The Cutest Tag Team is on a roll!
It’s round three of the Super Junior Tag League, and well, it was bound to happen. Bullet Club VS Bullet Club! But Bullet Club will be fine, right? Right?
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.
- El Phantasmo & Taiji Ishimori VS Gedo & Dick Togo; ELP & Ishimori win.
- Tiger Mask & Robbie Eagles VS El Desperado & Yoshinobu Kanemaru; Tiger Mask & Robbie Eagles win.
- Roppongi 3K VS Ryusuke Taguchi & Master Wato; Taguchi & Wato win.
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Here are the current Super Junior 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
El Phantasmo & Taiji Ishimori VS Gedo & Dick Togo!
Well there aren’t any shenanigans about this match happening, the round robin brings about all match-ups. But will the Headbanger and Bone Soldier Reborn be able to stay friendly with their Bullet Club buds?
Actually, as the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions enter the ring, they try to say hey to Gedo and Dick but Gedo and Dick tell them to take this seriously and go to their corner. ELP and Taiji shrug and back away to the red while Gedo and Dick have blue. The ref checks everyone, Bullet Club all looks at each other, and they decide to talk this out. Gedo points out, as everyone knows, ELP & Taiji are undefeated 2-0 already. That’s great for ELP & Taiji, everyone applauds. Bullet Club wants an easy match, and they Low Sweet it out. ELP starts, shakes hands with Dick, and Dick lies down! ELP is surprised, he didn’t think it’d be that easy. He covers, TWO!
Dick sits up and seems surprised with himself! ELP is upset, didn’t they just agree? Dick isn’t sure how to explain it! Just natural instinct, perhaps? He tags to Gedo and Gedo promises this’ll go how they said. Gedo lies down, ELP covers, but Dick breaks it?! They’re all upset with him and Gedo defends his tag partner! It was another instinctual move! Gedo talks it over with Dick and Dick says it’s all fine. Okay, then. And they both attack Taiji and ELP! They double whip, the champs duck, and double CLAW! But wait, Dick and Gedo aren’t affected? Oh because they’re still wearing shirts! Gedo and Dick take swings, ELP & Taiji get around, but Gedo and Dick aren’t worried about claws.
Wait, ELP & Taiji reach under the shirts to CLAW bare skin! Dick and Gedo writhe, ELP bumps Dick off buckles, but both he and Taiji put Dick and Gedo into Trees of Woe! ELP & Taiji coordinate, BANG, corner to corner… CROTCH STAND! Fans cheer the moxie as the ref counts. ELP and Taiji let off at the same time, Gedo and Dick fall out of the trees, and the champs Low Sweet. ELP whips Taiji at Gedo to back elbow, then Taiji sets up, HEADBANGER IN MOTION! Cover, TWO! ELP keeps cool and drags Gedo up to wrench and wristlock. Tag to Taiji and he hops up, to leap and CLAW! Gedo falls over and Taiji CLAWS Gedo again!
Gedo crawls, Taiji stalks after him, and Gedo wants mercy! But then he suckers Taiji in and throws him out! ELP gets in but the ref keeps him back, and Dick goes after Taiji! Dick chokes Taiji against the railing then CLAWS him in return! Taiji writhes from the receipt, and Dick CLAWS him again! Seems Gedo CLAWED ELP, too! Dick tags in and distracts the ref because Gedo sets up something with his belt! Gedo LASHES Taiji! And again! Gedo dares Taiji to get up, then stalks him along the way. The ref has Gedo stay back a moment, but Gedo gets Taiji in the ring for Dick to cover, TWO! Fans rally up though reluctantly for ELP & Taiji. Taiji throws body shots but Dick CLUBS him down!
Dick clamps on with a chinlock and bends Taiji back. Dick jumps for a fist drop then covers, TWO! Dick tags in Gedo, they get Taiji up and mock ELP before they CLAW Taiji! ELP rushes in but Gedo gets around to CLAW him, too! Taiji and ELP are both writhing on the mat and Gedo grins. The fans rally but Gedo CLAWS ELP again! ELP writhes his way out of the ring, Gedo tags Dick and they have Taiji isolated. Dick climbs and slashes the throat, to leap and CLAW! Fans do cheer they audacity of Dick and Gedo to copy the Cutest Tag Team. Dick puts Taiji in a corner and throws hands! Dick taunts ELP as he whips Taiji corner to corner. Dick runs in but into a boot!
Dick runs back in, Taiji stops him with a headscissor to ax kick! Dick staggers, comes back again, but Taiji drop toeholds Dick into buckles! Both men are down and fans rally up. Taiji crawls and tags in ELP! ELP shows fist but Dick wants him to wait. Dick tries a sucker punch but ELP counter punches, and counter punches, and counter punches! ELP whips, Dick reverses but ELP hits flying forearms! ELP kips up, Gedo runs in but into an atomic drop! ELP mocks Gedo and reels him in for another atomic drop! Dick gets back in, ELP dodges and springboards to crossbody! Cover, TWO! ELP handsprings and LIONSAULTS! Cover, TWO!
ELP keeps going and DIVES to take out Gedo! ELP gets back to the ring and springboards to SWANTON BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Dick survives again and fans fire up! ELP gets his foot going. Wait, is he “locked and loaded?” ELP aims, Dick gets up, but Dick blocks the superkick to poke ELP in the eye and roll him up! TWO, but into the CROSSFACE! ELP endures, crawls, reaches, but Dick rolls him from ropes! But ELP slips out to get the ANKLE LOCK! Dick scrambles, rolls but ELP rolls through the throw. Things speed up, both men duck and dodge but DOUBLE CLOTHESLINES take them both down! Fans rally up as ELP and Dick crawl!
Hot tags to Taiji and Gedo! Gedo knocks Taiji over, whips him to a corner, but Taiji slips out to the apron. Taiji slides in, out, shoulders Gedo then springboards to SEATED SENTON! Fans fire up as Taiji whips but Gedo reverses. NEURALIZER from Bone Soldier! Taiji gets the arm, roll into omoplata and then the YES LCOK! Dick stomps Taiji but ELP CLUBS Dick! ELP throws Dick out, Dick hits back, and Gedo JAWBREAKERS Taiji! Gedo SUPERKICKS Taiji down! Cover, TWO! The fans rally as Gedo scurries to get the brass knuckles! The ref sees those, stops Gedo, but Dick has the SPOILER CHOKER! Taiji endures, ELP gets in and RAKES Dick’s eyes!
ELP mule kicks Gedo and shoves him into the ref! ELP slides Taiji one of the title belts! ELP PLANCHAS Dick down as Taiji takes aim! Gedo begs for mercy again but Taiji just pulls a Latino Heat! He gives Gedo the belt and acts like GEDO hit HIM with it! The ref sees Gedo, Gedo defends his innocence, but Taiji rolls Gedo up! TWO, and Taiji baits Gedo into a sunset flip! High stack, with the ropes! But the ref sees that! The ref reprimands, Taiji keeps his feet on the ropes, so the ref KICKS the rope! Taiji falls down but gets up in a huff about the count! Gedo slithers up to roll Taiji! TWO, INTO YES LOCK! Gedo flails, reaches, but Taiji rolls him from ropes.
Taiji gets Gedo up for BLOOD- NO! Gedo slips out pokes Taiji in the eye! Gedo whips Taiji into the ref! Atomic LOW BLOW! And then, GEDO CLUTCH!! But ELP breaks it with SUDDEN DEATH!! Taiji covers, the tag champs win!!
Winners: Taiji Ishimori & El Phantasmo, by pinfall
Okay okay wait! Yes, Gedo and Dick tried to cheat just as always, but is the mysterious item supposedly not in ELP’s boot… back inside the boot? Well, Dick doesn’t like any of this, but Bullet Club’s Cutest Tag Team are a strong 3-0 in the round robin! Is there any stopping their Super Junior Tag run?
Tiger Mask & Robbie Eagles VS El Desperado & Yoshinobu Kanemaru!
Two teams, undefeated at 2-0, but only ONE can stay at the top with El Phantasmo & Taiji Ishimori! Will the Sniper of the Skies shoot the Rogue Luchador down, just as he did to take the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship? Or will not even two natural predators stop Desperado and the Heel Master?
Speaking of that title, Eagles shows it off but Desperado shrugs it off. The teams sort out, Eagles and Desperado start to give us a partial rematch from Wrestle Grand Slam Tokyo. The bell rings and the two circle. Desperado seems to talk trash as he goes, but then Kanemaru gets in to kick Eagles down! Desperado DECKS Tiger, then he and Kanemaru stomp Eagles more. They double whip Eagles to a corner, Kanemaru runs in but misses, and Eagles RANAS Desperado! Kanemaru comes back to kick Eagles, run, but into a dropkick! Eagles fire sup and hip tosses Desperado down! Fans fire up as Eagles roars more.
Eagles stomps Desperado, tags Tiger Mask, and Tiger stomps Desperado around. Desperado keeps getting up but Tiger keeps stomping him down. Desperado gets to ropes, Tiger steps back, and Desperado gets to his feet. They circle, Tiger kicks a leg, then kicks it again and again. Desperado falls, Tiger gets him up and KICKS his leg again! Desperado hobbles, Tiger KICKS his leg out from under him! Tiger drags Desperado by the leg, turns him and gets the HALF CRAB! Desperado endures, reaches, crawls, and gets the ropebreak! Tiger lets go fast, then stomps the bad leg. Tag to Eagles, and Eagles clubs Desperado down. Eagles runs to DECK Kanemaru, then goes back to Desperado.
Eagles fires forearms and CHOPS in a corner, then wrenches Desperado to whip corner to corner. Eagles runs in, Desperado puts him on the apron Eagles blocks, ROCKS and jumps but Kanemaru trips him up! Desperado sucker punches Tiger as Kanemaru gets Eagles up. Kanemaru whips Eagles hard into railing! Kanemaru clubs Eagles down, Desperado POSTS Tiger, and the ref reprimands Suzuki-Gun but can’t get them to stop. Kanemaru puts Eagles back in, Desperado hobbles over and tags Kanemaru. SHINBREAKER to SHOTGUN DROPKICK to the leg! Eagles writhes, Kanemaru gets the leg and turns him, for a HALF CRAB!
Now Eagles endures, crawls and reaches for the ropebreak! Kanemaru lets go to stomp Eagle sin the corner. Kanemaru drags Eagles by the leg, turns him over and SMASHES the knee into the mat! Tag to Desperado, he drags Eagles around to YANK the leg! Eagles crawls but Desperado keeps him from Tiger Mask. Fans rally up but Desperado DECKS Tiger for good measure! Desperado stomps Eagles, drags him around and bumps him off Kanemaru’s boot. Eagles falls, tag to Kanemaru, and Kanemaru covers with a hand in Eagles’ face! TWO, Kanemaru tries again, TWO, and Kanemaru tries again, TWO!
Kanemaru stomps Eagles at the ropes, Eagles hits back but Kanemaru stomps him down. Fans rally as Eagles hits back again, but Desperado drags Eagles to the apron! Desperado SLAMS the bad leg on the edge! The ref reprimands but Kanemaru whips Eagles and dropkicks his leg out! Cover, TWO! Kanemaru keeps on Eagles with a motorcycle stretch. Fans rally as Eagles endures the knee in his back. Tiger gets in but Desperado kicks him and hooks the arms! DOUBLE MOTORCYCLES! Tiger and Eagles fight up, and DOUBLE SOMERSAULT DROPKICK! Suzuki-Gun is down, Tiger hurries back to the corner! Eagles crawls over, but Desperado trips Tiger to stop the tag!
Kanemaru stalks Eagles, kicks out the bad leg, then drags Eagles up to whip into Desperado’s boot! Tag to Desperado, he mocks Tiger Mask, but the ref keeps Tiger back. That allows Kanemaru to drag Eagles to the apron and elbow away on the bad leg! Tiger stands down, Desperado drags Eagles to a cover, TWO! Fans still rally for Eagles as he grits his teeth. Desperado gets Eagles up but Eagles blocks the whip by holding ropes. Desperado rakes Eagles’ eye but Eagles uses the whip to go up and around! But Desperado blocks the arm-drag! Desperado yanks Eagles up and DECKS him with a right! Cover, TWO!
Fans rally as Desperado paces. Desperado taunts Tiger again, whips Eagles but Eagles reverse to wrench and WHEEL KICK! Both men are down and fans fire up, hot tag to Tiger Mask! Tiger goes up top to CROSSBODY! Direct hit but Tiger keeps moving! Kick, sobat and ROUNDHOUSE! Desperado is down in the corner and fans cheer on the living legend! Tiger Mask gets Desperado up, underhooks, but Desperado blocks the Tiger Driver. Tiger gets around to crucifix to DISARMER! Kanemaru gets in and kicks Tiger off the hold! Kanemaru stomps Tiger more, then drags Tiger up. Suzuki-Gun double whips but Tiger ducks the line, shoving Desperado into Kanemaru!
Tiger tilt-o-whirls around Desperado to crucifix takedown into ghost pin, TWO!! Tiger kicks and stomps Desperado, then runs, but Tiger dodges the dropkick to stomp away on Tiger! Desperado grabs at a leg but gets dragged down to an ARMBAR! Desperado flails, reaches around, scrambles about, and gets a ropebreak with a foot! Tiger lets go quickly and drags Desperado up for forearms. Fans rally and Tiger runs, Desperado gets him up! Tiger fights off the spinebuster, but rushes into a BIG back suplex! Both men are down and the fans rally up! Desperado tags Kanemaru and Kanemaru runs in to BOOT Tiger in a corner!
Kanemaru snapmares, runs and basement dropkicks! Cover, TWO! Kanemaru keeps his focus as he stomps Tiger more and more. Kanemaru runs again but into a sobat! Tiger runs in but Kanemaru blocks the kick, only to get the spinning mule kick! Again, both men are down but the fans fire up! Hot tag to Eagles! Eagles manages to run corner to corner for DOUBLE KNEES! And then he rolls back, only to run into Kanemaru’s boot! But Eagles comes back again, basement Tiger Feint to sweep the legs! Kanemaru sits down, Eagles hits the METEORA! Cover, TWO! Kanemaru survives but fans rally for Eagles as he steps through.
Kanemaru kicks Eagles off the leg hold but Eagles KICKS and KICKS and KICKS! Eagles runs, but Kanemaru dropkicks the legs out again! SHINBREAKER! And another dropkick to the legs! Both men are down but Kanemaru keeps Eagles anchored. Kanemaru steps through to FIGURE FOUR! Desperado keeps Tiger on the outside as Eagles endures! Eagles shouts, reaches, comes really close, but he scrambles and thrashes to move around! Eagles reaches, crawls, ROPEBREAK! Kanemaru lets Eagles go but Desperado mugs Tiger more. Kanemaru gets Eagles up for a scoop and BRITISH FALL! Cover, TWO!
Fans are thunderous as Kanemaru goes to a corner and climbs. Kanemaru aims, leaps, Eagles avoids Deep Impact! Kanemaru hobbles, ROLLING CHOP BLOCK and BLINDSIDE LARIAT from Eagles! Tiger RAMS Desperado into railing! Fans rally up while both men are down. Eagles crawls to ropes then goes to the apron. Eagles aims as Kanemaru rises, springboard missile dropkick to the legs! Eagles vows to end it, he rolls Kanemaru to his feet and brings him in, TURBO BACKPACK- VICTORY ROLL!? TWO!! Eagles sobats high and hard, then cravats again, but Desperado gets in! Kanemaru shoves Eagles to Desperado, SHOTGUN DROPKICK BACK SUPLEX COMBO!
Desperado goes bac out after Tiger Mask but Tiger hits first! Fans rally up as Kanemaru and Eagles stir. Kanemaru crawls to a cover, TWO! Eagles is still in this but Kanemaru drags him up. Kanemaru suplexes but Eagles slips out to spin, ROUNDHOUSE, SUPERKICK and PELE!! Tiger Mask gets in to underhook Kanemaru, TIGER DRIVER! Eagles takes the cover with a jackknife bridge, but Desperado breaks it! Tiger kicks Desperado but Desperado rakes eyes. Desperado runs, into a tilt-o-whirl BACKBREAKER! Eagles GAMANGIRIS Desperado out! Eagles goes to a corner, Tiger builds speed to DIVE!
Desperado’s down, Eagles 450 SPLASH to the legs! RON MILLER SPECIAL!!! Kanemaru reaches, but TAPS! #FlyingTigers win!!
Winners: Tiger Mask & Robbie Eagles, by pinfall
The legend and the champion are the other undefeated duo! Will Suzuki-Gun’s confidence take a hit with so much SJTL still left to go?
Roppongi 3K VS Ryusuke Taguchi & Master Wato!
To everyone’s shock, Sho & Yoh are 0-2 to start Super Junior Tag League. Is it the words of Desperado and El Phantasmo echoing in their heads? Is it the other interests in life distracting them? Or is it that no team, no matter how great, can maintain such High Voltage forever? Will RPG3K get that Direct Drive back? Or will the answer to all that and more be #SixOrNine?
The teams sort out, Yoh starts with Taguchi and the fans rally up. “R P G!” “TA GU CHI!” Yoh and Taguchi circle slowly, then approach. They feel things out, Yoh being the aggressor. They tie up, Taguchi gets a leg, Yoh floats to a waistlock but Taguchi floating back. Yoh gets an arm, Taguchi keeps moving to get a leg pick. Yoh avoids a cover, rolls Taguchi but Taguchi body scissors to block. Yoh gets through to mount but Taguchi pushes him off, and the fans cheer this exchange. The two go again, Yoh getting a leg and trip to a toehold. Taguchi reaches forward, hooks Yoh with a leg, but Yoh clasps hands to resist the armbar. Taguchi shifts to a short-arm scissor!
Yoh rolls, turns Taguchi, facelocks, but Taguchi slips out to facelock back. Yoh gets away and the fans cheer this new exchange. Taguchi and Yoh back off to tag Wato and Sho. They circle, feel things out, give testing kicks, but then Wato swings big. Sho stays away and the two go again. They knuckle lock but Sho avoids another kick. Sho kicks but Wato walks it off to kick back. Wato kicks, KICKS, but Sho kicks back! Sho KICKS but Wato eggs him on. Things speed up, Wato back elbows, back hands and sobats Sho down! Wato stomps Sho, gets him up and whips him to ropes. Sho reverses, Yoh gets in, RPG3K drop toehold to basement dropkick! DOUBLE DROPKICKS for Taguchi!
Fans fire up, Sho goes after Wato in the corner. Sho wrenches an arm, digs his elbow into the shoulder, then CLUBS Wato in the bicep! Wato staggers to ropes, Sho wrenches the arm again and tags Yoh. RPG3K mug Wato, Yoh snapmares Wato then chinlocks. Wato endures the knee in his back but Yoh elbows him in the head! Cover, TWO! Yoh keeps cool while he stays between Wato and Taguchi. Yoh gets Wato up, wrenches an arm and whips. Wato reverses and GAMANGIRIS Yoh down! Wato tags Taguchi and Taguchi knocks Sho down. Wato and Taguchi coordinate, Wato whips Yoh at Taguchi in the corner, bumping him off the butt! And again!
Taguchi turns around to FLYING SEATED SENTON! Cover, TWO! Taguchi drags Yoh up to clamp on a chinlock and grind a knee into the back. Yoh endures, Sho coaches him but Taguchi turns Yoh over. Sho stomps Taguchi, Wato kicks Sho and throws him out! Taguchi gets Yoh up, bumps him off Wato’s boot, then Wato tags in. #SixOrNine double whip, double drop toehold and double basement dropkick! Fans fire up with the combo and Wato covers, TWO! Wato gets Yoh up, CLUBS him on the back, then puts him in a corner. Wato CHOPS, follows and whips Yoh to ropes to elbow him down! Cover, ONE! Yoh is tougher than that but Wato drags him away.
Taguchi tags in, #SixOrNine mugs Yoh, then Taguchi has a rather high camel clutch. Taguchi gets an arm for a half straitjacket variant but Sho gets in to kick Taguchi. Taguchi throws Sho back out and Sho gets mad. Taguchi drops down on Yoh again and again, then slingshots out then in for a senton butt-omico! Cover, TWO! Tag to Wato, Taguchi baseball slides Sho down and Wato stomps Yoh. Wato bumps Yoh off buckles, #SixOrNine double whip corner to corner, Taguchi runs in but misses! Yoh DECKS Wato, but turns around into a HIP ATTACK! Fans fire up as Wato anchors Yoh! Yoh reaches for Sho, ENZIGURIS Wato away, and scrambles, hot tag to Sho!
High Voltage rallies on the Grandmaster! Atomic drop for the Funky Weapon, and Sho runs Taguchi over! Wato’s kick is blocked and Sho ROCKS Wato to then run him over with a shoulder! Fans fire up with Sho as he stomps about. Wato rises, Sho aims, Sho KICKS Wato down! Cover, TWO, KIMURA! Sho cranks on the double wristllock but Wato scrambles around, ropebreak! Red Shoes counts, Sho lets off fast, but he drags Wato up. Sho wrenches an arm, kicks, KICKS and KICKS- NO! Wato blocks that one, to CLUB the leg and ROCK Sho with a forearm! Sho staggers but comes bck to ROCK Wato! Wato hits back, Sho hits again, we have a forearm brawl!
Sho forearms Wato, Wato forearms back! Sho forearms, Wato forearms, repeat! Fasn rally up as they go faster and faster! Sho gets the edge, ROCKS Wato then runs, but Wato elbows him! Wato runs but into Sho’s elbow. Sho fires off boxing elbows, then powers up and runs, into a CALF KICK! Both men are down and fans fire back up! Wato crawls, hot tag to Taguchi! Taguchi hip attacks Yoh down, and RPG3K end up on opposite ends! All aboard the hip train! HIP ATTACK for Yoh! HIP ATTACK for Sho! Back to Yoh! Slide and APRON HIP ATTACK for Sho! Fans fire up with Taguchi now as he aims from the apron. MISSILE HIP ATTACK! Cover, TWO!
Taguchi gets Sho’s leg, OH MAH GAH ANKLE! Sho rolls and kick Taguchi waay, things speed up, HIP- NO! Sho catches Taguchi but Taguchi fights the waistlock. Taguchi runs in place and Sho falls for it, HIP ATTACK! Taguchi “moonwalks” into the cover, TWO! Fans rally up again, “R P G!” “TA GU CHI!” Taguchi snap suplexes, uno amigo! Dos amigos! And THREE- NO, Sho fights that and tries to suplex Taguchi! Taguchi resists but fans rally up. Sho powers through to suplex Taguchi! Sho crawls for his corner, hot tag to Yoh! Yoh runs to DECK Wato, then runs at Taguchi to back elbow! And NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!
Yoh grits his teeth, determined to end this! Yoh gets Taguchi up, reels him in, suplex, but Taguchi slips out to kick and run. Yoh ATOMIC DROPS the hip attack, then full nelsons! Taguchi fights that, and fights the waistlock lift, to drop toehold Yoh to OH MAH GAH ANKLE!! Yoh scrambles around as he endures the hold, and he reaches out for ropes in all directions! Yoh hops but Taguchi reels him in! Double chicken wings, but Yoh backs Taguchi into a corner! Sho runs in as Yoh gets free, clothesline! Sho is the step stool for RPG IN MOTION! Then suplex to Canadian rack, but Taguchi slips off! Taguchi shoves Sho into Yoh, runs, but into DOUBLE KNEES!
Sho DECKS Wato, fans fire up and RPG3K gets Taguchi up! BACKSTABBER to SHOTGUN BOOT! The energy is rising and RPG3K watches Taguchi. Taguchi stands, turns around, THREE- HIP ATTACK?! Taguchi dodges Sho to ENZIGURI him down! Everyone is down and Shof lops out of the ring! Taguchi crawls to his corner, hot tag to Wato! Springboard FLYING UPPERCUT! Wato fires up and builds speed to TOR- No, Yoh moves! So Wato changes direction to FLY over the corner post!! Direct hit on Direct Drive and Wato gets Yoh in the ring! Wato stands Yoh up, reels him in, MOUSE- No, Yoh fights the driver and feeds to Sho’s LARIAT!
Taguchi HIP ATTACKS Sho! Yoh DROPKICKS Taguchi! Wato BOOTS Yoh down!! Fans are thunderous as all four men are down in the ring! Red Shoes checks them all and they’re all okay to continue. Sho and Taguchi bail out, leaving Wato and Yoh alone as they rise up. Wato throws a forearm from the mat, but so does Yoh. They stand, Wato forearms Yoh, Yoh forearms back! Wato forearms and Yoh drops to a knee! But Yoh gets up to fire off forearms and uppercuts! Wato BOOTS, Yoh rebounds to ROLLING ELBOW! Wato stays up!? But Yoh blocks his kick, only for Wato to dodge his clothesline! ROUNDHOUSE!
But Yoh kips up?! SUPERKICK to SNAP GERMAN! Bridging cover, Taguchi breaks it!! Sho gets Taguchi and throws him out, then follows! From the apron, Sho PENALTY KICKS Taguchi down! Sho shouts to Yoh and Yoh fires up! Fans are thunderous again as Yoh gets Wato up! Underhooks, lift, but Wato flips out to sobat! Front kick! DREAMCAST KICK!! Cover, TWO!?! Yoh survives and Wato can’t believe it! Red shoes that was fair and the fans are electric! Wato reels Yoh in, MOUSE TRAP DRIVER!! Cover, SHO BREAKS IT!! RPG3K refuses to lose here! Sho fires off forearms, runs, but into a tilt-o-whirl SLAM! Taguchi is here, BUM-A-YE!!
Wato and Taguchi fire up and coordinate! Wato is outside, Taguchi inside, they go at Yoh in the corner, GAMANGIRI SANDWICH! Chicken wings to DODON BUSTER!! Wato’s up top, R P P!!! Cover, SIX OR NINE WIN!!??
Winners: Ryusuke Taguchi & Master Wato, by pinfall
Incredible! Inconceivable! Insane, even! The three-time Super Junior Tag League winners are three losses deep in just the first three rounds! What in the world IS the reason for this? But at the same time, the eclectic duo of Funky Weapon and Grandmaster are finally on the board! With that, Wato gets on the mic. “Sho-san, Yoh-san, I can’t say with this win that I am better than you. But today, I’m happy we won.” Fans cheer both the showing of respect and the humility in victory.
Wato continues to say that they lost the first two, but from here on out, #OneOrEight- Or, no, they were that but now they’re #SixOrNine… “We will win this Super Junior Tag League.” Fans cheer and he continues. “Over the next two rounds, I want us two to link up… And win. I will be, the Grand Master.” Well, odd word choice aside (perhaps Taguchi is a bad influence?), Taguchi and Wato are no longer stagnant! Can they ride this wave of momentum and come out the ones on top?
Here are the NEW Super Junior Tag League standings:
El Phantasmo & Taiji Ishimori: 3-0, 6 points
Tiger Mask & Robbie Eagles: 3-0, 6 points
El Desperado & Yoshinobu Kanemaru: 2-1, 4 points
Ryusuke Taguchi & Master Wato: 1-2, 2 points
Gedo & Dick Togo: 0-3, 0 points [ELIMINATED]
Roppongi 3K: 0-3, 0 points [ELIMINATED]
Another great round for the Super Junior Tag League, hitting each combination perfectly (undefeated VS winless, two undefeated teams, and two winless teams). I knew that somehow, someway, the “Finger Poke of Doom,” “lie down for me, brother” stuff in Bullet Club was going to cause problems. There are a lot of subtle details to it, as well. When Yujiro Takahashi wouldn’t just lie down for Jay White, Jay White accused it being Evil’s influence. Dick Togo, Evil’s sidekick, was the one acting up to start this match. Granted, Gedo got on board with Dick, but he does have his pride, too. The whole thing was great and I’ve never seen so much back clawing happen in one match. Also, just as I wondered yesterday, ELP did use Sudden Death today, further feeding into overarching story of “What’s in the boot?!” Somedays he has it in the boot, somedays he doesn’t.
Desperado & Kanemaru VS #FlyingTigers was also great stuff, and Eagles making Kanemaru tap was the result they could give us to keep Junior Heavyweight singles division math even. Eagles couldn’t take the loss, they didn’t want someone having a shortcut to a title match. Tiger couldn’t pin someone, NJPW legends make sure younger talent looks strong. But at the same time, Tiger couldn’t be pinned, because that’d make someone look too strong. And with Eagles VS Desperado the likely plan for said singles title, Kanemaru takes the fall. But Kanemaru also got the last two decisions for his team, his momentum could take it.
And the RPG3K story is spot on right now. Their match with Taguchi and Wato was perfect main event material, probably best match of the 2021 SJTL so far because of both the level of action and the story behind it. RPG3K was fighting so strongly and so desperately because they were already down 0-2, and with this being the halfway point, it was already do or die. Of course, the same was true for #SixOrNine, they were also 0-2. But there was the pressure of being the three-peat winners and wanting to be a fourth that was heightening everything for RPG3K, that’s what really turned everything up. Now RPG3K are mathematically out of the running for the finals, and their attitudes tomorrow in round 4 will be very telling in both SJTL and as a team overall.
My Score: 9.1/10
Mitchell’s NJPW Royal Quest II Results & Report! (10/1/22)
NJPW returns to the UK!
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!
- 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.
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[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?
Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (9/30/22)
The Acclaimed are on a Rampage!
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?
- 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?
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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