Tyler Bate and Trent Seven reunite as a team!
The Big Strong Boy beat the Scottish Supernova at NXT UK Prelude, but now we see how things go in a tag match! Will Moustache Mountain still be the top against Noam Dar & Sha Samuels?
- Eddie Dennis VS Joe Coffey; Coffey wins.
- Dave Mastiff VS Sam Gradwell; Gradwell wins.
- Jinny w/ Joseph Conners VS Dani Luna; Jinny wins.
- Moustache Mountain VS Noam Dar & Sha Samuels; Moustache Mountain wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Eddie Dennis VS Joe Coffey!
The new and improved Hunt crashed Gallus’ return to NXT UK, but now the alpha males will battle it out! Will the Iron King slay the Welsh Dragon in both men’s return to in-ring action?
The bell rings and Coffey circles with Dennis. BT Sports Studio rallies up as the two tie up, and they go to ropes. The ref calls for the break, Dennis lets off but Coffey is ready for the cheap shot! Coffey fires body shots, Dennis headlocks but Coffey powers out and goes the other way to POUNCE Dennis out of the ring! Coffey pursues on the outside, throws more body shots then RAMS Dennis into the apron! Coffey puts Dennis in the ring, follows after but Dennis uses ropes as defense. The ref has Coffey back off and Dennis says this is wrestling, not boxing. Dennis comes back to headlock but Coffey powers out. Coffey clinches to throw more body shots and even knees!
Dennis slips around to ROCK Coffey with a forearm to the back! Dennis then spins Coffey for a judo hip toss! Dennis grinds the arm, sits Coffey up for a chinlock and leans on the hold. “Wrestling, not boxing!” Dennis gets Coffey with a cravat and cranks the neck, but Coffey throws him. Dennis holds on tight and drags Coffey down! Coffey endures, fights up, and throws body shots again. Coffey throws Dennis but Dennis still has the cravat! Dennis grinds Coffey down, but Coffey fights up to throw more body shots. Dennis snapmares Coffey to drop a knee on his head! Cover, ONE!! Coffey grits his teeth but Dennis clamps onto the shoulders.
Dennis gets the cravat back, grinds Coffey again, but Coffey fights up to scoop and TOSS Dennis away! Coffey gets to the opposite corner, runs in but Dennis denies the send-off! Dennis hits a CRAVAT PLEX! Cover, TWO! Coffey survives and Dennis is furious with the ref’s count! Dennis snarls as he looms over Coffey, and stomps him to ropes. Coffey gets up, Dennis kicks and uppercuts back, but Coffey throws body shots. Dennis ROCKS Coffey, then whips and CLOBBERS him with an elbow! Dennis rains down furious forearms, but the ref reprimands about hair pulling. Cover, TWO! Dennis seethes but he brings Coffey up.
Coffey throws even more body shots, then dodges Dennis’ retaliation, only to run into Dennis’ GUN SLINGER SLAM! Cover, TWO!! Coffey survives again and Dennis is losing his cool! BT Sports Studio fires up as Dennis looms over Coffey. Dennis stomps Coffey to ropes again, then digs his boots in at the ropes! The ref counts, Dennis lets off, and Coffey gets up to headbutt low! Coffey throws more body shots, then forearms! Dennis staggers, bobs ‘n’ weaves and fires off forearms and CHOPS! Coffey shoves Dennis but Dennis ROCKS him! Coffey comes back with another HEADBUTT! Coffey shoves and clinches Dennis for an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly!
Dennis is down, fans fire up and Coffey takes aim. Coffey runs Dennis over with shoulder after shoulder then a LEAPING shoulder tackle! Coffey gets Dennis up for a back suplex SLAM! RUNNING ELBOW DROP! Cover, TWO!! Dennis survives but Coffey keeps his cool. Coffey drags Dennis up in a waistlock but Dennis resists the dead lift. Coffey shoves Dennis down, gets the legs, but Dennis kicks him away! Dennis runs in but into a buckle! Coffey goes up but Dennis anchors his feet! Dennis gets Coffey in the crucifix, for SEVERN BRIDGE!! Cover, TWO!?!? Coffey lives and Dennis is beside himself! Dennis gets up, snarls and drags Coffey back up.
Dennis dragon sleepers and suplexes, but Coffey escapes and shoves to RAM Dennis into buckles, then hit a SPINEBUSTER! Coffey has the legs, Dennis resists but Coffey gets the BOSTON CRAB! Dennis endures as Coffey sits deep! But Tyson T-Bone appears! And Primate from the other side! Coffey lets Dennis go to CLOBBER Primate, but Dennis rolls him up! TWO!! Dennis’ pack couldn’t help him steal this one! Coffey dead lifts and GERMAN SUPLEXES! Both men are down, T-Bone and Primate creep up again, but Gallus is here! Wolfgang and Mark brawl with the brutes, but Primate sends Wolfie into steps! T-Bone sends Mark into barriers!
Coffey whips, Dennis reverses and puts Coffey on the apron. Coffey forearms back, goes up and up and CROSSBODIES! Dennis is up, Coffey runs in, GLASGOW SEND-OFF! Coffey keeps going, ALL THE BEST FOR THE BELLS!! Cover, Coffey wins!!
Winner: Joe Coffey, by pinfall
But with Joe’s back-up down, T-Bone & Primate attack him! The ref reprimands but they aren’t letting up as they stomp and hammer away! But Wolfgang and Mark are back up! They get back at T-Bone and Primate then throw them out of the ring! Mark DECKS T-Bone, Wolfgang dares Dennis and his pack of animals to come back for more! Is Gallus going to get back on top while taking these wild dogs down? Or will Headmaster Dennis have a master plan for taking Gallus’ kingdom from them?
Ilja Dragunov reflects on his recent struggles.
From losing to Walter in the brutal NXT UK Championship classic, to how he would lose his cool every time someone chopped him on the back, to how he almost brutalized officials in that rage, there is much for him to take in. Will Dragunov be able to reconcile his wrath with his pursuit of the title?
NXT UK Media catches up with Gallus backstage.
Wolfie, Markus and Joe are fired up after that fight with Dennis & The Hunt, “Who’s on top?” “Gallus Boys on top!” But all the noise gets Rampage Brown’s attention. Joe says he saw Rampage VS Walter. It was brutal. And Joe’s been there, “It’s a bitter pill to swallow.” But Rampage promised Coffey a rematch so if he’s still up for a scrap, give him a call. Rampage nods, will we see these two throw hands again?
Dave Mastiff VS Sam Gradwell!
The Bomber didn’t want to hear the Thunderstorm blather on disrespectfully, so he shut him out. Literally, even, as he wouldn’t let Gradwell into the UK Performance Center. But will Mastiff have to shut Gradwell up more forcefully in the ring?
The bell rings, Gradwell and Mastiff approach, and they tie up with collar ‘n’ elbow. They go around, Mastiff puts Gradwell on ropes but the ref calls for the break. Mastiff lets off clean and eggs on “yogurt” Gradwell. Gradwell and Mastiff circle and tie up again. They go around, Gradwell goes for a waistlock but Mastiff has the arm. Mastiff wrenches to a hammerlock, Gradwell slips around but Mastiff switches the hold right back on. Gradwell tries again but again Mastiff puts it on. Gradwell elbows hard, gets around and shoves Mastiff! “Who’s the yogurt now?!” Mastiff blocks Gradwell’s punch to ROCK him with forearm after forearm!
Mastiff whips, kitchen sink knees Gradwell down, then grabs him by his tiny mohawk to set him up for the SOMERSAULT SENTON! And another! Cover, TWO! Gradwell grits his teeth but Mastiff clamps on with a chinlock. Gradwell fights up, Mastiff ROCKS him with a EuroUpper! Mastiff reels Gradwell into a fireman’s carry but Gradwell fights with elbows. Mastiff keeps him up top for a ROLLING SENTON, to a BACK SENTON, but onto Gradwell’s knees! Gradwell CLUBS Mastiff to a corner, drags him out to CLUB him more, then brings him around to CLUB him again! Gradwell keeps after Mastiff’s back, snapmares him down and JAMS the knee into his back!
Gradwell CLUBS him with another forearm, covers, TWO! Mastiff is still in this but Gradwell is fuming. Gradwell stomps Mastiff, eggs him on, and drags him up to CLUB him again! Gradwell wraps on another chinlock and grinds Mastiff down. Mastiff endures, fights up, but Gradwell knees low! Gradwell grabs Mastiff’s beard and calls Mastiff a daft yogurt, but Mastiff HEADBUTTS him! Mastiff whips, follows and CROSSBODIES! Cover, TWO!! Gradwell survives but swings into a waistlock! Mastiff shoves and DECKS Gradwell! Mastiff gets Gradwell up again, runs and LARIATS! Both men are down as Mastiff put a lot into that one!
Gradwell gets to a corner, Mastiff gets up and takes aim! Mastiff runs corner to corner, but his back tightens up. Mastiff still storms over, but Gradwell is on the apron. Gradwell HOTSHOTS Mastiff, then fireman’s carries him!! SAMOAN DRIVER!! Cover, Gradwell wins!!
Winner: Sam Gradwell, by pinfall
To say this was huge is an understatement! The Thunderstorm strikes down a Proper British Heavyweight, will this lead to even bigger and better opportunities?
Aoife Valkyrie speaks.
“The time has finally come. To rise to the challenge. To step out of the shadows. To show what a Valkyrie is truly capable of. What we do is fleeting. It lives for now, for this moment only. And this is my moment.” Next week, Aoife gets what she wants: Meiko Satomura. Will the Valkyrie be able to clear the Final Boss?
NXT UK takes a closer look at Emilia McKenzie.
Just 20 years old out of Coventry, England, she’s back in NXT UK after two years away from a trip around the world. British women’s wrestling is great and she is honored being part of it. The next step is to prove herself here, and is very lucky to have trained under the best. Millie has pushed herself and has always had that mentality. She hopes to make a name for herself on this brand now that she’s back.
Jinny w/ Joseph Conners VS Dani Luna!
The Spoiled Princess called out the punk rock powerhouse over her fashion sense, or lack there of in Jinny’s opinion. Will Luna prove that it isn’t how you look, it’s how you fight, that matters in NXT UK?
The bell rings and Jinny circles with Luna. They tie up, Luna waistlocks and slams Jinny down. Then she drags Jinny back up to slam her back down! Jinny resists the third, gets a ropebreak, then elbows Luna away! Jinny SLAPS Luna, but Luna runs back in! Jinny uses ropes as defense, then gets a cheap shot in! Jinny throws Luna down by her hair, ground ‘n’ pounds, then lets off as the ref counts. Jinny drags Luna up, stomps her, kicks her, then brings her up, only for Luna to shove her away. Jinny ROCKS Luna, knees Luna, then traps her arms in an Iron Octopus! Jinny claws Luna’s arm while she locks the hold in! Luna endures, stays on her feet, but Jinny claws her more!
Jinny lets Luna free just to KNEE her low! Jinny throws more forearms, more knees, and wrenches. Luna hits back but Jinny hooks her arms up again to rain down furious elbows! Jinny gets another Octopus with Luna already on her knees! Luna endures again as Jinny throws in elbows. Luna powers up, gets to her feet and throws Jinny off! BT Sports Studio fires up as Luna runs corner to corner, but Jinny boots her! Jinny rolls but Luna blocks the kick to gut wrench suplex! Luna holds on, drags Jinny back up and hits another gut wrench suplex! Luna fires up as Jinny flounders, and Luna drags Jinny up to dead lift standard suplex! Cover, TWO!
Jinny survives but Luna keeps her cool. Conners coaches Jinny but Luna brings her around to a fireman’s carry. Jinny fights free, throws body shots and ROCKS Luna. Luna ROCKS Jinny back and it’s a brawl! Jinny SLAPS Luna again, but Luna DECKS Jinny! Luna fires up and LARIATS Jinny to a corner! Conners gets on the apron, the ref tells him to stay back, but Luna runs him off. Jinny kicks Luna’s leg out! Ripcord to the ROLLING KICK! Jinny gets Luna in an Oklahoma Roll, and wins!
Winner: Jinny, by pinfall
The Fashionista gets an assist from Conners and gets the win off Luna. Conners encourages Jinny to teach Luna a lesson, so Jinny stomps away on Luna, then reels her in for an STF! Conners and Jinny talk trash to Luna right in her face, but here come South Wales Subculture! Flash Morgan Webster and Mark Andrews run Conners and Jinny off! Will the Modfather and Rockstar make sure Conners and Jinny learn respect?
NXT UK Media interviews Sid Scala.
After last week’s main event, Kenny Williams cheating to defeat Amir Jordan, do we have any updates on the two? Sid spoke to Williams earlier today and has come to terms with him, but now Jordan barges in! This can’t be how this ends for him and Williams! He wants a rematch! Sid has spoken to Williams, and he has agreed to a rematch already, under No Disqualifications. Even better! But there is one condition: for Williams to agree to this, it will be Loser Leaves NXT UK. This is up to Jordan to take the deal.
Jordan takes a deep breath, looks at the contract, and takes the pen! Jordan signs on the dotted line, and vows that no one is taking this away from him! But will the Chancer take NXT UK away from the Bhangra Bad Boy?
NXT UK hears from a new recruit!
“I am Rohan Raja!” He’s 6’1″, British born, Australian raised and Canadian trained! Raja is finally home at NXT UK, making his debut next week against Teoman! Teoman has been making his opponents tap out to the crossface, but Raja doesn’t quit! Bring your A Game, because Raja will not give up! Who wins in this showdown of fired up rising stars?
“I will be back in action in NXT UK next week, against the debuting Rohan Raja.” Teoman takes a deep breath as he says, “I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again. I would DIE for my family! I will protect them with honor, respect and FEAR! I’m the Man with the Nezar! I’m the Babo (Boss), Teoman!” But will Teoman be able to boss the rajah around?
BREAKING NEWS for next week!
On top of Teoman “welcoming” Rohan Raja, and Valkyrie challenging Satomura, we will get a Six Man Tag that’s sure to rock the BT Sports Studio! Gallus takes on Eddie Dennis, Primate & Tyson T-Bone, but which trio will be on top?
Moustache Mountain VS Noam Dar & Sha Samuels!
Tyler Bate & Trent Seven have each had their scraps with the Scottish Supernova and that motormouth of his, but now Dar has back-up in the East End Butcher! Will having Sha by his side only embolden Dar to mouth off more? Or will they both be humbled by the Big Strong Boy & Artful Dodger?
The teams sort out and Bate starts against Dar. Sha talks trash enough for everyone, including commentary, as Dar and Bate tie up. Bate arm-drags and Dar hurries to ropes. Dar keeps his cool, circles with Bate, and ties up collar ‘n’ elbow. Bate headlocks, grinds Dar down, but Dar fights up to power out, only for Bate to run him over. Bate arm-drags again and has Dar with an armlock! Dar scrambles around but Bate drags him from Sha! Bate wrenches Dar, Dar reaches for Sha, but Dar throws forearms to get free! Tag to Sha, and Sha talks more trash. Seven reaches out for a tag, and Sha mockingly calls him, “granddad!” Bate tags in Seven, Seven circles with Sha, and they tie up.
Sha headlocks, Seven powers out but Sha runs Seven over! “EAST~!” Seven grabs Sha’s leg, Sha stomps him off and calls him a mug, then runs, but Seven CROSSBODIES! Seven scoops and SLAMS Sha to then drop a leg, brother! Cover, TWO! Seven tags Bate back in, fireman’s carries Sha, and Bate goes up top. WASTELAND to the KNEE-BOARD SENTON! Cover, TWO! Sha survives but Bate gets him up to wrench the arm and YANK it! Bate grinds the shoulder, Sha still talks trash, but Bate wrenches again. Sha ROCKS Bate with a right, CLUBS him on the back, then brings him over. Tag to Dar, he and Sha mug the mug then Dar uppercuts Bate down! Cover, TWO!
Dar bumps Bate off buckles, throws forearms, but mockingly asks the ref the count. Bate kicks low, Dar hits him back! Dar whips Bate but Bate reverses. Dar goes up and over but Bate catches him to a fireman’s carry! Sha tags in, Bate starts up the spin but Sha body shots low and hard! Sha CLUBS Bate, has Bate in a corner and whips him corner to corner. Sha runs in, Bate blocks and KNEES him back! Bate hops up, leaps and hits a FLYING UPPERCUT! Bate gets Sha up, tags Seven in, and Bate wrenches Sha. Sha shoves Bate away but Seven CHOPS him down! Seven reels Sha in, ripcord but Sha gets under the lariat to hit an URENAGE BACKBREAKER!
Sha hammers away on Seven and shouts “EAST~!” Cover, TWO! Seven is still in this, Sha is still after him with a chinlock. Sha bumps Seven off buckles and tags in Dar. Dar kicks Seven in the corner then digs his forearms in. The ref counts, Dar snapmares Seven down and wraps on double chicken wings with his legs, so he can claw Seven’s face with his fingers! Dar lets off, acts like he can’t hear the ref, and then STOMPS Seven’s arm! Dar taunts Bate, stomps Seven’s leg, then the other leg, then the other arm! Dar tags in Sha, they get Seven up and Sha CLUBS Seven on the back! Sha snapmares Seven again to stand on Seven’s shoulder, then KICK him down! Cover, TWO!
Sha drags Seven over, tags in Dar, and Dar drags Seven up to stand on him, and KICK him, too! Seven just gets mad as Dar keeps kicking! Seven gets up but Dar dropkicks a leg out! Dar gets Seven up, bumps him off buckles and rams his shoulder in again and again! Tag to Sha, Seven fights back but Sha fires off haymakers! The ref has Sha let off, and Seven reaches for Bate. Sha scoops and SLAMS Seven! Cover, TWO! Sha argues the count, taunts Bate, but “Granddad” CHOPS Sha! Sha hammers away on Seven, covers, TWO! Sha drags Seven up to drive elbows into his shoulders then wrap on a chinlock. Sha thrashes Seven around, but Seven endures.
Seven fights up as BT Sports Studio rallies. Seven throws body shots, but Sha throws Seven by his hair! Tag to Dar, Sha drags Seven over and Dar taunts Moustache Mountain. Dar gets Seven in double underhooks, but Seven resists the suplex! Or perhaps, is Dar stealing the Tyler Driver?! Seven powers up, slips out and CHOPS Dar! Dar ROCKS Seven, drags him back up, but Seven CHOPS Dar! And then fakes Dar out to clamp on! Dar wrenches out, sweeps the legs, then hammers away! Cover, TWO!! Dar and Sha both argue the count, but Dar drags Seven over to tag Sha in. Sha stomps Seven hard in the stomach! Sha JAMS his knee into Seven’s back, then drops a big elbow! Cover, TWO!
Seven scrambles but Sha catches up and keeps him down. Sha drags Seven back with a facelock and CLUBS him down. Sha gets Seven up and RAMS him into the corner! Dar tags in, throws hands on Seven, but lets off as the ref counts. Dar snapmares and wraps Seven up in a chinlock. Seven endures, reaches, but Dar traps an arm. Seven still fights up, but Dar KICKS him in the chest! Seven catches the next kick, but Dar elbows free to kick again! Seven catches it, CLUBS the leg, then reaches for Bate. Dar holds Seven back, Seven CHOPS free! Dar swings, Seven ducks and CHOPS back again! Seven fires up, and he feints the chop to DDT Dar down!
Both men are down and BT Sports Studio fires up! Seven and Dar crawl, Dar anchors Seven’s feet and drags him back! Seven gets up but Dar ducks the enziguri! Dar waistlocks but Seven elbows free, to switch and SNAP DRAGON SUPLEX! Hot tags to Sha and Bate! Bate fires off on Sha and ROCKS him with a EuroUpper! Bate whips Sha to a corner, runs in to back elbow, then whips him the other way. Sha reverses, Bate goes up and under and catches Sha for an EXPLODER! Bate kips up and fires up, as does BT Sports Studio! STANDING SHOOTING STAR! Cover, Dar breaks it! Seven shoves Dar out of the ring!
The ref is busy with Dar as Seven helps Bate get Sha up, POWERBOMB! Jackknife bridge, TWO!! Sha survives but Bate tags Seven in. Seven gets Sha up, Bate runs, but Sha breaks free before the rebound! SPINEBUSTER! The ref is busy with Bate and Dar gets in to BOOT Seven in a corner! Dar gets away with it, and feeds Seven to Sha’s scoop for the MICHINOKU DRIVER!! Cover, TWO!! Seven survives and shocks Dar and Sha! Seven crawls to a corner and Sha takes aim. “EAST~!” Sha runs in but Seven dodges and CHOPS back! Seven DECKS Dar, dumps Sha out to join him, and then builds speed! Bate tags in before Seven DIVES!
The granddaddy of all topes takes out Sha & Dar, but here comes Bate! Bate FLIES to bowl Sha & Dar down again! Bate gets Sha in, he and Seven coordinate, torture rack for the FLYING KNEE BIRMINGHAMMER!! Cover, Moustache Mountain wins!!
Winners: Moustache Mountain, by pinfall
The in-ring reunion is a success! Has this partnership been what Bate & Seven have been missing? Will this momentum help Bate take the Heritage Cup from A-Kid? Should all of the NXT UK Tag Division worry about having to climb Moustache Mountain once again?
This was a very good NXT UK, but perhaps is more of a way to bridge things to bigger episodes for Spring and Summer. Coffey VS Dennis was good but of course the rest of Gallus and The Hunt show up to brawl. The Six Man is happening next week and that is going to be great. It could go either way, but if Joe Coffey is teasing another go with Rampage Brown, I feel like Gallus has to win that. Coffey lost to Rampage in their first match, and Rampage lost to Walter, so Coffey at least needs momentum going into the rematch to have a chance at winning it. That is, if he’s going to win it. Rampage and Joe Coffey are perhaps two guys who have the misfortune of Walter being in NXT UK because he is so strong as champion, Rampage and Coffey are capped at upper midcard.
Gradwell VS Mastiff was a match that basically came outta nowhere, even with that little skit last week, but what a great win for Gradwell. There’s so much potential for Gradwell, not just in NXT UK but overall, so if he can string together wins to either get at the Heritage Cup or even get a shot at the UK Championship, that’d be great. Dragunov watching himself in replays was a great way to push his story forward without even really saying much of anything. Having Teoman’s next match be against another new NXT UK superstar is an interesting move, but it could turn into a bit of a sleeper hit since Teoman is very aggressive and agile, and I imagine so will Rohan Raja. That match can go either way, but it’ll definitely benefit both men in the long run.
Kenny Williams VS Amir Jordan 2 being a No Disqualification Loser Leaves match is quite the escalation but it is great for story. Williams won already, I have a feeling Jordan wins this time, and loser leaves NXT UK to go to 205 Live or even NXT Prime to challenge Kushida. Williams VS Kushida could even be about the Back to the Future theme they both love. Jinny VS Luna was alright, but of course Conners is a factor. I have a feeling Jinny & Conners are going to be the “mixed tag” team, Luna can team with either Mark Andrews or Flash Morgan Webster and still have a great match, and there’s a chance the first combination loses to compel the second combination to try.
The tag main event and Moustache Mountain’s return was really good, though it clocked in under 15 minutes. Sha & Dar make a good tag team, too, and I really thought they were going to get the upset win there. But Bate & Seven need the momentum, they are still a great team, and so they get the win. Bate may or may not beat A-Kid for the Heritage Cup, but Moustache Mountain really should get back into the UK Tag Division to fire it back up.
My Score: 8.3/10
Andrew’s IMPACT Results & Match Ratings: 12.1.2022
After the holiday, we get on track for Hard to Kill. Deonna vs Mickie James is the main event…do we see Mickie’s career end tonight?
With the holiday last week, I wasn’t home to cover IMPACT so it’s going to be a fun night of how much I remember and how well they frame the stories.
We’re on the road to Hard to Kill, so we need to remind people about Over Drive and then move forward. I’m also curious if we get any resolution on the VBD stare down after EY lost. I really don’t want EY to get kicked since that will be a sad group of mid card sacks of shit. But I guess we’ll see.
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) December 2, 2022
- Rich Swann vs Bully Ray: Swann wins via DQ – * 1/2
- Moose vs Bhupinder Gujjar: Moose wins via Lights Out – * 3/4
- Steve Maclin vs Frankie Kazarian: Kaz wins via DQ – **
- Last Rodeo: Deonna Purrazzo vs Mickie James: Mickie wins via Victory Roll – *** 1/2
We get the Over Drive highlights, so I’m guessing they did their usual Thanksgiving fun episode. Bully Ray walks out to start the show. Bully recaps things, explains how he kept his word while running down the crowd, intimidating children and doing solid heel work.
It goes a little long, but thankfully Rich Swann eventually gets sick of the diatribe and rushes the ring. Swann gets in a few pot shots, but Bully bails out, tries to walk away and gets a plancha. The referee comes out and the match will kick off the show!
Rich Swann vs Bully Ray
Bully jaws a little, lays in some punches and power moves but Rich eventually turns the tide. The quick step over back kick and a Frog Splash for 1. But then Bully catches Rich on the top rope, Tree of Woe and starts wailing on him.
Bully keeps control of Swann until Swann drops down with the Jawbreaker and then we see him start using the speed and athleticism with kicks and top rope moves. Bully stifles Rich, goes for the Avalanche Senton as he flirts with the referee and misses. Rich hits a 450 Splash for 2, and then we see a little back and forth, before Bully grabs his chain and hits Rich in front of the referee. So the DQ happens but Bully doesn’t care. Bully gets a chair and other weapons from under the ring and starts beating on Rich.
Bully really likes these zip ties, Tommy Dreamer comes out to stop Bully though. They argue, Bully shoves Dreamer and then D’Amore hits the ring to try and quell this. Bully is defiant, even D’Amore is getting fired up and looks like he wants to fight Bully. Dreamer trying to keep D’Amore away from Bully is funny and pretty great.
Moose vs Bhupinder Gujjar
Definitely not a match I expected.
Moose gets in the early shots, but Gujjar starts to fire back and he gets some solid shots sending Moose to the outside. Gujjar takes to long to pander after the Dropkick and Moose has him eat a Big Boot into an Apron Powerbomb.
Gujjar shows more fire but Moose cuts him down. Moose goes for the Lights Out, but Gujjar dodges sending Moose into the corner. A few shots, Ripcord Knee, Slingblade and now…tuning up the Gargoyle Spear but Moose side steps it like Samoa Joe. Gujjar leapfrogs the Lights Out again, but Moose puts the brakes on and fires back connecting with the Lights Out and the win.
Moose starts to rant and says that he doesn’t want any of the idiots to to talk about Bully Ray or “Say his name”, and then JOE HENDRY’s music hits! There is already a “This is Awesome” chant just with Joe Hendry and Moose standing in the ring. Hendry fights Moose off mostly and Gujjar hits the awful Spear out of nowhere to get Moose to powder out.
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) December 2, 2022
Steve Maclin vs Frankie Kazarian
Maclin starts off with some big strikes but Kaz ducks the line and hits the Springboard Reverse Elbow, and begins his offensive. Kaz beats on him in one corner then Maclin tosses him out and we see some back and forth. Neither are really landing big strikes, Maclin keeps some control with smaller strikes and knees against the ropes, but nothing really definitive.
A few of Maclin’s shots piss off Kaz and they Hockey Fight a little but Maclin keeps all of the control. Kaz does finally start a comeback and we get some of the classic Kaz Flying Forearm, Guillotine Legdrop and Slingshot Cutter. Maclin powder…and grabs a chair. So…another DQ finish?
Last Rodeo: Deonna Purrazzo vs Mickie James
They do a good job pacing things back and forth early on. Deonna fights back and starts to rock Mickie, the Slingshot into the bottom rope gives Deonna full control. Headlock Takeover and tries to wear Mickie down, Mickie fires back but Deonna refuses to give her the advantage. Mickie finally manages to slow her down with a Headscissors and now we get Mickie dropping Deonna down, Mickie goes to the top for the Thesz Press, but Deonna pushes her off.
Commercial break kicks in, and Deonna hits a Brainbuster for a few sequential pinfall attempts, but Mickie refuses to stay down. Camel Clutch from Deonna is wearing down Mickie but she manages to fight out. A few back elbows, then Mickie goes to the ropes to try offense but Deonna stifles. They struggle and Mickie finally gets Deonna on the outside, Dropkick and Thesz Press to the outside.
Mickie throws Deonna in, Missile Dropkick, Neckbreaker and looking for the Mick D-T, but Deonna stops it. Tornado DDT attempt from Mickie, but a Pump Kick from Deonna drops Mickie for a 2 count. Queen’s Gambit attempt, Superkick counter from Mickie for another 2. Mick D-T again, but Deonna blocks and swings around driving Mickie down into the Fujiwara. Venus Di Milo gets locked in too close to the ropes.
Locomotion Victory Rolls, Deonna tries to grab the tights, but Mickie counters through and picks up the win with a little tights pull of her own.
Jordynne’s music hits. She basically says they both put things behind them, and challenges Mickie at Hard to Kill. Career versus Title.
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) December 2, 2022
Overall Score: 6/10
Honestly, Bully went on a little long, Moose’s promo was a little too similar to Bully just being a piece of shit. Plus the match quality aside from the main event was lame, two DQs is redundant…so yeah, not sure what to make of this.
Career versus Title for Knockouts is nice but then after that we had the vignette killing off Eric Young so VBD is a mid card faction. Which I guess is a little sad since this is the best Deaner we’ve ever seen, but he’s still not a credible on the card.
So it was a weird show, but Joe Hendry always makes things a little better.
Mitchell’s NJPW WTL X Super Jr. Tag Results & Report! (11/30/22)
World Tag League, Round 4!
Will the United Empire continue to conquer?
World Tag League finally goes again, and round four might be bad luck for the top of the block! Will Aussie Open continue to lead as an undefeated duo?
- Tomoaki Honma & Ryohei Oiwa VS Yuto Nakashima & Oska Leube; Nakashima & Leube win.
- Six Man Tag: Master Wato, Clark Connors & Kosei Fujita VS Suzuki-Gun; Suzuki-Gun wins.
- 8 Man Tag: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS Bullet Club; LIJ wins.
- World Tag League 2022: Alex Coughlin & Gabriel Kidd VS Bad Luck Fale & Chase Owens; Fale & Chase win.
- World Tag League 2022: Great-O-Khan & Aaron Henare VS Minoru Suzuki & Lance Archer; Suzuki & Archer win.
- World Tag League 2022: Aussie Open VS EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi; Aussie Open wins.
- World Tag League 2022: Tetsuya Naito & SANADA VS Shane Haste & Mikey Nicholls; Shane & Mikey win.
- World Tag League 2022: Toru Yano & Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI; Yano & Tanahashi win.
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Here are the current World Tag League standings!
Aussie Open: 3-0, 6 points
Goto & Hashi: 2-1, 4 points
Naito & Sanada: 2-1, 4 points
Suzuki & Archer: 2-1, 4 points
Khan & Henare: 2-1, 4 points
The Mighty: 2-1, 4 points
Yano & Tanahashi: 1-2, 2 points
Chase & Fale: 1-2, 2 points
Evil & Yujiro: 0-3, 0 points
Coughlin & Kidd: 0-3, 0 points
World Tag League 2022: Alex Coughlin & Gabriel Kidd VS Bad Luck Fale & Chase Owens!
The #MechanicalBulls are barely holding on, but so are the General’s Jewels! Who gets a grip and claws their way back up before it’s too late?
The teams sort out and Kidd starts against Chase. Fans rally as the two circle, and they’re able to cheer “KIDDU! KIDDU!” The two tie up with knuckle locks, break, then go again. Chase waistlocks, but Kidd pries free to wrench. Chase spins and wrenches back to top wristlock. Kidd slips around, spins Chase and snapmares, then sits him up to a chinlock. Chase fights up to get in the ropes. The ref counts the break and Kidd counts along to let go at 4. Chase is annoyed but Kidd says it’s okay. Kidd and Chase approach, Chase kicks the knuckle lock away to tie up collar ‘n’ elbow. Chase puts Kidd in a corner, the ref counts, and Chase lets off.
Chase CHOPS Kidd, but Kidd DECKS Chase! Kidd fires up and fans applaud. Chase stands up and resets with Kidd, they tie up, and Chase claws Kidd’s eyes! The ref reprimands, Chase headlocks but Kidd powers out. Chase runs Kidd over and tells him, “SUCK IT!” Things speed up, Kidd hurdles but Chase stomps the monkey flip with a stomp! Chase headlocks but Coughlin tags in as Kidd powers out. Kidd drops down and Coughlin scoops Chase to SLAM! Kidd drops a SENTON, then the Mechanical Bulls flex. Coughlin deadlift gut wrenches for the SUPLEX! Fans fire up and Chase goes to a corner. Coughlin runs in, but Chase dodges!
Chase CHOPS, and CHOPS, but Coughlin just frowns at him. Coughlin puts Chase in the corner, but Chase blocks the chop with knees! Coughlin shapes out the arm and Chase storms up on him, but Coughlin picks Chase up to RAM him in the corner! Coughlin UPPERCUTS, CHOPS, and roars! Fans fire up with The Android as he drags Chase up. Coughlin tags Kidd, whips Chase, then kicks Chase low. Kidd knee lifts, Coughlin CHOPS, and Chase falls for Kidd to drop an elbow! Fale gets in but Coughlin kicks him first. The Mechanical Bulls mug Fale then double whip, but Fale runs them both over! Fans fire up as the Rogue General stomps Kidd.
Fale drags Kidd up, whips him corner to corner, and Chase stomps a mudhole in. Chase drags Kidd up to scrape his face on the ropes! Tag to Fale, and Chase pushes Kidd down for him and Fale to stand on his back! The ref counts but Chase & Fale salute. Bullet Club steps away at 4, and Fale drags Kidd to a cover. TWO, and Fale is upset with the ref. Fans rally for Kidd but Fale stomps him down. Fale drags Kidd up but Kidd CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Fale throat chops back! Kidd sputters and Fale tags Chase. Chase drags Kidd up, he and Fale double whip, and they body shot, knee lift and LARIAT! Cover, TWO!
Fans fire up for Kidd but Chase taunts Coughlin. The ref stops Coughlin from getting in as Chase brings Kidd up. Kidd swings but Chase dodges to BELL CLAP! Chase throws Kidd down for the NECK TWEAK! Kidd writhes and Chase tags Fale. Bullet Club whip Kidd to a corner, then Fale runs in, only for Kidd to dodge! Chase runs in but Kidd dumps him out! Fans rally up but Fale stomps Kidd down. Fale drags Kidd up, scoops him, but Kidd slips off! SUPERKICK! Fale staggers away and fans fire up! Kidd crawls for his corner, hot tag to- NO, Chase trips Coughlin! Chase wags his finger, and Fale SPLASHES Kidd in the corner! Cover, TWO!
Fans rally up and Kidd sputters, but Fale tags Chase. Chase drags Kidd up and calls his shot! Chase suplexes, but Kidd blocks! Kidd throws body shots, but Chase blocks his suplex. They fight for control and fans rally up. Chase gets Kidd up, but Kidd fights back down to TENZAN BRAINBUSTER! Kidd fires up as fans fire up, and both men crawl to their corners. Hot tags to Coughlin and Fale! The Android dodges the General to RAM shoulders! Coughlin fires off forearms then scoops! But Fale’s too big! Or is he?! Fale CLUBS Coughlin before he’s off the ground too far! Fale scoops Coughlin to a fireman’s carry, but Coughlin fights free!
Coughlin fires off more forearms, he ROCKS Fale, then tries the scoop! Fans rally but Fale resists! Coughlin knees low, CHOPS, and fires up! “LET’S GO!!” Coughlin runs but Fale CLOBBERS him! Fale then runs to drop a BIG elbow! Cover, TWO! Fans cheer as Coughlin is still in this. Tag to Chase, Bullet Club double whip to FLAPJACK and SLIDING BOOT! Cover, but Kidd breaks it! Fans fire up as Kidd fires off forearms on Bullet Club! Kidd forearms, CHOPS, repeat! Kidd roars, runs, but Chase gets around to waistlock and lift! Fale runs in, GRENADE LAUNCHER! Fale whips Coughlin corner to corner, Chase runs in and forearm smashes!
Fale runs in to SPLASH! Fale then scoops Coughlin and Chase goes up, but Coughlin slips free! Coughlin shoves Fale into Chase, and Chase falls onto his crown jewels! Fale staggers, into a SCOOP SLAM!! The Android roars and fans fire up! Coughlin clinches Chase, for an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Fans fire up more and Coughlin drags Chase up. But Chase BOOTS, C-TRIGGERS, and tucks Coughlin in! PACKAGE DRIVER!! Cover, Chase & Fale win!
Winners: Chase Owens & Bad Luck Fale, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Coughlin & Kidd earn 0)
Chase turns things around in the blink of an eye, and he and Fale survive the Mechanical Bulls! Can they survive until the end of the league to be a finalist? As for Coughlin & Kidd, is their run already over at 0-4?
World Tag League 2022: Great-O-Khan & Aaron Henare VS Minoru Suzuki & Lance Archer!
The All United Empire Finals is still possible, but only if the Dominator & Ultimate Weapon continue to dominate! Will they keep their hopes alive? Or will even the Empire see that #EverybodyDies?
As always, The Orchestrator, Gideon Grey, is here to give the Empire’s introductions. As for the Murderhawk Monster, he storms over the railing to get right up to commentary! Milano Collection AT and Master Wato ask for mercy, they don’t wanna get hit. Then Suzuki makes his entrance and Archer chases Gideon! Gideon runs all the way to the back row, and Archer pushes Young Lion Oskar Leube out of his way. Fans all join in on “KAZE NI NARE!” and then Suzuki-Gun attacks the Empire! Archer kicks Henare and throws him out while Suzuki himself is after Khan! Suzuki throws Khan out, stomps him at ringside, and the bell rings!
Suzuki stands Khan up to knee him low, then kick him down! Archer chases a cameraman off, but then Henare dodges his boot into the post! Henare comes back to ROCK Archer! Khan and Suzuki trade forearms, then Suzuki kicks low. Suzuki whips, Khan reverses and Suzuki hits railing! Suzuki slumps down and Khan is after him. Khan shakes the railing while choking Suzuki with his foot! Khan lets off to CLUB Suzuki but Suzuki throws body shots. Khan CLUBS Suzuki again, puts him in the ring, and then drags him around to CHOKE! The ref counts, Khan lets off and brings up all the stuff Suzuki was doing.
Suzuki kicks at Khan from below, but Khan stomps away on Suzuki! Khan CHOKES Suzuki again, but lets off as the ref reprimands. Fans rally up as Khan drags Suzuki up. Khan puts Suzuki in the corner, CLUBS him, then hops up onto his throne! Fans applaud but Suzuki snarls as Khan pulls back the arms! Henare talks trash right to Suzuki’s face while the ref manages to keep Archer back. Suzuki SPITS at Henare! Khan hops off, Henare CLUBS Suzuki, then Khan tags Henare in. The Empire mugs Suzuki but he fights back with CHOPS and palm strikes! But the Empire still mugs Suzuki with clubbing arms.
Henare ROCKS Suzuki with forearm after forearm in the corner, then digs his boots in! The ref counts and Henare lets off, but Suzuki stands right up! Henare KICKS, KICKS and ROCKS Suzuki! Fans fire up, and Suzuki hits back! Suzuki wrenches an arm, brings Henare to ropes, then HOTSHOTS the arm! Henare swings on Suzuki but into a HANGING ARMBAR! Archer runs to BLAST Khan off the apron! The ref reprimands, Suzuki lets off and drags Henare out to whip him hard into the railing! Suzuki ELBOWS Henare in the head and Henare drops to the floor. Archer stomps Khan around outside to keep him down.
Archer apparently takes offense to Khan’s ponytail being a braid, it’s too much like Archer’s murderhawk braid. Anyway, Suzuki stands Henare up, slaps him around, and he bumps Henare off the apron. The ring count climbs but Suzuki puts Henare in at 5 of 20. Tag to Archer, and Suzuki-Gun stands on Henare’s head! The ref reprimands, Suzuki-Gun steps away, and Archer drags Henare back up. Archer puts Henare in a corner, stomps a mudhole in, laughs and stomps some more. Archer digs his knee in but the ref counts. Archer lets off at 4, then Suzuki gets a shot in. Suzuki returns the trash talk from earlier as he slaps Henare around.
Archer stands Henare up and Henare throws a body shot. Archer fires up and throws his shirt off, egging Henare on. Henare throws forearms, then a CHOP! Archer laughs and dares him to do that again. Henare CHOPS, so Archer DECKS him! Fans fire up while Archer looms over Henare. Archer drags Henare up and to the corner to tag in Suzuki. Suzuki-Gun mugs Henare with body shot after body shot! Suzuki hits Henare one more time and he falls over! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up but Suzuki drags Henare up. Henare throws a forearm, but Suzuki gives it back! Suzuki eggs Henare on so Henare throws another forearm!
Suzuki ROCKS Henare with a shot, fans rally up, and Henare fires off a flurry! Suzuki kicks low! Suzuki runs, but Henare blocks the kick to step-over WHEEL KICK! Both men are down and fans fire up! Henare stirs, hurries over, hot tag to Khan! Khan throws hands on Suzuki then the Mongolian Chop! Khan whips Suzuki to a corner and clotheslines from behind! Khan dribbles Suzuki’s head off the buckles! The ref reprimands but Khan SLAM DUNKS Suzuki! Suzuki staggers around, Khan runs, and he runs Suzuki over! Cover, ONE!! Suzuki is still a tough old bastard and Khan drags him up.
Fans rally up as Khan whips Suzuki corner to corner. Suzuki reverses and BOOTS Khan! Then Suzuki dribbles Khan off the buckles! Fans rally, Suzuki snapmares and PENALTY KICKS! Suzuki seems to prefer soccer to basketball. Cover, TWO! Suzuki stomps Khan, slaps him around, but Khan stands as fans rally. Khan ROCKS Suzuki, but Suzuki ROCKS Khan! The forearms go back and forth, harder and harder, faster and faster, and fans rally with each shot! Khan ROCKS Suzuki, ROCKS him again, but Suzuki just laughs! Suzuki ROCKS Khan right back! Khan wobbles and drops to a knee! Suzuki eggs Khan on, so Khan Mongolian Chops!
Khan Mongolian Chops again! Khan roars, runs, but Suzuki kitchen sink knees him down! Tag to Archer! Archer stalks Khan, and clamps on an IRON CLAW! But Khan clamps on HIS IRON CLAW! The fans rally for the battle of iron claws! Khan and Archer go back and forth, but Archer breaks free to full nelson! Khan breaks free of that to drag Archer down to a KNEEBAR! Archer flails and crawls and reaches out as Khan grapevines the leg! Khan has a HEEL HOOK, then shifts the angle! Archer keeps moving and gets the ROPEBREAK! Fans cheer as Khan lets off to tag Henare. Khan still anchors the leg, then he and Henare stomp Archer down.
Henare drags Archer up to throw body shots in the corner. Henare & Khan double whip Archer corner to corner, then Khan runs in to clothesline! Henare runs in to add a clothesline! Henare feeds Archer to the HITSUJIGOROSHI, then grabs at the legs. But Suzuki runs in to CLUB Henare and stop the Fubuki! Suzuki CHOPS Henare, CHOPS Khan, repeat! HEADBUTT for Henare, HEADBUTT for Khan! Henare swings but Suzuki gets around to shove Henare into Khan! Suzuki runs but into SUPERKICK BOOT COMBO! Fans fire up and Khan runs at Archer in the corner, but into a BOOT! Henare runs in, but Archer dodges!
Archer puts Khan in a corner, and he sees he has two targets! Fans fire up as Archer runs to back elbow Henare! And runs corner to corner to back elbow Khan! Back to Henare, but then Khan dodges! Archer kicks Khan, runs, but into a chicken wing and PONYTAIL CHOKE! The ref reprimands but Khan feeds Archer to Henare’s HEEL KICK! Khan puts on HITSUJIGOROSHI, Henare gets the legs for FUBUKI, then MARINE!! Cover, TWO!! Archer survives and fans fire up again! Henare calls the shot, and he fireman’s carries Archer. Khan runs, but Suzuki slips in to catch Khan with a SLEEPER HOLD!
Archer slips free to choke grip Henare! But Henare throws a HARD body shot! Henare roars and runs in, to SHINING WIZARD in the corner! Henare shoves Archer out, goes up, but Archer blocks the “brain chop!” Archer STEP-UP KNEES Henare, and has the inverted crucifix! BLACKOUT BOMB!! Cover, Suzuki-Gun wins!
Winners: Lance Archer & Minoru Suzuki, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Khan & Henare earn 0)
The Suzuki Army just conquered the United Empire! Did they just kill the hopes of an All United Empire Finals? Or can Khan & Henare find new live in the next round?
World Tag League 2022: Aussie Open VS EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi!
Speaking of the Empire, Mark Davis & Kyle Fletcher are leading the pack, hoping to carve their names in history! Will “Dunk-Zilla” and the “Aussie Arrow” still be riding high? Or will the King of Darkness & Tokyo Pimp bring them down by any means necessary?
Gideon Grey returns, safe from Archer, to give Aussie Open their introductions. Then the House of Torture makes their entrance, with Dick Togo already accompanying them outright. Who knows where Sho is lurking, but surely he’s here, too. Aussie Open don’t sweat Evil or Yujiro as they taunt them during the introductions. Fletcher tells Dick to shoo, “See you later, bucko.” But then the House of Torture attack 3v2! Evil claws Fletcher’s eyes while Dick and Yujiro mug Davis. Dick even DECKS Gideon! Yujiro throws Davis out while Evil throws Fletcher out. The bell rings to put this on record as the brawling continues outside.
Evil and Yujiro whip Aussie Open but Aussie Open reverse to send Evil and Yujiro into railing! Then Aussie Open pick them up, run around the way, and SANDWICH them at ramp side! Fans fire up and Fletcher helps Gideon back up. Fletcher CLUBS Evil, Davis puts Yujiro in, and Fletcher goes in after Yujiro. Fans rally up as Aussie Open double whip the Pimp to double sledge, PENALTY KICK and SENTON! Fans fire up as Davis covers, TWO! Davis glares at Dick then drags Yujiro up to ROCK him with a forearm. Tag to Kyle, Aussie Open mugs Yujiro, and Yujiro staggers around. Fletcher reels Yujiro in, but Yujiro wrenches and BITES Fletcher’s hand!
The ref reprimands, Yujiro stops and he kicks Fletcher low. Yujiro whips, Fletcher reverses but Yujiro holds ropes. Fletcher runs in but into a FLAPJACK HOTSHOT! Evil BLASTS Davis and goes out after him! Dick ROCKS Fletcher while Evil brings Davis around. Evil RAMS Davis into the timekeeper! Davis and Abe-san both flop down on the other side of the railing! The ref reprimands and Young Lions hurry to help Abe-san. Evil kicks Fletcher around, pulls his hair, then puts him in the ring for Yujiro. Yujiro drags Fletcher to a cover and the ref returns to count, ONE! Fans rally but Evil is already annoyed with the count.
Yujiro bumps Fletcher off buckles, tags Evil, and Evil has the ref check Davis But this is so Evil can CHOKE Fletcher with his shirt! Fans boo but Evil gets away with that and covers, TWO! Evil is upset again but the ref defends his count. Tag to Yujiro and he drags Kyle up. Yujiro snapmares and runs to basement BOOT! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up with Fletcher as Evil argues the count. Yujiro drags Fletcher up, fans rally and cheer for Aussie Open. Yujiro ROCKS Fletcher, brings him around, and ROCKS him again. Evil holds Fletcher in place so Yujiro can CHOKE him with a boot! The ref has to keep Davis back so the House of Torture gets away with that.
Evil taunts Davis, then he drags Fletcher up into a cobra twist. Yujiro and Dick link up with Evil to link to the railing for leverage! Fans boo and Gideon storms over, but Dick kicks him first! Dick then makes Gideon part of the chain! Fletcher endures even more before the ref notices! The ref counts, the House lets off and Fletcher crawls away. Evil keeps him from Davis but taunts Davis to reach out. Evil brings Fletcher around but Fletcher fires off forearms! But Evil knees low! Evil suplexes but Fletcher blocks! Fans rally as Fletcher keeps fighting, and he wrenches out to get around and SNAP HALF ‘N’ HALF!
Fans fire up with Fletcher and he crawls for his corner. Hot tag to Davis! Dunk-Zilla blasts through Yujiro to corner clothesline Evil! Then Davis CHOPS Yujiro, and corner clotheslines Evil again! Another CHOP for Yujiro, another corner clothesline for Evil! Davis goes for another but Yujiro dodges the chop to kick low. Evil & Yujiro double whip Davis, but Davis handsprings and comes back to DOUBLE LARIAT! Fans fire up with Davis as he storms up to Evil in a corner. Davis CHOP-LARIATS! And CHOP-LARIATS! And CHOP-LARIATS again! Davis drags Evil up to fireman’s carry, but Evil slips around to a waistlock.
Davis elbows free but Dick swipes at him! Dick plays innocent, and Davis turns around into an EYE RAKE! Evil whips Davis into bare buckles! The fans boo the Bullet Club Special but Yujiro tags in. Yujiro & Evil stomp Davis, then Yujiro drags Davis up. Yujiro stands Davis against ropes to BOOT him! Yujiro then brings Davis out to FISHERMAN BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up for Aussie Open but Yujiro brings Davis up. Davis fights the Incolle Slam, but Yujiro kick slow! Yujiro whips, Davis reverses and runs in, but Yujiro dodges! Yujiro runs in but Davis catches him to BUCKLE SHOT!
Davis runs side to side to SLIDING FOREARM! Fans fire up and Davis runs to BLAST Evil! But Dick grabs Davis! Fletcher runs in to SHOTGUN Dick down! Aussie Open brings Yujiro up, POP-UP KICK! And then the scoop, to the LAWN DART CUTTER! Cover, but Evil breaks it! Fletcher CLUBS Evil and throws him out! Fletcher hurries back to the corner, Davis tags him in! Fans rally as Aussie Open calls for the finish, but here’s SHO! Sho distracts everyone by brandishing his wrench! The ref tells Sho to get down so he does, but this allows Evil to shove Aussie Open into each other, and the ref!
Fans boo as Dick gets in to JAM Davis with a chair! And again! The House of Torture mugs Aussie Open 4v2! Fans boo harder, then they rally up for Aussie Open. Gideon gets in to block Sho from using the wrench! But Evil CLUBS Gideon! But here comes GREAT-O-KHAN! He BOOTS Sho down and DECKS Dick! He Mongolian Chops Evil, dodges Yujiro and hits the RUNNING NECKBREAKER! Fans roar and the Empire fires back up! Aussie Open aim at Evil, SUPERKICK BOOT COMBO! Evil goes down, Yujiro staggers, and he has his pimp cane! The ref stops Yujiro from using it, and then Gideon gets in to LOW BLOW Yujiro!
Fans fire up and Aussie Open give Yujiro COREALIS!! Cover, Aussie Open wins!
Winners: Aussie Open, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Evil & Yujiro earn 0)
The House of Torture can’t seem to figure it out! Will they ever get on the board at this rate? As for Fletcher & Davis, is it only a matter of time before they conquer the World Tag League?
World Tag League 2022: Tetsuya Naito & SANADA VS Shane Haste & Mikey Nicholls!
It was Lights Out for the Uncontrollable Charisma & Cold Skull last round, but The Mighty did not kneel! Will Shane & Mikey stay standing? Or will Los Ingobernables de Japon make them tranquilo?
Naito takes his time with his entrance attire as always, which mildly annoys The Mighty. Shane mocks Sanada’s dancing pecks with butt flexing. The teams sort out and Mikey wants Naito to step up. LIJ fist bumps, fans cheer, and Naito obliges. Fans rally for “NA-I-TO!” at the bell. Naito and Mikey circle slowly, feel things out, then Naito toys around with the step forward and the step back. Mikey gets annoyed but they tie up. Mikey waistlocks but Naito wrenches out to a wristlock. Mikey rolls, wrenches, wristlocks, but Naito rolls, wrenches and hammerlocks. Mikey reaches back to headlock, but Naito powers out, only for Mikey to run him over!
Naito gets up, Mikey runs him over again! Mikey wrenches and whips Naito to ropes, but Naito whips the back drop away. Mikey comes back to turn Naito’s back drop into a suplex! Mikey holds Naito up and fans rally! Mikey keeps Naito for over TEN before the SLAM! Cover, TWO! Fans rally and Mikey drags Naito up. Mikey puts Naito in the corner, tags Shane, and the Mighty stomp away. Shane snapmares to basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Shane keeps on Naito’s arm with a knuckle lock. Shane KICKS Naito in the back, wrenches the arm and YANKS it. Shane wrenches and YANKS again, then tags Mikey.
The Mighty mugs Naito, double whips him, but Naito ducks the double clothesline to shove Mikey into Shane! Shane falls out of the ring and Naito whips Mikey to ropes. Sanada trips Mikey and Naito basement dropkicks! Fans rally up as Mikey flops out of the ring. Naito goes out after Mikey and whips him hard into railing! Sanada bumps Shane off the apron, then Naito whips Mikey into more railing! The ring count starts, Mikey drags himself up and in at 9 of 20. Naito headlocks Mikey and claws his eyes! The ref reprimands, Naito lets off, but then he just claws Mikey’s eyes! The ref counts, Naito lets off and tags Sanada in.
LIJ mugs Mikey, Sanada wrenches and CLUBS the arm. Sanada YANKS, wrenches, but Mikey throws big forearms! Sanada waistlocks, hammerlocks, then twists the arm. Mikey throws elbows to back Sanada up into a corner. Mikey whips but Sanada reverses. Sanada runs in, he blocks the boot, and he CLUBS the leg! Mikey falls, Sanada tags Naito, and Naito whips Mikey to another corner. Naito runs in to JUMP KICK! Leg sweep! COMBINACION CABRON! Fans fire up as Naito poses, and he taunts Shane. Naito drags Mikey up but Mikey throws a haymaker. Naito returns it so Mikey throws another. They go back and forth, faster and faster, and fans fire up!
Mikey ROCKS Naito, ROCKS him again, then ROLLING ELBOWS! But Naito just rakes Mikey’s eyes! The ref counts, Naito lets off and whips corner to corner. Naito runs in but Mikey UPPERCUTS! Mikey runs but into a kick! Naito whips, runs in, but Mikey LARIATS Naito down! Fans fire up as both men crawl for their corners, hot tag to Shane! Shane CLOBBERS Naito, BLASTS Sanada then ELBOWS Naito! Shane whips Naito corner to corner to UPPERCUT him down! Sanada gets in, kicks Shane low and whips him to ropes. Shane reverses to wrench and SAIDO! Fans fire up, Shane KICKS, BOOTS and INVERTED EXPLODERS Naito! Cover, TWO!
Fans rally up and Shane stalks Naito. Shane drags Naito up, hoists him up top and ROCKS Naito with a right. Shane climbs up after Naito but Naito CLAWS Shane’s eyes! Shane staggers away but Mikey rushes in to ROCK Naito! Mikey climbs up but Naito fires off forearms! Mikey drops back but he gives Shane a boost! Shane gets Naito, SUPERPLEX POWERBOMB COMBO! Mikey drags Shane onto the cover but Sanada breaks it! Mikey CLUBS Sanada and throws him out. Shane and Naito stir, Mikey whips Sanada but Sanada reverses! Mikey hits railing hard! Shane drags Naito up, reels him in, but Naito blocks the lift!
Naito wrenches out to throw ELBOW after ELBOW! Shane avoids an elbow to UPPERCUT, then he whips only for Naito to reverse it, TORNADO DDT! Fans fire up while both men are down! Naito crawls as fans rally, hot tag to Sanada! Sanada runs in at Shane and blocks a boot! Shane kicks free, but Sanada dropkicks the legs, then dropkicks Shane out of the ring! Sanada hurries and PLANCHAS! Direct hit and fans fire up! Sanada drags Shane back up, puts him back in, and fans rally again. Sanada springboards but Shane gets under! Shane comes back, but into a fireman’s carry! Shane slips off, Sanada elbows him away, but Mikey sneaks a tag.
Shane wrenches Sanada but Sanada fights the back suplex. Sanada swings at Mikey but into the BACK SUPLEX NECKBREAKER! Fans fire up as Mikey runs to SLIDING LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Sanada is still in this but Mikey snarls. Fans rally, Mikey drags Sanada up and fireman’s carries, only for Sanada to slip off! Sanada ducks the back elbow but right into a DDT! Fans rally back up while both men are down, and Mikey roars! Mikey drags Sanada up to scoop, but Sanada slips off to shove Mikey into Naito’s atomic drop! ENZIGURI! Fireman’s carry and T K O! Cover, Shane breaks it! Naito throws Mikey out and fans fire up as Sanada climbs the corner!
ROUNDING BODY- NO, Sanada has to land out as Mikey moves! Shane gets in to BROKEN ARROW! Naito dropkicks Shane’s legs out! Mikey storms up into Naito’s ELBOW! Mikey roars, Naito dodges his lariat and comes back to dropkick the legs! Naito runs, CORRIENDO SHIKI- NO, Mikey blocks Destino and Shane runs in, LAWN DART DDT! Fans fire up and Mikey drags Sanada up. Shane hops up, Mikey scoops, but Sanada slips off to shove Mikey at Shane! Sanada O’Conner BRI- NO, Mikey stops the bridge and shoves Sanada into Shane’s ROUNDHOUSE! Mikey scoops Sanada again, TANK BUSTER!! Cover, The Mighty win!!
Winners: Shane Haste & Mikey Nicholls, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Naito & Sanada earn 0)
The Mighty Don’t Kneel, and they find a way to win! Will Shane & Mikey find an outside way into the finals? Is the pressure to make it to WrestleKingdom going to break Naito before the league is out?
World Tag League 2022: Toru Yano & Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI!
The Joker & The Ace finally got on the board, but the winstreak of one win might already end against the Fierce Warrior & Head Hunter. Can the trickster bring himself to pull any tricks on his friends in Chaos? Or will Bishamon turn out the lights on Yano & Tanahashi?
The teams sort out and Yano grows impatient. He doesn’t even take note of Tanahashi taking off his jacket to show off the muscles. Goto steps up and Yano fires up. The bell rings and fans rally and duel. Yano squats and talks some smack, but Goto squats with him! Goto gives back the trash talk, Hashi steps in to back Goto up, and even smooshes Goto’s face up to make it more menacing! Yano says enough jokes, but Goto blocks Yano’s kick! Hashi runs to dropkick the leg! Goto BLASTS Tanahashi, then Bishamon brings Yano up to drum away! Tanahashi rushes in, but Bishamon kicks him to drum him, too! Fans fire up as Bishamon stands tall.
Goto stomps Yano to a corner, fires forearms, then whips him corner to corner. Yano reverses, then hurries to untie a buckle pad! Yano fires up but turns around into a kick! But the pad shielded Yano! Fans boo and Goto can’t believe it! Yano throws the pad to Goto and SLAPS him! Yano whips and Goto hits the buckles! Hashi runs in, Yano kicks him and whips him into bare buckles, too! Tag to Tanahashi and Yano throws Hashi out. Tanahashi drags Goto up, throws him out, and the bad boys bring Bishamon around to whip into railing! Fans rally and cheer as Tanahashi drags Goto back up to put him in the ring.
Tanahashi stomps Goto’s leg then YANKS it! Fans cheer as Tanahashi air guitars. Tanahashi drags Goto up and bumps him off buckles. Tag to Yano, and he bumps Goto off the bare buckles! And again! Fans fire up while Red Shoes keeps Hashi back. Yano whips Goto into the bare buckles now! Goto hobbles and fans fire up. Yano kneels on Goto for a cover, but Red Shoes says it’s a choke! Yano says no, it’s just up high! Yano stomps Goto, drags him up and bumps him off buckles. Tag to Tanahashi, and the bad boys whip Goto to ropes. They run him over, then they squat! Tanahashi drags Goto up, but Goto CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS!
Tanahashi throws body shots, runs, but Goto follows to LARIAT! Fans fire up while both men are down! Goto and Tanahashi crawl, hot tag to Hashi! Hashi ELBOWS Tanahashi down, BLASTS Yano, then storms up on Tanahashi. Tanahashi kicks low, whips Hashi to the padded corner, but Hashi comes back to CHOP! Hashi mule kicks and turns Tanahashi for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally and Hashi runs in again, to CHOP Tanahashi against ropes! Hashi hangs Tanahashi out to dry, runs side to side, and he DROPKICKS Tanahashi down! Cover, TWO! Fans continue to rally and Hashi stalks Tanahashi.
Fans rally, “GO ACE! GO ACE!” but Hashi brings Tanahashi up. Hashi reels Tanahashi in but Tanahashi fights the lift. Hashi keeps trying, but Tanahashi wrenches out. Hashi ROCKS Tanahashi, but Tanahashi ROCKS Hashi! They go back and forth, forearm for forearm, and fans rally up! Tanahashi gets the edge, but Hashi CHOPS back! Hashi aims but Tanahashi blocks the superkick to DRAGON SCREW! Fans rally while both men are down! Hashi and Tanahashi crawl, hot tags to Goto and Yano! Yano dodges Goto, claws his eyes and whips him, but Goto reverses! Yano hits the bare buckles, then Goto hits MURAMASA, and the BULLDOG! Cover, TWO!
Fans rally, Goto fireman’s carries but Yano fights with elbows! Yano runs, Goto follows but Yano ducks! Goto deflects the boot to DISCUS LARIAT! Fans fire up with Goto and he drags Yano up, but Yano ROCKS him! Goto ROCKS Yano back, the forearms start flying back and forth, faster and faster! Fans rally as Goto gets the edge, but Yano rakes the eyes! But Goto SLAPS Yano! Goto whips, Yano reverses and throws Goto by his hair! Hot tag to Tanahashi! Tanahashi runs in to forearm smash, then he feeds Goto to an atomic drop! Trip and CATAPULT into the bare buckles! Tanahashi runs but Goto denies the Slingblade!
Goto shoves Tanahashi into Yano, then DOUBLE LARIATS! Fans fire up as all three men are down! Goto crawls, fans rally up, and Goto hot tags Hashi! Hashi runs the ropes but Tanahashi blocks the lariat! Hashi spins to CHOP! Tanahashi fires off a strike fest! But both men roar! Hashi fires off his own strike fest and CHOPS! SUPERKICK! Tanahashi stays up, Hashi runs to LARIAT him down! Cover, TWO!! Fans fire up with Hashi and he brings Tanahashi back up. Hashi fisherman’s but Tanahashi fights the suplex to TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! Tanahashi runs, to SLINGBLADE! Cover, but Goto breaks it!
Yano throws Goto back out! Tanahashi fires up and he goes up the corner! HIGH FLY FLOW onto Hashi’s knees!! Hashi cradles, TWO!!! Tanahashi survives the sudden turnaround and fans are thunderous! Fans rally with “GO ACE! GO ACE!” as Tanahashi and Hashi stir. They both sit up, head for each other, and Tanahashi throws a forearm. Hashi throws it back! Tanahashi throws another forearm, but Hashi throws it back! They stand, egg each other on, and the forearms fly faster and faster! Fans rally, SHOTEI rocks Hashi! Tanahashi runs, but into Goto’s fireman’s carry! Tanahashi slips off but Goto powers him into the corner!
Hashi runs in and Goto moves, Hashi CHOPS Tanahashi! Hashi feeds Tanahashi to the fireman’s carry but he slips off again! Tanahashi full nelsons but Goto breaks that and ducks, HIDDEN GAP! Fireman’s carry again, FIERCE FLASH! Fans fire up more as Bishamon says it’s time! They drag Tanahashi up, hook him up, but Tanahashi kicks Hashi away! Yano drags Hashi out while Tanahashi hits TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! Yano puts Hashi back in, drags Goto out, and Tanahashi runs, into a CHOP! Hashi runs, dodges Tanahashi once, but the SLINGBLADE comes back around!! Fans fire up as Tanahashi climbs the corner!
Goto anchors Tanahashi’s legs! Tanahashi CLUBS Goto but Hashi ROCKS Tanahashi! Hashi climbs up, but Yano LOW BLOWS Goto! Yano slips in and grabs Hashi for the ONIGOROSHI BOMB!! Tanahashi adjusts, HIGH FLY FLOW!!! Direct hit!! Cover, Ace & Joker win!!
Winners: Hiroshi Tanahashi & Toru Yano, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Goto & Hashi earn 0)
The World Tag League 2021 winners have fallen to 2-2! Are their chances of back-to-back wins in jeopardy?
As for Yano & Tanahashi, Tanahashi gets the mic to thank the fans for coming tonight. “Hey, Toru, it’s great to hear the cheers, huh?” Fans cheer because it’s great TO cheer! Tanahashi says he wants to have this every day, “so make sure you stay safe and healthy so that happens! Thank you for today!” Fans cheer for that, and they want the air guitar! Tanahashi borrows one from a fan on the east side, that he passes to Yano! Yano’s happy to be part of a rare air guitar duet! Master Wato even has his on commentary, so now it’s a trio! “SHIZUOKA~!” “OSU~!” “SHIZUOKA~!” “OSU~!” “LET’S ROCK!” The jam session is on!
Fans clap along as Yano is a natural! Fans cheer but they want the “EN-CO-RU! EN-CO-RU!” Tanahashi is never one to disappoint the fans, and Yano gets his chair guitar! They jam out again, and Yano can truly do it all! But he’s not gonna throw the chair to the fans, that’s dangerous. But the fans want another encore! Tanahashi says, “LAST ONE! Yano takes a seat in his chair for air DRUMS! Now it’s a real jam session! Big finish and…! Fans cheer the great performance, and Tanahashi gets the mic back. “Toru and Hiroshi are going for the trophies, so keep supporting us! And keep supporting NJPW! Finally, people of Shizuoka… ASHITEMASU~!”
Will love, energy and comedy propel the Joker & the Ace to the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships?
Here are the NEW World Tag League standings!
Aussie Open: 4-0, 8 points
The Mighty: 3-1, 6 points
Suzuki & Archer: 3-1, 6 points
Yano & Tanahashi: 2-2, 4 points
Goto & Hashi: 2-2, 4 points
Naito & Sanada: 2-2, 4 points
Khan & Henare: 2-2, 4 points
Chase & Fale: 2-2, 4 points
Evil & Yujiro: 0-4, 0 points
Coughlin & Kidd: 0-4, 0 points
Another really good event and a really good round for World Tag League. I’m a little surprised Coughlin & Kidd haven’t gotten a win yet, but they always look solid in their matches. Great stuff back to back for the United Empire, even though Khan & Henare did lose. Khan helping Aussie Open was good stuff, though, and of course the House of Torture keep losing big time. Also, Naito & Sanada losing again puts the pressure on them, they could have an even stronger showing in the second half of this tournament. Tanahashi & Yano winning to close was a bit of a surprise, but they’re a great team and huge fan favorites, I would love to see them be a team for more than just World Tag League.
My Score: 8.7/10
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