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Mitchell’s NJPW G1 Climax 31 Results & Report! (10/12/21)

Round 7, B Block!

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NJPW G1 Climax 31

Does someone’s luck run out? Does another’s change for the better?

Kazuchika Okada and Jeff Cobb are both 6-0 and going for lucky number 7! Will one, both or neither keep going strong in the G1 Climax?

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

  • Taichi w/ Miho Abe VS Tama Tonga w/ Jado; Tama wins.
  • YOSHI-HASHI VS SANADA; Sanada wins.
  • Kazuchika Okada VS Chase Owens; Okada wins.
  • Hirooki Goto VS EVIL w/ Dick Togo; Evil wins.
  • Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Jeff Cobb; Cobb wins.

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Here are the NEW B Block standings!

Kazuchika Okada: 6-0, 12 points
Jeff Cobb: 6-0, 12 points
EVIL: 5-1, 10 points
Hiroshi Tanahashi: 3-3, 6 points [ELIMINATED]
SANADA: 2-4, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
Taichi: 2-4, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
Hirooki Goto: 2-4, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
YOSHI-HASHI: 2-4, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
Chase Owens: 1-5, 2 points [ELIMINATED]
Tama Tonga: 1-5, 2 points [ELIMINATED]

 

Taichi w/ Miho Abe VS Tama Tonga w/ Jado!

As you can see, the Holy Emperor and the Good Bad Guy are out of the running. However, the Guerrillas of Destiny are surely hungry to get the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships back. Will Tama get a win over Taichi to get back in the tag title hunt?

Miho helps Taichi with his jacket and fanny pack given the taped ribs. Taichi taunts Tama with the title but Tama shrugs off the trash talk. The ref does his check but Tama attacks! Tama kicks and fires off forearms, the bell rings to get this on record and Tama fires off elbows in the corner. The ref reprimands, Tama lets off but comes back with haymakers and uppercuts. Tama drags Taichi up to whip but Taichi reverses to CHOKE Tama in the corner! The ref counts, Taichi lets off but then he chokes Tama to the mat! The ref reprimands again, counts, and Taichi lets off. Jado coaches Tama up but Taichi stomps him down.

Taichi kicks Tama out of the ring, then chokes him around the way! Taichi whips Tama into railing and fans cheer. Taichi gathers up camera cables and uses those to choke Tama now! The ref reprimands, counts, Taichi lets go quickly. Taichi brings Tama back around into the ring, then clamps on a choke from behind. The ref sees this and reprimands, and Taichi lets off again. Tama throws body shots in return, but Taichi chokes him again! The ref counts, Taichi lets off to whip, but Tama reverses to hurdle, hurdle and HAKU CHOP! Tama takes off the vest as fans cheer and he stomps Taichi in the bad ribs. Tama drags him into a CAMEL CLUTCH!

Taichi endures, but he gets the ropebreak. Tama holds on until the ref counts 4, then kicks him out of the ring. Tama goes out to RAM Taichi into the apron! And then into railing! Taichi clutches his ribs as Tama paces. Tama goes back into the ring to leave Taichi at the ring count’s mercy. Miho checks on Taichi as the count climbs, and it is 10 of 20 before Taichi sits up. Taichi drags himself up at 15 and in at 16. Fans cheer but Tama stomps a mudhole into Taichi at the corner. Tama lets off as the ref reprimands and he stalks Taichi. Taichi kicks back but Tama drops elbow after elbow then a LEAPING elbow drop to the ribs! Cover, TWO!

Tama sits Taichi up, CLUBS him with crossface forearms then wraps on a body scissors! Tama adds a chinlock but Taichi still endures. Taichi moves around, Tama wraps the chinlock on tighter, and fans rally up. Taichi fights to sit up, he elbows but Tama hold onto a crossface of sorts. Taichi elbows again and is free! But Tama CLUBS and whips him, only for Taichi to reverse, wrench and DANGEROUS HOOK KICK! Both men are down and the fans rally up. Tama goes to a corner, Taichi runs in to corner clothesline! Taichi then snapmares and KICKS Tama in the back! Tama writhes and Taichi paces. Taichi then comes back to KICK Tama in the chest!

Jado coaches Tama to hang in there and Tama sits back up. Taichi KICKS him in the chest again but Tama shakes his head and eggs Taichi on. Fans fire up as Taichi KICKS and KICKS and KICKS! Tama stands up and is all fired up! He blocks a kick, CLUBS the leg then dropkicks Taichi to a corner! Tama runs in corner to corner but Taichi dodges the splash to GAMANGIRI! Tama is down, Taichi encourages the fans and they rally up. OFF COME THE PANTS! Taichi wants Tama to sit up, but Tama ducks the buzzsaw to punch the ribs! Tama boots the Ax Bomber away but Taichi boots Tama back! Taichi runs but Tama ducks the clothesline to get the TONGAN TWIST!

Fans fire up as Tama goes to the corner! Tama climbs, SUPREME FLOW FLOPS as Taichi moves! Fans rally up as both men are down! Taichi drags himself up with the ropes and he stands Tama up to KICK the leg, then BUZZSAW him down! Fans fire up with Taichi and he wants Tama to stand. Tama flounders, Taichi stands him up and runs, AX BOMBER! Tama drops to his knees but Taichi runs again, AX BOMBER! Tama goes down, but he gets right back up! JUMPING HIGH KICK! Tama is down and fans fire up! Taichi goes to the corner, powers up and takes aim, and Tama slowly rises. TENSHO- NO! Tama dodges, body shots and forearms! Taichi comes back, but into a clinch!

Tama wants a bearhug but Taichi fights so Tama KNEES, CLUBS and fireman’s carries! Taichi fights free and comes back to waistlock. The ribs stop the saido, Tama GAMANGIRIS to a GUN- NO!? Taichi drags Tama up, DANGEROUS SAIDO!! Taichi crawls to a cover, TWO!! Tama survives and fans are fired up! Taichi roars and drags Tama back up. Taichi Alabama lifts, but Tama headbutts while upside down! Underhooks but Taichi holds that off to back drop free! Alabama lift and BLACK- NO! Tama slips out to fireman’s carry, ROLLING DEATH VALLEY! Tama hurries up top, SUPREME FLOW!! Cover, TWO?!? Taichi survives and fans are fired up again!

Tama slithers as fans rally up, and Tama pounds the mat. He may not be a Viper but he could be hearing voices. Taichi writhes, Tama wants him to stand! GUN STUN!!! Cover, Tama wins!!

Winner: Tama Tonga, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Taichi earns 0)

Now that was Too Sweet! Tama gets a win over the Dangerous Tekker, will he and brother Loa be primed for a tag title shot?

 

YOSHI-HASHI VS SANADA!

Much like Taichi and Tama, the Headhunter and the Cold Skull aren’t in the running for the finals this year. But Hashi is still a NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Champion. Will Sanada earn Los Ingobernables de Japon a shot at those titles? Or will there be no Skull End in Hashi’s future?

The bell rings and the fans rally up, “SA-NA-DA!” “YO-SHI-HASH!” as the two stare down. They slowly circle, tie up, and Hashi gets around to a waistlock. Sanada switches, Hashi wrenches out to a wristlock but Sanada reverses that onto Hashi. Hashi rolls, trips Sanada and drops an elbow on the knee. Sanada tries to fight back with a forearm, Hashi traps the leg, but Sanada wrangles him with his free leg. Sanada wants the arm but Hashi clasps hands. Hashi pushes to a cover, Sanada keeps his shoulders up, and Hashi gets free. The fans cheer the exchange as the two reset. Hashi and Sanada feel out a knuckle lock but Hashi kicks low to get a headlock.

Hashi grinds the hold, Sanada fights up to throw body shots. Sanada powers out, Hashi runs him over with a shoulder, and fans cheer as Hashi speeds things up. Sanada drops, hurdles, runs and turns Hashi’s arm-drag into his own! Sanada then dropkicks and fans cheer as Hashi goes to a corner. Sanada goes corner to corner, Hashi puts him on the apron but Sanada forearms back. Hashi runs back to slide and trip Sanada up! Hashi then brings Sanada around the elbow on the back. Hashi whips Sanada, Sanada reverses but Hashi stops from running into railing. Hashi elbows Sanada away, then baits him in to drop toehold Sanada into railing!

The ref checks on Sanada but he’s somehow okay. Hashi drags Sanada up as the ring count climbs. Sanada’s dead weight so Hashi lets him be and goes into the ring. The count is already past 10, and reaching 15 as fans rally up. Sanada stands up and slides in at 19! Fans cheer as the match continues, and Hashi stomps Sanada down. Hashi drags Sanada up to snapmare and clamps on a chinlock. Sanada endures the knee in his back, Hashi grinds the hold but Sanada reaches out. Hashi pulls back harder, Sanada scoots forward with his foot, then gets the ropebreak! Fans cheer and Hashi lets go cleanly to bring Sanada back up.

Sanada throws forearms but Hashi gives them back. Fans rally up as they pick up speed, then Hashi CHOPS Sanada! Hashi hangs Sanada out to dry on the top rope, runs and dropkicks him down! Cover, TWO! Hashi drags Sanada up and whips him to a corner, runs in, and CHOPS again! Hashi brings Sanada around to suplex, HEAD- NO, Sanada fights out of the neckbreaker, but Hashi kicks low. Hashi whips, Sanada dropkicks Hashi’s leg out, and fans cheer as both men are down. Fans rally up, and Sanada kips up! Sanada rallies on Hashi with forearms and arm-drags, then a BIG atomic drop! Hashi staggers into a trip, and Sanada ties him up in Paradise!

Fans cheer and Sanada encourages them to get louder. The fans get louder, Sanada is satisfied with the volume, and he dropkicks Hashi out of Paradise! Cover, TWO! Sanada brings Hashi up but Hashi fights the fireman’s carry. Sanada kicks low, whips Hashi to a corner then RANAS him on the rebound! Fans fire up as Hashi bails out. Sanada takes aim and PLANCHA, but Hashi dodges! Hashi comes back with a PLANCHA of his own! Direct hit and down goes Sanada! Hashi stands back up, drags Sanada up and puts him in the ring. Fans cheer as Hashi goes up top and hits a FLYING BLOCKBUSTER! Cover, TWO!

Hashi keeps his cool and drags Sanada up. Hashi reels Sanada in, lifts but Sanada fights the bomb. Sanada fireman’s carries but Hashi fights free. Sanada elbows Hashi away, runs, but Hashi goes the other way to LARIAT Sanada down! Hashi gets Sanada up and hits a RUNNING POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO! Sanada survives and fans fire up but Hashi vows to end this. Hashi drags Sanada up and reels him back in. Hashi fisherman’s but Sanada fights the lift. Sanada puts Hashi on ropes for the MAGIC SCREW! Both men are down and fans fire back up! Hashi and Sanada slowly stir as the fans rally up, and Hashi rolls to the far side.

Sanada grits his teeth as he gets up in the corner. He runs corner to corner but Hashi dodges! Sanada tumbles up and out then springboard missile dropkicks back in! Sanada fireman’s carries but Hashi fights, so Sanada throws him into the dragon sleeper! Hashi drops to arm-drag free, but Sanada comes back to headlock! Hashi turns that into a full nelson! Half nelson, pump handle, but Sanada fights and rolls free to fireman’s carry again! TKO! Cover, TWO! Sanada goes up top to ROUNDING BODY PRESS onto knees! Hashi saves himself at the last second and Sanada writhes and rolls away. Fans rally up as Hashi climbs now, for the SWANTON onto knees! Sanada returns the favor!

Fans rally again, “SA-NA-DA!” “YO-SHI-HASH!” while both men are down. Sanada rises, throws a forearm, but Hashi forearms back. Sanada throws another forearm, Hashi gives it back. They stand, the forearms keep going, and fans rally up as they build up speed again! Sanada wobbles, Hashi ROCKS him then CHOPS him! Fans rally up again as Hashi waits on Sanada. Sanada stands to fire off forearms, ROLLING ELBOW, then tilt-o-whirl into the dragon sleeper! But Hashi fights to fisherman but Sanada fights out of that with a knee! Sanada leans on ropes, Hashi catches his breath and fans rally back up. Sanada runs but into a DRAGON SUPLEX!

But he’s right back up! Sanada runs but into a SUPERKICK! Hashi hurries to get Sanada up and run, BASEMENT METEORA! Fans fire up with Hashi as he drags Sanada up to the fisherman. KUMAGOROSHI! Cover, TWO!! Sanada survives but fans fire up again! Hashi wraps on a sleeper and leans on the hold. Sanada endures, claws at the hold but Hashi shifts to the full nelson, the half, but Sanada pops out of Karma to O’Conner Roll and sit-down! TWO!! Sanada fireman’s carries, Hashi slips out, Karma CRADLE! TWO!! Sanada and Hashi scramble to their feet, Hashi LARIATS Sanada down! Hashi sits Sanada up in the sleeper, shifts to the pump handle, KA-

NO! Dragon Sleeper! Inverted suplex, DRAPING TKO!! Top rope, ROUNDING BODY PRESS to Hashi’s back! But Sanada isn’t done there, he drags Hashi into the SKULL END!! Hashi endures, fans are thunderous, and Sanada bridges back as far as he can! HASHI TAPS, SANADA WINS!

Winner: Sanada, by submission (gains 2 points; Hashi earns 0)

The Cold Skull gets a hot win by switching up the pattern! Will Sanada be able to throw his opponents for a loop as the G1 enters the homestretch?

 

Kazuchika Okada VS Chase Owens!

The Rainmaker is going for lucky number 7, but the Crown Jewel could get another shocking upset! Will it be another hot hand for Okada? Or will he bust running into the Texas Heavyweight Champion?

The bell rings and fans rally up, “O-KA-DA! O-KA-DA!” as he and Chase circle. They feel out the grapple, back away, then approach to tie up collar ‘n’ elbow. Okada puts Chase against the ropes, lets off and fakes the chop, to then pat Chase on the shoulder. Fans cheer as Chase rushes in but Okada kicks low. Okada headlocks, Chase powers out but Okada runs him over. Things speed up, Okada fakes out Chase’s dropkick to run him over again. Okada drags Chase up, throws a short elbow, then comes back to CLUB Chase on the back. Chase goes to the corner, Okada brings him out and turns him for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, ONE, but Okada keeps Chase down with a chinlock.

Chase fights up, throws body shots, but Okada CLUBS him down. Okada brings Chase up to scoop and SLAM him, then he goes to the apron for a slingshot senton onto knees! Chase gets the better of Okada here, and fans rally up as Okada writhes. Chase stomps Okada, gets the legs to stomp him in the gut, then again. Chase digs his heel in, lets off, then jams knees into Okada’s back. Chase shoves Okada to ropes to then stand on his back! Chase salutes then steps off to bring Okada back up. Chase ROCKS Okada in the back with a forearm, then shoves him for another forearm! Chase whips Okada hard into a corner, and Okada falls to the mat.

Fans rally up again, “O-KA-DA! O-KA-DA!” but Chase drags Okada up. Okada throws body shots, forearms, and whips Chase, only for Chase to reverse into a cravat knee smash! Chase then hits a mule kick and NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Another try, TWO! Another, with both legs, TWO! The deep hook didn’t defeat the Rainmaker but Chase keeps his cool. Fans rally up, Chase sits Okada up to clamp on a shoulder claw! Okada endures as Chase digs deeper! Okada fights up, Chase CLUBS him down. Chase kicks Okada around and taunts him, then slaps him. Okada gets up, Chase throws a forearm but Okada eggs him on. Chase throws more forearms, Okada fires back!

Chase kicks the leg! Okada hobbles and Chase whips, but Okada ducks and dodges to CLOBBER Chase with an elbow! Fans fire up as both men are down again. Chase sits up but Okada stands as fans rally. Okada throws forearm after forearm, then whips Chase corner to corner. Okada runs in to back elbow! And then kick to DDT! Cover, TWO! Okada paces, brings Chase back up but Chase throat chops! Chase throws Okada out of the ring, builds speed but Okada dodges the dropkick to kick and DDT Chase to the floor! Fans fire up again as both men are down on the outside. The ref checks, both men are okay to continue, and a ring count starts.

Okada slowly sits up as the count reaches 10 of 20. Okada stands, brings Chase up and puts him in at 13. Fans cheer as this continues in the ring. Okada wrenches and puts on the MONEY CLIP! Chase RAMS Okada into a corner and is free, but Okada comes back, into a BACKBREAKER! Fans rally back up as Okada writhes. Chase hobbles around, runs corner to corner and forearms Okada, to then reel him in for a LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Chase drags Okada up, fireman’s carries, but Okada fights free. Chase elbows him back, runs, but into a FLAPJACK! Both men are down again and fans rally back up.

Okada sits up first but Chase follows. Okada is in the red corner, Chase runs in but Okada pops him up to the top rope. Chase boots back, Okada comes back but Chase puts him up top, GAMANGIRI! Chase cravats for a SUPER SNAPMARE SLAM! Cover, TWO! Okada survives and fans fire up again while Chase grows frustrated. Chase drags Okada up, wrenches an arm but Okada ROCKS him with forearms. Chase ROCKS Okada back, runs at the ropes but is put on the apron. Chase boots back, slingshots and SPEARS Okada down! Fans fire up as Chase drags Okada up. Chase whips Okada to a corner, runs in but is popped up to an Alabama! REVERSE NECKBREAKER!

Fans rally up as both men are down again. Okada drags Chase up, Chase swings but Okada catches the arm! MONEY CLIP! Chase throws haymakers with his free arm and is free! Chase whips, Okada reverses and dropkicks Chase down! Okada hurries to get the arm, MONEY CLIP! Chase is already red as Okada leans on the hold. Fans rally up, Chase fights, and gets the ROPEBREAK! Okada lets go and fans keep rallying. Okada and Chase slowly rise, Okada scoops and SLAMS Chase, then heads for the corner. Okada climbs, MACHO ELBOW DROP! And of course, Rainmaker Pose! Okada drags Chase up, wristlocks but Chase elbows back.

Okada ROCKS Chase with a forearm to the back! Okada goes to a corner, runs corner to corner but Chase dodges! Chase rolls Okada and has his feet on the ropes! The ref doesn’t see it, TWO!! Okada protests but Chase runs in, Okada dodges the knee. Okada runs, Chase resets to SHI TRIGGER!! Okada flounders against ropes, Chase runs again, but Okada dodges to SNAP GERMAN! Okada keeps the waistlock on to ripcord, but Chase dodges! And fakes out the dropkick to SHINING WIZARD! Chase drags Okada up, reels him in, but Okada back drops free! Chase fires off fast hands, but Okada ducks to backslide! Chase rolls through, BOOTS, but Okada just glares.

Chase boots again, Okada fires up, but into a SHI TRIGGER!! Chase roars, fans fire up and Chase underhooks the arms, but no Package Driver! Chase CLUBS away on Okada, tries again, but Okada flips through to the MONEY CLIP! Chase arm-drags free, but runs into a scoop! TOMBSTONE!! Both men are down but fans are thunderous! Okada gets up, drags Chase up and ripcords, but Chase ducks to backslide! Okada rolls through, Chase reels him in and tucks the arms, but Okada fights free again! Chase sunsets, Okada sits on it but Chase finishes the flip, TWO!! Okada narrowly escapes, spins Chase, but Chase BOOTS and hammerlocks! JEWEL-

No! Okada denies the heist to BACK2BACKBREAKER! And then MONEY CLIP!! Chase is caught again but he’s fighting as fans rally! Chase reaches, Okada drags him away to a MONEY CLIP CAMEL CLUTCH! Chase taps, Okada wins!!

Winner: Kazuchika Okada, by submission (gains 2 points; Chase earns 0)

And fortune still smiles upon the Rainmaker! Okada gives a Low Sweet to Chase, perhaps as a sign of respect. But will Okada be feeling too sweet all the way to the top of G1 finals?

 

Hirooki Goto VS EVIL w/ Dick Togo!

The Fierce Warrior may not be able to take the block, but he could spoil things for the King of Darkness! Will Goto make sure at least one name doesn’t make the cut? Or will he be the newest to learn Everything is Evil?

The jackets are put aside and Evil Low Sweets with Dick. The bell rings and Evil talks trash to Goto as the fans rally up. Goto just kicks and fires off CHOPS! Evil kicks and runs, but Goto ducks to run and run Evil over! Evil bails out but Goto tells him to get back in the ring. Dick distracts but Goto still sees the sneak attack coming! Goto kicks and fires forearms, but Evil rakes eyes! The ref reprimands, Evil tells him to shut up, but Goto turns things around to fire forearms! Goto whips corner to corner, takes a moment to check his vision, then runs corner to corner. But Evil dodges while taking the buckle pad! Goto runs into bare buckles while the ref reprimands Evil.

Evil tosses the buckle pad aside, drags Goto up and throws him out. Goto ends up by railing and we can see where this is going! Evil RAMS Goto into the timekeeper’s area! Down goes Abe-san, along with the bell and NEVER Openweight Six Man belt! Fans rally but Evil uses a chair to choke Goto! Evil lets off before the ref sees, then Too Sweets Dick before he gets in the ring. Evil gets impatient for the ring count but then he shouldn’t have knocked the timekeeper over! The ref keeps count all on his own and it climbs up to 10 of 20 before Goto gets up. Goto stands at 12, Abe-san joins the counting at 14, and Goto gets in at 16.

Evil grabs a leg and stomps away on it! He then turns Goto over for a HALF CRAB! Goto endures, drags himself around but Evil blocks him from the ropes! Goto powers through and still gets the ropebreak! Evil sits deeper but lets off as the ref counts to 4. Evil paces and fans rally for Goto, but Evil kicks him around and CLUBS him. Evil then scoops, SLAMS and covers, TWO! Another, TWO! Another, TWO!! Evil gets frustrated but the fans cheer as Goto stays in this. Evil gives toying kicks and talks trash, then stands on Goto’s head. Fans rally, Evil brings Goto up and Goto fires off hands! Evil kicks low, then boots, but Goto deflects to DISCUS LARIAT!

Both men are down and rolling towards corners as fans rally up. Goto runs in at Evil, MURAMASA! And BULLDOG! Cover, TWO! Goto drags Evil up, Evil kicks low and runs but Goto follows to LARIAT! Goto gets Evil up, fireman’s carries, but Evil bails out. Evil takes a moment to catch his breath and go around the way, then he dares Goto to come get him. Goto slides out but Evil slides in. Goto gets to the apron, Evil runs in but Goto ROCKS him with a forearm. Evil grabs at the ref and Dick grabs at Goto! Goto kicks Dick away but Evil BLASTS Goto off the apron! Goto hits railing and the timekeeper’s area again! Abe-san suffers again!

Dick drags Goto up to DECK him while Evil still distracts the ref! Dick then puts Goto in for Evil to cover, TWO! Evil grows annoyed but fans rally up again. Evil drags Goto up, Goto blocks the fireman’s carry! Evil knees low, whips Goto into the bare buckles, then runs, but into a fireman’s carry! USHIGOROSHI! Both men are down and fans fire up again! Evil goes to a neutral corner, drags himself up the ropes, but Goto runs in! Evil BOOTS him, Goto comes back but into more BOOTS! Evil runs at Goto, DOUBLE LARIATS collide, but Goto stays up! Goto grits his teeth, drags Evil up and slaps him around. Goto fires up but Evil blocks the kick to rake the eyes!

Evil throws Goto’s foot at the ref so hard, the ref falls down! Not Evil’s usual tactic, but that’s because he wants Dick to get in! MAGIC KILLER!! Evil shouts the ref as he covers, the ref counts, TWO!! Goto survives and Evil is beside himself! Evil drags Goto up, fireman’s carries, DARKNESS FALLS!! Cover, TWO!! Goto survives again and fans fire up! Goto and Evil stir as the fans rally, but Evil stands first. Evil slashes his throat, drags Goto up, spins Goto around, but Goto throws elbows to fight the STO! Evil still tries but Goto gets free and pulls hair. Evil breaks free but Goto ducks his elbow to ROCK Evil with a right! Facelock, URA GTR! Goto keeps moving, and LARIATS Evil down! Cover, TWO!!

Fans fire up again as both men are down. Goto grits his teeth and fires himself up as he stands. Goto drags Evil up, dragon sleepers, but Evil slips out to shove him at the ref! But Goto blocks the low blow to fire off forearms! Evil drops to his knees, Goto drags him back up, but Evil reels him in! Goto slips out to sweep the leg! Goto figure fours the legs for the GOTO SHIKI CRADLE! But Dick is distracting the ref!! Goto would’ve won twice over! He lets off to tell Dick to leave, as does the ref. But then Evil runs in! Goto gets the ref out of the way, Evil clotheslines Dick in the corner! Goto runs in to clothesline sandwich them both!

Fans fire up with Goto and he drags Evil back up into the dragon sleeper. But Evil rakes eyes again! The ref reprimands, Evil drags Goto back up and whips him, only for Goto to reverse! Evil hits buckles, Goto fireman’s carries, G T W!! Cover, TWO?!! Evil survives but Goto still has more to give! Goto fires up and takes aim, BUZZSAW! Then the dragon sleeper, for G T- No, Evil grabs the ref! Goto shoves them away, Evil uses the ref as a shield, and Dick uses the SPOILER CHOKER!! Goto is fading out, Dick leaves him on the mat! Evil finally lets the ref go and drags Goto up, EVERYTHING IS EVIL!! Cover, Evil wins!!

Winner: EVIL, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Goto earns 0)

Talk about spoiling things! The King of Darkness keeps winning thanks to his court jester, and he is still alive in the block! Is there still an outside chance Darkness Falls on the G1 Climax finals?

 

Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Jeff Cobb!

The Ace is on the outside looking in, but that doesn’t mean he can’t turn the tides! Will he put the United Empire’s Hulk on a last minute detour? Or will he be crushed as Cobb climbs up the G1?

Tanahashi takes off the jacket and shows off the muscles, which the fans do like. Fans rally up already, “Let’s Go, Ace! Let’s Go, Ace!” at the bell. Tanahashi and Cobb circle, feel out the grapple slowly, then tie up with knuckle locks. Just one of Cobb’s is stronger than both of Tanahashi’s, and Tanahashi gets away to reset. They tie up again, collar ‘n’ elbow, but are in a deadlock. Cobb pushes Tanahashi back to ropes, Tanahashi turns things around, and Tanahashi lets off, only for Cobb to shove him down. Tanahashi gets up and protests, but then shrugs it off as he and Cobb circle again. They tie up, Tanahashi headlocks but Cobb powers up.

Tanahashi thrashes the hold, Cobb tries to power out but Tanahashi holds tight! Cobb fights and powers up again to power out. Tanahsahi slides out to avoid any kind of shoulder tackle and fans cheer his savvy. Tanahashi wants Cobb to chase him but Cobb tells Tanahashi to get back in. They continue to dare each other, Tanahashi gets the fans rallying again. Cobb goes out, Tanahashi gets back in and Cobb gets frustrated. Cobb gets in, Tanahashi runs but into a scoop! Tanahashi slips out, full nelsons, but Cobb breaks it with pure power! Tanahashi powers up to put it back on but Cobb powers up to break it again! Cobb grins but Tanahashi powers up even more, so Cobb elbows him away.

Cobb runs in at the corner but gets an elbow. Tanahashi goes up but Cobb drags him down with a waistlock. Tanahashi elbows free but runs into a DROPKICK from Cobb! Fans cheer the agility of the big bad Cobb, and he stomps Tanahashi down. Cobb JAMS his knee into Tanahashi’s back, then throws an uppercut. One finger cover, ONE! Tanahashi doesn’t appreciate Cobb’s cockiness, but Cobb wraps him up in a rear bearhug. Tanahashi endures the squeeze, Cobb pushes him into the corner, then throws body shots. Cobb RAMS his shoulder in, and again, then brings Tanahashi around to scoop and cradle for a BACKBREAKER! Cobb uses Tanahashi as his guitar!

Cobb shoves Tanahashi into the corner again, then CHOP LARIATS! Fans rally up, “Let’s Go, Ace!” but Cobb CHOP LARIATS again! And again! Cobb lets off and Tanahashi drops to a knee. Cobb mocks those clapping for Tanahashi as he scoops and carries Tanahashi around. Cobb KNEES Tanahashi in the side, then again, before tossing him down. Cover, TWO! GACHIMUCHI MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Fans cheer but Cobb is annoyed with Tanahashi’s resilience. Fans rally up and Cobb toys with The Ace. Cobb stands on Tanahashi’s hand, then lets off. Tanahashi slowly stands, throws body shots, but Cobb just laughs those off.

Cobb messes Tanahashi’s hair up but Tanahashi throws harder body shots! Tanahashi fires up but Cobb RAMS him into the corner! Then goes corner to corner to RAM him! Then back the other way! Then a fourth time! Cobb lets Tanahashi fall while fans cheer his strength. Cobb steps on Tanahashi as he heads to the corner and climbs up. Cobb mocks Tanahashi’s posing, SUNSET SENTON FLOPS! Cobb completed the rotation but Tanahashi avoids the impact! Fans fire up as Tanahashi stands and fires fast hands on Cobb. Tanahashi whips, Cobb reverses but Tanahashi comes back with FLYING FOREARMS! Tanahashi fires up more as he puts Cobb in the drop zone.

Tanahashi stomps Cobb, goes up the corner, and shows him how it’s done! SUNSET SENTON! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up for Tanahashi as he waits on Cobb. Cobb slowly rises, Tanahashi runs, and he dropkicks the legs out! Then he gets a leg for the DRAGON SCREW! Tanahashi ties up the legs for the TEXAS CLOVER HOLD! But Cobb’s so big, it’s hard to turn him over! Tanahashi powers up and gets the turn! Cobb endures, powers up, but Tanahashi sits deep! Cobb powers up again and gets the ropebreak! Tanahashi lets go quickly and stalks Cobb as fans rally. Tanahashi stomps the legs, even as Cobb holds ropes. Red Shoes has Tanahashi let off and Cobb goes to the apron.

Tanahashi runs back over but Cobb ROCKS him first! And headbutts! Cobb bumps Tanahashi off buckles, then climbs up the corner. Cobb wants to bring Tanahashi up but Tanahashi fights the superplex to the outside! He gets Cobb’s leg through the ropes, DRAPING DRAGON SCREW! Cobb flops down to the floor as fans fire back up! Fans rally, Tanahashi climbs up top and watches Cobb down below. HIGH FLY ATTACK! Direct hit and down goes Cobb! Red Shoes checks on both men but they’re somehow okay to continue. Fans rally harder than ever, “Let’s Go, Ace! Let’s Go, Ace!” Red Shoes starts a ring count as both men stir.

Tanahashi stands at 8 of 20, gets in the ring at 10, but Cobb is still down at 13! Cobb rises at 14, flounders at 16, then hobbles up and in at 18! Fans cheer as this continues, and Tanahashi fires up as he runs. SLING- NO! Cobb gets around to a waistlock but Tanahashi elbows free. Tanahashi runs into a LARIAT from Cobb! Fans rally again while both men are down. Tanahashi crawls to a corner and drags himself up the ropes. Cobb runs in but misses the back elbow! Tanahashi runs in but Cobb catches his crossbody! Cobb pops Tanahashi up to a suplex, but Tanahashi fights free to TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! Tanahashi fires up and runs, SLINGBLADE! Cover, TWO!

Tanahashi drags Cobb to a drop zone and goes up the corner. Fans fire up as Tanahashi aims, HIGH FLY FLOW onto knees!! Cobb saves himself and Tanahashi writhes and rolls away! Fans are thunderous as the two slowly stir. Tanahashi fires himself up, he and Cobb glare at each other. Cobb springs up to his one good leg and dares Tanahashi to bring the fight! Cobb throws a forearm, Tanahashi gives it back. Cobb forearms again, Tanahashi gives it back again. Fans rally as the two pick up speed and keep going. Cobb ROCKS Tanahashi, keeps throwing forearms, but then he loads up, only for Tanahashi to SHOTEI! But Cobb fires up, only to turn around into another SHOTEI!

Tanahashi runs, SLING- NO! Cobb swings Tanahashi, ATHLETIC- NO! Tanahashi makes it a SLINGBLADE!! Cover, TWO!! Fans are thunderous again and Tanahashi goes right back to a corner! Tanahashi climbs, aims, HIGH FLY ATTACK is caught!! Cobb pops Tanahashi around to a fireman’s carry, for an F5 THOUSAND!! Both men are down again and fans rallying as Cobb crawls to a cover. TWO!! Tanahashi barely gets out of that one and Cobb is beside himself. Fans rally, “LET’S GO, ACE!” as hard as they can. Cobb tells Tanahashi to just give up but Tanahashi says he won’t! Cobb whips Tanahashi to ropes, scoops, but Tanahashi makes it a cradle, TWO!!!

Cobb and Tanahashi stagger up, Tanahashi blocks the superkick to SHOTEI! But Cobb GERMAN SUPLEXES outta nowhere! Cobb whips and scoops, TOUR OF THE ISLAND!!! Cover, Cobb wins!!

Winner: Jeff Cobb, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Tanahashi earns 0)

The Once in a Century Talent falls again! He was already out of the running, but is he just going to owe yet another IWGP US Championship match in the aftermath? As for Cobb, he gets the mic to speak.

“Tanahashi, Tanahashi.” He applauds, showing his respect. “Are you guys sad that I beat the Ace?” Tanahashi is amazing! But two more wins for Cobb and the United Empire! Jeff Cobb is senshou youshou! That is to say, he will be THE champion in NJPW! But will Cobb’s confidence and dominance be tested in these last two rounds?

 

Here are the current B Block standings!

Kazuchika Okada: 7-0, 14 points
Jeff Cobb: 7-0, 14 points
EVIL: 6-1, 12 points
Hiroshi Tanahashi: 3-4, 6 points [ELIMINATED]
SANADA: 3-4, 6 points [ELIMINATED]
Hirooki Goto: 2-5, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
YOSHI-HASHI: 2-5, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
Tama Tonga: 2-5, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
Taichi: 2-5, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
Chase Owens: 1-6, 2 points [ELIMINATED]


My Thoughts:

Another great round for the G1, but full disclosure, I really did consider skipping the first two G1 matches since they wouldn’t affect the top of the block. But Taichi VS Tama was still really good and could lead to Dangerous Tekkers VS Guerrillas of Destiny one more time for the IWGP Heavyweight Tag titles. And Hashi VS Sanada was also very good, and it was great to see Sanada change things up. I hope Sanada finally gets something going for himself, he was running real hot just a couple years ago but things seemed to change, even without factoring in COVID and 2020.

But of course, the latter three matches were great stuff. Chase looks strong even in losing to Okada, who of course continues on undefeated. Evil also stays in the running with his 6-1 record, he could definitely try to spoil things for Cobb next round. But after Cobb got that great win in a great match with Tanahashi, it’s as I said before and I’ll say it again: Okada VS Cobb, both undefeated going into the ninth and final round, that is the big money main event NJPW is sitting on. The winner of that should go in as the undefeated 9-0 B Block winner, and maybe even THE G1 winner just on that. Given that, I feel like Okada finds a way to win to really beef up how the G1 feels.

My Score: 9.1/10


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Mitchell’s NJPW WTL x BOSJ Results & Report! (11/27/21)

BOSJ, Round 6!

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NJPW WTL X BOSJ 2021

It’s Sniper of the Skies VS Rogue Luchador!

NJPW Power Struggle’s Junior Heavyweight title match is revisited as Robbie Eagles and El Desperado meet in the Best of the Super Juniors, Round 6!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Best of the Super Juniors 28: Ryusuke Taguchi VS Yoshinobu Kanemaru; Taguchi wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 28: Douki VS SHO; Sho wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 28: Master Wato VS YOH; Yoh wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 28: BUSHI VS El Phantasmo; Bushi wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 28: Robbie Eagles VS El Desperado; Eagles wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 28: Hiromu Takahashi VS Taiji Ishimori; Ishimori wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Here are the current BOSJ 28 standings!

Yoshinobu Kanemaru: 4-1, 8 points
SHO: 4-1, 8 points
Hiromu Takahashi: 3-1-1, 7 points
Taiji Ishimori: 3-2, 6 points
El Desperado: 2-2-1, 5 points
Master Wato: 2-3, 4 points
Ryusuke Taguchi: 2-3, 4 points
El Phantasmo: 2-3, 4 points
Robbie Eagles: 2-3, 4 points
Douki: 2-3, 4 points
Bushi: 2-3, 4 points
YOH: 1-4, 2 points

 

Best of the Super Juniors 28: Ryusuke Taguchi VS Yoshinobu Kanemaru!

The Funky Weapon is on a roller coaster ride in this BOSJ, but now he’s meeting the Heel Master, who is the top of the block! Will Taguchi be able to even out? Or will Kanemaru continue to lead the way?

Wait, Kanemaru attacks Taguchi while he’s posing! Kanemaru stomps away at the ropes, the bell rings to get this on record, and then Kanemaru keeps stomping. He takes Taguchi’s shirt off and continues stomping him. Taguchi gets up, Kanemaru kicks low but Taguchi CHOPS back. And CHOPS! But Kanemaru rakes eyes! Kanemaru runs, Taguchi goes the other way and the two run the ropes. Kanemaru stops himself but Taguchi keeps going as fans rally. Taguchi eggs Kanemaru on to join him, but Kanemaru just lets him keep going. Then he pushes him to keep him going! Taguchi is getting tired, Kanemaru dropkicks the legs out!

Taguchi clutches his leg, Kanemaru drags him back and SMASHES the knee into the mat. Taguchi writhes but Kanemaru stomps the leg. Kanemaru drags Taguchi up, has the leg, for a SHIN BREAKER! Taguchi writhes even more and gets to ropes. Kanemaru puts the leg on the ropes to stand on it! The ref counts, Kanemaru lets off at 4. Kanemaru drags Taguchi back to drop an elbow and clamp on a toehold. Taguchi fights back with a chinlock but Kanemaru wrenches the leg. Kanemaru then lets off to drop knees on the knee, then pulls on the toehold again. Taguchi gets the ropebreak, Kanemaru lets go at 3.

Kanemaru drags Taguchi away from the ropes to YANK the leg. Fans rally for Taguchi but Kanemaru has the leg for a HALF CRAB! Taguchi endures, crawls forward and gets the ropebreak! Kanemaru lets go at 4, then stomps Taguchi’s bad leg. Kanemaru starts kicking Taguchi in the butt! Taguchi goes to the corner but Kanemaru keeps kicking. Taguchi hits back but Kanemaru rakes eyes! The ref reprimands, Kanemaru stomps the bad leg again. Kanemaru whips corner to corner, runs in but Taguchi boots him back! Taguchi gets the bad leg moving, but runs into an atomic drop! Kanemaru runs, but into the HIP ATTACK! Fans fire up as Taguchi gets his bad leg moving.

Taguchi runs at Kanemaru to hip attack at the ropes! And again! And then baseball slide to the apron GAMANGIRI! Fans fire up as Taguchi aims from the apron and springboards, MISSILE HIP! Cover, TWO! Taguchi drags Kanemaru up and suplexes, Uno Amigo! Taguchi suplexes again, Dos Amigos! Then THREE AMIGOS! Cover, TWO! Taguchi keeps focus as fans rally up. Taguchi brings Kanemaru up to chicken wing, but Kanemaru blocks, and then mule kicks the bad leg! He kicks the leg again, but Taguchi gives Kanemaru a point blank hip attack! Kanemaru kicks the bad leg again but Taguchi gives another point blank hip.

Kanemaru kicks the leg again but Taguchi fires off point blank hip attacks! Taguchi runs, but into another dropkick to the legs! Kanemaru gets the leg for a FIGURE FOUR! Taguchi blocks the leg lock from being completed! Kanemaru puts as much pressure as he can even with that much, and Taguchi can’t hold it back! Kanemaru has the Figure Four in and Taguchi reaches out for ropes. Fans rally up, Taguchi drags himself over, ROPEBREAK! Kanemaru holds on until 4, then drags Taguchi back up. Scoop and BRITISH FALL! Cover, TWO! Kanemaru drags Taguchi to a drop zone, goes up top, MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO!

Fans rally as Taguchi is still in this, but Kanemaru goes up again. Kanemaru waits on Taguchi to rise, but Taguchi’s bad leg is really wobbly. Taguchi stands, Kanemaru waits for him to be stable but Taguchi falls over! Kanemaru hops down to get at Taguchi, but Taguchi was suckering him in! Victory roll, TWO!! Kanemaru kicks the bad leg, steps through, but Taguchi kicks him down! OH MY GARFUNKEL! Kanemaru endures the ankle lock, reaches out, and fans rally up. Taguchi twists the ankle, puts as much weight as he can on the hold, but Kanemaru still fights forward to the ROPEBREAK! Taguchi lets go, and he calls upon the powers of Strong Style!

Taguchi aims from the corner, “OHYA~!” BUM- NO, roll up! TWO!! ENZIGURI from Taguchi, Kanemaru staggers around, Taguchi gets the arms! Kanemaru fights the Dodon Buster so Taguchi TIGER SUPLEXES! Bridge, TWO!! Kanemaru narrowly escapes but Taguchi fires up! Fans fire up with him, and he drags Kanemaru up. Chicken wings, but Kanemaru grabs the ref and pushes him down! Taguchi avoids the low blow to get the chicken wings, DODON LOW BLOW! Taguchi shoves Kanemaru to ropes then rolls him up, Taguchi wins!

Winner: Ryusuke Taguchi, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Kanemaru earns 0)

The Funky Weapon shoots down the top of the block! But Taguchi still has a way to go if he wants to be the Best of the Super Juniors, can he keep going on this upward trajectory? Or will Kanemaru be able to shrug this off and stay ahead of the pack?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 28: Douki VS SHO!

Japones Del Mal couldn’t beat his Suzuki-Gun teammates, but Kanemaru exposed the Murder Machine’s weaknesses last round. Will Douki and his pipe be able to thwart Sho and his wrench?

Sho wants the ref to check Douki thoroughly, and so the ref does, only for Sho to then push the ref aside and attack Douki! The bell rings, Sho runs but Douki hurdles, drops and rolls to headscissor! Sho gets up and Douki dropkicks him down! Fans cheer and Douki stomps Sho down. Douki drags Sho up to CLUB him, then drags him up, only for Sho to rake eyes! The ref reprimands, Sho puts Douki on the ropes, and the ref counts. Sho stops at 4, whips Douki to ropes, but holds the ropes to stop himself. Sho runs in but Douki does the splits and Sho tumbles out to the floor! Douki aims and slingshots to PLANCHA, but Sho uses a Young Lion as a shield!

Douki is down, Sho drags him up and whips him into railing! Sho steps on the Young Lion on his way to stomping Douki. Sho then has the ref check on the Young Lion, so he can get away with whipping Douki into more railing! Sho drags Douki up to torture the fingers! The ref starts the ring count, Sho slides into the ring and the count passes 10 of 20. Douki gets up at 15 and in at 16. Sho walks over to drag Douki up, but Douki throws body shots and forearms. So Sho rakes his eyes again! The ref counts, Sho stops at 4, to dig his boots in at the corner! The ref counts again, Sho stops at 4. Sho drags Douki up to scoop and SLAM! Cover, TWO!

Sho argues the count but the ref says it was far. Sho claws Douki’s eyes again! The ref counts, Sho lets off and argues with the ref again. Sho then toys with Douki, but Douki chops. And chops! Sho eggs him on so Douki CHOPS again. Sho DECKS Douki with a forearm! Sho drags Douki up, suplexes, but Douki slips out to waistlock. Sho switches, Douki resists the lift and elbows free. Sho reels Douki in but Douki breaks free to mule kick and ENZIGURI! Both men are down but Sho gets to a corner. Douki runsin to clothesline, then he runs, only for Sho to duck. Douki wheelbarrow arm-drags him, to then dodge and springboard, TRUST FALL! Direct hit and Sho bails out!

Douki aims but Sho wants to use the Young Lion again! Douki fakes Sho out, mule kicks him then ASAI MOONSAULTS! Direct hit again! Fans fire up with Douki but he’s still down to catch his breath. Douki crawls over to Sho, drags him up, and puts him in the ring. Springboard DOUBLE STOMPS! Cover, TWO! Douki drags Sho back up, hooks him up, but Sho blocks the Gory Especial. Douki knees Sho low, runs in at the corner, and blocks boots to pop Sho up into the Gory Especial! But Sho pulls the fingers! The ref reprimands, Sho CLUBS the bad hand, but Douki ducks the punch to mule kick! Douki runs, but the ref is a shield now! Sho then SPEARS Douki down!

Fans rally up while both men are on the mat. Sho gets up at the ropes, drags Douki up and wrenches the arm, and brings Douki down to kick, KICK and SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO! Sho aims his bow and drags Douki up to reel him in. Double pump handles, but Douki slips out to get ITALIAN STRETCH #32! Sho stays on his feet, reaches out, but Douki drags him from ropes to put him back in the stretch! Sho endures, Douki pulls harder on the hold and brings Sho down! Sho sputters, but he refuses to give up! Sho moves around, Douki keeps pulling, Sho turns and… ROPEBREAK! Douki lets go and Sho is dazed!

Douki hurries to the apron as Sho sputters and rises. Fans rally up, DAYBREAK!! Cover, TWO!! Sho survives but Douki calls for the finish! Douki drags Sho into the wheelbarrow, full nelson, but Sho fights free! Switch and a shove into the ref, then a clothesline in the corner that sandwiches them both! Everyone’s done, and Sho crawls to his corner! Sho brings out the wrench! But Douki’s going to his corner, and he has his pipe! Douki blocks the wrench with the pipe to PIPE SHOT Sho down! Douki gets the ref moving, drags Sho around and wheelbarrows, but Sho grabs the ref! Sho shoves the ref into Douki, then LOW BLOWS Douki from behind!

Sho gets his wrench! WRENCH SHOT!! Sho then gets the ref up and brings him over. Sho drags Douki up, for the SNAKE BITE!! Douki’s already out, Sho wins!

Winner: Sho, by submission (gains 2 points; Douki earns 0)

The Murder Machine gets away with another one! He’s back on top of the block, will he be able to stay there from now on?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 28: Master Wato VS YOH!

The Way of the Grandmaster surprised Ryusuke Taguchi while Direct Drive shocked the Sniper of the Skies! But will Wato stop Yoh’s momentum before it even starts?

The bell rings and fans rally up as the two circle. They feel out the grapple, Wato shoots in to waistlock but Yoh wrenches out to a wristlock. Wato spins, wrenches and wristlocks back. Yoh rolls, trips Wato and has a toehold but Wato uses a leg to bring Yoh down. Yoh clasps hands and sits up out of the armbar. Yoh has a top mount but Wato slips out. Fans cheer the standoff as the two reset. They knuckle lock, Wato wrenches to a hammerlock, but Yoh goes to elbow. Wato stops that with a headlock. Yoh pries the hold but Wato holds tighter. Yoh drop toeholds and flats to the headlock but Wato slips out again to get a chinlock and an arm. Wato then floats to have the legs tied up.

Yoh crawls and gets the ropebreak. Wato lets off, and the two reset. They feel things out then Wato KICKS a leg, then KICKS Yoh in the chest. Wato KICKS Yoh to the corner then fires off forearms. Wato whips corner to corner but Yoh goes up and over, only for Wato to kick low. Things speed up, Yoh drops and sidesteps to drop toehold. Wato avoids the basement dropkick to back elbow, uppercut and rolling sobat! Fans fire up as Wato KICKS Yoh from all sides! Cover, TWO! Wato stomps Yoh, drags him up, whips to ropes but Yoh reverses to dropkick Wato down! Wato bails out, Yoh PLANCHAS out onto him! Fans fire up with Yoh while Wato is down.

Yoh stomps Wato, drags him up, and puts him in the ring. Yoh drags Wato up, turns him and NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Yoh drags Wato up, CLUBS him on the neck, then CLUBS him again. Yoh brings Wato around to ROCK with a forearm, then whips Wato corner to corner for a back elbow! Yoh wrenches and DECKS Wato, cover, TWO! Yoh keeps on Wato with a headscissor necklock! Wato endures as Yoh puts on the pressure. Wato crawls, reaches out, and gets a ropebreak with a foot. Yoh lets go but stomps Wato down. Yoh drags Wato up but Wato throws body shots. Wato throws forearms, Yoh kicks low.

Yoh whips Wato to a corner, runs in, but Wato boots him! Yoh comes back and gets more boots, then Wato RANAS Yoh out! Wato builds speed to TORNILLO! Direct hit at the ramp and both men are down! The ref starts a count, Wato sits up at 11 and drags Yoh up and puts him in at 16. Wato then aims from the apron, springboards and FLYING UPPERCUTS! Fans fire up, Wato waits on Yoh to rise to fire off kicks! SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO! Wato keeps his focus as he drags Yoh up and wrenches to reel him in. Yoh elbows free of the Mouse Trap but Wato knees low. Wato QUESTION MARK KICKS Yoh down! You gets up, but blocks the screw high kick to a DRAGON SCREW!

Wato writhes, Yoh gets him for a CALF KILLER! Wato endures, crawls, drags himself and Yoh over, but Yoh throws elbows down! Yoh pulls back harder but Wato still gets the ROPEBREAK! Yoh stalks Wato and dropkicks the leg out! Yoh drags Wato from the ropes, to suplex, but Wato slips out. Wato’s bad leg jams, Yoh gets him again, FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up and Yoh drags Wato back up to waistlock. Wato fights with elbows but Yoh still holds on. Wato goes to ropes, Yoh CLUBS him then full nelsons. Wato breaks free, victory rolls, TWO! Yoh gets up but Wato cradles, TWO! Wato kicks but Yoh blocks, DRAGON- NO, Wato makes it a sit-down, TWO!!

Wato gets up but Yoh uppercuts! Yoh runs but into Wato’s CALF KICK! Both men are down again and fans rally up! Wato crawls over to Yoh, drags him up, and throws a forearm! Yoh forearms back, so Wato forearms again. Yoh throws another forearm, so Wato keeps going. Wato gets the edge, knocking Yoh down. Wato drags Yoh up but Yoh fires boxing elbows! Yoh kicks a leg, then spins, but Wato blocks! Yoh ducks the roundhouse, Wato ducks the heel kick, Wato sobats but Yoh goes Matrix to avoid the roundhouse! ROLLING ELBOW and GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Yoh fires up and so do the fans!

Yoh drags Wato up, underhooks, but no Direct Drive! Wato spins out to ROUNDHOUSE! Both men are down and fans rally up again. Wato rises slowly, goes to ropes and waits on Yoh to rise. Wato spins, SCREW HIGH KICK! Wato gets Yoh back up, wrenches and hooks him up, MOUSE TRAP DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Yoh escapes but Wato drags him to a drop zone. Wato climbs the corner, but oh stops him with a forearm! Yoh climbs, CLUBS Wato on the back, but Wato throws body shots. Yoh stumbles down, Wato gets up but Yoh GAMANGIRIS first! Yoh goes back up, brings Wato up for the SUPERPLEX! Roll through, and- Wato sips out to shove Yoh to a corner!

Wato runs in, Yoh puts him on the apron, but Wato GAMANGIRIS! Yoh staggers and flops, Wato aims again. Wato springboards, into a SUPERKICK!! Fans fire up and Yoh gets Wato right back up! Suplex to GHOSTBUSTER! And then, DIRECT DRIVE!! Cover, YOH WINS!

Winner: Yoh, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Wato earns 0)

The momentum keeps going for Yoh! He may still be at the back, but can he power his way right to the front?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 28: BUSHI VS El Phantasmo!

Black Mask lost to Hiromu-chan and the Headbanga lost to the Bone Soldier in last round’s battle of teammates. Now that things are back to facing enemies, who gets back up to break even?

Judging from how bad ELP’s foot feels from his backflip entrance, he hasn’t healed up from Taiji pulling one over on him by taking “that” and putting it in his boot. The bell rings and fans rally up as the two stare down. ELP and Bushi approach, but then ELP backs up to encourage the fans to get louder. He and Bushi approach again, but again ELP backs off to encourage the fans. The fans get louder, ELP and Bushi tie up. ELP puts Bushi on ropes but Bushi turns it around. Bushi lets off cleanly, and he gives ELP space. ELP gets fans to clap, “E! L P!” and then ties up with Bushi. ELP pulls on the mask, gets a headlock, but Bushi powers out, only for ELP to run him over.

ELP flexes, struts, runs, but Bushi drops. ELP stops to step on Bushi and strut some more. Bushi kicks and whips but ELP reverses. Bushi rolls off ELP’s back, dodges and RANAS, but ELP handsprings through! Fans cheer and ELP struts again. ELP even shows off with a backflip, but his foot hurts again! Bushi dropkicks ELP down! ELP bails out, Bushi builds speed, but ELP moves so Bushi rolls back to mock ELP’s rocker hands. ELP says no, don’t do that. ELP gets in, Bushi dodges again, then RANAS again! ELP tumbles out, Bushi runs and DIVES! Direct hit and ELP hits railing! Fans cheer as Bushi stomps ELP down.

Bushi drags ELP up, whips him into railing, then brings him up to put him into the ring. Bushi takes off his shirt to use it to choke ELP! The ref counts, Bushi lets go with one hand. The ref counts more, Bushi lets go completely. Bushi CLUBS ELP, turns him and NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Bushi keeps cool, brings ELP up and suplexes, but ELP slips out. Bushi elbows him away but ELP mule kicks! Bushi falls over and writhes on the mat! “It” IS back in ELP’s boot! ELP drags Bushi up, whips him corner to corner, and Bushi hits hard off the buckles! Cover, TWO! ELP tries again, TWO! Another try, TWO! ELP grabs for an ear but he instead has to grab the mask.

ELP stands Bushi up, brings him in and has the cobra twist! Bushi endures, ELP reaches for ropes but the ref watches him closely. Bushi throws body shots and hip tosses ELP down! Fans rally up while both men are down. ELP crawls over to Bushi and drags him up but Bushi fires off forearms! ELP stomps Bushi’s foot! “It” might’ve crushed Bushi’s toes! ELP then isolates a hand, and he STOMPS it! Bushi clutches the fingers but ELP bends them back! The ref reprimands but ELP BITES The hand! The ref counts, Bushi stops at 4. ELP twists the wrist, gets Bushi up and knucklelocks to HOP! ELP goes up and up and tightrope walks, then kicks Bushi to keep going.

ELP struts as he tightrope walks, kicks Bushi again, and keeps going. Bushi trips ELP up and ELP ends up getting a hotshot on the way down! ELP gasps and sputters, Bushi takes aim and SLINGSHOT RANAS! Both men go down and fans fire up! Bushi gets up first and fans fire up with him. Bushi brings ELP up and into the ring, then fans rally as Bushi CHOPS and whips ELP corner to corner. ELP reverses, runs in corner to corner but Bushi swing kicks him away! Bushi goes up and leaps, missile dropkick! BUSHIROONI! Bushi then runs in at the corner to back elbow! Bushi reels ELP in, but ELP slips out and dodges to springboard CROSSBODY! Handspring LIONSAULT! Cover, TWO!

Both men are down again but fans rally up. ELP kips up and brings Bushi up for an atomic drop! Then a scoop and SLAM! ELP goes to the corner, hops up, takes aim, DIVING AX HANDLE! Fans rally as ELP tunes up the band! Bushi slowly rises, ELP adjusts his boot, but Bushi blocks the kick to put the leg on the ropes! DRAPING CODE BREAKER! Both men are down again and fans rally back up. Bushi drags ELP up, catches ELP’s punch and spins him for a DDT! Bushi gets ELP back up, FISHERMAN SCREW! Cover, TWO! ELP is still in this but Bushi goes to the corner. Fans rally up as Bushi aims, M- NO! ELP pops Bushi up but Bushi sunset flips!

ELP rolls through, high stacks, TWO, but ELP drags Bushi up and hooks the arms, STYLES CLASH!! Cover, TWO!! Bushi survives, ELP isn’t phenomenal! ELP hobbles up, drags Bushi back up, reels him back in and tucks the arms. Bushi slips out to cradle! TWO!! ELP BUZZSAW! ELP goes back to a corner, gets the boot going again, Bushi stands and ELP hesitates?! ELP runs to V-TRIGGER instead! And then he Electric Chair Lifts, but Bushi fights free, to BACKSTABBER! Bushi drags ELP up and wrenches him into TERRIBLE! Cover, TWO! ELP survives but Bushi goes to the corner! Bushi goes up the ropes, ELP hobbles around, MX!! Cover, Bushi wins!

Winner: Bushi, by pinfall (gains 2 points; ELP earns 0)

The Headbanga’s hesitation may have cost him! Will he worry less about copying Bullet Club’s best and just win as himself? As for Bushi, he evens out, but will he be able to make a play for the top?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 28: Robbie Eagles VS El Desperado!

These two only faced off earlier this month, but the irony of Eagles losing the title is that neither has had the best run in this tournament. Will the Sniper of the Skies redeem himself from Power Struggle? Or will the Rogue Luchador give a repeat performance from Osaka?

The bell rings and fans rally up already as the two stare down. Eagles and Desperado circle and Eagles gets the fans to rally harder. They tie up, Eagles waistlocks but Desperado breaks free to wrench and wristlock. Eagles spins, breaks the wristlock, wrenches and wristlocks back. Desperado rolls, breaks and wrenches back on Eagles. Eagles rolls, handsprings and wrenches to a hammerlock. Desperado stands on Eagles’ foot, gets a headlock and the takeover. Eagles rolls it to a cover, ONE, and Desperado keeps on the headlock. Eagles headscissors and squeezes tight but Desperado endures. Desperado bridges, moves around, and gets free to have the butterfly deathlock!

Eagles is down, Desperado floats to a headlock. Desperado grinds Eagles but Eagles fights up to his feet. Eagles tries to pry free but Desperado grinds harder. Eagles still tries to pry, and he gets the hold around, to then drop and trip Desperado to a leglock. Eagles floats to a headlock, pushes off ropes but Desperado rolls to a cover. ONE, and Eagles keeps the headlock. Desperado pulls hair to get up and pop out of the headlock. The ref reprimands and counts, Desperado shifts to a headlock. Desperado grinds the hold, Eagles puts Desperado on ropes. The ref calls for the break, Eagles lets off, but he does a step to make sure Desperado stays on his guard.

Desperado applauds along with the fans as he and Eagles reset. They circle, Desperado claws Eagles’ eyes! Desperado headlocks, Eagles powers out but Desperado runs him over! Things speed up, Eagles hurdles, Desperado leads, but Eagles comes back. Eagles blocks the hip toss and rolls to drag Desperado down and basement dropkick! Fans cheer while Eagles stalks Desperado, but Desperado rakes Eagles’ eyes again! The ref reprimands, Desperado lets off and he drags Eagles up. Eagles holds ropes to stop the whip, Desperado kicks the leg! Desperado whips, Eagles reverses to go up and around but Desperado blocks the arm-drag to SLAP Eagles down!

Desperado runs, flying arm-drags Eagles away, then runs in. Eagles dodges, goes up and around to flying arm-drag back! Desperado bails out, Eagles runs but he fakes Desperado out with the backflip, and then he DIVES! Direct hit and Desperado hits railing, and it’s enough to knock Milano Collection AT out of his seat! Eagles checks on Milano, but he’s alright. Eagles flexes because that’s how strong he is! Eagles then gets Desperado up to CHOP against the apron! Desperado hobbles away, stinging, but Eagles keeps on him. Eagles puts Desperado in the ring, stops him from crawling away, and stomps the leg!

Eagles paces, drags Desperado up and snapmares for a RUNNING KICK! Cover, TWO! Eagles stomps Desperado, Desperado CHOPS back! And again! Eagles eggs him on so Desperado keeps going, but Eagles knees low and CHOPS Desperado down! Fans cheer that one, it was strong. Eagles gives Desperado space at the ropes to come back, but then he goes out to drag Desperado to the apron. Eagles SLAMS the leg on the apron! Desperado flops to the floor and flounders to the ramp. Eagles goes to the ramp and Desperado gets up. Desperado CHOPS but again Eagles eggs him on. Desperado chops again but Eagles CHOPS Desperado back down!

Eagles drags Desperado up, puts him in the ring, covers, TWO! Eagles drops a knee on Desperado’s chest! Cover, TWO! Eagles stomps Desperado at the ropes, brings him around to hook the arm, and then he gets the fans to rally up as he pulls on the legs! Deathlock STOMP! Desperado writhes, Eagles covers, TWO! Another try, TWO! Eagles is frustrated but he waits on Desperado to sit up. Eagles KICKS him, and KICKS him, and KICKS again! Eagles runs, but Desperado blocks the kick! Eagles sobats, but runs into a SPINE- NO! Eagles fights out and whips Desperado to a corner. Eagles runs in but is put on the apron.

Desperado punches, Eagles blocks and GAMANGIRIS Desperado away! Eagles springboards but Desperado gets clear to come back and SPEAR! Both men are down again but Desperado gets up at the ropes. Desperado hobbles over, brings Eagles up, suplexes high and hard! Cover, TWO! Desperado has the leg for the GROUND DRAGON SCREW! Desperado gets the leg again to drop knees on the knee! Eagles writhes but Desperado gets the STRETCH MUFFLER! Eagles endures as Desperado thrashes, and Eagles fights his way over. Desperado keeps him back, but Eagles keeps fighting, ROPEBREAK! Desperado lets go and fans rally up.

Desperado drags Eagles up, reels him in, but Eagles fights the shinbreaker. Desperado kicks the leg! Desperado then brings Eagles back up, but Eagles knees free! Wheelbarrow to victory roll, to RON MILLER SPECIAL!! Now Desperado endures the leg lock, crawls forward, but Eagles puts as much pressure as he can! Desperado refuses to give up, and he powers his way to the ROPEBREAK! Eagles lets go and Desperado clutches the leg. Eagles drags Desperado back, stomps away on the leg then KICKS it! Eagles steps over, Desperado kicks Eagles away, but Eagles comes back with a PENALTY KICK! Cover, TWO!

Eagles keeps cool while fans rally up. He gets his bad leg moving, drags Desperado back up, but Desperado dropkicks the bad leg out! Desperado gets up, hobbles over, but Eagles dropkicks him in the bad leg now! Desperado drags himself up in the corner, Eagles runs in to DOUBLE KNEE! Eagles rolls back, his leg holds him back a bit, and runs in but into a boot! Eagles comes back to Tiger Feint the leg out! Eagles then comes back with METEORA! Desperado flops down, Eagles covers, TWO! Eagles drags Desperado to a drop zone, but his own bad leg slows his climb. Eagles 450, but he catches Desperado’s knees! Eagles turns Desperado to drop knees on the knee!

Eagles gets the leg, steps through but Desperado roll shim up! TWO, to the STRETCH MUFFLER! But Eagles power sit to a cradle, TWO! ROUNDHOUSE! SUPER- NO! Desperado blocks, reels Eagles in, but Eagles fights the Guitarra to slip around and cravat, SHIRANUI but Desperado blocks that! Desperado spins Eagles around, GUITARRA- NO! Eagles slips out and ROLLING KICKS the leg out! Eagles runs, but Desperado ducks the blindside! Both men get their bad legs moving, Eagles ducks the haymaker to SUPERKICK, then SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO!! Desperado survives and Eagles can’t believe it!

Eagles grits his teeth while fans rally up. Eagles aims his finger gun, rolls Desperado up but Desperado fights out to SPINEBUSTER! And then a roll, float over, GUITARRA DEL ANGEL! Cover, TWO!! Eagles survives and fans fire up! Desperado drags Eagles up, underhooks the arms, but Eagles RANAS out but Desperado sunset flips! TWO, Eagles sits on it, TWO! Desperado runs into a schoolboy with bridge, TWO!! BIG elbow shot, but Eagles PELES back! Both men are down but Eagles fires up! Eagles drags Desperado up, cravat to SHIRANUI! Then dragon sleeper and a spin, but Desperado slips out to EL ES CULERO! DESPERADO WINS!!

Winner: El Desperado, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Eagles earns 0)

Eagles can’t believe it! Desperado didn’t even need his best shots to win! But with this, will Desperado also look to take back the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championships in the near future?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 28: Hiromu Takahashi VS Taiji Ishimori!

The Ticking Timebomb and Bone Soldier Reborn were the winning halves of their tag teams last round, and now they close out this round! Will one side sweep the night? Or will we see a 1-1 split?

Hiromu hands over the guide book to Milano, and he seems to be calling Taiji a “Muscular chihuahua.” The bell rings and they ram each other! Then they start throwing forearms! Taiji gets the edge, whips but Hiromu reverses to then follow and RANA, but Taiji blocks! Taiji brings Hiromu up but Hiromu slips out, only for Taiji to get around and waistlock. Hiromu switches but Taiji elbows him away. Taiji whips, Hiromu reveres but Taiji handsprings, into a waistlock! Taiji switches again, shoves Hiromu into a corner, then blocks the boots to ENZIGURI. But Hiromu gets out of the ropes to elbow! Hiromu keeps going and he runs Taiji over!

Fans fire up while Hiromu catches his breath. Hiromu drags Taiji up, CHPOS him, then CHOPS him again! Hiromu brings Taiji around to CHOP again and Taiji leans on ropes. Hiromu whips, Taiji reverse to shoulder and WRING the arm out, then WRING it again! Hiromu bails out and clutches the arm. Red Shoes checks on him but Hiromu says he can still continue. Taiji goes out as Hiromu goes around the way. Taiji stalks Hiromu, then BOOTS him into railing! Taiji wraps the arm around railing and pulls! Hiromu grabs at Taiji’s hair but Taiji kicks the railing to jam the arm. Taiji drags Hiromu up, fans rally, and Taiji wernches to hammerlock and POST the bad arm!

Taiji puts Hiromu in, pulls on the arm and SLAMS it against the post! Then Taiji brings out a chair! Taiji SLAMS the bad arm into the post, then snatches a chair from the timekeeper’s area. Red Shoes confiscates that chair, but doesn’t see Taiji get the chair from under the ring and SMACKS Hiromu’s arm! Hiromu goes running as he clutches the bad arm, but fans rally behind him. The ring count starts, Taiji drags Hiromu up by the bad arm and puts him in the ring at 8 of 20. Cover, TWO! Taiji is annoyed but he drags Hiromu by the bad arm again. Taiji wrenches to an ELBOW BREAKER! And then snapmares to drop a leg on the bad arm, and trap it for an arm scissors.

Hiromu endures, moves around, but Taiji drops a knee on the bad arm, then drops a fist! Cover, TWO! Hiromu gets himself to a corner, Taiji goes over to CHOP him down! Taiji drags Hiromu up but Hiromu CHOPS, so Taiji kicks the bad arm, and gives it an ARM CODE BREAKER! Cover, TWO! Taiji keeps on Hiromu, locking up the good arm to then pull on the bad arm. Taiji moves the arm around and around then YANKS it back! Hiromu crawls to the corner and fans rally up. Taiji paces, then drags Hiromu up but Hiromu CHOPS back! And CHOPS again! And again! Taiji CLUBS Hiromu down, but Hiromu gets up to CHOP!

Taiji eggs Hiromu on, Hiromu throws forearms but Taiji BOOTS the bad arm! Taiji runs but Hiromu follows and RANAS Taiji down! Fans rally up as Hiromu drags himself up the ropes. Taiji runs in but Hiromu boots him! Hiromu then hops up to HANGING HEADSCISSOR! Red Shoes counts, Hiromu lets go at 4. Hiromu gets in to whip Taiji to the corner and clothesline! Then he snapmares and runs to basement dropkick! Taiji bails out and fans rally up! Hiromu goes to the apron for the FLYING SHOTGUN DROPKICK! Taiji hits railing and Hiromu fires up! Hiromu gets his bad arm moving, then drags Taiji up to put him in the ring.

Hiromu drags Taiji up, FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO! Hiromu drags Taiji up, fireman’s carries, but Taiji slips off to send Hiromu into the corner. Taiji runs in, blocks boots, ENZIGURI! Taiji runs to SLIDING GERMAN! Fans rally up while Hiromu is down. Taiji drags Hiromu out, underhooks, but Hiromu fights off the Bloody Cross! Taiji knees low and fireman’s carries to SNAKE EYES Hiromu on the railing! Hiromu writhes, Taiji gets in the ring and the ring count starts. Fans rally up but Hiromu stirs. Hiromu rises at 12, stands at 14, and gets in at 15, only for Taiji to basement dropkick the bad arm! Taiji steps over, YES LOCK!

Hiromu endures, moves around, reaches out and fans rally up. Taiji pulls back, but Hiromu keeps crawling over! Ropebreak! Red Shoes counts, Taiji lets go. Red Shoes checks on Hiromu but Taiji unties the blue buckle pad! The Bullet Club favorite! Taiji goes back to Hiromu, drags him up, gut wrenches, but Hiromu fights to gut wrench Taiji! But Taiji headscissors free, but swings into a hook, spin and RANA, that Hiromu makes into D!! Taiji is stuck in the triangle hold, but he fights up to deadlift, but Hiromu RANAS him back down! Hiromu holds tight to the triangle hold but Taiji endures. Fans rally, Hiromu has Taiji down on the mat, but Taiji powers up again!

Taiji manages a deadlift and BUCKLE BOMB! It was still a padded corner so Hiromu got lucky there. Hiromu falls out of the ring but fans rally up. Taiji stays in the ring as the count climbs, but Hiromu gets up. So Taiji goes to the corner and jumps up! Hiromu stops Taiji and has a waistlock! Taiji resists, but Hiromu shifts to a bomb position! Taiji fights free of that but Hiromu SUPERKICKS him! Hiromu drags Taiji up, fireman’s carries, APRON DEATH VALLEY! Both men fall to the floor as fans fire up! Red Shoes checks, they’re both okay to continue. Fans rally up and the ring count starts while both men stir.

Hiromu stands at 11, staggers about and goes to Taiji at 15. Hiromu puts Taiji in at 17, and fans cheer as he fireman’s carries again. Taiji fights free, but Hiromu suplexes. Taiji fights that, wrenches and ducks but Hiromu mule kicks and front kicks. Fireman’s carry, but Taiji shoves Hiromu to a corner. Taiji runs back in, but he leaps over the overhead Belly2Belly! Hiromu waistlocks Taiji up top, drags Taiji down, but Taiji switches. Hiromu switches, Taiji elbows free and slides under, to then double pump handle and flip Hiromu into position, CIPHER UTAKI! Both men are down and fans rally up!

Hiromu clutches his bad arm, Taiji crawls his way over. Hiromu throws a forearm, Taiji throws it back. Hiromu forearms again, they stand and Taiji throws another. Hiromu forearms, Taiji forearms, Taiji ROCKS Hiromu and gets the edge! Hiromu keeps coming back, even as Taiji throws more forearms! Taiji ROCKS Hiromu again and again but Hiromu just fires up again and again! Hiromu finally staggers back and fans cheer. But then Hiromu SHOTGUN dropkicks Taiji into a corner! Both men are down, fans rally up. Hiromu drags himself up, Taiji fires up and runs, into the OVERHEAD Belly2Belly into buckles!

Fans rally up again as Hiromu stands up. Hiromu goes over and brings Taiji up. Hiromu suplexes but Taiji fights out to get the arm! Hiromu fights his way over but Taiji rolls him away, to then drag Hiromu up and POST him! That’s why he took away the pad: to open the way to the corner post! Taiji hammerlocks the arm and scoops, to then SHOULDER BREAKER! Fans rally up while Hiromu and Taiji are both down. Taiji aims, Hiromu slowly stands, Taiji runs in to tilt-o-whirl, but Hiromu blocks and spins for DYNAMITE PLUNGER! Hiromu roars and fans fire up as he drags Taiji back up. Hiromu suplexes but Taiji knees free, but Hiromu SUPERKICKS!

Hiromu runs into a BOOT! Hiromu roars and runs in, to a JUMP KNEE! Down goes Hiromu and Taiji roars! Taiji aims, bang! He drags Hiromu up, BLOODY- NO! Hiromu slips out, spins Taiji around, VICTORIA! Hiromu crawls to the cover, TWO! Hiromu slowly rises, fans rally up, and Hiromu drags Taiji up in the dragon sleeper. Hiromu inverted suplexes but Taiji slips out and spins around to drag Hiromu down for the over-the-shoulder, only for Hiromu to roll him up! TWO!! Taiji runs in but Hiromu scoops, dragon sleepers, but Taiji snapmares free to dragon sleeper back! But Hiromu arm-drags free, rolls to a fireman’s carry, and CORNER DEATH VALLEY!

Hiromu fires up and fans are with him! Hiromu drags Taiji up, fireman’s carries, spins and Taiji pops out! DOUBLE LARIATS collide and both men drop to their knees! Hiromu drags Taiji up, fires up and runs, HIROMU-CHAN BOMBER!! Taiji is dazed but Hiromu fires up again! Hiromu dragon sleepers for the inverted suplex but Taiji slips out, tilt-o-whirl takedown! BONE LOCK!! Hiromu scrambles, reaches out, but Taiji rolls him away! Taiji pulls way back, HIROMU TAPS! TAIJI WINS!!

Winner: Taiji Ishimori, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Hiromu earns 0)

The Bone Soldier defuses the Timebomb and has a huge win under his belt! Can Hiromu recover and still have a chance at going back-to-back? As for Taiji, he takes a moment to rest before he gets the mic. “Hiromu. You really are something. I hate to admit it, but damn!” Fans applaud this odd showing of respect Taiji is giving as Hiromu takes his leave. Taiji says he can’t go on some “energetic rant like Hiromu,” but he’ll just say, “The NJPW Junior Division isn’t all about El Desperado and Hiromu Takahashi! I said this before, but once again. Look at me! I will show you strength and greatness! It’s Reborn!” Will Taiji prove this division doesn’t belong to anyone but him?

 

Here are the NEW BOSJ 28 standings!

SHO: 5-1, 10 points
Yoshinobu Kanemaru: 4-2, 8 points
Taiji Ishimori: 4-2, 8 points
Hiromu Takahashi: 3-2-1, 7 points
El Desperado: 3-2-1, 7 points
Ryusuke Taguchi: 3-3, 6 points
Bushi: 3-3, 6 points
YOH: 2-4, 4 points
Master Wato: 2-4, 4 points
El Phantasmo: 2-4, 4 points
Robbie Eagles: 2-4, 4 points
Douki: 2-4, 4 points


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Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (11/26/21)

Black Friday is on a Rampage!

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Will Riho get a golden ticket tonight?

Tony Khan’s offering a major Black Friday deal and Britt Baker isn’t happy about it! If Riho defeats The Doctor, she gets an AEW Women’s world title match!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Adam Cole & Bobby Fish VS Orange Cassidy & Wheeler Yuta w/ Chuck Taylor; win.
  • AEW Women’s World Championship Black Friday Deal: Britt Baker w/ Jamie Hayter & Rebel VS Riho; Riho wins and earns a future title match against Britt Baker.
  • Eddie Kingston VS Daniel Garcia w/ 2point0; Kingston wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Adam Cole & Bobby Fish VS Orange Cassidy & Wheeler Yuta w/ Chuck Taylor!

It’s undisputed that both teams are great friends, but this is about seeing who are the best friends! Will Cole & Fish bring the boom? Or will Freshly Squeezed & The Decoder make Chaos proud here in Chicago?

The teams sort out and Yuta starts with Fish. They circle, feel it out, and then Fish shoots in to waistlock. Yuta switches, gets the ankle pick and the leg but Fish gets a leg back. Fish pushes to a cover, Yuta slips away before a count. They feel things out again, Fish steps in to knee low! Fish throws body shots, KICKS a leg, then ROCKS Yuta with a forearm. Fish whips, Yuta goes up and over but swings into a body shot! Yuta slips under to dropkick Fish down! Yuta wrenches, tags to Cassidy but Fish throws forearms. The Best Friends still double whip and, well Yuta forearms. Both Yuta and Cassidy run, KNEE DROP SPLASH COMBO! Cover, ONE!

Fish gets away and tags Cole. Fans fire up as Cole and Cassidy stare down. Cassidy takes off the sunglasses, but Cole stops him from putting his hands in his pockets. Cole hits the “BAYBAY!” pose, and then takes a bow. Cassidy puts his hands up, but Cole stops him again. Cassidy hammerlocks, spins, and WRINGS Cole out! Cole gets up in a huff as Cassidy spins and holds his hands up. But again Cole stops that with a waistlock! Cassidy switches, Cole switches, Cassidy reaches for legs, but then he puts his hands up. Cole shifts to a full nelson, but Cassidy still wants his pockets! Colle fights to keep those hands up, Cassidy uses his leg to break the nelson!

Cassidy switches, flying-mares, then thumbs up with Cole. Cole flails, Cassidy crucifix covers! TWO, and Cassidy builds up the energy. Cole runs in, Cassidy hurdles over, Yuta ROCKS Cole! Tag to Yuta, Cassidy and Yuta double whip Cole corner to corner. Yuta sends Cassidy but Sloth Style kicks in. Yuta runs to back elbow Cole, then go corner to corner to back elbow again! Cassidy finally arrives to feed Cole to Yuta’s scoop SLAM and SENTON! Cover, Fish drags Yuta off. Fans are fired up as Yuta drags Cole up. Cole JAWBREAKERS then runs in but Yuta elbows him away. Yuta goes up, Fish runs over and then Cole YANKS Yuta down!

Cole drags Yuta up, bumps him off buckles, stomps away, then tags in Fish. Fish stomps Yuta down, digs his knee in, but the ref counts. Fish lets off, drags Yuta up and clinches for knees. He bumps Yuta off buckles, fires forearms and body shots, then kicks. Tag to Cole, Cole drags Yuta up and throws more forearms. Yuta throws forearms back, runs, but into a fireman’s carry! USHIGOROSHI! Cole talks trash to Yuta then drags him back as AEW goes picture in picture.

Fish tags in, Cole anchors Yuta while Fish stomps away. Fish drags Yuta up, throws knees, then forearms, then brings Yuta around to snap suplex! Cover, TWO! Fish drags Yuta up, throws more knees, then snapmares him to go out and slingshot senton back in! Cover, TWO! Fish is annoyed but he drags Yuta up to knee him to the corner. Fish throws forearms, wrenches and taunts Cassidy before he back suplexes. Yuta lands on his feet but Fish CLOBBERS him! Yuta ducks the roundhouse, DOUBLE CLOTHESLINES knock both men down! AEW returns to single picture as fans rally up. Fish tags Cole, but Yuta sends Cole out! Fish drags Yuta away, Yuta ENZIGURIS free!

Yuta crawls over, but Cole trips Cassidy off the apron! Cole gets in to bump Yuta off the buckle, then stomps away on him. Tag to Fish, he drags Yuta up to BOOT him into the corner. Fish fires off fast hands and another BOOT! Tag to Cole, Fish holds Yuta and Cole runs in but Yuta back drops him! Yuta elbows Fish, elbows Cole, BOOTS Fish, then goes up to double missile dropkick! Cassidy is back, Yuta crawls over as fans rally up! Hot tag to Cassidy! Well, lukewarm with Cassidy’s speed. Cassidy puts his hands in his pockets and fires off the “devastating” shin kicks. He dodges the double clotheslines to DOUBLE DRPOKICK! Cassidy kips up to DOUBLE RANA!

Cassidy keeps moving, he uses Cole to kick and tilt-o-whirl to DDT Fish! Cole and Fish bail out, Yuta goes up and Cassidy builds speed! Cassidy DIVES< Yuta CROSSBODIES! Direct hit, Cassidy goes up and Yuta tags in! CROSSBODY then a DIVE onto Fish! Yuta SPLASHES Cole! Cover, TWO!! Tag back to Cassidy, he and Yuta get Cole up but Cole fires off forearms! Cole mule kicks Cassidy, BOOTS Yuta, then reels Cassidy in! Yuta rewinds, STUN-DOG MILLIONAIRE to a GERMAN SUPLEX! Jackknife bridge! But Fish breaks it!! Yuta gets up, Fish ROCKS him then mule kicks Cassidy! Fish KICKS Yuta down, then catches Cassidy to EXPLODER him into Yuta!

Fish tags in, he tackles Cassidy to a corner, then he isolates a leg to knee and KICK and DRAGON SCREW! SHINING WIZARD from Cole! Leg clutch cover, TWO!! KNEEBAR! Cole plays defense as Yuta gets in! Yuta then baits Cole and dodges the superkick to clobber Fish! Cole SUPERKICKS Yuta, Cassidy SUPERKICKS Cole! BEACH BREAK!! Cassidy powers up, but Fish TACKLES him to a corner! Fish has the leg, Cassidy breaks free but swings into the EXPLODER into buckles! Yuta tags in and spins Fish for an OLYMPIC SLAM! Cover, TWO!! Yuta STOMPS Fish, hauls him up, NORTHERN LIGHTS BOMB! Cover, TWO!!

Yuta goes to a corner, climbs up top, but Cole trips him up! The ref reprimands, Cassidy trips Cole! Cassidy takes off the elbow pad but Cole drags Cassidy out to throw him into steel steps! And then again! Fish goes after Yuta on the top rope, brings Yuta up, SUPER FALCON ARROW!! Cover, Fish & Cole win!

Winners: Adam Cole & Bobby Fish, by pinfall

Whether or not Cole & Fish are best friends, they’re the better team here tonight! Will they give everyone a reason to fear them?

 

Backstage interview with Tony Nese.

Tony Schiavone says the Premier Athlete has “mysteriously” been in the stands watching, but Nese stops him right there. There is no mystery to what he’s doing. He’s scouting the competition, because that’s what top athletes do. “We all know that there’s an open challenge for the TNT Championship, so I thought, what perfect way to make my debut on TNT than becoming the TNT Champion?” Based off what Nese has seen, if Ethan Page, Bobby Fish or Jay Lethal would’ve done their homework, Sammy Guevara wouldn’t be champion right now. Nese is 100% unimpressed, but here comes Sammy!

Sammy’s the one unimpressed with Nese! Another new guy talking a lot of mess. Nese wants Sammy to relax. Is Sammy unable to take criticism? Oh he can take criticism, just not from a guy who hasn’t done s*it since he got here. Nese says there’s an open challenge, so he’s challenging Sammy next week. Challenge accepted, see you next week. Yeah you will. But then Nese SUCKER PUNCHES Sammy! Nese says the only reason Sammy has the title is because guys like Nese weren’t available yet. Nese leaves for now, but will he leave next Rampage the new TNT Champion?

 

FTR speaks.

Cash Wheeler starts by saying, “On Thanksgiving Eve in Chicago, we proved once again that we are the living lucha legends, the AAA World Tag Team Champions, and without a doubt the best tag team on the planet.” There’s a reason FTR is 2-0 against the Lucha Bros and the only win the Lucha Bros got was on the illegal man. There is no team on Earth, in this ring or in this business as good as FTR. Dax Harwood says they have a “history” with 2 outta 3 falls matches, so he is begging them that if they wanna prove it was no fluke, go 2 outta 3 falls with FTR. Right now, until they find someone better, write ’em a letter, #TopGuysOut!

 

AEW Women’s World Championship Black Friday Deal: Britt Baker w/ Jamie Hayter & Rebel VS Riho!

The Doctor better take the inaugural AEW Women’s World Champion seriously, because if Riho wins here, she’ll get a title match in the near future! Will Riho cash in on this great deal? Or will Britt deny her this huge holiday gift?

The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, Britt wrenches an arm to hammerlock, then spin Riho to a snapmare. Riho slips out to wrench and have the arm. Britt gets up, powers through to spin and snapmare Riho again, but Riho slips out again to have the wristlock. Britt fights up, Riho keeps on the wristlock but Britt clubs free and ROCKS Riho with a right! Britt says, “D M D,” but Riho fires off forearms! Birtt pulls hair to throw Riho down! Cover, TWO as Riho goes Matrix! But Britt rolls her up again, TWO! Britt gets the arm but Riho fights to the ropebreak! The ref counts, Britt lets off but she stomps away on Riho!

The ref counts, Britt lets off, Hayter and Rebel choke Riho! Britt comes back to stand on Riho at the ropes, then lets off at 4. Britt drags Riho up to ROCK her again. Britt whips, Riho handsprings and dropkicks! Riho keeps moving to dropkick again! Britt bails out, Rebel checks on her, but Riho goes up a corner! Riho LEAPS and CROSSBODIES Britt and Rebel down! Fans fire up as Riho gets back up. Hayter checks on Britt but Riho comes back to drag Britt up. Riho puts Britt in, Britt goes to a corner. Riho runs in to forearm smash! Then she goes corner to corner again, but into a BUCKLE SHOT! Britt stands on Riho’s head and stomps away!

Britt drags Riho up by her hair, bumps her off buckles again and again, but the ref counts. Britt lets off and Riho flops down as AEW goes to break.

Rampage returns and Britt reels Riho into a suplex. Riho fights it off, wrenches and ROCKS Britt with forearms! Riho runs, Britt follows and SLINGBLADES! Cover, TWO! Britt hammers away with forearms, covers, TWO! Britt argues with the ref, then drags Riho up by her hair. The ref reprimands but Britt doesn’t care. Riho throws body shots, Britt clinches and whips Riho to a corner. Britt is annoyed as fans rally and duel, and Britt stomps Riho down! Britt lets off, gives another stomp, then drags RIho up for a forearm. Riho forearms back, fires off many more, but Britt kicks her low! Britt whips Riho to a corner, runs in but into boots! Riho runs and tilt-o-whirl headscissors!

Britt ends up in a corner, Riho goes corner to corner and KNEES Britt right in the head! Riho reels Britt in, but Britt blocks the Northern Lights and CLUBS Riho. Snap suplex into buckles! Britt drags Riho up, Alabama lift but Riho slips out to full nelson and DRAGON SUPLEX! Fans fire up as Riho crawls after Britt. Cover, TWO! Britt is still in this but Riho goes up the corner. Diving stomps but Britt dodges! Britt comes back, spins Riho and ROCKS her with a forearm! Alabama, AIR RAID CRASH! Cover, TWO!! Riho survives but Britt slaps her down. Britt runs, Riho dodges the stomp to kick and NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO!

Riho goes up, DIVING DOUBLE STOMPS!! Cover, TWO!! Britt survives but Riho keeps her focus. Riho run sin but Britt ducks the knees! Riho runs into buckles, but she avoids the swinging fisherman! Rolling cradle, RIHO WINS!!!

Winner: Riho, by pinfall (earns an AEW Women’s World Championship match)

Britt is FURIOUS! Riho snatches victory from the jaws of defeat,

 

BREAKING NEWS!

El Idolo wasn’t done with Cody Rhodes after Dynamite went off the air! A bare concrete Hammerlock DDT may have downed the American Nightmare, but now Cody and Andrade will go 1v1 in an ATLANTA STREET FIGHT! Plus, after the confrontation on Dynamite, Gunn Club’s Colten & Billy Gunn take on Sting & Darby for a grudge match of two undefeated teams!

 

Mark Henry interviews our main eventers!

He starts with Daniel Garcia & 2point0, and how they’ve been attacking whoever, throwing coffee in people’s faces, and are generally out of control. Matt Lee says that’s right, they’re outta control! Eddie Kingston, hopefully you didn’t fill up on turkey, because tonight, you get a taste of Red Death on Black Friday! Great line. Jeff Parker adds that those interruptions weren’t on accident. They know Kingston and he reacted exactly how they thought he would! Garcia adds it’s Black Friday, another sold out arena for another Daniel Garcia main event. He vows to embarrass Kingston, and then Kingston will be the one giving Garcia thanks.

Kingston laughs at these three. He apologizes, but he can’t believe they’re serious. They throw coffee, attack him, say this and that, and Garcia’s acting all big and tough. He’s too light in the ass to mess with Kingston. Kingston will show Garcia what’s what in the ring. And as for his homeboys, they need to do Kingston a favor and shut up. Talk is cheap, partner. Then we’ve had enough talk. It’s time for the main event! Will Red Death be the one lucky to survive the Mad King?

Eddie Kingston VS Daniel Garcia w/ 2point0!

The bell rings and the two circle. They test things out, Garcia shoots in to get a leg but Kingston pushes him down to throw hands. Kingston has the arms, puts Garcia in a corner, the ref counts. Kingston won’t let off so the ref brings him back. Garcia shoots in but Kingston smothers him into the mat! Kinston clinches, they end up on the ropes, the ref counts. Kingston CLUBS Garcia before he lets off and fans fire up behind him. Garcia hangs back to get pointers from 2point0 before he approaches Kingston again. Garcia circles but then just bails out. Kingston is annoyed, but he’s ready when Garcia slides back in.

They tie up, Garcia throws a forearm, but Kingston fires off fast palm strikes! Then body strikes in the corner! Kingston stomps away on Garcia but 2point0 gets Garcia out of there! Kingston goes out to throw Matt Lee into railing! And then he SPINEBUSTERS Jeff Parker! Garcia gets in the ring, Kingston goes in but Garcia kicks him! And uppercuts! Garcia throws EuroUppers in the corner, then stomps away. Garcia digs his boots in, the ref counts, Garcia lets off at 4. Garcia paces, drags Kingston up and throws forearms. Garcia whips but Kingston holds ropes to Garcia forearms! Kingston headbutts! Garcia BOOTS, then whips, but Kingston blocks again.

Garcia keeps trying, Kingston CLUBS him down! Kingston CHOPS Garcia to a corner, CHOPS him again, and fires off the MACHINE GUN CHOPS, but Garcia dodges to fire off forearms! Kingston pokes Garcia in the eye! The ref reprimands but fans cheer. Garcia crawls to a corner, Kingston runs in but Garcia dodge. Garcia runs in but into an elbow. Kingston goes up, FLYING KNEE! Garcia is down but Kingston gets his legs to loosen up. Garcia goes to ropes but Kingston CHOPS him on the side! Kingston taunts Garcia then CHOPS him. Garcia throat chops back! Garcia CLUBS Kingston, stalks him around the ring and kicks the bad leg!

Garcia EuroUppers, Kingston BITES Garcia’s ear! The ref reprimands, Kingston lets off to stomp Garcia down. Kingston hobbles, drags Garcia up and suplexes for a GOURD BUSTER! Fans rally behind Kingston as he walks off the bad leg. Garcia crawls to a corner as AEW goes picture in picture.

Garcia shoulders into Kingston, throws hands but Kingston CHOPS him down! Kingston drags Garcia up, suplexes but Garcia blocks. Garcia pries free, knees low, and again, and again! Then he snap suplexes Kingston down! Cover, ONE! Garcia goes after an arm but Kingston rolls, only to end up in a triangle hold. Kinston fights free to rain down hammer fists! Garcia kicks back at Kingston but Kingston stands to drag Garcia up. Kingston CHOPS, Garcia staggers back and asks for mercy. Kingston runs in but into an elbow! Garcia pulls on Kingston’s ear and CLUBS it! The ref reprimands but 2point0 talk a lot of trash at the apron.

Garcia straddle attacks Kingston at the ropes! 2point0 is right in Kingston’s face, but then Garcia goes out to CLUB Kingston on the apron. And again! Kingston gets in the ring but Garcia is right after that ear! So Kingston BITES the hand! Garcia knees and CLUBS Kingston, but Kingston staggers around. Kingston almost hits the ref with that haymaker! Garcia whips Kingston but Kingston can barely run, so Garcia CHOP BLOCKS the leg! Cover, ONE!! Another, TWO! Kingston has Garcia by his hear so he can club away on Garcia’s head! Garcia gets loose to stomp Kingston down! Garcia has the bad leg and YANKS back on it!

Kingston crawls, Garcia is on him with a double wristlock. Kingston clasps hands so Garcia clubs the grip. The two struggle, AEW returns to single picture, Garcia uses his knee for leverage. Kingston clubs Garcia but Garcia stomps him down! Garcia sits Kingston up, boots him, but fans rally up. Kingston grits his teeth but Garcia stomps away on him! Garcia drags Kingston up, whips him to the corner but again Kingston can barely run. The ref checks with Kingston but he says he’s not quitting. Garcia runs in, but into an EXPLODER! Garcia rolls to ropes, 2point0 is there to coach him. A standing count climbs, Kingston is up at 4 of 10!

Kingston hobbles over to Garcia, but Garcia headlocks to block the saido! Garcia clubs away on Kingston’s head, then rolls him to a HEEL HOOK! Kingston endures, gets the ROPEBREAK! Garcia lets go at 4, fans are thunderous! Garcia gets the leg again for a standing toehold! Then he digs his heel into Kingston’s gut, stomps the bad legs, jackknife! TWO as Kingston rolls and gets Garcia up, POWERBOMB!! Both men are down and fans are fired up! A standing count climbs, 2point0 coaches Garcia up. Fans rally, Kingston drags himself up the ropes and hobbles over to Garcia. He brings Garcia up and CHOPS him o the back!

Garcia blocks the half nelson suplex, switches, but Kingston blocks the German Suplex. Garcia drags Kingston down to the HEEL HOOK! Kingston still gest the ROPEBREK, but Garcia drags him away! Kingston kicks with his free leg but Garcia LCOBBERS Kingston and fires off hammering hands! Fans boo but Garcia soaks up the heat. Garcia drags Kingston up, CHOPS him, but Kingston stays up. Garcia powers up and runs, but into a HALF ‘N’ HALF!! Both men are down and fans fire up for Kingston. Garcia flounders at ropes as 2point0 coaches him up again. Garcia crawls over to Kingston, they both stand up and Kingston throws a body shot.

Kingston fire smore body shots, Garcia gives back palm strikes, the fans fire up for the fast hand brawling! Garcia fires off palm strike after palm strike, but Garcia ENZIGURIS! Garcia comes back to LARIAT!! Garcia can’t cover as he catches his breath, but fans are thunderous again. Garcia hobbles up, gets Kingston by the ear, reels him in, but Kingston blocks the lift! So Garcia drops a knee! Kingston SLAPS Garcia! Garcia throat chops, but Kingston SLAPS Garcia again! Garcia fires off BOOTS, then gets Kingston up, only for Kingston to wrench and SAIDO!! Garcia flounders, ducks the Uraken but the URAKEN RETURNS!! Cover, Kingston wins

Winner: Eddie Kingston, by pinfall

But 2point0 pounce on Kingston! Fans boo as they mug the Mad King, but JERICHO gets off commentary to go to the ring! Jericho CLOBBERS Matt Lee, CLOTHESLINES Jeff Parker, and fans are thunderous for Le Champion! Kingston is still victorious, but will he and Jericho make sure 2point0 and Garcia watch who they pick a fight with from now on?


My Thoughts:

A great Rampage, and honestly really surprising. I didn’t think Riho was going to win here, but that was a great match and a great win. They’re going to have a great title match, probably at Battle of the Belts, but I am thinking Britt wins there. Cassidy & Yuta had a great showing, but Cole taking out Cassidy so that Yuta would take the loss makes sense. The Not Disputed Era lost to Jurassic Express, but they win here because they gotta stay afloat. I hope Trent Baretta is okay, he’s been gone for what feels like a really longtime.

Nese had a decent promo before Sammy got there, and then things got good. His line about not being available is a great nod to WWE letting him and a tone of their people go, but it would be more legit if one of those other guys said it. Nese will give Sammy a great match but Sammy’s totally winning. Then Kingston VS Garcia was an awesome main event, probably Garcia’s best match in AEW. I figured Kingston would win, but then 2point0 going after him to prompt Jericho to get involved was a nice way to end. Kingston and Jericho teaming up would be pretty cool to see.

My Score: 8.5/10


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