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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (10/15/21)

It’s a SUPERSIZED SmackDown!



Coverage SmackDown 2021

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.


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?

My Thoughts:

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

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Mitchell’s NJPW Best of the Super Juniors Results & Report! (5/26/22)

BOSJ, round six!




The blocks keep rolling into round six!

Round five was red hot but the Best of the Super Juniors is far from over! Will Hiromu Takahashi still have a leg to stand on in A Block? Who between Desperado, Phantasmo and Lindaman will be EL GANADOR? (The Winner)


  • Best of the Super Juniors 29 B Block: Master Wato VS Titan; Wato wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 29 B Block: DOUKI VS TJP; TJP wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 29 A Block: Clark Connors VS Yoshinobu Kanemaru; Connors wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 29 A Block: Ryusuke Taguchi VS Alex Zayne; Zayne wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 29 A Block: YOH VS Francesco Akira; Akira wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 29 B Block: Wheeler Yuta VS EL LINDAMAN; Lindaman wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 29 A Block: Ace Austin VS Taiji Ishimori; Austin wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 29 B Block: BUSHI VS El Desperado; Bushi wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 29 A Block: Hiromu Takahashi VS SHO; Sho wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 29 B Block: Robbie Eagles VS El Phantasmo; Eagles wins.


Here are the current standings in A Block!

Taiji Ishimori: 4-1, 8 points
Ace Austin: 4-1, 8 points
Alex Zayne: 3-2, 6 points
YOH: 3-2, 6 points
Hiromu Takahashi: 3-2, 6 points
SHO: 2-3, 4 points
Yoshinobu Kanemaru: 2-3, 4 points
Clark Connors: 2-3, 4 points
Ryusuke Taguchi: 1-4, 2 points
Francesco Akira: 1-4, 2 points


Here are the current standings for B Block!

El Phantasmo: 4-1, 8 points
El Desperado: 4-1, 8 points
El Lindaman: 3-2, 6 points
Wheeler Yuta: 3-2, 6 points
Douki: 3-2, 6 points
Bushii: 2-3, 4 points
TJP: 2-3, 4 points
Robbie Eagles: 2-3, 4 points
Master Wato: 1-4, 2 points
Titan: 1-4, 2 points


Best of the Super Juniors 29 B Block: Master Wato VS Titan!

These two champions each lost last round, but the round robin isn’t done yet! Will the Way of the Grandmaster or the Immortal get away from last place?

The bell rings and fans rally up. The two circle, they shake hands to show sportsmanship and the fans applaud. Wato and Titan then tie up, Wato waistlocks but Titan spins to facelocks. Wato slips out to hammerlock but Titan reaches back to headlock. Wato spins Titan to facelock but Titan wrenches out to a wristlock. Wato rolls, kips up, wrenches back and wristlocks, but Titan spins and slips through to spin Wato and wrench back. Fans applaud the exchange and Titan kicks Wato around. Titan wrenches again, then whips Wato. Wato reverses, drops, hurdles, but Titan waistlocks. Titan then spins Wato to a knuckle lock and CHOPS!

Titan goes up the corner, tightrope walks, and fans rally as he jumps and bounces and FLYING ARM-DRAGS, but Wato handsprings through! Wato wheelbarrows and arm-drags, but Titan handstands then handsprings through! Titan sweeps the legs, covers, ONE! Wato sweeps, covers, ONE! Titan handsprings while Wato somersaults, and fans fire up as the two stare down. Wato and Titan nod and fans rally up. Wato throws a forearm, Titan throws it back. Wato throws another so Titan gives it back. Fans rally as they go back and forth, faster and faster. Wato gets the edge, runs, but Titan dropkicks him down!

Wato bails out, Titan builds speed, and rolls to FOSBURY, but Wato gets back in the ring! Titan looks for Wato and Wato already builds speed, but Titan ducks. Wato stops, Titan looks up, PLANCHA! Fans fire up with Wato and he dusts himself off before he brings Titan up. Wato puts Titan in the ring, aims from the apron and springboards, but Titan gets under! Titan ducks the roundhouse to fire off palm strikes, a back hand and a ROUNDHOUSE! But he runs into the back elbow! Wato runs, but Titan goes Matrix to dodge! CALF KICK! Wato wobbles, Titan springboards, into a DROPKICK! Fans fire up while both men are down!

Titan and Wato stir, Wato gets up first and he drags Titan into a waistlock. Titan throws elbows but Wato holds on. Titan backs Wato into the corner, and he throws more elbows! Wato lets go and fans rally again as Titan powers up the arm. Titan runs corner to corner, but Wato BOOTS him! Wato goes up, throws Titan down, but Titan kips up to PELE! Titan then goes up after Wato, drags him out to a Canadian Rack, and brings Wato out for a SPINNING SHOULDER BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Wato survives and fans fire up! Titan hurries to get Wato up and whip him to the corner. Titan roars, runs corner to corner, DRIVE-BY LARIAT!

Wato falls into the drop zone and Titan gets back up on the apron. Titan climbs the corner, leaps, but Wato avoids the double stomps! Titan hobbles on the bad leg, Wato reel shim in, HIGH ANGLE GERMAN! Bridging cover, TWO!! Fans fire up as each man goes to a corner. Wato roars and he runs corner to corner, but Titan puts him on the apron. Wato blocks a punch to GAMANGIRI, then he springboards! FLYING UPPERCUT! Fans fire up with Wato again and he brings Titan in for the MOUSE TRAP DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Titan survives and shocks Wato! Wato drags Titan up and reels him back in, but Titan escapes the scoop!

Titan fires off a strike fest, sobat and BUZZSAW, BUZZSAW, and fans fire up! Titan aims from the corner, SUPER- NO! Wato blocks, spins Titan, and SUPERKICKS back! Scoop and T T D!! Tenzan Tombstone Driver!! But Wato isn’t done there! He goes up top and aims, R P P!! Cover, Wato wins!

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

Wato wins and is rising up! But can he make the comeback in time for the finals? As for Titan, is he doomed to be stuck at the back of the pack?


Best of the Super Juniors 29 B Block: DOUKI VS TJP!

Japones Del Mal and Public Enemy Number One both won big last round, but now someone’s momentum has to come to a screeching halt! Will Douki step closer to the front of the pack? Or will TJP dab on ’em as he drags Douki down?

TJP rushes Douki the moment he’s in the ring! But Douki dodges the dropkick, and swings his metal stick! TJP dodges that, kicks Douki and whips but Douki reverses and throws TJP out! The bell rings as Douki goes to the apron, and Douki hits a FLYING FOREARM! Fans fire up and Douki drags TJP up and POSTS him! Douki puts TJP in the ring, but then TJP bails out the other side. TJP gets a chair and the ref has him stop! TJP wants after Douki, he shoves the ref aside, but Douki dropkicks TJP down! Douki takes the chair, stands it up, and runs, but TJP gets in and uses the chair to jump up! RANA!

Douki flounders out and fans fire up again! TJP goes out after Douki and he drags Douki up. Douki fights the suplex, TJP keeps trying, and Douki hits an APRON DDT! Fans fire up and rally again as Douki gets back in the ring. Douki climbs up, aims as TJP stands, but TJP trips Douki up! Fans rally and TJP drags Douki to the ropes. TJP goes out to slingshot senton back in! Cover, TWO! TJP jams his knee into Douki’s back, then scrapes his sole on Douki’s face! TJP stomps Douki, but Douki throws body shots and forearms. TJP EuroUppers Douki back down! TJP puts Douki in a corner, stomps his leg, then digs his knee in.

The ref reprimands but fans rally up as TJP gives Douki boot washes. TJP runs side to side, for a big BOOT WASH! Fans rally again, TJP drags Douki up and EuroUppers. Douki staggers to ropes, TJP whips him to ropes, but Douki holds ropes to stop. TJP runs but Douki drops down and TJP tumbles out! Douki PLANCHAS TJP down! Fans fire up and Douki gets back up. Douki gets the chair and he sets it up nearby. Douki ROCKS TJP and makes him have a seat, then he builds speed in the ring! Douki DIVES and WRECKS TJP out of the chair! Fans fire up while the ref checks on TJP. TJP’s somehow okay to continue, so Douki gets him up and in.

Douki stalks TJP, scoops and SLAMS him, then runs to DOUBLE STOMP! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up, Douki drags TJP up and Gory Especials. But TJP fights off, and Douki spins him around to HELL STAB! Douki runs in but TJP goes up and over! Only for Douki to catch him in the Gory Especial! TJP arm-drags free, spins Douki around, but Douki breaks the dragon sleeper. TJP keeps Douki from running but Douki kicks and ENZIGURIS! Fans fire up again and Douki runs, but TJP springboards for a FLYING FOREARM! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up while TJP is frustrated. TJP grits his teeth and he drags Douki back up.

TJP spins Douki, dragon sleeper, but Douki slips out of the inverted suplex! Gory Especial, DOTON NO JUTSU! Cover, TWO!! TJP survives and Douki is beside himself! Fans rally up, Douki fires up, and Douki drags TJP into the wheelbarrow! But TJP victory rolls to the leg lock! TJP wants the crossface, but Douki slips around to get the ITALIAN STRETCH #32! But TJP scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts and Douki lets go at 4. Fans rally up, Douki fires up, and he gets TJP up in a torture rack. But TJP slips out, dragon sleeper, SUDDEN IMPACT! Cover, TWO!! Douki survives and fans fire up again!

TJP drags Douki to a drop zone and he points up to the sky. This one’s for Kobe! MAMBA SPLASH into the ITALIAN STRETCH!! Douki pulls back but TJP endures and fights his way to ropes! But Douki rolls him away! ITALIAN- NO, TJP steps up, slips through, PINOY STRETCH!! Douki taps, TJP wins!!

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

The Fil-Am Flash turns things around in a flash, and he has a tiebreaker win over Douki! Will TJP’s 3-3 prove stronger? Or will Douki manage to turn things around in these last few rounds?


Best of the Super Juniors 29 A Block: Clark Connors VS Yoshinobu Kanemaru!

The Wild Rhino ran through the Nova Fireball, while the Heel Master snatched a win off the Bone Soldier! Will Connors keep barreling through towards the top? Or will Kanemaru wrangle him like he did the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion?

The bell rings and fans rally up as the two circle. They tie up, Connors shoves Kanemaru to ropes but Kanemaru stays up. They circle again, tie up, and Connors headlocks. Kanemaru endures the grind, tries to pry free but Connors holds on. Kanemaru throws body shots, powers out, but Connors runs him over! Fans fire up and Connors runs, things speed up but Kanemaru bails out to slow it down. Fans rally, Connors rushes out but Kanemaru kicks low! Kanemaru CLUBS Connors, Connors uppercuts Kanemaru! Connors puts Kanemaru in the ring and hurries in, but Kanemaru hurries right back out.

Connors keeps cool, and he dares Kanemaru to get back in. Kanemaru dares Connors to come back out, so Connors does. Connors chases Kanemaru back in, and Kanemaru stomps Connors down! Kanemaru puts Connors in a corner with a rake of the eyes! The ref reprimands, Kanemaru whips Connors corner to corner, but Connors comes right back to CLOBBER Kanemaru! Fans fire up and Connors calls for a flip? Connors drags Kanemaru up, whips him and scoops him, but Kanemaru tilt-o-whirls to a cradle! TWO, Kanemaru gets a jackknife bridge! TWO, and Connors knees low! Kanemaru rakes Connors’ eyes!

Kanemaru runs, but Connors goes sideways, but Kanemaru catches him for a sleeper! But Connors slips around to back suplex, only for Kanemaru to kick and headlock takeover! Kanemaru makes it a cover, TWO, and Kanemaru dropkicks Connors down! Fans fire up while both men are down! Kanemaru sees Connors go to a corner, he runs in, and BOOTS! Then he reels Connors into a scoop, for BRITISH FALL! Cover, TWO! Fans rally, Kanemaru goes up the corner and waits on Connors. Kanemaru leaps, but Connors blocks Deep Impact! Connors then suplexes Kanemaru, but Kanemaru slips off and kicks low.

Kanemaru runs, but Connors drops down and goes the other way, to POUNCE! Fans fire up as both men are down again! Connors grins as he aims from a corner and revs up. Kanemaru gets up slowly and Connors grows impatient. Connors storms up but Kanemaru victory rolls him! TWO, and Kanemaru runs, into a POWERSLAM! Connors shakes his head and roars! Connors drags Kanemaru up as fans rally, but Kanemaru fights the lift! Kanemaru whips, rolls Connors up, TWO!! Connors escapes, and he SPEARS Kanemaru down! Fans fire up and Connors gets Kanemaru back up, TROPHY KILLER!! Cover, Connors wins!!

Winner: Clark Connors, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Kanemaru earns 0)

Connors keeps winning in Korakuen! Is he going to stampede his way to the top of the block? As for Kanemaru, will he go back to drinking his sorrows away?


Best of the Super Juniors 29 A Block: Ryusuke Taguchi VS Alex Zayne!

The Funky Weapon tried and failed to break the Murder Machine, while The Sauce lost to his own tag partner, Ace Austin! Will Taguchi get burned again this round? Or will he stay cool and keep his pants on?

The bell rings and fans rally up, “TA-GU-CHI!” “AL-EX ZAYNE!” The two approach, circle, then tie up. Zayne wrenches to a wristlock, Taguchi rolls and wrenches to wristlock back. Zayne rolls, handsprings, wrenches again and headlocks. Fans applaud this opening exchange, but Taguchi throws body shots. Taguchi powers out, then keeps Zayne moving with dropdowns and sidesteps. But Zayne disrupts the pattern with his springboard knee drop! Zayne then rolls, RUNNING MARIPOSA! Fans fire up as Taguchi bails out! Zayne builds speed, but Taguchi gets in, only for Zayne to sidestep! Taguchi HIP ATTACKS but misses as Zayne sidesteps again.

Fans fire up while Taguchi tumbles to ropes. Zayne shrugs, then he drags Taguchi up. Zayne snap suplexes, covers, TWO! Fans rally, Zayne gets a leg and KICKS Taguchi in the butt! And then again! Zayne drags Taguchi up to ROCK him with a forearm, then has him in a corner. Zayne wrenches, whips corner to corner and runs in, but Taguchi boots him! Taguchi goes up, headscissors, and he RAMS Zayne into his butt! And again, and again, and again! Taguchi lets Zayne go, fans rally and Zayne rushes in, but Taguchi drops down a la Nakamura to dump him out! Taguchi then FLYING HIPS from the apron!

Fans fire up, Taguchi brings Zayne up to put him in, and springboards for a MISSILE HIP! Taguchi kicks Zayne out so he can TRIANGLE JUMP PLANCHA! Direct hit, and Taguchi even bows in respect to Shingo Takagi on commentary. Taguchi then puts Zayne in, and he calls upon the powers of Strong Style! “ORYA~!” Zayne drops but Taguchi was just faking him out! OH MY GARFUNKLE! Zayne rolls and throws Taguchi away, then ROCKS him with forearms and elbows! Taguchi rebounds but into a leg sweep, and Zayne runs to SOMERSAULT AX- NO! Taguchi dodges, and he brings down his tights!!

But Zayne blocks the hip attack! “ITADAKIMAAASU~!” EH!? Zayne BITES Taguchi’s ass!! The ref reprimands, Taguchi flails, and Zayne lets off. Fans fire up as Zayne runs, but into a HIP ATTACK! Both men are down and fans are thunderous! Taguchi slowly gets up, clutching his cheeks. Taguchi throws a forearm, but Zayne gives it back. Taguchi throws another forearm, Zayne gives it back. The forearms keep going back and forth as they stand, but Taguchi gets the edge. Taguchi runs, HIP ATTACK hits JUMP KNEE, but Zayne’s knee takes more damage?! Taguchi then gets the leg, ducks the enziguri, and has OH MY GARFUNKLE!

Fans fire up as Zayne reaches out, but Taguchi reels him in! Zayne fights free to scoop Taguchi, but Taguchi sunset flips, TWO! Zayne EDDY GORDO KICKS! Zayne hurries to the corner while Taguchi is down, CINNAMON TWIST!! Cover, Zayne wins!

Winner: Alex Zayne, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Taguchi earns 0)

The Sauce was too spicy and the Funky Weapon misfires! Will Zayne heat up at the right time to take the block? Is Taguchi only good as a spoiler now?


Best of the Super Juniors 29 A Block: YOH VS Francesco Akira!

Direct Drive got a huge win just yesterday in the main event, but it’s back to the grind! Will Yoh keep moving forward and show us that passion? Or will Nova Fireball burn him up already?

Akira DIVES on Yoh as soon as he’s ringside! Akira POSTS Yoh, and he fires up! The fans fire up, the bell rings, and Akira brings Yoh up to RAM into the apron! Then TIGER FEINT down! Fans fire up more and Akira gets Yoh back up and in the ring. Akira climbs up the corner and leaps, CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Yoh is still in this but Akira keeps cool. Akira gets fans to clap, “A! KI-RA!” and he finally takes off his shirt. Akira stomps Yoh, pulls Yoh’s jacket off and then stomps Yoh to ropes. Akira drags Yoh up to pull his shirt off and throw it away, but Yoh kicks back! Yoh throws a forearm but Akira gives it back!

Akira CLUBS Yoh, follows him to ropes, and he CLUBS Yoh against ropes again and again. Yoh ROCKS Akira back! And again! But Akira knees low! Akira runs, things speed up, Yoh drop toeholds and runs, but Akira dodges the sliding kick. Akira kicks, whips but Yoh reverses to dropkick Akira out of the ring! Fans fire up and Yoh aims, PLANCHA! Down goes Akira and fans fire up with Yoh! Yoh catches his breath and the ring count climbs. Yoh goes back to Akira as Akira gets up at 10 of 20. Yoh puts Akira in at 12, puts him in a corner, and CHOPS him! Akira staggers away to the next corner, and Yoh CHOPS him again!

Akira goes to another corner, Yoh walks over to CHOP him again! Fans fire up and Yoh wrenches to whip corner to corner. Yoh runs in to back elbow, then he reels Akira in for a NECKBREAKER! Then he gets Akira up for a FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO! Fans rally and Yoh grits his teeth. Yoh drags Akira into a waistlock, fans rally, “A! KI-RA!” “Y! O H!” but Akira powers Yoh back to a corner! Akira elbows free, runs corner to corner but Yoh dodges. Yoh mule kicks, runs, but Akira follows to wheelbarrow, victory roll, STOMP 182! Fans fire up while both men are down! Akira and Yoh go to opposite ends and drag themselves up the ropes.

Akira runs corner to corner at Yoh, corner clothesline! Then he goes corner to corner again, back elbow! Akira fires up, reels Yoh in, GOURD BUSTER! Akira wants Yoh to get back up, and he winds up, BUZZSAW! Cover, TWO! Akira seethes but fans still rally. Akira vows to end this and he drags Yoh back up. Akira goes from the corner, FIRE- NO! Yoh ducks to SUPER- NO! Akira blocks and ROUNDHOUSES, but Yoh JUMP KNEES! Akira SUPERKICKS! Yoh drops, Akira aims from a corner again. Yoh sits up, Akira runs in, YOH SUPERKICKS!! Both men are down again and fans fire up more!

Yoh and Akira slowly stir, and Yoh grits his teeth as he crawls after Akira. Yoh waistlocks and reels Akira in, GERMAN SUPLEX! Yoh holds on, gets Akira up again, GERMAN SUPLEX! Yoh gets Akira up again, but Akira kicks to resist the third! Akira elbows back, switches with Yoh, but Yoh resists and throws elbows. Yoh runs, Akira follows, wheelbarrow, but Yoh full nelsons! Akira breaks the nelson but Yoh gets the waistlock, GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Akira escapes but Yoh fires up now! Fans rally with Yoh and he drags Akira up. Yoh bumps Akira off buckles, puts him up top, and CHOPS!

Yoh goes up to join Akira, CLUBS him, then brings him up. Fans rally but Akira fights free! Akira tucks Yoh in, CHEEKY- NO! Yoh mule kicks Akira away! Yoh adjusts, but Akira is right back up! SECOND ROPE SPANISH FLY!! Cover, TWO!! Yoh survives but Akira roars! Akira brings Yoh up, reels Yoh in, SPEEDFIRE!! But Akira won’t cover, he goes to the corner! Yoh slowly sits up, Akira runs in, FIREBALL!! Cover, Akira wins!!

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

Direct Drive falls apart so soon after his big win! Will his passion not be enough to get back to the finals? As for Akira, is there still a chance he can be more than a spoiler?


Best of the Super Juniors 29 B Block: Wheeler Yuta VS EL LINDAMAN!

The ROH Pure Champion won against the CMLL World Welterweight Champion just last round, but now he’s up against another champion! Will the Decoder have a winning formula for the G-Rex Champion? Or will Lindaman rebound and be feeling GLEAT again?

The bell rings and fans rally up as the two approach. Lindaman offers a handshake, Yuta takes it, and fans applaud the sportsmanship. They circle, tie up, and Yuta gets around to the waistlock. Lindaman wrenches out to the wristlock but Yuta rolls, wrenches and hammerlocks to then spin and wrangle Lindaman down to the mat. Fans applaud the exchange, and Lindaman gets up. Lindaman wrenches, hammerlocks, waistlocks, but Yuta fights and pushes Lindaman into the corner. Yuta runs, Lindaman drops then hurdles, but Yuta avoids the dropkick! Lindaman staggers up, Yuta CLUBS him to the corner.

Yuta whips, Lindaman reverses and then runs in, but Yuta goes up and over. Lindaman comes back, into a scoop SLAM! But he avoids the senton! Lindaman runs but Yuta ducks the Penalty Kick to roll Lindaman. Lindaman rolls through, gets around Yuta, and kicks the legs out to then dropkick Yuta in the back! Fans rally up and Lindaman brings Yuta up. Lindaman bumps him off buckles, sits him down and stomps a mudhole! The ref counts as Lindaman digs his boot in, but Lindaman counts along! Lindaman lets off, shakes the ref’s hand, then stomps Yuta one more time! Fans rally as Lindaman eggs Yuta on.

Yuta gets up and he throws forearm after forearm! Yuta runs but Lindaman elbows him at the ropes! Lindaman CLUBS Yuta, runs and dropkicks Yuta down! Yuta bails out, Lindaman builds speed and FLIES! Direct hit and fans fire up again! The fans rally, “LIN-DA-MAN!” and he drags Yuta up and into the ring. Cover, TWO! Lindaman pushes Yuta down again to cover, TWO! Again, ONE! High stack, TWO!! Yuta is still in this and fans fire up! Lindaman brings Yuta up, whips him to a corner, then runs in, but into a BOOT! Lindaman comes back, blocks the boot, but Yuta dodges the lariat! Lindaman BOOTS!

Lindaman goes up, Yuta GAMANGIRIS and sends Lindaman tumbling down! Fans fire up and Yuta builds speed, to DIVE! Lindaman is sent into the Young Lions and fans fire up with Yuta! Yuta drags Lindaman up, puts him back in, and he gets Lindaman’s arm to wrench and HOTSHOT! Lindaman staggers, Yuta goes up top. CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Yuta hurries to get the arms, CATTLE MUTILATION! Lindaman endures and fans fire up, and Lindaman manages to crawl backwards and reach his leg out! ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Yuta lets off and is a bit surprised. Yuta drags Lindaman up with a facelock, but Lindaman’s almost dead weight!

Yuta wrenches, lifts but Lindaman fights free and knees low. Lindaman runs and ROCKS Yuta with a forearm! Yuta runs to ROCK Lindaman back! Yuta eggs Lindaman on, Lindaman runs and ROCKS Yuta! Yuta runs, ROCKS Lindaman, but they both roar! They both run, DOUBLE FOREARMS! Both men wobble and fans fire up! Lindaman stands up first, he runs again, but Yuta atomic drops! But Lindaman ducks the enziguri! But Yuta reels Lindaman in, atomic drop and ENZIGURI after all! Yuta runs, into a DROPKICK! Both men are down again and fans rally! Lindaman fires up and he brings Yuta up to KUMA-

NO, Yuta throws Lindaman down and has the arms! They roll, stand, Yuta wrenches for the OLYMPIC SLAM! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up and Yuta roars! HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Yuta then hooks the arms as he rolls, but Lindaman slips out of Dragon’s Lair to float and deadlift waistlock! HIGH ANGLE GERMAN! Bridging cover, TWO!! Yuta survives but Lindaman chicken wings the arms! TIGER SUPLEX!! Bridging cover, Lindaman wins!!

Winner: El Lindaman, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Yuta earns 0)

A GLEAT rebound victory for Lindaman, will the G-Rex Champion still have a chance at the finals? Will Yuta have to rework his formula to get that winning combination?


Best of the Super Juniors 29 A Block: Ace Austin VS Taiji Ishimori!

The Inevitable comes off a huge win while the Bone Soldier comes off a rather shocking loss. Will the Impact X-Division Champion add to Taiji’s woes? Or will THE IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion make sure he only owes one golden ticket?

The champions show off their belts, and while Austin brags he’s a three-time, Taiji has him beat with four-time! Fans applaud Taiji’s accomplishment, and rally up as the belts are put away. The bell rings and the two champions circle. Taiji kicks low, ROCKS Austin, then throws haymakers in the corner. The ref reprimands, Taiji whips corner to corner, but Austin stops himself to roll, drop toehold and EDDY GORDO! Austin runs, but handsprings over the dropdown to headlock. Taiji powers out but Austin runs him over. Austin poses but Taiji kips up while Austin runs, and Taiji hurdles to then duck and dodge and tilt-o-whirl!

Austin avoids the Mistico to arm-drag Taiji, then hurries to get the DISARMER! Taiji endures but Austin brings out his ace! PAPER CUT! Taiji scrambles out of the ring while Austin hides his ace. Fans rally up, Austin waits on Taiji as he takes his time to come back. Taiji gets in but just slides back out. Austin goes out after Taiji but Taiji gets back in. Austin sees Taiji coming and dumps him out! Austin CHOPS Taiji right in front of the fans, but Taiji blocks the apron bump. Taiji kicks, but Austin dropkicks! Austin kips up on the apron, handsprings to avoid the sweeps, then PENALTY KICKS Taiji down!

Fans rally up and Austin slingshots in to build speed. But Taiji runs around the corner to deny the Fall to Glory. Taiji slides in, Austin rushes him, but Taiji fireman’s carries to HOTSHOT Austin! Austin tumbles to the floor, and Taiji undoes the blue buckle pad! The ref reprimands but too late, the Bullet Club Special is in play. Fans rally while Austin stirs on the outside. Taiji waits as the ring count starts, but Austin gets up and in at 8 of 20. Taiji brings Austin up by the bad arm, CLUBS it, then wrenches it to a hammerlock. Taiji RAMS Austin’s bad arm into the buckles! Fans rally, “ACE AU-STIN!” but Taiji CLUBS the bad arm again.

Taiji wraps Austin up in a cobra clutch but Austin endures. Fans rally more and Austin fights up. Austin throws body shots, but Taiji ripcords to RAM the arm then WRING it out! Taiji gets fans to fire up, but they then go back to “ACE AU-STIN!” Taiji gets Austin up but Austin throws body shots and forearms! Austin CHOPS and forearms and CHOPS and forearms, then CHOPS away at the ropes! Austin fires off forearm after forearm, then whips corner to corner. Taiji reverses but Austin holds ropes to stop himself. Taiji runs in but Austin goes Spider-Man to dump Taiji out! Austin builds speed and he FALLS TO GLORY!

Fans fire up for the Fosbury Flop and Austin shakes out the bad arm. Austin drags Taiji up, puts him in, and then steps in to FLYING- NO, Taiji ducks the kick to gut wrench and CIPHER UTAKI! Fans fire up while both men are down. Taiji crawls to the corner, fans rally again, and Taiji grits his teeth as he drags himself up the ropes. Austin runs in but Taiji sends him into the POST! Austin falls back, Taiji gets him up to hammerlock and half nelson. Taiji scoops for the SHOULDER BUSTER! Austin writhes and Taiji crawls back to his corner. Fans rally up, Taiji waits on Austin to stand. Taiji runs in, but Austin elbows him away!

Austin knees, knee lifts, but Taiji ducks the heel kick! But Austin reels Taiji in to RIPCORD SLAM! Then HOUSE OF CARDS! Taiji flounders, Austin aims, THE FOLD!! Cover, ROPEBREAK!!! Taiji barely gets his foot on the rope and Austin can’t believe it! Fans are thunderous and Austin fires back up. Austin builds speed, but Taiji flops down? The ref checks Taiji and Austin goes out to fetch him. Austin drags Taiji up to put him in, and fans rally as Austin goes to the corner. Austin slingshots up to springboard in, but Taiji avoids the flying leg drop! Austin lands on his feet but Taiji runs in to tilt-o-whirl, MISTICO! And then BONE LOCK!!!

Austin flails, kicks, reaches out, scrambles over, ROPEBREAK!! Austin survives but he clutches his arm. Fans are thunderous as Austin gets to the apron. Taiji runs in but into a shoulder! Austin steps in, FLYING CHUCK! Austin aims again, THE- NO, Taiji catches him to a dragon sleeper! Inverted suplex to BACKBREAKER! Taiji crawls to the cover, TWO! Fans are thunderous again as Taiji drags himself up the ropes. Taiji storms over to Wato, drags him up and reels him in, BLOODY- NO! Austin wrenches out, reels Taiji in, but Taiji wrenches out. But Austin NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO!!

Fans fire up and Austin fires up, but Taiji gets around to MISTI- NO, Austin rolls him, O’CONNER BRIDGE! AUSTIN WINS!!

Winner: Ace Austin, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Taiji earns 0)

Taiji can’t believe it! The three-time Impact X-Division Champion trumps the four-time IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion! And now, Austin leads the block!! Will the Inevitable have a shot at that title no matter what now? Can the Bone Soldier regain the lead with what little time is left?


Best of the Super Juniors 29 B Block: BUSHI VS El Desperado!

The Black Mask lost to Douki but the Rogue Luchador toughed it out and got the win on Master Wato. Will Bushi lose to two Suzuki-Gun members in a row? Or can he make Desperado tranquilo on that title comeback?

Desperado yawns while waiting on Bushi to take off the entrance attire. But then Bushi rushes Desperado and fires forearms! The bell rings, Bushi whips Desperado to ropes but Desperado holds ropes to stop himself. Desperado then BOOTS Bushi, but Bushi dodges and RANAS Desperado out! Fans fire up and Bushi builds speed, but Desperado gets in to run Bushi over! Bushi bails out now, and Desperado builds speed, to slide! Bushi ducks, but Desperado avoids his kick. Desperado pops Bushi up to the apron, Bushi mule kicks him down! Bushi then aims, and SLINGSHOT RANAS! Fans fire up and Bushi roars!

Bushi drags Desperado up, puts him in the ring, and he KICKS Desperado in the back. Desperado sits up, Bushi kicks him, then brings him up to throw a forearm. Desperado hits back, they start going back and forth but Bushi gets the edge. Bushi whips corner to corner but Desperado reverses. Desperado runs in but Bushi swing kicks him! Bushi goes up but Desperado DECKS him! Desperado goes out, scoops and SLAMS Bushi, and fans fire up as Desperado gets space. Desperado catches his breath, comes back to get Bushi’s leg and drag him around, to SMASH the leg on the floor! The ring count is climbing but Desperado brings Bushi up and in at 10 of 20.

Desperado drags Bushi back up, whips him out of the ring, and then stomps the bad leg! The ref reprimands but Desperado POSTS Bushi! Desperado takes the medic’s chair away and he throws it down on Bushi’s leg! Desperado stomps the chair but the ref stops him at that. Bushi writhes, Desperado says he didn’t hit Bushi with the chair so it’s fine. Desperado gives the chair back, then puts Bushi in the ring. Desperado SPLASHES the leg, fans rally up, and then Desperado stomps the leg again. Desperado stomps more, drags Bushi up, and he scoops to SLAM Bushi down! Fans rally up and Desperado grabs the leg for a toehold!

Desperado thrashes the leg but Bushi still endures. Fans rally more, Bushi CLUBS Desperado but Desperado rakes Bushi’s eye! KNEE JAMMER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally and Desperado drags Bushi up. Bushi fires forearms but Desperado knees low. Desperado ducks the enziguri to get the STRETCH MUFFLER! Bushi endures as Desperado thrashes the leg around! Bushi crawls, reaches out, Desperado thrashes more, but Bushi gets the ROPEBREAK! Fans applaud and rally up more but Desperado wags his finger. Desperado brings Bushi up, gut wrenches, GUITARRA- NO, Bushi slips out, but the bad leg jams!

Bushi gets to a corner and Desperado shrugs. Desperado runs in, but into a BOOT! Bushi goes up, FLYING RANA! Fans fire back up while both men are down, and Bushi crawls to Desperado. Desperado swings but Bushi ducks and spins Desperado to a DDT! Fans rally more, Bushi rushes in and blocks Desperado’s boot to put it in the ropes. Bushi dropkicks the leg, then hits a DRAPING NECKBREAKER! Fans fire up more while Bushi shakes out his bad leg. Bushi hobbles over to Desperado, drags him up, FISHER- NO, Desperado slips out! Bushi dodges, ENZIGURI! A glancing blow but enough for FISHERMAN SCREW! Cover, TWO!

Fans continue to rally, and Bushi drags himself to the corner. Bushi goes up, leaps, but Desperado gets under! Bushi’s leg buckles and Desperado CHOP BLOCKS! Both men are down again but the fans still rally! Desperado gets up and snarls as he gets the leg, GROUND DRAGON SCREW! STRETCH- NO, Bushi makes it a cradle, TWO! Bushi rushes in, into a SPINEBUSTER! Desperado rolls Bushi around to gut wrench, GUITARRA DEL ANGEL! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up as Bushi survives! Desperado gets Bushi back up, reels him in and underhooks, but Bushi fights off Pinche Loco to backslide! Desperado rolls through, underhooks, PINCHE-

NO! Bushi fights it off again, Desperado blocks a kick and ducks the enziguri but Bushi HEEL KICKS! Fans rally again and Bushi gets to a corner. Bushi runs out but Desperado blocks the Code Breaker to LOCO MONO! Desperado runs, into a DROPKICK! Both men are down and fans fire up again. Both men go to opposite ends, Bushi runs in, CODE BREAKER! Bushi hobbles up to hop on, DESTROYER!! Cover, ROPEBREAK!!! Desperado survives and Bushi is beside himself! Bushi drags himself to the corner and gets up the ropes. Bushi fires up and calls his shot, MX!!! But Desperado flounders away! Bushi manages the cover, Bushi wins!!

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

The Black Mask breaks even at 3-3, and he brings Desperado away from the top of the block! Can Bushi get past the Rogue Luchador to have a chance? Or can Desperado salvage this before the end?


Best of the Super Juniors 29 A Block: Hiromu Takahashi VS SHO!

The Ticking Timebomb has lost two in a row, with Kanemaru and Yoh both going after his leg. Will he be able to defend that leg from the Murder Machine? Or will Sho blow up Hiromu’s chances of a threepeat?

The ref is very thorough with his check of Sho, given his reputation with House of Torture. But then Sho decides to get a chair and wait for Hiromu at the entryway! The ref wants Sho to stop, but where is Hiromu? Hiromu came out the other entrance! He tells everyone to stay quiet so they can surprise Sho. Hiromu gets himself a chair, and when Sho turns around, he freaks out to see Hiromu! Hiromu throws the chair at Sho, Sho shields himself with his chair, but his fingers still get pinched! Sho falls over and shakes out his hands, and Hiromu smirks as he takes off his jacket. Hiromu then gets Sho up and POSTS him!

Fans fire up and Hiromu gets his own scrapbook to SMACK Sho with it! Hiromu has a Young Lion deliver the book to Milano Collection AT-san, then he puts Sho in the ring. The bell rings and this is on the record as Hiromu CHOPS Sho! Hiromu whips Sho corner to corner, runs in and SPLASHES! Then snapmare and basement dropkick! Fans fire up, Sho bails out, and Hiromu aims from the apron, FLYING JOHN WOO, but Sho uses a Young Lion shield! The Young Lion goes down and Hiromu can’t believe what just happened! Sho gets the chair back to SMACK Hiromu on the leg! Hiromu tumbles, the ref tries to stop Sho but Sho digs the chair into the leg!

The ref reprimands and gets Sho to let off, but Hiromu hobbles. Sho complains that Hiromu did stuff to him, but fans rally up for “HI-RO-MU!” Sho storms over after Hiromu, stomps the leg, then gets the leg for a STANDING KNEEBAR! Hiromu endures, the ring count is starting, and Sho keeps on the leglock! Sho then lets Hiromu go to get in at 10 of 20! Sho wants the count to go faster, Hiromu gets up and hobbles at 15. Hiromu gets in at 17! Fans rally but Sho stomps Hiromu’s leg. Sho drags Hiromu to DDT the leg! Fans still rally but Sho gets the leg in a KNEEBAR! Hiromu gets to the ROPEBREAK, the ref counts, and Sho lets go at 4.

Sho looms over Hiromu but Hiromu CHOPS him! And CHOPS again! Sho kicks the bad leg, drags Hiromu up, wrenches the arm, and he KICKS the leg. Sho digs his heel into the leg, wrenches again, then KICKS it again. And then wrenches again to KICK again! Sho digs his heel into the leg again, and fans rally up as Hiromu endures. Sho kicks, KICKS and SUPERKICKS Hiromu down! Cover, TWO! Hiromu clutches the knee but Sho kicks him around. Sho toys with Hiromu, taunts him, kicks him more, but Hiromu eggs Sho back on. Fans rally, Sho kicks Hiromu more then starts slapping him around.

Sho runs, but Hiromu clotheslines him out of the ring! Hiromu goes out and snap suplexes Sho to the floor! Fans fire up and Hiromu gets Sho up to bring him around and throw into barriers! Sho writhes and fans fire up as Hiromu drags Sho back up. Hiromu whips Sho to the back wall behind the bleachers! Hiromu mocking asks what’s wrong, then he drags Sho back to ringside. The ring count is climbing, but Hiromu RAMS Sho into the barriers again! The count is 10 of 20, but Hiromu brings Sho back into the ring at 14. Hiromu then has Sho on the apron, fireman’s carries, APRON DEATH VALLEY!

Hiromu grins, feeling much better, as he now drags Sho up. Hiromu runs to SUNSET FLIP POWERBOMB!! Fans fire up, Hiromu puts Sho back in, and runs, to HIROMU-CHAN BOMBER!! Cover, TWO!! Fans are fired up as Hiromu gets back up and brings Sho around. Hiromu suplexes, for a NECKBREAKER! Then dragon sleeper, inverted suplex, but Sho slips out! Sho shoves Hiromu at the ref, then blocks Hiromu’s kick! Sho hands it to the ref but the ref throws it back and Hiromu ROUNDHOUSES Sho! Fans fire up and Hiromu hugs the ref for the assist. But Sho uses that to shove them both down! GERMAN SUPLEX on Hiromu!

Sho laughs but fans rally up as Sho goes to his corner. Sho brings out his friend, the wrench! Hiromu staggers up, but he SUPERKICKS Sho first! Hiromu roars, fans fire up, and Hiromu gets Sho up to fireman’s carry! But Sho slips off, ducks the elbows, but Hiromu spins Sho to a RAN- NO! Sho blocks the rana to get Hiromu up, POWER BREAKER!! Cover, TWO!! Sho still laughs because he feels he has Hiromu right where he wants him! Fans rally up but Sho drags Hiromu into the straitjacket, but Hiromu RANAS the piledriver, into D!! Sho flails and reaches out, but Hiromu has him caught! Sho reaches for the ref, but then he deadlifts Hiromu, but Hiromu pulls the arm harder!

Sho fades, he’s back on the mat! The ref checks, Sho is still conscious! Wait, EVIL drags the ref out of the ring!! The House of Torture strikes again! Hiromu lets go of Sho, thinking he’s won, but then wonders where the ref went. Sho gets something from under the ring? Evil gets in, but Hiromu dodges to SUPERKICK! And D!! Evil is caught but it won’t matter if he passes out! Sho fits whatever that plate is inside his boot! Evil is fading, Hiromu lets him go and kicks him out. Sho gets back in, Hiromu brings him up but Sho KICKS the bad leg with his loaded boot!! Then KICKS again and again and again! Sho steps through, ties up the legs, FIGURE FOUR KNEEBAR! Hiromu taps, Sho wins!!

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

Young Lions get in to make Sho stop torturing Hiromu! The Murder Machine may have just ended Hiromu’s chances at the threepeat! Is there no way Hiromu can take the block with what his leg’s been through? Is Sho going to add insult to injury by going to the finals in his place?


Best of the Super Juniors 29 B Block: Robbie Eagles VS El Phantasmo!

The Sniper of the Skies was shot down by the Fil-Am Flash while the Headbanga got one over on Lindaman. Will Eagles reload and fire back up? Or will ELP maintain momentum and lead the pack?

The bell rings and fans rally as the two stare down. “EA-GEL-SU!” “E L P!” Eagles encourages them to get louder and faster and the fans oblige. ELP and Eagles tie up, are in a deadlock, and they break. They go again, are in another deadlock, but ELP uses leverage to push Eagles to ropes. Eagles turns things around but then so does ELP, and they go along the ropes, in a corner then out of the corner to another corner. Red Shoes calls the break, ELP lets off and Eagles pats him on the shoulder. But then ELP throws a forearm! Eagles hits ELP back, ELP hits Eagles again, and the forearms go back and forth.

Fans rally as the forearms go faster and faster, but ELP knees low! ELP headlocks, grinds, but Eagles powers out. ELP runs Eagles over, and fans cheer as ELP flexes. ELP runs, Eagles stays low, but ELP steps on him and struts. Fans rally as he adds a little pizazz to it, but Eagles gets up and tells him “SUCK IT!” ELP runs in but Eagles trips him up, runs and handsprings over the dropdown to strut. Fans rally as Eagles speeds it up, and then still tells ELP to “SUCK IT!” ELP rushes in but into a headlock takeover! ELP headscissors, Eagles kips free, but ELP sweeps to cover. ONE, but ELP jumps Eagles’ sweep to body scissor and roll, TWO!

Eagles sits on the cover, TWO! Eagles rolls through the sunset to jackknife, TWO as ELP bridges up! ELP spins Eagles to the backslide, TWO! Both men stand again, Eagles steps forward for ropes, but ELP swings him around. Eagles uses that to go up and around and arm-drag ELP away! Eagles ducks and dodges to RANA! ELP gets up but into the WHEEL KICK! Eagles kips up and ELP bails out, fans fire up as Eagles builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit and the Young Lions manage to stop them from crashing into the crowd, for the most part. Fans fire up and Eagles roars! Red Shoes checks on ELP, he’s okay to continue, so Eagles brings him up.

Eagles CHOPS ELP off his feet, fans rally more, and Eagles brings ELP up to CHOP again. ELP staggers and flops, but Eagles drags ELP up again. ELP CHOPS back, throws forearms, then he rakes the eyes! And gives PURPLE NURPLES! ELP ROCKS Eagles with a forearm, then he puts some stank on his hand, but Eagles SOBATS first! Eagles cravats and uses the post, but ELP blocks the Shiranui! LAWN DART INTO THE POST! Fans rally up while both men are down and Red Shoes checks Eagles. ELP staggers up, he takes the doctor’s chair away just like Desperado earlier, and he sets it down. ELP brings Eagles up to DDT onto the chair!

Both men writhe but ELP gets in at 12 of 20! Eagles gets up at 15, and springs in at 17! Fans fire up but ELP covers. Red Shoes refuses to count and ELP says no fair, he hurt himself on the DDT, too. ELP stands Eagles up in the corner and CHOPS him! And then CHOPS again! ELP brings Eagles along by his ear and has him in another corner. Eagles dodges the chop, but ELP dodges back to CLAW Eagles’ back! ELP puts Eagles in a Tree of Woe, digs his knee into Eagles’ neck, then runs corner to corner and back again, BASEMENT DROPKICK! Fans fire up, ELP goes corner to corner again, and he rallies up the fans as he aims.

ELP runs back in, for a HESITATION DROPKICK! Eagles falls out of the Tree, ELP covers, TWO! ELP is annoyed, he drags Eagles up and suplexes, and he holds Eagles for a count of 10 before the SLAM! Cocky cover, TWO! Fans rally and ELP is annoyed again. ELP pushes Eagles around, CLAWS his back, and Eagles writhes. ELP drags Eagles up to DECK him! ELP brings Eagles up again to DECK him again. Fans rally up, ELP ROCKS Eagles to a corner. ELP whips corner to corner, Eagles reverses but ELP goes up and over and rolls and then ducks and dodges to springboard, CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO!

LIONSAULT, but Eagles bails out! ELP lands on his feet and builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit and Eagles falls against Young Lions again! Fans fire up and ELP gets Eagles in the ring. ELP builds speed again and FLIES! ELP takes Eagles down but lands pretty hard himself! Fans fire up for the daredevil tope but Red Shoes checks on ELP. ELP manages to get up and he tells fans to move aside for a moment. He grabs up all their chairs, and then has more fans move aside! ELP BUZZSAWS Eagles, then goes to the corner?! ELP climbs the corner?! Fans are thunderous as ELP is up top, for a tightrope walk, ARIHARA MOONSAULT!!

BUT EAGLES MOVES! ELP manages to land on his feet but he still tumbles and crashes into the Young Lions! ELP clutches his leg, Eagles hurries and DOUBLE KNEES ELP against the barriers!! Fans are stunned and Red Shoes checks again. Fans rally back up while Eagles shakes out his legs. ELP sputters and is somehow okay! Eagles gets up and into the ring, and the ring count starts. ELP flounders up at 4 of 20, drags himself up at 6, but flops over at 9! He gets back up again at 12, flounders around at 15 of 20, hobbles up at 16, and bumps against the apron at 18! ELP springs back in at 19.9!! Eagles is shocked, but he hurries to kick the leg!

Eagles hits a SPINNING TOEHOLD, then gets ELP around to trap an arm and grab the legs! INDIAN DEATH- STOMP! And then RON MILLER SPECIAL!! ELP scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! Eagles lets go quickly, ELP gets to a corner. Eagles is after him as fans rally, and Eagles stomps him. Eagles whips corner to corner but ELP falls over from the bad leg. Fans rally, Eagles aims from a corner and runs corner to corner, DOUBLE- NO! ELP blocks and puts Eagles outside. Eagles blocks a punch to GAMANGIRI ELP down! Eagles springboards, to dropkick the legs out! ELP writhes, Eagles gets the legs, RON MILLER SPECIAL! ROPEBREAK!!

Eagles lets ELP go again and fans are thunderous! Eagles drags ELP around to stand him up. ELP fights off the backpack to straitjacket, but he can’t lift for the torture rack! Eagles ROUNDHOUSES, SUPERKICKS, but ELP ENZIGURIS! Both men are down and fans are thunderous again! ELP clutches his leg, grits his teeth, and crawls his way over to bring Eagles up. Eagles SLAPS ELP, ELP SLAPS Eagles. They SLAP each other, it’s becoming a SLAP fight! Fans rally and the slaps become forearms! ELP hits first, Eagles hits back. ELP stands up and throws off the elbow pads. Eagles eggs ELP on and ELP throws a big elbow!

ELP eggs Eagles on but Eagles gives that elbow back! ELP staggers, but comes back to slap again. Eagles slaps, they slap and slap and then stare down. The haymakers start flying and fans fire up! They slow down, but ELP slaps. Eagle SLAPS, they double SLAP, Eagles ducks to SLAP! Eagles runs, into a LARIAT! Cover, ONE?!? Eagles then dodges and LARIATS! ELP stays up to LARIAT again!! Fans are electric while both men are down! ELP drags Eagles up and in, hooks the arms, but Eagles back drops free and sits down! TWO, Eagles slips around to backslide, TWO! Eagles rolls ELP and wants the leg, but ELP kicks him away!

Eagles hotshots off ropes, ELP rolls but with tights! Red Shoes sees that clearly and ELP feels stupid for not being more careful! Fans rally, ELP CHOPS Eagles, then tries the torture rack again. ELP gets Eagles up but Eagles lands out of the throw to kick the bad leg! SUPER- NO! ELP blocks the kick to CHOP, and tuck! ELP steals TURBO BACKPACK!! Cover, TWO!!! Eagles survives his own move and ELP is furious! ELP gets to a corner and fans are thunderous again! ELP flounders with the bad leg but he still works to climb! ELP shakes out the bad leg, gets to the top, and 450 FLOPS!! Eagles manages to dodge another stolen move!

Wait! Eagles straitjackets and torture racks! But Eagles doesn’t spin or swing, it’s a BURNING HAMMER!! Fans are electric again and Eagles drags ELP to the drop zone. Eagles goes up now, to steal THUNDERKISS 86!! Cover, TWO!!! ELP survives the stolen move, but Eagles hurries to bring him up! ELP is dead weight but fans are rallying! Eagles gets ELP up, SUDDEN DEATH OUTTA NOWHERE!!! Well, of course, it’s sudden! ELP drags himself over to cover, TWO!! Fans are thunderous again as ELP slashes his throat and vows to end this! ELP hauls Eagles up, tucks the arms, but his leg won’t let him lift Eagles!

Fans rally more, ELP shakes out his bad leg and he brings kneepads down. ELP gives Eagles some Kowata Kicks, then reels Eagles back in. ELP tucks the arms, gets Eagles up, but Eagles RANAS to a cover! TWO!!! Fans are electric again as ELP staggers up! ROUNDHOUSE! SUPERKICK! PELE!! Eagles roars, gets ELP up, SHIRANUI, but ELP slips free! Eagles blocks the elbow, spins ELP, underhoosk for a TIGER DRIVER! High stack, TWO, into THE RON MILLER SPECIAL!!! ELP flails, reaches out, fans are thunderous, ROPEBREAK!! Eagles lets go and he drags ELP back to a drop zone.

Fans are thunderous, Eagles goes up, but ELP trips him! And then ENZIGURIS! Eagles flops onto the ropes, ELP goes up top and he drags Eagles back. ELP has a torture rack, for a SUPER SWINGING NECKBREAKER!!! Fans are electric all over again as ELP drags Eagles back up, tucks the arms back in, C R II!!! But the bad leg is slowing ELP down! ELP pushes Eagles to the cover, TWO!?!?! HOW?!?! The fans are volcanic and ELP is in shock! Eagles and ELP go to opposite ends, Eagles flounders around, and ELP takes aim. ELP runs in, to KNEE Eagles against ropes! Not quite V-Trigger but good enough with one leg!

ELP hoists Eagles up with an Electric Chair Lift, he wants to tuck Eagles in! But Eagles slips off to POISON-RANA!!! ELP is down and the fans are rallying again! Eagles goes up, to 450 SPLASH the legs! And then RON MILLER SPECIAL!!!! ELP flails, TAPS, Eagles wins!!!

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

This was only the main event of round six, yet this was almost like a BOSJ finals! ELP may only have two losses, but is this one big enough to derail his run? As for Eagles, he gets the mic, and gets fans to clap, “EA-GEL-SU!” Eagles tells ELP, “I may hate you, but thank you for bringing out the best in me.” Fans cheer that sentiment after what we just saw. But ELP still flips Eagles off, he’s a sore loser. Eagles says he does hate ELP, but he loves Korakuen Hall! Eagles says this is his first time winning a singles match main event in NJPW, and for that, he is so proud! Fans applaud, that is a great accomplishment.

Eagles says, “Get used to this. Get used to this sight. Robbie Eagles, main event, with his arm raised high in victory. Now there’s still plenty more of the tournament to go, so I’ll rest up, put this ice on my neck, my head, sit in the bath with ice if I need to, but I will recover, and I will go on to get to the finals in the Budokan.” Eagles can’t wait until the fans can all say, “ROBBIE ROBBIE ROBBIE! OI OI OI!” Fans clap along with that, as well as, “ROBBIE! OI! ROBBIE! OI!”

Fans applaud, and Eagles says, “It’s my dream to hear you all chant again. But just to leave you with one last message, to thank you all for the support you’ve given me…” And in Japanese, Eagles says, “Thank you for believing in me.” Fans applaud, will their support be the wind under Eagles’ wings that lifts him to the top?


Here are the current standings in A Block!

Ace Austin: 5-1, 10 points
Taiji Ishimori: 4-2, 8 points
Alex Zayne: 4-2, 8 points
YOH: 3-3, 6 points
SHO: 3-3, 6 points
Hiromu Takahashi: 3-3, 6 points
Clark Connors: 3-3, 6 points
Yoshinobu Kanemaru: 2-4, 4 points
Francesco Akira: 2-4, 4 points
Ryusuke Taguchi: 1-5, 2 points


Here are the current standings for B Block!

El Desperado: 4-2, 8 points
El Phantasmo: 4-2, 8 points
El Lindaman: 4-2, 8 points
Robbie Eagles: 3-3, 6 points
Wheeler Yuta: 3-3, 6 points
TJP: 3-3, 6 points
Douki: 3-3, 6 points
Bushi: 3-3, 6 points
Master Wato: 2-4, 4 points
Titan: 1-5, 2 points

My Thoughts:

What a night for NJPW and the BOSJ! This was awesome stuff, especially with some great surprise results. They’re really keeping us guessing on who is taking these blocks. Well, for the most part. Titan and Wato are both pretty far back, but I am surprised Wato won here. I didn’t expect Titan to take as many losses as he has, but maybe they’re planning him to be a big spoiler in the final round. TJP winning was more expected and Douki is still an outside shot, but I think he’ll serve a similar role of just being a final round spoiler. Connors gets another great win, I think he’s been winning since they all arrived in Korakuen. However, he hits a really strong part of the block these final three rounds, he might not keep the streak going.

Taguchi VS Zayne was genius stuff from a comedic standpoint but that’s how Taguchi is. Did not think Zayne would bite Taguchi’s butt, but thankfully for all, the red undies were in the way. Zayne winning makes sense, though, stays just outside the top. Akira winning was also a surprise with Yoh having the main event win last night. The fans kept with the “A! KI-RA!” rhythm more than I thought, too, so I wonder how the Japan audience feels about Yoh. Great match out of Yuta and Lindaman, and Lindaman wins to stay strong near the top. Austin beating Taiji and being the only 5-1 entry was a great surprise. I would be quite surprised if someone from outside NJPW got to the finals.

Bushi beating Desperado was another great surprise, especially with Desperado VS Douki being the very next round. Douki beat Bushi, so if Douki were to beat Desperado, he’d be ahead of both of them and that’d be nuts. As for Hiromu, he’s only going to make the finals if he wins all three remaining rounds and Sho and Yoh each lose before the ninth. Sho and Yoh each have a win over him, so those two meeting in the last round is even bigger now. And then regardless of standings in the block, Eagles VS ELP was an awesome match. That was probably match of the tournament so far, really puts pressure on ELP to win the rest of his matches, this is going to be quite the home stretch.

My Score: 9.1/10

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Andrew’s IMPACT Results & Match Ratings: 5.26.2022



OLD TNA, a sprinkle of ROH and the current IMPACT roster makes for an interesting night! The Battle of Futures Past has to have most TNA fans happy, with a little Frankie Kazarian versus some Hail Sabin. VBD taking on all the gold holders will make for something interesting. You have to assume the heels go over here to stoke the fires for Slammiversary main event, right?

Aside from that we definitely have a small Queen of the Mountain preview with Jordynne and Chelsea. Plus another Ultimate X Qualifier with “The worst wannabe Spiderman outside of Time Square” Trey Miguel facing Alex Shelley. I feel like I can already read the tea leaves here, but I’ll save that for drunk thoughts before the match starts.

Let’s get the show started!

Since we got some old vibes, IMPACT gave us the old Fox Sports Net intro, with the modern twist!


  • Ultimate X Qualifier: Alex Shelley vs Trey Miguel: Trey wins via Crucifix Counter Cradle – ** 3/4
  • Masha Slamovich vs Havok: Masha wins via Russian Death Device – SQUASH
  • Chelsea Green vs Jordynne Grace: Jordynne wins via Grace Driver – ***
  • Battle of Futures Past: Chris Sabin vs Frankie Kazarian: NO CONTEST – ***
  • Shera & Raj Singh vs Bhupinder Gujjar & Massive Cassidy: Gujjar wins via Gargoyle Spear – ** 1/2
  • Violent By Design (Eric Young, Deaner & Joe Doering) vs Josh Alexander & The Briscoes: EY wins via Piledriver – *** 1/4


Ultimate X Qualifier: Alex Shelley vs Trey Miguel

So Shelley has been on a tour of putting over the newer X Division stars. As much as I hate Trey, I expect Shelley to lose this but put up a damn good fight. 

They set the stage that during the small stint where The Rascalz left IMPACT, which ended up with Wentz & Dez heading to NXT with Trey coming back a little later; apparently Shelley trained Trey. Sadly for Shelley, it hasn’t done anything. Sure Trey has learned a few more moves, but he can’t put a match together to save his life, can’t cut a promo and doesn’t evoke sympathy or anger, he’s just a waste of space.

We get a little back and forth early, Trey thinks he’s got a bit of an advantage when he turns around the offense on the outside so he taunts a bit with Push Ups in the center of the ring. Trey turns things around shortly after the taunt, as the crowd goes mild. Trey slides in Shelley, attempts a Senton but Shelley avoids and aims for the Basement Dropkick sending Trey Ass over Tits. A little corner work as Shelley props Trey in the ropes and wrenches with a Dragon Screw. Shelley is playing the arrogant role again, and much like again Mike Bailey, I don’t foresee this ending well.

Some solid strikes from Shelley, PK to the shoulder blades, rolling into the Border City Stretch but Trey gets a foot on the ropes. Trey starts trying to fight back the close chops, Shelley goes to run the ropes, and we see a clunky but somewhat effective Sliding Dropkick/Jump Over Double Stomp spot. After some recovery time, Trey is posted in the corner, Front Flips over Shelley, doesn’t sell the dinged up knee, really weak strike combination into a Stomp to the back and it all just looks terribly choreographed including the bad miss from Shelley into the Death Drop float over to Dragon Sleeper Stretch.

Trey’s offense is just one bad move after another, he is truly everything bad about early years Ospreay. Moves with no purpose aside from the move looks cool. Shelley tries to sell and slow things down from time to time, but Trey’s lack of understanding how to wrestle makes this match hard to watch. Trey doesn’t even sell convincingly…ugh this is sad. Shelley must understand the match is lacking because he tries to turn up his cruelty, and that helps but seems hard to buy since everyone loves Shelley.

One thing I do love is Shelley pulls out Marufuji’s Pole Shift Flowsion for a close 2, Automatic Midnight (Air Raid Crash) is a near fall but Shelley immediately goes into the Border City Stretch. We get a few cradle counters from both until Trey apparently gets the best of the counter roll garbage. The crowd reaction was Kyle Petty sour.

Trey is trash, stop pushing him until he learns how to wrestle. 

Masha Slamovich vs Havok

Masha’s first somewhat real test, so lets see if Havok’s gatekeeper status continues.

Masha and Havok go for tough strikes, Masha hits the Headbutt and Havok tosses her showcasing the power. Masha eats a corner splash, then comes out of the corner, Spinning Heel Kick, lights up Havok and Russian Death Device.

I expected Gatekeeper status, but Masha put this match away so fast all of Decay comes out and are completely confused. Either Havok is on her way out, or they might go for some super natural power up storyline.

Chelsea Green vs Jordynne Grace

Chelsea tries to powder early to mess with Jordynne, but Jordynne chases her down and pounces. Chelsea is just eating offense for a while, until she manages a Middle Rope Rewind Kick and then starts handling Jordynne on the outside. We go to commercial, come back and Chelsea has Jodrynne in the corner landing that Double Wrist Capture Curb Stomp into the turnbuckle.

As Chelsea keeps up some offense, Jordynne seems to be getting more and more pissed off. Chelsea hits the ropes for a Big Boot or something and eats a Spinebuster for her trouble. Strike/Scoop Slam exchange but Chelsea actually got the best of things until we get an awkward spot in the corner that Chelsea looks like she had to stick around too long to tell Jordynne to grab her in the Sleeper.

Big Power moves after make you forget about the bad spot for a while. Spinning Torture Rack Bomb gives Jordynne the 2, and Chelsea barely kicks out a few times. Jordynne tries to pull out the Muscle Buster as shades of her past and TNA past. Lifted Flatliner gives Chelsea a near fall. Grace Driver attempt but Chelsea fights back before Jordynne lays in some Vader Hammers. UnPretty-Her attempt number two, and countered yet again.

After a One Winged Angel or Japanese Ocean Cyclone Suplex potential fake out, Chelsea slips out of the Electric Chair and then gets captured in the Grace Driver for the pinfall.

Battle of Futures Past: Chris Sabin vs Frankie Kazarian

Quick attempts at offense before Kaz hits the Shoulder Tackle right into the Ground Headlock. Kaz is doing a good job trying to wear down Sabin and keep him off his feet. Holy crap Ole Dinosaur Bone referenced Serotonin as part of Kaz’s past factions. Big props to Tom for that pull.

A small series of roll ups keep the even footing moving, while if you were scoring things Kaz might be a little ahead since he was using a lot of the Headlock control, before Sabin just dumps Kaz out and over the top rope off the apron. From this point, Sabin drives Kaz into the post, hits an Apron Soccer Ball Kick and generally keeps control.

Kaz tries to pop back into the fight when they’re back in the ring, but Sabin stifles all of that with a damn good Lariat. Then a Foot Choke in the corner (Sabin didn’t team with Nash, what the hell man). Rocks Kaz, puts him in the Cross Arm Bow and Arrow before Kaz tries to rise out of it. Sabin sees the situation changing and German Suplex, drives him into the corner, stomps, tries to pull him out but Kaz lands on his feet and we get some classic Kaz offense! Up and Over, Alley Oop into the Springboard Guillotine Leg Drop. Back and forth, transition through the ropes, Sabin tries to follow but the old Leg Cutter with the middle rope stuns Sabin. Outside In Slingshot DDT, for 2.

Cradle Shock, slip out, Enzuigiri, Yakuza Kick and Sabin is rolling a few things together all of a sudden. Tornado DDT and it’s only 2. Kaz counters the corner attack with the back elbow, tries to jump to the top rope, Sabin follows for the Avalanche German, and near fall again! Both men try for some move to give them momentum, counters all over, both run the ropes, Double Crossbody spot.

As they sell, Honor No More hits the ring and ruins a really damn good match.

Taven with a fantastic line after Heath says they sound stupid and he just chirps “With that accent”. Why is IMPACT Taven 10000% better than everything he did in ROH? Dammit why. 

Shera & Raj Singh vs Bhupinder Gujjar & Massive Cassidy

Cass gets the best reaction of this crowd all night. It even seems to hype up Gujjar a little.

Raj and Gujjar start, which makes sense given the story they were working with of Raj trying to manage Gujjar and attach his name to the successful newcomer. Gujjar hits a Slingblade into Fame Asser before tagging in Cass. Cass Scoop Slams Gujjar into Raj, counts 2 big elbow drops while pointing at Gujjar so he can tag him in, Slingshot Elbow for the babyface team. It takes until Shera distracts Gujjar and the mob mentality backfires for the faces since Cass is mad and keeping the referees attention.

Shera and Raj double team and beat on Gujjar until the Power Slam on Raj gives the opening. The Massive One runs with the hot tag and eats all of their lunches. Shera postures up to Cass, Cass hits the Big Boot and Lariats him out, Gujjar gets the Crossbody on the outside. Cass Chokeslams Raj, motions to Gujjar and asks the crowd “him” which gets a decent reaction. Gargoyle Spear looks a little less ridiculous in tag team action.

Violent By Design (Eric Young, Deaner & Joe Doering) vs Josh Alexander & The Briscoes

Josh leads off against…Deaner. Well nice to know the faces will get the early momentum. Josh works a Wristlock, keeping Deaner grounded of flipped but always controlled. Sussex County Chicken next in and lets Deaner slap and just sparks up the Red Neck Kung Fu. But Deaner gets the best of the situation and brings in EY. EY was caught a little unawares by Mark’s…well Mark offense, and Jay gets tagged in. Let’s also remember that Jay is a two time ROH Heavyweight Champion. So he starts to take it to EY and that shouldn’t be seen as a surprise.

Dogpile moment with Jay hitting the Tope con Hilo and Mark with the Corkscrew Splash into all three VBD members. Commercial break comes back with EY taking control back from Jay but there’s a bit of a back and forth. Jay tags in Josh, and EY doesn’t run for the tag. He wants to lead by example. Josh rocks him in the corner, 10 count punches, throws EY into the other corner for the Flair Up and Over, but EY ducks down getting Josh caught in the ropes, Deaner side swipes Josh as Joe distracts the referee.

EY tags in Deaner, Deaner hits some frantic offense, EY comes back in for a few near falls and a corner Neck Jammer using the quick tag with Deaner to keep thing fluid. Great tug of war momentum spots where Josh tries to fight back, but VBD pulls him back, and Josh has to fend off the entire faction before finally tagging in Mark for the Chicken Flavored Hot Tag. Jay blind tags to hit the Neckbreaker, Froggy Boy combo, but VBD breaks up the pin.

Big Joe hasn’t been the legal member yet, but he keeps making his presence felt. Jay has to fight back, EY tries something off the ropes, Jay hits the Frankensteiner. Assisted Powerbomb for 2, Doomsday call, but a distracted ref allows for a flag hit on Mark. Deaner DDT, but Josh breaks it up. Josh tries to finish Deaner, but EY dumps him out and Joe comes from off screen with the Flying Crossbody to squash Josh. Casey Jones mask usage, EY with the Piledriver, and VBD pick up an interesting win.


Overall Score: 7/10

Well the main event not utilizing Doering in the match and just having him run…legal interference is an interesting strategy that ultimately worked. So you know, you can’t argue with results. Getting some Dusty BS finish on the Battle of Futures Past makes me hope it’s leading to OGK + Eddie vs MCMG + Kaz. Yes that’s the Mark in me just loving Motor City and all things old school TNA. Havok being completely destroyed corroborates what I said after she lost to Tasha where she’s useless now. Granted yes Decay has all the spooky stuff, so maybe they can give her a magic potion, James Mitchell comes back, sacrifice Sunny’s sex tape or something, bring back some of the old Disciples of the New Church, like Vampiro could be cool. OR – she’s on her way out of the company. Either way, I like it when the card logically shakes out how the visual presents things.

I think my last real talking points are: 1. What move was Jordynne going for from the Electric Chair? 2. Ain’t it nice to see Cass help Gujjar get over a little? – Never really expected Cass to be back in a position to help anyone else like this, but it’s nice to see. So all in all, solid show with decent implications leading to Slammiversary.

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