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Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (8/22/22)

Toronto is Raw!

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WWE Raw 2022

The Rated R Superstar faces Judgement Day’s Punisher!

For the first time in 12 YEARS, Edge is on Raw IN TORONTO! But will the hometown hero survive the Punishment that’s coming for him?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Vacated WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships Tournament, Semifinals: Alexa Bliss & Asuka VS Dakota Kai & Iyo Sky; Kai & Sky win and advance to the finals.
  • Dolph Ziggler VS Finn Balor w/ Rhea Ripley; Balor wins.
  • Alpha Academy Open Challenge: Chad Gable w/ Otis VS Kevin Owens; Kevin wins.
  • Aliyah VS Bayley; Bayley wins.
  • AJ Styles & Bobby Lashley VS The Miz & Tommaso Ciampa; The Miz & Ciampa win, by disqualification.
  • Edge VS Damian Priest; Edge wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Wait, something’s happening backstage.

Seth Rollins and Matt Riddle are brawling at gorilla! Adam Pearce and referees rush in to break it up! The Visionary and the Stallion want after each other that badly, but will they have no choice but to wait for Clash at the Castle?

Wait! The brawl starts up again and the two spill out into the crowd! Fans fire up as Rollins gives Riddle headlock punches! Riddle hits back, chases Rollins up the stands like just last week! Riddle fireman’s carries but Rollins fights free before he gets tossed! They brawl more and more, fans cheer them on as they brawl back down the steps. Rollins CLUBS Riddle, officials get between them, but fans want to “Let Them Fight!” Riddle gets loose and LEAPS off the barriers! He clobbers everyone!! But officials hurry to drag Rollins away, only for Riddle to get at him again! Rollins and Riddle are taken in different directions, is this the end of the chaos?

 

Trish Stratus is here!

Toronto goes wild for another of their hometown heroes as the seven-time WWE Women’s Champion and Hall of Famer heads to the ring. Trish gets the mic as fans cheer for her. “Guys, oh, man. It feels so good to be here. It feels so good to be home. And I’m not just talking about Toronto. I’m talking about in this ring. Between these ropes. I have to say, it’ll never not feel like home between these ropes. I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately.” But wait! Here comes Bayley, Dakota Kai & Iyo Sky! They interrupt the living legend’s homecoming, but for what reason? We’ll see, after the break.

Raw returns and Bayley has a mic to say, “I’m so excited! And we had to come out here. I mean, I told you guys, Raw is literally the best show to be. We’re in the ring with Trish Freakin’ Stratus! We’re huge fans!” Iyo says she’s a BIG fan! Trish daisuki! Yes, she’s been Trish’s number one fan for so long, Trish is such a legend, international legend even. America, Japan, New Zealand, all that. But um… What’s she even doing here? Trish tells them that there’s a big match happening later tonight. It’s a big deal, as a fellow Torontonian in Edge is back in the ring after a decade, so Trish is here to support him.

And after being so rudely interrupted, as you’re clearly not Canadians- Dakota tells Trish that these three don’t care what she has to say! Iyo says, “I don’t like you!” Bayley and her team laugh it up, none of them like Trish because they’re sick of her riding their coattails during this Canada tour. They were in Kingston and London, Ontario, and they’re here now–you’re welcome, by the way–and Trish is always on them! They’re getting really, really sick of it. This is their ring now. Trish is the past. Raw is their show, Trish is the past. They run things, so who the hell does Trish think she is?!

Fans boo, but here comes BIANCA BELAIR! The RawEST Women’s Champion marches to the ring to support Trish! “Who in the hell is Trish Stratus? Bayley, you not even in the same Stratusphere. See, Trish walked so that we all could run. So what you should be doing is thanking Trish, because there would be no Bayley without Trish Stratus.” But if Bayley’s acting up, Bianca will tell her who the hell Trish is: a trailblazer, a legend, and Toronto is her city! So stop being disrespectful. Fans rally behind the EST and Bayley is annoyed. Bianca says she doesn’t need to defend Trish, Trish can defend herself.

Trish tells Bayley that she can real quick go from “I am retired,” to “I was retired” if Bayley doesn’t stop running her mouth. Oh, okay. Since we’re taking jackets off… Trish is a little stupid, but there’s three of them and only two of you. Simple math, sweetie: Trish & Bianca are two… But then Alexa Bliss & Asuka head out! “And the future Women’s Tag Team Champions, Asuka & Alexa Bliss, well that makes, one two three, oh that makes four!” Oh, well, they’re all lucky Bayley is feeling generous. Bayley will let this one slide, and we’ll see everyone at Clash at the Castle. Oh, well that’s if you make it there. Good luck to Bayley’s girls, they’re gonna need it.

The 4v3 gets Bayley to back down, but right up next will be the first semifinal match of this tournament! Will Kai & Sky take control of the bracket? Or will they not be ready for Asuka & Bliss?

Vacated WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships Tournament, Semifinals: Alexa Bliss & Asuka VS Dakota Kai & Iyo Sky!

The teams sort out and Asuka and Iyo start. Fans fire up for this Joshi Strong Style showdown as the two circle. But then Iyo dodges Asuka and tags Dakota! Asuka calls Iyo a chicken but Iyo says whatever. Dakota and Asuka circle, tie up, and Asuka headlocks for a takeover. Dakota headscissors. Asuka kips free but Dakota headlocks for a takeover. Asuka headscissors, Dakota kips free but into a SOBAT! Asuka mocks Iyo more then whips Dakota to ropes. Dakota slips out of the ring to stall again, but Asuka calls her a chicken, too! Dakota paces, Iyo says to keep cool, and Dakota hops up at 8 of 10, but Asuka HIP ATTACKS her down!

Iyo gets in but bails out to avoid a roundhouse! Alexa WRECKS Iyo with a dropkick! Asuka & Alexa high five as Raw goes to break!

Raw returns and Alexa circles with Iyo. The fans rally up and the two tie up. Iyo gets around but Alexa wrenches an arm. Iyo rolls, kips up and wrenches to a wristlock. Alexa endures as Iyo hammerlocks then waistlocks. Iyo ducks an elbow but Alexa wrenches free. Alexa whips, Iyo reverses but Alexa arm-drags to a cover, TWO! Alexa kicks but Iyo blocks it, rolls Alexa and waistlocks! Alexa fights free, wrenches and STO’s Iyo down! Then Insult2Injury MK. II! Cover, TWO! Alexa facelocks but Iyo resists. Alexa wrenches, brings Iyo over and tags Asuka. Iyo hurries away but Asuka mocks the chicken!

Fans rally up as the two circle, they both shout “I don’t like you!” Iyo goes Matrix to dodge a roundhouse! Iyo rolls Asuka up, TWO! Iyo stomps Asuka’s fingers, runs the ropes, but Asuka avoids the dropkick! Iyo avoids the sliding kick, fires off strikes and wrenches, but Asuka ducks the roundhouse. Asuka taunts Iyo but Iyo HEEL KICKS her! Iyo taunts Asuka, tags Dakota, and Dakota runs in, but Asuka dodges the boot! Dakota avoids the roundhouse to throw Asuka by her hair! Dakota stomps Asuka, gives her Kowada Kicks, then drags Asuka up. Dakota whips, Asuka reveres and pop-up KNEES Dakota down!

Asuka gives Kowada Kicks to Dakota now! Tag to Alexa, she and Asuka double whip Dakota to ropes. Alexa ROCKS Dakota, Asuka hits a BULLDOG! Alexa covers, TWO! Alexa smiles as she brings Dakota up, then she wrenches and wristlocks to a roll-up, ONE! Oklahoma Roll, TWO! Alexa rolls Dakota around for another Oklahoma Roll, TWO! Dakota throws body shots, but Alexa hits a JAWBREAKER to SHOTGUN! Dakota bails out, Iyo runs in, but Alexa SHOTGUNS her, too! Alexa goes to the apron, to CANNONBALL! Direct hit on Kai & Sky and fans fire up! Asuka applauds and Alexa makes the belt motion.

Dana Brooke & Tamina are again watching from backstage, which team are they observing? Alexa puts Dakota in, storms up on her, but Dakota kicks low! Dakota whips Alexa, Alexa holds ropes but Dakota slides and trips her up, to spin her around and BOOT her! Dakota cools off while Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and Alexa crawls for her corner. Dakota drags her away and tags in Iyo! Iyo runs over to swing on Asuka but she dodges. Alexa kicks Dakota away, Iyo catches her, but Alexa slips under! Iyo gets a leg but Alexa KICKS her away! Hot tag to Asuka! Iyo has no choice but to take the KICKS from Asuka! Asuka whips, Iyo reverses but Asuka uses that to HIP ATTACK Dakota off the apron! Asuka then dodges Iyo to run her over! Fans fire up with the Empress as she HIP ATTACKS Iyo in the corner! Iyo fights off the German suplex but she gets BACKHAND after BACKHAND, a SOBAT and a GERMAN SUPLEX!

Asuka runs in, SLIDING KICK! Cover, TWO! Now Aliyah, Nikki A.S.H. and “Doudrop” Piper Niven are watching. Asuka KICKS Iyo and again and again! Dakota gets in, distracts Asuka, but dodges the punch to HOTSHOT Asuka down! Iyo runs in to DOUBLE KNEE Asuka down! Iyo goes to the apron and fans fire up as she springboards to MISSILE DROPKICK! Cover, Alexa breaks it! Dakota runs in but Alexa KICKS her! But Dakota TOSSES Alexa! Dakota goes to the corner, tags in, and storms up to Asuka. Dakota  suplexes but Asuka fights free to backslide! TWO! BUZZ- NO, Dakota ducks to SCORPION KICK!

Dakota runs in, but Asuka avoids the boot! Asuka runs in but Dakota dodges the hip attack to BOOT Asuka down! Cover, TWO!! Asuka survives and Dakota can’t believe it! Fans rally up, Dakota CLUBS Asuka down, then Dakota drags her up into a dragon sleeper. But Asuka slips out to BACKHAND! Asuka runs, Alexa tags in, SLIDING KICK! Alexa sits Dakota up, Iyo runs in! Alexa gets her, too, DOUBLE DDT! Tag back to Asuka and she sets Dakota up, Alexa adds on, RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP NECKBREAKER! To the KOJI KLUTCH!! Iyo breaks the hold!! Alexa tosses Iyo out and Asuka crawls over, tag to Alexa!

Alexa drags Dakota into the drop zone and climbs up. Fans fire up, Asuka tags back in before TWISTED BLISS to the knees! Iyo SHOTGUNS Alexa, but Asuka ROUNDHOUSES Iyo! Dakota reels Asuka in but Asuka bobs ‘n’ weaves and throws BACKHAND after BACKHAND! Dakota ducks one to ROCK Asuka! Around the World, but Asuka dodges! Iyo sneaks a tag before the ASUKA LOCK!! Dakota taps but it isn’t valid!! Asuka thinks she won but Iyo rolls her up, KAI & SKY WIN!!

Winners: Dakota Kai & Iyo Sky, by pinfall (advance to the finals)

Bayley’s girls show Trish up by tricking Asuka! Will this mean they’re taking control of the WWE Women’s Tag Division?

 

Backstage interview with Dolph Ziggler.

Kevin Patrick asks The Showoff how he plans to bounce back from that nail-biting loss to (Austin) Theory by taking on The Prince, Finn Balor? Well, Ziggler’s been doing this a long time. He’s had a lot of highs and a lot of lows. Theory was the better man last week. But Ziggler just wants to help him! Theory has the world in his hands, but he’s just so arrogant about it, and that’s the problem. But Finn walks in mocking Ziggler, and says we’ve heard this all before. “Respect the locker room veterans.” That makes Finn sick! Ziggler is the same as Edge and Rey Mysterio! He attaches himself to the younger, up-and-coming superstars to try and keep himself relevant.

But Ziggler disguises it as “guidance” and “advice.” Well y’know what? Ziggler can’t teach Finn nothing, kid! Uh, aren’t they the same age? But Ziggler knows there’s one thing he can teach Finn. SLAP! Finn falls over and Rhea is fuming, but Ziggler heads to the ring. Ziggler then asks if Finn’s just gonna sit there like a little bitch or if he’s gonna get to the ring? Will Finn make the Dirty Dawg regret the insults?

Dolph Ziggler VS Finn Balor w/ Rhea Ripley!

Raw returns as Balor & Rhea make their way to the ring. The bell rings and fans rally as the two circle. They tie up and go around the ring, but Ziggler gets around to a waistlock. Finn pries at the hold. Ziggler ducks the elbow to get a headlock. Finn powers out but Ziggler runs him over! Finn backs off, Ziggler storms up on him but into a kick! Finn bumps Ziggler off buckles, but Ziggler avoids the chop! Ziggler headlocks, Finn powers out, things speed up and Ziggler DROPKICKS Finn down! Finn flounders to a corner but Ziggler rushes in to rain down punches! Ziggler stops at three to then bring Finn out. Finn fights the neckbreaker and trips Ziggler to rain down fists!

Finn snarls and Rhea grins but fans are torn. Finn glare at Ziggler and he storms over to drag him up. Finn bumps Ziggler off buckles and then paces around. Fans cheer and jeer while Finn runs Ziggler into another corner. Ziggler staggers, Finn bumps him off more buckles! Finn paces around Ziggler, throws down elbows then clamps on a chinlock. Ziggler endures and fights up as the fans rally. Ziggler throws body shots, backs Finn down but Finn knees low! Finn throws hands but Ziggler counter punches! And again! And again! Ziggler whips, Finn reverses and Ziggler hits buckles hard! Both men are down while Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and Finn grinds Ziggler down with a chinlock. Fans rally up for Ziggler and he fights to his feet. Ziggler throws body shots, backs Finn down, but Finn clamps on tighter. Ziggler JAWBREAKERS free! But Finn kicks the legs out! Finn suplexes but Ziggler slips out! Ziggler goes to a corner, elbows Finn away, then BOOTS him! Finn tries again, Ziggler dodges and builds up speed to CLOBBER Finn! Finn gets to a corner, Ziggler leaps in and rains down fists! Ziggler goes way past 10, then brings Finn out for the NECKBREAKER! Fans fire up and Ziggler jumps for an ELBOW DROP! Cover, TWO!

Both men are down and fans rally up. Ziggler gets Finn up, suplexes, but Finn slips out now to dragon sleeper, ELBOW DROP DDT! Cover, TWO! Finn snarls but he KICKS Ziggler in the side! And then springboard stomps him down! And again! And again! the ref counts, Finn lets off and he takes aim. Ziggler slowly rises, Finn runs in, but Ziggler turns slingblade into roll-up! TWO, and Ziggler kicks a leg out! FAM- NO, SIT-OUT POWERBOMB!! Cover, TWO!! Rhea is furious about the count but he defends it was fair! Finn goes to a corner and he takes aim. Ziggler crawls to the far side, then runs in, but Ziggler DROPKICKS him first!

Ziggler hurries up to SATELLITE DDT! Cover, TWO!! Finn survives and fans are fired up! Rhea breathes a little easier but Finn and Ziggler are both down on the mat. Fans rally and duel, Finn and Ziggler rise, and Finn blocks a superkick! Ziggler fights the elbow drop DDT, Finn inverted suplexes but Ziggler slips free! Ziggler kicks the leg, FAMOUSER! Cover, TWO!! Finn survives again and fans can’t believe it! Ziggler and Finn slowly rise as the fans rally up. Ziggler runs in but Finn shrugs off the Zigzag! SHOTGUN and Ziggler hits buckles! Ziggler drops into the drop zone and Finn goes up top! COUP DE- NO, Ziggler moves, ZIGZAG! Cover, TWO!?!?

No one can believe Finn survives this time, not even Rhea! Rhea coaches Finn up but Ziggler throws hands. Finn throws hands and the brawl is on! Fans rally as they go back and forth, faster and faster! Ziggler gets the edge but Finn kicks hard and low! But Ziggler HEADBUTTS!! Finn distracts the ref and Rhea ROCKS Ziggler with a right! Finn reels Ziggler in, 1 9 1 6!! Finn goes up top and COUP DE GRACE!! Cover, Finn wins!

Winner: Finn Balor, by pinfall

The Eradicator made sure the scales tipped in the Prince’s favor! Will the Judgement Day continue to do what they want to who they want?

 

Backstage interview with Aliyah.

SmackDown’s star is here in Toronto, and Sarah asks her how it feels for her and Raquel Rodriguez to go into the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship Semifinals. Aliyah being the Bougie Badass and Raquel being a beast, they- Wait, Bayley and her crew laugh their way in and says, “I’m sorry, Badass? Or just Bad?” Bayley takes the interview over and asks Aliyah if she took notes watching Iyo &Dakota to help herself and Raquel in the next round, considering they’re taking on the winners of a Second Chance Fatal 4 Way. Toxic Attraction’s Gigi Dolin is hurt, so another team must step up, but it doesn’t really matter, because we all know Kai & Sky will win the whole thing!

Oh, where’s Aliyah’s partner? None of your business! Uh, everything is their business! Iyo says Aliyah is either really brave or really stupid to show up on the other show all alone. Who says she’s alone? Trish is back! Trish says, “Ding dong, hello.” Bayley, how is your knee doing? When will Bayley return to action? Yeah, good question! Why not prove it to Aliyah tonight in a match? Okay, fine! See you out there! Bayley, Kai & Sky head out, and Adam Pearce walks past. He has a picture of Dexter Lumis, they’re clearly on high alert. But will #Aliyah317 get to the bottom of Bayley’s status?

 

Alpha Academy Open Challenge: The Alpha Academy VS ???

“Master” Chad Gable and his prize pupil, Otis, are in Toronto, looking to test someone, anyone! Who will accept the challenge? And will they pass or fail what Gable’s “golden brain” has waiting for them?

Raw returns and the fans are booing, so Gable tells them to “SHOOSH. Shoosh, please. Because Master Gable has an important announcement. For the first time since it’s inception, The Alpha Academy has decided to accept new students! And I decided to start my search right here in Canada!” Though, now he’s regretting it, because he has looked all over Toronto, and he’s only found washed-up, toothless hockey players, all hooked on Tim Hortons! Fans boo but Gable says SHOOSH. Just look at your own team, the Maple Leafs! They lost an ice hockey game to a team from Tampa Bay! Fans boo even more now!

Gable says he knows education isn’t the strongest here, so here’s a factoid: Tampa Bay doesn’t even have ice! But here’s a few more facts. There is NO talent in Canada. The only guy Gable keeps hearing about is some geek named Austin Matthews. But the only problem is, Matthews is American, and he doesn’t even have the talent to wash Otis’ jock straps! But against Gable’s better judgement, he is holding the first ever Alpha Academy Open Challenge! A-thank-yew! So he is begging Toronto to send their best. A civilian, a former athlete who can’t let go of the glory days, maybe some former fighter. Send him what you’ve got and see if they measure up! But Gable has a hypothesis: they won’t! A-THANK-YEW~!

Gable & Otis wait, and… Oh, big surprise! NOBODY! That’s what- WAIT! WHAT?! Kevin Owens!? The Prizefighter is here and all fired up! Gable is panicking just a bit as Kevin goes to the ring! Will he prove Gable’s hypothesis is dead wrong?

Alpha Academy Open Challenge: Chad Gable w/ Otis VS Kevin Owens!

The bell rings and Kevin fires off hands on Gable! Fans fire up as Kevin quite literally kicks Gable out of the ring! Kevin then goes out but Gable fires hands back. Kevin ROCKS Gable, CHOPS Gable, then ROCKS him again! Gable gets back in the ring but Gable stomps Kevin back. Gable fires of hands, headlocks, and holds on tight as Kevin tries to power out. Kevin powers up, throws body shots, then powers out. Things speed up, Kevin CLOBBERS Gable! Fans fire up as Kevin paces around. Kevin brings Gable up, CHOPS him in the corner, then CHOPS him again! And again! Gable blocks to fire off forearms!

Gable shouts “A-THANK-YEW~” then CHOPS! Gable whips, Kevin reverses but Gable kicks him! Kevin LARAITS in return, then SENTONS! Gable gets to a corner, Kevin runs in, CANNON- NO, Gable bails out. Kevin stops short, goes out after Gable, but runs into an EXPLODER! Gable turns things around then tells fans to SHOOSH! Gable goes to the apron, but Kevin trips him up! Kevin reels Gable in, but Gable fights off the bomb to back drop Kevin on the apron! Gable drags Kevin up, APRON GERMAN SUPLEX! Kevin is down and fans boo while Raw goes to break!

Raw returns and Kevin CHOPS Gable! Gable shoots around to GERMAN SUPLEX! Kevin flounders and the ref checks him, but he is okay to continue. Gable drags Kevin up and reel shim in, for another GERMAN SUPLEX! And then another GERMAN SUPLEX! Kevin grabs ropes to hold off more, and he elbows Gable away! Kevin then GERMAN SUPLEXES Gable! Gable ends up in a corner, for the CANNONBALL! Fans fire up while both men are down again! Otis coaches Gable but fans rally for Kevin. Gable crawls, both men stand, and Kevin fires a forearm! Gable gives it back, Kevin JABS! Gable throws a haymaker, another, but Kevin fires back!

Gable kicks low, whips but Kevin reverses, to hook a leg, FISHERMAN USHIGOROSHI! Kevin hobbles to a corner and climbs up top! Fans stand up for this one! FROG SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!! Gable survives and Kevin is beside himself! Fans rally and Kevin stands up. Gable crawls but Kevin storms up on him. Kevin whips Gable to ropes, POP-UP- NO! Gable slips off and waistlocks, GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Kevin survives and now Gable can’t believe it! Gable hurries to a corner and climbs up now! Kevin’s so far away, though! DIVING HEADBUTT!! It still connects! Cover, TWO!!

Gable is frustrated that Kevin survives. Gable tells fans to SHOOSH, and then he drags Kevin up. Gable puts Kevin on the top rope, climbs up and shouts, “For the Academy!” Otis echoes it, but Kevin throws body shots! Kevin HEADBUTTS Gable away! Gable springs right back up to get Kevin, but Kevin hooks Gable! SUPER FISHERMAN BUSTER! Toronto gives a standing ovation as Kevin covers, TWO!! Gable survives and Otis is relieved, but Kevin is climbing the corner again! SWANTON BOMB onto knees!! Gable hurries up top no, for the MOONSAULT, but he has to land out! Kevin SUPERKICKS, then whips! POP-UP POWERBOMB!! Cover, Kevin wins!!

Winner: Kevin Owens, by pinfall

But Otis attacks! The Dozer ruins the celebration and fans boo! Otis whips Kevin to a corner, but Kevin dodges and Otis POSTS himself! Kevin bails out, and he sees Gable floundering around! Fans fire up and Kevin brings Gable around! But Otis CLBOBERS Kevin again! Otis saves Gable and he drags Kevin back into the ring! Otis drags Kevin up but Kevin hits a STUNNER!! Gable returns, but Kevin kicks him first! Kevin reels Gable in to POWERBOMB him onto Otis! Fans are all fired up for the Prizefighter, will Kevin #JustKeepFighting all the way to a title shot?

 

The Judgement Day speaks backstage.

Rhea says “We run Monday Night Raw. And we’re gonna keep beating everyone up until they realize that. I mean, just ask Dolph Ziggler.” Finn mockingly asks, “Who?” and Rhea says, “Exactly.” Finn says he’s been meaning to talk to Rhea. She’s been beating Dominik up so much, he might be starting to enjoy it! And as for Daddy Rey, Finn says he keeps Rey in his jacket pocket. Rey is “6 1 MINE!” Priest likes that one. And that only leaves one lonely legend left. Priest knows the cheers for Edge will be crazy, because for the first time in over a decade, the hero returns home to Toronto. Well, it’ll be Edge’s last, because Priest will send him back into retirement.

As loud as all the cheers will be, they’ll turn into terrified screams from Edge’s friends and family as he meets his Judgement Day. The dark trio is laughing now, but will the Rated R Superstar ruin their night?

 

SmackDown’s Second Chance Fatal 4 is set!

Dana Brooke & Tamina VS Nikki A.S.H. & Piper Niven VS Shotzi Blackheart & Xia Li VS Sonya Deville & Natalya! Who makes the most of this opportunity to then take on Raquel Rodriguez & Aliyah?

 

Aliyah VS Bayley!

Another star from Toronto is in action, and she wants to make her hometown proud by putting those WWE Four Horsewoman in her place! Will the Bougie Badass be victorious? Or will Bayley say #DINGDONGHELLO to a win in her first match back?

Raw returns and Bayley makes her entrance. Surprisingly, it’s without Kai & Sky. Will #CobraKai & The Evil Genius be lurking in the shadows? The bell rings and the two circle. Fans rally for Aliyah but Bayley doesn’t take that seriously. They tie up, Bayley throws Aliyah down, then Bayley mocks her. Aliyah tackles Bayley to a jackknife cover! TWO, Aliyah rolls Bayley to get a cradle, TWO! Bayley holds on to suplex Aliyah but Aliyah slips free! Aliyah goes Matrix to dodge, then she sit-out hip tosses Bayley down! Aliyah DROPKCISK Bayley to a corner and fans fire up! Aliyah runs in at the corner, and RAMS into Bayley!

Aliyah goes to the apron, ROCKS Bayley and climbs up, to handspring RANA! Bayley tumbles, Aliyah hurries to cover, ONE! Bayley pulls Aliyah’s ear! The ref reprimands, Bayley puts Aliyah in the corner and KNEES her! And again! The ref counts more, Bayley stomps Aliyah down. Bayley pulls Aliyah’s hair and taunts her, but lets off as the ref reprimands. Bayley brings Aliyah out, and hits a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Bayley stomps Aliyah around but fans rally up. Bayley CLUBS Aliyah to a corner, then brings her out for a snap suplex! Cover, ONE!! Bayley thrashes Aliyah around in a chinlock and grinds her down.

Aliyah endures and fans rally up. Aliyah fights to her feet, then arm-drags free! Bayley goes to a corner, Aliyah run sin but Bayley POSTS her! Bayley CLUBS away on Aliyah in the ropes, then fires off in the corner. Bayley brings Aliyah around to trip her and run, SLIDING LARIAT! Bayley scowls and covers, TWO! Bayley is frustrated but she clamps onto Aliyah with another chinlock. Fans rally as Aliyah endures again. Aliyah fights up, moves around, and powers Bayley back, but Bayley uses that to throw Aliyah into buckles! Bayley mockingly applauds Aliyah, then brings her out. Aliyah throws body shots!

Aliyah puts Bayley in a corner, runs and RAMS, but into a gut wrench! Bayley puts Aliyah in the ropes to STOCK DROP KNEE! A shoutout to the Boss! Cover, TWO! Bayley clamps onto Aliyah with another chinlock and leans on the hold. Fans rally, Aliyah fights up, but Bayley CLUBS her down! Bayley mocks Trish, but Aliyah TOSSES Bayley out! Fans fire up and Aliyah builds speed, but Bayley catches the baseball slide. Wait! Aliyah uses that to hit a BULLDOG! Aliyah shouts out Trish and puts Bayley back in! Aliyah runs in, THESZ PRESS and fast hands! Bayley pushes Aliyah away but Aliyah fires off on her in a corner!

Bayley pushes Aliyah back, turns things around, whips but Aliyah reverses. Aliyah runs in, Bayley meets her halfway, but Aliyah drops back and trips Bayley into a HALF CRAB! Bayley endures and fans rally up! Bayley pulls Aliyah’s hair to drag her off the hold! Aliyah stomps Bayley down and goes after the leg again! But Bayley MONKEY FLIPS Aliyah away! Bayley gets the headlock, ROSEPLANT! Cover, Bayley wins!

Winner: Bayley, by pinfall

Toronto is upset but Bayley proves she’s ready! Kai & Sky appear to celebrate with Bayley, will they all be running hot towards Clash at the Castle?

 

AJ Styles & Bobby Lashley head to gorilla together.

They’re preparing for a match with common enemies in The Miz & Tommaso Ciampa, but they pass by another incident of security literally putting out a fire! Was that Lumis’ doing? Is the Tortured Artist going to appear ringside again?

AJ Styles & Bobby Lashley VS The Miz & Tommaso Ciampa!

After the constant annoyances from the Hollywood A-Lister and his Guardian Psycho, The Phenomenal and the All Mighty team together to finally put this one to bed! Will Styles & Lashley finally get past Miz & Ciampa? Or will Toronto be AWESOME?

Raw returns as Lashley makes his entrance, followed by Styles. The teams sort out and Ciampa starts against Styles. They tie up as fans mock Miz and his “TINY BALLS! TINY BALLS!” Ciampa headlocks Styles, grinds him down, but Styles fights back up. Styles powers out, hurdles and drops, then he DROPKICKS Ciampa down! Fans fire up and Styles tags Lashley! They get Ciampa up for a double suplex, and Lashley just holds Ciampa up while Styles stares Miz down. Lashley flexes with one arm, then SLAMS Ciampa down! Miz protests but Lashley hauls Ciampa up to scoop. Ciampa slips off and CHOP BLOCKS Lashley’s leg!

Tag to Miz, Miz BOOTS Lashley down! Miz puts Lashley in the corner, fires off KICK after KICK but Lashley shoves Miz away! Lashley gets Miz up to back suplex but Miz lands on his feet! Miz full nelsons but Lashley elbows free! Tag to Styles, Styles dodges Miz’s haymaker to fire off the Phenomenal Blitz! The LARIAT knocks Miz down, then he goes to a corner. Styles runs in to clothesline, then fireman’s carry, USHIGOROSHI! Ciampa runs in but Styles ROCKS him! Lashley gets in to trophy lift Ciampa and TOSS him out onto Miz! Fans fire up for this #MightyPhenomenal team, and Raw goes to break!

Raw returns again and Miz looms over Styles. Miz drags Styles up, tags Ciampa in, and Ciampa whips Miz in at Styles for the A-LIST LARIAT! Miz feed Styles to Ciampa’s LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Fans taunt Miz but Ciampa WRINGS Styles’ arm. Ciampa stalks Styles to a corner, brings him up and ROCKS Styles with a haymaker! Then he CHOPS Styles off his feet! Ciampa stands Styles up to cravat and neck wrench, then tags Miz. Snapmare and BOOT! Ciampa stomps Styles, Miz covers, TWO! Miz clamps onto Styles with a chinlock and he grinds Styles down. Fans rally up and Styles fights to his feet, to throw body shots!

Styles snapmares free, Miz catches him to keep him from Lashley! Miz then RAMS Styles into the corner! Ciampa tags in, fires off on Styles while Miz keeps him cornered, but Styles fights back! Styles ROCKS Miz but Ciampa trips Styles! Ciampa drags Styles out but Styles fights free, only for Miz to WRECK Styles with a dropkick! Ciampa then RAMS Styles into the barriers! Styles almost falls into the timekeeper’s area, and Miz & Ciampa sit on the apron to applaud themselves and pat themselves on the back. Miz even hulks out of his shirt! Lashley storms over and Miz runs away! The ring count is climbing, Styles is back to ringside at 7 so Ciampa puts him in.

Ciampa stalks Styles, clamps on with a chinlock and he grinds Styles down. Ciampa pushes up and almost has a bully choke on Styles, but Styles still endures. Fans rally for Styles and he fights up again. Ciampa throws Styles down by his hair! Tag to Miz and Ciampa drops an ax handle! Miz JAMS his knee into Styles’ back again and again and again! Miz taunts Lashley, then HIP DROPS Styles! Miz has a chinlock and he stretches Styles back. Fans rally and Styles fights up again. Styles reaches for Lashley but he throws elbows on Miz. Miz pulls Styles’ hair and kicks a leg out, BASEMENT DDT! Cover, TWO!

Miz drags Styles all the way away and tags in Ciampa. They SPLIT THE WISHBONE! Ciampa stomps Styles, clamps on a chinlock again, and he grinds Styles back down to the mat. Styles fights up, throws elbows on Ciampa now, but Ciampa clinches, Styles JAWBREAKERS! Ciampa staggers but tags Miz, and Miz swings, only to miss! PELE! Both men are down and fans fire up! Styles and Miz crawl, hot tags to Lashley and Ciampa! The All Mighty rallies on Ciampa! Lashley winds up and clotheslines Ciampa in the corner! Miz runs in, but Lashley blocks the boot and ELBOWS him away! Lashley clotheslines Miz in one corner, then clotheslines Ciampa in the other!

Lashley brings Ciampa around, catches Miz, COMPLETE SHOT DDT COMBO! Fans fire up with Lashley and he aims from the corner! But Ciampa bails out to deny Lashley the Spear! But Lashley pursues, fireman’s carries, and he POSTS Ciampa! Fans fire up as Lashley hauls Ciampa up and into the ring. Ciampa staggers, Lashley aims, but Miz drags Ciampa out! Fans boo but Lashley comes around to CLOBBER The Miz! Lashley gets up but Ciampa gives him WILLOW’S BELL! Cover, TWO!! Lashley survives and Ciampa is furious! Ciampa KNEES Lashley, hooks him up, but Lashley fights free and dodges! SPEAR!! Cover, Miz breaks it in time!

Styles CLOBBERS Miz with a forearm! Miz falls out of the ring, so Styles SLINGSHOT FOREARMS Miz down! Fans are thunderous but LUMIS GRABS STYLES!! The security rushes him, and- Wait, that wasn’t Lumis?! Styles is just as startled as anyone, but he runs at Styles, into a BOOT! But then the guard in riot gear takes off his helmet, and THAT IS LUMIS!! Fans are going nuts as Lumis GRABS MIZ! That’s a disqualification!!

Winners: The Miz & Tommaso Ciampa, by disqualification

Was it MIZ Lumis was after all along? He’s dragging Miz into the shadows!! Miz is being silenced by Lumis!! Ciampa gets up, and he attacks Lashley anyway! Styles ROCKS Ciampa, then springboards to PHENOMENAL FOREARM Ciampa down! And then Lashley takes aim again and fans fire up! Styles stands Ciampa up for Lashley, for a SPEAR!! But what about The Miz?! Does no one care what Lumis might do to him!?

 

JOHNNY GARGANO IS HERE?!?

HE IS!! The Rebel Heart is back in the WWE! Toronto is thunderous as Gargano goes to the ring! Gargano gets a mic as fans chant “Johnny Wrestling!” He puts the mic down to encourage them to get louder! Fans chant, “Welcome Back!” and “HOLY SH*T!” at the same time! Gargano says, “Well surprise, everybody! It’s been nine months since I’ve been in a wrestling ring, I gotta remember how to do this. Really quick, do I still talk into the mic like this? Like this? Yeah? First of all, than you guys for reminding me who I am. For those of you who don’t know, my name is Johnny Gargano. And I was kind of a big deal back in NXT.

“I’m a former NXT Champion, three-time North American Champion, Tag Team Champion, first-ever Triple Crown Champion in NXT History. As a matter of fact, I won those tag team titles in this very building! It is great to see you again, Toronto!” And since he’s been gone, there were many questions about where and when he’d show up again. And honestly, he had those same questions. For a long time, he wondered if he even wanted to do this anymore. But he remembered one day in particular, he was standing there, playing with his brand new, fresh, six-month-old baby, Baby Wrestling, which fans chant. Gargano says his son will appreciate that when he’s older.

But Gargano remembered that when he was younger, he had big, impossible dreams. He dreamt of becoming Intercontinental Champion, of becoming US Champion, of becoming the WWE WORLD CHAMPION, and wrestling at WrestleMania. So what kind of father would he be if he didn’t teach his son that even the biggest, most impossible dreams can come true? If you work hard enough, you can get anything you want out of life, he promises! When Gargano left WWE, he said you will never fail if you bet on yourself. And that is what he is doing! Gargano is betting on himself! And Gargano stands here, incredibly proud to say that Johnny Wrestling is back in the WWE!

And we’re just getting started! Wait, here comes (Austin) Theory! Theory and Gargano look at each other, and this is a reunion nine months in the making! Theory goes down to the ring with a mic to say, “Johnny… What? Is this real right now?” Theory joins Gargano in the ring and Gargano says hey. Fans chant, “Who’s Your Daddy?” Gargano says, “Me?” Theory tells Gargano that a lot has happened the last nine months. Yes, a lot has happened. Gargano changed a lot of diapers, watched a lot of Bluey, and he’s watched Theory. Theory’s changed, but it’s good to see him. Theory says yeah, but everyone knows.

A lot has changed: Theory became WWE United States Champion, and the youngest at that; he competed at WrestleMania already; and with this briefcase, he is on his way to becoming the NEW Undisputed WWE Universal Champion! Gargano hopes he does. Yeah, it’s almost like all of Gargano’s dreams were accomplished by Theory! Fans boo at Theory bragging but Theory says he has to tell Gargano this. “I couldn’t have done any of this without you. I couldn’t have. When we were in NXT together, you took me under your wing. And now I look around at all these idiots saying ‘What?’ We’re on Monday Night Raw!”

Theory says it’s like now, HE’s the veteran and Gargano’s the rookie! Think about it! Gargano can stand by Theory, be his caboose, carry Theory’s bags, and even better! He can just carry the MITB briefcase to hand it to Theory when he becomes the NEW Undisputed WWE Universal Champion! Fans boo and Theory says as good as that sounds, it seems like Theory can show Gargano the way! Or if Gargano doesn’t want to stand behind Theory and support him like he did in NXT, maybe Gargano can just go away. But no one wants to see that! Fans love seeing Gargano & Theory! They’re the Dynamic Duo! They’re untouchable!

Theory says for old time’s sake, the No Look High Five! Theory puts his hand out, and he wants Gargano to hit him with it! Go on, Johnny! Hit Theory! Okay. SUPERKICK!! Yep, Gargano hit him. Fans fire up as Gargano high-fives himself! Will Gargano’s first stop on Raw be to humble Theory?

 

Edge VS Damian Priest!

The Rated R Superstar founded the Judgement Day, now he vows to tear it down! But will he be stopped before he even begins? Or will it be the Punisher who faces the consequences of his actions?

Raw returns and the fans are going nuts for Edge, and his wife, Beth Phoenix, is in the front row! The bell rings and fans chant, “Welcome Home!” to Edge. Edge and Priest stare down, tie up, and Priest powers Edge back. Edge turns things around but Priest turns them back. Priest has Edge in a corner, gets up in Edge’s face, then lets off with a smirk. Priest backs away slowly and Edge settles down. Edge and Priest circle, tie up, and Priest puts Edge in a corner. Edge turns it around again, then he throws Priest out! Edge says up yours, Priest! Priest smirks and gets back in the ring. They circle again and tie up again.

Edge waistlocks, headlocks, but Priest powers up and out. Priest runs Edge over then roars at the fans! Fans boo but Priest soaks it up. Edge stands back up and pie faces Priest! Priest runs in but Edge throws him by his hair! Things speed up, Edge fakes Priest out and shoves him down! Fans fire up but Priest is furious! Priest runs in but is tossed right out! Priest paces in frustration while Edge waits. Fans rally behind Edge, Priest gets up on the apron, but he cools off before entering the ring. Priest and Edge circle, tie up again, and Edge waistlocks. Priest throws an elbow but Edge blocks it! Priest reaches down but Edge stays back.

Priest backs Edge down but Edge uses that to throw Priest into buckles! Edge wrenches, Priest pie faces him, but Priest still has to get the ropebreak. Priest then stomps Edge’s foot and DECKS Edge with a sucker punch! Fans boo but Priest tells Edge he’s gonna retire his ass! Priest puts Edge in a corner and HEADBUTTS him down! Priest whips Edge corner to corner, Edge slides out and waits on Priest. Priest rushes over, Edge slides back in. Then he slides out as Priest slides in. Priest slides out, into a LARIAT! Edge fires up with the fans, and then he storms back over to Priest. Edge brings Priest around, gets him up, and POWERBOMBS him on the barriers!

Priest bends back and flops to the floor while Edge paces about, and Raw goes picture in picture. Edge gets in the ring and the ring count climbs, fans cheer Edge on. Edge goes back out to fetch Priest, and he ROCKS Priest with a forearm. Priest staggers, Edge leads him to the ring to smack off the apron. Priest swings a punch but he misses by a mile, and Edge RAMS him into more barriers! Edge refreshes the count, follows Priest around the corner and follows him back into the ring. Priest swings, but Edge catches him! Priest resists the takedown but Edge still locks onto the arm! Priest scrambles away to avoid the crossface!

Edge runs to WRECK Priest with a dropkick! Priest hits barriers then falls down, and Edge goes back out to fetch him. Priest POSTS Edge! Edge wobbles and Priest BENDS Him against the crossbar! The ref counts, Priest lets off, and then he YANKS Edge into the post! Edge drops to his knees, but Priest stands him up to RAM him into barriers! Priest stomps away on Edge, then lets off to soak up the heat. Priest refreshes the count, fetches Edge into the ring, then drags Edge up. Priest suplexes for the BROKEN ARROW! Cover, TWO! Priest clamps onto Edge and drags him to a drop zone. Priest goes up top, Edge stands, and Priest hits a FLYING-

NO! Edge dodges and Priest crashes on the mat! Raw returns to single picture as both men stand up. Edge and Priest throw haymakers, DOUBLE LARIATS, and then DOUBLE BOOTS! Both men fall back down and fans fire up! Edge and Priest go to opposite ends, Edge hurries over to Priest and gives him a FLAPJACK! Priest flounders back up, into a LARIAT! And another! Edge whips Priest to a corner, but Priest reverses! Priest runs in but Edge dodges the splash! Priest ends up stuck in the ropes, Edge runs to give Priest a SWINGING NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Priest survives and fans rally back up for Edge.

Priest bails out, and Edge goes up the corner!? SUPER CROSSBODY!! Direct hit and down go both men! Fans lose their minds over Edge taking risks! The ring count climbs, Edge sits up first, and Edge gets in the ring at 5 of 10. Edge goes out after Priest to refresh the count, and he brings Priest up. Priest choke grips to CHOKE SLAM Edge  against the ropes! Edge flops off the apron and hits the floor again, but Priest drags him back up. Priest gut wrenches to the crucifix! Priest aims for the desk, RAZOR’S EDGE through the tables!! Fans are losing their minds as Raw goes picture in picture again!

The ref reprimands Priest but Priest just wants a count out. Priest goes up the steel steps to get in the ring while the count begins. Priest soaks up the heat while Edge stirs in the wreckage. Edge manages to turn over at 5 of 10, and he crawls his way over at 7. Edge springs up and in at 9!! Priest is furious that Edge survives! Priest goes outside, drags Edge to the apron and ELBOWS away on Edge’s head and neck! Priest sits Edge up to ROCK him with a right! Priest soaks up all the heat from Toronto, then makes his way back into the ring. Priest drags Edge up, KICKS him in the side, then stomps him around. Priest taunts Edge, paces around him, and KICKS him in the chest!

Edge sits up again, ducks the Buzzsaw and hits the EDGE-O-MATIC! Cover, TWO! Priest survives and Edge slowly stands. Priest LARIATS Edge down! Cover, TWO!! Edge is still in this so Priest rains down furious forearms! Priest lets off to argue with the ref, then he drags Edge back up. Priest brings Edge to a corner, goes up the corner, then reels Edge in. But Edge throws body shots! Priest CLUBS away on Edge, clinches to drag Edge up, and Raw is single picture again as Priest choke grips Edge! Edge throws elbows to fight free! Edge then turns things around on Priest for a SUPER STEINER! Fans fire up while Priest flounders away!

Edge aims from the corner and runs in, SPIN KICK from Priest! Chicken wings and a turn, UNPRETTIER! Shoutout to Captain Charisma! Cover, TWO!! Priest tried using the move of Edge’s best friend, but Edge is tougher than that! Priest CLOBBERS Edge! Edge sits up to BACKHAND Priest! Priest stands to ROCK Edge with an elbow! Edge ROCKS Priest back! Fans rally but Priest UPPERCUTS Edge! Edge wobbles, Priest brings him around and aims, but Edge BOOTS first! Priest ROLLING ELBOWS, but Edge ducks the heel kick! IMPALER!! Cover, TWO!! Priest survives but Edge doesn’t bother being frustrated.

Edge drags Priest up and whips, but Priest reverses. Edge turns Priest, but Priest slips through and dragon sleepers, THE RECKONING!! But Priest doesn’t want to end it here, he wants to do even more damage. Priest goes to the corner and takes aim! He copies the Rated R Superstar, runs in at Edge, but Edge choke grips?! SOUTH OF HEAVEN CHOKE SLAM!? Cover, TWO!!! Priest tries to steal Edge’s move, but survives Edge stealing his move! Edge gets Priest’s legs, and he wants to shout out the Canadian legends that are the Harts! But Priest BOOTS Edge into the ref! The ref falls all the way out of the ring!

Edge turns around into the SOUTH OF HEAVEN CHOKE SLAM!! But Priest realizes the ref’s out, so he goes to get himself some chairs! Priest gets in the ring, ready to steal another of Edge’s favorites! Priest puts Edge’s head on one chair, then gets the other! CON-CHAIR- NO!! Edge dodges in time! He trips Priest and Priest lands on the chair! Edge gets the chair, and he breaks off one of the crossbars! Edge grabs that steel rod and puts it in Priest’s mouth! THE DEAL!! Priest endures, but then Edge lets him go and clears things out of the ring! Edge takes aim again, runs in, but Priest CRACKS Edge with the steel bar!!

Priest tosses the evidence, covers, and the ref is back to count! TWO!?!? The delay was enough to save Edge and Priest is ENRAGED! Priest drags Edge up, gut wrenches him to the crucifix, but Edge slips out! CANADIAN DESTROYER!!! And then a SPEAR!!! Cover, Edge wins!!!

Winner: Edge, by pinfall

The Rated R Superstar wins, but he’s not done with Priest now! Edge puts Priest’s head on a chair and holds up the other! But Rhea appears outta nowhere to LOW BLOW Edge!! And FINN appears! Finn climbs up the corner to hit a COUP DE GRACE!! The Judgement Day still get the better of Priest, but here comes BETH!! Beth grabs the chair away from Finn and tells them all the back off! And this time, Rhea can’t use the Co-Ed rule as a shield! The Judgement Day stands down, will they have to try again next time? Or are the tides turning against them?


My Thoughts:

A great Raw right here from top to bottom. We get some unpredictability with Rollins and Riddle brawling backstage as the show is starting, though maybe that is a touch like Miz and Logan Paul brawling. But every brawl is great, so that was a great brawl. And then we get Trish making her appearance, though her promo started a bit awkwardly because she was just stalling for Bayley, Kai & Sky to show up. Good interaction with them and Bianca Belair, and I do like that they partially acknowledged the house show events this weekend. Then the smooth transition into the tag title tournament match was good, and the match itself was great. Great character work from Asuka and Iyo, and Kai & Sky winning makes a lot of sense.

A shame that Gigi Dolin got hurt and now Toxic Attraction is out of the tournament after already replacing Zoey Stark & Nikkita Lyons. The four losing teams get their second chance, no idea who wins that, and no idea if they beat Raquel & Aliyah. Aliyah has a good promo with Bayley and Trish, just not that good of a match. Somewhere between Bayley’s ring rust and Aliyah still being inexperienced, something wasn’t clicking and that one got clunky. But of course Bayley wins, now her trio has all this momentum going into the tag title tournament finals and the go-home to Clash at the Castle.

Great backstage bit with Ziggler and Finn, and then a great match from Ziggler VS Finn, but of course Rhea interferes. Good group promo from Judgement Day to run down their enemies, but I wonder if Ziggler is being handed off from his feud with Theory to this feud. Because clearly Theory’s now feuding with JOHNNY FREAKIN’ WRESTLING! Oddly enough, Gargano showing up tonight was more effective than if he showed in Cleveland because we all expected Gargano to return in his hometown, but I don’t think there was anything online about Gargano showing up in Toronto. Gargano hasn’t missed a beat, and like Ziggler, Gargano can be that veteran who teaches Theory a thing or two.

Chad Gable has a good promo to taunt Toronto, but I thought the open challenge was going to be a tag team match to either give us more Street Profits story or introduce starts new to Raw. Instead, Kevin Owens gave us a great singles match with Gable, and he’s continuing his reset to Prizefighter Kevin using the Pop-Up Bomb as his finisher. Kevin will definitely keep this momentum rolling to after Clash at the Castle to go after just about any title he wants, but it’ll surely be the top title. And whether it’s McIntyre or Roman, Kevin will give the Universal Champion a hell of a feud and a hell of a match.

We got great stuff out of Styles & Lashley VS Miz & Ciampa, and what a great misdirect with that “fan” going after Styles and not Lumis. Lumis then drags Miz away to further swerve us on what’s going on with his story. Like, really, we didn’t get anything more on what happened so like, that’s hilarious but also disturbing. And then we got an awesome main event out of Edge and Priest. That was bordering on a PPV level match! Of course Edge wins, from this being his Toronto return and him going after Judgement Day. Beth getting involved was great, too, and now I’m hoping there’s some kind of Mixed Tag involved so Beth and Rhea can have it out.

My Score: 8.7/10


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Andrew’s IMPACT Results & Match Ratings: 12.1.2022

After the holiday, we get on track for Hard to Kill. Deonna vs Mickie James is the main event…do we see Mickie’s career end tonight?

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With the holiday last week, I wasn’t home to cover IMPACT so it’s going to be a fun night of how much I remember and how well they frame the stories.

We’re on the road to Hard to Kill, so we need to remind people about Over Drive and then move forward. I’m also curious if we get any resolution on the VBD stare down after EY lost. I really don’t want EY to get kicked since that will be a sad group of mid card sacks of shit. But I guess we’ll see.

Ratings:

  • Rich Swann vs Bully Ray: Swann wins via DQ – * 1/2
  • Moose vs Bhupinder Gujjar: Moose wins via Lights Out – * 3/4
  • Steve Maclin vs Frankie Kazarian: Kaz wins via DQ – **
  • Last Rodeo: Deonna Purrazzo vs Mickie James: Mickie wins via Victory Roll – *** 1/2

 

Results:

We get the Over Drive highlights, so I’m guessing they did their usual Thanksgiving fun episode. Bully Ray walks out to start the show. Bully recaps things, explains how he kept his word while running down the crowd, intimidating children and doing solid heel work. 

It goes a little long, but thankfully Rich Swann eventually gets sick of the diatribe and rushes the ring. Swann gets in a few pot shots, but Bully bails out, tries to walk away and gets a plancha. The referee comes out and the match will kick off the show!

Rich Swann vs Bully Ray

Bully jaws a little, lays in some punches and power moves but Rich eventually turns the tide. The quick step over back kick and a Frog Splash for 1. But then Bully catches Rich on the top rope, Tree of Woe and starts wailing on him.

Bully keeps control of Swann until Swann drops down with the Jawbreaker and then we see him start using the speed and athleticism with kicks and top rope moves. Bully stifles Rich, goes for the Avalanche Senton as he flirts with the referee and misses. Rich hits a 450 Splash for 2, and then we see a little back and forth, before Bully grabs his chain and hits Rich in front of the referee. So the DQ happens but Bully doesn’t care. Bully gets a chair and other weapons from under the ring and starts beating on Rich.

Bully really likes these zip ties, Tommy Dreamer comes out to stop Bully though. They argue, Bully shoves Dreamer and then D’Amore hits the ring to try and quell this. Bully is defiant, even D’Amore is getting fired up and looks like he wants to fight Bully. Dreamer trying to keep D’Amore away from Bully is funny and pretty great. 

Moose vs Bhupinder Gujjar

Definitely not a match I expected. 

Moose gets in the early shots, but Gujjar starts to fire back and he gets some solid shots sending Moose to the outside. Gujjar takes to long to pander after the Dropkick and Moose has him eat a Big Boot into an Apron Powerbomb.

Gujjar shows more fire but Moose cuts him down. Moose goes for the Lights Out, but Gujjar dodges sending Moose into the corner. A few shots, Ripcord Knee, Slingblade and now…tuning up the Gargoyle Spear but Moose side steps it like Samoa Joe. Gujjar leapfrogs the Lights Out again, but Moose puts the brakes on and fires back connecting with the Lights Out and the win.

Moose starts to rant and says that he doesn’t want any of the idiots to to talk about Bully Ray or “Say his name”, and then JOE HENDRY’s music hits! There is already a “This is Awesome” chant just with Joe Hendry and Moose standing in the ring. Hendry fights Moose off mostly and Gujjar hits the awful Spear out of nowhere to get Moose to powder out. 

Steve Maclin vs Frankie Kazarian

Maclin starts off with some big strikes but Kaz ducks the line and hits the Springboard Reverse Elbow, and begins his offensive. Kaz beats on him in one corner then Maclin tosses him out and we see some back and forth. Neither are really landing big strikes, Maclin keeps some control with smaller strikes and knees against the ropes, but nothing really definitive.

A few of Maclin’s shots piss off Kaz and they Hockey Fight a little but Maclin keeps all of the control. Kaz does finally start a comeback and we get some of the classic Kaz Flying Forearm, Guillotine Legdrop and Slingshot Cutter. Maclin powder…and grabs a chair. So…another DQ finish?

Last Rodeo: Deonna Purrazzo vs Mickie James

They do a good job pacing things back and forth early on. Deonna fights back and starts to rock Mickie, the Slingshot into the bottom rope gives Deonna full control. Headlock Takeover and tries to wear Mickie down, Mickie fires back but Deonna refuses to give her the advantage. Mickie finally manages to slow her down with a Headscissors and now we get Mickie dropping Deonna down, Mickie goes to the top for the Thesz Press, but Deonna pushes her off.

Commercial break kicks in, and Deonna hits a Brainbuster for a few sequential pinfall attempts, but Mickie refuses to stay down. Camel Clutch from Deonna is wearing down Mickie but she manages to fight out. A few back elbows, then Mickie goes to the ropes to try offense but Deonna stifles. They struggle and Mickie finally gets Deonna on the outside, Dropkick and Thesz Press to the outside.

Mickie throws Deonna in, Missile Dropkick, Neckbreaker and looking for the Mick D-T, but Deonna stops it. Tornado DDT attempt from Mickie, but a Pump Kick from Deonna drops Mickie for a 2 count. Queen’s Gambit attempt, Superkick counter from Mickie for another 2. Mick D-T again, but Deonna blocks and swings around driving Mickie down into the Fujiwara. Venus Di Milo gets locked in too close to the ropes.

Locomotion Victory Rolls, Deonna tries to grab the tights, but Mickie counters through and picks up the win with a little tights pull of her own.

Jordynne’s music hits. She basically says they both put things behind them, and challenges Mickie at Hard to Kill. Career versus Title. 

Overall Score: 6/10

Honestly, Bully went on a little long, Moose’s promo was a little too similar to Bully just being a piece of shit. Plus the match quality aside from the main event was lame, two DQs is redundant…so yeah, not sure what to make of this.

Career versus Title for Knockouts is nice but then after that we had the vignette killing off Eric Young so VBD is a mid card faction. Which I guess is a little sad since this is the best Deaner we’ve ever seen, but he’s still not a credible on the card.

So it was a weird show, but Joe Hendry always makes things a little better.


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Mitchell’s NJPW WTL X Super Jr. Tag Results & Report! (11/30/22)

World Tag League, Round 4!

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NJPW WTL X Super Jr.

Will the United Empire continue to conquer?

World Tag League finally goes again, and round four might be bad luck for the top of the block! Will Aussie Open continue to lead as an undefeated duo?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Tomoaki Honma & Ryohei Oiwa VS Yuto Nakashima & Oska Leube; Nakashima & Leube win.
  • Six Man Tag: Master Wato, Clark Connors & Kosei Fujita VS Suzuki-Gun; Suzuki-Gun wins.
  • 8 Man Tag: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS Bullet Club; LIJ wins.
  • World Tag League 2022: Alex Coughlin & Gabriel Kidd VS Bad Luck Fale & Chase Owens; Fale & Chase win.
  • World Tag League 2022: Great-O-Khan & Aaron Henare VS Minoru Suzuki & Lance Archer; Suzuki & Archer win.
  • World Tag League 2022: Aussie Open VS EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi; Aussie Open wins.
  • World Tag League 2022: Tetsuya Naito & SANADA VS Shane Haste & Mikey Nicholls; Shane & Mikey win.
  • World Tag League 2022: Toru Yano & Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI; Yano & Tanahashi win.

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Here are the current World Tag League standings!

Aussie Open: 3-0, 6 points
Goto & Hashi: 2-1, 4 points
Naito & Sanada: 2-1, 4 points
Suzuki & Archer: 2-1, 4 points
Khan & Henare: 2-1, 4 points
The Mighty: 2-1, 4 points
Yano & Tanahashi: 1-2, 2 points
Chase & Fale: 1-2, 2 points
Evil & Yujiro: 0-3, 0 points
Coughlin & Kidd: 0-3, 0 points

 

World Tag League 2022: Alex Coughlin & Gabriel Kidd VS Bad Luck Fale & Chase Owens!

The #MechanicalBulls are barely holding on, but so are the General’s Jewels! Who gets a grip and claws their way back up before it’s too late?

The teams sort out and Kidd starts against Chase. Fans rally as the two circle, and they’re able to cheer “KIDDU! KIDDU!” The two tie up with knuckle locks, break, then go again. Chase waistlocks, but Kidd pries free to wrench. Chase spins and wrenches back to top wristlock. Kidd slips around, spins Chase and snapmares, then sits him up to a chinlock. Chase fights up to get in the ropes. The ref counts the break and Kidd counts along to let go at 4. Chase is annoyed but Kidd says it’s okay. Kidd and Chase approach, Chase kicks the knuckle lock away to tie up collar ‘n’ elbow. Chase puts Kidd in a corner, the ref counts, and Chase lets off.

Chase CHOPS Kidd, but Kidd DECKS Chase! Kidd fires up and fans applaud. Chase stands up and resets with Kidd, they tie up, and Chase claws Kidd’s eyes! The ref reprimands, Chase headlocks but Kidd powers out. Chase runs Kidd over and tells him, “SUCK IT!” Things speed up, Kidd hurdles but Chase stomps the monkey flip with a stomp! Chase headlocks but Coughlin tags in as Kidd powers out. Kidd drops down and Coughlin scoops Chase to SLAM! Kidd drops a SENTON, then the Mechanical Bulls flex. Coughlin deadlift gut wrenches for the SUPLEX! Fans fire up and Chase goes to a corner. Coughlin runs in, but Chase dodges!

Chase CHOPS, and CHOPS, but Coughlin just frowns at him. Coughlin puts Chase in the corner, but Chase blocks the chop with knees! Coughlin shapes out the arm and Chase storms up on him, but Coughlin picks Chase up to RAM him in the corner! Coughlin UPPERCUTS, CHOPS, and roars! Fans fire up with The Android as he drags Chase up. Coughlin tags Kidd, whips Chase, then kicks Chase low. Kidd knee lifts, Coughlin CHOPS, and Chase falls for Kidd to drop an elbow! Fale gets in but Coughlin kicks him first. The Mechanical Bulls mug Fale then double whip, but Fale runs them both over! Fans fire up as the Rogue General stomps Kidd.

Fale drags Kidd up, whips him corner to corner, and Chase stomps a mudhole in. Chase drags Kidd up to scrape his face on the ropes! Tag to Fale, and Chase pushes Kidd down for him and Fale to stand on his back! The ref counts but Chase & Fale salute. Bullet Club steps away at 4, and Fale drags Kidd to a cover. TWO, and Fale is upset with the ref. Fans rally for Kidd but Fale stomps him down. Fale drags Kidd up but Kidd CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Fale throat chops back! Kidd sputters and Fale tags Chase. Chase drags Kidd up, he and Fale double whip, and they body shot, knee lift and LARIAT! Cover, TWO!

Fans fire up for Kidd but Chase taunts Coughlin. The ref stops Coughlin from getting in as Chase brings Kidd up. Kidd swings but Chase dodges to BELL CLAP! Chase throws Kidd down for the NECK TWEAK! Kidd writhes and Chase tags Fale. Bullet Club whip Kidd to a corner, then Fale runs in, only for Kidd to dodge! Chase runs in but Kidd dumps him out! Fans rally up but Fale stomps Kidd down. Fale drags Kidd up, scoops him, but Kidd slips off! SUPERKICK! Fale staggers away and fans fire up! Kidd crawls for his corner, hot tag to- NO, Chase trips Coughlin! Chase wags his finger, and Fale SPLASHES Kidd in the corner! Cover, TWO!

Fans rally up and Kidd sputters, but Fale tags Chase. Chase drags Kidd up and calls his shot! Chase suplexes, but Kidd blocks! Kidd throws body shots, but Chase blocks his suplex. They fight for control and fans rally up. Chase gets Kidd up, but Kidd fights back down to TENZAN BRAINBUSTER! Kidd fires up as fans fire up, and both men crawl to their corners. Hot tags to Coughlin and Fale! The Android dodges the General to RAM shoulders! Coughlin fires off forearms then scoops! But Fale’s too big! Or is he?! Fale CLUBS Coughlin before he’s off the ground too far! Fale scoops Coughlin to a fireman’s carry, but Coughlin fights free!

Coughlin fires off more forearms, he ROCKS Fale, then tries the scoop! Fans rally but Fale resists! Coughlin knees low, CHOPS, and fires up! “LET’S GO!!” Coughlin runs but Fale CLOBBERS him! Fale then runs to drop a BIG elbow! Cover, TWO! Fans cheer as Coughlin is still in this. Tag to Chase, Bullet Club double whip to FLAPJACK and SLIDING BOOT! Cover, but Kidd breaks it! Fans fire up as Kidd fires off forearms on Bullet Club! Kidd forearms, CHOPS, repeat! Kidd roars, runs, but Chase gets around to waistlock and lift! Fale runs in, GRENADE LAUNCHER! Fale whips Coughlin corner to corner, Chase runs in and forearm smashes!

Fale runs in to SPLASH! Fale then scoops Coughlin and Chase goes up, but Coughlin slips free! Coughlin shoves Fale into Chase, and Chase falls onto his crown jewels! Fale staggers, into a SCOOP SLAM!! The Android roars and fans fire up! Coughlin clinches Chase, for an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Fans fire up more and Coughlin drags Chase up. But Chase BOOTS, C-TRIGGERS, and tucks Coughlin in! PACKAGE DRIVER!! Cover, Chase & Fale win!

Winners: Chase Owens & Bad Luck Fale, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Coughlin & Kidd earn 0)

Chase turns things around in the blink of an eye, and he and Fale survive the Mechanical Bulls! Can they survive until the end of the league to be a finalist? As for Coughlin & Kidd, is their run already over at 0-4?

 

World Tag League 2022: Great-O-Khan & Aaron Henare VS Minoru Suzuki & Lance Archer!

The All United Empire Finals is still possible, but only if the Dominator & Ultimate Weapon continue to dominate! Will they keep their hopes alive? Or will even the Empire see that #EverybodyDies?

As always, The Orchestrator, Gideon Grey, is here to give the Empire’s introductions. As for the Murderhawk Monster, he storms over the railing to get right up to commentary! Milano Collection AT and Master Wato ask for mercy, they don’t wanna get hit. Then Suzuki makes his entrance and Archer chases Gideon! Gideon runs all the way to the back row, and Archer pushes Young Lion Oskar Leube out of his way. Fans all join in on “KAZE NI NARE!” and then Suzuki-Gun attacks the Empire! Archer kicks Henare and throws him out while Suzuki himself is after Khan! Suzuki throws Khan out, stomps him at ringside, and the bell rings!

Suzuki stands Khan up to knee him low, then kick him down! Archer chases a cameraman off, but then Henare dodges his boot into the post! Henare comes back to ROCK Archer! Khan and Suzuki trade forearms, then Suzuki kicks low. Suzuki whips, Khan reverses and Suzuki hits railing! Suzuki slumps down and Khan is after him. Khan shakes the railing while choking Suzuki with his foot! Khan lets off to CLUB Suzuki but Suzuki throws body shots. Khan CLUBS Suzuki again, puts him in the ring, and then drags him around to CHOKE! The ref counts, Khan lets off and brings up all the stuff Suzuki was doing.

Suzuki kicks at Khan from below, but Khan stomps away on Suzuki! Khan CHOKES Suzuki again, but lets off as the ref reprimands. Fans rally up as Khan drags Suzuki up. Khan puts Suzuki in the corner, CLUBS him, then hops up onto his throne! Fans applaud but Suzuki snarls as Khan pulls back the arms! Henare talks trash right to Suzuki’s face while the ref manages to keep Archer back. Suzuki SPITS at Henare! Khan hops off, Henare CLUBS Suzuki, then Khan tags Henare in. The Empire mugs Suzuki but he fights back with CHOPS and palm strikes! But the Empire still mugs Suzuki with clubbing arms.

Henare ROCKS Suzuki with forearm after forearm in the corner, then digs his boots in! The ref counts and Henare lets off, but Suzuki stands right up! Henare KICKS, KICKS and ROCKS Suzuki! Fans fire up, and Suzuki hits back! Suzuki wrenches an arm, brings Henare to ropes, then HOTSHOTS the arm! Henare swings on Suzuki but into a HANGING ARMBAR! Archer runs to BLAST Khan off the apron! The ref reprimands, Suzuki lets off and drags Henare out to whip him hard into the railing! Suzuki ELBOWS Henare in the head and Henare drops to the floor. Archer stomps Khan around outside to keep him down.

Archer apparently takes offense to Khan’s ponytail being a braid, it’s too much like Archer’s murderhawk braid. Anyway, Suzuki stands Henare up, slaps him around, and he bumps Henare off the apron. The ring count climbs but Suzuki puts Henare in at 5 of 20. Tag to Archer, and Suzuki-Gun stands on Henare’s head! The ref reprimands, Suzuki-Gun steps away, and Archer drags Henare back up. Archer puts Henare in a corner, stomps a mudhole in, laughs and stomps some more. Archer digs his knee in but the ref counts. Archer lets off at 4, then Suzuki gets a shot in. Suzuki returns the trash talk from earlier as he slaps Henare around.

Archer stands Henare up and Henare throws a body shot. Archer fires up and throws his shirt off, egging Henare on. Henare throws forearms, then a CHOP! Archer laughs and dares him to do that again. Henare CHOPS, so Archer DECKS him! Fans fire up while Archer looms over Henare. Archer drags Henare up and to the corner to tag in Suzuki. Suzuki-Gun mugs Henare with body shot after body shot! Suzuki hits Henare one more time and he falls over! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up but Suzuki drags Henare up. Henare throws a forearm, but Suzuki gives it back! Suzuki eggs Henare on so Henare throws another forearm!

Suzuki ROCKS Henare with a shot, fans rally up, and Henare fires off a flurry! Suzuki kicks low! Suzuki runs, but Henare blocks the kick to step-over WHEEL KICK! Both men are down and fans fire up! Henare stirs, hurries over, hot tag to Khan! Khan throws hands on Suzuki then the Mongolian Chop! Khan whips Suzuki to a corner and clotheslines from behind! Khan dribbles Suzuki’s head off the buckles! The ref reprimands but Khan SLAM DUNKS Suzuki! Suzuki staggers around, Khan runs, and he runs Suzuki over! Cover, ONE!! Suzuki is still a tough old bastard and Khan drags him up.

Fans rally up as Khan whips Suzuki corner to corner. Suzuki reverses and BOOTS Khan! Then Suzuki dribbles Khan off the buckles! Fans rally, Suzuki snapmares and PENALTY KICKS! Suzuki seems to prefer soccer to basketball. Cover, TWO! Suzuki stomps Khan, slaps him around, but Khan stands as fans rally. Khan ROCKS Suzuki, but Suzuki ROCKS Khan! The forearms go back and forth, harder and harder, faster and faster, and fans rally with each shot! Khan ROCKS Suzuki, ROCKS him again, but Suzuki just laughs! Suzuki ROCKS Khan right back! Khan wobbles and drops to a knee! Suzuki eggs Khan on, so Khan Mongolian Chops!

Khan Mongolian Chops again! Khan roars, runs, but Suzuki kitchen sink knees him down! Tag to Archer! Archer stalks Khan, and clamps on an IRON CLAW! But Khan clamps on HIS IRON CLAW! The fans rally for the battle of iron claws! Khan and Archer go back and forth, but Archer breaks free to full nelson! Khan breaks free of that to drag Archer down to a KNEEBAR! Archer flails and crawls and reaches out as Khan grapevines the leg! Khan has a HEEL HOOK, then shifts the angle! Archer keeps moving and gets the ROPEBREAK! Fans cheer as Khan lets off to tag Henare. Khan still anchors the leg, then he and Henare stomp Archer down.

Henare drags Archer up to throw body shots in the corner. Henare & Khan double whip Archer corner to corner,  then Khan runs in to clothesline! Henare runs in to add a clothesline! Henare feeds Archer to the HITSUJIGOROSHI, then grabs at the legs. But Suzuki runs in to CLUB Henare and stop the Fubuki! Suzuki CHOPS Henare, CHOPS Khan, repeat! HEADBUTT for Henare, HEADBUTT for Khan! Henare swings but Suzuki gets around to shove Henare into Khan! Suzuki runs but into SUPERKICK BOOT COMBO! Fans fire up and Khan runs at Archer in the corner, but into a BOOT! Henare runs in, but Archer dodges!

Archer puts Khan in a corner, and he sees he has two targets! Fans fire up as Archer runs to back elbow Henare! And  runs corner to corner to back elbow Khan! Back to Henare, but then Khan dodges! Archer kicks Khan, runs, but into a chicken wing and PONYTAIL CHOKE! The ref reprimands but Khan feeds Archer to Henare’s HEEL KICK! Khan puts on HITSUJIGOROSHI, Henare gets the legs for FUBUKI, then MARINE!! Cover, TWO!! Archer survives and fans fire up again! Henare calls the shot, and he fireman’s carries Archer. Khan runs, but Suzuki slips in to catch Khan with a SLEEPER HOLD!

Archer slips free to choke grip Henare! But Henare throws a HARD body shot! Henare roars and runs in, to SHINING WIZARD in the corner! Henare shoves Archer out, goes up, but Archer blocks the “brain chop!” Archer STEP-UP KNEES Henare, and has the inverted crucifix! BLACKOUT BOMB!! Cover, Suzuki-Gun wins!

Winners: Lance Archer & Minoru Suzuki, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Khan & Henare earn 0)

The Suzuki Army just conquered the United Empire! Did they just kill the hopes of an All United Empire Finals? Or can Khan & Henare find new live in the next round?

 

World Tag League 2022: Aussie Open VS EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi!

Speaking of the Empire, Mark Davis & Kyle Fletcher are leading the pack, hoping to carve their names in history! Will “Dunk-Zilla” and the “Aussie Arrow” still be riding high? Or will the King of Darkness & Tokyo Pimp bring them down by any means necessary?

Gideon Grey returns, safe from Archer, to give Aussie Open their introductions. Then the House of Torture makes their entrance, with Dick Togo already accompanying them outright. Who knows where Sho is lurking, but surely he’s here, too. Aussie Open don’t sweat Evil or Yujiro as they taunt them during the introductions. Fletcher tells Dick to shoo, “See you later, bucko.” But then the House of Torture attack 3v2! Evil claws Fletcher’s eyes while Dick and Yujiro mug Davis. Dick even DECKS Gideon! Yujiro throws Davis out while Evil throws Fletcher out. The bell rings to put this on record as the brawling continues outside.

Evil and Yujiro whip Aussie Open but Aussie Open reverse to send Evil and Yujiro into railing! Then Aussie Open pick them up, run around the way, and SANDWICH them at ramp side! Fans fire up and Fletcher helps Gideon back up. Fletcher CLUBS Evil, Davis puts Yujiro in, and Fletcher goes in after Yujiro. Fans rally up as Aussie Open double whip the Pimp to double sledge, PENALTY KICK and SENTON! Fans fire up as Davis covers, TWO! Davis glares at Dick then drags Yujiro up to ROCK him with a forearm. Tag to Kyle, Aussie Open mugs Yujiro, and Yujiro staggers around. Fletcher reels Yujiro in, but Yujiro wrenches and BITES Fletcher’s hand!

The ref reprimands, Yujiro stops and he kicks Fletcher low. Yujiro whips, Fletcher reverses but Yujiro holds ropes. Fletcher runs in but into a FLAPJACK HOTSHOT! Evil BLASTS Davis and goes out after him! Dick ROCKS Fletcher while Evil brings Davis around. Evil RAMS Davis into the timekeeper! Davis and Abe-san both flop down on the other side of the railing! The ref reprimands and Young Lions hurry to help Abe-san. Evil kicks Fletcher around, pulls his hair, then puts him in the ring for Yujiro. Yujiro drags Fletcher to a cover and the ref returns to count, ONE! Fans rally but Evil is already annoyed with the count.

Yujiro bumps Fletcher off buckles, tags Evil, and Evil has the ref check Davis But this is so Evil can CHOKE Fletcher with his shirt! Fans boo but Evil gets away with that and covers, TWO! Evil is upset again but the ref defends his count. Tag to Yujiro and he drags Kyle up. Yujiro snapmares and runs to basement BOOT! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up with Fletcher as Evil argues the count. Yujiro drags Fletcher up, fans rally and cheer for Aussie Open. Yujiro ROCKS Fletcher, brings him around, and ROCKS him again. Evil holds Fletcher in place so Yujiro can CHOKE him with a boot! The ref has to keep Davis back so the House of Torture gets away with that.

Evil taunts Davis, then he drags Fletcher up into a cobra twist. Yujiro and Dick link up with Evil to link to the railing for leverage! Fans boo and Gideon storms over, but Dick kicks him first! Dick then makes Gideon part of the chain! Fletcher endures even more before the ref notices! The ref counts, the House lets off and Fletcher crawls away. Evil keeps him from Davis but taunts Davis to reach out. Evil brings Fletcher around but Fletcher fires off forearms! But Evil knees low! Evil suplexes but Fletcher blocks! Fans rally as Fletcher keeps fighting, and he wrenches out to get around and SNAP HALF ‘N’ HALF!

Fans fire up with Fletcher and he crawls for his corner. Hot tag to Davis! Dunk-Zilla blasts through Yujiro to corner clothesline Evil! Then Davis CHOPS Yujiro, and corner clotheslines Evil again! Another CHOP for Yujiro, another corner clothesline for Evil! Davis goes for another but Yujiro dodges the chop to kick low. Evil & Yujiro double whip Davis, but Davis handsprings and comes back to DOUBLE LARIAT! Fans fire up with Davis as he storms up to Evil in a corner. Davis CHOP-LARIATS! And CHOP-LARIATS! And CHOP-LARIATS again! Davis drags Evil up to fireman’s carry, but Evil slips around to a waistlock.

Davis elbows free but Dick swipes at him! Dick plays innocent, and Davis turns around into an EYE RAKE! Evil whips Davis into bare buckles! The fans boo the Bullet Club Special but Yujiro tags in. Yujiro & Evil stomp Davis, then Yujiro drags Davis up. Yujiro stands Davis against ropes to BOOT him! Yujiro then brings Davis out to FISHERMAN BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up for Aussie Open but Yujiro brings Davis up. Davis fights the Incolle Slam, but Yujiro kick slow! Yujiro whips, Davis reverses and runs in, but Yujiro dodges! Yujiro runs in but Davis catches him to BUCKLE SHOT!

Davis runs side to side to SLIDING FOREARM! Fans fire up and Davis runs to BLAST Evil! But Dick grabs Davis! Fletcher runs in to SHOTGUN Dick down! Aussie Open brings Yujiro up, POP-UP KICK! And then the scoop, to the LAWN DART CUTTER! Cover, but Evil breaks it! Fletcher CLUBS Evil and throws him out! Fletcher hurries back to the corner, Davis tags him in! Fans rally as Aussie Open calls for the finish, but here’s SHO! Sho distracts everyone by brandishing his wrench! The ref tells Sho to get down so he does, but this allows Evil to shove Aussie Open into each other, and the ref!

Fans boo as Dick gets in to JAM Davis with a chair! And again! The House of Torture mugs Aussie Open 4v2! Fans boo harder, then they rally up for Aussie Open. Gideon gets in to block Sho from using the wrench! But Evil CLUBS Gideon! But here comes GREAT-O-KHAN! He BOOTS Sho down and DECKS Dick! He Mongolian Chops Evil, dodges Yujiro and hits the RUNNING NECKBREAKER! Fans roar and the Empire fires back up! Aussie Open aim at Evil, SUPERKICK BOOT COMBO! Evil goes down, Yujiro staggers, and he has his pimp cane! The ref stops Yujiro from using it, and then Gideon gets in to LOW BLOW Yujiro!

Fans fire up and Aussie Open give Yujiro COREALIS!! Cover, Aussie Open wins!

Winners: Aussie Open, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Evil & Yujiro earn 0)

The House of Torture can’t seem to figure it out! Will they ever get on the board at this rate? As for Fletcher & Davis, is it only a matter of time before they conquer the World Tag League?

 

World Tag League 2022: Tetsuya Naito & SANADA VS Shane Haste & Mikey Nicholls!

It was Lights Out for the Uncontrollable Charisma & Cold Skull last round, but The Mighty did not kneel! Will Shane & Mikey stay standing? Or will Los Ingobernables de Japon make them tranquilo?

Naito takes his time with his entrance attire as always, which mildly annoys The Mighty. Shane mocks Sanada’s dancing pecks with butt flexing. The teams sort out and Mikey wants Naito to step up. LIJ fist bumps, fans cheer, and Naito obliges. Fans rally for “NA-I-TO!” at the bell. Naito and Mikey circle slowly, feel things out, then Naito toys around with the step forward and the step back. Mikey gets annoyed but they tie up. Mikey waistlocks but Naito wrenches out to a wristlock. Mikey rolls, wrenches, wristlocks, but Naito rolls, wrenches and hammerlocks. Mikey reaches back to headlock, but Naito powers out, only for Mikey to run him over!

Naito gets up, Mikey runs him over again! Mikey wrenches and whips Naito to ropes, but Naito whips the back drop away. Mikey comes back to turn Naito’s back drop into a suplex! Mikey holds Naito up and fans rally! Mikey keeps Naito for over TEN before the SLAM! Cover, TWO! Fans rally and Mikey drags Naito up. Mikey puts Naito in the corner, tags Shane, and the Mighty stomp away. Shane snapmares to basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Shane keeps on Naito’s arm with a knuckle lock. Shane KICKS Naito in the back, wrenches the arm and YANKS it. Shane wrenches and YANKS again, then tags Mikey.

The Mighty mugs Naito, double whips him, but Naito ducks the double clothesline to shove Mikey into Shane! Shane falls out of the ring and Naito whips Mikey to ropes. Sanada trips Mikey and Naito basement dropkicks! Fans rally up as Mikey flops out of the ring. Naito goes out after Mikey and whips him hard into railing! Sanada bumps Shane off the apron, then Naito whips Mikey into more railing! The ring count starts, Mikey drags himself up and in at 9 of 20. Naito headlocks Mikey and claws his eyes! The ref reprimands, Naito lets off, but then he just claws Mikey’s eyes! The ref counts, Naito lets off and tags Sanada in.

LIJ mugs Mikey, Sanada wrenches and CLUBS the arm. Sanada YANKS, wrenches, but Mikey throws big forearms! Sanada waistlocks, hammerlocks, then twists the arm. Mikey throws elbows to back Sanada up into a corner. Mikey whips but Sanada reverses. Sanada runs in, he blocks the boot, and he CLUBS the leg! Mikey falls, Sanada tags Naito, and Naito whips Mikey to another corner. Naito runs in to JUMP KICK! Leg sweep! COMBINACION CABRON! Fans fire up as Naito poses, and he taunts Shane. Naito drags Mikey up but Mikey throws a haymaker. Naito returns it so Mikey throws another. They go back and forth, faster and faster, and fans fire up!

Mikey ROCKS Naito, ROCKS him again, then ROLLING ELBOWS! But Naito just rakes Mikey’s eyes! The ref counts, Naito lets off and whips corner to corner. Naito runs in but Mikey UPPERCUTS! Mikey runs but into a kick! Naito whips, runs in, but Mikey LARIATS Naito down! Fans fire up as both men crawl for their corners, hot tag to Shane! Shane CLOBBERS Naito, BLASTS Sanada then ELBOWS Naito! Shane whips Naito corner to corner to UPPERCUT him down! Sanada gets in, kicks Shane low and whips him to ropes. Shane reverses to wrench and SAIDO! Fans fire up, Shane KICKS, BOOTS and INVERTED EXPLODERS Naito! Cover, TWO!

Fans rally up and Shane stalks Naito. Shane drags Naito up, hoists him up top and ROCKS Naito with a right. Shane climbs up after Naito but Naito CLAWS Shane’s eyes! Shane staggers away but Mikey rushes in to ROCK Naito! Mikey climbs up but Naito fires off forearms! Mikey drops back but he gives Shane a boost! Shane gets Naito, SUPERPLEX POWERBOMB COMBO! Mikey drags Shane onto the cover but Sanada breaks it! Mikey CLUBS Sanada and throws him out. Shane and Naito stir, Mikey whips Sanada but Sanada reverses! Mikey hits railing hard! Shane drags Naito up, reels him in, but Naito blocks the lift!

Naito wrenches out to throw ELBOW after ELBOW! Shane avoids an elbow to UPPERCUT, then he whips only for Naito to reverse it, TORNADO DDT! Fans fire up while both men are down! Naito crawls as fans rally, hot tag to Sanada! Sanada runs in at Shane and blocks a boot! Shane kicks free, but Sanada dropkicks the legs, then dropkicks Shane out of the ring! Sanada hurries and PLANCHAS! Direct hit and fans fire up! Sanada drags Shane back up, puts him back in, and fans rally again. Sanada springboards but Shane gets under! Shane comes back, but into a fireman’s carry! Shane slips off, Sanada elbows him away, but Mikey sneaks a tag.

Shane wrenches Sanada but Sanada fights the back suplex. Sanada swings at Mikey but into the BACK SUPLEX NECKBREAKER! Fans fire up as Mikey runs to SLIDING LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Sanada is still in this but Mikey snarls. Fans rally, Mikey drags Sanada up and fireman’s carries, only for Sanada to slip off! Sanada ducks the back elbow but right into a DDT! Fans rally back up while both men are down, and Mikey roars! Mikey drags Sanada up to scoop, but Sanada slips off to shove Mikey into Naito’s atomic drop! ENZIGURI! Fireman’s carry and T K O! Cover, Shane breaks it! Naito throws Mikey out and fans fire up as Sanada climbs the corner!

ROUNDING BODY- NO, Sanada has to land out as Mikey moves! Shane gets in to BROKEN ARROW! Naito dropkicks Shane’s legs out! Mikey storms up into Naito’s ELBOW! Mikey roars, Naito dodges his lariat and comes back to dropkick the legs! Naito runs, CORRIENDO SHIKI- NO, Mikey blocks Destino and Shane runs in, LAWN DART DDT! Fans fire up and Mikey drags Sanada up. Shane hops up, Mikey scoops, but Sanada slips off to shove Mikey at Shane! Sanada O’Conner BRI- NO, Mikey stops the bridge and shoves Sanada into Shane’s ROUNDHOUSE! Mikey scoops Sanada again, TANK BUSTER!! Cover, The Mighty win!!

Winners: Shane Haste & Mikey Nicholls, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Naito & Sanada earn 0)

The Mighty Don’t Kneel, and they find a way to win! Will Shane & Mikey find an outside way into the finals? Is the pressure to make it to WrestleKingdom going to break Naito before the league is out?

 

World Tag League 2022: Toru Yano & Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI!

The Joker & The Ace finally got on the board, but the winstreak of one win might already end against the Fierce Warrior & Head Hunter. Can the trickster bring himself to pull any tricks on his friends in Chaos? Or will Bishamon turn out the lights on Yano & Tanahashi?

The teams sort out and Yano grows impatient. He doesn’t even take note of Tanahashi taking off his jacket to show off the muscles. Goto steps up and Yano fires up. The bell rings and fans rally and duel. Yano squats and talks some smack, but Goto squats with him! Goto gives back the trash talk, Hashi steps in to back Goto up, and even smooshes Goto’s face up to make it more menacing! Yano says enough jokes, but Goto blocks Yano’s kick! Hashi runs to dropkick the leg! Goto BLASTS Tanahashi, then Bishamon brings Yano up to drum away! Tanahashi rushes in, but Bishamon kicks him to drum him, too! Fans fire up as Bishamon stands tall.

Goto stomps Yano to a corner, fires forearms, then whips him corner to corner. Yano reverses, then hurries to untie a buckle pad! Yano fires up but turns around into a kick! But the pad shielded Yano! Fans boo and Goto can’t believe it! Yano throws the pad to Goto and SLAPS him! Yano whips and Goto hits the buckles! Hashi runs in, Yano kicks him and whips him into bare buckles, too! Tag to Tanahashi and Yano throws Hashi out. Tanahashi drags Goto up, throws him out, and the bad boys bring Bishamon around to whip into railing! Fans rally and cheer as Tanahashi drags Goto back up to put him in the ring.

Tanahashi stomps Goto’s leg then YANKS it! Fans cheer as Tanahashi air guitars. Tanahashi drags Goto up and bumps him off buckles. Tag to Yano, and he bumps Goto off the bare buckles! And again! Fans fire up while Red Shoes keeps Hashi back. Yano whips Goto into the bare buckles now! Goto hobbles and fans fire up. Yano kneels on Goto for a cover, but Red Shoes says it’s a choke! Yano says no, it’s just up high! Yano stomps Goto, drags him up and bumps him off buckles. Tag to Tanahashi, and the bad boys whip Goto to ropes. They run him over, then they squat! Tanahashi drags Goto up, but Goto CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS!

Tanahashi throws body shots, runs, but Goto follows to LARIAT! Fans fire up while both men are down! Goto and Tanahashi crawl, hot tag to Hashi! Hashi ELBOWS Tanahashi down, BLASTS Yano, then storms up on Tanahashi. Tanahashi kicks low, whips Hashi to the padded corner, but Hashi comes back to CHOP! Hashi mule kicks and turns Tanahashi for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally and Hashi runs in again, to CHOP Tanahashi against ropes! Hashi hangs Tanahashi out to dry, runs side to side, and he DROPKICKS Tanahashi down! Cover, TWO! Fans continue to rally and Hashi stalks Tanahashi.

Fans rally, “GO ACE! GO ACE!” but Hashi brings Tanahashi up. Hashi reels Tanahashi in but Tanahashi fights the lift. Hashi keeps trying, but Tanahashi wrenches out. Hashi ROCKS Tanahashi, but Tanahashi ROCKS Hashi! They go back and forth, forearm for forearm, and fans rally up! Tanahashi gets the edge, but Hashi CHOPS back! Hashi aims but Tanahashi blocks the superkick to DRAGON SCREW! Fans rally while both men are down! Hashi and Tanahashi crawl, hot tags to Goto and Yano! Yano dodges Goto, claws his eyes and whips him, but Goto reverses! Yano hits the bare buckles, then Goto hits MURAMASA, and the BULLDOG! Cover, TWO!

Fans rally, Goto fireman’s carries but Yano fights with elbows! Yano runs, Goto follows but Yano ducks! Goto deflects the boot to DISCUS LARIAT! Fans fire up with Goto and he drags Yano up, but Yano ROCKS him! Goto ROCKS Yano back, the forearms start flying back and forth, faster and faster! Fans rally as Goto gets the edge, but Yano rakes the eyes! But Goto SLAPS Yano! Goto whips, Yano reverses and throws Goto by his hair! Hot tag to Tanahashi! Tanahashi runs in to forearm smash, then he feeds Goto to an atomic drop! Trip and CATAPULT into the bare buckles! Tanahashi runs but Goto denies the Slingblade!

Goto shoves Tanahashi into Yano, then DOUBLE LARIATS! Fans fire up as all three men are down! Goto crawls, fans rally up, and Goto hot tags Hashi! Hashi runs the ropes but Tanahashi blocks the lariat! Hashi spins to CHOP! Tanahashi fires off a strike fest! But both men roar! Hashi fires off his own strike fest and CHOPS! SUPERKICK! Tanahashi stays up, Hashi runs to LARIAT him down! Cover, TWO!! Fans fire up with Hashi and he brings Tanahashi back up. Hashi fisherman’s but Tanahashi fights the suplex to TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! Tanahashi runs, to SLINGBLADE! Cover, but Goto breaks it!

Yano throws Goto back out! Tanahashi fires up and he goes up the corner! HIGH FLY FLOW onto Hashi’s knees!! Hashi cradles, TWO!!! Tanahashi survives the sudden turnaround and fans are thunderous! Fans rally with “GO ACE! GO ACE!” as Tanahashi and Hashi stir. They both sit up, head for each other, and Tanahashi throws a forearm. Hashi throws it back! Tanahashi throws another forearm, but Hashi throws it back! They stand, egg each other on, and the forearms fly faster and faster! Fans rally, SHOTEI rocks Hashi! Tanahashi runs, but into Goto’s fireman’s carry! Tanahashi slips off but Goto powers him into the corner!

Hashi runs in and Goto moves, Hashi CHOPS Tanahashi! Hashi feeds Tanahashi to the fireman’s carry but he slips off again! Tanahashi full nelsons but Goto breaks that and ducks, HIDDEN GAP! Fireman’s carry again, FIERCE FLASH! Fans fire up more as Bishamon says it’s time! They drag Tanahashi up, hook him up, but Tanahashi kicks Hashi away! Yano drags Hashi out while Tanahashi hits TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! Yano puts Hashi back in, drags Goto out, and Tanahashi runs, into a CHOP! Hashi runs, dodges Tanahashi once, but the SLINGBLADE comes back around!! Fans fire up as Tanahashi climbs the corner!

Goto anchors Tanahashi’s legs! Tanahashi CLUBS Goto but Hashi ROCKS Tanahashi! Hashi climbs up, but Yano LOW BLOWS Goto! Yano slips in and grabs Hashi for the ONIGOROSHI BOMB!! Tanahashi adjusts, HIGH FLY FLOW!!! Direct hit!! Cover, Ace & Joker win!!

Winners: Hiroshi Tanahashi & Toru Yano, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Goto & Hashi earn 0)

The World Tag League 2021 winners have fallen to 2-2! Are their chances of back-to-back wins in jeopardy?

As for Yano & Tanahashi, Tanahashi gets the mic to thank the fans for coming tonight. “Hey, Toru, it’s great to hear the cheers, huh?” Fans cheer because it’s great TO cheer! Tanahashi says he wants to have this every day, “so make sure you stay safe and healthy so that happens! Thank you for today!” Fans cheer for that, and they want the air guitar! Tanahashi borrows one from a fan on the east side, that he passes to Yano! Yano’s happy to be part of a rare air guitar duet! Master Wato even has his on commentary, so now it’s a trio! “SHIZUOKA~!” “OSU~!” “SHIZUOKA~!” “OSU~!” “LET’S ROCK!” The jam session is on!

Fans clap along as Yano is a natural! Fans cheer but they want the “EN-CO-RU! EN-CO-RU!” Tanahashi is never one to disappoint the fans, and Yano gets his chair guitar! They jam out again, and Yano can truly do it all! But he’s not gonna throw the chair to the fans, that’s dangerous. But the fans want another encore! Tanahashi says, “LAST ONE! Yano takes a seat in his chair for air DRUMS! Now it’s a real jam session! Big finish and…! Fans cheer the great performance, and Tanahashi gets the mic back. “Toru and Hiroshi are going for the trophies, so keep supporting us! And keep supporting NJPW! Finally, people of Shizuoka… ASHITEMASU~!”

Will love, energy and comedy propel the Joker & the Ace to the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships?

 

Here are the NEW World Tag League standings!

Aussie Open: 4-0, 8 points
The Mighty: 3-1, 6 points
Suzuki & Archer: 3-1, 6 points
Yano & Tanahashi: 2-2, 4 points
Goto & Hashi: 2-2, 4 points
Naito & Sanada: 2-2, 4 points
Khan & Henare: 2-2, 4 points
Chase & Fale: 2-2, 4 points
Evil & Yujiro: 0-4, 0 points
Coughlin & Kidd: 0-4, 0 points


My Thoughts:

Another really good event and a really good round for World Tag League. I’m a little surprised Coughlin & Kidd haven’t gotten a win yet, but they always look solid in their matches. Great stuff back to back for the United Empire, even though Khan & Henare did lose. Khan helping Aussie Open was good stuff, though, and of course the House of Torture keep losing big time. Also, Naito & Sanada losing again puts the pressure on them, they could have an even stronger showing in the second half of this tournament. Tanahashi & Yano winning to close was a bit of a surprise, but they’re a great team and huge fan favorites, I would love to see them be a team for more than just World Tag League.

My Score: 8.7/10


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