Will Seth Rollins be golden once again?
The Visionary is hungry for gold. And though he wants what Roman Reigns has, he’ll start with the top prize on Raw in Lashley’s US title! Will the All Mighty be dethroned by Seth Freakin’ Rollins?
- WWE United States Championship: Bobby Lashley VS Seth Rollins; Lashley wins and retains the title.
- Kevin Owens VS Austin Theory; Kevin wins.
- The Street Profits VS The Brawling Brutes; The Brutes win.
- Rey Mysterio & Matt Riddle VS Finn Balor & Damian Priest w/ Judgement Day; Finn & Priest win.
- Bayley w/ Damage Control VS Alexa Bliss w/ Bianca Belair & Asuka; Bayley wins.
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WWE United States Championship: Bobby Lashley VS Seth Rollins!
The All Mighty has been a fighting champion and a dominant one at that! But the Visionary, the Revolutionary, Seth Freakin’ Rollins, is after gold! Will Rollins get his first piece in the Golden State? Or will he be crushed by the Rocky Mountain Machine?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who burns it down!
The two circle as fans rally up, and the two tie up. Lashley shoves Rollins down but Rollins sits up with a smirk. They circle again, tie up, but Rollins waistlocks to a headlock and grinds the hold. Lashley powers up and throws Rollins away! Rollins keeps his cool while fans rally and sing “OH~ OHH~ OHHH~!” Rollins and Lashley knuckle lock but Rollins kicks low to headlock again. But Lashley lifts and SLAMS Rollins down! Rollins gets up and gets in Lashley’s face. Rollins SLAPS Lashley, then runs away! Lashley pursues but runs into a dropkick! Rollins runs, DIVES, but into Lashley’s hands! Lashley fireman’s carries, but Rollins slips off to POST Lashley!
Rollins puts Lashley in the ring, springboards, but into the HURT LOCK!! Rollins flails, runs into a corner and HOTSHOTS Lashley! SUPERKICK! Lashley drops to a knee, another SUPERKICK knocks him over! CURB- WHAT?! Lashley just stays up on all fours?! And he blocks the Superkick to BACK ELBOW, then he clotheslines Rollins out of the ring! Fans fire up as Lashley goes out and runs in around the way to CLOBBER Rollins! Rollins almost lands on his head! San Jose fires up with Lashley while Raw goes to break.
Raw returns and Rollins has Lashley down with a “bicep slicer” short arm scissor. Lashley endures, fights around to stack Rollins in a cover, TWO! Rollins lets Lashley go but swings into the clinch! Rollins elbows free and hits a ARM BREAKER! Then a SLINGBLADE! Cover, TWO! Lashley is still in this but he clutches his bad arm. Rollins argues the count but the ref defends it was fair. Rollins fires off KICKS and CLUBS the bad arm! Rollins top wristlocks but Lashley endures. Fans rally, Lashley fights up, and Lashley hip tosses Rollins! Lashley then scoops, but Rollins gets to the apron! HOTSHOT for the bad arm! Rollins springboards again, FLYING KNEE! Cover, TWO!
Rollins grows frustrated but Lashley is tough as nails. Rollins drags Lashley up to HEADBUTT the bad arm! And again! Rollins wrenches, snapmares and drops a leg on the arm! BICEP SLICER! Lashley endures while fans rally and duel. Lashley fights around to push Rollins but Rollins fights it with his leg guard. Lashley powers through to deadlift Rollins, and POWERBOMB him! Rollins writhes while Lashley shakes out the bad arm. Lashley drags Rollins up, gut wrenches to the Canadian Rack but Rollins slips off! Rollins dumps Lashley out! Rollins builds speed and DIVES, and he takes Lashley down this time!
Rollins doesn’t stop there, though! He gets in the ring, builds speed again and he DIVES! Another hit and Lashley hits barriers! Rollins drags Lashley up but Lashley fireman’s carries! And he POSTS Rollins!! Both men are down on the outside as Raw goes to break!
Raw returns again and Rollins goes corner to corner, but into Lashley’s elbow! Lashley fires off clotheslines on Rollins in the corner, then fires off back elbows! The ref counts, Lashley lets off at 4, and he runs corner to corner to RAM Rollins! Then he turns Rollins for a NECKBREAKER! Rollins stagger sup into the gut wrench! Canadian Rack to the CLIFFHANGER! Cover, TWO!! Rollins survives and fans fire up as Lashley goes to the corner. Lashley aims at Rollins as Rollins flounders to his feet. Lashley run sin, into a KNEE! Rollins spins, into a COMPLETE SHOT! Cover, TWO!! Rollins survives again and Lashley is beside himself.
Rollins crawls to the apron as fans rally, and Lashley storms up after him. Lashley drags Rollins up but Rollins HOTSHOTS the arm again! Rollins goes up top, but Lashley ROCKS him first! Lashley climbs up to CLUB away on Rollins! Fans rally as Rollins resists the superplex with body shots! Rollins CLAWS Lashley’s face! Rollins then slips under, and he brings Lashley off the corner for a RUNNING BUCKLE BOMB!! Lashley falls over and Rollins climbs back up! FROG SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!! Lashley survives and shocks Rollins! Rollins moves around to get a CROSSFACE! Lashley endures and fans rally up!
Lashley reaches out but Rollins talks trash. Rollins says Lashley will never be the man around here! Lashley pries the hold open! Rollins HAMMERS away with elbows! Rollins underhooks, but Lashley back drops! Rollins tries to sunset flip but Lashley sits on it! TWO!! Lashley scoops Rollins for the RUNNING POWERSLAM! Fans fire up and duel as Lashley aims from a corner. SPE- PEDIGREE!!! Cover, TWO!?! Rollins used the same counter he did on Roman Reigns and yet Lashley survives! “This is Awesome!” and this is our opener! Rollins drags Lashley to the drop zone as fans sing “OH~ OHH~ OHHH~!”
Rollins climbs up, revels in the moment, and PHOENIX SPLASHES, but misses as Lashley moves! Lashley avoids the stomp to get the HURT LOCK!! Rollins flails, reaches out, fans are freaking out, but Lashley keeps Rollins from the ropes! But Rollins uses his foot to climb and push back! Rollins rolls it to a cover, TWO!! And Lashley still has the hurt lock! But the ref goes down, and Rollins MULE KICK LOW BLOWS!! Rollins frees himself with that cheap trick, but “Bro…” Riddle rushes out! Only to stop short. Rollins is furious but he hurries to get Lashley, SPEAR!!! Cover, Lashley wins!
Winner: Bobby Lashley, by pinfall (still WWE United States Champion)
The Architect had everything planned for, except The Stallion watching Lashley’s back! Rollins misses out on gold, will he give Riddle what he wants in that rematch? As for The All Mighty, who is next to step up to the US Champion?
Damage Control arrives in a limousine!
Bayley, Dakota Kai & Iyo Sky are riding in style, and they’re ready to party! Will the DMG CTRL Championship Celebration be one to remember?
Damage Control heads to the ring!
And they ride in on a tricked out golf cart! They even get pyro and streamers! Bayley drives the cart down to ringside and takes a victory lap before parking. The balloons are on the corner posts as Bayley, Kai & Sky step inside the ring. Then there’s more streamers! DMG CTRL all get mics, and fans boo. Bayley says, “Uh, ding dong, San Jose! That’s right, your Bay Area Hero is here! So I thought we could do a little homecoming celebration together. Yeah? Uh, but don’t worry, I’m not talking about you guys. When I say ‘we,’ I mean me, Dakota Kai & Iyo Sky, your NEW WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions of the World!”
Fans boo but Bayley says she doesn’t appreciate that. Show respect because you’re in the presence of champions, since the Sharks can’t get it done! Fans boo more but Iyo says they are in control now! And it’s all thanks to Bayley! Thank you so much, Role Model! Aw, don’t thank her. Bayley thanks Kai & Sky for believing in her vision. Kai says they needed each other. The division needed them. But who do they not need? Asuka, Alexa and the current Raw Women’s Champion, Bianca Belair. Let’s face it, they were once the faces of this division. But now, they are in control of NOTHING! “What?” Of nothing!
Asuka was once a fearless warrior, while Alexa walks around like she got a lobotomy during therapy! And for 300+ days, Bianca has phoned it in because she forgot what it’s like to be pinned. Until Bayley came back! She did do that! And now there’s nothing left for those three to do except pack up and go home. But wait! Here comes the RawEST Women’s Champion, as well as Alexa and Asuka! Bianca says they weren’t intending on crashing the party, but then DMG CTRL had to go and run their mouths again. Bianca can’t let them disrespect her and the others like that. So now, they’ll have to teach DMG CTRL some respect!
Whoa whoa, hey! Does Bianca have no patience? This is why the division spiraled out of control! Bianca is too impulsive. She needs to see things like Bayley! See the long game, the big picture! Bayley said that next time, they’d fight when Bayley decides. And that’s not right now. So what’re Alexa & Asuka here for? Bianca has enough accessories, from her stupid ponytail to her earrings, but Alexa & Asuka don’t really fit the picture anymore. Alexa says Bayley’s standing out here like she’s 10 feet tall. But keep talking, and Bianca’s gonna become an accessory to what Alexa does to Bayley. Oooh~!
Bayley thought Alexa’s only friend, Lilly, was the one that bites. But Alexa used to make Bayley’s life a living hell. That was back in the day. Who is this? This is a shell of the old Alexa. Aw, Bayley. Alexa would love to torment Bayley again. So how about tonight? Bayley VS Bliss! Fans cheer for that, and Alexa says yes, Lily does bite. And so does Alexa. DMG CTRL backs out of the ring, but then Bayley rushes in! Alexa DECKS her! Alexa fires off, Kai & Sky get Bayley outta there, and there’s no more celebrating! Will the Role Model lead by example and take on the Five Foot Fury?
Kevin Owens VS Austin Theory!
The Prizefighter got fired up and he called out the Youngest Mr. Money in the Bank to put up or shut up! Will Kevin end up be proven right about the dime-a-dozen superstar? Or will Theory finally put his money where his mouth is?
Theory BLASTS Kevin off the apron during his entrance! Then he RAMS Kevin into barriers! Theory goes back to the ring and gloats while fans boo. Theory eggs Kevin on and Kevin gets up. Kevin hobbles over to the ring, and he wants this match even more now! The bell rings and Theory rushes in, but Kevin TACKLES him! Kevin rains down fists, then fires haymakers as they stand. Kevin CHOPS Theory, ROCKS Theory, but Theory turns things around to stomp a mudhole! The ref counts and backs Theory down. Theory digs his knee in and talks trash, “I’M the future!” The ref counts, Theory lets off, and Theory drags Kevin back up.
Theory ROCKS Kevin, whips, but Kevin reverses to ELBOW Theory down! Then SENTONS! Theory scrambles to a corner, but gets out before Kevin runs in! Kevin goes out after Theory but Theory RAMS him into the apron! And SMACKS him off the desk! Theory brings Kevin over but Kevin throws hands! Kevin SMACKS Theory off the steps! And off the desk! Kevin gets in the ring at 7 of 10, but Theory is still down. Kevin goes back out, but Theory trips him on the apron! DRAPING NECKBREKER to the floor! Theory looms over Kevin while fans boo, and Raw goes to break.
Raw returns and Kevin ROCKS Theory with a forearm! Kevin bumps Theory off buckles, then off more buckles! Theory staggers but Kevin bumps him off a third corner! And then that same corner again and again and again! Fans count all the way to TEN! Kevin lets off, goes corner to corner as Theory sits down, and runs in, CANNONBALL into buckles! Theory winks at the fans, then slingshot somersaults to SHOTGUN! Cover, TWO! Theory clamps on with a chinlock! Fans rally as Kevin endures and Kevin fights up. Theory shakes his head and he throws Kevin down! Cover, ONE, but Theory headlocks to grind Kevin down again.
Fans rally up as Kevin keeps his shoulders up. Kevin claws Theory’s face! The ref counts, Kevin throws body shots! Theory kicks low, whips, but Kevin turns back drop into DDT! Both men are down and fans rally up again. Theory drags himself up the ropes while Kevin does the same on the opposite end. Theory rushes in but into haymakers from Kevin! Kevin whips, Theory reverses, but Kevin atomic drops to a LARIAT! Theory goes to a corner, Kevin runs in and clotheslines again! Kevin keeps moving, LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Theory is showing heart but Kevin storms up and brings him up. Kevin whips Theory to ropes, POP-UP-
NO, Theory slips out! Theory denies the stunner to ROCK Kevin with a forearm! Theory fireman’s carries, but Kevin slips off. Theory ELBOWS Kevin away, but Kevin SUPERKICKS in return! Kevin climbs while Theory is in the drop zone! SWANTON BOMB!! Cover, TWO!! Theory survives and Kevin is frustrated. Fans rally and Kevin brings Theory back to a drop zone. Kevin climbs up again, fans chant, “Who’s Your Daddy?” Kevin says HE’s Theory’s daddy! But Theory ROCKS Kevin and says “I’M your daddy!” But then Kevin ROCKS Theory! Theory climbs and they brawl on the corner! Kevin DECKS Theory and resets! But Theory ROCKS Kevin again!
Theory climbs up but Kevin throws body shots. Kevin has the fisherman, but Theory knees free of the lift! Theory ROCKS Kevin again, climbs up one more time, but Kevin HEADBUTTS him! Theory wobbles, Kevin HEADBUTTS more then CHOPS Theory down! BEST MOONSAULT EVER FLOPS as Theory moves! SOMERSAULT BLOCKBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Theory is furious but he gets his own fisherman for AOI SHODOU!! Cover, TWO!!! Kevin survives! Theory covers again, TWO! Theory is furious as he covers again, TWO!! Theory is fuming but then he looks to his MITB briefcase. Theory stomps Kevin down then goes to the corner.
Fans chant “This is Awesome!” but Theory might ruin it. Wait! Johnny Gargano grabs the briefcase! He taunts Theory into reaching for it. Theory stops playing along, and he turns around into a SUPERKICK! Theory is down in the corner! Kevin CANNONBALLS!! Direct hit! And now, Kevin whips Theory to ropes, for the POP-UP POWERBOMB!! Cover, Kevin wins!!
Winner: Kevin Owens, by pinfall
Johnny Wrestling made sure Theory didn’t cheat, so that’s why Theory lost! Gargano gets in the ring to return the briefcase, by dropping it on Theory’s junk! Will Theory have to settle things with Gargano before he can find his way?
Backstage interview with Matt Riddle.
Kevin Patrick says Riddle “arguably” cost Rollins the WWE United States Championship. Riddle says damn right! It was time for some payback, and that’s just a taste. If Rollins thinks this is over, it’s just beginning. Riddle will hunt Rollins down until he gets that rematch. Well, Riddle’s also teaming with Rey Mysterio against The Judgement Day, what’s his mindset going into that match? There’s one thing Riddle knows about and that’s sweet vengeance. He’s helping Rey against Judgement Day. Finn & Damian used to be cool dudes, but now they’re like those goth kids from South Park, always talking about joining a cult or something while ruining legends’ careers.
So since Rey helped Riddle last week, Riddle’s returning the favor, and they’ll both get that sweet vengeance on Damian & Finn, bro. Later, dude! Will the Stallion and the King of Lucha be able to get some of that payback on Priest & The Prince?
The Brawling Brutes are here!?
SmackDown’s Ridge Holland & “Butch” Pete Dunne are bringing Fight Night to Raw! Ridge gets the mic but Dunne takes it to say, “Monday Night Raw…! IT’S FIGHT NIGHT!” Ridge says that’s right! So get used to seeing them now! Ridge the Fridge and the Bruiserweight are gonna become the NEW WWE Tag Team Champions! Sheamus is preparing the party already for when Ridge & Dunne SMASH the Usos and run this tag division! Fans have mixed reactions, but Ridge says whether it’s Mondays or Fridays- Wait! Here come the Street Profits! Angelo Dawkins & Montez Ford have their San Francisco Giants gear on as they head for the ring!
Dawkins says yo, it’s the Brawlin’ Brutes! First off, congrats on that win on Friday. Ford says it was amazing. But allow them to introduce themselves: They are the Triple Crowns that always put it down, the Street Profits! And here’s another hit, Barry Bonds. When the Brutes went through three other teams on SmackDown, they earned a match for the Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championships. Congrats. But while they went through other teams, they didn’t go through the Profits. Dunne throws his hat and jacket at the Profits! Ridge holds Dunne back, but Ford tells Dunne to calm his butch ass down!
Ridge says Dunne’s ready for a fight, and so is Ridge! The Profits should put their month where their mouths are! Ford likes it when Ridge does business. He’s glad they asked, cuz he’s as sharp as glass, and he’s ’bout to whoop that ass! Because the Profits are up, and #WeWantTheSmoke! Will the Profits put the Brutes to the test before their title match with the Usos?
The Street Profits VS The Brawling Brutes!
Raw returns and the teams sort out. Dawkins starts against Ridge and fans rally up. They tie up, Ridge waistlocks and clamps onto the shoulders! Ridge then shifts to claw Dawkins’ face and ELBOW him in the head. Ridge headlocks, Dawkins powers out but Ridge runs him over! Ridge gloats but fans are torn. Ridge whips Dawkins corner ot corner, Dawkins goes up and over and things speed up. Dawkins RAMS Ridge, Ridge rebounds, Dawkins hurdles oand handsprings! Then he DROPKICKS Ridge down! Fans fire up with Dawkins and he brings Ridge over. Tag to Ford, teh Profits whip to CROSSBODY! Cover, ONE!
Ford CHOPS Ridge on the back then mocks his pain. Ford wrenches but Ridge ROCKS him. Ridge wrenches Ford’s arm, tags Dunne, and Dunne goes after the arm. Ford gets away, and he circles with Dunne. Dunne goes after the arm, wrenches the arm, and Ford screams in pain as Dunne bends the fingers! Ford CHOPS free! Fans “WOO~” but Dunne snarls. Ford dodges, ducks, slides, kicks, but Dunne flips him! Ford lands on his feet, Dunne whips but Ford reverses. Dunne BOOTS Ford away, whips him at the corner, but Ford goes up and over! Fans fire up as Ford DROPKICKS Dunne! Ford snarls and he drags Dunne over to tag Dawkins.
The Profits double back suplex high and hard! Cover, TWO! Dunne pulls Dawkins’s ear! Dawkins gets Dunne’s legs but Dunne uses that to get a toehold! Dunne then STOMPS the foot! Dunne stalks Dawkins to the corner, bends the fingers and twists Dawkins’s arm. Dunne STOMPS the elbow! Tag to Ridge and he stomps Dawkins down again. Ridge suplexes but Dawkins fights it. Dawkins suplexes but Ridge fights it. Dawkins wrenches out to ROCK Ridge! Hot tag to Ford! GAMANGIRI and then a CROSSBODY! Ford DECKS Dunne for good measure but Ridge CLOBBERS Ford! Ford lands out of the back suplex to mule kick, front kick and ENZIGURI!
Ford wobbles, runs, dodges, but Ridge still LARIATS Ford down! Tag to Dunne, he drops a KNEE on the arm! GAMANGIRI for Dawkins! Basement dropkick for Ford! Fans rally and duel as Dunne tags Ridge back. The Brutes put Ford through the ropes to DOUBLE CLUB! Ridge then turns Ford around and suplexes him up and in! Cover, TWO! Ridge drags Ford up and ROCKS him with a forearm. Ford flops against ropes, Ridge tags Dunne, and the Brutes put Ford through the ropes again. They shout out Sheamus with DOUBLE BEATS OF THE BODHRAIN! Dunne tops it off with a BLINDSIDE LARIAT! Ford flops to the floor as Raw goes to break!
Raw returns again as Dunne bends Ford’s fingers. Dunne has a mounted armlock now, and he tortures Ford’s hand into position. PENALTY KICK to the arm! Ford clutches the elbow but Dunne tags Ridge. Ridge drops a knee on Ford’s head, then he drags Ford up. Ford throws body shots with the good hand, and even the bad hand! But Ridge traps both hands to HEADBUTT Ford! Ford leans against ropes, Ridge tags Dunne then KICKS Ford down. Dunne stays between the Profits to kick away on Ford’s face! Fans rally as Ford takes shot after shot! Dunne bends the fingers again! Ford powers up to bend Dunne’s fingers! And he hits a DDT!
Fans fire up while both men are down! Both men crawl, hot tags to Ridge and Dawkins! The Curse of Greatness rallies on Ridge, but Ridge ROCKS Dawkins! Ridge whips, Dawkins hurdles and FLYING ELBOWS! Fans fire up with Dawkins and he CYCLONE SPLASHES! Then GAMANGIRIS! Then hits the SILENCER! Cover, TWO!! Ridge shows that Yorkshire grit, Dunne returns but Ford ENZIGURIS him! Dunne comes back to DECK Ford! Dawkins DECKS Dunne! Ridge UPPERCUTS Dawkins, Dawkins ROCKS Ridge! Dunne sneaks a tag before the whip! Ridge reverses, Dawkins hurdles, into a GAMANGIRI! Dunne drags Dawkins to a cover, but Ford breaks it!
Fans fire up and Dunne TOSSES Ford! Dunne tags Ridge, then they set Dawkins up. Ridge scoops and Dunne runs in, NECKBREAKER POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO!! Dawkins survives and Ridge can’t believe it! Ridge drags Dawkins up, Alabama Lifts, but Dawkins fights it to whip Ridge away! DOUBLE CLOTHESLINES collide! Ridge crawls, reaches out, and he tags in Dunne! Dunne hurries after Dawkins, and has a TRIANGLE HODL! Dawkins scrambles and flails but Dunne HAMMERS away! Dawkins deadlifts Dunne! Ford tags in, “SUCK IT!” BLOCKBUSTER BOMB!! Ford flounders to the cover, but Ridge breaks it!
“This is Awesome!” as Ford and Dunne stir. Dunne gives little headbutts to Ford but Ford gives them back. They both sit up, Ford waistlocks and forces Dunne towards the Profits’ corner. Dunne pries free to standing switch but Ford fights the lift! Tag to Dawkins, Ford GERMAN SUPLEXES Dunne, but Dunne lands on his feet! BUZZSAW for Ford! Dawkins POUNCES Dunne! Ridge tags in, he RAMS Dawkins! Dawkins rebounds, ducks ‘n’ dodges to POUNCE Ridge!! Tag back to Ford and he slingshots to build speed! Ford FLIES to take out the Brutes! Ford hurries to put Ridge in, and he tags Dawkins back in.
Dawkins gets Ridge up in the Electric Chair! Ford climbs up, but Dunne gest the fingers! SNAP!! Ridge slides off to POST Dawkins! Tag to Dunne, the Brutes get Dawkins now! Scoop and ROUNDHOUSE POWERSLAM!! Cover, the Brutes win!!
Winners: The Brawling Brutes, by pinfall
The #1 contenders are red hot rolling into Friday! Will Ridge the Fridge and the Bruiserweight be the ones to finally dethrone the ones?
Backstage interview with Rey Mysterio.
Sarah asks the King of Lucha if there’s any updates on Edge after the gruesome beat down from the Judgement Day? And also, has there been any reconciliation between Rey and his son, Dominik? Rey can’t help but think that if he only knew the resentment Dom was keeping inside, he could’ve stopped this. His own son won’t even speak to him now. “Edge might be sidelined for now, but he’s not out of the fight. And there’s nothing that can hold him down for long. I just truly hope that my son will find a way back to our family.” Rey won’t give up. He’ll never give up!
Dominik, Rey knows you’re listening. Rey wants Dom to know that everything he’s done in this life was for Dom. To provide Dom a life Rey never had growing up, and the opportunities that Rey only dreamt of, and a legacy for Dom to carry on! Only if Dom wanted to. Rey can’t say the same for Finn & Damian. Riddle says it’s okay, they’ll take out those greasy slime bags. You ready to drop the hammer of justice on Judgement Day? Rey’s ready. The King and the Bro head out, will they be the ones passing judgement on the Prince and the Punisher?
The Alpha Academy confront Johnny Gargano.
Chas Gable says, “Well, well, well. If it isn’t Johnny SHOOSH!” Gargano wants them to get out of his face, but Gable says hold on. They saw that “pathetic little display out there.” That cost their friend, Theory, his match! That doesn’t bode well with them. Gargano is new around here, so Gable will give him a free lesson. That was the biggest mistake of Gargano’s short career. Because Gargano doesn’t have what Theory has! And what’s that? “Strength in numbers, baby!” When you mess with Theory, you mess with the Academy! But then Kevin Owens walks in. Is there a problem here? Oh, there’s a problem. Is there a problem? Yes, there’s a problem.
Gable says of course there’s a problem! A big one! But it’s with Gargano, not Kevin. Well see, earlier, Gargano had Kevin’s back, so if you have a problem with him, you’ve got a problem with Kevin. True, it did take both of them to get the best on Theory. So maybe we can even the odd. A tag match, Kevin & “Ugh, Johnny Wrestling” VS The Academy! Next week on Raw! Are they seriously challenging Kevin & Johnny to a match? That’s great! Because Gable made an Open Challenge a few weeks ago, and Kevin answered it. And Kevin won! Where was that? In Toronto, Canada! And Kevin realized, he loved beating the hell out of Gable in his home country!
Oh, where is Raw going next week? Canada! So there we go! Gable wants to skip next week, they’ll be in Minnesota then! No, Gable said next week so they’re doing it next week! Kevin & Johnny VS Alpha Academy, done deal! Anything else to add? Yeah- SHOOOOSH~! Gable is upset that they got him with his own thing! Will Gable regret getting involved with Theory’s business?
Rey Mysterio & Matt Riddle VS Finn Balor & Damian Priest w/ Judgement Day!
The King of Lucha thought he knew his son, but it seems there was a darkness lurking below the surface that “Papi” Rhea exploited. And then, the Prince & the Punisher tried to recruit the Stallion, but the Bro said hell no. Will the darkness grow and swallow Rey & Riddle whole? Or can they show Dom the light in this fight?
Before the match, the Judgement Day get the mics and fans boo. Rhea laughs and tells them all to settle down. “Last week, we took out everyone that was in front of us. And proved to every single one of you, once again, that The Judgement Day, we run Monday Night Raw.” Priest laughs and Rhea says now, with Dominik by their side, no one can stop them. Especially now that he’s a man! Finn says Rhea’s right, Dom is a man! A brave man! Finn said before that it takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to your enemies, but a great deal more to stand up to your father! And that is what Dom’s done!
Priest says, “Dominik Mysterio. Way to go, brother. Love this guy.” This is a man who no longer walks in someone’s shadow. Dom is a man willing to fight his own battles and proved it when he faced Edge 1v1! And if you need a reminder of how that went, well, Dom is standing here, and Edge ain’t standing at all! Edge is probably sitting on his “mountain of omnipotence.” Rhea never understood what that was. Priest says no one did! But Edge is sitting there, beat up, sad and injured. Aww~, boo hoo~! Rhea then tells Dom that Papi is very proud of him. Dom thanks Rhea for that. Fans boo but Rhea laughs it off. Boo all you like, Dom is going to talk!
Finn says pipe down! Dom’s got something to say! Just ignore them, mate. This is Dominik Mysterio, so shut your mouths and show respect! Dom says, “Like I was saying…” The boos get louder! Dom is amused almost. Dom again thanks Rhea, he is also very proud of himself. Say it louder for the people in the back! Dom says he couldn’t be prouder to be standing alongside his NEW family, his REAL family, the Judgement Day. Finn says that is beautiful. They’re having a moment here! They need to capture the moment with a family portrait! Someone take a picture! The four pose for the cameras and smile. Yeah, they’re having such a great time! Are the fans having a good time?
“Bro…” Riddle finally makes his entrance! Then Rey makes his entrance, and the two go to the ring. Did Dom’s words get in Rey’s head? We’ll find out, after the break.
Raw returns and Riddle starts against Finn. The bell rings, the two circle and tie up. They go around, Finn waistlocks, throws body shots, then he bumps Riddle off buckles. Finn stomps Riddle, bumps him off more buckles, then he throws body shots. Tag to Priest, he brings Riddle out and DECKS him with a right! Fans boo but Priest soaks it up. Priest TOSSES Riddle to a corner and ROCKS him! And HEADBUTTS him! Priest bumps Riddle off buckles, tags Finn, and they mug Riddle. Finn bumps Riddle off more buckles, CHOPS him, then digs forearms into Riddle’s face. Finn whips corner to corner but Riddle goes up and over to KICK Finn down!
Riddle gut wrenches and suplexes! Then he gut wrenches and suplexes again! And then tag to Rey before the third! Rey gets a boost from Riddle to DOUBLE LEG DROP on Finn! Cover, TWO! Rey throws forearms then whips but Finn reverses. Rey KICKS Finn, tilt-o-whirls and RANAS! Priest tags in but Rey dodges to KICK and throw hands! Rey runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges, but leaps into Priest’s arms! Priest pops Rey up but Rey slips off, only to run into a LARIAT! Rhea is laughing and Dom is applauding as Priest soaks up the heat. Priest drags Rey up and puts him on ropes to CHOKE him! The ref counts, Priest lets off and then bumps Rey off buckles.
Priest taunts Riddle and Finn CHOKES Rey! Priest then runs to back elbow Rey down! Tag to Finn for a slingshot STOMP! Cocky cover, TWO! Fans rally for Rey but Finn CHOKES Rey on the ropes! Finn lets off as the ref counts but Rhea taunts him. Finn snapmares Rey to KICK him in the back! Cover, TWO! Finn clamps on to a chinlock and he grinds Rey down. Rey endures, fights up, and he JAWBREAKERS free! Rey runs, into an ELBOW! Cover, TWO! Dom and Rhea cheer Finn on but fans rally for Rey. Tag to Priest and Judgement Day mugs Rey. Priest scoops and gives Rey SNAKE EYES! Cover, TWO!
Priest stalks Rey, drags him over and Finn tags in. They mug Rey more, Finn snapmares Rey to a chinlock and grinds him down! Rey endures and fans rally up again. Rey fights up and throws elbows. Finn knees low! Finn snap suplexes Rey, and spins for Uno Amigo! Fans boo but Finn snap suplexes for Dos Amigos! Finn gets up again, gives us some Latino Heat, but Rey snap suplexes back! Fans fire up as both men are down! Finn crawls to get Rey’s leg but Rey ENZIGURIS! Hot tag to Riddle! Riddle rallies on Finn with palm strikes an da BOOT! Then a ripcord and FINAL FLASH! Priest runs in but Riddle spins him for a PELE!
Riddle kips up and forearm smashes Finn! Then forearm smashes Priest! Then back to Finn! BROSPLODER for Finn! Priest dodges Riddle but Riddle dodges the boot to GERMAN SUPLEX! Rhea is freaking out as Riddle aims at Finn! Finn ducks the Penalty Kick, avoids the moonsault, but the BROTON lands! PENALTY KICK on the second try! Cover, TWO! Riddle puts Finn in a drop zone and he climbs up top. Fans fire up for the FLOATING- NO, Finn avoids the Bro! Tag to Priest but Riddle ROUNDHOUSES him! Riddle forearm smashes Priest, DECKS Finn, but Priest DECKS Riddle! Priest hauls Riddle up but Riddle fights free of the crucifix!
Riddle ROCKS Priest, KICKS Finn, then slingshots, but into Priest’s choke grip! APRON CHOKE SLAM!! Riddle flops to the floor and fans boo but Dom applauds as Raw goes to break.
Raw returns again and Finn has a chinlock on Riddle. Riddle fight sup, throws body shots and is free, but runs into an ELBOW! Finn throws Riddle out then goes out, but the ref keeps him back. So that allows Rhea to give Riddle a back suplex to the floor! Rhea plays innocent while fans boo. Rey protests, Finn puts Riddle in and tags Priest. They coordinate for a BACKBREAKER LEG DROP COMBO! Cover, TWO! Priest clamps onto Riddle, digs his knee in and has the motorcycle stretch. Riddle endures and fights up but Priest CLUBS him on the back. Tag to Finn, Priest whips to mule kick! Finn front kicks, Priest KICKS and Finn SCISSOR KICKS! Cover, TWO!
Rhea is furious but Finn tags Priest back in. They mug Riddle more and Priest pulls Riddle back into the motorcycle stretch. Riddle endures, fans rally up, and Rey coaches Riddle. Riddle fight sup but Priest CLUBS him again. Priest shoves Riddle to CLUB him in the lumbar! Priest grins as he shoves Riddle again, but Riddle ROUNDHOUSES in return! Then fireman’s carries, BRO TO SLEEP!! Both men are down and fans fire up! Rhea is freaking out as Priest and Riddle crawl, hot tags to Finn and Rey! The King dodges and whips the Prince but Finn sunset flips. Rey rolls through to basement dropkick! Rey runs in at the corner but is put on the apron, GAMANGIRI!
Rey goes up top and leaps, FLYING SEATED SENTON! Rey WRECKS Priest with a dropkick, sending him into the announce desk! Rey then turns around, into Finn’s knee! Finn ROCKS Rey with a right, whips him to ropes, but Rey ducks ‘n’ dodges to springboard CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Finn calls to Priest but Priest is down! Rey CLOBBERS Finn in the corner, climbs up and he rains down rights! Dom glares at Rey and that distracts him, Finn TRIPS Rey up! Fans boo but Finn snarls as he drags Rey into the dragon sleeper! But Rey PELES free! Rey wheelbarrows and victory rolls Finn to ropes! Dial it up, but Priest trips Rey!
Priest drags Rey out but Riddle goes the apron, PENALTY KCIK! SPRINGBOARD FLOATING BRO! Priest is sent into the desk again! Rey RANAS Finn onto ropes! Dial it up again, 619!! Direct hit and fans are thunderous! Rey goes up top, gives us some real Latino Heat, but Rhea distracts! The ref stops her, but Rollins CLOBBERS Riddle!! Payback for earlier! Rollins grabs a chair and he aims at Riddle! Rey stops Rollins and runs him off! Rey checks on Riddle, but then Dom and Rey stare down. Dom dares Rey to hit him! Fans boo, and Rey looks conflicted. But he can’t do that, that’s his son! Rey gets in the ring and Finn hits a SLINGBLADE!
Finn calls out, Priest tags in! Priest drags Rey up with a choke grip! SOUTH OF HEAVEN!! Tag back to Finn and he goes up for the COUP DE GRACE!! Cover, Judgement Day wins!
Winners: Finn Balor & Damian Priest, by pinfall
Rollins gets some semblance of revenge on Riddle, but even without that, Dom causing Rey turmoil was enough to tip the scales. Will Judgement Day continue to DOM-inate Raw?
Raw returns and Riddle found Rollins backstage!
And yes, they’re BRAWLING! Security and staff try to separate them but that’s easier said than done! Riddle wants a fight! Rollins says fine !Name the time and the place and Rollins will wreck him! Then it’ll be at Extreme Rules! IN THE FIGHT PIT!! Rollins says you’re on! He’ll wreck Riddle in his own backyard! Riddle’s dead!! Will the Architect have a plan for dropping into the pit? Or will Riddle use this to settle things once and for all?
The Miz and Tommaso Ciampa are in the ring.
The Hollywood A-Lister has a mic to welcome us to the Most Must-See WWE Talk Show, MizTV! Last Raw, Miz was not live or present, because he has been a victim of a deranged madman! It is one thing to attack Miz and cost him the US Championship. But “he” crossed the line when he stepped foot into Miz’s home! Miz looked at his security footage, and what kind of lunatic breaks into your home and draws a picture of your family, then puts it on the coffee table and leaves?! Miz doesn’t care if Lumis was in there for an hour, minute or second, you do NOT step into his home uninvited! Miz is sick of feeling this way, always looking over his shoulder!
Just two days ago, Miz was celebrating Madison’s third birthday. And it was a Minions themed party! Miz couldn’t help but look at all the Minions there, thinking “he” was inside one of those costumes. Miz ended up punching a Minion in the face! All the kids screamed, “You hurt Stewart!” Miz is going crazy! And all anyone can say is, “What did he do to you?” That’s not the question you should be asking! The question is why?! Why Miz?! So Miz wants “him” to come out here NOW, man-to-man, face-to-face. What does he say? Miz and Ciampa wait, but there’s no response. Except for fans chanting, “TINY BALLS!”
Miz says that’s what he thought. C’mon, Lumis, this is the platform you wanted! Wait, what’s that knife poking out from the ring mat?! Lumis is cutting a hole in the ring! Miz asks what Lumis is waiting for, but Corey Graves tries to warn Miz from commentary! Maybe Lumis isn’t a madman. He’s just a weak-minded sociopath, and the next time Miz sees him, Miz will kick his ass! Miz turns around, but he doesn’t see the hole! Fans keep taunting Miz, and Lumis emerges! NOW Miz sees it! Lumis grabs Miz and Miz grabs chairs, but that doesn’t stop Lumis! Ciampa grab sMiz and drags him back out! So Lumis grabs Ciampa! Ciampa CLOCKS Lumis with a mic!
Lumis drops down the hole, but is he out cold? Miz looks at the hole, and Lumis pops up like a demented gopher! Miz and Ciampa scramble out of the ring, and Lumis slips back down below. This only leaves us with more questions than answers. What will it take to get to the bottom of Lumis’s Miz obsession?
The Judgement Day feel great backstage.
Kevin Patrick walks over to say they’ve torn apart the Mysterio Family, put Edge on the shelf, and after tonight’s victory, what’s next? Rhea say sit is time to celebrate! Right, Dom? Dom isn’t sure. He should go check on his dad. NOT!! HAHA! Priest, Dom’s heard the stories. Let’s go and celebrate. Dom’s got a new mami now. And Mami knows best. Priest says his old bro, Riddle, didn’t get enough of an ass kicking tonight, so next week, Priest will give it to him one more time. Now, enough about the losers. Let’s party! The Judgement Day heads out, but when they turn the corner, Finn spots something. He says he’ll handle this one alone.
It’s AJ STYLES! Finn walks up to his old club mate, and Finn asks Styles if he’s “fabing” Finn or something. No, man, they haven’t spoken because Finn joined Judgement Day and betrayed Styles. But now they have talked, so that’s done. Finn won’t let Styles leave. Only one of those things is true. Yes, Finn joined Judgement Day, but he never turned on Styles. Has there ever been one moment in all the time they’ve known each other that Finn did not have Styles’ back? No, Styles admits, they’ve had each other’s backs. So what? If Styles joins Finn in Judgement Day, he has to turn his back on those he loves the most, just like Dom? Styles wants NO part of Judgement Day.
C’mon, AJ! It’s Finn! How long have they known each other? Finn is looking for a friend but Styles is looking for a fight. Is Styles looking for a fight? The two stare down, but Finn says nah, that can’t be. They’re buds! Finn hugs Styles, but he tells Styles that the offer still stands. Too Sweet? Finn heads out, but what will Styles do about this?
Bayley w/ Damage Control VS Alexa Bliss w/ Bianca Belair & Asuka!
The Role Model helped Kai & Sky get the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships, and though she wants the Raw Women’s Championship, she’ll do it on her time. But speaking of time, will Lil’ Miss Bliss turn back time and remind Bayley of the old days? Or will this Bayley beat this Bliss?
Raw returns and the bell rings on the main event. Bayley and Alexa stare down then slowly circle. Their allies rally for them, the two tie up and Alexa gets around to hop on for a SLEEPER! Bayley throws Alexa off but Alexa just gets back on! Bayley RAMS Alexa into buckles, and again, and again! Bayley snapmares free, then swings, but misses as Alexa dodges! Alexa whips Bayley to then table top her! And drop toehold! Bayley flounders, Alexa runs in but is put on the apron. Alexa ROCKS Bayley, then trips her up! Bayley flounders more and Alexa storms up on her. Bayley SLAPS Alexa! Fans rally and duel while Bayley smirks.
Alexa grins, blocks the punch and WRINGS Bayley out! Then hits an ARM JAMMER! And another! Alexa DECKS Bayley, then has her in a corner. Bayley FLAPJACKS Alexa off buckles! Bayley throws Alexa down and scowls as she paces. Bayley stomps Alexa, throws down hands, then CLUBS Alexa’s arm. Bayley clamps on to grind the arm but fans rally up. Bayley whips Alexa and hip tosses her down! Cover, TWO! Bayley KNEES Alexa in the back, then BOOTS her down! SLIDING ELBOW! Cover, TWO! Bayley CHOKES Alexa on the ropes, Kai & Sky mock her, and Bayley lets off at 4. Fans chant “BAYLEY SUCKS!” and that upsets her.
Alexa throws body shots on Bayley but Bayley knees her down! Bayley soaks up the heat and chinlocks Alexa. Alexa endures, Bianca and Asuka rally the fans up, and Alexa grabs at Bayley’s hair! JAWBREAKER! Alexa tilt-o-whirls and RANAS Bayley onto ropes! Alexa DOUBLE KNEES Bayley in the back! Alexa then stands on Bayley for the SKATEBOARD STOMPS! Kai & Sky protest but Alexa whips Bayley to ropes. Bayley reverses, Alexa clings to the ropes but Bayley BOOTS her down! Bayley drags Alexa up and through the ropes, then tells Bianca to kiss this! But Alexa shoves Bayley away! And slides under to sunset flip!
But Bayley gets a leg and drags Alexa out to the apron! Bayley SMASHES the knee on the edge! Kai & Sky cheer as Bayley gets back in. Bayley runs and BLINDSIDE LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Alexa is still in this and she bails out to the apron. Sky mocks her again and Bayley grins as she stalks Alexa. Bayley brings Alexa around to SMACK her off the desk! Bayley then clears off the desk, props the hood against the apron, and she puts Alexa on the desk. Bayley DECKS Alexa, grabs the bad leg, but Alexa boots her away! The ring count is 6 of 10 as Alexa stands to CANNONBALL Bayley down! Fans fire up while Alexa clutches her knee, and Raw goes to break.
Raw returns once again and Bayley has Alexa’s leg for a deep toehold! Alexa endures, she CLUBS Bayley’s back and kicks her away! Fans duel, “Let’s Go, Bayley!” “BAYLEY SUCKS!” DOUBLE CLOTHESLINES collide! Fans rally while both women are down. Alexa and Bayley slowly stand, and Bayley CHOP BLOCKS Alexa’s leg! Bayley stomps away on the leg, then rains down fists! She drags Alexa up and puts her through ropes, to CHOKE her in front of Asuka and Bianca! The ref counts, Bayley lets off, and she drags Alexa away. Bayley has another toehold and she twists the leg! Fans rally but Alexa endures.
Alexa kicks and punches Bayley’s own leg, then boots her away again! Alexa hobbles, Bayley RAMS her into a corner! Bayley runs in but Alexa ELBOWS her away! And BOOTS her! Alexa goes up, ROCKS Bayley and then leaps, FLYING THTESSZ PRESS! Alexa rains down fast hands but Bayley pushes her away. Alexa kicks a leg out, KNEES Bayley and SHOTGUN DROPKICKS! Fans fire up and Alexa blocks a leg to STO! INSULT2INJURY MK. II! Cover, TWO! Alexa grimaces as she clutches her leg, and she drags Bayley back up. Bayley whips Alexa away, but Alexa springboards to CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Alexa ghost pins, TWO!! Bayley has the pin, TWO!
Bayley hurries to drag Alexa up but Alexa cradles, TWO! Bayley Oklahoma Rolls, TWO! Bayley gets the legs but Alexa kicks her into a corner! Bayley storms up, clinches Alexa, but Alexa rolls Bayley up! TWO!! Bayley kicks the bad leg out! Fans boo but Bayley clinches for the BAYLEY2BELLY! Cover, TWO!?! Alexa survives one of Bayley’s best and Bayley is beside herself! Bayley stalks Alexa to a corner, hoists her up top, and fans duel again. Bayley climbs up to clinch again, but Alexa fights with furious fists! Alexa hops onto Bayley for a CODE RED! Cover, TWO!! Bayley survives and now Alexa is beside herself!
Alexa drags Bayley up, uses the corner, but no tornado! The leg jams, Bayley trips her! High stack with feet on the ropes! But Bianca pushes the feet off! But then Kai & Sky POST Bianca! Asuka CLOBBERS Sky and BACKHANDS Kai! Asuka runs in, but Kai moves and the hip attack hits steel steps! Bayley HOTSHOTS Alexa, then drags her around. No Rose Plant, though, as Alexa kicks back and DDTs! Bayley’s in the drop zone and Alexa climbs up! Kai distracts the ref while Sky shoves Alexa down! Bayley drags Alexa up into the ROSE PLANT! Cover, Bayley wins!
Winner: Bayley, by pinfall
Bayley celebrates with Kai & Sky, and then they all mug Alexa! Fans boo but Asuka returns! Kai BOOTS Asuka down, then she and Sky mug her! Bayley has them set Asuka up, then they give Sky the assist, LIONSAULT! But Bianca gets in, and she fires off on DMG CTRL! LARIAT for Bayley! Bianca drags Bayley up but Kai & Sky get her! They mug Bianca now, then sit her up for Bayley’s FOREARM! And then a ROSE PLANT!! Fans boo as DMG CTRL stand over their enemies, and Bayley gets a mic. “I’m in control now, Bianca. I get what I want, when I want! And I want the Raw Women’s title at Extreme Rules!”
The Role Model finally names the time and place! Will DMG CTRL soon control all of Raw? Or can Bianca go to the extreme to hold onto the title?
A great Raw to really heat things up for Extreme Rules. For one, we got really good stuff for the Raw Women’s Championship story. Bayley and Alexa referencing their history without going too into detail was good stuff, and they had a very good main event match. Naturally, shenanigans help Bayley win, and naturally she wants the Raw Women’s title at Extreme Rules. That is going to be a great match, and honestly, could go either way because it’s Bayley with back-up. At the same time, Kai & Sky might be busy with a tag title match for Extreme Rules between either Asuka & Alexa or Raquel & Shotzi, or maybe even both, and that’d be a lot of fun.
I loved how that MizTV segment went. It has been a long time since someone busted out from under through the ring, and I love that Lumis got to do it. Miz VS Lumis 1v1 might be where we go for Extreme Rules, but I still want this to evolve into a Mixed Tag story for Indi Hartwell’s call-up. Great surprise appearance by the Brawling Brutes, great match with the Street Profits, and a great win for the Brutes, but of course that was going to happen. Ridge & Dunne have momentum going into their tag title match, but that is because they’re going to lose. The Usos probably aren’t losing those belts until we have the moment the Bloodline turns on Sami so we can finally have Sami & Kevin Owens as tag champions.
Speaking of, great stuff from Kevin Owens VS Austin Theory Round 2. Gargano keeping Theory from cheating with the briefcase was good stuff, and we got good stuff from Gargano, Kevin and Alpha Academy. Their tag match is going to be really fun, but I would think Theory interferes in return to set up Theory VS Gargano. Lashley VS Rollins was an awesome opener, and it was opener mostly so it had time to breathe and really be a great match worthy of those two guys. Riddle making sure Rollins didn’t win by cheating was a good touch for their story, as their rivalry doesn’t need a title.
And great story integration as Rollins gets involved with Riddle during the Judgement Day tag match. Rollins VS Riddle in the Fight Pit is going to be awesome! On the day where the news breaks that Survivor Series will feature WARGAMES matches, it is great that HHH wants to bring an NXT original idea to the main roster. Great promo stuff out of the Judgement Day, too, and wow does Dom have heat with the fans. They booed SO hard. But we got a great match, and of course with Rhea, Dom and Rollins all playing a part, Judgement Day wins. I like that they’re bringing back some of Priest’s “party boy” persona from NXT, you can be sure that’s also HHH.
And not to heap too much praise onto HHH, but I can’t help it, he finally gave us the kind of interaction between Finn and Styles that I for one have been wanting. They didn’t need to say “Bullet Club” but the Too Sweet was of course a good touch. Just as Rey is trying to redeem Dom, Styles could try to redeem Finn, who knows how things go, but we’re going to get awesome stuff. We definitely need Finn VS Styles 1v1 to happen, and maybe when they decide Edge is ready to come back in kayfabe, we can get a big match of Rey, Edge and Styles VS Dom, Priest & Finn. Hell, depending on how long they stretch this out, it could even be at Survivor Series: WARGAMES!
My Score: 8.6/10
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.
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
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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