Can the One and Only be the one again?
Two SmackDowns ago, Ricochet lost the WWE Intercontinental Champion. But can he win it back before Money in the Bank? Or will Der Ring General still reign?
- Men’s Money in the Bank Qualifier: Sami Zayn VS Shinsuke Nakamura; Sami wins and advances to MITB.
- Dance Challenge: The New Day VS Jinder Mahal & Shanky; No Contest.
- 2v1 Handicap Match: Raquel Rodriguez & Lacey Evans VS Sonya Deville; Raquel & Lacey win.
- WWE Intercontinental Championship: GUNTHER w/ Ludwig Kaiser VS Ricochet; Gunther wins and retains the title.
- Women’s Money in the Bank Qualifier: Shotzi Blackheart VS
AliyahTamina; Shotzi wins and advances to MITB.
- Men’s Money in the Bank Qualifier Tag: Drew McIntyre & Sheamus VS The Usos; McIntyre & Sheamus win and still advance to MITB.
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Drew McIntyre heads to the ring!
The Scottish Warrior raises his sword for the pyro, and fans are fired up to see him! McIntyre may not have won against Sheamus in their Money in the Bank qualifier, but both he and the Celtic Warrior are going to Las Vegas because of just how badass they are! McIntyre welcomes Austin, Texas and the world to the show, and says when he was first drafted to SmackDown, he was willing to fight up from the bottom and reach the top to get a world title match. “And yet, no matter how many wins I seem to get, no matter how many moments I make, our Tribal Champion just keeps ducking me!”
So McIntyre will just have to force the issue and become Mr. MITB! And speaking of earning title matches, Brock Lesnar showed up and just has one at SummerSlam. But that’s alright, good for him, that’s the Brock way. McIntyre does things the hard way! McIntyre will be watching them very closely, and hopes those lads tear each other apart in the Last Man Standing match. Use all the weapons in the building, because whoever survives, just expect Mr. MITB to Claymore your ass! But wait, here comes Sheamus! Ridge Holland keeps Pete Dunne back as Sheamus mocks McIntyre’s claim, “I’m going to Claymore your ass~!”
McIntyre dares Sheamus to get in the ring and see what happens. But Sheamus tells “McHaggis” to cool his jets. But yeah, that Last Man Standing match is the perfect chance to cash-in after Brock and Roman destroy each other. But McIntyre is off his rocker if he thinks he’s the one to do it. Sheamus says McIntyre is only in this match because Adam Pearce felt sorry for him! The truth is, McIntyre doesn’t belong! Fans boo but Sheamus says McIntyre is a bigger bust than that new recruit to the Longhorns, Arch Manning! Fans boo more but Sheamus says the truth hurts.
So let’s be honest, these two go back a long way. McIntyre’s experience with the MITB contract is someone else cashing in on him and taking a title. Oof, that must’ve been rough. But ol’ Sheamy is a former Mr. MITB! And wouldn’t ya know, the man HE cashed in on was none other than Roman Bleedin’ Reigns! But then “Ladies and gentlemen… My name is Paul Heyman. And I serve as Special Counsel to your Tribal Chief, the Undisputed WWE Universal Heavyweight Champion, Roman… Reigns! The same Roman Reigns as you two have so aptly described, will defend the Undisputed Title at SummerSlam against BRRROCK. LESNARRR… In a Last Man Standing match.
“A Last Man Standing match, I might add, that will not be won by Brock… Lesnar…NO! The victory in that match and still Undisputed Champion: Roman. Reigns.” Fans boo but Heyman says there is a problem. Even though Roman is the GOAT, the Greatest Of All Time, after a Last Man Standing match with Brock Lesnar, Roman Reigns will be vulnerable to a cash-in of the MITB contract by someone like Sheamus or McIntyre. And that’s not a knock on the Tribal Chief. Even Lesnar will be vulnerable, not that he has a chance of winning! The point Heyman is making is that the champion, Roman, will be vulnerable, and as Sheamus said, it has happened before.
Heyman says he is here to ensure it won’t happen again. Don’t boo him! McIntyre wants Heyman to get tot he point. Heyman says he is here with “this great man, this top executive, this man whose reputation is beyond reproach” Adam Pearce, because Pearce has an important announcement to make. Pearce tells McIntyre and Sheamus that it has come to his attention that he was perhaps… a bit “hasty” in his decision to put them both in the MITB Ladder match, since neither of them lost yet neither of them won their qualifier.
“And after some, shall we say, influence by Mr. Heyman, it is my duty to inform you that WWE Management has decided to overrule my decision. Gentlemen, neither of you will be a part of the MITB ladder match.” Sheamus says Pearce is spineless! HOWEVER, there is a path forward! They can both qualifier together, so long as they put their grudge aside and team together to defeat the Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions, the Usos! Jimmy & Jey make their way out while Heyman is grinning ear to ear. The Usos are doing the dirty work of the Head of the Table, but will the Celtic Connection make a one night stand against them?
Men’s Money in the Bank Qualifier: Sami Zayn VS Shinsuke Nakamura!
The Honorary Uce kinda got the Tribal Chief into that match with Matt Riddle last week, but he looks to redeem himself and even be an insurance policy. Kayla Braxton interviews Sami at gorilla to ask him how the King of Strong Style is waiting. Sami says this is going to be a great night for the Bloodline. The Usos have a chance to rid the MITB match of Drew McIntyre and Sheamus, which will happen. And why? Because they- no, “we” always do what’s right for Roman. Sami can say that cuz he’s an honorary member of the Bloodline. So he is dedicating this match to the Tribal Chief! He will BEAT Nakamura, go to Vegas and climb the ladder and take the contract as Mr. MITB!
And then cash-in on Lesnar or Roman at SummerSlam? No no no, don’t put words in his mouth, Kayla. That is not why Sami is doing this. He isn’t going to cash-in on Roman. He is doing this to protect Roman! Sami’s music hits, he heads out, but will he be heading to MITB?
The bell rings and Sami rushes in, but into a rolling ARMBAR! Sami flails, reaches, and gets the ROPEBREAK! Nakamura lets off and follows Sami to ropes. Nakamura fires off shots, KICKS Sami to a corner, then KICKS him again! Sami staggers around, he blocks a kick but not the ENZIGURI! Nakamura sees Sami go to another corner, runs in, but blocks boots. Nakamura puts Sami in the ropes, ROUNDHOUSE and SLIDING GERMAN! Fans fire up and Nakamura slides in to then dodge and DYNAMIC DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! Sami is still in this but Nakamura drags him right up. Sami gets away and out of the ring.
Fans boo but Nakamura pursues. Sami lurks and kicks Nakamura low, to then POST him! And EXPLODER into barriers! Fans chant “SAMI SUCKS!” while he leaves Nakamura behind. The ring count is 5 of 10, then 7! Nakamura manages to flounder up at 8 and he slides in at 9.9! Fans fire up and Sami is furious about the count! But then Nakamura cradles, TWO!! Sami escapes, and he CLOBBERS Nakamura! Sami is upset about that other count, and he stomps Nakamura in frustration. Sami stands on Nakamura’s neck but lets off as the ref counts. Nakamura gets up but Sami reels him in to whip to a corner.
Fans chant for Nakamura as Sami runs in at the corner. Nakamura BOOTS Sami, then goes up. Sami blocks the kick to TOSS Nakamura out to the floor! Fans boo while Nakamura is down in a heap, and SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns and fans rally as Nakamura endures. Sami throws him down then talks trash. Fans boo, Sami goes up a corner, but Nakamura anchors a leg! Sami kicks at Nakamura and Nakamura staggers away. Sami leaps, into an ENZIGURI! Fans fire up as both men are down! Nakamura crawls to a cover, TWO! Sami and Nakamura slowly rise, Nakamura fires off a strike fest! Knee and AX KICK! Nakamura runs, but Sami scoops for a MICHINOKU DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Nakamura survives and Sami can’t believe it! Sami is furious with the ref but he drags Nakamura to a drop zone.
Sami goes up the corner, fans boo but Nakamura trips Sami up this time! Nakamura climbs up after Sami, fans rally up as Sami flails and throws body shots. Sami CLUBS Nakamura down with elbows then headbutts him away. Sami adjusts, but Nakamura trips him up worse! Sami just landed on his honorary Uce! Nakamura aims, runs in, but is sent into a buckle! Cover, with feet on the ropes! The ref sees it! Sami is upset but the ref IS doing his job! Sami keeps arguing but Nakamura climbs up, FLYING KNEE! Cover, TWO!! Sami survives and he swings, misses, Nakamura kicks but Sami ducks, only for the WHEEL KICK to hit!
Both men are down and fans rally up. Nakamura gets back to a corner, takes aim and “YAO~!” But Sami runs away! Nakamura goes right out after him, to KINSHASA on the outside! Sami is in a daze but Nakamura has to get him in the ring! Well, the ring count is climbing, Nakamura could leave Sami down. Nakamura puts Sami in at 6, slides in at 8, HELLUVA KICK OUTTA NOWHERE!! Sami covers, Sami wins!!
Winner: Sami Zayn, by pinfall (advances to MITB)
The locker room leader snatches victory from the jaws of defeat! Nakamura is furious, but is he completely out of the running? And as for Sami, will he keep his word by simply keeping the MITB contract out of the hands of the Bloodline’s enemies?
Dance Challenge: The New Day VS Jinder Mahal & Shanky!
Ya bois, Xavier Woods & Kofi Kingston, are giving the Modern Day Maharaja and Skyscraping Shanky a rematch, but you’re reading that right. It won’t be a normal match, it’ll be all about the groove! Will Jinder let Shanky embrace the music in his heart if it means getting a win? We find out, after the break.
SmackDown returns as Jinder & Shanky make their entrance, and then the New Day get the mics to say, “Hold on, hold on, hold on.” “Hold on hold on hold on.” “Hold onhold onhold on.” “Hodohodohodo.” Woods says that last week, they beat these two clean as soap. Who wants to see this match again? Who who who who? NOBODY~! Ya bois the NEW~ DAY~ don’t do rematch after rematch after rematch, it just makes no sense. But more importantly, they have a bone to pick with Jinder. Jinder took away something from all of us that we all wanted to see: The Skyscraping, Dancing Machine SHANKY~! Fans cheer, they do like the dance.
So the good people of Austin, Texas are going to get what everyone wants. Do they want to see the dancing Shanky? They do! Do they? THEY DO! So then, give ’em what they want. Woods plays his trombone, and Shanky gets his groove. The music hits and Shanky really gets into it! But Jinder is mad again! He tells Shanky to stop goofing around, but Shanky shoves Jinder away! Jinder leaves, letting Shanky dance like a fool. Well that’s fine! Jinder walking out on Shanky like he did on 3MB! But then wait, what horn is that? That wasn’t the trombone. That’s the WAR HORN! The Viking Raiders are coming!
New Day and Shanky are ready, but where are Erik & Ivar? BOOM, the pyro goes off, but where are they? The Viking Raiders attack from behind! They CLOBBER Shanky, then they go after New Day! Erik is after Kofi, Ivar is after Woods! The Viking Raiders are fully embracing their heritage, and Ivar feeds Woods to Erik’s ELBOW! Then Ivar HEEL KICKS Kofi down! Fans boo but the Viking Raiders aren’t done! They get Kofi up for a DOUBLE POWERBOMB!! And then they drag Woods up, and Erik sends Woods up to Ivar on the top rope! SUPER POWERSLAM!! The raid has begun, will there be blood and gold in their future?
Adam Pearce sees his text messages.
And then Sonya Deville walks. He asks her how she’s been, and she says better than him. She saw him out there take McIntyre & Sheamus out of the MITB match after just putting them in. It gave her secondhand embarrassment. Not that he has to explain it to her, but these decisions come from above his head. Oh, a classic Pearce excuse. But what IS his excuse for treating the Women’s Division? What? Oh, he doesn’t know? Well, she shouldn’t say. But if she were him, she would want to know if someone was saying if she was in over her head. Is there a reason she’s here? Yes, several.
First, she’s been back on SmackDown for weeks and hasn’t had one match! Yet this Raquel Rodriguez walks in from some ranch in Texas and gets a MITB qualifier? Then “crocodile tears” Lacey Evans, after being gone a year, comes back and she gets a qualifier! Yet, Sonya? Just nothing? She is asking as a superstar for some respect! And for Pearce to not take it out on her that HIS in-ring career was a failure. Oh, didn’t he tell her? She’s in the ring with Lacey Evans and Raquel. If she wants competition, then she has a Handicap match, and that’s NEXT. Now excuse him. Sonya stuck her foot in her mouth, will she be able to get it out in order to survive what’s coming?
2v1 Handicap Match: Raquel Rodriguez & Lacey Evans VS Sonya Deville!
Big Mami Cool and the Model Soldier are already in the Women’s MITB Ladder match on behalf of SmackDown, but they did earn their spots. Will they show Sonya exactly how they did that? Or will Sonya find a way to survive her own karma?
SmackDown returns and Sonya makes her entrance, but with back-up. Shayna Baszler & Xia Li are following her, because they have bones to pick with the women who eliminated them from the running. The ref makes sure only Sonya is in the ring, and the bell rings. Lacey starts with Sonya, ties up, and Lacey trips Sonya to cover. ONE, Sonya avoids a sweep but Lacey blocks a kick! Lacey drops an elbow, covers, ONE! Shayna distracts Raquel just as Lacey wants a tag, and Sonya rolls Lacey up! Lacey slips out, and UPPERCUTS Sonya down! Sonya flounders, Shayna taunts Raquel, but Lacey drop toeholds Sonya down!
Lacey runs, Xia sweeps at her and Lacey glares at her, only for Sonya to CHOP BLOCK her leg! Sonya drags Lacey up, throws her down, then runs in to KNEE Lacey down! Cover, Raquel breaks it! Raquel keeps her eye on Shayna but she calls to Lacey. Fans rally up, Lacey crawls, but Sonya gets Lacey’s leg then her hair! Sonya brings Lacey around, but Lacey breaks free. Sonya jumps another leg sweep but Lacey ducks the roundhouse! DOUBLE BOOTS take both women down! Fans rally up while Raquel coaches Lacey. Lacey crawls, Sonya has no one, hot tag to Raquel! Fans fire up as Raquel ROCKS Sonya, then knees her low!
Raquel UPPERCUTS Sonya, then runs her over! Raquel drags Sonya up but Sonya kicks back! Sonya runs, but Raquel scoops her to a SLAM! Fans fire up and Raquel drags Sonya up again. Another scoop, and a LAWN DART in the corner! Sonya wobbles into the TEXAN- NO, Shayna distracts! Raquel drops Sonya, swipes at Shayna, but Sonya runs in to ROCK Raquel! Lacey tags in, Raquel blocks the punches to then whip Sonya into the WOMAN’S RIGHT! Cover, Lacey & Raquel win!
Winners: Lacey Evans & Raquel Rodriguez
But then Xia and Shayna attack! They all brawl, fans boo as Xia and Shayna have the advantage but Raquel turns it around! Sonya jumps on Raquel’s back for a SLEEPER, but Raquel stays on her feet! Xia runs in, but into a scoop and SLAM! Raquel then TOSSES Sonya, and Lacey shoves Shayna for a LARIAT! Raquel & Lacey stand tall and fans fire up, but will one of these two be this year’s Ms. MITB?
The Street Profits are here!
Angelo Dawkins is fired up, because next Saturday, it’s MITB! It’s Takeback Season! And while they’re here, they’re checking out the future crib to see how they’re gonna live! Oh, Los Lotharios are treating one young lady to a preview of the Kiss Cam. Sheesh! Well, alright. The Profits move on and… Drew Gulak is doing triceps lifts with the ladder! “Uncle Drew, what it do~?” Alright, alright, good workout. The Profits then come across MAD CAP MOSS! They say hey, and what Moss did to Corbin was “off the chain.” Now, this ain’t Dawkins’ expertise, but can Dawkins tell a joke? Uh, sure, go for it.
“Why did the coach go to the bank? To get his quarter back!” Dawkins sure thinks that’s a good one. Ford and Moss, not so much. But will the Profits make sure to stay serious when it comes time to take those titles from the Usos?
Ronda Rousey is- Wait, that’s not Ronda.
That’s Natalya in a Ronda cosplay, with a baby stroller with no baby in it! Just what is the Queen of Harts getting at here? We’ll see, after the break.
SmackDown returns and Natty has the mic. Natty pretends to be Ronda Rousey, and is sure we all know Ronda as the Baddest Woman on the Planet. There’s two reasons for that. One, Ronda doesn’t shut up about it. And two, just like her own mom, she never tapped out. But two weeks ago, Ronda almost did and here’s the footage to prove it. Natty shows us footage from a couple weeks ago, when Natty attacked the real Ronda and put on the Sharpshooter. Ronda did not tap, and it’s hard to say if she would have at all.
Back in present, Natty mocks Ronda’s punches, then says “After the incredibly brave, strong, talented and courageous Natalya almost made me submit, I realized two things: the Sharpshooter is way more deadly than the Armbar; and that I don’t stand a chance against Natalya at MITB.” So Natty, pretending to be Ronda, is going to get on her knees and then tap out right now. And also, “Ronda” wants to apologize to her fans around the world. The best thing to do right now is just hand over the SmackDown Women’s Championship to Natalya, retire, grab the diaper bag and push the stroller, and leave while she still can.
Fans boo but Natty says as a competitor, Ronda would be the SADDEST Woman on the Planet! But then here comes the REAL Ronda, and Natty is scared! Fans fire up to see the champion, and Ronda says, “Natty, that’s you? I almost didn’t recognize you without your rack out.” But obviously, while Natty can dress up like Ronda, the two of them couldn’t be any more different. But yeah, Natty’s right, Ronda isn’t gonna pass up having kids or miss a day of wrestling. But she also won’t mutilate her body chasing the industry’s impossible beauty standards. Oof… But that doesn’t mean Ronda will bend over and hand Natty a title just because Natty thinks she earned it.
That’s Natty’s problem. She thinks she’s owed something. She’s been here longer, taken more hits than anyone, and by God, Natty is a HART, we all owe her so much. But the truth is, Natty is so lacking in actual talent or charisma that despite her unrivaled pedigree and work ethic, the closest she’ll get to being a main event attraction in this company is dressing up as Ronda. Oh, nice jacket, by the way. Ronda goes and YANKS it off Natty! Natty throws the stroller! And again! And again! But Ronda blocks, they fight over it, and Natty shoves Ronda down with it! Natty goes in retreat, but will there be no running and hiding come MITB?
Backstage interview with Drew McIntyre & Sheamus.
Oh, and the Brutes, “Butch” and Ridge are there, too. But Sheamus keeps Pete Dunne back as Megan brings up the Celtic and Scottish Warriors will both have to put their grudge aside if they want to be back in the MITB match. Sheamus says yeah, and he is stuck with this big dorky, hairy lump of haggis dragging him down again. McIntyre says he can call Sheamus names, too! Doof! Idiot! Buffoon! Jackass! But here’s an idea: the Brutes can take the night off, McIntyre will fight the Usos on his own, and do us all a favor and get the job done. Oh, yeah, Sheamus would love to take the boys to the bar early, but the thing is, McIntyre can’t get it done on his own!
Sheamus says McIntyre is jealous of Sheamus being on the cusp of winning that MITB contract again and be the NEW World Universal Champion! The jealousy is eating McIntyre up but it is Sheamus’ time! McIntyre better bring his A Game, and Sheamus will see him out there. The Brutes head out and McIntyre corrects Sheamus that it’s the WWE Universal title. But will these two focus on the common enemy tonight?
Ludwig Kaiser is on stage.
“Ladies and gentlemen… Your Intercontinental Champion…! DER RING GENERAL~! GUNTHER…!” And with that, the champion makes his entrance! Will Imperium’s ruthless leader continue to “restore” this title to its former glory? Or will the One and Only be champion once again?
WWE Intercontinental Championship: GUNTHER w/ Ludwig Kaiser VS Ricochet!
SmackDown returns and Ricochet makes his entrance. The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if Gunther can beat Ricochet twice!
Ricochet rushes Gunther at the bell and DRPKICKS him! Then Ricochet fires off fast hands in the corner, Gunther shoves him back, but Ricochet dodges the chop to fire off more forearms! Gunther blocks the kick and reels Ricochet into a scoop and SLAM! Ricochet writhes, Gunther drags him up to whip him to ropes and BOOT him down! Ludwig enjoys it as Gunther stalks Ricochet to ropes. Gunther stomps Ricochet, drags Ricochet up and EuroUppers Ricochet right down! Gunther looms over Ricochet, grinds his foot into Ricochet’s face, but Austin rallies up for Ricochet. Ricochet throws hands, goes for a leg, but Gunther sprawls to block.
Gunther then reaches out to get the leg for a HALF CRAB! And it’s deep! Ludwig says he has goosebumps watching this as Gunther shifts to an STF! Ricochet endures, moves around, reaches out, and gets the ROPEBREAK! Gunther lets off quickly and waits on Ricochet to get up. Ludwig talks trash, Gunther clinches Ricochet in the corner to EuroUpuper! Gunther whips corner to corner, runs in, but Ricochet dodges to GAMANGIRI! Ricochet springboards, but into Gunther’s arms! GERMAN SUPLEX, but Ricochet lands on his feet! ENZIGURI! Gunther stays up and he shoves Ricochet, but Ricochet JUMP KNEES!
Ricochet JUMP KNEES again! Gunther wobbles, Ricochet runs, but Gunther CLOBBERS him! Ludwig says “NEIN!” and Gunther CHOPS Ricochet! Uppercut! CHOP! Uppercut! CHOP!! GERMAN SUPLEX! Ricochet flounders up into the SHOTGUN! Gunther drags Ricochet back up, reels him in, GENERAL BOMB!! Cover, Gunther wins again!
Winner: Gunther, by pinfall (still WWE Intercontinental Champion)
The belt stays with Gunther, just as he and Ludwig promised! Will the title, the mat and all of the WWE be sacred under Imperium’s reign?
Backstage interview with Paul Heyman.
Kayla asks Heyman about using his influence to alter things in the Men’s MITB match in regards to Sheamus and McIntyre. “Ironically, you could be doing Brock Lesnar the greatest favor in the world.” Heyman smirks and sighs. But then Sami steps in to say he doesn’t have to answer any question this supposed journalist asks. Kayla knows what she did! She twisted Sami’s words, implying that if Sami won- No, when Sami wins the MITB match, he would dare cash-in on Roman Reigns! Wise Man, the Honorary Uce would never, never do that. Heyman smiles and Sami says he’d cash-in on Lesnar, though.
Oh, wait. The smile is gone and Sami tries to explain what he meant by that, but no words come out. Sami just leaves. Heyman then looks at Kayla, but he is also speechless. Will Sami stop sticking his foot in his mouth long enough to get up the ladder and win that contract?
Women’s Money in the Bank Qualifier: Shotzi Blackheart VS Tamina!
Cards are subject to change, and as much as the wild child wanted payback on #Aliyah316 on the road to MITB, Aliyah is not cleared to compete. So instead, the Daughter of Superfly is here to get her opportunity at the ladder match! Will Shotzi learn there really is no one meana than Tamina? Or can Shotzi welcome Tamina to the ball pit?
SmackDown returns as Shotzi makes her entrance. The bell rings and the two tie up. Shotzi waistlocks, jumps on for a SLEEPER, but Tamina isn’t even bothered! Tamina THROWS Shotzi off, Shotzi gets to a corner but Tamina RAMS into her. Tamina whips Shotzi corner to corner, runs in to back elbow, then she brings Shotzi around to whip to ropes for a POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO! Tamina keeps on Shotzi with a bump off buckles, then she hoists Shotzi up top. Shotzi fights Tamina off but Tamina ROCKS her! Shotzi BOOTS Tamina, and reels her in for a HANGING HEADSCISSOR! The ref counts, Shotzi lets off at 4!
Shotzi runs back in and DROPKICKS Tamina! Tamina staggers into a ROLLING ELBOW! Shotzi fires off, Tamina shoves her, but Shotzi ENZIGURIS! Shotzi runs and hits the BALLPIT SENTON on the ropes! Tamina staggers to a corner, Shotzi goes up the corner and leaps, into a SUPERKICK! Cover, ROPEBREAK!! Shotzi survives but Tamina fires off hands in anger. Tamina runs, but is sent into the POST! Tamina staggers, Shotzi reels her in, FISHERMAN DDT! Cover, Shotzi wins!
Winner: Shotzi Blackheart, by pinfall (advances to MITB)
Shotzi just made sure Tamina will #NeverWakeUp, and now Shotzi is moving on to Vegas! Will Shotzi have a golden ticket to the title?
The Viking Raiders speak.
Erik says, “The time for fun and games is over.” Ivar says, “For far too long, we’ve been pushed to the side. We’ve been forgotten.” The Viking Raiders are here to rip apart anyone who stands in their way. No one, and they mean no one, is safe. Who will find themselves on the warpath of these more vicious Viking Raiders?
Max Dupri gives his client(s) a pep talk.
We can’t see who he’s talking to, but it seems it is finally time to see who joined Maximum Male Models! Will they live up to the hype?
Maximum Male Models heads to the ring!
Or… Not. Dupri is in Pearce’s face and he asks Pearce if he’s really a WWE Official. Dupri can’t tell. Based on his actions, or rather, inaction, Pearce has again ruined the debut of Dupri’s clients! Pearce’s title should be “WWE Saboteur.” First the lighting, now maybe the birthday boy partied too hard because he forgot to provide the dressing room accoutrement! Pearce tries to talk but Dupri tells him to NOT interrupt! How hard is it to provide a dressing room at the specific temperature of 68.3 degrees with a mini-fridge stocked with the finest locally-sourced water from the nearest spring? They aren’t asking for green M&M’s or something crazy! They’re models, not monsters.
But if Pearce can’t handle this job, then Dupri can’t send his clients out there to debut. Get this right! Fine, next week it is. Good! Because Dupri and his models are ready to fulfill the MMM Mission: To titillate the juices of your guilty pleasures!! But will it be good enough for Dupri next week?
Pat McAfee gets on the desk.
“One week ago, a lowlife scumbag named BUM ASS CORBIN~!” Fans echo that, and Pat continues with, “stumbled his bitch ass over to the commentary table and let the world know that apparently, he doesn’t love the way I do my job.” A recap video shows just what McAfee means, and it was after Corbin lost the “Last Laugh Match” to Moss. Corbin said if they were to get in the ring, McAfee would wish he were dead. “That’s not possible! That’ll never happen! I love my life! I enjoy every single moment! So much so, that when I walked into the WWE ThunderDome for the first time, all I could think was, ‘I feel alive!'”
Fans cheer and McAfee says that when he puts on this headset or talks into a mic for the MILLIONS~! “And millions~!” Shout out to The Rock, but McAfee says when he’s in front of the fans, he feels alive! So “Bum Ass” can catfish all he wants, acting like he’s not some insufferable, arrogant DOUCHEBAG, maybe he can ponder this? SummerSlam, in Nashville, Tennessee, Corbin VS McAfee! And when McAfee kicks Corbin’s teeth down his throat, the only thing McAfee will think is, “I feel more alive than I’ve ever felt in my entire life, right here at SummerSlam!” McAfee closes with another chant of “BUM ASS CORBIN~!” and tells Corbin not to be a coward!
Men’s Money in the Bank Qualifier Tag: Drew McIntyre & Sheamus VS The Usos!
For one night only, and for as long as they can hold it together, the Celtic Connection is back in action! But we’re already off to a bad start with McIntyre cutting Sheamus’ music short. Will the Scottish Stud and the Fella of Fight Night win back their spots in MITB together? Or will Jimmy & Jey sweep these two under the rug so that the Tribal Chief doesn’t have to even worry about them?
SmackDown returns and the Undisputed Tag Team Champions make their entrance. But wait! The Profits make their way out to ringside, because they want to keep an eye on the champions ahead of their title match on MITB. The teams sort out and McIntyre argues with Sheamus. Dunne gets in, HE wants to start! But he’s not part of the match so Ridge brings him out of the ring. Jimmy goes after McIntyre so the decision is made for them! Jimmy fires off haymakers while the Profits are on commentary. Jimmy lets off in the corner, but he whips corner to corner. McIntyre comes right back to CLOBBER Jimmy!
McIntyre warns Jey that he’ll be next, and then he brings Jimmy up to tag Sheamus. The Celtic Connection double whip, then double hip toss Jimmy! The teamwork is still there, Sheamus EuroUppers Jimmy then fireman’s carries. Jimmy fights free, shoves Sheamus to the corner, and Jey tags in. Jey runs in to forearm smash! Jey ROCKS Sheamus against ropes, then glares at the Profits. But Sheamus throws Jey out and ROCKS him, to then gives him Beats of the Bodhrain! Sheamus goes all the way to nine, then winds up for a TENTH! Sheamus then fireman’s carries, ROLLING SENTON!
Sheamus goes to a corner and he soaks up the cheers and jeers. He’s copying McIntyre’s countdown, but Jey bails out! Dunne wants after Jey, but McIntyre intercepts him, and TOSSES him into barriers! Sheamus is upset but Dunne would’ve cost them! Ridge keeps these two from fighting, but no good! They’re throwing hands, and the Usos DOUBLE DIVE! Down go Sheamus & McIntyre, and they’re blaming each other as SmackDown goes to break!
SmackDown returns again and Jey has Sheamus in a chinlock. Fans rally as Sheamus endures and fights up to his feet. Sheamus throws elbows to get free, but Jey throw hands. Sheamus counter punches, ROCKS Jey, then shoves him. Jimmy tags in before Jey takes the IRISH CURSE BACKBREAKER! SUPERKICK takes Sheamus down! Cover, TWO!! Sheamus survives and the Profits are laser focused, telling the Usos to focus on the match, too. Sheamus is in a corner, Jimmy fires off hands on him. Jimmy DECKS Sheamus, and again, and then stomps away! The ref counts, Jimmy lets off and seethes while fans cheer and jeer.
Jimmy goes back to Sheamus but Sheamus kicks from below! And again! Sheamus gets up to throw haymakers but blocks Jimmy’s kick. But Jimmy hits the DRAGON WHIP! Jimmy raises the finger, #WeTheOnes, and then he runs corner to corner to HIP ATTACK! The Usos raise their fingers to the sky and fans are torn. Jimmy wants one more, “UCE! SO!” and Jimmy runs in again, into a KNEE! Sheamus takes Jimmy down and Jey is shocked! Fans are thunderous and the Profits are standing up for this one! Sheamus and Jimmy crawl, hot tags to McIntyre and Jey! McIntyre rallies on Jey as the Profits are fired up for him!
McIntyre whips, CLOBBERS Jey, then clinches in a corner for an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Jey staggers but swings on McIntyre, but McIntyre gets around him. Jey denies the neckbreaker and POSTS McIntyre instead! McIntyre flops back in, into a SUPERKICK! Tag to Jimmy, he SUPERKICKS Sheamus off the apron! The Usos DOUBLE SUPERKICK McIntyre! Jimmy goes up top and fans fire up, USO SPLASH!! Cover, Sheamus breaks it!! Fans are fired up again as Sheamus whips Jey but Jey reverses to toss Sheamus. McIntyre dodges Jey to NECKBERAKER this time! Then a NECKBREAKER for Jimmy!
McIntyre kips up, fans fire up, and the countdown begins! But Jey drags Jimmy out, so McIntyre pursues them both! SUPERKICK from Jimmy! McIntyre flops, but here comes Dunne and Ridge! They were sent to the back after that scuffle earlier, but no one can control Butch! The ref is distracted and Ridge gets Dunne to back down. Sami is here! He aims for McIntyre, but Dawkins POUNCES him instead! The Profits stop the Honorary Uce, and then they talk trash on Usos! But then McIntyre FLIES onto everyone!! Fans are thunderous with McIntyre as he glares at Jey. Jey retreats, but into a BROGUE from Sheamus!!
McIntyre hurries to put Jimmy in, and he hurries to count it down! “THREE! TWO! ONE!!” CLAY- SUPERKICK! But McIntyre stays up to rebound and CLAYMORE!! Cover, McIntyre & Sheamus win!!
Winners: Drew McIntyre & Sheamus, by pinfall (still advance to MITB)
And in the end, the field stays the way it was! The Celtic Connection are back in the MITB Ladder Match, but will this momentum help one of them take that contract?
A pretty good SmackDown with a lot of good build towards MITB. For one, we saw a somewhat clever way of filling out the night by teasing Sheamus & McIntyre were going to be out of the Men’s MITB Ladder match. Great promos from McIntyre and Sheamus and a great tag match to close the night. Sheamus & McIntyre win to stay in the match, and it is a good detail that Heyman did this because he was most worried about these two coming for Roman Reigns. Now, there’s a good chance neither of them win the contract, and McIntyre already called his shot for Clash at the Castle, so this works to give Seth Rollins the contract.
Great qualifier match from Sami VS Nakamura, and within story, it makes a lot of sense for Sami to get in the match, because as his promo said, he’ll totally cash-in on Brock if Brock wins. And in saying that, there is tension again between him and the Bloodline. We also got a fairly good qualifier for the Women’s MITB after having to adjust for Aliyah being out. Shotzi winning makes sense since she was likely going to beat Aliyah for this spot. The segment with Natty and Ronda was also decent, with the very cheesy idea of Natty impersonating Ronda. The only flaw was that she had too much charisma. Ronda did have some good burns on Natty, though, and Ronda stands tall here to get even from last time. Expect Natty to stand tall in the go-home segment next week so that the math favors Ronda.
This “delaying” of the Maximum Male Models clients is getting a bit tired, but it could again just be because they don’t know who is in the faction. Again, it should just be Mansoor and “Mace” Dio Maddin after the test runs they did at house shows. Mansoor and Mace both need to do something, and this is better than nothing. I liked the meta in the New Day’s promo about having rematches again and again after the feud with the Brawling Brutes. But what a surprise that Viking Raiders returned to SmackDown with a new look and a new Heel edge. Hopefully this time around, we get a more War Machine ROH World Tag Team Champions run from these guys, for their sake.
Sonya is back on SmackDown and technically back to her old tricks in having Shayna with her, and now she’s added Xia Li. Sonya trying to turn the Handicap Match around was a clever enough Heel move, but of course Raquel & Lacey win for the momentum going into MITB. Ironically, Lacey & Raquel look like a good team for the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship tournament the WWE will probably never go through with. But Gunther VS Ricochet was not what it should’ve been and I don’t know why. Both are great competitors, but this was shorter than the first and as such, not as good. I hope they figure out how to make Gunther actually feel as awesome as he did when he was Walter in NXT UK and even NXT 2.0.
My Score: 8.2/10
Andrew’s IMPACT Results & Match Ratings: 12.8.2022
Josh Alexander finally addresses what happened at Over Drive! MCMG gets a title match! Eric Young was written out, how does Deaner change Violent by Design?
We get a new era of VBD, Motor City Machine Guns with a tag title shot and Josh Alexander will finally address what happened at Over Drive. I doubt we’re going to get a clean resolution to the tag match since Brian Myers and Matt Cardona are just assholes, but hopefully we get something fun.
Apparently since Deaner is the Violence, the group is just called The Design.
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) December 9, 2022
- Tag Team Titles: Motor City Machine Guns vs Heath & Rhino (c): No Contest – ** 1/4
- Savannah Evans w/Tasha Steelz vs Taya Valkyrie w/Death Dollz: Savannah wins via Full Nelson Bomb – **
- Kon w/The Design vs Sami Callihan: Kon wins via Death Valley Driver – **
- IMPACT World Championship Open Challenge: Mike Bailey vs Josh Alexander (c): Josh retains via C4 Spike – *****
Tag Team Titles: Motor City Machine Guns vs Heath & Rhino (c)
Rhino and Sabin start off and they work to Shelley and Heath with a little bit of MCMG tandem work. Guns are tying up Heath, some corner work where the ref is allowing a little more contact than usual; main point is that Heath is getting twisted and torqued.
Heath tries to paint brush his way out of a Figure Four, but Shelley dips into his heel tendencies. Heath gets to the ropes and Shelley lays back and tells the ref he’s willing to break. He doesn’t and forces the referee to untie their legs, so he gets some extra damage in. Dragon Screw attempt gets turned around, Heath drops Shelley and finally gets Rhino back in.
Guns try to utilize some tandem attacks, but as we see Sabin and Heath swinging back and forth; the Major Players hit the ring and hit simultaneous Wake Up Calls on Heath and Sabin, causing the no contest.
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) December 9, 2022
Savannah Evans w/Tasha Steelz vs Taya Valkyrie w/Death Dollz
Savannah starts off honestly just overpowering Taya. A few quick shoves, Bear Hugs, rag dolls…and Taya is on the back foot. A little bit of ducking and dodging gives Taya the chances to hit the Spear and send Savannah out.
Savannah puts the brakes on anything Taya can start, we go to commercial and Savannah throws Taya with a Butterfly Suplex…so there’s just a lot of Taya working from underneath. Flying Headscissors finally gives Taya a breather, Blue Thunder Bomb for 2 into an Indian Deathlock transitioning into an STF before Savannah fights out.
Road to Valhalla attempt, Savannah blocks it, a little back and forth before Savannah connects with the Full Nelson Bomb for the win.
Kon w/The Design vs Sami Callihan
Early on Sami is struggling with Kon’s power and size. This is hard to really swallow, even as an early “debut” of a new stable. Sami keeps fighting the good fight, grasps for a Jaw Breaker and turns a Kon charge into a Scoop Slam…but Kon tries to keep being the immovable object.
Sami buckles Kon’s knee and hits the Tanaka style forearm and tries to stay on the bigger guy. The numbers eventually start to distract Sami, Angels distracts the referee, Deaner stops Sami and Kon hits a Death Valley Driver for the win.
I’m not really impressed with this, but I guess you really can’t have the new stable get punked out. Even though they are all punks.
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) December 9, 2022
Josh Alexander comes out to address the Over Drive fallout and states an open challenge with the intent to drag out Bully Ray – but Bully has a whole video set up goading Josh and saying he’s not there.
So Speedball Mike Bailey comes down to see if the open challenge is still on the table.
IMPACT World Championship Open Challenge: Mike Bailey vs Josh Alexander (c)
Bailey tries to come at Josh hard, and Josh shows that his left arm is still bothering him some; but he generally shrugs off Bailey for the early goings. A big Forearm and Kitchen Sink have Josh slowly stalking his opponent. His attention isn’t on Bailey, so his style reflects as much.
Josh sends Bailey to the ropes, back handspring, machine gun kicks send Josh reeling and a Tope con Hilo finally gives Bailey some momentum. Commercial break comes back with Bailey hitting a big Double Knees, but a Running Boot from Josh puts things back in his favor. Josh lands kick after kick, big forearms, and just hits Bailey with disdain because he’s not Bully Ray.
A Shotgun Dropkick opens things up for Speedball, Sole Butt doubles over Josh, Axe Kick, Roundhouse into a Corkscrew Shooting Star Press for 2. Buzzsaw Kick missed, German Suplex train begins! Two in a row, Bailey tries to block, so Josh pins the arms and hits a Shutdown Suplex for 2. C4 Spike, spun out, Ankle Lock attempt, blocked and turned into a Kimura from Bailey, but now they’re just jockeying for submission positions. Josh counters the Octopus into running him into the corner twice, but Speedball doesn’t let go. One more attempted jam, but a Poison Rana gives Bailey a 2 count.
Another commercial comes back to Josh driving his knee into Speedball’s shoulder blades. Flipping Stomp miss from Bailey, Tornado Kicks land, Ultima Weapon misses and Josh goes for a C4 Spike but the arm gives out! They spill to the outside and Bailey strings together some offense. A big Missile Dropkick leads into Round Kicks, and then open hand chop exchange. Both men after just firing back and forth, neither is relenting. Forearms and kicks, finally into a proper Fighting Spirit spot that Bailey counters a Rolling Forearm with a Straight Side Kick. Bailey charges into the ropes, Josh catches him in Capture Suplex position but drags him over the ropes and slams him onto the apron.
This is a third commercial break and we’re perched with Bailey going for a Super Frankensteiner, Josh blocks, feigns the Avalanche Styles Clash, but Bailey counters! Flamingo Driver attempt, Josh gets pissed, counters and then throws Bailey with a Torture Rack Bomb. 2 count immediately into the Ankle Lock, but Bailey blocks, manages to get away, counters Josh in the corner, Ultima Weapon connects! But Bailey can’t get the pinfall as he sells his legs. Speedball gets up, PK as he keeps selling the legs but still uses his offense. PK again! Backflip Double Knees, a few missed kicks before finally connecting and then charging through with the snap kick. Open Hand Chops from Josh, Kicks from Bailey, Josh just grabs him and starts the locomotion German Suplexes.
Six suplexes and another commercial! Back perched, Kimura Lock from Bailey, Josh fights, Bailey tries a kick, but Josh grabs him and dumps him back into the ring with an Olympic Slam for a near fall. Josh climbs to the top, Moonsault misses! Bailey slowly climbs to the top rope, Josh pops up, Avalanche Olympic Slam for 2! Josh struggles to try and pick up Bailey, so they have a slow rise as both men are banged up. Bailey pops up with the Straight Kick to the face for a near fall, and we actually hear the 10 minutes remaining call from Penzer.
Ankle Lock again from Josh, but Bailey keeps squirming. Josh Death Rolls with the Ankle and doesn’t want to let go, he’s trying to end this. Bailey tries to stretch up to get out of it, but gets scooped into a Tombstone Piledriver but only another 2 and back into the Ankle Lock! Up Kicks break the submission, Bailey tries to stop Josh from charging back into the corner with a kick, but Josh drivers his knee into Bailey’s leg, drags him back to the center and Grapevine’s the Ankle. Speedball barely manages to claw to the ropes.
Josh tries to climb the corner with Bailey, but Bailey slips down and now he’s trying to get up to Josh but can’t quite muster the energy to get past Josh. Josh keeps clocking and dropping Bailey. Bailey finally powers through the offense, stares down Josh and Avalanche Frankensteiner! Ultima Weapon… connects again but foot on the bottom rope! Flamingo…nope, Styles Clash from Josh into the Ankle Lock again! Bailey grabs the bottom rope and tries to kick Josh away, but Josh finds adrenaline rips Bailey into his arms for an Inverted Piledriver. Josh and Bailey keep struggling as Josh is going for a C4 Spike, 2 C4 Spikes with about 15 seconds left!
Overall Score: 9/10
A Western company actually mentioning time remaining, having to bump a “scheduled main event” and dedicate the last hour of the show to literally one match is a little surprising. The show also did try to add credibility to The Design, Savannah Evans got to look impressive and the fact the tag match was interrupted…to no one’s surprise, helped sell the epic main event even harder.
I don’t really have a lot to say aside from that was a hell of a match, and the fact that it was about 15 seconds short of a Broadway is both crazy and almost feels dirty that it didn’t quite get there. But it was great, built off their previous match and was a great endcap to the year both men had as being fighting champions and two bastions of hope of the company in 2022. IMPACT loves to just to clip shows for the last two weeks of the year, so we only have 1 maybe 2 more real episodes before Hard to Kill is around the corner. But hot damn was this match amazing!
Mitchell’s NJPW WTL X Super Jr. Tag Results & Report! (12/7/22)
The Super Jr. Tag League penultimate round!
The Super Juniors are so close, they can almost taste it!
NJPW continues on and the Super Jr. Tag League is almost done! Is it inevitable that Ace Austin & Chris Bey are finalists in the tournament? Or will they get burned by the #GLEATSAUCE?
- Yuto Nakashima & Ryohei Oiwa VS Oskar Leube & Kosei Fujita; Leube & Fujita win.
- Six Man Tag: Suzuki-Gun VS Bullet Club; Suzuki-Gun wins.
- 8 Man Tag: Toru Yano, Hiroshi Tanahashi, Tomoaki Honma & Master Wato VS Los Ingobernables de Japon; LIJ wins.
- Super Jr. Tag League 2022: KUSHIDA & Kevin Knight VS TJP & Francesco Akira; TJP & Akira win.
- Super Jr. Tag League 2022: Ryusuke Taguchi & Clark Connors VS YOH & Lio Rush; Yoh & Lio win.
- Super Jr. Tag League 2022: DOUKI & Yoshinobu Kanemaru VS SHO & Dick Togo; Douki & Kanemaru win.
- Super Jr. Tag League 2022: Robbie Eagles & Tiger Mask VS BUSHI & Titán; Bushi & Titán win.
- Super Jr. Tag League 2022: Alex Zayne & El Lindaman VS Ace Austin & Chris Bey; Zayne & Lindaman win.
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Here are the current Super Jr. Tag League standings!
Austin & Bey: 6-1, 12 points
Bushi & Titan: 5-2, 10 points
TJP & Akira: 5-2, 10 points
Yoh & Lio: 5-2, 10 points
Zayne & Lindaman: 5-2, 10 points
Taguchi & Connors: 3-4, 6 points [ELIMINATED]
Eagles & Tiger Mask: 2-5, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
Douki & Kanemaru: 2-5, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
KUSHIDA & Knight: 1-6, 2 points [ELIMINATED]
Sho & Dick: 1-6, 2 points [ELIMINATED]
Super Jr. Tag League 2022: KUSHIDA & Kevin Knight VS TJP & Francesco Akira!
The Time Jet may be out of the running, but they could use this moment to turn it all around! Will Kushida & Knight find #Time2Fly? Or will Catch 2/2 not be denied their spot in the finals?
The Orchestrator, Gideon Grey, is here to make the introductions for the Public Enemy & Nova Fireball. The teams sort out and fans applaud as Knight starts against TJP. Fans rally as the two circle. TJP avoids Knight’s rush at the legs, gets around to a waistlock, but Knight switches. TJP sits, pries at the hold, but Knight brings him up to SLAM him down! Knight floats to a facelock, TJP rolls but Knight stays with him, but TJP slips away. Fans applaud this opening exchange and the two reset. Knight and TJP circle, knuckle lock, and TJP spins to wrench and wrangle Knight with a top wristlock.
Knight rolls, stands, TJP wrenches his arm again. Knight rolls, handsprings and wrenches back! Fans applaud while TJP works on a return. TJP rolls, spins, cartwheels, but Knight stops the headscissors to CHOP! Fans applaud as TJP staggers to ropes. Knight CHOPS TJP again, then whips TJP to ropes. They RAM shoulders but neither man falls. Knight flexes and fans applaud. TJP runs, they RAM shoulders again and Knight stays up. Knight says TJP doesn’t have it, but TJP kicks low! TJP runs, but Knight hurdles over! TJP rebounds, and he blocks the hip toss into a cobra twist! Fans applaud while Knight endures.
TJP drops for a ground cobra cradle, TWO! Knight whips, TJP stops himself and comes back to tie Knight’s one arm up, and he YANKS Knight’s other arm back! Fans applaud while TJP drags Knight away. Tag to Akira and Catch 2/2 mug Knight. They double whip but Knight DOUBLE FLYING SHOULDER TACKLES them down! Fans fire up as Knight brings Akira up. Knight wrenches Akira, tags Kushida, and he hands off the wrench. Kushida wrenches to a wristlock, then tags Knight back in. They hand off the wrench again, tag, and then hand it off again! Kushida CLUBS Akira’s arm, wrangles him down, and traps the arm to TWIST!
Fans applaud as Kushida drags Akira up to wrench again. Tag to Knight, they hand off the wrench again and again and again! Then they double snapmare to double knee drop both arms! Fans applaud but TJP runs in! Into a drop toehold and PENALTY KICK to the arm! Kushida & Knight secret handshake, then they double whip TJP to a corner. Then they double whip Akira into TJP! Kushida runs in to back elbow sandwich the champs! Knight runs in to STINGER SPLASH SANDWICH the champs! Knight pushes Akira aside to whip TJP corner to corner. TJP goes up and over, Akira returns for a RAILGUN DROPKICK!
Fans rally as Akira drags Knight up to CLUB him on the neck. Akira stomps Knight in the corner and digs his boots in! The ref counts, Akira stops at 4, then tags TJP. Catch 2/2 drag Knight up, they double whip him to ropes, and SOBAT, KICK, KICK and BASEMENT SHOTGUN! Cover, TWO! TJP sits Knight up to KNEE him in the back! TJP drops knees on the arm, then on a leg. Then TJP has the leg for a standing toehold. Knight endures, even as TJP twists the ankle! Fans rally, Knight fights up and stands. TJP stays clear of the haymakers but Knight breaks free. Knight kicks with the other way but TJP blocks it!
TJP slips around, but Knight ENZIGURIS TJP down! Fans rally, Akira grabs Knight’s legs but Knight kicks him away. But TJP runs past Knight to BLAST Kushida! Knight run sin but TJP goes up and over to get a TARANTULA! Akira intercepts Kushida at the apron for a TARANTULA! Fans fire up for the double shoutout to Tajiri, and Catch 2/2 lets off as the ref counts. Akira returns to his corner, TJP stalks Knight and fans rally up. TJP drags Knight up, scoops and SLAMS him, then goes to the apron. Slingshot SENTON! Tag to Akira, and he runs to go up the Electric Chair! “Take Picture!” But Knight JET FLIGHT DROPKICKS Akira down!
Fans fire up while all three men are down! Knight crawls, hot tag to Kushida! Kushida climbs up and AX HANDLES TJP down! Kushida KICKS and KICKS and KICKS Akira, then whips him to ropes. Akira reverses but Kushida FLYING FOREARMS! Kushida dodges to PELE! TJP kicks Kushida, runs, but into a hip toss! Cartwheel, basement dropkick! Fans fire up with Kushida and he winds up, but Akira blocks the Buzzsaw! Akira whips Kushida to ropes, but Kushida reverses. Akira sunset flips but Kushida stays up! Kushida has the arm, for an ARMBAR! The fans fire up as Kushida pulls back, but Akira rolls to the ROPEBREAK!
Kushida lets go quickly and fans rally up. They clap for “KU-SHI-DA!” as he wrenches Akira’s arm to an ELBOW BREAKER! Kushida aims, but Akira dodges the Penalty Kick! Akira CHOPS, but Kushida ROCKS! Akira SUPERKICKS, but Kushida SHOTEIS! Fans fire up while both men are down! Kushida crawls, hot tag to Knight! Knight hurries after Akira, brings him up and whips him to a corner. Knight runs in and Kushida runs in from the apron, SPLASH ENZIGURI COMBO! Knight hoists Akira up top, climbs up after him, but TJP gets in! TJP Electric Chair Lifts Knight, but Kushida HANDSPRING KICKS Akira!
Knight fights free of TJP while Kushida has a KIMURA on Akira! TJP lets Knight go to go after Kushida! TJP has the Electric Chair Lift, but Kushida fights free to get the HOVERBOARD KIMURA! Knight jumps to SUPER STEINER Akira! Fans fire up and Knight leaps, SATELLITE DDT!! Cover, TJP SLAMS Kushida onto it! Fans fire up while Kushida throws TJP out. Knight drags Akira up, fans clap “TIME TO FLY!” They double suplex but Akira fights it. Akira ROCKS and CHOPS on repeat! But Knight knees low! Time2Fly double whip but Akira shotguns the clothesline apart! And TJP runs in to DOUBLE BULLDOG!
Fans fire up and TJP blocks a kick to spin around, LEG CAPTURE BACK SUPLEX for Knight! Kushida DECKS TJP! Akira GERMAN SUPLEXES Kushida! Knight SLIDING SHOULDERS Akira down! Fans are thunderous as all four men are down! Knight sits up, he brings TJP up but TJP throws a forearm. Knight forearms back, so TJP forearms again. The forearms keep going, then TJP UPPERCUTS! Knight UPPERCUTS in return! The forearms return, Knight gets the edge! Knight runs, into a ROLLING SOBAT! TJP runs, ducks a lariat and SUPERKICKS! TJP runs, into a DROPKICK! Knight kips up and fans fire up again!
Knight runs corner to corner at TJP, but TJP goes up and over! TORNADO DDT!! Cover, TWO!! Knight is still in this and fans are thunderous! TJP drags Knight to a drop zone, goes up the corner, but Knight is up! Knight springs up to join TJP, he throws body shots, but TJP hits back. Fans rally as TJP slips under and trips Knight! Knight is in a Tree of Woe, TJP helps Akira walk the tightrope, for a MISSILE WOE DROPKICK! Knight is down in another drop zone and TJP goes back up! MAMBA SPLASH!! Cover, but Kushida breaks it! Kushida CLUBS Akira, CLUBS TJP, then BUZZSAWS Akira! Kushida runs, but into an ALLEY-OOP!
Fans fire up as Catch 2/2 sit Knight up! 2 BY 2!! Cover, Catch 2/2 win!
Winners: TJP & Francesco Akira, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Kushida & Knight earn 0)
That’s two more points for a dozen total! Will the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions prove they are THE best tag team in the division?
Super Jr. Tag League 2022: Ryusuke Taguchi & Clark Connors VS YOH & Lio Rush!
The Wild Hips haven’t had much luck in the league, but they’re not giving up! Will Taguchi & Connors stampede through Direct Drive & The Bad Child? Or will the Men of the Hour still have time on the clock?
Taguchi and Connors reach into their bags, and they have beer again! Fans applaud, and the Wild Hips offer some to Yoh & Lio. Really? Right now? Sure! Think of it like a party. Fans applaud but Yoh & Lio aren’t sure, they’re technically working. Yoh and Lio take a can each, Connors & Taguchi crack theirs open and drink. Fans applaud, it’s now or never for Lio & Yoh. They argue it out, but Lio says his stomach doesn’t feel good. Connors understands and fans applaud. The beers are put aside for now, and the teams sort out. Lio starts with Connors and fans rally up at the bell. Lio and Connors circle, feel things out, and knuckle lock.
Connors shoots in but Lio sprawls and facelocks. Connors slips out to facelock and then waistlock then back to a facelock. Lio slips out to waistlock, they stand up, and Connors pries free to switch. Connors drags Lio down, goes back for a facelock, but Lio switches that onto Connors. Connors fights back up, throws a knee, and fans applaud as Connors headlocks. Lio powers up and out but Connors runs him over! Fans applaud again and Connors runs the ropes. Lio drops, then redirects to whip Connors. Connors redirects, too, and then again! Lio handsprings to dodge, then he mule kicks and ENZIGURIS! Fans fire up and Lio covers, TWO!
Lio has the fans rally up, and Lio wrenches Connors’ arm. Tag to Yoh, they double whip Connors and double kick. Yoh whips Lio but Connors avoids the scissor kick! Lio whips Yoh now but Connors avoids Yoh to rebound and run them both over! Fans fire up with Connors and he calls to Taguchi. Taguchi hops in, Connors EuroUppers Yoh. Yoh is in one corner, Lio is in the other and the Wild Hips combine. WHIP HIP into Lio! WHIP HIP into Yoh! And then another for Lio! And another for Yoh! Then Taguchi WHIP HIPS Connors into Lio, and then WHIP HIPS him into Yoh! Fans fire up as the Wild Hips butt bump.
Taguchi sets up on the corner and Connors brings Yoh around. But Yoh reverses and sends Connors into the Funky Weapon! Lio returns to LARIAT Connors down! Taguchi hops down and runs at Yoh, but Yoh atomic drops the hip attack! Yoh scoops and SLAMS Taguchi, then he and Lio hook Taguchi’s legs into the ropes! Not quite a Tree of Woe, more a Bush of Woe. Fans rally as Lio and Yoh fire up. They hook up, ROLLING DIVING HEADBUTT into the Bush! Fans fire up while Taguchi flops over. Yoh drags Taguchi to the apron, and he uses the ropes in a Paradise Lock!? Yoh learned a form of Paradise!
Connors returns but Yoh kicks him down. Yoh drags Connors up to ROCK him with a forearm, and then stomp him in the corner. Tag to Lio, he and Yoh double whip Connors to DOUBLE ELBOW! Then Lio runs to get a wheelbarrow boost from Yoh, WHEELBARROW SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Lio taunts Taguchi then clamps onto Connors with a sleeper and body scissors! Yoh plays defense, but Taguchi can’t get free anyway. Connors fights up with Lio as a backpack, and he RAMS Lio into the corner! Yoh tags in, Connors hurries to his corner, but he can’t tag Taguchi like that! Lio whips Connors to the corner, Yoh & Lio mug him!
Yoh & Lio drag Connors up again, throw forearms and haymakers, then Yoh has Connors on ropes. Yoh throws more forearms, puts him back in the corner, but Connors fights back with forearms and elbows! Fans rally, Connors crawls, but Lio drags him up for a BIG back suplex! Fans rally, Yoh & Lio drag Connors up and double whip. Connors ELBOWS Yoh away but Lio kicks him low. Lio runs, Connors drops and POUNCES Lio into Yoh, and Yoh falls on Taguchi! Taguchi’s free from Paradise! Fans fire up as Connors hurries over, hot tag to Taguchi! Taguchi fires up, and he HIP ATTACKS Yoh at the ropes! Then HIP ATTACKS Lio at the ropes!
Taguchi keeps going, another HIP ATTACK for Yoh! Another HIP ATTACK for Lio! Baseball slide and APRON HIP for Yoh! Fans fire up and Taguchi takes aim from the apron. Springboard and MISSILE HIP! Taguchi covers, TWO! Taguchi drags Yoh up but Yoh swings, into a waistlock. Yoh elbows free, runs, but Taguchi follows! Yoh catches the hip attack into a waistlock, but Taguchi elbows free. Taguchi fakes Yoh out into running into a HIP ATTACK! Fans fire up and Taguchi runs side to side! PEOPLE’S T-BAG!! Cover, TWO!! Yoh survives and fans fire up. Taguchi calls upon the powers of Strong Style! “ORYA~!”
But Lio gets in the way, and offers the beer! He wants to have the drink now? Lio gets the fans to applaud for it, and they crack open the beers. They drink, and Lio hits a STUNNER on Taguchi! Lio laughs at Taguchi falling for it, then he HAANDSPRING KICKS Connors off the apron! Lio hurries to get another drink of beer, then he builds speed! But then Lio feels queasy! Connors runs in to SPEAR Lio down! Fans fire up, Connors drags Yoh up but Yoh throws forearms! Yoh ROCKS Taguchi, UPPERCUTS Connors, but runs into DOUBLE HIP ATTACKS! The Wild Hips combine their powers, take a drink, and show the RED UNDIES! CROSS HIPS!!! Cover, Lio breaks it!!
Fans fire up and Connors throws Lio out. Taguchi stands back up and fans rally. Taguchi stands Yoh up, to ENZIGURI! Fans fire up and Taguchi drags Yoh up into chicken wings! But Yoh wheelbarrows and victory rolls, only for Taguchi to sit on it! TWO!!! But Taguchi has OH MY GAH ANKLE!! Yoh flails, reaches out, moves around, and Connors keeps Lio on the outside! Yoh scrambles to get a BEER! Yoh stands up to make Taguchi drink!! Taguchi chugs, Yoh shakes him up!! Taguchi is dizzy now, but he SPITS the beer! He’s gone from The Rock to The Game! Taguchi kicks low, runs, but into 3K!!!! Cover, the Men of the Hour win!!
Winners: Yoh & Lio Rush, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Taguchi & Connors earn 0)
It’s all about the game and how you play it, but the Wild Hips got beat at their own game! Will Yoh & Lio close in on that outside shot to the finals?
Super Jr. Tag League 2022: DOUKI & Yoshinobu Kanemaru VS SHO & Dick Togo!
Japones Del Mal & The Heel Master got the biggest win they could by beating the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions! Will that momentum help them finish strong? Or will the House of Torture ruin things for them right before the end?
Both sides argue about the other needing to be thoroughly checked. After all, Douki has the pipe and Kanemaru has the whiskey, but the Murder Machine has a wrench and the Spoiler has his choker. But for now, the teams sort out and Dick starts against Kanemaru. Fans rally as the two circle. They tie up, Dick powers Kanemaru to ropes, but lets off as the ref counts. Kanemaru dodges the sucker punch and tells the ref that’s what he was talking about! Dick apologizes, and offers a handshake. Kanemaru says don’t even bother with that. Dick shakes Sho’s hand and Sho hops in to shake the ref’s hand. Dick also shakes the ref’s hand.
Douki steps in and the House of Torture offers him a handshake, too. Douki & Kanemaru reach out to accept, but then they block the cheap kicks! Douki throws Sho’s foot into Dick, then he throws Sho out while Kanemaru rolls Dick up! TWO!! Dick escapes, Douki goes out after Sho while Kanemaru stalks Dick to the corner. Dick pokes Kanemaru in the eye! Dick then whips corner to corner but Kanemaru reverses. Dick BOOTS Kanemaru, runs, but into a dropkick to the legs! Tag to Douki, Suzuki-Gun SMASH both knees! Cover, TWO! Douki stomps Dick around, then puts the leg on the ropes for a HIP DROP!
Fans rally while Douki drags Dick up. Douki kicks low, whips Dick to ropes, then runs in, only to be put on the apron. Dick swings but Douki shoulders into him. But Sho trips Douki up! Dick BLASTS Kanemaru, Sho stomps Douki around by commentary. Sho drags Douki up, brings him all the way to the back wall, rakes the eyes, and then goes into the rear stage area! Sho sends Douki into the wall! Dick keeps after Kanemaru while Sho whips Douki at the edge! Douki keeps from falling, he turns around and Sho BOOTS him off the stage! Fans applaud as Sho stands tall. Sho stomps Douki in front of the back row, then says to turn our attention back to ringside.
The ring count starts while Dick waits on Douki. Sho wants the count to go faster, and then he touches the Super Jr. Tag League trophy. Fans rally as Douki stands, and he hurries up the aisle! We’re at 12 of 20, Sho gets on the mic to shout that this is over! Sho rings the bell himself! The ref tells Sho no, but Sho makes the ref raise his hand in victory. Doukik returns! But Sho and Dick mug him! The ref reprimands them, counts, but both Sho and Dick let off at 4. Douki fights up but Dick fights off the scoop. Dick throws body shots and he CLUBS Douki down! Dick scoops and SLAMS Douki down! Dick then clamps onto Douki’s arms for a motorcycle stretch!
Fans rally as Douki endures and reaches out. Douki gets the ROPEBREAK, and Dick lets off. Dick scrapes his sole on Douki’s face, then he tags Sho. Sho runs to BLAST Kanemaru, then he and Dick mug Douki. Douki hits back but Sho rakes the eyes! Sho shoves Douki down, brings him back up, and throws him out of the ring. Sho distracts the ref so Dick can ROCK Douki! Dick puts Douki back in for Sho to ROPE GUILLOTINE! Cover, the ref refuses because of shenanigans. Sho stomps Douki then covers, TWO! Fans fire up while Sho is upset with the ref. Sho drags Douki back up but Douki throws forearms! Sho rakes the eyes!
The ref reprimands but Sho grins as he brings Douki up again. Douki blocks the suplex and fans rally. Sho powers Douki up but Douki fights it. Douki powers Sho up, but Sho bends Douki’s fingers! Sho suplexes but Douki slips out! Douki waistlocks but Sho elbows free. Sho runs, but into a FLYING HEADBUTT! Fans fire up while both men are down again! Sho and Douki crawl, hot tag to Kanemaru! Kanemaru stomps on Sho then BLASTS Dick! Kanemaru whips, Sho reverses but Kanemaru dropkicks the legs out! Kanemaru drags Sho up, SHIN BREAKER and then a dropkick to the legs! Kanemaru steps through for a FIGURE FOUR!
Sho endures the leglock and Kanemaru trashes about! Dick gets in to stomp away on Kanemaru! The hold is undone but the ref reprimands Dick. Kanemaru drags Sho around, stomps the legs, but Sho bends the fingers! So Kanemaru rakes Sho’s eyes! The ref reprimands them both, Kanemaru kicks Sho and runs. But Sho uses the ref as a shield! Sho then runs but now Kanemaru uses the ref as a shield! Kanemaru kicks low, ELBOWS Sho in the head, then runs, but Dick gets a cheap shot in! Sho SPEARS Kanemaru down! Tag to Dick and the House of Torture stomps away on Kanemaru. They whip him corner to corner, then Sho runs in.
Kanemaru dodges Sho, kicks Dick and sends him into Sho! ENZIGURI for Dick! Fans fire up while all three are down! Douki calls out and Kanemaru heads that way! Hot tag to Douki! Douki goes up to CROSSBODY! Dick staggers up, Douki dodges him to springboard BACK ELBOW! Douki drags Dick into the drop zone, for a RUNNING DOUBLE STOMP! Cover, TWO! Fans rally, Douki drags Dick up and hooks him up! But Dick fights the Gory Especial to snapmare and ghost pin! TWO! CROSSFACE!! Fans rally while Douki endures! Douki reaches out, claws his way over, but Dick rolls him way!
But Douki slips out to waistlock! He baits Dick into a double pump handle and he flips Dick over! Douki then rolls Dick into ITALIAN STRETCH #32! Fans fire up while Dick endures! But then Sho drags the ref out! Sho gets in to stomp away on Douki! The Young Lions check on the ref while Sho gets his wrench! But Douki gets his PIPE! Fans fire up as Douki’s is bigger! Sho still swings but Douki dodges! Douki swings but Sho dodges! Douki blocks the wrench attack and Sho drops it! Douki JAMS Sho with the pipe, then CHOKES him with it! But Dick slides in to use the SPOILER CHOKER! But Kanemaru takes a swig!
Yujiro & Evil rush out from the back! But Kanemaru WHISKEY MISTS Yujiro! Then he KICKS the ropes to hit Evil down low! Then Kanemaru WHISKEY MISTS Dick! But Sho LOW BLOWS Kanemaru! Everyone falls at the same time! Fans fire up and rally as the ref returns! The ref can’t make heads or tails of what happened, but Dick and Douki stay in the ring. Dick drags Douki up, underhooks, but Douki blocks the Pedigree! Dick CLUBS Douki down, drags him back up and tries again. But Douki wrenches out! Dick rakes the eyes! Dick gets the whiskey and tags a swig!? But Douki HELL STABS! The whiskey spews into the air!
Douki drags Dick back down, ITALIAN STRETCH #32!!! Dick verbally quits, Suzuki-Gun wins!!
Winners: Douki & Yoshinobu Kanemaru, by submission (gain 2 points; Sho & Dick earn 0)
Incredible! Douki the underdog has gotten his team to three wins in this latter half of the tournament! Is this a sign that things are finally clicking for Japones Del Mal?
Super Jr. Tag League 2022: Robbie Eagles & Tiger Mask VS BUSHI & Titán!
The Flying Tigers may not have a shot at the finals, but they can shoot down another team’s chances! Will the Sniper of the Sky and the Junior Heavyweight legend eliminate LIJ? Or will the Black Mask y El Inmortal stay alive for one more round?
The teams sort out, Eagles calls out Titan, so LIJ fist bumps. Fans applaud as Titan and Eagles circle. They tie up, Eagles wrenches an arm to a wristlock, but Titan rolls, handsprings and wrenches back. Eagles endures the wristlock now, but he uses the ropes to flip through and wrench back. Titan endures now, rolls, kips up and bridges to then handspring and wrench back! Fans rally as Titan wrenches again. Titan whips corner to corner, Eagles reverses but Titan goes up and over to handspring away. Fans cheer and things keep moving. Titan jumps over, whips Eagles but Eagles reverses to go up and around and arm-drag! But Titan handstands walks!
Titan rolls, handsprings, and fans fire up as things keep moving. Titan hurdles, Eagles counters the arm-drag to a takedown, and then he handsprings to basement dropkick! Fans cheer the opening exchange as Eagles covers, TWO! Eagles keeps on Titan, brings him over, and bumps him off buckles. Tag to Tiger and he KICKS and KICKS and KICKS Titan down! Tiger stomps Titan, brings him up and ROCKS him with a forearm. Tiger runs but Titan DROPKICKS him in return! Fans rally and Titan rolls to tag in Bushi! Bushi stomps Tiger, bumps him off buckles, then CHOPS! And CHOPS again!
Bushi pushes Tiger out, turns him, and hits a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Bushi goes after Tiger’s mask! The ref reprimands, Bushi stops going after the laces to pull at the chin! The ref reprimands and counts, Bushi stops at 4. Bushi stomps Tiger down, then he tags in Titan. Titan climbs while Bushi drags Tiger up. Bushi wrenches an arm and Titan DOUBLE STOMPS it! Titan kicks Tiger around, then mule kicks him. Titan snapmares Tiger to PENALTY KICK! Fans rally and Eagles coaches Tiger, but Titan stands Tiger up. Tiger throws body shots, then throws KICK after KICK! Titan blocks a kick but Tiger SPIN KICKS him away!
Fans rally, Tiger rolls and hot tags Eagles! Eagles springboards up and over Titan, BLASTS Bushi, then RANAS Titan! Fans fire up as Eagles WHEEL KICKS Titan and kips up! Titan bails out, Eagles builds speed, but Bushi trips Eagles up! Titan mule kicks Tiger, CLUBS him down and gets back in the ring. Titan KICKS Eagles while he’s down, then he tags Bushi. Fans rally as LIJ mug Eagles, then double whip him corner to corner. Bushi runs in to back elbow Titan, and then sets up for INMORTAL IN MOTION! Feed to a lift, DROPKICK SPINEBUSTER COMBO! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up but Titan BLASTS Tiger!
Fans rally up as LIJ loom over Eagles. They kick Eagles around, drag him up and double whip again. Eagles reverses to send Bushi away and then he knees Titan low. Bushi returns and Eagles sends him into Titan! Titan falls, Eagles mule kicks Bushi then runs, BASEMENT DROPKICK BLINDSIDE LARIAT COMBO! Fans fire up while all three men are down! Eagles crawls for his corner, hot tag to Tiger! Tiger goes up top and CROSSBODIES Bushi down! Titan CLUBS Tiger, holds him up, but Tiger BOOTS Bushi and KANGAROO KICKS Titan! Bushi returns, into a tilt-o-whirl BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!
Fans rally as Tiger brings Bushi back up. Tiger underhooks Bushi but Titan runs in! Tiger mule kicks Titan, Eagles runs in to KICK, and then DOUBLE ROUNDHOUSES take Titan down! Fans fire up and Bushi fires forearms on both Flying Tigers! Bushi fires off on Tiger, but Eagles SOBATS Bushi! Eagles cravats Bushi and Tiger gives him a boost into the ASAI DDT! Roll and feed to the underhooks, TIGER DRIVER! Cover, Titan breaks it! Eagles throws Titan out and Tiger goes to a corner. But Titan POSTS Eagles! Tiger reaches the top but Titan attacks him first! Titan ROCKET LAUNCHES Tiger off the corner!
Bushi crawls to the LIJ corner, hot tag to Titan! Titan roars, fans fire up, and Titan springboard MISSILE DROPKICKS! Titan drags Tiger up, reels him in and suplexes for the GOURD BUSTER, to a SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO! Tiger is still in this and fans rally up. Tiger goes to a corner, Titan powers up and runs in, LOCO- NO, Tiger BOOTS Titan away! Then crucifix takedown! TWO!! Into the REVERSE DOUBLE ARMBAR!! Titan endures, flails, Eagles intercepts Bushi into the RON MILLER SPECIAL!! But Titan gets the ROPEBREAK! The Flying Tigers let LIJ go and Eagles kicks Bushi out.
Eagles rallies the fans and he joins Tiger in bringing Titan up. The Flying Tigers double whip Titan to a corner, Eagles goes to the apron. They both run in, ENZIGURI ROUNDHOUSE COMBO! Fans fire up as Tiger brings Titan up to the top rope. Bushi rushes in but Eagles springboards and missile dropkicks the legs out! Tiger climbs up after Titan, underhooks the arms, and fans rally up! SUPER BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! Cover, TWO!! Titan survives, but Tiger has a KIMURA! Titan endures as Tiger also traps his head! Bushi barrels through Eagles to break it up! Fans rally as Bushi fires forearms on Eagles.
Eagles knees low, Bushi ducks a roundhouse to spin Eagles into a DDT! Tiger fires off on Bushi, knees low and SOBATS! Tiger runs, but into a DROPKICK! Bushi runs to BLAST Eagles! Then Bushi builds speed to DIVE onto Eagles! Fans fire up and Titan roars! Titan drags Tiger up, reels him in to a fireman’s carry, and spins for the LANDSLIDE! Cover, TWO!! Tiger survives again and fans fire up! Bushi returns as Tiger goes to a corner. Titan runs in, LOCO LARIAT! Bushi hits the CODE BREAKER! Titan springboards, but slips! Angel Inmortal is more a diving headbutt botch! Bushi hurries to get Titan back up and Titan resets.
Bushi watches Eagles while Titan COAST2COAST dropkicks Tiger!! Cover, LIJ wins!
Winners: Bushi & Titán, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Eagles & Tiger earn 0)
It wasn’t pretty, but it was effective! LIJ stay alive for another round, will they make the Super Jr. Tag League finals tranquilo?
Super Jr. Tag League 2022: Alex Zayne & El Lindaman VS Ace Austin & Chris Bey!
The #SAUCEHEARTS holds their fate in their own hands! If they win, they take over the top spot! If they lose, their bubble bursts right before the end! Can Zayne & Lindaman stop the Inevitable? Or will Ace & Bey keep things Too Sweet?
The teams sort out, Zayne steps up and calls out his former friend, Ace. Ace & Bey Too Sweet and then point finger guns at Zayne. Lindaman says, “Boo~!” but Ace starts against Zayne. The fans rally as the two stare down, but then Ace tags out to Bey. Bey & Ace laugh at Zayne thinking he was going to get his way. Zayne and Bey circle, fans rally up again, and the two tie up. They go around, Zayne puts Bey on ropes but he stares Ace down. Red shoes counts the break, Zayne lets off with a pat on Bey’s shoulder. Bey acts like he’s gonna punch, but he just hands Red Shoes some of his gold chains that’re coming loose.
Zayne and Bey reset as fans rally up, and Bey gets around to waistlock. Zayne works on the hold but Bey shifts to a headlock. Zayne throws body shots, then elbows, then he powers out, only for Bey to pull on Zayne’s beard! Bey laughs and flexes while Red Shoes reprimands. Bey headlocks, but Zayne powers up to put Bey on ropes! Zayne then powers out to wrench Bey’s arm. Bey endures the wristlock, but Zayne pulls on Bey’s beard! Tag to Lindaman and Lindaman kicks Bey low. Fans applaud as Lindaman wrenches and wristlocks Bey to then YANK the arm! Lindaman YANKS the arm again, and he keeps Bey from Ace.
But Bey pulls Lindaman’s hair! Red Shoes reprimands but Bey knees Lindaman low, tags Ace, and Bullet Club mugs Lindaman. They double whip Lindaman corner to corner, Bey runs in but Lindaman picks Bey up! AIR RAID CRASH! Ace runs in and knees low. Ace whips, Lindaman reverses and SAYANAGIS! Then BASEMENT DDT! Fans fire up with Lindaman and he looms over Ace. Lindaman drags Ace, scoops him and SLAMS him, then rallies the fans as he goes to the corner. Lindaman runs, stomps and goes to the other corner! Fans fire up as Lindaman climbs, but Ace wants Red Shoes to check him. This is a distraction so Bey can trip Lindaman up!
Ace hobbles over and tags in Bey. Bey BLASTS Zayne, then he and Ace double whip Lindaman! POMMEL KICK, and then FINESSE IN MOTION! Bey feeds Lindaman to Ace’s drop toehold and Eddy Gordo Kick! Bey DOUBLE STOMPS Lindaman down! Bey stands on Lindaman in a cocky cover, TWO! Fans applaud while Bey drags Lindaman up. Bey ROCKS Lindaman, drags him up again, and then CLAWS Lindaman’s eyes! Red Shoes counts, Bey lets off and pretends he can’t hear the fans rallying up. Bey KICKS Lindaman in the side, then coordinates with Ace. Bey bumps Lindaman’s face off Ace’s boot!
Red Shoes reprimands while Bey tags Ace. Bullet Club double wrench Lindaman, double CLAW his back, then double drop toehold to Too Sweet CLAW his back! Fans applaud while Ace stomps Lindaman. Cover, TWO! Fans applaud more, Ace stomps Lindaman more. Ace CHOKES Lindaman with his shirt, then drags Lindaman up to gut wrench suplex! Ace stands on Lindaman before a LEG DROP! Cover, TWO! Ace KNEES Lindaman in the back, and again, but Lindaman gets up to ROCK Ace! And again! But Ace NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO! Ace drags Lindaman up and tags in Bey.
Bullet Club mugs Lindaman, double whip him to ropes but Lindaman holds ropes. Ace runs in but Lindaman steps aside to send him tumbling out! Bey runs in but Lindaman puts him on the apron. Bey holds onto Lindaman to keep him from Zayne, and Bey shoulders in. Bey slingshots up and over, but Lindaman CLOBBERS him! Fans fire up, hot tag- NO, Ace trips Zayne off the apron! Bey CLOBBERS Lindaman while Ace stomps Zayne. Bey snapmares and UPPERCUTS Lindaman in the back. Cover, TWO! Bey argues the count while fans rally up. Bey sits Lindaman up for a chinlock and grinds him down.
Fans rally as Lindaman endures. Lindaman fights his way up, throws elbows, but Bey CLUBS Lindaman down! Tag to Ace, and Ace brings Lindaman around, DOUBLE SWEEP COMBO! And then the STANDING MOONSAULT LEG DROP COMBO! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up while Ace grows frustrated. Ace drags Lindaman up, whips him hard into the corner, and Bey CHOKES Lindaman while Ace distracts Red Shoes with talk about Zayne. Red Shoes keeps them apart, and then Ace goes over to Lindaman. Ace tags Bey, drags Lindaman up, and Bey takes a crane stance. Bey crane steps to then poke Lindaman in his eyes!
Fans applaud while Bey crane steps around. Bey drags Lindaman up, reels him in, and says he’s gonna give us three amigos. But Lindaman blocks the first amigo! Bey throws body shots, then a knee! Uno Amigo! Then Dos Amigos! Then THREE AMIGOS! Bey kips up and fans applaud. Bey goes up the corner, fans fire up, and Bey mocks Zayne with “ITADAKIMAAASU~!” MOONSAULT, but Bey has to roll through when Lindaman moves! Lindaman runs in, gets around, kicks Bey’s legs out then dropkicks him in the back! Fans fire up while both men are down, hot tags to Ace and Zayne! Zayne fires off hands on Ace, then spins him for the DISCUS LARIAT!
Fans fire up as Zayne storms up on Ace, fires off boxing elbows, then mule kicks! Zayne runs but Bey runs in to SOBAT! Bey whips, Zayne ducks ‘n’ dodges, then he DOUBLE RANAS Bey & Ace! Fans fire up and Zayne swings, but Bey catches him! Ace runs up but Zayne BOOTS him! Zayne elbows free of Bey to knee him low, then he runs again, DOUBLE ROLLING SCISSOR KICK! Fans fire up again as Zayne focuses on Ace. Zayne stalks Ace, drags him from the corner, and he pulls the kick pad away from the boot! Ace kicks Zayne away, but Zayne blocks the roundhouse! Zayne drags Ace down and Ace desperately claws for the ropes! ROPEBREAK!
Zayne holds on but Bey drags Ace out to safety. But then Lindaman runs in and he uses Zayne as a boost to SOMERSAULT SENTON out onto Bullet Club! Fans fire up with that direct hit, and Zayne waits on them to stand back up. Fans rally, Lindaman drags Ace up for Zayne and puts him in. Zayne drags Ace up, reels him in, but Bey SUPERMAN PUNCHES Lindaman! Zayne suplexes, Ace slips out and goes to ropes. Zayne runs in, he blocks Ace’s boot and flips him to the apron. Bey gets up to join Ace, Zayne runs in but he gets DOUBLE KNEES! Ace & Bey dump Zayne out, and then Bey gets in to build speed. Bey FLIES and takes out Zayne!
Lindaman swipes at Ace but Ace handsprings up and over! Ace PENALTY KICKS Lindaman down! Ace and Bey get Zayne up, Ace slingshots in and kips up to build speed! THE FALL TO GLORY! Fans fire up for the Fosbury Flop and Bey says that was great! Ace puts Zayne in the ring, fans rally up and Bullet Club sees Zayne go to the corner. Bey sets up, but Zayne ducks the pommel kick! Zayne BOOTS Bey, puts Ace in the corner to ELBOW, then he hoists Ace up top. Bey runs in but is sent into Ace’s knees! Zayne uses Bey to get up and SUPER STEINER Ace! And GERMAN SUPLEX Bey onto Ace! Fans fire up as Zayne drags Ace up.
Zayne scoops for the BAJA BLAST! Cover, TWO! Ace survives but Zayne keeps his focus. Lindaman returns, he and Zayne coordinate. Lindaman drags Ace up and Zayne goes to the corner. Lindaman hits KUMAGOROSHI, and Zayne shouts “ITADAKIMAAASU~!” Zayne climbs up, but Bey GAMANGIRIS him down! Lindaman storms over but Bey GAMANGIRIS him, too! Ace hits a BIG back suplex on Lindaman, and Bey climbs up after Zayne. Zayne is reclined along a top rope, Bey DOUBLE STOMPS him down! Bey drags Zayne up and torture racks! Ace steps in to FLYING CHUCK and Bey spins to RACK NECKBREAKER!! Ace covers, TWO!?!?
Fans are thunderous as Zayne survives! Bullet Club grows frustrated, but they decide to bring out the trump card. But Lindaman BOOTS Ace! And ROCKS Bey! And ROCKS Ace! Lindaman fires off on Bey, then BOOTS Ace! Lindaman whips but Ace reverses. Bey SPLASHES Lindaman, hoists him up top, and then Ace goes up top with Bey. They bring Lindaman up, but Zayne CLUBS them first! Zayne adds on now, for a TOWER OF DOOM, DOUBLE POWERBOMB SUPERPLEX!! Fans fire up as all four men are down! They all stir, and Bey slowly rolls out of the ring, as does Lindaman. That leaves Zayne and Ace alone.
Zayne crawls over to Ace, and Ace SLAPS Zayne! Zayne SLAPS Ace, and they SLAP back and forth! Then they throw forearms back and forth! Fans rally as the two fight up to their feet to throw more forearm shots! Ace gets the edge, knees low then swings, but Zayne spins him! Ace blocks the lariat, Zayne blocks the kick! Zayne ducks a kick to wrap Zayne up! TACO- NO, Ace slips out! Ace KNEES, KNEE LIFTS and HEEL KICKS! Zayne wobbles, Ace runs, THE FOLD!!! Cover, LINDAMAN BREAKS IT!! Fans are thunderous as Lindaman waistlocks Ace and deadlifts! Bey saves Ace to PELE Lindaman!
Fans fire up, Bullet Club coordinates, ONE TOO- NO, Lindaman catches the cutter to GERMAN SUPLEX! Bey lands on his feet, but Lindaman GERMAN SUPLEXES! Zayne kips up, Ace BOOTS him, but Zayne ducks the roundhouse! Lindaman GERMAN SUPLEXES! DOUBLE BRIDGE!! SAUCEHEARTS WIN!!!!
Winners: Alex Zayne & El Lindaman, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Ace & Bey earn 0)
INCREDIBLE! The top team falls, and now we have a NEW top team! Can the Bullet Club still have an impact on the Super Jr. Tag League finals?
As for SAUCEHEARTS, Lindaman gets the mic to say he and Zayne just won! “This league started back on November 21st in Korakuen, and now we’re here. I’m delighted we won the main event here, in Sasebo.” Fans applaud as they’re happy to see it, too. Lindaman says he’s “got a lot of personal feelings for this place. My father was born and raised in Sasebo. My mother was also born and raised in Sasebo. Make no mistake, Sasebo runs in El Lindaman’s veins.” Fans applaud to know he’s one of theirs. But then Lindaman says, “Sorry, I lied! I’m from Tokyo! Sorry! I might have told a little white lie about Sasebo, but I’m not lying when I say we’re taking this Super Jr. Tag League!”
Fans applaud that, and Lindaman continues to say, “After this win here, we’ll continue to do the same when we face Douki & Kanemaru. Then we’re off to the finals in Sendai.” Fans also applaud that. Lindaman says he’s proud to be holding the mic after a NJPW main event, but some fans may not know him. “El Lindaman doesn’t belong to NJPW, but I represent the promotion known as GLEAT. But since I have the mic, mind if I close this the GLEAT way?” Fans applaud, they’d love to see it! Lindaman says, “For those of you unfamiliar in Sasebo, let me give you a crash course! Don’t worry, it’s very simple. Learn it and try it at home.
“When I say, ‘Let’s,’ you pump your fist and shout, ‘GLEAT!’ Did you get that?” Fans applaud, as that is pretty simple. So are they all ready? Lindaman then admits, he didn’t get the pin so Zayne should have a part to say. They can “remix” this for the occasion and get some “Itadakimasu” in. Lindaman asks, “Everyone, did you enjoy NJPW today?” Fans applaud because they did! “Did you enjoy Super Jr. Tag League?” Fans applaud because they did! Then watch them as they head for the finals in Sendai! “Everyone in Sasebo, let’s… GLEAT! And…” “ITADAKIMAAASU!” The SAUCEHEARTS are fired up, but will they bring the heat all the way to the tournament finals?
Here are the NEW Super Jr. Tag League standings!
Zayne & Lindaman: 6-2, 12 points
Austin & Bey: 6-2, 12 points
Bushi & Titan: 6-2, 12 points
TJP & Akira: 6-2, 12 points
Yoh & Lio: 6-2, 12 points
Taguchi & Connors: 3-5, 6 points [ELIMINATED]
Eagles & Tiger Mask: 2-5, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
Douki & Kanemaru: 3-5, 6 points [ELIMINATED]
KUSHIDA & Knight: 1-7, 2 points [ELIMINATED]
Sho & Dick: 1-7, 2 points [ELIMINATED]
A great event for the Super Jr. Tag League, and I am surprised that we still have FIVE teams, aka half the block, still alive going into the final round! Hilarious stuff from Wild Hips VS Yoh & Lio with the beer and the references to The Rock, Stone Cold and I suppose Triple H. Douki & Kanemaru getting a win over Sho & Dick was great, even if it didn’t affect the finals. Eagles & Tiger gave LIJ a great match but LIJ was the team I expected to win out. I did not, however, think #GLEATSAUCE #SAUCEHEARTS Zayne & Lindaman were gonna get this one, and that is great stuff. It is revenge on Ace for him betraying Zayne and joining Bullet Club, and keeps him and Lindaman alive.
Now, three of the five matches on Friday the 10th matter, with LIJ VS Yoh & Lio, Zayne & Lindaman VS Douki & Kanemaru and Catch 2/2 VS Ace & Bey. Yoh & Lio have a “win and they’re in” scenario for having beaten SAUCEHEARTS and Bullet Club, and they’d eliminate LIJ from the running. And for LIJ, they beat Catch 2/2, who beat everyone else, but they lost to Bullet Club. Ace & Bey would have to lose for LIJ to get in, but then I think that gives us LIJ VS Catch 2/2 for the finals. That match-up seems to fit the story, but I wouldn’t mind another scenario just so we don’t get LIJ VS Catch 2/2 before a potential WrestleKingdom title match.
My Score: 8.8/10
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