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Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (3/21/22)

3, 2, 1, RAW!

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WWE Raw 2022

Grudges all over this Monday night!

The Raw Women’s Champion, Becky Lynch, will explain herself, while RKBRO takes on The Alpha Academy, and Finn Balor goes after Austin Theory!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • The Mysterios VS The Dirty Dawgs; The Mysterios win.
  • 2v1 Handicap Match: Apollo Crews & Commander Azeez VS Omos; Omos wins.
  • Liv Morgan & Rhea Ripley VS Shayna Baszler & Natalya; Shayna & Natalya win.
  • Finn Balor VS Austin Theory; Balor wins.
  • RKBRO VS The Alpha Academy; RKBRO wins.
  • Tornado Mixed Tag Match: Dana Brooke & Reggie VS Tamina & Akira Tozawa; Dana & Reggie win.
  • AJ Styles VS Seth Rollins; Styles wins, by disqualification, and will face Edge at WrestleMania 38.

PLAY BY PLAY

STONE COLD is here?!

Fans fire up for the glass shattering, but it’s really just Kevin Owens doing a bad Steve Austin cosplay. The Prizefighter tricked everyone in Chicago, and perhaps even us here watching at home. Fans now boo as Kevin continues to copy Austin’s mannerisms. Kevin then gets a mic to ask Chicago if they wanna see him open up a can of whoop ass on Stone Cold. Kevin says if they’re ready to see him raise hell on that sorry SOB, give him a hell yeah! They boo instead. What? What? What? WHAT?! Fans chant “You Suck!” but Kevin continues the charade.

Kevin pretends to be Austin as he says he heard all the things that Kevin said about Texas. And they were horrible things, but all true! That got Austin’s attention, and so when Kevin invited Austin to the most stupendous KO Show of all time, we all saw that horrible video. Austin stood in the middle of nowhere and pretended to be badass in front of his little golf cart! Austin didn’t know what to do so he just decided to run his mealy mouth and accepted the invitation without thinking. But that’s the problem, Austin doesn’t think much these days. The lights are on but is anybody home? UH-UH!

Fans boo but Kevin keeps going. “Now, well, here we are. I am goin’ to WrestleMania, I am goin’ to the KO Show.” Fans chant, “We Want Austin!” and then the glass shatters again! Kevin freaks out, looks around, but this was another fake-out. Kevin laughs and fans boo more. “What’s that saying? Fool you once, shame on you. Fool you twice, shame on… well, you, for being absolute idiots! And that’s the bottom line, because Stone Cold said so!” Now the only thing left to do for ol’ Stone Cold is drink some beer, get that liquid courage before Kevin gives Austin the ass kicking of a lifetime!

Kevin catches- Well, nope. He drops that first one. And the second. As if Kevin didn’t feel foolish before coming out here. He has the music stop and he asks the bald guy where he learned to throw beer. Maybe he’s from Chicago! Just take a beer, get in the ring, and hand it to Kevin. The guy does as he’s told, and Kevin congratulates him. “Now get your sorry ass out of my ring. No, wait.” STUNNER! Kevin even mocks Austin’s way of talking trash to someone. Kevin then pops the beer cans open, says cheers, and pours it all out on the poor guy. Kevin then throws the beer to the stage, cuz he doesn’t drink beer.

Kevin steps on the guy, goes up the corner, and Kevin’s music plays. But while he’s joking around now, will he be doing anything but laughing after WrestleMania?

 

Backstage interview with Seth Rollins.

What is the Visionary’s state of mind knowing he still is not on WrestleMania’s card? Rollins takes a moment to think while fans chant, “Cody! Cody!” Rollins then starts to laugh… Rollins says he’s going to borrow this mic. Rollins heads out, but what will he have to say?

 

The Mysterios VS The Dirty Dawgs!

Rey & Dominik are preparing to take down The Miz & Logan Paul, by going up against the NXT Champion, Dolph Ziggler, and Robert Roode! Will one of the Mysterio familia end up earning an NXT Championship opportunity while warming up for the A-Lister and the influencer?

Raw returns as the Dawgs make their entrance. But of course, The Miz makes his entrance, too! The Most Must-See Superstar is going to join commentary while his buddies take on his WrestleMania opponents. The teams sort out, Dom starts against Ziggler and they circle. They tie up, Dom headlocks but Ziggler powers out. Things speed up, Ziggler hurdles, Dom rolls and arm-drags! Ziggler shakes out that arm, Dom fires off forearms! Dom knuckle locks, goes up and up and FLYING ARM-DRAGS! Ziggler flops out of the ring and Dom goes out after him, only for Ziggler to RAM him into the apron!

Ziggler puts Dom in, tags Roode, and the Dawgs double whip Dom to double hip toss for the POWERBOMB NECKBREAKER! Cover, Rey breaks it! Ziggler ROCKS Rey, throws him out, but Rey shoulders back in! Rey slingshots to headscissor Ziggler up and out! Dom slips out of Roode’s back suplex, dropkicks Roode to ropes, then the Mysterios coordinate! They both build speed, DOUBLE DIVE at the corner! Down go the Dawgs, but here comes Rollins?! The Visionary says “cut it down,” because no no no, this show isn’t going to move another second until the world hears what he has to say!

Rollins wants a WrestleMania spot, and he’ll get a WrestleMania spot, because he is Seth FREAKIN’ Rollins! And he doesn’t want just any spot! He wants a spot on WrestleMania that- Wait, his mic is cutting out. Rollins says he wants a spot that’ll live forever! He- Wait, it cut again. What’s going on? Hey, leave him on! Rollins wanted Stone Cold last week because that’ll live forever, but now he- The mic’s cut again! So they’re trying to shut Rollins up, huh? Huh?! Well you can’t! But then Raw cuts to break.

Raw returns and Ziggler has Rey up top! Rey resists the superplex, throws body shots, and he CLUBS Ziggler down! Rey headbutts Ziggler away, BOOTS Roode, then adjusts to leap, SEATED SENTON! Both men are down and fans fire up! Rey crawls, Ziggler grabs a foot, but Rey ENZIGURIS Ziggler away! Roode tags in, and he hurries to get Rey’s foot! Roode drags Rey away, then DECKS Dom! Roode scoops Rey, carries him around, but Rey swings to TORNADO DDT Roode down! Hot tag to Dom! Dom goes up, he leaps, CROSSBODY! Then he dodges Roode, RANAS Roode, and runs in, but is put o the apron.

Dom HOTSHOTS Roode, fires up and slingshot sentons! Dom then gets around Roode to NECKBREAKER! Cover, Ziggler breaks it! Ziggler swings, Dom gets around, CUTTER! Rey leaps but Ziggler avoids it! Roode gives Dom a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Miz says that’s Dom’s inexperience, he should remember to keep his head on a swivel. Roode gets Dom up, but Dom slips out of the DDT to roll Roode up! TWO!! Dom drop toeholds Roode to ropes! 619 from Dom! Dom goes up, FROG SPLASH! Cover, Mysterios win!

Winners: The Mysterios, by pinfall

SUPERKICK from Ziggler to Dom! Rey chases Ziggler, Miz BODIES Rey! Then SKULL CRUSHING FINALE to the floor! Miz gets his shot in, and then he TAKES REY’S MASK!! The ultimate disrespect from the ultimate glory hog! Will he and Logan Paul do just as awful to the Mysterios at WrestleMania?

 

Seth Rollins talks with management.

He’s almost still laughing as he says Adam Pearce & Sonya Deville are of course trying to shut him up. They know what he wants: the biggest spotlight possible at WrestleMania! It doesn’t matter if it’s night one or night two, he wants it! Pearce tells him disrupting the show like a lunatic won’t get him what he wants. And what will? Relying on these two buffoons for anything? Sonya says they understand he’s frustrated. But they gave him a chance to beat Kevin Owens and replace him, but he failed. Pearce says we can all calm down, and maybe there is something they can do. Rollins laughs and leaves, but will management be able to find him anything? Will they want to?

 

The Miz talks on the phone backstage.

He and Maryse are both giddy over what he just did. The mask came right off! The easiest thing he’s ever done! But Kevin Patrick interrupts and Miz does the “No I love you more” with Maryse before hanging up. KP asks why Miz did that to Rey, and Miz says that KP may not know this, but as a child, Logan Paul was a huge Mysterio fan. Logan’s always wanted a Mysterio mask of his own. But as the saying goes, never meet your heroes. Logan found out Rey was a jerk, and that Dom is even worse. The Mysterios have shown Miz and Logan nothing but disrespect, and have done nothing but try to humiliate them! But Miz didn’t try, he DID humiliate Rey!

Miz goes Hamlet and says, ‘To humiliate, or not to humiliate. To humiliate the Mysterios!” The Most Must-See Tag Team will beat them at WrestleMania! And Logan, this is all for you! And Miz dares Logan to wear it next week! BOOYAKA BOOYAKA! But will this disrespect not go unpunished before WrestleMania?

 

2v1 Handicap Match: Apollo Crews & Commander Azeez VS Omos!

The Pride of Nigeria and his personal bodyguard have already been dominated by this mountain of a man 1v1, but will working together be what topples him? Or will Omos reach another level of unstoppable?

Raw returns and Apollo & Azeez make their entrance. They flank the ring, Omos goes after Azeez but he gets away and Apollo dropkicks Omos in the back! Omos stay sup, but then Azeez anchors a foot! Omos still shoves Apollo away, then he grabs Azeez by the hair! Apollo ENZIGURIS Omos, and Azeez drags Omos down to fire off haymakers! But Omos choke grips! Apollo runs in but into another choke grip! Azeez clubs free, kicks low and fires off forearms Omos UPPERCUTS and Azeez wobbles! Omos choke grips Apollo, but Azeez POSTS Omos! Omos staggers, Apollo gets in the ring and he wants the bell!

The ref says they have to wait for Omos. Omos gets up, palms Apollo’s head like a basketball and shoves him away! Omos gets in the ring, he shouts at the ref for the bell and the bell sounds! This is finally official and Apollo runs in, into a BOOT! Apollo tags Azeez in, and Azeez circles with Omos again. Omos tells the punk to show him something! Azeez runs in, Omos dodges and then scoops! He carries Azeez around and then SLAMS Azeez down! Apollo leaps but into Omos’ arms! Omos laughs as he pops Apollo up to a fireman’s carry and TOSS! Azeez runs in again, into a ROUNDHOUSE!!

Omos drags Apollo up, shows him what happened to Azeez, and says it is Apollo’s fault! Azeez tries to get up but Omos TWO HAND SLAMS Apollo down right next to him! Omos stacks these two, covers them, and wins!

Winner: Omos, by pinfall

There’s just no way Omos is merely human! And he gets a mic to say, “It doesn’t matter how big they are. It doesn’t matter how many of them there are. All that means is I am undefeated and I am unstoppable! And anybody who has the BALLS to step up against me, whether it’s Monday Night Raw or WrestleMania, they are all gonna be dominated!” Will Omos prove his supreme dominance time and time again?

 

AJ Styles is back!

After being gone for weeks because of what Edge did to him, the Phenomenal One returns! And he’ll respond to the Rated R Superstar’s ramblings, after the break!

Raw returns and Styles looks at the WrestleMania sign. Styles has the mic to say, “Chicago.” Fans fire up and chant his name. Styles continues to say that for the past two weeks, he’s been missing out on stuff like this. He’s been at home, nursing an injury. He had nothing but time on his hands. And if you have enough time on your hands, it can be a dangerous thing. Styles watched that clip of what Edge did to him with that chair over, and over, and over again, tot he point where he was going crazy! Styles didn’t want to be around his wife and kids, he just wanted to be alone. And lo and behold, who’s on TV but Edge?

Edge has his mood lighting and his mouth is spewing nonsense as he answers, “Why?” But Styles doesn’t care why. He isn’t here to ask why or to get answers. He’s here to kick Edge’s teeth down his throat! Styles says Edge wanted the Pitbull, so he’ll get him! But why wait until WrestleMania?! Edge can come out now and get what’s coming to him! “Be a man and get out here!” Styles paces and waits, but when Edge doesn’t show, Styles calls him a coward! But wait! Here comes Seth Rollins! The Visionary has a mic again and he joins Styles in the ring. Fans chant “Cody!” at him but Rollins has that simmer down. Rumors are fun, but they don’t make moments! And Rollins is living for W WrestleMania moment!

Styles tells Rollins to “cut the crap” and get to what he wants. Rollins says he’s here because like everyone else, he is concerned about Styles’ health and safety. After what Edge did to Styles, is Styles physically and emotionally capable of fighting Edge at WrestleMania? Rollins has a proposition. Styles should go home to his wife and kids, hug them close, get 100%, and come back after WrestleMania. Let Rollins do what he should’ve done in Hell in a Cell and end Edge’s career on the Grandest Stage of Them All! Because THAT is a moment worthy of Seth Freakin’ Rollins! Think about it, Styles.

No, he doesn’t have to think about it. Styles won’t let Rollins take his spot. So long as he can walk, Styles will be at WrestleMania facing Edge. Oh, so as long as he’s able to walk, hmm? So if for some unfortunate reason, Styles got taken out, Rollins could have the spot? Styles sees what this is. This is what Rollins tried to do to Kevin. Rollins admits it sounds pretty great to him. What about it, Chicago? Rollins VS Styles, winner takes on Edge at WrestleMania! Desperate times call for desperate measures! And Rollins is running outta options! Styles says Rollins comes out, dressed like an idiot, and also delusional. Styles is NOT giving up his spot at WrestleMania.

But y’know what? Styles will do what Rollins couldn’t. Styles will destroy Edge, and then we can get back to this. How does that sound? Adam Pearce walks out, and Sonya is also here. Rollins doesn’t want them raining on his parade! But he’s been talking about getting a WrestleMania moment, and they talked it over. Rollins will get one last chance. If he can defeat AJ Styles tonight, he will replace AJ Styles at WrestleMania! Rollins is fired up but Styles is furious, much like Kevin Owens last week! So Styles DECKS Rollins and rains down fists! Rollins bails out and gets back up the ramp, laughing all the way!

Rollins has one more opportunity to go to WrestleMania, but will he win it this time? Or will Styles beat him, just as Kevin Owens did last week?

 

Queen Zelina finds Carmella backstage.

But Mella is too busy on her phone. What’s up, girl? Uh, what’s up is Mella’s total lack of focus just two weeks away from WrestleMania! They’re supposed to have each other’s backs, but all Mella can do is focus on herself. Mella says Zelina needs to stop freaking out. Mella is focused on Mania. It might be Vega not watching Mella’s back while Mella has very important things going on in her life. Well, Vega is doing enough work for the both of then. Mella is too busy with her wedding and her stupid little reality YouTube show! Their titles are on the line in a FATAL 4 WAY!!

Yes, Mella knows how those work. Four teams competing at once, the champs don’t have to be pinned or submitted to lose the belts. Blah, blah, blah. Vega snatches the phone and throws it away! Is the “ugly bridezilla” seriously not taking this seriously? Uh, that phone cost more than that tacky dollar store crown on the little hobbit’s head!! And then Mella SLAPS Vega! Vega takes off the crown, to fire off on Mella! They’re brawling and security rushes over to stop it! How are these two supposed to retain their titles when they’re at each other’s throats?!

 

AJ Styles barges into the management office.

What are they doing?! Why are they risking Styles’ match with Edge because Rollins is crying like a child? And don’t waste your breath explaining, Pearce sucks at this. And Styles hasn’t exactly heard good things about Sonya, either. Styles will beat Rollins and keep his WrestleMania moment.

 

Liv Morgan & Rhea Ripley VS Shayna Baszler & Natalya!

Speaking of that coming WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship match, #Liv4Brutality is in action again, looking to settle things with the Queen of Spades & Queen of Harts after what happened on SmackDown! Will Liv & Rhea make Shayna & Natty pay for raising the stakes? Or will someone #TapNapOrSnap to these submission specialists?

Raw returns and the Queens make their entrances. The teams sort out, Shayna starts against Rhea. They circle, tie up, and Rhea gets around to waistlock and slam! Shayna fights up, pries free and bends Rhea’s arm around to a double wristlock! But Rhea scoops and SLAMS free of it! Rhea drags Shayna back up, but Shayna swings on Rhea. Rhea blocks to ROCK Shayna, but Shayna hits back! Shayna fires off strikes, kicks but the knee misses! Rhea HEADBUTTS, then runs to dropkick! Fans fire up with Rhea and she atomic FACEBUSTERS! Tag to Liv, and Liv runs to get a boost from Rhea, SENTON! Cover, TWO!

Liv drags Shayna up but Shayna wrenches the arm and drags Liv over. Tag to Natty, the Queens mug Liv, and then Natty whips Liv to a corner. Liv goes up and over and rolls back, then RANAS Natty down! Natty ends up in a corner, SHINING WIZARD from Liv! Liv shoves Natty down, Shayna storms over but Liv swipes at her! Shayna stays back, Natty gets Liv for a rebounds SIT-DOWN! Tag to Shayna, Natty steps on then basement dropkicks Liv! Shayna KNEES Liv down, cover, TWO! Liv survives but Shayna has a top wristlock. Shayna twists the wrist, focuses on the elbow, but Liv endures.

Wait, Mella storms out to ringside? She complains to Corey Graves about Vega, and Graves does his best to calm her down. Shayna ignores this while she keeps on Liv, but Liv fights up and arm-drags free! Liv runs, but Shayna keeps her from Rhea! Tag to Natty while Shayna throws hands, Liv fights back, throws Shayna out and BOOTS Natty down! Liv hurries over to the corner, but Shayna trips Rhea off the apron! Natty gets in but Liv cradles her, TWO! DISCUS from Natty! Natty hurries to tag Shayna, and the Queens drag Liv up. They coordinate, HART ATTACK! Cover, the Queens win!

Winners: Shayna Baszler & Natalya, by pinfall

Rhea rushes in but Shayna & Natty bail out! Mella complete missed the point of the match in the ring, but then Vega gets in to CLOBBER Rhea with her scepter! And then Mella RAMS Shayna into the apron! And ROCKS Natty, to whip her into steps! Mella dodges to FABULOUS KICK Shayna down! Mella and Vega stare down in the ring, but they realize they actually took care of everyone else. So they hug and make up! The champions are refocused, but will they still be able to defy the 25% odds?

 

WWE has a medical update on Bianca Belair.

Given Becky Lynch’s attack that involved a chair around Bianca’s neck, The EST has a fractured hyoid bone in her throat, and has been ruled out of action for an unspecified amount of time. Does this put her WrestleMania match with Becky in question? Speaking of…

Becky Lynch is here!

The Man has her Raw Women’s Championship and the chair that damaged Bianca, as well as somewhere between Tron and something Charlotte Flair wore not too long ago for an outfit. But what will #BigTimeBecks have to say about the roughEST attack she committed just last week? We find out, after the break.

Raw returns and Becky has taken a seat in the chair. She also has a mic to say, “There’s a question that I ask myself a lot. Maybe you ask it, too, but your minds don’t think in symphonies like mine does. ‘What does it profit a man to gain the world and lose is soul?'” Well first, what does it mean to even gain the world? To a lot of people, that can mean different things. Becky’s answer was about eight months ago, when she first faced Bianca at SummerSlam. But she’ll come back to that because it was 15 long months that Becky went without holding the belt. Not because anyone had beaten her for it, no. No one has beaten her for a title in three YEARS.

No, Becky was forced to give up the belt. Every day that went by grew more and more painful and agonizing. When the time came, Becky knew she’d do everything it took to get back Her Precious. “So what does it profit a man? It profits him this! The only thing that matters inside and outside the confines of these ropes! For this is everything I am. I am power, I am glory, I am the prize at the top of the mountain!” This is Becky’s world. When she came back, and all of us chose Bianca over her, that is when Becky knew! That is when she knew that she would sell her soul to keep the title.

Becky wants Bianca to know, she doesn’t have what it takes to beat Becky! Whip her with that hair, scar Becky’s body, crush her throat, but Becky will crush her worse. Bianca didn’t mean to damage Becky, but Becky meant to damage her, and that’s the difference! Eye for an eye, throat for a throat! And last week, Becky said she would come for the hair. But Bianca’s not here. Maybe that’s because Becky hospitalized Bianca like Bianca did her. Or maybe that if Becky takes the thing that means the most to Bianca, Bianca’s hair, crown, identity, that she will lose a part of her soul.

“Bianca, you don’t wanna lose your souls. I’ve already sold mine.” And Becky will sell it every day of the week and twice on Mondays if it means keeping the title on her shoulder! So then, Bianca. Becky will ask you: What does it profit a man to gain the world and lose his soul? Becky will show Bianca and everyone at WrestleMania, if Bianca makes it. The Man has said her piece, but how, and where, will Bianca respond?

 

Backstage interview with Austin Theory.

What is his reaction to Pat McAfee’s “apology” on SmackDown? Theory doesn’t care if Pat wasn’t sincere or not. He’s just a dumb jock! But he did do something smart: he apologized and kept his job. Smart man. But while Pat had a great NFL career, he has no business getting in the ring with Theory. Theory’s mentor, Mr. Vince McMahon, will see Theory beat Pat at WrestleMania. Theory could even get Pat fired as a commentator! Well, then how has Theory prepared for tonight’s match with Finn Balor? Theory has so many selfies of a knocked out Balor in his phone, Theory’s running out of storage! But he might have room for just one more on HIS road to WrestleMania!

Since Theory is WrestleMania bound, Finn knows what it is: A Town Down! But will it be Theory who is down on the mat this close to his showdown with Pat McAfee?

 

Veer is finally coming!

April 4th, the Raw after the most stupendous WrestleMania Weekend, the Million Dollar Arm finally arrives! But who will this lion on the hunt choose to go after first?

 

Finn Balor VS Austin Theory!

Raw returns and the WWE United States Champion makes his entrance. But then we’re getting a special guest commentator? It’s PAT MCAFEE! Theory is furious but what does he expect given all the visits he’s made to SmackDown? The bell rings, Theory ties up with Finn and Finn waistlocks. Theory elbows out and headlocks but Finn powers out. Theory runs Finn over but Finn gets up while Theory is shouting at Pat. Pat tells him to shut up, and Finn rolls Theory up! TWO and Theory kicks Finn low! Theory throws forearms, then puts Finn against ropes for shots to the back.

Theory whips Finn but Finn reverses. Theory sunset flips but Finn rolls through to basement dropkick! Finn KICKS Theory at the ropes, stomps him down, but Theory falls out of the ring. Fans fire up, Pat creeps over and mocks Theory’s pain. Theory is mad, Pat does windmilling “SUCK IT” chops! Theory is furious, Finn SHOTGUNS Theory into barriers! Pat does a Finn Freeze, and he gets Too Sweets from Finn! The fans fire up and Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and Theory has a rear bearhug. He squeezes and thrashes Finn to the mat, but Finn endures while fans rally up. Pat leaves commentary again to drum the apron and rally the fans more. Theory is distracted, Finn fights up, and Finn pries free, only for Theory to knee low. Theory puts Finn in a corner but Finn BOOTS back! Finn rallies with forearms, whips but Theory reverses, only to get a FLYING FOREARM! Finn then trips Theory and DOUBLE STOMPS! Pat gets ideas for what he’ll do to Theory, as Finn runs in and CHOPS Theory in the corner! Finn whips corner to corner, but Theory blocks!

Theory kicks Finn out literally, then he bumps Finn off the desk! Theory says this will be Pat at Mania! But Finn blocks and body shots to smack Theory off the desk! Again and again! Pat says hell yeah that’ll be him! FInn puts Theory in to SLINGBLADE! And then SHOTGUN DROPKICK! Theory hits buckles and falls into the drop zone! Fans fire up as Finn goes up! COUP DE- NO! Theory dodges, cradles, TWO!! Finn escapes, but Theory CLOBBERS him! Theory rains down fists, Pat gets on the apron to shout at Theory! Theory snarls, Pat jumps away and the fans fire up for “PAT! PAT!” Theory drags Finn up, fireman’s carry, but Finn slips off to KICK!

Finn KICKS Theory more, then gets around to dragon sleeper. Theory powers through, fisherman hooks the leg, AOI SHODOU! Cover, TWO!! Finn survives and Pat is fired up again! Theory snarls, tells Pat to watch this, and he goes to the apron. But Pat distracts him again! The ref warns Pat but Pat just says he’ll stay over here. Theory slingshots, but Finn catches him in a cradle! FINN WINS!

Winner: Finn Balor, by pinfall

Theory is furious but Pat and Finn are celebrating! Will Theory go complain to Vince McMahon about this? Will Vince just chalk it up to, “Expect the unexpected?”

 

BREAKING NEWS!

The Raw Tag Team Championship match at WrestleMania will now be a TRIPLE THREAT! The Street Profits get their shot, but so does the Alpha Academy! And speaking of…

RKBRO VS The Alpha Academy!

The tables have turned and now the Viper and Stallion will be in a match that doesn’t mathematically favor them. But will they prove they still have the number of Chad Gable & Otis here 2v2? Or is this the chance for Gable & Otis to win it all back #ForTheAcademy?

Raw returns and the Academy makes their entrance. Gable has the mic and he of course says, “SHOOOOSH! Shoosh, please. So that I can explain that what you witnessed us do last week was called retribution.” Gable knows the crime rate is much higher than the literacy rate in Chicago, so he’ll spell this out for the dumdums! That means they got vengeance for being wronged. And believe him when he says RKBRO committed a wrong when they accepted a title match with anyone other than the Academy. Luckily, vengeance was served! You can’t get one over on Master Gable and his big, beautiful brain.

Especially when Gable is standing next to this tree trunk of a man, his greatest student, Otis! Step aside, Batman, this is the new face of vengeance! They get in the ring now, and Gable says RKBRO messed things up making it a Triple Threat. But the Academy will prevail, and it will be the most stupendous night when they walk out the Raw Tag Team Champions. A THANK YEW~! The teams sort out, Orton starts with Gable and fans fire up as the two tie up. Gable wrenches, hammerlocks, headlocks, then wrenches to wristlock. Orton endures but Gable steps over to wrench the arm more.

Orton fights up, wrenches out and EuroUppers Gable down! Tag to Riddle, they work together for an ASSISTED FLOATING BRO! Cover, ONE! Gable uppercuts Riddle, and BUTTERFLY SUPLEXES, with a bridging cover! TWO, but Gable tags Otis in. Gable tackles Riddle and has the legs, catapult into Otis’ BODY BLOCK! Fans boo while Otis roars, and Otis stomps Riddle down. Otis tags Gable back in, Gable bumps Riddle off buckles. Gable fires off forearms, whips corner to corner, but Riddle goes up and over and spins Gable for a PELE! Riddle handsprings, runs in and forearm smashes, then he DECKS Otis!

Riddle gets Gable for a BROSPLODER! The Academy regroup but Riddle goes out. Gable blocks the Penalty Kick to trip Riddle! Then Otis POUNCES Riddle to barriers! Fans boo but the Academy stands tall as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and Riddle runs into a ROLLING ELBOW! Gable chickens wings, but Riddle victory rolls through! TWO, Riddle DECKS Otis! Riddle dodges Gable, hot tag to Orton! Orton rallies on Gable, dodge sand POWERSLAMS! Fans fire up and Orton puts Gable through ropes! But Otis hurries up, only for Orton to fire off on him! Orton climbs up the corner to CLUB away on Otis’ back, then he DECKS Otis! But Gable HOTSHOTS Orton back! Only for Orton to KICK him in the ropes! Orton has Gable back in position, DRAPING DDT! Fans fire up and Orton hears those voices!

Orton waits on Gable, but Gable powers out! Tag to Riddle, Gable gets around to GERMAN SUPLEX Orton !Orton staggers up, Gable clotheslines him out! Gable turns around, ducks the roundhouse and waistlocks to put Riddle in a corner! CHAOS THEORY!! But Riddle slips out!? FINAL FLASH, to a gut wrench! BRO DEREK!! Cover, RKBRO wins!

Winners: RKBRO, by pinfall

But Otis RAMS Orton into barriers, and then gets in to CLOBBER Riddle! The Dozer does not care that they lost the match, he’s going to ensure they have the edge going into the title match! Otis has Riddle in a drop zone, then he goes up top, but here come the STRET PROFITS! They DUMP Otis out, whip Gable and hit a FLAPJACK DDT!! Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins help Riddle up, and Riddle is thankful, but he gets the ANOINTING! And then Ford goes up, and comes in FROM THE HEAVENS! The Profits are wearing Chicago Bulls style jerseys, are they going to have a Jordan style performance at WrestleMania?

 

WWE shares a digital exclusive.

Dana Brooke says it is thanks to Reggie that she is still WWE 24/7 Champion. Well maybe it was their good luck kiss? Yeah, Dana did feel a little inspired. But wait! Akira Tozawa drops in while sliding down a pole! Reggie wants Tozawa to wait, but Tozawa says Dana cheated! Dana cheated the woman of Tozawa’s dreams out of that title! No she didn’t! But then Tamina attacks from behind! A brawl ensues, Dana manages to put Tamina into a trunk but Tamina knocks her down! R-Truth pushes Tamina aside but Tamina keep shim from covering! Reggie shoves Tozawa into Tamina and then he gets Dana outta there!

Tamina and Tozawa are down on the ground together, and Tozawa asks, “Are you thinking what I’m thinking?” Tamina grabs him by the face, and says, “Yeah. You let them get away!!” Tamina denies Tozawa a kiss now, but will he earn a kiss in tonight’s rematch?

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

No more need for tagging in or out, what happens when these two very different pairs of love birds battle it out with no limitations?

Raw returns and Tamina & Tozawa make their entrance. The bell rings and Dana and Reggie combine! They want to do a game of chicken! But Tozawa can’t lift Tamina… So instead, Tozawa gets on Tamina’s shoulders! They tie up like this, Dana SLAPS Tozawa! Tamina kicks Reggie! Reggie drops, so Dana kicks Tamina! Tozawa falls on his face, then staggers up into Reggie’s kick! Reggie and Dana double whip Tozawa into Tamina! Dana then handspring back elbows them together! Tozawa falls first, but then Tamina falls head first into Tozawa’s ninja stars! Dana then KICKS Tamina out of the ring!

Reggie hits the 450 SEATED SENTON! Cover, Reggie & Dana win!

Winners: Dana Brooke & Reggie, by pinfall

Dana mocks Tozawa’s pain, then dances with Reggie. Tamina drags Tozawa out of the ring. He can’t really walk, so Tamina carries him away. Will they make a comeback and get that title from Dana somehow?

 

Raw has BIG plans for next week!

After the utter disrespect The Miz showed Rey Mysterio, the A-Lister and King of Lucha will go 1v1 before the tag match at WrestleMania! And speaking of tag matches, after the Profits went hard on RKBRO and the Alpha Academy, Ford & Dawkins take on Gable & Otis days before the Raw Tag title match! Plus, the four teams in the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship Fatal 4 will go 4v4! 8 Woman Tag of Liv, Rhea, Sasha Banks & Naomi VS Shayna, Natty, Mella & Vega! Will the teams be able to coexist? Which side comes away with the momentum going into the most stupendous WrestleMania Weekend ever?

 

AJ Styles VS Seth Rollins!

This is it! Either the Visionary beats the Phenomenal One and takes away his showdown with Edge, or there is absolutely NOTHING for Rollins at WrestleMania! Will the Pitbull inside Styles take a bite out of Rollins? Or will Rollins get a chance at redemption from Crown Jewel?

Raw returns and Rollins makes his entrance. The bell rings and fans sing Rollins’ theme as he circles with Styles. They tie up but Rollins slips away to soak up the admiration. Rollins and Styles tie up again and Styles wrenches an arm to a wristlock. Rollins rolls, handsprings, breaks free, and does Scott Hall fingers at Styles. They circle again, tie up, and Styles headlocks now. Styles grinds Rollins, Rollins powers up but Styles holds tight. Rollins fights up, throws Styles away and then dodges. Things speed up. Rollins goes the other way to redirect Styles and SLINGBLADE! Fans are torn as Rollins paces around.

Rollins brings Styles up, underhooks, but no Pedigree as Styles back drops free! Styles runs corner to corner but Rollins dodges! Rollins runs in but Styles throws him out and Rollins hits apron! Styles aims and slingshots, FLYING FOREARM! Rollins is down and fans fire up as Raw goes to break!

Raw returns again and Rollins has Styles in a cravat neck wrench. Rollins grinds Styles down but fans rally as Styles endures. Rollins tells Styles this isn’t personal, it’s WrestleMania. Styles fights up, reaches out, but Rollins keeps him from ropes. Styles throws body shots, but Rollins KNEE Styles down! Rollins gets Styles up, back suplexes, but Styles lands on his feet! Styles CHOPS and CHOPS and whips, but Rollins kicks, only for Styles to block! Styles CLUBS the leg, KNEES the knee, and hits a DRAGON SCREW! Rollins goes to a corner, Styles storms over, but Rollins throws haymakers!

Styles runs back in, but Rollins dodges and Styles COLLIDES with buckles! Styles flops out of the ring, the count begins! The count is 5 of 10, Styles drags himself up at 7, hobbles over at 8 and gets in at 9! Rollins stomps Styles at the ropes but the ref counts. Rollins drags Styles up to hit a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Rollins grows frustrated but he stalks Styles to a corner. Rollins CHOPS Styles now, then CHOPS him again! Styles falls over, fans cheer and jeer, but Rollins gets Styles up to the top rope backwards, Tree of Woe! Rollins runs corner to corner, HESITATION DROPKICK! Rollins drags Styles to a cover, TWO!

Styles is dazed but somehow he survives. Rollins is annoyed, he pushes Styles’ hand away, then tells him this is HIS WrestleMania moment! But Styles hits back with counter punches! Styles fires off more haymakers, but Rollins knees low! Rollins whips corner to corner, but Styles BOOTS him back! Styles goes out, springboards, but Rollins trips him up! Styles takes another tumble out of the ring, and Rollins builds speed! DIVE! Direct hit and Styles hits the desk! Rollins looks to the WrestleMania sign with wild eyes and a smile as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns once again and Rollins again has Styles in a cravat neck wrench. Styles endures and fights up again but Rollins headbutts him and throws elbows! Fans boo but Rollins tells Styles that this isn’t personal! Rollins actually likes Styles! He wants Styles to go home to his family! Rollins SLAPS Styles down, then slaps him more! Rollins says he needs this then he slaps Styles again! Styles SLAPS and SLAPS and forearms Rollins back! Rollins throws just as many forearms back, but Styles fires off the Phenomenal Blitz! LARIAT! Fans fire up as Styles hits a SLIDING FOREARM!

Rollins gets to a corner and Styles runs in, BIG forearm smash, to USHIGOROSHI! Cover, TWO! Rollins survives but Styles keeps his cool. Styles gets himself back up, brings Rollins around and reels him in. But Rollins jackknifes, TWO!! Styles dodges to CHOP and atomic FACEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Styles and Rollins are both down, Chicago says “This is Awesome!” Styles gets up, drags Rollins up and reels him in, but Rollins slips out! Rollins spins Styles to ROLLING ELBOW! Then a FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO! Rollins gets to a corner, he aims as Styles rises, but Styles catches the stomp for a-

NO! No bomb as Rollins ranas through! TWO, and Styles sunset flips, TWO! Rollins high stacks, TWO, to a deadlift, but Styles fights the buckle bomb to snap suplex into buckles! Both men are down in the corner and fans rally up. Styles drags himself up, he steps over Rollins and goes up the corner. But Rollins gets up to ROCK Styles first! Styles sits on the corner, Rollins climbs up to join him. Rollins goes to the very top but Styles resists! Styles knocks Rollins down, adjusts, but Rollins gets right up top! Styles slips out and trips Rollins! Then torture rack, for a TOWER HACKER BOMB! Cover, TWO!!

Both men are down but stirring. Styles gets up first, he goes to a corner and aims from the apron! Springboard, PHENOMENAL SUPERKICK! Rollins gets Styles out of midair, then gets him up for a BUCKLE BOMB! Rollins goes up top, looks to the sign, FROG SPLASH onto knees!! Both men are down again as Styles saves himself! Styles resets on the apron, Rollins rushes over, but Styles ROCKS him with a forearm! But then someone SMACKS Styles with a chair!! It’s EDGE!!

Winner: AJ Styles, by disqualification; will still face Edge at WrestleMania 38

The Rated R Superstar, the Ultimate Opportunist, SMACKS Styles with the chair again! He not only robbed his enemy Rollins of a WrestleMania moment, he just ensured his WrestleMania opponent in Styles is still not 100%! Two birds, one chair shot! Rollins is livid, understandably, and he starts throwing things around ringside! He snatches a mic from Mike Rome and gets up on the desk to vent. “This! Is! BULLSH*T!!” Rollins says next week, Raw will not happen unless Rollins gets what he deserves! He WILL have his WrestleMania moment!

Rollins keeps shouting BS and fans chant for “CODY! CODY!” as Rollins tarts ripping at the ringside barrier! Rollins even tips over the announce desk, the steel steps, and he pulls off part of the LED casing on a corner post! Rollins’ rage finally quiets, but will it reignite on the last Raw before WrestleMania?


My Thoughts:

This was a pretty great Raw. For one, what a great little swerve from Kevin Owens pretending to be Steve Austin. He kept character the whole time, maybe even for when that guy failed to throw him beer cans. Well, that could’ve been Kevin’s honest feelings, too, but it still worked. The Mysterios get a tag win to keep up momentum on Raw, though the Dirty Dawgs taking the loss makes me think RawDown needs to expand by at least one tag team each. Dawgs could have just been left out while they’re also part of NXT and that other team could’ve taken the loss. But the main thing was, Miz snatching away Rey’s mask was to get him more heat. Chances are, Logan really does wear that mask for next week’s go-home.

Omos gets another win but I say again, is this really doing Omos any good? He’s becoming the strongest superstar without a title. And honestly, why doesn’t he already have a title? Realistically speaking, his undefeated singles streak should have put him in the US Championship story a long time ago. But then, Finn probably wouldn’t have the title. Finn had a very good match with Theory, but Pat McAfee showing up was also a great part of it. I was hoping Pat would visit Raw like this, and he helps Finn win over Theory, but let’s just hope the story doesn’t become Finn having to defend that title against a lot of people as punishment. Actually, maybe it should. Finn winning a big match would be great for him. But I just fear that it would be Vince’s way (kayfabe and shoot) of getting that title off Finn.

I really like what we got out of the RawDown Women’s Tag Division. Vega and Mella brawling backstage was a bit premature of the tensions I was hoping would boil over, but of course they only tease it to have these two patch things up on the same night. Rhea & Liv VS Shayna & Natty was great stuff, and at least we got a decision before Mella & Vega attacked everyone. The 8 Woman Tag will be a lot of fun, but I feel like the Heels win to have the go-home math say the champs lose. At least, I hope so. That tension tease tonight, the fact there are three other teams, Mella and Vega really should have a story against each other.

Veer finally has a date! At this point, of course they’re waiting until after WrestleMania. For his sake, let’s hope he doesn’t get Dan Matha’d. The 24/7 Division has become an extension of the NXThirst we see on Tuesdays, but there’s still good chemistry and comedy in the segments. I was hoping that the co-ed nature of the Tornado Mixed Tag was going to lead to Tozawa taking the title off Dana, and then literally lying down for Tamina to give the title to her. Becky had a very good promo, though part of it was based on her social media post from when her throat got injured. But I suppose that’s the poetic justice off her promo. Hopefully Bianca’s injury is just kayfabe and they’re using it so Bianca has a “miraculous” return to then have her Mania match and title win.

We got a great segment out of the Raw Tag Team Championship picture. Another Triple Threat has been made so WWE is really going hard for this WrestleMania season. RKBRO VS Academy was great stuff, great win for RKBRO and what a way for the Profits to show off their new aggression. But wow, that Flapjack DDT is nuts, I almost thought Gable got hurt there. Profits VS Academy is going to be a good go-home match, and there will be a lot of telling signs in the go-home math there for who wins at Mania.

And last but not least, in a rehash that was actually creative, Rollins tries to take away Styles’ moment while also going after his old foe, Edge. Great promos from Rollins and Styles, as well as interactions with management, and naturally a phenomenal match. Edge attacking was actually brilliant stuff. It’s exactly what Heel Edge, whether now or in the past, would’ve done. We still get Edge VS Styles, and Rollins got to throw one heck of a tantrum. Haven’t seen someone rip up the post casing like that before, so that was cool. And Rollins wanting to hijack the go-home episode next week, that will definitely be a great moment to set up Rollins’ real Mania moment <cough> Cody Rhodes </cough>.

My Score: 8.4/10


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

Can Catch 2/2 get 2 more points?

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NJPW WTL X Super Jr.

The Super Junior Tag League enters lucky round number 7!

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

Here are the current Super Jr. Tag League standings!

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Here are the NEW Super Jr. Tag League standings!

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


My Thoughts:

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

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

My Score: 8.8/10


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

Is World Tag League tranquilo?

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NJPW WTL X Super Jr.

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

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

Here are the current World Tag League standings!

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

Chase & Fale: [FORFEIT]

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Here are the NEW World Tag League standings!

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

Chase & Fale: [FORFEIT]


My Thoughts:

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

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

My Score: 8.7/10


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