It’s the SmackDown season premiere!
And to make the night that much bigger, BOTH the King of the Ring and the brand new Queen’s Crown tournaments kick off with big grudge matches!
- King of the Ring Opening Round: Rey Mysterio VS Sami Zayn; Sami wins and advances to the next round.
- Queen’s Crown Opening Round: Zelina Vega VS Toni Storm; Vega wins and advances to the next round.
- Queen’s Crown Opening Round: Carmella VS Liv Morgan; Carmella wins and advances to the next round.
- King of the Ring Opening Round: Cesaro VS Finn Balor; Balor wins and advances to the next round.
PLAY BY PLAY
SmackDown opens with a title contract signing!
The EST is out first and San Jose is fired up! Becky Lynch sits at her own table far away from Bianca, and Sasha Banks stands on the announce desk to show off. Adam Pearce welcomes us to this “season premiere” episode, and says this is to make the Triple Threat official for Crown Jewel! Sonya Deville introduces the participants in turn, starting with Bianca, then Sasha, and then The Man. Becky says The Man has come around to San Jose and they love her here. She decided to sit here so she could get a good look at everything. “Esther” must feel bad after her losing streak going into Crown Jewel.
And Sasha, “ya disco ball lookin’ fool!” She attacks Becky from behind without a thank you for saving SummerSlam? Well there will be payback! Aw, did they miss Sasha? The fans sure did. Or is Becky just jelly that Sasha’s spotlight is just bigger? That’s why she’s the conversation, the blueprint, the- No no no. Bianca says the only conversation is about signing the contract. Sasha is the Boss but she just returns and returns and returns to cheap shot Bianca. And Becky wants to bring up SummerSlam? Then let’s be real. Becky rid the momentum of Bianca to get that opportunity. That wasn’t prepared, that was lucky. Still won in 26 seconds!
Well every big moment has had Bianca’s name in it. She is the common denominator. That’s why they both keep coming for Bianca, but Bianca’s in the ring and they aren’t. They should get in, cuz she’s ready now! Fans fire up for the “E S T! E S T!” but Becky just shrugs that off, so Bianca THROWS an armchair! Becky says Bianca sure thinks she’s tough for losing in 26 seconds. Becky flips her table then storms to the ring. But Sasha sneaks in to BLINDSIDE Bianca! Sasha then fires off in the corner but Becky gets Sasha back! Then she stomps Bianca! Sasha throws Becky into another corner and stomps her now! Becky bumps Sasha back then JUMP KICKS!
Bianca brings Becky around to ROCK her! Then she DOUBLE TORTURE RACKS! Sasha slips off but Bianca SMACKS her with Becky! Sasha ends up on the table, Bianca hits a KISS OF DEATH! Becky and Sasha both go through the table!! Fans are thunderous as The EST shows why she IS the strongEST! But what about the contract? Will they have to do these signings offscreen?
Backstage interview with Rey & Dominik Mysterio.
Kayla Braxton notes that tonight starts the King of the Ring 2021. What would winning this mean to Rey? Other than being Universal Champion, this is the next best thing. To rule as King of WWE, imagine that! Rey truly becoming a king! It’d make him sick if Sami Zayn became king at his expense, so he can’t let that happen. Dom tells Rey that he’ll let him go out alone. That’s a bit of a surprise to Rey, but he respects his son’s choice. Rey goes it solo, can he shut the Great Liberator down in round one?
SmackDown shares the King of the Ring bracket!
Along with Rey VS Sami, the first round has: Cesaro VS Finn Balor; Kofi Kingston VS Jinder Mahal; and Xavier Woods VS Ricochet! Could there potentially be New Day VS New Day in the second round?
King of the Ring Opening Round: Rey Mysterio VS Sami Zayn!
SmackDown returns and Dom is still watching backstage. Sami walks by and wants to say Dom made the right choice. Rey’s a good man, but it is time for Dom to be his own man. Sami thinks Dom is even better than his dad. Sami then makes his entrance while Dom thinks on that.
The bell rings, Sami rushes but Rey dodges the boot! Victory roll, TWO! Rey ROCKS Sami with a right, runs in but is put on the apron. Rey ROCKS Sami again, goes up and FLYING RANAS! Rey runs and goes up but Sami turns rana into POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Sami drags Rey up, throws haymakers, whips but Rey tilt-o-whirls to put Sami on ropes! Rey dials it up but Sami bails out. Rey builds speed again to FLY AND RANA!! Sami hits hard and San Jose is fired up! Rey puts Sami in, climbs up top, FLYING SPLASH! Cover, TWO!! Sami survives and Rey can’t believe it! Sami gets up, Rey stalks after him and climbs up in the corner. Rey rains down rights and gets all 10!
Sami slumps down while Rey shouts out Latino Heat. Rey gets Sami up as fans chant for “Eddie! Eddie!” Rey wrenches and whips but Sami reverses, kicks and POSTS Rey! Rey slumps out of the ring and Sami is already celebrating. Dom walks out to ringside now, out of concern for his dad. Will Dom respect Rey’s space the way he wants in return? We find out, when SmackDown returns from break.
SmackDown returns and Sami has Rey in a corner. Sami throws hands, the ref counts and Sami lets off. Rey kicks back, throws forearms, then whips. Sami reverses but Rey goes up and over and comes back, into an EXPLODER into the corner! Dom is worried for his dad as Sami wants Rey to get back up. Sami goes corner to corner, but Rey RANAS the boot away! Cover, TWO! Rey hops on for a CODE RED! Cover, TWO!! Sami staggers up to a corner, Rey is after him but Sami elbows him down. Sami goes up, Rey throws hands! Rey climbs up but Sami shoves him to the apron! Sami then drags Rey up by his mask, only for Rey to ROCK him with haymakers!
Rey climbs again, and SUPER STEINERS! Cover, TWO!! Sami is still in this and Rey grows a bit frustrated. But fans rally up, Rey whips but Sami reverses. Rey springboards but Sami ducks the crossbody! Sami hurries to get Rey up, BLUE THUNDER RANA! Rey dropkicks Sami into ropes, then dials it up, but Sami dodges the 619 to BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Sami can’t believe it! He goes to a corner, and decides to start undoing some padding! Dom sees that while the ref doesn’t, and Dom moves that way. Sami hoists Rey up but sees Dom pick up the buckle pad. Dom ties it back on! Sami turns around into Rey’s SEATED SENTON!
Rey tells Dom to stop already, but Dom explains he’s helping. Sami shoves Rey into Dom and rolls him up! SAMI WINS!!
Winner: Sami Zayn, by pinfall (advances to the second round)
The father didn’t trust the son and now the King of Lucha is out of the tournament! Sami puts on the crown and cape already, is he going to be the WWE’s king?
SmackDown, get ready, because Hit Row is coming.
B-Fab, Top Dolla, Ashante “Thee” Adonis and Isaiah “Swerve” Scott. If you didn’t know, now you know.
Backstage interview with Seth Rollins.
After The Architect committed a very unsettling Breaking & Entering on the Copeland home, Kayla asks if Rollins crossed the line. That does seem the be the narrative, doesn’t it? But just humor Rollins for one minute. Up until SummerSlam. Rollins is embarrassed, humiliated, mocked and ridiculed. Through all that, Rollins still managed to beat Edge at Madison Square Garden in a sanctioned match and with a legal maneuver. Is Rollins celebrated? No! He’s called a monster and demonized for it! But that’s fine. The double standards are thrown out. Because Rollins has been the bigger man, coming out week after week, challenging Edge to have it out once and for all.
Not a single thing from Edge, though! Rollins sure hasn’t heard anything. So Rollins did what any sane man would do and kept his promise: Rollins went to Edge’s home to get an answer. So NO, Rollins hasn’t crossed any lines, and he STILL hasn’t gotten an answer to his challenge! The more Rollins thinks about it, he isn’t even sure why he’s here talking about this. Kayla has no power to do anything. So excuse him while he goes and finds someone who does. Will he talk to Pearce and Sonya about having a shot at the Rated R Superstar?
SmackDown shares the Queen’s Crown bracket!
Liv Morgan VS Carmella is later tonight, but there’s also “Doudrop” Piper Niven VS Natalya, Shayna Baszler VS Dana Brooke, and the match that’s up next to kick off this inaugural tournament!
Queen’s Crown Opening Round: Zelina Vega VS Toni Storm!
La Muneca promises to rule like Queen Cleopatra, and tells us to get ready to call her Queen Zelina. But will The Doll be rocked by the Lightning From Down Under?
SmackDown returns and Toni makes her entrance. The bell rings, Toni blocks Vega’s kick then lets it down, to snapmare and hip attack! Vega is reeling from being hit by a cheek, and she hits a THESZ PRESS! Vega throws fast hands but Toni shoves her away! Vega KNEES Toni down, covers, TWO! Vega wraps on a dragon sleeper stretch and bends Toni back! Toni endures, Vega shifts to STOMP her down! Vega grins and poses over Toni, but fans boo. Vega says the crown is already hers, but Toni ROCKS her with forearms! Toni fires off, then HEADBUTTS Vega! Toni hits a stalling ATOMIC DROP! Then runs to DECK Vega with a forearm!
Fans fire up with Toni and she runs to HIP ATTACK in the corner! Toni then shoves Vega, goes up the corner but Vega trips her up! Vega KICKS then THROWS Toni down! Vega snarls and runs in but Toni spins her around to a Gory Especial! Vega turns it into a CODE RED! Cover, Vega wins!!
Winner: Zelina Vega, by pinfall (advances to the next round)
And it’s over just like that! Vega wants that crown, will she be the one sitting on the throne at Crown Jewel?
Roman Reigns heads to the ring!
San Jose is ready to acknowledge their Tribal Chief as the WWE Universal Champion of 403 days walks out, Paul Heyman and The Usos right behind him. Roman and his cousins hold up the titles for the pyro, then continue down the ramp. The Head of the Table is going to send a message to BROCK LESNAR, after the break.
SmackDown returns and the Bloodline is in the ring, raising their belts for the second round of pyro. Heyman hands Roman the mic, and Roman tells San Jose, “Acknowledge me.” Fans certainly do, and they raise their fingers in unison with the Usos. Roman says his Special Counsel had one job to do before tonight and that was to make sure the Usos were drafted to SmackDown. Clearly, that’s what he did. So San Jose, acknowledge Heyman. Fans don’t seem as eager to do that. Roman puts an arm around Heyman’s shoulders and says, “I love you, Paul.” Heyman is touched as Roman says the Usos love him, too. Heyman says he loves them back.
Roman says Heyman is family. He is the Wiseman to the family. And that is what Roman wants right now: for Heyman to be wise. Heyman needs to come clean and tell the truth. Fans chants “Suplex City!” because they know what Roman means. Roman says San Jose is silly. Suplex City isn’t real, this is the Island of Relevancy! Now back to what the Tribal Chief was talking about here. Roman wants Heyman to come clean and admit that he is responsible for Brock Lesnar’s free agency. Heyman is given the mic and says he is in a terrible situation. No matter what he says, it’ll sound like spin. He has been loyal and faithful to the family for 40 YEARS.
But Roman makes Heyman look him in the eyes. Heyman tells Roman that Roman choice him, saved him, to be his Special Counsel because Roman knew Heyman IS the Wiseman. Heyman has been accused of many things in his life, and he’s guilty of even more, but he’s never been accused of being stupid. Pulling the trigger now on a scheme to dethrone the Tribal Chief would be STUPID! Think about it! Why do it before Crown Jewel? Wouldn’t the whole thing would be for Heyman to stay within his circle, maintain his trust, and counsel him on a strategy that he would then leak it to Lesnar, making him think he has a chance. Not that Lesnar has a chance, but he would think he does!
Wouldn’t that be the time to pull the trigger? Do you know how Lesnar is lying? Because he’s telling you in advance a move against Roman! And only someone STUPID would do that! Heyman thinks so highly of Roman, and Roman wouldn’t choose a stupid man to be his counsel. Lesnar cannot stand the fact that at Crown Jewel, the Conqueror will be conquered by Roman… wants the mic back… Heyman hands it over and Roman doesn’t want him to tell the Bloodline. Look in the camera and tell Brock. No excuses. And don’t worry, Roman will protect Heyman, because he can. Heyman looks at the camera as fans chant, “WE WANT LESNAR!”
“Brock… I have to give you a ton of credit. You outsmarted the Wiseman on this one. Frankenstein taught the doctor a lesson. You know what’s gonna happen to you at Crown Jewel, we’ve had this conversation years ago. They said The Undertaker couldn’t be defeated at WrestleMania. I told you, The Undertaker met his match and the match’s name was Brock Lesnar. Brock Lesnar has met his match, and his match’s name is Roman… Reigns!
“Roman Reigns will walk into Crown Jewel as your Tribal Chief, and he will fight you as a Tribal BEAST. And you will learn at Crown Jewel one thing: the winner, and still Reigning, Defending, Undisputed, Uncontroverted WWE Universal Heavyweight Champion… The Tribal Chief, Roman. Reigns. And that’s not just a prediction. Brock Lesnar, that is a spoiler, and you can believe that!” Heyman drops the mic, drops to his knees and hands the title back to Roman for him to hold up. Will the words of Heyman become reality when the Head of the Table meets the Beast in two weeks?
Pearce and Sonya are visited by Seth Rollins.
Knock knock~! But to get to the point, is Edge going to be here tonight or not? Well he was before Rollins broke into his house. Oh, right, that makes sense. But Rollins wants an answer one way or another. At the end of the night, Rollins will go to the ring. If Edge shows up tonight, Rollins full expects an answer. If not, then that is on management, and this show won’t end very well. Oh, and one more thing. If they do happen to run into Edge before he does, maybe return this picture to him. Rollins took a picture of Edge and Beth Phoenix sharing a romantic moment! Will this scumbag “Visionary” get what he wants one way or another?
Queen’s Crown Opening Round: Carmella VS Liv Morgan!
The self-proclaimed Most Beautiful Woman in the WWE delayed the Extreme Rules rematch last week by putting on a rather ridiculous protective mask for her face, then sucker punching Liv. Will Liv get the sweetest revenge when she floors Mella and takes a step closer to history?
SmackDown returns and Liv makes her entrance. But Mella hurries out of the ring to get that mask back on. Liv says that won’t save her, the bell rings, and Liv trips Mella up! Liv throws hands, Mella kicks her away but Liv jackknifes. TWO, into the CODE OF SILENCE! Liv reaches for Mella’s face and grabs the mask! Mella freaks out, lets Liv go and throws hands! Mella is furious but the mask is still on. Liv elbows Mella in the chest, then dodges to block the kick and ENZIGURI! The mask doesn’t protect the back of her head! CODE BREAKER! Cover, ROPEBREAK! Liv forgot about ring positioning and Mella survives
Liv runs but Mella BOOTS her! Mella CLUBS away on Liv’s back, covers, TWO! Mella gets to ropes, Liv runs in but misses ObLIVion! Mella HOTSHOTS Liv, FABULOUS KICKS then covers, Mella wins!
Winner: Carmella, by pinfall (advances to the next round)
Mella takes off the mask and celebrates her victory! But she’s going up against her ally in Zelina Vega, will the protective mask still help her through?
Backstage interview with Mace!
Separated from his tag partner, T-Bar, what is Mace going to do as a singles competitor? Mace doesn’t see himself “competing” much. “To compete” implies there is worthy competition. Mace looks around and sees no one who can match his strength, aggression or his disposition to dominate. All he sees is fresh prey. Mace isn’t here to compete, he is here to ANNIHILATE!
Happy Corbin heads to the ring!
And not just him! Here comes “Madcap” Riddick Moss! These two are still feeling great after making Kevin Owens the butt of their jokes. But now, Happy Talk has its second episode, and the Street Profits will be their guests! Will Corbin & Moss be cracking wise at the Profits’ expense?
SmackDown returns and Corbin’s in his plush leather chair with Moss applauding. Corbin says he is the happiest man in the world, and welcomes us back to the “award winning” talk show that has the WWE Universe “grinning from ear to ear.” One of the things that makes Corbin so happy is his buddy, Madcap Moss. Moss says, “What instrument do you find in a bathroom? A tuba toothpaste.” Moss and Corbin laugh like the hyenas they are, but here comes KEVIN OWENS! He wasn’t a guest but he doesn’t give a damn! Moss goes out to be security but he gets kicked and thrown into barriers! Kevin clubs away, then gest in to fire off on Corbin!
Fans fire up as Kevin hammers away but Moss returns! Kevin kicks back but Corbin stops the stunner! Moss and Corbin mug Kevin, clear out space, and then whip Kevin into a corner! Kevin tumbles and falls, and Moss is laughing all over again. Moss gets Kevin up, and gives him a SPIKE NECKBREAKER! Well, no Happy Talk with the Profits, but will Corbin and Moss keep laughing until their need stitches? Or will Kevin be the reason for that?
Pearce and Sonya double check the SmackDown Women’s title Crown Jewel contract.
They need to figure out how to get this by the end of the night, but then Naomi barges in! She is getting tired of this, Sonya! Why was Naomi not even considered for the Queen’s Crown tournament? Sonya says first of all, she owes no explanations. But if Naomi wants an answer, it is because she is not worthy. Not worthy of being a queen or even being on SmackDown. So Naomi should be thankful she’s still here. Woman, Naomi is a two-time champion. Can Pearce just trade Naomi to Raw or something? No no, Sonya is not done with Naomi. Naomi DOES have a match next week, and it is against Sonya! Just what Naomi wanted! It’s on like a pot o’ neck bone, but will Sonya #FeelTheGlow in her in-ring return?
King of the Ring Opening Round: Cesaro VS Finn Balor!
The Swiss Cyborg wants to finally establish himself as a top talent, but in his way is a Prince hungry to be a king! Will Balor make this opener Too Sweet?
SmackDown returns and Cesaro makes his entrance. The bell rings, the two shake hands and then tie up. They go around, Cesaro wrenches the arm to a wristlock but Balor rolls and hooks a leg. Cesaro wrangles Balor back down, but Balor kips up and wrenches around to a headlock. Cesaro powers up but Balor grinds the headlock. Cesaro powers up, but Balor fights again. Cesaro goes to a corner but Balor goes up and around to hit a takeover! Cesaro makes that a cover, TWO! Cesaro headscissors, Balor kips out and headlocks again. Cesaro powers out this time, Balor ducks and dodges but runs into a tilt-o-whirl BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!
Cesaro pushes Balor then whips him to a corner hard! Balor bounces off buckles, Cesaro covers, TWO! Cesaro stalks Balor, snapmares him then runs to drop the leg, brother! Cover, TWO! Balor gets to a corner, Cesaro is on him again with body shots then EuroUppers! Cesaro CLUBS Balor in the back, whips corner to corner but Balor goes up and over to trip and DOUBLE STOMP! Cesaro gets up while wincing and Balor fires up. Balor dumps Cesaro out high and hard, then builds speed to get a POP-UP EUROUPPER! Cover, TWO! Balor bails out and Cesaro is frustrated, but SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns again and Balor fires off forearms! Cesaro shoves but Balor BOOTS from the corner! Cesaro ROCKS, CHOPS but Cesaro CHOPS and whips! Balor ducks and dodges, tilt-o-whirl into the ELBOW DROP DDT! Cover, TWO! Cesaro gets to ropes and drags himself up but Balor glare sand runs in to KICK him down! Balor stomps away at the ropes, lets off as the ref counts, then waits for Cesaro to rise. Balor runs in, but no Slingblade as Cesaro shoves him away! EuroUpper! Whip corner to corner, another EuroUpper! Whip back the other way, another EuroUpper! And back again, but Balor SLINGBLADES! Fans fire up as both men are down!
Balor gets to a corner, Cesaro runs in as fans rally up, Balor dodges and Cesaro hits buckles! Balor GAMANGIRIS Cesaro down then climbs up top! Cesaro Euro SHORYUKENS Balor down! Cesaro headbutts, Balor wobbles, and Cesaro climbs up! Cesaro brings Balor up but Balor blocks the superplex! They brawl with body shots, Cesaro powers up to SUPERPLEX!! Cesaro crawls to the cover, TWO!! Balor survives, but is in the CROSSFACE! Cesaro pulls back, Balor reaches out, but then Balor rolls it to a cover! TWO, and Cesaro EuroUppers! Cesaro trips Balor but Balor victory rolls it! TWO, and Balor gets to a corner. Cesaro runs in but only gets POST!
Cesaro flops out of the ring and Balor builds speed to FLY! Direct hit at the ramp! Fans fire up with Finn as he puts Cesaro back in! SHOTGUN DROPKICK! Cesaro is down again and Balor goes up top! COUP DE GRACE!! Cover, Balor wins!!
Winner: Finn Balor, by pinfall (advances to the next round)
And with that, the Prince is one step closer to the throne! Will Balor silence the Great Liberator in the semifinals to go to Crown Jewel?
Becky Lynch complains to management.
No one, not even Roman Reigns or Brock Lesnar, has changed the game the way The Man has! She is an institution, this is her show! Put respect on her name! She’s delivered on every request, but what have those two dopes done? Did they earn they way in with those blindside attacks? Is that how it is? But okay, Becky sees how it is. They’re putting her in the corner. But let the record show that she’s giving the people the biggest match possible. Sonya says we all know how great Becky is, the only thing left to do is to prove it by signing the contract and having the match. Becky takes the pen, puts her signature on it, then shoves the contract hard into Pearce. One down, two to go…
Next week, SmackDown is on Fox Sports 1!
Not only will there be the semifinals, Sami VS Finn in KOTR and Vega VS Mella in Queen’s Crown, but we’re also getting The Man VS The Boss! Will Becky or Sasha be going into Crown Jewel with more momentum? Plus, THE BEAST, BROCK LESNAR will return on this #SupersizedSmackDown before going to Saudi Arabia!
Seth Rollins heads to the ring!
The Architect is going to keep his newest promise, he awaits an answer from Edge. Will the Rated R Superstar appear to give him that answer? Or will things end poorly in San Jose?
SmackDown returns and Rollins says, “The time has come! We’ve been waiting all day, I have been waiting for weeks. Hell, I’ve been waiting all my life for a moment like this!” Edge, come out and answer Rollins’ challenge! C’mon, Edge! Don’t keep the people waiting! It doesn’t have to happen tonight, Edge can name the time, place and stipulation! Ladder match, Street Fight, No Holds Barred, it don’t matter! It could even be in Edge’s living room and the wife ‘n’ kids can cheer him on! Fans want to see Edge and Rollins is getting impatient. What happened to the Rated R Superstar? What happened to the Ultimate Opportunist?
Rollins laughs and says, “Oh, yeah. I know what happened to that guy. I ended him with ONE STOMP in Madison Square Garden!” And if Edge isn’t gonna show up here tonight, then Rollins will just take this as an admission from him that Rollins is NOT Edge Lite! Rollins is BETTER than Edge in every conceivable, possible way! But hey, Rollins understands the fans are disappointed. So is Rollins. This isn’t how he thought it’d go. But this isn’t about Rollins. Edge isn’t just disappointing Rollins, but all of the fans. This is disappointing all of Edge’s fans, and more importantly, he’s disappointing his family.
Rollins says this is embarrassing but true. He cannot imagine what it is like for Edge’s little girls to know that her daddy is no longer an inspiration, but a coward. “It must break their little hearts into tiny pieces.” Wait, Edge pulls into the arena! The music hits and Rollins is getting an answer! Rollins throws off the jacket, Edge storms out onto the stage and then heads for the ring. Rollins gets a chair, but Edge SPEARS him in the ring!! Rollins bails out, Edge goes out and SPEARS Rollins over the desk! Edge hammers away, then RAMS Rollins into steps, taking Pat McAfee’s headset with him! Edge uses that to CHOKE Rollins! Then he puts Rollins in the ring before HE gets a chair!
Edge breaks off the crossbar, just as he did with Roman Reigns! Rollins scrambles as Edge wants the crossface! Rollins elbows free then runs away! Fans boo as Rollins retreats, but Edge is seething and staring him down. Edge gets the mic, and he tells Rollins, “YOU! ME! HELL IN A CELL!!” Rollins’ smile fades away into a look of horror. Will the Architect regret allowing Edge the right to choose? Will he even survive this final encounter with the Ultimate Opportunist?
A good episode of SmackDown, but let me give a big sarcastic “wow” on how they chose to open the historic Queen’s Crown tournament. Did they seriously keep BOTH matches to such short lengths? Toni Storm is a Mae Young Classic winner and for her to not just lose but lose that quickly, regardless of who it’s against, is more Vince McMahon brand BS. And while I want to applaud WWE for giving us a Heel VS Heel match next week, I can’t because that match probably won’t last any longer than either of tonight’s matches. These completely fly in the face of how they’re setting up great things in the singles title.
Granted, that contract signing had an odd start without really any explanation. Maybe it was to keep them from fighting, but then that clearly didn’t work. Bianca putting both Becky and Sasha through the table was great, and oddly we’re getting Becky VS Sasha to get ratings on the go-home that’s on FS1. Of course, there’s also an advertised tag match, Bianca & Banks VS Becky & Charlotte. A great match on paper but I’m wondering who ditches who and when. Charlotte has no challengers right now, I’m thinking she bails and just waits things out. And at least we’re getting Naomi VS Sonya for next week, too.
The King of the Ring tournament has a good bracket. Sami VS Rey was good but it was mostly to keep the Mysterio family dysfunction going. Sami kinda jinxes himself touching the crown, though. Cesaro VS Balor made for a great main event match, and it makes sense Balor wins. One way of making up that Extreme Rules debacle would be for The Prince to become The King. Meanwhile, the Raw side looks really juicy. Woods VS Ricochet, Kofi VS Jinder, both could be really great matches, but what a story if it were to come down to Kofi and Woods. Balor VS Woods could be some great stuff, too, and could really go either way to me.
We got a great segment from Roman and Heyman, and of course Heyman gives us great promos. I really like his argument of how it’d be stupid for him to try and double cross Roman with Lesnar saying all this stuff. Heyman started to get that fire and it was like he was taking a stand for himself. I really hope Heyman finds a way to get some guts again and not let Roman kick him around. We got a decent promo from Mace about being on his own, and I was a bit disappointed in the Happy Talk segment on one, just being another beatdown of Kevin Owens, and two, the Profits didn’t come out to help. Profits should want a match with Corbin & Moss on Kevin’s behalf at this point.
Rollins and Edge had great stuff, too, and of course we get one last match out of these two. I was expecting something a bit more freeform, like a Hardcore match, but I suppose Hell in a Cell is fine. This could go either way, but with them both going to Raw, how is the feud actually over? It’d be definitive if Edge stayed on SmackDown, but I suppose Edge isn’t an Intercontinental Champion kind of guy anymore and already faced Roman for the Universal Championship. Whoever wins, I feel like they could be easily set up as the next WWE World Championship challenger, and Rollins VS Big E is something we haven’t seen in a long time.
My Score: 8.1/10
Lucha Central Weekly: WWE Releases, AAA TripleMania Regia, and Matanza Is Back In MLW (episode escaped from the vault!)
Miranda, Dusty, and Brendan bring you the latest in Lucha Libre as if it totally wasn’t over a week old!
Miranda, Dusty, and Brendan bring you the latest in Lucha Libre as if it totally wasn’t over a week old!
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Mitchell’s NJPW WTL x BOSJ Results & Report! (11/27/21)
BOSJ, Round 6!
It’s Sniper of the Skies VS Rogue Luchador!
NJPW Power Struggle’s Junior Heavyweight title match is revisited as Robbie Eagles and El Desperado meet in the Best of the Super Juniors, Round 6!
- Best of the Super Juniors 28: Ryusuke Taguchi VS Yoshinobu Kanemaru; Taguchi wins.
- Best of the Super Juniors 28: Douki VS SHO; Sho wins.
- Best of the Super Juniors 28: Master Wato VS YOH; Yoh wins.
- Best of the Super Juniors 28: BUSHI VS El Phantasmo; Bushi wins.
- Best of the Super Juniors 28: Robbie Eagles VS El Desperado; Eagles wins.
- Best of the Super Juniors 28: Hiromu Takahashi VS Taiji Ishimori; Ishimori wins.
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Here are the current BOSJ 28 standings!
Yoshinobu Kanemaru: 4-1, 8 points
SHO: 4-1, 8 points
Hiromu Takahashi: 3-1-1, 7 points
Taiji Ishimori: 3-2, 6 points
El Desperado: 2-2-1, 5 points
Master Wato: 2-3, 4 points
Ryusuke Taguchi: 2-3, 4 points
El Phantasmo: 2-3, 4 points
Robbie Eagles: 2-3, 4 points
Douki: 2-3, 4 points
Bushi: 2-3, 4 points
YOH: 1-4, 2 points
Best of the Super Juniors 28: Ryusuke Taguchi VS Yoshinobu Kanemaru!
The Funky Weapon is on a roller coaster ride in this BOSJ, but now he’s meeting the Heel Master, who is the top of the block! Will Taguchi be able to even out? Or will Kanemaru continue to lead the way?
Wait, Kanemaru attacks Taguchi while he’s posing! Kanemaru stomps away at the ropes, the bell rings to get this on record, and then Kanemaru keeps stomping. He takes Taguchi’s shirt off and continues stomping him. Taguchi gets up, Kanemaru kicks low but Taguchi CHOPS back. And CHOPS! But Kanemaru rakes eyes! Kanemaru runs, Taguchi goes the other way and the two run the ropes. Kanemaru stops himself but Taguchi keeps going as fans rally. Taguchi eggs Kanemaru on to join him, but Kanemaru just lets him keep going. Then he pushes him to keep him going! Taguchi is getting tired, Kanemaru dropkicks the legs out!
Taguchi clutches his leg, Kanemaru drags him back and SMASHES the knee into the mat. Taguchi writhes but Kanemaru stomps the leg. Kanemaru drags Taguchi up, has the leg, for a SHIN BREAKER! Taguchi writhes even more and gets to ropes. Kanemaru puts the leg on the ropes to stand on it! The ref counts, Kanemaru lets off at 4. Kanemaru drags Taguchi back to drop an elbow and clamp on a toehold. Taguchi fights back with a chinlock but Kanemaru wrenches the leg. Kanemaru then lets off to drop knees on the knee, then pulls on the toehold again. Taguchi gets the ropebreak, Kanemaru lets go at 3.
Kanemaru drags Taguchi away from the ropes to YANK the leg. Fans rally for Taguchi but Kanemaru has the leg for a HALF CRAB! Taguchi endures, crawls forward and gets the ropebreak! Kanemaru lets go at 4, then stomps Taguchi’s bad leg. Kanemaru starts kicking Taguchi in the butt! Taguchi goes to the corner but Kanemaru keeps kicking. Taguchi hits back but Kanemaru rakes eyes! The ref reprimands, Kanemaru stomps the bad leg again. Kanemaru whips corner to corner, runs in but Taguchi boots him back! Taguchi gets the bad leg moving, but runs into an atomic drop! Kanemaru runs, but into the HIP ATTACK! Fans fire up as Taguchi gets his bad leg moving.
Taguchi runs at Kanemaru to hip attack at the ropes! And again! And then baseball slide to the apron GAMANGIRI! Fans fire up as Taguchi aims from the apron and springboards, MISSILE HIP! Cover, TWO! Taguchi drags Kanemaru up and suplexes, Uno Amigo! Taguchi suplexes again, Dos Amigos! Then THREE AMIGOS! Cover, TWO! Taguchi keeps focus as fans rally up. Taguchi brings Kanemaru up to chicken wing, but Kanemaru blocks, and then mule kicks the bad leg! He kicks the leg again, but Taguchi gives Kanemaru a point blank hip attack! Kanemaru kicks the bad leg again but Taguchi gives another point blank hip.
Kanemaru kicks the leg again but Taguchi fires off point blank hip attacks! Taguchi runs, but into another dropkick to the legs! Kanemaru gets the leg for a FIGURE FOUR! Taguchi blocks the leg lock from being completed! Kanemaru puts as much pressure as he can even with that much, and Taguchi can’t hold it back! Kanemaru has the Figure Four in and Taguchi reaches out for ropes. Fans rally up, Taguchi drags himself over, ROPEBREAK! Kanemaru holds on until 4, then drags Taguchi back up. Scoop and BRITISH FALL! Cover, TWO! Kanemaru drags Taguchi to a drop zone, goes up top, MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO!
Fans rally as Taguchi is still in this, but Kanemaru goes up again. Kanemaru waits on Taguchi to rise, but Taguchi’s bad leg is really wobbly. Taguchi stands, Kanemaru waits for him to be stable but Taguchi falls over! Kanemaru hops down to get at Taguchi, but Taguchi was suckering him in! Victory roll, TWO!! Kanemaru kicks the bad leg, steps through, but Taguchi kicks him down! OH MY GARFUNKEL! Kanemaru endures the ankle lock, reaches out, and fans rally up. Taguchi twists the ankle, puts as much weight as he can on the hold, but Kanemaru still fights forward to the ROPEBREAK! Taguchi lets go, and he calls upon the powers of Strong Style!
Taguchi aims from the corner, “OHYA~!” BUM- NO, roll up! TWO!! ENZIGURI from Taguchi, Kanemaru staggers around, Taguchi gets the arms! Kanemaru fights the Dodon Buster so Taguchi TIGER SUPLEXES! Bridge, TWO!! Kanemaru narrowly escapes but Taguchi fires up! Fans fire up with him, and he drags Kanemaru up. Chicken wings, but Kanemaru grabs the ref and pushes him down! Taguchi avoids the low blow to get the chicken wings, DODON LOW BLOW! Taguchi shoves Kanemaru to ropes then rolls him up, Taguchi wins!
Winner: Ryusuke Taguchi, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Kanemaru earns 0)
The Funky Weapon shoots down the top of the block! But Taguchi still has a way to go if he wants to be the Best of the Super Juniors, can he keep going on this upward trajectory? Or will Kanemaru be able to shrug this off and stay ahead of the pack?
Best of the Super Juniors 28: Douki VS SHO!
Japones Del Mal couldn’t beat his Suzuki-Gun teammates, but Kanemaru exposed the Murder Machine’s weaknesses last round. Will Douki and his pipe be able to thwart Sho and his wrench?
Sho wants the ref to check Douki thoroughly, and so the ref does, only for Sho to then push the ref aside and attack Douki! The bell rings, Sho runs but Douki hurdles, drops and rolls to headscissor! Sho gets up and Douki dropkicks him down! Fans cheer and Douki stomps Sho down. Douki drags Sho up to CLUB him, then drags him up, only for Sho to rake eyes! The ref reprimands, Sho puts Douki on the ropes, and the ref counts. Sho stops at 4, whips Douki to ropes, but holds the ropes to stop himself. Sho runs in but Douki does the splits and Sho tumbles out to the floor! Douki aims and slingshots to PLANCHA, but Sho uses a Young Lion as a shield!
Douki is down, Sho drags him up and whips him into railing! Sho steps on the Young Lion on his way to stomping Douki. Sho then has the ref check on the Young Lion, so he can get away with whipping Douki into more railing! Sho drags Douki up to torture the fingers! The ref starts the ring count, Sho slides into the ring and the count passes 10 of 20. Douki gets up at 15 and in at 16. Sho walks over to drag Douki up, but Douki throws body shots and forearms. So Sho rakes his eyes again! The ref counts, Sho stops at 4, to dig his boots in at the corner! The ref counts again, Sho stops at 4. Sho drags Douki up to scoop and SLAM! Cover, TWO!
Sho argues the count but the ref says it was far. Sho claws Douki’s eyes again! The ref counts, Sho lets off and argues with the ref again. Sho then toys with Douki, but Douki chops. And chops! Sho eggs him on so Douki CHOPS again. Sho DECKS Douki with a forearm! Sho drags Douki up, suplexes, but Douki slips out to waistlock. Sho switches, Douki resists the lift and elbows free. Sho reels Douki in but Douki breaks free to mule kick and ENZIGURI! Both men are down but Sho gets to a corner. Douki runsin to clothesline, then he runs, only for Sho to duck. Douki wheelbarrow arm-drags him, to then dodge and springboard, TRUST FALL! Direct hit and Sho bails out!
Douki aims but Sho wants to use the Young Lion again! Douki fakes Sho out, mule kicks him then ASAI MOONSAULTS! Direct hit again! Fans fire up with Douki but he’s still down to catch his breath. Douki crawls over to Sho, drags him up, and puts him in the ring. Springboard DOUBLE STOMPS! Cover, TWO! Douki drags Sho back up, hooks him up, but Sho blocks the Gory Especial. Douki knees Sho low, runs in at the corner, and blocks boots to pop Sho up into the Gory Especial! But Sho pulls the fingers! The ref reprimands, Sho CLUBS the bad hand, but Douki ducks the punch to mule kick! Douki runs, but the ref is a shield now! Sho then SPEARS Douki down!
Fans rally up while both men are on the mat. Sho gets up at the ropes, drags Douki up and wrenches the arm, and brings Douki down to kick, KICK and SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO! Sho aims his bow and drags Douki up to reel him in. Double pump handles, but Douki slips out to get ITALIAN STRETCH #32! Sho stays on his feet, reaches out, but Douki drags him from ropes to put him back in the stretch! Sho endures, Douki pulls harder on the hold and brings Sho down! Sho sputters, but he refuses to give up! Sho moves around, Douki keeps pulling, Sho turns and… ROPEBREAK! Douki lets go and Sho is dazed!
Douki hurries to the apron as Sho sputters and rises. Fans rally up, DAYBREAK!! Cover, TWO!! Sho survives but Douki calls for the finish! Douki drags Sho into the wheelbarrow, full nelson, but Sho fights free! Switch and a shove into the ref, then a clothesline in the corner that sandwiches them both! Everyone’s done, and Sho crawls to his corner! Sho brings out the wrench! But Douki’s going to his corner, and he has his pipe! Douki blocks the wrench with the pipe to PIPE SHOT Sho down! Douki gets the ref moving, drags Sho around and wheelbarrows, but Sho grabs the ref! Sho shoves the ref into Douki, then LOW BLOWS Douki from behind!
Sho gets his wrench! WRENCH SHOT!! Sho then gets the ref up and brings him over. Sho drags Douki up, for the SNAKE BITE!! Douki’s already out, Sho wins!
Winner: Sho, by submission (gains 2 points; Douki earns 0)
The Murder Machine gets away with another one! He’s back on top of the block, will he be able to stay there from now on?
Best of the Super Juniors 28: Master Wato VS YOH!
The Way of the Grandmaster surprised Ryusuke Taguchi while Direct Drive shocked the Sniper of the Skies! But will Wato stop Yoh’s momentum before it even starts?
The bell rings and fans rally up as the two circle. They feel out the grapple, Wato shoots in to waistlock but Yoh wrenches out to a wristlock. Wato spins, wrenches and wristlocks back. Yoh rolls, trips Wato and has a toehold but Wato uses a leg to bring Yoh down. Yoh clasps hands and sits up out of the armbar. Yoh has a top mount but Wato slips out. Fans cheer the standoff as the two reset. They knuckle lock, Wato wrenches to a hammerlock, but Yoh goes to elbow. Wato stops that with a headlock. Yoh pries the hold but Wato holds tighter. Yoh drop toeholds and flats to the headlock but Wato slips out again to get a chinlock and an arm. Wato then floats to have the legs tied up.
Yoh crawls and gets the ropebreak. Wato lets off, and the two reset. They feel things out then Wato KICKS a leg, then KICKS Yoh in the chest. Wato KICKS Yoh to the corner then fires off forearms. Wato whips corner to corner but Yoh goes up and over, only for Wato to kick low. Things speed up, Yoh drops and sidesteps to drop toehold. Wato avoids the basement dropkick to back elbow, uppercut and rolling sobat! Fans fire up as Wato KICKS Yoh from all sides! Cover, TWO! Wato stomps Yoh, drags him up, whips to ropes but Yoh reverses to dropkick Wato down! Wato bails out, Yoh PLANCHAS out onto him! Fans fire up with Yoh while Wato is down.
Yoh stomps Wato, drags him up, and puts him in the ring. Yoh drags Wato up, turns him and NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Yoh drags Wato up, CLUBS him on the neck, then CLUBS him again. Yoh brings Wato around to ROCK with a forearm, then whips Wato corner to corner for a back elbow! Yoh wrenches and DECKS Wato, cover, TWO! Yoh keeps on Wato with a headscissor necklock! Wato endures as Yoh puts on the pressure. Wato crawls, reaches out, and gets a ropebreak with a foot. Yoh lets go but stomps Wato down. Yoh drags Wato up but Wato throws body shots. Wato throws forearms, Yoh kicks low.
Yoh whips Wato to a corner, runs in, but Wato boots him! Yoh comes back and gets more boots, then Wato RANAS Yoh out! Wato builds speed to TORNILLO! Direct hit at the ramp and both men are down! The ref starts a count, Wato sits up at 11 and drags Yoh up and puts him in at 16. Wato then aims from the apron, springboards and FLYING UPPERCUTS! Fans fire up, Wato waits on Yoh to rise to fire off kicks! SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO! Wato keeps his focus as he drags Yoh up and wrenches to reel him in. Yoh elbows free of the Mouse Trap but Wato knees low. Wato QUESTION MARK KICKS Yoh down! You gets up, but blocks the screw high kick to a DRAGON SCREW!
Wato writhes, Yoh gets him for a CALF KILLER! Wato endures, crawls, drags himself and Yoh over, but Yoh throws elbows down! Yoh pulls back harder but Wato still gets the ROPEBREAK! Yoh stalks Wato and dropkicks the leg out! Yoh drags Wato from the ropes, to suplex, but Wato slips out. Wato’s bad leg jams, Yoh gets him again, FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up and Yoh drags Wato back up to waistlock. Wato fights with elbows but Yoh still holds on. Wato goes to ropes, Yoh CLUBS him then full nelsons. Wato breaks free, victory rolls, TWO! Yoh gets up but Wato cradles, TWO! Wato kicks but Yoh blocks, DRAGON- NO, Wato makes it a sit-down, TWO!!
Wato gets up but Yoh uppercuts! Yoh runs but into Wato’s CALF KICK! Both men are down again and fans rally up! Wato crawls over to Yoh, drags him up, and throws a forearm! Yoh forearms back, so Wato forearms again. Yoh throws another forearm, so Wato keeps going. Wato gets the edge, knocking Yoh down. Wato drags Yoh up but Yoh fires boxing elbows! Yoh kicks a leg, then spins, but Wato blocks! Yoh ducks the roundhouse, Wato ducks the heel kick, Wato sobats but Yoh goes Matrix to avoid the roundhouse! ROLLING ELBOW and GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Yoh fires up and so do the fans!
Yoh drags Wato up, underhooks, but no Direct Drive! Wato spins out to ROUNDHOUSE! Both men are down and fans rally up again. Wato rises slowly, goes to ropes and waits on Yoh to rise. Wato spins, SCREW HIGH KICK! Wato gets Yoh back up, wrenches and hooks him up, MOUSE TRAP DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Yoh escapes but Wato drags him to a drop zone. Wato climbs the corner, but oh stops him with a forearm! Yoh climbs, CLUBS Wato on the back, but Wato throws body shots. Yoh stumbles down, Wato gets up but Yoh GAMANGIRIS first! Yoh goes back up, brings Wato up for the SUPERPLEX! Roll through, and- Wato sips out to shove Yoh to a corner!
Wato runs in, Yoh puts him on the apron, but Wato GAMANGIRIS! Yoh staggers and flops, Wato aims again. Wato springboards, into a SUPERKICK!! Fans fire up and Yoh gets Wato right back up! Suplex to GHOSTBUSTER! And then, DIRECT DRIVE!! Cover, YOH WINS!
Winner: Yoh, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Wato earns 0)
The momentum keeps going for Yoh! He may still be at the back, but can he power his way right to the front?
Best of the Super Juniors 28: BUSHI VS El Phantasmo!
Black Mask lost to Hiromu-chan and the Headbanga lost to the Bone Soldier in last round’s battle of teammates. Now that things are back to facing enemies, who gets back up to break even?
Judging from how bad ELP’s foot feels from his backflip entrance, he hasn’t healed up from Taiji pulling one over on him by taking “that” and putting it in his boot. The bell rings and fans rally up as the two stare down. ELP and Bushi approach, but then ELP backs up to encourage the fans to get louder. He and Bushi approach again, but again ELP backs off to encourage the fans. The fans get louder, ELP and Bushi tie up. ELP puts Bushi on ropes but Bushi turns it around. Bushi lets off cleanly, and he gives ELP space. ELP gets fans to clap, “E! L P!” and then ties up with Bushi. ELP pulls on the mask, gets a headlock, but Bushi powers out, only for ELP to run him over.
ELP flexes, struts, runs, but Bushi drops. ELP stops to step on Bushi and strut some more. Bushi kicks and whips but ELP reverses. Bushi rolls off ELP’s back, dodges and RANAS, but ELP handsprings through! Fans cheer and ELP struts again. ELP even shows off with a backflip, but his foot hurts again! Bushi dropkicks ELP down! ELP bails out, Bushi builds speed, but ELP moves so Bushi rolls back to mock ELP’s rocker hands. ELP says no, don’t do that. ELP gets in, Bushi dodges again, then RANAS again! ELP tumbles out, Bushi runs and DIVES! Direct hit and ELP hits railing! Fans cheer as Bushi stomps ELP down.
Bushi drags ELP up, whips him into railing, then brings him up to put him into the ring. Bushi takes off his shirt to use it to choke ELP! The ref counts, Bushi lets go with one hand. The ref counts more, Bushi lets go completely. Bushi CLUBS ELP, turns him and NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Bushi keeps cool, brings ELP up and suplexes, but ELP slips out. Bushi elbows him away but ELP mule kicks! Bushi falls over and writhes on the mat! “It” IS back in ELP’s boot! ELP drags Bushi up, whips him corner to corner, and Bushi hits hard off the buckles! Cover, TWO! ELP tries again, TWO! Another try, TWO! ELP grabs for an ear but he instead has to grab the mask.
ELP stands Bushi up, brings him in and has the cobra twist! Bushi endures, ELP reaches for ropes but the ref watches him closely. Bushi throws body shots and hip tosses ELP down! Fans rally up while both men are down. ELP crawls over to Bushi and drags him up but Bushi fires off forearms! ELP stomps Bushi’s foot! “It” might’ve crushed Bushi’s toes! ELP then isolates a hand, and he STOMPS it! Bushi clutches the fingers but ELP bends them back! The ref reprimands but ELP BITES The hand! The ref counts, Bushi stops at 4. ELP twists the wrist, gets Bushi up and knucklelocks to HOP! ELP goes up and up and tightrope walks, then kicks Bushi to keep going.
ELP struts as he tightrope walks, kicks Bushi again, and keeps going. Bushi trips ELP up and ELP ends up getting a hotshot on the way down! ELP gasps and sputters, Bushi takes aim and SLINGSHOT RANAS! Both men go down and fans fire up! Bushi gets up first and fans fire up with him. Bushi brings ELP up and into the ring, then fans rally as Bushi CHOPS and whips ELP corner to corner. ELP reverses, runs in corner to corner but Bushi swing kicks him away! Bushi goes up and leaps, missile dropkick! BUSHIROONI! Bushi then runs in at the corner to back elbow! Bushi reels ELP in, but ELP slips out and dodges to springboard CROSSBODY! Handspring LIONSAULT! Cover, TWO!
Both men are down again but fans rally up. ELP kips up and brings Bushi up for an atomic drop! Then a scoop and SLAM! ELP goes to the corner, hops up, takes aim, DIVING AX HANDLE! Fans rally as ELP tunes up the band! Bushi slowly rises, ELP adjusts his boot, but Bushi blocks the kick to put the leg on the ropes! DRAPING CODE BREAKER! Both men are down again and fans rally back up. Bushi drags ELP up, catches ELP’s punch and spins him for a DDT! Bushi gets ELP back up, FISHERMAN SCREW! Cover, TWO! ELP is still in this but Bushi goes to the corner. Fans rally up as Bushi aims, M- NO! ELP pops Bushi up but Bushi sunset flips!
ELP rolls through, high stacks, TWO, but ELP drags Bushi up and hooks the arms, STYLES CLASH!! Cover, TWO!! Bushi survives, ELP isn’t phenomenal! ELP hobbles up, drags Bushi back up, reels him back in and tucks the arms. Bushi slips out to cradle! TWO!! ELP BUZZSAW! ELP goes back to a corner, gets the boot going again, Bushi stands and ELP hesitates?! ELP runs to V-TRIGGER instead! And then he Electric Chair Lifts, but Bushi fights free, to BACKSTABBER! Bushi drags ELP up and wrenches him into TERRIBLE! Cover, TWO! ELP survives but Bushi goes to the corner! Bushi goes up the ropes, ELP hobbles around, MX!! Cover, Bushi wins!
Winner: Bushi, by pinfall (gains 2 points; ELP earns 0)
The Headbanga’s hesitation may have cost him! Will he worry less about copying Bullet Club’s best and just win as himself? As for Bushi, he evens out, but will he be able to make a play for the top?
Best of the Super Juniors 28: Robbie Eagles VS El Desperado!
These two only faced off earlier this month, but the irony of Eagles losing the title is that neither has had the best run in this tournament. Will the Sniper of the Skies redeem himself from Power Struggle? Or will the Rogue Luchador give a repeat performance from Osaka?
The bell rings and fans rally up already as the two stare down. Eagles and Desperado circle and Eagles gets the fans to rally harder. They tie up, Eagles waistlocks but Desperado breaks free to wrench and wristlock. Eagles spins, breaks the wristlock, wrenches and wristlocks back. Desperado rolls, breaks and wrenches back on Eagles. Eagles rolls, handsprings and wrenches to a hammerlock. Desperado stands on Eagles’ foot, gets a headlock and the takeover. Eagles rolls it to a cover, ONE, and Desperado keeps on the headlock. Eagles headscissors and squeezes tight but Desperado endures. Desperado bridges, moves around, and gets free to have the butterfly deathlock!
Eagles is down, Desperado floats to a headlock. Desperado grinds Eagles but Eagles fights up to his feet. Eagles tries to pry free but Desperado grinds harder. Eagles still tries to pry, and he gets the hold around, to then drop and trip Desperado to a leglock. Eagles floats to a headlock, pushes off ropes but Desperado rolls to a cover. ONE, and Eagles keeps the headlock. Desperado pulls hair to get up and pop out of the headlock. The ref reprimands and counts, Desperado shifts to a headlock. Desperado grinds the hold, Eagles puts Desperado on ropes. The ref calls for the break, Eagles lets off, but he does a step to make sure Desperado stays on his guard.
Desperado applauds along with the fans as he and Eagles reset. They circle, Desperado claws Eagles’ eyes! Desperado headlocks, Eagles powers out but Desperado runs him over! Things speed up, Eagles hurdles, Desperado leads, but Eagles comes back. Eagles blocks the hip toss and rolls to drag Desperado down and basement dropkick! Fans cheer while Eagles stalks Desperado, but Desperado rakes Eagles’ eyes again! The ref reprimands, Desperado lets off and he drags Eagles up. Eagles holds ropes to stop the whip, Desperado kicks the leg! Desperado whips, Eagles reverses to go up and around but Desperado blocks the arm-drag to SLAP Eagles down!
Desperado runs, flying arm-drags Eagles away, then runs in. Eagles dodges, goes up and around to flying arm-drag back! Desperado bails out, Eagles runs but he fakes Desperado out with the backflip, and then he DIVES! Direct hit and Desperado hits railing, and it’s enough to knock Milano Collection AT out of his seat! Eagles checks on Milano, but he’s alright. Eagles flexes because that’s how strong he is! Eagles then gets Desperado up to CHOP against the apron! Desperado hobbles away, stinging, but Eagles keeps on him. Eagles puts Desperado in the ring, stops him from crawling away, and stomps the leg!
Eagles paces, drags Desperado up and snapmares for a RUNNING KICK! Cover, TWO! Eagles stomps Desperado, Desperado CHOPS back! And again! Eagles eggs him on so Desperado keeps going, but Eagles knees low and CHOPS Desperado down! Fans cheer that one, it was strong. Eagles gives Desperado space at the ropes to come back, but then he goes out to drag Desperado to the apron. Eagles SLAMS the leg on the apron! Desperado flops to the floor and flounders to the ramp. Eagles goes to the ramp and Desperado gets up. Desperado CHOPS but again Eagles eggs him on. Desperado chops again but Eagles CHOPS Desperado back down!
Eagles drags Desperado up, puts him in the ring, covers, TWO! Eagles drops a knee on Desperado’s chest! Cover, TWO! Eagles stomps Desperado at the ropes, brings him around to hook the arm, and then he gets the fans to rally up as he pulls on the legs! Deathlock STOMP! Desperado writhes, Eagles covers, TWO! Another try, TWO! Eagles is frustrated but he waits on Desperado to sit up. Eagles KICKS him, and KICKS him, and KICKS again! Eagles runs, but Desperado blocks the kick! Eagles sobats, but runs into a SPINE- NO! Eagles fights out and whips Desperado to a corner. Eagles runs in but is put on the apron.
Desperado punches, Eagles blocks and GAMANGIRIS Desperado away! Eagles springboards but Desperado gets clear to come back and SPEAR! Both men are down again but Desperado gets up at the ropes. Desperado hobbles over, brings Eagles up, suplexes high and hard! Cover, TWO! Desperado has the leg for the GROUND DRAGON SCREW! Desperado gets the leg again to drop knees on the knee! Eagles writhes but Desperado gets the STRETCH MUFFLER! Eagles endures as Desperado thrashes, and Eagles fights his way over. Desperado keeps him back, but Eagles keeps fighting, ROPEBREAK! Desperado lets go and fans rally up.
Desperado drags Eagles up, reels him in, but Eagles fights the shinbreaker. Desperado kicks the leg! Desperado then brings Eagles back up, but Eagles knees free! Wheelbarrow to victory roll, to RON MILLER SPECIAL!! Now Desperado endures the leg lock, crawls forward, but Eagles puts as much pressure as he can! Desperado refuses to give up, and he powers his way to the ROPEBREAK! Eagles lets go and Desperado clutches the leg. Eagles drags Desperado back, stomps away on the leg then KICKS it! Eagles steps over, Desperado kicks Eagles away, but Eagles comes back with a PENALTY KICK! Cover, TWO!
Eagles keeps cool while fans rally up. He gets his bad leg moving, drags Desperado back up, but Desperado dropkicks the bad leg out! Desperado gets up, hobbles over, but Eagles dropkicks him in the bad leg now! Desperado drags himself up in the corner, Eagles runs in to DOUBLE KNEE! Eagles rolls back, his leg holds him back a bit, and runs in but into a boot! Eagles comes back to Tiger Feint the leg out! Eagles then comes back with METEORA! Desperado flops down, Eagles covers, TWO! Eagles drags Desperado to a drop zone, but his own bad leg slows his climb. Eagles 450, but he catches Desperado’s knees! Eagles turns Desperado to drop knees on the knee!
Eagles gets the leg, steps through but Desperado roll shim up! TWO, to the STRETCH MUFFLER! But Eagles power sit to a cradle, TWO! ROUNDHOUSE! SUPER- NO! Desperado blocks, reels Eagles in, but Eagles fights the Guitarra to slip around and cravat, SHIRANUI but Desperado blocks that! Desperado spins Eagles around, GUITARRA- NO! Eagles slips out and ROLLING KICKS the leg out! Eagles runs, but Desperado ducks the blindside! Both men get their bad legs moving, Eagles ducks the haymaker to SUPERKICK, then SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO!! Desperado survives and Eagles can’t believe it!
Eagles grits his teeth while fans rally up. Eagles aims his finger gun, rolls Desperado up but Desperado fights out to SPINEBUSTER! And then a roll, float over, GUITARRA DEL ANGEL! Cover, TWO!! Eagles survives and fans fire up! Desperado drags Eagles up, underhooks the arms, but Eagles RANAS out but Desperado sunset flips! TWO, Eagles sits on it, TWO! Desperado runs into a schoolboy with bridge, TWO!! BIG elbow shot, but Eagles PELES back! Both men are down but Eagles fires up! Eagles drags Desperado up, cravat to SHIRANUI! Then dragon sleeper and a spin, but Desperado slips out to EL ES CULERO! DESPERADO WINS!!
Winner: El Desperado, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Eagles earns 0)
Eagles can’t believe it! Desperado didn’t even need his best shots to win! But with this, will Desperado also look to take back the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championships in the near future?
Best of the Super Juniors 28: Hiromu Takahashi VS Taiji Ishimori!
The Ticking Timebomb and Bone Soldier Reborn were the winning halves of their tag teams last round, and now they close out this round! Will one side sweep the night? Or will we see a 1-1 split?
Hiromu hands over the guide book to Milano, and he seems to be calling Taiji a “Muscular chihuahua.” The bell rings and they ram each other! Then they start throwing forearms! Taiji gets the edge, whips but Hiromu reverses to then follow and RANA, but Taiji blocks! Taiji brings Hiromu up but Hiromu slips out, only for Taiji to get around and waistlock. Hiromu switches but Taiji elbows him away. Taiji whips, Hiromu reveres but Taiji handsprings, into a waistlock! Taiji switches again, shoves Hiromu into a corner, then blocks the boots to ENZIGURI. But Hiromu gets out of the ropes to elbow! Hiromu keeps going and he runs Taiji over!
Fans fire up while Hiromu catches his breath. Hiromu drags Taiji up, CHPOS him, then CHOPS him again! Hiromu brings Taiji around to CHOP again and Taiji leans on ropes. Hiromu whips, Taiji reverse to shoulder and WRING the arm out, then WRING it again! Hiromu bails out and clutches the arm. Red Shoes checks on him but Hiromu says he can still continue. Taiji goes out as Hiromu goes around the way. Taiji stalks Hiromu, then BOOTS him into railing! Taiji wraps the arm around railing and pulls! Hiromu grabs at Taiji’s hair but Taiji kicks the railing to jam the arm. Taiji drags Hiromu up, fans rally, and Taiji wernches to hammerlock and POST the bad arm!
Taiji puts Hiromu in, pulls on the arm and SLAMS it against the post! Then Taiji brings out a chair! Taiji SLAMS the bad arm into the post, then snatches a chair from the timekeeper’s area. Red Shoes confiscates that chair, but doesn’t see Taiji get the chair from under the ring and SMACKS Hiromu’s arm! Hiromu goes running as he clutches the bad arm, but fans rally behind him. The ring count starts, Taiji drags Hiromu up by the bad arm and puts him in the ring at 8 of 20. Cover, TWO! Taiji is annoyed but he drags Hiromu by the bad arm again. Taiji wrenches to an ELBOW BREAKER! And then snapmares to drop a leg on the bad arm, and trap it for an arm scissors.
Hiromu endures, moves around, but Taiji drops a knee on the bad arm, then drops a fist! Cover, TWO! Hiromu gets himself to a corner, Taiji goes over to CHOP him down! Taiji drags Hiromu up but Hiromu CHOPS, so Taiji kicks the bad arm, and gives it an ARM CODE BREAKER! Cover, TWO! Taiji keeps on Hiromu, locking up the good arm to then pull on the bad arm. Taiji moves the arm around and around then YANKS it back! Hiromu crawls to the corner and fans rally up. Taiji paces, then drags Hiromu up but Hiromu CHOPS back! And CHOPS again! And again! Taiji CLUBS Hiromu down, but Hiromu gets up to CHOP!
Taiji eggs Hiromu on, Hiromu throws forearms but Taiji BOOTS the bad arm! Taiji runs but Hiromu follows and RANAS Taiji down! Fans rally up as Hiromu drags himself up the ropes. Taiji runs in but Hiromu boots him! Hiromu then hops up to HANGING HEADSCISSOR! Red Shoes counts, Hiromu lets go at 4. Hiromu gets in to whip Taiji to the corner and clothesline! Then he snapmares and runs to basement dropkick! Taiji bails out and fans rally up! Hiromu goes to the apron for the FLYING SHOTGUN DROPKICK! Taiji hits railing and Hiromu fires up! Hiromu gets his bad arm moving, then drags Taiji up to put him in the ring.
Hiromu drags Taiji up, FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO! Hiromu drags Taiji up, fireman’s carries, but Taiji slips off to send Hiromu into the corner. Taiji runs in, blocks boots, ENZIGURI! Taiji runs to SLIDING GERMAN! Fans rally up while Hiromu is down. Taiji drags Hiromu out, underhooks, but Hiromu fights off the Bloody Cross! Taiji knees low and fireman’s carries to SNAKE EYES Hiromu on the railing! Hiromu writhes, Taiji gets in the ring and the ring count starts. Fans rally up but Hiromu stirs. Hiromu rises at 12, stands at 14, and gets in at 15, only for Taiji to basement dropkick the bad arm! Taiji steps over, YES LOCK!
Hiromu endures, moves around, reaches out and fans rally up. Taiji pulls back, but Hiromu keeps crawling over! Ropebreak! Red Shoes counts, Taiji lets go. Red Shoes checks on Hiromu but Taiji unties the blue buckle pad! The Bullet Club favorite! Taiji goes back to Hiromu, drags him up, gut wrenches, but Hiromu fights to gut wrench Taiji! But Taiji headscissors free, but swings into a hook, spin and RANA, that Hiromu makes into D!! Taiji is stuck in the triangle hold, but he fights up to deadlift, but Hiromu RANAS him back down! Hiromu holds tight to the triangle hold but Taiji endures. Fans rally, Hiromu has Taiji down on the mat, but Taiji powers up again!
Taiji manages a deadlift and BUCKLE BOMB! It was still a padded corner so Hiromu got lucky there. Hiromu falls out of the ring but fans rally up. Taiji stays in the ring as the count climbs, but Hiromu gets up. So Taiji goes to the corner and jumps up! Hiromu stops Taiji and has a waistlock! Taiji resists, but Hiromu shifts to a bomb position! Taiji fights free of that but Hiromu SUPERKICKS him! Hiromu drags Taiji up, fireman’s carries, APRON DEATH VALLEY! Both men fall to the floor as fans fire up! Red Shoes checks, they’re both okay to continue. Fans rally up and the ring count starts while both men stir.
Hiromu stands at 11, staggers about and goes to Taiji at 15. Hiromu puts Taiji in at 17, and fans cheer as he fireman’s carries again. Taiji fights free, but Hiromu suplexes. Taiji fights that, wrenches and ducks but Hiromu mule kicks and front kicks. Fireman’s carry, but Taiji shoves Hiromu to a corner. Taiji runs back in, but he leaps over the overhead Belly2Belly! Hiromu waistlocks Taiji up top, drags Taiji down, but Taiji switches. Hiromu switches, Taiji elbows free and slides under, to then double pump handle and flip Hiromu into position, CIPHER UTAKI! Both men are down and fans rally up!
Hiromu clutches his bad arm, Taiji crawls his way over. Hiromu throws a forearm, Taiji throws it back. Hiromu forearms again, they stand and Taiji throws another. Hiromu forearms, Taiji forearms, Taiji ROCKS Hiromu and gets the edge! Hiromu keeps coming back, even as Taiji throws more forearms! Taiji ROCKS Hiromu again and again but Hiromu just fires up again and again! Hiromu finally staggers back and fans cheer. But then Hiromu SHOTGUN dropkicks Taiji into a corner! Both men are down, fans rally up. Hiromu drags himself up, Taiji fires up and runs, into the OVERHEAD Belly2Belly into buckles!
Fans rally up again as Hiromu stands up. Hiromu goes over and brings Taiji up. Hiromu suplexes but Taiji fights out to get the arm! Hiromu fights his way over but Taiji rolls him away, to then drag Hiromu up and POST him! That’s why he took away the pad: to open the way to the corner post! Taiji hammerlocks the arm and scoops, to then SHOULDER BREAKER! Fans rally up while Hiromu and Taiji are both down. Taiji aims, Hiromu slowly stands, Taiji runs in to tilt-o-whirl, but Hiromu blocks and spins for DYNAMITE PLUNGER! Hiromu roars and fans fire up as he drags Taiji back up. Hiromu suplexes but Taiji knees free, but Hiromu SUPERKICKS!
Hiromu runs into a BOOT! Hiromu roars and runs in, to a JUMP KNEE! Down goes Hiromu and Taiji roars! Taiji aims, bang! He drags Hiromu up, BLOODY- NO! Hiromu slips out, spins Taiji around, VICTORIA! Hiromu crawls to the cover, TWO! Hiromu slowly rises, fans rally up, and Hiromu drags Taiji up in the dragon sleeper. Hiromu inverted suplexes but Taiji slips out and spins around to drag Hiromu down for the over-the-shoulder, only for Hiromu to roll him up! TWO!! Taiji runs in but Hiromu scoops, dragon sleepers, but Taiji snapmares free to dragon sleeper back! But Hiromu arm-drags free, rolls to a fireman’s carry, and CORNER DEATH VALLEY!
Hiromu fires up and fans are with him! Hiromu drags Taiji up, fireman’s carries, spins and Taiji pops out! DOUBLE LARIATS collide and both men drop to their knees! Hiromu drags Taiji up, fires up and runs, HIROMU-CHAN BOMBER!! Taiji is dazed but Hiromu fires up again! Hiromu dragon sleepers for the inverted suplex but Taiji slips out, tilt-o-whirl takedown! BONE LOCK!! Hiromu scrambles, reaches out, but Taiji rolls him away! Taiji pulls way back, HIROMU TAPS! TAIJI WINS!!
Winner: Taiji Ishimori, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Hiromu earns 0)
The Bone Soldier defuses the Timebomb and has a huge win under his belt! Can Hiromu recover and still have a chance at going back-to-back? As for Taiji, he takes a moment to rest before he gets the mic. “Hiromu. You really are something. I hate to admit it, but damn!” Fans applaud this odd showing of respect Taiji is giving as Hiromu takes his leave. Taiji says he can’t go on some “energetic rant like Hiromu,” but he’ll just say, “The NJPW Junior Division isn’t all about El Desperado and Hiromu Takahashi! I said this before, but once again. Look at me! I will show you strength and greatness! It’s Reborn!” Will Taiji prove this division doesn’t belong to anyone but him?
Here are the NEW BOSJ 28 standings!
SHO: 5-1, 10 points
Yoshinobu Kanemaru: 4-2, 8 points
Taiji Ishimori: 4-2, 8 points
Hiromu Takahashi: 3-2-1, 7 points
El Desperado: 3-2-1, 7 points
Ryusuke Taguchi: 3-3, 6 points
Bushi: 3-3, 6 points
YOH: 2-4, 4 points
Master Wato: 2-4, 4 points
El Phantasmo: 2-4, 4 points
Robbie Eagles: 2-4, 4 points
Douki: 2-4, 4 points
A great round for the BOSJ, some real great surprises in the results. I thought for sure Kanemaru would keep going but Taguchi gets a win off him in a real good match. Douki using his pipe to fight off the wrench was great, but I had a feeling Sho would still win. Yoh getting another win is great, I still hope they make a big deal out of Yoh VS Sho when we get it. Bushi VS Phantasmo was good, and I like that ELP was playing it up that he got “it” back in his boot. But I find it interesting that he hesitated to use Sudden Death just to try and use Kenny Omega’s moves. I wonder if that was just to keep ELP from winning and keep him near the bottom.
I wasn’t surprised by Desperado winning, just in how he won. I didn’t think he’d win with just his signature pin, but that was quite the shocker. And then Taiji VS Hiromu was awesome stuff, and I didn’t think Taiji would get the win here. That’s big stuff for Taiji and the tournament. Taiji’s in the top three, he could make a run for the top. Desperado VS Kanemaru is next round, too, that will be a very interesting one.
My Score: 8.9/10
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