Ain’t no rest for the weary!
Bianca Belair is still Raw Women’s Champion, and that doesn’t sit well with Becky Lynch! Will the Big Time Comeback continue towards Money in the Bank?
- Becky Lynch VS Dana Brooke; transformed into…
- WWE 24/7 Championship Big Time Interruption: Dana Brooke wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
- WWE 24/7 Championship: Dana Brooke VS Becky Lynch; Dana wins and retains the title.
- The Miz w/ Maryse VS Matt Riddle; Riddle wins.
- Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championship Contenders Match: The Usos VS The Street Profits; The Street Profits win and will challenge for the titles.
- Dominik Mysterio w/ Rey Mysterio VS Veer Mahaan; Veer wins, by disqualification.
- Omos w/ MVP VS Cedric Alexander; Omos wins.
- Otis w/ Chad Gable VS Ezekiel; Ezekiel wins.
- Raw Women’s Championship #1 Contender’s Fatal 4 Way: Alexa Bliss VS Liv Morgan VS Rhea Ripley VS “Doudrop” Piper Niven; Rhea wins and will challenge Bianca Belair for the title.
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Cody Rhodes heads to the ring!
Despite a torn pectoral muscle, the American Nightmare fought inside Hell in a Cell with Seth Freakin’ Rollins, and came out the victor! Cody is in a great mood from that victory, but it is clear his arm is still bothering him. Fans fire up as Cody gets to the ring, the pyro going off. The Money in the Bank briefcases hang high overhead but Cody just worries about soaking up the adulation from Green Bay! Cody gets the mic, and welcomes them to the show. Fans chant, “Thank You, Cody!” for last night, and Cody says stuff like that fills his heart. He does love it, but he does want to say this, too. He saw all the comments on social media about his effort, many praising it and loving it.
But Cody wants to say that he doesn’t really believe in that, simply because it is a privilege to do what he does. He loves the fans, they have no clue how much. And he will admit tearing his pectoral off the bone is demoralizing, but he doesn’t want to be sad, doesn’t want to be melancholy or downtrodden. “We talk a lot about the other Rhodes in my family. There is one you haven’t been introduced to yet. For those who don’t know, I have a daughter. And… when she is old enough, I want her to watch what happened last night, and I want her to know that in the darkest of times, in what could’ve been the lowest point in my career, in what could’ve been the absolute worst night, in what was a literal hell, I was not cynical, I was not jaded. I stood and fought!”
Fans cheer for that, and chant Cody’s name. Cody says he fought one of the very best wrestlers in the history of this game in Seth Freakin’ Rollins. The fans boo and Cody says he doesn’t like Rollins, either. But the chapter, the trilogy, it has been written and put in the archives. Cody is officially done with Seth Rollins. “So with that in mind… I wanna talk about what’s above me.” He looks up at the briefcases, and he mentions the MITB contract has eluded him his entire career. And certainly, he is a little banged up. But in four weeks time, if somehow, if someway, he was able to climb the ladder, he was able to grab the briefcase, he was able to cash that sucker in and become the UNDISPUTED WWE UNIVERSAL CHAMPION…
But here comes Seth Rollins! Seems the Architect isn’t done with Cody. Rollins hobbles his way to the ring, eyes locked on Cody and the ring. Rollins gets in the ring and gets a mic while fans boo. Rollins tells Cody, “I still do not like you. But after what you put yourself through last night, you have earned my respect. And the world is saying, maybe one of the gutsiest performances in the history of this industry, and that is the truth.” Rollins says Cody is the toughest person he’s been in the ring with. And he may be the last person Cody needs to hear this from, but Rollins says Dusty is very, very proud of his baby boy.
Fans chant for Cody and Cody gets a bit emotional. Rollins says Cody came out after WrestleMania to show Rollins respect, so now Rollins returns the favor. Rollins offers a handshake, and Cody takes it. Rollins pats Cody on the shoulder, then hobbles his way out of the ring. Is this the Visionary letting his obsession with the American Nightmare go? What does Cody’s future look like with his torn pectoral muscle?
Wait, Seth attacks Cody at the stage with a sledgehammer!! The Architect was NOT going to leave Cody be! Rollins rips Cody’s vest and shirt away to expose the already damaged pec, and then pulls on that arm! Referees try but fail to stop Rollins from STOMPING the arm!! Officials come out but Rollins ignores them as he digs the hammer into the arm! Fans chant “YOU SUCK!” at Rollins but it doesn’t matter, he got the last word on their story. Has Rollins just written Cody’s future off for good?
Raw returns and Cody starts to get up on his own. Fans cheer, Cody hobbles and drops to a knee, but he gets up again. Fans cheer more, and Cody makes his way to the back.
Becky Lynch VS Dana Brooke!
The Man isn’t feeling so Big Time after losing the Raw Women’s Championship Triple Threat. But that doesn’t mean the comeback is over! Will Becky take out the #FlexAppeal and find her new path back to the top?
The bell rings and Becky kicks Dana low, then fires off fists! Becky talks smack on Dana, but wait, the 24/7 Championship chase runs out here! Akira Tozawa has Reggie, R-Truth and Tamina right after him! They corner him, but he goes into the ring! Dana ROCKS Becky, and rolls Tozawa up! Dana wins against Tozawa!
Winner: Dana Brooke, by pinfall (NEW WWE 24/7 Champion)
Tozawa and the others are shocked! Dana has her belt back, and Becky says NO NO NO! What the heck is all this? No one is winning titles during her matches except her! So Becky is challenging Dana for the 24/7 Championship right now! And if anyone else interferes, she will smash their faces in! The refs have everyone else leave, and Dana is just fine with that challenge. Will Becky make the Big Time 24/7 after the break?
WWE 24/7 Championship: Dana Brooke VS Becky Lynch!
Raw returns and the bell rings. Becky and dana circle, Becky kicks then BECKSPLODERS! Becky kicks Dana around while mockingly congratulating her. Becky then hauls Dana up for another BECKSPLODER! And then another BECKSPLODER! But now Asuka interrupts! She wasn’t included in that ringside ban, right? Becky is furious, she hurries to get Dana up, a forth BECKSPLODER! #SuBECKSCity! Asuka gets on the apron, Becky swipes at her, Dana rolls Becky up! TWO!! Becky CLOBBERS Dana, and if she wasn’t mad before, she is now! Becky runs in at the corner but Dana dodges! Dana then kicks low, KICKS again, and dropkicks Becky to a corner!
Dana fires off forearms, whips corner to corner and handspring back elbows to a BULLDOG! Cover, TWO! Asuka coaches Dana up and she drags Becky to a drop zone. Dana heads up top, SWANTON FLOPS, and Becky BOOTS Dana down! Becky taunts Asuka now, drags Dana up, but Dana trips Becky to jackknife! Asuka holds Becky’s foot down, Dana wins!!
Winner: Dana Brooke, by pinfall (still WWE 24/7 Champion)
And Becky is Big Time FURIOUS! She warns the Empress of Tomorrow that she’ll pay for this, but will Becky still not be ready for Asuka?
John Cena is returning to the WWE!
To celebrate 20 YEARS of You Can’t See Me, THE John Cena is going to return to Monday Night Raw on June 27th in Laredo, Texas!
The Miz and Maryse are here!
With the season three premiere of Miz & Mrs. later tonight, The It Couple is here together for a very special edition of MizTV. And their special guest? The Stallion, Matt Riddle! What will Riddle have to say about his devastating loss on SmackDown? And what will Miz & Maryse have to say about, well, themselves? We find out, after the break.
Raw returns and Miz welcomes us to the Most Must-See WWE Talk Show, and asks we give a warm welcome to the most gorgeous, sexy, smart, businesswoman and entrepreneur, the love of his life, Maryse! Fans cheer until the It Couple get lovey-dovey. Miz say she loves that MITB is coming up! Did you know that if you cash in, you have an 85% chance of winning a world title? Miz knows this because he’s done it twice! And if he does it again, that would be a record breaking third time, just another thing on his prestigious resume. But that’s then, this is now, welcome to their premiere party! Right after Raw is a DOUBLE EPISODE premiere for Miz & Mrs!
Maryse thanks everyone and she is so excited to talk about their show. But she is not excited to be in Green Bay… She was telling her team this is where she was going, and they didn’t even know where Green Bay was! Fans boo but Maryse continues. This is such a big show, they should go somewhere that matters. Miz does his best to silence the crowd because Maryse is talking! Do not disrespect her! But “Bro…” Riddle makes his entrance without an introduction! Riddle scooters right down the ramp, gets in the ring, and there go the sandals and… kangaroos? Riddle says, “Whoa, what’s with all the harsh vibes? I thought this was a celebration.”
And of course, bonjour, Maryse. Omulette du fromage, mi amo es Riddle. Uh, he kinda mixed languages there… And Maryse goes full French to basically say Riddle got it wrong. He says, “Gesundheit.” Anyway, big shout out to his bro, Randy! Love you, dawg! Come back soon! Unlike his stepdad. Miz shouts at Riddle about interrupting them just to talk about Randy~! Miz will speak very slowly: Randy, Orton’s, career, is OVER! And now Riddle is all alone, and will get his ass whooped week after week by The Bloodline. So excuse them, they have a party to get to. Riddle tells Miz to shut the hell up! Riddle is going to finish what he was saying.
Riddle is tired of fighting Roman’s minions week after week, and he wants to tell Roman that he wants to fight “The Tribal Piece of Trash!” Since Roman thinks it’s cool to take his bro, Randy, out, Riddle will take Roman’s Undisputed Universal Championship!! Fans are fired up but Miz is laughing. Riddle tells Miz there’s a reason why his homie, Cena, is playing Peacemaker and Miz is just a homemaker while his wife drags him around by his tiny little balls! Miz looks down as if anyone can tell. Fans chant, “TINY BALLS! TINY BALLS!” Maryse says Riddle can’t talk to Miz like that! Just so Riddle knows, Miz has average balls.
Maryse, c’mon! No, right, above average! THE GIGANTICAST BALLS IN THE WORLD! Riddle wants Miz to prove it! Fans chant, “PROVE IT! PROVE IT!” What is wrong with these people!? Maryse says if Riddle wants to fight, then he and Miz can fight right here, right now! Well Riddle says RKBRO 4:20 says “I just smoked your ass!” Miz tells everyone to wait! He is in a tux, this is the premiere party! If fans want to see this here and now, then the answer is NO! Riddle and fans are disappointed, but we should’ve known this would happen. But wait! Tommaso Ciampa BLINDSIDES Riddle?! Even Miz is surprised by that one!
“On second thought… Let’s have that match right here, right now!” The A-Lister is a vulture! But will he be picking the bones of The Bro? Or will Riddle be able to get back up and make an example out of Miz?
The Miz w/ Maryse VS Matt Riddle!
Raw returns and Miz hits a kitchen sink knee, still in his slacks! Miz clamps onto Riddle with a chinlock but Riddle endures. Fans rally, Riddle fights up, throws body shots, but Miz CLUBS Riddle. Riddle counter punches Miz, fires off palm strikes, then BOOTS Miz into a spin and PELE! Riddle kips up, runs into the corner and forearm smashes! Then he goes side to side to hit another! Miz fights off the Brosploder, but runs into a POWERSLAM! Fans fire up as Riddle puts Miz through the ropes! DRAPING DDT! Fans fire up again as Riddle hears those voices, bro! Miz gets up, and blocks the RKO to then get out!
But Riddle is on the apron! Maryse saves Miz from the Penalty Kick! Riddle chases Miz back to the apron, and he has the pants! Riddle RIPS the pants off Miz! Fans are fired up as Miz has to cover up his balls! Miz elbows Riddle, fans chant “TINY BALLS!” but Maryse slips Miz the purse! Maryse distracts the ref, but Riddle dodges the purse attack! RKO!! Cover, Riddle wins!
Winner: Matt Riddle, by pinfall
Maryse tried but failed to help her husband, but at least now she can cover up his manhood with that purse. Will Miz ever live this down? Will Riddle rage his way to revenge on Roman and the Bloodline?
Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championship Contenders Match: The Usos VS The Street Profits!
Jimmy & Jey retained the titles by damaging Shinsuke Nakamura’s leg and then having “Honorary Uce” Sami Zayn trick everyone into thinking Roman Reigns was making his entrance. Will they use similar tactics to cheat Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins? Or will the Profits be up as they get that smoke?
The teams sort out, Dawkins starts against Jimmy but then Dawkins DECKS Jey! Roll-up on Jimmy, TWO! Backslide, TWO!! Jimmy escapes, Dawkins dodges and FLYING UPPERCUTS! Cover, TWO! Dawkins drags Jimmy up, tags Ford, and they whip Jimmy to then DOUBLE FLAPJACK! Cover, TWO! Jimmy bails out and regroups with Jey but Ford fires up with Green Bay! Jey and Jimmy refocus, Jimmy gets in at 6 of 10, then tags Jey. Jey and Ford circle now, they approach and Jey kicks low. Jey RAMS Ford into the corner again and again, fires off hands, but lets off as the ref counts 4.
Fans boo but Jey soaks up the heat with finger to the sky. Jey brings Ford up but Ford counter punches! And CHOPS! Ford brings Jey around, whips but Jey reverses, only for Ford to dropkick him down! Ford brings Jey over, tags Dawkins, and they whip Jey to double shoulder tackle! Then BACK SUPLEX SPLASH! Dawkins covers, TWO! Jey bails out and he regroups with Jimmy. Ford taunts the Usos while the ring count climbs. Jey gets in at 6, but he stays back. Dawkins tags Ford back in, Ford and Jey approach. Ford dodges the uppercut to waistlock but Jey fights, only for Ford to back suplex!
Ford whips Jey, Jey holds ropes, but Ford clotheslines Jey out! Ford goes out after Jey and fans fire up! Ford wants Jey to get up, he mocks the finger to the sky, and hits a CANNONBALL off the steps! Fans fire up and Ford even hugs some of them while Raw goes to break!
Raw returns and Dawkins has Jey in an armlock. Jey power sup, Jimmy tags in, and Jey whips so the Usos can DOUBLE SPINEBUSTER Dawkins! Jimmy stomps Dawkins, fans rally, but Jimmy ROCKS Dawkins with an uppercut! Jimmy CHOKES Dawkins on the ropes, lets off, and Jey gets a cheap shot in! Fans boo but Jey gets away with that. Jimmy dares Dawkins to crawl to Ford, then Jimmy stomps him! Tag to Jey, Jimmy RAMS into Dawkins, and Jey runs in to forearm smash! Dawkins drops, Jey covers, TWO! Jey keeps on Dawkins with ground ‘n’ pound but Dawkins guards his face.
Jey lets off, steps on Dawkins, then says #WeTheOnes! Jey tells Ford to watch this, and he brings Dawkins up to say, “You want the smoke?!” Jey DECKS Dawkins with an uppercut! Tag to Jimmy, the Usos split the wishbone! Dawkins writhes and crawls to ropes but Jimmy taunts him. Jimmy puts Dawkins in a corner and rains down fists! Jimmy backs up and shouts, “UCE! OH!” Jimmy goes corner to corner to HIP ATTACK! Dawkins flounders, reaches out for Ford, but Jimmy stomps the hand! Jimmy ROCKS Dawkins and Dawkins falls to the apron. Jimmy says Dawkins is in the ring with a true tag team!
But Dawkins starts throwing hands! He ROCKS Jimmy, DECKS Jey, but Jimmy DRAGON WHIP KICKS Dawkins down! Jimmy distracts the ref and Jey CLOBBERS Dawkins! Tag to Jey, but both Usos get Dawkins up, to double whip into steel steps! Dawkins is down and Ford is furious as Raw goes to break.
Raw returns again and Jey CLOBBERS Ford! Cover, TWO! Jey is furious but the fans fire up! Jey pushes Ford to the ropes, runs in, but FOrd elbows back! Dawkins sneaks a tag, Jey run sin but is sent out! Ford PLANCHAS and takes out Jey! Jimmy DIVES onto Ford! But Dawkins builds speed to FLY! Direct hit on both Usos and Green Bay is thunderous! Dawkins puts Jey in, tags Ford, then ANOINTING to FROM THE HEAVENS! Cover, Jimmy breaks it!! Jimmy saves the match, but Dawkins drags Jimmy out to RAM into the barriers! Ford goes out after Jey and CLUBS him. Ford whips but Jey reverses to POST Ford!
Jey gets Ford up, whips him and Ford flies into the barriers! But the ring count is climbing! Jey aims, SUPER- NO, Ford gets under the kick to dump Jey into the timekeeper’s area! Ford rushes in at 9.9! THE PROFITS WIN!!
Winners: The Street Profits, by count-out (NEW #1 Contenders to the Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championships)
Two week sin a row, and the Usos get taken for a loss! Riddle comes out to celebrate with his bros, and he says maybe the Usos need watches! The Profits have their golden tickets now, but will they be able to cash in? Or will the Usos make sure to have their back-up with them next time?
Bobby Lashley is here!
Green Bay fires up for the All Mighty as he is victorious after taking on Omos and MVP at once! But what will he have to say about what’s next? We’ll see, after the break.
Raw returns and Lashley has the mic while fans chant his name. “What’s up, Green Bay? I’ve got a lot to talk about. Y’know, this never had to end like this between MVP and I. I mean, after years and years of grinding, I considering MVP my family. But that’s what he wanted. And then at Hell in a Cell, MVP and Omos had every advantage against me in the book, but that still wasn’t enough to take down the All Mighty. The saying goes, you never interrupt your enemies when they’re making a mistake. And the biggest mistake MVP ever made was to stab me in my back.
“So I was asked, ‘How did it feel when you had MVP wrapped up and he was screaming and begging as I had him in that Hurt Lock? And I can say, it felt damn good. So now that I have MVP and Omos in my rear view mirror, I was just thinking…” (Austin) Theory walks out? He doesn’t know what authority allows Lashley to come out and steal the spotlight, but this is Theory’s time that he deserves, not Lashley’s! But Lashley is here because someone helped him! Theory is here because he won his match all by himself! So with all due respect, get out of Theory’s ring! Oh, selfie first. Lashley tells Theory he does mind. This isn’t Theory’s ring, this is Lashley’s ring!
And while Lashley is thinking about it, let’s settle this like gentlemen and fight about it. Well, okay. But check out the bicep! Theory laughs in Lashley’s face, but Lashley shows off his bicep. IF Theory is being all Mr. Selfie Boy and thinks he can win, then maybe… Put the US Championship on the line! Is that what everyone wants? Fans say “YES!” Theory says Lashley doesn’t deserve it! Sure, Lashley beat Brock Lesnar, Drew McIntyre and Randy Orton, just to name a few, but he hasn’t beaten Theory, “Mr. McMahon’s protégé, the youngest United States Champion in WWE History!” But then Lashley BOOTS Theory out of the ring!
Lashley tells the kid to take a walk then. Theory is furious, but will this goad Theory into giving Lashley a shot at the gold?
Dominik Mysterio w/ Rey Mysterio VS Veer Mahaan!
It’s a rematch from when the Lion of India returned to Raw, but with a big change! The King of Lucha will be in his son’s corner and coaching him on, but will that be enough for Dom to avenge himself? Or will he learn firsthand to #FearVeer?
Raw returns and Veer makes his entrance. The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, Dom waistlocks, but Veer pries free and switches. Veer SLAMS Dom down, brings him back up but Dom gets to ropes. The ref counts, Veer brings Dom away from ropes and SLAMS him again! Dom manages to roll free, and he mocks Veer’s Namaste. Veer rushes in but he gets thrown out! Veer is annoyed and he hurries back in. Dom goes out, the cat ‘n’ mouse game begins, going in and out of the ring. Dom gets back in and Veer stops, knowing Dom is just toying with him. But then Dom taunts Veer and Veer rushes back in!
The chase continues Dom gets back in then he dropkicks Veer down! Dom fires off forearms but Veer shoves him down! Fans rally, Dom runs in but Veer pops him up. Dom lands on the apron and KICKS Veer away! And again! Dom then slingshots in and WRECKS Veer with a dropkick! Dom eggs Veer on, Veer gets in, but Dom drops a leg on him! Dom runs, Veer hits the THESZ PRESS! Rey coaches Dom but Veer looms over him. Fans boo but Veer taunts Rey. Veer kicks Dom, drags him up and CLUBS him back down! Veer hauls Dom up, fireman’s carries, but Dom grabs at the ropes! Fans rally, Veer tosses Dom out!
Dom lands on the apron, shoulders in, and again! Veer clamps onto Dom to throw him down on the apron! Fans boo but Veer goes out to fetch Dom. Veer taunts Rey more, then brings Dom up, to throw into Rey! Veer then BOOTS Rey! Veer soaks up the heat from the fans while Raw goes to break.
Raw returns again and Veer clamps onto Dom’s shoulders! Fans rally as Dom endures and fight sup. Dom throws body shots but Veer knees him low. Veer whips Dom to a corner, runs in but Dom dodges! Fans fire up and Dom hobbles away, but Veer runs in again. Dom drop toeholds Veer into buckles! Dom fires off fists, then brings Veer up. Veer reverses the whip, Dom goes up but gets caught! But Dom slips off, only for Veer to elbow him away! Veer ROCKS Dom with shots, then runs in at the corner again. Dom dodges and Veer POSTS himself! Dom runs in, CORNER 619! Veer staggers, falls, Dom goes up, FROG SPLASH! Cover, ONE?!!?
Dom can’t believe Veer survived! Dom hurries to get Veer up, brings him into a corner and goes up. But Veer tosses Dom away, then MILLION DOLLAR LARIATS! Dom flounders but Veer hip drops onto him! But Rey SHOTGUNS Veer!
Winner: Veer Mahaan, by disqualification
Rey SHOTGUNS Veer out of the ring! Then hits a 619!! Veer is staggering again while Rey gets Dom away! But he may have only angered the Lion of India. Will Veer make sure everyone, even the lucha libre legend, fears him?
The Judgement Day heads to the ring!
Edge, Damian Priest & Rhea Ripley were victorious against AJ Styles, Finn Balor & Liv Morgan, becoming a well-oiled machine in the Mixed Six Tag. But now, they promise that their trio will become a quartet. Who will be joining them atop the mountain of omnipotence? We see, after the break.
Raw returns and Priest has the mic to tell the fans, “You know what time it is. All rise for The Judgement Day!” Fans boo instead. Rhea says, “Control is an illusion. An illusion that led AJ Styles, Liv Morgan and Finn Balor into thinking that they were going to succeed last night at Hell in a Cell. The Judgement Day was always destined for victory. We cannot be controlled, and our message is spreading like wildfire. Our destiny… has no limitations.” Priest says, “Truth spoken by Rhea Ripley! Our destiny has no limitations. And speaking of limitations, Rhea. Your destiny is to once again become the Raw Women’s Champion!”
Priest says Rhea will be one step closer to omnipotence after winning the Fatal 4 Way tonight, and goes on to defeat Bianca Belair at Money in the Bank! Edge says the adult in the room is speaking, so please be quiet. Edge has been doing this 30 years, so please close your mouths. The Judgement Day did what they vowed to do, and that is stand tall. But before Edge continues, he must tell his two Saints of Fate just how proud he is of them. They’ve grown, they’ve blossomed in a short time under his learning tree. Just look at Rhea Ripley! She is a superstar wrecking machine! Look at Priest and how he stands taller, head held higher, and oozing confidence!
The reason for that is, they listened to Edge. But they were not the only ones. There was another hearing their message. And Edge was right! So without any further ado, he will introduce to all of the fans, the newest member of The Judgement Day! It’s… Finn Balor?! The Prince is joining the trio that defeated him, Liv and Styles?! Edge shakes Finn’s hand and hands him a mic. Last night, Edge saw the look in Finn’s eyes change during the match. So when Rhea and Priest told Edge that Finn reached out, Edge was excited! Finn is one of the most talented men to step in the ring! So please, enlighten everyone here. How did this come to pass?
First of all, thanks for those kind words. The look that Edge saw in Finn’s eyes was of clarity. Clarity that joining them wasn’t a choice but a calling! It was a calling Finn refused to fight any longer! He is tired of pretending to be someone he’s not. Finn finally sees clearly, and needs to extend a debt of gratitude to Priest and Rhea. They fought with more conviction and focus than ever before. And Rhea? Rhea stood between Finn and Edge to shield Edge. Finn should’ve been mad, angry, furious, but he wasn’t! He was impressed and in awe. So much so that Finn reached out to them after. They got talking about this and that, and they realized they have more in common than they knew.
They’ve all grown tired of being told what to do. Priest says Edge is one of the greatest of all time. That is why it was so easy for Priest and Rhea to follow him into the darkness. And now, they’ve all realized that in this short time with Edge, he’s taught them how to get rid of any limitation holding them back. They are ready to shed that last bit of limitation holding them back. Edge smiles, but then Priest says it’s Edge! Priest DECKS Edge!! And then they all stomp away on Edge! He’s been betrayed by those he enlightened! SOUTH OF HEAVEN CHOKE SLAM!! Finn is up top, Priest and Rhea put Edge in the drop zone, COUP DE GRACE!!
The Judgement Day has added a new member, and removed their founder and leader! Edge gets to his feet and he fights back! But Priest and Finn mug Edge! Then they bring him out to the announce desk, for a RAZOR’S EDGE through the desk!! Fans are losing their minds as The Prince now stands over the Iconoclast! Edge still has fight in him!? Finn throws down fists and Priest has Rhea fetch something. Priest and Finn drag Edge into the ring, Rhea brings two chairs over! She puts those chairs in the ring, and even brings in another. Because on one, Rhea breaks off the crossbar and hands it to Finn! GLASGOW GRIN CROSSFACE!!
Rhea taunts Edge and Finn asks, “Who’s in control now?!” Priest has Finn let off, and then they set Edge’s head on a chair! Priest has Rhea be guard against the refs and officials! Priest roars and gives Edge a CON-CHAIR-TO!!! Edge suffers at the hands he tried to help! Fans boo but the Judgement Day revels in it! Has Edge fallen to the foot of the mountain of omnipotence? Will he ever get back up?
Omos w/ MVP VS Cedric Alexander!
The Nigerian Giant is still fuming after PRIMED Alexander helped out Bobby Lashley. Cedric wants to stand on his own two feet, but will he even be able to stand at all after Omos gets his hands on him?
The bell rings and Cedric fires off on Omos! Omos withstands it, picks Cedric up, MOUNTAIN BOMB!! Cover, Omos wins!
Winner: Omos, by pinfall
That was Omos’ most dominant and shortest match yet! But then wait, the Dirty Dawgs are here? Robert Roode & Dolph Ziggler join Kevin Patrick on stage for an interview. Kevin Patrick welcomes them back and Roode says there is no better time to return than now! It’s going to be a Double D Summer cuz the Dirty Dawgs are going for Money in the Bank! But MVP interrupts to tell the Dawgs that they don’t disrespect them! This is wasting camera time on some clowns after Omos- SUPERKICK from Ziggler to MVP! Omos catches MVP from falling off the perch, and now the chase is on! Will the Dawgs end up suffering like Cedric just did?
Otis w/ Chad Gable VS Ezekiel!
The Prizefighter, Kevin Owens, defeated Elias’ younger brother but still couldn’t get the truth out of him. Will the Alpha Academy’s tree trunk fall on Zeke and make him speak? Or will Ezekiel rebound and manage to take Otis down?
Raw returns and Zeke makes his entrance. The bell rings, Zeke dodges Otis and CHOPS! Then fires off forearms! Otis blocks the whip, whips Zeke, then rolls to RAM Zeke! Zeke stays up but then Otis CLOBBERS him! Fans boo but Otis CLUBS Zeke. Otis bumps Zeke off buckles, CLUBS him in the chest, then tells Elias to stop lying! Otis RAMS into Zeke, and again, and again! The ref counts, Otis lets off, but then brings Zeke up into an EXPLODER! Zeke flounders and Otis covers, TWO! Otis says he’ll break Zeke’s head off with a neck wrench! Zeke endures, fans rally, and Zeke fights up. Zeke gets to his feet and manages to send Otis into buckles!
Zeke stagger sup, he throws haymakers and CHOPS! Fans rally up as Zeke fires off, then runs to LARIAT! Otis stays up so Zeke runs to LARIAT again! Otis still stays up, Zeke runs, but into a scoop! Zeke slips off, shoves and JUMP KNEES! Then Zeke runs, gets around, crucifix takedown! ZEKE WINS!
Winner: Ezekiel, by pinfall
The Academy is furious that they failed! But Zeke gets a mic to speak! “Kevin Owens! You challenged me to a one-on-one match at Hell in a Cell, and in my short career, it was the most important match of my life, but I feel short.” Maybe he was too #ZekedUp. But he has to keep going. And if there’s one thing he learned from his brother, Elias, it’s that everyone deserves a second chance. So Zeke wants a rematch, next week on Raw! Zeke waits and here comes Kevin! Kevin has a mic to say, “You want a rematch? I already beat you! Y’know what? I’m in such a good mood after beating the hell out of you last night, I’m feeling generous.” If Zeke wants his rematch, he’s got it!
On one condition. If he wants that rematch, Zeke must admit to the world right now that he IS Elias! Fans chant, “That’s Elias!” “No It’s Not!” Kevin tells Zeke to tell the fans that he is Elias! He tells the fans to shut up but Zeke says okay. Kevin has him. Wait, whoa, good start. But that’s not enough. Zeke must admit what? Say it! Look Kevin in the eyes when you do! Zeke admits… That his name… is Elias. Kevin says he knew it! He told all us idiots that he’s not the liar, Zeke is the liar! Kevin is a genius! He wins!! Uh, well, do they have the rematch or not? Yes, Kevin will beat the hell out of Elias again!
Wow, okay! Zeke didn’t think it’d be that easy. Zeke knew Kevin was thickheaded but wow! All Zeke had to do was take a page out of the Kevin Owens Playbook! What? What is he talking about? Uh, well, HE LIED! He’s ZEKE! JUMP KNEE! Down goes Kevin and Zeke bails out before the Academy gets back in! So Zeke tricked Kevin by lying? Will Kevin still keep to his word and give Zeke that rematch?
Bianca Belair is here!
The strongEST, fastEST, roughEST, toughEST, quickEST and perhaps cleverEST Raw Women’s Champion is going to be ringside to watch tonight’s main event! Who gets their shot at Bianca at Money in the Bank? We’re all going to see, after the break!
Raw Women’s Championship #1 Contender’s Fatal 4 Way: Alexa Bliss VS Liv Morgan VS Rhea Ripley VS “Doudrop” Piper Niven w/ Nikki A.S.H!
Raw returns and Alexa makes her entrance first. Piper is next, with the Almost Super Hero following her, and then Liv, leaving the Judgement Day’s Eradicator for last. Will Rhea’s brutality continue until she fulfills her golden destiny? Or will another step up to take on the EST at MITB?
Raw returns again and the bell rings. Rhea and Liv brawl, Alexa dodges Piper and jumps on for a SLEEPER! Piper RAMS Alexa into buckles, throws her off, Rhea HEADBUTTS Liv! Rhea and Piper are left in the ring and they talk some trash as they circle. Piper throws a forearm but Rhea give sit back! They go back and forth, harder and harder, and even try LARIATS! Rhea dodges, mule kicks, and tries to fireman’s carry. Piper is too big and strong, she CLUBS Rhea, then scoops her! Rhea slips off and CLUBS away on Piper! Rhea waistlocks but Piper goes to ropes and elbows Rhea away.
Liv and Alexa work together to trip and drag Piper out! They smack her off the apron, then go in after Rhea! Rhea swings, Liv dodges, but Rhea BOOTS Alexa! Rhea throws Liv down, drags her up, but Liv throws body shots! Liv JAWBREAKERS free, then runs in to SHINING WIZARD! Liv rolls, runs in and back body- NO, Rhea waistlocks! Liv elbows but Rhea ripcords and short arm LARIATS! Rhea talks trash but Alexa CHOP BLOCKS! Alexa then kicks and KNEES Rhea! Alexa choke grips Rhea and says this is her show now! But Rhea choke grips back! Rhea knees Alexa low, then smirks as she CLUBS Alexa down.
Rhea says Alexa should try joining The Judgement Day, then she bumps her off buckles! And more buckles! Rhea stomps a mudhole into Alexa, but the ref has her back off so he can check Alexa. Alexa’s okay to continue, and she kicks back! And again! And again! Alexa CLUBS Rhea but Rhea CLUBS Alexa! Rhea shoves Alexa down, then drags her around by her hair. Rhea stomps Alexa in the ribs! Then stands on Alexa’s back! Fans boo but Rhea taunts Bianca. They wave at each other, Rhea hauls Alexa up and suplexes, but Liv kicks Rhea! Liv runs to SHOTGUN Alexa and make her DDT Rhea!
Liv runs at Alexa but Alexa ROCKS her from the apron! Alexa leaps at Rhea, but into her arms! Liv missile dropkicks them down! But Piper SENTONS Liv! Piper is fired up, as is Nikki, and Raw goes to break.
Raw returns once more, and Piper SLAPS Alexa! Fans rally for Alexa but Piper CLUBS her down. Nikki rallies for Piper and Piper drags Alexa into a cobra clutch. Piper thrashes Alexa around, but Alexa fights up and fans rally. Alexa claws at the hold, throws elbows, but Piper ripcords to short arm LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Even Bianca’s a little surprised by that. Piper brings Alexa up, whips her to a corner, then runs in to SPLASH! Piper blows a kiss while Alexa falls out, but Liv gets in to CODE BREAKER! Piper staggers to a corner, but Rhea CLOBBERS Liv! Liv gets up, dodges and SHOTGUNS Rhea! Liv fires off on Rhea, Rhea turns things around and hits back!
Liv BOOTS Rhea, goes up top, and FLYING RANAS! Alexa BOOTS Rhea from the other corner, but Piper POUNCES Liv! Alexa hits SUNSET BOMB on Rhea, but Piper SPLASHES Alexa! Cover, Liv breaks it! Bianca is fired up with the fans as this match continues! Liv gets Piper, kicks and KICKS and ENZIGURIS! Piper stays up, swings, but Liv dodges. Piper CLOBBERS Liv at the ropes, reels her in, and SIT-OUT POWERBOMBS! Cover, Alexa breaks it now! Piper snarls but this still isn’t done! Piper HEADBUTTS Alexa, then stomps her in a drop zone. Piper climbs up the corner, but Rhea is there to ROCK her!
Rhea fires off haymakers on Piper, then climbs up after her! Rhea CLUBS Piper, Piper throws body shots back, but Rhea tells Bianca this is for her. But Piper still fights! Liv and Alexa join in, TOWER OF DOOM!! Double Powerbomb Superplex, and Bianca can’t help but wince from watching that crash landing. “This is Awesome!” and Liv hurries to cover Rhea! Alexa covers Piper, too, TWO!! The double covers don’t work out, but Piper and Rhea bail out. Liv rushes in, Alexa rolls her up, ONE! Liv rolls Alexa, TWO! Alexa hits a cradle, TWO!! Liv has it, ONE! Alexa, Liv, they roll and roll and roll! Fans are loving this!
They finally stop rolling, TWO!! Alexa kicks and DDTs Liv! But Alexa doesn’t cover, she drags Liv to a drop zone! Alexa goes up top, TWISTED BLISS onto knees! But Piper gets Alexa and tosses her out! Piper turns around, Liv goes up the ropes to springboard and CODE BREAKER! But Nikki disrupts ObLIVion! Alexa grabs Piper, Nikki goes after Alexa, DOUBLE LARIATS take those two out! Liv dodges Piper in the corner, then goes up top and leaps, into Piper’s arms! Piper MICHINOKU DRIVER!! Cover, Rhea dropkicks it apart! Fans boo as Rhea hauls Piper up, pump handle, but Piper throws elbows. Rhea just uses that for a RIPTIDE!!! Cover, Rhea wins!
Winner: Rhea Ripley, by pinfall (NEW #1 Contender to the Raw Women’s Championship)
Brutality eradicates the competition, and now destiny could just be a month away! And to celebrate with their fellow Saint of Fate, Finn and Priest return to the ring. They all stare Bianca down but she’s the braveEST, too. She raises the belt high, but will she lose that belt at Money in the Bank?
Surprisingly, this was a very good after PPV/Premium Live Event episode for Raw. Obviously, they got Cody Rhodes’ pectoral injury issue out of the way. Cody sticking to his Face ways was hoping for a shot at MITB, but obviously that injury is real and there was no way he’d be able to be ready in just one month. Rollins gives us a great swerve and kayfabe reason why Cody will be missing time now, with claiming he respects Cody but then attacks him with the hammer. Now Cody has his kayfabe reason to be gone for no less than six months, Rollins has a lot more heat going towards MITB, and at the very least, Cody can return at the Royal Rumble.
Similarly, we followed up with a great fusion of segments with Becky Lynch and the 24/7 Championship Division. For a moment, I was conflicted. Becky winning to be Big Time 24/7 would’ve been an interesting story, but at the same time, there are many reasons why she doesn’t need that title. Asuka distracting Becky was a great way to keep their feud going, and they will definitely be part of the Women’s MITB match, too. And after what we saw in the main event, it’s pretty clear who else will be fighting in qualifiers.
Speaking of which, what a wild segment with The Judgement Day. I did not expect Finn to join, and seeing it, I thought he was going to swerve Edge by sucker punching him and Styles comes out. Instead, Finn joining isn’t the swerve, it was him and the others betraying Edge! This writes Edge off for a bit, not sure why or for how long, and who knows what Edge does when he returns. Is he going to somehow turn Face again when this is supposed to be the true Edge? Is he oddly going to be proud that his proteges did this because it’s “what he would’ve done?” The latter one makes more sense to me, somehow. I’m just bummed we aren’t getting Styles & Finn as tag champs.
Rhea being the new contender makes sense. Judgement Day has momentum now between the win at HIAC and what they did to Edge tonight, and it also felt like they were wanting to do more Rhea VS Bianca since Elimination Chamber. That match is going to be very good, could probably go either way, and we’ll have to wait and see who wins the MITB briefcase. Heels work better with the cash-in, and I feel like Becky’s story should be becoming Ms. MITB for her comeback. So Bianca can manage to win against Rhea, only for Becky to cash in on her. It would almost be like Becky revisiting SummerSlam 2021 and the quick win, so it’d bring this story full circle.
I legitimately laughed out loud with that MizTV section, especially when Riddle dared Miz & Maryse to prove Miz’s ball size. Riddle also gets a great win off Miz, Riddle will be rolling towards his title match with Roman. Riddle not being in MITB also opens up the way for someone else to be waiting in the back, watching Roman very closely as he competes with Riddle, with whoever is challenging Roman at SummerSlam, and with McIntyre on Clash at the Castle. At this point, Mr. MITB could be Rollins, in the off chance Cody’s return leads him to being the champion, and then Rollins can just ruin it all for him basically a year to the day from when Cody returned to the WWE.
Great tag match out of Usos VS Profits, and I like how they’re booking the Usos’ title reign right now. They can’t win without cheating, but they don’t lose in the ring either. I hope they’ll save this title match for MITB because they should. MITB will be a great event if both Undisputed Universal and Undisputed Tag Team titles were on the show. Lashley had a good promo, and just as I thought he was going to declare a top title challenge or MITB intentions, Theory shows up. Theory VS Lashley for the US title is surely happening, but I don’t see Lashley going back to the midcard title. Sadly, that means he’ll lose to Theory and then enter the MITB match.
Theory might end up confronting John Cena when he shows up on 6/27, too, since Cena also called Theory out in a TikTok Q&A. There is also how Vince apparently said Theory is the next Cena, so Theory VS Cena just seems like a natural move. I have a feeling Theory finds a way to beat Cena, too, just to prove Vince was right to say all that in the first place. Veer VS Dom being disqualified was a strange move, but I honestly don’t know why we didn’t get more out of Rey and Veer sooner. Omos squashing Cedric and then the Dawgs showing up was just very filler. Are the Dawgs the Faces or Heels? They feel like the Heels but then how are Omos and MVP Faces after what we’ve seen these past few months? I suppose Omos & MVP can turn, but this is all just too out of nowhere.
Zeke had a good match with Otis, but I should’ve figured he’d call Kevin out. I loved that clever way for Zeke to get his rematch with Kevin. Zeke saying he’s Elias doesn’t actually prove anything either, because anyone can say whatever words they want. But in the rematch next week, there needs to be some kind of Elias based distraction, and they can play it either way they want. Kevin can get distracted because he’s so obsessed, or Zeke can get distracted because he really is Elias and knows Elias can’t show up. Also, MITB entry should be on the line because why waste time? Two birds, one stone is how to do booking during the MITB build.
My Score: 8.5/10
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.
PLAY BY PLAY
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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