leg but Amale pulls hair! Jinny throws elbows, brings Amale to a corner, and trips her up to high stack! Legs on the ropes! JINNY WINS!
Winner: Jinny, by pinfall
Jinny snatches that win by waiting until the last second to get the leverage! Amale is furious, but will she be able to get her revenge?
To up the ante from their first time around, Meiko Satomura and Blair Davenport face off for the NXT UK Women’s Championship, in a Japanese Street Fight! Blair brutalized Meiko after losing, will she brutalize her again before winning? Or will Meiko make Blair regret showing her that disrespect?
NXT UK Media catches up with Nathan Frazer.
The British Prodigy comes off a big loss against Ring General, Walter/Gunther. How is he feeling now? Considering literally no one thought he was going to win, he feels great with how well he did. But then barging in to celebrate their victory is Die Familie. They already have champagne ready, but they ask Frazer what he’s doing in their locker room. Oh so this is their room now? Well, congrats, boys, you must be so proud of yourselves. Teoman tells Frazer that Die Familie doesn’t need anything from a loser like him. Oh, Die Familie? Cute nickname. You really think you’re family? Teoman just keeps the others around so he isn’t a loser himself. It’s so blatantly obvious.
Raja gets in Frazer’s face about those comments, and Teoman says to get out of the room. Fine, enjoy your little party. Will Frazer prove who the real loser is soon enough?
NXT UK Championship Empty Arena Match: Ilja Dragunov VS Jordan Devlin!
Oh the irony. Just as we got fans back, now they have to leave! The Irish Ace says the fans are the real source of the Czar’s power. But when it’s No Holds Barred and Falls Count Anywhere, will Devlin be able to stand all on his own? Or will UNBESIEGBAR still have the power to break him as the fans cheer him on from outside the arena?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who can stand on their own two feet!
Devlin HEADBUTTS Dragunov before the bell! Then he rains down forearms! The ref wants Delvin to stop, the bell hasn’t rung! Devlin picks up the title and says it is coming home with him! The ref asks Dragunov if he still wants to fight, and of course he does! The bell rings, Devlin swings the belt at Dragunov, but Dragunov dodges and gets around for a GERMAN SUPLEX! Dragunov holds on, talks trash back in Russian to GERMAN SUPLEX Devlin again! Dragunov holds on, gets Devlin up again, but Devlin grabs ropes! No ropebreaks in this match, so Devlin MULE KICK LOW BLOWS!
Devlin CLUBS Dragunov down, ROCKS him with a forearm, then keeps on him with more heavy shots. Devlin ties Dragunov up in the ropes! Devlin SLAPS Dragunov, and says he’s stronger, faster and smarter than Dragunov! Devlin goes out to get the timekeeper’s chair! Devlin says Dragunov’s family will have to live with this. Dragunov eggs Devlin on, then boots him! Devlin is annoyed, he fires off haymakers on Dragunov’s head! Devlin goes back outside, and he brings in a screwdriver?! Devlin gets in, wanting to go HHH on Ric Flair that one time. Dragunov BOOTS Devlin down, and is free of the ropes!
Devlin ROCKS Dragunov, Dragunov ENZIGURIS Devlin! Both men get up, Dragunov runs in to clothesline Devlin and himself out of the ring! Dragunov and Devlin get up again, Dragunov CHOPS Devlin against barriers. And CHOPS again! Dragunov hits an APRON BACK SUPLEX! And then a scoop and SLAM to the floor! Dragunov seethes while Devlin writhes on the mat. Dragunov drags Devlin up, brings him around with a headlock to bump him off the apron. And then off the barriers! Dragunov waistlocks, Devlin holds the barriers, and he elbows free of the waistlock. Dragunov staggers, but he swings. Devlin ducks but Dragunov uses the left to LARIAT!
Dragunov chases after Devlin, stands him up, and CHOPS him against barriers. Dragunov brings Devlin along and whips him into barriers! Dragunov takes a moment, still shaking out cobwebs from those shots Devlin gave him while tied up in the ropes. Dragunov gets Devlin up but Devlin uses the barriers to block! Dragunov clutches one side of his head, perhaps still feeling that headbutt. Devlin CHOPS Dragunov, brings him around, and RAMS him into steel steps! Dragunov clutches an arm and cries out in pain! Devlin gets the top half of the steps and lifts it up into the ring. Devlin then goes back for Dragunov, only for Dragunov to TORPEDO MOSCOW him through barriers!!
Both men writhe and groan where fans would’ve been sitting otherwise. Dragunov flounders to lean against a chair while Devlin manages to sit up. Devlin falls against a chair, but Dragunov is after him again! Dragunov BOWLS Devlin through the chairs! Dragunov tosses some folding chairs into the ring, all the while telling Devlin in Russian what’s coming. Dragunov holds onto the last few chairs to SMACK Devlin on the back! Devlin screams in pain, Dragunov sets the tables down in a nice little pile. Devlin tries to get away and he tumbles over the barriers. Dragunov drags him back up, CLUBS away on him, but and suplexes him up and over, onto the chairs!
Devlin writhes, Dragunov pushes him down to cover, TWO!! Devlin survives that hard landing, but Dragunov stalks him as they go towards the staging area. Devlin sits in a chair and wants mercy, but Dragunov just CHOPS him out of his seat! They continue down the way, Dragunov dares Devlin to talk about his family now! Dragunov drags Devlin up to TOSS him into a nearby table! All the computers and things on it go flying off! Devlin is stuck on the table, Dragunov pushes him off it. Dragunov drags Devlin up, waistlocks, Gotch lifts, but Devlin rakes eyes! Devlin goes to suplex but Dragunov slips out to CLOBBER Devlin!
Devlin leans on the table again. Dragunov gets space, and he runs in, TORPEDO MOSCOW but Devlin gets clear! Only Dragunov crashes through the table!! Devlin covers, TWO!! Dragunov survives, and Devlin can’t believe it! Devlin drags Dragunov from the wreckage and SMACKS him off a road case! Did he leave a dent in it? Devlin SMACKS Dragunov off it again, then gets a smaller case! Devlin shoves the case in, ROAD CASE SANDWICH! Devlin SLAPS Dragunov down, stands him back up, and CLUBS him on the back. Dragunov flounders, Devlin drags him up, but Dragunov resists the suplex.
Devlin CLUBS Dragunov, but it’s Dragunov who suplexes! Devlin knees free, stands on top of the road case, and RAKES Dragunov’s eyes! Devlin SMACKS Dragunov off the edge of the case! MOONSAULT OFF THE CASE! Direct hit and both men fall on the concrete! Both men are down as Devlin can’t get the cover! Devlin manages to sit up first, and he brings Dragunov back up. Devlin CHOPS Dragunov, they go back around the staging, and Devlin ROCKS Dragunov. Dragunov staggers through the chairs, Devlin throws down fists! Devlin brings Dragunov up to TOSS him over the barriers! They’re back at ringside as Dragunov groans and writhes.
Devlin hobbles his way around and he starts looking under the ring. Fans may not be here to chant it, but Devlin wants a table! Dragunov CLUBS him and CHOPS him first! Dragunov puts Devlin in the ring, and Dragunov decides he wants the table. Dragunov puts the table in the ring, but Devlin has a chair! Devlin SMACKS Dragunov the second he’s in the ring! Devlin takes the table back for his own, sets it up in a corner, and then goes back for Dragunov. Devlin stands Dragunov up, ROCKS him with a right, and Dragunov wobbles. Dragunov blocks the ripcord to body scissors! Dragunov rains down elbows over and over on Devlin!!
Dragunov is furious, and he drags Devlin back up, traps the arms in the Gotch lift, POWERSLAM onto a chair! Cover, TWO!!? Devlin survives but Dragunov has no energy to be frustrated! Dragunov instead makes his way to a corner and climbs up top. Devlin JAMS Dragunov’s knee with a chair! Fireman’s carry, SWINGING SAMOAN DROP! Cover, TWO!?!? Devlin is furious that Dragunov survives! Devlin gives thumbs down to say this is over. He has the arm, but Dragunov again blocks the ripcord. Dragunov gets up to reel Devlin into a fireman’s carry! Devlin elbows over and over but Dragunov won’t let him down!
Devlin rakes eyes, but Dragunov still CORNER DEATH VALLEY DRIVERS through the table!!! Cover, TWO?!?!! Devlin survives and surely somewhere, the BT Sports Studio crowd is losing its mind! Dragunov aims from a corner as Devlin flounders his way to the far side. Dragunov still shouts out, “UN! BE! SIEG! BAR!!” But his head starts hurting! Devlin says Dragunov can’t win when there’s no fans! Devlin eggs Dragunov on to do it for Constantin! Dragunov staggers, HEADBUTT!!! Devlin suplexes for a SHEER DROP BRAINBUSTER!!! Cover, TWO!!!! Devlin is beside himself, how is Dragunov doing this?!
Devlin storms his way back out of the ring and he thinks of what he has to do. He finds the zip ties used for the cables. He brings those into the ring, LASHES Dragunov with them, then KICKS him down! Devlin zip ties one of Dragunov’s arms, hammers away on his shoulder and then gets the other. Dragunov is defiant to the end as he talks trash in Russian, but his arms are now zip tied to each other! Devlin rains down fists over and over, Dragunov unable to guard his head. Devlin says he told Dragunov this was coming. Dragunov could have walked away, but now he’ll be rolled out of here without the title! Devlin SMACKS Dragunov’s leg!
Devlin says this was Dragunov’s choice. Dragunov still kicks from below! Devlin brings him to the steel steps and digs his head into the steel! Devlin has the chair! But Devlin avoids the steel step con-chair-to! Dragunov BOOTS Devlin, and Devlin staggers in a daze! Dragunov jumps off the steps, TORPEDO MOSCOW!!! He crawls to the cover, Dragunov wins!!!
Winner: Ilja Dragunov, by pinfall (still NXT UK Champion)
The Irish Ace gave Dragunov his most sadistic fight yet, and yet Dragunov still comes out the winner! If not even this could stop him, will anything ever stop The Czar? Or is UNBESIEGBAR eternal?
What an episode! Gallus VS Die Familie was a very good opener, but I had figured Die Familie was winning. I said as much last week that Gallus could be in the next wave of NXT UK transfers to NXT 2.0. Joe Coffey isn’t looking like NXT UK Champion material so maybe Gallus joins Imperium, and perhaps Joe Coffey has a repeat run where he gives the singles champs great matches but never gets those belts. Die Familie having a confrontation with Nathan Frazer nods towards what’s next for them, but I feel like Frazer’s gonna need an ally to take them on. No idea who, but maybe we could get an equally eclectic counter faction to take on Die Familie. Frazer, Gradwell and Huxley for some reason seem like the most logically illogical trio to make.
We got a really good promo vignette out of the tag team finalists. Carter & Smith VS Mastiff & Starz, that match could go any which way since it’s Faces VS Faces with Face tag team champions right now. And also, Meiko VS Blair in a Japanese Street Fight is going to be awesome, but it makes me wonder what will make it stand out from any standard Street Fight. Honestly, when WWE does a Street Fight, the only theme is holiday. When another place like AEW does a Street Fight named for a location, they try to bring items specific to that location. So seeing what NXT UK comes up with will be reason enough to watch.
Amale VS Jinny was really good, really aggressive, but of course Jinny cheats to win. These two are definitely going to have a series of matches, and the final winner (probably Amale) will be primed for a title match. And there’s a chance Jinny moves on to NXT 2.0 since they don’t seem to see her as NXT UK Women’s Championship material at this point. I am curious to see Jinny interact with Toxic Attraction. And then that main event, what an awesome match! Match of the week, even match of the month. I again point out the irony of Devlin saying Dragunov can’t win without fans, but going Empty Arena was great as they could fully use the BT Sports Studio arena area.
Great creativity in how vicious Devlin was, but Dragunov wins out and gains some major power levels. And just as I’ve said about Joe Coffey and Jinny, if Devlin isn’t seen as NXT UK Champion material at this point, he’s probably going to NXT 2.0 to try for the North American Championship. Between COVID and Vince McMahon, Devlin’s Cruiserweight title reign was killed, and he could end up following Balor’s footsteps by Vince “losing faith” in him as a top champion. But Devlin can still do a lot as someone who pushes the new kids to their limits.
My Score: 8.8/10
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