Mitchell’s NJPW WTL X Super Jr. Tag Results & Report! (11/25/22)
The Super Juniors go back to back!
The United Empire keeps on conquering!
Don’t blink, NJPW keeps things fast and furious with the Super Junior Tag League! Will Catch 2/2 go 3-0 already? Or will LIJ make it all tranquilo?
- Six Man Tag: Togi Makabe, Ryohei Oiwa & Kosei Fujita VS Tomoaki Honma, Yuto Nakashima & Oskar Leube; Makabe, Oiwa & Fujita win.
- Six Man Tag: Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Master Wato & Jado VS Bullet Club; Bullet Club wins.
- Six Man Tag: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS Suzuki-Gun; LIJ wins.
- Super Jr. Tag League 2022: KUSHIDA & Kevin Knight VS YOH & Lio Rush; Yoh & Lio win.
- Super Jr. Tag League 2022: Ryusuke Taguchi & Chris Connors VS Alex Zayne & El Lindaman; Zayne & Lindaman win.
- Super Jr. Tag League 2022: Robbie Eagles & Tiger Mask VS DOUKI & Yoshinobu Kanemaru; Eagles & Tiger Mask win.
- Super Jr. Tag League 2022: Ace Austin & Chris Bey VS SHO & Dick Togo; Ace & Bey win.
- Super Jr. Tag League 2022: TJP & Francesco Akira VS BUSHI & Titán; Bushi & Titán win.
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Here are the current Super Jr. Tag League standings!
TJP & Akira: 2-0, 4 points
Austin & Bey: 2-0, 4 points
Zayne & Lindaman: 1-1, 2 points
KUSHIDA & Knight: 1-1, 2 points
Bushi & Titan: 1-1, 2 points
Yoh & Lio: 1-1, 2 points
Eagles & Tiger Mask: 1-1, 2 points
Taguchi & Connors: 1-1, 2 points
Sho & Dick: 0-2, 0 points
Douki & Kanemaru: 0-2, 0 points
Super Jr. Tag League 2022: KUSHIDA & Kevin Knight VS YOH & Lio Rush!
The #TimeJet finally picked up speed last round, as did the Men of the Hour! But they’re all still a long way from leading the league, so who takes that important next step here tonight?
The teams sort out and Kushida starts against Yoh. Fans rally up with the bell and the two circle. They feel things out, tie up, then Kushida gets around to the waistlock. Kushida shifts to a facelock but Yoh escapes with a fireman’s carry takeover. Yoh has Kushida’s arm but Kushida fights back up to get the waistlock back. Kushida schoolboys, ONE, but now Kushida has the leg! Yoh pries at hold but Kushida shifts to a KNEEBAR! Yoh scrambles and gets to the ROPEBREAK! Kushida lets off and fans applaud. Lio coaches Yoh and Yoh resets. Yoh and Kushida feel things out again, tie up collar ‘n’ elbow, and Yoh gets a headlock.
Kushida pushes a forearm into Yoh’s face to pry him off into a clinch. Kushida underhooks the arms but Yoh blocks the suplex by hooking legs. Kushida slips around to half nelson then headlock for a takeover! Yoh keeps his shoulder up, rolls Kushida to a cover, TWO! Kushida keeps on the headlock and grinds Yoh down. Yoh kicks around and pops free! Fans applaud, and Yoh even messes with Kushida’s hair. Knight calls Kushida over and says he wants in. Lio also wants in, but Kushida and Yoh want another go. They tie up, Kushida waistlocks, Yoh facelocks. Kushida brings Yoh down, and rolls and rolls to get the facelock for his own!
Yoh rolls but Kushida stays with him! Kushida then floats all over Yoh, and slaps him on the back! Fans applaud as Yoh resets again. Knight tags in this time, so Yoh tags Lio. Fans rally as things speed up! Knight runs Lio over and flexes. Things start moving again, Knight leaps over Lio! Lio rushes in but Knight hurdles over, and blocks Lio’s kick! Knight flips Lio but Lio lands on his feet! Lio avoids Knight’s grapple and runs the ropes. Lio turns on a dime, then jukes and slides under to kangaroo kick! Lio whips but Knight reverses, but Lio rebounds! Knight avoids the stunner to SLIDING SHOULDER TACKLE! Cover, TWO!
Fans fire up while Knight drags Lio up. Knight wrenches the arm, tags Kushida back in, and hands Lio off for another wrench. Kushida twists the wrist, tags Knight back in, and another handoff to another wrench! Knight has the wristlock but he tags Kushida, another handoff and wrench! Tag, another handoff and wrench! And again! And again! Then they just hand off the wrench over and over! They double snapmare, then double knee drop the arms! Fans applaud but Yoh gets in to fire off forearms! Yoh runs, but Knight drops under and Kushida sidesteps! Yoh runs into a body shot, then a knee lift!
Fans applaud as #TimeJet double whip Lio. Lio handsprings under the double lariats! Kushida blocks Lio’s kick, hands it to Knight, Lio ENZUGIRI but Knight ducks so Kushida takes the hit! Knight runs into a HEADBUTT and SCISSOR KICK! Fans fire up and Lio crawls to his corner. Tag to Yoh, and Lio runs in to clothesline Knight! Lio and Yoh combine, VICTORY ROLLING SPLASH! Then, DIRECT DRIVE IN MOTION! Fans fire up, Yoh covers, TWO! Yoh keeps cool, and he RAMS Knight into the corner. Yoh drags Knight up, stomps a mudhole in, then tags Lio. Lio stomps his own mudhole in, then tags Yoh.
Yoh and Lio both stomp a mudhole! They back up, and DOUBLE… Air guitar~! Then Lio DECKS Knight! Yoh drags Knight back up but Knight throws forearms in return. And an UPPERCUT! But Yoh kicks low! Yoh runs, but into a tilt-o-whirl BACKBREAKER! Both men are down and Knight crawls over, hot tag to Kushida! Kushida goes up top to FLYING AX HANDLE! And then Kushida KICKS Yoh in the arm again and again! Kushida whips, Yoh reverses but Kushida handsprings and back elbows! Fans fire up with Kushida and he drags Yoh up. Hammerlock, but Yoh fights that to wrench and ROCK Kushida! But Kushida DROPKICKS the arm!
Fans rally as Kushida brings Yoh around. Kushida CHOPS, whips, but Lio tags in! Yoh reveres the whip but Lio gets him out of the way of Kushida’s return. Lio then runs, but into a hip toss! Cartwheel dropkick! Fans fire up for Kushida and he brings Lio up. Kushida whips, Lio slides to a stop and ducks the kick to schoolboy! TWO, into an ARMBAR! Lio clasps hands to fight it off, but then Knight intercepts Yoh with a tackle! Knight has Yoh’s legs, BOSTON CRAB! The Men of the Hour both endure submissions, but they both get ROPEBREAKS! Knight lets Yoh go, to then PLANCHA! Fans fire up as Kushida whips Lio again.
Lio reverses, Kushida reverses back, but Lio uses that to DIVE onto Knight! Fans fire up more as Kushida is shocked! Kushida runs into a shoulder, then Lio slingshots to schoolboy and SPIN KICK! Cover, TWO! Fans rally, Lio calls to Yoh and tags him in. The Men of the Hour get Kushida up, whip him to ropes, but Kushida fights off 3K with an ax handle! Kushida throws forearms, dodges Lio and PELES! Yoh JUMP KNEES Kushida down! Knight returns, into a JUMP KNEE! Yoh runs, but into a DROPKICK! All four men are down and fans fire up again! Knight crawls back to his corner and calls out to Kushida!
Kushida crawls, tag to Knight! #TimeJet gets Yoh up, and Kushida Electric Chair Lifts! Knight aims, but Yoh slips free! Yoh shoves Kushida into Knight! Lio drags Kushida out of the ring, then goes up to QUEBRADA! Fans fire up, Knight runs but Yoh back drops the satellite DDT away! Knight lands on his feet and swings on Yoh, but Yoh handsprings away! Yoh mule kicks, then suplexes, FALCON GOROSHI! Tag to Lio and he goes up top! Yoh sees Kushida, intercepts, FINAL HOUR from Lio! Cover, the Men of the Hour win!
Winners: YOH & Lio Rush, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Kushida & Knight earn 0)
The Final Hour struck, and now Yoh & Lio are rolling with back-to-back wins! Will they be the right team at the right time to win this league? Or is there still time for Kushida & Knight to turn it around?
Super Jr. Tag League 2022: Ryusuke Taguchi & Chris Connors VS Alex Zayne & El Lindaman!
The Wild Hips were tamed while the #GLEATSAUCE was cooled off. Both teams are hungry for more points, but who will be left starving with another loss on the record?
What’s in the bags this time? Well, Taguchi still has cool, refreshing water. Connors has beer again, but Taguchi again says he has to ride his motorcycle later. So instead, Connors offers him a “Let’s Get Wild” T-shirt! Taguchi likes it, and poses for photos. Connors still has that beer, though. Taguchi has his coach whistle and he blows it on Connors. Then he presents a yellow card! Well, the World Cup is happening right now. Connors has his warning, but Taguchi threatens the red card. Connors says anything but that, and he puts the beer away. The teams sort out and Lindaman fires up the crowd as he starts against Connors.
The bell rings, G-Rex and Wild Rhino fire up and circle. Fans rally, the two feel things out, and Connors trips Lindaman to facelock. Lindaman rolls free, facelocks then cravats. Lindaman snapmares, chinlocks, but Connors slips out to hammerlock. Connors grinds the arm, then shifts to a facelock. Lindaman throws elbows and then wrenches Connors’ arm. Lindaman CLUBS the arm, then puts on a headlock. Connors tries to power out but Lindaman holds on tight. Connors powers out, and they RAM shoulders! Neither man falls and fans fire up! Lindaman eggs on “Baby Connors,” so Connors runs.
They RAM shoulders again, neither falls, and Lindaman flexes as he shouts, “BABY~!” Connors says Lindaman should go! Lindaman says sure, and he runs the ropes. They RAM shoulders again, Connors rebounds and redirects himself to run Lindaman over! Lindaman flounders to ropes but Zayne runs in. Connors dodges Zayne to come back and run him over! Fans fire up, and Connors tags Taguchi. Connors stomps Lindaman in a corner while Taguchi kicks Zayne off the apron. Connors then whips Taguchi in at Lindaman to HIP ATTACK! And again! And again! And then Taguchi whips Connors for a WILD HIP ATTACK!
Connors CLOBBERS Zayne off the apron, and then Wild Hips booty bump. Fans fire up, Taguchi HIP ATTACKS Lindaman again! Taguchi gives Lindaman some stink face, but the ref calls the ropebreak. Taguchi lets off, whips corner to corner, but Lindaman pops Taguchi up, only to get caught into the headscissors and BOOTY ATTACK! Taguchi hits Lindaman again and again before letting Lindaman down. Fans rally up as Taguchi hops up the corner. Taguchi FLYING SEATED SENTONS! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up as Lindaman survives that ass-sault. Taguchi suplexes but Lindaman slips out to waistlock.
Taguchi switches but Lindaman throws an elbow. Lindaman runs in at the corner but he blocks Taguchi’s boot! Lindaman ROCKS Taguchi with a forearm, puts him in the ropes, and hits a DRAPING NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Lindaman tags Zayne and they DOUBLE CLUB Taguchi! Zayne drags Taguchi up, snapmares him and covers, TWO! Zayne KICKS Taguchi in the back while Lindaman rallies the fans. It’s a “One-two-three” rhythm so Connors says it must be for “TA-GU-CHI!” Lindaman says no, it’s just one-two-three. Zayne drags Taguchi up, ROCKS him, then ROCKS him again! Taguchi wobbles around but Zayne whips.
Zayne ELBOWS Taguchi down, Connors coaches Taguchi up but Zayne tells him to shut up. Fans rally, Zayne has the arms and pulls Taguchi into a motorcycle stretch. Taguchi endures, fights up, and manages to turn through the hold! Taguchi knees low, CLUBS Zayne, then throws body shots. Zayne knees low in return! Zayne whips, Taguchi reverses but Zayne sunset flips! Taguchi stays up and brings down the tights! RED! Zayne gets away, Taguchi HIP ATTACKS, but Zayne blocks! Zayne holds onto Taguchi and says, “ITADAKIMASU~!!” He BITES TAGUCHI’S BUTT!! The ref reprimands and counts, and Zayne stops. Zayne says it’s surprisingly tasty.
Zayne SPANKS Taguchi in rhythm to rally the fans, and then he points to Lindaman. He’s offering Lindaman a taste? Fans applaud and Lindaman says no thanks! Zayne asks if he’s sure, but Taguchi rolls him up! TWO, and Taguchi hurries up. Taguchi manages to duck ‘n’ dodge and HIP ATTACK! Both men are down and fans rally up again! Hot tags to Connors and Lindaman! Connors rallies with shoulders and elbows! Lindaman goes to a corner, Connors runs in to back elbow! Connors whips Lindaman corner to corner and runs in to RAM Lindaman! Then he back drops Lindaman! SPLASH! Cover, TWO!
Fans rally up and Connors stomps in the corner. Lindaman rises and Connors takes aim. But Lindaman knees the spear away! And then clinches for an EXPLODER! Tag to Zayne and he storms up to Connors. Zayne puts Connors in a corner, but then BOOTS Taguchi off the apron! Lindaman & Zayne double whip Connors corner to corner, then Lindaman whips Zayne in for an elbow! Lindaman adds an elbow, then sets up! Zayne runs in to LEAP FROG but Connors SPEARS Lindaman! Connors turns around to POWERSLAM Zayne! Fans fire up and Connors tags Taguchi! The Wild Hips combine their powers!
“ORYA~!” But Lindaman drags Connors out! Taguchi still runs in but Zayne ducks Bum-a-ye! Lindaman slides in, he and Zayne coordinate, and Lindaman lifts Taguchi! SUPERKICK GERMAN SUPLEX! DOUBLE BRIDGE! TWO!! Taguchi survives but Lindaman says it’s time for a twist! Fans fire up as Zayne goes to the apron, but wait! Connors has a TACO!! Zayne’s favorite! Connors lures Zayne away and Lindaman shouts at him to eat later! Connors drops the taco and Zayne pounces on it! Taguchi ENZIGURIS Lindaman! Taguchi tags Connors! The Wild Hips coordinate, POUNCE HIP!! Fans fire up and they get Lindaman back up!
Zayne is still eating, and Taguchi shouts for the “Oshirigiri!” Fans clap along, but Zayne is done eating! He grabs Connors, and feeds him to the booty! Taguchi sees Lindaman on the outside and tells him that’s what he gets! But wait, Lindaman’s outside, so who’s…? OH NO! Taguchi realizes what happened! Lindaman drags him out, Zayne wraps Connors up, TACO DRIVER!! Cover, #GLEATSAUCE wins!
Winners: Alex Zayne & El Lindaman, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Wild Hips earn 0)
Zayne may have been distracted by his stomach, but he and Lindaman still come out the winners! Will they stay hungry until they have the trophies? Will the Wild Hips be able to get back on their feet next round?
Super Jr. Tag League 2022: Robbie Eagles & Tiger Mask VS DOUKI & Yoshinobu Kanemaru!
The Flying Tigers faltered last round, but Japones Del Mal & The Heel Master have yet to even score! Can Douki & Kanemaru kick Eagles & Tiger while they’re down? Or will the Flying Tigers take flight once again?
The teams sort out and Douki starts against Tiger. Fans rally and the two circle. Douki kicks low, wrenches and hammerlocks. Tiger reaches back to hit a flying-mare! Douki staggers up, he RAMS Tiger at the ropes, then runs. Tiger drops, Douki rolls over, but Tiger sweeps the legs! Tiger whips then FLYING CHOPS Douki! Douki gets up but he avoids the flying chops this time! Douki has the arms for a motorcycle stretch, but Tiger kangaroo kicks free! Fans rally, Tiger kicks Douki down. Tiger stands Douki up, to ROLLING SOBAT back down! Tag to Eagles, he drags Douki up and whips him to ropes.
Eagles ELBOWS Douki down, stands him back up and whips again, to DROPKICK! Cover, ONE!! Douki won’t be beat so easily, but Eagles bumps him off buckles. Tag to Tiger, and Tiger KICKS Douki low! Then he KICKS Douki down! Tiger stomps Douki around, brings him up, but Douki RAMS him into the Suzuki-Gun corner. The ref calls the ropebreak but Douki pulls at Tiger’s mask. Douki lets off with a kick, then stomps Tiger more. Tiget throws body shots and an UPPERCUT! And another! Tiger runs, but Douki does the splits! Tiger tumbles out and Kanemaru’s right on him! Douki DECKS Eagles while Kanemaru POSTS Tiger!
Kanemaru stomps Tiger around, then Douki joins him in stomping Tiger down. The ref reprimands, Kanemaru puts Tiger in, and then they both stomp away on him! The ref reprimands again but Suzuki-Gun stops at 4. Douki CHOKES Tiger! Eagles protests but the ref has to keep him back now. Douki tags Kanemaru and Kanemaru drags Tiger up to scoop and SLAM! Kanemaru then goes to the apron to slingshot senton! Cover, TWO! Kanemaru tags Douki and Douki drags Tiger up. Douki throws Tiger out, then he DECKS Eagles! Kanemaru snapmares Tiger to then stomp him again. Douki goes to the apron to DIVING DOUBLE STOMP!
The ref reprimands but Kanemaru goes after Eagles. Douki drags Tiger up to suplex, but Tiger blocks! The ring count climbs, Tiger knees Douki low, then scoops to BACKBREAKER! Both men are down and the count is 10 of 20! The count climbs to 15 while both men stir. The count is 18 and both men slowly stand up! They both get in at 19! Fans rally and Tiger crawls. But Douki keeps him from Eagles! Tiger kicks, Douki blocks, but the SPIN BACK KICK knocks Douki down! Hot tag to Eagles! Eagles ELBOWS Kanemaru, RANAS Douki, then WHEEL KICKS him down! Eagles kips up, builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit on Kanemaru, and a Young Lion is there to keep Eagles from hitting fans!
Fans fire up and Eagles goes back for Douki in the ring. Eagles aims from the apron, springboards in but Douki gets under! Douki kicks low and reels Eagles in, but Eagles fights the suplex. Eagles wrenches out, Tiger gets in, and he KICKS! Eagles SUPERKICKS, then they DOUBLE BUZZSAW! Cover, Kanemaru breaks it! Tiger kicks Kanemaru out and Eagles drags Douki by a leg. But Douki kicks at Eagles, so Eagles steps through for a spinning toehold! Eagles goes to a corner, fans fire up and Eagles climbs up. Eagles encourages the fans to get louder and they do. 450, but Douki moves! Eagles rolls through, BOOTS Douki, but runs into Kanemaru’s cheap shot!
Douki dropkicks Eagles’ leg out and hot tags Kanemaru! Kanemaru storms in and he drags Eagles up. Kanemaru whips, and then dropkicks the legs out! And then he SMASHES the knee on the mat! Kanemaru drags Eagles up, for a SHINBREAKER! Douki runs in to dropkick the leg! Eagles hobbles, Douki clotheslines him in the corner! Kanemaru adds an elbow, Douki climbs up. BRITISH FALL to DOUBLE STOMPS! Cover, Tiger breaks it! Tiger fires off KICKS on Douki, BOOTS Kanemaru, but runs into a dropkick tot he legs! Douki basement dropkicks Tiger out, then PLANCHAS to take him down!
Kanemaru scoops Eagles again for a SLAM! Kanemaru goes up top, MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO!! Eagles is still in this and Kanemaru is furious! Kanemaru drags Eagles up, suplexes, but Eagles slips out. But the leg jams! Kanemaru kicks the leg, trips Eagles, but Eagles kicks him way. Kanemaru comes back to BOOT, then he kicks the leg again. Kanemaru runs and tilt-o-whirls but Eagles throws him away to roll him up! With a bridge! FLYING TIGERS WIN!
Winners: Robbie Eagles & Tiger Mask, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Douki & Kanemaru earn 0)
The Heel Master got outsmarted and Eagles snipes the points! Will Eagles & Tiger be able to keep up the momentum? Will Douki & Kanemaru ever get on the board?
Super Jr. Tag League 2022: Ace Austin & Chris Bey VS SHO & Dick Togo!
Bullet Club meets Bullet Club! Unless the House of Torture has truly splintered off. Will the Murder Machine & Spoiler stack the deck? Or will the hot hand of #InevitableFinesse continue winning big?
Dick calls for the Too Sweet since they’re all “on the same time.” Sho agrees, but Ace & Bey aren’t sure. Fans clap for it, so Ace & Bey accept. They throw it up, but then Dick & Sho kick them low! The bell rings as Dick bumps Ace off buckles and Sho throws haymakers on Bey. Sho throws Bey out and Dick digs his boots into Ace. Sho also digs his boots in but the ref reprimands and counts. Dick & Sho let off, Dick ROCKS Ace with a right, then Dick & Sho double whip Ace corner to corner. Dick runs in but Ace dodges! Ace BOOTS Sho, then kicks Dick! Bey gets in, he and Ace stomp a mudhole! They double whip, then Ace pommels off Bey to ROUNDHOUSE Dick!
Bey runs and Ace sets up, FINESSE IN MOTION! Feed to the drop toehold and LOW KICK, then DOUBLE STOMPS! Bey triangle jump kicks Sho off the apron, and Ace hits the FLOP! Direct hit and down goes Sho! Fans fire up and Bey drags Dick up. Bey pokes Dick in the eye then ROCKS him with a haymaker! Dick staggers around, into another eye poke! The ref reprimands but Bey kicks Dick around. Bey whips Dick to a corner, runs in and clotheslines! Dick drops and Bey tells him this is what he gets for the cheap shots. Bey stands on Dick’s head, but lets off as the ref counts. Bey snapmares Dick to then UPPERCUT him in the back! Cover, TWO!
Bey wraps on a chinlock and grinds Dick down. Dick pulls Bey’s hair and wrenches out! Dick wrenches the arm, whips Bey to the corner, and the blue buckle pad is gone! Sho pretends to have no idea what happened, but then he CLAWS Bey’s eyes while Dick distracts the ref! Dick stomps Bey down, he drags Bey up, then he whips him to ropes. Dick ELBOWS Bey down, then stomps him around. Tag to Sho and Dick stands on Bey’s hair to keep him down! Sho digs his heel into Bey’s leg, then drags him up. Bey throws body shots and forearms, but Sho CLAWS the eyes! Sho throws Bey out and distracts the ref so Dick can DECK Bey!
Dick puts Bey in while the ref is busy with Ace. Sho gets Bey with a ROPE GUILLOTINE! Cover, TWO! Sho has the ARMBAR! But Bey clasps hands! So Sho shifts to a short arm scissors! Bey fights to stack Sho in a cover, TWO! Fans rally, but Sho stays between Bey and Ace. Sho stomps Bey, drags him up and whips him into the bare buckles! Tag to Dick and Dick DECKS Bey! Dick and Sho stand on Bey’s head! The ref reprimands, the House of Torture let off, and Dick drags Bey back up. Dick wrenches and hooks Bey up in a cobra twist! Bey endures, Sho gets in to DECK Ace! Dick snapmares Bey and has the ref watch Ace. FIST DROP! Cover, TWO!
Dick is frustrated but the fans rally up. Dick tags Sho, Sho laughs at Bey. Sho drags Bey by his arm and twists the arm. Sho whips Bey into buckles again! Bey clutches his arm, but Sho brings him out. Sho back suplexes but Bey lands on his feet! Bey wrenches Sho’s arm, but Sho gets around to a waistlock. Bey elbows free, then PELES Sho down! Fans fire up while Bey crawls, hot tag to Ace! Ace LEG LARIATS Sho, DECKS Dick, then ROUNDHOUSES Sho down! Fans fire up as Ace whips and DROPKICKS Sho! Sho wants mercy but Ace says nope! Ace drags Sho up, Sho wrenches out and throws a forearm!
Ace throws a forearm back, so Sho throws another. Fans rally up as the two go back and forth. Ace SOBATS, then he reels Sho in. But Sho schoolboys with tights! TWO, Ace KNEES low then knee LIFTS! Sho ducks the heel kick to shove Ace into bare buckles! Dick BLASTS Bey, and Sho drags Ace into a BOW ‘N’ ARROW! Dick lines up the shot, slingshot senton onto the Bow ‘n’ Arrow! Sho grins as he wraps on SNAKE BITE!! Ace endures and flails around while Dick plays defense. But Bey shoulders into Dick, slingshots over him and CLOBBERS Sho! Dick throws Bey back out and drags Ace up.
Dick & Sho mug Ace, double whip, and double kick! But Bey gets in to save Ace from the double suplex! Bey whips Ace to ropes and then sets up, Ace pommels and ROUNDHOUSES Sho! Bey SUPER FOREARMS Dick! Fans fire up and Bey fires up, too! Bey and Ace line it up, A B- NO, Dick uses the ref as a shield! Sho anchors Ace in the corner, and here come Yujiro & Evil! The House of Torture is always ready to pounce! Evil & Yujiro stomp Bey while Sho & Dick stomp Ace! Dick feeds Ace to a PIMP CANE SHOT! Then they all stomp Bey together! Evil drags Bey up and coordinates with Dick, MAGIC KILLER!
The House of Torture laughs at Bey, they all Too Sweet him, and then Sho has his wrench! Dick drags Bey up, Sho takes aim, but Ace drags Sho out! Bey wrenches and HEEL KICKS Dick! Ace KNEES Evil! And he dodges Yujiro on the apron to PENALTY KICK! Fans fire up and Bey builds speed, TOO SWEET CONJILO! Then Bey and Ace set up again, A B C CUTTER! And THE FOLD!! Cover, Ace & Bey win!
Winners: Ace Austin & Chris Bey, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Dick & Sho earn 0)
The House always tries to stack the deck, but they fell like a house of cards! Will they just give up on cheating? As for Ace & Bey, is it inevitable that they take the trophies?
Super Jr. Tag League 2022: TJP & Francesco Akira VS BUSHI & Titán!
Catch 2/2 has two wins for four points, but they’re facing the very team that almost took the titles off them at Battle Autumn! Will the Black Mask & El Inmortal score big off the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions? Or will the Public Enemy & Nova Fireball just conquer the ungovernables again?
As before, The Orchestrator, Gideon Grey, is here to give the champions their introductions. The teams sort out and Gideon rallies the fans for “CATCH! NI NI!” already. Titan steps up, and he starts against TJP. They circle, tie up, and TJ shoots around to a waistlock. TJP hammerlocks an arm, has the wristlock, but Titan rolls, handsprings, bridges, and handsprings more to then wrench back. Titan has the wristlock now, but TJP rolls, spins, cartwheels, and drags Titan down into the twisting headscissors! TJP tries to kip free but Titan holds tight. TJP bridges, moves around, and headstands! Fans applaud the balance!
TJP slowly sets down, pops free, and pats Titan on the leg. But Titan ducks the Penalty Kick! Titan rolls TJP but he rolls through to kick low. TJP pulls at the mask! Red Shoes reprimands but TJP climbs up on the corner to get at the strings! Red Shoes counts, TJP lets off and whips Titan corner to corner. Titan goes up and over and handsprings away! Things speed up, Titan RANAS TJP down! Tag to Bushi, Titan KICKS TJP, then LIJ double whip. They drop and sidestep, then leap frog to SOBAT, dropkick the legs and basement dropkick TJP down! Akira runs in, but into a double hip toss! And he gets DOUBLE BASEMENT DROPKICKS!
Catch 2/2 regroups on the outside as fans fire up, and LIJ double slingshots! Catch 2/2 slide inside but LIJ land on the apron! They both shoulder in, but into DOUBLE TARANTULAS! Red Shoes reprimands and counts the ropebreaks, Catch 2/2 let off together. TJP tosses Titan and Akira drags Bushi in. TJP drags Bushi up, Catch 2/2 double whip to SOBAT, KICK, KICK and BASEMENT SHOTGUN! Cover, TWO! Fans applaud and TJP drags Bushi over. Tag to Akira and Akira stomps Bushi down. Akira takes Bushi’s shirt off and offers it to the fans. Fans rally for the free souvenir, but then Akira just throws it down on the ground.
But Bushi fires off forearms on Akira! Akira CHOPS Bushi to a corner, then whips him corner to corner. Akira runs in and clotheslines! Akira snapmares, covers, TWO! Akira drags Bushi up, bumps him off buckles then tags in TJP. Catch 2/2 double whip and double atomic drop, to then RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP NECKBREAKER COMBO! Cover, TWO! Bushi hangs tough but TJP sits him up to KNEE him in the back. TJP wraps on a straitjacket stretch and pulls Bushi back. Bushi endures, reaches out, but TJP turns him over to then hook a leg. Fans rally and TJP messes with Bushi’s mask! Red Shoes reprimands so TJP stops.
TJP rolls and dropkicks Bushi back down! Cover, TWO! TJP keeps cool while fans now clap for “L I J! L I J!” TJP drags Bushi up but Bushi throws elbows. TJP ELBOWS Bushi on the back, then EuroUppers in the corner. TJP whips corner to corner, runs in, but into a BOOT! Bushi runs to RANA TJP down! Fans fire up and Bushi crawls for his corner, hot tag to Titan! Titan springboards to CROSSBODY TJP down! Titan blocks a punch, knuckle locks and CHOPS, to go up and up and tightrope walk. Akira rushes in but Titan springboard MISSILE DROPKICKS him back out! Titan dodges TJP but TJP puts him on the apron.
TJP runs, but into a BODY SCISSORS THROW! Titan then slingshots, fires up, and builds speed to FLY! Direct hit on Catch 2/2! Fans fire up and Titan roars! Titan drags TJP up, puts him in, and Titan fireman’s carries to LANDSLIDE! Cover, TWO! Fans rally again and Titan calls to Bushi. Titan kicks TJP to a corner and Bushi joins him. LIJ double whip TJP corner to corner, then Titan rallies the fans. Titan runs corner to corner but TJP goes up and over! Akira drags Bushi out while TJP TORNADO DDT- Titan handsprings through it?! Fans fire up as Titan wags his finger. TJP kicks low, but runs into Titan’s TORNADO-
WAIT! TJP handsprings through it!! TJP and Titan go forehead to forehead and they both fire up! The forearms start flying and fans rally as they get faster and faster! TJP gets the edge, but Titan SOBATS! Titan runs, but into a SUPERKICK! TJP runs, but Titan goes Matrix! Only to get caught for an inverted suplex! But Titan slips out to! waistlock! TJP switches but Titan elbows free. Titan runs, TJP goes to the corner to go up and out and SPRINGBOARD FLYING DDT!! Tag to Akira, and TJP drags Titan up. TJP hoists Titan up top, climbs up after him, and drags Titan onto an Electric Chair?! Akira goes up, SUPER DUPER STEINER!!
TJP then aims, MAMBA SPLASH!! Cover, Bushi breaks it!! Fans fire up as Bushi brings TJP up. TJP throws Bushi out and goes out after him. Gideon rallies the fans for “CATCH! NI NI!” Akira drags Titan up, ROCKS him with a forearm, and eggs him on. Titan CHOPS Akira back! Akira CHOPS Titan! Titan drops to a knee, but he rises up to CHOP again! Akira forearms, Titan SOBATS! Titan whips corner to corner but Akira reverses! Akira runs in to SHOTGUN Titan! Fans fire up with Akira as he brings Titan up, but Titan GOURD BUSTERS Akira first! And SUPERKICKS! Both men are down and fans are thunderous!
Titan crawls, hot tag to Bushi! Bushi has the fans fire up more as he climbs, MISSILE DROPKICK! Bushirooni! Bushi BLASTS TJP, runs in to ELBOW Akira, then he brings Akira out. Akira swings, into a spin and DDT! Cover, TWO! Fans rally again and Bushi brings Akira up. FISHERMAN- NO, Akira slips out! Bushi kicks low, runs, but Akira follows to wheelbarrow! But Bushi makes it a BACKSTABBER! Titan gets in, he stomps Akira to a corner, then LIJ double whip corner to corner. Bushi runs in to elbow! Then he sets up, INMORTAL IN MOTION! Feed to Bushi, DROPKICK SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!
Fans rally up again as Bushi and Titan fire up! Titan winds up and aims at Akira in the corner, LOCO LARIAT! Akira staggers, into the CODE- NO, Akira flips free! SUPERKICK takes Bushi out! Akira springboards in, TJP SUPERKICKS him! Catch 2/2 DOUBLE SUPERKICK Bushi! They set Bushi up in the Electric Chair, but he fights free! Bushi shoves TJP at the corner but Akira leaps over! Bushi kicks Akira and whips him to ropes, Akira reverses and TJP gets in, ALLEY-OOP! TJP turns Bushi over and fans rally with “CATCH! NI NI!” They sit Bushi up and run, but Titan drags Akira out! Bushi ducks TJP’s knee!
Bushi dropkicks TJP’s leg out! TJP bails out and fans rally up again. Bushi drags Akira up but Akira CHOPS! Akira runs, but Titan SOBATS! Bushi sunset flips and Akira springboards, SPLASH! Bushi covers, TJP breaks it! Fans fire up while Titan is frustrated. TJP kicks Titan, runs, but Titan DROPKICKS TJP out! Titan builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit at the ramp! Bushi aims at Akira, CODE- NO, Akira throws it away! SNAP DRAGON! Akira roars, runs, but into a CODE BREAKER!! ANGEL INMORTAL!!! Cover, LIJ WINS!!!
Winners: Bushi & Titan, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Catch 2/2 earn 0)
The champions won in the Fall, but now they have fallen! What does this mean for their run in the league and their reign as IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions?
As for LIJ, Titan already grabs the title belts. Those aren’t theirs yet, but they’re hungry for them. Titan gives the belts to TJP so that Catch 2/2 can leave. But Bushi gets the mic to then say, “OI, champion team! We beat you! Everyone here is a witness to the fact that we beat you.” Bushi then introduces fans here to Titán! Titan gets the mic, and he says, in Japanese, “Sorry, I can’t speak very much Japanese.” And then in Spanish, “We’re still gunning for Akira’s and TJP’s belts! Those IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championships! I’ll go to Mexico City, a belt around my waist. With my companion, Bushi, by my side! Let’s do it, partner!”
Fans applaud and Titan hands the mic back to Bushi. Bushi says that’s right, they do want those titles. “This league has only just started, but we will win the Super Junior Tag League, and the next time we’re in Gifu, we’ll be the champs! EN SERIO! MA-JI-DE!” Black Mask & El Inmortal are serious, but will they take the trophies and the belts?
Here are the NEW Super Jr. Tag League standings!
Austin & Bey: 3-0, 6 points
Bushi & Titan: 2-1, 4 points
TJP & Akira: 2-1, 4 points
Zayne & Lindaman: 2-1, 4 points
Yoh & Lio: 2-1, 4 points
Eagles & Tiger Mask: 2-1, 4 points
KUSHIDA & Knight: 1-2, 2 points
Taguchi & Connors: 1-2, 2 points
Sho & Dick: 0-3, 0 points
Douki & Kanemaru: 0-3, 0 points
Another great night for this series, but I’m surprised the Super Jr. Tag League went two times in a row. World Tag League is Saturday, and then we get a HUGE hybrid show on Sunday, both tournaments on the same card. And guess what? That win for LIJ against Suzuki-Gun was another count-out. NJPW sure loves hammering home what’s coming next, cuz as I’ve said before, this has to lead to a No Count Outs type match for the KOPW.
Anyway, not surprising is Douki & Kanemaru still being 0-3 and same for Sho & Dick. Another unsurprising thing was Evil & Yujiro trying to help. And if not now, I don’t know when they’re going to finally have the story where House of Torture breaks off from, or is kicked out of, Bullet Club prime. They clearly don’t get along with the main branch (in kayfabe) and should just be their own group so they can recruit more people and be more than four guys, and sometimes Pieter. Then they can be THE Heel faction that fans can all boo and give thumbs down for what they do.
Great wins for Yoh & Lio, as well as Zayne & Lindaman. I especially liked Connors pulling a Jurassic World “taming raptors” move with that taco, but I am surprised it didn’t cost Zayne & Lindaman. And an awesome main event for Catch 2/2 VS LIJ in a rematch from Battle Autumn. How great that LIJ got the win here, and it is fitting into what I’ve been thinking, where Bushi & Titan get the trophies and the titles at WrestleKingdom so that all of LIJ has something. This also leaves Ace & Bey as the one and only undefeated team in the block already, their match with Catch 2/2 could be made into one that decides who moves on to the finals.
My Score: 8.6/10
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Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (6/2/23)
Champions are on a Rampage!
Four championships on one Friday night!
AEW Rampage hosts FOUR (non AEW) championship matches on one night! Will the champions make it through with their titles?
- AAA Mega Championship Triple Threat: El Hijo del Vikingo VS Komander VS Dralistico; Vikingo wins and retains the title.
- NJPW World Television Championship: Zack Sabre Jr. VS Action Andretti; ZSJ wins and retains the title.
- NJPW Strong Women’s Championship: Willow Nightingale VS Emi Sakura; Willow wins and retains the title.
- ROH Pure Championship: Katsuyori Shibata VS Lee Moriarty; Shibata wins and retains the title.
PLAY BY PLAY
AAA Mega Championship Triple Threat: El Hijo del Vikingo VS Komander VS Dralistico w/ Jose!
Two of these men teamed up just last night on ROH to win a Six Man Tag, but now they are opponents for the top title in AAA Lucha Libre. Meanwhile, La Faccion Ingobernable’s Prince of Silver and Gold is hungry for gold, will he take it away from Vikingo?
The bell rings and the three circle. Fans rally up for “LUCHA! LUCHA!” and “LUCHA LIBRE!” Dralistico swings, Vikingo dodges, but then Komander ducks Vikingo’s kick! Dralistico picks Vikingo up, throws him at Komander, but Komander throws Vikingo back. Vikingo wheelbarrows and arm-drags Dralistico but handsprings through. Vikingo dodges Komander now, shoves him to ropes, but Komander springboards! Vikingo gets under the crossbody, Komander tumbles and rolls but Dralistico jumps over, and then Vikingo jumps over Dralistico. Komander jumps over Vikingo, Dralistico jumps over Komander again, and they cycle continues!
Fans fire up for jump after jump, and then the three stand off. Dralistico raises the LFI fist and the three circle. Dralistico shoves the other two to then DOUBLE SHOTGUN! They bail out, Dralistico runs to FLY! Dralistico wipes both men out and fans fire up! Dralistico RAMS Komander into steel steps, and then he runs and RAMS Vikingo into railing! Fans cheer, Jose pats Dralistico on the shoulder and Dralistico goes back to BOOT Komander down. Dralistico puts Komander in, aims and springboards, to SWANTON! Cover, TWO! Dralistico wants a faster count but the ref says his count was fair.
Dralistico stomps Komander but fans taunt him. Dralistico bails out, tells the fans he’s done with them, but then they boo. Dralistico goes back to the ring, brings Komander up and tells everyone to hush. Dralistico CHOPS and Komander sits right down! Fans cheer as Dralistico says one more time, and he CHOPS, and CHOPS, and whips Komander. Komander reverses, runs in but is put on the apron. Dralistico swings, Komander blocks, and then Komander CHOPS! Komander slingshots up but Dralistico trips him! Dralistico ROCKS Komander, puts him in the ropes, and then goes up the corner.
Fans fire up as Dralistico WOE STOMPS Komander to the apron!! Fans fire up but then Vikingo gets in to go up and up and AIRHARA MOONSAULT! Direct hit on Dralistico and the fans are thunderous! Vikingo gets Dralistico and Komander in the ring, and then runs in at the corner. Dralistico stands up into the GAMANGIRI! Vikingo goes up the corner, to IMPLODER DRAGON RANA!! Fans fire up as Vikingo keeps Dralistico in the ring to then go up the ropes, OUTSIDE-IN PHOENIX SPLASH!! Cover, Komander breaks it! Fans fire up as this continues, they love “LUCHA! LUCHA!”
Vikingo GAMANGIRIS Dralistico, Komander adds a knee, and they double whip corner to corner. Vikingo sends Komander in but Dralistico TOSSES him out! Vikingo and Dralistico step up face to face, and Vikingo CHOPS! Dralistico CHOPS! Vikingo CHOPS again! Dralistico drops to a knee, and fans rally up. Vikingo throws forearms but Dralistico gives them back. Dralistico then SOBATS, KNEES, and runs, but into a SCREW HIGH KICK! Cover, TWO! Dralistico survives and Vikingo is a bit surprised. Fans continue to rally as Vikingo sees Komander on the apron. Vikingo storms up to throw forearms on Komander while Rampage goes picture in picture.
Vikingo GAMANGIRIS Komander down to the floor, then he fires forearms on Dralistico. Vikingo gets the fans fired up as he whips corner to corner. Dralistico reverses, runs in, but Vikingo puts him on the apron. Dralistico bumps Viking off buckles, ROUNDHOUSES him, then springboards, FLYING CODE BREAKER! Cover, TWO! Vikingo is still in this and Jose is upset. Dralistico drags Vikingo up, pushes him to ropes, then goes out to look under the ring. He brings out a TABLE! Jose helps Dralistico set that up at ringside, then Dralistico goes to fetch Vikingo. Komander is there but Dralistico ROCKS him and RAMS him into railing.
Dralistico CHOKES Vikingo against the railing, Rampage returns to single picture, and Dralistico puts Vikingo in the ring. Fans rally up, Dralistico runs to SUPERKICK Komander in the corner! Dralistico tranquilos on the top rope and fans are torn. Dralistico runs side to side again but Komander avoids the boot wash to GAMANGIRI! Komander springboards and double jumps, FLYING RANA!! Not the cleanest but fans fire up. Vikingo returns, Komander goes Matrix to then arm-drag Vikingo around! And dropkick! Fans fire up again as Vikingo brawls with Dralistico on the outside, and Komander climbs the far corner!
Komander tightrope walks to double jump MOONSAULT! “This is Awesome!” as Komander puts Dralistico in the ring. Komander goes up the corner again, tightrope walks again, 450 SPLASH!! Cover, but Vikingo DIVING DOUBLE STOMPS it apart! Fans fire up as Dralistico flops out onto the table. Vikingo whips Komander, Komander reverses, but Vikingo goes up and Komander hits buckles! Vikingo then springboards to FLYING POISON-RANA Komander down!! Vikingo puts Komander out on the table with Dralistico, and then runs the ropes! Fans fire up as Vikingo goes up and 630 SENTONS through the senton!!
“This is Awesome!” but Dralistico avoided disaster! Dralistico puts Vikingo in, slashes his throat, POWER- RANA!! Cover, VIKINGO WINS!!
Winner: El Hijo del Vikingo, by pinfall (still AAA Mega Champion)
Dralistico is furious that victory was snatched away from him in an instant! But this is why you cannot underestimate El Hijo del Vikingo! Will his AAA Mega reign continue through the summer?
Backstage interview with Team Triple J.
Lexi Nair is with Jay Lethal, Sonjay Dutt, Satnam Singh, as well as Jeff & Karen Jarrett, “and the talk all week has been that you, Sonjay Dutt, and your group will be suspended.” WHAT?! Fined? Suspended? The only ones who should be facing that is AEW itself! They backed Triple J into a corner and they came out swinging like any real fighters would! Lethal feels that there should be consequences for Aubrey Edwards! She’s been against Triple J since the dawn of time! Something needs to be done about her! Jeff adds that there’s been enough talk these past five days. Should the heat go on the promotion? Should the heat go on Briscoe? On Aubrey?
The reality of the fact is, these five people are walking, talking, fire-breathing heat! But wait, here comes Mark Briscoe! He wants everyone to simmer down. There will be no suspensions, he assures us that. Mark talked with Tony Khan, Tony promised them there would be no suspensions. Because if Triple J is suspended, then they can’t be here. Because if they aren’t here, then they can’t get the ass whooping they deserve! Lethal wants Mark to hold on but Mark tells Lethal to shut up! We ain’t talking about Lethal! We’re talking about Jeff and KAREN! What?! “We?” Who is “we?!” AUBREY EDWARDS!!
Triple J cannot believe this. Aubrey wants Karen? Then there’s nothing but air and opportunity between them. So then Aubrey CHOKES Karen!! Karen and Aubrey start scrapping and Triple J, other refs and security rush in to stop this! When and where will Double J & the one true Karen have to face off with the Sussex County Chicken and one pissed off zebra?
NJPW World Television Championship: Zack Sabre Jr. VS Action Andretti!
Speaking of just last night on ROH, the Frontman of TMDK just defended this belt against Rocky Romero to prove a point to “Samoan Joseph” about who is the better, harder working Television Champion. And here he is again as part of this championship edition of Rampage! Will the ZSJ Show continue on into the summer block? Or will NJPW have some #LightsCameraAction?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if Action gets his 15 minutes of fame!
The bell rings and we’re on the clock. The two circle, fans rally, feel things out, and ZSJ shoots in to waistlock and full nelson. Then he spins Action to a cravat, but Action pries at the hold. ZSJ facelocks now, Action wrenches out of that but ZSJ rolls and slips away. Fans cheer this opening exchange and the two reset. Action shoots in but ZSJ avoids him. They tie up with knuckle locks, ZSJ bridges back and wrenches around to then wrangle Action with a top wristlock. Fans cheer and ZSJ digs a knee into the shoulder. Action rolls, cartwheels, arm-drags, but fans cheer as ZSJ holds onto the wrist!
ZSJ twists the wrist, bends the fingers, drags Action up and wrenches the arm to wrangle him again. Action keeps his shoulders up, fans rally, and Action kips up to wrench and MONKEY FLIP! But ZSJ still holds onto the wrist! Fans rally, ZSJ bends the fingers and he tortures Action’s arm. Action fights up but ZSJ keeps after the fingers. ZSJ flexes but Action stands. Action spins, flips and arm-drags free! Action then CHOPS ZSJ, then knuckle locks to go up and up and FLYING ARM-DRAG! ZSJ flounders up, Action DROPKICKS him down! Fans fire up as Action runs to IMPLODER TORNILLO! Cover, TWO!
ZSJ is still in this but he goes to a corner. Action runs in, but ZSJ dodges. Action goes up, leaps, and FLYING RANAS! ZSJ bails out, fans fire up and Action builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit into the railing! Fans are fired up with Action and he brings ZSJ back up. Action puts ZSJ in, slingshots, but ZSJ shoves him! Action lands safe but swings into body scissors, which ZSJ makes into a HANGING TRIANGLE! ZSJ did this to Rocky last night! The ref counts, ZSJ lets go at 4 and he drags Action back in, to WRING the arm out! Fans sing “OH~ Zack Sabre Junior~” as he stalks Action. ZSJ sits on the arm, hammerlocks it, and TWISTS!
Action writhes while fans are torn over the savagery. ZSJ gets Action’s leg, steps over to get the arm, and he STOMPS the arm! “OI! TV Tekkers, mates!” ZSJ stalks Action to a corner, brings him up and UPPERCUTS! And UPPERCUTS! “This is Awesome!” and ZSJ knuckle locks to wrench Action. Action endures as ZSJ twists the wrist more, and then ZSJ KICKS a leg. Action stays up so ZSJ wrenches and twists the wrist. Action throws body shots and CHOPS! ZSJ jumps on to drag Action down to a DISARMER! Action endures, reaches out, and fans rally. Action kicks around, ZSJ pulls on the arm, but Action gets the ROPEBREAK!
ZSJ lets go in frustration but he storms up to drag Action up. ZSJ has a double wristlock but Action endures. Fans rally, ZSJ jumps on to body scissor! Action stays up but ZSJ keeps on that arm. Action throws body shots, then suplexes high and HARD! Both men are down and fans are thunderous! Action roars, runs, springboards, BEAUTIFUL DISASTER! Cover, TWO! ZSJ survives and fans rally up again. Action brings ZSJ up, but ZSJ fights the torture rack to wrench and PELE the arm! And then he drop toeholds Action so he can STOMP the arm again! Fans are torn while Action clutches the bad shoulder.
ZSJ drags Action up, but Action blocks the Pele to ENZIGURI! Action puts ZSJ up top, CHOPS him, then climbs up after him. But ZSJ gets the bad arm to twist it! And YANK it! Action throws body shots, forearms, but ZSJ DECKS Action! ZSJ eggs on the fans, the fans cheer, and Action kips up! PELE!! Action runs corner to corner and jumps up to SUPER STEINER!! Cover, TWO!! ZSJ survives and Action can’t believe it! Action drags ZSJ up, torture racks, but ZSJ has a SLEEPER! Action sputters, he starts fading! But Action powers up! ZSJ lets go, slips free, but Action drops to victory roll! TWO!!!
ZSJ KICKS Action in the leg! And then KICKS him in the arm! ZSJ is mad now, but he runs into a SUPERKICK! Action goes up, POISON-RANA!! ZSJ flops around, Action runs in again, “This is Awesome!” as Action SHOTGUNS ZSJ down! ZSJ is in the drop zone, Action goes up, SPLIT-LEG MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO!! ZSJ survives again but Action goes right to the apron. Action springboards, but flies into a TAKEDOWN! FUJIWARA ARMBAR!!! Action flails around, but ZSJ gets the other arm! Modified Rings of Saturn, into JIM BREAKS ARMBAR!! Action verbally quits, ZSJ wins!!
Winner: Zack Sabre Jr, by submission (still NJPW World TV Champion)
Action’s 15 minutes of fame were really just over 10 minutes as The Frontman does it again! But now he moves on to defend this title at NJPW Dominion on Sunday against Jeff Cobb in a highly anticipated rematch. The Mighty Don’t Kneel, but will ZSJ get crushed by the Imperial Unit?
NJPW Strong Women’s Championship: Willow Nightingale VS Emi Sakura!
The Babe with the Power, too sweet to be sour, is the very-first NJPW Strong Women’s Champion after a powerful run at Resurgence. But will Willow make it through her first defense? Or will the Queen of Joshi take Willow’s throne already?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and one way or another, we witness a historic first defense!
The bell rings and the two RAM each other! Fans rally up as Emi and Willow RAM shoulders again! And again! Emi eggs Willow on so she says okay! Willow runs, RAMS Emi, but Emi roars! Emi runs, Willow follows and runs Emi over! Fans fire up and Willow waves. Willow brings Emi up to snap suplex! Willow runs up to CHOP Emi in the corner, then follows her along the ropes. Willow CHOPS Emi in the other corner and fans rally up. Willow puts Emi in the third corner, CHOPS, CHOPS and MACHINE GUN CHOPS! Fans fire up but Emi avoids the big chop. Emi runs in but Willow goes out to the apron.
Emi stops from hitting buckles, but Willow still counter punches her! Willow then brings Emi up, and fans fire up as they go up the ropes! Emi fights the suplex, tries to suplex Willow, but Willow fights to try again. But Emi rakes the eyes! Emi runs to BODY CHECK Willow off the apron! Emi goes out, signals to media to move, and laughs before she TOSSES Willow at railing! Fans rally as Emi runs in to SPLASH Willow against the railing! The ring count climbs as Emi drags Willow up and Rampage goes picture in picture.
Emi puts Willow in the ring, taunts the fans a bit, soaks up some heat, and then takes her time going up the steel steps. Willow sits up, Emi steps in, but Willow throws body shots! Emi CHOPS Willow, Willow goes to ropes, and Emi CHOPS her again! Willow goes to a corner, Emi soaks up the heat, and she storms up to CHOP again! And again! And again! Emi swaggers around, storms back up, but Willow CHOPS! And CHOPS! And ROCKS! Willow CHOPS again! Willow falls, Emi hurries to sit her up into a DRAGON SLEEPER! Willow endures, fights around, but Emi cranks the hold!
Fans rally, Willow fights but Emi pushes her to a cover, TWO! Willow is free of the hold, but Emi CHOPS her! And CHOPS her again! Willow eggs Emi on but Emi pokes her in the eye! The ref reprimands but Emi just grins. Emi brings Willow up to HEADBUTT! Willow staggers but she throws body shots. Emi eggs Willow on and SLAPS her! Emi brings Willow around to reel her in and hook the arms. But Willow fights with body shots! Willow fires off but Emi CLUBS her down as Rampage goes to break.
Rampage returns and Willow has Emi in a corner. Willow goes corner to corner to back body block! And clothesline! And snapmare to then go up. Emi stands, Willow MISSILE DROPKICKS! Cover, TWO! Emi survives, maybe even got Willow’s eyes again, but Willow comes back. Willow fireman’s carries but Emi slips fere to the DRAGON SLEEPER! Emi laughs, to TWISTING DDT! Willow staggers to a corner, Emi grins and runs in, BODY CHECK in the corner! Emi goes up top to TWISTING VADER! Cover, TWO!! Willow survives and Emi is frustrated. Emi reels Willow in, hooks the arms, but Willow fights again!
Willow Alabama Lifts but Emi sunset flips! Willow rolls through to BASEMENT CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO!! Emi survives but Willow just runs in, only for Emi to sidestep and roll-up! TWO, but Emi steps over. Willow powers out of La Magistrol, and DOUBLE LARIATS collide! Willow fires up, DOUBLE LARIATS collide again! Willow fires up again, swings, but Emi gets around to CHOP LARIAT!! Both women are down and the fans fire back up! The ref checks and both women are still in this. Emi drags Willow up, fans rally, but Emi underhooks the arms. BUTTERFLY FACEBUSTER!! Emi fires up, she’s not done here!
Fans are thunderous as Emi waits on Willow to rise. Emi then CHOPS, CHOPS, and CHOPS again! MACHINE GUN CHOPS, but Willow shoves her away. Emi CHOP LARIATS, then whips corner to corner. Willow comes back to POUNCE Emi into the corner! Fans fire up as Willow runs to CANNONBALL! And then she drags Emi out to high stack, TWO!! Emi is still in this and fans fire up! But the straps come down and Willow fires up! Fans fire up with her, she reels Emi in to gut wrench, but Emi fights the lift! Emi slips free to SLAP! SLAP! And SLAP! Emi runs, but Willow CLOBBERS her!
Gut wrench, and BABE WITH THE POWER BOMB!! Cover, Willow wins!
Winner: Willow Nightingale, by pinfall (still NJPW Strong Women’s Champion)
Now that’s a first defense for the history books! How much better will Willow make this inaugural reign if this is just the beginning?
BREAKING NEWS for Dynamite!
After their encounter with Dralistico and Preston Vance last Wednesday, #JungleHook reunites for a TEXAS TORNADO TAG MATCH! Will Jack Perry & The FTW Champion tear apart La Faccion Ingobernable?
BIG news for ROH!
On Friday, July 21st in Trenton, New Jersey, ROH returns to PPV with Death Before Dishonor! Tickets go on sale next Friday, June 9th!
Mark Henry welcomes us back to Rampage.
“Tonight, two technical masters go face to face when Lee Moriarty takes on Shibata for the ROH Pure Championship.” Nigel McGuiness says a competitor like Shibata can pick you apart, one body part by another. But Tony Schiavone and Taz say not enough is said about just how talented Moriarty is for such a young wrestler. It looks like there’s been enough talk. It’s TIME for the main event!
ROH Pure Championship: Katsuyori Shibata VS Lee Moriarty!
The Wrestler defended this title just last night on ROH against his student, Alex “The Android” Coughlin. But now he faces #TAIGASTYLE, who has come close to snatching this title for his own not too long ago. Will tonight be Moriarty’s night? Or will Shibata make it through this Pure Wrestling Double Header?
The introductions are made, our judges are BJ Whitmer, Christopher Daniels & Jerry Lynn, and the belt is raised as we see who is truly THE Wrestler!
The bell rings and the clock is ticking on this 60 minute time limit. The two feel things out, Moriarty shoots in but Shibata holds him off with a sprawl. They clinch on the mat, Shibata slips to a waistlock and then a chinlock. Moriarty slips free but Shibata pushes him to a cover, ONE! Shibata wraps Moriarty up with his own arm and then goes for the armbar! Moriarty clasps hands but ends up in a TRIANGLE! Moriarty falls onto the ROPEBREAK, that is his first of three. Shibata even lets Moriarty know it as they reset. They knuckle lock, go shoulder to shoulder, clinch, and Moriarty tries for a leg.
Shibata powers Moriarty down, gets around to a waistlock, and they stand up. Moriarty pries the hold, fans cheer this technical exchange, but then Moriarty elbows free! Moriarty stomps Shibata into a corner, the ref counts, but Moriarty digs his boot in. Fans boo, but Shibata powers up to back Moriarty down! Shibata throws the foot down but Shibata ROCKS him! Moriarty runs to dropkick the legs out! Fans boo while Moriarty grits his teeth, and then the fans rally up for Shibata as Rampage goes picture in picture.
Moriarty mocks the applause as he stands over Shibata. Moriarty then says they can stop all that, and he grabs a leg to DDT the foot! Moriarty kips up, air guitars, and he ties up Shibata’s legs into a unique crisscross toehold. Then he sits with it for a modified stump puller! Shibata’s shoulders are down, Moriarty is practically stealing Darby Allin’s Last Supper! TWO as Shibata kicks out and Moriarty argues the count. Moriarty drags Shibata around, stomps a leg, then stomps it more and more before another DDT to the foot! Moriarty mocks the clapping from the fans, and then he drags Shibata around for a spinning toehold!
Shibata endures as Moriarty ties up the legs into another cross toehold. Moriarty puts Shibata into an Indian Deathlock, then he knuckle locks Shibata for a cover. TWO as Shibata gets an arm up! Moriarty pushes the arm back down, TWO as Shibata gets the other arm up! Moriarty pushes that arm down, TWO as Shibata gets both arms up! Moriarty CHOPS Shibata, pushes on the legs, then lets Shibata go. Moriarty gets a leg, hooks it, and ties Shibata up in another cross toehold, only for Shibata to trip him! Shibata gets Moriarty’s legs, steps through, but Moriarty fights the figure four! Shibata powers through to sync it in!
Moriarty endures, reaches out, but his shoulders are down. TWO as Moriarty sits up, Shibata keeps on the pressure, and Moriarty falls back onto his shoulders. TWO as he sits up again! Shibata has the extended leg caught in a heel hook behind his back! Moriarty falls back again, shoulders are down, TWO as he sits back up! Moriarty endures, reaches out, claws at the hold, and he pries it open. Shibata works to keep it on tight, Moriarty is down again, TWO! Moriarty sits up, Shibata thrashes around, and Rampage returns to single picture. Fans rally, Moriarty drags Shibata along as he reaches back, but Shibata drags him from the ropes!
Moriarty scrambles and goes to the opposite side, ROPEBREAK! That’s his second, he has one left, and we’ve only just past six minutes! Shibata stomps Moriarty’s bad leg, has him in a corner, and he fires off forearms! The ref counts, Shibata fires again and again, but lets off at 4. Shibata runs corner to corner but Moriarty follows to KNEE him in the corner! And then HALF HATCH BRIDGE! TWO as Shibata fights out of the “pancake.” Moriarty HAMMERS away on the back of Shibata’s head! Fans rally, Moriarty suplexes, but Shibata blocks! Shibata powers out but Moriarty kicks low!
Moriarty runs but into a kitchen sink knee! Fans rally, Shibata stomps his legs into working, and he storms up on Moriarty. Shibata drags Moriarty up to whip him to a corner and BOOT! And he fires off more forearms! The ref counts, Shibata runs corner to corner, HYDRAULIC DROPKICK! Fans fire up for that Shibata signature and he drags Moriarty up. HALF HATCH! Cover, TWO! Moriarty is still in this but Shibata clamps right on with a chinlock! Moriarty fights to the ROPEBREAK, but that’s his last! Shibata waistlocks. Moriarty switches to roll up, TWO! But Moriarty rolls with to get the BORDER CITY STRETCH!!
Shibata endures, Moriarty pulls him back, but fans rally up. Shibata rolls things to a cover, TWO! Moriarty ROCKS Shibata, winds up, but Shibata ROCKS Moriarty! And then SLEEPER!! Shibata sits Moriarty down, runs, PENALTY KICK!! Cover, Shibata wins!!
Winner: Katsuyori Shibata, by pinfall (still ROH Pure Champion)
Just past nine minutes and Shibata finishes things off, but wait! Daniel Garcia is here! The Dragonslayer is a former ROH Pure Champion, and he’s walking out right to the ring! Garcia steps in, he swaggers up to Shibata, and it is clear this is what’s next for Shibata. Shibata raises the belt to signal his accepting the challenge, will The Wrestler put down this sports… enner-tay-ner?
A great Rampage here, though I’m surprised this wasn’t just a Battle of the Belts special. Excalibur said it himself on commentary in the main event, but it was great to start off with the epitome of lucha libre and finish on Strong Style technical wrestling. The AAA Mega Championship was a great opener, and was definitely another instance where I’m grateful we can pause things because they were going fast and furious. Or maybe at Flash speeds, since that’s a Warner Brothers movie they could plug. But as I figured going into this, all the champions retained, since none of these were AEW titles (directly, since ROH is a subsidiary of AEW now).
The NJPW World Television Championship continues to be a great title to watch because of the 15 minute time limit speeding things up. Likewise, ZSJ is always a great wrestler to watch, but so hard to write for cuz he has the biggest collection of named signature moves/holds of any wrestler I’ve seen. I had to double check what he was using to make Action tap, because I keep thinking things are Clarky Cat when they’re not Clarky Cat. ZSJ is setting a very high bar for this title, maybe he retains against Cobb at Dominion or maybe he loses, but it’s going to be hard for the second-ever NJPW World TV Champion to match what ZSJ has done.
Great first title defense for Willow and this title, she and Emi put on a great match. I wonder when Willow has her first defense on NJPW Strong, and who she’ll be facing. And we got a great Pure Championship match to finish, and I’m surprised it was so quick, even compared to the NJPW World TV Championship match. But great win for Shibata, I like that Garcia is stepping up, and that’s going to be an awesome match. I don’t know if they’re going to wait until Death Before Dishonor in July for that match, but knowing AEW and ROH, they can find a way to stretch things out. Especially with Garcia also busy being part of JAS and doing JAS things.
My Score: 8.7/10
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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (6/2/23)
Is the Bloodline finished?
SmackDown celebrates The Tribal Chief!
Roman Reigns celebrates 1000 DAYS as WWE Universal Champion, but what does it matter after Jimmy Uso betrayed him at Night of Champions?
- Six Man Tag: The Brawling Brutes VS Austin Theory & Pretty Deadly; Theory & Pretty Deadly win.
- The Good Brothers w/ The OC VS Hit Row w/ B-Fab; The Good Brothers win.
- Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match Qualifier: Zelina Vega VS Lacey Evans; Vega wins and advances to MITB.
- Men’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match Qualifier: LA Knight VS Montez Ford; Knight wins and advances to MITB.
PLAY BY PLAY
Paul Heyman speaks.
“Roman Reigns, your Undisputed WWE Universal Heavyweight Champion, stands at the apex of sports entertainment. Nearly three years ago, Your Tribal Chief reclaimed his Universal Championship. And as time passed, Roman’s title reign has surpassed legends, icons, hall of famers. On the Grandest Stage of Them All, the Head of the Table smashed and stacked his competition. Then humbled a Hall of Famer, and sent a 16-time world champion into the Ocean of Obscurity. Every contender, unable to withstand Roman’s sheer dominance and forced to…” ACKNOWLEDGE him.
“Challenger after challenger, crumble at his feet. And at his second Showcase of the Immortals as your reigning champion, Roman Reigns conquered The Beast, unifying the WWE and Universal titles on his 581st day as the champion in WWE. His power persisted. His Bloodline strengthened. His legacy flourished. Greatness on a different level. And on his 945th day, the greatest champion of any era made history by retaining his championship for the third straight WrestleMania. And now, it’s time to acknowledge the longest reign in over 35 years, over 1000 days. Roman. Reigns…!”
Austin Theory is in the ring.
The Now may not have reached even half of what Roman has achieved, but he is the United States Champion. He welcomes us to Austin Theory Live but the fans boo. Theory says they don’t need to have an attitude. Tonight is a very special night. “Tonight is the celebration of your Tribal Chief, Roman Reigns’ historical title reign. But you know what’s even better than that? If you took Roman’s title reign, and you combined it with the greatest United States Champion of all time… wait for it… Austin Theory’s reign, and you’d have… What is that? A total of 1,209 days! That is impressive. And not only that, it is very inspiring.
“It is almost as inspiring as being the guy who beat John Cena at WrestleMania.” Fans boo but Theory says we should face it. Let’s not be idiots! We all know Theory will have his 1000th day celebration for his title, and a 2000th, and maybe even a 3000th. Probably a 4000th. But if they just keep giving him guys like Sheamus, he’ll be the US Champion forever! “Guys, you really can’t boo me because I’m 25 and I’m the greatest to ever do this. And when you’re this great, everybody wants to gravitate towards you, they wanna be a part of it.” That brings Theory to the guys he wants to bring out.
These two guys did what was right! Theory presents none other than Pretty Deadly! Kit Wilson & Elton Prince make their entrance, and their theme song has a new remix, and they join Theory in the ring. They get mics, and Kit tells Theory, “We came here to tell you, that it was a pleasure destroying those ugly gremlins, the Brawling Brutes.” Elton says that unlike Sheamus, Theory is a champion the people deserve. They wanna show Theory their appreciation for such a good champion, in a way that only they can! “YES BOY~!” And they point to him! Feels good, right? But wait, here come the Brawling Brutes!
Fans fire up as Sheamus leads Ridge Holland & Pete Dunne out to the ring, ready for Fight Night! The ref hurries in to keep the peace, but will Theory & Pretty Deadly be leaving in pieces?
Six Man Tag: The Brawling Brutes VS Austin Theory & Pretty Deadly!
The trios sort out, Ridge starts against Elton. Elton headlocks, Ridge powers out and he CLOBBERS Elton! Fans fire up as Ridge UPPERCUTS Elton, then HEADBUTTS him to a corner. Ridge adds a clothesline, then bumps Elton off the buckle, KICKS him in the back and CLOBBERS him again! Ridge drags Elton up, tags in “Butch,” and they coordinate, suplex dropkick combo! Dunne drags Elton up, wrenches, but Elton throws body shots. Elton RAMS Dunne into the corner, tags in Kit, and Kit runs in to UPPERCUT! Dunne clutches his jaw while fans boo. Kit drops elbows, rains down hands, then covers, TWO!
Kit sits Dunne into a chinlock. Dunne endures, fans rally for Sheamus, and Dunne fights up. Dunne powers out, drops then hurdles to then drop and CLOBBER Kit! Fans fire up, Dunne stands on Kit’s hands, then STOMPS them! Kit ducks the buzzsaw and scrambles away. Tag to Theory, fans boo, and Theory tells Dunne he wants Sheamus! Fans fire up because they want that, too! Dunne tags Sheamus in and the Mohegan Sun Arena are fired up! These two circle, but then Theory bails out, and SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns and Elton has Dunne down with a top wristlock. Fans rally, Dunne endures and he fights up to his feet. But Elton throws him down by his hair! The ref reprimands and fans boo but Elton grabs at Dunne. Dunne grabs Elton’s fingers! Dunne bends the fingers, Elton screams, but Elton CLUBS Dunne down! Tag to Theory and he runs to BLAST Ridge! Theory taunts Sheamus, stomps Dunne, then brings Dunne up to CLUB him down. Fans rally for Dunne but Theory flexes on him. Theory drags Dunne over, tags in Kit, but Dunne kicks at Theory. Kit stomps Dunne, stands him up and UPPERCUTS him down!
Tag to Elton and Theory CHOKES Dunne behind the ref’s back! Pretty Deadly stomp while the ref is busy with Sheamus. Elton drags Dunne up but Dunne CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS again! Elton ROCKS Dunne, then runs in, but into a BOOT! Dunne goes up, leaps, FLYING DDT! Fans fire up while both men are down! Dunne and Elton crawl, hot tags to Theory and Sheamus! The Fella rallies on Theory! And clotheslines in the corner! Whip corner to corner for another clothesline! Scoop and POWERSLAM! Fans fire up as Sheamus ROCKS Pretty Deadly and has them both on the ropes!
But Theory rolls Sheamus up! TWO!! Sheamus gets Theory with an IRISH CURSE BACKBREAKER! Then an IRISH CURSE for Kit! And then an IRISH CURSE for Elton! Fans fire up and the Brutes return. Everyone fireman’s carries someone, for a TRIPLE WHITE NOISE! Fans are thunderous and Sheamus has Theory all alone! BROGUE!!! Cover, but Pretty Deadly drag Theory out! Sheamus hurries up top!? Ridge BLASTS Pretty Deadly, Sheamus steadies himself, and he FLYING LARIATS Pretty Deadly back down! Dunne goes up, everyone gathers, ASAI MOONSAULT onto Theory & Pretty Deadly!
Fans are thunderous as the Brutes prove they can fly! Sheamus commends Butch for topping things off, and SmackDown goes to break.
Elton stomps Dunne. Elton brings Dunn up but Dunne gets around to GERMAN SUPLEX! Kit runs in but into an ENZIGURI! ENZIGURI for Theory! GAMANGIRI for Kit in a corner! GAMANGIRI for Elton in a corner! Tag to Ridge and SPLASHES Elton! Then Ridge brings Elton up, Dunne joins in, BACK SUPLEX BOMB COMBO! Sheamus tags in and goes up for a KING KONG KNEE DROP! Cover, TWO!! Elton survives but Sheamus keeps his cool. Sheamus drags Elton up, reels him in, Canadian rack but Elton fights free of the crucifix! Elton BOOTS Sheamus, tags Kit, then gives Kit the boost, CRY MARTINI!
Theory tags in, drags Sheamus up to ROCK him and torture rack him! TOWER HACKER BOMB!! Cover, TWO!! Theory is furious and he rains down fists! Fans boo while Theory seethes and looms over Sheamus. Theory talks trash, brings Sheamus up, but Sheamus blocks a body shot to LARIAT point blank! Elton gets in but Ridge gives him an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Kit DROPKICKS Ridge but Dunne ENZIGURIS Kit! Dunne runs at Theory but Theory shovels him up and out! Theory somersaults, into a KNEE!! Cover, TWO!! Theory survives and Sheamus is too tired to be upset. Both men crawl and fans rally up.
Sheamus and Theory reach out, hot tags to Elton and Ridge! Kit tags in, but The Fridge picks Elton up! Kit saves Elton, but then Ridge picks them both up! DOUBLE back drop! Fans fire up as Ridge kicks Kit to the apron. Sheamus has Theory, and Dunne has Elton! Fans fire up for the TRIPLE BEATS OF THE BODHRAIN!! The Brutes all go to 10, though Dunne gets a little extra. Ridge then scoops for NORTHERN GRIT! Cover, but Theory breaks it! Dunne swings on Theory but into A-TOWN DOWN! Sheamus clotheslines Theory out! Sheamus pursues Theory, but Theory POSTS Sheamus!
Kit and Elton coordinate, they pull a sneaky move by hiding Elton under the apron skirt. The matching outfits make Ridge think that’s still Kit! Ridge drags Elton in, and surprise! Kit CHOP BLOCKS Ridge! Kit tags Elton, they get Ridge up for SPILT MILK!! And tag to Theory so he can cover, Theory & Pretty Deadly win!
Winners: Austin Theory & Pretty Deadly, by pinfall
The three of them hurry away before Dunne returns, having pulled another fast one. Will Kit & Elton be heading towards the tag titles? Will anyone be able to take the US Championship from Theory?
Paul Heyman is backstage.
The Wise Man is holding onto both the black WWE Championship and blue Universal Championship belts for the Tribal Chief as he walks up to the private suite. Heyman walks inside, is he going to discuss the celebration plans with Roman Reigns during the break?
SmackDown returns, and Heyman’s talking with Solo Sikoa. The magnitude that has never been accomplished before in the WWE. This needs to be special for the Tribal Chief, especially given what happened at Night of Champions. Heyman wants this to be special for Roman Reigns. And he knows Solo feels the same way. Heyman will go talk with Adam Pearce to make sure that Solo’s brothers, The Usos, are nowhere to be found tonight so that this is the night that we acknowledge Roman… Reigns! Heyman smiles and heads out, how does Solo really feel about what Jimmy did to Roman?
The OC talk backstage.
The Good Brothers are worried but Mia Yim says it’s fine, tonight is his birthday. AJ Styles walks in and they say happy birthday! Yes, it IS his birthday! And he apologizes for losing at Night of Champions, he ruined their night. No, no, it is not his fault. But you take the L, keep it moving. The OC has their back. But did anyone else see the “diss” track by Hit Row? Yeah, but Styles would rather see the Good Brothers drop Hit Row. Too Sweet, baby! And that match is happening next! Will Top Dolla & Ashante THEE Adonis think twice before opening their mouths next time?
The Good Brothers w/ The OC VS Hit Row w/ B-Fab!
SmackDown returns as Hit Row makes their entrance. The teams sort out, but Adonis ambushes Karl Anderson! Fans boo and the ref counts while Adonis stomps away, but then he lets off at 4. Adonis whips to CLOBBER Anderson, then he taunts Luke Gallows. Anderson goes to a corner, Adonis drags him out and tags Dolla. Hit Row whip Anderson to a corner, then Dolla whips Adonis in to RAM Anderson! Dolla talks trash on The Machine Gun, then reels him in for an ELBOW! Dolla talks more trash, drags Anderson to the ropes, and he CHOPKES him! The ref counts, Dolla lets off and tags Adonis.
Adonis runs to STRADDLE ATTACK! Adonis sits on Anderson while smoothing his hair, but lets off as the ref counts. The ref argues with Adonis and B-Fab sucker punches Anderson! Michin storms up and B-Fab backs off. Adonis covers, TWO, but he clamps onto a chinlock. The ref has Michin and B-Fab back off, and fans rally as Anderson fights up. Anderson throws body shots but Adonis CLUBS him! Adonis whips, Anderson reverses, SPINEBUSTER! Fans fire up while both men are down. Fans rally, Anderson hot tags Gallows! Doc BOOTS Adonis, BOOTS Dolla, then DECKS Adonis!
Gallows ROUNDHOUSES Adonis to a corner, runs in and back elbows! Then he keeps moving, FLYING UPPERCUT on Adonis! Fans fire up as Gallows scoops to AK 47! Tag to Anderson, the Good Brothers get Adonis up, MAGIC KILLER!! Cover, Good Brothers win!
Winners: The Good Brothers, by pinfall
But Dolla BOOTS Anderson! And CLOBBERS Gallows! But Styles springboards in, PHENOMENAL FOREARM!! Fans fire up as the birthday boy gets him some, and The Hit Row? They don’t want none! Will The OC be too sweet all the way to some gold?
Adam Pearce is on the phone.
Yes, he is very excited, this is perhaps one of the biggest nights in SmackDown history. He excuses himself and ends the call as he sees Heyman walking in. Pearce tells Heyman right now that the Usos’ travel was canceled, they were told they weren’t needed tonight. And as requested, should The Usos want to show up, security has been doubled. The Usos are NOT getting inside the building. Heyman smiles and puts a call into Roman Reigns. Will nothing go wrong during the 1000 Day Acknowledgment?
BREAKING NEWS for Raw!
Seth Rollins put out the open challenge for his NEW World Heavyweight Championships on social media and it was quickly accepted by Damian Priest! Will the Judgment Day add more gold when the Punisher brings down The Visionary?
SmackDown presents an all new Grayson Waller Effect.
The 21st Century Success Story, “The Dynamite from Down Under, the Moment Maker, the Aussie Icon,” gets the big introduction once again as he’s already in the ring. And he says, “What a week it has been here in the WWE, and we’re gonna keep it rolling with the most honest talk show in WWE history.” Waller brings us the biggest and the best, and he’s done it again tonight. So please welcome the NEW Raw Women’s Champion, ASUKA~! The fans do like that as the Empress of Tomorrow walks out with the belt on her shoulder. She joins Waller in the ring and at the desk as he welcomes her to the show.
Waller says, “Congratulations, what an incredible performance against Bianca at Night of Champions. In fact, let’s see exactly how you got it done.” Waller and Asuka look to the tron as we all see a Progressive Match Flo recap video of that match. Asuka used blue mist fingers to finish Bianca, and Waller says wow. Asuka laughs and smiles, and in Japanese, she says “I told you saw! I’m the Raw Women’s Champion!” Waller says he could not have put it better himself! But he can’t help but notice the briefcases above the ring. There’s no shortage of people who think they’re ready for Asuka. They’re gonna climb the ladder, win the briefcase to be Miss MITB, and maybe cash in on her?
Waller says Asuka’s gotta keep her head on a swivel. Nevermind that Bianca’s gonna come looking for a rematch. Asuka is amused there. She reenacts how she spat mist on her finger, got Bianca in the eyes and made Bianca cry. Waller is amused, too! He says that was so true. And so smart! He can’t imagine the pain and suffering Bianca went through. Asuka’s even drooling some blue mist right now. Waller looks a bit worried, but also maybe excited. But then IYO SKY shows up! She tells Asuka in Japanese that she’s nothing special for what she did. And Iyo won’t even need MITB to take that title from! But she’s still gonna win it, and then Iyo will be the new champion!
Asuka laughs, and tells Iyo she’s a child, the way she’s storming up in here. Iyo tells Asuka to shut up, dammit! Asuka calls Iyo an idiot, Iyo calls Asuka a scumbag, and they go back and forth like that. Waller has them stop, this is HIS show, he did not approve a second guest! But wait, here comes BAYLEY! The Role Model says Iyo said that after both Iyo and Bayley qualify for the MITB, one of them is winning the MITB briefcase. Though it is every woman for themselves, and Bayley’s won it before, so either way, DMG CTRL will win the title- Wait! Here comes Shotzi!
Fans fire up as the Wild Child says, “Awww, Bayley! There is NOTHING that I would love more than to crush your dreams with the help of some cold, hard steel! Because, if there is anyone made for the pure chaos of the Money in the Bank Ladder match, it’s me!” Wait, here comes Lacey Evans! The Model Soldier is embodying Sergeant Slaughter and she tells Shotzi to shut up and salute her! Fans boo but Lacey says none of these nasty things are taking the briefcase anywhere, it’s coming home with her. But first, she’ll take her Cobra Clutch, wrap it around that “shrimp,” Zelina Vega, and-
Wait! Here comes Zelina! Fans fire up as La Muneca says there is only one problem with everyone’s plans. They are all underestimating Zelina. And y’know who else did that? Rhea Ripley at Backlash. Because Zelina was this close to becoming champion! So “Shrimp?” Keep that energy, Lacey. Because to be honest, even if Lacey got her hair done, her nails done and traded in those “piss soaked boots” for red bottoms, you still wouldn’t be half the woman Zelina is. So please, underestimate her. Everyone do that. Because it will be that much sweeter when she wins. Because that is how she is going to become Miss MITB!
Bayley laughs and says they’re all idiots. Waller says this is the best day of his life. Bayley asks him what kind of show he’s running here, and he’s hoping for more ladies to show up. Asuka slips away to say, “Hey hey hey hey! NO ONE is ready for Asuka!!” But then Bianca storms up to ROCK Asuka with a forearm! They brawl on the stage and fans fire up! Referees rush out to stop that scrap, only for Bianca to break lose and hit Asuka again! The refs and even some producers get in to separate them again, but fans wanna “Let Them Fight!” Will the angriEST Bianca be coming after the Empress?
Cameron Grimes talks with Adam Pearce backstage.
They watch a replay of Baron Corbin ruining Carmelo Hayes’ moment just last Tuesday on NXT, and Grimes said that’s exactly what Corbin did to him last week. Is Corbin even here? No, and with his free agency status, the next time we see him will be next Tuesday on NXT. Grimes says Melo will handle that. But the next time Corbin shows his face on SmackDown, Grimes will handle that. Pearce nods, will the Carolina Caveman crush Baron Corbin?
Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match Qualifier: Zelina Vega VS Lacey Evans!
Since everyone was already at ringside, this match is happening now! And Vega is already clutching her jaw, it seems the Model Soldier got a cheap shot in while everyone was watching Asuka and Bianca. Will Vega still be able to humble Lacey for underestimating her? Or will another Woman’s Right simply take Vega out?
The bell rings and Lacey stomps Vega into the corner! The ref counts, fans boo, but Lacey lets off at 4. Lacey stands on Vega’s hair and salutes, then lets off to SWINGING BRONCO BUSTER! Lacey pushes Vega around, covers, TWO! Lacey sits Vega up, and clamps on the COBRA CLUTCH! And she SWINGS Vega around! Fans rally for Vega but Lacey TOSSES her away! Lacey dusts off her hands, runs in, but Vega goes up and over and rolls Lacey, Schoolgirl Kick! Cover, TWO! Vega whips, Lacey reverses but Vega KICKS her! Only for Lacey to LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Lacey dribbles Vega off the mat, then smirks as fans boo.
Lacey salutes but fans boo, and Vega hits low. Lacey BOOTS Vega, drags her from ropes and stands on her for a cocky cover. The ref says it’s on the throat! Lacey steps off to argue with him, and then Lacey clamps onto Vega with a chinlock. Fans rally but Lacey throws knees into Vega’s side! Vega still endures, fans rally up, and Vega kicks from below! Lacey drags Vega up but Vega RAMS her into a corner! And again! Vega smacks Lacey off buckles, headlocks and springboards for a headlock takeover! Lacey runs in but into the tilt-o-whirl and CODE RED!! Cover, VEGA WINS!
Winner: Zelina Vega, by pinfall (advances to MITB)
What did she just say about underestimating her? Because there’s the proof! Lacey toyed with Zelina but got played, will Zelina soon be La Muneca en el Banco?
The LWO celebrates backstage.
They are so proud of Vega! Latinos around the world are going to gather in celebration! And next week, when Escobar wins his qualifier and win the MITB contract, oh he can see it now. She can see it, too. Rey Mysterio can see it, too! It is only a matter of time before the entire locker room refers to them as Santos y Zelina, Mr. and Mrs. Money in the Bank! Will the LWO soon take over London?
Men’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match Qualifier: LA Knight VS Montez Ford!
The Mega Star told the Street Profits that if they want the smoke, he’ll be the one to burn ’em! Is that not an insult but just a fact of life? Or will #KingTez be the one saying “YEAH!” on the way to London?
The bell rings and the two circle. Fans rally up, the two tie up, and Knight wrenches to a hammerlock, and he slaps Ford around. Fans rally for “L A KNIGHT! L A KNIGHT!” The two circle, tie up, and Ford headlocks. Knight powers out the back to hammerlock, but Ford switches it onto him. Knight switches back, Ford switches again, Knight switches again. They keep going, Knight gest the ROPEBREAK, but Ford slaps him around now. Fans are a bit torn but Knight gets heated. Knight shoves, Ford shoves, repeat! Fans are on Knight’s side as the two tie up again but Ford headlocks. Knight powers out but Ford runs him over!
Ford actually seems to enjoy upsetting the Knight fans, and things speed up. Knight hurdles, but Ford whips him away to keep things moving. Ford hurdles, Knight hurdles, but Ford DROPKICKS! Fans are salty as Ford clotheslines Knight in the corner. And then in another corner! Ford whips Knight into the corner, runs in but Knight puts Ford on the apron. Ford ROCKS Knight back! But Knight BLASTS Ford! Fans cheer Knight while Ford crawls and SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns and both men collide! Fans rally up while both men are down, and then Knight stands. Knight throws haymakers but Ford gives them back! They go back and forth, “YEAH!” “BOO!” “YEAH!” “BOO!” “YEAH!” “BOO!” Ford gets the edge, whips, but Knight reverses, only for Ford to LARIAT! Ford rallies on Knight, ducks ‘n’ dodges to LARIAT again! Knight gets up, Ford hits a BIG back suplex! Ford kips up, fans fire up, and Ford flexes to MOONSAULT, but Knight moves! Ford lands on his feet, swings but misses, and Knight torture racks! SWINGING NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!
Fans rally up, Knight stalks Ford and fans duel. Knight stands Ford up but Ford elbows him! Ford runs in but into an elbow! Ford falls over, Knight tries a springboard, LIONSAULT FLOPS as Ford moves! Ford ENZIGURIS Knight, then fires up to clinch and ROCK BOTTOM! Cover, TWO!! Knight survives and Ford is seething. Fans fire up as Ford drags Knight up. Ford whips, Knight KICKS back! Ford doges the lariat, both men run, DOUBLE LARIATS take them down! Fans fire up again while the ref checks both men. Knight and Ford crawl to each other, and Knight throws a haymaker. Ford gives it back!
Fans rally as the hands go back and forth, “YEAH!” “BOO!” Ford CHOPS, then DECKS Knight! Knight stands at the ropes, Ford runs in but is put back on the apron. Ford GAMANGIRIS Knight then goes up a corner! But Knight ROCKS Ford first! Knight climbs, Ford throws body shots then shoves Knight away. Knight returns and springs right up! But Ford shoves him back down! Fans fire up as Ford comes in, FROM THE- NO, Knight moves! Knight kicks low, BF- NO, Ford O’Conner Rolls, TWO! Knight O’Conner Rolls with ropes!! Knight wins!!
Winner: LA Knight, by pinfall (advances to MITB)
The Mega Star snatches that one away from Ford, but the fans still love it! Knight then brings a ladder out and sets it up under the briefcases. Knight climbs, says this is what we’ll see, because whose game is it? Will this really be what happens when LA arrives in the UK?
Alba Fyre & Isla Dawn speak.
“Sanguis rubeus luna et exponentia exitio.” That phrase repeats as we travel through a snow covered forest. Translation: “The perfect moon will spell your doom.” The Unholy Union is here, what will they do to the landscape of SmackDown?
SmackDown sets the rest of the qualifiers!
For the Men’s MITB, Baron Corbin returns from NXT to take on “Butch” Pete Dunne, and Mustafa Ali returns from NXT to take on Santos Escobar! And then, as announced during the Grayson Waller Effect, DMG CTRL is in the mix as Bayley takes on Mia Yim and Iyo Sky takes on Shotzi! Will DMG CTRL look to take control of that briefcase one way or another?
Triple H is here!
Fans fire up for The Game as he heads to the ring! It seems even he is here to celebrate Roman Reigns’ 1000+ days as Universal Champion! What will HHH have to add to the occasion? We find out, after the break.
SmackDown returns and HHH is in the ring with a pedestal and a familiar looking cloth. HHH has the mic to say, “On rare occasions, an athlete comes along that is so dominant that they change the entire face of their chosen sport. And when it happens, they will be talked about for generations to come. In boxing, it was the Great One, Muhammad Ali. In basketball, Michael Jordan. In the WWE, right now, we have the privilege of witnessing that greatness live. Believe me, you will talk about this for generations, so please help me welcome a man who has passed 1000 days as champion. Please help me welcome a man that you will tell your children and your grandchildren about.
“Please help me welcome the Tribal Chief, the Undisputed WWE Universal Champion, Roman Reigns.” The Head of the Table makes his entrance with fans torn between boos and throwing up the ones. Roman has Solo and Heyman with him, the brand new “1000 Days” branded jacket and shirt on as he holds up the belts for the pyro. The Bloodline, if this group even still counts as that, continues on into the ring. Roman then shakes HHH’s hand and Heyman fetches a mic. Heyman also shakes HHH’s hand, and then HHH tells Roman, “On behalf of the WWE, and on behalf of the entire WWE Universe, I would like to congratulate you on surpassing 1000 days as champion.”
That is something that hasn’t been accomplished in the WWE in almost forty years! Truly an epic accomplishment. So to congratulate Roman and celebrate this historic achievement, it is HHH’s honor to present him with a brand new Undisputed WWE Universal Championship belt. HHH takes the cover off to reveal the same home base design, but with a GOLDEN face plate! Heyman removes the belt Roman is wearing on his waist so that he can hold up the new belt, for more pyro! HHH then helps Roman put that belt on, then Heyman hands Roman the mic. Roman smiles while fans are torn between cheers and jeers.
Roman says, “Pennsyl- No, no, no. I mean, c’mon! That’s not good enough anymore. The entire universe…! ACKNOWLEDGE ME!!” Wait, the USOS are here?!? How?! Heyman heard from Pearce that this wasn’t supposed to happen! But Jimmy & Jey do walk out and Roman glares at Heyman. Heyman defends he was assured this wouldn’t happen, but it is! And we see what the Usos are going to do, after the break.
SmackDown returns and the Usos are now in the ring with Roman, Solo & Heyman. And Jimmy’s staring Roman down. He even glances at the brand new Universal Championship blet. Jimmy has the mic, but Roman speaks first, telling Jey to kick Jimmy in the face! Fans boo but Roman says it again, kick Jimmy in the face. He didn’t stutter, do it now! That’s what Jimmy did to Roman. Jimmy took Roman’s tag team titles away from him, so Jey has to fix this. Jey has to kick his brother in the face! Fans boo more, and Jey just paces. Roman is not happy about that, and he tells Jey this is the last time: KICK HIM IN THE FACE AND FIX THIS RIGHT NOW!
Jimmy speaks up to that the only one who needs fixing is ROMAN. Fans cheer that! Roman scowls but Jimmy says Jey can’t fix this. Jimmy kicked Roman in the face, “The Kick Heard Worldwide.” And Jimmy did what he did in Saudi not to be the Tribal Chief, not to lead the Bloodline, but because Jimmy was being a brother. Brothers treat each other with love and respect, and as of lately, you ain’t been such a good brother, Roman. What kind of brother manipulates, betrays and hurts his own family? What kind of brother does that, Uce? Roman has gone crazy! CRAZY! This right here is Jimmy’s brother! It is embedded in Jimmy to protect Jey.
In fact, SOLO is Jimmy’s brother! He’ll protect Solo, and he’s gonna tell Solo right now, that after Roman’s done using you, he’s gonna abuse you, betray you, kick you to the side, and put you in the dirt! Jimmy IS Solo’s brother, that’s why he’s saying this. Fans cheer that, too! Roman tries to laugh it off but Jimmy tells Solo to listen to him. Fans rally for the “USOS! USOS!” and Roman says that’s because of ROMAN! Roman is the Tribal Chief! You see him? Tribal Chief. This here is an imposter! Jimmy talking like he’s the leader, like Solo don’t have a voice. Let’s hear it from Solo who Solo is loyal to!
Roman hands the mic to Solo and fans boo. Solo looks at the mic, thinks about it, and fans chant for “SOLO! SOLO!” Solo says, “I acknowledge you, My Tribal Chief.” Fans boo and Roman smiles. But then Solo says, “But these two right here… They’re my brothers.” UH OH~! Roman is shocked and the Usos smile! Solo hands the mic back, to stand with his brothers!! Roman can’t believe what he’s seeing! Jimmy says hey, hey, so what’s it gonna be, Uce? Does Roman wanna run this thing together with respect? Or just end up on the Island of Relevancy all by himself? Roman tells Jimmy to shut up, but Jimmy pie faces him!!
Heyman is shocked and cowering in the corner! Fans fire up as Jey and Solo are both tense. Roman registers what just happened, then gets up in Jimmy’s face. Jey stops them both, and he wants to keep the peace. It’s not going like this. Jey needs them both, they cannot start fighting! They’re better than that, okay? Jey gets Jimmy to understand, and Jimmy cools off. Stronger together, Uce. But see, Jey is Jimmy’s brother, and Solo is Jimmy’s brother. But so is Roman. Roman’s always been family. So be a brother, have respect, and run this place like they’ve been doing! But TOGETHER! Bloodline, right? Family, right? They are still the ones, right?
Roman wipes sweat from his brow and takes a breath. Fans want Roman to accept what the Usos are saying, but he seems unsure what to do. Roman and Jimmy HUG!! Fans cheer, and Jey is relieved. Roman then says, “No.” WHAT?! Heyman is shocked all over again! Roman lets go and Jey is upset again! How could Roman say that?! And then Solo SAMOAN SPIKES JIMMY!?!? Jey is even more devastated!! Roman takes his leave, Heyman and Solo following behind. Is the Tribal Chief’s iron grip that powerful? Heyman then asks Roman, “What about Jey?” Roman says Jey will do what he always does and fall in line. Just give it time.
Fans boo as Roman refuses to share love and respect with his family. What will it take for The Usos to change that?
An awesome episode to follow Night of Champions with! Granted, a lot of that comes from the Bloodline story, which once again continues to be the top story. And with this story already having set a high bar, they find a way to raise the bar again. Great video package narrated by Heyman to open the show, good promos backstage to expertly set up what we got in the closing segment. I did appreciate that since they’re not undoing the unification, Roman now just has one actual belt to hold onto and he can just keep the other two at home. Naturally, they just kept the cookie cutter shape they’ve been using, but I like the gold backing on the logo there, it really stands out.
And naturally, the Usos DID show up, and what an amazing emotional rollercoaster there. After all that, we are definitely getting Usos VS Roman & Solo, and that will be the moment of truth where I would think Solo really does side with his brothers. Then it’s on Roman to either “fall in line” and accept his family as family, or he ends up all alone with just Heyman. Either way, this is all great stuff that can carry the story into the Summer, maybe even to SummerSlam. And what would really put a cherry on top: if Roman, no more pawns to get in the way, gets beat by a Mr. MITB cash-in.
Great opening Six Man from Theory & Pretty Deadly VS Brawling Brutes, and I figured the Heels would find a way to win. I would think Pretty Deadly finds a way into the Undisputed Tag Team Championship scene for the summer, as those titles are meant to be on both Raw and SmackDown. And who wouldn’t love seeing a promo between Kevin, Sami and Pretty Deadly? At the same time, The Good Brothers should also get in on some of that, they got a really good win off Hit Row. Happy birthday to AJ Styles, maybe he can find his way to a title match of some kind. Him and Theory wouldn’t be half bad for MITB.
Really good Grayson Waller Effect segment, though not really because of Waller. If this same stuff happened with The Miz and MizTV, it’d amount to about the same great stuff. Asuka and Iyo getting at each other and then arguing in Japanese seems to be their thing, but I would love if we got Iyo to turn Face. Between her and Asuka being longtime rivals, and DMG CTRL about to fall apart at a moment’s notice, Iyo could come out a top Face for the SmackDown Women’s Division. But I also do like that Bianca went after Asuka, that was a logical move. I just wish we got to see the sucker punch from Lacey live and not in a replay.
The MITB qualifiers were both good matches, but Zelina was a very obvious winner given Lacey’s attitude and how Zelina seems to be on a great push. Ford VS Knight was a bit closer, but the fans are just loving Knight, so it makes sense Knight won here. We’re also going to get great stuff out of next week’s matches, and I’m thinking Bayley, Iyo, Escobar and Dunne win. Bayley and Iyo because of the DMG CTRL breakup story they’re giving us, Escobar because the LWO tease they gave us, and Dunne because it won’t be Corbin since he’s got stuff brewing in NXT and Grimes just isn’t gonna let him win.
And what a spooky vignette from Fyre & Dawn. Just as it isn’t clear what they’re planning with having the Smackdown Women’s Championship on Raw and vice-versa, I’m not sure what’s going on with the NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships still being up here on main roster. I don’t think they’d unify, nor do I want them to unify, mostly because Fyre & Dawn probably wouldn’t beat Ronda & Shayna. Well, Shayna didn’t do well against spooky given Twisted Alexa during pandemic era, but I still don’t think using supernatural elements would be enough to take out Ronda. Though it would be pretty funny to see.
My Score: 8.8/10
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