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Mitchell’s WWE NXT UK Results & Report! (6/23/22)

Smith & Carter have their first defense!

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A couple Yanks get an NXT UK Tag Team Championship match!

Another wave of Americans visits NXT UK! Josh Briggs & Brooks Jensen hit the ground running as they challenge Smith & Carter for the tag titles! But will they bring these belts to the USA? Or will they stay with the UK?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Isla Dawn VS Myla Grace; Dawn wins.
  • Sarray VS Nina Samuels; Sarray wins.
  • NXT UK Tag Team Championships: Ashton Smith & Oliver Carter VS Josh Briggs & Brooks Jensen w/ Fallon Henley; changed to…
  • Vacant NXT UK Tag Team Championships Fatal 4 Way Elimination Match: Josh Briggs & Brooks Jensen VS Die Familie VS Mark Andrews & Wild Boar VS Dave Mastiff & Jack Starz; Briggs & Jensen win and become the new NXT UK Tag Team Champions.

PLAY BY PLAY

Ashton Smith & Oliver Carter head to the ring!

The NEW NXT UK Tag Team Champions are set to face the good ol’ boys from the US, but they’re starting off the night on the mic. It is apparent that Smith has a brace on his leg, so there might be some explaining to do. Fans chant, “You Deserve It!” in reference to Smith & Carter finally winning the titles, but Smith wants everyone to listen for a moment. He appreciates and loves every single one of the fans here, and thinking back, a few years ago, he was at the lowest point of his career. He couldn’t buy a win, and sometimes he didn’t even make the card. But the worst thing was, he beat himself up bad over it, thinking that no one comes to the shows to watch Ashton Smith wrestle.

But that changed when Oliver Carter stepped in and became Smith’s tag team partner. As soon as that happened, there was a light at the end of the tunnel and Smith could entertain with a smile on his face. Ever since Smith was a kid, he wanted to be a WWE champion. He watched the ending to their match back a hundred times, and he always sees the exact same thing: the reaction of the fans. The energy and the love they threw to him and Carter. Fans chant, “Always Forward!” Smith says this love and energy makes the struggle worth it. Smith is so proud to be here today and say “We did it! We are your NEW NXT UK Tag Team Champions!”

Fans cheer, but Smith has to say that at the same, all that makes what he has to say next twice as hard. In that match, he suffered a serious knee injury, rupturing his MCL. For that reason, Smith & Carter must now vacate the NXT UK Tag Team Championships. Smith & Carter were looking forward to doing nothing more than to defend these titles against Briggs & Jensen. But now they are letting everyone down. Smith has been dreading getting in this ring, looking Carter in the eye, and letting him down. Carter says no no no, let’s get it straight. Smith hasn’t let anyone down, and especially not Carter.

Their main goal was always to become champions, and they said they’d do anything to do that! Three years ago, Carter walked up to Smith and they created a bond. They became friends, brothers, and champions! Carter loves Smith, and wants him to know that anything he does or decides, Carter will always have his back! Smith thanks Carter for that, but the fact is, Smith now needs time to heal. But just remember, Carter is the Hottest Superstar Under the Sun, the Freshest Flavor on the Brand, and Smith can’t wait for us all to see how great Carter can be. Smith will support Carter not just as his number one fan, but as a brother.

And when the time is right, Smith will return with a fire in his belly bigger than anyone has ever seen before! No one can tell Smith he can’t achieve his dream twice! So that being said, they introduce the Assistant General Manager, Sid Scala. Sid walks out, and Sid speaks on behalf of himself and Johnny Saint. They have seen the medical reports, and the circumstances are indeed unfortunate. This brand needs tag team champions, so with heavy hearts, the tag titles are given to Sid. Smith tells Sid that before that, Smith wants Sid to do them one more favor: say it one more time.

Sid nods and says, “NXT UK Universe, please sure you appreciation for the tag team champions, Oliver Carter & Ashton Smith!” Fans cheer and chant, “Still Our Champions!” Sid takes the belts back from Smith & Carter, and Smith & Carter head out. When and where will we see Smith make his return? And as for the titles, they are vacant. Sid and Saint have been in meeting- Wait, here comes Die Familie! Teoman, Rohan Raja & Charlie Dempsey are here, and Raja says they never lost that Triple Threat. So therefore, those titles should be theirs! Sid can declare Die Familie as the NEW NXT UK Tag Team Champions!

Fans chant “NO! NO! NO!” and Sid tells them that while he understands their point of view, they’re not the only team hungry for titles. And speaking of, here come Briggs & Jensen! They were supposed to have a title match, but they’re not alone! Here comes Mark Andrews & Wild Boar in a new formation of South Wales Subculture! And not only them, but Dave Mastiff & Jack Starz! Sid then announces that in tonight’s new main event, we will see Die Familie VS Briggs & Jensen VS Andrews & Boar VS Starz & Mastiff in a FATAL 4 WAY ELIMINATION TAG to crown NEW NXT UK Tag Team Champions! Fans are fired up, but who of these four become the ones with the gold?

 

Sarray visits Meiko Satomura’s dressing room.

She knocks on the door then enters, and Meiko is very happy to see Sarray. Meiko officially welcomes Sarray and Sarray thanks her. Meiko wishes Sarray good luck and Sarray says she’ll do her best. Meiko then tells Emilia McKenzie that Sarray isn’t the only visitor. Next week, Millie takes on Fallon Henley. Meiko hopes to see Emilia’s fighting spirit. Emilia nods, and takes in a deep breath. Can #SuplexMillie make her mentor proud against the Cowgirl?

 

NXT UK Media catches up with Sha Samuels.

What brings him by BT Sports Studio this week? Well, he’s here to make some money and take some bets! A bookie’s work is never- But then Sha spots Sid and asks him what’s up with last week. Wolfgang used a scarf against Sha! Scarves are foreign objects. That match should be stricken from the record. Better yet, reverse the decision, Sha & Dar win by disqualification. Sid says no, that match stands. Well, then give Sha a 1v1 match with Wolfgang. That’s fine. Yeah, cuz if Wolfgang was here right now, Sha would embarrass him! Make him look a right mug, put him in the Butcher’s Hook, and make him squeal like a pig!

Wolfgang’s behind Sha, isn’t he? Yep. Sha looks over and puts Sid between him and Wolfgang. Wolfgang heard what Sha said, so he wants to make things interesting. With money, that is. Sha says Sid can make the match, Sha will embarrass him! Gallus is no more and Kemp’s back in America! This will be 1v1! Wolfgang lets Sha talk and talk, only digging the hole deeper. Will Sha end up in the red against the Last King of Scotland?

 

Isla Dawn VS Myla Grace!

The Wicked Witch of NXT UK returns after her loss to Meiko Satomura in her own World of Darkness match. Will Isla take out her anger on Grace here tonight? Or will Grace help Dawn see the light?

The bell rings and fans rally for Grace as she circles with Dawn. They approach, Dawn pie faces Grace but Grace ties up with her. Dawn throws Grace down hard, then grins at her. Grace gets up, gets around, but Dawn fights the lift. Grace trips Dawn, runs and hops on for a rolling ghost pin! TWO, and Dawn slips around Grace to backslide! TWO, Grace has a sunset flip! TWO, and Grace slips around to crucifix. Dawn stays up, throws Grace off, but Grace slides under while getting a pump handle! Grace then rolls to trip Dawn, and she basement dropkicks! Dawn bails out and is flustered while fans fire up for Grace!

Grace goes up the ropes but Dawn HOTSHOTS her! Fans boo but Dawn gets in to dropkick Grace down! Dawn kicks Grace around, drags her up by her pigtails, then puts her in a corner. Dawn gets in Grace’s face and digs her fingers in, but lets off as the ref counts. Grace kicks Dawn back, but Dawn brings her in for a clinch. Grace breaks free and ROCKS Dawn with a forearm! Dawn kicks Grace’s leg out, then runs in to METEORA Grace into buckles! Cover, TWO! Grace is still in this but Dawn snarls as she sits her up. Dawn clamps on a chinlock and Grace endures, but the fans rally up. Dawn shifts into a chicken wing, then a motorcycle stretch!

Grace endures, Dawn JAMS her knee in! Grace still endures, fights her way up, but Dawn drags her back down! Fans still rally as Grace still endures her arms being pulled back! Grace fights up again, turns Dawn around, but Dawn turns her back! Grace flips to kangaroo kick free! Dawn rebounds but Grace dodges the lariat to rally with clotheslines! Fans fire up and Grace drops a leg! Dawn flounders to a corner, Grace runs in but Dawn dodges. Grace goes up the buckles, comes back and tilt-o-whirls to headscissor Dawn away! Dawn gets to the ropes, Grace runs in to 619 her in the stomach! Grace brings Dawn over, steps in and TORNADO DDTs! Cover, TWO!!

Grace is shocked and Dawn is fuming while fans rally up! Grace drags Dawn up, but Dawn throws body shots! Dawn wrenches, ROCKS Grace, then brings her around to whip into a corner. SHINING WIZARD! But Grace BOOTS back! Grace hops up top, leaps, but Dawn dodges and Grace FLOPS! ROUNDHOUSE! Dawn hooks Grace up, CALL OF THE QUARTERS! Cover, Dawn wins!

Winner: Isla Dawn, by pinfall

The Unholy Enchantress could not be stopped and she has a win! Will this be the dawn of a new rise to the top?

 

NXT UK has an update on Tyler Bate.

After the selfish betrayal of Trent Seven and the following attack, Tyler Bate needs time to come to terms with all this, and is taking a leave of absence from NXT UK. When and where will the Big Strong Boy be back again?

 

Kenny Williams is making another conspiracy web.

“The Masked Bozo. Someone’s messing with me!” Tiger Turan has been showing up around him, and Kenny claims it is to harass him. Kenny calls Tiger a coward. The Scum of the Earth will find out who Tiger Turan really is, and he will rip them limb from limb! But can Kenny Cockroach make the hunter become the hunted? Or is he falling right into Tiger Turan’s trap?

 

NXT UK Media catches up with Sid Scala.

How is he feeling about the new batch of visitors to NXT UK? Sid says it certainly will be a challenge, but- Noam Dar interrupts, carrying in his Heritage Cup trophy. Dar says he’s not here for trouble. In fact, he’s been thinking, and is a little concerned. “As your longest reigning Heritage Cup Champion, and simply the best to ever do it, I’ve become a victim of my own success. Anyone you’ve put in front of me, I’ve knocked down. I’ve cleaned out the entire division. There’s nobody left, and it makes me think, ‘What’s next? What’s next for me?’ And I’ve had an epiphany.” Like all the greats, Dar needs has to retire on top. He’ll put this on the mantle piece, ride off into the sunset-

Sid wants to stop Dar there but Dar says he knows what Sid is thinking and it is a fantastic idea. One final match! One more round! Picture this: A stadium filled with thousands and thousands of Supernova 11 fans; fireworks, confetti, and cake; and can you hear that? Fans chanting, “Please don’t go! Please don’t go!” Sid rolls his eyes, and Dar tells him to get on that. And of course, because it’ll be such a historic match, double pay please. Thank you, buh-bye. Dar heads out and Sid sighs. All the pomp and circumstance aside, will Dar get a challenger worthy of the Heritage Cup?

 

Sarray VS Nina Samuels!

The Warrior of the Sun is starting her time in NXT UK, and it seems the Leading Lady has elected herself the “welcoming committee.” Will Nina be able to shine in the spotlight? Or will she get burned like she did “welcoming” Ivy Nile?

The bell rings and the two rush in. Sarray roll Nina up, TWO, but then has a leg for a HALF CRAB! Fans rally, but Nina scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! Sarray lets off and Nina uses the ropes as a defense. Fans rally for Sarray as Nina comes back. Nina rushes in but Sarray blocks the clothesline to wrench and wristlock. Nina spins, but Sarray wrenches again! Fans rally, Nina cartwheels and arm-drags, but Sarray holds on! Fans cheer, Nina pulls hair and wrenches back. Nina yanks on the arm, but Sarray rolls, kips up and arm-drags Nina away! Then she SHOTGUNS Nina down! Fans fire up with Sarray as she runs, and CROSSBODIES!

But Nina catches Sarray for a BACKBREAKER! Nina stomps Sarray, fans duel, and Nina brings Sarray up to bump off buckles. Nina stomps a mudhole into Sarray but lets off as the ref counts. Nina then digs her boot into Sarray! The ref counts again, Nina lets off, and Sarray kicks back from below! Nina CLUBS Sarray, then drags her up to whip her corner to corner hard! Sarray drops to her knees but Nina brings her up to whip hard the other way! Sarray writhes and fans duel. Nina CHOKES Sarray on ropes, then makes her smile with fishhooks! The ref reprimands, Nina lets off but then bends Sarray against the ropes!

The ref counts, Nina lets off and dropkicks Sarray down! Cover, TWO! Nina is frustrated and she digs an elbow into Sarray’s back! Nina ties Sarray up, pulls on the legs, digs her elbows in again, but Sarray endures. Fans rally and Nina drops a knee into the back! Nina keeps on the legs, then she chinbars for the BOW ‘N’ ARROW! Sarray endures, pops free, and has a cover, TWO! Nina hurries to throw a hard body shot! Nina then scoops Sarray but Sarray slips off, gets around, and rolls Nina again, TWO! Sarray fires up and ROCKS Nina with a forearm! And another! And another! Sarray runs to dropkick the legs out!

Fans fire up and Sarray brings Nina around. Sarray gets Nina up, but her back holds her back! Nina CLUBS Sarray, lifts Sarray and RAMS her into the corner! Nina then hoists Sarray up top, ROCKS her with a forearm, then climbs up top. Sarray fires forearms back and HEADBUTTS Nina down! Nina wobbles, Sarray BOOTS her! Sarray then leaps, DOUBLE STOMP! Fans fire up with Sarray as Nina is on the ropes! Sarray kicks Nina, then runs side to side, DROPKICK OF THE SUN! Sarray isn’t done there, she gets Nina up for the SOLAR EXPLODER! Cover, Sarray wins!

Winner: Sarray, by pinfall

Another good “welcome” from Nina and another great win for the visitor! Sarray is shining bright, will she get a chance to challenge the Final Boss before her visit is over?

 

Blair Davenport speaks.

“This is Blair Davenport. I’m putting all of you on notice. Scared, Meiko? You should be. You have put me in a position where I have to show how cold-blooded I can be. I am the rightful heir to the NXT UK Women’s Championship. I am going to make it perfectly clear that Blair Davenport is back!” and she plans to do that, next week! Who will be the first to #BewareTheHeir?

 

NXT UK Media meets Sarray backstage.

They congratulate her on her first win in NXT UK. But then Xia Brookside & Eliza Alexander walk over, pretending to be excited for Sarray’s NXT UK arrival. They ask her a question, though. What the hecc is that? Oh, don’t touch the medallion, Eliza. You might turn into a Power Ranger or something, jumping around and glowing all over the place! But on a serious note, this is their brand, Sarray can’t just come here and take opportunities away from them. Got that? It is about time someone showed Sarray just whose division this is. Eliza steps closer, but in steps Meiko! Xia & Eliza back off and say everything is fine. Meiko commends Sarray on her win and helps her to the locker room. Will Meiko remind Xia & Eliza who really runs NXT UK?

 

Vacant NXT UK Tag Team Championships Fatal 4 Way Elimination Match: Josh Briggs & Brooks Jensen VS Die Familie VS Mark Andrews & Wild Boar VS Dave Mastiff & Jack Starz!

All four teams are already in the ring for this historic moment in NXT UK! As unfortunate as it is that Smith & Carter lose the belts without even one defense, there will be NEW champions crowned tonight! The introductions for all four teams are made, the belts are raised, and only ONE team will remain to put their names in the history books!

Per this Fatal 4, only team teams are legal at any time. Starz and Andrews start for their teams, with Die Familie and the American visitors watching on the sidelines. Andrews and Starz tie up, Andrews headlocks, but Starz fights up. Andrews wrenches, wristlocks, but Starz rolls, cartwheels and WRINGS Andrews’ arm, only for Andrews to handspring through! Fans applaud the exchange, and the two tie up. Starz trips Andrews, gets a leg, but Andrews kicks him away! Raja tags in off Starz, so Starz must stand down. Raja kicks Andrews low, ROCKS him with a forearm, then clinches. Raja throws Andrews down hard, and grins as he brings Andrews up.

Raja scoops, Andrews slips off and shoves him to the South Wales corner. Andrews runs in, blocks Raja’s boot, and tags Boar! Andrews puts the leg in the ropes to hit it with a 619! Andrews then hits a DRAPING DRAGON SCREW, and Raja staggers into Boar’s clutches! Another DRAGON SCREW, and Raja is trapped in the corner. Boar gets the leg again, a third DRAGON SCREW! Raja scrambles up to his feet but Boar stands in the way of the Die Familie corner, so Raja tags out to Brooks Jensen. Brooks circles with Boar, and Boar kicks low! Boar fires off haymaker after haymaker, then whips. Brooks blocks, reverses and POWERSLAMS Boar down!

Brooks drops an elbow, Boar flounders and Brooks puts Boar in the good ol’ boys’ corner. CHOP LARIAT combo in the corner, and a tag to Josh Briggs! Briggs feeds Boar to Brooks’ atomic drop, and Brooks holds on for Briggs to BOOT Boar down! But Teoman tags in off Briggs, robbing him of his momentum. Teoman stomps Boar around, then throws down rabbit punches! Boar elbows Teoman, then clubs away with haymakers! Teoman scoops and SLAMS fast! Fans boo as Teoman snarls and whips Boar to the Die Familie corner. Tag to Raja, Die Familie stomps away on Boar, but lets off as the ref counts.

Teoman tags back in, Raja whips Boar back into their corner, and then Teoman whips Raja in for a SPLASH! Raja feeds Boar to Teoman’s hard body shot! Teoman soaks up the heat and taunts Andrews. Teoman DECKS Boar, then sucker punches Andrews! Teoman drags Boar up, whips him to his corner, but Boar comes back to CLBOBER Teoman! Boar ends up on the far side, tag to Mastiff! The Bomber ROCKS Teoman, reels him in and scoops to SLAM! Mastiff drags Teoman up, tags Starz, and they double whip Teoman to double HEADBUTT him down! Starz covers, TWO! Starz brings Teoman up to CLUB him to the Bomber corner, tag to Mastiff.

Starz RAMS Teoman, then Mastiff brings Starz around to RAM him into Teoman again! Tag back to Starz and Mastiff snapmares Teoman. Mastiff gives Starz another assist for BASEMENT UPPERCUT to Teoman’s back! Cover, TWO! Starz clamps onto Teoman with a chinlock and fans rally up. Teoman fights up, Starz yanks him back down. Starz pulls Teoman back, but Teoman fights up again. Teoman powers Starz into the Bomber corner and Mastiff tags back in. Starz holds Teoman for Mastiff to grab onto. Mastiff suplexes and he holds Teoman up for a count of 10, and with one arm, before the SLAM!

Fans applaud the show of strength, but Dempsey gets on the apron! Mastiff rushes over and Dempsey gets away, but Teoman attacks from behind! Mastiff doesn’t budge! Teoman wants to reach for Raja but Mastiff is in his way, so Teoman tags out to Briggs! So long as Teoman got away, he doesn’t care who is in. Briggs and Mastiff are the biggest men in this match and fans fire up as they stare down. But then Die Familie gets in to go after them both! But Mastiff and Briggs just ROCK them with beefy haymakers! Mastiff tosses Raja and Briggs tosses Teoman, and then go back to stare down with each other.

Mastiff and Briggs then realize they can keep this to their teams, so they both BLAST Boar and Andrews! Briggs fires up now, but then Mastiff DECKS Brooks! So Briggs DECKS Starz! Then they start throwing big forearms! Fans fire up as the shots go back and forth, DOUBLE LARIATS collide! Neither falls, so they run again! Teoman tags in off Mastiff, and DOUBLE LARIATS take Briggs and Mastiff down! Teoman hurries to kick Mastiff to the apron, and Raja is there for the apron skirt trap! Die Familia have Mastiff caught and they mug him at the apron! Fans boo, the ref reprimands, B0ar rushes over but Raja DECKS him!

Raja stomps Boar, then joins Teoman on the apron. They soak up the heat, but Briggs grins as he stands back up. He BLASTS Raja, choke grips Teoman, and CHOKE SLAMS him onto the group!! Fans fire up as Briggs wipes everyone out, but Andrews tags himself in! Briggs is annoyed, but Andrews GAMANGIRIS Briggs down! Andrews then hurries up top and takes aim at the group, SUPER FALLING TO PIECES onto them all! Fans are thunderous for “NXT! NXT!” as Andrews gets back up! Andrews puts Teoman in, then runs in to ROCK him with a forearm! Tag to Boar, and Boar runs to RAM into Teoman! Boar then sets up and Andrews runs in, POETRY IN MOTION!

Andrews feeds Teoman to Boar’s waistlock, SHOTGUN DROPKICK GERMAN SUPLEX! But Teoman flounders and Starz tags in! Starz sunset flips Boar but Boar rolls through to rain down fists, and HIP DROP on him! Boar wrenches Starz to a hammerlock and LARIAT! Cover, TWO!! Starz survives the Pepsi Twist, but Boar drags Starz over to tag Andrews. Mastiff hurries in but Boar SPEARS him into the corner! Andrews brings Starz up but Starz ROCKS Andrews with a EuroUpper! Even the Americans are stinging from that one! Starz DROPKICKS Boar, but Andrews gives him a SIDE EFFECT! Andrews hurries up top, FALLING TO PIECES! Cover, Mastiff SENTONS!!

Mastiff saves Starz but might have squashed him, too. Boar CANNONBALLS into Mastiff! Starz cradles Andrews, The Bombers ELIMINATE South Wales! They can’t believe it, but they’re the first out! But now Teoman rushes in to stomp away on Starz! The ref has him back off to check on Starz, but Teoman circles like a vulture. Fans rally and Starz grits his teeth as he gets up. Teoman kicks Starz low, but Starz fires forearms! Starz gets around, waistlocks, but Raja tags in before the O’Conner Roll! Raja gets Starz off Teoman to TOSS him out hard! Mastiff is upset, but the ref is busy with him while Dempsey CLOBBERS Starz!

Fans boo but Dempsey gets away with it. Raja fetches Starz and puts him in. Raja reels Starz in to RAM him into the Die Familie corner, and tag to Teoman. Raja whips Starz into the corner, then Teoman whips Raja in, only for Starz to dodge! Raja hits buckles, Starz SHOTGUNS Teoman! Teoman gets up, he tags Brooks, but Starz hot tags Mastiff! Mastiff rallies on Brooks, then back drops him! Mastiff throws JAB after JAB, but Brooks headlocks! Mastiff powers out and follows to CROSSBODY Brooks! Briggs gets in to check on Mastiff, but Mastiff CLOBBERS Briggs! And drops a SENTON! Briggs writhes his way out, Brooks comes back but into a GERMAN SUPLEX!

Brooks ends up in Die Familie territory and Raja tags in. But while the ref is busy with them, Dempsey trips up Starz! Mastiff notices Dempsey give Starz a GUT WRENCH SUPLEX! Starz clutches the bad leg, and Teoman rushes Mastiff! Mastiff DECKS Teoman, and he glares at Dempsey, but he turns around into Raja’s SEEK & DESTROY! Raja then adds another SEEK & DESTROY! Cover, Die Familie ELIMINATES the Bombers! Fans boo but we’re down to the final two! Die Familie grin as they look at Briggs & Brooks. Brooks wants in, and Briggs is reluctant, but his back is bothering him. Brooks tags himself in, right before Raja CLOBBERS Briggs!

Briggs falls against Brooks and down he goes! Die Familie stomp away on Briggs, not knowing about the tag! Brooks gets in and he fires off on Teoman! Briggs and Raja are on the outside, and Briggs BOOTS Raja down! Teoman RAMS Brooks into the corner, but Brooks puts Teoman on the outside. Briggs is back up but Teoman fights him off and BOOTS him into the POST! Briggs’ back only hurts more now, and Teoman grins. But he turns around into Brooks’ BIG hip toss! Brooks brings Teoman around, but he has to do this alone without Briggs! Brooks blocks a kick, headlocks, but Raja tags in as Teoman powers out!

Teoman drops down under Brooks and Raja KNEES Brooks from the apron! Teoman runs in to CLOBBER Brooks! Raja then brings Brooks up for a BRAINBUSTER!! Cover, TWO!! Brooks survives and fans fire up! Raja hurries to tag Teoman back in, and then Raja ripcords Brooks for Teoman’s ENZIGURI! Raja reels Brooks back in, SPINEBUSTER! Teoman covers, TWO!! Brooks survives again, but Teoman clamps on the CROSSFACE!! Brooks endures, fights as Teoman tries to add the cobra clutch, and fans fire up! Brooks stands, goes around with Teoman, and hits a BIG back suplex! Both men are down and fans rally again!

Briggs, bad back and all, stands up on the corner! He wants in, Brooks and Teoman crawl, hot tags to Raja and Briggs! Raja run sin but Briggs throws big haymakers on him and Teoman! And a BOOT for Raja! SIDEWALK SLAM and SPLASH for Teoman! Adrenaline helps Briggs fight through the pain and fans love it! But Dempsey distracts Briggs! Briggs swings on Dempsey, only for Raja to hit a BACKSTABBER! Raja tags Teoman in, then scoops Briggs! POWERSLAM NECKBREAKER COMBO!! Cover, Brooks breaks it!! Fans are thunderous as all four men are down in the center of the ring!

“This is Awesome!” as the teams stir and regroup. Raja drags Brooks up to TOSS him out! Raja goes back to the corner and Teoman grits his teeth as he stands up. Teoman DOUBLE STOMPS Briggs’ back! And DOUBLE STOMPS it again! Fans boo but Teoman DOUBLE STOMPS a third time! Then the CROSSFACE!! Briggs endures, reaches out, moves around with his good arm, but Teoman rains down elbows! CROSSFACE!! Briggs still reaches, but Teoman rolls him away!! Briggs fights it to a cover, TWO!! Teoman runs in, misses in the corner, and Briggs BACK DROPS! Hot tag to Brooks! Teoman tags out to Raja but Brooks fires off kicks and JABS on Raja!

Brooks ROLLING ELBOWS Raja down! Tag back to Briggs, but Dempsey and Teoman get on the apron to distract! Briggs & Jensen BOOT them both down! They then go back for Raja, HIGH LOW!! Cover, Briggs & Jensen win!!!

Winners: Josh Briggs & Brooks Jensen, by pinfall (NEW NXT UK Tag Team Champions)

Incredible! The new NXT UK Tag Team Champions are the good ol’ boys from America! Briggs & Jensen have gold, and Fallon Henley is here to celebrate with them! Will Briggs & Jensen prove that country boys can survive?


My Thoughts:

A great episode of NXT UK, especially in light of the unfortunate injury to Ashton Smith. Hopefully Smith isn’t gone too long, but he had a great promo as he says “see you later,” and he’ll have a great return that fans will explode for. And as WWE has proven, they can come up with amazing stuff when they need to improvise and adapt. The Fatal 4 Way main event we got was awesome stuff, and with three Face teams and one Heel team, I really expected Die Familie to win this match. But instead, the match was crafted in such a way that the UK fans actually loved seeing the American guys win! Briggs & Brooks had the best match of their NXT careers, and it is great for them to be the champions. They can probably just make their whole time in NXT UK about defending these belts, and that’d be awesome.

Great promos from Sha and Wolfgang to set up their match, and from Dar to basically set up anyone taking him on for the Heritage Cup. But a shame that they didn’t do this in time for Damon Kemp to have his shot. He’s apparently back in the US full time right now, so no Dar VS Kemp for the cup. Who knows who Sid sets up for Dar here, but I wonder if there’s a US visitor they haven’t mentioned. If Dempsey were a Face, I’d have made it him and have Dempsey win so at least Die Familie has something. Then it was a nice detail to let us know that Tyler Bate is on “sabbatical” after what Trent Seven did to him, physically and emotionally.

Another good vignette for Blair Davenport but it wasn’t really any different from last week. Blair is definitely going to go on a win streak from her return until she’s a contender again. Kenny’s newest vignette to call out Tiger Turan was well-made, but again didn’t add that much to this story. Kenny VS Tiger is going to be a great match, though, and whether Kenny wins or loses, he has to unmask “The Masked Bozo” to expose him as Amir Jordan, He just has to.  Even if there’s a loophole that says Tiger Turan isn’t Amir Jordan, it has to be Amir under the mask. Then that can be a grudge match, maybe some form of No Disqualification match where Tiger/Amir gets his revenge.

We got good stuff out of the Women’s Division, especially with how we got two women’s matches here. Dawn VS Grace was a good return for Dawn and of course Dawn wins. But I have a feeling Dawn runs into Blair and loses as Blair makes her way up the ranks. Then we got a very good match from Nina VS Sarray, probably one of Nina’s better matches. Sarray of course gets the win, but I like the interactions she has with Meiko in this episode. The first on in Meiko’s room gave the feeling that Meiko is going to favor Sarray over her protégé, Millie, and that could make Millie jealous. Meiko also putting more pressure on Millie could add to that.

Then the backstage interaction, I sense Meiko & Sarray VS Xia & Eliza. Meiko & Sarray will win, and then Sarray will ask for a title shot and Meiko will oblige, and we’ll get an awesome match between two great Joshi wrestlers.

My Scores: 8.6/10


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

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

Ratings:

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

Results:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kon w/The Design vs Sami Callihan

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Overall Score: 9/10

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

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


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

The Super Jr. Tag League penultimate round!

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NJPW WTL X Super Jr.

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

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

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Here are the current Super Jr. Tag League standings!

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Here are the NEW Super Jr. Tag League standings!

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


My Thoughts:

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

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

My Score: 8.8/10


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