Friday Night SmackDown begins the 2021 WWE Draft!
The landscape of Raw, SmackDown and even NXT change right here tonight! Who moves? Who stays? And what does the future of WWE look like?
- Kevin Owens VS Baron Corbin w/ Riddick Moss; Corbin wins.
- Carmella VS Liv Morgan; No Contest.
- 8 Man Tag: The New Day & The Street Profits VS The Dirty Dawgs & The Alpha Academy; The New Day & Street Profits win.
- Sasha Banks VS Bianca Belair; Sasha wins.
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Change is coming!
The WWE Draft will reassemble the rosters between Raw and SmackDown, but the changes won’t take effect until three weeks from now! Crown Jewel will be the last time Raw and SmackDown are they way they are! But without further ado, Sonya Deville & Adam Pearce come out to preside over the draft! The stars of Raw and SmackDown are all here, all waiting to hear their fate! So then please welcome the overall first pick of the 2021 WWE Draft! SmackDown chooses… The Tribal Chief, the WWE Universal Champion, Roman Reigns! The Head of the Table stays with Fox and the blue brand and Pat McAfee is fired up!
Pearce announces Raw’s pick, the second overall, and it is… The WWE World Champion, Big E! The Powerhouse of Positivity moved to Raw thanks to his Money in the Bank cash-in, and he’s staying red! SmackDown goes with a shocker, the RAW Women’s Champion, Charlotte Flair! But what will happen now that The Queen is on the other brand with a title? Raw closes the first round with… Bianca Belair! The EST returns to Mondays to make them the B-E-S-T night! But to address the picks, here comes the number one!
Roman Reigns heads to the ring!
The champion of 397 days holds up his belt for the pyro, then hands it over to Heyman to hold up for him as he continues down the ramp. A recap package plays to show how Roman won and perhaps survived The Demon, Finn Balor, on Extreme Rules Sunday, but we all know that up next is The Beast, Brock Lesnar at Crown Jewel on 10/21/21. Fans are torn between cheers and jeers as Heyman hands the belt over to Roman. “As the back of the shirt says, We The Ones. Because I’m number one. So Baltimore, acknowledge me.” Plenty of fans cheer as they accept Roman as their Tribal Chief.
Heyman gets the mic back to say, “I’m sorry, but that’s not loud enough for your Tribal Chief. It doesn’t surprise me from a room full of Balti-morons, nor should it surprise anyone who was the number one draft pick.” Because before Extreme Rules, it was the undefeated Demon. But you can’t because that Demon ran up against an exorcist named Roman… Reigns…! “But like a shark that circles around the Island of Relevancy, this shark only swims looking forward. And what this shark looks forward to is Crown Jewel. Which will not be held in Suplex City, ” because Heyman assures us that Beast will come against the Suplexorcist, Roman Reigns.
Roman Reigns will remain your Universal Heavyweight Champion, and he will smash at Crown Jewel, BRRROCK! LESNARRR!! Heyman grins but here comes Lesnar!! The Beast circles the ring but Roman keeps his eyes on him. Lesnar gets into the ring and walks right up to Roman! Lesnar’s smiling but Roman’s scowling as fans chant “Suplex City!” Roman throws hands first! Then stomps then throws more hands! Roman fires up but Lesnar gets him for a GERMAN SUPLEX! That’s the first! Then ANOTHER! The Usos run in but they get GERMAN SUPLEXES! Roman is out of the ring but he stays back as Lesnar stares him down.
Lesnar throws off the flannel and dares Roman to get back in. Roman goes right up to the apron, but hops back down. Lesnar decides to pick up Jimmy Uso for an F5!! Roman still stays away, so Lesnar drags Jey up for an F5!! Roman leaves, but he’ll still have to worry about Lesnar in three weeks! Will Suplex City plant its flag on the Island of Relevancy soon enough?
Backstage interview with Charlotte Flair.
The Raw Women’s Champion will be a part of the SmackDown roster, but then how does that change her strategy? Uh, Kayla, journalism 101, congratulate her on being the first overall pick in the Women’s Division. Right, yes, congratulations. Thank you! And of course Fox took this chance to draft the most decorated woman in wrestling. #LongLiveTheQueen, WOO~! Charlotte struts away but uh, how does this affect her title reign come the Crown Jewel deadline?
Kevin Owens VS Baron Corbin!
The Prizefighter is not happy with “Happy” Corbin punking him out verbally on Corbin’s new talk show, or punking him out physically with help from an old football buddy of his in Riddick Moss. But KO hopes to get some payback on the head hyena, will “Mad Cap” Moss have something to say about it?
The bell rings and Kevin TACKLES Corbin to rain down fists! Corbin shoves Kevin away, but Kevin comes back to throw hands in the corner! Kevin stomps a mudhole, lets off and fans fire up as he clotheslines Corbin out! Kevin runs but Corbin gets away to avoid the dive. Kevin goes out to chase Corbin but Corbin gets in the ring. Corbin distracts the ref and Moss trips Kevin on the apron! Moss laughs and Corbin laughs along as SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns and Corbin throws hands on Kevin in a corner. Corbin whips but Kevin kicks back to then ENZIGURI! Corbin runs in but Kevin BOOTS him away! Kevin goes up, reels him in and TORNADO DDT’s! Cover, TWO! Moss is relieved but fans rally up for Kevin. Kevin kicks but no Stunner as Corbin rolls him! TWO, Kevin ducks and dodges but into a DEEP SIX! Cover, TWO! Corbin grows frustrated but he drags Kevin up to throw hands. Kevin CHOPS back, fans rally but Corbin throws forearms. Kevin haymakers, Corbin forearms, Kevin rebounds to forearm and CHOP! And repeat! Kevin whips corner to corner, Corbin slides out then in but Kevin SUPERKICKS!
Kevin SUPERKICKS again and Moss is panicking! Kevin goes corner to corner to CANNONBALL Corbin! Cover, TWO! Moss is relieved again and Kevin snarls. But Kevin goes up top while Corbin is down, but Corbin bails out. Kevin goes out after him but Moss creeps over. Kevin runs him over but Corbin reels Kevin in for END OF DAYS to the floor! Corbin puts Kevin in, high fives Moss, and Moss wants that one again! Corbin gets Kevin up, reels him in, END OF DAYS again!! Cover, Corbin wins!
Winner: Baron Corbin, by pinfall
Moss joins Corbin in the ring and they still laugh it up. Will these two be laughing all the way to the bank?
Who will reign?
Starting next week with the “season premieres” of SmackDown and Raw, the King of the Ring and brand new tournament, The Queen’s Crown, begin!
More Draft picks are in!
With the first pick of the second round, SmackDown selects… DREW MCINTYRE! The Scottish Warrior brings the Claymore to Fridays! Raw selects… The Raw Tag Team Champions, RKBRO! A natural choice to keep their tag team champions and their titles. SmackDown selects… the NEW DAY! Another break-up because of the Draft!? And to close this round, Raw selects the Rated R Superstar, EDGE! It seems the business he and Seth Rollins want to settle will have to settle out before Crown Jewel!
Backstage interview with Drew McIntyre.
Kayla knows McIntyre was a two-time world champion and led the company through those uncertain times of 2020. But where is his eye now that he’s on Friday Night SmackDown? McIntyre is very excited. The wheels are turning and he’s thinking of a lot of things. He’s proud of what he did on Raw, but now he’s thinking of the past, present and future. Maybe some have forgotten or didn’t know, but McIntyre got his start on SmackDown. He was young, immature, full of hopes and dreams as “The Chosen One.” McIntyre’s never forgotten about that.
To the present, there is this dark cloud looming over SmackDown that hides behind the family and the Bloodline. Someone needs to flip the damn table on them and that is why McIntyre is here! As for the future… McIntyre points his sword at the WWE Universal Championship. Will the Tribal Chief have to worry about a Claymore after getting through Suplex City?
Edge is here!
The Rated R Superstar is here to answer the Architect’s ultimatum! But will it be an answer Seth Rollins wants to hear? We find out, after the break.
SmackDown returns and Edge has a mic to say, “First of all, thank you, Baltimore, for that reaction!” Fans fire up again and Edge encourages them. That is why this is the best job in the world. Edge realized he is the only talent here who was on the original episode of SmackDown. That’s why SmackDown has always felt like home. But he’s been drafted to Raw. That’s a whole new set of opponents and challenges, which brings him to Seth Rollins. Rollins hit a stomp on Edge in Madison Square Garden and Edge had to be stretchered out. Since then, Rollins has continued to challenge Edge.
Rollins knows Edge isn’t 100% and not cleared. And that if Edge still accepts, Rollins has an advantage. But that’s well played because Edge had to come back to answer the challenge. Edge is on his way to 100. Rollins wants Edge to admit Rollins is better, but Edge is here! Edge dares Rollins to come out and get those words from him! Rollins laughs on the titantron and admits he is impressed. Edge said he’d be on SmackDown and well, what do you know? There he is. Just a couple problems, though. One small one: Edge isn’t saying what Rollins needs him to say. No announcing of retirement, no renouncing that Rollins is Edge Lite, and no actual answer of the challenge.
But the bigger problem: when Edge said he’d be on SmackDown, Rollins didn’t believe him. Edge is a liar, plain and simple. Rollins isn’t. Rollins is an honest man. SO the big problem is that Rollins isn’t there tonight. He is in fact… Right outside the Copeland house! Edge rushes out of the ring but he can’t get home in time to stop this! Rollins knocks on the door and asks for Beth Phoenix. But wait, the door is unlocked? “Uncle Sethy” laughs and makes himself at home. Gotta lock your doors, man. Oh, what a lovely house! Big fridge and Rollins is starving. What’s Edge got for leftovers? Hmm, maybe some orange juice, some apples.
But not to be rude, Rollins will sit at the dining room table like a civilized human. But he puts his feet up on the table, not so civilized. This place was hard to find, by the way. Rollins drinks right from the bottle, also not civilized. Then Rollins sees the little art corner the Copeland girls have put together. Rollins knows they’re young, but that stuff is bad. No future in art, for sure. Rollins walks around and finds the backpacks. So cute. Rollins struts about and says Edge is a lucky, lucky man. Oh wow! What a family portrait! Gorgeous daughters, but thankfully they look like Beth. Rollins then makes himself at home on the chair, grabs a remote, and uses it to turn on the little fireplace.
Rollins says this is the homiest home ever. So cozy, he might stay here all night. Rollins throws the apple on the floor and has a laugh while Edge panics and is on the phone. He tells Beth to go to her brother’s because Seth is in the house! Edge is calling his friends, too, to figure this out. But what else can Edge do so far from home?
Carmella VS Liv Morgan!
The (self-proclaimed) Most Beautiful Woman in the WWE wants revenge for the Extreme Rules kickoff, but Liv says she’ll kick Mella’s face off! What happens in this rematch after the break?
SmackDown returns and Liv fires off furious forearms! Mella bails out and demands a microphone. “You bitch! That’s the last chance you’re ever gonna have to try and destroy my beautiful face.” Mella calls in her make-up team, and they secure her face with a mask?! Mella gets in the ring and Liv is more shocked by that than anything. Fans rally with “You Look Stupid!” as Mella hits a FACEBUSTER! Mella still says she’s beautiful as she takes the mask back off to say, “I’m hot! You’re not!” So the match doesn’t even happen, but Mella acts like she won. Will Mella’s ego ever be deflated?
The third round of the Draft is here!
SmackDown opens this round by choosing… Happy Corbin & Madcap Moss! These two are surely tickled pink to stay on the blue brand. Raw selects… the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions, Rhea Ripley & Nikki A.S.H! They can still go wherever they want with those belts, but they’ll stay on Team Red. SmackDown selects NXT’s HIT ROW! Isaiah “Swerve” Scott, Top Dolla, Ashante Thee Adonis & B-Fab are ALL coming to Smack~ Down~! And Raw closes the round with… Keith “Bearcat” Lee! Mondays stay limitless as Keith continues to hunt on Raw!
8 Man Tag: The New Day & The Street Profits VS The Dirty Dawgs & The Alpha Academy!
Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods return to SmackDown and they get to have some Solo cups with Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins! But will they still be feeling good after taking on Robert Roode, Dolph Ziggler, Chad Gable & “The Dozer,” Otis Dozovic?
SmackDown returns as all the teams are in the ring. Teams sort out and Kofi starts with Ziggler. They circle, tie up and Kofi holds off a leg takedown with a facelock. Kofi waistlocks, Ziggler switches and tries for a headlock but Kofi resists. Kofi powers out, things speed up, Kofi hurdles and hurdles to back elbow Ziggler down! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up as Kofi gets Ziggler up, wrenches and tags Woods. Woods climbs up to drop ax handles on Ziggler’s arm. Woods wrenches, tags Ford and he climbs up to drop ax handles! Ziggler knees the bad ribs and tags Gable. Gable runs into an arm-drag! Gable fights up, Ford wrenches an arm but Gable rolls and bridges.
Gable handsprings and headlocks. Gable keeps moving to spin and drop toehold! “For the Academy!” Ford whips him away but Gable goes up and over to sunset flip! TWO, but Gable runs in, only for Ford to hurdle. Ford jumps again but Gable pushes him down to get an ANKLE LOCK! Ford turns, boots Gable away, then mule kicks and front kicks! Gable staggers, Ford wrenches and whips but Otis tags in. Ford back drops Gable and SLAPS Ziggler! SLAP for Roode! SLAP for Otis then an ENZIGURI! Fans fire up with Ford but Gable kicks the ribs. Ford whips Gable out, goes to the apron and leaps, into Otis’ arms! Otis SLAMS Ford on the apron, then THROWS him into barriers!
Fans boo but Gable cheers on his guy. The New Day and Dawkins back Roode, Ziggler and Gable off but Otis RAMS Ford into more barriers! The ref has all the teammates stand down as SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns and Gable keeps Ford from his corner with a BIG back suplex! Fans boo but Gable soaks up the heat as Ford goes to the apron. Ford shoulders into Gable, then again! Ford taunts Roode to hit a slingshot, but into a NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO! Gable DECKS the New Day then soaks up more heat. Gable gets Ford up, but Ford slips out of the back suplex! Gable trips him up, Ford kicks him up and out but Ziggler tags in! Ziggler gets a foot and drags Ford from his corner again! Ford flips up to his feet and CHOPS Ziggler! Then ENZIGURIS Ziggler down! Fans are fired up and so are the teammates! Hot tags to Roode and Dawkins!
Dawkins dodges Roode, DECKS Otis, then rallies on the Dirty Dawgs! Roode kicks, whips but Dawkins hurdles to back elbow! Gable gets in to get an EXPLODER! Dawkins gives Roode the CASH OUT! Cover, Otis breaks it! Woods runs in into the DISCUS BACK ELBOW! Otis runs at Dawkins but Dawkins dumps him out! Ford FLIES and takes Otis out at the ramp! fans are thunderous but Ziggler SUPERKICKS Ford down! Kofi gets on the steps to LEAP and take out Ziggler! Roode hits Dawkins with a SPINEBUSTER! Roode is furious but he demands Dawkins gets up. Kick and GLORIOUS- HAYMAKER from Dawkins! Dawkins hot tags Kofi!
Kofi tags Woods, scoops Roode, backbreaker to the DOUBLE STOMPS! Cover, New Day & Profits win!
Winners: The New Day & The Street Profits, by pinfall
Fridays have the power of positivity once again, but will the SmackDown Tag Division feel the power?
The fourth and final round for night one is here!
Sonya is a bit shocked that SmackDown took… NAOMI! The Glow is still on Fridays and maybe now Sonya will have no choice but to give her a match. Raw takes… Rey & Dominik Mysterio! The King of Lucha and his son are getting to dial it up on Mondays now! SmackDown’s last pick of the night: Jeff Hardy! The Charismatic Enigma returns to the blue brand, will he return to title form? And Raw’s last pick of the night is NXT’s Austin Theory! The Way’s “son” is moving up in the world as he makes his way to Mondays!
Backstage interview with Jeff Hardy.
Hardy is fired up but Brock Lesnar walks in! Hardy lets The Beast have this time and he asks if this is live. Yes… His apologies, then. Lesnar has a “public announcement” to share. Lesnar thanks his friend, Paul Heyman, because with his help, Lesnar is a free agent. And with that, Lesnar gets to do whatever Lesnar wants to do. Mic drop. Will that mean Lesnar can bring BOTH Raw and SmackDown under Suplex City limits?
The Bloodline sits in the back.
Roman asks Heyman about that “good friend” stuff. Is Heyman still good friends with Lesnar? Heyman looks ready to cry as Roman asks if they are good friends. Heyman says Roman is his Tribal Chief. Well if Heyman was a friend, then he’d be looking out for Roman and his family. Were the Usos drafted to SmackDown tonight? N-No, but they will be on Raw. That’s a strategy that is used in negotiations. It’s all behind the scenes! Heyman vows eh is “The Wiseman” and Roman starts laughing. Yeah, he’s their wise man. Heyman is their wise man when ROMAN says he’s the wise man!!
Roman calms down and Heyman is afraid. Roman tells “The Wiseman” to follow the strategy and stick to the plan. Heyman will go to Raw on Monday and make sure that the Usos are chosen by SmackDown. Does he understand? “Yes, my Tribal Chief. Thank you, my Tribal Chief.” Heyman hurries off, and Roman tells the Usos to go with him Monday. “And I want to make it very clear that you’re to be drafted to SmackDown. And if you’re not, leave him for dead at Raw.” The Bloodline might be spilling blood on the red brand if they don’t go where Roman wants! Will the Wiseman be a dead one after Monday?
Sasha Banks VS Bianca Belair!
The Boss came back with a vengeance as she blew up the EST’s rematch with The Man! Now they’ll revisit the ESPY award winning, history making WrestleMania 37 main event here on Draft night! Who gains some major momentum towards the looming Crown Jewel Triple Threat?
SmackDown returns and naturally, The Man comes around! Big Time Becks wants to watch this one up close and personal as the bell rings. Bianca and Sasha circle, but Sasha doesn’t like fans chanting for the “EST!” They tie up, Bianca pushes Sasha but Sasha turns things around. Bianca powers Sasha to the opposite corner but Sasha pushes her away. Bianca dares Sasha to bring it, they tie up again and Sasha headlocks. Sasha thrashes Bianca around but Bianca endures. Bianca powers up, powers out and hurdles to then roll back. Sasha stops the monkey flip to RANA! Bianca ends up in a corner, Sasha runs and hits a monkey flip!
But Bianca lands on her feet! Bianca tells Sasha to kiss this, then she runs Sasha over! Fans rally for the EST and she makes sure Sasha knows it. Becky complains about being disrespected while Bianca bumps Sasha off buckles. Then off more buckles! Bianca drags Sasha up to scoop and say, “I am the E! S!” But Sasha slips out, waistlocks, but Bianca switches. Sasha bucks Bianca then runs in, to another scoop! Bianca trophy lifts Sasha then SLAMS her down! Becky says she’s strong, too. Bianca runs into the corner but Sasha stops her with DEADLY NIGHTSHADE! Sasha reels Bianca in, but no backstabber as Bianca stays up!
Bianca spins Sasha around to a torture rack! KISS OF- NO! Sasha lands on her feet to KNEE back! But Bianca returns to CLOBBER Sasha with that forearm! The Boss bails out and The Man is a bit nervous now. Becky holds up her belt to reestablish confidence as SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns and Bianca RAMS Sasha into a corner to fight out of a sleeper! Bianca gets free then RAMS a shoulder into Sasha! Becky scowls as Bianca puts Sasha up top. Bianca climbs up to join Sasha but Sasha fights back. Sasha shoves but Bianca flips to her feet! Sasha still hits a METEORA! Cover, TWO! Sasha can’t believe it but Bianca survives. Bianca gest up in the corner but Sasha fires off haymakers! Sasha lets off, goes up and tornado but Bianca shoves her away! Sasha runs in, Bianca turns wheelbarrow into GlamEST SLAM! Cover, TWO!! Now Bianca is surprised as Becky gets mad at Michael Cole for bringing up Triple Threat rules.
Bianca bumps Sasha off buckles, stomps a mudhole into her, then drags her back up. Bianca TOSSES Sasha across the way! Bianca runs in but Sasha dodges! Bianca elbows back, Sasha returns but Bianca spins her to a suplex! Bianca holds Sasha up and SLAMS her down at 10! Then kips up to handspring and MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Bianca drags Sasha up, Sasha SLAPS her! Then SLAPS her again! Sasha runs to double knee! And double knee again, only for Bianca to power up! But Sasha hits more DEADLY NIGHTSHADE! Sasha goes up and reels Bianca in, tornado, but Bianca stalls it, only for Sasha to still hit the DDT! Cover, TWO!!
Sasha is frustrated but Becky admits they’re WrestleMania main eventers. But Becky did that first! Sasha stomps Bianca around, goes to a corner and climbs up to FROG SPLASH! Cover, TWO!! Sasha is losing her cool as Bianca is still in this! Fans rally for Bianca but Sasha drags her up by her hair. Sasha runs and rolls but into an ALLEY-OOP! Cover, TWO! Sasha bails out but Bianca goes out after her. Bianca gets Sasha up to torture rack! Sasha gets inside and KNEES Bianca back! Bianca holds on, Sasha runs and slides but Bianca flips out of the bomb! Becky is there and they argue, but Sasha runs in! Bianca SLAMS Sasha into the barriers!
Bianca drags Sasha back up and tells Becky to give the ring space. But the ref is busy and Becky holds Bianca’s hair! Sasha runs in, sunset to a jackknife, Sasha wins!!
Winner: Sasha Banks, by pinfall
Then Charlotte Flair runs in!? She BOOTS Sasha down, then BOOTS Bianca down! Or rather, heels, as she did those still wearing her shoes. The Raw AND SmackDown Women’s Champions look at each other as they hold up their belts, but who will be the one champion to rule them all?
Even with the WWE Draft being put upon us by corporate network whining and complaining, and therefore some questionable choices made in that draft, still a great night for SmackDown. As we saw to end the night, we got a great main event out of Sasha VS Bianca, even with Becky having her part to play towards their Triple Threat. Then Charlotte has actions that speak louder than words, since she didn’t say that much earlier in her promo, and there is a lot of intrigue to how the RawDown Women’s Division changes.
One semi-boring way would be to copy the tag title trade from last year. That is to say, Bianca going to Raw means she’ll win back the SmackDown Women’s Championship, she and Charlotte trade, everything goes as is. Another way WWE would totally do is unify the belts at Survivor Series. Either way, I’m surprised the Four Horsewomen are all on the same brand. Even with Bayley injured, she’s still “signed” to SmackDown, but maybe Bayley will move over so her return can be against Bianca on Raw. A part of me hopes that Survivor Series sets up Four Horsewomen against four others, though, since we never got NXT Four Horsewomen VS MMA Four Horsewomen.
In other Women’s Division news, Vince is again dragging the midcard back to the Divas Era. Also, what is it with medical face wear and Vince right now? Sheamus mask, Mandy mask (for a week) and now Mella mask. Mella doesn’t even have her rematch with Liv, it’s all just to plug the mask, which could’ve been done as a backstage promo. At least there was passive aggressive Sonya not happy about Fox and SmackDown keeping Naomi. At least we know the King of the Ring and the Queen’s Crown (aka Queen of the Ring) are starting next week and heading for Crown Jewel. I would think none of the champions are winning, so cross all of them off right now.
Okay, time to criticize other picks. Drew McIntyre moving over seems a waste with how he called out Big E on Raw. Yes, he can get a great feud out of Roman Reigns after Crown Jewel, but I was hoping for McIntyre VS Big E at some point. Or even another shot at Priest for the US Championship and possibly the Grand Slam. Maybe Raw announces the midcard champions are traded and such things still happen, but I feel like WWE won’t care about that. New Day being split up again by putting Kofi & Woods on SmackDown while Big E stays on Raw is Vince, USA and Fox being morons. Still got a great 8 Man Tag from New Day, Profits, Dawgs & Alpha Academy, but c’mon! We just got New Day in full back! And now we only get it for another three weeks? That’s crap.
Kevin VS Corbin was an alright match but of course “Madcap” Moss helps Corbin win that. Corbin and Moss being drafted together establishes already that they’re a tag team, so I expect those guys to be feuding with New Day as soon as this Kevin Owens feud is done. And with Rey & Dom going to Raw, is Sami free to team with Kevin after all? Can we get Kevin & Sami as tag champions already so Kevin gets his Grand Slam? I really feel that helps put all this “Are they gonna go to AEW?” stuff to rest if they can finally do something of importance.
Edge going to Raw is fine, the three weeks and Crown Jewel is the countdown for one last Edge VS Rollins and then that’s it. Rollins going to the Copeland house was wild, as was that custom “Seth Rollins print” jacket. Their blow-off needs to be a No DQ style, like Last Man Standing or even Hardcore to bring back memories of when Edge feuded with Mick Foley.
And we got a lot of great stuff out of the growing Lesnar-Heyman-Roman triangle. Lesnar continues to turn Roman against Heyman just by claiming this or that, and of course Lesnar was going to be a free agent since it doesn’t matter where he goes, he won’t be there full time. Roman might even be pushing Heyman back to Lesnar’s side by wanting him to do his job or be assaulted on Raw. But I would think Usos stay on SmackDown anyway as the champions and because there’s still a lot of Bloodline story potential. It’d be another dumb move if they got split up just as fans started to like this stuff, kinda like keeping New Day apart two years running.
My Score: 8.3/10
Mitchell’s NJPW WTL x BOSJ Results & Report! (11/27/21)
BOSJ, Round 6!
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!
- 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.
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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
Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (11/26/21)
Black Friday is on a Rampage!
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!
- 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?
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,
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?
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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Down The Wire: Thanksgiving Special
Tom and Dave talk about about Week 11 in the NFL, back up QBs, and discuss the new favorite in...
Chairshot Radio: Hockey Talk- Leveling Out 
On this week’s Hockey Talk, Patrick and Dave were a bit under the weather. But nothing can stop the Dynamic...
Cook’s 2021 NFL Gambling Picks: Week 11
Cook's better record looks as bad as the Jets record this year. Our main man may have just had his...
Mitchell’s Hyrule Puro-Resu Results & Report! (11/25/21)
Only the hungriest will survive!
Bandwagon Nerds #106: Spider-Speculation
With Patrick and Dave under the weather and Rey out of action, the Bandwagon brings an episode a little shorter...
Andrew’s Judgmental Album Reviews: Diablo Swing Orchestra – Swagger & Stroll Down the Rabbit Hole (2021)
The JAR ventured across an avant-garde metal band from Sweden. Join me down the rabbit hole as we see where...
BWN Nerds’ Movie Review: Red Notice (2021)
A movie with a few beloved stars, a simple enough premise and it was trending number 1 on Netflix for...
Home Is Where Hallmark Is #011: BINGO! Countdown To Christmas Week 3 & 4
It's Bingo time! Plus The Countdown To Christmas rolls into Week 4 after Week 3 is reviewed, all on Home...
Mitchell’s NJPW WTL x BOSJ Results & Report! (11/27/21)
BOSJ, Round 6!
Steve Cook’s Fave Five: November 2021
It’s Thanksgiving week, and you know what that means! This is the time we give thanks for our favorite professional...
Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (11/26/21)
Black Friday is on a Rampage!
Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (11/26/21)
The Island of Relevancy awaits.
The Outsiders Edge Classic Episode – Thanksgiving 2018
The Outsider's Edge brings you a classic episode from Thanksgiving Week 2018, as Rance and Kyle break down that year's...
Chairshot Radio: 5 Star Quiztime 
Rey, Mags, and Tolley bring you #HeadTrauma Fridays, as they embark on a special quiz about 5 Star Matches!
Mitchell’s WWE NXT UK Results & Report! (11/25/21)
Will the Thunderstorm finally taste gold?
Badlands: What If Vince Never Bought WWF?
Badlands is back with a new episode that asks the question, What If Vince never bought the WWF?
Mitchell’s NJPW WTL x BOSJ Results & Report! (11/24/21)
BOSJ, Round 5!
Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (11/24/21)
This is a full plate for Dynamite!
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Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (11/22/21)
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Mitchell’s WWE Survivor Series Results & Report! (11/21/21)
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Andrew’s IMPACT Turning Point Results & Match Ratings: 11.20.2021
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