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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (9/30/22)

Role Model VS Wild Child!

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SmackDown 2022

DING DONG! Welcome to the Ball Pit!!

Bayley may be after the Raw Women’s Championship, but Damage Control still wants to take over SmackDown! Will Shotzi keep that from happening?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Sami Zayn & Solo Sikoa VS Ricochet & Mad Cap Moss; Sami & Solo win.
  • Drew McIntyre VS Austin Theory; McIntyre wins, by disqualification.
  • Hit Row VS Los Lotharios; Hit Row wins.
  • Ronda Rousey VS Natalya; Ronda wins.
  • Shotzi Blackheart VS Bayley; Bayley wins.
  • Six Man Tag: Drew McIntyre, Johnny Gargano & Kevin Owens VS Austin Theory & The Alpha Academy; McIntyre, Gargano & Kevin win.

PLAY BY PLAY

Sami Zayn & Solo Sikoa VS Ricochet & Mad Cap Moss!

Winnipeg, Manitoba is ready to ACKNOWLEDGE the Honorary Uce! And as such, the Bloodline’s Enforcer has his back against those who would dare disrespect him. Will Sami & Solo make the King of Flight and the #Riddickulous show their respect?

The teams sort out and Sami starts against Ricochet. They circle, tie up, and Sami gets around to then get a headlock. Sami grinds Ricochet down but Ricochet fights up. Sami wrenches to a wristlock and fans rally for him, but Ricochet rolls, kips up and flips over to WRING Sami out! Sami throws hands but Ricochet counter punches back. Ricochet ROCKS Sami, whips him, but Sami reverses. Ricochet rolls off Sami’s back to then roll and handspring headscissor! DROPKICK! Fans are torn but Ricochet tags Moss. Moss RAMS into Sami again and again, then he hauls Sami up to TOSS him! Moss looms over Sami and drags him back up.

Moss ROCKS Sami, and again, but Sami drop toeholds him into ropes! Tag to Solo and fans fire up as Solo fires off on Moss! Solo HEADBUTTS Moss back to the corner, HEADBUTTS and stomps him down. Sami gets a cheap shot in but Solo brings Moss up. Tag to Sami, they mug Moss and Sami throws hands. Moss wobbles. Sami taunts Ricochet, but then Moss dodges to TOSS Sami out! Solo runs in but is sent into a GAMANGIRI! Moss then sends Solo out, Ricochet gets in and gets a boost to FLY! Direct hit into Sami & Solo! Fans fire up while SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns and Solo has Ricochet down with a shoulder claw. Ricochet endures, fans rally up, and Ricochet fights up to throw body shots. Solo CLUBS Ricochet down and clamps the claw back on. Ricochet fights up again and throws haymakers now. Ricochet gets free, but Solo blocks the whip! Solo whips Ricochet hard into the corner, then hits a SAMOAN DROP on the rebound! Cover, TWO! Solo looms over Ricochet as fans rally and duel. Solo stomps away on Ricochet, then he drags Ricochet up to CLUB him down. Sami tells Solo to stay on Ricochet, so Solo drops a leg! Fans rally up and Solo brings Ricochet up.

Solo grins as he fireman’s carries, but Ricochet fights free! Ricochet tries to sunset flip but Solo stays up! Solo drags Ricochet up again, TOSSES him to a corner, and he blocks a boot. But Ricochet ENZIGURIS Solo, then goes up for a MISSILE DROPKICK! Both men are down and fans rally up! Solo and Ricochet crawl, hot tags to Sami and Moss! Fans fire up but Moss is the one who rallies on Sami! Moss dodges Sami, catches him and hits a FALL AWAY SLAM! Sami flounders to a corner, Moss fires off on him with haymakers! Fans boo, Moss runs corner to corner and he RAMS into Sami! And then again!

Moss keeps going, he ducks ‘n’ dodges Solo to RAM him out of the ring! Solo is furious about that, and he grabs a chair! Fans fire up but Ricochet stops Solo! Moss runs and BLASTS Solo off the apron! But Sami rolls Moss up, TWO!! Sami gets around for BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Moss survives and Sami is shocked! Sami hurries to a corner and climbs up as Winnipeg fires up. Moss stands, Sami leaps, but Moss catches the crossbody and rolls through! Moss pops Sami up to a JACKHAMMER! Cover, Solo breaks it in time! Solo rains down hands but then Ricochet goes after Solo!

Solo shoves Ricochet away but Ricochet ducks ‘n’ dodges to V-TRIGGER! Solo falls out of the ring so Ricochet builds speed, only for Sami to trip him up! Fans fire up but Moss BOOTS Sami and RAMS him into barriers! Ricochet DIVES into a CHAIRSHOT!! The ref missed Solo’s full metal anti-air! Solo then POSTS Ricochet and whips him over the barriers! A rough landing for Ricochet, but Moss RAMS into Sami! And again! Solo sneaks a tag as Moss runs, WHEEL KICK! And then the URENAGE! Cover, Solo & Sami win!

Winners: Sami Zayn & Solo Sikoa, by pinfall

The Bloodline uses masterful strategy to win, but Sami mouths off on Moss. Moss grabs Sami, but Solo beats down Moss! Haymakers and headbutts sit Moss down and Sami has him let off. But then Solo runs in to HIP ATTACK! Sami says good, but then Solo hits another HIP ATTACK! Sami tells Solo to leave it at this, and they raise their hands in victory. Will no one stop The Bloodline from asserting their dominance all over the WWE?

 

Solo and Sami talk backstage.

Sami says, “That’s how you do it, Uce.” Solo looked amazing out there. But surely Roman watched all that, they can talk with him. But wait, JEY is there to answer the door! What’s he doing here? Solo and Jey say hey and Jey says don’t worry about what he’s doing here. He’s here to make sure his little brother did good. Sami says yeah, Solo did more than good. You saw what happened, right? They got the dub. A big dub. Jey lets Solo in, but has Sami stay out so they can talk privately. Jey sees right through Sami. Sami’s got everyone and their mama fooled, but not Jey. This is a warning shot. If Sami even thinks about putting the family in jeopardy, Jey will get him.

Sami tells Jey to take it up with Roman. And now, Sami would like to get into their locker room. Sami walks past Jey and Jey is seething. Will Main Event Jey be right about what Sami’s up to? Or is he just paranoid about his own position in the Bloodline?

 

Karrion Kross speaks.

“Mr. McIntyre. You have been trying to lure me out of the darkness for quite some time. And ironically, that is exactly what I have needed. Because you can’t just waltz back into the WWE and expect to get a title shot. That’s not how it works. You’ve been on the top of this industry for a very long time. You’re the kind of guy you have to send to the hospital to make sure that he stays down. And unfortunately for you, that is exactly what my specialty is. I want you to understand something: At Extreme Rules, I am going to take you to a point of absolutely no return. A place where no man leaves unscarred.

“Because you and I want the same thing. Only one of us can have it. Now, because of that, we are bound together through suffering. Once the world sees what I have been shown through the cards, and you’re completely out of the way, I will go on to make history and become the NEW WWE Undisputed Universal Champion. Time to change the timelines. And at Extreme Rules, Mr. McIntyre, when they strap that leather to your wrist, know in your heart and your soul, I will drag you down to the deepest parts of Hell. And when I feel like you’ve had enough, I’m gonna leave you there to burn away forever. Tick-tock.” Is time almost up for the Scottish Warrior?

 

Backstage interview with Austin Theory.

Kayla Braxton asks the Youngest Mr. Money in the Bank Winner about his promise to become Universal Champion. Is he planning on cashing in any time soon? Theory says he’s learned his lesson. At SummerSlam, Lesnar ruined his cash-in. At Clash at the Castle, “that doofus” Tyson Fury ruined his cash-in. The only reason Theory was even in Wales was so he could become champion. Other than that, Wales is pathetic! It’s like Europe’s version of… Winnipeg! But the one person who really embarrassed themselves, even more than Theory, was Drew McIntyre.

Let’s think about it: in front of 60 THOUSAND people, some of those being his own friends and family. And in front of them all, McIntyre completely failed. Speaking of failure, Theory fails to notice McIntyre walking up behind him. Theory says McIntyre has all this physical talent, but the one thing he’s missing is brains. Because how did he not see Solo Sikoa coming? And now, that idiot’s got himself into a Strap match with Karrion Kross! McIntyre puts his hand on Theory’s shoulder. The two stare down, and McIntyre tells Theory it’ll be the two of them, in the ring, NOW!! Theory stuck his foot in his mouth, is McIntyre gonna add his to it?

 

Drew McIntyre VS Austin Theory!

Just as Theory said, the Scottish Warrior is not Undisputed Universal Champion, and is headed to a Strap Match! McIntyre brings said strap with him, along with Angela the sword. Will McIntyre look to use one of those here tonight?

But then Theory has a surprise as he makes his entrance: The Alpha Academy! Will Chad Gable & Otis Dozovic help Theory survive this one? The bell rings and Theory dodges McIntyre to then taunt and flex. Then Theory uses a corner as a defense. The ref has McIntyre back off, and then Theory tries a cheap shot. McIntyre blocks it, Theory dodges the retaliation and he CHOPS! McIntyre doesn’t flinch! Theory CHOPS again, but then McIntyre CHOPS Theory off his feet! And deadlift suplexes Theory to TOSS him away! Theory writhes, McIntyre drags him up to CHOP again! McIntyre whips Theory but Theory holds ropes.

Theory bails out to regroup with the Academy, fans boo, but Gable tells them to SHOOSH! But McIntyre drags Theory up to the apron by his head! Theory HOTSHOTS McIntyre, then hurries in with the somersault SHOTGUN! Theory rains down fists, fans boo, but Theory and the Academy soak up the heat. Theory throws haymaker after haymaker, then runs, only for McIntyre to get around and hit a FUTURE SHOCK! McIntyre kips up and fans fire up! McIntyre aims from the corner, “THREE! TWO! ONE!” But Gable distracts on the apron! So McIntyre TOSSES him into the ring! Gable cowers but Otis drags McIntyre out!

Winner: Drew McIntyre, by disqualification

Otis fires off on McIntyre and RAMS him into steel steps! Fans boo more but Otis puts McIntyre in the ring. Gable, Theory and Otis all mug McIntyre! Kross must like this from wherever he’s lurking tonight. But JOHNNY GARGANO is here! Gargano runs to the ring, RAMS into Gable, and then ROCKS Theory! Otis runs in but Gargano sends him out! Gargano fires off on Theory but Gable goes after him! Gargano hits Gable but Otis CLOBBERS Gargano! Gargano gets mugged now, and Gable even stomps McIntyre down.

Wait! Here comes KEVIN OWENS! Winnipeg is fired up as the Prizefighter gets in and fires off on Theory! And on Gable! And then Theory again! Gargano joins in, they throw out Theory and Gable! They dodge Otis to SUPERKICK! And SUPERKICK! And GLASGOW KISS! Fans fire up as Kevin, Gargano and McIntyre stand tall! Gargano settles things with Otis this Monday, will Johnny Wrestling give the tree trunk #OneFinalBeat?

 

Maximum Male Models finds Max Dupri backstage.

Maxxine, Maçé & Mansôör want to talk with Max. They understand he is disappointed in their performance from last week. But tonight, they’ll make him proud! They’ll bring home “the title.” Wait, wait, they have a tag title match with the Usos? Uh, no, not quite. But tonight, the boys will break the Canadian record for longest pose. Hit it! They warm up and BAM. So they’re just going to stand here? This is not what Max was hoping for. Hit Row then walk over and ask what this even is. Adonis steps and the models flinch! Now they have to start over! Hit Row heads off, having a good laugh, as MMM legitimately resets and tries again. Is MMM perhaps missing the point?

 

Shotzi Blackheart speaks.

“Last week, Bayley and her damaged cronies showed me exactly what they’re all about: scheming like a bunch of jackals. Now, I’m not the kind of person who’s gonna sit on the sidelines weighing my options. I’m gonna stick my nose and my boots where I want. Tonight, let’s see how much control Bayley has when I roll to the ring and stomp all over her.” The wild child is ready to wage war on a Role Model, will she be the one in control?

 

Hit Row VS Los Lotharios!

Top Dolla, Ashante THEE Adonis & B-Fab were just trying to have a good time last week, but Angel Garza & Humberto Carrillo just had to ruin it. Will these Lethal Lovers be kissing their good looks good-bye? Or will they be able to avoid becoming Hit Row’s next smash hit?

The teams sort out and Adonis starts against Garza. They tie up, Garza puts Adonis in the corner already and fires off hands. Tag to Carrillo, they mug Adonis, double whip and double hip toss for a SLAM! And DOUBLE SUPERKICK! Carrillo covers, ONE!! Carrillo CHOPS Adonis to the corner,. tags Garza and they stomp a mudhole into him together! The ref counts, Los Lotharios let off, and OFF COME GARZA’S PANTS! He throws the tights at Dolla but Dolla catches them to throw ’em back! Garza taunts Dolla then goes back to KICK Adonis. Garza drags Adonis out to suplex, but Adonis turns that to a NECKBREAKER!

Both men are down and fans rally up. Hot tags to Carrillo and Dolla! Dolla rallies on Los Lotharios, swats Carrillo and then ROCKS him, to kick and knee lift! Fans fire up for Dolla and he runs in to SPLASH Carrillo! Then a scoop for a SIDEWALK SLAM! Dolal rolls to his feet, runs to do a shimmy, shake and ELBOW DROP! Cover, Garza breaks it! Garza ROCKS Adonis, flirts with B-Fab, but Dolal gets up. Dolla grabs Garza, pops him up, and then scoops Carrillo! Adonis tags in, “Who hotta than Top Dolla?” WASTELAND POWERSLAM COMBO! “NOT NADA!” Carrillo flounders, Dolla picks him up, HEAVY HITTER! Cover, Hit Row wins!

Winners: Hit Row, by pinfall

Los Lotharios are hot, but not hotter than Hit Row! And if you didn’t know, now you know!

 

Backstage interview with Ronda Rousey.

Kayla asks what Ronda thinks about how “extreme” Liv Morgan got last week against Lacey Evans. “Extreme? Well, Hooters Barbie might think she’s extreme because she can hold a kendo stick and jump on a table, but let’s just ignore the fact that if she had a Hattori Hanzo katana, I’d still kick her ass. I am the most dangerous unarmed woman on the planet. What do you think I become wielding a baseball bat?” Kayla thanks Ronda and leaves, understanding what she means. Will Ronda remind us why she is the Baddest Woman on the Planet?

 

Ronda Rousey VS Natalya!

Don’t call this a tune-up, the is the Baddest Woman on the Planet VS The Queen of Harts (and perhaps of Canada) in a rematch from Money in the Bank! But will Ronda win here like she did there? Or can the BOAT prove she should be going to Extreme Rules instead?

The bell rings, Natty and Ronda get in each other’s face. Ronda shoves Natty so Natty trips Ronda! Ronda fights off the Sharpshooter but then Natty gets an ANKLE LOCK! Fans rally, Ronda endures and rolls to send Natty into the corner! Natty staggers up into a haymaker! And another! Ronda DECKS Natty, then drags her onto the ropes. Ronda CHOKES Natty and has a headscissor to prove she can go extreme. Ronda lets off at 4 to KNEE Natty back into the ring. Fans fire up as Ronda rolls Natty into a headscissor leglock combo! Ronda taunts Winnipeg’s Hart fans but Natty powers through to switch things around on Ronda!

Ronda fights off the press, kips free and knees low. Fans duel, Ronda whips Natty to a corner and fires up! Ronda runs in but Natty ducks under to POWERBOMB Ronda down! Both women are down and fans rally up again. Natty and Ronda stir, and Natty is up first. Natty drags Ronda up but Ronda knees in return! Natty DISCUS into a sayanagi! And then a fireman’s carry, but Natty slips off! Roll up, TWO, but Natty has the legs! SHARP- NO, Ronda has a KNEEBAR!! Natty stays up, pushes back to a cover, TWO! Ronda lets Natty go but the DISCUS gets her for it! Fans fire up again as Natty covers, TWO!!

Natty can’t believe it but Ronda survives! Natty drags Ronda up, scoops her, but Ronda slips free and has the leg! ANKLE LOCK! Natty endures now, and Ronda GRAPEVINES!! Natty flails, claws around, but she taps! Ronda wins!

Winner: Ronda Rousey, by pinfall

Rowdy Ronda didn’t need to get extreme, she just needed to use her technical skills. But wait! Here comes Liv Morgan, holding title belt and baseball bat! Ronda mentioned it so Liv got inspired. Liv and Ronda stare down at the ramp. Liv dares Ronda to make a move, but it’s Liv who rushes in! Ronda BOOTS Liv, but Liv JAMS Ronda! Liv swings but Ronda ducks, Liv hits the post! Ronda fireman’s carries for a PIPER’S PIT to the floor! The bat tumbles away and now Liv is unarmed! She still hits Ronda, and they both go for the bat! It’s a tug-o-war but Ronda RAMS Liv into the apron! Liv holds on tight, but then lets go to send Ronda into barriers!

Liv swings again, but Ronda blocks in time! And Ronda TOSSES Liv over barriers! Security rushes in to stop this, but Ronda has the bat! Ronda did tease how much more dangerous this would make her, but the ref asks she put it down. Ronda drops the bat and smirks as she walks to the ramp. But Liv’s back up! Liv rushes through to CLOBBER Ronda!! Fans fire up but security rushes to stop this! They separate Liv and Ronda but Liv gets loose to CLOBBER Ronda again!! Liv may not be technically skilled but she is fiery! Fans want to “LET THEM FIGHT!” and Ronda does get loose! Ronda and Liv scrap again, but security pulls them apart!

But there won’t be any stopping this when it’s Extreme Rules at Extreme Rules! Will Liv complete the unheard of hattrick on Ronda? Or will the Baddest Woman on the Planet become the Baddest SmackDown Women’s Champion once again?

 

McIntyre talks with Kevin and Gargano backstage.

It felt great to fight off Theory and the Academy together, but McIntyre does question the company Gargano keeps these days. Kevin knows McIntyre means him. McIntyre says he’s just kidding around. They may not always see eye to eye, but they can all agree on this: Theory needs to get his ass kicked! Gargano agrees 100%! Same page? Same book? Kevin says yes, same everything. Just see you guys later, alright? Kevin leaves Gargano and McIntyre to talk and catch up, and then he sees MMM just standing there. How long has it been? Hmm… Kevin thinks Mace’s hand needs to be a bit higher to be more effective.

Then Kevin finds Sami. They just smile, and Kevin chuckles at the Honorary Uce shirt. Sami should get a new one. Kevin leaves, but will his best frenemy ever listen to him?

 

Shinsuke Nakamura checks in on Maçé & Mansôör.

The King of Strong Style does his own pose. Sonya Deville walks over, then shakes her head and walks away. How much longer for the record?

 

IMPERIUM is here!

Der Ring General, GUNTHER, leads the way for Giovanni Vinci & Ludwig Kaiser, stoic but surely proud that they kept the Brawling Brutes from winning the Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championships. But it was also announced that the Brutes and Imperium will battle 3v3 at Extreme Rules under Good Ol’ Fashion Donnybrook Rules! Anything goes between six of the meanest men in WWE today, but for now, the Impeccable German has the mic. “There have been few things more insulting to the mat that is so sacred to us than the presence of the Brawling Brutes.” The disgust is clear on Ludwig’s face and in his voice.

The Pride of Italy, Giovanni Vinci says, “NONE of the Brawling Brutes exhibit the qualities of a champion. THIS is what a champion looks like!” He points to the WWE Intercontinental Champion, GUNTHER! Gunther says, “Next week, I’m gonna beat Sheamus! I’m gonna grind him down for the final time, and I’m gonna enjoy the look of defeat in his eyes when I break his spirit once and for all. The next night, Imperium will OBLITERATE all three of the Brawling Brutes from-” Wait! Here come the Brawling Brutes! Er, at least Sheamus. He has a mic to say< “Whoa, whoa, whoa there, Betsy.”

Gunther loves talking a big fight, doesn’t he? But not them Brawling Brutes. Unfortunately, Ridge & Butch are stuck in Florida. Fans boo but Sheamus says that’s okay! The King of Bangers is here in Winnipeg! And lads, you know Sheamus. He’s more than happy to kick all of their bleeding heads right off their shoulders. Fans cheer and The Fella heads to the ring. Vinci and Ludwig rush out but Sheamus reveals his shillelagh! He CLOBBERS Vinci, CLOBBERS Ludwig, then CLUBS them each again! Sheamus smirks as he continues to the ring, but Gunther is ready. Sheamus stares Gunther down and fans are on the Fella’s side.

Sheamus drops the shillelagh and puts his hat aside. The suspender straps come down, and it’s a BRAWL! Sheamus dodges to KNEE Gunther down! Fans fire up and Sheamus goes to a corner. Sheamus takes aim, fans chant along, but Vinci and Ludwig attack! Gunther BOOTS Sheamus down! Imperium stands Sheamus up, they rip off the shirt and Gunther CHOPS away on Sheamus! Then another BOOT! Vinci & Ludwig keep Sheamus up as Gunther rubs the title in Sheamus’ face before one more CHOP! Gunther brings Sheamus around, reels him in, GENERAL BOMB!! Imperium leaves Sheamus behind, but Sheamus gets the mic to have a laugh? “Is that all you got?”

Fans cheer as Sheamus keeps taunting Gunther! “You gotta do better than that!” Imperium heads back up to the ring, Vinci and Ludwig get in to CLOBBER Sheamus! They mug the Celtic Warrior, and Gunther grabs the shillelagh! Ludwig sits Sheamus up for Gunther to CLOBBER!! Fans boo as Sheamus it out cold! Now Imperium leaves, will they just do this to Sheamus, Ridge & Butch again next week?

 

Bayley speaks.

“Shotzi loves to run her mouth as if she was the one to pin Bianca Belair for the first time in over 300 days, but I’m pretty sure, uh, ding dong hello, that’s me. And I know she wouldn’t be talking like that if Dakota & Iyo weren’t stuck in Florida. But that’s okay. Because I’m gonna shut Shotzi up all by myself. And after I do that, then I’m gonna go on to Extreme Rules and climb that ladder to once again beat Bianca Belair and become your NEW Raw Women’s Champion!” Bayley is all smiles now, but can she win when she doesn’t have her back-up?

 

WWE learns of the passing of Antonio Inoki.

The WWE hall of famer, the NJPW founder and legend, and a great man in the fight sports industry has passed, so WWE wants to pass along their condolences to the Inoki family.

 

Shotzi Blackheart VS Bayley!

It’s a battle of the Bay Area all the way in Winnipeg! But it isn’t about Oakland A’s VS San Francisco Giants, it’s about who is headed to the top here in the WWE! Will Shotzi open fire now that she has her tank back? Or will Bayley be able to survive entering the Ball Pit?

The bell rings and the two circle. Bayley kicks low and fires off hands, then she whips Shotzi to ropes. Shotzi slides under, howls to the moon, and then kicks. Bayley blocks but the ENZIGURI hits! Shotzi WRINGS Bayley out, then WRINGS her again! Shotzi then hits an ARM CODE BREAKER, to then body scissor victory roll! TWO, and Shotzi storms up to whip Bayley. Bayley reverses, Shotzi bounces off buckles and Bayley goes up to FLYING ARM-DRAG and basement BOOT! Bayley drags Shotzi up, whips her to ropes but Shotzi reverses to drop toehold and put Bayley on those ropes! Shotzi runs, but Bayley avoids the senton to SLAM Shotzi down!

Bayley whips, Shotzi dodges to springboard and victory roll Bayley onto ropes now! Shotzi runs, BALLPIT! Shotzi drags Bayley to a drop zone, climbs up, but Bayley hurries to the ropes. Shotzi intercepts her, ROUNDHOUSES her back, and then brings Bayley through for an APRON DDT! Fans fire up with Shotzi while Bayley flops down and SmackDown goes to break!

SmackDown returns and Bayley hits Shotzi with a NECKBREAKER! Shotzi flounders to a corner, Bayley runs in, but Shotzi goes up and over! Shotzi rolls, runs back and dropkicks Bayley into the corner! Bayley stands up for the SPALSH! Shotzi snapmares Bayley and runs to SLING-DOG! Fans fire up with Shotzi and she KNEES Bayley for a ROLLING ELBOW! SWITCHBLADE KICK! Shotzi brings Bayley to a corner to snap suplex her into buckles! Bayley flounders into a drop zone and Shotzi goes up top! Fans rally as Shotzi aims, but Bayley ROCKS her first! Shotzi BOOTS back, but then Bayley SLINGS Shotzi down! Bayley hooks Shotzi up, ROSE PLANT!! Cover, Bayley wins!

Winner: Bayley, by pinfall

Bayley got it done on her own, but Bayley isn’t done with Shotzi! She hooks Shotzi up for another ROSE PLANT!! Bayley huffs and puffs and goes out to look under the ring. Bayley brings out a LADDER! She puts that in the ring, ready to use Shotzi as an example to Bianca Belair! Bayley opens the ladder, and she puts Shotzi inside it! Fans already know this is going to get bad as Bayley closes the ladder. But here comes BIANCA! The EST won’t let Bayley do any worse to Shotzi. Bayley bails, Bianca gets Shotzi out of the ladder, only for Bayley to CLOBBER Bianca! Bayley suckered Bianca in, but Bianca blocks the Rose Plant!

Bianca stands up with Bayley in a torture rack! Bayley gets free and runs off! Fans boo but Bianca has sent a message of her own. Will Bianca just make history repeat itself? Or will Bayley be able to take things to the extreme and then take control?

 

Maximum Male Models is still posing.

Maxxine says this is fantastic. They are so close to the record! Ten! Nine! Eight! Seven! Six! Five! MAX CLOBBERS MANSOOR!? Why!? Max says MMM had a shot at something and they’re just clowns! Here they are, worrying about posing instead of real titles. This is not for Max anymore. Quite frankly, this never really was, yeah. Is this the last night we see Max Du-PRI?

 

Six Man Tag: Drew McIntyre, Johnny Gargano & Kevin Owens VS Austin Theory & The Alpha Academy!

The 1v1 match McIntyre tried to have with Theory was ruined by Gable & Otis, so now it’s grown into a 3v3! Will the Scottish Warrior, Johnny Wrestling and the Prizefighter humble the Youngest Mr. Money in the Bank and his buddies? Or will they SHOOOOSH? Shoosh please?

SmackDown returns as Kevin makes his entrance, followed by Gargano, and then of course, McIntyre! The teams sort out and Gargano starts against Gable. Fans rally for Johnny Wrestling as he ties up with Gable. Gargano wrenches, wristlocks, but Gable rolls and spins to wrench and wristlock back. Gargano rolls, breaks free and dropkicks Gable! Gable gets up, swings but misses, Gargano comes back with a RANA! Fans fire up and Gargano CHOPS Gable! And CHOPS! Gargano whips, Gable reverses, and Theory stands in Gargano’s way. Gargano swings on Theory but he gets away, and Gable CLOBBERS Gargano from behind!

Fans boo but Gable tags Theory. Gable stomps Gargano, Theory drags him up and ROCKS him to the corner. Theory RAMS into Gargano, and again, then throws hands. The ref counts, Theory lets off to whip corner to corner. Gargano goes up and over and rolls Theory for the schoolboy KICK! Gargano goes to a corner, runs corner to corner, but is put on the apron. Gargano SLINGSHOT SPEARS Theory down! Gable rushes back in but Gargano TOSSES him! McIntyre DECKS Otis then Kevin CANNONBALLS Theory and Gable! Winnipeg is all fired up and Gargano even high-fives McIntyre as SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns again and Gargano is trapped in the Alpha corner. Gable distracts the ref so Theory can dig his fingers into Gargano’s face! Gable digs his boots in, lets off as the ref reprimands, and he drags Gargano up from the apron. Gargano rams into Gable, and again! Gargano rams a third time as fans rally, but Gable turns slingshot into NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO!! Gargano survives but Gable drags Gargano away with a mounted armlock. Gable steps over to wrench the arm but Gargano endures. Fans rally for Gargano as he reaches out, but Gable keeps him back. Gargano fires forearms, but then Theory yanks McIntyre off the apron!

Theory sends McIntyre into the barriers! Kevin chases Theory off but the damage is done. Gable tells Kevin to SHOOSH, but Gable rolls him! Schoolboy- NO, the kick is blocked to an ANKLE LOCK! Gargano endures, reaches out, victory rolls Gable, TWO! Gable gets up, Gargano duck shim, hot tag to Kevin! Winnipeg fires up for Kevin as he CHOPS and ROCKS Gable on repeat! Kevin whips, Gable kicks back but Kevin LARIATS! And SENTONS! Theory runs in but gets a kick and DDT! Kevin gets Gable for an AOI SHOUDOU! Kevin ROCKS Otis! Kevin aims at Gable, “SUCK IT!” CANNONBALL! Gable is in the drop zone and Kevin goes up!

Fans fire up for the SWANTON BOMB!! Cover, Otis breaks it! Fans boo, the ref reprimands, but Otis saved the match for his team. But here comes McIntyre! Kevin drags Gable up but Gable gets around, GERMAN SUPLEX! Both men are down again but the fans rally up. Gable and Kevin crawl, hot tags to Theory and McIntyre! The Scottish Warrior CLOBBERS Theory, whips him to ropes and OVERHEAD Belly2Belly suplexes! McIntyre DECKS Otis, clinches Theory and OVERHEAD throws him again! And then a NECKBREAKER! McIntyre kips up, fans fire up! McIntyre aims from a corner, but Theory bails out!

Fans boo but McIntyre pursues. They go around the way, McIntyre ROCKS Theory and puts him in the ring. But Otis CLOBBERS McIntyre! The Dozer does damage and he RAMS McIntyre into steel steps! “For the Academy”! Gargano PLANCHAS but Otis catches him! Otis pops Gargano around but Gargano slips off to feed Otis to Kevin’s SUPERKICK! Then Gargano SUPERKICKS! Otis wobbles, DOUBLE SUPERKICKS drop him! But that’s not all! Gargano & Kevin clear off the table and they put Otis on it! But Gable throws Gargano down. And he EXPLODERS Kevin to the floor! “SHOOOOSH!”

Gargano puts Kevin on the table now and he climbs up. Gable says, “A THANK YOU!” but Gargano gives Otis a TORNADO DDT! That distracts Gable, Kevin gives him a STUNNER! Gable falls into Michael Cole’s chair! This all distracts Theory, he turns around into a CLAYMORE! Cover, McIntyre’s team wins!!

Winners: Drew McIntyre, Johnny Gargano & Kevin Owens, by pinfall

McIntyre grabs the strap! He LASHES Theory!! Theory flails and flounders away, and McIntyre stares the camera down. He’s warning Kross of what is coming, will that eternal suffering be for Kross to bear?


My Thoughts:

A great SmackDown, especially with some legitimate adjustments having to be made because of Hurricane Ian. We saw it with the Brawling Brutes being down two men, but it worked towards the segment that Sheamus was outnumbered and got beat down in the end. Normally, the math says Sheamus would win the title next week, but I can’t be sure that happens. Maybe the Brutes win that Six Man Donnybrook in exchange, but I feel like things should be swapped. We should have the Donnybrook on TV and the (potential) title change on PPV. IF this happens, it is going to be Sheamus’ Grand Slam, AND the first-ever Ultimate Grand Slam in WWE! That alone deserves to be on Extreme Rules, not the “season premiere” so Fox can get ratings.

The other adjustment was no Kai & Sky for Bayley, but again, that might’ve worked out for the better. Shotzi and Bayley had really good promos, I LOVE that Shotzi got her tank back and that it does pyro now, and Shotzi VS Bayley was a really good match. Bayley might be still working off some ring rust or getting her cardio back, but she still kept up and of course she gets a win. Bayley almost getting the better of Bianca was also good stuff, and we’ve got this Monday to put on the finishing touches for the go-home math. But being a Ladder match, this is really going in Bayley’s favor to where DMG CTRL reigns over Raw and then looks to go after SmackDown.

Speaking of, a mixed bag for the SmackDown Women’s Championship story. Ronda’s promo on paper was really clever stuff. Ronda’s promo in execution? I don’t think she would’ve made it through the audition. Ronda is right, she is perhaps the most talented female fighter in the world, but she’s still got to work on her delivery. However, since she is a great fighter, she and Natty had a really good match that of course Ronda wins. And again, because Ronda’s a great fighter and Liv is really improving, they give us a great brawl. The only problem now is, Liv is feeling a touch more like the Face than Ronda, but she can’t possibly go 3-0. Ronda is surely going to win, perhaps because Liv goes “too extreme” and it costs her.

Great developments with Maximum Male Models, in that Maximum Male Models is falling apart. Max Dupri has had it, he’s all but back to being L A KNIGHT YEAH. I wouldn’t be surprised if next week on the “season premiere,” that is when we see the SmackDown debut of LA Knight, as foretold by how LA Knight’s tron looked a lot like the old SmackDown Live logo. Maybe Mace & Mansoor join him in getting serious again so that Maxxine can go join Los Lotharios, maybe not, but it’s going to be great to have Knight calling people dummies again. Speaking of Los Lotharios, great match with Hit Row but of course Hit Row wins to build momentum in the tag division.

Great opening tag from Sami & Solo VS Ricochet & Moss, and Winnipeg just loves Sami so much, they flipped who was Face and Heel here. Well, okay, not really. Sami & Solo still win with some Heelish tactics, and they have a great interaction with Jey backstage. Sami is getting very confident now that he has Roman’s backing, and that is just gonna piss Jey off more. Great promo from Theory to get the ball rolling on things tonight. Kevin and Sami interacting again was great, their stories have to end with them being the team that takes on and dethrones the Usos. It just wouldn’t make sense to me otherwise.

Speaking of things making sense, Kross had a good promo but a QR Code popping up at the end was a clever way to tie him back into this White Rabbit thing. It was an obvious red herring but a logical one. Then there was someone with a sign that read “REVEL IN WHAT YOU ARE” who was allowed to be right behind commentary for a moment. That also has to mean something towards this Bray Wyatt/not Bray Wyatt return campaign. But anyway, awesome Six Man Tag main event. Of course the Faces win so that McIntyre gets momentum back from Kross beating him down. The go-home week will tell us more, but I’m starting to wonder if Kross could end up winning that Strap match to send McIntyre on a further detour from the Universal title.

My Score: 8.9/10


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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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