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

SmackDown, GET THESE HANDS!

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SmackDown 2022

The Monster Among Men is back!

Braun Strowman returned to the WWE on Monday Night Raw, and now he’s coming to SmackDown! Will he step up and challenge the Tribal Chief?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Six Man Tag: The Brawling Brutes VS Imperium; Imperium wins.
  • Aliyah & Raquel Rodriguez VS Toxic Attraction; Aliyah & Raquel win.
  • SmackDown Women’s Championship #1 Contender’s Fatal 5 Way Elimination Match: Ronda Rousey VS Natalya VS Sonya Deville VS Xia Li VS Lacey Evans; Rousey wins and will challenge Liv Morgan for the title at Extreme Rules.
  • 8 Man Tag: Hit Row & The Street Profits VS Los Lotharios & Maximum Male Models; Hit Row & The Profits win.
  • Drew McIntyre VS Solo Sikoa w/ The Bloodline; McIntyre wins, by disqualification.

PLAY BY PLAY

Six Man Tag: The Brawling Brutes VS Imperium!

As if the battling before and during Clash at the Castle wasn’t big enough, now we get a massive 3v3 to start the night in Seattle! Sheamus, Ridge Holland & “Butch” Pete Dunne take on GUNTHER, Ludwig Kaiser, and Giovanni Vinci, which side of this will still be standing when it’s all over?

The teams sort out and the Pride of Italy starts against “Ridge the Fridge.” They circle, tie up, and Vinci waistlocks to CLUB Ridge! And CLUB him again! Vinci whips, Ridge reverses and they RAM shoulders, but neither man falls! Ridge eggs Vinci on but he kicks low and headlocks. Ridge powers out but Ludwig tags in, Vinci springboard CROSSBODIES Ridge down! Ludwig drags Ridge up to cravat and snapmares to then scrape his soles off Ridge’s face! Basement uppercut and cover, TWO! Ludwig drags Ridge up to ROCK him with a haymaker. Tag to Vinci and Imperium mugs Ridge. Vinci EuroUppers and tries to scoop, but Ridge is too big!

Ridge scoops Vinci and carries him, but Vinci slips out. Vinci runs, but into a hip toss! Ridge runs Vinci over! Tag to Dunne and Ridge underhooks Vinci, SHOGTUN BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! Fans fire up and Dunne hammerlocks an arm to keep Vinci down. Dunne then bends Vinci’s arm, BENDS the fingers, and isolates the arm to STOMP it! Dunne stalks Vinci to a corner, wrenches the arm, but Vinci ROCKS Dunne! Tag to Gunther! Der Ring General and Bruiserweight meet again! Dunne CHOPS away but Gunther choke grips. Dunne BENDS fingers! Gunther breaks free to CHOP Dunne down! Sheamus scowls but Gunther eggs him on.

Fans fire up and Dunne backs away, Sheamus tags in! Dunne is a bit surprised, but now the Celtic Warrior and Gunther are giving us an Intercontinental Championship match revisit! They circle and fans are thunderous as SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns and Ludwig has Ridge in a headlock. Ridge breaks free to choke grip Ludwig, but Ludwig breaks free to CHOP! But Ridge clamps on again and HEADBUTTS Ludwig down! But Ludwig sweeps the legs and Ridge hits ropes! Ludwig then POSTS Ridge in the Imperium corner! Tag to Vinci and they put Ridge in the ropes. Vinci and Ludwig go side to side and meet at the corner with DOUBLE DROPKICKS! Vinci pushes Ridge in, kicks Ridge around, and taunts the Brutes. Vinci then stomps and CLUBS Ridge before he drags him up. Vinci snap suplexes, covers, TWO! Vinci keeps cool as he drags Ridge over.

Tag to Gunther and Imperium mugs Ridge. Gunther brings Ridge up and suplexes, but Ridge fights that off! Ridge tries to suplex Gunther but Gunther fights it! They fight for control but Gunther just wrenches out and CHOPS Ridge down! Then he sucker BOOTS Sheamus and DECKS Dunne! Fans boo but the ref has to keep Dunne back. Gunther stomps Ridge, tags Ludwig, and the Impeccable German kicks Ridge around. Ludwig taunts Ridge then SLAPS him! Ridge snarls and he picks Ludwig up for a SPINEBUSTER! Fans fire up and Ridge crawls, hot tags to Vinci and Dunne! Dunne dodges Vinci to GAMANGIRI Ludwig!

Vinci runs in but Dunne dodges and GAMANGIRIS him now! Dunne shoves Vinci down, KNEE DROPS the arm, then shoves to SNAP GERMAN! Dunne STOMPS the hands, and BUZZSAWS Vinci down! Cover, TWO!! But into an ARMBAR!! Dunne has Vinci but Vinci clasps hands. Ludwig runs in, but Dunne picks a leg to get the ARMBAR! The ref has Dunne let off, Ludwig isn’t legal. But then Ludwig distracts the ref so Gunther can CLUB Dunne! Sheamus storms over and fans fire up! They start brawling! Vinci WRECKS Sheamus! Dunne KNEES Gunther down! Fans are thunderous again as the ref tries to figure this out.

“This is Awesome!” as Dunne whips Vinci. Vinci reverses but Dunne BOOTS him! Vinci blocks the next boot to short arm LARIAT! Fans boo as Imperium is back in control and SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns again and Gunther EuroUppers Dunne off his feet! Gunther gets the legs for a BOSTON CRAB! Dunne endures as Gunther sits deep! Fans rally, Dunne reaches out for the Brutes, but Gunther drags him away! And shifts to an STF! Dunne BENDS the fingers! Dunne is free but Gunther scoops and SLAMS him! Gunther glares at Sheamus and Sheamus snarls back. Gunther goes back to Dunne, drags him up, fans chant, “We Want Sheamus!” Gunther scoop SLAMS Dunne first! Gunther stomps Dunne, then he CHOPS Ridge down just because! Sheamus dares Gunther to do something, but Dunne fires off KICKS on Gunther!

Gunther blocks, reverses, GERMAN SUPLEXES, but Dunne lands on his feet! Gunther runs in but only gets buckles! Both men crawl, hot tag to Vinci! Vinci keeps Dunne from Sheamus with a wristlock! Dunne reaches for Sheamus, but he powers up to reel Vinci in, ENZIGURI! Both men are down and fans are thunderous again! Hot tags to Ludwig and Sheamus! The Fella rallies on the lieutenant! Sheamus tosses Ludwig out, gives Vinci an IRISH CURSE BACKBRAEKER, and then he has Ludwig hooked up! BEATS OF THE BODHRAIN!! All the way to TWENTY-FIVE!! Vinci gets up but gets a ROLLING SENTON for his troubles!

Sheamus BLASTS Gunther down! Sheamus fireman’s carries Ludwig to WHITE NOISE him onto Vinci! Fans are all fired up for Sheamus and he aims from the corner. Sheamus pounds his chest, runs in, BROGUE to Vinci! But Ludwig’s legal and he rolls Sheamus up! TWO! Sheamus urns in, blocks a boot but not the KICK! Ludwig runs, into a POWERSLAM! Tag to Ridge and he shouts, “FIGHT NIGHT!” Off comes the elbow pad, for the BLINDSIDE LARIAT! Cover, Gunther CHOPS it apart! Sheamus gets back in and he stares Gunther down. The brawl is on!! Vinci and Dunne fight, too!! And Ridge and Ludwig!

Sheamus throws Gunther out but Gunther drags Sheamus out with him. Dunne and Vinci knock each other down, Sheamus dodges chops to KNEE Gunther! Ludwig kicks Ridge, CLUBS him, but Ridge runs to POUNCE Ludwig! Vinci runs but into Dunne’s BOOT! Dunne leaps, into Vinci’s BRAINBUSTER! Gunther BOOTS Sheamus down!! All six men are down all over the ring! Ridge drags Ludwig up, gut wrenches, but Vinci tags in! Vinci HOTSHOTS Ridge, Ludwig goes up, IMPERIAL BOMB!!! Cover, Imperium wins!!

Winners: Imperium, by pinfall

A war was waged in Seattle, Washington, but the mat has been sanctified by Der Ring General and his soldiers. Will they soon dominate SmackDown, and then all of the WWE?

 

WWE honors the memory of Queen Elizabeth II.

 

The Usos head to the ring, with Sami Zayn!

The Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions and the Honorary Uce are here, all in a great mood after Clash at the Castle saw The Bloodline stay on top of the WWE. Sami gets them all mics, and Sami shouts out Seattle. “The Bloodline is in! Your! City! Throw those ones up! Every single one of you, throw those ones up right now! That’s what I’m talking about. I feel it. You feeling it, Uce?” Jimmy’s feeling it! He and Sami do the handshake, and then Sami hesitates around Jey. There is business to talk about, though. Sami says growing up as a young Honorary Uce… Jey smiles, that was kinda funny. But chill, Jey’s got this.

“To all the haters and all the doubters, your Tribal Chief is still Undisputed WWE Universal Champion.” Fans are torn about that, but Jey says at Clash at the Castle, Roman beat Drew McIntyre on his home turf! Jimmy adds, “Road game!” Little does Drew know just how deep The Bloodline runs. Sami says that’s right, dawg! Jey frowns. But Seattle, get up on your feet, put your ones to the sky, and help them welcome the newest member of The Bloodline, the Street Champion, the Usos’ younger brother, SOLO SIKOA!! Solo makes his way to the ring, knee still in a brace from his injury in NXT, but now a full part of the SmackDown roster.

Solo high-fives his brothers, but Sami wants a hug. Solo says no to that. But Solo gets a mic while fans cheer and jeer. “You come for my family, and I come for you. You create problems, and I finish them. Solo Sikoa is here to stay! And the Bloodline just got bigger and stronger.” Jey says they all the twos, and #WeTheOnes! But here comes Drew McIntyre! He wants payback for the Sikoa screw job in Cardiff! The Usos and Sami get out to give Solo space, but McIntyre has a chair! McIntyre JAMS Solo, but Sami takes the SMACK! The Usos distract McIntyre so Sami and Solo can get out of the ring, and the Bloodline regroups at the ramp!

Fans fire up for the Scottish Warrior, and he calls out Solo for a match TONIGHT! Solo says if McIntyre wants it, then fine! Solo kicks McIntyre’s ass tonight! But will Solo be the one to #KneeltotheSteel?

 

Aliyah & Raquel Rodriguez VS Toxic Attraction!

The Bougie & The Badass may be preparing for a title defense against the team they beat in the tournament finals, but they’ll take on a team that never actually lost their shot! Gigi Dolin & Jacy Jayne are back from NXT, will they spice things up in this second chance?

The teams sort out and Jacy starts against Big Mami Cool. Fans rally but Jacy kicks low. Jacy headlocks, Raquel powers out and swings, but Jacy dodges to mule kick! Jacy CHOPS, howls, then talks trash. But Raquel blocks the whip to whip Jacy into buckles! Raquel then CLOBBERS Jacy, and tags in Aliyah. Raquel bumps Jacy off buckles, then lifts Aliyah for the ROCKET LAUNCHER CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Aliyah keeps on Jacy but Jacy ROCKS her! Jacy fireman’s carries but Aliyah fights free. Aliyah then dodges, springboards, and THESZ PRESSES for fast hands! The ref keeps Gigi back but that distracts Aliyah.

Jacy RAMS Aliyah into the corner, tags Gigi, and Gigi stomps away on Aliyah! Gigi taunts Raquel, whips Aliyah out to send her back in, and then ROCKS Aliyah with a right! Tag to Jacy, Gigi whips Jacy in for a back body block, then Jacy whips Gigi in for a BRONCO BUSTER! Jacy adds a CANNONBALL! Cover, TWO! Jacy drags Aliyah up, tags Gigi in, and Toxic Attraction mugs Aliyah. Gigi cravats, Aliyah fights the snapmare but Gigi powers her through and KICKS her in the back! Gigi taunts Raquel more, drags Aliyah up, but Aliyah throws body shots! Gigi CLUBS Aliyah down, then brings Aliyah around to tag Jacy.

Toxic Attraction double wrench and double kick Aliyah down, to then BUZZSAW and SENTON! Cover, TWO! Jacy is frustrated but she drags Aliyah into a motorcycle stretch. “This is OUR division, now!” Aliyah endures and fans rally up! Raquel is ready, and Aliyah fights up to her feet! Aliyah turns around to KNEE Jacy! Jacy keeps Aliyah from Raquel by pulling hair! Jacy bumps Aliyah off buckles, tags Gigi in, and Gigi whips Jacy in, but Aliyah dodges! Aliyah ELBOWS Gigi, but Gigi keeps her from Raquel! Aliyah ducks ‘n’ dodges to hot tag Raquel! Ricky Desperado rallies on Toxic Attraction! She CLOBBERS Gigi then scoops her for a FALL AWAY SLAM!

Gigi BOOTS Raquel from the corner! But Raquel scoops her for a SIDEWALK SLAM! Raquel goes up, TWISTING VADER! Cover, TWO! Gigi survives but Raquel is having fun now! Raquel drags Gigi up, whips her to ropes, but Gigi BOOTS back! Jacy tags, Toxic Attraction kick, but Aliyah SPEARS Gigi! Raquel suplexes and TOSSES Jacy, to then reel her back in! TEXANA BOMB!! Cover, Raquel & Aliyah win!

Winners: Aliyah & Raquel Rodriguez, by pinfall

The champions have momentum now going into their title defense! Will the Bougie & Badass be able to stop Kai & Sky from taking control?

 

SmackDown Women’s Championship #1 Contender’s Fatal 5 Way Elimination Match: Ronda Rousey VS Natalya VS Sonya Deville VS Xia Li VS Lacey Evans!

The Baddest Woman on the Planet is back in business! But will she break the Queen of Harts, the Gladiator Gal, the Eliminator and the Model Soldier to get back to Liv Morgan? Or will her growing ego weigh her down in this match?

Liv Morgan is up in the VIP skybox having a drink and watching the show. The bell rings and Ronda finds herself surrounded. Sonya jumps on but Ronda throws her off and gets the arm! Lacy runs in but Ronda BOOTS her down! Natty & Xia mug Ronda together while Sonya slips away. Natty & Xia then throw Ronda out, and Xia rolls Natty up, with feet on the ropes! TWO, and Natty hits a DISCUS on Xia! Natty covers Xia, TWO! Natty has the legs and steps in, but Lacy gets in to use a WOMAN’S RIGHT! Cover, but Sonya KNEES Lacey apart! Sonya kicks Lacey out of the ring, but Ronda drags Sonya out of the ring!

Ronda RAMS Sonya into barriers then gets back in the ring. Ronda finds Natty and gets her arm! ARMBAR!! Natty flails but taps, Ronda ELIMINATES the Queen of Harts! But Lacey CLUBS Ronda and turns her for a NECKBREAKER! Roll back, into an ARMBAR!!! But Xia KNEES Ronda down! Xia CLUBS away on Ronda, rains down palm strikes then stomps and a leg drop! Cover, ONE!! Xia fireman’s carries Ronda but Ronda fights free to drag Xia down, into the ARMBAR! But Lacey rolls Ronda up, TWO! Sonya ROCKS Xia, and clamps on a COBRA CLUTCH! Ronda has the ARMBAR on Lacey! Lacey and Xia tap out, DOUBLE ELIMINATION!!

That just leaves Sonya and Ronda! They stare down and fans fire up. Liv is getting into this match now as the two circle. Sonya puts her hair up, time to square up! The hands fly but Sonya guards. Sonya shoots in to get a leg but Ronda slips around to get a top mount! Ronda rains down forearms, but Sonya kicks free with a leg. Ronda just gets that leg and rolls through into the fireman’s carry! PIPER’S P- NO, Sonya slips into the COBRA CLUTCH! Ronda BACKAPCK ESNTONS, but Sonya holds on! Ronda rolls out of the ring and RAMS Sonya into barriers! Both women are down and fans fire up! And Liv approves.

Ronda puts Sonya in, fireman’s carries again, PIPER’S PIT! But Ronda doesn’t cover, she asks Seattle if they want a souvenir. YES! So she puts on the ANKLE LOCK!! GRAPEVINE!! Sonya taps, Ronda wins!

Winner: Ronda Rousey, by submission (NEW #1 Contender to the SmackDown Women’s Champion)

Liv holds up the belt but Ronda says it’s coming back home with her! Will Ronda be able to undo the controversy at SummerSlam? Or will Liv find a way to go 3-0 against The Baddest Woman on the Planet?

 

The Usos talk with Solo backstage.

The Street Champion’s ready. Tonight’s his big shot. They know this is what he’s been waiting on. Then Sami walks over. Sami and Solo stare down, and Solo says Roman Reigns was right. Solo appreciates the help from Sami. Well, y’know, Roman knows what he’s talking about. Jey grumbles, “Man, please.” Uh, please what? What’s going on? Jimmy says c’mon, tonight isn’t about this, it’s about Solo. They’re making a statement for The Bloodline! YEET. Right, right. Sami wants everyone to know that anything Solo needs, they are all looking out for him. Jey says Solo knows. Sami says he knows Solo knows. He’s just saying.

Jey says McIntyre called Solo out, he has to do it on his own. Solo agrees, he has to do this solo. But if he were to ask for help, he’d ask Sami. Sami goes for a handshake but Jey slaps that down. Change of plans, Uce. They’re all going out there tonight. Well okay, then! Let’s go! The Bloodline is fired up, but is it for the wrong reasons?

 

Ronda runs across Shayna Baszler backstage.

“Check you out, huh?” Great match, Ronda looks unstoppable. Now, she knows Ronda doesn’t need it, but good luck against Liv. Ronda appreciates Shayna putting on a brave face, but she can tell Shayna’s upset after losing to Liv. But y’know what’s better than winning? Revenge. Let Ronda know when Shayna’s ready to break bones and take over the show again. Does the Baddest Woman on the Planet still doubt the Queen of Spades’ resolve?

 

8 Man Tag: Hit Row & The Street Profits VS Los Lotharios & Maximum Male Models!

Top Dolla, Ashante THEE Adonis and B-Fab join forces with Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins to put some haters in their place. Will they humble Humberto Carrillo, Angel Garza, and Max Dupri’s top clients? Or will the Lethal Lovers and the MMM duo titillate the juices of everyone’s guilty pleasures?

The teams sort out and Adonis starts against Mansôör. They circle, Mansoor kicks but Adonis blocks to flip him on his face! Adonis then bumps Mansoor off the buckles, RAMS into him, and Dawkins tags in. Adonis whips Dawkins for the CYCLONE SPLASH and Top Dolla tags in. Dolla taunts Los Lotharios, then runs in to SPLASH Mansoor! Tag to Ford and they feed Mansoor to the LARIAT! Fans fire up and then everyone rushes the “handsome” corner! They all get away and the fans fire up with the #ProfHits as SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns and Mansoor wrangles Adonis down to the mat with a chinlock. Adonis reaches around, fans rally up, but Mansoor pulls back on the hold. Adonis fights up but Mansoor throws him down! Finger boop tag to Maçé, and MMM double whips to DOUBLE ELBOW Adonis down! BLUE STEEL! Don’t worry, it’s just the pose from Zoolander. Mace drags Adonis up, CLUBS him, then drags Adonis up to wrench the arm. Tag to Garza, ELBOW BREAKER and the SUPERKICK! Tag to Carrillo, they BLAST Dolla! Fans boo but OFF COME THE PANTS! Garza shows off for Maxxine, but Adonis throws him out of the ring!

Carrillo runs in and DROPKICKS Adonis out! Garza drag Adonis up, Carrillo builds speed, Carrillo DIVES but Adonis moves! Carrillo wipes out Garza, sending him over the desk! Carrillo freaks out, how tag to Dawkins! Dawkins POUNCES Carrillo! Mansoor runs in but Dawkins CLOBBERS him! Dawkins ROCKS Mace, hurdles Mansoor and hits a FLYING ELBOW! Fans fire up with the Curse of Greatness! CYCLONE SPLASH! ENZIGURI! Mace tags in and runs in, into the SILENCER! Cover, TWO!! Garza gets in to go after Dawkins but Dawkins throws him back out! Adonis CANNONBALLS Garza!

Ford gets in, ducks Carrillo’s kick but not the ENZIGURI! Carrillo builds speed but Dawkins TOSSES him out! Dawkins builds speed and Dolla tags in as he FLIES!! Direct hit and down go Los Lotharios! Fans fire up, is Dolla gonna take to the sky? But Maxxine stands in his way! B-Fab yanks Maxxine down! Max jumps in so no one hits his sister, but Dolla BOOTS Max! Mace rolls Dolla up, TWO! Mansoor tags in, leaps, but into Dolla’s arms! Dolla fireman’s carries Mansoor. BOPS Mace with him, then pops Mansoor around! Adonis tags in, for the HEAVY HITTER!! Cover, #ProfHits win!

Winners: Hit Row & The Street Profits, by pinfall

Time to get that… money money money money! Will Hit Row & Street Profits keep things going to get at those Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championships?

 

The Alpha Academy is here!

Chad Gable & Otis are visiting from Raw, and Chad says it’s Seattle’s lucky night! The Alpha Academy is back on SmackDown, right where The Alpha Academy was born! And Gable can tell from that “warm response,” they missed them dearly. So from his heart, he says A THANK YEW~! C’mon, Seattle, they haven’t been gone that long, he shouldn’t need to remind them. When you’re in the presence of the Academy, Gable needs you to do one thing. SHOOOOSH! Shoosh, please. But the reason they’re here tonight is to ruin Braun Strowman’s return to SmackDown, the same way he ruined the Academy’s contenders status by sticking his big head in their match.

Gable & Otis go to the ring, and Gable says that match was all but won by The Academy before Braun jumped them from behind. Because trust Gable, if Otis saw Braun coming, Otis would’ve decimated Braun and left him laying! Look at that face! And that’s because Otis, much like Gable, is a superior athlete. Oh, right, Seattle doesn’t know anything about superior athletes. Seattle couldn’t even hold on to their own pro basketball team. Fans boo really hard now, but Gable says shoosh. That only riles the fans up more, so Gable says shoosh, please. Fans chant, “You Suck!” at The Academy, but that’s what Gable thought! They’re all idiots!

But Gable will show off how his genius turned Otis into the monster he is! But speaking of, here comes BRAUN!! The Monster Among Men storms his way down to the ring, and Otis is staring him down! Braun roars, Otis runs in, and Braun ROCKS him! Gable gets out of the ring and Braun CLUBS away on Otis! But then Gable attacks Braun from behind! Uh oh… Braun turns around to glare at Gable, and grabs him by the shirt to throw him down! Gable gets up but Braun BOOTS him! Otis fires off on Braun! Otis runs corner to corner, and he SPLASHES Braun! Gable gets up, he tells Otis to keep going, but Braun runs Otis over!

Braun LARIATS Gable! Braun drags Gable up to POWERBOMB him down! Otis stands and Braun reels him in!? Seattle is thunderous as Braun hits a POWERBOMB on Otis!! Superior athlete? Maybe. Superior monster? NOPE! Will Braun steamroll his way back to the top of the mountain now that he’s back?

 

Backstage interview with Drew McIntyre.

Kayla Braxton says he ultimately fell short at Clash at the Castle. But how satisfying will it be, then, to get his revenge on Solo Sikoa here tonight? McIntyre says Clash should’ve been the biggest moment of his life. 21 years of giving everything to this industry. All the sacrifices led him to that moment. He should be standing here right now as Universal Champion. But he’s not, and for one reason: Solo Sikoa. McIntyre glares right into the camera as he tells Solo, “I’m sure your Head of the Table is very happy with you. But actions have consequences. And I promise you tonight, you are not gonna like the consequences of your actions.” Will the Scottish Warrior slay the Street Champion in the main event?

 

Drew McIntyre VS Solo Sikoa w/ The Bloodline!

No more talk, it’s time to fight! Will McIntyre make things right from the Sikoa screw job in Cardiff? Or will Solo and his brothers be the ones that screw him over again?

The bell rings and McIntyre fires off on Solo! He stomps Solo, CHOPS Solo, ROCKS Solo, and repeat! The ref has McIntyre back off and Solo sucker punches McIntyre! Solo fires off hands, but the ref backs him off now. McIntyre ROCKS Solo back, CHOPS him again, then ROCKS him with more hands. Solo throat chops! Solo whips, McIntyre reverses but Solo KICKS him back! McIntyre CLOBBERS Solo! McIntyre puts Solo in a corner, whips him corner to corner, then runs in, but into an elbow! Solo storms up, into a kick and FUTURE SHOCK! McIntyre fires up and so does Seattle! McIntyre aims from the corner, counts it down, but the Usos get Solo out!

Fans boo as the Usos make sure the young Uce is safe, at least for now. McIntyre glares at them all as SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns and Solo has a claw digging into McIntyre’s shoulder. Fans fire up as McIntyre endures and fights to his feet. McIntyre kicks low, CHOSP him, and whips him, only for Solo to reverse! McIntyre hits buckles, and Solo hits a SAMOAN DROP! Cover, TWO! The Bloodline cheers Solo on and he stomps away on McIntyre. Solo rains down fists then dares McIntyre to get up. McIntyre gets to ropes but Solo CHOKES him! The ref counts, Solo lets off, Jey gets a cheap shot in! Sami talks trash but the ref tells him to back off. Solo raises the finger, #WeTheOnes. Solo stalks McIntyre to a corner and throws down hands!

The ref counts, Solo lets off, but McIntyre CHOPS him! And CHOPS again! Solo knees low, then hits a BELLY2BELLY! Cover, TWO! McIntyre crawls to a corner and Solo stands. Solo goes to the far side and runs corner to corner, HIP ATTACK! McIntyre sputters but he drags himself up. Solo talks trash while fans are torn. “Get your ass up! You don’t belong here!” Solo pie faces McIntyre but that angers McIntyre. Solo whips McIntyre corner to corner but McIntyre CLOBBERS him on the return! And again! McIntyre whips and ELBOWS Solo down! Solo staggers, McIntyre clinches him to OVERHEAD Belly2Belly!

McIntyre dodges Solo’s haymaker to hit a NECKBREAKER! And a kip up! Seattle is thunderous but Jey distracts McIntyre. McIntyre DECKS Jey, scares off Jimmy, but Solo rolls him up! TWO, and McIntyre TOSSES Solo out! Jimmy gets up but McIntyre DECKS him, too! Fans fire up as McIntyre calls his shot. McIntyre builds speed, but Sami trips McIntyre up! The ref is busy with the Usos, but McIntyre TOSSES Sami into the ring! Fans fire up and McIntyre stalks Sami! The countdown is back, THREE! TWO! ONE! SUPERKICK from Solo!! Cover, TWO!! McIntyre survives and the Bloodline can’t believe it!

The Usos coach their brother up, he drags McIntyre up and throws hands,. McIntyre throws hands back, they go back and forth with heavy haymakers! GLASGOW KISS! But Solo dodges and the Usos dump McIntyre out while Sami distracts the ref! The Usos mug McIntyre at the ramp! But here comes the Profits! Ford & Dawkins take the Usos down but Sami goes after them! They make things 3v1 against Dawkins but Ford is up top! SUPER CROSSBODY!! Direct hit on the Usos and Honorary Uce and McIntyre gets in the ring. Solo fireman’s carries but McIntyre slips off! Shove and dodge to the CLAYMORE!! Solo is sent outta the ring!

BUT KROSS ATTACKS MCINTYRE!! He has the KROSSJACKET right on him!!

Winner: Drew McIntyre, by disqualification

The Scottish Warrior fades out as Kross shouts, “TICK TOCK!” Scarlett taunts McIntyre as Mr. Doomsday chokes the life out of McIntyre! Or not?! McIntyre stands up with Kross on his back, but then Kross wrenches back on the hold! McIntyre falls back, and his eyes are flickering! McIntyre gets a third wind?! McIntyre tries to rise again, but Kross has a wild look in his eyes as he just squeezes tight! Even the cameras fade out as McIntyre is losing consciousness! Can nothing stop the apocalypse?


My Thoughts:

A great SmackDown to follow that great Clash at the Castle event. Opening with the Six Man Tag was a great choice, the Brawling Brutes and Imperium got that crowd fired up. I was a little worried when Ludwig landed out of Ridge’s throw as he landed on his own knee, but he shook it off pretty easily. Imperium winning makes sense, it keeps their dominance from back in their NXT and NXT UK days going, and it escalates things in the feud with the Brutes. Sheamus might get a rematch for Extreme Rules, and that would be awesome. As hard as they went in a standard match at Clash, imagine how much harder another round would be.

Chad Gable calling out Braun of course meant Braun was going to destroy him and Otis, but how awesome was that powerbomb to Otis? But I would think in kayfabe, this was a detour from what Braun really wanted to do here on SmackDown. Now whether that’s call out Roman Reigns or call out the tag team champions has yet to be seen. I still bet this is a swerve waiting to happen where Braun wants his rematch for him and “Nicolas” from years ago. Great stuff out of the 8 Man Tag, from the character stuff of Los Lotharios still flirting with Maxxine to the actual action. The Faces win to keep Hit Row hot, and it also gives Profits momentum going into the second try on the tag title contender’s match.

Great stuff out of Sami and The Bloodline. Their interactions are still hilarious with Jey being so blatantly upset about Sami being around, and now with Solo as the tiebreaker between the sons Rikishi, it’s even better that Jey is in a bad mood. McIntyre VS Solo, even with the overbooking, was good stuff. But I should’ve figured Kross would attack McIntyre to divert him from going back after Roman. I also like that they chose to make everything black ‘n’ white when Kross attacked, like he’s the one sapping the color away from the world. McIntyre VS Kross should/will probably be the Extreme Rules match at Extreme Rules, and that will be awesome stuff.

The women’s tag match was very good, especially with the surprise return of Toxic Attraction. But of course the champions win, they need momentum for the title defense on Monday. That match can go either way as it’s for the larger story of Damage Control wanting to be on top of Raw. As for Toxic Attraction, I hope this feeds into their NXT story where it seems Gigi & Jacy are breaking away from Mandy Rose. And then there was that Fatal 5 Way. For one, the elimination element caught me by surprised. But it really only served to feed Ronda’s power levels as she eliminated the majority of the others. Ugh.

Then Ronda snaps at Shayna when Shayna is trying to be a good friend! I hope Shayna shows her “killer instinct” by screwing Ronda over. Then those two can feud because Shayna can be Pearce’s proxy for that story. Now, Ronda will certainly try to be the Face but I feel like they could use “her ego” to turn her Heel instead of into “Stone Cold” Ronda. Because as far as I’m concerned, “Stone Cold” Ronda isn’t working.

My Score: 8.5/10


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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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