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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (9/23/22)

Will the Brutes strike gold?

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SmackDown 2022

The Usos defend their titles against some UK grit!

Roman Reigns is back on SmackDown, just in time to see The Usos defend their Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championships against the Brawling Brutes!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Liv Morgan VS Lacey Evans; Liv wins.
  • The New Day VS Maximum Male Models w/ Max & Maxxine Dupri; The New Day wins.
  • Braun Strowman VS Otis w/ Chad Gable; Braun wins.
  • Dakota Kai w/ Damage Control VS Raquel Rodriguez; Raquel wins.
  • Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championships: The Usos VS The Brawling Brutes; The Usos win and retain the titles.

PLAY BY PLAY

The Bloodline is here!

Roman Reigns leads the way for Paul Heyman, The Usos, Solo Sikoa and the Honorary Uce, Sami Zayn! Sami’s the only one who didn’t get the brand new “We The Ones” shirt, apparently. The belts are raised and the pyro goes off, then the Bloodline continues down to the ring. Then the belts are raised again for the second round of pyro. Heyman takes hold of Roman’s belts to then hand over the mic. Fans are torn as Roman says, “Salt Lake City… ACKNOWLEDGE ME!” There are plenty of fingers raised to the skies and Heyman gets the mic back.

“Ladies and gentlemen, my name is Paul Heyman.” And what do we call people from Utah? Utans? Utonians? Utobies? U? Let’s settle for, “Salt Lake Citians.” Fans don’t think that’s good enough. Uh, don’t boo the Wise Man. There are a lot of items on the checklist tonight. Number one: as you notice, STILL the Undisputed Heavyweight Champion of All Sports Entertainment, the Tribal Chief, Roman… Reigns. And everyone says, “Oh, poor Drew McIntyre. It was his time, it was his turn, it was his moment, it was his home turf.” WRONG. Neither Wales, Scotland or anywhere on the planet is McIntyre’s home turf.

The entire planet, the entire universe, the entire multiverse, the entire Metaverse belongs to the Island of Relevancy. And sitting on the throne is the Tribal Chief, Roman… Reigns! So now that McIntyre has another bridge to cross, let’s talk about Solo Sikoa. “Oh, how I wish I could brag that this was the Wise Man’s most brilliant coup, but it wasn’t my idea. It wasn’t the Tribal Chief’s idea. And while some people might like to take credit for being their idea…” Heyman looks at Sami. “No, the idea for Solo is that Solo was sent by the Elders of the Samoan Dynasty.

“Solo was sent because Brock Lesnar took out The Wise Man. Because the Usos have enough on their plate. And SOMEONE has to stop these conspiracies against YOUR Tribal Chief, the Head of the Table, Roman… Reigns. And if you thought the Bloodline was unstoppable before, and we were, now there is an enforcer to ensure Roman’s reign on the throne of the Island of Relevancy, and that enforce is Solo! Which opens up Jimmy & Jey Uso to concentrate on their pursuit of greatness, on their pursuit of history. It opens up the Usos and their pursuit of immortality.”

Jimmy says it’s the Usos VS the Brutes, and tonight, he guarantees you’ll hear “STILL Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions!” Jey says, “All day! Cuz you the twos! And WE! THE…” “ONES!” Jey stops short, and hands the mic back to Roman. Fans cheer Roman on as he thinks of what to say. “Solo.” Solo steps up. Roman looks at his youngest cousin, and says The Elders may have sent him, but Solo answers to Roman now. #AcknowledgeMe. Solo takes the mic to say, “I acknowledge you, My Tribal Chief.” Fans are torn on that but Sami and Heyman are happy as Solo and Roman hug it out. Their power, their dominance, and their loyalty runs deep.

But wait, Sami wants to say something now? He just wants a moment, sorry. Jey is upset but fans cheer Sami on. Sami knows he’s not blood, but the way they took him in like a family, he just wants to show his gratitude. And also, Sami wants to publicly acknowledge his Tribal Chief. Sami hands the mic over to Roman, and then calls for something. Heyman calls for another mic and hands it to Sami. Fans cheer Sami and Roman smirks. “I like you, Sami. But what’re you talking for right now? Why’re you saying anything right now? I get it, I’m seeing what’s happening her, but like… Why do you have our shirt on?”

Roman asks why Sami has a Bloodline shirt. Why is Sami tagging along with them? What does Sami want? Here’s what Roman wants. Sami needs to take the shirt off. Fans boo but Jey says, “TAKE THE SHIRT OFF!” Sami says he isn’t sure if Roman’s kidding or not. If this is about what happened with Logan Paul, Sami can explain. Just don’t be rash. Roman says last week, when Sami disrespected Heyman, right? “Sami, I’m not gonna tell you again. Take our shirt off. Now.” Jey says yeah! Take the shirt off! Fans boo and Sami is dejected, but then Jey RIPS the shirt off!

This is what Roman was talking about. Sami needs to listen for once. Sami should never wear that shirt ever again. Sami ain’t ever wearing another Bloodline shirt ever again. And that’s cuz they got him a new one. Roman throws Sami his own HONORARY UCE SHIRT! Now Jey’s upset. Fans cheer for Sami as he puts on the official merch! Sami does the handshake with Jimmy and he hugs Solo. Roman asks if there’s anything Sami wants to say now. Yes! There is, actually! Sami ACKNOWLEDGES the Tribal Chief! And then he hugs Roman! Roman is unsure but still amused, and he hugs Sami back. So again, their power, their dominance, and their loyalty runs deep. Will this be just the thing that keeps The Bloodline on top of the WWE?

 

Liv Morgan VS Lacey Evans!

The SmackDown Women’s Champion is once defending her title against Ronda Rousey, and is once again the underdog. However, she’s counteracting that by making their match an EXTREME RULES MATCH! Will taking on the Model Soldier be a great tune-up for that brutal battle? Or will Lacey use her Woman’s Right to prove Liv’s not ready?

The bell rings and Liv ties right up with Lacey. Lacey puts Liv in a corner, pie faces her and talks trash, but Liv SLAPS Lacey back! Lacey shoves Liv, kicks her, wrenches and whips but Liv reverses. Lacey jumps over the drop down and blocks a kick to trip Liv and throw a body shot! Lacey talks more trash, rolls Liv to her feet, but Liv dodges the elbow to whip. Things speed up but Lacey BOOTS Liv out of the air! Lacey says Liv ain’t extreme. Lacey drags Liv up, says she’s weak, and then bumps her off buckles. Lacey GRINDS Liv’s face off the ropes! The ref counts, the fans boo, but Lacey bumps Liv off buckles.

Lacey goes again but Liv blocks! Lacey throws Liv but Liv SHOTGUNS Lacey to the corner! Liv whips corner to corner, runs in and SHINING WIZARDS! Liv runs and returns but Lacey slips out! Liv hits buckles, Lacey ROCKS Liv and sweeps the leg! Lacey soaks up the heat from Salt Lake City, stalks Liv and snapmares her down. Lacey clamps on a half nelson and shifts to a cobra clutch. Liv endures, even as Lacey digs her chin into Liv’s forehead. Liv fights up as fans rally, but Lacey drags Liv through ropes for a KNEE! Liv swings but Lacey counter punches and sweeps the legs again! Fans boo but Lacey mocks “Extreme Liv.”

Lacey slingshots but Liv avoids the stomp! Lacey blocks the knee to shoulder into Liv! Lacey then POSTS Liv and Liv falls to the floor! Fans boo but Lacey grins while SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns and Lacey has Liv down with a chinlock. Lacey headstands to put all her weight on Liv, then drops the knees into Liv’s side! Lacey then returns to the cobra clutch. Liv SLAPS Lacey, so Lacey hammers down forearms! Lacey drags Liv up to TOSS her to a corner! Liv sits up and Lacey drags her back up. Lacey TOSSES Liv again! Lacey says Liv will never be extreme! But Liv eggs Lacey on! So Lacey BOOTS her down! Cover, TWO! Lacey looms over Liv, drags her up and puts her in the corner. Lacey climbs up and uses a leg hook to crank Liv’s neck! Then she headscissors to a takedown, and does push-ups to show off!

Liv endures and fans boo, but Lacey pushes up to crank the hold, before driving Liv back down! Liv starts kicking Lacey! Lacey scrambles away to the corner and slips out of the ring to shake out the cobwebs. Lacey’s mad now, but she goes looking under the ring. Lacey grins as she brings out a broom! No, not good enough. She finds a kendo stick! Lacey says it’s time to get extreme! The ref says no, this is no disqualifications. Liv stands, ducks the swing and hits a CODE BREAKER! Lacey staggers, into ObLIVion!! Cover, Liv wins!

Winner: Liv Morgan, by pinfall

Lacey’s ego definitely went to extremes, and it cost her! Liv holds up the title, but then she sees the kendo stick. Liv grabs it, looms over Lacey, but she throws it down. Only to then pick it up and SMACK away on Lacey! Lacey bails out but Liv gives chase! Liv SMACKS Lacey, then uses the stick to RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP Lacey into barriers! Liv shows she has that edge, and goes looking for something more. She brings out a TABLE! Fans fire up seeing that! Liv sets the table up, goes back for Lacey, and she puts Lacey on top of the wood. Liv SLAPS Lacey down then climbs up the corner! Liv aims, for a SUPER SENTON through the table!!!

“I’m ready for you, Ronda! Let’s get extreme!!” Liv is ready to live on the edge, will she use that to cut down the Baddest Woman on the Planet? Or will she take too big a risk and lose it all?

 

Hit Row has a party backstage.

This is how it should be. Almost. Because it’ll be a VIP watch party to watch the tag title match! Who y’all got? Whoever it is, Hit Row wants next. That’s right! They’ll toast their success and get that money money money money! They put their glasses in for the toast, but Montez Ford puts in his red Solo cup! Make sure to save some for the Street Profits! Heeeey! This is a great party, and the Profits are always ready~ ready~! But speaking of big nights, there’s also Otis VS Braun, so what’re y’all on? Hmm… What about you, Shinsuke? He votes BRAUN! HEEEEY! Everyone gets the bubbly, but who gets the buzz?

 

Sami Zayn reprimands the caterer.

The Honorary Uce doesn’t understand. If he asks for a vegan meal, get him a vegan meal! What’s this guy good for? Go, get outta here. Ugh. But then Sami turns around to see Ricochet and Riddick Moss. They say Sami has changed. Has he? Yeah. Before he was obnoxious and unbearable, and now he’s… Well, he’s still all that, but even more. Moss gets it, though. This is what happens when you take your head and shove it up Roman’s- Hey! Be careful what you say. You disrespect Sami, fine. But from now on, you’re not just disrespecting Sami, you’re disrespecting the ENTIRE Bloodline. Sami, c’mon. You think you’re an Honorary Uce, when in reality, you’re nothing more than-

BLAM! Solo Sikoa clobbers both of ’em! What you say?! HUH!? Solo dribbles Ricochet off the garage door! Then he rains hands on Moss! Sami has Solo let off, they understand now. Right, guys? You’re dealing with The Bloodline now! Good job, Uce. Sami was just about to get them. Sami and Solo head out, will Moss & Ricochet be more careful about making jokes?

 

Paul Heyman narrates on an Uso retrospective.

“For over a decade, Jimmy & Jey Uso have run roughshod over the competition. But it is their current championship reign that has cemented them as the greatest tag team in the world. It was 432 days ago when the Usos ended the father-son happiness of Rey & Dominik Mysterio, and in the process became the SmackDown Tag Team Champions. And then went on to decimate RKBRO to become the first-ever Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions. The Usos have carved a path of historical dominance like never before.

“Now, the Usos stand on the precipice of history. Their epic championship reign has endured longer than some of the most legendary tag teams in WWE history. Longer than the Hart Foundation, longer than the Road Warriors, longer than the New Age Outlaws, longer than the Dudley boys. Only two teams remain: Demolition, and the New Day. And soon, the Usos will surpass them to become the longest reigning WWE Tag Team Champions of all time. And then, the halls of tag team immortality will ring out only one name…” “UUUU-SO~!”

 

The New Day VS Maximum Male Models w/ Max & Maxxine Dupri!

Xavier Woods & Kofi Kingston may not have won the #1 contenders Fatal 4 Way, but THE longest reigning tag team knows how to climb the mountain. Will they do so again at the expense of Maçé & Mansôör? Or will MMM titillate even the juices of the New Day’s guilty pleasures?

The teams sort out and Woods starts against Mansoor. They tie up Mansoor headlocks, but Woods powers up and out. Mansoor just struts all over Woods and poses. But Woods waistlocks! Mace tags in before the O’Conner Roll, and Mace LEG LARIATS Woods down! Cover, TWO! Maxxine gets the camera and takes pics as Mace CLUBS and ROCKS Woods! Mace puts Woods in the corner, tags Mansoor, and they mug Woods. They double whip Woods, double elbow him down, then strike a pose! Fans boo but Mansoor drops an elbow! Mansoor clamps on a chinlock and grinds Woods down. Fans rally with “NEW! DAY ROCKS!”

Woods fights up, Mansoor CLUBS him and whips him, but Woods ROCKS Mace! And TOSSES Mansoor! Woods hurries for his corner but Max helps Mansoor up and in! Mace tags, he runs and KNEES Kofi down! Mace then scoops Woods and carries him around for the POWERSLAM! Mace climbs up to then ELBOW DROP! Cover, TWO! Mace tags Mansoor, Maxxine wants a pose! They pose, she takes pics, but even Max says no, now is not the time for this. Kofi DROPKICKS Mace, proving Max right! Woods gets the BACKWOODS on Mansoor, the New Day wins!!

Winners: The New Day, by pinfall

Max is upset with Mace & Mansoor and even Maxxine! They’re making a joke out of what he’s built! He throws off his jacket to whip it against the apron! Max storms off, leaving Maxxine and their clients stunned. Will MMM make a recovery from this embarrassment?

 

Hit Row & The Profits continue to party.

Drew Gulak’s even stopped by! And Natalya, Xia Li and Sonya Deville. But Los Lotharios interrupt the conversation Sonya and B-Fab were having just to flirt. But Dolla & Adonis walk over to stop Angel & Humberto right there. Angel & Humberto head out, and Dolla can’t believe what we’re about to see next!

 

Braun Strowman VS Otis w/ Chad Gable!

The ring crew has reinforced the ring because we’re about to see a clash of the titans! Will this match be proof that the Monster Among Men is truly back? Or will he fail the test put forward by the Alpha Academy’s number one student?

The bell rings and fans fire up as the two behemoths stare down. They circle, tie up, and are in a deadlock! Braun backs Otis down but then Otis backs Strowman down. Braun knees Otis then JABS him! Otis goes to a corner, Braun CHOPS! Braun TOSSES Otis across the ring! Otis stands up, and Braun SHOTGUNS Otis out of the ring!! Fans fire up and Braun sees Gable checking on Otis. Braun goes out, comes in around the way, but Gable ducks to be a speedbump! Braun glares at Gable, but Otis CLOBBERS Braun from behind! And RAMS him into barriers! The barriers move back! Otis then drags Braun up to POST him!

Gable says, “A THANK YEW~!” but fans boo. The ring count climbs, Otis puts Braun in at 6 of 10. Otis builds speed to DISCUS LARIAT Braun down! Cover, ONE!! Fans fire up and Gable coaches Otis to stay on Braun. Braun goes to a corner, Otis runs in, and Otis SPLASHES! Braun falls to his knees, and Otis CLUBS Braun down! Braun sits up but Otis CLUBS him down! Fans rally behind Braun and he stands, but Otis CLUBS him back down! Otis snarls, runs, but Braun hits a SPINEBUSTER! Both monsters are down but Otis rolls to the apron. Braun crawls after Otis but Otis slips away. Otis leans against the desk while Gable checks him.

Braun tries again, coming in from the other side! The Strowman Express POUNCES Otis onto the desk!! Fans are thunderous as the Academy is down! Braun drags Otis up, puts him in the ring, but Gable anchors a foot! Braun drags Gable up to TOSS him over barriers! Braun gets in the ring, he scoops Otis! Otis slips off, shoves Braun into a corner, and then Otis scoops Braun! WORLD’S STRONGEST SLAM!! Cover, TWO!! Braun survives and Otis is furious! Otis goes up the corner, fans boo, but Otis jumps, VADER BOMB!! Cover, TWO!!! Braun survives again and Otis can’t believe it! Fans rally for Braun while Otis tries to figure out what to do next.

Otis goes to another corner and he climbs up again. Braun is at center, Otis LEAPS but FLOPS!! Braun fires up and fans fire up with him! Braun reels Otis in, and Salt Lake City comes alive for the MONSTER BOMB!! Cover, Braun wins!

Winner: Braun Strowman, by pinfall

Monster Among Men no more, he’s the Monster of ALL MONSTERS! Braun is sore but he’s standing tall! Will he bulldoze his way all the way to the top of the mountain?

 

Backstage interview with The Brawling Brutes.

Sheamus is with Ridge Holland and “Butch” Pete Dunne, and they’re all excited for the main event tonight. Dunne says Friday Night SmackDown is FIGHT NIGHT! Ridge says tonight, they’ll batter the Usos and become the NEW Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions! Sheamus says that’s right, and as far as they’re concerned, the Usos face an uphill battle tonight. Them Brutes are made of sterner stuff. They love a good fight. Just ask Gunther after Sheamus dragged Gunther into the “belly of the red dragon.”

And in two week’s time, on the “season premiere” of SmackDown, it will be Sheamus VS Gunther, ROUND TWO! Absolute war in Worcester! And Sheamus vows to drag that Intercontinental Championship off Gunther’s cold, dead hands. But tonight, it’s not about Sheamy. It’s about Ridge & Butch becoming the tag team champions! Everyone knows when the Brutes step into the ring, they’ll get banger after banger after banger! The chant keeps going, but  banger or not, will Ridge the Fridge and the Bruiserweight be the ones to defeat the ones?

 

Drew McIntyre is here!

Salt Lake City fires up as the Scottish Warrior makes his way out, and instead of Angela the sword, he’s got something rolled up in that hand of his. McIntyre goes to the ring, gets the mic, and he says, “Salt Lake City, let me hear ya scream!” The fans scream and shout for McIntyre and chant “DREW! DREW! DREW!” McIntyre says after all these years, we should all know him pretty well. And we should know he doesn’t like playing games, and if you’ve got an issue with him, just step in the ring and they can figure it out. But it seems Karrion Kross never got that memo. Besides the fact that Kross loves playing games, he’s not willing to face McIntyre like a man.

Kross keeps jumping McIntyre again and again, thinking there’s no repercussions. Well, McIntyre’s got news for Kross! McIntyre went straight to the top, and there’s good news for Kross, Kross is gonna have his first big match! It’ll be at Extreme Rules. Against Drew McIntyre. And it’s no ordinary match. You’re all wondering what McIntyre’s holding on to. Their match will be designed so that Kross can’t run away from McIntyre. “A match designed to inflict maximum pain.” McIntyre unrolls the item, and he says it is McIntyre VS Kross in a LEATHER STRAP MATCH!

But now Kross makes his entrance, Scarlett Bordeaux leading the way as always. But McIntyre knows what’s really going on, and he turns around to hit Kross first! They brawl, fans fire up, and McIntyre HEADBUTTS Kross, to then POST him! McIntyre gets that strap, he gets Kross’s wrist, and then wraps up his own wrist! Kross realizes what just happened, and McIntyre reels him in for a BOOT! And then he gathers up the slack to LASH Kross on the back! And again! Kross tries to retreat but McIntyre uses the strap to reel him in and LASH him again! Then he reels Kross in for a LARIAT! Fans fire up as McIntyre gathers even more slack.

But Scarlett shields Kross! McIntyre is many things but he doesn’t hit a lady. And then Scarlett throws her FIREBALL! Kross fires off hands but McIntyre still hits Kross, and whips him for a SPINEBUSTER! So Scarlett LOW BLOWS McIntyre! Fans boo but Kross smirks as he sits back up. Kross gets free of the strap and he steps over McIntyre. Mr. Doomsday goes to the ropes, but then changes his mind. KROSSJACKET!! McIntyre falls back, he’s fading out again! Kross says, “I’ll see you at Extreme Rules! I accept! This is exactly what we wanted, and you fell for it! Let it go. Let it go, Drew!” Will Kross keep his word and keep McIntyre in that time loop of torment?

 

Dakota Kai w/ Damage Control VS Raquel Rodriguez!

The WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions and their Role Model, Bayley, are back to prove that they don’t just run Raw, they run the whole company! But will #CobraKai end up snake bit facing her old frenemy? Or can Dakota defeat Big Mami Cool and check a contender off the list?

The bell rings and Dakota rushes in, only for Raquel to RAM her into a corner! And again, and again! Raquel lets off, then scoops Dakota to SNAKE EYES her off buckles! Dakota flops down, Raquel is after her legs but Dakota kicks her away. Dakota BOOTS, but the scorpion kick is blocked into a STRETCH MUFFLER! Sky gets on the apron to shout at Raquel, but Raquel almost hits her with Dakota! Bayley distracts now, Raquel drops Dakota to chase Bayley off. SCPRION KICK! Raquel is down, Dakota BOOT WASHES her! Dakota digs her boot in, the ref counts, and Dakota lets off. But Bayley sucker punches Raquel!

HERE COMES SHOTZI! The Wild Child hits a THESZ PRESS on Bayley! Sky rushes in but Shotzi tackles her, too! Dakota is freaking out but Raquel rolls Dakota up! Raquel wins!!

Winner: Raquel Rodriguez, by pinfall

But then DMG CTRL mugs Shotzi! And Dakota keeps Raquel from helping as they RAM Shotzi into barriers! DMG CTRL then mug Raquel 3v1 while fans boo! Shotzi gets back in and she catches Bayley for the FISHERMAN DDT! Raquel BOOTS Dakota, Shotzi and Sky scrap! Shotzi tosses Sky out, and she stands with Raquel! The Ballsy & The Badass might be a new combo, but will they take those tag titles off Kai & Sky?

 

Hit Row’s party continues.

They like what they saw out of Raquel & Shotzi. Natty keeps bragging about herself. But then B-Fab spots Los Lotharios sneaking back in. She told them to- OH NO! Humberto CLOBBERS Adonis, and then they DOUBLE SUPERKICK Top Dolla! Los Lotharios run off but the Profits keep Dolla from chasing them down. Dolla says that’s the worst decision Los Lotharios ever made! Will Hit Row put Angel & Humberto on the top of their hit list?

 

Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championships: The Usos w/ Solo Sikoa & Sami Zayn VS The Brawling Brutes w/ Sheamus!

Jimmy & Jey may not agree on Sami Zayn’s place in the Bloodline, but they do agree that they are THE tag team in the WWE. Will they win like they have now, then and forever: together? Or will The Fella’s fellas, Ridge “The Fridge” and “Butch” Dunne end their reign once and for all?

The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see if the Brutes can cash in those golden tickets!

SmackDown returns, the teams sort out, and Dunne starts against Jey. Jey holds up the finger, #WeTheOnes, but Dunne ROCKS him at the bell! Dunne fires off in the corner, the ref counts, and Dunne lets off at 4. Jey gets up but runs into a drop toehold! Dunne hammerlocks an arm, stands on Jey’s head and then gets the other arm to bend the fingers! Jey endures as Dunne tortures his digits! Dunne isolates that arm, and he STOMPS it! Jey writhes but Dunne goes after the other arm. Tag to Ridge, Ridge and Dunne DOUBLE KNEE DROP the arms! Ridge whips, Jey reverses but Ridge holds ropes to BOOT back!

But then Jey distracts the ref so that Jimmy can ENZIGURI Ridge! Jey DECKS Ridge, fans are torn but Sami is fired up. Jey tags Jimmy, the Usos mug Ridge, and Jimmy CHOPS Ridge in the corner. And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Ridge flounders but Jimmy RAMS him into the corner. Tag to Jey, Jey taunts Dunne to then forearm smash Ridge! Jey runs but Ridge kitchen sink knees him! Ridge wrenches Jey’s arm, tags Dunne, and Dunne climbs up to KNEE DROP the bad arm! Dunne ROCKS Jimmy, brings him around, and with Ridge’s help, they throw down BEATS OF TEH BODHRAIN! Dunne then runs to BLAST Jimmy off the apron!

Fans are torn, Sami checks on Jimmy, but Dunne tags Ridge. Ridge CLUBS Jey’s arm, wrenches it again and tags Dunne back in. Jey ROCKS Ridge, then DECKS Dunne! But Ridge scoops Jey, only for Jey to slip off and shove Ridge out! Jimmy gets Dunne, pops him into the ring for Jey, but maybe too much as Dunne tumbles over and out the other side! Sami is fired up all the same but Sheamus backs him down. Jimmy & Jey fetch Dunne, but even Jey wants Sami to back up. Jey drags Dunne up to whip him hard into barriers! Sami dances on Dunne but again backs off as Jey storms over. Jey drags Dunne back up, puts him in the ring, and tags Jimmy.

The Usos double whip Dunne, then double SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Dunne survives, that’s the toughness of a former NXT UK and Tag Team Champion. But even so, the Usos have control as SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns again and Jimmy whips Dunne to the Uso corner. Dunne BOOTS Jimmy, fires off hands on Jey, then also hits Jimmy! Fans are fired up as Dunne blocks a kick, spins Jimmy, but Jimmy DRAGON WHIPS! Cover, TWO! Dunne is still in this and the Usos are growing frustrated. Jimmy tags Jey, he drags Dunne up on the apron to DECK him! Dunne goes to the floor, Jey distracts the ref, and Sami does the dirty work, but is too slow! The ref sees him and has him back off. Sheamus warns Sami to not even. Jey is upset with Sami for not doing it right, and he drags Dunne up to put him in the ring.

Jey tells Sami needs to do better, but Dunne ENZIGURIS Jey! Jey flops against the ropes and both men are down! They both crawl, hot tags to Jimmy and Ridge! Ridge rallies with big shoulders and elbows! Jey runs in, Ridge blocks the punches to HEABUTT him! But Jimmy MULE KICKS and UPPPERCUTS! Jimmy whips, Ridge reverses to scoop and POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO!! Jimmy survives, that’s the power of an Undisputed Tag Team Champion! Fans rally, Ridge runs in, but into an UPPERCUT! Dunne tags in before the SAMOAN DROP! SHINING WIZARD for Jimmy!! Cover, TWO!! Sami coaches the Usos but Dunne snarls at Jimmy.

Fans rally, Dunne drags Jimmy up, but Jimmy ROCKS Dunne! Dunne staggers, but he dumps Jimmy out! Jey tags in, but Dunne GAMANGIRIS him first! Dunne then ASAI MOONSAULTS Jimmy! Dunne gets back in the ring, he dodges Jey to SNAP GERMAN! And STOMPS the hands! BUZZSAW!! Cover, TWO!! Sami is freaking out but he coaches Jey. Jey is dazed, Sheamus is stressed but Dunne STOMPS Jey’s leg! Jey staggers, Jimmy tags in, Dunne runs, into a GAMANGIRI! SUPERKICK! DOUBLE SUPERKICKS for Ridge! Dunne BOOTS Jey! Dunne goes up, he MOONSAULTS, into DOUBLE SUPERKICKS!! Cover, TWO?!?!

Sami is furious! He argues with the ref, but Sheamus is loving this! Dunne stirs, drags himself over, and Salt Lake City is thunderous! “This is Awesome!” as the Usos regroup. They double whip Dunne, but he turns pop-up into a DDT!! Dunne hurries, Jey grabs a leg but Dunne grabs the fingers! Dunne wrenches, bends and SNAPS the fingers!! Hot tag to Ridge! Ridge Alabama Lifts but Jimmy tags in! Jimmy then BOOTS Ridge, Jey sunset flips, and the Usos regroup to DOUBLE- NO! Ridge gets under the kicks to lift them both!! DOUBLE BACK DROPS! Tag to Dunne, Ridge scoops Jimmy! Dunne ROUNDHOUSES into NORTHERN GRIT!! Cover, Jey breaks it in time!!!

Fans are losing their minds, and so is Sami! Sami hurries around to a spot at ringside, and he grabs a chair! But Sheamus grabs that from him! Solo steps up to back Sami up, but then IMPERIUM attacks! Ludwig Kaiser & Giovanni Vinci are doing the dirty work for Der Ring General! Sheamus fights them off, but Gunther BOOTS Sheamus down himself! Imperium retreat as Ridge & Dunne rush out, but the Usos DOUBLE SUPERKICK them from the sides!! Jimmy puts Dunne in, tags Jey, and Jey reels Dunne in, ONE AND DONE!!! Cover, The Usos win!!

Winners: The Usos, by pinfall (still Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions)

An assist to Sami, Solo and even Imperium here! But all the same, Jimmy & Jey continue their reign past 432 days! Will they continue until they surpass even the New Day’s 482 days? Will Sheamus avenge his Brutes when he goes after Gunther’s gold?


My Thoughts:

An awesome episode of SmackDown here with a lot of great stuff set up on this road to Extreme Rules. For one, Liv VS Lacey was a really good first match for tonight, and Liv really got to show some aggression. That super senton table spot was wild, I did not see that coming. But I feel like Liv just gave away her ace, and she will probably lose the title at Extreme Rules in the Extreme Rules match now. We got good segments out of Hit Row and their backstage party, and it of course helped set up a match between Hit Row and Los Lotharios. That will be a lot of fun, and at this point, it could go either way.

New Day VS MMM was okay, but of course New Day won that. I did like that part of what cost MMM was Maxxine wanting to take pics at the wrong time. Max getting mad at them all is also an interesting move, and I’m really hoping this means we’re getting closer and closer to Max returning to L A Knight, YEAH! Great match out of Strowman and Otis, but of course Strowman wins. I guess Strowman is just in a holding pattern until a singles title story opens up. Otherwise, he would’ve been the one to call out Roman for a title match by now, not this “Roman’s gonna face Logan Paul at Crown Jewel” thing.

We got a quick match out of Dakota and Raquel, but that’s because it was all to set up Shotzi as Raquel’s new partner while Aliyah is out hurt. There’s also good story potential that Aliyah returns soon and Raquel will have to decide if she’s still Aliyah’s partner or will challenge DMG CTRL with Shotzi by her side. Maybe they’ll be a trio to have a Six Woman Tag here on SmackDown to parallel what we’ve seen on Raw. Either way, it’ll be good stuff. And we got great stuff out of McIntyre, Kross and Scarlett. A strap match is an awesome choice, and we got a sampler of that tonight. Kross still stands tall thanks to Scarlett’s tricks, who knows how the PPV match actually goes.

And of course, we got awesome stuff out of The Bloodline at all levels. Great opening segment, Heyman of course giving another great speech. The shirt swerve with Sami was genius stuff, we got to see Jey play up both feeling vindicated by Roman’s treatment of Sami, and then his frustration when Roman was actually supportive of Sami. Sami and Solo also have a good segment with Moss and Ricochet to set up a match or two there. Solo against Ricochet or Moss solo would be great stuff, as would a tag match.

And of course, we got an awesome main event. Imperium interfering for their own interests was good story blending, and I figured Usos would retain anyway. The Brutes got to look excellent, even in defeat, and there’s a lot of heat going towards the Intercontinental Championship rematch of Sheamus and Gunther. The Usos now have a clean card for Extreme Rules, if the WWE chooses to give them a match. Not sure who would step up next, but I feel like Usos are going to be within days of breaking the record when they lose the belts. Fifty days can go by quickly in pro-wrestling, but that does make things line up with Crown Jewel on November 5th. If Usos retain past then, they’ll be the new #1 longest reigning champions ever.

My Score: 8.8/10


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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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