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Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (2/21/22)

Fallout from Elimination Chamber!

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WWE Raw 2022

Raw enters the homestretch to WrestleMania!

The Beast, Brock Lesnar, is the NEW WWE World Champion, heading for Winner Takes All with Roman Reigns! What will he have to say on Raw tonight?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • The Street Profits VS The Alpha Academy; The Alpha Academy wins.
  • Tommaso Ciampa & Finn Balor VS The Dirty Dawgs; Ciampa & Balor win.
  • Rhea Ripley VS Nikki A.S.H; Ripley wins.
  • Damian Priest VS Shelton Benjamin w/ Cedric Alexander; Priest wins.
  • WWE 24/7 Championship Would Do Anything For Love: Dana Brooke wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
  • Bianca Belair VS “Doudrop” Piper Niven; Belair wins.
  • RKBRO VS Seth Rollins & Kevin Owens; Rollins & Kevin win and are added to the Raw Tag Team Championship match.

PLAY BY PLAY

Brock Lesnar is here!

And he is once again WWE World Heavyweight Champion! The University of South Carolina fires up for The Beast as he goes to the ring with belt, cowboy hat and even a sweater. He gets up on the announce desk to hold up the title as the fans all cheer. Lesnar gets the mic as he gets in the ring and fans chant, “Suplex City!” Lesnar says it’s getting hot in here! He takes off the sweater and puts it aside to say, “Now where were ya?” “Suplex City!” Lesnar thanks them for that, and says your NEW WWE Heavyweight Champion of the World is here in South Carolina. But then, “Ladies and gentlemen! My name is-”

Lesnar cuts Paul off. That’s as far as he’ll let Heyman go. Heyman stays on stage and fans chant, “You Suck!” at him. Lesnar even joins in! Heyman says the Special Counsel for the Tribal Chief does not suck. But speaking of, Heyman must say that he is the Special Counsel for the only real Heavyweight Champion in WWE: the Tribal Chief, the Head of the Table, Roman… Reigns. Now, Heyman came here not to be disrespectful but out of love for their 20 years of business and friendship. Heyman knows Lesnar is so “myopic” thinking of WrestleMania’s Winner Takes All title match. Except, there is a roadblock in the way, farm boy! Lesnar might not even make it to Mania as a champion.

For 20 years, Heyman took care of the small details. Such as… Lesnar has to defend that title on Saturday, March 5th in Madison Square Garden! That means, Mr. Lesnar, “you ain’t gonna make it to WrestleMania as the champion!” So thank you very much. If there is anything else Heyman can help Lesnar with, feel free to let him know. Lesnar tells Heyman, “I can still appreciate you Paul, even though you’re… such a dick.” Heyman wants Lesnar to stop but Lesnar “thanks” Heyman for telling him where he’ll be when he already knows all that.

Then does he knows that it is against Bobby Lashley? Or that Lashley might not even pass concussion protocol? Or that if Lashley doesn’t pass, Heyman will make sure that match is a match worthy of MSG? So BRRROCK, see you at the Garden! Well news flash, Heyman, Lesnar is doing just fine without Heyman. Lesnar also thanks Heyman for telling him where to be. But Lesnar will tell Heyman where he’ll be Friday night. See, Friday, Heyman will be in Hershey, Pennsylvania next to the lil’ Tribal Chief, Roman Reigns, demanding acknowledgement. Then guess where Lesnar will be that night! Saskatchewan?

NOPE! This Friday, Lesnar is coming to SmackDown to “introduce” Heyman and Roman to the NEW REIGNING! DEFENDING! WWE HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION OF THE WORLD~! BRRROCK! LESNARRR! The Beast has made his plans know, what will the Special Counsel plan to counter this move?

 

Seth Rollins and Kevin Owens talk backstage.

If only Kevin was there on Saturday. Rollins was fighting in the chamber, he threw Theory through the thing, and- Kevin Patrick appears. KO and Seth both seethe as they look over at him. What does he want? Given that we’re just six weeks from WrestleMania, and these two are main event superstars, their path to the Grandest Stage doesn’t seem clear at all. Does Kevin not get it? They have a path! You’re looking at the best tag team on Raw! Do you not remember how they beat RKBRO a couple weeks ago? And then last week, Seth Freakin’ Rollins beat Randy Orton 1v1.

Yes, and that is why Seth & KO went to management. When they win the tag main event tonight, they will be added to the Raw Tag Team Championships match in two weeks! And then, when they win that, they will be Raw Tag Team Champions! And then, the possibilities for Mania are endless! They can challenge the Usos for Champions VS Champions! Title for title for title! How’s that for a path, Patrick!? Seth laughs, KO says that is the whole thing. WrestleMania will be stupendous, because of them! That path is so good, right? KO and his best friend, it is so good, it is bearable now that Mania is in the hellhole called Dallas, Texas.

Will the Architect and Prizefighter have the perfect plan to get into the title picture?

 

The Street Profits VS The Alpha Academy!

After the big news from Rollins & Owens, there is a lot more riding on this match than before! Can Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins convince management to add them to things with a win here? Or will Chad Gable & Otis be able to preserve the title scene on their end?

Raw returns as the Raw Tag Team Champions make their entrance. The teams sort out, Dawkins starts with Gable and the two circle. They tie up, Dawkins headlocks but Gable powers out. Dawkins runs Gable over and things speed up. Gable ducks but Dawkins whips him. Gable drops to roll and waistlock, but Dawkins rolls free! They keep going., Dawkins leaps over and then arm-drags Gable for an armlock! Fans fire up, Dawkins brings Gable over and tags in Ford. The Profits whip and dropkick Gable down! Cover, TWO! Ford clamps onto the armlock and grinds the elbow. Gable gets up, Ford wrenches but Gable throat chops!

Tag to Otis, Otis brings Ford out to CLUB him down! Otis flexes but fans boo. Otis brings ford up, whips him to ropes and throws a heavy body shot! Ford gasps, Otis and Dawkins stare down, but Otis brings Ford up. Scoop SLAM, and then Otis just snarls. Otis puts Ford in the corner, tags in Gable, and Gable sucker punches Dawkins! The Academy double whip Ford, Ford holds ropes and dumps Otis out! Gable runs in but Ford TOSSES him out onto Otis! Otis manages to get Gable on his feet, they drag Ford out as Dawkins tags in! Dawkins runs in to FLY!! Direct hit and Dawkins is all fired up as Raw goes to break!

Raw returns again and Otis has Ford in a neck wrench. Ford endures, fights up as the fans rally, but Otis CLUBS him again. Otis whips, Ford goes up and over in the corner, but Otis CLOBBERS him with a left lariat! Tag to Gable, and Gable gushes about Otis while Otis says he hates South Carolina. Gable stomps Ford to the apron but Ford shoulders back in. Ford waves by to Otis to slingshot, into Gable’s NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO!! Ford escapes the incredible counter but Gable fires off hands! Gable clamps onto an armlock but Ford endures again. Gable steps over to wrench the arm but fans rally up.

Ford fights to his feet, reaches out for Dawkins but Gable knees low. Gable scoops, Ford slips out and jumps over! Hot tag to Dawkins! Dawkins rallies on the Academy, but Gable chops and whips. Dawkins hurdles to FLYING ELBOW! And then EXPLODER! Dawkins spins Gable, underhooks, SILENCER! Dawkins runs corner to corner, CYCLONE SPLASH! Ford tags in, Dawkins gets Gable in an Electric Chair, DOOMSDAY BLOCKBUSTER! Cover,  Otis breaks it! Dawkins gets in but Otis throws him out. Otis goes out, he and Dawkins throw hands, then Otis throws Dawkins into barriers!

Ford runs to PENALTY KICK Otis from the apron! Gable ROCKS Ford, brings him in, suplex but Ford slips out! Otis tags in during the waistlock! Gable switches and GERMAN SUPLEXES, but Ford lands on his feet! Ford kicks and throws Gable out, dodges Otis and mule kicks to front kick and ENZIGURI! Otis staggers against ropes, Ford fires up and SCOOPS HIM!? But he falls over with Otis’ weight! Cover, Gable holds Ford’s feet down! The Academy wins!!

Winners: The Alpha Academy, by pinfall

Gable’s a hypocrite! Never cheated? Then what was that?! But that means the Raw Tag Team Champions stay spotless, will they only have to worry about RKBRO in their title match?

 

Backstage interview with Tommaso Ciampa.

The Psycho Killer is an NXT Superstar, but does he feel pressure in tonight’s tag match here on Raw? This all started because Dolph Ziggler showed up on Ciampa’s home of NXT and started something. Ciampa doesn’t feel pressure. He’ll gladly take on Ziggler any night of the week. Roode is a bonus. But this is a tag match, and Ciampa knew just the guy to call. In steps FINN BALOR! Balor says Raw is his home, but he will never forget where he came from. And he will never forget stepping in the ring with Tommaso Ciampa. They may have stood toe to toe in the past, but tonight, they’ll start their road to WrestleMania shoulder to shoulder.

The Prince is helping the Pulse of NXT, will they both wipe the floor with those Dirty Dawgs?

Tommaso Ciampa & Finn Balor VS The Dirty Dawgs!

Raw returns and Ciampa makes his entrance. Then the Show-Off & GLORIOUS One make their way out. The teams sort out and Roode starts against Ciampa, but Ziggler does taunt Ciampa. Ciampa and Roode circle, Ziggler is squirrely, so Ciampa swipes at him. Roode kicks Ciampa low, headlocks, but Ciampa powers out. Roode runs Ciampa over but things speed up and Ciampa CLOBBERS Roode! Ciampa dares Ziggler to do something, but brings Roode up to headlock and takeover. Ciampa grinds Roode while eying Ziggler and then he traps an arm. Roode fights up, powers Ciampa back and Ziggler tags in.

The Dawgs mug Ciampa, Ziggler taunts “the kid” and rakes Ciampa’s eyes. Ziggler also taunts Balor, then pie faces Ciampa. “All night long!” But Ciampa ROCKS and CHOPS Ziggler! And again! Ciampa whips corner to corner, Ziggler reverses but Ciampa slides and comes back to CLOBBER Ziggler! Fans cheer and Ciampa covers, TWO! Ciampa wrenches Ziggler, whips him but Ziggler reverses. Balor tags in, Ciampa fakes Ziggler out and KNEES him off the apron! Roode goes after Ciampa but Balor DECKS Roode! The Prince has Ciampa’s back, and Ciampa helps Balor FLY! Direct hit on the Dawgs and fans fire up as Raw goes to break!

Raw returns again and Roode has Ciampa in a facelock. Tag to Ziggler and the Dawgs mug Ciampa again. Ziggler is moving around, taunting Ciampa. Ziggler then kicks Ciampa down, but Ciampa grins as he gets back up. Ziggler rope a dopes, but Ciampa blocks, ROCKS and CHOPS! But Ziggler kicks out the bad leg! Ziggler tags Roode back in, the Dawgs mug Ciampa some more, and then Roode digs his boot into Ciampa’s head. Roode taunts Balor, tags in Ziggler, and Roode chokes Ciampa on ropes! Fans rally and chant, “We Want Balor!” but Ziggler drags Ciampa up. Ziggler squeezes the facelock tight and Ciampa turns red.

Fans rally more, Ciampa fights up, but Ziggler kicks low! “I say when we’re done!” Ziggler turns Ciampa but Ciampa slips through to shove and LARIAT! Both men are down and fans fire up! Hot tags to Roode and Balor! South Carolina is thunderous as the Prince rallies! Roode reverses the whip but Balor FLYING FOREARMS! Takedown and DOUBLE STOMPS! Balor CHOPS Roode in the corner, whips him corner to corner but Roode reverses and kicks low. Balor slips out to ELBOW DROP DDT! Cover, Ziggler breaks it! Ciampa whips but Ziggler reverses to throw Ciampa out! But Balor CLOBBERS Ziggler!

Balor turns around, into a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Balor is still in this and Roode can’t believe it! Roode drags Balor up, fisherman, but Balor slips out the suplex to SLINGBLADE! Tag to Ciampa, and he runs in, but into an elbow! Roode hops up, but jumps into a KNEE! Ciampa gets Roode hooked up, but Roode back drops, only for Ciampa to sunset flip and high stack! Ciampa & Balor win!

Winners: Finn Balor & Tommaso Ciampa, by pinfall

It was their first time teaming up and it is a success! Ziggler is furious, but will he be able to do anything about this tomorrow on NXT? Or will the Show-Off not survive the Black Heart of NXT?

 

The Miz heads to the ring!

After losing to Rey Mysterio on Saturday, the Hollywood A-Lister promised he’s going to call in an equally famous and handsome global star to help him. He looks to reveal who that is, on an all-new Miz TV! That’s coming up, after the break.

Raw returns and Miz welcomes us back to the most must-see WWE talk show, and before getting to his special guest, he wants to give us the realization he had at Elimination Chamber. Most wont’ ever know what it’s like to fly across the world in a private jet like he has. Or even to leave your small podunk hometown. ANd if he’s really being honest, most don’t even know what it’s like to leave the couch. They all want the success, the family, the wife and the life he has. But for us, it feels unobtainable because it is. So we turn to someone we can relate to, like Rey Mysterio!

Despite the physical differences, Miz and Rey aren’t that different. They both do whatever it takes to get ahead. Yet, because we see ourselves in Rey, we look past all the misconduct, including using his son to cheat and win! That is because we need Rey to succeed. We yearn for his success because it makes us feel better. Rey is everything we despise in Miz! We just choose not to see it! So therefore, Miz realized that we are the ones that cannot be trusted. And Miz has found a new tag team partner going into WrestleMania. Someone he can relate to! Someone he can trust! Someone from a fighting family, a pioneer, and very dashing.

Someone who is an athlete and celebrity! Someone- Interrupted by Rey! Rey tells Miz that to get one thing straight, they’re NOT the same. Rey doesn’t know anyone who would partner with Miz. Rey knows for a fact that the locker room can’t stand Miz! So whoever it is Miz brought, whoever this outsider is, that guy can go right back to where he came from and give his WrestleMania moment to someone who deserves it. Deserves it? Miz says he knows what’s best for the industry. Not Rey, not Dom, and certainly not the fans. See, at Elimination Chamber, it was supposed to be 1v1 but it felt like a handicap match.

Did Miz deserve to lose that match? Fans say, “YES!” Did Rey deserve to win that match? “YES!” Well then, does Dom deserve a WWE contract? Or did Daddy get him one? Dom says Rey brought him in, put him in the front row since he was seven years old. Dom watched the WWE night after night, complete with blood, sweat and tears. Dom knew what it took to become a WWE superstar. Rey brought Dom here, but Dom will do whatever it takes to stay. This is Dom’s blood! This is Dom’s family! This is Dom’s life! This is everything Dom knows. So if Miz says one more thing about Rey, Dom swears to God he’ll show-

Show what? Another outnumbering? Another handicap? No! Miz and his new partner VS the Mysterios at Mania! Now allow Miz to introduce his special guest. Ladies and gentlemen, get up out of your seats for social media megastar, LOGAN PAUL! Fans boo as Logan Paul chugs his protein drink and then goes to the ring. “Oh man, oh man! No disrespect, Rey Mysterio, you’re a WWE legend and all, but uh, I’ve got pool toys bigger than you, bucko.” Dom says if this jackass is Miz’s partner, then they accept! Miz CLOBBERS Dom, Logan Paul gets Rey! Miz stomps Dom while Logan Paul dribbles Rey!

Miz & Logan Paul are fired up but fans boo. Miz & Logan Paul then POST Rey together! And then they go get Dom, to POST him, too! But they’re still not done! Logan Paul brings Rey out, feeds him to Miz, SKULL CRUSHING FINALE! Logan Paul wants to try something, so Miz gets Dom up and feeds him to a LOGAN PAUL FINALE! Will the biggest, most arrogant pair of jerks actually have a WrestleMania moment together?

 

Backstage interview with The Alpha Academy.

Kevin Patrick notes their impressive win, but how are they feeling with tonight’s main event impacting- SHOOSH! Gable knows about all that. He has a Master’s Degree and 4.0 GPA. And not from some worthless institution like the University of South Carolina. What’s their mascot again? A gamecock? A chicken!? Bawk bawk. Disgusting. Just like tonight’s main event. At least RKBRO earned a title opportunity. But Seth & KO just complain and they get this? Disgusting!

And not only that, the odds go down from 50% to 33.33 repeating! Otis hates math! But Otis loves winning. So regardless of how many opponents there are, the Academy will win. Will the numbers spell disaster for Gable & Otis after tonight?

 

Veer Mahaan is still on his way.

“You question because you do not understand. You do not understand because you do not believe. That is why your kingdom is empty. And soon, your kingdom will become mine.”

 

Rhea Ripley VS Nikki A.S.H!

The Nightmare and the Almost Super “Hero” go another round in their break-up rivalry! Will Rhea finally get past the past? Or will Nikki never leave her alone for “holding her back?”

Raw returns and Nikki makes her entrance. The bell rings and Nikki starts shouting about Rhea ruined things for her in the Chamber. Nikki SLAPS Rhea, and shouts, “I am a superhero!” Rhea HEADBUTTS Nikki down! Then she TOSSES Nikki to a corner! Rhea runs in and RAMS Nikki with a shoulder, then digs her shoulder in. The ref counts, Rhea lets off and throws body shots. Rhea says lets’ see the superhero fly! She TOSSES Nikki back the other way! Rhea runs in, but Nikki moves. Rhea stops herself, elbows Nikki, then brings her in to suplex. Rhea holds Nikki up for a count of 10 before the SLAM!

Nikki bails out but Rhea just shrugs and shakes her head. Nikki complains to commentary that Rhea’s the villain, but Rhea goes out and SMACKS Nikki off the desk! Rhea says, “I’m the villain apparently.” Rhea puts Nikki in, gets in, but Nikki clubs away on Rhea’s back! Nikki is snarling and seething, then runs into a SUPERKICK! Rhea pump handles, RIPTIDE!! Cover, Rhea wins!

Winner: Rhea Ripley, by pinfall

Rhea stands tall again, is she finally moving on on the Road to WrestleMania?

 

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!

 

Damian Priest VS Shelton Benjamin w/ Cedric Alexander!

The Archer of Infamy has been able to keep his rage at bay, as well as keep the WWE United States Championship around his waist. But will the Gold Standard score a big win and get a golden ticket?

Raw returns and the Hurt Business make their entrance. Alexander is even more fired up for this than Benjamin, and the bell rings. Priest and Benjamin circle, Alexander distracts and Benjamin attacks! Benjamin throws hands in the corner but lets off at 4. Priest ROCKS Benjamin with haymakers but Benjamin knees low and punches back. Benjamin whips, Priest reverses and choke grips, but Benjamin slips out to throw Priest out! Alexander stays clear until the ref is busy with Benjamin, PENALTY KICK for Priest! Benjamin fetches Priest into the ring, hauls him up, OLYMPIC SLAM! Cover, TWO!

Benjamin rains down hands as Alexander says to hurt him! Benjamin wraps on a chinlock and he has the hometown crowd on his side. Priest fights up, Benjamin knees low and whips. Priest reverses and back elbows Benjamin down! Damian might be creeping out, and he starts firing off KICKS on Benjamin! ROLLING ELBOW, then LARIAT! Benjamin gets to a corner, Priest runs in to back elbow! Priest keeps moving, he ducks and dodges to WHEEL KICK Benjamin down! Alexander distracts but Priest DECKS him! Benjamin runs in to STEP UP KNEE! And T-BONE SUPLEX! Cover, TWO!!

Priest survives but Benjamin keeps cool. Benjamin waits for Priest to stand, then runs in, but into a ROUNDHOUSE! Priest choke grips, SOUTH OF HEAVEN CHOKE SLAM! Priest snarls, fires up, and he dragon sleepers for the RECKONING! Cover, Priest wins!

Winner: Damian Priest, by pinfall

The Gold Standard didn’t measure up to the champion, but Priest gets on the mic to give credit to Benjamin. He’s one of the few legends out here that’ll fight Priest like a man. But Priest has beaten athletes of his caliber before. In fact, there’s a whole list of former world champions that Priest has also beaten. Serious fighters, serious athletes, Priest has stepped up to their challenges and remained our US Champion. But now, Priest looks to WrestleMania! He wants his next opponent to match that caliber. Next week, Priest is volunteering his US Championship, but against someone of world title caliber.

“I am Damian Priest, the United States Champion! Who’s gonna try to take that from me?” The Archer of Infamy has held the door open, but wait! In walks FINN BALOR! The Prince already has a mic and he says, “You wanna face a serious athlete? You wanna face a serious fighter? You want a world champion level opponent? Sounds like you’re talking about me.” Fans sure like the sound of this! Balor tells Priest to be careful what he wishes for. And see you next week. Will the inaugural Universal Champion look to add one more belt to his resume?

 

Reggie heads to the ring!

The NEW WWE 24/7 Champion springs in, after having busted out of the Friend Zone when he took this title back. But what will he have to say about the whole thing? And will someone try to take this title away from him while he’s out in the open? We’ll se, after the break.

Raw returns and Reggie has the mic. “So, I just came out here to get something off my chest. And I promise that I won’t be interrupted by any 24/7 shenanigans until I’m done. But I would like to bring out the former 24/7 Champion, Dana Brooke. Dana, could you come out here, please?” Dana does oblige, not really sure what this is about. She gets in the ring, and he wants her to listen. He has been very supportive of her since the beginning. He cared for her, maybe as more than just friends. And he gets it, that’s all she ever wanted to be. And that was fine. But last week, Reggie just… lost sight of what was important.

Reggie saw an opportunity and took it. He couldn’t resist. But then he had this horrible feeling in his stomach. He’s just trying to say, from the bottom of his heart, he’s sorry. And more than that, he wants to show Dana that she means so much more to her. Please, let’s get a ref out here. A ref hurries, and Reggie does a flip and a spin, before he lies down for Dana! Dana is surprised, covers him, TWO! Reggie smirks, he couldn’t help it! He’s just playing. She covers deeper, TWO! He kicks out again! Dana can’t believe he’s playing around. He swears he’s not! Dana covers, and Dana KISSES Reggie! Dana wins!!

Winner: Dana Brooke, by pinfall (NEW WWE 24/7 Champion)

Talk about a literal lip lock! Dana blows Reggie a kiss, and Reggie can’t help but respect that move. But here come the others! Reggie dropkicks R-Truth away, then Dana shoves Akira Tozawa into Tamina’s arms! Tozawa wants a kiss, Tamina DUMPS him! Tamina runs into the ring, Dana and Reggie head for the hills! They run through the crowd, will the Daughter of Superfly get that belt off Dana?

 

Bianca Belair is here!

The EST won last week’s gauntlet, and she won the Elimination Chamber match, which means she’s going back to WrestleMania! Bianca is ready to go after the Raw Women’s Championship and Becky Lynch, and we’ll hear her thoughts, after the break.

Raw returns and Bianca has the mic while fans chant “EST!” Yes, your girl is going back to WrestleMania! Last year, history was made when she main evented and won the SmackDown Women’s Championship. And now she’s gonna run it all the way back. Only, this time for the Raw Women’s Championship, and we all know how she feels about “Big Time” Becky Lynch. But before getting into all that, Bianca gives it up to all the other women in the Chamber match. Fans cheer, and Bianca says, “Those are some tough women.” Especially Doudrop, her opponent here tonight. But can there only be one toughEST.

Bianca is the EST, that means she’s the strongEST, the fastEST, the roughEST, the toughEST, the best, but she wants to get this across: she is the hardEST working woman in the WWE! She has been working non-stop just for this moment! So if you think she’s about to let up now, “Girl. Uh-uh.” Just in six weeks, she’ll show Becky exactly why you can’t WrestleMania without the E S T. But speaking of, here comes Becky! Becky holds up her title, still having it after defeating Lita. Becky goes to the ring, gets herself a mic, and she “congratulates” Bianca for making it back to the big time.

And while Bianca doesn’t get any bigger than the only two women to ever win a WrestleMania main event, them going 1v1 in this year’s main event, just don’t forget Bianca got here is because Becky did it first. Oh? Bianca admits, Becky did it first. But Bianca did it better. Oh, you did it better? Okay, well, if Becky remembers correctly, Becky walked out WM35 as #BeckyTwoBelts! One of those titles, the Raw title, has been hers ever since! She hasn’t lost it in three years! And the other, well, gosh. It was just six months ago today, happy anniversary, when Becky won it off Bianca in just 26 seconds.

Bianca was waiting on that. Becky loves bringing it up like we all forget. Oh, Becky knows no one forgets. Bianca uses it to play victim. What? Victim? Well Bianca could’ve tucked away her braid and left so Becky wouldn’t have to worry about her anymore, which is what Becky wanted. But Bianca actually listened to Becky. Becky said to go to the back of the line, which is what happened. Because then, after Survivor Series, Bianca was the Sole Survivor. Bianca then fought her way through and won the Elimination Chamber and didn’t make any excuses. So she isn’t a victim, never claimed to be one-

Right, she’s not! Becky’s the victim! Yes! Listen to the people chant! Before Bianca came along, the people loved Becky! The Man of the People! Bianca raises an eyebrow as Becky says she had a hero’s welcome. But because of Bianca, the people despise Becky. And for that, Becky despises Bianca. At Elimination Chamber, we saw what Becky did to Lita. Lita is someone Becky loved. So imagine what she does to someone she despises. This isn’t Bianca’s redemption story, it’s Becky’s! Well if Becky wants to play victim, how about Bianca just make her one? Off come the earrings! But here comes Doudrop!

Becky points to Piper Niven as she heads down the ramp, knowing Bianca has her hands full. Will the EST get past Doudrop again to give Big Time Becks something to think about?

Bianca Belair VS “Doudrop” Piper Niven!

Raw returns again and the bell rings. Becky’s on commentary as Bianca and Piper approach. They tie up, are in a deadlock, but Piper pushes Bianca back a step. Bianca pushes Piper back to a corner, but the ref counts. Bianca lets off, blows kisses to Piper and Becky, but Piper puts Bianca in the corner. Piper digs her hands into Bianca’s face but lets off as the ref counts. Bianca dodges Piper to headlock! Piper powers up and out, Bianca handsprings over and tells Piper to kiss this! Piper runs in, Bianca dodges, hurdles, but Piper counters hip toss to a rolling cradle, ONE! Piper scoops Bianca but Bianca slips off.

Piper blocks the whip, whips Bianca, but Bianca goes up and over and handsprings to then dropkick Piper back! Bianca kips up and fans fire up as Bianca runs in to RAM Piper. Bianca RAMS in again, lets off at 4, and then bumps Piper off buckles. Becky says it isn’t her fault for using sneaky tactics, it is her opponents’ faults for not seeing that coming. Bianca bumps Piper off buckles, but Piper bumps Bianca back. Piper CLUBS Bianca, then throws a heavy body shot. Piper bumps Bianca off more buckles, but Bianca hits back with body shots! Fans rally but Piper DECKS Bianca! Piper looms over Bianca then brings her up.

Piper whips but Bianca stops from hitting buckles. Bianca bumps Piper off buckles, but Piper fights the torture rack! Piper goes to ropes for defense, Bianca is after her, but the ref has Bianca back off. Piper HEADBUTTS Bianca! Bianca just snarls and handsprings to kick Piper down! Bianca then goes out to CROSSBODY Piper down! Bianca tells Becky that the belt’s gonna be hers, but then Piper CROSSBODIES back! Becky laughs at Bianca for that one as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns and Piper grinds Bianca down in a cobra clutch. Bianca endures, fans rally up for the EST, and Bianca gets up to throw body shots. Bianca is free, but she swings into a SAIDO! Becky says Bianca should focus on Doudrop so that wouldn’t happen. Piper runs corner to corner, but into a SPINEBUSTER! Fans fire up and Bianca feeds off the energy! Handspring MOONSAULT! Becky no longer likes what she sees as Bianca gets Piper up. Bianca reels Piper in, suplexes, but Piper powers out and wrenches to whip. Bianca goes up, tells Piper to kiss this, then goes over. Piper runs into a spin, Bianca tries again, but still no suplex!

Piper tries but Bianca blocks. Bianca manages to SNAP SUPLEX Piper down! Becky is seething, claims the jacket is too warm for this arena, but Bianca fires up. Bianca goes after Piper, blocks a buckle bump and elbows free. Bianca goes to boot but Piper blocks it to throw Bianca down hard! Piper runs corner to corner again, CANNONBALL into buckles as Bianca moves! Both women are down and fans fire up! Bianca drags Piper to a cover, TWO! Becky applauds Piper’s toughness but Bianca stomps Piper. Bianca drags Piper up but Piper scoops, MICHINOKU DRIVER! Cover, TWO!!

Piper can’t believe Bianca survives, but this is the toughEST, after all! Piper gets up, stomps Bianca, then goes to the corner. But Bianca gets up to bump Piper off buckles! RUNNING POWERBOMB!! The strongEST shocks Becky! Bianca still isn’t done, as she gets Piper up the corner for the torture rack! KISS OF DEATH! Cover, Bianca wins!

Winner: Bianca Belair, by pinfall

And Becky can’t stand it! Becky gets up on the desk to make sure Bianca sees her holding up the belt. But will Becky still be a champion after another WrESTleMania moment?

 

WWE celebrate Black History Month.

Booker T visited the For Oak Cliff Community Center in the Oak Cliff Dallas area. For Oak Cliff was founded by Taylor Toynes and Xavier Henderson, two young men who grew up in the area and even worked as teachers before founding the organization. They want to build the community up through their four pillars: education, advocacy, community building, and art. They serve all ages, and have served more than 30 THOUSAND community members, and have distributed 1.4 MILLION pounds of food.

 

EDGE is here!

The Rated R Superstar is fired up and so is South Carolina! Especially for the pyro! Edge goes to the ring, and sits in the chair already waiting for him. “You smell that? C’mon, South Carolina, you gettin’ a whiff of that? I’m not talking about my massively manly pheromones that totally reek of awesomeness. No, that’s the smell of WrestleMania in the air.” Edge wants to take us back a bit: WrestleMania 3! Edge sat beside his uncle’s radio to wait for the match results. Finally, the DJ cuts in, “Hulk Hogan has body slammed Andre the Giant. Not only that, he beat Andre the Giant.” Edge will never forget that.

That’s why his heartrate goes up and everyone else in the locker room understands the physical and emotional toll it takes to get on the Showcase of the Immortals. Edge knows firsthand. The first Mania he was on as a talent was 14, that’s how old he is. Fans cheer and Edge says it’s good to be back. But Edge took two more years to actually get on the show. He finally got his match, he threw caution to the wind and put on the performance to elevate his career. And they did it! But in doing that, Edge understood the stakes. He understood that every year, he’d have to outdo himself.

At Mania 17, against two of the greatest tag teams of all time, in a TLC match, on possibly the greatest show of all time, they stole the show. We’re thinking about you, D-Von! Then at Mania 21, Edge won the first Money in the Bank ladder match. Then at Mania 22, he put Mick Foley through a burning table and stole the show again! Then at Mania 24, Edge main evented against The Undertaker. The world title against the streak, and Edge came that close. Also, congrats to the Deadman’s Hall of Fame induction, you deserve it. But then WrestleMania 27, Edge had what he thought was his last match, where he retired as WHC.

For many, that’d be enough. Not for Edge. So Edge busted his ass for 10 years to get WrestleMania back! Last year, Mania 37, Edge main evented again. For 38 years, WrestleMania has been the stuff of dreams. Some kids dream of the Stanley Cup, the Super Bowl or Broadway, but not Edge. Edge dreams of WrestleMania. And ever year, Edge still dreams that dream. What it’ll feel like to go down the aisle, what it’ll feel like to stand in the ring, and what it’ll feel like to soak in all the energy of the fans so that he can be phenomenal! Because at Mania, Edge makes everyone and everything around him better!

Edge steps up to the challenges. At Mania, you need to throw caution to win, fight your inner demons, and become undeniable. Edge needs WrestleMania. This is supposed to be the most stupendous Mania ever, but you can’t say that without Edge! As much as Edge needs Mania, Mania needs Edge. So Edge is throwing down the gauntlet, laying down a challenge to everyone in the locker room! Someone needs to step up. If you wanna prove yourself, stand across the ring at WrestleMania against a man who is still the best in the industry today! A certifiable legend! Fight Edge at WrestleMania and he’ll make you live forever.

“So step up, boys. I’ll be waiting.” The Rated R Superstar just put out the biggest call to action ever! Will someone answer it? Will more than one answer it?

 

RKBRO VS Seth Rollins & Kevin Owens!

The Stallion & The Viper, the former Raw Tag Team Champions, won the Alpha Academy Academic Challenge and have their tag title rematch. However, the Architect & Prizefighter have politicked their way into an opportunity of their own! Will Seth Freakin’ Owens and Kevin Freakin’ Owens add themselves to that match? Or will RKBRO deny them their path to Wrestle Freakin’ Mania?

Raw returns and KO makes his entrance, followed by Rollins. The teams sort out, and Riddle starts against Rollins. Fans sing Rollins’ theme, but then Kevin and Rollins switch. Kevin and Riddle tie up, Riddle waistlocks and SLAMS Kevin down. Kevin gets up, elbows free and switches the waistlock, then gets a headlock, Riddle powers out but Kevin runs him over! Riddle is right up but he holds back. They tie up. Riddle shoots around to get a SLEEPER! Kevin snapmares free, SENTONS Riddle, then taunts Orton. Kevin stomps Riddle, brings him around, and CHOPS him! Tag to Rollins and Rollins throws hands on Riddle.

Fans rally for Orton, Riddle fireman’s carries! Rollins slips free, runs and SLINGBLADES Riddle down! Rollins struts and the fans sing, “OH~ OH~ OOOOH~!” Rollins brings Riddle up, but Riddle gut wrench suplexes him away! Tag to Orton and fans fire up! Orton stomps Rollins’ legs, then he stomps Rollins’ arms. Orton drags Rollins up to scrape laces on the face, then he tags Riddle in. Snapmare and ASSISTED FLOATING BRO! Cover, ONE! Riddle hurries to chinlock and bring Rollins around. Orton tags in to stomp Rollins back down. Orton knees low, whips to ropes, but Rollins kicks him back!

Rollins throws body shots and haymakers, but the ref counts, Rollins lets off at 4, but Orton DECKS Kevin before Kevin can hit him! Orton then throws Rollins right out! Orton goes after Rollins, but Kevin saves Rollins from the back suplex! Only for Kevin to take the ANNOUNCE DESK BACK SUPLEX! But Rollins DIVES and blasts Orton over the desk! Fans fire up and Rollins tells Kevin to get up as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns once more, and Rollins has Orton in a facelock. Orton reaches for Riddle but Rollins whips him away into the corner, only for Orton to rebound and LARIAT! Both men are down, hot tag to Kevin! Kevin runs over to DECK Riddle! Kevin then stomps Orton while mocking him, and he covers, TWO! Kevin clamps on with a chinlock but fans rally up for “RANDY! RANDY!” Orton fights up, reaches out, but Kevin keeps him form ropes. So Orton shifts to get a BIG back suplex! Fans fire up again as Orton crawls, but Alpha Academy is watching backstage. They don’t like this, hot tags to Rollins and Riddle!

Riddle fires off a flurry of palm strikes, then spins around Rollins to PELE! Riddle kips up, goes side to side to forearm smash in the corner! And then from the other side! But Rollins fights the Brosploder! Only to spin into the BROSPLODER! BROTON on top! And a PENALTY KICK! Then a GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Rollins survives but Riddle keeps his focus. Fans rally, Riddle goes up, but Rollins drags him down. Riddle elbows Rollins away but Kevin trips Riddle up behind the ref’s back! Rollins has Riddle in a Tree of Woe and goes up, WOE STOMPS! Cover, TWO!!

Fans fire up but Rollins can’t believe it! Tag to Kevin, he brings Riddle up to pump handle, USHIGOROSHI! Cover, TWO!! Riddle survives again and Kevin is furious! Kevin waits for Riddle to stand, he kicks but no stunner! Kevin still ROCKS Orton, but Riddle gets around. Ripcord, but Kevin breaks free to ENZIGURI! Kevin tags Rollins, then Kevin climbs! SWANTON BOMB! Rollins is right up, FROG SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!!! Riddle survives again and neither Kevin, Rollins or the fans can believe it! Fans are fired up for “RKBRO!” but Rollins tells them to shut up! Tag back to Kevin and they get Riddle up.

Riddle lands out of the double back suplex! He dodges Rollins, then Kevin, hot tag to Orton! The Viper rallies on the Prizefighter, then dodges to POWERSLAM! Rollins runs in, into a POWERSLAM! Orton gets Rollins up and into the ropes! Orton also has Kevin, but Rollins drops down! Kevin is still stuck, so Kevin gets the DRAPING DDT! Fans are fired up again as Orton hears the voices in his head! RK- NO! But Riddle tags in! Kevin SUPERKICKS Orton, clotheslines him out, but Riddle ROUNDHOUSES again and again! Kevin blocks, STOMPS a toe, and Rollins sneaks around to CURB STOMP Orton on the ramp!!

Kevin runs into a back elbow! Riddle goes up, FLOATING BORO ATTACK! But Rollins tags in! Kevin swings, into a RK- NO!! Rollins catches Riddle for a BUCKLE BOMB! STUNNER from Kevin! CURB STOMP from Rollins!!! Cover, Rollins & Kevin win!!!

Winners: Seth Rollins & Kevin Owens, by pinfall (added to the Raw Tag Team Championship match)

They freakin’ did it! The Academy is furious, will they no longer be champions after the Triple Threat they’re now in? Or can Chad Gable and his Master’s Degree cook up a way to escape with the gold?


My Thoughts:

So Raw ended up better than Elimination Chamber, if only by a little bit. Lesnar and Heyman had a very good promo segment to open, and while Lesnar going to SmackDown this week makes all the sense, I’m more surprised they’re trying to add something more to the Road to WrestleMania at the last minute. A “roadblock” at Madison Square Garden, since we’re not getting Fastlane this year, which originally was “Roadblock the PPV.” I hope they put this MSG event on the Peacock, or else what’s the point? And though they kayfabed Lashley’s shoulder injury as a concussion, he’s not going to be cleared to compete and who knows who Lesnar faces. Lesnar is still winning, though, they aren’t going to say Winner Takes All is happening and then make a U-turn on it.

I really liked Edge’s promo teasing no less than three different possibilities. He said “phenomenal” for AJ Styles, “inner demon” for Finn, and “live forever” for Damian Priest. Priest had a decent match with Benjamin, but we all know those guys could do way better than that. I was surprised Priest’s open challenge was answered so soon, but it’s awesome that Finn Balor was the one. Balor hasn’t been US Champion yet, that’d be awesome if he got it. Hell, I would love if all four guys had a match for that title at WrestleMania. Edge has had the US title but only once, way back when it was still called the WCW US Championship. I don’t know if Edge, a part-timer, would win the title, but he’d add something special to the match.

Speaking of Finn, his surprise return actually being part of the tag match with Ciampa was great, too. It was a really good match, but of course Ciampa and Finn win since Finn was back and Ciampa is going to face Ziggler tomorrow on NXT as NXT builds towards Bron Breakker’s next challenger. Ziggler probably finds a way to win so he can then take on Bron. We got a decent Miz TV, and sadly the Logan Paul news leaked, so despite everyone thinking it would be free agent Cody Rhodes, it was not Cody Rhodes. Miz did his best to tease things in his promo, but all just to make Logan Paul the disappointing swerve. The Mysterios are surely winning this, but probably pinning Miz, not Logan Paul.

Rhea VS Nikki happened again because Vince let one too many women wrestlers go, but there’s a chance this feud is far from over. The 24/7 Championship situation has gotten even sadder. I was actually digging that they made it the crux of the relationship between Dana and Reggie, but Reggie regretting what he did and letting Dana have the title back was a bit sad. I hope someone out of Tamina, Tozawa and Truth get that title off Dana and Reggie at Mania, to then leave Dana and Reggie to figure out their kayfabe romance. Hell, why hasn’t this title been on SmackDown and Fox at all? Does Fox just not care about this thing anymore?

Bianca had a great promo segment with Becky, and a great match with Piper. This match tonight from Piper and Bianca should’ve been how their blow-off from their best of three series went last year. But in the end, Bianca is going to build a lot of momentum going towards WrestleMania and we’re going to see an epic match. And then, in quite the twist for the tag titles, Rollins & Kevin just have their contenders opportunity. Alpha Academy have a great match with the Profits to get momentum, and have a good promo to note on Rollins & Kevin getting their chance.

RKBRO VS Rollins & Kevin was great stuff, and naturally Kevin & Rollins find a way to win. That tag title triple threat is going to be great stuff and really could go any which way. And if I recall, Kevin used to have the “Kevin Freakin’ Owens” thing going for him, maybe he should bring that back. Then he and Seth can be the Best Freakin’ Friends!

My Score: 8.3/10


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

Can Catch 2/2 get 2 more points?

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NJPW WTL X Super Jr.

The Super Junior Tag League enters lucky round number 7!

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

Here are the current Super Jr. Tag League standings!

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Here are the NEW Super Jr. Tag League standings!

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


My Thoughts:

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

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

My Score: 8.8/10


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

Is World Tag League tranquilo?

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NJPW WTL X Super Jr.

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

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

Here are the current World Tag League standings!

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

Chase & Fale: [FORFEIT]

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Here are the NEW World Tag League standings!

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

Chase & Fale: [FORFEIT]


My Thoughts:

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

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

My Score: 8.7/10


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