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Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (2/28/22)

Who gets Rated R with Edge?

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WWE Raw 2022

Raw paves more of the Road to WrestleMania!

Tonight, Finn Balor challenges Damian Priest for the WWE US Championship while the Rated R Superstar, Edge, addresses his WrestleMania future!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • The Alpha Academy VS Kevin Owens & Seth Rollins; Owens & Rollins win.
  • Omos VS T-Bar; Omos wins.
  • Six Woman Tag: Becky Lynch, Nikki A.S.H. & Piper Niven VS Bianca Belair, Rhea Ripley & Liv Morgan; Belair, Ripley & Morgan win.
  • Robert Roode w/ Dolph Ziggler VS Tommaso Ciampa; Ciampa wins.
  • Mixed Tag Match: Dana Brooke & Reggie VS Tamina & Akira Tozawa; Brooke & Reggie win.
  • The Mysterios VS The Hurt Business; The Hurt Business wins.
  • RKBRO VS The Street Profits; The Street Profits win.
  • WWE United States Championship: Damian Priest VS Finn Balor; Balor wins and becomes the new WWE United States Champion.

PLAY BY PLAY

Kevin Owens heads to the ring!

And he’s ready to host a new episode of the KO Show, while incorrectly wearing a cowboy hat on purpose. He asks us to welcome his tag team partner, who will be by his side when they become Raw Tag Team Champions next week and defend the titles at WrestleMania, and more important the man who is Kevin’s best friend, SETH FREAKIN’ ROLLING! Rollins makes his entrance with an extra bit of swagger, and Kevin tips his hat to him. They go to the ring together now, and Kevin says, “What a night we have in store for everybody. But right now, it’s time for me to welcome you all to the Kevin Owens Show!”

Kevin says he won’t lie, he and Rollins can admit, it’s been a tough time for them. Neither has secured a place on WrestleMania yet, and that’s not okay. Two of the- No, THE TWO BIGGEST stars in WWE history are not on Mania?! That’s a travesty! Rollins says that is no lie, and it is no secret that these two have been screwed in every single possible imaginable way! But the WrestleMania gods have given them one more card to play in the form of the Raw Tag Team Championships! They’ll take those titles into Mania, into Dallas, Texas, and do what they do best: make moments. They’ll make Mania moments!

Kevin loves the sound of that. He assures us that he’s heard what people are saying. His disdain for Texas might distract him. But Rollins ahs Kevin’s word that nothing will keep them from becoming tag team champions next week! And then they will go on and defend the titles at Mania, because they are the absolute BEST! Nothing will distract Kevin from that. Not the people of Texas, not the Texas legends like JBL or HBK, or even this ridiculous, stupid hat! Kevin takes it off to stomp it! And then kick it out of the ring! Rollins says he understands, Kevin doesn’t like Texas. But they’re not in Texas tonight! They’re in Columbus, Ohio!

And what a show tonight! Let’s bring out their guest, the current Raw Tag Team Champions, the Alpha Academy! Chad Gable & Otis head to the ring, Gable wanting the fans to “SHOOSH!” already. Gable & Otis join Rollins & Kevin in the ring, and Kevin welcomes them to take their seats. Otis’ chair is extra sturdy. Easy, easy. There we go! He’s good. Gable says this is the first time on the KO Show, and so he’ll start with “a thank yew!” Why does he say it like that? Anyway, before going forward, they should address that. When he says “thank you,” it sounds weird. “A thank yew~!” Yeah, no, that’s just weird.

Gable takes being different as a compliment. But they’re happy to be here. All Gable’s heard is a couple asses making ass-sumptions about the title match. Whoa, they’re talking about Kevin & Rollins? Yep. Don’t forget, you can talk all you want, but the current, defending champions are Alpha Academy. A thank yew~! Rollins & Kevin seem bothered now. Kevin says they are aware who the champions are, until next week. Then those tiles are coming home with Kevin and Rollins! No hard feelings, they like Alpha Academy, but uh, yeah. Mania needs them, they need it. But problem is, you guys weaseled your way into that match.

As someone with a Master’s Degree, Gable will explain to them and to the moronic fans who went to that poor excuse for a community college, Ohio State University- Wow, lots of Buckeyes here… SHOOOOSH! Gable will give them proper education. Their odds automatically went from 50% to 33.33%, and that is ridiculous. Kevin says he doesn’t like math, but the only thing the Academy needs to know, this isn’t personal. They need the titles to go to Mania. This is business. That’s so sad. They’re so worried about their spot that they’ll do anything! They had their chances, they’ve had their main events!

Gable hasn’t even been on the show! He and Otis busted their asses to earn their spot on the Grandest Stage of Them All, A THANK YEW! Rollins wants everyone to wait. Lightbulb moment for Rollins! After Rollins & Kevin win and take those Raw Tag titles, they can have the rematch at Mania! A win-win, baby! SHOOSH! Kevin doesn’t want Gable shooshing Rollins or shooshing him! Stop! SHOOSH! YOU SHOOSH! It’s a shoosh fight! SHOOOOSH- STUNNER!! Otis is furious now! Will the Dozer get after the Prizefighter for that?

 

The Alpha Academy VS Kevin Owens & Seth Rollins!

Holla holla! After that Stunner, the Raw Tag Team Champions want to prove why the Prizefighter & Visionary don’t belong in the title match! But will this simply be a sample of the victory Kevin & Rollins will taste next week?

Raw returns and Rollins fights off Otis to tag in Kevin. Kevin kicks and headlocks Otis but Otis powers out to run Kevin over! Gable is still down on the outside but Otis fires off on Kevin. Otis whips Kevin hard to the corner then runs in to RAM his shoulder into Kevin! Otis brings Kevin around to CLUB him on the back. Kevin CHOPS, forearms and fires off, but his lariat doesn’t move Otis at all! Otis LARIATS back then CLOBBERS Kevin with the back elbow! Kevin sits up in a daze but Otis keeps him from Rollins with a scoop and SLAM! Otis taunts Rollins then runs, but Kevin avoids the elbow drop! Kevin drops a SENTON! And then another SENTON!

Kevin stomps Otis, tags in Rollins, and Rollins fires haymakers and CHOPS! He backs Otis down, ROLLING ELBOW! But Otis puts Rollins on the apron! Gable grabs at Rollins’ feet, Otis BLASTS Rollins to the barricade! Gable taunts Rollins and Otis fetches Rollins to RAM him into barriers! Otis RAMS Rollins into the apron, then puts him in the ring. Otis keeps Rollins from Kevin, whips him into the corner, tag to Gable. Gable runs and Otis whips Rollins into the FOREARM! Cover, TWO! Gable tweaks Rollins’ arm, and again. Gable slams the arm on the mat, then snap suplexes! Cover, ONE!

Tag to Otis and he stomps Rollins down. Fans rally for Rollins but Otis drags him up. Rollins throws body shots, Otis shoves him away and SPLASHES in the corner! Rollins falls to the drop zone, Otis goes up the corner! Otis says this’ll end it! VADER BOMB FLOPS as Rollins moves! Rollins hurries, hot tag to Kevin! Kevin runs in to DECK Gable, then he says, “SUCK IT!” CANNONBALL for Otis! Gable gets back in but Kevin throws him right back out! Kevin then goes to the apron, CANNONBALL for both champions! Fans fire up with Kevin, “This is MY show!” Kevin resets, and FROG SPLASHES Gable on the floor!

Otis CLOBBERS Kevin in return! The tree trunk just trucked Kevin, and Raw goes to break.

Raw returns and Otis has Kevin in a neck wrench. Fans rally as Kevin endures and fights up. Kevin throws body shots but Otis whips him hard into the corner! Tag to Gable and he drags Kevin out to tweak the leg! And again! And then he YANKS the leg, to then hit a spinning toehold! Kevin endures as Gable keeps on the knee lock. Fans rally, Kevin CHOPS free, but Gable waistlocks to GERMAN SUPLEX! And he holds on, only for Kevin to grab ropes. Kevin elbows free, Gable blocks a kick but not the ENZIGURI! Both men are down and crawling as fans fire up! Hot tag to Rollins! Rollins rallies on Gable, whips, but Gable reverses.

Rollins redirects Gable and hits a SLINGBLADE! Rollins ROLLING ELBOWS Otis down, then gets Gable for a BUCKLE SHOT! Springboard FLYING KNEE! FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO! Gable escapes but Rollins still smirks. Fans rally up, Rollins swaggers around as they start singing his theme. Rollins waits on Gable to get up, ROLLING- NO! Gable gets under, but Kevin tags in before the roll-up! SUPERKICK! Gable staggers into an ENZIGURI! Kevin reels Gable in, pump handle USHIGOROSHI! Cover, Otis breaks it! Rollins runs in but Otis scoops him for an EXPLODER!

Otis roars and he helps Gable to their corner. Otis tags in, but Kevin kicks him! No Stunner, and Otis SPLASHES in the corner! Otis drags Kevin over then climbs up. Gable tags in before the VADER BOMB! MOONSAULT from Gable! Cover, but Rollins gets past Otis to break it! Otis whips Rollins to a corner, Rollins dodges and Otis hits POST! Rollins SUPERKICKS Otis down, then ducks and dodges Gable to DIVE onto Otis! Kevin rolls Gable, TWO!! STUN- NO! GERMAN SUPLEX!! Gable then drags Kevin around and goes back up! MOONSAULT, but Kevin gets clear! Rollins tags in! POP-UP to Rollins! BUCKLE BOMB!

STUNNER!! CURB STOMP!! Cover, Rollins & Kevin win!

Winners: Seth Rollins & Kevin Owens, by pinfall

The Raw Tag Team Champions just lost 2v2! Will the Visionary & Prizefighter #StunTheWorld and #BurnItDown when it’s a Triple Threat?

 

Backstage interview with Omos.

Kevin Patrick says Omos’ time here has been nothing short of a rampage. But tonight, he’s against- Omos shouts “ENOUGH!” Ever since he’s shown up, he’s dominated RKBRO, the Street Profits, the Dirty Dawgs, the New Day, and even AJ Styles. Tonight, Omos comes across the largest man he’s ever faced in the ring in T-Bar. Tonight, Omos dominates T-Bar, too! Will there be any arguing with that?

Omos VS T-Bar!

Raw returns and T-Bar makes his entrance. T-Bar gets on the apron and Omos BLASTS him right off! Omos then goes out to drag T-Bar up off the floor and scoop him! Omos puts T-Bar in the ring, drags him from the ropes, and the ref says this match can’t start with T-Bar in this state. Omos drags T-Bar up to TOSS him into the corner! The ref asks if T-Bar wants to compete, and T-Bar does! That’s rather gutsy, and the bell rings. Omos runs in, T-Bar dodges! Omos hits buckles and now both giants are sputtering. T-Bar gets up, Omos LARIATS him inside-out! Omos drags T-Bar back up, two hands for the MOUNTAINTOP SLAM! Cover, Omos wins!

Winner: Omos, by pinfall

He did just as he said. He showed up and dominated T-Bar! Will Omos continue to dominate until he is at the very top of the WWE?

 

Nikki A.S.H. and “Doudrop” Piper Niven speak.

The Almost Super Hero says Bianca Belair, Liv Morgan and especially Rhea Ripley think they’re the heroes of this story. But it is her, Nikki A.S.H, who is the only superhero Raw needs. Piper says that’s fine, because she’s just fine with being a villain. And The Man says it doesn’t matter if you’re hero or villain, the only thing that does matter is winning. She may have had her issues with Doudrop in the past, but they are putting that aside to be winners. Just like Becky was at SummerSlam, in 26 seconds. And just like Becky will be again at WrestleMania, still Raw Women’s Champion.

Nikki wants a fist bump but is left hanging. Will this Celtic connection come crumbling down against the EST, the Living End and the Nightmare?

Six Woman Tag: Becky Lynch, Nikki A.S.H. & Piper Niven VS Bianca Belair, Rhea Ripley & Liv Morgan!

Raw returns as Rhea and Liv meet up backstage. Tonight isn’t going to be easy. They have Nikki, Piper and Becky. What’s the strategy? Brutality. Hmm, Liv likes that. Bianca arrives and she knows they’re talking strategy, but please! Give Bianca Becky. She’s been waiting to get back at Ms. Big Time, and there is a long overdue KOD. So let’s go, show up, show out, and give Becky a preview when Bianca wins at WrestleMania. Okay? Rhea reluctantly joins the fist bump and then makes her entrance. Then Liv and Bianca make their entrances, and these three head to the ring. The teams sort out, and Liv starts against Becky.

But then Becky says she wants Bianca? Well, Liv tags Bianca in, and fans rally up as these two circle. Then Becky dodges Bianca to tag Nikki. Bianca figured that was happening, so she tags back out to Liv. Liv and Nikki tie up, Liv waistlocks but Nikki switches. Liv switches, Nikki switches again, but Liv throws Nikki down! Nikki gets up, Liv RANAS her away! Piper tags in and she circles with Liv. They tie up, Piper shoves Liv down hard! Liv shrugs that off, comes back and gets around to ENZIGURI! Piper wobbles, tag to Bianca! Bianca reels Piper in, but Piper blocks the suplex! Bianca and Piper throw body shots!

Tag to Rhea and she helps Bianca DOUBLE SUPLEX Piper! Fans fire up with Rhea and Bianca, but Nikki and Becky run in! They’re both sent out to join Piper, and then Liv tags in. Liv gets a boost from Rhea, up and SUPER CROSSBODY! Down go Becky, Nikki and Piper! Fans fire up as Liv, Rhea and Bianca stand tall, and Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and Becky drags Bianca around. Bianca counters Disarm-Her with a roll-up! TWO, Bianca spins Becky to a stalling suplex! But Becky makes it a cradle! TWO, and Becky knees Bianca low. Becky whips but Bianca blocks! Bianca whips Becky to a corner, but Becky puts her on the apron. Becky ROCKS Bianca then JUMP KICKS her down! Becky goes to the apron to get the ponytail! Becky YANKS Bianca right into the post! And then through to the other side to sobat Bianca back into the post! The ref keeps Rhea and Liv in their corner while Becky drags Bianca up. Becky wraps the hair around the rope to then stomp Bianca down!

Fans boo but Becky mocks Bianca. The ref undoes the hair and Bianca is free, but Becky brings Bianca through ropes to fire off EuroUppers! Becky kicks Bianca, goes to the corner, GUILLOTINE LEG DROP! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up but Becky stomps Bianca down! Becky bumps Bianca off buckles, tag to Piper and they start stomping away! Piper CLUBS Bianca in the chest, then brings her out to bump off buckles. Piper brings Bianca around to scoop and SLAM, then she drops an elbow! Piper tags Nikki, and Nikki hits a NECK SNAP! Cover, TWO! Bianca is still in this but Nikki rains down furious fists!

Fans boo as Nikki strikes her heroic pose. Nikki then drags Bianca back, and tag to Becky. Bianca kicks but Becky stomps her down. Becky stands on Bianca’s hair to keep her from her corner! The ref reprimands and counts, Becky steps off to whip Bianca into the corner. Becky runs in, into a BOOT! Bianca fights the others off, goes up and over Becky, hot tag to Rhea! The Nightmare gives Becky short arm LARIAT after LARIAT! Then ripcord and SUPERKICK! Rhea reels Becky in, atomic FACEBUSTER! Fans fire up as Rhea HEADBUTTS Becky, then cravats for knee after knee after knee!

Rhea snapmares Becky to run and basement dropkick! Fans fire up as Rhea Electric Chair Lifts, for a SLAM! Cover, Piper SPLASHES it apart! Liv SHOTGUNS Piper! Nikki kicks and throws Liv out, then hurries to get Becky to their corner! Nikki tags herself in, but Rhea tags Bianca! Bianca scoops Nikki and brings her around, but Nikki slips off. Bianca blocks that to chicken wing Nikki! GlamEST Slam! And then handspring MOONSAULT disrupted by Becky! Liv gets in to DIVE onto Becky! Fans fire up with Liv as she hurries back up. Piper BLASTS Liv to the floor! But Rhea dropkicks Piper!

Nikki is up top, CROSSBODY! Direct hit and down goes Rhea! But Bianca hits a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, Becky breaks it by pulling ponytail! The ref reprimands, Bianca use the hair to whip and LASH Becky! And again! And again! And again!! Becky runs away, marks all over her abs! Becky is running away, Nikki rolls Bianca up! TWO!! Bianca ROCKS Nikki, then torture racks! KISS OF DEATH!! Cover, Bianca’s team wins!

Winners: Bianca Belair, Rhea Ripley & Liv Morgan, by pinfall

Becky is in disbelief, but all she has to do is rewatch the footage! Well, she probably won’t want to. But are those marks only the beginning for her and The EST going into WrestleMania?

 

Robert Roode w/ Dolph Ziggler VS Tommaso Ciampa!

The Dirty Dawgs made their mark on NXT last week when the GLORIOUS One helped the Show-Off cheat to become #1 contender to the NXT Championship. But will the Psycho Killer get just a bit of revenge before he and Bron Breakker take on both Dawgs tomorrow night?

Raw returns and Ciampa makes his entrance. The bell rings and Ciampa rushes Roode! Roode avoids the knee and the haymakers start flying! Ciampa DECKS Roode, but Roode knees low and ROCKS Ciampa. Roode whips but Ciampa KICKS him away! Ciampa goes to the corner but Roode kicks him back. Roode throws Ciampa out, Ziggler stays clear, but Ciampa sees Roode coming. Ciampa drags Roode out to ROCK him with a right! Ciampa whips, Roode reverses but Ciampa stops himself to come back and CLOBBER Roode! Ciampa shoves Ziggler, Ziggler gets mad, but he lets Ciampa put Roode in the ring.

Ciampa drives elbows into Roode’s shoulder, then stomps him down. Cover, TWO! Ciampa CHOPS Roode, wrenches and whips him but Roode reverses for a SPINEBUSTER! Ziggler fires up as Roode covers, TWO! Roode drops elbows, throws down fists, then drags Ciampa up to bump him off buckles. Roode CHOPS Ciampa now, then whips him corner to corner. Roode runs in, but Ciampa BOOTS him away. Ciampa then gets around, ripcord and ROLLING ELBOW! Ciampa dragon sleepers for the REVERSE DDT! Cover, TWO! Ziggler is relieved Roode survives, but Ciampa brings his kneepad down.

Roode avoids the knee, rolls him up, but Ciampa rolls out! Ciampa hooks arms, Roode back drops it and sits on the cover, TWO! Ciampa is up, he dodges Roode to KNEE Ziggler down! Roode hits Ciampa, but no DDT! Roll up, Ciampa wins!

Winner: Tommaso Ciampa, by pinfall

But then Roode CLOBBERS Ciampa! The Dirty Dawgs are sore losers and they drag Ciampa up. SUPERKICK! Ziggler demands a mic, and he gets one. “Ciampa, kid, you got lucky once! But tomorrow night on NXT, you and the NXT Champion, Bron Breakker, step foot in the ring with the two-time WWE Tag Team Champions! And tomorrow night, we prove why the Dirty Dawgs are the dirtiest dawgs in the game, Jack!” Ziggler & Roode stand tall 2v1, but what happens when things are even?

 

Mixed Tag Match: Dana Brooke & Reggie VS Tamina & Akira Tozawa!

While the Flex Appeal and slick sommelier have patched up their friendship and how the WWE 24/7 Championship fits into it, they still have those who would take it away from them! The title, not the friendship. Will Dana & Reggie stick together against the Daughter of Superfly and the Stamina Monster? Or will that title get between them again?

The teams sort out, and it’s ladies first as Dana starts against Tamina. They circle, tie up, and Tamina throws a knee. Tamina whips, Dana tilt-o-whirls through and headscissors Tamina into buckles! Fans fire up for Dana as she handsprings and back elbows! Dana runs in again but into a back elbow! Tamina fire sup, Tozawa cheers her own, and Tamina TOSSES Dana to the other corner. Tamina runs in, but into a boot! Tozawa tags in, Reggie gets in and he handsprings to dodge! Reggie waistlocks, Tozawa switches, but Reggie slips under and comes back, into a sobat and SPINKICK from Tozawa!

Tozawa runs, but into a body scissor roll up! TWO, and Reggie dropkicks Tozawa down! Cover, Tamina drags him away! Dana gets in, she KICKS and dropkicks Tamina out of the ring! Tozawa waistlocks but Dana elbows him away. Reggie 450 SEATED SENTONS! Cover, Reggie and Dana win!

Winners: Dana Brooke & Reggie, by pinfall

And to celebrate, Dana gives Reggie a BIG kiss! Has Reggie somehow, someway found his way out of the Friendzone? But Tamina drags Tozawa up to his feet. Tozawa puckers up, Tamina grabs him by his face, and KISSES Tozawa! This is all a little late for Valentine’s Day, but is love still in the air?

 

The Street Profits are pumped up!

But Kevin Patrick asks them about facing the former tag team champions, RKBRO, this close to the Triple Threat Tag for the titles. What would a victory here mean? C’mon, Kev, Montez thought they were closer than that. Montez and Dawkins are former tag team champions, too, and if and when they take out R K BRO! What? R K BRO! What? These two might be next in line. Don’t get them wrong, Riddle’s their homie, but ain’t no love lost over the titles. RKBRO are a roadblock from the Profits saving Raw from the real-life version of Accepted. Like, really, what’s really happening with the enrollment money? Is it going to the scholarships? No one knows what’s going half of the time!

And then Rollins is out here doing his Dr. Eggman impression. It doesn’t matter who wins, those titles have to be defended at WrestleMania. And Dawkins knows two humble, charismatic, and courageous young brothers who are available. So RKBRO better be ready~, ready~, cuz the Profits are up and #WeWantTheSmoke! Will Ford & Dawkins make the Road to WrestleMania that much more complicated for the Raw Tag Division?

 

WWE celebrates Black History Month and honors Titus O’Neil.

Titus O’Neil founded the Bullard Family Foundation, which hosts programs every year to help children, such as the Back to School Bash. In 2021, they donated 30 THOUSAND backpacks full of school supplies to help under resourced students. Titus’ work also led him to support a Tampa Bay school, and it was renamed the Thaddeus M Bullard Academy at Sligh Middle Magnet School. Then the foundation helped the school build gardens. Titus is also in the Boys & Girls Club of America Hall of Fame.

 

The Mysterios VS The Hurt Business!

Rey & Dominik know The Miz and Logan Paul are coming for them, but the Mysterios are going to show what Logan’s getting himself into. Will the King of Lucha Libre and his son send a message to the A-Listers through Cedric Alexander & Shelton Benjamin?

Raw returns and the Mysterios have mics. Rey says last week, Miz came out here with Logan Paul and challenged himself and Dom to a match at WrestleMania. They accepted, it’s happening, but Miz still had to get his the only way he knows how. Miz and Logan dropped the Mysterios, humiliated them, but make no mistake. At WrestleMania, Miz’s BS is DONE! Dom says tonight, they’re not worried about “some Hollywood mega dumbass and his fanboy.” This is about their match with The Hurt Business. But wait, here comes Miz! “Hollywood mega dumbass? You think I’m a Hollywood mega dumbass?” Fans seem to think so.

And they think Logan Paul is a fanboy? “YES!” Well Miz will rundown his proudest moments in the WWE. First, he is the host of The Most Must-See WWE Talk Show, Miz TV! He married the most gorgeous, sexy, beautiful woman in all the WWE, Maryse! And together, they made the WWE Intercontinental Championship the most prestigious title ever! Miz beat JOHN CENA in the main event of WrestleMania! Miz is the ONLY two-time Grand Slam Champion in the history of WWE! And one of the proudest moments was when last week, he and Logan Paul, two A-Listers, joined forces on the road to dominating the tag division!

Logan Paul is a man! He’s more man than every single one in the arena! “Logan Paul went the distance with pound for pound, the greatest fighter in the world!” Logan is a social and NFT pioneer! The next best thing in the WWE! And with Miz, Logan will become the greatest star in WWE, second to only Miz himself. The only one who loved beating the Mysterios down more than Miz was Logan Paul! They’ve watched it over and over again and again! And it sounded like some cheers last week! The fans cheered! Miz is finally getting the respect he deserves. To think the answer was Logan Paul!

Because let’s be honest- Fans chant, “You Suck!” So he puts his hand up. “When my hand goes up, your mouth goes shut!” Fans want to talk about the Mysterios. DO they want to watch them in the ring? Of course! do they want the Mysterios to be tag team champions? Of course you DON’T! You’re sick of watching the same old standard CRAP! Father-son tag team champions, the Mysterios equal same old crap. Logan and Miz are bigger, better and newer! They are global stars, and they are AWWWWESOME! The Mysterios dare Miz to get in the ring, but instead, The Hurt Business finally make their entrance. This match finally happens, after the break.

Raw returns and Benjamin whips Rey. Rey slides under, goes for a leg, but Benjamin blocks that to fire off forearms. Benjamin whips, Rey tilt-o-whirls to headscissor Benjamin! Rey runs in but is put on the apron, and Alexander tags in. Rey gets caught off guard, SLAM to the apron! Alexander pushes Rey in, covers, ONE! Alexander is frustrated already but he fires off on Rey in a corner. The ref counts, Alexander lets off at 4 and then mocks Latino Heat! Alexander snapmares Rey, JAMS an elbow into his head, and then clamps on a chinlock. “All day long!” Rey fights up as fans rally and Rey throws body shots.

Alexander throws Rey down by his mask! The ref reprimands but Alexander asks what’s wrong. Tag to Benjamin, the Hurt Business mugs Rey. Benjamin scoops and SLAMS Rey down! Benjamin rains down fists, then drags Rey up. Tag to Alexander, the mugging continues, and Alexander bumps Rey off buckles. Alexander throws forearms, lets off, but Rey hits back! Rey elbows Benjamin, too, and then gets under Alexander. Alexander stops Rey, brings him back and gut wrenches, only for Rey to RANA him into Benjamin! The Hurt Business is down and fans fire up! Rey crawls, hot tag to Dom! Benjamin tags in, to get a CROSSBODY!

Dom keeps going, he ducks and dodges to RANA Benjamin! Dom then runs in at the corner, but is put on the apron. Dom HOTSHOTS Benjamin, then shows how Latino Heat is down! Slingshot senton flops as Benjamin moves, but Dom still hits a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Dom whips Benjamin, Benjamin reverses to POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO! Dom goes to a corner, Benjamin runs in but Dom dodges the knee! Dom then runs to TORNADO DDT! Cover, Alexander breaks it! Rey gets in but Alexander ROCKS him! Alexander runs in but is tossed right out! Rey slingshots but Alexander catches him, only to get SPIKED!

Dom wheelbarrows and body scissors Benjamin to ropes! Dial it up, but Benjamin dodges! So Dom DIVES! But into Benjamin’s hands! Benjamin scoops, but Dom slips off to POST Benjamin first! Dom puts Benjamin in, but Miz returns! Miz grabs at Dom, Dom kicks him away! Rey runs Miz off, and all the way to the back! But Benjamin rolls Dom up, Hurt Business wins!

Winners: The Hurt Business, by pinfall

Dom is shocked, but he should’ve known Miz would pull something like that! Is this a sign of things to come at WrestleMania against Miz and Logan Paul?

 

RKBRO meets up backstage.

“Oh, hey, Randy.” Orton surely wants to know what Riddle’s up to, so he’ll let him in. He’s coloring in his coloring book, trying to stay in the lines to help him focus. He’s been feeling foggy. Like last week, Riddle’s mouth was dry, he had the giggles. It was either the curb stomp, or putting the high in Ohio. What does Randy think? Well, based on what Riddle just said, nothing seems to be out of the ordinary. So Riddle is fine. Oh, Randy, you always know how to make Riddle smile. Btu does Orton have any sweet sage like advice for him? Let’s see… No, because they’re good. Riddle knows, Orton knows, they’re going to kick some ass!

And then next week, they win back the Raw Tag Team Championships if it’s the last thing they do! And they’ll do it with the three most devastating letters in sports entertainment! Does Orton wanna say it? Nah, Riddle can do it. R K BRO!! The Viper and the Stallion are on the same page, but will they be able to write their own story from here to WrestleMania?

 

Carmella and Queen Zelina Vega meet backstage.

They each compliment the other for looking gorgeous, and Vega says she loved Corey & Carmella. “All you guys do is talk about sex.” Mella admits, they do. But also, in response to that challenge from Naomi & Sasha Banks on SmackDown, they accept, of course. After they win at Mania, Mella will bring her fiancé out to put on a show. If you think all they do is talk about it, just wait until you see how they celebrate. Will the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions still have the gold? Or will they #FeelTheGlow when it’s #BossTime at WrestleMania?

 

RKBRO VS The Street Profits!

Raw returns and the Profits make their entrance. The teams sort out and Riddle starts against Dawkins. They circle as fans rally up, and the two tie up. Riddle waistlocks but Dawkins switches. Dawkins SLAMS Riddle down, holds on and brings Riddle back up, to headlock. Riddle powers out, Dawkins hurdles and then FLYING BACK ELBOWS! Dawkins gets Riddle up again, tag to Ford. The Profits whip then dropkick Riddle down, and then back suplex SPLASH into a TRIANGLE HOLD! Riddle turns things around, but Ford fights up to a cover, TWO! Ford is free, but Riddle gut wrenches him for a suplex!

Tag to Orton and fans fire up! Orton stomps Ford’s fingers, then his foot! Then the other foot, then the other arm! Orton stomps away on Ford’s chest as fans cheer him on! Tag back to Riddle, and they coordinate for the ASSISTED FLOATING BRO onto knees! Ford returns the favor and tags in Dawkins! Dawkins hits an EXPLODER! Cover, TWO! Dawkins drags Riddle up, bumps him off buckles, then fires off fast hands! The ref counts, Dawkins stomps before he backs off. Dawkins stands Riddle up but Riddle throws all those fists back! Tag to Ford as Riddle powers out! Riddle clotheslines Dawkins out, slingshots out and SPRINGBOARD BROS!

But Ford is legal and he DECKS Orton! Ford then sees Riddle, he goes up and out to CANNONBALL! Direct hit and fans fire up as Raw goes to break!

Raw returns again and Riddle fights with body shots. He gets free but Dawkins still keeps him from Orton! Riddle and Orton are fingertips away, Dawkins reels Riddle in for a LARIAT! Dawkins gets Riddle back up, Riddle KNEES Dawkins down! Fans fire up while both men are on the mat! Riddle and Dawkins crawl, hot tags to Orton and Ford! The Viper rallies as fans fire up! POWERSLAM! Ford flounders and Orton gets him through ropes, for the DRAPING DDT! Dawkins slides in but Riddle goes in. Dawkins dodges the knee, ROCKS Riddle, but Riddle RANAS himself and Dawkins out! And Orton hears voices in his head!

Ford slowly gets up, but he denies the RKO to ENZIGURI first! Ford hurries to a corner and goes up top! FROM THE HEAVENS!! Ford crawls his way over but Orton crawls towards ropes. Cover, Orton reaches out but Dawkins swats the foot away! The Profits win!

Winners: The Street Profits, by pinfall

Dawkins denied Orton his escape and now RKBRO is on their back heel! Will they be able to take those titles in the Triple Threat like this? Or are Kevin Owens and Seth Freakin’ Rollins going to be undeniable? Speaking of…

 

Backstage interview with Seth Rollins & Kevin Owens.

Kevin Owens shouts down Kevin Patrick, they don’t want to hear the questions. Rollins says they have all the momentum! And they’ll ride that momentum and take the Raw Tag Team Champions for their own! And then they go to WrestleMania, where the possibilities are limitless! The world is their oyster! They could challenge The Usos, for another Title VS Title, Winners Take All! They can do whatever they want! And the best part, after doing all that, they can leave that hellhole of Dallas, Texas. Here’s a preview. KO walks away and Rollins hopes K-Peezy got that. Rollins also leaves, but will he and Kevin Owens really walk into Dallas as the champions?

 

Vince McMahon talks with Austin Theory in his office.

Vince is sure Austin is curious about Vince being a guest on The Pat McAfee Show. This Thursday is a huge episode! McAfee is pretty unbelievable. A former NFL football player, created his own foundation, and has one of the most lucrative deals in podcast history. Vince agrees, that is impressive. Theory says it’s been about 20 years since Vince has done a sit-down interview. Last time, he slapped the papers out of the interviewer’s hand and scared him to death. But what if that interviewer got up and hit back? All Theory is saying, maybe McAfee says something that gets under Vince’s skin and pisses him off. And then what if McAfee tries to fight him?

Theory could be there if he wants. He’d go with Vince? Yeah, he’s got Vince’s back. Well it won’t be that kind of show. Vince excuses himself, and Theory picks up the pencil. “It could be.” Is Theory going to make sure he expects the unexpected?

 

WWE United States Championship: Damian Priest VS Finn Balor!

The Archer of Infamy and The Prince met back in NXT, and when it was In Your House, it was Finn who took the win. But now, with a belt around his waist, will Priest get that loss back? Or is Finn going to make the US title rrrreeeeeal?

Raw returns and after a long SmackDown recap, Priest makes his entrance. This battle for the belt begins, after the break.

Raw returns again, the introductions are made, the belt is raised, and finally we get to see if Priest can beat the Prince!

Priest and Finn circle. They tie up, Priest powers Finn back and pushes him to a corner. Finn brushes that off as he circles with Priest again. They tie up, Priest scoops but Finn slips off. Finn headlocks, Priest fights up and picks Finn up to put him on the ropes. The ref counts, Priest powers out and runs Finn over! Finn gets up to CHOP! Priest knees low, whips, and back elbows Finn down! Finn gets to a corner but Priest is on him. Priest HEADBUTTS Finn, then whips him corner to corner. Finn slips around and goes for the arm! Priest drops to a knee as Finn leans on the shoulder, and then he powers right up!

Priest puts Finn in a corner and fires off fast hands! Priest ROCKS Finn with an uppercut, and then watches him go to another corner. Priest runs in to jump and back elbow! But Finn wants a leg! Priest CLUBS Finn down, then clamps on a chinlock. Priest digs a knee into Finn’s back as he pulls him back. Fans rally up and Finn fights up, only for Priest to throw him down. Cover, ONE, but Priest chinlocks. Finn endures, fights up, and he works on the hold. Priest knees low then reels him in, but Finn back drops him! Priest sunset flips but Finn rolls through to basement dropkick! Finn KICKS Priest to ropes and stomps away!

The ref counts, Finn lets off at 4, and then sees Priest bail out. Finn builds speed and FLIES! Direct hit at the ramp and fans fire up as Raw goes to break!

Raw returns yet again and Finn JAWBREAKERS free, only to run into a BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Priest grows annoyed but he keeps his focus on Finn. Priest wants Finn to get up, and Finn stands, to get KICK after KICK from Priest! But Finn CHOPS back, KICKS back, only for Priest to BELL CLAP and ROLLING HAYMAKER! Finn PELES Priest and they’re both down! Priest leans against ropes but Finn gets to his feet. Finn is in a corner, Priest runs in, but Finn BOOTS him away! Finn ROCKS Priest with forearms, whips, but Priest reverses. Finn hits a forearm, but Priest stays up! Finn blocks the kick to trip and DOUBLE STOMP!

Fans fire up as Priest gets to a corner. Finn storms over to CHOP, throws body shots and RAM his shoulder in! The ref counts, Priest powers through to gut wrench Finn to a Canadian rack! But Finn slips off to SLINGBLADE! Finn takes aim, SHOTGUN dropkick! Priest bounces off buckles and Finn goes up top! Fans fire up for the COUP- NO! Priest dodges and LARIATS Finn down! Priest hauls Finn up, choke grip, but Finn victory rolls! TWO!! JUMPING ROUNDHOUSE! SPINNING ROUNDHOUSE!! Choke grip, SOUTH OF HEAVEN CHOKE SLAM!! Cover, TWO!?!? Finn survives and Priest is beside himself!

Priest refocuses while fans rally up. Finn sputters and checks his chin, but Priest brings him up. Priest slashes the throat, scoops Finn to put into the dragon sleeper, but Finn fights through to ELBOW DROP DDT! Fans fire up as the SHOTGUN dropkick hits again! Priest is back down, Finn goes back up! COUP DE GRACE hits!! Cover, Finn wins!!

Winner: Finn Balor, by pinfall (NEW WWE United States Champion)

NXT Championship, Universal Championship, Intercontinental Champion and now United States Champion! The Prince is back on the throne! Priest gets up and gets a mic to say, “Let’s face it, Finn. These people carried you to winning my United States Championship.” All that motivation, all that respect. Priest never heard that. His entire reign, no one gave him that, even though he busted his ass! He was successful in spite of the fans! So basically, Priest will win that title back. And all that love and admiration won’t mean a damn thing! Finn gets in Priest’s face, but Priest backs down, to sucker LARIAT Finn!

Priest drags Finn up and throws him out while fans chant, “You Suck!” Priest goes out, drags Finn up and reels him in. Priest gets Finn up in the Canadian rack to CRUCIFIX BOMB him onto the announce desk! “I am the bad guy, yeah!” Priest leaves Finn down and out, and even mocks the Too Sweet! But will Damian find Finn has his own dark side to watch out for?

 

Edge heads to the ring!

The Rated R Superstar put out the call, but who will answer him? We see how Edge’s WrestleMania plans turn out, after the break.

Raw returns and Edge has the mic. “Okay, here it is. What I’ve been waiting for, the moment for someone to step up, take their place in history, and accept my challenge for a match at WrestleMania.” His road gets a lot clearer tonight. Do the fans wanna see it? “YES!” C’MON COLUMBUS! Do you wanna see it?! “YES!!” Then someone, anyone, Edge is begging you! Step up! Edge waits, fans chant names of all kinds, but still nothing. Seriously? What has happened to this place? But wait! Here comes AJ STYLES! Columbus is fired up as the Phenomenal One makes his way out and goes to the ring to join Edge.

Styles gets a mic, and he says, “I accept.” Good. Edge is happy because he’s wanted this match for a long time, Styles has wanted this match for a long time, and clearly the fans have wanted this for a long time! But tell you what. Edge wants that bulldog. Not the guy who was playing tag team bitch to Omos! Oh, is that how this is going to be? Edge offers a handshake all the same, and Styles goes to take it, only for Edge to sucker punch him! Edge fires off, bringing out the Ultimate Opportunist! But then Styles hits back! ENZIGURI! That Georgia bulldog is off the leash! Styles throws off his vest, goes to the apron, takes aim, but Edge ducks the springboard! LOW BLOW!

Styles writhes and fans are torn! This is definitely that Edge, as he rains down forearms over on Styles! Columbus cheers and jeers as Edge stands over Styles, and then seems to snap out of his fugue state. Edge goes to leave, but then he thinks. Edge then storms over and takes chairs from the timekeeper’s area! Styles is still down as Edge creeps into the ring with the chairs. Edge puts Styles’ head on one, then looks over at the other. Edge takes a deep breath, but he still picks up the chair. But then he drops the chair, paces a bit, and the fans are just as conflicted as he is. But Edge gets the chair! CON-CHAIR-TO!!

Edge seethes and grits his teeth as fans lose their minds seeing that. Edge is somewhere between smiling and sobbing, but he hits another CON-CHAIR-TO!! Didn’t Edge want a WrestleMania moment? How is he going to do that if he just took out the Phenomenal One?!


My Thoughts:

All in all, a good Raw but with the usual weak points of WWE. Omos VS T-Bar was short, Dijak deserves much better than that. But at the same time, Omos is getting a push, yet I still question how far he can go when he hasn’t even taken a bump. Omos knows his character and executes it well, but he won’t be able to maintain this. Then Ciampa VS Roode was a match that was really more an advertisement for NXT tomorrow night. Ciampa wins here but gets beat down so that the math is a wash. I would still think Ciampa & Bron win but with Roode taking the loss so Ziggler is still strong going into the NXT title match.

We actually got a pretty good Six Woman Tag. Everyone got to look good, and the Faces win so Bianca can have momentum. At some point, Becky’s gonna get Bianca to try and even things out, because I feel like WrestleMania could go either way. Meanwhile, I actually hope we get new tag teams out of this. Piper and Nikki, Rhea and Liv, because damn does the RawDown Women’s Tag Division need more teams. Mella & Vega accepted the challenge from Sasha & Naomi with a simple backstage promo, and then Mella basically teased her and Corey Graves being the sequel to Edge and Lita having the Rated R sex celebration… That’s just another reason why Naomi & Sasha should win.

Miz of course played a part in the Mysterios’ loss to the Hurt Business, but I did notice the slightest teases for Cody Rhodes in his promo. Though, every time the words “if you will” are used, I can’t help but think of Dusty Rhodes. But the Mysterios are going to be the underdogs going into their match with Miz and Logan Paul because they are going to win. Vince and Theory plugging the Pat McAfee Show as a promo was alright, but it was a good way to weave it into kayfabe. Rumors have been swirling that there’s a McMahon VS McAfee story, I bet the match is McAfee VS Theory. McAfee did great in NXT, he and Theory can have a pretty good one, and chances are, Theory wins.

Kevin and Rollins had a great promo segment and match with The Alpha Academy, and then we got a really good match out of RKBRO and the Profits. I think Ford landed pretty hard on Orton’s head and shoulders in his splash, Orton seemed legit rocked. Dawkins swatting that ropebreak away was a bit of a surprise. Are the Profits going to turn if they don’t get the titles? Rollins & Kevin had another good promo with Kevin Patrick, and it almost feels like a given that they’re going to win the tag titles. The Raw tag titles might have the most interesting championship story going into WrestleMania at this point.

The Mixed Tag was alright as far as a match. The Faces win, of course, and as expected, the romance angle is deepening. Tamina giving in and kissing Tozawa was quite the surprise, though. Still hoping for something bigger for the 24/7 Championship at WrestleMania. And while we’re not getting a huge US title match, Priest VS Balor was great stuff tonight, and I was pleasantly surprised to see Balor win. He’s held all but THE WWE Championship, which might not even exist after WrestleMania. Priest turning was a bit of a disappointing move, but I suppose it was the only thing to keep him going. I have a feeling Priest faces Demon Balor at Mania for the rematch.

And then while Edge teased all sorts in last week’s promo, it was all too obvious AJ Styles would be the one to answer. Though then it was quite the surprise for Edge to basically go Heel on him and beat the hell out of Styles. TWO Con-Chair-tos was even more shocking. Was Styles answering a swerve so we don’t expect someone else? With Cody Rhodes still unaccounted for anywhere, we can’t write him off, but chances are, Styles manages to recover and he brings that “bulldog” Edge wants.

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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