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Mitchell’s NJPW WrestleKingdom 16 Results & Report! (1/8/22)

NJPW VS NOAH!

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WK16 Yokohama

WrestleKingdom Night 3 is in Yokohama!

For an extra special way to close WrestleKingdom 16, NJPW and NOAH go head-to-head in a huge crossover match card!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Preshow – Kosei Fujita VS Yasutaka Yano; Time Limit Draw.
  • Preshow – Six Man Tag: Third Gen VS Funky Express; Third Gen wins.
  • 10 Man Tag: Master Wato, Ryusuke Taguchi & Goto-Hashi-Ishii VS Kinya Okada, Yoshiki Inamura, Daiki Inaba, Hajime Ohara & Daisuke Harada; Wato, Taguchi, Goto, Hashi & Ishii win.
  • SHO VS Atsushi Kotoge; SHO wins.
  • Taiji Ishimori & Gedo VS Seiki Yoshioka & HAYATA; Yoshioka & Hayata win.
  • El Desperado & DOUKI VS NOSAWA RONGAI & YO-HEY; Desperado & Douki win.
  • Six Man Tag: Minoru Suzuki, Taichi & TAKA Michinoku VS Kazushi Sakuraba, Takashi Sugiura & Toru Yano; Sakuraba, Sugiura & Yano win.
  • EVIL & Dick Togo VS Masa Kitamiya & Go Shiozaki; Kitamiya & Shiozaki win.
  • Zack Sabre Jr. & Yoshinobu Kanemaru VS Yoshinari Ogawa & Naomichi Marufuji; Ogawa & Marufuji win.
  • 10 Man Tag: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS KONGO; LIJ wins.
  • Kazuchika Okada & Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Keiji Mutoh & Kiyomiya Kaito; Okada & Tanahashi win.
  • Overall winner: NJPW, 6-4-1

PLAY BY PLAY

Preshow – Six Man Tag: Third Gen VS Funky Express!

Yuji Nagata, Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan unite to take on Akitoshi Saito, King Tany & Muhammad Yone in a match-up of long standing veterans! But will Blue Justice & TenCozy score the first point for NJPW? Or will Death Brand, Boogie Wonderland and the Last Wyvern raise the banner for NOAH?

The trios sort out and fans rally up already for these living classics. Nagata steps up and starts against Akitoshi. They circle, tie up, and are in a deadlock at center! They each pull hair, the ref counts, but Akitoshi breaks free to KICK a leg! Nagata KICKS back and eggs Akitoshi on! Akitoshi KICK, Nagata KICKS, repeat! Fans rally as the two egg each other on and go to forearms! Nagata gets the edge, runs, but Akitoshi runs him over! Akitoshi stomps Nagata but Nagata’s right up to forearm, CLUB and KICK! Snapmare and KICK, but Akitoshi gets up! Nagata fires off more, runs, but Akitoshi body shots. Akitoshi runs, Nagata avoids his boot to BOOT back!

Akitoshi WHEEL KICKS! Nagata gets up, he WHEEL KICKS back! Fans fire up as both men get back up and Kojima tags in. Yone tags in for NOAH, and fans fire up as Bread Style meets Mr. Afro. They tie up, Kojima powers Yone back, but Yone turns it around. Yone steps side to side then backs off to strike a disco pose. Kojima kicks him low! Kojima headlocks, Yone powers out, but Kojima runs him over! Fans fire up for the dancing pecs, and Kojima runs, but Yone runs him over! Yone strikes the pose again, but Kojima gets to the corner. Tenzan tags in, so Tany tags in, too. Fans rally up as the big boys meet now!

Tenzan and Tany tie up, Tenzan pushes Tany away, but they tie up again. Tenzan puts Tany on the ropes, lets off, but Tany avoids the Mongolian Chop! Tany kicks, runs, but Tenzan runs him over! Tenzan hits the Mongolian Chops! And again! And again! Tany falls, Tenzan stomps and he drags Tany up. Kojima gets in to knock Akitoshi and Yone off the apron! TenCozy coordinate on Tany for forearms and Mongolian Chops! Kojima Mongolian Chops, then Tenzan headbutts! TenCozy keeps on Tany, they double whip him to the corner, Tenzan runs in but Tany runs him over! Kojima kicks Tany and runs, but into a scoop! Tany SLAMS Kojima on Tenzan!

Nagata gets in to attack Tany! But Tany scoops Nagata to SLAM him on Tenzan, too! Tany does a Jump Man pose, then he drags Tenzan over to bump off buckles. Tag to Akitoshi, but Tenzan headbutts and Mongolian Chops! Or rather, Yokohama Hammers? Tenzan still does have to consider that time he lost to Great-O-Khan. But anyway, Tenzan whips Akitoshi to a corner, runs in and clotheslines! Fans fire up as Tenzan calls his shot, TENZAN BRAINBUSTER! Tenzan crawls to the cover, TWO! Fans rally up, Tenzan runs but Akitoshi kicks a leg out! Tenzan hits buckles, Akitoshi runs corner to corner, and he hits a big clothesline!

Akitoshi reels Tenzan in, and he gets Tenzan up for a stalling suplex, and holds until 10, then 20 before the SLAM! Cover, TWO!! Tenzan survives but Akitoshi tags in Yone. Tany also gets in as Yone blasts Nagata and Kojima off the apron! Tany and Yone get Tenzan up, they double whip him to ropes, and they double shoulder Tenzan down! Yone and Tany pose together, then Yone gets Tenzan up. Akitoshi jumps back in, Yone and Tany put Tenzan through the ropes, and they dig their boots into Tenzan. The ref has to keep Kojima back, and Funky Express let off. Yone covers, TWO! Fans rally up but Yone drags Tenzan up.

Yone whips Tenzan to a corner, runs in to clothesline, but Tenzan Mongolian Chops! And again, and again, and again! But Yone kicks low, runs to ropes, but Tenzan hits the MOUNTAIN BOMB! Fans fire up, Tenzan tags in Nagata! Nagata BOOTS Akitoshi and DECKS Tany to then KICK away on Yone! Yone ends up in a corner, Nagata whips him corner to corner and runs in to BOOT! Yone blocks the Exploder, but Nagata ROCKS him to then BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up, Nagata drags Yone up. Yone blocks the suplex, Nagata throws body shots and forearms! Yone forearms back!

Nagata forearms again, Yone gives it back, and they go faster and faster! Fans rally up, Yone gets the edge and he eggs Nagata on. Nagata fires forearms back, then runs, but Yone SHOTGUN BOOTS! Hot tag to Tany! Tany whips Nagata to the corner, runs in and clotheslines! Tany whips the other way and clotheslines again! Tan then brings Nagata in, but Nagata fights the choke slam! Nagata gets the EXPLODER! Fans fire up and Nagata hurries, hot tag to Kojima! Kojima kicks Tany, fires off forearms, whips him to ropes but Tany reverses. Kojima comes back and DECKS Tany with a forearm! Kojima fires MACHINE GUN CHOPS on Tany in the corner!

Yone rushes in but he gets added to the MACHINE GUN CHOPS! Kojima finishes Yone off to then fire off more MACHINE GUN CHOPS on Tany! Kojima whips Tan corner to corner and runs in to forearm smash! Kojima shoves Tany down, fires up, but Akitoshi gets in! Akitoshi ROCKET LAUNCHES Kojima down! Akitoshi and Tany hit Nagata and Tenzan, and Funky Express go after Kojima together. Forearm, forearm, BOOT, URENAGE! Akitoshi positions Kojima as Tany climbs, for a FLYING SPLASH! Cover, Tenzan and Nagata break it! Akitoshi and Yone throw them out, and fans are fired up with Tany!

Tany drags Kojima up, waistlocks, but Kojima fights free! COZY CUTTER!! Both men are down and fans are thunderous! Kojima crawls, Nagata gets in but Tany hits first! Tany whips, Nagata reverses and runs in, SHINING WIZARD! Feed to TENCOZY CUTTER! Cover, Yone breaks it in time! Tenzan elbows Yone out,  Nagata keeps Akitoshi at bay! Kojima throws off the armband as fans rally up! Kojima runs, into a POWERSLAM! Tany fires up, choke grips and gets Kojima up, CHOKE SLAM!! Cover, TWO!?! Tany can’t believe it! He roars and runs, but into a COZY LARIAT! Cover, Third Gen wins!

Winners: Third Gen, by pinfall

Score one for NJPW! Will this be the spark that helps NJPW take the series?

 

10 Man Tag: Master Wato, Ryusuke Taguchi & Goto-Hashi-Ishii VS Kinya Okada, Yoshiki Inamura, Daiki Inaba, Hajime Ohara & Daisuke Harada!

The Way of the Grandmaster, the Funky Weapon, the Fierce Warrior, the Head Hunter and Stone Pitbull take on members of NOAH’s main unit! Will Team Six or Nine and Chaos’ top trio take another win for NJPW? Or will NOAH’s Infinite Beast Warrior, Great Rush, NEVER BACK DOWN, Devil Ray and Young Master do them proud?

Oh no, technical difficulties… You can hear the match but you can’t see it. It sounds like Ishii and… Okay, the video is finally back and it’s Inamura in there with him. Inamura throws a BIG clubbing shot, but Ishii ROCKS him back. Inamura CLUBS, Ishii ROCKS, repeat! Ishii eggs Inamura on and the shots keep coming! Ishii ROCKS Inamura and he falls back! Ishii kicks Inamura, slaps him around, but Inamura gets up. Ishii forearms, Inamura CLUBS him again! Ishii felt that one, and Inamura whips Ishii corner to corner. Ishii reverses, Inamura comes back and RAMS shoulders! Ishii ROCKS Inamura, runs, but Inamura runs him over!

Fans fire up and Inamura snarls. Inamura drags Ishii up, suplexes, but Ishii blocks! Fans rally, the two fight for suplex control, and Ishii suplexes Inamura! Inamura gets right up, he rushes Ishii, Ishii catches him, but Inamura suplexes Ishii! And does a squat before the SLAM! But Ishii gets up! They RAM shoulders, Inamura throws a forearm, but Ishii runs Inamura over! Tag to Hashi, he drags Inamura up to throw forearms and CHOPS in the corner. Hashi whips corner to corner, Inamura reverses and then catches Hashi for a scoop and SLAM! Inmura DECKS Ishii off the apron, tag to Kinya!

Kinya BOOTS Hashi, whips him to a corner, runs corner to corner and back elbows! Kinya keeps running to run Hashi over! The rest of Team NOAH blasts NJPW off the corner, then they all get Hashi. They double whip Hashi to a corner, back elbow, back elbow, back elbow, forearm and clothesline! Kinya gut wrench SUPLEXES, covers, Goto breaks it! Kinya fires off on Goto, runs, but Goto fireman’s carries to USHIGOROSHI! But Daiki runs in and runs Goto over! Goto bails out, Daiki PLANCHA! Wato gets in and builds speed but he runs into a mule kick! Hajime whips Wato but he uses that to TORNILLO out onto Daiki!

Taguchi runs in and he clobbers everyone on NOAH! Then TRIANGLE JUMP onto Hajime! SUPER CROSSBODY from Harada! Ishii and Inamura are back in and they RAM shoulders again! Ishii gets around, waistlocks, BIG back suplex! Fans fire up as Ishii and Hashi double whip Inamura. Inamura DOUBLE CLOTHESLINES first! Inamura and Kinya fire up and Inamura whips Kinya for Kinya to whip Inamura, SPLASH on Hashi! Kinya runs in and BOOTS! Kinya reels Hashi into a SAMOAN DROP! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up and Kinya roars! Kinya KICKS away on Hashi, then KICKS him down! Cover, TWO!

Kinya is roaring, he gets Hashi back up, but Hashi blocks the scoop! NOAH fights to keep NJPW out of the ring, and Hashi fires off body shots. Hashi elbows Kinya, then CHOPS! And SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO!! Kinya survives and fans are thunderous! Hashi gets the leg, HALF CRAB! Kinya endures, NJPW has to keep NOAH Out now! Hashi makes it a FULL BOSTON CRAB! Kinya endures, fights, but Hashi sits deep! Kinya taps, NJPW wins again!

Winners: Wato, Taguchi, Goto, Hashi & Ishii, by pinfall

NJPW is leading 2-0-1 now! But there are still a lot of matches left, will NOAH make their comeback with the very next match?

 

SHO VS Atsushi Kotoge!

The Murder Machine not only wants to show NJPW’s power, but the House of Torture’s power! But will Sho be in for a shock against the Pink Hot Blooded Young Man?

Sho is fired up, but then the bell rings and he bails out before Atsushi rushes him. Sho doesn’t seem to care now, but Atsushi rushes out after him! Atsushi CLUBS Sho down, drags him up and whips him back into the ring. Fans fire up as Atsushi stomps Sho then whips corner to corner. Atsushi runs and BOOTS, then whips, runs and BOOTS Sho again! Atsushi whips again but Sho reverses to rake eyes! Sho runs, but Atsushi BOOTS him down! Sho bails out again but Atsushi builds speed. Sho uses a NOAH Young Lion as a shield! Atsushi has to slam on the brakes, and the ref reprimands, but Sho whips the Young Lion into railing!

Sho laughs at the Young Lion’s pain, then he slides in as Atsushi slides out after him. Sho continues to laugh, Atsushi goes to check on the Young Lion. Atsushi gets back in as fans rally up, but Sho rushes over. Atsushi shoulders into Sho, but Sho stops him from suplexing Sho out! Sho bends the fingers, CLUBS the arm, sweeps the legs, and runs to basement dropkick Atsushi to the floor. Sho then goes to the apron to PENALTY KICK! Sho drags Atsushi up, and whips him into railing! Atsushi flops down, the Young Lion is up and wants after Sho! The ref keeps him back but Sho uses this distraction to grab a corner crossbar cover. Sho uses that to smother Atsushi!

The ref sees this and Sho lets go. Fans rally up, Sho drags Atsushi up and into the ring. Sho stomps Atsushi, and then claws his eyes! The ref reprimands and counts, Sho lets off at 4. Sho looms over Atsushi as he sits up. Fans rally, Sho CLUBS Atsushi, then kicks him. Atsushi CHOPS back! Sho eggs Atsushi on, Atsushi CHOPS and CHOPS and ROCKS Sho with a forearm! Atsushi fires off on Sho at the ropes and fans fire up, but Sho rakes the eyes! The ref counts, Sho stops at 4, then whips. Atsushi reverses to dropkick Sho down! Sho bails out, Atsushi builds speed and FLIES! Direct hit with the tope con hilo!

Sho begs for mercy but Atsushi stomps Sho, then puts him in the ring. Sho crawls, Atsushi stalks him and drags him up. Atsushi wrenches the arm, whips Sho to the corner, and then runs in for a clothesline! Atsushi keeps moving, another clothesline! And another! And another! Then a BULLDOG! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up, Atsushi stalks Sho to ropes, and he drags Sho up. Atsushi reels Sho in but Sho blocks the urenage and pulls on the hair! Sho lets go, but Atsushi kicks back. The ref is used as a shield! SPEAR! Sho drags Atsushi back up, wrenches the arm and he kicks, kicks and SUPER- NO! Atsushi blocks that to CHOP! And CHOP! And CHOP!

Sho rakes eyes again! The ref counts, Sho lets off at 4, then he whips Atsushi in the corner. Sho runs but into a SHOTGUN BOOT! Atsushi drags Sho back up, reels him in, SIDE EFFECT! Cover, TWO! Atsushi drags Sho to a drop zone, goes up top, but Sho shoves the ref in to trip Atsushi up! The Young Lion gets up on the apron and Sho drags him in! Sho stomps the Young Lion then tells the ref the Young Lion got in on his own. This is all a distraction and Sho goes to get his wrench! Sho aims, WRENCH SHOT to Atsushi!! Cover, Sho wins!

Winner: Sho, by pinfall

Well, it wasn’t very fair, but NJPW has its third win! Sho mocks the NOAH Young Lion, and he stands on Atsushi, but will he face the consequences of this soon enough?

 

Taiji Ishimori & Gedo VS Seiki Yoshioka & HAYATA!

Fang Revived was supposed to be part of this, but after what he went through against The Ace, he was in no shape to compete! Can the Bone Soldier and “The Blacksmith” win one for Bullet Club and NJPW? Or will Stinger finally get NOAH on the board?

The teams sort out and fans rally up. Bullet Club Lowe Sweets, and Taiji starts against Seiki. They circle and fans rally up more. They tie up, Taiji pushes Seiki to ropes. The ref calls the ropebreak, Taiji pats Seiki on the shoulders, but then Gedo pulls Seiki’s hair! Taiji kicks Seiki, blasts Hayata off the apron, then comes back to mug Seiki with Gedo. Bullet Club double whip, Seiki gets around to shove Taiji into Gedo! Seiki knees low, things speed up, Taiji swings but Seiki dodges to KNEE Taiji down! Seiki storms up to Taiji in the corner and Taiji wants mercy. He gets a KICK instead! Seiki drags Taiji up to ROCK him, then whips him corner to corner.

Taiji slips through the ropes, slides under Seiki, then slips out to shoulder in. Taiji springboards to SEATED SENTON! Taiji DECKS Hayata, then he goes back to Seiki. Fans rally, Taiji throws Seiki out but then Taiji gets in the ref’s face. Gedo takes off his belt to LASH Seiki! Hayata protests but Gedo LASHES Seiki again! And again! Seiki scrambles around the way, Gedo LASHES Seiki again! Hayata tries to point this all out but Gedo puts Seiki in the ring. Taiji drags Seiki up and he CLAWS Seiki’s back! Taiji drags Seiki up, reels him in, and CLAWS Seiki again. The ref reprimands but Taiji tags Gedo.

Gedo drags Seiki up and Gedo CLAWS Seiki! The ref argues with Gedo but Taiji grabs Seiki from the corner to CLAW him more! Seiki flounders against ropes, Gedo stalks up to a corner, and he CLAWS Seiki in the corner! The ref reprimands, Gedo brings Seiki over to bump Seiki off Taiji’s boot! Tag to Taiji, he drags Seiki up to ROCK him with haymakers! Seiki KICKS back! Taiji eggs Seiki on, then he blocks a kick to DECK Seiki! Gedo likes what he sees, then tags in. Gedo drags Seiki up, snapmares and he eggs Hayata on. Hayata jumps in but the ref keeps him back, and Gedo CHOKES Seiki while the ref argues with Hayata! Then Gedo covers, TWO!

Gedo argues the count, but then he stands on Seiki to spin and scrape Seiki’s face! Gedo runs to fist drop, covers, but the ref says no because of the closed fist! Gedo gest pissed, but he takes it out on Seiki with a chinlock. Seiki endures as Gedo grinds him down, and the ref makes sure the chinlock isn’t a choke. Seiki fights, fans rally, and Seiki throws elbows. Seiki is free, he runs, and whips Gedo to CALF KICK him down! Seiki and Gedo crawl, hot tag to Taiji and he blasts Hayata to deny him the tag! Taiji drags Seiki up, whips him to a corner, he blocks boots to ENZIGURI, then go side to side for the SLIDING GERMAN! Taiji gets in to cover, TWO!

Fans rally, Taiji brings Seiki up to gut wrench but Seiki slips out to waistlock. Seiki ducks Taiji’s elbow and ENZIGURIS Taiji down! Hot tag to Hayata! Hayata whips, atomic drops and then runs to to BOOT Taiji down! Hayata kips up, fans fire up, and Hayata scoops. Taiji slips out to waistlock, Hayata switches but Taiji elbows him away. Taiji whips, Hayata reverses and kicks low! Hayata whips, Taiji handsprings, NEURALIZER! Both men are down but fans fire up. Gedo tags in, he hits a JAWBREAKER to a SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO! Gedo argues the count again but he aims from a corner. Hayata gets up, Gedo mule kicks a leg out!

Gedo goes to hook the arms but Hayata slips out the back and trips Gedo up! Gedo staggers and checks his nose. Hayata runs in but blocks the boot! Gedo wants mercy but Hayata throws the foot down. Gedo rakes the eyes! Gedo whips, Hayata reverses to PELE! Hayata brings Gedo in, Gedo blocks the suplex, and Taiji BOOTS Hayata down! Seiki gets in, Taiji kicks him first. Taiji whips, Seiki reverses and KICKS Taiji to then RUNNING AX KICK! Gedo gets up, Seiki gives him a CODE BREAKER! Seiki then goes to the apron, ASAI MOONSAULT takes out Taiji at the ramp! Fans fire up as Hayata gets Gedo up, crosses the arms, DDT!

Hayata dares Gedo to get up. Fans rally, Hayata SPIKE-RANAS! Cover off the “Headache,” Stinger wins!

Winners: Seiki Yoshioka & Hayata, by pinfall

NOAH finally scores! The score is now 3-1-1 in NJPW’s favor, can NOAH make a series out of this?

 

El Desperado & DOUKI VS NOSAWA RONGAI & YO-HEY!

The Rogue Luchador & Japones Del Mal are first up for Suzuki-Gun, and taking on Perros Del Mal de Japon’s Japanese Juggalo Sensation and Bamboo Dragonfly! Will NJPW continue their dominance? Or is this the start of the comeback?

Desperado shows off his IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship, and PDMDJ attacks! Rongai stomps Desperado and Yo-Hey is after Douki! The ref reprimands, the bell rings to get this on record, and Rongai throws Desperado’s title out of the ring! Rongai and Yo-Hey whip Desperado and Douki at each other, but Suzuki-Gun dosidos to come back with back elbows! Then Suzuki-Gun whips PDMDJ, they dosido but Suzuki-Gun dodges! Yo-Hey and Rongai hit buckles, then Desperado and Douki go corner to corner to hit back elbows! Suzuki-Gun coordinates, Douki runs and Desperado gives him an alley-oop for the forearm smash!

Fans cheer and Douki scrapes Yo-Hey out of the ring. Rongai wants mercy but Desperado is upset about what happened to the belt. Desperado digs his boots in, the ref counts and Desperado lets off. Desperado drags Rongai up, brings him around but Rongai throws forearms. Desperado hits back so Rongai throws a haymaker. Desperado CHOPS, Rongai throws another haymaker. Desperado forearms, Rongai throat chops! Desperado ELBOWS Rongai down! Fans fire up, Desperado and Yo-Hey talk trash on each other, and Desperado drags Rongai up. The ref is busy with Yo-Hey, and Rongai LOW BLOWS!

Douki protests but Rongai tags Yo-Hey in. Desperado crawls over, tag to Douki, and Douki goes right at Yo-Hey! Douki whips, Yo-Hey reverses and things speed up. Yo-Hey hurdles, Douki leaps over, they keep moving, Yo-Hey RANAS but Douki handsprings through! Douki runs, arm-drags Yo-Hey, then dropkicks him down! Fans fire up with Douki, and he brings Yo-Hey up to scoop, SLAM and run, but Rongai gets a cheap shot in! Yo-Hey tags Rongai, they double whip Douki to a corner, then they both run, slide and trip Douki to POST him by his pipe! And we’re not talking the metal one he brings to the ring!

Douki flops out of the ring but Rongai drags Douki up and puts him back in. Rongai stands on Douki’s face, the fans rally up and Rongai talks more trash. Rongai stomps Douki, the ref has to keep Desperado back, and Rongai brings Douki over for Yo-Hey to get a cheap shot in. Yo-Hey tags in, he pats Douki on the back, but Douki throws hands. Yo-Hey laughs those off, but then that third one upsets him. Yo-Hey ducks the clothesline to mule kick and CALF KICK! Then Yo-Hey kips up and fires up! Yo-Hey encourages the fans to rally up, and then he brings Douki up to reel him in. Douki denies the Twist of Fate to waistlock, Yo-Hey switches, but Douki elbows free.

Douki runs, but Yo-Hey reels him in. Yo-Hey ducks all the kicks, calls Douki a “BAKAAA~! (Idiot)” and runs, but into Douki’s somersault HEADBUTT! Both men are down, fans fire up, and both men crawl. Hot tag to Desperado! Desperado rallies, knocks Rongai down but Yo-Hey double CHOPS! Yo-Hey whips, Desperado reverses, SPINEBUSTER! High stack, TWO! STRETCH MUFFLER! Yo-Hey scrambles, gets the ROPEBREAK, and Desperado lets go to stomp away on Yo-Hey! The ref reprimands, Desperado stops, and he drags Yo-Hey up. Yo-Hey fires a forearm but Desperado hits back!

Yo-Hey fires another forearm, but Desperado hits back. They go back and forth, fans rally up as they pick up speed, and Desperado CHOPS! Desperado suplexes, Yo-Hey slips out but Desperado elbows back. Desperado runs, into a DROPKICK! Fans fire up while both men are down! Yo-Hey crawls, tag to Rongai! Rongai and Yo-Hey stomp Desperado and stand on him to taunt the NJPW fans. Fans rally up, the ref reprimands and Rongai brings Desperado up. Desperado fights back against them both, but he runs into a DOUBLE FLAPJACK! Cover, TWO!! Rongai and Yo-Hey double whip, Rongai runs in but misses in the corner!

Desperado dodges Yo-Hey, Yo-Hey elbows but Desperado pulls him back, but runs into a DROPSAULT! Rongai holds Desperado, Yo-Hey builds speed, and he FLIES to take out Desperado! PDMDJ gets Desperado up but Douki is there! He mule kicks and ASAI MOONSAULTS, but only gets Yo-Hey! Rongai realizes what happened, and fans fire up! The ring count starts, Rongai puts Desperado in. Rongai drags Desperado up, and he goes after the m ask! Desperado protests but the ref is busy with the others. Douki gets in to ENZUGIRI Rongai! Douki runs in but is sent sliding out! Desperado rolls Rongai up, TWO!!

Desperado hurries to spin Rongai around, underhooks, but Rongai blocks Pinche! Rongai spins out, cradles, TWO!! Rongai steals LOCO MONO! Desperado is seething, but he swings into Rongai’s leg trip and La- NO, Desperado fights out of Magistrol to spin, backslide, but Rongai flips over. Underhooks, PINCHE LOCO!! Cover, Suzuki-Gun wins!

Winners: El Desperado & Douki, by pinfall

FOUR wins for NJPW! What a lead! But with the superstition behind the number four, is NJPW’s luck about to run out?

 

Six Man Tag: Minoru Suzuki, Taichi & TAKA Michinoku VS Kazushi Sakuraba, Takashi Sugiura & ???

We saw the rest of Suzuki-Gun take a big win for NJPW, but now Suzuki-Gun is in action against NOAH’s Suguira-Gun! These armies are ready for war, but who comes out the big winner for their promotion?

There’s also the case of the mystery partner for Sugiura-Gun. Who joins the Top Ring IQ and the Killing Machine? It’s TORU YANO!? What a shock! Sakuraba takes the credit for this genius call, will he get his drinking buddy a KOPW 2022 opportunity with this match?

The moment Suzuki-Gun is in the ring, Suzuki wants after Yano! Yano bails out and Suzuki pursues, so Takataichi goes after Sugiura and Sakuraba! The bell rings to put this on record, Taichi chokes Sakuraba in a corner while Taka POSTS Sugiura! Suzuki gets Yano down and stomps away on him! The ref reprimands Taichi and counts, Taichi lets off of Sakuraba. Meanwhile, Suzuki and Sugiura meet after all this time, and they start throwing SLAPS! Then forearms! Suzuki body shots then knees low, Taichi is being counted again but he lets off to snapmare Sakuraba. Tatichi KICKS Sakuraba on the back, then waits for him to sit up.

Sakuraba blocks the kick to trip Taichi up! HEEL HOOK! DOUBLE HEEL HOOK with a grapevine! Taichi endures, crawls to ropes, ROPEBREAK! Sakuraba lets go slowly, then he stomps away on Taichi. Sakuraba drags Taichi up, fans rally and he whips, but Taichi reverses to wrench and DANGEROUS HOOK KICK! Taichi checks his foot after hitting the “Gracie Hunter” pretty hard there. Fans rally, Taichi drags Sakuraba up by his hair, but Sakuraba resists. Sakuraba then gets loose to Mongolian Chop! And Mongolian Chop! Taichi chokes and throws Sakuraba down! Taichi runs, but into a KNEE! But Taka gets in to CLUB Sakuraba!

Taka runs, but into a KNEE from Sakuraba! Fans fire up, Yano tags in! Yano goes to the corner and unties a buckle pad! Yano kicks the pad out, Taichi kicks Yano! But Yano throws Taichi by his hair! Yano drags Taichi up, whips him in, but Taichi stops himself before hitting bare buckles. Yano runs in, he is sent into bare buckles! GAMANGIRI! Fans fire up while Suzuki and Sugiura continue brawling! Taka POSTS Sakuraba, Taichi drags Yano out, the ref reprimands Suzuki-Gun for all this chaos! Taichi whips Yano into railing while Suzuki and Sugiura continue to throw slaps! Suzuki ROCKS Sugiura then ROCKS him again!

Taka stomps Sakuraba, Taichi puts Yano back in, and Taichi drags Yano up. Taichi CHOKES Yano, the ref is too busy with the team leaders brawling, and Taka tags in to choke Yano, too! The ref finally sees what’s going on and reprimands, then counts. Taka lets off at 2, snapmares Yano, then digs his knuckles into Yano’s forehead. The ref reprimands that, Taka stops at 4 to scrape his soles off Yano’s face! Taka ROCKS Yano with an uppercut, then tags in Suzuki. Suzuki stands Yano up, wraps an arm around ropes and PULLS! Yano endures, Suzuki bends fingers, Taichi chokes! Suzuki ROCKS Yano, then KICKS him!

Suzuki hears the fans rallying, he kicks Yano’s leg out. Suzuki drags Yano up, Yano gets up to rake eyes! Yano whips, Suzuki reverses, and Yano hits bare buckles! Suzuki kicks Yano, fires off forearms then SLAPS Yano down! Suzuki runs, into an atomic drop! Yano crawls and tags in Sugiura! Fans fire up and Sugiura BOOTS Suzuki! Sugiura runs corner to corner to BOOT! Sugiura keeps going but Suzuki follows to BOOT back! Suzuki runs, Sugiura follows now, and BOOTS Suzuki down! Sugiura runs to KNEE Suzuki into the bare buckles! But Suzuki just looks incensed! Sugiura rains down forearms on Suzuki, but Suzuki grits his teeth!

The forearms keep flying but Suzuki eggs Sugiura! Suzuki ROCKS Sugiura and then rains down forearms in return! Suzuki stands Sugiura and forearms again! The heavy shots keep flying, fans rally up, and Suzuki grins. Sugiura ROCKS Suzuki, but Suzuki nods. Fans are liking that Suzuki is getting into this! Suzuki ROCKS Sugiura, snapmares him, then runs to PENALTY KICK! But Sugiura is right back up to throw more forearms! The fans rally as the shots keep going back and forth! Suzuki eggs Sugiura on and Sugiura throws shot after shot! Sugiura ROCKS Suzuki, adds on, then reels him in, but Suzuki slips out!

Suzuki gets the SLEEPER! He doesn’t hold long before spinning Sugiura around, but Sugiura back drops out of the Gotch hold! Suzuki is back up, he SLAPS, Sugiura SLAPS! Sugiura runs but into a dropkick! Both men are down and fans are thunderous as they rally up! Suzuki and Sugiura crawl, hot tag to Taka! Takai DECKS Yano, KICKS Sakuraba, then SHINING WIZARDS Sugiura! Feed to Taichi’s SOBAT, then Taichi sets up Taka’s SUPERKICK! Cover, but Sakuraba breaks it! Taichi throws Sakuraba out, Taka scoops Sugiura but Sugiura slips out to GUILLOTINE! Suzuki gets in and he BOOTS Sugiura. Sugiura still holds on to Taka!

Suzuki throws forearms now and Sugiura lets Taka go. Taka holds Sugiura and Suzuki runs, but Yano trips him and drags him out! Sugiura breaks free, Taka pokes him in the eye! Taka kicks a leg out, La Magistrol, TWO! SHINING WIZARD! Cover, TWO! Backslide, TWO!! Taka runs, but Sugiura ROCKS him! CALF KICK from Taka, LARIAT from Sugiura! Sugiura drags Taka up, OLYMPIC SLAM! Cover, NOAH, and Yano, wins!

Winners: Kazushi Sakuraba, Takashi Sugiura & Toru Yano, by pinfall

Thanks to the Master Producer, NOAH is getting back up! We’re at 4-2-1 in NJPW’s favor, but is the gap going to close more? And has Yano at least gotten that shot at Suzuki’s KOPW 2022 trophy?

 

EVIL & Dick Togo VS Masa Kitamiya & Go Shiozaki!

The House of Torture is back as the King of Darkness and his Spoiler sidekick are in action. But will they cheat NOAH’s main unit just like Sho did? Or will Atsushi be avenged as the scales start to balance out?

The teams sort out, Bullet Club Low Sweets, and then they jump NOAH! Dick throws Masa out, Evil CLUBS away on Go! Dick helps out, Go fights back but Evil CHOPS! Dick rakes eyes, House of Torture double whip but GO DOUBLE SHOULDER TACKLES! Fans fire up and Go CHOPS Dick! Then he CHOPS Evil! Fans fire up more as House of Torture bails out. Masa CHOPS Evil, puts him in, and Go stalks Evil to a corner. Go runs in to CHOP! And MACHINE GUN CHOPS! Kojima would be proud! Go brings Evil around but Evil rakes the eyes! Evil whips Go to a corner, and surprise! Dick removes the buckle pad! The red remix on the Bullet Club special!

Masa runs in but Evil kicks him first. Evil whips Masa, Masa blocks, but Evil gets it again on the second try! Masa hits buckles, Dick goes after him on the outside. Fans rally as Dick POSTS Masa. Evil drags Go up to throw him out, the ref reprimands but Evil RAMS Go into the railing! Down goes the timekeeper area! Abe-san suffers again while Evil stands on Go’s face. Evil drags Go up and into the ring, then he drags Go up to whip back into the bare buckles! Go writhes, Evil tags Dick. Fans rally for Go but Dick drags him up to throw haymakers. Dick headlocks, punches more, then snapmares to drop a fist! Cover, TWO!

The House of Torture argues the count but Dick tags Evil. Evil looms over Go, eggs Masa on, then has the ref watch Masa while he drags Go up. Evil puts Go in the cobra twist, and Dick links up with him for leverage! The ref is too busy with Masa, Evil shoves Go down and covers, TWO! Another, TWO! Another, TWO! Evil grows frustrated while fans rally up. Evil kicks Go around, Go gets mad. Evil eggs Go on, then he pokes Go in the eye! Evil runs, but Go CLOBBERS him! Go crawls, but Evil CLUBS him down! Evil reels Go in, but Go suplexes Evil instead! Both men are down and fans fire up! Hot tag to Masa!

Masa rallies on the House of Torture, he whips Evil into the corner and clotheslines! Then corner to corner to corner clothesline again! Masa reels Evil in for a SAMOAN DROP! Dick kicks Masa, runs, but into a SAMOAN DROP! Masa drops a SENTON on Evil, then a SENTON on Dick! Fans fire up with Masa, tis is why he is Mr. Go For Broke! Masa gest the legs, steps through, but Evil rakes eyes! the ref reprimands, Evil stops but Masa just gets mad! Masa kicks but Evil blocks it and hands it to the ref to mule kick Masa down! Evil tags in Dick while fans rally up. Dick stomps Masa, throws haymakers, but Masa just fires up!

Dick ROCKS Masa but Masa rebounds to LARIAT! Both men are down, but Masa gets to his corner. Tag to Go, and fans fire up as Go runs to CHOP Dick! Dick screams in pain, but Go keeps on him with another round of MACHINE GUN CHOPS! Go CHOPS Dick on his way down! Go drags Dick up, brings him around, but Dick blocks the suplex! Evil distracts the ref by bringing in the belt, and Go is also distracted. Dick LOW BLOWS Go! Dick kicks Masa, whips him, and Masa hits the ref into the bare buckles! Evil rakes Masa’s eyes then throws him out! Dick stands on Go, and then the rest of the House of Torture shows up!

Sho and Yujiro Takahashi join in stomping on Go! If only fans could boo! Sho drags Go up, Yujiro has his pimp cane, CANE SHOT! Dick sits Go up to use the SPOILER CHOKER! Fans rally for NOAH as Go endures, and Masa SPEARS Evil down! Masa gest mugged, Sho and Yujiro double whip, but Masa DOUBLE SPEARS! Now THAT is going for broke! Dick prayers for mercy, then he pokes Masa in the eye! Dick whips Masa to a corner, but Masa comes back to SPEAR Dick down! Masa gets the ref, Dick staggers up into Go’s CHOP! Go fisherman BUSTERS! Cover, Evil gets in to break it! Masa hits the SAITO! And then, the PRISON LOCK!

Evil endures the kneeling Figure Four while Go drags Dick up. Go powers up to LARIAT Dick point blank! Cover, NOAH wins!

Winners: Masa Kitamiya & Go Shiozaki, by pinfall

The House of Torture just got demolished! And now we’re standing at 4-3-1! Is NOAH about to tie things up? Or can NJPW’s more upstanding wrestlers redeem their record?

 

Zack Sabre Jr. & Yoshinobu Kanemaru VS Yoshinari Ogawa & Naomichi Marufuji!

The rest of Suzuki-Gun has already competed, and the faction is 1-1 with NOAH. Will the Submission Master & Heel Master make Rat Boy and Dr. Marufuji Jr. #JustTapOut? Or will the alliance of Sugiura-Gun and M’s Alliance tie this series right up?

The teams sort out, fans rally up already, and Ogawa starts against ZSJ. ZSJ and Ogawa circle, tie up, and Ogawa clinches to drag ZSJ down. ZSJ slips out the back and they go again. They tie up, ZSJ gets Ogawa in a straitjacket, but Ogawa spins it right onto ZSJ. ZSJ tries that but Ogawa just puts the straitjacket back on ZSJ. ZSJ rolls back to put Ogawa in the straitjacket, Ogawa tries to wriggle out but ZSJ brings it right back up. Ogawa spins it around onto ZSJ, but ZSJ moves around. ZSJ wriggles free, puts Ogawa in the jacket, but Ogawa turns it right back around! ZSJ slips under and boots Ogawa away, and fans cheer the exchange.

Fans rally up as the two reset. They tie up, ZSJ cravats, Ogawa rolls but ZSJ holds on! ZSJ brings Ogawa up, Ogawa breaks free but ZSJ gets him again. Ogawa kicks and runs, and he counters ZSJ’s hip toss with a hip toss, but ZSJ cravats again! ZSJ avoids the break, but Ogawa arm-drags him away, and fans cheer the standoff! Fans rally, Marufuji tags in, and he wants Kanemaru! Kanemaru tags in, fans are all fired up, and these two circle. They tie up, Marufuji headlocks but Kanemaru powers out. Marufuji boots Kanemaru, but Kanemaru rebounds. Things keep moving, Marufuji hurdles, Kanemaru waistlocks but Marufuji switches.

Kanemaru elbows free, runs, but Marufuji follows. Kanemaru dodges, fakes Marufuji out, and then bails out as Marufuji rushes back over. Fans cheer the savvy, Marufuji and Kanemaru argue as Kanemaru wants to get back in. Fans rally up, Kanemaru dares Marufuji to come out after him, and then Kanemaru slides in as Marufuji slides out. Kanemaru baseball slides Marufuji, ZSJ gets in to run Ogawa off. Kanemaru whips Marufuji into railing! Kanemaru puts the leg around the railing and BOOTS it! Marufuji drops, Kanemaru drags him around and SMASHES the knee into the floor! ZSJ adds on with a toehold!

ZSJ turns Marufuji around to ANKLE LOCK, and then he STOMPS the leg! Kanemaru goes into the ring and Marufuji hobbles up as the ring count starts. Marufuji gets in, Kanemaru drags him up and whips him to ropes. Kanemaru dropkicks the leg out! Kanemaru stomps away on the leg, drops an elbow on the knee then has a toehold. Marufuji endures, Kanemaru drops a knee on the knee, then tags ZSJ. ZSJ gets the leg and has a toehold of his own. ZSJ uses his own head for leverage as he pushes Marufuji’s legs as far apart as he can! ZSJ then steps through to tie up the legs for an INDIAN DEATHLOCK!

Marufuji endures, Ogawa gets in and he fires off on ZSJ! ZSJ gets Ogawa for a cobra twist! It’s a double submission stack! Kanemaru gets in to stand on Marufuji’s knee, but then he goes back as the ref reprimands. Kanemaru tags in, he and ZSJ stand on Marufuji while ZSJ exits. Kanemaru stomps Marufuji’s leg, Marufuji hobbles up to CHOP! Kanemaru kicks the leg out! Then he YANKS it! Fans rally up, Kanemaru brings Marufuji up and has the leg, for a SHIN BREAKER! Tag to ZSJ, and ZSJ gets the bad leg to stomp away on it! ZSJ YANKS the leg, then he drags Marufuji up to whip. Marufuji whips but ZSJ avoids the dropkick!

ZSJ has the standing toehold, but Marufuji turns over, reels ZSJ in and hits a headlock takeover, but ZSJ headscissors. Marufuji kips free, but ZSJ ducks the back hand to headbutt low! ZSJ EuroUppers, whips, but Marufuji manages to cartwheel and dropkick! Hot tag to Ogawa, and he rallies on Suzuki-Gun! Ogawa whips ZSJ, elbows him down, elbows Kanemaru, hip tosses everybody, and then again! Fans fire up, Ogawa CLUBS ZSJ then whips him at Kanemaru, but ZSJ reverses. Ogawa uses that to elbow Kanemaru, then he comes back to elbow ZSJ. Kanemaru runs in but Ogawa sends him into ZSJ, then throws him out!

Fans fire up as Ogawa whips ZSJ to ropes, but ZSJ spins it around to hook the arms. Ogawa holds off the backslide, ZSJ spins things around, and he wrangles Ogawa down to STOMP the arm, and GROUND DRAGON SCREW! Tag to Kanemaru, Kanemaru whips but Ogawa reverses. Kanemaru dropkicks a leg out! Ogawa fights off the shin breaker but Kanemaru kicks the leg again. Kanemaru runs, Ogawa avoids the basement dropkick and DOUBLE STOMPS Kanemaru down! Ogawa drags Kanemaru up, whips him into buckles but runs into a BOOT! Kanemaru goes up, but leaps into a FALLING ATOMIC DROP! Ogawa uses one of Kanemaru’s tricks against him!

Ogawa waistlocks Kanemaru, but Kanemaru grabs at the ref! The ref gets away but he misses the LOW BLOW! Both men are down and fans rally up! Hot tag to Marufuji and he drags Kanemaru up. Marufuji puts Kanemaru in a corner, then CHOPS! Marufuji then goes corner to corner to back elbow! Marufuji keeps moving, but runs into a mule kick! Kanemaru runs, Marufuji follows and LARIATS him down! Fans rally, Marufuji gets Kanemaru up to suplex. Kanemaru fights free, ducks the superkick and kicks the leg. Marufuji CHOPS, runs, but into a basement dropkick! Both men down and fans rally up!

Kanemaru and Marufuji crawl, Kanemaru is in the neutral corner to dropkick the leg out again! Kanemaru steps through, FIGURE FOUR! ZSJ DECKS Ogawa! ZSJ keeps Ogawa down on the outside while Marufuji endures! Marufuji crawls over, drags Kanemaru along, but Kanemaru adds more pressure! Marufuji drags himself over, but Kanemaru drags him back! Marufuji keeps his shoulders up, Ogawa gets in to stomp Kanemaru! ZSJ kicks Ogawa back out while Kanemaru lets Marufuji free. Fans rally up even harder, and Kanemaru brings Marufuji around. Scoop and BRITISH FALL! Kanemaru goes up for the MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO!!

Fans are thunderous while Kanemaru argues the count. Ogawa hits ZSJ back with body shots, but Kanemaru gets Marufuji up. Kanemaru goes to suplex but Marufuji resists! Kanemaru keeps trying but Marufuji slips free. Marufuji suplexes, throws Kanemaru and SUPERKICKS! Marufuji cravats but Kanemaru shoves him into the ref! The ref goes down, Kanemaru gets up to ENZIGURI! Fans fire up as Kanemaru crawls to the corner. Kanemaru gets his whiskey! He takes a big swig, and then he drags Marufuji, but Marufuji blocks to HOOK KICK! The whiskey sprays into the air, Marufuji fires off a KNEE, HEEL KICK, HOOK KICK, and ANOTHER KNEE! Cover, ZSJ breaks it!

Ogawa kicks ZSJ out, Marufuji vows to end this! Marufuji turns around but Kanemaru gets a victory roll! TWO, KNEE from Marufuji! Marufuji straitjackets for the TIGER KING ZERO!! Cover off the blindside knee, TWO!?! Kanemaru survives, but Marufuji hooks Kanemaru with a hammerlock, SHIN TORA-OH!! And then SLICED BREAD!! Cover, NOAH wins!

Winners: Yoshinari Ogawa & Naomichi Marufuji, by pinfall

ZSJ and Ogawa keep their eyes on each other, but now things are all tied up! 4-4-1, two matches left, is there going to be a sweep to finish this?

 

10 Man Tag: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS KONGO!

Bushi, Sanada, Hiromu, Takagi y Naito are battling all together, after splitting the difference during WrestleKingdom’s first two nights. But the New Century Champion had to go and rub salt in the wound pointing out that the Rampaging Dragon no longer has the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship. Will Black Mask, Cold Skull, Ticking Timebomb and the Uncontrollable Charisma help Takagi silence Kenoh, Aleja, Tadasuke, Manabu Soya and Katsuhiko Nakajima?

Fans rally up as the factions stare down. But Nakajima steps up and he takes a seat while he waits. LIJ fist bump, and Naito starts, much to the surprise of the crowd. Fans are thunderous at the bell and Nakajima is smiling. Nakajima and Naito slowly circle, approach, but back away. They circle and approach again, but Naito grins as he backs away again. Naito and Nakajima go again but Naito side steps Nakajima. But Kongo clears the corner to go after LIJ! Naito is shocked and Nakajima throws him out! Nakajima keeps on Naito, Tadasuke is after Hiromu, Kenoh whips Takagi but Takagi reverses and Kenoh crashes into railing! Kenoh comes back to fire forearms!

Nakajima rakes Naito’s eyes and has him against railing, smiling all the time. The ref reprimands, Nakajima lets off, Kenoh POSTS Takagi! Nakajima puts Naito back in, and he whips Naito to ropes. Naito holds ropes, boots Nakajima back and waistlocks. Nakajima switches, full nelsons, but Naito arm-drags free. Things speed up, Naito arm-drags then headlocks for a takeover. Nakajima headscissors but Naito kips free to tranquilo! Nakajima mirrors Naito, but then Kongo stomps away on Naito! LIJ regroups as they get in and back Kongo off. The battle lines are drawn, Naito mocks Kenoh and Kenoh stomps him! The brawling breaks out again!

Takagi rams his shoulders into Soya in the corner while Aleja, Nakajima and Tadasuke throw the rest out. Kenoh scrapes Naito out. Takagi brings Soya out, but fans are fired up as the teams regroup again. Naito takes his time returning and Nakajima waits. Naito tags Hiromu, so Nakajima tags in Aleja. Aleja gets around Hiromu and CHOPS him, Hiromu CHOPS back! They CHOP back and forth, fans rally up as they go faster! Hiromu CHOPS, talks trash, but Aleja SLAPS Hiromu! Aleja runs, HIromu drops and hurdles but Aleja leaps over. Things keep moving, Aleja dodges Hiromu but Hriomu SUPERKICKS to front kick!

Hiromu fireman’s carries but Aleja slips free as Hiromu heads for the corner. Aleja runs in, Hiromu dodges and runs, but Aleja avoids the basement dropkick! Aleja dropkicks Hiromu’s legs out, but Hiromu ducks the basement dropkick to waistlock. Aleja fights with elbows, dodges the lariat and RANAS Hiromu out! Fans fire up, Aleja runs but fakes Hiromu out, so Hiromu takes it out on Haoh at ringside by whipping him into railing! Soya gets after Hiromu but Hiromu gets in the ring. Aleja gets in, Hiromu kicks and whips but Aleja reverses. Aleja then runs in but Hiromu puts him on the apron. Aleja GAMANGIRIS, then springboards, missile dropkick!

Fans fire up, Aleja drags Hiromu up. Aleja ducks the clothesline, kicks low, runs but into a basement dropkick! Bushi is in to dropkick Aleja’s legs out the Hiromu basement dropkicks Aleja down! Bushi slips away, Hiromu drags Aleja up and brings him to the corner. Takagi tags in, they mug Aleja, and Takagi brings Aleja up to whip and run over with a shoulder! Takagi drags Aleja back up, scoops and SLAMS him, then drops elbow after elbow! Then a SENTON! Cover, ONE as Tadasuke jumps in to get Takagi’s attention. Takagi drags Aleja up, snapmares him then runs, but hits Kenoh! Kenoh is pissed and he gets in to brawl with Takagi!

Kenoh KICKS and KICKS, but Takagi blocks for a DRAGON SCREW! Fans fire up, Kenoh bails out, and Takagi goes back to Aleja. Takagi bumps Aleja off buckles, Bushi tags in! Bushi stomps then bumps Aleja off buckles, then DOUBLE CHOPS in the corner! Bushi whips corner to corner, runs in but Aleja dodges! Aleja runs in but into a SWING KICK! Bushi goes up, missile dropkick! BUSHIROONI! Fans fire up as Bushi stomps Aleja, then drags him up. Bushi has the leg, but no fisherman screw as Aleja slips through! Bshi kicks, whips, but Aleja dropkicks the legs out! Aleja ENZIGURIS, and Kongo attacks LIJ again!

Tadasuke gets Bushi up while Nakajima keeps the ref distracted so that even the extra members can get in! Tadasuke drops an elbow, then Aleja drops an elbow, followed by Nioh, Haoh, and then Soya and Kenoh! Kongo all flex with double guns as a team celebration! Then the legal members stomp away on Bushi. The ref finishes with Nakajima to reprimand the members he sees. Tadasuke rips Bushi’s shirt off, throws it to the crowd, and Soya tags in. Soya drags Bushi up, he whips Bushi to ropes, and he wraps on a SLEEPER! Bushi endures the SLEEPER SWING! Soya throws Bushi down, covers, TWO!

Soya drags Bushi up, CLUBS him on the back, then tags Kenoh in. Kenoh stands on Bushi’s neck and eggs on LIJ. Kenoh gets in Naito’s face, Tadasuke gets his boot in! Kenoh swipes at Naito but he gets away, Cheshire cat grin on his face. LIJ points out what Tadasuke’s up to but Kongo gets away with. Kenoh KICKS Bushi down, tags Nakajima back in, and Nakajima drags Bushi up. Nakajima snapmares and KICKS Bushi in the back. Nakajima stands for a cocky cover, TWO! Fans rally up, Nakajima drags Bushi but Bushi is dead weight. Aleja tags in but Tadasuke hops in with him, and they drag Bushi up to double whip.

Bushi runs into double kicks, double wrench, RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP and basement dropkick! Tadasuke shouts out Jericho with the cocky “C’MON, BABY!” cover. TWO, and Hiromu rushes in! Tadasuke blocks his kick and turns Hiromu around to CLAW his back! Hiromu writhes out of the ring, Aleja stalks Bushi and fans rally up. Bushi fires back on Aleja with forearms but Aleja kicks low. Aleja runs, into a BIG dropkick! Both men are down, hot tag to Soya, and Tadasuke gets in to stop Bushi! Soya knocks Sanada off the apron, he CLUBS Bushi, then he and Tadasuke double whip Bushi to ropes.

Bushi holds those ropes, BOOTS Soya, then shoves Tadasuke into him! Bushi gets them both for a DOUBLE RANA! Fans fire up, hot tag to Sanada! It’s been since their days in AJPW but Sanada fires off on Soya! Sanada whips, Soya reverses, Sanada dropkicks the legs out! Kenoh and Nakajima get in and attack Sanada to then double whip him to the corner. Nakajima sends Kenoh in but Sanada dodges to dropkick Nakajima’s leg! Then Sanada dropkicks Kenoh down! PLANCHA for Soya! Fans are fired up for Cold Skull and he encourages them to get louder. They get louder and Sanada brings Soya up to put in the ring. Sanada covers, TWO!

Sanada drags Soya up, fireman’s carries, but Soya fights out to waistlock. Sanada fights that, switches, but Soya elbows free. Soya runs, Sanada hurdles, but then leaps into a waistlock! GERMAN SUPLEX, but Sanada lands on his feet to forearm and ROLLING ELBOW! Sanada whips, Soya LEAPING LARIATS! Fans fire up while both men are down! Soya drags Sanada up, Sanada fires forearms! Soya CHOPS Sanada off his feet! Soya drags Sanada up, Sanada throws forearms back again! Soya CHOPS and Sanada is down again! Soya drags Sanada up to CHOP him to a corner. Soya then whips corner to corner, Sanada goes up and out and springboards to missile dropkick in!

Soya is right back up! He scoops Sanada but Sanada slips out, dragon sleeper! Soya fights through and suplexes, but Sanada fights that, only for Soya to block the cradle! Soya deadlifts Sanada back up for a SLAM! Fans fire up as both men are down again! They crawl, hot tags to Naito and Kenoh! Naito SHOTGUN BOOTS, but Kenoh is up to BOOT! Naito forearms, Kenoh forearms! They go back and forth, faster and faster, then Kenoh hits a headlock takeover, and just punches away! Hiromu gets in and stomps but Kenoh ignores that to keep punching Naito! Hiromu drags Kenoh away, Kenoh throws him out, and Haoh goes after Hiromu for earlier!

The ref reprimands Kenoh over using closed fists, but he misses Haoh whipping Hiromu into railing! He gets payback! But Takagi kicks at Haoh! Kenoh KICKS Naito down then soaks up the cheers and jeers. Kenoh seems to ask if this is really the guy going for the top title in NJPW, but Naito gets up. Kenoh sweeps the legs, DOUBLE STOMPS, then runs to SHINING WIZARD! Cover, TWO!! Kenoh drags Naito up as fans are thunderous! Naito knees free, then dodges a punch to dragon sleeper, BACKBREAKER into PLUMA BLANCA! Hiromu intercepts Aleja with D! Takagi and Bushi BLAST Nakajima and Tadasuke off the apron!

Kenoh kicks around as he endures, LIJ play defense and fans rally up! Kenoh still moves around, reaches out with a foot, ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Naito claims he needs help. The ref undoes the hold, fans rally, and Naito drags Kenoh up. Naito throws back elbow after back elbow, then slaps Kenoh around. Then he throws more back elbows! Fans fire up and Naito throws even more elbows! Naito gets Kenoh with a hammerlock and half nelson, but Kenoh fights free to fire off SLAPPING palm strikes! Naito ROCKS Kenoh, whips him, but Kenoh reverses and avoids the flying forearms for a GERMAN SUPLEX!

Naito is right up, he elbows again, ducks one kick but not the HEEL KICK! Naito still ENZIGURIS! Kenoh PELES!! Both men are down and fans are thunderous again! Naito crawls, Kenoh tags in Nakajima! Nakajima whips Naito to the open corner, runs in and BOOTS! Nakajima ROUNDHOUSES Naito down! Bushi gets in, ROUNDHOUSE! Hiromu gets in, ROUNDHOUSE! Naito whips Nakajima but Nakajima kicks a leg out! ENZIGURI! BOOT in the corner! Nakajima sweeps the legs and digs his boots into Naito! Nakajima digs both boots in! The ref counts, Nakajima lets off and brings Naito up.

Naito swings a punch, Nakajima dodges and KICKS back! Naito tries again, Nakajima dodges again for another KICK! Nakajima rakes eyes, the ref reprimands, then Nakajima runs, into a kick! Bushi sunset flips and rewinds for Naito’s basement dropkick! Fans rally up and the two crawl, hot tag to Takagi! Fans fire up as Takagi runs in, blocks Nakajima’s boot and he clotheslines! Suplex high and hard, then the cover, TWO! Takagi says there’s still more, and he gets Nakajima up. Nakajima fights the back suplex but Takagi CLUBS him on the back. Nakajima KICKS back, but Takagi brushes it off. Takagi CHOPS, then eggs Nakajima.

Nakajima KICKS, Takagi CHOPS! KICK, CHOP, but then Nakajima throws even more KICKS! Nakajima whips Takagi to the corner, runs in but misses! Bushi back elbows, Hiromu clotheslines, Sanada back elbows, Takagi clotheslines! Takagi snapmares Nakajima for a TRIPLE BASEMENT DROPKICK from the others! Fans are thunderous as Takagi hits a BIG back suplex! Cover, Kongo breaks it! LIJ drag them all out, fans fire up and Takagi waits on Nakajima to stand. Takagi runs, into a SUPERKICK! Nakajima kicks Pumping Bomber away to SAIDO! Fans rally up again, Nakajima crawls over, hot tag to Tadasuke!

Tadasuke fires himself up, SHINING WIZARD! Kenoh gets in, Soyha fireman’s carries Takagi. Tadasuke goes up top as Soya hits the SAMOAN DROP! Kenoh PENALTY KCIKS and Tadasuke SWANTON BOMBS! Cover, LIJ breaks it! Soya and Kenoh throw Naito and Sanada out, Tadasuke gets rid of Bushi. Tadasuke fires up, runs, but DOUBLE LARIATS collide! Neither falls, DOUBLE LARIATS collide again! Tadasuke runs, but into ELBOW, JAB, YUKON feint to the DDT! Fans fire up as Takagi runs, SLIDING LARIAT! Tadasuke flounders, Takagi fires up with “OI! OI! OI!” and fans clap along!

Takagi drags Tadasuke back up, pump handle and torture rack, but Kenoh gets in! Kenoh BOOTS Takagi, BOOTS Naito, runs, but into a back elbow! Basement dropkick! Nakajima THRUST KICKS Naito down, then Sanada dropkicks Nakajima! Aleja runs into a kick, Sanada and Hiromu double whip, but Aleja springboards to missile dropkicks them both! Aleja then builds speed to FLY! Direct hit onto Hiromu! Bushi knocks Soya down and DIVES! Direct hit sends Soya into railing! Takagi runs at Tadasuke in the corner, clothesline! Takagi copies, “C’MON, BABY!” Tadasuke fires forearms and CHOPS, but Takagi fires off boxing elbows!

Tadasuke roars, but Takagi JABS! Tadasuke STRAIGHT RIGHTS! Both men wobble, Tadasuke fires up and runs, into a clothesline! Takagi runs, Tadasuke dodges to LARIAT! Cover, TWO! PUMPING BOMBER! Cover, TWO!! Takagi roars, Tadasuke fires up, fans are electric! DRAGON SUPLEX and a SLIDING FOREARM from Takagi! He gets Tadasuke back up as LIJ plays defense, PUMPING BOMBER!! Cover, TWO!?! Tadasuke survives! Takagi isn’t done with him, though, as he pump handles and torture racks! LAST OF THE DRAGON!! Cover, LIJ wins!!

Winners: Los Ingobernables de Japon, by pinfall

NJPW leads again with 5-4-1! Kenoh still gets in Naito’s face but Naito just raises the fist. Kenoh goes after Naito but he gets mugged by LIJ! Soya goes in to save Kenoh but he gets mugged too! The brawling continues, but Nakajima just taunts Takagi with his GHC Heavyweight Championship. Takagi sarcastically applauds and then tells him to get outta here. Will both these factions be hungry for another of these crossovers? Or will Kongo just have to swallow that bitter pill?

 

Kazuchika Okada & Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Keiji Mutoh & Kiyomiya Kaito!

This is it! Either NJPW wins or this ends in a tie! Will the dream team of the NEW IWGP World Heavyweight and NEW IWGP United States Heavyweight Champions put the final touches on this crossover? Or can the Natural Born Master and the Supernova truly be the hope of NOAH?

The teams sort out, fans cheer as Tanahashi shows off the muscles, and Kaito starts for NOAH. He calls out Okada, so Okada obliges. The bell rings and the two circle. Fans rally, “O-KA-DA!” as he and Kaito tie up. Kaito wrenches to a wristlock, Okada wrenches back. Kaito rolls, wrenches and has the wristlock again, but Okada rolls to trip him for a toehold. Kaito endures, uses his legs to pry Okada off, but Okada rolls to a cover. Kaito keeps his shoulders off the mat, Okada goes for legs, but Kaito kicks to keep them away. They get up, feel out the grapple, Kaito shoots in but Okada blocks the leg takedown.

Okada facelocks, Kaito switches to get the facelock, and then he gets around for a waistlock. Okada switches, Kaito switches to hammerlock. Kaito wrangles Okada down, drops knees on the shoulder, then he cranks on the arm. Okada endures, Kaito falls back to tweak it, and then does it again. Kaito rolls to tweak the arm, and he gets the wristlock. Kaito grinds the arm, Okada fights up and arm-drags free, to then SLAM Kaito’s arm. Okada knees low, CLUBS him, ROCKS him with a forearm, then runs. Things speed up, Kaito hurdles to dropkick Okada down! Fans fire up as Okada gets up.

Okada grabs Kaito by the jaw to ROCK him with a forearm! Okada whips, Kaito hurdles to then CLOBBER Okada! Cover, TWO! Kaito drops an elbow but misses! Okada jumps for the SENTON! Fans fire up, Tanahashi tags in, and the NJPW champions double whip Kaito to double elbow him down. Then they both stare down Mutoh. He dares them to do something, but Tanahashi brings Kaito up. Tanahashi wrenches, hammerlocks and grinds with a headlock. Kaito endures, fights up and powers up, but he can’t power out as Tanahashi keeps a tight hold. Kaito pries the headlock open and powers up, but Tanahashi holds him off!

Fans rally as the top wristlock battle continues. Kaito powers Tanahashi down, but Tanahashi fights up to throw forearms! Tanahashi scoops to SLAM Kaito, then he drops an elbow! Fans fire up, Tanahashi air guitars and throws the guitar to Mutoh. Mutoh lets it go by, and Tanahashi turns around into Kaito’s arm-drag! Kaito has the cording hold, Tanahashi endures, and Tanahashi fights up as fans rally. Kaito drags Tanahashi over, tags in Mutoh, and fans are all fired up to see this one! Mutoh and Tanahashi circle, they tie up, and Mutoh waistlocks. Tanahashi pries free to switch but Mutoh drops to roll Tanahashi to a cover! TWO, but Mutoh has the double wristlock.

Tanahashi fights up, Mutoh holds the wrist, but Tanahashi forearms and wrenches back. Mutoh rolls, gets a leg and he trips Tanahashi. Mutoh has the toehold, Tanahashi endures, and Tanahashi pushes his way up to a rear mount. Tanahashi gets the arm but Mutoh rolls to ropes, then gets the HEEL HOOK! Tanahashi fights to the ropes, and Red Shoes calls the ropebreak. Fans rally, Mutoh and Tanahashi let off. Tanahashi tags Okada in, and Okada circles with Mutoh now. Fans rally up even harder, Okada and Mutoh tie up, and are in a deadlock. Okada manages to power Mutoh to ropes, Red Shoes calls the break, and Okada lets off, to fake the chop and throw up the Too Sweet!

Okada then gets Mutoh’s leg, Red Shoes wants the ropebreak, and Okada lets go. Okada then kicks low, CLUBS and throws forearms, then runs, but into a hip toss! Mutoh snapmares Okada, runs and drops an elbow! Mutoh has the leg, turns Okada over, then drops from Crab to STF! Okada endures, moves around, ROPEBREAK! Red Shoes counts, Mutoh lets go, and he drags Okada up. Mutoh wrenches, tags in Kaito and Kaito drops ax handles on the arm! Kaito whips and back elbows Okada, then covers, TWO! Kaito keeps moving and drops the leg, brother! Cover, TWO, so Kaito drops a BIG elbow! Cover, TWO!

Kaito keeps his cool while fans rally up. Kaito waits on Okada to stand, and Kaito CHOPS! Kaito then runs, but into the FLAPJACK! Okada drags Kaito up, snapmares him, and runs to basement dropkick! Kaito falls out, Tanahashi gets the leg to stomp it and YANK it! Tanahashi brings Kaito up and Kaito CHOPS, but Tanahashi fires off strikes! Tanahashi puts Kaito in for Okada and fans rally up. Okada tags Tanahashi, he drags Kaito by the leg and stomps away! Tanahashi YANKS the leg, then whips Kaito to ropes. Tanahashi dropkicks the leg out, then he ties up the legs for a TEXAS CLOVERLEAF!

Kaito endures as Tanahashi sits deep on the hold! Fans rally, Kaito reaches out, crawls and gets the ROPEBREAK! Tanahashi lets go quickly, but he stomps Kaito’s legs. Tag back to Okada, fans rally up, Okada drags Kaito up to throw him out. Okada follows Kaito, to kick and DDT to the floor! Okada goes back in, Red Shoes checks Kaito, and Okada talks trash on the young gun. A ring count starts, fans rally up, Kaito slowly gets up. Kaito sits up at 10 of 20, slowly stands up and gets in at 16. Okada drags Kaito up but Kaito fires forearms over and over! Kaito EuroUppers, but Okada just gets in Kaito’s face. Okada throws a forearm, but Kaito EuroUppers!

Okada forearms again, Kaito throws another EuroUpper! Fans rally up as Okada throws a forearm and a EuroUpper! Okada bumps Kaito off buckles, tags Tanahashi in, and Tanahashi fires EuroUppers! Tanahashi bumps Kaito off buckles, scoops and SLAMS him, then he goes to the second rope. SUNSET SENTON! Cover, TWO! Tanahashi stares Mutoh down, then he drags Kaito up. Kaito fires off CHOPS! Tanahashi fires off the fast hands! Tanahashi whips Kaito to ropes, Kaito comes back with a LEAPING LARIAT! Both men are down and fans fire up! Kaito and Tanahashi crawl, hot tag to Mutoh!

Mutoh dropkicks Tanahashi’s leg, then gives it a DRAGON SCREW! Tanahashi gets up, Mutoh KNEES him in the corner, then gives him another DRAGON SCREW! Okada gets in, but Mutoh gives him a DRAGON SCREW! Mutoh ties Tanahashi’s legs up in the FIGURE FOUR! Tanahashi endures as fans rally up. Tanahashi tries to turn it, but Mutoh blocks it. Tanahashi grits his teeth, pries at the hold, but Mutoh powers it on tighter! Tanahashi drags himself over, ROPEBREAK! Mutoh lets off at 4, fans rally up harder, and Mutoh dropkicks the leg! Tanahashi staggers, Mutoh gets the bad leg for another DRAGON SCREW!

Mutoh kicks, but Tanahashi blocks! DRAGON SCREW! Both men are down and fans are thunderous! Tanahashi crawls, hot tag to Okada! Okada brings Mutoh up, scoops and SLAMS, then goes to the corner. MACHO ELBOW! Fans fire up for the Rainmaker Pose! Okada threw in some Great Muta eyes for good measure. He ripcords but Mutoh dodges to dropkick the leg out! SHINING WIZARD! Fans are thunderous as both men are down, and Kaito is there! Mutoh crawls, and he tags Kaito in! Kaito fires up, he throws forearms on Okada over and over in the corner! Fans rally up as he keeps going, forearm after forearm! Then EuroUpper!

Kaito forearms, EuroUppers, and DECKS Okada! Kaito drags Okada up, whips him, but Okada reverses. Okada runs into a back elbow! Kaito goes up, FLYING FOREARM! Kaito roars and he aims from a corner. Okada slowly gets up as Kaito climbs, BIG missile dropkick! Cover, Tanahashi breaks it! Kaito ROCKS Tanahashi with a forearm, then goes back to Okada. Fans rally up, “O-KA-DA!” “KA-I-TO!” Kaito whips, Okada dodges the boot to gut wrench! Kaito slips out, Okada elbows him, but he runs into a FLYING KNEE! Kaito gets Okada up, chicken wings, but Okada blocks the suplex! Tanahashi runs in to SLINGBLADE Kaito!

Mutoh SHINING WIZARDS Tanahashi! Okada DROPKICKS Mutoh! Kaito dodges to FLYING KNEE Okada again! All four men are down and the fans are thunderous again! Tanahashi rolls out one side, Mutoh out the other. Okada and Kaito stir as fans keep rallying. Kaito snarls, he throws a forearm! Okada throws a forearm back, but Kaito hits him again. They stand up, Okada forearms but Kaito EuroUppers. Kaito fires up while Okada drops to a knee. Okada comes back to ROCK Kaito with a forearm! And another! And another! And then a EuroUpper! Kaito drops to his knees and Okada brings him back up. Backslide, but Kaito rolls through, short arm LARIAT from Okada!

Okada drags Kaito back up, but Kaito ducks to chicken wing! But still no Tiger Suplex! Okada gut wrenches for the SPINNING TOMBSTONE! Okada reels Kaito in, ripcord, but Kaito dodges to dropkick Okada from behind! Mutoh is in to SHINING WIZARD! Kaito GERMAN SUPLEXES! Bridging cover, TWO!! Kaito fires up even as Okada survives! Mutoh wants Kaito to show him what he’s got, and Kaito drags Okada back up. Chicken wings, TIGER SUPLEX!! Bridging cover, Tanahashi breaks it! Mutoh throws Tanahashi out, goes out after him, and Kaito drags Okada back up. Fans are thunderous again as Kaito stands Okada up and runs, to KNEE him in the back!

Okada stays up, Kaito runs, but into the waistlock! Ripcord, Kaito dodges, but Okada’s dropkick intercepts the knee! But Kaito is right back up!? Into a gut wrench, LANDSLIDE!! Okada ripcords to RAINMAKER!! Cover, NJPW WINS!

Winners: Kazuchika Okada & Hiroshi Tanahashi, by pinfall (NJPW wins overall)

The Rainmaker closes it out! 6-4-1, NJPW wins! Kaito is emotional over how close he came for NOAH and himself, but he was up against the best NJPW had to offer. Okada tells Kaito not to cry here, this is HIS ring. Mutoh brings the young man out of the ring, encouraging him in his journey. Will the Supernova still shine as the bright future of NOAH?

As for Okada and Tanahashi, they celebrate with photo ops, and then Okada gets the mic. “Evening, everyone. Thank you for supporting WrestleKingdom 16 from January 4th, 5th and 8th. Thank you to all the NJPW fans, and to the wrestlers and fans of Pro-Wrestling NOAH. Pro-wrestling is great, isn’t it?” Okada knows there’s a lot of history between all the teams within the promotions tonight, and across the promotions, so it means a lot that the fans were here for it all. However, this 50th anniversary celebration has still only just begun, there is more to come, for this is the power of pro-wrestling.

There are still a lot of obstacles, but with the power of pro-wrestling, the power shared between the wrestlers and the fans, they can all keep going. Okada promises he and the others will keep fighting, so please support them in return. With gratitude to the fans and the world of pro-wrestling, maybe Okada and Tanahashi can have something special here together. Tanahashi takes the mic and says let’s rock! “I LOVE YOU~!” Okada says pro-wrestling will continue to make it rain! The champions stand on the corners to soak up all the love and energy from the fans, and give some in return. We all know the real winners tonight were us, the fans! Will NJPW, NOAH and all of pro-wrestling continue to make the world a better, more exciting place?


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Mitchell’s WWE NXT UK Results & Report! (5/26/22)

Heritage rules this rematch!

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A-Kid and Charlie Dempsey go another round, in British Rounds!

The inaugural NXT UK Heritage Cup Champion, A-Kid, is looking for payback against Charlie Dempsey, and it’ll be under Heritage Cup Rules! And with Die Familie banned from ringside, will Dempsey be able to win all on his own?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Mark Coffey VS Saxon Huxley; Coffey wins.
  • Emilia McKenzie VS Lash Legend; Lash wins.
  • Sha Samuels w/ Noam Dar VS Damon Kemp; Samuels wins.
  • Heritage Cup Rules: A-Kid VS Charlie Dempsey; Dempsey wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Mark Coffey VS Saxon Huxley!

The Coffey Brothers couldn’t hold it together, and they not only missed out on the NXT UK Tag Team Championships, but Joe Coffey has gone off to sort himself out. Can this Gallus Boy be on top all on his own? Or will the Divine Beast of the Astral Plane have to tell him, “Better luck next time?”

The bell rings and fans rally as the two tie up. Coffey headlocks, Huxley powers out but Coffey rams shoulders! They tie up again, Coffey headlocks again, but Huxley powers out again. They ram shoulders again, then Coffey gets around to a waistlock. Huxley bucks Coffey but Coffey uppercuts, then arm-drags! Coffey keeps on the arm, wrenches and wristlocks, but Huxley scoops! Coffey slips free, waistlocks, but ducks the elbow to fire off forearms! Coffey whips, Huxley reverses but Coffey ducks and dodges, only to run into a THESZ PRESS! Huxley dribbles Coffey off the mat, then fires up!

Fans rally and duel as Huxley runs and KNEES Coffey against ropes. Huxley whips and KNEES Coffey again, then whips for a kitchen sink knee! Fans rally and Huxley runs to drop an elbow! Cover, TWO! Huxley clamps on with a neck wrench but Coffey endures. Fans duel, Coffey fights up and throws body shots. Coffey throws hands, bobs ‘n’ weaves, ROCKS Huxley then snapmares him. Huxley gets up, LARIATS collide, but Coffey runs again. Another DOUBLE LARIAT, Coffey runs, and he slides under the Thesz Press to pick Huxley up and TOSS him! Fans fire up and both men go to corners.

Huxley fires up, he runs corner to corner but Coffey dodges the elbow! Coffey rallies with forearms and shoulders, ducks and DOUBLE CHOPS Huxley down! Huxley goes to a corner, Coffey uppercuts! Then back elbows! Huxley fights the bulldog but Coffey comes back with a GAMANGIRI! Cover, TWO! Huxley’s still in this but Coffey drags Huxley up. Coffey wrenches, reels Huxley in but Huxley throws elbows to fight off the lift. Huxley BOOTS then TWO HAND CHOKE SLAMS! Cover, TWO! Coffey survives but Huxley drags him back up. Huxley scoops, Coffey slips out and shoves, ducks and ROCKS Huxley with a right!

Coffey hits a BIG back suplex, then he runs to SLIDING ELBOW! Cover, Coffey wins!

Winner: Mark Coffey, by pinfall

The younger brother wins big all on his own! Will he be able to lead the firm back to the top of NXT UK and once again make this Gallus’ Kingdom?

 

Ivy Nile speaks.

“In two weeks, the Final Boss, Meiko Satomura, is going to find out what the Pitbull of Diamond Mine is all about. I’m a different breed, I’m on a different level. No girl here can stand toe to toe with me. Meiko Satomura is going to find that out. I didn’t travel halfway across the world to not take home the gold. I’m taking this one home to Diamond Mine.” Will the Best in the World feel the pressure when she takes on Ivy for the NXT UK Women’s Championship?

 

NXT UK hears from Sam Gradwell, and Von Wagner.

The Thunderstorm says, “There he is, Big Von. How’s it goin’, mate? Last time I saw you, you were stamping and shrieking like a unruly chimp. That’s what happens when you grow up to the size of a brontosaurus. You group up with everyone being scared of ya. But there’s not one speck of exaggeration in my eyes or soul when I tell ya I am not scared of Von Wagner.” But Von says it’s obvious Gradwell likes to run his mouth. Gradwell does his talking but Von does damage in the ring. Gradwell’s never faced someone with Von’s size or power. Gradwell admits Von is an impressive fighter, but so is Gradwell. Von’s never faced someone like him, either.

Gradwell says Von looks like he hasn’t gotten any brains since birth. Von’s favorite meal is probably medium-rare Wooly Mammoth, no seasoning. Von says you can tell Gradwell is aggressive, but that won’t stop Von from punching him in the face. Gradwell’s faced big men before, and fighters, brawlers, submission artists, but bloody hell! Tossing Jiro into the crowd!? Von is going to show Gradwell what big business is. This is Wagner’s World, Gradwell’s just living in it. Von’s down watching film, and Gradwell’s ready to put in the work. Will the Thunderstorm be able to wobble Von’s jowls and rattle his kidneys before Von can do the same to him?

 

Emilia McKenzie VS Lash Legend!

The protégé to Meiko Satomura is just one of many who didn’t like the first impression made by the baller turned wrestler. Nor did she like the second or third impression. But Lash isn’t here to make friends or even get along, she’s here to win. Will #SuplexMillie throw Lash all the way back to the States? Or will Lash prove “Legend” is more than just a name?

The bell rings and they tie right up! Lash laughs as Millie can’t push her back, and then Lash shoves Millie down! Millie comes back, gets around to waistlock, but Lash pries free. Millie headlocks, but Lash blocks the takeover. Lash powers out, runs Millie over, and soaks up the heat. Lash talks trash but Millie throws body shots. Lash knees low, puts Millie in a corner and then TOSSES her across the way! Fans chant, “You Suck!” but Lash ignores them to run at Millie. Millie dodges and fires off forearms! Lash shoves Millie away but Millie dropkicks the leg out! Millie runs, but into a FLAPJACK!

Lash laughs and then looms over Millie. Fans taunt Lash but lash pulls Millie’s hair. The ref counts, Lash pushes Millie down and stomps her around. Millie throws body shots but Lash stomps her again. Lash runs, does her make-up, and drops an elbow! Lash then kips up, and she stands for a cocky cover. ONE, and fans chant “You Still Suck!” Lash tosses her hair, but runs into a BOOT! Millie goes up and leaps, but Lash catches her! Lash dribbles Millie in the ropes! Lash carries Millie around to FALL AWAY SLAM, and stay on her feet! Fans chant “Lash is Trash!” but she stalks Millie to ropes.

Lash whips Millie hard into a corner, then asks where’s the real competition. Millie fires off forearms! Lash knees low, then brings Millie around to whip hard into the corner. Millie staggers into a SPIN-OUT BACK SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! Lash drag Millie up, Canadian Rack, and she thrashes Millie around! Millie endures, fights free, and she ROCKS Lash with forearm after forearm! Lash grabs Millie’s hair and scoops her to SLAM her down. Lash drops an elbow but misses as Millie gets up! Millie is in a corner, Lash runs in but Millie dodges, comes back and ROCKS her! Lash stays up but Millie LARIATS again!

Millie keeps moving, ducks and dodges and dropkicks a leg out! Millie keeps moving, BASEMENT UPPERCUT! Fans fire up with Millie and she drags Lash up, SWINGING NECKBREAKER! Lash bails out and wants out, but Millie DIVES on her at the ramp! Millie won’t let Lash bail on her, but Lash shoves her into the apron. Lash gets back in the ring but Millie seethes and pursues! Millie climbs up the corner, Lash stands, and Millie CROSSBODIES! Cover, TWO! Millie snarls and she brings Lash up in a waistlock! Lash fights the lift, but Millie dodges the boot! SPEAR! Cover, TWO!! Lash survives and Millie can’t believe it!

Millie fixes her ponytail and she CLUBS Lash. Lash throws body shots, Millie whips but Lash reverses. Lash run sin but Millie slips away! Millie shoulders in, climbs back up, and handsprings, into a BOOT! Cover, Lash wins!

Winner: Lash Legend, by pinfall

Lash talks more trash, but she did manage to back up her words. Will Lash become the alpha female on both NXT UK and NXT prime?

 

Mark Andrews has NXT UK Media follow him.

He peeks in on Kenny Williams getting on security’s case, saying their “pea brains” can’t keep up with his evidence. If any of them see the masked men, let him know. When Kenny gets his hands on them, he’ll rip them limb from limb! Andrews spooks Kenny and asks what’s going on. This is serious business! Someone is stalking Kenny! Andrews is on here, too! Well, maybe not worry about that and worry more about their match. Andrews should relax, he might aggravate his shoulder. Andrews says he was out three months with that shoulder because of Kenny! The security has Andrews stay back, and Kenny says see ya later!

Security then asks Kenny to clean up his papers. His conspiracy web can’t be in this room. What? Okay… Will Kenny be able to focus on his career with all this clutter in his mind?

 

Sha Samuels w/ Noam Dar VS Damon Kemp!

The East End Butcher is back in action, with the Scottish Supernova in his corner. But will having the NXT UK Heritage Cup Champion nearby help his odds of getting through the Diamond Mine’s Golden Gopher? Or will Kemp crush Sha under the pressure?

The bell rings and fans rally as the two circle. They tie up, Sha gets the arm and wrenches for a wristlock. Kemp spins through, slips around, waistlocks and he SLAMS Sha down! Sha fights up, Kemp SLAMS him again! Then SLAMS him again! Kemp floats around, straddles then floats again to gator roll Sha around! Kemp then shifts to a gut wrench and he carries Sha for the suplex! Fans cheer but Dar is frustrated on Sha’s behalf. Kemp whips and scoops Sha to then SLAM him down! Speaking of slam, Dar slams back whatever’s in the flask. Fans fire up for the strength of the gopher, and Kemp gets Sha up with a fireman’s carry. Sha fights free, Kemp counter punches him!

Kemp whips, Sha reverses and LCOBBERS Kemp! Sha runs in, SPLASH in the corner, then he gives the “stupid mug” a LARIAT! Fans echo “EAST~!” for Sha as he covers, TWO! Sha gets the leg, and he uppercuts it! “No pinkie!” “No party!” Sha stomps Dar, rains down elbows, then stands on Kemp before he KICKS him in the back. Cover, TWO! Dar has someone on the phone, he says this is big money! Sha goes to drink from the flask, but it’s empty! Dar hogged it all! Kemp gets Sha’s leg but Sha CLUBS him down. Sha scoops and SLAMS Kemp, then he drops an elbow! And another! Sha goes up the corner, for a BIG ELBOW DROP! Cover, TWO!

Sha grows frustrated and fans rally up. Sha drags Kemp up, Kemp throws hands! Sha wrenches and WRINGS Kemp’s arm out, then clamps onto the shoulder. Kemp resists, grabs at a leg, but he throws body shots. Kemp ROCKS Sha, and again, then whips. Sha reverses, but Kemp dodges the corner splash! Sha BOOTS Kemp, goes up and leaps, but misses the elbow drop! Fans rally up while both men are down, and Sha staggers up. But Kemp picks the leg and shifts to a fireman’s carry SLAM! Then Kemp gut wrenches and deadlifts Sha for another SLAM! Kemp clinches for an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly!

Sha stagger sup, into another OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Kemp builds speed, clips Sha then CLOBBERS him! Kemp fires up and he drags Sha up, fireman’s carry for a ROLLING SENTON! Kemp still isn’t done, but Dar grabs at him! Sha CLOBBERS Kemp in the distraction, and then whips for a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, Sha wins!

Winner: Sha Samuels, by pinfall

Mr. Supernova 11 tipped the odds in Sha’s favor, and now the East End Butcher has the winner’s purse! But will Kemp find a way to get even with them down the line?

 

NXT UK looks closer at the Tag Team Championship Triple Threat.

Trent Seven groans about having to sit in this chair and talk about “Ashton & Ollie” again. Ashton Smith points out that he and Oliver Carter fight by a code. A code that Seven no longer has, after he put his feet up on the ropes to keep the pin! Third chance, third time’s the charm! Oliver Carter says they’ll make it rain on Moustache Mountain! But Rohan Raja says that with Moustache Mountain and Smith & Carter too busy worrying about each other, they’ve taken their eyes off Die Familie. Seven says alright, how about we focus on “D Family.” No, it’s Di-e Fa-mi-li-e. Whatever.

But Raja says the record speaks for itself: victory after victory after victory. But Tyler Bate says Die Familie has yet to face anyone on Moustache Mountain’s level. Raja says Bate & Seven might be the pillars of NXT UK, but it is time for those pillars to fall. Teoman says they’re not the bad guys, they’re the good guys! They take care of each other! What about the other teams? Smith says he fights for Carter just as he would his own children. Some day, when his daughter writes a eulogy for him, she’ll say that her father and his tag partner became the NXT UK Tag Team Champions. They’re closer than family.

Bate & Seven say they are also closer than brothers, but Raja says the champions aren’t even on the same page. Seven does say a win is a win and Bate has a smile that says, “Whatever you say.” Raja sees how desperate Seven is not to lose. Teoman says desperate men make mistakes. Seven asks Bate if he’s heard “Dye Family’s” catchphrase. “The eye sees everything.” Well you know what the eye will see after this? Raja says it’ll be Die Familie as champions, Carter says it’ll be the beating Die Familie takes from the Hottest Tag Team Under the Sun, but Seven says the eye will be looking through a telescope, at the peak’s summit, and see Moustache Mountain. The Triple Threat is coming, who defies the odds to be THE NXT UK Tag Team Champions?

 

Damon Kemp returns backstage.

Wolfgang is there and checks on him. That was tough luck out there. But while Kemp’s wanting to learn the British way of doing things, to beat guys like Sha & Dar, he should learn how to do things the Glasgow way. Kemp nods, and he follows Wolfgang out. Is Gallus going to give the Golden Gopher some special pointers?

 

Heritage Cup Rules: A-Kid VS Charlie Dempsey!

Speaking of Die Familie, they love using the numbers game, all in the name of supporting each other. But that “support” won’t be around with Sid Scala putting a ringside ban on Teoman & Rohan Raja! Will the Spanish Sensation finally get a fair fight out of the technical prodigy? Or will Dempsey have some real nasty tricks all his own?

The bell rings on round one and the two circle. They tie up, Dempsey throws AK down and has the wristlock, but AK kips up. Dempsey wrenches to a wristlock, throws AK down again and headscissors. AK scuffs Dempsey, kips up but Dempsey holds onto the arm to wrangle him back down. Dempsey headscissors again, AK moves around and turns Dempsey over. AK bridges back, ties up the legs and goes for the arms. Dempsey resists so AK headbutts him in the back! AK has the arms, and he ditches the legs for CATTLE MUTILATION! Dempsey rolls over fast, fights up but AK still has the arms for a motorcycle stretch.

Dempsey powers through to turn things around but AK flips and kangaroo kicks! Dempsey goes to ropes and the two reset. Fans rally, AK and Dempsey feel out a knuckle lock but AK shoots around to waistlocks. Dempsey wrenches out to a hammerlock and he wants the crossface, but AK holds that off. Dempsey uses the hammerlock to wrangle AK down and go for the other arm. AK guards that arm, so Dempsey traps the arm to SNAP LOCK! And another SNAP LOCK! Dempsey then bridges for an inverted cravat! AK endures as we’re under a minute here, but Dempsey floats over and brings AK back up. HALF HATCH SUPLEX! Cover, TWO!

Dempsey keeps on AK with a facelock but AK wrenches free and dropkicks Dempsey down! AK hurries to cover, TWO! AK keeps on Dempsey with a rear mount and wants a sleeper. Dempsey tucks the chin to hold that off. they gator roll again, and Dempsey floats out. Ten seconds, AK trips Dempsey and hooks his legs, rolls him over, EURO CLUTCH, TWO!! And there’s the first round bell!

AK: 0; Dempsey: 0

AK smirks but Dempsey scowls at how close that was. Both men refresh, and the second round begins. Fans rally as the two circle, and they tie up. Dempsey headlocks, AK powers out, Dempsey runs him over! Things speed up, AK hits a BIG hip toss! Cover, TWO! AK waistlocks but Dempsey fights up. AK headlocks, Dempsey fights but AK hits the takeover. AK has the arm, he twists the wrist but Dempsey rolls and kips up. Dempsey fights through to back drop AK and trap the arm. AK kips to get his shoulders up, but Dempsey pushes the arms down with knuckle locks. AK kips up again and gets to his feet, but Dempsey straight arm levers!

Dempsey then throws AK with a knuckle lock plex! Dempsey traps one arm and pulls on AK’s neck! Another knuckle lock cover, TWO as AK kips up. Dempsey tries another straight arm lever, but AK slips out to the SLEEPER! Dempsey slips out and full nelsons but AK breaks free using his leg. AK tilt-o-whirls to a crucifix but Dempsey stays up, so AK goes full sunset flip! Cover, TWO! Dempsey knees low, has the arm, and he RAMS into the shoulder again and again. We’re back under a minute, they knuckle lock and fans rally. AK bridges back, Dempsey jumps on to get the cover, TWO as AK bridges back up!

Dempsey tries again but AK monkey flips him away! They both roll back, now Dempsey monkey flips! They’re both down, TWO! Dempsey has leverage but AK kicks. Dempsey throws knees, but AK reels him into a headlock. Dempsey pries at the hold but we’re under ten seconds again! Dempsey swings AK for a BACKBREAKER! But there’s the bell!

AK: 0; Dempsey: 0

Another case of being saved by the bell, but it was AK who was spared. Dempsey refreshes while AK hobbles over. AK gets his ice and his drink of water, and it’s on to round three! Fans rally as the two circle, AK throws kicks but Dempsey tries big palm strikes. AK rolls to pick the leg, HEEL HOOK! Dempsey fights it with his own HEEL HOOK! Fans fire up for the dueling holds, so AK SLAPS Dempsey! Dempsey SLAPS back! They go back to the heel hooks, but AK’s hurts more! Dempsey hurries to the ROPEBREAK! AK lets go but he kicks Dempsey. Dempsey fires forearms, knees, and CHOP after CHOP!

AK drops to a knee, Dempsey KNEES him down! Cover, TWO! Dempsey runs to CLOBBER AK with a EuroUpper! Cover, TWO! Dempsey clamps on and he drags AK up. Dempsey headlocks, AK pries free and headlocks back. Dempsey powers AK to ropes but AK uses them to flip up and over. Dempsey shoots in for a roll-up but AK just sits on it! TWO, Dempsey tries a sunset flip but AK rolls through to get the legs! AK tries to turn Dempsey but Dempsey throws him away. AK comes back and wheelbarrows, but the cazadora is blocked! Dempsey WHEELBARROW GERMANS! Bridging cover, TWO!!

We’re under a minute again and Dempsey smothers AK with the lateral press and double wristlock! TWO, but Dempsey digs his elbows into AK’s ribs. AK endures, Dempsey gets the leg, INVERTED BOW ‘N’ ARROW!! AK taps, Dempsey gets a fall!

AK: 0; Dempsey: 1

Dempsey lets go, but he’s a bit annoyed AK tapped before he had truly locked it in. AK may have been playing smarter, not harder. They both refresh and now it’s time for round four! Dempsey and AK circle, AK KICKS Dempsey’s leg. And again! Dempsey blocks the next kick, for a DRAGON SCREW! Dempsey holds on, he wants a leg lock but AK kicks at him with his free leg! Dempsey lets go, but he comes back to ROCK AK with a forearm! But AK ROCKS Dempsey! Dempsey EuroUuppers, but AK gives it back! AK wobbles, Dempsey EuroUppers back! Dempsey swings but misses, AK GERMAN SUPLEXES!

AK holds on, he drags Dempsey back up, but Dempsey bucks him at the ropes. AK ducks the back hand to NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO!! Dempsey staggers and fans rally behind AK. AK storms in but into a headbutt. AK CLUBS Dempsey, Dempsey throws a knee. Dempsey whips, AK reverses and CHOPS! Dempsey rebounds but jumps into a REAR NAKED CHOKE!! AK has the body scissors, the sleeper, but Dempsey fights around. AK shifts to a GUILLOTINE! Dempsey powers out to BUTTERFLY NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO! But now it’s just a BUTTERFLY CLUTCH!

We’re under a minute, AK endures and slips free! AK waistlocks again, but Dempsey switches! AK switches back! HALF ‘N’ HALF!! Dempsey staggers up and AK DYNAMIC DROPKICKS! AK covers, and ties this up!

AK: 1; Dempsey: 1

And now, going into the fifth, we’re back to square one! Can AK game plan a victory in these last two rounds? AAK rushes in but Dempsey dodges! Only for AK to BOOT him away! AK goes up, CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! AK keeps on Dempsey with a facelock, then a FISHERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Dempsey escapes but there’s still time! AK aims and runs in to KICK! Dempsey sits up, AK KICKS him again! Cover, TWO, but ARMBAR! Dempsey scrambles to clasps hands and he makes it a stack, only for AK to make it a TRIANGLE HOLD! Dempsey tries to get the shoulders down but AK kicks him away.

Dempsey rebounds and swings, but AK slips around! Dempsey fights the takedown, deadlifts AK, and POWERBOMBS AK down! Cover, TWO!! AK survives and fans fire up behind him! A standing count starts, both men stir at about 3, but Dempsey is rising at 4. Dempsey flops back down., AK slips around to get a sleeper! We’re under a minute, AK squeezes tight and Dempsey is turning red! AK lets go to PENALTY KICK! But the clock is ticking as both men have to catch their breath. Dempsey gets to ropes, AK ROUNDHOUSES him! AK knuckle locks and BENDS the fingers! He brings Dempsey down for the cover, TWO as Dempsey bridges!

Dempsey still has power as he stands up from the bridge! AK is shocked but he reels Dempsey in. Dempsey holds off the monkey flip and we’re at 10 seconds. Dempsey brings AK up but AK jumps right to the ropes! MOONSAULT DDT!!! But AK crawls to the cover, the bell saves Dempsey!!

AK: 1; Dempsey: 1

So close and yet so far, but there’s still the sixth round! Will this end in regulation or need to go into overtime? The bell rings, and AK runs corner to corner! DROPKICK!! Direct hit and Dempsey is down! AK stalks Dempsey to roes, HALF ‘N’ HALF! AK has the fans rallying behind him and he gets Dempsey again. Dempsey clings to ropes, throws elbows but AK throw body shots! ANOTHER HALF ‘N’ HALF! Dempsey flounders, “This is Awesome!” but Dempsey grabs his towel. AK grabs Dempsey, GERMAN SUPLEX! Dempsey flounders, the ref has to take the towel away. Wait, Dempsey brings out something from inside his trunks?!

Dempsey tosses the thing to AK! They’re brass knuckles!! Dempsey plays like AK was threatening him with those!! The ref sees those, takes them away, but a SUCKER PUNCH from Dempsey! Then FISHERMAN BACK SUPLEX! Dempsey wins!!

Winner: Charlie Dempsey, by pinfall

One minute and 34 seconds left in round six, and Dempsey shouts out his true heritage with this win! But has Dempsey proven what lows he’ll go to in order to rise up the ranks in NXT UK?


My Thoughts:

A great episode for NXT UK, with a lot of good set-up for the big title matches coming up. Good little promo from Ivy Nile to hype up her taking on Meiko Satomura, but I don’t see Ivy taking the title from the Final Boss and bringing it to the US. Great promo vignette for the NXT UK Tag Team Championship Triple Threat, though the promo skills are mostly with Moustache Mountain and Smith & Carter. The match will still be great, and this could be how Bate & Seven lose the belts without taking the pin. At a certain point, I feel like Bate & Seven are going to NXT 2.0, and maybe even to RawDown. I can only hope British Strong Style reunites on SmackDown and that helps “Butch” Pete Dunne ditch Sheamus & Ridge Holland.

We also got good promos to set up the grudge matches. Andrews finding Kenny was a good promo, and you can bet the “masked bozo,” Tiger Turan will show himself during that. Gradwell and Wagner each watching highlights of the other man was a good promo idea, and Wagner actually sounded better here than his usual promos. Though at the same time, this was easy enough material: Von’s big, he beats people up, he’ll beat Gradwell up. Given that, pretty sure Gradwell gives Von one of his toughest matches since Von got himself into that Fatal 4 Way at the start of 2.0.

Very good opener out of Mark Coffey VS Saxon Huxley, and Coffey wins as a point of showing he can do things on his own. This will definitely motivate Joe Coffey to return and get in Mark’s face about thinking he’s better or something like that. Millie VS Lash was good, and I should’ve figured Lash would win. Though Lash lost in the Women’s Breakout Tournament, she’s still being built up. And at the same time, Millie is still building up on the slow burn towards her eventual title match with Meiko Satomura. Sha VS Kemp was very good, but I was rather surprised Sha got the win given the trend with the NXT 2.0 visitors. But Kemp getting help from Gallus is an interesting twist. Kemp and Wolfgang teaming up against Sha & Dar would be pretty cool.

A-Kid VS Dempsey in the Heritage Cup Rules match was a great main event. As usual with these kinds of matches, they push things to the late rounds, but this time, they were able to really bring up the drama with how close each round was when they ended. But to think, Dempsey would shout out William Regal with those brass knuckles. Dempsey gets a great win here, even though a Heel, and could move up towards the Heritage Cup Championship itself. Dar VS Dempsey would be a great one, and it won’t even matter who is Heel, Sha and Die Familie could cancel out.

My Score: 8.4/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (5/25/22)

Happy Anniversary, AEW!

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AEW Dynamite 2021

It’s the three-year anniversary of All Elite Wrestling!

And with Double or Nothing this Sunday, Hangman Adam Page and CM Punk have one last face-to-face! Will they keep it civil? Or will they start throwing hands before their AEW World Championship match?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Steel Cage, MJF as Special Guest Referee: Wardlow VS Shawn Spears; Wardlow wins and will face MJF at Double or Nothing.
  • Jon Moxley & Eddie Kingston VS Private Party; Moxley & Kingston win.
  • ROH World Tag Team Championships: FTR VS Roppongi Vice; FTR wins, by disqualification, and are still ROH World Tag Team Champions.
  • Triple Threat: Jungle Boy VS Ricky Starks VS Swerve Strickland; Swerve wins.
  • Owen Hart Foundation Women’s Tournament Opening Round: Britt Baker VS Toni Storm; Baker wins and advances to the finals.
  • Owen Hart Foundation Men’s Tournament Semifinals: Samoa Joe VS Kyle O’Reilly; Joe wins and advances to the finals.

PLAY BY PLAY

Steel Cage, MJF as Special Guest Referee: Wardlow VS Shawn Spears!

The final hurdle is here! If the War Dog can get through the Chair Man inside this cage, he’ll get Maxwell Jacob Friedman at Double or Nothing! But of course, stacking the deck as always, MJF is going to be the officiator in this match, wearing his own custom referee shirt. He claims he’ll call this right down the middle, but will MJF make sure Spears slays the giant and saves him from certain doom on Sunday?

Once again, Wardlow is in cuffs while being escorted to the ring. Fans chant, “WARD~LOW!” the whole way, and Wardlow steps inside the steel. MJF says he’s got those cuffs, as soon as he does the pat down. Wardlow is clean, but MJF “misplaced” the key. Fans boo, because they know this is just another way to rig this match! Spears attacks Wardlow outta nowhere, and MJF has the bell ring! Spears stomps, CLUBS and then throws body shots and more stomps. MJF whistles and has Spears back down, because he “found” the key. But then MJF stomps away on Wardlow, too! MJF knows Wardlow can’t attack him because that’ll violate the match contract!

Spears CLOBBERS Wardlow, stomps him, and MJF smirks. Wardlow gets up but elbows Spears away! Then BOOTS him! But MJF rakes Wardlow’s eyes! Fans boo but MJF eggs them on. Spears drags Wardlow up in the gap between ropes and steel, and both he and MJF run to RAM Wardlow into steel! MJF and Spears high-ten and then soak up the heat. Fans taunt Spears with “TEN! TEN! TEN!” and Spears brings the kneepad down. But Wardlow back drops Spears away! And BOOTS him! MJF stares Wardlow down because again, he can’t be touched. Wardlow endures the taunting, even as MJF SPITS in his face!

But then Wardlow BREAKS the cuffs on his own!? Wardlow CLOBBERS Spears over and over, THROWS him into the steel, then drags him up to TOSS him into more steel! Fans tell MJF he F’d up, but Spears HOTSHOTS Wardlow! Fans boo as Spears hurries up a corner, but Wardlow is after him! Wardlow won’t let Spears escape, he CUBS Spears over and over, then throws him down! Wardlow adjusts on the top rope to SWANTON BOMB! Cover, but of course MJF doesn’t count. Wardlow realizes he should’ve known better. Fans chant, “Ref, You Suck!” but MJF doesn’t care. He’s untouchable in this match! But Wardlow stepping closer does scare him…

Wardlow gets Spears up, but MJF LOW BLOWS him! Spears hurries to fireman’s carry, C4!! Cover, MJF is ready, TWO!! MJF went as fast as humanly possible and Wardlow still got out! Not only that, Spears realizes his finisher juts got buried! Fans chant for “WARD~LOW!” as he stirs, but Spears goes outside the cage to get his chair! This non-escape cage match has to end in the ring but Spears brings in his insurance policy! MJF holds Wardlow up for Spears, and Spears winds up, but Wardlow moves! CHAIRSHOT TO MJF!! Wardlow didn’t need to touch MJF to get even with him! And now Spears is stunned as fans chant that he F’d up!

Spears then realizes Wardlow is standing back up. Spears turns around, Wardlow brings the straps down! Spears is now wishing escape was a way to win. Wardlow gets Spears up, POWERBOMB! But that’s just one! Here’s another POWERBOMB! And then a third POWERBOMB! The Powerbomb Symphony has the fans rocking, and a spare ref runs in! Wardlow sets up Spears’ chair, gets Spears back up, and fans are thunderous! Wardlow reels Spears in again, POWERBOMB ON THE CHAIR!! Cover, Wardlow wins!!

Winner: Wardlow, by pinfall (WILL face MJF at Double or Nothing)

Wardlow got even with Spears, but now he wants MJF! Security rushes in but Wardlow DECKS each of them one at a time! There’s almost no end to these guys, but Wardlow gets that last one with a kick! Wardlow reels this guy in, gets him up, and BOMBS him against the cage!! The man falls into the gap, never to be seen again! Wardlow then climbs up the cage just to make a point that MJF can’t hold him back anymore! Is Wardlow not only going to win his freedom from MJF, but rid AEW of MJF once and for all?

 

AEW’s heart goes out to Uvalde, Texas.

After the tragedy of the school shooting, all any of us can really do is love each other and pray violence stops.

 

The Jericho Appreciation Society walks ‘n’ talks.

Daniel Garcia tells Blackpool Combat Club, Eddie Kingston, Santana & Ortiz that this Sunday, Double or Nothing, Anarchy in the Arena, the JAS shows you how violent sports entertainers can really be. But then hold on, who is this bozo wearing a Moxley shirt? Menard and Parker get in this guy’s face. Good quality shirt. Is this polyester? Parker asks if he wants a taste of his switchblade… comb. Y’know what happens when you’re a Moxley fan? FIREBALL from Jericho!! The Wizard strikes again! Will the JAS show no mercy to anyone who isn’t on their side?

 

Tony Schiavone is in the ring.

As we celebrate three years of AEW where it all began in Las Vegas, Nevada, we have the biggest AEW World Championship match ever on the biggest night ever, Double or Nothing. And the challenger is the Best in the World, CM PUNK! Fans fire up as Punk makes his entrance! And he sits cross-legged on the stage while he rallies the fans to get louder. Punk continues down to the ring and fans chant his name. Schiavone then introduces the other half of this face-to-face, the AEW World Champion, HANGMAN ADAM PAGE! Fans fire up again as the Cowboy makes his way out, belt on his shoulder.

Hangman joins Punk and Schiavone in the ring and Schiavone says these last few weeks, both men have joined commentary and watched the other go to work. Hangman’s used Go To Sleep, Punk’s used the Buckshot, and there’s been a lot of talk and now, for the first time, they’re standing here for a face-to-face interview. Schiavone starts with Punk, saying Punk is prepared for Double or Nothing and becoming the next AEW World Champion. Punk has a mixed reaction from Vegas but with plenty of fans chanting his name. Punk says it is safe to say, “the biggest moment of my career happened right here in Las Vegas.”

Punk is grateful to be in the position he is in, loves the fans all over the world, and plans to walk in challenger, and respectfully walk out the champion. Schiavone now goes to Hangman and says Hangman knows just who he is facing, what everyone knows about CM Punk, but this confidence level is off the charts for the challenger. Fans also have a mixed reaction for Hangman, and still plenty chanting, “COWBOY S*IT!” Hangman says he said exactly what he was going to do to Punk, and did he stutter? “There is nothing that you can do to me to take this championship away from me!”

Schiavone says this is a determined champion, but Punk says he isn’t so sure why Hangman takes this personally. Hangman is a champion because he is Hangman Adam Page, the toughest SOB in AEW, and he holds that gold for a reason. But there is a locker room full of people just like Punk waiting for their shot. This is just business. It’s Punk’s shot, it’s not personal. Schiavone says there seems to be respect here, but Hangman takes the mic to say, “I said three weeks ago exactly what I was going to do to you. I said I was going to destroy you. I said I was going to annihilate you, to embarrass you. And I did not mean at Double or Nothing. I meant right now.”

Punk smirks and says, “Okay,” as Hangman says he’s been waiting for this moment not just weeks, but for months. Hangman has imagined himself sitting on the stage, cross-legged, and he’d pull out a lighter to light a pipe bomb and roll it down to Punk’s feet and watch it blow up in Punk’s face! How cathartic it would feel, and how full circle for Punk, right here in Vegas. But now that we’re here… Hangman realizes that he just can’t do it. He can’t. Not because he’s afraid he’d get fired or because he’s afraid of Punk. But when Hangman thought about what he wanted to say, he realized it’s just what Punk would do.

And fighting Punk’s hatred, pettiness and cowardice with more of the same would not be the right thing to do. But Hangman will say face-to-face, man-to-man, how he feels about Punk. “I don’t hate you. I almost pity you. And I have no respect for you and what you’ve done since you’ve gotten here. You want this AEW World Championship? I don’t think you understand what it means to be a champion. After all these years, I don’t think you get it. Because it’s not just about what happens in this ring, it’s about what happens when that red light turns off. What happens when you go back through that curtain. Those small, quiet moments when you think no one’s watching. That’s what makes a champion.”

Hangman says Punk talks a big game about worker’s rights, but has shown the exact opposite since getting here. Hangman loves this place, cares about this place, this is his home! And at Double or Nothing, Hangman will not be defending this title against Punk. For the first time in Hangman’s life, he will be defending ALL ELITE WRESTLING from Punk! Fans fire up hearing that one! Hangman then offers the mic to Schiavone and he takes it back. Punk’s response is he doesn’t get why Hangman’s so angry and taking this personally. “It makes me a little bit confused. You’re kinda talking in circles, it’s a big riddle, but if you’re so upset that I’m here, you’re gonna have to do something about it on Sunday.

“Win, lose or draw, I respect you, Hangman. But remember, those roads you traveled to get here? They were paved by me. This house that you built? It was constructed with lumber from trees that I chopped down. The world you traveled to get here, to create All Elite Wrestling, happened because I gave you the blueprint. You will shake my hand Sunday. Y’know what, Hangman, you’re gonna shake my hand right now.” Punk holds out his hand, fans are a bit torn, and Punk says all this misplaced anger isn’t for Punk, it’s for Hangman himself. Now shake his hand. Hangman says no thanks, so Punk shoves him. And Hangman DECKS Punk!

Fans fire up as Punk is rather shocked by that move. But he also smiles, perhaps getting exactly what he wanted. Hangman scowls and storms off, will he have a better poker face when it’s Double or Nothing?

 

AEW looks closer at the coming TBS Championship rematch.

The Queenslayer made the save for Statlander on Rampage, but Jade Cargill asks, “Anna Who?” The girl she already beat? But Anna says she doesn’t get all the extra BS, like the lights and the pyro and the Baddies Section. Jade already beat dat ass, but Jay thinks she deserves another shot? Jay says after her lose, she learned from some of the best on the roster. Now, she’s ready to beat the best and be TBS Champion. Double or Nothing, Jade says you put all your money on her because she is nothing but money. Will #ThatBitchShow just get even bigger and better? Or will Number 99 be the one in 30-1?

 

The Jericho Appreciation Society heads to the ring!

William Regal is already on commentary as Jericho leads Parker, Menard, Garcia and Jake Hager out. But Jericho has the music cut so the fans can’t sing Judas. Vegas, you don’t have what it takes to sing that song, so sit down and shut up! No singing for Vegas! The JAS then also goes to commentary, because they’re going to watch this next match.

Jon Moxley & Eddie Kingston VS Private Party!

The Maniac & The Mad King team up together again to prepare for Double or Nothing, and enter from the crowd! Bryan Danielson would’ve been here but he got his leg trapped between ramp and ring on Rampage last Friday. But will Marq Quen & Isiah Kassidy end up appetizers for the violent appetites of Blackpool Combat Club and their allies? Or will the AFO’s party boys do the dirty work for JAS?

The second Quen & Kassidy make their entrance, there’s a brawl at the ramp! Kingston hammers Kassidy and Moxley has Quen! Moxley bumps Quen off buckles and the bell rings to get this on record! Moxley stomps a mudhole, fans are fired up as Kingston RAMS Kassidy into steel steps! Moxley rains down fists on Quen, then he BITES Quen on the head! Kingston brings out a table?! Moxley whips Quen corner to corner but Quen BOOTS him and QUEBRADAS! Cover, ONE!! Quen gets Moxley up, wrenches, but Moxley rolls and wrenches back to hammerlock and SLEEPER! Tag to Kingston and fans fire up!

Kingston and Moxley mug Quen, Kingston HEADBUTTS Quen, then POWERBOMBS Quen down! Kingston paces, drags Quen back up, and he says he can do what Moxley can do. Kingston underhooks Quen, is that a PARADIGM SHIFT!? Kingston kicks Quen around, fishhooks the face, then drags Quen over to tag Moxley. Moxley whips Kingston in to SPLASH Quen, then Moxley clotheslines! Moxley feeds Quen to an STO! Moxley then drags Quen up, scoops him, but Quen slips off! Quen dodges to PELE! Tag to Kassidy, but Moxley blocks a kick and spins Kassidy, only for the DRAGON WHIP to come around!

Private Party DOUBLE DROPKICK Moxley to a corner, Kassidy runs in to back elbow! Kassidy sets up, Quen hits PARTY IN MOTION! Quen then sets up, Kassidy swaggers and runs, but Moxley CLOBBERS him! Kingston drags Quen out, Moxley gets Kassidy up, X-PLEX! Kingston hits an EXPLODER on Quen! Vegas fires up as Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Moxley drags Kassidy up, throws him out, and then goes out after him. Moxley RAMS Kassidy into railing, Kingston does the same to Quen on the other side. Kingston brings a chair over, Kassidy throws hands on Moxley, but Kingston stands on Quen. The ref reprimands Kingston, and stops him from using the chair. Kassidy whips but Moxley reverses and Kassidy hits railing hard! Quen kicks Kingston back, but Moxley RAMS Kassidy into steel steps! Kingston RAMS Quen into more railing! Moxley drags Kassidy back up and puts him in the ring. Moxley drags Kassidy around while Kingston CHOKES Quen with camera cords!

Moxley stomps Kassidy, has the legs, TEXAS CLOVERLEAF! Kassidy endures while Kingston brings Quen up. Moxley shifts to an Indian Deathlock STF while Kingston RAMS Quen into more railing! Kassidy endures, Kingston gets a drink of water, then he SPLASHES Quen with the bottle! Kassidy gets free of the STF but swings into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Moxley drags Kassidy back up, waistlocks, GERMAN SUPLEX! Dynamite returns to single picture and Moxley drags Kassidy off the ropes. Moxley half nelsons but Kassidy resists the suplex! Kassidy elbows free, reaches out, but Moxley keeps him from Quen!

Kassidy SCREW HIGH KICKS Moxley, tags Quen, SPRINGBOARD CLOTHESLINE! Then he sucker punches Kingston! Quen runs, flapjack dropkicks Moxley down! Moxley and Kingston regroup. Quen FLIES and takes out Kingston! Kassidy TORNILLOS to take out Moxley! Private Party puts Moxley in and Kassidy hurries, but is put in a corner. Kassidy BOOTS Moxley, leaps, FLYING STUNNER! Quen is up top now, he SHOOTING STAR PRESSES! Cover, TWO!! Moxley survives but Quen tags Kassidy. Kassidy springboards in but Moxley dodges. Kassidy comes back, Moxley sends him at Quen, SILLY STRING- NO! Moxley powers out to LARIAT Kassidy!

Kingston rushes in to URAKEN Quen! Kingston has Quen in the STRETCH PLUM, Moxley rains down HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS on Kassidy!! Quen is tapping, Kassidy is a ragdoll! Moxley finishes Kassidy with PARADIGM SHIFT!! Cover, Moxley & Kingston win!

Winners: Jon Moxley & Eddie Kingston, by pinfall

The JAS rush the ring but Kingston goes at them first! Moxley, too! Hager RAMS Moxley into the apron, Jericho and Menard help out, but here come Santana & Ortiz! And even Bryan with his beat up leg! It’s chaos already as they brawl around ringside! Refs try to stop this but fans want to “LET THEM FIGHT!” Jericho SMACKS Kingston with a chair! Menard and Bryan claw at each other, Jericho gets in the ring and soaks up the heat like his side’s already won. But Bryan gets in the ring to go after him! Jericho kicks the bad leg! Parker helps stomp Bryan, and then the JAS undoes railing so they can leave through the crowd! If this is how it was tonight, how much more insane will it get at Double or Nothing?

 

AEW takes a closer look at the Owen Hart Cup.

Mark Henry says watching all the competition in these tournaments, he is sure Owen would be so proud. Toni Storm says just a few months ago, she thought she was out of wrestling for good. But now she is this close to the finals. Britt Baker vows to defeat Storm and win the tournament at Double or Nothing to prove once again she is the best. Kyle O’Reilly tells Samoa Joe, Double or Nothing will be an Undisputed Elite finals. But Joe ponders the question, “How do you beat someone like Kyle O’Reilly? A submission aficionado, a striking prodigy.” But like all fancy things, you just place it on the anvil and break it. And when Joe is down with Kyle, he’s coming for Adam Cole, BAYBAY.

 

ROH World Tag Team Championships: FTR VS Roppongi Vice!

As if a three year anniversary isn’t big enough, Cash Wheeler & Dax Harwood defend one of their two world tag titles against a team that’s been all over the world, but still hungry for more. Will FTR stay #TwoBeltTopGuys? Or will Rocky Romero & Trent Beretta not just be kings but champions of the night?

The introductions are made by Bobby Cruz, tensions rise but the ref keeps the peace. The ROH belts are raised, and we see if RPG Vice hits the jackpot here in Vegas!

Cash starts against Rocky and fans rally, “F T R! F T R!” Cash and Rocky circle, approach, and Rocky KICKS Cash’s leg. Cash shakes that off and ties up with Rocky. Rocky waistlocks but Cash wrenches and wristlocks. Rocky rolls, wrenches back, hammerlocks, but Cash slips around to hammerlock back. Cash really clamps it on but Rocky drop toeholds and headlocks. Cash rolls to a cover, ONE! Rocky holds on, Cash fights up, and powers out. Rocky runs Cash over! Things speed up, Rocky runs Cash over again! Rocky KICKS Cash, brings him up, CHOPS and runs, but Cash hurdles to run Rocky over!

They keep moving, Cash hurdles but Rocky deflects the dropkick! Rocky gets the arms, GEDO CLUTCH! TWO! Cash goes for a leg, Rocky turns that around to a backslide, TWO! Cash runs in, but into an ARMBAR TAKEDOWN! Fans fire up, Cash rolls to the ropes! Cash gets out, fans fire up and Rocky shows off some of that Latino Heat swag. Cash gets up and in, fans rally up, and Cash tags Dax. Rocky tags Trent, and now Dax and Trent stare down. They tie up, Dax headlocks, Trent powers up and out. Dax runs Trent over, things keep moving, and Trent gets up. Dax slides under but Trent CHOPS him! Dax staggers to a corner, Trent CHOPS back!

Dax turns it around, CHOPS and CHOPS, but Trent CHOPS back! Dax CHOPS, Trent kicks low! Trent stalks Dax to a corner, whips him corner to corner hard and Dax staggers. Dax still back elbows then snap suplexes! Tag to Cash, Dax gives him the boost for a BIG leg drop! Cover, TWO! Cash brings Trent up, but Trent blocks this suplex to suplex back. Cash slips out, waistlocks, but Rocky tags in before the O’Conner Roll! Rocky KICKS Cash, kicks again but Cash blocks! Cash ducks the enziguri but not the HEEL KICK, and Trent gets Cash with a HALF ‘N’ HALF! Rocky hurries to cover, ROPEBREAK!!

Fans fire up while Dynamite goes picture in picture. Rocky stomps Cash, drags him up and CHOPS him to the corner. Cash CHOPS back, CHOPS with his left hand, but Rocky blocks the third chop! Rocky wrenches, ELBOW BREAKER, and a KICK to the arm! Rocky drags Cash around, snapmares him down, and tags in Trent. Trent slingshot sentons, covers, TWO! Trent clamps onto Cash with a top wristlock but Cash clasps hands. Cash fights up, gets around to push Trent towards the corner but Trent digs in his heels. Cash scoops and SLAMS! Both men crawl, hot tag to Rocky! Rocky runs and dropkicks Dax down!

Rocky stomp Cash, then drags him up to throw forearms! Snapmare and basement dropkick! Rocky clamps onto Cash with a chinlock and grinds him down. Cash endures, fights up, reaches out, but Rocky holds on. Cash atomic drops Rocky and gets free! Rocky tags Trent and Trent CLUBS Cash down! Trent hauls Cash up, CHOPS him, but Cash CHOPS back! Trent knees low, tags Rocky back in, and RPG Vice double suplex! Cover, TWO! Rocky clamps back on with another chinlock as Dynamite returns to single picture. Fans rally, Cash moves around, gets around, BIG back suplex! Both men are down again and fans fire up!

Rocky and Cash crawl, hot tag to Trent and he keeps Cash from Dax! Cash hops up, reaches out, Trent pulls him away, but Cash fights through to hot tag Dax! Dax ducks Trent’s haymaker to JAB, JAB, JAB and DECK Trent! Rocky runs in, Dax rallies on him, too! Dax CHOPS Trent in a corner, uppercuts, CHOPS, repeat! Rocky returns but Dax DECKS him now! Dax whips, Trent reverses and Dax hits buckles hard! Dax falls back, Trent drags Dax up to whip, but Dax reverses! Trent ducks the clothesline to get around and GERMAN SUPLEX! Trent holds on, another GERMAN SUPLEX! Dax switches to GERMAN SUPLEX back!

Dax holds on, he GERMAN SUPLEXES Trent again! Trent grabs ropes to deny the hat trick! Dax CLUBS Trent, Trent elbows Dax! Trent swings, Dax dodges, GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, but Rocky DOUBLE STOMPS it apart! Trent hurries, tag to Rocky! Rocky KICKS Dax in the bad side, then ROCKS him and suplexes! Dax slips out, slips under, but Trent tags in before the atomic drop! Dax still elbows Trent, runs, but into a DOUBLE JUMP KNEE! Fans fire up and Rocky hurries after Cash to DECK him! Trent brings Dax up, hangs him out to dry, then Rocky goes up! Missile dropkick! Trent hits the SLIDING KNEE! Cover, TWO!!

Dax survives and RPG Vice can’t believe it! Trent says they’ll finish this, and fans duel. Rocky goes up as Trent Alabama Lifts, but Cash trips Rocky up! Trent dumps Dax to DECK Cash, but Dax cradles Trent! TWO!! Dax scoops but Trent cradles, TWO!! Dax pops Trent up but Trent victory Rolls, TWO!! Both men bob ‘n’ weave, Dax fakes Trent out but Trent fights off the Piledriver! Trent gets Dax back up and tucks him in, Rocky is back up top! STRONG ZERO!!! Cover, Cash barrels into Rocky to break it!! Wait, wait, is that the UNITED EMPIRE rushing down the ramp?! The IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions, Great-O-Khan and Jeff Cobb, are here!?!

Khan & Cobb get in the ring and they CLOBBER EVERYONE!

Winners: FTR, by disqualification (still the ROH World Tag Team Champions)

Khan throws Trent out, Cobb throws Cash out, and then Khan MONGOLIAN CHOPS Rocky! Dax is alone and the fans are losing their minds! Cobb gets Dax up, Khan runs, IMPERIAL DROP!! Khan then feeds Rocky to a TOUR OF THE ISLANDS!! The United Empire still isn’t done, they mug Dax, then clear off the timekeeper’s table! GUT WRENCH POWERBOMB through the table!! Khan gets another table, and he drags Trent over. IRON CLAW, and then he goes up the steps! ELIMINATOR through the table!! They then grab the ROH World Tag Team Championships and hold them up high. Will the United Empire conquer not just NJPW but AEW and the world?!

 

The Hardy Boyz speak.

Matt tells the Young Bucks that their stories both began with a lot of similarities. They were all born and raised by wholesome, religious parents. They had innocent upbringings where they didn’t smoke or drink. They didn’t even curse! And they all had dreams of becoming pro-wrestlers. But that’s where the parallels end. The Hardys broke into the business in the early 90s, and it was a different industry back then, and a majorly different culture. The brutal, tough roads the Hardys had to walk, the Bucks could never, EVER have survived! The Bucks don’t have the grit, the resilience that these two have. The Hardys no only survived, but they became a revolutionary tag team.

Sure, the Bucks are talented, are Elite, but let’s call it like it is. When the Hardys look at the Bucks, and even when the fans look at the Bucks, all they see are Hardy Boy cosplayers! The reason the Hardys are here in AEW is to cement their legacies as the GOATs of tag team wrestling. Jeff says that was GR-E-E-E-E-EAT. Get it? Goats? But they’re not a team in their prime, they’re a team in their OVERPRIME, and it is overtime! The pressure is on to win. This is a clean slate for Jeff, it is his time approaching the eventual time. But this final run will be the best run!

So at Double or Nothing, the Bucks are just two little stepping stones on the Hardys’ way to becoming AEW World Tag Team Champions to complete the collection! And if the Bucks think they’re in their prime, well, they will NEVER be better than the Hardys! The Hardys have been better at every stage of life! Better as babies, as kids, as teenagers, at their peak, and right here and now even as middle-aged and extreme! The Bucks may be elite, but this is the DELETE! They will DELETE the Bucks this Sunday! And there’s a saying: Never meet your heroes, they’ll probably disappoint you. But for the Bucks, it’ll be more like disappointed that they can never beat their heroes!

 

Triple Threat: Jungle Boy VS Ricky Starks VS Swerve Strickland!

Captain Charisma set up a prelude to the AEW World Tag Team Championship Triple Threat at Double or Nothing, because he wants his guy to get back at both the FTW Champion and the man who cost JB that FTW Championship. But will JB just end up getting beat up by his challengers before the title match because of Christian Cage? Or will Jurassic Express have all the momentum going into this Sunday?

The bell rings and fans fire up as these three stare each other down. JB and Swerve then come to an understanding, and they both look at Starks. Starks realizes that and bails out, and says he beat them both already so he doesn’t have to do anything. Fans chant, “Whose House?” “Swerve’s House!” as Swerve offers a handshake to JB. JB accepts, but Starks slides into shove Swerve into JB! Starks rolls Swerve up, JB breaks it as he rolls Starks up! TWO, JB ends up in Swerve’s cradle, TWO! Starks blocks Swerve’s kick and sends it into JB! Starks throws Swerve down, then goes after him, but Swerve moves around to EDDY GORDO RANA!

JB CHOPS Swerve, knuckle locks, and goes up and up, only for Swerve to bring him back down. Swerve blocks a chop and knuckle locks, then turns JB around to double knuckle lock from behind. JB hops up onto Swerve’s shoulders, Swerve throws him at Starks, JB RANAS Starks out of the ring! JB dodges Swerve, dropkicks him then kips up! Fans fire up with JB and he runs at Swerve to CLOBBER him at ropes! JB runs again but Starks trips him up! Starks throws JB out, but JB whips Starks at the corner! Starks slides through the gap and comes back around, to CLOBBER JB! But Swerve runs at the ropes!

Starks ducks but Swerve handsprings over him, only for Starks to shove him into railing! Starks gets up on the apron to strike his pose, then jump down and stomp Swerve! Dynamite goes picture in picture as Starks talks trash on the Swerve fans.

Starks drags Swerve up, whips him hard into railing, then he goes after JB. JB ROCKS and CHOPS Starks but Starks ROCKS and throws JB down! Starks drags JB up and puts him in the ring to then drag him up and around for a suplex. Starks holds JB up, does a hip swivel and then SLAMS JB down! Cover, TWO! Swerve returns but Starks kicks him and throws him out. Starks brings JB up but JB throws body shots! Starks CLUBS JB down, looms over him, and brings him up to knuckle lock and CHOP! Starks goes up slowly, tightrope walks with some swagger, and gives JB some OLD SCHOOL! Starks strikes his pose again as fans rally.

Swerve is on the apron but Starks DECKS him! Starks then drags JB up and CHOPS him. JB CHOPS Starks back! Starks CHOPS again! Starks digs his knee into JB at the corner, the ref counts, Swerve CLOBBERS Starks! Swerve whips Starks to a corner, runs in but Starks back elbows! Starks throws swerve back out, gets JB back up and wrenches to whips to ropes. OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! But Swerve gets in to throw Starks to a corner! Swerve elbows, snapmares, and then goes up for the FALLING UPPERCUT! Starks goes to the apron but Swerve joins him out there. Swerve claws Starks’ face but Starks throws an elbow.

Dynamite returns to single picture as Starks throws a forearm but Swerve gives it back. Starks BOOTS, Swerve keeps Starks from running off. Starks elbows Swerve again, JB runs in but Starks HOTSHOTS him! Swerve BOOTS Starks, JB runs and RANAS Swerve off the apron! JB throws Swerve back in, hurries and BLINDSIDE LARIATS! Cover, Starks breaks it! Starks whips JB, JB reverses to wrench and RACK BOMB! Cover, TWO! JB is annoyed, Starks gets away, Swerve ROCKS JB with a forearm! Swerve whips corner to corner hard, and then he brings JB up to the top rope. Swerve climbs up, brings JB up, but JB throws body shots.

Starks returns, he jumps up to join in, hitting each man in the head! But they double pie face Starks down hard! JB then CLUBS Swerve, gets around, SUPER POISON-RANA!! But Swerve lands on his feet!! Vegas loses its mind and JB is confused! JB and Swerve fire up, but Starks BOOTS Swerve down! JB dodges Starks’ clothesline but Starks blocks a kick. Starks ducks JB’s enziguri but Swerve’s SUPERKICK connects! JB aims but Swerve deflects that superkick to throw JB down! Swerve rolls JB’s arm to lift him up, stalling suplex, but Starks SPEARS them down!! JB lands on his feet, though, and SUPERKICKS Starks!

JB runs, but Starks MICHINOKU DRIVERS! Cover, Swerve breaks it!! Fans are thunderous, Starks and Swerve kick each other and Starks stomps! Fans are loving “A E DUB!” as Starks tries to underhook. But Swerve powers out to a fireman’s carry, but Starks fights free of that. Starks waistlocks, Swerve switches, but Starks fights off the half nelson suplex! Swerve CHOPS Starks’ on the back again and again, but Starks arm-drags free! Swerve uppercuts, but Starks reels him in! Swerve breaks free with his leg, but Starks pokes eyes! Starks underhooks and Canadian racks, ROSHAMBEAUX! But JB gets Starks SNARE TRAP!! Starks is caught, reaches out, crawls forward, ROPEBREAK!

But JB drags Starks away! JB resets the SNARE TRAP!! Starks is fading, HOUSE CALL from Swerve!! Swerve wants someone to get up, Starks sits up in a daze. Swerve is up stop, SWERVE STOMPS!! Cover, Swerve wins!!

Winner: Swerve Strickland, by pinfall

But “Powerhouse” Hobbs gets in! And he CLOBBERS Swerve! JB jumps on Hobbs for a sleeper but Hobbs throws him off! But Luchasaurus rushes out there and he choke grips Hobbs! Hobbs pries free!? But here comes KEITH LEE! The Limitless One isn’t going to let this keep going without him! Keith, Hobbs and Luchasaurus, the big men of each team, start throwing hands! Hobbs ROCKS Keith, Luchasaurus TAIL WHIPS Hobbs, but Keith GRIZZLY MAGNUMS Luchasaurus! Keith then LIMITLESS TORNILLOS them both down!! Fans lose their minds all over again and Keith regroups with Swerve. Will all of the AEW Tag Division soon bask in their glory?

 

Dan Lambert & the Men of the Year speak.

Lambert says, “Sammy, Tay and Frankie must have a combined IQ of room temperature with the air conditioning on if they thought for one second that busting up Scorpio’s TNT title belt was going to get them the match that they want. Well, somebody please tell these idiots about this new invention we have called the internet and show them how to look up American Top Team. Because maybe then, they would understand that winning every championship there is in combat sports means I probably have every belt maker in the world on speed dial.” That’s right, Lambert ordered Scorpio a brand new belt even before AEW’s favorite couple could tweet out a picture of themselves in the middle of some disgusting act wearing the old one.

So, Scorpio Sky gets a special Friday Night Rampage. The brand new, custom made TNT Championship, handcrafted in Scorpio’s image, will be presented to him and he will love it. Scorpio snaps his fingers and we cut away, but will Sammy, Tay & Frankie just look to break that belt up, too?

 

Schiavone is on stage.

This Sunday, the AEW Women’s World Championship will be defended. Schiavone introduces the champion, Thunder Rosa! La Mera Mera makes her way out, and Schiavone asks her about Deeb’s challenge. Rosa wants us to see her face. It has no face paint! This is the real Rosa, the face of someone who has worked and earned everything she has, and is grateful for being champion. That has never complained, either. Because that is what champions do. Deeb, “mi reina,” you are NOT a champion. Fans cheer Rosa on, and Rosa tells Deeb that she complains, is a little petty.

Rosa says Deeb points fingers at people and companies, pinning things on her past, with her questionable changes. Maybe Deeb should look in a mirror and blame herself. Rosa’s face used to look up to Deeb, but no more! And on Sunday, Deeb won’t see this face. On Sunday, the war paint is on. On Sunday, the warrior inside Rosa takes over! On Sunday, La Mera Mera will teach Deeb a lesson in respect for disrespecting Schiavone, for disrespecting Rosa’s mentor, Dustin Rhodes, for disrespecting the fans, and especially for disrespecting Rosa, the AEW Women’s World Champion!! And y’know what? Deeb will be very scared, because Rosa will haunt her forever!

 

AEW returns as Schiavone interviews Red Velvet backstage.

A tremendous match between The Chef and Kris Statlander in the Owen Hart Cup, but Statlander won. Velvet is surely upset. No sh*t, Schiavone. Velvet says she should have won that match, and she should be facing Ruby Soho. But speaking of, Soho walks in because she heard her name. Does Velvet have something to say to her? Yes, actually. If Soho needs to know how to beat Statlander, Velvet’s got this notebook right here. Statlander’s knee is messed up, and she has a bad shoulder, too.

Velvet leaves and Soho says she can admit, when she faced Statlander last time, Soho won by the skin of her teeth. But in the next round of the Owen Hart Cup, Soho knows she’s not facing the same Statlander. This notebook is useless, so Soho throws it away. Soho will keep what Velvet said in mind, though. Will the Runaway be able to get past whatever this new form the Galaxy’s Greatest Alien has taken and head for Double or Nothing? And speaking of…

 

Owen Hart Foundation Women’s Tournament Opening Round: Britt Baker VS Toni Storm!

The Doctor made Maki Itoh tap out while the Lightning From Down Under struck a Hayter. Only one moves on to Double or Nothing and the finals, who wins the first of tonight’s “double main event?”

In a surprising move, Britt tells Rebel and Jamie Hayter that she’ll be fine without them. They head back to the back, this will truly be 1v1, just as Storm wanted it. The bell rings and Vegas rallies for “D M D!” Britt and Storm circle, tie up, and go around. Storm clamps onto the arm, wrenches, but Britt reaches for ropes. Storm keeps her away from ropes, but Britt wrenches back. Britt hammerlocks, spins Storm and snapmares but Storm wrenches right back. Storm keeps Britt down with a wristlock, but Britt fight sup to break free. Britt snapmares, but Storm wrenches Britt right back, then headlocks for the takeover.

Britt keeps her shoulder sup, headscissors, but Storm pops free. Storm and Britt tie up again, Britt hits a headlock takeover. Storm headscissors and she keeps Britt down. Britt gets frustrated but endures as Toni pushes up for more pressure. Britt moves around, Storm pushes up again, but Britt kicks her way to the ROPEBREAK. Fans rally and duel as Storm lets off and waits on Britt. Britt gets up, kicks Storm low, but Storm rushes in. Britt sidesteps but Storm redirects herself to avoid the table top, and she basement dropkicks Britt down! Britt bails out but Storm pursues, and she ROCKS Britt with a forearm!

Storm brings Britt around and POSTS her! The ring count climbs, Storm ROCKS Britt with an uppercut. Storm gets in the ring to refresh the count, then she uppercuts Britt again. Storm aims at the apron but Britt blocks the bump to smack Storm off the apron instead! Britt puts Storm in the ring, fans duel, and Britt climbs up. Storm shoves Britt out! Storm hurries to ROCK Britt with a right, then stalks her to steel steps. But Britt rakes eyes! Britt Hits a COMPLETE SHOT to the steps! Storm flops down and Britt gets in the ring to refresh the count! Britt hurries after Storm as Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Britt rains down fists on Storm, lets off to spell “D M D,” then she drags Storm up. Britt SMACKS Storm off the steps, then takes the fan sign that says “DMD is DUMB,” to rip it in half! Britt refreshes the count again, puts Storm back in, then takes her time getting in the ring. Storm kicks at Britt but Britt stomps and kicks Storm. Britt CLUBS Storm, scuffs her, talks trash on Storm, then puts her in a corner. Britt CHOKES Storm, but the ref counts. Britt lets off at 4, brings Storm around and throws forearms! Britt sits Storm down, drags her back out, and then pulls her into the post! The ref counts again and Britt scuffs Storm as she lets off.

Britt gets back in the ring with a smirk and she brings Storm up. Britt throws Storm down by her hair, covers, TWO! Britt clamps onto Storm with a seated cobra twist, but Storm endures. Fans rally up, Britt pulls Storm’s hair and talks more trash, but Storm endures. Storm fights up, throws body shots, and gets free! Britt ROCKS Storm, but Storm ROCKS Britt! Dynamite returns to single picture as the forearms fly back and forth! Storm gets the edge, but Britt dodges to SUPERKICK! Storm staggers, Britt goes up the corner, and Britt leaps for PITT- NO! Storm blocks the sunrise to go up and TORNADO DDT!

Britt flounders away and fans fire up. Storm fires up, she runs in corner to corner, HIP ATTACK! Then Alabama lift, ALABAMA SLAM! Storm rolls Britt back to her feet and reels her in, but Britt powers up to AIR RAID CRASH! Cover, TWO!! Fans fire up but here comes Hayter! She coaches Britt up but Britt tells her to go back. Storm rolls Britt! TWO!! Britt kicks low, reels Storm in, FISHERMAN SCREW! Cover, TWO!! Storm survives and Britt is beside herself! Britt waistlocks, ripcords, but Storm dodges to GERMAN SUPLEX! Britt flounders to the apron and out of the ring. Storm hurries after her, TORNADO DDT to the floor!!

Storm drags Britt up, puts Britt in, and fans duel! Hayter is on the apron but Storm DECKS her! Storm runs at Britt, blocks the superkick and kicks back! Storm reels Britt in, Britt back drops but Storm sunset flips! Britt sits on the cover, Hayter helps Britt grab the rope! BRITT WINS!

Winner: Britt Baker, by pinfall (advances to the finals)

Storm is shocked! Britt did 99% of the work and still stole this one! Who will The Doctor meet in the finals? We see Statlander VS Soho this Friday on Rampage!

 

Owen Hart Foundation Men’s Tournament Semifinals: Samoa Joe VS Kyle O’Reilly!

The Panama City Playboy waits the winner of this at Double or Nothing, and he’s hoping for an Undisputed Finals! Will #KillerKyle keep that dream alive? Or will the Samoan Submission Machine make sure the Cup stays far out of their reach?

The bell rings and the two circle. Kyle and Joe test the waters with kicks, fans sing, “Joe is gonna kill~ you!” and Joe withstands Kyle’s quick flurry! Joe backs Kyle down with his own kicks and knees, and even adds elbows and a KICK! Kyle staggers but he steadies himself and the two reset. Kyle shoots in, Joe switches, Kyle flips it to a facelock. They move around, Joe wants a leg now, and he gets Kyle down! Kyle uses a leg guard and they end up in ropes, Joe lets off quickly. Fans fire up for the opening exchange and the two reset again. They knuckle lock, Kyle gets the arm and wrenches it. Joe wants the sleeper!

Kyle trips Joe, Joe kicks Kyle away and avoids the Penalty Kick to CHOP Kyle off his feet! Fans are stinging from that one, and they chant for “JOE! JOE! JOE!” Kyle gets up, Joe JABS, JABS, then CHOPS Kyle in the corner. Joe brings Kyle around but Kyle wants that bad arm! Joe uses the good arm to scoop and SLAM Kyle! Kyle sits up and gasps, Joe CHOPS him on the shoulder, then PENALTY KICKS and ELBOW DROPS! Fans fire up and Joe covers, TWO! Joe CLUBS Kyle, CHOPS him, CHOPS again, then HEADBUTTS! Joe throws a back elbow, reels Kyle in, and snap suplexes! Joe floats to the cover, TWO!

Joe smirks and JABS Kyle again. Joe runs but into a KNEE! Kyle wrenches the bad arm to WRING it out! Joe rolls away, Kyle snarls and he stomps Joe to ropes. Kyle gets the bad arm, hammerlocks, and he rains down elbows and knees! Kyle floats over to do the same to the other side, then he runs for a SLIDING KNEE! Joe writhes, Kyle KICKS the bad arm! And again! Joe staggers but Kyle brings him around to clinch and fire off more knees! Kyle runs but Joe CLOBBERS him! Fans fire up and Kyle flounders to the apron. Joe storms over, but Kyle gets the leg! DRAPING DRAGON SCREW! Kyle then goes up the corner, FLYING KNEE to the bad arm! Cover, TWO!

But into an ARMBAR! Joe clasps hands, or rather holds his own wrist! Kyle wants the arm but Joe gets the ROPEBREAK! Kyle holds until 4 and Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Kyle KICKS Joe against the ropes, then KICKS him again. Joe bails out of the ring, Kyle goes out after him, and Kyle wrenches the bad arm for a double wristlock. Kyle then hammerlocks the arm, makes Joe take a seat and he KICKS away on Joe by the barriers! Kyle ROCKS Joe, then gets some space. Kyle runs back in, but Joe DECKS him with a forearm! Fans fire up and Joe brings Kyle up. Joe CHOPS Kyle into taking a seat, then Joe gets some space. Joe encourages fans to fire up, and he run sin to BOOT WASH Kyle against railing! The front row fans fire up getting a whole new experience as Joe brings his foot back over.

Joe drags Kyle up and puts him in the ring. Joe takes a moment to catch his breath, then he gets in. Kyle gets the bad arm to wrench, hammerlock, and leg sweep! Joe lands on the bad arm and clutches the shoulder! Kyle rains down palm strikes on Joe, floats over to the other side for more, then back again! Kyle lets off to get the bad arm and grind the shoulder. Joe endures, even as Kyle grinds the elbow into Joe’s head. Joe fights up but Kyle throws him down! Kyle runs to drop a knee on Joe’s shoulder! Kyle paces, stomps the bad arm, then hauls Joe up as Dynamite returns to single picture.

Kyle throws forearms, KICKS, and repeat, focusing on the bad arm. But Joe uses the arm to catch the kick! Kyle fires off palm strikes, knees and another kick, but Joe ROLLING LEG SWEEPS! Kyle goes down and fans fire up with Joe! Joe JABS, JABS and JABS, to then whip and atomic drop! Joe keeps moving, and he BOOTS Kyle down! SENTON! Cover, TWO! Kyle survives but Joe keeps cool. Joe stands Kyle up for knee after knee, but Kyle blocks to KICK the bad arm. Kyle runs, but Joe LARIATS him down! Cover, TWO!! Kyle survives and Joe is beside himself! Fans rally behind Joe and he watches Kyle rise.

Joe brings Kyle up but Kyle throws a forearm! Joe responds with palm strike after palm strike from his good arm! Joe has Kyle in the corner, puts him up top, then tucks him in! MUSCLE- NO! Kyle fights out and has the bad arm! Kyle shifts around from double wristlock to FUJIWARA ARMBAR! Joe endures but Kyle pushes back! Joe crawls, reaches out, turns on his side, ROPEBREAK! Kyle lets go quickly but still wants the bad arm. Kyle rips off the tape and snarls as he KICKS the arm again! Joe is in the corner, Kyle BOOTS him! Joe JABS, and JABS, and CHOPS! Kyle BOOTS again, but Joe KNEES Kyle as he shoots in low!

Kyle staggers, yoyos in the ropes, and LARIATS! Joe ENZIGURIS! Kyle PENALTY KICKS! Fans fire up again as both men are down! Kyle and Joe go to opposite corners, fans love “A E DUB!” for this, and Kyle runs corner to corner! URENA- NO! Arm-drag counter, and Kyle shoots around. O’Conner Roll, TWO! COQUINA CLUTCH!! But Kyle has the bad arm! Joe is still locking it in with the one good arm! Kyle sputters, and he’s out! JOE WINS!!

Winner: Samoa Joe, by submission (advances to the finals)

Even with one good arm, the ROH World Television Champion pulls off the victory! But here comes Adam Cole, BAYBAY! Cole and Joe have never had a match against each other before, and now they will in a historic finals match at Double or Nothing! Who will win the inaugural Owen Hart Foundation Men’s Tournament?


My Thoughts:

A great episode for Dynamite, especially as a go-home for Double or Nothing. For one, opening with the Steel Cage was an awesome move. I should’ve figured MJF would go that far to try and screw Wardlow over, but it was awesome how Wardlow turned it around on MJF. That was one serious headshot and MJF sold it perfectly. Wardlow of course wins, and of course we’re now getting MJF VS Wardlow at Double or Nothing, and who knows how that goes. There is a very good chance MJF wins, though, with the dirtiest of ways to win, but I bet Vegas would go nuts if Wardlow won. Also great to see that I called the TNT Championship was being remodeled for Scorpio, I bet that thing will look awesome.

Great promo from the JAS, and wow, Jericho with another fireball just because that staffer wore a Moxley shirt. If this were sports entertainment, they would’ve mentioned Jericho getting fined a lot of money. Regal and Jericho were very good on commentary during Moxley & Kingston VS Private Party, which was a lot of fun and a pretty good sampler of what Anarchy in the Arena will look like. I don’t want it to be so chaotic because that’ll be hard for everyone to keep up with all the action, but it will surely be just brawling all over ringside and even in the ring, and who knows what we’ll see these teams do to each other.

Good promo vignette from Jade and Jay to hype up the rematch, but again, because it’s Jay again, I feel like Jade’s got this one. I did like that Velvet, though Heel, gave Ruby, a Face, advice on how to beat Statlander since Velvet is now Statlander’s enemy. Ruby had a good Face response, and Ruby VS Statlander on Rampage is going to be a great match. Great promo from the Hardys to hype up their match with the Bucks, no idea who wins that match, but I definitely see the winner going after the AEW World Tag titles. And while Rosa had a very good promo, they started her music a little early. Probably just them misreading her promo, but it also felt like they were playing her off, which is a bit rude to do to your AEW Women’s World Champion. But that aside, Rosa is surely retaining against Deeb.

Great segment from Hangman and Punk, and though Hangman purposefully danced around the issue, I’m pretty sure what he was getting at is Punk coming in and throwing off all the plans for the AEW originals, Hangman himself included. Punk also had a good counter saying he was the foundation of what AEW is even about. That match is going to be amazing, Hangman knocking Punk down technically means Punk is standing tall because he got in Hangman’s head. I would think Hangman retains the title and that strengthens his reign, probably so he’ll be real strong for Kenny Omega’s eventual return.

The ROH World Tag Team Championship match was great stuff, and I even liked that it ended up like it did because The United Empire shows up to further build towards Forbidden Door. FTR wants more tag titles, RPG Vice called out a lot of champions, and now it seems the Empire figures they’ll grab up titles, we could get a huge tag title match with this feud. The Triple Threat of JB, Starks and Swerve was great stuff, and between Swerve winning the match and Keith running off the other heavies, I have a feeling Keith & Swerve end up losing somehow. That might mean Jurassic Express finds a way to retain, maybe Team Taz wins, but who knows.

Great “double main event” from the Owen Hart Cup Semifinals, and we even got a good promo vignette to hype the matches up. Britt VS Storm was of course still affected by Hayter showing up, but I almost thought Hayter was going to accidently cost Britt. But no, Britt still wins, as expected, and she is paralleling Cole as they’re both finalists. Joe VS Kyle was awesome stuff, and especially with Joe selling the arm damage from last week. Joe winning was great, though, and that gives us a classic Face VS Heel showdown. I suppose it would be too early for Cole VS Kyle, possible dysfunction between them in AEW after doing that story in NXT, and Cole VS Joe will still be awesome. But with Lethal, Sonjay & Singh lurking, I bet Joe loses because of them and Cole wins, he and Britt will be an Owen Hart Cup winner power couple.

My Score: 8.9/10


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