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Mitchell’s NJPW Summer Struggle Report! (8/8/21)

Super Junior Tag League, round two!

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NJPW Summer Struggle 2021

Nothing is slowing down the Super Junior round robin!

The IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions got off to a great start, will they continue it as NJPW’s Super Junior Tag League continues?

NOTE: NJPW no longer wants to feed AXS TV now that it is with Anthem and Impact Wrestling. But never fear, I will cover NJPW in the spirit of AXS in providing the most important matches of the show.

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • El Desperado & Yoshinobu Kanemaru VS Gedo & Dick Togo; Desperado & Kanemaru win.
  • Tiger Mask & Robbie Eagles VS Roppongi 3K; Tiger Mask & Robbie Eagles win.
  • Ryusuke Taguchi & Master Wato VS El Phantasmo & Taiji Ishimori; ELP & Ishimori win.

PLAY BY PLAY

Here are the current Super Jr. Tag League standings:

Tiger Mask & Robbie Eagles: 1-0, 2 points
El Desperado & Yoshinobu Kanemaru: 1-0, 2 points
El Phantasmo & Taiji Ishimori: 1-0, 2 points
Roppongi 3K: 0-1, 0 points
Gedo & Dick Togo: 0-1, 0 points
Ryusuke Taguchi & Master Wato: 0-1, 0 points

 

El Desperado & Yoshinobu Kanemaru VS Gedo & Dick Togo!

The Rogue Luchador and Heel Master kicked off this year’s Super Junior Tag League with a win over “Six or Nine,” Taguchi & Wato! Will they continue on by keeping Bullet Club’s dastardly duo down in the dumps?

Desperado fakes out Gedo and Dick, making them think his slide in is for an attack. He (supposedly) just wanted to shake their hands. But the teams sort out, Desperado politely asks an opponent step up, and Dick starts. The fans rally as Desperado and Dick circle. But then Dick bails out and Desperado asks he please return. Dick takes his time returning, and circles with Desperado again. They tie up but Dick kicks low. Dick wrenches an arm, YANKS on it, clamps on the shoulder, and clubs it! Dick wrenches again but Desperado wrenches his eyes! Gedo protests but Desperado CLUBS Dick, then headlocks. Kanemaru tags in and he gets Dick’s arm to wrench it!

Kanemaru YANKS the arm, and again, then hammerlocks the arm for a scoop and SLAM! Dick writhes but Kanemaru stomps him around. Kanemaru tags Desperado, they mug Dick, and then Desperado tells Gedo to shut up. The ref is busy with Gedo as Desperado wrenches and hammerlocks Dick. Desperado wrangles Dick, YANKS back on the arm, then uses his leg to hook it for a SNAP LOCK! Cover, TWO! Desperado gets Dick up, bumps him off Kanemaru’s boots, then tags Kanemaru. Desperado DECKS Gedo, Suzuki-Gun wrenches and whips Dick. Kanemaru runs to back elbow, then he whips Dick into Desperado’s boot.

Dick fights the back suplex combo, boots Kanemaru and punches Desperado. Kanemaru kicks, runs, but Gedo trips him! Dick hurries out as Gedo holds Kanemaru out, DOUBLE STOMP to the legs! Desperado goes out but Dick ROCKS him with a haymaker! Dick whips Desperado into railing! Desperado writhes while Gedo SLAMS Kanemaru’s leg on the apron! Gedo drags Kanemaru out, wraps his leg around railing, then BOOTS the railing to jam the leg! And again! Gedo taunts Kanemaru while pulling the leg, and he KICKS railing again! Kanemaru falls over but fans rally up for Suzuki-Gun.

The ring count climbs while Kanemaru is still down. It’s at 10 of 20 before he sits up, and climbing to 15 as he struggles to drag himself up! Kanemaru is up and in at 18, but Dick is right on him with a knee SMASH! Kanemaru writhes and clutches his leg but Dick stomps and kicks away on the bad leg! Dick drops an elbow on the leg, pulls on it in a toehold, but fans rally as Kanemaru endures. Desperado rushes in and Dick backs off, giving Kanemaru some time to rest. But Dick gets Kanemaru up then throws him out. Dick keeps the ref busy as Gedo gets chairs from under the ring. Gedo gets Kanemaru’s leg around railing, and SMACKS it with a chair!

Gedo mockingly asks if Kanemaru is still alright, but fans rally up. A new ring count starts, Kanemaru drags himself up at 10 of 20, then flounders at 15! Dick DECKS Desperado, Kanemaru claws his way back up, and Kanemaru is in at 19.5! Gedo is pissed, Dick stomps Kanemaru’s bad leg. Dick taunts Kanemaru, stomps the leg more, then stands on Kanemaru’s leg while he tags in Gedo. Gedo stomps Kanemaru’s leg, he and Dick DOUBLE KNEE SMASH Kanemaru’s legs! Gedo mocks Desperado as if he can’t hear him, and the ref has to keep Desperado back in his corner. Gedo drags Kanemaru around, turns him over and ties up his legs for a figure four!

The ref is still busy with Desperado, and Dick digs his boots into Kanemaru’s face and throat! The ref tries to stop this but there’s too much arguing going around. Desperado pushes the ref aside to MONO LOCO Gedo down! Gedo falls, but that just tortures Kanemaru’s legs more! Kanemaru gets the ropebreak, the ref wants Gedo to let him go, but Gedo claims he needs help undoing the hold! The ref undoes the hold for Gedo and Kanemaru is finally free, but Gedo still laughs as he looms over Kanemaru. Gedo stomps Kanemaru’s legs, puts them on the ropes, and he springboards to drop down on it! Dick tags in, he stomps Kanemaru, and he taunts Kanemaru.

Kanemaru takes swipes but can’t hit hard enough. Dick CLUBS Kanemaru down, Kanemaru gets up and EuroUppers! Fans rally, Dick rakes Kanemaru’s eyes! Dick CHOPS Kanemaru, whips him corner to corner, then runs in. Kanemaru BOOTS Dick, runs but into a kick! Dick runs but Kanemaru dropkicks the legs out! Both men are down, fans rally up, hot tag to Desperado! Desperado rallies on Bullet Club, Dick kicks and whips, but Desperado gets around to a roll up, ONE, STRETCH MUFFLER! NUMERO DOS!! Dick endures, writhes, reaches out, and gets the ropebreak! The ref counts, Desperado thrashes before he lets go at 4!

Desperado drags Dick from ropes to stomp his leg, but has to stop when Dick grabs rope again. Desperado gets Dick up to whip, and Dick falls over! Fans fire up with Desperado as he stomps Dick’s legs. Desperado drags Dick up but Dick ROCKS him with a right! Desperado forearms back, Dick pokes him in the eye! Dick headlocks and punches, then winds up, but Desperado stomps a foot! Dick spins Desperado around to snapmare and ghost pin, TWO! CROSSFACE! Desperado endures, fans rally up, and Desperado reaches out, but Dick rolls him from ropes! Kanemaru stomps Dick but he won’t let go! Gedo gets in to KICK Kanemaru’s bad leg!

Kanemaru bails out, Gedo goes out after him, and Dick vows to end this. Dick gets Desperado up, reels him in, underhooks the arms, PEDIGREE! Dick calls for the corner and he climbs up top! SUPER SENTON ONTO KNEES! Desperado saves himself but it was double-edged given the leg damage! Fans rally up, Dick tags in Gedo, and Gedo gets Desperado up for a JAWBREAKER! SUPER- No, Desperado blocks that! Desperado spins Gedo, but Gedo pokes him in the eye! Gedo runs, into a SPINEBUSTER! Fans fire up as Desperado crawls, tag to Kanemaru! Kanemaru brings Gedo up, but Gedo throws body shots and even goes after Kanemaru’s leg!

Gedo whips, Kanemaru reverses, and Kanemaru calf kicks Gedo down! Gedo gets to a corner, Kanemaru runs in and BOOTS! Kanemaru rolls Gedo to run and basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Kanemaru keeps cool and fans still rally as he goes to a corner. Kanemaru hops up, takes aim, but Gedo gets to the other corner. Kanemaru runs corner to corner, Gedo rolls him up, TWO! Kanemaru kicks low, reels Gedo in, but Gedo turns scoop to cradle! TWO! Gedo mule kicks, but Kanemaru trips him up first! Kanemaru drags Gedo up by his ears! And spins him, to scoop, BRITISH FALL! Cover, TWO! Gedo survives but Kanemaru keeps his focus.

Kanemaru goes back to the corner but Dick grabs at him! Desperado gets around to trip Dick! Kanemaru adjusts, Gedo gets up, DEEP- ATOMIC DROP!? Well not exactly, but whatever it is, Gedo’s savvy saves him without getting disqualified! Fans rally as both men are down, and Gedo sits up first. Kanemaru grits his teeth as he gets up in a corner again. Gedo runs in, blocks a boot and dropkicks the bad leg! Gedo still has to catch his breath as he and Kanemaru get up again. Gedo gets the leg, DRAGON SCREW! Gedo steps through, ties up the legs, FIGURE FOUR LEG LOCK! Kanemaru endures as fans rally up!

Kanemaru drags himself over, reaches out, but Gedo drags him back! Dick and Desperado brawl, Kanemaru holds on and Desperado stomps Gedo! Dick knocks Desperado into the ref! Dick ROCKS Desperado, underhooks, but no Pedigree this time! BACK DROP! Fans fire up as Desperado MONO LOCOS! But Gedo BRASS KNUCKLES Desperado down!! Kanemaru gets up, but catches Gedo to a Gory Especial LOW BLOW! Kanemaru shouts to the ref, then hops up top, DEEP IMPACT!! Cover, the ref is back to count, Kanemaru & Desperado win!

Winners: Yoshinobu Kanemaru & El Desperado, by pinfall

Suzuki-Gun wins again and Bullet Club loses again! Will these trends both continue until the end of the round robin?

 

Tiger Mask & Robbie Eagles VS Roppongi 3K!

These natural predators want to keep going, while… Well, that depends. Are Desperado, ELP and Taiji all correct? Has Sho lost his spark? Has Yoh lost his drive? Is RPG3K calling it quits? Or will they find new life against Tiger & Eagles?

The teams sort out and Tiger starts with Sho. They circle, fans rally up, and the two feel out the grapple. They knuckle lock but Sho blocks Tiger’s kick. They circle again, knuckle lock again, and Sho shoots in to waistlock. Tiger wrenches free to a wristlock but Sho wrenches and wristlocks back. Tiger gets the ropes, Sho lets off cleanly and fans cheer. They go again, tie up, Sho headlocks. Tiger powers up and out but Sho runs him over. Eagles gest in, kicks, runs, but into the RPG3K drop toehold and basement dropkick combo! Eagles bails out, RPG3K double dropkick Tiger, and fans fire up!

Sho stomps Tiger, brings him back up, and whip him to ropes to elbow him down. Cover, TWO! Tag to Yoh and Yoh clubs Tiger down. Yoh stomps Tiger, then drags him up to snap suplex. Cover, TWO! Yoh wrenches Tiger, tags Sho, and Sho takes the wrench hand-off to then tag Yoh back in. Yoh CLUBS Tiger’s arm and Sho intercepts Eagles. Yoh throws a forearm on Tiger, RPG3K double whip corner to corner. Sho whips Yoh but Tiger evades to then rush Sho. Sho kicks first, has hold of Tiger, but Tiger still boots Yoh away. Tiger Mask then somersault dropkicks Sho away! Yoh comes back and throws hands, then whips Tiger to a corner. Yoh runs in but into a sobat!

Tiger KICKS Yoh down, then tags in Eagles. Fans rally up, Eagles gets Yoh turned around and drops a knee on the thigh! Eagles gets Yoh up, runs and PENALTY KICKS him down! Fans cheer and Eagles covers, TWO! Fans rally more as Eagles KICKS Yoh in the back. Eagles gets Yoh to his feet, Yoh throws heavy forearms but Eagles eggs him on. Yoh keeps throwing but Eagles dropkicks the leg out! Eagles drags Yoh around, knees the thigh, tags in Tiger Mask, and then they get Yoh up for double whips. They kick his legs out then KICK, KICK, repeat, before a DOUBLE KICK! Then they double basement dropkick sandwich! Tiger covers, TWO!

Fans rally up as Yoh hangs tough. Tiger gets Yoh up, throws forearms and Yoh staggers over. Tiger gets Yoh up, throws more forearms then KICKS Yoh down! Cover, TWO! Sho coaches Yoh, Tiger dares Yoh to get up. Yoh slowly rises and Tiger circles him. Tiger KICKS, KICKS and KICKS! Yoh grits his teeth and eggs Tiger on, then blocks a kick! DRAGON SCREW! Fans rally up as Yoh crawls over, but Tiger heads for his corner. Hot tags to Sho and Eagles! The forearms start flying and build up speed! Fans rally as things get faster and faster, and Sho gets the edge. Sho eggs Eagles on and Eagles KICKS his leg! Eagles runs but Sho follows to run Eagles over!

Fans fire up with Sho, he stomps around and Eagles rises. Sho KICKS Eagles down, covers, TWO! Sho stalks up behind Eagles, waistlocks but Eagles elbows free. Sho reels him back into a waistlock, lifts, but Eagles victory rolls but Sho pushes him to ropes. Eagles rebounds and knees Sho’s clothesline away to then rolling kick him in the back of the leg, and BLINDSIDE LARIAT! Fans fire up as Eagles and Sho go to opposite corners. Eagles runs in and DOUBLE KNEES, then rolls back to METEORA in the corner! Cover, TWO!! Sho survives and fans fire up more! Eagles keeps cool and goes to the corner. Eagles goes up top, 450’s but Sho moves!

Eagles lands on his feet, Sho rushes in but into a knee! Eagles KICKS Sho down! Eagles gets Sho back up, cravat, but Sho slips through to hit a BIG suplex! Fans fire up again as Sho and Eagles are both down. Sho and Eagles head for their corners, hot tag to Yoh! Yoh DECKS Tiger to then get Eagles up. Eagles reverses the whip but Yoh hits a flying forearm! Yoh kips up and runs at Eagles in the corner, but Eagles boots him away. Eagles runs in, sunset flip but Yoh rolls through to spinning toehold! And another spinning toehold! And another spinning toehold! Yoh keeps going, for the FIGURE FOUR! Eagles endures and fans rally both ways as he reaches for ropes!

Yoh drops back to put pressure, but Eagles rolls it over! Yoh rolls it again but they end up in the ropes. The ref counts, helps them out of the hold, and fans rally up again. Yoh gets Eagles up, waistlocks, but Eagles holds ropes to resist. Yoh CLUBS Eagles, full nelsons, but Eagles breaks that, only for Yoh to make it a waistlock again! GERMAN SUPLEX! But Eagles lands on his feet! Only for his bad leg to jam! Yoh goes to dropkick it but Eagles avoids it, and then Eagles ENZIGURIS Yoh! Yoh ends up on ropes, Eagles runs, but into RPG3K DOUBLE KNEES! Tiger runs in but into DOUBLE SUPERKICKS! RPG3K gets Eagles up, spins around, BACK STABBER to SHOTGUN BOOT!

Fans fire up with RPG3K as they wait on Eagles. Eagles slowly rises, staggers, but slips out of 3K to kick Sho and TORNADO DDT Yoh! Sho gets back up, whips Eagles but Eagles reverses to wrench and WHEEL KICK! Fans fire up and Eagles gets Yoh out to center. Eagles steps over, traps Yoh’s arm with a leg then ties up Yoh’s legs into a figure four, to KNEE STOMP! Yoh writhes but Eagles isn’t done, as he gets Yoh back up. But Yoh fights the backpack and shoves Eagles into a corner. Yoh SUPERKICKS Eagles, then FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO! But Yoh has the leg for a HEEL HOOK! But Tiger stomps Yoh right down!

Tiger gets Yoh up but Yoh fires off forearms! Tiger ducks to mule kick, underhook, and TIGER DRIVER! Tiger intercepts Sho but Sho ROCKS him! Sho ROCKS Eagles, but Eagles sweeps the legs, dropkicks Sho off the apron, and Tiger DIVES! Tiger’s tope knocks Sho into railing! Tiger calls to Eagles and Eagles gets Yoh up. Fans fire up, Eagles gets Yoh up, STANDING SLICED BREAD! Cover, TWO!! Yoh is still in this, and so is RPG3K! Fans rally up more as Eagles goes to a corner. Eagles aims from the apron, springboards in, and dropkicks Yoh’s legs out! Eagles steps through but Yoh turns leg lock into cradle! TWO, and Eagles ROUNDHOUSES Yoh down!

And SUPERKICKS! But Yoh ducks the Pele to ROLLING ELBOW Eagles! Yoh aims as Eagles slowly rises up. SUPER- NO! Eagles blocks, reels Yoh in, TURBO BACKPACK! Cover, TWO!? But Eagles keeps focus and wants Yoh to get back up! Yoh sits up, into a SUPERKICK! Eagles goes to the corner and right up top, for 450 SPLASH to the legs! RON MILLER SPECIAL!! Yoh endures, Tiger keeps Sho anchored on the outside and Eagles clubs away on Yoh’s legs! YOH TAPS! EAGLES & TIGER WIN!

Winners: Tiger Mask & Robbie Eagles, by submission

The three-time Junior Tag League winners have lost twice in a row?! Eagles as a teammate in Chaos makes sure Yoh is alright, but his friends are still having a hard time with this loss. Are all the doubters actually right? Or is what they’ve all said simply getting in RPG3K’s heads?

 

Ryusuke Taguchi & Master Wato VS El Phantasmo & Taiji Ishimori!

As already stated, King Coach Taguchi and the Way of the Grandmaster lost to start and are looking for redemption! But the Headbanger and Bone Soldier started off strong beating the THREE-TIME Super Jr. Tag League winners in RPG3K. Will the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions (and the Bullet Club’s Cutest Tag Team) continue on and dominate the tournament?

But before teams sort out, Taguchi insists: check ELP’s shoe! ELP is exasperated, but he obliges by sitting down! Red Shoes is nearby as ELP undoes the straps and laces, then goes to pull the shoe off. The shoe is handed over, Red Shoes looks inside and is surprised! Taguchi looks, and is offended! He takes out what’s inside, and it’s a paper note that just says “F*** U TAGUCHI!” Taguchi makes sure we understand by showing it to the camera. The Bullet Club has a good laugh, and then ELP makes sure the camera sees inside that there is nothing suspicious inside. ELP also does a smell check, and says it’s “not bad.”

Teams sort out as ELP redoes the boot, but he says they can get going without him. Fans rally while Taguchi is frustrated he didn’t get anything out of the check. Taguchi and Taiji start and circle. Taguchi tests the waters with some spinning hip jumps, only to get caught into a headlock on the third time! Taguchi powers out, things speed up as he drops and drops to make Taiji keep going. Taiji stops himself with ropes, and stomps Taguchi down! Taiji gets Taguchi up to throw hands, then Taiji runs, but Wato gets in as Taguchi leap frogs! Wato back elbows, back hands and gets in Taiji’s way so he doesn’t see the HIP ATTACK coming! Direct hit and Taiji bails out!

ELP gets in but gets double kicks, double whips and double drop toeholds, to a double basement dropkick! ELP bails out and regroups with Taiji, but Six or Nine build speed! To fake out the Bullet Club! Wato strikes his pose and Taguchi swivels them hips! Fans rally for “TA-GU-CHI!” or perhaps “SIX OR NINE!” while Bullet Club vents. Taguchi fakes them out with a triangle jump, then crotch chops to the rhythm of “TA-GU-CHI!” The applause encourage Taguchi to encourage Wato, and Wato strikes his pose while swiveling hips. The champs are getting more frustrated as Taguchi wiggles and thrusts.

The champs are leaving? Taguchi “apologizes” and asks they return to finish this properly. ELP and Taiji return to ringside, Taiji gets back in and tags ELP. ELP calls out Wato so Taguchi tags him. Wato and ELP circle, the fans rally, and the two tie up. Wato headlocks for a takeover, ELP headscissors and digs his elbows in. Wato goes up, pops out, gets a headlock and grinds ELP down. ELP fights up but Wato holds on. ELP throws body shots, powers out, and things speed up. ELP hurdles, Wato leaps, things keep going, and Wato huricanranas but ELP handsprings through! ELP struts, does lunges, and then circles with Wato again.

Wato and ELP approach, ELP waistlocks to a headlock, but Wato throws body shots. ELP grinds the hold, Wato powers out, but ELP runs Wato over. ELP flexes, kisses the guns, then things speed up again. ELP leaps over, Wato bypasses but ELP rolls off his back. Wato ranas, ELP handsprings through again, and then backward lunges. ELP notices the fans clapping to his rhythm so he takes it slow. Wato joins in but that ruins ELP’s fun, so he BOOTS Wato down! Wato rolls him up, ELP rolls through and forearms fly! ELP gets the edge and DECKS Wato! ELP stands on Wato, stomps him down, then puts him in the corner. Tag to Taiji and ELP CHOPS Wato!

Taiji ROCKS Wato, cranks the neck with a cravat, then rams shoulders in over and over. Snapmare and NECK TWIST! Wato writhes, Taiji covers, TWO! Taiji grows annoyed but he gets Wato back up. Tag to ELP, ELP climbs, and ELP does a random clapping rhythm, before he hops down and CLAWS Wato. ELP is upset the fans can’t get his clapping right, but he gets Wato up to suplex. ELP holds Wato up and fans rally as ELP does squats before the slam! Double gun and cover, Taguchi breaks it with his butt. Tag to Taiji, Bullet Club stomps Wato for Taguchi’s cheek, and Taiji CHOPS Wato down! ELP stands Wato up for Taiji to CHOP again!

Taiji gets Wato up on the top rope and into the Tree of Woe. Taiji DECKS Taguchi, runs corner to corner and baseball slide dropkicks Wato! Tag to ELP, he slingshots in, goes corner to corner for a hesitation dropkick! Cover, TWO! Tag back to Taiji and Bullet Club gets Wato up. Taiji CLAWS Wato, then ELP CLAWS Wato! Fans rally for Wato but Taiji gets him back up. Taiji CHOPS Wato to a corner, CHOPS him again, then whips Wato corner to corner. Taiji runs in and back elbows, then keeps going, only for Wato to get around! Taiji fights the waistlock, runs again but into a BIG calf kick! Both men are down but fans fire up!

Wato crawls, ELP gets in and leaps, but misses! Hot tag to Taguchi! Taguchi hits ELP with a HIP ATTACK! Then Taguchi starts up the Funky Weapon Train! HIP ATTACK for Taiji, HIP ATTACK for ELP, then Taguchi slides out. But Taiji dodges the apron hip attack to dropkick Taguchi down! Taiji builds speed but Taguchi gets in, only for Taiji to get around. Taguchi switches, Taiji throws elbows and runs, but Taguchi follows! Only for Taiji to counter hip attack with ATOMIC DROP! Taiji reels Taguchi in, waistlocks, but Taguchi fights the lift! Taguchi runs in place, but again Taiji sees this one coming! Taiji also runs in place, wags his finger, then body shots!

But Taguchi back hands! Taguchi runs, Taiji goes from the corner a la Evil, but Taguchi HIP ATTACKS him after all! Fans fire up as Taguchi catches his breath. Taguchi gets Taiji up, snap suplexes, uno amigo! Then dos amigos! Taguchi wants and hits THREE AMIGOS! Cover, TWO! Fans are thunderous as Taguchi calls upon the powers of Nakamura! “ORAYO~!” But Taiji ducks the Bum-a-ye, only for Taguchi to sit on the sunset flip! TWO, Taiji has the sunset after all, TWO! Wheelbarrow, but Taguchi sits on it again, TWO! Taiji kicks, whips, but Taguchi reverses, only for Taiji to handspring and NEURALIZER! Both men are down and fans fire up again!

Taguchi and Taiji stir as the fans rally. They both crawl for their corners, hot tags to Wato and ELP! Wato dodges, RANAS, and ELP can’t handspring through this time! Wato builds speed and FLIES! Tornillo takes ELP out and Wato fires up! Wato gets ELP up and in, aims from the apron and springboards, FLYING UPPERCUT! Cover, TWO! Fans keep going as Wato gets ELP up. Wato wrenches, hooks him up, but ELP resists the Mouse Trap to back drop. Wato sunset flips, ELP rolls through and drags Wato up into a double underhook and lift! Wato resists the driver, trips and jackknifes, TWO! Wato mule kicks then SWITCHBLADE KICKS! ELP is down, Wato covers, TWO!

Fans stay fired up and Wato gets ELP up to wrench his arm. Wato reels ELP in but ELP RAMS Wato into the corner. Taiji tags in, he knocks Taguchi down, then comes back to DOUBLE KNEE Wato! ELP gets Wato around, Taiji goes up to get an Electric Chair boost. TOSS to CODE BREAKER! Taiji holds Wato in place, ELP MOONSAULTS to SANDWICH Wato! Cover, TWO!! Wato survives and Bullet Club gets annoyed. But Taiji tags ELP back in, they get Wato back up, cobra clutch torture rack and springboard FLYING KNEE, into the SPIN-OUT NECKBREAKER! Cover, Taguchi breaks it!

Taiji gets Taguchi and wants ELP to use Sudden Death! ELP hesitates, trying to explain, but Taguchi starts fighting free. Taiji throws hands, he and ELP double whip, but Taguchi holds ropes. Taiji runs in but is thrown out. ELP clotheslines Taguchi out, but Wato rolls him up! TWO!! Wato hurries to ROUNDHOUSE, and ROLLING KICK! EP wobbles into the wrench, reel, MOUSE TRAP DRIVER! Cover, TWO!!! ELP escapes the trap but Wato hurries up top! Fans are thunderous as he reaches the top, for R P P! TO FLOP! ELP aims, and BUZZSAWS! He gets Wato up, underhooks and lifts, C R II!! Taiji keeps Taguchi down as ELP covers, Bullet Club wins!

Winners: El Phantasmo & Taiji Ishimori, by pinfall

The numbers “Six or Nine” mean ZERO to the Cutest Tag Team in Bullet Club! They’re 2-0 in the round robin and don’t look to be slowing down! But they are patient enough to let Taguchi and Wato get out of the ring before sitting cross-leg across from each other, their IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag titles between them. ELP starts with, “Damn, that was easy…! Huh, Butt Pervert?! You couldn’t get it down with the Rock Pervert, and you sure as hell cain’t get it done with that stupid little blue pervert, either!” And as the fans sit silent, ELP gets annoyed and tells them to clap! They do, and he thanks them.

ELP then turns his attention to the Korakuen audience and thanks them for coming to “Bullet Club’s Cutest Tag Team’s Showcase of the Junior Division.” They’re all fully vaccinated, so he hopes each and every single one of them does, too. Then they can “pack this place to the rafters,” so that the fans can shout “E L P! E L P!” rather than just clap it. “Let’s go, Bone Daddy!” *clap clap, clap clap clap* Not the smoothest rhythm on that but it’s the thought that counts.

ELP continues to say, “That’s right! We’re so so very close, but in the meantime, our boys in LA are gonna hold down the fort at Resurgence. Jay White is gonna defend the NEVER Openweight Championship against David Finlay, some other stuff might happen, and we’re gonna stay here in front of all of you until we win the Super Junior Tag League!” Fans appreciate that but ELP then tells Milano Collection that yesterday, he was going to get him a “Bullet Club’s Cutest Tag Team” shirt, but then he realized he didn’t want to. But today, he does want to! Milano is surprised to hear that, and ELP invites Milano to ringside.

Jado vouches for them, and ELP even says they can just give him Taiji’s! ELP has the fans clapping for it, and fans do want to see it. Milano excuses himself from commentary but can’t go further than the railing. ELP mockingly says, “Oh… you can’t through the barricade~? Aww… Sorry. Maybe next time.” No, Milano, it’s too late, go back to your seat. Milano goes back to commentary, head hanging down low, when ELP calls out to “stupid idiot” Young Lion. Is his elbow hurt? What’s his name? Taiji grabs the Young Lion by his arms! ELP puts the mic down, winds up and, NUT PUNCHES the Young Lion down!

Bullet Club are bullies, but they’re also looking unstoppable! Will the IWGP Junior Tag Team Champions continue to have a spotless round robin record?

 

Here are the NEW Super Jr. Tag League standings:

El Phantasmo & Taiji Ishimori: 2-0, 4 points
El Desperado & Yoshinobu Kanemaru: 2-0, 4 points
Tiger Mask & Robbie Eagles: 2-0, 4 points
Gedo & Dick Togo: 0-2, 0 points
Roppongi 3K: 0-2, 0 points
Ryusuke Taguchi & Master Wato: 0-2, 0 points


My Thoughts:

A great second round to follow the first, and it was actually quite the surprise that the overall standings stayed the same from yesterday. The same three teams that lost, the same three teams that won, just with different opponents. Though I did say yesterday Dick & Gedo were definitely the team to eat losses, so their loss was a given. We got great character stuff between them and Suzuki-Gun what with both teams being Heels, and I do find it an interesting detail that Kanemaru got both pinfall in victories in these first two matches. To be fair, Desperado was feeling like the stronger of the two with how he’d been IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion and even Junior Heavyweight Double Champion. This could be to make it up to Kanemaru, to keep him from being called a weak link or something.

RPG3K’s loss was a touch surprising, but I suppose there’s still time for the “big comeback” that gets them to the finals to face Desperado & Kanemaru. Plus, the math may have been tricky since Eagles is a champion and Tiger is a legend. The team with the crisis of confidence can’t just suddenly pin one of those and keep this story on track. But up next for them is the team that lost in the main event, Taguchi & Wato. Speaking of, I like the story of Taguchi and ELP’s boot is continuing and I hope we get a 1v1 match between them, and it’s just all about the shoe. Is there a way Taguchi can get the secret item in hand, show it off to the crowd, but then somehow NJPW cameras never get a good shot at it?

Oh, and the main event match tonight was of course great stuff. I really like the subtle detail that ELP didn’t want to use his super strong Superkick because he didn’t have the item inside the boot. It makes sense the champs win, this is just round two, too early for a round robin spoiler to hit them. They and Milano have another amusing interaction, I wonder if someone will just snatch a shirt from Bullet Club to give it to Milano. And with it being Bullet Club VS Bullet Club next, I’m thinking there’ll be dysfunction and tension because A) Gedo & Dick won’t lie down for the champs, and B) Gedo & Dick get offended the champs assumed they’d just lie down to begin with. It went that way back when Jay White expected a free win from Yujiro, it can happen here.

My Score: 9./10


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Mitchell’s NJPW Royal Quest II Results & Report! (10/1/22)

NJPW returns to the UK!

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NJPW + FTR + UK = A classic in the making!

NJPW returns to the UK, and FTR is coming with them! Cash & Dax defend the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships against the NJPW Strong Tag Team Champions, Aussie Open!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Gabriel Kidd VS Dan Moloney; wins.
  • Great-O-Khan & Gideon Gray VS Michael Oku & Ricky Knight Jr; win.
  • Kanji & Jazzy Gabbert VS Alex Windsor & Ava White; win.
  • Six Man Tag: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS Suzuki-Gun; wins.
  • Kazuchika Okada & Tomohiro Ishii VS JONAH & Bad Dude Tito; win.
  • 8 Man Tag: Hiroshi Tanahashi, Tama Tonga, Hikuleo & Jado VS Bullet Club; win(s).
  • IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships: FTR VS Aussie Open; wins and
  • Will Ospreay VS Shota Umino; wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

[NJPW has scheduled Royal Quest II for “On Demand,” coverage will begin when video is available]

 

IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships: FTR VS Aussie Open; wins and

This one has been a long time coming! Music City Mayhem saw the United Empire win a Six Man Tag, but they pinned Alex Zayne. Can Kyle Fletcher & Mark Davis beat Cash Wheeler & Dax Harwood 2v2? Or will the #ForeverTripleReign continue for the joint ROH, AAA & IWGP Tag Team Champions?

 

 

Will Ospreay VS Shota Umino

Speaking of title fights, The Commonwealth Kingpin just retained his IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship against David Finlay, only to find Tetsuya Naito AND Zack Sabre Jr. are after him! Will Ospreay be able to keep his focus tonight? Or will #SHOOTER hit a bull’s eye and add himself to that title picture?

 


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Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (9/30/22)

The Acclaimed are on a Rampage!

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Everyone LOVES the NEW AEW World Tag Team Champions, The Acclaimed! Except for the Andrade Family Office! Will Max Caster & Anthony Bowens lose their titles after just getting them?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • AEW World Tag Team Championships Triple Threat: The Acclaimed VS Private Party VS The Butcher & The Blade; The Acclaimed win and retain the titles.
  • Lee Moriarty w/ The Firm VS Fuego Del Sol; Moriarty wins.
  • Jamie Hayter w/ Britt Baker & Rebel VS Willow Nightingale; Hayter wins.
  • Rush w/ Jose the Assistant VS John Silver w/ Alex Reynolds; Rush wins.

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AEW World Tag Team Championships Triple Threat: The Acclaimed VS Private Party VS The Butcher & The Blade!

The Open Challenge was answered in a big, BIG way! Max Caster & Anthony Bowens aren’t just facing one team, but TWO teams, both under the Andrade Family Office. Will Marq Quen, Isiah Kassidy and the menacing mercenaries make El Idolo proud? Or will it be a Mic Drop from the #ForeverChampions?

Justin Roberts makes the introductions before The Acclaimed make their entrance. “Yo! Listen! Listen! Yo! Yo! Everybody loves the new champions. Even Adam Lavine was in our DMs! Philly knows Private Party sucks! Y’all need to hop off Matt Hardy’s nuts. Tonight, yo, our hands go up. Y’all’re losers, and that’s why your band broke up. Y’know Acclaimed been winning. We run your who team into the ground like Ben Simmons!” Bowens takes over to say, “PHILADELPHIAAAA~! The Acclaimed have arrived! SCISSOR ME, DADDY ASS!” And they do! But will Platinum Max & the Five Tool Player stay golden with the odds stacked against them?

In this kind of Triple Threat Tag, only two teams are active at any time, so Bowens steps up against Kassidy. The fans sing “OH~ Scissor Me, Daddy~!” for The Acclaimed. Matt Hardy is watching backstage, quietly cheering on Private Party. Bowens and Kassidy circle, tie up, and Bowens wrenches an arm. Kassidy rolls, kips up, wrenches back, and has a wristlock. Bowens slips through, wrenches back to a hammerlock, spin and snapmare to a ghost pin, TWO! Kassidy gets a backslide, TWO! Bowens runs in but Kassidy sweeps the legs to a cover, ONE! Bowens returns the favor, ONE as Kassidy goes Matrix! But Bowens schoolboys, TWO!

Things speed up, Kassidy RANAS Bowens, and fans are torn while Kassidy talks trash. But Butcher & Blade tell Kassidy to focus and he rushes Bowens, only for Bowens to ELBOW, JAB, CHOP and SUPERK- NO, Kassidy goes Matrix again! Bowens says it was that close. Kassidy offers a handshake, Bowens shakes hands to show respect, but then Butcher & Blade reach out for a tag. Kassidy says no way, homies. He swings on Bowens but Bowens gets around and puts him in the Acclaimed corner! Caster tags in, Bowens feeds Kassidy to a takedown. Caster then shifts to get a leg, he stomps it, and he makes scissor fingers.

Caster drags Kassidy up, ducks his haymaker to CHOP and DROPKICK! Fans fire up and Caster SCISSORS Billy! Caster brings Kassidy up to a headlock but Kassidy powers out. Bowens sneaks a tag, Caster sunsets and Bowens runs in, NECKBREAKER BACKBREAKER COMBO! Fans fire up, Quen runs in but Caster tackles him. Bowens goes up top and Caster drags Quen over. Bowens says it’s scissor time! SCISSOR LEG DROP! Fans fire up while Private Party regroups. But then Butcher & Blade attack! The ref reprimands but they don’t care, they’ve had it with the champs! Blade stomps Bowens, Butcher stomps Cater, then they drag Kassidy over to their corner.

Blade tags in, he drags Kassidy up but Kassidy fires off hands! Blade knees low, he whips Kassidy to the ropes but Quen is there for some SILLY STRING- NO, Blade SHOVES Kassidy down to the floor! And Butcher BLASTS Quen for good measure! But Bowens fires off on them both! Haymakers and CHOPS back and forth, but he runs into a DOUBLE HEADBUTT! Butcher DECKS Caster while fans boo and Billy protests. The mercs mug Bowens while AEW goes picture in picture.

Blade digs his boot in, tags Butcher, and Butcher digs a knee in. The ref counts, Butcher lets off, but he drags Bowens up to CHOP! Bowens staggers away but Butcher stays on him. Cover, TWO! Butcher knees Bowens in the back, tags Blade, but Bowens fights back again. Blade CLAWS Bowens’ eyes! The ref reprimands but Blade whips Bowens to ropes to LARIAT! Blade mocks the scissor fingers, and he SLAMS Bowens’ arm down. Blade taunts Caster then goes back to Bowens. Bowens kicks from below! And fires off haymakers! Blade rakes Bowens’ eyes again! Blade drags Bowens up, reels him in, and snap suplexes! Cover, TWO!

Blade is annoyed but he drags Bowens up again. Rampage returns to single picture as fans rally. Bowens endures a chinlock but he fights his way up. Bowens throws body shots, runs, but Blade hits a POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO! Blade drags Bowens up, scoops him, and he carries him over to tag Butcher. The mercs combine for a LEG DROP SIDEWALK SLAM! Cover, TWO! Bowens is still in this and Hardy tries to will Private Party back into this match. Butcher bumps Bowens off buckles, tags Blade, and Blade brings Bowens around. Bowens throws more body shots and forearms, but Blade ROCKS Bowens!

Blade runs, but Bowens ELBOWS, JABS, CHOPS, and SUPERKICKS! The Five Tool Combo finishes and Bowens crawls for his corner! But Butcher CLOBBERS Caster first! Bowens dodges Butcher, BOOTS him away, but Caster is down! Bowens ELBOWS Butcher, runs in, but into a back drop! So Quen tags in! Quen GAMANGIRIS Butcher, springboards and CROSSBODIES Blade! Butcher runs in, Quen ducks to go up and up and QUEBRADA! Direct hit on Butcher! Blade pops Quen up but Quen DROPKICKS! Quen kips up and tags Kassidy! Private Party double whips Blade to a corner, Kassidy hurries to triangle jump STUNNER Butcher!

Quen sets up, Kassidy runs in, PARTY IN MOTION! Quen FLIES onto Butcher! Kassidy then feeds Blade to Quen and Kassidy goes up top! HUMAN HIGHLIGHT REEL!! Cover, Caster breaks it! Fans cheer as The Acclaimed are still in this but Hardy is stressed. Quen rushes Caster but Caster back drops him up and out! But Butcher CLOBBERS Caster! Kassidy runs in, but into a fireman’s carry, TOSS to a GUTBUSTER! And then a gut wrench POWERBOMB! Cover, Bowens breaks it! Butcher tosses Bowens out now and the mercs drag Kassidy up. They double whip, Kassidy slips around and shoves them into each other!

Butcher falls out, Kassidy sends Blades out then takes aim. Bowens sneaks a tag as Kassidy springboards to PLANCHA! Down go the mercs! Caster climbs up now, to SUPER CROSSBODY everyone!! Fans are thunderous as Caster puts Blade in! Bowens fires up, THE ARRIVAL! The MIC DROP!! Cover, The Acclaimed win!!

Winners: The Acclaimed, by pinfall (still AEW World Tag Team Champions)

A massive first defense for Caster & Bowens, and they come away the champions! And they SCISSOR~! Will this victory only make the celebration on National Scissors Day that much bigger?

 

Backstage interview with The Firm.

Lexi Nair is trying to get a word with Stokely Hathaway and the Gunn Sons, Austin & Colten. They are talking among themselves but she speaks up. Austin & Colten had some “harsh words” for FTR last week. Oh, you mean Mr. Mustache and Mullet Man? Well, since the Gunn Sons get TV time and they don’t, Colten & Austin will gladly things. Austin wants to know how FTR holds the “Ring of Horror” tag titles- No, the Ring of Honor tag titles. Oh, right. Well, they also have the “Triple A Batteries” titles. No, no, Triple A. And the IWGP R2D2 titles. It’s just IWGP. But speaking of those, FTR is currently in London to defend those.

“Well, regardless,” Colten says, “they don’t have what we want, and that’s the AEW titles.” Austin says that’s right. Also, FTR has been holding on to their #1 contenders status for like eight years now and have yet to make moves! So the Gunns will make the move everyone else in AEW does, and that’s leap frog FTR to go right for the champs! Top Gunns, out! Will Austin & Colten’s need for speed get them to the top? Or will they crash ‘n’ burn against The Acclaimed?

 

Backstage interview with Jade Cargill & The Baddies.

Lexi Nair says that was an incredible win last week at Rampage: Grand Slam, where even hip hop legend, Trina, anointed Jade as the NEW “Baddest B*tch.” Jade knows that, “Lindsey.” But that’s besides the point. “All you whack ass, fat ass-” Leila Grey says Jade should chill out, but Jade says she’s gonna say what she wants! She’s so bored because AEW hasn’t brought her any kind of competition. But then Nyla Rose, Marina Shafir & Vickie Guerrero walk in. Vickie reminds Jade that the last time she faced Nyla, Jade won but didn’t pin her. That doesn’t matter! Jade beat Nyla! And Marina, too! Vickie has the Problem Solver stand down and Nyla speaks up.

“What’s the matter, Jade? I’m not one of your precious little numbers? Scared of a little one-on-one?” Oh, one on one? Okay, Jade will give Nyla what she wants, but on Jade’s time. Now get outta her face! Vickie takes off her scarf and throws it at Leila, telling her to cover herself up. The Vicious Vixens head out, and the Baddies wonder what’s wrong with how Leila’s dressed. Will the Native Beast be the one that finally ends the undefeated streak?

 

Lee Moriarty w/ The Firm VS Fuego Del Sol!

Someone else with title aspirations is #TAIGASTYLE, who ditched Matt Sydal to join Maxwell Jacob Friedman’s faction on retainer. Moriarty wants the ROH Pure Championship around Daniel Garcia’s waist, but will he stomp out the Fire of the Sun first?

The bell rings and fans rally up. The two tie up, Moriarty headlocks and grinds then shifts to a cravat. Fuego endures but Moriarty pushes him down. Fuego keeps himself up, but Moriarty sweeps the arms to then roll Fuego into a snapmare cradle, TWO! Fuego gets up into a CHOP, headbutt and EuroUpper! Moriarty grins, he wrenches Fuego and whips, but Fuego reverses to mule kick! Fuego runs, handsprings over Moriarty’s dropdown, but Moriarty DROPKICKS Fuego down! Moriarty grins again while fans boo. Moriarty stomps Fuego at the ropes again and again until the ref counts. Moriarty lets off, to then stomp away again!

The ref counts, Moriarty lets off and Fuego goes to a corner. Moriarty runs in in to SHINING WIZARD! Moriarty reels Fuego into an arm-trap SAIDO SUPLEX! Moriarty mockingly applauds at the fans, then he looms over Fuego. Fans rally, Moriarty wrenches and hooks Fuego up, for a FACEBUSTER! Stokely likes what he sees as Moriarty clamps on the BORDER CITY STRETCH! Fuego taps, Moriarty wins!

Winner: Lee Moriarty, by submission

The fans boo as Moriarty holds on past the bell, and Moriarty lets go when Fuego stops tapping! Moriarty says this is HIS time, but Fuego’s not done suffering! Morrissey clamps on a claw and deadlifts Fuego by his head! And then holds him up with one arm! For a SKYSCRAPER CHOKE SLAM!!! Fuego just fell from the sky, will The Firm dominate AEW sooner rather than later?

 

Backstage interview with Hangman Page & The Dark Order.

Lexi Nair stands with The Cowboy, as well as Evil Uno & Preston Vance. She notes that last week on Rampage, Hangman won the Grand Slam Golden Ticket Battle Royal and is now headed to Cincinnati and an AEW World Championship match with Jon Moxley. Hangman says his match with Mox is just a few weeks away, and this is one Hangman has been looking forward to for a very long time. Uno says that everyone will be in Hangman’s corner for this. But wait, here come Andrade and Jose. Jose points out that if you look back, look what happened when Vance got eliminated. Jose uses his tablet to play the footage on the TV.

Jay Lethal triangle jumps, aiming for Hangman, but Hangman ducks and Vance takes the hit. Jose says it’s Hangman who eliminated Vance! Uno says that’s ridiculous logic. Andrade says he just wants to help Vance. This week is a big opportunity for Vance. What does Vance say to a 1v1? If Andrade wins, Vance gives up his mask. Deal? Vance shakes hands, but then he then pulls Andrade in. Vance has his own condition: If Vance beats Andrade, Andrade leaves AEW for good! High stakes between Number Ten and El Idolo, who wins for the Dynamite Anniversary?

But wait, the Firm walks in now? Stokely says they haven’t been snitching cuz they don’t like snitches, but… Jose says if Stokely wants to speak with El Idolo, he has to go through Jose. Oh, so Jose’s the boss? Ethan Page thought the boss was Andrade. And if he is, then maybe pay a little more attention to them. Be more firm with Private Party. Because Ethan knows there’s some “contract tampering” with their new-old friend, Matt Hardy. Stokely says that’s a bit messy. Andrade asks Jose what that’s about, and Jose does admit Hardy’s sniffing around. Will El Idolo crash the #HardyParty before it begins?

 

Jamie Hayter w/ Britt Baker & Rebel VS Willow Nightingale!

These two got into it during the Lumberjack match on Dynamite, and now they’ll settle things here on Rampage! Is Hayter gonna hate on the ever energetic Willow? Or will Willow show everyone how to deal with a Hayter?

The bell rings and Hayter rushes Willow, but Willow dodges and hits a THESZ PRESS! Fast hands, but Hayter returns those! Willow gets back on top to rain down HEADBUTT after HEADBUTT! Fans fire up with Willow, and she waistlocks Hayter. Hayter switches, Willow switches, but Hayter stomps a foot. Hayter elbows Willow, runs and RAMS shoulders, but Willow stays up! Willow shakes her head and Hayter is annoyed. Hayter runs, she RAMS Willow again, but Willow stays up to flex! Fans rally for both Hayter and Willow, Hayter runs again but Willow follows to run her over!

Fans fire up, Willow scoops and SLAMS Hayter, for a SENTON! Willow sits Hayter up to run and BASEMENT CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up and Willow drags Hayter up. FISHERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Not quite perfect and Hayter survives. But Willow powers up, runs and CHOPS! Fans “WOO~!” while Hayter goes to another corner. Willow runs in to CHOP again! Britt protests, the ref does count, and Willow whips. Hayter reverses, only for Willow to handspring through! But Hayter BOOTS Willow down! Rebel & Britt are happy now and Hayter HIP TOSSES Willow to a corner. Willow sits up, for the METEORA!

Hayter lets the ref check Willow while fans rally and duel. Rampage goes picture in picture as Britt talks trash on Willow. Willow swipes at her but Hayter drags Willow away. Hayter snap suplexes, covers, ONE! Hayter clamps on a chinlock and she leans on Willow. Willow endures, but Hayter thrashes her around! Hayter wrangles Willow but Willow fights up. Willow throws body shots, but Hayter throws her down by her hair! The ref reprimands but Hayter soaks up the heat. Hayter stomps Willow around, then drags her up to CLUB back down. Willow goes to ropes and Hayter storms over, but into a back elbow.

Hayter CLUBS Willow again and Willow goes to the corner. Hayter mocks the fans rallying up, then she brings Willow around to bump off buckles. And again! Britt likes what she sees but the ref reprimands. Hayter “apologizes” but it’s just a distraction so Britt can pull Willow’s foot against the crossbar! Willow gets free but Hayter storms up again. Hayter pulls Willow’s hair to grind her head into the ropes! The ref reprimands, Hayter lets off and she whips Willow corner to corner hard! Willow bounces off buckles and hits the mat, but Hayter digs her knee into Willow’s face. The ref reprimands, Willow pushes Hayter but Hayter CLUBS her down.

Hayter stands on Willow’s back to use her like a skateboard! Willow shakes Hayter off but then Hayter straddles Willow to CLUB away on her! Hayter drags Willow up to UPPERCUT against ropes. And CHOP! Hayter has control as Rampage goes to break.

Rampage returns, and Willow fireman’s carries Hayter! Hayter flails to get free, and she ripcords. Willow ducks the Hate Maker but Hayter elbows Willow away. Hayter then hits an IRISH CURSE BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Willow survives and fans fire up! Rebel and Britt are worried, but Hayter drags Willow up. Hayter CLUBS and ROCKS Willow, then gut wrenches. Willow slips off, shoves and POUNCES!! Hayter ends up flopping out of the ring! Britt is there to check Hayter and then claims that is cheating! But fans fire up with Willow and she brings down the straps! Willow goes out after Hayter and puts her in the ring.

Britt & Rebel are creeping, but Willow’s glare scares them away! Willow gets in the ring but Hayter stomps away on her! Hayter tells the booing fans to shut it, and then she drags Willow up. Hayter EuroUppers, then whips Willow. Willow reverses, fireman’s carries, and hits a DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Hayter survives and Britt breathes easy. Willow stays positive and she goes up a corner. Fans fire up, but Hayter has the ref check her so that Britt can anchor Willow! Willow CLUBS Britt away but Hayter waistlocks! HIGH ANGLE GERMAN! Hayter holds on, ripcords, HATE MAKER!! Cover, Hayter wins!

Winner: Jamie Hayter, by pinfall

Hayter flexes but give a big assist to Britt Baker, DMD. With their friendship stronger than ever, will Hayter & Baker take over AEW?

 

Wardlow and Samoa Joe speak.

The AEW TNT Champion says, “Together, the power, and the mayhem, and the chaos is limitless.” The ROH World Television Champion says, “What stands before you is WARDJOE! It is a creed and it is a call, to all that battle, to all who seek to stand before all, that all will fall, and all who think they’re ready for what we will do… will be left wanting.” Will there be no stopping this Two TITAN Power Trip?

 

Ryan Nemeth is in the ring.

The Hollywood Hunk introduces himself, and he wants to set things straight. First off, Rocky Balboa is not real! Secondly, Ben Franklin was nothing but a two-pump chump who moved here to DIE. He will give Philly credit, they do have a long-standing wrestling tradition. What was it again? Extremely Crappy Wrestling? Is that what it was? Wait! Here comes HOOK! We were expecting to see the FTW Champion, and now he has even more of a reason to show up with someone talking crap on ECW. Hook gets in the ring to CLOBBER Nemeth! And then he drags Nemeth up to bump him off buckles, and then SAYANAGI with authority!

Hook then sits Nemeth up to give him CLUBBING crossface forearms! Nemeth is a ragdoll as it is but Hook puts on REDRUM!! Nemeth taps fast but passes out just as quickly! The Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil just showed everyone you do NOT insult Extreme Championship Wrestling with him around. But wait, as Hook heads up the ramp, The Trustbusters walk out. Ari Daivari has Sonny Kiss and “Jeeves Kay” (AKA VSK) with him. And Jeeves, being the butler, has an invitation for Hook on a silver platter. Jeeves leaves it on the ground for Hook and the Trust Busters leave. Hook snatches up the letter and takes his leave, what is Daivari Dinero planning now?

 

AEW shares footage of Swerve’s visit to Rolling Loud NYC.

As Keith Lee let us know last Wednesday, Swerve had this prior engagement to attend, hence the champs defending against other teams. But despite the good time Swerve had with the hip hop and rap stars of today, he is still furious about that loss at Grand Slam. Will Swerve look to be the rock that smashes National Scissors Day this Wednesday?

 

AEW looks at Jon Moxley VS Hangman Page.

The Blue Eyed Battler says, “I remember this building. I remember Hangman Page.” That is to say, it was last year’s Dynamite Anniversary that these two did battle in the Casino Ladder Match. “They say he’s the future of AEW. Okay. I’m the present. I am the here and now.” The Cowboy says, “So I’ve won the Golden Ticket Battle Royal on Rampage and I am the #1 contender to the AEW World Championship.” Moxley says, “Cowboy Sh*t, right? Yeah, we’ll see.”

Hangman says, “The one thing that I need almost as much as the AEW World Championship, is the people. The people have always been behind me, they light a fire under me. They keep me going.” The cameraman hates to break this to Hangman, but their title match is in Cincy. “Aw, sh*t.” The Cowboy knows he’ll be walking in as the enemy, but will he find away around homefield advantage? Or will this title stay with the Blackpool Combat Club?

 

Mark Henry talks with tonight’s main eventers.

The World’s Strongest Man says to the Dark Order that LFI, La Faccion Ingobernables has been trying to poach Vance from them. How do they feel about that? And what is their course of action tonight? Silver says that honestly, LFI’s little man crush on Ten is starting to come off a little bit creepy. Alex Reynolds says that all this stuff, this poaching attempt, will not affect The Dark Order. They’re a real family, and they are one. And because of that, “Mr. Rush,” tonight the Meat Man beats you! Andrade says okay, “piqueno,” calm down. Tonight, LFI shows everyone who they are. They are winners! The Dark Order doesn’t deserve Ten!

Jose points out that Silver can’t ignore that Rush eliminated him from the Battle Royal. Rush tells the “little boy” that all this talk is too much. He’s not here to talk. Rush is here to fight! He’ll see you in the ring, perro! Andrade has Rush tranquilo and Mark Henry says it looks like there’s been enough talk. It’s time for the main event! Will Johnny Hungy prove LFI doesn’t win everything? Or will El Toro Blanco bulldoze through Silver to further damage the Dark Order?

 

BREAKING NEWS for Battle of the Belts 4!

After the controversial way The Bastard retained the title against Orange Cassidy, he must now defend the All-Atlantic Championship against Trent Beretta! And speaking of which, we hear from #JustTrent!

“Something my mom always told me growing up, ‘You never hit a man in the head with a hammer.’ Pac, you broke one of Sue’s rules. Orange, he’s not here. He’s hurt right now. And when you hurt one of our friends, we hurt you.” But legally, cuz they’re good boys. So in DC, Bastard, Trent’s gonna hurt you. “Hands in, boys.” Chuck Taylor, Danhausen and Rocky Romero put their hands in with Trent, this one’s for Orange!

 

Rush w/ Jose the Assistant VS John Silver w/ Alex Reynolds!

LFI wants to grow stronger by making the Dark Order weaker, and while Andrade takes on Vance in a Mask VS AEW Career match, this one is straight up about pride and machismo! Will Rush fire the first salvo in this faction warfare? Or will the Meat Man make ground beef outta El Toro Blanco?

The bell rings and fans rally up. Silver and Rush approach, and Philly cheers for “JOHNNY HUNGY!” Rush shoves Silver but Silver headlocks back. Rush throws hands, powers out, and runs Silver over. Rush stomps away, flexes to mock Silver, then runs. Silver stays low then hurdles to drop again. Rush leaps over, they both run, and Silver UPPERCUTS Rush out of the ring! Fans fire up as Silver flexes now. LFI regroups but Silver builds speed, only to roll and copy Tranquilo! LFI is furious now, and Andrade wants Rush to end Silver! Rush gets in, and he DECKS Silver with that right! Silver sits up in a daze, Rush stomps him back down.

Rush pretends to take something from Silver’s head, either a mask or his actual head, and he “punts” it into the crowd! The kick is good, and Rush goes back to Silver. Rush CHOPS Silver in a corner, CHOPS again, then whips corner to corner. Rush clotheslines then whips again to clothesline the other corner. Rush snapmares and basement dropkicks! Fans boo as Rush kips up to mock the #JoinDarkOrder hand. Silver goes to the apron and Reynolds checks on him, but Rush goes out to drag Silver of and whip him into railing! Rush then brings Silver around to throw hands, and he whips Silver into more railing!

Fans boo but Silver CHOPS and ROCKS Rush! Rush CHOPS back! Rush grabs camera cables but the ref reprimands. Rush snarls but he kicks Silver around. Rush puts Silver in the ring, tells everyone to tranquilo, but fans boo. Rush grits his teeth and gets in, he blocks a kick and he DECKS Silver again. Rush then stomps away on Silver in the corner! Rush runs corner to corner, only to stop short and BOOT Silver instead! Fans boo while Rush Tranquilos, and Rampage goes picture in picture.

Rush soaks up the heat, drags Silver up, but Silver throws hands. Rush HEADBUTTS Silver, then throws him out! It kinda catches Andrade by surprise, he was watching the crowd. Rush distracts the ref, and Andrade stomps Silver down! Andrade gets away and Rush soaks up more heat. Andrade mocks Silver, dares him to get up, and the ring count climbs. Silver drags himself up but Rush goes out after him, to SMACK him off the timekeeper’s table! And again! Then he CHOPS Silver onto the table! Silver gets up but Rush is after him again, to RAM him into the railing. Rush takes a water bottle to pour it out on his head, he’s getting hot in Philly.

Silver CHOPS back! And ROCKS Rush! Rush pulls Silver’s beard but Silver ROCKS him again. Rush grabs a trash bin and SMASHES Silver with it! Trash goes flying and Silver sputters. Rush stalks Silver back to the ring. The ref reprimands but Rush just shrugs it off. Silver CHOPS! Rush eggs Silver on so Silver CHOPS! Rush SLAPS Silver, then CHOPS him down! Silver sputters again but Rush kicks him around. Rush drags Silver onto the ropes to CHOKE him! The ref reprimands, Rush lets off at 4, and he argues with the ref. Rush drags Silver from ropes to say this is over. Rush goes up the corner, fans rally up, and Rush SUPER SENTONS but FLOPS!

Silver avoids disaster while Rush writhes! A standing count starts, Reynolds rallies the fans up for Silver, and Rampage returns to single picture as the Meat Man rises! Silver runs in to SPLASH Rush! Silver runs but Rush follows to SPLASH! Rush runs corner to corner but Silver follows to SPLASH again! Silver runs, but he suckers Rush in for a GERMAN SUPLEX! Rush gets up, swings, but into another GERMAN SUPLEX! Fans fire up with Silver as he has a wild look in his eye! Silver drags Rush up, whips him to ropes but Rush reverses, only to jump into a POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Rush survives and Silver is seething!

The standing count is back while Rush is down but fans rally. Silver stands, snarls, and drags Rush up to suplex. Rush blocks, throws body shots and then pushes Silver. Silver KICKS! And KICKS! And runs, but Rush follows! CHOP! CHOP! SUPERKICK! Silver wobbles into a NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO!! Rush can’t believe Silver survives and Andrade looks worried. Andrade tells Rush to finish this but Rush gives toying kicks to Silver. Silver stands and Rush eggs him on. Silver throws a forearm but Rush gives it back! Silver throws another but Rush does, too. Fans rally for Silver as the CHOPS start going back and forth!

Silver CHOPS, Rush DECKS Silver!! Rush snarls as he looms over Silver, then he runs, into a swing! But Rush gets around to backslide. Sliver slips off to KICK, KICK, SUPERKICK and BRAINBUSTER!! Cover, TWO!! Rush survives and Jose gets on the apron! But Reynolds YANKS Jose down! Jose clutches his knee after it bangs off the edge, but now Andrade distracts Silver. The ref reprimands Andrade, Silver tells Andrade to get in the ring then. But Andrade backs down and Rush SUPERMAN FOREARMS Silver down! Silver is sitting in the corner, Rush goes corner to corner, BULL’S HORNS!! Cover, Rush wins!

Winner: Rush, by pinfall

LFI gets the better of the Dark Order here tonight, Jose should get some kind of hazard pay for his assist. But then Andrade and Rush start stomping away on Silver! Reynolds gets in but he gets mugged, too! LFI has 3v2 advantage but here come Uno & Vance! They DECK Jose, fire off on Andrade, but Rush goes after Vance! Uno goes after Rush, but now Butcher & Blade rush out! The AFO are here to help their boss! Now the numbers are back in LFI’s favor! But wait! Here comes Hangman! The Cowboy dodges Andrade, BOOTS Blade, dumps Butcher out, then stares Rush down. They fire off hands, a revisit from how the Golden Ticket Battle Royal finished!

Hangman gets the edge with all his haymakers, then he whips. Rush reverses, Hangman goes up and out and loads up, but Rush bails out! Jose hobbles, Hangman figures what the hell. BUCKSHOT for the assistant! Rush is furious, and it is clear he and Hangman have unfinished business. So THIS JUST IN! Tony Khan makes it official for the Dynamite Anniversary episode! Hangman Page VS Rush 1v1! Will the Cowboy wrangle El Toro Blanco before taking on the AEW World Champion?


My Thoughts:

A great episode for Rampage to follow up Dynamite and the Grand Slam, as well as to help set up things for the anniversary week. The tag title match was a great opening match, and it did a great job propelling multiple stories. For one, Acclaimed retain, which I figured anyway. They’re surely going to defend against Austin & Colten next, since the Gunns called them out while also calling FTR out. Acclaimed will win there, too, and who knows how it goes with FTR. I don’t wanna say Tony Khan booked himself into a corner, but he’s come close. FTR can’t really lose since they have THREE different tag titles, but The Acclaimed are so popular that it’d be a shame if they lost.

Good segment from The Baddies and the Vixens. Nice character work with Jade; she wants stronger competition yet is hesitant when such a competitor steps up. Nyla VS Jade will be a great match, and with both Marina and Vickie, they’ll be able to cancel out with Kiera and Leila, meaning Nyla will have a fair(er) shot than most. Moriarty gets a quick win off Fuego, but the big thing is Moriarty’s new Heel aggression and Morrissey also getting his in. Assuming Garcia leaves the Jericho Appreciation Society to go full Face, he and Moriarty are gonna have one hell of a feud and match. Also I like that The Firm has to be the one to tell Andrade about Hardy wanting Private Party back, it adds another dimension to that faction’s identity.

Really good promo from #WARDJOE, and I like the idea that they’re going to be some new kind of Two Man Power Trip. They might not go for the ROH tag titles since FTR are technically Wardlow’s pals, but that also adds to the complexities of the AEW tag title picture. Unless Wardlow & Joe each go for other singles titles instead. That could be a way around it, especially with Jericho wanting to bury former ROH World Champions. Jericho VS Joe would be some awesome stuff. Hook whooping Nemeth was also pretty awesome. But I bet with the Trustbusters’ invitation to Hook, the options are A) join the Trustbusters or B) put up the FTW title. And I think we know which one Hook will choose.

Great stuff from Hayter VS Willow, fans love them both and those two can go. Again, there was wasted potential in just doing away with Hayter VS Britt as a feud. But whatever, Britt helps Hayter win, Hayter can have momentum while Britt’s nose heals up, and then we wait and see if they ever/never circle back to a feud. I mean, it could work, with Britt getting jealous of Hayter being just as beloved by the fans and getting opportunities for titles. Glad to see the feud of Death Triangle VS Best Friends continues, as now Trent gets a shot at Pac for Battle of the Belts IV. Not sure Trent wins that one, but it’ll be an awesome match.

And I like what we’re getting out of the LFI VS Dark Order feud. Good promo segment to set up Andrade VS Vance, but I don’t see Andrade leaving AEW so he’ll be taking Vance’s mask. Rush VS Silver was a great main event, but of course Heels win with Heel tactics. Reynolds and Jose should’ve been more careful with that apron trip-up spot, though, that was not a clean drop. Of course we get a brawl, and of course Hangman helps the Dark Order. Hangman VS Rush 1v1 is going to be an awesome match for the anniversary show, and it’ll help Hangman get some momentum going into the title match in Cincy. Great promo from him and Moxley, too, and Hangman was perfectly in character realizing he’s going to be at a disadvantage.

My Score: 8.7/10


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