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Mitchell’s NJPW Royal Quest II Results & Report! (10/1/22)

NJPW returns to the UK!

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NJPW Royal Quest II

NJPW + FTR + UK = A classic in the making!

NJPW returns to the UK, and FTR is coming with them! Cash & Dax defend the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships against the NJPW Strong Tag Team Champions, Aussie Open!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Gabriel Kidd VS Dan Moloney; Kidd wins.
  • Great-O-Khan & Gideon Gray VS Michael Oku & Ricky Knight Jr; Oku & Knight Jr. win.
  • Kanji & Jazzy Gabbert VS Alex Windsor & Ava White; Windsor & White win.
  • Six Man Tag: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS Suzuki-Gun; LIJ wins.
  • Kazuchika Okada & Tomohiro Ishii VS JONAH Zak Knight & Bad Dude Tito; Okada & Ishii win.
  • 8 Man Tag: Hiroshi Tanahashi, Tama Tonga, Hikuleo & Jado VS Bullet Club; Tanahashi, Tama, Hikuleo & Jado win.
  • Will Ospreay VS Shota Umino; Ospreay wins.
  • IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships: FTR VS Aussie Open w Great-O-Khan; FTR wins and retains the titles.

PLAY BY PLAY

Will Ospreay VS Shota Umino

The Commonwealth Kingpin just retained his IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship against David Finlay, only to find Tetsuya Naito AND Zack Sabre Jr. are after him! Will Ospreay be able to keep his focus tonight? Or will #SHOOTER hit a bull’s eye and add himself to that title picture?

As introductions are made, fans fire up even for Red Shoes! Fans sing “OS-PREAY~, OSPREAY OSPREAY OSPREAY~! OS-PREAY~, OS-PREAY~!” but then chant “SHOOTA! SHOOTA!” and even “RED SHOES! RED SHOES!” The bell rings, Ospreay fires up and fans fire up with him. Ospreay and Shota circle as the singing returns. Ospreay smiles and he ties up with Shota. They are in a deadlock, Shota puts Ospreay on ropes but Ospreay turns that around. Ospreay slowly lets off on the break as fans duel, and Ospreay pats Shota on the head. Ospreay then dodges Shota’s clothesline and mocks how close that one came.

Ospreay starts up a mocking song, too. “How high~, do you want my hair? How high~, do you want my hair?” Shota shrugs that off, ties up with Ospreay and puts him on the ropes. Red Shoes counts, Shota lets off, and he pats Ospreay on the shoulders. But then he ducks the hook kick! Shota knees low, headlocks, but Ospreay powers out. Shota RAMS Ospreay, then runs again to run Ospreay over! But Ospreay kips right back up! Fans fire up, but Shota blocks the boot to ROCK and whip! Ospreay handsprings, Shota gets under, things keep moving, OSCUT- NO, Shota catches Ospreay and spins him around to underhooks!

Ospreay fights out of Death Rider and ducks the rolling elbow! Fans fire up and Ospreay swaggers again. Shota keeps cool and fans duel. “Here we go, Shoota, here we go!” “OSPREAY!” Ospreay and Shota circle, knuckle lock, and have a test of strength! Fans change the chant to, “Let’s Go, Red Shoes!” as Ospreay starts bending Shota back! Shota powers up, but Ospreay gives him a headbutt! Shota goes to a corner, Ospreay whips him corner to corner, but Shota goes up and over. Things keep moving, Shota ducks ‘n’ RANAS! Fans fire up and Shota scoops to TOSS Ospreay, then basement EuroUppers! Fans fire up with Shooter! Cover, ONE!!

Shota stomps Ospreay, fans sing and duel, and Shota CLUBS Ospreay on the neck. Ospreay goes to ropes, Shota whips him across the way, but Ospreay holds ropes. Ospreay FLAPJACK HOTSHOTS then he runs to BOOT Shota down! Fans fire up again as Ospreay wipes his boot off on the mat. Ospreay storms over to Shota, drags him up, and Ospreay CHOPS! Shota staggers and even Red Shoes felt that one. Ospreay says that was a juicy one, and fans want it “ONE MORE TIME!” Ospreay bumps Shota off buckles first, then he CHOPS! Shota gets in Ospreay’s face and fans fire up! Ospreay CHOPS Shota off his feet!

Ospreay kicks Shota around, talks some trash, and he JAMS an elbow into Shota’s head! Fans rally for Shota but Ospreay stomps him down. Fans rally up as Shota goes to a corner and Ospreay storms over. Shota kicks away but Ospreay stomps Shota down! Ospreay scrapes his boot on Shota but fans are torn between cheers and boos. Red Shoes checks on Shota, perhaps as both father and referee. Ospreay says Shota’s napping in the Crystal Palace when he’s in here with the best! Ospreay drags Shota up, reels him in, and has a cobra twist. Shota endures and fans rally, and Ospreay says Shota sucks! But Shota hip tosses free!

Ospreay gets up, Shota throws forearms but Ospreay knees low! Ospreay runs, but Shota ELBOWS him down, then basement dropkicks! Fans fire up with Shota now and he grits his teeth. Ospreay is in a corner, Shota runs in but into a BOOT! Shota roars and runs in again, into another BOOT! Ospreay runs in, but into a back drop! Fans fire up while Ospreay hobbles to the corner. Shota runs in to UPPERCUT, and then he reels Ospreay in. Ospreay fights the suplex but Shota kicks, KICKS and KNEES low! Shota runs to SHOTGUN Ospreay, and then FISHERMAN SUPLEXES! Bridging cover, TWO! Ospreay escapes but fans fire up with Shota!

Shota stands and fans duel. Shota drags Ospreay up, goes to gut wrench but Ospreay blocks! Ospreay CLUBS Shota, Shota CLUBS Ospreay! Shota whips, Ospreay handsprings and NEURALIZERS! Fans fire up while Shota bails out, Ospreay slingshots to PLANCHA! Fans fire up and Ospreay strikes the United Empire pose. Ospreay drags Shota up to put him in the ring. Fans duel now, “F him up, Ospreay, F him up!” “SHOOTA!” Shooter stands while Ospreay aims from the apron. Springboard, PIP PIP CHEERIO! Cover, TWO! Ospreay argues but Red Shoes defends that was fair. Ospreay gets the fans to fire up again and he drags Shota up.

Ospreay reels Shota in but Shota fights the lift. Ospreay gives Shota some Kawada Kicks, then CHOPS him! Ospreay runs, but Shota ROCKS him! ROLLING- ROUNDHOUSE from Ospreay! Ospreay whips, Shota reverses but Ospreay avoids the dropkick to STANDING SHOOTING STAR onto knees! Shota whips Ospreay to ropes, and RAN- NO, POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Shota survives that miscalculation and fans are thunderous! Ospreay feeds off the energy and calls his shot. But Shota reels him in! Ospreay elbows free, runs in, but into a POP-UP KNEE! Shota suplexes, but Ospreay hits STUN-DOG MILLIONAIRE!

Shota staggers, Ospreay springboards, OS- SHOTA CUTTER!! Cover, TWO!! Ospreay survives Shota’s counter, and Shota drags Ospreay up. Shota scoops but Ospreay slips off! Shota ducks the hook kick to UPPERCUT! Shota runs, into a STANDING SPANISH FLY! Fans fire up again while both men are down. Fans are chanting and singing any number of things, and Ospreay sits up. Ospreay grits his teeth but he applauds Shota. Shota throws a forearm, fans rally up, and Ospreay throws a forearm back. Shota throws another, so Ospreay throws another forearm back. Ospreay eggs on Shota, so Shota ROCKS Ospreay!

Ospreay growls, “OI! OI! OI!” and he gives Shota more Kawada Kicks! And a CHOP! And more Kawada Kicks! And a CHOP! And then MORE Kawada- NO, Shota blocks one! To DECK Ospreay! And Shota gives KNEES, forearms, KNEES, repeat! Shota fires a strike fest and he DECKS Ospreay again! Fans are fired up, but Ospreay SLAPS Shota! They go forehead to forehead, Shota fires off another strike fest, and ROLLING ELBOW! Shota drags Ospreay up to dragon sleeper, reverse suplex, but Ospreay slips out! Ospreay dodges, springboards, and OSCUTTERS!! Cover, TWO!?! Shota survives and shocks Ospreay!

But Ospreay winds up his arm. Fans rally as Ospreay goes to a corner. Shota sits up, Ospreay runs in, FRONG FACING- NO, BACKSLIDE! TWO, and Shota hooks an arm, La Magistrol! TWO! Ospreay swings, into a CROSS RHODES!! Shota holds on, to hit SAVING GRACE!! Cover, TWO!! Fans fire up with Shota as he aims from a corner! RUNNING NECKBREAKER!! Cover, TWO!!! Ospreay survives and Shota is raging! Fans fire up again as Shota underhooks, DEATH- NO, Ospreay slips out to POP-UP ELBOW! And then LIGER BOMB!! Cover, TWO!!! Shota survives again! But Ospreay just rains down forearms!!

Fans boo the savagery, and then Red Shoes stops Ospreay! Red Shoes even throws up an X! This match is DONE!

Winner: Will Ospreay, by referee stoppage

Perhaps this is because Red Shoes is Shota’s father, but he couldn’t let Ospreay brutalize another opponent like he did to Sanada. The Commonwealth Kingpin is a vicious tyrant, will anyone be able to take this throne?

 

IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships: FTR VS Aussie Open w/ Great-O-Khan!

This one has been a long time coming! Music City Mayhem saw the United Empire win a Six Man Tag, but they pinned Alex Zayne. Can Kyle Fletcher & Mark Davis beat Cash Wheeler & Dax Harwood 2v2? Or will the #ForeverTripleReign continue for the joint ROH, AAA & IWGP Tag Team Champions?

The introductions are made, NJPW’s top tag titles are raised, and we’re about to see the difference between #TwoBeltAussies and the #FTRipleChamps!

The teams sort out and the fans are dueling already. Khan waves the Empire’s flag while the teams stare down but Red Shoes gets them to stand down. The Crystal Palace is thunderous as we finally get Dax and Kyle stepping up. Red Shoes rings the bell and Khan gets fans to chant, “AUSSIE AUSSIE AUSSIE! OI OI OI!” Kyle and Dax stare down, slowly circle, and tie up. They’re in a deadlock, but Dax pushes Kyle back. Kyle turns that around to put Dax in a corner, but he lets off to then shove Dax. Fans boo but Dax smirks. Dax and Kyle reset, circle, and tie up again. Dax waistlocks, Kyle switches but Dax arm-drags.

Kyle headscissors, Dax kips free and hits a headlock takeover. Kyle headscissors again, Dax kips free again, and fans cheer the standoff! FTR talks and Cash tags in. Fans rally as Cash circles with Kyle and they feel things out. They tie up, Kyle headlocks and grinds Cash, but Cash lifts. Kyle fights, Cash wrenches out and Cash headlocks now. Cash grinds Kyle down and gives him a noogie. Kyle powers up and puts Cash on the ropes, and Red Shoes calls the break. Kyle lets off, but gets the headlock. Cash powers out but Kyle runs him over! Kyle flexes, fans are torn but things speed up. Cash goes to hip toss but Kyle blocks to scoop.

Cash slips out, waistlocks, and pushes Kyle to ropes. Kyle bucks the O’Conner Roll but turns around into a fireman’s carry takeover. Cash arm-drags Kyle and has an armlock! Fans fire up for that technical exchange, but Kyle fights up. Kyle scoops and SLAMS Cash! Fans sing, “Who, are, FTR? I said, who are FTR?” as Kyle tags Mark. Mark runs in but Cash drop toeholds! Cash wrenches Mark and tags in Dax. Mark breaks free and gets away. FTR stands down and Dax circles with Mark. They tie up, Mark uses his size to put Dax into a corner. Red Shoes calls the ropebreak, Mark lets off to CHOP! Mark looms over Dax, then CHOPS again!

Dax leans against ropes but Mark turns him around to CHOP again! Mark eggs Dax on, having split the skin on Dax’s chest! Fans see the blood and fire up! Dax snarls, and he CHOPS Mark! Mark CHOPS again! Dax staggers to the corner and Mark drags him up. Mark CHOPS, stalks Dax, then CHOPS him again! Dax CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS in return! Mark scoops to SLAM, and SENTON! Fans fire up, and now Mark has a bloody spot! Cocky cover, ONE! Mark drags Dax over, tags Kyle in, and Aussie Open mugs Dax! Kyle stomps Dax, fans duel again, and Kyle stomps Dax more. Dax turns things around to CHOP away on Kyle!

Dax snap suplexes Kyle, drops a leg, then covers, TWO! Dax stomps Kyle, drags him over, and he tags in Cash. FTR whips, drop toeholds and elbow drops on Kyle! Cover, TWO! Cash drags Kyle up to CHOP him down! Cash EuroUppers Kyle and Kyle flounders against ropes. But then Kyle powers Cash into the Aussie Open corner! Aussie Open mugs Cash, Red Shoes reprimands but Mark tags in. The mugging continues but Cash fights back! Cash ROCKS Kyle, ROCKS Mark, bumps Mark off buckles, and then CHOPS Mark! Cash whips corner to corner, runs in, and back elbows Mark down!

Cash whips corner to corner again, runs in, but Kyle saves Davis! Cash hits buckles and Dax is pissed! Red Shoes tells Dax to stay by his corner but he doesn’t care, he rushes in! Only for Kyle to dodge and Mark to pick him up! Kyle then picks Cash up, and Aussie Open SANDWICHES FTR! Fans are torn but Kyle smacks Cash off the apron. Kyle CHOPS Cash, puts him in the ring, and Mark drags Cash up to whip him to a corner hard! Cash hits buckles then the mat. Fans chant and sing again as Mark CHOKES Cash at the ropes! Kyle mocks Cash, but Cash grabs at Kyle. Kyle ROCKS Cash, then Mark CLUBS away on Cash.

Mark bumps Cash off Kyle’s boot, then Mark tags Kyle in. Kyle sucker punches Dax! Kyle taunts Dax then stalks Cash to ropes. Cash CHOPS back! Then CHOPS again! Kyle RAMS Cash, waistlocks, but Cash switches to a BIG back suplex! Fans fire up while both men are down, hot tag to Mark! Mark stops Cash with a SENTON! Fans boo but Mark soaks it up. Mark SENTONS Cash again! Fans chant “AUSSIE AUSSIE AUSSIE! OI OI OI!” as Mark drops another SENTON! Cover, TWO! Mark keeps Cash down with a chinlock but fans rally. Cash throws body shots, but Mark shoves, only for Cash to sunset flip!

Mark stays up, tags Kyle in, then Kyle drags Cash to CLUB him! Kyle rushes Dax but Dax stays up after the sucker punch! Dax hits back, Kyle hits Dax again, they brawl at the corner! Red Shoes reprimands but fans love it! But Mark runs around the outside to trip Dax up! Fans boo as Mark drags Dax up to RAM him into railing! Mark then grabs some water to take a drink. Fans rally and duel again, Kyle headlocks Cash and reaches out, but Cash back suplexes again! Fans rally up while both men are down. Kyle crawls over, tags to Mark, and Mark SENTONS but misses as Cash moves! Mark tries again but another miss!

Mark tags back to Kyle, he runs in to GAMANGIRI Dax! Fans boo and Red Shoes reprimands, but Kyle goes back to Cash. Kyle waistlocks, Cash switches, atomic TOSS to the ropes! Kyle rebounds off into another lift, and Cash puts Kyle up top! Cash CHOPS Kyle on the back, then calls to Dax! Fans fire up, but Dax is still down. Cash goes up top behind Kyle, brings him up, and hits a SUPER BACK SUPLEX! Fans are thunderous while both men are down! Khan shouts to Kyle and fans rally up. Cash crawls, but Mark trips Dax up again! Fans boo but Kyle BOOTS Cash! And then suplexes, for a BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO!!

Fans fire up and duel again. Kyle tags Mark, Mark stalks Cash and sits him up to CHOP! Mark CHOPS, then runs, but Cash UPPERCUTS! Mark goes down and fans are thunderous again! Hot tag to Kyle, and Kyle stops Cash! Cash hops and reaches out, but Kyle brings him back! Cash keeps hopping forward, and he gets the HOT TAG! Dax the Ax rallies on with fast hands! He DECKS Kyle, DECKS Mark, then whips Kyle. Kyle reverses but Dax hits a cradle! TWO!! Kyle stagger sup, Dax waistlocks to O’Conner Roll! TWO!! Dax goes up the corner to CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO!! Three close calls but not enough!

Fans are thunderous again as Dax brings Kyle up to CHOP! And EuroUpper! And CHOP! Mark storms in to kick and whip Dax. Dax reverses, wrenches, and short arm LARIATS! Mark stays up and snarls, so Dax LARIATS again! Mark is still up! Mark ducks the lariat, boots it, then BOOTS Dax! Dax LARIATS on the return!! Kyle runs in, Dax ducks to waistlock, but Kyle switches. Dax switches, Kyle switches, repeat, until Kyle cradles! TWO, Kyle whips but Dax reverse to get around and GERMAN SUPLEX! Dax holds on, and he GERMAN SUPLEXES again! Kyle is dazed, Dax drags him up again, but Mark grabs Kyle’s arms!

Fans boo, Red Shoes reprimands, but Cash leap frogs to break the link! Dax GERMAN SUPLEXES again! Bridging cover, TWO!! Kyle survives but fans are electric! Mark CLOBBERS Cash! Dax swings on Mark but then Kyle SHOTGUNS! Tag to Mark, fans duel hard as ever, and Mark fireman’s carries Dax. POP-UP KICK, to then scoop and LAWN DART CUTTER! Cover, TWO!! Dax survives and Aussie Open is frustrated. Fans rally and Aussie Open tries again, but Cash saves Dax from the butterfly lift! Mark runs in but Cash dumps him out! Kyle runs in but Cash tosses Kyle out onto Mark! Cash builds speed!? AND DIVES?!?! DIRECT HIT AT THE RAMP!!

Fans are electric as Cash makes his way back to the ring. Khan is panicking but FTR drags Aussie Open up. Dax CHOPS Mark, Cash bumps Kyle off the apron. Dax sends Mark into railing but Kyle RAMS Cash into the apron! Dax POSTS Mark, then refreshes the ring count. Red Shoes is upset but Mark trips Dax! Mark CATAPULTS Dax into the girder! Dax is busted open on his eyebrow now! Mark staggers away, Khan fans him off, and then Mark goes back for Dax. The ring count is climbing, Mark puts Dax in at 10 of 20. Khan fans Kyle off while Mark drags Dax up. Dax throws body shots but he doesn’t have much power.

Dax CHOPS, and CHOPS, but Mark drags Dax up to DECK him! Mark drags Dax up, wrenches and torture racks, for a spinning RACK BOMB!! Cover, TWO!!! Dax survives, despite being a literally bloody mess! “This is Awesome!” as this is far from over! Mark huffs and barks, he tags in Kyle, and Aussie Open drags Dax up. Fans duel as Mark underhooks. Mark lifts Dax onto Kyle’s shoulders, but Dax fights that! Cash CROSSBODIES from the top to take out Mark! Dax lifts Kyle, SLINGSHOT POWERBOMB! STEREO COVERS, TWO!!! Aussie Open survives and fans are still thunderous as everyone is down.

Kyle gets to a corner as fans rally. Dax drags Kyle up, hoists him to the top rope, and then he CHOPS Kyle! Cash is on the adjacent corner as Dax climbs up. But Mark hurries to YANK Cash down! Kyle slips off to shove Dax onto the corner! Tag to Mark, and Mark moves Dax around. Aussie Open sets up like FTR did, SUPERPLEX for the POWER, Kyle FLIES, but onto knees! No Glory for Aussie Open! Cash LEAPS, but Mark gets his knees up! No Glory for FTR! Fans are thunderous, Mark runs and clotheslines Cash out! Mark runs at Dax but Dax dodges, so the clothesline sends Kyle out! Dax backslides Mark, TWO!!!

Dax reels Mark in, only for Mark to wrench out and ENZIGURI! Mark reels Dax in, Dax back drops but Mark sunset flips! Dax rolls through, rolls Mark and reels him in, and Cash tags in! Dax lifts Mark, Cash goes up, SPIKE PILEDRIVER!!! Cover, but Kyle breaks it!!! Khan and the fans are giving a standing ovation for this one! Dax crawls over to Kyle and brings him up, but Kyle SUPERKICKS him! Dax flops out of the ring and Kyle goes out after him. Kyle holds up one the IWGP Heavyweight Tag titles! Fans boo while Mark and Cash are stirring. Red Shoes tells Kyle to put the belt back, but then Dax grabs it!

Dax and Kyle tug-o-war, Mar hurries over but Cash O’Conner Rolls Mark up! TWO, and Dax lets go, the belt hits Cash!! But Red Shoes misses it while reporting the two count!! Mark covers Cash, TWO!!! Cash survives but Kyle goes up top! Kyle aims at Dax with an ARIHARA MOONSAULT! Direct hit at the ramp! Mark fires up, he tags Kyle in and Aussie Open drags Cash up! Underhooks, TIGER SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!?!?! Cash survives and no one can believe it!! Khan argues with Red Shoes but it was a two! Aussie Open regroups, Mark drags Cash back up. Mark scoops Cash, but Cash slips off and gets away!

Mark runs in, Cash BOOTS Mark! Kyle runs in but Cash gest around and hooks Kyle into a Gory Especial, GORY BOMB! Cash SHOTGUNS Mark down, covers Kyle, TWO!! Cash rushes in to DROPKICK Mark again! Dax rises up, bloody as he is, and fans rally up as Cash tags him in! But Kyle tags Mark. Cash runs in to BOOT Mark, Dax says they can slow this down. Mark returns and he has a bloody eyebrow! Mark sits up, Dax eggs him on. Mark manages to stand, and Dax ROCKS him! Mark drops to a knee, is dazed and confused, and Dax brings him up. Mark CHOPS and both men fall to their knees!

Mark eggs Dax on, Dax crawls over and CHOPS! Both men lean on each other, Mark CHOPS Dax! Dax ROCKS Mark! Mark ROCKS Dax! Dax stands to ROCK Mark! Mark stands to ROCK Dax! The forearms fly fast and furious and fans are loving it! Dax trips Mark, steps through, and Cash intercepts Kyle! DOUBLE SHARPSHOOTERS!!!! Fans are thunderous as Aussie Opens endures! Kyle crawls but Cash drags him away! Mark crawls but Dax drags him away! The Sharpshooters are deeeep, but Kyle keeps Mark from touching the mat! Kyle SLAPS Mark, and SLAPS him and SLAPS him, and Mark fires up!!

Aussie Open powers up and they crawl forward! DOUBLE ROPEBREAK!! Fans are volcanic as this match- No, this WAR continues! “This is Wrestling!” Dax drags Mark up and slashes the throat before he whips. But Kyle SPEARS Cash! Mark sunset flips Dax, Dax rolls through but Mark whips, Aussie Open steals BIG RIG!!!! Cover, Cash pushes Kyle over to break the pin!!!! Fans chant, “FIGHT FOREVER!” but that’s what they’ve been doing! But this has to end somehow, and fans duel as hard as ever. The teams regroup and partners help each other stand. Aussie Open ROCKS FTR! FTR ROCKS Aussie Open!

Aussie Open ROCKS FTR! FTR ROCKS Aussie Open! The forearms keep going, FTR wobbles, but Aussie Open eggs them on. FTR ROCKS Aussie Open! The forearms fly again, Aussie Open get the edge, and they KNEE low! Aussie Open double whip, but FTR KICKS! Aussie Open LARIATS! Aussie Open has Dax up but Cash barrels through to stop Corealis! Kyle rushes in, Cash goes up and over, and then Mark rushes in. Cash HOTSHOTS Mark, Dax barrels in and tags. They whip, leap frog, drop down, and hit BIG RIG!!!!! Cover, FTR WINS!!!

Winners: FTR, by pinfall (still IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions)

The Crystal Palace gives another standing ovation, this was truly one for the ages! Aussie Open was so close and yet so far, will the NJPW Strong Tag Team Champions have a bright future ahead of them after this display of guts and skill? As for FTR, they still have three belts to their names, and if this is how hard they’ll fight to keep one pair, will anyone ever take the others away? But perhaps just as awesome as their match, it is the show of respect FTR gives the young Aussie Open! Dax has the mic to say, “Before this thing escalates real quick, thank you, sir. This is the first time we have been overseas since 2019, and we thank you!”

Fans cheer because they’re more than happy to have had this match. Dax says there are two things he wants to say. First: Tony Khan still can’t give FTR another shot at the Young Bucks. Second, and more importantly, as Dax has said, Aussie Open IS the future of tag team wrestling. But all egotism to the side, all self-preservation to the side, Dax will admit Aussie Open is perhaps the best tag team today. FTR offer handshakes and fans want to see it. Aussie Open stands, they have their Strong Tag titles, but then Khan steps in the way! The Dominator won’t let there be mutual respect. The United Empire holds onto their pride, will Khan & Jeff Cobb come back for their rematch from Forbidden Door?


My Thoughts:

Finally, two weeks later, NJPW gives us Royal Quest II via their On Demand. I understand why, they wanted to make sure there was a chance for the Japanese commentary team to watch this and, well, add their commentary. But I would’ve liked to have seen this much sooner, because hot DAMN those last two matches! Ospreay VS Shota was great stuff, with Shota looking great even in losing. There is even a good story element of how Red Shoes Umino is Shota’s legit father, and so of course a father would not want his son bludgeoned into oblivion by Ospreay. Ospreay stays spotless while waiting on the #1 contender’s match for Night 2, he’ll surely have a moment with the winner to close out Royal Quest II.

And wow, wow, wow! Words can barely capture just how amazing FTR VS Aussie Open was. That is a clear Tag Team Match of the Year candidate, if not the winner outright, and it is even up there for Match of the Year. I did not think they’d go 32 minutes but they did, and though I figured FTR would win, Aussie Open proved they deserve those NJPW Strong Openweight Tag titles, they proved they deserve to be tag champions of whatever kind, and just as FTR acknowledged, Aussie Open are the future of tag team wrestling, especially in NJPW. This is going to really raise the bar on any tag title match FTR has, it’s gonna take a 40 minute feature film of a match to take any titles off them.

My Score: 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.

PLAY BY PLAY

Here are the current World Tag League standings!

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Here are the NEW World Tag League standings!

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


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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