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Mitchell’s NJPW Wrestling Dontaku Results & Report! (5/1/22)

Will the Rainmaker still reign?

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Wrestling Dontaku springs into action!

NJPW is in the PayPay Dome, and there are many prizes on the line! Will Kazuchika Okada still be IWGP World Heavyweight Champion? Or will Tetsuya Naito make things tranquilo?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Six Man Tag: Suzuki-Gun VS BUSHI, Shingo Takagi & Shiro Koshinaka; Suzuki-Gun wins.
  • Hiromu Takahashi VS YOH; Hiromu wins.
  • Tanga Loa VS Yujiro Takahashi; Loa wins.
  • IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championships: Ryusuke Taguchi & Master Wato VS DOUKI & Yoshinobu Kanemaru; Taguchi & Wato win and retain the titles.
  • IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships Tornado Triple Threat: The United Empire VS Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI VS Bad Luck Fale & Chase Owens; Fale & Chase win and become new IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions.
  • NEVER Openweight Championship: EVIL w/ Dick Togo VS Tama Tonga w/ Jado; Tama wins and becomes the new NEVER Openweight Champion.
  • IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship: El Desperado VS Taiji Ishimori; Ishimori wins and becomes the new IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion.
  • Vacated IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship: Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Tomohiro Ishii; Tanahashi wins and becomes the new IWGP United States Heavyweight Champion.
  • IWGP World Heavyweight Championship: Kazuchika Okada VS Tetsuya Naito; Okada wins and retains the title.

PLAY BY PLAY

IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championships: Ryusuke Taguchi & Master Wato VS DOUKI & Yoshinobu Kanemaru!

Six or Nine continues to be number one in the Junior Tag Division, but Suzuki-Gun is looking to take over! Will Japones del Mal and the Heel Master join El Desperado as champions? Or will the Funky Weapon and Way of the Grandmaster keep the 69…th reign going?

The introductions are made, Taguchi shows off his underwear mask, and the belts are raised. The teams sort out, and we start with Wato and Douki to open the golden streak in PayPay!

Douki rushes Wato but Wato dodges, and then they both try roundhouses. Each man dodges, so the forearms start flying! They go back and forth, fans rally up, and Wato gets the edge. Wato runs, but Douki hurdles and drops. Wato leaps over, keeps moving, and he RANAS Douki down! Fans fire up as Wato dropkicks! Kanemaru gets in to go after Wato but Taguchi goes after Kanemaru. Kanemaru rakes Taguchi’s eyes, he and Douki double whip but Taguchi DOUBLE HIP ATTACKS! Six or Nine double whip Douki, double drop toehold and roll to double basement dropkick! Taguchi goes out to set Douki up and Wato builds speed. But Kanemaru trips Wato!

Taguchi throws Douki into railing but Kanemaru whips Wato into railing on the other side! Kanemaru then hits a DDT to the floor! Taguchi runs and triangle jump PLANCHAS! Fans fire up with Taguchi but Douki DIVES! Direct hit at the ramp! Wato gets in and he FLIES onto Douki! Fans fire up with Wato now! Wato gets Douki up as the fans rally. Wato puts Douki in, aims from the apron, but Kanemaru trips him up again! Kanemaru sends Wato back into railing, then hops over to GUILLOTINE LEG DROP! Wato goes down, Douki is after Taguchi. Douki whips Taguchi into railing while Kanemaru puts Wato in.

Douki stomps Wato, bumps him off buckles, and tags Kanemaru in. Kanemaru throws elbows, Douki scuffs Wato, then Kanemaru CLUBS Wato down. Tag back to Douki, Suzuki-Gun mugs Wato and Douki digs his boots in. The ref counts, Douki stops at 4, and Douki drags Wato up. Douki slaps Wato around but Wato throws forearms. Douki slaps Wato more, Wato throws more forearms, but Douki rakes eyes! Douki runs, into a tilt-o-whirl BACKBREAKER! But Kanemaru BOOTS Taguchi off the apron! Kanemaru whips Wato but Wato stops himself to CALF KICK! Fans fire up and Wato crawls, hot tag to Taguchi!

Taguchi sees his targets, HIP ATTACK at the ropes for Douki, then for Kanemaru, and back again! Baseball slide and APRON HIP for Douki! Fans rally and Taguchi aims, SPRINGBOARD HIP! Cover, TWO! Taguchi powers up in the corner and fans rally behind him. “ORYA!” but Kanemaru baseball slides Taguchi down! Kanemaru whips Taguchi to dropkick the legs out! Douki hurries to tag Kanemaru in, and they coordinate. SHIN BREAKER and DROPKICK! Kanemaru gets that bad leg and steps through for a FIGURE FOUR! Taguchi endures and fans rally up as he reaches out. Kanemaru drags Taguchi away while putting on the pressure!

Taguchi pries at the leglock, reaches out again, and he uses his head to keep Kanemaru’s leg away. Kanemaru powers through but Taguchi gets the ROPEBREAK! Kanemaru lets Taguchi go but brings him up. Douki goes up top, Kanemaru gives Taguchi BRITISH FALL and Douki hits DOUBLE STOMPS! Kanemaru goes up, MOONSAULT! Cover, Wato breaks it! Fans fire up, Douki stomps Wato and throws him out. Kanemaru gets Taguchi back up, but Taguchi blocks the suplex! Kanemaru tries again, Taguchi slips out but the leg jams! Kanemaru kicks that leg, trips Taguchi, but Taguchi kicks the leg lock away!

Taguchi gets up, Kanemaru grabs for the bad leg again, but Taguchi ENZIGURIS! Kanemaru wobbles, into Wato’s FLYING UPPERCUT! Fans rally as Six or Nine regroup. They get Kanemaru set up in the wheelbarrow, but Douki gets in to intercept Wato! Kanemaru turns wheelbarrow into victory roll, Wato manages to break it! Fans fire up while all four men are down. Wato gets up to stomp Douki, he and Taguchi double whip. But Douki springboards to DOUBLE TRUST FALL! Douki takes out Six AND Nine! Douki then distracts the ref and Kanemaru gets his whiskey! He takes a big chug, brings Taguchi’s tights down, but Taguchi stops the whiskey spray!

Taguchi turns Kanemaru around, HIP ATTACK and the whiskey hits DOUKI in the face!! Taguchi then rolls Kanemaru up, T-BAG CLUTCH! Six or Nine win!!

Winners: Ryusuke Taguchi & Master Wato, by pinfall (still IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions)

Kanemaru wants to complain about Taguchi’s cheeky cover, but Taguchi at least had something on under those tights. Wait is that an eyepatch? A shoutout to Rocky Romero that may not have been needed. But will Taguchi and Wato continue to win by the literal seats of their pants?

 

IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships Tornado Triple Threat: The United Empire VS Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI VS Bad Luck Fale & Chase Owens!

Great-O-Khan and Jeff Cobb conquered Chaos at Hyper Battle, but their first defense is already a massive one! Will #BISHAMON take these titles back? Will Bullet Club add more gold to their collection? Or will the Dominator and Hawaiian Hulk continue to dominate for the glory of the United Empire?

The introductions are made, but the Rogue General throws the first punch! It’s now a Triple Threat BRAWL as Bullet Club goes after Cobb and Bishamon go after Khan! Truly no Champion’s Advantage here! Bullet Club stomp Cobb out of the ring then go after him at the railing while Goto & Hashi keep Khan in the ring. The ref rings the bell to get this on record, and Bishamon stomp away on Khan. They double whip Khan corner to corner, Goto whips Hashi in to back elbow. Hashi whips Khan to Goto’s forearm, then they coordinate, GOTO BUSTER! Bullet Club gets in, Chase hits Goto and Fale is after Hashi!

Fale sends Hashi out, he and Chase mug Goto. They double whip Goto to ropes, body shot to knee lift and LARIAT! Chase covers, TWO! Fans rally while Chase and Fale hurry. Chase waistlocks Goto and Fale runs, but the Empire trip Fale and drag him out! Goto fights free, but Chase rakes his eyes! The Empire RAMS Fale into railing, Chase runs the ropes, but Hashi gets in and Bishamon runs Chase over together! They coordinate for the hip toss senton! Then Bishamon hammers Chase down! Fans fire up with Bishamon but Khan gets in to Mongolian Chop Goto down! Khan BOOTS Hashi, but Goto gets up, only to run into HITSUJIGOROSHI!

Goto endures, fans rally up, Cobb gets in to help Khan give Goto MARINE! Cover, Hashi breaks it! Cobb CLUBS Hashi, Khan stomps Goto. The Empire bring Hashi up but Hashi ROCKS Khan. Cobb ducks Hashi’s chop and RAMS him into a corner. Khan runs in to clothesline, then Cobb adds a back elbow! cobb feeds Hashi to Khan’s snap suplex, then Cobb GACHIMUCHI MOONSAULTS! Cover, TWO! Fans rally while the Empire double whip Hashi. Hashi gives Khan a BLOCKBUSTER! Then a SPIN MULE KICK to Cobb! Chase gets in to SHOTGUN Cobb while Fale drags Khan out! Chase then CLUBS Hashi down.

Chase headlock punches Hashi and Fale gets in. Bullet Club double whips Hashi to a corner, then Chase runs in to forearm smash. Fale runs in to SPLASH! And then scoop SLAM onto Chase’s knees! Cover, TWO! Fale goes out to keep Khan down while Chase brings Hashi up, C-TRIGGER! Chase roars and brings Hashi up, tuck, but Hashi fights the lift. Goto rushes in to fire forearms on Chase! Goto ROCKS Chase in the corner, whips him corner to corner, then runs in to MURAMASA! And BULLDOG! Fans fire up and Goto intercepts Khan, to snap suplex him onto Chase! Khan writhes, Goto and Hashi regroup.

Hashi runs in at Khan to clothesline! Feed to Goto’s kick and clinch, Hashi runs, GOTO GOTO HUNTER! But Chase runs in, Hashi gets around to feed him to Goto’s fireman’s carry. FIERCE FLASH into the dragon sleeper and leg lift. But Fale grabs Goto and Hashi with choke grips! But they break free, and double drop toehold Fale onto Chase! Then Hashi piles on! And Goto, too! DOUBLE STACK, TWO!! Fale manages to save this for Bullet Club, but Bishamon goes after him. They CLUB Fale, double whip, but Fale blocks! Fale double whips them into Cobb’s DOUBLE LARIATS! And fans fire up as the biggest “monsters” meet!

Cobb disrespects the Too Sweet, but Fale pie faces Cobb. The forearms start flying, fans rally as they go back and forth, and Cobb gets the edge! Cobb runs, but Fale runs him over! Fans fire up as Cobb SCOOPS AND SLAMS Fale!! But then Hashi dropkicks Cobb’s legs out! Khan gets in, he and Hashi collide with DOUBLE LARIATS! Khan roars and runs, ducks and dodges, to RUNNING NECKBREAKER! But Hashi gets back up! Hashi LARIATS Khan down! Fans fire up again and Hashi catches his breath. Khan crawls after Hashi, but Hashi roars! Hashi drags Khan up, full nelson to pump handle but Khan fights it.

Hashi feeds Khan to Goto’s fireman’s carry, FIERCE FLASH! Hashi WRECKS Fale with a dropkick then regroups with Goto. They get Khan in position, SHOUTO!! Cover, but Chase breaks it with a BLINDSIDE C-TRIGGER! Goto hurries after Chase but Chase throws a forearm. Goto hits back with a forearm so Chase hits Goto again. They go back and forth now, forearm for forearm, and the fans rally up. Chase gets the edge, Goto snarls and roars! Goto fires off forearms and Chase staggers! Goto eggs Chase on, Chase fires off a strike fest! Chase runs, but Goto follows. Chase dodges, and FLIES out onto Hashi and Khan!

Cobb whips Goto! TOUR OF- NO! Goto slips out, shoves, and fireman’s carries! USHIGOROSHI! Fans fire up and Goto hurries to get Cobb back up! Dragon sleeper and- NO! Cobb spins around to suplex! Goto slips out, but Cobb DECKS him! Cobb then YANKS Goto up into a TOUR OF THE ISLANDS!! Cover, Fale breaks it! Fale choke grips Cobb, but Cobb breaks free, dodges and DROPKICKS Fale! Fale manages to stay up but Cobb runs in, only to get put on the apron. C-TRIGGER and LARIAT, down goes Cobb! Bullet Club get Goto for the GRENADE! And then ROCKET LAUNCHER ELBOW!! Cover, Bullet Club wins!!

Winners: Bad Luck Fale & Chase Owens, by pinfall (NEW IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions)

Chaos AND the United Empire just got conquered! Bullet Club has even more gold in the treasury! Is this only the beginning of Bullet Club taking over all of NJPW? Or will the Empire strike back?

 

NJPW reveals the blocks for the Best of the Super Juniors 29!

First, an obvious choice, going in A Block, it’s Hiromu Takahashi! He’s won three of the last four, going back to back in 2020 and 2021. Will the Ticking Timebomb make it a threepeat? A Block also has Ryusuke Taguchi, YOH, Yoshinobu Kanemaru, Taiji Ishimori, Sho, Alex Zayne, Francesco Akira, LADOJO’s Clark Connors, and even Impact’s Ace Austin! B Block has Master Wato, Robbie Eagles, Bushi, Douki, El Desperado, El Phantasmo, TJP, AEW’s Wheeler Yuta, GLEAT’s El Lindaman and even CMLL’s Titan! From May 15th to June 3rd, these round robins will take place and the two best will battle to be the Best of the Super Juniors! Wo will #SoarToGlory?

 

NEVER Openweight Championship: EVIL w/ Dick Togo VS Tama Tonga w/ Jado!

The King of Darkness is the King of NEVER, for now. Will Darkness Fall on the Good Bad Guy? Or will Tama’s revenge be more than Too Sweet?

Tama doesn’t wait, he goes after Evil on the ramp! They brawl, the ref reprimands but they’re not stopping! Fans rally up as Tama gets the edge. Tama CLUBS then HEADBUTTS Evil, then drags him to ringside. Fans applaud, Tama headlock punches Evil, then drags him along a bit more. Tama bumps Evil off the apron, then brings him around to bump him off more apron. Tama puts Evil in and the bell rings, but Evil kicks low. Evil runs, Tama hurdles and hurdles and DOUBLE CHOPS! Fans fire up with Tama but Evil bails out. Tama goes out after Evil, throws down fists, then reels Evil in.

Dick protests but Tama tells him to back up. Jado storms over but the ref wants them both to stay back. But Evil gets Tama for a FISHERMAN BUSTER to the floor! Then Dick sucker punches Jado! Evil drags Tama around the way, to RAM into the timekeeper’s area! Abe-san goes tumbling again! Evil gets the mic and CHOKES Tama with the cord! Evil wants Tama to say he quits but Tama refuses! The ref reprimands, Evil stops, and fans rally up as Tama sputters and catches his breath. Evil drags Tama up to put him in and kick around. Tama throws body shots, but Evil rakes Tama’s eyes! Evil whips, Tama reverses but Evil avoids the dropkick!

Evil whips Tama into the BARE CORNER! The Bullet Club Special is served, and then Evil CLOBBERS Tama! Cover, TWO! Fans applaud but Evil is annoyed. Evil looms over Tama, brings him up, scoops and SLAMS him, then covers. ONE! Another cover, ONE! Another cover, ONE!! Evil is furious, he didn’t even get a two-count! Evil stalks Tama, slaps him around at the ropes and eggs Tama on. Evil scuffs Tama, stands on Tama’s head, but the ref reprimands. Evil steps away while fans rally for Tama. Evil drags Tama up, reels him in, but Tama blocks the suplex! Evil keeps trying but Tama throws body shots.

Tama tries but Evil blocks! Evil tries again but Tama blocks! Tama suplexes again and gets Evil up and over! Fans fire up while both men are down. The fans rally and Tama gets to ropes. Tama gets up and he fires haymakers on Evil. Evil swings but Tama ducks to dropkick, dropkick and dropkick! Fans fire up with Tama more but Dick gets on the apron. Tama YANKS Dick into the ring! Dick freaks out and wants mercy but Tama says, “YOU!” Tama throws hands and Dick bails out! Tama runs at Evil in a corner, STINGER SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Tama drags Evil up, dragon sleepers, but Evil slips out to suplex!

Tama fights free, gets Evil again, TONGAN TWIST! Tama gets to a corner and climbs up top. Fans rally but Evil uses the ref as a shield! Then Evil rushes in. Tama jumps over, comes back, but Evil fireman’s carries! Tama slips off, waistlocks, but Evil switches and shoves Tama. Evil goes to the corner to LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up and Evil is furious! Fans rally and Jado coaches Tama but Evil slashes his throat. Evil drags Tama up, spins Tama around, but Tama fights the STO! Evil rakes Tama’s eyes! The ref reprimands, Dick is creeping, but Jado points him out! The ref still focuses more on Jado!

Evil shoves Tama at Dick but Tama DECKS Dick first! Evil runs in but Tama dodges, and Evil DECKS Dick! Tama then fireman’s carries Evil for a ROLLING DEATH VALLEY! Tama goes up top and SUPREME FLOW! Cover, TWO!! Evil survives but Tama throws off the vest! Fans fire up with Tama as he powers up. Evil rises, Tama rushes in, but no Gun Stun! Evil shoves Tama at the ref, but Tama blocks the low blow! Tama DECKS Evil, then gets the legs! But Evil rakes eyes again! The ref reprimands but Evil shoves him away. Evil then shoves Tama at ropes and Dick CHAIRSHOTS him! Evil gets Tama for DARKNESS FALLS! Cover, TWO!!

Both men are down and fans fire up again! Evil gets back up, gets the legs, but Tama fights the Sharpshooter! Evil keeps trying, but he can’t get Tama to turn over! Tama grabs Evil and throws hands! Evil lets Tama free, but then throws body shots. Evil whips Tama into bare buckles again! But Tama roars and LARIATS on the return! Fans fire up again and Tama drags Evil around. Tama steps through, for the SHARPSHOOTER!! Jado sees Dick making a move and keeps him out! But Dick RAMS Jado into railing! Dick rings the bell!? Tama lets go, thinking he’s won, but the ref asks what’s going on!

Abe-san explains, that was all Dick! The ref explains to Tama, and then Evil shoves Tama into the ref! The ref falls out of the ring, Dick gets Tama with the SPOILER CHOKER! Fans are thunderous for Tama as he pries the choker away! Tama throws Dick away but Evil mule kicks! Evil and Dick get Tama for MAGIC KILLER!! Dick points to Evil as he climbs up, and Dick drags Tama up. They want to copy the Super Bomb?! But Jado SMACKS Evil with a kendo stick! Tama suplexes Dick away! Evil hobbles, into a kendo HEADSHOT! Both Tama and Evil are down and fans rally up again. The ref returns and Jado gets the fans pumped up more!

Tama stands on one end, Evil stands on the other. Tama rushes in, GUN- NO! Evil still denies it, but Tama denies him the STO! Tama kicks low, underhooks, but Evil fights free to wrench, shove, and go to the corner again! Tama dodges the lariat to GUN- NO!?! Evil stops it and shoves him to the bare corner! Tama stops himself, so Evil shoves the ref that way! Tama goes up and over the ref, and then GUN STUN!!! Cover, Tama wins!!!

Winner: Tama Tonga, by pinfall (NEW NEVER Openweight Champion)

Revenge has been served! The Good Bad Guy takes this title away from Bullet Club! But wait! Gedo CLOBBERS Jado! Then he goes after Tama! And Luke Gallows is here!! And Karl Anderson!! The Blacksmith and the Good Brothers are beating up Jado and Tama! The Good Brothers give Jado MAGIC KILLER!! The Machine Gun then rains down fists on Tama, and CHOKES him! Gallows drags Jado back up to throw him out of the ring! Anderson drags Tama back up, slaps him around, then feeds him to Gallows. But here comes LOA! The Silverback is in and he DECKS Anderson, fires off on Gallows, then hits Anderson again!

But then Gallows YAKUZA KICKS! Loa staggers, into the GALLOWS POWERBOMB! Anderson snatches up the NEVER Openweight belt! Is the Machine Gun making his challenge known? But they’re still not done with Tama! “You wanted this, Tama? You wanted this?!” GUN STUN on the belt!! Another Bullet Club OG is back, and he’s done with the trash talking! Will he shoot down the Good Bad Guy and make NJPW Too Sweet 4 Life?

 

IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship: El Desperado VS Taiji Ishimori!

The Rogue Luchador has been wanting to check off some names on his title match wish list, but the Bone Soldier won’t let him skip over his name. Will Taiji Ishimori make everyone remember the name by putting his name on the belt? Or will Desperado check Taiji off the list and move on to another?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who rides into BOSJ 29 with the target on their back!

Fans rally as the two circle. They tie up, Taiji waistlocks but Desperado switches. Taiji wrenches free to a wristlock but Desperado brings Taiji to a knee. Desperado wrenches back to a wristlock, but Taiji rolls, kips up and cartwheels to wrench back. Taiji YANKS the arm and Desperado staggers to a corner. Taiji whips corner to corner, Desperado reverses but Taiji slips out to the apron. Desperado rushes over, Taiji slides under, slips back out and shoulders back in. Taiji springboards, Desperado gets under, but Taiji dodges to rake the eyes! The ref reprimands as Taiji headlocks, but Desperado powers out to reel Taiji into his own headlock.

Taiji powers out but Desperado pulls hair! The ref reprimands, Desperado throws Taiji down by his hair! Taiji tumbles out, fans applaud while Desperado argues with the ref. Desperado goes out and stomps Taiji. Desperado then whips Taiji, but Taiji reverses. Desperado stops from hitting railing, Taiji runs in but Desperado dodges. Taiji stops from running into railing, Desperado runs in but Taiji pops him up to TKO off the railing! Fans applaud and Taiji growls while the ref checks on Desperado. Taiji brings out the Bullet Club Special for himself now, throwing the blue buckle pad away.

The ref starts a ring count on Desperado, and it climbs as he crawls. Fans rally, we’re already at 7 of 20, and Desperado makes his way back to ringside. Desperado gets in at 10 of 20, but bails back out for another breather. Taiji storms over and drags Desperado up. Taiji CLUBS Desperado on the back, wrenches an arm, then RAMS Desperado’s shoulder into the bare buckles! Desperado writhes, clutches his arm, but Taiji grabs at him. Desperado kicks at him but Taiji stomps Desperado down. Taiji keeps on the bad arm, then he whips Desperado, just to YANK and WRING the arm out!

Desperado writhes more and fans rally up. Taiji drags Desperado up into a seated cobra clutch. Fans rally as Desperado endures. Desperado gets up, throws body shots, but Taiji ripcords, RAMS shoulders, then hits a headscissor takedown into a TRIANGLE HOLD! Desperado endures, reaches out, but Taiji has the bad arm as a partial straitjacket within the triangle! Fans rally, Desperado gets the ROPEBREAK with a foot. Taiji lets go and Desperado gets to a corner. Fans rally up again but Taiji looms over Desperado. Desperado chops but they’re rather weak. Taiji CLUBS Desperado on the bad arm!

Taiji scoops Desperado and aims for the bare corner! But Desperado slips off and sends Taiji into bare buckles! Desperado runs in, but Taiji boots. Desperado catches it, puts it in the ropes, and he kicks the other leg. Desperado then gets the leg for a DRAPING DRAGON SCREW! Taiji flops and flounders, and Desperado gets the legs for an INDIAN DEATHLOCK! Taiji endures, reaches out, but Desperado puts pressure on the knees. Taiji sits up to throw haymakers! Desperado “falls” back and that adds more pressure! Taiji still endures, Desperado sits up and puts even more pressure on! Taiji still reaches out, and he drags himself to the ROPEBREAK!

Desperado lets Taiji go, drags Taiji up and hits a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Desperado hurries to dig his knee into Taiji’s bad leg! Desperado then gets up to make sure his leg is moving. Desperado reels Taiji in but Taiji wrenches out to ELBOW BREAKER! Taiji wrenches the arm again, hammerlocks it and he POSTS Desperado! The ref reprimands but Taiji drags Desperado back in. Taiji hammerlocks and scoops for a SHOULDER BREAKER! But it’s double-edged with that bad leg! Fans rally up while Taiji goes to the apron. Taiji drags himself while smacking his bad leg into moving.

Taiji climbs the corner, leaps, but Desperado moves! Taiji bails out of the 450 but his leg jams, and he turns around into a SPEAR! But Desperado’s bad shoulder bothers him! Fans rally up as Desperado drags himself up with the ropes. Desperado brings Taiji around, hooks him up, GUITARRA- NO, Taiji slips out to gut wrench! CIPHER UTAKI! But again, double-edged because of the damage to his legs! Taiji crawls to a cover, TWO! Both men are down but fans rally. Taiji drags himself to a corner, takes aim at Desperado, and then runs in to tilt-o-whirl! But Desperado holds off the takedown, GUITARRA DEL ANGEL! Cover, TWO!

Fans rally up as Desperado stands at the ropes. Desperado hobbles over and brings Taiji back up. Taiji fires off fast hands, but Desperado ROCKS him with an elbow! Taiji JUMP KNEES! Desperado goes down, Taiji fires up! Taiji gets Desperado up, but Desperado fights the suplex! Desperado gets free, LOCO MONO!! Taiji goes down but so does Desperado! Fans rally back up and Desperado rises. Desperado fires himself up and goes back to Taiji. Desperado brings Taiji in, underhooks, but Taiji fights off Pinche for a tilt-o-whirl TAKEDOWN! And into the YES LOCK! Fans rally as Desperado endures, crawls for ropes and reaches out!

Taiji rolls Desperado away and brings him in, BLOODY- NO! Desperado fights free, wrenches, reels Taiji in, PINCHE- RANA from Taiji! But Desperado rolls through to high stack! TWO, into STRETCH MUFFLER! Taiji endures, even as Desperado cranks and thrashes the leg! Taiji powers through to get the omoplata! Taiji hammers Desperado but Desperado powers him back into STRETCH MUFFLER!! Taiji reaches, Desperado hits him in the ribs and gets the arm! NUMERO DOS! Taiji reaches out with his free arm, only for Desperado to roll him away! NUMERO DOS PLUS!! Fans are thunderous as Taiji endures!

Taiji fights to get one arm free, and then he sits up!? Taiji gets Desperado in an IRON OCTOPUS! Desperado endures, Taiji pulls on the bad arm, but Desperado steps back and powers up, BASTARD DRIVER!! Cover, TWO!?! Taiji survives being crunched and fans are thunderous! Desperado roars, gets up in the corner, then storms over to Taiji. Desperado underhooks, PINCHE LOCO!! And then roll through, into another PINCHE- TAKEDOWN!? Taiji has the BONE LOCK!! Taiji cranks on the crossface and the bad shoulder! Desperado endures, fans are thunderous again, but Taiji rolls Desperado away from ropes!

Desperado keeps fighting but Taiji cranks way back! Desperado TAPS! Taiji wins!!

Winner: Taiji Ishimori, by submission (NEW IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion)

Bullet Club takes another one! The Bone Soldier shoots down the Rogue Luchador and now has pole position going into BOSJ 29! Will Taiji make sure everyone knows he is THE Best of the Super Juniors? Or can Desperado win his way back to the title through the tournament?

 

Vacated IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship: Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Tomohiro Ishii!

The Ace was meant to face the Commonwealth Kingpin, but cards are subject to change with COVID still out there. Instead, the Stone Pitbull gets a chance to add this title to his achievements! Will Ishii be bringing this belt with him on his world tour? Or will the Once in a Century Talent hold this gold once again?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and one way or another, we’ll have a new champion crowned in Fukuoka!

Fans rally and the two tie up. They’re in a deadlock, but Ishii manages to push Tanahashi to ropes. The ref calls the ropebreak, and Ishii lets off, to slap Tanahashi in the head! Ishii eggs Tanahashi on, fans rally up, and they tie up again. They end up on ropes and Tanahashi turns things around on Ishii, to give back that slap! Then he fires off fast hands and heavy forearms. Tanahashi whips corner to corner, Ishii reverses and runs in, but into an elbow! Tanahashi goes up to CROSSBODY! Tanahashi plays some air guitar, but Ishii kicks him down! Ishii eggs Tanahashi on again and slaps him around.

Tanahashi gets in Ishii’s face to throw forearms. Ishii hits back, fans rally up, and the forearms fly back and forth! Ishii hits harder but Tanahashi keeps throwing shots! The forearms build up speed, fans rally harder, and neither man is backing down! Ishii ROCKS Tanahashi, eggs him on, and then ROCKS him again. Tanahashi staggers, still throws a shot, but then Ishii DECKS him! Fans fire up as Ishii backs off to steady himself. Ishii drags Tanahashi up and suplexes high and hard! Cover, TWO! Tanahashi barely gets out of that, but Ishii keeps on him. Ishii brings Tanahashi up to CHOP!

Tanahashi wobbles, so Ishii CHOPS him to the corner. And CHOPS him again! And again! And again! Tanahashi hits back with forearms but Ishii just leans into them. Ishii uses that to corner Tanahashi and then CHOP and forearm, CHOP and forearm, repeat! Ishii whips, Tanahashi reverses but Ishii comes back to run Tanahashi over! Fans cheer and rally, “I-SHI-I!” “Let’s Go, Ace!” Ishii scuffs Tanahashi, drags him up and slaps him around. Tanahashi fires forearms but Ishii doesn’t budge. Ishii CHOPS, whips, but Tanahashi comes back with FLYING FOREARMS! Fans fire up and Tanahashi throws fast hands!

Tanahashi scoops and SLAMS Ishii, then goes up for the SUNSET SENTON! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up as Ishii goes to the corner. Tanahashi runs corner to corner, but blocks Ishii’s boot! DRAGON SCREW! Ishii staggers and falls, but Tanahashi goes after those legs! Ishii blocks the Texas Cloverleaf and SLAPS Tanahashi! Tanahashi lets Ishii go, then dropkicks Ishii’s leg. Tanahashi runs, but Ishii dropkicks Tanahashi’s legs in return! Ishii blocks a kick, to DRAGON SCREW Tanahashi! Fans cheer as both men are even. Ishii gets up as fans rally, and he hobbles over to Tanahashi. Ishii brings Tanahashi up and reels him in, SHIN BREAKER to BACK SUPLEX!

Ishii grabs Tanahashi’s legs now and steps through. Tanahashi fights the Sharpshooter with haymakers and Ishii lets go. Ishii KICKS Tanahashi but Tanahashi gets up in a rage! Tanahashi fires off forearms, then whips, only for Ishii to reverse. Ishii runs in to corner clothesline, but Tanahashi comes back with forearms! Tanahashi ROCKS Ishii, has him in the other corner, then throws more forearms. Ishii gets annoyed and just stares Tanahashi down. Tanahashi keeps throwing forearms but Ishii leans into them again! Ishii is backing down Tanahashi into the red corner! Then he DECKS Tanahashi! Fans fire up with Ishii!

Fans rally, “I-SHI-I!” “Let’s Go, Ace!” Ishii hauls Tanahashi up, puts him on the top rope, and then climbs up after him. Ishii brings Tanahashi up, but Tanahashi blocks the superplex! Tanahashi throws body shots, then forearms. Ishii hits back and they brawl up top! Ishii gets the edge but Tanahashi HEADBUTTS! Tanahashi then sunset flips, but Ishii holds on! Ishii throws down elbows and Tanahashi staggers away. Ishii turns around but Tanahashi blocks his boot! SUPER DRAGON SCREW! Ishii is down and Tanahashi fires up, fans rallying behind him again. Tanahashi gets the leg for a GROUND DRAGON SCREW! And then the other leg gets a GROUND DRAGON SCREW!

Tanahashi stands, gets both legs, ties them up and has the TEXAS CLOVERLEAF! Ishii endures, reaches out and crawls forward, to get the ROPEBREAK! Tanahashi lets go quickly while fans cheer. Tanahashi grabs at the legs again but Ishii holds onto ropes. Ishii kicks and kicks, but Tanahashi just gets that leg for a DRAGON SCREW! Tanahashi gets up and fans rally as he runs, but Ishii hits a POWERSLAM! Both men are down and fans fire up again with more “Let’s Go, Ace!” “I-SHI-I!” Ishii gets up, hobbles, but waits on Tanahashi. Tanahashi stands, Ishii runs but Tanahashi dodges! But then Ishii dodges!

Tanahashi blocks the lariat, then catches the other, but Ishii fights the full nelson. SHOTEI! Ishii just shakes his head?! SHOTEI again! Still nothing! SHOTEI the third! Still nothing! SHOTEI the fourth! Ishii uses that to spin around, but Tanahashi catches him to a full nelson! DRAGON SUPLEX!! But Ishii just gets up!? Ishii gets Tanahashi for a DRAGON SUPLEX! But Tanahashi just gets up?! Fans are thunderous, Ishii LARIATS! Tanahashi gets up, SLINGBLADE! Ishii gets up!? He wobbles around a bit and Tanahashi aims at him. They run at each other, SLINGBLADE hits first! Cover, TWO!

Fans are thunderous as Tanahashi gets back up. Tanahashi brings Ishii up, gets the full nelson again, but Ishii breaks it! Only to end up in a STRAITJACKET GERMAN! Bridging cover, TWO!! Tanahashi is frustrated but he refocuses and goes to the corner. Fans fire up as he climbs, but Ishii JUMPING HEADBUTTS Tanahashi down! Tanahashi is stuck on the top, Ishii is down on the mat, and fans fire up again. “I-SHI-I!” “Let’s Go, Ace!” Ishii drags himself up, then goes after Tanahashi. Ishii brings Tanahashi up to the very top, for a SUPERPLEX!! Cover, TWO!! The fans are thunderous again as Tanahashi survives!

Ishii sits Tanahashi up, then runs to SLIDING LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Ishii roars and fires up, and fans fire up with him! Ishii brings Tanahashi back up, reels him in, suplex but Tanahashi fights it to a TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! But Tanahashi holds on, for another TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! And again, but Ishii suplexes! Tanahashi slips out, to full nelson and DRAGON SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Ishii narrowly escapes but Tanahashi is fired up! Tanahashi goes to the corner and gets right up, HIGH FLY FLOW to Ishii’s back! And then Tanahashi goes right back up! Fans are thunderous as he HIGH FLY FLOWS but FLOPS!!

Ishii hurries to get Tanahashi hooked up, LA MAGISTROL! TWO!?!? Tanahashi escapes by nanoseconds! Fans are thunderous again while both men are down! Tanahashi gets up while Ishii crawls to a corner. Tanahashi runs in for a SPLASH! Tanahashi keeps moving, but Ishii gets around and whips, only for Tanahashi to reverses. Tanahashi then dodges to body block, but Ishii doesn’t budge! Tanahashi fires point blank lariats but Ishii stays up to ENZIGURI! Fans fire up with Ishii while Tanahashi flops down! Ishii waits on Tanahashi to rise, and then runs to LARIAT! Cover, ONE?!? Tanahashi is in a daze but he is still in this!

Ishii just resets, runs again, and LARIATS! But he’s not done there! Ishii drags Tanahashi up, reels him in, suplex for the BRAINBUSTER!! Cover, TWO?!?!? WHAT?!? No one can believe it but everyone is thunderous for The Ace! Ishii hurries to get Tanahashi back up and suplex again. But Tanahashi fights free, then REVERSE SLINGBLADES! Fans rally hard as ever while both men are down again! Both men slowly rise, and they head for each other. Ishii headbutts! And headbutts! And headbutts! He ducks the Shotei to ROCK Tanahashi, and LARIAT! Tanahashi SHOTEIS, Ishii HEADBUTTS, Tanahashi HEADBUTTS!

Fans are thunderous again as Tanahashi wobbles. But he fires up and runs, to SLING- ISHII SLINGBLADES?!? Ishii hurries to suplex, but Tanahashi slips out! They fight for suplex control, fans fire up, and Ishii gets Tanahashi up, only for him to dragon sleeper! Ishii slips around, but Tanahashi BRAINBUSTERS!! Fans are thunderous again as Tanahashi gets back up. He runs, to SLINGBLADE! Cover, ONE?!?! Ishii wobbles and flops but he’s still in this! But Tanahashi is up top, to HIGH FLY ATTACK! Tanahashi fires up and hurries back up, to HIGH FLY FLOW!! Cover, Tanahashi wins!!

Winner: Hiroshi Tanahashi, by pinfall (NEW IWGP United States Heavyweight Champion)

The Stone Pitbull gave his all, but it was still not enough to trump The Ace! Tanahashi is golden again, and he gets the mic to speak. “Ishii-san. Thank you so much!” He even bows on all four to show respect and fans cheer. Tanahashi knows Ishii getting this match was last minute, but how about they go again down the line? Fans also like the sound of that. Tanahashi then wants Sanada to know, “As I said I would, I took this belt back!” But wait! Chase Owens gets in the ring. He snatches the mic from Tanahashi to “congratulate” him on once again being IWGP US Heavyweight Champion.

But let’s take a little trip down memory lane. The G1 Climax last year, what happened? Tanahashi was US Champion and Chase beat him! Chase pinned The Ace, 1-2-3! But he never got his title shot! But y’know what? Chase is now IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champion so he doesn’t care about the US title. “But that guy might.” Who is this getting in the ring with the ski mask?! Tanahashi turns around and this guy DECKS Tanahashi! But with a very familiar haymaker! And then he gets Tanahashi up to hook the arms, PULP FRICTION!?! JUICE ROBINSON!?! The Juice is now part of Bullet Club?! And he drags Tanahashi back up to a torture rack, for a BURNING HAMMER!!

Juice grabs the US title and holds it up over Tanahashi! The Juice has changed flavors, now he’s just Too Sweet! But will he once again be US Champion after taking on Tanahashi?

 

IWGP World Heavyweight Championship: Kazuchika Okada VS Tetsuya Naito!

The Rainmaker’s promise to be world champion and New Japan Cup champion did not come to pass, because the Uncontrollable Charisma eliminated him from the tournament! Will Okada redeem himself from that loss? Or will Naito stop the reign and make NJPW tranquilo?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, not that Naito looks at it, and then Naito takes his time with his entrance attire. Okada is patient, Naito finishes up with the tearaway pants, and fans applaud. The bell rings, and we’ll see who is truly on top of NJPW!

Okada and Naito stare down as fans rally, “O-KA-DA!” “NA-I-TO!” They slowly start to circle, approach but then step back. Then they approach, then they back up. Okada is letting Naito have his fun, and then they tie up. They’re in a deadlock, but Okada has leverage to push Naito back step by step. Okada puts Naito on ropes, Red Shoes calls the break, but Okada lets off. Okada fakes the chop to pat Naito’s shoulders. Naito kicks low and fires forearms! Then Naito kicks Okada in the face. Okada grins, to then kick and give back all those forearms! Okada CLUBS Naito, but Naito gets up and they get face to face.

Naito throws a forearm, Okada gives it back, repeat. Fans rally as the two pick up speed! They go forearm for forearm and egg each other on! The forearms fly some more, and they slow down but hit harder! Naito gets the edge with heavy forearms, then he whips Okada to ropes. Okada ducks and dodges to CLOBBER Naito with a back elbow! Naito gets to a corner but Okada is on him. Okada whips corner to corner, runs in and back elbows! Naito staggers, Okada kicks low to DDT! Naito writhes but Okada covers him, TWO! Fans applaud while Okada paces. Okada brings Naito back up to ROCK him with a forearm.

Naito staggers but Okada brings him around to CLUB him down. Okada turns Naito, for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO, Okada keeps on Naito with a chinlock. Naito hurries to move forward, Okada grinds him down, but Naito still gets the ropebreak. Okada lets go quickly and brings Naito back up. Okada snapmares Naito to then run and basement dropkick! Naito flounders away but Okada keeps after him. Okada brings Naito up again, but Naito gets away to go outside the ring. Okada follows and CLUBS Naito on the back. Okada puts Naito in, but Naito rolls all the way to bail out the other side.

Okada pursues again and he CLUBS Naito down. Okada puts Naito in again, but Naito rolls out the side. Okada still pursues, and CLUBS Naito again. Okada ROCKS Naito with a forearm, then whips. Naito reverses and it’s Okada who crashes into the railing! Okada hurries after Naito but Naito kicks him and whips him into more railing! Naito kicks low, turns Okada and hits a NECKBREAKER to the floor! Red Shoes checks on Okada but he’s okay to continue. Naito gets in the ring, fans rally up, “O-KA-DA!” “NA-I-TO!” and Red Shoes starts the ring count. The count goes to 10 of 20 before Okada sits up.

Okada stands at 13 and gets in at 14, but Naito stomps away on him! Naito drags Okada up, whips him to ropes, then hip tosses him for a basement dropkick! Then another NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up while Naito scuffs Okada and kicks him to the apron. Naito then stomps Okada on the apron. Red Shoes reprimands so Naito stops and brings Okada up along the ropes. Okada fires forearms back, but Naito HOTSHOTS Okada! Naito then hurries to get on the apron and brings Okada up. APRON NECKBREAKER! Okada flops to the floor and fans fire up. Naito puts Okada in the ring, has him in a corner, and hoists him up top.

Naito gets Okada in a crucifix for a DRAPING NECKBREAKER! Fans fire up again while Okada writhes. Naito covers, TWO! Naito drags Okada up, snapmares him and wraps on the leg hook full nelson! Okada endures and moves around, but Naito puts more pressure on! Fans rally as Okada keeps fighting, and Okada gets a ROPEBREAK! But Naito pulls Okada away and thrashes him around! Red Shoes reprimands and Naito stops thrashing, but claims he needs help undoing the hold. Naito gives one last thrash before he lets Okada go. Naito scuffs Okada’s face, fans rally up, and Okada throws body shots and forearms!

Okada throws more forearms but Naito hits low then CLUBS away on the neck! Naito brings Okada in but Okada fights the dragon sleeper. Okada gets free but Naito kicks low. Naito whips, Okada reverses but Naito reverses back to TORNADO- NO! Okada fights the DDT, but Naito dodges the lariat, only for Okada to BOOT him! Fans fire up while both men are down! Okada snarls as he gets up, and he runs at Naito to CLOBBER him! And again! Naito dodges the boot but runs into the FLAPJACK! Fans fire up again and Okada stalks Naito. Naito gets up, Okada Alabama lifts, REVERSE NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!

Okada keeps on Naito, wrenches his arm and puts on the MONEY CLIP! Naito endures, powers Okada to a corner and gets free. Naito throws a back elbow, then gets space, only for Okada to dodge the kick. Okada runs into BOOTS, Naito goes up, but Okada DROPKICKS Naito to the floor! Naito tumbles but Okada’s also down and fans fire up again. A ring count starts on Naito, and it’s already 8 of 20 but Okada goes out to fetch Naito. Okada drags Naito up, whips him and Naito hits railing! Okada runs in to BOOT Naito over the railing! Fans fire up and clap with Okada as he gets space. Okada runs back in to FLY over the railing! Direct hit and down goes Naito!

Fans are thunderous as Okada gets back up. Red Shoes checks on Naito and he’s okay to continue. Red Shoes wants Okada to get back to the ring but Okada took a lot out of himself with that crossbody. The ring count starts on him and Naito, and Okada gets up at 5 of 20 to fetch Naito at 10. Okada brings Naito along at 12, they return to ringside at 14 and Okada puts Naito in at 15. Fans applaud this continuing in the ring, and Okada climbs up the corner. Naito stands up and Okada missile dropkicks him down! Okada then drags Naito into the MONEY CLIP! Naito endures, kicks, but Okada drags him away from ropes!

Fans rally as Naito flails and Okada squeezes tight! Naito gets a second wind to scramble forward, and he gets a ROPEBREAK! Okada lets go quickly, and both men catch their breath on the mat. Okada drags Naito back up, scoops and SLAMS him, then goes to the corner. Fans rally as Okada climbs up top, MACHO ELBOW! And of course, the Rainmaker Pose! Fans fire up as Okada stalks Naito. Okada drags Naito up, but Naito fights the wristlock! Okada CLUBS Naito in the back, ripcords, but Naito gets around to ripcord and SPINEBUSTER! Fans fire up while both men are down again.

Fans rally, “NA-I-TO!” “OK-A-DA!” and Naito gets Okada’s wrist first. Naito throws back elbow after back elbow on Okada, then whips him to a corner. Naito runs in to JUMP KICK! Leg sweep and COMBINACION CABRON! Naito poses and fans fire up again. Naito brings Okada up, hammerlock and half nelson, but Okada fights with clubbing elbows. Okada is free and he uppercuts Naito! Okada whips, but Naito FLYING FOREARMS! Naito hurries to get Okada back in the hammerlock and half nelson, for GLORIA! Cover, TWO! Okada is still in this but gets caught into the KOJI KLUTCH!

Okada endures, fans rally, and Naito squeezes tight! Okada reaches out, moves around, but Naito thrashes him! Okada’s fading and Red Shoes checks him! The hand drops once, but Okada gets a second wind to get the ROPEBREAK! Naito reluctantly lets go, but he still has a smile on his face. Naito gets up and fans rally as he puts Okada on the top rope. Naito then climbs up and fires off clubbing forearms! Then he stands on the very top, only for Okada to make that a SUPER SIT-OUT POWERBOMB!! Both men are down and fans are thunderous! Okada sits up in a daze, crawls over to Naito, and gets the wrist.

Okada drags Naito up, but Naito ducks the lariat! Naito waistlocks but Okada throws elbows! Okada whips, Naito holds ropes and denies the dropkick, rolling jackknife! TWO!! Okada escapes, Naito tilt-o-whirls, but no Destino! Short arm LARIAT! Okada keeps the wrist control and he brings Naito back up for another short arm LARIAT! Okada brings Naito back up, ripcords, but Naito throws a back elbow! Okada SHOTGUNS back! Naito tumbles to ropes and Okada drags him back up. Okada gut wrenches but Naito fights free. Naito swings, Okada blocks and spins, but Naito spins through to LIGHTNING SPIRAL!

Fans fire up again while both men are down. Naito slowly sits up first, and he gets Okada’s wrist. Naito brings Okada up, and throws a heavy back elbow! Okada drops but Naito grins and brings him up, for another back elbow! And another, and another! And another, and another, and another! Okada staggers to a corner but Naito just throws more back elbows! Naito then hops up, reels Okada in, ESPARANZA! Fans fire up while Okada is down and dazed! Naito encourages the fans to get louder and they do, and he runs in, into an uppercut! But Naito blocks that to back elbow and ENZIGURI! Then CORRIENDO SHIKI DESTINO!! Cover, TWO!?!

Fans are thunderous as Okada survives! Naito hurries to get Okada back up, and he wrenches to tilt-o-whirl, into a SPINNING TOMBSTONE!! Okada then DISCUS LARIATS! Okada fires up and fans fire up with him! Okada gets Naito back up, ripcords, RAIN- NO! GLORIA CRADLE! TWO!! Okada escapes and runs in, but Naito gets around to GERMAN SUPLEX! Okada roars as he gets back up! Into the ROLLING KICK! But Okada DROPKICKS right back! Fans are thunderous again and Okada gets Naito back up! Gut wrench, LANDSLIDE! And then, ripcord for RAIN- NO!! Naito get around to DESTINO!!! Fans are electric, Naito covers, TWO!?!?

Okada survives and shocks everyone! Both men are down but the fans are electric again! Naito roars and he brings Okada up! Naito scoops and SLAMS Okada, then he goes to the corner! Naito climbs up, STARDUST FLOPS!! Okada avoids disaster and the fans are thunderous again! Naito sits up in a daze, Okada slowly rises, and the fans rally up hard as ever. Okada gets Naito for the ripcord, but Naito drops! It’s all he could do to avoid the lariat! Naito turns around, that wily look in his eye. Okada storms over but into a forearm! Naito staggers, but Okada forearms back! Naito forearms again, but so does Okada.

Naito throws a forearm, so Okada throws another. Fans rally as they start to pick up speed! They stop and Naito slaps Okada around. Okada EuroUppers! Naito forearms, Okada forearms, repeat, and the fans are back at it! Naito gets the edge, Okada drops to his knees! Naito brings Okada up, scoops, but Okada fights it! Okada CLUBS Naito, gut wrenches, but Naito fights that! Fans rally as the two struggle for control, and Naito CLUBS away on Okada’s back. Okada EuroUppers again! Naito runs in, into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Okada holds on, brings Naito back up, ripcord, but Naito SLAPS Okada! Both men stay up while fans fire up again.

Naito grins and brings Okada around, but Okada SLAPS back! Naito shakes that off, they both start throwing SLAP after SLAP! Naito gets the edge with some major paint brush SLAPS, and Okada drops! Naito wrenches, tilt-o-whirls, but no Destino! Ripcord ENZIGURI!? Then a cobra twist pump-handle POWERSLAM! And then, RAINMAKER!! Cover, Okada wins!

Winner: Kazuchika Okada, by pinfall (still IWGP World Heavyweight Champion)

Okada busted out some new moves and that was all the difference! Are we to believe this isn’t even the Rainmaker’s final form? He gets the belt and the mic to say, “Naito-san. That was our third round, and it was fun as hell. Gracias.” Naito tips his cap for the Spanish, but still adds a “cabron” before exiting. Okada also thanks Naito for the “injection of fighting spirit.” Okada then thanks the fans in the PayPay Dome for their own “hot support” tonight. Okada remembers that five years ago, he said pro-wrestlers were “supermen.” Did the fans enjoy NJPW’s supermen tonight? Fans applaud because they sure did.

Okada notes that this was NJPW’s first show in Fukuoka PayPay Dome in 21 YEARS. He hopes they’ll do it again soon. “There are still seats to fill up out there. NJPW will continue delivering the goods to make sure we pack this place next time!” Fans applaud, and then Okada notes it’s Golden Week in Japan. Restrictions are letting up, little by little. He thanks the fans for doing their part to keep everyone healthy. It’s thanks to them that Japan is moving forward like this. “We’ll again fight in front of cheers, and in turn, give you all strength. We’re almost there! Please, lend us your support!” Fans cheer that hope.

Okada says that’s all for Wrestling Dontaku! And he’ll continue to make it rain! Mic drop and pyro for the world champion, will Okada bring plenty of rain this Spring? Wait, something is going on while Okada celebrates. Is that… THE SWITCHBLADE?! Jay White is back in Japan!? Okada waits on White, and he finally appears, Gedo right behind him. White and Gedo go to the ring, and of course White gets the mic. But Okada snatches it from White, because he knows what this is about. Okada holds up the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship and White says yeah, he wants to see it. But then Gedo blindsides Okada!

White fires off forearm after forearm then he stomps Okada down! But Okada fires right back! Gedo goes after Okada but gets DECKED! Only for White to hit BLADERUNNER! White helps Gedo up, and Gedo holds the belt while White gets the mic. He won’t let the fans applaud, he’s talking! “Did you forget? Did. You. Forget. Let me remind you. Let me remind ALL of you! Exactly. Who. I. Am! I am Switchblade Jade White, the number one wrestler in all of pro-wrestling! The Last Rock ‘n’ Rolla! I am the man that single-handedly sold out Madison Square Garden! I’m King Switch, baby!” NJPW’s first Grand Slam Champion ever! The REAL belt collector!

And of course, he is the leader of Bullet Club! Bullet Club joins him, and White says he is the “Catalyst of pro-wrestling,” and the next IWGP World Heavyweight Champion! Okada, once again, you will Breath with the Switchblade! This is STILL White’s Era! White hands the mic to Karl Anderson while Gedo gives White the world title. Anderson says that was “sugoi,” (awesome) “kakui,” (cool) and “sashiburi” (long time no see). Happy Birthday, Bullet Club! Anderson then leads them in singing the birthday song to the faction, and White pours out the beers meant for Okada all over him!

Look at Bullet Club! Stronger than ever! New member, “Rock Hard” Juice! The legend, Gedo! The NEW IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion, Taiji Ishimori! The NEW IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions, Chase & Fale! And of course, the return of Doc Gallows & Karl Anderson! But most importantly, in the lineage of Prince Devitt, to AJ Styles, to even Kenny Omega, THIS here is the best wrestler in the world, the man who sold out MSG, and the future IWGP World Heavyweight Champion: The Switchblade, Jay White! Bullet Club birthday, only one way to say it: It’s just, too, SWEEEET~! Bullet Club all throws it up, but will they soon own the entire wrestling world?


My Thoughts:

What a night for NJPW! I did have to skip the non-title matches, but I skimmed them and they’re still really good stuff. Hiromu winning sets him up big in the BOSJ in a couple weeks, but I bet Yoh will have a great run. The field for BOSJ 29 looks really good, and great to see that in honor of the crossover event, Forbidden Door, we’re getting some crossover with NJPW’s partners, AEW, Impact and CMLL. When it comes to who wins BOSJ, keep your eyes on Francesca Akira since he made his presence known when Desperado and Taiji set up tonight’s match. That match was great stuff, and it was quite a surprise that Taiji won, but he could still take the trophy this year and call out Akira.

The Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championships was a really good match, and another clever way to win from Taguchi. I figured Six or Nine would retain, the Junior Tag Division will be on pause for BOSJ 29, but many of the results from that can give us the next challengers. The Heavyweight Tag Team Championships being a Tornado Triple Threat was great stuff, and what a surprise that Bullet Club won. Not quite foreshadowing how tonight ended, but the NEVER Openweight Championship definitely did. Tama winning was great stuff, and then to think the Good Brothers would come back. Tama VS Anderson, two BC OG, battle of the Gun Stun, that’s gonna be awesome.

Tanahashi VS Ishii was awesome, too, but I had a feeling Tanahashi would win. Before the surprise, I figured Tanahashi was holding onto this belt so when Ospreay clears COVID, we’d get Ace VS Kingpin at some event down the line. Instead, Juice not only returns to NJPW prime, he goes Heel and joins Bullet Club! Tanahashi VS Juice is going to be great stuff, could go either way since Juice has Bullet Club backing him, and I wouldn’t mind seeing United Empire VS Bullet Club in full with Ospreay VS Juice, Khan & Cobb VS Fale & Chase, and maybe even TJP or Akira going after Taiji and the Junior Heavyweight title.

Okada VS Naito was also awesome stuff, but Okada was the natural choice to have the belt with Jay White coming back. There’s a lot of history there for Okada and White, and it was Bullet Club’s night to shine. I do want to point out that no one from the House of Torture was present. Though at the same time, Yujiro lost to Loa, Evil lost to Tama, they probably felt more like sulking than joining Bullet Club prime. I’d still love to see them find a way to do Bullet Club Civil War: Team Switchblade VS House of Torture since we’re getting returns and new members, thereby pushing House of Torture out of the spotlight. But for now, I wonder if Okada, Tanahashi and Tama would team up to take on White, Juice and Anderson in a title story Six Man Tag…

My Score: 9/10


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Andrew’s IMPACT Results & Match Ratings: 6.30.2022

The Go Home to Against All Odds with the main event of Battle of the Futures Redux! TNA vibes and hype in the Asylum!

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Against All Odds is tomorrow, and the one thing IMPACT has excelled with are the quick turnaround angles. Plus we also HOPEFULLY get a real finish to the Battle of the Futures 2022 edition. Frankie Kazarian and Chris Sabin have a main event that could definitely be something special.

Ratings:

  • Fatal 4 Way: Steve Maclin vs Trey Miguel vs Laredo Kid vs Chris Bey: Trey wins via Meteora – ***
  • Rosemary vs Gisele Shaw: Gisele wins via Knee Strike – ** ¼
  • Savannah Evans w/Tasha Steelz vs Jordynne Grace: Jordynne wins via Muscle Buster – **
  • IMPACT Tag Team Championship: The Good Brothers (c) w/James Storm vs Vincent & PCO w/ Honor No More: Karl retains via Roll Up – ** ½
  • Ace Austin w/Chris Bey vs Alex Zayne: Ace wins via The Fold – ** ¾
  • Battle of the Futures Redux: Frankie Kazarian vs Chris Sabin w/Alex Shelley: Sabin wins via Cradle Shock – *****

 

Results:

Fatal 4 Way: Steve Maclin vs Trey Miguel vs Laredo Kid vs Chris Bey

Early on the smaller men gang up on Maclin, which of course is the smart thing to do. Trey and Bey trade a few shots, Laredo tries to interject himself but Maclin comes back in and starts taking over. Wipes out most of the guys then they start trickling in for pinfall saves and each guy chopping at the bigger man. Trey does however go for a John Woo, misses and Tree of Woes himself to set up for Maclin’s Caught in the Crosshairs corner spear.

Action continues to be pretty fluid, Trey takes out Maclin, Bey looks for an Asai Moonsault, but turns it into the 5 Hole Dive that MCMG do when Laredo Kid dives through Bey’s legs. Then Bey hits the Asai Moonsault and Bey brings Laredo into the ring and tries to find a winning angle. Pop Up Cutter from Bey, but Trey saves it. A little back and forth, Trey goes to the top, misses the Meteora, but lands on his feet and manages a Running Meteora for the pinfall victory.

Trey beat Speedball before Slammiversary, so Speedball has some payback in his mind.

Rosemary vs Gisele Shaw

Madison Rayne and Tenille Dashwood are at the commentary desk for this match since Gisele did offer to fill in for an injured Madison for the Knockouts Tag rematch.

Rosemary controls Gisele early and then bends her backwards and bites her forehead. Gisele almost starts taking back over, but then Rosemary gets out of a headlock the Crazzy Steve way. Rosemary takes some control early until Gisele powders and tries to find a way back into the match. Commercial break brings us to Gisele taking Rosemary’s head off with a Lariat.

Now Gisele is in control, throws Rosemary into a corner and starts pandering for a photo op and posturing to The Influence. Gisele strings together a lot of corner attacks, whips her into the corner again and lays her out with a Flying European Uppercut. Gisele tries to hit the knee in the back of the head, but Rosemary moves and starts her comeback. Big Suplex from the corner and Rosemary keeps her down for 2. Rosemary is in control until Gisele hits and Oscutter out of nowhere for 2. Reverse DDT from Rosemary for another near fall and then The Influence is on the move. They ambush Taya, Rosemary tries to go for her Spear anyway and Shaw kills Rosemary with a great Knee Strike. Rosemary is out, Gisele wins.

A small beat down, and then The Influence pause in the ring for a little, before posing with Gisele and seemingly giving their mark of approval on her being in The Influence now.

Savannah Evans w/Tasha Steelz vs Jordynne Grace

Savannah bulldozes Jordynne into the corner, but the power game is pretty even here. Savannah has some height, but Jordynne is quicker. Jordynne manages to turn the tables on Savannah, up and over in the corner and whips her into the ropes while setting up behind her causing Evans to trip and fall. Savannah powders, Jordynne tries to break up the discussion, but after a quick flurry, Savannah hits an Apron Chokeslam and takes over.

After some back and forth, Jordynne takes back over and then Muscle Buster on Savannah Evans and its over!

IMPACT Tag Team Championship: The Good Brothers (c) w/James Storm vs Vincent & PCO w/ Honor No More

Karl and Vincent start things off, and corner to corner we see the Machine Gun in control, but a thumb to the eyes and quick strike give Vincent the chance to tag in PCO. French Canadian Frankenstein starts beating on Karl, throws him into the ropes, Vincent kicks him and it just pisses off Karl. But Karl getting distracted gives PCO the ambush chance and Karl is just getting rocked. Vincent tagged back in, quick strikes including a corner Facewash with the elbow, sliding Flatliner and PCO is back in.

PCO goes Splash into dropping DDT before hitting the middle rope Guillotine Leg Drop. LG has gotten no action while Karl is getting killed. Deanimator set up looks to take out Karl even further, and it hits! Vincent tags in, and finally Anderson Spinebuster gets LG a hot tag. Big Boot takes out PCO on the apron, Superkick and flying Big Man flattens Vincent, tag to Karl, Magic Killer set up…but PCO with the save. Satellite Russian Leg Sweep from Vincent, RedRUM misses and Karl scoops the Small Package for the win.

Immediately Honor No More attacks. Chris Harris slides in and Honor No More choose to jaw and tease him instead of attacking immediately. HEATH’s music hits before they can attack Harris, and he comes loaded with pipes. Harris and Heath lay out Honor No More with pipes, Wake Up Call from Heath, Pump Kick, Gun Stun and then only Taven is left. Last Call Superkick sends Taven to sleep.

Ace Austin w/Chris Bey vs Alex Zayne

Zayne tries to start immediately, but Ace takes a page from the Jay White book and powders right away. Ace stays a step ahead until a nice Flipping Bodyscissors out of the corner keeps Ace rolling and eating some kicks. Ace tries a top corner move and Zayne flips into a Headscissors for the advantage before commercial. Coming back Ace is in control after driving Zayne into the post.

Ace and Zayne trade, we see Zayne finally get the best of the situations. Cinnamon Twist or Crunchwrap Supreme are hinted at, but Ace rolls away. Zayne tries to get Ace in position for his Taco Driver, but Ace has all the answers. Big kicks and strikes, Ace goes for the Outside/In Avalanche Headscissors, but Zayne mostly flips the through it, but eats a Triangle Kick for his attempted counter. The Fold – gets countered with a Sauce Trigger! Ace powders, Moonsauce to take out Bey and Ace, but Bey grabs his foot before he can get back in, Ace keeps the referee distracted…THE FOLD as soon as Zayne is back in the ring and Bullet Club wins!

Battle of the Futures Redux: Frankie Kazarian vs Chris Sabin w/ Alex Shelley

If this is as good as I anticipate…I may forget how to type. So fair warning if I get sucked in, this could be a short review.

We saw both men had a plan, Sabin went after Kaz’s legs early and often, where Kaz focused on the neck. There were great callbacks, classic moments, even the feint with the Flux Capacitor which is how Kaz won the original Battle of the Futures.

This was Brian Hebner’s final match, and hot damn was it a classic. Everything about this was great.

Overall Score: 9/10

Starting out hot with the X Division match, 2 solid Knockouts matches and a main event that could’ve easily been on any PPV over the last 20 years. This set the stage well for tomorrow’s Against All Odds and could’ve been one of the best Go Home episodes from any company in recent memory. Also it was really awesome getting the Raven vignette to hype the Clockwork Orange House of Fun.

My review of Against All Odds will be a little late since I had prior engagements because Fridays aren’t usually PPVs, but I’ll get to it on Saturday. Watch it live yourself, catch the run down Saturday, either way IMPACT is killin it with that TNA vibe. Maybe its time we go back to a certain 3 letters…a 6 sided ring, or hell, just announce Lethal Lockdown. Bring that back from the dead dammit!


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Mitchell’s WWE NXT UK Results & Report! (6/30/22)

WHY, SEVEN, WHY?!

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Artful Dodger or dastardly coward? You decide!

Last time he was on NXT UK, Trent Seven gave us crocodile tears and betrayed Tyler Bate! What will Seven say this week about what he’s done?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Blair Davenport VS Angel Hayze; Davenport wins.
  • Emilia McKenzie VS Fallon Henley; Henley wins.
  • Wolfgang VS Sha Samuels w/ Noam Dar; Wolfgang wins.

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Blair Davenport VS Angel Hayze!

NXT UK beware, it’s the return of the heir! The gothic gladiator is back after that freak accident during her NXT UK Women’s Championship match with Meiko Satomura. Will Blair prove that nothing will stop her from taking the throne this time? Or will Angel leave her in a haze in her first match back?

The bell rings and the two circle. Blair and Angel tie up, go around, and Blair puts Angel on the ropes. The ref counts but Blair lets off fast. Blair and Angel reset, tie up, and Blair shoves Angel down! Fans rally up as Angel and Blair reset again. They tie up, Angel gets around to waistlock, Blair arm-drags free and Angel flounders to a corner. Blair runs in but Angel goes up and over, TWO! Angel boots Blair’s punch away, sobats then runs, to SHOTGUN Blair down! Cover, ONE!! Fans rally, Angel drags Blair up and reels her in, but Blair fights the suplex. Blair powers up, wrenches out and WRINGS the arm!

Fans rally as Blair snarls and stalks Angel. Blair runs in at the corner, Angel goes up and over again, but runs into a CHOP BLOCK! Blair DROPKICKS Angel in the back! Blair pushes Angel over to CLUB her on the back. Blair pushes Angel around, kicks her, and Angel gets to a corner. Blair is after her already and throws a heavy body shot! Angel hits back but Blair CLUBS her down again. Blair hauls Angel up, whips her to ropes and runs her over! Cover, TWO! Blair clamps onto Angels with a chinlock and she grinds Angel down. Fans rally as Angel endures, but Blair thrashes her around. Blair cranks the hold but Angel fights up to her feet.

Angel throws body shots, Blair CLUBS her again! Blair hauls Angel up to whip her to a corner. Blair runs in and GAMANGIRIS! Blair shoves Angel onto ropes, then runs side to side, SLIDING KICK! Cover, TWO! Angel survives and Blair is annoyed but the fans rally up. Blair shoves Angel to a corner, but Angel hits back. Blair CLUBS Angel, stands her up and whips her corner to corner. Blair runs in but Angel dodges and Blair hits buckles! Angel returns with a forearm smash! And then a back elbow! Angel keeps moving, she evades the lariat to fire off forearms and a ROLLING ELBOW! Angel runs again, SLINGBLADE! Cover, TWO!

Fans rally as Blair goes to a corner. Angel runs corner to corner but into a BOOT! Blair hops up and leaps to missile dropkick! Blair drags Angel up, reels her in, but Angel wrenches out to reel Blair in! GUILLOTINE! Angel has Blair in the body scissors, too! Blair endures, stays up, CLUBS Angel and powers out with a BIG suplex! Fans fire up, Blair hauls Angel up for the FALCON ARROW! Cover, Blair wins!

Winner: Blair Davenport, by pinfall

And the heir gets right back on track! Blair gets the mic to say she is back! And she is here to crush all of your hopes. Is that key word a message to a certain someone? Or is it a message to everyone who would dare defy the heir?

 

NXT UK Media caught up with Sid Scala.

The Assistant General Manager returns to his office, and Kenny Williams is there waiting! Kenny says it’s about time Sid showed up! Kenny’s been working all night, as we can see by the conspiracy web taking over Sid’s office, and Kenny claims he has finally figured it out! Tiger Turan has to be none other than… Sid says Kenny needs to stop, this isn’t why Sid asked to meet with him. This is about next week, a match between Kenny and Tiger Turan! And just as Sid says that, Tiger steps in. Kenny says this is just who he was looking for. But here’s what will happen. Kenny will win, knock Turan out and take off his mask to reveal it’s Amir Jordan!

So right now, Tiger Turan can clean up this mess while Kenny prepares. Is the Scum of the Earth on to something? Is Tiger Turan obsessed with Kenny because it’s Amir Jordan, the man Kenny banished from NXT UK over a year ago? Or is he going to lose this match along with his mind?

 

Noam Dar & Sha Samuels enter the NXT UK Performance Center.

The Scottish Supernova isn’t sure why they’re here, but the East End Bookie/Butcher promises it is for good reason: they’re going to make some big money. Dar then sees the ring and the training session Mark Coffey is helping with. Dar & Sha taunt them and Mark walks over to ask, “What’s wrong? Run out of ways to cheat?” Dar says he never needs to cheat, and certainly not to beat Mark. Dar didn’t need to cheat to beat “Dog Man” Wolfgang, or to beat big brother Joe and run him out of town. Mark points out Dar only won because of his bookie at ringside. Mark guarantees that if Sha isn’t around, Mark wins the cup.

Sha says no way, Dar is the best ever! Mark says they can bet on it. Sha takes that bet! 100 to 1, Dar still beats Mark! Sha puts money on it quite literally, and says the market is open! Everyone else swarms Sha, wanting to put money on this, too! Dar looks worried with just how many want to join in. Are they betting all on Mark? Dar is a bit upset by that, but will he prove Sha right and take everyone, including Coffey, to the cleaners?

 

Emilia McKenzie VS Fallon Henley!

#SuplexMillie is still Meiko Satomura’s protégé, but she might be feeling the pressure as of late. The Final Boss demands the best out of her disciple, but will those expectations be met? Or will the Cowgirl rope herself a big win just like Briggs & Jensen did?

The bell rings and the two tie up. They go around, end up in a deadlock, but Millie shots around to waistlock. Fallon pries at the hold, standing switches, and SLAMS Millie down. Millie slips out to hammerlock and fans rally for Millie as she cranks the hold. Fallon fights to sit up, rolls out and has the wristlock. Millie slips through, wristlocks back, but Fallon pries at the hold. Fallon slips through, hammerlocks Millie now, but Millie works on the hold. Fallon rolls Millie up, TWO! Fans applaud the opening exchange as the two stare down. Fallon and Millie reset, tie up with knuckle locks, and they have a test of strength!

Millie wrenches the wrists, kicks an arm, rolls and trips Fallon to have a standing toehold! Fallon endures, uses her free leg to kick free, but Millie cartwheels through. Fans applaud again, and even Fallon offers a handshake. Millie accepts and fans cheer the sportsmanship, and the two tie up again. Millie powers Fallon back but Fallon turns it around to arm-drag Millie away. Fallon shoots in but Millie sits on the cover, ONE! Fallon sunset flips, ONE! Millie tries a jackknife but Fallon rolls through it, TWO! Millie has the sunset, TWO!! Fans fire up for that exchange and the two reset again.

They tie up, Millie headlocks, but Fallon powers up. Millie holds tight, Fallon pries the hold open and turns it around onto Millie! Millie endures, powers out but Fallon runs her over! Fallon does a two step then runs, but Millie keeps up with the drop, sidestep, but Fallon counters hip toss with a hip toss! Fallon arm-drags Millie away and Millie takes a moment to catch her breath. Fallon is on her but Millie EuroUppers! Millie kicks low, CLUBS Fallon on the back, and has her on the ropes. Millie CLUBS Fallon again, has her in a corner now and kicks her low. Fallon throws shots back but Millie CLUBS Fallon, into the TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! Cover, TWO!

Fans rally and Millie clamps on a chinlock. Millie shifts to have almost a bully choke but Fallon endures. Fans rally again as Fallon fights up. Fallon throws elbows, body shots, but Millie EuroUppers! Fallon catches on to hooks and a backslide, TWO! Fallon rolls Millie again, TWO! Millie CLOBBERS Fallon! Cover, TWO! Millie is on Fallon again, going after the arms. Fallon fights but Millie still gets a COBRA CLUTCH! Fallon endures, resists, and fans rally as Millie still tries to lock this on! Fallon fights, Millie might just have it! Fallon is fading as Millie bends her backwards!! But Fallon gets a second wind and pries free to arm-drag Millie away!

Millie comes back to ROCK Fallon, Fallon ROCKS Millie! They throw hands, and Fallon DECKS Millie! Fallon fires up to back elbow Millie in a corner! And then a RUNNING FACEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Fans fire up as Millie survives! Fallon drags Millie up, fireman’s carries, but Millie slips off and shoves to then LARIAT! And again! Millie shoots around to get Fallon up for a BIG bag suplex! Cover, TWO! Fans rally and Millie snarls as she hauls Fallon up. Fallon fights the German Suplex, pops free to switch, but Millie elbows Fallon. Millie whips Fallon to a corner but Fallon goes up and over. Fallon’s leg tweaks! Millie shows no mercy, CHOP BLOCK!!

Millie stomps away on Fallon’s leg and fans fire up! Millie drags Fallon up, reels her in, SHIN BREAKER! And then another SHIN BREAKER! Fallon hobbles, Millie gets her again, but Fallon sunset flips! FALLON WINS!

Winner: Fallon Henley, by pinfall

Millie showed her killer instinct, but maybe she let it get the better of her! Will this be the exact opposite of what Meiko wanted for Millie?

 

NXT UK Media catches up with Oliver Carter.

They ask him if he’s been keeping in contact with Ashton Smith while he’s out with injury. Of course! Oliver has Ashton on speed dial. They are brothers, that’s never gonna change. But then Teoman and his Die Familie “brothers,” Rohan Raja and Charlie Dempsey slither in and say hi to “Oli.” They sit with him and they feel like this is deja vu. Oliver’s alone, no Ashton Smith, no titles. Oliver needs a family to watch out for him. It is a dangerous place out there. Join them! It’s in his best interest. They’ll let him think about it, and take their leave. Is there anything to think about? Or will the Hottest Superstar Under the Sun actually consider their invitation?

 

NXT UK Media catches up with Sarray.

The Warrior of the Sun is about to get in a set of squats as they ask her how she feels after her NXT UK debut. Sarray says it was very good. She got a win over Nina Samuels, and she- “Aww~, look!” Xia and Eliza return to mock Sarray for simply training in the UK PC after her first win. It’s so cute. But has Eliza heard the good news? Sarray’s sticking around for a bit. Oh, is she? But then Meiko and Millie step up to back the bullies down. Eliza tells Sarray that she better just play by their rules, or they’ll be more than happy to teach Sarray a few things.

Meiko tells Eliza that she talks too much. If Eliza & Xia want a match with Meiko and Sarray, then Eliza & Xia will be the ones being taught a lesson. Millie seems a bit surprised Meiko didn’t choose her, while Xia & Eliza storm off, Xia complaining about who is teaching who lessons. But with that, Sarray finishes putting up the weights for Meiko to take a turn. Will Final Boss & Warrior of the Sun prove to the bullies the power of Joshi Strong Style?

 

Wolfgang VS Sha Samuels w/ Noam Dar!

The Last King of Scotland heard the East End Butcher talking some smack like he wouldn’t hear it. But since he did, it’s time for Sha to put his money where his mouth is! Will Wolfgang get a big win and cash in? Or will Sha find another way to weasel out another victory?

The bell rings and the two circle. Sha gets some last minute pointers from Dar. They say they can frustrate Wolfgang and get the edge. But then Dar needs to give Sha another pointer. The ref insists they get this started already, and Wolfgang rushes in. Sha dodges, then dodges again. Sha goes back to Dar for that last pointer but Wolfgang throws Sha out of the corner! Wolfgang fires off haymakers, then an arm-drag! Wolfgang keeps on the arm with a wristlock, then stands Sha up to RAM shoulders. And again! And then a straight arm lever and SLAM! Fans fire up and Wolfgang drags Sha up again to RAM shoulders again.

Wolfgang wrenches, and hits a straight arm suplex! Cover, ONE! Dar is upset but Wolfgang keeps on Sha’s arm. Sha ROCKS Wolfgang with his free arm, then bumps Wolfgang off buckles. Sha bumps Wolfgang off more buckles, then throws heavy back elbows. Sha runs in to SPLASH Wolfgang. Wolfgang shoves Sha away, runs in, but Sha sends Wolfgang into buckles! Fans boo but Dar wants to throw up the X. Sha grabs the bad arm for an ARMBAR DDT! Sha CLUBS the bad arm, uppercuts it, then hip drops on it! Wolfgang clutches that arm, tries to get it working, but Sha drops an elbow on it!

Sha clamps onto the arm, Wolfgang fights the cobra clutch and throws body shots. But Sha wrenches and WRINGS the bad arm! Dar offers a drink but Sha says no, he has to keep working. Sha throws down elbows into the bad arm, then stands on Wolfgang to say, “ON THE MONEY~!” Sha KICKS the bad leg, then shouts out “EAST~!” Sha stomps Wolfgang but fans chant, “You’re a Mug! You’re a Mug!” Dar says yeah, Wolfgang’s the mug! But that’s not who they mean. Sha RAMS Wolfgang into the buckles, stomps away on the bad arm, then runs in to stomp it again! The ref backs Sha off, and Dar SMACKS Wolfgang around with the papers!

Wolfgang gets mad and he CHOPS Sha! And CHOPS again! And counter punches! Wolfgang suplexes Sha, but Sha fights to get to the apron. Sha HOTSHOTS the bad arm! Wolfgang staggers away and Sha gets in to run and LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Wolfgang is still in this, and Dar offers another drink. Sha says no, and he drops elbow after elbow on Wolfgang! Sha then goes up a corner, and leaps for a FLYING ELBOW DROP! Cover, TWO! Wolfgang is still in this and fans rally up. Sha stalks Wolfgang, CLUBS him at the ropes, then pulls on the bad arm. Wolfgang ROCKS Sha and gives him a kitchen sink knee! BASEMENT SENTON!

Dar is worried as Wolfgang suplexes Sha for the CAB- NO, no toss! Sha slips off, CLUBS Wolfgang and has a top wristlock on the bad arm! Fans rally as Wolfgang endures, fights up, but Sha wants the arm! Wolfgang arm-drags free! Wolfgang goes to the corner, Sha runs in but Wolfgang sends him into buckles! Wolfgang bumps Sha off buckles, fires off haymakers, then keeps Sha cornered to CHOP! Wolfgang whips corner to corner, then runs in, into an uppercut! Wolfgang snarls, shoves Sha back in, and SPLASHES in the corner! Sha flops and Wolfgang is on the apron, working on the bad arm.

Wolfgang climbs but Dar distracts! The ref reprimands but Wolfgang leaps, into a SPINEBUSTER from Sha! Cover, TWO!! Fans rally for Wolfgang while Sha is furious! Sha hauls Wolfgang up, reels him in and whips, but Wolfgang slips off the scoop to POINT-BLANK SPEAR!! But the bad arm holds Wolfgang back from making the cover, and Sha crawls away to his corner. Dar fans Sha, but fans rally for Wolfgang. Wolfgang grabs at Sha on the apron, hauls him up the corner, but Sha throws body shots. Sha HOTSHOTS the bad arm again! Wolfgang is stuck up top and Sha ROCKS him with haymakers! Sha DECKS Wolfgang!

Sha climbs up again, for the FROG SPLASH onto knees! Wolfgang saves himself but both men are down and writhing. Fans rally up again and Wolfgang grits his teeth as he gets back up. Wolfgang rallies on Sha with the one good arm! Wolfgang whips Sha to then back drop him! Fans fire up, Sha gets to a corner and Wolfgang runs in to fire off forearms! Wolfgang howls and runs, to SPLASH again! Dar is up on the apron but Wolfgang BOOTS him down! Fans cheer and Wolfgang SLINGSHOTS to SPEAR!! Cover, Wolfgang wins!!

Winner: Wolfgang, by pinfall

Fans cheer as the Last King of Scotland stands tall! This Gallus Boy is on top, but will Mark Coffey be on top in two weeks after he gets one more shot at Dar and the Heritage Cup?

 

Trent Seven heads to the ring.

And what a strange thing, for all the fans to boo this Founding Father of NXT UK. He gets a mic and “thanks” us all for that reception. Seven heard the chant of “Why, Trent, Why?” Good question! He will use visual aids to explain just exactly why. The tron shows Trent giving Tyler Bate that truly underhanded low blow uppercut. Trent gets teary eyed as he says it is just beautiful. “It’s the best low blow ever. That’s what it is.” Just look at his positioning! A work of art, really. And more importantly, it represents a turning point. “That right there is the most important moment in British Sports.” Fans chant, “No it’s not! No it’s not!”

But he says yes it is, and we all know it is, “because it’s the moment that Trent Seven saved the industry.” Fans boo but Seven asks they listen. It is the truth “because this place was dead! This studio was a ghost town! And now look at you all! Now look at you all back! The largest crowd in NXT UK BT Sports history is here because Trent Seven is on top!” Fans boo more but Seven says, “It’s a fact. This is where I like to be. Right here. Right at the top, right in the middle, the CENTER of attention!” Fans chant, “We Want Tyler!” and Seven is annoyed. “Tyler Bate is done. Now I am the center of attention, and we were the center of attention as British Strong Style! And as Moustache Mountain.”

Seven goes on about how they were touring the world, selling out every arena, and promotors were begging them to even be on the shows. “Please~! We need you~!” Yes, they did. And that is why fans need to understand it isn’t Seven who changed, it’s Tyler who changed. Seven never lost the killer instinct, he never stopped doing what was needed to win, but it was Tyler who lost his nerve. That will to win is gone, because “it’s all that rubbish, sitting in a field, hugging a tree.” But Bate isn’t coming back, and we know he won’t because he won’t fight Seven! Fans chant, “Yes, He Will!” Seven says no, he won’t, because Bate lost his fighting spirit.

“Tyler Bate is the Little Weak Boy. And I am NXT UK! I am this brand! I am NXT! I am British Strong Style! Come here! Come here! I am Moustache Mountain!!” Fans boo as Seven sets down the mic, and Seven says everyone knows he’s telling the truth. Is he telling the truth about the future of NXT UK? Or will Tyler Bate prove Trent Seven is a liar and make a heroic return?

Wait, a fan gets really heated about Seven saying Tyler is weak and afraid. So much so, friends and security are trying to get him to calm down. But the fan jumps the barrier instead! Security rushes in to stop this man from getting closer and Seven says, “We’ve got a live one!” And then he LOW BLOW KICKS the fan!! Referees rush out and say Seven is out of line! Seven says the fan is the one who got up in Seven’s face. Is there nothing Seven won’t do just to make himself feel like the bigger man?


My Thoughts:

A very good episode of NXT UK with some good set-up for the summer episodes. Blair Davenport gets a good return match win, with Angel Hayze still looking very good in the loss. And Blair emphasizing “hope” at the end of her promo has to be her setting up something with Amale before moving on to the title again. Kenny and Sid had a good interaction to set up Kenny VS Tiger Turan. But sadly for me and my theories, if Kenny also thinks Amir Jordan is Tiger Turan, then that must mean it isn’t because they wouldn’t do that. They can’t let Kenny be right about this, right? It’d be pretty wild for Kenny to win and be right about who Tiger Turan is under the mask.

Millie VS Fallon was a very good match, but I feel like they could’ve played up more of Millie struggling to be aggressive before it backfired on her. But Millie losing does help build her story of disappointing Meiko and herself. Millie also had a very good bit of character work showing her surprise and bit of hurt feelings when Meiko chose Sarray to be her tag partner against Xia & Eliza. But that’s still going to be an awesome match with Sarray and Meiko side by side. Meiko & Sarray will surely win and that will surely set up Meiko VS Sarray for an awesome NXT UK Women’s Championship.

We got a decent interaction from Oliver Carter and Die Familie. I would think Carter rejects Die Familie’s invitation, and he could easily team up with other superstars who don’t like Die Familie, like Mastiff & Starz or even A-Kid. And we got a pretty good promo with Sha, Dar and Mark Coffey about how we’re getting that 100 to 1 betting odds Heritage Cup match. If Mark is getting one more shot in what Dar claims should be his “retirement” match, does that mean Mark wins? Someone from Gallus should get something more, and Dar losing will be his own reason for “not retiring.” Plus, if Mark wins, and Joe Coffey comes back, I’d love seeing Mark VS Joe for the cup.

Wolfgang VS Sha was a great main event match, and I figured Wolfgang would win to get Gallus back up. I don’t know what’s next for Wolfgang, but he’s always been a solid character and in-ring worker. And then, we closed with a very good promo from Seven, with him playing off the crowd’s chants and booing very well. That final bit with “the fan” was quite a surprise but it sure adds to Seven’s Heel heat. But obviously, Bate is coming back and he is going to have one hell of a match with Seven. Can’t be sure who wins that, but it’d make a lot of sense if Seven cheated to win, and then somehow, Seven uses that to go after Ilja Dragunov and the UK Championship.

My Score: 8.5/10


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