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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (5/6/22)

New Day, GET THE TABLES!

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SmackDown 2022

One more stop before Backlash!

One more SmackDown before WrestleMania Backlash, and the Bloodline has one last face-to-face with RKBRO and Drew McIntyre!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Charlotte Flair VS Aliyah; No Contest.
  • Sasha Banks w/ Naomi VS Shayna Baszler w/ Natalya; Shayna wins.
  • Drew Gulak VS GUNTHER w/ Ludwig Kaiser; Gunther wins.
  • Tag Team Tables Match: The New Day VS Sheamus & Ridge Holland; Sheamus & Ridge win.
  • Sami Zayn VS Shinsuke Nakamura; Sami wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Charlotte Flair VS Aliyah!

The SmackDown Women’s Champion couldn’t put #Aliyah316 away in 1:41 and she is not happy about it! Charlotte beat up Drew Gulak for the loss last week, but will she get even with Aliyah this close to Backlash? Or will Aliyah just frustrate her even more?

Before the match, Charlotte gets the mic. “Long Island, New York, what is up? Look at all these people who paid their hard earned money to come see me! Thank you, thank you.” Charlotte doesn’t get why this is the “armpit of New York,” but she can empathize with those saying she was humiliated after losing the Beat the Clock Challenge. She was not, she was screwed! Aliyah clearly tapped out and said she quit before the time was up. And that moron, Gulak, what’s his problem? Time was going more up than down and that messed with Charlotte. Charlotte says the only one being humiliated is Ronda Rousey when she says she quits!

Charlotte says Ronda will cry like a baby, wah wah wah! Hell, when Ronda says she quits, she might quit WWE altogether! Bye, Ronda! Nana nana, hey hey hey, good-bye~! As for Aliyah, everyone say hi. Fans cheer and she waves. Charlotte asks Aliyah if she’s enjoying her 15 seconds of fame in the ring with Charlotte. Because we’re going to get a preview of what’ll happen at Backlash! Y’know what? Charlotte will even pretend Aliyah is Ronda now. “C’mere, Ronda, c’mere.” Closer, then SUCKER PUNCH! Then a LARIAT! Charlotte throws off her robe to stomp Aliyah then rain down fists, all while fans boo!

Charlotte wants Aliyah to say she quits as she pulls Aliyah’s hair. Charlotte drags Aliyah up to DECK her again! Then Charlotte soaks up the heat, only for Ronda to rush out here! Charlotte’s ready for it, and she kicks at the ropes. Ronda avoids that to drag Charlotte out! They brawl with fast hands and fans are going nuts! Charlotte RAMS Ronda into the apron, and again, but Ronda throws knees! Ronda POSTS Charlotte, then stalks her around the way. Ronda whips but Charlotte reverses to send Ronda into barriers! Charlotte steadies herself but fans rally for Ronda. Charlotte gets in the ring but Ronda pursues!

Ronda rushes in, but Charlotte TACKLES her! Charlotte gives some ground ‘n’ pound, but Ronda gets up to BOOT Charlotte. But then Charlotte BOOTS back! Charlotte RAMS her shoulders into Ronda, but Ronda gets a clutch! Refs and officials rush in to stop this brawl, but Charlotte starts shoving them! But then she BOOTS the official as Ronda ducked! The scrap continues, more knees and forearms, the refs keep trying and reinforcements rush out! Ronda keeps Charlotte from getting away, and she throws down elbows! The refs and officials force these two apart, but the animosity is still palpable! Ronda busts free to SPEAR Charlotte!

Fans want to “Let Them Fight!” as the refs and officials keep trying to stop this. Charlotte gets away but then shoves Jamie Noble away. Charlotte shouts that this is HER show, but will the SmackDown Women’s Championship still be her title?

 

Sasha Banks w/ Naomi VS Shayna Baszler w/ Natalya!

The WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions are preparing to take on Spades & Hart, and now the Boss steps up to the Submission Magician! Will #BossTime turn into quitting time against Shayna? Or will Sasha avoid having to #TapNapOrSnap?

SmackDown returns as Shayna and Natty make their entrance. The bell rings and the two circle. Sasha goes after Shayna but Shayna backs her down. Sasha BOOTS Shayna, goes up, METEORA! Sasha rains down fists then covers, TWO! Sasha gets Shayna’s arm and wants to give it back for Naomi! But Shayna avoids the stomp, only for Sasha to dodge the boot. Sasha tilt-o-whirls and hits an ARM CODE BREAKER! Sasha isolates that arm again, then gets the other arm! Sasha bends the fingers and twists the wrist, doing just what Shayna would do! But Shayna KICKS Sasha, then drags her down!

Sasha resists the armbar and moves around but Shayna uses her legs to keep Sasha down. Sasha pushes to stack Shayna, TWO! Shayna clubs the arms but Sasha keeps her grip. Fans rally, Sasha moves around and fights free of the legs, but Shayna thrashes her around! Sasha headscissors to a victory roll, TWO! Shayna rushes in but Sasha catches her arm! Natty distracts, Sasha swipes at her! Shayna gut wrenches and SLAMS Sasha down! Natty cheers but fans boo while Shayna shakes out the bad arm. Shayna stalks Sasha to a corner and stomps away! Long Island is on Sasha’s side as the ref counts.

Shayna lets off to then whips but Sasha reverses. Shayna dodges, but then Sasha dodges, and Shayna hits buckles. Sasha throws fast hands, then whips corner to corner. Shayna reverses but Sasha goes up to headscissor, into a SIDEWALK SLAM! Natty applauds as SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns again and Sasha rolls Shayna, TWO! Shayna BOOTS and CLUBS Sasha, then has the double wristlock! Sasha endures, Shayna taunts Naomi with it, and fans rally. Shayna hammerlocks as Sasha fights up, and Sasha runs around to toss Shayna out! Shayna gets in, but Sasha throws her out the other side! Sasha builds speed while Naomi taunts back, and she baseball slides Shayna down! Sasha SMACKS Shayna’s arm off the desk again and again! Naomi is fired up with Sasha and Sasha puts Shayna back in. Sasha hurries to run, and BASEMENT METEORA! Cover, TWO!

Sasha is shocked Shayna survived but she keeps focus. Natty coaches Shayna but Sasha is after the arm. Sasha wrenches, Shayna body shots and KICKS, but Sasha pushes Shayna to the ropes. Shayna puts Sasha on the apron but Sasha shoulders into her. Sasha blocks the kick to KNEE Shayna, then she rolls in to wheelbarrow and BULLDOG! Sash then RANAS Natty to keep her away! Sasha hurries back in, but Shayna gets up to KNEE Sasha! Shayna drags Sasha into a fisherman bridge, TWO! Sasha gets around to backslide, TWO! Sasha tries to facelock, Shayna cradles, Natty helps Shayna keep feet on the ropes! SHAYNA WINS!

Winner: Shayna Baszler

But to be sore winners, Natty & Shayna beat up Naomi & Sasha! Natty full nelsons Naomi while Shayna gets the arm! Naomi still BOOTS Shayna down! And JAWBREAKERS Natty! Naomi and Sasha get Natty up, DOUBLE SOLE FOOD! Spades & Hart back down, but will they tear Sasha & Naomi apart to get those titles?

 

Backstage interview with The Usos.

Jimmy & Jey team up with Roman Reigns at Backlash to take on Drew McIntyre 7 RKBRO. Any final thoughts before tonight’s faceoff? NO! Because the time for talk is done. That fool Riddle talks too much anyway, always putting his foot in his moth. And The Viper ain’t scaring nobody! The Usos have the antidote to that poison. They’re gonna have some fresh snake skin Air Force Ones! Because they the twos, and #WeTheOnes!

 

Backstage interview with RKBRO.

Randy Orton & Matt Riddle surely heard the Usos just a moment ago. They sure did. To be honest, Riddle is confused. Do the Usos think he puts his foot in his mouth? That’s gross. But who is he to judge about what people put in their mouths? Orton has Riddle stop there. Wrong time, wrong place. But yes, Usos yapped yapped yapped but they’ve been doing that for weeks. Here it is loud and clear: at Backlash, the Usos don’t need to worry about their shoes, they need to worry about being in the ring with the three most dangerous letters in sports entertainment: R K BRO! Yeah!

 

Happy Corbin heads to the ring.

It’s another edition of Happy Talk just days before Backlash and the grudge match between Corbin and Mad Cap Moss. What will the host with the least have to say about that? We find out, after the break.

SmackDown returns and Corbin has the mic. A highlight reel plays of Moss taking back the Andre the Giant trophy after getting the drop on Corbin. “If you think that bothers me, you’re crazy.” Corbin is so happy thinking about what he’ll do to Moss at Backlash this Sunday. But then Moss interrupts on the tron. No one wants to hear Corbin talk, man! They want to hear Moss make jokes. He’ll make us happy. Did Corbin wanna start singing? Because he looks like a Pitbull cover artist. Moss says in all seriousness, Corbin does a lot of charity work. For years, he’s let tattoo artists do all their worst ideas on him.

Moss doesn’t want to alarm Corbin, but it looks like Hot Topic threw up on his chest. And Corbin has many names- Corbin interrupts Moss. Moss feels safe in the back, hiding in some dark corner telling these lame jokes. But Corbin gets it. Moss doesn’t have the guts to come out and say all this to Corbin’s face. Funny Corbin should mention that. Moss walks off screen, to come out on stage! He wasn’t hiding all that far away at all! And again, Moss got the better of Corbin here. Moss gets in the ring and gets himself a mic. “Okay then, Corbin, to your face it is.” Corbin’s gone through a lot of phases: Baron; Constable; King; Broke Ass; Happy. Maybe next will be Entertaining Corbin.

Corbin could go back to being a Lone Wolf, but wolves have hair. Moss figures Corbin could be the Big Bald Wolf. Give it up, Long Island, for the Big Bald Wolf! Fans chant along with Moss, and he laughs it up. Corbin frowns and storms off. Is Corbin going to go from Happy to Angry Corbin after facing Moss at Backlash?

 

Drew Gulak VS ???

After being competitor, interviewer, assistant to Adam Pearce, and timekeeper, what can Gulak possibly be? Well, back to competitor, of course! But who will he face in his first match back in months? We find out, after the break.

SmackDown returns and Gulak’s opponent is… Wait, the lights go down. And Ludwig Kaiser addresses the fans. “Ladies and gentlemen. Der Ring General! GUNTHER!!” Can Gulak switch out with someone else real quick? No? Well, nice knowing you, Gulak…

The bell rings and fans chant, “U S A!” for Gulak. Gulak circles with Gunther, they tie up, and Gunther gets the arm to wrench to a wristlock. Gunther grinds Gulak’s shoulder, stands on the arm, but Gulak fights and rolls and wrenches. Gulak wrenches, but Gunther facelocks to turn Gulak and CLUB him down! Gulak gets to a corner but Gunther is right after him. Gunther brings Gulak out but Gulak ROCKS Gunther! So Gunther BOOTS Gulak! Gunther then stands Gulak up to CHOP! Gulak flounders, Gunther bumps him off buckles. Gunther puts Gulak on the top rope to CHOP him, then stand on him!

Gulak endures, the ref counts, Gunther lets off at 4. Gulak flops to the mat and Ludwig has goosebumps. Gunther drags Gulak in with a SLEEPER HOLD! Gulak flails but Gunther thrashes him around! Gulak fades, but Gunther hits a GENERAL BOMB!! Cover, Gunther wins!

Winner: Gunther, by pinfall

Gulak should’ve said nein but Gunther didn’t give him time to think. Will Gulak decide to take a sabbatical? Ludwig officially announces Gunther’s victory, but will it only be a matter of time before Ludwig announces Gunther’s championship victory?

 

Backstage interview with Shinsuke Nakamura.

The Bloodline has a huge target on their backs with McIntyre & RKBRO, but Nakamura has his own bone to pick. The Bloodline hurt his tag partner and friend, Rick Boogs. Then they tried to hurt Nakamura. He hasn’t forgotten that. One day soon, when the time is right, Nakamura gets a piece of Roman Reigns, and then Roman will never forget the King of Strong Style. But Sami Zayn is creeping again! Is he gonna tattle on Nakamura to Roman like he did McIntyre?

Backstage interview with Drew McIntyre.

The Scottish Warrior has heard the trash talk from The Bloodline. Everyone knows they’d rather talk trash than throw hands. But that won’t happen on McIntyre’s watch. Especially when it comes to Roman Reigns. Backlash, Six Man Tag, Bloodline VS Drew & RKBRO, or RKMCBRO. But that’s then, this is now. Tonight, the fans deserve to see something special. Maybe a sneak peak? The Head of the Table getting his head kicked off! McIntyre likes that idea.

 

Tag Team Tables Match: The New Day VS Sheamus & Ridge Holland!

Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods are going to settle things with the Fight Night Boys one way or another! And one way or another, someone’s going through a table! Who will be the team picking splinters out of their sides after this one?

SmackDown returns and the New Day makes their entrance. The brawl is on with the ring! Ridge is after Kofi, Sheamus has Woods. Woods CHOPS Sheamus, then he dodges Sheamus’ haymaker to mule kick. Kofi and Ridge brawl outside the ring, Woods whips but Sheamus reverses. Woods goes up but gets caught, only to hit a TORNADO TAG! Woods hits a forearm smash, Ridge CLUBS Kofi, but Kofi hits back. Woods rain down fists in the corner, but Sheamus hits an atomic drop! Woods ducks the lariat to mule kick the legs out! Woods runs to SLIDING KNEE! Sheamus goes out but Ridge gets in to CLOBBER Woods!

Ridge throws crossface forearms then he drags Woods up to back suplex. Woods lands on his feet, Kofi leaps in with a FLYING AX HANDLE! Fans fire up as Kofi and Woods KICK away on Ridge’s legs! Then his chest! Then they DOUBLE BULLDOG! Sheamus drags Kofi out but Woods WRECKS Sheamus with a dropkick! Fans fire up as the New Day get a table! They don’t set it up, they run and RAM Sheamus with it! Fans fire up as New Day want Sheamus to get up again. Sheamus does, and the New Day RAMS him down again! The table is then put in the ring and Woods starts setting it up.

Kofi kicks Ridge down, throws forearms and haymakers, then the New Day coordinate. Sheamus tips the table but Ridge still takes the double suplex! Sheamus CLUBS Woods and Kofi down, then he brings Kofi up for an IRISH CURSE BACKBREAKER! Sheamus goes out to get himself a table, and he starts setting it up already. Sheamus drags Kofi over, gets Kofi up, but Woods tips the bomb over! Ridge CLOBBERS Woods! Ridge brings Woods around to ROCK him with forearms, then he runs, only to be sent into steel steps! Sheamus hurries back in the ring but Woods is there. Sheamus throws heavy body shots then fireman’s carries!

Kofi saves Woods from White Noise, then SUPERKICKS Sheamus! Sheamus avoids the table, but Kofi goes up for a SUPER CROSSBODY through the barriers!! Long Island is loving this as SmackDown goes to break!

SmackDown returns again and Sheamus drags Woods up. Sheamus CLUBS Woods down while Ridge fetches something. Sheamus has Woods against ropes for Beats of the Bodhrain! Ridge CLUBS Kofi at the same time! The count hits 9 then Sheamus winds up for 10! Then he lets Ridge carry Woods to POST him! Ridge and Sheamus soak up the heat before putting Kofi in. Ridge and Sheamus hoist Kofi up and aim at the table in the corner. Kofi wriggles free and then BOOTS Sheamus! Ridge swings but into SOS! Sheamus rushes in but Kofi dumps him out! Kofi then gives Sheamus Beats of the Bodhrain!

Sheamus elbows free at 5, hoists Kofi up, APRON WHITE NOISE!! Kofi flops down but Woods WRECKS Sheamus with another dropkick! Woods gets in, dodges Ridge, then slides to ROLLING ELBOW! Woods kicks, SOBATS and down goes Ridge! But Sheamus gets up, only for Woods to DECK him !Woods gets around Ridge, and again, sunset flip and roll, to a LEG LARIAT! Fans fire up and Woods rearranges the table in the ring. Woods has it at center, Ridge hurries after Woods! They tug-o-war, Ridge HEADBUTTS Woods! Ridge then runs at the corner but only gets buckles! Woods SUPERKICKS Ridge onto the table!

Woods makes sure Ridge is in place and then he goes to the corner! Woods climbs up, fans fire up, but Sheamus trips Woods up! Ridge gets off the table, Sheamus drags Woods up and he bumps Woods off buckles. Sheamus drags Woods up and suplexes, but Kofi dropkicks Sheamus down! Kofi FLIES and takes Sheamus out! Kofi fires up and he clears off the announce table! Kofi brings Sheamus up but Sheamus Alabama lifts! Kofi kicks and sunset flips to DOUBLE STMOP! Sheamus flounders, TROUBLE IN PARADISE puts Sheamus on the desk! Woods aims from the top again, but BUTCH APPEARS!!

Pete Dunne emerges from under the ring and he attacks Kofi! Woods sees that and attacks Dunne! They brawl, Dunne ROCKS Woods and Ridge holds Woods for a BROGUE!! Dunne KNEES Kofi down! Sheamus hauls Woods up and puts him in for Ridge! Ridge and Sheamus get Woods up, DOUBLE CHOKE SLAM through the table! The Fight Night Boys win!!

Winners: Sheamus & Ridge Holland

Pete goes after Woods in the wreckage! Sheamus and Ridge pull him off but he goes back for more! They stop him again, and are all smiles thanks to that huge assist.

 

Backstage interview with Paul Heyman.

Kayla mentions McIntyre wanting to kick the head of the Head of the Table. The Special Counsel to the Tribal Chief asks, “Are you flirting with me?” Trying to get a rise out of him? Or to take her for pizza in Long Island? Sami hurries over and wants a moment. NO! But Sami has something to tell Heyman! He is a confidant to the Bloodline, just like Heyman. And as a locker room leader, he heard Nakamura talking about Roman and the Usos. Nakamura wants payback, not letting this go. Sami knows Roman has a busy night, but Heyman can tell Roman that Sami will take care of Nakamura on Roman’s behalf. Just make sure Roman knows that.

Heyman has news for Sami he shouldn’t repeat, but… Roman appreciates that initiative. Yes! This is how Sami can get his respect back. Sami wants Roman to know what’s happening. Heyman promises to handle this. Sami accepts that. Heyman is a good man. Heyman thanks Sami and Sami thanks Heyman. Will Sami handle the King of Strong Style on the Tribal Chief’s behalf? Or will he just run away when the going gets tough?

 

Sami Zayn visits Adam Pearce.

Sami wants Pearce to know that on behalf of The Bloodline, Sami is requesting a match with Nakamura for next week. Not to get into the details but this is important for his credibility. Pearce will do Sami one better: do it tonight. N-now? As in, right now? Well, a few minutes to get ready. Sami is upset but he says fine. Sami heads out, will he regret taking on the Tribal Chief’s business?

 

Lacey Evans speaks.

“My father lost his battle with mental health and addition, and he overdosed two months before my WWE tryout. I had one family member attempt suicide in the same timeframe, and by the time I found them, they were gasping for air, and tried to apologize as I tried to stop the bleeding.” Then before her first match in NXT, another member of her family overdosed in a parking lot not too far from the show. Her knees got weak and she couldn’t be sure how much more she could take. That was the day she decided to do what was best for her family and her mental health. She’s tried to make her family proud and break the cycle and motivate them to succeed.

But instead, what should’ve been the happiest moment of her life, the most important moment in her career, and instead of excitement, she was wrecked. But it was also the first time she didn’t drop everything and go. She stayed, washed up and put on her first match, her daughter watching with the world’s biggest smile. Then after the show, Lacey went to the hospital to face the inevitable. For years, Lacey carried the weight of her family’s pain. She has been put through the worst by those who should’ve been there for her. But this is her time. She will show the world  and her daughters the power you have to break the cycle.

Lacey will show everyone that you have the power to defy where you come from. When you feel so broken, you can keep fighting. And as for the superstars, she has one question: What can they do to stop her? What can they do that life hasn’t already done? What she went through has made her the motivated, careful, confident, ready for anything mother, daughter, wife, sister, US Marine and WWE superstar. And soon to be SmackDown Women’s Champion.

Announcer Samantha Irvin says this has been quite the story. And before we introduce the true Lacey Evans, let us show the proper respect. Ladies and gentlemen, Lacey Evans! Lacey makes her way out in camouflage and sheer as she high-fives all the fans and celebrates with Long Island! Will Lacey shine and make her way to the top of SmackDown?

 

Sami Zayn VS Shinsuke Nakamura!

The Usos said Riddle sticks his foot in his mouth, but clearly they forgot about the Master Strategist. Will Sami at least be able to not have Nakamura’s knee in his mouth? Or can he actually come through on the promise he made to the Bloodline?

SmackDown returns and Nakamura makes his entrance. Pat McAfee says it isn’t quite the same without Boogs, but this is still good. The bell rings and Sami tells Nakamura not to talk bad about the Bloodline. Nakamura swings a kick but Sami gets clear. They circle, tie up, and Sami gets around to headlock. Sami gets an arm, wrenches, and grinds Nakamura’s shoulder. Fans rally but Sami scuffs Nakamura’s head. Nakamura gets up, rolls, kips up and cartwheels to WRING Sami out. Nakamura kicks Sami around, wrenches to wristlock and then snapmares for a knee drop! Cover, TWO! Sami hurries to ropes but Nakamura keeps him from running.

Sami elbows Nakamura away, CLUBS him down then stomps him. Nakamura crawls, Sami stalks him and brings him up to ROCK him with a haymaker. Sami puts Nakamura on ropes to choke him, but lets off as the ref counts. Sami brings Nakamura up, wrenches and whips but Nakamura reverse to kitchen sink knee! And SLIDING BOOT! Then Nakamura KICKS Sami again and again. Sami blocks one but Nakamura ENZIGURIS! Sami staggers away, Nakamura blocks his boot and puts him in ropes. ROUNDHOUSE to SLIDING GERMAN! Fans fire up as Nakamura gets back in and takes aim from the corner.

Sami staggers up, but he catches the Kinshasa to a MICHINOKU DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Nakamura survives but rolls away as SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns again and Sami rains down fists on Nakamura’s head, then shifts to crossface forearms! Sami clamps on a chinlock but Nakamura endures as fans rally up. Nakamura fights up, powers Sami to a corner, but Sami holds on! Nakamura RAMS Sami in again and gets free! But Sami hops up to leap, and AX HANDLE! Cover, TWO! Sami argues with the ref but the ref says it was fair. Sami then goes to another corner and hops up again. Sami waits on Nakamura, and leaps, into a KICK! Nakamura and Sami get up, Nakamura KNEES and AX KICKS! Then he aims from a corner, Sami grabs one leg but Nakamura BOOTS him over and over and over!

Sami finally lets go, Nakamura hops up and leaps, FLYING KNEE! Cover, TWO! Sami is still in this and Nakamura grows frustrated! Fans rally, Nakamura brings Sami up but Sami throws a haymaker! Nakamura KICKS, Sami throws a punch, repeat! Nakamura gets the edge with kicks, then a strike fest. Sami dodges the haymaker but runs into a ROLLING ARMBAR! Sami clasps hands, Nakamura breaks the grip! ARMBAR! Sami flails, reaches, sits up, stacks Nakamura, TWO!! Nakamura gets up but Sami ducks one kick, but not the LEFT! Sami goes to a corner, Nakamura goes to the other!

Nakamura fires up and so do the fans! “YAO~!” Nakamura runs, but Sami bails out! Is this a repeat from fighting McIntyre? Nakamura goes out after him, DYNAMIC DROPKICK! Both men are down, Sami crawls but Nakamura pursues around the announce desk. Sami shoves Nakamura, HELLUVA KICK! The ring count is 9! Sami rushes in, and wins!!

Winner: Sami Zayn, by count-out

And Sami celebrates like he did something! But will Nakamura now focus on Sami before going after the Bloodline?

 

RKBRO heads to the ring!

The Raw Tag Team Champions head out, but they won’t be alone for long! Will the faceoff before Backlash turn into another brawl? We’ll find out, after the break!

SmackDown returns once more and McIntyre makes his entrance to join Orton & Riddle. Then McIntyre addresses, “Strong Island, ACKNOWLEDGE-” Whoa, whoa, Drew. Before the Bloodline and all that jazz, what do these bros acknowledge? Riddle acknowledges that Orton is his best friend! Acknowledged. Orton acknowledges that he still has McIntyre’s handprint on his chest from when Orton beat him for the WWE World Championship two years ago. Oh, okay. Acknowledged. McIntyre acknowledges that Orton kicked him four times when McIntyre won back that title. Acknowledge. But also, also, acknowledge that bygones are bygones. Acknowledged.

Riddle also acknowledges that Orton has the most muscular legs in the WWE. Acknowledged…? Riddle knows McIntyre’s are bigger, but Orton’s are more cut and vascular. Acknowledged. Orton acknowledges that the sky is blue and grass is green and that the Usos have had their lips permanently attached to Roman’s ass for the last few years! BIG acknowledgement! McIntyre acknowledges that he has all kinds of ideas of what he can do to the Bloodline. But they’re a team, they’ll do a game plan. It’s a joint decision. Acknowledged, bro! “ACK-NOW-LEDGE! ACK-NOW-LEDGE!” And they all acknowledge that Roman is the biggest piece of crap walking the earth!!

But here comes the Bloodline! Oh, what a shocker, all that worked to get them out here. Roman wears the World title, Heyman carries the Universal title, and the Usos have their SmackDown Tag Team Championships. They raise the belts and the pyro fires off. Roman has a mic already, but he ditches that to then give Heyman both belts. Roman leads the way down to the ring and the Usos follow. #RKMcBro is ready, and the Bloodline stares them down at the ropes. The Bloodline gets in, fans are thunderous, and the brawl is on! Roman and McIntyre, Orton and Jimmy, Riddle and Jey! Jey POSTS Riddle, Jimmy tosses Orton, but McIntyre fights them both off!

Roman SUPERMAN PUNCHES McIntyre down! The Usos regroup, they hold McIntyre up for Roman to mug! Roman talks trash, but Riddle gets in to RKO Jey! Then FINAL FLASH Jimmy into an RKO from Orton! Roman runs in, Orton dodges, and Roman turns around into a CLAYMORE!! McIntyre kips up while Roman is dazed! The Bloodline just got dropped, but will this happen all over again at Backlash?


My Thoughts:

A pretty good episode for SmackDown, especially as the go-home to Backlash. It didn’t have that much of go-home syndrome, thankfully, with not quite as many recaps and just a lot more action. Opening with Charlotte and Ronda was a good move, especially when Charlotte took care of talking and then she and Ronda brawled. There was no standing tall here so it’s still anyone’s guess as to who wins. But, with Lacey Evans punctuating her life story with wanting to become SmackDown Women’s Champion, maybe Charlotte wins to be Heel Champion to Lacey’s Face Challenger. It would also be a good way to make up for the awkward and interrupted feud between them from Raw.

Good segment from Corbin and Moss, though not too much affect on the go-home math. Moss makes fun of Corbin and Corbin leaves, but I would hope Moss wins so he can use that momentum to go for something bigger. Drew Gulak having a match this week was a bit of a surprise. I thought there’d be one more week where some male Heel mocked him and Gulak snapped, setting up a match for next week. Instead, Gulak gets slaughtered by Gunther. That’s good stuff for Gunther but I don’t know where Gulak goes from here.

We got a mostly great table tag match, but a little disappointing that “Butch” went missing just so he can screw New Day over. If not for Big E’s legitimately broken neck, he’d be back and we’d finally get their Six Man, but maybe New Day can get a third man to help them. We got a great match out of Sasha VS Shayna, and it was a very clever use of the Heel cheat with Natty helping Shayna keep the cradle. The Women’s Tag Title match is next week and that hopefully is a PPV level match because that is what this RawDown Women’s Tag Division needs and deserves. But with Natty also busy in NXT, pretty sure Naomi & Sasha retain.

Sami had a good bit trying to weasel into the Bloodline’s favor, and Pearce making him face Nakamura tonight rather than next week or even at the Backlash kickoff show was a good move from him. Did not think Sami would be able to pull off the count-out switcheroo, and honestly feels like something he should’ve tried during his series with McIntyre, but whatever. Maybe Nakamura and Sami have a rematch and then Nakamura can win to have momentum as he goes after the Bloodline.

And of course, great stuff out of the Bloodline and #RKMcBro, from the promos to the brawl to close out the night. Even though the Faces stand tall tonight, the Six Man Tag means the Bloodline could lose and it not be on Roman. If anything, McIntyre, Orton or Riddle pinning an Uso would be great to build towards those title feuds. RKBRO VS Usos, Tag Title Unification should still happen to parallel Roman getting the top titles, and then McIntyre or Nakamura, or even both, can get after Roman for the summer.

My Score: 8.5/10


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The Super Junior Tag League enters lucky round number 7!

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

Here are the current Super Jr. Tag League standings!

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Here are the NEW Super Jr. Tag League standings!

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


My Thoughts:

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

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

My Score: 8.8/10


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

Is World Tag League tranquilo?

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NJPW WTL X Super Jr.

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

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

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Here are the current World Tag League standings!

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

Chase & Fale: [FORFEIT]

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Here are the NEW World Tag League standings!

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

Chase & Fale: [FORFEIT]


My Thoughts:

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

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

My Score: 8.7/10


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