Will the Scottish Warrior dethrone the Tribal Chief?
WWE has its first major event in the UK in roughly thirty YEARS! Who will be Undisputed Universal Champion when Roman and McIntyre Clash at the Castle?
- Kickoff Show – Mad Cap Moss & The Street Profits VS The Alpha Academy & Austin Theory; Moss & The Profits win.
- Six Woman Tag: Bianca Belair, Alexa Bliss & Asuka VS Bayley, Dakota Kai & Iyo Sky; Bayley, Kai & Sky win.
- WWE Intercontinental Championship: GUNTHER w/ Imperium VS Sheamus w/ The Brawling Brutes; Gunther wins and retains the title.
- SmackDown Women’s Championship: Liv Morgan VS Shayna Baszler; Liv wins and retains the title.
- Edge & Rey Mysterio w/ Dominik Mysterio VS The Judgement Day; Edge & Rey win.
- Matt Riddle VS Seth Rollins; Rollins wins.
- Undisputed WWE Universal Championship: Roman Reigns VS Drew McIntyre; Reigns wins and retains the title.
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It’s the Clash at the Castle Kickoff show!
Join Jackie Redmond, Matt Camp and Peter Rosenberg in discussing, analyzing and predicting all the action for this historic event in the UK!
Wade Barrett joins the panel!
The former Intercontinental Champion of course joins in to talk about Gunther VS Sheamus for the Intercontinental Championship. What does he expect from this match? “Oh my word, when I think about the fact that I retired six years ago, sometimes I think to myself, ‘Maybe I should get back in the ring.’ And then I see two men like Sheamus and Gunther about to tear each other apart and I think, ‘Hell no, I ain’t going anywhere near a ring again. This one is gonna be a match-up you’re gonna have to watch through your fingers.” Barrett’s faced Sheamus many times, and every single match, Barrett and Sheamus were both covered in bruises, but Sheamus kept on swinging.
As for Gunther, he’s a real fighter, but he might’ve bitten off a bit more than he can chew with Sheamus. Matt asks Barrett, as we look at this match and Gunther telling Tyler Bate that the future of European wrestling is on Tyler, how does that not motivate Tyler and Bron Breakker to watch this match here. Yeah, it’s massive. Worlds Collide is tomorrow, 4 PM Eastern. It was huge having Gunther and Finn Balor come by, even with their own hands full. The fact that NXT gets to watch Gunther VS Sheamus will surely fire everyone up for that main event.
Pete says Wade being from the UK, but neither Sheamus or Gunther is from Wales, so who has the closest thing to homefield advantage? Well, the key thing here is that this stadium will be loaded with people from across the UK. From Scotland, Ireland and the rest of Europe. Homefield advantage is going to help Sheamus and even Drew McIntyre. And yes, they’re all from different countries within the UK and the isles, but their culture is all the same. They wall watch the same TV, listen tot he same music, all drink the same beer.
There is sporting rivalry, but they’re all the same, just with different accents. Wade knows the English and Welsh will still support Sheamus and Drew, who will be the heroes to the next generation, just like they and Wade watched those greats from 30 years ago like the British Bulldog. The Bulldog was a big inspiration to Wade, so 30 years from now, there will be kids here today working in the WWE after seeing what Drew and Sheamus did. Katie’s got chills, but she admits this impact is beyond who has the titles at the end. It’s about the fans watching here today. But because this is the Kickoff, Wade has to choose: Sheamus or Gunther?
Wade wants Sheamus because Sheamus wants that title, that same title Wade held five times so that tells you how good Wade was. But Sheamus won everything else, so Wade needs something to hang his hat on. Gunther will get it done to help Wade. Will there be some bad news for Barrett later today?
Kickoff Show – Six Man Tag: Mad Cap Moss & The Street Profits VS The Alpha Academy & Austin Theory!
The action gets going already as Raging Riddick teams with Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins against some real jokers. Will Moss & the Profits be up and give Cardiff the smoke? Or will Chad Gable, Otis and the Youngest Mr. Money in the Bank SHOOSH all of Wales?
The teams sort out and Dawkins starts against Gable. They tie up, Dawkins headlocks but Gable powers out. Dawkins runs Gable over, things keep moving, and Dawkins hurdles to whip Gable. Gable rolls Dawkins but Dawkins slips away. Things keep moving, Gable hurdles but Dawkins handsprings! Gable arm-drags but Dawkins arm-drags back! Dawkins then fakes Gable out to DECK him with that right hand! Ford mocks Gable and then Dawkins tags him in. The Profits whip Gable and DROPKICK him down! Ford kips up and taunts “For The Academy!” Ford drags Gable up, wrenches and whips, but Gable ducks ‘n’ dodges.
Gable catches the leap into an ANKLE LOCK! Ford endures, moves around, rolls, and throws Gable away! Theory tags in before the ENZIGURI! Ford keep son Gable but Gable reverses the whip. Ford goes up and over but Theory CHOP BLOCKS him! Theory and Gable POST Ford, and then Ford falls out of the ring! Theory soaks up the heat as fans boo. Gable tells them to SHOOSH! Theory drags Ford up and smacks him off the apron. Theory puts Ford in, fans taunt Theory, but Theory says he does NOT suck! Theory drags Ford up, ROCKS him with a left, then CHOKES him on the ropes! The fans boo but Theory soaks it up.
Theory drags Ford up and puts him in the corner. Otis tags in, Theory hands Ford off to a scoop SLAM! Otis flexes, runs, and SPLASHES! Otis tags Gable and Gable drags Ford up. Gable grinds the arm with a mounted armlock, then steps over to wrench it. Ford endures, fans rally up, and Ford reaches out. Gable DECKS Dawkins then puts Ford in the corner. Tag to Theory, he and Gable double back suplex, but Ford lands on his feet! Ford leaps but can’t reach Moss! So Ford hits a DOUBLE DDT! Fans rally up, Ford crawls, hot tag to Moss! Moss rallies on Theory and the Academy! He DECKS Otis, dodges Theory then builds speed to CLOBBER him!
Moss keeps going and CLBOBERS Gable! Wales gives him a standing ovation before Moss RAMS into Theory! Theory fights off the neckbreaker to ROCK Moss! Dawkins tags in, dodges theory, hurdles him and FLYING ELBOWS! Then a CYCLONE SPLASH in the corner! ENZIGURI follows it up, then the SILENCER! Cover, TWO! Dawkins keeps focus, brings Theory up, but no Anointing! Theory fireman’s carries but Dawkins shoves him away> Gable tags in, Dawkins DECKS Theory but Gable hits CHAOS THEORY! Cover, Moss breaks it! Theory slingshot SHOTGUNS Moss! Ford ENZIGURIS Theory, Otis dodges with a roll to POUNCE Ford!!
Otis roars, Moss runs in and RAMS him! Otis rebounds, Moss scoops him! For a FALL AWAY SLAM!! Wales is loving Moss! Gable returns, Moss dodges but Gable CROSSBODIES then DUMPS him out! Gable goes to the apron to get Ford and drag him up. Ford holds onto the ropes as Gable tries to German Suplex him! Dawkins gets over there and drags Gable away! Ford gets in the ring, builds speed, and FLIES! BLOCKBUSTER DOOMSDAY ONTO THE PILE! Fans are thunderous as the Profits put Gable in! Ford tags in and climbs up top! FROM THE HEAVENS!! Cover, Moss & The Profits win!
Winners: Mad Cap Moss & The Street Profits, by pinfall
What a way to kick off the action in Cardiff! Moss and the Profits got that smoke, will they get that gold on the other side of the Clash?
“In this kingdom of castles here in Wales…”
“… where history prevails and beauty transcends, something unimaginable has come alive. Sons and daughters, the time has come to ignite the fires within. To fight. Who here will be valiant? Who now will be strong? For the clash of a lifetime has begun! Heed the call. Prepare to storm. And arm for battle! For the first time in Cardiff, Wales, this is Clash at the Castle!”
Six Woman Tag: Bianca Belair, Alexa Bliss & Asuka VS Bayley, Dakota Kai & Iyo Sky!
The RawEST Women’s Champion leads the way for the Five Foot Fury and the Empress of Tomorrow as they look to defend the Raw Women’s Division! But will no one be ready for this combination? Or Role Model, #CobraKai and the Evil Genius take control in Cardiff?
The trios sort out and Bianca starts against Bayley. Fans sing “Hey~ Bayley! Hoo! Hah! I wanna knoOOooow, will you be my girl?” Bayley tells them shush, that’s not her anymore! Bayley and Bianca circle, then Bayley sucker punches Asuka! But Bianca sucker punches Iyo! The teams pour in and the ref tells them to stand down. But Alexa SLAPS Dakota! The brawl is on!! Asuka throws Dakota out, Alexa throws Iyo out, and Bianca CLUBS away on Bayley! Bianca shoves Bayley and runs her over, then RAMS her into the corner! The ref counts, Bianca TOSSES Bayley, then DROPKICKS her down!
Bianca kips up and fans fire up! Bianca handsprings but Kai & Sky trip her up and drag her out! Fans boo but “Damage Control” regroups. Alexa ROCKS Kai but Sky kicks her back. Kai & Sky double suplex but Alexa fights it! Asuka CLUBS Kai & Sky then joins Alexa. But Bayley joins her team, only for Bianca to join hers! TRIPLE SUPLEX! Fans fire up for the RawEST, and they set DMG CTRL up. HANDSPRING MOONSAULT for all three! Triple cover, TWO! Fans rally up while DMG CTRL regroups outside. Bianca tags Alexa in and she calls Bayley out. Bayley gets in and fans keep singing. So Bayley tags out to Iyo!
Iyo and Alexa circle, fans rally up, and Alexa dodges the haymaker but Iyo blocks the kick! Iyo eggs Alexa on so Alexa SLAPS and ROCKS Iyo! Iyo kicks back, whips her to ropes, then things speed up. Alexa stops herself to stand on Iyo! Then she skateboard stomps her! Alexa lets off. Iyo gets up but into a drop toehold! INSULT 2 INJURY! Cover, TWO! Alexa drags Iyo but Iyo resists and waistlocks. Alexa fights free, but Iyo dodges and tags Bayley back in! Bayley kicks low and CLUBS away on Alexa! Bayley tells the fans to stop cheering! Bayley puts Alexa in the corner, Dakota tags in and she stomps Alexa down.
The ref counts a Dakota digs her boots in, then Bayley tags back in. Bayley stalks Alexa, but Alexa drop toeholds her! Tag to Asuka and they double whip Bayley to ROCK her, BULLDOG, and Asuka throws HIP ATTACK after HIP ATTACK! Asuka taunts Bayley but Bayley blocks the Buzzsaw to trip her up! Bayley drags Asuka up but Asuka waistlocks. Bayley bucks that while Iyo tags in. Iyo runs in, is sent out, but Bayley whips Asuka! Asuka goes up the corner to missile dropkick! Only for Iyo to SPRINGBOARD MISSILE DROPKICK! Iyo slaps Asuka around but Asuka gets mad! Asuka SLAPS, fires off palm strikes, but Iyo goes Matrix! Roll-up, TWO!
Iyo blocks the haymaker to wrench, but Asuka ducks the roundhouse only for the HEEL KICK to get her! Iyo bumps Asuka off buckles, Dakota tags in, and Dakota CLUBS away. Asuka throws body shots back as fans rally, but Dakota throws Asuka down! Cover, TWO! Dakota is annoyed but she HIP DROPS Asuka’s arm. Asuka endures the armlock but Dakota bumps her off buckles. Tag to Bayley and fans fire up again! Bayley is annoyed so she tags out to Iyo! Iyo sits Asuka down and stands on her chest! The ref counts, Iyo swings to DOUBLE KNEE! Cover, TWO! Iyo steps on Asuka and tags in Bayley.
Bayley stalks Asuka, grinds her arm, but Asuka reaches for her corner! Bayley coordinates with her team, tag to Dakota and she waits. Asuka whips Bayley away, tags Alexa, and Alexa CANNONBALLS onto Bayley! But Dakota runs in to SHOTGUN Alexa! Dakota gets in the ring as the ring count climbs, and she taunts Alexa. Alexa crawls at 6 of 10, but Dakota goes out to fetch her. Cover, TWO! Dakota drags Alexa up, suplexes, then covers, TWO! Fans rally but Dakota taunts the EST. Dakota HIP DROPS Alexa, then drags her away. Dakota whips Alexa into the corner, digs her boot in, and the ref counts. Dakota lets off at 4, then tags Iyo.
Dakota mocks Bianca while Iyo stomps Alexa. Iyo drags Alexa up, wrenches, whips but Alexa blocks! Alexa and Iyo fire off forearms, and Alexa gets the edge! Alexa whips Iyo but Iyo reverses and Alexa hits buckles! Iyo drags Alexa up to whip her at the ropes, then FLAPJACKS her! Iyo kips up and covers, TWO! Bayley taunts Bianca but Iyo bumps Alexa off buckles. Iyo tags Dakota and Dakota stomps Alexa. Tag back to Iyo, she wrenches Alexa and hammerlocks the arm. Iyo sits Alexa down and keeps on the arm. Alexa endures and throws body shots. JAWBREAKER! Iyo staggers, Dakota tags in, but Alexa gives Iyo a CODE RED!
BOOT WASH from Kai! Cover, TWO!! Alexa survives that bait ‘n’ switch but Dakota CLUBS away on Alexa. Dakota tags Bayley in, they mug Alexa, then Dakota tags back in. Bayley whips Alexa to a corner, Dakota whips Bayley in but Alexa puts her on the apron! Alexa ELBOWS Dakota then RANAS her away! Fans fire up as Alexa crawls for her corner! But Bayley yanks Bianca down! Bayley tweaked her own knee, but then Dakota SHOTGUNS Bianca! Bayley was faking the knee, she RAMS Bianca into barriers! Alexa DDTs Dakota! Hot tags to Asuka and Iyo! MISSILE DROPKICK for yo! HIP ATTACK for Dakota! Asuka dodges and runs Bayley over!
Asuka HIP ATTACKS Iyo! Iyo fights the bulldog but the POP-UP KNEE! BACKHANDS! SOBATS! GERMAN SUPLEX!! SLIDING KICK!! Cover, DMG CTRL breaks it up!! Alexa ROCKS Dakota, but turns into a BAYLEY2BELLY! Bayley goes to her corner, Asuka blocks Iyo’s kick! Iyo rolls to spike Asuka, then BUZZSAW! Tag to Bayley and she hauls Asuka up! Wrench and Iyo returns, sunset rewind, SLIDING LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Asuka gets to a corner and Bayley is frustrated. Bayley runs in but into a CODE BREAKER! Both women are down but reaching for their corners! Hot tag to Bianca!!
Bianca rallies on Bayley, DROPKICKS her, then kips up! Bianca RAMS into Bayley at the corner, and again and again! Bianca whips corner to corner, Bayley reverses, but Bianca goes up and over, handsprings and SPINEBUSTERS! Bianca STANDING MOONSAULTS! Cover, TWO! Fans rally but Bayley rakes Bianca’s eyes! Tag to Dakota and she runs in. Bianca elbows Dakota, RAMS Bayley, and hoists Bayley up top! Bianca climbs up after Bayley but the ref keeps saying Bayley isn’t legal. Dakota runs in, Bianca flips up and over her! Bianca RAMS Kai into Sky! Bianca runs in but Bayley POSTS her!
Bayley traps Bianca with her braid! But Asuka & Alexa get Bayley for a DOUBLE SUPERPLEX! Everyone is down and Cardiff fires up! Kai & Sky drag Alex a& Asuka out, stomp them down, then Iyo ASAI MOONSAULTS! But Bianca rolls Dakota up! TWO, and Bianca deadlifts Dakota! Dakota fights free, BOOTS back, but Bianca ROCKS her in the corner! Bianca trophy lifts Dakota and fans give a standing ovation! But Iyo runs in, so Bianca SMACK Her with Dakota’s boots! FALL AWAY SLAM! Dakota grabs at ropes and Bianca grabs at her. The ref counts, Bianca lets go at 4. SCORPION- NO, Bianca turns kick into lift, and POWERBOMB!
Bianca hurries to a corner and climbs up top! Fans fire up for the 450EST- NO, Bianca has to bail out as Dakota moves! SCORPION KCIK! Then Around the World, but Bianca dodges! Torture rack, but Iyo saves Dakota from it! Bayley gets the braid! AROUND THE WORLD BOOT!! And then tag to Iyo, tag to Bayley! ROSE PLANT OVER THE MOONSAULT! Cover, DMG CTRL wins!!
Winners: Bayley, Dakota Kai & Iyo Sky, by pinfall
The Role Model just pinned the Raw Women’s Champion! Granted, it was a string of attacks from all three opponents, but is this a sign that Raw is now under their control?
WWE honors the “greatest match in SummerSlam history.”
Welcome the family of the British Bulldog, Davey Boy Smith, and Bret Hart himself! Bret and the Bulldog fought over the Intercontinental Championship, and look what’s next!
WWE Intercontinental Championship: GUNTHER w/ Ludwig Kaiser VS Sheamus w/ The Brawling Brutes!
Der Ring General dominated European wrestling and even the UK scene, but now he wants to take over the world through this prestigious title. However, this is the one title the Celtic Warrior has yet to hold. Will Cardiff see the crowning of an ULTIMATE GRAND SLAM CHAMPION?
Ludwig makes the introductions for- Wait! Giovanni Vinci?! Formerly Fabian Aichner and formerly of Imperium, is now BACK IN Imperium! Will having his forces back at 100% help “YOUR Intercontinental Champion” stay champion?
Dunne and Ridge brawl with Ludwig and Vinci! Vinci TOSSES Dunne, Ridge CLOBBERS Ludwig, they brawl now, and things spill out of the ring! Imperium pinballs Ridge and stomps him down! But Dunne is up top to ARIHARA MOONSAULT them down! Gunther and Sheamus haven’t even moved yet! The bell rings and the brawl is on in the ring! Sheamus backs Gunther down to a corner and fires off, but Gunther turns it around to CLUB away! Sheamus throws hands back, they scrap, and Gunther EuroUppers! Sheamus BOOTS and ROCKS and ROCKS Gunther again! Gunther turns things around to CHOP! And CHOP! And ROCK Sheamus!
Sheamus ROCKS Gunther back! Gunther headlocks, Sheamus powers out, they RAM shoulders, then Gunther BOOTS Sheamus down! Fans are fired up while the others are taken to the back. Gunther CLUBS Sheamus, suplexes, but Sheamus fights that to suplex Gunther! Sheamus CLUBS Gunther, ROCKS him, but Gunther kicks low. Gunther kicks low again, EuroUppers, but Sheamus fires back! Sheamus whips, Gunther reverses but Sheamus KICKS him! Sheamus mule kicks, front kicks, and Gunther goes to the apron. Fans are fire dup for Sheamus as he grabs Gunther at the ropes. But Gunther slips free and drags Sheamus down.
Sheamus kicks Gunther away, follows him around the way, and RAMS him into steel steps! The ring count starts but Sheamus fires up Cardiff. Sheamus drags Gunther up at 4 of 10, puts him in at 5, and then drags Gunther up the ropes. Fans fire up but Gunther resists. Sheamus forces Gunther to stand, and he forces those arms into the ropes! Gunther still fights, gets free and ROCKS Sheamus! Sheamus ROCKS Gunther back! And again! Sheamus steps in but Gunther puts him in the corner to CHOP! And CHOP! Sheamus shoves Gunther away, BOOTS him down, and then skins the cat to the top rope!
But Gunther CHOPS Sheamus off the corner and to the floor! Gunther goes out after Sheamus and he pulls the steel steps apart! Fans fire up as Gunther sets the steps and brings Sheamus around. Gunther CHOPS Sheamus, then scoops him to SLAM him on the steel steps! Gunther then goes into the ring as the count climbs. Sheamus drags himself back to the ring at 7 of 10 and slides in at 9! Gunther is annoyed but he looms over Sheamus. Gunther CLUBS Sheamus, stalks him to a corner, and CHOPS him! Sheamus ROCKS Gunther, Gunther CHOPS, Sheamus CHOPS! Gunther CHOPS Sheamus again and Sheamus staggers!
Gunther sits Sheamus up to CHOP him down! Gunther kicks Sheamus around and dares him to get up. Fans rally for Sheamus as he sits up, and Gunther CHOPS him! Gunther eggs Sheamus on, CHOPS him, but Sheamus throws body shots! Gunther SLAPS Sheamus, then BOOTS him down! Gunther drags Sheamus up, CHOPS him against the ropes, CHOPS and ROCKS and CHOPS again! The ref counts, Gunther CHOPS again and lets off. Sheamus leans against the ropes but stays in the ring. Sheamus grits his teeth and stands back up and the fans rally again. Gunther BOOTS and Sheamus staggers then flops down!
Gunther drags Sheamus from the ropes by a leg, then turns Sheamus over to get both legs. Sheamus resists the turn, but Gunther powers through to the BOSTON CRAB! Sheamus endures, crawls forward, but Gunther shifts into an STF! Fans boo but Sheamus still endures. Sheamus pries free of the crossface and BENDS Gunther’s fingers! Gunther CLUBS Sheamus, then CHOPS him on the back! Fans boo but Gunther just soaks it all in. Gunther KNEES Sheamus in the side, BOOTS him, but fans are still rallying for the Fella! Sheamus throws body shots, but Gunther ROCKS him! Sheamus ROCKS Gunther!
Gunther dodges to ROCK Sheamus in the back! Gunther kicks and CLUBS but Sheamus CHOPS and CHOPS! Gunther wrenches the arm, and CHOPS Sheamus off his feet! Gunther holds onto the wrist while fans boo, and Gunther drags Sheamus back up. Gunther wrenches again, then CHOPS Sheamus back down. Fans boo more but Gunther drags Sheamus up again. Gunther CHOPS and Sheamus drops to a knee. Sheamus glares defiantly but Gunther wrenches again. Sheamus blocks the chop! Fans fire up and Sheamus ROCKS Gunther with forearm after forearm! Gunther wobbles but he RAMS Sheamus into a corner!
Gunther tosses Sheamus out, goes out after him, and scoops him again, to SLAM him on the floor! Sheamus writhes but Gunther drags him up, to TOSS him over the announce desk! Gunther taunts the fans then drags Sheamus up. Sheamus SMACKS Gunther off the desk! And again! And then gives him BEATS OF THE BODHRAIN!! Fans count to five but Gunther gets away into the ring! Sheamus pursues and CLOBBERS Gunther! Gunther goes to the apron, but Sheamus drags him up! Fans rally as Sheamus gives more BEATS OF THE BODHRAIN! He goes past 10 but Gunther gets away again! Sheamus goes out after Gunther, but Gunther TOSSES him over the barriers!
But Sheamus hits Gunther back! Sheamus gives Gunther MORE BEATS OF THE BODHRAIN! And he goes all the way to 15!! Gunther flounders away and Sheamus pursues! Sheamus puts Gunther in the ring, climbs up a corner, and KING KONG KNEE DROPS!! Fans fire up with Sheamus! Sheamus fireman’s carries but Gunther slips off to ROCK Sheamus! Sheamus ROCKS Gunther, so Gunther CHOPS Sheamus! Sheamus ROCKS Gunther again, Gunther CHOPS Sheamus again. ROCK! CHOP! ROCK! CHOP! They speed it up and Sheamus gets the edge! But Gunther gest around to GERMAN SUPLEX! Sheamus sits back up!
Sheamus runs in, into a CHOP! Sheamus rebounds to KNEE Gunther down! Cover, TWO!! Sheamus almost had Gunther there! “This is Awesome!” and it’s still going as both men stir. Sheamus watches Gunter rise, and he reels him in for the clinch. Gunther fights that off with elbows, then he CLUBS Sheamus! SLEEPER!! Gunther squeezes tight but Sheamus moves around! Sheamus drops to a knee and Gunther leans on the hold but fans rally up. Sheamus fights up, pries at the hold, but Gunther turns him around! Sheamus fights the lift and fireman’s carries for WHITE NOISE! Cover, TWO!! Gunther survives again!
Fans rally harder and harder as Sheamus stands again. Gunther crawls to a corner but Sheamus takes aim. Cardiff is on its feet as Sheamus beats his chest! Gunther stands, but he dodges the Brogue to waistlock! Sheamus elbows free but Gunther SHOTGUNS him into the corner! Gunther drags Sheamus up, GENERAL BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Gunther is freaking out that Sheamus survives! Gunther stomps Sheamus down, drags him around, then stomps him some more! Gunther goes up the corner, but Sheamus hurries up to SLAP him! And CHOP him! And CHOP, and CHOP! Gunther CHOPS back but Sheamus ROCKS and CHOPS him again!
Sheamus and Gunther brawl, Gunther throwing down some hard SLAPS! Sheamus staggers away, Gunther adjusts, but Sheamus BOOTS the ropes to trip Gunther up! Sheamus then turns Gunther around and brings Gunther out on the crucifix! A shoutout to another great Intercontinental Champion! RAZOR’S EDGE!! Sheamus crawls to the cover, TWO!?! Gunther survives and Scott Hall must be looking down in a bit of disappointment. Sheamus crawls to a corner, fans are thunderous and Sheamus glares at Gunther. Gunther stands, Sheamus runs, but his back! Gunther gets Sheamus up, GENERAL BOMB!! But Gunther can’t cover from his own fatigue!
Sheamus sits up! He shakes his head as Gunther gets pissed!! Gunther CLOBBERS Sheamus!!! Cover, Gunther wins!!
Winner: Gunther, by pinfall (still WWE Intercontinental Champion)
It was a war like none other, but it took one last shot to finish Sheamus off! Will Der Ring General continue to brutally and unequivocally dominate the WWE?
SmackDown Women’s Championship: Liv Morgan VS Shayna Baszler!
Once again, the champion goes in an underdog. Liv cashed in on Ronda Rousey, then survived her in the rematch, and now she’s going up against one of Ronda’s former friends and training partners in the Queen of Spades. Will Liv keep her reign alive? Or will the Submission Magician tear the title away from whatever’s left of Liv in the end?
The introductions are made, the title is raised, and we see if Liv will #TapNapOrSnap!
Liv and Shayna stare down at the bell while fans rally up. They circle, tie up, and Shayna goes right for the bad arm! Liv uses that to roll Shayna, ONE! Shayna blocks a kick, spins Liv, but Liv drops out of the sleeper to a victory roll! TWO, and Liv steals the KIRAFUDA! But Shayna easily breaks that free to get the ARMBAR! Liv moves around, Oklahoma Roll, TWO! Shayna smirks and Liv says it was that close. The two reset and circle. Liv dodges the haymaker to RANA! Shayna gets up, into a SHOTGUN from Liv! Fans fire up and Liv runs in at the ropes to SHOTGUN Shayna again!
Liv SHINING WIZARDS in a corner, rolls and runs in, but Shayna dodges. Liv BOOTS Shayna, goes up the corner and reels Shayna in. Liv hops around the ropes, but Shayna HOTSHOTS Liv down! Shayna taunts Liv and goes out after her. Liv throws hands but Shayna hammerlocks the arm and RAMS Liv into the barriers! Shayna puts Liv in and covers, TWO! Shayna rains down fists on Liv, then lets off to grab the bad arm. Shayna stands on Liv’s face then twists the arm. Shayna steps over to wrench the elbow, then she YANKS the arm! Liv cries in pain and gets to ropes. Shayna taunts the champ, but Liv elbows her away!
Liv goes to a corner, BOOTS Shayna again, then goes up and over! Liv rolls, runs in, but Shayna LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Shayna taunts Liv more, twists the wrist and then the elbow. Fans rally and Liv fires off body shots! Liv fires off haymakers but Shayna shoves her away then GERMAN SUPLEXES her! And KNEES her at the ropes! Liv dangles out of the ring but Shayna drags her in to cover, TWO! Liv clutches her bad arm but Shayna paces around. Shayna lines it up, and PENALTY KICKS the bad arm! Liv flounders and writhes in pain but Shayna taunts her. Shayna dares Liv to get up like she always does.
Liv kicks Shayna, but Shayna twists the arm again! Shayna almost toys with Liv as she finds angles to bend the arm. Liv CLAWS at Shayna’s other arm, but Shayna double wristlocks! Liv throws kicks while fans rally up. Shayna floats, gets the legs, but Liv boots her away! Liv avoids the kick this time, and JAWBREAKERS Shayna away! Shayna comes back, Liv ducks under, goes up, and missile dropkicks back! Fans fire up while both women are down! Liv and Shayna stir as a standing count starts. Shayna gets to ropes, drags herself up, and Liv stirs at 7 of 10. Liv kips up at 8! Liv roars and fires off haymakers! Kick and KICK and ENZIGURI!
Liv whips, Shayna reverses but Liv ducks ‘n’ dodges to springboard and CODE BREAKER! Cover, TWO! Shayna is still in this and Liv is frustrated. Liv drags Shayna up, but Shayna fires off hands! Shayna KICKS the leg, runs in, but Liv dodges! Shayna knees buckles, and Liv goes up. Liv leaps into a KNEE! Cover, TWO!! Shayna is furious but she taunts Liv to fight like always. Shayna drags Liv around, isolates the bad arm, lets her hair down and smiles sadistically. Shayna says that would be too easy, though. But Liv rolls through to TRIANGLE HOLD! Shayna deadlifts but Liv CLUBS away! Liv has Shayna down in an ARMBAR!!
Fans fire up as Shayna endures now! Liv wants to hurt Shayna but Shayna stacks the cover! TWO, and Liv has the ARMBAR again! Shayna clasps hands, fights back up, and STOMPS away on Liv! Gut wrench SLAM! RUNNING KNEE!! Cover, TWO!! Liv survives and fans rally up. Shayna ROCKS Liv to a corner, hoists her up top, then SLAPS her! Shayna climbs up after Liv, twists the arm, and has a double wristlock. Liv CLUBS Shayna, slips out and uses the arm to dribble Shayna off the buckles! Fans fire up and Liv lets off. Shayna is stuck up top, so Liv runs back in and SUNSET FLIP POWERBOMBS! Cover, TWO!! KIRAFUDA KLUTCH!!!
Liv claws at the hold but Shayna shifts to an ARMBAR! Shayna can only use one arm because Liv did damage back! Liv rolls to the ROPEBREAK! Shayna lets off in frustration, but she watches Liv stand. Shayna storms over, KIRAFUDA KLUTCH! Liv flails and rolls back, TWO!! Shayna kicks but misses, CODE BREAKER!! ObLIVion!!! Cover, LIV WINS!!!
Winner: Liv Morgan, by pinfall (still SmackDown Women’s Champion)
Liv manages to turn the tide in an instant and takes the win! Will Liv continue to survive by the skin of her teeth and stay on top of the SmackDown Women’s Division?
Edge & Rey Mysterio w/ Dominik Mysterio VS The Judgement Day!
The Rated R Superstar tried to set the new generation free, but those he taught misinterpreted his lessons and betrayed him. Now Edge and the King of Lucha look to humble the Judgement Day and teach them about respect. Will the former WWE Tag Team Championship duo rekindle that connection? Or will the Prince and the Punisher finish what they started?
Fans are so excited to see Edge, they sing his theme song! But then the Judgement Day makes their entrance and they bring the mood down. The teams sort out and Rey starts against Finn. Fans are fired up for both sides as Finn circles with Rey. Finn talks trash on Edge, but fans rally up for Rey. Rey and Finn tie up, Finn throws body shots and then bumps Rey off buckles. Finn throws body shots, CHOPS, then keeps Rey in the corner to whip corner to corner. Finn runs in to CHOP! Finn smothers Rey, the ref counts, and Finn lets off. Finn whips corner to corner, Rey goes up and over, ducks ‘n’ dodges, then KICKS and ROCKS Finn back!
Rey whips, Finn reverses and kicks low, to then sunset flip! Rey rolls through to BUZZSAW! Rey baits Finn in and elbows him, then tilt-o-whirls and RANAS! Finn is dizzy and he staggers to the Judgement Day corner. Tag to Priest, and fans boo. Priest calls Edge out! Fans are thunderous for that! Rey tags Edge in! Edge and Priest circle, tie up, and Priest ROCKS Edge! Edge drops to a knee, Priest tosses him to a corner to ROCK and fire off shots! Priest UPPERCUTS, then he glares at Dominik. Priest ROCKS Edge, whips him corner to corner, but Rey is a bumper to block! Edge comes back and fires off on Priest!
Fans fire up as Edge lets off, and Edge whips Priest. Finn tries to be a bumper but Edge fakes him out! Priest goes into the other corner, Edge KICKS Finn down, then he RAMS Priest and TOSSES him out! Rhea is furious but Rey tags in, Edge gives Rey a boost to ALLEY-OOP him onto the Judgement Day! Fans are fired up again as Rey puts Priest back in. Rey KICKS Priest’s leg, ROCKS him, then runs. Rey QUEBRADAS, but Priest catches him to a FALCON ARROW! Priest rains down forearms but fans boo. Priest drags Rey up to BOOT him to the corner. Priest glares at Edge, runs at Rey and back elbows!
Tag to Finn and Priest snampares Rey for Finn’s slingshot stomp! Finn soaks up the heat and drags Rey back up. Finn bumps Rey off buckles, RAMS into him, then tags Priest. BACKBREKER to LEG DROP! Cover, TWO! Fans rally while Priest clamps on a chinlock. Priest grinds Rey down, Rey fights up but Priest whips him to ropes. Reu KICKS back, but Priest SUPERKICKS Rey down! Priest pushes Edge but the ref has Edge stand down. Priest SPITS on Edge! Priest drags Rey away and tags in Finn. Priest whips Rey and mule kicks, Finn front kicks, Priest ROUNDHOUSES and Finn SHOTGUNS! Cover, TWO!
Finn stays on Rey and snap suplexes! Finn holds on for Uno Amigo! Fans boo as Finn CLUBS Rey down and raises his hands. Rhea laughs at the Amigo swerve, and Finn CLUBS Rey down into the chinlock. Fans rally as Rey endures and fights up. Rhea tells fans to shut up but Rey JAWBREAKERS free! Finn keeps Rey from Edge and KNEES him low! Finn whips Rey into the open corner, runs in, but Rey dropkicks the legs out! Finn hits buckles and both men are down! Fans rally up, Finn gets a foot! Rey ENZIGURIS Finn away! Priest tags in, and he BOOTS Edge down! Priest drags Rey up to TOSS him out!
The ref keeps Priest in the ring but Priest argues with her. Finn uses that to line up a shot, only for Rey to TOSS him into the crowd! Rey goes up the barriers but Priest goes up after him! Priest brings Rey around, but Rey fights the lift! Rey trips Priest up! Priest lands on his punisher! Rey hurries back to the ring, Rhea panics, and Rey is crawling! Rhea shouts at Priest to do something! Priest gets off the barrier, gets in the ring and he just manages to anchor Rey! Priest drags Rey back but Rey BOOTS Priest! Hot tags to Edge and Finn! Edge dodges Priest, CLOBBERS Finn, then CLOBBERS Priest! BOOT for Finn, FLAPJACK for Priest! IMPALER for Finn!!
Fans are thunderous again but Rhea is furious! Edge aims at Finn, but Priest is on the apron! Edge DECKS Priest, Rey SEATED ESNEONS Priest down! Edge drop toeholds Finn onto ropes! Is he really?! Edge dials it up! 619!! Rey goes up top for the FROG SPLASH!! Edge covers, Priest breaks it just in time! Priest choke grips Rey, but Rey goes up the ropes! Edge SPEARS Priest off the apron!! Both men are down and even Dom is shocked! Finn whips and slides Rey out of the ring hard! Finn snarls, but Edge HOTSHOTS him! Edge runs, into a SLINGBLADE! Rhea cheers as Finn aims, SHOTGUN!
Edge is down in the drop zone! Finn goes up top, but Dom distracts the ref! Rey fires off on Finn! Rey goes up for a SUPER STEINER! Finn hits hard but Rhea CLOBBERS Dom! Rhea RAMS Dom into barriers, then scoops him, but Rey DIVES! Direct hit and down goes Rhea!! Rey gets in, runs at Finn and RANAS him onto ropes! Now Rey dials it up, but Finn CLOBBERS Rey! And KICKS him out of the ring! Finn mocks Rey, builds speed, but Dom trips him up!! Rey dropkicks Finn onto ropes, redials, and 619!! SPEAR OUTTA NOWHERE!! Cover, Edge & Rey win!
Winners: Edge & Rey Mysterio, by pinfall
Dom wasn’t sure about the team-up but he showed solidarity here in the end! The family that fights together wins together, and this is family! Rey has Dom join in on the celebration, but Dom LOW BLOWS Edge?!?! Rey is pissed but Dom is pissed at Edge! Rey tries to get Dom to please just understand, but then Dom CLOBBERS REY!! Judgement Day is laughing like this is the greatest thing ever! Fans boo but Dom doesn’t care about them. Dom rips up his Mysterio shirt and storms off, why has he done this?!
Matt Riddle VS Seth Rollins!
There has been beef between the Stallion and the Visionary for months now, and after taking a detour around SummerSlam, we finally see these two throw down! Will the Bro give the Architect what he deserves for what he’s done and said to him? Or will Seth Freakin’ Rollins #BurnItDown in Cardiff?
The bell rings and the brawl is on! Fans fire up as the hands fly, and Riddle adds kicks! Riddle KICKS away in the corner but Rollins gest away. Riddle fires off forearms, Rollins throws body shots, they end up in a corner and Riddle fires off knees! Riddle KICKS away again, the ref has Riddle back off! They argue, but then Riddle backs down. Rollins goes out, Riddle pursues but Rollins hits back! Riddle RAMS Rollins into the apron, puts him back in the ring, and he gut wrench suplexes! Riddle holds on, drags Rollins back up and hits another gut wrench suplex! Fans fire up and Riddle storms up, into a throat chop!
Rollins runs and ROCKS Riddle with a right! Rollins CHOPS, runs, but into a KICK! Riddle drops the BROTON! And then another BROTON! Cover, TWO! Fans sing Rollins’ theme but Riddle is after him at the ropes. Rollins FLAPJACK HOTSHOTS Riddle down! Rollins aims at Riddle in the corner, runs in, but into the headscissors! TRIANGLE HOLD! Rollins scrambles around, deadlifts Riddle, and runs at the ropes! But Riddle RANAS Rollins out! Riddle aims from the apron but Rollins blocks the Penalty Kick! BARRIER BOMB!! Riddle crashes hard, and a cameraman is even affected!
Rollins leaves Riddle behind, gest back in the ring, and the ring count climbs. Fans chant “We Want Tables!” but this isn’t No Disqualifications! Riddle stands, Rollins DIVES and sends Riddle onto the announce table! Rollins drags Riddle up and back into the ring. Rollins drags Riddle back up, and short arm LARIATS! Fans are torn as Rollins stands over The Bro. Rollins smiles and drags Riddle up, but Riddle fires off body shots! Riddle runs, into an ELBOW! Cover, TWO! Rollins rains down fists on Riddle, but the ref reprimands about them being closed fists. Rollins argues with the ref now, and the ref warns him like he did Riddle.
Rollins kicks Riddle around, toys with him, but Riddle CHOPS and KICKS and KICKS! Rollins ducks, rolls Riddle, TWO! SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO!! Rollins suplexes for the FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO!! Riddle survives that onslaught and Rollins is seething. Fans rally up and sing again, “OH~ OH~ OOOH~!” Rollins smiles as he stands up. Rollins runs, but into a BOOT! Riddle elbows Rollins away, goes up top, but Rollins trips him up! Rollins climbs up and grins as he brings Riddle into the dragon sleeper. Riddle fights the superplex off, throws more elbows, then adjusts. But Rollins goes out to GAMANGIRI!
Riddle is in a Tree of Woe now! Rollins climbs up, stands on Riddle’s leg, and then give shim WOE STOMPS! Cover, TWO!! Rollins is annoyed but he smirks again. Rollins suplexes Riddle to put him back up top, then Rollins throws body shots. Rollins ROCKS Riddle with a right, then climbs up after him. Fans rally and duel as Riddle ROCKS Rollins back! Riddle stands Rollins up but Rollins throws body shots! SUPERPLEX, and roll through, but RIDDLE FISHERMAN BUSTERS!! Riddle and Rollins are both down and fans fire up! Rollins stands first, he storms over to Riddle but into PALM STRIKES!
Riddle BOOTS, shoots around, ripcords, FINAL FLASH! Riddle forearm smashes in the corner, then runs to forearm smash again! Rollins fights the Exploder, spins, but into the BROSPLODER! Rollins goes to the apron but Riddle triangle jumps and PENALTY KICKS! And then FLOATING BRO ATTACK! Direct hit and down goes Rollins! Riddle puts Rollins in, but Rollins kicks low! Rollins underhooks, but Riddle fireman’s carries free! BRO TO SLEEP! Then Riddle gets Rollins up, POWERBOMB! Flip through, FLASH KNEE! Cover, TWO!!! Rollins survives by nanoseconds! Riddle storms up to Rollins and KICKS him into the drop zone!
Riddle gets up the corner, takes aim, FLOATING BRO onto knees!! Rollins aims, runs, but no stomp! Riddle waistlocks, Rollins switches, GERMAN SUPLEX, but Riddle lands on his feet! Rollins spins, into the TRIANGLE HOLD!! Riddle has Rollins down, Rollins endures and flails, and then Rollins stacks! TWO, Rollins tries to deadlift but Riddle hooks the leg! Riddle drags Rollins down and fans are dueling! Rollins fades, but he gets a second wind to stomp away on Riddle’s face! Rollins pushes Riddle, reels him in, GOTCH HOLD, BRO DEREK!!! Cover, TWO!!! Riddle survives Rollins stealing his move!
Fans rally up as both men stir again. Rollins kicks Riddle then goes to the corner. Rollins seethes as he climbs up the corner, but Riddle moves! Rollins bails out of Phoenix Splash, Riddle ROCKS him! Rollins SUPERKICKS! Riddle ROUNDHOUSES! Rollins swings but into the spin and PELE! Riddle kips up, into the ROLLING ELBOW! Then the DREAM SMASHER! Rollins runs from the corner, into a FINAL FLASH!! Rollins staggers but PELES! Riddle still deadlift GERMAN SUPLEXES! And then Riddle drags Rollins up, but Rollins flips out of the bomb! Underhooks, PEDIGREE!!! Cover, TWO?!?!? HOW?!?!
Cardiff is thunderous as Rollins and Riddle are still fighting! Rollins is beside himself but “This is Awesome!” Rollins says this is what Riddle gets. “You’re a loser! You understand me?! You’re a loser! Your wife knew it, that’s why she left you! These people know it, and your kids are gonna know it!” Riddle SLAPS away on Rollins!! And then fires off body shots! Rollins sends Riddle out, Riddle gets in but Rollins KICKS him in the ropes! Riddle drapes in the ropes, and Rollins drags him out! Fans cheer and jeer as Rollins hits the DRAPING DDT!! Rollins smiles, having mocked The Viper to insult Riddle.
Rollins soaks up the cheers, jeers and “OH~ OH~ OOOH~” as he hears those voices! Rollins aims, runs in, but into a SLEEPER!! Riddle has the body scissors, too! Riddle turns Rollins over to HAMMER away on his head! Riddle KICKS Rollins around, has him scrambling out of the ring, then dribbles him off the desk! Fans are fired up and Riddle grabs a chair! Riddle aims, but Rollins avoids the chairshot! Riddle gets in, CURB STOMP!!! Riddle’s rage just got the better of him! Rollins aims from the corner because one is not enough! Rollins goes up the corner, Riddle stands, SUPER CURB STOMP!!! Cover, Rollins wins!!
Winner: Seth Rollins, by pinfall
The Architect had the blueprints to destroy Riddle physically and emotionally! Rollins takes down the Bro, but will he get what he really wants in a shot at the Undisputed Universal Championship?
Undisputed WWE Universal Championship: Roman Reigns VS Drew McIntyre!
It has been 734 DAYS, just over two full YEARS, of the Tribal Chief, the Head of the Table as the Reigning, Defending, Undisputed and seemingly unstoppable WWE Universal Heavyweight Champion! But the Scottish Warrior has been scratching, clawing, slashing and slaying, and now he truly gets to face Roman 1v1 after he demolished The Usos on SmackDown! Will this be the day we always remember as the day Roman’s reign ended? Or will McIntyre simply be another one heaped on the pile of opponents Roman has smashed to pieces?
McIntyre makes his entrance to his original theme song, Broken Dreams!! His tron highlights his career in the WWE, from the young and brash “Chosen One” to the grizzled and gritty Scottish Warrior! McIntyre brings his sword, Angela, with him to continue to pay honor to his late mother. Then Roman makes his entrance, holding onto the belts himself since there’s no Heyman to carry them. Roman still raises the belt to cue the pyro. Roman then continues to the ring, raises his finger to the sky, and then raises the belts for the second round of pyro. The introductions are finally made, the ref raises the belts, and tonight, THERE CAN ONLY BE ONE!!
Fans are thunderous as Roman and McIntyre stare down. Fans chant for “DREW! DREW! DREW!” Roman is thrown off by that and McIntyre smirks. The two circle, tie up, and are in a deadlock! Fans fire up as they both dig in their heels and neither budges! But McIntyre’s height becomes his point of leverage and he pushes Roman towards a corner! Roman pushes back, but ends up against buckles! The ref counts, McIntyre lets off cleanly and allows Roman to come back. They reset and circle, and McIntyre smirks again as the fans keep on singing for him. Roman shakes his head and circles with McIntyre again.
McIntyre and Roman tie up, and Roman gets a headlock. McIntyre endures the grind, fans rally for him, and McIntyre powers out. They RAM shoulders but neither man falls! McIntyre gets in Roman’s face and Roman backs off to the corner! Roman goes out to the apron to cool off and fans taunt him for it. McIntyre waits on Roman and the fans chant, “WHO ARE YA? WHO ARE YA?” Roman gets in, rushes and waistlocks but McIntyre switches! Roman fights the lift, elbows free, then headlocks again. McIntyre powers up and out, then follows to run Roman over! Roman bails out and fans are thunderous again!
“WHO ARE YA? WHO ARE YA?” echoes out again as the ring count starts. Roman tries to stay calm but the fans singing for McIntyre is still getting to him. McIntyre waits on Roman, the ring count is climbing, and Roman goes up the steel steps to step back in. Roman tells the fans to calm down but they boo. McIntyre joins in on the taunting as Roman paces. They circle again, but Roman kicks low and UPPERCUTS! McIntyre goes to a corner, Roman tells fans to hush. Roman throws haymakers, the ref counts, and Roman lets off at 4. Roman CLUBS McIntyre to the corner, fans taunt Roman more. Roman climbs up the corner to rain down fists!
But McIntyre slips out before ten to trip Roman up! McIntyre climbs up and he rains down fists! McIntyre goes all the way to nine, then winds up for TEN! Roman staggers, McIntyre runs and clotheslines him out of the ring! Roman wobbles and McIntyre goes out after him! McIntyre bumps Roman off barriers, then off the apron. McIntyre whips Roman into steel steps! The steps go tumbling and fans fire up again! McIntyre refreshes the count, drags Roman up and around, but someone is throwing water bottles? It’s KARRION KROSS! Mr. Doomsday is making sure McIntyre doesn’t forget he’s back. McIntyre says bring it, he’ll shove the bottle up Kross’s-
Roman sucker punches McIntyre! And then POSTS him! Roman gets in the ring as the count climbs. McIntyre stirs at 7 of 10, drags himself up at 8, flounders at 9, but jumps in at 9.9!! Roman is shocked but he stomps away! Roman runs, BOOTS McIntyre, then BOOTS him again! Roman rains down fists, covers, ONE!! Roman snarls as McIntyre gets to the corner. Roman storms over, and he fires off the POINT-BLANK LARIATS! Roman goes all the way to ten, then he lets off as the ref reprimands. Roman brings McIntyre up to POST him! McIntyre flops to the floor and even clips the steps. The ring count climbs while fans boo.
McIntyre drags himself up with the steps, stands at 5 of 10 and drags himself in at 7! Roman is after McIntyre with haymakers! McIntyre ROCKS Roman, HOTSHOTS him, then runs in, into the LEAPING LARIAT! Cover, ONE!! Roman is shocked and fans are loving it! Roman cravats McIntyre for a neck wrench and he says he doesn’t care if McIntyre’s tired! McIntyre fights up, wrenches out, and kicks low! McIntyre CHOPS Roman, whips, but Roman reverses. Roman BOOTS McIntyre right down! Cover, ONE!?! Roman shakes his head in annoyance, but then he hears the fans rally and sing for McIntyre again.
Roman and McIntyre stand, McIntyre CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! McIntyre whips corner to corner, Roman reverses hard! McIntyre bounces off buckles and falls to the mat! Roman checks his stinging chest and he flicks the sweat off him and onto McIntyre. “Who do you think you are, huh?” Roman pushes McIntyre around, taunts Cardiff, then eggs them all on. McIntyre CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Roman kicks low, fires off haymakers, and he sits McIntyre down! Fans keep booing but Roman paces around. McIntyre crawls his way over to Roman but Roman brings him up. Roman suplexes, but McIntyre fights that off!
McIntyre suplexes but Roman fights that off. Roman tries again, but McIntyre turns it around! Roman still fights, but McIntyre tries, too! Roman throws body shots and haymakers! Roman sits McIntyre back down and stomps him! Roman demands a mic? Roman gets the mic, fans boo and give thumbs down, but Roman says, “Cardiff! ACKNOWLEDGE ME!!” Fans boo even harder, and McIntyre HEADBUTTS Roman down!! That Glasgow Kiss was explosive! The ref checks both men, but both men are slowly sitting up. Fans are thunderous as McIntyre stands up. Roman stands up, too, and he ROCKS McIntyre with a right!
McIntyre ROCKS Roman with a right, but Roman ROCKS him again! McIntyre ROCKS Roman, but Roman ROCKS McIntyre! McIntyre, Roman, McIntyre, Roman, back and forth, but McIntyre gest the edge! Roman kicks low again! Roman whips, McIntyre comes back to BOOT Roman! Roman gets up but McIntyre LARIATS! McIntyre whips and OVERHEAD Belly2Belly suplexes! Then McIntyre clinches in a corner, Belly2Belly! And a NECKBREAKER! Fans fire up while both men are down again, and McIntyre KIPS UP! Fans are thunderous as “DREW! DREW! DREW!” takes aim! Forearm smash in the corner, then he hoists Roman up top!
McIntyre CHOPS Roman, climbs up after him, and brings Roman up to the very top! Roman throws body shots to fight the superplex, and he trips McIntyre up! Roman throws haymakers, but McIntyre pulls hair! Roman ROCKS McIntyre into the Tree of Woe! Roman stands up, but McIntyre sits up! SPIDER BELLY2BELLY! And then McIntyre slips out of the Tree and onto his feet! Fans fire up as McIntyre calls for the countdown! THREE! TWO! ON- Roman bails out. McIntyre goes out after Roman but Roman throws hands! Roman puts McIntyre back in, but McIntyre kicks him back! Roman fights off the Future Shock to UPPERCUT!
Roman shakes his head, runs the ropes, but into a SPINEBUSTER! Jackknife cover, TWO!! Roman survives and McIntyre is seething. McIntyre wants Roman to stand while he aims from the ropes. Roman checks his neck, McIntyre drags him up to a fireman’s carry. But Roman rakes the eyes! Roman shoves McIntyre to a corner, McIntyre elbows him away. But McIntyre runs into an URENAGE! Cover, TWO!! Roman finally gets a two, so there’s progress, but this still isn’t enough. Roman gets to his feet and he watches McIntyre go to a corner. Roman raises his finger, #HeTheOne, and he locks ‘n’ loads!
McIntyre drags himself up the ropes, Roman runs in, but McIntyre turns Superman Punch into a FUTURE SHOCK!! Fans are thunderous again as McIntyre aims from the corner! The countdown! THREE! TWO! ONE!! CLAY- SUPERMAN PUNCH!! Cover, TWO!! Another close call but McIntyre is still in this! Roman fires up as the fans sing for McIntyre. Roman lets out the “OOOAH~!” and runs, into a KICK! Then they both run, SPEAR!! Cover, TWO!?!? No one can believe it, least of all Roman! Roman talks to himself, trying to calm down and figure this out. Roman shakes his head and gets back to his feet, then goes back to the corner.
Roman sees McIntyre standing up and is still in disbelief. But he clamps on the GUILLOTINE!! McIntyre is fading, but fans are thunderously cheering him on! McIntyre gest a second wind and RAMS Roman into the corner! But Roman gets the GUILLOTINE again!! Roman body scissors to add all his weight, but McIntyre is still standing! The ref checks him, and he’s awake! McIntyre powers out to RAM Roman again! And then he POSTS him! Roman tumbles to the floor! But McIntyre has to remember Champion’s Advantage! The count is climbing, McIntyre goes out and SPEARES Roman through the barriers!!
McIntyre drags Roman up, puts him in, and hurries to take aim! Roman moves around, McIntyre counts it down! THREE! TWO! ONE! SPEAR?!?! Cover, TWO!?!?!? HOW?!?! Cardiff is electric and sings for McIntyre again! Both men are stirring, and Roman stands first. Roman can’t believe that was just two, but it was just two. McIntyre gets to a corner while Roman argues with the ref, and Roman grabs the ref! CLAYMORE FROM BEHIND, but the ref goes down, too!! “A-Town Down.” AUSTIN THEORY rushes out with a ref of his own! SummerSlam didn’t work, but the Youngest Mr. MITB wants to try again!
TYSON FURY DECKS THEORY!! No cash-in tonight, says the world boxing champion! But Roman has a chair! CLAYMORE!!! The ref counts, TWO!??!? Roman survives by mere nanoseconds and McIntyre can’t believe it! “This is Wrestling!” as both men slowly sit up again. McIntyre sits Roman up to ROCK him with a right. Roman ROCKS McIntyre back. McIntyre ROCKS Roman, Roman ROCKS McIntyre, they throw hands faster and faster, back and forth! They stand to throw more haymakers, and then are going at the same time! It’s a donnybrook!! McIntyre and Roman wobble, then fire off again!!
Both men stagger, Roman SUPERMAN PUNCHES! McIntyre stays up to GLASGOW KISS! Roman stays up, McIntyre dodges, AND SPEARS!!! McIntyre hurries to reload! CLAYMORE!!! Cover, NO!! Someone dragged the ref out!! Wait, that’s SOLO SIKOA!! The Youngest Uso just screwed McIntyre!! McIntyre goes after Solo but Solo HOTSHOTS McIntyre! SPEAR!!!! Cover, the ref returns, ROMAN WINS!!
Winner: Roman Reigns, by pinfall (still Undisputed WWE Universal Champion)
Another member of the Bloodline helps Roman win! Solo Sikoa rejoins the family, but here comes TYSON FURY! Fans cheer Fury as he steps to Roman, and Roman isn’t sure what to make of this. Roman puts the belts on his shoulders, and he shakes Fury’s hand since Fury stopped the cash-in. There is respect across fight sports, but in the end, Roman and Solo head out, their family victorious. The reign of the Tribal Chief continues on, will there be another two years of Roman?
As for Fury, he says tough luck for Drew, and he helps him up. Fans cheer Fury showing McIntyre respect, too, and then Fury gets the mic. “Drew. All these people here tonight came to see you. I know you’re feeling down right now, but you done your country and everyone here proud. That was an unbelievable fight. Well done, mate. You should be proud of yourself.” Everyone here was chanting for McIntyre the entire match, that was an awesome feeling, right? So chin up, son. And at times like this, Fury can only think of one thing, and it goes something like this. “A long, long time ago, I can still remember how that music used to make me smile.”
Fury sings and the fans join in for American Pie, and Fury says they were wonderful tonight! McIntyre says it didn’t go the way he thought, and he should’ve known better when it came to Roman. But screw the Island of Relevancy, this island didn’t let Drew down! Cardiff showed the world what they’re made of! And Fury, McIntyre has bantered with him, but they have something in common: when they get knocked down, they keep fighting! McIntyre WILL get his hands on the Undisputed titles! But no matter the outcome, let’s freakin’ party! C’mon, lads! Let’s get some Sweet Caroline going! Wait, are they still on the air? McIntyre is just having a laugh!
The fans sing along with McIntyre, and he says he loves ’em all! He hopes they do this again soon! Thank you! McIntyre may have lost, but Cardiff will celebrate the moment all the same! Will the Scottish Warrior keep on fighting until he finally, finally, finally has his moment?
What an awesome event. Something about WWE being in Cardiff is special. Even with title status quos being kept, we got above and beyond what I was expecting and it was all worthy of this moment. We got a surprise Six Man Tag in the kickoff, and that was some great stuff. When the kickoff show match is great, you know you’re in for a good time. The Six Woman Tag was a great opener for the main card, and I like that we finally get the name of Bayley’s trio, “Damage Control.” And as I sensed, DMG CTRL wins and that sets Bayley right up to be Bianca’s next challenger. Their Raw Women’s Championship match will be at Extreme Rules, and who knows how it goes.
That Intercontinental Championship match was awesome! The fans loved Sheamus, Sheamus was on the doorstep of making history, but as I figured, Gunther holds on because he is just getting going. But the bigger surprise that Fabian Aichner, now Giovanni Vinci, is BACK in Imperium. They separated him from the faction as part of his NXT 2.0 rebranding, but I guess since that was more of a Vince motivated move, HHH is having them do a minor reset. Now Imperium is as it should be on RawDown, and the SmackDown Tag Division grows that much stronger with Barthel & Aichner reunited.
Liv VS Shayna was a great match, with great story in how they were battling with technical skill. Shayna almost had Liv a couple times, but that fits in Liv’s story of being the survivalist underdog. Liv uses what her moveset has that Shayna doesn’t in sudden impact finishers and that wins it for her. Great tag team match for Edge & Rey VS Judgement Day, and Edge & Rey winning was fine. Dom betraying Rey was of course the big deal of that segment, and I would love if Dominik Guerrero joined Judgement Day this Monday on Raw to propel this story further. Then we could see Dom and Rhea be like the new Eddie and Chyna.
Riddle VS Rollins was definitely what a heated grudge match like that should be. They were throwing hands from the bell, going all over ringside, and Rollins stealing moves from RKBRO was a great detail. Rollins had been on a PPV losing streak so it was good for him to get this win. The grudge can continue past this, but there’s a good chance Rollins will get a chance to challenge Roman for Extreme Rules since he came really close the last time the two faced off.
And speaking of, McIntyre came the closest of all! I was loving the energy from the fans, and I really had hoped McIntyre was going to get this win here, but it seems they’re bringing Solo up now despite there being lingering story in NXT. Having Solo in the Bloodline probably means Sami Zayn will be pushed out, which is fine because Sami can turn Face, join Kevin Owens, and they can be the ones to dethrone the Usos.
My Score: 9.2/10
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?
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.
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) December 2, 2022
- 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
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.
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) December 2, 2022
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.
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) December 2, 2022
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.
Mitchell’s NJPW WTL X Super Jr. Tag Results & Report! (11/30/22)
World Tag League, Round 4!
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?
- 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
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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