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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (8/26/22)

It’s Second Chance Friday!

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SmackDown 2022

Who defies the odds to come out on top?

Toxic Attraction won, but are out due to injury! But SmackDown keeps things on track with a Second Chance Fatal 4 Way to find NEW semifinalists!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Ricochet VS Happy Corbin; wins.
  • WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship Tournament Second Chance Fatal 4 Way: Shotzi Blackheart & Xia Li VS Natalya & Sonya Deville VS Dana Brooke & Tamina VS Nikki A.S.H. & “Doudrop” Piper Niven; win and will face Raquel Rodriguez & Aliyah in the semifinals.
  • WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship Tournament, Semifinal: Raquel Rodriguez & Aliyah VS Natalya & Sonya Deville; Raquel & Aliyah win and advance to the finals.
  • Drew McIntyre VS Sami Zayn; McIntyre wins.

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Ricochet VS Happy Corbin!

Speaking of second chances, the One and Only beat “Bum ass” Corbin when they were 1v1, and Corbin was a sore loser about it. They face off again here in Motor City, will Ricochet sweep Corbin 2-0? Or will Corbin get his revenge and force a tiebreaker?

The bell rings and Corbin rushes in! Ricochet dodges, ducks ‘n’ dodges more, then tilt-o-whirls to RANA Corbin out of the ring! Fans fire up with Ricochet while Corbin wobbles. Ricochet builds speed but Corbin runs so Ricochet handsprings and superhero lands! Ricochet grins at Corbin, Corbin rushes in but Ricochet jumps out to the apron. Ricochet shoulders into Corbin, slingshots up an dover and keeps moving, to flapjack DROPKICK! Then he dropkicks the legs out! STANDING SHOOTING STAR! Cover, ONE!! Corbin gets to a corner but fans fire up for Ricochet. Ricochet runs corner to corner, but is put on the apron!

Ricochet shoulders into Corbin again, but slingshots into a HAYMAKER! Fans boo but Corbin just soaks it all up. Corbin drags Ricochet up, puts him in the corner, but fans chant, “You Suck! You Suck!” Corbin CHOPS Ricochet down, then brings Ricochet back up to ROCK him with a forearm. Corbin CLUBS away on Ricochet’s back, then shakes his head at the booing fans. Corbin whips Ricochet, Ricochet goes up and over the back, duck sunder and handsprings, but Corbin shoves him away! Ricochet handsprings again to back elbow! Corbin tumbles out of the ring! Ricochet builds speed to slide, but Corbin dodges!

Ricochet runs at Corbin, but Corbin alley-oops him up, only for Ricochet to land safe on the corner! Ricochet SKY TWISTERS and takes Corbin down!! Fans fire up with Ricochet as SmackDown goes to break!

SmackDown returns and Ricochet fires off forearms and KICKS on Corbin! Ricochet whips Corbin to a corner but Corbin reverses. Ricochet dodges, Corbin slides out and in into a dropkick! Ricochet goes up and out to aim from the apron, but Corbin blocks the boot to fireman’s carry! Corbin lifts and SLAMS Ricochet onto the desk! Fans boo while Corbin smirks. Corbin frowns at Pat McAfee before he TOSSES Ricochet into barriers! Corbin drags Ricochet up and ROCKS him with a right hand. Corbin pushes Ricochet into the ring, fans rally for Ricochet, but Corbin puts Ricochet in a corner. Corbin DECKS Ricochet with a right!

Corbin stands Ricochet up, whips him corner to corner hard, then lifts Ricochet on the rebound to SLAM him on the buckle! Cover, TWO! Corbin argues with the ref but the ref says his count was fair. Corbin drags Ricochet up, Ricochet throws body shots, but Corbin knees low! Corbin whips but Ricochet handsprings, into a BIG elbow! Corbin drags Ricochet up, whips him at the corner and Ricochet slides into the post! Fans boo as Ricochet flops to the floor but Corbin tells them off. Corbin hears the ring count pass 5 of 10 and waits. Ricochet gets up and in at 7, but Corbin smirks again. Corbin whips Ricochet, but Ricochet tilt-o-whirls to a DDT!

Fans rally while both men are down! Corbin sits up first and he drags Ricochet up, only to get a JAWBREAKR! Ricochet fires off hands, KICKS, and KICKS and KICKS! But Corbin shoves Ricochet, only for Ricochet to Tiger Wall Kick and ENZIGURI! Corbin ends up in a corner, Ricochet runs in, and Ricochet RAMS into Corbin! Ricochet goes to the apron, springboards but Corbin gets under! Corbin choke grips but Ricochet RANAS! Then V-TRIGGERS! Corbin rebounds but Ricochet dodges, only to run into DEEP SIX! Cover, TWO! Corbin grows frustrated but he drags Ricochet up and to the corner.

Corbin puts Ricochet up top, climbs up, but Ricochet fires off haymakers! Ricochet then KICKS Corbin down, and fans fire up! Ricochet adjusts, aims, and 450s, but has to roll through! Corbin BOOTS Ricochet, lifts him again, and just YOYO SLAMS him down! Cover, TWO!! Corbin is furious but two is two! Corbin runs to DECK Ricochet down! Fans boo but Corbin drags Ricochet up. Corbin runs, Ricochet dodges, and leaps, but no Recoil! Corbin shoves Ricochet but Ricochet V-TRIGGERS again! And SUPERKICKS! And HEEL KICKS! Corbin falls over, Ricochet goes up and Detroit fires up! SHOOTING STAR PRESS! Cover, Ricochet wins!

Winner: Ricochet, by pinfall

And that’s the sweep! McAfee mocks Corbin with the telestrator, is it all over for Corbin but the crying?

 

The Street Profits are backstage!

Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins walk the halls, but they encounter Hit Row! Ford says, “Look who it is! OOO~!” B-Fab hears they want the smoke. Ashante THEE Adonis & Top Dolla look at each other and say, “Oh we got that.” Ford & Dawkins feel it! There’s something here! About that MONEY MONEY MONEY~! To the smoke they go~! B-Fab leads the way, are the Profits and Hit Row hitting it off?

 

SmackDown looks at Drew McIntyre’s journey.

“It’s really cool to be from the UK. A long line of warriors, of scientists, of poets. The people think big, they dream big, they do incredible things. As a kid, I did imagine I would be here. I imagined it every single day since I was six years old.” It seemed unobtainable. No one from Scotland had ever been signed to the WWE before. He was the kid who said he’d be the first, and he believed it that much. Being from Scotland, with such brave and heroic figures, if you’ve got a dream, you go for it and make it happen. McIntyre is living proof of it. He rose up, reached the top in Scotland, Wales, England, and then the FCW Champion in the US.

McIntyre became the fastest superstar to go from developmental to television as “The Chosen One.” They all thought that at the time, as did he, but he doesn’t see it that way now. He thought he deserved it all, become a Hall of Famer all easy, but it didn’t work out that way. “When things weren’t going so well anymore, instead of putting my head down and working harder, instead of looking in that mirror, I was getting angry. My dream and my professional life was falling apart, and that was about the time my mom got sick.” He still sees her as a superhero, but then she passed and there was no saving him emotionally or professionally. He got fired, and it ended up being the best thing for him.

McIntyre was clueless and immature when he first came to America. But he knew he’d return to the WWE a man. And so he did! He became the leader of the locker room, and so much more. More of the McIntyre story is still to come later tonight.

 

Karrion Kross speaks.

He and Scarlett are up in the bleachers! “Wow. What a beautiful story of redemption. Congratulations, Mr. McIntyre> I mean, who knows? Maybe right now, it really is your time. Or… Maybe not. However, take this moment in. Think about it. Feel it, savor it, because in reality, at any given moment, I can put my arm through the back of your head, and all of your achievements will mean absolutely nothing. Tick-tock.” Mr. Doomsday puts McIntyre on the clock, but will the Scottish Warrior prove he can change the fate Kross sees for him?

 

WWE Women’s Championship Tournament Second Chance Fatal 4 Way: Shotzi Blackheart & Xia Li VS Natalya & Sonya Deville VS Dana Brooke & Tamina VS Nikki A.S.H. & “Doudrop” Piper Niven!

Second chance and last chance for the four teams that were eliminated in the tournament! Toxic Attraction’s misfortune is a golden opportunity, but who seizes the moment and heads for the semifinals?

SmackDown returns and Natalya & Sonya make their entrance. Dana & Tamina, as well as Nikki & Piper, are already at their corners. This type of Fatal 4 only has two teams legal at one time, so Sonya starts against Tamina. Tamina throws her jacket at former tag partner, Natty. Sonya can’t believe that, and she circles with Tamina. Natty talks some trash, and gets a SUPERKICK for it! Tamina dodges Sonya, fireman’s carries to a SAMOAN DROP! Cover, but Piper SENTONS it apart! Piper puts Sonya in her corner, Nikki tags in off Sonya, but then Xia tags off Tamina. Nikki CROSSBODIES Xia then rains down fists!

Nikki soaks up the heat as she strike a pose, then she drags Xia up. Nikki whips, Xia reverses and Nikki hits ropes hard! Xia clinches, hammerlocks, and HOTSHOTS Nikki down! Xia talks trash on Nikki not being a hero, and then she tags Shotzi. Xia’s drop toehold puts Nikki on the ropes, then Xia is the step for Shotzi to jump off off, SENTON against the ropes! Cover, Tamina breaks it! Tamina drags Shotzi over, Dana tags in off Shotzi, and the 24/7 Champion handsprings to elbow Piper down! Nikki runs in but into a BOOT! Nikki wrenches back, kicks low, TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! Cover, TWO and Sonya KNEES Nikki down!

Tamina SUPERKKICKS Sonya! Piper CROSSBODIES Tamina! Shotzi runs in but Piper blocks the cravat to power out. Shotzi dodges Piper, Xia ROUNBDHOUSES! Xia gives Shotzi another boost, SLICED BREAD for Piper! Natty rushes in to DISCUS Xia! But Shotzi whips! Natty reverses to send Shotzi out, but Dana CLOBBERS Natty! Fans fire up and Dana goes up a corner! But Nikki intercepts with a haymaker! Nikki then climbs up to join Dana, but So does Sonya! Sonya tags in off Dana, before Nikki brings Dana up! Dana turns that around, SUPERPLEX onto the cluster! Sonya hurries to find Nikki and put her in the ring! Sonya covers Nikki, Sonya & Natty win!!

Winners: Sonya Deville & Natalya, by pinfall (advance to the semifinals)

“Cruella” is an opportunist, and she snatches this win away for her team! But that semifinal match with Aliyah & Raquel is later tonight! Will Aliyah#317 and Big Mami Cool be more than ready for this one?

 

The Brawling Brutes head to the ring!

Sheamus leads “Butch” and Ridge Holland out, ready to address his coming title match with Der Ring General! What will the Fella have to say about Gunther? We’ll find out, after the break.

SmackDown returns and Sheamus gets the mic. “Cardiff, Wales. Next weekend, the Brawling Brutes are gonna be startin’ fights and drinkin’ pints when ol’ Sheamy here celebrates becoming your NEW Intercontinental Champion!” Fans are a bit torn on that idea. Sheamus says he will become WWE’s first ever ULTIMATE Grand Slam Champion when he beats “the bleedin’ sauerkraut” out of Gunther! He won’t know what’s hit him- But wait! Here comes Imperium! Gunther leads Ludwig Kaiser out, and neither of them looks very happy. Sheamus & Ridge have Pete Dunne stand down, especially given that history.

Gunther & Ludwig join the brutes in the ring and Ludwig says, “Ladies and gentlemen… <The mat is sacred!>” Sheamus has him stop right there. He has no idea what Ludwig’s saying, nor does anyone in Detroit. So please, shut up, yeah? Good man. The truth of it is, Sheamus’ beef is with Gunther. Gunther says he’s the Ring General. But the truth is, you’re looking at a REAL ring general in Sheamus. Sheamus has faced the best of the best in this ring and beat every single one of ’em! Drew McIntyre, Randy Orton, John Cena, Roman Reigns, and even the King o’ Kings himself, Triple H, the Game!

And nobody in this ring, nobody in this business, has had banger after banger after banger after banger, etc. The truth is, Gunther, Sheamus sees a lot of himself in Gunther. It’s been years since he’s seen anyone possess the same brutal qualities that Sheamus does. It reminds Sheamus of himself. Just like Sheamus, Gunther loves to go to war in the ring. There are a lot of similarities here. But Gunther has something Sheamus wants: the WWE Intercontinental Championship! And Sheamus makes Gunther a promise that at Clash at the Castle, Sheamus will drag that title off Gunther’s lifeless body and into the belly of the red dragon!

Fans cheer but Gunther gets the mic now. “Sheamus, you’re a man to be respected, I give you that. But you’re nothing like me! I am Der Intercontinental Champion! And to protect this title, I’m gonna teach you what violence really means. In Cardiff, not only am I gonna retain this title, but I’m gonna chop your chest into bloody bits! I’m gonna break your body, I’m gonna break your spirt! I’m gonna break the man that everybody thinks can’t be broken! Sheamus, Der Ring General will break YOU!” Gunther and Sheamus get face to face, and then Dunne DECKS Ludwig! Dunne rains down fists, Ludwig kicks him away, and Ridge can only watch!

Ridge tries to get involved but Ludwig clotheslines him out of the ring! Ridge drags Ludwig out, but Ludwig TOSSES Ridge over barriers! Dunne TACKLES Ludwig! And still, Sheamus and Gunther only focus on each other! Ludwig and Dunne brawl right beside them! They CLOBBER each other, and then drag themselves up. Gunther and Sheamus hold their men back, and fans fire up! Imperium stands down, but will this all explode in Cardiff?

 

Backstage interview with Natalya & Sonya Deville.

Megan congratulates them on the win tonight. They shocked everyone with that opportunistic victory- Uh, stop right there. What does that even mean? They had an opportunity and they won, just say that! Does Megan know who she’s talking to? This is Natalya! The BOAT! Former SmackDown Women’s Champion and former WWE Women’s Tag Team Champion. Be respectful. Natty agrees, and adds that Sonya is one of the hardest hitting women in the WWE today. She really is! They are really starting to find their groove, which is why Aliyah & Raquel should be very concerned tonight. Understand this: one small mistake and these two are going to the finals!

And Morgan, Megan, whoever you are, no one likes a kill joy. Take a hike. These two are confident, but will they be able to take advantage of another opportunity? Also, Nikki and Piper were arguing in the background the whole time. Is their Celtic Connection imploding as we speak?

 

Bayley, Dakota Kai & Iyo Sky are here!

The Role Model and her dynamic duo are back on SmackDown, ready to watch another Women’s Tag Team Championship Tournament match! They await the winners in the finals on Monday, will they make sure to take plenty of notes?

 

Sami Zayn visits Roman Reigns’ locker room.

He knocks, and the Usos are back! Jimmy is excited to see Sami, it was great how Montreal was on fire for him last week. They saw it? Yeah, they saw it! Sami says if he didn’t get hurt, he would’ve so won that Fatal 5 Way. Yeah, he was close. Jey says it was still a loss, though. What’s Sami doing knocking on the door? Well, Sami was hoping Roman would wanna see him after last week. Y’know? That bonding, the save, you guys saw that, right? But McIntyre’s still walking around so Jey tells Sami to walk away. But then Roman calls to them. Sami says hey to the Tribal Chief! Sup, Sami. What’re you doing out there? Come on in.

Sami walks past the Usos and joins Roman. Nice room here! Yeah, it’s alright. But what’s up? Go ahead, sit down. Sami sits in the other armchair and asks Roman how things are going. Roman’s good. How’s Sami? Sami’s okay. He’s still a bit sore from last week. Right, yeah. Sami lost. Yes, he did, that is true. But sometimes, bad things happen so that they can redeem themselves. Right! That’s how Sami sees it! Roman didn’t forget. He was alone last week, he needed someone to help him out, and he appreciates what Sami did for him last week. That is something that family would do. Yes, something that family should do! Sami was happy to do it.

Sami wants Roman to know he can be counted on for anything. Well then, he needs another favor. Name it! Take McIntyre out tonight. Yeah, he has his match with McIntyre tonight! The Master Strategist gets in people’s heads, throws down blankets, does a dance, all that. McIntyre won’t know what’s what! By the time we get to Cardiff, Roman will break McIntyre in half! Sami was thinking they could all to this together as a unit. A bonding moment for the Bloodline. Well, thing is, they’re going to distract Sami. Yes, Roman does command respect. That is fine, Sami appreciates this opportunity to this on his own. Thank you, Uce!

Yes, you’re welcome., Sami has the opportunity to be the main event. One Sami doesn’t take lightly. Good luck, Uce. Not gonna need it. Jimmy gives Sami the secret handshake, but Jey just shows Sami the door. Will Sami prove himself worthy? Or is he just being used by the Tribal Chief?

 

WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship Tournament, Semifinal: Raquel Rodriguez & Aliyah VS Natalya & Sonya Deville!

Bayley joins commentary on this match as Ricky Desperado & the Bougie Badass make their entrance. With Kai & Sky watching so closely, will either team be able to focus on their opponents? Who will be heading to Monday Night Raw for THE WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships?

The teams sort out and Raquel fires Aliyah up as she starts against Natty. They tie up, Natty headlocks and hits a takeover. Aliyah headscissors, Natty kips free, but Aliyah kips up. They tie up, Natty headlocks again, but Aliyah powers out. Natty goes up and over in the corner, keeps moving, but Aliyah keeps up. Natty rolls, Aliyah goes Matrix and rolls Natty up! ONE, but Aliyah ghost pins, TWO! Aliyah facelocks but Natty throws hands! Natty scoops but Aliyah slips off. Aliyah tags Raquel, and she runs Natty over! Cover, Sonya breaks it! Aliyah throws Sonya out, Natty regroups with Sonya, but Aliyah leaps! She gets Sonya!

Natty drags Aliyah off Sonya to scoop and MICHINOKU DRIVER to the floor! Raquel rushes over to run Natty off and check on Aliyah while SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns as Natty & Sonya throw Raquel down together! Sonya bumps Raquel off buckles, tags Natty in, and they double whip, only for Raquel to crisscross and send them into each other! Raquel drags Sonya around, drags up Natty, and she manages to DOUBLE SUPLEX her opponents! Cover on Sonya, ONE! Raquel keeps cool and brings Sonya up for a FALL AWAY SLAM! Fans fire up, Raquel runs in to go up, but Natty stops the Vader Bomb! Raquel SMACKS Natty off the post but Sonya YANKS Raquel down! Cover, TWO! Sonya puts Raquel on ropes to CHOKE her, then lets off at 4, so Natty can get a cheap shot in!

Fans boo but Natty soaks up the heat. Sonya bumps Raquel off buckles, stomps and KICKS Raquel in the corner, and then she soaks up heat. Fans boo while Sonya stalks Raquel. Raquel throws forearms in return, but Sonya KICKS Her down! Cover, TWO! Sonya drags Raquel up, grinds forearms into her face, and taunts the fans who rally up. Sonya grinds Raquel down with a chinlock while Bayley mocks Michael Cole. Raquel fights up with Sonya as a piggyback, and then Natty runs in! But Raquel catches Natty for a POWERSLAM! Then she THROWS Sonya onto Natty! Fans fire up as Raquel gets space.

Raquel fires up with Aliyah still down, and she counters Sonya’s punches to HEADBUTT her down! Natty runs in again but Raquel DECKS her! Raquel BOOTS Sonya, fire sup, and SPLASHES Natty in a corner! Then SPLASHES Sonya in the other! Raquel goes up to TWISTING VADER on Sonya! Cover, TWO!! Raquel drags Sonya up into the TEXANA- NO, Natty trips Raquel to stop the bomb! Natty steps through but the ref says she’ snot legal! Raquel BOOTS Natty right out of the ring! But Sonya KNEES Raquel down! Cover, TWO!! Even Bayley is surprised! Sonya sits Raquel up but Raquel ducks the buzzsaw!

Raquel swings, into a spin, but she switches and lifts Sonya, TEXANA BOMB!! Cover, Raquel & Aliyah win!!

Winners: Raquel Rodriguez & Aliyah, by pinfall (advance to the finals)

Bayley says it’s very convenient that Aliyah gets in the ring now. But a win is a win, and now we have our golden showdown for the Steel City! Dakota & Iyo get in the ring to stare down their opponents. Will Raquel & Aliyah bring these belts to SmackDown? Or will Kai & Sky take control and bring these titles to Raw?

 

Maximum Male Models has another photoshoot backstage.

Maçé & Mansôör pose while Max Dupri tells the photographer to pipe down so he can run this. Gentlemen, you are looking great! Maxxine, fix Mansoor’s button for him. She unbuttons the shirt, and Max likes those pecs! But what is he paying this photographer for? He’s missing the goods! But then HIT~ ROW~ blasts their theme song in their trailer. Max is furious, and Maxxine says she has an idea. She heads off, but how will she solve this issue?

SmackDown returns, MMM does its best to power through with the shoot, but then Maxxine returns. With Los Lotharios? Angel & Humberto heard they have a problem. They have a solution: spray paint! Are they going to do something to the Hit Row’s trailer?

 

The New Day are here!

Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods are back! And of course Woods is in a wheelchair after what the Viking Raiders did to his leg. But they do have mics as fans chant “NEW! DAY ROCKS!” Woods thanks the fans for that, and he knows normally, they’re here clapping, dancing and happy. So this is a bit difficult for them. As you know, they’ve been making fun of the Viking Raiders, from how “new and vicious” they are and making fun of their intelligence, but the New Day underestimated them. There’s no way to sugarcoat this, but the past few weeks, they’ve been getting their asses beat by the Vikings.

Kofi had a 300 pound man go Air Viking and crack some of his ribs a couple weeks ago. So they have to face a harsh reality. Last week, they saw the “Viking funeral,” and saw Erik & Ivar burning boxes of Booty O’s, burning New Day shirts, and unicorn horns. They were burning the New Day’s legacy. It was done, but maybe New Day is just that. Fans say “NO! NO! NO!” Kofi appreciates the fans feeling that way. They’ve gotten a chance to do a lot of great things, but- Wait! The Viking Raiders are here! Erik & Ivar say this is pathetic. “We gave you a proper sendoff. A warrior’s rite.” “And instead of leaving with honor, you’re out here sniveling.”

Guys, c’mon. Just give them a few minutes to say what they need to say to the fans. Erik says one thing a Viking despises more than anything in the world is weakness. It makes them sick to see the New Day in their ring, groveling like some wounded animal. Ivar says sometimes, the best thing to do for a wounded animal is to put it down! Erik & Ivar storm up to the ring as Kofi wheels Woods back. Kofi says stop! Woods’ leg is still broken from what they did! They won! SURPRISE! KENDO STICKS!! Woods & Kofi suckered them in! And now they SMACK away on Erik & Ivar! The Vikings go running, and Woods THROWS the wheelchair at them!

The New Day aren’t wounded animals, they’re 100%! Will Kofi & Woods wage war against Erik & Ivar to take back that legacy they burned on the pyre?

 

MMM and Los Lotharios graffiti the Hit Row trailer!

In big blue letters, they spray, “HIT ROW SUCKS!” Max says that’s a masterpiece. But then Hit Row walks up and asks what they’re doing. If this is beef, let’s handle this in the ring next week. By the way, this wasn’t their bus. Stupids! Wait, then who…? The Profits?! MMM and Los Lotharios run away! Will Dawkins & Ford also have to handle some business?

 

The Usos talk with Sami backstage.

Jimmy says Roman doesn’t talk like that about everyone, so that was a big deal. Jey says that when Sami wears that shirt, he needs to level up. He blew it last week, so don’t blow it again. Sami asks why Jey is coming at him with all this negativity. This negative energy is what Sami was talking to Roman about last week. Yeah, Sami was talking to Roman last week, behind the Usos’ back! Don’t ever disrespect Jey to his family! Understand him? Handle your business, Sami! Jimmy gets Jey out of there, will this added pressure only hurt Sami’s chances against McIntyre?

 

Next week’s SmackDown is going to be big!

Firstly, after the brawl we saw out of them, we’ll be getting Ludwig Kaiser VS Pete Dunne! Who will win for the pride of their team? Then, Karrion Kross has been issuing warnings, but now he’ll step up and have his first match back in the WWE! Whose time is about to run out when facing the apocalypse? And after all the back and forth, and especially after tonight’s confrontation, the Viking Raiders and the New Day face off in a VIKING RULES MATCH! No disqualifications, no count outs, no telling what these two teams will do to settle the score!

 

SmackDown shares the rest of Drew McIntyre’s journey.

His dream was falling apart, and he got fired. McIntyre knew he needed to grow up to achieve his full potential. The time he was away from the WWE helped McIntyre find himself and find his confidence. He came back, and for the first time in his life, he stepped up to be the leader he knew he could be. He was NXT Champion, he was WWE World Champion, and after a life of twists and turns, he reached the destination and became the face of the industry he loves. And now he encounters Roman Reigns. “Roman is incredible, it’s as simple as that. But he is an absolute monster. This is a run in the modern era that no one has seen, and we’ll probably never see again.

“And I’m gonna take him down.” McIntyre vows that in the first stadium show in the UK in 30 years, going back to where it all began for McIntyre, his journey comes full circle. That is who Roman faces in front of 70 THOUSAND Brits and the entire world. Destiny will finally be fulfilled! At Clash of the Castle, on McIntyre’s land, in front of McIntyre’s people, Roman is on McIntyre’s island and McIntyre kicks Roman’s head right off his EFFING BODY! One, two, three. Will the Scottish Warrior be the one to finally dethrone the Tribal Chief?

 

Drew McIntyre VS Sami Zayn!

But before taking on Roman, McIntyre must deal with Roman’s newest pawn! Will the Master Strategist have a way to do more than just run away from McIntyre? Or is Sami getting another Claymore to the face like he did last week?

SmackDown returns and Sami makes his entrance. Sami takes his time getting to the ring, with fans a bit torn. The bell rings, Sami and McIntyre circle, and Sami swipes at McIntyre. Sami then bails out and fans boo. McIntyre chuckles, he’s been through this before. McIntyre goes out after Sami but Sami slides back into the ring. Sami is of course trolling McIntyre and he stomps McIntyre as he gets back in! The ref counts, Sami lets off at the ropes, but then he CLUBS McIntyre. McIntyre DECKS Sami! McIntyre scowls, drags Sami up and bumps him off buckles! McIntyre whips corner to corner hard and Sami bounces off buckles!

McIntyre drags Sami back up, CHOPS him, and Sami is stinging even with the shirt on. McIntyre whips, Sami dodges and then bails out again! McIntyre pursues again, chases Sami into the ring, but Sami kicks McIntyre away. Sami CLUBS McIntyre at commentary, but  McIntyre blocks the bump off the desk. McIntyre SMACKS Sami off the desk instead! Then he RAMS Sami into the apron! The ring count is 7 and McIntyre puts Sami in. But Sami KICKS the rope to jam up McIntyre! Sami then CHOP BLOCKS a leg, and he fires off crossface haymakers! McIntyre pushes Sami away and gets to ropes, but Sami is after him again!

Sami CHOKES McIntyre on the ropes, lets off at 4, and then Sami holds up the finger for #WeTheOnes. But McIntyre TOSSES Sami into the corner! McIntyre fires off hands and stomps, then drags Sami up to whip to ropes. McIntyre scoops Sami for a BACKBREAKER! Sami writhes while McIntyre scowls. McIntyre shakes out one of his legs, then fires off hands on Sami. McIntyre puts Sami up top, CHOPS him again, then ROCKS him with a right! McIntyre climbs up, brings Sami up to the very top, but Sami rakes the eyes! Sami CLUBS McIntyre, and CLUBS him again! Sami SUNSET FLIP POWERBOMBS!! Both men are down and fans fire up as SmackDown goes to break!

SmackDown returns again and Sami flounders to a corner. McIntyre runs in but into a BOOT! Sami goes up the corner, reels McIntyre in, TORNADO DDT! Cover, ONE!! Sami is frustrated but he stalks McIntyre to ropes. Sami drags McIntyre up, reels him in, but McIntyre fights the lift. Sami CLUBS away on McIntyre and lifts, but McIntyre slips out to GLASGOW KISS! Both men go down from the headbutt, but McIntyre sits up with a furious look in his eyes! Fans fire up as McIntyre glares at Sami and runs in to CLOBBER him! And again! McIntyre whips, OVERHEAD Belly2Belly Suplexes, then clinches for another OVERHEAD Belly2Belly!

Sami staggers around, swings wild but McIntyre hits a NECKBREAKER! McIntyre kips up and fans fire up! McIntyre aims from a corner, starts the countdown, but here come the Usos! They distract McIntyre, Sami runs in to reel McIntyre in! BLUE THUNDER BOMB!! Cover, TWO!! Fans are thunderous while the Usos are furious! Sami grits his teeth and gets to his feet. Fans are dueling as Sami drags McIntyre up and fires off haymakers! McIntyre CHOPS Sami off his feet! Jimmy distracts, but McIntyre DECKS him! Jey tries but McIntyre DEKCS him, too! Sami rolls McIntyre up, TWO!! They both run, they both dodge, CLAYMORE!!! Cover, McIntyre wins!

Winner: Drew McIntyre, by pinfall

But here comes Roman!! Roman CLOBBERS McIntyre and rains down fists! Roman stomps McIntyre, shouts at McIntyre, and fans are torn but thunderous over the Tribal Chief showing up. Roman whips but McIntyre reverses and POSTS Roman! The Usos attack again! But McIntyre fires haymakers off on them both! He DECKS Jey, he ROCKS Jimmy, then McIntyre TOSSES Jimmy! Roman SPEARS McIntyre!! Jey has a chair, and so does Jimmy! They SMACK away on McIntyre! The Usos are beating McIntyre down for their Tribal Chief! Roman wants them to teach him a lesson, so they throw McIntyre out of the ring! And then over the desk!

The Usos keep on McIntyre with stomps! They throw armchairs around, then bring McIntyre back around, to RAM him into the barriers! Jimmy drags McIntyre up, Sami runs in, HELLUVA KICK!! Sami is fired up and the Usos break apart the steel steps! Sami sets McIntyre up for them to RAM him down! And again! And again! McIntyre falls over while Roman watches from the corner! Fans chant for tables but the Usos put McIntyre back in the ring for Roman. Roman says McIntyre brought this upon himself! The top of the mountain is ROMAN’S, and McIntyre will never have it until Roman’s done with it! Roman clamps on the GUILLOTINE!!

Roman drops McIntyre, and then the Usos drag McIntyre around. Roman pins McIntyre down with a chair as he takes a seat right over him! The Usos drape the WWE World and Universal Championship belts on Roman’s shoulders. Roman says as long as he wants it, this whole industry runs off of him! Sami joins The Bloodline in holding up their fingers to the sky. Are they the ones now, then, and forever?


My Thoughts:

A great episode of SmackDown for what is actually a double header in Detroit. Since they have to be in Cardiff for Saturday, September 3rd, they can’t be in the States next Friday night, so the go-home episode is being taped right now. Though, much of this was a go-home episode in itself. We got a great career retrospective for Drew McIntyre, we got great interactions between Sami and the Bloodline, and we got both an awesome main event and go-home segment to close the night out. McIntyre wins but also gets brutally beat down, so it’s hard to say where the math is on this. There might be a moment in the true go-home episode where McIntyre gets some momentum back, but I am really hoping that given the vignette, given what we saw tonight, and give there are going to be fans live, this is when McIntyre finally has his “moment” of a world title win with fans there to celebrate with him.

Great opening match out of Ricochet VS Corbin in their rematch, and great win for Ricochet. McAfee mocking Corbin with his telestrator was hilarious, and I wonder if Corbin is going to shift away from Happy Corbin to something else. I liked the interaction between Hit Row and Street Profits, as well as the related stuff with Maximum Male Models and Los Lotharios. It’s great that we’re finally seeing MMM get in the ring, it should’ve happened a month ago, but this will be good. Also expect Profits and Los Lotharios to have their own match, and we could even see some sort of 8 Man Tag, or even a Fatal 4 Way Tag, all building towards new contenders for the Usos.

Good promo from Kross, and of course he’s going to destroy whoever he faces next week to get himself going. He keeps calling out McIntyre, not Roman, so one way or another, Kross VS McIntyre is going to be the feud coming out of Clash at the Castle. We also got a great segment out of New Day and Viking Raiders. Nice bit of bait ‘n’ switch, making it sound like a good-bye/retirement promo, but then of course turning things around on Erik & Ivar. The Viking Rules Match will certainly just be a themed Street Fight, but that is still going to be great stuff from these teams, another thing I was hoping we were going to see much sooner than this.

Now, I was hoping for more out of that Women’s Fatal 4 Tag but I guess with the semifinal match still having to happen tonight, it makes sense it was chaotic and quick. Sonya & Natty winning was the logical move, they’re the Heel team from SmackDown, and they lost to Toxic Attraction, this was practically them advancing by default. Also, great Easter egg move having Nikki & Piper arguing in the background to get both stories moving in one segment. I hope part of the argument is that Nikki needs to leave the superhero gimmick completely.

Anyway, great match out of Raquel & Aliyah VS Natty & Sonya, and Bayley was good on commentary. Raquel & Aliyah winning makes sense, but they made a great point of Raquel doing it all on her own. The finals on Monday are going to be awesome, I can’t wait to see it. Honestly, I’m expecting Kai & Sky to win so that the Six Woman Tag at Clash has lots of belts. It’ll even be a big preview of coming title feuds, Bayley going after Bianca while Kai & Sky defend against Asuka & Bliss, all culminating at Extreme Rules in October.

My Score: 8.6/10


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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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