The Rogue Luchador is making a push for the top!
El Desperado may be IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion, but he isn’t Best of the Super Juniors just yet! Will he get one step closer to that goal this round?
- Best of the Super Juniors 28: Master Wato VS Yoshinobu Kanemaru; Wato wins.
- Best of the Super Juniors 28: Robbie Eagles VS DOUKI; Eagles wins.
- Best of the Super Juniors 28: BUSHI VS Taiji Ishimori; Bushi wins.
- Best of the Super Juniors 28: El Phantasmo VS SHO; ELP wins.
- Best of the Super Juniors 28: Hiromu Takahashi VS Ryusuke Taguchi; Hiromu wins.
- Best of the Super Juniors 28: YOH VS El Desperado; Yoh wins.
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Here are the current BOSJ 28 standings!
SHO: 6-1, 12 points
El Desperado: 4-2-1, 9 points
Yoshinobu Kanemaru: 4-3, 8 points
Taiji Ishimori: 4-3, 8 points
Ryusuke Taguchi: 4-3, 8 points
Hiromu Takahashi: 3-3-1, 7 points
Robbie Eagles: 3-4, 6 points
El Phantasmo: 3-4, 6 points
Bushi: 3-4, 6 points
YOH: 3-4, 6 points
Master Wato: 2-5, 4 points
Douki: 2-5, 4 points
Best of the Super Juniors 28: Master Wato VS Yoshinobu Kanemaru!
The Way of the Grandmaster is struggling while the Heel Master is just behind the leaders. Will Wato keep his chances alive? Or is this where it ends for him?
The second Wato hops down from the corner, Kanemaru attacks! Kanemaru stomps Wato down as the bell sounds, and Kanemaru drags Wato up just to CLUB him back down. Kanemaru whips Wato to a corner but Wato reverses. Wato runs in, is put on the apron but he forearms Kanemaru away. Wato springboards but Kanemaru gets under. Kanemaru knees low, runs, but into an arm-drag! Wato hurdles, back elbows, uppercuts and sobats! Fans fire up while Kanemaru bails out. Wato builds speed but Kanemaru gets in to dropkick the legs out! Wato clutches the knee, fans rally up and Kanemaru drags Wato up. Kanemaru gets a leg, and hits the SHIN BREAKER, then he CLUBS the leg!
Wato is down again but Kanemaru drags him by the leg, to YANK the leg! Kanemaru gets the leg again and drops an elbow on the knee. Kanemaru clamps onto the leg for a toehold, but Wato works to fight back. Wato drags himself and Kanemaru over, to the ropebreak! Kanemaru lets off to drop knee after knee on Wato’s leg. Kanemaru stomps the leg, then drags Wato up to whip him to ropes. Kanemaru dropkicks the leg out, Wato writhes, but fans rally up. Kanemaru gets the leg to SMASH the knee into the mat! Cover, TWO! Another try, TWO! Kanemaru keeps cool while fans rally up. Kanemaru gets the leg and turns Wato for a HALF CRAB!
Wato endures, moves around, and powers his way to the ropebreak! Kanemaru lets off, but he stomps the leg again. Kanemaru kicks Wato around, toying with him. Wato chops back but Kanemaru just kicks the leg. Kanemaru CLUBS Wato down, then stands on the knee! Wato gets the rope, the ref counts, Kanemaru steps off but he kicks Wato against the ropes. Wato throws back elbows and forearms, but Kanemaru rakes eyes! Kanemaru knees low, whips but Wato reverses to CALF KICK! Fans rally up, Wato hobbles over and brings Kanemaru up, but Kanemaru rakes eyes! Kanemaru whips but Wato RANAS back! Kanemaru bails out, fans fire up and Wato gets his bad leg moving.
Wato builds speed, and FLIES! The tornillo takes Kanemaru down at the railing! Fans fire up, Wato gets back up. A ring count starts, Wato puts Kanemaru in at 5 of 20. Wato gets on the apron, springboards, and FLYING UPPERCUTS! Fans fire up with Wato as he gets back up. Wato waits on Kanemaru to rise, Wato fires off kick after kick, then SUPERKICKS! Cover, TWO! Wato crawls over to Kanemaru, gets him up and wrenches. Kanemaru fights the Mouse Trap, Wato rains down elbows! Wato spins but Kanemaru avoids the Screw High Kick to dropkick the legs out! Fans fire up, Kanemaru gets the leg for a DRAGON SCREW! And then a FIGURE FOUR!
Wato endures, tries to pry the hold apart, but Kanemaru holds him in place. Fans rally as Wato crawls, reaches out, turns and rolls to get the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Kanemaru lets Wato go. Wato gets to a corner, Kanemaru runs in to BOOT! Kanemaru scoops and SLAMS Wato, then goes up to MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO!! Wato survives but Kanemaru fires up! Fans rally up as Kanemaru suplexes, but Wato slips out to ROUNDHOUSE! Kanemaru stays up to kick the leg and ENZIGURI! Wato stays up to ROUNDHOUSE again! Both men go down and fans fire up! Wato goes to ropes, then hobbles back to Kanemaru.
Wato brings Kanemaru up, ducks Kanemaru’s clothesline to tilt-o-whirl, roll-up, but Kanemaru rolls through to dropkick the leg out! Kanemaru gets the leg again, steps through, but Wato turns figure four into a cradle! TWO!! Wato gets right up to sobat! SCREW HIGH KICK! Wato fires up, gets Kanemaru up to wrench and MOUSE TRAP DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Kanemaru escapes but Wato roars again! Wato drags Kanemaru up, but Kanemaru blocks the scoop! Kanemaru tries to suplex but Wato blocks. Wato scoops, for the T T D!! Wato goes to the corner and climbs up, R P P!! Cover, Wato wins!!
Winner: Master Wato, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Kanemaru earns o)
Even Wato seems surprised he won! He shows the Heel Master not to underestimate the Way of the Grandmaster! But does Wato still have a chance to be the Best of the Super Juniors?
Best of the Super Juniors 28: Robbie Eagles VS DOUKI!
The Sniper of the Skies is doing better than Japones Del Mal, but they both are long shots for the finals. Will one run be completely shot down right here?
The bell rings and fans rally up already. Eagles gets them to get louder, and then he circles with Douki. The two approach, Douki trips then runs, but he jumps over Eagles’ dropdown to trip Eagles and roll him to an arm-drag. Douki hurdles, Eagles leaps over and side steps. Douki rolls off Eagles’ back, Eagles ducks the clothesline but Douki ducks the kicks! Douki drags Eagles into the wheelbarrow, but Eagles uses that to victory roll! Eagles gets the legs but Douki kicks him away. Both men kip up and fans fire up! Douki and Eagles stare down, until Douki knees low. Douki clubs Eagles, but Eagles holds the ropes to deny the whip.
Douki knees low again, Eagles reverses to go up and around and arm-drag! Eagles ducks and dodges to RANA! Douki gets up, but he avoids the wheel kick! Eagles goes to a corner, Douki runs in but is tossed back, Eagles hits the wheel kick after all! Douki bails out, Eagles builds speed and fakes Douki out with the springboard. Douki slides in as Eagles rushes out, and then Douki DIVES! Direct hit and Eagles hits railing right in front of commentary! Douki bumps Eagles off the apron then ASAI MOONSAULTS! Douki fires up and fans fire up, too, while Taichi on commentary is rather surprised by all this. The fans rally, Douki and Eagles slowly get up.
Douki wrenches Eagles and whips him into railing! Eagles falls, Douki leaves him behind while the ring count climbs. Eagles gets in at 10 of 20 but Douki stomps him down. Douki stands on Eagles’ neck at the ropes but the ref counts. Douki lets off at 4, drags Eagles up and whips him to ropes to elbow him down. Cover, TWO! Douki clamps on a chinlock and digs his knee into Eagles’ back. Eagles endures, moves around, gets to his feet and throws back elbows. Douki rakes Eagles’ eyes! The ref reprimands, Eagles goes to a corner. Douki whips corner to corner and runs in to clothesline! Douki SLAMS Eagles down, then runs to DOUBLE STOMP! Cover, TWO!
Fans rally up as Douki drags Eagles up. Douki CHOPS Eagles and Eagles goes to a corner. Douki whips him corner to corner, runs in but Eagles boots back! Douki tries again but Eagles slides under to sunset flip. Douki rolls through, Eagles gets around to schoolboy with bridge, TWO! Douki HELL STABS! Eagles drops to his knees, Douki gets him up to swing. Eagles slips out to kick out the legs, then runs to BLINDSIDE LARIAT! Both men are down and fans rally up. Eagles fires up and fans rally. Eagles KICKS Douki in the chest, again and again, then runs, but Douki blocks! Douki rakes eyes, whips Eagles, but Eagles reverses to dropkick Douki down!
Eagles sees Douki go to the corner, he runs in and DOUBLE KNEES! Eagles rolls back to 619 sweep the leg! Then he runs in to METEORA ! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up while Eagles goes to the apron. Eagles waves hi to Taichi, then springboards to dropkick Douki’s leg out! Fans fire up, Eagles gets the leg but Douki kicks him away. Eagles comes back with the PENALTY KICK! Cover, TWO! Eagles drops a knee on Douki’s knee! Fans fire up again as Eagles climbs a corner. Eagles 450’s, but he sees the knees coming, so he gets the legs and steps through, but Douki drags him down to ITALIAN STRETCH #32!
Eagles moves around, reaches, but Douki drags him away from the ropes to put the stretch on again. Eagles is fading, fans rally up, and Eagles gets a second wind to get the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Douki lets go at 4. Eagles sputters, Douki drags him up and scoops. SWINGING NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO! Douki gives a thumbs down, he vows to end it now. Douki goes to the apron, Eagles rises, slingshot but Eagles gets under! Douki clutches his knee as it jams, but he gets up and rushes over to Eagles on the apron. Eagles blocks the punch to GAMANGIRI! Eagles springboards but Douki gets under.
Douki boots back and is on the apron, but he slingshots into a fireman’s carry! Swing to a knee smash, SHIRAN- NO, Douki slips out of that and elbows Eagles back. Douki goes to run but Eagles reels him in. Douki breaks free to mule kick but Eagles dodges the enziguri! Eagles rolls Douki, hooks him up, but Douki turns backpack into torture rack, for a SWINGING SIDEWALK SLAM! Both men are down and fans fire up! Douki crawls to the cover, TWO! Douki grows frustrated but he fires himself up as fans rally. Douki stalks Eagles, reels him into the wheelbarrow, full nelson, SUPLEX DE LU- NO! Eagles lands on his feet out of it!
Eagles BOOTS Douki’s clothesline, blocks the kick, and steps through to TURBO BACKPACK! Fans fire up with Eagles as he goes to the corner and climbs up. 450 SPLASH to the legs! RON MILLER SPECIAL!! Douki endures, reaches out, but Eagles drags him from ropes! Douki taps, Eagles wins!
Winner: Robbie Eagles, by submission (gains 2 points; Douki earns 0)
The Sniper of the Skies hits the mark and breaks even in the round robin! Will he be able to fly high and reach the top?f
Best of the Super Juniors 28: BUSHI VS Taiji Ishimori!
Both the Black Mask and the Bone Soldier lost last round, and when it came to LIJ VS Cutest Tag Team, these two were the winning halves. Who stands tall as they settle the score?
The bell rings and fans rally up. Bushi kicks, whips, Taiji reverses but Bushi rolls off his back. Bushi keeps moving, he slips around Taiji to arm-drag and dropkick! Taiji bails out, Bushi builds speed, but Bushi fakes Taiji out just to roll back and taunt him. Taiji gets in but Bushi kicks him low to turn him for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, ONE! Bushi stays cool as he stomps Taiji down. Bushi then brings Taiji up to hang him out to dry on the ropes. Bushi goes to the corner but Taiji avoids the dropkick to shoulder in and hotshot Bushi down! Taiji drags Bushi out to whip him into railing! Taiji drags Bushi up, fireman’s carries and SNAKE EYES Bushi off the apron!
The ref reprimands and has Taiji back off while he checks on Bushi. Taiji uses that time to untie the blue corner buckle pad. The Bullet Club special comes into play and the ring count climbs. Bushi sits up at 8 of 20, stands up at 11, takes a few more moments, then gets in at 17. Taiji kicks Bushi to snapmare him for a chinlock. Bushi endures, even as Taiji twists him. Taiji makes it a cover, ONE! Taiji pulls Bushi’s shirt off him, to choke him with it! The ref reprimands, counts. Taiji lets go at 4. Fans rally up, Taiji drags Bushi up, then wrenches an arm and hammerlocks it, to RAM Bushi’s shoulder into the bare buckles!
The ref reprimands but the damage is done, and Taiji drags Bushi up to wrench the bad arm for a double wristlock. Taiji pulls on the arm, Bushi fights up, but Taiji kicks him back down! Fans rally while Bushi endures Taiji pulling at the arm. Taiji floats to a cover, TWO! Taiji knuckle locks, wrenches, snapmares and WRINGS the arm! Bushi writhes, fans rally up, and Taiji drags Bushi up to bump him off padded buckle. Taiji wrenches and whips corner to corner, then runs in, but into a boot! Bushi RANAS Taiji down and fans fire up! Bushi stalks Taiji, drags him up and fires off forearms. Bushi whips Taiji, Taiji reverses but runs into a SWING KICK!
Bushi goes up top and leaps to missile dropkick! BUSHIROONI! Taiji bails out, Bushi DIVES! Direct hit and they hit railing! Fans fire up with Bushi as he stands back up. Bushi drags Taiji up and puts him in the ring. Bushi stomps Taiji, drags him up, and catches Taiji’s clothesline to spin him for a DDT! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up while Bushi goes to a corner. Bushi runs at Taiji, but Taiji blocks the Code Breaker! Bushi kicks back, whips, but Taiji handsprings to NEURALIZER! Both men are down, fans rally up again, and Bushi goes back to the corner. Taiji runs in but blocks boots to put Bushi in the ropes. ENZIGURI then SLIDING GERMAN!
Taiji gets back in, drags Bushi back up, and gut wrenches, only for Bushi to fight free. Bushi shoves Taiji to a corner, blocks the boot and puts it in the ropes to dropkick the leg! DRAPING BACKSTABBER! Cover, TWO! Bushi goes back to the corner, climbs up and M- NO! Taiji blocks to a fireman’s, then the gut wrench, CIPHER UTAKI! Both men are down and fans fire up again! Taiji drags Bushi up, Bushi fires off forearms! Bushi reels Taiji in but Taiji slips out of the fisherman to spin and POST Bushi! The ref reprimands, Taiji drags Bushi out to hammerlock, half nelson, scoop and SHOULDER BREAKER! Then roll to the omoplata, YES LOCK!
Bushi endures, crawls around, reaches out, but Taiji pulls back harder! Bushi keeps moving, and gets the ROPEBREAK! Taiji lets off, fans rally up but Taiji drags Bushi up. Taiji wrenches the bad arm, ELBOW BREAKER! Taiji runs, but Bushi catches him for a backslide! Taiji kicks the bridge away and gets the arm for the BONE LOCK!! Bushi crawls, reaches, fans rally up, but Taiji rolls him away and facelocks, BLOODY- NO! Bushi fights free to ENZIGURI Taiji down! Taiji gets up to BOOT! Taiji runs but Bushi dropkicks him down! Fans fire up as Bushi rises again. Bushi fires up, drags Taiji up, DESTROYER!! Both men are down and Bushi goes to a corner.
Bushi runs back out, CODE BREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Taiji survives but Bushi crawls over to a corner. Fans fire up, Bushi goes up the corner, MX!! Cover, BUSHI WINS!
Winner: Bushi, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Taiji earns 0)
The Black Mask sweeps the Cutest Tag Team! Will this give Bushi new life in this tournament? Are Taiji’s own chances starting to dwindle?
Best of the Super Juniors 28: El Phantasmo VS SHO!
It’s Bullet Club VS Bullet Club once again as The Headbanga and the Murder Machine clash! But will ELP continue to make his case to replace The Switchblade? Or will Sho prove the House of Torture is the new elite of the club?
Sho wants to Low Sweet cuz they’re Bullet Club, but ELP says HE is Bullet Club. Sho and his guys are “Fake Bullet Club.” ELP is Bullet Club, Sho is “shit.” Sho says ELP can’t just decide who’s real or fake, but ELP doesn’t understand Japanese so he needs someone to help him. A Young Lion translates that Sho is saying ELP should give up, he’s not leading Bullet Club, so it doesn’t really matter, Sho is winning BOSJ. ELP says Sho can kiss his cute little ass. And that gets translated, too! Better yet, ELP says to tell him that Sho should lay down for him. ELP then swivels his hips. Sho says no, and has the Young Lion say back that they should just Too Sweet.
What’s that in Japanese? Say that. It’s Too Sweet. Sho says “Sweet” is “amai.” But the bell rings, fans rally up, and Sho wants the Too Sweet. ELP throws it up, and they Low Sweet, only for Sho to drag ELP into SNAKE BITE! ELP scrambles and gets the ropebreak! The ref counts, Sho lets go at 4. Sho says this is why ELP should’ve laid down! Sho stomps ELP, drags him up and whips, but ELP reverses, hurdles, drops and KNEES Sho down! Cover, TWO! ELP STANDING MOONSAULTS! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up, ELP drags Sho up and climbs up. ELP rains down fists and gets all the way to 10, before he brings Sho to another corner.
ELP climbs up, he punches with the “E! L P!” rhythm and gets 9. ELP puts Sho in another corner, and does it all over again! ELP then brings Sho to the fourth corner, fans fire up, and ELP climbs, only for Sho to throw him out! Sho goes out after ELP, wrenches the wrist and bends the fingers. The ref counts, Sho lets off at 4. Sho drags ELP up, wrenches and then brings the arm around the corner post to bend it against the crossbar! The ref counts, Sho lets go at 4. Sho slides in and the ring count begins. ELP hobbles up, gets in at 8 of 20, and Sho stomps ELP to the corner. Sho digs his boots in, the ref counts, Sho lets off at 4. Sho drags ELP to a cover, ONE! Sho rakes ELP’s eyes!
The ref counts, Sho lets off at 4 and pushes the ref. Fans rally up and ELP CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Sho rakes eyes again! The ref reprimands, counts, and Sho lets off at 4. Sho drags ELP up, whips him corner to corner, but ELP goes up and over, ducks and springboards to CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! LIONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Both men are down and fans rally up. Sho goes to a corner, but ELP kips up! Fans fire up, ELP gives Sho an atomic drop then mocks his pain, to scoop and SLAM! ELP goes to the corner, DIVING AX HANDLE! ELP tunes up from the corner, getting “that” ready. Sho staggers up, but he blocks the kick to flip ELP!
ELP lands on his stomach, Sho wrenches an arm to kick, KICK and SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up, Sho drags ELP up and reels him in to tuck the arms. ELP blocks the lift, wrenches out to whip, and the ref has to scramble out of the way! Sho runs in but into a roll-up, TWO! Cradle, TWO! ELP gets around to backslide, TWO!! Sho escapes but ELP knees low. ELP runs, Sho uses the ref as a shield! ELP hurdles over the ref but Sho SPEARS! Sho crawls to the cover, TWO! Sho is frustrated but he aims his bow. Sho drags ELP up, reels him in, double pump handle, but ELP blocks again! ELP back drops, Sho sunset flips but ELP high stacks, to step over the arms!
Wait, he has Sho in position, but ELP said he wouldn’t copy the “ghosts” of Bullet Club! So ELP make sit a Styles BOMB!! Cover, TWO!! Sho drags ELP in for SNAKE BITE!! ELP endures, fights, moves around, fans rally up, and ELP reaches out to get a ROPEBREAK! Sho lets go, ELP sputters on the apron. Sho staggers around as he heads for ELP. Sho waistlocks but ELP blocks the German Suplex! ELP elbows free but Sho CLUBS him on the back. Sho whips ELP at the ref but ELP stops himself. Sho kicks ELP and whips him back in, but the REF goes up and over! Sho whips the ref at ELP! ELP and the ref dosido and ELP SPEARS Sho down! Cover, TWO!
ELP grows frustrated but the fans rally up. ELP says BANG, drags Sho up and reels him in. ELP tucks the arm, but Sho back drops! ELP sunset flips, Sho slips out and dead lifts, but ELP slips out to knee low! ELP runs but Sho knees low back! Sho runs, but ELP pokes him in the eye! ELP runs but Sho pokes ELP in the eye! ELP pulls hair! Sho pulls hair, too! The ref reprimands, ELP gives Sho the PURPLE NURPLE! So Sho gives that back, too! The ref reprimands, and then he CLUBS the arms! The ref apologizes, tunrs out that hurt. ELP blocks Sho’s chop to knuckle lock and CHOP back. ELP goes up and up, tightrope walks, but Sho THROWS ELP at the ref!
The ref gets clear, and Sho hurries to get his wrench!! ELP dodges, fakes Sho out and mule kicks low! “That” is definitely in the boot! ELP tunes up in the corner and fans fire up! Sho taps?! He’s quitting!! ELP WINS!
Winner: El Phantasmo, by forfeit (gains 2 points; Sho earns 0)
The Murder Machine didn’t want to face Sudden Death, so he gives up before he got his head kicked off! Will this be what gives the Headbanga the Best of the Super Juniors win and the top spot in Bullet Club?
Best of the Super Juniors 28: Hiromu Takahashi VS Ryusuke Taguchi!
The Ticking Timebomb lost to El Phantasmo and the loaded-not-loaded boot, but the Funky Weapon took care of Douki and his Italian Stretch #32. Will Hiromu-chan heat back up? Or will self-destruct against the King of Oh My Garfunkel?
Hiromu’s page for Taguchi in the BOSJ 28 guide references last year’s match-up, where “grandpa” Taguchi was basically caught with his pants down. The bell rings and Hiromu rushes in, but into a roll-up! TWO, and Hiromu fireman’s carries! But Taguchi makes it a crucifix takedown! TWO, to La Magistrol! TWO, Taguchi trips Hiromu to a jackknife, TWO! Now a backslide! TWO, roll to another backslide! TWO, another backslide, TWO! Taguchi still has the arms hooked but Hiromu gets up and breaks free! But Taguchi drags him into cradle! TWO, things speed up, Hiromu sunset flips, TWO! Taguchi sits on it, TWO! Taguchi high stacks, TWO and Hiromu has the sunset!
TWO and Taguchi sits again, TWO!! Hiromu scrambles to get out of the ring while fans fire up! Taguchi is frustrated, but he waits on Hiromu. Hiromu wants Taguchi to back off so he can get in. They argue about it, Taguchi wanting the ring count to start but Hiromu wanting space to get in. Taguchi finally backs off and even puts his hands behind his back. Hiromu isn’t sure about that, so Taguchi covers his eyes. Hiromu slides in, but Taguchi runs in to HIP- NO, Hiromu catches him for a waistlock, but Taguchi victory rolls! TWO, Taguchi blocks the superkick to OH MY GARFUNKEL! Hiromu rolls to throw Taguchi, then he rakes Taguchi’s eyes.
Hiromu whips, Taguchi reverses, and Taguchi blocks the rana to OH MY GARFUNKEL! Hiromu rolls again but Taguchi sits on it, TWO! Hiromu kicks, whips and runs in to clothesline in the corner! Hiromu rolls Taguchi to run, but Taguchi ducks and runs. Hiromu pops Taguchi up but Taguchi ranas through to a cover, TWO!! Hiromu flounders to a corner, Taguchi runs but he fakes out Hiromu’s overhead suplex! Taguchi drags Hiromu by a leg, turns him over and OH MY GARFUNKEL! Hiromu endures the ankle lock, crawls forward, but Taguchi pulls him back into the chicken wings! Hiromu elbows free, runs but into a cobra twist cradle! But Hiromu rocks it back!
Taguchi makes it a ROLLING CRADLE! They roll and roll, cover, TWO!! Both men stagger around dizzily, Hiromu falls over! Taguchi goes in circles, but he drops an elbow on the leg! OH MY GARFUNKEL! Hiromu reaches out, Taguchi drags him from ropes to RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP, and GROUND OCTOPUS! Hiromu endures, reaches out, but Taguchi rolls him to get OH MY GARFUNKEL! Hiromu crawls, reaches out but Taguchi thrashes the leg! Fans fire up, Taguchi gets Hiromu into the chicken wings! Hiromu resists, breaks free but Taguchi gets him for a cradle, TWO! Hiromu has the cradle, TWO! Taguchi has the cradle, TWO! Hiromu has it, TWO!
Taguchi, then Hiromu, ROLLING CRADLE! It ends with Taguchi on top, TWO!!! Hiromu escapes but Taguchi has OH MY GARFUNKEL! Hiromu tries to get away again but Taguchi drops an elbow on the leg! Taguchi leans all his weight on the hold but Hiromu still endures! Hiromu crawls, Taguchi pulls him back and reels him in. Chicken wings, but Hiromu victory rolls! TWO and Taguchi has it! TWO, Hiromu has it back, TWO! Taguchi has it again, TWO!! Hiromu gets up, Taguchi ENZIGURIS! Hiromu staggers and rebounds off ropes but Taguchi fires up. Taguchi runs, ducks and dodges to LARIAT!! Ryusuke-chan Bomber?!
Taguchi drags Hiromu up, chicken wings, but Hiromu wrenches out and pump handles for the cradle! HIROMU WINS!!
Winner: Hiromu Takahashi, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Taguchi earns 0)
What a fast and furious match! Taguchi may not have gotten caught with his pants down, but he still feels like the fool. Is there still a chance for the Funky Weapon this year? As for Hiromu, is he about to climb back up to the top and keep his promise of back-to-back years?
Best of the Super Juniors 28: YOH VS El Desperado!
Mr. Direct Drive has finally gotten going, but now he runs into the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion! Will Yoh bring down the Rogue Luchador in his biggest win yet? Or will Desperado drive Yoh out of the running?
The bell rings and fans rally up as the two slowly circle. They approach, feel out the grapple, and Desperado hooks an arm but Yoh gets a leg. Desperado facelocks, Yoh slips out to to hammerlock then waistlock. Desperado breaks free, wrenches to a wristlock, but Yoh rolls, handsprings and wrenches back to a hammerlock. Desperado reaches back to headlock and he grinds Yoh down. Yoh pries the hold, but Desperado holds on tighter. Yoh drops to slip out and have the hammerlock. Yoh JAMS the arm, and again. Desperado sits up, rolls, wrenches, hammerlocks, spins Yoh to a headlock and takeover, but Yoh headscissors. Desperado kips free and fans cheer the stand off.
Desperado and Yoh reset and circle, fans rally up, and the two tie up again. Yoh headlocks and grinds, but Desperado fights up and pie faces Yoh into a facelock. Desperado spins Yoh, snapmares him and chinlocks. Yoh endures, moves around, fights back up and throws elbows. Yoh arm-drags Desperado down to have the cording hold. Desperado endures, moves around, kicks his way over and gets the ropebreak. The fans cheer and Yoh lets off cleanly. Desperado bails out to cool off. Yoh waits, Desperado slides in, and the two go again. Desperado shoots around to waistlock, but Yoh drop toeholds to get the facelock. Desperado spins out to facelock but Yoh spins out to headlock.
Yoh hits the takeover, Desperado headscissors and Desperado keeps Yoh down. Yoh moves around, hops and handsprings out and fans cheer. Desperado even applauds, though not genuinely. Desperado kicks low, headlocks, but Yoh powers out. Yoh side steps, drop toeholds and basement dropkicks! Desperado bails out, fans fire up and Yoh slingshots. Yoh lands on the apron as Desperado slides in, and then Yoh DECKS Desperado with an elbow! Yoh steps in but Desperado dropkicks the leg! Yoh falls and Red Shoes goes out to check on him. Desperado goes out to fetch Yoh, and whips him into railings! Yoh falls in a heap but Desperado stomps him down.
Desperado stomps Yoh’s leg, drags Yoh around and turns him over to SMASH the knee into the floor! Yoh clutches his leg, Red Shoes starts the ring count, and Desperado goes in at 6 of 20. Fans rally up, Yoh is still down at 15. Yoh gets up at 17, hobbles in at 18, and Desperado is after him already. Desperado suplexes high and hard, then covers, TWO! Desperado gets the leg to YANK it, then SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Desperado keeps cool, fans rally up while Yoh writhes. Desperado taunts Yoh, pats him on the face, but Yoh chops! Desperado eggs Yoh on, Yoh chops again, but Desperado CHOPS him off his feet! Desperado stands on Yoh’s head in the corner, but lets off as Red Shoes reprimands.
Desperado whips Yoh corner to corner, then runs in, to clothesline! Yoh flops down, Desperado covers, TWO! Desperado gets the leg to drop down on it, and tie up the legs in a BUTTERFLY DEATHLOCK! Yoh keeps his shoulders up but he still endures the leg lock. Yoh CHOPS, Desperado “falls” to put more pressure on the hold! Desperado rolls and has the traditional deathlock as he kicks and digs his heel into the knee. Yoh scrambles around, and gets the ropebreak! Desperado lets off and “Oops,” drops knees on the knee. Fans rally up, Desperado wags his finger, and he drags Yoh up. Desperado has the leg, but Yoh turns shinbreaker into sunset flip, TWO!
Desperado hurries up but Yoh fires forearms. Desperado kicks the leg out! Desperado whips but Yoh holds ropes to block. Desperado keeps trying but Yoh still holds on. Desperado SLAPS Yoh and Yoh flounders against ropes. Desperado whips, Yoh comes back with FLYING FOREARMS! Fans fire up, Yoh still clutches his leg, but he and Desperado slowly getup. Desperado is in one corner, Yoh is in the other. Yoh runs corner to corner to back elbow, then NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally, Yoh stands and brings Desperado around. Desperado fights the suplex, then Yoh fights the suplex in return, only to jam his knee! Desperado runs but Yoh dumps him out!
Yoh then PLANCHAS! Direct hit and fans fire up! Yoh slowly gets up, drags Desperado into the ring, and fans cheer as he gets Desperado up for a FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO! Fans rally, Yoh gets his bad leg moving, and Yoh brings Desperado up again. Yoh full nelsons, but Desperado fights and then RAMS Yoh into a corner. Desperado fires back elbows, runs in, and blocks a boot to dropkick the bad leg! Yoh falls, Desperado gets the leg for a STRETCH MUFFLER! Yoh scrambles to the ropebreak! Desperado lets off and fans rally up again. Desperado drags Yoh up, has the leg, but Yoh fights the shinbreaker off. Desperado SPINEBUSTERS, then DRAGON SCREWS!
Desperado keeps on the leg for the STRETCH MUFFLER! Yoh reaches, flails, crawls, but Desperado drags him away! Desperado gets an arm for NUMERO DOS!! Yoh endures, fans fire up as Yoh crawls with his one arm, and gets the ROPEBREAK! Desperado lets go in frustration, but he drags Yoh back to go to the corner. Desperado climbs, to FROG SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Yoh is still in this and Desperado can’t believe it! Fans rally up, Desperado says this will end it. Desperado drags Yoh up, gut wrench, but Yoh fights free. Desperado throws a forearm, Yoh forearms back. Desperado rebounds but Yoh blocks the boot to EuroUpper! Yoh runs, but into an elbow!
Desperado runs but into a DROPKICK! Yoh gets Desperado up, GHOSTBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Yoh clutches the knee, being it was the one for the impact, but fans fire up again. Yoh fires up, drags Desperado over, but Desperado spins to get the cradle, TWO! Desperado blocks the superkick but Yoh blocks the torture rack! Yoh spins, Desperado catches the haymaker to GUITARRA- NO, Yoh slips out to waistlock and O’Conner Roll, FIVE STAR CLUT- NO, Desperado holds off the bridge and rolls Yoh to get the leg, STRETCH MUFFLER! But Yoh rolls to get a cover, TWO!! Desperado escapes, fans fire up, Yoh spins Desperado to backslide, TWO!
Yoh gets Desperado in underhooks. Desperado NORTHERN LIGHTS out of it, bridging cover, TWO!! Desperado kicks the leg and ROCKS Yoh with an elbow! Yoh goes Matrix to dodge the lariat, but Desperado ducks the superkick to DECK Yoh with the elbow! Desperado fires up and fans are with him! Desperado underhooks Yoh, PINCH- NO! Yoh lands on his feet and back drops free! Fans fire up more as Yoh is in the corner. Desperado gets up, runs in, but into a SUPERKICK! Yoh staggers, gets Desperado back up, full nelson for DRAGON SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Desperado escapes, Yoh roars! Yoh drags Desperado up, underhooks him, DIRECT DRIVE!! Cover, YOH WINS!!!
Winner: Yoh, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Desperado earns 0)
A major upset in the main event!! Yoh has climbed up from a shaky start to a strong contender in this tournament! Is the champion’s run hitting choppy waters? As for Yoh, he’s handed the mic and fans rally up as he catches his breath. Yoh’s only response to his victory is a triumphant shout! Is this all Yoh needs to make a run at the top?
Here are the NEW BOSJ 28 standings!
SHO: 6-2, 12 points
El Desperado: 4-3-1, 9 points
Hiromu Takahashi: 4-3-1, 9 points
Yoshinobu Kanemaru: 4-4, 8 points
Ryusuke Taguchi: 4-4, 8 points
Robbie Eagles: 4-4, 8 points
El Phantasmo: 4-4, 8 points
Bushi: 4-4, 8 points
Taiji Ishimori: 4-4, 8 points
YOH: 4-4, 8 points
Master Wato: 3-5, 6 points
Douki: 2-6, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
Another great round from BOSJ, and quite the shocker in the main event. I didn’t think Yoh was going to get this one, but now we have a stacked 4-4, 8 point block. Wato gets his own surprising win over Kanemaru but Kanemaru is still in the running as part of that stacked block, and Eagles gets back up while taking Douki out of the running. The interplay of Sho and ELP over this potential new Bullet Club Civil War was a lot of great stuff, and ELP winning was more about Bullet Club than the BOSJ standings as Sho is still several points ahead of everyone.
Hiromu VS Taguchi was awesome stuff just on the fast pace, and with Desperado losing, he and Hiromu are tied again. Things could get really complicated going into the finals of this tournament, I wonder if NJPW would do a Triple Threat if Hiromu and Desperado stay tied in the end.
My Score: 9/10
NOAH WEEKLY NEWSLETTER VOL.187 ~ 29TH SEPTEMBER 2022
Keiji Mutoh continues his Retirement tour and bringing out faces from the past! NOAH has a new champion! Interesting inter-promotional battles on the horizon as well!
Kaito Kiyomiya is the new GHC Heavyweight Champion, nominates Kazuyuki Fujita as challenger
Following provocation by Kenoh not only saying that he was going to be the one to inherit Keiji Mutoh’s Shining Wizard and the memory of Keiji Mutoh himself (and the outright claim that Kiyomiya would simply forget about Mutoh once Mutoh had retired, which Kiyomiya didn’t even bother responding to), Kenoh went one step further at their last pre match on the 19th September by pulling Keiji Mutoh’s pose, kissing his hand, putting it to Kiyomiya’s lips and then exploding it. Kiyomiya erupted in fury at this, it was far more than any verbal provocation of Kenoh’s, which I guess he has learned to ignore over the years. They fought for the GHC Heavyweight in Nagoya on September 25th, with Kiyomiya emerging victorious following a modified Shining Wizard. As Kenoh left it was like a spell was broken. Kenoh went backstage and muttered about Kiyomiya being the company favorite and in his interview the day after winning the title, Kiyomiya said nothing about Keiji Mutoh. Mutoh as we know had been a focus of both Kiyomiya and Kenoh leading up to the title match.
Back in the ring, Kiyomiya called out his next opponent. Kazuyuki Fujita. Fujita came to the ring, carrying a can of beer which he swigged from. Getting in the ring he circled Kiyomiya and took off his t-shirt. Kiyomiya said that he was expecting a fight, but Fujita did something that no other NOAH wrestler had (or perhaps would) do, and that was to throw himself at Kiyomiya and then make nuzzling motions against his head, while he licked the belt. Kiyomiya pushed him off, and Fujita retaliated by pouring beer over his head.
Kiyomiya screaming that he hated beer was met with Fujita toasting him from the ramp and yelling “Kampaiii” (“cheers”) after a fight had broken out, and Kiyomiya threw him from the ring.
Backstage, Kiyomiya said his reason for nominating Kazuyuki Fujita as his challenger was that he had never been defeated for the GHC Heavyweight. Fujita had to give up the belt due to Coronavirus. It has been a recurring theme of most of the GHC Heavyweight champions since Go Shiozaki, that Fujita has been the man to beat in order to cement yourself as champion. Kiyomiya was picking up that torch.
As for Fujita, he played it as if he was a Casanova and had been asked out on a date by warning Kiyomiya that when you experience Fujita, you can never go back because you were never going to be the same. He was going to “make it a night to remember”. He sipped his beer, and licked his lips afterwards.
Title match has been set for NOAH’s return to Ariake on the 30th October.
STINGER lose, NOAH Junior Regulars win, enter Tadasuke (with a chair)
Following a period of brutal attacks on Seiki Yoshioka (by the end of the match he could hardly use one side of his body) and a title challenge where Atsushi Kotoge was bloodied up, The NOAH Junior Regulars emerged victorious and bought the tag titles home to their unit. They had very little time to celebrate their win and put ice on their wounds, when Tadasuke burst in and attacked Atsushi Kotoge with a chair while Hi69 beat up on the already incapacitated Seiki Yoshioka. Tadasuke (wild grin on his face) got on the microphone and made a challenge for the tag titles. Then Tadasuke wiped the blood from Kotoge that had got on his hands on his hair, leaving red streaks in the peroxide. Tadasuke was even waving the bloodied seat of the chair, which had detached during the attack, around backstage.
Title match will be on the 30th October when NOAH return to the Ariake complex.
Takashi Sugiura and Satoshi Kojima, NOAH’s most dysfunctional tag team, win the GHC Heavyweight tag titles
It must be said that with the combined efforts of Satoshi Kojima and Hideki Suzuki, we almost have our Sugi back.
At the press conference/title match signing, Sugi and Kojima appeared dressed in suits and wearing dark glasses. They looked something between The Men In Black and “Dangerous Detectives” (as Tokyo Sports called them which stems from a Japanese TV show). Hideki Suzuki was on form, not only mistranslating Timothy Thatcher and stating at one point that Thatcher said he came to Japan to “beat you up” and being rude to a journalist for being overfamiliar with his “punk mouth”, the highlight of the press conference was his long close up stare at Sugi, who was trying not to laugh.
The dysfunctional team won the titles in Nagoya on the 25th September, and despite their falling out during the match, Sugi actually gave Kojima a proper handshake. Then they went back to squabbling backstage over Kojima talking on the mic when it was Sugi who got the win. No challengers have come forward as of yet.
HAYATA retains the GHC Junior, Ninja Mack makes his long awaited challenge
It had been an emotional match for YO-HEY, and for fans. Cutting out the aerial techniques that had characterized their earlier matches, both he and HAYATA demonstrated how much they had both evolved by concentrating on a more NOAH based ground attack with submissions. YO-HEY might have failed in the challenge, but he had at least gotten one win over HAYATA in the pre-match. He knew the title match would be different and he would need to level up, and afterwards he reflected and said he would start from rock bottom in order to make his next challenge. What fans had noticed that while things had changed between them, some things were the same, such as YO-HEY coloring his hair, his tongue (and even his boxer shorts) purple, which is HAYATA’s color, and HAYATA not speaking as much as he has done in previous title challenges, as he is content to let YO-HEY talk. After the match, Ninja Mack came to challenge. HAYATA accepted by saying, that he was “finally interested in the belt” and acknowledging him as challenger. Title match will of course be on the 30th October. But HAYATA is not immediately going into a fallout match with Ninja Mack at NOAH’s next event on the 30th, but is having a tag match against YO-HEY.
Keiji Mutoh’s Retirement Road
Keiji Mutoh has been very busy.
– 23rd September: Great Muta appears in AEW
The Great Muta made a surprise appearance in AEW to rescue Sting, who had been tied to a chair by Darby Allen. Muta came to the ring, advanced on Sting and then turned and spat green mist into the face of Allen and then reunited with Sting. Keiji Mutoh announced that Sting would attend Muta’s retirement on the 22nd in Yokohama, but has not said in what capacity, although it is assumed that they will tag. Regarding any further appearances in America, Mutoh said he didn’t think it was likely, but did warn that The Great Muta may pop up somewhere as you never knew where he would turn up next.
– 25th September: Keiji Mutoh Retirement Road: Love Forever 2
Keiji Mutoh teamed with his junior Kazuyuki Fujita to take on Mutoh’s classmate, Masakatsu Funaki and Katsuhiko Nakajima, who Mutoh has known since he was a boy, and still calls affectionately “Katsuhiko”. Nakajima said he was going to break up this class reunion, and while Mutoh did get kicked (Nakajima smirked and said it was fun when Mutoh later complained his leg still hurt) but it was Fujita who got the worst of it. During the match, Nakajima pulled out Mutoh’s Space Rolling Elbow. Mutoh was initially not pleased, but then he became very happy to see it and said that he thought that “Katsuhiko” did it because he had some small measure of feeling for him. I think had Nakajima been a more acrobatic wrestler, Mutoh might have handed it to him. Mutoh won the match with The Shining Wizard, pinning Nakajima. This was Mutoh’s farewell to Nagoya, his classmate, his junior and Nakajima.
– 26th September: Hiroshi Tanahashi comes to the press conference and a tag match is announced
Hiroshi Tanahashi presented 38 roses to Mutoh when he came to the press conference. Each rose symbolizes a year of Mutoh’s career. Mutoh joked that he should have laid them at his feet, as had happened in boxing recently. Tanahashi said he wasn’t good at ad-libbing, and then introduced himself as “one of the greatest New Japan talents in the past one hundred years”. During the press conference, a tag match was announced. New Japan’s Hiroshi Tanahashi, Togi Makabe and Honma Tomoaki will team together against the team of Naomichi Marufuji, Keiji Mutoh and Keiji Mutoh. This will take place on the 30th October. Mutoh has not given up hope of appearing one final time in the New Japan ring.
– 16th October: A new match is announced
NOAH announced that due to fan demand, Keiji Mutoh will be appearing in Fukuoka. He will tag with Ninja Mack and Satoshi Kojima against Naomichi Marufuji, HAYATA and Jack Morris. Satoshi Kojima is of course connected to Mutoh through All Japan and New Japan, Naomichi Marufuji has wanted a match against Mutoh (he will be tagging with him as we know on the 30th October) and HAYATA has been a big fan of Mutoh for a while, as he has influenced a lot of his style and persona. HAYATA thinks of himself and The Great Muta as “The Phantom Team”. Muta doesn’t like to speak and HAYATA said, neither does he.
Naomichi Marufuji and Katsuhiko Nakajima head overseas
Naomichi Marufuji and Katsuhiko Nakajima will appear for Evolution Pro Wrestling in New York for their anniversary show on November 12th. Marufuji’s match is yet to be announced, but Nakajima will take on Josh Alexander. Alexander has said he wonders how Nakajima is going to kick after he snaps his ankle. They will also appear at King of Indies in San Francisco on November 19th.
NOSAWA vs Katsuhiko Nakajima (and Kenoh)
After being beaten up by Katsuhiko Nakajima who gave him some pretty stiff soccerball kicks outside the ring at Korakuen Hall recently, (although he would tell you that Nakajima tried to beat him up), NOSAWA Rongai has been on a quest to face Nakajima in a match. Then he threw in Kenoh, so it could be himself and Eita versus Kongoh. Hideki Suzuki told him that he was probably going to die, but NOSAWA has taken no notice and kept on with his demand. His demand has not been met because rather than facing Nakajima and Kenoh, NOAH have booked him against rookies Yasutaka Yano and Kai Fujimura. NOSAWA thinks he is having to go through some kind of trial.
ELSEWHERE IN NOAH
– Hideki Suzuki has hinted that perhaps Takashi Sugiura might like to get back online.
– Yoshiki Inamura and YO-HEY continued their guild, despite the fact that YO-HEY said someone attacked and burned their castle down. A picture was taken of YO-HEY and Inamura playing the game, with YO-HEY seated cross legged on Inamura, who was doing a bridge in the ring. We have seen Inamura used as a weight, but is he now used as furniture?
– NOAH’s Director, Narihiro Takeda, wrote on a NOAH Note that he would like for Darby Allin to come to NOAH one day.
– Tadasuke got a match thrown out by ripping off Alejandro’s mask. Tadasuke did not care, and did not even respond when Alejandro asked if he wanted a mask for himself?
– Daiki Inaba had his long awaited singles match with Katsuhiko Nakajima, but failed to revenge himself for Nakajima’s behavior in W-1. Nakajima even went for the cocky pin by grinning and leaning on Inaba.
– There was usual chaos at the NOAH Junior Space sessions as Daisuke Harada is not there to take control. Atsushi Kotoge seems to be the main culprit, forgetting to invite Seiki Yoshioka in and at one time even failing to press record.
– It’s probably best that Daiki Inaba, who apparently likes to be in the nip backstage, was not present when NOAH was at Differ. It was bad enough that Sugi used to wander around naked…
– Mitsuharu Misawa wrote in a diary entry for 2006 about filming an advert for THE LEAVE, and having to sing first thing in the morning while they were filming. Probably due to the fact that he had a problem with his throat anyway, was a heavy smoker and had taken “so many chops and kicks” to it in his career, he said he sounded very hoarse.
EVENT RECAPS AND POST MATCH PROMOS
SUNNY VOYAGE – September 19th
N-INNOVATION – September 21st
GRAND SHIP 2022 IN NAGOYA/KEIJI MUTOH RETIREMENT ROAD – September 25th
- GHC Heavyweight Champion: Kaito Kiyomiya
Challenger: Kazuyuki Fujita, [Muto Retirement Road] ABEMA presents Ariake Gaisen-THE RETURN-PRO-WRESTLING LOVE FOREVER . 3 ~TRIUMPH~ Sunday 30th October, Ariake Arena, Tokyo
- GHC Junior Champion: HAYATA
Challenger: Ninja Mack, [Muto Retirement Road] ABEMA presents Ariake Gaisen-THE RETURN-PRO-WRESTLING LOVE FOREVER . 3 ~TRIUMPH~ Sunday 30th October, Ariake Arena, Tokyo
- GHC Heavyweight Tag Champions: KojiSugi (Satoshi Kojima & Takashi Sugiura)
- GHC Junior Tag Champions: The NOAH Junior Regulars (Atsushi Kotoge & Seiki Yoshioka)
Challengers: Kongoh Juniors (Tadasuke & Hi69), [Muto Retirement Road] ABEMA presents Ariake Gaisen-THE RETURN-PRO-WRESTLING LOVE FOREVER . 3 ~TRIUMPH~ Sunday 30th October, Ariake Arena, Tokyo
- GHC National Champion: Masakatsu Funaki
Challenger: Masa Kitamiya, SUNNY VOYAGE 2022 – Friday September 30th (Bandaijima Multi-Purpose Square Ogama)
(This event will not be broadcast live, but hopefully this match will be shown via Instagram)
THIS WEEK IN NOAH
– Friday, October 7th
STAR NAVIGATION 2022 – Korakuen Hall, Tokyo
Time: 18:30 JST
Broadcast: WrestleUniverse/ABEMA (live)
– Saturday, October 8th
STAR NAVIGATION 2022 – Korakuen Hall, Tokyo
Time: 18:30 JST
Broadcast: WrestleUniverse (live)
Note about broadcasts
Unless you are living in Japan or have a VPN you know is compatible with ABEMA, please do not subscribe to the service. For fans living outside of Japan, a subscription to WrestleUniverse would be better as they show more NOAH shows than ABEMA, and usually the events get uploaded very quickly. ABEMA broadcasts are only in Japanese, you can only watch them live, and this is the only NOAH they show. They do not broadcast old shows as these belong to Samurai TV.
BIRTHDAYS & ANNIVERSARIES
Wednesday, 5th October: Keiji Mutoh debut anniversary (38)
Wednesday, 5th October: Seiki Yoshioka debut anniversary (14)
“Taka & Satoshi” reveal a “dangerous detective” look, mischievous Suzuki is a reckless interpreter, the GHC tag signing ceremony is thrown into chaos by bizarre question and answer between the two teams
With thanks to: Metal NOAH
GIF taken from WrestleUniverse & NOAH Official YouTube
Picture credit: YO-HEY & NOAH.co.jp
Andrew’s IMPACT Wrestling Results & Match Ratings: 9.29.2022
Bound for Glory is 8 days away, but Victory Road just happened. What kind of show do we get with some fallout and penultimate hype?
Victory Road just happened, but Bound for Glory is like 8 nights away? You know I forgot that it was such a quick turn around. That makes tonight weird, since there’s some fallout, but then there’s gonna be a lot of table setting for Bound for Glory.
This episode could be awful. The last week or so haven’t exactly set the world afire, so I’m curious if the highlight really is just gonna be the Monster’s Ball with Masha and Allie Katch.
*insert joke about possibly gagging and balls and Swinger’s Dungeon*
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) September 30, 2022
- Bullet Club (Ace Austin & Chris Bey w/Juice Robinson) vs Trey Miguel & Laredo Kid: Bullet Club win via Finesse & Fold – **
- IMPACT Digital Media Championship: Brian Myers (c) vs Crazzy Steve: Myers retains via Roster Cut – ** 1/2
- Delirious vs Black Taurus: Black Taurus wins via Destination Hellhole – ** 1/4
- PCO & Vincent vs Rich Swann & Heath: Rich wins via Phoenix Splash – ** 1/4
- Pick Your Poison: Monster’s Ball Match: Masha Slamovich vs Allie Katch: Masha wins via Russian Death Device – *** 1/2
Bullet Club (Ace Austin & Chris Bey w/Juice Robinson) vs Trey Miguel & Laredo Kid
I don’t think I could care less about this match if I tried. Trey and Laredo are worthless. Laredo has eaten so many terrible losses and Trey is just bad. If the BC Juniors don’t win…I will really question the booking.
My biggest takeaway early is the commentary tries to put over Trey “turning heads”. No he doesn’t, he is legitimately hard to watch and everything that Will Ospreay did wrong in his early career; is basically Trey, but with less personality. Oh did you expect play by play? They isolate Laredo, decent tandem attacks, when Trey comes in it’s bad offense typical Cruiser garbage with laughable facials and body language.
Just typical crap with Trey. Were there some cool high spots? Sure. Do I care? NOPE.
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) September 30, 2022
IMPACT Digital Media Championship: Brian Myers (c) vs Crazzy Steve
Steve starts with some of his quirky mat wrestling, Arm Wringers into Drop Toe Holds and face biting. It shocked Myers early, but he takes a small shortcut and starts trying to slow down the psycho from Decay. Steve bounces off the ropes and Myers does his sliding trip move before commercial.
Back from commercial, Snapmare from Steve and the neck twister into some corner offense of Hip Attacks and Sentons for 2. Myers dodges King Kill 33, lands a few pot shots, Implant DDT for 2. Into the corner, face bite, Upside Down, after the rope break Myers grabs the referee to block Steve. Eye Poke, Roster Cut, AND STILL…
Simple, but entertaining. Plus it continues Myers’ arrogant, full of himself for absolutely no reason persona. Oh and he offers up an Open Challenge for Bound for Glory. Maybe Bobby Fish? Someone new? Could be interesting.
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) September 30, 2022
Delirious vs Black Taurus
Delirious is between gibberish and Stone Cold early on while they’re just trading shots. Delirious twists the Nose Ring…in the mask…and Taurus sells it momentarily before stomping the foot and decking him. This is just a weird match. I mean we all know Delirious is weird, but he’s not all comedy; and Taurus is supposed to be legit-ish.
Admittedly, with the exception of Victory Road, it has been years since I’ve watched a Delirious match. So the level of ridiculousness has hit Toru Yano levels, especially after the 10 count Leg Drops. Taurus powders, comes back in, Shoulder Tackle, Blackhole Backbreaker into a Samoan Drop. As soon as Taurus looks in charge, Delirious throws together a combo, eats a Headbutt and then Destination Hellhole.
Sheesh okay after 2 interview segments we get to Honor No More’s victory celebration segment. Just a lot of talking and inaction, so this just goes to feed that weird feeling I had coming into the show because of the timing. Eddie does the usual thing where hates on PCO and accuses him of being the weak link, which is a smart story angle since the fans tend to like PCO’s gimmick and this makes him more sympathetic to casual observers.
Oh good Taven is talking now. Wait did I just say that? DAMN YOU IMPACT! Made me like Matt Taven. Maria stirs the pot a little saying that Eddie is a better wrestler than Josh and Moose…by the implications.
Thank God, Josh Alexander finally breaks up the segment with…more talking. Okay never mind. Jesus since the end of the Delirious match it was like 15 minutes before Josh finally charged the ring and threw down a bit with Honor No More. Rich Swann and Heath make a bit of the babyface save for Josh, but the numbers are still on Honor No More’s side. Oh MCMG come down in a tracksuit and dress clothes! Someone wasn’t ready to be doing a run in.
PCO & Vincent vs Rich Swann & Heath
Well isn’t that convenient that four of the men in the donnybrook were supposed to be in a match anyway.
Rich uses his quickness to try and stay ahead of PCO, but PCO cuts him off in the corner into the Corner Hung Codebreaker, then the leaned against the ropes Leg Drop thing. Vincent throws together a T-Bone Suplex into a Flatliner and keeps the vibes flowing on Rich Swann.
PCO clears out Heath, but PCO’s hand gets stuck in the ropes. Vincent eats a flip kick and the Phoenix Splash while PCO and Heath are brawling on the outside after the rope issue with PCO.
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) September 30, 2022
Pick Your Poison: Monster’s Ball Match: Masha Slamovich vs Allie Katch
Haymakers and Headbutts start things off as they both hit the ropes and lay out one another with dual clotheslines. Trash can lid duel, Masha gets first contact, but Allie blocks and returns 3 shots. German Suplex from Masha into whipping her with a chain, some choking and then general pulling with the chain in Katch’s mouth or around her eyes. Katch claws at Masha’s eyes to try and get some space.
Headbutts and Biting from Masha as Allie tries to power out of a Bow and Arrow. More chain choking…I’m not sure if this is a wrestling match or BDSM prep at the moment. Ahh Masha needs more Cowbell but Allie cuts her off with a trash can lid. Allie tries a Piledriver through a door, but Masha turns it into an Air Raid Crash into the opposite corner.
Commercial break, and Allie is getting choked again. Spots get a little redundant, slams, chokes, and blood. OHHH – it’s a “Use the Door” chant. I thought it was – nah – I won’t say what I thought it was. Chairshot from Masha misses, but a Snap Suplex from Masha onto the chair gets some usefulness. Straight Right to the gut and an Axe Kick allows Masha to hit the Death Valley Driver onto the propped up chair. Masha goes back to biting after it was only 2. Allie cuts off Masha going to the top, Superplex onto the trash can lid, into a Death Valley Driver through the door – but Masha kicks out.
Allie tries a Piledriver on the apron a few times, but Masha blocks. Masha tries for the Release German to the floor but Allie holds on. Dazed strikes, bites and then a Russian Leg Sweep through the table lays both out for a short time. Masha grabs a black bag, it’s gotta be tacks for Monster’s Ball. Masha eats a few tacks for good show, picks up Allie but Allie fights. Piledriver into the tacks from Allie, only 2. Allie opens a trash can, and empties a bunch of cut up soda cans. Hits Masha with the can, Masha fires, Spinning Heel Kick and then Russian Death Device into the pile of tacks and cans.
Overall Score: 6.25/10
The main event was pretty good, maybe even a little better than I gave it credit for; I’m just sick of seeing some crazy hardcore match so often from Impact. It feels like its weekly, and that’s too damn much. Trey is terrible, and that’s a hill I’m willing to die on. He sells poorly, he doesn’t tell a story with his wrestling and he looks like an idiot pretending to be something he isn’t; and that’s talented.
Myers is fine with his classic delusional heel style, Delirious gave a bit of a rub to Taurus so I’m guessing he’s probably next up in the X Division. But a straight 15 minutes of interviews and talking is just too damn much especially when the surrounding wrestling isn’t very good or hearty enough to help people tolerate talking time.
I do however love Joe Hendry. So…yeah. There’s always some quirky gimmicks that just resonate well with me, and this is gorgeous.
All in all, decent enough; though next week could be a real banger of a Go Home.
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Tom and Dave are back for Down The Wire and have a week of news stemming from Ime Udoka and...
Chairshot NFL: Which 2-0 Teams To Believe In
PC Tunney is back to take you through his picks for week 3 of the NFL season. Which 2-0 teams...
Mitchell’s Hyrule Puro-Resu News Report! (9/30/22)
A closer look at Link VS Kage 2
Chairshot Radio: Musical Chairs S2:E6- OK Go & The Offspring 
This week on Musical Chairs, the guys take a look at two more innovative and influential bands. Patrick talks about...
Bandwagon Nerds #150: 150 Episodes of Nerdom
The Bandwagon celebrates 150 episodes of Nerdom this week with the OG Nerds celebrating with you! Join Patrick O’Dowd, David...
Andrew’s Judgmental Album Reviews: Sonja – Loud Arriver (2022)
Gothic Hair Metal crawls into the JAR this week! Sonja's full-length debut! How does it fair?
Talk The Keki – An Anime Podcast – Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero Review, Tekken Bloodline & More!
Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero has made some solid numbers in North America. Do Ethan and Mat wish for more...
NOAH WEEKLY NEWSLETTER VOL.187 ~ 29TH SEPTEMBER 2022
Keiji Mutoh continues his Retirement tour and bringing out faces from the past! NOAH has a new champion! Interesting inter-promotional...
Mindless Wrestling Podcast: War Games and Blood and Vacation, oh my! #2
Paige is now Saraya & is All Elite! Are you excited? This Mindless bunch breaks down her jump to AEW,...
Andrew’s IMPACT Wrestling Results & Match Ratings: 9.29.2022
Bound for Glory is 8 days away, but Victory Road just happened. What kind of show do we get with...
Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (9/28/22)
There's gold in Philly!
The #Miranda Show: IZW Cooltown Clash 2
Miranda and Greg look back at IZW Cooltown Clash 2, including a fantastic main event, and a return to ring...
Greg DeMarco Show: No One Gets Out Alive (Dave Meltzer, Tony Khan, Bryan Alvarez, and more) + The List of Wrestling Farewells
It's time for another installment of "No One Gets Out Alive" on the Greg DeMarco Show! Plus Greg & Patrick...
Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (9/27/22)
Which boys will be on top?
Mitchell’s AEW Dark Results & Report! (9/27/22)
Universal Studios turns it up to 11!
Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (9/26/22)
Bianca's the readiEST Raw Women's Champion!
Mitchell’s AEW Dark: Elevation Results & Report! (9/26/22)
Arthur Ashe gets Elevated!