Abandon all hope, ye who enter Hell in a Cell!
Cody Rhodes’ return to the WWE has been a victorious one, but Seth Freakin’ Rollins wants to end the American Nightmare, inside Hell in a Cell! Will the Visionary finally get a win or go 0-3 against the Son of Dusty?
- Raw Women’s Championships Triple Threat: Bianca Belair VS Asuka VS Becky Lynch; Belair wins and retains the title.
- 2v1 Handicap Match: Omos & MVP VS Bobby Lashley; Lashley wins.
- Ezekiel VS Kevin Owens; Kevin wins.
- Mixed Six Tag: The Judgement Day VS AJ Styles, Finn Balor & Liv Morgan; The Judgement Day wins.
- No Holds Barred: Happy Corbin VS Mad Cap Moss; Moss wins.
- WWE United States Championship: (Austin) Theory VS Mustafa Ali; Theory wins and retains the title.
- Hell in a Cell Match: Cody Rhodes VS Seth Rollins; Cody wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
It’s the Hell in a Cell Kickoff Show!
Join Kayla Braxton, Kevin Patrick, Booker T, Jerry “The King” Lawler and Peter Rosenberg in discussing, analyzing and predicting the hellacious action set for tonight!
Big news on Cody Rhodes!
Despite tearing a pec in the brawl with Seth Rollins last Monday, the American Nightmare will still compete tonight in the Hell in a Cell main event! Will Cody be able to finish things with the Visionary, even with only one good arm? Or will this be just what Rollins needs to end Cody’s homecoming streak?
Cody trains in the Nightmare Factory.
The American Nightmare’s own wrestling school is also the training ground he uses to prepare for Seth Rollins and the Hell in a Cell match. True pull-ups, shoulder crunches and weight raises. His passion has become his life’s work, he isn’t sure how else to live. He has to give his all. He could say he’s way better than Rollins, and the score is 2-0. This rematch is happening because Cody is allowing it. One way or another, this will close the book on their rivalry. But with his bad pectoral muscle, will Cody be able to give it his all against the Visionary?
Byron Saxton interviews Ezekiel.
Elias’ younger brother is happy to be here. Byron says Zeke is taking on Kevin Owens, who has been on a warpath to prove Zeke isn’t who he says he is. Zeke knows Kevin is a tough SOB, but Kevin is underestimating the new guy. Zeke’s first big event is tonight! He remembers watching Elias debut and how surreal it was to see Elias on the big screen. And now Ezekiel is here! Elias walked, so Zeke can speak. How is that relationship between the brothers? They speak with each other sporadically. But Elias had his reasons for going away, that Zeke wants to find out just as much as anyone. But they both grew up watching the WWE. It was their dream to get here, and it is Zeke’s dream to be a tag team champion with Elias.
So will Elias be watching? Zeke doesn’t want to assume, he doesn’t have the same brain. Zeke can’t say what Elias would saying, but Zeke hopes he’ll watch. They went to HIAC 1998 and saw Taker throw Mankind off the cell! Elias said, “One day, brother. One day.” So what can we expect from Zeke in his match with Kevin? Zeke says he’s getting #ZekedOut, he is pumped up, because Kevin’s tried to embarrass and humiliate him. But the Zeke Freaks have been by his side and Zeke is grateful for that. So when the bell rings, Zeke gets his turn. When he wins that match, Kevin will know Ezekiel is who he says he is, and he’s here to stay.
This sadistic structure changes lives and defines careers.
“So, here we are again. Staring at madness. Standing on the edge as we dive headfirst into darkness. But what lies below? Fate. Betrayal. Wrath. Or, an inescapable battle with our demons. Tonight, when the cell door closes, Hell’s door opens.” Who survives stepping inside Hell in a Cell?
Raw Women’s Championships Triple Threat: Bianca Belair VS Asuka VS Becky Lynch!
The strongEST, fastEST, roughEST, toughEST, quickEST and RawEST Women’s Champion has been going strong since WrESTleMania 38, but now she’s got two of the best opponents she could hope for in one match! Will Bianca still be the B E S T Raw has to offer? Will the Empress of Tomorrow’s time be now? Or will the Big Time Comeback be complete right here?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if the numbers spell disaster for Bianca here in Chicago!
Fans fire up as the three women circle. Becky shoves Asuka, shoves Bianca, and talks trash about being the next champion. But she finds herself corner, so she shoves Bianca, then shoves Asuka at Bianca! They stop themselves, Asuka trips Becky and Bianca runs Becky over! Becky bails out and fans fire up as Bianca and Asuka get a moment 1v1. They circle, tie up, and Bianca gets an arm to a wristlock. Asuka wrenches, wristlocks, fans duel, Asuka waistlocks then spins Bianca to a snapmare. Bianca gets up and they ram shoulders! Bianca wags her finger, she didn’t budge! Things speed up, Asuka dodges to LARIAT!
Fans fire up, Asuka runs but Becky trips her up and drags her out! Becky BOOTS Asuka down, then gets on the apron. Bianca runs in but into a kick, and a KICK! Becky goes up but Bianca ROCKS her, to ROCKET LAUNCH her! Cover, TWO! Bianca is smiling as she whips Becky to a corner. Becky reverses but Bianca goes up and over and handsprings to then dropkick! Fans fire up, Bianca runs in but into a BOOT! Becky mule kicks Bianca, but Asuka jumps off Bianca to SHOTGUN Becky! Asuka then gets a BULLDOG LARIAT COMBO! Fans fire up as Asuka fires off KICKS back and forth, from Bianca to Becky and back again!
Asuka BUZZSAWS Bianca! Then she runs in to HIP ATTACK Becky! Bianca rushes in, Asuka sends Bianca into Becky and Becky falls out. Asuka grabs at Bianca but Bianca spins it around to a torture rack! Asuka gets away, and gets a FLYING ARMBAR! Bianca class hands, stack Asuka up, and deadlifts to BUCKLE BOMB Asuka! Bianca shakes out her arm but walks into Asuka’s mule kick. Asuka goes up but Becky ROCKS her! ICONOCLASM onto Bianca! Cover on Bianca, TWO! Cover on Asuka, TWO! Becky hurries to POST Asuka, and Asuka flops out of the ring. Becky runs to NECK SNAP Bianca! Cover, TWO!
Becky grows frustrated but she keeps focus. Bianca goes to a corner, Becky talks trash and runs in to Firearm! Then she stomps a mudhole into Bianca! Fans boo but Becky CHOKES Bianca on the ropes! Becky YANKS the ropes to snap Bianca back, then stalks her to a corner. Becky stomps Bianca more, bumps her off buckles, then digs her boots in. Becky lets off and soaks up the boos from the fans, but Bianca elbows her away! And BOOTS! And then waistlocks, only for Becky to buck the O’Conner Roll! Asuka pulls Becky’s hair, Bianca runs in, Becky sends her into Asuka! Becky puts Bianca through ropes to fire off forearms and a KICK!
Becky goes up the corner, fans fire up, GUILLOTINE LEG DROP! Cover, TWO! Becky grows further frustrated but she stalks Bianca back to ropes. Becky CLUBS Bianca, Bianca throws elbows but Becky CLUBS away on Bianca! Becky kicks Bianca around, but Bianca JAWBREKERS! Becky dodges the clothesline, tilt-o-whirls, but Bianca resists the takedown to send Becky in a corner. Becky dodges to JUMP KICK, and BECKSPLODER! Bianca bails out, Becky builds speed, and she WRECKS Asuka with a dropkick! Becky CLOBBERS Asuka, puts Bianca in, then climbs up top. The MAN’S LEG DROP! Cover, Asuka SLIDING KICKS it apart!
Fans fire up while all three women are down! Bianca flops out while Asuka and Becky go after each other. They throw forearms back and forth, then uppercuts! Becky throws more uppercuts, but into a backslide! TOW, Asuka BACKHANDS Becky! And SOBATS, KICKS, and BACKHANDS! Then GERMAN SUPLEX! Fans fire up with Asuka and she HIP ATTACKS! Cover, TWO! Asuka is shocked that Becky survives! “This is Awesome!” as Asuka chicken wings, Becky victory rolls, TWO! Becky ducks a kick, wants the arm but Bianca ROCKS her! Torture rack, and Bianca BOOTS Asuka down! But Becky lands out of the KOD!
Bianca dodges, kicks, suplexes, and high steps before the SLAM! Then she dropkicks Asuka! Bianca kips up and Chicago fires up! Bianca RAMS into Asuka, climbs up and rains down fists! Fans count along, Becky rushes in but Bianca flips up and over her! Bianca then RAMS into them both, and climbs up to rain down fists on them both! Fans count along again, Bianca goes all the way to 10, until Becky pulls the hair! Bianca reels Becky in and sends her back into Asuka! SPINEBUSTER for Becky, GlamEST Slam for Asuka onto Becky! Bianca hurries to run and handspring, MOONSAULT! Double cover, TWO!!
Bianca is shocked but the fans are fired up! Bianca gets up, she pushes Asuka out and focuses on Becky. Bianca storms in, RAMS into Becky, then hauls her up top. Bianca climbs up after Becky, fans fires up, but Asuka joins in! Asuka CLUBS Bianca, gets under her, but Bianca fights her off! Asuka tries again, but Bianca kicks Asuka away. Becky and Bianca brawl, Asuka runs in but Bianca flips up and over! But Asuka hits a CODE BREAKER! Becky leaps, into a CODE BREAKER! Asuka aims from the corner, DOUBLE HIP ATTACK! Cover on Becky, TWO! Cover on Bianca, TWO! Asuka hurries to get Becky’s leg, ANKLE LOCK!
Becky endures, scrambles around, Bianca kicks but Asuka gets her, too! DOUBLE ANKLE LOCKS!! Bianca and Becky both crawl for ropes! They both roll and throw Asuka out! Becky hobbles to a corner, as does Bianca. They hobble at each other and the forearms start flying! Bianca KICKS the leg but that hurts her leg! The brawling continues, Bianca blocks a kick but Becky avoids the hair whip! Bianca rolls Becky, TWO! DISARM-HER! Bianca fights to move around, fans rally, and Bianca powers up! She has Becky for a torture rack! But Becky grabs ropes! Becky escapes the rack and she elbows Bianca!
Becky goes up and leaps, CROSSBODY! Bianca rolls it through! But Becky slips out, and shoves Bianca into Asuka’s MISSILE DROPKICK! Becky goes after Bianca but Bianca cradle counters! TWO!! MANHANDLE SLAM!! Cover, Asuka breaks it!! All three women are down and the fans are thunderous! Fans rally up as all three stir. Asuka drags Becky up, the haymakers start flying! They go back and forth, Asuka bobs ‘n’ weaves and fires off palm strikes! Becky blocks, Asuka spins, but Becky stops the backslide! She spins Asuka through but Asuka fights off the urenage. POP-UP KNEE! Bianca chicken wings, GlamEST-
NO, Becky ducks and the ROUNDHOUSE hits Bianca! Becky throws Asuka out again! Cover on Bianca, Asuka gets back and breaks it again! Fans can’t believe it, they hope these three “Fight Forever!” But this has to end somehow, we’ve got more show! Asuka and Becky fire up, Asuka blocks a kick to slip around, GERMAN SUPLEX! Becky avoids the hip attack to KICK Asuka in the ropes! ROPE ASSISTED DISARM-HER! But Bianca drags Becky off into a torture rack! Asuka HIP ATTACKS them both! Bianca goes down, Becky hurries to get Asuka in a cradle, TWO! Asuka has the cradle, TWO!!!
Becky O’Conner Rolls, TWO, ASUKA LOCK!! Becky is caught, but she fights off the body scissors! Becky is up, climbs the corner to push back to a cover! TWO!! Asuka still has the chinbar and armlock! ASUKA LOCK AGAIN!! Becky rolls things closer, but Bianca jumps in! Asuka and Becky avoid the 450! Asuka ROUNDHOUSES Bianca! Asuka runs in, but her hip attack gets caught to a waistlock! And then chicken wings, GlamEST BUCKLE SHOT! Becky throws Bianca out and gets Asuka! MANHANDLE SLAM!! But Bianca throws Becky out and covers Asuka! Bianca wins!!
Winner: Bianca Belair, by pinfall (still Raw Women’s Champion)
Becky is shocked! Bianca outdid Becky at picking the most opportune time to strike! Bianca is still golden, what will it take for someone to take that title from her?
Cedric Alexander finds MVP & Omos backstage.
PRIMED Alexander ruins the pep talk MVP was giving Omos, because he has a plan for the Handicap match. Omos can get Lashley isolated, MVP can distract the ref, and Cedric will chop block Lashley’s legs. MVP tells Cedric to stop. He keeps trying to get back into MVP’s good graces but he never gets the job done. The Hurt Business is done, it is over, and it is never, ever coming back. Them as associates is done. Omos tells Cedric it is time for him to go. Cedric leaves, MVP finishes his talk with Omos, but will Cedric really accept this?
2v1 Handicap Match: Omos & MVP VS Bobby Lashley!
Montel Vontavius Porter sided with the Nigerian Giant over being abandoned by the Rocky Mountain Machine, and now vows to tear down what he helped build. Will Omos & MVP turn the All Mighty into the #FallMighty? Or will Lashley knock Omos down and shut MVP up once and for all?
MVP says he’ll start, and Omos obliges. The bell rings and MVP circles with Lashley. But then MVP tags out to Omos. Fans boo and Lashley gets antsy, but he and Omos circle. They tie up, Lashley waistlocks but Omos is too big to lift! Omos pries free, bumps Lashley, and he withstands the lariat! Omos grins and circles with Lashley again. They tie up, Lashley wrenches to a hammerlock, but Omos throws Lashley away! They reset and Omos calls for a test of strength. But his hand is 10 feet in the air! Lashley reaches, but then Omos switches hands. Lashley kicks low! Lashley fires off haymakers, runs, and ROCKS Omos!
Lashley swings on MVP but MVP gets away! Omos goes after Lashley, Lashley throws hands, then BOOTS from the corner! MVP anchors Lashley’s foot and Omos SPLASHES the corner! Omos then TOSSES Lashley corner to corner! Tag to MVP and he rains down fists! Cover, TWO! MVP looms over Lashley, scuffs him, and taunts him. MVP slaps Lashley around, throws forearms, then runs, but Lashley dodges to fire haymakers! Lashley kicks low, MVP rakes the eyes! The ref counts, MVP lets off and tags Omos! Omos swings but misses, Lashley DECKS MVP and CHOP BLOCKS Omos! Lashley CLUBS Omos and fans fire up!
Lashley reels Omos in, but Omos blocks the suplex to suplex and GOURD BUSTER Lashley! Omos roars, hauls Lashley up, and he scoops him! Omos gives Lashley SNAKE EYES, then CLOBBERS him into the corner! Omos then SPLASHES in the corner, and gets space. MVP tags in, right before Omos SPLASHES again! MVP runs in corner to corner to BOOT Lashley out of the ring! Fans boo and a ring count starts, but MVP tags Omos. Omos goes around the way to run down and CLOBBER Lashley through the barriers! Omos then returns to the ring and roars as fans boo. The ring count starts while Lashley is down in the wreckage.
Fans rally while they count along, and Lashley is still down at 5 of 10. And then 7 of 10! Lashley gets up at 9 and in at 9.99!! Fans fire up, but Omos tags MVP. MVP hurries to get Lashley up to CLUB him down, then he rains down more fists! Cover, ONE!1 MVP rains down forearms now! More ground ‘n’ pound from all sides, and a knee drop! Cover, TWO! Another cover, TWO! A third, TWO!! MVP is furious but Lashley is still in this! MVP drags Lashley up, fans rally, but MVP hooks Lashley up. OVER- NO, Lashley slips out, dodges and DECKS Omos to SPEAR MVP! Cover, Omos breaks it! Omos drags Lashley up with the IRON CLAW!
Omos clamps on both hands, but Lashley fights! Is that Cedric on the corner? He jumps in, but Omos catches him and shoves him right back out! Lashley SPEARS Omos!! Omos tumbles out of the ring and Lashley gets to a corner. MVP runs in, Lashley dodges the boot! HURT LOCK!! MVP TAPS, LASHLEY WINS!
Winner: Bobby Lashley, by submission
PRIMED Alexander helps Lashley take out MVP & Omos! Is this a new era for the All Mighty? Will Omos and MVP want revenge on Cedric as much as they do Bobby now?
Ezekiel VS Kevin Owens!
Elias’ young brother makes his PPV/Premium Live Event debut, and as we heard from him in the kickoff show, is ready to #ZekeOut! But the Prizefighter refuses to accept that Ezekiel isn’t just Elias with a haircut and a shave. Will Kevin finally prove he’s been right all along? Or will Zeke win and make Kevin have another meltdown?
The bell rings and Kevin tells Ezekiel he is a damn liar. But fans chant for “ZEKE! ZEKE! ZEKE!” and it annoys Kevin. Kevin runs in, into a JUMP KNEE! Zeke goes up top, for the MACHO ELBOW! Cover, TWO!! Kevin survives and keeps Zeke from getting a lightning fast win! Kevin bails out, Zeke follows, kicks him and CHOPS him at the barriers, but Kevin hits back. They brawl, Zeke ROCKS Kevin, but Kevin kicks low! Kevin goes to bump Zeke off the apron but Zeke blocks to give that bump to Kevin! And then he RAMS Kevin into the desk! Zeke gets back in the ring to refresh the count, and he CHOPS Kevin!
Kevin goes to barriers, Zeke throws more haymakers. Zeke whips, Kevin reverses to POST Zeke! The ring count is climbing again but Kevin gets in the ring. Zeke hobbles up and in at 8, but Kevin is on him for a DDT! Cover, TWO! Kevin swears that was three but the ref defends it was not. Kevin stomps away on Zeke, and shouts, “This is MY show!” Zeke is busted open and Kevin stomps him on the head! SENTON, to the corner, to the MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Kevin snarls that Zeke is still in this. Zeke sits up, Kevin storms over but Zeke throws body shots. Kevin DECKS Zeke, stomps him, and shouts, “THAT’S ELIAS!!”
Kevin clamps onto Zeke with a chinlock and fans duel, “That’s Elias!” “No It’s Not!” Fans rally for “ZEKE! ZEKE! ZEKE!” and he fights up out of the hold to arm-drag Kevin away! Kevin comes back to LARIAT! Fans fire up and Kevin mocks them. Kevin KICKS Zeke in the chest, CHOKES him on the ropes, and he tells us all, “That’s Elias!” Smile, Elias!” Kevin fishhooks Zeke, then lets off as the ref counts. Kevin ROCKS Zeke, slaps him around, then CHOPS him! Zeke fires forearms back but Kevin ROCKS him again. Kevin whips corner to corner, Zeke reverses hard and Kevin tumbles into the buckles!
Fans rally for Zeke and the haymakers start flying! Kevin and Zeke go back and forth but Zeke gets the edge. Zeke whips to CLOBBER Kevin, then runs in at the corner, into a BOOT! Kevin hops up, reels Zeke in, TORNADO DDT! Cover, TWO! Kevin goes right to a corner and right up top! SWANTON BOMB onto knees! Kevin writhes and crawls to the ropes, but Zeke is firing up! Fans rally, Zeke counter punches Kevin, kicks him, knee lifts, then tells Kevin, “Do you know who I am?” He puts Kevin in a corner and fires off punches and kicks! The ref counts, Zeke whips corner to corner but Kevin reverses! Zeke goes up to mule kick Kevin away!
Zeke runs corner to corner to SPLASH! Kevin staggers, Zeke SPLASHES him again! Zeke goes again but Kevin dodges! Kevin runs, into a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Zeke pumps himself up, he drags Kevin up and reels him in, but Kevin wrenches out and dodges. Kevin kicks low but no stunner! Zeke runs into a POP-UP POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Kevin is shocked again! Kevin hobbles up to his feet, and he tells Zeke, “You’re Elias! Admit it!” He pie faces Zeke, SLAPS him, and keeps saying Zeke is Elias! Zeke SLAPS back! Kevin kicks, but Zeke rolls him up, TWO! JUMP KNEE!! Zeke hurries up top again, but Kevin trips him up!
Kevin SUPERKICKS Zeke, then SUPERKICKS him again! Zeke flops into the corner, CANNONBALL! Kevin hauls Zeke up, and gives “Elias” a STUNNER! Cover, Kevin wins!
Winner: Kevin Owens, by pinfall
Kevin may not have proven Zeke is Elias, but Kevin has proven he is the better man here tonight! But will Kevin leave whoever this is alone now and focus on his own career?
Mixed Six Tag: The Judgement Day VS AJ Styles, Finn Balor & Liv Morgan!
Edge is no longer the Rated R Superstar, he is, as he says, “The Omnipotent and Benevolent Deity” of WWE. Damian Priest & Rhea Ripley joined his cause of doing what they want to who they want without caring what fans think, all in the name of a twisted sense of freedom. But the Phenomenal One, the Prince and the LIVing End don’t believe the hype. Will they #LivTooSweet? Or will they be punished and eradicated by Edge and his Saints of Fate?
The trios sort out and fans fire up as the ladies are first. Liv and Rhea talk trash, Rhea even talks trash on Styles. But then the guys get back in and now it’s a brawl! Fans fire up as Styles throws out Edge, Finn trips and DOUBLE STOMPS Priest, and the Judgement Day goes running! Finn whips, Styles boosts, Liv RANAS Rhea! Fans fire up and Liv runs in at Rhea in the corner to back body block! And then SHINING WIZARD! Snapmare and Liv runs, into a HEADBUTT from Rhea! Rhea talks trash on the boys then ROCKS Liv. Rhea snap suplexes Liv, KICKS Liv in the back, then blows a kiss to the boys before she snap suplexes Liv again!
Rhea swaggers, she brings Liv up and smiles at Styles & Finn, before the stalling suplex on Liv! Rhea holds Liv for five then SLAMS her down! Cover, TWO! Rhea is annoyed already and she rains down fists on Liv. Rhea lets off to loom over Liv, then she drags Liv up to whip into a corner. Liv bounces off buckles, and Rhea takes her time walking over. Rhea RAMS into Liv again and again but lets off as the ref counts 4. Liv BOOTS Rhea, goes up top, and leaps for a missile dropkick! Rhea scrambles to the Judgement Day corner, Rhea dares Liv to do something. Liv points to her corner, and fans fire up as she tags in Styles!
Styles wants Edge, so Priest tags in. Fans boo as Edge lets his Punisher handle this. But Styles blocks the kick, spins Priest and CHOPS away! Styles whips, Priest reverses but Styles rolls to dropkick! Styles then dodges to PELE! Styles wrenches Priest’s arm, tag to Finn! Fans fire up as Finn wrenches, CLUBS the arm, wrenches again, but Priest scoops Finn! Finn slips off to headlock but Priest powers out. Finn ducks ‘n’ dodges to dropkick the legs out! Finn KICKS the legs, puts Priest in a corner and pull son the leg in the ropes! The ref counts, Finn lets off and Priest sucker punches him! Priest whips but Finn KICKS him!
Edge distracts Finn and Priest CLOBBERS Finn! Priest stomps Finn at the ropes, drags him up and throws him out. Priest tags Edge and Edge takes his time stalking Finn. Edge CLOBBERS Finn against the announce desk! Edge smacks Finn off the desk, then RAMS him into the apron. Rhea applauds as Edge puts Finn in. Edge soaks up the heat, stomps Finn in the corner, and tags in Priest. The Judgement Day mugs Finn, then Priest fires off heavy hands! Priest fires haymakers and uppercuts, but lets off at 4, so Edge can CHOKE Finn! Fans boo but Edge gets away with it. Priest taunts Liv with a smirk, then hits a back elbow on Finn! Priest CLOBBERS Finn, covers, TWO!
Priest clamps onto an arm and drags Finn over to tag Edge. They mug Finn more, then Edge brings Finn out to DECK him! And CLUB him! Edge soaks up the heat and taunts Styles, then goes back to Finn. Edge brings Finn around to whip him corner to corner hard, and Finn bounces off buckles! Edge slithers and stalks Finn, looms over him, then brings him up. Edge shoves Finn into the corner, throws haymakers, then backs off. Finn BOOTS him, DECKS Priest, and keeps firing off hands! Edge picks Finn up, Styles reaches out, but Priest hits the SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Edge tags Priest, and they stomp Finn down.
Priest brings Finn up but Finn fires off fast hands! Priest shoves and CLOBBERS Finn! Cover, TWO! Priest clamps onto Finn with a chinlock and grinds him down. Fans rally, Finn endures, and Finn fights up to a JAWBREAKER! Priest grabs an arm but Finn throws forearms! Finn and Styles still reach out, but Priest hits a BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Finn is still in this but Rhea talks trash. Priest taunts Finn, throws KICK after KICK, but Finn CHOPS! Finn kicks, Priest BELL CLAPS and ROLLING ELBOWS! Finn PELES! Fans fire up and the Judgement Day freaks out! Finn crawls, Priest does, too, hot tags to Edge and Styles!
Styles rallies on Priest and Edge, Phenomenal Blitz for the Iconoclast! SLIDING FOREARM! Styles dodges Priest to back suplex FACEBUSTER! Corner forearm for Edge, into the USHIGOROSHI! Cover, TWO! Styles reels Edge in, Liv intercepts Rhea! Liv WRECKS Rhea out of the ring, Styles runs in at Edge. Edge puts Styles on the apron, Priest is there, but Styles SLIDING KNEES! Styles ROCKS Edge, takes aim and springboards, PHENOMENAL FOREARM! Cover, Priest drags Styles out! Edge, Priest and Styles are all down! Liv and Rhea coach their people up, Styles gets in after Edge. Styles and Edge crawl, hot tags to Liv and Rhea!
Liv dodges rhea, RANA- NO, Rhea blocks! But then Liv powers through to rana cover, TWO! ENZIGURI! Rhea staggers, swings, but into a CRUCIFIX DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Rhea survives but is on the ropes! Fans fire up, Liv run sin, but Rhea avoids ObLivion, to HALF ‘N’ HALF! Liv flounders, Rhea drags her up! Double pump handle, flips Liv through to a SUPLEX! Cover, TWO!! Liv survives and Rhea is frustrated. Rhea drags Liv up, pump handles and hooks Liv up, RIP- NO, Liv slips out, tag to Finn! Liv runs at Rhea, SATELLITE DDT! Finn and Styles trip Priest and Edge, everyone gets ground ‘n’ pound!
Finn clotheslines Priest out and Styles DECKS Edge! Rhea also scrambles away, and fans fire up! Finn and Styles DOUBLE PLANCHA! Liv DIVES onto Rhea! Judgement Day is down and the fists keep flying! Finn CHOPS Priest, puts him in the ring, then GAMANGIRIS him down! Finn goes up top and fans fire up, but Edge distracts the ref and Rhea shakes the ropes! Finn tumbles down! Rhea grins and Priest tags Edge. Priest gets Finn up, but Finn elbows him away! Finn BOOTS Edge, but turns around into a SOUTH OF HEAVEN CHOKE SLAM! PHENOMENAL FOREARM for Priest! But Edge POSTS Styles!
Edge aims at Finn and runs in, cradle counter! TWO!! Edge escapes, but into a SLINGBLADE! Finn aims from a corner, SHOTGUN! Edge bounces off buckles, down he goes! Finn hurries up top, but Rhea stands in his way! Fans boo, but Liv jumps onto Rhea for a SLEEPER! Rhea and Liv tumble out, but Edge avoids Coup de Grace! SPEAR!! Cover, Judgement Day wins!
Winners: The Judgement Day, by pinfall
The Eradicator is all smiles, she was the key piece to this victory! Will Judgement Day dominate and spread their influence? Or is this war far from over between them and #LivTooSweet?
Lashley finds Cedric backstage.
Lashley asks Cedric what that was. Well it wasn’t for Lashley, it was for Cedric. MVP and Omos got what they deserve. So instead of finding a way to belong, he’ll stand on his own too feet. Lashley says that’s great, you gotta stand up for yourself around here. But don’t mess with another of Lashley’s matches again, got it? Got it. Lashley and Cedric are cool, but will they both be in the crosshairs of MVP and his giant?
No Holds Barred: Happy Corbin VS Mad Cap Moss!
Once boss and sidekick who bullied anyone and everyone are now bitter enemies because Corbin just kept treating Moss like trash. But will the “Big Bald Wolf” huff and puff and put Moss back in a hospital? Or will raging Riddick use anything and everything to beat that smile off Corbin’s face once and for all?
The bell rings and the two circle. Moss fires off haymakers but Corbin pulls Moss’ beard! Corbin puts Moss in the corner, but Moss dodges to fire off hands! Moss clotheslines Corbin out of the ring, then pursues with more haymakers! they go up to the stage, Moss ROCKS Corbin again! Corbin knees low, then RAMS Moss into the LED board! The board glitches out while Moss staggers away. Corbin kicks Moss back down the ramp and back to ringside. Corbin whips, Moss reverses, and Corbin hits barriers! Moss whips Corbin into more barriers, then puts him in the ring. Fans rally and Moss clotheslines Corbin out the other side!
Moss goes out to get Corbin again, and he gets a chair! Fans fire up but Corbin ROCKS Moss first! Corbin grabs the chair, fans boo, and Corbin puts the chair aside. Corbin brings Moss around to aim at the desk, but Moss blocks! Moss elbows Corbin, but Corbin choke grips and SHOVES Moss over the desk! But Moss TOSSES an armchair at Corbin! Down goes Corbin, but Moss RAMS Corbin into steel steps! Moss hauls Corbin up and around to RAM into the other steps! Fans chant, “We Want Tables!” but Moss pulls steps apart first. But Corbin runs away into the crowd! Moss pursues, but Corbin just CLOBBERS Moss back to ringside!
Corbin drags Moss up and hangs him out to dry on the barriers! Then he SLAMS Moss’ face into the barriers and throws knee after knee! Moss flops to the floor, and Corbin goes looking under the ring. Corbin brings out a table! Fans cheer, but then Corbin puts the table under the ring. They boo and Corbin snarls as he brings Moss up. Corbin has fans move aside, but then says “Psyche!” He puts Moss in the ring, but then Moss ROCKS Corbin on the apron! Moss fires forearm after forearm, but Corbin choke grips to CHOKE SLAM! Corbin fetches as chair and brings it into the ring. Corbin aims and JAMS Moss in the ribs!
Moss staggers, Corbin SMACKS him on the back! Corbin says this is because of the fans! Corbin SMACKS Moss again! Corbin wants Moss to give up, and he JAMS Moss in the neck! Corbin hauls Moss up, sits him down in the chair, and throws haymakers. Fans rally and chant, “We Want Tables!” but Corbin runs, into a drop toehold! Corbin hits the chair with his face! Moss hauls Corbin up, turns him, but Corbin powers out! DEEP SIX! Cover, TWO! Corbin is frustrated, but he tosses the chair aside and goes outside. Corbin gets a fresh chair, not a table, and fans boo. Corbin gets in and digs the chair into Moss’ neck!
Moss can only endure but Corbin lets off to wedge the chair into a corner. Chicago tells Corbin he’s an A-Hole, but Corbin doesn’t care. Corbin stands Moss up to throw body shots! Corbin whips corner to corner, Moss stops himself, and then dodges. Corbin slides out, slides in, but Moss dodges again! Moss baits Corbin into the chair! Both men are down and Moss drags himself to the far side. Fans still want tables so Moss goes out and finds his way to the chair. Moss gets in, aims and JAMS Corbin in the side! Then he SMACKS Corbin on the back! Moss SMACKS Corbin again! And again! And again! Moss is fired up and he gets Corbin in a corner!
Moss fires off fast hands, and stomps, and he doesn’t have to hold back! Moss then brings Corbin around, DDT to the chair! Cover, TWO! Corbin is still in this but Moss keeps focus. Corbin flounders away, Moss aims from a corner. Moss runs in to RAM into Corbin! And again! Moss goes side to side to POUNCE Corbin out of the ring! Moss goes out and runs in, but into a CHOP BLOCK! Corbin takes out Moss’ leg, and then he gets Moss up to TOSS him over the barrier! Corbin drags Moss out of the timekeeper’s area and over to the desk. “You think you’re better than me?!” Corbin rains down furious fists and Moss flounders against the desk.
Fans still want tables but Corbin still goes for a chair. Corbin drags Moss up, puts the chair around Moss’ head, then RAMS him into the desk!! Moss sputters and falls while Corbin looms over him. Corbin takes the chair and tosses it aside, then he puts Moss in the ring. Corbin gets the base steps and puts those in the ring. Corbin stands the steps up in the corner, then he drags Moss up. Corbin reels Moss in, Canadian Rack, but Moss fights free! Corbin elbows Moss, but then swings into a scoop! Moss aims at the steps, to FALL AWAY SLAM Corbin into them! THE PUNCHLINE!! And then Moss gets the chair again!
Moss puts the chair around Corbin’s head, and he wants to give Corbin some karma! Moss has the steps, he aims at the chair, and SLAMS the steps on the chair!! Corbin writhes but Moss covers, Moss wins!!
Winner: Mad Cap Moss, by pinfall
Riddick unleashed his wrath and he may have just crushed Corbin for good! Will Moss use momentum to move forward from this and on to bigger things?
WWE United States Championship: (Austin) Theory VS Mustafa Ali!
Vince McMahon handpicked (Austin) Theory to mentor personally, and though he lost to Stone Cold at WrestleMania, Theory is now the youngest WWE United States Champion in history! But Theory has abused the authority he has from being Vince’s protégé, and it might’ve just come back to bite him! Will the Beacon win his first WWE title in his hometown? Or is all that just a theory?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if all it takes for Ali to win is a fair fight!
Fans rally for “ALI! ALI!” but Theory just smirks. Ali and Theory circle, tie up, and Theory wrenches an arm to a wristlock. Ali uses the ropes to flip through, then he rolls and handsprings to break free and CHOP! Theory rushes in but into an arm-drag! Theory bails out and fans boo. Ali waits on Theory and Theory mockingly applauds. Theory gets in, resets and circles with Ali, then they tie up. Theory headlocks, Ali powers out but Theory runs him over! Theory flexes on Ali, talks trash, but things speed up. Ali follows and RANAS theory, then arm-drags him around! Theory bails out again and Ali is getting annoyed.
Theory is getting upset, the ring count climbs and fans rally for Ali. That just upsets Theory more and Theory gets back in. Ali and Theory circle again, but then Theory runs out of the ring. So Ali slides and dropkicks Theory! Ali goes up a corner, to SUPER CROSSBODY! Direct hit and down goes Theory! Fans fire up, Ali stalks Theory and CHOPS him against barriers. The ref counts, Ali refreshes that count, and runs at Theory, only for Theory to POST him! Theory gets Ali in, rains down fists from all sides, then stomps away on Ali’s ribs! Theory stalks Ali to a corner, drags him up and brings him around to ROCK with a right,
Fans chant “Theory Sucks!” and that frustrates him. Theory runs in, but Ali sends him into buckles! Ali goes up top but Theory SHOVES him to the floor! Ali writhes from the crash landing but Theory soaks up the heat. Theory gets Ali up and in, stalks Ali, then drags him up again. Theory ROCKS Ali with a fist, then corner clotheslines! Theory scoops and FALL AWAY SLAMS! Cover, TWO! Theory clamps on a chinlock and squeezes tight. Fans rally, Ali fights up and throws body shots! Theory knees low! Theory snapmares, then stomps Ali down! Theory paces, grabs at Ali, but Ali gets him for a victory roll! TWO, and Ali blocks a kick to give a WHEEL KICK!
Theory staggers and falls over, Ali gets to a corner. Theory staggers, fans rally up, and Ali goes up and over! Theory hits buckles, Ali runs and CLOBBERS him! Theory gets up to put Ali in a corner, but Ali slips out and ROUNDHOUSES Theory away! Ali somersaults in for the NECKBREAKER! Theory gets up and kicks Ali back, then goes up top. Ali CHOPS Theory then goes up after him, but Theory throws body shots. Theory shoves Ali but Ali lands on his feet! The leg jams, Theory leaps but into a SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO! Ali and Theory each have a bad leg, and fans rally up.
Theory YANKS Ali into ropes! Ali sputters into a corner but he BOOTS Theory back. Ali goes up, Theory springs up for the REBOUND SPANISH FLY! Cover, TWO!! Ali survives and Theory is shocked! Theory covers again, TWO! And again, TWO, to the ghost pin! TWO!! Ali ducks but Theory back elbows, only for Ali to LARIAT! Both men are down and fans rally back up! Ali and Theory slowly rise, and Theory fireman’s carries! Ali fights and gets the ropes! The ref counts, Theory can’t hold on, Ali goes up to FLYING TORNADO DDT! Ali gets up and goes for the corner! Fans fire up, but Theory hits the ropes! Ali falls and Theory fireman’s carries! A TOWN-
NO! Ali catches the leg, trips Theory, STF!! Theory endures, reaches out, crawls forward, ROPEBREAK! Fans boo as Theory survives but Ali has to let him go. Theory gets to the apron but Ali hurries over. Ali brings Theory up, but Theory HOTSHOTS! Theory gets back up, brings Ali up, but Ali reels Theory in to KICK! And then TILT-O-WHIRL DDT!! Ali hurries to get to the corner! Fans fire up as Ali reaches the top rope, for the 450 FLOP!! Theory aims from the corner, runs in, and he CHOP BLOCKS the leg!! Theory gets that bad leg, but Ali kicks him away. So Theory uses the leg to get Ali up into A TOWN DOWN!! Cover, Theory wins!
Winner: (Austin) Theory, by pinfall (still WWE United States Champion)
Ali fought hard, but he made a miscalculation in his flight. The champion takes his victory selfie, will he make sure this belt is all about A. Theory?
Hell in a Cell Match: Cody Rhodes VS Seth Rollins!
The Son of a Son of a Plumber made a thrilling return to the WWE at WrestleMania 38 as the Visionary’s mystery opponent, and then had a great rematch with him at WrestleMania Backlash. But Rollins won’t let any of that go, and now they’re having a hellacious rematch to put an end to it! Cody won as a surprise and he won at 100%, but does he have a chance when he has a torn pec and an angry Architect? Or will Seth Freakin’ Rollins end the American Nightmare’s dream comeback?
The cell is lowered, and Rollins comes out in a Dusty Rhodes polka dots outfit! Rollins is really trying to get under Cody’s skin here, and it only makes the fans chant for Cody more. Cody makes his entrance, and though the pyro goes off, it is clear Cody’s right arm isn’t doing well. The weight belt goes to a young fan in the front row, and Cody steps inside the cell. The door is locked, fans are fired up and despite the bad arm, Cody is ready! The introductions are made, the bell rings, and we see who survives going through Hell… in a Cell!
Cody takes off his jacket and shows just how nasty that torn pec looks. Rollins loves seeing that dark purple-red chest as the two circle. Cody keeps that bad arm back and avoids Rollins’ grip to JAB! Rollins sneers, he and Cody circle again, and they knuckle lock. Rollins wants the arm, Cody shoves him away and JABS, JABS, but Rollins trips him! Cody avoids a stomp to kick Rollins, then he fires off JAB after JAB! Rollins swings, Cody dodges and DISASTER KICKS! Fans fire up but Rollins reels Cody in! Back suplex but Cody lands out, CODY CUTTER!! But the bad arm slows him down! Cody just grits his teeth and fires back up!
Cody gets Rollins in the dragon sleeper but Rollins knees free! Cody trips Rollins to step through, FIGURE FOUR! But how well can Cody hold it when one arm can’t push up? Rollins drags Cody with him, has the ropes, but there are no ropebreaks in the cell! Rollins uses the ropes to drag himself out further, and he gets something from under the ring? A toolbox! That’s a familiar sight for Rollins. But instead, Rollins gets a kendo stick! Rollins SMACKS the bad arm! Rollins is free of the leglock, and he SMACKS Cody again! Cody crawls, Rollins CLOBBERS him with the stick! And again! Fans rally for Cody but Rollins stands on the bad hand, to dig into the bad shoulder!
Rollins lets off and laughs while he paces around. Cody manages to get up, and blocks the kendo stick! Cody JABS, JABS and back hands, then he whips Rollins corner to corner. Rollins reverses but Cody goes up and out, only for Rollins to BLAST him into the steel! The ref checks on Cody but he refuses to give up. Rollins aims while fans rally up, and Rollins WRECKS Cody with a dropkick! Cody hits steel, Rollins smacks him off it again! Rollins has the kendo stick, and he digs it into the bad shoulder again! Rollins eggs Cody on then SMACKS the bad arm! Rollins has cameramen move aside so he can RAM Cody into steel!
Rollins taunts Cody more as he digs Cody’s face into the fencing like a grater! Rollins goes for another but Cody blocks and throws Rollins into the steel! And again! And again! Cody stalks Rollins around the way, fans rally behind Cody, and they get in the ring. Rollins kicks low, whips Cody to ropes, but Cody kicks back! Cody LARIATS with the left arm! And then LARIATS Rollins out of the ring! Rollins tumbles into the steel while Cody grits his teeth and fights through the pain. Cody goes out after Rollins, but Rollins is taking the steps apart! Rollins RAMS Cody down! Rollins stalks Cody, digs fingers into Cody’s face, then puts him in the ring.
Rollins soaks up the heat from the fans and gets Cody’s jacket. Rollins puts the jacket on, continuing to disrespect Cody. Rollins then brings something out from under the ring: a polka dot weight belt with “Visionary” on it! Rollins is taking this to another level as he LASHES Cody with the belt! Rollins soaks up all the heat, but fans do start to sing Rollins’ song for him. Rollins LASHES Cody, then LASHES him again, across the chest! Cover, TWO!! Cody survives but that bruise has to be getting worse. Rollins doesn’t care, he goes looking, and he brings out a table! Chicago’s been wanting that since Moss VS Corbin and here it is!
Rollins puts the table in the ring, bums Cody off buckles, then CLUBS the bad shoulder and digs his boot in! Fans chant, “Thank You, Rollins!” for the table, and Rollins sets it up. Cody hurries over but Rollins throws hands! Cody hits back but that was with his bad arm! Rollins rakes eyes! Cody staggers away but Rollins puts him up on the top rope. Rollins CHOPS Cody, then takes aim at the table. Rollins climbs up, but Cody fights the superplex! Cody throws elbows, gets under Rollins, and even with a bad arm, he lifts Rollins! Rollins fights free, then ROCKS Cody! Rollins turns Cody, DREAM SMASHER ELBOW!
Cody ends up on the table and Rollins makes sure he’s in position. Rollins goes up the corner, FROG SPLASH through the table, BUT NO CODY! Cody gets out of the way just in time and fans fire up for him! Cody gets the spotted belt, and throws it aside. Cody goes looking under the ring, brings out a duffle bag, and finds a BULL ROPE! With a cowbell on it!! Fans are loving this tribute to the American Dream as Cody actually straps himself in! He dares Rollins to use the other end?! Rollins won’t be called out like that, he straps in! This is now part Bull Rope Match! Rollins and Cody tug-o-war, then they rush in! Cody knee slow, then YOINKS Rollins upside-down!
Cody gets Rollins up, has the cowbell, but Rollins kicks low! Rollins has the cowbell, but Cody SUPERKICKS! Cody gets the cowbell back, reels Rollins in and CLOBBERS him! Cover, TWO!! Rollins survives having his bell rung! Cody drags Rollins around drags him out of the ring. Rollins kicks low, smacks Cody off the apron, and Cody leans against steel. Rollins goes through the corner and YANKS Cody into the POST! And again! Rollins undoes the strap, he’s done with the bull rope. And now, Rollins gets another table! Fans are fired up again as Rollins puts the table in with Cody. Rollins sets the table up in a corner, and he goes back for Cody.
Rollins drags Cody up, reels him in, gets Cody up, but Cody fights off the bomb! Cody dodges, Rollins stops from hitting table, CROSS RHODES!! Cover, TWO!! Rollins survives again but Cody is too hurt to be upset. Cody grits his teeth and gets back up as fans rally. Cody drags Rollins up, reels him in, but the bad arm won’t let him lift Rollins. Cody whips but Rollins stops himself, and he YANKS the bad arm! SUPERKICK! Cody flounders, Rollins gets him up to POWERBOMB through the table!!! Cover, TWO!?!? Cody survives and no one can believe it! “This is Awesome!” and somehow both men are stirring.
Rollins pushes himself up, even with bloody scratches on his arms. Cody has bruises and scrapes on his back now, but Rollins still isn’t done with him. Rollins kicks the toolbox out of the way as he looks deep under the ring. Rollins brings out a SLEDGEHAMMER! Rollins shouts out the Game, and he brings the hammer into the ring! Rollins runs in at Cody, but Cody kicks him first! Rollins kicks back! Tucks the arms, but Cody spins it around! PEDIGREE!!! Cover, TWO?!?! Cody forces himself to stand, he considers his options, and he sees the hammer. Cody hobbles over to the hammer and brings it up.
Fans fire up and Rollins starts to freak out! Cody holds up the hammer, but Rollins is outside the ring. But the cell keeps him from going too far, and Cody stalks Rollins around the way. Rollins gets back in the ring, Cody gets in, CURB STOMP!!! Cover, TWO!?!?! Cody survives and now Rollins is too tired to be shocked! Fans are thunderous and Rollins goes to a corner. Cody stirs, crawls to center, and Rollins runs in, but Cody evades the stomp! But Rollins turns things around, and steals CROSS RHODES! Rollins brings Cody up, but Cody turns it back around, CROSS RHODES!! Both men are down and Chicago is stunned!
Cody sees the hammer again and he crawls that way. But so does Rollins! It’s a race! Cody gets the hammer first! But his bad arm let sit go! Rollins has the hammer, runs in, but into a BOOT! And a CROSS RHODES! Then another CROSS RHODES! Cody can do the hat trick, but he doesn’t want it? He wants the hammer! SLEDGE SHOT!!! Cover, Cody wins!!
Winner: Cody Rhodes, by pinfall
That was one hell of a match! Cody goes 3-0 against Seth Freakin’ Rollins, putting an exclamation point on this final chapter! The American Nightmare survived the Visionary’s devilish playground, is he on his way to the Promised Land that is the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship?
Wow, this was quite the event for WWE. Though, it was basically a great event for Raw guest starring one match from SmackDown that should’ve been on SmackDown. It was still a really good No Holds Barred match, Moss and Corbin are both very good in the ring. Chicago needed to shut up about tables during it because obviously Moss and Corbin have been all about the chairs ‘n’ stairs. Moss winning is a great move, and wow that brutal finish with the stair smash on the chair. This can give Corbin some time off, or even add to the story with Corbin crying in his neck brace. Moss can even use this momentum to represent SmackDown in Money in the Bank.
We got a great opener in the Raw Women’s Championship Triple Threat, lots of great chaos, and in the end, Bianca wins at Becky’s own opportunistic game. Becky will of course be mad, she and Asuka can feud into MITB, and maybe Asuka wins to have the MITB run she would’ve had a couple years ago if Becky hadn’t gotten pregnant. Or Becky wins as that is an accomplishment she hasn’t had yet, and Heels tend to work better since it’s all about the opportunistic cash-in. We then got a decent handicap match, but I think the best part was that Cedric took the rejection how I figured, and he turned against MVP and Omos.
At some point, Lashley and Cedric will end up working together, and maybe MVP and Omos get a win back by pinning Cedric. At the same time, Lashley would make a great participant in MITB, and might even win it, turning things around from when he was Big E’s cash-in victim. Ezekiel VS Kevin was good, but I wouldn’t say PPV worthy. This would actually be where I’d want something happening to distract someone as the finish. Elias’ guitar strum distracts Kevin, or it even distracts Zeke to tease how he really is still Elias and Elias can’t be showing up because Zeke’s in the ring. Either way, it just felt like they put what should’ve been on a Raw here on HIAC.
The Six Person Tag was pretty good but could’ve been a bit more. Judgement Day winning with distractions was a good move, though. This will push things towards MITB and maybe even SummerSlam, and in the end, I just want Finn & Styles to stick together. That tag team should be seen as Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championship worthy. Theory VS Ali was very good but I should’ve known the hometown hero would lose. Vince loves doing that just so the other person has heat. Theory wins clean, though, so there isn’t really room for another match with Ali, which is also a shame. I’m not even sure who is going to face Theory next, something about Raw’s midcard feels weak.
But that Hell in a Cell was wild stuff. First off, Cody still going through with this despite the pec injury is both commendable and reckless. I suppose the bruise was the worst part of it if Cody was still able to do this, and of course it became the story of the match, but I also like that they still had plenty of Dusty Rhodes and Triple H related story beats. To think that the payoff of Cody’s AEW story, aka him finally using the Pedigree, happens here, and he doesn’t even win with it. But Cody still wins out, and if not for this pectoral injury, I’d think Cody would be going on to MITB, too. But if that needs surgery or something, Cody might not be back until the Royal Rumble. SummerSlam is way too close being in July now, so Cody returning and winning the Royal Rumble might be best.
My Score: 8.6/10
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?
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.
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) December 9, 2022
- 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 – *****
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.
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) December 9, 2022
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.
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) December 9, 2022
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!
Mitchell’s NJPW WTL X Super Jr. Tag Results & Report! (12/7/22)
The Super Jr. Tag League penultimate round!
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?
- 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]
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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