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

BOSJ, round eight!

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NJPW BOSJ 29

Will round eight seal someone’s fate?

NJPW Best of the Super Juniors 29 is so close to the end, we can almost taste it! But who will taste sweet victory? And who is served bitter defeat?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

Here are the current standings in A Block!

Ace Austin: 5-2, 10 points
Taiji Ishimori: 5-2, 10 points
SHO: 4-3, 8 points
Hiromu Takahashi: 4-3, 8 points
Alex Zayne: 4-3, 8 points
YOH: 3-4, 6 points
Clark Connors: 3-4, 6 points
Francesco Akira: 3-4, 6 points
Yoshinobu Kanemaru: 2-5, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
Ryusuke Taguchi: 2-5, 4 points [ELIMINATED]

 

Here are the current standings for B Block!

El Desperado: 5-2, 10 points
El Phantasmo: 5-2, 10 points
Robbie Eagles: 4-3, 8 points
El Lindaman: 4-3, 8 points
Wheeler Yuta: 4-3, 8 points
TJP: 3-4, 6 points
Douki: 3-4, 6 points
Bushi: 3-4, 6 points
Master Wato: 2-5, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
Titan: 2-5, 4 points [ELIMINATED]

 

Best of the Super Juniors 29 B Block: Master Wato VS EL LINDAMAN!

The Way of the Grandmaster may not have a way into the finals, but he can spoil another’s chances! Will he do that to the G-Rex Champion? Or will this be a GLEAT rebound for Lindaman?

The bell rings and fans rally up for “LIN-DA-MAN! LIN-DA-MAN!” Lindaman fires up and he circles with Wato. They tie up, Wato trips Lindaman then things speed up. Lindaman hurdles, Wato leaps, but things keep moving. Wato hurdles, back elbows, uppercuts, but Lindaman catches the jump! Wato fights free, suplexes, but Lindaman slips out and rolls back to a corner. Wato runs in but is put on the apron. Wato ENZIGURIS then springboards, FLYING UPPERCUT! Fans fire up with Wato and he stomps Lindaman down. Fans rally up, Wato kicks Lindaman to ropes. Wato backs off as the ref reprimands, and he blocks Lindaman’s boot!

Wato ROCKS Lindaman, runs but is thrown out! Lindaman fires up, fans fire up with him, and he FLIES! Direct hit and down goes Wato! Fans fire up for “LIN-DA-MAN!” and the ring count begins. Lindaman steadies himself, catches his breath and makes sure his neck is good. Lindaman brings Wato up at 13 of 20 to put in at 15. Cover, TWO! Lindaman looms over Wato, fans rally up and Lindaman whips corner to corner. Lindaman runs in to back elbow! Leg sweep and Lindaman digs his boot in. The ref counts, Lindaman counts along and lets off at 4. Wato pushes Lindaman and throws forearms!

Lindaman hits Wato back and they go back and forth. Fans rally as they forearms fly faster and faster! Lindaman gets the edge, ROCKS Wato, then dodges him to kick the legs out and basement dropkick from behind! Fans fire up and Lindaman runs, but Wato scoops him to a BACKBREAKER! Fans rally and Wato gets to ropes. Wato waits for Lindaman to stand, then knocks him down! Wato BOOTS, whips, and dropkicks Lindaman back down! Fans rally, Wato hurries to a corner and climbs up! Lindaman stands, he gets under the jump and comes back to uppercut! And ROLLING ELBOW! But Wato ROUNDHOUSES!

Wato runs, but Lindaman reels him in to SAIDO! Fans fire up while both men are down! Lindaman grits his teeth as he gets up and fans fire up with him! Lindaman brings Wato up to wrench into the KUMA- NO! Wato fights that but Lindaman throws elbows. Lindaman rams Wato into buckles, then victory rolls, TWO! Wato has it now, TWO! Lindaman again, TWO! Both men get up, Wato tilt-o-whirls into a roll-up and jackknife! TWO! Lindaman sunsets, TWO! Fans fire up, Wato SOBATS, KICKS and SUPER- NO! Lindaman blocks and throws the foot down, but Wato SUPERKICKS again! Fans fire up as Wato reels Lindaman in, but Lindaman makes it a press! TWO!

Lindaman shoots in, waistlocks, but Wato fights the German! Lindaman fights the victory roll! Lindman lifts but Wato throws elbows! Fans rally, Wato wrenches out and reels Lindaman in, MOUSE TRAP DRIVER! TWO!! Lindaman escapes but Wato hurries to scoop, TTD!! Wato hurries up top and R P P!! Cover, Wato wins!!

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

The G-Rex falls again! Is his run done? Or can he pull out one last win in the ninth?

 

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

The Immortal is out of the running, but he still has life to fight. Will he ruin Japones Del Mal’s chances in the block? Or will Douki finally stop being the underdog?

Titan hops off the corner, and Douki attacks! Douki stomps Titan, the bell rings, and Douki whips Titan to ropes. Titan reverses but Douki stops himself. Douki puts Titan on the apron but titan ROCKS Douki, then springboards to FLYING RANA! Douki bails out the other side, Titan builds speed, but Douki gets away. So Titan jumps up and over, only for Douki to trip him off the apron! Fans fire up and Douki gets back in the ring. The ref checks on Titan and fans rally up. The ring count starts, Titan sits up at 3 of 20, and Douki builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit and fans fire up! Douki gets Titan up as the ring count starts again.

Douki POSTS Titan, then stalks him around the way. Douki puts Titan in at 9, and then drags him up to whip. Douki elbows Titan down, covers, TWO! Fans rally and Douki wraps Titan up in a seated cobra twist! Titan endures but Douki grinds the hold. Douki makes it a cobra cradle, ONE! Douki stomps Titan, drags him back up, and fans rally more. Douki hooks Titan up but Titan resists the Gory Especial! Douki spins Titan around to knee low, then run. Titan goes Matrix to dodge, and then CALF KICKS! And SHOTGUN dropkicks! Titan builds speed now but stops as Douki gets away. Titan mule kicks Douki from the apron! TOP ROPE QUEBRADA! Direct hit!

Fans fire up again and Titan brings Douki up. Titan puts Douki in the ring, wrenches and fireman’s carries, DEATH VALLEY BOMB! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up and Titan brings Douki up to KICK, wrench and fireman’s carry! But Douki slips off, boots Titan to a corner, then runs in, to block Titan’s boot! Douki gets under Titan to get the Gory Especial! Titan fights free to arm-drag Douki away! SOBAT! Titan runs, but into a takedown! ITALIAN STRETCH #32! Titan scrambles, ROPEBREAK! Douki lets go at 4 and fans rally again. Douki drags Titan up, goes to the apron, and slingshots, but Titan blocks Daybreak!

Titan hangs Douki out to dry, then swings. Douki dodges, throws Titan down by his mask, but Titan kips up to PELE! Titan runs side to side to LARIAT Douki on the apron! Titan climbs up, APRON DOUBLE STOMPS!! Titan tumbles down but he may have just crushed Douki! Cover, TWO!! Douki survives and fans fire up! Titan hurries to the corner and goes back up. DIVING SPLASH into the ITALIAN STRETCH! Douki pulls way back, but Titan moves around! Douki rolls Titan away from ropes, ITALIAN STRETCH! Titan endures and Douki pulls harder as the fans rally. Titan keeps reaching, keeps crawling back, ROPEBREAK!

Fans fire up while Douki lets go in frustration. Fans rally, “DO-U-KI!” “TI-TA-NN!” Douki puts Titan in a drop zone, hurries up top, and DIVING STOMPS, but Titan moves! Titan ROCKS Douki with a right, but Douki ENZIGURIS! Douki runs, but Titan follows, TORNADO DDT!! Fans fire up again and off come the armbands! Titan hauls Douki up, reels him in, Canadian Rack and the SPINNING- NO! Douki slips off to Gory Especial, DOTON NO JUTSU! Backslide cover, TWO!! Titan survives and fans are thunderous! Douki gets up, fires up, wheelbarrows Titan, but Titan arm-drags free! And SUPERKICKS!

Douki flounders into the corner and Titan aims again. Fans fire up as Titan winds up and runs corner to corner, into a HELL STAB! Douki goes up the corner, but Titan leaps up after him! BULLDOG to the post!! Titan hurries to the apron and fans fire up, SPRINGBOARD DOUBLE STOMPS!! Cover, Titan wins!!

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

The CMLL World Welterweight Champion manages another victory! Will Douki still have to keep working towards that day when he’s the favorite?

 

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

The Direct Drive is struggling to maintain his momentum, and his return to the finals is in jeopardy! Will Yoh be able to handle the heat? Or will The Sauce keep things spicy in the block?

The bell rings and fans rally up. Yoh and Zayne slowly circle, then approach. They tie up, Yoh wrenches and wristlocks. Zayne endures, rolls, handsprings and wrenches back to wristlock. Fans applaud the exchange, Zayne bites a finger! He just gets a taste as Yoh rolls, kips up and wrenches back. Yoh wrenches again, moves to a hammerlock, but Zayne reaches back to headlock. Zayne spins around to grind the hold, fans rally but Yoh throws body shots. Yoh powers out, Zayne runs him over, and fans fire up. Things speed up, Yoh avoids the knee drop and keeps things moving. Drop toehold and basement dropkick!

Fans rally and Zayne gets to a corner. Yoh storms over to bring Zayne up. Yoh CLUBS Zayne, throws a forearm, and has Zayne in the corner. Yoh CHOPS, fans rally more, and Yoh whips Zayne corner to corner. Zayne reverses, runs in, and back elbows! Zayne goes to the corner, sweeps the legs, then steps in to roll and run in, BIG CANNONBALL! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up and Zayne looms over Yoh. Zayne brings Yoh up, wrenches, snapmares, and KICKS Yoh’s back! Yoh writhes but Zayne brings him back up. Zayne suplexes but Yoh slips free! Yoh dropkicks a leg out! Fans fire up as Zayne goes to ropes and Yoh gets away to the apron.

Zayne runs in but Yoh ROCKS him! Zane ROCKS Yoh back! Zayne stands Yoh up to suplex, but Yoh blocks! Yoh throws body shots, fans rally up, and Yoh blocks Zayne’s boot to DRAPING DRAGON SCREW! Yoh then drags Zayne to the apron, APRON DRAGON SCREW! Fans fire up and Yoh gets back in the ring. Zayne stands up, Yoh PLANCHAS! Direct hit and down goes Zayne! Fans fire up with Yoh, and a ring count starts. Yoh takes a moment to steady himself and catch his breath. Yoh brings Zayne up at 10 of 20, and swing him around to put him in at 12. Yoh climbs up the corner to missile dropkick!

Yoh hurries to get Zayne up, suplex for the FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up but Yoh’s a bit frustrated. Yoh drags Zayne up into a waistlock. GERMAN SUPLEX, but Zayne lands on his feet! Zayne fires off boxing elbows! Then the leg sweep, and Zayne runs to SOMERSAULT- Yoh dodges the scissor kick! GROUND DRAGON SCREW! Then SPINNING TOEHOLD! Then another SPINNING TOEHOLD! Yoh keeps on the leg but Zayne rolls him! EDDY GORDO! Fans fire up while Yoh gets to a corner. Zayne runs in to back elbow! Zayne then hoists Yoh up, CHOPS him, runs and DRAGON RANA! Cover, TWO!

Fans fire up and rally again, “AL-EX ZAYNE!” “Y O H!” Zayne looms over Yoh, drags him up, and he wraps Yoh up. Yoh fights off the Taco to fire off boxing elbows of his own! Yoh then kicks low, roars, but runs into a BOOT! Zayne’s bad leg slows him down but the fans are rallying up. Zayne drags Yoh up and wrenches to scoop, but Yoh turns Baja Blast into a takedown! KNEEBAR! Zayne endures, fans rally again, but Yoh twists the leg! Zayne drags himself forward, but Yoh drags him back. Yoh reels Zayne into a full nelson, Zayne breaks that, but Yoh waistlocks to GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!!

Fans fire up again as Zayne survives! Yoh roars in frustration and he drags Zayne up. Yoh underhooks but Zayne fights free! Yoh tries to put the hooks back in but Zayne has the wrists! HEADBUTT! And then another HEADBUTT! And a third HEADBUTT! POP-UP KNEE! “ITADAKIMASU~!” Zayne gets Yoh up, wraps him up, TACO- NO! Yoh lands out, spins Zayne around, but Zayne back drops free! Fans fire up, Zayne runs in, SUPERKICK! Yoh swings, but Zayne spins him, but Yoh catches the lariat to a DRAGON SUPLEX! Bridging cover, YOH WINS!

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

Direct Drive is still alive in the BOSJ! But can he keep it going until the last? As for Zayne, can he spice things back up? Or has the heat died down?

 

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

The Black Mask and Public Enemy are both on the bubble, but someone’s bubble’s gotta burst! Who pops the other to stay afloat in the block?

TJP rushes Bushi while he’s on the corner! Bushi jumps over but TJP kicks him low. TJP whips, the bell rings, Bushi kicks TJP away. Bushi runs in, spins and arm-drags TJP out! Bushi then builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit and down goes TJP! Fans fire up with Bushi, he did that while still wearing his suit! Bushi finally gets his tie undone, then he stomps TJP. Bushi throws off the button shirt, stomps TJP, then takes off the tearaway pants. Bushi stomps TJP more, drags him up and into the ring. Fans fire up, Bushi turns TJP for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, ONE, but Bushi keeps cool. Fans rally, Bushi takes off his T-shirt and CHOKES TJP!

The ref reprimands but TJP arm-drags Bushi away. TJP trips Bushi, traps an arm and uses Bushi’s shirt to lasso the other! TJP YANKS the arm back! Bushi writhes and fans fire up! TJP throws Bushi’s shirt away, stands on the bad arm and stomps it! TJP drags Bushi up, brings him over to EuroUpper at ropes, then hammerlocks before the scoop SLAM! TJP then goes to the apron to slingshot senton back in! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up, “T J P!” “BU-SHI-I!” TJP whips, Bushi reverses but TJP goes Spider-Man! TJP slides under, sunset flips, but steps through to have the INDIAN DEATHLOCK! Bushi endures and fans rally with TJP! SNAP LOCK ELBOW!

TJP gets up, another SNAP LOCK ELBOW! And then the bridge for the MUTA LOCK! Bushi endures, reaches out, moves around, but TJP lets the faceolock go to focus on the legs. Bushi still endures, and he fights his way to the ROPEBREAK! Fans cheer and TJP lets the hold go. Fans rally up and TJP conducts the clapping. TJP drags Bushi up, hammerlocks and RAMS Bushi into the corner. TJP wraps the bad arm around ropes to pull! The ref counts, TJP lets go, but he gives Bushi some scrapes across the face. Fans rally up and TJP runs side to side, BOOT WASH! TJP drags Bushi up to bump off buckles, then whip corner to corner.

TJP runs in but Bushi BOOTS him! Bushi runs to RANA TJP down! Fans fire back up and Bushi drags TJP up. Bushi fires off forearms, has TJP in a corner, then whips corner to corner. TJP reverses but runs into a back elbow. Bushi goes up to missile dropkick! BUSHIROONI! Fans fire up while Bushi catches his breath in the corner. Bushi stomps TJP, drags him up, and catches the haymaker into a spin and DDT! Cover, TWO! Fans rally, Bushi drags TJP up, but TJP fights the Fisherman to wrench and dragon sleeper. Bushi drops to victory roll, TWO! Bushi kicks low, runs, but TJP SOBATS! TJP runs, but into a DROPKICK!

Bushi runs, but TJP goes the other way, SPRINGBOARD FLYING FOREARM! Fans fire up while both men are down again! Both men crawl after each other as the fans rally. TJP blocks the forearm to give a forearm! Then TJP gives another forearm, and another! TJP fires off more, then dodges Bushi to SUPERKICK! But Bushi ENZIGURIS! TJP ends up in a corner and Bushi runs in, but TJP goes up and over! TJP reels Bushi in, TORNADO DDT! TJP keeps going, dragon sleeper for SUDDEN IMPACT! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up more and TJP gets the leg! Bushi resists the crossface and crawls forward, but TJP grabs his arms!

Fans rally as Bushi and TJP struggle, Bushi gets the ROPEBREAK! TJP lets him go, fans rally up again, and TJP brings Bushi up to fireman’s carry. DETONATION KICK! TJP goes to the corner and to the top, SWANTON- NO, TJP has to roll through as Bushi dodges. Bushi kicks, TJP ducks the enziguri but Bushi HEEL KICKS! Fans rally again and Bushi runs in. He blocks TJP’s boot, puts it on the ropes and dropkicks it! Then DRAPING BACKSTABBER! Bushi gets TJP back up, FISHERMAN SCREW! Cover, TWO! TJP is still in this but Bushi fires up and goes to the corner! Bushi goes up, calls his shot, M- DROPKICK!

TJP goes to a corner! TJP goes up top, MAMBA SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!! But into PINOY STRETCH!! Fans fire up and Bushi endures, but TJP thrashes him around! Bushi taps, TJP wins!

Winner: TJP, by submission (gains 2 points; Bushi earns 0)

Bushi’s bubble just burst! Will TJP take this momentum to finish strong for the United Empire? Or will his run only last one round more?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 29 A Block: Clark Connors VS Hiromu Takahashi!

The Wild Rhino is also on the bubble, but the Ticking Timebomb isn’t out of the woods just yet. Is the stampede about to end for Connors? Or can he put a major dent into Hiromu’s plans for the threepeat?

Even before the bell, fans rally up, “HI-RO-MU!” “CON-NOR-SU!” The bell rings and they rush each other! Connors runs Hiromu over, then runs again. Things speed up, Connors runs Hiromu over again! Hiromu gets up and gets in Connors’ face. Connors CHOPS, Hiromu CHOPS and fans fire up already as the CHOPS go back and forth! Connors CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Hiromu’s chest stinging, Connors runs, but into a CHOP! Connors shakes his head. Connors runs, Hiromu avoids the chop block, but he gets run over again! Fans rally, Connors covers, ONE! Connors drags Hiromu back up to EuroUpper!

Connors whips, CLOBBERS Hiromu, then covers, TWO! Fans rally up, Connors gets Hiromu up in a half nelson, but Hiromu sits down so Connors gest a half nelson top wristlock. Hiromu gets the ropebreak and Connors lets off. Connors stomps Hiromu, whips him to ropes, but Hiromu avoids the powerslam! Hiromu BOOTS, then HANGING HEADSCISSORS! Connors endures, the ref counts, Hiromu lets off at 4. Hiromu POSTS Connors! Fans rally up again and Hiromu drags Connors up again. Hiromu scoops to SLAM Connors down! Connors writhes, clutching the bad arm. Hiromu argues with the ref, then brings Connors up.

The ring count starts but Hiromu snap suplexes Connors to the floor! Connors writhes and Hiromu drags Connors up again. Hiromu puts Connors in, covers, TWO! Another cover, TWO! Another, TWO!! Connors escapes and fans fire up! Hiromu brings Connors up in the corner to CHOP! And CHOP! Hiromu whips corner to corner then clotheslines! Snapmare and basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Hiromu hurries after Connors’ bad arm! Connors resists the double wristlock and fans rally up. Connors fights up but Hiromu wrangles him into a CAMEL CLUTCH! Hiromu digs an elbow into the bad arm but Connors endures!

Fans rally, Connors fights and claws his way forward with one arm, to get the ROPEBREAK! Hiromu lets off and fans rally up again. Hiromu eggs Connors on and Connors CHOPS! Hiromu laughs that off but Connors CHOPS again! And CHOPS again! But Hiromu avoids the leg sweep to CHOP, and CHOP again! Fans rally, Hiromu brings Connors up to whip, but Connors reverses. Things speed up, Connors POUNCES Hiromu to the ropes! Hiromu flounders to a corner, Connors runs in and back elbows! Then Connors whips corner to corner to RAM Hiromu! Connors carries Hiromu for the WILD RIDE! Cover, TWO!

Connors aims from a corner, runs in, but Hiromu blocks the spear! Only for Connors to back drop him away! Fans fire up and he reels Hiromu in, but Hiromu slips free! Hiromu facelocks but Connors gets free, only to run into a back elbow! Hiromu runs, into an elbow from Connors! Connors runs, into a POP-UP POWERBOMB! High stack, TWO!! Fans fire up while both men are down! Hiromu gets up first and drags Connors into the facelock. But Connors knees free of the suplex! Hiromu uppercuts then ROCKS Connors with a right! But Connors blocks the superkick to HEADBUTT! Fans fire up as both men wobble!

Connors powers up, runs, but into a HIROMU-CHAN BOMBER! Cover, TWO! Hiromu roars and fans fire up again. Hiromu drags Connors up, fireman’s carries, but Connors fights free. Connors waistlocks but Hiromu fights free. Hiromu dodges the haymaker to wheelbarrow, but Connors stops the Complete Shot to WHEELBARROW GERMAN! Fans fire up and Connors gets to a corner! Connors aims as Hiromu slowly rises. SPEAR into D!! Connors endures, fans rally up, and Hiromu squeezes tight! Connors deadlifts Hiromu to BUCKLE BOMB him! Fans rally more while both men are down again.

Connors clutches his bad shoulder but he undoes some of the tape. Fans rally, Hiromu roars but so does Connors! DOUBLE LARIATS! They both stay up, Connors dodges to SPEAR!! High stack, TWO!?! Hiromu survives and Connors can’t believe it! But the shoulder tape comes off and Connors hauls Hiromu up! Whip and POWERSLAM! And then he gets Hiromu up for TROPHY- RANA! And into D!! Connors is caught and fans fire up again! Connors powers up, deadlifts, but Hiromu slips around to HIROMU-CHAN STUNNER! Then D!!! Connors is fading fast already, he TAPS! Hiromu wins!!

Winner: Hiromu Takahashi, by submission (gains 2 points; Connors earns 0)

The Wild Rhino has been brought down! But with time running out, does Hiromu still have a chance at his threepeat? Or will he be disarmed in the final round?

 

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

The Funky Weapon knows he’s out of the running, but there is still pride on the line for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champion. Will Taguchi be able to hold off the Inevitable? Or will the Ace trump this half of Six or Nine?

The bell rings and fans rally up, “TA-GU-CHI!” “ACE AU-STIN!” Austin says he’s got big strong legs and butt, and dares Taguchi to give them a try. Taguchi walks over, HIP ATTACK to the leg, but Taguchi’s the one who hobbles away! Taguchi already faced Connors’ buns of steel, does Austin have thighs of iron? Fans fire up but Taguchi wants a timeout? Fans rally up as Taguchi walks off the pain in his butt. They tie up, Taguchi waistlocks, but Austin wrenches to an ELBOW BREAKER, then a wristlock. Taguchi rolls, wrenches back, but Austin slips through to waistlock. Austin brings Taguchi down, then floats to a facelock.

Taguchi slips out and facelocks back. Taguchi then floats to a back mount, and he half nelsons to the ARMBAR! ROPEBREAK, and Taguchi lets Austin go. Fans rally up as the two reset. Taguchi and Austin knuckle lock, Austin headlocks, but Taguchi pulls hair to power out. Things speed up, Taguchi keeps Austin moving with the dropdowns and sidesteps! Austin slows up to LEG DROP, but Taguchi moves! Fans fire up while Austin clutches his butt now. Taguchi gives him point blank hip attacks! Taguchi runs, but Austin somersaults to drop toehold, then EDDY GORDO! Austin runs, handsprings over Taguchi, but Taguchi dodges!

Austin ducks and the hip attack crashes and burns! Austin gives him a point blank hip attack! Fans fire up, Austin brings Taguchi up and whips, but Taguchi reverses to HIP ATTACK! Fans fire up more and Austin gets to ropes. Taguchi storms over and he gives Austin some RED UNDIES STINKFACE! The ref reprimands, Taguchi lets off, and then he runs, but into an arm-drag! DISARMER! Austin brings out his ace! But instead of going after Taguchi’s hand, Austin PAPER CUTS his butt! Fans fire up and Austin goes to kiss his card, but ugh, the smell. Austin tosses the ace while Taguchi writhes.

Austin drops knees on Taguchi’s butt, then puts the tights back up! Austin drags Taguchi up to CHOP to the corner. Austin stomps a mudhole in, then goes side to side to dropkick! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up and Austin stomps Taguchi around. Austin knees Taguchi in the side, then wraps on a body scissors! Taguchi endures the squeeze from those iron thighs and fans rally up! Taguchi throws elbows but Austin grabs that arm. Taguchi kicks and crawls but Austin squeezes tighter! Taguchi still fights, and gets the ROPEBREAK! Austin lets go quickly, and fans rally up again. Austin drags Taguchi up but Taguchi throws body shots!

Austin clamps onto Taguchi with a facelock but Taguchi throws more body shots! Taguchi whips corner to corner, runs in but Austin dodges! Austin comes back to A_LIST LARIAT! And he fires off point-blank lariats! Fans rally as Austin hits again and again, all the way to 10! Austin shoves Taguchi down, then steps back in, but into a HIP ATTACK! Fans rally while both men are down! Austin gets himself to the apron but Taguchi runs in. Austin shoulders back, springboards, but Taguchi shoves him down! Taguchi TRIANGLE JUMP PLANCHAS! Fans fire up and Taguchi gets Austin back up.

Taguchi puts Austin in, then sits on Austin at the ropes! Taguchi runs and HIP ATTACKS at the ropes! Then again! And then slide for the APRON HIP! Fans fire up, Taguchi takes aim and springboards, MISSILE HIP! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up again and Taguchi calls upon the powers of Strong Style! “ORYA~!” BUM- ROLL UP, to O’CONNER BRIDGE! TWO!! Taguchi escapes, but into a cravat, knee and snapmare! Austin wraps on a headscissor squeeze! Fans rally as Taguchi endures and kicks around! But Taguchi is fading from those iron thighs! The ref checks, Taguchi gets a second wind and keeps kicking! ROPEBREAK!

Austin lets go in frustration and Taguchi staggers at ringside. Austin builds speed, but Taguchi moves! Taguchi sweeps but Austin handsprings and PENALTY KICKS! Fans fire up and Austin calls his shot! He slingshots, builds speed, FALL TO GLORY! Direct hit and fans fire up again! Austin puts Taguchi in and steps in, FLYING CHUCK! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up and Austin aims, he runs in but Taguchi HIP ATTACKS into an atomic drop! Austin shows off the iron thighs, and then storms in, but into a BOOT! Taguchi runs, he fakes Austin out, then he HIP ATTACKS! Taguchi gets Austin up, chicken wings, but Austin victory rolls! TWO!!

Austin knees, knee lifts, and RIPCORD SLAMS! Then HOUSE OF CARDS! Fans fire up and Austin aims from the corner again. Taguchi flounders up, into THE FOLD- NO, Taguchi drops in time! Austin BOOTS Taguchi, goes up, flying sunset, but Taguchi goes to sit! Austin tries to hold him off, but the tights come back down! T-BAG CLUTCH! Taguchi wins!!

Winner: Ryusuke Taguchi, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Austin earns 0)

The Funky Weapon wins another one by the seat of his pants! Has Austin just busted? Or is there a chance to cash-in in the ninth?

 

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

The ROH Pure Champion has been able to beat some of the other champions in this block, but The Headbanga has beaten champions, too. Will ELP beat another champion and be flush with golden tickets? Or will the Decoder have him figured out just like that?

Yuta rushes in to go after ELP! Yuta stomps away in the corner, the bell rings, and fans fire up as he hauls ELP up. Yuta whips corner to corner, ELP reverses and runs in, but Yuta goes up and over. Yuta scoops, ELP slips out and waistlocks, but Yuta switches. Yuta shoves and dropkicks ELP out of the ring! Fans fire up, Yuta builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit at the ramp! Yuta finally takes off his jacket and he brings ELP back up. Yuta CHOPS ELP and ELP staggers away. Yuta CLUBS ELP then bumps him off the apron. ELP flops down and Yuta looms over him. Yuta brings ELP up but ELP rakes eyes!

The ref reprimands but ELP reels Yuta in to suplex. Yuta slips out and has a SLEEPER! Yuta sits ELP down and rains down HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Fans fire up but Yuta lets off to get the arms. Yuta drags ELP up in chicken wings but ELP stomps Yuta’s foot! ELP ROCKS Yuta with a forearm, then CHOPS him! ELP ROCKS and CHOPS Yuta more, then whips. Yuta slides through the corner, only for ELP to BOOT him! ELP boasts and fans rally up. ELP drags Yuta up, calls out Moxley, and ELP has the underhooks for a BUTTERFLY DDT to the floor! Not quite Paradigm Shift, but ELP wants the count out.

The ref starts the count and fans rally. Yuta stirs, crawls around, but staggers up at 12. He falls over at 13, staggers back up at 16, but falls again at 17! He gets in at 19.9, and ELP is upset! ELP rains down fists over and over on Yuta, then drags Yuta up by his ear. ELP puts Yuta in the corner, whips him corner to corner hard, and Yuta bounces off buckles. Cover, TWO! ELP drags Yuta up, scoops him and hits a BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up, ELP suplexes, and SLAMS him down! Cover, TWO! Fans rally and ELP brings Yuta back up. ELP mocks the Liger pose and gets Yuta up but Yuta fights the bomb!

Yuta is on the corner, he fakes ELP out then goes up to CROSSBODY! Direct hit and fans fire up! Yuta atomic drops and ENZIGURIS! Fans fire up with Yuta and he hurries to get ELP’s arms! CATTLE MUTILATION, but ELP rolls to be on top of Yuta for a cover! TWO!! Fans fire up, Yuta kicks low and whips ELP to a corner. ELP goes up and over with a flip, then ducks and dodges to springboard CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! ELP somersaults, but Yuta moves, LIONSAULT FLOPS! Yuta gets the arms, SEATBELT CLUTCH, TWO!! Fans fire up, Yuta dodges ELP and waistlocks. ELP throws elbows then breaks the waistlock.

ELP ROCKS Yuta, but Yuta snarls. Yuta ROCKS ELP back, and ELP throws off his armbands! ELP hushes the crowd, so we can hear him ROCK Yuta. Fans rally up, Yuta snarls again and he ROCKS ELP. ELP throws another shot but Yuta gives it back, and fans rally as they go back and forth, faster and faster! ELP SLAPS Yuta, but Yuta SLAPS ELP! Yuta wrenches and reels ELP in, PAIN SABER! Cover, TWO!! Yuta hurries to get the arms, CATTLE MUTILATION!! ELP endures, flails, fans rally and ELP scoots around. ELP reaches out, ROPEBREAK! Yuta lets go quickly but is still frustrated. Fans rally as Yuta gets back up.

Yuta drags ELP up by his hair, reels him in and underhooks the arms. ELP resists so Yuta CLUBS him, then CLAWS him! Yuta underhooks and lifts, but ELP slips up and over! ELP hooks Yuta up to backslide, but Yuta rolls through! ELP hooks the arms but Yuta slips out and dodges, to BUSAIKU KNEE! Shoutout to the American Dragon! Fans fire up with Yuta and he drags ELP up. Yuta scoops to a gut wrench, and he tucks the legs! CROSS LEG TOMBSTONE!! Cover, TWO?!? ELP survives but Yuta hurries with HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Fans fire up, Yuta hooks ELP up, SEAT- NO, ELP slips away and clips the ref! SUDDEN DEATH!! Cover, TWO!?!?

ELP can’t believe it! Yuta defies Sudden Death and fans are thunderous! ELP gets Yuta up, SUDDEN DEATH again! Then he hooks Yuta up, C R II!!! Cover, ELP wins!!

Winner: El Phantasmo, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Yuta earns 0)

The Headbanga snatches the golden ticket! Will ELP have his choice of titles regardless of the BOSJ? Or will he want them all?

 

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

It’s a battle of tricksters here this close to the end! Will the Heel Master be able to pull a fast one on the Murder Machine? Or will Sho show he’s become a master heel in his own right?

Sho is already expecting something sneaky as he makes his entrance, but he makes it to the ring safely. So then Sho decides to get the jump on Kanemaru! He hides in the neutral entryway, but Kanemaru was waiting! They brawl backstage! The ref hurries to see what’s going on, and Kanemaru is choking Sho with his own shirt! Fans cheer as Kanemaru drags Sho down the ramp and to ringside. The ref reprimands, but Kanemaru POSTS Sho! Kanemaru then gets a chair and SMACKS Sho’s leg! The ref tries to stop this but Kanemaru shoves him away and SMACKS the leg again! Fans fire up while Sho writhes!

Kanemaru stomps the leg and fans rally for “HEEL MAS-TER! HEEL MAS-TER!” as he puts Sho in the ring. The ref rings the bell and Kanemaru stomps the leg more. Kanemaru drags Sho up to put in a corner and whip corner to corner. Sho hobbles and stumbles, so Kanemaru dropkicks the leg out! Kanemaru gets the leg, steps through, FIGURE FOUR! Sho fights it off but Kanemaru puts on the pressure! The fans rally as Sho endures the hold! Sho drags himself back and reaches out, but Kanemaru just puts on more pressure! Sho grabs at the ref, and flings him at Kanemaru! The hold is broken but fans rally up!

Sho crawls for his corner but Kanemaru anchors his foot. Kanemaru drags Sho back, turns him over and steps back through, but Sho kicks him away. Sho gets his wrench, but Kanemaru gets his whiskey! Sho dodges the bottle shot to JAM Kanemaru with the wrench! The whiskey is spat out, Sho aims agian but Kanemaru BOOTS the wrench away! Sho scrambles to find it, Kanemaru stands on it to keep Sho from picking it up! Kanemaru stomps Sho’s hand and he gets the wrench for himself! Fans fire up and Kanemaru takes aim, but Sho blocks the wrench attack! So LOW BLOW! Scoop and SLAM, then Kanemaru goes up! MOONSAULT!! Cover, the ref is back, TWO!!

Kanemaru drags Sho up fast, suplex for TOUCH OUT!! Cover, Kanemaru wins!!

Winner: Yoshinobu Kanemaru, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Sho earns 0)

As fast as a whiskey shot, Kanemaru puts Sho away! Speaking of which, Kanemaru takes a swig and SPITS it on Sho! And he holds up the NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Championship! Is Suzuki-Gun going to aim for the House of Torture? Has Kanemaru just tanked Sho’s shot at the finals? Or can the Murder Machine pull off another trick in the final round?

 

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

Bruciare made his first appearance in NJPW interrupting the Bone Soldier and the then champion, El Desperado. Taiji has the title now, will he show Akira what happens for stealing his thunder? Or will Akira burn up the champion’s chances of going to the finals?

Akira gets in Taiji’s face as soon as the introductions are over, but the ref has them back off. Fans already rally with “A! KI-RA!” while the jackets are put aside. The bell rings and Akira rushes in to BOOT Taiji, then fire off forearm after forearm! Taiji shoves Akira way but Akira’s right back for more! Taiji shoves him again, then rakes they eyes! The ref reprimands, Taiji lets off and whips, but Akira reverses. Taiji handsprings Akira gets around to merry-go-round headscissor! Taiji bails out, Akira runs and slides, but Taiji dodges! Taiji kicks and sends Akira at the apron but Taiji swings around to kick Taiji down!

Fans rally again with “A! KI-RA!” as Akira ASAI MOONSAULTS! Direct hit and fans fire up with Akira! Akira says if this is the champion, he’s not good enough. Akira CLUBS Taiji, the ref wants this back in the ring and Akira says hold on. Akira CLUBS Taiji again, then brings Taiji around. Taiji elbows the neckbreaker away, but Akira CHOPS! Fans fire up, Akira runs in but Taiji scoop and LAWN DARTS him into the post! Fans rally, Taiji undoes the blue buckle pad, the Bullet Club Special! Taiji hides that from the ref as Akira gets back in. Taiji storms up on Akira to CLUB him down. Fans rally for Akira but Taiji wrenches and hammerlocks, to RAM Akira into bare steel!

Fans rally as Akira gets up but Taiji CLUBS him. Akira throws a forearm but Taiji gives it back. Taiji cravats and has the neck wrench, but Akira endures. Taiji snapmares for the NECK TWIST! Cover, TWO! Fans rally, Taiji stalks Akira to ropes. Taiji brings Akira up, CHOPS him, then CHOPS him in the corner. Fans applaud those, and Taiji CHOPS Akira again! Akira comes back with forearms! Fans fire up, Akira CLUBS Taiji down, then Akira whips Taiji. Taiji Spider-Mans through the ropes, slips around Akira, shoulders in then springboards, but into a DROPKICK! Fans fire up again while Taiji writhes to a corner.

Fans rally as Akira goes to the opposite corner. Akira runs corner to corner and clotheslines! Then again for an uppercut! Taiji staggers, Akira fires up and fans fire up with him. Akira suplexes but Taiji slips out to waistlock and shoves. Akira then follows to wheelbarrow, STOMP 182!! Cover, TWO! Akira is beside himself but fans rally up. Akira drags Taiji up, reels him in, SPEED- NO, Taiji slips out, wrenches and ELBOW BREAKER! Taiji POSTS Akira, but fans still rally “A! KI-RA!” Taiji drags Akira out with a hammerlock, half nelson, scoop and SHOULDER BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally but Taiji grits his teeth.

Taiji crawls to a corner, aims at Akira as he stands up, but Akira elbows him! Taiji ROCKS Akira, whips, but Akira reverse. Taiji handsprings, into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Fans fire up and Akira runs, but Taiji dodges and comes back, DESTROYER! But Akira rebounds to DOUBLE KNEE!! Fans are thunderous while both men are down! Akira goes to the corner, he runs in at Taiji, SHOTGUN! Taiji ends up in the other corner and fans fire up! Akira gets Taiji up to the top rope, and he CHOPS! Akira climbs up, throws forearms, then stands on the very top! SUPER SPANISH FLY!! Cover, TWO!! Taiji survives and shocks Akira!

Fans are thunderous as Akira gets up and drags Taiji up. Akira vows to end this, he aims, but Taiji ducks the Fireball! MYSTICO! BONE LOCK!!! Akira endures, reaches, crawls, but Taiji cranks back! Akira still reaches out with a leg, for the ROPEBREAK! Fans rally for “A! KI-RA!” as hard as they can. Taiji gets up with the ropes, he takes aim and BANG. He brings Akira up, but Akira fights free, dodges and SUPERKICKS! POISON-RANA!! Taiji flops, Akira hurries back over! Akira stands Taiji up, SPEEDFIRE!! Cover, TWO!! Taiji survives and fans are thunderous again! Akira goes back to the corner, and he aims as Taiji sits up. FIRE- LARIAT!!

Taiji roars and he gets Akira up. CIPHER UTAKI! Cover, TWO!! Taiji is furious but he brings Akira back up. BLOODY CROSS!! Cover, Taiji wins!

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

The Fireball has been extinguished! And for the Bone Soldier, he’s been reborn in this block! He leads it now at 6-2, but will he still have control in the end?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 29 B Block: Robbie Eagles VS El Desperado!

The Sniper of the Skies is on a win streak, having beat El Phantasmo and El Lindaman these last two rounds. Will Eagles complete El Barrido (The Sweep)? Or will the Rogue Luchador once again outdraw him when it counts?

The bell brings and fans rally up, “EA-GEL-SU!” and he encourages them to get louder. The fans get louder and Desperado mockingly applauds. Eagles and Desperado circle, they tie up, and Desperado wrenches to a wristlock. Eagles spins and wrenches to wristlock, but Desperado spins and reaches back to headlock. Desperado grinds the hold, but shifts to a wrench and hammerlock. Eagles reaches around, sits down and rolls to then wristlock. Desperado goes to ropes and steps through, to then lace Eagles’ arm around the ropes! Red Shoes reprimands, Eagles tells him to let go, Desperado kicks the ropes as he does.

Eagles taunts Desperado and the two reset. They tie up, Desperado puts Eagles on ropes, but lets off. Eagles blocks the whip, and again, but Desperado rakes the eyes! Red Shoes reprimands, Desperado whips but Eagles reverses to go around, but Desperado blocks the arm-drag! Desperado brings Eagles up, and rakes his eyes again! Desperado runs, but Eagles arm-drags, only for Desperado to reverse that with his own! Eagles comes back, dodges and springboards to FLYING ARM-DRAG! Desperado bails out, fans rally up and Eagles builds speed, but he fakes Desperado out. Desperado mockingly applauds, then rushes up, only for Eagles to dropkick him down!

Eagles builds speed and slides, but Desperado ducks. Desperado kicks low and brings Eagles over, but Eagles avoids hitting the post by running up it! Eagles then arm-drags Desperado down! Fans rally and Desperado clutches his leg. Eagles barely kicks Desperado’s leg and Desperado freaks out. Eagles gets Desperado up to CHOP him! Fans rally while Desperado staggers around. Eagles brings Desperado up to CHOP! Eagles brings Desperado around to put in the ring, then steps in, but Desperado dropkicks Eagles’ leg! Then he gets the leg for a GROUND DRAGON SCREW! Fans rally while Eagles writhes.

Desperado gets up, brings Eagles around and puts the leg on ropes for a HIP DROP! Red Shoes reprimands but Desperado drags Eagles to the apron, then the corner! Desperado SLAMS the leg into the post! Desperado ties up the legs for a TEXAS CLOVERLEAF around the post! Red Shoes reprimands, Desperado lets off, and fans rally up again. Desperado gets in, stomps Eagles’ leg, then SMASHES the knee on the mat! Cover, ONE! Desperado is annoyed as fans rally. Desperado slaps Eagles around, but Eagles throws a body shot! Eagles gets up and throws forearms, but Desperado kicks the bad leg! Desperado then ties Eagles up in the BUTTERFLY DEATHLOCK!

Desperado mocks Eagles, “ROBBIE ROBBIE ROBBIE! OI OI OI!” and puts pressure to the beat. Eagles throws a forearm but Desperado eggs him on. Eagles “DECKS” Desperado but that just puts pressure on the hold! Desperado keeps on the pressure even while lounging, but Eagles reaches out to the ROPEBREAK! Fans rally up, Desperado lets off and “Oops!” drops on the leg. Fans rally but Desperado brings Eagles up to suplex. Eagles blocks, Desperado kicks the bad leg. Desperado gut wrenches, but Eagles slips out, ROLLING CHOP BLOCK! BLINDSIDE LARIAT! Desperado bails out, fans rally up, and Eagles manages to run and DIVE!

Direct hit at the ramp but Eagles may have hurt his leg more with the somersault tope’s landing! Red Shoes wants them to get to the ring and fans rally up. Eagles hobbles over and brings Desperado up and into the ring. Eagles fires himself up and fans rally behind him. BASEMENT CUTTER! Cover, TWO! Desperado checks his chin now while fans rally. Eagles encourages them to get louder and faster, and then he KICKS Desperado. And KICKS! And KICKS! Desperado stays up, Eagles runs, LEG- NO, Desperado blocks the leg lariat and CLUBS the leg. Desperado whips, Eagles reverses, WHEEL KICK!

Fans fire up while both men are down. They go to opposite corners, Eagles runs in, DOUBLE KNEES! Eagles rolls back while Desperado sits, METEORA! Then another METEORA! Cover, TWO! Fans still rally, Eagles tries to get his bad leg moving. Eagles brings Desperado up and cravats, but Desperado fights off the Shiranui. Eagles throws down elbows, then cravats, but Desperado turns Shiranui into atomic drop! Eagles hobbles, but he still ROUNDHOUSES, SUPERKICKS, and PELE- NO, midair DRAGON SCREW! Desperado keeps on the leg with a GROUND DRAGON SCREW! Fans fire up and Desperado hurries to the STRETCH MUFFLER!!

Eagles endures, scrambles, and gets the ROPEBREAK! Desperado thrashes but lets off as Red Shoes counts. Fans rally as Eagles bails out, and Desperado builds speed to DIVE into a GAMANGIRI! Desperado flops to the floor and Eagles tumbles back down, but fans fire up! Eagles gets in the ring, then goes to the apron. Desperado sits up in a daze, Eagles aims and leaps, missile dropkick to the legs! Both men are down, clutching their knees while Red Shoes checks on them. Fans rally up as both men stir. The ring count starts, Eagles and Desperado slowly rise. They’re both still down at 12 of 20, then 15! Eagles gets in at 16, Desperado hurries in at 19!

Eagles gets Desperado’s leg to stomp away and KICK it! Desperado fights off the step through but Eagles hits a SPINNING TOEHOLD! Then RON MILLER SPECIAL!! Desperado endures, reaches out, ROPEBREAK! Eagles lets go and drags Desperado away. Fans rally, Eagles rolls Desperado to his feet but Desperado fights the backpack. Desperado ROCKS Eagles but Eagles ROCKS Desperado! Desperado ROCKS Eagles again, Eagles ROCKS Desperado back. Desperado rebounds and ROCKS Eagles, Eagles rebounds and ROCKS Desperado. Desperado and Eagles go back and forth, faster and faster, and fans rally up!

Desperado KICKS the bad leg, but then Eagles KICKS Desperado’s bad leg! Eagles blocks the boot, but Desperado rakes eyes! Eagles fights the gut wrench but Desperado fights the cravat. Desperado shoves Eagles, SPINE- NO, Eagles spins through to ASAI DDT!! Fans fire up and Eagles drags Desperado to a cover, TWO! Eagles gets to a corner and manages to climb up with one good leg. 450, but he has to land as Desperado dodges! The leg jams, Desperado CHOP BLOCKS it! STRETCH MUFFLER! NUMERO DOS!! Eagles endures, reaches out, fans rally more, and Eagles flails his way over to the ROPEBREAK!!

Desperado lets go in frustration, and he shouts about his own bad leg. Fans rally up again and Desperado drags Eagles back up. Desperado underhooks, but Eagles blocks the lift! Desperado throws knees, underhooks again, PINCH- RANA! But Desperado rolls through to stack! TWO, into STRETCH MUFFLER! NUMERO DOS PLUS!! Eagles endures and fights to get one arm free! Fans rally as he reaches, but Desperado wants that arm again! Eagles sits up out of the muffler to reel Desperado in. But Desperado Alabama Lifts! He tucks the legs, BASTARD DRIVER!! Cover, TWO!!! Eagles survives and fans are thunderous!

Desperado writhes, clutching his own bad leg. Fans rally as hard as ever, Desperado gets up and roars! Desperado hobbles over to Eagles, gets him up and underhooks the arms, PINCHE- NO! Eagles fights that off to lift Desperado! But that’s too much for the bad leg! Desperado ROCKS Eagles! Eagles ROUNDHOUSES! And SUPERKICKS! Desperado ROCKS Eagles again! SCREW HIGH KICK from Eagles!! Both men are down and fans are thunderous! Eagles shakes out the cobwebs and gets back up. Desperado goes to ropes, Eagles runs in, 619!! Then Eagles goes to a corner, but the bad leg keeps him from climbing.

Eagles gest his bad leg moving, and he SPRINGBOARD 450s onto Desperado’s legs!! Then RON MILLER SPECIAL!! Desperado crawls, reaches out, but Eagles drags him away! Desperado taps, Eagles wins!!

Winner: Robbie Eagles, by submission (gains 2 points; Desperado earns 0)

Eagles takes out every El and has another W! Is Desperado’s comeback going to be denied? Or can he salvage it in the final round?

As for Eagles, he gets the mic and asks Desperado to wait. In Japanese, Eagles tells “Desperado-san: Until we meet again.” Fans applaud, hoping to see this showdown again someday, too. Fans then clap for “EA-GEL-SU!” but he gets them going on “ROBBIE ROBBIE ROBBIE! OI OI OI!” And again he says that he can’t wait until the fans can all shout “Oi Oi Oi” again. “Soon, huh? I hope soon. Everybody, you want to make noise, too? You want to make noise, too? Yeah? You wanna cheer? You wanna shout? You wanna scream?” Fans applaud because yes, they do.

Eagles continues to say, “I did exactly as I said I would. That’s three for three. I’ve got one more to go to punch my ticket. So I’m gonna do everything I can to make it so I’m center of this ring, holding the Best of the Super Junior trophy in the Budokan.” Fans rally for “EA-GEL-SU!” as loud as they can, and Eagles repeats what he said in Korakuen Hall, that he thanks us all for supporting and believing in him. Eagles thinks of saying the next thing in Japanese but realizes his Japanese is still lacking. He starts again, “This is my time!” The Sniper of the Skies has just one last target left, can he hit it to go to the finals?

 

Here are the new standings in A Block!

Taiji Ishimori: 6-2, 12 points
Ace Austin: 5-3, 10 points
Hiromu Takahashi: 5-3, 10 points
SHO: 4-4, 8 points [ELIMINATED]
YOH: 4-4, 8 points [ELIMINATED]
Alex Zayne: 4-4, 8 points [ELIMINATED]
Clark Connors: 3-5, 6 points [ELIMINATED]
Francesco Akira: 3-5, 6 points [ELIMINATED]
Yoshinobu Kanemaru: 3-5, 6 points [ELIMINATED]
Ryusuke Taguchi: 3-5, 6 points [ELIMINATED]

 

Here are the new standings for B Block!

El Phantasmo: 6-2, 12 points
Robbie Eagles: 5-3, 10 points
El Desperado: 5-3, 10 points
El Lindaman: 4-4, 8 points [ELIMINATED]
Wheeler Yuta: 4-4, 8 points [ELIMINATED]
TJP: 4-4, 8 points [ELIMINATED]
Bushi: 3-5, 6 points [ELIMINATED]
Master Wato: 3-5, 6 points [ELIMINATED]
Titan: 3-5, 6 points [ELIMINATED]
Douki: 3-5, 6 points [ELIMINATED]


My Thoughts:

A great event for NJPW BOSJ and it seems each block is down to just three entrants each. With both halves of the Cutest Tag Team at 6-2, a lot of people get cut out of the running. I was right about Sho and Yoh swapping results, but it wasn’t enough to keep them both in the running. Sho VS Yoh will still be great stuff but it’ll just be for pride at this point. Eagles and Austin also have parallel positions: If they win to get to 6-3 while Taiji and ELP lose to drop to 6-3, tiebreakers go to Eagles and Austin and they’re the finalists. But if ELP and/or Taiji win, they take the block.

But the key is that Hiromu VS Taiji and Desperado VS ELP are the final showdowns. If Hiromu/Desperado win over Taiji/ELP, AND Austin/Eagles lose, we’ll see Hiromu have his fourth finals appearance and Desperado is within reach of his comeback. This is coming down to the and I love it.

My Score: 8.9/10


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Andrew’s IMPACT Results & Match Ratings: 12.8.2022

Josh Alexander finally addresses what happened at Over Drive! MCMG gets a title match! Eric Young was written out, how does Deaner change Violent by Design?

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We get a new era of VBD, Motor City Machine Guns with a tag title shot and Josh Alexander will finally address what happened at Over Drive. I doubt we’re going to get a clean resolution to the tag match since Brian Myers and Matt Cardona are just assholes, but hopefully we get something fun.

Apparently since Deaner is the Violence, the group is just called The Design.

Ratings:

  • Tag Team Titles: Motor City Machine Guns vs Heath & Rhino (c): No Contest – ** 1/4
  • Savannah Evans w/Tasha Steelz vs Taya Valkyrie w/Death Dollz: Savannah wins via Full Nelson Bomb – **
  • Kon w/The Design vs Sami Callihan: Kon wins via Death Valley Driver – **
  • IMPACT World Championship Open Challenge: Mike Bailey vs Josh Alexander (c): Josh retains via C4 Spike – *****

Results:

Tag Team Titles: Motor City Machine Guns vs Heath & Rhino (c)

Rhino and Sabin start off and they work to Shelley and Heath with a little bit of MCMG tandem work. Guns are tying up Heath, some corner work where the ref is allowing a little more contact than usual; main point is that Heath is getting twisted and torqued.

Heath tries to paint brush his way out of a Figure Four, but Shelley dips into his heel tendencies. Heath gets to the ropes and Shelley lays back and tells the ref he’s willing to break. He doesn’t and forces the referee to untie their legs, so he gets some extra damage in. Dragon Screw attempt gets turned around, Heath drops Shelley and finally gets Rhino back in.

Guns try to utilize some tandem attacks, but as we see Sabin and Heath swinging back and forth; the Major Players hit the ring and hit simultaneous Wake Up Calls on Heath and Sabin, causing the no contest.

Savannah Evans w/Tasha Steelz vs Taya Valkyrie w/Death Dollz

Savannah starts off honestly just overpowering Taya. A few quick shoves, Bear Hugs, rag dolls…and Taya is on the back foot. A little bit of ducking and dodging gives Taya the chances to hit the Spear and send Savannah out.

Savannah puts the brakes on anything Taya can start, we go to commercial and Savannah throws Taya with a Butterfly Suplex…so there’s just a lot of Taya working from underneath. Flying Headscissors finally gives Taya a breather, Blue Thunder Bomb for 2 into an Indian Deathlock transitioning into an STF before Savannah fights out.

Road to Valhalla attempt, Savannah blocks it, a little back and forth before Savannah connects with the Full Nelson Bomb for the win.

Kon w/The Design vs Sami Callihan

Early on Sami is struggling with Kon’s power and size. This is hard to really swallow, even as an early “debut” of a new stable. Sami keeps fighting the good fight, grasps for a Jaw Breaker and turns a Kon charge into a Scoop Slam…but Kon tries to keep being the immovable object.

Sami buckles Kon’s knee and hits the Tanaka style forearm and tries to stay on the bigger guy. The numbers eventually start to distract Sami, Angels distracts the referee, Deaner stops Sami and Kon hits a Death Valley Driver for the win.

I’m not really impressed with this, but I guess you really can’t have the new stable get punked out. Even though they are all punks.

Josh Alexander comes out to address the Over Drive fallout and states an open challenge with the intent to drag out Bully Ray – but Bully has a whole video set up goading Josh and saying he’s not there. 

So Speedball Mike Bailey comes down to see if the open challenge is still on the table. 

IMPACT World Championship Open Challenge: Mike Bailey vs Josh Alexander (c)

Bailey tries to come at Josh hard, and Josh shows that his left arm is still bothering him some; but he generally shrugs off Bailey for the early goings. A big Forearm and Kitchen Sink have Josh slowly stalking his opponent. His attention isn’t on Bailey, so his style reflects as much.

Josh sends Bailey to the ropes, back handspring, machine gun kicks send Josh reeling and a Tope con Hilo finally gives Bailey some momentum. Commercial break comes back with Bailey hitting a big Double Knees, but a Running Boot from Josh puts things back in his favor. Josh lands kick after kick, big forearms, and just hits Bailey with disdain because he’s not Bully Ray.

A Shotgun Dropkick opens things up for Speedball, Sole Butt doubles over Josh, Axe Kick, Roundhouse into a Corkscrew Shooting Star Press for 2. Buzzsaw Kick missed, German Suplex train begins! Two in a row, Bailey tries to block, so Josh pins the arms and hits a Shutdown Suplex for 2. C4 Spike, spun out, Ankle Lock attempt, blocked and turned into a Kimura from Bailey, but now they’re just jockeying for submission positions. Josh counters the Octopus into running him into the corner twice, but Speedball doesn’t let go. One more attempted jam, but a Poison Rana gives Bailey a 2 count.

Another commercial comes back to Josh driving his knee into Speedball’s shoulder blades. Flipping Stomp miss from Bailey, Tornado Kicks land, Ultima Weapon misses and Josh goes for a C4 Spike but the arm gives out! They spill to the outside and Bailey strings together some offense. A big Missile Dropkick leads into Round Kicks, and then open hand chop exchange. Both men after just firing back and forth, neither is relenting. Forearms and kicks, finally into a proper Fighting Spirit spot that Bailey counters a Rolling Forearm with a Straight Side Kick. Bailey charges into the ropes, Josh catches him in Capture Suplex position but drags him over the ropes and slams him onto the apron.

This is a third commercial break and we’re perched with Bailey going for a Super Frankensteiner, Josh blocks, feigns the Avalanche Styles Clash, but Bailey counters! Flamingo Driver attempt, Josh gets pissed, counters and then throws Bailey with a Torture Rack Bomb. 2 count immediately into the Ankle Lock, but Bailey blocks, manages to get away, counters Josh in the corner, Ultima Weapon connects! But Bailey can’t get the pinfall as he sells his legs. Speedball gets up, PK as he keeps selling the legs but still uses his offense. PK again! Backflip Double Knees, a few missed kicks before finally connecting and then charging through with the snap kick. Open Hand Chops from Josh, Kicks from Bailey, Josh just grabs him and starts the locomotion German Suplexes.

Six suplexes and another commercial! Back perched, Kimura Lock from Bailey, Josh fights, Bailey tries a kick, but Josh grabs him and dumps him back into the ring with an Olympic Slam for a near fall. Josh climbs to the top, Moonsault misses! Bailey slowly climbs to the top rope, Josh pops up, Avalanche Olympic Slam for 2! Josh struggles to try and pick up Bailey, so they have a slow rise as both men are banged up. Bailey pops up with the Straight Kick to the face for a near fall, and we actually hear the 10 minutes remaining call from Penzer.

Ankle Lock again from Josh, but Bailey keeps squirming. Josh Death Rolls with the Ankle and doesn’t want to let go, he’s trying to end this. Bailey tries to stretch up to get out of it, but gets scooped into a Tombstone Piledriver but only another 2 and back into the Ankle Lock! Up Kicks break the submission, Bailey tries to stop Josh from charging back into the corner with a kick, but Josh drivers his knee into Bailey’s leg, drags him back to the center and Grapevine’s the Ankle. Speedball barely manages to claw to the ropes.

Josh tries to climb the corner with Bailey, but Bailey slips down and now he’s trying to get up to Josh but can’t quite muster the energy to get past Josh. Josh keeps clocking and dropping Bailey. Bailey finally powers through the offense, stares down Josh and Avalanche Frankensteiner! Ultima Weapon… connects again but foot on the bottom rope! Flamingo…nope, Styles Clash from Josh into the Ankle Lock again! Bailey grabs the bottom rope and tries to kick Josh away, but Josh finds adrenaline rips Bailey into his arms for an Inverted Piledriver. Josh and Bailey keep struggling as Josh is going for a C4 Spike, 2 C4 Spikes with about 15 seconds left!

 

Overall Score: 9/10

A Western company actually mentioning time remaining, having to bump a “scheduled main event” and dedicate the last hour of the show to literally one match is a little surprising. The show also did try to add credibility to The Design, Savannah Evans got to look impressive and the fact the tag match was interrupted…to no one’s surprise, helped sell the epic main event even harder.

I don’t really have a lot to say aside from that was a hell of a match, and the fact that it was about 15 seconds short of a Broadway is both crazy and almost feels dirty that it didn’t quite get there. But it was great, built off their previous match and was a great endcap to the year both men had as being fighting champions and two bastions of hope of the company in 2022. IMPACT loves to just to clip shows for the last two weeks of the year, so we only have 1 maybe 2 more real episodes before Hard to Kill is around the corner. But hot damn was this match amazing!


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Mitchell’s NJPW WTL X Super Jr. Tag Results & Report! (12/7/22)

The Super Jr. Tag League penultimate round!

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NJPW WTL X Super Jr.

The Super Juniors are so close, they can almost taste it!

NJPW continues on and the Super Jr. Tag League is almost done! Is it inevitable that Ace Austin & Chris Bey are finalists in the tournament? Or will they get burned by the #GLEATSAUCE?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

Here are the current Super Jr. Tag League standings!

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

 

Super Jr. Tag League 2022: KUSHIDA & Kevin Knight VS TJP & Francesco Akira!

The Time Jet may be out of the running, but they could use this moment to turn it all around! Will Kushida & Knight find #Time2Fly? Or will Catch 2/2 not be denied their spot in the finals?

The Orchestrator, Gideon Grey, is here to make the introductions for the Public Enemy & Nova Fireball. The teams sort out and fans applaud as Knight starts against TJP. Fans rally as the two circle. TJP avoids Knight’s rush at the legs, gets around to a waistlock, but Knight switches. TJP sits, pries at the hold, but Knight brings him up to SLAM him down! Knight floats to a facelock, TJP rolls but Knight stays with him, but TJP slips away. Fans applaud this opening exchange and the two reset. Knight and TJP circle, knuckle lock, and TJP spins to wrench and wrangle Knight with a top wristlock.

Knight rolls, stands, TJP wrenches his arm again. Knight rolls, handsprings and wrenches back! Fans applaud while TJP works on a return. TJP rolls, spins, cartwheels, but Knight stops the headscissors to CHOP! Fans applaud as TJP staggers to ropes. Knight CHOPS TJP again, then whips TJP to ropes. They RAM shoulders but neither man falls. Knight flexes and fans applaud. TJP runs, they RAM shoulders again and Knight stays up. Knight says TJP doesn’t have it, but TJP kicks low! TJP runs, but Knight hurdles over! TJP rebounds, and he blocks the hip toss into a cobra twist! Fans applaud while Knight endures.

TJP drops for a ground cobra cradle, TWO! Knight whips, TJP stops himself and comes back to tie Knight’s one arm up, and he YANKS Knight’s other arm back! Fans applaud while TJP drags Knight away. Tag to Akira and Catch 2/2 mug Knight. They double whip but Knight DOUBLE FLYING SHOULDER TACKLES them down! Fans fire up as Knight brings Akira up. Knight wrenches Akira, tags Kushida, and he hands off the wrench. Kushida wrenches to a wristlock, then tags Knight back in. They hand off the wrench again, tag, and then hand it off again! Kushida CLUBS Akira’s arm, wrangles him down, and traps the arm to TWIST!

Fans applaud as Kushida drags Akira up to wrench again. Tag to Knight, they hand off the wrench again and again and again! Then they double snapmare to double knee drop both arms! Fans applaud but TJP runs in! Into a drop toehold and PENALTY KICK to the arm! Kushida & Knight secret handshake, then they double whip TJP to a corner. Then they double whip Akira into TJP! Kushida runs in to back elbow sandwich the champs! Knight runs in to STINGER SPLASH SANDWICH the champs! Knight pushes Akira aside to whip TJP corner to corner. TJP goes up and over, Akira returns for a RAILGUN DROPKICK!

Fans rally as Akira drags Knight up to CLUB him on the neck. Akira stomps Knight in the corner and digs his boots in! The ref counts, Akira stops at 4, then tags TJP. Catch 2/2 drag Knight up, they double whip him to ropes, and SOBAT, KICK, KICK and BASEMENT SHOTGUN! Cover, TWO! TJP sits Knight up to KNEE him in the back! TJP drops knees on the arm, then on a leg. Then TJP has the leg for a standing toehold. Knight endures, even as TJP twists the ankle! Fans rally, Knight fights up and stands. TJP stays clear of the haymakers but Knight breaks free. Knight kicks with the other way but TJP blocks it!

TJP slips around, but Knight ENZIGURIS TJP down! Fans rally, Akira grabs Knight’s legs but Knight kicks him away. But TJP runs past Knight to BLAST Kushida! Knight run sin but TJP goes up and over to get a TARANTULA! Akira intercepts Kushida at the apron for a TARANTULA! Fans fire up for the double shoutout to Tajiri, and Catch 2/2 lets off as the ref counts. Akira returns to his corner, TJP stalks Knight and fans rally up. TJP drags Knight up, scoops and SLAMS him, then goes to the apron. Slingshot SENTON! Tag to Akira, and he runs to go up the Electric Chair! “Take Picture!” But Knight JET FLIGHT DROPKICKS Akira down!

Fans fire up while all three men are down! Knight crawls, hot tag to Kushida! Kushida climbs up and AX HANDLES TJP down! Kushida KICKS and KICKS and KICKS Akira, then whips him to ropes. Akira reverses but Kushida FLYING FOREARMS! Kushida dodges to PELE! TJP kicks Kushida, runs, but into a hip toss! Cartwheel, basement dropkick! Fans fire up with Kushida and he winds up, but Akira blocks the Buzzsaw! Akira whips Kushida to ropes, but Kushida reverses. Akira sunset flips but Kushida stays up! Kushida has the arm, for an ARMBAR! The fans fire up as Kushida pulls back, but Akira rolls to the ROPEBREAK!

Kushida lets go quickly and fans rally up. They clap for “KU-SHI-DA!” as he wrenches Akira’s arm to an ELBOW BREAKER! Kushida aims, but Akira dodges the Penalty Kick! Akira CHOPS, but Kushida ROCKS! Akira SUPERKICKS, but Kushida SHOTEIS! Fans fire up while both men are down! Kushida crawls, hot tag to Knight! Knight hurries after Akira, brings him up and whips him to a corner. Knight runs in and Kushida runs in from the apron, SPLASH ENZIGURI COMBO! Knight hoists Akira up top, climbs up after him, but TJP gets in! TJP Electric Chair Lifts Knight, but Kushida HANDSPRING KICKS Akira!

Knight fights free of TJP while Kushida has a KIMURA on Akira! TJP lets Knight go to go after Kushida! TJP has the Electric Chair Lift, but Kushida fights free to get the HOVERBOARD KIMURA! Knight jumps to SUPER STEINER Akira! Fans fire up and Knight leaps, SATELLITE DDT!! Cover, TJP SLAMS Kushida onto it! Fans fire up while Kushida throws TJP out. Knight drags Akira up, fans clap “TIME TO FLY!” They double suplex but Akira fights it. Akira ROCKS and CHOPS on repeat! But Knight knees low! Time2Fly double whip but Akira shotguns the clothesline apart! And TJP runs in to DOUBLE BULLDOG!

Fans fire up and TJP blocks a kick to spin around, LEG CAPTURE BACK SUPLEX for Knight! Kushida DECKS TJP! Akira GERMAN SUPLEXES Kushida! Knight SLIDING SHOULDERS Akira down! Fans are thunderous as all four men are down! Knight sits up, he brings TJP up but TJP throws a forearm. Knight forearms back, so TJP forearms again. The forearms keep going, then TJP UPPERCUTS! Knight UPPERCUTS in return! The forearms return, Knight gets the edge! Knight runs, into a ROLLING SOBAT! TJP runs, ducks a lariat and SUPERKICKS! TJP runs, into a DROPKICK! Knight kips up and fans fire up again!

Knight runs corner to corner at TJP, but TJP goes up and over! TORNADO DDT!! Cover, TWO!! Knight is still in this and fans are thunderous! TJP drags Knight to a drop zone, goes up the corner, but Knight is up! Knight springs up to join TJP, he throws body shots, but TJP hits back. Fans rally as TJP slips under and trips Knight! Knight is in a Tree of Woe, TJP helps Akira walk the tightrope, for a MISSILE WOE DROPKICK! Knight is down in another drop zone and TJP goes back up! MAMBA SPLASH!! Cover, but Kushida breaks it! Kushida CLUBS Akira, CLUBS TJP, then BUZZSAWS Akira! Kushida runs, but into an ALLEY-OOP!

Fans fire up as Catch 2/2 sit Knight up! 2 BY 2!! Cover, Catch 2/2 win!

Winners: TJP & Francesco Akira, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Kushida & Knight earn 0)

That’s two more points for a dozen total! Will the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions prove they are THE best tag team in the division?

 

Super Jr. Tag League 2022: Ryusuke Taguchi & Clark Connors VS YOH & Lio Rush!

The Wild Hips haven’t had much luck in the league, but they’re not giving up! Will Taguchi & Connors stampede through Direct Drive & The Bad Child? Or will the Men of the Hour still have time on the clock?

Taguchi and Connors reach into their bags, and they have beer again! Fans applaud, and the Wild Hips offer some to Yoh & Lio. Really? Right now? Sure! Think of it like a party. Fans applaud but Yoh & Lio aren’t sure, they’re technically working. Yoh and Lio take a can each, Connors & Taguchi crack theirs open and drink. Fans applaud, it’s now or never for Lio & Yoh. They argue it out, but Lio says his stomach doesn’t feel good. Connors understands and fans applaud. The beers are put aside for now, and the teams sort out. Lio starts with Connors and fans rally up at the bell. Lio and Connors circle, feel things out, and knuckle lock.

Connors shoots in but Lio sprawls and facelocks. Connors slips out to facelock and then waistlock then back to a facelock. Lio slips out to waistlock, they stand up, and Connors pries free to switch. Connors drags Lio down, goes back for a facelock, but Lio switches that onto Connors. Connors fights back up, throws a knee, and fans applaud as Connors headlocks. Lio powers up and out but Connors runs him over! Fans applaud again and Connors runs the ropes. Lio drops, then redirects to whip Connors. Connors redirects, too, and then again! Lio handsprings to dodge, then he mule kicks and ENZIGURIS! Fans fire up and Lio covers, TWO!

Lio has the fans rally up, and Lio wrenches Connors’ arm. Tag to Yoh, they double whip Connors and double kick. Yoh whips Lio but Connors avoids the scissor kick! Lio whips Yoh now but Connors avoids Yoh to rebound and run them both over! Fans fire up with Connors and he calls to Taguchi. Taguchi hops in, Connors EuroUppers Yoh. Yoh is in one corner, Lio is in the other and the Wild Hips combine. WHIP HIP into Lio! WHIP HIP into Yoh! And then another for Lio! And another for Yoh! Then Taguchi WHIP HIPS Connors into Lio, and then WHIP HIPS him into Yoh! Fans fire up as the Wild Hips butt bump.

Taguchi sets up on the corner and Connors brings Yoh around. But Yoh reverses and sends Connors into the Funky Weapon! Lio returns to LARIAT Connors down! Taguchi hops down and runs at Yoh, but Yoh atomic drops the hip attack! Yoh scoops and SLAMS Taguchi, then he and Lio hook Taguchi’s legs into the ropes! Not quite a Tree of Woe, more a Bush of Woe. Fans rally as Lio and Yoh fire up. They hook up, ROLLING DIVING HEADBUTT into the Bush! Fans fire up while Taguchi flops over. Yoh drags Taguchi to the apron, and he uses the ropes in a Paradise Lock!? Yoh learned a form of Paradise!

Connors returns but Yoh kicks him down. Yoh drags Connors up to ROCK him with a forearm, and then stomp him in the corner. Tag to Lio, he and Yoh double whip Connors to DOUBLE ELBOW! Then Lio runs to get a wheelbarrow boost from Yoh, WHEELBARROW SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Lio taunts Taguchi then clamps onto Connors with a sleeper and body scissors! Yoh plays defense, but Taguchi can’t get free anyway. Connors fights up with Lio as a backpack, and he RAMS Lio into the corner! Yoh tags in, Connors hurries to his corner, but he can’t tag Taguchi like that! Lio whips Connors to the corner, Yoh & Lio mug him!

Yoh & Lio drag Connors up again, throw forearms and haymakers, then Yoh has Connors on ropes. Yoh throws more forearms, puts him back in the corner, but Connors fights back with forearms and elbows! Fans rally, Connors crawls, but Lio drags him up for a BIG back suplex! Fans rally, Yoh & Lio drag Connors up and double whip. Connors ELBOWS Yoh away but Lio kicks him low. Lio runs, Connors drops and POUNCES Lio into Yoh, and Yoh falls on Taguchi! Taguchi’s free from Paradise! Fans fire up as Connors hurries over, hot tag to Taguchi! Taguchi fires up, and he HIP ATTACKS Yoh at the ropes! Then HIP ATTACKS Lio at the ropes!

Taguchi keeps going, another HIP ATTACK for Yoh! Another HIP ATTACK for Lio! Baseball slide and APRON HIP for Yoh! Fans fire up and Taguchi takes aim from the apron. Springboard and MISSILE HIP! Taguchi covers, TWO! Taguchi drags Yoh up but Yoh swings, into a waistlock. Yoh elbows free, runs, but Taguchi follows! Yoh catches the hip attack into a waistlock, but Taguchi elbows free. Taguchi fakes Yoh out into running into a HIP ATTACK! Fans fire up and Taguchi runs side to side! PEOPLE’S T-BAG!! Cover, TWO!! Yoh survives and fans fire up. Taguchi calls upon the powers of Strong Style! “ORYA~!”

But Lio gets in the way, and offers the beer! He wants to have the drink now? Lio gets the fans to applaud for it, and they crack open the beers. They drink, and Lio hits a STUNNER on Taguchi! Lio laughs at Taguchi falling for it, then he HAANDSPRING KICKS Connors off the apron! Lio hurries to get another drink of beer, then he builds speed! But then Lio feels queasy! Connors runs in to SPEAR Lio down! Fans fire up, Connors drags Yoh up but Yoh throws forearms! Yoh ROCKS Taguchi, UPPERCUTS Connors, but runs into DOUBLE HIP ATTACKS! The Wild Hips combine their powers, take a drink, and show the RED UNDIES! CROSS HIPS!!! Cover, Lio breaks it!!

Fans fire up and Connors throws Lio out. Taguchi stands back up and fans rally. Taguchi stands Yoh up, to ENZIGURI! Fans fire up and Taguchi drags Yoh up into chicken wings! But Yoh wheelbarrows and victory rolls, only for Taguchi to sit on it! TWO!!! But Taguchi has OH MY GAH ANKLE!! Yoh flails, reaches out, moves around, and Connors keeps Lio on the outside! Yoh scrambles to get a BEER! Yoh stands up to make Taguchi drink!! Taguchi chugs, Yoh shakes him up!! Taguchi is dizzy now, but he SPITS the beer! He’s gone from The Rock to The Game! Taguchi kicks low, runs, but into 3K!!!! Cover, the Men of the Hour win!!

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

It’s all about the game and how you play it, but the Wild Hips got beat at their own game! Will Yoh & Lio close in on that outside shot to the finals?

 

Super Jr. Tag League 2022: DOUKI & Yoshinobu Kanemaru VS SHO & Dick Togo!

Japones Del Mal & The Heel Master got the biggest win they could by beating the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions! Will that momentum help them finish strong? Or will the House of Torture ruin things for them right before the end?

Both sides argue about the other needing to be thoroughly checked. After all, Douki has the pipe and Kanemaru has the whiskey, but the Murder Machine has a wrench and the Spoiler has his choker. But for now, the teams sort out and Dick starts against Kanemaru. Fans rally as the two circle. They tie up, Dick powers Kanemaru to ropes, but lets off as the ref counts. Kanemaru dodges the sucker punch and tells the ref that’s what he was talking about! Dick apologizes, and offers a handshake. Kanemaru says don’t even bother with that. Dick shakes Sho’s hand and Sho hops in to shake the ref’s hand. Dick also shakes the ref’s hand.

Douki steps in and the House of Torture offers him a handshake, too. Douki & Kanemaru reach out to accept, but then they block the cheap kicks! Douki throws Sho’s foot into Dick, then he throws Sho out while Kanemaru rolls Dick up! TWO!! Dick escapes, Douki goes out after Sho while Kanemaru stalks Dick to the corner. Dick pokes Kanemaru in the eye! Dick then whips corner to corner but Kanemaru reverses. Dick BOOTS Kanemaru, runs, but into a dropkick to the legs! Tag to Douki, Suzuki-Gun SMASH both knees! Cover, TWO! Douki stomps Dick around, then puts the leg on the ropes for a HIP DROP!

Fans rally while Douki drags Dick up. Douki kicks low, whips Dick to ropes, then runs in, only to be put on the apron. Dick swings but Douki shoulders into him. But Sho trips Douki up! Dick BLASTS Kanemaru, Sho stomps Douki around by commentary. Sho drags Douki up, brings him all the way to the back wall, rakes the eyes, and then goes into the rear stage area! Sho sends Douki into the wall! Dick keeps after Kanemaru while Sho whips Douki at the edge! Douki keeps from falling, he turns around and Sho BOOTS him off the stage! Fans applaud as Sho stands tall. Sho stomps Douki in front of the back row, then says to turn our attention back to ringside.

The ring count starts while Dick waits on Douki. Sho wants the count to go faster, and then he touches the Super Jr. Tag League trophy. Fans rally as Douki stands, and he hurries up the aisle! We’re at 12 of 20, Sho gets on the mic to shout that this is over! Sho rings the bell himself! The ref tells Sho no, but Sho makes the ref raise his hand in victory. Doukik returns! But Sho and Dick mug him! The ref reprimands them, counts, but both Sho and Dick let off at 4. Douki fights up but Dick fights off the scoop. Dick throws body shots and he CLUBS Douki down! Dick scoops and SLAMS Douki down! Dick then clamps onto Douki’s arms for a motorcycle stretch!

Fans rally as Douki endures and reaches out. Douki gets the ROPEBREAK, and Dick lets off. Dick scrapes his sole on Douki’s face, then he tags Sho. Sho runs to BLAST Kanemaru, then he and Dick mug Douki. Douki hits back but Sho rakes the eyes! Sho shoves Douki down, brings him back up, and throws him out of the ring. Sho distracts the ref so Dick can ROCK Douki! Dick puts Douki back in for Sho to ROPE GUILLOTINE! Cover, the ref refuses because of shenanigans. Sho stomps Douki then covers, TWO! Fans fire up while Sho is upset with the ref. Sho drags Douki back up but Douki throws forearms! Sho rakes the eyes!

The ref reprimands but Sho grins as he brings Douki up again. Douki blocks the suplex and fans rally. Sho powers Douki up but Douki fights it. Douki powers Sho up, but Sho bends Douki’s fingers! Sho suplexes but Douki slips out! Douki waistlocks but Sho elbows free. Sho runs, but into a FLYING HEADBUTT! Fans fire up while both men are down again! Sho and Douki crawl, hot tag to Kanemaru! Kanemaru stomps on Sho then BLASTS Dick! Kanemaru whips, Sho reverses but Kanemaru dropkicks the legs out! Kanemaru drags Sho up, SHIN BREAKER and then a  dropkick to the legs! Kanemaru steps through for a FIGURE FOUR!

Sho endures the leglock and Kanemaru trashes about! Dick gets in to stomp away on Kanemaru! The hold is undone but the ref reprimands Dick. Kanemaru drags Sho around, stomps the legs, but Sho bends the fingers! So Kanemaru rakes Sho’s eyes! The ref reprimands them both, Kanemaru kicks Sho and runs. But Sho uses the ref as a shield! Sho then runs but now Kanemaru uses the ref as a shield! Kanemaru kicks low, ELBOWS Sho in the head, then runs, but Dick gets a cheap shot in! Sho SPEARS Kanemaru down! Tag to Dick and the House of Torture stomps away on Kanemaru. They whip him corner to corner, then Sho runs in.

Kanemaru dodges Sho, kicks Dick and sends him into Sho! ENZIGURI for Dick! Fans fire up while all three are down! Douki calls out and Kanemaru heads that way! Hot tag to Douki! Douki goes up to CROSSBODY! Dick staggers up, Douki dodges him to springboard BACK ELBOW! Douki drags Dick into the drop zone, for a RUNNING DOUBLE STOMP! Cover, TWO! Fans rally, Douki drags Dick up and hooks him up! But Dick fights the Gory Especial to snapmare and ghost pin! TWO! CROSSFACE!! Fans rally while Douki endures! Douki reaches out, claws his way over, but Dick rolls him way!

But Douki slips out to waistlock! He baits Dick into a double pump handle and he flips Dick over! Douki then rolls Dick into ITALIAN STRETCH #32! Fans fire up while Dick endures! But then Sho drags the ref out! Sho gets in to stomp away on Douki! The Young Lions check on the ref while Sho gets his wrench! But Douki gets his PIPE! Fans fire up as Douki’s is bigger! Sho still swings but Douki dodges! Douki swings but Sho dodges! Douki blocks the wrench attack and Sho drops it! Douki JAMS Sho with the pipe, then CHOKES him with it! But Dick slides in to use the SPOILER CHOKER! But Kanemaru takes a swig!

Yujiro & Evil rush out from the back! But Kanemaru WHISKEY MISTS Yujiro! Then he KICKS the ropes to hit Evil down low! Then Kanemaru WHISKEY MISTS Dick! But Sho LOW BLOWS Kanemaru! Everyone falls at the same time! Fans fire up and rally as the ref returns! The ref can’t make heads or tails of what happened, but Dick and Douki stay in the ring. Dick drags Douki up, underhooks, but Douki blocks the Pedigree! Dick CLUBS Douki down, drags him back up and tries again. But Douki wrenches out! Dick rakes the eyes! Dick gets the whiskey and tags a swig!? But Douki HELL STABS! The whiskey spews into the air!

Douki drags Dick back down, ITALIAN STRETCH #32!!! Dick verbally quits, Suzuki-Gun wins!!

Winners: Douki & Yoshinobu Kanemaru, by submission (gain 2 points; Sho & Dick earn 0)

Incredible! Douki the underdog has gotten his team to three wins in this latter half of the tournament! Is this a sign that things are finally clicking for Japones Del Mal?

 

Super Jr. Tag League 2022: Robbie Eagles & Tiger Mask VS BUSHI & Titán!

The Flying Tigers may not have a shot at the finals, but they can shoot down another team’s chances! Will the Sniper of the Sky and the Junior Heavyweight legend eliminate LIJ? Or will the Black Mask y El Inmortal stay alive for one more round?

The teams sort out, Eagles calls out Titan, so LIJ fist bumps. Fans applaud as Titan and Eagles circle. They tie up, Eagles wrenches an arm to a wristlock, but Titan rolls, handsprings and wrenches back. Eagles endures the wristlock now, but he uses the ropes to flip through and wrench back. Titan endures now, rolls, kips up and bridges to then handspring and wrench back! Fans rally as Titan wrenches again. Titan whips corner to corner, Eagles reverses but Titan goes up and over to handspring away. Fans cheer and things keep moving. Titan jumps over, whips Eagles but Eagles reverses to go up and around and arm-drag! But Titan handstands walks!

Titan rolls, handsprings, and fans fire up as things keep moving. Titan hurdles, Eagles counters the arm-drag to a takedown, and then he handsprings to basement dropkick! Fans cheer the opening exchange as Eagles covers, TWO! Eagles keeps on Titan, brings him over, and bumps him off buckles. Tag to Tiger and he KICKS and KICKS and KICKS Titan down! Tiger stomps Titan, brings him up and ROCKS him with a forearm. Tiger runs but Titan DROPKICKS him in return! Fans rally and Titan rolls to tag in Bushi! Bushi stomps Tiger, bumps him off buckles, then CHOPS! And CHOPS again!

Bushi pushes Tiger out, turns him, and hits a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Bushi goes after Tiger’s mask! The ref reprimands, Bushi stops going after the laces to pull at the chin! The ref reprimands and counts, Bushi stops at 4. Bushi stomps Tiger down, then he tags in Titan. Titan climbs while Bushi drags Tiger up. Bushi wrenches an arm and Titan DOUBLE STOMPS it! Titan kicks Tiger around, then mule kicks him. Titan snapmares Tiger to PENALTY KICK! Fans rally and Eagles coaches Tiger, but Titan stands Tiger up. Tiger throws body shots, then throws KICK after KICK! Titan blocks a kick but Tiger SPIN KICKS him away!

Fans rally, Tiger rolls and hot tags Eagles! Eagles springboards up and over Titan, BLASTS Bushi, then RANAS Titan! Fans fire up as Eagles WHEEL KICKS Titan and kips up! Titan bails out, Eagles builds speed, but Bushi trips Eagles up! Titan mule kicks Tiger, CLUBS him down and gets back in the ring. Titan KICKS Eagles while he’s down, then he tags Bushi. Fans rally as LIJ mug Eagles, then double whip him corner to corner. Bushi runs in to back elbow Titan, and then sets up for INMORTAL IN MOTION! Feed to a lift, DROPKICK SPINEBUSTER COMBO! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up but Titan BLASTS Tiger!

Fans rally up as LIJ loom over Eagles. They kick Eagles around, drag him up and double whip again. Eagles reverses to send Bushi away and then he knees Titan low. Bushi returns and Eagles sends him into Titan! Titan falls, Eagles mule kicks Bushi then runs, BASEMENT DROPKICK BLINDSIDE LARIAT COMBO! Fans fire up while all three men are down! Eagles crawls for his corner, hot tag to Tiger! Tiger goes up top and CROSSBODIES Bushi down! Titan CLUBS Tiger, holds him up, but Tiger BOOTS Bushi and KANGAROO KICKS Titan! Bushi returns, into a tilt-o-whirl BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!

Fans rally as Tiger brings Bushi back up. Tiger underhooks Bushi but Titan runs in! Tiger mule kicks Titan, Eagles runs in to KICK, and then DOUBLE ROUNDHOUSES take Titan down! Fans fire up and Bushi fires forearms on both Flying Tigers! Bushi fires off on Tiger, but Eagles SOBATS Bushi! Eagles cravats Bushi and Tiger gives him a boost into the ASAI DDT! Roll and feed to the underhooks, TIGER DRIVER! Cover, Titan breaks it! Eagles throws Titan out and Tiger goes to a corner. But Titan POSTS Eagles! Tiger reaches the top but Titan attacks him first! Titan ROCKET LAUNCHES Tiger off the corner!

Bushi crawls to the LIJ corner, hot tag to Titan! Titan roars, fans fire up, and Titan springboard MISSILE DROPKICKS! Titan drags Tiger up, reels him in and suplexes for the GOURD BUSTER, to a SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO! Tiger is still in this and fans rally up. Tiger goes to a corner, Titan powers up and runs in, LOCO- NO, Tiger BOOTS Titan away! Then crucifix takedown! TWO!! Into the REVERSE DOUBLE ARMBAR!! Titan endures, flails, Eagles intercepts Bushi into the RON MILLER SPECIAL!! But Titan gets the ROPEBREAK! The Flying Tigers let LIJ go and Eagles kicks Bushi out.

Eagles rallies the fans and he joins Tiger in bringing Titan up. The Flying Tigers double whip Titan to a corner, Eagles goes to the apron. They both run in, ENZIGURI ROUNDHOUSE COMBO! Fans fire up as Tiger brings Titan up to the top rope. Bushi rushes in but Eagles springboards and missile dropkicks the legs out! Tiger climbs up after Titan, underhooks the arms, and fans rally up! SUPER BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! Cover, TWO!! Titan survives, but Tiger has a KIMURA! Titan endures as Tiger also traps his head! Bushi barrels through Eagles to break it up! Fans rally as Bushi fires forearms on Eagles.

Eagles knees low, Bushi ducks a roundhouse to spin Eagles into a DDT! Tiger fires off on Bushi, knees low and SOBATS! Tiger runs, but into a DROPKICK! Bushi runs to BLAST Eagles! Then Bushi builds speed to DIVE onto Eagles! Fans fire up and Titan roars! Titan drags Tiger up, reels him in to a fireman’s carry, and spins for the LANDSLIDE! Cover, TWO!! Tiger survives again and fans fire up! Bushi returns as Tiger goes to a corner. Titan runs in, LOCO LARIAT! Bushi hits the CODE BREAKER! Titan springboards, but slips! Angel Inmortal is more a diving headbutt botch! Bushi hurries to get Titan back up and Titan resets.

Bushi watches Eagles while Titan COAST2COAST dropkicks Tiger!! Cover, LIJ wins!

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

It wasn’t pretty, but it was effective! LIJ stay alive for another round, will they make the Super Jr. Tag League finals tranquilo?

 

Super Jr. Tag League 2022: Alex Zayne & El Lindaman VS Ace Austin & Chris Bey!

The #SAUCEHEARTS holds their fate in their own hands! If they win, they take over the top spot! If they lose, their bubble bursts right before the end! Can Zayne & Lindaman stop the Inevitable? Or will Ace & Bey keep things Too Sweet?

The teams sort out, Zayne steps up and calls out his former friend, Ace. Ace & Bey Too Sweet and then point finger guns at Zayne. Lindaman says, “Boo~!” but Ace starts against Zayne. The fans rally as the two stare down, but then Ace tags out to Bey. Bey & Ace laugh at Zayne thinking he was going to get his way. Zayne and Bey circle, fans rally up again, and the two tie up. They go around, Zayne puts Bey on ropes but he stares Ace down. Red shoes counts the break, Zayne lets off with a pat on Bey’s shoulder. Bey acts like he’s gonna punch, but he just hands Red Shoes some of his gold chains that’re coming loose.

Zayne and Bey reset as fans rally up, and Bey gets around to waistlock. Zayne works on the hold but Bey shifts to a headlock. Zayne throws body shots, then elbows, then he powers out, only for Bey to pull on Zayne’s beard! Bey laughs and flexes while Red Shoes reprimands. Bey headlocks, but Zayne powers up to put Bey on ropes! Zayne then powers out to wrench Bey’s arm. Bey endures the wristlock, but Zayne pulls on Bey’s beard! Tag to Lindaman and Lindaman kicks Bey low. Fans applaud as Lindaman wrenches and wristlocks Bey to then YANK the arm! Lindaman YANKS the arm again, and he keeps Bey from Ace.

But Bey pulls Lindaman’s hair! Red Shoes reprimands but Bey knees Lindaman low, tags Ace, and Bullet Club mugs Lindaman. They double whip Lindaman corner to corner, Bey runs in but Lindaman picks Bey up! AIR RAID CRASH! Ace runs in and knees low. Ace whips, Lindaman reverses and SAYANAGIS! Then BASEMENT DDT! Fans fire up with Lindaman and he looms over Ace. Lindaman drags Ace, scoops him and SLAMS him, then rallies the fans as he goes to the corner. Lindaman runs, stomps and goes to the other corner! Fans fire up as Lindaman climbs, but Ace wants Red Shoes to check him. This is a distraction so Bey can trip Lindaman up!

Ace hobbles over and tags in Bey. Bey BLASTS Zayne, then he and Ace double whip Lindaman! POMMEL KICK, and then FINESSE IN MOTION! Bey feeds Lindaman to Ace’s drop toehold and Eddy Gordo Kick! Bey DOUBLE STOMPS Lindaman down! Bey stands on Lindaman in a cocky cover, TWO! Fans applaud while Bey drags Lindaman up. Bey ROCKS Lindaman, drags him up again, and then CLAWS Lindaman’s eyes! Red Shoes counts, Bey lets off and pretends he can’t hear the fans rallying up. Bey KICKS Lindaman in the side, then coordinates with Ace. Bey bumps Lindaman’s face off Ace’s boot!

Red Shoes reprimands while Bey tags Ace. Bullet Club double wrench Lindaman, double CLAW his back, then double drop toehold to Too Sweet CLAW his back! Fans applaud while Ace stomps Lindaman. Cover, TWO! Fans applaud more, Ace stomps Lindaman more. Ace CHOKES Lindaman with his shirt, then drags Lindaman up to gut wrench suplex! Ace stands on Lindaman before a LEG DROP! Cover, TWO! Ace KNEES Lindaman in the back, and again, but Lindaman gets up to ROCK Ace! And again! But Ace NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO! Ace drags Lindaman up and tags in Bey.

Bullet Club mugs Lindaman, double whip him to ropes but Lindaman holds ropes. Ace runs in but Lindaman steps aside to send him tumbling out! Bey runs in but Lindaman puts him on the apron. Bey holds onto Lindaman to keep him from Zayne, and Bey shoulders in. Bey slingshots up and over, but Lindaman CLOBBERS him! Fans fire up, hot tag- NO, Ace trips Zayne off the apron! Bey CLOBBERS Lindaman while Ace stomps Zayne. Bey snapmares and UPPERCUTS Lindaman in the back. Cover, TWO! Bey argues the count while fans rally up. Bey sits Lindaman up for a chinlock and grinds him down.

Fans rally as Lindaman endures. Lindaman fights his way up, throws elbows, but Bey CLUBS Lindaman down! Tag to Ace, and Ace brings Lindaman around, DOUBLE SWEEP COMBO! And then the STANDING MOONSAULT LEG DROP COMBO! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up while Ace grows frustrated. Ace drags Lindaman up, whips him hard into the corner, and Bey CHOKES Lindaman while Ace distracts Red Shoes with talk about Zayne. Red Shoes keeps them apart, and then Ace goes over to Lindaman. Ace tags Bey, drags Lindaman up, and Bey takes a crane stance. Bey crane steps to then poke Lindaman in his eyes!

Fans applaud while Bey crane steps around. Bey drags Lindaman up, reels him in, and says he’s gonna give us three amigos. But Lindaman blocks the first amigo! Bey throws body shots, then a knee! Uno Amigo! Then Dos Amigos! Then THREE AMIGOS! Bey kips up and fans applaud. Bey goes up the corner, fans fire up, and Bey mocks Zayne with “ITADAKIMAAASU~!” MOONSAULT, but Bey has to roll through when Lindaman moves! Lindaman runs in, gets around, kicks Bey’s legs out then dropkicks him in the back! Fans fire up while both men are down, hot tags to Ace and Zayne! Zayne fires off hands on Ace, then spins him for the DISCUS LARIAT!

Fans fire up as Zayne storms up on Ace, fires off boxing elbows, then mule kicks! Zayne runs but Bey runs in to SOBAT! Bey whips, Zayne ducks ‘n’ dodges, then he DOUBLE RANAS Bey & Ace! Fans fire up and Zayne swings, but Bey catches him! Ace runs up but Zayne BOOTS him! Zayne elbows free of Bey to knee him low, then he runs again, DOUBLE ROLLING SCISSOR KICK! Fans fire up again as Zayne focuses on Ace. Zayne stalks Ace, drags him from the corner, and he pulls the kick pad away from the boot! Ace kicks Zayne away, but Zayne blocks the roundhouse! Zayne drags Ace down and Ace desperately claws for the ropes! ROPEBREAK!

Zayne holds on but Bey drags Ace out to safety. But then Lindaman runs in and he uses Zayne as a boost to SOMERSAULT SENTON out onto Bullet Club! Fans fire up with that direct hit, and Zayne waits on them to stand back up. Fans rally, Lindaman drags Ace up for Zayne and puts him in. Zayne drags Ace up, reels him in, but Bey SUPERMAN PUNCHES Lindaman! Zayne suplexes, Ace slips out and goes to ropes. Zayne runs in, he blocks Ace’s boot and flips him to the apron. Bey gets up to join Ace, Zayne runs in but he gets DOUBLE KNEES! Ace & Bey dump Zayne out, and then Bey gets in to build speed. Bey FLIES and takes out Zayne!

Lindaman swipes at Ace but Ace handsprings up and over! Ace PENALTY KICKS Lindaman down! Ace and Bey get Zayne up, Ace slingshots in and kips up to build speed! THE FALL TO GLORY! Fans fire up for the Fosbury Flop and Bey says that was great! Ace puts Zayne in the ring, fans rally up and Bullet Club sees Zayne go to the corner. Bey sets up, but Zayne ducks the pommel kick! Zayne BOOTS Bey, puts Ace in the corner to ELBOW, then he hoists Ace up top. Bey runs in but is sent into Ace’s knees! Zayne uses Bey to get up and SUPER STEINER Ace! And GERMAN SUPLEX Bey onto Ace! Fans fire up as Zayne drags Ace up.

Zayne scoops for the BAJA BLAST! Cover, TWO! Ace survives but Zayne keeps his focus. Lindaman returns, he and Zayne coordinate. Lindaman drags Ace up and Zayne goes to the corner. Lindaman hits KUMAGOROSHI, and Zayne shouts “ITADAKIMAAASU~!” Zayne climbs up, but Bey GAMANGIRIS him down! Lindaman storms over but Bey GAMANGIRIS him, too! Ace hits a BIG back suplex on Lindaman, and Bey climbs up after Zayne. Zayne is reclined along a top rope, Bey DOUBLE STOMPS him down! Bey drags Zayne up and torture racks! Ace steps in to FLYING CHUCK and Bey spins to RACK NECKBREAKER!! Ace covers, TWO!?!?

Fans are thunderous as Zayne survives! Bullet Club grows frustrated, but they decide to bring out the trump card. But Lindaman BOOTS Ace! And ROCKS Bey! And ROCKS Ace! Lindaman fires off on Bey, then BOOTS Ace! Lindaman whips but Ace reverses. Bey SPLASHES Lindaman, hoists him up top, and then Ace goes up top with Bey. They bring Lindaman up, but Zayne CLUBS them first! Zayne adds on now, for a TOWER OF DOOM, DOUBLE POWERBOMB SUPERPLEX!! Fans fire up as all four men are down! They all stir, and Bey slowly rolls out of the ring, as does Lindaman. That leaves Zayne and Ace alone.

Zayne crawls over to Ace, and Ace SLAPS Zayne! Zayne SLAPS Ace, and they SLAP back and forth! Then they throw forearms back and forth! Fans rally as the two fight up to their feet to throw more forearm shots! Ace gets the edge, knees low then swings, but Zayne spins him! Ace blocks the lariat, Zayne blocks the kick! Zayne ducks a kick to wrap Zayne up! TACO- NO, Ace slips out! Ace KNEES, KNEE LIFTS and HEEL KICKS! Zayne wobbles, Ace runs, THE FOLD!!! Cover, LINDAMAN BREAKS IT!! Fans are thunderous as Lindaman waistlocks Ace and deadlifts! Bey saves Ace to PELE Lindaman!

Fans fire up, Bullet Club coordinates, ONE TOO- NO, Lindaman catches the cutter to GERMAN SUPLEX! Bey lands on his feet, but Lindaman GERMAN SUPLEXES! Zayne kips up, Ace BOOTS him, but Zayne ducks the roundhouse! Lindaman GERMAN SUPLEXES! DOUBLE BRIDGE!! SAUCEHEARTS WIN!!!!

Winners: Alex Zayne & El Lindaman, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Ace & Bey earn 0)

INCREDIBLE! The top team falls, and now we have a NEW top team! Can the Bullet Club still have an impact on the Super Jr. Tag League finals?

As for SAUCEHEARTS, Lindaman gets the mic to say he and Zayne just won! “This league started back on November 21st in Korakuen, and now we’re here. I’m delighted we won the main event here, in Sasebo.” Fans applaud as they’re happy to see it, too. Lindaman says he’s “got a lot of personal feelings for this place. My father was born and raised in Sasebo. My mother was also born and raised in Sasebo. Make no mistake, Sasebo runs in El Lindaman’s veins.” Fans applaud to know he’s one of theirs. But then Lindaman says, “Sorry, I lied! I’m from Tokyo! Sorry! I might have told a little white lie about Sasebo, but I’m not lying when I say we’re taking this Super Jr. Tag League!”

Fans applaud that, and Lindaman continues to say, “After this win here, we’ll continue to do the same when we face Douki & Kanemaru. Then we’re off to the finals in Sendai.” Fans also applaud that. Lindaman says he’s proud to be holding the mic after a NJPW main event, but some fans may not know him. “El Lindaman doesn’t belong to NJPW, but I represent the promotion known as GLEAT. But since I have the mic, mind if I close this the GLEAT way?” Fans applaud, they’d love to see it! Lindaman says, “For those of you unfamiliar in Sasebo, let me give you a crash course! Don’t worry, it’s very simple. Learn it and try it at home.

“When I say, ‘Let’s,’ you pump your fist and shout, ‘GLEAT!’ Did you get that?” Fans applaud, as that is pretty simple. So are they all ready? Lindaman then admits, he didn’t get the pin so Zayne should have a part to say. They can “remix” this for the occasion and get some “Itadakimasu” in. Lindaman asks, “Everyone, did you enjoy NJPW today?” Fans applaud because they did! “Did you enjoy Super Jr. Tag League?” Fans applaud because they did! Then watch them as they head for the finals in Sendai! “Everyone in Sasebo, let’s… GLEAT! And…” “ITADAKIMAAASU!” The SAUCEHEARTS are fired up, but will they bring the heat all the way to the tournament finals?

 

Here are the NEW Super Jr. Tag League standings!

Zayne & Lindaman: 6-2, 12 points
Austin & Bey: 6-2, 12 points
Bushi & Titan: 6-2, 12 points
TJP & Akira: 6-2, 12 points
Yoh & Lio: 6-2, 12 points
Taguchi & Connors: 3-5, 6 points [ELIMINATED]
Eagles & Tiger Mask: 2-5, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
Douki & Kanemaru: 3-5, 6 points [ELIMINATED]
KUSHIDA & Knight: 1-7, 2 points [ELIMINATED]
Sho & Dick: 1-7, 2 points [ELIMINATED]


My Thoughts:

A great event for the Super Jr. Tag League, and I am surprised that we still have FIVE teams, aka half the block, still alive going into the final round! Hilarious stuff from Wild Hips VS Yoh & Lio with the beer and the references to The Rock, Stone Cold and I suppose Triple H. Douki & Kanemaru getting a win over Sho & Dick was great, even if it didn’t affect the finals. Eagles & Tiger gave LIJ a great match but LIJ was the team I expected to win out. I did not, however, think #GLEATSAUCE #SAUCEHEARTS Zayne & Lindaman were gonna get this one, and that is great stuff. It is revenge on Ace for him betraying Zayne and joining Bullet Club, and keeps him and Lindaman alive.

Now, three of the five matches on Friday the 10th matter, with LIJ VS Yoh & Lio, Zayne & Lindaman VS Douki & Kanemaru and Catch 2/2 VS Ace & Bey. Yoh & Lio have a “win and they’re in” scenario for having beaten SAUCEHEARTS and Bullet Club, and they’d eliminate LIJ from the running. And for LIJ, they beat Catch 2/2, who beat everyone else, but they lost to Bullet Club. Ace & Bey would have to lose for LIJ to get in, but then I think that gives us LIJ VS Catch 2/2 for the finals. That match-up seems to fit the story, but I wouldn’t mind another scenario just so we don’t get LIJ VS Catch 2/2 before a potential WrestleKingdom title match.

My Score: 8.8/10


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