Who takes the NXT Championship to Stand & Deliver?
It’s WrestleMania season, but NXT has one last stop! Breakker, Ciampa, Ziggler, an NXT Championship Triple Threat will open a path to Stand & Deliver!
- Women’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Semifinals: Cora Jade & Raquel Gonzalez VS Dakota Kai & Wendy Choo; wins and advances to the finals.
- Tiffany Stratton VS Fallon Henley; Henley wins.
- Last Man Standing: LA Knight VS Grayson Waller w/ Sanga; Waller wins.
- Women’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Semifinals: Kacy Katanzaro & Kayden Carter VS Io Shirai & Kay Lee Ray; Shirai & KLR wins and advances to the finals.
- NXT Tag Team Championships: Imperium VS
The Creed Brothers w/ Malcolm BivensMSK; MSK win by disqualification and Imperium retain the titles.
- NXT Championship Triple Threat: Bron Breakker VS Tommaso Ciampa VS Dolph Ziggler; Ziggler wins and becomes the new NXT Champion.
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Women’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Semifinals: Cora Jade & Raquel Gonzalez VS Dakota Kai & Wendy Choo!
Toxic Attraction is watching from their lounge again, which now has butlers attending to them, but all eyes will be on this ring! Who moves on
Cora starts against Wendy and fans rally up. Cora shows off the muscles and ties up, but Wendy trips her up for a sleepy chinlock. Cora fights up, powers out and headlocks back. Wendy powers out and things speed up. Wendy rolls around then takes a nap! Cora says shush, she’s tagging in Raquel. Raquel drops an elbow but misses! Wendy gets a headlock but Raquel power out. Raquel fireman’s carries and airplane spins! She goes around and around, then goes the other way! Raquel swings Wendy for a SIDEWALK SLAM! Cover, TWO! Raquel keeps on Wendy with an armlock while Mandy Rose gets a refill on her drink.
Raquel whips Wendy to the corner, digs her into the buckles then tags in Cora. Raquel ROCKS Wendy, whips Cora in and Cora uppercuts! Cora snapmares Wendy for a cover, TWO! Cora keeps on Wendy with a facelock but Wendy powers her to the corner! Dakota tags in, she and Wendy crisscross the arms to whip Cora back into the buckles! Wendy goes side to side to BOOT! Dakota goes side to side to BOOT WASH! Cover, TWO! Dakota bumps Cora off buckles, but Gigi & Jacy have disappeared. Dakota snapmares Cora to a cover, TWO! Dakota AX KICKS Cora on the back, then SWITCHBLADE KICKS her! Cover, TWO!
Dakota bumps Cora off buckles, tag to Wendy, and they stomp and forearm away. Dakota tags back in for more stomps then digs her boot in. The ref counts, Dakota lets off, but Cora hits back. Dakota ROCKS Cora, then stomps her. Dakota keeps on Cora but lets off as the ref reprimands. Cora hits back but Dakota CLUBS her down! Dakota gets the arm for a top wristlock and fans rally as Cora endures. Wendy tags in, she and Dakota double whip. They sweep the legs, MULKE KICK and SLEEPY ELBOW! Cover, TWO! Wendy drags Cora up but Cora fights the suplex. Wendy throws body shots then RAMS Cora into buckles.
Wendy headlocks hits the takeover, but Cora keeps her shoulders up. Cora pushes Wendy into the headscissors but Wendy fights out of that. Fans rally, Raquel reaches out and Cora fights up. Cora throws body shots, Wendy CLUBS her and then suplexes, but Cora fights it! SO Wendy cradles, TWO!! They roll, Wendy has it again, TWO! They roll and roll and roll and roll, and roll, and roll, Wendy has it again, TWO!! Cora stagger sup, into a dropkick! Cora bails out but Wendy WRECKS her with a dropkick! Wendy goes out but Cora RAMS her into the apron! Fans rally and chant, but here comes Raquel!
Raquel and Dakota stare down and talk trash, but Toxic Attraction attacks Raquel! The ref is too busy with Cora and Wendy as Jacy SLAMS Raquel’s leg into the post! Mandy applauds her girls and Dakota tries to tune it all out as NXT goes to break.
NXT returns and Dakota has Cora in a straitjacket stretch. Fans rally as Cora endures. Dakota leans on the hold but Cora fights up and arm-drags free! Cora then dodges in the corner, rolls Dakota up, TWO! Cora BOOTS Dakota from the corner, then hops on for a sunset flip, TWO! Dakota gets up into a dropkick from Cora! Raquel struggles to stand at her corner but Dakota tags in Wendy. Wendy runs in, Cora dodges and rallies with clotheslines and elbows! Cora ENZIGURIS Wendy to a corner! Cora runs in to SHINING WIZARD! The Second City Saint would be proud of that one. And then Cora adds METEORA!
Fans rally and Cora covers, TWO! Cora drags Wendy up, hooks the arms, but Wendy wrenches out and full nelsons for a SLAM! Tag to Dakota and they get Cora up for a DOUBLE FACEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Cora drags herself to a corner and Raquel manages to get on the apron. Dakota runs in, Cora CLOBBERS Dakota! Hot tag to Raquel! But how is the leg? Raquel rallies on one leg! Scoop and POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO!! Dakota survives and fans fire up! Raquel hobbles over to drag Dakota up but Dakota SCORPION KICKS! And then hops on, KAI-ROPRACTOR! Dakota sees Raquel in the corner, she runs Around the World but then hesitates!
Dakota tries to get past the past, and she runs in to BOOT, but is blocked! CHINGONA- NO! The leg! Dakota DDTs Raquel down! Dakota resets and now she runs Around the World to BOOT! Wendy tags in and goes up top! Dakota tags back in before the VADER BOMB! Dakota is up top, DOUBLE STOMPS!! Cover, #KaiChoo wins!
Winners: Dakota Kai & Wendy Choo, by pinfall (advance to the Women’s Dusty Cup Finals)
Toxic Attraction made sure Ricky Desperado & Generation Jade wouldn’t make it through, and now the newest odd couple is moving on! Will Dakota & Wendy surprise even themselves and take that Dusty Cup? As for Toxic Attraction, will they feel the wrath of Raquel & Cora?
“Tonight, I become a three-time NXT Champion. That is a legacy that I am very, very proud of. But this one feels a little bit different.” Maybe it’s Ziggler tearing down the brand Ciampa’s given his heart and soul to. Or is it the respect Ciampa has for Bron? Who knows. But this is so much more than the NXT title. Ciampa didn’t think he’d ever say that, because for so long, that title has been his life. But a win tonight means he is champion, and he is going to the biggest stage and in the main event. It is the ghost he continues to chase because it is a feeling he can’t describe.
So Bron and Ziggler can fight over being 2A and 2B, but never before has there been this big of a gap between who is number one and number two, and you are looking at number one! TOMMASO CIAMPA! SOON TO BE… Three-time NXT Champion. Ciampa heads out, but will going to Dallas as the top dog?
Tiffany Stratton takes selfies.
The Spoiled Rich Girl is heading to gorilla for her next singles match, but Sarray is lurking just behind. Will the Warrior of the Sun get payback for Tiffany’s bullying?
Someone attacked the Creed Brothers?!
Julius & Brutus are down but they’re furiously trying to get back up. Malcolm Bivens asks what happened and who did this to them? Did Imperium make sure they’re going to still be NXT Tag Team Champions tonight?
NXT returns and the medics attend to the Creeds in the trainer’s room, and Raquel is brought in next. Will any of these teams be okay moving on towards Stand & Deliver?
Tiffany Stratton VS Fallon Henley!
Daddy’s little rich girl doesn’t like people telling her no, and that’s what set her off against Sarray last week. Will she make sure Fallon doesn’t say no to letting her win?
The bell rings, they tie up, and Fallon wrenches, Tiffany handsprings through, then wrenches back. Fallon arm-drags, but then Tiffany blocks the next one to fireman’s carry! Fallon slips off, shoves and dropkicks Tiffany down! Fans fire up but Tiffany YANKS Fallon into ropes! Tiffany runs to HIP ATTACK Fallon down, then boots her into ropes! Tiffany sits on Fallon but lets off as the ref counts. Tiffany slams Fallon down, covers, TWO! Tiffany drags Fallon up to facelock but Fallon fights up. Fallon wrenches out and CHOPS! Then blocks a haymaker to punch back! Fallon gets around, BACKBREAKER to ripcord LARIAT!
Fans fire up with Fallon as she back elbows Tiffany! And then BULLD- NO! Tiffany powers out, catches Fallon and pops her to a SAMOAN DROP! Tiffany catches her breath while… a bunch of smoke appears at the stage! SARRAY dropkicks from the crowd side! The Warrior of the Sun distracted Tiffany, Fallon hurries to SHINING WIZARD! Cover, Fallon wins!
Winner: Fallon Henley, by pinfall
Payback on the bully complete! Fallon benefits from that, Briggs & Brooks are even here to celebrate with her! Will this momentum help Henley hone in on bigger and better?
Welcome to Andre Chase University.
Andre Chase says that at Chase U, you perform like you practice. When they rehearsed, it was smooth. But in actuality, these dumbasses sucked. It knocked Chase off his game. They didn’t just drop the ball, they let the whole team down. But they can turn negatives into positives. The beacon of light as Bodhi Hayward. He took one for the team. Anything for Mr. Chase! But that eye looks bad. Shouldn’t he get it checked out? Oh, sorry, Jamie, when did you graduate and become a damn doctor? Bodhi, how many fingers is Chase holding up? One, sir! And Jamie, how many is Chase holding up now? It’s the middle finger…
Chase tells Jamie not to disrespect him or he’ll beat the hell outta him! Then he pegs Jamie with the basketball! Any questions?
Carmelo Hayes & Trick Williams are back in the barber shop.
Trick says don’t worry about the social media. But Strong missed. Grimes missed. And Dunne shoots worst than Westbrook. They all came up short against the A Champ. Melo doesn’t keep score, he keeps scoring. But it ain’t easy making all these suckers relevant. But here’s what he came up with: The Golden Rules. He’s got the gold, so he makes the rules. Melo don’t miss. He pulls up like Steph from the logo. Melo has climbed rung by rung to the top, so let’s run it back in the match this title was introduced in: a ladder match! The boys are goin’ to Dallas. But who are the opponent? Oh, like one? Two? Nah, bro. Three? NO!
How about ten? What? No, there’s not even 10 on the level below him. But make it four, and they all have to qualify. Numbers don’t lie. Check the stats, analytics. Why is it a ladder match? People get hurt in those! But they’re doing this cuz Melo can. The mission is to Stand at the top and Deliver the performance of a lifetime to prove he is the GREAETST North American Champion ever. And that’s all it is, and that it’s gon’ be. Melo is built for this, but is he building a stacked deck without even knowing it?
NXT presents an all-new Lashing Out.
Lash Legend is back with her show, and tonight’s guest says she wants to talk ’bout it. So please welcome Nikkita Lyons. Settle down, now. So, Lyons, Lash heard her journey is amazing. Rockstar dad, groupie mom? Was she following Lyons’ dad or just everyone’s groupie? Lyons’ mom is a free spirit who taught her not to be judgmental. Lash says Lyons has everyone else fooled, but Lyons thinks she’s all hot. We know why Lyons is worldwide. And Lash wasn’t done talking, okay? Look whose show you’re on. Don’t put your finger in her face. Oh? Then what is she and those butt implants gonna do?
Lyons says the only thing natural about Lash is the crap she’s full of! Lash says that’s all the time they have, play the music. These two argue as we cut away, will they look to settle this in the ring?
Backstage interview with Imperium.
McKenzie talks with Barthel & Aichner about the attack on the Creeds. They would never taint the honor of this great sport by resorting to such tactics. It is a great shame that the Creeds got attacked before Imperium got their hands on them. Aichner says Creeds can talk about heritage and pedigree, but that didn’t protect them, did it? They weren’t ready. But then MSK steps up! Lee & Carter see what’s going on here. If the Creeds can’t, MSK will take that spot, take back the titles, and then give the Creeds the chance Imperium denied them. They all argue, but it sounds like we have a deal! Will the Men’s Dusty Cup runner-ups run it back and get back on top?
Briggs & Brooks celebrate with Fallon more.
She’s thankful but do they know what happened to the Creeds? Legado del Fantasma walk over and the boys remember, it happened in the parking lot. It had to be Legaod, right? Santos Escobar asks what these clowns are talking about. With all due respect, Legado’s make the NXT parking lot the most dangerous place on earth> Mendoza says when Legado attacks, they make sure everyone knows. And Wilde says didn’t the Creeds beat Brooks & Briggs? Brooks says Elektra had to be the one. Elektra says he can’t be mad at her that Brooks can’t get laid. He’s working on it!
Fallon asks if Briggs & Brooks really did it. Briggs makes sure Brooks understands, she doesn’t mean “it.” But no, they wouldn’t attack the Creeds. They’re good guys. But then, whodunnit?
Last Man Standing: LA Knight VS Grayson Waller!
The Million Dollar Megastar and 21st Century Success Story look to finish this once and for all, YEAH! But will Knight be standing at the end of the night? Or will Waller and his giant insurance policy make cheating a fact of life?
NXT returns as Waller makes his entrance, and Knight CLOBBERS him on the ramp! Knight takes advanteage of Sanga being banned from ringside at the moment to throw Waller around! SNAKE EYES off the barriers! And then a HAYMAKER! Knight bumps Waller off the apron, then he brings out a trash can lid. No, not good enough. The trash CAN is good enough! But Waller kicks low! Waller bumps Knight off the barriers, then whips him, only for Knight ot reverse! Waller hits steel steps! Fans fire up for Knight as he stands over Waller. Knight puts Waller in the ring, CLUBS him on the apron, then gets back in.
Fans fire up already, Knight gives Waller a ROPE GUILLOTINE CATAPULT! Knight then bumps Waller off buckles to stomp a mudhole in. Some fans actually chant for Waller but they’re drowned out by the “YEAH! YEAH! YEAH!” from the fans cheering Knight on! Knight goes corner to corner, BIG knee! The count begins but Waller flounders up at 3 of 10. Knight throws hands, whips him to ropes but Waller reverses to FLAPJACK HOTSHOT! The count starts on Knight but he gets up so Waller knees him down. Waller CLUBS Knight on the back, then CLUBS him against the ropes. Waller stomps as fans chant he sucks!
Waller CLUBS Knight, cravats and throws knees. Knight falls and Waller wants the count. Fans boo as the count climbs, Knight is up at 4 of 10. Waller LCUBS him, whips, but Knight reverses to put Waller on the apron. Waller ducks the haymaker to HOTSHOT again! Somersault STUNNER! Waller wants the count again and it begins. Waller makes sure he’s standing at 3 of 10, Knight slowly stirs. Knight gets up at 7, Waller brings him around. Waller fireman’s carries, pops him but Knight lands on his feet! Knight kicks but Waller denies the BFT to CLOBBER Knight! Waller pie faces Knight around then whips him to a corner.
Knight reverses, runs in but into a BOOT! Waller goes up the corner, only for Knight to get up there and SUPERPLEX! Both men are down and fans fire up as the count climbs! Knight sees Waller get up at 5 so he hits the B F T!! Waller is down and the count begins again. Fans add “YEAH” after every count, but Waller slips out at 7. Knight drags Waller back up, and CLUBS him in the chest! And then CLOBBERS him! Waller gets back up, Knight storms over, Waller SMACKS Knight with a trash can! Knight flounders as NXT goes picture in picture.
The count begins but Knight is getting up. Waller has the trash can lid and SMACKS him down! And again! Knight gets to ropes, Waller SMACKS him again! Waller makes Knight take a seat, then he puts the can on his face to STOMP it in! Knight writhes and flounders away, but Waller stalks him to another corner. Waller goes to the apron, CLUBS Knight down, then goes looking under the ring. Waller brings out a TABLE! Waller sets that up by the ring, sees Knight by commentary, and he runs into a haymaker! Knight fires off, then reels Waller in. Waller back drops free and Knight hits the floor hard!
The ref starts the count and Waller soaks up all the heat. Knight slowly gets up, Waller throws body shots. Waller CLUBS Knight on the back, then gets the trash can lid. Knight blocks the shot to kick back and SMACK Waller! And SMACK again! They end up going around the back of the stands and Knight brings Waller to the stairs. Knight makes Waller go up, throws hands on him to keep him going, and then smacks him off railing. They reach the top, near the perch. Knight stomps Waller, throws hands, but Waller knees back. Waller CLUBS Knight, Knight throws more haymakers as NXT returns to single picture!
Knight scoops, but Waller slips off! Waller tries to throw Knight over but Knight fights back! Now Knight tries to throw Waller! Waller clings to the scaffolding, Knight throws hands! Waller falls!! Where’d he go!? Fans are fired up with Knight as the ref is counting! Sanga has Waller! So Knight gets a chair to SMACK Sanga! Sanga just roars! Sanga choke grips Knight, to APRON CHOKE SLAM him! Waller has cuffs now?! Waller couldn’t get Knight arrested so he’s going to do this himself! But he misses the cuff fist drop! Knight then POSTS Sanga, and uses those cuffs to trap Sanga! And now Waller is alone for real!
Fans fire up and Waller wants mercy but Knight CLOBBERS him! And again! Knight whips Waller hard into a corner, then hits a JUMPING NECKBREAKER! Fans fire up and Waller staggers up. Knight scoops him, SLAMS him, and fans want to use that table! Knight waits on Waller to rise up again, but Waller thumbs him in the eye to deny the BFT! Waller bails out, somersaults in, but no stunner! Knight TOSSES Waller over and Waller crashes through the table! Fans lose their minds as the count begins! Waller is still down at 8, but he drags himself at 9! Waller survives by a mere second!
The count restarts as Waller falls over, but Knight gets him up to ROCK him with a haymaker! Waller leans against barriers, Knight throws more haymakers! Fans echo the “YEAH!” as Knight brings Waller around. Knight has the chair and Waller wants mercy again. Knight says for all this time, he’ll put the chair down. So that he can BOOT Waller! Then he puts the trash can on Waller to SMACK it with the chair!! And again! And again! And again! That can is dented all over the place! But Knight sees Sanga standing up, so Knight SMACKS Sanga! And again! And again! And again! Knight throws the chair down as fans fire up!
Knight sees the announce desk. Knight pulls the hood off, moves things aside, and even though Waller is down, he is stirring. So Knight just drags Waller up at 6 to bring him to the desk! Knight says this will end it! But Waller CLOBBERS Knight with a blackjack! Waller must’ve gotten that from Sanga somehow! Waller goes up the corner, ELBOW DROP through the announce desk!!! Fans lose their minds all over again! Both men are down in the wreckage, and the count begins! Waller flounders around but both men are still on the floor at 5 of 10! They’re getting up, Sanga picks Waller up! Waller wins!!
Winner: Grayson Waller, by pinfall
That insurance policy comes in handy after all! Knight miscalculated the lengths Waller would go to,
The Creed Brothers have not been medically cleared, they will NOT have their shot against Imperium tonight. So as agreed, MSK is taking their spot! Will Lee & Carter finally take those titles back?
Bron Breakker speaks.
“I walk into this Triple Threat as the NXT Champion. But as the underdog. See, Ciampa and Ziggler, they have all the experience, all the accomplishments, all the notoriety. Me? I’m just a guy who shows up on a daily basis and busts his ass in the film room, in the weight room, in the practice ring, because I love this business!” When Bron looks at the title, he thinks about the number of days that he’s held it. The guys who held it before, all that pain and hard work it takes to earn the title. it is what drives Bron to keep the title! If tonight is his last Roadblock on the way to Stand & Deliver, then he will run right through it! Will Breakker make this his true breakthrough moment?
Tony D’Angelo speaks.
He is having dinner right now, at his cousin Mikey’s restaurant. Mikey used to be a silent partner. Then the craziest thing happened. When things started going, the owner gets outta the biz. When that happened, Tony asked the guy why. That guy had a change of heart. Mikey is going places, just like Tony. AT Stand & Deliver, Tony reaches the top. WrestleMania is huge, people come from all over to see it. They will witness Tony D become the Don of NXT.
Women’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Semifinals: Kacy Katanzaro & Kayden Carter VS Io Shirai & Kay Lee Ray!
KC Squared have been a tag team for a long time, but they’ve yet to reach the top of the mountain. However, the Evil Genius and Scary Queen of Scots have reached the top before in their singles careers, and look to do the same as a duo. Now, we see who is greater between KC Squared and Shirai + KLR! Who do we see facing off against Dakota & Wendy in the finals?
NXT returns and KC Squared make their entrance. They have the T-Shirt guns, they have the LED gear, but will they have the cup? Mandy is still watching from the lounge, but Gigi & Jacy still haven’t returned. Wait, is that Malik Blade & Edris Enofe as the butlers? They took out the guys Mandy had so THEY could be her manservants?! Malik offers her wine and grapes, she doesn’t even notice. KLR and Kayden start, they tie up, KLR puts Kayden on ropes. They let off as the ref counts, and they go again. Kayden arm-drags but KLR gets up to see Kayden mocking her dance move. So KLR mocks Kayden’s twerking!
Kayden blocks the superkick but KLR deflects Kayden’s to CHOP! KLR wrenches, CHOPS again, but Kayden dodges to CHOP back! KLR waistlocks, O’Conner Rolls, but Kayden turns it around! TWO, Kayden springboards to dropkick! Cover, TWO! Kayden keeps on KLR and tags in Kacy. They double whip, trip and basement dropkick! Kacy adds the slingshot senton! Kacy brings KLR up but she gets away to tag in Shirai. Fans rally up and Shirai eggs Kacy on. Kacy dodges, handsprings around and headscissors, but Shirai rolls through. Shirai wags her finger, things speed up and Kacy wheelbarrows right up and over!
Shirai pops Kacy, Kacy ranas to a cover, TWO! Shirai hurries to La Magistrol! TWO! Kacy tries a handspring headscissor takedown, TWO! The partners get in, they all argue, then Kacy & Kayden dropkick Shirai & KLR! Kayden MULE KICKS KKLR, Kacy WRECKS Shirai! Kayden CROSSBODIES KLR, Kacy TORNILLO PLANCHAS Shirai! And only now does Mandy notice Malik is her butler. KC Squared fires up as NXT goes to break!
NXT returns again and Shirai has Kayden down with a chinlock. Fans rally and Kayden fights up to arm-drag free. Kayden gets run over by a shoulder, but she avoids Shirai’s elbow drop! Fans fire up as Shirai runs in but Kayden dodges! Shirai hits buckles, but she swings on Kacy first! Kayden swings but Shirai blocks to scoop, only for Kayden to DDT out of it! Fans fire up as both women are down! Hot tag to Kacy! She rallies on Shirai and KLR, DDT for Shirai again! Kacy fires off forearms and body shots! Shirai shoves her away but Kacy hits an A-List Lariat! Kacy shoves Shirai and rolls, to a FACEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!
Kacy keeps her focus, fans rally up behind her, and she brings Shirai up to whip. Shirai reverses, Kacy holds ropes and BOOTS back! Kayden tags then HEEL KICKS Shirai! Table top, and then wheelbarrow back suplex splash onto knees! Shirai crawls, but Kayden runs over! Shirai drop toeholds her to the rope! Dial it up, 619! Shirai hurries up top and Kayden stands, BIG missile dropkick! Cover, TWO! Shirai grows frustrated but fans are loving this! Shirai brings Kayden up, tag to KLR. Kayden breaks free to SUPERKICK KLR! Shirai SHOTEIS Kayden but Kacy BOOTS Shirai! KLR gets in to get Kacy, GOURD BUSTER!
Kayden runs in, springboard BULLDOG for KLR! Cover, TWO!! “This is Awesome!” as all four women are down! Kayden drags herself up the ropes while Shirai and Kacy bail out. Kayden brings KLR up, but KLR CHOPS her! Kayden runs in to SUPERKICK! Kayden tags Kacy and gets KLR up, but KLR fights out to shove Kayden into Kacy! Shirai gets in, she and KLR go up to get Kacy. But Kacy fights the double superplex and Kayden shoves Shirai down! Kayden Electric Chair Lifts KLR, Kacy climbs up, SUPER POISON RANA!!!! Cover, Shirai shoves Kayden onto the pile! Fans go nuts as Kayden throws Shirai out!
Kayden fires off on Shirai, whips, but Shirai reverses to send Kayden into steel steps! Kacy kicks Shirai abut gets fed to a SUPERKICK! KLR gets Kacy up, K L R BOMB!! Tag to Shirai and she goes right up top! OVER THE MOONSAULT!! Cover, Shirai & KLR win!
Winners: Io Shirai & Kay Lee Ray, by pinfall (advance to the Women’s Dusty Cup Finals)
Mandy isn’t pleased, but she couldn’t screw out everyone. Will the Scary Geniuses take the Dusty Cup? Or will #KaiChoo smash?
Wait, Cora goes after Mandy! Revenge for Raquel! Malik & Edris do their best to separate them but fans want to “Let Them Fight!” Will Cora get after Mandy one way or another?
Indi Hartwell watches last week’s loss.
But then Persia finally shows up. She and Duke Hudson had a great weekend, dinner by the water, so romantic. Up to his old tricks, huh? Duke has no idea what she means. Does Persia care that they lost? Yes, but Duke helped keep her mind off it. Persia says she carried this team, supported Indi’s relationship with Dexter, Indi can’t complain. What was that?! Persia said she supported her relationship. No, she said she carried this team! Well someone had to. So that was why Indi was champ without Persia first? They argue about who is the better tag partner, but Duke has them calm down. Don’t even, Duke! Don’t talk to Duke like that, Indi!
Indi tells Duke to shut up. They’re going to find out who the better woman is once and for all! Duke says Persia will need a training partner. Why wait? They make out right in the locker room! Will the friendship fall apart, just as Duke wants?
Backstage interview with Tiffany Stratton.
But she doesn’t want McKenzie to talk. Last week, she tried to do Sarray a favor by helping her with her wardrobe. Sarray said no, and NO ONE says no! Tiffany won’t just break Sarray’s necklace, she’ll break her face! Will the Warrior of the Sun have to pay for the payback she got on Daddy’s Little Rich Girl?
NXT Tag Team Championships: Imperium VS MSK!
Did Marcel Barthel & Fabian Aichner attack Julius & Brutus? Did they get someone to do it for them? These are questions still to be answered, but first we’ll see if they can stay tag team champions this close to WrestleMania! Will Wes Lee & Nash Carter make these belts must-see again? Or will these titles, and the mat, stay sacred?
The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see who will be heading to Stand & Deliver!
Barthel and Carter circle, tie up, and Barthel has the chinbar. Carter slips through but Barthel headlocks and hits a takeover. Carter headcissors but Barthel gets the leg to go for a Half Crab! MSK kicks and kicks but Barthel shifts to an ANKLE LOCK! Carter rolls to throw Barthel off but Barthel puts him up top. Carter blocks the gamangiri to FLYING RANA! Barthel gets up, runs in, but Carter handsprings to sweep the legs! Basement dropkick! Fans fire up, Carter CHOPS Barthel and whips. Barthel reverses but Carter duck sand dodges, only to get CLOBBERED with a EuroUpper! Barthel eggs Carter on and then kicks him around.
Barthel pushes Carter around, clamps on a chinlock and stretches him back. Carter endures, fights up, then JAWBREAKERS! Tag to Lee, MSK fires off on Barthel! ENZIGURI to DOUBLE STOMPS! Cover, TWO! Lee throws hands and kicks on Barthel, keeps on the leg, but Barthel CHOPS back! Barthel drags Lee up, CHOPS him again, then tags Aichner. Aichner swings but Lee ducks to kangaroo kick! SCHOP and boot but Aichner catches the leap to SLAM Lee into ropes! Lee clutches his legs but Aichner grabs at him. Lee holds ropes, Aichner stomps him down! Aichner drags Lee to drop an elbow on the leg!
Aichner clamps on a toehold, Lee endures and kicks back. Aichner drops a knee on the knee then pulls on the leg. Cover, TWO! Aichner drags Lee up, scoops him, but Lee slips off to CLUB and fire off on Aichner! SCREW HIGH KICK! Lee drags Aichner, tag to Carter. Leg sweep to Chancery and basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Carter drags Aichner up but Aichner CHOPS back! Aichner EuroUppers, Carter forearms, repeat! Carter gets a backslide, TWO! Carter kicks, whips, but Aichner reverses. Aichner blocks the boot to reel Carter in for a LARIAT! Tag to Barthel and Imperium mugs Carter.
Barthel clamps on a cobra clutch and he grinds Carter down. Carter fights up, throws body shots, but Barthel ripcords, only for Carter to KNEE Barthel down! Both men are down, Carter drags Barthel over. Barthel digs his heel sin to whip Carter but Carter DECKS Aichner! Carter dodges, hot tag to Le! Lee CLOBBERS Barthel, SUPERKICKS Aichner, then fires off on Barthel! Snapmare and basement dropkick! Lee runs in to ROCK Barthel with a forearm, then ENZIGURI and QUEBRADA! Barthel bails out, Lee tags Carter and Carter CANNONBALLS Barthel to the ramp! They’re both down, Aichner pops Lee up for a BACKBREAKER!
But wait! Here come the Creeds! They CLOBBER Barthel and Carter, then go after Aichner and Lee!
Winners: MSK, by disqualification; Imperium retain the titles
OVERHEAD Belly2Belly for MSK, then some for Aichner! Julius CLOBBERS Barthel, Brutus CLOBBERS Aichner! The Creeds
Draco Anthony finishes up a workout.
He sees Harland is lurking behind him. Draco storms over and Joe Gacy says they come in peace. They didn’t mean to interrupt him. Gacy is sure Draco has thought about this. He should open up and let others into his life. But Xyon Quinn walks over and tells Gacy that Draco is hi sown man. Draco, don’t let them get into your head. Live your own life. Gacy wants that for Draco, too, as opposed to living a lie. Gacy says Draco can have more time to think. They’ll be waiting. Draco thanks Quinn for that. Will these two
Dolph Ziggler speaks.
“You think you got WrestleMania weekend all figured out, but ol’ DZ is about to screw it all up! No whit my music, the good one!” The Show-Off is going right to the ring, because it’s time for the main event! Will Ziggler steal the show and the NXT Championship?
NXT UK’s A-Kid speaks.
He is the first ever Spanish WWE superstar, started his career 10 years ago, and he worked hard to get signed by NXT UK. He competed against the best talent in the world, became the inaugural Heritage Cup Champion, and now he’s coming to NXT! He can’t wait to test himself against the best talent here and show them what he is all about!
Jacket Time reacts to this news!
Ikemen Jiro is very excited to see A-Kid coming! A-Kid is one of the best in-ring performers. Kushida says he’s just good. Oh, Kushida thinks he’s better? He’s better than good. Jiro is excited for that! Will we see the Super Junior of Japan and the Spanish Sensation battle it out in the ring?
North American Championship qualifiers begin next week!
Cameron Grimes VS Santos Escobar will be the first of the four, who gets a second chance at the “A Title” through Stand & Deliver
NXT Championship Triple Threat: Bron Breakker VS Tommaso Ciampa VS Dolph Ziggler!
NXT returns and Ciampa makes his entrance first. Then Bron makes his entrance, but doesn’t smash up anything like he has for his other big title match entrances. The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who stands tall to move on to Stand & Deliver!
Bron and Ciampa keep their eyes on Ziggler, Ziggler fakes superkick but then bails out. Ciampa and Bron go to pursue but then Ciampa turns Bron around to DECK him! Roll up, Ziggler breaks it up! Ziggler rains down fists on both guys, then brings Bron up to whip. Bron reverses and Ziggler hits buckles hard! Ciampa CLUBS away on Bron, whips him to ropes, but Bron ducks and dodges, only to miss the shoulder tackle! Fans fire up as Ciampa runs at Ziggler to CHOP him in the corner! Ciampa runs to CHOP Bron! Ciampa runs, redirects Bron but Bron hurdles. Things speed up, Ziggler jumps in, into a SPINEBUSTER!
Bron CLOBBERS Ciampa and fans bark for him. Bron drags Ciampa up, then gets Ziggler. Bron double suplexes Ziggler and Ciampa! Bron stomps Ziggler, stalks Ciampa to a corner, and Bron fires haymakers. Bron puts Ciampa up top, climbs up to join him, but Ciampa slips out and trips Bron up! Ziggler shoves Bron down for good measure, then dodges Ciampa’s boot! Ciampa stops the superkick, fakes chop, but Ziggler trips Ciampa before the double underhooks! Jackknife, TWO! Ciampa gets around, spins Ziggler and ROCKS him! Ciampa trips Ziggler but Ziggler kicks free of the catapult!
Ziggler fires off in the corner, whips corner to corner but Ciampa comes back to LARIAT! Ciampa drags Ziggler by his legs, to CATAPULT him at the corner! Ziggler hits buckles hard then falls, and Ciampa keeps moving to FLY out onto Bron! Fans cheer as Ciampa claps and pats himself on the back! The Pulse of NXT drags the Big Booty Nephew back into the ring and then he gets the Show-Off in, too. “Ciampa’s gonna kill~ you” as he goes corner to corner to give them clothesline after clothesline! He keeps going, dodges their clotheslines, but Ziggler DROPKCISK Ciampa down! Bron CLOBBERS Ziggler!
All three men are down as NXT goes picture in picture. Bron stirs and Ziggler crawls. Ciampa shakes out the cobwebs and he stomps Ziggler out of the ring! Ciampa goes out after him, brings him up, and SMACKS Ziggler off the desk! Bron flops out of the ring, Ciampa gets him up to whip, but Bron reverses! Ciampa hits steel steps hard! Ciampa clutches the back of a thigh, Bron catches his breath, and Bron heads over to Ciampa. Bron gets Ciampa up and in, but Ciampa kicks low! Bron throws haymakers for that, but Ciampa hits back! Ciampa CHOPS Bron, Bron flops against ropes but Ciampa brings him around to bump off buckles.
Ciampa throws haymakers, sits Bron down, but Ziggler kicks Ciampa and bumps him off buckles! And more buckles! Ziggler stomps a mudhole into Ciampa, then climbs up to talk trash. Ziggler BITES Ciampa’s head! Then rains down fists! NXT returns to single picture as Ziggler goes way past 10! Ziggler swivels the hips, but Ciampa stops him before 20! Atomic drop! Bron is there, he OVERHEAD Belly2Belly suplexes Ziggler! Ciampa kicks Bron, whips him, but Bron reverses. Ciampa comes back into a FLAPJACK! The straps come down, Bron gets Ciampa in the STEINER RECLINER!! Ciampa endures and fans rally up!
Ziggler gets in to put on a SLEEPER! Bron does his best to hold onto Ciampa but he loses his grip! Ciampa is free, Ziggler becomes a backpack! Bron stays on his feet, but then drops back onto Ciampa! All three men are down again and fans rally up! Ziggler hurries over to bring Bron up with a facelock. Ziggler throws forearms but Bron gives them back. Ziggler ROCKS Bron, Bron ROCKS Ziggler! Ciampa ROCKS Bron! Bron and Ziggler hit Ciampa, Ciampa hits them back! Ciampa haymakers, CHOPS, and repeat between the others! Bron ROCKS Ciampa again, but Ziggler fires off on Bron!
Ziggler has Bron tumbling out of the ring, Ciampa runs in to KNEE Bron down! Ziggler rolls Ciampa, TWO!! FAMOUSER!! ZIGZAG!! Cover, TWO!!! Ciampa survives and no one can believe that! Ziggler waits for Ciampa to get up and then he tunes up the band. Fans fire up, Bron choke grips Ziggler! Ciampa BOOTS Bron, Ziggler SATELLITE DDTs! Ciampa gets Ziggler with a KNEE! And then powerbomb lift! Bron rushes in but misses! before PROJECT CIAMPA! Cover, TWO!! Ciampa can’t believe it, but fans rally up. Ciampa gets Ziggler up, underhooks, but Bron SPEARS the Fairy Tale Ending down!
Ziggler SUPERKICKS Bron! ZIG- NO! Bron bucks Ziggler away to SPEAR him down!! Bron fires up, gets Ziggler up in the trophy lift, for the BREAKKER SLAM!! Cover, Roode drags the ref out! The Dirty Dawgs work together again! Bron DECKS Roode at the ramp! Bron hurries back but into WILLOWS BELL!! Ciampa gets Bron up, underhooks and FAIRY TALE ENDING!! But Ziggler bodies Ciampa! Cover on Bron, TWO!!! Ziggler throws a fit but Ciampa tosses him out! Ciampa brings down the kneepad! But Roode saves Bron! SUPERKICK from Ziggler!! Cover, Ziggler wins!??!
Winner: Dolph Ziggler, by pinfall (NEW NXT Champion)
Bron can’t believe it! He and Ciampa are on the losing end of a GLORIOUS screw job! The Show-Off literally does steal this title! What does this mean for Stand & Deliver?
What a exciting and shocking Roadblock edition of NXT! Great stuff from the Women’s Dusty Cup here, putting RawDown’s Women Tag Division to shame. Dakota & Wendy continue to work together well, and I should’ve figured Toxic Attraction would screw Raquel & Cora over. They fear Raquel and they basically sideline her, but then it was awesome for Cora to attack Mandy in the lounge. Also, it was great for Malik & Edris to replace those butler bodyguard guys. KC Squared VS Shirai & KLR was awesome stuff, and I figured KLR & Shirai advance. Scary Geniuses VS #KaiChoo is going to be a really fun finals match, I would love seeing either team take on Gigi & Jacy.
I was a bit surprised they had an attack angle for the men’s tag titles, but it did add some intrigue to things throughout the night. For one, it gave Brooks & Briggs more of a reason to get involved with Legado. That should be a good match for like, the WrestleMania week go-home. Imperium VS MSK was as great as before, but the fans really wanted the Creeds in this. Creeds going after both teams could just be because they don’t know who attacked them and therefore don’t trust any of them, or it is a tease that MSK did the attack. That’d be very Johnny Gargano attacking Aleister Black. Also, WWE sets up another Triple Threat Tag. They surprisingly seem to like tag wrestling these days.
That Last Man Standing was some great stuff, YEAH! But of course, Waller being the Heel, he has a sidekick help him win. I will say, though, Waller leaning on Sanga and Sanga helping him stand was a very clever way for it to work. Sarray got some good payback on Tiffany and they’re obviously having a match. That is definitely go-home material. I do like that Fallon got a win off that and is all but part of a trio with Brooks & Briggs. Duke Hudson has successfully broken up Indi and Persia, they’re having their match, that is going to be pretty good stuff, and I really hope we get the Mixed Tag of Duke & Persia VS #InDex.
We got a decent segment out of Xyon, Draco, Harland & Gacy, that is definitely going to be a tag match for the go-home. A-Kid coming to NXT is interesting just on the timing. That kinda takes some power out of the NXT UK roster, right as he is getting into story with Die Familie. Maybe AK has recorded all the material he has with Die Familie and is able to do this while those segments play out. Plus, I like that promo we got out of Jacket Time. Kushida VS A-Kid is going to be a technical masterpiece to say the least.
Andre Chase has another hilarious promo Tony D’Angelo has a good promo but it’s hard to be sure what the message was. Still no clue as to who he is aiming for, but maybe he just gets in on the North American Championship ladder match. They’re going with just five guys, not six, but I do like that we’ll be getting qualifiers. Grimes VS Escobar is going to be great, either one can get in, and I look forward to seeing who else gets in.
And then while we got good promos from each guy, that Triple Threat main event was awesome! Yes, Bron did botch tackling Ciampa the first time but they redid the spot so he could nail it before the end. And in the biggest twist, Ziggler wins! Granted it was thanks to Roode, but I still didn’t think it’d happen. I’m sure Bron somehow gets his rematch at Stand & Deliver, it’ll give fans just learning about him after seeing him on Raw a chance to see him climb back up, but I’m surprised he’s going to join the two-time champion club so quickly. He’s already going to be on par with Ciampa, Samoa Joe, Shinsuke Nakamura and Finn Balor just on that, but I suppose this is the power of a Vince McMahon push.
My Score: 8.8/10
Mitchell’s NJPW WTL X Super Jr. Tag Results & Report! (12/4/22)
Can Catch 2/2 get 2 more points?
The Super Junior Tag League enters lucky round number 7!
The Super Jr. Tag League enters the final three rounds, and things are neck and neck! Will TJP & Francesco Akira prove they’re the best Juniors in NJPW?
- Kosei Fujita & Yuto Nakashima VS Ryohei Oiwa & Oskar Leube; Oiwa & Leube win.
- Six Man Tag: YOSHI-HASHI, Tomoaki Honma & Master Wato VS Bullet Club; Hashi, Honma & Wato win.
- Six Man Tag: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS Suzuki-Gun; LIJ wins.
- Super Jr. Tag League 2022: KUSHIDA & Kevin Knight VS Ace Austin & Chris Bey; Ace & Bey win.
- Super Jr. Tag League 2022: Ryusuke Taguchi & Clark Connors VS Robbie Eagles & Tiger Mask; Taguchi & Connors win.
- Super Jr. Tag League 2022: BUSHI & Titán VS SHO & Dick Togo; Bushi & Titán win.
- Super Jr. Tag League 2022: YOH & Lio Rush VS Alex Zayne & El Lindaman; Yoh & Lio win.
- Super Jr. Tag League 2022: TJP & Francesco Akira VS DOUKI & Yoshinobu Kanemaru; Douki & Kanemaru win.
PLAY BY PLAY
Here are the current Super Jr. Tag League standings!
Austin & Bey: 5-1, 10 points
TJP & Akira: 5-1, 10 points
Zayne & Lindaman: 5-1, 10 points
Yoh & Lio: 4-2, 8 points
Bushi & Titan: 4-2, 8 points
Taguchi & Connors: 2-4, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
Eagles & Tiger Mask: 2-4, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
Douki & Kanemaru: 1-5, 2 points [ELIMINATED]
KUSHIDA & Knight: 1-5, 2 points [ELIMINATED]
Sho & Dick: 1-5, 2 points [ELIMINATED]
Super Jr. Tag League 2022: KUSHIDA & Kevin Knight VS Ace Austin & Chris Bey!
Time2Fly ran out of time and now they’re out of the running! But there’s always time to be a spoiler, so can Kushida & Knight ruin things for Bullet Club? Or will the #InevitableFinesse lock down a spot in the finals?
Bullet Club Too Sweets and take off the jackets. The teams sort out and fans rally up as Bey starts with Knight. They circle, Knight slides forward but Bey steps back. They tie up, Knight headlocks, and he grinds Bey down. Bey fights up to power out and spin around to headlock. Knight powers out but Bey runs him over. Bey swaggers and throws up the Too Sweet, but Knight kips up to run Bey over! Knight says he’s too fly, and things speed up. Knight leaps over the dropdown, but Bey dodges the lariat! Bey rolls and headscissors, but Knight handsprings through! Knight comes back to scoop but Bey victory rolls, TWO!
Fans fire up as Knight keeps moving, springboard CROSSBODY! Then the scoop and SLAM! And the SPINNING SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Knight keeps on Bey with a wrench and wristlock as fans rally. Tag to Kushida and Knight hands off the arm. Kushida wrenches to a wristlock, tags Knight, and hands off the arm to another wrench. Tag back to Kushida, and the handoff continues. Tag back to Knight, they handoff the wrench again and again and again! Then they double wrench, double snapmare and double knee drop both arms! Fans fire up but Ace attacks Time2Fly! Ace CLUBS Knight, runs, but into the dodge, body shot, and knee lift!
Ace bails out while Time2Fly has their secret handshake. Fans rally up as Time2Fly build speed, but Bullet Club gets clear. Fans rally as Knight goes out after Bey and Kushida goes after Ace. They go deep into the crowd! The bleachers get a closer look at the action as the brawls go up the steps! Kushida makes Ace take a seat as he throws down hands! Fans fire up as Kushida stalks Ace back down the way. Meanwhile, Bey leaps to CLUB Knight on the back! Knight knees low in return, and CLUBS him towards ringside. The ring count finally starts, Knight EuroUppers Bey at 4 of 20! Kushida wrenches Ace’s arm but Ace CLUBS back at 6.
Knight puts Bey in the ring at 7, Ace POSTS Kushida at 8! Knight gets on the apron but Ace anchors him at 9! Knight kicks Ace away, springboards in, but Bey DROPKICKS Knight outta the air! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up and Bey rains down hands from all sides. The ref reprimands about closed fists, Bey lets off and shouts, “That’s what it’s all about, baby!” Tag to Ace, he and Bey double whip Knight, then POMMEL KICK, and FINESSE IN MOTION! Feed to the drop toehold and Eddy Gordo Kick, then DOUBLE STOMPS! Cover, TWO! Fans rally while Ace grows frustrated. Ace wraps Knight up in a headscissor squeeze!
Knight endures, rolls over and out, but Ace stomps him at the ropes. Ace drags Knight up, reels him in, and snap suplexes! Then Ace has the mounted armbar! Knight endures, but out comes the ace up Ace’s sleeve! PAPER CUT! Fans fire up as Ace hides the card again. Ace drags Knight up, bumps him off buckles, and he tags Bey. Bullet Club double wrench, double CLAW, then double drop toehold to Too Sweet CLAW! Fans rally up while Bey taunts Kushida. Bey drags Knight up but Knight throws body shots. Bey ROCKS Knight, reels him in and back suplexes, but Knight lands on his feet! Knight rolls under, hot tag to Kushida!
Ace tags in but Kushida’s up top, DOUBLE BRAIN CHOPS! Fans fire up with Kushida as he KICKS and KICKS and KICKS Ace! Kushida whips, Ace reverses but Kushida CROSSBODIES! Fans rally as Kushida dodges Ace to PELE! Bey runs in to kick Kushida, then he runs, but into Kushida’s hip toss! Handspring, basement dropkick! Fans fire up more as Kushida roars! Ace rushes in but Kushida hurdles, drops under, and hip tosses into the ARMBAR! Ace endures, rolls, stacks Kushida but ends up in a Triangle Hold! Ace deadlifts Kushida to POWERBOMB him! Fans fire up as Ace gets free and tags in Bey.
Bey and Ace coordinate as Kushida rises, ONE TWO SWEET CUT- NO, Kushida catches Bey into a waistlock! GERMAN SUPLEX! Ace ROCKS Kushida, but Knight tags in on the whip! Kushida reverses, then drops under and Knight sidesteps for another drop and sidestep, then a DROPKICK! Knight kips up and says it’s time! Kushida Electric Chair Lifts Bey, Knight jumps, but Ace catches him to an Electric Chair! Fans fire up as Kushida and Ace kick at each other, and then Knight and Bey punch at each other! The brawl keeps going with Knight and Ace getting the edge! Kushida ends up in a corner and Bey sits on the top rope.
Kushida lets Bey go so he can dropkick Ace out from under Knight! Knight then gets up to JUMPING STEINER Bey! Kushida Electric Chair Lifts again, JET FLIGHT DROPKICK!! Cover, but Ace barrels in to break it!! Fans fire up, Knight throws Ace out. Ace is on the apron, he shoulders in and slingshots over, dodges Kushida and kicks him! POMMEL KICK for Knight, KNEE LIFT for Kushida, HEEL KICK for Knight! Fans fire up and Bey climbs up. Ace YOYO SLAMS Knight, then runs at Kushida, but Kushida BOOTS him down! Kushida runs to HANDSPRING KICK Bey! Ace returns but Kushida elbows him away.
Kushida puts Ace on the apron and runs side to side, but Ace jumps the sliding kick! Ace handsprings to avoid the sweep and then he PENALTY KICKS Kushida! Fans fire up again, and then even more as Knight DROPKICKS Ace! Knight aims and PLANCHAS, but Bey APRON CUTTERS!! Fans fire up for that insane intercept! Ace gets Bey in the ring, then he gets Knight in. Fans clap for Bullet Club as they ONE TOO SWEET CUTTER, and THE FOLD!! Cover, Bullet Club wins!
Winners: Ace Austin & Chris Bey, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Kushida & Knight earn 0)
The Time Jet crashes down! It may not be their time, but is it inevitable that Ace & Bey take the trophies for Bullet Club?
Super Jr. Tag League 2022: Ryusuke Taguchi & Clark Connors VS Robbie Eagles & Tiger Mask!
As far as the finals go, The Wild Hips and the Flying Tigers are extinct. But pride is always on the line, so who wins more of that along with those two points?
The fans rally already, and Eagles gets them to “ROBBIE ROBBIE ROBBIE! OI OI OI!” Taguchi & Connors have their Sapporo beer, so Taguchi stars a chant of “BIRU BIRU BIRU! OI OI OI!” The Wild Hips drink up and are ready to go. Eagles asks if they have one for him. Sure! Fans chant “GO GO TIGER!” wanting the living legend to partake. Tiger says no thank you, maybe later. Connors has Tiger’s then. The teams sort out, Connors starts against Eagles. Fans rally as the two circle, tie up, and Eagles wrenches. Connors rolls, wrenches and wristlocks back, but Eagles rolls, handsprings and wrenches again.
Connors puts Eagles on the ropes but the ref counts the break. Connors lets off, but then knees low! Connors whips but Eagles holds ropes to block. Connors ELBOWS Eagles, whips, but Eagles reverses to go up and around to arm-drag! Eagles runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges, then RANAS! Fans fire up, Eagles calf kicks but Connors avoids it! Connors runs in but Eagles kicks him away. Connors ducks the boot, redirects and runs Eagles over! Connors hits Tiger for good measure, and Taguchi jumps in. Fans rally as the Wild Hips double whip but Eagles reverses. Taguchi ends up in the corner, Connors runs but Eagles hurdles, sending Connors into Taguchi!
Eagles arm-drags Connors, then baits him in again, and a drop toehold sends Connors into Taguchi’s BUTT! The Funky Weapon takes friendly fire and Eagles tags Tiger. Tiger drags Connors up to mule kick, Eagles KICKS, and DOUBLE ROUNDHOUSES take Connors down! Cover, TWO! Tiger keeps on Connors with a motorcycle stretch. Connors endures, Tiger turns him to have him down on the mat with an armlock. Connors fights up, Tiger wrenches but Connors slips through to throw body shots. Tiger KICKS Connors, KICKS him again, then KICKS again! Connors stands up, and Tiger kicks him in the butt! But Tiger is the one who takes damage!
Connors eggs Tiger on, Tiger KICKS Connors in the chest! Connors falls and Tiger shakes out his foot. Tag to Eagles and Eagles stomps Connors. Eagles drags Connors up, but Connors throws body shots! Eagles trips Connors but Connors kips him away. Eagles BOOTS Connors, runs, but into an ELBOW! Connors runs, Eagles follows, Connors drops and redirects to POUNCE! Fans fire up as both men are down! Connors crawls as fans rally, hot tag to Taguchi! Taguchi storms up on Eagles and he gives a POINT-BLANK HIP! And another, and another! Taguchi whips but Eagles reverses, but Taguchi holds ropes. Tiger CHOPS Taguchi on the back!
Tiger holds Taguchi and Eagles hurries over to the apron. The Flying Tigers aim, but Taguchi avoids their double roundhouses to the butt! Taguchi HIP ATTACKS Tiger off the apron, then brings Eagles into chicken wings. Eagles slips free, schoolboys and bridges, TWO! Eagles ROUNDHOUSES, SUPERKICKS and PELES! Fans fire up with Eagles but Taguchi ENZIGURIS back! Tiger tags in but Taguchi kicks him low. Taguchi gives Tiger POINT-BLANK HIP after POINT-BLANK HIP! Taguchi brings Eagles over to sit him next to Tiger, DOUBLE POINT-BLANK HIP! And again, and again! Connors gets in and he grabs the Flying Tigers.
Connors POINT-BLANK HIPS Tiger, then POINT-BLANK HIPS Eagles! And back to Tiger, and back to Eagles! Fans rally as Connors goes faster and faster! Connors calls to Taguchi, but the Flying Tigers drag Connors down! They keep him quiet and Taguchi backs it up! STINK FACE for Connors! Fans fire up but Taguchi turns around to realize what happened! Connors flops over and Taguchi calls to him! “What happened, Clark?!” Taguchi is mad at the Flying Tigers for what they did to Clark! But then they both avoid his Hip Attack! Fans rally up and Tiger SOBATS! Eagles KICKS! Then SUPERKICK BUZZSAW COMBO! Cover, TWO!
Fans rally up as Taguchi is still in this. Tiger drags Taguchi up, whips him to a corner, then runs in to ROUNDHOUSE! Taguchi flounders but Tiger brings him into double underhooks, BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! But into a DOUBLE WRISTLOCK! Taguchi endures but Tiger headscissors to keep him down. Connors CLOBBERS Tiger! Eagles kicks Connors and throws him out! Tiger drags Taguchi up while Eagles keeps after Connors. Taguchi fights the underhooks but Tiger spins him around and victory rolls! TWO!! Taguchi escapes, swings, but into a backslide! TWO!!
Tiger SOBATS and runs, but Taguchi drops. Tiger sunset flips, but Taguchi brings down the tights! RED UNDIES! But Tiger turns hip drop into sunset flip! Connors tips it back over, TWO as Eagles tips it back! TWO as Connors tips it for Taguchi! TWO as Eagles tips it for Tiger! TWO as Connors tips it! TWO as Eagles tips it! TWO, Connors! TWO, Eagles! Connors, Eagles, Connors, Eagles, and then the cradle falls apart! Fans fire up as Connors and Eagles coach Taguchi and Tiger. Eagles and Connors then start throwing forearms and haymakers! Fans rally as Connors gets the edge. Eagles blocks but Connors ducks a kick, only for Eagles to land out of the back suplex!
Eagles dropkicks the legs out, runs, but into a HIP ATTACK from Connors! Fans fire up as Connors reveals HIS red undies! But Tiger ROLLING SOBATS Connors out! Tiger runs, into the RED HIP ATTACK! But Tiger stays up to BUZZSAW Taguchi’s butt! Tiger drags Taguchi up, underhooks the arms, but Taguchi fights to back drop! Tiger sunset flips, Connors breaks it with a hip! Taguchi covers, the Wild Hips win!!
Winners: Ryusuke Taguchi & Clark Connors, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Tiger & Eagles earn 0)
Taguchi is so excited, he forgets to let Tiger go! Eagles has Taguchi release Tiger, that’s just insult to injury. But will the Flying Tigers be able to finish strong in the last two rounds? Will the Wild Hips keep on running wild until the end?
Super Jr. Tag League 2022: BUSHI & Titán VS SHO & Dick Togo!
The Black Mask y El Inmortal are so close to the finals, they can almost taste it! Will they be able to keep the tournament tranquilo? Or will the Murder Machine & Spoiler be spoilers for Los Ingobernables de Japon?
The teams sort out, but the House of Torture attacks! Dick stomps Bushi down while Sho kicks Titan against ropes! The bell rings, Dick kicks Bushi out and helps Sho stomp Titan. They drag Titan from ropes, stomp him more, but the ref reprimands. Fans boo but Dick tells them to shut up. Dick and Sho whip Titan to a corner, but Titan goes up and over Dick, only to get caught by Sho. Dick runs in but Titan back drops him up and over! Titan then arm-drags Sho away, and sweeps the legs to a cover. Titan lets off as Dick runs in, so Dick ends up stomping Sho by mistake! Titan arm-drags Dick and SHOTGUNS Sho!
Fans fire up as Titan ducks ‘n’ dodges Dick to RANA Him out! Dick ends up stuck in the ropes, Sho hurries to help him, but then Sho runs away as Titan builds speed! Dick ends up falling on the floor! Fans laugh as Dick gets mad at Sho. Titan fires up to build speed again, but both Sho & Dick duck! Titan slides, to SLAP them both on the back! Fans fire up and Dick and Sho are upset with each other. Dick hurries into the ring, as does Sho, and they’re going to throw hands? No, they hug it out. Fans applaud the House of Torture settling things peacefully, but then LIJ dump them both out! Titan & Bushi aim, but the House uses Oskar Leube as a shield!
LIJ hesitates, and that allows Dick & Sho to trip them up! Dick ROCKS Titan, Sho drags Bushi to the bleachers! Sho CLUBS Bushi and whips him into the wall. Fans rally for LIJ but Dick CHOKES Titan by standing on his neck. The ref reprimands them all, Dick stands Titan up to ROCK with a haymaker. Dick puts Titan in for Sho and Sho CLUBS Titan down. Cover, TWO! Dick CLUBS Bushi, Sho stomps Titan. Sho bumps Titan off buckles, stomps him down and stands on him! The ref counts and fans boo but Sho lets off to tag Dick. Dick storms up to ELBOW Titan down! And CLUB him, too! Dick covers, TWO!
Dick wraps on a chinlock to grind Titan down. But the ref suspects choking! Dick lets off and Titan sputters. Dick drags Titan up by his mask, snapmares then drops the fist! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up as Titan gets away. Dick storms up and grabs the mask again. Dick taunts Bushi then brings Titan around. Dick wrenches an arm, hooks Titan up, and he starts untying the mask! The fans boo but Sho intercepts Bushi! Sho puts Bushi in a corner, Dick puts Titan in the other, and they both pull at LIJ’s masks! Fans boo and the ref reprimands, so Dick stops at 4. Sho keeps trying with Bushi so the ref reprimands him.
Dick puts Titan in another corner, and he goes after the mask again! Fans boo more but Dick lets off to tag Sho. They stomps Titan around, Sho laughs and kicks Titan around. Fans rally for Titan and he sits up. Sho gives toying kicks now, but Titan stands up. Sho eggs Titan on so Titan forearms, KICKS and SOBATS! Sho rakes the eyes! The ref reprimands, Sho stops to whip Titan to a corner, and he runs in to clothesline! Sho brings Titan in but Titan suplexes first! GOURD BUSTER, to SUPERKICK! Fans fire up while both men are down! Titan and Sho crawl, hot tag to Bushi! Fans fire up as Bushi kicks and whips but Sho reverses, Bushi dropkicks the legs out!
Bushi drags Sho up but Dick gets in to CLUB Bushi! The ref reprimands but the House double whips Bushi to ropes. Bushi ducks the lariats, sends Sho into Dick, then he DOUBLE RANAS! Fans fire up and Bushi stomps Sho. Bushi drags Sho up but Sho swings, into a spin and DDT! Cover, TWO! Fans rally and Bushi keeps on Sho. Bushi bumps Sho off buckles, CHOPS him, then whips him corner to corner. Bushi runs in but Sho dodges. Sho returns but into Bushi’s SWING KICK! Bushi goes up the corner to leap, MISSILE DROPKICK! And BUSHIROONI! Fans fire up more and Bushi stomps Sho around.
Bushi drags Sho up, suplexes, but Sho blocks it! Sho bends Bushi’s fingers, CLUBS the arm, then runs, but into an ENZIGURI! Fans fire up as Sho falls out. Bushi builds speed but Dick trips him! Fans boo but Dick tags in. Dick stomps Bushi around, drags him up, and he claws Bushi’s face! Dick runs but Bushi CODE- NO, Dick throws Bushi down, and then has the legs. FALLING HEADBUTT to the groin! The ref reprimands but Dick says he hit the lower stomach. Fans boo, and Sho has his wrench! But Titan springboards in to CROSSBODY Sho down! Fans fire up, Titan kicks, kick and SOBATS! But Sho rakes the eyes!
Sho runs, but Titan follows to TORNADO DDT! Sho bails out, Dick kicks low and runs, but Titan goes Matrix to then CALF KICK! Fans fire up as the House regroups outside. Titan builds speed to FLY! Direct hit on Sho & Dick and fans fire up again! Titan roars and he has the fans get even louder! Titan then goes back to CLUB Dick and put him in the ring. Bushi drags Dick up, he and Titan double whip, then Bushi runs in to back elbow. Bushi sets up, INMORTAL IN MOTION! Bushi picks Dick up while Titan climbs, MISSLE DROPKICK SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Dick survives but fans rally behind LIJ.
Titan aims at Dick, he runs in, LOCO LARIAT! Dick staggers into the CODE BREAKER! ANGEL IN- NO, Evil & Yujiro trip Titan up!! Fans boo and the Tokyo Pimp acts surprised. Fans tell Evil & Yujiro to go away, but Sho shoves Bushi into the ref! Yujiro & Evil then slide in and they all stomp Bushi down! Fans boo but the House of Torture laughs. The House whips Bushi to a corner, Sho runs in but is put on the apron. Bushi DECKS Sho, dodges Evil, and BOOTS Yujiro! Bushi sends Evil into Yujiro, and Titan springboards to DOUBLE MISSILE DROPKICK them down! Fans fire up as the House bails out!
Titan gets a boost from Bushi to go up, tightrope walk and QUEBRADA! Three for one as he takes out Evil, Yujiro and Sho! Dick rushes at Bushi but Bushi blocks the eye poke! Bushi kicks, Dick blocks and ducks the enziguri, only for Bushi to HEEL KICK! Dick staggers, Bushi CODE BREAKERS! ANGEL INMORTAL!! Cover, LIJ wins!
Winners: Bushi & Titán, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Sho & Dick earn 0)
The House of Torture gets in its own away again! Will they ever figure out cheating doesn’t pay? As for LIJ, will they finish strong and get into the finals?
Super Jr. Tag League 2022: YOH & Lio Rush VS Alex Zayne & El Lindaman!
The Men of the Hour are fighting against time to stay in the running! Will Direct Drive & The Bad Child build back up? Or will they get burned by the #GLEATSAUCE?
The teams sort out and Lio starts against Zayne. Fans rally at the bell as the two circle. Lio flexes at Lindaman, then ties up with Zayne. Zayne powers Lio back and shoves him to ropes. Lio runs, redirects, slips around and goes up the ropes to FLYING RA- NO, Zayne blocks and swings Lio up! Lio fights the bomb, Zayne blocks his kick and flips Lio, but Lio dodges and redirects again. Lio ducks the boot, shoves Zayne, but Zayne springboards to DOUBLE KNEE DROP Lio’s dropdown! Zayne keeps moving to MARIPOSA! Cover, TWO! Fans applaud and Zayne brings Lio up. Zayne puts Lio in the corner and tags in Lindaman.
The Gleat Sauce mugs Lio, double whips him corner to corner, then Zayne runs in to back elbow! Lindaman runs in to add an elbow, then Lindaman sets up. Zayne runs to leap frog, but Lio gets under! Lio slips around Lindaman to shove him at Zayne! They steady themselves and rush Lio, but Lio handsprings under their double clothesline! Lio kicks but Zayne blocks it. Zayne hands that to Lindaman, but Lindaman ducks the enziguri and Zayne takes the hit! Fans fire up, Lindaman drags Lio up and scoops to SLAM him! Lindaman drops an elbow and fans fire up! Lindaman runs, but he fakes the elbow to BLAST Yoh!
Lindaman goes out after Yoh and brings him around to POST him! Lindaman CLUBS Yoh down, then digs his knee into Yoh’s neck. Lio goes out to CLUB Lindaman! Lindaman CLUBS Yoh but Lio CLUBS Lindaman again. Lio kicks Lindaman into the ring and he coaches up Yoh. Fans rally up, Lio whips Lindaman into the corner. Lio runs in to clothesline and Yoh tags in. Lio whips Yoh in to back elbow Lindaman down! Fans rally as Yoh kicks and forearms Lindaman. Yoh kicks low, CHOPS Lindaman, but Lindaman gets in Yoh’s face. They start shoving, then Lindaman thrwos forearms. Yoh ROCKS Lindaman back!
Yoh whips, things speed up, and Yoh drop toeholds to run and basement dropkick! Fans applaud and Yoh stands on Lindaman with a cocky cover. ONE and Lindaman gets up to ROCK Yoh. Yoh throws a forearm back, they go back and forth, but Lindaman knee slow! They scrap, end up in a corner, then out of a corner as Lindaman CLUBS and RAMS Yoh! Lindaman sits Yoh down to stomp a mudhole in! The ref counts, Lindaman digs his boots in but lets off at 4. Fans rally as Lindaman looms over Yoh. Lindaman scoops and SLAMS Yoh, then covers, TWO! Lindaman basement dropkicks Yoh in the back! Cover, TWO!
Fans cheer as Lindaman drags Yoh up. Lindaman brings Yoh over, tags in Zayne, and Gleat Sauce DOUBLE CLUB Yoh down. Zayne brings Yoh up to snapmare and PENALTY KICK in the back! Fans applaud while Zayne looms over Yoh. Zayne sits Yoh up and hooks up an arm as well as the dragon sleeper! Yoh endures and fans rally up. Yoh fight sup, but Lindaman BLASTS Lio, then he dropkicks Yoh down! Fans rally, Zayne stomps Yoh to ropes. Yoh drags himself up but Zayne kicks him again. Yoh fires off forearms in return, but Zayne knees low. Zayne runs, Yoh handsprings to dodge! Yoh mule kicks the NECKBREAKERS!
Fans fire up while both men are down! Yoh and Zayne crawl, hot tags to Lindaman and Lio! The Bad Child rallies on Gleat Sauce, and he whips Lindaman to a corner. Lindaman reverses, Lio goes up and over, Zayne runs in but Lio hurdles him! Zayne runs into Lindaman, Lio runs, redirects around Zayne and then around Lindaman! Lio arm-drags Zayne then baits Lindaman into a KANGAROO KICK! Lio kips up to SPIN KICK Zayne! Fans fire up, Lio builds speed and DIVES into Lindaman! Young Lion Kosei Fujita keeps Lindaman from landing on the front row! Lio puts Lindaman in the ring and fans rally up.
Lio stalks Lindaman, builds speed, and SPEARS! Cover, but Zayne breaks it! Fans fire up and Yoh gets in to fire off hands on Zayne! Yoh knees Zayne in a corner, Lio fires off on Lindaman in the other. Zayne turns things around to CHOP Yoh then put him up top. Zayne GAMANGIRIS Yoh. Lio runs in but Zayne sends him into Yoh’s knees! Zayne uses Lio to get up and SUPER STEINER Yoh! Then Zayne GERMAN SUPLEXES Lio onto Yoh! Lindaman deadlifts Lio to another GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Lio survives being thrown around and fans fire up. Lindaman drags Lio up again, Zayne aims but Lio ducks, the SUPERKICK hits Lindaman!
Zayne is stunned, Lio slides under him but Zayne grabs a foot! Zayne drags Lio away, spins him around, but Lio victory rolls Zayne so he can hot tag Yoh! Yoh goes up to MISSILE DROPKICK Zayne down! Fans fire up with Direct Drive and he runs in at Lindaman! BIG back elbow, but Lindaman fires back! Yoh and Lindaman go back and forth and fans fire up! Yoh boxing elbows and runs to ROCK Lindaman! But Lindaman stays up to ROCK Yoh back! Lindaman runs to ROCK Yoh, but Yoh roars! Fans fire up as the two go forehead to forehead. They both run, DOUBLE FOREARMS stagger both men!
Yoh kicks but Lindaman blocks, to a CHOKE SLAM! Lindaman sits Yoh up to KICK him, then suplex. Yoh fights that to suplex and FALCON ARROW! But Lindaman roars as he stands up! Lindaman swings, but into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Lindaman flounders to a corner and fans fire up with Yoh! Yoh runs corner to corner but into a clinch! BUCKLE EXPLODER! Fans fire up and Lindaman rises. Lindaman drags Yoh up and KUMAGOROSHIS! Tag to Zayne and Zayne shouts, “ITADAKIMASU!” Zayne goes up top but Yoh sits up. Lio runs in and jumps off Yoh to CLOBBER Zayne! Zayne falls to the floor but Lindaman storms up on Lio.
Lindaman waistlocks, Lio switches but Lindaman breaks free. Lio fires off fast hands and a FOREARM! Lio whips, Lindaman reverses to SAYANAGI! And DDT! Fans fire up and Yoh JUMP KNEES! Yoh lifts Lindaman, tucks him in, SCHWEIN!! Fans fire up and Yoh PLANCHAS Zayne! Yoh puts Zayne in the ring, suplexes, but Zayne slips free! Zayne clamps on to wrap Yoh up, TACO- VICTORY ROLL!! Cover, TWO! Zayne has it, TWO!! Zayne stands up but Yoh ROCKS him! Zayne SLAPS Yoh! Zayne runs, but Yoh UPPERCUTS! Yoh runs, but Lindaman ELBOWS, ROLLING ELBOWS and SAIDOS!
Lindaman drags Yoh up, Zayne SUPERKICKS into the GERMAN SUPLEX! DOUBLE BRIDGE, but Lio break sit up! Yoh sunset flips, TWO!! Zayne runs in but Yoh gets around, FIVE STAR CLUTCH!! Yoh & Lio win!!
Winners: Yoh & Lio Rush, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Zayne & Lindaman earn 0)
The Men of the Hour keep some time on the clock! Lindaman stands Yoh up to stare him down but Zayne and Lio keep those two apart. But then Yoh goes after Lindaman! Things seem to be boiling over between these two, will they and their partners make it to the finals to settle this in a rematch? Or will only one side make it to the end?
Super Jr. Tag League 2022: TJP & Francesco Akira VS DOUKI & Yoshinobu Kanemaru!
Catch 2/2 is still strong in the block, but they can’t afford to drop the ball now! Will the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions secure a spot in the finals? Or will Japones Del Mal & The Heel Master get a massive win in the main event?
Gideon Grey is of course here to give the introductions for the Public Enemy & Nova Fireball. The teams sort out and Kanemaru starts against TJP. Fans rally at the bell as TJP and Kanemaru circle. They feel things out, tie up and TJP wrenches an arm to a hammerlock. Kanemaru slips around, TJP wrenches him again, but Kanemaru wrenches back. TJP endures the wristlock, rolls and spins and cartwheels to bring Kanemaru down, for the twisting headscissors! Kanemaru kicks around, stands back up, and stacks to a cover, TWO! Kanemaru powers out of the headscissors to get a headlock. TJP powers out of that but feints the dropkick as Kanemaru holds ropes.
TJP and Kanemaru stare down but then run the ropes. They RAM shoulders, go again and both drop down! Then they both stand up, each man dodges a clothesline and TJP blocks a kick. Kanemaru tells him to put the foot down, and TJP slowly sets it down, only for Kanemaru to grab TJP’s foot! Fans applaud the savvy, and now TJP says to put the foot down. Kanemaru sets the foot down, to trip TJP with the other! TJP avoids the elbow drop, trips Kanemaru, but Kanemaru avoids the elbow drop! Fans fire up as they stand off. The clap for “CATCH! NI NI!” starts. TJP and Kanemaru back off to tag in Akira and Douki.
Douki and Akira talk some trash as they circle. Fans rally as the two knuckle lock, but then Akira kicks low. Akira headlocks, Douki powers out, things speed up and Douki hurdles. Akira shoves Douki to ropes, arm-drags him, but Douki arm-drags back. Things keep moving, Akira tilt-o-whirls and headscissors but Douki handsprings through! Douki dropkicks Akira down and fans fire up! Douki storms up and brings Akira around to CHOP! Akira flounders to a corner, Douki drags him back up. Douki CHOPS, then runs, but Akira follows to wheelbarrow. Douki waistlocks, Akira switches, Douki switches but Akira elbows him.
TJP runs in, gives Akira a boost into the wheelbarrow, and TJP BLASTS Kanemaru while Akira victory rolls! STOMP 182! Fans fire up and the Empire puts the crowns up. Fans clap for “CATCH! NI NI!” as they double whip Douki to ropes. SOBAT, KICK, and BASEMENT SHOTGUN! Cover, TWO! Fans rally and Akira brings Douki up, but Douki fires forearms. Akira DECKS Douki then kicks him around. Akira stands Douki up, tags TJP, and the champs mug Douki. Then TJP scoops to SLAM, and he goes out to slingshot SENTON! Cover, TWO! Fans rally and TJP drags Douki up. TJP snapmares Douki to scrape his sole on Douki’s face.
TJP has Douki’s legs, he steps through, and turns Douki over. Fans rally and TJP SNAP LOCKS! And again! TJP taunts Kanemaru and Desperado, then he bridges for the MUTA LOCK! Douki endures but Kanemaru storms in to stomp TJP down! Fans rally, TJP drags Douki back up. TJP steps over an arm, and pulls Douki into a SNAP BOW ‘N’ ARROW! Tag to Akira, Akira runs, and hops up! “Take picture! Take picture!” ELECTRIC CHAIR SENTON! Cover, but Kanemaru breaks it! Akira chases Kanemaru off then goes back to Douki. Akira drags Douki up but Douki throws body shots. Akira CHOPS Douki down!
Akira drags Douki up and ROCKS him, ROCKS him at the ropes, then runs. Douki does the splits and Akira tumbles out! Kanemaru POSTS Akira, Douki goes after TJP! Suzuki-Gun beats down the Empire, then Kanemaru brings Akira up to put on the apron. Douki holds Akira in place and Kanemaru DROPKICKS! Kanemaru tags, he covers, TWO! Kanemaru ELBOWS Akira in the head, then ELBOWS him again. Fans rally, Kanemaru brings Akira up and DDTs! Cover, TWO! CAMEL CLUTCH! Douki DROPKICKS TJP while Akira endures. Akira gets an arm free but Kanemaru ELBOWS him down!
Tag to Douki and Douki drags Akira up. Akira fires a forearm but Douki pushes him. Akira throws another forearm but Douki HELL STABS! Douki scoop SLAMS Akira, runs and DOUBLE STOMPS! Cover, TWO! Fans rally as Akira is still in this. Tag to Kanemaru and he stomps Akira around. Kanemaru toys with Akira but Akira gets up to ROCK Kanemaru. Kanemaru rakes the eyes! Red Shoes reprimands but Kanemaru throws Akira down. Kanemaru scrapes his sole off Akira’s face, then he BOOTS TJP down! Kanemaru stomps Akira to a corner, CLUBS him, but Akira hits back with forearms! Akira CHOPS, but Kanemaru rakes the eyes again!
Red Shoes reprimands, Kanemaru lets off to whip corner to corner. Kanemaru runs in to BOOT Akira, then he suplexes. Akira slips out, Kanemaru elbows him away, but Akira dodges the haymaker to ENZIGURI! Fans fire up while both men are down! Kanemaru grabs a leg but Akira kicks him away! Hot tag to TJP! TJP dodges Kanemaru, BOOTS Douki, then atomic drops Kanemaru to whip. Kanemaru reverses but TJP springboard LARIATS! TJP throws his shirt, free souvenir! TJP puts Kanemaru in a corner and fans rally as TJP scrapes Kanemaru’s face. TJP then runs side to side to BOOT WASH!
Fans fire up as TJP stands Kanemaru up for a TORNADO DDT! Cover, TWO! Fans rally and TJP calls his shot. TJP goes to the corner, hops right up top, and MAMBA- NO, TJP has to roll through as Kanemaru moves. Kanemaru kicks and whips but Akira tags in. TJP dodges Kanemaru, Akira runs in, RAILGUN DROPKICK! Kanemaru falls out but Douki runs in, into a double hip toss into a POWERBOMB NECKBREAKER! Fans fire up as Suzuki-Gun regroups outside. Akira builds speed and FLIES! Direct hit on both Douki & Kanemaru! Fans fire up with Akira and he drags Kanemaru back into the ring.
Akira stands Kanemaru up with chicken wings, TJP SUPERKICKS Kanemaru and Akira lifts him up, HIGH ANGLE GERMAN! Bridging cover, but Douki breaks it! TJP drags Douki up to throw him out, then he goes out after Douki. Akira fires up and fans rally. Akira reels Kanemaru in, but Kanemaru holds off Speedfire! Akira throws knee after knee, SPEED- NO, Kanemaru slips free! Akira whips, Kanemaru reverses and dropkicks Akira down! Fans rally as Kanemaru crawls over, hot tag to Douki! Douki climbs up as Akira stands, MISSILE DROPKICK! TJP runs in to kick and whip but Douki springboards to BACK ELBOW!
Fans rally as Douki brings Akira up to a scoop, swing and SAHARAWI SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Fans fire up as Akira escapes. Douki drags Akira up, Gory Especials, but Akira fights! Douki knees low, runs, but Akira kicks low. Akira waistlocks, half nelsons, but Douki elbows free. Akira still holds on, Douki breaks free with a leg to mule kick and ENZIGURI! Akira drops and fans fire up! Kanemaru storms in, he and Douki double whip Akira corner to corner. Douki runs in to clothesline, Kanemaru runs in to back elbow! Douki goes up, Kanemaru brings Akira around, BRITISH FALL to DIVING DOUBLE STOMPS! Douki covers, TWO!
Douki drags Akira into ITALIAN STRETCH #32! TJP runs in but Kanemaru dropkicks TJP’s legs out! Kanemaru steps through, FIGURE FOUR! Fans fire up as Catch 2/2 endure dual submissions! Akira fights up, Douki pulls harder on the stretch, and he drags Akira back down! Akira fights around to reach out, and he gets the ROPEBREAK with a foot! Douki holds until Red Shoes counts 4. Kanemaru lets TJP go while Douki goes to the apron. Fans rally for “CATCH! NI NI!” as Douki slingshots, DAY- NO, Akira blocks, shoves, and slips around to SNAP HALF ‘N’ HALF! Kanemaru gets in and dropkicks Akira’s legs out!
TJP runs in, dodges Kanemaru and ROLLING SOBATS him down! Douki LARIATS TJP down! Fans fire up while all four men are down! Akira and Douki stir while TJP and Kanemaru bail out. Fans rally, Gideon coaches Akira, and Akira sits up. Douki grabs Akira’s hair and brings him around. Douki ROCKS Akira with a forearm, but Akira ROCKS Douki back. They stand up and Douki ROCKS Akira! Akira ROCKS Douki! The forearms go back and forth, faster and faster, and fans rally up! Akira gets the edge, but Douki HELL STABS! Akira SUPERKICKS! Akira runs, but Douki ENZIGURIS! Fans fire up as Douki runs again, but into the ALLEY-OOP FACEBUSTER!
Akira drags Douki up for SPEEDFIRE! Cover, Kanemaru breaks it! Kanemaru BOOTS TJP but Akira DOUBLE CHOPS Kanemaru! Akira runs, but Kanemaru sends Red Shoes into him! ENZIGURI! Akira falls and Kanemaru gets his whiskey! Kanemaru tags a big swig, but TJP Electric Chair Lifts him! Akira hurries up top, but Kanemaru WHISKEY MISTS him down! Kanemaru slips off TJP, Gideon gets on the apron, so Kanemaru shoves TJP that way! TJP stops himself, ducks, and the WHISKEY MIST hits Gideon! TJP kicks Kanemaru, whips him, but Kanemaru tilt-o-whirls to DDT TJP down!
Fans fire up as TJP bails out and Douki aims at Akira! DAYBREAK!! Cover, TWO!?!? Akira survives and fans are thunderous! Douki roars, he drags Akira around to wheelbarrow! SUPLEX DE LA LUNA!!! Bridging cover, DOUKI & KANEMARU WIN!!!
Winners: Douki & Yoshinobu Kanemaru, by pinfall (gain 2 points; TJP & Akira earn 0)
Incredible! Did we just witness a miracle?! If not, we at least saw the biggest upset in Super Jr. Tag League ever! Will Catch 2/2 end up missing the tournament finals because of this loss? Or can they still lock down a spot in the final rounds?
As for Suzuki-Gun, Douki gets the mic to say, in English, “Hey! Hey, champions! Hey, look at me. You guys have many, many cool tag team moves. But this is real tag teamwork! Okay, get out. This is Douki’s time. Get out.” Fans cheer and Catch 2/2 move on. Fans cheer Douki on and he says, in Japanese, “We just beat the tag team champions! That deserves a bigger cheer, right?” Fans fire up for Douki, and he continues to say, “We just turned this tournament upside-down! Keep your eyes on us!” Fans cheer as Douki drops the mic. Japones Del Mal & The Heel Master may not be in the running, but will they be waiting on the other side of WrestleKingdom?
Here are the NEW Super Jr. Tag League standings!
Austin & Bey: 6-1, 12 points
Bushi & Titan: 5-2, 10 points
TJP & Akira: 5-2, 10 points
Yoh & Lio: 5-2, 10 points
Zayne & Lindaman: 5-2, 10 points
Taguchi & Connors: 3-4, 6 points [ELIMINATED]
Eagles & Tiger Mask: 2-5, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
Douki & Kanemaru: 2-5, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
KUSHIDA & Knight: 1-6, 2 points [ELIMINATED]
Sho & Dick: 1-6, 2 points [ELIMINATED]
A great event for Super Junior Tag League, and what a wild main event. Douki & Kanemaru beating the tag team champions was not expected at all, and that is great stuff for them. It won’t get them into the tournament finals but they could come around and win the titles at some other point. The Wild Hips VS Flying Tigers was a very entertaining match, as to be expected with every Taguchi match. Taguchi & Connors get the win, not that it changes where they’re going in the tournament, but I wonder if Connors & Taguchi stick together past the tournament given that great chemistry.
And something else that was very interesting was Yoh and Lindaman getting at each other even after the match. I don’t know the story behind that, but I would think it’s for kayfabe. NJPW isn’t the kind to let things get heated backstage and then spill over into the ring, so this could be to set up a feud between Yoh & Lio VS Zayne & Lindaman in the background of the tag title scene.
My Score: 8.8/10
Mitchell’s NJPW WTL X Super Jr. Tag Results & Report! (12/3/22)
Is World Tag League tranquilo?
Can Naito & Sanada win back-to-back main events?
We just saw Los Ingobernables de Japon conquer Aussie Open, but can they trump The Joker & The Ace in NJPW World Tag League’s sixth round?
- Bad Luck Fale VS Ryohei Oiwa; Fale wins.
- Shane Haste & Mikey Nicholls VS Kosei Fujita & Oskar Leube; Shane & Mikey win.
- Six Man Tag: Suzuki-Gun VS Bullet Club; Suzuki-Gun wins.
- 8 Man Tag: Tomoaki Honma, Master Wato, KUSHIDA & Kevin Knight VS Los Ingobernables de Japon; LIJ wins.
- World Tag League 2022: Alex Coughlin & Gabriel Kidd VS Aussie Open; Aussie Open wins.
- World Tag League 2022: Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI VS Great-O-Khan & Aaron Henare; Goto & Hashi win.
- World Tag League 2022: Minoru Suzuki & Lance Archer VS EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi; Evil & Yujiro win.
- World Tag League 2022: Toru Yano & Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Tetsuya Naito & SANADA; Naito & Sanada win.
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Here are the current World Tag League standings!
Aussie Open: 5-1, 10 points
The Mighty: 5-1, 10 points
Naito & Sanada: 4-2, 8 points
Khan & Henare: 4-2, 8 points
Suzuki & Archer: 3-2, 6 points
Yano & Tanahashi: 3-2, 6 points
Goto & Hashi: 3-2, 6 points
Evil & Yujiro: 0-5, 0 points [ELIMINATED]
Coughlin & Kidd: 0-5, 0 points [ELIMINATED]
Chase & Fale: [FORFEIT]
World Tag League 2022: Alex Coughlin & Gabriel Kidd VS Aussie Open!
The Mechanical Bulls are in the exact opposite spot as Mark Davis & Kyle Fletcher, but that won’t stop them! Can Coughlin & Kidd ruin the All United Empire Finals? Or will Dunk-Zilla & The Aussie Arrow turn things around from their first loss this league?
The Orchestrator, Gideon Grey, is here, and he says it is Coughlin’s birthday. Gideon was going to get Coughlin a birthday present, and then he heard how horribly Coughlin’s first WTL run is going. Kidd gets impatient and Gideon says this is what he’s getting at. This is his present to them: an opportunity to win their first two points against his team, “representing the United Empire…!” Gideon gives the introductions and Aussie Open makes their entrance. And Aussie Open is so fired up, they don’t sort out, they just go after Coughlin & Kidd! Davis is after Kidd, Kyle has Coughlin, and Davis knees Kidd low to send him out of the ring!
The bell rings, Aussie Open double whip Coughlin, but he ducks their double clothesline to shove Kyle into Davis. Coughlin goes to ropes, Davis runs in but Coughlin dumps him out. Kyle runs in but Coughlin TOSSES him out onto Davis! Kidd is up top and fans cheer for the ARIHARA MOONSAULT! Direct hit and fans cheer as Kidd fires up! Kidd puts Kyle back in for Coughlin, and Coughlin deadlift gut wrench suplexes! And then deadlift back suplexes! Cover, TWO! Tag to Kidd and he runs to BLAST Davis! Coughlin runs in to clothesline Kidd at the corner, then feeds him to Kidd’s EXPLODER!
The Mechanical Bulls flex and the fans fire up again. Coughlin hauls Kyle up, he and Kidd double suplex but Davis saves Kyle! Aussie Open dodge the Mechanical Bulls, Kyle SUPERKICKS Coughlin while Davis BOOTS Kidd! Fans fire up as Davis goes to the corner to tag in. Davis storms up on Kidd, he brings Kidd up but Kidd CHOPS back. Kidd eggs Davis on but Davis CHOPS Kidd! Kidd CHOPS, CHOPS and eggs Davis on. Davis CHOPS Kidd and fans fire up for that one. Kidd CHOPS, CHOPS and CHOPS, then roars at Davis, but Davis knees low then throws Kidd out. Kyle BLASTS Coughlin off the apron!
Aussie Open coordinate, Kyle picks up Coughlin and Davis picks up Kidd, and they run around the way to SANDWICH the Mechanical Bulls! And then, DOUBLE APRON BACK SUPLEXES! And then, DOUBLE SCOOP SLAMS to the floor! Fans fire up as Kyle gets in the ring. The ring count starts, Coughlin and Kidd writhe as the count passes 5 of 20. Kidd sits up at 10, drags himself up with the railing, and fans rally up. The count is 15, Kidd flounders and staggers about, but Coughlin helps him up at 18 to get in at 19! Davis tags Kyle, Aussie Open double whip and double ELBOW Kidd, PENALTY KICK to SENTON! Cover, TWO!
Fans rally up as Kyle looms over Kidd. Kyle sits Kidd up to ELBOW him in the head! Kyle clamps on a chinlock and grinds Kidd down. Kidd endures as Coughlin and the fans rally up. Kyle shifts to a BULLY CHOKE! Kidd endures, fights up, and gets the ROPEBREAK! Fans cheer and Kyle cranks more, until the ref counts 4. Kyle “apologizes” then tags in Davis. Davis drags Kidd up but Kidd CHOPS! Davis scoops Kidd to SLAM him! Kidd grits his teeth as he gets back up to CHOP and CHOP! Davis scoop SLAMS again, but Kidd is right up! Kidd CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Davis whips Kidd right out, BOOTS Coughlin, and Kyle goes after Kidd!
Kyle scoops Kidd but Kidd slips off to scoop Kyle! Kidd SLAMS Kyle on the floor! Fans fire up as Kidd gets back in, dodges Davis, but Davis blocks the kick. Kidd gets free to ROCK Davis with a haymaker! Davis drops to a knee and fans fire up! Kidd roars and tags in Coughlin! The Android fires off forearms, but Davis blocks the chop. Coughlin avoids the clothesline to kick low to UPPERCUT then CHOP! Fans fire up with Coughlin and he whips Davis to a corner. Davis reverses, runs in and SPLASHES, but into a clinch! OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Fans fire up with Coughlin and he drags Davis up, short arm LARIAT! Cover, Kyle breaks it!
Coughlin kicks Kyle then throws him out. Fans rally and Coughlin drags Davis up. Coughlin scoops Davis but Davis fights with elbows. Coughlin still powers out but Davis slips off to ENZIGURI! Kyle tags in while Coughlin staggers to an open corner. Kyle runs in to BOOT Coughlin, then he suplexes. Coughlin slips out to scoop Kyle, INVERTED SLAM! Fans fire up and Coughlin tags Kidd. Kidd fires up, Coughlin whips him in at Kyle for a clothesline! And then another whip for a CHOP! Kidd SUPERKICKS Kyle, feeds him to Coughlin’s scoop, and Coughlin pops Kyle around for a POWERBOMB! Kidd covers, TWO!
Fans rally again as Kidd tags Coughlin. Kidd whips Coughlin in now but Coughlin blocks Kyle’s boot. Kyle SUPERKICKS instead and Coughlin goes down! Kidd runs in but Kyle puts him on the apron to SUPERKICK! Davis is there to catch Kidd, Kyle goes out, POP-UP ROUNDHOUSE! Aussie Open goes after Coughlin, scoop for the LAWN DART CUTTER! Cover, TWO!! Coughlin survives and fans fire up again! Kyle is frustrated but he tags Davis back in. Aussie Open haul Coughlin up, double wrench, but he blocks the double pump handles! The Android shows his full power as he RAMS Aussie Open into each other!
Coughlin then reels them both in, for a DOUBLE BACK SUPLEX! Fans are thunderous as all three men are down! Kidd returns and calls to Coughlin! Fans rally as Coughlin crawls that way, hot tag to Kidd! Kidd CHOPS Davis, but Davis just frowns. Kidd eggs Davis on, and Davis CHOPS Kidd! Davis eggs Kidd so Kidd CHOPS Davis! Davis CHOPS Kidd, but Kidd CHOPS Davis! Fans rally up as the CHOPS keep going, back and forth, faster and faster! Davis CHOPS and CHOPS, and CHOPS! But Kidd CHOPS Davis down!! Fans are thunderous as Coughlin slides back in. The Mechanical Bulls pinball Davis with forearm after forearm!
Davis SLAPS Kidd, SLAPS Coughlin, so they DOUBLE HEADBUTT him! Coughlin & Kidd go to opposite corners, they’re looking to copy Aussie Open! They both run in but Davis drops out of the way! Kidd & Coughlin stop short of hitting each other, but then Kyle gets in. Kyle SUPERKICKS Coughlin, dodges Kidd and Davis BOOTS Kidd! Aussie Open throw off the elbow pads but Kidd roars. But he stands up into the DOUBLE LARIAT SANDWICH! Double pump handles, for COREALIS!! Cover, Aussie Open wins!
Winners: Aussie Open, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Coughlin & Kidd earn 0)
Well, that’ll be a birthday present Coughlin wishes he could return. Aussie Open bounce back from their first loss, are they still future winners of the World Tag League?
World Tag League 2022: Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI VS Great-O-Khan & Aaron Henare!
Bishamon is just outside the top of this block, but they vow to #GetBackUp! However, the Dominator & Ultimate Weapon are determined to keep that All United Empire Finals dream alive! Will it be Lights Out for Khan & Henare? Or will they be able to conquer the Chaos?
Naturally, Gideon Grey is still here from last match to give his other team their introductions. The teams sort out and fans rally for Khan already. Khan starts against the Fierce Warrior and fans fire up already. Khan and Goto circle, feel out the grapple, each trying for a leg. Goto facelocks but Khan slips free and fans applaud. The two go again, clinch, and end up on ropes. The ref calls the break, Goto lets off with a pat of the shoulders. Fans applaud and Khan comes back. They tie up collar ‘n’ elbow, and Khan powers Goto back to ropes. The ref calls the break again, and Khan lets off with pats on the shoulder. Then an IRON CLAW on the ear!
Khan laughs while the ref reprimands, and Khan CLUBS the ear! Hashi protests but Khan UPPERCUTS him down! Khan CLUBS Goto, runs, but Hashi slides in so Bishamon can run Khan over! HIP TOSS SENTON! Henare runs in but he gets double kicks, and the drums! Goto & Hashi drag Khan up and fans fire up for the drums! Goto stomps Khan around, then drags him back up. Khan shots around and has the PONYTAIL SLEEPER! The ref reprimands, Khan lets go at 4, then CHOKES Goto with his hands! The ref reprimands again, Khan lets off, but he misses Henare sending Hashi into railing! Khan CHOKES Goto more!
The ref reprimands again and Khan lets off. Henare leaves Hashi alone, and fans rally up both ways. Khan stands Goto up for Mongolian Chops! Goto staggers, Khan has him against ropes, and he Mongolian Chops again! Khan brings Goto out to Mongolian Chop him down! Kneeling cover, TWO! Khan tags Henare, the Empire mugs Goto, and Henare stalks Goto to ropes. Henare bends Goto back against the ropes while Khan distracts the ref. Henare bangs the war drums! Fans rally, Henare lets off and Goto flops back. Henare snapmares and KICKS, then SENTONS! Cover, TWO! Henare clamps onto Goto’s arm to keep him down.
Henare digs his elbow into Goto’s forehead, then JAMS Goto with the elbow. Tag to Khan and he drags Goto around. Goto CHOPS Khan! And CHOPS! But Khan knees low, then whips Goto into the corner. Khan CLUBS Goto on the back, then sits up on his throne! Henare BLASTS Hashi for good measure, and then Khan pulls Goto’s arms back. Henare KNEES Goto in the back! The ref reprimands and counts, Khan hops off at 4. Cover, TWO! Khan tells everyone to shut up but they rally for Goto anyway. Khan says Goto’s gonna kiss his foot! Goto resists as Khan pushes him down, and Goto fights up to his feet!
Goto CHOPS and CHPS and CHOPS, but Khan knees low and CLUBS Goto. Khan runs, Goto follows and LARIATS! Fans fire up as both men are down! Goto crawls, hot tag to Hashi! The Head Hunter rallies on The Empire! Fans fire up as Hashi runs in to CHOP Khan in a corner! Hashi whips and CHOPS again, then mule kicks! Khan fights the neckbreaker, but Hashi dodges the haymaker to hit the HEADHUNTER! Fans fire up as Khan staggers about. Hashi runs in to CHOP again! Hashi suplexes to hang Khan out to dry. Hashi runs side to side to dropkick Khan down! Hashi keeps moving, basement dropkick! Cover, TWO!
Hashi keeps cool and fans rally up. Hashi drags Khan up, fisherman’s a leg, but Khan fights with body shots. Khan pulls on Hashi’s ears! Khan whips Hashi into Henare’s haymaker, then Khan hits the PANCAKE PLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Hashi escapes but Henare tags in. Henare stomps the mat and waits on Hashi to stand. Henare runs in, RAMP- NO, Hashi fights off the Rampage with forearms! Hashi throws more forearms, but Henare DECKS Hashi with just one! Henare whips Hashi, but Hashi dropkicks the legs out! Fans fire up while both men are down! Hashi crawls over, hot tag to Goto!
Goto fires off on Henare with forearms! Goto whips corner to corner, runs in, MURAMASA! And then the BULLDOG! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up and Goto drags Henare back up. Goto fireman’s carries but Henare fights that off with forearms. Goto ROCKS Henare, but Henare snarls. Henare ROCKS Goto, but Goto ROCKS Henare! The forearms go back and forth, faster and faster, and fans rally up. Henare eggs Goto on so Goto fires off a flurry! Then an ELBOW JAB! Goto runs, but into Khan’s cheap shot! ELBOW JAB, and then the Empire coordinates, BOOT ROUNDHOUSE SANDWICH!
Hashi runs in, but into an IRON CLAW SLEEPER! Henare drags Goto up, into the ULTIMA NELSON! Bishamon fights against these submissions, so Henare spins to BODY SHOT Goto! And then the fisherman to the torture rack! Khan has Hashi in the Iron Claw, but Bishamon escapes both Streets of Rage and Eliminator! They shove Khan and Henare into each other, then Hashi SUPERKICKS Khan! Fans fire up as Hashi calls to Goto. Forearm and feed to the fireman’s carry, but Henare slips off. Goto powers Henare back into a corner, then moves aside as Hashi runs in to clothesline! Hashi feeds to the kick and hook-up!
Hashi runs, GOTO GOTO HUNTER! Cover, TWO! Henare survives the Russian Leg Sweep Blockbuster, but Hashi says it’s lights out! Goto drags Henare up to the dragon sleeper, Hashi has the legs, but Khan PONYTAIL SLEEPERS Hashi! Goto lets Henare go but Khan shoves Hashi into him! Then HITSUJIGOROSHI for Hashi! Henare gets the legs for the FUBUKI! And then MARINE!! Fans rally up as Henare & Khan drag Goto up. Khan Mongolian Chops Goto, then whips him corner to corner. Khan whips Henare in but Goto avoids the knee! Goto fires off forearms on Khan, then whips, only for Khan to reverse! RAMPAGE!! Cover, TWO?!?
Fans fire up again as Goto survives! Khan knocks Hashi down, and then the Monster Rage boils over! Henare drags Goto back up as fans rally. Fireman’s carry, and Khan runs, but Hashi LARIATS Khan down! SUPERKICK for Henare! Fireman’s carry, FIERCE FLASH into SHOUTO!! Cover, Bishamon wins!!
Winners: Hirooki Goto & Yoshi-Hashi, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Khan & Henare earn 0)
The Dominator & Ultimate Weapon fall! Are the dreams of an All United Empire Finals finally shattered? Will Goto & Hashi head for back-to-back World Tag League wins?
World Tag League 2022: Minoru Suzuki & Lance Archer VS EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi!
The Meanest Tag Team in the World Tag League is still alive in the block, but if #EverybodyDies, can the King of Darkness and Tokyo Pimp spoil things for them? Or will the House of Torture learn not Everything is Evil?
Dick Togo accompanies the House of Torture out this time, but surely Sho is lurking. As always, Archer CLOBBERS a Young Lion in his entrance, and this time it’s Oskar Leube. And Archer again storms over to commentary to intimidate Milano Collection AT. Suzuki then makes his entrance, and fans get to shout along with, “KAZE NI NARE!” But as soon as introductions are done, Yujiro and Evil attack! Yujiro goes after Suzuki while Evil is after Archer! But Archer turns that around to send Evil out! The bell rings just before Suzuki throws Yujiro out, and then the brawling continues outside!
Fans rally as Suzuki knees Yujiro, then headlocks. Yujiro throws body shots then shoves Suzuki into railing! Evil throws his shirt at Archer to distract him, then he hits down low! Evil brings Archer around to ram into railing, then brings him into No Man’s Land. But Archer turns that around by raking Evil’s eyes! Fans cheer as The House of Torture is getting a taste of their own medicine! Speaking of, Suzuki is storming up to Yujiro with a chair! But Yujiro uses his pimp cane to fight back! CANE SHOT to the gut, then CANE SHOT to the head! But Archer goes after Yujiro now and snatches the cane away.
The ref tries to restore order but Archer JAMS Yujiro with his own cane. Suzuki gets in the ring but Yujiro is after him. Evil gets a chair, but so does Archer! Evil complains but the ref reprimands them both. Yujiro clamps a chinlock onto Suzuki, but Suzuki gets the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts that, Yujiro lets off, and then Yujiro slaps Suzuki around. Suzuki shoves Yujiro but Yujiro kicks low. Suzuki fires forearms but Yujiro knee slow. Evil holds Suzuki in the corner and Yujiro BOOTS Suzuki down! Evil tags in but fans rally up for Suzuki. Evil digs his boots in but the ref counts. Evil lets off at 4 and fans continue to rally.
Evil taunts Suzuki as he sits up. Evil CHOPS Suzuki, but Suzuki says that’s nothing! Suzuki eggs Evil on so Evil CHOPS again. Still not enough for Minoru, so Evil winds up, to claw Suzuki’s eyes! Fans boo but Yujiro tags in. Yujiro kicks Suzuki, SLAPS him, but Suzuki fights back with kicks! Yujiro claws Suzuki’s eyes more, then brings him around to snapmare. Yujiro runs to basement boot! Cover, ONE!! Fans fire up as Suzuki snarls and eggs Yujiro on. Yujiro brings Suzuki over with a headlock, Evil tags in. Evil throws his shirt at Archer again, but Suzuki CHOKES Yujiro! Evil claws Suzuki’s eyes!
The ref is busy with an angry Archer, Evil gets away with all this. Cover, TWO! Evil argues the count but then Suzuki sits up with a scowl. Evil talks trash while Archer throws his shirt back. Evil gives toying kicks but Suzuki slowly stands up. Evil keeps taunting Suzuki, but Suzuki throws a body shot! Evil rakes the eyes again, but Suzuki avoids the lariat to BOOT Evil down! Fans fire up and Suzuki tags in Archer! The Murderhawk Monster storms up to Evil, knees him low, then whips him hard into a corner! Yujiro runs in and clubs Archer, but Archer doesn’t budge! Archer knees Yujiro low, then whips him hard into a corner!
Fans fire up, but then Dick slides in! Archer turns around and Dick stops in his tracks. Dick bows and offers a handshake. Fans say not to trust that but Archer still accepts. To then whip Dick into Yujiro! And back elbow them both! Archer whips Dick into Evil, then back elbows them both! Archer whips Dick back at Yujiro, for another back elbow! And then back at Evil for another back elbow! Fans fire up with Archer while Dick flops down. Archer brings Evil around, runs and CROSSBODIES! Cover, TWO! Evil survives but Archer tags Suzuki. Evil begs for mercy and he apologizes, but Suzuki-Gun doesn’t trust that. Evil goes to double low blow, but gets blocked!
Archer & Suzuki kick and stomp Evil, then whip him to the corner. Suzuki runs in, Evil BOOTS him! Evil avoids Archer and Archer hits buckles. Evil hurries to reach out to Yujiro, but Archer runs in! Evil dumps Archer out! Hot tag to Yujiro! Yujiro brings Suzuki up, blocks his kick, rakes the eyes and throws Suzuki down for a SLIDING BOOT! Yujiro stands Suzuki up to throw knees and forearms. Yujiro puts Suzuki on ropes to BOOT him! Yujiro runs, but Suzuki knees low! Suzuki has the GUILLOTINE! But Yujiro BITES the hand! Suzuki kicks low, shoots around, but Yujiro grabs the ref to stop the sleeper!
Suzuki KICKS Yujiro’s arm! Suzuki argues with the ref but then Yujiro shoves Suzuki into the ref! The ref goes down, Evil slides in and BLASTS Archer! Dick slides in to stomp away on Suzuki! Fans boo as Evil and Dick stomp Suzuki, but Archer attacks them and Yujiro! Archer throws Dick and Evil out, then he goes out to CLUB Evil down. Suzuki and Yujiro stand, Yujiro throws forearm after forearm, but Suzuki just laughs those off! Yujiro kicks low, runs, but Suzuki follows, shoots around, and has the SLEEPER! Fans fire up as Suzuki spins Yujiro around, Gotch PILEDRIVER!! Cover, SHO drags the ref out!!
The Murder Machine stomps Suzuki as fans boo hard as ever! Archer gets in to grab both of them, but Dick uses the SPOILER CHOKER on Archer! Archer still choke grips Sho! But Evil LOW BLOWS Archer! Evil then clotheslines Archer out of the ring! Suzuki fights back but gets the SPOILER CHOKER, and the WRENCH SHOT! And then EVERYTHING IS EVIL!! Evil drags Yujiro onto the cover and Dick fetches the ref. Fans boo the cover, but the House of Torture wins!
Winners: Evil & Yujiro Takahashi, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Suzuki & Archer earn 0)
The Murderhawk Monster rises and is furious, and same for Suzuki! They chase off the House of Torture, beat up on Young Lions and even the railing. Suzuki snatches the chairs from the timekeeper’s area to throw at Evil and Sho as they run away! The House of Torture ruined their run, but will Suzuki & Archer look to ruin Evil’s life?
World Tag League 2022: Toru Yano & Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Tetsuya Naito & SANADA!
The Joker & The Ace have found a way to stay alive in the block, but the Uncontrollable Charisma & Cold Skull are coming off a huge win just yesterday. Will Naito & Sanada keep this tournament tranquilo? Or will love, energy and comedy win out?
Naito mocks the bad boy squat as he makes his entrance. Maybe Naito was a “Yankee” in his school days, too? Yano grows impatient as Naito takes his time entering the ring. But Yano still says Tanahashi’s muscles are “SUGOI~!” Naito takes his time with his entrance attire while fans rally up, and Yano is again impatient. Naito taunts Yano with the tearaway pants, then throws them away. The teams sort out and Tanahashi starts for his team. LIJ slowly fist bumps, and Yano is annoyed again. The fist bump finally happens, and Yano gets further impatient waiting on LIJ to choose a starter. LIJ is taking their time on purpose at this point.
Finally, Naito steps up, and fans applaud. The bell rings and fans rally both ways. Tanahashi and Naito circle, Naito approaches but then backs away. They finally do tie up, and Tanahashi headlocks. Tanahashi thrashes but Naito pries the hold open. Tanahashi clamps it on tighter and fans rally up. Naito powers up but can’t power out as Tanahashi holds tight! Fans applaud and Naito fights back up. Naito pries at the hold, but ends up pulling hair! Red Shoes reprimands, but then Tanahashi pulls hair! Red Shoes counts, both men let go at 4, but then Naito pulls hair again! Tanahasih breaks free, but swings into a shove.
Naito arm-drags Tanahashi, kicks him and whips him out of the ring. Naito builds speed, but he fakes Tanahashi out to tranquilo! Fans fire up and Tanahashi storms in, only for Naito to roll out. Naito takes his time returning, and he circles with Tanahashi again. They feel out a knuckle lock, but then Naito tags in Sanada. Fans applaud as Yano calls to Tanahashi. Tanahashi tags Yano and fans fire up with him. Yano and Sanada circle, and then Yano squats! Is Sanada Yankee enough to squat with him? Sanada just stares at Yano stone faced. Yano eggs Sanada on and fans rally up, but Sanada isn’t sure.
Yano gets the fans to chant for it, so Sanada steps up to squat! But then Yano shoves him over! Yano ties Sanada up?! But he can’t figure out Paradise! Sanada kicks him away and Yano ends up in a corner. Yano says, “Lucky!” and he starts untying a buckle pad! Sanada runs over to CLUB Yano, then he whips Yano corner to corner. Yano reverses, then finishes untying the pad. Yano says here goes, but Sanada kicks Yano! But the pad takes the hit! Yano throws the pad to Sanada, but Sanada just throws it down! Yano is astonished and yells… at the pad? Sanada rolls Yano for a ROLLING CRADLE!
They go around and around and around, and around and around, then cover, but Tanahashi tips it! Yano has the cover, TWO! Tanahashi BLASTS Naito, Yano staggers around, but so does Sanada. Tanahashi kicks Sanada to ropes, then Yano staggers over. Yano & Tanahashi double whip, double shoulder Sanada down, and then they both squat. Fans fire up, Yano talks some trash, and then he and Tanahashi drag Sanada up. They double whip him to a corner, then Yano whips Tanahashi in. Sanada dodges Tanahashi to dropkick Yano down! Sanada then trips Tanahashi up, and ties him up in Paradise!
Fans fire up as Sanada gets Yano, too! Sanada ties Yano up in Paradise! Fans fire up for Double Paradise! Yano and Tanahashi both call to each other but neither can do anything! Fans fire up and Sanada encourages them to get louder. The fans do get louder, and Sanada runs to dropkick Tanahashi out of Paradise! And then Naito distracts Red Shoes so Sanada can get the buckle pad. Fans rally up as Sanada SMACKS Yano out of Paradise! Sanada goes out after Yano and stomps him down while Naito SMACKS Tanahashi with the buckle pad! Naito then sends Tanahashi into railing while Sanada drags Yano up. Sanada POSTS Yano, then stalks him around the way.
Sanada drags Yano back up, puts him back in the ring, and covers, TWO! Yano is still in this and fans rally up. Sanada tags Naito, Naito drags Yano up, and LIJ double whips Yano to ropes. They double ELBOW, then split the wishbone before DOUBLE BASEMENT DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! Naito squats so he can slap Yano around. Naito drags Yano up, cravats for a neck wrench, and he grinds Yano down. Fans rally, Yano endures, but Sanada tags in. Sanada ELBOWS Yano down, then stalks him. Sanada brings Yano up, CLUBS him down, then paces around. Tanahashi coaches Yano but Sanada stays on him.
Yano pulls Sanada’s hair! Sanada breaks free, knees low and whips, but Yano reverses to throw Sanada down! Fans rally and Yano crawls over, hot tag to Tanahashi! The Ace runs and forearms Sanada down! Tanahashi BLASTS Naito for good measure, then runs in at Sanada. Tanahashi blocks the boot to DRAGON SCREW! Naito runs in, but Tanahashi blocks the kick! Tanahashi waves bye before he DRAGON SCREWS Naito! Fans fire up with Tanahashi and he storms over to Sanada. Tanahashi scoops and SLAMS Sanada into a drop zone, then he goes up the corner. SUNSET SENTON! Cover, TWO!
Tanahashi stays focused and fans rally again. Sanada slowly rises, Tanahashi runs, but Sanada dropkicks Tanahashi’s legs, then DROPKICKS Tanahashi out! Sanada hurries over to the ropes, to PLANCHA, but Tanahashi slides in! Sanada lands safe on the apron, he ROCKS Tanahashi, but Tanahashi gets a leg! DRAPING DRAGON SCREW, a dropkick to the legs, then another DRAPING DRAGON SCREW! Tanahashi drags Sanada around by the legs, and ties him up in the TEXAS CLOVERLEAF! Naito BOOTS Tanahashi, CLUBS him, but Tanahashi hits back. Tanahashi sends Naito out, and fans fire up again.
Tanahashi waits on Sanada to stand and he runs the ropes, but Sanada ducks the slingblade! Sanada blocks the kick, to DRAGON SCREW back! Fans fire up and both men crawl. Sanada heads for his corner, hot tag to Naito! Naito storms up on Tanahashi to kick his legs. Naito whips corner to corner, runs in and JUMP KICKS! Leg sweep, COMBINACION feint, and a squat! Tanahashi lets his guard down, and Naito basement dropkicks! Fans fire up and Naito brings Tanahashi around into a FIGURE FOUR! But Yano stomps Naito down! Tanahashi is free and Yano coaches him up. Naito drags Tanahashi up instead.
Naito has a leg but Tanahashi fights with elbows. Naito ROCKS Tanahashi, whips him to ropes, but Tanahashi reverses to SLINGBLADE! Fans fire up while both men are down! Tanahashi and Naito crawl, hot tag to Yano! Yano brings Naito up, ducks Naito’s haymaker and clinches to Belly2Belly! Fans fire up more and Yano whips Naito at the bare corner. Naito reverses but Yano stops himself. Yano dodges and Naito hits bare buckles! Roll-up, TWO!! Naito survives but Yano fires back up. Yano runs in at the corner but Naito dodges, and Sanada runs in to elbow Yano! Sanada feeds Yano to Naito’s ELBOW, then Sanada back suplexes!
ROLLING JACKKNIFE BRIDGE, TWO!! Yano escapes! Fans fire up and Naito drags Yano back up. Naito throws ELBOW after ELBOW into Yano, but Yano gets around! Tanahashi gets in, Yano feeds Naito to the DRAGON PALM! Yano runs to CHOP BLOCK! Roll-up, Sanada breaks it in time!! Fans fire up again and Tanahashi drags Sanada up to throw him out. Yano hauls Naito up, but Naito fights free. Sanada drags Tanahashi out and sends him into railing. Naito feeds Yano to Sanada’s low dropkick! Tanahashi returns and gets around Sanada, but Sanada turns Twist ‘n’ Shout into MAGIC SCREW!
Fans fire up as Sanada DROPKICKS Yano, and Naito atomic drops! ENZIGURI to ROLLING ELBOWS! Then assisted TORNADO DDT! Fans fire up as Naito drags Yano back up. Naito wrenches, tilt-o-whirls, DESTINO!! Cover, LIJ wins!
Winners: Tetsuya Naito & Sanada, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Yano & Tanahashi earn 0)
The Joker & The Ace bust! Their run at the top is out of the question, but can they shift into spoiler mode after this?
As for LIJ, the rest of the faction joins Naito & Sanada, including Shingo Takagi who’s been on commentary. Naito gets the mic to say, “Buenas noches, KAKOGAWA~!” Naito notes this is the first Kakogawa event for NJPW in four YEARS, so there’s surely some fans seeing them live for the first time ever. He asks if everyone enjoyed seeing the World Tag League tonight, and the fans cheer because they certainly did. Naito notes that he and Sanada have now moved up to 5-2 for 10 points. “We will win out and take the trophies? Or not? Keep watching World Tag League, enjoy the drama, and… Actually… I got nothing.”
Fans have a good laugh, but Naito does continue with, “Keep watching World Tag League to the end. By the way, now today, some of you can only clap but the rest can cheer, right?” Those fans cheer to confirm! “So let’s end this right for the first time ever in Kakogawa.” Fans cheer, liking the sound of that. “For those of you in the clapping sections, please yell out in your hearts. For those who can cheer, please yell out with me! Everyone, are you ready?” Fans cheer to say yes, they are! “There’s only one way to close out the first NJPW show in Kakogawa in four years. Bushi! Sanada! Hiromu! Takagi! Titan! Y Naito! Nosotros! LOS! INGOBERRRNABLEEEEES~! DE! JA! PON!”
Fans are fired up to even have this much cheering back. Will they all be able to cheer the next time NJPW is in Kakogawa? Will they be cheering on LIJ as the World Tag League winners and IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions?
Here are the NEW World Tag League standings!
Aussie Open: 6-1, 12 points
The Mighty: 5-1, 10 points
Naito & Sanada: 5-2, 10 points
Goto & Hashi: 4-2, 8 points
Khan & Henare: 4-3, 8 points
Suzuki & Archer: 3-3, 6 points [ELIMINATED]
Yano & Tanahashi: 3-3, 6 points [ELIMINATED]
Evil & Yujiro: 1-5, 2 points [ELIMINATED]
Coughlin & Kidd: 0-6, 0 points [ELIMINATED]
Chase & Fale: [FORFEIT]
Another great round for World Tag League, and a couple more teams are mathematically eliminated. House of Torture get their first win ruining the run for Suzuki & Archer, and I kinda want a feud of Suzuki-Gun VS House of Torture now so Suzuki can beat the crap outta Evil and Dick. Coughlin & Kidd are a great looking team despite that 0-6 record, but sometimes great looking teams don’t get the round robin run you’d expect. Aussie Open are certainly shoe-ins for the finals, and they’re up against Khan & Henare next to give us that All United Empire match since I don’t see the All United Empire Finals happening.
Bishamon looked great in their win over Khan & Henare, keeping their hopes of going back-to-back alive. But there has to be something that spoils that, because I’m still seeing LIJ making it. As I figured yesterday, Yano & Tanahashi VS Naito & Sanada was hilarious but also really competitive, and back-to-back main event wins is great for LIJ. And it’d be fitting that Aussie Open gets a second chance at LIJ for giving them that loss.
My Score: 8.7/10
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Can Catch 2/2 get 2 more points?
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Is World Tag League tranquilo?
(NOAH) NOAH NEWSLETTER VOL.192 ~ 30TH NOVEMBER 2022
NOAH ends November with some big announcements! Returns, new debuts and surprising challenges!
DWI Podcast #351: How Silky Are You
This week we discuss War Games and Roman's hatred for red pants!
Mitchell’s NJPW WTL X Super Jr. Tag Results & Report! (12/2/22)
Another MASSIVE combined card!
Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (12/2/22)
Orange Cassidy is on a Rampage!
Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (12/2/22)
The SmackDown World Cup finals are here!
Mindless Wrestling Podcast: WAR GAMES! (WWE Survivor Series 2022 Review)
WWE Survivor Series War Games is in the books--and did not disappoint! Hear what the Mindless crew really thinks about...
Andrew’s IMPACT Results & Match Ratings: 12.1.2022
After the holiday, we get on track for Hard to Kill. Deonna vs Mickie James is the main event...do we...
Mitchell’s NJPW WTL X Super Jr. Tag Results & Report! (11/30/22)
World Tag League, Round 4!