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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (9/16/22)

Who’s next for the Usos?

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SmackDown 2022

Who will be the ones to challenge “the ones?”

SmackDown holds the rematch of the #1 Contenders Fatal 4 Way for the Usos’ Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championships! Will there be no destructive interruptions this time?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Ricochet w/ Logan Paul VS Sami Zayn w/ The Bloodline; Ricochet wins.
  • Bayley w/ Damage Control VS Raquel Rodriguez; Bayley wins.
  • NXT North American Championship: Solo Sikoa VS Mad Cap Moss; wins and
  • Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championships #1 Contenders Fatal 4 Way: The New Day VS The Street Profits VS The Alpha Academy VS Los Lotharios VS The Brawling Brutes VS Hit Row VS Imperium; The Brawling Brutes win and will challenge the Usos for the titles next week.

PLAY BY PLAY

Logan Paul is here!

Anaheim is about to get #ImPAULsive as the social media mogul heads to the ring. Logan had Roman Reigns on the ImPAULsive podcast and dared to say he could take The Tribal Chief in a match. And through social media, Roman retorted back, “I bless the world and bring the Island of Relevancy to your show. You and your boys acknowledge me and as soon as I’m gone, you run your mouth?! Wiseman, handle him.” And Paul Heyman replied, “My #TribalChief, please consider this HANDLED!” Logan has the mic in the present to say, “Well, well, well, well. Ladies and gentlemen, I think I did it again. Whoops.”

Logan says he has a habit of opening his mouth and saying some stupid stuff. This past week, he had someone they might know. He goes by the name “Roman Reigns.” The Tribal Chief left, Logan said if he wrestled Roman, it’d be his match. “What?” “I’ll tell you what!” “What?” “I’ll tell you what! I once opened my mouth about the great Floyd Mayweather, and not even him, the greatest boxer of all time, could put me down. Or pay me. We’re still working on it.” So Logan simply issued a challenge to Roman, and guess what? Logan’s taken the liberty of setting up a press conference in Las Vegas. If Roman’s man enough, he’ll meet Logan there face-to-face.

“Ladies and gentlemen…!” Fans fire up because look who’s back! And with the Bloodline’s Usos, Solo Sikoa, and even Honorary Uce, Sami Zayn, with him! “Ladies and gentlemen, my name is Paul Heyman. And I swerve as the Special Counsel, and the Wiseman, to YOUR Tribal Chief, the reigning! Defending! Undisputed! Universal Heavyweight Champion… Roman. Reigns.” Heyman tells the rest that he’s got this, but the Usos, Solo and Sami still flank the ring. Fans rally for Heyman as he steps into the ring with Logan. Heyman shakes Logan’s hand to complete the formal introductions, and then Heyman says he’ll “handle” Logan.

“There he is! Logan Paul.” Fans boo and Heyman’s gotta say, if there was ever anyone from outside of the WWE who could’ve been a Paul Heyman Guy, it’s Logan Paul. “This man, this athlete, this global sensation, stepped up and fought the greatest boxer of all time, Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather. And never went down! Not once! Held your own! Went the distance like Rocky. Now, then again, fighting Floyd Mayweather at 6’2″ when Floyd Mayweather at standing up comes to me, headbutting me in the testicles, it’s alright. I wouldn’t fight Floyd Mayweather.” Logan says of course not, it’s Floyd Mayweather. Heyman probably wouldn’t fight anyone, where’s he going with this?

Heyman says he knows we’re in Anaheim, but don’t be Mickey Mouse, Logan. Don’t “Ooo~” me. Logan’s brother, Jake, picks a fight with the greatest MMA striker in Anderson Silva, who’s gonna knock Jake out, no disrespect. Fans cheer that one! Heyman says he wouldn’t fight Jake, he wouldn’t fight Logan, and Logan shouldn’t open his mouth about the Tribal Chief, Roman Reigns. Heyman doesn’t care about ambitions or athletic backgrounds or that the Paul Brothers have changed the fight game. All Heyman cares about is right now, right here, in this moment, Logan makes the smart decision of picking a fight with someone else.

Logan says c’mon! Heyman’s a promoter, he should get how this works! And Logan knows Heyman knows how great this could be. And it’ll just be a press conference! What’re they so afraid of? Logan sees a lot of Samoans, a Sami Zayn and a Paul Heyman, but he can’t understand why they’re afraid. Are they afraid that at the press conference, Logan would challenge Roman? And that said challenge would be for the title? Assuming that, you then assume Roman would smash Logan. And you’re probably right. “But what if he doesn’t? What if I land that one lucky shot on Roman Reigns? Cuz that’s all it takes: One lucky shot, and I drop your Tribal Chief like a sack of potatoes!

“And what if I beat Roman Reigns for the Undisputed Universal Championship?” Fans boo that and Sami keeps the Usos calm. Heyman says “If” Jake’s brother had balls, he’d be Logan’s sister, but he doesn’t, so he’s not. Heyman doesn’t like “If” or the scenario, and quite bluntly, he doesn’t like Logan, either. Logan says Heyman’s a funny guy. Heyman steps closer to say, “Now, I have to handle you. SOLO!” The NEW North American Champion steps up into the ring! Logan says y’know what? Let’s make a bet. Logan bets he can knock Heyman out and be out of the ring before Solo gets to him. Take the bet!

Sami says take it easy! Solo, it’s alright. Fans cheer Sami as he gets in the ring. Sami says he’s got this, Uce. You’re good. Solo steps down and Sami tells Heyman that he knows the Honorary Uce has nothing but respect. But maybe Heyman’s just not the right man for this job. Maybe Roman Reigns should’ve let Sami handle Logan. Heyman tosses his mic and leaves. Fine! Handle it! Okay, a little diplomacy goes a long way! And Logan! Friend! Logan, you’re not from this world so Sami will explain something to him. Logan DECKS Sami! How do things work around here, Sami? Logan would like to know. The Usos & Solo rush in but Logan gets away!

And here comes Ricochet! The One & Only isn’t here to help Logan but he still shakes his hand. Ricochet’s got business with the Honorary Uce, will he take advantage of Logan’s haymaker?

 

Ricochet w/ Logan Paul VS Sami Zayn w/ The Bloodline!

SmackDown returns and the bell rings. Ricochet and Sami circle, feel things out, and tie up. Sami headlocks, grinds the hold, but Ricochet powers up and out, only for Sami to run him over! The Bloodline holds up the fingers, #WeTheOnes. Ricochet gets up and says okay. They go again, feeling out the knuckle lock. Ricochet waistlocks but Sami wrenches the arm to a wristlock. Sami wrangles Ricochet down and grinds the arm, but Ricochet handsprings up and flips around to wrench back! Ricochet has the wristlock, he grinds the arm, but Sami fights up to knee low. Sami headlocks but Ricochet powers up and out.

Things speed up, Sami runs Ricochet over! Cover, ONE, but Sami clamps onto Ricochet with a chinlock. Ricochet endures, fights up, and he powers out. Things speed up again, Ricochet hurdles and then rolls off Sami’s back. Ricochet then rolls under to handspring and RANA! Then a DROPKICK! Fans fire up with Ricochet and he ROCKS Sami. And ROCKS him again! Ricochet CHOPS Sami, whips him to ropes, but Sami holds ropes to bail out! Sami glares at Logan and Logan asks how the chin feels. Sami says Logan’s pretty tough after a sucker punch. But then Ricochet WRECKS Sami with a dropkick!

Ricochet puts Sami in the ring, he shoulders in then slingshots but Sami trips him up! Ricochet sputters but Sami rains down fists! Sami lets off while the Usos cheer him on. Sami drags Ricochet up, bumps him off buckles, then pushes him down. Sami goes up the corner, talks trash to Logan, then leaps for an AX HANDLE! Cover, TWO! Sami argues the count, brings Ricochet up and whips him to ropes to then CLOBBER him! Cover, TWO! Sami clamps onto Ricochet with a chinlock and leans on him. Ricochet fights up, throws body shots, and fires haymakers! Ricochet runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges and tilt-o-whirl RANAS!

Fans fire up with Ricochet again as Sami goes to a corner. Ricochet runs in but misses! Ricochet elbows back to go up, but Sami SHOVES Ricochet down! Ricochet hits barriers and The Bloodline cheers while SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns again and Sami has Ricochet down in the ring now. Sami goes up top but Ricochet springs up after him! They fight up top, Sami HEADBUTTS Ricochet down! Sami adjusts, leaps, but into Ricochet’s DROPKICK! Both men are down and fans fire up! Ricochet and Sami stir and get to their feet. Sami swings but Ricochet counter punches! And again! And then Ricochet KICKS and KICKS and KICKS! Ricochet whips, Sami reverses but Ricochet RANAS! Logan fires up with Ricochet and Ricochet runs in to RAM into Sami! Sami staggers, Ricochet springboard CROSSBODIES! Cover, TWO!

Fans fire up and Ricochet aims from the corner. Ricochet runs in but no Recoil! Sami elbows Ricochet, whips him to ropes, but Ricochet reverses to sweep the legs! STANDING MOONSAULT onto knees! Sami cradles, TWO!! Ricochet escapes and Heyman is beside himself! Heyman hits the desk hard enough to spill Michael Cole’s soda, which he points out, so Heyman just shakes the already empty cup all around! As for Sami, he drags Ricochet up, reels him in, but Ricochet fights the lift. Sami CLUBS Ricochet, back suplexes but Ricochet lands on his feet! Tiger Wall Kick and SUPERKICK! Sami is down and Ricochet raises his finger to the sky!

Ricochet goes up top, but Jimmy Uso distracts the ref! Ricochet hops down and runs Jimmy off, but Sami reels Ricochet in! BLUE THUNDER BOMB!! Cover, but Logan distracts with his protest! Turnabout is fair play, the ref is late to the cover, TWO!! Logan grins then shrugs at Sami. Sami scowls, he sits Ricochet up and he throws haymakers! Sami runs, but into another RANA!! Cover, TWO!! Ricochet hurries to stand Sami up and fireman’s carry! but Jey gets up now, so Ricochet DECKS him! Sami rolls Ricochet, TWO! Ricochet runs to V-TRIGGER! Jey tries again but he gets a triangle jump DROPKICK!

Sami reels Ricochet in, HALF ‘N’ HALF! Cover, Jey wants in but the ref keeps him out! This is costing Sami!! The ref returns to count, TWO!! Sami can’t believe it! He looks at Jey who seethes about Logan, but Jey says Sami just has to handle his business. Sami storms out of the ring to get in Jey’s face! Jimmy keeps the peace but Ricochet FLIES in!! Direct hit on Sami AND the Usos! Ricochet puts Sami in, hurries up top, and fans fire up for the SHOOTING STAR PRESS!! Cover, Ricochet wins!

Winner: Ricochet, by pinfall

Logan celebrates with Ricochet, but now the Usos and Solo storm up to the apron. But wait! Here comes MAD CAP MOSS! And he has a chair! Riddick is ready for Solo and his shot at the North American Championship, is Solo ready for Riddick?

 

Karrion Kross & Scarlett Bordeaux speak.

“The hands of time decide the judgement. And last week, for The Chosen One, Mr. McIntyre, he was publicly executed by the newly appointed People’s Executioner. And how rightfully so. It is appropriate considering he made those pitiful noises with my arm wrapped around his neck.” Scarlett adds, “Aw, poor baby.” The two laugh, and Kross says, “What did you do then, Mr. McIntyre? I mean, you fought back, but then you did what everybody always does: you let it go. And that is the biggest difference between you and I, and it always will be. Because I don’t let anything go. I change the timelines. I rewrite history.

“And as for you, you are going to remain on an endless loop of suffering that I control. And I’m going to make sure,  Mr. McIntyre, that you never get out. Tick-tock.” Will Mr. Doomsday make McIntyre relive his worst moments? Or will the Scottish Warrior smash Kross’ hourglass to pieces?

 

Please welcome Max and Maxxine Dupri.

The founders of Maximum Male Models stand in the ring and Max welcomes us back to SmackDown in Anaheim. “Only a stone’s flow away from LA.” Maxxine tells him not to focus on that. Right, they’re not here for Hollywood. They’re here to introduce the MMM Back to School collection. Maçé and Mansôör look like Steve Buscemi pretending to be a high school student… But here comes BRAUN!! The Monster Among Men BULLDOZES the male models! He RAMS Mace into the barriers! And then he drags Mansoor up to TOSS him down the ramp! Mace crawls away but Braun lets him go to drag Mansoor up and TOSS into the ring!

Braun steps up into the ring, grabs Mansoor again, and Mansoor begs for mercy! He doesn’t get mercy, he GETS THESE HANDS! Fans are thunderous as Braun drags Mansoor up, reels him in, and hits a POWERBOMB! But “SHOOSH! Shoosh please!” Chad Gable heads out? He’s telling Braun to shoosh, but where is Otis? Otis gets in and CLOBBERS Braun from behind! But Braun CLOBBERS Otis right back! Gable gets in to fire off hands but Braun CLUBS him down! Braun scoops Gable but Otis RAMS into Braun! Otis fires off haymakers! Otis runs to SPLASH, then he gets going to SPLASH again!

Braun staggers and Otis scoops for the WORLD’S STRONGEST SLAM!! Braun sits up!?! Otis is leaving, thinking he’s conquered the Monster, but Braun just glares at him! Braun says Otis has hell to pay now! Gable tells Otis to stand down before this really gets wild. Will the Alpha Academy be able to plan a strategy to take down a furious Monster Among Men?

 

Damage Control is here!

Bayley and the NEW WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions, Dakota Kai & Iyo Sky, can be on any brand they want now, so they’re here on SmackDown with Bayley ready to get in the ring! Bayley, Kai & Sky get mics and Bayley says, “Guess who’s back? Back again? YES! I’m back on SmackDown! Your Role Model, the longest reigning SmackDown Women’s Champion in history. Uh, ding dong, hello.” Fans are torn but Bayley continues, “And in case you’ve been living under a rock, this is Dakota Kai and this is Iyo Sky, your NEW WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions!” Fans are torn here, too.

Dakota says that means they can go to any brand, any time, and do anything they want! Iyo says SmackDown is now THEIR show! Bayley says that’s right! They destroyed Raquel and put poor little Aliyah on the shelf. This is what greatness looks right, alright? This is what it looks like when you do what you said you were gonna do, instead of wait for someone else to do it for you! What DMG CTRL has is something fans all crave but will never get, cuz you suck, and that’s POWER. The power to win titles! The power to determine the future! The power to plow through- Raquel is here! Big Mami Cool has a mic to say, “I don’t see greatness at all.”

What Raquel sees is three bullies that hurt her tag partner, and are powerless to stop her from getting revenge! Raquel storms in, DMG CTRL bails out, and Bayley is upset with Maggle. But Bayley has no choice but to face Raquel 1v1, after the break.

Bayley w/ Damage Control VS Raquel Rodriguez!

SmackDown returns, the bell rings, and Bayley is wary of Raquel. They circle, Bayley ends up cornered, so she has no choice but to tie up. Raquel TOSSES Bayley to a corner, but Bayley dodges and SLAPS Raquel. Raquel grins and chases Bayley out of the ring! Bayley hurries away to where Kai & Sky are, and they keep Raquel back. The ref reprimands them all, but Raquel POUNCES Sky into Kai! That happens a lot. Raquel chases Bayley back into the ring but Bayley kicks her away. Bayley goes to dropkick but Raquel blocks and ROCKS Bayley! Raquel gets in the ring to POUNCE Bayley! Then she SPLASHES in the corner!

Raquel scoops Bayley to then LAWN DART her off a corner! And then scoops again for a SPIN-OUT POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO! Raquel keeps her coo, and she sees Bayley go to the apron. Raquel runs to the corner to go up and out, but Bayley avoids the stomp! Bayley gets Raquel in the ropes, HOTSHOT STUNNER, and then a BOOT! Raquel falls to the floor, Kai & Sky taunt her, and the ring count climbs. Raquel gets in at 5 of 10 but Bayley’s right on her! Bayley hammers and stomps then CLUBS Raquel. Kai & Sky cheer Bayley but fans boo. Bayley whips but Raquel blocks and reverses. Bayley ducks ‘n’ dodges but runs into a scoop!

Bayley slips off this time and Raquel ends up in the corner. Bayley RAMS into Raquel, but Raquel uses that to TOSS Bayley away! Raquel BOOTS Bayley down, then drags her to a drop zone! Raquel goes up but Kai & Sky distract. Bayley gets up and trips Raquel up! Raquel is in the ropes, Bayley elbows her into a Tree of Woe, and then she KNEES Raquel’s leg! Cover, TWO!! Raquel is still in this but Bayley stalks Raquel. Bayley CLUBS Raquel down, DRAGON SCREWS the leg and covers, TWO! Raquel crawls to a corner but Bayley is after her. Bayley stomps the bad leg but lets off as the ref counts.

Bayley puts the bad leg in the ropes but the ref reprimands. Bayley pulls on the leg but lets off at 4. Fans boo but Kai & Sky cheer. Raquel hobbles away but Bayley gets the bad leg again. Bayley trips Raquel but Raquel kicks away at her! Bayley goes for the leg again but Raquel tries to backslide. Bayley mule kicks the bad leg! And BLINDSIDE LARIATS! Cover, TWO! DMG CTRL keeps cool as Raquel goes to a corner. Bayley storms up and fires off body shots. Kai & Sky mock Raquel while Bayley ROCKS her. Bayley backs off to run in, but into both Raquel’s hands! Raquel lifts Bayley to BUCKLE BOMB her!

Raquel fires off hands, then drags Bayley out to HEABUTT her down! Bayley gets up but Raquel runs her over with shoulders and lariats! Fans fire up with Raquel and she hits a FALL AWAY SLAM! Raquel hurries after Bayley to scoop again, for another FALL AWAY SLAM! Bayle is in the drop zone, Raquel goes up, but Sky distracts while Kai saves Bayley. Raquel BOOTS Sky, and drags Kai into the ring! Bayley gets in but Raquel BOOTS her down! And then she SLAMS Kai onto Bayley! Raquel goes up now, for a TWISTING VADER! A two-for-one but now the ref is busy with Kai! Sky RAKES Raquel’s eyes!!

Bayley hurries to hit the ROSE PLANT!! Cover, Bayley wins!!

Winner: Bayley, by pinfall

Huge assists from Kai & Sky, but now DMG CTRL mugs Raquel! But here comes SHOTZI!! The wild child may not like Aliyah or Raquel, but she doesn’t like any of these three, either! Shotzi YANKS Kai out, DECKS Sky and chases off Bayley! Fans fire up as an unlikely ally comes to Raquel’s rescue! Will DMG CTRL lose control soon enough?

 

Kayla Braxton has a sit-down interview with Ronda Rousey.

The Baddest Woman on the Planet is the #1 contender to the SmackDown Women’s Championship, getting a rematch with Liv Morgan at Extreme Rules on October 8th. Last time, things ended in a controversial fashion, so surely Ronda hopes Extreme Rules is a different story. “Well, with all due respect, there’s not going to be any controversy this time. Speak of the devil.” Liv Morgan walks in! She asks to take over for Kayla and Kayla obliges. Liv sits down with Ronda now and Liv says she’s never met anyone that says words that mean nothing more than Ronda. Ronda said, “With all due respect,” but we know Ronda doesn’t respect Liv.

Ronda says she said “with all due respect” even though Liv is due none. Liv says she is literally the only person on the planet to defeat Ronda twice, so if there’s anyone she should respect, it’s her. But no, instead Ronda says the same things Liv’s heard her entire career. Liv isn’t good enough. Liv doesn’t deserve to be champion. But last time Liv checked, both times, Ronda’s shoulders were on the mat, Liv’s arm was raised, and this title was put on Liv’s waist. But Liv knows nothing she says will make Ronda respect her, so Liv will do what she’s done her entire career: she’ll earn that respect. The only way to do that is to beat Ronda again.

So when Liv defends her title at Extreme Rules, she wants Ronda in an EXTREME RULES MATCH!! Ronda takes Liv seriously this time. They both lean in close, and Ronda smirks. Liv wants Extreme Rules with Ronda? “It’s your funeral.” Ronda leaves while Liv sits back. Is Liv crazy for wanting this match? Or is she crazy like a fox?

 

Drew McIntyre gets up on the commentary table!

The Scottish Warrior appears from the crowd to surprise everyone, and he says, “Congratulations, Karrion Kross. You finally got my attention. I’ve been waiting for ya backstage all day long, but it seems if you’re not jumping me from behind, you don’t have the balls to face me like a man! So I’m gonna ask you: do me a favor, do yourself a favor. Finally grow a set, step up to Drew McIntyre, and I’m gonna make you a promise right now. You talk about your tick-tock, you’re so obsessed with time, time is running out for you! And the only countdown you need to worry about is three. Two. One! Lights out!” McIntyre has put Kross on notice, is Kross wishing he hadn’t taken up any of McIntyre’s time?

 

The Usos and Sami talk with Solo backstage.

It’s Solo’s time! Time to represent the Bloodline, but he already knows that. Always! Solo’s gonna go out there and handle business! They’ll be there to have his back! Let’s go get it, Uce! Solo has them hold on. He’s got this. Jey’s off his game today, Solo’s gonna bring Sami. Oh, well! Let’s go, Uce! Sami accompanies Solo, will the Honorary Uce make sure Solo handles Mad Cap?

NXT North American Championship: Solo Sikoa VS Mad Cap Moss!

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and Solo defends the NXT gold on the Island of Relevancy!

SmackDown returns and the bell rings. Solo and Moss square up and circle. They tie up, are in a deadlock, but Moss uses his height as leverage. The two break, and fans rally up. Solo and Moss circle again, tie up, and are in another deadlock. They break again, and Moss shoves Solo. Solo snarls, swings, but into Moss’s waistlock. Solo resists the lift, pries at the hold, and he throws a back elbow. Solo gets free, but Moss ROCKS him with a forearm! Moss knees low, knees him again, then runs, only for Solo to CLOBBER him! Fans fire up as Solo PENALTY KICKS Moss down! Solo snarls and pushes Moss down to run and FALLING HEADBUTT!

Solo talks smack on Moss, fans are torn, but Moss throws body shots. Solo HEADBUTTS Moss, CHOPS him against ropes, then whips him to ropes. Moss ducks ‘n’ dodges to CLOBBER Solo! Moss runs again to clothesline Solo up and out! Solo lands on his feet but he staggers around. Sami checks on Solo while Moss eggs Solo on. Moss goes out to fetch Solo, and he smacks Solo off the desk! Moss backs Sami down, but Solo CLOBBERS Moss! Sami talks some smack now, and Solo drags Moss up to RAM him into barriers! Solo drags Moss up as Sami cheers him on. Solo gets in the ring, runs up and WHEEL KICKS Moss down!

Solo looms over Moss while fans rally up. Solo grabs Moss’s legs and stomps him in the stomach! #WeTheOnes but fans boo. Solo throws down hands then stomps Moss around. Sami rallies for Solo while fans are still torn. Cover, TWO, but Solo keeps cool. Solo CHOPS Moss on the back, then clamps on claws into the shoulders. Moss endures while fans rally and duel. Moss fights up and throws body shots. Solo knees low, then ROCKS Moss with haymakers. Solo whips Moss corner to corner hard, then gets a BELLY2BELLY on the return! Moss flounders away and Solo smirks as he nods to Sami.

Solo watches Moss go to the corner and fans chant, “UCE! OH!” Solo runs in to HIP ATTACK! Cover, TWO! Moss is still in this but Solo keeps focus. “This is it?” But Moss ROCKS Solo! And again! And again! Solo ROCKS Moss with an uppercut! Moss staggers away and Solo fires off in the corner! The ref counts as Solo stomps the mudhole in, but Solo lets off at 4. Sami talks trash on Moss and Solo goes corner to corner again. “UCE! OH!” Solo runs in but Moss CHOP BLOCKS Solo! Both men are down but Moss pushes up. Solo throws hands but Moss counter punches! And again and again and again!

Moss whips, Solo reverses but Moss CLOBBERS Solo! And again! Moss ducks a haymaker to FLAPJACK Solo down! Moss fires up and Sami freaks out, but Moss runs corner to corner to RAM into Solo! And he keeps moving to RAM into Solo again! Moss turns Solo but Solo powers out of the Punchline to SUPER- NO! Moss blocks the kick to POP-UP SLAM! Cover, TWO!! Solo survives and Sami can breath again! Moss grits his teeth while fans rally up. Moss brings Solo up and tries to suplex, but Solo wrenches out to ELBOW and HEADBUTT! Moss wobbles, Solo fireman’s carries him, but Moss fights free!

Moss fires off elbows, then RAMS Solo into a corner! Moss keeps moving, but he runs into the SAMOAN DROP! Cover, TWO!! Moss survives but Sami coaches Solo on. Solo stomps Moss again and again, then he drags Moss up again. Solo reels Moss in, but Moss fights the Urenage to a roll-up! TWO!! Moss runs in, but into an elbow! Solo runs, but into Moss’s arms! FALL AWAY SLAM! Fans fire up with Moss and he runs corner to corner, but Sami saves Solo! The ref reprimands and fans boo, but Moss rushes out to run Sami off! They go around the ring, into the ring, and Solo SUPERKICKS! Moss wobbles, Solo hits the URENAGE! Cover, Solo wins!

Winner: Solo Sikoa, by pinfall (still NXT North American Champion)

The Honorary Uce does his part, and he helps Solo stay golden! Will The Bloodline continue to run all the brands with this kind of support system?

 

Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championships #1 Contenders Fatal 4 Way: The New Day VS The Brawling Brutes VS Hit Row VS Imperium!

Well, wait, except for The New Day, these are all different teams than the match-up we saw last week. Perhaps the damage done by the Monster Among Men has something to do with it. Will we see this match actually finish and give one team the golden tickets to the tag title match?

The teams sort out, and in this type of Fatal 4 Way Tag, two teams are legal at any time, so we start with the Impeccable German, Ludwig Kaiser, and the Bruiserweight, “Butch” Pete Dunne! They’re raring to go and fire off at the bell! Fans fire up for the haymakers and forearms going back and forth! Dunne ROCKS Ludwig, blocks the kick to ENZIGURI Ludwig out! Dunne just rushes out after him! Dunne has a guillotine, but the Pride of Italy, Giovanni Vinci, rushes over! Vinci CLOBBERS Dunne, but big Ridge Holland CLOBBERS him back! That brings the leaders of Imperium and the Brawling Brutes over, Gunther and Sheamus stare down!

Woods tries to keep the peace but thinks better of it seeing the look in both men’s eyes. Meanwhile, Hit Row takes the initiative! Top Dolla picks up Ashante THEE Adonis to TOSS him onto the Brutes and Imperium! Fans fire up and Dolla wants it! Dolla builds speed, but Vinci CHOP BLOCKS him! Xavier Woods gets in to BOOT Vinci, then Woods builds speed! Woods FLIES onto the Brutes and Ludwig! And yet, Sheamus and Gunther are still staring down. Kofi uses Dolla as a booster to FLY onto the Brutes and Ludwig, too! The New Day is all fired up and fans clap along, but SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns and Dunne bends Ludwig’s fingers as he gets out of the chinlock! Fans rally, Ludwig kicks low and throws Dunne into the ropes! Then he PENALTY KICKS Dunne down! Cover, ONE!! Dunne is tough but Ludwig clamps on with a chinlock. Ludwig also traps an arm but Dunne fights with fists! Dunne stands up, he powers up and out, things speed up and Dunne hurdles to drop and CLOBBER Ludwig! Gunther is upset but Dunne drags Ludwig around. Dunne hammerlocks an arm, grabs the other, and he grins as he bends the fingers back! Everyone is wincing from that! Dunne isolates the bad arm to then STOMP it!

Ridge and Sheamus are loving this, and Dunne basement dropkicks Ludwig! Ludwig gets up, Dunne ROCKS him! Ridge tags in, Dunne feeds Ludwig to Ridge’s double underhooks! SHOTGUN BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! Ridge drags Ludwig up, but Ludwig ROCKS him! Ridge choke grips back! Ludwig pushes Ridge to the ropes and claws at his eyes! The ref backs Ludwig down, and that allows Vinci a cheap shot! Ludwig tags Vinci and whips Ridge, and Vinci arm-drags Ridge to an armlock! Fans boo Vinci but Ridge headscissors. Vinci pops free to roll Ridge to his feet, and then Vinci EuroUppers!

Vinci CHOPS Ridge, and CHOPS him again! Vinci whips, Ridge reverses, but Vinci blocks the hip toss! However, Ridge blocks Vinci’s hip toss in return, and then traps both arms! Ridge HEADBUTTS Vinci, for an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Dolla tags off Vinci and now the biggest men in this match stare down! Fans fire up, Ridge runs and RAMS Dolla, but Dolla stays up! They RAM again, but still Dolla stays standing. So Ridge throws EuroUppers! Ridge tries to suplex but Dolla is too big! Dolla suplexes Ridge up and over instead! Tag to Adonis, he runs the ropes and Dolla gives him a boost, FLAPJACK SPLASH! Cover, TWO!

Adonis rains down fists on Ridge, clamps on a chinlock, but Ridge fights up! Ridge throws a body shot, back suplexes, but Adonis slips off to AIR DROP! Kofi tags in off Ridge! Dunne doesn’t like how sharp that tag was but Woods stares him down. Fans fire up as Kofi and Adonis circle. Kofi dodges the haymaker to run and LEAPING LARIAT! Kofi runs for the NEW~ DAY~ BOOM DROP! Fans fire up more but Ludwig tags in off Adonis! Ludwig grabs Kofi by his hair, and POSTS him! Tag to Vinci and they stick Kofi in the ropes. Vinci slides out while Ludwig goes side to side, they meet at the corner with the DOUBLE DROPKICKS!

Vinci and Ludwig strike the Imperium pose while fans boo, but SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns again and Ludwig has Kofi down in a cobra twist. Fans rally as Kofi endures and fights up. Ludwig facelocks but Kofi fires body shots! Ludwig CLUBS Kofi down! Ludwig puts Kofi in the corner, then goes side to side again, but Kofi fights out! Kofi dumps Ludwig AND Vinci out of the ring! Kofi hurries for the New Day corner, but Ludwig intercepts! Kofi back drops Ludwig! Hot tags to Woods and Vinci! Woods rallies on Vinci, whips him to ropes but Vinci reverses, only for Woods to duck, dodge, slide and ROLLING ELBOW! Ludwig returns but Woods BOOTS him from the corner! HONOR ROLL!

Adonis runs in but into a mule kick! Dunne goes up top, leaps in, but Woods gets him, too! COMPLETE SHOT DDT COMBO!! Vinci waistlocks to back suplex but Woods lands on his feet! Woods tilt-o-whirls and RUSSIAN LEG SWEEPS! Woods kips up and fans fire up! Woods fireman’s carries Vinci for a LANDSLIDE! Cover, TWO!! Woods fires up more and he CHOPS Vinci! And scoops, but Vinci slips off. Vinci blocks the kick, and short arm LARIATS Woods down! Sheamus rallies the Brutes and Dunne tags in off Vinci! Dunne dropkicks Woods, GAMANGIRIS Adonis, GAMANGIRIS Dolla, then KNEE DROPS Woods!

Dunne goes up and out to ASAI MOONSAULT on Imperium! Dunne keeps on moving and he gets back on the apron, FLYING KNEE for Kofi! Adonis tags in off Woods but he runs into a SNAP GERMAN from Dunne! Sheamus rallies behind Dunne and he STOMPS the hands! Then BUZZSAWS Adonis down! Dunne glares as Dolla gets in, and fans fire up! Dolla is big but Dunne is mean! Dunne CHOPS, but Dolla shoves and BOOTS him! Kofi runs in, but Dolla pops him to a fireman’s carry! Dolla SMACKS Dunne with Kofi’s boots, then double stacks them! Woods runs in, he jumps into Dolla’s arms! Dolla carries three men around!

Dolla DUMPS Dunne then POWERSLAMS Woods and Kofi! Fans fire up but Ridge tags in! Ridge LARIATS, then scoops Dolla! But Dolla slips off and reels Ridge in! But Ridge resists the lift to Alabama Lift Dolla! ALABAMA SLAMA!! Cover, TWO!! Dolla survives and no one can believe it! Woods tags in off Ridge, Adonis runs in, and they fire off forearms! “This is Awesome!” as Adonis runs, but Woods ROCKS him! Adonis runs but into a SUPERKICK! Woods reels Adonis in, Kofi tags in and Kofi DIVES to send Dolla over the desk!! Woods hits a FALCON ARROW and Kofi is up top! FROG SPLASH!! Cover, Dunne breaks it!!

Woods tosses Dunne out then PLANCHAS to take him out! Vinci tags off Adonis while Ludwig RAMS Woods into steps! Vinci waistlocks Kofi for an O’Conner Roll, TWO! Kofi has it now, TWO!! Vinci escapes, scurries away but Ludwig anchors Kofi. Vinci CLOBBERS Kofi, whips him and SPINEBUSTERS! PENALTY KICK from Ludwig! Imperium sets Kofi up, Ludwig tags as he climbs up. But Ridge sneaks a tag in before the IMPERIAL BOMB!! Ridge then TOSSES Ludwig out! Ridge covers, the BRUTES WIN!!

Winners: The Brawling Brutes, by pinfall (NEW #1 Contenders to the Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championships)

Sheamus celebrates with his fellas as they now have those golden tickets! Their opportunity is next week, will Ridge the Fridge and “Butchy” cash in and take those titles from The Usos?


My Thoughts:

A great SmackDown to keep things moving towards Extreme Rules. For one, a pretty good “interview turned confrontation” promo from Ronda and Liv. While WWE’s been doing their best to show Ronda as the anti-establishment Face, and is slowly morphing Liv into some kind of Heel, I feel like they both came off rather equally here. You could say either one is the Face and either one is the Heel, and I think it’d be believable. But Liv calling for the Extreme Rules is definitely so that she can use every weapon she can think of on Ronda. Now, I fear that will end up with Ronda being booked as invincible, where nothing Liv does can stop her. At the same time, I can’t see Liv winning against Ronda three times in the same year, so I suppose Ronda has to win here.

Meanwhile, WWE is also clearly planning ahead for Crown Jewel. Logan Paul would not be my choice, but perhaps the Saudi princes want Roman Reigns, one of the biggest names in pro-wrestling, against one of the biggest, most sensationalized names outside of pro-wrestling in Logan Paul. And I will say, Logan had a great segment with the Bloodline, and it did get me to want to see Roman VS Logan, so that we can see Roman SMASH Logan! Ricochet also had a great match against Sami Zayn, and how that turned out helped influence Solo VS Moss, which was also a great match. Solo choosing Sami over both his actual brothers is a nice twist in the story, I can’t wait to see what happens next.

But speaking of what happens next, we got an awesome Fatal 4 Way main event, but I’m very surprised by the audible they called. Instead of the exact rematch we were promised, we ended up with three completely different teams, and The New Day. For those wondering why The Viking Raiders, after beating The New Day in that Viking Rules Match, weren’t in this at all, Erik injured his foot during said Viking Rules Match so he and Ivar are sidelined again. They have had some really rough luck in the WWE, honestly. Neither Los Lotharios and Street Profits being involved is confusing, though.

But I suppose since they changed this from “winners face Usos at Extreme Rules” to “winners face Usos next Friday,” it makes sense now that the Brawling Brutes get an opportunistic win. The Brutes are definitely not winning against The Usos, even with the bit of dysfunction going on in The Bloodline. This then saves a few ideas for Extreme Rules and beyond. The Alpha Academy apparently shifted gears last minute to feuding with Braun exclusively, so that’s why they weren’t part of this. Though, Otis VS Braun is going to be some great stuff so it’s not so bad. Braun blasting the Maximum Male Models was great, too, actually, and I really liked the subtle lingering on “LA” for Max Dupri, AKA LA Knight.

Good stuff from DMG CTRL and Raquel, but of course Bayley won with help from Kai & Sky. Shotzi turning Face here is great, I always felt she was better as Face. There can be a moment of uncertainty for Raquel and Aliyah in accepting Shotzi as an ally, but this gives them a third woman for a 3v3 match against DMG CTRL on the SmackDown end. DMG CTRL clearly wants to show that the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships are “traveling titles” once again, so between NXT stars occasionally showing up on RawDown and RawDown stars occasionally visiting NXT, I would love to see DMG CTRL get real busy with title defenses.

And we got good promos from Kross and McIntyre to add some hype to their coming match. It was rather standard stuff, the Heel saying he’ll doom the Face and the Face calling out the Heel for being a chicken. Maybe next week, Kross accepts the dare and confronts McIntyre head-on. Then Extreme Rules can have a badass grudge match more or less on the level of Sheamus VS Gunther, which will be great for both men. Kross hasn’t been doing a lot of wrestling since his return, he’s clearly a big attraction type, so he really needs to start making up for Vince sabotaging him last time.

My Score: 8.6/10


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Andrew’s IMPACT Results & Match Ratings: 12.1.2022

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

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

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

Ratings:

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

 

Results:

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

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

Rich Swann vs Bully Ray

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

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

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

Moose vs Bhupinder Gujjar

Definitely not a match I expected. 

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

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

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

Steve Maclin vs Frankie Kazarian

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

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

Last Rodeo: Deonna Purrazzo vs Mickie James

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

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

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

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

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

Overall Score: 6/10

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

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

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


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

World Tag League, Round 4!

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NJPW WTL X Super Jr.

Will the United Empire continue to conquer?

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

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Here are the current World Tag League standings!

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Here are the NEW World Tag League standings!

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


My Thoughts:

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

My Score: 8.7/10


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