Will Suzuki-Gun look to sweep the night?
The Dangerous Tekkers gave Taka Michinoku some tough love, but now Suzuki-Gun is stronger than ever! Will they start to take over World Tag League?
- World Tag League 2021: Yuji Nagata & Tiger Mask VS The Guerrillas of Destiny; The Guerrillas of Destiny win.
- World Tag League 2021: Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan VS Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI; Goto & Hashi win.
- World Tag League 2021: Tomoaki Honma & Togi Makabe VS Toru Yano & Hiroshi Tanahashi; Yano & Tanahashi win.
- World Tag League 2021: The United Empire VS Yujiro Takahashi & EVIL w/ Dick Togo; The United Empire wins.
- World Tag League 2021: SANADA & Tetsuya Naito VS Minoru Suzuki & TAKA Michinoku; Sanada & Naito win.
- World Tag League 2021: The Dangerous Tekkers VS Chase Owens & Bad Luck Fale; Dangerous Tekkers win.
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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
World Tag League 2021: Yuji Nagata & Tiger Mask VS The Guerrillas of Destiny!
Blue Justice and the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champion didn’t feel so cozy after facing off with TenCozy, but Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa proved themselves the alphas against Everyone’s Kokeshi and the Rampaging King Kong. Will the Good Bad Guy and the Silverback prove they’re still kings of the jungle?
The Guerrillas Low Sweet, then go right after Nagata & Tiger! Loa drags Nagata out but Tiger hits Tama back with knee after knee! The bell rings to put this on record and Tama throws body shots back. On the outside, Loa whips but Nagata reverses and sends him into railing! Tama whips Tiger into the corner, then runs in but misses as Tiger moves. Tiger sobats then CLUBS Tama, then dropkicks! Tama comes back with body shots and a headbutt! Tama throws Tiger out while Loa throws body shots on Nagata. Tama CLAWS Tiger’s back, ROCKS him with a haymaker, then bumps him off the apron.
Loa has Nagata down on the entryway while Tama puts Tiger in. Tama drops elbow after elbow, then CHOKES Tiger! The ref counts, Tama lets off, and Tama drags Tiger up to tag Loa in. Tama snap suplexes Tiger, Loa adds the slingshot senton! Cover, TWO! Loa gets Tiger’s legs and stomps him in the stomach. Loa digs his heel in, stomps again, then digs his heel in more. Loa splashes down, high stacks, TWO! Tag to Tama and he throws down hands. Tama CLUBS Tiger in the chest and then mocks Nagata before he CLUBS Tiger again. The ref keeps Nagata back and Tama drags Tiger into a chinlock. Fans rally up for “TIGER MASK!” as he fights and throws body shots.
Tama CLUBS Tiger, Tiger hits back but Tama whips. Tiger blocks the kick to trip Tama! Tama blocks a kick but gets the spin back heel kick! Tag to Nagata! Nagata BOOTS Tama, BOOTS Loa, then fires up to KICK Tama to the corner! Nagata whips Tama corner to corner, runs in and BOOTS again! Tama staggers, Nagata reels him in, but Tama fights the exploder. Nagata ROCKS Tama to hit a BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! Nagata drags Tama up, suplexes, but Tama slips out. Nagata elbows Tama away, runs but Tama follows to CLOBBER Nagata! Tag to Loa, Loa runs around to hit Tiger Mask! The Guerrillas mug Nagata in a corner, Loa stomps away, then whips corner to corner.
Tama runs in but Nagata dodges to boot Loa! Tama kicks, runs, but Nagata gets him for an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Everyone is down and fans fire up! Nagata gets up, hot tag to Tiger Mask! Tiger’s already up top, he leaps to CROSSBODY Loa down! Loa gets up, Tiger fires off KICKS then whips him to a corner. Loa reverses, runs in but Tiger dodges. Tiger gets around to waistlock but Loa switches. Tiger drops, victory roll, TWO! Tiger sobats hard, then reels Loa in to underhook! Tama gets in to CLUB Tiger! Tiger spins Tama to underhook him! TIGER DRIVER! Fans fire up and Tiger gets around Loa! Loa stays standing, but Nagata BOOTS him into the crucifix pin! TWO!!
Tiger gets Loa’s arms for a DOUBLE FUJIWARA ARMBAR! Nagata has Tama in the CROSSFACE! Loa crawls over to the ROPEBREAK! Tiger lets off, Nagata gets Loa up as Tiger climbs. ENZIGURI staggers Loa, Tiger leaps, but Loa gets under! Tiger keeps moving but Loa SPEARS him down! Loa gets Tiger up fast, BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Tiger survives but Loa gets the OG KILLER! Tiger taps, the Guerrillas win!
Winners: The Guerrillas of Destiny, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Nagata & Tiger Mask earn 0)
Tama & Loa are 2-0 to start the World Tag League! Will they soon be back on top of the Heavyweight Tag Division?
World Tag League 2021: Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan VS Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI!
TenCozy won in round one but the Fierce Warrior and Head Hunter couldn’t beat Sanada & Naito. Will Chaos #GetBackUp at the expense of #ThirdGen?
The teams sort out, Kojima starts with Goto. They circle as fans cheer, and the two tie up. Goto waistlocks, Kojima wrenches out to a hammerlock. Goto moves around, slips around to switch the hammerlock onto Kojima, then headlocks. Kojima endures the grind, throws body shots and powers out, but Goto rams shoulders. Neither falls and fans cheer. Goto goes again to ram Kojima but still Kojima stays up! Goto runs, Kojima dodges the lariat and comes back with a shoulder tackle of his own! Kojima stomps Goto, tags Tenzan, and they pinball Goto between forearms and Mongolian Chops! Kojima Mongolian Chops and Goto falls!
Kojima DECKS Hashi, Tenzan drags Goto up for headbutts. Hashi sends Kojima into railing, Goto fires forearms! Tenzan fires them back and the two go back and forth. Tenzan headbutts Goto in the chest, then runs, but into a double shoulder tackle! Goto-Hashi coordinate, hip toss senton! Kojima gets in but Goto kicks him first. Goto-Hashi hammers away on Kojima’s back! Goto stomps Tenzan, drags him up and snapmares to a chinlock. Tenzan endures the knee in his back, so Goto jams an elbow into his head! Goto drags Tenzan up, bumps him off buckles, then tags in Hashi. They stomp away on Tenzan, then Hashi forearms and CHOPS!
Tenzan eggs Hashi on so Hashi forearms harder. Tenzan forearms back but Hashi forearms and CHOPS! Goto holds Tenzan in with a chinlock! Hashi CHOPS and CHOPS, then blocks Tenzan’s kick to club the leg! Another CHOP and Hashi snapmares Tenzan down for a chinlock of his own. Tenzan endures the knee, Kojima wants in but the ref keeps him back. Tag to Goto and Goto stomps Tenzan. Tenzan throws body shots, and Mongolian Chops! Goto knees low, clubs Tenzan then runs, but into a WHEEL KICK! Fans cheer and Tenzan gets up, tag to Kojima! Kojima rallies on Chaos with forearms, then puts Goto in a corner for MACHINE GUN CHOPS! That was at least 30!
Kojima whips, Goto reverses and runs in to clothesline! Goto shoves Kojima down and goes up top! Fans fire up with Goto, but Kojima hits him first! And throws him off the top! Kojima runs corner to corner to forearm! And then he climbs up to MACHO ELBOW! Cover, TWO!! Goto survives but Kojima brings him up to throw forearms over and over. ROLLING ELBOW! Kojima runs, Goto follows to LARIAT! Both men are down and fans rally up! Goto crawls, hot tag to Hashi! Hashi runs in to CHOP Kojima to the corner! Hashi whips Kojima to CHOP him again! And then turn, but Kojima fights out to get a COZY CUTTER! Hot tag to Tenzan!
Tenzan rallies with big shoulders and then DECKS Goto! Fans fire up as Tenzan gives Hashi Mongolian Chop after Mongolian Chop! Hashi is in the corner, Tenzan stomps and headbutts then CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Tenzan whips corner to corner, runs in and splashes! Tenzan suplexes high and hard! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up, Tenzan stomps, but Hashi throws forearms. Tenzan gives them back so Hashi hits back! They go back and forth, Tenzan headbutts then runs. Hashi CHOPS but Tenzan stays up! Hashi fires off fast hands and another CHOP! Then the turn, Goto joins in, HEAD BUSTER! Hashi covers, TWO!
Kojima gets in but Goto intercepts and throws him out. Hashi aims at Tenzan, SUPERKICK! Then the BUTTERFLY LOCK! Tenzan endures, Hashi pulls back on the hold but Tenzan fights up! Fans rally but Hashi CLUBS Tenzan to ropes. Tenzan reverses the whip to MOUNTAIN BOMB! Cover, TWO! ANACONDA VICE!! Kojima keeps Goto on the outside but Goto fights him off! Goto goes in to CLOBBER Tenzan! Kojima clubs Goto and throws him out in return for earlier. Kojima stomps Hashi, Tenzan adds his own. TenCozy coordinates, but Hashi fights off the flapjack! Tenzan CLUBS Hashi, suplexes, but Goto stops that!
Goto CLUBS away on Tenzan, stomps him down, hooks him up, and Hashi runs. But Tenzan breaks free to run Hashi over! Tenzan Mongolian Chops Goto again and again! Tenzan runs, but Goto follows, only to run into a waistlock! Goto ducks, Hashi SUPERKICKS Tenzan down! Fans fire up, Hashi runs, LARIAT! Cover, TWO!! Kojima gets in but Goto fireman’s carries him! Hashi SUPERKICKS before the USHIGOROSHI! Goto-Hashi gets Tenzan up, SHOKOU!! Cover, Goto-Hashi wins!!
Winners: Hirooki Goto & Yoshi-Hashi, by pinfall (gains 2 points; TenCozy earns 0)
The Fierce Warrior & Head Hunter #GetBackUp and get on the board! Will they start to #TurnItAllAround and win the league?
World Tag League 2021: Tomoaki Honma & Togi Makabe VS Toru Yano & Hiroshi Tanahashi!
Everyone’s Kokeshi and the Rampaging King Kong look to bounce back, but The Joker & The Ace are a hard hand to beat. Will the Producer and the Once in a Century Talent prove that it isn’t luck but love and energy that carries them through?
Yano is again in the long jacket but Tanahashi shows off the short jacket! The teams sort out and again Yano hurriedly goes through the discussion to give Tanahashi the start against Makabe. They circle as fans rally up, then they tie up. They break, tie up again, break, then go again. Tanahashi arm-drags and has an armlock, but Makabe headscissors. Makabe holds tight as Tanahashi tries to kip out, but Tanahashi turns him over and ties up the legs and then floats to a headlock. Makabe slips out to have the hammerlock, but Tanahashi fights up to drop toehold! Tanahashi gets the headlock but Makabe slips out again to get the hammerlock back.
Makabe turns Tanahashi around to headlock but Tanahashi powers out, only for Makabe to run him over. Tanahashi gets up but gets run over again! Tanahashi gets back up but stays back. Makabe tags Honma, to Tanahashi tags Yano! Yano does the school thug crouch but Honma kicks him! Honma whips, Yano reverses, then goes to untie the other buckle pad! Yano has the pad off! Honma runs in but Yano dodges and Honma gets bare buckles! Yano SLAPS Honma on the head! Yano runs but Honma elbows him down! Honma fires up, fans fire up with him, but Yano avoids the kokeshi! Yano throws Honma out, Tanahashi DECKS Makabe.
Yano goes out and whips Honma into railing! Tanahashi throws forearms then bumps Makabe off the apron! Yano drags Honma up, POSTS him, then gets in the ring. Tanahashi puts Honma in for Yano, and Yano stomps him down. Yano drags Honma around, whips him into the bare buckles, and Honma falls to the mat! Yano stomps Honma, bumps him off buckles, tag to Tanahashi. Tanahashi stomps Honma, bumps him off buckles, then puts the leg on the ropes to kick away on it! Tanahashi pulls on the foot, the ref counts, Tanahashi lets off at 4. Tanahashi brings Honma around but Honma throws forearms! Tanahashi fires off fast hands and an uppercut! Then he drops an elbow! Cover, TWO!
Tanahashi drags Honma by the leg, tags in Yano, and Yano eggs Makabe on. The ref keeps Makabe back, Yano & Tanahashi split the wishbone! Yano kicks Honma around while mockingly asking what’s wrong. Yano gets Honma up but Honma CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! But Yano rakes eyes! Honma falls, Yano brings him up and whips to the bare corner! Honma stops himself, dodges, and Yano gets bare buckles! Honma kicks low but Tanahashi runs in, only to get caught! DDT COMPLETE SHOT COMBO! Fans fire up and rally as Honma crawls for the corner. Hot tag to Makabe! Makabe storms after Yano and Yano wants mercy, but he gets forearms instead!
Tanahashi CLUBS Makabe, whips him but Makabe reverses. Makabe runs in to clothesline! Then he goes corner to corner to clothesline Yano against the buckles, then he goes back to clothesline Tanahashi! Makabe goes back to Yano for another clothesline! Fans fire up as Makabe climbs, and Makabe rains down punches! Makabe gets 10, but then he goes for a second round! Makabe laughs as he hops down, but Yano blocks the suplex! Yano rakes eyes, runs, but into a LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Makabe is annoyed but he drags Yano up to waistlock, Yano fights the German suplex off to turn around, only for Makabe to standard suplex him! Cover, TWO!
Makabe drags Yano up to throw haymakers! Yano pulls hair to throw Makabe down! Tag to Tanahashi! Tanahashi runs, to FLYING FOREARM Makabe down! Fans cheer, Tanahashi stands Makabe back up. Tanahashi fires off fast hands, then scoops and SLAMS Makabe to a drop zone. Tanahashi goes up, SUNSET SENTON! Cover, TWO! Tanahashi fire sup as Makabe rises, but no Slingblade! Tanahashi ducks one lariat but not the LEFT! Fans rally up, Makabe crawls, hot tag to Honma! Honma puts some stank on the CHOP! And then another CHOP! And another CHOP! Honma whips Tanahashi corner to corner then runs in to elbow! And then BULLDOG!
Honma fires up, runs, and KOKESHI! Honma drags Tanahashi up, and suplexes high and hard! Cover, TWO! Tanahashi gets up, Honma runs but into a dropkick to the legs! Tanahashi gets a leg to DRAGON SCREW! And then Tanahashi drags Honma around to tie up the legs, TEXAS CLOVER HOLD!! Makabe whips Yano into railing and hurries into the ring! Makabe CLUBS Tanahashi down! Yano CLUBS Makabe and throws him out! Tanahashi fires up, runs, but Honma spins him to a SLEEPER! Tanahashi endures, Honma hits the SLEEPER BUSTER! Both men are down, fans fire up and Honma rises. Tanahashi swings on him but Honma ducks to fire off forearms!
Honma runs and LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Tanahashi is still in this but Honma drags Tanahashi back up. Yano CLUBS Honma, intercepts Makabe, and then he and Tanahashi double whip. Makabe breaks the line to DOUBLE LARIAT! Makabe and Honma coordinate as Tanahashi rises. LARIAT SANDWICH! Honma runs to LEAPING HEADBUTT! Cover, TWO!! Tanahashi survives and shocks Honma! Honma and Makabe coordinate again as they put Tanahashi up top. Honma climbs, Makabe Electric Chairs, but Yano CLUBS them both down! They go after Yano, whip him to ropes but Yano holds the ropes to then send Honma into Makabe!
Yano shoves the ref and he DOUBLE LOW BLOWS Honma & Makabe! Yano bails out while Tanahashi stands up, to HIGH FLY ATTACK! And then he goes back up the corner, to HIGH FLY FLOW!! Cover, Tanahashi & Yano win!
Winners: Toru Yano & Hiroshi Tanahashi, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Honma & Makabe earn 0)
The Joker & The Ace win again! Will they continue to take teams to school? Or will they get caught and put in detention?
World Tag League 2021: The United Empire VS Yujiro Takahashi & EVIL w/ Dick Togo!
The Great-O-Khan & The Ultimate Weapon are furious that they lost to the Bullet Club’s Crown Jewel & Rogue General, while the King of Darkness and Tokyo Pimp were trumped by The Joker & The Ace! Who redeems themselves and gets on the board while the other wallows in the 0-2?
The House of Torture Low Sweets and then the teams sort out. Khan starts against Evil and fans rally with the bell. Khan and Evil circle, Yano and Henare both step in to attack the enemy! Henare and Yujiro rush each other, Henare kicks low and throws Yujiro out. The ref reprimands but the Empire mugs Evil. They double whip, Evil holds ropes to then throw Henare down! Khan gets around to the IRON CLAW SLEEPER! Henare fires off fast hands on Evil, then Khan Mongolian Chops Evil down for Henare to BUZZSAW! Khan drops a knee, covers, TWO! Henare and Khan watch Yujiro closely as Khan drags Evil up. Khan bumps Evil off buckles, then hops up to sit on Evil’s head!
Fans cheer, and Henare even pulls Evil’s hair to keep him down! The ref reprimands and counts, Henare lets go and Khan hops down at 4. Khan drags Evil out, then BITES Evil’s shoulder?! The ref counts, Khan lets off. But doesn’t he have a mouth guard that just looks like fangs? Khan pulls on Evil’s hair, that’s real! The ref reprimands, Khan stops at 4, and then he CHOKES Evil! The ref reprimands again, Khan lets off at 4, and he paces around as fans cheer. Khan drags Evil up, stomps his hand, then pushes Evil towards his boot! Evil doesn’t kiss Khan’s foot, he BITES his shin!! The ref reprimands, Evil stops at 4, shoves the ref, but Khan blocks the low blow!
Khan gets Evil up but Evil rakes Khan’s eyes! Evil whips Khan to the corner, and surprise! Yujiro removes the buckle pad! Khan hits bare buckles, Henare rushes in but Evil intercepts and whips him into the bare buckles! Fans rally but Evil kicks Khan out of the ring. Yujiro drags Henare out to whip him into railing. Evil RAMS Khan into the railing and knocks the timekeeper over! Why does Evil hate Abe-san!? Evil drags Khan up by his ponytail, puts him in the ring, then stands on Khan’s face. Evil drags Khan up by his hair again, whips him in and Khan hits the bare buckles! Tag to Yujiro, he tags in, covers, TWO! Fans cheer but Yujiro stomps Khan.
Yujiro digs his knee into Khan but Khan gets the ropebreak. The ref counts, Yujiro lets off, and Khan gets up on the ropes. Yujiro brings Khan around to put him against the ropes, and Evil holds Khan in place for the BOOT! Cover, TWO! Yujiro tags Evil, Evil drags Khan up and throws him out. Evil distracts the ref so Dick and Yujiro can stomp Khan at the railing! Khan is put back in, Evil covers, TWO! Evil is furious but fans fire up. Evil gives toying kicks to Khan, but Khan ROCKS Evil with forearms in return! Evil pulls hair but Khan rakes Evil’s eyes! Khan throws Evil down and fans fire up! Tag to Henare!
Henare fires off big body shots and forearms, then KNEES Evil in a corner. Henare whips Evil corner to corner, runs in and SHINING IWZARDS! Snapmare and KICK! But Henare wags his finger, he’s not done there. He sits Evil up for a BUZZSAW! Cover, TWO! Dick gets on the apron but Henare DECKS him! Henare dodges Evil to SCREW HIGH KICK! Cover, TWO! Evil stays in this but Henare drags him up. Henare runs but Yujiro gets a cheap shot in! Evil runs in, Henare dodges! Evil stops from running into Yujiro, Henare runs in but Evil and Yujiro get out of the way and Dick trips Henare up! But Evil distracted the ref so he completely missed it!
Evil tags Yujiro then Evil DECKS Khan! Yujiro whips Henare to the corner, runs in and BOOTS! Evil runs in to clothesline! Evil FISHERMAN BUSTERS Henare, Yujiro BASEMENT BOOTS! Cover, TWO! Yujiro reels Henare in, INCOLLE SLAM! Cover, TWO! Henare is still in this and fans rally up! Yujiro drags Henare up and reels him in, but no Pimp Juice! Henare blocks the superkick, too! Henare ROCKS Yujiro, whips him to a corner but Yujiro reverses! Henare bounces off the buckles to RAMPAGE SPEAR! Both Henare and Yujiro are down, but Khan sends Evil into railing! Henare crawls over, hot tag to Khan!
Khan tells the ref to watch Evil, and then he uses the tag rope to CHOKE Yujiro! Kinda like- Wait, Dick gets in to use the SPOILER CHOKER! Khan lets Yujiro go, breaks free of the choker and HELLSTABS Dick! Evil run sin but gets caught, to the HITSU- NO, Evil slips out! EVERY- NO! Khan slips out of the STO! Khan reeks Evil into the KATAGATAMI, and STO!! Evil flops to the apron, Khan drags Yujiro up and spins him around, HITSUJIGOROSHI! Yujiro endures, Henare gets in to get Yujiro’s legs for the DOUBLE HEEL HOOK! HITSUJIGOROSHI FUBUKI!! Yujiro endures this chimera stretch, into an ELBOW DROP DDT from Khan! Cover, TWO!!
Khan is furious that Yujiro survives, but he prepares the claw! He clamps onto Yujiro, drags him back up, ELIMIN- NO! Yujiro shoves Khan into the ref! Then he mule kicks Khan very low! Dick gets the SPOILER CHOKER again! Yujiro gets his pimp cane! CHANE SHOT for Henare! CANE SHOT for Khan! Evil brings in a chair! Dick and Yujiro hold Khan up for Evil, but Henare BOOTS the chair into Evil! Henare DECKS Dick, tanks Yujiro’s boot, but runs into the REVERSE DDT! Yujiro sees he’s alone so he drags Khan up from the apron. Khan has a stick of some kind and he JAMS Yujiro with it! Then SMACKS him with it!
Yujiro writhes, Henare gets in and fireman’s carries. Khan runs, FLAPJACK CUTTER!! Cover, The United Empire wins!!
Winner: The United Empire, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Evil & Yujiro earn 0)
Khan takes a seat in the chair Evil brought in, and applauds his own victory. Will the Dominator & The Ultimate Weapon rebuild and take the league for the glory of the United Empire?
World Tag League 2021: SANADA & Tetsuya Naito VS Minoru Suzuki & TAKA Michinoku!
Cold Skull & The Uncontrollable Charisma won big in the first round main event, and they look to do so again! But after the “tough love” last time, will the Meanest Man in the World and the Blue Playmaker be ready to tear down Los Ingobernables de Japon?
Suzuki-Gun grows impatient with LIJ but still allow Naito time to take off the suit. Naito tells Suzuki to Tranquilo already. As soon as Naito turns around to hand his pants to the Young Lion, Suzuki-Gun pounces! The bell rings to get this on record as Taka goes after Sanada and Suzuki goes after Naito on the outside! Taka POSTS Sanada while Suzuki throws hands. Suzuki brings Naito around but Naito hits back! Suzuki ROCKS Naito, Taka chokes Sanada on railing! Suzuki whips Naito hard into railing on the other side! Taka digs his knuckles into Sanada’s face before he BOOTS him down! Suzuki chokes Naito against railing in front of commentary, and even rakes eyes!
The ref does his best to restore order, but Suzuki uses someone’s PEN to dig into Naito’s forehead! The ref reprimands, Suzuki puts Naito in to stomp him around. Taka tags in, Suzuki-Gun mugs Naito. Taka rakes Naito’s eyes, whips him to ropes, but Naito holds ropes to BOOT back! Tag to Sanada, LIJ double whip to double elbow, then double basement dropkick! Fans cheer as Sanada looms over Taka. Taka swings but into an atomic drop! Sanada trips Taka, but Taka kicks him away. Sanada knee slow, runs but into a cheap shot from Suzuki! Suzuki catches Sanada for a HANGING ARMBAR! Taka DECKS Naito for good measure!
The ref counts, Suzuki lets go at 4, and then he drags Sanada out to whip into railing! Taka digs his boots into Naito’s face, while Suuzki puts Sanada’s arm through railing. Suzuki pulls on the arm, and even uses the timekeeper’s hammer for leverage! The ref reprimands, Suzuki brings Sanada around and ditches the hammer to have a double wristlock. Sanada gets to the ring, the ref reprimands, but Taka gets the arm for an armbar on the apron! Taka even pulls the other arm against the ropes! The ref reprimands, Taka lets off and fans rally for Sanada. Suzuki tags in, he drags Sanada up, snapmares and then clamps on a chinlock with a knee in the back.
Suzuki steps over to hammerlock the arm, then he pulls on the other arm. Sanada endures so Suzuki tortures the arm into a double wristlock! Sanada gets the ropebreak with a foot! Suzuki drags Sanada over, tag to Taka, and Taka kicks the bad arm. Taka wrenches to an ELBOW BREAKER! And then another! Taka stomps Sanada down, drags him up to cross the arms, DOUBLE ELBOW BREAKER! Tag to Suzuki and he taunts Sanada. Suzuki kicks at Sanada, pushes him around, but Sanada chops. Suuzki doesn’t flinch, even as Sanada chops more. Suzuki wrenches the arm, KICKS it, then KICKS Sanada down. Suzuki and Naito stare down as Suzuki gets the wristlock.
Naito gets in, Suzuki drags Sanada away to fire a forearm, Sanada kicks but Suzuki blocks to get the HEEL HOOK! Sanada endures, reaches, moves around, rolls, but Suzuki holds on! Sanada claws at Suzuki but Suzuki cranks the foot more. Sanada crawls to the ROPEBREAK! Suzuki lets go to stomp Sanada to a corner. Suzuki goes corner to corner but into a dropkick! Fans fire up as Sanada crawls, hot tag to Naito! Naito rallies on Suzuki with forearms and kicks! Naito whips, elbows Suzuki down then basement dropkicks! Taka runs in but into a hip toss and dropkick! Suzuki rushes back in, into an atomic drop and NECKBREAKER!
Naito has Suzuki in a corner, stomps then whips him corner to corner, then runs in to ROCKET KICK and sweep! Swinging dropkick, Combinacion Cabron! Naito covers with a knee and fist, TWO! Naito gets Suzuki in a cravat but SUzuki slips around to a sleeper. Naito break sfree, runs but Suzuki drop steps to the SLEEPER! Tag to Taka, SUzuki-Gun mugs Naito. They whip Naito corner to corner, Taka runs in but misess, and Naito dropkicks Suzuki’s legs out! Naiot kicks and RANAS Taka! Naito crawls over, hot tag to Sanada! Sanada aims, PLANCHA for Taka! Sanada encourages the fans to get loud and they do.
Sanada puts Taka in the ring, aims and springboards but Taka gets under. Suzuki gets in to get the SLEEPER! Taka mugs Sanada, then whips Sanada corner to corner for Suzuki to BOOT! Suzuki whips but Sanada DECKS Taka! Suzuki gets the SLEEPER, Taka comes back to BOOT! Suzuki trips up Naito, Taka drags Sanada down but Sanada slips out and JAPANESE CLUTCH to Taka’s JUST FACELOCK! Taka clubs away on Sanada, pulls back, but Sanada endures! Naito gets in to stomp Taka. Taka CALF KICKS Naito down! Sanada O’Conner Rolls to the dragon sleepr! Taka victory rolls through it, TWO!! PENALTY KICK!
Suzuki ROCKS Sanada, Taka aims and they SUPERKICK BOOT COMBO! Cover, TWO!! Sanada survives but Suzuki intercepts Naito. Taka drags Sanada up, scoops, but Sanada slips to the dragon sleepre! Now Naito keeps Suzuki back, BACKBREAKER to PLUMA BLANCA! SKULL SWING for Taka, to the SKULL END!! Taka is caught, he taps! LIJ wins!!
Winners: Sanada & Tetsuya Naito, by submission (gain 2 points; Suzuki-Gun earns 0)
A strong 2-0 start for LIJ, but a frustrating 0-2 start for Suzuki and Taka! Suzuki walks away with his bloody nose and Taka with his bad neck. Will Suzuki-Gun be able to make the third time the charm for Taka’s comeback? As for Naito, he kicks and throws the ref out! Will Naito get better officiating next round?
World Tag League 2021: The Dangerous Tekkers VS Chase Owens & Bad Luck Fale!
The IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions were victorious, just as the Crown Jewel & Rogue General were in the first round. But now, Zack Sabre Jr. & Taichi go from opener to main event. Will they make Chase & Fale #JustTapOut to close out round two?
Bullet Club Low Sweet but the champs belt clink. The teams sort out and Chase calls out Taichi for some sumo. Chase says he wasn’t ready when they tried in the G1, but he is here in WTL! Fans cheer for that idea, so Taichi accepts! Chase squares up, draws the line in the sand, as it were, and Taichi steps up to him. Chase says he needs a drink first. He sips from his bottle, then comes back. Fans rally as the two set up again, but then Chase needs another drink. Taichi waits, Chase comes back, and they go! Taichi throws Chase off, he gets that one. Chase wants another go, but then he tags out to Fale! Taichi doesn’t seem to realize until he turns around!
Chase says Fale will sumo with Taichi and fans rally up for that. Taichi offers a tag to ZSJ and ZSJ says he ain’t sumoing anyone! He cheers Taichi on like the fans, so Taichi has no choice. Fale runs him over! ZSJ backs off to regroup with Taichi on the outside. Chase tags back in and now he wants ZJS? Taichi tags ZSJ in and they circle. Chase and ZSJ feel things out, knuckle lock, ZSJ rolls to trip and then get the arm to bring Chase around to a hammerlock. Chase headlocks, hits the takeover, but ZSJ headscissors. ZSJ holds tight and pushes up for torque to keep Chase down! Chase moves around, and gets the ropebreak! ZSJ lets off cleanly and Chase resets.
They feel it out, Chase waistlocks. ZSJ drop toeholds, floats to a headlock, then shifts to a cravat. Chase clubs the arms to wrench and trip ZSJ! Chase has a standing toehold, but ZSJ rolls and reels Chase in to headlock and takeover. Chase headscissors but ZSJ turns him over to tie up the legs for a BOW ‘N’ ARROW! Chase endures, ZSJ throws him away. ZSJ tags Taichi, Taichi gets Chase in the corner and snapmares for a KICK to the back. Taichi then CHOKES Chase! Red Shoes reprimands, Fale gets in so Taichi backs off. Taichi drags Chase up, and chokes Chase to the corner! ZSJ tags in, Taichi stops and ZSJ EuroUppers Chase.
ZSJ EuroUppers again, but Chase knees back. Chase ROCKS ZSJ in a corner with a haymaker, then digs his knee in! Red Shoes counts, Chase lets off, and he brings ZSJ up to whip corner to corner. ZSJ goes up and under and comes back but only gets buckles. Chase only gets buckles but Fale CLOBBERS ZSJ! Chase DECKS Taichi, Fale whips ZSJ into railing! Chase gives Taichi back the choking from earlier! Chase and Fale get ZSJ up to mug him them back and forth. A ring count starts, Fale stomps ZSJ as it climbs to 10. Taichi goes after Fale but Fale DECKS him! The count is 15 of 20, Fale whips Taichi into railing! But ZSJ gets in at 18!
Chase steps on ZSJ’s face then tags in Fale. Chase puts ZSJ at the ropes, he and Fale stand on ZSJ’s back! The Bullet Club Massage and salute! Red Shoes counts, they step off at 4. Fale stomps ZSJ, dribbles him off buckles, then drags him up to scoop and SLAM! Chase gets in, he and Fale wrench and whip ZSJ to ropes to then body shot, knee lift and LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Another try, TWO! A third try, TWO! The double leg hook couldn’t do it and Chase grows frustrated. Fans rally up, Chase stays between the Tekkers and RAMS ZSJ into the corner. Tag to Fale, he stomps ZSJ. Fale slaps ZSJ around, ZSJ EuroUppers back! And again! But Fale DECKS him! Cover, TWO!
Fale drags ZSJ up, scoops him and SLAMS him again. Fale runs to then ELBOW FLOP as ZSJ moves! Fans rally up and ZSJ rolls to tag in Taichi! Taichi storms in to Kowata Kick Fale in the face! But Fale choke grips! Taichi breaks free to KICK away on Fale’s leg! Taichi dodges Fale’s lariat to sobat! Now Taichi wants to sumo! He catches Fale for a SUMO HIP TOSS! Chase gets in, whips, but Taichi reverses to HOOK KICK! Fans fire up and Taichi runs in to corner clothesline Fale! Taichi keeps moving, AX BOMBER! Fale stays up! Taichi runs again, but Fale LARIATS back! And then a short-arm LARIAT, too! Fale tags in Chase as fans rally up for Taichi!
Chase lines up his shot, run sin corner to corner and forearm smashes to short arm lariat! Cover, TWO! Chase keeps his cool, drags Taichi up, fireman’s carries, but Taichi fights off to get around and DAN- NO! Chase fights the saido, fireman’s carries to the GUT BUSTER DROP! Both men are down but Chase gets up and goes to a corner. Taichi goes to the opposite, Chase runs in but into a BOOT! Chase stays up, comes back but Taichi dodges to GAMANGIRI! Both men are down again and fans rally up. Hot tag to ZSJ! He runs in to EuroUpper in the corner! Chase holds off the Northern Lights so ZSJ goes for the arm. Chase body shots but ZSJ fights the suplex to WRING the arm!
ZSJ wrenches, wrenches, wrangles and isolates to STOMP the arm! Chase clutches his elbow, ZSJ brings him around to a double wristlock! Chase endures, gets the ropebreak with both feet, but ZSJ STOMPS the arm again! ZSJ drags Chase back up, wants the bad arm and he twists the wrist. Chase gets up, ZSJ wrenches but Chase breaks free to BOOT! ZSJ has wrist control but Chase BOOTS him more! Chase is free, wrenches and hammerlocks but no heist! ZSJ full nelsons, Chase breaks it but ends up in an ARMBAR TAKEDOWN! Fale runs in, but into SEITEIJYUJIRYOU!! Chase fights but into a TRIANGLE HOLD! Dual submissions as fans rally up!
Chase rolls around, ends up in another ARMBAR, but Fale powers up to RAM Taichi into buckles! Fale then drops an elbow on ZSJ! Chase is free, Fale whips ZSJ into the corner. Chase runs in to forearm smash and go to the apron. Fale SPLASHES ZSJ, then drags him up. Chase climbs, FLYING KICK DEATH VALLEY, to the SHINING WIZARD! Cover, TWO!! Fans rally as ZSJ survives, but Chase drags him up. Chase waistlocks, Fale runs but Taichi AX BOMBERS him out! ZSJ drags Chase down, EURO CLUTCH! TWO!! Chase escapes, but Taichi Alabama lifts! Chase fights that to undehrook, but Taichi back drops free!
Chase gets up, blocks the bomber to spin Taichi around, and add ZSJ, URENAGE DDT!! Cover on ZSJ, TWO! Chase aims, runs in, but no trigger! ZSJ gets Chase down, ARMBAR! Chase fights up, cover, TWO!! Chase EuroUppers, then catches ZSJ’s to a backslide! ZSJ rolls through, Chase tucks him in, but no package! PELE to the arm, BOOT to Chase’s face! SHI TRIGGER on the return! Chase fires up, drags ZSJ up and around, but Taichi ROUNDHOUSES Chase! Fale runs Taichi over! Fale drags ZSJ up, pulls the pin, but Taichi SUPERKICKS Fale down before the Grenade! Chase runs in, Taichi dodges, BACK ELBOW from Chase! But Taichi choke grips!
Chase fights the slam, ZSJ waistlocks, CHOKE SLAM SAIDO!! Cover, TWO!! Chase survives but the Tekkers fire up! Chase fights the scoop, ZSJ EuroUppers! GAMANGIRI from Taichi! OFF COME THE PANTS! The Tekkers reset, scopo and JYUJI ZACK DRIVER!! Cover, Tekkers win!
Winners: Dangerous Tekkers, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Chase & Fale earn 0)
And the champions are spotless through two! Will Chase & Fale be able to make a recovery in the third? As for the Tekkers, ZSJ gets the mic first. First in English, “Oi, idiots of Toyama.” Then in Japanese, “Did you have fun?” They cheer and ZSJ tells them to calm down. But he asks Taichi, “It’s been awhile, hasn’t it?” But more importantly, #DangerousT and #ZackyBigTekkers the Dangerous bloody Tekkers, are 2-0. They’re the IWGP Heavyweight Tag champs, they’ll be the WTL champs next, they will have everything! “How was that?” ZSJ apologizes that his Japanese isn’t better, so now Taichi will speak.
Taichi says ZSJ did great, everyone understood. Taichi tells everyone to listen. “All these idiots are looking at Naito and Sanada this series. But we are the champions. You guys know that, don’t you?” This isn’t about LIJ or even Guerrillas of Destiny! It’s about them! They’ve taken the belts plenty of times, they want the trophies! Those trophies are needed for what the Tekkers want in the future. “In the end, it’ll be the Dangerous Tekkers standing in that sumo ring in Ryogoku! Understand, idiots?” The mission is clear: become simultaneous IWGP Heavyweight and World Tag League Champions! Will they succeed with still a long way to go?
Here are the NEW World Tag League Standings!
Dangerous Tekkers: 2-0, 4 points
SANADA & Tetsuya Naito: 2-0, 4 points
Toru Yano & Hiroshi Tanahashi: 2-0, 4 points
Guerrillas of Destiny: 2-0, 4 points
Chase Owens & Bad Luck Fale: 1-1, 2 points
Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI: 1-1, 2 points
Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan: 1-1, 2 points
The United Empire: 1-1, 2 points
EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi: 0-2, 0 points
Yuji Nagata & Tiger Mask: 0-2, 0 points
Minoru Suzuki & TAKA Michinoku: 0-2, 0 points
Tomoaki Honma & Togi Makabe: 0-2, 0 points
A great round for World Tag League here, though perhaps still not as good as Best of the Super Juniors has been. I figured Guerrillas of Destiny and Goto-Hashi would win their matches against the elder statesmen teams. A very good match from Yano & Tanahashi against #GBH, Honma & Makabe. I would love if Yano & Tanahashi are near the top of the block by the end of this, they’d really give us a unique match-up with one of the obvious choices. United Empire had a good match and a good win off House of Torture, maybe Cobb joins them to at least give us a great NEVER Openweight Six Max Tag title match at WrestleKingdom.
Speaking of obvious choices, LIJ of course get a win off Suzuki-Gun by taking down Taka, and then the Tekkers win in a great main event from Chase & Fale. Tekkers of course want to be champions that win the tournament, and I like that they also call out the obvious choices, LIJ and GOD. All the more reason I hope Yano & Tanahashi get in the mix and really turn things upside-down.
My Score: 8.8/10
Mitchell’s NJPW New Years Golden Series Results & Report! (1/20/22)
So much more than a dash!
NJPW starts on a new journey!
NJPW starts a month long journey that will culminate in an IWGP World Heavyweight Championship match of Kazuchika Okada VS Tetsuya Naito!
- Great-O-Khan VS Yuto Nakashima; Khan wins.
- Hiromu Takahashi VS Ryohei Oiwa; Hiromu wins.
- Togi Makabe & Tiger Mask VS Taiji Ishimori & Jado; Makabe & Tiger Mask win.
- Six Man Tag: Tomoaki Honma, Satoshi Kojima & Toru Yano VS Suzuki-Gun; Honma, Kojima & Yano win.
- Six Man Tag: Master Wato, Ryusuke Taguchi & Hiroyoshi Tenzan VS Suzuki-Gun; Wato, Taguchi & Tenzan wins.
- 8 Man Tag: Chaos VS House of Torture; Chaos wins.
- Six Man Tag: Kazuchika Okada, Hiroshi Tanahashi & Yuji Nagata VS Los Ingobernables de Japon; LIJ wins.
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Six Man Tag: Tomoaki Honma, Satoshi Kojima & Toru Yano VS Suzuki-Gun!
It’s a Great Bash Heels reunion as Everyone’s Kokeshi, Bread Style and The Producer are taking on Taka Michinoku, Taichi and the Meanest Man in the World himself! Yano wants to get the KOPW 2022 trophy, but will he even survive Suzuki at the start of this series?
Yano gets impatient during Suzuki-Gun’s entrance, seems he doesn’t hold the same reverence for the theme song as fans do. Suzuki and his team wait for the introductions to finish, and then the attack! Taka is after Kojima, Taichi chokes Honma in a corner, and Suzuki stomps Yano! The bell rings to get this on record, and while Taka throws Kojima out and Suzuki sends Yano out, Taichi keeps on Honma in the corner. Suzuki throws body shots on Yano, then uses his own spray bottle against him! The ref reprimands Taichi and Taichi stops choking Honma to argue with the ref. Honma kicks back but Taichi kicks, and Taichi gets the edge.
Taichi snapmares to KICK Honma in the back. Honma gets up to forearm but Taichi kicks his leg. Forearm, kick, forearm, kick, repeat! Taichi gets the edge again, eggs Honma up, then chokes him! The ref reprimands, Honma breaks free! Taichi tells him to shut it and sobats! Taichi runs, but Honma dodges the boot to run Taichi over! Fans fire up with Honma as he runs, but he waits for Taichi to roll out of the way before he drops the KOKESHI! Kokeshi gets the better of Taichi, and then tags in Yano! Yano fires up and he goes to the corner to untie the pad! Taichi tags out to Suzuki and Yano turns around to face a nightmare!
Suzuki kicks, whips, but Yano holds ropes and dodges the boot to SLAP Suzuki! Yano whips, Suzuki reverses and Yano hits bare buckles! Suzuki boots Yano, snapmares and PENALTY KICKS! Taichi and Taka go after Honma and Kojima while Suzuki drags Yano out. Suzuki sends Yano into railing, then smacks him off the apron! Taichi and Taka do the same to the others, then Suzuki goes looking under the ring. Suzuki drags Yano up, wraps his arm around railing, and cranks on the arm! Suzuki even claws Yano’s forehead and fish hooks the nose! The ring count starts, Suzuki leaves Yano behind and fans rally up.
The count is 10 of 20 and Taichi taunts Yano while he’s on the floor. Taichi stomps Yano, Yano still gets up at 17 and in at 18. Suzuki powers Yano to a cover, TWO! Fans rally, Suzuki tags Taka. Taka stomps Yano, sits him up and digs his knuckles into the forehead! The ref reprimands and counts, Taka lets off with the other hand! The ref reprimands more, counts again, and Taka lets off to scrape his soles on Yano’s face! Taka puts Yano in the corner, throws an uppercut, then tags Taichi. Taichi chokes Yano! The ref reprimands and counts, Taichi stops at 4. Taichi drags Yano up to snapmare and CHOKE! The ref notices and reprimands Taichi again!
Taichi lets off, but then he chokes Yano again! The ref reprimands, so Taichi says that’s not a choke. THIS is a choke! The ref warns Taichi, he lets off, and fans rally up as Taichi drags Yano up by his hair. Taichi feeds Yano to Suzuki’s boot! Suzuki tags in, he stomps away on Yano, then has the leg! Yano has the ropebreak but Taka stands on Yano’s neck! Taichi gets in to intercept Honma and throw him back out! The ref restores order, fans rally up, but Suzuki drags Yano up. Yano rakes eyes! Yano whips Suzuki, Suzuki narrowly avoids hitting bare buckles! Yano runs in but Suzuki dodges and Yano hits buckles!
Suzuki runs, but Yano gets him for an atomic drop! Yano hurries over, fans rally up, hot tag to Kojima! Kojima hits the Suzuki-Gun corner before he stomps Suzuki to a corner. Kojima fires off the MACHINE GUN CHOPS! Suzuki just snarls and turns things around for machine gun forearms! But Kojima turns it back for another round of MACHINE GUN CHOPS! Kojima whips Suzuki into the bare buckles, then hits a forearm smash! Kojima throws Suzuki down, but Suzuki gets right up to kick low! Suzuki brings Kojima out but Kojima fires forearms! But Suzuki knees low! Suzuki wrenches, Kojima kicks, but Suzuki blocks the cutter to a SLEEPER!
Kojima fights up, fights free, but Suzuki talks trash. Kojima CHOPS, so Suzuki CHOPS! Kojima CHOPS, Suzuki CHOPS, it’s a CHOP fight! Kojima gets the edge with forearms, then hits a ROLLING ELBOW! Kojima runs, but Suzuki shoots around to DECK Kojima! Tag to Taka, he DECKS Honma then stomps Kojima. Taka whips Kojima in to the bare buckles! SHINING WIZARD! Taichi adds a corner clothesline, then he runs Kojima to the corner! Snapmare, to a SHINING WIZARD! Cover, Yano and Honma break it! Suzuki and Taichi throw them back out, and Taka drags Kojima up. Taka scoops, but Kojima fights free! COZY CUTTER!
Kojima throws off the armband and runs, but Taka goes the other way to BOOT! And SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO! Kojima survives Taka’s Super K, but Taka runs. Taka ducks the lariat, Kojima throws a low kick but Taka hits a CALF KICK! Kojima still hits COZY LARIAT!! Cover, Great Bash Heels win!
Winners: Tomoaki Honma, Satoshi Kojima & Toru Yano, by pinfall
Suzuki-Gun’s Blue Playmaker fumbles again! And somehow, Yano has cuffed Suzuki to the ropes! Yano dares Suzuki to do something about it, but obviously he can’t without the key. Taichi gets in with his mic stand so the Great Bash Heels take their leave. Will Suzuki be unable to do anything as Yano goes after the KOPW 2022 trophy?
Six Man Tag: Master Wato, Ryusuke Taguchi & Hiroyoshi Tenzan VS Suzuki-Gun!
The Way of the Grandmaster joins forces with his mentors as he takes on Douki, Yoshinobu Kanemaru and El Desperado! Wato is rolling towards the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion, but will the Rogue Luchador turn the tides?
The teams sort out and Wato steps up to start against Desperado. Fans rally for this IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship teaser, but Desperado trips Wato. Desperado runs, Wato stays low, but Desperado steps on him! Desperado stands Wato up to CHOP, then whips him to ropes. Wato holds ropes, Desperado runs in but is tossed out! Wato runs to FLY! Direct hit with the tope conjilo! Fans fire up as Wato puts Desperado in, covers, TWO! Desperado sits up, Wato KICKS and KICKS and KICKS! Cover, TWO! Fans rally, Wato tags Taguchi. They drag Desperado up, whips, double drop toeholds and double basement dropkicks! Taguchi covers, TWO!
Fans rally, Taguchi throws point blank hip attacks! Desperado gets up but Taguchi bops him again and again and again! Taguchi winds up to BOP Desperado into the corner! Tag to Tenzan, he talks trash on Suzuki-Gun while Taguchi digs his boots in. Tenzan tops it off with a stomp, then a headbutt. Tenzan fires off Mongolian Chops on Desperado in the corner, and fans rally as Tenzan headbutts Desperado down. Tenzan whips corner to corner and hits a corner clothesline! Fans fire up as Tenzan calls his shot, and hits a TENZAN BRAINBSUTER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally, Tenzan ROCKS Desperado and kicks him at the ropes.
Tenzan whips, Desperado reverses, and Douki trips Tenzan! Douki drags Tenzan out and rams him into railing while Desperado blasts the corner! Kanemaru goes around the way to go after Taguchi! Desperado goes out to bring Wato up and ROCK him with an elbow! Douki chokes Tenzan with his metal pipe! The ref tries to restore order but Desperado whips Wato into railing! Kanemaru does the same to Taguchi! Douki keeps choking Tenzan, Kanemaru returns to the corner and Desperado tags him in. Douki sends Tenzan in, Kanemaru sits Tenzan up to throw an elbow into his head. Kanemaru then runs to basement dropkick! Cover, TWO!
Kanemaru stomps Tenzan, drags him up and elbows him on the neck! Tenzan fires up! Kanemaru throws hands, then rakes eyes! Tag to Douki, Douki snapmares Tenzan and runs to DOUBLE STOMP! Cover, TWO! Douki reels Tenzan into a grounded cobra twist! Tenzan endures, grabs at Douki’s head and powers out. Douki stomps Tenzan, feeds him to Kanemaru’s boot, then tags Kanemaru in. Tenzan kicks Douki but gets mugged! Kanemaru rakes eyes, he and Douki whip Tenzan to the open corner! Douki runs in but Tenzan runs him over! Kanemaru kicks low, runs, but into a MOUNTAIN BOMB! Fans fire up while everyone is down!
Tenzan crawls, hot tag to Taguchi! Taguchi runs at the ropes to give Kanemaru a hip attack! Then he runs to give Douki a hip attack! Then back to Kanemaru, then back to Douki! Taguchi slides to apron GAMANGIRI Kanemaru back in! Fans rally, Taguchi springboards, MISSILE HIP! Cover, TWO! Taguchi kips up and fans rally as he calls upon the powers of Strong Style! “ORYA~!” But Kanemaru dropkicks the legs out! Kanemaru gets a leg to SMASH the knee into the mat! Then steps through, but Taguchi KICKS Kanemaru away! Taguchi runs, but Kanemaru counters the hip attack with an atomic drop!
Kanemaru hits an ENZIGURI, but Taguchi ENZIGURIS back! Both men are down and fans fire up! Kanemaru and Taguchi crawl, hot tags to Wato and Desperado! Wato BOOTS, Desperado CHOPS! Wato KICKS, and KICKS, and KCIKS, but Desperado blocks to spin Wato, but Wato fights the back suplex! Wato then runs, but Desperado goes the other way to SPEAR! Desperado gets Wato up for a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Fans rally, Desperado stomps away on Wato, then drags Wato by a leg. Wato kicks Desperado away with the free leg, then gets up to kick, kick and sobat into a front kick, then SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO!
Wato grits his teeth and fans rally as he drags Desperado up. Desperado resists the Mouse Trap, spins around and rakes the eyes! But Wato kicks and whips, only for Desperado to reverse and SPINEBUSTER! Fans fire up while both men are down! Desperado tags Douki in and he hits Wato with a corner clothesline. Douki runs, Wato gets around but Douki fights the waistlock. Douki goes to run but Wato reels him in. Douki breaks free with his leg, mule kicks and ENZIGURIS! Wato wobbles, Douki reels him in, DDT! Cover, TWO! Fans rally, Douki drags Wato up and torture racks, for a swing, but Wato slips out!
Douki knees low, runs, but into Wato’s SCREW HIGH KICK! Fans rally up, Taguchi runs in to knock Desperado and Kanemaru down while Tenzan stomps Douki! Wato whips Douki to the corner, then runs in to back elbow. Tenzan adds a clothesline, Taguchi hits a hip attack! Double whip feed to Wato’s scoop, T T D! Cover, Desperado and Kanemaru break it! Taguchi and Tenzan go after them, throw them out, and Wato fires up! Wato goes to the corner, climbs up top, R P P FLOP! Douki Oklahoma Rolls, TWO! La Magistrol, TWO! Wato gets up but Douki HELL STABS! But Wato fires up!
Douki still dodges the roundhouse, Gory Especials, but Wato sunset flips! TWO!! Wato has Douki caught in a BUTTERFLY STRETCH! Douki endures, but he taps! Wato and team win!
Winners: Master Wato, Ryusuke Taguchi & Hiroyoshi Tenzan, by pinfall
The Way of the Grandmaster is victorious, holds on a little longer, but then lets off as Desperado storms back in. Desperado swipes at Wato but Taguchi and Tenzan back him up. Desperado still pie faces Wato, Wato gives it back, and then things turn to hair pulling and mask pulling. The ref tries to keep the peace but it takes Taguchi and Tenzan to break this up. They assure their young ward that waiting for the title match will be worth it. Wato and Desperado are on a collision course, will the Rogue Luchador survive the rising tide?
8 Man Tag: Chaos VS House of Torture!
Hirooki Goto, Yoshi-Hashi, Tomohiro Ishii & Yoh are far from through with Evil, Yujiro Takahashi, Dick Togo & Sho! Will Chaos strike back for WrestleKingdom 16? Or will Darkness Fall again?
The House of Torture Low Sweet, but Chaos attacks first! Yoh is after Sho, Hashi has Yujiro, Goto has Dick and Ishii has Evil! Yoh keeps Sho in while Goto, Hashi and Ishii throw the others out, and the bell rings to get this on record. Ishii CHOPS Evil, Hashi CLUBS Yujiro, Yoh stomps away on Sho, and Goto POSTS Dick! Yoh drags Sho up, but Sho bends Yoh’s fingers! Sho CLUBS the arm, headlocks, but Yoh powers out, only for Sho to pull hair! Sho headlocks, Yoh throws body shots and powers out. Things speed up, Yoh keeps things moving to drop toehold and basement dropkick! Fans fire up and Yoh tags Hashi.
Hashi and Goto get in, they and Yoh hammer Sho down! Yujiro gets in but he gets hammered, too! Evil thinks about it but he stays away. Dick does, too, but Ishii throws Dick in! All four Chaos members surround Dick, but then Dick plays dead! That doesn’t stop them from dragging Dick up and hammering him! Fans fire up as Chaos controls the ring and Evil is furious. Hashi drags Sho out from the corner, CLUBS him and CHOPS him! Hashi brings Sho around, bumps him off buckles, then digs his boot in. Ishii and Goto add on, the ref reprimands and counts, and they all let off at 4. Hashi drags Sho back up but Sho bends the fingers!
Sho whips Hashi to the House of Torture corner, and tada! Evil removes the blue buckle pad! Hashi hits bare steel, Sho hits Yoh off the apron! Sho also knows Goto and Ishii down, Dick chokes Hashi at the ropes, Evil SMACKS Ishii with the blue buckle pad! The ref is busy with everyone else, Dick digs his boots into Hashi. Sho then digs his boots into Hashi while Evil stands on Ishii. Dick tags in, he drags Hashi up to throw hands. Dick drags Hashi up to CLUB him down, then brings him around to snapmare. Dick runs to drop the fist! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up while the House protests. Evil tags in, he drags Hashi up to wrench and wrench and wrench.
Evil whips Hashi into the bare buckles! Hashi staggers and falls, Ishii runs in but he’s send into bare buckles! Evil grins, Sho keeps the ref busy with Ishii and Evil claws Hashi’s eyes! Yujiro tags in, he talks some trash but Hashi throws body shots. Yujiro CLUBS Hashi, snapmares him then runs to basement BOOT! Cover, Yoh breaks it! Yujiro hits Yoh back and sends him out. Sho PENALTY KICKS Yoh from the apron! Yujiro drags Hashi up, but Hashi fires off forearms! Yujiro knees low, puts Hashi on the ropes, and runs but blocks Hashi’s boot! Yujiro throws Hashi down to run and basement boot!
Yujiro drags Hashi back up, fisherman, but Hashi fights free to suplex! Fans fire up while both men are down! Hashi and Yujiro crawl, hot tag to Goto! Goto rallies on the House, but Yujiro kicks low. Yujiro runs, but gets run over! Goto fires off forearms, whips Yujiro to a corner, then runs in to MURAMASA! And BULLDOG! Cover, TWO! Goto drags Yujiro back up but Yujiro breaks free, only to swing into a suplex! Yujiro fights that off by BITING Goto’s hand! The ref reprimands, Yujiro whips but Goto reveres and fireman’s carries! Yujiro slips off, Goto elbows him but Yujiro throws a forearm. Goto forearms back then whips.
Yujiro holds ropes, dodges Goto, and Evil hooks a foot! Yujiro BOOTS Goto down! Tag to Evil, and he has the ref watch Ishii. Evil and Yujiro double whip, but Goto DECKS Evil! DISCUS for Yujiro! Evil kicks and runs but Goto follows to LARIAT! Fans fire up while both men are down! Goto crawls over, hot tag to Ishii! The Stone Pitbull runs in to clothesline the King of Darkness! Evil reverses the whip, kicks and runs but gets run over! Ishii snarls, runs in and clotheslines Evil at the ropes! Ishii whips, Evil reverses, and Sho trips Ishii! Evil runs, but Yoh trips him! Yoh and Sho get in, Yoh dropkicks Sho down!
Evil runs, Yoh feeds him to Ishii’s forearm! Yoh dropkicks, Ishii GERMAN SUPLEXES! Yoh PLANCHAS to take Sho out! Fans fire up, Ishii runs, but Yujiro is there with his pimp cane! Evil waistlocks, Ishii fights the lift, but he runs into Dick’s cheap shot! Evil trips Ishii and gets the legs, SCORPION DEATHLOCK! Fans rally and Yujiro keeps Hashi out but Ishii endures. Ishii fights his way over, ROPEBREAK! Dick tries to make Ishii let go, but Ishii has an iron grip! Dick tags in and stomps away on Ishii! The ref reprimands and counts Evil, Evil lets off at 4. Fans rally for Ishii but Dick keeps stomping. Dick talks trash and kicks Ishii around but fans rally harder.
Dick drags Ishii up, eggs him on, and Ishii reels back, but Dick pokes him in the eye! Dick whips, gets a sleeper, but Ishii powers up. Dick blocks the back suplex with punches, Sho blasts the Chaos corner! The House whips Ishii to a corner, Dick runs in to back elbow! Sho runs in to clothesline, Yujiro runs in to boot! Evil hits a clothesline and FISHERMAN BUSTER! Dick covers, TWO! Fans fire up, but Yujiro distracts the ref and Dick uses the SPOILER CHOKER! Sho has his wrench, but Hashi SUPERKICKS him down! Dick runs at Hashi but Hashi DECKS him! Yujiro kicks Hashi and runs, but into a LARIAT!
Evil returns, kicks Hashi and rakes the eyes! Goto runs in, Evil waistlocks, but Goto ducks for the HIDDEN FLASH SUPERKICK! Fans fire up, Goto and Hashi glare at Dick but he wants them to take it easy. But Yoh is there, too! Yoh EuroUppers, Goto fireman’s carries, Yoh and Hashi DOUBLE SUPERKICK into the USHIGOROSHI! Ishii adds a SLIDING LARIAT! Then Ishii gets Dick up for the BRAINBUSTER!! Cover, Chaos wins!
Winners: Chaos, by pinfall
Direct Drive, Fierce Warrior, Head Hunter and Stone Pitbull combine to break the Spoiler! And they add insult to injury by stomping Dick and throwing him out! Is the House of Torture going to be demolished and lose the NEVER Openweight titles? Or can they find a way to survive Chaos?
Six Man Tag: Kazuchika Okada, Hiroshi Tanahashi & Yuji Nagata VS Los Ingobernables de Japon!
The Rainmaker is IWGP World Heavyweight Champion and The Ace is IWGP United States Heavyweight Champion. But they have Tetsuya Naito and Sanada coming for their gold! Will the dream team and Blue Justice stand tall? Or will Uncontrollable Charisma, Cold Skull and Rampaging Dragon make this golden series tranquilo?
Tanahashi shows off the muscles and fans applaud. The teams sort out, LIJ fist bumps, and Sanada starts against Tanahashi. Fans rally for this US title preview as the two circle. “LET’S GO, ACE!” “SA-NA-DA!” They tie up, Sanada waistlocks but Tanahashi switches. Sanada wrenches but Tanahashi drops to get a leg pick. Tanahashi floats to a facelock but Sanada wrenches out. Tanahashi arm-drags but Sanada drags Tanahashi back down. Sanada keeps on the arm, Tanahashi fights up, but Sanada wrenches. Tanahashi wrenches back and headlocks. Tanahashi thrashes the headlock, Sanada powers up and pries at the hold, but Tanahashi clamps it on tighter.
Sanada endures the grind and throws body shots. Sanada powers up but can’t power out as Tanahashi holds tight. Sanada powers out the back, headlocks Tanahashi in return, and holds on tight as Tanahashi tries to power out. Fans rally up, Tanahashi powers up but Sanada hits a headlock takeover. Tanahashi headscissors, Sanada kips free but roles reverse as Tanahashi hits a headlock takeover and Sanada headscissors. Tanahashi kips free, but then roles switch back the other way as Sanada hits a headlock takeover and Tanahashi headscissors. Sanada kips free, roles reverse again, but Sanada holds tight as Tanahashi tries to kip up.
Fans cheer for the technical exchange, but Tanahashi moves around. Tanahashi headstands and pops free to then get a headlock. Sanada headscissors, Tanahashi kips free, and the two clinch. Tanahashi gets the headlock and the takeover, but Sanada headscissors again. Sanada holds tight again, but Tanahashi turns Sanada over and pops out to have the legs in a figure four. Tanahashi then floats to a headlock, but Sanada fights up to his feet. Tanahashi grinds the headlock, but Sanada wrenches out. They fight for control, and fans fire up as the hold starts to tip one way or another! Sanada gets the headlock takeover, but Tanahashi headscissors, and now Tanahashi holds on tight!
Sanada kicks around, but Tanahashi puts on more pressure. Sanada keeps kicking, turns and headstands but Tanahashi works to keep him down. Sanada hops and hops and handsprings free! Fans cheer the technical exchange as the two stand off. Tanahashi even air guitars. Tanahashi throws it to Sanada, and fans cheer for Sanada to try. Sanada strums it a couple times, then gives it to Red Shoes. Red Shoes carefully sets it aside, and Okada tags in. Sanada backs off and Naito tags in. Fans rally up again, “O-KA-DA!” “NA-I-TO!” and the two tie up. They go around, Naito puts Okada on ropes, but Okada turns things around.
Naito turns it back around, lets off slowly, and then pats Okada on the shoulder. But then Naito arm-drags Okada, only for Okada to get up before Naito can rush over. Fans cheer as the two reset and circle again. they tie up, Naito gets a leg, and then turns it into a cradle! ONE, they move around, ONE, and Okada gets a lateral press. Naito keeps his shoulders up, so Okada lets off slowly, and then scrambles for a waistlock. Naito rolls to get a headlock and he grinds Okada down. Okada fights up, powers Naito to ropes, and Red Shoes calls the ropebreak. Okada lets off slowly, and he doesn’t even fake the chop! Fans cheer as Okada takes Naito seriously.
Okada backs away to tag in Nagata, and fans rally for Blue Justice. Naito tags Takagi and now fans cheer as Blue Justice circles with the Rampaging Dragon. They both fire up, tie up, Nagata headlocks but Takagi powers out and the two ram shoulders! Neither falls, Nagata eggs Takagi on and Takagi runs, to RAM Nagata. Nagata stays up, they each egg the other on to run, so Takagi kicks and whips. Nagata reverses, BOOTS, then snapmares and KICKS! Takagi gets up and eggs Nagata on! Nagata KICKS and KICKS and KICKS Takagi to the corner! Nagata gets Takagi up, whips him corner to corner, but Takagi reverses.
Sanada runs in and back elbows Nagata! He sets Nagata up for Takagi’s corner clothesline! Takagi throws Nagata down, Naito and Sanada double basement dropkick him! Takagi knocks Tanahashi and Okada off the apron and fans rally as LIJ controls the ring! Takagi drags Nagata up, suplexes high and hard, then covers, TWO! Takagi drags Nagata up, Nagata blocks the back suplex with elbows, then he fires elbows. Takagi fires back, and it’s a brawl! Fans rally, Takagi throws more forearms but Nagata KICKS and KICKS and KICKS! Takagi blocks a kick to CLUB the leg! But he runs into an EXPLODER!
Fans rally while both men are down. Nagata tags in Tanahashi! Tanahashi fires off on Takagi, whips, but Takagi reverses, only for Tanahashi to FLYING FOREARM! Tanahashi decks Naito and Sanada, dodges Takagi and dropkicks a leg out! Then he gives Takagi a DRAGON SCREW! Fans fire up with the Ace as he runs at Takagi. Takagi ducks the slingblade but Tanahashi denies the suplex. But Takagi ELBOWs, JABS, and YUKON feints to DDT! Hot tag to Sanada! Sanada rallies on Tanahashi, arm-drag and back suplex BACKBREAKER! Tanahashi bails out, Sanada PLANCHAS! Fans fire up and Sanada encourages them to get louder.
Sanada puts Tanahashi in the ring, covers, TWO! Fans rally up, “SA-NA-DA!” “LET’S GO, ACE!” Sanada fireman’s carries, but Tanahashi fights free. Sanada ducks the shotei to steal the SHOTEI! Sanada fires off forearms, but Tanahashi ducks the rolling elbow to a SLEEPER! Then a DRAGON SLEEPER! But Sanada fights it to a dragon sleeper of his own! Tanahashi fights through to TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! Tanahashi holds on to drag Sanada up, but Sanada suplexes and puts Tanahashi on the ropes. Tanahashi kicks away to hit TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! Fans fire up while both men are down! Hot tag to Okada!
Okada drags Sanada up, fires off forearms, then whips. Sanada reverses, but Okada CLOBBERS him with an elbow! Okada glares at Naito but he stays on the outside. Okada whips Sanada corner to corner but Sanada dropkicks Okada’s legs out! Okada grabs at Sanada but Sanada still tags Naito in! Naito fires off on Okada, whips him to ropes, then hip tosses for the basement dropkick! Naito whips Okada to a corner, ROCKET KICK! Leg sweep, COMBINACION CABRON! Takagi DECKS Nagata, Naito puts Okada up top. Naito climbs, SUPER STEINER! Fans fire up as Okada flounders. Naito runs in, CORRIENDO SHIKI- MONEY CLIP!
Okada squeezes tight but Naito endures! Naito powers Okada into buckles and is free! Naito runs in, but into the Alabama lift and REVERSE NECKBREAKER! Fans rally up, Okada drags Naito up. Okada gut wrenches but Naito blocks! Naito CLUBS Okada, Okada uppercuts! Okada whips, Naito jumps, but into a waistlock! Okada ripcords, Naito dodges, but Okada DROPKICKS! Ripcord, but Naito ducks to ENZIGURI! Okada staggers, Naito whips, but Okada reverses. Naito reverses back and uses the ropes, TORNADO DDT! Both men are down and fans fire up again! Hot tag to Nagata! Nagata storms up to Naito and KICKS and KICKS and KICKS!
Nagata has Naito in a corner and whips him corner to corner. Nagata runs in to BOOT! Naito fights the exploder off, but Nagata ROCKS him with a forearm! BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up, “NA-GA-TA!” “NA-I-TO!” Nagata drags Naito up, suplexes, but Naito fights free. Naito wrenches to throw back elbow after back elbow! But Nagata hits a kitchen sink knee! Nagata drags Naito back up, suplexes, uno amigo! Another suplex, dos amigos! Nagata gets Naito up again, THREE AMIGOS! Cover, TWO!! But Nagata clamps on the NAGATA LOCK II! Tanahashi DECKS Takagi while Naito endures!
Takagi gets past Tanahashi to CLUB Nagata, but then Okada CLUBS Takagi! But Takagi spins Okada around, suplex SLAM! Tanahashi returns, Takagi dodges the basement dropkick to SLIDING LARIAT! Nagata is up, Takagi hits an ELBOW! JAB! YUKON LARIAT! Fans fire up as LIJ regroups! Sanada and Takagi whip him to a corner, Sanada uppercuts, Takagi clotheslines and Naito atomic drops! PUMPING BOMBER! Rolling jackknife! TWO!?! Nagata escapes, but Sanada and Takagi keep Okada and Tanahashi down on the outside. Naito wrenches but Nagata fights with back hands. Nagata BOOTS then ENZIGURIS!
Fans fire up as Nagata whips, but Naito hits FLYING FOREARMS! Naito gets Nagata up, wrenches through, DESTINO!! Cover, LIJ wins!
Winners: Los Ingobernables de Japon, by pinfall
Blue Justice falls as the ungovernables stand tall! Takagi gets Naito water while Sanada stares down with Tanahashi. Will the Cold Skull have a leg up on The Ace going into their US Heavyweight Championship? Or can Tanahashi turn it around in the rest of this Golden Series? Tanahashi, Okada and Nagata leave, so Naito gets the mic. “Beunas noches, Korakuen Hall! It might be awhile, but please listen to what I have to say. Last February, I was opposed to the unification of the IWGP Heavyweight and Intercontinental titles. I worked to try to stop it. But I lost my challenge to Ibushi and now we have the IWGP World title.”
Naito will be honest, he has no attachment to the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship. So why is he challenging for this title? He has three reasons: first, he wants to take on the top guy in NJPW, and that is Okada; second, he wants to beat the top guy in NJPW; third, he wants to be in the Tokyo Dome main event next year, January 4th, 2023. Fans cheer all those reasons. Naito says that, “For nobody’s benefit other than my own, I will go for the win in Sapporo.” Now, today obviously begins a new series, and there will be several warm-ups between Naito and Okada.
“Who will have the title after February 20th? Everyone, speculate, enjoy, and of course, until the title match in Sapporo on February 20… TRANQUILO! Assen na yo!” Now, they’ll see everyone here back tomorrow, but they’ll end the kickoff the only proper way they can. “Bushi, Sanada, Hiromu, Takagi, y Naito. Nosotros Los! Ingoberrrrrrnables! DE! JA! PON!” The New Years Golden Series has only just begun, but will it end with Naito taking the world title from the Rainmaker?
A great event here, even though I did skip the first few matches. The very first two were against Young Lions so of course Khan and Hiromu were winning. But I did skim through, it was pretty neat for Hiromu to wrestle in his old Kamaitachi mask just to make a point about the Young Lion not being ready. I also skipped Togi Makabe & Tiger Mask VS Taiji & Jado cuz Jado is basically one step up from Young Lion and he ended up taking the loss. But there were a lot of great tag matches here to get momentum going from after WrestleKingdom 16. Suzuki-Gun losing both Six Man Tags was surprising, but it gives Yano some momentum going towards a KOPW match with Suzuki, and I liked seeing some edge in Wato as he gets ready to face Desperado.
Chaos VS House of Torture was on par with the usual NJPW 8 Man. Chaos winning is also a good way to give them momentum as we’re going to get WrestleKingdom rematches for the NEVER Openweight singles and Six Man titles. I don’t know if Evil is only going to be Mr. NEVER for only a couple months, but at this point, he might as well keep that going until Jay White returns and we can finally get Bullet Club Civil War take two going. Then the Six Man main event was really good, we got to see everybody face everybody, and LIJ gets momentum for their coming title matches.
Naito has a good promo to frame his role in the IWGP World title story, but he himself said there will be a lot of these Six Man tune-ups. I probably won’t worry about covering these next few dates, they’re going to be VOD only anyway and those always seem to take forever to show up. I’ve already skimmed through the coming Golden Series dates, and it’s rather fitting that February 7th is the next one NJPW is advertising for livestream. That’s the one I’m thinking of waiting for, and then it’s all the February events, even just in part like I did here.
My Score: 8.5/10
Andrew’s IMPACT Results & Match Ratings: 1.20.2022
We’re coming to the end of their first set of tapings. So I wonder what IMPACT has cooked up since the Florida tapings are supposed to have a few Bullet Club favorites. Let’s find out!
We’re coming to the end of their first set of tapings. So I wonder what IMPACT has cooked up since the Florida tapings are supposed to have a few Bullet Club favorites. Let’s find out!
Another week with Tom Hannifan as the play by play, and he just sounds right. We’ve got Charlie Haas’ first match in IMPACT, Tasha Steelz versus Chelsea Green and Steve Maclin is aiming for the ROH Heavyweight Title.
There should be other things, but those take most of the initial attention. Let’s see what else goes on!
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) January 21, 2022
- Tasha Steelz w/Savannah Evans vs Chelsea Green: Tasha wins via Crucifix Bomb – **
- The Influence (Tenille Dashwood & Madison Rayne) w/Kaleb vs Decay (Havok & Rosemary): Influence wins via Kiss Kiss Bang Bang – *
- The Learning Tree (Zicky Dice & VSK) w/Brian Myers vs Massive Cassidy: Cassidy wins via BQE – SQUASH
- ROH Heavyweight Title: Steve Maclin vs Jonathan Gresham (c): Gresham retains via Rope Assisted Figure Four – *** ½
- Doc Gallow & Joe Doering w/Karl Anderson & VBD vs Heath & Rhino: Gallows & Doering win via Double Chokeslam – **
- Charlie Haas vs Josh Alexander: Alexander wins via Ankle Lock w/Grapevine – *** ¼
Tasha Steelz w/Savannah Evans vs Chelsea Green
Tasha is jawing with the crowd as the bell rings, Chelsea goes right at her and hits the Shotgun Dropkick as Tasha is turning to face her opponent. Chelsea stays on the offensive, baits Tasha to the apron, drops her on her face, Curb Stomp, attempt at an Unprettier…but no counter into a Codebreaker from Tasa and we see Chelsea’s momentum slow down a little.
After some back and forth with Tasha having a lot of advantage, Chelsea makes her comeback. Chelsea hits a middle rope Crossbody but Tasha continues to rotate and rolls it into a pin attempt. Chelsea kicks out and pulls off a Package Flatliner, but only for a near fall. Chelsea goes to grab Tasha, Tasha kicks her to stun her, looks to get caught in a Crucifix, but turns it into a Crucifix Bomb. Tasha picks up the win with the Crucifix Bomb again.
After the win, Tasha cuts a promo that doesn’t seem to really fit. Trying to portray herself as a savage, from the wrong side of town, but she’s a smack talking 5 foot nothing brat. So the second half of the promo works a lot better than the first. She also took some shots at WWE’s women’s division being Barbie Dolls, NWA, Nick Aldis and then brought the son into the mix, so of course that got Mickie fired up. Things look bad for Mickie, but Chelsea Green manages to recover and make the save for Mickie.
Video Package courtesy of Ring of Honor showcasing some of Charlie Haas’ work with Shelton Benjamin and CM Punk involved in certain clips.
The Influence (Tenille Dashwood & Madison Rayne) w/Kaleb vs Decay (Havok & Rosemary)
The Influence attack while Havok and Rosemary are distracted by Kaleb. Rosemary clutches her shoulder after the mugging, the doctors throw up the X and tell her she can’t go. Rosemary asks if Havok can go, the doctor says yes, so Rosemary tells Havok to go destroy the Influence.
Havok put up a valiant fight but the heels prevail! Cross Rayne into a Spotlight Kick into…whatever their tandem finish is called. I’m going to call it Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.
The IInspiration have a reactionary video promo which is pretty solid. I do enjoy their work. Hopefully their match ends up being pretty solid because I’d like to see The IInspiration start getting over their abilities in the ring as much as their abilities on the mic.
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) January 21, 2022
The Learning Tree (Zicky Dice & VSK) w/Brian Myers vs Massive Cassidy
The highlight of this match is Hannifan and Myers on commentary. There was a like 4 second spot where the Learning Tree landed a move, but then Cassidy kills them. So we’re in and out, double Pinfall murder happened.
Post-Match the Massive one goes on his search for Moose, D’Amore stops him in the back and says he’s got a title shot coming. Then we see the OGK ROH invaders have tickets this time around, and I’m going to be sick saying this…but Matt Taven is pretty great in this segment. Jesus Christ, I popped for Taven. Shoot me now.
ROH Heavyweight Title: Steve Maclin vs Jonathan Gresham (c)
Early on it looked like Gresham was toying with Maclin as he forced early rope breaks, but Maclin returned the forced rope breaks in kind. Maclin eventually started coming into his own when he utilized the one closed fist warning rule. Maclin really worked over Gresham’s back after a Butterfly Backbreaker, Boston Crab, Camel Clutch, and a lot of back work.
Gresham was really on the back foot until he managed to force Maclin to use his final rope break. Then we saw Gresham hyper extend Maclin’s knee, and keeps working on the knee. It all made sense as we saw Gresham utilize the Figure Four for the victory. It was entwined in the ropes, Gresham used it for leverage and Maclin’s will power gave out as he couldn’t get his shoulders up fast enough and succumbed to the three count.
IMPACTPlus Flashback Moment: No Surrender 2009: Sarita & Taylor Wilde vs The Beautiful People – Innaugural TNA Knockouts Tag Team Championship Match
"We're gonna see ourselves out"
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) January 21, 2022
Doc Gallow & Joe Doering w/Karl Anderson & VBD vs Heath & Rhino
So Good Brothers and VBD looked really sloppy. Gallows got rocked by Rhino, Doering was caught off guard often by Heath and there was just a ton of odd moments where it looked like they tried to regroup and until we saw the extra members get involved, Heath and Rhino dominated the legitimate tag team aspects.
I’m wondering exactly how much of a shift the Guerrillas of Destiny will have in the tag scene and if we’ll need to see the Good Brother and VBD implode first before we get the Bullet Club foundation match.
Charlie Haas vs Josh Alexander
They start with a classic grounded start with headlocks, hammerlocks, leg picks and positioning advantages. Alexander managed to take some early momentum before the commercial break, but when we come back we see Haas pop over out of the corner, striking Alexander’s knee and starts focusing a body part. A very methodical attack on knee comes off far more aggressive and cruel than Haas usually goes for. Haas locks in the Indian Deathlock, and they begin slugging at each other. The hold breaks, Alexander goes for the Finlay Roll but Haas counters into a Crucifix Cradle for 2.
Alexander locks in the German Suplex, hits 2, obviously going for 3 to make a point, but Haas blocks the third. Haas pulls off 2, before Alexander blocks and hits one more German before Haas grabs the ropes, feeds in for a lariat but gets caught in another German Suplex this time with the bridge but only for 2.
Haas manages to charge Alexander in the corner, stumbled a bit but lands in the legs that he’s been aiming for, and then goes back to the other corner and hits the mid-section. Haas looks for a leg pick, Alexander counters into his own Ankle Lock. Charlie tries to counter it a few different ways but Alexander holds on and locks in the Ankle Lock with the Grapevine so Haas taps out.
Things moved a little too quickly, so it was alright but could’ve been better. After the match they shake hands and the ROH invaders hit the ring. Haas, Alexander, Chris Sabin comes in, then Rich Swann and Willie Mack, Heath and Rhino…finally Eddie Edwards hits the ring with a kendo stick and drives the ROH guys out.
Overall Score: 6.25/10
I think Maria named the invading stable as Honor No More, so I suppose for like a Pop Punk or Emo band that sounds cool…but it’s a bit dumb for a faction name. Can’t really chant it, the abbreviation is dumb, H.N.M. sounds like a clothing company, but I guess this is them distancing themselves from ROH.
Either way, this was kind of a janky episode. The matches weren’t great, a lot of stories were touched upon but left wide open, and the next major event being No Surrender on Feb. 19th, feels like a lot of time to fill. So maybe it was just a little too redundant, maybe it was also that the general match quality was down to further storyline angles…not sure. This still wasn’t bad, just definitely felt extremely lacking.
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