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Mitchell’s NJPW Dominion Results & Report! (6/12/22)

Osaka-Jo Hall is shining with gold!

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NJPW Dominion 2022

Titles upon titles are on the line!

NJPW Dominion shines in Osaka-Jo Hall with so much gold! The world title, US title, and even a golden ticket to Forbidden Door in Chicago are on the line!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Six Man Tag: Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Ryusuke Taguchi & Master Wato VS The United Empire; The United Empire wins.
  • Six Man Tag: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS Bullet Club; Bullet Club wins.
  • Toru Yano VS Luke Gallows; Yano wins.
  • NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Championships: The House of Torture VS Suzuki-Gun; The House of Torture wins and retains the titles.
  • IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships: Chase Owens & Bad Luck Fale VS Great-O-Khan & Jeff Cobb; Khan & Cobb win and become the new IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions.
  • Interim AEW World Championship Eliminator: Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Hirooki Goto; Tanahashi wins and advances to Forbidden Door.
  • KOPW 2022 Championship 10 Minute Unlimited Pinfall Scramble: Shingo Takagi VS Taichi; Takagi wins and retains the KOPW trophy.
  • NEVER Openweight Championship: Tama Tonga VS Karl Anderson; Anderson wins and becomes the new NEVER Openweight Champion.
  • Vacated IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship: SANADA VS Will Ospreay; Ospreay wins and becomes the new IWGP US Heavyweight Champion.
  • IWGP World Heavyweight Championship: Kazuchika Okada VS Jay White w/ Gedo; White wins and becomes the new IWGP World Heavyweight Champion.

PLAY BY PLAY

NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Championships: The House of Torture VS Suzuki-Gun!

Evil, Sho and Yujiro Takahashi have been cornered and must put their titles up against El Desperado, Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Zack Sabre Jr! Will the King of Darkness and his team use every trick in the book to desperately hold onto these belts? Or will the Rogue Luchador, Heel Master & Zacky Big Tekkers find a way to tear down the House?

The House of Torture rush out during Suzuki-Gun’s entrance, but Suzuki-Gun is ready! Kanemaru knees Sho low and headlocks, ZSJ gets Evil and Desperado gets Yujiro! Evil and Yujiro hit back, Evil CLUBS ZSJ then uses his shirt to CHOKE him! Kanemaru whips Sho hard into railing! Yujiro knocks Desperado down, Evil stomps ZSJ but Kanemaru puts Sho in the ring. Kanemaru whips Sho to ropes and dropkicks legs out as the bell rings. Kanemaru gets the legs for a FIGURE FOUR! Sho endures but Evil gets in to stomp Kanemaru, only for Kanemaru to get Evil’s leg! Kanemaru lets Sho go to dropkick Evil’s leg!

Kanemaru trips Evil, gets the legs, and has Evil in a FIGURE FOUR! Yujiro stomps but now he gets caught! Kanemaru trips Yujiro and puts him in the FIGURE FOUR! Fans fire up for this hat trick! But wait! While the ref is trying to get Evil out of the ring, Dick Togo gets in! But Kanemaru blocks Dick’s stomp and trips him up! FIGURE FOUR for Dick! Dick is tapping out, too bad he’s not part of the team defending the belts! Kanemaru lets off all the same, and he goes back to Sho. Sho begs for mercy, Kanemaru stomps him instead! Kanemaru drags Sho up to rake the eyes! Kanemaru follows Sho to ropes, whips him again, but Sho stops himself.

Kanemaru rushes Sho but Sho dodges, and then Evil trips Kanemaru! Evil RAMS Kanemaru into the timekeeper’s area! Abe-san suffers again! Meanwhile, Sho goes out after the rest of Suzuki-Gun with Yujiro! Evil rakes Kanemaru’s eyes while Sho hits ZSJ and Yujiro rakes Desperado’s eyes! Evil puts Kanemaru in, Sho rakes Kanemaru’s eyes! The ref counts, Sho lets off, and Sho stomps away on Kanemaru. Oh, and the blue buckle pad is gone, of course. Sho wrenches Kanemaru’s arm, tags in Evil, and Evil CLUBS Kanemaru down. The ref reprimands the House of Torture but Evil whips Kanemaru into the bare buckles!

Kanemaru writhes from suffering the Bullet Club Special, and Yujiro tags in. Yujiro snapmares to drop a leg, drop an elbow, and drop a headbutt on Kanemaru. Cover, TWO! Fans rally up, Yujiro drags Kanemaru up and knees him low. Yujiro stands Kanemaru against ropes to BOOT him! Yujiro runs, into Kanemaru’s basement dropkick! Fans fire up while Yujiro holds his leg. Kanemaru and Yujiro crawl, but Sho gets in to hit Desperado and ZSJ first! Sho distracts the ref so that Evil can get Kanemaru up for a cobra twist! Dick and Yujiro link up with Evil to add leverage! They let go before the ref sees and Evil pushes Kanemaru to a cover, TWO!

Evil is frustrated but fans rally up. Evil scrapes his shoe off Kanemaru’s face, then tags in Yujiro. Yujiro snapmares then runs to basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Yujiro tags Sho and Sho stands on Kanemaru’s head. Kanemaru gets up and CHOPS! Fans fire up as Kanemaru throws elbows but Sho rakes eyes! The ref counts, Sho runs, but avoids the dropkick! Kanemaru blocks Sho’s kick but Sho rakes eyes again! Sho runs, but Kanemaru dropkicks up high! Fans fire up as Kanemaru crawls over, but Evil and Yujiro rush in! But Desperado and ZSJ are ready this time! Desperado counter punches Evil while ZSJ gets Yujiro in a SLEEPER!

Desperado CLOBBERS Evil, then ZSJ feeds Yujiro to Desperado’s back suplex! Desperado then feeds Evil to ZSJ for a wrench and PELE to the arm! ZSJ WRINGS Evil’s arm out and then gets Yujiro for a spin and top wristlock STOMP! Desperado basement dropkicks, and Desperado hurries after Sho. ZSJ keeps Dick and that choker out while Desperado gives Sho a SHIN BREAKER! Feed to Kanemaru’s dropkick! FIGURE FOUR!! ZSJ keeps Evil out with a SLEEPER! Fans rally, Sho endures and reaches out, but Kanemaru drags him away! Desperado keeps Yujiro down, but Sho grabs at the ref! Sho tries to throw the ref down but Kanemaru keeps him up!

ZSJ gets in, he gets Sho’s head for a NECK TWIST!! Sho is dazed but still in pain! Only for Yujiro to throw Desperado into railing! Evil does the same to ZSJ and Abe-san again! Evil distracts the ref, Yujiro gets in to PIMP CANE CHOKE Kanemaru!! But ZSJ gets in to put Yujiro in a SLEEPER! Fans fire up but Evil goes after ZSJ! Evil blocks a boot and rakes the eyes! Evil then hits a BIG suplex! But Desperado gets in! Evil elbows him away but Desperado pulls Evil back and runs to SPEAR him down! Desperado swings at Yujiro but Yujiro spins him around. Desperado slips out of the dragon sleeper to facelock, but Yujiro BITES that hand!

The ref reprimands but Yujiro clubs the arm and CLOBBERS Desperado! ZSJ boots Yujiro then kicks his clothesline away! ZSJ EuroUppers Yujiro but Evil throws a heavy body shot! Evil whips ZSJ at the House’s corner but ZSJ stops himself from hitting buckles. ZSJ runs back, into a fireman’s carry! But he slips off to put on a SLEEPER! Evil RAMS ZSJ into the bare buckles! Evil kicks Desperado low, and whips him into the bare buckles! Evil runs, into a SPINEBUSTER! All six men are down and fans are fired up! Sho finally returns to the ring, but he has loaded up a kneepad! But Kanemaru gets Sho for a victory roll! TWO!!

Sho hurries and kicks but misses! Kanemaru ENZIGURIS, then scoop SLAMS Sho into a drop zone! Kanemaru goes up, MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO!! Sho survives but Kanemaru drags him right up. Kanemaru sees Dick drinking his whiskey! So Kanemaru BOOTS Dick and makes him spit the whiskey to the sky! Kanemaru then turns around, and he blocks Sho’s loaded kick! Kanemaru lets go because of the pain in his ribs! Sho then KICKS Kanemaru down! Sho hobbles but he drags Kanemaru back up and tucks him in. SHOCK ARROW!! Cover, House of Torture wins!

Winners: The House of Torture, by pinfall (still NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Champions)

The Murder Machine mocks the Heel Master as he, Tokyo Pimp and the King of Darkness hold onto the titles. Will there ever come a day where they run out of tricks?

 

IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships: Chase Owens & Bad Luck Fale VS Great-O-Khan & Jeff Cobb!

Bullet Club came away with these belts in a Triple Threat, but now they must take on the United Empire 2v2! Will the Crown Jewel & Rogue General keep the titles Too Sweet? Or will the Dominator & “The Imperial Unit” crush the #GeneralsJewels and take these belts back?

The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see which faction keeps momentum going!

The teams sort out and Khan calls out Chase. Chase accepts and the bell rings as fans rally up. Chase shoots in but Khan is ready. They show off their amateur skills, grapple and Khan gets the legs to trip Chase. Khan waistlocks, Chase scrambles to ropes, and the ref counts the break. Khan lets off while keeping his eyes on Fale, and gives Chase a spank. Chase is annoyed but he gets up and pie faces Khan. Khan tackles Chase down and clamps on the head ‘n’ arm triangle! Fale hurries to hit Cobb first, then Fale stomps Khan. Khan lets Chase go, Fale brings Khan up by his ponytail, but then Khan hits a huge sayanagi! And then clamps on the head ‘n’ arm!

But Chase gets in and breaks the hold with the C-TRIGGER! Chase BOOTS Cobb off the apron, too, then stomps Khan down. Chase drags Khan up by his ponytail, wrenches it, and then bumps Khan off buckles. Tag to Fale, and the General’s Jewels stand on Khan’s back! Khan endures the “massage” and the ref counts, and Chase and Fale both step off. Fale stares Cobb down then stalks Khan to ropes. Fale drags Khan up to hammer away on his back! Fans rally for the Empire but Fale “surfs” on Khan’s back! Cobb is furious but the ref keeps him back. Fale steps off Khan to cover, TWO! Fale drags Khan over and tags Chase in.

Bullet Club mugs Khan, Chase snapmares Khan to NECK SNAP! Cover, TWO! Chase mocks Cobb and blows a snot at him! Fans rally up, Chase drags Khan up but Khan clamps on the IRON CLAW! But Chase slips free, rolls Khan up, and puts legs on the ropes! Cobb pushes the leg off and Chase is upset! Chase DECKS Cobb, then goes back to Khan. Chase drags Khan away, tags in Fale, and Fale stomps Khan down! Fale drags Khan up to throw body shots, and he punches Khan into a corner. Fans rally but Fale ROCKS Khan. Fale goes corner to corner but Khan dodges! Fale hits buckles, Khan hurries for his corner, but Fale stomps him down!

Fale drags Khan up and wants to make Khan kiss his feet! Khan resists, powers back up and MONGOLIAN CHOPS! And again! And again! Chase gets in but Khan gives him MONGOLIAN CHOPS! Fale kicks but Khan blocks to trip Fale and SPLASH! Fans fire up as Khan crawls past Fale and for the corner, hot tag to Cobb! Cobb rallies on Chase with big arms, but Chase BELL CLAPS! Chase runs, into an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Fale throws body shots and Cobb! Fale whips corner to corner, runs in but Cobb dodges! Fale hits buckles again, Cobb scoop SLAMS Fale! Fans fire up and Cobb wants Fale to get up again!

Cobb drags Fale up, reels him in, and fans rally as Cobb suplexes! Fale is too big, though, and he shoves Cobb away. Fale runs and CLOBBERS Cobb! But both men are down and fans rally up again. Fale hurries, tag to Chase! Chase runs in corner to corner at Cobb to forearm smash, then short arm LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Chase is frustrated, he brings Cobb up to a fireman’s carry, but Cobb slips off! Chase elbows Cobb first, then whips, only for Cobb to reverse and ATHLETIC PLEX! Cover, Fale breaks it! Fale runs to CLOBBER Khan at the corner! Chase & Fale double whip Khan, body shot, knee lift and LARIAT! Cover, TWO!

Chase is annoyed but the fans fire up. Chase WRECKS Khan with a dropkick, then regroups with Fale. Fans rally, Fale hauls Cobb up but Cobb ROCKS him first! Chase waistlocks but Cobb BOOTS Fale away. Cobb elbows Chase, ROCKS Fale, and repeat as he goes back and forth between them! Fans fire up but Fale JABS Cobb into Chase’s JEWEL HEIST! Cover, TWO!! Khan gets in but Fale is after him first. Khan MONGOLIAN CHOPS Fale, then MONGOLIAN CHOPS Chase, back and forth between them! HEEL STABS for both, but Fale CLOBBERS Khan! Fale kicks Khan out then goes after him while fans rally.

Aaron Henare protests what Fale is doing to Khan but the ref has him stand down. Chase runs at Cobb but Cobb blocks the C-Trigger! Cobb swings but Chase fires off the strike fest! But Cobb ROCKS Chase back! Chase goes to a corner, Cobb runs in but into a BOOT! Chase goes up but Cobb YANKS him down! Cobb whips, but Chase escapes the Tour to C-TRIGGER! And C-TRIGGER again! Fans fire up and Chase roars! Chase goes to Cobb, brings him up and in, but Cobb back drops free! Cobb runs in but misses in the corner! Fale SPLASHES Cobb, then fireman’s carries as Chase climbs! AX HANDLE DEATH VALLEY, and a PENALTY KICK! Cover, TWO!!

Fans fire up as Cobb survives, but Chase wants to finish this! Fale choke grips Cobb while Chase climbs again. But Khan BOOTS Fale into ropes! That trips Chase up and he lands on his jewels! Khan then clotheslines Fale out of the ring! Fans fire up and Khan hurries to get Cobb up. Cobb and Khan aim at Chase, Khan goes up top! SUPER BELLY2BELLY, into a TOUR OF THE ISLANDS!! Cover, the Empire wins!!

Winners: The United Empire, by pinfall (NEW IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions)

Khan & Cobb are TWO-TIME tag team champions! They get these belts back, proving it was only the Triple Threat that lost it for them! But then ROCKY ROMERO attacks! He DECKS Khan then fires off palm strikes on Cobb! Cobb blocks a kick, ducks the enziguri but not the HEEL KICK! Rocky wants to give Cobb Sliced Bread but Cobb shoves him into Khan’s BELT SHOT! Khan then clamps on the IRON CLAW! Khan drags Rocky up, for the ELIMINATOR! Trent may have won on Rampage but Khan tells Rocky he was stupid for doing this alone! The United Empire stands tall with these belts, but will they soon aim for more at the Forbidden Door?

 

The G1 Climax 32 Blocks are announced!

The massive round robin is back for the Summer! And this time, it will be TWENTY-EIGHT ENTRIES!! For the 50th year of NJPW, the 32nd G1 Climax will be the biggest yet!

And in this massive, star-studded line-up, it will be: The Rainmaker, Kazuchika Okada; The Good Bad Guy, Tama Tonga; The Ace, Hiroshi Tanahashi; Team Filthy’s Tom Lawlor; TMDK’s Jonah Rock; The Head Hunter, Yoshi-Hashi; The Fierce Warrior, Hirooki Goto; The Producer, Toru Yano; the Stone Pitbull, Tomohiro Ishii; The Imperial Unit, Jeff Cobb; The Dominator, Great-O-Khan; The Commonwealth Kingpin, Will Ospreay; The Ultimate Weapon, Aaron Henare; The Dragon, Shingo Takagi; The Cold Skull, Sanada; The Uncontrollable Charisma, Tetsuya Naito; The Switchblade, Jay White; The King of Darkness, Evil; The Fang Revived, Kenta; Tokyo Pimp, Yujiro Takahashi; The Rogue General, Bad Luck Fale; The Crown Jewel, Chase Owens; “Rock Hard” Juice Robison; The Holy Emperor, Taichi; the Submission Master, Zack Sabre Jr; The Murderhawk Monster, Lance Archer; The Celtic Prince; David Finlay; and moving up as a Junior Heavyweight, The Headbanga, El Phantasmo!

And for the first time in the G1 Climax, there will be FOUR BLOCKS! Each pool of seven will battle it out, with the semifinals on August 17th, and finals on August 18th! Get ready for the hottest summer in NJPW history!

 

Interim AEW World Championship Eliminator: Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Hirooki Goto!

CM Punk was going to face The Ace at the Forbidden Door PPV, but he is sidelined with a leg injury. AEW Dynamite saw The Maniac, Jon Moxley, win his golden ticket to Chicago, and now NJPW gets to put up a contender! Will the Once in a Century Talent keep his plans in tact? Or will the Fierce Warrior bring about the winds of change to the Windy City?

Tanahashi shows off the muscles and fans cheer. The bell rings and fans rally, “Let’s Go, Ace!” as Tanahashi and Goto circle. They tie up, Tanahashi waistlocks, but Goto wrenches free to a hammerlock. Tanahashi slips around to a waistlock then a headlock. Goto powers Tanahashi to ropes but Tanahashi turns things around on Goto. The ref calls for the break, Tanahashi lets off clean and fans cheer. Goto and Tanahashi circle, fans rally again, and the two tie up again. Goto waistlocks, Tanahashi switches but Goto switches back. Tanahashi drop toeholds and floats to a headlock. Goto slips out to headlock back.

Tanahashi fights up, Goto grinds the hold, and he hits a headlock takeover. Tanahashi headscissors, Goto kips free, and fans cheer. The two reset again as fans rally back up. They feel out a knuckle lock, Tanahashi kicks and wrenches but Goto slips around to a waistlock. They end up on ropes, the ref calls for the break but the two let off slowly. Goto pats Tanahashi on the shoulders but Tanahashi kicks him low! Tanahashi throws forearms and backs Goto to a corner. Tanahashi whips corner to corner but Goto reverses and runs in, into a back elbow. Tanahashi goes up but Goto shoves him down to the floor!

The ref checks, Tanahashi is okay to continue but Goto storms out after him. Tanahashi throws a body shot first, but clutches his arm. Tanahashi whips Goto hard into railing, but Goto comes right back to CLOBBER Tanahashi! Fans fire up and Goto takes a moment to check his back. Fans rally again, Goto stomps Tanahashi, and Goto drags Tanahashi up and into the ring. Goto steps inside and he kicks and CLUBS Tanahashi. Tanahashi throws a forearm so Goto gives it back and fans rally as they go back and forth. Goto knees low, CLUBS Tanahashi again, then stomps him. Goto drags Tanahashi up as fans rally again, and Goto CLUBS Tanahashi more.

Goto fires forearms in the corner, whips Tanahashi corner to corner and runs in, to MURAMASA! Then BULLDOG! Cover, TWO! Goto keeps focus as he clamps on a chinlock. Tanahashi endures the knee in his back and fans rally up. Goto digs his elbow into Tanahashi’s forehead before he JAMS it in! Cover, TWO, but Goto clamps back on with another chinlock. Tanahashi endures and fans build to another rally. Tanahashi fights up to his feet, he pries at the hold, then throws body shots. Tanahashi swings a Shotei but Goto ducks it! Goto kicks low, whips Tanahashi to ropes, but Tanahashi hits FLYING FOREARMS!

Fans fire up as Tanahashi fires up, and the “Let’s Go, Ace!” rally returns. Tanahashi brings Goto up, throws big forearms, and he scoops Goto to SLAM him into a drop zone! Tanahashi goes up the corner, SUNSET SENTON! Cover, TWO! Tanahashi keeps focus and the fans fire up again. Tanahashi waits on Goto to rise, and then he runs, but into a waistlock! Tanahashi resists the lift so Goto shoves him to a corner. Goto clotheslines in the corner, runs but into a dropkick to the leg! Tanahashi gets that leg, but Goto fights free to SAIDO! But Tanahashi’s right back up! Tanahashi staggers, fights the Saido and gets the leg, DRAGON SCREW!

Fans rally while both men are down. Goto grits his teeth and clutches his leg while Tanahashi shakes out the cobwebs. Tanahashi stands first, throws forearms, but Goto throws one back. Tanahashi throws more forearms, so Goto throws more forearms! Tanahashi throws three, Goto throws three! Tanahashi fires off four forearms, but Goto fires off four right back! Tanahashi fires off a strike fest, but Goto SHOTEIS! Tanahashi SHOTEIS and Goto drops! Tanahashi fires up and the fans are right there with him! Goto is dazed but getting up, and Tanahashi runs, into a fireman’s carry! USHIGOROSHI! Tanahashi writhes while fans fire up again!

Goto rises and he drags Tanahashi up in a dragon sleeper. Tanahashi fights it, but Goto gets that arm and ripcords Tanahashi around for another fireman’s carry! But Tanahashi SLINGBLADES out of it! Both men are down again and fans fire up more! Tanahashi forces himself up, gritting his teeth while his hair is all over the place. Tanahashi runs at Goto, but Goto throws him into a corner! DRAPING G T R!! But Goto can’t make the cover, he’s too sore! Fans fire up again as Goto rises! Goto roars and takes aim, BUZZSAW! Goto then hauls Tanahashi up in the dragon sleeper, but Tanahashi drops! But Goto sits on the victory roll! TWO!!!

Goto and Tanahashi are both surprised Tanahashi escaped! Goto hurries after Tanahashi but Tanahashi SHOTEIS again! Tanahashi staggers, Goto rises, and Tanahashi runs as fans rally. But Goto follows, only for Tanahashi to let him slip past! SLINGBLADE! Cover, TWO!! Tanahashi fires up, goes back up the corner, Goto stands, HIGH FLY ATTACK! Tanahashi hurries up again, HIGH FLY FLOW!! Cover, Tanahashi wins!!

Winner: Hiroshi Tanahashi, by pinfall (advances to Forbidden Door)

The Ace is still going to Chicago! Jon Moxley will no longer be chasing a fight with Tanahashi, Tanahashi is bringing the fight to him! Will the Once in a Century Talent be the first former IWGP Heavyweight Champion to get the AEW World Championship? Or will the Maniac finally get the win that he wants over Tanahashi?

 

KOPW 2022 Championship 10 Minute Unlimited Pinfall Scramble: Shingo Takagi VS Taichi w/ Miho Abe!

Don’t get it twisted, this isn’t an Ironman Match. In a remix of their 30 Count match, this is about getting as many counts as you can in 10 minutes! One, two, three or beyond, it’s all about a cumulative score! Who will have the most points by the time the buzzer sounds?

The introductions are made, the trophy is raised, and it’s time to see whose time is up!

Taichi and Takagi rush each other and Taichi BOOTS Takagi! Takagi stays up to throw a forearm! Taichi KICKS, Takagi forearms, and repeat as the fans rally with them! Taichi gets the edge but Takagi just CHOPS! Taichi CHOPS, Takagi CHOPS back! Fans rally as the CHOPS keep flying back and forth! CHOP after CHOP after CHOP and things just speed up! Takagi JABS, JABS and JABS, but Taichi choke grips! Takagi choke grips back! The ref tries to stop them but Taichi just holds the ref back with his free hand. Taichi kicks Takagi, Takagi kicks back. Taichi rebounds to BOOT, Takagi rebounds to BOOT, too!

Taichi BOOTS, Takagi BOOTS, and we’re a minute in. Taichi BOOTS again, so Takagi runs him over! Taichi gets up to BOOT Takagi down! Takagi is up, he blocks a boot, but Taichi kicks the lariat away! Takagi tries the Yukon Lariat but Taichi withstands it! Taichi wrenches to HOOK KICK, and both men fall over! Fans fire up and Takagi gets to ropes. Fans rally, Takagi eggs Taichi on. Taichi stays down so Takagi storms over, only for Taichi to kick him from below! Takagi grabs at Taichi again, only to be brought into a cradle! TWO! That’s two points for Taichi but Takagi gets a backslide! ONE gets him on the board!

Taichi hurries up but into an ELBOW, JAB, and YUKON feint to a cradle! TWO! Takagi takes the lead as we’re past two minutes in. Taichi gets to a corner while Miho coaches him up. Fans rally up. Takagi runs in and blocks a boot. Takagi clotheslines in the corner, then suplexes high and hard! Cover, TWO! Takagi has a good lead on Taichi as he sits Taichi up. Takagi digs his elbow in, then clamps on a chinlock. Takagi endures as we’re three minutes in. Takagi even pushes up to lean on the hold. Taichi endures so Takagi sits him up to rain down elbows! Takagi drops an elbow, then another, but Taichi avoids the senton!

Takagi hurries after Taichi to CLUB him at the ropes. Takagi KICKS Taichi in the back, stands on him, and then he drags Taichi up to throw knees into Taichi at the ropes. Takagi then whips Taichi, knees him at ropes again, and hits a DDT! Takagi runs to SLIDING LARIAT! Cover, TWO, and that’s a 7-2 lead! Takagi says he’s just begun, and we’re past four minutes in! Fans fire up, Takagi gives toying kicks to Taichi and then drags him up. Fans clap, “TA-KA-GI!” “TA-I-CHI!” as Taichi fights off Takagi’s back suplex. Takagi CLUBS Taichi on the back, then runs in at the corner. Taichi dodges to GAMANGIRI! Takagi drops but so does Taichi as we near the halfway point!

Fans rally, Miho coaches Taichi, and Taichi hears the five minute announcement. Taichi hurries to give Kowata Kicks, a sobat, and a BUZZSAW! Cover, TWO! Taichi closes the gap and fans fire up as he brings Takagi up. Taichi KICKS Takagi in the back, then taunts him with toying kicks. Taichi KICKS Takagi in the back again, and again! Takagi grits his teeth, gets up, but Taichi KICKS him again! And again! There’s only four minutes left, but Taichi KICKS Takagi again! Taichi powers up, runs, but Takagi clotheslines him first! Takagi runs, Taichi gets around, DANGEROUS SAIDO! Cover, TWO!

Taichi is down one point and Miho cheers him on as we’re at 3:30! Taichi powers up as the fans fire up, and he runs to AX BOMBER! Direct hit, and here off the pants! Three minutes left, but Takagi clotheslines Taichi first! Takagi fires up in the corner, fires off headbutts in the corner, and Miho is worried now. Takagi pump handles and torture racks, but Taichi slips off! Takagi forearms, Taichi sobats, Takagi DOUBLE CHOPS but Taichi ROUNDHOUSES and GAMANGIRIS! Taichi fires up with just over two minutes left! Alabama Lift, tuck and- NO, Takagi slips out to ROLLING COBRA CLUTCH, THREE!! We’re not 10-6 at the two minute warning!

Taichi forgets a three doesn’t lose this for him, but he could lose if he can’t make up the gap! Taichi BOOTS, Takagi LARIATS! Taichi stays up, rebounds again, and LARIATS! Takagi stays up now, but Taichi runs in at him again. DOUBLE LARIATS collide, but neither falls! Just 90 seconds left as DOUBLE LARIATS collide! Fans fire up as Takagi LARIATS point-blank! And again! Taichi DECKS Takagi with a forearm! Taichi aims from the corner, but Takagi dodges the superkick to PUMPING BOMBER!! Cover, ONE?!? It still adds to the lead, but Taichi GAMANGIRIS! SLIDING FOREARM, cover, NONE?! Taichi kicks out before a count!

But we’re under a minute and Taichi’s down by five!! Miho is freaking out as Taichi is still dazed! Takagi can just play defense and win this, but he wants to finish Taichi off! Takagi gets Taichi up, fires boxing elbows, and we’re at 30 seconds! Takagi is just clubbing away on Taichi, but Taichi roars! So Takagi JABS! Takagi runs, Taichi dodges, they collide into a sumo clinch!! Under 20!! Takagi tries but Taichi blocks! Taichi sumo throws, GEDO CLUTCH!! FOUR!!! Another cover, TIME IS UP!!!! Takagi wins 11-10!!!

Winner: Shingo Takagi, 11-10 (still Mr. KOPW 2022)

Taichi almost forced a draw and overtime! But in the end, Takagi holds him off! Takagi makes sure Taichi understands that by pointing to the scoreboard. Will Takagi have even wilder ways to wrestle for this trophy as we head into the summer?

 

NEVER Openweight Championship: Tama Tonga w/ Jado VS Karl Anderson w/ Luke Gallows!

The Good Bad Guy thought he was done with Bullet Club after he got this belt off Evil. But now, the Machine Gun is back and taking aim at this title! Will Karl Anderson get his first NJPW singles title? Or will Tama NEVER let Bullet Club stop him again?

The moment Tama slides into the ring, he attacks Anderson with a dropkick! Fans fire up as Tama then stomps Anderson to a corner! The bell rings to get this on record as Tama throws down hands! The ref reprimands, Tama lets off and finally puts the belt aside. Tama then runs and clotheslines Anderson out of the ring! The introductions are finally made while Tama smacks Anderson off the apron. Tama stalks Anderson around the way, headlocks and punches, then follows Anderson up the ramp. Anderson mule kicks and CLUBS Tama! Anderson pushes Tama further up the ramp and stomps him down.

Gallows talks up Anderson while the ref reprimands. Anderson brings Tama up to scoop and SLAM on the ramp! Anderson looms over Tama, brings him up again, and cravats while taunting fans. But Tama fights free and DECKS Anderson off the ramp! Anderson hits railing and tumbles over with it! Tama then chases Anderson down to ringside and CLOBBERS him! Anderson throws body shots and CHOPS but Tama throws body shots and a haymaker! Anderson EuroUppers then brings Tama back to ringside. Anderson whips but Tama reverses and sends Anderson into railing! Fans rally up and Tama brings Anderson up to snap suplex to the floor!

Anderson writhes and Tama stalks up behind Anderson. The ring count finally starts but Tama RAMS Anderson into railing. Tama then puts Anderson in at 5 of 20 and fans rally up. Tama goes to the apron, keeps his eyes on Gallows, but Anderson uses that opening to HOTSHOT Tama off the ropes! Tama tumbles, Anderson wants after him but the ref gets in his way. Anderson uses this argument to distract the ref so that Gallows can drag Tama up! APRON CHOKE SLAM! Gallows runs off as Jado storms over and Tama flops to the floor. Gallows then DECKS Jado! The ref counts, fans rally up for “GOOD BAD GUY!”

Tama gets up as the count is 9 of 20, and he’s on the apron at 11. Anderson BOOTS Tama right off! Tama hits railing and the ref goes out to check on him. Tama is somehow okay to continue so Anderson wants the ring count! The ref starts the count again, Anderson is watching as Tama is still down at 10 of 20. Tama drags himself up, stands at 15 but staggers at 16! Tama hurries to get up again, and is in at 19! Anderson drags Tama around for a rain of fists! Cover, TWO! Anderson drags Tama back up, scoops and SLAMS him, then soaks up the heat. Anderson runs to hit a BIG senton! Tama writhes while Anderson soaks up more heat.

Anderson paces around, brings Tama up and rains down fists into Tama’s head! The ref reprimands the closed fists but Anderson lets off. Anderson sits Tama up to BITE his forehead! The ref counts, Anderson lets off and wraps on a chinlock. Anderson grinds Tama down, fans rally up and Tama endures. Tama fights up and throws body shots, but Anderson CLUBS him down. Anderson tosses Tama out of the ring, wants to go out after him, but again the ref stops him. So Gallows scoops Tama! But Jado saves Tama, and together they POST the Big LG! Fans fire up and Tama gets back into the ring! Tama and Anderson throw hands but Anderson whips.

Tama ducks and dodges to CROSSBODY! Direct hit and both men are down! Fans rally up, Tama throws a forearm! Anderson throws a forearm, but Tama gives another. Anderson hits Tama again, but Tama fires off more! Anderson ROCKS Tama, then whips him to the corner. Tama comes right back to CLOBBER Anderson! Fans fire up with Tama and he brings Anderson up for haymakers! Tama CHOPS, haymakers, repeat! Tama whips and dropkicks Anderson down! Off comes the vest! Fans rally, Tama runs corner to corner and STINGER SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Tama keeps focus and he goes to a corner to climb up top.

Anderson trips Tama up first! Anderson throws hands, climbs up after him, and throws more hands! Anderson brings Tama up but Tama throws body shots! Tama shoves Anderson down, then adjusts, and leaps over Anderson. Tama runs into a SPINESBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up as Tama survives, but Anderson drags him back up. Anderson fireman’s carries but Tama fights free! Tama throws hands and a forearm, then leaps, SATELLITE DDT! Cover, TWO! Anderson survives but Tama fires back up! Fans rally behind him as Tama pounds the mat. Anderson slowly stands, Tama runs in, GUN-

NO, Anderson denies Tama, but misses in the corner. Anderson dodges in the corner to JUMP KICK! Anderson then gets Tama up, SIT-OUT POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO! Tama survives but Anderson says he’ll finish this! Anderson scoops Tama, but Tama fights free to get the dragon sleeper, TONGAN TWIST! Cover, TWO! Both men are down and fans fire up again! Tama stands but Anderson follows. Tama throws a forearm, but Anderson CHOPS back. Tama SLAPS Anderson, ROCKS him with a forearm, then waits on a response. Anderson throws a forearm, Tama gives it back. Anderson uppercuts then forearms, then throws another forearm.

Anderson backs Tama down, talks trash, but Tama hits back with forearms and body shots. Tama gets the strike fest going but Anderson UPPERCUTS! Tama PELES! Both men are down but Anderson goes to a corner. Anderson drags himself up and Tama runs in, but the splash hits buckles! NECKBREAKER from Anderson! Both men are down again, and fans build up to another rally. Anderson scowls, and he even tells Tama that “it” is coming. Anderson pounds the mat, Tama slowly gets up, GUN- NO, Tama denies it, but so does Anderson! Anderson follows Tama to ropes, GUN- NO, Tama denies Anderson again!

Tama copies Anderson’s shove and follow, but goes around him to build up speed. Anderson follows again, but Tama suckers him into GUN- NO! Anderson manages to hold off the Gun Stun and turns Tama around to reel him in. But Tama wrenches out, only to run into a scoop! BERNARD DRIVER! Cover, TWO!?! Tama survives and the fans are thunderous! Anderson is still focused, he loads up and aims, but Tama fireman’s carries! ROLLING DEATH VALLEY, the S R C! Tama climbs up top, for SUPREME FLOW! Cover, TWO!! Tama fires up and the fans are with him! Tama loads up, brings Anderson around and tucks the arms!

But Anderson back drops free! Anderson claims he’s hurting and that’s just to distract the ref so Gallows can get on the apron! Jado tries to stop Gallows but Gallows kicks him away! Tama sees Gallows, GUNSTUN for Gallows! But Tama turns around into GUNSTUN from Anderson!! Cover, Anderson wins!!

Winner: Karl Anderson, by pinfall (NEW NEVER Openweight Champion)

The Machine Gun needed a tank in his corner to take Tama down, but he still gets the win and this title! Will the Good Bad Guy ever get away from Bullet Club?

 

Vacated IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship: SANADA VS Will Ospreay w/ Aaron Henare!

Given Juice Robinson’s Rock Hard message to NJPW saying he would be staying in America, NJPW stripped him of the title! So now, the Cold Skull and the Commonwealth Kingpin face off as they were always meant to for this title! Who wins this rematch from the New Japan Cup to become the NEW IWGP US Heavyweight Champion?

The introductions are made, the belt is still in America with Juice, but official ownership is on the line in Osaka!

Ospreay rushes in at the bell but Sanada avoids the shotgun dropkick! Ospreay avoids Sanada’s standing moonsault, cravats to snapmare but Sanada handsprings through! Ospreay avoids the basement dropkick but Sanada avoids the buzzsaw! Fans applaud the fast exchange as the two stand off. Sanada and Ospreay circle while fans rally up. They feel out a knuckle lock but Ospreay headlocks. Ospreay hits the takeover, Sanada headscissors but Ospreay kips free. Sanada dropkicks Ospreay down and Ospreay bails out! Sanada PLANCHAS, and down goes Ospreay at the ramp! Fans fire up and Sanada encourages the fans to get louder.

Sanada stops going around the ring when Henare is there. Sanada goes back for Ospreay, puts him in the ring, then has him in a corner. Sanada stomps Ospreay, CLUBS him, then brings him around to CLUB him again. Ospreay ROCKS Sanada with a forearm, and another! Sanada blocks the kick to trip Ospreay, and fans fire up as he has the legs! But Ospreay kicks Sanada away, and CHOPS him on the return! Ospreay whips, Sanada reverses but Ospreay catches the hurdle to fireman’s carry and HOTSHOT! Ospreay runs and BOOTS Sanada down! Cover, ONE!! Sanada checks his face while going to center.

Ospreay brings Sanada up just to DECK him! Fans rally up with “SA-NA-DA!” “O-SU-PREAY!” Ospreay bumps Sanada off buckles, CHOPS him in the corner, and pretends to take a bite out of a sweet fruit. Ospreay whips Sanada corner to corner, then runs in but into a BOOT! Sanada runs, ducks and dodges, but runs into the SPIN-OUT BACKBREAKER! Fans fire up and Ospreay covers, TWO! Ospreay keeps cool, and he watches Sanada writhe. Fans rally, Ospreay sits Sanada up to knee him in the back and elbow him in the head! Ospreay traps an arm and leg then clamps on a cravat neck wrench!

Sanada endures, fans rally, and Sanada fights his way up. Sanada has the leg but Ospreay throws a forearm. Sanada throws a forearm back and they go back and forth! Fans rally and Ospreay wobbles, and Sanada throws more shots. Ospreay rakes eyes! The ref reprimands and counts, Ospreay lets off, and then he whips Sanada to ropes. Sanada reverses, Ospreay handsprings but Sanada lets him go up and over! The leg jams, then Sanada dropkicks the leg out! Both men are down and fans rally back up! Sanada kips up and fans fire up as he runs at Ospreay! Sanada CLOBBERS Ospreay, arm-drags, then gets around to atomic drop!

Ospreay hobbles, Sanada trips him up! Sanada ties Ospreay up in Paradise! Ospreay gets one arm free and escapes Paradise! Ospreay runs at Sanada, big jump for the sunset flip, but Sanada rolls through to tie Ospreay up again! Sanada makes sure to push down harder to keep Ospreay trapped, and now Ospreay is in Paradise. Fans fire up as Sanada aims from a corner, and he encourages the fans to get louder. The fans get louder and Sanada runs in to dropkick Ospreay out of Paradise! Cover, TWO! Sanada keeps cool and he brings Ospreay up. Sanada fireman’s carries, but Ospreay slips off and waistlocks!

Sanada elbows free, whips but Ospreay handsprings to NEURALIZER! Sanada is down and he goes to the outside. Ospreay hurries to the corner and climbs up, to SUPER SKY TWISTER!! Direct hit and down goes Sanada! Fans fire up and Ospreay makes sure his legs are okay. Ospreay gets up, brings Sanada up and into the ring, and then Ospreay aims from a corner. Fans rally, Sanada stands and Ospreay springboards, PIP PIP CHEERIO! Cover, TWO! Ospreay is annoyed but the fans fire up again. Ospreay brings Sanada up, reels him in, but Sanada fights the lift. Ospreay gives Sanada some Kowata Kicks!

Sanada stands up, looking annoyed. He DECKS Ospreay with a EuroUpper! Fans fire up and Sanada eggs Ospreay on. Ospreay snarls and gets up, and Ospreay fires a forearm! Sanada fires it back! Ospreay throws another so Sanada gives it back. Fans rally, the forearms fly faster, and Sanada gets the edge! ROLLING- ROUNDHOUSE! Ospreay calls his shot, springboards, but Sanada catches the cutter to a dragon sleeper! Ospreay snapmares free, tiger wall kick and ENZIGURI! Ospreay runs but Sanada catches him going low! Ospreay slips out of the facelock to full nelson but Sanada breaks free, only for Ospreay to HOOK KICK in the bad eye!

Ospreay springboards, OSCUTTER!! Cover, TWO?!? Sanada survives and Ospreay is shocked! Fans fire up again and Ospreay smirks. Ospreay drags Sanada up, reels him in, underhooks the arms, Canadian rack, STORM- RANA! Cover, TWO!! Ospreay escapes, and slips around Sanada to get him up! Sanada slips out of the bomb, and now Sanada lifts Ospreay into a Canadian Rack! AK-47! Fans fire up, Sanada hauls Ospreay up into chicken wings, TIGER SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Sanada hurries to scoop Ospreay and hits a BACKBREAKER! Ospreay is in the drop zone, Sanada goes to the corner!

Sanada climbs up, ROUNDING BODY PRESS onto knees! Ospreay takes aim, HIDDEN BLADE to the face!! Cover, TWO!?!? Sanada survives again but Ospreay vows to end this! Ospreay hauls Sanada up, underhooks the arms, Canadian Rack, but Sanada slips off! Sanada waistlocks and brings Ospreay to ropes for the O’Conner Roll! JAPANESE BRIDGE! TWO!! Sanada hurries but Ospreay pops him up to ROCK him with the forearm! Armband off, HIDDEN BLADE!! Ospreay hurries to get Sanada back up, Canadian Rack, STORMBREAKER!! Cover, Ospreay wins!!

Winner: Will Ospreay, by pinfall (NEW IWGP US Heavyweight Champion)

The Cold Skull wanted this title and his revenge, but he got neither! Now the Rev-Pro British Heavyweight Champion can call him self the Two Belt Billy GOAT! And even #GrandSlamOspreay as he has had the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship, IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship, NEVER Openweight Champion, and now the IWGP US Heavyweight Championship! Combined with Khan & Cobb taking back the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships, will the United Empire soon take over all of NJPW? Also, when will Juice give the belt over? Or will Ospreay have to make him?

 

IWGP World Heavyweight Championship: Kazuchika Okada VS Jay White w/ Gedo!

AEW’s Cowboy, Hangman Adam Page, called out the Rainmaker for Forbidden Door, wanting at this title. But Adam Cole said that Okada won’t even have this title, it’ll be The Switchblade that brings it to Chicago. Will White prove Cole right? Or will Okada make it rain in Osaka-Jo Hall and accept Hangman’s challenge?

The introductions are made, the title is raised, and another chapter of this rivalry is written in the main event!

Before the bell, White gets fans to join in on the Too Sweet. Then the bell rings and fans fire up as these two stare down. White taunts fans being prohibited from cheering for Okada, but the fans still clap, “O-KA-DA! O-KA-DA!” White is annoyed so he gets in Okada’s face, saying he’ll show Okada who’s really the top guy in NJPW. They start circling but Gedo gets on the apron. Okada is wary, but White just Too Sweets Gedo again. Okada and White circle again, tie up, and are in a deadlock. White talks trash even then, but Okada starts backing White down! White turns it around to put Okada on the ropes.

Red Shoes calls the ropebreak, White lets off and mocks Okada’s shoulder pats. White eggs Okada on but Okada keeps his cool. Fans clap, “O-KA-DA! O-KA-DA!” but White dares them to say it! White resets with Okada and they tie up again. They’re in another deadlock, but Okada again backs White down. White turns it around but Okada turns it back around to put White on the ropes. Red Shoes again calls for the break, Okada slowly lets off, and he still fakes the chop to pat White on the shoulders. But White kicks low and CLUBS Okada on the back! White says he knows Okada’s game, and bumps him off the buckles.

White stomps a mudhole into Okada, then Too Sweet CHOPS Okada! Fans applaud, Okada goes to another corner and White Too Sweet CHOPS again! White smirks as he whips but Okada reverses to kick and turn White to a NECKBREAKER! Okada even mocks the Too Sweet while fans fire up. Fans rally behind “O-KA-DA!” as he brings White up to CLUB him on the neck. Okada stands White up again to ROCK him with a forearm. White staggers around but Okada brings him around for another CLUB to the neck. Okada snapmares White and runs to basement dropkick! Fans fire up while White bails out of the ring.

Okada waits for White to get up, and he builds speed, but Gedo trips him up! White gets in to CLOBBER Okada! White stomps Okada down at the ropes, then kicks him out of the ring. Red Shoes watches Gedo this time but White says he’s got this. Gedo backs off, White goes out after Okada, and even mocks Tanahashi on commentary. But Okada dodges the chop to kick low! Okada puts White in, and he stares Gedo down. Red Shoes tells Gedo to back off, and Okada gets in the ring. White gets Okada for a DDT! Gedo applauds and White gives a thumbs up and says he’s a genius! Okada flops back out of the ring so White pursues.

White again taunts fans with how he can chant, “O-KA-DA!” Fans clap “O-KA-DA!” but White brings Okada up to whip him hard into railing! Fans still rally with the claps and White “apologizes” to Okada. White whips Okada the other way and Okada hits more railing! White drags Okada up again, puts him on the apron and CLUBS Okada on the edge. White then undoes the Velcro apron skirt to strap it on over Okada to smother him! Red Shoes reprimands as White shouts at Okada to “breathe with the Switchblade!” Red Shoes counts, White lets off at 4 and again wants fans to chant Okada. Fans clap for “O-KA-DA!” as White undoes the apron skirt.

White tells Red Shoes to fix the skirt while he pushes Okada into the ring. White covers but Red Shoes refuses to count given the shenanigans. So White says if he’s not counting, he’ll CHOKE Okada! Red Shoes counts now, and White says fine, let’s cover! Red Shoes counts the pin, TWO! White is annoyed and he wants Red Shoes to shush. Fans rally up for “O-KA-DA!” again but White Too Sweet CHOPS! And Too Sweet CHOPS again! And Too Sweet Chops again! Okada staggers to a corner, White whips him corner to corner, and CHOPS Okada off his feet! Cover, TWO! White keeps his cool and he mocks the fans by clapping along now.

White flips everyone off then wraps on a rear bearhug. White wants Okada to look into the camera and admit defeat, but Okada fights up instead. White throws Okada down, covers, TWO! Another cover, TWO! A third cover, TWO!! A fourth, ONE! A fifth, ONE! Sixth, ONE! Seventh, ONE! Eighth, TWO! Ninth, TWO!! White is pissed, he stomps Okada, but Okada gets up to DECK White! Fans fire up but White gets up to CHOP. White whips, Okada reverses but White holds ropes to avoid a boot. White runs in, Okada dodges and BOOTS White on the return! Fans fire up while both men are down and catching their breath.

Fans rally, “O-KA-DA! O-KA-DA!” while White sits up in a daze. Okada and White stand, and Okada rushes in to rally with forearms and elbows. Okada whips, White reverses, but Okada ducks and dodges and CLOBBERS White with an elbow! Fans fire up as Okada is getting on his formula. Okada drags White up, whips him to a corner, and then runs in to back elbow! Kick and DDT! Cover, TWO! Okada is annoyed but he drags White up. White kicks low, runs, but into the FLAPJACK! White flounders away, right out of the ring. Fans rally again and Okada goes out to fetch White. Okada brings White up to whip him into railing!

Okada runs in to BOOT White over the railing! But Gedo CLUBS Okada! Okada doesn’t flinch, and Gedo begs for mercy. Okada EuroUppers Gedo, then tosses him over the railing to join White! Fans fire up and Okada gets some space. Okada runs back in, to FLY and CROSSBODY White and Gedo out! Fans fire up with Okada, but he needs a moment to catch his breath. Fans rally back up for Okada as he fetches White again. Okada CLUBS White on the neck, brings him to ringside, but White clings to railing. Okada CLUBS White again and again, and White lets go of the railing. White says they should get in the ring, but Okada goes to gut wrench!

White resists, clamping onto Okada’s leg. Fans rally, Okada CLUBS White again, and Okada tries again. White kicks and flails, then RAMS Okada into railing! Red Shoes reprimands but White RAMS Okada into railing again! White tells Red Shoes to wait on the count as he goes in then back out. White drags Okada up, HALF HATCH SUPLEX into the railing! White grins then bops Okada with a Too Sweet. White says now the count can start. White gets in the ring, fans rally up, and Red Shoes does start the ring count. Okada stirs at about 4 of 20, slowly turns over and pushes himself up. The count is past 10, and then 15 before Okada stands!

Okada hobbles at 17, gets in at 18, but White is watching from a corner. Okada slowly rises, White runs corner to corner and uppercuts! White then suplexes for the BLADE BUSTER! Cover, TWO! White is annoyed and Gedo is furious but the fans fire up that Okada survives. White talks trash, slaps Okada around, slapping to the rhythm of “O-KA-DA,” but Okada swings a punch! White catches it to a COMPLETE SHOT! White then hits a DEADLIFT GERMAN! White flexes and fans applaud, having to admit that was impressed. White mocks Okada, “Is this how you lead a company?”

White brings Okada up, reels him in, but Okada blocks the lift. White knees low, then lifts Okada to knee even harder! White tells Red Shoes to check on Okada but the fans rally up. Okada refuses to let this stop here so White drags him back up. White holds an arm in a top wristlock to then throw a heavy body shot! Okada doubles over as he staggers to a corner but White is after him. White RAMS his shoulder in again and again, then lets off to mock the fans again. White scowls as the clapping returns and he goes over to Okada. White brings Okada up, reels him in, but Okada fights the urenage again.

But White gets around to SAIDO Okada out of the ring! Okada has a rough tumble from apron to floor and White wants Red Shoes to check. Okada refuses to give up, so White goes out to RAM Okada into railing, right in front of Tanahashi! White is taunting Tanahashi and then he gets Okada up, APRON GOURD BUSTER! White watches Okada writhe while the fans rally up and the ring count starts again. White gets Okada in at 10 of 20, and White gets in to drag him up, URENAGE! Cover, TWO!! Okada survives and White is growing frustrated. White checks with Geod, what should he do to finish this?

White sits Okada up and wraps on the sleeper hold! But Okada fights and pushes White back into buckles. Okada tries again but White throws Okada into the corner and RAMS his shoulder in. White hoists Okada up top, CHOPS him, then climbs up after him. White reels Okada into another clinch, but Okada fights with elbows! Okada brings White down, then ROCKS him with a right! But White comes back, only for Okada to DECK him this time! White is dazed and fans rally up! Okada adjusts, aims, BIG missile dropkick! But double-edged because of the bad ribs! Fans fire up while both men are down again!

Gedo coaches White but Okada drags White up first. White throws a body shot and Okada backs off, only to come back with a SHOTGUN! Okada scowls but more in anger than pain, and he drags White back up. Scoop and SLAM, and Okada goes to the corner. The bad ribs don’t slow the climb, and Okada MACHO ELBOWS! Okada does wince as he stands back up, but he still gives the fans the Rainmaker Pose! Fans fire up and Okada brings White back up. White trips Okada and GROUND DRAGON SCREWS! White stares Tanahashi down as he GROUND DRAGON SCREWS Okada again!

White is sending a message to two NJPW greats as he gets the legs for the TTO, the Tanahashi Tapped Out! Or will it be renamed the OTO, the Okada Tapped Out, here tonight? White makes sure Tanahashi sees the inverted figure four as Okada endures and fans rally up! Okada fights, moves around, reaches out, but White drags him away! White even says it’ll be the OTO in just moments! But Okada refuses to give up! Okada drags himself towards other ropes, but White lets the hold go just to drag Okada away, into a TEXAS CLOVERLEAF! A direct message to the Ace! But Okada still fights as fans rally, and he gets the ROPEBREAK!!

White is frustrated but he holds until 4. White grinds his forearm into Okada’s head and he claims Okada has passed out. Red Shoes checks for himself but Okada is moving, so no, he’s not out cold. White tells Red Shoes to GTFO then, and he brings Okada up. Okada fights the sleeper, throwing elbows. White catches it to spin and CHOP Okada! Okada flops down, but White brings him back up just to CHOP again. And CHOP again! Fans still rally for Okada but White CHOPS again! Okada just glares at White! White knees low instead! White runs, but into a DROPKICK! But the bad leg and ribs hurt Okada again!

Fans rally, White flounders, and Okada brings him up by an arm. Okada wraps on the MONEY CLIP! White endures, fights up to his feet, pries at the hold, but Okada cranks the hold! Red Shoes keeps White from grabbing him, but then Gedo pesters Red Shoes. White RAMS Okada into Red Shoes!! Red Shoes goes down, White scurries away from Okada, and Gedo slides him a chair! But it goes too far! Okada sees the chair, though, and he grabs it first. Gedo freaks out and White realizes the problem. Okada kicks the chair out of the ring, shoves White into Gedo, then puts on the MONEY CLIP! Red Shoes gets up while White endures!

White is turning red but he reaches for ropes. Okada brings White back, for a BACKBREAKER! And then the MONEY CLIP is on again! Fans rally, White is turning purple, and he moves around. Okada keeps holding on, keeps cranking the hold, and White is fading! Gedo gets on the apron to distract Red Shoes, White LOW BLOWS Okada! White is free and both men are down again! Fans rally for “O-KA-DA!” as hard as they can but White crawls over to Okada, talking trash through the sputtering. White drags Okada up, coughs and gasps, and he brings Okada up while talking more trash. Okada ROCKS White with a forearm!

White flops out of the ring again, and fans fire up as Okada dares White to get back in. White returns, he eggs Okada on, then throws a forearm. Okada snarls and White waits on the response. Okada ROCKS White, and White staggers, but White comes back to ROCK Okada! Okada shakes that off, White fires another, and another, but Okada gives it back! Fans rally up as the forearms fly fast and furious! Okada DECKS White and roars! Fans fire up and Okada drags White by his arm. White pulls away, so Okada kicks him around. Okada CLUBS White, showing him some anger! Okada gets White up, short arm- SHOULDER to the ribs!

White smirks, and he stands Okada back up, but Okada still reels White in! White gets around the lariat to SNAP SLEEPER SUPLEX! Gedo fires up and White hurries to get Okada up again. REGAL PLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Okada escapes and fans fire up again! White says he’s got this, and he brings Okada up with a double wristlock. White reels Okada in, lifts, BLOODY SUNDAY! Shout out to The Prince! White then slashes his throat and he drags Okada up. Fans rally, White says it is time, and he short arm LARIATS! White still says it’s time, he brings Okada up again, another short arm LARIAT!

White says it IS time, BLADE- NO! Okada slips to a backslide, White rolls through, short arm LARIAT from Okada! Fans fire up again as Okada holds onto the wrist! Okada slowly rises, he drags White back up, but White kicks and kicks. Okada just stares at White, before the LARIAT! Okada roars, fans are thunderous, and Okada wants to get the arms. White resists, reaches for ropes, but Okada spins. White dodges, BLADE- NO, Okada slips out and gut wrenches, SPINNING TOMBSTONE! Okada hauls White up again, DISCUS LARIAT! Fans fire up, Okada drags White back up, ripcord and- NO, White dodges!

White has the wristlock and he ripcords, stolen RAIN- NO, Okada dodges! Okada scoops again, but White slips off. White clinches, BLADE- NO! Ripcord, RAIN- NO! White dodges and runs, into the DROPKICK! Fans are thunderous and Okada scoops White for a LANDSLIDE! Shout out to the KING of Strong Style! Ripcord and- BLADERUNNER!!! Cover, White wins!!!

Winner: Jay White, by pinfall (NEW IWGP World Heavyweight Champion)

The Switchblade cuts down Okada outta nowhere!! Gedo celebrates with his man while White mockingly pats Okada on the shoulder. Is the end of this reign the end of the rain? And of course, to celebrate their leader’s massive victory, Bullet Club comes out to celebrate with White! Karl Anderson, the new NEVER Openweight Champion! Taiji Ishimori, the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion! Ace Austin, the newest member and Impact X-Division Champion! El Phantasmo is with them, that trio victorious earlier tonight. Doc Gallows gets White a beer to celebrate, the club toasts this moment while Okada is taken away.

White gets a mic and fans do applaud to admit White was the better man here tonight. White tells the camera to stay right on him. “I have one quick message. HANGMAN ADAM PAGE! You want Okada? You want Okada!? You can have him. Because you ain’t f**king getting this! You dumb cowboy bitch!” White stands up to tell Osaka, “Say something. Say something! C’mon, say something! SAY SOMETHING! Don’t you wanna chant? C’mon!?” Fans do “Woo!” and holler, even though they aren’t really supposed to.

White wants to take us back to June 19th, 2016, “in this very building.” White had his last match as a Young Lion. He said good-bye to Japan and said, “You are my family.” Fans applaud that, and White continues with, “So f**king say something! SAY SOMETHING! I told you you are my family, are you not happy for me?!” Fans woo again and White demands more! The fans “WOO~” and White says yes, they are his family! And he wasn’t wrong. But today, June 12th, 2022, almost six years to the day, White is here as the Switchblade, the number one asset in ALL of pro-wrestling, the Last Rock ‘n’ Rolla, “the man who single-handedly sold out Madison Square Garden, and the United Center!”

White says he is King Switch! And once again, Tanahashi, White is the first, only and true GRAND SLAM CHAMPION! He is the REAL Belt Collector! And as you can see, he is the leader of Bullet Club, the Catalyst of Pro-Wrestling, and now, he is the IWGP World Heavyweight Champion!! Fans applaud and cheer and he wants more! They cheer more, and he says that’s right! The world now breathes with the Switchblade, this is still his era!! Fans cheer as White holds up the belt and the golden streamers fly! Will Hangman be denied a title match at Forbidden Door? Will Bullet Club take over NJPW and the world?


My Thoughts:

What an event for NJPW! I still skipped everything non-title, but if I’d known Yano was going to beat Gallows in just four minutes, I would’ve kept it. Bullet Club and United Empire were both strong tonight, setting up big Junior Heavyweight title matches. There’s a chance Six or Nine (Taguchi & Wato) manage to retain the tag titles since they lost here, and there’s a very good chance Hiromu takes the singles title off Taiji since LIJ lost here, too. I should’ve expected the House of Torture to retain the NEVER Openweight Six Man titles, Suzuki-Gun put up a good fight but that combo of Desperado, Kanemaru & ZSJ just didn’t feel like the right combo.

Great to see that Khan & Cobb got the heavyweight tag titles back, though at the same time, Chase & Fale not having anything to show for the night in the big group celebration kinda hurt Bullet Club’s dominance. But I hope this brings about a feud between Empire and Bullet Club to push both factions forward this summer. For one, what a STACKED G1 Climax this year. For another, Ospreay VS Sanada for the title Juice held. Juice will surely want that belt back, though not sure if he’ll be 100% in two weeks to have a match at Forbidden Door. At the same time, Forbidden Door is about NJPW VS AEW, maybe Juice waits to see who wins before making a move. But I would totally expect Juice VS Ospreay for that title at some point.

Tanahashi winning against Goto to go to the Interim AEW World Championship match was expected but that was a great match all the same. Tanahashi VS Moxley is going to be great stuff, too, but I would think Moxley wins to keep the AEW title in AEW. Takagi VS Taichi in that scramble match was great stuff, I really like Takagi’s ideas for these matches. It makes sense he wins to keep the trophy, who knows who steps up next. Tama VS Anderson was great stuff, especially with how they’re both Founding Fathers of Bullet Club and Tama was the young guy Anderson helped get going in NJPW. Anderson winning with cheating should’ve been expected, but still good for Anderson as he has always come close but had yet to win singles belts.

Already mentioned Sanada VS Ospreay but that was an awesome match. And the world title, Okada VS White, was an awesome match, too. Really cerebral but also really physical, and of course Gedo gets involved where he can. White winning was quite the shocker, as was White, a Heel, being able to get fans to defy Japan’s COVID regulations and make noise with their mouths. White of course refuses to defend his title against Hangman, that’s a very Heel move, but I bet that Hangman will still get his shot at the IWGP World Championship. Much like AEW keeping the (albeit interim) AEW World Championship, I would think White retains the IWGP title, no matter who AEW puts up against him. But you can bet White VS Hangman will be amazing because there’s history there.

My Score: 9.2/10


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Andrew’s IMPACT Results & Match Ratings: 12.8.2022

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

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

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

Ratings:

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

Results:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kon w/The Design vs Sami Callihan

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Overall Score: 9/10

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

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


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

The Super Jr. Tag League penultimate round!

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NJPW WTL X Super Jr.

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

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

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Here are the current Super Jr. Tag League standings!

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Here are the NEW Super Jr. Tag League standings!

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


My Thoughts:

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

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

My Score: 8.8/10


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