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Mitchell’s NJPW Best of the Super Juniors 29 Results & Report! (5/24/22)

Both blocks in one night!

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NJPW BOSJ 29

TEN matches in one night!

NJPW brings both A Block and B Block together so that the Best of the Super Juniors’ fourth round can happen in one night! How hot will it get inside Korakuen Hall?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Best of the Super Juniors 29 A Block: Alex Zayne VS Francesco Akira; Zayne wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 29 B Block: Titan VS TJP; Titan wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 29 A Block: Ryusuke Taguchi VS Clark Connors; Connors wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 29 B Block: BUSHI VS Wheeler Yuta; Yuta wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 29 A Block: YOH VS Ace Austin; Austin wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 29 B Block: DOUKI VS El Phantasmo; Douki wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 29 B Block: Master Wato VS Robbie Eagles; Wato wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 29 A Block: Hiromu Takahashi VS Yoshinobu Kanemaru; Kanemaru wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 29 A Block: Taiji Ishimori VS SHO; Ishimori wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 29 B Block: El Desperado VS EL LINDAMAN; Lindaman wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Here are the current standings in A Block!

Taiji Ishimori: 3-0, 6 points
Hiromu Takahashi: 3-0, 6 points
Ace Austin: 2-1, 4 points
Alex Zayne: 2-1, 4 points
YOH: 2-1, 4 points
Ryusuke Taguchi: 1-2, 2 points
Francesco Akira: 1-2, 2 points
SHO: 1-2, 2 points
Yoshinobu Kanemaru: 0-3, 0 points
Clark Connors: 0-3, 0 points

 

Here are the current standings for B Block!

El Desperado: 3-0, 6 points
El Phantasmo: 3-0, 6 points
Bushi: 2-1, 4 points
Robbie Eagles: 2-1, 4 points
El Lindaman: 2-1, 4 points
TJP: 1-2, 2 points
Wheeler Yuta: 1-2, 2 points
Douki: 1-2, 2 points
Master Wato: 0-3, 0 points
Titan: 0-3, 0 points

 

Best of the Super Juniors 29 A Block: Alex Zayne VS Francesco Akira!

The Sauce could not burn the Bone Soldier, and the Nova Fireball flamed out against the Funky Weapon. But with the top of the block just out of reach, who reignites their run and burns brightest this night?

The bell rings and fans rally up already, “A-KI-RA!” “AL-EX ZAYNE!” The two circle, tie up, and Zayne powers Akira to ropes. The ref counts but Akira turns things around on Zayne. They end up in a corner, Akira digs his palms in but Zayne stands up tall. The ref counts, Akira backs off, and fans applaud. The fans rally, the two circle, and Akira kicks low. Akira headlocks, Zayne powers up and out, things speed up. Akira hurdles then tilt-o-whirls, but Zayne manages to handspring through, and fans applaud the standoff. Things speed up again, but Zayne fakes Akira out to springboard and drop knees on Akira’s back!

Zayne rolls back to come back with the RUNNING MARIPOSA! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up again and Zayne brings Akira up. Zayne CLUBS Akira, wrenches and whips him to ropes, then CLOBBERS Akira with an elbow! Akira bails out, Zayne flexes, and fans rally up again. Zayne aims, but Akira moves. Zayne adjusts, goes up the ropes, but Akira stops him! Akira CHOPS and CLUBS him, then goes up to join him, SUPER STEINER off the ropes! Fans fire up while Zayne tumbles, and Akira goes up another corner. Akira wants Zayne to get up, then he BLINDSIDE MISSILE DROPKICKS! Fans fire up, Akira covers, TWO!

Fans rally again, “A-KI-RA!” “AL-EX ZAYNE!” but Akira has them change the rhythm to “A! KI-RA! A! KI-RA!” Akira CLUBS Zayne at the ropes then stands on him! The ref counts, Akira steps off, then brings Zayne up. Zayne throws body shots, Akira eggs him on, so Zayne ROCKS him with a right. Akira goes to the corner, Zayne runs in but Akira slips out to trip Zayne up! Akira then runs corner to corner and back again to BLINDSIDE DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up and rally again, “A! KI-RA!” Akira drags Zayne up, turns him, and hits a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Akira is annoyed but he clamps on with a chinlock.

Zayne endures, Akira grinds him into the mat, but Zayne fights to his feet. Zayne throws body shots and elbows, then pushes Akira away. Akira swings but Zayne spins him to LARIAT! Fans fire up again and Zayne fires off boxing elbows! Akira rebounds into the leg sweep, then Zayne runs for the SOMERSAULT AX KICK! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up more, “AL-EX ZAYNE!” and he drags Akira up. Zayne wrenches, lifts, but no Baja Blast! Zayne ducks the buzzsaw, rolls Akira, but Akira rolls through, only for Zayne to EDDY GORDO KICK! Akira flounders to a corner, Zayne runs in to back elbow! Zayne puts Akira up top, climbs up after him and fans rally.

But Akira throws body shots! He shoves Zayne away but Zayne flips back to land on his feet! Zayne runs in but Akira dropkicks him down! Fans fire up while both men are down, and Akira gets to the opposite corner. Both men drag themselves up the ropes, and Akira runs in to clothesline! He keeps moving, but Zayne BOOTS him! Zayne goes up, but Akira goes up after! SECOND ROPE SPANISH FLY!! Cover, TWO!! Fans are thunderous as Akira grows frustrated. “A! KI-RA!” gets up, he drags Zayne up, CLUBS him, but Zayne ROCKS Akira. Akira throws a forearm back but Zayne gives another.

Akira forearms, Zayne elbows! Zayne runs, into an ENZIGURI! Akira reels Zayne in, POISON- NO!! Zayne blocks and brings Akira back up! Zayne pops Akira into the pump handle and cobra clutch! TACO- VICTORY ROLL!! TWO!! Zayne pops Akira up for the KNEE! Then Zayne runs, but Akira follows! SPRINGBOARD POISON-RANA!! Fans are thunderous again as both men are down! Akira and Zayne slowly stir and Zayne makes it to the apron. Akira gets up and triangle jumps to dropkick Zayne down! Fans rally up and Akira slingshots to ASAI MOONSAULT! Direct hit and fans fire up with Akira!

Akira gets Zayne up, puts him in, and hurries to the corner! Akira climbs, leaps, FLYING SPIKE-RANA!! Cover, TWO!! Zayne escapes and shocks Akira! Fans are thunderous again as Akira calls for the finish! SPEED- NO! Zayne slips out, but Akira dodges the lariat! Akira hops up, but Zayne blocks the rana to swing Akira up for a FALLING POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Akira survives and Zayne is shocked, but the fans are thunderous again! Zayne gets up, brings Akira up and scoops, but Akira uses that to sunset flip! TWO, SUPERKICK!! Zayne flounders, Akira runs, but into the scoop! BAJA BLAST!!

Zayne hurries to get Akira up, cobra clutch and pump handle, TACO DRIVER!!! Cover, Zayne wins!!

Winner: Alex Zayne, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Akira earns 0)

The Sauce is hotter than the Fireball! Will he be able to blaze a trail to the front of the pack? Can Akira turn the heat back on in the next round?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 29 B Block: Titan VS TJP!

The Immortal was cheated by El Phantasmo, but Public Enemy Number One couldn’t stop El Lindaman. Will the CMLL World Welterweight Champion have the same problems with TJP as he did ELP? Or will he finally get on the board?

The bell rings and fans rally up, “T J P!” “TI-TA-NN!” TJP and Titan circle, and Titan offers a handshake. Fans applaud that but TJP isn’t so sure. TJP leaves Titan hanging and they circle again. They tie up, TJP waistlocks then wrenches to a hammerlock. Titan throws elbows but TJP holds on, so Titan reaches back for a big flying-mare! TJP is sent out of the ring and fans fire up! TJP gets back in and circles with Titan again. TJP gets the arm, wristlocks, and keeps Titan from ropes. Titan rolls, handsprings, wrenches and wristlocks but TJP rolls, spins, cartwheels and brings Titan into the TWISTING HEADSCISSORS!

Titan gets up, they ram shoulders, and now things speed up! Titan hurdles, then springboards to FLYING ARM-DRAG! TJP goes to a corner, goes up and over, then tornado arm-drags! Leg sweep and cover, ONE! Titan leg sweeps and covers, ONE! Both men handspring up and fans fire up! They rally hard as ever and Titan offers the handshake again. TJP takes it this time and fans applaud. But then TJP short arm LARIATS Titan down! TJP stomps Titan, drags him up, CLUBS him down, and digs his knee into his head at the ropes. Titan gets the ropebreak and TJP backs off. Fans rally up and TJP drags Titan up.

TJP whips but Titan reverses, only for TJP to go Spider-Man. TJP slips under to sunset flip and high stack with knuckle locks! TWO as Titan gets his arms up! TJP pushes those back down, TWO as Titan bridges! TJP steps through, has the legs hooked with the knuckle locks, TWO, but TJP steps through! KNUCKLE LOCK SHARPSHOOTER!?! Titan endures TJP’s newest invention and fans are thunderous! TJP lets off the knuckle locks to get the Indian Deathlock, for the SNAP! And then again! And then the MUTA LOCK! Titan endures all over again, moves around, and gets the ROPEBREAK!

TJP “needs help” so the ref undoes the hold. Fans rally again and TJP brings Titan up. TJP puts Titan up top then climbs up behind him. And yes, just like ELP, TJP goes after the mask! The ref reprimands but TJP keeps trying! The ref counts, so TJP puts Titan in a Tree of Woe, to dropkick the legs! Fans rally while TJP paces. TJP grabs at Titan but he goes to the apron. TJP gets a leg and drags Titan back in to kick and YANK the leg! Fans rally, Titan writhes, but TJP brings Titan back up. TJP wrenches, but Titan ROCKS him with a forearm! Titan CHOPS, but TJP EuroUppers him down! Fans rally again and TJP brings Titan back up.

TJP fireman’s carries, but Titan grabs ropes and gets back to the apron. Titan counter punches then fires off more forearms. TJP swings but Titan goes Matrix to dodge! PELE! TJP staggers away and fans fire up again. Titan slingshots, and he gets TJP for a body scissors throw! TJP tumbles out, Titan slingshots in but the bad leg slows him down. Titan fights through that pain to build speed and FLY! Direct hit and they end up at the feet of the front row! Fans are thunderous while both men are down! The fans rally, the ref checks on both men, and Titan gets up to put TJP in. Titan fires up and fans fire up with him!

Titan hurries in, aims from a corner, and runs in to SUPERKICK TJP down! Cover, TWO!! TJP survives, gets to a corner, and Titan runs in, but TJP goes up and over! TJP reels Titan in, TORNADO- NO! Titan stops the DDT, hooks an arm and rolls TJP, to an ARMBAR! TJP clasps hands but Titan breaks the grip! ARMBAR!! TJP endures, reaches out, and fans are thunderous again! Titan drags TJP from the ropes, and ARM- NO! High stack, TWO! TJP has the leg! PINOY STRETCH!! Titan scrambles around, ROPEBREAK! Fans fire up while TJP lets off in frustration. TJP and Titan head for each other and go forehead to forehead.

Titan throws a forearm, but TJP gives it back! Titan throws another, but TJP CHOPS! Titan throws forearm after forearm and fans rally up, but TJP SOBATS! TJP runs, but Titan gets him at ropes! TJP blocks the DDT to HOTSHOT Titan! Fans fire up and TJP has Titan in a corner. TJP scrapes his boot on Titan’s face over and over! Fans rally, TJP goes side to side, but Titan follows to TORNADO DDT! Titan gets TJP up to FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up and Titan hurries to a corner. Titan climbs, even with the bad leg, but TJP ROCKS him first! TJP climbs up, gives headbutts, then brings Titan up.

TJP goes to the very top and hits a SUPERPLEX! Then rolls through to wrench and dragon sleeper, FINAL CUT! Cover, TWO!! Titan survives and fans are thunderous again! TJP can’t believe it, but he hurries to get to a corner. TJP climbs, fans rally again, N B A JAM onto knees!! Titan gets the arm, LA MAGISTROL, ONE!! But Titan rolls TJP, JAPANESE BRIDGE! TWO!! TJP has Titan now, legs and arm, PINOY STRETCH!!! Titan endures, but he’s so far from ropes! Titan keeps crawling forward with TJP on his back, and gets the ROPEBREAK!! TJP lets go and fans rally as he goes to the apron.

TJP watches Titan go through the ropes. TJP leaps, but Titan avoids the apron stomps! Titan runs in, swings but misses! TJP throws Titan by his mask, but Titan kips up to PELE! TJP falls, Titan goes out to the apron and climbs up the corner. Fans rally again as Titan reaches the top, to SUPER DOUBLE STOMP!!! Titan crushes TJP but he may have hurt himself, too! Fans continue to rally, and Titan crawls over to TJP. Titan gets TJP up and in, then crawls to a cover, TWO!! TJP survives but Titan throws off his elbow pads! Titan goes to a corner, skins the cat, and DOUBLE STOMPS TJP while he’s standing! Cover, TITAN WINS!!

Winner: Titan, by pinfall (gains 2 points; TJP earns 0)

The United Empire’s Juniors both fall in the same round! Will TJP ever live this down? Is Titan finding new life in the tournament?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 29 A Block: Ryusuke Taguchi VS Clark Connors!

The Funky Weapon finally scored last round, but the LADOJO graduate is still in last place. Will Taguchi break even in round four? Or will he just get gored by the Wild Rhino?

The bell rings and Taguchi circles with Connors. They feel out the knuckle lock, then Taguchi shoots in after a leg. Connors pushes Taguchi away and the two go again. Taguchi gets the leg this time, and the takedown, but Connors moves around. Taguchi facelocks, but Connors wrenches out to a wristlock. Taguchi rolls, wrenches back, and goes after that bad arm. Connors endures, Taguchi goes to double wristlock, and he drags Connors down. Taguchi shifts around but Connors blocks the armbar. They roll, Taguchi gets the arm but Connors gets the ropebreak. Fans rally as Taguchi lets off and the two reset.

Connors and Taguchi approach, but Taguchi kicks low. Taguchi is after the arm again, but Connors fights through to ROCK Taguchi with a forearm. But that’s the bad arm so Connors clutches that. Connors runs, but into Taguchi’s arm-drag! Connors flounders to the ropes but Taguchi is after him. Taguchi pushes his butt against Connors, then JAMS him with it. Taguchi runs to HIP ATTACK! And another HIP ATTACK! Then the baseball slide, and APRON HIP! Fans fire up and Connors stands, Taguchi springboards to MISSLE HIP! Cover, TWO! Taguchi keeps focus and fans rally up as Taguchi puts Connors in a corner.

Taguchi kicks, wrenches and whips corner to corner, but Connors goes up. Connors’ bad arm stops the jump, and Taguchi CHOPS Connors’ butt! But Taguchi clutches his arm? Taguchi claims something is up with dat ass. Does Connors have buns of steel? The ref does a check, and Connors says he’s all natural! Taguchi decides to HEADBUTT Connors’ but, but Taguchi falls down in a heap! Fans fire up and Connors finally hops off the corner. Connors threatens Taguchi with his Funky Weapon and Taguchi crawls back towards ropes. Connors gives Taguchi a HIP ATTACK! Taguchi wants mercy while fans rally up!

Connors runs side to side, HIP ATTACK! Taguchi sputters and flounders and Connors fires up! Connors gets Taguchi up and in a corner, then he climbs up the ropes for MORE hip attacks! Again and again and again! Taguchi staggers around “punch drunk” then flops. Connors covers, TWO! Fans fire up and rally as Connors gets Taguchi back up. Connors whips Taguchi to ropes, but Taguchi HIP ATTACKS back! Roll up, TWO, but OH MY GARFUNKLE! Connors rolls and kicks Taguchi away! Taguchi comes back to ENZIGURI! Both men are down and fans fire back up! Taguchi kips up and fans are thunderous!

Taguchi calls upon the powers of Strong Style, “ORYA~!” BUM- Connors HIP ATTACKS! Both men are down again and fans rally hard as ever! Connors and Taguchi stir, sit up, and they glare at each other. They go forehead to forehead, and then Connors hip attacks! Taguchi gets up to give it back! Connors gives another hip attack, but Taguchi gives another one back! Connors hits again, but so does Taguchi! It’s a buttocks brawl! Connors gets the edge, fans fire up and Connors runs, into a HIP ATTACK! Taguchi runs, into a HIP ATACK! Connors runs, Taguchi follows, HIP ATTACK! Connors comes back to HIP ATTACK!

Both men stagger and wobble and fans rally up. They both roar, then they both run! DOUBLE HIP ATTACKS! Both men stagger around again, but Connors drops! Taguchi fires up and so do the fans! Taguchi waits on Connors to sit up, he runs, but Connors goes the other way! But Taguchi avoids the Spear to OH MY GARFUNKLE! Connors endures, claws his way forward, but Taguchi drags him away! But Connors reels Taguchi into another HIP ATTACK! Connors aims from the corner, Taguchi stands, SPEAR!! Connors roars again and brings Taguchi up to whip and POWERSLAM! Fans are thunderous as Connors gets Taguchi up, TROPHY KILLER!! Cover, Connors wins!!

Winner: Clark Connors, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Taguchi earns 0)

The Wild Rhino runs through Taguchi, and now there’s a new bottom of the block! Will Connors be able to storm up in the rankings? Will Taguchi get away from bringing up the rear?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 29 B Block: BUSHI VS Wheeler Yuta!

The Black Mask kept Master Wato down while The Decoder was stumped by El Desperado. Will Bushi add to Yuta’s decent down the block? Or will the ROH Pure Champion rebound and show the strength of the Blackpool Combat Club?

Bushi, having learned from Naito, takes his time removing his entrance attire. Fans and even Yuta applaud as Bushi finishes and hops off the corner. The bell rings and fans rally up as the two circle. They tie up, Yuta puts Bushi on ropes, and the ref calls the break. Bushi turns things around on Yuta, but Yuta turns things back around on Bushi. The ref calls for the break again and Yuta lets off cleanly. Bushi applauds now, and fans rally as they reset. Bushi kicks low, CLUBS Yuta, then whips him to a corner. Bushi runs in but Yuta goes up and over. Bushi runs at Yuta again but into a scoop and SLAM! Yuta adds a SENTON! Cover, TWO!

Fans rally while Bushi bails out. Yuta goes out after Bushi and CLUBS him on the back. Yuta brings Bushi around the way, throws forearms, then puts Bushi in the ring. Yuta climbs up a corner, but Bushi gets under the leap. Yuta runs but Bushi dropkicks the legs out! Fans rally while Yuta clutches the knee. Bushi stomps Yuta on the back, takes off his shirt and uses it to CHOKE Yuta! The ref reprimands, Bushi brings Yuta up for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, but the ref refuses to count! Yuta kicks out anyway and throws Bushi’s shirt away, onto the camera! Bushi shrugs while fans rally, and Bushi stomps Yuta back down.

Bushi brings Yuta up, snapmares him into a headscissor lock! Yuta endures the squeeze and fans rally up. Yuta crawls for ropes and reaches out, ROPEBREAK! The ref counts and Bushi puts up his hands. That’s not the problem! The ref counts again and Bushi undoes the headscissors. Fans applaud, and Bushi brings Yuta up to CLUB him on the neck. Bushi suplexes Yuta to hang him out to dry! Bushi CLUBS Yuta, goes to the corner and missile dropkicks Yuta down! Fans fire up, and Bushi brings Yuta through ropes! Yuta resists and throws body shots to get free. Yuta dropkicks Bushi down and fans rally up!

Bushi gets up as Yuta builds speed, Yuta DIVES! Direct hit and both men go down in a heap! But Yuta roars and fans rally up with him! Yuta drags Bushi up as the ring count starts and gets Bushi in at 4 of 20. Yuta has Bushi in a corner, whips him corner to corner, then runs in to A-LIST LARIAT! Yuta shoves Bushi out, goes up top, FLYING ELBOW! Cover, TWO! Yuta gets the arms while fans rally! Bushi resists Cattle Mutilation to get the ROPEBREAK! Yuta lets off in frustration and fans continue to rally. Yuta drags Bushi back up, but Bushi swings and spins Yuta around, DDT! Yuta sits up in a daze while fans rally more.

Bushi drags Yuta up, reels him in, but Yuta resists the Destroyer! Yuta back drops, Bushi sunset flips, TWO! Yuta ROCKS Bushi, runs, but into a dropkick! Both men are down and fans fire back up. Bushi rolls to the far side, runs, but into an atomic drop! ENZIGURI! Both men are down again and fans rally. Yuta drags himself over, brings Bushi up, but Bushi blocks the punch to fire off forearms! Bushi runs, but Yuta BOOTS Him, and GERMAN SUPLEXES! Bridging cover, TWO, but into CATTLE MUTILATION!! Bushi endures, flails, reaches out with a foot, and fans rally! Bushi keeps moving around, to the ROPEBREAK!

The ref counts, Yuta lets off at 4 and is frustrated. Fans rally up and Yuta grits his teeth. Yuta roars, brings Bushi up, and wrenches to the OL- NO! Bushi slips out, dodges Yuta’s haymaker, and kicks. Yuta blocks, ducks the enziguri, but not the HEEL KICK! Yuta staggers and Bushi runs in, CODE- NO! Yuta shoves Bushi down, and gets him for HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Then, DRAGON’S LAIR! YUTA WINS!

Winner: Wheeler Yuta, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Bushi earns 0)

The Decoder solves the Black Mask! The ROH Pure Champion has broke even, but will he back up in the next round? Will Bushi be able to stay tranquilo and rise back up?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 29 A Block: YOH VS Ace Austin!

Last round, Mr. Direct Drive overcame the Heel Master while The Inevitable was stopped by the Ticking Timebomb. Will Yoh keep rising towards the top this round? Or will he be busted by Ace Austin and have to start again?

The bell rings and fans rally up. Yoh and Austin stare down before slowly circling. They tie up, Austin headlocks but Yoh pulls hair. The ref reprimands, Austin cranks the hold, but Yoh stomps Austin’s foot. Yoh powers out, Austin rams shoulders, then rolls to drop toehold and EDDY GORDO KICK! Fans fire up, Austin runs but Yoh drops, bypasses, then drop toeholds back! Yoh runs but Austin avoids the basement dropkick to arm-drag Yoh and has the DISARMER! Fans fire up and Austin brings out the ace up his sleeve! PAPER CUT! Austin hides the ace while Yoh bails out. Austin builds speed but Yoh moves.

Yoh swipes at Austin on the apron but Austin handstands then handsprings, PENALTY KICK! Fans fire up and Austin slingshots in to build speed. Yoh gets in, gets around Austin and SHOTGUNS Austin out! Yoh PLANCHAS and knocks Austin down! Fans fire up with Yoh and he brings Austin up to CLUB him down. The ring count starts but Yoh puts Austin in at 3. Yoh gets Austin up for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally, Yoh brings Austin up, and he CHOPS Austin towards a corner. And CHOPS him in the corner! Austin hits back, CHOPS and CHOPS, but Yoh kicks low. Yoh CLUBS Austin back into the corner.

Yoh wrenches an arm, whips Austin corner to corner but Austin reverses. Austin runs in but into a BOOT! Yoh pushes Austin to the corner but Austin slips out to the apron! Yoh turns around and Austin shoulders into him, then Austin steps in and springboards, FLYING CHUCK! Yoh bails out, Austin builds speed, FOSBURY FLOP! Direct hit and Austin lands on his feet! Fans fire up and Austin gets Yoh in the ring. Fans rally, Austin jumps into the corner for the FLYING LEG DROP! Cover, TWO! Austin is annoyed but the fans still rally up. Austin aims from the corner, runs in at Yoh, but Yoh wheelbarrows to a victory roll, TWO!

Yoh has the leg! KNEEBAR!! Austin endures, fans rally, and Austin claws at the hold! Yoh holds on, Austin crawls his way over, ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Yoh lets go at 2, and then Yoh stalks Austin. Yoh drags Austin into a waistlock, but Austin resists the lift. Austin throws elbows and then brings Yoh around. Yoh switches to GERMAN SUPLEX! Yoh holds on, to GERMAN SUPLEX again! Yoh still holds on and brings Austin back up. Austin fights the hat trick and elbows out hard! But Yoh reels him in, GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Fans fire up and so does Yoh! Yoh gets up and he brings Austin back up.

Yoh reels Austin in, suplexes, but Austin slips out! Austin swings, Yoh gets around and underhooks, but Austin NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO!! Yoh escapes and fans are thunderous! Austin gets up, runs in and knees Yoh low. KNEE LIFT, but Yoh ducks the heel kick to JUMP KNEE! Austin roars and comes back, into a SUPERKICK! Yoh roars and fans fire up again! Yoh drags Austin up, reels him in, FALCON- NO! Austin knees free, ducks the superkick and HEEL KICKS! HOUSE OF CARDS! Yoh flounders, Austin aims from a corner, and Austin runs in to hit THE FOLD! Cover, Austin wins!

Winner: Ace Austin, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Yoh earns 0)

The Impact X-Division Champion gets back on track! Will Ace be high going into round five? Is there still time for a comeback from Direct Drive?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 29 B Block: DOUKI VS El Phantasmo!

Japones del Mal gave it his all but still got shot down by the Sniper of the Skies. Meanwhile, the Headbanga took advantage Titan’s lucha libre lifestyle and stole a win! Will Douki make ELP pay for disrespecting masks? Or will ELP rip off another opponent?

The bell rings and fans rally up, “E L P!” “DO-U-KI!” ELP encourages the fans to get louder and they oblige, and then ELP rushes Douki. Douki trips ELP, things speed up, ELP hurdles but Douki leaps. Douki comes back to rana but ELP handsprings through. Douki ducks the Penalty Kick and rolls ELP, ONE! ELP sweeps and covers, ONE! ELP hops over the sweep to body scissor and roll Douki, TWO! Douki sits on the cover, TWO! Douki handsprings up and fans fire up! ELP handsprings to show he can do that, too, and then ELP offers a handshake. Douki goes to accept but ELP kicks low. ELP headlocks, but Douki powers out.

ELP runs Douki over and he flexes. ELP runs, but then he steps on Douki. Fans rally as ELP struts, but then Douki runs in. ELP easily avoids the dropkick, and he struts more. Douki is annoyed, he runs in again, but he fakes ELP out! Douki then springboards for a FLYING ARM-DRAG! Things keep moving, Douki RANAS ELP out! Fans fire up and Douki goes to the apron, FLYING TORNADO DDT to the floor! Fans fire up and the ring count starts. Douki goes up the bleachers and to the second level? ELP stands up, commentary has to watch out, Douki LEAPS! BIG CROSSBODY and down goes ELP! Douki gets in at 15 of 20!

The count is 18! ELP springs up and in at 19.9! Fans fire up and Douki looms over ELP. Douki throws forearms, then whips ELP to ropes. ELP reverses but Douki holds ropes. Douki BOOTS back, slingshots, but ELP blocks Daybreak! ELP TOSSES Douki out with a Gourd Buster! Douki crashes down and fans fire up again! ELP goes to a corner and he climbs up! ARIHARA MOONSAULT! Both men crash down and fans fire up again! ELP throws up the Too Sweet, he’s fine. Fans rally harder, “E L P!” “DO-U-KI!” and ELP gets Douki up. ELP puts Douki in at 5 of 20, covers, TWO! Douki is still in this and fans rally up again.

ELP brings Douki up to ROCK him with a right. ELP ROCKS Douki in the corner, and fires off more forearms. ELP whips corner to corner but Douki reverses. ELP goes up and over, rolls, ducks and springboards, CROSSBODY! Somersault to the LIONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up but ELP is annoyed. ELP brings Douki up, suplexes high and hard, then covers, TWO! ELP reels Douki in, gets him up, SIT-OUT POWERBOMB!! Cover, TWO!! ELP is frustrated but he cobra clutches and torture racks. ELP spins for the SWINGING NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Douki survives and fans fire up again!

ELP is annoyed and he goes to the corner. ELP tunes up the band as he waits on Douki to get up. “E! L P! E! L P!” Douki stands, SUDDEN- NO! Douki dodges, kicks, ENZIGURIS, and both men are down again! Fans rally, Douki fires up and he runs in at ELP. ELP puts Douki on the apron but Douki shoulders back. Douki slingshots, but the arms don’t hold up! Daybreak crashes ‘n’ burns, and ELP mockingly applauds. ELP reaches for Douki but Douki cradles! DOUKI WINS!!

Winner: Douki, by pinfall (gains 2 points; ELP earns 0)

The Headbanga got cocky and he LOST! His first loss of the tournament!! Douki tells ELP to “SUCK IT!” Will Douki take this momentum all the way to the top of B Block? Will ELP ever live this one down?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 29 B Block: Master Wato VS Robbie Eagles!

The Way of the Grandmaster is stagnant at the bottom of the block while the Sniper of the Skies is almost at the top! Will Wato turn the tide and finally score? Or will Eagles continue to fly and even have a golden ticket to the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship?

The bell rings and both men rush in! They DOUBLE BOOT, then DOUBLE BOOT! Eagles kicks, Wato KICKS. Eagles forearms, Wato forearms. Eagles and Wato go back to KICKS, then back to forearms, then Wato sobats. Eagles sobats! Eagles runs but into a back elbow! Wato runs, but he senses Eagles following! Wato hurdles, to back elbow, uppercut and SOBAT! Fans fire up, Wato gets Eagles hooked up, RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP, into a BUTTERFLY STRETCH! Eagles flails and kicks around, to the ROPEBREAK! Wato lets go and fans rally up. Wato stomps Eagles, brings him up and KICKS him in the chest!

Eagles goes to a corner, but Wato knees him low. Wato whips corner to corner, Eagles slips free to mule kick. Wato CLUBS Eagles to the corner, KICKS him then CHOPS him! Fans rally and Wato ROCKS Eagles. Wato whips corner to corner, runs in, but Eagles puts him on the apron. Wato ROCKS Eagles first, then springboards, but Eagles gets under the uppercut. Eagles knees Wato now, and KICKS him down! Fans fire up and rally, and Eagles brings Wato up. Eagles snapmares Wato, runs, and basement dropkicks! Cover, TWO! Fans rally, Eagles eggs Wato on, then brings Wato up. Eagles CHOPS Wato and Wato leans against ropes!

Fans rally and Eagles says one more. Eagles CHOPS Wato again and Wato flops. Eagles shakes out his hand, then he brings Wato up. Wato throws body shots, then forearms! Eagles kicks low, then KICKS Wato in the chest, and again, and again! Wato wobbles, Eagles runs, but Wato blocks the leg lariat! Eagles kicks low again, whips, but Wato reverses to tilt-o-whirl BACKBREAKER! Fans fire up and Wato runs in to rally with elbows and a BOOT! Wato brings Eagles around, whips him to ropes, and dropkicks him out! Fans fire up while Wato builds sped, TORNILLO! Direct hit but Wato tumbles to the feet of the fans!

Fans fire up more and Wato gets himself back up. Wato roars and fans fire up more. Wato drags Eagles up, puts him in, then springboards, FLYING UPPERCUT! Cover, TWO! Fans rally and Wato fires up again. Wato brings Eagles up and around, waistlocks, but Eagles elbows free. Wato spins Eagles to mule kick, front kick, but Eagles blocks the superkick! Eagles spins Wato, ROLLING CHOP BLOCKS, then BLINDSIDE LARIATS! Wato flounders to a corner, Eagles runs in, DOUBLE KNEES! Eagles rolls back and comes back, METEORA! Fans fire up and Eagles drags Wato to a cover, TWO! Eagles is a bit surprised but the fans rally up again.

Eagles drags Wato to a drop zone, goes to the corner and catches his breath. Eagles hops out then climbs up, 450 but he blocks Wato’s knees! Eagles steps through, but Wato CRADLES! TWO!! Wato rushes in but into a schoolboy with bridge! TWO, and Eagles KICKS the leg! Eagles runs, into a dropkick! Fans rally while Eagles ends up on the apron. Wato gets up, runs in, but into a GAMANGIRI! Eagles springboards to dropkick the legs out! Eagles steps through, Wato ROUNDHOUSES from the mat! Fans are thunderous while both men are down! Eagles and Wato slowly rise, and they crawl to each other.

Wato throws a forearm, but Eagles hits back. Wato wobbles but he forearms again. Eagles gives the forearm back, but Wato gives another. Wato throws more forearms as Eagles eggs him on, then Eagles ROCKS Wato with one shot! Wato fires another forearm but so does Eagles. Now Wato eggs Eagles on, so Eagles throws more shots. Wato blocks the chop to give a CHOP! Wato fires off forearms again, then a knee! And another knee! Eagles wobbles, but he ducks the roundhouse to sweep the legs! RON MILLER SPECIAL!! Fans fire up as Wato endures! Wato reaches out, grabs at the ref, but he refuses to quit!

Wato crawls, Eagles puts on more pressure, but that only motivates Wato more! ROPEBREAK! Eagles lets go, fans rally again and Eagles drops knees on the leg! Eagles rolls Wato, gets him up and tucked in, but Wato fights the backpack with elbows! Wato waistlocks, Eagles mule kicks the leg but Wato holds on. Wato ducks Eagles’ back elbow and lets him spin all the way around, HIGH ANGLE GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Eagles survives and fans are thunderous while both men are down! Wato hurries to the apron, then up the corner. But Eagles hurries and ROCKS Wato first! Eagles then CHOPS Wato, and climbs up after him.

Wato throws body shots and shoves Eagles away! Eagles lands on his feet, but Wato BOOTS him! Eagles Tiger Feints Wato off the corner! Fans rally and Eagles gets them clapping even faster! Eagles builds speed and DIVES into a GAMANGIRI! Wato hurries back in and he gets Eagles back up. Wato scoops but Eagles slips out to ROUNDHOUSE! SUPERKICK! PELE! Wato wobbles, Eagles fires up and SHIRANUI- NO, Wato slips out and elbows Eagles away! Wato fires up and ROUND- NO! Eagles blocks, fires off strikes, TURBO- NO! Wato slips out, tilt-o-whirls and PRAWN HOLDS! WATO WINS!!

Winner: Master Wato, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Eagles earns 0)

The IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champion shoots down the sniper! No golden ticket for Eagles, will he just have to focus on the tournament? As for Wato, will he ride this wave all the way to the top?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 29 A Block: Hiromu Takahashi VS Yoshinobu Kanemaru!

The Ticking Timebomb is still unbeaten this year, and the Heel Master is still winless! Will all that change with a shot of whiskey? Or will Kanemaru not be so lucky in round four?

Hiromu comes out and looks to be in shock at seeing Kanemaru’s shaved face. Also, he misplaced his notepad. Thankfully, a Young Lion brings it out to him. Hiromu compares the picture he has and the man he sees in the ring. Well, Hiromu is convinced this is still Kanemaru, so he hops up onto the apron, only for Kanemaru to dropkick him down! Kanemaru stomps Hiromu, the ref reprimands, but Kanemaru brings Hiromu up to smack off the apron! Kanemaru brings Hiromu around the way to bump Hiromu off more apron, then he puts Hiromu in. The bell rings and Kanemaru stomps Hiromu on the record!

Kanemaru drags Hiromu up, whips him to ropes, but Hiromu avoids the basement dropkick to SUPERKICK! Hiromu gets his jacket off, fireman’s carries and CORNER DEATH VALLEY DRIVERS! Hiromu fires up, fireman’s carry, and he swings Kanemaru around, but Kanemaru counters with a victory roll! TWO!! Hiromu escapes and fans fire up! Hiromu hurries but Kanemaru BOOTS him! Hiromu superkicks but Kanemaru blocks that to dropkick the leg out! Kanemaru goes to a corner and aims while Hiromu staggers. Kanemaru runs in to dropkick the leg! Fans fire up, Kanemaru gets the leg, SHINBREAKER!

Kanemaru steps through, FIGURE FOUR! Hiromu endures, fans fire up, and Hiromu drags himself and Kanemaru along. Hiromu reaches out, but Kanemaru puts more pressure on the hold! Fans rally up for “HI-RO-MU!” and he powers through to get the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Kanemaru holds on but the figure four is undone. Kanemaru brings Hiromu over to the corner and he SLAMS the leg against the apron! Then he bends the legs against the post! The ref reprimands, Kanemaru lets off, but then Kanemaru throws his whiskey into the ring. The ref goes to get that but Kanemaru gets a chair! Kanemaru SMACKS the leg while it’s against the post!

Hiromu flops down and clutches his leg, but Kanemaru gets it to SMASH it on the floor! And then again! Hiromu flounders and the ref reprimands but Kanemaru brings out another chair! Kanemaru sits this chair up, and takes a seat while he throws the beat up chair into the ring. The ref goes to fetch that now, and Kanemaru drags Hiromu up for a CHAIR SHIN BREAKER! Hiromu writhes while fans applaud the savage creativity from Kanemaru. Kanemaru stomps Hiromu while the ring count starts. Kanemaru hauls Hiromu up and TOSSES him into the metal barriers! Kanemaru then leaves Hiromu behind and stands by the ring.

Hiromu flounders up at 15, hobbles over at 17, but Kanemaru slings a chair at him! Hiromu manages to avoid it but the count is still going! Hiromu gets in at 19.9!! Fans are thunderous but Kanemaru is furious! Kanemaru stomps Hiromu’s legs but fans still rally. Kanemaru drags Hiromu up, whips him corner to corner, but Hiromu can’t make it on the bad leg. Kanemaru dropkicks the leg out! Hiromu writhes but Kanemaru drags Hiromu back into the FIGURE FOUR!! Fans are thunderous while Hiromu endures! Hiromu tries to pry the hold open but Kanemaru adds more pressure! Hiromu reaches out again, crawls over, but Kanemaru drags him back!

Kanemaru puts as much as he can on the hold, but Hiromu works to turn it! But Kanemaru turns it back! Hiromu endures, flails, reaches out, drags Kanemaru along, but Kanemaru drags him back again! Kanemaru thrashes about and even bridges up! HIROMU TAPS, KANEMARU WINS!!

Winner: Yoshinobu Kanemaru, by submission (gains 2 points; Hiromu earns 0)

The Timebomb self-destructs! He poked fun at the Heel Master, and now he’s had his first loss! Is his threepeat derailed? Or can he recover from this in round five? As for Kanemaru, will he be toasting his success tonight?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 29 A Block: Taiji Ishimori VS SHO!

The Bone Soldier is the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion, the Murder Machine is NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Champion, but they’re both in Bullet Club! But will Taiji show that the House of Torture doesn’t measure up to Bullet Club prime? Or will Sho shock Taiji and get that golden shortcut?

Because it’s Bullet Club VS Bullet Club, Sho actually behaves himself and lets Taiji make his entrance. Fans rally, “BUL-LET CLUB!” and Taiji realizes Sho’s haircut is very similar to his. Sho says it was “inspired” by Taiji’s, and then Sho throws up the Too Sweet. Fans rally up for that as the bell rings, and Taiji accepts. But then Taiji stops the eye poke, to poke Sho’s eyes! Taiji bops Sho in the head with the Too Sweet, then pokes him in the eyes again! Sho complains but he was going to do it first, and then Taiji bops him again! Sho bails out, Taiji follows and ROCKS him with a haymaker. Taiji then brings Sho around with a headlock, to smack him off the timekeeper’s table!

Sho complains again and Taiji leaves him behind. Taiji undoes his corner’s buckle pad, it’s the Bullet Club Special, Red Edition! The ref checks Sho’s eyes and says he’s fine, but Sho says he’s not fine! Sho gets in the ring anyway, and he wants Taiji to show mercy. Taiji CLUBS him down instead, and has him in the corner. Taiji rakes the eyes now! The ref counts, Taiji lets off at 4, and he stomps Sho. Taiji brings Sho up, wrenches and whips corner to corner, but Sho reverses! Taiji hits the bare steel and fans rally up! Sho throws up the Too Sweet to dig it into Taiji’s face! The ref counts, Sho stops at 4 and says it’s only fair!

Taiji bails out, Sho goes out after him and digs the Too Sweet into Taiji’s face again! Taiji swings blindly and Sho laughs at him. Sho hauls Taiji up, smacks Taiji off the timekeeper’s desk, and fans rally up. Sho gets the crossbar cover, and he uses it to CHOKE Taiji! The ref counts but Sho stops right away to let the ref have the cover. But that’s because Sho wants the bell hammer! The ref is busy with the cover and Sho hammers Taiji! And again! And again! The ref finally sees that and Sho gives the hammer back, blaming Abe-san. Abe says Sho did all this himself! Fans rally as Sho goes into the ring and Taiji slowly gets up.

The ring count starts, Taiji crawls at 4 of 20, gets to his feet at 10, and he snarls as he gets up and has Sho back off. Taiji gets in at 15, but then slides out as Sho rushes in. The count pauses and Taiji takes advantage of that. Taiji slowly gets back in, and Sho lets Taiji get up. But then Sho rakes Taiji’s eyes! Sho puts Taiji in the corner, digs his boots in, and lets off at 4. Sho knuckle locks and wrenches Taiji’s wrist, then drags him down for the DOUBLE WRISTLOCK! Taiji endures, fans rally up, but Sho BITES Taiji’s wrist! Taiji reaches out for the ROPEBREAK! Sho lets off as the ref counts, and fans rally up again.

Sho looms over Taiji, brings him up, and has the knuckle lock again. Sho twists the wrist, wrenches and ELBOW BREAKERS, then wrenches to another ELBOW BREAKER! Taiji claws Sho’s eyes! The ref counts and Taiji lets off. Sho scrambles to a corner, Taiji runs in but Sho dodges! Taiji hits buckles, Sho runs back in but Taiji BOOTS him! Sho tries again, but Taiji headscissors to ax kick! Sho gets mad and runs back in again, but into a BUCKLE SHOT! Fans rally up and Taiji shakes out the bad arm. Taiji drags Sho up, wrenches the arm and hammerlocks, to RAM Sho into the bare steel! Now the Bullet Club Special helps Taiji!

Sho writhes, Taiji drags him up and hammerlocks again, to half nelson and scoop, for the SHOULDER BREAKER! Sho clutches his shoulder and fans rally up again. Taiji goes to a corner, takes aim and runs in, to tilt-o-whirl, but Sho shoves him at the ref! Taiji stops himself, and shoves the ref at Sho! Taiji runs but Sho shoves the ref at him! Sho runs and SPEARS Taiji down! Fans fire up while both men are down, and the fans rally up as they both stir. Sho gets up, he drags Taiji up and has the knuckle lock again. Sho wrenches, whips, and Taiji hits bare steel again! This Bullet Club Special might not be worth it!

Fans rally up, Sho knuckle locks and wrenches yet again, to then bring Taiji down for a kick, KICK and SUPERKICK! Fans fire up and Sho takes aim with his bow. Sho drags Taiji up, reels him in and tucks the arms for SHOCK- NO! Taiji slips out, reels Sho in, BLOODY- NO! Sho fights free, so Taiji pokes him in the eye! Taiji whips but Sho drags the ref down! Sho then reverses the whip but Taiji handsprings, NEURALIZER! Sho and Taiji are down but so is the ref, and the fans fire up! Taiji crawls for his corner to grab the title belt! Taiji looks to beat Sho at his own game! Sho gets up, Taiji aims, but he just smacks the belt?

Taiji tosses the belt to Sho, Taiji’s pulling an Eddie Guerrero! Sho says he didn’t do it and the belt is confiscated, Taiji rolls Sho up! TWO, but Taiji cradles, TWO!! Taiji gets to the corner, Sho runs in, but Taiji goes up and over and rolls Sho up! Feet on the ropes! But he goes too high, the ref sees Taiji’s feet! The ref kicks Taiji’s feet off the ropes! Taiji argues with the ref and fans are thunderous, Sho rolls Taiji up, with tights! TWO!! Taiji swings, into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Fans fire up and Sho gets around to his corner. Sho wants to use his NEVER Openweight Six Man belt? The ref sees that right away and stops Sho!

Sho and the ref fight over the belt, so Sho shoves the ref down. Because he just gets his wrench! But Taiji BOOTS the wrench away! Fans fire up, and Taiji takes the wrench now! Taiji swings it around and Sho shouts to give it back. Taiji does, and Sho says he’s a sucker, but then Taiji pulls another Eddie Guerrero! The ref sees Sho with the wrench, and again Sho has to defend his (partial) innocence! They fight over the wrench, the ref takes it away, and Sho turns around into a BELT SHOT!! Taiji puts his belt back, covers Sho, and wins!!

Winner: Taiji Ishimori, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Sho earns 0)

So much for a clean fight between stablemates! But what else would you expect from Bullet Club? The Bone Soldier stands alone at 4-0 in A Block, will he be a shoe-in for the finals? Will Sho be able to rebound in the next round?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 29 B Block: El Desperado VS EL LINDAMAN!

The Rogue Luchador has been namedropping “Lind-chan” and preparing for this moment. But will he be able to conquer the G-Rex Champion? Or will this be a GLEAT triumph for LindaMAN?

Desperado takes a bow, and Lindaman dropkicks him out of the ring! Lindaman then builds speed and FLIES! Direct hit and down goes Desperado! The fans rally as the bell rings and this gets on record! Lindaman is fired up and he brings Desperado up and into the ring. Lindaman fires the fans back up as he climbs the corner. Lindaman leaps to missile dropkick! Desperado flounders to the far side, Lindaman covers, TWO! Fans rally, “LIN-DA-MAN!” and he CLUBS Desperado at the ropes. Lindaman kicks Desperado, bumps him off buckles, then sits Desperado down to dig his boot in. Red Shoes counts and Lindaman counts along, and stops at 4.

Fans applaud and Lindaman digs his boot back in. Lindaman scrapes Desperado, fires off elbows, then sits Desperado back down to dig his boot in again! Red Shoes reprimands but Lindman pretends he can’t hear. Desperado complains while the boot is in his face, and then Red Shoes counts. Lindaman counts along again, and lets off at 4 again. Lindaman tells Red Shoes it was 4 with a clean break, it’s all good. Red Shoes agrees and fans fire up again. Lindaman eggs Desperado on, and Desperado CHOPS! Lindaman shrugs that off to CHOP, but Desperado CHOPS back! Lindaman fires forearms, but Desperado rakes eyes!

Red Shoes reprimands, Desperado whips, but Lindaman ducks and CLOBBERS Desperado with an elbow! Fans fire up and rally while Lindaman checks his face. Desperado gets to a corner, Lindaman runs corner to corner, but Desperado BOOTS him! Lidnaman comes back, FLYING ARMBAR! Desperado clasps hands and scrambles around but Lindaman gets the grip to break! ARMBAR, but Desperado scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! Lindaman lets off and Desperado bails out. Fans rally up fast for “LIN-DA-MAN!” as he counts his own ring count. Red Shoes starts his count, and Desperado gets up at 4 of 20.

Lindaman waits and Desperado stands at 9, and slides in the ring at 10. Lindaman gets the arm, CLUBS it, lifts Desperado, but Desperado rakes eyes! Lindaman throws a knee, whips, but Desperado reverses to SPINEBUSTER! Fans fire up while both men are down. Desperado gets up, he waits on Lindaman, and then runs in, but is put on the apron! Lindaman rushes in, but Desperado drops down to trip him and drag him out. Desperado DECKS Lindaman, then brings him up to bump off the apron. Lindaman ROCKS Desperado back, then fires off more forearms! They brawl right by commentary, Lindaman gets the edge!

Lindaman smacks Desperado off the apron, then again, and again! Fans fire up with Lindaman, and he rushes back in, but Desperado gives him an APRON FLAPJACK! Desperado then gets in the ring, builds speed, SOMERSAULT TOPE! Direct hit on Lindaman, and they tumble into the front row! Young Lions manage to soften the impact, and the fans say they’re alright. Desperado pats them as apology, and then he fires back up. Desperado drags Lindaman up, puts him in the ring, and fans rally up. Desperado gets in and brings Lindaman up. He gut wrenches, but Lindaman blocks Guitarra!

Lindaman slips free, Desperado ROCKS him with a forearm, but Lindaman ROCKS Desperado back. Desperado ROCKS Lindaman, Lindaman ROCKS Desperado! Fans rally up as the two go forehead to forehead, egging each other on! Desperado fires off forearm after forearm, but so does Lindaman! They clinch, throw more forearms, then Lindaman KICKS Desperado’s arm! Lindaman swings, but Desperado blocks and spins Lindaman around to GUITARRA DEL ANGEL! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up and rally more as Desperado drags Lindaman from ropes. Desperado SPLASHES the leg, drops knees on it, then GROUND DRAGON SCREWS!

Desperado gets the leg, STRETCH MUFFLER! Desperado thrashes around but Lindaman fights with the free leg. Desperado STOMPS the bad leg, then gets Lindaman up for a SHINBREAKER! Lindaman hobbles away, Desperado runs corner to corner, but into a clinch! BUCKLE EXPLODER! Fans fire up while both men are down again! Lindaman gets himself to ropes and says this is a lot of fun! And of course, he has more to give! He tells Korakuen Hall to fire up, and they rally behind him. Lindaman gets Desperado up top, climbs up after him, but Desperado thrwos body shots! Lindaman rakes eyes!

Lindaman says here we go! Lindaman CLUBS away on Desperado over and over, but Desperado HEADBUTTS Lindaman down! But Lindaman springs right up top! FLYING ARMBAR TAKEDOWN!! Desperado flails, clasps hands, but Lindaman clubs the grip apart! ARMBAR!!! Desperado flails, reaches out, ROPEBREAK!! Lindaman lets go, and fans are thunderous as Desperado writhes and gets away. Lindaman watches Desperado flounder, and he hobbles over. Lindaman brings Desperado up, wrenches, lifts, KUMAGOROSHI! Cover, TWO!! Desperado survives and fans fire up again!

Lindaman grits his teeth and he waits on Desperado. Desperado drags himself to ropes but Lindaman hurries to waistlock! Lindaman deadlifts, Desperado fights the German to victory roll, and STRETCH MUFFLER!! Lindaman endures as Desperado bends that leg and thrashes it around! Lindaman crawls forward, but Desperado drags him away! NUMERO DOS!! Lindaman endures again, fans rally harder than ever, and Lindaman uses his one free arm to reach out. But Desperado thrashes the hold more! Lindaman still gets the ROPEBREAK! Desperado lets go in frustration and fans rally as he roars!

Desperado drags Lindaman up, reels him in, hooks the arms, but Lindaman slips out. Desperado reels him in for an OLYMPIC SLAM! High stack, TWO! Desperado drags Lindaman back up, reels him back in, underhooks, but Lindaman fights Pinche Loco! Lindaman manages to back drop Desperado! Fans are thunderous, Desperado rushes in but into an elbow! FOREARM! DISCUS! Desperado goes down in a heap and Lindaman grits his teeth. Lindaman fires up, he waistlocks and deadlifts again, GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!?! Lindaman can’t believe it but Desperado escapes! But Lindaman vows to end it here!

Lindaman drags Desperado back up, chicken wings the arms but Desperado fights for the ropes! ROPEBREAK by a chin, but Lindaman drags him away! TIGER- NO! Mule kick! Lindaman elbows, spins, but into a HARD elbow from Desperado! Desperado hauls Lindaman up, PINCHE- NO! Lindaman fights it off, gets around to backslide, but Desperado rolls through! Desperado underhooks, PINCHE- NO! Lindaman fights free again, gets around, SNAP DRAGON!! Then the chicken wings, TIGER SUPLEX! Bridging cover, LINDAMAN WINS!!

Winner: Lindaman, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Desperado earns 0)

The Rogue Luchador’s first loss in the block, and it’s to “Lind-chan!” Desperado is no longer the top of the block, is his comeback done for already?

As for Lindaman, he gets the mic and triumphantly says, “Lindaman won!” It’s been a long road since Janaury 4th, Tokyo Dome. Oi, Desperado. … Scram, loser! Listen up. You guys know the main event winner gest the honor of closing out the show! As soon as he called me out and I made this Super Junior, I was ready to surpass him. He’s not still here, is he? But as embarrassing as it is to admit it, I’m only here because Desperado called me out. Thank you so much.” Fans applaud that Lindaman was willing to admit that. Lindaman admits it is embarrassing being so open in front of everyone. But besides that, he is thrilled to see this is a packed house tonight.

“And we’re on NJPW World, right? Which camera is it? Okay. NJPW World is making this Korakuen Hall Super Juniors show available for free! That means that more than just the usual NJPW fans are watching, too, right? The free stream is just for today, but how about this Super Juniors? If you know what’s good for you, you’ll sign up now, morons!” Fans applaud, they don’t disagree with that. But GLEAT fans watching NJPW? NJPW fans watching other promotions? It’s all good to Lindaman. Everyone can join in the fun on NJPW World. No passports or Schengen Agreement needed, pro-wrestling fans are free to roam! If you don’t know what the Schengen Agreement is, you’re an idiot!

But what did we all learn today? That Lindaman will be the star of this Super Juniors! And again, the winner closes the show, so how about he does this in GLEAT style? Fans like the sound of that. Lindaman will make it simple, then. He yells out, “Let’s GLEAT” and everyone pumps their fists. Easy, right? Okay, get ready! All good? Ready for a GLEAT finale? He wants to make sure he hears those at home! Did they enjoy today? Okay then, this is the practice run. The real finale is on June 3rd, in Nippon Budokan. He wants to hear everyone! Here goes! “LET’S GLEAT!” Everyone pumps their fist into the air, and the G-Rex Champion is leading B Block into the next round. Will he make the Best of the Super Juniors GLEAT all the way to the end?

 

Here are the new standings in A Block!

Taiji Ishimori: 4-0, 8 points
Hiromu Takahashi: 3-1, 6 points
Ace Austin: 3-1, 6 points
Alex Zayne: 3-1, 6 points
YOH: 2-2, 4 points
Francesco Akira: 1-3, 2 points
SHO: 1-3, 2 points
Yoshinobu Kanemaru: 1-3, 2 points
Clark Connors: 1-3, 2 points
Ryusuke Taguchi: 1-3, 2 points

 

Here are the new standings for B Block!

El Lindaman: 3-1, 6 points
El Desperado: 3-1, 6 points
El Phantasmo: 3-1, 6 points
Robbie Eagles: 2-2, 4 points
Wheeler Yuta: 2-2, 4 points
Bushi: 2-2, 4 points
Douki: 2-2, 4 points
Master Wato: 1-3, 2 points
Titan: 1-3, 2 points
TJP: 1-3, 2 points


My Thoughts:

Yes, this was a GLEAT round and event for the Best of the Super Juniors. But wow, both blocks, all ten matches, all on one card! I know this published real late but I had to carve out quite a bit of time to get this done, so who knows how this will go tomorrow and Thursday. But it was also worth it, because every match brought the absolute best possible out of everyone. There are no more winless entries, but there is only ONE undefeated and that is Taiji Ishimori. That makes a lot of sense with him being THE IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion, and while not the best match of the card, Taiji VS Sho was a lot of fun because of the shenanigans.

Zayne VS Akira was an awesome opener, and this tournament is really showing the world how great Zayne is and how dumb it was for WWE to cut him. Titan VS TJP was great, and I really liked Titan’s entrance gear. His mask was really cool looking, it was like a fusion of the NJPW lion logo and the Mexican flag, and it was really cool that Titan won. That win brought TJP down to the bottom of the block since they’re both 1-3 and Titan has the tiebreaker win, and that is huge. Great comedy mixed with seriousness in Taguchi VS Connors, great win for Yuta to rebound, great win for Ace Austin to stay near the top of the block, and what a great surprise with Douki getting one over on ELP.

Wato VS Eagles was also great, and a great first win in the block for Wato. Great comedy to start Hiromu VS Kanemaru because of Kanemaru shaving, and then it was wild for Kanemaru to just take the fight to Hiromu and his leg. Kanemaru winning by submission was quite the surprise, that win helps Taiji stand alone as the only undefeated entry left, but I believe Kanemaru VS Taiji is next round so that should be pretty wild. At the same time, it was only a matter of time before Hiromu’s first loss in this, it adds some drama to his threepeat story.

And that main event was awesome stuff, Lindaman continues to be a house of fire and he has such great charisma. It was a great move for him to win, it adds drama to Desperado’s comeback and it’s a great way for NJPW to work with GLEAT. Lindaman has a great closing promo to further the crossover deals with NJPW, GLEAT and other promotions, I can’t wait to see how far Lindaman goes.

My Score: 9.1/10


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Mitchell’s NJPW WTL X Super Jr. Tag Results & Report! (12/5/22)

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NJPW WTL X Super Jr.

The Mighty Don’t Kneel, but do they squat?

Toru Yano & Hiroshi Tanahashi are the bad boys of NJPW, but are they mightier than The Mighty? We find out as World Tag League rolls on!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

Here are the current 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]

 

World Tag League 2022: Alex Coughlin & Gabriel Kidd VS EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi!

The Mechanical Bulls have yet to get on the board, and there’s not much time left! Can they bulldoze the House of Torture and finally score? Or will the King of Darkness & Tokyo Pimp have more tricks up their sleeves for this one?

Dick Togo comes out with the House of Torture, so Sho must be lurking somewhere else right now. The teams sort out, but Kidd tells Dick to leave. Dick does leave and fans applaud. Kidd and Yujiro start and fans rally up with the bell. Kidd and Yujiro circle, tie up, and Yujiro headlocks. Kidd powers up to pry at the hold, and he spins it around onto Yujiro. Fans applaud but Yujiro powers out of the headlock. Kidd runs Yujiro over! Evil runs in but Coughlin intercepts him with a kick! Coughlin ROCKS Evil with a forearm, knees him in a corner, and Kidd has Yujiro in the other. They double whip Evil and Yujiro at each other, then they both scoop and SLAM!

Fans fire up as the Mechanical Bulls roar and flex! Coughlin & Kidd double whip Yujiro, kick and knee lift and run him over with a shoulder! Kidd SENTONS, then covers, TWO! Fans rally while Kidd drags Yujiro up and tags in Coughlin. Kidd holds Yujiro for Coughlin’s CHOP! Fans fire up as Coughlin deadlifts Yujiro into a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Fans rally as Coughlin looms over Yujiro. Coughlin stands Yujiro up but Yujiro kicks low. Yujiro CHOPS, whips, but Coughlin reverses. Yujiro holds ropes, Coughlin runs in but into a FLAPJACK HOTSHOT! Evil runs in to BLAST Kidd off the apron, then he goes out after him!

Kidd kicks Evil but Evil claws the eyes! Evil brings Kidd around and takes aim at the timekeeper, but the ref reprimands! Evil lets off, and he CLUBS Kidd down. Abe-san is spared for now, and Yujiro stands Coughlin up in a corner. Yujiro throws elbows, but lets off as the ref counts. Yujiro brings Coughlin over and tags in Evil. Evil CLUBS Coughlin, then fakes the eye rake to CHOP! Coughlin eggs Evil on, so Evil CHOPS again! Coughlin eggs Evil on more and fans fire up. Evil CHOPS again and Coughlin feels that one! Coughlin CHOPS back and Evil feels that! Evil trips Coughlin for a toehold! But Coughlin reaches out, ROPEBREAK!

Evil lets off, drags Coughlin over and he tags in Yujiro. The ref counts, Evil exits and Yujiro stomps Coughlin down. Yujiro drags Coughlin up to knee low, knee low again, then snapmare. Yujiro runs to basement BOOT! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up while Evil protests the count. Yujiro brings Coughlin up and ROCKS him with a forearm. And then ROCKS him in the corner! Yujiro stomps Coughlin, tags Evil, and Evil scoop SLAMS! Cover, TWO! Evil covers again, TWO! And again, TWO!! Evil is furious with the ref but the fans fire up again. Evil drags Coughlin up but Coughlin knees low! And UPPERCUTS! And CHOPS!

Evil kicks low, runs, but into a SCRAPBUSTER! Fans fire up while both men are down! Coughlin crawls over, hot tag to Kidd! Kidd rallies on Evil with shoulders and CHOPS! Kidd whips, Evil reverses but Kidd ducks ‘n’ dodges to DROPKICK! Fans fire up with Kidd but Yujiro runs in. Kidd kicks him, fires off forearms, then has him in a corner. Kidd clotheslines Yujiro, then runs corner to corner and clotheslines Evil! Yujiro runs in but Kidd sends him into Evil! Then Kidd uses Tenzan Power Mongolian Chop! Down goes Yujiro! Kidd blocks Evil’s kick to Tenzan Power Mongolian Chop! And then EXPLODER! Cover, TWO!

Fans fire up with Kidd as he drags Evil back up. Kidd calls his shot, suplexes, but Evil fights free and wrenches. Kidd CHOPS Evil first! Fans fire up again as Kidd runs in but Evil dodges the clothesline! Evil corner clotheslines then FISHERMAN BUSTERS! Cover, TWO! Kidd is still in this, Evil tags Yujiro. Yujiro stomps Kidd, drags him up, then knees him low. Yujiro CLUBS Kidd, reels him in, but Kidd suplexes first! TENZAN BRAINBUSTER! Fans fire up as Kidd and Yujiro crawl. Hot tag to Coughlin! The Android picks Yujiro up and RAMS him into a corner! And RAMS again and again, and then UPPERCUTS and CHOPS!

Fans fire up as Coughlin fireman’s carries Yujiro, for a RUNNING DEATH VALLEY! Cover, but Evil breaks it! Kidd kicks Evil and throws him out. Kidd goes out after Evil with more Tenzan Power! Coughlin powers up, runs, but Yujiro gets around the lariat to backslide! Coughlin rolls through but Yujiro reels him in. Coughlin powers out of Pimp Juice, but Yujiro bumps into the ref! Coughlin shouts, “YOU!” but he runs into a REVERSE DDT! And with no ref, here come Dick & Sho! Fans boo because they can now, but Evil CLUBS Kidd down. Dick & Sho get in the ring, fans tell them to go away, and then Evil & Yujiro say they can go?

Evil & Yujiro say they have this, they don’t need to cheat. Dick & Sho understand, and they exit. Fans applaud while Yujiro and Evil stand Coughlin & Kidd up. But then they DOUBLE LOW BLOW!! Well, they’re still cheating, just on their own. The House of Torture laughs and Evil stands Kidd up to kick him back down. Dick & Sho then return, and fans boo even more. The House was just tricking everyone, and now they all stomp away on Coughlin & Kidd! Evil drags Kidd up, throws him out, and Sho goes out after Kidd. Yujiro sits Coughlin up, PIMP JUICE! Dick puts the ref back in, he counts the cover, TWO?!?! Coughlin still lives and shocks everyone!!

Fans are thunderous but Evil gets a chair! Sho distracts the ref, Yujiro sits Coughlin up and Evil rushes in, but Kidd BOOTS the chair into Evil! Fans fire up more and Coughlin shoves Yujiro into Sho! Then Coughlin scoops Yujiro to the FALL AWAY SUPLEX! Bridging cover, The Mechanical Bulls win!!

Winners: Alex Coughlin & Gabriel Kidd, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Evil & Yujiro earn 0)

FINALLY! Kidd & Coughlin have their first win as a duo! They won’t win the league, but does this mean there’s hope for the Mechanical Bulls as a team? As for the House of Torture, are they ever going to give up their cheating ways?

 

World Tag League 2022: Great-O-Khan & Aaron Henare VS Aussie Open!

With the way things are going, the All United Empire Finals might not be happening! Will the Dominator & Ultimate Weapon get a little help from Mark Davis & Kyle Fletcher? Or will Dunk-Zilla & the Aussie Arrow make their senpai earn the dream?

Fans cheer as Gideon Grey makes his way out, along with the Karatsu City mascot, Karawan-kun the beetle-helmet wearing dog. The Orchestrator says good evening, and introduces himself. “And today is a very big day, but first, the Great-O-Khan has forged a new alliance.” The United Empire’s newest mascot is Karawan-kun! “And now, as a humble servant to the people of the United Empire, there is no greater joy that I can take than introducing you to your combatants.” That is to say, he gets to do introductions for BOTH teams of the United Empire! They wait to all go to the ring together, showing that the Empire is united, even when they are competing against each other.

The teams sort out and fans rally up. Khan starts against Davis, and they RAM each other at the bell! Fans fire up as they go again, and again, and then get forehead to forehead. Khan forearms, Davis gives it back, repeat, and fans rally as the shots go faster and faster! Davis and Khan get forehead to forehead again, run, but then Henare and Kyle trip them up! Henare and Kyle send Davis and Khan into railing, then rush in at each other to fire off forearms of their own! Fans fire up again as the shots go back and forth! Khan and Davis return, and they return to firing forearms back and forth with each other!

Fans are loving the brawling but the ref wants this to sort out to 1v1! Khan & Henare get the edge, then they both run, but Aussie Open dodges to pick them both up! They SANDWICH their senpai! Fans fire up and Davis tags in Kyle. Aussie Open drag Khan up, double whip him to ropes, but Khan ducks the double lariat! PONYTAIL CHOKE on Kyle! Henare dropkicks Davis’ legs out! Khan drags Kyle down to a HEAD ‘N’ ARM TRIANGLE! Henare runs over and has a HEEL HOOK! Kyle endures double submissions, but the ref counts! Kyle gets the ROPEBREAK with his free leg! The ref counts again, Khan & Henare let Kyle go.

Khan drags Kyle up, and has the PONYTAIL CHOKE! The ref reprimands Henare tags in, and the senpai mug Kyle. Henare stalks Kyle, ROCKS him with forearms, then throws knees. Henare snapmares and PENALTY KICKS Kyle in the back! Fans applaud while Kyle writhes. Henare drags Kyle back up, but Kyle throws body shots and a flurry of forearms! Henare DECKS Kyle in return! Henare drags Kyle back up, whips, but Kyle reverses. Kyle runs in but into an elbow! Henare goes up, FLYING CHUCK! Cover, TWO! Khan BLASTS Davis off the apron, then he and Henare drag Kyle back up. Fans rally as the senpai double whip Kyle to the corner.

Khan whips Henare in but Kyle goes up and over! Kyle ducks under Khan, hot tag to Davis! Fans fire up as Davis runs through Khan’s lariat to corner clothesline Henare! Davis CHOPS Khan, clotheslines Henare again, then CHOPS Khan again! Davis clotheslines Henare again but Khan ducks the chop. Khan & Henare mug Davis, they double whip but Davis handsprings and DOUBLE LARIATS back! Fans fire up and Davis drags Henare up. Davis shoves Henare to a corner, and CHOP LARIATS! And CHOP LARIATS! And CHOP LARIATS again! Fans fire up, Davis wrenches Henare and torture racks, but Henare fights free!

Henare BOOTS Davis down, then runs at the corner. Davis dodges and Kyle runs in to LARIAT! Kyle sits Henare down for Davis’ SLIDING FOREARM! Kyle then DIVES onto Khan! Fans fire up and Davis torture racks Henare, for the SPINNING RACK BOMB! Cover, TWO! Tag to Kyle and fans rally as Aussie Open coordinates. Fireman’s carry, POP-UP KICK! Kyle hops up and Davis scoops Henare for a LAWN DART CUTTER! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up as Henare stays in this. Kyle fires up now and Davis helps him stand Henare up. They double pump handle but Khan saves Henare! But then Aussie Open double wrench and DOUBLE FOREARM!

Aussie Open dumps Khan out, they get Henare back up, double underhooks and lift, BUTTERFLY SPINEBUSTER! Cover, but Khan breaks it in time! Fans fire up while Davis stomps Khan. Aussie Open whips Khan to ropes, but Khan BOOTS Kyle and arm-drags Davis! Fans fire up as Khan goes to his corner and calls to Henare. Henare crawls over as fans rally, hot tag to Khan! Khan storms up on Kyle, for Mongolian Chops! And then more Mongolian Chops in the corner! Khan turns Kyle around, to sit up on his throne! Fans cheer but the ref reprimands. Khan hops off at 4, then dribbles Kyle off the buckles! Khan goes to TEN, then he SLAM DUNKS Kyle!

Kyle staggers into a PANCAKE PLEX! Bridging cover, but Davis breaks it! Henare CLUBS Davis then throws him out. Khan & Henare double whip Kyle corner to corner, then Khan runs in to clothesline! Henare runs in to SHINING WIZARD! Feed to Khan for HITSUJIGOROSHI! Henare hooks up the legs, FUBUKI! Kyle endures, but he gets MARINE! Cover, Davis breaks it! Henare CLUBS and HEADBUTTS Davis, then throws him out again. Henare tags in, he storms up on Kyle. Fans rally, Henare stomps Kyle then drags him up. Kyle CHOPS back! And CHOPS again! And then ROCKS Henare with a forearm!

Henare and Kyle stagger, but Kyle runs corner to corner. Henare dodges the kick, Khan rushes in to feed Kyle to Henare’s scoop, BERSERKER BOMB!! Cover, TWO!! Kyle survives and fans rally up. Henare drags Kyle up, fireman’s carries, and Khan runs, but Davis clotheslines him out! Kyle slips free, Davis dodges Henare, SUPERKICK BOOT COMBO! Fans are thunderous as Aussie Open regroup. Davis goes to the corner, Kyle tags him in, and Aussie Open fires up as they go to opposite corners. They aim as Henare stands up, but he moves as they rush in! Aussie Open stop from colliding, Kyle rushes at Henare but he dodges.

Davis kicks but Henare blocks, to step-over WHEEL KICK! Fans fire up as Kyle SUPERKICKS Henare down, but then Khan LARIATS Kyle! Davis CLOBBERS Khan but Henare HEEL KICKS Davis! ELBOW JAB for Kyle, but DROPKICK for Henare! Khan dodges Kyle to NECKBREAKER DROP! But then Davis ENZIGURIS Khan down! Fans are thunderous again as the entire United Empire is down! The teams regroup and slowly rise. Aussie Open throw forearms first, but Khan & Henare give them back. Aussie Open hits again, #Khanare hits back! Aussie Open, Khanare, repeat! Fans fire up as they go faster and faster!

Aussie Open gets the edge, they fire up, but Khan Mongolian Chops and Henare body shots! The senpai have control as Khan puts some stank on his Mongolian- NO, Davis blocks! But Henare gets around to ROUNDHOUSE Davis in the back! Davis wobbles, the Monster Rage boils over! Khan scoops Davis, Henare SCREW HIGH KICKS and then Khan TENZAN TOMBSTONE DRIVERS!! Henare covers, but Kyle barrels in to break it!! Fans are thunderous again as Khan drags Kyle up. Kyle forearms Khan, CHOPS Henare, repeat! Kyle roars and runs, but into a BOOT SUPERKICK COMBO! Khan & Henare get Davis up now!

Fireman’s carry, Khan runs, but Davis slips off to shove the senpai into each other! Davis reels Henare in, Kyle gut wrenches Khan, DOUBLE DRIVERS!! Cover, TWO!?!? Khan & Henare both roar as they rise up! But Aussie Open aim from the corners! DOUBLE LARIAT SANDWICH! Khan falls, Aussie Open pump handle Henare, COREALIS!! Cover, Aussie Open wins!!

Winners: Aussie Open, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Henare & Khan earn 0)

The All United Empire Finals is no longer going to happen, but based on this, we know what would’ve happened! Davis & Fletcher best their senpai, will they soon prove they are the best?

But in the end, the United Empire all stands together, along with Gideon and Karawan-kun. Gideon wants everyone to understand this was about more than just two points! “This was about the pride beating in the heart of each and every one of these men in this ring!” Fans applaud that. “You wanna achieve greatness? You wanna make a change? Then follow this example! NEVER give less than 100%! NEVER stop moving forward! And NEVER give up! And when your body gives out, which it will, have your allies pick you back up and do it all over again! Get off your ass and do something you can be proud of! This is why United Empire runs the world!”

Fans applaud that passion, and the four stand together at the center. Gideon says this was the best match from the best unit! “This is the power of the United Empire!!” Fans cheer as the faction hugs it out. Will the United Empire soon become the strongest faction in all of professional wrestling?

 

World Tag League 2022: Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI VS Minoru Suzuki & Lance Archer!

Bishamon is on the bubble, but they could find a way! Unless the Meanest Tag Team in World Tag League has something to say about it! If #EverybodyDies, does another run come to an end? Or will the Fierce Warrior & Head Hunter #TurnItAllAround before the end?

Naturally, the Murderhawk Monster clobbers a Young Lion, and he goes after Oskar Leube. Then he goes to intimidate Milano Collection AT! Milano runs off, Archer sits in his seat and puts on the headset. Archer says hello to Jushin Thunder Liger, asks if he’s doing well, then says F U and gets back to the ring. Suzuki makes his entrance, he BOOTS Young Lion Ryohei Oiwa down, and fans take full advantage of being able to sing “KAZE NI NARE~!” Goto & Hashi make their entrance, but Archer & Suzuki attack after the introductions! Archer stomps Goto in a corner, Suzuki fires off on Hashi! The bell rings as Suzuki throws Hashi out!

Archer stands on Goto in the corner while Suzuki stomps Hashi against railing! Fans rally up while the ref reprimands. Archer tells the ref to shut up, then he stomps Goto more. Archer stands Goto up to ROCK him, then CHOKE him against the ropes! The ref counts, Archer stops at 4. Archer runs, but Hashi gets in and Bishamon RAMS Archer with double shoulders! Suzuki runs in but Hashi kicks him first. Bishamon drums Suzuki down! Fans fire up as Bishamon gets Archer now for drumming! But Archer explodes out! Archer runs to CLOBBER Goto, and Suzuki has Hashi in a HANGING ARMBAR!

The ref reprimands, Suzuki lets off at 4, and he drags Hashi out. Archer goes after Goto on the outside while Suzuki whips Hashi into railing! Archer digs his knee into Goto’s neck but the ref reprimands. Archer tells the ref to shut up again, but Suzuki brings Hashi around the railing. Abe-san moves aside so Suzuki can throw Hashi onto the timekeeper’s table! Suzuki then grabs one of the chairs and digs it into Hashi’s head! Archer meanwhile whips Goto hard into railing! Fans rally up while Archer take apart the railing! Archer uses that to choke Goto! The ref reprimands, he starts the ring count, but Suzuki brings Hashi up the ramp!

Suzuki reels Hashi in, Gotch holds, but Hashi resists the lift! The count is 10 of 20, Suzuki KNEES Hashi down, then goes back to ringside. Archer puts Goto in, reels him in and short arm LARIATS! Tag to Suzuki and he covers, TWO! Fans rally while Suzuki looms over Goto. Suzuki kicks Goto around, toys with him as he digs his heel into Goto’s face, then gives him some stomps. Goto sits up, Suzuki KICKS and KICKS, but Goto glares defiantly. So Suzuki KNEES Goto down! Suzuki drags Goto around by a leg for a HEEL HOOK, then turns the leg. Suzuki also gets an arm, but Goto still endures. Goto reaches out, but Suzuki lets off to keep him from the ropes.

Archer goes after Hashi on the outside, Suzuki drags Goto up but Goto CHOPS! And CHOPS! Suzuki CHOPS back! Suzuki has Goto in the corner, Archer holds Goto up, and Suzuki CHOPS! Suzuki throws body shots, then CHOPS again! Tag to Archer and Archer brings Goto around. Goto fires CHOPS in return! Goto KICKS but Archer kicks and ROCKS and whips! Goto hits buckles hard and bounces off! Archer waits on Goto to stand back up, fans rally up, and Archer runs in to back elbow! Archer keeps moving, he CLOBBERS Goto! Fans fire up while Archer has a cocky cover. TWO, but then Archer DECKS Hashi off the apron.

Archer stomps Goto, tags Suzuki, and Suzuki drags Goto up to wrench and double wristlock! Goto moves around but Suzuki wrangles him down! ARMBAR!! Goto endures, flails and moves around, and gets the ROPEBREAK! Suzuki lets off and fans applaud. Tag to Archer, he tells fans rallying for Goto to shut up. Fans rally harder for Goto and Archer eggs Goto on. Archer slaps Goto around but Goto fires off CHOPS! Archer knees low, runs, but Goto follows to LARIAT! Archer stays up, so Goto runs again, to LARIAT! Archer choke grips, but Goto breaks free, dodges, and hot tags Hashi! Hashi RAMS Archer, and RAMS again!

Archer pie faces Hashi to a corner, runs in but Hashi dodges. Hashi clotheslines, whips, but Archer reverses! Hashi comes back to dropkick the legs out! Hashi keeps moving to HEADHUNTER! Fans fire up with Hashi and he brings Archer up. Hashi goes to suplex but Archer blocks! Hashi keeps trying, but Archer still resists. Hashi kicks and kicks and fires up! Hashi suplexes, but Archer fights that! Archer wrenches but Hashi ROCKS and CHOPS and ROCKS Archer again. Archer still whips but Hashi holds ropes. Archer runs in, Hashi drop toeholds him into ropes! Hashi runs and SHOTGUNS Archer down!

Fans fire up and Hashi tags Goto back in. Hashi BLASTS Suzuki, Goto stomps Archer. Bishamon double whips Archer to a corner, Goto whips Hashi in but Archer elbows Hashi away. Goto runs in but Archer BOOTS him! Archer hops up and DOUBLE CROSSBODIES! Fans fire up and Archer tags Suzuki. Suzuki stomps Goto around, brings him up and whips him to a corner. Suzuki runs in to BOOT Goto, then he snapmares and runs to PENALTY KICK! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up while Suzuki argues the count. Suzuki kicks at Goto, drags him back up, and he HEADBUTTS! Goto drops to a knee but Suzuki brings him back up.

Suzuki HEADBUTTS again and again, but Goto throws a forearm! Suzuki snarls and storms up to forearm Goto back! Goto forearms, Suzuki forearms, repeat! Fans fire up as the forearms go faster and faster! Goto gets the edge, but Suzuki just grins through it all! Suzuki comes back to DECK Goto! Fans fire up as Suzuki looms over Goto. Suzuki eggs Goto on and then runs, but Goto blocks the boot! Goto hooks Suzuki up and Hashi runs in, GOTO GOTO HUNTER! Hashi BLASTS Archer off the apron! Fans fire up with Bishamon as Hashi calls for lights out! Goto drags Suzuki up, Hashi has th elegs, but Archer attacks them first!

Archer throws knees into Hashi, then he and Suzuki whip Goto and Hashi into each other! Archer then hauls Goto up and Suzuki runs, HART ATTACK!! Cover, Hashi breaks it! Archer drags Hashi up to throw him out! Suzuki drags Goto up and around but Goto’s dead weight. Archer sends Hashi into railing while Suzuki taunts Goto. Fans rally up while Suzuki drags Goto back up. Goto swings, misses, and Suzuki ROCKS him! SLEEPER HOLD!! Goto flails, reaches out, but Suzuki keeps him from the ropes! Suzuki squeezes tighter, Goto is turning purple! Goto sits down, he sputters, and the ref checks! Goto is fading, Suzuki covers, TWO!!!

Suzuki SLEEPERS Goto again and drags him up! Then he spins Goto around, reels him in, and Gotch holds! But Goto resists the lift! Fans fire up as the struggle continues, but Suzuki lifts Goto up! Goto kicks and flails but Suzuki still lifts! Goto fights to back drop free!! Goto roars, runs, but Suzuki follows to shoot around, SLEEPER! But Goto powers Suzuki to a corner! Hashi runs in to clothesline! Feed to the fireman’s carry, FIERCE- NO, Archer grabs Hashi by the hair! Suzuki slips off to SLEEPER! Hashi gets around Archer to waistlock, Archer elbows free, but then Hashi dumps him out! Fans fire up as Goto fireman’s carries!

FIERCE FLASH! Into SHOUTO!!! Cover, Bishamon wins!!

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

Goto & Hashi live to fight another round! Can Bishamon #GetBackUp to the World Tag League finals for a back-to-back victory?

 

World Tag League 2022: Toru Yano & Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Shane Haste & Mikey Nicholls!

The Joker & The Ace were knocked out of the running just last round, but they aren’t going to let that stop them! Will they bring down one of the frontrunners in the block? Or will Shane & Mikey prove that The Mighty Don’t Kneel?

The teams sort out and the Mighty want Red Shoes to thoroughly check Yano. Yano says it’s all fine! Tanahashi takes off his jacket, and Yano says, “SUGOI~!” Yano gets the fans cheering for “HIROSHI! HIROSHI!” and Tanahashi starts against Shane. Shane does an air drum while Tanahashi air guitars. Fans rally for Hiroshi as he circles with Shane. They tie up, Shane powers Tanahashi to ropes, but Red Shoes calls the break. Shane lets off to flex his own muscles. Fans applaud as they are impressive, but Tanahashi shrugs that off. Tanahashi and Shane circle and tie up again, and Tanahashi puts Shane on ropes now.

Tanahashi lets off quickly, and he flexes his muscles. Fans cheer even more, and that annoys Shane. But Tanahashi blocks Shane’s kick to CLUB the leg then headlock. Shane powers up but can’t power out as Tanahashi holds tight. Tanahashi hits a headlock takeover but Shane headscissors. Tanahashi kips free but Shane headlocks for a takeover. Now Tanahashi headscissors and Shane kips free. Tanahashi flexes and Shane backs away. Shane wants Tanahashi to back up, and Tanahashi steps away. Shane resets and circles with Tanahashi again. But then Shane tags Mikey and Yano calls to Tanahashi! Tanahashi tags Yano and fans fire up!

Yano and Mikey step up, and Yano squats! Fans want Mikey to squat but Mikey mocks it as sumo. Yano stands up and says it’s not sumo, but Mikey kicks him low! Mikey whips, Yano holds ropes to taunt Mikey, then he dodges to go for a buckle pad! Mikey storms over as Yano throws the pad away. Mikey kicks Yano and runs, but Tanahashi catches him! Yano runs in but Mikey moves! Yano stops from running into Tanahashi, but he turns around into a kick! Mikey runs, but Tanahashi gets in, both Yano & Tanahashi run Mikey over! Fans fire up as they both squat by him. Shane gets in to BOOT Tanahashi out of the ring!

Yano says, “Oh sh*t” and Shane BOOTS him down! Mikey gets up, he kicks Yano out, and then goes out after Yano to kick him more. Mikey smacks Yano off the apron, puts him in the ring, and covers, TWO! Fans applaud but Mikey drags Yano around into a CAMEL CLUTCH! Yano endures, Mikey fishhooks Yano’s face! Red Shoes reprimands, Mikey lets go, and he tags Shane. Fans rally for Yano but the Mighty mug Yano in the corner. Shane pushes Yano out while Mikey BLASTS Tanahashi! Shane sends Yano into railing! Shane puts Yano in the ring, drags him up by his hair, and he snapmares Yano back down for a basement dropkick! Cover, TWO!

Shane squats! Fans applaud and Shane SLAMS Yano’s arm down! Then he SLAMS Yano’s other arm! Then he makes Yano clap really hard! Fans clap along, then Shane SLAMS both arms! Fans cheer and Shane flexes. Shane drags Yano over, tags Mikey in, and the Mighty drag Yano up. Yano fights back with forearms, but Shane UPPERCUTS and Mikey reels Yano in, BACK SUPLEX NECKBREAKER COMBO! Cover, Tanahashi breaks it! Mikey CLUBS Tanahashi and shoves him out. Mikey stomps Yano more, then drops knees at the ropes. Fans rally while Shane taunts Yano. Mikey eggs Yano on and Yano stands up.

Yano fires off forearms but Mikey hits back! Yano pulls hair but Mikey ROCKS Yano! Mikey whips, Yano reverses and throws Mikey down by his hair! Fans fire up and Yano crawls over, hot tag to Tanahashi! Tanahashi fires off on Mikey, then whips to ropes. Mikey reverses but Tanahashi FLYING FOREARMS! Tanahashi BLASTS Shane for good measure, then he runs at Mikey. Tanahashi blocks a boot to DRAGON SCREW! Shane runs in but his kick is blocked, DRAGON SCREW! Fans fire up with Tanahashi and he brings Mikey up. Tanahashi scoops and SLAMS Mikey into a drop zone, then goes up the corner. SUNSET SENTON! Cover, TWO!

Fans rally up as Tanahashi waits on Mikey. Mikey stands, Tanahashi runs, but into an ELBOW! Mikey runs, ducks Tanahashi’s haymaker, and fireman’s carries for a DEATH VALLEY BOMB! Fans fire up while both men are down. Tanahashi and Mikey crawl, hot tags to Yano and Shane! Fans cheer as Yano dodges to SLAP Shane! Yano whips, Shane reverses, but Yano stops from hitting bare buckles! Shane runs in but Yano sends him into the buckles! Roll-up, TWO! Yano is upset with Red Shoes but Red SHoes says his count was fair. Shane UPPERCUTS, but Yano atomic- NO, Shane slips off to BOOT!

Shane suplexes for a FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO!! Yano is still in this but Shane snarls. Shane calls his shot, goes up the corner, but Yano knocks Red Shoes into the ropes to trip Shane up! Yano apologizes to them all, but Shane YANKS Yano into the bare buckles! Shane adjusts, Yano staggers, and Shane leaps, into an atomic drop! Fans fire up as Yano crawls and tags in Tanahashi! Tanahashi runs to SLING- NO, Shane atomic drops Tanahashi! Tanahashi goes to a corner, Shane runs in but Tanahashi dodges! Shane’s boot misses and he gets hung up on the top rope again! Tanahashi runs, but Shane DROPKICKS him down!

Fans fire up as Shane and Tanahashi crawl. Hot tag to Mikey! Mikey drags Tanahashi up, suplexes, but Tanahashi slips free! Tanahashi waistlocks, but he ducks Mikey’s elbow, only for Mikey to DDT! Fans fire up as Mikey roars, and Mikey drags Tanahashi up. But Tanahashi throws a forearm! Mikey forearms back, they go back and forth and fans fire up! Tanahashi UPPERCUTS, runs, but into a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Mikey argues the count, and Shane sends Yano into railing! Mikey scoops Tanahashi, Shane runs in, TANKBUSTER! Cover, but Yano breaks it! Shane throws Yano out and then goes out after him.

Mikey drags Tanahashi up, reels him in, but Tanahashi fights the bomb! Tanahashi throws elbows, to TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! Fans fire up, Tanahashi runs, but into a scoop! MIKEY BOMB!! Cover, TWO!?!? Mikey can’t believe that Tanahashi survives! Fans fire up as Shane gets back in. The Mighty roar, they drag Tanahashi up, THUNDER- NO, Tanahashi fights free! Tanahashi fires off forearms and elbows, but Mikey SLAPS! Shane SLAPS! The Mighty DOUBLE SLAP! But then Tanahashi duck and the Mighty SLAPS each other! Tanahashi DRAGON PALMS Mikey while Yano shoves Red Shoes out of the way!

Tanahashi shoves Mikey into Shane, and Yano DOUBLE LOW BLOWS The Mighty! Tanahashi runs to SLINGBLADE Mikey down! Fans are thunderous as Tanahashi PLANCHAS Shane! Yano has Mikey up, ONIGOROSHI!! Tanahashi climbs up top, HIGH FLY FLOW!! Cover, the Joker & the Ace win!

Winners: Toru Yano & Hiroshi Tanahashi, by pinfall (gain 2 points; The Mighty earn 0)

The Mighty Don’t Kneel, but they FELL here tonight! And with Aussie Open as their last opponents, are they doomed to miss the finals?

As for Yano & Tanahashi, Red Shoes squats with them to confirm the victory, and then Yano calls in the Mayor! “Shichou” Toshiyuki Sakai says why not, and he gets into the ring! He takes off the suit jacket and puts his mask aside for the moment, so he can squat! Maybe he was a Yankee in his younger days? Fans cheer the photo op, and then Tanahashi gets the mic. “After 25 years, NJPW is back in Karatsu!” Fans cheer for that! Tanahashi thanks the fans for coming out and supporting NJPW, which fans also applaud. Tanahashi says “You all have really let me see so much of Karatsu. Thank you. Liger-san introduced me to this beautiful town. The food, the sights. Thank you for having us.

“But the thing that really struck me about this place was the warm reception all of you gave us. Thank you so much!” Fans cheer that, too. Tanahashi then says, “So next time, we’ll see you in another 25 years?” Fans laugh, then boo, because they hope not! “No? Okay, we’ll see you… next year!” Fans cheer but is Tanahashi putting NJPW in a spot promising that? Tanahashi thanks the fans again for supporting the show until the end. “Finally, to every single one of you in Karatsu… AISHITEMAAASU~!” Fans get to cheer along with that one, and getting to join Yano in “Y T R!” The Joker & The Ace take a victory lap around the ring, but then Tanahashi gets back in the ring.

“Sorry. I forgot the air guitar!” Fans cheer, at least he remembered before he left. Fans chant, “GI-TA-RU! GI-TA-RU!” and a fan sends theirs up to Tanahashi! “KARATSU~!” “OSU!” “KARATSU~!” “OSU!” “LET’S ROCK~!” The air guitar concert begins! Yano is even sitting in his red chair doing air drums! Big finish! Fans want an “EN-CO-RU! EN-CO-RU!” Tanahashi decides to return that previous air guitar, so he can borrow one from the other side of the arena! Another air guitar is sent up, and then Yano switches to air bass! They jam out and fans clap along! Fans cheer Yano for going hard on the bass. But they still want more!

The mayor has an air guitar! Tanahashi takes it, and Yano’s back on drums! Fans cheer the third round of the concert, and Yano is surprised when there’s actually a cymbal crash for his big finish! Tanahashi returns the mayor’s guitar, then gets the mic again. “I can’t just leave it at that, so I have to close on a second Aishitemasu for the first time ever!” Fans fire up as they get to be part of history! “Finally, and really this time, Karatsu… AISHITEMAAAAAAASU!” So much love, energy, comedy and music, will this help carry Yano, Tanahashi and all of  NJPW into a bright future?

 

Here are the NEW World Tag League standings!

Aussie Open: 7-1, 14 points
The Mighty: 5-2, 10 points
Naito & Sanada: 5-2, 10 points
Goto & Hashi: 5-2, 10 points
Yano & Tanahashi: 4-3, 8 points [ELIMINATED]
Khan & Henare: 4-4, 8 points [ELIMINATED]
Suzuki & Archer: 3-4, 6 points [ELIMINATED]
Coughlin & Kidd: 1-6, 2 points [ELIMINATED]
Evil & Yujiro: 1-6, 2 points [ELIMINATED]

Chase & Fale: [FORFEIT]


My Thoughts:

Another great round for World Tag League, and awesome stuff to see Coughlin & Kidd get a win off House of Torture. I like Coughlin & Kidd as a team, and I know Coughlin’s overall story is going to be hunting down JR Kratos, but maybe Kidd can be his back-up through that story. Aussie Open VS Henare & Khan probably had the actual best match of the night and that probably could’ve been the main event. But at the same time, I get they put this earlier on the card because it was still very clear Aussie Open was going to win. They have such a big lead, Aussie Open is already a lock for the finals, so it all comes down to their opponents.

Goto & Hashi had a great match against Suzuki & Archer to get a much needed win. But I have a feeling they’re going to be out next with Naito & Sanada still in the running, and Aussie Open VS The Mighty being a big match-up on Friday the 9th. Yano & Tanahashi beating the Mighty though being out of the running was big for them, and I really do hope those two keep things going past World Tag League. At the same time, they probably choose not to so that their high school bad boy act doesn’t get tired.

My Score: 8.8/10


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Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (12/5/22)

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WWE Raw 2022

There’s a lot on the line for The Bloodline!

United though they may be, The Bloodline still needs to be on guard! Jimmy & Jey Uso return to Raw to defend their Undisputed Tag Team Championships against Matt Riddle & Elias!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championships: The Usos VS Matt Riddle & Elias; The Usos win and retain the titles.
  • Triple Threat: Bayley VS Rhea Ripley VS Asuka; Bayley wins and advances to next week’s Raw Women’s Championship #1 contenders match.
  • WWE United States Championship: Austin Theory VS Mustafa Ali; Theory wins by disqualification and retains the title.
  • JBL’s High Stakes Poker Invitational: Lumis wins.
  • Six Man Tag: The OC VS Baron Corbin & The Alpha Academy; The OC wins.
  • Dominik Mysterio VS Akira Tozawa; Dominik wins.
  • Triple Threat: Becky Lynch VS Alexa Bliss VS Nikki Cross; Alexa wins and advances to next week’s Raw Women’s Championship #1 contenders match.

PLAY PY PLAY

Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championships: The Usos VS Matt Riddle & Elias!

The Bloodline is here as Sami Zayn and Solo Sikoa accompany Jimmy & Jey to the ring. The reign is over 500 days and counting, but could that time be up here in Washington, DC? Or will

As footage shows, it was earlier tonight when the Bloodline arrived. They were fired up, but Byron Saxton walked over to interview them. But then The Bro scooters in super fast! The Bloodline gets clear, and they’re upset. Jey says it doesn’t matter, they gonna get Riddle AND Elias tonight like they have every other team! If Riddle and Elias want at the titles, just look who showed up tonight? But then Elias comes out of his tour bus to ask what all the commotion’s about. Solo CLOBBERS Elias from behind! The Bloodline mugs The Drifter, and Solo whips Elias into spare railing! Sami says that’s what they get! Then he realizes Elias might be hurt.

In the present, Jey gets a mic to say, “The Bloodline is now in your city!” But Jimmy says there’s some bad news. The championship match that was supposed to go down is officially canceled! Cuz the Enforcer, Solo Sikoa, done bodied Elias in the parking lot. Now, everyone surely came here to see them compete, but here’s the bright side: Riddle won’t be humiliated, and Elias can go home to work on any song he wants to. Sami adds, “Bet! Sorry, it just felt like a good time for a ‘bet.'” Jimmy understands. But what you can look forward to now is the Usos focusing on being the best tag team ever!

The Usos will defend against any team that wants to run up, but those that run up will get done up! Because everyone else is the twos, and #WeTheOnes! But “Bro…” Riddle comes out to say, “First of all, it wasn’t so cool of you guys to take out my partner Elias tonight, dude. Like tonight was his first night to finally get WWE gold. And honestly, if I’m being real, it’s not really like The Bloodline to run from a fight. I would say it’s not very… How you say? Ucey?” Sami tells Riddle, “Yo yo yo yo yo yo! Hold up, my dawg.” Sami wants to explain something to Riddle. Riddle is not the one who decides what is or isn’t Ucey. Sami’s a bit of an expert in this field.

In fact, Sami is a certified Uceologist. What? Sami is the one to say what is and isn’t Ucey. For example, Solo Sikoa showing once again why he IS the Enforcer by destroying Elias, that is UCEY! The Usos continuing to be the longest reigning tag team champions in history, that is UCEY! Riddle coming out here, running his mouth, thinking he ever had a chance at beating them is NOT Ucey. So unless Riddle wants to suffer the same fate as Elias, just go home. Riddle says he did find someone else. And there WILL be a tag title match tonight! Now, Riddle and this guy aren’t really bros, but they both hate the Bloodline. It’s KEVIN OWENS!!

The Prizefighter and the Bro go to the ring but the Usos say that’s fine. Will the #KOBros be the ones to dethrone Jimmy & Jey?

The teams sort out, Kevin and Jey start and the bell rings. Kevin blocks Jey’s superkick and fires off haymakers! Kevin has Jey in a corner, the ref counts and Kevin lets off at 4. Kevin drags Jey up to whip to ropes and he CLOBBERS Jey with an elbow, to then SENTON! Cover, TWO! Sami coaches Jey but Kevin drags Jey up. Kevin bumps Jey off buckles, JABS, then backs up to run corner to corner! CANNO- NO, Jimmy gets Jey out of the way. Fans boo but Kevin goes out after them all to CLOBBER Jimmy! Kevin whips Jey into barriers! Fans fire up with Kevin, Kevin asks Solo what he’s staring at, and Raw goes to break.

Raw returns as Kevin covers, TWO! Jimmy survives the cannonball but Kevin knocks him back down. Kevin goes up and up and MOONSUALTS! Cover, ONE!! Jimmy scrambles to ropes, Sami is upset about things, but Riddle tags in. Riddle stands Jimmy up to ROCK him with haymakers. Riddle whips, Jimmy reverses but Riddle holds ropes to BOOT Jimmy. But Jimmy distracts the ref and Jey ENZIGURIS Riddle down! Sami is fired up but fans boo the cheap shot. Jimmy tags Jey, the Usos split the wishbone. Jey looms over Riddle, he drags Riddle around then stomps him down. Jey throws his shirt at Kevin but Kevin just throws it on the floor.

Jey CHOKES Riddle on the ropes, he lets off at 4, and Jimmy BOOTS Riddle down! The cheap shots continue and fans boo again. Jey drags Riddle up, scoops him and tags Jimmy. Jimmy climbs up, BACKBREAKER AX HANDLE COMBO! Cover, TWO! Riddle hangs tough and the Usos are annoyed. Fans rally but Jimmy drags Riddle up to ROCK him! Riddle ROCKS Jimmy back, fires off more shots, then he BLASTS Jey! Jimmy UPPERCUTS Riddle down! Jimmy BLASTS Kevin for good measure! But Riddle fires off forearms on Jimmy! Jey tags in as Riddle whips, and Jimmy reverses, the Usos DOUBLE SPINEBUSTER! Jey covers, TWO!

Sami is anxious and even Solo shows a bit of stress as Riddle is still in this. But Sami says Jey has Riddle where they want him. Jey stands Riddle up but Riddle CHOPS and CHOPS and fires off fast hands! Jey ducks the roundhouse, to POP-UP NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Riddle survives but still in a bad way as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and Riddle wipes out both Usos! Riddle BROTONS Jimmy then tags in Kevin! Kevin goes up top fast, to SWANTON BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Sami is stressing out as Kevin keeps focus on Jimmy. Jimmy rises slowly and Sami tries to warn him, but Jimmy turns around into a kick! But Jimmy stops the Stunner! Kevin stops the superkick, to SUPERKICK back! Kevin whips, but Jimmy slips off the pop-up to SUPERKICK! Both men are down and fans fire up! Both men crawl, hot tags to Jey and Riddle! Riddle spins Jey around to PELE! Then Riddle kips up, but Jey mule kicks and UPPERCUTS!

Riddle goes to ropes, Jey run sin but Riddle headscissors him out of the ring! Riddle hurries back in, Sami helps Jey stand up. Kevin storms over but Solo stands in the way! The ref warns Solo, but then Riddle PLANCHAS to take Solo out! Jey SUPERKICKS Kevin! Riddle FLASH KNEES Jey! Riddle puts Jey in, tells Sami to back off, but Jimmy tags in! Riddle rushes Jey but Jimmy storms in. Riddle ROCKS Jimmy, Jey USPERKICKS Riddle! ONE D on the rebound!! Cover, USOS WIN!

Winners: The Usos, by pinfall (still Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions)

The Bloodline’s numbers game is the real unstoppable force in the WWE! And now Sami and the Usos mug Riddle! But Kevin has a chair! He SMACKS Jimmy, and he SMACKS Jey! Sami gets away but Kevin chases him to the back! Solo gets in the ring to SUPERKICK Riddle! Solo fires off on Riddle with heavy fists! Fans boo but the Enforcer isn’t done with Riddle yet. Solo has a taped up thumb, shoutout to Umaga with the SAMOAN SPIKE!! Riddle sputters and crawls to a corner, Solo runs in to HIP ATTACK!! Solo’s rage is unleashed as he gets a chair for himself.

Solo puts the chair around Riddle’s head, punches Riddle down, then goes to the far corner. Fans boo as hard as they can but Solo roars and runs in, FULL METAL HIP ATTACK!!! Riddle writhes and clutches his neck! Medics rush out and put Riddle in a neck brace and onto a backboard. Did Solo just sideline The Bro all on his own?

 

BREAKING NEWS for SmackDown!

Sheamus and Drew McIntyre wanted to challenge the winners to an Undisputed Tag Team Championship match this Friday, but the Scottish Warrior is unfortunately not cleared medically. That means the Celtic Warrior will have “Butch” as his new tag partner! Will Pete Dunne be able to help Sheamus against the Usos? Or will it be more of the same from The Bloodline?

 

The Judgment Day speaks.

Rhea says, “Bayley and Asuka, they’re both credible. They’ve both been Women’s Champion, they’ve both been Women’s Tag Team Champion. They’re both very, very good at what they do. But you know what they’re not? They’re not Rhea bloody Ripley! So when I’m done with them tonight and they’re laying in that ring crying their eyes out and I move on to Bianca Belair for the Raw Women’s Championship, and when I’m done with Bianca, the whole Raw Women’s locker room will be calling me Mami.” The Judgment Day like that, and then Rhea high-fives as she heads out. Will the Eradicator eliminate everyone in her path to the title?

 

JBL’s Poker Invitational begins!

Tamina, Dana Brooke, Shelton Benjamin, Dominik Mysterio and Akira Tozawa are one table, while Chad Gable, Luke Gallows and Baron Corbin are another. Otis has a huge plate of sausage but he isn’t sharing. JBL walks over to say, “Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the JBL Poker Invitational, an event that’ll become as big a tradition as The Masters, the Olympics, and as grand a spectacle as WrestleMania. Now, I know a lot of you don’t see eye to eye, and Tozawa… Nobody likes you. But poker is a gentlemen’s, and gentlewoman’s, sport. Especially in the high stakes room. The rules are simple: It is a dime ante. 10, 20K-”

BOOM! Dexter Lumis enters with Johnny Gargano, and he drops the Louis Vuitton bag full of cash he won from The Miz! JBL assumes Crystal Lake doesn’t get mail, but Jason Vorhees here needs an invitation. And JBL is pretty sure he didn’t invite the… one-and-a-half of them. Besides, Lumis can’t possibly have the 50K buy-in. So go stare at someone else. Gargano says “Show ’em.” And Lumis dumps the money out! Well okay! Welcome to the tournament! Lumis has a seat at the table, will anyone be able to crack that poker face?

 

Triple Threat: Bayley VS Rhea Ripley VS Asuka!

A Role Model, an Eradicator and an Empress walk into the ring, but this ain’t no joke! Only one can move on to the next round, who will be one step closer to facing The RawEST Women’s Champion?

But then surprisingly, Becky Lynch calls to Bayley from up in the bleachers! “Hey, ol’ pal! Well, I dunno if I can call ya pal anymore, seeing as how you and your cronies keep trying to jump me.” Fans cheer Becky on and she says, “I was just up at the merch stand, reminiscing about how fun it was last week, me beating up Bayley and her two cronies at one time. That was awesome.” Bayley says it’d be more awesome if Becky could hurry this up. Bayley has stuff to do. Well Becky wants Bayley to know that first, this is a great fan sign, #BigTimeBecky. But did Bayley also know that it’s been over three years since they faced each other 1v1?

Becky says they didn’t even scratch the surface back then. She was gone, Bayley showed up, but kudos to Bayley for carrying the WWE during the ThunderDome era! She really did! She was champion, Double Champion, sometimes doing double and triple duty. Bayley says the fans can cheer for that. The fans do cheer! Becky says Bayley was awesome, but then Becky came back right as Bayley was gone. And then Bayley came back right as Becky was gone. Bayley says she’s kinda repeating herself, and we all know the history. But Becky has a match so she should go, and also Bayley has a match right now that she’s about to win.

So the point is, Becky doesn’t need to tell Bayley’s history. That doesn’t matter now. Stop living in the past! Becky came down the stairs, she’s interrupting matches and Bayley’s “Magic!” Becky thinks she can just do whatever she wants, huh? Yeah, actually, she does. Becky was just trying to catch up. But Bayley says the difference between them, now more than ever, when Becky is here, it’s all about her, isn’t it? Fans cheer Becky because they definitely like her. Bayley says the fans just make it worse. Becky doesn’t care about the fans or anyone else! BAYLEY cares about the fans and the wrestlers!

And that’s what Bayley has been doing while Becky’s been gone. That’s why Bayley has Dakota Kai & Iyo Sky. She looks out of the future for the idiot fans! And the locker room! Bayley sees the bigger picture, but Becky just looks in the mirror! No one cheers, huh? That’s because no one has respect for what Bayley’s doing! Fans still cheer Becky. Becky says Bayley is looking out for people, and DMG CTRL has been successful. Well, two thirds have been, because there’s two champs and one loser. But hey, good luck tonight. Maybe they can finally go 1v1 again and make some history. If Bayley’s woman enough to face The Man, that is.

Becky leaves just as Rhea makes her entrance. Will Big Time Becks have to change her plans on who she’s facing next round?

Raw returns and Asuka makes her entrance. The bell rings and Asuka DROPKICKS Bayley! But Rhea rolls Asuka, ONE!! Asuka dodges Rhea’s haymaker but Bayley ROCKS her! Bayley grab at Asuka but Rhea rolls Bayley up, ONE!! Rhea kicks and stomps and KNEE SMASHES Bayley to then throw her out. Asuka runs in but Rhea catches her hip attack! Rhea CLUBS Asuka, suplexes high and hard, then covers, TWO! Rhea CLUBS Asuka, CLUBS her more, then bumps her off buckles. Fans rally for Asuka but Rhea RAMS into her again and again. Bayley runs up, but Rhea blocks the roll-up! Bayley avoids the stomp, and the two stare down.

Bayley taunts “Mami,” then dodges her haymaker to waistlock. Rhea pries the hold, bucks Bayley at the ropes, then runs in again to scoop. Bayley slips off, but Rhea blocks the punch! Rhea throws body shots, RAMS Bayley into the corner and RAMS into her more! Rhea then brings Bayley out to snap suplex! Rhea looms over Bayley, goes back to Asuka, and whips her corner to corner hard! Rhea then goes to Bayley to CLUB her down. Rhea grins as she whips corner to corner and Bayley hits buckles hard! Rhea grins more as she storms over to Asuka. Rhea stands Asuka up but Asuka throws body shots!

Rhea kicks low, TOSSES Asuka aside, then TOSSES Bayley around! Fans rally as Rhea soaks up the heat. Rhea storms over to Asuka and drags her up. Asuka throws more body shots, then kicks and a SOBAT! Bayley runs in to BLINDSIDE LARIAT Rhea, Asuka SLIDING KICKS! Asuka and Bayley come to an understanding to mug Rhea, and  they POST her! Then Bayley kicks Asuka and headlocks. Asuka fires body shots, powers out and runs Bayley over! Bayley goes to the apron, she avoids the hip attack and she drags Asuka out to throw her into barriers! Bayley CLUBS Asuka, but Rhea CANNONBALLS them both! Fans fire up as Rhea laughs, and Raw goes to break!

Raw returns again and Bayley paces around as Rhea smothers Asuka into the mat with a forearm. Seems Bayley and Rhea now have that understanding, and Rhea sits Asuka up for Bayley to stomp down. Bayley talks trash, Rhea slaps Asuka around, and they drag Asuka up. Rhea bumps Asuka off buckles, then Rhea whips Bayley in, but Asuka puts her on the apron! Asuka dodges Rhea, URAKEN, URAKEN, SOBAT, KICK and URAKEN to an AX HANDLE! But Rhea blocks the whip! Rhea whips Asuka to a corner, but Asuka dodges! ROUNDHOUSE! Bayley runs in but is sent into Bayley! Rhea SLAMS Bayley, but Asuka uses Bayley as a step to BOOT Rhea!

Fans fire up as Asuka SOBATS Rhea again. Asuka headlocks Rhea, runs at Bayley, but only the LRIAT Hits as Rhea fights the bulldog. Rhea runs in, Asuka dodges, CODE BREAKER! Cover, TWO! Asuka fires up and fans are with her as she watches Rhea and Bayley sit up. Asuka KICKS Rhea, she KICKS Bayley, then back to Rhea! Another for Bayley! Rhea! Bayley, but she ducks! Roll-up, TWO! Bayley kicks but into an ANKLE LOCK! Bayley flails, reaches out, pulls at Asuka’s hair but that won’t stop this. Rhea gets up and storms over, but Bayley grabs Rhea’s hair! Rhea HEADBUTTS Bayley, and Asuka GERMAN SUPLEXES her!

Asuka avoids a kick from Rhea to ROUNDHOUSE Rhea down! Fans fire up but Bayley drags Asuka out! Bayley hurries back in, she calls to Rhea, and Rhea shakes out the cobwebs. Rhea stands up and Bayley still wants to work together. Rhea says she won’t let Bayley boss her around. Bayley says okay, and then she lunges! Into a choke grip! Rhea know that was coming, but Bayley ROCKS her with a forearm! Rhea ROCKS Bayley, Bayley ROCKS Rhea, repeat! Bayley pulls hair but Rhea throws body shots! Bayley hits back, Rhea throws more! Asuka leaps for a DOUBLE CODE BREAKER!! Cover on Rhea, TWO!! Cover on Bayley, TWO!!

Fans fire up and Asuka hurries to a corner. Asuka climbs but Bayley is after her! They brawl, Asuka sends Bayley down then leaps, MISSILE DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! ASUKA LOCK!!! Bayley flails, reaches out, crawls around with her one free arm, but Rhea returns! Rhea basement dropkicks them both! Cover on Asuka, TWO! Rhea is frustrated but fans rally up. Rhea drags Asuka up to short arm LARIAT! Rhea drags Asuka up again, for another short arm LARIAT! Fans fire up, Rhea drags Asuka up again, but Asuka turns lariat to ARMBAR TAKEDOWN!! Rhea flails, kicks, but Bayley MACHO ELBOWS Asuka! Cover on Asuka, TWO!!

Bayley frowns as she drags herself back up. Bayley runs to CLOBBER Asuka, then she rains down fists! Bayley drags Asuka back up, BAYLEY2BELLY! Cover, Rhea breaks it!! Rhea reels Bayley in for a HEADBUTT! And another! And another! And then a NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO! Rhea grows frustrated but she turns her attention to Asuka. Asuka kicks, but into an Electric Chair Lift! And SLAM!! Cover, TWO!!! Asuka survives and Rhea cannot believe it! Fans fire up, Rhea hurries to DROPKICK Bayley out of the ring! Rhea hurries outside, runs in around the way, but Bayley KICKS her legs out! Bayley hurries in, ducks a kick and clinches! BAYLEY2- ROLL UP! TWO!!!

Asuka URAKENS! URKAENS! SOBATS! Bayley ducks the next hand, RAMS Asuka to a corner, then runs in, into  a ROUNDHOUSE!! Asuka goes up, MISSILE- NO, Bayley deflects it! ROSE PLANT!!! Cover, BAYLEY WINS!

Winner: Bayley, by pinfall (advances to next week)

Rhea is furious, but she takes it out on Asuka! Rhea kicks Asuka around, then pump handles for the RIPTIDE!! Bayley grins as she moves on, but who will she meet in the #1 contender’s match?

 

Seth Rollins is here!

DC sings for The Visionary as he swaggers his way to the ring. Rollins is here in DC to welcome them to Monday Night Rollins! “you know me, you love me. I am the Visionary, I am the revolutionary, I am Seth… “FREAKIN’ ROLLINS!” And Rollins has big news for DC! “One week from tonight, yours truly is going to go one-on-one with The All Mighty Bobby Lashley! And the winner of that there little match will be your new #1 contender to the United States Championship.” And he’d love to say a lot of things to ol’ “Bob,” but it’s not fun if he’s not out here. And DC wants to have fun, right? The fans cheer and Rollins says they had fun singing his song.

Fans sing again, “OH~ OHH~ OHHH~!” But then here comes Lashley! Fans cheer as he walks out on stage in a crimson and black suit to counter Rollins’ sky blue and white one. Lashley goes to the ring with a mic of his own to say, “So, Seth, I’m here. So what would you like to tell me. Now be careful with that.” Rollins wants Lashley to hold on. Lashley just hasn’t been the same since Crown Jewel and that loss to Brock Lesnar. And there’s no shame in losing to Lesnar! Been there, done that. But what is with Lashley’s Lesnar obsession? Is Lashley… scared of Lesnar? Rollins knows Lesnar is bigger and stronger-

Lashley stops Rollins there because he knows Rollins is just trying to get under his skin and rattle his cage. No, no, no! Rollins accepts Lashley isn’t afraid. So then… He must be jealous of Lesnar. That’s it! Because Lesnar’s a bigger star, won more championships. That’s gotta be it. Lesnar had the career Lashley wishes he had. Lashley grabs Rollins by his hair to tell him this is NOT about Lesnar! This is about Rollins, Lashley, and the US Championship that should be around Lashley’s waist. Rollins says okay, but just relax. Bob knows as well as Rollins does that the US title won’t fill the void in Lashley’s heart left by the fact that he can’t beat Lesnar.

If Lashley doesn’t get his head right, he can’t get his temper right, and beating him will be a lot easier for Rollins than the first. time. Lashley DECKS Rollins for that! Rollins gets up and they brawls! Fans fire up as Lashley has the edge on Rollins! Lashley throws knees, then he throws Rollins out! Lashley goes out but Rollins jumps on him! Lashley RAMS Rollins into barriers, whips him into more barriers, and DC fires up as Rollins comes back for more! They go around, brawling right on the barriers! Referees and security rush out to stop this! Rollins claws Lashley’s face! The fans want to “Let Them Fight!” and Rollins gets free to CLOBBER Lashley!

The brawling keeps going, Adam Pearce tries to stop this, and Lashley stands down while Rollins slides into the ring. Fans sing “OH~ OHH~ OHHH~” and Lashley storms back in! They brawl in the ring again! Lashley RAMS Rollins into a corner! The hands keep flying but management and referees separate them again. Lashley gets loose, Rollins moves, the SPEAR hits one of the producers! Pearce shouts at Lashley and Rollins says Lashley has done it now! Producer Pete Williams is hurting, will Lashley have to face the consequences?

 

Backstage interview with Austin Theory.

Byron Saxton asks the WWE United States Champion what we just saw in the “absolute chaos” between Rollins and Lashley. Theory says he saw the past. Two former champs are fighting over scraps, oblivious to the fact that the business has evolved and forgotten about both of them. This business lives in the now, where it’s Theory’s time, and he has all the cards! And let’s face it, what’s a couple of challenges to Theory’s reign when the forever is just beginning? But then he turns around into Mustafa Ali! “Forever, huh? Theory, you just love writing checks that you know you can’t cash in. Oh, ‘cash-in,’ you probably don’t like hearing those words.”

Theory says Ali is annoying! He constantly whines and complains about opportunities, then gets beat down. Why doesn’t Ali just quit? Because Ali isn’t like Theory. Ali has to fight for what he has. He has to fight for opportunities! So know this: Theory can put Ali down but he’ll get back up, back in Theory’s face, and become US Champion. Fine! If Ali wants his shot, and his chance to shock the world, then they’ll do this tonight. But after Theory finishes with Ali, Theory never EVER wants to hear the word “opportunity” comes out of Ali’s sorry mouth again. Theory storms off, but will The Beacon bring the end to “The Now” that is Theory’s reign?

 

Raw checks back in with the JBL Poker Invitational.

Lumis still has fat stacks while the others mull over their hands. JBL has his Ugandan whiskey brought in by the waiter, and gives him a great tip. JBL watches as Corbin’s table moves along. Gable folds, a thank yew. But gentlemen, ladies, the game of poker is about intelligence. The intelligence to know when to push forward, and when to walk away. Gallows says, “NERD!” Gable shouts, “SHOOSH!” “NERD!” “SHOOSH!” This goes back and forth and Corbin has them stop. Take some chill pills. Corbin can’t get a ready on the freak show over here with those two shouting nonsense.

Corbin says Lumis has to be bluffing. He sees through those eyes. Lumis has nothing in his hand, or his head, and Corbin will take all his money and send him back to the loony bin where he belongs. Corbin calls! Corbin has a Straight, 5 through 9! Lumis has… a FULL HOUSE! Three Aces, two Jacks! JBL can’t believe it, either! Corbin says it’s been this way all night! Lumis is some kind of savant. Otis likes croissants. No, savants. Well, those are good, too. Lumis has to be a cheater! No way could he beat Corbin! There have to be cards up his sleeves, in those gloves. Gargano, don’t defend him! Corbin is gonna hand Lumis a-

Lumis has an AX! Whoa, okay, easy now. Corbin and JBL accept Lumis is just that good. Meanwhile, Tozawa is cleaning up on his table! But then Tozawa catches Dom trying to palm a few chips! THIEF!! Thief? This is DOM’S show! Whatever he wants, he gets. And if Tozawa has as problem with that, then the Judgment Day has a problem with Tozawa! Oh, yeah? Well, Tozawa doesn’t care! Dom is the problem. The two stand up, and Dom says Tozawa’s almost as short as his deadbeat dad. JBL has these two settle down. No fighting in the poker room. Go outside if you wanna fight. Tozawa will see Dom in the ring! Yeah he will!

Dom and Tozawa back out of the game for now, but who will be the big winner in the ring?

 

WWE United States Championship: Austin Theory VS Mustafa Ali!

The self-proclaimed Now of WWE has always had a big ego, and many times that ego has cost him. Will it cost him everything he’s worked for here tonight? Or will Theory leave The Beacon in the dark after this high stakes showdown?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who truly represents the future of the WWE!

Fans boo Theory as he and Ali tie up. Theory shoves Ali down and tells him Ali’s wasting his time. Ali comes back to headlock, but Theory powers up. Ali thrashes, Theory powers out and runs Ali over. “What’d I say? You’re wasting your time! You’re in the now.” Theory stands Ali up but Ali puts him in the corner. Ali CHOPS, but Theory just scowls through it. Theory CLOBBERS Ali, brushes himself off, and storms after Ali again. Theory digs his knee into Ali, dares him to do something, but lets off as the ref counts. Theory storms around, whips Ali corner to corner, then he runs in. Ali goes up and over, keeps moving, ducks ‘n’ dodges and tilt-o-whirl RANAS!

Theory bails out but Ali dropkicks him off the apron! Ali builds speed, and he DIVES! Direct hit at the ramp and fans fire up! Ali stalks Theory, brings him up, but Theory breaks free. Theory baits Ali and Ali runs in, Theory POSTS him with an alley-oop! “You’re in the now! You hear me? You’re in the NOW!” Theory RAMS Ali into barriers! Theory asks Ali how that feels while Raw goes to break.

Raw returns and Ali throws haymakers on Theory! Ali backs Theory down to a corner but Theory turns it around. Theory swings but Ali dodges to CHOP! And CHOP! And CHOP! Ali whips corner to corner, Theory reverses but Ali slips out and ROUNDHOUSES Theory away! Ali slingshots, somersaults, and NECKBREAKERS! Fans fire up but Theory fireman’s carries! Ali slips off to BACKSTABBER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally as Theory crawls to a corner and Ali stands up. Ali storms over, but into an elbow! Theory goes up but Ali ROCKS him first! Ali climbs up after Theory, to SUPER- NO, Theory blocks! Wait, they tip over and Theory still hits the mat!

Theory flounders up, Ali runs in, tilt-o-whirl DDT! Cover, TWO!! Theory survives the rough landing then the rougher impact, but Ali is not losing focus yet. Ali hurries to a corner but Theory anchors a foot. Ali stomps him down then climbs back up. Fans rally but Theory trips Ali up! Theory throws haymakers, puts Ali in a Tree of Woe to the outside, and then Theory stomps away on the apron! The ref counts, Theory backs off, only to go back in for more! The ref counts as Theory stomps away. Theory finally gets in the ring, then he drags Ali up to rain down fists! Fans boo, the ref has Theory back off.

Theory snarls but then DOLPH ZIGGLER SUPERKICKS him!!!

Winner: Austin Theory, by disqualification (still WWE United States Champion)

Ali can’t believe it! Theory wins and it isn’t even because of him! Ali gets mad at Ziggler but Ziggler says his beef is with Theory. Ali and Ziggler argue now, but then Theory CLOBBERS them both! Theory rains down fists on Ziggler, then he drags Ali up to POST him! Fans chant “YOU STILL SUCK!” as Theory drags Ziggler up for A-TOWN DOWN! The Show Off cost Ali and didn’t even get the better of Theory. Will Theory stay the now and become the forever of the WWE?

 

JBL is on the phone with someone.

He’s loving this! No one could’ve put on a better poker tournament. The money is everywhere! The Miz then walks in and JBL hangs up. JBL is happy to see Miz, and Miz says there was probably a slight oversight not inviting Miz. Oh, sorry, he didn’t know Miz played cards. Miz can jump in, if he has the 50K. Right… About that… After Miz’s “financial improprieties,” he isn’t very liquid. JBL knows how crypto can be, right? But c’mon, JBL knows Miz is good for it! JBL says he’d love to, but Miz hasn’t been good at paying off debts. Everyone had cash on them. Miz can give him his Rolex! Oh, that is a nice watch… Wait. Miz does know this isn’t real, right?

What?! The second hand ticks… Miz is offended and he hurries off. Well, so much for that. Will Miz find a way to get in on the game where a certain you-know-who is playing?

 

Raw returns and we continue with the poker game.

Corbin says read ’em and weep! Four of a Kind, KINGS! The table can’t believe it, but Corbin says Lady Luck is just on his side. But as Corbin leans over to grab the pot, MORE cards fall out of his sleeve! Corbin accused Lumis and he’s the one cheating?! Corbin says he’s not a cheater, someone put those in there! Styles and Corbin start shoving! JBL stops this, he JUST said no fighting! What is wrong with all of you!? They’re ruining his tournament! Okay then. Corbin, get your gear on and bring the Alphas with you. The OC heads out, will they make Corbin pay for playing dirty? JBL shouts, “What is wrong with these idiots?!”

So… Does Lumis win his table by default? Big tip for the dealer. That was easy! Great job, man! Let’s get this stuff in the bag. Tamina sneaks a few bills for herself. Will Lumis be the big winner by the end of tonight?

 

Backstage interview with Bianca Belair.

Cathy Kelley asks the RawEST Women’s Champion that Bayley is moving on to next week’s #1 contenders match, against whoever wins the second Triple Threat. How does Bianca feel knowing Bayley will get another opportunity? What Bayley did was impressive, but Bianca knows how to handle Bayley. But Bianca would be proud to face any of the women in the Triple Threat matches, even Rhea Ripley, who could’ve handled the loss more gracefully instead of taking her frustrations out on Bianca’s girl, Asuka. Then who does Bianca see winning the second Triple Threat?

Bianca knows Alexa, Becky and Nikki are all dangerous competitors in their own right. Bianca and Alexa grew closer taking on DMG CTRL, but she knows why Alexa was once champion and running the whole division. Nikki, on the other hand, is just unpredictable that could surprise anyone at anytime. And Becky has challenged Bianca more than any rival ever, but at the end, they have to be ready for Bianca. Bianca stays ready so she doesn’t have to get ready. Will Bianca be ready for whoever it is that comes out the NEW #1 contender?

 

Six Man Tag: The OC VS Baron Corbin & The Alpha Academy!

AJ Styles and the Good Brothers may not have come out the winners against Judgment Day, but they aren’t about to let JBL’s golden boy get the better of them at poker! Will the Original, Official and ONLY Club that matters be Too Sweet in DC? Or will Chad Gable & Otis help the Modern Day Wrestling God continue his winning ways?

Raw returns as JBL leads the way for his protégé. Corbin makes his entrance, followed by “SHOOOOSH~!” The trios sort out and JBL joins commentary. Corbin and Styles start, they tie up and Corbin knees low! Corbin ROCKS Styles, CLUBS him down, then runs to run Styles over! Fans boo but Corbin soaks up the heat. Corbin drags Styles up but Styles JAWBREAKERS! Styles CHOPS and ROCKS and whips, but Corbin reverses. Styles KICKS Corbin, and hits a DDT! Styles tags Karl but Corbin gets away. Gable tags in, and Gable circles with the Machine Gun. They tie up, Gable waistlocks and spins Karl to a snapmare.

Gable pushes Karl down, facelocks, gator rolls, and he waistlocks to then get a leg. Gable ties the legs up and says, “A THANK YEW~!” Gable floats to a facelock, headlocks, but Karl fights up to power out. Gable runs Karl over, “A THANK YEW~!” Gable runs, Karl drops to then hip toss! Fans fire up as Karl tags Gallows and the Good Brothers double whip. They run Gable over, then Gallows drags Gable up. Gallows wristlocks, Gable endures and rolls to bridge and handspring. Gable spins, breaks free, then says, “SHOOOOSH~!” Gallows says, “NERD~!” They start this up again, “SHOOOSH!” “NERD!” then Gallows UPPERCUTS Gable!

Tag to Karl, Karl brings Gable out but Gable throat chops! Gable bumps Karl off buckles, tags Corbin, and Corbin mugs Karl. Corbin puts Karl in a corner, fires off hands, then tags Otis. Otis RAMS into Karl, and again, and again! Otis picks Karl up to DUMP him down, then he snarls at Gallows. Otis drags Karl around to CLUB him down! Tag to Corbin, they mug Karl, then Corbin CLUBS Karl down. Fans rally but Corbin stands Karl up. Karl ORCKS and CHOPS and ROCKS Corbin again, but Corbin shoves him away. Corbin runs in, Karl moves, but Corbin slides out to slide in and LARIAT! Cover, TWO!

Corbin argues the count but the ref defnds it was just two. Corbin shouts out JBL and JBL cheers Corbin on. Corbin stands Karl up, CLUBS him down, then throws down elbow after elbow! Gable soaks up the heat for Corbin while Otis says that’s hammer time. Fans chant at “BUM ASS CORBIN!” Corbin back suplexes Karl but Karl lands on his feet! Hot tag to Styles! Corbin rushes in but Styles ROCKS him! Styles springboards, but Corbin gets under! Styles rolls through to ELBOW Gable, BLAST Otis, and runs back at Corbin to fire off a Phenomenal Blitz! Corbin flounders, Styles runs, but Gable dumps him out!

Otis CLOBBERS Styles! Fans boo but Gable says, ‘SHOOOOSH~! A THANK YEW~!” Fans boo more but Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and the Academy stomps a mudhole into Styles! The ref counts, they let off, and Otis drags Styles up. Otis CLUBS Styles, CLUBS him again, then drags Styles up to snapmare. Otis runs to SPLASH! Styles writhes and Otis snarls. Otis drags Styles up again, tags in Corbin, and they mug Styles. Corbin ROCKS Styles with a haymaker, then throws him up and out. Styles shoulders into Corbin, slingshots up and in but Corbin DECKS Styles out of the air! Cover, TWO! Corbin rains down fists while JBL talks down on the “flippy floppy” styles. Corbin puts Styles in the corner, tag to Gable, and the mugging continues.

Gable snapmares Styles and has a mounted armlock. Gable steps over to wrench the arm, fans rally up and Styles fight sup. Styles throws haymakers and reaches out, but Gable keeps him from the Good Brothers. Styles throws more hands but Gable throws him down! Gable BLASTS Karl, then tells Gallows to “SHOOSH~!” Gable drags Styles up, reels him in but Styles back drops! Hot tag to Gallows! But the ref was busy with an angry Karl! He says Gallows isn’t legal! Gable drags Styles up, and feeds him to a DEEP SIX!! Gable covers, TWO!! Styles survives and Gable is stunned! Tag to Otis, the Alphas drag Styles up to put him in a corner.

Otis SPLASHES, then whips Styles corner to corner. Otis runs in but Styles dodges to PELE! Down goes Otis! Fans fire up as Styles crawls, hot tags to Gable and Karl! Karl rallies on Gable, scoops him and SLAMS him! Karl runs to drop a SENTON! Then he BLASTS Corbin off the apron! Gable runs in, into a BOOT! Karl goes up, FLYING NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up as Karl drags Gable up to fireman’s carry. Gable fights off, shoves, dodges, but Gable rolls to pick the leg to an ANKLE LOCK! Karl rolls to throw him away! Gable goes up, leaps, but into a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, Corbin breaks it!

Styles runs in, but into a CHOKE SLAM BACKBRAEKER! Corbin ELBOWS Gallows, puts Karl in a corner, and then he runs. Karl moves, Corbin slides out, but slides into a SLIDING FOREARM! Gallows BOOTS Corbin for good measures! Otis ROCKS Gallows, scoops him and EXPLODERS! Fans fire up as Styles PHENOMENAL FOREARMS Otis!! Gable gets in to GERMAN SUPLEX Styles! Karl waistlocks, Gable victory rolls, TWO!! Gable ROCKS Karl, Karl ROCKS Gable! ROLLING ELBOW from Gable! UPPERCUT from Karl! Both men are down and DC fires up again! Even JBL admits “This is Awesome!”

Karl crawls to tag in Gallows! Gable avoids Karl, O’Conner Rolls, but Gallows tips it over! Gallows kicks Gable, he and Anderson hit MAGIC KILLER!! Cover, The OC wins!!

Winners: The OC, by pinfall

JBL claims cheating, but he clearly missed a move or two. The OC wins fair and square, unlike Corbin. Will Styles & The Good Brothers turn their fortunes around and take over Raw?

 

Backstage interview with Candice LeRae.

Byron congratulates her on a victorious return to the ring last week, beating Dakota Kai. And because of that win, Candice has to face the other half of the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions, Iyo Sky. Does Candice feel that now she’s a marked woman by DMG CTRL? Absolutely. She may be new to Raw but she’s known all those women a long time. Last week, Candice returned from an injury they were responsible for, so she had to send a message. Yes, Candice is here with burnt pixie wings, but she’s also a new mom. She has so much to fight for now. She won’t let anyone push her around. But little does she know, Nikki Cross is spying on Candice…

But then Johnny Gargano walks over to say hi to the wifey. She says hi to hubby, and how did poker go? Lumis won! He killed it! Look at all the money! WHAT THE- Uh… Sorry. Candice hates to be that person, but this is a lot of money. They’re gonna go now. What will The Garganos and Lumis do with that huge amount of money? And what is Nikki plotting for the Poison Pixie?

 

Dominik Mysterio w/ The Judgment Day VS Akira Tozawa!

The rebellious son of Rey Mysterio thinks Raw belongs to him now, but pretty much everyone outside the Judgment Day disagrees. Will the Stamina Monster prove Dom can’t do whatever he wants? Or will he end up just another victim?

The bell rings and Dom circles with Tozawa. Tozawa dodges Dom to SOBAT, but Dom ducks the spin kick! Tozawa slides under to ROLLING ELBOW! Dom staggers, Tozawa whips, but Dom stops. They kick each other, Tozawa fires off more hands, then he whips Dom to a corner. Dom reverses, runs in, but Tozawa boots him away. Tozawa goes up, leaps and RANAS Dom to the other side! Fans fire up with Tozawa but Dom stays back. Dom wants mercy, but then he YANKS Tozawa into buckles! Dom stomps a mudhole into Tozawa and the Judgment Day cheers while fans boo. Dom drags Tozawa up to snap suplex! Uno Amigo!

Fans boo as Dom snap suplexes again, Dos Amigos! Dom gives some Latino Heat before THREE AMIGOS! Cover, ONE!! Fans rally but Dom clamps on with a chinlock. Tozawa fights up but Dom CLUBS him. Dom whips, Tozawa pops up to RANA again! And then SHINING WIZARD! Cover, TWO!! Dom survives and Judgment Day gets worried. Tozawa CLUBS Dom, whips, but Dom reverses. Tozawa BOOTS Dom down, then waits on Dom to get up. Roll-up, BUZZSAW! Dom is dazed, Tozawa drags him to a drop zone. Fans fire up as Tozawa climbs! Rhea shouts at Dom to get moving, Tozawa leaps! SUPER SENTON FLOPS as Dom moves!

Rhea and the Judgment Day laugh, Dom drags Tozawa into a drop zone. Dom climbs up now, gives Latino Heat before the FROG SPLASH! Cover, Dom wins!

Winner: Dominik Mysterio, by pinfall

The Judgment Day is proud of their boy, but Dom drags Tozawa up. Fans boo but here come the Street Profits! Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins rush out to run the Judgment Day off. Finn, Dom, Priest & Rhea don’t sweat the Profits, but will they cross paths down the road all the same?

 

Adam Pearce finds Bobby Lashley backstage.

Pearce tells Lashley they need to talk about what happened earlier tonight. Lashley can’t hit one of Pearce’s officials. That Spear damn near cut Pete Williams in half. Lashley chuckles but then sees Pearce is serious. Yes, he’s serious! It’s a problem that they can’t have happen. Now, Pearce knows it was an accident, he was there to see it. He’s not going to punish Lashley or take away the #1 contender’s match. But if it happens again… Or what, Pearce? Well, put yourself in his position. If it happens again, Pearce’s hands are tied, and he doesn’t want it to happen. Lashley says if one of the cronies gets in the lion’s den and gets mauled by a lion, the lion gets punished?

No, that’s not what he means. Pearce knows this was an accident, but he just wants Lashley to be careful not to have another one. Then make sure no one stands in Lashley’s way. Lashley leaves, will he be able to focus on just Rollins next week?

 

Triple Threat: Becky Lynch VS Alexa Bliss VS Nikki Cross!

The Man made a big time promise, but she has to make it through both the Five Foot Fury and the No Longer a Superhero. Bayley awaits the winner, who is heading to Milwaukee for that #1 contenders match?

Raw returns and Becky makes her entrance. The bell rings and fans fire up, and Nikki swings her jacket around all wild. She shoves Becky, shoves Alexa, but then Becky throat jabs her! Alexa SHOTGUNS Nikki and Nikki flounders out of the ring! Becky waves bye, and then circles with Alexa. Fans rally for Becky but Alexa gets around her to waistlock. Becky bucks that, runs in but Alexa side steps to jump, into a FLAPJACK! Becky steps over but Alexa rolls her up, TWO! Becky sweeps and covers, TWO! Alexa trips to jackknife, but Becky bridges up! Becky spins Alexa around, backslides, TWO!

Becky avoids a sweep but not the CHPO! Snapmare, cover, TWO as Becky goes Matrix! Becky mule kicks Alexa, dropkicks Nikki off the apron, and then turns around, into a clinch! You don’t think…?! But Becky fights out of that to clinch back, only for Alexa to wheelbarrow and victory roll! TWO, Alexa hurries to wrench and STO! Fans fire up while Becky clutches her head. Alexa storms up to drop knees! But Nikki stops Insult2Injury to throw Alexa onto Becky! Nikki then grins as she watches both women crawl. Nikki runs at one corner to SPLASH Alexa! Then she SPLASHES Becky! Then SPLASHES Alexa! Then back to Becky!

Nikki keeps going but Alexa dodges! Becky uses Alexa as a step, BIG TIME IN MOTION! Becky fires forearms and stomps a mudhole into Nikki, then JUMP KICKS! And then she JUMP KICKS Alexa! Becky reels Nikki in for a BECKSPLODER! Nikki flounders away but Alexa storms up. Alexa SLAPS Becky, ROCKS her, then KNEES her, then SHOTGUNS her down! Fans fire up as Alexa runs in at the corner, but Becky dodges the double knees! Alexa blocks the jump kick this time, puts Becky on the apron, but Becky ROCKS Alexa! Becky brings Alexa over to bump her off buckles! Becky throws Alexa down, but Nikki trips Becky!

Nikki dribbles Becky’s face off the apron! Nikki growls, then RAMS Becky into steel steps! Alexa leaps off those steps, but Nikki blocks the DDT to RAM Alexa into the apron! Then THE PURGE to the floor! Nikki fires up and she pulls the desk apart! DC fires up as she clears it off, chugs water and splashes it all around! Nikki laughs and flails around while Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and Nikki thrashes Alexa around before clamping on a chinbar half nelson combo. Alexa endures, claws at the hold, fights up and fans rally. Alexa throws body shots but Nikki throws her down! Nikki laughs at Alexa and wraps her up in a straitjacket stretch. Alexa endures again, even as Nikki grinds her into the mat. Alexa kicks around, Nikki keeps her down, and fans rally up. Alexa fights to her feet and throws body shots. Alexa ROCKS Nikki with forearm after forearm but Nikki shoves her away. Nikki kicks, ties her up, STRAITJACKET NECKBREAKER! But Becky CLOBBERS Nikki with flying forearms!

Fans fire up as Becky rocks and uppercuts and SOBATS Nikki, then repeats the process! Fans fire up more and Becky blocks a kick to sweep the legs! She rolls Nikki to then hit a BULLDOG! Becky puts Nikki in a corner, KICKS her in the back and hits an STO! Nikki flounders in the drop zone and Becky goes up. Fans fire up for the MAN’s LEG DROP! Cover, TWO!! Becky is amused that Nikki survives, and fans rally up. Becky eggs Nikki on. “You wanna be crazy? Get the hell up!” Becky slaps and CLUBS Nikki, then reels her in. Nikki fights the clinch, Becky shoves her away to try again, BECKSPLODER!

But Alexa returns to SOBAT! Alexa reels Becky in but Becky wrenches out! Becky has the arm but Alexa denies the takedown and puts Becky on the apron. Becky ROCKS Alexa, Nikki grabs at her but Becky kicks her away. Alexa POSTS Becky! Becky falls, Alexa to the apron to CANNONBALL Nikki and Becky together! Fans fire up as Alexa drags Nikki up and puts her in. Alexa hurries to cover, TWO! Alexa grows frustrated but she drags Nikki around to a drop zone. Alexa stomps Nikki on her way to the corner. Alexa climbs up, but Becky grabs at her. Alexa kicks Becky away but Nikki trips Alexa! Nikki climbs, she and Alexa brawl!

Nikki brings Alexa up but Becky joins in! TOWER OF DOOM!! Cover on Nikki, TWO!! All three women are down from that powerbomb superplex combo, and Alexa crawls her way out of the ring. Fans rally and Becky drags herself up. Becky stalks Nikki, she ROCKS Nikki but Nikki ROCKS Becky! They go forearm for forearm and fans fire up as Becky gets the edge! But Nikki headbutts low, then throat chops! Nikki runs in but is put on the apron! Nikki ROCKS Becky, climbs up top, and CROSSBODIES! Cover, Alexa breaks it in time!! Nikki is fuming, but Alexa drags Nikki up. Nikki RAMS Alexa into the corner! And again, and again!

Nikki keeps on Alexa with a mudhole stomp and a SPLASH, to a BULLDOG! Nikki storms back up on Alexa but Alexa ROCKS Nikki with a right! Alexa tosses Nikki out of the ring, catches her breath and runs, but Nikki stops the dropkick! Alexa and Nikki brawl more, Nikki shoves Alexa and CROSSBODIES her against the apron! Nikki drags Alexa up and puts her in the ring. Nikki drags Alexa up through the ropes, but Alexa fights with body shots! They brawl, Alexa SLAPS Nikki but Nikki HEADBUTTS Alexa! Nikki drags Alexa out onto the ropes, but Becky is up top! THE MAN’S LEG DROP DDT COMBO!!! Becky hurries to cover Alexa, TWO!!!

Becky can’t believe it but Alexa survives! Alexa flops out of the ring now, leaving Becky and Nikki alone. Nikki crawls to the apron but Becky goes out after her! Becky clinches, but Nikki fights it! Nikki holds the ropes as Becky waistlocks! Becky keeps trying but Nikki elbows her away. Nikki knees low, then reels Becky in! Fans fire up as Becky fights the lift! Becky fights free, clinches Nikki, APRON MANHANDLE SLAM!!! Becky shoves Nikki in, but DMG CTRL rushes out there!! Kai & Sky drag Becky away from the cover!! Fans boo as they mug Becky! Dakota RAMS her into the apron!

But Becky fights back with forearms and elbows! Dakota blocks a boot and Iyo helps haul her up! They bring Becky around, DOUBLE POWERBOMB through the announce desk!!! Fans lose their minds, but Alexa hits TWISTED BLISS!! Cover, Alexa wins!!!

Winner: Alexa Bliss, by pinfall (advances to next week)

DMG CTRL screwed Becky over big time! Is Bayley that afraid to face The Man 1v1? Will Alexa make Bayley regret it by taking that golden ticket from her instead?


My Thoughts:

A pretty good Raw here, but I guess with no RawDown event between now and The Royal Rumble, they’re really having to stretch builds out. That said, we got some great Triple Threats to get a lot of the women’s roster going tonight. Pretty good promo from Becky and Bayley, though maybe a little awkwardly paced. I don’t know if they were trying to pad for time or they only had a loose idea of what they were to say, but this is all just to set up the feud we knew was coming. Both Triple Threats were awesome, but I should’ve known DMG CTRL would screw Becky. Alexa VS Bayley will be a great match but I would think Bayley loses. We can’t have Bianca VS Bayley again so soon, and there’s a lot of great story for Alexa and Bianca to use.

Rhea going after Asuka after the loss was also an interesting detail. I suppose Rhea and Asuka can feud to bide their time. Bianca and Rhea are surely going to have a feud of their own soon, and it makes all the sense for Street Profits to join in on that. They come to Tozawa’s rescue, we’re getting a Six Man Tag of that first, but then we can bring Bianca and Rhea around into another big Mixed 8 like we saw for Judgment Day VS OC. Speaking of that, why didn’t Dom VS Tozawa happen before OC VS Corbin & Alpha Academy? They left the JBL Poker Invitational first, they should’ve been dressed and ready to go first.

And speaking of the Poker Invitational, those were a pretty fun handful of segments, but I feel like it all fell apart way too soon. Corbin should’ve won one table, Lumis wins the other, and then the final showdown is the set-up to the Six Man Tag. Miz trying to get in and failing was kinda funny, especially with JBL exposing Miz having a fake Rolex. It was a very subtle way to say Miz isn’t done with Lumis, and I’m still thinking we’re getting Miz & Maryse VS Indi & Dexter at some point. Hell, we could even get Miz & Maryse VS Gargano & Candice after that fun little interaction where Candice couldn’t believe that Lumis won such a huge haul. Also Nikki stalking Candice, that’s an interesting story in the works.

Great stuff out of the US Championship scene, but I guess they couldn’t have Ali lose legit. Ziggler looks like a jerk, but maybe we’re building to something huge for the US title. Ali and Ziggler probably fight each other for sure, maybe we see some kind of ladder match for the title by the time Rumble comes around. We also got great stuff out of Rollins and Lashley, from the promo to the brawl to Pearce more or less warning Lashley. Rollins plays the line of Face and Heel with how he was poking at Lashley with the Lesnar loss. Lashley’s temper could be what costs him against Rollins, and then Rollins faces Theory for the title before the year is over, and who knows how that goes.

And what a wild start to the night. I didn’t think the tag title match was going to be first, but that gave it a lot of time to breathe. Great little way to sub Elias out to keep Kevin Owens in the story, and Solo just going nuts on Riddle with all those Umaga references was wild. Riddle being sidelined is a clever way to delay Elias going after him. But then a bit of a shame that McIntyre isn’t cleared for right now. Dunne is going to have a great part of the match now, but I think he also takes the loss for his team so Sheamus isn’t hurt too much. They’re taking a long game approach to things, I like that, and we’ll see some good stuff in building towards Sheamus VS Roman for the Rumble.

My Score: 8.6/10


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