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Mitchell’s WWE NXT UK Results & Report! (7/1/21)

Big Strong Boy VS… Jack Starz?

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Coverage NXT UK 2021

Is it finally Jack Starz’s time?

Tyler Bate shows respect to the longstanding “gatekeeper” of NXT UK, Jack Starz, by giving him a shot at the Heritage Cup!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Emilia McKenzie VS Isla Dawn; McKenzie wins.
  • NXT UK Heritage Cup Championship Match: Tyler Bate VS Jack Starz; Bate wins and retains the Heritage Cup.
  • Aoife Valkyrie VS Mila Smidt; Valkyrie wins.
  • A-Kid VS Jordan Devlin; Devlin wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Emilia McKenzie VS Isla Dawn!

#SuplexMillie seems to have the attention of the now Wicked Witch of Scotland, and now these two fight for footing in the race to the title! Will Millie survive the new Dawn and make it to the next day? Or will Isla beat her and then her mentor, too?

The bell rings and Dawn stays put in her corner, as if performing a séance. So Millie rushes Dawn in the corner! Dawn fires off hands back, the ref counts and Dawn ROCKS Millie with an uppercut! Dawn waistlocks, Millie bucks her off then basement dropkicks her down! Millie whips Dawn to a corner, comes back and SHOTGUN dropkicks! Millie gets Dawn up fast for a TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! Cover, TWO! Dawn survives and starts to get angry. She elbows free of a waistlock and uses hair in the snapmare. Dawn kicks but Millie ducks to get another waistlock. Dawn resists but Millie still back suplexes! Dawn gets to the apron but Millie storms over.

Dawn shoulders hard into Millie then hotshots her off the rope! Dawn gets in to stomp away on Millie, then CLUBS her down! Cover, TWO! Dawn keeps focus and brings Millie up by her hair. Millie throws body shots but Dawn stomps her back down! Dawn runs, BASEMENT METEORA! Cover, TWO! Dawn grows frustrated and she drags Millie back up. Millie blocks the suplex to a fisherman cradle! TWO, Dawn throws down fists and forearms! Cover, TWO! BT Sports Studio fires up as Dawn gets Millie by her wrist. Millie throws body shots but Dawn knees her down! Dawn throws Millie out of the ring and then pursues as the ref reprimands.

Dawn runs in to PENALTY KICK Millie from the apron! The ref starts a ring count as Dawn drags Millie up, and THROWS her into the barriers! The count reaches 5 of 10 as Dawn just watches Millie. Dawn run sin but Millie moves, knees hit barrier! Millie puts Dawn in at 7, and fires back forearms and counter punches! Millie boots but Dawn blocks, so Millie ENZIGURIS! And CUTTERS! Randy Orton would be impressed! Cover, TWO!! Dawn survives but Millie keeps her focus. Millie wrenches, fireman’s carries, but Dawn fights free. Dawn shoves Millie to a corner but Millie BOOTS her away! Millie climbs fast, slingshots in, but into a kitchen sink knee!

Dawn drags Millie up, for the DANGEROUS SAIDO! Millie flounders about, Dawn licks her lips and looms over her. Dawn waistlocks, half nelsons, but Millie arm-drags free! Millie dodges and SPEARS! Cover, TWO!! Dawn survives again and BT Sports Studio fires up! Millie fixes her hair, gets Dawn up, but Dawn ROUNDHOUSES her down! Dawn smiles as she listens to the spirits! Dawn slithers up to Millie and holds her head in her hands. It’s as if Dawn is feeling Millie’s life force. Millie wakes up to get Dawn by the arm! Dawn makes it a cover, TWO! Dawn is furious but Millie gets her for a GERMAN SUPLEX!

Dawn flounders, Millie aims again, BLINDSIDE KNEE! Cover, Millie wins!

Winner: Emilia McKenzie, by pinfall

Dawn tried to cast a spell on Millie, or maybe even a curse! But now Dawn will curse the day she targeted the Final Boss’ student! Though, maybe that smile says otherwise… But Millie comes out the victory, will she be the next to challenge Meiko Satomura for the NXT UK Women’s Championship?

 

Gallus is backstage, playing Rock Paper Scissors.

Mark Coffey gets Wolfgang again, but NXT UK Media comes by to ask them how their friendly rivalry is going. They both say, “Ask the winner,” as both men won their separate 1v1 matches. Well that makes it one each, because Markus beat “The Bitcher” while Wolfie beat “The Thunderclap.” But that’s for now. Mark has an idea and heads off down the hall. Wolfgang can tell he’s up to something with that smile and walk. Wolfgang hurries after so as not to be left behind, but what will happen when one of them wins and the other loses?

 

NXT UK Heritage Cup Championship Match: Tyler Bate w/ Trent Seven VS Jack Starz!

The Big Strong Boy has been exceptionally Zen lately, and it has brought him to the top of the British Rounds Rules Division. But it has also helped him see those worthy of praise and respect. One of those is Jack Starz, the man who first took on Walter in NXT UK! Starz has come a long way from that day, but is tonight the night that he reaches the top? Or is there still something missing before Starz can shine?

The introductions are made, the cup is presented, and the moment of truth is upon us!

Bate and Starz circle right away, tie up, and Bate headlocks to a takeover. Starz headscissors, Bate kips free and the two stand off. Bate and Starz go again, collar ‘n’ elbow but Bate wrenches to a wristlock. Starz rolls, rolls and rolls to get free! BT Sports Studio likes the technical skill as the two go again. Starz is showing initiative but Bate gets a cording hold. Starz facelocks but Bate powers through to a top wristlock. Starz hooks a leg, grinds a forearm into Bate’s face, but Bate cranks the arm again. Starz powers out and arm-drags but Bate arm-drags back to keep the armlock! Starz moves around, fights up, and facelocks again.

Bate still cranks, so Starz goes up and around! But Bate gets the arm again to arm-drag Starz back down! Starz grits his teeth and endures the hold as we reach one minute in the first round. Starz fights up, facelocks again, Bate still wrenches the cording hold but Starz goes up again to headscissor! Bate stays up and powers Starz off for a SLAM! Starz endures, fights back to that facelock, and then up and around to reverse the cording! Starz uses ropes tp flip, then whips Bate as we hit 30 seconds Things speed up, Starz avoids the dropkick to SUPERMAN CLUTCH! TWO, but Starz dropkicks Bate! Bate wobbles into a headlock, powers out, we hit 10 seconds as Bate hits a dropkick! Cover, TWO! Another try, the bell rings first!

Bate: 0; Starz: 0

A great first but now both men rest, rehydrate and reset for the second round! A new three minutes and Starz fires a EuroUpper! Bate headlock punches back! Starz EuroUppers again, then blocks a punch to give another EuroUpper! Bate wobbles but sobats back! Bate whips, Starz reverses, but Bate goes up and under and then baits Starz to a double knuckle lock. Bate uses that to step over, get around, bait Starz with a foot, then leap frog just to slide back under, for a trip up! Bate uses body scissors for a O’Conner Roll, Bate gets the point!

Bate: 1; Starz: 0

The second round goes by in a flash and Bate has the lead! Starz knows he’s behind the 8-ball now but he keeps his cool. Will Starz stay alive as the third round starts?

Starz and Bate circle, tie up, and Bate cravats. Starz drops to a knee to go for a leg but he can’t quite get it. Starz goes back up, pries at the hold, powers out to a snapmare but Bate still holds on! Bate cranks the neck, Starz fights up, and Starz powers out! Bate goes up the corner, turns around into Starz’s snapmare, and stands up for Starz to ram shoulders! Starz keeps moving and runs Bate over with shoulder tackle after shoulder tackle! Bate hits back but Starz rebounds to EuroUpper! Bate staggers up into a BIG back drop! Starz fires up at the two minute mark but he misses in the corner! Bate ROCKS Starz with a EuroUpper, runs corner to corner, but Starz follows to ROCK Bate with a EuroUpper!

Starz gets Bate for a BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! Starz sighs and keeps focus on Bate at a minute-thirty. Bate gets the fireman’s carry for the AIRPLANE SPIN! Starz slips off!? And then STEALS the Airplane Spin! Starz takes Bate for a ride then a POP-UP UPPERCT! Schoolboy and it’s deep, TWO!! Starz keeps moving, Bate backslides him, ONE but La Magistrol, but Starz makes it his cover! Starz gets the point!!

Bate: 1; Starz: 1

Not only does Starz stay alive, he’s brought this back to square one! Bate and even Trent Seven are surprised by that, but they commend Starz’s savvy. Another refresher and we enter round four!

Stars rushes in, catches the rolling kick, and wants a Boston Crab! Bate resists with everything he can, but Starz steps over! FULL BOSTON CRAB! Bate is caught in the center, and he claws his way over! Bate powers up, Starz sees how close he is, and then drags Bate back! Starz sits deep on the hold, but Bate manages to slip through and turn to TOSS Starz! Starz comes back, Bate dodges the uppercut, Bop and BANG! But then BOP comes in after all! Starz wobbles, Bate runs, REBOUND LARIAT! Bate aims again, Starz stands, ROLLING KICK! Bate gets Starz right up, underhooks, TYLER DRIVER ’98! Cover, Bate wins!!

Winner: Tyler Bate, by pinfall (still NXT UK Heritage Cup Champion)

And it’s the Big Strong Boy with a minute and 40 to spare in the fourth! But give credit where credit is due, Starz forced Bate to turn it up a notch! Is this a sign that Starz is on the precipice of greatness?

Oh wait, Mark Coffey comes out? He applauds Bate’s victory, and Wolfgang trails behind. Mark congratulates Bate and then BOPS him!? Gallus loves stirring up trouble, but is this Mark’s playful way of saying he wants next?

 

Pretty Deadly have a photoshoot.

#SidePlateCheck! But Sid Scala walks in to talk to them about the offer they made to Subculture for an NXT UK Tag Team Championship match. That is a great idea, management was thinking of making it for next week. Whoa, no, no, next week isn’t good. If Subculture want the title match, they have to earn it. Earn it! Then in that case, there will be that opportunity. Mark Andrews VS Lewis Howley, and if Andrews wins, Subculture gets their tag title match. Lewis laughs that off but Stoker is very serious. Will the high-flying, stage diving, skateboard riding, always grinding #MANDREWS earn himself and The Modfather another shot at the titles?

 

Meiko Satomura is here!

The NEW NXT UK Women’s Champion is back to not only celebrate her victory, but to address the division she now reigns over! “Three weeks ago, I finally beat Kay Lee Ray. I am now NXT UK Women’s Champion. And this makes me very happy. NXT UK is now my home! And I-” Wait, Nina Samuels interrupts. The Leading Lady is always a scene stealer, and she says, “No, your eyes are not deceiving you. The Nina Samuels Show is here before your very eyes.” And what’s even better is that she is here to congratulate Meiko! She and KLR put on a hell of a show, and Meiko showed why NXT UK is the place to be. Better than that, here she is, standing before us as NXT UK Women’s Champion! Bravo, Meiko, bravo!

But now, on to why Nina is here. It’s no secret that NXT UK needs more Nina. But more importantly, Meiko Satomura needs more Nina. Because in order to live up to KLR’s legendary reign, Meiko needs a true mega star like Nina as her first challenger. Then Nina can really put Meiko on the map. No one realizes how much- Amale attacks Nina from behind! And bounces her off the apron! The French Hope already got mad at Xia Brookside for “taking” her spot, and Amale says no one needs Nina. The world needs hope! Amale will be that hope, and she says she is sick of seeing the same girls every week. She isn’t here to congratulate anyone. She’s here to take HER opportunities!

Amale vows SHE is Meiko’s next challenger. It doesn’t matter if Meiko is the Final Boss, because Amale isn’t here to play games. In that case, Meiko DECKS Amale! “Enough talking! You get the match!” Amale grins as she gets what she wants, but will she get what she deserves at the hands of the Best in the World?

 

NXT UK shares interview footage from after last week’s show.

NXT UK Media asks Rampage Brown how he felt after that insane Triple Threat with Ilja Dragunov and Joe Coffey. But then someone knocks on the door, and Rampage looks over. Joe Coffey comes in, sputtering a bit as he sits next to Rampage. “Well that settled nothing.” Rampage and Joe chuckle, and then Joe pats Rampage on the shoulder. When will these two have their tiebreaker singles match that was put on the backburner?

 

Blair Davenport signed, but what’s next?

“I have wrestled all around the world. I have sacrificed everything to get to where I am today. I have given up friends, I have given up family, to master what I do. Did you really think that I wouldn’t end up as part of the greatest women’s division on earth?” Blair Davenport has arrived in NXT UK, will she look to establish an empire here?

 

Aoife Valkyrie VS Mila Smidt!

The winged warrior is ready to fly again, and she “welcomes” a new face to the roster. Will Mila quickly learn what it takes to be in NXT UK? Or, does she already have it?

The bell rings and Aoife circles with Mila. They tie up, Mila gets a leg and Aoife hops around. Aoife rolls free and the two go again. Aoife gets a fireman’s carry takedown to a cover, ONE! Mila goes after a leg, Aoife sprawls and blocks with a facelock, they roll, and Mila fights up to wrench free. Mila goes for a leg, gets a fireman’s carry takeover of her own, and covers, TWO! Aoife steadies herself but Mila is after her already. Mila facelocks but Aoife WRINGS her arm! Aoife wrenches, YANKS, repeat, then uppercuts the arm! Aoife cranks on the arm, Mila endures and BT Sports Studio rallies. Mila whips, Aoife comes back to hurdle and dropkick!

Mila gets up but Aoife arm-drags her down! Mila fights up as Aoife has the armlock, and Mila puts Aoife in a corner. The ref counts, Mila lets off but Aoife elbows her down! Aoife is after the arm but Mila uses that for a judo throw! And then a Belly2Belly! Cover, TWO! Mila keeps on Aoife, gets her up, but Aoife RAMS her into a corner! And then rams her shoulder in! Aoife whips, Mila reverses and runs in to monkey flip out of the corner, but Aoife handsprings through! Aoife ROCKS Mila with palm strikes and kicks! Aoife whips, Mila reverses to clinch and OVERHEAD Belly2Belly, with a bridge!? Cover, TWO!! Aoife escapes and Mila is furious!

Mila and Aoife slowly rise as BT Sports Studio rallies again. Mila gets Aoife up, Jinny watches from the stage, and Aoife fires off knees and kicks! HEEL KICK and down goes Mila! Aoife hurries to the top and aims at Mila, but she also glares at Jinny. PERIPETEIA!! Cover, Aoife wins!

Winner: Aoife Valkyrie, by pinfall

Aoife stares down with the Spoiled Princess. Will Jinny be the mountain Aoife must soar above before getting to the gold?

 

Kenny Williams speaks.

“You wanna know what the most resilient creature in the animal kingdom is? It’s not the young lion, brazen bull, the proud peacock. Who’d wipe every single one of ’em away?” The only thing that survives, scratches and claws to the surface is the cockroach. Williams looks at Nathan Frazer, and that is a young lion. Frazer wants to be the brightest star in the NXT UK Universe. But next week, Frazer will wipe himself out, and all that will remain, the only thing that survives, is the Scum of the Earth! Will Kenny the cockroach creep up and conquer the British Prodigy by simply outlasting him?

 

NXT UK Media interviews Trent Seven.

The questions are almost over but then Eddie Dennis walks in, claiming he has a question. Oh does he now? Dennis asks, “How does it feel to be, what do they say? Always a bridesmaid but never a bride?” Oh, okay, go on. Well, Seven lost the Heritage Cup tournament to A-Kid, and then lost to Dennis at TakeOver, and even after losing all that weight, he still lost to Jordan Devlin. Oh, so glad Dennis is a fan. And so glad Dennis remembered TakeOver: Blackpool II, because who won after that one? Seven with the Birminghammer off the announce table, through a different table, to the floor, smashing Dennis’ shoulder into about 150 thousand pieces!

Dennis backs up as Seven steps forward, and Seven says to never interrupt him while doing media. Get out, man! Seven apologizes tot he reporters and asks them to continue. But there will be a continuation between the Welsh Dragon and Artful Dodger when we get to see them go 1v1 again, next week!

 

A-Kid VS Jordan Devlin!

The Spanish Ace upset the Irish Ace by not paying attention to the sign on the door. But while both men are without the prizes that defined their recent runs, neither is backing down. Will there be no excuses around what happens as these two have their long awaited rematch?

The bell rings, AK and Devlin circle, feel things out, and tie up. AK waistlocks but Devlin wrenches an arm to wring AK. AK rolls through, rolls free, and BT Sports Studio cheers as they reset. They feel things out, knuckle lock, and Devlin uses that to wrench and wrangle AK to the mat! Devlin goes for the top wristlock but AK fights up to his feet. Devlin wrangles AK back down, has the top lock, but AK bridges and moves around to headscissor! Devlin is frustrated, but he moves around. Devlin gets up to pop out and has a headlock, but AK headscissors again! AK squeezes tight, holds onto an arm, but Devlin moves up around again.

Devlin turns AK, gets the legs tied up, and then a half nelson to a float. AK slips through, has the arm, pushes Devlin to a cover, ONE! The two stand off again and BT Sports Studio is loving it. AK and Devlin go again, knuckle locks but Devlin kicks low and CLUBS AK down! AK trips Devlin, has the leg, but Devlin kicks free with the other leg. They reset, AK mule kicks to test the waters but Devlin stays up. They knuckle lock, AK rolls, trips Devlin again, floats right to the headlock and grinds Devlin to the mat. Devlin tries to fight up but AK shifts to keep on the headlock. Devlin still gets to his feet, and he powers AK to a corner. AK stops himself, kicks back, hops up and FLYING arm-drags!

AK runs, Devlin catches the legs but AK uses that body scissors for a takedown! Seated cover, TWO to the sunset flip! ONE, AK is ready with the leg guard and knuckle locks! AK balances Devlin, kicks him away, then springs up! Devlin slips under?! Devlin throws AK back over, monkey flips, rolls, but again AK balances him! AK springs up again, but Devlin puts him on the ropes to SHOVE him down! AK crashes and burns by the barriers! Devlin taunts AK as he goes out to fetch AK. The ref counts, Devlin scoops and SLAMS AK at 3 of 10, then returns to the ring at 5. The count reaches 7 before AK stirs. AK hears the count and hurries in at 9.9, only for Devin to drop an elbow! Cover, TWO!

Devlin grows annoyed with AK, stands him up, shoves him to ropes and then CLUBS him in the back! Devlin then reels AK in for a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Devlin argues the count but keeps on AK. He does a little fancy footwork but AK KICKS him in the leg. Devlin DOUBLE STOMPS AK down for it! Devlin sits AK up, wrenches the neck, but AK endures and fights his way up. Devlin knees AK in the back, knocks him back down, then brings him up by his tights. Devlin shoves AK to ropes and CLUBS him again! And then another back suplex, but AK lands on his feet to shove and dropkick! Both men are down and BT Sports Studio fires up!

AK runs in to GAMANGIRI In the corner! Devlin is in the ropes, AK is after him, and AK wrenches the arm for an ELBOW BREAKER! Devlin is on the apron but he slingshots in for a CUTTER! Both men are down again and fans rally back up. Devlin stands first, he looms over AK, and brings him up. Devlin whips AK to a corner, AK comes back to arm-drag and kip up to a dropkick! Devlin staggers, AK gets a leg and FISHERMAN SUPLEXES! Bridging cover, TWO! Not quite perfect but AK keeps on Devlin with a facelock. AK drags Devlin into a GUILLOTINE! Devlin endures, fights up, and powers through to suplex!

AK slips out, O’Conner Rolls, TWO as Devlin slips out to his own O’Conner! TWO, AK kips up and NORTHERN LIGHTS! Then a STANDING MOONSAULT onto knees! Devlin saves himself at the last second, but AK comes back! Devlin gets him for an URENAGE! Now Devlin STANDING MOONSAULTS into a TRIANGLE HOLD! AK not just saves himself, he catches Devlin in a trap! AK drags Devlin deeper down, but Devlin moves around and gets a ropebreak with a foot! AK lets go in frustration but he keeps hold of Devlin’s head and arm. AK stands Devlin up to throw forearms, but Devlin elbows back. AK kicks Devlin in the face!

Devlin staggers up into a kangaroo kick! AK wants a sleeper but Devlin snapmares free! AK comes back, gets around, SLEEPER! Devlin fades, flails, turns red, but AK’s arm can’t hold on! AK drags Devlin back up and runs, into a SPANISH FLY!! The Irish Ace hits a Spanish Fly on the Spanish Ace! But then AK snaps back to attention and gets Devlin’s arm! Omoplata, but AK wants the other arm, too! Devlin resists but AK keeps reaching! Devlin moves around in the modified Rings of Saturn, another ropebreak! AK lets go in further frustration, but he brings Devlin back up. AK ROCKS Devlin with a forearm, but Devlin throws a haymaker!

AK ROCKS Devlin again, but Devlin stands to ROCK AK! AK ROCKS Devlin, and again! Devlin wobbles, AK stands him up for another shot! Devlin comes back with forearms and CHOPS! AK bobs ‘n’ weaves to avoid Devlin’s strikes, SUPERMAN PUNCH takes down Devlin! Cover, TWO?!? Devlin survives and shocks BT Sports Studio! AK grits his teeth and looks at Devlin, who sits up in a daze. Devlin gets to ropes, AK runs in and KICKS the arms! Devlin swings, AK dodges to ROCK, then SNAP GERMAN SUPLEX! AK holds on, drags Devlin back up, but Devlin reaches out for ropes. AK still gets him up, DEAD LIFT GERMAN! And AK still holds on!

AK brings Devlin back up, Devlin gets ropes and bucks AK! AK handsprings back, into a HEADBUTT!! AK falls back, Devlin falls out of the ring! Devlin staggers up but AK builds speed and DIVES! Tope suicida hits and Devlin hits barriers! Both men are down on the outside, BT Sports Studio fires up, and a ring count starts. AK stands at 3 but sits back down. AK gets Devlin up at 5, then puts him in at 6. Devlin rubber bands the bottom rope into AK! AK falls, Devlin goes back out and hobbles about. The ref tells them both to get in but Devlin angles the steel steps. Devlin gets AK up, wrenches then whips, but AK reverses! Devlin leaps over in time, and KICKS the steps into AK!

The ref reprimands but the ring count is 6! Devlin refreshes it, pushes the top half of the steps aside, then brings AK over. SHIN BREAKER to the steel!! AK collapses in a heap, Devlin looms over him and puts him back in the ring. Devlin walks around to soak up the heat from the BT Sports Studio fans, and he gets AK up. Ripcord but AK leaps over to SUNSET BOMB! AK can’t hold the cover from the bad leg, but he aims from a corner now! Devlin gets up, AK runs in, but Devlin blocks to tie up the legs! CLOVERLEAF! AK grits his teeth, pulls his hair, and fights for the ropes! ROPEBREAK! Devlin drags AK away, but AK turns and drags Devlin down!! OMOPLATA! RINGS OF SATURN!!

Devlin endures as AK tries to use his bad leg, but that just hurts AK! Devlin moves, but AK switches to an armbar! Devlin flips that to get both legs in a deathlock! AK’s leg goes waaaaay past 90 degrees!! AK can’t take it, he taps out!! Devlin wins!!

Winner: Jordan Devlin, by submission

Devlin won’t let go! AK tries to smack Devlin, but the ref has to pull them apart! The Irish Ace is sadistic, did he just sideline the Spanish Sensation? Medics check on A-Kid while Devlin gloats and stands over him. Will Devlin’s arrogance and aggression carry him through to new gold?


My Thoughts:

A very good episode for NXT UK here. I thought the Heritage Cup would open, but Millie VS Dawn was very good to open instead. Millie winning makes sense, she needs to stay strong, and it works for Dawn to actually be alright with losing because maybe her powers will grow stronger. The Heritage Cup was a great match, a great showing for Starz, but of course Bate wins. This could fuel something in Starz, maybe even a Heel turn at some point. Markus Coffey essentially challenging Bate to a match, Heritage Cup or not, is a good move for the Gallus friendly rivalry, and I really like the idea of Bate VS Mark flat out.

Mark Andrews VS Lewis Howley 1v1 is going to be a lot of fun, and I’m pretty sure Andrews wins to give us Pretty Deadly VS Subculture for the tag titles. Meiko had a good promo, Nina had a good promo, and Amale had a good attack on Nina and then short promo to give us Meiko VS Amale. Amale did have a good point about seeing the same girls. There is more depth to the NXT UK Women’s Roster than it seems and so it is good that Amale is moving up a bit. Blair Davenport turning out to Bea Priestley is quite a great surprise, and partially explains her exit from NJPW. Blair/Bea is going to make some big waves, she might even go from NXT UK to NXT prime rather quickly.

Aoife VS Mila was a very good match for Mila’s debut, but naturally Aoife wins. It was also fitting to see Jinny show up and stare down with Aoife. Those two will feud, but I wonder if Jinny will go from talking down to Mila to recruiting her to build her faction. Dennis and Seven had a good promo segment together, their rematch next week will be a lot of fun. We got an interesting but also very good Kenny Williams promo. The visuals were interesting, with colors changing and Kenny himself sort of warping, but I figured he was building to “cockroach.” Frazer VS Williams will be great, and I feel like this might mean Frazer wins just to throw this all in Williams’ face.

Nigel McGuinness had it right on commentary, this main event was basically TakeOver worthy. At least as the great opener that fires fans up, because that’s what these two put on. Devlin winning was a bit of a surprise, but what a vicious way for him to do it! How did AK’s leg bend like that?! Devlin winning definitely puts it on AK to make a strong comeback, and they might give us an even stronger match, on par with a TakeOver middle-of-the-card match.

My Score: 8.5/10


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Andrew’s IMPACT Results & Match Ratings: 12.8.2022

Josh Alexander finally addresses what happened at Over Drive! MCMG gets a title match! Eric Young was written out, how does Deaner change Violent by Design?

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We get a new era of VBD, Motor City Machine Guns with a tag title shot and Josh Alexander will finally address what happened at Over Drive. I doubt we’re going to get a clean resolution to the tag match since Brian Myers and Matt Cardona are just assholes, but hopefully we get something fun.

Apparently since Deaner is the Violence, the group is just called The Design.

Ratings:

  • Tag Team Titles: Motor City Machine Guns vs Heath & Rhino (c): No Contest – ** 1/4
  • Savannah Evans w/Tasha Steelz vs Taya Valkyrie w/Death Dollz: Savannah wins via Full Nelson Bomb – **
  • Kon w/The Design vs Sami Callihan: Kon wins via Death Valley Driver – **
  • IMPACT World Championship Open Challenge: Mike Bailey vs Josh Alexander (c): Josh retains via C4 Spike – *****

Results:

Tag Team Titles: Motor City Machine Guns vs Heath & Rhino (c)

Rhino and Sabin start off and they work to Shelley and Heath with a little bit of MCMG tandem work. Guns are tying up Heath, some corner work where the ref is allowing a little more contact than usual; main point is that Heath is getting twisted and torqued.

Heath tries to paint brush his way out of a Figure Four, but Shelley dips into his heel tendencies. Heath gets to the ropes and Shelley lays back and tells the ref he’s willing to break. He doesn’t and forces the referee to untie their legs, so he gets some extra damage in. Dragon Screw attempt gets turned around, Heath drops Shelley and finally gets Rhino back in.

Guns try to utilize some tandem attacks, but as we see Sabin and Heath swinging back and forth; the Major Players hit the ring and hit simultaneous Wake Up Calls on Heath and Sabin, causing the no contest.

Savannah Evans w/Tasha Steelz vs Taya Valkyrie w/Death Dollz

Savannah starts off honestly just overpowering Taya. A few quick shoves, Bear Hugs, rag dolls…and Taya is on the back foot. A little bit of ducking and dodging gives Taya the chances to hit the Spear and send Savannah out.

Savannah puts the brakes on anything Taya can start, we go to commercial and Savannah throws Taya with a Butterfly Suplex…so there’s just a lot of Taya working from underneath. Flying Headscissors finally gives Taya a breather, Blue Thunder Bomb for 2 into an Indian Deathlock transitioning into an STF before Savannah fights out.

Road to Valhalla attempt, Savannah blocks it, a little back and forth before Savannah connects with the Full Nelson Bomb for the win.

Kon w/The Design vs Sami Callihan

Early on Sami is struggling with Kon’s power and size. This is hard to really swallow, even as an early “debut” of a new stable. Sami keeps fighting the good fight, grasps for a Jaw Breaker and turns a Kon charge into a Scoop Slam…but Kon tries to keep being the immovable object.

Sami buckles Kon’s knee and hits the Tanaka style forearm and tries to stay on the bigger guy. The numbers eventually start to distract Sami, Angels distracts the referee, Deaner stops Sami and Kon hits a Death Valley Driver for the win.

I’m not really impressed with this, but I guess you really can’t have the new stable get punked out. Even though they are all punks.

Josh Alexander comes out to address the Over Drive fallout and states an open challenge with the intent to drag out Bully Ray – but Bully has a whole video set up goading Josh and saying he’s not there. 

So Speedball Mike Bailey comes down to see if the open challenge is still on the table. 

IMPACT World Championship Open Challenge: Mike Bailey vs Josh Alexander (c)

Bailey tries to come at Josh hard, and Josh shows that his left arm is still bothering him some; but he generally shrugs off Bailey for the early goings. A big Forearm and Kitchen Sink have Josh slowly stalking his opponent. His attention isn’t on Bailey, so his style reflects as much.

Josh sends Bailey to the ropes, back handspring, machine gun kicks send Josh reeling and a Tope con Hilo finally gives Bailey some momentum. Commercial break comes back with Bailey hitting a big Double Knees, but a Running Boot from Josh puts things back in his favor. Josh lands kick after kick, big forearms, and just hits Bailey with disdain because he’s not Bully Ray.

A Shotgun Dropkick opens things up for Speedball, Sole Butt doubles over Josh, Axe Kick, Roundhouse into a Corkscrew Shooting Star Press for 2. Buzzsaw Kick missed, German Suplex train begins! Two in a row, Bailey tries to block, so Josh pins the arms and hits a Shutdown Suplex for 2. C4 Spike, spun out, Ankle Lock attempt, blocked and turned into a Kimura from Bailey, but now they’re just jockeying for submission positions. Josh counters the Octopus into running him into the corner twice, but Speedball doesn’t let go. One more attempted jam, but a Poison Rana gives Bailey a 2 count.

Another commercial comes back to Josh driving his knee into Speedball’s shoulder blades. Flipping Stomp miss from Bailey, Tornado Kicks land, Ultima Weapon misses and Josh goes for a C4 Spike but the arm gives out! They spill to the outside and Bailey strings together some offense. A big Missile Dropkick leads into Round Kicks, and then open hand chop exchange. Both men after just firing back and forth, neither is relenting. Forearms and kicks, finally into a proper Fighting Spirit spot that Bailey counters a Rolling Forearm with a Straight Side Kick. Bailey charges into the ropes, Josh catches him in Capture Suplex position but drags him over the ropes and slams him onto the apron.

This is a third commercial break and we’re perched with Bailey going for a Super Frankensteiner, Josh blocks, feigns the Avalanche Styles Clash, but Bailey counters! Flamingo Driver attempt, Josh gets pissed, counters and then throws Bailey with a Torture Rack Bomb. 2 count immediately into the Ankle Lock, but Bailey blocks, manages to get away, counters Josh in the corner, Ultima Weapon connects! But Bailey can’t get the pinfall as he sells his legs. Speedball gets up, PK as he keeps selling the legs but still uses his offense. PK again! Backflip Double Knees, a few missed kicks before finally connecting and then charging through with the snap kick. Open Hand Chops from Josh, Kicks from Bailey, Josh just grabs him and starts the locomotion German Suplexes.

Six suplexes and another commercial! Back perched, Kimura Lock from Bailey, Josh fights, Bailey tries a kick, but Josh grabs him and dumps him back into the ring with an Olympic Slam for a near fall. Josh climbs to the top, Moonsault misses! Bailey slowly climbs to the top rope, Josh pops up, Avalanche Olympic Slam for 2! Josh struggles to try and pick up Bailey, so they have a slow rise as both men are banged up. Bailey pops up with the Straight Kick to the face for a near fall, and we actually hear the 10 minutes remaining call from Penzer.

Ankle Lock again from Josh, but Bailey keeps squirming. Josh Death Rolls with the Ankle and doesn’t want to let go, he’s trying to end this. Bailey tries to stretch up to get out of it, but gets scooped into a Tombstone Piledriver but only another 2 and back into the Ankle Lock! Up Kicks break the submission, Bailey tries to stop Josh from charging back into the corner with a kick, but Josh drivers his knee into Bailey’s leg, drags him back to the center and Grapevine’s the Ankle. Speedball barely manages to claw to the ropes.

Josh tries to climb the corner with Bailey, but Bailey slips down and now he’s trying to get up to Josh but can’t quite muster the energy to get past Josh. Josh keeps clocking and dropping Bailey. Bailey finally powers through the offense, stares down Josh and Avalanche Frankensteiner! Ultima Weapon… connects again but foot on the bottom rope! Flamingo…nope, Styles Clash from Josh into the Ankle Lock again! Bailey grabs the bottom rope and tries to kick Josh away, but Josh finds adrenaline rips Bailey into his arms for an Inverted Piledriver. Josh and Bailey keep struggling as Josh is going for a C4 Spike, 2 C4 Spikes with about 15 seconds left!

 

Overall Score: 9/10

A Western company actually mentioning time remaining, having to bump a “scheduled main event” and dedicate the last hour of the show to literally one match is a little surprising. The show also did try to add credibility to The Design, Savannah Evans got to look impressive and the fact the tag match was interrupted…to no one’s surprise, helped sell the epic main event even harder.

I don’t really have a lot to say aside from that was a hell of a match, and the fact that it was about 15 seconds short of a Broadway is both crazy and almost feels dirty that it didn’t quite get there. But it was great, built off their previous match and was a great endcap to the year both men had as being fighting champions and two bastions of hope of the company in 2022. IMPACT loves to just to clip shows for the last two weeks of the year, so we only have 1 maybe 2 more real episodes before Hard to Kill is around the corner. But hot damn was this match amazing!


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Mitchell’s NJPW WTL X Super Jr. Tag Results & Report! (12/7/22)

The Super Jr. Tag League penultimate round!

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NJPW WTL X Super Jr.

The Super Juniors are so close, they can almost taste it!

NJPW continues on and the Super Jr. Tag League is almost done! Is it inevitable that Ace Austin & Chris Bey are finalists in the tournament? Or will they get burned by the #GLEATSAUCE?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Yuto Nakashima & Ryohei Oiwa VS Oskar Leube & Kosei Fujita; Leube & Fujita win.
  • Six Man Tag: Suzuki-Gun VS Bullet Club; Suzuki-Gun wins.
  • 8 Man Tag: Toru Yano, Hiroshi Tanahashi, Tomoaki Honma & Master Wato VS Los Ingobernables de Japon; LIJ wins.
  • Super Jr. Tag League 2022: KUSHIDA & Kevin Knight VS TJP & Francesco Akira; TJP & Akira win.
  • Super Jr. Tag League 2022: Ryusuke Taguchi & Clark Connors VS YOH & Lio Rush; Yoh & Lio win.
  • Super Jr. Tag League 2022: DOUKI & Yoshinobu Kanemaru VS SHO & Dick Togo; Douki & Kanemaru win.
  • Super Jr. Tag League 2022: Robbie Eagles & Tiger Mask VS BUSHI & Titán; Bushi & Titán win.
  • Super Jr. Tag League 2022: Alex Zayne & El Lindaman VS Ace Austin & Chris Bey; Zayne & Lindaman win.

PLAY BY PLAY

Here are the current Super Jr. Tag League standings!

Austin & Bey: 6-1, 12 points
Bushi & Titan: 5-2, 10 points
TJP & Akira: 5-2, 10 points
Yoh & Lio: 5-2, 10 points
Zayne & Lindaman: 5-2, 10 points
Taguchi & Connors: 3-4, 6 points [ELIMINATED]
Eagles & Tiger Mask: 2-5, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
Douki & Kanemaru: 2-5, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
KUSHIDA & Knight: 1-6, 2 points [ELIMINATED]
Sho & Dick: 1-6, 2 points [ELIMINATED]

 

Super Jr. Tag League 2022: KUSHIDA & Kevin Knight VS TJP & Francesco Akira!

The Time Jet may be out of the running, but they could use this moment to turn it all around! Will Kushida & Knight find #Time2Fly? Or will Catch 2/2 not be denied their spot in the finals?

The Orchestrator, Gideon Grey, is here to make the introductions for the Public Enemy & Nova Fireball. The teams sort out and fans applaud as Knight starts against TJP. Fans rally as the two circle. TJP avoids Knight’s rush at the legs, gets around to a waistlock, but Knight switches. TJP sits, pries at the hold, but Knight brings him up to SLAM him down! Knight floats to a facelock, TJP rolls but Knight stays with him, but TJP slips away. Fans applaud this opening exchange and the two reset. Knight and TJP circle, knuckle lock, and TJP spins to wrench and wrangle Knight with a top wristlock.

Knight rolls, stands, TJP wrenches his arm again. Knight rolls, handsprings and wrenches back! Fans applaud while TJP works on a return. TJP rolls, spins, cartwheels, but Knight stops the headscissors to CHOP! Fans applaud as TJP staggers to ropes. Knight CHOPS TJP again, then whips TJP to ropes. They RAM shoulders but neither man falls. Knight flexes and fans applaud. TJP runs, they RAM shoulders again and Knight stays up. Knight says TJP doesn’t have it, but TJP kicks low! TJP runs, but Knight hurdles over! TJP rebounds, and he blocks the hip toss into a cobra twist! Fans applaud while Knight endures.

TJP drops for a ground cobra cradle, TWO! Knight whips, TJP stops himself and comes back to tie Knight’s one arm up, and he YANKS Knight’s other arm back! Fans applaud while TJP drags Knight away. Tag to Akira and Catch 2/2 mug Knight. They double whip but Knight DOUBLE FLYING SHOULDER TACKLES them down! Fans fire up as Knight brings Akira up. Knight wrenches Akira, tags Kushida, and he hands off the wrench. Kushida wrenches to a wristlock, then tags Knight back in. They hand off the wrench again, tag, and then hand it off again! Kushida CLUBS Akira’s arm, wrangles him down, and traps the arm to TWIST!

Fans applaud as Kushida drags Akira up to wrench again. Tag to Knight, they hand off the wrench again and again and again! Then they double snapmare to double knee drop both arms! Fans applaud but TJP runs in! Into a drop toehold and PENALTY KICK to the arm! Kushida & Knight secret handshake, then they double whip TJP to a corner. Then they double whip Akira into TJP! Kushida runs in to back elbow sandwich the champs! Knight runs in to STINGER SPLASH SANDWICH the champs! Knight pushes Akira aside to whip TJP corner to corner. TJP goes up and over, Akira returns for a RAILGUN DROPKICK!

Fans rally as Akira drags Knight up to CLUB him on the neck. Akira stomps Knight in the corner and digs his boots in! The ref counts, Akira stops at 4, then tags TJP. Catch 2/2 drag Knight up, they double whip him to ropes, and SOBAT, KICK, KICK and BASEMENT SHOTGUN! Cover, TWO! TJP sits Knight up to KNEE him in the back! TJP drops knees on the arm, then on a leg. Then TJP has the leg for a standing toehold. Knight endures, even as TJP twists the ankle! Fans rally, Knight fights up and stands. TJP stays clear of the haymakers but Knight breaks free. Knight kicks with the other way but TJP blocks it!

TJP slips around, but Knight ENZIGURIS TJP down! Fans rally, Akira grabs Knight’s legs but Knight kicks him away. But TJP runs past Knight to BLAST Kushida! Knight run sin but TJP goes up and over to get a TARANTULA! Akira intercepts Kushida at the apron for a TARANTULA! Fans fire up for the double shoutout to Tajiri, and Catch 2/2 lets off as the ref counts. Akira returns to his corner, TJP stalks Knight and fans rally up. TJP drags Knight up, scoops and SLAMS him, then goes to the apron. Slingshot SENTON! Tag to Akira, and he runs to go up the Electric Chair! “Take Picture!” But Knight JET FLIGHT DROPKICKS Akira down!

Fans fire up while all three men are down! Knight crawls, hot tag to Kushida! Kushida climbs up and AX HANDLES TJP down! Kushida KICKS and KICKS and KICKS Akira, then whips him to ropes. Akira reverses but Kushida FLYING FOREARMS! Kushida dodges to PELE! TJP kicks Kushida, runs, but into a hip toss! Cartwheel, basement dropkick! Fans fire up with Kushida and he winds up, but Akira blocks the Buzzsaw! Akira whips Kushida to ropes, but Kushida reverses. Akira sunset flips but Kushida stays up! Kushida has the arm, for an ARMBAR! The fans fire up as Kushida pulls back, but Akira rolls to the ROPEBREAK!

Kushida lets go quickly and fans rally up. They clap for “KU-SHI-DA!” as he wrenches Akira’s arm to an ELBOW BREAKER! Kushida aims, but Akira dodges the Penalty Kick! Akira CHOPS, but Kushida ROCKS! Akira SUPERKICKS, but Kushida SHOTEIS! Fans fire up while both men are down! Kushida crawls, hot tag to Knight! Knight hurries after Akira, brings him up and whips him to a corner. Knight runs in and Kushida runs in from the apron, SPLASH ENZIGURI COMBO! Knight hoists Akira up top, climbs up after him, but TJP gets in! TJP Electric Chair Lifts Knight, but Kushida HANDSPRING KICKS Akira!

Knight fights free of TJP while Kushida has a KIMURA on Akira! TJP lets Knight go to go after Kushida! TJP has the Electric Chair Lift, but Kushida fights free to get the HOVERBOARD KIMURA! Knight jumps to SUPER STEINER Akira! Fans fire up and Knight leaps, SATELLITE DDT!! Cover, TJP SLAMS Kushida onto it! Fans fire up while Kushida throws TJP out. Knight drags Akira up, fans clap “TIME TO FLY!” They double suplex but Akira fights it. Akira ROCKS and CHOPS on repeat! But Knight knees low! Time2Fly double whip but Akira shotguns the clothesline apart! And TJP runs in to DOUBLE BULLDOG!

Fans fire up and TJP blocks a kick to spin around, LEG CAPTURE BACK SUPLEX for Knight! Kushida DECKS TJP! Akira GERMAN SUPLEXES Kushida! Knight SLIDING SHOULDERS Akira down! Fans are thunderous as all four men are down! Knight sits up, he brings TJP up but TJP throws a forearm. Knight forearms back, so TJP forearms again. The forearms keep going, then TJP UPPERCUTS! Knight UPPERCUTS in return! The forearms return, Knight gets the edge! Knight runs, into a ROLLING SOBAT! TJP runs, ducks a lariat and SUPERKICKS! TJP runs, into a DROPKICK! Knight kips up and fans fire up again!

Knight runs corner to corner at TJP, but TJP goes up and over! TORNADO DDT!! Cover, TWO!! Knight is still in this and fans are thunderous! TJP drags Knight to a drop zone, goes up the corner, but Knight is up! Knight springs up to join TJP, he throws body shots, but TJP hits back. Fans rally as TJP slips under and trips Knight! Knight is in a Tree of Woe, TJP helps Akira walk the tightrope, for a MISSILE WOE DROPKICK! Knight is down in another drop zone and TJP goes back up! MAMBA SPLASH!! Cover, but Kushida breaks it! Kushida CLUBS Akira, CLUBS TJP, then BUZZSAWS Akira! Kushida runs, but into an ALLEY-OOP!

Fans fire up as Catch 2/2 sit Knight up! 2 BY 2!! Cover, Catch 2/2 win!

Winners: TJP & Francesco Akira, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Kushida & Knight earn 0)

That’s two more points for a dozen total! Will the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions prove they are THE best tag team in the division?

 

Super Jr. Tag League 2022: Ryusuke Taguchi & Clark Connors VS YOH & Lio Rush!

The Wild Hips haven’t had much luck in the league, but they’re not giving up! Will Taguchi & Connors stampede through Direct Drive & The Bad Child? Or will the Men of the Hour still have time on the clock?

Taguchi and Connors reach into their bags, and they have beer again! Fans applaud, and the Wild Hips offer some to Yoh & Lio. Really? Right now? Sure! Think of it like a party. Fans applaud but Yoh & Lio aren’t sure, they’re technically working. Yoh and Lio take a can each, Connors & Taguchi crack theirs open and drink. Fans applaud, it’s now or never for Lio & Yoh. They argue it out, but Lio says his stomach doesn’t feel good. Connors understands and fans applaud. The beers are put aside for now, and the teams sort out. Lio starts with Connors and fans rally up at the bell. Lio and Connors circle, feel things out, and knuckle lock.

Connors shoots in but Lio sprawls and facelocks. Connors slips out to facelock and then waistlock then back to a facelock. Lio slips out to waistlock, they stand up, and Connors pries free to switch. Connors drags Lio down, goes back for a facelock, but Lio switches that onto Connors. Connors fights back up, throws a knee, and fans applaud as Connors headlocks. Lio powers up and out but Connors runs him over! Fans applaud again and Connors runs the ropes. Lio drops, then redirects to whip Connors. Connors redirects, too, and then again! Lio handsprings to dodge, then he mule kicks and ENZIGURIS! Fans fire up and Lio covers, TWO!

Lio has the fans rally up, and Lio wrenches Connors’ arm. Tag to Yoh, they double whip Connors and double kick. Yoh whips Lio but Connors avoids the scissor kick! Lio whips Yoh now but Connors avoids Yoh to rebound and run them both over! Fans fire up with Connors and he calls to Taguchi. Taguchi hops in, Connors EuroUppers Yoh. Yoh is in one corner, Lio is in the other and the Wild Hips combine. WHIP HIP into Lio! WHIP HIP into Yoh! And then another for Lio! And another for Yoh! Then Taguchi WHIP HIPS Connors into Lio, and then WHIP HIPS him into Yoh! Fans fire up as the Wild Hips butt bump.

Taguchi sets up on the corner and Connors brings Yoh around. But Yoh reverses and sends Connors into the Funky Weapon! Lio returns to LARIAT Connors down! Taguchi hops down and runs at Yoh, but Yoh atomic drops the hip attack! Yoh scoops and SLAMS Taguchi, then he and Lio hook Taguchi’s legs into the ropes! Not quite a Tree of Woe, more a Bush of Woe. Fans rally as Lio and Yoh fire up. They hook up, ROLLING DIVING HEADBUTT into the Bush! Fans fire up while Taguchi flops over. Yoh drags Taguchi to the apron, and he uses the ropes in a Paradise Lock!? Yoh learned a form of Paradise!

Connors returns but Yoh kicks him down. Yoh drags Connors up to ROCK him with a forearm, and then stomp him in the corner. Tag to Lio, he and Yoh double whip Connors to DOUBLE ELBOW! Then Lio runs to get a wheelbarrow boost from Yoh, WHEELBARROW SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Lio taunts Taguchi then clamps onto Connors with a sleeper and body scissors! Yoh plays defense, but Taguchi can’t get free anyway. Connors fights up with Lio as a backpack, and he RAMS Lio into the corner! Yoh tags in, Connors hurries to his corner, but he can’t tag Taguchi like that! Lio whips Connors to the corner, Yoh & Lio mug him!

Yoh & Lio drag Connors up again, throw forearms and haymakers, then Yoh has Connors on ropes. Yoh throws more forearms, puts him back in the corner, but Connors fights back with forearms and elbows! Fans rally, Connors crawls, but Lio drags him up for a BIG back suplex! Fans rally, Yoh & Lio drag Connors up and double whip. Connors ELBOWS Yoh away but Lio kicks him low. Lio runs, Connors drops and POUNCES Lio into Yoh, and Yoh falls on Taguchi! Taguchi’s free from Paradise! Fans fire up as Connors hurries over, hot tag to Taguchi! Taguchi fires up, and he HIP ATTACKS Yoh at the ropes! Then HIP ATTACKS Lio at the ropes!

Taguchi keeps going, another HIP ATTACK for Yoh! Another HIP ATTACK for Lio! Baseball slide and APRON HIP for Yoh! Fans fire up and Taguchi takes aim from the apron. Springboard and MISSILE HIP! Taguchi covers, TWO! Taguchi drags Yoh up but Yoh swings, into a waistlock. Yoh elbows free, runs, but Taguchi follows! Yoh catches the hip attack into a waistlock, but Taguchi elbows free. Taguchi fakes Yoh out into running into a HIP ATTACK! Fans fire up and Taguchi runs side to side! PEOPLE’S T-BAG!! Cover, TWO!! Yoh survives and fans fire up. Taguchi calls upon the powers of Strong Style! “ORYA~!”

But Lio gets in the way, and offers the beer! He wants to have the drink now? Lio gets the fans to applaud for it, and they crack open the beers. They drink, and Lio hits a STUNNER on Taguchi! Lio laughs at Taguchi falling for it, then he HAANDSPRING KICKS Connors off the apron! Lio hurries to get another drink of beer, then he builds speed! But then Lio feels queasy! Connors runs in to SPEAR Lio down! Fans fire up, Connors drags Yoh up but Yoh throws forearms! Yoh ROCKS Taguchi, UPPERCUTS Connors, but runs into DOUBLE HIP ATTACKS! The Wild Hips combine their powers, take a drink, and show the RED UNDIES! CROSS HIPS!!! Cover, Lio breaks it!!

Fans fire up and Connors throws Lio out. Taguchi stands back up and fans rally. Taguchi stands Yoh up, to ENZIGURI! Fans fire up and Taguchi drags Yoh up into chicken wings! But Yoh wheelbarrows and victory rolls, only for Taguchi to sit on it! TWO!!! But Taguchi has OH MY GAH ANKLE!! Yoh flails, reaches out, moves around, and Connors keeps Lio on the outside! Yoh scrambles to get a BEER! Yoh stands up to make Taguchi drink!! Taguchi chugs, Yoh shakes him up!! Taguchi is dizzy now, but he SPITS the beer! He’s gone from The Rock to The Game! Taguchi kicks low, runs, but into 3K!!!! Cover, the Men of the Hour win!!

Winners: Yoh & Lio Rush, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Taguchi & Connors earn 0)

It’s all about the game and how you play it, but the Wild Hips got beat at their own game! Will Yoh & Lio close in on that outside shot to the finals?

 

Super Jr. Tag League 2022: DOUKI & Yoshinobu Kanemaru VS SHO & Dick Togo!

Japones Del Mal & The Heel Master got the biggest win they could by beating the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions! Will that momentum help them finish strong? Or will the House of Torture ruin things for them right before the end?

Both sides argue about the other needing to be thoroughly checked. After all, Douki has the pipe and Kanemaru has the whiskey, but the Murder Machine has a wrench and the Spoiler has his choker. But for now, the teams sort out and Dick starts against Kanemaru. Fans rally as the two circle. They tie up, Dick powers Kanemaru to ropes, but lets off as the ref counts. Kanemaru dodges the sucker punch and tells the ref that’s what he was talking about! Dick apologizes, and offers a handshake. Kanemaru says don’t even bother with that. Dick shakes Sho’s hand and Sho hops in to shake the ref’s hand. Dick also shakes the ref’s hand.

Douki steps in and the House of Torture offers him a handshake, too. Douki & Kanemaru reach out to accept, but then they block the cheap kicks! Douki throws Sho’s foot into Dick, then he throws Sho out while Kanemaru rolls Dick up! TWO!! Dick escapes, Douki goes out after Sho while Kanemaru stalks Dick to the corner. Dick pokes Kanemaru in the eye! Dick then whips corner to corner but Kanemaru reverses. Dick BOOTS Kanemaru, runs, but into a dropkick to the legs! Tag to Douki, Suzuki-Gun SMASH both knees! Cover, TWO! Douki stomps Dick around, then puts the leg on the ropes for a HIP DROP!

Fans rally while Douki drags Dick up. Douki kicks low, whips Dick to ropes, then runs in, only to be put on the apron. Dick swings but Douki shoulders into him. But Sho trips Douki up! Dick BLASTS Kanemaru, Sho stomps Douki around by commentary. Sho drags Douki up, brings him all the way to the back wall, rakes the eyes, and then goes into the rear stage area! Sho sends Douki into the wall! Dick keeps after Kanemaru while Sho whips Douki at the edge! Douki keeps from falling, he turns around and Sho BOOTS him off the stage! Fans applaud as Sho stands tall. Sho stomps Douki in front of the back row, then says to turn our attention back to ringside.

The ring count starts while Dick waits on Douki. Sho wants the count to go faster, and then he touches the Super Jr. Tag League trophy. Fans rally as Douki stands, and he hurries up the aisle! We’re at 12 of 20, Sho gets on the mic to shout that this is over! Sho rings the bell himself! The ref tells Sho no, but Sho makes the ref raise his hand in victory. Doukik returns! But Sho and Dick mug him! The ref reprimands them, counts, but both Sho and Dick let off at 4. Douki fights up but Dick fights off the scoop. Dick throws body shots and he CLUBS Douki down! Dick scoops and SLAMS Douki down! Dick then clamps onto Douki’s arms for a motorcycle stretch!

Fans rally as Douki endures and reaches out. Douki gets the ROPEBREAK, and Dick lets off. Dick scrapes his sole on Douki’s face, then he tags Sho. Sho runs to BLAST Kanemaru, then he and Dick mug Douki. Douki hits back but Sho rakes the eyes! Sho shoves Douki down, brings him back up, and throws him out of the ring. Sho distracts the ref so Dick can ROCK Douki! Dick puts Douki back in for Sho to ROPE GUILLOTINE! Cover, the ref refuses because of shenanigans. Sho stomps Douki then covers, TWO! Fans fire up while Sho is upset with the ref. Sho drags Douki back up but Douki throws forearms! Sho rakes the eyes!

The ref reprimands but Sho grins as he brings Douki up again. Douki blocks the suplex and fans rally. Sho powers Douki up but Douki fights it. Douki powers Sho up, but Sho bends Douki’s fingers! Sho suplexes but Douki slips out! Douki waistlocks but Sho elbows free. Sho runs, but into a FLYING HEADBUTT! Fans fire up while both men are down again! Sho and Douki crawl, hot tag to Kanemaru! Kanemaru stomps on Sho then BLASTS Dick! Kanemaru whips, Sho reverses but Kanemaru dropkicks the legs out! Kanemaru drags Sho up, SHIN BREAKER and then a  dropkick to the legs! Kanemaru steps through for a FIGURE FOUR!

Sho endures the leglock and Kanemaru trashes about! Dick gets in to stomp away on Kanemaru! The hold is undone but the ref reprimands Dick. Kanemaru drags Sho around, stomps the legs, but Sho bends the fingers! So Kanemaru rakes Sho’s eyes! The ref reprimands them both, Kanemaru kicks Sho and runs. But Sho uses the ref as a shield! Sho then runs but now Kanemaru uses the ref as a shield! Kanemaru kicks low, ELBOWS Sho in the head, then runs, but Dick gets a cheap shot in! Sho SPEARS Kanemaru down! Tag to Dick and the House of Torture stomps away on Kanemaru. They whip him corner to corner, then Sho runs in.

Kanemaru dodges Sho, kicks Dick and sends him into Sho! ENZIGURI for Dick! Fans fire up while all three are down! Douki calls out and Kanemaru heads that way! Hot tag to Douki! Douki goes up to CROSSBODY! Dick staggers up, Douki dodges him to springboard BACK ELBOW! Douki drags Dick into the drop zone, for a RUNNING DOUBLE STOMP! Cover, TWO! Fans rally, Douki drags Dick up and hooks him up! But Dick fights the Gory Especial to snapmare and ghost pin! TWO! CROSSFACE!! Fans rally while Douki endures! Douki reaches out, claws his way over, but Dick rolls him way!

But Douki slips out to waistlock! He baits Dick into a double pump handle and he flips Dick over! Douki then rolls Dick into ITALIAN STRETCH #32! Fans fire up while Dick endures! But then Sho drags the ref out! Sho gets in to stomp away on Douki! The Young Lions check on the ref while Sho gets his wrench! But Douki gets his PIPE! Fans fire up as Douki’s is bigger! Sho still swings but Douki dodges! Douki swings but Sho dodges! Douki blocks the wrench attack and Sho drops it! Douki JAMS Sho with the pipe, then CHOKES him with it! But Dick slides in to use the SPOILER CHOKER! But Kanemaru takes a swig!

Yujiro & Evil rush out from the back! But Kanemaru WHISKEY MISTS Yujiro! Then he KICKS the ropes to hit Evil down low! Then Kanemaru WHISKEY MISTS Dick! But Sho LOW BLOWS Kanemaru! Everyone falls at the same time! Fans fire up and rally as the ref returns! The ref can’t make heads or tails of what happened, but Dick and Douki stay in the ring. Dick drags Douki up, underhooks, but Douki blocks the Pedigree! Dick CLUBS Douki down, drags him back up and tries again. But Douki wrenches out! Dick rakes the eyes! Dick gets the whiskey and tags a swig!? But Douki HELL STABS! The whiskey spews into the air!

Douki drags Dick back down, ITALIAN STRETCH #32!!! Dick verbally quits, Suzuki-Gun wins!!

Winners: Douki & Yoshinobu Kanemaru, by submission (gain 2 points; Sho & Dick earn 0)

Incredible! Douki the underdog has gotten his team to three wins in this latter half of the tournament! Is this a sign that things are finally clicking for Japones Del Mal?

 

Super Jr. Tag League 2022: Robbie Eagles & Tiger Mask VS BUSHI & Titán!

The Flying Tigers may not have a shot at the finals, but they can shoot down another team’s chances! Will the Sniper of the Sky and the Junior Heavyweight legend eliminate LIJ? Or will the Black Mask y El Inmortal stay alive for one more round?

The teams sort out, Eagles calls out Titan, so LIJ fist bumps. Fans applaud as Titan and Eagles circle. They tie up, Eagles wrenches an arm to a wristlock, but Titan rolls, handsprings and wrenches back. Eagles endures the wristlock now, but he uses the ropes to flip through and wrench back. Titan endures now, rolls, kips up and bridges to then handspring and wrench back! Fans rally as Titan wrenches again. Titan whips corner to corner, Eagles reverses but Titan goes up and over to handspring away. Fans cheer and things keep moving. Titan jumps over, whips Eagles but Eagles reverses to go up and around and arm-drag! But Titan handstands walks!

Titan rolls, handsprings, and fans fire up as things keep moving. Titan hurdles, Eagles counters the arm-drag to a takedown, and then he handsprings to basement dropkick! Fans cheer the opening exchange as Eagles covers, TWO! Eagles keeps on Titan, brings him over, and bumps him off buckles. Tag to Tiger and he KICKS and KICKS and KICKS Titan down! Tiger stomps Titan, brings him up and ROCKS him with a forearm. Tiger runs but Titan DROPKICKS him in return! Fans rally and Titan rolls to tag in Bushi! Bushi stomps Tiger, bumps him off buckles, then CHOPS! And CHOPS again!

Bushi pushes Tiger out, turns him, and hits a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Bushi goes after Tiger’s mask! The ref reprimands, Bushi stops going after the laces to pull at the chin! The ref reprimands and counts, Bushi stops at 4. Bushi stomps Tiger down, then he tags in Titan. Titan climbs while Bushi drags Tiger up. Bushi wrenches an arm and Titan DOUBLE STOMPS it! Titan kicks Tiger around, then mule kicks him. Titan snapmares Tiger to PENALTY KICK! Fans rally and Eagles coaches Tiger, but Titan stands Tiger up. Tiger throws body shots, then throws KICK after KICK! Titan blocks a kick but Tiger SPIN KICKS him away!

Fans rally, Tiger rolls and hot tags Eagles! Eagles springboards up and over Titan, BLASTS Bushi, then RANAS Titan! Fans fire up as Eagles WHEEL KICKS Titan and kips up! Titan bails out, Eagles builds speed, but Bushi trips Eagles up! Titan mule kicks Tiger, CLUBS him down and gets back in the ring. Titan KICKS Eagles while he’s down, then he tags Bushi. Fans rally as LIJ mug Eagles, then double whip him corner to corner. Bushi runs in to back elbow Titan, and then sets up for INMORTAL IN MOTION! Feed to a lift, DROPKICK SPINEBUSTER COMBO! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up but Titan BLASTS Tiger!

Fans rally up as LIJ loom over Eagles. They kick Eagles around, drag him up and double whip again. Eagles reverses to send Bushi away and then he knees Titan low. Bushi returns and Eagles sends him into Titan! Titan falls, Eagles mule kicks Bushi then runs, BASEMENT DROPKICK BLINDSIDE LARIAT COMBO! Fans fire up while all three men are down! Eagles crawls for his corner, hot tag to Tiger! Tiger goes up top and CROSSBODIES Bushi down! Titan CLUBS Tiger, holds him up, but Tiger BOOTS Bushi and KANGAROO KICKS Titan! Bushi returns, into a tilt-o-whirl BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!

Fans rally as Tiger brings Bushi back up. Tiger underhooks Bushi but Titan runs in! Tiger mule kicks Titan, Eagles runs in to KICK, and then DOUBLE ROUNDHOUSES take Titan down! Fans fire up and Bushi fires forearms on both Flying Tigers! Bushi fires off on Tiger, but Eagles SOBATS Bushi! Eagles cravats Bushi and Tiger gives him a boost into the ASAI DDT! Roll and feed to the underhooks, TIGER DRIVER! Cover, Titan breaks it! Eagles throws Titan out and Tiger goes to a corner. But Titan POSTS Eagles! Tiger reaches the top but Titan attacks him first! Titan ROCKET LAUNCHES Tiger off the corner!

Bushi crawls to the LIJ corner, hot tag to Titan! Titan roars, fans fire up, and Titan springboard MISSILE DROPKICKS! Titan drags Tiger up, reels him in and suplexes for the GOURD BUSTER, to a SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO! Tiger is still in this and fans rally up. Tiger goes to a corner, Titan powers up and runs in, LOCO- NO, Tiger BOOTS Titan away! Then crucifix takedown! TWO!! Into the REVERSE DOUBLE ARMBAR!! Titan endures, flails, Eagles intercepts Bushi into the RON MILLER SPECIAL!! But Titan gets the ROPEBREAK! The Flying Tigers let LIJ go and Eagles kicks Bushi out.

Eagles rallies the fans and he joins Tiger in bringing Titan up. The Flying Tigers double whip Titan to a corner, Eagles goes to the apron. They both run in, ENZIGURI ROUNDHOUSE COMBO! Fans fire up as Tiger brings Titan up to the top rope. Bushi rushes in but Eagles springboards and missile dropkicks the legs out! Tiger climbs up after Titan, underhooks the arms, and fans rally up! SUPER BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! Cover, TWO!! Titan survives, but Tiger has a KIMURA! Titan endures as Tiger also traps his head! Bushi barrels through Eagles to break it up! Fans rally as Bushi fires forearms on Eagles.

Eagles knees low, Bushi ducks a roundhouse to spin Eagles into a DDT! Tiger fires off on Bushi, knees low and SOBATS! Tiger runs, but into a DROPKICK! Bushi runs to BLAST Eagles! Then Bushi builds speed to DIVE onto Eagles! Fans fire up and Titan roars! Titan drags Tiger up, reels him in to a fireman’s carry, and spins for the LANDSLIDE! Cover, TWO!! Tiger survives again and fans fire up! Bushi returns as Tiger goes to a corner. Titan runs in, LOCO LARIAT! Bushi hits the CODE BREAKER! Titan springboards, but slips! Angel Inmortal is more a diving headbutt botch! Bushi hurries to get Titan back up and Titan resets.

Bushi watches Eagles while Titan COAST2COAST dropkicks Tiger!! Cover, LIJ wins!

Winners: Bushi & Titán, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Eagles & Tiger earn 0)

It wasn’t pretty, but it was effective! LIJ stay alive for another round, will they make the Super Jr. Tag League finals tranquilo?

 

Super Jr. Tag League 2022: Alex Zayne & El Lindaman VS Ace Austin & Chris Bey!

The #SAUCEHEARTS holds their fate in their own hands! If they win, they take over the top spot! If they lose, their bubble bursts right before the end! Can Zayne & Lindaman stop the Inevitable? Or will Ace & Bey keep things Too Sweet?

The teams sort out, Zayne steps up and calls out his former friend, Ace. Ace & Bey Too Sweet and then point finger guns at Zayne. Lindaman says, “Boo~!” but Ace starts against Zayne. The fans rally as the two stare down, but then Ace tags out to Bey. Bey & Ace laugh at Zayne thinking he was going to get his way. Zayne and Bey circle, fans rally up again, and the two tie up. They go around, Zayne puts Bey on ropes but he stares Ace down. Red shoes counts the break, Zayne lets off with a pat on Bey’s shoulder. Bey acts like he’s gonna punch, but he just hands Red Shoes some of his gold chains that’re coming loose.

Zayne and Bey reset as fans rally up, and Bey gets around to waistlock. Zayne works on the hold but Bey shifts to a headlock. Zayne throws body shots, then elbows, then he powers out, only for Bey to pull on Zayne’s beard! Bey laughs and flexes while Red Shoes reprimands. Bey headlocks, but Zayne powers up to put Bey on ropes! Zayne then powers out to wrench Bey’s arm. Bey endures the wristlock, but Zayne pulls on Bey’s beard! Tag to Lindaman and Lindaman kicks Bey low. Fans applaud as Lindaman wrenches and wristlocks Bey to then YANK the arm! Lindaman YANKS the arm again, and he keeps Bey from Ace.

But Bey pulls Lindaman’s hair! Red Shoes reprimands but Bey knees Lindaman low, tags Ace, and Bullet Club mugs Lindaman. They double whip Lindaman corner to corner, Bey runs in but Lindaman picks Bey up! AIR RAID CRASH! Ace runs in and knees low. Ace whips, Lindaman reverses and SAYANAGIS! Then BASEMENT DDT! Fans fire up with Lindaman and he looms over Ace. Lindaman drags Ace, scoops him and SLAMS him, then rallies the fans as he goes to the corner. Lindaman runs, stomps and goes to the other corner! Fans fire up as Lindaman climbs, but Ace wants Red Shoes to check him. This is a distraction so Bey can trip Lindaman up!

Ace hobbles over and tags in Bey. Bey BLASTS Zayne, then he and Ace double whip Lindaman! POMMEL KICK, and then FINESSE IN MOTION! Bey feeds Lindaman to Ace’s drop toehold and Eddy Gordo Kick! Bey DOUBLE STOMPS Lindaman down! Bey stands on Lindaman in a cocky cover, TWO! Fans applaud while Bey drags Lindaman up. Bey ROCKS Lindaman, drags him up again, and then CLAWS Lindaman’s eyes! Red Shoes counts, Bey lets off and pretends he can’t hear the fans rallying up. Bey KICKS Lindaman in the side, then coordinates with Ace. Bey bumps Lindaman’s face off Ace’s boot!

Red Shoes reprimands while Bey tags Ace. Bullet Club double wrench Lindaman, double CLAW his back, then double drop toehold to Too Sweet CLAW his back! Fans applaud while Ace stomps Lindaman. Cover, TWO! Fans applaud more, Ace stomps Lindaman more. Ace CHOKES Lindaman with his shirt, then drags Lindaman up to gut wrench suplex! Ace stands on Lindaman before a LEG DROP! Cover, TWO! Ace KNEES Lindaman in the back, and again, but Lindaman gets up to ROCK Ace! And again! But Ace NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO! Ace drags Lindaman up and tags in Bey.

Bullet Club mugs Lindaman, double whip him to ropes but Lindaman holds ropes. Ace runs in but Lindaman steps aside to send him tumbling out! Bey runs in but Lindaman puts him on the apron. Bey holds onto Lindaman to keep him from Zayne, and Bey shoulders in. Bey slingshots up and over, but Lindaman CLOBBERS him! Fans fire up, hot tag- NO, Ace trips Zayne off the apron! Bey CLOBBERS Lindaman while Ace stomps Zayne. Bey snapmares and UPPERCUTS Lindaman in the back. Cover, TWO! Bey argues the count while fans rally up. Bey sits Lindaman up for a chinlock and grinds him down.

Fans rally as Lindaman endures. Lindaman fights his way up, throws elbows, but Bey CLUBS Lindaman down! Tag to Ace, and Ace brings Lindaman around, DOUBLE SWEEP COMBO! And then the STANDING MOONSAULT LEG DROP COMBO! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up while Ace grows frustrated. Ace drags Lindaman up, whips him hard into the corner, and Bey CHOKES Lindaman while Ace distracts Red Shoes with talk about Zayne. Red Shoes keeps them apart, and then Ace goes over to Lindaman. Ace tags Bey, drags Lindaman up, and Bey takes a crane stance. Bey crane steps to then poke Lindaman in his eyes!

Fans applaud while Bey crane steps around. Bey drags Lindaman up, reels him in, and says he’s gonna give us three amigos. But Lindaman blocks the first amigo! Bey throws body shots, then a knee! Uno Amigo! Then Dos Amigos! Then THREE AMIGOS! Bey kips up and fans applaud. Bey goes up the corner, fans fire up, and Bey mocks Zayne with “ITADAKIMAAASU~!” MOONSAULT, but Bey has to roll through when Lindaman moves! Lindaman runs in, gets around, kicks Bey’s legs out then dropkicks him in the back! Fans fire up while both men are down, hot tags to Ace and Zayne! Zayne fires off hands on Ace, then spins him for the DISCUS LARIAT!

Fans fire up as Zayne storms up on Ace, fires off boxing elbows, then mule kicks! Zayne runs but Bey runs in to SOBAT! Bey whips, Zayne ducks ‘n’ dodges, then he DOUBLE RANAS Bey & Ace! Fans fire up and Zayne swings, but Bey catches him! Ace runs up but Zayne BOOTS him! Zayne elbows free of Bey to knee him low, then he runs again, DOUBLE ROLLING SCISSOR KICK! Fans fire up again as Zayne focuses on Ace. Zayne stalks Ace, drags him from the corner, and he pulls the kick pad away from the boot! Ace kicks Zayne away, but Zayne blocks the roundhouse! Zayne drags Ace down and Ace desperately claws for the ropes! ROPEBREAK!

Zayne holds on but Bey drags Ace out to safety. But then Lindaman runs in and he uses Zayne as a boost to SOMERSAULT SENTON out onto Bullet Club! Fans fire up with that direct hit, and Zayne waits on them to stand back up. Fans rally, Lindaman drags Ace up for Zayne and puts him in. Zayne drags Ace up, reels him in, but Bey SUPERMAN PUNCHES Lindaman! Zayne suplexes, Ace slips out and goes to ropes. Zayne runs in, he blocks Ace’s boot and flips him to the apron. Bey gets up to join Ace, Zayne runs in but he gets DOUBLE KNEES! Ace & Bey dump Zayne out, and then Bey gets in to build speed. Bey FLIES and takes out Zayne!

Lindaman swipes at Ace but Ace handsprings up and over! Ace PENALTY KICKS Lindaman down! Ace and Bey get Zayne up, Ace slingshots in and kips up to build speed! THE FALL TO GLORY! Fans fire up for the Fosbury Flop and Bey says that was great! Ace puts Zayne in the ring, fans rally up and Bullet Club sees Zayne go to the corner. Bey sets up, but Zayne ducks the pommel kick! Zayne BOOTS Bey, puts Ace in the corner to ELBOW, then he hoists Ace up top. Bey runs in but is sent into Ace’s knees! Zayne uses Bey to get up and SUPER STEINER Ace! And GERMAN SUPLEX Bey onto Ace! Fans fire up as Zayne drags Ace up.

Zayne scoops for the BAJA BLAST! Cover, TWO! Ace survives but Zayne keeps his focus. Lindaman returns, he and Zayne coordinate. Lindaman drags Ace up and Zayne goes to the corner. Lindaman hits KUMAGOROSHI, and Zayne shouts “ITADAKIMAAASU~!” Zayne climbs up, but Bey GAMANGIRIS him down! Lindaman storms over but Bey GAMANGIRIS him, too! Ace hits a BIG back suplex on Lindaman, and Bey climbs up after Zayne. Zayne is reclined along a top rope, Bey DOUBLE STOMPS him down! Bey drags Zayne up and torture racks! Ace steps in to FLYING CHUCK and Bey spins to RACK NECKBREAKER!! Ace covers, TWO!?!?

Fans are thunderous as Zayne survives! Bullet Club grows frustrated, but they decide to bring out the trump card. But Lindaman BOOTS Ace! And ROCKS Bey! And ROCKS Ace! Lindaman fires off on Bey, then BOOTS Ace! Lindaman whips but Ace reverses. Bey SPLASHES Lindaman, hoists him up top, and then Ace goes up top with Bey. They bring Lindaman up, but Zayne CLUBS them first! Zayne adds on now, for a TOWER OF DOOM, DOUBLE POWERBOMB SUPERPLEX!! Fans fire up as all four men are down! They all stir, and Bey slowly rolls out of the ring, as does Lindaman. That leaves Zayne and Ace alone.

Zayne crawls over to Ace, and Ace SLAPS Zayne! Zayne SLAPS Ace, and they SLAP back and forth! Then they throw forearms back and forth! Fans rally as the two fight up to their feet to throw more forearm shots! Ace gets the edge, knees low then swings, but Zayne spins him! Ace blocks the lariat, Zayne blocks the kick! Zayne ducks a kick to wrap Zayne up! TACO- NO, Ace slips out! Ace KNEES, KNEE LIFTS and HEEL KICKS! Zayne wobbles, Ace runs, THE FOLD!!! Cover, LINDAMAN BREAKS IT!! Fans are thunderous as Lindaman waistlocks Ace and deadlifts! Bey saves Ace to PELE Lindaman!

Fans fire up, Bullet Club coordinates, ONE TOO- NO, Lindaman catches the cutter to GERMAN SUPLEX! Bey lands on his feet, but Lindaman GERMAN SUPLEXES! Zayne kips up, Ace BOOTS him, but Zayne ducks the roundhouse! Lindaman GERMAN SUPLEXES! DOUBLE BRIDGE!! SAUCEHEARTS WIN!!!!

Winners: Alex Zayne & El Lindaman, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Ace & Bey earn 0)

INCREDIBLE! The top team falls, and now we have a NEW top team! Can the Bullet Club still have an impact on the Super Jr. Tag League finals?

As for SAUCEHEARTS, Lindaman gets the mic to say he and Zayne just won! “This league started back on November 21st in Korakuen, and now we’re here. I’m delighted we won the main event here, in Sasebo.” Fans applaud as they’re happy to see it, too. Lindaman says he’s “got a lot of personal feelings for this place. My father was born and raised in Sasebo. My mother was also born and raised in Sasebo. Make no mistake, Sasebo runs in El Lindaman’s veins.” Fans applaud to know he’s one of theirs. But then Lindaman says, “Sorry, I lied! I’m from Tokyo! Sorry! I might have told a little white lie about Sasebo, but I’m not lying when I say we’re taking this Super Jr. Tag League!”

Fans applaud that, and Lindaman continues to say, “After this win here, we’ll continue to do the same when we face Douki & Kanemaru. Then we’re off to the finals in Sendai.” Fans also applaud that. Lindaman says he’s proud to be holding the mic after a NJPW main event, but some fans may not know him. “El Lindaman doesn’t belong to NJPW, but I represent the promotion known as GLEAT. But since I have the mic, mind if I close this the GLEAT way?” Fans applaud, they’d love to see it! Lindaman says, “For those of you unfamiliar in Sasebo, let me give you a crash course! Don’t worry, it’s very simple. Learn it and try it at home.

“When I say, ‘Let’s,’ you pump your fist and shout, ‘GLEAT!’ Did you get that?” Fans applaud, as that is pretty simple. So are they all ready? Lindaman then admits, he didn’t get the pin so Zayne should have a part to say. They can “remix” this for the occasion and get some “Itadakimasu” in. Lindaman asks, “Everyone, did you enjoy NJPW today?” Fans applaud because they did! “Did you enjoy Super Jr. Tag League?” Fans applaud because they did! Then watch them as they head for the finals in Sendai! “Everyone in Sasebo, let’s… GLEAT! And…” “ITADAKIMAAASU!” The SAUCEHEARTS are fired up, but will they bring the heat all the way to the tournament finals?

 

Here are the NEW Super Jr. Tag League standings!

Zayne & Lindaman: 6-2, 12 points
Austin & Bey: 6-2, 12 points
Bushi & Titan: 6-2, 12 points
TJP & Akira: 6-2, 12 points
Yoh & Lio: 6-2, 12 points
Taguchi & Connors: 3-5, 6 points [ELIMINATED]
Eagles & Tiger Mask: 2-5, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
Douki & Kanemaru: 3-5, 6 points [ELIMINATED]
KUSHIDA & Knight: 1-7, 2 points [ELIMINATED]
Sho & Dick: 1-7, 2 points [ELIMINATED]


My Thoughts:

A great event for the Super Jr. Tag League, and I am surprised that we still have FIVE teams, aka half the block, still alive going into the final round! Hilarious stuff from Wild Hips VS Yoh & Lio with the beer and the references to The Rock, Stone Cold and I suppose Triple H. Douki & Kanemaru getting a win over Sho & Dick was great, even if it didn’t affect the finals. Eagles & Tiger gave LIJ a great match but LIJ was the team I expected to win out. I did not, however, think #GLEATSAUCE #SAUCEHEARTS Zayne & Lindaman were gonna get this one, and that is great stuff. It is revenge on Ace for him betraying Zayne and joining Bullet Club, and keeps him and Lindaman alive.

Now, three of the five matches on Friday the 10th matter, with LIJ VS Yoh & Lio, Zayne & Lindaman VS Douki & Kanemaru and Catch 2/2 VS Ace & Bey. Yoh & Lio have a “win and they’re in” scenario for having beaten SAUCEHEARTS and Bullet Club, and they’d eliminate LIJ from the running. And for LIJ, they beat Catch 2/2, who beat everyone else, but they lost to Bullet Club. Ace & Bey would have to lose for LIJ to get in, but then I think that gives us LIJ VS Catch 2/2 for the finals. That match-up seems to fit the story, but I wouldn’t mind another scenario just so we don’t get LIJ VS Catch 2/2 before a potential WrestleKingdom title match.

My Score: 8.8/10


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