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Mitchell’s WWE NXT UK Results & Report! (9/1/22)

Thank You, NXT UK!

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This will be an epic final showdown!

It has come full circle for Moustache Mountain and NXT UK. It will be Tyler Bate VS Trent Seven, and in the end, a NEW NXT UK Champion will be crowned!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • NXT UK Women’s Championship #1 Contender’s Fatal 4 Way Elimination Match: Blair Davenport VS Amale VS Isla Dawn VS Eliza Alexander; Blair wins and will challenge for the title.
  • Saxon Huxley VS Kenny Williams; Huxley wins.
  • Vacated NXT UK Championship Tournament Finals: Trent Seven VS Tyler Bate; Bate wins and is the new NXT UK Champion.

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NXT UK Women’s Championship #1 Contender’s Fatal 4 Way Elimination Match: Blair Davenport VS Amale VS Isla Dawn VS Eliza Alexander!

The gothic heiress took things into her own hands and altered the course of the NXT UK Women’s Championship timeline when she beat down both Sarray and Meiko Satomura. But now, she must face the consequences of her actions as she, the French Hope, the Wicked Witch and #LizzyEvo have an equal opportunity to be next in line! Will Blair make everyone #BewaretheHeir when she is the last woman standing? Or will another take what she believes is her birthright?

The bell rings and fans rally for Amale. Isla watches all her opponents, and rushes Amale first! Amale ROCKS Isla, then Eliza ROCKS Isla, then Blair BOOTS her! Isla bails out and Eliza waves bye. Now the other three circle as fans rally and sing. Amale dodges Eliza and Blair, then fires off forearms on them both! Amale BOOTS Eliza, Blair kicks Amale. Blair whips and body shots, Eliza SHOTGUNS Amale down! Now Blair and Eliza circle. Blair ROCKS Eliza, then ROCKS her again! Eliza ROCK Blair, fires off shots, then whips. Blair reverses hard and Eliza crashes into ropes! Isla drags Eliza out to DECK her!

Blair dodges Amale’s boot then ROCKS her. Blair aims and whips but Amale reverses to TOSS Blair onto Isla and Eliza! All three fall over and Amale goes up the corner! The three stand back up, and Amale SUPER CROSSBODIES! Direct hit and fans are fired up with Amale! Fans rally for “NXT! NXT!” while Blair kicks at Isla from the floor. Amale drags Eliza up to ROCK her, then stalks her around the way. Isla CLUBS Blair, Eliza kicks Amale. Fans boo but Eliza CLUBS Amale. Blair BOOTS Isla and Eliza smacks Amale off the apron. Isla brawls with Blair while Eliza brings Amale around the way. Eliza CHOPS Amale, Blair uppercuts Isla!

Amale CHOPS Eliza back! Blair CHOKES Isla on the barriers. Eliza RAMS Amale into the apron! Eliza talks some trash then takes aim, but Amale dodges to hit a NECKBREAKER! Fans rally up while the brawling between Blair and Isla continues. Blair whips, Isla reverses and POSTS Blair! Isla laughs maniacally and drags Blair up to put her in the ring. Fans rally up as Isla covers, TWO! Isla grins and stalks Blair around the ring. Isla KICKS Blair down! Blair sits back up but Isla KICKS her again! And then BUZZSAWS! Isla drags Blair up and mocks her, but both women pull hair! Blair throws body shots  but Isla throws a knee!

Isla reels Blair in, SAIDO! But Amale gets in to hit an STO on Isla! Fans fire up and Amale reels Isla in. Isla wrenches out, Amale dodges and BOOTS! Isla goes down, Blair CLOBBERS Amale! Blair drags Amale up and whips her, but Amale reverses. Amale runs in but into BOOTS! Blair ENZIGURIS Amale down! Eliza returns to CLOBBER Blair! Fans boo but Isla METEORAS Eliza! Cover, TWO! Eliza survives but Isla is still smiling! Isla drags Eliza by her hair to a drop zone, then goes up the corner. Isla talks to the spirits, but Blair GAMANGIRIS her first! Isla wobbles up top, Blair climbs up after her!

Isla resists the superplex, and now Eliza joins in! Eliza and Blair have Isla, but then Amale CLUBS them both! Amale adds on for a TOWER OF DOOM!! Fans are fired up after the double powerbomb superplex! Isla bails out, Amale POSTS Eliza, then she aims at Blair! BOOT WASH! Then back to Eliza, BOOT WASH! BOOT WASH for Blair again! BOOT WASH for Eliza again! Fans are thunderous and Amale is all fired up, but Isla returns! She’s like a nightmare as she CLOBBERS Amale with that blindside elbow! But then Eliza KNEES Isla! ROUNDHOUSE from Blair! Amale gives Isla the HOPEBREAKER!! TRIPLE COVER, they ELIMINATE Isla!

Fans are fired up but Eliza rolls Amale! TWO, and Blair sunset flips Eliza! TWO!! Amale rolls Blair up, TWO!! Close calls all around, and fans fire up again as the three stand off! BT Sports Studio still wants the French Hope, she’s got a one-in-three chance but so do the others! They start to slowly circle, Blair rushes Amale and headlocks, only for Amale to send her at Eliza! Blair runs Eliza over, but then Amale runs Blair over! Amale keeps moving but Eliza LARIATS her down! Eliza bumps Amale off buckles. Fans taunt Eliza with “Go Back to Liverpool~! Go Back to Liverpool~!” Blair turns her around but Eliza DECKS her!

Eliza runs but into a scoop! Amale SHOTGUNS Blair and Eliza over! Fans bring back a classic from the Grizzled Young Veteran’s time, “Where’s My Car Stereo~? Where’s My Car Stereo~?” as Amale whips Blair at Eliza. They collide again, Amale runs in but Blair dodges. Eliza takes the clothesline and Blair kicks and ROCKS Amale. BLair CHOKES Amale on ropes, Eliza comes in to help double whip. Amale crisscrosses them to send them into each other! Amale then headlocks Blair, SHOTGUN BULLDOG COMBO! Cover on Blair, TWO! Amale fires up again and she drags BLair up. Full nelson, but Eliza CLUBS Amale!

Eliza whips Amale hard into ropes! Amale sputters while Eliza fires off on Blair. Fans boo as Eliza throws heavy body shots. Eliza whips corner to corner, but Blair stops herself to ELBOW Eliza! Blair goes up and up but Blair uses Amale a s a shield for the MISSILE DROPKICK! Eliza then POSTS Blair! Eliza runs to SLIDING KNEE Amale!! Cover, Eliza ELIMINATES Amale!! Fans boo as it now comes down to the final two none of them wanted! Eliza and Blair stare down from opposite corners, and fans taunt Eliza. Eliza dodges the enziguri, deadlifts and GERMAN SUPLEXES! Cover, TWO!! Eliza is shocked!

Eliza hurries to drag Blair back up, and she smirks as she pulls hair. Blair throws body shots, Eliza clinches but Blair fires off more. Eliza KNEES Blair down, then runs, SLIDING FOREARM! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up as Blair is hanging in there! Eliza shakes her head as the fans are cheering Blair on. Eliza DECKS Blair, then drags her up by her hair again. Eliza knees low, whips Blair to a corner hard, then storms up to dig her boot in! Eliza stands on Blair, then lets off to bring her back up. Eliza whips corner to corner, runs in, but Blair dodges! Eliza hits buckles, Blair goes up top, FLYING DOUBLE STOMPS to the back! Cover, TWO!!

Blair is raging but fans fire up! Blair drags Eliza up for a short arm LARIAT! And then another! Blair drags Eliza up again as fans want another, so she gives another short arm LARIAT! Blair still isn’t done with Eliza, she reels her in, but Eliza gets around! GERMAN SUPLEX! Both women are down and fans rally back up! Eliza runs, SLIDING- NO, Blair rolls Eliza through the knee strike and suplexes! FAL- NO, Eliza slips out and waistlocks! Blair fights the lift, switches and shoves Eliza into buckles. Blair runs in but into an elbow! Eliza goes up, but Blair follows! SUPER GERMAN SUPLEX! A rough landing but fans fire up, “This is Awesome!”

Blair aims as Eliza sits up, V-TRIGGER!! And then the suplex, for the FALCON ARROW DRIVER!! Cover, Blair wins!

Winner: Blair Davenport, by pinfall (NEW #1 Contender to the NXT UK Women’s Championship)

The Wicked Witch’s magic failed her, The French Hope had no hope, and #LizzyEvo could not adapt and evolve! It is the heiress who claims the golden ticket! But will she be able to cash that ticket in and become the great champion she feels she should be?

 

Saxon Huxley VS Kenny Williams!

The Divine Beast of the Astral Plane cannot be tamed, though many have tried. And the same can be said for those who tried and failed to crush #KennyCockroach. Will Huxley be the one that finally squishes this bug? Or will the Scum of the Earth always find a way to survive?

The bell rings and fans chant, “Squash the Cockroach!” Kenny frowns and ties up with Huxley, and Huxley throws him away! Kenny is annoyed already and he circles with Huxley again. They tie up, Huxley powers Kenny back to a corner, and then TOSSES him across the ring! Huxley repeats, “Squash the Cockroach!” Kenny shoves Huxley, then SLAPS him! Huxley frowns and TOSSES Kenny to a corner! Huxley SPLASHES, whips Kenny corner to corner hard, then back the other way! And then again, and again! And again! And again! Huxley then scoops for a BACKBREAKER! Fans fire up as Huxley beats his chest.

Huxley runs the ropes to CROSSBODY Kenny against them! Cover, TWO! Fans rally for “SAX~ON! SAX~ON!” and Huxley drags Kenny up. Huxley puts him in a corner but Kenny dodges the splash. Kenny baits Huxley and the boot gets caught on the ropes! Springboard back elbow! Huxley staggers and Kenny storms up to kick away on the leg! Kenny whips but Huxley blocks! Huxley shakes his head, then whips Kenny hard into buckles! Huxley fires off body shots, whips Kenny to whips but Kenny ducks ‘n’ dodges to CHOP BLOCK! Fans still rally but Kenny puts the leg on the ropes! Kenny pulls, lets off at 4, then hos up the corner to stomp away on Huxley’s back!

The ref counts and fans boo, but Kenny lets off. Kenny then dropkicks the rope to jam the leg! Cover, TWO! Huxley clutches his leg but Kenny BOOTS him down! Kenny kicks away on the leg, then has a standing toehold! But here comes CHASE U! Andre Chase, Bodhi Hayward & Thea Hail cheer their prospect on, and Kenny shouts at them he’s about to flunk Huxley. But Huxley throws body shots! Fans rally for Chase U as Huxley throws more shots. Kenny knees low, headlocks, but Huxley hits a BIG atomic drop! Chase U cheers Huxley on and he fires up! Huxley rallies with big ax handles! Huxley then whips Kenny hard into the corner!

Huxley keeps moving and he BOOTS Kenny down! Fans fire up and Huxley runs the ropes, builds up lots of speed, and he LARIATS Kenny down! Then he drops the ELBOW! Cover, TWO!! Kenny survives, but Huxley dribbles him off the mat! Huxley whips Kenny, runs, but Kenny dodges the crossbody! Huxley crashes and burns, then Kenny talks trash on Chase U. Kenny turns around, Huxley BLASTS Kenny off the apron! Chase & Bodhi catch Kenny, and then drop him on his butt! Thea shouts in Kenny’s face, “YOU SUCK!” and then Huxley drags Kenny back into the ring! Huxley has both hands for the TWO HAND SLAM! Cover, Huxley wins!

Winner: Saxon Huxley, by pinfall

Huxley passes the test with flying colors! He gets to chest bump Bodhi, and he gets to shake Chase’s hand! Now that was a TEACHABLE MOMENT!

 

NXT UK hears from tonight’s main eventers.

Tyler Bate sits and thinks. “Y’know, it almost feels like fate. Life has a funny way of bringing things full circle. You think you know someone, and then this. Just like that.” Trent Seven wants to talk about it. “Let’s rewind about 11, 12 years. There was this training school in Birmingham, and there were a couple of kids there, and one of those kids there was called Tyler Bate.” Seven thought to himself, “Man, if that kid just had a little bit of guidance, then the sky’s gonna be the limits for this kid.” On Bate’s journey, Seven gave him a home in the UK wrestling scene. The goal was to get Bate the best training he could. And Seven’s belief in Bate made Bate believe anything was possible.

The WWE/NXT UK Championship Tournament happened, they shared that moment and it made it all the sweeter. Seven was for all the good times, like when they won the NXT Tag Team Championships together, or when Tyler won the NXT UK Heritage Cup Championship. There were good times, and it just looked like Seven was “just there.” They also won the NXT UK Tag Team Championships, making Tyler Bate the first ever UK Triple Crown Winner. Bate wouldn’t be the man he is today without Seven, and that is why Seven made the changes he felt he needed to make. And then, Seven said he never needed Bate, and literally slapped him in the face.

Seven broke Bate’s heart. But here we are. The two biggest names of the brand fighting it out. Isn’t it strange how Seven’s moment, how his zenith, comes at Bate’s expense? But it’s up to Bate to become a TWO-TIME NXT UK Champion! But Seven says we will finally see the demise of the Big Strong Boy and the rise of the Savior of British Sports!

Vacated NXT UK Championship Tournament Finals: Trent Seven VS Tyler Bate!

It all comes down to this! Johnny Saint & Sid Scala stand in the ring with the UK Championship sitting upon the pedestal. Tyler Bate makes his entrance, then Trent Seven makes his. Fans sing, “Tyler’s Our Champion~! Tyler’s Our Champion~!” The introductions are made, the belt is on display, and tonight, we end this with one man proving they are THE United Kingdom Champion!

Seven and Bate stare down as the fans fire up. They circle, tie up, and Bate powers Seven back! Seven digs his heels in, pushes back, and they go around. Bate headlocks and hits a takeover, but Seven headscissors. Bate kips free and the two stand off. They go again, Seven headlocks for the takeover but Bate headscissors. Seven tries but can’t kip free as Bate holds tight! Fans rally behind Bate, but Seven moves around and gets the ROPEBREAK. Bate lets off cleanly but he watches Seven closely. They reset and tie up again. They go around and Seven wrangles Bate down to a cording hold. Bate endures and fights up.

Seven wrenches, wristlocks, but Bate rolls and rolls, then breaks free to wristlock back. Bate WRINGS Seven out but Seven rolls through! Fans applaud the technical exchange. The two tie up again, Seven gets the arm and wrenches to wristlock again. Bate moves around, Seven still has the wristlock, but Bate rolls and handsprings to DROPKICK Seven down! Seven backs off to ropes and gets to his feet. They go again, Bate headlocks and BOPS Seven with a foot! Bate ROCKS Seven with uppercuts, then CHOPS him to a corner! Bate ROCKS Seven again but Seven CHOPS! Bate CHOPS! Bate throws hands but Seven trips Bate!

Seven kicks and YANKS the leg, and fans boo as he stomps Bate down. Seven drags Bate to ropes and puts the foot on the rope. HIP DROP! Fans taunt Seven with a new song, “If You All Hate Seven, Clap Your Hands!” Seven shakes his shakes his head, but Bate BOOTS his hip drop away! Seven falls up and out of the ring but hurries up, into another DROPKICK! Bate builds speed and FLIES! Direct hit and down goes Seven! Fans rally for “NXT! NXT!” as Bate puts Seven in. Bate CHOPS Seven off his feet, ROCKS  him and CHOPS again, then EuroUppers! Seven goes to a corner, Bate blocks his kick to CHOP and CHOP and ROCK him!

Bate whips corner to corner but Seven reverses. Seven blocks Bate’s boot but not the KNEE! Bate goes up, reels Seven in and rains down fists! But Seven hits a SUPER DRAGON SCREW! Bate clutches the knee but Seven KICKS the leg. Seven scoops and SLAMS Bate into the ropes! Bate clutches his knee but Seven stomps him down. Seven tells the ref to shut up but Bate throws hands. Seven DECKS Bate, then stomps the bad leg. Seven steps through for a toehold, and fans boo as he twists the ankle. Bate endures, fans rally up for him, and he kicks with his free leg! Bate is free and he fires haymakers! Bate headlocks, but Seven hits a SHIN BREAKER!

Bate writhes, Seven gets the leg to punch it! And uppercut it! Seven avoids Bate’s retaliation to then CHOP him on the back! Seven stands Bate up to CHOP him down! Seven has a wristlock and he drags Bate up again, but Bate headlocks! Seven lifts but Bate turns shin breaker into sunset flip! Cover, TWO, and Seven swings! Bate blocks to UPPERCUT! And uppercut again! And again! Seven shoves, fakes Bate out and DDTs! Fans boo but Seven covers, TWO! Fans change “Trent Seven Army” into “Tyler Bate Army” but Seven YANKS the bad leg! Seven kicks the leg, stomps Bate, then drags him up again.

Fans rally for Bate but Seven gives toying kicks. Bate grimaces while Seven copies Pete Dunne’s pose. Bate eggs Seven on so Seven gives him harder kicks! Bate keeps egging him on, Seven keeps kicking! Bate fires up and reels Seven in for an EXPLODER! Fans fire up while both men are down! They chant “BIG STRONG BOY! BIG STRONG BOY!” as Bate and Seven rise. Bate EuroUppers Seven, then gets him again! And then CLOBBERS him with another! Fans fire up as Bate shakes out his bad leg. Bate runs corner to corner at Seven and UPPERCUTS! Bate climbs up to rain down fists and fans count all the way to nine!

Seven shoves Bate away, but Bate catches Seven! Seven fights but Bate tucks the arms in, PUMP HANDLE EXPLODER! And a kip up! Bate fights through the pain to STANDING SHOOTING STAR! Cover, TWO! Seven survives but Bate keeps his cool. Fans chant for “TYLER TWO-TIMES!” Bate drags Seven up, runs the ropes, and rebounds, into a full nelson! Bate breaks if fast to waistlock! Seven elbows free, switches and SNAP DRAGON SUPLEXES! Seven hurries to suplex, but Bate suplexes Seven instead!! Cover, TWO!! Seven is dazed and the fans rally up again as Bate rises!

Bate drags Seven up, fireman’s carries, but that bad leg makes it trick. Bate still gets the AIRPLANE SPIN going! Bate goes to seven, squats from the pain, and powers up again! But Seven slips off, ripcord, but Bate BOOTS the lariat away! Bate tries to steal the lariat but Seven dodges, to hit the SEVEN STAR LARIAT! Cover, TWO!! Bate survives and fans are thunderous! Seven drags Bate by his legs, steps through, but Bate blocks! Seven KICKS the bad leg, then ties them up into the FIGURE SEVEN!! Bate endures and fans rally up! Seven shouts at Bate to give up but Bate refuses! Bate reaches out, bites his hand to ignore the pain in his legs, then he drags himself and Seven along!

Bate reaches out, he’s so close, but Seven drags him away! Seven CLUBS the bad knee, SLAPS it, but Bate turns it over!! Now Seven endures the pain! Seven reaches out, fans shout to “TAP! TAP! TAP!” Seven crawls forward, dragging Bate with him! Seven reaches out, for the ROPEBREAK! The ref undoes the hold to free both men, and fans are thunderous for Bate. Bate wracks his brain to come up with a way to finish Seven. Seven kicks at Bate from the mat, and Bate scowls. Seven kicks again but Bate ROCKS him with a right. Seven sits up to ROCK Bate with a right! Bate ROCKS Seven, Seven CHOPS back!

Bate CHOPS Seven so Seven ROCKS Bate! Bate ROCKS Seven so Seven ROCKS Bate! They both stand, Seven CHOPS! And CHOPS again! And CHOPS again! Seven CHOPS Bate but Bate is feeding off it! Bate leans into the CHOP! And again! And again! Seven can’t believe it! Bate fires off EuroUpper after EuroUpper! Seven shoves Bate, and CHOPS the arm! Seven throws up Bop! But BANG comes from Bate!! Seven BACKHANDS! Bate SLAPS!! Both men fall over onto each other! Bate drags Seven up, seven overhand CHOPS! Bate rebounds to ROLLING KICK! Seven BOOTS! Then whips, but Bate rebound LARIATS!

Bate hurries to underhook! TYLER DRIVER 97!!! Cover, TWO!?!? Seven survives?!? No one can believe it, but everyone is fired up now! “This is Awesome!” as Bate rises again. Fans chant for the “UK! UK!” as Bate drags himself to the corner. Bate gets his bad leg moving and he climbs, or rather hops up the corner! But Seven CHOPS him first! Seven goes out to the apron, then he goes up the corner. Seven SLAPS Bate, Bate SLAPS back, so Seven SLAPS Bate again! Bate wobbles, Seven climbs up, and he aims for the floor!! The ref says don’t do it, the fans chant “NO! NO! NO!” but Bate fights with body shots!

Bate steps in, Seven throws body shots and a HEADBUTT! Bate hops down but comes back with a HEADBUTT of his own! Fans chant for the “BIG STRONG BOY!” as he climbs up again. Bate throws down elbows, then goes to the very top! Bate stands Seven up, but Seven makes it a SUPER EMERALD FLOWSION!!! Cover, TWO!?!?! Bate sits up, Seven throws up Bop to BANG!! Seven underhooks Bate?! STOLEN TYLER DRIVER!!! Cover, TWO!?!?!? Bate survives his own move and the fans are electric in BT Sports Studio! Everyone is singing for Bate but Seven just snarls. Seven bends Bate’s fingers, and in a Dunne like way, SNAPS them!!

Seven pump handles for the BITTER- DDT!!! Bate counters Seven copying the Bruiserweight! Bate wristlocks, ripcords, STOLEN SEVEN STAR LARIAT!!! Cover, TWO!!!! Bate hurries right up top!! SKY TWISTER!!! Cover, TWO!?!?!? These men are more than human and the fans are loving it!! Bate roars, he drags Seven up and underhooks, but Seven trips! High stack, TWO! Bate ducks the backhand, throws up Bop and BANG!! Another underhook, another TYLER DRIVER 97!!!! Cover, Bate wins!!!

Winner: Tyler Bate, by pinfall (NEW NXT UK Champion)

The first-ever, the last-ever, and the ONLY TWO-TIME NXT UK Champion!! A five year journey culminates in an epic finale! Seven is not the savior he thought he was, what does the future hold for him? And as for Bate, we’re about to see worlds collide, will he be the one standing on top of the world when the dust settles?

 

“Every empire has a beginning.”

Those were Triple H’s words over five years ago, in January of 2017, that kicked off the WWE United Kingdom Championship Tournament in Blackpool. And from there, it was history making moment after history making moment! Bate won the title as a 19 year old boy, and he said the people who really deserve this are the people in the UK. He and the “Founding Fathers” of this brand, as well as some Founding Mothers, bided their time, and soon, a brand was forged! It was wild, destructive, exciting, amazing, and it grew, and grew, and grew.

Great champions like South Wales Subculture, Grizzled Young Veterans, Rhea Ripley, Pete Dunne, Gunther, Ilja Dragunov, Pretty Deadly, Kay Lee Ray, Meiko Satomura, Ashton Smith & Oliver Carter, A-Kid, Noam Dar, Mark Coffey, Gallus, and of course now, Tyler Bate. To everyone that made this brand possible, from the superstars to the staff, to of course the fans, NXT UK thanks you.


My Thoughts:

This was a great episode for NXT UK, and about as great of a final episode as you could get with it all changing so suddenly. And while we got spoilers from NXT 2.0 because they really rushed things (probably just so Worlds Collide coincides with Clash at the Castle, and counter programs AEW All Out), the big matches were still awesome. They squeezed in Huxley VS Williams to continue the story with Chase U, or rather wrap it up since Huxley was among the 20-some-odd superstars released in the wake of closing NXT UK and announcing NXT Europe. And for that matter, Kenny’s story with Tiger Turan/Amir Jordan does not get to finish, unless those guys come back for NXT Europe.

Great Fatal 4 Way Elimination match to open things, and while we knew about Blair being the winner because she’s in the title unification Triple Threat, it was quite the surprise that it didn’t come down to Blair and Amale. Eliza is opportunistic enough to take that from Amale, but Blair wins in the end to follow through with her story to go after Meiko. Still a shame we didn’t get Meiko VS Sarray, that would’ve been awesome, but hopefully Blair being in the mix means Mandy Rose doesn’t win to power up that already strong ego. Worlds Collide is to be a fresh start for the NXT franchise at large, so this is as good a time to end Mandy’s reign as any.

Great vignette to precede the main event, it recapped and highlighted the Moustache Mountain story perfectly. And of course, we got an amazing main event out of Seven and Bate. Great references back to Dunne, great use of false finishes and stolen finishers, and in the end, even if the spoilers didn’t happen, it all makes sense Bate wins. The historic factoid of Bate being the inaugural, then the final, and also becoming the first-and-only two-time champion was too much to pass up. We also got a great closing highlight reel there, which is also available on its own on YouTube, I really loved that. As I’ve said for NXT, I just hope Bate is the one who wins at Worlds Collide. To me, it’d be the best way to honor NXT UK in the end.

My Score: 8.6/10


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Andrew’s IMPACT Results & Match Ratings: 12.1.2022

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

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

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

Ratings:

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

 

Results:

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

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

Rich Swann vs Bully Ray

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

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

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

Moose vs Bhupinder Gujjar

Definitely not a match I expected. 

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

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

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

Steve Maclin vs Frankie Kazarian

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

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

Last Rodeo: Deonna Purrazzo vs Mickie James

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

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

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

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

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

Overall Score: 6/10

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

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

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


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

World Tag League, Round 4!

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NJPW WTL X Super Jr.

Will the United Empire continue to conquer?

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

Here are the current World Tag League standings!

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Here are the NEW World Tag League standings!

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


My Thoughts:

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

My Score: 8.7/10


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