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Mitchell’s WWE Royal Rumble Results & Report! (1/29/22)

The 35th annual!

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St. Louis, get ready to rumble!

WWE enters The Dome in St. Louis for the Royal Rumble! 30 men, 30 women, but only two golden tickets to WrestleMania 38!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • WWE Universal Championship: Roman Reigns VS Seth Rollins; Rollins wins by disqualification, and Roman retains the title.
  • 2022 Women’s Royal Rumble match: Rhonda Rousey wins and will challenge a champion at WrestleMania 38.
  • Raw Women’s Championship: Becky Lynch VS “Doudrop” Piper Niven; Becky wins and retains the title.
  • WWE World Championship: Brock Lesnar w/ Paul Heyman VS Bobby Lashley w/ MVP; Lashley wins and becomes the new WWE World Champion.
  • Mixed Tag Match: The Miz & Maryse VS Edge & Beth Phoenix; Edge & Beth win.
  • 2022 Men’s Royal Rumble match: Brock Lesnar wins and will challenge a champion at WrestleMania 38.

PLAY BY PLAY

It’s the Royal Rumble Kickoff show!

Join Kayla Braxton, Kevin Patrick, Booker T, Jerry “The King” Lawler and Peter Rosenberg in discussing, analyzing and predicting all the action here tonight!

 

Sonya Deville joins the panel.

How is she feeling an hour ahead of the Women’s Royal Rumble? She’s excited and ready. She’s here to do it all as a WWE official and superstar. How is that not a conflict of interest, though? Well, she’s explained to Naomi, when the jacket is on, she is an official. When it’s off, she’s a superstar. The jobs have evolved since Booker T and the others have been here. Peter finds it hard to defend Sonya’s actions, though. She uses her official authority as she wants. Sonya says he has it all misconstrued from last night.

What had happened was, Dan Angler was going to call things down the middle but he was on Naomi’s side that entire match. So Sonya is in the Rumble as a competitor and official to make things go right. But she left the ring and- Well, she had to do something because of how out of control that official was. Kayla turns things to Charlotte Flair and how she is participating as SmackDown Women’s Champion. What are Sonya’s thoughts on that? Sonya says we’ve seen how obsessive Charlotte can get, and she usually finds a way to get it. Where there’s a will, there’s a way with the Flairs. But the Rumble is about surprises, Liv Morgan is an underdog that could take this,

Kayla points out Bianca Belair’s great year since last year, and Sonya would love seeing a back to back win. Then why isn’t Sonya doing her job to help them? Well she runs both brands, that is a heavy load. She is giving every woman an equal opportunity. So she’s not up to the job? No, she’s doing just fine. She had a long match last night and here now, then in the Rumble. But then she’s saying someone else is going to win the Rumble? That’s her being an unbiased official. Then why is she talking about it before she gets in the match? That’s a double standard. Sonya says she can do it all. Kayla thanks Sonya for her time, and there’s more kickoff to come!

 

Sonya Deville returns.

Just to be clear, she’s in the jacket, so she’s an official. Respect her. Kayla asks Sonya’s opinion on Becky VS Doudrop for the title tonight. We know Doudrop is a force to be reckoned with given her size and ferocity. Sonya didn’t really know that was in her but Doudrop’s stepped it up. But Becky is The Man, she’s overcome odds bigger than this, she comes away with this. Kevin Patrick points out, Becky has been champion since WrestleMania 35. Booker thinks there’s favoritism as an Irishman. But Sonya says the thing about Becky, she’s never claimed to be the strongest, but she is the little engine that could and is now Big Time. Good enough?

Sonya has Kayla go, and Kayla says Sonya has a point. Becky’s used questionable tactics, will she do that to Doudrop here? And Becky even tweeted for “Who’s next?” Sonya is so sad that she cleared the floor for Kayla to throw that. But Kevin points out that Doudrop won a Triple Threat to get here. But Sonya says this is The Man we’re talking about. Kayla again thanks Sonya and wishes her luck as the kickoff continues.

 

Damian Priest speaks.

As United States Champion, he’s faced the best of the best on Raw. But this is the Royal Rumble, he’ll see a lot of fresh faces and a lot of people unfamiliar with both sides of him. So they better be careful not to run into Damian. Whatever you do, “Don’t. Wake. Him. Up.”

 

The Road to WrestleMania starts here!

For the 35th time in a row, we see who heads for WrestleMania. The Gateway City opens the path to the top, so get ready to rumble. Dreams, opportunity, chaos, the Royal Rumble is what it is. So there’s only one thing left to do: win. And it all starts… now!

 

WWE Universal Championship: Roman Reigns VS Seth Rollins!

Once upon a time, the Tribal Chief and the Visionary were brothers in the Shield. But betrayal and a thirst for success turned brotherhood into a blood feud! Rollins got the Usos banned from ringside for this, and he’s had Roman’s number time and time again in the past. Will history repeat itself to start us on the Road to WrestleMania? Or will the Head of the Table finally be the one to burn The Architect down?

Roman has his entrance as we’ve gotten used to over the last year, but Rollins revives the Shield entrance!! The call out, the ring gear, the entrance through the crowd, but all with that Seth Freakin’ Rollins swagger. The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who history acknowledges tonight!

Fans are thunderous already as the two stare down. Rollins swaggers about, but Roman storms up on him. Rollins waistlocks, Roman switches but Rollins slips away. They circle. Roman swings but Rollins dodges to haymaker and jab! Roman THROWS Rollins to a corner to clothesline him over an dover! Rollins dodges to fire off fast hands and stomp Roman down. Rollins runs corner to corner to forearm smash! Rollins keeps moving, ducks and dodges, to SLINGBLADE! Roman staggers up, Rollins clotheslines him out! Roman leans against barriers, Rollins plays it up and builds speed, to DIVE! Direct hit and Roman hits barriers!

Rollins gets going again, and he DIVES! Another direct hit and Roman is down! Fans fire up, Rollins puts Roman in the ring, then Rollins waits on the apron. Rollins is having fun waiting on Roman to get up, and then he springboards, into an UPPERCUT! Roman seethes while Rollins sputters, and Roman goes out to DRIVE-BY DROPKICK! Rollins bails out the side, Roman watches him closely and goes back out after him. Fans rally up, Roman runs in to leap off the steps, into a kick! Rollins reels Roman in, gets him up, and POWERBOMBS him through the announce table!!

Fans go nuts as Rollins has a wild eyed look over hitting what was a Shield signature! Rollins drags Roman up, gets him in the ring, and goes to a corner. Rollins goes up top, FROG SPLASH! Cover, TWO!! Roman survives and Rollins is surprised, but he drags Roman to another drop zone. Rollins goes back up, grins, and PHOENIX SPLASH but he has to roll through! Roman comes back, but Rollins KNEES him away! ROLLING ELBOW, turn and DREAM SMASHER ELBOW! Then another lift, for a BUCKLE BOMB! CURB STOMP!! Cover, TWO!?!? Roman survives by nanoseconds, and no one can believe it!

Rollins manages to laugh this off, though. “This is Awesome!” and really only just begun as Rollins goes to a corner again. Rollins wants Roman to get back up. Rollins runs in, into a LARIAT! Roman and Rollins are both down now after that desperation shot! Both men slowly rise, Rollins dazed but Roman furious. Roman rains down forearms on Rollins! Fans are torn as Roman lets off to shout at the ref. Roman shakes out the cobwebs, drags Rollins up into a deadlift POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO! Rollins sputters again but Roman shakes his head. Roman dares Rollins to laugh now as he rains down more forearms!

Rollins gets Roman for a TRIANGLE HOLD! Rollins squeezes as tight as he can but Roman fights back up. Roman deadlifts Rollins again, for another POWERBOMB! Roman grimaces as he watches Rollins sputter and get up. Roman POSTS Rollins, and Rollins flops to the floor! Roman paces, goes out after Rollins, and he RAMS Rollins into the barriers! Rollins tumbles into the timekeeper’s area but Roman drags Rollins back up. Roman RAMS Rollins into steel steps! The ring count is climbing past 5 of 10, Roman puts Rollins in at 6. Roman goes to the corner as fans are torn. Rollins staggers up, Roman locks ‘n’ loads! SUPERMAN PUNCH! Cover, TWO!

Roman sits in frustration as Rollins drags himself away to the apron. Roman goes out the opposite end, says he’s no longer playing around, and he runs in around the way. SPEAR!! Roman puts Rollins back in, goes back to the corner and he fires up as fans cheer and jeer. “OOAH~!” SPEAR- PEDIGREE!!! Rollins turns the spear into a Pedigree! Cover, TWO?!?! Again, Roman survives by the smallest of gaps! Fans are thunderous again and Rollins gets to his feet. Rollins has that wild look in his eyes again as he goes to the corner. Rollins stomps and fans chant, “BURN! IT! DOWN!” Rollins aims, runs in, but Roman dodges! But Rollins blocks the Rock Bottom!

Rollins gives Roman Kowata Kicks but Roman UPPERCUTS! Rollins dodges, Roman SPEARS!! But he can’t make the cover! Roman has to crawl his way over, Rollins laughs as he offers the fist bump! Roman seethes as Rollins says he’ll always love his brother. Roman paces, trying not to lose his cool. Rollins still offers the fist bump, but Roman drags him into the GUILLOTINE!! Rollins flails as he’s caught in the body scissors! Rollins powers his way forward, but he’s fading out!! The ref checks, Rollins gets the ROPEBREAK! Roman is furious but the ref counts! Roman wants to squeeze the life out of Rollins! Roman gets disqualified!

Winner: Seth Rollins, by disqualification (Roman retains the title)

“HE DESERVES THIS!” The ref can’t get Roman to let Rollins go until Roman is satisfied! Fans boo as Roman went too far but Roman says this is Rollins’ fault. “Roman Sucks! Roman Sucks!” Rollins wakes up again while Roman is being haunted by those chants. Roman exits the ring, grabs a chair, and brings it back to the ring. Roman looks at Rollins as he slowly stands back up. CHAIRSHOT to the back! And again! And again! Rollins’ past has come back to bite him as Roman keeps going off on him with that chair! And then Roman smiles. Roman starts to leave again, but then he starts looking under the ring!

Roman brings out another chair, and says you don’t take from the Tribal Chief. He SMACKS away on Rollins again and again and again! The chair breaks apart! And Roman raises a finger, because he’s the one who is standing tall tonight. Roman finally leaves Rollins behind, but does this mean he’s finally put the past behind him?

 

2022 Women’s Royal Rumble match!

Thirty women will fight for that golden ticket to WrestleMania! But somewhere in this field is Charlotte Flair, who is SmackDown Women’s Champion! If the Queen wins, she chooses her challenger! Will Charlotte have her destiny in her hands? Or will someone else take the win and then come after her?

First out, it’s SASHA BANKS! The Boss has drawn one of the hardest spots to start, but will she make this spot LEGIT? And drawing second, it’s MELINA!? Melina is back for the Rumble, and she can still do the splits! Will she make this the biggest return yet?

The bell rings, Sasha and Melina are soaking in this moment, and they circle. Sasha says she’s going to Mania, but Melina says she’ll take that from her! Melina kicks, Sasha blocks to KNEE back! Sasha gets Melina up and right out!? Sasha ELIMINATES Melina, then does the splits! Sasha has time on her hands now to wait for the next entrant. The countdown is here, and number three is… Tamina! Ain’t nobody meana! Tamina storms right up tot he apron but Sasha baseball slides! Then she slips out to METEORA! Sasha puts Tamina in and gets back in after her to lift her! Tamina holds the ropes, elbows Sasha away, then CLUBS her down!

Tamina whips, Sasha wheelbarrows and BULLDOGS! Tamina staggers to a corner, Sasha runs in to METEORA! Sasha goes again, METEORA! Sasha gets Tamina up, but Tamina again holds ropes. Sasha fires off forearms, but Tamina HEADBUTTS her down! Tamina drags Sasha up as the countdown’s back already. Number four is… KELLY KELLY! Another classic returns while Tamina tries to lift Sasha up and out. Sasha pulls hair, but ends up on the apron. Sasha SLAPS Tamina away and gets back inside. Kelly slides in and fires forearms on Tamina! Tamina shoves, Kelly ducks and dodges to tilt-o-whirl headscissor Tamina into buckles!

Kelly fires up, handsprings in and back elbows Tamina! Kelly gives a little twerk but Tamina CLOBBERS her! Sasha goes after Tamina, bumps her off buckles, then snapmares her down for stomps. Sasha runs at Kelly but into a BOOT! Kelly goes up to get a HANGING NECKLOCK! But Sasha breaks free, BOOTS Kelly and ELIMINATES her! But the countdown is back again and number five is… Aliyah! The new kid is in, she slides in but Sasha fires off on her! Sasha scoops but Aliyah slips off to then duck, dodge and THESZ PRESS! Talk about Aliyah 3:17! Aliyah fires up but Tamina SLAPS her! Aliyah ROUNDHOUSES back!

Aliyah goes after Tamina but Sasha’s after Aliyah! Sasha throws Aliyah at ropes but Aliyah fights her back. Sasha runs in but Aliyah dodges. Sasha puts Aliyah on the apron but Aliyah ROCKS her! Aliyah slides in but Sasha KNEES her down! The countdown is back as Sasha hauls Aliyah up, and number six is… LIV MORGAN! She rushes right in, dodges Aliyah and fires off forearms! Aliyah shoves her but Liv SHOTGUNS Aliyah down! Liv CLUBS Sasha but Sasha pushes her back. Liv gets the arms, WINGSNAPPER and a boot at the ropes! Liv hurries to get Sasha up but Tamina CLOBBERS Liv to bump her off buckles.

Tamina runs in but into a KNEE! Liv goes up and up and missile dropkicks! Sasha is after Aliyah but Liv is after Sasha. Liv stomps Sasha into Aliyah, then digs her boots into both of them! Liv points to the sign, takes a bow, but Aliyah hits her back. Sasha is after Aliyah and snap suplexes! Una Amiga! Then Dos Amigas as the countdown comes in! THREE AMIGAS! But number seven is… Queen Zelina Vega! She takes her time waving to the fans as she goes to the ring. Liv and Aliyah work together to try and throw Tamina out but Zelina throws each of them down! She KNEES Liv, then Aliyah. Sasha blocks to KNEE Vega back!

Tamina is after Sasha, fireman’s carries, and puts her on the apron. Sasha BOOTS Tamina, but Zelina BOOTS and ELIMINATES Sasha!! Zelina waves by to the Boss while Tamina goes after Liv. But Liv hits back and throws her down! Tamina lifts Aliyah, Aliyah grabs the ropes and the countdown is back! Number eight is… Bianca Belair! The EST won last year, she wants to make history with a repeat! And she starts rallying on everyone! Bianca whips Tamina, Tamina reverses but Bianca sends her into the POST! Then BOOTS her down! Zelina hops onto Bianca, but Bianca drags her around into a suplex!

Vega tries to fight free but Bianca holds on to then SLAM her down! Bianca kips up but Liv hits her! Bianca tosses Liv but Liv stays on the apron. Bianca decides two for one! Handspring attack to Liv, MOONSAULT for Zelina! Bianca throws Zelina at ropes but Tamina CLOBBERS Bianca! The countdown is back, number nine is… Dana Brooke! The WWE 24/7 Champion has Reggie accompanying her out, they high-ten and Dana gets in. Dana dodges Zelina, lifts Aliyah, but Zelina is after Dana. Dana elbows Zelina to scoop her and put her on the ropes. Zelina holds on, Tamina drags Dana away. Dana ROCKS Tamina, fires off KICKS, then handsprings to a basement dropkick!

Dana fires up, she runs to handspring and back elbow Bianca! Dana boots Liv and hits a ROLLING NECKBREAKER! Dana CLUBS Tamina, Zelina CLUBS Dana. Bianca has Aliyah up on the top rope and clubs away on her. Liv goes to dump them both! The countdown is back, number ten is… MICHELLE MCCOOL! Another classic Diva’s Champion, she slides in and lines up a shot. She BOOTS Tamina, KNEES Dana, but Reggie is there to save Dana! McCool whips, Liv reverses but BELLY2BELLY! McCool BOOTS Bianca, blocks Vega’s Code Breaker and blocks the rana for a STYLES CLASH! Dana is up top, but she leaps into a BOOT!

McCool hauls Dana up, dumps her out and ELIMINATES her! Tamina CLOBBERS McCool, not caring about any of that. McCool fights Tamina in the corner, Bianca has Zelina in another, while Liv is after Aliyah. The countdown returns, number 11 is… Sonya Deville! The WWE official put herself in the match, mostly to make sure Naomi doesn’t win. But will she still get herself the win at the same time? She decides to keep the jacket on to say she’s still a WWE official, and she goes to take a seat at commentary! Liv and Tamina are both after McCool while Bianca is after both Zelina and Aliyah. Vega ends up on the apron but she fights back.

McCool drags Aliyah up, Liv and Bianca work together on Tamina. Aliyah lifts McCool in return while Sonya repeats what she said on the kickoff show about Bianca and Liv being her personal choices. The countdown is back, number 12 is… Natalya! The Queen of Harts wants to add records to her resume, but Liv is right on her! Liv puts Natty in the corner, back body blocks, then runs in again. Natty dodges to put Li von the apron! Liv shoulder sin, slingshots up and over to sunset flip, but Natty rolls through to BOOT Liv down! Bianca fireman’s carries Natty, but Tamina CLUBS Bianca! Tamina lifts Bianca, Aliyah is after Natty!

But Natty dumps Tamina out to ELIMINATE her! Bianca holds on for dear life, she kicks Natty away, and survives! Aliyah fires off on Natty, Liv and Vega scrap. McCool helps Aliyah with Natty, as does Bianca. The countdown is back, number 13 is… CAMERON! It has been some time since the Funkadella has been here! She struts her way to the ring, dodges Liv and RANAS her down! And then CODE BREAKER for Zelina! Sonya decides to get in since Cameron is a friend of Naomi’s. Cameron gives Natty a wheelbarrow BULLDOG! Sonya DECKS Cameron! Sonya hopes Naomi is watching backstage as she roughs Cameron up more!

Sonya suplexes, puts Cameron on the apron, but Cameron hits back! So Sonya POSTS Cameron! Cameron falls, Sonya ELIMINATES her! Sonya hopes Cameron sees Naomi backstage to say hey. The countdown is back, number 14 is… NAOMI! What timing! Naomi gives out glow sticks, checks on Cameron, and then gets in the ring. Sonya and Naomi scrap and fans fire up! Sonya throws knees, Naomi ducks and dodges to springboard, FLYING CHUCK! Naomi throws Sonya up and out but Sonya holds on! ROUNDHOUSE! Down goes Sonya, Naomi ELIMINATES her! But Natty goes right after Naomi! Naomi gives Natty a springboard STUNNER!

Naomi gets Natty up, the countdown is back. Number 15, the halfway point, is… Carmella! The Most Beautiful Woman and Zelina’s tag partner is here, but she takes her time strutting to the ring. Naomi drags Zelina around, Natty is after Bianca and Liv on the top rope! Bianca gets back in so Natty CLOBS Natty and stomps her down. Mella says hi to Corey Graves, wants commentary to say how pretty she is, while Natty goes after Bianca and McCool! Zelina CLOBBERS Naomi, Aliyah and Liv scrap in a corner. The countdown is back again, number 16 is… RHEA RIPLEY! Time to make the Rumble into a nightmare!

Rhea takes a moment before getting in, she goes around to get Mella! Rhea puts Mella in the ring, just as she has her protective mask on. Mella and Vega fire off on Rhea together, then feed her to Natty’s DISCUS! Naomi bumps McCool off buckles, Natty helps out, and Rhea scowls as Vega and Mella try to get her up. She picks them both up instead! DROPKICK! Double ELIMINATION! Hook kick for McCool, FLAPJACK for Liv, SHOTGUN for Bianca! HEADBUTT for Natty! The countdown is back, number 17 is… CHARLOTTE FLAIR! The SmackDown Women’s Champion begins her WrestleMania mission!

Bianca and Naomi work together against Natty, Liv helps out but Natty holds on. Aliyah gets her part in on Natty while McCool fights off Rhea. Charlotte finally arrives at the ring and she CLOBBERS Rhea, BOOTS Aliyah, and then throws Aliyah up and over! Charlotte ELIMINATES Aliyah! Then she gives Liv a FALL AWAY SLAM! Charlotte kips up, dodges Naomi, and back suplexes. Naomi lands on her feet but Charlotte CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! And CHOPS! Naomi dodges to leap, but Charlotte throws Naomi to the apron! Naomi falls, but her feet hook the bottom rope! Sonya returns! And YANKS Naomi off to ELIMINATE her!

Fans boo as “Cruella” can’t get over her grudge with Naomi! Naomi is furious, Sonya has no suit jacket, Naomi wants to get at Sonya the competitor for that one! Natty fights back in and the countdown returns. Number 18 is… IVORY!! Mind your manners, ladies! “Yes, it has been an awful long time. But I can see that nothing has changed.” She can’t even look at these girls. All she sees are wayward, lost little girls. She points Rhea out particularly. Rhea scoops Ivory! Rhea throws Ivory to the apron, pats her on the head, then SHOVES her to ELIMINATE her! “How dare you!” Rhea waves bye, and then goes after Natty.

The countdown starts again, number 19 is… BRIE BELLA! One Bella is in, and she’s ready to go #BrieMode! She LARIATS Natty, ROCKS McCool, ROCKS Liv, ROCKS Rhea, and chants, “YES! YES! YES!” with the fans. Brie runs in to KNEE Natty against ropes! Brie gets Natty up but Natty holds the ropes! Brie stomps Natty, pries at the hands, but Natty slides under to get back in. Natty picks Brie up but Brie holds tight to ropes! Brie kicks Natty away and gets back in. Bianca and Rhea double suplex Charlotte! They put her on the apron, but Charlotte holds on tight! The countdown is back, number 20 is… MICKIE JAMES! The Impact Women’s Champion is ready to go hardcore country!

Mickie holds up her title up high as fans go nuts! McCool BOOTS Mickie off the apron, slips out to get her back in, and they revive their Diva’s Era feud! Mickie dropkicks McCool down, and MICK KICKS Rhea! FLAPJACK for Liv! McCool RAMS Mickie into a corner but Mickie gives her a RANA! McCool’s feet touch, Mickie ELIMINATES her! Mickie helps Liv stomp Rhea down as the countdown returns. Number 21 is… Alicia Fox! Time to get crazy! Alicia slides in to DROPKICK Liv! And dropkick Rhea! And kick Mickie to run and SCISSOR KICK! Alicia and Natty run at each other, DOUBLE FACEBUSTER!

Charlotte fights her way back in, Alicia dropkicks Natty. Rhea drags Alicia up, fireman’s carry, and Liv helps push Alicia to the ropes. Mickie and Bianca go after Brie, Natty holds on even as Charlotte pushes her. The countdown returns and number 22 is… NIKKI A.S.H! Rhea’s ready for the Almost Superhero but where is she? Nikki gets in from the crowd side! And she tosses Rhea over the ropes! Rhea holds on, Nikki fires off on her, but Rhea blocks the punch! Rhea tells Nikki isn’t getting away with that. Rhea gets in the ring, Nikki wants Rhea to talk this out, but Rhea backs her down. Nikki goes out the bottom so Rhea just waits.

Charlotte CLOBBERS Rhea from behind! Mickie is after Liv, Alicia is after Bianca. Nikki slips back in to go after Alicia but Bianca scoops Nikki. Rhea turns things around on Charlotte to CHOP her! Natty throws knees on Brie and the countdown is back. Number 23 is… Summer Rae! She’s all fired up and she goes right after Natty! THESZ PRESS and fast hands! Natty shoves her away, blocks the slap, and SLAPS Summer! Summer scowls to SLAP Natty. It’s a SLAP fight! Natty whips, Summer reverses and HEEL KICKS! But then Charlotte CLOBBERS Summer! Natty drags Summer up, scoops her and TOSSES her to ELIMINATE her!

Charlotte and Natty say bye to Summer, but then Charlotte goes after Natty! Natty holds the ropes, the countdown is back and number 24 is… NIKKI BELLA! The other twin is here, ready to back her sister up! Nikki Bella shoves Bianca off Brie to then hit a KNEE SMASH! And a KNEE SMASH for Natty! SPINEBUSTER! Fans fire up for the #FearlessNikki but Bianca hits her down! Bianca suplexes, Brie makes the save. The Bell Twins regroup as Alicia gets sent out! The Bellas DOUBLE FLAPJACK Bianca down! The Bellas high-five, say hi to Alicia, then DECK her! Nikki Bella ELIMINATES Alicia! But Liv fires off on them!

Brie throws Liv away, Rhea fires off on Charlotte, and the countdown is back. Number 25 is… SARAH LOGAN! The Country Valkyrie is back and she storms right into the ring! She helps Liv against the Bellas! SHOTGUN KNEES for Brie! POP-UP HEADBUTT for Nikki Bella! Mickie is after Bianca, Liv and Sarah reunite! But then the Bellas CLOBBER them both! The Bellas toss Sarah up and out and ELIMINATE her! Fans boo, but then Liv CROSSBODIES! But gets caught! They dump her out but Liv drags Nikki out with her! They scrap on the apron, Brie BOOTS and ELIMINATES Liv!

Brie and Nikki mock the “losers,” and the countdown returns. Number 26 is… LITA! The Dome explodes for the extreme diva! Lita dodges Brie, DECKS Nikki then CLOBBERS Brie! She even kicks Nikki A.S.H. for a snap suplex! Mickie CLUBS Lita, but Lita ROCKS Mickie! Lita whips Mickie to a corner, runs in but into the headscissors. Lita throws Mickie out, Mickie shoulders in, but into a DRAPING DDT! Lita tosses Mickie up and out to ELIMINATE her! Lita waves bye, then stares down Charlotte. Fans fire up for this one, and they start brawling! CHOP! Haymaker! CHOP! The countdown returns and number 27 is… MOLLY HOLLY!

Mighty Molly heroically goes to the ring, but gets BLINDSIDED by Nikki A.S.H! Not very superhero of her! She RAMS Molly into the steps! Lita has Charlotte up top but Charlotte brawls back. Nikki puts Molly in the ring and says, “You don’t deserve this!” She throws Molly’s cape away! Then dumps and ELIMINATES her! The countdown returns, number 28 is… RHONDA ROUSEY!?! She’s back, and everyone in the ring gulps down their fear. Nikki A.S.H. wants an alliance of Nikkis but they both miss Rhonda! Rhonda DECKS Bella and fires off on A.S.H! Rhonda tosses each Nikki out, then has DOUBLE GUILLOTINES!

Rhonda HOTSHOTS the Nikkis, then BOOTS A.S.H. out to ELIMINATE her! Bella wants mercy, but Brie runs in! Brie is sent into Nikki, so she figures to DECK her! Brie ELIMINATES Nikki! But then Rhonda fires off on Brie! Rhonda keeps on Brie as the countdown returns. Number 29 is… SHOTZI BLACKHEART! The wild child is ready to TCB! Bianca and Rhea scrap, she CROSSBODIES them both! And ENZIGURIS Charlotte! Shotzi is after Lita but Lita kicks her away. Rhonda DECKS Brie and ELIMINATES her! Lita ROCKS Shotzi, and uses a leg hook to trip her! Rhonda fires off on Rhea, Shotzi whips Lita.

Shotzi runs in but into a knee! Lita headscissors to throw Shotzi down! Rhonda fires off on Bianca! Rhea comes back to get at Rhonda! So Rhonda just hits Rhea! The countdown returns, Natty POWREBOMBS Charlotte, and number 30 is… SHAYNA BASZLER! The Queen of Spades is here, and Rhonda is excited to see her old friend. Rhonda sets Rhea up for Shayna’s KNEE! Shayna GERMAN SUPLEXES Shotzi! And then SAIDOS Bianca! Lita kicks Shayna but no Twist! Gut wrench SLAM! Rhonda keeps on Rhea, Shayna KNEES Natty! Shayna and Rhonda now circle, but Charlotte runs the fun by hitting Shayna!

Natty and Rhonda brawl, Rhonda fireman’s carries to throw her out! Natty holds the ropes but Rhonda throw s knees! Shotzi hits Rhonda, but Rhonda ROUNDHOUSES and tosses Shotzi! Shotzi holds on now but Rhonda pries the arms free! Shotzi drops, Rhonda ELIMINATES her! Rhonda is after Natty again, but Bianca DECKS Natty to ELIMINATE her! So Rhonda gets Bianca in a SLEEPER! So Natty slips back in to lift Rhonda! Rhonda whips Natty away to re-eliminate her! Rhonda kicks Bianca around, Lita has Charlotte, TWIST OF FATE! Rhea RAMS Lita into a corner! Rhea puts Lita up top but Lita ROCKS Rhea! FLYING RANA!

Lita runs in but Rhea dodges to Electric Chair lift! Lita kicks Rhea away, and is up top! But Rhea shoves Lita out! Lita lands on the apron, shoulders Rhea, but Charlotte BOOTS Lita down! Charlotte ELIMINATES Lita! Rhea gets Rhonda up in the Electric Chair, but Rhonda holds ropes! Rhea clubs the arms, Rhonda has a HANGING TRIANGLE! Rhea pops free but her arm is still caught! Charlotte dumps Rhea over! Rhea holds on, ROCKS Charlotte, then POSTS Rhonda! Rhonda gets stuck, Charlotte BOOTS Rhea down and ELIMINATES her! The final four are Charlotte, Bianca, Rhonda and Shayna!

Bianca tires to toss Charlotte but Charlotte fights back and CHOPS away! Charlotte CHOPS again, whips Bianca but Bianca reverses! Charlotte tumble sup and out but shoulders in. She BOOTS Shayna, too, then spots Rhonda. Bianca intercepts with a DROPKICK! Shayna gets Bianca in a KIRAFUDA KLUTCH! But Bianca snapmares free to SPINEBUSTER Shayna down! Bianca handsprings for the- KIRAFUDA! Shayna drags Bianca up, but Bianca fights and slips around to torture rack! But Charlotte gets in to DUMP THEM BOTH!! DOUBLE ELIMINATION! It’s just Charlotte and Rhonda now!!

Fans are going nuts as Queen and Rowdy Rousey stare down from opposite corner. They circle, Rhonda fires up, and Charlotte scowls. Charlotte runs in, but boot is caught for a lift! Rhonda DUMPS Charlotte and wins!!

Winner: Rhonda Rousey (2022 Women’s Rumble winner)

The baddest woman on the planet is going back to WrestleMania! But the only question is, will she choose Charlotte and beat her again? Or will she be aiming for whoever holds the Raw Women’s Championship after tonight?

 

Raw Women’s Championship: Becky Lynch VS “Doudrop” Piper Niven!

The Man thinks she did Doudrop a favor, but she may have only doomed herself! Will Big Time Becks stay golden? Or will she have no choice but to Doudrop the title to the colossal Celt coming after her?

The introductions, the belt is raised, and we see who is really big time!

Becky and Piper circle, tie up, and Piper shoves Becky down. Becky manages to shrug that off and gets up. Becky waistlocks, headlocks, but Piper powers out. Becky holds ropes to stop herself but she’s already annoyed. Becky goes back for the waistlock but Piper powers out to then run Becky over. Piper keeps moving, but Becky hurries out of the ring to avoid the splash. Piper keeps cool while Becky cools off. Becky gets back up, dodges Piper and KICKS her to then ROUNDHOUSE! Becky goes up, but Piper ROCKS her first! Piper lifts Becky to TOSS her across the ring! Becky gets to the corner, Piper runs in but Becky dodges!

Becky jumps but Piper blocks the kick to HEADBUTT Becky down! Piper puts Becky in the drop zone, goes up but Becky bails out again. Piper is annoyed now, but Becky trips her! Piper BOOTS Becky into barriers, then goes out to put her back in. Becky gets moving, but she bounces off Piper! Piper runs Becky over again! SENTON! Becky bails out once again but Piper goes out after her. Becky rests against steps, Piper runs in, CANNONBALL into steps as Becky moves! Becky got the better of Piper there and she gets in the ring. The ring count climbs, we’re at 5 of 10 while Piper crawls. Piper stands at 7 and gets in, but Becky stomps away!

Becky kicks Piper around, kicks her down, then stomps her more. Becky clamps onto the chinlock and grinds Piper but Piper endures. Piper fights up, Becky knees her low. Becky whips but Piper blocks to whip Becky into a corner. Becky back elbows, goes up and leaps, but the DDT is denied! Piper scoops but Becky slips around to a SLEEPER! Becky is a backpack and fans rally up! Piper drops to a knee, Becky leans on her, but Piper fights her way up. Becky claws Piper’s face! Piper still fights up, and she RAMS Becky into buckles! Piper is free, and she runs back in, but Becky dodges and Piper POSTS herself!

Piper is down, Becky goes up! Missile dropkick! Cover, ONE!! Piper shocks Becky and Becky snarls. Becky stomps Piper, says, “I’m the friggin’ champion!” Becky stomps Piper more, slaps her around, “You don’t know who you’re in here with.” She SLAPS Piper, but that just pisses Piper off. Piper SLAPS Becky! Piper reels Becky in, SAIDO! Piper DOUBLE CHOPS Becky then scoop SLAMS! Piper runs to SENTON! Cover, TWO! Becky survives and Piper can’t believe it! Piper shakes out her head, gets moving again, but Becky avoids the splash! DISARM-HER!! Piper endures as Becky pulls way back on the arm!

Piper fights up, but Becky turns it to an ARMBAR! Becky stomps away on Piper’s face as she pulls the arm back! Piper might be out just from those! Piper fights up, she stacks Becky and deadlifts for a SIT-OUT BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Becky survives and Piper is in disbelief again! Piper shakes out the arm, goes to the corner, and Becky is in the other. Piper runs in to SPLASH! And then CANNONBALL! Cover, TWO! Piper is growing frustrated with Becky, but she goes up the corner. VADER BOMB onto knees! Becky saves herself and then drags herself up the corner. Becky leaps for a MOLLY-GO-ROUND! Cover, TWO!!

Becky is in shock that Piper survives! Becky snarls, storms over to Piper at the apron, and drags her through the ropes for forearms and EuroUppers! The ref counts, Becky lets off but then jukes to fire off on Piper! The ref counts again, Becky lets off to go back up the corner. GUILLOTINE- NO! Piper dodges the leg drop to HEADBUT! And HEAEBUTT, and HEADBUTT! Piper keeps going, lets off as the ref counts 4, and then she drags Becky up. Piper suplexes Becky but Becky fights it off. Becky HOTSHOTS Piper off the top rope! But Piper grabs Becky again, so Becky drags Piper up for an even bigger hotshot!

Becky goes up top again, LEG DROP GUILLOTINE! Cover, TWO!! Piper survives and Becky is beside herself! Becky grits her teeth, demands Piper get up, and then reels her in. Piper fights the urenage to scoop and SIT OUT GUTBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Becky survives again and now Piper is beside herself! Piper drags Becky to a drop zone and goes up top, but Becky grabs a leg. Piper kicks her away but Becky comes back to chop block the leg! Becky goes up top, SUPER MANHANDLE SLAM!! Cover, Becky wins!

Winner: Becky Lynch, by pinfall (still Raw Women’s Champion)

That was a big time strategy! Becky used Piper’s own tactics against her, and comes away with a big win! But now, will she be on Rhonda’s radar when it comes time to choose a WrestleMania opponent?

 

The Dome sets a record!

44,390 people makes for an attendance record, and WWE thanks the fans for that!

 

WWE World Championship: Brock Lesnar w/ Paul Heyman VS Bobby Lashley w/ MVP!

The Beast and the Rocky Mountain Machine, though having lived parallel lives, never crossed paths in the ring before 2022. Now, one on one for the first time, we will see if Suplex City can withstand the wrath of the All Mighty!

The introductions are made, Heyman of course making Lesnar’s. The belt is raised, and we see who is the reigning, defending, undisputed WWE Heavyweight Champion of the World after tonight!

Fans rally up as the two titans circle. They tie up, are in a deadlock, and then they shift to a clinch. They get away from each other clean, and they circle again. They tie up, are in another deadlock, and Lesnar gets around to GERMAN SUPLEX! And so it begins! But Lashley gets up quickly while Lesnar laughs. They circle again, fans duel, and they tie up. Lashley waistlocks to GERMAN SUPLEX Lesnar! Lesnar actually likes that! The two circle yet again, and they tie up. Lesnar waistlocks to GERMAN SUPLEX! But he holds on, to GERMAN SUPLEX again! Lesnar lets Lashley off easy there, because he could’ve done the hat trick.

Lashley gets annoyed now and they circle again. Lashley kicks low, throws haymakers at the ropes, but lest off as the ref counts. Lashley whips, Lesnar reverse to fireman’s carry! Lashley slips off and shoves to SPEAR! But he chooses not to cover, because he reloads and SPEARS again! Lesnar gets out of the ring but Lashley goes out the side. Lashley runs in around the way, but Lesnar moves! Lashley crashes through the barriers! Lesnar says he outsmarted Lashley there! Lashley drags himself up but Lesnar brings him around to fireman’s carry. Lashley slips off again and POSTS Lesnar! Lashley puts Lesnar in and sees him go to a corner.

Lashley runs in, but Lesnar moves and Lashley POSTS himself! Lesnar tricks Lashley again, brings him out to a waistlock, but Lashley holds ropes. Lesnar kicks one arm away, and GERMAN SUPLEXES again! Lashley slowly gets up but Lesnar is on him again. GERMAN SUPLEX! Lesnar has five to Lashley’s one, and Lesnar wants more! GERMAN SUPLEX! That’s six in all but Lesnar is only getting started. Lesnar looms over Lashley, waistlocks and GERMAN SUPLEXES again! That’s seven in all for Suplex City, and he CLUBS Lashley down. Lesnar waistlocks Lashley again, for another GERMAN SUPLEX!

Lashley is down after eight total suplexes. Lesnar walks up to Lashley, brings him up, fireman’s carries, but Lashley slips off again! HURT LOCK!! Lesnar is caught and MVP is fired up while Heyman is freaking out! Lesnar endures longer than most, and he’s turning red! Lesnar fights up, reaches out, but he ends up RAMMING Lashley into the ref! Lashley snarls and he gets the half nelson! Lesnar lifts Lashley up, F5 into the ref!! There’s no one to count! Lesnar would’ve won twice over by now! Lesnar is annoyed, but wait! Roman SPEARS Lesnar!! Roman gets back at The Beast and the former Special Counsel turned back to Advocate!

Roman tells Heyman to give him the world title? HEYMAN GIVES ROMAN THE WORLD TITLE!?!? Is Heyman still the Special Counsel!? Roman smirks and takes aim at Lesnar, BELT SHOT!! MVP freaks out, and Heyman leaves with Roman! Lashley covers Lesnar, the ref is back to count, LASHLEY WINS!

Winner: Bobby Lashley, by pinfall (NEW WWE World Champion)

The Beast was betrayed and now he has no Advocate and no title! The Tribal Chief helps Lashley restore the All Mighty Era, but what does this mean for Lesnar?

 

Mixed Tag Match: The Miz & Maryse VS Edge & Beth Phoenix!

The Hollywood A-Lister picked a fight with the Rated R Superstar, lost, and couldn’t let it go. So then, the It Couple went and picked a fight with the Grit Couple. Edge & Beth ruined Maryse’s birthday celebration on Raw, will they add their first-ever mixed tag victory to that? Or will Miz & Mrs. find a way to win and inflate their egos even more?

The couples sort out, and it is ladies first. Maryse runs away from Beth but Beth pursues! They go around the ring, back in, and Beth grabs Maryse before Miz can get her out of the ring! Miz pulls, Beth lets go and Maryse flops onto Miz! The It Couple are frustrated now, thinking Beth is making fools out of them. Maryse gets in, and tags in Miz. Edge gets in automatically and he ROCKS Miz with haymakers! Edge whips corner to corner, clotheslines fast, then whips back the other way for a back elbow. Edge whips back again fore a forearm smash, then he whips Miz to ropes. Miz reverses, Maryse swipes at Edge, and then Miz dumps Edge out!

Miz and Maryse get away before Beth can get at them. Miz drags Edge up to bump him off the apron, then puts Edge back in. Miz taunts Beth, runs and basement BOOTS Edge down! Miz soaks up the heat, taunts Beth more, then straddle attacks Edge down. Beth is seething but Miz says he won’t let her in. Miz KICKS away on Edge, and KICKS more and more! Edge ducks the buzzsaw to roll Miz up, TWO! Miz catches Edge for a BACKBREAKER to NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Edge survives the A-List Combination but Miz taunts Beth to tag in. Miz drags Edge up onto ropes and chokes him. The ref counts, Miz lets off, and Maryse SLAPS Edge down!

Beth storms around the ring to get after Maryse anyway! With a chair, even! The ref tells Beth to stop it right there, so Beth throws the chair down. Beth goes back to her corner so Maryse goes back to hers. Edge gets Miz for an IMPALER! Fans fire up while both husbands are down! Maryse is panicking as Edge crawls over. Miz gets Edge’s leg but Edge boots him all the way out of the ring! Maryse get sin to anchor Edge’s feet, but Beth still tags in! The Glamazon rallies on Maryse with big lariats! Beth dribbles Maryse off the mat over and over! Maryse flounders, Beth stands Maryse up and has her by the hair!

Beth whips Maryse, scoops her for a SPINNING SIDEWALK SLAM! Cover, Miz breaks it! The ref reprimands, Miz gets Maryse to the corner. But Beth storms up on Miz! Miz chuckles, thinking that’s somehow funny. “You want me? You want me?” Fans chant, “YES! YES! YES!” Miz tells he’ll kick Edge’s ass and then Maryse will kick Beth’s ass! But Beth RAMS Miz into a corner and fires off hands! The ref backs Beth off, but Maryse has the loaded purse! Maryse CLOBBERS Beth!! Cover, TWO!! Beth survives but Maryse tries again, TWO! Beth gets to ropes but Maryse stomps her down. Maryse stalks behind Beth, stomps her down and rains down fists!

Miz soaks up the heat, Maryse does the hair toss. Maryse drags Beth around into a CAMEL CLUTCH! Beth endures, Maryse SLAPS away on Beth’s head and shoves her face into the mat. Maryse puts the camel clutch back on but Beth endures. Fans rally up for Beth and she fights up to her feet! Beth has Maryse in an Electric Chair, pops her into the chicken wings, but Maryse kicks Beth away! Beth avoids the DDT, DOUBLE LARIATS take them both down! Fans rally as the ladies stir and crawl for their corners. Hot tags to Edge and Miz! Edge rallies on Miz, whips him to ropes but Miz reverses, only to get a FLYING CLOTHESLINE!

Edge hits the EDGE-O-MATIC! Cover, TWO! Edge goes to the corner while Miz is down and Edge climbs up. Maryse distracts Edge, Miz ROCKS Edge! Miz climbs up, Beth DECKS Maryse! Miz is distracted, Edge ROCKS Miz! Beth gets Miz up, POWERBOMB! Edge adjusts, MACHO ELBOW! Cover, TWO!! Miz survives but the Grit Couple keeps their focus. Maryse YANKS Beth off the apron! And RAMS her into steel steps! Edge hits a FLAPJACK on Miz, and fans fire up as Edge aims from a corner. Maryse swipes at Edge, but Edge still dodges Miz! Edge runs in, Miz sends him into buckles! Miz distracts the ref and Maryse is up top!? FLYING RANA!

Maryse gets Beth with the DDT! Miz drags Edge up, SKULL CRUSHING FINALE!! Cover, TWO!?! Edge survives and shocks the It Couple! But they get Edge up, but Beth SPEARS Maryse! Edge arm-drags Miz away, DOUBLE SPEAR on Miz!! Fans fire up with the Grit Couple, and they stalk Miz and Maryse. Edge clamps onto Miz, Beth has Maryse. They each chicken wing, DOUBLE GLAM SLAMS! Cover, the Grit Couple wins!

Winners: Edge & Beth Phoenix, by pinfall

The Rated R Superstar and Glamazon just made Miz & Mrs. face reality! Will the It Couple learn to leave well enough alone?

 

2022 Men’s Royal Rumble match!

The Tribal Chief is still reigning, defending, undisputed WWE Universal Champion, and he even made sure Bobby Lashley became WWE World Champion. Now both champions will be watching as 30 men step into the ring, hoping to be the one heading for WrestleMania! Who will be the last man in the ring, and the first to know their future is set?

The first man out is AJ Styles! The Phenomenal ONE debuted at the Rumble just a few years ago, will he make this his year? And second out is Shinsuke Nakamura! The King of Strong Style is no stranger to Styles, will their rivalry propel this match to another level?

Styles and Nakamura circle, tie up, and then break. They circle again, tie up again, and Nakamura throws knees and forearms. Nakamura KICKS Styles against ropes, but Styles blocks the leg! DRAGON SCREW! Styles KICKS the leg, whips Nakamura but Nakamura reverses to kick and WHEEL KICK! Nakamura has a sleeper, but Styles fights off the inverted exploder. Styles elbows Nakamura, runs, but into a knee! AX KICK! Nakamura lines it up, but Styles avoids the Kinshasa to SLIDING FOREARM! Fans rally as Styles stalks Nakamura to a corner. The countdown is here as Styles has Nakamura in the corner. Number three is… Austin Theory!

Theory has his phone, but will he be able to focus on the match? Nakamura hits Styles, Styles knocks him down. Styles sees Theory getting in, runs over but gets a shoulder, and slingshot SHOTGUN! Theory gets around Nakamura for a back suplex! Theory reps Atlanta as he throws Nakamura at ropes. Nakamura holds on, Styles goes to toss Theory! Theory holds on, hits Styles back and stomps him in a corner. Nakamura kicks Theory, CLUBS him down, then stomps him down. Nakamura throws knees, then has Theory in a corner. Nakamura and Styles work together but the countdown is back. Number four is… Robert Roode!

The GLORIOUS “Big Bob” gets in the ring as Nakamura throws knees on Theory. Bad Vibrations! But Roode hits a SPINEBUSTER on Nakamura! And then a SPINEBUSTER on Theory! Roode flexes, but then he stares down Styles. They’ve had this a long time coming, but Styles dodges to ROCK Roode. Roode puts Styles on the apron but Styles slingshots to sunset and drag Roode up! Roode is on the ropes, he counter punches then gets in to throw Styles. Styles reverses to put Roode on the apron and DECKS him! Styles ELIMINATES Roode, but Theory DECKS Styles! Nakamura gets Theory for the INVERTED EXPLODER!

Nakamura fires up as he aims, KI- NO! Swinging BACKBREAKER from Theory to Nakamura! The countdown returns, number five is… Ridge Holland! Northern Grit still has the protective mask Sheamus gave him and he hurries to the ring. Nakamura ends up on the apron but Holland POUNCES Theory! Ridge clinches Theory’s arms, throws headbutts then THROWS Theory! Styles DECKS Nakamura and ELIMINATES him! But he runs into an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly from Ridge! Ridge stomps Theory in the corner, DECKS him, but Styles KICKS Ridge’s leg. Styles punches Ridge but that mask hurts his hand!

Ridge put styles in the corner for uppercuts, the countdown returns, and number six is… Montez Ford! One half of the Street Profits is here to show what he can do solo like the cup! Ford slides in, whips Styles but Styles holds on! Theory goes after Ford but Ford holds on to elbow Theory away. Ford then goes up an dover and shows off agility before he dropkicks Theory! Ford throws Theory up but Theory holds onto ropes! Ridge CLUBS Ford, back suplexes but Ford lands on his feet to mule kick, front kick and ENZIGURI! Ford keeps moving, tilt-o-whirl POWERSLAM from Ridge! Styles CHOPS Ridge to whip but Ridge reverses to back drop!

The countdown is back, and number seven is… Damian Priest! The US Champion CLOBBERS Ridge, drags Styles up to throw him over, but Styles holds on. Theory fireman’s carries Priest but Priest fights free to hit a BACKBREAKER! Styles goes after Priest, Ford stomps Ridge, Priest fires off strikes on Styles! Styles ducks the roundhouse to push Priest to ropes! Theory actually tries to help Styles against Priest, but then Styles goes after Theory! Priest tries to help Styles now, Ridge CLOBBERS Ford! Priest DECKS Styles, pushes Theory, but Theory still holds on. The countdown is back and number eight is… Sami Zayn!

The Great Liberator is ready to go #InZayn, but then he decides to wait things out as the others battle. Ford is after Sami first, but Sami goes to dump Ford out! Ford holds on, Sami stomps Ford and fans sing “Ole~ ole ole ole~!” Styles and Sami scrap, Priest ROCKS Sami. Ridge DECKS Theory, Priest ROCKS Sami. Sami elbows Priest away, Styles DECKS Ford. Sami CLOBBERS Priest, Styles goes after Sami, the countdown returns and number nine is… Johnny Knoxville! That’s who Sami wanted to see most and yet also least! The King of Jackass rushes in, and he TACKLES Sami! Knoxville fires off hands on Sami and even an elbow drop!

Knoxville points to the WrestleMania sign! Styles taps Knoxville on the shoulder and offers a free shot. Okay! Knoxville ROCKS Styles, and Styles likes that. Styles fires off the Phenomenal Blitz! LARIAT takes Knoxville down! Ford goes up top? He comes in FROM THE HEAVENS onto Knoxville! Sami chuckles and Ridge drags Knoxville up! Ridge puts Knoxville on the apron, but Sami BOOTS Knoxville down to ELIMINATE him! Sami says that’s what he told Knoxville would happen! Styles DUMPS Sami out and ELIMINATES him! But Priest dumps Styles! The countdown returns and number 10 is… Angelo Dawkins!

The Profits have united, and Dawkins fires off hands on Priest then on Styles! Ford is invigorated and he stomps away on Ridge! Dawkins tries to lift Priest, Theory digs his boots into Styles! The Profits go after Priest together but Ridge DECKS Ford! Theory is after Dawkins, Priest throws hands on Ridge. Styles ROCKS Dawkins, Theory ROCKS Ford. Dawkins ROCKS Styles back! The countdown returns and number 11 is… OMOS! The Mountain of a Man is here and everyone sees him coming. Ridge runs in but gets run over! Omos CLOBBERS Ford, DEFLFECTS Theory, and shoves Dawkins to then TOSS him out! Omos ELIMINATES Dawkins!

Ford goes up top, but then he sees he’s only a little taller than Omos. Ford leaps, into a choke grip! Omos TOSSES Ford out! Omos ELIMINATES the Profits! Theory fires hands but Omos knees him low! Styles stares Omos down, throws hands, but Omos BOWLS Styles into the corner! Omos roars, he’s owning The Dome! Omos CLUBS Theory and the countdown is back. Number 12 is… Ricochet! The One and Only hurries up to the top to springboard and dropkick! Omos stays up so Ricochet keeps moving, but he runs into a FLAPJACK! Omos stands on Ridge, but Theory SPALSHES in from behind!

Ricochet and Theory both go after Omos but he throws them both away! Omos ROCKS Theory, Ricochet fires hands and kicks but Omos just CHOPS him down! Theory gets Priest up, AOI SHODOU! The countdown is back, number 13 is… Chad Gable! The Alpha Academy’s professor is optimistic as he gets in the ring, but then he sees Omos. Gable says they’re doing it all wrong. The plan is for everyone else to go after Omos! Priest, you first! Priest fires off hands, CHOPS Omos, then runs, only for Omos to CLOBBER him! Omos shoves Priest out and ELIMINATES him! But then everyone goes after Omos together! The countdown is back, number 14 is… Dominik Mysterio!

Dom adds onto the lift! Omos is holding on but Styles runs to give it a push! Everyone ELIMINATES Omos!! Gable says it was all his idea! Then things fall apart as Gable goes after Styles, Dom is after Theory and Ridge ROCKS Ricochet. Theory turns things around on Dom but Dom holds on. Ricochet throws body shots on Ridge, then KICKS away. The countdown is back again and the halfway point, number 15 is… Happy Corbin! Corbin gets in and he CLOBBERS Ridge! He ROCKS Ricochet, ROCKS Dom, choke grips Theory for a CHOKE SLAM! Ricochet fires off kicks, tiger wall kick and springboard, but Corbin shoves him out to ELIMINATE him!

Corbin laughs it up but Styles is after him! Corbin claws Styles eyes and ROCKS Styles with aa haymaker. Theory fights off Ridge, Gable and Dom brawl, Corbin keeps after Styles. The countdown returns, number 16 is… Dolph Ziggler! The Show-Off enters his fifteenth Rumble here, he dodges Corbin to SUPERKICK! Ziggler fires off on Corbin, but Corbin HEADBUTTS Ziggler down. Dom stomps Corbin, Corbin knees him low. Corbin whips Dom to a corner but Dom slips out and goes up to leap over Corbin. Dom runs into DEEP SIX! Corbin tosses out Dom to ELIMINATE him! Guess Dom won’t have to worry about turning on Rey now…

Theory and Styles fight for suplex control, Styles fights free to PELE and ELIMINATE Theory! The countdown is back and number 17 is… SHEAMUS! The Fella storms to the ring while Styles is after Ridge. Styles PELES Ridge, clotheslines him out and ELIMINATES him, right in front of Sheamus! Sheamus says not to worry, he’ll get Styles. Sheamus gets in to ROCK Styles with heavy shots, and then bumps Styles off buckles. Sheamus fireman’s carries but Styles fights free to ROCK Sheamus. Styles runs, into a KNEE! Gable fire off on Sheamus, whips, but Sheamus reverses to IRISH CURSE BACKBREAKER!

Corbin and Sheamus trade shots but Sheamus throws Styles out! Styles holds on as the countdown returns. Sheamus gives Styles Beats of the Bodhrain! Number 18 is… Rick BOOGS! Boogs slides in, gut wrenches Gable and throws him around before the toss! Boogs flexes, kicks and reels Gable in, but Gable fights the bomb! Boogs puts Gable on the top rope but Gable knocks him away. Gable gets a HANGING ARMBAR! But then he realizes he miscalculated! Boogs drags Gable up to SLAM him down! Sheamus fires off on Corbin, Boogs trophy lifts Gable! Boogs does a one arm military press to TOSS and ELIMINATE Gable!

Styles is after Ziggler, Corbin throws hands on Sheamus, and the countdown is back. Number 19 is… Mad Cap Moss! Corbin is even happier to see Moss, and Moss gets in so the Happy Folks can mug Sheamus! Moss then goes after Styles while Ziggler is after Boogs. Corbin throws Sheamus out but Sheamus holds on to get in. Boogs lifts Ziggler now, does some presses, but Ziggler holds onto the ropes! Ziggler headscissors Boogs but Boogs holds on. Styles ENZIGURIS Corbin! Moss whips Styles to a corner but Styles BOOTS him! Styles ROCKS Moss, springboards, but Moss gets under! Corbin catches Styles, CHOKE SLAM BACKBREAKER!

Moss TOSSES Styles and ELIMINATES him! The hyenas ruin Styles’ run, but the countdown is back. Number 20 is… “Bro…” Matt Riddle is scootering his way in, and gets in to kick off the flip flops! He dodges Moss to GERMAN SUPLEX! Corbin goes after Riddle, the Happy Folks mug the Bro! Boogs goes after Corbin and then after Moss with a gut wrench! Corbin saves Moss from the Boogs Cruise to CLOBBER Boogs! Moss throws Boogs over, Corbin CLOBBERS Boogs and ELIMINATES him! Fans boo but Riddle attacks the Happy Folks! Moss DECKS Riddle and stomps him, but the countdown is back. Number 21 is… DREW MCINTYRE?!?

The Scottish Warrior shocks everyone, he’s back from that neck injury already! And the Happy Folks are more like the Frightened Dopes! Moss shoves Riddle at him but McIntyre CLOBBERS Riddle! Same for Ziggler! McIntyre fires off on Moss, Corbin goes after him! McIntyre HEADBUTTS each of them away, then clotheslines Moss out to ELIMINATE him! McIntyre TOSSES Corbin to ELIMINATE him! Now that’s how you make a return! McIntyre then slides out the bottom to POST Corbin, and OVERHEAD Belly2Belly Moss! McIntyre takes the steel steps apart and he RAMS Corbin down! Then he RAMS Moss down!

McIntyre RAMS Corbin again! McIntyre drags Moss up, to suplex him onto the steps!! The countdown is back, number 22 is… Kevin Owens! The Prizefighter fires off with McIntyre! McIntyre throws knees, RAMS him into the apron, and he puts Kevin in. Kevin pops McIntyre up for the POWERBOMB! Kevin stomps McIntyre, CANNONBALLS Ziggler, and shouts, “This is MY show!” Kevin goes after Sheamus with furious forearms, then hauls him up. Riddle goes after Kevin, then after Sheamus. Riddle kicks but Kevin blocks to stomp Riddle’s foot! Kevin stomps the other foot, then SUPERKICKS Riddle down!

McIntyre and Sheamus brawl! The countdown is back, number 23 is… REY MYSTERIO! The King of Lucha slides in under Kevin, tilt-o-whirl headscissors Kevin down, then crossbodies Sheamus! Riddle whips, Rey elbows back. Rey goes up to hop onto Riddle’s shoulders and RANA him over the ropes! Riddle holds on for dear life and gets in! Kevin scoops, Rey slips out, then Rey runs and rolls, into a STUNNER! Kevin fires off on McIntyre but Sheamus goes after Kevin. These three scrap, McIntyre and Sheamus pinball Kevin around! The countdown is back, number 24 is… Kofi Kingston! Green Ranger Kofi is ready to thrill us again!

Kofi gets in, he fires off on Kevin, and Riddle tries to throw Sheamus out. Kevin knees low, throws Kofi over, but Kofi shoulders back in. Kofi goes up, Kevin SHOVES him, but Kofi CLINGS to the barriers! What about his feet? Replay shows that both feed unfortunately did hit the floor, Kevin ELIMINATES Kofi! Riddle fires off on Sheamus, Ziggler rakes McIntyre’s eyes. The countdown returns, number 25 is… OTIS! The Dozer is ready to avenge Gable #ForTheAcademy! WRECKING ELBOW for Ziggler! EXPLODER for Riddle! Otis stomps Kevin, Sheamus brings Rey up, Otis goes after McIntyre in the corner.

Otis scoops McIntyre for a POWERSLAM! “For The Academy!” Otis headlocks Kevin, Ziggler tries to toss Riddle, and Sheamus stomps Rey. The countdown is back, number 26 is… BIG E! The Powerhouse of Positivity is going Black Lightning in this one! He SIDE Belly2Belly slams Kevin, then picks up Riddle to OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Big E swivels the hips over Kevin, runs and hits the BIG SPLASH! Big E claps and fans clap along, but Sheamus hits a BROGUE! Sheamus drags Big E up but Rey hops onto Sheamus! Sheamus RAMS Rey into buckles, but Rey elbows back. Rey goes up, leaps, but into Sheamus’ arms!

Sheamus hits a BACKBREAKER, then another! The countdown returns and number 27 is… BAD BUNNY!? He’s back?! Bunny is taking a break from that world tour to hotshot Sheamus! Bunny goes up top, leaps, CROSSBODY! But Kevin is there to give Bunny- NO! Bunny denies the Stunner to run and tilt-o-whirl headscissor! Riddle loves Bunny’s music so they fist bump. But then Bunny kicks low, reels Riddle in, and fans fire up! BUNNY DESTROYER!! But then Sheamus CLOBBERS Bunny from behind! DUBLIN SMILE! Sheamus throws Bunny up and out, but Bunny holds on! Sheamus scowls, runs in, but Bunny ducks the Brogue to ELIMINATE Sheamus!!

Fans go nuts as Bunny gets the better of the Celtic Warrior! Ziggler CLOBBERS Bunny and fires off on him, but Rey headscissors Ziggler! Ziggler runs in, Bunny drop toeholds Ziggler onto ropes! Rey dials it up, 619! Bunny throws Ziggler up and Rey holds the ropes, they ELIMINATE Ziggler! They shake on it, but then Bunny tosses Rey! Rey holds ropes, Bunny smiles, but Kevin hits a STUNNER! The countdown returns, number 28 is… SHANE MCMAHON!? Otis DECKS Rey to ELIMINATE him! Shane and Kevin fire off hands! Shane O’Mac turns around, Riddle fires off hands but Shane gives them all back!

Kevin SUPERKICKS Shane, and SUPERKICKS him again! Kevin whips, Shane reverses and tosses Kevin to ELIMINATE him! But Shane turns around to see McIntyre. They used to be buddies, but now they throw hands! McIntyre bumps Shane off buckles, brings him up but Shane holds the ropes. Riddle ROCKS Otis, Otis CHOPS back. Big E CLUBS Riddle, throws him over, but Riddle holds on! Big E and Otis work together but the countdown is back. Number 29 is… RANDY ORTON! The Viper is here and St. Louis goes wild! Riddle fights off Shane, Orton gets in, he dodges Big E to RKO! Orton and Riddle work together, they ELIMINATE Big E!

Orton gives Otis an RKO! Riddle uses Otis to step up and RKO McIntyre!! Fans fire up as RKBRO gets Otis up to throw him out and ELIMINATE him! Orton stomps McIntyre, Shane hits Riddle. Orton drags Bunny back into things but Bunny clings to the ropes. The countdown returns, and number 30 is… BROCK LESNAR?!?! The Beast is pissed after what Roman did to him! Now he has his pick of the other five! Riddle is both excited and afraid of finally getting in the ring with Lesnar. Lesnar COBBERS Shane, CLOBBERS Riddle, and TOSSES Orton! Then he TOSSES Shane! Then he fires off knees on Riddle before he TOSSES him, too!

Bad Bunny is alone with the Beast, but Lesnar THROWS Orton and ELIMINATES him! Lesnar smiles at Bunny, fireman’s carries, F5!! Lesnar then drags Bunny up to throw him out and ELIMINATE him! Then Lesnar TOSSES Shane again! And he TOSSES Riddle to ELIMINATE him! Lesnar has Shane up for a snap suplex! He clotheslines Shane, KNEES him low, then clotheslines him out to ELIMINATE him! The final two are McIntyre and Lesnar! Lesnar wants revenge for that Claymore. McIntyre says that’s fine, it’ll happen again. And this time, there’s people! They fire off hands, Lesnar hauls McIntyre up to RAM him into a corner!

Lesnar fireman’s carries, but McIntyre lands on his feet! GLASGOW KISS! CLAY- NO! Lesnar dodges, fireman’s carries, and F5’s McIntyre OUT! Lesnar wins!!

Winner: Brock Lesnar (2022 Men’s Rumble winner)

The Beast points to the WrestleMania sign. He may not be going as world champion, but he’s going as a hungry, angry challenger! And is it all too clear who he’ll be choosing?


My Thoughts:

This was a great Royal Rumble PPV until the ending went as many people expected, and perhaps feared. The Universal Championship opening was quite the surprise, but seeing how everything went, it makes a lot of sense.  It was an awesome match, and Roman uses Champion’s Advantage to win since he didn’t have the Usos, but it did work in story as Rollins was pushing him further emotionally than anyone had yet. But then Roman goes and screws Lesnar over during what was ramping up to be a great match. And then Lesnar apparently just takes the 30th spot, implying that no one was assigned that number. If he’d mauled someone to take that spot, then it might’ve been better received, but this was a cop-out way of giving us Lesnar VS Roman and then leaving the world title hanging.

Between the two Rumble matches, even with the Lesnar BS finish, the men’s went better than the women’s in my opinion. Something about the Women’s Rumble felt too fast, and we couldn’t really appreciate what was going on or who was in it. Everyone in it did great, but they could’ve taken time to let it breathe. Rhonda showing up was talked about a lot and so naturally it happens, and naturally she wins. And Becky of course finds a way to beat Piper, so I guess this means we’re getting Becky VS Rhonda 1v1 as WWE probably wanted to happen a few years ago. But I’m not sure if even THE Rhonda Rousey is going to take the title off The Man.

Saving the Mixed Tag for after all the title matches was a bit of a surprise, but clearly it was to give Lesnar time to rest before being 30th. It was a great mixed tag, though, with Miz & Maryse playing up the Heel tactics perfectly, and then the Faces making a great comeback. I was hoping for a double spear in that Miz & Maryse each took one, but Miz taking both spears was great. The Grit Couple wins, and who knows what their WrestleMania plans will be. Just no more with Miz & Maryse, have The It Couple move on to… I don’t even know. Is Miz even in position for something bigger?

My Score: 8.3/10


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Mitchell’s NJPW WTL X Super Jr. Tag Results & Report! (12/4/22)

Can Catch 2/2 get 2 more points?

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NJPW WTL X Super Jr.

The Super Junior Tag League enters lucky round number 7!

The Super Jr. Tag League enters the final three rounds, and things are neck and neck! Will TJP & Francesco Akira prove they’re the best Juniors in NJPW?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Kosei Fujita & Yuto Nakashima VS Ryohei Oiwa & Oskar Leube; Oiwa & Leube win.
  • Six Man Tag: YOSHI-HASHI, Tomoaki Honma & Master Wato VS Bullet Club; Hashi, Honma & Wato win.
  • Six Man Tag: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS Suzuki-Gun; LIJ wins.
  • Super Jr. Tag League 2022: KUSHIDA & Kevin Knight VS Ace Austin & Chris Bey; Ace & Bey win.
  • Super Jr. Tag League 2022: Ryusuke Taguchi & Clark Connors VS Robbie Eagles & Tiger Mask; Taguchi & Connors win.
  • Super Jr. Tag League 2022: BUSHI & Titán VS SHO & Dick Togo; Bushi & Titán win.
  • Super Jr. Tag League 2022: YOH & Lio Rush VS Alex Zayne & El Lindaman; Yoh & Lio win.
  • Super Jr. Tag League 2022: TJP & Francesco Akira VS DOUKI & Yoshinobu Kanemaru; Douki & Kanemaru win.

PLAY BY PLAY

Here are the current Super Jr. Tag League standings!

Austin & Bey: 5-1, 10 points
TJP & Akira: 5-1, 10 points
Zayne & Lindaman: 5-1, 10 points
Yoh & Lio: 4-2, 8 points
Bushi & Titan: 4-2, 8 points
Taguchi & Connors: 2-4, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
Eagles & Tiger Mask: 2-4, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
Douki & Kanemaru: 1-5, 2 points [ELIMINATED]
KUSHIDA & Knight: 1-5, 2 points [ELIMINATED]
Sho & Dick: 1-5, 2 points [ELIMINATED]

 

Super Jr. Tag League 2022: KUSHIDA & Kevin Knight VS Ace Austin & Chris Bey!

Time2Fly ran out of time and now they’re out of the running! But there’s always time to be a spoiler, so can Kushida & Knight ruin things for Bullet Club? Or will the #InevitableFinesse lock down a spot in the finals?

Bullet Club Too Sweets and take off the jackets. The teams sort out and fans rally up as Bey starts with Knight. They circle, Knight slides forward but Bey steps back. They tie up, Knight headlocks, and he grinds Bey down. Bey fights up to power out and spin around to headlock. Knight powers out but Bey runs him over. Bey swaggers and throws up the Too Sweet, but Knight kips up to run Bey over! Knight says he’s too fly, and things speed up. Knight leaps over the dropdown, but Bey dodges the lariat! Bey rolls and headscissors, but Knight handsprings through! Knight comes back to scoop but Bey victory rolls, TWO!

Fans fire up as Knight keeps moving, springboard CROSSBODY! Then the scoop and SLAM! And the SPINNING SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Knight keeps on Bey with a wrench and wristlock as fans rally. Tag to Kushida and Knight hands off the arm. Kushida wrenches to a wristlock, tags Knight, and hands off the arm to another wrench. Tag back to Kushida, and the handoff continues. Tag back to Knight, they handoff the wrench again and again and again! Then they double wrench, double snapmare and double knee drop both arms! Fans fire up but Ace attacks Time2Fly! Ace CLUBS Knight, runs, but into the dodge, body shot, and knee lift!

Ace bails out while Time2Fly has their secret handshake. Fans rally up as Time2Fly build speed, but Bullet Club gets clear. Fans rally as Knight goes out after Bey and Kushida goes after Ace. They go deep into the crowd! The bleachers get a closer look at the action as the brawls go up the steps! Kushida makes Ace take a seat as he throws down hands! Fans fire up as Kushida stalks Ace back down the way. Meanwhile, Bey leaps to CLUB Knight on the back! Knight knees low in return, and CLUBS him towards ringside. The ring count finally starts, Knight EuroUppers Bey at 4 of 20! Kushida wrenches Ace’s arm but Ace CLUBS back at 6.

Knight puts Bey in the ring at 7, Ace POSTS Kushida at 8! Knight gets on the apron but Ace anchors him at 9! Knight kicks Ace away, springboards in, but Bey DROPKICKS Knight outta the air! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up and Bey rains  down hands from all sides. The ref reprimands about closed fists, Bey lets off and shouts, “That’s what it’s all about, baby!” Tag to Ace, he and Bey double whip Knight, then POMMEL KICK, and FINESSE IN MOTION! Feed to the drop toehold and Eddy Gordo Kick, then DOUBLE STOMPS! Cover, TWO! Fans rally while Ace grows frustrated. Ace wraps Knight up in a headscissor squeeze!

Knight endures, rolls over and out, but Ace stomps him at the ropes. Ace drags Knight up, reels him in, and snap suplexes! Then Ace has the mounted armbar! Knight endures, but out comes the ace up Ace’s sleeve! PAPER CUT! Fans fire up as Ace hides the card again. Ace drags Knight up, bumps him off buckles, and he tags Bey. Bullet Club double wrench, double CLAW, then double drop toehold to Too Sweet CLAW! Fans rally up while Bey taunts Kushida. Bey drags Knight up but Knight throws body shots. Bey ROCKS Knight, reels him in and back suplexes, but Knight lands on his feet! Knight rolls under, hot tag to Kushida!

Ace tags in but Kushida’s up top, DOUBLE BRAIN CHOPS! Fans fire up with Kushida as he KICKS and KICKS and KICKS Ace! Kushida whips, Ace reverses but Kushida CROSSBODIES! Fans rally as Kushida dodges Ace to PELE! Bey runs in to kick Kushida, then he runs, but into Kushida’s hip toss! Handspring, basement dropkick! Fans fire up more as Kushida roars! Ace rushes in but Kushida hurdles, drops under, and hip tosses into the ARMBAR! Ace endures, rolls, stacks Kushida but ends up in a Triangle Hold! Ace deadlifts Kushida to POWERBOMB him! Fans fire up as Ace gets free and tags in Bey.

Bey and Ace coordinate as Kushida rises, ONE TWO SWEET CUT- NO, Kushida catches Bey into a waistlock! GERMAN SUPLEX! Ace ROCKS Kushida, but Knight tags in on the whip! Kushida reverses, then drops under and Knight sidesteps for another drop and sidestep, then a DROPKICK! Knight kips up and says it’s time! Kushida Electric Chair Lifts Bey, Knight jumps, but Ace catches him to an Electric Chair! Fans fire up as Kushida and Ace kick at each other, and then Knight and Bey punch at each other! The brawl keeps going with Knight and Ace getting the edge! Kushida ends up in a corner and Bey sits on the top rope.

Kushida lets Bey go so he can dropkick Ace out from under Knight! Knight then gets up to JUMPING STEINER Bey! Kushida Electric Chair Lifts again, JET FLIGHT DROPKICK!! Cover, but Ace barrels in to break it!! Fans fire up, Knight throws Ace out. Ace is on the apron, he shoulders in and slingshots over, dodges Kushida and kicks him! POMMEL KICK for Knight, KNEE LIFT for Kushida, HEEL KICK for Knight! Fans fire up and Bey climbs up. Ace YOYO SLAMS Knight, then runs at Kushida, but Kushida BOOTS him down! Kushida runs to HANDSPRING KICK Bey! Ace returns but Kushida elbows him away.

Kushida puts Ace on the apron and runs side to side, but Ace jumps the sliding kick! Ace handsprings to avoid the sweep and then he PENALTY KICKS Kushida! Fans fire up again, and then even more as Knight DROPKICKS Ace! Knight aims and PLANCHAS, but Bey APRON CUTTERS!! Fans fire up for that insane intercept! Ace gets Bey in the ring, then he gets Knight in. Fans clap for Bullet Club as they ONE TOO SWEET CUTTER, and THE FOLD!! Cover, Bullet Club wins!

Winners: Ace Austin & Chris Bey, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Kushida & Knight earn 0)

The Time Jet crashes down! It may not be their time, but is it inevitable that Ace & Bey take the trophies for Bullet Club?

 

Super Jr. Tag League 2022: Ryusuke Taguchi & Clark Connors VS Robbie Eagles & Tiger Mask!

As far as the finals go, The Wild Hips and the Flying Tigers are extinct. But pride is always on the line, so who wins more of that along with those two points?

The fans rally already, and Eagles gets them to “ROBBIE ROBBIE ROBBIE! OI OI OI!” Taguchi & Connors have their Sapporo beer, so Taguchi stars a chant of “BIRU BIRU BIRU! OI OI OI!” The Wild Hips drink up and are ready to go. Eagles asks if they have one for him. Sure! Fans chant “GO GO TIGER!” wanting the living legend to partake. Tiger says no thank you, maybe later. Connors has Tiger’s then. The teams sort out, Connors starts against Eagles. Fans rally as the two circle, tie up, and Eagles wrenches. Connors rolls, wrenches and wristlocks back, but Eagles rolls, handsprings and wrenches again.

Connors puts Eagles on the ropes but the ref counts the break. Connors lets off, but then knees low! Connors whips but Eagles holds ropes to block. Connors ELBOWS Eagles, whips, but Eagles reverses to go up and around to arm-drag! Eagles runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges, then RANAS! Fans fire up, Eagles calf kicks but Connors avoids it! Connors runs in but Eagles kicks him away. Connors ducks the boot, redirects and runs Eagles over! Connors hits Tiger for good measure, and Taguchi jumps in. Fans rally as the Wild Hips double whip but Eagles reverses. Taguchi ends up in the corner, Connors runs but Eagles hurdles, sending Connors into Taguchi!

Eagles arm-drags Connors, then baits him in again, and a drop toehold sends Connors into Taguchi’s BUTT! The Funky Weapon takes friendly fire and Eagles tags Tiger. Tiger drags Connors up to mule kick, Eagles KICKS, and DOUBLE ROUNDHOUSES take Connors down! Cover, TWO! Tiger keeps on Connors with a motorcycle stretch. Connors endures, Tiger turns him to have him down on the mat with an armlock. Connors fights up, Tiger wrenches but Connors slips through to throw body shots. Tiger KICKS Connors, KICKS him again, then KICKS again! Connors stands up, and Tiger kicks him in the butt! But Tiger is the one who takes damage!

Connors eggs Tiger on, Tiger KICKS Connors in the chest! Connors falls and Tiger shakes out his foot. Tag to Eagles and Eagles stomps Connors. Eagles drags Connors up, but Connors throws body shots! Eagles trips Connors but Connors kips him away. Eagles BOOTS Connors, runs, but into an ELBOW! Connors runs, Eagles follows, Connors drops and redirects to POUNCE! Fans fire up as both men are down! Connors crawls as fans rally, hot tag to Taguchi! Taguchi storms up on Eagles and he gives a POINT-BLANK HIP! And another, and another! Taguchi whips but Eagles reverses, but Taguchi holds ropes. Tiger CHOPS Taguchi on the back!

Tiger holds Taguchi and Eagles hurries over to the apron. The Flying Tigers aim, but Taguchi avoids their double roundhouses to the butt! Taguchi HIP ATTACKS Tiger off the apron, then brings Eagles into chicken wings. Eagles slips free, schoolboys and bridges, TWO! Eagles ROUNDHOUSES, SUPERKICKS and PELES! Fans fire up with Eagles but Taguchi ENZIGURIS back! Tiger tags in but Taguchi kicks him low. Taguchi gives Tiger POINT-BLANK HIP after POINT-BLANK HIP! Taguchi brings Eagles over to sit him next to Tiger, DOUBLE POINT-BLANK HIP! And again, and again! Connors gets in and he grabs the Flying Tigers.

Connors POINT-BLANK HIPS Tiger, then POINT-BLANK HIPS Eagles! And back to Tiger, and back to Eagles! Fans rally as Connors goes faster and faster! Connors calls to Taguchi, but the Flying Tigers drag Connors down! They keep him quiet and Taguchi backs it up! STINK FACE for Connors! Fans fire up but Taguchi turns around to realize what happened! Connors flops over and Taguchi calls to him! “What happened, Clark?!” Taguchi is mad at the Flying Tigers for what they did to Clark! But then they both avoid his Hip Attack! Fans rally up and Tiger SOBATS! Eagles KICKS! Then SUPERKICK BUZZSAW COMBO! Cover, TWO!

Fans rally up as Taguchi is still in this. Tiger drags Taguchi up, whips him to a corner, then runs in to ROUNDHOUSE! Taguchi flounders but Tiger brings him into double underhooks, BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! But into a DOUBLE WRISTLOCK! Taguchi endures but Tiger headscissors to keep him down. Connors CLOBBERS Tiger! Eagles kicks Connors and throws him out! Tiger drags Taguchi up while Eagles keeps after Connors. Taguchi fights the underhooks but Tiger spins him around and victory rolls! TWO!! Taguchi escapes, swings, but into a backslide! TWO!!

Tiger SOBATS and runs, but Taguchi drops. Tiger sunset flips, but Taguchi brings down the tights! RED UNDIES! But Tiger turns hip drop into sunset flip! Connors tips it back over, TWO as Eagles tips it back! TWO as Connors tips it for Taguchi! TWO as Eagles tips it for Tiger! TWO as Connors tips it! TWO as Eagles tips it! TWO, Connors! TWO, Eagles! Connors, Eagles, Connors, Eagles, and then the cradle falls apart! Fans fire up as Connors and Eagles coach Taguchi and Tiger. Eagles and Connors then start throwing forearms and haymakers! Fans rally as Connors gets the edge. Eagles blocks but Connors ducks a kick, only for Eagles to land out of the back suplex!

Eagles dropkicks the legs out, runs, but into a HIP ATTACK from Connors! Fans fire up as Connors reveals HIS red undies! But Tiger ROLLING SOBATS Connors out! Tiger runs, into the RED HIP ATTACK! But Tiger stays up to BUZZSAW Taguchi’s butt! Tiger drags Taguchi up, underhooks the arms, but Taguchi fights to back drop! Tiger sunset flips, Connors breaks it with a hip! Taguchi covers, the Wild Hips win!!

Winners: Ryusuke Taguchi & Clark Connors, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Tiger & Eagles earn 0)

Taguchi is so excited, he forgets to let Tiger go! Eagles has Taguchi release Tiger, that’s just insult to injury. But will the Flying Tigers be able to finish strong in the last two rounds? Will the Wild Hips keep on running wild until the end?

 

Super Jr. Tag League 2022: BUSHI & Titán VS SHO & Dick Togo!

The Black Mask y El Inmortal are so close to the finals, they can almost taste it! Will they be able to keep the tournament tranquilo? Or will the Murder Machine & Spoiler be spoilers for Los Ingobernables de Japon?

The teams sort out, but the House of Torture attacks! Dick stomps Bushi down while Sho kicks Titan against ropes! The bell rings, Dick kicks Bushi out and helps Sho stomp Titan. They drag Titan from ropes, stomp him more, but the ref reprimands. Fans boo but Dick tells them to shut up. Dick and Sho whip Titan to a corner, but Titan goes up and over Dick, only to get caught by Sho. Dick runs in but Titan back drops him up and over! Titan then arm-drags Sho away, and sweeps the legs to a cover. Titan lets off as Dick runs in, so Dick ends up stomping Sho by mistake! Titan arm-drags Dick and SHOTGUNS Sho!

Fans fire up as Titan ducks ‘n’ dodges Dick to RANA Him out! Dick ends up stuck in the ropes, Sho hurries to help him, but then Sho runs away as Titan builds speed! Dick ends up falling on the floor! Fans laugh as Dick gets mad at Sho. Titan fires up to build speed again, but both Sho & Dick duck! Titan slides, to SLAP them both on the back! Fans fire up and Dick and Sho are upset with each other. Dick hurries into the ring, as does Sho, and they’re going to throw hands? No, they hug it out. Fans applaud the House of Torture settling things peacefully, but then LIJ dump them both out! Titan & Bushi aim, but the House uses Oskar Leube as a shield!

LIJ hesitates, and that allows Dick & Sho to trip them up! Dick ROCKS Titan, Sho drags Bushi to the bleachers! Sho CLUBS Bushi and whips him into the wall. Fans rally for LIJ but Dick CHOKES Titan by standing on his neck. The ref reprimands them all, Dick stands Titan up to ROCK with a haymaker. Dick puts Titan in for Sho and Sho CLUBS Titan down. Cover, TWO! Dick CLUBS Bushi, Sho stomps Titan. Sho bumps Titan off buckles, stomps him down and stands on him! The ref counts and fans boo but Sho lets off to tag Dick. Dick storms up to ELBOW Titan down! And CLUB him, too! Dick covers, TWO!

Dick wraps on a chinlock to grind Titan down. But the ref suspects choking! Dick lets off and Titan sputters. Dick drags Titan up by his mask, snapmares then drops the fist! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up as Titan gets away. Dick storms up and grabs the mask again. Dick taunts Bushi then brings Titan around. Dick wrenches an arm, hooks Titan up, and he starts untying the mask! The fans boo but Sho intercepts Bushi! Sho puts Bushi in a corner, Dick puts Titan in the other, and they both pull at LIJ’s masks! Fans boo and the ref reprimands, so Dick stops at 4. Sho keeps trying with Bushi so the ref reprimands him.

Dick puts Titan in another corner, and he goes after the mask again! Fans boo more but Dick lets off to tag Sho. They stomps Titan around, Sho laughs and kicks Titan around. Fans rally for Titan and he sits up. Sho gives toying kicks now, but Titan stands up. Sho eggs Titan on so Titan forearms, KICKS and SOBATS! Sho rakes the eyes! The ref reprimands, Sho stops to whip Titan to a corner, and he runs in to clothesline! Sho brings Titan in but Titan suplexes first! GOURD BUSTER, to SUPERKICK! Fans fire up while both men are down! Titan and Sho crawl, hot tag to Bushi! Fans fire up as Bushi kicks and whips but Sho reverses, Bushi dropkicks the legs out!

Bushi drags Sho up but Dick gets in to CLUB Bushi! The ref reprimands but the House double whips Bushi to ropes. Bushi ducks the lariats, sends Sho into Dick, then he DOUBLE RANAS! Fans fire up and Bushi stomps Sho. Bushi drags Sho up but Sho swings, into a spin and DDT! Cover, TWO! Fans rally and Bushi keeps on Sho. Bushi bumps Sho off buckles, CHOPS him, then whips him corner to corner. Bushi runs in but Sho dodges. Sho returns but into Bushi’s SWING KICK! Bushi goes up the corner to leap, MISSILE DROPKICK! And BUSHIROONI! Fans fire up more and Bushi stomps Sho around.

Bushi drags Sho up, suplexes, but Sho blocks it! Sho bends Bushi’s fingers, CLUBS the arm, then runs, but into an ENZIGURI! Fans fire up as Sho falls out. Bushi builds speed but Dick trips him! Fans boo but Dick tags in. Dick stomps Bushi around, drags him up, and he claws Bushi’s face! Dick runs but Bushi CODE- NO, Dick throws Bushi down, and then has the legs. FALLING HEADBUTT to the groin! The ref reprimands but Dick says he hit the lower stomach. Fans boo, and Sho has his wrench! But Titan springboards in to CROSSBODY Sho down! Fans fire up, Titan kicks, kick and SOBATS! But Sho rakes the eyes!

Sho runs, but Titan follows to TORNADO DDT! Sho bails out, Dick kicks low and runs, but Titan goes Matrix to then CALF KICK! Fans fire up as the House regroups outside. Titan builds speed to FLY! Direct hit on Sho & Dick and fans fire up again! Titan roars and he has the fans get even louder! Titan then goes back to CLUB Dick and put him in the ring. Bushi drags Dick up, he and Titan double whip, then Bushi runs in to back elbow. Bushi sets up, INMORTAL IN MOTION! Bushi picks Dick up while Titan climbs, MISSLE DROPKICK SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Dick survives but fans rally behind LIJ.

Titan aims at Dick, he runs in, LOCO LARIAT! Dick staggers into the CODE BREAKER! ANGEL IN- NO, Evil & Yujiro trip Titan up!! Fans boo and the Tokyo Pimp acts surprised. Fans tell Evil & Yujiro to go away, but Sho shoves Bushi into the ref! Yujiro & Evil then slide in and they all stomp Bushi down! Fans boo but the House of Torture laughs. The House whips Bushi to a corner, Sho runs in but is put on the apron. Bushi DECKS Sho, dodges Evil, and BOOTS Yujiro! Bushi sends Evil into Yujiro, and Titan springboards to DOUBLE MISSILE DROPKICK them down! Fans fire up as the House bails out!

Titan gets a boost from Bushi to go up, tightrope walk and QUEBRADA! Three for one as he takes out Evil, Yujiro and Sho! Dick rushes at Bushi but Bushi blocks the eye poke! Bushi kicks, Dick blocks and ducks the enziguri, only for Bushi to HEEL KICK! Dick staggers, Bushi CODE BREAKERS! ANGEL INMORTAL!! Cover, LIJ wins!

Winners: Bushi & Titán, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Sho & Dick earn 0)

The House of Torture gets in its own away again! Will they ever figure out cheating doesn’t pay? As for LIJ, will they finish strong and get into the finals?

 

Super Jr. Tag League 2022: YOH & Lio Rush VS Alex Zayne & El Lindaman!

The Men of the Hour are fighting against time to stay in the running! Will Direct Drive & The Bad Child build back up? Or will they get burned by the #GLEATSAUCE?

The teams sort out and Lio starts against Zayne. Fans rally at the bell as the two circle. Lio flexes at Lindaman, then ties up with Zayne. Zayne powers Lio back and shoves him to ropes. Lio runs, redirects, slips around and goes up the ropes to FLYING RA- NO, Zayne blocks and swings Lio up! Lio fights the bomb, Zayne blocks his kick and flips Lio, but Lio dodges and redirects again. Lio ducks the boot, shoves Zayne, but Zayne springboards to DOUBLE KNEE DROP Lio’s dropdown! Zayne keeps moving to MARIPOSA! Cover, TWO! Fans applaud and Zayne brings Lio up. Zayne puts Lio in the corner and tags in Lindaman.

The Gleat Sauce mugs Lio, double whips him corner to corner, then Zayne runs in to back elbow! Lindaman runs in to add an elbow, then Lindaman sets up. Zayne runs to leap frog, but Lio gets under! Lio slips around Lindaman to shove him at Zayne! They steady themselves and rush Lio, but Lio handsprings under their double clothesline! Lio kicks but Zayne blocks it. Zayne hands that to Lindaman, but Lindaman ducks the enziguri and Zayne takes the hit! Fans fire up, Lindaman drags Lio up and scoops to SLAM him! Lindaman drops an elbow and fans fire up! Lindaman runs, but he fakes the elbow to BLAST Yoh!

Lindaman goes out after Yoh and brings him around to POST him! Lindaman CLUBS Yoh down, then digs his knee into Yoh’s neck. Lio goes out to CLUB Lindaman! Lindaman CLUBS Yoh but Lio CLUBS Lindaman again. Lio kicks Lindaman into the ring and he coaches up Yoh. Fans rally up, Lio whips Lindaman into the corner. Lio runs in to clothesline and Yoh tags in. Lio whips Yoh in to back elbow Lindaman down! Fans rally as Yoh kicks and forearms Lindaman. Yoh kicks low, CHOPS Lindaman, but Lindaman gets in Yoh’s face. They start shoving, then Lindaman thrwos forearms. Yoh ROCKS Lindaman back!

Yoh whips, things speed up, and Yoh drop toeholds to run and basement dropkick! Fans applaud and Yoh stands on Lindaman with a cocky cover. ONE and Lindaman gets up to ROCK Yoh. Yoh throws a forearm back, they go back and forth, but Lindaman knee slow! They scrap, end up in a corner, then out of a corner as Lindaman CLUBS and RAMS Yoh! Lindaman sits Yoh down to stomp a mudhole in! The ref counts, Lindaman digs his boots in but lets off at 4. Fans rally as Lindaman looms over Yoh. Lindaman scoops and SLAMS Yoh, then covers, TWO! Lindaman basement dropkicks Yoh in the back! Cover, TWO!

Fans cheer as Lindaman drags Yoh up. Lindaman brings Yoh over, tags in Zayne, and Gleat Sauce DOUBLE CLUB Yoh down. Zayne brings Yoh up to snapmare and PENALTY KICK in the back! Fans applaud while Zayne looms over Yoh. Zayne sits Yoh up and hooks up an arm as well as the dragon sleeper! Yoh endures and fans rally up. Yoh fight sup, but Lindaman BLASTS Lio, then he dropkicks Yoh down! Fans rally, Zayne stomps Yoh to ropes. Yoh drags himself up but Zayne kicks him again. Yoh fires off forearms in return, but Zayne knees low. Zayne runs, Yoh handsprings to dodge! Yoh mule kicks the NECKBREAKERS!

Fans fire up while both men are down! Yoh and Zayne crawl, hot tags to Lindaman and Lio! The Bad Child rallies on Gleat Sauce, and he whips Lindaman to a corner. Lindaman reverses, Lio goes up and over, Zayne runs in but Lio hurdles him! Zayne runs into Lindaman, Lio runs, redirects around Zayne and then around Lindaman! Lio arm-drags Zayne then baits Lindaman into a KANGAROO KICK! Lio kips up to SPIN KICK Zayne! Fans fire up, Lio builds speed and DIVES into Lindaman! Young Lion Kosei Fujita keeps Lindaman from landing on the front row! Lio puts Lindaman in the ring and fans rally up.

Lio stalks Lindaman, builds speed, and SPEARS! Cover, but Zayne breaks it! Fans fire up and Yoh gets in to fire off hands on Zayne! Yoh knees Zayne in a corner, Lio fires off on Lindaman in the other. Zayne turns things around to CHOP Yoh then put him up top. Zayne GAMANGIRIS Yoh. Lio runs in but Zayne sends him into Yoh’s knees! Zayne uses Lio to get up and SUPER STEINER Yoh! Then Zayne GERMAN SUPLEXES Lio onto Yoh! Lindaman deadlifts Lio to another GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Lio survives being thrown around and fans fire up. Lindaman drags Lio up again, Zayne aims but Lio ducks, the SUPERKICK hits Lindaman!

Zayne is stunned, Lio slides under him but Zayne grabs a foot! Zayne drags Lio away, spins him around, but Lio victory rolls Zayne so he can hot tag Yoh! Yoh goes up to MISSILE DROPKICK Zayne down! Fans fire up with Direct Drive and he runs in at Lindaman! BIG back elbow, but Lindaman fires back! Yoh and Lindaman go back and forth and fans fire up! Yoh boxing elbows and runs to ROCK Lindaman! But Lindaman stays up to ROCK Yoh back! Lindaman runs to ROCK Yoh, but Yoh roars! Fans fire up as the two go forehead to forehead. They both run, DOUBLE FOREARMS stagger both men!

Yoh kicks but Lindaman blocks, to a CHOKE SLAM! Lindaman sits Yoh up to KICK him, then suplex. Yoh fights that to suplex and FALCON ARROW! But Lindaman roars as he stands up! Lindaman swings, but into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Lindaman flounders to a corner and fans fire up with Yoh! Yoh runs corner to corner but into a clinch! BUCKLE EXPLODER! Fans fire up and Lindaman rises. Lindaman drags Yoh up and KUMAGOROSHIS! Tag to Zayne and Zayne shouts, “ITADAKIMASU!” Zayne goes up top but Yoh sits up. Lio runs in and jumps off Yoh to CLOBBER Zayne! Zayne falls to the floor but Lindaman storms up on Lio.

Lindaman waistlocks, Lio switches but Lindaman breaks free. Lio fires off fast hands and a FOREARM! Lio whips, Lindaman reverses to SAYANAGI! And DDT! Fans fire up and Yoh JUMP KNEES! Yoh lifts Lindaman, tucks him in, SCHWEIN!! Fans fire up and Yoh PLANCHAS Zayne! Yoh puts Zayne in the ring, suplexes, but Zayne slips free! Zayne clamps on to wrap Yoh up, TACO- VICTORY ROLL!! Cover, TWO! Zayne has it, TWO!! Zayne stands up but Yoh ROCKS him! Zayne SLAPS Yoh! Zayne runs, but Yoh UPPERCUTS! Yoh runs, but Lindaman ELBOWS, ROLLING ELBOWS and SAIDOS!

Lindaman drags Yoh up, Zayne SUPERKICKS into the GERMAN SUPLEX! DOUBLE BRIDGE, but Lio break sit up! Yoh sunset flips, TWO!! Zayne runs in but Yoh gets around, FIVE STAR CLUTCH!! Yoh & Lio win!!

Winners: Yoh & Lio Rush, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Zayne & Lindaman earn 0)

The Men of the Hour keep some time on the clock! Lindaman stands Yoh up to stare him down but Zayne and Lio keep those two apart. But then Yoh goes after Lindaman! Things seem to be boiling over between these two, will they and their partners make it to the finals to settle this in a rematch? Or will only one side make it to the end?

 

Super Jr. Tag League 2022: TJP & Francesco Akira VS DOUKI & Yoshinobu Kanemaru!

Catch 2/2 is still strong in the block, but they can’t afford to drop the ball now! Will the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions secure a spot in the finals? Or will Japones Del Mal & The Heel Master get a massive win in the main event?

Gideon Grey is of course here to give the introductions for the Public Enemy & Nova Fireball. The teams sort out and Kanemaru starts against TJP. Fans rally at the bell as TJP and Kanemaru circle. They feel things out, tie up and TJP wrenches an arm to a hammerlock. Kanemaru slips around, TJP wrenches him again, but Kanemaru wrenches back. TJP endures the wristlock, rolls and spins and cartwheels to bring Kanemaru down, for the twisting headscissors! Kanemaru kicks around, stands back up, and stacks to a cover, TWO! Kanemaru powers out of the headscissors to get a headlock. TJP powers out of that but feints the dropkick as Kanemaru holds ropes.

TJP and Kanemaru stare down but then run the ropes. They RAM shoulders, go again and both drop down! Then they both stand up, each man dodges a clothesline and TJP blocks a kick. Kanemaru tells him to put the foot down, and TJP slowly sets it down, only for Kanemaru to grab TJP’s foot! Fans applaud the savvy, and now TJP says to put the foot down. Kanemaru sets the foot down, to trip TJP with the other! TJP avoids the elbow drop, trips Kanemaru, but Kanemaru avoids the elbow drop! Fans fire up as they stand off. The clap for “CATCH! NI NI!” starts. TJP and Kanemaru back off to tag in Akira and Douki.

Douki and Akira talk some trash as they circle. Fans rally as the two knuckle lock, but then Akira kicks low. Akira headlocks, Douki powers out, things speed up and Douki hurdles. Akira shoves Douki to ropes, arm-drags him, but Douki arm-drags back. Things keep moving, Akira tilt-o-whirls and headscissors but Douki handsprings through! Douki dropkicks Akira down and fans fire up! Douki storms up and brings Akira around to CHOP! Akira flounders to a corner, Douki drags him back up. Douki CHOPS, then runs, but Akira follows to wheelbarrow. Douki waistlocks, Akira switches, Douki switches but Akira elbows him.

TJP runs in, gives Akira a boost into the wheelbarrow, and TJP BLASTS Kanemaru while Akira victory rolls! STOMP 182! Fans fire up and the Empire puts the crowns up. Fans clap for “CATCH! NI NI!” as they double whip Douki to ropes. SOBAT, KICK, and BASEMENT SHOTGUN! Cover, TWO! Fans rally and Akira brings Douki up, but Douki fires forearms. Akira DECKS Douki then kicks him around. Akira stands Douki up, tags TJP, and the champs mug Douki. Then TJP scoops to SLAM, and he goes out to slingshot SENTON! Cover, TWO! Fans rally and TJP drags Douki up. TJP snapmares Douki to scrape his sole on Douki’s face.

TJP has Douki’s legs, he steps through, and turns Douki over. Fans rally and TJP SNAP LOCKS! And again! TJP taunts Kanemaru and Desperado, then he bridges for the MUTA LOCK! Douki endures but Kanemaru storms in to stomp TJP down! Fans rally, TJP drags Douki back up. TJP steps over an arm, and pulls Douki into a SNAP BOW ‘N’ ARROW! Tag to Akira, Akira runs, and hops up! “Take picture! Take picture!” ELECTRIC CHAIR SENTON! Cover, but Kanemaru breaks it! Akira chases Kanemaru off then goes back to Douki. Akira drags Douki up but Douki throws body shots. Akira CHOPS Douki down!

Akira drags Douki up and ROCKS him, ROCKS him at the ropes, then runs. Douki does the splits and Akira tumbles out! Kanemaru POSTS Akira, Douki goes after TJP! Suzuki-Gun beats down the Empire, then Kanemaru brings Akira up to put on the apron. Douki holds Akira in place and Kanemaru DROPKICKS! Kanemaru tags, he covers, TWO! Kanemaru ELBOWS Akira in the head, then ELBOWS him again. Fans rally, Kanemaru brings Akira up and DDTs! Cover, TWO! CAMEL CLUTCH! Douki DROPKICKS TJP while Akira endures. Akira gets an arm free but Kanemaru ELBOWS him down!

Tag to Douki and Douki drags Akira up. Akira fires a forearm but Douki pushes him. Akira throws another forearm but Douki HELL STABS! Douki scoop SLAMS Akira, runs and DOUBLE STOMPS! Cover, TWO! Fans rally as Akira is still in this. Tag to Kanemaru and he stomps Akira around. Kanemaru toys with Akira but Akira gets up to ROCK Kanemaru. Kanemaru rakes the eyes! Red Shoes reprimands but Kanemaru throws Akira down. Kanemaru scrapes his sole off Akira’s face, then he BOOTS TJP down! Kanemaru stomps Akira to a corner, CLUBS him, but Akira hits back with forearms! Akira CHOPS, but Kanemaru rakes the eyes again!

Red Shoes reprimands, Kanemaru lets off to whip corner to corner. Kanemaru runs in to BOOT Akira, then he suplexes. Akira slips out, Kanemaru elbows him away, but Akira dodges the haymaker to ENZIGURI! Fans fire up while both men are down! Kanemaru grabs a leg but Akira kicks him away! Hot tag to TJP! TJP dodges Kanemaru, BOOTS Douki, then atomic drops Kanemaru to whip. Kanemaru reverses but TJP springboard LARIATS! TJP throws his shirt, free souvenir! TJP puts Kanemaru in a corner and fans rally as TJP scrapes Kanemaru’s face. TJP then runs side to side to BOOT WASH!

Fans fire up as TJP stands Kanemaru up for a TORNADO DDT! Cover, TWO! Fans rally and TJP calls his shot. TJP goes to the corner, hops right up top, and MAMBA- NO, TJP has to roll through as Kanemaru moves. Kanemaru kicks and whips but Akira tags in. TJP dodges Kanemaru, Akira runs in, RAILGUN DROPKICK! Kanemaru falls out but Douki runs in, into a double hip toss into a POWERBOMB NECKBREAKER! Fans fire up as Suzuki-Gun regroups outside. Akira builds speed and FLIES! Direct hit on both Douki & Kanemaru! Fans fire up with Akira and he drags Kanemaru back into the ring.

Akira stands Kanemaru up with chicken wings, TJP SUPERKICKS Kanemaru and Akira lifts him up, HIGH ANGLE GERMAN! Bridging cover, but Douki breaks it! TJP drags Douki up to throw him out, then he goes out after Douki. Akira fires up and fans rally. Akira reels Kanemaru in, but Kanemaru holds off Speedfire! Akira throws knee after knee, SPEED- NO, Kanemaru slips free! Akira whips, Kanemaru reverses and dropkicks Akira down! Fans rally as Kanemaru crawls over, hot tag to Douki! Douki climbs up as Akira stands, MISSILE DROPKICK! TJP runs in to kick and whip but Douki springboards to BACK ELBOW!

Fans rally as Douki brings Akira up to a scoop, swing and SAHARAWI SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Fans fire up as Akira escapes. Douki drags Akira up, Gory Especials, but Akira fights! Douki knees low, runs, but Akira kicks low. Akira waistlocks, half nelsons, but Douki elbows free. Akira still holds on, Douki breaks free with a leg to mule kick and ENZIGURI! Akira drops and fans fire up! Kanemaru storms in, he and Douki double whip Akira corner to corner. Douki runs in to clothesline, Kanemaru runs in to back elbow! Douki goes up, Kanemaru brings Akira around, BRITISH FALL to DIVING DOUBLE STOMPS! Douki covers, TWO!

Douki drags Akira into ITALIAN STRETCH #32! TJP runs in but Kanemaru dropkicks TJP’s legs out! Kanemaru steps through, FIGURE FOUR! Fans fire up as Catch 2/2 endure dual submissions! Akira fights up, Douki pulls harder on the stretch, and he drags Akira back down! Akira fights around to reach out, and he gets the ROPEBREAK with a foot! Douki holds until Red Shoes counts 4. Kanemaru lets TJP go while Douki goes to the apron. Fans rally for “CATCH! NI NI!” as Douki slingshots, DAY- NO, Akira blocks, shoves, and slips around to SNAP HALF ‘N’ HALF! Kanemaru gets in and dropkicks Akira’s legs out!

TJP runs in, dodges Kanemaru and ROLLING SOBATS him down! Douki LARIATS TJP down! Fans fire up while all four men are down! Akira and Douki stir while TJP and Kanemaru bail out. Fans rally, Gideon coaches Akira, and Akira sits up. Douki grabs Akira’s hair and brings him around. Douki ROCKS Akira with a forearm, but Akira ROCKS Douki back. They stand up and Douki ROCKS Akira! Akira ROCKS Douki! The forearms go back and forth, faster and faster, and fans rally up! Akira gets the edge, but Douki HELL STABS! Akira SUPERKICKS! Akira runs, but Douki ENZIGURIS! Fans fire up as Douki runs again, but into the ALLEY-OOP FACEBUSTER!

Akira drags Douki up for SPEEDFIRE! Cover, Kanemaru breaks it! Kanemaru BOOTS TJP but Akira DOUBLE CHOPS Kanemaru! Akira runs, but Kanemaru sends Red Shoes into him! ENZIGURI! Akira falls and Kanemaru gets his whiskey! Kanemaru tags a big swig, but TJP Electric Chair Lifts him! Akira hurries up top, but Kanemaru WHISKEY MISTS him down! Kanemaru slips off TJP, Gideon gets on the apron, so Kanemaru shoves TJP that way! TJP stops himself, ducks, and the WHISKEY MIST hits Gideon! TJP kicks Kanemaru, whips him, but Kanemaru tilt-o-whirls to DDT TJP down!

Fans fire up as TJP bails out and Douki aims at Akira! DAYBREAK!! Cover, TWO!?!? Akira survives and fans are thunderous! Douki roars, he drags Akira around to wheelbarrow! SUPLEX DE LA LUNA!!! Bridging cover, DOUKI & KANEMARU WIN!!!

Winners: Douki & Yoshinobu Kanemaru, by pinfall (gain 2 points; TJP & Akira earn 0)

Incredible! Did we just witness a miracle?! If not, we at least saw the biggest upset in Super Jr. Tag League ever! Will Catch 2/2 end up missing the tournament finals because of this loss? Or can they still lock down a spot in the final rounds?

As for Suzuki-Gun, Douki gets the mic to say, in English, “Hey! Hey, champions! Hey, look at me. You guys have many, many cool tag team moves. But this is real tag teamwork! Okay, get out. This is Douki’s time. Get out.” Fans cheer and Catch 2/2 move on. Fans cheer Douki on and he says, in Japanese, “We just beat the tag team champions! That deserves a bigger cheer, right?” Fans fire up for Douki, and he continues to say, “We just turned this tournament upside-down! Keep your eyes on us!” Fans cheer as Douki drops the mic. Japones Del Mal & The Heel Master may not be in the running, but will they be waiting on the other side of WrestleKingdom?

 

Here are the NEW Super Jr. Tag League standings!

Austin & Bey: 6-1, 12 points
Bushi & Titan: 5-2, 10 points
TJP & Akira: 5-2, 10 points
Yoh & Lio: 5-2, 10 points
Zayne & Lindaman: 5-2, 10 points
Taguchi & Connors: 3-4, 6 points [ELIMINATED]
Eagles & Tiger Mask: 2-5, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
Douki & Kanemaru: 2-5, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
KUSHIDA & Knight: 1-6, 2 points [ELIMINATED]
Sho & Dick: 1-6, 2 points [ELIMINATED]


My Thoughts:

A great event for Super Junior Tag League, and what a wild main event. Douki & Kanemaru beating the tag team champions was not expected at all, and that is great stuff for them. It won’t get them into the tournament finals but they could come around and win the titles at some other point. The Wild Hips VS Flying Tigers was a very entertaining match, as to be expected with every Taguchi match. Taguchi & Connors get the win, not that it changes where they’re going in the tournament, but I wonder if Connors & Taguchi stick together past the tournament given that great chemistry.

And something else that was very interesting was Yoh and Lindaman getting at each other even after the match. I don’t know the story behind that, but I would think it’s for kayfabe. NJPW isn’t the kind to let things get heated backstage and then spill over into the ring, so this could be to set up a feud between Yoh & Lio VS Zayne & Lindaman in the background of the tag title scene.

My Score: 8.8/10


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Mitchell’s NJPW WTL X Super Jr. Tag Results & Report! (12/3/22)

Is World Tag League tranquilo?

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NJPW WTL X Super Jr.

Can Naito & Sanada win back-to-back main events?

We just saw Los Ingobernables de Japon conquer Aussie Open, but can they trump The Joker & The Ace in NJPW World Tag League’s sixth round?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Bad Luck Fale VS Ryohei Oiwa; Fale wins.
  • Shane Haste & Mikey Nicholls VS Kosei Fujita & Oskar Leube; Shane & Mikey win.
  • Six Man Tag: Suzuki-Gun VS Bullet Club; Suzuki-Gun wins.
  • 8 Man Tag: Tomoaki Honma, Master Wato, KUSHIDA & Kevin Knight VS Los Ingobernables de Japon; LIJ wins.
  • World Tag League 2022: Alex Coughlin & Gabriel Kidd VS Aussie Open; Aussie Open wins.
  • World Tag League 2022: Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI VS Great-O-Khan & Aaron Henare; Goto & Hashi win.
  • World Tag League 2022: Minoru Suzuki & Lance Archer VS EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi; Evil & Yujiro win.
  • World Tag League 2022: Toru Yano & Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Tetsuya Naito & SANADA; Naito & Sanada win.

PLAY BY PLAY

Here are the current World Tag League standings!

Aussie Open: 5-1, 10 points
The Mighty: 5-1, 10 points
Naito & Sanada: 4-2, 8 points
Khan & Henare: 4-2, 8 points
Suzuki & Archer: 3-2, 6 points
Yano & Tanahashi: 3-2, 6 points
Goto & Hashi: 3-2, 6 points
Evil & Yujiro: 0-5, 0 points [ELIMINATED]
Coughlin & Kidd: 0-5, 0 points [ELIMINATED]

Chase & Fale: [FORFEIT]

 

World Tag League 2022: Alex Coughlin & Gabriel Kidd VS Aussie Open!

The Mechanical Bulls are in the exact opposite spot as Mark Davis & Kyle Fletcher, but that won’t stop them! Can Coughlin & Kidd ruin the All United Empire Finals? Or will Dunk-Zilla & The Aussie Arrow turn things around from their first loss this league?

The Orchestrator, Gideon Grey, is here, and he says it is Coughlin’s birthday. Gideon was going to get Coughlin a birthday present, and then he heard how horribly Coughlin’s first WTL run is going. Kidd gets impatient and Gideon says this is what he’s getting at. This is his present to them: an opportunity to win their first two points against his team, “representing the United Empire…!” Gideon gives the introductions and Aussie Open makes their entrance.  And Aussie Open is so fired up, they don’t sort out, they just go after Coughlin & Kidd! Davis is after Kidd, Kyle has Coughlin, and Davis knees Kidd low to send him out of the ring!

The bell rings, Aussie Open double whip Coughlin, but he ducks their double clothesline to shove Kyle into Davis. Coughlin goes to ropes, Davis runs in but Coughlin dumps him out. Kyle runs in but Coughlin TOSSES him out onto Davis! Kidd is up top and fans cheer for the ARIHARA MOONSAULT! Direct hit and fans cheer as Kidd fires up! Kidd puts Kyle back in for Coughlin, and Coughlin deadlift gut wrench suplexes! And then deadlift back suplexes! Cover, TWO! Tag to Kidd and he runs to BLAST Davis! Coughlin runs in to clothesline Kidd at the corner, then feeds him to Kidd’s EXPLODER!

The Mechanical Bulls flex and the fans fire up again. Coughlin hauls Kyle up, he and Kidd double suplex but Davis saves Kyle! Aussie Open dodge the Mechanical Bulls, Kyle SUPERKICKS Coughlin while Davis BOOTS Kidd! Fans fire up as Davis goes to the corner to tag in. Davis storms up on Kidd, he brings Kidd up but Kidd CHOPS back. Kidd eggs Davis on but Davis CHOPS Kidd! Kidd CHOPS, CHOPS and eggs Davis on. Davis CHOPS Kidd and fans fire up for that one. Kidd CHOPS, CHOPS and CHOPS, then roars at Davis, but Davis knees low then throws Kidd out. Kyle BLASTS Coughlin off the apron!

Aussie Open coordinate, Kyle picks up Coughlin and Davis picks up Kidd, and they run around the way to SANDWICH the Mechanical Bulls! And then, DOUBLE APRON BACK SUPLEXES! And then, DOUBLE SCOOP SLAMS to the floor! Fans fire up as Kyle gets in the ring. The ring count starts, Coughlin and Kidd writhe as the count passes 5 of 20. Kidd sits up at 10, drags himself up with the railing, and fans rally up. The count is 15, Kidd flounders and staggers about, but Coughlin helps him up at 18 to get in at 19! Davis tags Kyle, Aussie Open double whip and double ELBOW Kidd, PENALTY KICK to SENTON! Cover, TWO!

Fans rally up as Kyle looms over Kidd. Kyle sits Kidd up to ELBOW him in the head! Kyle clamps on a chinlock and grinds Kidd down. Kidd endures as Coughlin and the fans rally up. Kyle shifts to a BULLY CHOKE! Kidd endures, fights up, and gets the ROPEBREAK! Fans cheer and Kyle cranks more, until the ref counts 4. Kyle “apologizes” then tags in Davis. Davis drags Kidd up but Kidd CHOPS! Davis scoops Kidd to SLAM him! Kidd grits his teeth as he gets back up to CHOP and CHOP! Davis scoop SLAMS again, but Kidd is right up! Kidd CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Davis whips Kidd right out, BOOTS Coughlin, and Kyle goes after Kidd!

Kyle scoops Kidd but Kidd slips off to scoop Kyle! Kidd SLAMS Kyle on the floor! Fans fire up as Kidd gets back in, dodges Davis, but Davis blocks the kick. Kidd gets free to ROCK Davis with a haymaker! Davis drops to a knee and fans fire up! Kidd roars and tags in Coughlin! The Android fires off forearms, but Davis blocks the chop. Coughlin avoids the clothesline to kick low to UPPERCUT then CHOP! Fans fire up with Coughlin and he whips Davis to a corner. Davis reverses, runs in and SPLASHES, but into a clinch! OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Fans fire up with Coughlin and he drags Davis up, short arm LARIAT! Cover, Kyle breaks it!

Coughlin kicks Kyle then throws him out. Fans rally and Coughlin drags Davis up. Coughlin scoops Davis but Davis fights with elbows. Coughlin still powers out but Davis slips off to ENZIGURI! Kyle tags in while Coughlin staggers to an open corner. Kyle runs in to BOOT Coughlin, then he suplexes. Coughlin slips out to scoop Kyle, INVERTED SLAM! Fans fire up and Coughlin tags Kidd. Kidd fires up, Coughlin whips him in at Kyle for a clothesline! And then another whip for a CHOP! Kidd SUPERKICKS Kyle, feeds him to Coughlin’s scoop, and Coughlin pops Kyle around for a POWERBOMB! Kidd covers, TWO!

Fans rally again as Kidd tags Coughlin. Kidd whips Coughlin in now but Coughlin blocks Kyle’s boot. Kyle SUPERKICKS instead and Coughlin goes down! Kidd runs in but Kyle puts him on the apron to SUPERKICK! Davis is there to catch Kidd, Kyle goes out, POP-UP ROUNDHOUSE! Aussie Open goes after Coughlin, scoop for the LAWN DART CUTTER! Cover, TWO!! Coughlin survives and fans fire up again! Kyle is frustrated but he tags Davis back in. Aussie Open haul Coughlin up, double wrench, but he blocks the double pump handles! The Android shows his full power as he RAMS Aussie Open into each other!

Coughlin then reels them both in, for a DOUBLE BACK SUPLEX! Fans are thunderous as all three men are down! Kidd returns and calls to Coughlin! Fans rally as Coughlin crawls that way, hot tag to Kidd! Kidd CHOPS Davis, but Davis just frowns. Kidd eggs Davis on, and Davis CHOPS Kidd! Davis eggs Kidd so Kidd CHOPS Davis! Davis CHOPS Kidd, but Kidd CHOPS Davis! Fans rally up as the CHOPS keep going, back and forth, faster and faster! Davis CHOPS and CHOPS, and CHOPS! But Kidd CHOPS Davis down!! Fans are thunderous as Coughlin slides back in. The Mechanical Bulls pinball Davis with forearm after forearm!

Davis SLAPS Kidd, SLAPS Coughlin, so they DOUBLE HEADBUTT him! Coughlin & Kidd go to opposite corners, they’re looking to copy Aussie Open! They both run in but Davis drops out of the way! Kidd & Coughlin stop short of hitting each other, but then Kyle gets in. Kyle SUPERKICKS Coughlin, dodges Kidd and Davis BOOTS Kidd! Aussie Open throw off the elbow pads but Kidd roars. But he stands up into the DOUBLE LARIAT SANDWICH! Double pump handles, for COREALIS!! Cover, Aussie Open wins!

Winners: Aussie Open, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Coughlin & Kidd earn 0)

Well, that’ll be a birthday present Coughlin wishes he could return. Aussie Open bounce back from their first loss, are they still future winners of the World Tag League?

 

World Tag League 2022: Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI VS Great-O-Khan & Aaron Henare!

Bishamon is just outside the top of this block, but they vow to #GetBackUp! However, the Dominator & Ultimate Weapon are determined to keep that All United Empire Finals dream alive! Will it be Lights Out for Khan & Henare? Or will they be able to conquer the Chaos?

Naturally, Gideon Grey is still here from last match to give his other team their introductions. The teams sort out and fans rally for Khan already. Khan starts against the Fierce Warrior and fans fire up already. Khan and Goto circle, feel out the grapple, each trying for a leg. Goto facelocks but Khan slips free and fans applaud. The two go again, clinch, and end up on ropes. The ref calls the break, Goto lets off with a pat of the shoulders. Fans applaud and Khan comes back. They tie up collar ‘n’ elbow, and Khan powers Goto back to ropes. The ref calls the break again, and Khan lets off with pats on the shoulder. Then an IRON CLAW on the ear!

Khan laughs while the ref reprimands, and Khan CLUBS the ear! Hashi protests but Khan UPPERCUTS him down! Khan CLUBS Goto, runs, but Hashi slides in so Bishamon can run Khan over! HIP TOSS SENTON! Henare runs in but he gets double kicks, and the drums! Goto & Hashi drag Khan up and fans fire up for the drums! Goto stomps Khan around, then drags him back up. Khan shots around and has the PONYTAIL SLEEPER! The ref reprimands, Khan lets go at 4, then CHOKES Goto with his hands! The ref reprimands again, Khan lets off, but he misses Henare sending Hashi into railing! Khan CHOKES Goto more!

The ref reprimands again and Khan lets off. Henare leaves Hashi alone, and fans rally up both ways. Khan stands Goto up for Mongolian Chops! Goto staggers, Khan has him against ropes, and he Mongolian Chops again! Khan brings Goto out to Mongolian Chop him down! Kneeling cover, TWO! Khan tags Henare, the Empire mugs Goto, and Henare stalks Goto to ropes. Henare bends Goto back against the ropes while Khan distracts the ref. Henare bangs the war drums! Fans rally, Henare lets off and Goto flops back. Henare snapmares and KICKS, then SENTONS! Cover, TWO! Henare clamps onto Goto’s arm to keep him down.

Henare digs his elbow into Goto’s forehead, then JAMS Goto with the elbow. Tag to Khan and he drags Goto around. Goto CHOPS Khan! And CHOPS! But Khan knees low, then whips Goto into the corner. Khan CLUBS Goto on the back, then sits up on his throne! Henare BLASTS Hashi for good measure, and then Khan pulls Goto’s arms back. Henare KNEES Goto in the back! The ref reprimands and counts, Khan hops off at 4. Cover, TWO! Khan tells everyone to shut up but they rally for Goto anyway. Khan says Goto’s gonna kiss his foot! Goto resists as Khan pushes him down, and Goto fights up to his feet!

Goto CHOPS and CHPS and CHOPS, but Khan knees low and CLUBS Goto. Khan runs, Goto follows and LARIATS! Fans fire up as both men are down! Goto crawls, hot tag to Hashi! The Head Hunter rallies on The Empire! Fans fire up as Hashi runs in to CHOP Khan in a corner! Hashi whips and CHOPS again, then mule kicks! Khan fights the neckbreaker, but Hashi dodges the haymaker to hit the HEADHUNTER! Fans fire up as Khan staggers about. Hashi runs in to CHOP again! Hashi suplexes to hang Khan out to dry. Hashi runs side to side to dropkick Khan down! Hashi keeps moving, basement dropkick! Cover, TWO!

Hashi keeps cool and fans rally up. Hashi drags Khan up, fisherman’s a leg, but Khan fights with body shots. Khan pulls on Hashi’s ears! Khan whips Hashi into Henare’s haymaker, then Khan hits the PANCAKE PLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Hashi escapes but Henare tags in. Henare stomps the mat and waits on Hashi to stand. Henare runs in, RAMP- NO, Hashi fights off the Rampage with forearms! Hashi throws more forearms, but Henare DECKS Hashi with just one! Henare whips Hashi, but Hashi dropkicks the legs out! Fans fire up while both men are down! Hashi crawls over, hot tag to Goto!

Goto fires off on Henare with forearms! Goto whips corner to corner, runs in, MURAMASA! And then the BULLDOG! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up and Goto drags Henare back up. Goto fireman’s carries but Henare fights that off with forearms. Goto ROCKS Henare, but Henare snarls. Henare ROCKS Goto, but Goto ROCKS Henare! The forearms go back and forth, faster and faster, and fans rally up. Henare eggs Goto on so Goto fires off a flurry! Then an ELBOW JAB! Goto runs, but into Khan’s cheap shot! ELBOW JAB, and then the Empire coordinates, BOOT ROUNDHOUSE SANDWICH!

Hashi runs in, but into an IRON CLAW SLEEPER! Henare drags Goto up, into the ULTIMA NELSON! Bishamon fights against these submissions, so Henare spins to BODY SHOT Goto! And then the fisherman to the torture rack! Khan has Hashi in the Iron Claw, but Bishamon escapes both Streets of Rage and Eliminator! They shove Khan and Henare into each other, then Hashi SUPERKICKS Khan! Fans fire up as Hashi calls to Goto. Forearm and feed to the fireman’s carry, but Henare slips off. Goto powers Henare back into a corner, then moves aside as Hashi runs in to clothesline! Hashi feeds to the kick and hook-up!

Hashi runs, GOTO GOTO HUNTER! Cover, TWO! Henare survives the Russian Leg Sweep Blockbuster, but Hashi says it’s lights out! Goto drags Henare up to the dragon sleeper, Hashi has the legs, but Khan PONYTAIL SLEEPERS Hashi! Goto lets Henare go but Khan shoves Hashi into him! Then HITSUJIGOROSHI for Hashi! Henare gets the legs for the FUBUKI! And then MARINE!! Fans rally up as Henare & Khan drag Goto up. Khan Mongolian Chops Goto, then whips him corner to corner. Khan whips Henare in but Goto avoids the knee! Goto fires off forearms on Khan, then whips, only for Khan to reverse! RAMPAGE!! Cover, TWO?!?

Fans fire up again as Goto survives! Khan knocks Hashi down, and then the Monster Rage boils over! Henare drags Goto back up as fans rally. Fireman’s carry, and Khan runs, but Hashi LARIATS Khan down! SUPERKICK for Henare! Fireman’s carry, FIERCE FLASH into SHOUTO!! Cover, Bishamon wins!!

Winners: Hirooki Goto & Yoshi-Hashi, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Khan & Henare earn 0)

The Dominator & Ultimate Weapon fall! Are the dreams of an All United Empire Finals finally shattered? Will Goto & Hashi head for back-to-back World Tag League wins?

 

World Tag League 2022: Minoru Suzuki & Lance Archer VS EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi!

The Meanest Tag Team in the World Tag League is still alive in the block, but if #EverybodyDies, can the King of Darkness and Tokyo Pimp spoil things for them? Or will the House of Torture learn not Everything is Evil?

Dick Togo accompanies the House of Torture out this time, but surely Sho is lurking. As always, Archer CLOBBERS a Young Lion in his entrance, and this time it’s Oskar Leube. And Archer again storms over to commentary to intimidate Milano Collection AT. Suzuki then makes his entrance, and fans get to shout along with, “KAZE NI NARE!” But as soon as introductions are done, Yujiro and Evil attack! Yujiro goes after Suzuki while Evil is after Archer! But Archer turns that around to send Evil out! The bell rings just before Suzuki throws Yujiro out, and then the brawling continues outside!

Fans rally as Suzuki knees Yujiro, then headlocks. Yujiro throws body shots then shoves Suzuki into railing! Evil throws his shirt at Archer to distract him, then he hits down low! Evil brings Archer around to ram into railing, then brings him into No Man’s Land. But Archer turns that around by raking Evil’s eyes! Fans cheer as The House of Torture is getting a taste of their own medicine! Speaking of, Suzuki is storming up to Yujiro with a chair! But Yujiro uses his pimp cane to fight back! CANE SHOT to the gut, then CANE SHOT to the head! But Archer goes after Yujiro now and snatches the cane away.

The ref tries to restore order but Archer JAMS Yujiro with his own cane. Suzuki gets in the ring but Yujiro is after him. Evil gets a chair, but so does Archer! Evil complains but the ref reprimands them both. Yujiro clamps a chinlock onto Suzuki, but Suzuki gets the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts that, Yujiro lets off, and then Yujiro slaps Suzuki around. Suzuki shoves Yujiro but Yujiro kicks low. Suzuki fires forearms but Yujiro knee slow. Evil holds Suzuki in the corner and Yujiro BOOTS Suzuki down! Evil tags in but fans rally up for Suzuki. Evil digs his boots in but the ref counts. Evil lets off at 4 and fans continue to rally.

Evil taunts Suzuki as he sits up. Evil CHOPS Suzuki, but Suzuki says that’s nothing! Suzuki eggs Evil on so Evil CHOPS again. Still not enough for Minoru, so Evil winds up, to claw Suzuki’s eyes! Fans boo but Yujiro tags in. Yujiro kicks Suzuki, SLAPS him, but Suzuki fights back with kicks! Yujiro claws Suzuki’s eyes more, then brings him around to snapmare. Yujiro runs to basement boot! Cover, ONE!! Fans fire up as Suzuki snarls and eggs Yujiro on. Yujiro brings Suzuki over with a headlock, Evil tags in. Evil throws his shirt at Archer again, but Suzuki CHOKES Yujiro! Evil claws Suzuki’s eyes!

The ref is busy with an angry Archer, Evil gets away with all this. Cover, TWO! Evil argues the count but then Suzuki sits up with a scowl. Evil talks trash while Archer throws his shirt back. Evil gives toying kicks but Suzuki slowly stands up. Evil keeps taunting Suzuki, but Suzuki throws a body shot! Evil rakes the eyes again, but Suzuki avoids the lariat to BOOT Evil down! Fans fire up and Suzuki tags in Archer! The Murderhawk Monster storms up to Evil, knees him low, then whips him hard into a corner! Yujiro runs in and clubs Archer, but Archer doesn’t budge! Archer knees Yujiro low, then whips him hard into a corner!

Fans fire up, but then Dick slides in! Archer turns around and Dick stops in his tracks. Dick bows and offers a handshake. Fans say not to trust that but Archer still accepts. To then whip Dick into Yujiro! And back elbow them both! Archer whips Dick into Evil, then back elbows them both! Archer whips Dick back at Yujiro, for another back elbow! And then back at Evil for another back elbow! Fans fire up with Archer while Dick flops down. Archer brings Evil around, runs and CROSSBODIES! Cover, TWO! Evil survives but Archer tags Suzuki. Evil begs for mercy and he apologizes, but Suzuki-Gun doesn’t trust that. Evil goes to double low blow, but gets blocked!

Archer & Suzuki kick and stomp Evil, then whip him to the corner. Suzuki runs in, Evil BOOTS him! Evil avoids Archer and Archer hits buckles. Evil hurries to reach out to Yujiro, but Archer runs in! Evil dumps Archer out! Hot tag to Yujiro! Yujiro brings Suzuki up, blocks his kick, rakes the eyes and throws Suzuki down for a SLIDING BOOT! Yujiro stands Suzuki up to throw knees and forearms. Yujiro puts Suzuki on ropes to BOOT him! Yujiro runs, but Suzuki knees low! Suzuki has the GUILLOTINE! But Yujiro BITES the hand! Suzuki kicks low, shoots around, but Yujiro grabs the ref to stop the sleeper!

Suzuki KICKS Yujiro’s arm! Suzuki argues with the ref but then Yujiro shoves Suzuki into the ref! The ref goes down, Evil slides in and BLASTS Archer! Dick slides in to stomp away on Suzuki! Fans boo as Evil and Dick stomp Suzuki, but Archer attacks them and Yujiro! Archer throws Dick and Evil out, then he goes out to CLUB Evil down. Suzuki and Yujiro stand, Yujiro throws forearm after forearm, but Suzuki just laughs those off! Yujiro kicks low, runs, but Suzuki follows, shoots around, and has the SLEEPER! Fans fire up as Suzuki spins Yujiro around, Gotch PILEDRIVER!! Cover, SHO drags the ref out!!

The Murder Machine stomps Suzuki as fans boo hard as ever! Archer gets in to grab both of them, but Dick uses the SPOILER CHOKER on Archer! Archer still choke grips Sho! But Evil LOW BLOWS Archer! Evil then clotheslines Archer out of the ring! Suzuki fights back but gets the SPOILER CHOKER, and the WRENCH SHOT! And then EVERYTHING IS EVIL!! Evil drags Yujiro onto the cover and Dick fetches the ref. Fans boo the cover, but the House of Torture wins!

Winners: Evil & Yujiro Takahashi, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Suzuki & Archer earn 0)

The Murderhawk Monster rises and is furious, and same for Suzuki! They chase off the House of Torture, beat up on Young Lions and even the railing. Suzuki snatches the chairs from the timekeeper’s area to throw at Evil and Sho as they run away! The House of Torture ruined their run, but will Suzuki & Archer look to ruin Evil’s life?

 

World Tag League 2022: Toru Yano & Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Tetsuya Naito & SANADA!

The Joker & The Ace have found a way to stay alive in the block, but the Uncontrollable Charisma & Cold Skull are coming off a huge win just yesterday. Will Naito & Sanada keep this tournament tranquilo? Or will love, energy and comedy win out?

Naito mocks the bad boy squat as he makes his entrance. Maybe Naito was a “Yankee” in his school days, too? Yano grows impatient as Naito takes his time entering the ring. But Yano still says Tanahashi’s muscles are “SUGOI~!” Naito takes his time with his entrance attire while fans rally up, and Yano is again impatient. Naito taunts Yano with the tearaway pants, then throws them away. The teams sort out and Tanahashi starts for his team. LIJ slowly fist bumps, and  Yano is annoyed again. The fist bump finally happens, and Yano gets further impatient waiting on LIJ to choose a starter. LIJ is taking their time on purpose at this point.

Finally, Naito steps up, and fans applaud. The bell rings and fans rally both ways. Tanahashi and Naito circle, Naito approaches but then backs away. They finally do tie up, and Tanahashi headlocks. Tanahashi thrashes but Naito pries the hold open. Tanahashi clamps it on tighter and fans rally up. Naito powers up but can’t power out as Tanahashi holds tight! Fans applaud and Naito fights back up. Naito pries at the hold, but ends up pulling hair! Red Shoes reprimands, but then Tanahashi pulls hair! Red Shoes counts, both men let go at 4, but then Naito pulls hair again! Tanahasih breaks free, but swings into a shove.

Naito arm-drags Tanahashi, kicks him and whips him out of the ring. Naito builds speed, but he fakes Tanahashi out to tranquilo! Fans fire up and Tanahashi storms in, only for Naito to roll out. Naito takes his time returning, and he circles with Tanahashi again. They feel out a knuckle lock, but then Naito tags in Sanada. Fans applaud as Yano calls to Tanahashi. Tanahashi tags Yano and fans fire up with him. Yano and Sanada circle, and then Yano squats! Is Sanada Yankee enough to squat with him? Sanada just stares at Yano stone faced. Yano eggs Sanada on and fans rally up, but Sanada isn’t sure.

Yano gets the fans to chant for it, so Sanada steps up to squat! But then Yano shoves him over! Yano ties Sanada up?! But he can’t figure out Paradise! Sanada kicks him away and Yano ends up in a corner. Yano says, “Lucky!” and he starts untying a buckle pad! Sanada runs over to CLUB Yano, then he whips Yano corner to corner. Yano reverses, then finishes untying the pad. Yano says here goes, but Sanada kicks Yano! But the pad takes the hit! Yano throws the pad to Sanada, but Sanada just throws it down! Yano is astonished and yells… at the pad? Sanada rolls Yano for a ROLLING CRADLE!

They go around and around and around, and around and around, then cover, but Tanahashi tips it! Yano has the cover, TWO! Tanahashi BLASTS Naito, Yano staggers around, but so does Sanada. Tanahashi kicks Sanada to ropes, then Yano staggers over. Yano & Tanahashi double whip, double shoulder Sanada down, and then they both squat. Fans fire up, Yano talks some trash, and then he and Tanahashi drag Sanada up. They double whip him to a corner, then Yano whips Tanahashi in. Sanada dodges Tanahashi to dropkick Yano down! Sanada then trips Tanahashi up, and ties him up in Paradise!

Fans fire up as Sanada gets Yano, too! Sanada ties Yano up in Paradise! Fans fire up for Double Paradise! Yano and Tanahashi both call to each other but neither can do anything! Fans fire up and Sanada encourages them to get louder. The fans do get louder, and Sanada runs to dropkick Tanahashi out of Paradise! And then Naito distracts Red Shoes so Sanada can get the buckle pad. Fans rally up as Sanada SMACKS Yano out of Paradise! Sanada goes out after Yano and stomps him down while Naito SMACKS Tanahashi with the buckle pad! Naito then sends Tanahashi into railing while Sanada drags Yano up. Sanada POSTS Yano, then stalks him around the way.

Sanada drags Yano back up, puts him back in the ring, and covers, TWO! Yano is still in this and fans rally up. Sanada tags Naito, Naito drags Yano up, and LIJ double whips Yano to ropes. They double ELBOW, then split the wishbone before DOUBLE BASEMENT DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! Naito squats so he can slap Yano around. Naito drags Yano up, cravats for a neck wrench, and he grinds Yano down. Fans rally, Yano endures, but Sanada tags in. Sanada ELBOWS Yano down, then stalks him. Sanada brings Yano up, CLUBS him down, then paces around. Tanahashi coaches Yano but Sanada stays on him.

Yano pulls Sanada’s hair! Sanada breaks free, knees low and whips, but Yano reverses to throw Sanada down! Fans rally and Yano crawls over, hot tag to Tanahashi! The Ace runs and forearms Sanada down! Tanahashi BLASTS Naito for good measure, then runs in at Sanada. Tanahashi blocks the boot to DRAGON SCREW! Naito runs in, but Tanahashi blocks the kick! Tanahashi waves bye before he DRAGON SCREWS Naito! Fans fire up with Tanahashi and he storms over to Sanada. Tanahashi scoops and SLAMS Sanada into a drop zone, then he goes up the corner. SUNSET SENTON! Cover, TWO!

Tanahashi stays focused and fans rally again. Sanada slowly rises, Tanahashi runs, but Sanada dropkicks Tanahashi’s legs, then DROPKICKS Tanahashi out! Sanada hurries over to the ropes, to PLANCHA, but Tanahashi slides in! Sanada lands safe on the apron, he ROCKS Tanahashi, but Tanahashi gets a leg! DRAPING DRAGON SCREW, a dropkick to the legs, then another DRAPING DRAGON SCREW! Tanahashi drags Sanada around by the legs, and ties him up in the TEXAS CLOVERLEAF! Naito BOOTS Tanahashi, CLUBS him, but Tanahashi hits back. Tanahashi sends Naito out, and fans fire up again.

Tanahashi waits on Sanada to stand and he runs the ropes, but Sanada ducks the slingblade! Sanada blocks the kick, to DRAGON SCREW back! Fans fire up and both men crawl. Sanada heads for his corner, hot tag to Naito! Naito storms up on Tanahashi to kick his legs. Naito whips corner to corner, runs in and JUMP KICKS! Leg sweep, COMBINACION feint, and a squat! Tanahashi lets his guard down, and Naito basement dropkicks! Fans fire up and Naito brings Tanahashi around into a FIGURE FOUR! But Yano stomps Naito down! Tanahashi is free and Yano coaches him up. Naito drags Tanahashi up instead.

Naito has a leg but Tanahashi fights with elbows. Naito ROCKS Tanahashi, whips him to ropes, but Tanahashi reverses to SLINGBLADE! Fans fire up while both men are down! Tanahashi and Naito crawl, hot tag to Yano! Yano brings Naito up, ducks Naito’s haymaker and clinches to Belly2Belly! Fans fire up more and Yano whips Naito at the bare corner. Naito reverses but Yano stops himself. Yano dodges and Naito hits bare buckles! Roll-up, TWO!! Naito survives but Yano fires back up. Yano runs in at the corner but Naito dodges, and Sanada runs in to elbow Yano! Sanada feeds Yano to Naito’s ELBOW, then Sanada back suplexes!

ROLLING JACKKNIFE BRIDGE, TWO!! Yano escapes! Fans fire up and Naito drags Yano back up. Naito throws ELBOW after ELBOW into Yano, but Yano gets around! Tanahashi gets in, Yano feeds Naito to the DRAGON PALM! Yano runs to CHOP BLOCK! Roll-up, Sanada breaks it in time!! Fans fire up again and Tanahashi drags Sanada up to throw him out. Yano hauls Naito up, but Naito fights free. Sanada drags Tanahashi out and sends him into railing. Naito feeds Yano to Sanada’s low dropkick! Tanahashi returns and gets around Sanada, but Sanada turns Twist ‘n’ Shout into MAGIC SCREW!

Fans fire up as Sanada DROPKICKS Yano, and Naito atomic drops! ENZIGURI to ROLLING ELBOWS! Then assisted TORNADO DDT! Fans fire up as Naito drags Yano back up. Naito wrenches, tilt-o-whirls, DESTINO!! Cover, LIJ wins!

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

The Joker & The Ace bust! Their run at the top is out of the question, but can they shift into spoiler mode after this?

As for LIJ, the rest of the faction joins Naito & Sanada, including Shingo Takagi who’s been on commentary. Naito gets the mic to say, “Buenas noches, KAKOGAWA~!” Naito notes this is the first Kakogawa event for NJPW in four YEARS, so there’s surely some fans seeing them live for the first time ever. He asks if everyone enjoyed seeing the World Tag League tonight, and the fans cheer because they certainly did. Naito notes that he and Sanada have now moved up to 5-2 for 10 points. “We will win out and take the trophies? Or not? Keep watching World Tag League, enjoy the drama, and… Actually… I got nothing.”

Fans have a good laugh, but Naito does continue with, “Keep watching World Tag League to the end. By the way, now today, some of you can only clap but the rest can cheer, right?” Those fans cheer to confirm! “So let’s end this right for the first time ever in Kakogawa.” Fans cheer, liking the sound of that. “For those of you in the clapping sections, please yell out in your hearts. For those who can cheer, please yell out with me! Everyone, are you ready?” Fans cheer to say yes, they are! “There’s only one way to close out the first NJPW show in Kakogawa in four years. Bushi! Sanada! Hiromu! Takagi! Titan! Y Naito! Nosotros! LOS! INGOBERRRNABLEEEEES~! DE! JA! PON!”

Fans are fired up to even have this much cheering back. Will they all be able to cheer the next time NJPW is in Kakogawa? Will they be cheering on LIJ as the World Tag League winners and IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions?

 

Here are the NEW World Tag League standings!

Aussie Open: 6-1, 12 points
The Mighty: 5-1, 10 points
Naito & Sanada: 5-2, 10 points
Goto & Hashi: 4-2, 8 points
Khan & Henare: 4-3, 8 points
Suzuki & Archer: 3-3, 6 points [ELIMINATED]
Yano & Tanahashi: 3-3, 6 points [ELIMINATED]
Evil & Yujiro: 1-5, 2 points [ELIMINATED]
Coughlin & Kidd: 0-6, 0 points [ELIMINATED]

Chase & Fale: [FORFEIT]


My Thoughts:

Another great round for World Tag League, and a couple more teams are mathematically eliminated. House of Torture get their first win ruining the run for Suzuki & Archer, and I kinda want a feud of Suzuki-Gun VS House of Torture now so Suzuki can beat the crap outta Evil and Dick. Coughlin & Kidd are a great looking team despite that 0-6 record, but sometimes great looking teams don’t get the round robin run you’d expect. Aussie Open are certainly shoe-ins for the finals, and they’re up against Khan & Henare next to give us that All United Empire match since I don’t see the All United Empire Finals happening.

Bishamon looked great in their win over Khan & Henare, keeping their hopes of going back-to-back alive. But there has to be something that spoils that, because I’m still seeing LIJ making it. As I figured yesterday, Yano & Tanahashi VS Naito & Sanada was hilarious but also really competitive, and back-to-back main event wins is great for LIJ. And it’d be fitting that Aussie Open gets a second chance at LIJ for giving them that loss.

My Score: 8.7/10


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