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Mitchell’s NJPW WTL X Super Jr. Tag Results & Report! (11/27/22)

BOTH tournaments on one card!

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NJPW WTL X Super Jr.

Double up the tag team action!

NJPW is going big with this crossover! Both World Tag League and Super Jr. Tag League are here for a massive match card!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Super Jr. Tag League 2022: KUSHIDA & Kevin Knight VS BUSHI & Titán; Bushi & Titán win.
  • World Tag League 2022: Alex Coughlin & Gabriel Kidd VS Great-O-Khan & Aaron Henare; Khan & Henare win.
  • Super Jr. Tag League 2022: Alex Zayne & El Lindaman VS SHO & Dick Togo; Zayne & Lindaman win.
  • World Tag League 2022: Aussie Open VS Minoru Suzuki & Lance Archer; Aussie Open wins.
  • Super Jr. Tag League 2022: Ryusuke Taguchi & Clark Connors VS Ace Austin & Chris Bey; Ace & Bey win.
  • World Tag League 2022: Toru Yano & Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Bad Luck Fale & Chase Owens; Yano & Tanahashi win.
  • Super Jr. Tag League 2022: YOH & Lio Rush VS DOUKI & Yoshinobu Kanemaru; Yoh & Lio win.
  • World Tag League 2022: Shane Haste & Mikey Nicholls VS EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi; Shane & Mikey win.
  • Super Jr. Tag League 2022: Robbie Eagles & Tiger Mask VS TJP & Francesco Akira; TJP & Akira win.
  • World Tag League 2022: Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI VS Tetsuya Naito & SANADA; Goto & Hashi win.

PLAY BY PLAY

Here are the current 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

 

Here are the current World Tag League standings!

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

 

Super Jr. Tag League 2022: KUSHIDA & Kevin Knight VS BUSHI & Titán!

The #TimeJet is losing altitude, but the thing about time travel is that there’s always time! Will they be able to get back up and get those points? Or will Black Mask & El Inmortal keep the momentum going with their “we just beat the champs” energy?

The teams sort out and fans can cheer! They rally as the two circle. Knight and Titan feel out a knuckle lock, then Knight taunts Titan with his height and reach advantage. So Titan SOBATS and puts Knight in a corner. Titan wrenches and whips corner to corner but Knight reverses. Knight runs in but Titan goes up and over and handsprings away! Fans cheer for the agility, and then he runs at Knight. Knight leaps up and over! Titan gets around, knuckle locks and CHOPS, then he goes up and up to tightrope walk and springboard, but into Knight’s arms! Knight SLAMS Titan down!

Fans fire up as Knight BLASTS Bushi, then JUMPING SPLASHES Titan! Cover, TWO! Fans applaud and Knight brings Titan up to wrench. Tag to Kushida and fans cheer as Knight hands off the arm to an ELBOW BREAKER! Kushida drags Titan back up, wrenches and CLUBS the arm, then stalks Titan to ropes. Kushida whips Titan then hip tosses, to then cartwheel and dropkick! Cover, TWO as Titan slips out! Kushida watches Bushi closely as he wrenches Titan again. Tag to Kevin and Kevin takes the handoff. Knight wrenches the arm, tags to Kushida, and hands off the arm again. Kushida wrenches the arm then tags Knight.

Knight takes the handoff to wrench Titan, and then tags Kushida. Kushida goes up to drop an ax handle! Kushida brings Titan up and wrenches while Knight goes up. Fans rally as Kushida wrenches but Titan fights back. Kushida whips Titan corner to corner, but Titan goes up to CROSSBODY! But then Knight throws Titan down by his mask! Titan kips up and PELES Knight down! Titan hurries and tags in Bushi! Fans fire up and Bushi grinds his forearm into Kushida’s face. The ref counts, Bushi lets off, and Bushi CHOPS! And CHOPS! Bushi pushes Kushida down, covers, ONE! Bushi calls Titan in and Titan stomps Kushida down.

LIJ put Kushida in a corner, whip corner to corner, then Bushi hits a back elbow. Bushi sets up, INMORTAL IN MOTION! Then a feed to a lift, MISSILE DROPKICK SPINEBUSTER! Cover, but Knight breaks it! Bushi drags Kushida up and fans rally. Bushi snapmares Kushida into a chinlock, and digs his knee into Kushida’s back. Kushida endures but Bushi claws at Kushida’s face! The ref reprimands, Bushi stops to wrap on a headscissor squeeze. Kushida endures and moves around, he gets the ROPEBREAK! Bushi lets off but he stomps Kushida down. Bushi drags Kushida up but Kushida KICKS Bushi’s arm!

Kushida KICKS and KICKS, fans fire up and Kushida hits an ELBOW BREAKER on the arm! Titan tags in to stomp Kushida down! Titan snapmares and KICKS Kushida in the back! Fans fire up again as LIJ mug Kushida at the ropes. LIJ double whip but Kushida handsprings to DOUBLE BACK ELBOW! All three men are down and fans fire back up! Kushida rolls and hot tags Knight! Knight rallies with a SPLASH on Titan in one corner, SPLASH on Bushi in the other, then SPLASH on Titan! SPLASH for Bushi, but Titan BOOTS Knight! Titan goes up, but Knight DROPKICKS him down to the floor!

Fans fire up as Knight aims and PLANCHAS! Down goes Titan and Knight fires up! Fans rally as he drags Titan up and puts him in. Kushida Electric Chair Lifts, DROPKICK ELECTRIC CHAIR DROP! Cover, Bushi barrels in to break it! Fans rally up as all four men are down! Time Jet get up first, they whip Bushi to a corner, then Knight whips Kushida in. Bushi dodges Kushida, BOOTS Knight, then whips Kushida into Knight! Titan and Bushi knuckle lock so Titan can go up and up and tightrope walk to DOUBLE MISSILE DROPKICK! Fans fire up as Kushida spills out of the ring. Bushi builds speed and DIVES onto Kushida!

Fans fire up more as Titan brings Knight up. Knight fires off forearms and an uppercut! Knight runs, into a TORNADO DDT! Fans fire up more as Titan roars! Titan runs in to LOCO LARIAT! Bushi CODE BREAKERS! ANGEL INMORTAL!! Cover, LIJ wins!

Winners: Bushi & Titán, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Kushida & Knight earn 0)

Los Ingobernables de Japon continues on, but there’s still a long way to go! Will Bushi & Titan keep up the pace to be a finalist? Has time run out for Kushida & Knight after all?

 

World Tag League 2022: Alex Coughlin & Gabriel Kidd VS Great-O-Khan & Aaron Henare!

The #MechanicalBulls have yet to put up points, while the Dominator & Ultimate Weapon made the Mighty fall. Will Coughlin & Kidd end up conquered? Or will they be defiant against the United Empire?

The Orchestrator, Gideon Grey, is of course here to give Khan & Henare their introductions. The teams sort out and Khan calls out Kidd. Kidd says alright and they start. They circle, fans rally, and the two feel out a grapple. Kidd facelocks, waistlocks, and keeps on top of Khan as he moves around. The two break and fans applaud. Kidd takes a crane stance to mock Khan, and they tie up again. Kidd powers Khan back but Khan pulls on an ear! Khan headlocks Kidd and grinds him down. Kidd endures, fights up, powers out and tags Coughlin. The Mechanical Bulls run Khan over, then split the wishbone!

Henare runs in but Coughlin kicks him first. Kidd knee lifts and Coughlin CHOPS Henare down! Kidd runs to SENTON, and fans fire up as Coughlin flexes. Coughlin drags Khan up to suplex and walk over to the corner! Tag to Kidd before the SLAM, and then Kidd stomps Khan down. Kidd mocks the Empire’s pose, then hits a STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Kidd drags Khan up, but Khan shoots around to get a SLEEPER! But he also uses his ponytail! The ref reprimands, Coughlin shouts, “Stop choking him!” but Henare runs in to BLAST Coughlin off the apron! Khan holds on until the ref counts.

Kidd sputters while Henare ROCKS Coughlin on the outside. Khan ROCKS Kidd, CLUBS him to a corner, wrenches and CLUBS the arm, then knees low. Khan whips Kidd hard into the corner! Fans rally up as Khan bumps Kidd off buckles. Khan then sits on his throne! Fans applaud while Kidd sputters more. Khan pulls the arms back! The ref reprimands and counts, Khan hops down at 4. Tag to Henare and he drags Kidd up. Henare throws knees, snapmares and KICKS, then SENTONS! Fans rally up as Henare drags Kidd to a kneeling cover, TWO! Henare looms over Kidd, drags him back up, and KICKS him back down!

Henare drags Kidd up, tags in Khan, and Khan scoops Kidd to carry him around, before the SLAM! Kidd kneels for the cover, TWO! But then Khan DECKS Coughlin! Khan scuffs Kidd and kicks him around. Khan Mongolian Chops Kidd down! Fans fire up and Khan talks trash. Mongolian Chop! Kidd drops again but fans rally up. Khan stands Kidd up but Kidd blocks the chops! Khan tries to power Kidd down but Kidd powers back up! Fans fire up as the struggle back and forth continues! Kidd powers up and uses Tenzan Power Mongolian Chops! Fans fire up more as both men crawl! Hot tags to Henare and Coughlin!

The Android and Ultimate Weapon RAM shoulders, and they both roar! The forearms fly back and forth and fans fire up as they pick up speed! Henare roars and fires off a flurry! But Coughlin roars to knee low, UPPERCUT, and CHOP! Henare stays up so Coughlin whips him to the corner. Henare elbows him away, goes up and leaps, but into Coughlin’s arms! OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Fans fire up with Coughlin as he roars! Coughlin drags Henare for a short arm LARIAT! Cover, but Khan breaks it! Khan drags Coughlin up but Coughlin lifts Khan for a BIG back suplex! Coughlin shouts to Kidd, tags him in, and he whips Kidd in to clothesline Henare!

Coughlin whips Kidd back in to CHOP! Kidd hits an EXPLODER, Coughlin scoops Henare for a FALL AWAY SLAM! Kidd goes to the corner and goes up to MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up with the Mechanical Bulls as they flex. They run in but Henare moves, the DOUBLE LARIATS take Kidd out! Khan wraps onto Coughlin with a HITSUJIGOROSHI! But Coughlin gets up and over to CHOP Khan on the back! Coughlin gut wrenches but Khan slips free to Mongolian Chop from behind! Khan scoops, Henare SCREW HIGH KICKS Coughlin before the TTD!! Khan steals the Tenzan Tombstone Driver!

The Empire roars and flexes now! Fans fire up for the “monster rage,” but Kidd HEADBUTTS Henare! And HEADBUTTS again! But Henare body shots, ELBOWS, Kidd roars but the HEEL KICK hits! Then the RAMPAGE!! Cover, TWO!?!? Fans fire up as Kidd survives! Kidd dodges Henare, SUPERKICKS, and fires up! But Khan BOOTS him into the half nelson and torture rack! STREETS OF RAGE! Cover, The Empire wins!

Winners: Great-O-Khan & Aaron Henare, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Coughlin & Kidd earn 0)

The third time was not the charm for the Mechanical Bulls, and Khan wants the fans to cheer the Empire loudly! No, LOUDLY! The fans cheer more, and Khan promises that the entire United Empire will win tonight, from them to Catch 2/2 to Aussie Open! Will NJPW witness the full power of the United Empire here in Nagoya?

 

Super Jr. Tag League 2022: Alex Zayne & El Lindaman VS SHO & Dick Togo!

The #GLEATSAUCE burned the Wild Hips while the Murder Machine & Spoiler could not stop Ace & Bey. Will Zayne & Lindaman burn Sho & Dick with a fourth loss? Or can the House of Torture finally snatch one away?

But wait! Sho & Dick attack Zayne & Lindaman on the ramp! Sho and Lindaman brawl while Dick CLUBS Zayne up the ramp. Sho rakes Lindaman’s eyes while Dick CHOKES Zayne! Then Sho & Dick mug Zayne, and hit a PILEDRIVER to the stage! Sho laughs at Zayne’s pain while Dick CHOKES Lindaman! Sho disrespects the towel and the G-Rex title belt. Dick smacks Lindaman off the apron, then he and Sho whip Lindaman into railing! Sho puts Lindaman in the ring and the match finally begins. Dick stomps Lindaman, then Sho gets in so that they can both stomp. Fans boo and give thumbs down but Sho & Dick soak up the heat.

Dick & Sho drag Lindaman up, double whip him to ropes and then DOUBLE SPINEBUSTER! They hook up the legs, and sit Lindaman up for a DOUBLE KIMURA! The ref reprimands and counts, one of them is illegally in here. Sho & Dick let off, and Sho exits while Dick stomps Lindaman. Fans continue to boo but Dick drags Lindaman up to snapmare and FIST DROP! Cover, TWO! Fans rally but Dick wraps on a chinlock. Lindaman endures and fans rally. Lindaman fights up, throws elbows and gets free, but Dick reels him back in. Lindaman SAYANAGIS Dick down! Fans rally but Zayne is still down at the top of the ramp!

Dick drags Lindaman away, tags in Sho, and Sho stomps Lindaman. Sho gets the legs and brings Lindaman into a  BOW ‘N’ ARROW! Lindaman has the ROPEBREAK, but Dick slingshot sentons onto him! Fans boo as Sho brings Lindaman up for a POWER BREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Lindaman survives and fans fire up! But Sho laughs at Lindaman’s pain and aims his bow. Sho drags Lindaman up and reels him in to tuck the arms. SHOCK- NO, Lindaman fights free with a back drop! Fans fire up as Zayne returns! But Dick trips Zayne off the apron! Fans boo but Sho drags Lindaman back into a POP-UP ARMBAR!

Lindaman moves around, but into the SNAKE BITE! Lindaman fades but fans fire up as Zayne gets in! Zayne stomps Sho down! Dick throws Zayne back out and Sho tags him in. Dick storms up to Lindaman, stomps him, then drags him up. Lindaman throws forearms and knees in return! Lindaman CHOPS Dick in the corner but Dick rakes the eyes! Dick argues with the ref to distract from Sho bringing in his wrench! Lindaman dodges and Zayne BOOTS Sho! Dick goes after Zayne, he and Sho double whip. But Zayne breaks the clothesline to DOUBLE RANA! Zayne schoolboys Sho and EDDY GORDO KICKS!

Zayne fires off elbows and a mule kick, then runs, but Dick gets a cheap shot in! Sho clotheslines Zayne and himself out! Dick CLBOBERS Lindaman! Dick reels Lindaman in but Lindaman fights the Pedigree! Dick CLUBS Lindaman, but runs into an EXPLODER! Fans fire up and rally for Lindaman. Lindaman fires up and he brings Dick up into a waistlock. But Dick victory rolls! TWO, Dick ghost pins! TWO, into the CROSSFACE! Lindaman endures being bent back while Sho sends Zayne into railing! Lindaman crawls his way over, but Sho grabs Lindaman’s hand to bend the fingers! The ref reprimands and Sho lets go, but Dick rolls Lindaman away!

But Lindaman rolls it around to a cover! TWO!! Dick staggers up, Lindaman shoves him into Sho! GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, GLEAT SAUCE WINS!

Winners: Alex Zayne & El Lindaman, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Sho & Dick earn 0)

The House of Torture tried to take advantage but couldn’t capitalize! Are Sho & Dick doomed? As for Zayne & Lindaman, will they keep turning up to heat to eat up the rest of the block?

 

World Tag League 2022: Aussie Open VS Minoru Suzuki & Lance Archer!

Mark Davis & Kyle Fletcher won big in their first World Tag League tournament main event while the Meanest Team in the Tournament tore down Yano & Tanahashi. Will “Dunk-Zilla” and “The Aussie Arrow” stay spotless? Or will they learn that #EverybodyDies makes no exceptions?

Fans clap along and are ready, they sing nice and loud, “KAZE NI NARE~!” Gideon returns but is a bit wary of Suzuki & Archer. Young Lion Oskar Leube has to fetch the mic for Gideon so he can give Aussie Open their introductions. Suzuki gives some toying kicks as Aussie Open get in the ring but Fletcher shoves Suzuki back! The ref keeps the peace and teams sort out. Fans fire up as the big men start! Archer and Davis circle, but Archer steps outside as fans cheer for Aussie Open. Davis steps outside, too, and they RAM shoulders! Both men stay standing, so they go around the way and run in, to RAM shoulders again!

Neither man falls, so they go into the ring. Archer runs, Davis drops but the hip toss is blocked! Archer blocks Davis’ hip toss, but Davis blocks Archer’s hip toss. Davis ducks Archer’s lariat, then leaps over him! Archer scoops, Davis slips off, but Archer avoids the boot! Fans cheer that exchange, and Archer offers a fist bump. Davis isn’t sure about that, so he just kicks and fires off forearms! Davis whips, Archer ducks ‘n’ dodges to CROSSBODY! Fans fire up as Archer laughs! Davis hurries away to his corner and Archer goes to his. Suzuki tags in so fans want to see Kyle! Davis stands up to tag Kyle, and fans rally as the two step to each other.

The two stare down, Suzuki pie faces Kyle but Kyle shoves him back. Kyle talks trash but Suzuki eggs him on. Kyle CHOPS, but Suzuki doesn’t flinch. Fans fire up and Archer says Kyle F’d up now! Kyle eggs Suzuki on, and Suzuki CHOPS! Kyle drops to take a seat! Suzuki storms up on Kyle as he goes to ropes but the ref has Suzuki back down. Kyle stands back up and brushes himself off. Fans rally up and Suzuki wrenches an arm. Kyle wrenches back, wristlocks, but Suzuki kicks and wrenches. Kyle wrenches back again, but Suzuki wrenches him. Suzuki wrenches the other arm and steps through ropes to HOTSHOT the arm!

Kyle swings back but into a HANGING ARMBAR! Archer BLASTS Davis while the ref counts! Suzuki lets go at 4, he drags Kyle out, and Suzuki-Gun sends Aussie Open into railing! Suzuki twists Kyle’s arm with a KIMURA! Kyle kicks and flails, he can’t get out of it on the floor! Suzuki lets go to kick Kyle around while Archer stomps Davis against railing. Suzuki KNEES Kyle down, then bends him back against railing! Kyle claws at Suzuki but can’t get him to let go. Suzuki ELBOWS Kyle down, then he goes to the ring. Tag to Archer and Archer fetches Kyle. Archer brings Kyle around to CHOKE in front of the timekeeper’s area!

Archer SMACKS Kyle off the bell! Archer puts Kyle in the ring, taunts him over how Davis is still down, then Archer brings Kyle up for a short arm LARIAT! Tag to Suzuki and he puts on an ARMBAR! Kyle flails and kicks around, reaches out desperately, and finally has the ROPEBREAK! Suzuki lets off quickly to tag Archer back in. Archer puts Kyle in the corner, laughs at him, then runs corner to corner and back again for a BIG back elbow! He keeps moving, another back elbow! And then again, but Kyle dodges! Fans rally as Kyle crawls to the corner. Davis is back, but Archer keeps Kyle from him.

Kyle fires off forearms but Archer choke grips! Kyle breaks free, dodges, and SUPERKICKS! Archer drops to a knee and fans rally up. Hot tag to Davis! Davis breaks through the clothesline to BLAST Suzuki! Archer runs in and he blocks the boot, only for Davis to dodge the clothesline. Davis CHOP LARIATS in return! And again! And again! Fans fire up with Davis as he whips Archer to ropes. Archer reverses, Davis handsprings and ENZIGURIS! Davis roars, runs side to side, and SLIDING FOREARMS! Cover, TWO! Davis snarls and fireman’s carries, and he manages to lift Archer! But Archer slips off, shoves, only for Davis to dodge!

Davis clotheslines Archer up and out of the ring! Fans fire up as Davis goes out and picks up a Young Lion! Davis runs with Ryohei Oiwa and Kyle has Yuto Nakashima! They SANDWICH Archer with the Young Lions! Fans fire up as Davis puts Archer in the ring. Tag to Fletcher, Aussie Open picks Archer up! But Suzuki clamps a SLEEPER on Kyle! Archer powers out to FULL NELSON SLAM Davis! Suzuki whips Kyle to a corner, runs in and BOOTS! Archer back elbows! Snapmare, PENALTY KICK, SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Tag to Suzuki and he runs at Kyle in the corner, another BOOT! Snapmare and PENALTY feint as Kyle covers up!

Suzuki waits for Kyle to literally let his guard down, and then he KICKS him down! Cover, TWO! Suzuki rallies the fans and he brings Kyle up. Kyle fires a forearm but Suzuki just grins and laughs. Suzuki ROCKS Kyle, stalks him, and eggs him on. Fans rally, Kyle stands back up, and Kyle ROCKS Suzuki! Kyle eggs Suzuki on so Suzuki ROCKS Kyle! Kyle fumes and fires up to ROCK Suzuki! The forearms go back and forth, faster and faster, and Kyle gets the edge! Kyle roars, but Suzuki DECKS him! Fans fire up with Suzuki and he drags Kyle up into a SLEEPER! Kyle is fading already, but Suzuki spins him to reel him in!

Suzuki Gotch lifts but Kyle powers out with a back drop! Davis triangle jump DROPKICKS Archer! Kyle runs to GAMANGIRI Suzuki in the corner, then suplexes for a BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Fans rally up and Davis joins Kyle. Aussie Open hook Suzuki up, but Archer brings Davis away! Archer stomps a mudhole into Davis at the corner while Suzuki kicks Kyle’s legs out, for a SLEEPER! Kyle is fading, Suzuki spins him around! Archer brings Davis up, too, but Davis slips off! Davis shoves Archer into Suzuki! BOOT and fireman’s carry, POP-UP ROUNDHOUSE! Suzuki kicks Davis, CHOPS Kyle, and then fires off more CHOPS!

Fans rally as Suzuki CHOPS Aussie Open to their knees! Kyle blocks a chop, he and Davis double wrench to DOUBLE FOREARM! Kyle runs, LARIAT! But Suzuki stays up on rage alone! Kyle runs again but Suzuki ducks the lariat, only for Davis to LARIAT! But Suzuki still stays up! Suzuki roars, so Aussie Open LARIAT SANDWICHES him! Aussie Open hauls Suzuki up, COREALIS!! Cover, Aussie Open wins!!

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

Maybe everybody dies, but Aussie Open is still alive! And they’re still undefeated in World Tag League! Will Davis & Fletcher truly be the future of tag team wrestling?

 

Super Jr. Tag League 2022: Ryusuke Taguchi & Clark Connors VS Ace Austin & Chris Bey!

The Wild Hips got burned by The Sauce & G-Rex, and now they go up against the hot hand of the #InevitableFinesse! Will Taguchi & Connors turn the fourth round into good luck? Or will Ace & Bey continue to have an impact in the league?

Bullet Club Too Sweets, and the Wild Hips present two beers! Bey & Ace want some, so Connors brings out a few more! But they’re a bit wet, so he and Taguchi wipe them off on their butts! Ace slaps the beers away, he and Bey don’t want those anymore. Taguchi & Connors crack open theirs and have a drink, but then Ace & Bey attack! But Connors & Taguchi don’t drop the beers! The bell rings, Ace & Bey whip Taguchi & Connors at each other, but they do-si-do with the beer! “Cheers!” and they cross-arm chug! Fans applaud but then Ace & Bey rush in again! Taguchi HIP ATTACKS Ace down while Connors just knees Bey away.

Taguchi and Connors chug while they WHIP HIP Ace! And WHIP HIP Bey! And then back to Ace! And then Taguchi whips Connors to HIP ATTACK Bey! Another WHIP HIP for Ace! Fans fire up as Wild Hips hip bump and never waste a drop! They finish chugging, and then Connors brings Ace up. Connors uppercuts Ace, whips him to ropes, but Ace holds ropes. Connors blocks the boot, flips Ace to the apron and ROCKS him! Fans rally as Connors runs Around the World, but Ace KNEES Connors first! Connors swipes but Ace handsprings around to PENALTY KICK Connors! Ace DECKS Taguchi and coordinates with Bey!

Bey builds speed, TOO SWEET CONJILO! Fans fire up as Bullet Club poses. Bey puts Connors in for Ace to stomp around. Ace stomps Connors, then hip drops the arm! Ace has the mounted armbar, and he brings out the ace up his sleeve! PAPER CUT! Ace hides the card, Bey says shush, it’s a secret. Ace drags Connors up but Connors CHOPS! But that was the cut hand! Connors clutches his hand and Ace CLUBS him down. Ace stomps Connors down and digs his boot in. He lets off as the ref counts, then he tags Bey. Ace hooks Connors up, Bey runs, SWEEP KICK RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP COMBO! And then STANDING MOONSAULT LEG DROP COMBO! Cover, TWO!

Fans rally up while Bey swaggers around. Bey basement boots Connors, then UPPERCUTS him in the back! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up and Bey drags Connors up. Bey whips Connors to a corner, runs corner to corner, STINGER SPLASH! Bey brings Connors out to DISCUS HAYMAKER! Cocky cover, ONE! Bey cravats Connors to keep him down but Connors endures. Bey leans all his weight and even headstands, but the fans rally up. Connors fights up, throws body shots, but Bey KNEES him back! Bey runs at the ropes but Connors puts him on the apron. Bey hooks Connors up to keep him from Taguchi!

Bey KNEES Connors, slingshots up and over, and things speed up, Connors POUNCES Bey!! Both men are down and fans fire up again. Connors and Bey crawl, hot tags to Ace and Taguchi! Ace dodges to kick low and CHOP! Ace whips but Taguchi reverses to HIP ATTACK! Fans fire up again as Taguchi HIP ATTACKS at the ropes! And again! And then baseball slide to APRON HIP! Cover, TWO! Taguchi drags Ace up but Ace swings, into a back suplex! Ace lands on his feet to waistlock but Taguchi switches. Ace elbows free, runs, but Taguchi follows. HIP- NO, Ace turns that into an atomic drop! Taguchi hobbles and Ace says TOO SWEET YEARS OF DEATH!

But wait, Ace’s hand gets stuck! Taguchi’s iron cheeks clamp on! Fans fire up and Taguchi hops around, bringing Ace with him. Connors is in, he fires up, and he SPEARS Ace down! Fans fire up more as the Wild Hips combine their powers! “ORYA~!” CROSS HIPS!! Cover, but Bey breaks it! Bey SUPERMAN PUNCHES Connors, but Connors UPPERCUTS Bey! Then POUNCE HIP- NO, Bey dropkicks Taguchi out of the air! Ace HEEL KICKS Connors out of the ring! And then builds speed to hit the FLOP! Direct hit at the ramp! Fans fire up as Ace hurries to get on the apron. Triangle jump ENZIGURI!

Bey tags in, ONE TWO SWEET CUTTER!! And THE FOLD!! Cover, Bullet Club wins!

Winners: Ace Austin & Chris Bey, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Wild Hips earn 0)

And that’s four in a row! Ace & Bey keep on going, is it truly inevitable that they will take the trophies?

 

World Tag League 2022: Toru Yano & Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Bad Luck Fale & Chase Owens!

The Joker & The Ace could not survive Suzuki-Gun while The General’s Jewels blew up the House of Torture! Will Fale & Chase set off another Grenade? Or will Yano & Tanahashi make it a dud?

Yano & Tanahashi keep up the high school bad boy act. They squat, then show off the “SUGOI” muscles of Tanahashi. Bullet Club Too Sweets, then they squat. Yano & Tanahashi squat and then Bullet Club attacks! Chase throws Yano out, then he and Fale stomp Tanahashi! The bell rings, Bullet Club mugs Tanahashi, but fans rally up for The Ace. Chase whips Tanahashi to the corner, runs in but Tanahashi dodges! Tanahashi dropkicks Fale’s leg, then blocks Chase’s kick to DRAGON SCREW! Fans fire up as Tanahashi tries to scoop Fale! But Fale’s too big! Fale CLUBS Tanahashi, scoops him, but Tanahashi slips free!

Tanahashi fires off fast hands, runs, but Fale runs him over! Fale drags Tanahashi to ropes, tags in Chase, and then Bullet Club stands on Tanahashi’s back! The ref reprimands but they salute before stepping away. Fans rally for Tanahashi but Chase drags Tanahashi up. Chase bumps Tanahashi off buckles, tags in Fale, and then whips Tanahashi. Body shot, knee lift, LARIAT! Fale covers, but Yano breaks it! Chase sends Yano out and Fale tags him in. Chase drags Tanahashi up but Tanahashi forearms back. Chase BELL CLAPS Tanahashi, then throws him down by his hair! Chase has Tanahashi’s head between his feet, to NECK TWEAK as he falls back! Cover, TWO!

Chase drags Tanahashi up, bumps him off buckles, and tags in Fale. Fale whips Chase in, Chase forearm smashes then Fale SPLASHES! Fale scoops and SLAMS Fale, then Chase climbs up. But Yano hurries over to spray Chase with his cleaning product! Fale CLOBBERS Yano for that, ROCKS him and scoops him, to SLAM him! Fale runs but Yano avoids the elbow drop! Chase CLUBS Yano, ROCKS him, then ROCKS him again. Fale stomps Tanahashi, then he and Chase both whip Tanahashi and Yano. But Tanahashi & Yano hold the ropes! They taunt Bullet Club, then get around them to RAM them into each other!

DOUBLE LOW- NO, Chase & Fale each catch Yano! The ref reprimands, but Tanahashi DOUBLE LOW BLOWS! Roll-up on Fale, Tanahashi & Yano win!!

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

The Once in a Century Talent has learned much from the Producer! And with that, they’re finally on the board! Will The Joker & The Ace be able to pull off a late round comeback?

 

Super Jr. Tag League 2022: YOH & Lio Rush VS DOUKI & Yoshinobu Kanemaru!

The Men of the Hour are just outside the top spot while Japones del Mal & The Heel Master are lagging behind. Will Yoh & Lio keep up the momentum? Or will Douki & Kanemaru start playing spoiler?

As soon as the introductions are over, Douki & Kanemaru attack! Kanemaru is after Lio while Douki throws Yoh out. The bell rings and Kanemaru stomps a mudhole into Lio. Douki goes out after Yoh and CLUBS him while Kanemaru bumps Lio off buckles. Kanemaru whips Lio corner to corner, but Lio goes up and over and runs. Lio redirects himself, and again, then slides under the boot to SPRINGBOARD RANA! Fans fire up, but Douki kicks and CLUBS Lio! Yoh gets in, Douki kicks him. Douki runs but Lio and Yoh both handspring to dodge! They mule kick, front kick and ENZIGURI Douki, into a NECKBREAKER from Yoh!

Fans fire up while Douki bails out. Lio HANDSPRING KICKS Kanemaru off the apron, then builds speed with Yoh. But Douki & Kanemaru get in to dropkick their legs out! Douki kicks Yoh out of the ring and then whips him into railing! Kanemaru brings Lio up to whip, and dropkick the legs out again! Kanemaru SMASHES the knee on the mat, then tags in Douki. Lio hobbles and falls, Douki drags him back to drop an elbow on the leg! Douki has a toehold but Lio endures. Douki drags Lio over to put the leg on ropes and HIP DROP it! Lio clutches his leg but Douki stomps him. Douki distracts the ref so Kanemaru can CLUB the leg on the apron!

Kanemaru tags in with the ref none the wiser. Fans rally as Lio gets back in the ring, and Kanemaru stomps Lio down. Kanemaru BOOTS Yoh for good measure, then throws Lio out. Kanemaru distracts the ref so Douki can SMASH the knee on the floor! Douki then drags Lio up to put him in for Kanemaru to cover, TWO! Fans rally up but Kanemaru stomps Lio down. Kanemaru stalks Lio, stomps him around, but fans rally for “LI-O RUSH! LI-O RUSH!” Lio kicks, Kanemaru blocks it, and he keeps Lio from Yoh to flip Lio! Lio lands on his feet, but his leg jams! Douki grabs at Lio but Lio elbows him away.

Kanemaru runs in but Lio BOOTS him away. Kanemaru runs back in, Lio slips under, but Kanemaru grabs a leg! Kanemaru drags Lio away from Yoh, but Lio hops up to ENZIGURI! Hot tag to Yoh! Fans fire up as Direct Drive rallies on Suzuki-Gun! Yoh dodges Kanemaru, dodges again, and FLYING FOREARMS! Fans rally as Yoh brings Kanemaru up again. Yoh scoops, SLAMS, and climbs up the corner for a TWISTING SENTON! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up with Yoh as he drags Kanemaru up. Yoh reels Kanemaru in and suplexes, but Kanemaru slips out to waistlock. Yoh elbows free, runs, but into a dropkick to the legs!

Kanemaru drags Yoh around, steps through, and has the FIGURE FOUR! Douki intercepts Lio, throws him back out, then goes out after him. Kanemaru thrashes but Yoh endures the hold! Yoh reaches out, tries to turn Kanemaru over, but Kanemaru blocks it. Yoh drags himself and Kanemaru over, to get the ROPEBREAK! Fans cheer and Kanemaru lets go as the ref pries at the hold. Kanemaru stomps Yoh’s leg, then drags him up, SHIN BREAKER! Kanemaru kicks the leg, runs again, but Yoh scoops! But Kanemaru slips through! Yoh reel shim back in to FALCON ARROW! Both men are down and fans fire up!

Yoh and Kanemaru crawl as the fans rally up. Hot tags to Douki and Lio! Lio blocks a kick to fire off palm strikes and an uppercut! Lio runs, but Douki follows, only for Lio to duck under and send Douki out! Lio DIVES and Douki is sent into barriers! Fans fire up as Lio puts Douki back in. Lio rallies the fans as he pounds the mat. Lio then runs to springboard, but Douki blocks Rush Hour! Douki waistlocks, Lio switches but Douki elbows free! Douki kicks and ENZIGURIS! Douki runs, and LARIATS Lio inside out! Douki DECKS Yoh for good measure and Kanemaru gets in. Kanemaru runs to UPPERCUT in the corner!

Douki climbs, Kanemaru scoops, BRITISH FALL to DIVING DOUBLE STOMPS! Cover, TWO, but into ITALIAN STRETCH #32! Lio endures and fights to his feet, and he moves around, only for Douki to drag him down and roll away from the ropes! ITALIAN STRETCH! But Yoh stomps Douki down! Douki HELL STABS Yoh in return! Fans rally as Douki aims at Lio from the apron. Slingshot, DAYBREAK!! Cover, TWO!?! Kanemaru sends Yoh into railing while Douki fires back up! Douki brings Lio around, wheelbarrows, SUPLEX DE- NO, Lio fights off the full nelson! Lio switches and feeds Douki to Yoh’s JUMP KNEE!

Yoh roars, runs, but Douki uses the ref as a shield! ENZIGURI! Fans fire up as Douki goes back for Lio. Kanemaru has his whiskey and tags a swig! Douki brings Lio over, but Lio ducks! The WHISKEY MIST hits Douki! Yoh SUPERKICKS Kanemaru down! And then Yoh SUPERKICKS Douki! Lio fires up, runs, springboards, RUSH HOUR!! Yoh PLANCHAS Kanemaru! Lio hurries up top, for the FINAL HOUR!! Cover, the Men of the Hour win!

Winners: Yoh & Lio Rush, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Douki & Kanemaru earn 0)

The Heel Master trying to tip the scales ended up messing them up! Kanemaru & Douki are 0-4, will they be drinking to forget? As for Lio & Yoh, they’re building up speed at just the right time, will they take over Super Jr. Tag League?

 

World Tag League 2022: Shane Haste & Mikey Nicholls VS EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi!

The Mighty Don’t Kneel, but they fell to the United Empire, and the House of Torture could not beat Bad Luck. Who will have better luck here in the third round?

But as The Mighty make their entrance, SHO & DICK attack from behind! The House of Torture is stacking the deck right from the start! Fans boo as the House of Torture mug the Mighty! The ref reprimands but the match hasn’t started so no one can be disqualified yet. Evil smacks Shane off the apron, then smacks him off it again before putting Shane in the ring. The bell rings and Evil uses the Mighty’s towel to CHOKE Shane! Dick & Sho distracts the ref, but the ref finally sees that and counts. Evil lets off at 4, then kicks Shane around. Evil runs, but Shane UPPERCUTS! Shane snapmares and basement dropkicks!

Fans fire up and Shane throws his shirt at Evil. Shane stomps Evil, KICKS him around, then KICKS him more! Shane BOOTS Evil, reels him into a clinch, but Evil grabs at the ref! Evil then switches with Shane to RAM him into the ref! The ref falls out of the ring, fans boo, but Yujiro BLASTS Mikey off the apron! Evil throws Shane out, Sho goes after Mikey and rakes the eyes! Sho and Yujiro mug Mikey and go out into the crowd while Evil and Dick mug Shane and go up the ramp. Evil CLAWS Shane’s back, fans boo more, but Evil lines Shane up for Dick to JAM in the ribs with a chair! Yujiro does the same to Mickey!

Fans tell Dick & Sho to go away but Dick just soaks up the heat. Evil suplexes Shane to the ramp! Evil grins and he looms over Shane. Evil scuffs Shane, drags him up, and even Dick helps bring Shane over to the ring. Shane fights back but Evil rakes his eyes! Fans rally as Evil puts Shane in and the House of Torture surrounds him. They all stomp away on Shane! Fans boo even harder but Evil just laughs. The House of Torture “put one out” on Shane, and then Sho drags the ref up. But Mikey goes after Sho! Sho rakes Mikey’s eyes! The ref is back in the ring, Evil claws Shane’s eyes again, then covers. ONE!!

Fans applaud as Shane refuses to go down easy. Yujiro tags in and he kicks Shane low. Yujiro kicks, snapmares, and drops a leg! And then an elbow! And then a headbutt! Cover, TWO! Evil is frustrated but fans fire up as Shane stays in this. Yujiro drags Shane up, bumps him off buckles, then tags in Evil. Shane hits back but Evil smothers him in the corner. The ref reprimands, Evil lets off and CHOPS! Fans rally and Shane hits back again, but Evil CHOPS again! Shane throws a forearm, but Evil pushes Shane back. Yujiro holds onto Shane and Evil winds up, but he CLAWS Shane’s face! Fans boo again and the ref reprimands.

Evil lets off, then dares Mikey to get in and hit him. The ref keeps Mikey back, Evil puts Shane in a corner and tags Yujiro. Yujiro storms up to Shane, snapmares and basement BOOTS! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up but Yujiro kicks at Shane. Yujiro pie faces Shane but Shane throws body shots! Fans rally up and Shane throws more shots, but Yujiro kicks low. Yujiro runs, but Shane deflects the boot to UPPERCUT Yujiro down! Fans fire up as Shane crawls over, hot tag to Mikey! Mikey rallies on the Tokyo Pimp with lariats, then whips him to a corner for a clothesline! Mikey whips, Yujiro gets around and ducks an elbow, but right into a DDT!

Fans fire up and Mikey BLASTS Evil! Mikey fires up, runs corner to corner and clotheslines Yujiro! He whips corner to corner to clothesline again! Evil runs in but Mikey dodges, and Evil’s clothesline hits Yujiro! Mikey whips Evil but Evil reverses, only for Mikey to come back and DOUBLE LARIAT Evil & Yujiro! Fans fire up again as Mikey roars! Mikey drags Yujiro up, reels him in, but Yujiro wrenches out and BITES Mikey’s hand! The ref reprimands but Mikey kicks Yujiro. Mikey runs but Sho trips him up! Fans boo but Yujiro BOOTS Mikey down! Shane gets in but Yujiro blocks the kick and claws the eyes!

Yujiro throws Shane down and runs to basement BOOT! Evil digs his knee into Mikey’s head at the corner, then he and Yujiro double whip corner to corner. Yujiro runs in to BOOT, Evil runs in to clothesline! Evil then hits a FISHERMAN BUSTER! Yujiro basement BOOTS again! Cover, TWO! Mikey is still in this and Sho is furious! Sho argues with the ref, but this outrage is just so Dick can use the SPOILER CHOKER on Mikey! Fans boo as Mikey endures, but then Shane whips Evil into railing! Shane BOOTS Yujiro, then sends Dick out! Shane BLASTS Sho, but Yujiro waistlocks. Shane switches, Mikey rushes over, HIGH LOW ROCK ‘N’ ROLL!

Evil runs in but Mikey gets around him to waistlock, BACK SUPLEX NECKBREAKER COMBO! Fans fire up with The Mighty as they roar! Shane and Mikey drag Yujiro up, trophy lift, THUNDER VALLEY!! Cover, The Mighty win!!

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

They were battling the House of Torture 4v2 the entire time, and they still won! Will Shane & Mikey make a mighty comeback? Should the King of Darkness and team just admit that not Everything Is Evil?

 

Super Jr. Tag League 2022: Robbie Eagles & Tiger Mask VS TJP & Francesco Akira!

The Flying Tigers are back up are shooting down Suzuki-Gun, but Catch 2/2 is stinging from their first loss! Will Eagles & Tiger pile on? Or can the Public Enemy & Nova Fireball redeem themselves?

Oh look, Gideon Grey is back. He gives the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions their introductions, as well as one for Red Shoes. Gideon makes a bit of fun of Tiger Mask, and then Catch 2/2 attack with dropkicks! The bell rings as Gideon bails out. Catch 2/2 double whip Eagles but he reverses to send TJP away. Eagles CHOPS Akira, then sends TJP into him to knock him down! Then Eagles dodges TJP’s clothesline to mule kick a leg out. Eagles runs, DOUBLE SLIDING LARIAT! Fans fire up while Catch 2/2 bails out. Tiger & Eagles build speed, they DOUBLE DIVE! Down go the champs and fans fire up!

Eagles & Tiger drag Akira up and put him in. Fans chant along with “ROBBIE ROBBIE ROBBIE!” “OI OI OI!” Eagles brings Akira around to whip him into the corner, and then Flying Tigers DOUBLE KICK Akira! TJP rushes in but Eagles blocks a kick and hooks him up to TURBO BACKPACK! Cover, Akira breaks it! Tiger throws Akira out, Eagles CLUBS TJP to a corner, and throws some forearms. Flying Tigers kick, KICK, but TJP moves and the SUPERKICK hits Tiger! Eagles brings TJP up to whip but TJP goes up and over. Akira returns, TJP helps him to RAILGUN DROPKICK Eagles!

Fans fire up, Akira runs and wheelbarrows with TJP to BOOSTED CODE BREAKER Eagles! TJP runs to LARIAT Eagles down! Cover, TWO! Eagles survives but Akira dropkicks Tiger out of the ring. Catch 2/2 double whip and double hip toss into the POWERBOMB NECKBREAKER COMBO! Cover, but Tiger breaks it! Akira kicks Tiger back out, then TJP drags Eagles up. TJP bumps Eagles off buckles, then sits him down to dig his boot in. TJP mocks the “Robbie Robbie Robbie!” before he gives Eagles scrapes to the face. TJP runs side to side, to BOOT WASH! Fans fire up and they want another! TJP obliges, but Eagles SOBATS!

Eagles runs, but into a BOOT! But Eagles hits STANDING SLICED BREAD! Eagles crawls over, hot tag to Tiger! Tiger goes up top to CROSSBODY TJP! Akira gets in and hooks Tiger’s arms. TJP runs in but Tiger BOOTS TJP away. Tiger then KANGAROO KICKS Akira away! TJP runs in again but Tiger scoops TJP for a BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Tiger keeps cool as he whips TJP to a corner. Tiger ROUNDHOUSES TJP, then reels him into underhooks. TJP blocks the lift but Tiger keeps trying. TJP shoots around, Tiger switches but TJP elbows free. TJP runs, Akira tags in before the springboard LARIAT!

Fans fire up and TJP throws his shirt to the crowd! Free souvenir as TJP drags Tiger up. Akira climbs up the corner, DOUBLE STOMP REVERSE DDT COMBO! Akira drags Tiger to the drop zone and TJP goes up top for the MAMBA SPLASH! Cover, but Eagles breaks it!! Fans fire up while all four men are down! TJP and Eagles crawl to each other to go forehead to forehead. Eagles whips, TJP reverses and ROLLING SOBATS! TJP runs, but Eagles DROPKICKS! Akira runs in but Eagles ducks the enziguri! ROUNDHOUSE, SUPERKICK, and ENZIGURI! Fans fire up with Eagles and he cravats, for SLICED- NO, Akira slips free!

Eagles waistlocks but Akira victory rolls to STOMP 182! Fans fire up as Eagles and TJP flop out of the ring. Tiger staggers up, Akira is on him! Tiger switches, chicken wings, but Akira ducks and TJP’s SUPERKICK hits Tiger! Akira then chicken wings Tiger to pop him up into a waistlock, but Eagles ENZIGURIS Akira again! Eagles then DIVES to take out TJP! Tiger SOBATS and TIGER DRIVERS!! Cover, TWO!?!? Akira survives and fans fire up again! Tiger keeps his cool as he brings Akira up. Tiger BUZZ- NO, Akira ducks and rolls Tiger up, TWO! Tiger rushes in but into an ENZIGURI! Akira reels Tiger in, but Tiger wrenches out, crucifix takedown! TWO!!!

But Tiger drags Akira into a REVERSE DOUBLE ARMBAR!! TJP runs in but Eagles wheelbarrows and victory rolls him, into a RON MILLER SPECIAL!! Catch 2/2 endure stereo submissions! TJP crawls over to Akira, to grab at Tiger’s mask!” TJP drags Tiger off Akira! Eagles lets TJP go to kick him out. Flying Tigers drag Akira up but he fires off forearms! Akira CHOPS Eagles, runs, but Eagles spins him around! SOLE FOOD, into TIGER SUPLEX! Bridging cover, but TJP breaks it in time!! Eagles throws TJP back out and goes to the apron. Eagles and Tiger aim at Akira in the corner, DOUBLE KICK COMBO!

Akira sits down but Tiger drags him back up! Tiger hoists Akira up top then climbs. Fans rally as Tiger brings Akira up, but TJP trips Eagles! TJP Electric Chair Lifts Tiger! Akira adjusts, but Tiger slips off! Tiger gets under Akira’s leap, but TJP dodges Tiger! Akira SUPERKICKS Tiger! Eagles springboards, but TJP DROPKICKS him outta the sky! But Tiger fires off KICKS on Catch 2/2! Then forearms! Tiger runs, into the ALLEY-OOP FACEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!!! Tiger survives and fans fire up again! But “CATCH! NI NI!” starts up. TJP sits Tiger up, the champs run, 2 BY 2!! Cover, Catch 2/2 wins!

Winners: TJP & Francesco Akira, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Eagles & Tiger earn 0)

The IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions redeem themselves in the fourth round! Will they make sure no one else gets a win off them for the rest of the league?

 

World Tag League 2022: Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI VS Tetsuya Naito & SANADA!

#Bishamon could not stop the future of tag team wrestling that is Aussie Open, but the Uncontrollable Charisma & Cold Skull are feeling just fine after two big wins. Will the Fierce Warrior & Head Hunter #GetBackUp? Or will Naito & Sanada help Nagoya be tranquilo tonight?

The jackets are put aside, but of course Naito takes his time with his entrance attire. The teams sort out, LIJ fist bumps, and fans applaud as Naito starts against Goto. Fans rally and chant for “NA-I-TO!” at the bell. Naito just stares at Goto, but then chants for “GO-TO! GO-TO!” start. The two circle, approach, but then Naito backs off. They circle more, approach again, but Naito backs off. Then they finally tie up, and Goto puts Naito on the ropes. Red Shoes calls the break and the two let off slowly. Goto pats Naito on the shoulder and fans applaud. But then Naito rushes Goto to put him on ropes!

Red Shoes counts, Naito pushes Goto but lets off as Red Shoes reprimands. Naito grins but Red Shoes tells him to let go of Red Shoes. Naito lets go, but Sanada pulls Goto’s hair! Naito kicks low and Red Shoes reprimands them. Naito CLUBS Goto, whips him corner to corner, but Goto comes back to run him over! Goto DECKS Sanada, stomps Naito, then tags Hashi. Bishamon double whip and double shoulder Naito down! Then HIP TOSS SENTON! Sanada runs in but Bishamon kicks him low and drums away on him! Then Bishamon drums Naito! Fans fire up as Hashi drags Naito up. Hashi hangs Naito out to dry and Goto holds him, so Hashi can run side to side and dropkick! Cover, TWO!

Hashi keeps cool and drags Naito up. Hashi CLUBS Naito, CHOPS him, then CHOPS him again! Naito wobbles, but he blocks the whip by holding ropes! Hashi CLUBS Naito, mule kicks and whips, but Naito reverses! Sanada trips Hashi up and Naito dropkicks Hashi down! Goto rushes in but into a drop toehold and basement dropkick! Naito kicks Hashi out and LIJ goes after Bishamon. Naito whips Hashi into railing! Sanada stomps Goto down, Naito drags Hashi back up. Naito CHOKES Hashi on the railing! Red Shoes reprimands and counts, but Naito lets off to CLUB Hashi down. A ring count starts, Naito stomps Hashi down.

Naito goes into the ring at 10 of 20 but Hashi is still down at 13. Hashi sits up at 15, stands and slides in at 17! Naito drags Hashi up, cravats and throws shoulders. Hashi hits back but Naito CLUBS and whips! Naito runs to JUMP KICK, leg sweep, COMBINACION CABRON! Fans fire up for Naito’s pose, then he tags in Sanada. Sanada stomps Hashi around, brings him up, and CLUBS him. Hashi staggers but Sanada CLUBS him again. Naito grabs hold of Hashi in the corner, and LIJ mugs Hashi. Sanada drags Hashi up, whips him to ropes, and ELBOWS him down! Cover, TWO! Fans applaud as Hashi hangs tough.

Sanada tags Naito and Naito drags Hashi up to a NECKBREAKER then PLUMA BLANCA! Naito thrashes Hashi around while taunting Goto. Goto gets in to stomp Naito, but Sanada throws Goto back out. Naito lets Hashi go, tags Sanada, and Sanada wrenches and whips Hashi corner to corner. Sanada runs in but blocks Hashi’s boot! Sanada trips Hashi, and fans cheer as Sanada ties Hashi up. But Hashi powers out of Paradise! Sanada kips up and trips Hashi again, to put him in Paradise! Fans applaud and cheer and Sanada encourages them to get louder. The fans oblige, Sanada runs in and dropkicks Hashi out of Paradise! Cover, TWO!

Sanada drags Hashi up, suplexes, but Hashi fights that off! Hahi tries to suplex but Sanada fights that off. They fight for suplex control as fans rally and duel. Hashi gets Sanada up, but brings him into the HEAD- NO, Sanada fights the Head Buster! Hashi dodges the lariat, to hit a HEADHUNTER! Fans fire up while both men are down! Hashi and Sanada crawl, hot tag to Goto! Goto runs Sanada over, BLASTS Naito, then fires off forearms on Sanada! Goto whips Sanada to the corner for MURAMASA! And BULLDOG! Cover, TWO! Fans rally as Goto drags Sanada back up. Got fireman’s carries, but Sanada fights free!

Sanada waistlocks but Goto elbows free! Goto runs but Sanada dropkicks his leg! Goto hobbles, so Sanada dropkicks him down! Fans rally while both men are down. Sanada crawls over, hot tag to Naito! Naito stomps Goto down, drags him up, and ROCKS Goto to a corner. Naito whips but Goto reverses. Goto runs in but Naito BOOTS him! Naito runs, wrenches Goto but Goto avoids the elbow! Goto deflects the boot to DISCUS LARIAT! Fans fire up while both men are down again! Goto crawls, hot tag to Hashi! Hashi runs Naito over, then elbows him down! Hashi whips, Naito holds the ropes and BOOTS back!

Naito runs to RANA Hashi down! Hashi goes to a corner, Naito runs in, but Hashi CHOPS him! Hashi mule kicks, turns Naito, and hits a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally and Hashi brings Naito up. Naito blocks the suplex, but Hashi keeps trying. Hashi throws body shots, suplexes, but Naito knees free! Hashi CHOPS! Hashi runs, but into a SPINEBUSTER! Naito drags Hashi back up, hoists him up top, then climbs up after him! But Hashi slips down and brings Naito off the corner! Naito fights free of the bomb, blocks a kick and CLUBS the leg, to CHOP again! Hashi fires up and the fans fire up with him!

Hashi runs corner to corner but Naito dodges! Sanada runs in to back elbow! Feed to Naito’s atomic drop, and then Hashi fires off the big back elbows! Sanada keeps Goto on the outside as Naito goes up and reels Hashi in. ESPERANZA! Cover, TWO!! Hashi survives but Naito drags him back up. Fans rally as Naito wrenches and tilt-o-whirls, DESTI- NO, Hashi blocks and Goto gets in! G Y- NO, Naito kicks Hashi away and slips around Goto, Sanada DROPKICKS Goto down! Hashi runs in but into an atomic drop! KICK, ENZIGURI, BIG back suplex, rolling jackknife! TWO!!! Hashi escapes and fans fire up!

LIJ coordinate and they drag Hashi back up. Sanada gives Naito the boost but Hashi stops the tornado to send Naito into Sanada! Naito blocks a kick to give a kick, but Hashi suplexes Naito first! Fans fire up as all four men are down! Hashi and Naito stir, and Goto climbs back onto the apron! Hashi crawls to his corner, but Naito crawls to his, hot tags to Goto and Sanada! Sanada dodges Goto but Goto deflects the boot, only for Sanada to duck the discus! Sanada reels Goto in but Goto elbows Sanada away. Goto runs, but Sanada hurdles! And hurdles! And DROPKICKS! Fans fire up again as Goto bails out. Sanada goes to the ropes to PLANCHA!

Fans fire up and Sanada brings Goto back up. Sanada puts Goto in the ring and fans rally again. Sanada aims from the apron now and Goto stands up. Sanada springboards but Goto gets under! Goto fireman’s carries, USHIGOROSHI! Fans fire up while both men are down again! Goto snarls and he drags Sanada up. Goto dragon sleepers, but Sanada spins around to suplex! Goto fights that, they fight for suplex control, but Goto lets off to DISCUS LARIAT! Fans rally even harder and Goto drags Sanada back up. Dragon sleeper, but Sanada drops to victory roll! TWO!!! Even Goto’s surprised he escaped!

Sanada ELBOWS, ROLLING ELBOWS, then roars! Sanada runs, but Goto fireman’s carries! Sanada slips off but Goto dodges, HIDDEN GAP SUPERKICK from Hashi! Fans fire up as Hashi CHOPS Naito off the apron! Bishamon call their shot, they say it’s lights out! They stand Sanada up, hook him up, but Sanada BOOTS Hashi away! Naito trips Hashi and drags him out while Sanada spins things around on Goto! SKULL END!!! But Hashi whips Naito into railing! Goto endures and reaches out, but he’s turning red! Goto starts fading! Sanada lets him go and puts him in a drop zone! Sanada goes up top, for ROUNDING BODY-

NO, Goto moves! Sanada lands on his feet, Hashi dropkicks him down! Naito ELBOWS Hashi down then basement dropkicks him! But Hashi’s right up to LARIAT Naito! Fans are thunderous as all four men are down again! Goto and Sanada stir while Hashi and Naito roll out of the ring. Goto staggers up to his feet and powers up! Sanada sits up, BUZZSAW! Goto drags Sanada up, fireman’s carries, USHIGO- NO, Sanada lands on his feet! Goto rushes in but Sanada gets around to O’Conner B- NO, Goto blocks the bridge, Hashi SUPERKICKS! Goto fireman’s carries, FIERCE FLASH!! Hashi BLASTS Naito off the apron!

Bishamon sets Sanada up again, SHOTO!!! Cover, Bishamon wins!!!

Winners: Hirooki Goto & Yoshi-Hashi, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Naito & Sanada earn 0)

Los Ingobernables de Japon takes their first loss this World Tag League! Is there cause for concern that Naito won’t make it to his final WrestleKingdom?

As for Goto & Hashi, Goto gets the mic to say, “Bishamon is back in Nagoya!” Fans fire up for that! Goto then says, “And… Cheering is back in Nagoya!” Fans cheer even more for that! Goto wants to literally hear it, “Who do you think will win World Tag League?” It’s hard to say who the fans are cheering for, but then they join in a chant of “BI-SHA-MON! BI-SHA-MON!” Goto admits there are “mixed opinions. But next time we’re here, it’ll be after we win World Tag League and come back as champions!” Fans do like the sound of that. Goto finishes with, “Until then, it’s lights out time! SHOTO!!”

Will Goto & Hashi use this momentum to go back-to-back as World Tag League winners and win the titles?

 

Here are the NEW Super Jr. Tag League standings!

Austin & Bey: 4-0, 8 points
Bushi & Titan: 3-1, 6 points
TJP & Akira: 3-1, 6 points
Zayne & Lindaman: 3-1, 6 points
Yoh & Lio: 3-1, 6 points
Eagles & Tiger Mask: 2-2, 4 points
KUSHIDA & Knight: 1-3, 2 points
Taguchi & Connors: 1-3, 2 points
Sho & Dick: 0-4, 0 points
Douki & Kanemaru: 0-4, 0 points

 

Here are the NEW World Tag League standings!

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


My Thoughts:

A great event for this series, and it’s been a while since I’ve done an entire NJPW show. I really like that despite all their efforts in both tournaments, the House of Torture can’t even buy a win. They’re really the scrubs of NJPW at this point, but this is all making it bigger for when each team finally gets that one win to spoil someone’s run. Great win for Yano & Tanahashi to finally score some points, and a great win for Aussie Open on Suzuki & Archer. And Khan was right, all of the Empire won tonight to prove they’re a very strong faction.

Taguchi & Connors drinking beer while wrestling that first half of the match was funny stuff, but I figured Ace & Bey were going to stay undefeated. That first loss also has to be big, that might happen right as finalists are decided. Super Juniors are going again on Monday, which is a surprise when World Tag League is a round behind them. There are more 3-1 teams than I expected, Yoh & Lio are one of them and they’re up next for Ace & Bey. They might give Ace & Bey a great match but I don’t know if round five is where Ace & Bey take their first loss.

The main event was awesome stuff, and Bishamon winning was a bit of a surprise, but it really shouldn’t since they won WTL last year. But this does put some pressure on Naito & Sanada, which is good for the story. It couldn’t just be smooth sailing for LIJ, so this is a good time to get that loss out of the way and have LIJ push harder towards the finals.

My Score: 8.8/10


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Andrew’s IMPACT Results & Match Ratings: 2.2.2023

Impact has a new number one contender, a few new signings and setting up for No Surrender. Lets see what happens tonight!

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We’re coming off of Rich Swann becoming the number one contender, Joe Hendry creating another banger of a parody song and Bully Ray…being more like Bitchy Ray.

Also lets not overlook the fact that Dirty Dango officially signed with IMPACT as well. Which may not be huge, but with the current addition of Santino Marella, Dango being involved in storylines for the foreseeable; there could be some good comedy in store.

There we go, a bunch of stuff got set in motion; but we could always see some interesting wrinkles or just straight forward boredom. Only one way to find out! BUT FIRST! Raven is getting The Flock back together…maybe?

Ratings:

  • Bullet Club (Ace & Bey) vs Kevin Knight & Kushida: Ace & Bey win via 1-2-Sweet – ***
  • Gisele Shaw w/Jai Vidal vs Savannah Evans: Gisele wins via Denouement – ** 1/4
  • Crazzy Steve w/ Black Taurus vs Sheldon Jean: Steve wins via King Kill 33 – N/A
  • Johnny Swinger w/Zicky Dice vs Kenny King: Kenny wins via Royal Flush – N/A
  • The Design (Kon, Deaner, Angels & Callihan) vs Josh Alexander, Frankie Kazarian, Yuya Uemura & Rich Swann: Callihan wins via Cactus Driver ’97 – ** 1/2

 

Results:

Bullet Club (Ace & Bey) vs Kevin Knight & Kushida

As much as I like Ace & Bey, a part of me would like MCMG versus Kushida and his new partner.

Early on its just counters, posing to the crowd and getting themselves over until Bey manages to sweep the leg, slingshot over the top rope for a stomp and take over a little. Knight manages to avoid a corner move, one legged Springboard Body Press, Jumping Frog Splash, and then a quick tag to Kushida. Some tandem moves from Kushida and Knight as Knight continues to mix it up with Bey.

Ace distracts Knight before the Springboard and Bey meets him in midair with a Dropkick and gets Ace in for some tandem offense and then Ace starts setting the pace. Double Arm Wringer into a tandem Back Rake. Then they wrestle Knight to the ground and keep him down for another Back Rake. Ace continues to set the pace and keep Knight mostly on the receiving end, until Knight rolls out of a lift, Ricky to Robert roll, Kushida gets the hot tag and starts clearing the ring. Bey tries Art of Finesse, Kushida catches him in a Flying Armbar but Bey turns it into a Cradle to get Kushida to break.

Electric Chair from Kushida, but before Knight can hit his Dropkick, Ace slides in and catches Knight on his back. Chicken Fight before Kushida and Knight finally hit their Tandem move but Ace makes the save. Ace wipes out Kushida, Knight forces Ace out, tries to go for a Plancha, but Bey was crotched on the top rope. As Knight tries to Plancha, Bey hits a Cutter out of nowhere on the apron. Ace sees the opening, 1-2-Sweet for the win!

Steph De Lander video package…that’s a pretty decent grab for IMPACT.

Gisele Shaw w/Jai Vidal vs Savannah Evans

Gisele faces off with Savannah and slaps her in the face a few times and refuses to back down. Savannah of course fires back, but when Gisele gets violent is when she’s at her best. After a big toss, Gisele powders, confers with Jai and the commercial kicks in. When we get back, Gisele has the advantage. But Savannah takes the short arm pull in, Side Slam for effect and distance.

Now they start trading strikes, that Savannah wins that war. A few short Lariats, Samoan Drop, and Gisele is reeling. Retreats to the corner, tries to stop Savannah with the Back Elbow, but eats a Spinebuster when she tries to continue. Fisherman’s Suplex Hold from Savannah for 2, Full Nelson Slam attempt, but Jai hits the apron and tries to seduce the referee as a distraction. Gisele hits the Denouement (Knee Strike) for the win.

The crowd is actively booing Gisele, but she powers through for her promo. It wasn’t great, but I’ll give her some credit for pushing through. 

Crazzy Steve w/ Black Taurus vs Sheldon Jean

Sheldon Jean continues the arrogance, though he’s a nobody enhancement talent. It would be nice if some of these enhancement talent wrestlers didn’t all have that same arrogant persona. We all know Steve is going to win, this is just a storytelling tool to probably add to the Trey Miguel stuff.

Steve is entertaining, but this match is more predictable than most things. He hits King Kill 33, but apparently it’s called Belladonna’s Kiss now. Trey jumps Taurus, tries to spray paint Steve, but Steve bites him and spray paints himself causing Trey to powder out of confusion/fear.

Bully comes out to complain as has been his thing the last few weeks. But thankfully Mickie returns the favor from last week and interrupts Bully. Verbal jabs, Bully Ray insults Mickie, Mickie slaps him, Bully slams her and calls in the Good Hands to get the tables. Tommy Dreamer makes a save with a kendo stick. Good Hands vs Mickie & Tommy next week. 

Oh good, this is exactly what I wanted from a few weeks ago! Kelly and Taylor will be a great team.

Johnny Swinger w/Zicky Dice vs Kenny King

Some goofy posturing and general Swinger antics. Eddy Gordo kick into Royal Flush, and Kenny gets the obvious win.

Bully has a segment in the back with Masha, and it seems like he’s a little smitten while he was trying to just manipulate her emotions to pick up the pieces after or during the tag match next week. 

Cardona and Myers try to make their own diss track song…and it was awful. It was supposed to be bad, and yes, it achieved that. It was like Miz and Morrison, without comedic talent.

The Design (Kon, Deaner, Angels & Callihan) vs Josh Alexander, Frankie Kazarian, Yuya Uemura & Rich Swann

Deaner barks at Callihan to start against Swann, then commands him to tag out, and a multi-man match is always a little bit of everyone gets moments. So its just odd that the heel team will be dictated by Deaner to a degree. Uemura comes in second and he reminds me so much of a young Tanahashi its crazy. Deaner calls for the tag and squares off against Josh now.

An attempted jumping in the corner, but Josh gets space and it turns into all 8 men in at once. Josh goes right after Kon and tries to assert his dominance on the “power” of The Design. After the commercial, Uemura gets rocked but Kaz saves him with a blind tag and hits some of his classic moves on Angels and Callihan. Swann comes in but Deaner and Kon manage to ground Swann and put the momentum back in the hands on The Design.

Some stupid spots take away a little from the match while Swann is getting worked over. Swann slaps his leg when he eats a Dropkick from Angels, then tries to Leapfrog Deaner and jump to his corner, Deaner grabs him away but it just looks silly and like it was never going to work to begin with. Its the optime of doing too much and hurting the match. Josh eventually gets a hot tag, tags a square off with Kon, throws him around and King Kong Knee drops Kon. Ankle Lock gives the near fall but Kon kicks off, Uemura tags himself in, Callihan gets the tag, is about to finish off Uemura; but Deaner stops the Thumbs Up – so Josh breaks up the offense and we get all 8 men pulls off high impact moves.

Cactus Driver attempt, Uemura hits the Enzuigiri to stun Callihan. Goes to the top, Deaner trips Uemura, Cactus Driver ’97 wins the match.

 

Overall Score: 5/10

This was a weird episode. The only match worth watching was the opening tag match, the rest were predictable, boring or just had dumb spots in them. Backstage segments however, those were pretty great. The problem though, is they built off of either inside jokes, old WCW knowledge or not shutting off cringe immediately.

So while I loved the Raven & Reese segment, Kelly & Taylor, and found some amusement in the Cardona stuff…its really subjective and not exactly friendly to an uninitiated viewer. We got an episode that catered to already existing fans, which isn’t how to grow a brand.

Even though I enjoyed things for the most part, this was a lame episode from the perspective of retaining new eyes.


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Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (2/1/23)

Dynamite is No Holds Barred!

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Will Darby Allin still be the Relentless TNT Champion?

Samoa Joe wants the AEW TNT Championship back, but he knows Darby Allin is relentless. Tonight on Dynamite, they go NO HOLDS BARRED for the gold! Will Joe once again be the King of Television?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Jon Moxley VS Hangman Page; Moxley wins.
  • The Acclaimed w/ Billy Gunn VS Truth Magnum & Turbo Floyd; The Acclaimed wins.
  • Brian Cage w/ Prince Nana VS Konosuke Takeshita; Takeshita wins.
  • Bryan Danielson VS Timothy Thatcher; Bryan wins.
  • AEW TBS Championship: Jade Cargill w/ Leila Grey VS Red Velvet; Cargill wins and retains the title.
  • AEW TNT Championship No Holds Barred: Darby Allin w/ Sting VS Samoa Joe; wins and

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Jon Moxley w/ Wheeler Yuta VS Hangman Page!

The Maniac and the Cowboy go for their tiebreaker as Dynamite is in Dayton, Ohio! Will Ohio’s own knock this one out of the park like he did before? Or will there be some serious #CowboySh*t going down in Dayton?

Not only does Moxley have the Decoder by his side, he has his dad, Dan! Hangman makes his entrance next, and Moxley goes right after him! Moxley throws hands then whips Hangman into railing! The ref reprimands but Moxley sends Hangman into steel steps! Moxley throws hands, whips Hangman again and Hangman hits more railing hard! Fans fire up and the ref reprimands. Moxley just takes off his hoodie to CHOKE Hangman with it! Moxley TOSSES Hangman over the railing, and then he hops onto the railing! Dayton fires up, gives Moxley a hand, and Moxley FLYING AX HANDLES Hangman down!

Moxley brings Hangman up but Hangman throws hands! Hangman sits Moxley down, fires off more shots, then backs up. Hangman runs in to BOOT Moxley against railing! The ref reprimands, he wants this in the ring, but it isn’t a match yet so there’s no real repercussions. Hangman stalks Moxley along the way but Moxley kicks back. And CHOPS! Moxley trips Hangman then ties him up, FIGURE FOUR on the floor! Moxley and Hangman flip each other off but the ref still wants this in the ring. Hangman grabs someone’s beer and splashes Moxley with it! Moxley lets Hangman out of the hold, and then Hangman ROCKS Mox!

They go back to ringside, Moxley grabs a chair but Hangman CLUBS Moxley. But Moxley JAMS Hangman, tris him, and then drops an elbow on the leg! Moxley has a toehold, then he puts the chair around the leg! The ref reprimands but Moxley goes up the apron. The ref shouts at Moxley to not jump, but then Hangman gets free! Hangman CHUCKS the chair at Moxley’s head!! Moxley goes down and fans fire up! The ref reprimands again and wants this to get in the ring. Moxley is dazed, but Hangman drags him around, to suplex onto the chair! Hangman drags Moxley up and puts him in the ring, but he also brings the chair!

The ref stops Hangman, so Hangman leaves the chair behind. The bell finally rings, and Hangman runs in to forearm Moxley! Moxley hits back, they go back and forth! Moxley’s eyebrow is already busted open, but he keeps throwing shots. Hangman gets the edge, HEADBUTTS, then whips. Moxley reverses to dropkick the legs out! Moxley looms over Hangman, drags him into the INDIAN DEATHLOCK! Hangman endures, keeps his shoulders off the mat, but fans rally behind Moxley. Hangman drags himself back, reaches out, and gets the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Moxley lets Hangman go at 3.

Moxley brings Hangman up but Hangman gets around to GERMAN SUPLEXES! Moxley snarls but the blood is getting into his eye. Hangman DECKS Moxley and has him at the ropes. Hangman brings Moxley up, fans boo but Hangman CHOPS! Moxley flounders and falls and fans start dueling. Hangman stalks Moxley, sits him up, and he starts raining down fists right on the bloody eyebrow! Mox fans boo but Hangman fans are fired up for the “COWBOY SH*T!” Hangman wipes Moxley’s blood off on his chest, but then turns around into a CHOP! Moxley eggs Hangman on and Hangman CHOPS back!

Moxley CHOPS, Hangman CHOPS, fans “WOO~!” for the CHOP fight! Moxley shifts to boxing elbows, then runs, but Hangman catches the crossbody! FALL AWAY SLAM! Fans are torn while Moxley goes to the apron. Hangman runs, triangle jumps, but Moxley LARIATS first! Moxley drags Hangman up and to the apron, then turns Hangman, for a SLEEPER! The ref reprimands and wants this in the ring, but Hangman claws the bloody eyebrow! Moxley turns Hangman around, reels him in, but Hangman resists the lift! Hangman tries to lift, Moxley resists, and then Moxley lifts! Hangman fights that and lifts again, but Moxley still fights!

Both men are fighting for control, and Hangman fireman’s carries! To SNAKE EYES Moxley off the post! Moxley falls to the floor and Dynamite goes picture in picture!

The ref checks Moxley but he’s somehow okay to continue. Hangman goes over to fetch Moxley, and whips him into railing! Hangman ROCKS Moxley with haymakers as the bloody eyebrow becomes a crimson mask. Hangman refreshes the count, goes back to Moxley and CHOPS him! Moxley gets in Hangman’s face so Hangman CHOPS again! Moxley CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS, but Hangman DECKS him! Hangman snarls, looms over Moxley, and then drags him back up. Hangman puts Moxley in the ring, and rains down more fists on that bloody eyebrow! Moxley falls over, but Hangman gets the wrists!

Hangman sits Moxley up, for a DRAGON STOMP, but Moxley blocks! Moxley throws Hangman to a corner and fires off forearms and CHOPS on repeat! Moxley then hoists Hangman up top, climbs up after him, and CLAWS Hangman’s back, painfully slow! Then he CLAWS and BITES Hangman’s back, before blowing a kiss to the fans. But Hangman throws body shots in return! Dynamite returns to single picture as Hangman BITES Moxley’s forehead! Hangman then slips under Moxley to fireman’s carry him on the second rope! SUPER DEATH VALLEY DRIVER!! Cover, TWO!! Moxley survives and fans are fired up!

Fans duel as Hangman sits up. Hangman scowls while Moxley sits up. Moxley eggs Hangman on so Hangman kicks him! And BOOTS him! Hangman tells Moxley to stay down but he refuses. Moxley sits up, so Hangman BOOTS him! Moxley sits up to SLAP Hangman, and flips him off! Hangman is fuming, but he runs into a CUTTER! A standing count starts, fans count along as Moxley and Hangman stir. They sit up at 5 of 10, and Moxley throws a haymaker. Hangman throws it back, so Moxley gives another,. They go back and forth, Hangman wobbles but he CHOPS! Moxley CHOPS! Hangman forearms! Moxley forearms back!

Moxley eggs Hangman on, Hangman staggers over and CHOPS again! Moxley KICKS a leg, KICKS Hangman’s arm, then KICKS him again! Moxley ducks the haymaker to get the SLEEPER! Hangman shifts to SAIDO! But Moxley’s right up! SAIDO!! Hangman ends up in a corner and fans say “This is Awesome!” Moxley puts Hangman up top, climbs up after him, and hits a SUPER HALF HATCH SUPLEX!! Cover, TWO!! Moxley immediately rains down the HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Then he clamps on a SLEEPER! Hangman endures as Moxley shifts to a BULLY CHOKE! Hangman pushes around, so Moxley shifts to get the wrists! DRAGON STOMPS!!

Moxley then drags Hangman up into the underhooks! But Hangman fights Death Rider! So Moxley rolls Hangman to an ARMBAR! Hangman endures, moves around, and reaches out to the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts and Moxley lets go at 4. Hangman crawls to a corner, fans rally up, and Moxley says this is it! Moxley runs in but Hangman TOSSES him up and out! Moxley staggers up, Hangman goes up top! ARIHARA MOONSAULT but Moxley moves! And LARIATS!! Both men are down at the ramp and fans are thunderous! The ref checks both men, Moxley is up first while fans lose their minds.

Moxley goes to the timekeeper’s area and he clears off the table! Moxley drags Hangman over, reels him in, but Hangman resists the lift! Hangman Alabama Lifts but Moxley fights that. DOUBLE LARIATS hit! And again! Moxley runs in, POP-UP POWERBOMB THROUGH THE TABLE!! Fans lose their minds again while Hangman leaves Moxley behind in the ring. The ring count climbs to 5 of 10 before Moxley sits up. The count is 7! Then “OCHO!” Moxley stands at 9, and springs in at 9.9!! But into a LARIAT!! And then Alabama Lift, DEADEYE!!! Cover, TWO?!?! Moxley survives and no one can believe it!

Hangman kicks at Moxley, almost taunting him. Hangman goes to a corner while Moxley’s fans boo. Hangman runs in, but Moxley dodges the stomp to KING KONG LARIAT!! Fans are thunderous as both men stand again. Moxley eggs Hangman on, and Hangman stands. Moxley throws a forearm, so Hangman hits back! Moxley forearms again, but so does Hangman! Fans duel, the forearms fly faster, and then Hangman gets the edge! SUPERKICK! Hangman reels Moxley in, fisherman’s a leg, but Moxley fights the suplex! Hangman powers it through, FISHERMAN CRADLE DRIVER!! Cover, TWO!?!?!?

Hangman’s wild eyes say he can’t believe Moxley survived! Hangman goes to the apron, he aims at Moxley, slingshot for the BUCK- NO! DEATH- NO, Hangman blocks to scoop! TOMBSTONE PILEDRIVER!!! But Hangman doesn’t cover, he goes to the apron! Hangman loads up, for the BUCKSHOT!!! Cover, TWO!?!?!? HOW?!?! Moxley has survived all of Hangman’s best, but Hangman has the BULLY CHOKE!! Hangman pulls back on Moxley’s favorite hold! Moxley shifts, fights back up, and he snapmares into a cradle! MOXLEY WINS!!

Winner: Jon Moxley, by pinfall

Moxley just taught Hangman not to play games! Hangman is furious that he got caught like that, but the Blackpool Combat Club steps into the ring. Yuta and Claudio keep Hangman back but Moxley stands up. Moxley and Hangman get in each other’s face but the BCC keep them apart. Hangman flips Moxley off, and fans want to “LET THEM FIGHT!” Moxley and Hangman keep jawing, they get close but Claudio keeps them separate. Moxley mocks Hangman by lying down, giving Hangman a chance. Hangman mocks Moxley back by doing a quick burpie push-up. Claudio tells Hangman to go and cool off.

Moxley flips Hangman off as he leaves, and fans celebrate their home state hero. Will there be a fourth round out of these two to truly settle things?

 

AEW takes a look at tonight’s TNT Championship No Holds Barred main event!

Darby Allin tells Samoa Joe, “I knew when I took this from you in Seattle that you’d want it back. And I know you’d stop at nothing to have it back. Well, I’m gonna make things fair. You beat me in Texas, and you granted me my rematch in Seattle. So I’m granting you your rematch in Ohio. But I want it under one condition: No Holds Barred.” Samoa Joe told the “Little Dead Boy” that Joe is “coming to take back what’s mine. The King will not be usurped by a man like you.” Darby says if he walks out the winner, Joe doesn’t get another rematch. If Joe walks out the winner, Darby won’t get a rematch. This will be the final chapter of their feud! So who writes their happily ever after?

 

Backstage interview with Jamie Hayter, The Bunny, The Butcher & The Blade.

Renee Paquette is with the AEW Women’s World Champion, as well as the mercenary trio. Renee thanks them for agreeing to no physicality, and understands that Allie the Bunny requested this time. Bunny tells Hayter, they’re all very impressed by Hayter’s win over Emi Sakura on Rampage last Friday. Now, Bunny feels like Sakura outshined Hayter, but great win nonetheless. And Bunny knows Hayter isn’t the type to back down from a challenge, right? Right. So here’s a challenge: next week on Dynamite, Hayter VS Bunny in a Title Eliminator Match! What does Hayter say? Hayter says absolutely! She bloody loves a challenge, and next week, she’s free.

Renee says there’s something happening as we speak! They get it on the television screen nearby, and it’s Britt Baker being mugged by Saraya and Toni Storm!! Bunny is shocked and Hayter is furious! Hayter hurries off, Saraya talks right into the camera, “AEW is OUR house!” Storm drags Britt up to RAM her into a garage door! Bunny more or less expresses exasperation, but will Hayter be able to save the Doctor?

 

The Acclaimed w/ Billy Gunn VS Truth Magnum & Turbo Floyd!

The AEW World Tag Team Champions have been reigning for 133 days, but they know the Gunn Sons, Austin & Colten, are gunning for them. But first, they tune up against “The Outrunners.” As always, Platinum Max has a diss track ready! “Acclaimed on the mic, you know we the nicest. Fighting two guys in their midlife crisis! I bet you have sex with each other. How we gonna fight the bootleg Beverly Brothers? C’mon, it’s not the 80s! Acclaimed gonna make you call it quits like you Tom Brady! ‘Ey, y’all should be ashamed. In Ohio, everybody loves The Acclaimed.”

Fans cheer, and Bowens gets the mic to say, “NNNUTTER CENTERRR~! The Acclaimed have arrived! SCISSOR ME, DADDY ASS!” And he does~! But while Caster & Bowens just embarrassed Truth & Turbo, are they walking into a trap game before taking on the Ass Boys?

The teams sort out, the Outrunners decide they’ll scissor finger! They mock the Mega Powers at the same time, but then Bowens SUPERKICKS Truth out of the ring! The bell rings, Caster CHOPS Turbo and scoops him to SLAM him! Tag to Bowens and Bowens goes up top! Caster holds open the legs, SCISSOR ME TURBO! Daddy Ass gets in the ring so that he and the boys can TRIPLE SCISSOR~! Bowens waits on Turbo, mule kicks and hits the ARRIVAL! Tag to Caster and he goes up top, MIC DROP! Cover, The Acclaimed win!

Winners: The Acclaimed, by pinfall

But wait! Raining on the parade are Austin & Colten! Fans taunt the “ASS~ BOYS~!” But they tune that out. They go to the ring, and Colten has a mic. “Hey, good match, guys. But we’re here to talk about something serious. Last week, what we said would make us happy are your belts. And we want a shot at those belts, and we want an answer right now.” Fans boo but Caster has the mic to say, “Yo! Yo! Yo! Yo! Listen.” Bowens says, “You two Rod ‘n’ Todd lookin’ asses want an answer. You do realize you are interrupting the most popular tag team in all of wrestling, right?” Caster adds, “That’s right!”

“The winningest tag team in AEW history!” “That’s right!” “The FOREVER champs, the Acclaimed!” “That’s right!” “And not to mention, EVERYONE! LOVES! THE ACCLAIMED!” But they are the People’s Choice, and the People’s Voice, they will ask the people. Colten says these fans can’t even read! But Bowens still asks Dayton’s opinion: Do the Ass Boys deserve a shot at the tag titles? “NOOO~!” Well, the people have spoken, so NO. Austin & Colten get in Caster’s & Bowens’ faces, but Billy tells them all to stop! Isn’t it enough already? Billy is so sick of this, he is just done! Billy says this is too much, so go ahead, beat the sh*t out of each other!

Daddy Ass steps aside, fans fire up, but Austin says, “There you go. Do exactly what you did our entire childhoods and turn your back on us.” Billy stops walking up the ramp, but then chuckles as he keeps going. Austin says Billy should do what he used to do, and drown his sorrows at the bottom of a PILL BOTTLE! That gets Billy to turn around! Billy storms up on his sons and The Acclaimed, as well as the fans, tell the Ass Boys that they F’d up. Billy is up in Austin’s face and says, “So you two think you just put your big boy pants on? Then you just step up, and you just made the biggest mistake…”

The mic is wonky so Billy throws it down. Bowens gives Billy the good one. Billy wants Austin to look at him after what he just said. Austin looks up at his father’s eyes. Billy says if they’ve got their big boy pants on, if they think they got what it takes, if they think they have what Billy had, then we’ll see next week. They’ve got their title shots! The Acclaimed is surprised but the Ass Boys smile that they’re getting their way. Will Austin & Colten get what they want? Or just what they deserve?

 

Backstage interview with Jack Perry.

Alex Marvez is with Jungle Boy and notes that he and Hook are 2-0 as a team, having beaten The Firm’s Ethan Page & Matt Hardy. The question is: What’s next for #JungleHook? JB says that he had an amazing time teaming with Hook, and Hook has had JB’s back when no one else did. But JB’s done the tag team thing before. In fact, JB has been all the way to the top of that mountain, and fallen all the way down. But this year isn’t about that. What JB will say is that he’ll be a champion again, but all by himself. Then just what title will Jack Perry aim for in this Tarzan Life?

 

Brian Cage w/ Prince Nana VS Konosuke Takeshita!

Speaking of having people’s backs, just as The Machine and MJF were about to destroy Bryan Danielson, The Future of Wrestling rushed out to run them off! But now, Cage and Konosuke go toe to toe, will Cage make Konosuke pay for interfering?

The bell rings and Konosuke BOOTS Cage! Cage BOOTS Konosuke, then DOUBLE LARIATS collide! Cage swings but Konosuke swats it to ROLLING ELBOW! Cage wobbles, Konosuke runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges, and then TAKESHITA LINES! Cage bails out and fans fire up! Konosuke runs to BOOT Cage off the apron! Konosuke then PLANCHAS and takes Cage down at the ramp! Fans fire up, Konosuke winks at the camera, and then goes back to the apron. But Cage grabs a foot! Konosuke kicks and stomps Cage but Cage yanks Konosuke into a POST BOMB! Konosuke tumbles down and fans boo but Nana cheers.

Cage drags Konosuke up, puts him in, and runs to basement BOOT! Cover, TWO! Fans rally for Konosuke but Cage drags him back up. Cage reels Konosuke in, puts one out, but Konosuke wrenches out! Konosuke throws a forearm, but Cage gives it back! They go forearm for forearm, and Konosuke throws boxing elbows into the ROLLING ELBOW! Cage fights the back suplex, KNEES low, and brags, “Who betta than Cage?” But he runs into a BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO! Cage survives and Konosuke is surprised! Nana coaches Cage up but Konosuke aims from a corner. Konosuke runs in to JUMP KNEE, but Cage dodges!

Konosuke tumbles to the apron, Cage ROUNDHOUSES him! Cage climbs the ropes, and he stands Konosuke up. DEADLIFT SUPERPLEX! Fans boo but Cage flexes while Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Cage drops a knee on Konosuke, sits him up to KNEE him in the back again and again, then he stomps Konosuke back down. Cage paces, drags Konosuke up, and bumps him off buckles. Cage RAMS into Konosuke, RAMS him again, and then CHOPS him! Cage soaks up the heat, but Konosuke CHOPS back! Konosuke fires forearms, then another CHOP! And another CHOP! But Cage BOOTS Konosuke down! Cage grabs the legs, stomps Konosuke in the stomach, then paces around. Cage stands Konosuke up, wrenches and YANKS the arm, then RAMS shoulders. Cage wrenches, pump handles, and lifts, but Konosuke slips out!

Konosuke runs in but Cage ducks the boot to roll Konosuke up! Konosuke slips out, but runs into a drop toehold! Konosuke’s on ropes, Cage dials it up, TIGER FEINT KICK! Konosuke staggers to a corner, Cage runs in and UPPERCUTS, GAMANGIRIS, and GERMAN SUPLEXES! Cover, TWO!! Cage and Nana are annoyed, but Cage looms over Konosuke. Cage hears the fans rally for Konosuke, but Cage drags him up. Cage reels Konosuke in, puts out another one, and Dynamite returns to single picture as Cage lifts, only for Konosuke to RANA Cage into buckles! BLINDSIDE JUMP KNEE! Cage staggers, Konosuke goes up, FLYING KNEE!

Both men are down and fans fire up! Konosuke and Cage stir as the ring count starts. Konosuke sits up and feeds off the energy. Konosuke drags Cage up into a waistlock, but Cage elbows free! Cage whips, Konosuke LARIATS on the return! Konosuke drags Cage up, waistlocks and GERMAN SUPLEXES! Bridging cover, TWO!! Fans rally while Konosuke fires up. Konosuke aims from the corner as Cage stands, and Konosuke runs in, JUMP- NO! Cage blocks the knee to BUCKLE BOMB! And then fireman’s carry, to an F- NO! Konosuke lands out, lifts and LIGER BOMBS! Cover, TWO!! Cage survives but fans fire up behind Konosuke!

Konosuke aims again while Nana shouts to Cage. Cage stands, Konosuke runs in but the knee is blocked! Cage spins, Konosuke ducks! Konosuke spins, ROLLING ELBOW!! Konosuke reels Cage in, but Cage wrenches out to HEADBUTT! And then SAIDO!! But Konosuke is right up?! Into a DISCUS LARIAT from Cage!! Cover, TWO!?! Konosuke survives and Nana is furious! Cage says he’s gonna end this, and he suplexes, only for Konosuke to slip out! Konosuke suplexes, SHEER DROP BRAINBUSTER!! Cage roars as he rises up, but Konosuke ROCKS him with another elbow! And then another suplex, for another BRAINBUSTER!!! Cover, TWO!?!?

Cage survives, he must truly be a machine! But Dayton rallies behind Konosuke. Konosuke runs in, but into a SUPERKICK! Cage fireman’s carries, for the F10!! Nana says no prisoners! Cage drags Konosuke up again, puts him in the corner and hoists him to the top. Cage then goes to the outside and climbs up after Konosuke. But Konosuke throws forearms in return! Konosuke suplexes for a SUPER BRAINBUSTER!!! Fans are thunderous and Konosuke aims again! KNOCKOUT KNEE!!! Cover, Konosuke wins!!

Winner: Konosuke Takeshita, by pinfall

Cage may be a machine, but the machine just broke down against the bullet train! Will Konosuke continue to prove why he IS The Future of Wrestling?

 

Backstage interview with the Jericho Appreciation Society.

Renee is with Matthew Menard, Angelo Parker, Daniel Garcia, Sammy Guevara, and of course, Chris Jericho himself. Renee says that we heard Ricky Starks’ comments from last week, addressing how the JAS cheated to win. What is their reaction? Jericho says, “Cheated? We haven’t worked together in five years, and you’re accusing us of cheating? Let me say this, Renee. Ricky Starks, he didn’t lose to a baseball bat, no. Did you see a baseball bat in there?” Of course the JAS says no. Jericho says Starks lost to the JAS. And now Starks challenges them, “How can I get another match with Chris Jericho?”

Jericho says the JAS has an idea how Starks can do that. Right, Sammy? Sammy says yes. Garcia and Sammy put their heads together, and they came up with a great idea: The Guevara-Garcia… No, wait, the Garcia-Guevara Gauntlet! Danny thanks Sammy for the top billing on that name. Renee asks what kind of gauntlet they have in mind. Garcia says it’s a rather simple concept. “Ricky, first you’re gonna have to beat Cool Hand Ange. And if that happens, you’re gonna have to beat Daddy Magic.” Menard adds, “Beat Daddy Magic? I DON’T THINK SO!” Garcia says that if Starks somehow does that, then he beats either Garcia or Guevara, but they’ll reveal that the night of.

And then, if somehow, by the skin of his teeth, Starks makes it past all that, only then does Starks get his hands on Jericho. Jericho tells Starks, “You don’t call the shots around here, the Jericho Appreciation Society does. So if you can get through the Garcia-Guevara Gauntlet, I’ll be ready to rip your ass!” Will the Absolute survive three matches in one go to finally have another shot at The Ocho?

 

The Elite speak.

Matt Jackson asks Brandon Cutler if the camera is rolling as he, brother Nick, Kenny Omega, Michael Nakazawa and Don Callis are on the basketball court. Cutler says yes, they’re live, while Nakazawa and Callis are oiling Omega up. Matt says, “Ladies and gentlemen, check it out who it is! It’s the first-ever, two-time Trios Champions, The Elite.” Omega says that’s right, and he tells Top Flight, “I watched what you guys did. After a Best of 7 Series in a ladder match, you got one up on our boys. Well how ’bout next week, you bring your friend, AR Fox, next week and we’ll put these belts on the line, and you guys can shoot your shot.

“But hey, when you shoot that shot, you best not miss. Because The Elite never miss. Nick, if you will.” Nick takes the rock and shoots it, THREE POINTER! Oh, but wait! The Firm’s Stokely Hathaway, Ethan Page, Matt Hardy & Isiah Kassidy walk in. Callis has Cutler keep rolling, and Omega mockingly asks where Stokely is, he can’t see him. Oh haha, Stokely knows you see him, he’s right here. But listen, you three are doing NOTHING all week? No wrestling, nothing? Just a week off? Ethan thinks that’s funny. The Firm’s employees don’t have that luxury, they work every single week, and Ethan wants that streak to continue.

So Ethan says how about this: The Elite VS Ethan, Matt & “Zay,” Friday on Rampage. Omega tells Callis he isn’t so sure, but Callis says this is Matt Hardy. If they get footage of Hardy taking a One Winged Angel, they could sell that NFT for a lot of money. Hardy says, “What about an NFT with Matt Hardy Twist-Of-Fating Omega?” Ethan likes that better! Well, as far as a match, it’s done. The Elite VS The Whatever They Are. Kassidy says he hopes the Elite is ready, cuz they sure are. Kassidy unsettles Kenny with an arm around his shoulders and a moan, and Ethan says this is good business. Hey, Brandon, is it? Cut the camera!

Matt Jackson tells Ethan Page that he doesn’t tell Brandon what to do! THEY tell him! Turn off the camera, ya damn dumbass! And get off the court, they’re trying to play. But will this 3v3 pick-up game go The Elite’s way? Or is it a trap game before taking on Fox, Dante & Darius?

 

Bryan Danielson VS Timothy Thatcher!

In the American Dragon’s quest to be #1 contender, he has defeated Tony Nese, Konosuke Takeshita, Bandido and Brian Cage, an undefeated streak of 4-0 in 2023! But now, Maxwell Jacob Friedman has enlisted a fighter very much like Bryan in his savage technical ability. Will Bryan make it to the deadline still on top? Or is this where MJF wins before Revolution even begins?

The bell rings and the two circle. They feel out the grapple, but Bryan’s shoulder is an obvious target. They grapple, Bryan puts Thatcher on ropes but Thatcher shifts to get the arm. Thatcher wrangles Bryan but Bryan scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Thatcher lets off, and then smirks as he watches Bryan get up. Bryan and Thatcher feel out another grapple, Thatcher puts him in the corner, and then European Uppercuts! And again! And again! Bryan sits down and Thatcher goes after the arm! Thatcher twists the elbow and wrist, isolates the arm, and stands on the hand! Thatcher KNEES the arm!

Bryan scrambles away but Thatcher is right on him with a double wristlock! Bryan powers Thatcher to ropes, and clasps his hands behind his back. The ref counts, the two let off, but then Bryan fires off body shots and kicks! Bryan grabs a leg to DRAGON SCREW! Bryan holds onto the leg, turns Thatcher over and ties those legs up, to get a Deathlock! Fans rally as Bryan sits on the hold, then SNAPS it! Bryan then shifts to a BOW ‘N’ ARROW! Thatcher pries the fingers away! Bryan shouts in pain but Thatcher twists the arm! And STOMPS it down! Fans boo but Thatcher grins with that missing-tooth smile.

Thatcher KNEES Bryan in the back, stalks him to a corner, but Bryan puts Thatcher in the corner to CHOP and CHOP and KICK and KICK! Fans rally, Bryan runs corner to corner, and DROPKICKS! Bryan facelocks but Thatcher wrenches and WRINGS Bryan’s arm! Fans boo more but Thatcher drags Bryan up with a double wristlock! Thatcher uses his height to lift Bryan off the mat! Then Thatcher pushes Bryan down, but Bryan keeps his shoulders up. Bryan crawls around, ROPEBREAK! Thatcher lets go at 4 while fans rally up. Bryan clutches his arm but Thatcher goes after it again as Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Bryan endures but they’re also in the ropes so the ref counts. Thatcher lets off at 4, then digs his boot into Bryan at the corner. The ref counts, Thatcher lets off, only to stand on Bryan’s chest! The ref counts, Thatcher steps away, and he grins as he soaks up the heat. Thatcher mocks Bryan’s pain, then KNEES the bad shoulder! Thatcher KNEES Bryan again, goes out to drag Bryan tot he apron, and he SLAMS the arm on the edge! Bryan clutches his bicep and shoulder while the ref reprimands. Thatcher slides into the ring and stands Bryan up by his ears! Thatcher CLUBS Bryan on the chest! Thatcher fishhooks Bryan to stand him up, and CLUBS him again!

Bryan sits down, Thatcher stands him back up, and he hammerlocks the bad arm. Thatcher then back suplexes Bryan up and into the ring! Thatcher dusts off his hands while crawling to the cover, but Bryan wrangles him into the LEBELL LOCK!! Thatcher got cocky and got caught! But he scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! Bryan lets off quickly, but Thatcher is right on him! Thatcher UPPERCUTS the arm! Bryan goes to a corner, Thatcher KNEES him down, then drags Bryan back up. Thatcher EuroUppers Bryan, taunts the fans, then EuroUppers Bryan again. Bryan leans against ropes, Thatcher snarls at the fans, then gets in Bryan’s face.

Dynamite returns to single picture as Thatcher traps Bryan’s bad arm behind his back and throws hard body shots to that side. The ref counts but Thatcher grins as he throws more shots. Bryan fights back with HEADBUTTS! Fans fire up as Bryan backs Thatcher down, but Thatcher fires off body shot after body shot! Thatcher drags Bryan out to a hammerlock GROVIT, and then hits a GROVIT-PLEX! Cover, TWO!! Bryan is still in this but Thatcher snarls. Thatcher stalks Bryan at the ropes, bumps him off buckles, then reels Bryan in to hoist him up top. Thatcher UPPERCUTS, climbs up after Bryan, and he underhooks the arms!

Bryan resists and fans fire up! Bryan breaks free, throws body shot after body shot in return, and then HEADBUTTS Thatcher down! Thatcher growls and gets right back up! But Bryan throws more body shots! Fans rally “YES! YES! YES!” and Bryan HEADBUTTS again! Thatcher stays down this time, and Bryan stands up! Thatcher stands in time for the MISSILE DROPKICK! Both men are down as Bryan clutches his bad arm, but Dayton rallies up behind him! Bryan and Thatcher sit up, both snarl, and Thatcher EuroUppers! Bryan EuroUppers in return! They go uppercut for uppercut, but Thatcher gets the edge!

Bryan fires up to KICK! And KICK! Bryan KICKS away on Thatcher’s chest, “YES! YES! YES!” Bryan powers up but Thatcher blocks the Buzzsaw! Thatcher goes for the bad arm, wrangles Bryan down, but Bryan rolls through and gets around to waistlock. Thatcher bucks the O’Conner but runs into a backslide! TWO, FUJIWARA! No, Bryan rolls through to BUZZSAW! Cover, TWO!! But Bryan clamps on for HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Fans rally again, but Thatcher blocks the arm! Bryan claws Thatcher’s face to get free, and get a SLEEPER! But Thatcher wants that bad arm! Bryan has to shift his grip, but Thatcher stands!

Thatcher pries the sleeper open because he can get the bad arm, but Bryan powers up! Bryan has the hold on tight, so Thatcher backs Bryan down! They end up ramming the ref into the corner! Bryan still holds on, but Thatcher hits a BIG back suplex! All three men are down and fans fire up! But here comes MJF! The AEW World Champion tells Dayton to shush, and he puts on the Dynamite Diamond Ring! MJF says, “It’s too damn easy. This is done! This is done!” MJF goes to the ring, but KONOSUKE flies in outta nowhere!! Konosuke won’t let MJF screw Bryan over! Konosuke attacks MJF, RAMS him into railing, and chases him to the back!

Bryan has Thatcher but Thatcher snatches the arm! FUJIWARA ARMBAR!! The ref is up, he asks Bryan, but Bryan endures! Thatcher pushes way back on the arm, but Bryan pushes his way forward with his legs! ROPEBREAK!! Fans fire up as Bryan survives by a literal foot! Thatcher lets go in frustration and he scowls as he throws hands on the bad arm. Thatcher drags Bryan up, clinches, BELLY2BELLY SUPLEX! Bryan flounders but Thatcher runs in, clinches, but Bryan switches! GERMAN SUPLEX! Thatcher fumes as he gets back up! Bryan dodges him, runs back in, BUSAIKU KNEE!! Cover, Bryan wins!

Winner: Bryan Danielson, by pinfall

Now 5-0 on the year, the quest continues! The American Dragon is not yet slain, but wait! MJF and Konosuke continue brawling backstage! MJF turns things around to send MJF into a road case! MJF gets a chair to CHUCK it at Konosuke’s head! And then he throws a trash bin! MJF says if Konosuke wants after him, this is what he gets! But Konosuke turns things back around to SMACK MJF off a table! MJF comes back, the hands fly, and security rushes in! Referees and management try to stop this, too! MJF says he’ll kill Konosuke but Konosuke says about the same in Japanese! Renee runs in to be on the scene, and she tells everyone to stop!

Renee informs everyone, “Per Tony Khan, next week on Dynamite in an Eliminator match, it will be Takeshita VS MJF!” MJF is pissed, he doesn’t agree to that, but he MUST! Will the Devil of AEW find that the Future of Wrestling is better than him?

 

Mogul Affiliates speak.

Swerve Strickland says, “It’s been a real relaxing last couple of weeks for Swerve and the Mogul Affiliates and all, since getting rid of some dead weight and all this. Until I was like, retriggered.” Dustin Rhodes returning to stand in front of Swerve’s camera, in front of Swerve’s lights, and with Swerve’s interviewer! “The Rhodes Family legacy really gets under my skin, with your father, Dusty Rhodes, giving Keith Lee the ‘Limitless’ moniker. So, since he’s not here, Dustin’s not here, either, let’s find some other nepotism, second generation punk boy to get rid of Friday night on Rampage. That means you, Brian Pillman. Ain’t that right, Parker?”

Parker Boudreaux says that’s right. “Ain’t that right, Trench?” The tattooed man says, “Yeah, that’s right.” Hoodies up, but will they put Bulletproof BPJ down?

 

BREAKING NEWS for next week!

February 8th, the deadline for Bryan Danielson becoming #1 contender, will see The American Dragon taking on La Faccion Ingobernable’s El Toro Blanco, RUSH!! And speaking of…

Backstage interview with LFI.

Lexi Nair is with El Toro Blanco, but also Jose the Assistant and “Perro Peligroso,” Preston Vance. She notes the announcement of Rush VS Bryan, but then there’s a knock at the door. MJF walks in and says, “Hola, mi hermanos! Senor Vance, Senor Jose, Senor Rrrrrush.” Rush asks what the hell this “perro” wants. MJF double checks, “perro” is dog, right? Well, there’s a little thing called personal space, so he’s just gonna take a step back. “But here’s the deal: my, uh, Spanish is come se dice… Mid. But I know one language, my friend, that is mucho, mucho universal.” And that is MONEY! A huge briefcase full of it!

MJF snaps the case shut and smiles. This first one is free of charge. But he has FIVE MORE filled to the brim with dinero. All Rush has to do is beat Bryan Danielson “by any means necessary.” All Rush needs to do is rip Bryan’s arm off and beat him over the head with it. Can Rush pull that off for him? Jose, translate. Jose translates, but Rush seems to understand explicitly. Rush tells MJF in Spanish, and MJF asks “dipsh*t” Jose to translate. Jose sums it up by saying they have a deal. Oh, is that right? That sounded a bit longer than that. But Rush, you don’t have to like MJF. He just has to get the job done. Pleasure doing business with you, perro.

MJF leaves, but Rush has his mission. Will Rush be raking in the money with one match? Or will nothing stop Bryan Danielson from earning his title match?

 

AEW TBS Championship: Jade Cargill w/ Leila Grey VS Red Velvet!

Finally, the biggest, fastest-rising star has reached her FIFTIETH match! But while the streak started with The Chef, will it end with her, too? Or will #ThatBitch not be stopped by even the person who knows her best?

The introductions are made, but Velvet attacks while Jade is strutting around! The bell rings, Velvet fires off forearms but Jade knees her low. Jade whips Velvet to a corner but Velvet boots her back! THESZ PRESS! Velvet rains down hands but Jade shoves her away. Velvet ducks but runs into an elbow! Jade drags Velvet up, but Velvet fires off forearms! Velvet whips, Jade blocks to reverse, but Velvet holds ropes. Jade runs in but Velvet sends her out! Leila hurries to Jade’s side but Velvet builds speed! Velvet WRECKS Jade with a dropkick! Velvet tells Leila to back off, then she storms up on Jade.

Jade elbows Velvet away, but Velvet comes back to ROCK Jade! Velvet CHOPS Jade right in front of her family! Velvet then puts Jade in the ring, storms up on her and Oklahoma Rolls! TWO! Jade staggers up, blocks a superkick, and she spins Velvet around. Velvet ducks the haymaker and runs the ropes, then wheelbarrows, but into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Fans fire up while Jade drags Velvet over to a cover, TWO! Velvet is toughing it out but Jade is getting frustrated. Jade scoops Velvet to SLAM her, then drops a BIG elbow! Cover, TWO, and Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Leila is annoyed and Jade frowns while Velvet sputters. Jade drags Velvet up, CLUBS her down, and Leila applauds. Jade bumps Velvet off top buckles, then middle buckles, then bottom buckles! Jade stands on Velvet in the corner and soaks up the cheers and jeers, but lets off at 4. Jade and the ref argue, but Leila gets cheap shots in! Leila scurries away and Jade hauls Velvet up for a FALL AWAY SLAM! And then kips up! Jade holds up both hands to say 50, and then flexes. Velvet bails out, Leila talks trash, and Jade storms over. Jade walks up but Velvet sends her into railing! Jade is getting mad, but Velvet avoids one haymaker to PENALTY KICK from the apron!

Velvet CROSSBODIES, but Jade catches her! Jade POSTS Velvet, then carries her around the way. Jade trophy lifts Velvet, goes up the steel steps, and then TOSSES Velvet at the ropes! Velvet falls, Jade covers, TWO!!! Velvet survives and Jade is getting real mad. Leila rallies the Baddie cheering section, and Jade stalks Velvet to a corner. Jade drags Velvet up, and TOSSES her across the way! Jade says that’s 50 right there, and then she does push-ups as Dynamite returns to single picture. But Velvet CHOPS! Jade CLUBS Velvet, then TOSSES her across the way again! Jade swaggers, dribbles, but Velvet dodges the dunk!

Velvet DROPKICKS Jade, then hits a CODE BREAKER! Jade staggers around, Velvet KICKS and KICKS and mule kicks! Velvet runs, but Jade BOOTS her down! Cover, TWO!! Velvet is still in this and wait! Kiera Hogan RAMS Leila into steel steps! The other former Baddie is here, but other refs come out to have her leave. This all distracts Jade, and Velvet rolls her up! Jade rolls through, but the STIR IT UP hits!! Cover, but the refs aren’t paying attention!! Fans count, Velvet would’ve won twice over by now! Aubrey Edwards finally notices and counts, TWO!! Jade survives and fans can’t believe it!!

Velvet is furious, she drags Jade around and hooks an arm, short arm scissor, and then the INVERSION! Jade endures, fights, but Velvet kicks at her! Jade endures as Velvet pulls on the arm, and she deadlifts Velvet! But Velvet sunset flips! Jade stays up, drags Velvet up with both hands, and pops her around! Chicken wings for JADED!!! Cover, Jade wins!!

Winner: Jade Cargill, by pinfall (still AEW TBS Champion)

FIFTY AND OH! Velvet came the closest of all, but will anyone ever stop Jade’s undefeated streak?

 

Backstage interview with Britt Baker.

Renee is with The Doctor, as well as Jamie Hayter, as they are with Doc Sampson. We only caught a glimpse of what happened to her earlier at the hands of Saraya & Storm, how is Britt feeling? Britt says this is fine. She’s fine, and if that’s how Storm & Saraya wanna play, that’s fine, too. Because Britt & Hayter can play that game, too. But wait, in walks Ruby Soho! Ruby just wants to talk. She heard what happened, is Britt good? Uh, Ruby, weren’t those your girls? Ruby has Britt hold on there. Ruby has nothing to do with Saraya & Storm, she doesn’t know what Britt’s talking about.

Britt says Ruby’s known Saraya & Storm a lot longer than she’s known the AEW originals, so sorry if it’s strange that Ruby only now shows up. But yeah, Britt is good. Hayter says Britt is great, actually. Ruby says she’s glad to hear it and walks off. There are battle lines being drawn, which side is the Runaway on?

 

BREAKING NEWS for Rampage!

Not only are The Elite and The Firm having it out, it is for the AEW World Trios Championships! Will Kenny & The Young Bucks make it through All Ego, Hardy & Kassidy to then take on Fox & Top Flight? Or will there be a change of plans for Dynamite? And speaking of Saraya & Storm, they are in tag team action once again, but will they continue to beat down All Elite homegrown talent? Plus, before taking on Bryan Danielson, Rush will take on the Fallen Angel, Christopher Daniels, in an epic match of former ROH World Heavyweight Champions! Will El Toro Blanco build momentum going into his battle with The American Dragon?

 

AEW TNT Championship No Holds Barred: Darby Allin w/ Sting VS Samoa Joe!

The series is tied at 1-1, with the Samoan Submission Specialist winning in Texas, but the Relentless One winning in his hometown of Seattle. Dynamite in Dayton is throwing out all the rules except one: win! Will Darby continue to be the fighting champion? Or will Joe return to being the One True King of Wrestling Television?

The introductions are made, the TNT title is raised, and one way or another, this is the series finale of Darby VS Joe!

Darby takes off his trench coat to reveal he, uh, customized his Hoodlum hoodie. He’s covered it in thumbtacks!! And as soon as he’s in the ring, he rushes in to COFFIN SPLASH Joe! Joe is reeling from the tack attack but Darby fires off tack-covered forearms! Fans fire up as Darby runs corner to corner, but Joe dodges the splash to GAMANGIRI! Joe then wraps up an arm in his towel, to LARIAT Darby down! Fans rally, Joe pulls Darby’s tack hoodie off and throws it away. Joe drags Darby up to CHOP him! Darby goes to a corner, but Darby kicks back. Joe stomps Darby, stomps him down, then storms off.

Joe goes out to look under the ring, and he brings out a TABLE! Dayton fires up, Joe picks the table up, but Darby DIVES into the table and Joe! The table doesn’t break but it, Joe and Darby all hit the floor! Joe is busted open on his forehead and fans fire up! Darby hurries to stand the table up, to then drop it on Joe! Darby then brings the steel steps around into the corner of the railing. Darby whips, Joe reverses, and Darby not only clips steel steps, he clips railing! Darby lands on his feet just from momentum, but he soon falls to his knees, clutching his back! Fans lose their minds while Joe stalks out after Darby.

Joe stands Darby up, throws knees into him, and then throws him into railing. Joe drags Darby up and they go up the bleachers. Joe SMACKS Darby off the handrail, then brings him up further. Joe smacks Darby off more railing, then keeps him going up. But Darby fights back! Darby CLUBS and CLAWS Joe’s back! Fans fire up but Joe DUMPS Darby down the steps! Fans are going nuts while Joe glares through his crimson mask, and Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Joe drags Darby up again, grinds him against the handrail, then SMACKS him off a fan’s chair! They go back to the lower level as Darby kicks Joe and crawls away. Joe keeps after Darby, drags him up, and brings him around the way to TOSS back to ringside! Darby narrowly misses hitting steel steps head first! Joe stalks Darby, drags Darby back up, then scoop SLAMS him on the steps! Darby writhes, flounders away, but Joe follows him to the corner. Darby throws Joe’s ROH World TV title at him, but that only upsets Joe. Joe storms in after Darby, stalks him to a corner, and waits on Darby to stand before he DECKS him!

Joe eggs Darby on as he stands over him. Darby doesn’t stand so Joe makes him. Joe snapmares to CHOP Darby on the back! And PENALTY KICK him in the chest! And then drops a fist on his head! Joe watches Darby writhe and the ref checks on him. Joe grins through the crimson mask, then stomps Darby down. Joe kicks Darby, then clamps on a neck wrench! Joe leans all his weight on Darby but Darby throws body shots. Joe doesn’t budge, and he CLUBS Darby down. Joe grins as Darby tires to sit back up. Joe clamps the neck wrench back on and he twists even harder! Darby endures, and Dynamite returns to single picture as Darby throws more body shots.

Joe lets go of the neck wrench, Darby hobbles and runs, but into an ELBOW! Darby falls over and Joe covers, TWO! Joe keeps focus as he looms over Darby. Joe KICKS Darby to a corner, and then stomps him. Fans rally and duel, but Joe is annoyed by that. Joe drags Darby up, DECKS him with a forearm, then clamps on another neck wrench! It’s practically a vice on Darby’s head, squeezing his skull! Darby endures, fights up, and he RAMS Joe into buckles! Darby fires off forearms and SLAPS! Darby runs corner to corner, but into the URENAGE! Cover, TWO!! Darby survives the #STJOE, but Joe stands Darby up to CHOP him!

Darby staggers, Joe CHOPS him again! Darby flops to the apron, Joe builds speed and he BOOTS Darby to the floor! Joe then storms out and looks under the ring. Joe brings out another TABLE! Fans fire up again but Joe has fans move aside. Fans oblige and Joe rests the table against railing. Darby is in the ring, Joe goes in and brings Darby up, but Darby JAWBREAKERS before the sleeper could lock in! Darby runs in at the corner to CHOP! And CHOP! And CHOP! Darby CHOPS away on Joe, but Joe TOSSES Darby right out of the ring! Joe has been treating Darby like a throw pillow, emphasis on the “throw!”

Darby flounders up, but Joe goes back over to bring him back in. Joe suplexes high and hard! Joe then goes out to fetch chairs! Joe puts a handful of chairs in the ring, then sets them up together. Fans fire up as they’re back to back to make a wedge! Joe stands Darby up, brings him over, BIG back suplex on the chair wedge!! Darby writhes and Joe has a sadistic smile. “Joe is gonna kill~ you!” Joe turns the chairs around to face each other, then brings Darby back up. But Darby uses POCKET SAND to stop the bomb! CODE RED!! Cover, TWO!! Joe survives but Darby hurries to hop on! THROWBACK STUNNER!

Joe falls into a drop zone, and Darby hurries to get his hoodie back! Darby puts that back on, climbs up the corner, and COFFIN DROPS!! Cover, TWO!?!? Joe survives the tack-enhanced senton and fans can’t believe it! Darby hurries outside and goes looking. Darby uses a knife to cut the strings that hold down the canvas! Some are tough but they all give way, and Darby pulls the canvas away. Darby then drags off the foam padding to expose bare wood! Darby is deconstructing the ring in order to better destroy Joe! Darby sees Joe outside, builds speed and DIVES, but Joe walks away! Darby CRASHES THROUGH THE TABLE!!!

Dayton is losing their minds as Joe puts Darby back in! Joe sets Darby’s tack covered jacket down, he picks Darby up, and he POWERBOMBS him on the tacks! AND THEN HE SMOTHERS DARBY WITH THE TACK JACKET!! Darby DIGS at Joe’s eyes!! Joe lets Darby go, but he staggers around blindly! Joe stands up into a CHAIR SHOT! And another! And another! Darby has Joe on the hard wood, climbs up top, but Joe pushes the ref into the ropes to trip Darby up!! Joe climbs up after Darby, tucks him in, and hits a SUPER MUSCLE BUSTER TO THE WOOD!!!! Cover, JOE WINS!!!

Winner: Samoa Joe, by pinfall (NEW AEW TNT Champion)

Darby’s relentless streak is over! Samoa Joe is now a TWO-TIME TWO BELT CHAMPION! But wait! “THIS IS WAAAR~!” Fans go nuts for Wardlow as he storms down to the ring! Joe is just as shocked as Wardlow runs in! SPEAR!! Wardlow rains down fists on the man who took his title and his top knot! Wardlow rips his shirt off, drags Joe up, but Joe scrambles away! Fans boo but Joe isn’t going to fight again so soon after the war he just went through. Security rushes out but Wardlow CLOBBERS them all! Then he hauls one up to POWERBOMB out onto all the others!! Wardlow will not be denied, when and where will he get his hands on Joe?


My Thoughts:

This was an awesome Dynamite! Same balance of action and talking, but the action was all on a different level this week. Of the talking, we got good stuff out of this AEW Originals VS Imports in the Women’s Division. Saraya & Storm really up their Heel heat by just attacking Britt unprovoked, and then Ruby checking in on Britt was an interesting turnaround from her telling she didn’t want Britt’s help. But we’re getting closer and closer to that big tag(?) match. Hell, make it a Blood & Guts match but with the women rather than the men. Saraya leads a team, Britt leads a team, Ruby will choose Britt’s side and there could even be a twist of Shida betraying Saraya during the match to cost the anti-AEW team.

Good promo from the JAS to set up things with Starks. I just knew Starks would have to beat everyone in the JAS eventually, so it’s clever for them to get it all done in one gauntlet match. Starks will of course make it past Menard and Parker, and I bet that just as it looks like Garcia is stepping up to face Starks, Guevara takes the spotlight from him. Starks will still get through the final opponent, and he’ll get his match with Jericho. Good promo from Mogul Affiliates, because one: it establishes that their group doesn’t like multigenerational wrestlers, and two: it gave Granden Goetzman his wrestler name, “Trench.” Swerve will surely beat BPJ, but I bet Dustin teams up with BPJ and Brock Anderson as a sort of AEW take on WWE’s Legacy faction to take on Mogul Affiliates.

Good promo from Jack Perry, but I’m surprised he waited until now to establish that he’s done with tag teams. But I suppose he’s done with The Firm, too, so he’s done needing reinforcements. As it stands, if he wants a singles title, he could start with the All-Atlantic Championship, but I could see JB making a move for THE AEW World title. Speaking of The Firm, good promo from them and The Elite. I wonder if this was really live or just the take where Nick actually made that shot. Anyway, I’m also surprised the trios match for Rampage is for the titles when the titles are going to be on the line for Dynamite. But I suppose if Orange Cassidy and Darby Allin are fighting champions, then so should the Elite. Which of course means The Elite win on Rampage to go on to face Fox & Flight.

We got an awesome match from Bryan VS Thatcher, but of course Bryan wins to keep his story going. Even after he had that awesome match with Brian Cage, Konosuke going after MJF was a great move. And getting himself an Eliminator match is a good, too, but I feel like MJF finds a way to stand tall. He’ll either cheat to win, or just get himself disqualified quickly so his night will be over quickly. MJF also had a really good promo with LFI. Rush is a great choice to take on Bryan Danielson, and Rush is also going to have a great match with Christopher Daniels on Rampage. I’m sure Bryan will still find a way to win and we’ll still get that Ironman match, it just has to be how this goes.

It’s mostly because I don’t even know who is the #2 contender, since AEW still hasn’t kept up with rankings in this new year. AEW bringing out a sudden twist of MJF still having that One Hour Ironman match against someone other than Bryan would be great stuff, since MJF has been so focused on Bryan, but I feel like getting MJF VS Bryan is still the thing everyone wants to see. Great opening match out of Hangman VS Moxley, and of course Moxley bleeds. It’s practically in his contract. But Hangman losing by a roll-up was a great surprise, and them still being after each other after, this has to continue until Revolution.

The Acclaimed winning a squash was a bit surprising, but obviously that was to make room for the promo that set up things with The Gunn Sons. But Billy suddenly saying his sons can have a title match with The Acclaimed? I hope there isn’t a turn coming where Billy is suddenly on his sons’ side again. It just feels like something is fishy, but who knows. Really good TBS title match from Jade and Velvet, but I guess since this wasn’t at a PPV, Jade wasn’t about to lose. Kiera trying to help Velvet only to mess things up was at least a good detail to protect Jade. But at this rate, who is even going to beat Jade when she’s gotten through even some great established names.

And of course, an awesome No Holds Barred match for the TNT title. Great innovation, such as Darby’s tack covered jacket and the different table spots. I was actually rather surprised to see Joe win this to once again be dual champion. But at the same time, Wardlow returning to continue his story with Joe is a logical reason as to why Joe needs to have the TNT title again. Perhaps Wardlow gets the TNT title back to have a second chance with that, and Darby can move up into the world title scene. And assuming MJF retains at Revolution, it works for Darby to be next as they have history in AEW.

My Score: 9/10


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