This is the last stop on the Road to WrestleMania!
WWE returns to Saudi Arabia, and brings the Elimination Chamber with them! Who survives such a sinister structure to head for WrestleMania?
- Kickoff Show – Rey Mysterio w/ Dominik Mysterio VS The Miz; Rey wins.
- WWE Universal Championship: Roman Reigns w/ Paul Heyman VS Goldberg; Reigns wins and retains the title.
- Raw Women’s Championship #1 Contender’s Elimination Chamber: Bianca Belair VS Rhea Ripley VS Nikki A.S.H. VS “Doudrop” Piper Niven VS Liv Morgan VS Alexa Bliss; Belair wins and will challenge for the title at WrestleMania 38.
- Ronda Rousey & Naomi VS Charlotte Flair & Sonya Deville; Rousey & Naomi win.
- Falls Count Anywhere: Drew McIntyre VS “Mad Cap” Moss w/ “Happy” Corbin; McIntyre wins.
- Raw Women’s Championship: Becky Lynch VS Lita; Becky wins and retains the title.
- SmackDown Tag Team Championships: The Usos VS The Viking Raiders; No Contest.
- WWE World Championship Elimination Chamber: Bobby Lashley VS Brock Lesnar VS Austin Theory VS AJ Styles VS Matt Riddle VS Seth Rollins; Lesnar wins and becomes the new WWE World Champion.
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It’s the Elimination Chamber Kickoff Show!
Join Jackie Redmon, Matt Camp and Peter Rosenberg in the WWE Command Center as they discuss, analyze and predict all of today’s action on this last stop on the Road to WrestleMania!
Backstage interview with Natalya.
Natty’s been part of just about everything in the WWE, so who does she think wins tonight’s Women’s Elimination Chamber? She’ll answer that soon, but she has a bone to pick with Rhea Ripley. Great little performance in the gauntlet, but calling herself the Ironwoman of the WWE upsets Natty. Natty has THREE Guinness Book of World Records records. But Rhea aside, Natty says Liv Morgan is going to get this. She hasn’t won much of anything, so something’s gotta give, right? Maybe Liv can be as great as Natty one day. Will things come together for Liv to finally have her WrestleMania moment?
Kickoff Show – Rey Mysterio w/ Dominik Mysterio VS The Miz!
The King of Lucha wants to settle the score with the Hollywood A-Lister for all the things said and done in regards to Dominik, as well as the late, great Eddie Guerrero. But with Miz having learned some tricks of his own, will he get the better of the Mysterios again? Or will it be BOOYAKA BOOYAKA 619 in the Jeddah Superdome?
The bell rings and Miz fires off on Rey! Miz stomps away in the corner, the ref counts and has to pull Miz back. Miz whips Rey corner to corner hard, then CLOBBERS him from behind! Miz goes up the corner to soak up the heat and taunt Dom at the same time. Dom coaches Rey up, Rey gets to the corner but Miz whips him corner to corner. Rey goes up, Miz catches him, but Rey slips out. Miz kicks low, whips, but Rey reverses and follows to RANA Miz onto ropes! Fans fire up as Rey dials it up, but Miz bails out! Miz talks trash to Dom, but then Rey WRECKS Miz with a dropkick! Rey builds speed to SLIDING SPLASH!
Rey high-fives Dom and fans fire up as he goes back to the ring. Miz slowly gets up, fans chant for the “619! 619!” Miz gets in at 8 of 10, but then bails back out. But Dom shoves Miz back in! Rey KICKS, fires hands, then goes up the corner to rain down fists! Fans count all the way to 9, but Miz dumps Rey out! Rey ROCKS Miz back, goes up the corner, but Miz trips him up! Rey ends up in the Tree of Woe, for IT KICKS! Fans chant, “You Suck!” at Miz, but Miz complains about Dom. Miz drags Rey out of the Tree, then CATAPULT GUILLOTINES Rey on the ropes! Rey sputters and bails out but Miz pursues.
Miz bumps Rey off barriers, puts him back in the ring, and then looms over Rey. Miz drags Rey up but Rey KICKS and throws hands! Rey whips, Miz reverses and kitchen sink knees him down! Then basement BOOM! Cover, TWO! Miz snarls, sits Rey up to dig his knee in. Miz wraps on a chinlock, Rey endures, and fans rally up. Rey fights up, throws elbows and gets free. Miz swings but Rey waistlocks. Miz grabs ropes, elbows Rey away, then swipes at Dom! Dom hits back! Rey rolls Miz, TWO! Miz BOOTS Rey down! Miz complains about Dom again but the ref saw nothing. Dom wags his finger and fans cheer.
Miz gives IT KICKS to Rey, taunts Dom, then KICKS and KICKS and KICKS! Miz scowls, powers up, but Rey ducks the buzzsaw! Rey slides under again, elbows Miz from the corner, then BOOTS him! Miz comes back, but into more BOOTS! Rey runs, ranas and POSTS Miz! Dom and the fans cheer Rey as Miz staggers back. Rey goes up the corner, Miz stands, SEATED SENTON! Rey keeps moving, springboard CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Miz is still in this but Rey keeps cool. Miz throat chops Rey! The ref reprimands but Miz runs to sunset flip! Rey rolls through to BUZZSAW! Cover, TWO!
Dom and the fans rally up for Rey as he and Miz slowly get up. Rey whips, Miz reverses then throws Rey out. Rey lands safe on the apron, Miz turns around into a GAMANGIRI! Rey shoulders in, slingshots and sunset flips, but Miz rolls through to BASEMENT DDT! Cover, TWO!! Miz seethes, fans chant, “This is Awesome!” Miz gets the legs, steps through, but Rey boots him. Rey ducks a boot, runs in, wheelbarrow, but Miz gets the full nelson! Rey flails, kicks and slips under, to then drop toehold Miz onto ropes! Rey runs, 619!! Fans fire up as Rey climbs, but Miz bails out. Fans boo as Miz gets a chair!
Rey PLANCHAS Miz down first! Rey puts Miz back in, but Miz gets back out. Dom stops Miz from getting the chair! So Miz pulls an Eddie! He makes Dom look like the culprit, and so the ref EJECTS Dom! Miz grins as he gets one over on the Mysterios. Miz then slips in to RAM Rey into buckles, and full nelsons, but Rey victory rolls through! REY WINS!
Winner: Rey Mysterio, by pinfall
The A-Lister is a sore loser, he stomps Rey down! But Dom TACKLES Miz! Dom SUPERKICKS Miz down and Miz staggers about. Fans fire up, the Mysterios double CATAPULT Miz onto ropes! DOUBLE 619! Dom goes up, FROG SPLASH! Rey goes up, he gives a little Latino Heat, for a FROG SPLASH! Miz got what he deserved, will Rey & Dom use this momentum to rise up on the Road to WrestleMania?
“The eyes of the world… are locked in.”
“The structure that has no equal now has no boundaries.” This is the international debut of the Elimination Chamber! And this night, the Road to WrestleMania crashes to a halt. The Beast is unleashed inside the steel. The Man faces her hero while six others fight to face the winner. And a match meant for two years ago has finally come to fruition. Tonight, the Road to WrestleMania runs through Saudi Arabia. Welcome to the Elimination Chamber Premium Live Event!
WWE Universal Championship: Roman Reigns w/ Paul Heyman VS Goldberg!
The world has waited two years for this, why wait any longer? The Big Dog has changed into the Tribal Chief and no one has been able to stop him. But the Icon wants to return to being the Icon, as well as Universal Champion. Is Roman Reigns next? Or is the past going to stay the past?
The pyro goes off, and Roman is given the mic. “Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. ACKNOWLEDGE ME.” The fans are more than happy to! Heyman takes the mic back and fans already start chanting “GOLD~BERG!” Goldberg makes his entrance. The introductions are made, and the belt is raised. Are we about to see Roman Reigns “Goldberg” Goldberg?
The two stare down and the fans fire up with the bell. “This is Awesome!” already, because it’s finally happening. Roman and Goldberg circle, and Roman is bothered by the fans all chanting, “GOLD~BERG!” The circling continues, the titans tie up, and are in a deadlock! Roman manages to push Goldberg but Goldberg pushes back. Roman ROCKS Goldberg with a right! And then he knees Goldberg, and HEADBUTTS him! Goldberg staggers, Roman ROCKS him again. Roman whips Goldberg out of the ring! Goldberg staggers and Roman goes out after him. Roman SMACKS Goldberg off the announce desk! And again!
Roman whips but Goldberg blocks! Goldberg reverses to whip Roman into barriers! Goldberg throws elbows, the ring count is climbing and Goldberg ROCKS Roman. Goldberg puts Roman in at 8 of 10, then gets in at 9. Roman ROCKS Goldberg with an uppercut! Roman fires off at the ropes! The ref has Roman let off, but Roman gives Goldberg one more elbow! Roman drags Goldberg up, runs, but into a SPEAR!! Goldberg fires up and fans are fired up with him! Goldberg says HE’S the one, then brings Roman up. But Roman wrenches out to clinch and URENAGE! Cover, TWO!!
Roman is shocked Goldberg survives but fans are fired up again! Goldberg crawls to ropes, Roman gets up and locks ‘n’ loads. Roman runs in, SUPERMAN PUNCH! Roman fires up and says, “I told you!” Roman lets out the battle cry, runs in, but into GOLDBERG’S SPEAR!! Fans are going nuts as Goldberg gets the better of Roman again! Goldberg drags Roman up, reels him in, calls his shot, and suplexes, but Roman fights it! GUILLOTINE!! Roman has Goldberg caught! Goldberg claws at Roman, tries to stay up, and he RAMS Roman into a corner! Roman still holds on, so Goldberg RAMS in again! Roman is still holding on!
Goldberg moves around, Roman hops on with body scissors! But Goldberg RAMS Roman into buckles again! But Roman drags Goldberg to the mat! Goldberg flails, but he’s turning red, maybe even purple! The ref checks, Goldberg is OUT! Roman wins!!
Winner: Roman Reigns, by submission (still WWE Universal Champion)
The Head of the Table puts away the Icon! Roman is prepared for Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania, but will Lesnar be bringing gold of his own to the match?
Raw Women’s Championship #1 Contender’s Elimination Chamber: Bianca Belair VS Rhea Ripley VS Nikki A.S.H. VS “Doudrop” Piper Niven VS Liv Morgan VS Alexa Bliss!
While The Man, Becky Lynch, still has to battle the legend that is Lita, someone will earn a golden ticket to WrestleMania 38 to face the winner. The EST gets to be the healthiEST in this match as she won the right to enter last. But who among the other five will still be standing when it’s finally her time?
Doudrop makes her entrance next, she’s safe for now, as are Rhea Ripley and Alexa Bliss. Wait, Alexa has a swing in her own pod? Liv and Nikki start and they tie up at the bell. Nikki waistlocks, Liv switches, Nikki switches back but Liv throws Nikki off. Liv RANAS Nikki and storms up on her. Nikki YANKS Liv into the ropes! Nikki stalks Liv out to the grate area, and she aims at the chains. Liv blocks, elbows Nikki, but Nikki blocks being thrown into chains. Nikki throws Liv down on the grate! Nikki taunts Rhea as she smacks the Plexiglas, and she does the same to Alexa. Nikki’s former friends are a distraction, Liv RAMS her into a pod!
Liv drags Nikki up to whip, but Nikki reverses and Liv pinballs against chains and pod! Nikki drags Liv over and spins her into the POST! Cover, TWO! Nikki drags Liv back out of the ring to dribble her face off the mat. The countdown is here, and the first one set free is… DOUDROP! Piper and Nikki have that Celtic connection, but Piper HEADBUTTS Nikki! “Ain’t no friends in the chamber, baby!” Piper drags Nikki up and scoops her, to RAM her into the chains! Piper mockingly asks Nikki if she feels super now. Piper then taunts Bianca, then SPLASHES Nikki against the chains. Liv leaps in, but Piper catches her!
Piper fireman’s carries Liv around, to RAM her into the chains then SLAM her on the floor! Piper stomps Nikki, then SENTONS Liv! Piper says she’ll save one of those for Alexa later. Piper kicks Liv around, drags her up and digs her into the chains! “Isn’t she so beautiful?!” Piper lets off on Liv and Liv slumps down. Piper runs at Nikki, but Nikki sends her into POST! Nikki fires up but the countdown is back! Next out is… RHEA RIPLEY! Rhea grins and Nikki’s no longer feeling heroic. Fans are thunderous as Rhea gets in, but Nikki gets out! Nikki wants to leave but there’s no escaping the Chamber!
Piper CLOBBERS Rhea but Rhea wrenches to SUPERKICK her! And Rhea smiles at Nikki. Rhea storms over, Nikki climbs the steel! Liv chases after but Nikki kicks her away. Rhea grabs at Nikki but she kicks Rhea away. Rhea climbs up alongside Nikki, and says, “You want some brutality, Nikki?” She SMACKS Nikki off the steel and Nikki falls on Piper and Liv! Rhea smiles as she hops down, gets Nikki in the ring, and Nikki begs for mercy. No mercy, only RIPTIDE! Cover, Rhea ELIMINATES Nikki! Just like Monday! Rhea waits on someone to step to her, and she stomps Liv at the ropes.
The countdown is back again, and we know Bianca’s saved for last, so here comes Alexa! Fans fire up for the Five Foot Fury, and she goes right past Rhea to run Liv over! Alexa tilt-o-whirls to headscissor Rhea! STO for Liv, SHOTGUN for Rhea! Fans fire up with Alexa, Insult2Injury for Liv! Cover, TWO! Alexa whips Liv but Liv reverses and Alexa hits buckles! Liv goes up, DOUBLE STOMPS! Rhea TOSSES Liv! Rhea runs in, into DOUBLE STOMPS! Liv goes up while Bianca grows impatient. Piper steps on Rhea and SHOVES Liv into the pod! Liv gets stuck on the corner, Piper shoves her down!
Piper goes up, but Rhea CLUBS her first! Rhea climbs up to get Piper, but Piper throws elbows and a headbutt! Rhea falls, but Liv ROCKS Piper! Liv goes up, sunset POWERBOMB! High stack, LIV ELIMINATES PIPER!! That might’ve been the biggest moment for Liv yet! But the final countdown is done, here comes Bianca! She dropkicks Liv, kips right up, and then spins Alexa around to whip. Alexa reverses, Bianca slips out and ROCKS Alexa with a right. Liv SHINING WIZARDS Bianca, then hops up. But Bianca ROCKS Liv back. Bianca trophy lifts Liv, with one arm! Bianca DROPS Liv into the ring!
Bianca gets in, and gives Alexa a SPINEBUSTER! Bianca handsprings to MOONSAULT! And another kip up! Fans fire up with The EST, but Rhea steps to her! “This is Awesome!” but then Liv and Alexa crawl over. Bianca and Rhea take one each, reel them in, and for old times from NXT, double stalling suplexes! They’re dueling on who can hold it longer! They both drop at 10, but Bianca kips up yet again. Rhea says that’s just showing off. And she SLAPS Bianca! Time to get serious! So Bianca SLAPS, and they brawl! Fans are loving this, and Rhea HEADBUTTS! Bianca ROCKS Rhea, torture racks, KISS- NO! Rhea lands on her feet!
Rhea and Bianca run in, but Liv gives them DOUBLE CODE BREAKERS! But Alexa hits a BLOCKBUSTER! Alexa then drags Liv to a drop zone, goes up top, and TWISTED BLISS! Cover, Alexa ELIMINATES Liv! Natty’s choice is done, and Alexa dropkicks Bianca. Rhea ROUNDHOUSES Alexa, pump handle, but Alexa slips out! Bianca LARIATS and makes Alexa DDT Rhea! Bianca gets Rhea up, KISS OF DEATH!! Cover, Bianca ELIMINATES Rhea!! Now it’s just Bianca and Alexa! Who is moving on to WrestleMania? Alexa kicks Bianca low, hops on, CODE RED! Cover, TWO!! Bianca survives and Alexa is furious!
Alexa steps on Bianca as she goes to the corner. Alexa climbs, but Bianca goes out to the grate area. So Alexa LEAPS! Bianca blocks the rana to rebound and BOMB Alexa into chains! Another rebound, more chains! And then an ALLEY-OOP into the ring! Bianca goes up, 450EST FLOP!! Alexa dodges, reels Bianca in, but no DDT! Bianca powers through to suplex! Alexa fights free of that to KICK the leg! Alexa reels Bianca back in, but Bianca handsprings through the DDT?! To then handspring MOONSAULT, onto knees! Cradle, TWO!! Alexa tries a roll up, TWO! Bianca is in the corner, Alexa runs in but into an elbow.
Bianca fires up but Alexa fires off SLAPS! Choke grip, but Bianca wrenches out to ROCK Alexa! Torture rack, KISS OF DEATH!! Cover, Bianca wins!!
Winner: Bianca Belair, by pinfall (NEW #1 Contender to the Raw Women’s Championship)
The EST is heading back to WrestleMania! But will she get the rematch she wants with Big Time Becks? Or will she be facing a legend on the Grandest Stage of Them All?
WWE joined the Special Olympics Unified Sports Competition.
It was an amazing moment for the superstars to see the impact they have on the world and on people of all ages. They came with big smiles and left with even bigger ones.
Ronda Rousey & Naomi VS Charlotte Flair & Sonya Deville!
The Baddest Woman on the Planet is so bad, she damaged “Cruella” Deville with ease! But as payback, Ronda must have one arm tied behind her back during this match! Will Ronda & Naomi still make the Queen and the abusive authority figure #FeelTheGlow and the pain? Or will the SmackDown Women’s Champion handle Ronda before WrestleMania?
The teams sort out and with Ronda starting, the ref ties her right arm behind her back. Sonya is also starting, since she has a bad arm. The bell rings, and Sonya wants everyone to wait! Why? Because surprise! Her arm’s been fine all along! Ronda laughs because she knew something like this was coming. Ronda still circles with Sonya, Charlotte swipes at her, and Sonya attacks! Sonya fires off knees, then headlocks to grind Ronda down. Ronda does the splits to throw Sonya off, then she ROUNDHOUSES Sonya down! And then a step-up KNEE! Ronda tells Sonya to tag Charlotte in! Charlotte says, “You want me?” She tags in!
Fans fire up as we get the SmackDown Women’s Championship match preview. But then Ronda storms over and Charlotte goes back to ropes for defense. Charlotte tags Sonya back in, and then she laughs. Naomi wants in so Ronda tags her. Fans fire up as Naomi dodges, THESZ PRESSES, and rains down hands! Sonya scrambles away but Naomi SPLASHES her in the corner! And then goes corner to corner, but Sonya RAMS her into the buckles to deny the bulldog! DRAPING REVERSE DDT! Cover, TWO! Sonya drags Naomi up, throws knees, then whips Naomi to ropes. Naomi slides under, comes back and elbows Sonya!
Naomi headlocks to BUCKLE BULLDOG her into the corner! Tag to Ronda and she brings Sonya up to HEADBUTT, and ARM-DRAG! Charlotte gets in to BOOT Ronda before the armbar! And then she POSTS Ronda! Charlotte soaks up the cheers and jeers, and Sonya slaps Ronda around. Sonya bumps Ronda off buckles, stomps her, then Charlotte tags in. Charlotte wraps the free arm around ropes, pulls and digs her boot in. Charlotte CHOPS, and CHOPS, and then drags Ronda down for a double wristlock on the free arm. Ronda endures so Charlotte rains down forearms! Charlotte has the hammerlock and she stomps it!
Ronda sits up and grits her teeth but Charlotte pushes her down. Charlotte drags Ronda up, tags Sonya, and they mug Ronda. Fans rally as Ronda does her best to guard, but Sonya wrenches and puts the arm around ropes. The ref counts as Sonya digs her boot in, but she lets off at 4. Charlotte HOTSHOTS the free arm, Sonya SLAPS Ronda, then Sonya fires forearms. Tag to Charlotte, and Charlotte brings Ronda out to wrench and hits SOLE FOOD! Charlotte BOOTS Naomi! Charlotte comes back, Ronda kicks back. Charlotte rams into Ronda but lets off at 4. Ronda kicks back, DECKS Sonya, and repeat!
Ronda powers Charlotte back, but Charlotte uses the rope that ties her arm down to keep her from Naomi! Charlotte brings Ronda around, wrenches and WRINGS her out, to then stomp and kick the arm! Fans rally for Ronda but Charlotte keeps throwing her around. Charlotte mocks Ronda by going for the arm, but Ronda KICKS Charlotte away! Ronda gets free and tags Naomi! Fans rally as Naomi rallies on Charlotte, dropkicks Sonya, then jump kicks Charlotte! And RANA! Naomi dodges Charlotte, springboard for the FLYING CHUCK! Charlotte bails out and fans fire up as Naomi PLANCHAS!
Naomi fires up, Charlotte gets back in the ring. Naomi goes up top, for a CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Naomi keeps on Charlotte, reels in, Charlotte elbows free! Charlotte gets under Naomi, back suplexes but Naomi lands on her feet! Charlotte blocks this rana to power Naomi up, POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Charlotte has the leg, she steps through, FIGURE FOUR! Naomi endures, but Ronda stomps Charlotte down! Sonya throws Ronda out! Charlotte tags Sonya, she runs and KNEES Naomi down! Cover, TWO!! Naomi’s still in this but Sonya drags her up. Sonya SLAPS Naomi, Naomi ROUNDHOUSES back!
Naomi hurries, hot tag to Ronda! Ronda fires off jabs with the free arm, then knees! Ronda shoves, fireman’s carries and PIPER’S PIT for Sonya! But that’s not all! Ronda dares Charlotte to do something, but Charlotte leaves Sonya to the ARMBAR!! Sonya flails, she taps! Ronda & Naomi win!
Winners: Ronda Rousey & Naomi, by submission
And that’s why she’s the Baddest Woman on the Planet! Naomi helps free that other arm, and Charlotte takes her leave. Will the Queen still be the champion after she and Ronda meet at WrestleMania? Or will Ronda rip off an arm and strip Charlotte of the title?
Falls Count Anywhere: Drew McIntyre VS “Mad Cap” Moss w/ “Happy” Corbin!
The Scottish Warrior would’ve left well enough alone with the human hyena hybrids, The Happy Folks. But they had to go and attack him backstage at Day One, and damn near crush McIntyre’s neck. McIntyre miraculously returned at the Royal Rumble, but that wasn’t enough. Will it be enough when McIntyre can go anywhere and do anything to Corbin’s cackling crony?
The bell rings and fans rally behind McIntyre. McIntyre and Moss circle, and Corbin jumps right in! This is a 2v1 because there are no disqualifications! They mug McIntyre and fans boo, but Moss keeps on McIntyre with hands. Corbin actually lets Moss do this 1v1 now, and McIntyre whips. Moss kicks back but McIntyre CLOBBERS him in return. McIntyre then clotheslines Moss outta the ring, follows him, and CHOPS him! McIntyre RAMS Moss into barriers, but Moss throws hands. GLASGOW KISS headbutt! Corbin CLOBBERS McIntyre, but McIntyre just glares at him. McIntyre chases Corbin up the ramp!
McIntyre lets Corbin go backstage, Moss runs in and McIntyre CLOBBERS him! McIntyre throws Moss into the LED stage! And then McIntyre reels Moss in. But Corbin attacks again! Back to 2v1 as they get McIntyre up to double suplex him to the ramp! Moss covers, TWO! Corbin coaches Moss as Moss brings McIntyre up. Moss throws hands, they go back down the ramp, but McIntyre hits back. McIntyre CHOPS, Corbin runs in to ROCK McIntyre. Moss scoops and FALL AWAY SLAMS! Cover, TWO! The Happy Folks stay focused while fans boo, and Moss brings McIntyre up to CLUB him down the ramp.
Moss throws haymakers to keep McIntyre going, then he bumps him off railing. McIntyre staggers back to ringside, Moss SMACKS him off steps. Moss puts McIntyre in the ring, gives thumbs up, and he taunts “tough guy” McIntyre. Moss runs and builds speed, but into an OVERHEAD THROW! McIntyre snarls, gets to his feet, and clinches Moss for another OVERHEAD TOSS! Moss ends up in a corner, McIntyre kips up! McIntyre runs in, gets through the boot and elbows Moss! Inverted Alabama SLAM! Moss hits head first and the ref checks on him. Moss is somehow okay, and Corbin gets him outta the ring
McIntyre chases Corbin, Moss chases McIntyre! But he still runs into an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! McIntyre CLUBS Moss, then brings him to the desk! Commentary clears out as McIntyre TOSSES Moss onto the desk! McIntyre stalks Moss and talks some smack. Moss flounders, McIntyre waits for him to get up, but Corbin SMACKS McIntyre with a chair! Moss & Corbin get McIntyre up to RAM through barriers!! Cover, TWO!! The Happy Folks are shocked but the fans are loving this! McIntyre gets up, Moss steadies himself as well. Corbin says Moss has this, and Moss pursues McIntyre into the ring.
Moss goes up the corner, but McIntyre ROCKS him first! McIntyre throws hands then CHOPS Moss! Even Corbin’s stinging from that one! McIntyre goes up, brings Moss up, and fans fire up for the SUPERPLEX! Cover, TWO!! Moss survives and Corbin breathes easy. “This is Awesome!” as McIntyre pushes himself up. McIntyre throws haymakers but Moss gives them back! They brawl as they stand, Moss knees low but McIntyre kicks. The hands fly, McIntyre CHOPS and punches, but Moss spins him for a backslide! TWO! McIntyre has the underhooks, FUTURE SHOCK! McIntyre stares Corbin down and Corbin stays put.
McIntyre goes to the corner, but now Corbin gets in! McIntyre swings the sword!! Corbin freaks out as he almost gets beheaded! McIntyre counts it down, CLAYMORE KICK! Cover, McIntyre wins!
Winner: Drew McIntyre, by pinfall
McIntyre points his sword at Corbin, because he’s coming for Happy’s head next! Will Baron decide to be Absent Corbin until after WrestleMania?
Backstage interview with The Miz.
Kevin Patrick notes the loss to Rey Mysterio, and Miz stops him by raising a hand. Does Kevin know what that means? “When my hand goes up, your mouth goes shut!” Miz says the “legendary” Rey Mysterio cheated with the help of his son! It was like a 2v1 handicap and everyone was cheering. But Miz will even the odds by finding himself a tag partner. Someone who is a superlative athlete, with similar handsome features to Miz, and a global superstar like him. He has someone in mind already. Now, excuse Miz while he makes a phone call. Who will Miz reach out to in order to get even with the Mysterios?
Raw Women’s Championship: Becky Lynch VS Lita!
The Man saw the extreme icon as her teenage hero, but now she just sees her as another problem to get rid of. Will Big Time Becks end the legend of Lita? Or is this just a new chapter for the already Hall of Fame career?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and it’s time to see if Becky really is The GOAT.
Becky and Lita stare down then circle as fans rally and duel. They tie up, Becky goes for the arm but Lita stops the Disarm-Her! Lita headlocks, Becky powers out but Lita runs her over! Becky gets to a corner and Lita waits on her. Becky slaps her to get back in the game as she circles with Lita. They tie up again, Becky SLAPS Lita! Lita smiles that off and Becky says she was trying to be nice. Lita dodges, Becky kicks her, but then Lita blocks the sobat to trip Becky! Lita arm-drags Becky, SLAPS her back, then waits on Becky. Becky snarls as fans tell Lita, “You Still Got It!” Lita ROCKS Becky, counter punches, and ROCKS her again!
Lita whips, Becky reverses, but Lita tilt-o-whirl headscissors! Lita kicks low but Becky powers out of the Twist. Becky runs and forearms, then kicks Lita down. Becky fires herself up and runs back in, but Lita puts her up on the apron! Becky ducks the haymaker and then HOTSHOTS Lita down! Becky hurries up and in to stomp Lita down. Becky stomps and CLUBS away on Lita’s back! Becky drags Lita up at the ropes, and chokes her against them! The ref counts, Becky lets off to CLUB Lita again. Becky says she’s the champion, so the fans can shut up about Lita. Lita gets to a corner, Becky runs in to forearm!
Becky stomps away on Lita, but she gets annoyed as fans chant for Lita. Becky goes up the corner, LEG DROP! Cover, ONE! Becky can’t believe that, and she’s mad! Becky wraps on a chinlock and she thrashes Lita around. Fans rally as Lita endures, and Lita fights up to JAWBREAKER! And then monkey flip to rain down rights! Becky shoves Lita away, gets to a corner and Lita runs into an elbow. Becky sobats, throws Lita out through ropes, and brings her up for forearms and uppercuts and another sobat! Becky goes to the corner, goes up, GUILLOTINE LEG DROP! Cover, TWO! Becky grows frustrated but she stalks Lita to the ropes.
Becky brings Lita up, hooks Lita up, BECKSPLODER! Fans boo and Lita flounders but Becky drags her back up. Becky says this is BECKS-plex City! BECKSPLODER again! Becky soaks up the heat, reels Lita back in, but Lita turns this into a DDT! Both women are down and fans fire up! Lita drags herself up the ropes, fires off haymakers on Becky, and more counter punches. Becky hits back, Lita hits again. They go back and forth and fans fire up as Lita gets the edge. Lita then dodges, runs and runs Becky over! Lita rallies, runs in at the corner, and clotheslines Becky! Lita goes up, boots Becky away, and headscissors Becky down!
Lita goes up, CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up, “This is Awesome!” as Lita waits on Becky. Lita brings Becky in, but Becky wrenches out! Takedown, but still no Disarm-Her! Lita rolls, sunset flips, TWO! Becky sits on it, TWO! Becky runs back in to waistlock, O’Conner Roll and rope hold! The ref sees that! Lita pops Becky into a SLEEPER! Lita has the body scissors as they roll around! Becky keeps rolling it, ROPEBREAK! Lita lets Becky free at 4 and gets back up. Becky is in a corner, Lita runs in but misses! Becky jumps, but no kick! RUNNING POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO! Lita keeps focus, and goes up top!
Fans fire up but Becky bails out. Lita hops down and hurries after Becky. Lita CLUBS Becky, bumps her off the desk, and then bumps her off the apron. Lita puts Becky in at 6 of 10 and hurries after. Becky goes to the corner and outside, Lita hurries over. Becky HOTSHOTS Lita again! Becky goes up but Lita ROCKS her first! Lita copies Trish Stratus with the STRATUSFACTION! Then a Twist- NO! Becky slips out, but Lita turns that into a CRAVAT DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Becky survives and Lita can’t believe it! Lita drags Becky to the drop zone and hurries up top. Fans fire up again, but Becky YANKS Lita down!
Becky drags Lita, gets the arm, DISARM-HER!! Lita endures, claws and flails, reaches out for ropes, but Becky drags her away! MANHANDLE SLAM!! Cover, ROPEBREAK!! Lita survives by a literal foot! Becky can’t believe it but the fans are loving it! Becky stomps Lita, dribbles her off the mat and then lets off as she’s beside herself. Fans rally hard as ever as Becky drags Lita to a drop zone. Becky goes up, and she’s going to copy Lita?! MOONSAULT FLOPS! Lita hurries to kick and TWIST OF FATE!! But Lita doesn’t cover, she wants to go up top! Lita MOONSAULTS, direct hit! Cover, TWO!?!? Becky survives and no one can believe it!
Fans are thunderous but Lita tries to figure out what to do. Lita drags Becky up, reels her in, but Becky MANHANDLE SLAMS!! Cover, Becky wins!!
Winner: Becky Lynch, by pinfall (still Raw Women’s Champion)
That was a big time desperation play! Becky more or less survives her battle with the legend, but she’s still going to WrestleMania! But with the EST waiting, will Becky run out of time in the big time?
The Undertaker is entering the WWE Hall of Fame!
Finally, his legendary career will be given the one honor yet to be given! A truly special superstar, a mythological character in the flesh, a truly larger than life Phenom! A 30 year career, transformation and reinvention again and again, a WrestleMania streak that’ll never be replicated, and the respect of everyone, both wrestlers and fans. A true icon that crossed over into the world of entertainment outside of pro-wrestling, perhaps even the greatest of all time. #ThankYouTaker, #YouDeserveIt!
SmackDown Tag Team Championships: The Usos VS The Viking Raiders!
The Tribal Chief retained his title, now it is up to Jimmy & Jey to keep the Bloodline golden. They’ve gotten the better of Erik & Ivar save for last night on SmackDown, but will Jimmy & Jey be the ones standing tall in the end? Or will the raid capture gold in the Superdome?
The Usos attack the Viking Raiders at the ramp! Jimmy whips Erik into the steps, then he and Jey mug Ivar! Jimmy holds Ivar open for Jey’s SUPERKICK! Then the Usos DOUBLE SUPERKICK Erik! “You ain’t gettin’ nothin’ tonight!” The Usos drag Ivar up, to double suplex him onto Erik! The refs get the Usos to stop this and they check on the Viking Raiders. Is that a message that the Usos don’t even consider the Viking Raiders worthy? Or is it a sign that they fear what Erik & Ivar could do if given a fair fight?
WWE World Championship Elimination Chamber: Bobby Lashley VS Brock Lesnar VS Austin Theory VS AJ Styles VS Matt Riddle VS Seth Rollins!
The All Mighty got this title off The Beast with some help from the Tribal Chief, but now he has to defend it all on his own. Brock Lesnar is a tough challenge enough, but will having Vince McMahon’s pet project, the Phenomenal One, the Bro, and the Visionary ensure Lashley loses the title again? Or will Lashley prove just how mighty he truly is?
The champion makes his entrance first, and gets a lot of extra fireworks. Lashley goes to a pod, as does AJ Styles and Matt Riddle. Theory takes selfies as he makes his way out, and with each of his opponents in the pods. Theory is one of the first two start, and then Rollins makes his entrance. Finally, Lesnar makes his entrance. He taunts Lashley, Riddle and Styles before going into his own pod. Theory and Rollins start, the belt is raised, and we see how the Road to WrestleMania takes shape!
Fans sing for Rollins but Theory mocks the dance moves. Theory dusts himself off, ties up with Rollins but Rollins slips past to swagger about. Rollins and Theory circle, tie up, and Theory headlocks. Rollins laughs even as he powers out, and then he hurdles, redirects and SLINGBLADES Theory down! Fans fire up as Rollins swaggers and taunts Styles. Rollins runs in, but Theory dodges and Rollins hits buckles! Theory scoops Rollins for a FALL AWAY SLAM! Theory kips up, gets around, and hits a BIG back suplex! Rollins goes to a corner, Theory hits a corner clothesline! Theory throws Rollins down and slingshot STOMPS him!
DEADLIFT FISHERMAN BUSTER! Cover, ONE!! Theory says Rollins isn’t laughing now, and he fireman’s carries. Rollins slips off, shoves and SUPERKICKS Theory, then kicks the legs out. BASEMENT SUPERKICK! Theory is right, Rollins isn’t laughing because he’s mad. Rollins throws Theory out to the grate, then RAMS Theory into the chains! And again! And again! Rollins puts Theory’s arm through chains and pulls! ROLLING ELBOW! Theory is stuck but Rollins brings him around to POWERBOMB into a pod! The Plexiglas gives way and Lashley gets hit with it and Theory! Even Rollins is stunned!
The countdown is here, Rollins hurries to the ring to be ready for anyone. The first one out is… RIDDLE! The Bro spins Rollins around, PELE! Riddle kips up, forearm smashes then runs side to side to forearm smash again! BROSPLODER! BROTON! Riddle hurries to BROTON onto Theory! Medical is checking Lashley, Riddle PENALTY KICKS Rollins! Riddle hurries to fireman’s carry, and he stares at Lesnar. Burt Rollins slips out to ram Riddle into buckles. Riddle elbows back, goes up, but Rollins trips him! Rollins stomps Riddle in the Tree of Woe, and now even Adam Pearce is here checking on Lashley.
Rollins goes up, he aims at Riddle, but Riddle SPIDER SUPLEXES Rollins away! Riddle gets up, Rollins hurries after! Rollins brings Riddle back, INVERTED SUPERPLEX!! Cover, TWO!! Riddle survives, and Lashley is being helped out of the Chamber? Is this a sign that we’re getting a new champion no matter what now? Rollins forearm smashes Riddle, snapmares and hurries up top! The countdown is back as Rollins hits a FROG SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Riddle survives, and here comes… AJ STYLES! Styles dodges Rollins, clotheslines Riddle, then gets Rollins for USHIGOROSHI!
Styles dodges Riddle’s haymaker to wheelbarrow FACEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Styles dodges a superkick to torture rack and TOWER HACKER BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Rollins survives but fans rally behind Styles. Styles slingshots to forearm Theory down! Styles RAMS Theory into the chains, then goes back to get Riddle. Riddle fires forearms first and he kicks, but Styles blocks! DRAGON SCREW! Styles KICKS Riddle’s leg out, then he stomps Rollins. Lesnar’s just smiling as Styles puts Riddle up top backwards on a corner. Styles climbs, brings Riddle in, but Rollins CLUBS Styles! And again!
Rollins pushes Styles aside, goes up to get Riddle, but Styles CLUBS Rollins. Styles pushes Rollins aside to go up, but Rollins adds on. They work together, but Theory attacks them both! DOUBLE POWERBOMB! Theory grins as he get sup, but Riddle hits him with a FLOATING BRO ATTACK! Cover, TWO! Riddle drags Rollins up to throw him through ropes. Riddle also has Styles, he wants to shout out Randy! DOUBLE DRAPING DDT! Fans fire up as Riddle hears voices in his head, bro! But the countdown is back…!! Riddle spots that, and he waits for the fight he’s always wanted! HERE COMES THE PAIN!
Wait, what? Oh, it was supposed to be Lashley’s turn! Riddle tries an RKO on Theory but Theory denies it! Styles ENZIGURIS Riddole! Rollins ENZIGURIS Styles! Wait, Lesnar is just busting out of his pod!! He clobbers EVERYONE! Fans are thunderous as Lesnar hauls Rollins up to a F5!! Cover, Lesnar ELIMINATES Rollins!! Lesnar gets Riddle up, F5 for Riddle!! Cover, Lesnar ELIMINATES Riddle!! Lesnar SPINEBUSTERS Styles, and if Lashley doesn’t return, these are the final three. Lesnar GERMAN SUPLEXES Styles! Fans chant for “Suplex City!” as Lesnar stalks Styles.
Lesnar drags Styles up, fireman’s carries, F5!! Cover, Lesnar ELIMINATES Styles! The Beast has taken out three men in a row! And all that’s left is Austin Theory! Theory drags himself up a post as Lesnar tosses Styles to the door. And Lesnar keeps Theory from running out the door! Theory wants Lesnar to take it easy, but Lesnar just takes the gloves off, literally. Theory hurries around the outside but Lesnar is the Terminator in pursuit. They go around the ring again, Theory tries to hide in a pod but Lesnar BOOTS his way through! And then SNAP SUPLEXES Theory to the grate! Theory writhes as Lesnar stalks up to him again.
Lesnar drags Theory up, but Theory LOW BLOWS!! The kid’s wise beyond his years, sorta. Theory slingshot somersaults and SHOTGUNS Lesnar down! DDT!! Cover, TWO!! Theory fails to finish Lesnar and now Lesnar is just pissed off! Theory hurries to climb up the chains! Theory finds a gap at the ceiling! Lesnar hurries up and drags Theory back in! Theory begs for mercy as he clings to the frame but Lesnar CLUBS him, then SMACKS him off the Plexiglas! And again! And again! Theory slumps down, Lesnar looks down at the ring. Fans are thunderous as Lesnar hauls Theory up! ULTIMATE F5!!! Theory is sent to the floor!!
Fans lose their minds as Lesnar climbs back down. Theory sputters, Lesnar drags Theory back in. Cover, Lesnar wins!!
Winner: Brock Lesnar, by pinfall (NEW WWE World Champion)
A freak accident takes out the Rocky Mountain Machine, and now the Beast is champion again! WrestleMania now has Champion VS Champion, WINNER TAKES ALL!! Will Lesnar get his revenge on Roman and Heyman for the Royal Rumble screwjob? Or will the Head of the Table only become that much greater when he leaves Dallas with two belts?
There was a rather strange aura to this “Premium Live Event.” For one, we didn’t get any warning on a kickoff show match even happening. But out of these matches, I figured it would be Rey VS Miz. I did like that the Mysterios were being sneaky Faces and got the better of the Miz for it all, and then Miz teasing a big name tag partner is clearly setting up a WrestleMania match. I was hoping they’d get John Morrison back but probably not. There were also a lot of technical glitches, like them putting up the men’s chamber graphic when it was going to be the women’s first, and then Lashley’s stage pyro didn’t go off right.
Roman VS Goldberg opening was a bit of a surprise, but also not really since we tend to get matches like that with Goldberg. It lasted about the amount of time I expected, but I wouldn’t say Roman “Goldberg’d” Goldberg. He withstood the spears and got his guillotine, no need for help from the Bloodline. As I said with Raw setting up things, this Women’s Chamber had the wrong order. If Bianca was going to win, don’t make it obvious by making her last to enter. Either Rhea should’ve won the whole gauntlet, or you flip Rhea and Bianca entirely. Bianca enters that gauntlet last, wins it. She enters the chamber last, and wins it.
I do suppose Natty’s promo sets up a crossover match with Rhea, but I dunno. Bianca truly rises back up to where she was last year if she actually has to fight as hard as she can, pushing the limits of her being The EST, and then gets that win. Becky VS Lita was very good, though it did seem Lita had to get back to ring pace those first few minutes. The fans were right that she’s still got it, but Becky wins to of course give us a rematch from SummerSlam. Lita could probably still get a big match for Mania, but despite her promo from Raw, she doesn’t seem to have a championship run in her future.
The women’s tag match was pretty good, but of course the twist was Sonya’s arm was all better. And at the same time, Ronda takes out Sonya’s other arm to get the win for her and Naomi. Sonya’s story with Naomi can still continue in some fashion, and Ronda has momentum going into her match with Charlotte. It’s not clear how much time Ronda is going to spend in the WWE, and maybe WWE has Ronda win so that SmackDown gets some star power. Let’s just hope Ronda is better prepared for how wrestling fans will criticize things here and there. If Ronda can do that and keep a bit of that personality we saw last night on SmackDown, she might actually make it work.
I’m rather disappointed in the Falls Count Anywhere and SmackDown Tag title matches, though. It was obvious Corbin was going to help out, but they barely went that far away from the ring. That inverted Alabama Slam header Moss took was definitely a scary moment, but thankfully he was good to continue. McIntyre of course wins, and of course he’s going to take on Corbin next. The Usos jumping Erik & Ivar was rather logical, but I didn’t think they’d completely nullify the match! I suppose they’re going to move this to WrestleMania now, but a No Contest on a PPV is bull. At least have there be a DQ that uses Champion’s Advantage!
And then there’s the main event men’s chamber for the world title. If Lashley getting taken out of the match like that was shoot, I hope he gets well soon. If not, then what kind of BS way is that to keep Lashley and Lesnar from fighting in the Chamber? Yeah, we get it, Lesnar was going to win and move on to face Roman, but c’mon! Disguise it! Lesnar and Lashley could’ve wreaked all kinds of havoc and could’ve been the last two, Lesnar winning in the end. Have Lashley and Lesnar start the match and then have the other four go after them! Something! Lesnar wrecking all other four on his own is fine, since he’s still The Beast, and kudos to Theory taking that final F5, but it’s like Vince is just giving the bare minimum to get to another round of his favorite match-up.
My Score: 8.2/10
Mitchell’s NJPW WTL X Super Jr. Tag Results & Report! (12/4/22)
Can Catch 2/2 get 2 more points?
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?
- 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]
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
Mitchell’s NJPW WTL X Super Jr. Tag Results & Report! (12/3/22)
Is World Tag League tranquilo?
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?
- 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.
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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]
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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