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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (4/30/21)

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Coverage SmackDown 2021

Is this the last SmackDown for Daniel Bryan?

Roman Reigns is giving Daniel Bryan one last chance at the WWE Universal Championship. But if the Goat doesn’t win it this time, he is BANISHED from SmackDown!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Six Person Tag: Bianca Belair & The Street Profits VS Bayley & The Dirty Dawgs; Belair & the Profits win.
  • Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler w/ Reginald VS Natalya & Tamina; Natalya & Tamina win.
  • WWE Intercontinental Championship: Apollo Crews w/ Commander Azeez VS Big E; Big E wins by disqualification, Crews retains the title.
  • WWE Universal Championship: Roman Reigns w/ Paul Heyman VS Daniel Bryan; Reigns wins and retains the title, Bryan must leave SmackDown.

PLAY BY PLAY

Bianca Belair is here!

The strongest, the fastest, the roughest, the toughest and the newest SmackDown Women’s Champion is opening the show and has the fans fired up on their ThunderDome screens. “Ladies and gentlemen! As the EST of WWE, and your SmackDown Women’s Champion, it is my pleasure to welcome you to the coolEST, the dopEST, the hottEST show on Fox, Friday Night SmackDown!” And now, put your hands together for- The Dirty Dawgs? Dolph Ziggler says they need to kick the night off right! Robert Roode says the SmackDown Tag Team Champions will take it from here! They are the best at what they do, and that’s- get interrupted by the Street Profits!

Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins walk out and they know this is SmackDown, but did the Dirty Dawgs just interrupt THE main event of WrestleMania? They most definitely did, fam. But you know what that means, right? It means BAYLEY interrupts the Profits! Bayley doesn’t care who’s the champion or the main event, she gets in the ring and in Bianca’s face to snatch her mic away! Bayley laughs at the looks on everyone’s faces, and then Bianca SLAPS her! Bayley tackles Bianca, the Dawgs and the Profits start brawling! We’re about to have a Six Person Tag, but it’s chaos as SmackDown goes to break!

 

Next week, SmackDown goes back in time!

Fox is putting on a #ThrowbackWeek so WWE is getting in on the act! What will Friday Night SmackDown look like after traveling back over 30 years?!

 

Six Person Tag: Bianca Belair & The Street Profits VS Bayley & The Dirty Dawgs!

SmackDown returns and Bianca is throwing hands on Bayley! Bayley hits back, they trade shots, and Bianca ROCKS Bayley! Bianca then catches Bayley for chicken wings but Bayley fights with elbows. Bayley stomps Bianca’s foot, but Bianca scoops! Bayley slips out, shoves and CLOBBERS Bianca! Bayley talks smack but slides into a ghost pin! TWO, and Bianca CLOBBERS Bayley! Bianca says kiss this, then runs and handsprings. Bayley deflects the dropkick to then drop elbows and fists! Cover, ONE! Bayley gets Bianca up, whips her to a corner, but Bianca goes up and over and comes back to dropkick Bayley down! Bianca kips up and dares Bayley to come back, but Bayley tags Ziggler.

Ziggler and Bianca circle, but this is still a Mixed Six so Dawkins POUNCES Ziggler! Tag to Ford, the Profits whip and dropkick Ziggler down! Then Roode runs in, for a DOUBLE FLAPJACK! Dawkins clotheslines himself and Roode out, Bianca intercepts Bayley, and Ford builds speed! Ford FLIES and takes out the Dawgs! Bianca coaches her husband on and he gets Ziggler in the ring. But Bayley RAMS Bianca into steel steps! Ford is concerned for his wife and turns around into a SUPERKICK from Ziggler! Ziggler hurries after Ford but Ford falls out of the ring! Ziggler fetches Ford, gets him up and in, and stalks him to the corner.

Tag to Roode, the Dawgs double whip Ford to a corner, then Ziggler whips for Roode to whip him, BIG corner splash! Feed to Roode for a GLORIOUS URENAGE! Cover, TWO!! Ford survives but Roode drops elbows and stomps Ford down. Roode taunts Ford’s corner, then puts Ford on ropes to choke and go after the eyes! The ref counts, Roode backs off, but Bayley gets a cheap shot in! Roode stomps Ford at the ropes, then tags in Ziggler. The Dawgs double suplex, Ziggler covers, TWO! Ford is still in this but Ziggler smothers him with a sleeper hold! Ford endures, crawls around, and Dawkins coaches him while fans rally.

Ford gets up, arm-drags Ziggler away, but staggers to an open corner to get another SPLASH! Ziggler gets cocky and takes aim, but Ford SUPERKICKS first! Both men are down and while Bayley panics, Bianca is fired up! Fans rally on their screens as both men crawl to get past each other. Hot tags to Roode and Dawkins! Dawkins ROCKS Roode, ducks and dodges to hit a FLYING ELBOW! Ziggler returns to get an EXPLODER! Dawkins hits the CYCLONE on Roode, then hits the BULLDOG! Double underhooks for the CASH OUT! Cover, Ziggler breaks it! Bianca gets in and stalks Ziggler, to fireman’s carry him! Ziggler flails but Bianca tosses him to DECK Bayley!

Bianca gets Bayley up, torture rack for the KISS OF DEATH! Dawkins runs at Roode but Roode BOOTS him! Roode runs to O’Conner roll, with tights! Bianca gives Roode a WHIPLASH! The ANOINTING from Dawkins, tag to Ford,  springboard FROM THE HEAVENS!! Cover, Bianca & The Profits win!

Winners: Bianca Belair & The Street Profits, by pinfall

It’s takeback season, but you best bet Bianca won’t let Bayley get the gold at Backlash! Will the Profits be up and get the tag titles back from Ziggler & Roode?

 

Backstage interview with Daniel Bryan!

Tonight, he gambles being banned from SmackDown in order to get the WWE Universal Championship. How does that weigh on his mind? Bryan is at peace, but maybe Roman is worried. It’s Roman’s title on the line. But this is what Bryan has always wanted: a fair fight 1v1 with Roman. Bryan tapped Roman out before, he’ll do it again. And if Bryan wins and gets to put the belt on the line, he’ll face someone who has waited far, far, FAR too long in Cesaro. Will Bryan win it all when it’s all on the line?

 

SmackDown superstars speak on tonight’s huge main event!

Seth Rollins laughs and says, “Isn’t that sweet? Little Daniel Bryan thinks he’s gonna beat Roman Reigns, and give his buddy, Cesaro, first crack at the Universal Championship.” Rollins’ prediction is very simple. Or, well, he does have history with Roman Reigns, but his prediction for the match IS that Bryan win sin one of the biggest upsets of all time. And as far as Cesaro goes, he won’t get a crack at the title because he won’t make it past next week! That is a challenge from Rollins to the Swiss Cyborg! Is Cesaro ready to take another swing?

 

Nia Jax, Shayna Baszler, and Reginald, arrive backstage.

Megan walks over and brings up that they’re facing- They know who they’re facing, Megan! Oh, then how do they feel about Tamina & Natalya getting wins over them in singles matches? What does she not get about the words “singles competition?” These two are the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions, and if you don’t know the difference, you’re going to see what it means. Nia is sick of the disrespect- Natty jumps Shayna and throws her into pipes, then Tamina does the same to Nia! Their match is NEXT!

 

Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler w/ Reginald VS Natalya & Tamina!

The Irresistible Force and Queen of Spades were about to say they are fed up with the disrespect from the would-be contenders on Raw and SmackDown, but there’s little “would-be” when it comes to the Queen of Harts and Daughter of Superfly! Will Natty & Tamina make it clear who’s coming for the belts next?

The teams sort out, Tamina starts with Nia and the two rush each other! Tamina sends Nia into buckles then SUPERKICKS her in the back! Nia is in the drop zone and Tamina climbs! Shayna rushes over but Tamina DECKS her! Tamina is up top, for the SUPERFLY!! ONTO KNEES! Nia tags Shayna and drags Tamina up, they combine for a KNEE SIDEWALK SLAM! Cover, TWO! Tamina gets up, Shayna kicks her back down! Shayna drags Tamina up to CLUB her down and rain down fists! Shayna drags Tamina back up, Tamina shoves her away but Shayna ROCKS her! Tag to Nia, Shayna KNEES Tamina then Nia SPLASHES! Cover, TWO! Tamina isn’t giving up just yet!

Nia drags Tamina up by her hair to throw her back down. Nia vents about being attacked from behind, and then stands on Tamina’s head at the ropes. Nia lets off as the ref counts, and she drags Tamina back up. Tamina throws forearms and ROCKS Nia! Tamina shoves and scoops but falls over! Nia makes it a cover, TWO! Nia drags Tamina back up, talks trash, and then tags Shayna. Tamina fights both champs off, throwing big elbows and forearms! Shayna gest around, spins Tamina and goes after the arm with a double wristlock! But Tamina scoops and SLAMS Shayna down! Both women crawl, but Nia isn’t there! Hot tag to Natty!

Natty dodges Shayna’s knee, scoops her, but Shayna slips out! Natty arm-drags to a DISCUS! Cover, TWO! Reggie checks on Nia, Natty gets Shayna up tow hip., Shayna reverses but Natty gets around to GERMAN SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! Natty gets the legs, steps through, but Shayna kicks her away! Shayna ROCKS Natty and fires off strikes! Shayna runs, Nia tags in, Shayna KNEES and Nia drops an elbow! Cover, TWO!! Natty scrambles away in a hurry, dodges Nia and Nia POSTS herself! Tag to Tamina and she BOOTS Nia down! Tamina climbs again, Reggie gets involved but Tamina SWATS him! Natty gets Reggie but Shayna gets Natty!

Shayna throws Natty over the desk! Shayna gets up but Tamina swipes at her! Nia HEADBUTTS Tamina, then tags Shayna in! Shayna hurries up top, gets Tamina’s arm, but Tamina resists the superplex! Tamina turns things around to HEADBUTT Shayna! Shayna is in the drop zone, Tamina stands and SUPERFLY! Cover, Tamina & Natty win!!

Winners: Natalya & Tamina, by pinfall

They’ve pinned the champions!! The titles weren’t on the line tonight, and that is the only thing that saves Nia & Shayna! Will the dominant champions be dominant no more?

 

More superstars share their predictions for tonight’s main event!

WWE Hall of Famer Booker T predicts that in Roman VS Bryan for the title is Roman Reigns. Can you did that, SUCKAAA?!

The King of Strong Style, Shinsuke Nakamura, says that Daniel Bryan will win! But if Roman does beat Bryan, well, he’s escaped Nakamura once. The King will be waiting.

 

Backstage interview with Rey & Dominik Mysterio!

The father and son of Lucha have been on quite the roll, will a tag title opportunity be in their future? Dom says it is very exciting! When he was younger, he thought Rey was a superhero! He’s a two-time world champion and four-time tag team champion. There’s no one Dom would rather fight for those tag titles with than Rey. Rey says his accomplishments are great, but nothing would be better than this chance to make history as the first-ever father-son tag team champions in the WWE! That’s legendary!

 

Aleister Black shares another chapter of his story.

“You look at me, you judge me, and you make assumptions. Because this is the true nature of man. And I’ve always lived in this reality.” Chapter 2: Reality. “In high school, people like school littered the halls. You were so unaware, lost in the concept of successive adoration that you had been fed. The date to the prom, the right college, the three bedroom house with a white picket fence, building your life on a foundation of lies! Imagine thinking any of that is real! Imagine falling for that trap!” Father never fed Aleister those dreams. Aleister was given the truth. “And the truth is, there is something horribly wrong with all of that, and all of you.”

Aleister takes a few breaths before he says he could help us, and give us “the keys to escape,” but he won’t. He slams the book shut. Will he slam this reality of lies shut on all of us?

 

Backstage interview with Big E!

Ever since losing the Intercontinental Championship at WrestleMania, Megan is sure he’s changed his strategy. Oh, Megan. Big E’s been all around the world, and all around the world, it’s the same song! “What will you do in your rematch with Apollo Crews?! How will you ever overcome the oh-so-formidable Commander Azeez!?” Apollo and Big E have been around and around and around, but tonight it all stops! Tonight, Big E gets his baby back! He’ll sit his baby in the passenger seat, buckle her in, close the door and head north because tonight, Big E becomes the THREE-TIME Intercontinental Champion! And you’ve got to feel that!!

 

WWE teams up with Make A Wish once more!

Word Wish Day is coming, so donate and help someone’s wish come true at wish.org/wwe!

 

More superstars give their main event predictions!

Xavier Woods says “people like Roman, who had the keys to the kingdom handed to them the moment they walked in the door” have no idea about the struggle. But a guy like Bryan, who has been and is still fighting, gets that complete. That means 1v1, Bryan wins. Kofi Kingston adds that Roman VS Bryan, normally Kofi goes for Bryan because no one overcomes odds more than Bryan. But Roman has his Right Hand Man, Jey Uso, who has been a wingman since day one. Kofi goes with Roman.

 

WWE Intercontinental Championship: Apollo Crews w/ Commander Azeez VS Big E!

Time and time again, the rising star failed to take this title from the Powerhouse of Positivity. But once Apollo stopped rising and simply stood as his true self, he got this title at WrestleMania. But will this big match be even bigger than the Grandest Stage of Them All inside the ThunderDome?

SmackDown returns as Apollo makes his entrance, with Big E waiting right on the apron. Introductions are made, the belt is raised, and one way or another, this battle for this battle ends!

The two tie up right at the bell, they go around the ring, and Big E puts Apollo in a corner, but Apollo turns it around. Apollo lets off, the two go again, and Apollo waistlocks. Big E throws Apollo off and Apollo gets right up, but Big E swivels at him. They go again, Big E waistlocks but Apollo switches. Big E pries free to throw Apollo again! Big E rushes in but Apollo headlocks. Big E powers out, things speed up, and Big E hurdles to catch Apollo to a cobra twist! Big E clamps a claw into the ribs, and Apollo endures as Big E CLUBS him in the side again and again! Big E shoves Apollo to ropes then CLOBBERS him on the return! Cover, TWO!

Apollo heads for ropes but Big E goes out to drag him to the apron by his chin! Big E has Apollo on the edge and CLUBS away on his chest! The ref counts, Big E gets in but goes right back to the apron. Big E aims, APRON SPLASH! Apollo rolls in but Big E hurries to cover, TWO! Big E stalks Apollo, whips him but Apollo reverses to lift and FLAPJACK HOTSHOT! Big E staggers about, Apollo LARIATS him down! Apollo drags Big E to the apron now, for a DRAPING SUPLEX to the floor! Azeez helps Apollo stand back up as SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns again and Apollo CLUBS Big E down then hammers away with fists! Apollo drags Big E up, whips him to a corner, but Big E reverses. Big E runs but into a boot! Apollo goes up, leaps, but into Big E’s OVERHEAD suplex! And another! Big E sees Apollo coming, side steps and runs, but Apollo sends him to the apron. Apollo ENZIGURIS Big E to the floor, then goes to the apron to MOONSAULT! Direct hit and down goes Big E! The ref starts a ring count, Apollo gets Big E up and in, then goes to a corner. Apollo climbs, leaps, but Big E avoids the splash! Big E gets Apollo for the Belly2Belly! Big E runs to BIG SPLASH! Cover, TWO!

Apollo survives, Azeez is relieved, but Big E fires up with the clap. Fans clap along, Apollo gets up and ROCKS Big E first! Big E elbows back, but runs into a BOOT! Cover, TWO!! Big E survives and Apollo is furious! Azeez coaches Apollo and Apollo rains down more fists. Apollo KICKS Big E to a corner, then runs in to SPLASH! Apollo whips Big E corner to corner, runs in but into the Urenag-E!! Cover, TWO!! Big E works to stay calm as Apollo rolls away. Apollo is on the apron, Big E runs but into a knee! Apollo drags Big E out to join him now, fireman’s carries and APRON DEATH VALLEY DRIVERS!!

Apollo shoves Big E in, climbs up top again, and hits the FROG SPLASH! Cover, TWO!?! Apollo just gets Big E up but Big E slips out of the slam to roll up! TWO and Big E scoops, for the BIG ENDING!! Cover, but Azeez drags Big E out!! Azeez POSTS Big E!!

Winner: Big E, by disqualification; Apollo Crews is still WWE Intercontinental Champion

But here comes KEVIN OWENS! Kevin goes after Azeez after everything from last week! Apollo gets up, Azeez feeds Kevin to a LARIAT! Azeez gets Kevin back up, but Big E CLOBBERS Azeez! Big E runs Apollo off and so he and Kevin fire off on Azeez! Azeez HEADBUTTS Big E down! Azeez runs but into Kevin’s BOOT! Sami Zayn with a HELLUVA KICK outta nowhere?! Sami tells Azeez to get Big E, and Apollo agrees! Azeez stomps Big E, Sami kicks Kevin out of the ring, and Azeez throws Big E out of the ring. But then Sami has the Intercontinental Championship in his hands. Sami says it isn’t what it looks like, he was just fetching it for Apollo.

Apollo takes the belt back, Sami says they’re cool. Sami raises Apollo’s hand in victory to assure Azeez this is all good. Azeez still gives him a NIGERIAN NAIL!! Sami gasps and sputters, the only allies Apollo and Azeez need are each other! Will all the challengers for this championship learn to beware the steel?

 

More superstars give their predictions!

The Miz says “There is no one more powerful, more influential, than the Universal Champion, Roman Reigns, on SmackDown, and I don’t think anyone on that entire roster can take Roman Reigns down. And Daniel Bryan definitely will not.” The A-Lister is a bit biased, though, but will his side of the poll be proven right?

Cesaro says first, of course he’ll take Rollins up on his challenge. It’s Cesaro, so he’ll do it! And as far as Roman VS Bryan, Bryan will win the title, and then Cesaro will win it off Bryan at #WrestleManiaBacklash!

 

Kayla Braxton calls on Paul Heyman.

Heyman exits Roman’s private room and is annoyed to see it’s Kayla. The Special Counsel will give his thoughts- or rather, spoilers, on tonight’s main event, after the break.

SmackDown returns, Roman sits in his private room with 100% focus. After a recap package of Bryan goading Roman on and Roman making the challenge that gave us tonight’s main event, we return to Kayla and Heyman. She asks him that, given how close Bryan came- “DaNiEl BrYaN~, DaNiEl BrYaN~, DaNiEl BrYaN~!” Heyman is so sick of hearing that name, “Daniel Bryan.” Bryan should never have entered the sports entertainment industry, but did he? Yes~, yes~, yes~! Did he have a hall of fame worthy career? Yes~, yes~, yes~. And did he always defy the odds? Yes, yes, yes.

Was he the ultimate underdog? Yes, yes, yes… Did he set “the peewee leagues” on fire with his passion? Yes, yes, yes… And did Bryan graduate to the big stage of NXT, SmackDown and Raw? Yes, yes, yes…! And did he achieve the ultimate by becoming THE champion in the WWE in the main event of WrestleMania? Yes, yes, yes! And did he again become the miracle kid, defy all the odds, turn back all the surgeries and get back after what was a career-ending injury for one of the greatest comebacks ever? Yes! Yes! Yes! And does everyone watching at home believe Bryan will beat Roman? YES! YES! YES!

Do they think he’ll unseat the Tribal Chief? YES! Do they think Bryan will then be Head of the Table? YES! Does the entire WWE Universe think this is Bryan’s night to solidify his legacy as the one to beat Roman? YES YES YES YES YES!! And will he!? NO!!! Bryan will NOT beat Roman, he will NOT survive the onslaught, and he will NOT be on SmackDown every again! No, no, no…!

 

There’s one more round of superstar predictions!

Baron Corbin says, “Who wins tonight? Well I don’t like either one of them one bit.” But at least if Roman wins, Bryan packs his bags and goes home for good.

 

WWE Universal Championship: Roman Reigns w/ Paul Heyman VS Daniel Bryan!

Superstars have made their predictions, the Special Counsel has shared his “spoiler,” and we all know what is on the line! Either Bryan proves he is The Goat and adds the Universal Championship to his already legendary list of accolades, or he is defeated and removed from the SmackDown roster. Can Bryan pull off another YEStleMania level miracle on a Friday night in the ThunderDome?

SmackDown returns and Roman makes his entrance with an epic new rock opera theme. The introductions are made, the title is raised, and for the Yes Movement, it all comes down to this!

Bryan SHOTGUNS Roman at the bell! And fires off YES Kicks in the corner! Roman shoves Bryan away then DECKS him with an uppercut! Roman snarls as he drags Bryan up and grinds him with a headlock. Bryan fights back, powers out but Roman runs him over. Things speed up, Bryan leaps and fires off hands! Bryan gets Roman down and the omoplata, but Roman scrambles to avoid the hold! Bryan lets off to then WRECK Roman with a dropkick! Bryan is on the apron and he leaps for a FLYING KNEE! Roman is down and Bryan is fired up as SmackDown goes to break!

SmackDown returns again and Bryan drives knees into Roman’s arm! Roman can only endure as Bryan drops knees on the hammerlock’d arm, then KICKS him! Roman gets up but Bryan bumps him off buckles. Bryan fires off more YES Kicks from all sides, then runs corner to corner to DROPKICK! Bryan keeps going, another DROPKICK! Bryan wants a third but Roman CLOBBERS him with a lariat! Roman seethes as he sees Bryan down. Cover, TWO! Roman stomps Bryan while he’s down, then drags him up to headbutt him back down! Roman paces, drags Bryan back up and snap suplexes! Cover, TWO! Roman grows annoyed but Bryan is again proving his toughness.

Roman sits Bryan up to wrap on a chinlock. Roman grinds Bryan down but fans rally for him on their screens. Bryan endures, fights his way up, and Roman shifts to a cravat. Bryan throws body shots but Roman knees Bryan down! Roman looms over Bryan in a corner, stands him up and ROCKS him with a right hand! Roman whips Bryan corner to corner, Bryan goes up and over and builds speed to duck and dodge, only for Roman to CLOBBER him again! Cover, TWO! Roman is annoyed again but the fans haven’t given up. Roman DECKS Bryan, but Bryan sits up. Roman DECKS Bryan again, but again Bryan gets up!

Roman watches Bryan stand, and Bryan throws a EuroUpper! And another! And another! Roman shoves Bryan to a corner, runs in but Bryan drop toeholds him into buckles! Roman checks his face, Bryan KICKS him! And KICKS, and hoists Roman up top! Bryan climbs up to join Roman, and SUPER- NO! Roman blocks the steiner and drags Bryan back up, for a SUPER POWERBOMB!! Cover, TWO!! Roman is shocked that Bryan survives, but SmackDown goes to break!

SmackDown returns again and Roman fires off point-blank lariats on Bryan against the apron! Then Roman RAMS Bryan into barriers and puts him back in the ring. Cover, TWO! Roman is again annoyed with Bryan but Bryan’s tougher than that! Roman scuffs Bryan and toys with him. Roman drags Bryan up to KNEE him to a corner! Bryan gets up but Roman gives him knee after knee! The ref counts, Roman lets off and gets in the ref’s face! Fans boo Roman but Roman drags Bryan up to the top rope. Roman climbs up now, stands on the very top, but Bryan slips out to trip Roman up!

Fans fire up as Bryan climbs up behind Roman. Bryan stands Roman up for a SUPER BACK SUPLEX!! Both men are down and the ThunderDome is thunderous! Bryan crawls his way over to Roman, pushes him to a cover, TWO!! Roman is still in this and Heyman is relieved. Bryan drags Roman back up, and throws a EuroUpper! Then a YES KICK! And another! And another! And another! Bryan fires from all sides, aims but the buzzsaw misses! SAMOAN DROP! Cover, TWO! Bryan goes to a corner but so does Roman. Roman locks and loads, runs in but into a KICK! Bryan KICKS the legs out, then aims and PENALTY KICKS the arm!

Roman writhes, Bryan is after that golden hand! Arm wrench to ELBOW BREAKER! Roman CLUBS Bryan, but Bryan dumps Roman out of the ring! Bryan builds speed and DIVES! But into Roman’s arms for an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! The ring count climbs as Roman aims at Bryan. Roman runs in and SPEARS through the barriers as Bryan dodges! Both men are down and out as SmackDown goes to one more break!

SmackDown returns yet again, and Bryan is up top! Heyman is freaking out as Bryan leaps for the DIVING HEADBUTT!! Cover, TWO!! Roman survives but Bryan is not deterred! Bryan aims from a corner and powers up with the Yes Fingers! Fans join in, Bryan runs but into a SUPERMAN PUNCH! Cover, TWO!! Roman is beside himself as Bryan survives, but he grits his teeth as he goes to a corner. Bryan stands, Roman aims, but he runs into a cradle takedown!! TWO!!! Bryan dodges the clothesline and runs in, KNEE PLUS!! Cover, ROPEBREAK!!! Roman saves himself by just mere inches! Bryan is stunned, but he gets Roman’s arms, for DANIELSON STOMPS!

Heyman winces with every stomp to Roman’s head and shoulders! Bryan drags Roman around to the omoplata, and then the YES LOCK!! Roman endures, Bryan pulls him back, but Roman makes it a cover! TWO, and Roman returns to SPEAR!! Cover, TWO?!?! Bryan survives and Roman is in disbelief! “This is Awesome!” and far from over! Roman slowly sits up, Bryan slowly follows, and Roman drags Bryan up into the facelock. Roman wants the Guillotine, and drags Bryan down into body scissors! Bryan pushes up with his legs to avoid the scissors and then pops out of the hold! ARMBAR!! Roman shifts around, Bryan gets another omoplata!

Heyman is panicking again as Bryan shifts around, to the YES LOCK!! Roman endures again, the hands blind him for only a moment, and Roman sees ropes! Roman claws his way over, reaches out, but Bryan gets that arm to shift Roman around! YES LOCK AGAIN!! Roman is stuck in the center of the ring!! Roman fights to get free from underneath! Roman starts to ground ‘n’ pound Bryan with big forearms and elbows! Roman high stacks to get the dead lift for a POWERBOMB! Roman glares, and throws even more forearms down on Bryan now! He lets off to get Bryan back up, for another POWERBOMB!!

Roman backs off for just a moment, but gets Bryan back up, into the facelock! Bryan fights off the Guillotine?! Bryan still has power, but Roman shifts to a GUILLOTINE with the left!! Bryan is stuck in the body scissors now! Bryan flails, reaches, but he’s fading! Roman squeezes tighter, Bryan is OUT!! Roman wins!!

Winner: Roman Reigns, by submission (still WWE Universal Champion)

The Tribal Chief just squeezed the life out of Bryan’s hopes and dreams! No cheating, no controversy, no questioning it, Roman won and defended his title on his show! But wait, Roman isn’t done with Bryan here! Roman brings two chairs into the ring! Roman is copying Edge, but here comes CESARO! The Swiss Superman BLASTS Roman with a EuroUpper! Cesaro saves Bryan rom a fate worse than losing, and then CLOBBERS Roman with more EuroUppers! The ref tries to stop Cesaro but he puts Roman back in the ring, only for JEY USO to attack! Jey stayed away the whole main event but now he SUPERKICKS Cesaro!!

Jey puts Cesaro in the ring and ties him up in the ropes! Jey makes Cesaro watch as Roman sets Bryan up, and hits a CON-CHAIR-TO!!! Roman glares at Cesaro and tells him that this will be HIS fate, too! Will the Tribal Chief continue to reign with an iron fist?


My Thoughts:

This was an awesome episode! Though, they clearly tried to get as much done in the first hour so they could devote the second hour to the title matches. The Six Person Tag was a pretty good opening segment, with there being so many interruptions that of course a brawl broke out. The Faces win to get big momentum towards Backlash, and while Bianca will surely get through Bayley to put her first defense under her belt, I still feel like Profits VS Dawgs is up in the air. Having Bianca and the Profits all holding gold would be a big moment and mean big things for SmackDown, but even with the PPV called WrestleMania Backlash this year, it’s still Backlash. How many big moments have happened on Backlash?

Natty & Tamina getting the jump on Nia & Shayna before the match was a great way of taking the fight to them, and I’m rather surprised Natty & Tamina won tonight. They’ll definitely get the title match at Backlash, maybe be part of it with Naomi & Lana joining in as Raw’s representatives, but there’s a lot that still needs to happen to make it seem like Tamina & Natty are getting the belts. Rey & Dom had a decent promo to keep their tag title chase in our minds, but that was about all it did. Aleister’s second chapter was stronger than the first, because the title at least fit what was going on. Maybe last chapter should’ve been titled “monster,” not “dragon.”

The Intercontinental Championship match was awesome, but I should’ve figured Champion’s Advantage would be how Apollo retains here. Kevin going after Azeez and then Sami going after Kevin made sense, and for a second I thought Sami was going to join Apollo, but it also makes sense that they’d knock him down, too. I’m hoping Backlash gives us a Fatal 4 Way, get all these guys involved and have a way for the challengers to take out Azeez together. I won’t expect Kevin or Sami to win the title in the Fatal 4, but maybe if those two get on the same page again, they can enter the tag division and finally win belts together.

The prediction promos were all pretty good, but it was Heyman’s that was the best. The set up of “Yes Yes Yes” into the “No No No” was a given, but he had a masterful way of building it up. Roman VS Bryan was an awesome match, I just wish SmackDown would’ve brought back picture in picture so we could’ve gotten even more of it. I did not think Roman would win cleanly, but that was the only way things would end between him and Bryan. Cesaro coming to the rescue only to be made to watch what happened next was good stuff, and I am sure Cesaro will take out all his anger on Rollins in their rematch.

If WWE is insisting on Roman VS Cesaro at Backlash, fine, but it seems a waste of Cesaro’s big moment when he finally wins a top title. At the same time, that moment could make Backlash something we’ll actually care about, so maybe WWE will surprise us in a good way. As for Bryan, maybe after some time off, we see him return to television on Raw and see what he can do over there. Their ratings could use it, really.

My Score: 8.7/10


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Mitchell’s NJPW New Years Golden Series Results & Report! (1/20/22)

So much more than a dash!

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NJPW New Years Golden Series

NJPW starts on a new journey!

NJPW starts a month long journey that will culminate in an IWGP World Heavyweight Championship match of Kazuchika Okada VS Tetsuya Naito!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Great-O-Khan VS Yuto Nakashima; Khan wins.
  • Hiromu Takahashi VS Ryohei Oiwa; Hiromu wins.
  • Togi Makabe & Tiger Mask VS Taiji Ishimori & Jado; Makabe & Tiger Mask win.
  • Six Man Tag: Tomoaki Honma, Satoshi Kojima & Toru Yano VS Suzuki-Gun; Honma, Kojima & Yano win.
  • Six Man Tag: Master Wato, Ryusuke Taguchi & Hiroyoshi Tenzan VS Suzuki-Gun; Wato, Taguchi & Tenzan wins.
  • 8 Man Tag: Chaos VS House of Torture; Chaos wins.
  • Six Man Tag: Kazuchika Okada, Hiroshi Tanahashi & Yuji Nagata VS Los Ingobernables de Japon; LIJ wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Six Man Tag: Tomoaki Honma, Satoshi Kojima & Toru Yano VS Suzuki-Gun!

It’s a Great Bash Heels reunion as Everyone’s Kokeshi, Bread Style and The Producer are taking on Taka Michinoku, Taichi and the Meanest Man in the World himself! Yano wants to get the KOPW 2022 trophy, but will he even survive Suzuki at the start of this series?

Yano gets impatient during Suzuki-Gun’s entrance, seems he doesn’t hold the same reverence for the theme song as fans do. Suzuki and his team wait for the introductions to finish, and then the attack! Taka is after Kojima, Taichi chokes Honma in a corner, and Suzuki stomps Yano! The bell rings to get this on record, and while Taka throws Kojima out and Suzuki sends Yano out, Taichi keeps on Honma in the corner. Suzuki throws body shots on Yano, then uses his own spray bottle against him! The ref reprimands Taichi and Taichi stops choking Honma to argue with the ref. Honma kicks back but Taichi kicks, and Taichi gets the edge.

Taichi snapmares to KICK Honma in the back. Honma gets up to forearm but Taichi kicks his leg. Forearm, kick, forearm, kick, repeat! Taichi gets the edge again, eggs Honma up, then chokes him! The ref reprimands, Honma breaks free! Taichi tells him to shut it and sobats! Taichi runs, but Honma dodges the boot to run Taichi over! Fans fire up with Honma as he runs, but he waits for Taichi to roll out of the way before he drops the KOKESHI! Kokeshi gets the better of Taichi, and then tags in Yano! Yano fires up and he goes to the corner to untie the pad! Taichi tags out to Suzuki and Yano turns around to face a nightmare!

Suzuki kicks, whips, but Yano holds ropes and dodges the boot to SLAP Suzuki! Yano whips, Suzuki reverses and Yano hits bare buckles! Suzuki boots Yano, snapmares and PENALTY KICKS! Taichi and Taka go after Honma and Kojima while Suzuki drags Yano out. Suzuki sends Yano into railing, then smacks him off the apron! Taichi and Taka do the same to the others, then Suzuki goes looking under the ring. Suzuki drags Yano up, wraps his arm around railing, and cranks on the arm! Suzuki even claws Yano’s forehead and fish hooks the nose! The ring count starts, Suzuki leaves Yano behind and fans rally up.

The count is 10 of 20 and Taichi taunts Yano while he’s on the floor. Taichi stomps Yano, Yano still gets up at 17 and in at 18. Suzuki powers Yano to a cover, TWO! Fans rally, Suzuki tags Taka. Taka stomps Yano, sits him up and digs his knuckles into the forehead! The ref reprimands and counts, Taka lets off with the other hand! The ref reprimands more, counts again, and Taka lets off to scrape his soles on Yano’s face! Taka puts Yano in the corner, throws an uppercut, then tags Taichi. Taichi chokes Yano! The ref reprimands and counts, Taichi stops at 4. Taichi drags Yano up to snapmare and CHOKE! The ref notices and reprimands Taichi again!

Taichi lets off, but then he chokes Yano again! The ref reprimands, so Taichi says that’s not a choke. THIS is a choke! The ref warns Taichi, he lets off, and fans rally up as Taichi drags Yano up by his hair. Taichi feeds Yano to Suzuki’s boot! Suzuki tags in, he stomps away on Yano, then has the leg! Yano has the ropebreak but Taka stands on Yano’s neck! Taichi gets in to intercept Honma and throw him back out! The ref restores order, fans rally up, but Suzuki drags Yano up. Yano rakes eyes! Yano whips Suzuki, Suzuki narrowly avoids hitting bare buckles! Yano runs in but Suzuki dodges and Yano hits buckles!

Suzuki runs, but Yano gets him for an atomic drop! Yano hurries over, fans rally up, hot tag to Kojima! Kojima hits the Suzuki-Gun corner before he stomps Suzuki to a corner. Kojima fires off the MACHINE GUN CHOPS! Suzuki just snarls and turns things around for machine gun forearms! But Kojima turns it back for another round of MACHINE GUN CHOPS! Kojima whips Suzuki into the bare buckles, then hits a forearm smash! Kojima throws Suzuki down, but Suzuki gets right up to kick low! Suzuki brings Kojima out but Kojima fires forearms! But Suzuki knees low! Suzuki wrenches, Kojima kicks, but Suzuki blocks the cutter to a SLEEPER!

Kojima fights up, fights free, but Suzuki talks trash. Kojima CHOPS, so Suzuki CHOPS! Kojima CHOPS, Suzuki CHOPS, it’s a CHOP fight! Kojima gets the edge with forearms, then hits a ROLLING ELBOW! Kojima runs, but Suzuki shoots around to DECK Kojima! Tag to Taka, he DECKS Honma then stomps Kojima. Taka whips Kojima in to the bare buckles! SHINING WIZARD! Taichi adds a corner clothesline, then he runs Kojima to the corner! Snapmare, to a SHINING WIZARD! Cover, Yano and Honma break it! Suzuki and Taichi throw them back out, and Taka drags Kojima up. Taka scoops, but Kojima fights free! COZY CUTTER!

Kojima throws off the armband and runs, but Taka goes the other way to BOOT! And SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO! Kojima survives Taka’s Super K, but Taka runs. Taka ducks the lariat, Kojima throws a low kick but Taka hits a CALF KICK! Kojima still hits COZY LARIAT!! Cover, Great Bash Heels win!

Winners: Tomoaki Honma, Satoshi Kojima & Toru Yano, by pinfall

Suzuki-Gun’s Blue Playmaker fumbles again! And somehow, Yano has cuffed Suzuki to the ropes! Yano dares Suzuki to do something about it, but obviously he can’t without the key. Taichi gets in with his mic stand so the Great Bash Heels take their leave. Will Suzuki be unable to do anything as Yano goes after the KOPW 2022 trophy?

 

Six Man Tag: Master Wato, Ryusuke Taguchi & Hiroyoshi Tenzan VS Suzuki-Gun!

The Way of the Grandmaster joins forces with his mentors as he takes on Douki, Yoshinobu Kanemaru and El Desperado! Wato is rolling towards the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion, but will the Rogue Luchador turn the tides?

The teams sort out and Wato steps up to start against Desperado. Fans rally for this IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship teaser, but Desperado trips Wato. Desperado runs, Wato stays low, but Desperado steps on him! Desperado stands Wato up to CHOP, then whips him to ropes. Wato holds ropes, Desperado runs in but is tossed out! Wato runs to FLY! Direct hit with the tope conjilo! Fans fire up as Wato puts Desperado in, covers, TWO! Desperado sits up, Wato KICKS and KICKS and KICKS! Cover, TWO! Fans rally, Wato tags Taguchi. They drag Desperado up, whips, double drop toeholds and double basement dropkicks! Taguchi covers, TWO!

Fans rally, Taguchi throws point blank hip attacks! Desperado gets up but Taguchi bops him again and again and again! Taguchi winds up to BOP Desperado into the corner! Tag to Tenzan, he talks trash on Suzuki-Gun while Taguchi digs his boots in. Tenzan tops it off with a stomp, then a headbutt. Tenzan fires off Mongolian Chops on Desperado in the corner, and fans rally as Tenzan headbutts Desperado down. Tenzan whips corner to corner and hits a corner clothesline! Fans fire up as Tenzan calls his shot, and hits a TENZAN BRAINBSUTER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally, Tenzan ROCKS Desperado and kicks him at the ropes.

Tenzan whips, Desperado reverses, and Douki trips Tenzan! Douki drags Tenzan out and rams him into railing while Desperado blasts the corner! Kanemaru goes around the way to go after Taguchi! Desperado goes out to bring Wato up and ROCK him with an elbow! Douki chokes Tenzan with his metal pipe! The ref tries to restore order but Desperado whips Wato into railing! Kanemaru does the same to Taguchi! Douki keeps choking Tenzan, Kanemaru returns to the corner and Desperado tags him in. Douki sends Tenzan in, Kanemaru sits Tenzan up to throw an elbow into his head. Kanemaru then runs to basement dropkick! Cover, TWO!

Kanemaru stomps Tenzan, drags him up and elbows him on the neck! Tenzan fires up! Kanemaru throws hands, then rakes eyes! Tag to Douki, Douki snapmares Tenzan and runs to DOUBLE STOMP! Cover, TWO! Douki reels Tenzan into a grounded cobra twist! Tenzan endures, grabs at Douki’s head and powers out. Douki stomps Tenzan, feeds him to Kanemaru’s boot, then tags Kanemaru in. Tenzan kicks Douki but gets mugged! Kanemaru rakes eyes, he and Douki whip Tenzan to the open corner! Douki runs in but Tenzan runs him over! Kanemaru kicks low, runs, but into a MOUNTAIN BOMB! Fans fire up while everyone is down!

Tenzan crawls, hot tag to Taguchi! Taguchi runs at the ropes to give Kanemaru a hip attack! Then he runs to give Douki a hip attack! Then back to Kanemaru, then back to Douki! Taguchi slides to apron GAMANGIRI Kanemaru back in! Fans rally, Taguchi springboards, MISSILE HIP! Cover, TWO! Taguchi kips up and fans rally as he calls upon the powers of Strong Style! “ORYA~!” But Kanemaru dropkicks the legs out! Kanemaru gets a leg to SMASH the knee into the mat! Then steps through, but Taguchi KICKS Kanemaru away! Taguchi runs, but Kanemaru counters the hip attack with an atomic drop!

Kanemaru hits an ENZIGURI, but Taguchi ENZIGURIS back! Both men are down and fans fire up! Kanemaru and Taguchi crawl, hot tags to Wato and Desperado! Wato BOOTS, Desperado CHOPS! Wato KICKS, and KICKS, and KCIKS, but Desperado blocks to spin Wato, but Wato fights the back suplex! Wato then runs, but Desperado goes the other way to SPEAR! Desperado gets Wato up for a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Fans rally, Desperado stomps away on Wato, then drags Wato by a leg. Wato kicks Desperado away with the free leg, then gets up to kick, kick and sobat into a front kick, then SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO!

Wato grits his teeth and fans rally as he drags Desperado up. Desperado resists the Mouse Trap, spins around and rakes the eyes! But Wato kicks and whips, only for Desperado to reverse and SPINEBUSTER! Fans fire up while both men are down! Desperado tags Douki in and he hits Wato with a corner clothesline. Douki runs, Wato gets around but Douki fights the waistlock. Douki goes to run but Wato reels him in. Douki breaks free with his leg, mule kicks and ENZIGURIS! Wato wobbles, Douki reels him in, DDT! Cover, TWO! Fans rally, Douki drags Wato up and torture racks, for a swing, but Wato slips out!

Douki knees low, runs, but into Wato’s SCREW HIGH KICK! Fans rally up, Taguchi runs in to knock Desperado and Kanemaru down while Tenzan stomps Douki! Wato whips Douki to the corner, then runs in to back elbow. Tenzan adds a clothesline, Taguchi hits a hip attack! Double whip feed to Wato’s scoop, T T D! Cover, Desperado and Kanemaru break it! Taguchi and Tenzan go after them, throw them out, and Wato fires up! Wato goes to the corner, climbs up top, R P P FLOP! Douki Oklahoma Rolls, TWO! La Magistrol, TWO! Wato gets up but Douki HELL STABS! But Wato fires up!

Douki still dodges the roundhouse, Gory Especials, but Wato sunset flips! TWO!! Wato has Douki caught in a BUTTERFLY STRETCH! Douki endures, but he taps! Wato and team win!

Winners: Master Wato, Ryusuke Taguchi & Hiroyoshi Tenzan, by pinfall

The Way of the Grandmaster is victorious, holds on a little longer, but then lets off as Desperado storms back in. Desperado swipes at Wato but Taguchi and Tenzan back him up. Desperado still pie faces Wato, Wato gives it back, and then things turn to hair pulling and mask pulling. The ref tries to keep the peace but it takes Taguchi and Tenzan to break this up. They assure their young ward that waiting for the title match will be worth it. Wato and Desperado are on a collision course, will the Rogue Luchador survive the rising tide?

 

8 Man Tag: Chaos VS House of Torture!

Hirooki Goto, Yoshi-Hashi, Tomohiro Ishii & Yoh are far from through with Evil, Yujiro Takahashi, Dick Togo & Sho! Will Chaos strike back for WrestleKingdom 16? Or will Darkness Fall again?

The House of Torture Low Sweet, but Chaos attacks first! Yoh is after Sho, Hashi has Yujiro, Goto has Dick and Ishii has Evil! Yoh keeps Sho in while Goto, Hashi and Ishii throw the others out, and the bell rings to get this on record. Ishii CHOPS Evil, Hashi CLUBS Yujiro, Yoh stomps away on Sho, and Goto POSTS Dick! Yoh drags Sho up, but Sho bends Yoh’s fingers! Sho CLUBS the arm, headlocks, but Yoh powers out, only for Sho to pull hair! Sho headlocks, Yoh throws body shots and powers out. Things speed up, Yoh keeps things moving to drop toehold and basement dropkick! Fans fire up and Yoh tags Hashi.

Hashi and Goto get in, they and Yoh hammer Sho down! Yujiro gets in but he gets hammered, too! Evil thinks about it but he stays away. Dick does, too, but Ishii throws Dick in! All four Chaos members surround Dick, but then Dick plays dead! That doesn’t stop them from dragging Dick up and hammering him! Fans fire up as Chaos controls the ring and Evil is furious. Hashi drags Sho out from the corner, CLUBS him and CHOPS him! Hashi brings Sho around, bumps him off buckles, then digs his boot in. Ishii and Goto add on, the ref reprimands and counts, and they all let off at 4. Hashi drags Sho back up but Sho bends the fingers!

Sho whips Hashi to the House of Torture corner, and tada! Evil removes the blue buckle pad! Hashi hits bare steel, Sho hits Yoh off the apron! Sho also knows Goto and Ishii down, Dick chokes Hashi at the ropes, Evil SMACKS Ishii with the blue buckle pad! The ref is busy with everyone else, Dick digs his boots into Hashi. Sho then digs his boots into Hashi while Evil stands on Ishii. Dick tags in, he drags Hashi up to throw hands. Dick drags Hashi up to CLUB him down, then brings him around to snapmare. Dick runs to drop the fist! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up while the House protests. Evil tags in, he drags Hashi up to wrench and wrench and wrench.

Evil whips Hashi into the bare buckles! Hashi staggers and falls, Ishii runs in but he’s send into bare buckles! Evil grins, Sho keeps the ref busy with Ishii and Evil claws Hashi’s eyes! Yujiro tags in, he talks some trash but Hashi throws body shots. Yujiro CLUBS Hashi, snapmares him then runs to basement BOOT! Cover, Yoh breaks it! Yujiro hits Yoh back and sends him out. Sho PENALTY KICKS Yoh from the apron! Yujiro drags Hashi up, but Hashi fires off forearms! Yujiro knees low, puts Hashi on the ropes, and runs but blocks Hashi’s boot! Yujiro throws Hashi down to run and basement boot!

Yujiro drags Hashi back up, fisherman, but Hashi fights free to suplex! Fans fire up while both men are down! Hashi and Yujiro crawl, hot tag to Goto! Goto rallies on the House, but Yujiro kicks low. Yujiro runs, but gets run over! Goto fires off forearms, whips Yujiro to a corner, then runs in to MURAMASA! And BULLDOG! Cover, TWO! Goto drags Yujiro back up but Yujiro breaks free, only to swing into a suplex! Yujiro fights that off by BITING Goto’s hand! The ref reprimands, Yujiro whips but Goto reveres and fireman’s carries! Yujiro slips off, Goto elbows him but Yujiro throws a forearm. Goto forearms back then whips.

Yujiro holds ropes, dodges Goto, and Evil hooks a foot! Yujiro BOOTS Goto down! Tag to Evil, and he has the ref watch Ishii. Evil and Yujiro double whip, but Goto DECKS Evil! DISCUS for Yujiro! Evil kicks and runs but Goto follows to LARIAT! Fans fire up while both men are down! Goto crawls over, hot tag to Ishii! The Stone Pitbull runs in to clothesline the King of Darkness! Evil reverses the whip, kicks and runs but gets run over! Ishii snarls, runs in and clotheslines Evil at the ropes! Ishii whips, Evil reverses, and Sho trips Ishii! Evil runs, but Yoh trips him! Yoh and Sho get in, Yoh dropkicks Sho down!

Evil runs, Yoh feeds him to Ishii’s forearm! Yoh dropkicks, Ishii GERMAN SUPLEXES! Yoh PLANCHAS to take Sho out! Fans fire up, Ishii runs, but Yujiro is there with his pimp cane! Evil waistlocks, Ishii fights the lift, but he runs into Dick’s cheap shot! Evil trips Ishii and gets the legs, SCORPION DEATHLOCK! Fans rally and Yujiro keeps Hashi out but Ishii endures. Ishii fights his way over, ROPEBREAK! Dick tries to make Ishii let go, but Ishii has an iron grip! Dick tags in and stomps away on Ishii! The ref reprimands and counts Evil, Evil lets off at 4. Fans rally for Ishii but Dick keeps stomping. Dick talks trash and kicks Ishii around but fans rally harder.

Dick drags Ishii up, eggs him on, and Ishii reels back, but Dick pokes him in the eye! Dick whips, gets a sleeper, but Ishii powers up. Dick blocks the back suplex with punches, Sho blasts the Chaos corner! The House whips Ishii to a corner, Dick runs in to back elbow! Sho runs in to clothesline, Yujiro runs in to boot! Evil hits a clothesline and FISHERMAN BUSTER! Dick covers, TWO! Fans fire up, but Yujiro distracts the ref and Dick uses the SPOILER CHOKER! Sho has his wrench, but Hashi SUPERKICKS him down! Dick runs at Hashi but Hashi DECKS him! Yujiro kicks Hashi and runs, but into a LARIAT!

Evil returns, kicks Hashi and rakes the eyes! Goto runs in, Evil waistlocks, but Goto ducks for the HIDDEN FLASH SUPERKICK! Fans fire up, Goto and Hashi glare at Dick but he wants them to take it easy. But Yoh is there, too! Yoh EuroUppers, Goto fireman’s carries, Yoh and Hashi DOUBLE SUPERKICK into the USHIGOROSHI! Ishii adds a SLIDING LARIAT! Then Ishii gets Dick up for the BRAINBUSTER!! Cover, Chaos wins!

Winners: Chaos, by pinfall

Direct Drive, Fierce Warrior, Head Hunter and Stone Pitbull combine to break the Spoiler! And they add insult to injury by stomping Dick and throwing him out! Is the House of Torture going to be demolished and lose the NEVER Openweight titles? Or can they find a way to survive Chaos?

 

Six Man Tag: Kazuchika Okada, Hiroshi Tanahashi & Yuji Nagata VS Los Ingobernables de Japon!

The Rainmaker is IWGP World Heavyweight Champion and The Ace is IWGP United States Heavyweight Champion. But they have Tetsuya Naito and Sanada coming for their gold! Will the dream team and Blue Justice stand tall? Or will Uncontrollable Charisma, Cold Skull and Rampaging Dragon make this golden series tranquilo?

Tanahashi shows off the muscles and fans applaud. The teams sort out, LIJ fist bumps, and Sanada starts against Tanahashi. Fans rally for this US title preview as the two circle. “LET’S GO, ACE!” “SA-NA-DA!” They tie up, Sanada waistlocks but Tanahashi switches. Sanada wrenches but Tanahashi drops to get a leg pick. Tanahashi floats to a facelock but Sanada wrenches out. Tanahashi arm-drags but Sanada drags Tanahashi back down. Sanada keeps on the arm, Tanahashi fights up, but Sanada wrenches. Tanahashi wrenches back and headlocks. Tanahashi thrashes the headlock, Sanada powers up and pries at the hold, but Tanahashi clamps it on tighter.

Sanada endures the grind and throws body shots. Sanada powers up but can’t power out as Tanahashi holds tight. Sanada powers out the back, headlocks Tanahashi in return, and holds on tight as Tanahashi tries to power out. Fans rally up, Tanahashi powers up but Sanada hits a headlock takeover. Tanahashi headscissors, Sanada kips free but roles reverse as Tanahashi hits a headlock takeover and Sanada headscissors. Tanahashi kips free, but then roles switch back the other way as Sanada hits a headlock takeover and Tanahashi headscissors. Sanada kips free, roles reverse again, but Sanada holds tight as Tanahashi tries to kip up.

Fans cheer for the technical exchange, but Tanahashi moves around. Tanahashi headstands and pops free to then get a headlock. Sanada headscissors, Tanahashi kips free, and the two clinch. Tanahashi gets the headlock and the takeover, but Sanada headscissors again. Sanada holds tight again, but Tanahashi turns Sanada over and pops out to have the legs in a figure four. Tanahashi then floats to a headlock, but Sanada fights up to his feet. Tanahashi grinds the headlock, but Sanada wrenches out. They fight for control, and fans fire up as the hold starts to tip one way or another! Sanada gets the headlock takeover, but Tanahashi headscissors, and now Tanahashi holds on tight!

Sanada kicks around, but Tanahashi puts on more pressure. Sanada keeps kicking, turns and headstands but Tanahashi works to keep him down. Sanada hops and hops and handsprings free! Fans cheer the technical exchange as the two stand off. Tanahashi even air guitars. Tanahashi throws it to Sanada, and fans cheer for Sanada to try. Sanada strums it a couple times, then gives it to Red Shoes. Red Shoes carefully sets it aside, and Okada tags in. Sanada backs off and Naito tags in. Fans rally up again, “O-KA-DA!” “NA-I-TO!” and the two tie up. They go around, Naito puts Okada on ropes, but Okada turns things around.

Naito turns it back around, lets off slowly, and then pats Okada on the shoulder. But then Naito arm-drags Okada, only for Okada to get up before Naito can rush over. Fans cheer as the two reset and circle again. they tie up, Naito gets a leg, and then turns it into a cradle! ONE, they move around, ONE, and Okada gets a lateral press. Naito keeps his shoulders up, so Okada lets off slowly, and then scrambles for a waistlock. Naito rolls to get a headlock and he grinds Okada down. Okada fights up, powers Naito to ropes, and Red Shoes calls the ropebreak. Okada lets off slowly, and he doesn’t even fake the chop! Fans cheer as Okada takes Naito seriously.

Okada backs away to tag in Nagata, and fans rally for Blue Justice. Naito tags Takagi and now fans cheer as Blue Justice circles with the Rampaging Dragon. They both fire up, tie up, Nagata headlocks but Takagi powers out and the two ram shoulders! Neither falls, Nagata eggs Takagi on and Takagi runs, to RAM Nagata. Nagata stays up, they each egg the other on to run, so Takagi kicks and whips. Nagata reverses, BOOTS, then snapmares and KICKS! Takagi gets up and eggs Nagata on! Nagata KICKS and KICKS and KICKS Takagi to the corner! Nagata gets Takagi up, whips him corner to corner, but Takagi reverses.

Sanada runs in and back elbows Nagata! He sets Nagata up for Takagi’s corner clothesline! Takagi throws Nagata down, Naito and Sanada double basement dropkick him! Takagi knocks Tanahashi and Okada off the apron and fans rally as LIJ controls the ring! Takagi drags Nagata up, suplexes high and hard, then covers, TWO! Takagi drags Nagata up, Nagata blocks the back suplex with elbows, then he fires elbows. Takagi fires back, and it’s a brawl! Fans rally, Takagi throws more forearms but Nagata KICKS and KICKS and KICKS! Takagi blocks a kick to CLUB the leg! But he runs into an EXPLODER!

Fans rally while both men are down. Nagata tags in Tanahashi! Tanahashi fires off on Takagi, whips, but Takagi reverses, only for Tanahashi to FLYING FOREARM! Tanahashi decks Naito and Sanada, dodges Takagi and dropkicks a leg out! Then he gives Takagi a DRAGON SCREW! Fans fire up with the Ace as he runs at Takagi. Takagi ducks the slingblade but Tanahashi denies the suplex. But Takagi ELBOWs, JABS, and YUKON feints to DDT! Hot tag to Sanada! Sanada rallies on Tanahashi, arm-drag and back suplex BACKBREAKER! Tanahashi bails out, Sanada PLANCHAS! Fans fire up and Sanada encourages them to get louder.

Sanada puts Tanahashi in the ring, covers, TWO! Fans rally up, “SA-NA-DA!” “LET’S GO, ACE!” Sanada fireman’s carries, but Tanahashi fights free. Sanada ducks the shotei to steal the SHOTEI! Sanada fires off forearms, but Tanahashi ducks the rolling elbow to a SLEEPER! Then a DRAGON SLEEPER! But Sanada fights it to a dragon sleeper of his own! Tanahashi fights through to TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! Tanahashi holds on to drag Sanada up, but Sanada suplexes and puts Tanahashi on the ropes. Tanahashi kicks away to hit TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! Fans fire up while both men are down! Hot tag to Okada!

Okada drags Sanada up, fires off forearms, then whips. Sanada reverses, but Okada CLOBBERS him with an elbow! Okada glares at Naito but he stays on the outside. Okada whips Sanada corner to corner but Sanada dropkicks Okada’s legs out! Okada grabs at Sanada but Sanada still tags Naito in! Naito fires off on Okada, whips him to ropes, then hip tosses for the basement dropkick! Naito whips Okada to a corner, ROCKET KICK! Leg sweep, COMBINACION CABRON! Takagi DECKS Nagata, Naito puts Okada up top. Naito climbs, SUPER STEINER! Fans fire up as Okada flounders. Naito runs in, CORRIENDO SHIKI- MONEY CLIP!

Okada squeezes tight but Naito endures! Naito powers Okada into buckles and is free! Naito runs in, but into the Alabama lift and REVERSE NECKBREAKER! Fans rally up, Okada drags Naito up. Okada gut wrenches but Naito blocks! Naito CLUBS Okada, Okada uppercuts! Okada whips, Naito jumps, but into a waistlock! Okada ripcords, Naito dodges, but Okada DROPKICKS! Ripcord, but Naito ducks to ENZIGURI! Okada staggers, Naito whips, but Okada reverses. Naito reverses back and uses the ropes, TORNADO DDT! Both men are down and fans fire up again! Hot tag to Nagata! Nagata storms up to Naito and KICKS and KICKS and KICKS!

Nagata has Naito in a corner and whips him corner to corner. Nagata runs in to BOOT! Naito fights the exploder off, but Nagata ROCKS him with a forearm! BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up, “NA-GA-TA!” “NA-I-TO!” Nagata drags Naito up, suplexes, but Naito fights free. Naito wrenches to throw back elbow after back elbow! But Nagata hits a kitchen sink knee! Nagata drags Naito back up, suplexes, uno amigo! Another suplex, dos amigos! Nagata gets Naito up again, THREE AMIGOS! Cover, TWO!! But Nagata clamps on the NAGATA LOCK II! Tanahashi DECKS Takagi while Naito endures!

Takagi gets past Tanahashi to CLUB Nagata, but then Okada CLUBS Takagi! But Takagi spins Okada around, suplex SLAM! Tanahashi returns, Takagi dodges the basement dropkick to SLIDING LARIAT! Nagata is up, Takagi hits an ELBOW! JAB! YUKON LARIAT! Fans fire up as LIJ regroups! Sanada and Takagi whip him to a corner, Sanada uppercuts, Takagi clotheslines and Naito atomic drops! PUMPING BOMBER! Rolling jackknife! TWO!?! Nagata escapes, but Sanada and Takagi keep Okada and Tanahashi down on the outside. Naito wrenches but Nagata fights with back hands. Nagata BOOTS then ENZIGURIS!

Fans fire up as Nagata whips, but Naito hits FLYING FOREARMS! Naito gets Nagata up, wrenches through, DESTINO!! Cover, LIJ wins!

Winners: Los Ingobernables de Japon, by pinfall

Blue Justice falls as the ungovernables stand tall! Takagi gets Naito water while Sanada stares down with Tanahashi. Will the Cold Skull have a leg up on The Ace going into their US Heavyweight Championship? Or can Tanahashi turn it around in the rest of this Golden Series? Tanahashi, Okada and Nagata leave, so Naito gets the mic. “Beunas noches, Korakuen Hall! It might be awhile, but please listen to what I have to say. Last February, I was opposed to the unification of the IWGP Heavyweight and Intercontinental titles. I worked to try to stop it. But I lost my challenge to Ibushi and now we have the IWGP World title.”

Naito will be honest, he has no attachment to the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship. So why is he challenging for this title? He has three reasons: first, he wants to take on the top guy in NJPW, and that is Okada; second, he wants to beat the top guy in NJPW; third, he wants to be in the Tokyo Dome main event next year, January 4th, 2023. Fans cheer all those reasons. Naito says that, “For nobody’s benefit other than my own, I will go for the win in Sapporo.” Now, today obviously begins a new series, and there will be several warm-ups between Naito and Okada.

“Who will have the title after February 20th? Everyone, speculate, enjoy, and of course, until the title match in Sapporo on February 20… TRANQUILO! Assen na yo!” Now, they’ll see everyone here back tomorrow, but they’ll end the kickoff the only proper way they can. “Bushi, Sanada, Hiromu, Takagi, y Naito. Nosotros Los! Ingoberrrrrrnables! DE! JA! PON!” The New Years Golden Series has only just begun, but will it end with Naito taking the world title from the Rainmaker?


My Thoughts:

A great event here, even though I did skip the first few matches. The very first two were against Young Lions so of course Khan and Hiromu were winning. But I did skim through, it was pretty neat for Hiromu to wrestle in his old Kamaitachi mask just to make a point about the Young Lion not being ready. I also skipped Togi Makabe & Tiger Mask VS Taiji & Jado cuz Jado is basically one step up from Young Lion and he ended up taking the loss. But there were a lot of great tag matches here to get momentum going from after WrestleKingdom 16. Suzuki-Gun losing both Six Man Tags was surprising, but it gives Yano some momentum going towards a KOPW match with Suzuki, and I liked seeing some edge in Wato as he gets ready to face Desperado.

Chaos VS House of Torture was on par with the usual NJPW 8 Man. Chaos winning is also a good way to give them momentum as we’re going to get WrestleKingdom rematches for the NEVER Openweight singles and Six Man titles. I don’t know if Evil is only going to be Mr. NEVER for only a couple months, but at this point, he might as well keep that going until Jay White returns and we can finally get Bullet Club Civil War take two going. Then the Six Man main event was really good, we got to see everybody face everybody, and LIJ gets momentum for their coming title matches.

Naito has a good promo to frame his role in the IWGP World title story, but he himself said there will be a lot of these Six Man tune-ups. I probably won’t worry about covering these next few dates, they’re going to be VOD only anyway and those always seem to take forever to show up. I’ve already skimmed through the coming Golden Series dates, and it’s rather fitting that February 7th is the next one NJPW is advertising for livestream. That’s the one I’m thinking of waiting for, and then it’s all the February events, even just in part like I did here.

My Score: 8.5/10


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Andrew’s IMPACT Results & Match Ratings: 1.20.2022

We’re coming to the end of their first set of tapings. So I wonder what IMPACT has cooked up since the Florida tapings are supposed to have a few Bullet Club favorites. Let’s find out!

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We’re coming to the end of their first set of tapings. So I wonder what IMPACT has cooked up since the Florida tapings are supposed to have a few Bullet Club favorites. Let’s find out!

Another week with Tom Hannifan as the play by play, and he just sounds right. We’ve got Charlie Haas’ first match in IMPACT, Tasha Steelz versus Chelsea Green and Steve Maclin is aiming for the ROH Heavyweight Title.

There should be other things, but those take most of the initial attention. Let’s see what else goes on!

Ratings:

  • Tasha Steelz w/Savannah Evans vs Chelsea Green: Tasha wins via Crucifix Bomb – **
  • The Influence (Tenille Dashwood & Madison Rayne) w/Kaleb vs Decay (Havok & Rosemary): Influence wins via Kiss Kiss Bang Bang – *
  • The Learning Tree (Zicky Dice & VSK) w/Brian Myers vs Massive Cassidy: Cassidy wins via BQE – SQUASH
  • ROH Heavyweight Title: Steve Maclin vs Jonathan Gresham (c): Gresham retains via Rope Assisted Figure Four – *** ½
  • Doc Gallow & Joe Doering w/Karl Anderson & VBD vs Heath & Rhino: Gallows & Doering win via Double Chokeslam – **
  • Charlie Haas vs Josh Alexander: Alexander wins via Ankle Lock w/Grapevine – *** ¼

Results:

Tasha Steelz w/Savannah Evans vs Chelsea Green

Tasha is jawing with the crowd as the bell rings, Chelsea goes right at her and hits the Shotgun Dropkick as Tasha is turning to face her opponent. Chelsea stays on the offensive, baits Tasha to the apron, drops her on her face, Curb Stomp, attempt at an Unprettier…but no counter into a Codebreaker from Tasa and we see Chelsea’s momentum slow down a little.

After some back and forth with Tasha having a lot of advantage, Chelsea makes her comeback. Chelsea hits a middle rope Crossbody but Tasha continues to rotate and rolls it into a pin attempt. Chelsea kicks out and pulls off a Package Flatliner, but only for a near fall. Chelsea goes to grab Tasha, Tasha kicks her to stun her, looks to get caught in a Crucifix, but turns it into a Crucifix Bomb. Tasha picks up the win with the Crucifix Bomb again.

After the win, Tasha cuts a promo that doesn’t seem to really fit. Trying to portray herself as a savage, from the wrong side of town, but she’s a smack talking 5 foot nothing brat. So the second half of the promo works a lot better than the first. She also took some shots at WWE’s women’s division being Barbie Dolls, NWA, Nick Aldis and then brought the son into the mix, so of course that got Mickie fired up. Things look bad for Mickie, but Chelsea Green manages to recover and make the save for Mickie.

Video Package courtesy of Ring of Honor showcasing some of Charlie Haas’ work with Shelton Benjamin and CM Punk involved in certain clips.

The Influence (Tenille Dashwood & Madison Rayne) w/Kaleb vs Decay (Havok & Rosemary)

The Influence attack while Havok and Rosemary are distracted by Kaleb. Rosemary clutches her shoulder after the mugging, the doctors throw up the X and tell her she can’t go. Rosemary asks if Havok can go, the doctor says yes, so Rosemary tells Havok to go destroy the Influence.

Havok put up a valiant fight but the heels prevail! Cross Rayne into a Spotlight Kick into…whatever their tandem finish is called. I’m going to call it Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.

The IInspiration have a reactionary video promo which is pretty solid. I do enjoy their work. Hopefully their match ends up being pretty solid because I’d like to see The IInspiration start getting over their abilities in the ring as much as their abilities on the mic.

The Learning Tree (Zicky Dice & VSK) w/Brian Myers vs Massive Cassidy

The highlight of this match is Hannifan and Myers on commentary. There was a like 4 second spot where the Learning Tree landed a move, but then Cassidy kills them. So we’re in and out, double Pinfall murder happened.

Post-Match the Massive one goes on his search for Moose, D’Amore stops him in the back and says he’s got a title shot coming. Then we see the OGK ROH invaders have tickets this time around, and I’m going to be sick saying this…but Matt Taven is pretty great in this segment. Jesus Christ, I popped for Taven. Shoot me now.

ROH Heavyweight Title: Steve Maclin vs Jonathan Gresham (c)

Early on it looked like Gresham was toying with Maclin as he forced early rope breaks, but Maclin returned the forced rope breaks in kind. Maclin eventually started coming into his own when he utilized the one closed fist warning rule. Maclin really worked over Gresham’s back after a Butterfly Backbreaker, Boston Crab, Camel Clutch, and a lot of back work.

Gresham was really on the back foot until he managed to force Maclin to use his final rope break. Then we saw Gresham hyper extend Maclin’s knee, and keeps working on the knee. It all made sense as we saw Gresham utilize the Figure Four for the victory. It was entwined in the ropes, Gresham used it for leverage and Maclin’s will power gave out as he couldn’t get his shoulders up fast enough and succumbed to the three count.

IMPACTPlus Flashback Moment: No Surrender 2009: Sarita & Taylor Wilde vs The Beautiful People – Innaugural TNA Knockouts Tag Team Championship Match

Doc Gallow & Joe Doering w/Karl Anderson & VBD vs Heath & Rhino

So Good Brothers and VBD looked really sloppy. Gallows got rocked by Rhino, Doering was caught off guard often by Heath and there was just a ton of odd moments where it looked like they tried to regroup and until we saw the extra members get involved, Heath and Rhino dominated the legitimate tag team aspects.

I’m wondering exactly how much of a shift the Guerrillas of Destiny will have in the tag scene and if we’ll need to see the Good Brother and VBD implode first before we get the Bullet Club foundation match.

Charlie Haas vs Josh Alexander

They start with a classic grounded start with headlocks, hammerlocks, leg picks and positioning advantages. Alexander managed to take some early momentum before the commercial break, but when we come back we see Haas pop over out of the corner, striking Alexander’s knee and starts focusing a body part. A very methodical attack on knee comes off far more aggressive and cruel than Haas usually goes for. Haas locks in the Indian Deathlock, and they begin slugging at each other. The hold breaks, Alexander goes for the Finlay Roll but Haas counters into a Crucifix Cradle for 2.

Alexander locks in the German Suplex, hits 2, obviously going for 3 to make a point, but Haas blocks the third. Haas pulls off 2, before Alexander blocks and hits one more German before Haas grabs the ropes, feeds in for a lariat but gets caught in another German Suplex this time with the bridge but only for 2.

Haas manages to charge Alexander in the corner, stumbled a bit but lands in the legs that he’s been aiming for, and then goes back to the other corner and hits the mid-section. Haas looks for a leg pick, Alexander counters into his own Ankle Lock. Charlie tries to counter it a few different ways but Alexander holds on and locks in the Ankle Lock with the Grapevine so Haas taps out.

Things moved a little too quickly, so it was alright but could’ve been better. After the match they shake hands and the ROH invaders hit the ring. Haas, Alexander, Chris Sabin comes in, then Rich Swann and Willie Mack, Heath and Rhino…finally Eddie Edwards hits the ring with a kendo stick and drives the ROH guys out.

 

Overall Score: 6.25/10

I think Maria named the invading stable as Honor No More, so I suppose for like a Pop Punk or Emo band that sounds cool…but it’s a bit dumb for a faction name. Can’t really chant it, the abbreviation is dumb, H.N.M. sounds like a clothing company, but I guess this is them distancing themselves from ROH.

Either way, this was kind of a janky episode. The matches weren’t great, a lot of stories were touched upon but left wide open, and the next major event being No Surrender on Feb. 19th, feels like a lot of time to fill. So maybe it was just a little too redundant, maybe it was also that the general match quality was down to further storyline angles…not sure. This still wasn’t bad, just definitely felt extremely lacking.


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