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Mitchell’s NJPW WTL x BOSJ Results & Report! (11/14/21)

World Tag League gets a turn!

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NJPW WTL X BOSJ 2021

World Tag League tags in on the tour!

The Super Juniors had their time, now World Tag League kicks off! But will the Dangerous Tekkers be up for taking on Minoru Suzuki and TAKA MICHINOKU?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • World Tag League 2021: The Dangerous Tekkers VS Minoru Suzuki & TAKA Michinoku; Dangerous Tekkers win.
  • World Tag League 2021: Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan VS Yuji Nagata & Tiger Mask; Kojima & Tenzan win.
  • World Tag League 2021: Tomoaki Honma & Togi Makabe VS The Guerrillas of Destiny; Guerrillas of Destiny win.
  • World Tag League 2021: The United Empire VS Chase Owens & Bad Luck Fale; Chase & Fale win.
  • World Tag League 2021: Toru Yano & Hiroshi Tanahashi VS EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi; Yano & Tanahashi win.
  • World Tag League 2021: Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI VS SANADA & Tetsuya Naito; Sanada & Naito win.

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World Tag League 2021: The Dangerous Tekkers VS Minoru Suzuki & TAKA Michinoku!

What a way to open this year’s tournament! Not only are the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions up first, they’re against their mentors! But will there be any respect shown to the Meanest Man and the Blue Playmaker? Or will Taichi & Zack Sabre Jr. make them #JustTapOut like anyone else?

Taichi makes his entrance with ZSJ and he goes right after Taka?! He throws Taka out the ring and whips him into railing! And then more railing! The bell rings to get this on record, Suzuki and ZSJ brawl at the entryway while Taichi whips Taka into yet even more railing! The brawl moves to the ring, ZSJ and Suzuki each egging the other on! Taichi gets a chair, and he SMACKS Taka! Is this just how Suzuki-Gun operates?! Suzuki ROCKS ZSJ, Taichi drags Taka up. Taichi puts Taka in the ring, then drags him back out to RAM him into railing! And he chokes Taka with the mic cord! The ref counts, Taichi lets off, to then choke Taka again!

The ref counts again and Taichi lets off. Meanwhile, ZSJ and Suzuki have each other down on the mat with dueling heel hooks! Taichi puts Taka in the ring and he stands on Taka’s head. The ref reprimands, Taka kicks at Taichi, so Taichi snapmares and KICKS Taka! And KICKS him again! Taka gets up, Taichi kicks him more, then CHOKES him! The ref reprimands and counts, Taichi lets off to then dig his boots into Taichi. Taka reaches at Taichi, Taichi lets off at 4. Fans rally up, Taichi drags Taka up to wrench and HOOK KICK! ZSJ and Suzuki throw EuroUppers again, Taihci covers with a knee, TWO! Taka kicks back while ZSJ whips Suzuki into railing.

Taka kicks, Taichi stomps, repeat. Taichi puts Taka in the corner, choke grips, but Taka choke grips back. The ref reprimands as Taichi chokes Taka again. Taichi lets off, then snapmares Taka. Taichi goes after Taka with a neck wrench but Taka endures. Taka even eggs Taichi on! Taichi wrenches harder, then throws Taka down. Taichi gets a leg, Taka resists so Taichi kicks away on him. Taichi stomps, stands on Taka’s head, and has the HALF CRAB! Taka endures, kicks from upside-down, but Taichi pulls the leg way back! Taka crawls, Taichi tries to put more weight on the leg, but Taka gets the ropebreak! Taichi lets go and fans rally but Taichi KICKS Taka down.

Taichi whips Taka into the Tekker corner, tags ZSJ and ZSJ throws EuroUppers! Taka gets up, ZSJ snapmares and NECK TWISTS! ZSJ clamps onto Taka to get the arms for a straitjacket stretch! Taka endures, even as ZSJ bends him back against his knees. Taka gets the ropebreak with a foot, so ZSJ lets off reluctantly. ZSJ stands on Taka’s head, tags in Taichi, and Taichi kicks at Taka. Taka gets up, Taichi pie faces him! Taichi eggs Taka on, they get forehead to forehead, then Taichi sobats! Taka winces, but he dropkicks Taichi’s legs out! But Suzuki is leaving Taka to do this alone? Taka goes after Taichi with a knee, but Taichi shoves him into the corner!

Taichi chokes Taka, ZSJ tags in, and ZSJ gets Taka’s arm! ZSJ wrenches Taka’s arm, brings him to his knees and twists the arm to the wrist. Taka endures as ZSJ bends the fingers way, way back! ZSJ taunts Taka, wrenches again, but Taka fires forearms! Taka is free but ZSJ blocks the boot to a standing toehold! ZSJ scoops, Taka slips out but ZSJ elbows him. ZSJ runs, Taka runs the other way and BOOTS ZSJ down! Fans fire up as now Suzuki tags in! Suzuki runs in to BOOT ZSJ! Suzuki goes corner to corner, ZSJ follows to EuroUpper! ZSJ runs but Suzuki follows to BOOT! ZSJ BOOTS, snapmares, and NECK-

NO! Suzuki spins through to snapmare back! But ZSJ also escapes the neck twist! The two stand off and fans fire up! Suzuki and ZSJ step to each other, Suzuki throws a forearm! ZSJ comes back to push with his shoulder, then throws a EuroUpper! Suzuki CHOPS and ZSJ falls back! Suzuki eggs ZSJ on, ZSJ gets up to EuroUpper! Suzuki forearms, ZSJ EuroUppers, repeat! ZSJ eggs Suzuki on now so Suzuki DECKS ZSJ! Fans continue to rally as Suzuki slaps ZSJ around. ZSJ gets up to EuroUpper, Suzuki forearms, repeat! Suzuki gets the edge but ZSJ headbutts low to EuroUpper and run. Suzuki follows, drop steps and gets the SLEEPER! ZSJ is fading!

Fans rally, ZSJ gasps and tries to get up but can’t. Suzuki stands him up, spins him around and reels him in, but ZSJ drags him down to a one-leg cradle! TWO!! Suzuki escapes but ZSJ wrenches to PELE the arm! Suzuki SHOTEIS, ZSJ KICKS the arm! Snapmare and PENALTY KICK! But SUzuki just snarls so ZSJ KICKS again! Suzuki stays up, so ZSJ gets a good running start, PENALTY KICK! Suzuki is down, ZSJ tags Taichi! Taichi brings Suzuki up to KICK! And KICK! And KICKS! Suzuki snarls but Taichi stands on his head and taunts him. Kowata Kicks! Suzuki laughs those off to throw a forearm! Taichi KICKS, Suzuki forearms, repeat!

Suzuki eggs Taichi on as they keep going back and forth! Suzuki ROCKS Taichi, he staggers to ropes, and Taka wants in? Taichi chokes Suzuki first, and has him against ropes! Taichi whips, Suzuki reverses to headbutt! Taka tags in! Taka runs in to SHINING WIZARD, then a snapmare to a cover, ONE! SHINING WIZARD! Cover, TWO!! Taka aims from a corner as fans rally up again. Taichi gets up, Taka kicks but Taichi blocks! Taichi spins Taka, spins him again, SEITEIJYUJIRYOU!! Suzuki rushes in but ZSJ catches him, but Suzuki switches with him! Around and around they go, ZSJ finally gets the cobra twist!

The Tekkers have double submissions but Taka fights, only for Taichi to wrench harder! Suzuki falls over, but Taka manages to move around and get the ROPEBREAK! The Tekkers let Taka and Suzuki free, but Suzuki and ZSJ go out of the ring. Taichi runs but Taka BOOTS! Taka drags Taichi down to a CROSSFACE! Taichi crawls, reaches, but Taka rolls him away from ropes to then get the other arm! NECKLOCK! Taka gets the legs and the other arm, HEAVY KILLER #3!! But ZSJ gets in to KICK away on Taka! Taka lets go of the hold, to CALF KICK ZSJ down! Fans cheer and rally behind Taka as he sees Taichi go to a corner.

Taka runs in, to JUMP KICK! And HOOK KICK! And SUPERKICK!! Cover, TWO!! Fans rally even harder as Taka drags Taichi up. ZSJ and Suzuki brawl again, Taka scoops but Taichi slips out to BOOT! Taka CALF KICKS Taichi, but Taichi stays up to GAMANGIRI! Both men are down and fans fire up! Suzuki has ZSJ on the apron with an ARMBAR, but OFF COME THE PANTS for Taichi! Taichi watches Taka slowly rise. Taka roars but Taichi KICKS him down! Taka roar as he sits up and fans rally again. Taichi KICKS Taka back down! Taka gets up again, but Taichi hits AX BOMBER! Cover, TWO!! Taka survives but Taichi keeps his cool.

Taichi toys with Taka and Suzuki shouts to him. Taka gets up, SLAPS Taichi, but Taichi reels him in for DANGEROUS SAIDO! Cover, Taichi lets up at one?! Suzuki shouts to Taka, fans rally up, but Taichi just waits. The standing count begins and Taka crawls his way over. Taichi brings him up, Taka leans on Taichi, and he throws a forearm. Taichi isn’t affected, so Taka SLAPS him! Taichi DECKS Taka with another forearm! Taichi gets Taka up, Alabama lifts, BLACK MEPHISTO! But Taichi doesn’t cover? Are the Tekkers showing Taka some kind of tough love? A standing count begins again as Suzuki shouts at Taka. Even ZSJ wants Taka to get up!

The count is 7! Then 8! The count reaches 10, Taka is still down! The Tekkers win!

Winners: The Dangerous Tekkers, by TKO (gain 2 points; Suzuki & Taka gain 0)

Taichi tells Taka to get out of the ring, and Taka crawls to the ropes. Taichi stands Taka up just to pie face him down. Fans rally for Taka as he keeps trying to stand. Taka gets to his feet, Taichi seems to argue with Suzuki about having Taka as his tag partner. But Suzuki argues back that they’re all still the same team. Suzuki gets Taka up, Taichi gives Taka another stern talking to, and Suzuki-Gun stands together, stronger than ever! Will this encouragement help Taka get back to his former glory?

 

World Tag League 2021: Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan VS Yuji Nagata & Tiger Mask!

Another interesting battle to start WTL this year, #TenCozy takes on their #ThirdGen partner! Blue Justice teams up with Tiger Mask, who is currently IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champion with Robbie Eagles. Will Tiger Mask start on a journey towards becoming a double tag champion? Or will Kojima & Tenzan be heading for their lucky number seventh reign?

To show some solidarity with Nagata, Tiger Mask wears a blue mask. The teams sort out and Tiger starts with Tenzan. Fans rally as the two circle. They tie up, Tenzan puts Tiger on the ropes but lets off cleanly. Tiger avoids the Mongolian Chops! Tiger kicks low, headlocks, but Tenzan powers out. Tiger rams shoulders but Tenzan stays put. Tiger runs, rams shoulders again, but again Tenzan stays put. Tiger sobats, runs, but Tenzan runs him over! Tenzan stomps Tiger, brings him up and headbutts him! Mongolian Chops! And again! Tiger falls, Tenzan stomps him, then tags Kojima. Kojima DECKS Nagata, then he and Tenzan pinball Tiger between forearms and Mongolian Chops!

Kojima uses the Mongolian Chops! Fans fire up and Kojima brings Tiger up to scoop and SLAM! Kojima goes to the apron, Tenzan runs, but Tiger avoids their senton headbutt combo! Tiger drags Kojima out, Nagata goes after Tenzan! TenCozy ends up on the ropes figuratively as Tiger and Nagata have them against railing. Nagata POSTS Tensan, Tiger CLUBS Kojima into the ring. Tiger stomps Kojima, sits him up and KICKS him! Then cover, TWO! Fans rally, Nagata tags in and he goes after Kojima with forearms! Nagata wrenches an arm to an ELBOW BREAKER, then wrenches again for another ELBOW BREAKER!

Nagata CLUBS away on Kojima’s arm, wrenches again but Kojima gets ropes. Tiger tags in and he KICKS the arm! And again! And again! Kojima CHOPS, Tiger SLAPS! Tiger stomps Kojima, clamps onto an arm and pulls it to an armlock. Nagata BOOTS Tenzan down, then mugs Kojima with Tiger. Cover, TWO! Fans rally up, Tiger tags Nagata, and they get Kojima up for a double whip. They double shoulder Kojima down, then Nagata stomps him. Nagata sits Kojima up to KICK him down! Fans rally, “KO-JI-MA!” “NA-GA-TA!” Nagata kicks and KICKS Kojima around, but Kojima stays up. Kojima blocks a kick, CLUBS the leg, but swings into a waistlock.

Kojima elbows free, blocks another kick, and hits a DRAGON SCREW! Fans fire up as both men are down! Kojima crawls over, hot tag to Tenzan! Tenzan rallies on Nagata, DECKS Tiger, then goes back to Nagata with Mongolian Chops! Again and again, then headbutt in the corner! Tenzan stomps Nagata, whips him corner to corner, then runs in to clothesline! Nagata staggers and Tenzan calls his shot! BIG snap suplex! Cover, ONE!! Nagata has a lot of fight in him, and fans rally up. Tenzan brings Nagata up but Nagata fights the clinch. Tenzan fights Nagata’s clinch, Nagata throws a forearm but Tenzan gives it back! The fans fire up as the two go back and forth!

Tenzan Mongolian CHOPS, then runs, but into a BOOT! Nagata runs but into a MOUNTAIN BOMB BACK DROP! Fans rally up as Tenzan tags Kojima! Kojima DECKS Tiger, stomps and MACHINE GUN CHOPS Nagata! Nagata stops that to fire off machine gun ELBOWS! Kojima brings the MACHINE GUN CHOPS back! Kojima whips corner to corner to forearm smash! Kojima throws Nagata down, fires up, but has to block Nagata’s boot! Kojima fires forearms then a ROLLING ELBOW! Fans fire up while Nagata is down! Kojima drags Nagata back up, whips him to ropes, but Nagata rolls! Fake out to a dropkick to the legs! Hot tag to Tiger Mask!

Tiger is up top, CROSSBODY! Sobat, KICK, KICK, and then a waistlock! Kojima switches, Tiger drops to victory roll! TWO! Tiger runs but into a kick and a DDT! Cover, TWO! Tenzan gets in to DECK Nagata! TenCozy regroups, gets Tiger up, HEADBUTT to double whip! But Tiger fights the combo move off! Sobat to Tenzan, Kojima is in a corner! Nagata runs in to BOOT Kojima! Nagata and Tiger double whip, Tiger run sin to ROUNDHOUSE! Nagata runs in to BOOT, then gets an EXPLODER! Tiger hooks Kojima up, TIGER DRIVER!! Cover, TWO!! Tenzan is a little late to the party but Nagata throws him back out.

Tiger rallies the fans, gets Kojima up and chicken wings, but Kojima holds off the suplex! Kojima kicks and COZY CUTTERS! Cover, TWO!! Kojima throws off the armband and aims at Tiger. Kojima runs but Tiger ducks the lariat to crucifix takedown! Cover, TWO, but Tiger has an arm! Tiger gets both arms for a DOUBLE ARMBAR! Kojima endures, moves around, ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Tiger keeps on the hold, Tenzan stomps him down. Nagata ENZIGURIS Tenzan out of the ring! Then DOUBLE GIRI to Kojima! Tiger fires up, SHOTEI to Kojima, then eh runs, into the COZY LARIAT!! Cover, TenCozy wins!!

Winners: Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Nagata & Tiger Mask gain 0)

The Blue Tigers couldn’t overcome the heart of TenCozy, and so the points go to them! Will Nagata & Tiger Mask shrug off this frustrating loss to get better in the second round? Will TenCozy start their journey back to the top here?

 

World Tag League 2021: Tomoaki Honma & Togi Makabe VS The Guerrillas of Destiny!

Everyone’s Kokeshi and the Runaway King Kong are ready to take on the Silverback and the Good Bad Guy! Will the gritty old guard get back to the gold? Or will Tanga Loa & Tama Tonga prove ain’t nobody better than Guerrilla?

GoD Low Sweet, the teams sort out, and Honma starts with Tama. Tama takes off the vest to get serious already as fans rally up. Tama and Honma circle, tie up, and Tama powers Honma to the ropes. The ref counts, Tama lets off slowly and fans cheer. Honma dodges the cheap shot to then headlock. Honma grinds Tama down, but Tama fights up. Tama powers his way to a headlock and grind Honma. Honma powers out, Tama runs him over! Honma gets up and Tama kicks low. Tama whips, Honma reverses and runs in but Tama BOOTS! Tama runs but into a HIP TOSS! Honma runs, runs Tama over again, and fans fire up!

Tag to Makabe and he gets Tama up to ROCK with a haymaker. And then another! Makabe DECKS Tama, Loa talks trash but Makabe drags Tama up. Makabe bumps Tama off Honma’s boot, then throws big forearm sin the corner. Tag to Honma, he stomps away on Tama. Honma drags Tama up, CLUBS him on the back, then brings him around to scoop and SLAM! Honma fires up and runs, but the falling headbutt misses as Tama moves! Loa gets in to DECK Makabe! Tama steadies himself while Loa bumps Makabe off the apron. Tama CLUBS Honma over and over, then drags him up to throw body shots. Tama whips Honma to ropes to CLOBBER him!

Tama sits Honma up to knock him back down, then he tags in Loa. Snap suplex to slingshot senton! Fans cheer the combo as Loa stands over Honma. Fans rally, Loa stands Honma up and RAMS him into the Guerrilla corner. Loa rams his shoulder in again and again, the ref counts, Loa lets off to ROCK Honma with a right! Honma forearms back so Loa hits him again. Honma forearms again and Loa likes the fighting spirit. Loa ROCKS Honma then throws him into ropes! Honma sputters but Loa kicks him out of the ring. Fans rally up again, Tama goes around the way to put Honma back in. Loa DECKS Makabe, then goes back to Honma.

Loa drags Honma up, scoops him, tags Tama in, and then SLAMS Honma. Tama slingshot sentons this time! And he kicks at Makabe on the outside for good measure. Fans rally up, Tama paces then CHOKES Honma! The ref counts, Tama stops, only to CHOKE Honma more! The ref reprimands and counts, Tama stops and drags Honma up. Fans rally, Tama throws body shots on Honma then tags Loa in. Tama continues to mug Honma and CLUB him down. Loa covers, TWO! Loa wraps on a chinlock and he grinds Honma down. Honma endures, fans rally up, and Honma fights his way up. Honma throws body shots, Loa CLUBS him, then clinches for forearms.

Loa scoops Honma, for a POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO! Loa DECKS Makabe as the fans rally up again. Tama gets in but Honma throws forearms on them both! Tama CLUBS Honma, Loa ROCKS Honma with a forearm, then the brothers double whip. Loa runs in but misses the splash! Tama catches Honma and Loa runs in but Honma boots Loa away! Honma spins Tama around, then gets Loa, DDT COMPLETE SHOT COMBO! Fans rally up, hot tag to Makabe! Makabe rallies on the Guerrillas with corner to corner clotheslines back and forth! Makabe climbs up to rain down fists on Loa! He gets 10 but Loa blocks the Northern Lights!

Loa CLUBS Makabe, runs, but into a LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up, Makabe stomps Loa, but Loa shakes his head. Loa gets up, Makabe throws forearms but Jado coaches Loa up. Loa gets fired up as Makabe keeps throwing forearms! Makabe runs, Loa dodges and runs to SPEAR! Hot tag to Tama! Tama gets Makabe up, throws forearms and haymakers, then brings him around to a SLEEPER! Tama CLUBS away on Makabe’s chest then lets him go. Fans rally but Makabe eggs Tama on! Tama throws more haymakers, tells Makaabe to stay down, but Makabe still eggs Tama on. Tama throws more haymakers, whips Makabe to ropes, but Makabe reverses! Tama ducks one but not the LEFT LARIAT!

Hot tag to Honma! Honma gets Tama up to CHOP! And CHOP! And CHOP! Tama goes to a corner, Honma whips corner to corner then runs in to back elbow! Honma gets a BULLDOG, then fires up to KOKESHI HEADBUTT! Fans fire up and Honma drags Tama up. Honma suplexes but Tama blocks! Fans rally as Honma keeps trying, and he gets Tama up, but Tama slips out! Dragon sleeper, TONGAN TWIST! Fans fire up as Tama waits on Honma. Honma stands, GUN- NO!? Honma has a SLEEPER! Tama reaches, flails, but Honma keeps him from ropes, SLEEPER SLAM! Honma runs to BASEMENT KOKESHI! Cover, Loa breaks it!

Makabe goes after Loa, he and Honma coordinate. CROSS BOMBER! Loa falls from the lariat sandwich, Makabe goes after Tama in a corner. Makabe stands Tama up, he whips Honma in to back elbow! Makabe runs in to clothesline! Then Honma hoists Tama up top, and then climbs up to join him. Makabe then goes to Electric Chair Honma? Loa stops them from whatever they were planning, but they mug him and double whip. Loa busts through the lariats to DOUBLE CLOTHESLINE them! The Guerrillas get Honma up, BACK SUPLEX NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up and Loa keeps Makabe down on the outside as Tama pounds the mat.

Fans clap along, Honma slowly rises, Tama runs in to GUN STUN!! Cover, Guerrillas win!

Winners: Guerrillas of Destiny, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Honma & Makabe earn 0)

 

World Tag League 2021: The United Empire VS Chase Owens & Bad Luck Fale!

Aaron Henare returned to be Great-O-Khan’s corner man, and now they are tag partners here in WTL! Will the Ultimate Weapon and the Dominator dominate the Crown Jewel and Rogue General? Or will Bullet Club be #TooSweet to start the tournament?

Bullet Club attacks the moment the United Empire is in the ring! Chase knocks Khan down then goes after Henare, and Fale stomps Khan out of the ring. The bell rings to get this on the record as Chase headlocks and punches Henare then Fale smacks Khan off the apron! Chase uses Henare’s own jacket to choke him! The ref reprimands, Fale stands on Khan’s chest. Henare hits back and headbutts Chase! Khan gets up to throw forearms but Fale DECKS him! Chase rams Henare into railing then rains down rights! Chase regroups with Fale and they put Khan in the ring. They stomp Khan, whip him, body shot to knee lift to LARIAT! Cover, TWO!

Fale looms over Khan, drags him up, scoops him and SLAMS him near the ropes. Tag to Chase, and Bullet Club stand on Khan and salute! They let off as the ref counts and Khan gasps and sputters. Chase drags Khan up by his ponytail, wrenches the hair, and CLUBS Khan on the neck! Chase whips Khan to a corner, runs in and forearm smashes, then reels him in for a LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Chase drags Khan up, throws forearms, but Khan eggs him on as he throws forearms back. Chase throat chops! Chase whips, Khan holds ropes, and then Khan BOOTS Chase! Khan DECKS Fale and runs Chase over! Khan drags Chase up and whips, Chase reverses, Khan DECKS Fale again!

Chase waistlocks Khan, Khan resists the lift, Henare clubs Chase! Henare and Khan double whip Chase but Chase kicks Henare down! Khan spins Chase to get the HITSUJIGOROSHI! Chase endures, Henare gets Chase’s legs for a FLOATING CLOVERHOLD! Chase endures, but Fale gets on the apron! The Empire drops Chase to DECK Fale! Khan drags Chase up to Mongolian Chop him to the corner, and Mongolian Chop him again! And then another Mongolian Chop! Tag to Henare, he drags Chase up to ROCK with a forearm. Henare knees low, suplexes high and hard! Cover, TWO! Fans rally, Henare looms over Chase, but Chase throws body shots!

Henare eggs Chase on, then snapmares him to KICK him on the back! Cover, TWO! Tag to Khan, they mug Chase with Mongolian Chops to his back. Khan CLUBS Chase, taunts Fale, then sits on Chase’s head in the corner. Chase grabs at the ponytail but Khan pulls his arms back! Henare and Fale keep the ref busy, but the ref still counts Khan. Khan hops down, tags Henare, and Henare has Chase in a corner with stomps and forearms. Henare knees low, whips corner to corner, and Khan runs in to clothesline! Henare runs in to SHINING WIZARD! The Empire coordinate, but Chase dodges and Khan BOOTS Henare!

Khan runs at Chase but Chase spins him to a LARIAT! Fans rally up and Chase tags in Fale! Fale gets Khan up, whips him to a corner, then runs in to SPLASH Henare! Fale whips Henare into Khan, then runs in to SPLASH them both! Khan falls, Fale runs to ELBOW DROP Henare! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up, Fale takes aim at Henare. Henare gets up, Fale choke grips, but Khan grabs Fale with a sleeper! No Grenades here as Fale flails! Henare gets up, runs in and BODY SHOTS Fale hard! Henare and Khan coordinate, BOOT ROUNDHOUSE COMBO! Cover, TWO!! Fale survives and fans fire up! Khan goes after Chase while Henare bobs ‘n’ weaves with Fale.

Henare fires off fast hands and kicks, then SCREW HIGH KICKS Fale down! Cover, TWO!! Fale survives again but Henare scowls. Henare powers up, brings Fale up, but Fale is too big to torture rack! Chase gets in, but Henare dodges to get him for a fisherman! But Fale gets Chase out of the Streets of Raging, and Chase hits a SHI TRIGGER! Khan gets up but Fale DECKS him! Chase takes aim, drags Henare up, Fale runs, GRENADE LAUNCHER! Cover, Bullet Club wins!!

Winners: Chase Owens & Bad Luck Fale, by pinfall (gain 2 points; United Empire earns 0)

An explosive first win for Chase & Fale! Does this mean there’s more power in Bullet Club than once thought? As for the United Empire, will they ever get off the ground without their leader, Will Ospreay?

 

World Tag League 2021: Toru Yano & Hiroshi Tanahashi VS EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi w/ Dick Togo!

How rare that a Joker and an Ace work together. But will the provisional Mr. KOPW 2021 and the former IWGP US Heavyweight Champion head towards the tag titles? Or will the King of Darkness and the Tokyo Pimp look to add to the NEVER Openweight Six Man titles they just got?

Wait a minute! Yano and Tanahashi come out dressed like high school ruffians! Tanahashi’s got the start of a duck tail pompadour! The ref isn’t even sure if he wants to check Yano and Tanahashi at this point. The jackets are put aside and Tanahashi still shows off the muscles. Bullet Club Low Sweets, Yujiro starts and Yano impatiently asks Tanahashi who should start. Tanahashi barely says a thing and Yano “agrees” to let him start. Fans rally up already with “Let’s Go, Ace!” as he and Yujiro circle. They approach, Yujiro knees low then slaps away. Tanahashi fires up but Yujiro rakes his eyes! Yujiro headlocks and grinds the pompadour down.

Tanahashi powers up to wrench free and get Yujiro into a headlock! Fans cheer, Yujiro throws body shots, but Tanahashi holds tight as Yujiro tries to power out! Yujiro pulls hair, Yano gets in to pull Yujiro’s hair! Evil gets in to pull Yano’s hair! Yujiro joins in, but then Tanahashi pulls both Yujiro’s and Evil’s hair! The ref reprimands everyone and Yano bails out. Tanahashi refuses to the ref clubs Tanahashi’s hands! Tanahashi is surprised, but he tags Yano in. They double whip Yujiro to double shoulder tackle! Fans rally for “Y T R!” and Yano gets Yujiro up. Yujiro blocks the suplex and BITES Yano’s hand. The ref counts, Yujiro lets go to whip Yano, and surprise! Bare buckles a la Evil!

Tanahashi gets in but Yujiro kicks him, and whips him into the bare buckles! Tanahashi writhes, Evil drags him out and Yujiro kicks Yano out. Yujiro RAMS Yano into railing, and again! Evil uses a shirt to choke Tanahashi! Yujiro digs his knee into Yano’s neck but lets off as the ref counts. The fans rally up as the ring count climbs, but Yujiro puts Yano in to cover. TWO, Evil protests but Yujiro rains down fists! Yujiro then pats Yano on the head before he tags in Evil. Evil drags Yano up to throw him out. Evil distracts the ref so that Dick can DECK Yano! Dick drags Yano up, puts Yano in, Evil drags Yano to a cover. TWO, and Evil is upset again!

Evil tags Yujiro, Yujiro stomps Yano but fans rally up. Yujiro digs his heel into Yano’s chest, Evil holds Yano down! The ref reprimands Evil but he lets off. Yujiro drags Yano up, snapmares him down and drops a leg! And an elbow! And a headbutt! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up as Yujiro tags in Evil. Evil taunts Tanahashi, then drags Yano up to put him in the cobra twist. And Bullet Club links up to the railing! Yano endures, Tanahashi protests, Evil lets Yano down to cover. TWO, and Evil tries again! TWO, and Evil tries again! TWO!! Yano is still in this, and Evil is furious! Evil stands on Yano’s head, drags him up, btu Yano fires off forearms! Evil rakes eyes!

The ref reprimands and counts, Evil stops but Yano pulls hair! Evil kicks, whips but Yano reverses to throw Evil down by his hair! Fans rally up as both men are down, hot tag to Tanahashi! Tanahashi runs to FLYING FOREARM Evil! Tanahashi DECKS Yujiro, fires off fast hands on Evil, then whips. Evil reverses, Tanahashi WRECKS Dick with a dropkick! Tanahashi blocks Evil’s kick to DRAGON SCREW! Fans fire up with Tanahashi and he drags Evil up to scoop and SLAM! Tanahashi goes to the second rope for a SUNSET SENTON! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up again, Tanahashi runs, but Yujiro and his cane are at the ropes!

Evil reels Tanahashi in, Tanahashi elbows free and runs, but Evil distracts the ref and Dick trips Tanahashi! Yujiro tags in, he gets Tanahashi up and kicks low to then throw forearms and CHOPS. Yujiro whips corner to corner, runs in and BOOTS Tanahashi! Then fisherman, but no buster as Tanahashi fights it to a TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! Yano rallies the fans, and Tanahashi tags him in! Yano gets the buckle pad untied, but Yujiro attacks him! Yujiro whips, Yano reverses, and Yano finishes with the pad! Then he baits Yujiro into bare buckles! But Evil sneaks up behind Yano to take the pad away from him! Evil kicks Yano low, Tanahashi gets in but Yujiro goes after him.

Dick throws the blue pad in and Yujiro picks it up. The House of Torture takes aim, but Yano and Tanahashi block, to PAD DRAGON SCREW! Fans fire up as Yujiro flounders to a corner. Yano and Tanahashi get Yujiro up to double whip. Tanahashi whips Yano in to elbow, then he adds a SPLASH! Feed to Yano, ATOMIC DROP! Tanahashi fires up, but the lights go out! Not this again! Something is happening, and the lights come back to show House of Torture standing over Yano & Tanahashi. It was DICK who messed with the lights! Evil throws Tanahashi out and CLUBS him down. Yujiro goes after Yano, Evil CLAWS Tanahashi. Yujiro BOOTS Yano down!

Yujiro drags Yano up but he blocks Yano’s low blow! Evil LOW BLOWS Yano! Yujiro gets Yano up to SHOVE into the bare buckles! Then he runs in to BOOT! Evil corner clotheslines, then FISHERMAN BUSTERS! Basement dropkick from Yujiro! Dick gets the ref in the ring, cover and count, Tanahashi breaks it in time! Tanahashi brawls with Evil, Evil throws the leg to the ref to mule kick Tanahashi down! Dick gets Yujiro his pimp cane, and Yujiro aims at Yano. Yano dodges the cane shot to shove Yujiro into Evil! The ref is down, Yano hits a DOUBLE LOW BLOW! Dick gets in, he gets added to the pile! Yano and Tanahashi TRIPLE LOW BLOW! Roll up on Yujiro, Yano & Tanahashi win!!

Winners: Toru Yano & Hiroshi Tanahashi, by pinfall (gain 2 points; EVIL & Yujiro earn 0)

The winning hand goes to the Joker & the Ace! Will their unique combination be the key to winning World Tag League? Will the House of Torture be able to redeem themselves next round?

 

World Tag League 2021: Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI VS SANADA & Tetsuya Naito!

The Fierce Warrior & the Headhunter meet the Cold Skull & Uncontrollable Charisma once again. They were fighting for the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships before, but neither of them could take down the Tekkers. But who gets the all important first win in this first round main event?

Goto-Hashi wait as LIJ take off their elaborate ring gear. Naito’s new maroon suit is just as detailed as his others, but he makes sure to take a moment as this is his return to the ring after having to drop out of the G1. The teams sort out and Goto insists. Hashi steps aside, and after the fist bump, Sanada starts for LIJ. Fans rally at the bell as Sanada and Goto circle. The two tie up, Goto waistlocks but Sanada wrenches and switches. Goto wrenches back, hammerlocks to a headlock, then grinds the hold. Sanada throws body shots, powers out but Goto runs him over! Things speed up, Goto counters a hip toss with a hip toss! But Sanada dropkicks Goto down then DECKS Hashi!

Tag to Naito, LIJ double whip Goto and double clothesline him down to then double basement dropkick! Naito covers, TWO! Naito drags Goto into a chinlock and fans rally up. Goto endures, Naito grinds the hold, but Goto scoots around to get the ropebreak. Red Shoes counts, Naito lets off. Naito stomps Goto, brings Goto up to CLUB him, then whips him to ropes. Goto reverses, Hashi gets in, they run Naito over! Then they work together to hip toss senton! Sanada gets in but Chaos drums him down! Goto stomps Naito, drags him up, snapmares then chinlocks. Naito endures now as Goto digs his knee in. Naito pulls at hair but Red Shoes reprimands.

Goto JAMS his elbow into Naito’s head! Tag to Hashi, Goto and Hashi stomp Naito in the corner. Hashi brings Naito up to throw a forearm, then another. Naito hits Goto, elbows Hashi, hits Goto again, but Hashi ROCKS Naito then CHOPS! Naito staggers, Goto ROCKS him, Hashi CHOPS again! Goto-Hashi dig their boots in but let off as Red Shoes reprimands. Hashi hangs Naito out to dry, Goto holds him there, and Hashi runs to dropkick Naito down! Cover, TWO! Fans rally but Hashi drags Naito up. Hashi bumps Naito off buckles, tags Goto, and Goto stomps away on Naito. Naito hits back with forearms but Goto snapmares him down and KICKS him in the back! Cover, ONE!

Goto keeps his cool and stomps Naito back down. Goto drags Naito up, Naito throws body shots! Goto knees low, whips him to a corner and stomps him down! Goto fires off forearms, whips Naito corner to corner, then runs in to MURAMASA! But Naito slips out of the bulldog to get a NECKBREAKER! Hot tag to Sanada! Cold Skull rallies on Goto, arm-drag then back suplex BACKBREAKER! Hashi gets in to get an ATOMIC DROP, and then tossed out of the ring! Sanada PLANCHAS Goto, then gets back in to PLANCHA Hashi! Fans fire up and Sanada encourages them to get louder. They get louder and Sanada is satisfied.

Sanada puts Goto in, aims from the apron and springboards in, but Goto gets under. Goto comes back but Sanada blocks to trip Goto up! Sanada gets the arms and legs, but Goto kicks Sanada away. Goto rushes Sanada, Sanada kicks and runs but Goto follows to LARIAT! Both men are down and the fans fire up! Hot tag to Hashi! Hashi drags Sanada up to throw forearms and CHOPS! Hashi whips corner to corner, runs in but Sanada dropkicks his legs out! Naito gets on the corner, Sanada crawls over and tags him in! Naito throws forearms, kicks, more forearms, then whips. Naito elbows Hashi down then basement dropkicks!

Naito gets Hashi up, dragon sleeper to the BACKBREAKER and then the PUMA BLANCA! Hashi endures the leg full nelson and fans rally. Hashi scoots around and gets the ropebreak! Naito claims he needs help, so Red Shoes works to undo the hold. Red Shoes has a hard time with it and accuses Naito of resisting. Naito lets Hashi out of the hold and fans rally up. Naito brings Hashi up, ROCKS him with a forearm, then throws more in the corner. Hashi hits back but Naito eggs him on, to then ELBOW him down! And elbow him again! And again! Naito whips Hashi corner to corner, runs in to JUMP KICK but he misses as Hashi dodges!

Goto runs in to corner clothesline! Hashi runs in to CHOP! Hashi feeds Naito to Goto’s kick, then Goto-Hashi coordinate, RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP BLOCKBUSTER! Fans rally up, Hashi runs at Naito in the corner, BIG clothesline! Hashi whips to CHOP Naito, then mule kicks! Hashi goes up the corner, and leaps for a BLOCKBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up for Naito as he survives but Hashi fires up. Hashi drags Naito up, reels him in, fisherman but no Kumagoroshi as Naito knees free. Sanada dropkicks Hashi’s legs, kicks and whips Goto, but Goto reverses to fireman’s carry! Sanada slips out the back but Goto elbows him and whips him to a corner.

Sanada tumbles up and out to springboard, but the leg gives out! Goto drags Sanada up but Sanada dropkicks Goto’s legs out! Was it a feint? Hashi dropkicks Sanada’s legs, but then Naito wrenches and reels Hashi in for a TORNADO DDT! All four men are down and the fans fire up! Goto and Sanada slowly roll out of the ring and Naito sits up. Naito drags Hashi up, reels him in for back elbow after back elbow, and again and again and again! Hashi staggers, Naito drags him up and puts him on the top rope. Naito climbs to SUPER STEINER! Fans fire up and Naito waits on Hashi to rise. Hashi stands, Naito runs in, but into a SUPERKICK!

But Naito stays up and fires up?! Only for Hashi to LARIAT him down! Hashi drags Naito up, KUMAGOROSHI! Cover, TWO!! Hashi hurries to put Naito into the BUTTERFLY LOCK! Naito endures, fans rally up but Hashi leans on the hold. Naito crawls with his legs, reaches out, but Hashi drags him away from the ropes! Goto gets in to play defense, fireman’s carry to USHIGOROSHI! DISARMER!? Sanada and Naito endure the dual submissions, but Naito scoots around again. Hashi drags Naito way, way back! Goto hooks the arm deep on Sanada, but Hashi is losing his grip on Naito. Naito moves around more, but Hashi gets the KIMURA-FLY!

Naito keeps moving, keeps reaching out, Hashi pulls way back on the double wristlock! Naito flails, reaches, fans rally as hard as they can, and Naito gets the ROPEBREAK! Hashi lets go of Naito, Goto lets go of Sanada. Sanada bails out but Goto goes after him. Hashi wraps on a sleeper hold and drags Naito up. Goto gets in, BACKSTABBER and feed to fireman’s carry! But Naito slips out, only to get a SUPERKICK from Hashi! Fireman’s carry, SUPERKICK to USHIGOROSHI! They get Naito up, but Sanada saves him from GYW! Dueling dragon sleepers, so Goto throws Naito away and Hashi turns things around to suplex

Sanada slips out, Goto gets him, Hashi gets the legs! But Sanada fights out to get Goto with a MAGIC SCREW! BOOT to Hashi, Hashi CHOPS Sanada! SOBAT from Sanad, to a BIG back suplex! Naito jackknifes! TWO!!! Hashi escapes but Sanada PLANCHAS Goto down! Naito gets Hashi up, wrenches and tilt-o-whirls, but no Destino! Hashi SUPERKICKS, half nelsons, but no Karma! Shove and ATOMIC DROP, to forearm and ROLLING ELBOW to ENZIGURI! Dropkick, and scoop, VALENTIA! Sanada PLANCHAS Goto again! Naito gets Hashi back up, tries again, DESTINO!!! Cover, LIJ wins!

Winners: Sanada & Tetsuya Naito, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Goto & Hashi earn 0)

Los Ingobernables de Japon gets through Chaos and has a big first win in the tournament! Will Goto-Hashi be able to #GetBackUp in the second round? As for LIJ, Naito gets the mic to speak for the first time since the G1. “Beunas noches, Korakuen Hall~! Sorry to keep you waiting. But Tetsuya Naito has finally returned to the ring, CABRON!” He wasn’t exactly rushing to get to World Tag League, but don’t worry about him. He does look to win his first one in five years, though. And he wants to get through this year UNDEFEATED alongside Sanada! So please, look forward to it. Fans clap for “L I J!” “NA-I-TO!” “SA-NA-DA!” in hopes of seeing that.

Naito hopes to see everyone here again when WTL returns to Tokyo on November 30th. And they’ll end this night the only proper way it can! “Bushi! Sanada! Hiromu! Takagi! Y Naito! Nosotros Los Ingoberrrrrrnableeeees~! DE! JA! PON!” Will LIJ take over WTL and then finally get those IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships again?

 

Here are the current World Tag League Standings!

Dangerous Tekkers: 1-0, 2 points
SANADA & Tetsuya Naito: 1-0, 2 points
Toru Yano & Hiroshi Tanahashi: 1-0, 2 points
Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan: 1-0, 2 points
Guerrillas of Destiny: 1-0, 2 points
Chase Owens & Bad Luck Fale: 1-0, 2 points
Minoru Suzuki & TAKA Michinoku: 0-1, 0 points
Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI: 0-1, 0 points
EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi: 0-1, 0 points
Yuji Nagata & Tiger Mask: 0-1, 0 points
Tomoaki Honma & Togi Makabe: 0-1, 0 points
The United Empire: 0-1, 0 points


My Thoughts:

A really good start for World Tag League, but not quite as hot as Best of the Super Juniors’ yesterday. For one, not as many shocking results, but they did have some great matches all the same. For one, Suzuki-Gun fighting itself was a great choice for the start to the entire tournament. This apparently was less about Suzuki’s team winning as it was seeing if Taka still had it. Though, since it turned into 2v1 handicap match 75% of the time, I don’t think Taka was going to do so well anyway. But Tekkers win, and the faction is still in one piece. ZSJ did great in the G1, I’m sure the Tekkers will do a great job in WTL.

We got a really good match out of the older guys, and I was rather surprised that TenCozy got the win there with Tiger Mask and Nagata getting going at the end there. And I really do find it curious that Tiger Mask is in this heavyweight tag tournament when he’s the junior heavyweight tag champ. Probably guarantees that Tiger Mask & Nagata won’t win but will at least have a good showing. Guerrillas of Destiny have got to get back in the tag title hunt, so this was a good start. I was really shocked that United Empire lost to Chase Owens & Bad Luck Fale. Maybe this will be their one loss and they go on a tear.

Yano and Tanahashi make a great combination, I already hope they are a finalist team. I almost expected Sho to be the one who messed with the lights to return the favor for yesterday, but maybe Sho’s already on the road to the next location since BOSJ round 2 is tomorrow. And then we got a great main event out of Chaos and LIJ, especially for Naito’s in-ring return. LIJ winning makes sense given that, and there’s a chance Naito & Sanada are a finalist team. Sanada is back to just being a tag team guy, but I would hope he gets to be a tag team champion for it come WrestleKingdom 16.

My Score: 8.5/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (8/17/22)

American Dragon VS Dragonslayer!

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AEW House of the Dragon

Dynamite becomes the House of the Dragon!

AEW has an epic rematch between Bryan Danielson and Daniel Garcia, in a Best Two Out of Three Falls match! Will Red Death truly slay the American Dragon?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Best 2 out of 3 Falls: Bryan Danielson VS Daniel Garcia; Bryan wins.
  • Gunn Club VS The Varsity Blonds; win(s).
  • Toni Storm VS KiLynn King; wins.
  • AEW World Trios Championship Tournament, Opening Round: La Faccion Ingobernable VS The Young Bucks & ???; win(s) and advances.

PLAY BY PLAY

CM Punk is here!

The Best of the World is back and the fans in Charleston, West Virginia are fired up to see him! Especially since he has THE AEW World Championship belt on his shoulder. No stage diving this time, though, he’s being a bit more careful this time. Punk goes to the ring and gets the mic as fans chant his name. “I’m trying to put my tough guy game face on before I came out here, and you guys just ruined it all by making me smile. I don’t got the prettiest smile. What I do have is the prettiest belt! Haven’t been here in some time, and I’ve got some business to attend to. Some things very, very important. Some things not so important.

“I want to get the not so important things outta the way. Where are we? Where are wee tonight? There’s somebody from around these parts that I would like to challenge to a rematch and I would like to do it right here, right now, for you beautiful people.” Fans cheer for that, they wanna see it, too! Punk sits down cross-legged and tells Hangman Adam Page, “You want that rematch, you got it right here, right now. Let’s go!” Fans are fired up for the “Cowboy Sh*t” that could go down, but where is he? Punk checks his mic, but no Hangman, and fans boo. Punk says that’s why this isn’t important. That isn’t Cowboy Sh*t, that’s Coward Sh*t!

“A little bit of advice that I suggest you take: The apology must as loud and as public as the disrespect!” And if anyone else has a problem with THE CHAMPION, Punk suggests they come on down! “Everyone wants to be the champ until it’s time to do champ sh*t!” Fans agree with that as they chant Punk’s name. “Ladies and gentlemen, I understand that Jon Moxley’s got a lot of fans. And he can be number one in your heart, but he’s not number one in this ring. I am THE AEW Champion!!” Punk knows what it takes to be the best, to talk a big game and say you’re the best, and to breathe that into existence.

He also knows what it is like to lose. Punk has lost big, but Moxley has always been number two, there has always been someone who has Mox’s number, and it’s Punk! Boo if you want, but let him know when he’s lying. “Jon Moxley is the third best guy in his own group, and that seems to be a reoccurring theme in his career.” Fans are stunned to hear that. Punk says, “That doesn’t make him a bad guy, but that doesn’t make him the best either.” Punk is the best, but yes, Mox has been carrying the torch when Punk broke his foot. Moxley talks about breaking bones and drinking blood, but between the two of them, the only one’s who has broken bones is Punk! It was his own, but still!

So again, tell Punk when he’s telling lies. Moxley has been INTERIM AEW Champion. Look that word up, it means “temporary.” And Punk is willing to test himself against Moxley, but is Moxley willing to test himself against his best friends? Let’s talk about those friends. Mox’s best friend is the third best Eddie that Punk’s ever faced. And the second best Kingston! These people aren’t number one at anything! Tell Punk when he’s telling a lie! Fans have to admit, he’s got a point. Punk says he’s missed the fans, and he’s missed competing in the ring. He’s been wanting to defend this title on a PPV, and that will be All Out, September 4th, Chicago, Illinois!

Punk is ready to test his belt against Moxley’s “number two with a bullet.” Punk is willing to test his foot! The funny thing is, heading into Chicago, Moxley isn’t even the first Jon/John that Punk beats in Chicago for a title! And he’s certainly not number one there, either. But say his name enough and here he comes! Jon Moxley is heading to the ring but Punk taunts Moxley over the time he takes to make it to the ring. Punk does “mat angels” as Moxley and his AEW World Championship belt go through the crowd. Moxley does make it to ringside, he does get a mic and he does get in the ring to stand there across from Punk.

Fans cheer for Moxley, and Moxley says, “Look out, ladies and gentlemen, CM Punk is dropping pipe bombs! Doing what he does best: writing checks with his mouth that his body can’t cash.” Moxley makes sure to point at Punk’s foot with that. And Moxley tells Punk he’s living in a fantasy land! In Punk’s mind, he’s the best wrestler in the world. But most times, Punk’s not even the best wrestler in catering. Punk thinks his mic in his hand is power. But this is the real world, and that’s just a microphone. And all the words Punk says into it don’t mean sh*t. That belt on Punk’s shoulder don’t mean sh*t. Punk says, “Who’s living in a fantasy world now?”

Moxley says, “To be fair, right now, this belt don’t mean sh*t. Not until I beat you!” Moxley says he IS the heart and soul of AEW, and every time they call him “Interim,” he thinks of Punk and that makes him sick! Punks says, “Good! You can be the ‘heart and soul’, I’ll bet he dollars and the cents!” Both men throw the belts down and inch a bit closer. Punk asks Mox if he’s done talking. Mox says we all know Punk only came to AEW because he ran out of money, so don’t give Mox that. “Being the best is about heart and soul and guts and fighting spirit, and we both know that you ran out of fighting spirit a long time ago.”

Now both men are face to face! Mox says if Punk wants to prove him wrong, then do something about it. But Mox doesn’t think Punk’s gonna do sh*t. Punk says they have a match at the PPV, which Punk will soundly defeat Moxley in. But if Punk touches Moxley now, Punk’s afraid Moxley will just start bleeding all over him. They get forehead to forehead, Moxley puts his hands back behind him to give Punk an open shot. Punk pushes Moxley away, but Moxley comes back with a peck on the cheek! AND A SLAP! The haymakers start flying and fans are fired up for it! Moxley and Punk scrap, security and officials rush in, and fans boo!

Moxley and Punk are separated but Moxley throws off his shirt! Punk eggs Moxley on, security is a wall between them, and fans boo more. Moxley tosses his belt out of the ring, then eggs Punk on! Punk tries to get after Moxley, and Moxley LEAPS onto the pile! The scrum continues but is quickly broken up. Fans want to “LET THEM FIGHT!” and Moxley gets a chair! Moxley tosses it into the ring, and Punk uses it to take a seat! Punk eggs Mox on again, and Mox slides in! They make contact, but the security pulls them apart again! Fans boo some more, but Moxley finds an opening on the other side of the ring! The brawl is back on!

Wait, security just pulls them apart again. Fans boo as the ebb and flow just keeps going, but it seems we’ll all have to wait until Sunday, September 4th. What happens when Punk and Moxley go all out to determine an UNDISPUTED AEW World Champion?

 

Backstage interview with “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs.

Tony Schiavone is with Hobbs and references what we saw last week concerning himself, Ricky Starks and The Factory. Schiavone thought Starks & Hobbs were friends, so why did Hobbs betray Starks? Hobbs says he doesn’t need friends! “Ricky Starks, you proved to the whole world, your true colors came out, you told the world that you were okay with losing. I’m not okay with losing, Ricky! For two years, you got to walk around here and parade around like you’re some God’s gift to this business. You got to hide behind Powerhouse Hobbs’ back, because you knew I would get the job done.”

Hobbs was hired for one thing: make sure Starks stayed champion. And Starks couldn’t do it! Now Ricky, Hobbs not only breaks backs, he also breaks necks. And as far as The Factory goes, Hobbs has something for them, too! Will the Powerhouse turn into a juggernaut and demolish everyone in his way?

 

Best 2 out of 3 Falls: Bryan Danielson VS Daniel Garcia!

The American Dragon fought hard against Red Death, but was screwed over by The Wizard! Sounds like Game of Thrones, but it’s pro-wrestling! Or as the Jericho Appreciation Society calls it, “Sports Entertainment.” However, Bryan dares Garcia to look inside himself and decide: Is he the Best Technical Sports Entertainer? Or is he the Best Technical Pro-Wrestler? With Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat as the special guest timekeeper, will the Dragonslayer slay the American Dragon? Or will he JOIN the American Dragon in the Blackpool Combat Club?

But first, Chris Jericho joins commentary! Fans sing Judas for him as he joins Excalibur, Taz, and Good ol’ JR, then Bryan makes his entrance. Bryan shakes hands with Steamboat, then Garcia makes his entrance, complete with a new Dragonslayer logo on his tron. The bell rings on the first fall and fans rally up. The two circle, feel out the grapple, and Bryan shoots in to get a leg. Bryan trips Garcia but Garcia fights back and trips Bryan. Garcia goes for a leg, but Bryan trips him back and rains down forearms! Garcia guards but Bryan moves around. Garcia slips out, back mounts, but Bryan stands up.

Garcia is a backpack but Bryan snapmares and rolls! It’s a rough landing but Garcia holds on, then he drags Bryan around. Bryan slips out, throws body shots from above, then has a KNEEBAR! Garcia moves around to stand up, and he has a HEEL HOOK! Bryan endures, stomps at Garcia’s face but Garcia gives those back! They stomp and kick each other back and forth, but Bryan puts on a HEEL HOOK of his own! Fans cheer this technical exchange and the two end up in the ropes! The ref counts, the two let each other go, but then Garcia BOOTS Bryan into a corner! Garcia eggs Bryan on while fans boo.

Bryan stands up, they reset, tie up, and Garcia puts Bryan in a corner. Fans rally for Bryan as Garcia smothers him, but the ref counts. Garcia lets off to SLAP Bryan! Bryan keeps cool as AEW goes picture in picture.

Garcia taunts Bryan but Bryan puts his dukes up. Bryan KICKS Garcia’s leg, then eggs Garcia on. Garcia returns but Bryan KICKS the leg again! They tie up, Bryan SLAPS Garcia now, and Garcia wobbles a bit. Garcia throws some testing jabs but Bryan shrugs those off. Bryan throws body shots, then SMACKS Garcia! Bryan suplexes high and hard, covers, TWO! Bryan drags Garcia around by a leg, turns him over and hooks up the legs. Bryan reaches for the arms, brings them back, and then up and up and ROMERO SPECIAL! Garcia endures being held overhead, then Bryan sets him down to fishhook the nose!

The ref reprimands but Bryan throws haymakers onto Garcia’s head, then ROCKS him with a forearm! Garcia falls forward, out of the leg hooks, and fans rally up. Bryan paces, watches Garcia get up, and then KICKS him in the chest! Garcia is right up to CHOP! Bryan smirks and Garcia eggs him on. Bryan CHOPS back, so Garcia CHOPS again. Bryan smirks, dusts that off, and fans rally up more. Bryan and Garcia talk some trash, Garcia SLAPS Bryan! Bryan squats and Garcia kicks at him. Garcia eggs Bryan on, Bryan snarls and stands back up. Bryan stares Garcia down as AEW returns to single picture, and the forearms fire off! Bryan KICKS away on Garcia in the corner!

Fans chant “YES! YES! YES!” with every shot! Bryan goes corner to corner to DROPKICK! Bryan puts Garcia up top, climbs up after him, then SUPER STEINERS, but Garcia rolls it to a sunset flip! TWO! Bryan EuroUppers, Garcia CHOPS, but Bryan EuroUppers again! Garcia CHOPS, Bryan EuroUppers, Garcia kicks low then EuroUppers back. Garcia whips Bryan to a corner, Bryan goes up and over, then keeps moving! Bryan ducks and dodges but Garcia spins him for a BUTTERFLY SUPLEX into the ARMBAR! Bryan sits up, fans rally up, and Bryan clasps hands. Bryan fights but Garcia pushes him down!

Bryan rolls through, leg capture and BACK SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Garcia escapes but Bryan goes for the legs! Bryan ties the legs up, rains down forearms, and then hooks an arm! REGAL STRETCH!! Bryan makes his mentor proud while Garcia endures to make his mentor proud! Garcia crawls, reaches out, ROPEBREAK! Bryan lets off, Garcia bails out, and Bryan builds speed! Bryan WRECKS Garcia with a dropkick! Then he goes to the apron to FLYING- NO, Garcia dodges the knee to SAIDO to the floor! Fans are torn as Garcia stands back up. Garcia drags Bryan up with a facelock and he puts Bryan in the ring.

Fans rally and Garcia looms over Bryan. Garcia sits Bryan up for HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! That’s a very BCC move! Fans boo but Jericho loves it! Garcia gets the legs, SHARP- NO, Bryan spins it through! Bryan kicks Garcia down into the TRIANGLE HOLD! Garcia is caught but he stands up. Bryan throws hands but Garcia hooks Bryan up! PILEDRIVER!! Omoplata and DRAGON SLEEPER!!! Bryan is fading, the fans rally, but he’s OUT! That’s the first fall to Garcia!

Bryan: 0; Garcia: 1

The ref checks if Bryan is okay to continue, but Garcia says this is just the first fall! This isn’t over until he has his second! The ref starts a standing count, if Bryan can’t answer it, he’s lost! Garcia backs off to watch Bryan, and we’re past 5 of 10! Bryan crawls and stands at 8, so Garcia CLOBBERS him! Garcia stomps a mudhole while fans boo! Garcia lets off at the ref’s count to soak up the heat, then he storms back up on Bryan. Garcia stands Bryan up, EuroUppers, and CHOPS! Bryan looks dazed but Garcia brings him up to CHOP again! Garcia soaks up more heat while fans boo and he goes corner to corner. Garcia runs in to SHOTGUN Bryan, and AEW goes to break!

AEW returns and Garcia is stomping away on Bryan at the ropes! Fans boo Garcia and the ref counts, but Garcia stands on Bryan’s head! Garcia lets off and the ref checks Bryan. Bryan’s busted open from a DDT to bare concrete that happened during the break, but it isn’t too bad yet. Garcia drags Bryan from the ropes, kicks him more, and fans rally up. Bryan huffs and puffs as Garcia keeps kicking, and fans fire up! Bryan KICKS and KICKS and KICKS Garcia’s leg, but Garcia WRINGS the arm! Then omoplata, and the DRAGON SLEEPER! Bryan fights up, so Garcia INVERTED SUPLEXES him, and still has the DRAGON SLEEPER!

Bryan endures so Garcia rains down HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Fans boo as the DRAGON SLEEPER is back on! But Bryan rolls forward to make it a cover, and he gets the fall!!

Bryan: 1; Garcia: 1

And now we’re all tied up! Garcia can’t believe it but the fans are thunderous! Now it’s sudden death! And Garcia hammers away on Bryan’s bloody forehead! Jericho blames the ref for making a mistake but Garcia just soaks up the heat. Bryan is in a corner, Garcia runs corner to corner, but Bryan dodges! Garcia’s dropkick misses and Garcia ends up in a Tree of Woe! Bryan KICKS away on Garcia! Bryan sits Garcia up, climbs up after him, then rains down HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Fans chant “YES! YES! YES!” and then Bryan brings Garcia up. Garcia resists, but Bryan SPIDER GERMAN SUPLEXES him away!

Bryan sits up and fans are thunderous! Bryan adjusts, leaps, and MISSILE DROPKICKS Garcia all the way to the other corner! Garcia bails out as fans fire up again. Bryan kips up and fans are loving it! Bryan snarls and builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit at the corner! Bryan drags Garcia up to KICK and KICK and KICK! Bryan POSTS Garcia! And then YANKS Garcia into the post! And again! But Garcia YANKS Bryan! Bryan YANKS Garcia! Garcia YANKS Bryan, and both men fall over! Fans fire up and rally behind Bryan. Bryan and Garcia stir as the ring count climbs. The count reaches 5 of 10 but Garcia gets in at 7! Bryan flops at 8, but he’s back up and in at 9!

Fans are thunderous as now Garcia is also busted open! AEW goes picture in picture as the ref checks both men. They’re both okay to continue, even though Garcia’s a bit dazed. Garcia crawls forward after Bryan, talks trash on him, but Bryan just shouts at Garcia back! Garcia SLAPS Bryan but Bryan eggs him on. Garcia CHOPS, but Bryan still eggs him on! Fans rally, Garcia CHOPS, but Bryan just sits back! Garcia CHOPS but Bryan just does an ab crunch! Garcia runs to PENALTY KICK! Bryan does another ab crunch! PENALTY KICK! Ab crunch! Garcia CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS but Bryan doesn’t fall over!

Garcia runs again, into a HUGE forearm from Bryan! Garcia goes down and fans fire up as Bryan stays send. Bryan flips Garcia off, that’s a JAS thing! Garcia sit sup, and Bryan KICKS him! And KICKS him! And KICKS, but Garcia eggs Bryan on now! So Bryan KICKS and KICKS and KICKS! Garcia SWATS one, then CLOBBERS Bryan from behind! Garcia gest the legs, steps through, SHARPSHOOTER! Bryan endures the “Dragon Tamer” as AEW returns to single picture! And Garcia sits back deep! Bryan endures, hooks an arm, and drags Garcia out of his hold into the omoplata! Garcia moves around, rolls through, but Bryan stays hooked on!

Bryan reaches and finishes the LEBELL LOCK! Garcia rolls it back to a cover, TWO!! Garcia choke grips, Bryan breaks free, but Garcia SLAPS him again! Bryan staggers, Garcia runs in at the corner, DROPKICK! Bryan stays up to SLAP Garcia! ROLLING- NO, Garcia ducks to BUSAIKU KNEE!! Garcia steals something of Bryan’s! Knuckle lock cover, TWO!! Garcia and Bryan are in a test of strength as Bryan sits up, and they go forehead to bloody forehead! Garcia ROCKS Bryan, and Bryan ROCKS Garcia, but the knuckle locks don’t break! Another round of forearms back and forth, Garcia gets the edge and Bryan drops to his knees!

Fans rally as the knuckle locks stay clamped on! Bryan fights to his feet and he ROCKS Garcia over and over. Garcia hits back, the forearms keep going, and now Garcia leans onto Bryan. Bryan stands him up to ROCK him again and again and again! Garcia is down and Bryan rains down the shots! Bryan gets the wrists, but Garcia monkey flips! To steal the DRAGON STOMPS! Jericho is loving this but fans boo! Garcia lets off but Bryan trips him up! Bryan HEADBUTTS Garcia again and again, then gives him DRAGON STOMPS! Bryan lets go of one arm to focus on the stomps! Then the TRIANGLE, with HAMMERING ELBOWS!!

Garcia endures, fights to his feet, and he deadlifts Bryan! But Bryan drags him back down and throws more elbows! Garcia fires hands and the fans are loving the scrap! Bryan uses Garcia’s haymakers to turn the move around into the LEBELL LOCK!! Garcia endures, reaches out, Jericho cheers him on but fans want him to tap! Bryan catches the arm to HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOW!! LEBELL LOCK!!! Garcia is OUT, the ref calls it for Bryan!!

Winner: Bryan Danielson, by submission, 2-1

Sports Entertainer or Pro-Wrestler, those are just labels, because this was a battle of two fighters! But in the end, Garcia falls and Bryan is the winner! And yet, Garcia’s fighting spirit keeps him reaching for Bryan. Bryan and the fans applaud for the heart the Dragonslayer has, but did what Bryan say last week get through to Garcia? Is Garcia going to be BCC? Bryan offers Garcia a hand but Garcia stands up on his own. Jericho leaves commentary to CLOBBER Bryan! Jericho rains down fists because he’s the sore loser here! But Garcia pushes Jericho away?! Fans fire up for that, but Jericho is confused and furious!

Jericho asks Garcia why he just did that. Is he thinking of changing? Garcia slaps the accusing finger away! Jericho points his other finger, because he wants Garcia to think long and hard about what he does next. Fans chant “You’re a Wrestler!” at Garcia, but will he listen to them? Or will he still follow the Jericho Appreciation Society?

 

Backstage interview with Private Party and Swerve In Our Glory.

Schiavone notes that this Friday on Rampage, it will be these two teams fighting over the AEW World Tag Team Championships. Swerve says “You’re welcome, by the way.” Marq Quen asks, “For what? Last week, you guys disrespected us, talking about how we’re not ranked. In case you haven’t noticed, we’re number five!” Isiah Kassidy makes sure Swerve knows it by holding up five fingers. Keith Lee steps forward and Private Party steps back. Schiavone steps in to remind them all of the No Physicality Agreement.

Swerve says Private Party’s been here how long and this is the closest they’ve gotten to the tag titles? “Winning ain’t nothing new to Swerve In Our Glory, Keith Lee and myself. You need to respect your elders, because you could learn a thing or two from us.” Keith adds, “And after you Swerve In Our Glory, then you can walk your happy asses back down the ladder.” Kassidy says Keith embarrassed him once. It won’t happen again. And on top of that, Private Party takes these titles back to New York. FACTS. BLAOW! See you Friday, baby. Kassidy & Quen are confident now, but will they be popping bottles or sharing ice packs after Rampage?

 

 


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Mitchell’s NJPW G1 Climax 32 Results & Report! (8/17/22)

And then there were four!

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NJPW G1 Climax 32

The G1 Climax’s Final Four face off!

A VS B and C VS D, the biggest G1 Climax in NJPW history reaches its semifinals! Will Tetsuya Naito make Will Ospreay trainquilo? Will Kazuchika Okada make it rain on the Good Bad Guy?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • 8 Man Tag: Chaos VS Suzuki-Gun; Chaos wins.
  • Royce Isaacs & Tom Lawlor VS Dangerous Tekkers; Dangerous Tekkers win.
  • Tomoaki Honma & Togi Makabe VS Bad Dude Tito & JONAH; Tito & Jonah win.
  • Six Man Tag: The United Empire VS Bullet Club; Bullet Club wins.
  • 8 Man Tag: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS Bullet Club; Bullet Club wins.
  • 8 Man Tag: Hiroshi Tanahashi, Toru Yano, David Finlay & KUSHIDA VS Bullet Club; Tanahashi, Yano, Finlay & Kushida win.
  • G1 Climax 32 Semifinal: Kazuchika Okada VS Tama Tonga; Okada wins and advances to the finals.
  • G1 Climax 32 Semifinal: Tetsuya Naito VS Will Ospreay; Ospreay wins and advances to the finals.

PLAY BY PLAY

G1 Climax 32 Semifinal: Kazuchika Okada VS Tama Tonga w/ Jado!

It’s A Block VS B Block, Rainmaker VS Good Bad Guy! And in G1 Climax 31, Okada lost to Tama! Will history repeat itself? Or will Tama have to fall back to the golden ticket he got from beating Jay White?

The bell rings and fans rally up already as the two circle. Tama and Okada shake hands to show there’s respect here and fans cheer more. Okada and Tama tie up, are in a deadlock, but Okada uses his height as leverage. Okada puts Tama on the ropes and the ref calls for the break. Okada lets off, pats Tama on the shoulders, but Tama rushes in. Okada kicks low, headlocks, but Tama powers up and out. Okada runs Tama over and fans fire up. Okada runs, Tama gets up to arm-drag Okada around! Then Tama dropkicks Okada down! Fans fire up more as Tama brings Okada up. Tama CLUBS Okada and follows him to a corner.

Tama throws body shots, but Okada throws forearms! Tama knees low, Okada throws body shots but Tama CLUBS Okada down. Fans rally as Tama whips corner to corner, but Okada reverses. Okada runs in but into a back elbow. Tama runs at Okada but into the FLAPJACK! Fans applaud while Okada catches his breath. Jado coaches Tama while fans rally up. Okada drags Tama up, ROCKS him with a forearm, and Tama goes to ropes. Okada brings Tama around to CLUB him on the neck. Okada puts Tama in a corner and throws a back elbow. And then another! And then another! The ref counts and Okada lets off.

Fans rally, Jado coaches Tama, but Okada brings Tama up. Tama throws body shots but Okada knees low. Okada turns Tama for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally and Okada sits Tama up for a chinlock. Tama endures while Okada squeezes tight. The fans rally up more as Okada turns and twists Tama. Tama fights up to his feet, throws elbows, but Okada knees low. Okada throws Tama out of the ring then follows after. Tama staggers up into a kick and DDT to the floor! Okada leaves Tama behind while fans rally up. Jado coaches Tama while the ring count climbs. We’re at 5 of 20 but Tama is still down.

Tama pushes up off the floor at 10 of 20 and crawls his way over, and he drags himself up at 16, only to fall! Tama springs up and in at 19! Okada walks over and kicks Tama around while the fans rally up. “O-KA-DA!” eggs Tama on, so Tama fires off forearm after forearm! Okada eggs Tama on, Tama keeps throwing hands, but Okada DECKS Tama with one! Okada whips Tama to a corner, but Tama comes back to CLOBBER Okada! Fans fire up and rally again as Tama drags himself up the ropes. Tama rushes Okada to LARIAT, and ELBOW, and scoop SLAM! OFF COMES THE VEST! Fans fire up with Tama as he claps, “TA-MA! TA-MA!”

Okada is in the corner, Tama runs in to STINGER SPLASH! And then a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Fans continue to rally as Tama paces around. Tama brings Okada up to CLUB him down, then he throws body shots. Tama dragon sleepers but Okada fights free! Tama throws a body shot, an uppercut, and then whips. Okada ducks ‘n’ dodges to CLOBBER Tama with an elbow! Fans rally and Okada whips Tama into a corner. Okada runs in to back elbow, then kicks and DDTs! Cover, TWO! Fans clap for “O-KA-DA!” “GOOD BAD GUY!” as Okada watches Tama stand. Tama staggers into the Alabama Lift! But Tama fights it off with body shots!

Okada ROCKS Tama, but Tama ROCKS Okada. Okada EuroUppers but Tama EuroUppers back! Okada swings but into the TONGAN TWIST! Fans rally up again as Okada bails out of the ring. Tama goes out after Okada and brings him up, but Okada throws body shots! Okada whips Tama into railing, and Tama bounces off into a scoop! But Tama fights that to a TONGAN TWIST to the floor! A bit of payback from earlier! Fans rally up while the ref checks both men. Both men are able to continue and Tama stands first. The ring count starts and Tama drags Okada up at 5 of 20 to put him in at 6. Fans cheer as this match continues.

Tama stalks Okada while the fans clap. Okada stands, Tama rushes in, VENENO! Cover, TWO! Tama paces around then brings Okada back up. Tama fireman’s carries, but Okada fights free and spins Tama. ROLLING- NO, Tama ducks the lariat to fireman’s carry! S R C! Tama heads for the corner and fans fire up! SUPREME FLOW! Cover, TWO!! Okada survives and Tama grows frustrated, but Jado calls the shot! Tama and Jado pound the mat, and fans clap along. Tama watches Okada rise, then he rushes in, GUN- NO, Okada turns that into the BACK2BACKBREAKER! And then the MONEY CLIP!!

Tama endures and fans rally up! Tama reaches out and gets the ROPEBREAK! Okada lets go in frustration but fans fire up more. The fans continue to rally, “O-KA-DA!” “GOOD BAD GUY!” Okada drags Tama up, scoops him and SLAMS him, then goes to the corner. Okada climbs up and fans rally for the MACHO ELBOW! And of course, the Rainmaker Pose! Okada drags Tama up, wristlocks, but Tama throws back elbows. Okada CLUBS Tama, EuroUppers and runs, but into a DROPKICK! Fans fire up as Tama takes Okada down! Tama drags Okada up, but Okada fights off the suplex to shove and DROPKICK Tama in return!

Okada drags Tama back up, ripcords, but Tama ducks to slips around, BLOODY SUNDAY!! Shoutout to the Prince! Cover, TWO!! Okada survives but Tama just reloads and brings him back up! Double underhooks, but Okada fights free to LARIAT! Not quite the Rainmaker but Okada holds onto the wrist! Fans rally as Okada slowly rises back up. Okada drags Tama up, for a short arm LARIAT! Okada fires up and the fans follow suit! He drags Tama back up, ripcords, but Tama ducks and runs, into a DROPKICK! But he gets back up! Tama is roaring, fans are fire dup, but Okada scoops for the LANDSLIDE!!

Okada then ripcords Tama, GUN STUN!!! But Tama can’t make the cover! Jado shouts to Tama, he crawls over to Okada, pushes Okada over for the cover, TWO!!! Okada survives because of the delay! Fans are thunderous while both men are still down! Tama rises and he drags Okada back up. Tama reels Okada in, underhooks the arms, but Okada fights the lift! Tama CLUBS Okada, CLUBS him again, and fans rally as Tama CLUBS Okada one more time. Tama brings Okada up, reels him in again, but Okada back drops and sits on the cover! TWO!! Tama swings, but into a waistlock! Tama fights the suplex, throws elbows, and then whips.

Okada reverses but Tama dodges the dropkick! And he hurries to underhook, but Okada slips out! GUN- NO, Okada holds it off this time, to then get the wristlock! Ripcord, GUN- NO!! Okada turns it into a MONEY CLIP!!! Fans rally as hard as ever, and Tama turns clip into cradle! TWO!!! Okada escapes, BOOTS, but Tama PELES! Tama reloads fast and waits on Okada to stand! Okada is up, Tama runs in, GUN- NO!!! Okada fights it again, to ENZIGURI! And then pump handle scoop, POWERSLAM!! Ripcord, RAINMAKER!!! Cover, Okada wins!

Winner: Kazuchika Okada, by pinfall (advances to the finals)

Tama put up one hell of a fight, truly worthy of the biggest G1 Climax ever, but it just wasn’t enough to stop the Rainmaker! Will Okada not stop until he has that Right to Challenge briefcase once more?

 

G1 Climax 32 Semifinal: Tetsuya Naito VS Will Ospreay w/ Great-O-Khan!

It’s C Block VS D Block, Uncontrollable Charisma VS Commonwealth Kingpin! We know Okada awaits in the finals, will he be facing one of his great rivals in Naito? Or will it be one of his great enemies in Ospreay?

Naito takes off his elaborate entrance attire while Ospreay takes his time with his coat and two title belts. Fans rally, “NA-I-TO!” “O-SU-PREAY!” and the bell rings. Ospreay encourages the fans to get louder so they do, and Naito says that’s nice. The two then circle, Naito goes back and forth to toy with Ospreay, but then they tie up. They’re in a deadlock, but Ospreay finds a point of leverage. He puts Naito on the ropes and Red Shoes counts. Ospreay pats Naito but Naito turns things around. Naito has Ospreay on the ropes, but then pats Ospreay on the shoulders. To then kick low and CLUB him on the neck! And again!

Red Shoes reprimands but Naito whips Ospreay. Ospreay reverses, Naito holds ropes and BOOTS Back, to then RANA! But Ospreay handsprings through! Naito ducks the Penalty Kick, avoids the Standing Moonsault, then arm-drags Ospreay! Naito ducks a roundhouse and tranquilos! Ospreay smirks while Naito bails out. Fans rally up while Naito stares Khan down. Khan keeps his distance and Naito takes a walk around the ring. Khan tells Naito to get back in so Naito does. Naito and Ospreay circle, feel out a knuckle lock, then circle some more. Ospreay blocks Naito’s kick! Naito tries to reach Ospreay but he can’t!

Ospreay ROCKS Naito with a forearm, then another! Ospreay whips, atomic drops and CHOPS Naito down, for the STANDING SHOOTING STAR! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up and Khan cheers Ospreay on. Ospreay drags Naito up, ROCKS him again, then bumps him off buckles. Ospreay CHOPS Naito in the corner, then stalks him to another corner. Ospreay CHOPS again and Naito staggers. Ospreay whips him but Naito reverses, only for Ospreay to go up and over. Naito dodges, blocks a kick and puts Ospreay in the ropes for a DRAPING BACKBREAKER! Naito then whips Ospreay to ropes for a hip toss! And basement dropkick! Naito keeps going, NECKBREAKER!

Fans fire up while Ospreay clutches his neck. Fans rally up and Naito brings Ospreay into a chinlock. Naito grinds Ospreay down with an almost bulldog choke but Ospreay endures. Fans rally up more, Ospreay pulls hair but Red Shoes reprimands. Naito lets off to snapmare Ospreay into a headscissor hold! Naito pushes up to put pressure on the neck but Ospreay endures. Ospreay rolls around and gets the ROPEBREAK! Red Shoes counts and Khan protests, and Naito lets off. Fans rally up as Naito brings Ospreay around. Naito ROCKS Ospreay but Ospreay ROCKS Naito, repeat! Naito then CLUBS Ospreay on the neck!

Naito CLUBS away on Ospreay in the corner, then whips him corner to corner. Naito runs in to JUMP KICK! Leg sweep, SWINGING DROPKICK! Combinacion Cabron! Fans fire up as Naito poses, then covers, TWO! Fans rally up and Naito stomps Ospreay around. Naito brings Ospreay up to cravat and neck wrench! Ospreay endures, drops to a knee, and fans rally again. Ospreay fights back up, throws body shots, but Naito ROCKS him again. Naito whips, Ospreay reverses but Naito reverses again. Naito swings into a full nelson, but he arm-drags free! Naito dodges and whips but Ospreay handsprings to NEURALIZER!

Fans fire up while both men are down. Ospreay sits up and grits his teeth. Ospreay waits on Naito to get up, but Naito is slow. Ospreay fireman’s carries to then SNAKE EYES and BOOT! Ospreay goes to the apron and fans fire up with him. Ospreay aims at Naito, springboards and PIP PIP CHEERIO! Cover, TWO! Ospreay is annoyed but fans continue to rally. Ospreay drags Naito back up, reels him in, but Naito resists the lift. Ospreay keeps trying but Naito flails. Ospreay CLUBS Naito, throws a quick Kowada Kick, then CHOPS Naito off his feet! Naito gets up but Ospreay reels him in, only for Naito to fight the bomb!

Naito ducks the lariat to BACKBREAKER into the LEG HOOK NELSON! Naito slaps Ospreay around but Ospreay still endures. Ospreay moves around, but Naito drags him from ropes! Fans rally, Naito puts on more pressure, but Ospreay kicks his way around! ROPEBREAK! Fans fire up as Red Shoes counts, and Naito lets Ospreay go. Fans rally as Naito stands and Ospreay drags himself up the ropes. Naito hammerlocks and half nelsons but Ospreay fights off the lift! Naito ripcords but Ospreay ducks the elbow. Naito CLUBS Ospreay, dodges a haymaker, then ROCKS Ospreay! Naito runs, into the Tiger Wall Kick and ENZIGURI! But Naito rebounds, into a SPANISH FLY!!

Fans are thunderous as both men are down again! Ospreay and Naito sit up, talk some trash, and then get forehead to forehead. Naito throws a forearm but Ospreay gives it back. Naito grins and forearms Ospreay again! Ospreay ROCKS Naito back! Ospreay eggs Naito on so Naito ROCKS Ospreay! Ospreay roars and fans fire up, and Ospreay throws another forearm! Naito gives another, and they go back and forth! Fans rally up as the speed picks up! Ospreay fires off a flurry, then CHOPS!! Naito staggers and Ospreay waits on him. Naito comes back to SLAP Ospreay! Ospreay grins and fans fire up!

Ospreay blocks a kick, ducks the enziguri but Naito dodges Hidden Blade to TORNADO- NO! Ospreay blocks to suplex and BRAINBUSTER! But Ospreay holds on, brings Naito back up, suplexes but Naito RANAS! Cover, TWO!! Ospreay escapes in time but Naito gets him for the TORNADO DDT! Fans are thunderous again while both men are down. Naito and Ospreay stir and Naito sits up first. Naito crawls his way over, drags Ospreay up, and throws heavy back elbows! Ospreay drops to a knee, but Naito brings him up for more heavy elbows! Ospreay drops again but he grabs at Naito. Naito brings Ospreay up for even more heavy elbows!

Ospreay falls over backwards, and the tape on his shoulders is coming off! Naito hammerlocks, half nelsons, and hits GLORIA! Cover, TWO! Ospreay is still in this but Naito is still smiling. Naito brings Ospreay up again, wrenches the arm, but Ospreay RAMS him into the corner! Ospreay runs in but Naito alley-oops him into the corner! Naito then sits Ospreay up on the top rope backwards, and climbs up behind him! Naito goes up to SUPER POISON-RANA!!! Cover, TWO!!! Ospreay survives and fans are thunderous! Naito aims from the corner as Ospreay rises, then he runs in to CORRIENDO SHIKI- NO, Ospreay blocks Destino!

But Ospreay also holds Naito up! Ospreay ties up the legs, MAGIC CROSS DRIVER!! Cover, TWO!! Fans are thunderous again as Ospreay aims from the corner! Naito sits up, Ospreay rushes in, HIDDEN BLADE!!! But Ospreay isn’t satisfied with that, he drags Naito up! Underhook and lift, STORM- DESTINO!!! Naito turns things around but both men are down! The fans are electric as both men stir on the mat! Naito crawls over to Ospreay, drags him up, but Ospreay BOOTS! Naito ENZIGURIS! Naito scoops but Ospreay slips out to HOOK KICK! Ospreay calls his shot, springboards, but Naito ducks the OsCutter! SPINEBUSTER!!

Naito hauls Ospreay up to wrench and- NO, Ospreay turns it, CHELSEA GRIN!! Fans fire up as Ospreay aims again! Ospreay runs in, but Naito ducks the blade! CORRIENDO SHIKI DESTINO!!!! Cover, TWO?!?!? Ospreay survives and no one can believe it!! Naito roars, drags Ospreay up, and tilt-o-whirls, DESTI- NO!! Ospreay slips out to HIDDEN BLADE!!! Cover, TWO?!?!?!? Maybe 2.999!! The fans can’t believe it, Khan can’t believe, commentary can’t believe it! But Ospreay drags Naito back up, reels him in and underhooks, for STORMBREAKER!!!! Cover, OSPREAY WINS!!!

Winner: Will Ospreay, by pinfall (advances to the finals)

After fighting back from an 0-2 start, after fighting his heart out here, Naito falls before the Climax! If this is truly Naito’s last G1 Climax, if this is truly his last year with NJPW, has it all ended here and now? Or can Naito find another path to Wrestle Kingdom?

As for Ospreay, he holds up his IWGP US Heavyweight Championship and Rev-Pro British Heavyweight Championship high as he stands over Naito, and then again as he stands on the corner. Khan waves the banner of the United Empire, then brings the mic to Ospreay. The fans applaud, but Ospreay says, “Louder, Budokan! Louder!! Motto! Gentlemen, I said MORE! I want more!” Fans applaud louder, and Ospreay is happy. “Naito, good showing. One more, onegaishimasu. This doesn’t get spoken about enough. In May, I nearly died! I had a kidney infection that nearly killed me! And in three months, three months! After saying I could’ve died, I’m in the G1 Final!”

Fans applaud that heart, and Ospreay says his opponent “is a man who seemingly, I can’t beat on my own. In the seven matches Ospreay and Okada have had, Okada has one SIX of them. SIX. Everyone is now doubting me, because they think I can’t beat Okada. I’ve seen it done with my own eyes! I have seen AJ Styles beat Okada. I have seen Tanahashi beat Okada. I’ve seen NAITO beat Okada! Hell, I’ve even see Jay White dethrone Okada. Know what makes me different? I know in my heart, I know I’m better than all those guys! I know I’m the best wrestler in the world today!!” Fans applaud that, he has a case for it.

Ospreay lists off his accomplishments: Best of the Super Juniors; the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship; the New Japan Cup; the British Heavyweight Championship; the NEVER Openweight Championship; the IWGP US Heavyweight Championship; and the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship!! There’s just one more to go! “And believe me. Believe me when I say this. Believe me, I’m not gonna lose. I will beat Okada! I will lead NJPW out of the Dark Ages, and I will bring it back tot he light! Okada, matta ashita <I’ll be waiting tomorrow.> See you at the top!” The Kingpin vows to go from Grand Slam to ULTIMATE Champion in NJPW, will he succeed?


My Thoughts:

A great event as the penultimate night of the G1 this year. Yes, I skipped a lot of matches, and I wish I had time to see that 8 Man with Tanahashi, Yano, Finlay & Kushida, because it saw the return of the Good Brothers to Japan. But Tanahashi’s team won thanks to some sneaky moves from Yano. I wonder if anyone from Tanahashi’s team will go after Karl Anderson’s NEVER Openweight Championship. Any one of them would be a great opponent for Anderson, but especially Tanahashi.

But we got awesome G1 matches, as to be expected. Tama has been running strong, but it sure seems like everyone knows how to counter the Gun Stun… It makes sense that Okada wins, he could potentially go back-to-back as the G1 Climax winner. But given that, I don’t think he will. Ospreay VS Naito was a great choice to be the main event between the two semifinal matches, and honestly I didn’t think Naito was going to lose. This is supposed to be his last year, so I thought he’d get to the finals before losing and having to worry about what’s next.

Ospreay has a great promo and he does make a great argument for winning the finals. Ospreay’s checked off almost everything to do in NJPW as a singles wrestler, even more than what Okada has done. Ospreay getting the honor of being the first to check everything off the list would be huge.

My Score: 9/10


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