SmackDown on Fox Sports 1 is doing it up big!
SmackDown is SUPERSIZED with The Man VS The Boss and BROCK LESNAR confronting Roman Reigns before their Crown Jewel title matches!
- King of the Ring Semifinals: Sami Zayn VS Finn Balor; Balor wins and advances to the finals at Crown Jewel.
- Naomi VS Sonya Deville; changed to…
- 2v1 Handicap: Naomi VS Sonya Deville & Shayna Baszler; Deville & Baszler win.
- Queen’s Crown Semifinals: Zelina Vega VS Carmella; Vega wins and advances to the finals at Crown Jewel.
- SmackDown Tag Team Championships Street Fight: The Usos VS The Street Profits; The Usos win and retain the titles.
- Becky Lynch VS Sasha Banks; Banks wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Edge is here!
The Rated R Superstar is in the Toyota Arena as he prepares for his final showdown with Seth Rollins! And after Rollins invaded Edge’s home, he’s bringing Rollins into HELL IN A CELL! Edge gets a mic and has a chair to take a seat in the ring. “So Seth, this all started between us seven years ago when you tried to use me as a stepping stone to notoriety. You spring forward seven years, and we find ourselves in each other’s way with a need to become Universal Champion. Which you caused from happening.” But this is so much more than that now. All those weeks after winning in Madison Square Garden, Rollins called Edge out while he wasn’t cleared to complete.
Rollins got greedy, called Edge’s bluff and went to Edge’s home. Not house, home. Houses are four walls but home is where Edge breaks bread, puts bandages on scraped knees and tucks his little girls into bed every night. “And you pissed all over it.” Rollins is watching backstage as Edge says this is out of his playbook. Edge once slapped John Cena’s dad! And here’s the thing: Edge underestimated Rollins. And that’d be like underestimating himself, which he never does. They’re so much alike, that when they see mistakes, they capitalize. Rollins underestimated Edge, Edge beat him decisively. Edge did that in MSG and Rollins stretchered Edge out of the world’s most famous arena.
Edge wants Rollins to know that he’s the only guy who comes close to matching him in passion, intensity and obsession for this. Close, but not equal. Rollins is not Edge Lite, Edge admits that. Rollins is his own man, he IS Seth Freakin’ Rollins. Rollins likes hearing that. Fans chant, “Seth, You Suck!” and Edge likes hearing that. But because Rollins is different, Edge has to end this. Otherwise, their families will be effected. Edge could go to Rollins’ home and encounter Becky. But Edge won’t do that. Edge will channel this feeling and change the look in Rollins’ eyes, leaving nothing but a husk of the man we see now!
A few weeks ago, Rollins said he felt sorry for Edge. That is a mistake. You never feel sympathy for the devil, and that’s what these two are. Edge won’t hesitate to put Rollins down. Edge had his opening last time, he will not hesitate this time. Their trilogy ends in Hell in a Cell! Rollins, listen real closely to this blueprint of Rollins’ future: “I am going to scar your SOUL! And that is a scar that you NEVER, EVER heal from!” Edge is ready to go to new depths to settle the score, but will it truly end at Crown Jewel?
King of the Ring Semifinals: Sami Zayn VS Finn Balor!
The Great Liberator used the Mysterio Family dysfunction to his advantage while The Prince battled the Swiss Cyborg straight-up. Will Sami have a trick to deny Balor the throne? Or will the Prince ascend to Crown Jewel and be a step away from the achievement of a lifetime?
SmackDown returns and Sami makes his entrance. Sami kisses the crown, that confident he’ll be wearing it soon enough. The bell rings and the two circle. Sami goes to a corner for defense but comes back to tie up with Balor. Sami waistlocks, Balor wrenches free and hammerlocks. Balor wrangles Sami to the mat as fans chant, “Sami Sucks!” Sami fights up, spins through but Balor puts the hammerlock right back on. Sami elbows out and then headlocks to scrape Balor’s face! Fans boo, Sami stalks Balor and kicks him low. Sami CHOPS Balor, whips him to ropes but Balor reverses. Sami sunset flips, Balor rolls through to basement dropkick! And then he arm-drags Sami to a cording hold!
Sami endures, Balor cranks the hold, and Sami grabs at Balor’s beard. The ref reprimands, Sami knees low and whips Balor to ropes. Balor ducks and dodges but Sami CLOBBERS Balor! Cover, TWO! Another try, TWO! A third, TWO! Sami grows annoyed but the fans rally up for Balor. Sami puts Balor on the ropes and chokes him! The ref counts, Sami lets off at 4 and he throws body shots. Sami wraps on a chinlock and traps an arm to bring Balor down. Balor endures, fights up as fans rally, but Sami knees him low again. Sami whips, Balor reverses and then throws Sami out! Balor builds speed to FLY! Direct hit at the ramp and fans fire up as SmackDown goes to break!
SmackDown returns and Sami bumps Balor off buckles. Sami pushes Balor around, bumps him off more buckles, then soaks up the heat. Sami throws haymakers and says Balor’s in the ring with a king. Balor counter punches! Fans fire up as Balor sobats, CHOPS, but Sami forearms back! Balor hits a PELE! Both men go down and fans fire up again! Sami and Balor slowly sit up, Sami gets to ropes and Balor storms over to grab him by the hair! Balor bumps Sami off buckles, but Sami HOTSHOTS back! Sami grins as he goes up a corner, but Balor CHOPS him! Balor climbs up to join Sami, Sami fights with body shots, then Sami headbutts and shoves Balor down!
Sami mocks Balor’s pose, then adjusts to jump, into a dropkick! Balor covers, TWO!! Sami escapes but Balor drags him up into the dragon sleeper, for the ELBOW DROP- NO! Sami turns that into a BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Balor survives and Sami rolls his eyes in annoyance. Sami drags Balor up, reels him in, but Balor blocks the exploder! Sami drives in elbows again and again as fans fire up. EXPLODER into buckles! Sami goes to the corner, waits for Balor to stand back up, Sami runs in but Balor dodges the Helluva Kick! Balor GAMANGIRIS Sami down, climbs up top, but Sami trips him up!
Balor flops to the mat, Sami rolls him, with feet on the ropes! The ref sees it, though! The ref warns Sami to respect her authority, but then Balor trips Sami up to rain down rights! Fans fire up with Balor as he aims from a corner, SLINGBLADE! And then the SHOTGUN! Sami hits buckles and falls into the drop zone! Balor goes up top, to COUP DE- NO! Sami dodges and rolls him up, TWO!! Balor escapes again but Sami hurries! Clinch, but Balor wheelbarrows and victory rolls to a DOUBLE STOMP! Another SHOTGUN, and Sami flounders about! Balor fires up, runs corner to corner for a third SHOTGUN!
Sami’s down again, Balor goes back up! COUP DE GRACE!! Cover, Balor wins!!
Winner: Finn Balor, by pinfall (advances to Crown Jewel)
And the Prince is that much closer to the throne! But who from Raw will meet Balor in the finals to fight for the crown?
Naomi VS Sonya Deville!
SmackDown finally gets to #FeelTheGlow as Naomi is finally given her return match! And speaking of, this is the return to the ring for Sonya, too! Will Sonya realize her abuse of power was a big mistake? Or will she knock Naomi down with an iron fist?
SmackDown returns and Sonya says the party is over. She has the music cut and she warned Naomi to not walk out of the office before Sonya is done talking. Don’t worry, there is still a match going on. But it will be Naomi VS Sonya and Shayna Baszler! The Queen of Spades makes her move to SmackDown a week early, and clearly by how Sonya is dressed, she was never really going to face Naomi at all. Will Naomi be able to defy a stacked deck?
Naomi VS Sonya Deville & Shayna Baszler!
Sonya says she makes the rules, this is tornado style. Ring the bell! The bell rings and Sonya SLAPS Naomi down! Naomi chases Sonya but Shayna grabs at Naomi! Naomi breaks free to ROUNDHOUSE! Sonya realizes she’s alone now and the chase is back on! Sonya goes around the way to slide back into the ring, but Naomi sees Shayna coming and ENZIGURIS her down! But Sonya KNEES Naomi down! Shayna kicks and CLUBS Naomi, Sonya throws her jacket off as she gets serious now. Shayna stands Naomi up and Sonya throws a heavy body shot. Shayna stands Naomi back up and Sonya says, “What did you do with the opportunity? You failed, like you always do!”
Sonya and Shayna still mug Naomi but Naomi BOOTS Sonya then fires off on Shayna! Naomi dodges Shayna to springboard and FLYING ROUNDHOUSE! Naomi puts Shayna in a drop zone but Sonya anchors Naomi! Naomi drags Sonya in, but Shayna gets the KIRAFUDA KLUTCH! Sonya wants Shayna to finish Naomi, and then she mocks Naomi, “You wanted a match! What happens now?” Naomi is OUT, Shayna lets Sonya cover, Sonya & Shayna win!
Winners: Sonya Deville & Shayna Baszler, by pinfall
Fans boo but Sonya just takes a bow. Naomi gets up, gasping for air. Will Sonya continue to bully Naomi? Or will Naomi call upon someone with even more pull?
Hit Row is coming!
B-Fab, Top Dolla, Ashante “Thee” Adonis and Isaiah “Swerve” Scott are ready to upgrade from NXT 2.0 to SmackDown. And if you didn’t know, now you know!
Sasha Banks speaks.
“They say some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them. But in my case, it’s all of the above!” Now, we are just six days away from Crown Jewel where Sasha makes history when she takes back the title. Making history is nothing new to her since she’s done that since day one. But she’s also here to right some wrongs. Two weeks ago, it was Bianca Belair. Tonight, it’s Becky’s turn. Big Time Becks gets a big time beatdown as Sasha is in a whole new zone. She is here to destroy and conquer as the blueprint and our NEW SmackDown Women’s Champion.
Seth Rollins heads to the ring!
We heard from Edge, but now The Visionary and his half argyle, half polka dot suit get to respond. He promises to “unleash hell” but what does that mean? We find out after the break.
SmackDown returns and Rollins has a mic. He takes a moment while the fans chant, “Seth, You Suck!” But then Rollins laughs and says Edge really came out here, trying to convince all of us and himself that he has any chance against Rollins at Crown Jewel! That is the greatest joke he’s heard in some time! But let’s set the record straight: Rollins is “in no way intimidated or afraid to face Edge inside Hell in a Cell. And do you know why?” Rollins will tell us: Hell has already frozen over here in California! The man himself, Edge, finally said it! He finally uttered the words, as we all heard, Edge was wrong. Rollins is NOT Edge Lite! HAHAHA!
See? Edge is finally coming around to what we have all known all along: Rollins is BETTER than Edge in every single possible way! Rollins is in Edge’s head! He has out-manipulated the master of mind game, and if that isn’t an advantage, than what is? Rollins says he has a mental and physical advantage after the MSG stomp and the stretcher and the hospital stay. There’s no way Edge can be 100%! But then what does Edge do? “He’s got an ace up his sleeve: Hell in a Cell.” Now Rollins will say this one more time, and he will say it very slowly for all of those in the back so you can understand him. “I. Am in no way. Intimidated or afraid. To face Edge. Inside Hell in a Cell!!”
Edge is right about a couple of things, though. Fans troll Rollins with chants of “Harley Quinn!” and “We Want Edge!” Rollins says he and Edge are devils cut from the same cloth, but there is one major difference: Rollins has spent more time inside the Cell than Edge has! Rollins knows what that structure does to people, and what it has done to Rollins! Rollins has been calloused by the Cell, been scarred by the Cell, just look at him!! Rollins is who he is today because of the Cell. And Edge is right, the fairy tale does end at Crown Jewel. Just not the way Edge thinks. And Rollins knows this because he is The Visionary, he is the Revolutionary, he IS Seth Freakin’ Rollins.
Carmella & Zelina Vega talk backstage.
These two are so glad that they don’t have “that raggedy” Liv Morgan around. If Vega is to win, she has to go against the best. And we all know that Mella, the Most Beautiful Woman in All of WWE is 10 times better than Liv and Toni Storm. Now, Vega won’t break Mella’s face, so she doesn’t need to have that mask> They can just have the good, clean, fair match as the classy ladies they are. Mella is so happy she’s facing someone who gets it! They’re both happy for each other, but will things stay friendly this close to the finals?
Queen’s Crown Semifinals: Zelina Vega VS Carmella!
SmackDown returns and Vega makes her entrance. Mella lets her ladies know she doesn’t need them but appreciates them being on standby. The bell rings and Vega continues to promise she won’t go after the face. Mella and Vega tie up, Mella goes for a roll up, TWO! Vega applauds that one, and then she returns it! TWO, and Mella applauds. They high five then circle. They tie up, Mella waistlocks, Vega pries free to switch. Mella bumps out, wrenches and wrangles Vega to the mat. Vega endures as Mella wants fans to cheer for her. Vega refuses to quit, she fights her way up, but Mella wrangles her right back down to go after the shoulder.
Vega still endures, and she fights up again, but Mella YANKS the arm. Mella has a wristlock, Vega uses ropes to flip through and she arm-drags Mella away. Vega then rolls Mella up, TWO! FABULOUS KICK! Vega gets away to a corner and Mella apologizes, that was out of habit. Vega snarls while wiping away smudged lipstick. THESZ PRESS! Fast hands, too! Mella pushes Vega away and worries about her face! She calls her ladies back and they get the protective mask out. The ref starts a ring count but then Mella sees Liv has snatched the mask! Liv waves hi and asks if this is what she wants. Then she shows a punch! Mella runs into the ring, Vega gets her for a cradle! Vega wins!
Winner: Zelina Vega, by pinfall (advances to Crown Jewel)
Liv gets in the ring and Mella bails out since she has no protection! Will Mella ever get past her grudge with Liv? As for Vega, she sits on the throne and has both crown and scepter. Will La Muneca become Queen Zelina soon enough?
“Happy” Corbin & “Mad Cap” Moss are here!
These two are back again for another episode of Happy Talk! But what will these two bust up over this time? We find out, after the break.
SmackDown returns, Corbin and Moss are in their seats as Corbin welcomes us back tot he show putting smiles on people’s faces. He welcomes his guest, the funniest man he’s ever met, Mad Cap Moss. Moss, give ’em something. So there’s this hen. Every day she lays eggs, until one day, she just stops. No one knows why and the hen is devastated. Eventually, the hen goes to see a therapist. And miracle of all miracles, she’s got a diagnosis: an egg-sistential crisis! But speaking of chickens, Kevin Owens flew the coop and ran away to Raw because he couldn’t take the heat. What do you call it when Kevin Owens is writhing in pain? Just another Friday night!
Corbin says he can’t wait to hear all the new jokes Moss will have for all the new SmackDown additions, from Charlotte to New Day to Drew McIntyre. All prime targets! Here’s one now! Ricochet and McIntyre walk into a bar. The bartender says- Rick Boogs interrupts! He introduces himself, and says he isn’t here to listen to bad jokes. He came here to ROCK with the Intercontinental Champion, Shinsuke NakamuuurAAAAAAAAAAA~!! And here he comes! Nakamura and Boogs go to ringside, Pat McAfee gets on the desk to rock out with them, and even Moss can’t help but smile. Of course, he could just be looney.
Nakamura eggs Corbin on as he and Boogs go back up the ramp to continue the concert. But wait! Here come the Street Profits! Boogs adjusts his tune to join in as Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins bring the swag like nobody can! But in their last match on the blue brand, will the Profits finally get the blue belts back and whisk them away to Raw? We find out after the break!
SmackDown Tag Team Championships Street Fight: The Usos VS The Street Profits!
SmackDown returns and The Usos make their entrance. The introductions are made, the titles are raised, and there’s no rules but to win as the Profits get one last chance!
Hands start flying already and the Profits back the Usos down. Jey whips Dawks but he spins it around to the CASH-OUT! Jey goes out, Dawkins pursues but is thrown into barriers! Jimmy flips Ford but he lands on his feet to ROCK Jimmy! Ford has Jimmy in a corner, climbs up and finishes off his drink before raining down rights! Jey drags Ford down for a back suplex to NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Dawkins returns but Jimmy DECKS him with an uppercut! The Usos go out after Dawkins but he fights them off! They get the 2v1 advantage then RAM Dawkins into barriers! Fans fire up as Ford FLIES and takes out both Usos!!
Ford fires up with SoCal and Dawkins tells him, “Tez! Get the tables!!” They bring out a table! Fans are thunderous already as the Profits pick up the table, only for the Usos to DOUBLE DIVE into them!! All four men go down and fans are fired up again as SmackDown goes to break!
SmackDown returns and Jimmy gives Dawkins some ground ‘n’ pound. Fans want tables but Jey looks under the ring and finds no table on that end. Instead, he brings out kendo sticks! He tosses one to Jimmy then brings one in for himself. Jimmy SMACKS Dawkins right in the chest! Jey takes aim and SMACKS Dawkins on the back! Dawkins writhes and rolls, but he sits up as the Usos coordinate. Fans want it “One More Time!” and the Usos DOUBLE KENDO SMACK! Cover, TWO! Dawkins stays in this so the Usos just SMACK away on him over and over and from all sides! But Ford climbs up top and CROSSBODIES in! Down go both Usos!
Jey gets up but Ford sends him out! Ford dodges Jimmy and Jimmy hits post! Ford kicks, KICKS and BACK HANDS! Ford has a chair! Catch, and CALF KICK! Down goes Jimmy, Ford covers, TWO!! Jey returns, Ford dodges but runs into a POP-UP SAMOAN DROP! Jey hushes the Profits’ fans, then hypes up The Bloodline. “UCE!” “OH!” “UCE!” “OH!” “UCE!” “OH!” Jey runs into a SUPERKICK! Dawkins pops Jey up for Ford’s BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO!! Dawkins gets the kendo stick now and fans fire up as Dawkins SMACKS Jey! And SMACKS him again! Ford has the chair to SMACK Jey again! Ford goes to a corner, Dawkins Electric Chair lifts, but Jimmy makes the save!
Ford jumps over as Dawkins is POSTED! Usos DOUBLE SUPERKICK Ford! DOUBLE SUPERKICKS for Dawkins! Cover, TWO!! The Profits are down and fans chant “This is Awesome!” The Usos put Dawkins dead center and they go up the corners. Fans still want tables, but Ford drags Jey off the top! Ford smacks Jey off the desk! Jimmy runs over but into a GAMANGIRI! And the ANOINTING! Ford FROM THE HEAVENS!! Cover, Jey drags Ford off in time! Jey picks Ford up, URENAGE through the table!! Ford is dazed in the wreckage, Dawkins flops out of the ring and hurries over. Dawkins CLOBBERS Jey from behind then rains down rights!
Dawkins bumps Jey off apron and ROCKS Jimmy with an uppercut! He blocks the superkick, waistlocks, O’Conner Roll, ONE and into an uppercut from Jey! SUPERKICK from Jimmy! DOUBLE SUPERKICKS from The Usos! Dawkins is down the Usos go up top again! USO SPLASH, TIMES TWO! Cover, the Usos win!
Winners: The Usos, by pinfall (still SmackDown Tag Team Champions)
The shirts say it all, #WeTheOnes who keep the blue gold on the blue brand! Will The Bloodline always rule SmackDown? As for the Profits, can they build back up once they move to Raw?
Backstage interview with Becky Lynch.
Any final thoughts on what Sasha said earlier tonight? Sasha wants to talk about greatness but Becky will tell us about greatness. Being undefeated in singles competition for almost three years. Kicking down doors so that others can waltz right in. Going off and having a baby like the god she is and then returning in record time to win a title. Greatness will be retaining this title in the biggest match of the year at Crown Jewel. Greatness is Big Time Becks, and she heads out to prove it! But will The Man come ’round only to stumble against The Boss?
Becky Lynch VS Sasha Banks!
SmackDown returns and Sasha makes her entrance. But wait! Here comes Bianca Belair to watch this up close and personal! The bell rings, Sasha and Becky focus on each other as they circle. They tie up, Sasha wrenches to a wristlock but Becky slips through to wrench back. Becky YANKS the arm, wristlocks but Sasha rolls and handsprings to get a headlock takeover. Becky fights up as fans rally and duel. Becky powers out to get a headlock on Sasha, but Sasha powers out, only for Becky to run her over! Becky flexes, runs, but Sasha avoids the leg drop! Becky avoids the meteora to sunset flip, TWO!
Becky gets the arm, La Magistrol! TWO, Sasha sweeps and covers, but Becky goes Matrix! Sasha rolls Becky up, TWO! Sasha victory rolls, TWO! The two stand off and fans fire up! Sasha and Becky reset, circle, and Sasha wags her finger. Becky kicks low, CLUBS Sasha then steps over the arm, but Sasha gets up to clinch! Becky fights that, drags Sasha down, but Sasha fights up to drag Becky down! Becky slips out, wants the arm, but Sasha wants the head! Becky powers up, powers Sasha back but Sasha uses that to throw Becky into buckles! Sasha runs corner to corner, blocks boots and puts Becky in the ropes! STOCK DROP KNEES! Cover, TWO!
Sasha rains down fists on Becky then paces as fans rally up. Becky gets to ropes, Sasha drags her up and brings her around to wrench. Becky fights the wristlock, waistlocks but Sasha switches to O’Conner Roll, TWO! Sasha throws, Becky dodges, things speed up. Sasha hurdles but Becky drops the leg! NECK SNAPPER! Cover, TWO! Becky keeps her cool and she pie faces Sasha. Becky stomps Sasha, drags her up, bumps her off buckles and stomps her more. Becky pushes Sasha to another corner, whips her corner to corner, but redirects, only for Sasha to put her on the apron, Sasha bumps Becky off buckles, KNEES her, then goes out to the apron.
Sasha runs side to side, KNEES into post as Becky dodges! Becky drags Sasha up and WRINGS her arm out onto the apron edge! Becky hurries in to cover, TWO! Becky drags Sasha up to throw her back out and let the ring count take care of this. Sasha stirs as the count is 5 of 10. Becky counts along, Sasha gets up at 7 and in at 8! Becky stomps away on Sasha and even kicks her around! Becky CLUBS Sasha, soaks up some heat, but Sasha throws body shots back. Sasha fires off forearms, runs, but Becky rolls to pick the leg! Becky elbows, trips and rolls Sasha for a BULLDOG! Cover, TWO! Becky grows frustrated and argues the count but the ref says it is fair.
Becky tells Sasha fans to shut their face, then she clamps on a chinlock stretch. Sasha endures, fights up, and arm-drags free! Becky comes back but Sasha spins her to a snap suplex! Sasha holds on for dos amigos! And then again, THREE AMIGOS! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up, chanting “EDDIE! EDDIE!” Becky grabs at Sasha in the ropes, fires off uppercuts and a kick, then POSTS Sasha! Becky goes up to have DISARM-HER in the ropes! The ref counts, Becky kicks Sasha as she lets off at 4. Becky keeps Sasha in the ropes, goes up, GUILLOTINE LEG DROP! Cover, TWO!! Sasha survives and Becky is shocked!
Fans rally and duel while Becky refocuses. Becky stalks Sasha, drags her up, but Sasha jawbreakers! Sasha throws body shots, forearms, but Becky knees low. Becky whips, Sasha reverses and runs in, but Becky dodges to JUMP KICK! Sasha falls down and fans fire up as Becky drags Sasha up the apron. Becky bumps Sasha off buckle crossbar again and again! Becky then goes out the other side, but Sasha YANKS Becky into the post! Sasha follows, blocks a kick to KNEE Becky, and then she METEORAS Becky against post! Sasha drags Becky in to run side to side, KNEE WASH! Fans fire up as Becky is in the drop zone and Sasha goes up top!
Becky stands, Sasha FLYING METEORA! Cover, TWO! Becky is still in this but Sasha grits her teeth. Sasha drags Becky up, Becky RAMS her back into buckles then arm-drags her away. Sasha returns but into an elbow! Becky goes up top, Sasha throws forearms! Sasha climbs up, Becky throws body shots and shoves her away. Becky leaps but Sasha gets under, BACKSTABBER! Becky goes flying out of the ring! The ring count starts already and Bianca gives a mocking little wave to Becky. Becky gets up at 6 of 10, Sasha joins Becky on the apron, but Becky holds off the sunset flip powerbomb to an APRON LEG DROP! Now Bianca gives a mocking wave to Sasha.
The ring count climbs again as Sasha stirs., Becky LEAPS off the steps, but into a takedown! BANK STATEMENT on the floor! Becky endures the crossface, she’s tapping but that’s not gonna count on the outside! Sasha puts Becky in, climbs up top, FROG SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!! Latino Heat could not help Sasha here and she is shocked! Fans are thunderous as they duel and Sasha gets to her feet. Sasha drags Becky up and throws a forearm. She CLUBS Becky on the neck, then whips her to a corner. Becky reverses, runs in and blocks the boot to UPPERCUT! Becky storms corner to corner and roars back in, FOREARM SMASH! Becky runs again but Sasha DOUBLE KNEES!
Sasha comes back, DOUBLE- NO! Becky caught Sasha to BECKSPLODER! Cover in the corner, feet on the ropes! The ref sees that and stops it! Becky doesn’t get mad, she just goes up, for the MAN’S LEG DROP! Cover, TWO! Becky is shocked but fans are dueling hard as ever! Becky drags Sasha back up, throws forearms then throws Sasha to the apron. Sasha’s in the ropes, again, but she avoid the guillotine leg drop! Sasha drags Becky out and brings her around, TORNADO- NO! Becky shoves Sasha at Bianca! Becky runs in, Sasha gets away, Becky DECKS Bianca! Sasha jumps off the desk to BOOT Becky into barriers!
Sasha drags Becky up and in, climbs up top, and FRGO SPLASH onto knees!! Becky hurries to cover, TWO!! “This is Awesome!” and far from over as the two slowly stir. Bianca also gets up on the outside while Sasha goes to a corner. Becky hobbles, runs over but into a KICK! Becky staggers, but she still catches Sasha to a BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! And an ARMBAR! Sasha claps hands, makes it a cover, TWO! Becky rolls Sasha gain, TWO! Sasha backslides but Becky fights it! Becky EuroUppers, and again, and again! Sobat, then the clinch, but Sasha victory rolls out, TWO!! Sasha spins Becky to a BACKATABBER! Flip to the BANK STATEMENT!!
Becky endures, flails, reaches, crawls, and gets the ROPEBREAK! Sasha holds on, the ref counts, Becky grabs the steps. Sasha WHIPS her hair but Becky narrowly avoids it! BACKSTABBER!! Cover, Sasha wins!!
Winner: Sasha Banks, by pinfall
The Boss gets a big win with help from The EST! Becky is upset, but will she get revenge at Crown Jewel? Or will she one way or another lose the SmackDown Women’s Championship to her challengers?
Meanwhile, Adam Pearce hustles the ring crew into setting up the contract signing set. The table and chairs are at the ready, and Pearce sets the microphones down because…
Roman Reigns heads to the ring!
As always, Paul Heyman hands the belt over so The Tribal Chief can lift it up and cue the pyro. Then they go down the ramp, Heyman holding up the belt as a banner. Roman gets in the ring, is given the belt back, and he holds it up for the second round of pyro. And then, here comes BROCK LESNAR! He has his own pyro but he doesn’t waste time getting to it! Lesnar does take a moment to circle the ring before getting in, though. Lesnar takes his seat as fans chant, “Suplex City!” and he even puts his feet up on the table. Roman hands the contract to Heyman for him to review it, and Lesnar is patient. Heyman says it is everything Roman requested, so his counsel is to sign the contract.
Roman takes up the pen, signs his part, and then sets the contract down on the table. Pearce hands it to Lesnar, Lesnar just signs it without even looking. Roman laughs at Lesnar and says, “You must be some kind of a dumbass. A big dumb farmer, huh? You just sign it without even reading it? What’s wrong with you, man?” Lesnar says he read it this morning, with his Advocate, Heyman. Again Roman and Heyman have tension, and Lesnar is laughing as he takes his leave! The Beast continues to show he can play mind games, but will he win the match with them? Will Heyman survive either way?
A really good go-home for SmackDown, though it was still clearly bogged down with usual go-home cliché. We got a lot of hype packages for the SmackDown draft choices, namely Drew McIntyre, Sheamus Hit Row, The New Day & Charlotte Flair. And we also got recap packages that while still well made were just filling up time so SmackDown could make it to 2 and a half hours. We got really good promos from Edge and Seth Rollins to hype up their Hell in a Cell match, that is going to be a lot of fun, but with them both going to Raw anyway, I honestly have no idea which way the match goes or if this even ends the feud. I mean, it should, and there’s even a way Rollins wins that writes Edge off until the Royal Rumble or beyond.
We got a great King of the Ring match with Balor naturally winning because for one, Sami refuses to go to Saudi Arabia, and two, going far in KOTR should be used to make up for Balor’s loss at Extreme Rules. The Queen’s Crown match had a promising start but nope, still disappointingly short. Liv could’ve still been why Mella lost, but did it have to be soon? This show was half an hour longer but the women’s match couldn’t be five more minutes? Naomi VS Sonya was also a bit disappointing, but the swerve did make sense. Sonya wasn’t going to play this fair against Naomi, and Shayna being Sonya’s choice sets things up for more story once the Draft “takes effect” next week.
The only good thing about Happy Talk was that it transitioned to Boogs rocking out to the SmackDown Tag Team Championship match starting. I don’t know why WWE/Vince keeps confusing cringe heat for genuine Heel heat, but that’s definitely happening with Corbin’s newest gimmick. But clearly we’re also getting Corbin & Moss VS Nakamura & Boogs that is really just a rehash of when Corbin, Nakamura and Boogs were a thing over the Wolf King’s crown. I’d rather Sheamus just blow this all up and he goes for the Intercontinental Championship and his Grand Slam. Just give a Brogue to everyone, especially Corbin and Moss.
I do love that the last half hour got to be commercial free, that was awesome. Becky VS Sasha was awesome stuff, and even Bianca’s moderate interference was alright. It was only fair since Bianca got screwed out, and so it was all a rotation through the three women fighting for the SmackDown Women’s Championship. What’s surprising is that Bianca is also facing Charlotte on Monday for the Raw Women’s Championship. It would make a lot of sense if Bianca won because she’s going to Raw anyway, so the title would stay there. That would then also mean Sasha wins at Crown Jewel to keep the SmackDown title on SmackDown. But then that does cut out a lot of the unpredictability of things, which is a bummer.
Then that contract signing to end things was actually perfectly done because it was short and Lesnar got to the point with his little mind game. I really hope Heyman does have a part to play this time, because Heyman could latch back onto Lesnar and leave Roman reeling.
My Score: 8.4/10
Lucha Central Weekly: WWE Releases, AAA TripleMania Regia, and Matanza Is Back In MLW (episode escaped from the vault!)
Miranda, Dusty, and Brendan bring you the latest in Lucha Libre as if it totally wasn’t over a week old!
Miranda, Dusty, and Brendan bring you the latest in Lucha Libre as if it totally wasn’t over a week old!
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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
A great round for the BOSJ, some real great surprises in the results. I thought for sure Kanemaru would keep going but Taguchi gets a win off him in a real good match. Douki using his pipe to fight off the wrench was great, but I had a feeling Sho would still win. Yoh getting another win is great, I still hope they make a big deal out of Yoh VS Sho when we get it. Bushi VS Phantasmo was good, and I like that ELP was playing it up that he got “it” back in his boot. But I find it interesting that he hesitated to use Sudden Death just to try and use Kenny Omega’s moves. I wonder if that was just to keep ELP from winning and keep him near the bottom.
I wasn’t surprised by Desperado winning, just in how he won. I didn’t think he’d win with just his signature pin, but that was quite the shocker. And then Taiji VS Hiromu was awesome stuff, and I didn’t think Taiji would get the win here. That’s big stuff for Taiji and the tournament. Taiji’s in the top three, he could make a run for the top. Desperado VS Kanemaru is next round, too, that will be a very interesting one.
My Score: 8.9/10
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