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Mitchell’s NJPW Burning Spirit Results & Report! (9/23/22)

Burning with gold!

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Nothing can stop Chaos VS House of Torture!

NJPW will not let tsunamis stop what’s coming! Chaos WILL defend the NEVER Openweight Six Man titles against the House of Torture, in the DOG CAGE SURVIVAL MATCH!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Ryohei Oiwa VS Kosei Fujita; Fujita wins.
  • Six Man Tag: Jeff Cobb, Great-O-Khan & Gideon Gray VS Bullet Club; Bullet Club wins.
  • BUSHI & Shingo Takagi VS KENTA & El Phantasmo; Kenta & ELP win.
  • Six Man Tag: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS Suzuki-Gun; LIJ wins.
  • Six Man Tag: Kazuchika Okada, Togi Makabe & Tomoaki Honma VS TMDK; TMDK wins.
  • 8 Man Tag: Hiroshi Tanahashi, Toru Yano, Tama Tonga & Jado VS Bullet Club; Tanahashi, Yano, Tama & Jado win.
  • NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Championship Dog Cage Survival: Chaos VS House of Torture; The House of Torture wins and become the new NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Champions.
  • 8 Man Tag Elimination Match: David Finlay, Ryusuke Taguchi, Master Wato & The DKC VS The United Empire; Finlay, Taguchi, Wato & DKC win.

PLAY BY PLAY

NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Championship Dog Cage Survival: Chaos VS House of Torture!

This has been a long time coming, and nothing is stopping this from happening! Hirooki Goto, Yoshi-Hashi & Yoh will settle things with Evil, Yujiro Takahashi & Sho once and for all! Who will be the top dogs, and who will be put in the pound?

But just how does this match work? First, this will be a tornado tag, meaning all six men are legal at once. And on the blue corner’s post, there is a key to the dog cages that are around ringside. You can of course put your opponents in a dog cage, but you win with pinfalls and submissions. And as the champions make their entrance, they bring a little dog house and food bowl! The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and it’s time to let loose the dogs of war!

The House of Torture don’t even wait on the bell, they attack Chaos and throw them out of the ring! The bell rings to put this on record as Evil, Sho and Yujiro stomp away on Yoh! Evil drags Yoh up, he and Sho double whip him to a corner, then Yujiro runs in. Yoh dodges, he CLOBBERS Sho but Evil kicks him low! Evil runs but Yoh dropkicks the legs out! Yujiro rakes Yoh’s eyes, runs, but into DOUBLE SHOULDERS from Goto & Hashi! Chaos gets a man each, for TRIPLE DRUMMING! Fans fire up but Dick slides in! Yoh and Hashi chase him out of the ring, then with Goto, they TRIPLE DRUM Dick together!

Fans fire up and Chaos brings Dick to the dog cage! Dick resists and then the House saves him! Sho and Yujiro shove Bishamon into the cage and lock it up! That’s two down already! Sho and Yujiro regroup with Evil as Evil has a chair around Yoh’s neck. Evil has the other chair, for the HOMERUN! Fans applaud the savagery and Evil stomps Yoh down. Fans rally for Chaos while the House toys with Yoh. They put Yoh in the ring and Sho covers, TWO! Fans applaud as Yoh is still in this but Sho drags him up. Sho bumps Yoh off buckles and stomps him down. Sho digs his boots in, the ref reprimands and counts, and Sho lets off at 4.

Sho drags Yoh up, wrenches to KICK, KICK and SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO! Sho is annoyed but fans rally up. Yoh flounders as the House taunts him. Fans continue to rally more but Sho drags Yoh up. Yoh fires off forearms on Sho! Sho wrenches the arm and bends the fingers! Sho wrenches and whips Yoh into bare buckles! The blue buckle pad is gone, it’s the Bullet Club Special! Sho drags Yoh back up, Evil ties Yoh up in the ropes and Yujiro runs in to BOOT Yoh down! Yujiro brings Yoh around to a FISHERMAN BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Sho covers now, TWO! Evil covers now, TWO!! Yoh survives and the House is furious!

Fans rally up for Yoh again but the House stomps away on him! Evil drags Yoh up but Yoh starts firing off forearms and elbows on them all! Yoh kicks and UPPERCUTS Sho, but Evil and Yujiro kick low! They double whip but Yoh stops himself to kick Evil! Yoh blocks Yujiro’s kick to a DRAGON SCREW! Yoh blocks Evil’s kick to a DRAGON SCREW! But Sho rakes Yoh’s eyes! Sho runs but Yoh handsprings to dodge! Yoh mule kicks and NECKBREAKERS! Fans fire up with Yoh, and Sho bails out of the ring. Yoh aims, builds speed, and he FLIES out onto Sho! Fans fire up more and Yoh even DECKS Dick! Yoh gets the key!!

Yoh hurries to the dog cage but Sho and Dick grab at his feet! Yoh kicks them away, crawls for the cage, and he gets the key in the lock! Yoh frees Bishamon! Goto and Hashi stomp Sho and Dick, then go after Evil and Yujiro! They fire off forearm after forearm and fans fire up! Bishamon whip Evil and Yujiro into each other! Then they DECK Yujiro! Goto snapmares Evil, Hashi leap frog STOMPS! BUZZSAW! MULE KICK! Fans fire up for Chaos as Goto clotheslines Yujiro in the corner. Hashi CHOPS Yujiro, then feeds him to Goto’s kick! Goto sets Yujiro up and Hashi runs, but Sho SMACKS Hashi with a chair! Yujiro whips Goto into the bare buckles!

Yoh YANKS Sho down and whips him into railing! Then whips him into more railing! Sho goes down in a heap and fans rally again. Yoh grabs the dog house! Yoh puts it around Sho, then he blocks Dick’s chairshot! Yoh knocks Dick down, then gives Sho a HOMERUN in the dog house! Fans fire up again as Yoh drags Sho to the smaller dog cage! Yoh shoves Sho inside and locks him in! But Evil goes after Yoh! Evil CLUBS away on Yoh and Sho is free! Yujiro gives Yoh PIMP JUICE to the floor! Yujiro drags Yoh up and around while Evil CHOKES Goto. Yujiro puts Yoh in the small dog cage and locks him in!

Evil drags Goto up, he and Yujiro double whip Goto corner to corner, then Yujiro BOOTS! Evil clotheslines! FISHERMAN BUSTER! Basement BOOT! Cover, TWO! Evil goes after Hashi and CLAWS him on the back! Evil then holds Hashi back as Yujiro sits Goto up. Goto denies Pimp Juice, and he blocks the superkick! Yujiro fights the German Suplex and standing switches. Goto backs Yujiro into a corner while Hashi sends Evil into railing! Hashi gets in and he clotheslines Yujiro! Feed to the fireman’s carry but Yujiro slips off! Only to find the HIDDEN GAP! Fireman’s carry and SUPERKICK for FIERCE FLASH! Hashi DECKS Dick, too!

Fans fire up and Bishamon drags Yujiro up. They get Yujiro in position but he fights free! FISHERMAN- NO, Goto fights the buster to suplex and BRAINBUSTER Yujiro! But Evil drags Hashi out to RAM him into the timekeeper’s area! Abe-san goes down! Evil drags Hashi over and puts him in another of the small dog cages! That leaves Goto all alone! Wait, he sneaks the key to free Yoh! Evil sees that and hurries over but Goto sends him into railing! Yoh fires off on Yujiro, he and Goto double whip Yujiro into a corner. Goto runs in to clothesline! Then YOH IN MOTION! Yoh hurries to underhook, Goto gives him a boost, BOOSTED DIRECT DRIVE! Cover, Evil breaks it!

Goto goes after Evil, fireman’s carries, but Evil slips off! Goto switches, Yoh aims, but Evil ducks and the SUPERKICK hits Goto! Yoh can’t believe what happened, but he goes after Evil. Dick distracts, and Evil sends Yoh into the ref! The ref goes down, Evil LOW BLOWS Yoh! Dick strolls in and “smokes” a cig. Dick puts that out, gets the key, and he frees Sho. Sho hurries into the ring to stomp away on Goto. Sho and Dick then get a dog cage in the ring! Sho drags Goto up and aims for the cage but Goto resists! Goto fires off elbows and fans rally up! Sho hurries to get his wrench! But Goto dodges that to kick Sho low! And then clothesline Sho out of the ring!

Fans fire up with Goto and he drags Sho up. Goto drags Sho to the big cage and puts him in! Sho tries to drag Goto in with him! Yujiro tackles Goto into the cage! And Evil locks them ALL inside! The King of Darkness makes a sacrificial play to ensure victory! Evil drags Yoh up and puts him in the ring. Fans rally for Chaos but Evil drags Yoh up again. Evil fireman’s carries, DARKNESS FALLS! Cover, TWO!! Yoh survives and fans fire up again! Evil is furious as the fans rally. Hashi and Goto rally from inside the cages! Evil slashes his throat, drags Yoh up and spins him around, EVERY- NO, Yoh fights the STO!

Yoh goes to steal the STO but Evil fights free! Yoh JUMP KNEES Evil! But Evil SWATS the lariat! Evil runs, into a LARIAT!! Cover, TWO!! Evil survives and Yoh is furious! Fans rally behind Yoh and he glares at Evil. Yoh drags Evil over, clamps on a half nelson, then a full nelson. Evil breaks it, grabs at the ref, and Dick uses the SPOILER CHOKER on Yoh! But Yoh fights it off!! Evil shoves the ref down and rushes at Yoh, but Yoh dodges! Evil stops from hitting Dick, and Yoh DROPKICKS Evil down! Dick runs in at Yoh but Yoh catches him for EVERYTHING IS EVIL!! Fans fire up and Yoh grabs the key from Dick!

Yoh pockets the key, drags Dick over and puts him in the cage in the ring! The cage is locked up, and now it’s just Yoh and Evil! But Evil has a belt! Yoh dodges the belt shot to LOW BLOW Evil! The ref comes to as Yoh hits the O’Conner BRIDGE! TWO!! Yoh SUPERKICKS Evil down! Fans are thunderous and Yoh roars! Yoh drags Evil up, underhooks the arms, but Evil fights Direct Drive! Evil turns it around to EVERYTHING IS EVIL!!! Cover, the House of Torture wins!!

Winners: The House of Torture, by pinfall (NEW NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Champions)

Even after eliminating all of Evil’s allies, Chaos could not stop the darkness from taking over! Evil gets the key and he frees the House of Torture. They beat up Goto as they exit the cage! They raise the belts high and throw up the Too Sweet. Will the House always find a way to win?

 

8 Man Tag Elimination Match: David Finlay, Ryusuke Taguchi, Master Wato & The DKC VS The United Empire!

The Rebel leads the Funky Weapon, the Way of the Grandmaster & Dylan Kyle Cox into battle against Will Ospreay, TJP, Francesco Akira & Aaron Henare, all determined to overthrow the Empire! Will Finlay’s forces have momentum as they go after the Empire’s treasures? Or will the IWGP US Champion, the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions and the Ultimate Weapon crush the rebellion before it begins?

The teams sort out and both Finlay and Ospreay are fired up so they start. Fans rally already as the bell rings, and the two approach. They feel out the grapple but then Ospreay pie faces Finlay and tags to TJP. The Public Enemy tells Finlay to go away and tag Taguchi. Finlay obliges and tags Taguchi. Taguchi and TJP circle as fans rally up. They tie up, Taguchi headlocks but TJP powers up and out, only for Taguchi to pull his nose! Red Shoes reprimands but Taguchi lets go to headlock again. TJP powers up and out again, but Taguchi again holds TJP’s nose! TJP reels Taguchi into the twisting headscissors! But Taguchi headscissors right back!

TJP moves around, headstands and fans applaud as he holds it. TJP then pushes Taguchi’s knees as he gets free. But Taguchi pulls TJP’s nose again! Red Shoes reprimands but Taguchi tucks TJP back into the headscissors. TJP pushes free again and wags a finger, but Taguchi just pulls TJP’s nose and tucks him back in! TJP pops free, but Taguchi ducks the Penalty Kick to roll TJP up! ONE, and Taguchi HIP ATTACKS! Fans fire up as Taguchi brings TJP over. Tag to Wato and Team Six or Nine double whip. They double drop toehold then double basement dropkick! Wato covers, ONE, but Wato bumps TJP off buckles.

Tag to DKC and the Young Lion fires off fast hands! DKC runs to CLOBBER TJP! Fans fire up with DKC and he drags TJP back up. DKC ROCKS TJP, whips him to ropes, but TJP goes Spider-Man. DKC runs in but TJP dumps him out! Henare goes after DKC while TJP & Akira rush over! They BLAST Finlay and Wato down, and Ospreay shrugs as he has no one to hit. Henare bends DKC back in a chinlock stretch, then Akira goes out to put DKC in the ring. Ospreay goes out to CLOBBER Finlay, and TOSS him over the railing into No Man’s Land! TJP snapmares DKC and covers, TWO! Fans rally but TJP tags Akira.

Akira runs, wheelbarrows with TJP for an assisted CODE BREAKER to a LARIAT! Cover, Wato breaks it! Akira kicks Wato out then stomps DKC. Akira ROCKS DKC but DKC fires forearms in return! Akira DECKS DKC! Cover, TWO! Fans rally and Akira bumps DKC off buckles. Tag to Henare and he CLUBS DKC. And CLUBS him again. DKC fires forearms but Henare KICKS away on DKC’s leg. DCK goes to guard but Henare fakes him out to a SUPER PUNCH! Henare says that was open, not closed. Henare whips DKC hard into the corner and DKC bounces off buckles! Tag to Ospreay and Ospreay stomps DKC around.

Ospreay drags DKC up to ROCK him with a forearm, then CHOP him off his feet! Ospreay taunts DKC, bumps him off buckles, then BOOTS him down. Ospreay brings DKC up to EuroUpper! DKC hits back with body shots and forearms! Ospreay DECKS DKC! Tag to TJP, Ospreay tells fans to hush but they rally up. TJP bumps DKC off buckles and digs his boot in! TJP gets fans on his rhythm as he gives DKC scrape after scrape. TJP runs side to side to BOOT WASH! Fans rally again as TJP runs side to side, but DKC leaps for an AX HANDLE! DKC and TJP crawl, hot tag to Ospreay! Ospreay grabs a leg, DKC kicks him away, hot tag to Finlay!

Finlay jumps in but Ospreay BOOTS him! The forearms start flying back and forth, the fans fire up, and Finlay gets the edge! Finlay whips, Ospreay reverses, Finlay slides under and shoves to then hurdle and drop and DROPKICK! Ospreay goes to a corner, Finlay runs in but into a boot! Ospreay runs in, but into a DEEP SIX! Cover, TWO! Fans rally and Finlay tags Wato. They double whip Ospreay to ropes, but Ospreay ducks the double elbows to handspring and DOUBLE NEURALIZER! Ospreay tags Akira, then goes out after Finlay. Ospreay and Henare get Finlay up for an assisted DDT to the floor! Akira runs in at Wato but Wato BOOTS him!

Wato runs but into Akira’s elbow! Akira runs but into Wato’s CALF KICK! Wato whips Akira corner to corner but Akira reverses, only for Wato to dropkick his legs out! Wato goes to the apron and springboards, FLYING UPPERCUT! Cover, TWO! Wato fires up and he drags Akira into a waistlock. Akira fights the lift, elbows free, then runs, but avoids the boot! Akira feeds Wato to TJP’s chicken wings, but Wato dodges the superkick! TJP blocks that in time, but Wato KICKS Akira’s leg! TJP goes down, Wato reels Akira in, ZIGZAG! Cover, TWO! Akira is still in this but Wato calls Taguchi in. They wheelbarrow Akira, but Ospreay BOOTS Wato!

TJP SUPERKICKS Taguchi! Ospreay and Henare double whip Wato to double shoulder tackle! Wato is down, TJP lifts Akira up in the Electric Chair! ASSISTED SENTON! Henare PENALTY KICKS Wato back down! Ospreay STANDING SHOOTING STARS! Akira covers, but Taguchi slips in to break it! TJP throws Taguchi back out while fans fire up. Akira aims at Wato from a corner, but Wato ducks the Fireball! Akira ducks the Screw High Kick to SUPERKICK! Wato wobbles, Akira runs in, but Wato puts him on the apron! Wato ROCKS and DROPKICKS Akira, but Ospreay catches Akira with an Electric Chair!

TJP SUPERKICKS Wato, then Ospreay puts Akira on the apron. TJP suplexes Akira?! Into getting Wato with a RANA!! Wato takes a tumble up and out, the Empire ELIMINATES the Grandmaster! Taguchi runs in but into double kicks from the heavyweights. Henare & Ospreay double whip Taguchi to ropes but he DOUBLE HIP ATTACKS them down! Taguchi dodges TJP & Akira to then dragon sleeper TJP and kick Akira low. But Akira wrenches back and helps TJP up and over! TJP has the dragon sleeper on Taguchi to ELBOW DROP DDT! Akira covers, TWO! Taguchi is still in this and fans fire up!

The Empire regroups, TJP Electric Chair Lifts Taguchi while Akira climbs. But Taguchi slips off and shoves TJP into Akira! Akira falls off the top and onto Henare & Ospreay! Taguchi ELIMINATES Akira! We’re back to 3v3 and Taguchi rolls TJP! TWO, and TJP dragon sleepers! Taguchi fights free, spins TJP around to chicken wing but TJP drops to victory roll! TWO and TJP has the leg! OH MY GAH ANKLE! TJP flails, rolls and throws Taguchi away! TJP runs in but Taguchi throws him up and out! TJP holds on, skins the cat, but Taguchi HIP ATTACKS TJP against ropes! Taguchi then dumps TJP out and ELIMINATES him!

But Henare rushes in to dump Taguchi out! Taguchi holds on, ducks the haymaker and HOTSHOTS Henare! Taguchi slingshots, but Henare DECKS him and ELIMINATES him! But DKC rolls Henare up! TWO!! Henare hits a RAMP- NO, DKC sunset flips the spear, TWO!! DKC has the RINGS OF SATURN! Or as he calls it, the D K CRUCIFIX! Henare fights up, but DKC KARATE CHOPS away on Henare! DKC fires off forearms but Henare ROCKS him! Henare whips DKC to a corner, runs in, but into BOOTS! DKC goes up and FLYING RIDER KICKS! But Ospreay CHOPS DKC! Ospreay whips, DKC reverses and RIDER KICKS Ospreay!

Fans fire up with DKC and he drags Henare up! DKC traps an arm and KARATE CHOPS away on Henare! Fans rally and DKC CHOPS Henare down! FALLING CHOP!! Cover, TWO!! DKC fires up and he drags Henare up for forearms. DKC powers up the hand, but Henare catches the chop to a full nelson! DKC endures the Ultima, jumps up and drops to KICK Henare away! DKC runs but Henare scoops for the BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO!! DKC survives and fans fire up again! Henare snarls, he drags DKC up and throws a HARD body shot! Henare slashes his throat and kicks DKC around. Henare goes up a corner to SUPER SENTON! Cover, Henare ELIMINATES DKC!

Finlay is all alone now as he has Henare and Ospreay staring him down. Fans rally and Ospreay wants in. Henare tags Ospreay and Finlay says bring it! Ospreay and Henare run in but Finlay fires off hands on Ospreay! Then on Henare! Then he DECKS Ospreay! Henare CLUBS Finlay, Finlay hits back but he gets mugged 2v1. The Empire double whip but Finlay ducks the lariats to shove Henare into Ospreay! BIG back suplex for Henare! Finlay UPPERCUTS Ospreay in the corner! Finlay shoves Ospreay out and goes up, FLYING UPPERCUT! Cover, TWO! Fans rally and Finlay gets Ospreay up, but Ospreay fights the clinch!

Ospreay throws elbows, Finlay UPPERCUTS! And UPPERCUTS! Finlay whips, Ospreay handsprings to NEURALIZER! Finlay goes down and Ospreay goes to the apron. Fans fire up and Ospreay aims, springboard, PIP PIP CHEERIO! Cover, TWO! Ospreay is annoyed but he drags Finlay up. Ospreay CHOPS Finlay to the corner then tags in Henare. Henare drags Finlay up to throw knee after knee! Henare facelocks and suplexes, but Finlay fights it! Henare keeps Finlay up but Finlay throws a knee! Henare still holds Finlay up, and SLAMS him down! Cover, TWO! Henare hurries up the corner for the SUPER SENTON but he flops as Finlay moves!

Finlay crawls but there’s no one to tag. Henare tags Ospreay and he runs in, into an IRISH CURSE BACKBREAKER! Finlay throws Ospreay over but Ospreay holds the ropes! Finlay thinks he’s gotten rid of Ospreay and stares Henare down, but Ospreay skins the cat and HOOK KICKS Finlay! Ospreay calls his shot, springboards, but Finlay blocks the cutter! Finlay turns things around, but Ospreay slips out of the suplex! Henare gets in, Ospreay feeds Finlay to the ELBOW JAB! SUPERKICK! ROLLING ROUNDHOUSE!! Ospreay drags Finlay around and rolls him to the wheelbarrow. ASSISTED DDT!! Cover, TWO!?!

Fans are thunderous but Ospreay is fuming! Ospreay calls his shot, Henare sets Finlay up for him, but Finlay shoves Henare at Ospreay! Ospreay goes tumbling over and out, Finlay ELIMINATES Ospreay!! Henare is shocked and furious, he rushes at Finlay but into PRIMA NOCTA! Finlay then cravats Henare for the ACID- NO, Henare powers out and HEEL KICKS Finlay down! Fans rally for Finlay as he stirs but Henare takes aim! Henare runs in, RAMPAGE!! Cover, TWO!!! Finlay survives again! Henare roars in frustration but he powers up with the Empire hand sign. Henare fisherman suplexes to the torture rack, but Finlay slips off to backslide!

Henare rolls through but Finlay suplexes for TRASH PANDA!! Cover, Finlay’s team wins!!

Winners: David Finlay, Ryusuke Taguchi, Master Wato & The DKC, by pinfall

Ospreay and the Empire are stunned! Tonight, the rebellion has won! The title matches are all this Sunday, 9/25, is this loss a sign that the Empire will fall? As for Finlay, he gets the mic and says in Japanese, “Thank you all very much.” In English, Finlay tells Ospreay before he leaves, “You can stack the odds against me, and I will overcome them every, single, time.” Ospreay says not likely. Finlay says Ospreay needs to hold onto the title real tight, because in just two days’ time, “you will suffer the exact same fate your boy, Aaron Henare, just suffered. And just like your weak ass kidneys, your title reign will die, as well! Because right here, this is MY time, and I am the NEXT United States Champion. So expect me!” Ospreay says he’s ready, but will even the Kingpin fall to the Rebel?


My Thoughts:

A very good penultimate event for the Burning Spirit series, and NJPW adjusted well to the recent tsunamis causing last weekend’s events to be canceled. The NEVER Openweight Six Man title match went about how I expected except for House of Torture winning. The way it was all going, I thought Yoh was going to have his moment being the hero of the match, but instead, Evil turns it around to snatch that win away. I don’t want to say this was the wrong choice, but it wasn’t a choice that made sense. Are there really other Face trios that can go for these titles? If Chaos retained, I feel like that could’ve opened the door to another combination of Bullet Club members to go for these titles.

The 8 Man Elimination Tag was great stuff, and I really like that NJPW adds the over-the-top elimination as a possibility. They get really creative with how they set up the eliminations, and DKC even got to look great in this since he wasn’t eliminated first. Finlay turning things around when he was in the 2v1 situation was good stuff, too. This win gives momentum to the challengers, but that would mean Finlay, Taguchi & Wato are going to lose in the title matches. Though, the last time I thought that, I think NJPW went the opposite and let those with momentum win. Between the two, I think Finlay is more likely to win the US title than Taguchi & Wato are to win the tag titles, but we’ll see on Sunday.

My Score: 8.5/10


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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.

PLAY BY PLAY

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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