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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (4/26/22)

Time to settle some scores!

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Lyons, Legado and Solo, oh my!

Before NXT Spring Breakin’, there’s some business to take care of! Will Nikkita Lyons shut Lash Legend up once and for all before going after Natalya?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Nikkita Lyons VS Lash Legend; Lyons wins.
  • Tony D’Angelo VS Xyon Quinn Von Wagner w/ Robert Stone; Wagner wins.
  • Nathan Frazer VS Guru Raaj; No Contest.
  • Kayden Carter & Katana Chance VS Yulisa Leon & Valentina Feroz; Carter & Chance win.
  • Six Mixed Tag: Legado del Fantasma VS Josh Briggs, Brooks Jensen & Fallon Henley; changed to…
  • 3v2 Mixed Handicap: Legado del Fantasma VS Josh Briggs & Fallon Henley; Legado wins.
  • Solo Sikoa VS Trick Williams w/ Carmelo Hayes; Solo wins.
  • The Viking Raiders VS Malik Blade & Edris Enofe; The Viking Raiders win.
  • Mandy Rose w/ Toxic Attraction VS Roxanne Perez; Mandy wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Nikkita Lyons VS Lash Legend!

The ladies start it off as they look to put this to rest! Lyons was the target of Lash lashing out, but she’s gonna hit right back! Will Lyons get another big win on her rise to the top? Or will Lash prove there’s only one legend in the making around here?

Lash doesn’t even wait for the bell! As soon as she’s in the ring, she rushes Lyons! But Lyons is ready and the brawl is on! The ref has the bell rings, Lash whips but Lyons dodges to kick and kick and KICK! Lyons waistlocks but Lash elbows free, only to get a HEEL KCIK! Things speed up, Lash CLOBBERS Lyons with an elbow! Lash talks trash, runs, but Lyons is ready and sidesteps. She dodges Lash again, but Lash ducks the leap. Lyons still comes back for a THESZ PRESS! Lyons rain down fists, Lash tries but can’t get her away! They scrap all the way to ropes, and the ref calls for the break.

Lyons lets off, but Lash TOSSES Lyons out! Lyons hits the floor hard, and Lash mockingly asks if she’s okay. Lyons gets up and on the apron, Lash back body blocks her back down! Lash soaks up the heat, goes out to bring Lyons up and says she’ll never be as good as her. Lash then RAMS Lyons into steel steps! Lash lounges on the apron as she drags Lyons up by her hair. The ref counts, Lash gets in at 6 of 10, but then Lyons HOTSHOTS her back! Fans fire up and Lyons gets in, only for Lash to trip her! Lash gives back that ground ‘n’ pound, then throws in knees! Lash tosses her hair while fans chant, “You Suck!”

Lash mounts, Lyons sunset flips! TWO, but Lash HIP ATTACKS Lyons down. Fans fire up for Lyons but Lash bumps her off buckles. Lash then scoops to SIDEWALK SLAM! Cover, TWO! Lash grows frustrated but she sits Lyons up and traps the arms. Lash has a neck wrench but Lyons endures. Fans rally, Lyons fights to get an arm free but Lash knees her in the back. Lash keeps on the neck wrench but Lyons fights up and arm-drags free! Lash comes back, but Lyons blocks the boot! Lyons fights up, throws the foot down but Lash elbows her. Lyons KICKS and KICKS and KICKS! Lyons throws knees, then snap suplexes Lash down!

Lyons roars, she waistlocks, GERMAN SUPLEX! Lash flounders but Lyons CLUBS her to a corner. Lyons runs in to forearm smash! Lyons fires off more shots, the ref counts, but Lyons climbs up to CLUB Lash more. Lash turns that around into a POWER- NO! Lyons RANAS Lash away! RUNNING GAMANGIRI! Cover, Lyons wins!

Winner: Nikkita Lyons, by pinfall

But then NATALYA attacks Lyons! She and Lash stomp Lyons down, both of them against Lyons taking their spotlight! But then CORA JADE appears! She SMACKS Lash with her skateboard! Natty keeps on Lyons, Cora talks trash to Lash, but then Cora turns around to see Natty. Cora swings, misses, and Natty trips her! But Lyons BOOTS Natty down! Lyons helps Cora up and they stare Lash and Natty down. Will Legend and the BOAT have to admit they’re not the alphas anymore?

 

Tony D’Angelo walks around backstage.

He spots the cameras and tells us paizons that he was supposed to face “Run it straight” Xyon, but he’s got a hangnail, or stomach ache, or whatever excuse. Doesn’t matter. Now Tony D’s facing the “silver tongued” Von Wagner. All Tony knows is, after getting through with Mr. Excitement, he’ll be sleeping with the fishes. Escobar knows what that’s like, right? The Don is very confident, but will he enter Wagner’s World?

 

Diamond Mine meets in the dojo.

Roderick Strong is disappointed. They have to be realistic about this. Recently, they’ve been struggling, and that is something he will not tolerate. This group is too good to crumble like his last group did. Julius and Brutus missed the NXT Tag Team Championships twice, yet they’re sitting around like they’ve made it to the mountaintop! And Ivy, she is dominant but- Brutus speaks up. They didn’t get pinned at Stand & Deliver, and they defeated three of the teams in the Tag Gauntlet. It was those scumbags, Pretty Deadly, who robbed them. Well good for them. But the only thing Strong hears is excuses! If you have to beat four, you gotta do it! Be ready for anyone at any time!

So next week, Strong set up a big time tag team match for next week with former world tag team champions and no strangers to NXT! Okay, who is it? Bivens wants to know, too, since Strong did this without telling him. Oh, it’s a good thing they asked, because they just arrived. It’s the VIKING RAIDERS! Erik & Ivar are ready, will the Creeds be?

 

Tony D’Angelo VS Von Wagner w/ Robert Stone!

The Don says he runs NXT but Robert Stone claims this is Wagner’s World. Who will back up their words with actions? And who will have to eat their words through a straw?

The bell rings and the two circle. Tony and Von tie up, Von shoves Tony away and then gloats. Tony smiles and tie sup with Von again. Von powers Tony to a corner and bumps him off the buckles, then backs off to talk trash. Tony keeps his cool with another smile, and they go again. Tony gets around and he shoves Von! Then he SLAPS him! Tony says this is his ring! They circle, go again, Tony waistlocks but can’t lift. Von breaks free and smirks while Tony gets annoyed. Tony and Von go again, Von waistlocks to SLAM Tony down! Von says this is his ring and his world, but Tony resets with him again.

Tony gets a leg, Von gets to ropes! Von shoves Tony away but Tony comes back for the leg. Von CLUBS away on Tony, then put shim in a corner to RAM his shoulder in again and again! Von shoves Tony around, fans rally and duel. Von whips and CLOBBERS Tony, then stalks him to a corner. Von brings Tony around but Tony fires haymakers! Von scoops, Tony slips off to fire off more shots! Von knees low, CLUBS Tony on the back, then CLUBS him again. Von whips Tony to ropes, Tony ducks and dodges to kick and reel Von in. Von blocks the suplex, throws haymakers, then puts Tony on the ropes to choke him!

The ref counts, Von lets off at 4 and Tony sputters. Von stalks Tony again, brings him up and around to whip to ropes. Tony ducks and dodges again, then suckers Von into a drop toehold! Tony BOOTS Von out of the ring! Stone tries to keep Von calm but Von runs into the ring and into an atomic drop! Tony then clotheslines Von right back out! Von tumbles to the ramp and Tony pursues, but Von drags him out to RAM him into the apron! And then APRON BACK SUPLEX! Stone is fired up as NXT goes picture in picture.

Von snarls, the ring count climbs, and Von gets back in. Von headbutts Tony down, drops an elbow, then repeats. Tony flounders to ropes, Von brings him up and puts him in the corner. Von whips Tony hard into the corner to clothesline! Von whips Tony the other way, another clotheslines! And then a short arm LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Von keeps on Tony with a chinlock. Tony endures as Von grinds him down and leans on the hold. Tony fights up, fans rally, and Tony throws body shots. Von shoves Tony, but Tony sunset flips! TWO, and Tony dodges a lariat, only for Von to scoop and FALL AWAY SLAM!

Von snarls again while Tony writhes on the mat. Von stomps Tony at the ropes, then drags him up for a snapmare. Von CLUBS Tony in the back and wraps the chinlock back on. Tony endures, fights up and throws elbows, then he throws haymakers. Von reverses the whip, Tony ducks and dodges, into a KNEE! Cover, TWO! Von grows frustrated but he sets Tony down to drop an ax handle! Then it’s right back to the chinlock. Tony endures all over again, fights back up, and JAWBREAKERS free! Tony gets to a corner, Von storms over but Tony kicks and fires off haymakers! Von CLUBS Tony back down, and it’s back to the chinlock!

Von thrashes Tony around and NXT returns to single picture. Fans rally and duel as Tony fights up yet again. Tony throws more elbows, then he backs Von into a corner. Tony gets free, he elbows Von again. Tony runs, but Von scoops for a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Von grows frustrated but he waits on Tony to get up. Fans rally, Von drags Tony into a fireman’s carry. Tony elbows free and shoves Von, to then OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Von flounders up and rushes Tony, but Tony ducks the lariat to Belly2Belly again! Stone stresses but Von throws haymakers. Tony gives them back and fans rally and duel as they go back and forth!

Tony gets the edge, but Von shoves. Tony rushes in to TACKLE Von! Tony rains down fists, Von shoves him away. Tony gives Von some body shots, then hits an EXPLODER! Fans fire up and Tony gets back up. Tony runs but into a LARIAT! Von says he’ll end this, and he brings Tony back up. Fireman’s carry, but Tony slips off! But Von fights the fisherman, only for Tony to ROCK him! Tony storms after Von but Von dumps him out! Tony tumbles off the apron, but then Legado shows up! Wilde & Del Toro/Mendoza are still upset about the thing with the fish, but Tony’s Wise Guys show up to get in their face!

But wait! Escobar CLOBBERS Tony with a crowbar to the leg!! The ref missed all of that and now the ring count is climbing! Stone tells Tony to just stay down! Tony tries to get up, the ref keeps counting! It’s 8 of 10, but Tony shoots in at 9! Only for Von to BOOT him down! Cover, Von wins!

Winner: Von Wagner, by pinfall

Give a huge assist to Legado for their distraction and drive-by assault! Will The Don have a response when Legado is in their match tonight?

 

Persia & Indi welcome Roxanne Perez.

They want her to know she was amazing last week in her debut, taking down one of the NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions. She thanks them and it means a lot coming from them. Was she nervous? Oh, so nervous. But then Toxic Attraction come walking in, and Jacy Jayne says it smells like trash in here. It’s Roxie. Mandy says Roxie got lucky, don’t go putting her in the Hall of Fame. And the only reason Roxie won was cuz “Pajama Dork” destroyed the Toxic Lounge. Uh, a win is a win, isn’t it? Okay, honey, Mandy will tell you right now, time to wake up from this dream you’re living. Gigi says it’s a snore.,

Well Roxie will prove it isn’t a fluke! Oh, so now she’s ready? Mandy knows what Roxie’s up to. She wants her chance at THE NXT Women’s Champion. Well she will teach Roxie the difference between someone who is champion and someone who dreams of becoming one. Toxic Attraction heads out, but Persia & Indi assure Roxie that she’s got this. Will Roxie prove to everyone, especially Mandy, that dreams do come true?

 

Briggs, Brooks ‘n’ Fallon talk backstage.

They’re all fired up, ready to finally beat the hell outta Legado! It ain’t just the boys, Fallon has been waiting for this! She is tired of Lopez, of Legado, and it is time to take care o’ business! And oh she cannot wait to punch Lopez right in her mouth! Brooks is ready to stick his Alabama boot right up some- Oh, hello. Sophia Cromwell walks by and Brooks takes off his hat to be a gentleman. She rolls her eyes, and Briggs wants Brooks to focus. Not on her, on the match! Right, sorry! Head in the fight! They’re fired up again, but will Brooks stay on target against Legado?

 

BREAKING for Spring Breakin’!

After that throw down after Lyons VS Lash, we have a tag match! Lash & Natty VS Cora & Lyons! Will we see the Queen of Harts change the future? Or will this new wave sink the BOAT?

 

Andre Chase & Bodhi Hayward join the student section.

Chase U is ready to watch and take notes of this next match!

Nathan Frazer VS ???

The British Prodigy moves over from NXT UK to see how much higher he can fly. But will he be like Icarus and fly too close to the sun? Or can he maintain altitude and soar towards title contention?

Wait, Frazer’s opponent, Guru Raaj, is attacked by Grayson Waller! Waller takes a mic and gets in the ring to tell the “little English flop” that no one cares about him! If Frazer and his Wonka haircut take one more step, this is gonna get embarrassing. This is Waller’s NXT! He doesn’t need Sanga! He does what he wants, when he wants! Fans chant, “Grayson Sucks!” but Waller sees Chase U mouthing off. He didn’t forget them interrupting! Here’s a joke for ya: Chase U is a scam! Waller went to a Chase U tailgate, and their sorority sisters are more like refrigerators! Look at those chairs struggling!

Chase wants some? Then jump the barrier! He can take them both! But when Chase and Bodhi do jump over, Waller backs up. Only to turn around into Frazer’s MISSILE DROPKICK! Frazer rallies on Waller, then dropkicks Waller out of the ring! Frazer builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit and Waller is sent tumbling up the ramp! Frazer dares Waller to get up, and Chase says that was a TEACHABLE MOMENT! Frazer high-fives Bodhi and shakes Chase’s hand. Will Waller learn to think before he speaks?

No Contest

 

NXT announces the inaugural Women’s Breakout Tournament!

And among this field, Arianna Grace makes her NXT debut. A former beauty pageant queen who has trained in boxing and MMA her entire life. She’s ready to kick some ass and take some chances. She’ll do just that in this tournament! Will Arianna win with grace in her NXT in-ring debut?

 

Backstage interview with Tiffany Stratton.

McKenzie asks her about her win over Sarray, but Stratton says this is her time. She knows everyone saw her win over that “little cheater,” but did anyone see Sarray pull Stratton’s hair three times? What is with that? Waller storms in and grumbles about Frazer embarrassing him. He then apologizes to Stratton for invading her time. But who even is Nathan Frazer? Stratton says Frazer looks homeless, his hair looks like straw, and he has a terrible accent! Waller says he does! Waller can’t stand accents! Uh, Waller has- Stratton says they’re talking. McKenzie is the worst. She IS! Finally, someone with smarts and class!

What Waller was gonna says is that if Frazer were to make his debut, he can do it against Waller. Then Frazer’s career ends before it begins. Stratton loves that. And then OMG, idea! They can get Frazer soap! Good idea! The UK smells. But Stratton smells amazing. Those two go off together, McKenzie gets a headache, but will Waller end up the victim of his own ego?

 

Kayden Carter & Katana Chance VS Yulisa Leon & Valentina Feroz!

Kacy Catanzaro by any other name is still just as agile, but will KC Squared finally gain some ground in the NXT Women’s Tag Division?

NXT returns, Leon & Feroz have made their entrances, and the teams sort out. Kayden starts with Leon and they circle. They approach, Kayden bypasses to send Leon at ropes, but Leon handsprings over her. Fans cheer as Leon shakes the hips. Kayden says alright, and they go again. Kayden waistlocks, trips Leon and then walks all over her to shake her hips! Leon says no no, but Kayden sidesteps again. Hip toss but Leon handsprings and dropkicks! Tag to Feroz, Leon gives her a boost to RANA Kayden out! Feroz does her own dance while KC Squared regroups. Kayden eggs Feroz on, Feroz chases her outside, then inside.

Kayden springboards to stomp Feroz down! Kayden shows her own shoulder shimmy off, then tags in Chance. Kayden runs while Chance holds Feroz in place for the dropkick! Feroz is down, Chance TWISTING SPLASHES! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up for “KA-TA-NA!” as she brings Feroz up. Feroz uses sayanagis to throw Chance around, but Chance whips her away. Feroz dodges, avoids the dropkick, then gets an arm! Chance powers from armbar to high stack, TWO! Chance kicks low, whips, but Feroz reverses. Chance goes up but Feroz catches the legs. Feroz throws Chance but Kayden catches her!

Kayden throws Chance back in, she CROSSBODIES Feroz! Cover, TWO! Fans rally and Chance drags Feroz to tag Kayden. KC Squared double whip, they have Feroz on the ropes for DOUBLE BOOTS! Kayden hurries to cover, TWO! Kayden hammerlocks and reels Feroz in. Feroz endures as Kayden gets the other arm and bends it back. Kayden rolls Feroz to a cover, TWO! Kayden keeps on Feroz but Feroz throws body shots. Kayden keeps Feroz from Leon and fireman’s carries. Tag to Chance, Feroz sunsets but it won’t count! SLINGSHOT SENTON! Cover, TWO! Chance drags Feroz up and wraps on a grounded cobra twist.

Fans rally and duel as Feroz endures. Feroz fights up, throws body shots, and hip tosses Chance away! Chance comes back into a BOOT! Feroz elbows Kayden, dodges Chance, hot tags to Leon and Kayden! Leon rushes in and rallies with lariats! Leon A-LIST LARIATS Kayden in a corner, then goes up top! BIG missile dropkick! Cover, TWO! Leon keeps on Kayden with a scoop. Feroz tags in, Leon SLAMS Kayden down and then scoops Feroz! Trophy lift SPLASH! Cover, Chance breaks it! Leon goes after Chance but gets thrown out! Feroz talks trash on Chance but Kayden rolls her! TWO, and Feroz grabs a leg!

Kayden ROCKS Feroz but Leon trips Chance up! Feroz tilt-o-whirls, IRON OCTOPUS! Kayden endures, reaches out, but Feroz tilt-o-whirls to headscissor her into the corner! Tag to Leon, Feroz snapamres Kayden and Leon LIONSAULTS! But she FLOPS as Kayden moves! Leon crawls back for her corner, tag back to Feroz! Feroz whips Kayden, Kayden holds ropes, Chance tags in! Chance ROCKS Feroz into a table top! Chance goes up top, Kayden drags Feroz up, HIGHLIGHT REEL!! Cover, KC Squared wins!

Winners: Kayden Carter & Katana Chance, by pinfall

The 450 Neckbreaker Splash wins another one! But will KC Squared keep climbing to become NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions?

 

Something happened backstage!

Someone attacked Brooks and hurt his hand! Brooks doesn’t know who did it, but it has to be Legado! Brooks wants to still compete but medics say there’s no way. Briggs says Legado ain’t leaving them much choice. He and Fallon storm off, what’s going to happen now?

 

Kay Lee Ray speaks.

“It’s been eight months since the voyage began. But do you know who I really am? A fighter? Yes. A warrior? Yes. A champion? But what do you know about me? To understand me now, I have to resurrect my past.” KLR sparks her bat and starts a fire. Fire represents life, and a rebirth. She is bringing back where she came from. She is now Alba Fyre! Will Fyre blaze a new trail to the top?

 

3v2 Mixed Handicap: Legado del Fantasma VS Josh Briggs & Fallon Henley!

Even without Brooks Jensen, this fight is still on! Will Elektra Lopez, Joaquin Wilde & Cruz Del Toro have victory assured? Or will Brooks be avenged by his best friends?

There’s no waiting for the bell here, either! Briggs CLOBBERS Del Toro, Fallon fires off on Lopez, then Briggs brawls with Wilde! Briggs fires off on both guys, Lopez bails out, but Briggs shoves Del Toro and Wilde out of the ring! Fans duel, the teams regroup, and Lopez gets back in. The bell rings and the ladies fire off haymakers! Lopez shoves then kicks Fallon, then brings her around to scoop and SLAM! Lopez drops an elbow but misses, Fallon dropkicks Lopez! Wilde tags in, Briggs rushes in to DECK him! Briggs grabs Del Toro for a hip toss BACKBREAKER! Then Briggs suplex TOSSES Wilde at Del Toro!

Fans fire up, Briggs and Lopez stare down and shout things, but Fallon gets in to ENZIGURI Lopez! Legado ends up on the ropes, Fallon and Briggs run to DOUBLE DECK them! Fans fire up with Fallon and Briggs, and Briggs gets in to storm up on Wilde. Wilde wants mercy, they didn’t attack Brooks! But Del Toro LEAPS in, only for Briggs to catch him! Wilde CHOP BLOCKS Briggs’ leg and Del Toro falls on him! Wilde stomps away on Briggs’ leg, then YANKS it. Wilde gloats, then he stomps Briggs’ leg. Robert Stone appears by commentary to let us know that Ikemen Jiro had wandering eyes for Sophia, Brooks had ’em, too. Do the math. VON attacked Brooks?!

Wilde drags Briggs over, tags Del Toro, Legado coordinates for a slingshot senton knee jammer! Then basement dropkicks! Cover, TWO! Del Toro stomps Briggs to the corner, then runs in to clothesline and tag! Wilde runs to clothesline and tag! Del Toro clotheslines and tags! Wilde clotheslines and tags! Del Toro runs in to GAMANGIRI! Wilde tags in, Legado brings Briggs up for a DOUBLE BACK SUPLEX! Then Electric Chair SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Briggs is still in this but Wilde drags him up. Fans rally and duel, Wilde KICKS and KICKS and KICKS Briggs! Briggs drops to his knee, Wilde grabs the leg and tags Del Toro.

But Briggs BOOTS Wilde into the post! Then he FLAPJACKS Del Toro and DECKS him! Hot tags to Lopez and Fallon! Fallon uses Briggs as a step to LAUNCH at Lopez! Fans fire up with Fallon as she fires off on Lopez! Fallon dodges to CLOBBER Lopez! And LARIAT! And CALF KICK! Cover, TWO! Fallon drags Lopez from her corner but Lopez KICKS Her away! Tag back to Wilde, Briggs gets in but into a dropkick! Briggs still runs Wilde over! And BOOTS Del Toro! Sidewalk SLAM and SPLASH for Wilde! Cover but Lopez breaks it! Fallon THESZ PRESSES Lopez! They scrap out of the ring, Lopez RAMS Fallon into barriers!

Lopez and Fallon brawl to the back! Briggs catches Wilde to TOSS him! Wilde BOOTS Briggs, Del Toro tags in! Tight rope MISSILE DROPKICK! Wilde tilt-o-whirls into position, GAMANGIRI LEG SWEEP! Cover, Legado wins!

Winners: Legado del Fantasma, by pinfall

They gave Wagner his win, Wagner gave them theirs! Will Brooks’ hand heal up so that he and Briggs can get them all back for this?

 

Backstage interview with Natalya & Lash Legend.

They’re facing Cora and Lyons next week, and Natty says it is a shame that Cora is so young and immature that she didn’t get the message. Cora and her stupid little skateboard. How fitting that next week is Spring Breakin’. Natty will break Cora’s legs and put the entire locker room on notice. Though, there is one woman that Natty noticed, and that is Lash Legend. Lash says she is teaming with a LEGEND, the BOAT! Lyons, this ain’t over. Not by a long shot. They’ll see how flexible Lyons really is. And then, Lash takes this momentum into the Women’s Breakout Tournament. But first thing’s first, this team is getting that Dub.

 

NXT hears from another Women’s Breakout Tournament entry.

This is Kiana James, and she promises to bring sophistication to the tournament. She calculated the odds, and she says it will work out in her favor. Successful women know their worth and clout, and she has both in spades. In the corporate world and in the ring, she is relentless. So prepare to name her your next Breakout Star.

 

Cameron Grimes heads to the ring!

The NXT North American Champion is here because he’s joining commentary for this next match and its huge title match implications.

Solo Sikoa VS Trick Williams w/ Carmelo Hayes!

The Street Champion of the Island got some payback on Trick ‘n’ Melo last week, and though he was willing to wait, management said he should get in on that North American title match! Will Solo #WhoopThatTrick as an example of what’s coming for both Melo and Grimes? Or can Trick soften up Solo for Melo to pick the bones?

NXT returns with Solo already in the ring, and Trick making his entrance. The bell rings and Solo circles with Trick. They approach but Trick dodges Solo. They tie up after all, Solo wrenches to a wristlock but Trick flips and kicks free. Trick talks trash, YANKS the arm, then YANKS it again. Trick wrenches, hammerlocks and RAMS Solo into a corner! Solo snarls but Trick wrenches, hammerlocks and RAMS him in again! Trick gets a third one of those, and he is talking more trash as he hits a fourth! Trick clamps onto the arm and grinds the shoulder. Solo endures, fans rally, but Trick has the hammerlock again.

Solo fights and snapmares Trick away, then things speed up. Solo runs Trick over! Fans fire up, Solo runs Trick over again! Solo scoops and SLAMS Trick, then wants him to get back up! Solo drags Trick up, YANKS the arm, then wrenches to YANK it again. Solo wrenches and RAMS the arm, YANKS the arm, then CHOPS! Solo wrenches, clamps onto the arm in return, but Melo coaches Trick. Trick whips but Solo reverses. Trick KICKS Solo, then LEG LARIATS! Fans rally but Trick stomps away on Solo! Trick drags Solo back up, scoops and SLAMS him, then looms over him. Trick brings Solo back up, whips, and dropkicks!

Melo flexes while Trick talks more trash. Fans rally and duel, Trick hits a RUNNING NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Trick snarls, he clamps onto Solo’s bad arm again, but Solo endures. Fans rally and duel, Solo fights up and he powers Trick to ropes. Solo whips but Trick kicks! Solo just fires up and eggs Trick on! Solo then catches the leg lariat for a BIG back suplex! Fans fire up and Solo fires off haymakers on Trick! Solo KICKS Trick then DECKS him with an uppercut! Solo starts rallying and Trick gets to a corner. Solo runs in to SPLASH! Solo whips corner to corner and hits another SPLASH! Solo fireman’s carries to SAMOAN DROP!

Solo goes up top and fans fire up! FLYING SPLASH!! Cover, Solo wins!

Winner: Solo Sikoa, by pinfall

Grimes says that was impressive, but Melo says it won’t happen like that. Grimes gets in the ring to congratulate Solo, but Melo gets in to shove Solo aside and get in Grimes’ face! But then Solo rushes in, Melo moves and the SUPERKICK takes out Grimes! Melo realizes how close that one came! Will the Street Champion become North American Champion? Will Grimes keep on going #ToTheMoon? Or will Melo return to being the A Champion once again?

 

Malik Blade and Edris Enofe talk backstage.

Why is Malik all nervous? Edris ain’t? This is a big opportunity! They’re going up against The Viking Raiders! Enofe says those guys may be big, but they’ve got this. Is he sure? Yes, they’ve got this! Look at the mirror. Enofe sees a man with heart, with speed, and with power. Enofe sees a badass who ain’t afraid of nobody! Really? He sees all that in Malik? Well it doesn’t matter what Enofe thinks, it matters what Malik believes! And Malik, you can see that, too. Malik sees a man with speed, heart and power! A badass who ain’t afraid! Get louder! Speed! Power! More energy! Okay! SPEED! POWER! HEART! MALIK THE FREAK! Enofe has Malik all fired up, but will they be ready for the raid?

 

Legado regroups backstage.

Two weeks in a row, they win! Tonight was another dominant victory for la familia! Lopez told Fallon not to mess with La Madrina. Escobar says Tony D said he knew nothing about those goons, but they just proved Tony is a lowlife liar! And he got a taste of his own medicine. No one, and he means no one, threatens Santos Escobar. They got Tony’s message last week. But it’s eye for an eye. Tony just got Escobar’s message. Time to celebrate. But will Tony ruin the fiesta soon enough?

 

The Viking Raiders VS Malik Blade & Edris Enofe!

Erik & Ivar were NXT Tag Team Champions once upon a time. They’ve also been Raw Tag Team Champions, and much more than that. Will they bring the raid back to NXT? Or can the Dusty Rhodes Classic bracket busters recapture that upset magic?

The teams sort out, Malik starts with Ivar, and he runs in, only to get run over! Ivar roars, but Malik tags out to Enofe. Fans chant “Welcome Home!” as Erik tags in. Erik and Enofe tie up, end up in a corner, and Erik lets off to growl right in Enofe’s face. Enofe runs in but gest thrown down! Erik clamps onto an arm, Enofe fights up, but Erik whips him. Enofe leaps up to stand on Eirk, then he hops down to dropkick! Enofe puts Erik in the corner, tag to Malik, drop toehold leads to knee lift and back elbow! Cover, TWO! Malik wrenches Erik’s arm and Enofe tags back in. Enofe goes up to drop an ax handle!

Erik goes to an open corner, Enofe whips him corner to corner but Erik reverses. Enofe goes up and over and rolls, only for Erik to CLOBBER him! Fans fire up and Erik tags Ivar back in. The Viking Raiders drag Enofe up to HAMMER away! They let off as the ref counts, and fans fire up for the War Beard. Ivar TOSSES Enofe to a corner, then throws back elbow after back elbow! The ref counts, Ivar lets off at 4 and Enofe flounders around. Ivar brings Enofe up, tags in Erik, and Erik brings Enofe out. Enofe throws body shots, but Erik KNEES him right down! Cover, TWO!! Enofe survives but he’s in a daze as Erik glares at him.

Erik hauls Enofe up, clamps onto the arm, and fans rally up. Malik calls to Enofe, but Erik keeps Enofe away. Enofe throws body shots, but Erik whips him into the corner. Erik run sin but his knees are sent into buckles! Ivar tags in to get Enofe for a back suplex! Enofe lands on his feet, dodges Ivar, hot tag to Malik! Malik springboards to AX HANDLE! Ivar stays up so Malik runs and builds speed to forearm! Ivar stay sup but Malik dropkicks! Ivar is still  up so Malik LARIATS him against ropes! Malik goes up, Enofe tags in, and Malik CROSSBODIES, but Ivar catches him! Enofe CROSSBODIES to topple Ivar! Cover, TWO!!

Enofe is surprised but Malik keeps the focus. They regroup, Malik tags back in, and Malik whips Enofe in, into a SEATED SENTON! Ivar then back drops Malik! Tag to Erik, he gets Enofe for a full nelson KNEE! Tag back to Ivar, they get Malik up for a DOUBLE POWERBOMB!! Ivar high stacks, the Viking Raiders win!

Winners: The Viking Raiders, by pinfall

Erik & Ivar are back on the warpath! But they do show respect to this young team. However, Julius & Brutus appear. The Creeds are going to face the Viking Raiders for Spring Breakin’, will Diamond Mine hold strong?

 

NXT hears from Wes Lee.

“It was a six month journey to get back to those NXT Tag Team titles. Winning the championships, there is no greater feeling. Losing a championship sucks, but hey. That team, or that guy, was better that day. You’ll get it back. But when a championship is taken from you, where you didn’t lose it but it was taken from you, anger is created.” Wes can’t forget his past, but the future holds a lot of new challenges, new risks, and he can only rely on himself now. He has two ways he can go about it: bitch and complain and say it’s not fair; or he can knuckle up and make the waves he’s destined to. Will Wes Lee be refreshed in this new chapter of his career?

 

Backstage interview with Tony D’Angelo.

McKenzie asks him about Escobar’s message. Tony tells Escobar that he should’ve smartened up enough already. Tony is the Don, and the Don makes threats, not Escobar! Now Escobar thinks he’s all tough running with a crew. But Tony made some calls, and now HE has a crew. He introduces us to Troy “Two Dimes” Donovan, and Channing Lorenzo, AKA “Stacks.” Tony says Escobar may be a stunad, but even he knows mixing it up with Tony D is bad for your health. So Tony wants an official sit-down meeting with Escobar for Spring Breakin’. They need to do this man to man before Tony takes this into his own hands. Because if he does, Escobar won’t like it.

 

Mandy Rose w/ Toxic Attraction VS Roxanne Perez!

The “measuring stick” of the NXT Women’s Division tried to hold the new girl down, but they ended up feeling a little karma when Wendy Choo trashed their hangout and Roxie got her first win in NXT. But THE NXT Women’s Champion says the fun stops here and the dream becomes a nightmare. Will the Toxic Goddess ruin Roxie’s run? Or will Mandy only help Roxie level up?

The bell rings and Mandy circles with Roxie. They tie up, fans rally and duel, and Mandy puts Roxie on ropes. The ref counts, Mandy lets off, but then she picks Roxie up to put her on the top rope. Mandy says Roxie’s so cute, then she yanks Roxie down just to shove her down! Roxie storms up on Mandy but Mandy uses ropes as defense. They reset, Roxie shoots in and waistlocks. Mandy pries free, wrenches, wristlocks, then YANKS the arm. Mandy wristlocks more, Roxie rolls, but Mandy wrenches again. Mandy wrangles Roxie to the mat, but Roxie kips up. Mandy wrenches again, Roxie rolls again, and then Roxie goes up to victory roll! TWO!

Mandy hurries up, but Roxie arm-drags her around! Roxie rolls to doge, then rolls back to SWINGING HEADSCISSOR ROLL-UP! TWO, and Mandy ROCKS Roxie! Mandy grabs Roxie’s arm but Roxie drops to victory roll! TWO, and Roxie hurries to ghost pin! TWO, Mandy knees Roxie low. Mandy talks trash to Roxie’s face, pokes her in the head, but Roxie BITSE that finger! The ref counts, Roxie lets off, and Mandy says that Roxie chipped her nail! Roxie rolls Mandy up, TWO! Roxie runs in but into a kick! Mandy tosses Roxie out of the ring! Mandy then goes out after Roxie to bring her up.

Roxie elbows back, grabs the hand, and brings it to the steel steps. Roxie SLAMS that hand on the steel, then shrugs and slips into the ring. Mandy says her finger is damaged, but it’s really just the nail again. Toxic Attraction fans Mandy and checks her nails while NXT goes to picture in picture.

Roxie waits on Mandy and the ring count climbs. Mandy wants the ref to check her finger, but then Roxie grabs that hand to KICK it! Gigi & Jacy complain but the ring count restarts. Mandy gets up and seethes as she hurries back in, Roxie taunts Mandy, dodges Mandy, then bails out. Mandy chases Roxie around and back in, and Roxie shrugs again before she handsprings to dodge! Leg sweep and a rolling senton, then Roxie waves at Mandy. Roxie brings Mandy up but Mandy ROCKS her with a right! Mandy fires off furious fists at the ropes but the ref backs her off. Mandy soaks up the heat, confident in herself again.

Mandy whips, Roxie reverses and hops on for a GUILLOTINE! Mandy endures, stays up, grabs the ropes, and Roxie lets go. Roxie then brings Mandy around to wrangle her, stand on the bad hand, and then giggle. Roxie then STOMPS the hand! Mandy clutches her fingers and Roxie brings her up again. Roxie wrenches and jumps back on for another GUILLOTINE! Mandy endures all over again, and she RAMS Roxie into buckles! Mandy is free, and she reels Roxie in for a SPINEBUSTER! Mandy catches her breath while Roxie crawls to ropes. NXT returns to single picture as Roxie fires forearms on Mandy!

Roxie wrenches, ROCKS Mandy, then runs. Mandy back drops Roxie away! Fans rally, Mandy hurries to cover, TWO! Mandy is frustrated and she stalks Roxie. Fans rally and duel, Mandy drags Roxie up to whip her into the corner hard! Roxie bounces off buckles, Mandy drags her back up and scoops for a BACKBREAKER! Mandy makes it a backbreaker rack as she bends Roxie against her knee. Roxie endures, fans duel hard as ever, but Mandy slaps Roxie around. Roxie throws knees to fight free! Fans rally again as Roxie gets to a corner. Mandy grabs at the legs and YANKS Roxie out!

Mandy mocks Roxie’s pain, gets the legs again and catapults Roxie into ropes! Roxie then falls back against Mandy’s knees! Mandy makes it a sunset flip, TWO! Mandy stomps Roxie down, then puts Roxie against the ropes. Mandy chokes and thrashes Roxie but the ref counts. Mandy lets off and then stalks Roxie. Mandy brings Roxie up, but Roxie throws body shots! Mandy CLUBS Roxie down, fans still duel, and Mandy scoop SLAMS Roxie down! Mandy soaks up the heat as she swaggers around, but Roxie elbows her away! Roxie then BOOTS Mandy from the corner, goes up the ropes, and leaps! FLYING THESZ PRESS!

Roxie rains down fast hands but Mandy shoves her away. Roxie fires up, runs in and uppercuts! Roxie whips corner to corner, wrenches and RUSSIAN LEG SWEEPS! Then somersault to a HANDSPRING MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Fans rally, Roxie tells Mandy, “C’mere, BITCH!” Mandy denies the Code Red but Roxie arm-drags! Roxie avoids the knee, roll up, TWO! CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO!! Roxie gets up, KNEE FROM A ROSE!! Cover, Mandy wins!

Winner: Mandy Rose, by pinfall

Mandy puts Roxie away, but she got a lot more of a fight from her than she expected! Will Mandy be holding onto this gold with how close Roxie came? But then Wendy Choo and her Super Soakers appear! Toxic Attraction runs away to the stage, and they say not tonight! But then Wendy presses a button! And a NET drops on the champions! Wendy and Roxie then use SILLY STRING to spray Toxic Attraction! Wendy and Roxie get the last laugh tonight, but will they take the titles away from Toxic Attraction soon enough?

 

NXT hears from another Women’s Breakout Tournament entry.

This is Sloane Jacobs, and though she is only 19 years old, don’t think of her as an underdog. She learned to fight growing up with two sisters, and is going to make this a grueling series of matches. She dreams big, and wants to become the youngest women’s champion in NXT history. And the first step is winning this tournament.

 

Joe Gacy speaks.

Surrounded by his druids, he says, “Let’s go change the world.” Gacy and his insane smile head to gorilla, what will he have to say this close to NXT Spring Breakin’?

 

NXT returns and Gacy heads to the ring.

Fans boo Gacy as he gets the mic to say, “On our journey to change and embrace the world, we’ve come so far. So many triumphs. Barriers broken for people that have been discriminated against because of their weight. NXT is the clay that I have slowly been molding over the last six months. Clay of acceptance. Acceptance of everyone and anyone.” The druids surround the ring, and Gacy says they have made great strides. “But the mission isn’t quite accomplished.” Gacy doesn’t think everyone buys in to his way of life. Gacy asks why. “It’s time to step up and separate from the masses of people who wanna keep living in the past! Commit to the future! Commit to my vision!”

You best do it willingly. Because after Spring Berakin’, there will be no choice. Bron Breakker has not told us anything about his injuries, and that is because Gacy knows Bron is not cleared to compete and defend the NXT Championship after Gacy shoved him off the perch. After Bron’s fall from grace, Gacy will become NXT Champion, and he shall harden the clay into the vision Gacy sees! Wait, who is that coming down to the ring? It’s RICK STEINER! WWE Hall of Famer and Bron’s father is here, and he goes right past the druids to get in the ring with Gacy! Rick says Gacy has this all wrong. Bron IS cleared, and he will defend the title next week.

Gacy tells Mr. Steiner that he picked a great time to come back. Or did he pick the worst possible time? The druids start creeping in all around the ring! But here comes BRON! The druids go into defense mode as Bron storms down the ramp! He CLOBBERS one after the other, then gets right in to DECK the rest! Gacy keeps hiding behind one, but then dodges! Bron CLOBBERS that druid, only for Gacy to HANDSPRING LARIAT! Bron is down, the druids hold Rick back, and then Gacy has them pass the NXT Championship up to him from the ramp. Gacy holds the belt up over Bron, but will he succeed in becoming the sculptor of NXT?


My Thoughts:

A great NXT here as the go-home to Spring Breakin’. I keep wanting to type spell it “Breakkin” since we’re getting Breakker VS Gacy. Them closing the show was a logical choice because that’s for THE title, but it wasn’t all that much of a segment. Gacy was supposed to tell us Bron’s status but he kinda buried the lead behind his speech about molding NXT to his vision. Bron makes his return because of course he was never really hurt, but also his character now gets that Face super healing like we’ve seen in John Cena and others before. Bron still gets knocked down so that Gacy can stand tall, obviously indicating Bron is winning.

Good opening match out of Lyons VS Lash, though not sure the full body pan in Lyons’ entrance was needed. Naturally, Lyons won given Lash gave her that boot backstage a couple weeks ago. And then Natty goes after Lyons because of what Lyons said last week, and then Cora responds in kind. A tag match for Spring Breakkin’ is a nice surprise, and it’ll definitely keep the math even for Natty and Cora before they have their singles match down the line. I would think Natty and Lash win to put the pressure on Cora as the “future of NXT.”

Speaking of, good to know NXT is finally getting a Women’s Breakout Tournament, and we got good promos from three entries. Fun fact: Arianna Grace is Bianca Carelli, Santino Marella’s daughter. She will surely have a very good showing, but it is still up in the air on who wins the whole tournament since we only know four entries. I feel like Gigi Dolin is still taking it easy ring wise since Roxanne faced Mandy here tonight. It felt like Mandy stumbled on her promo just a little, but she and Roxanne had a very good main event match. Naturally, THE NXT Women’s Champion wasn’t going to lose, and Roxanne gets her first loss out of the way. Wendy’s new prank this week was fun, I hope we at least get Roxie & Wendy VS Gigi & Jacy for the tag titles.

Tony D’Angelo had a good promo to let us know about plans changing. And at the same time, Von needed someone else to face since Kushida left and they kayfabed Jiro being injured. It worked as a way to have the story of Tony VS Legado escalate, and we also got a good transition to Von feuding with Briggs & Brooks since it seems Von was the one who attacked Brooks because he was ogling Sophia. The mixed handicap match was pretty good but I feel like we still need Lopez VS Fallon 1v1 in like No Disqualifications to finish that feud off.

Legado has a good group promo, and Tony introducing his own faction is good. That sit-down will of course turn into a brawl, then we’ll get a Six Man of Legado VS Tony D, Troy Two Dimes and “Stacks.” Waller “ruining” Frazer’s debut was quite the twist. And it seems they’re circling back to him and Stratton having a thing, as they took LA Knight’s car that one time when Stratton didn’t have a face. Frazer VS Waller is going to be really good for Spring Breakin’, and I almost want a Mixed Tag of Frazer & Sarray VS Waller & Stratton.

We got a really good tag match out of KC Squared VS Leon & Feroz, but it’s gonna take me another minute to get used to “Katana Chance.” WWE seems to just want to replace all the real-life and/or pre-WWE names. At least they found a name that’s still “KC.” KC Squared really should get around to the tag titles again, or just move up to RawDown so that there are more teams up there. Kay Lee Ray becoming Alba Fyre really only makes me wonder if they’re gonna call her finisher “The Fyre Bomb” or just default to Gory Bomb.

Strong becoming the tyrant of Diamond Mine is only going to ensure this group crumbles, which is a bit of a shame. But him having the Viking Raiders return to NXT was quite the surprise. Fans loved having them back, for one. Malik & Enofe had a great promo segment, and they had a really good showing against Erik & Ivar, but of course the Viking Raiders win. Julius & Brutus VS Erik & Ivar is going to be great, and Creeds winning is definitely a nod that they’ll get those tag titles. Wes Lee had a great vignette and promo, and you can bet that he’ll move into the North American Championship scene soon enough.

We got a really fun match out of Solo VS Trick, but I really wish they would’ve made this how Solo earns his way into the North American title match. There would’ve been more drama and tension, at least. But Solo of course wins to build momentum, but also he might just be in the match to take the pin. That in itself is a shame, but it could be the way Melo takes the title back without taking it from Grimes. Then Melo and Grimes feud towards whatever TakeOver we’re getting that coincides with SummerSlam this year. Oh, right, they’re not TakeOver anymore. Well, I guess that event will have to have a special name like Heat Wave or Summer Fling.

My Score: 8.5/10


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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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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.

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Here are the current World Tag League standings!

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

Chase & Fale: [FORFEIT]

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Here are the NEW World Tag League standings!

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

Chase & Fale: [FORFEIT]


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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