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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (10/30/20)

Will the Usos fall in line?

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SmackDown, acknowledge your Tribal Chief or suffer the consequences!

After brutalizing Jey and manipulating Jimmy, Roman Reigns defeated both Usos and is still WWE Universal Champion. Will they follow their Tribal Chief and stay in the family?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Survivor Series Team SmackDown Qualifier: Kevin Owens VS Dolph Ziggler; Kevin wins and joins Team SmackDown.
  • Survivor Series Women’s Team SmackDown Triple Threat: Bianca Belair VS Billie Kay VS Natalya; Bianca wins and joins SmackDown’s Women’s Team.
  • The Street Profits VS Cesaro & Shinsuke Nakamura; The Street Profits win.
  • Survivor Series Team SmackDown Qualifier: Jey Uso VS Daniel Bryan; Jey wins and joins Team SmackDown.

PLAY BY PLAY

Roman Reigns heads to the ring!

The WWE Universal Champion and his special counsel, Paul Heyman, are here, with Jey Uso already waiting in the ring. Jey didn’t lose because he was being beaten to hell inside Hell in a Cell, but because Roman, revealing how cruel and manipulative he could really be, used Jimmy’s suffering to force Jey’s hand. Now standing together, Jey snatches the mic from Heyman to say, “You did not beat me!” Roman knows Jey. Roman knows Jey will never say he quits. Roman “ain’t that type of person.” Roman tells Jey he can make up excuses or feel however he wants, but what did Roman say? He said he’d make Jey quit, and what happened? Jey quit. “Take the oath. Accept the membership. And fall in line.”

“That’s a snake move!” Just like when they were kids, huh? Always one-upping! Roman thinks he’s tougher than Jey? No! Jey cannot do this because he does not respect Roman! The title has Roman “tripping!” Jey says he used the only person Jey would quit for. Roman knew what he was doing. “Of course I did.” How could he?! How could he not? Jey still doesn’t understand. These are the things you must do to have this. “These are the responsibilities, the accountability, the obligations, the burden!” Jey doesn’t even understand the burden of being the face of WWE. Roman wants Jey to look at him. Roman tells Jey that the consequences are real. They all saw on stage, the elders, their highest of the chiefs, Afa and Sika, and everyone all support Roman. If Jey doesn’t follow that, he’s out of the family.

Roman would be angry, too, he understands that. “But let’s be honest. What can you do?” What is Jey going to do? Jey must want to bash Roman’s head in if he could. But what can he do about it? Jey shouts “I HATE YOU!” Why does Roman have to do this?! Jey drops his mic and Roman says Jey surely does, right now. But Roman still loves Jey. And he always has. But Roman will say this one last time. “By the end of the night, you will fall in line.” Now Roman drops his mic, pats Jey on the shoulder, and leaves. Will Roman’s prediction- no, will his spoiler become reality?

 

Survivor Series Team SmackDown Qualifier: Kevin Owens VS Dolph Ziggler w/ Robert Roode!

The Prizefighter and the Show-Off have been back and forth between the red and blue teams, but they’re pledging allegiance to Friday Night SmackDown! Who will represent the brand when Survivor Series 2020 is for the #BestoftheBest?

The bell rings and Ziggler goes right at a leg! Kevin facelocks to counter then shifts to a headlock. Ziggler endures, fishhooks Kevin’s face and powers out, but Kevin runs him over! Kevin talks smack to Roode but Ziggler bails out. Kevin goes after them, Ziggler gets in and then stomps Kevin as he returns! Ziggler digs a boot into Kevin’s face, lets off at the ref’s count, then brings Kevin up for a neckbreaker! Cover, ONE! Ziggler taunts Kevin, drags him up and rakes the eyes! The ref counts, Ziggler stops and has Kevin in a corner. Ziggler stomps and punches and grinds Kevin’s face on ropes! Ziggler stops, taunts Kevin, but Kevin ROCKS him with right hands! Ziggler kicks a leg, runs, but Kevin drops then runs Ziggler over again!

Kevin taunts the Show-Off showing off being a “b*tch!” Kevin stomps Ziggler more, drags him up but Ziggler kicks the leg again! Ziggler throws hands, but Kevin denies the Zigzag! Ziggler sends Kevin out, fakes a knee problem so Roode can CLOBBER Kevin! Roode puts Kevin in, the ref spots that much, and the ref EJECTS Roode! Roode is furious, and so is Ziggler! But now things are fair as SmackDown goes to break!

SmackDown returns and Ziggler gloats as he grinds Kevin down with a chinbar and armlock. Kevin endures, fans clap and rally and Kevin fights his way up. Kevin throws body shots but Ziggler haymakers and neckbreakers! Cover, TWO! Ziggler grows frustrated and he grabs a leg. Ziggler throws the leg into the mat then rakes the eyes! Kevin gets to ropes, Ziggler grabs him and turns him but Kevin slips through to CHOP! And throw forearms, and then CHOPS! Ziggler kicks low again, throws haymakers, then whips. Kevin reverses but Ziggler kicks him! Ziggler runs, into an atomic drop! Kevin rebounds to CLOBBER him! BACK SENTON! Kevin catches his breath and clutches the leg, then clotheslines Ziggler out of the ring!

Ziggler gets up, Kevin runs but Ziggler gets in! Kevin dodges, catches the crossbody and swings, to an AIR RAID CRASH! Cover, TWO! Kevin keeps his cool as he goes to a corner. Kevin climbs but the leg slows him down. He gets up, leaps, SWANTON onto knees! Ziggler covers, TWO!! Both men are down and slowly stir. Ziggler vows to finish this! Ziggler tunes up the band, Kevin rises, but Kevin SUPERKICKS first! Kevin whips Ziggler, pop-up FAMOUSER!! Cover, TWO!! Kevin survives and Ziggler is shocked! Kevin goes to ropes but Ziggler aims again. Ziggler waits, runs, but no superkick! Kevin kicks but stunner denied! The satellite DDT is denied, Ziggler’s leg jams, Kevin sunset flips but Ziggler sits on it! TWO and Kevin has the sunset, TWO! Ziggler high stacks, TWO! Kevin blocks the superkick to STUNNER!! Cover, Kevin wins!!

Winner: Kevin Owens, by pinfall (joins Team SmackDown)

A big win for Kevin, especially as the first qualifier! Kevin promises everyone that SmackDown and Survivor Series will become the KO Show, but who else is joining him against Raw?

 

Natalya talks with Adam Pearce backstage.

Before he says anything, she wants to know first how the SmackDown Women’s Team for Survivor Series is being chosen. Natty says it’ll be easier if she’s captain and chooses members. But Billie Kay walks over and gives Pearce a headshot and resume. She excels in team environments, after all. Natty snatches the resume and says her own body of work speaks for itself. And if anyone in this entire company needs to be at Survivor Series, it’s Natty. She deserves it. Oh really? Bianca Belair comes by and says that this year’s Survivor Series is “The Best of the Best,” look no further than the strongest, fastest and smartest, the EST is ready to lead! No one cares, Bianca, nor do they understand what EST means. Natty is the #BOAT.

Girl, uh-uh. That name isn’t as cute as you think it is. Uh, it’s for Best of All Time. Natty clapping back! Billie says they’ve gotta be joking her. Pearce says none of this will get them on the team. But since they’re all ready to go, they can have a match up next to earn a spot on the team. Fair enough? They all agree, and we have a big Triple Threat coming up!

 

Corey Graves interviews Lars Sullivan.

Since his return several weeks ago, Lars’ raw power has been on full display, wrecking Matt Riddle, Jeff Hardy, The Miz and John Morrison. So Lars, if you don’t mind Corey calling him that. Oh, that’s very considerate of Corey to ask. But doesn’t he want to call Lars, “The Freak?” Does he prefer that…? Would Corey prefer that? No… But- But what? But Corey isn’t a freak? People don’t cross the street when they see him? He’s not ostracized from society? No, Corey just meant he can’t do the “physically freakish things” Lars can. Lars accepts that, and will “play along.” If Corey wants answers, okay.

Lars still remembers the first time he was called, “a freak.” He was about 10 years old, new at a school and in the playground. These two brothers, the Tracy boys, were dancing and singing, “Freak Show, Freak Show! Everyone look at the Freak Show!” Lars says no one helped him and he didn’t know what to do. So what did he do? He cried. He’ll admit that. Lars was just hoping those kids would show some kindness or stop. But they didn’t. You know what happened next? They laughed. All of them. Everyone from the other kids to even the teachers! But Lars laughs to himself now. Corey feels uncomfortable. Lars says about 20 minutes later, the laughing stopped, but the screaming continued for hours. He wasn’t allowed back to school after that.

Then what does Lars hope to accomplish in the WWE? What does he hope to accomplish? “Unleash a lifetime of pain and humiliation onto anybody that gets in my way! To make this entire world my personal playground. To make this world… my personal hell on earth.” Who will suffer the wrath of this mile high monster?

 

Buddy Murphy talks with Aalyah Mysterio backstage.

She spoke to her mom about things. She’s very open-minded, and just wants Aalyah to be happy. But of course, Rey and Dominik won’t even talk to her about him. Murphy gets that. But he isn’t the man he was. That’s why tonight, Murphy will go out and publicly apologize. Is he sure? Yes, he needs to. They hold hands, but will things go well for this starcrossed couple?

 

Survivor Series Women’s Team SmackDown Triple Threat: Bianca Belair VS Billie Kay VS Natalya!

The EST, the BOAT, and… Billie Kay are battling to prove they’re worthy of representing SmackDown against Raw! Who is the first of five to head to Survivor Series?

SmackDown returns as Billie and Natalya make their entrances. The bell rings, Billie pushes Bianca and Natty, but realizes she’s all alone. She ducks Natty’s SLAP and it hits Bianca! Billie bails out to let them fight! Bianca whips, Natty reverses but Bianca goes up and over and handsprings to then run Natty over! Billie rolls Bianca up, TWO! Billie runs away but is caught at the ropes! Natty clubs Bianca and fires haymakers while Billie gets away. Natty whips, Bianca reverses but Natty kicks! And DISCUS! Billie throws Natty out to cover Bianca, TWO! Billie keeps on Bianca with stomps, but sees Natty coming. Natty gets her for a lift but Billie fights out. Billie boots Bianca, Natty lifts her, but Billie huricanranas Bianca!

Natty kicks Billie and snap suplexes! Bianca dropkicks Natty! Bianca kips up to then handspring and SPALSH down onto Billie! Cover, Natty breaks it up! Natty runs at Bianca in a corner but Bianca elbows her away! Natty rebound atomic drops Bianca, walks all over her and basement dropkicks! Natty grabs the legs, steps through, and gets the SHARPSHOOTER! Bianca endures, Billie adds on with a CROSSFACE! Bianca endures both moves, fights, and Natty realizes Billie is trying to steal her win! Natty grabs Billie but Billie knees low! And again! And again! Billie throws Natty into Bianca then runs, SHADES OF KAY! Bianca ends up giving Natty a DDT! Cover, TWO! Bianca survives, Billie covers Natty, TWO! Billie goes back to Bianca, TWO! Back to Natty, TWO!

Billie is furious and she argues the count. Bianca bails out so Billie goes after Natty. Natty trips Billie up and steps through! SHARPSHOOTER! Billie endures, Natty sits deep, Bianca drags Natty off to POST her! Billie rolls Bianca up, with ropes! TWO!! Bianca is up, Billie runs in but misses her boot! Torture rack, KISS OF DEATH!! Cover, Bianca wins!!

Winner: Bianca Belair, by pinfall (joins Team SmackDown)

And now the team is the strongEST, the toughEST and the fastEST it can be! Will SmackDown get the biggEST win at Survivor Series in a long time?

 

Carmella speaks.

“There’s a difference between who the world wants you to be, and who you really are.” She snaps her fingers, and champagne is served. So who is Carmella? She is “that woman.” She is the one who calls the shots and gives the orders. She is the one who makes her own rules. And she is the one who is willing to do whatever it takes to get ahead. “Because no matter what, I will always win.” So next week, the entire world will know why Carmella is #Untouchable.

 

Buddy Murphy heads to the ring.

And Aalyah goes with him, arm in arm! The apology will be televised, after the break.

SmackDown returns and Murphy has the mic. “I’ve got something I need to get off my chest. I understand why Rey and Dominik Mysterio despite me. But I’m not the same person I was. But I get it. I’ve done terrible things.” Murphy says that as a man, he needs to apologize to Rey and Dom face to face. He asks they come out to hear this. After waiting a moment and nothing happening, Murphy begs them that he hears them out. He knows what he’s done, that is why he needs to apologize. So please… Aalyah talks with Murphy that it’s okay. But instead of the Mysterios, it’s SETH ROLLINS that comes out!

“Murphy, Murphy, Murphy.” Rollins hates to say this, but he’s pretty sure we all know what he’s going to say. Rey and Dominik are never going to forgive Murphy. They are never going to accept him as he is. And most importantly, they are never going to accept whatever this is between him and Aalyah. But Rollins wants to say that while Rey and Dom won’t accept, Rollins will. Rollins will always accept them as they are, and forgive Murphy for what he’s done, and most importantly, he’ll accept and embrace their relationship. He would even marry them right now. Because there is a place for all of them in the Greater Good. He accepts Murphy, and he accepts Aalyah. It doesn’t matter what her last name is, he can see it in her eyes that she is understanding the truth.

Rollins isn’t the bad guy, but Rey has forced his hand. And the way he’s been treating his own daughter, Rey might be overprotective, but Rollins says it’s controlling. He’s telling her who to talk to. And Dom is just a coward. Dom sees her getting attention, and- DOM IS HERE! Dom attacks Rollins, they brawl, and Murphy gets Dom off Rollins to go after Rollins himself! Rollins gets out, Dom and Murphy start brawling! Aalyah tries to talk reason into them but they won’t stop, and here comes Rey! Rey shoves Murphy off, Murphy shoves back and THEY start brawling! Rey elbows Murphy into Dom’s drop toehold! Rey runs but Aalyah blocks the 619! She wants them to stop! They don’t understand but she defends him. But she isn’t going with them, either. “I love him!” Oh no…

Rey and Dom keep trying to get Aalyah to leave, but she refuses. So Dom and Rey leave without her. Aalyah hugs Murphy, and KISSES him! Rollins is shocked, but smiling, too. Rey and Dom don’t like where this is going, but are they wrong to judge Murphy by his past?

 

Backstage interview with Daniel Bryan.

Kayla Braxton brings up his match with Jey Uso to qualify for the Survivor Series team. Now considering what we saw Jey go through with Roman, does this change anything for Bryan? No, it doesn’t. But what changed is Jey’s performance the last few months. Jey has taken Roman to the limit, and Roman hasn’t been able to beat Jey! So what Bryan is preparing for is “the best Jey Uso.” That way, it’ll be the best for SmackDown either way. Will the Yes Movement join Kevin on the blue team? Or will Jey take out all his frustrations towards Roman on Bryan?

 

The Street Profits VS Cesaro & Shinsuke Nakamura!

Montez Ford and Angelo Dawkins go tag champions VS tag champions with The New Day at Survivor Series, if they still have the titles by then. Could the Profits actually be down if they’re not careful?

SmackDown returns as the Profits have the mics. “The NEW~ DAY~!” Now they saw Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods do their imitations, and the Profits thank them and appreciate them. Imitation is the highest form of flattery. That’s why Dawkins does LeBron and Guy Fieri. Gotta try tha donkey sauce! But the New Day has given them something they will remember for the rest of their lives: Power of Positivity! The New Day will go down as one of the greatest tag teams of all time, but the Profits aren’t showing up to Survivor Series to sign boxes of Booty O’s. They aren’t serving pancakes, either. They’re serving L’s. Because they are taking the torch! If you don’t know by now, they ARE the Best of the Best! The Profits are up, and #WeWantTheSmock! But the Swiss Cyborg and King of Strong Style might change that as they make their entrances!

The teams sort out and Cesaro starts with Dawkins. They tie up, Cesaro kicks low and EuroUppers then whips. Dawkins blocks the hip toss but Cesaro ducks the clotheslines. Things speed up, Cesaro hurdles but so does Dawkins, to run Cesaro over! Dawkins tags Ford, the Profits whip and dropkick Cesaro down! Then back suplex splash! Cover, Nakamura easily breaks it. Dawkins whips but Nakamura reverses to ROUNDHOUSE! Ford dropkicks Nakamura out but Cesaro clubs Ford and suplexes. Ford slips out, runs and BLOCKBUSTERS! Ford fires up and shakes the ropes and then sees he has a target. Ford FLIES and takes out Nakamura! Cesaro pops him up to TOSS him into the gap!! “How about that, huh?!” Cesaro is fired up as SmackDown goes to break!

SmackDown returns and Cesaro grinds Ford down with an armlock. Ford endures, Cesaro wrenches, and fans clap and rally. Ford fights up, but Cesaro cranks on the arm again. Ford still fights up, throws body shots, but Cesaro knees low! Tag to Nakamura, Cesaro suplexes Ford onto ropes and Nakamura adds a kick before the suplex hits! Cover, TWO! Nakamura keeps on Ford with a sleeper but Ford moves around, so Nakamura inverted exploders! Ford lands on his feet, ducks all the kicks to enziguri back! Both men are down and crawling, hot tag to Dawkins and Cesaro! Dawkins rallies, ducks and dodges to back elbow! And he dropkicks Nakamura, too! And FLAPJACKS Cesaro! Fans fire up with Dawkins as he runs corner to corner, CYCLONE SPLASH! And then one for Cesaro!

Dawkins keeps moving to BULLDOG Cesaro! Cover, TWO! Dawkins brings Cesaro up but Cesaro throws elbows. Cesaro ROCKS Dawkins with the EuroUpper then tags Nakamura. They double whip, Dawkins ducks and ROCKS Nakamura, then EXPLODER for Cesaro! Cesaro bails out, Dawkins crawls, but Ford isn’t on the corner. Nakamura swings a kick, Dawkins ducks but the HEEL KICK hits! Nakamura has Dawkins but Dawkins resists and elbows. Cyclone misses this time! Nakamura kicks, hoists Dawkins up top, and runs for the TOP SHELF KNEE! Dawkins is down, Nakamura covers, TWO! Tag to Cesaro, Cesaro hauls Dawkins up as Nakamura hops to the top. FLYING KNEE GUT WRENCH BOMB! Cover, Ford breaks it!

Nakamura stomps Ford, throws him out hard then follows. Nakamura brings Ford up, and feeds him to Cesaro’s boot! Cesaro goes back to Dawkins, Dawkins inside cradles! TWO, and Cesaro DISCUS LARIATS! Cover, TWO!! Dawkins survives but Nakamura tags back in. Cesaro Electric Chairs and Nakamura kicks Ford, but Dawkins slips out to shove Cesaro into Nakamura! ANOINTMENT SPINE BUSTER! Tag to Ford, and Dawkins gets Nakamura for a SUPERPLEX! Ford comes in FROM THE HEAVENS! Cover, The Profits win!!

Winners: The Street Profits, by pinfall

Well, it won’t be Nakamura and Cesaro coming for the titles just yet! But that took a lot out of them. Will the Profits be able to stay up on the road to Survivor Series?

 

Sami Zayn speaks.

“So we’ve got Bobby Lashley VS Sami Zayn at Survivor Series. This is a gigantic match between the United States Champion and the Intercontinental Champion.” Sami will say, this is perfect that he is representing at Survivor Series, because there is no one more fitting and more worldly than The Great Liberator to represent the title of the continents! The people of those continents love Sami. The WWE has never marketed Sami as The People’s Champion, but he is! He is loved and adored by everyone on every continent and in every nation! Ireland, Bolivia, Lebanon, New Zealand, Japan, Botswana! He is a hero to the people because the people know Sami fights for what’s right! He represents everyone everywhere!

And Lashley… Well he just represents just one country. And let’s not even get into that country. Sami promises to show us something that can be understood in any country by anyone, and that is that the Intercontinental Champion is greater than the United States Champion.

 

Sasha Banks is here!

And now she has the SmackDown Women’s Championship and Bayley’s favorite chair! Both are trophies of the Hell in a Cell match she and Bayley had at Hell in a Cell. Bayley’s 380 day reign is over, “Long live the Boss!” after the break.

SmackDown returns and the chair is already placed. Sasha says, “You know what they say. Don’t talk the talk unless you can walk the walk.” At HIAC, Sasha did just that. She told Bayley she’d finish what Bayley started and take the title she loved so much. Sasha takes a seat and says she has to thank Bayley for stabbing her in the back. Bayley finally ended an era. They were best friends. They were supposed to take over the whole damn company together! Sasha thought of her like a sister! But when Bayley used this chair in trying to end Sasha’s career, “I realized it wasn’t our friendship that was unstoppable. It was me.” Sasha IS the leader, the standard, the blueprint and the Boss of Fridays, as well as the brand new SmackDown Women’s Champion!

And now that Bayley is the past, Sasha goes 1v1 with Asuka at Survivor Series! There is no doubt in Sasha’s mind that SHE is the Best of the Best. But Bayley is here? “Hey! HEY!” Bayley wants Sasha to think hard on that last statement. We’ve all seen Sasha win a championship, but we all know she can’t hang onto them. Unlike Bayley, the longest reigning SmackDown Women’s Champion of 380 consecutive days! Sasha is lucky that Bayley isn’t getting in there for one, going into her locker room and taking her chair! And more importantly, parading around in the ring with Bayley’s title. Sasha didn’t even legally win, she forced Bayley to sign the contract under duress!

But Bayley isn’t a sore loser, she’ll do Sasha a favor. Bayley knows that Sasha knows that we all know that Sasha can’t beat Asuka without Bayley in her corner. So next week, Bayley wants a rematch for the title! And Sasha can enjoy her very short yet predictable 13 day title reign. Because next week, DING DONG, TRICK OR TREAT, it ends! Bayley is so funny. Sasha wants Bayley to bring everything she has, because “backstabbing b*tches” never win. Will Bayley be shut up once and for all? Or will history repeat itself in another ill-fated Sasha Banks reign?

 

Survivor Series Team SmackDown Qualifier: Jey Uso VS Daniel Bryan!

Roman Reigns told Jey he will have no choice but to bow and acknowledge The Tribal Chief. But will those words weigh so heavy that Jey fails to qualify for Survivor Series? Will Kevin Owens have his dream tag team partner join him in another tag match?

SmackDown returns as Jey makes his entrance. It’s clear from the lack of energy that everything is still getting to him. The bell rings and Jey circles with Bryan. They tie up, Jey puts Bryan on ropes but the ref counts. Jey punches low then headbutts Bryan at ropes, then throws more hands. Jey whips and runs Bryan over with a strong elbow! Jey scoops and SLAMS Bryan even harder! Jey brings Bryan up again to throw haymakers! Bryan hits back with EuroUppers, then whips him to ropes to hit the kitchen sink knee! Jey gets to ropes but Bryan brings him up to wrench the arm for an elbow breaker! And then wrenches again to whip. Jey reverses and SAMOAN DROPS! Jey seethes but not at Bryan. He gets up, goes over to Bryan and stomps a mudhole into him! The ref counts, Jey stops and takes a breath to calm down.

Jey comes back to throw haymakers, then whips Bryan corner to corner. Bryan goes up and over and keeps moving to dodge and flying clothesline! Fans rally with “YES!” fingers, and Jey sits up to get YES KICKS! From all sides, too! Bryan kicks Jey all around, on the ground, and Jey bails out before the buzzsaw! But now Roman Reigns appears? Roman and Heyman march right to ringside and look at Jey. Will Roman’s presence motivate or distract Jey? For now, SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns once more, and Jey is throwing hands on the top rope with Bryan. Jey gets up, Bryan slips under and trips Jey up! Bryan drags Jey into the Tree of Woe for more YES KICKS! Bryan runs corner to corner to dropkick! Bryan sits Jey back up, climbs up behind him, and brings him up for a SUPER BACK SUPLEX that Jey makes a crossbody! Cover, TWO and Bryan has a cover, TWO!! Jey gets to a corner, Roman is stoic as Jey aims at Bryan. Mule kick, uppercut, but Bryan throws forearms and kicks in return! Jey kicks, Bryan blocks and spins him but Jey dragon whips! Jey runs but Bryan dumps him out! Jey sees Bryan running in and SUPERKICKS him down! Jey goes up, leaps, USO SPLASH onto knees! LeBelle Lock!! Jey endures, moves around, reaches, and gets the ropebreak!

Bryan lets go fast and now Roman starts looking disappointed. Jey gets up, Bryan goes after him with more kicks! Bryan runs corner to corner to dropkick! And then again, into a SUPERKICK! SUPERKICK!! Jey goes to the corner and climbs again, for another try, USO SPLASH!! Direct hit, cover, Jey wins!!

Winner: Jey Uso, by pinfall (joins Team SmackDown)

A win over a former world champion and Jey is now part of the traditional 5v5! Roman joins Jey in the ring, Jey says, “I’m with you. You’re the head of the table.” What?! Jey suddenly concedes to Roman’s authority? But Roman wants Jey to make it clear, so Jey SUPERKICKS Bryan back down! And drags him to a drop zone, to climb up top and hit another USO SPLASH!! “I understand now! I understand now! I love you, too, aight? I understand.” What is it that made Jey change his mind? Then make Bryan understand. Jey goes outside, drags Bryan out and throws haymaker after haymaker! “I understand, Uce!! I understand now!!” And he whips Bryan into steel steps! And clears off the announce desk!?

Jey drags Bryan up and asks if he understands. Bryan doesn’t answer so Jey throws more haymakers to put Bryan on the desk! Jey goes back to the ring, climbs back up top, and as Roman watches on, hits a SUPER USO SPLASH through the table!! He’s still not done, as he rains down forearms, and dribbles Bryan off the wreckage!! Roman smiles as Jey finishes up. What happened from beginning of the night to this moment that made Jey change his mind?!


My Thoughts:

This was a really good SmackDown to give its own transition from Hell in a Cell to Survivor Series. Not really into giving Survivor Series a subtitle like some of the other PPV’s have had, but whatever. I am for doing the flipside to Raw in the Women’s Division, having a multi-person match to determine a member. Billie, Natty and Bianca had a great promo segment with Pearce, and then a really good Triple Threat. Bianca winning is great, she was a given for the team between the hype they’ve built for her and her incredible athletic abilities. Sasha VS Bayley rematch is happening quite a bit sooner than expected, but Bayley’s promo does bring up a good point that for whatever reason, Sasha loses titles very quickly. But I have a feeling this match on TV will be equally definitive, maybe even more so than the HIAC match. Sasha will win to force Bayley to take the long route back, then we get a great Asuka VS Sasha at Survivor Series. I bet Bayley ends up on the Women’s Team, too, since she does have all those accolades.

Sami Zayn had a pretty good promo to hype his match with Lashley, and I hope they don’t pull the same move they’ve done before where a champion changes and so does the Survivor Series match. Sami and Lashley have plenty of history, even if the “Lashley Sisters” segment was awful. The Street Profits have a good response to the New Day, even if it wasn’t with their own imitations. Their match with Cesaro and Nakamura was really good, especially Cesaro tossing Ford to the outside before the break. Ford was sitting down and maybe even about to lie down after hitting his splash to get the win, I hope that isn’t something serious. Though it is pretty clear, he gets so  much air in his frog splash that I’m not surprised it isn’t double-edged on him. Maybe the Profits need to shift from combining moves for a finish to actually having a tag team finisher.

Corey Graves’ “interview” with Lars was a very well done segment. Lars finally gets to talk again and show a bit of what he was showing in NXT. I like the backstory he gave himself, getting expelled for brutalizing bullies. I don’t think this will be used to humanize Lars or make him a sympathetic Heel, but it does give you an idea of what is going on inside his head. Lars is probably a shoe-in for the Survivor Series team, in order to counter the size and strength of Keith Lee and Sheamus. Kevin VS Ziggler was really good, and no offense to Ziggler, but Kevin was definitely going to win. And given that powerful opening segment with Roman and Jey, Jey VS Bryan turned into a really good match, and a somewhat shocking ending segment. It felt rather obvious that Jey would eventually turn Heel and follow Roman, I just didn’t think it’d happen in one night! I really am curious as to why, and that is going to make for some awesome material next week.

My Score: 8.5/10


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Things are getting complicated!

While A Block enters round 3 of the G1 Climax, B Block still has Jeff Cobb and Konosuke Takeshita battling it out for round 2! Will the United Empire’s Imperial Unit or The Don Callis Family’s Alpha take the lead?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Six Man Tag: Hirooki Goto, Shoma Kato & Tomoaki Honma VS  Boltin Oleg, Toru Yano & Katsuya Morishima;  Oleg, Yano & Morishima win.
  • El Phantasmo & Jado VS Yota Tsuij & BUSHI; Yota & Bushi win.
  • HENARE & Francesco Akira VS David Finlay & Gedo; Henare & Akira win.
  • G1 Climax 34 B Block: Jeff Cobb VS Konosuke Takeshita; Konosuke wins.
  • G1 Climax 34 A Block: Zack Sabre Jr. VS Callum Newman; ZSJ wins.
  • G1 Climax 34 A Block: Shingo Takagi VS Great-O-Khan; Takagi wins.
  • G1 Climax 34 A Block: Shota Umino VS Gabe Kidd; Gabe wins.
  • G1 Climax 34 A Block: SANADA VS EVIL; Evil wins.
  • G1 Climax 34 A Block: Tetsuya Naito VS Jake Lee; Naito wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Here are the current A Block standings!

Zack Sabre Jr: 2-0, 4 points
Evil: 2-0, 4 points
Shingo Takagi: 1-1, 2 points
Jake Lee: 1-1, 2 points
Gabe Kidd: 1-1, 2 points
Sanada: 1-1, 2 points
Callum Newman: 1-1, 2 points
Shota Umino: 1-1, 2 points
Tetsuya Naito: 0-2, 0 points
Great-O-Khan: 0-2, 0 points

 

Here are the current B Block standings!

Yuya Uemura: 2-0, 4 points
Henare: 2-0, 4 points
Jeff Cobb: 1-0, 2 points
Konosuke Takeshita: 1-0, 2 points
Boltin Oleg: 1-1, 2 points
Yota Tsuji: 1-1, 2 points
Ren Narita: 1-1, 2 points
David Finlay: 0-2, 0 points
Hirooki Goto: 0-2, 0 points
El Phantasmo: 0-2, 0 points

G1 Climax 34 B Block: Jeff Cobb VS Konosuke Takeshita!

While the opening weekend was a big success, this match had to wait. The Imperial Unit took Hirooki Goto on a Tour of the Islands, and The Alpha showed the power of AEW, but who gets back into the swing of things with another victory?

The bell rings and the two rush in! They RAM shoulders, the fans cheer, and Cobb dares Konosuke to go. Konosuke runs and RABS Cobb, but Cobb doesn’t budge. Konosuke says go, Cobb runs, and he RAMS Konosuke! They RAM again and again and again! Konosuke staggers back, fans cheer, and Cobb runs, into a BOOT! Konosuke whips, Cobb reverses but the TAKESHITA LINE hits! The fans fire up and Konosuke waits. Cobb stands, Konosuke runs in, but Cobb BOOTS! Cobb runs up to POUNCE Konosuke! Konosuke sits up in a daze, and probably just as surprised as everyone watching. Cobb then storms over and drags Konosuke up.

Cobb ROCKS Konosuke, throat chops him, but the ref reprimands. Konosuke sputters and staggers but Cobb CLUBS him down. The fans cheer, Cobb drags Konosuke around and stomps him. Cobb stands on Konosuke to use him as a surfboard! The fans cheer, Cobb calls to Toru Yano on commentary, and then copies the “Y T R” and shrug! Cobb then “realizes” he’s standing on Konosuke and steps away while “apologizing.” The fans rally, Konosuke goes to the apron, but Cobb drags Konosuke up by his hair. Cobb then CLUBS Konosuke against ropes, before stepping out onto the apron. Cobb reels Konosuke in, but Konosuke holds ropes to fight the lift!

Konosuke tries to suplex, Cobb suplexes in return! Konosuke slips into the ring and he DECKS Cobb with an elbow! The fans fire up and Konosuke builds speed, to then FLY! Direct hit and down goes Cobb at the ramp! The fans fire up more as Konosuke stands. Konosuke drags Cobb up and puts him in the ring before going up a corner. Konosuke shouts, “C’MON!” and the fans cheer. But then Cobb DROPKICKS Konosuke! Cobb climbs up and he gut wrenches for a SUPER GUT WRENCH PLEX! Both men are down after that landing and the fans fire up again. Cobb crawls over, covers, TWO! GACHIMUCHI MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO!

Konosuke is still in this but Cobb keeps calm. Cobb goes to the apron, then climbs a corner. The fans rally, but Konosuke UPPERCUTS first! Konosuke climbs up after Cobb, the fans rally more, and Konosuke goes to the very top! SUPER DUPER PLEX!! The fans are thunderous as the ring practically shakes! Konosuke smirks as he sits up and the fans rally again. Cobb rises, goes to a corner, and Konosuke roars! But then Cobb runs in to UPPERCUT! Cobb keeps moving, but Konosuke follows, only for Cobb to dodge! And GERMAN SUPLEX! Konosuke lands on his feet!? And BOOTS, to then POISON-RANA!

Konosuke keeps moving, but Cobb LARIATS him down! The fans are thunderous again while both men are down! Konosuke stirs, Cobb rises, and Cobb hobbles over to Konosuke. Cobb waistlocks to deadlift Konosuke! Konosuke fights the lift with elbows! Konosuke standing switches, tries to lift, but Cobb fights with elbows. Cobb DOUBLE CHOPS! Konosuke sputters, Cobb whips, but Konosuke holds ropes. Konosuke BOOTS back, dodges Cobb and HIGH ANGLE GERMANS! Bridging cover, TWO! Cobb escapes and the fans fire up! Konosuke grits his teeth, rises up and goes to a corner to take aim.

Konosuke runs up to POWER DRIVE- NO! Cobb stops the knee to ATHLETIC PLEX Konosuke away! Konosuke stands up, but into an URENAGE! FALLING HAMMER! Cover, TWO!! Konosuke survives Cobb going Hulk smash, but now Cobb really powers up! Cobb drags Konosuke up, gut wrenches, but Konosuke slips free! Konosuke tries but Cobb fights the Blue Thunder. Cobb goes to run but Konosuke reels him in! BLUE THUNDER- RANA!! Cobb rises up, Konosuke dodges the lariat and scoops on the run, BLUE THUNDER BOMB!! Cover, TWO!!! Cobb barely gets an arm up and the fans are thunderous!

Konosuke roars, drags Cobb up and suplexes, but Cobb fights that! Cobb wrenches out, reels Konosuke in, TOUR OF- NO, Konosuke slips free! Cobb JUMP KNEES, but Konosuke JUMP KNEES back! Cobb HEADBUTTS Konosuke down!! Cobb drags Konosuke back up while the fans rally. Konosuke winds up to ALPHA ELBOW!! Cobb falls to his knees, but Konosuke roars and brings him up! Suplex for the RAGING FIRE!! Cover, KONOSUKE WINS!

Winner: Konosuke Takeshita, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Cobb earns 0)

From taking down a Reiwa Musketeer to taking down the NJPW World Television Champion, Konosuke is proving why he is All Elite! But will he become the Alpha of NJPW? Can Cobb make a comeback when B Block enters round three?

 

G1 Climax 34 A Block: Zack Sabre Jr. w/ Kosei Fujita VS Callum Newman!

Round three truly begins now, as the Submission Master takes on The Prince of Pace. ZSJ had a strong opening weekend, taking down the KOPW Champion, Great-O-Khan, and the IWGP World Heavyweight Champion, Tetsuya Naito. Is he about to become the Front Man of New Japan? Or can Callum make the mighty kneel?

The bell rings and the fans rally. The two circle, feel things out, and knuckle lock. Callum wrenches and wrangles ZSJ but ZSJ stands up fast. ZSJ spins, bridges, spins some more and he trips Callum to a toehold. Callum tries to fight back but ZSJ just slips around to a standing toehold. Callum steps over, rolls free, and the fans cheer this opening exchange. Even ZSJ nods and says that was good. The two reset, circle, and tie up collar ‘n’ elbow. ZSJ wrenches to a double wristlock takedown and headscissor! Callum slips an arm in between the legs and clasps hands to fight the squeeze, then he moves around.

Callum headstands, then pops free while trapping ZSJ’s legs. Callum puts on the pressure but ZSJ drags him down for a wristlock. Callum shifts to make it a cover, ONE, and Callum waistlocks. ZSJ fights up, wrenches out, and wristlocks again. Callum rolls, kips up, and wrenches back. ZSJ flips and kicks free, and the fans cheer again. The two reset again, and Callum taunts ZSJ as “ojii-san <grandpa>.” ZSJ and Callum circle, and ZSJ RAMS Callum low! ZSJ headlocks, Callum powers up and out, then drops to trip ZSJ! Callum keeps moving to basement dropkick! The fans cheer, ZSJ bails out, and Callum goes up and up to ASAI MOONSAULT!

The fans fire up as Callum takes ZSJ down at the ramp! Callum brings ZSJ up to ROCK him with a forearm, then puts him in the ring. Cover, ONE, but Callum clamps on with a chinlock. The fans rally, Callum traps an arm, and then Callum KNEES ZSJ in the back! Callum brings ZSJ up to suplex, but ZSJ fights free to wrench and PELE the arm! ZSJ WRINGS that arm out, and the fans cheer again. ZSJ sits Callum up to KICK him in the back! ZSJ then traps one arm and grabs the other. ZSJ bends the fingers, twists the wrist, isolates the arm and STOMPS it! The fans cheer while ZSJ paces around.

Callum clutches the arm but ZSJ eggs him on. The ref checks and Callum is okay to continue, so he stands up. Callum fires forearms but the pain holds him back. ZSJ UPPERCUTS Callum and he falls against ropes. The fans rally up and ZSJ brings Callum around to BOOT! Callum staggers, ZSJ runs and BOOTS him again! ZSJ keeps moving and BOOTS again! Callum roars and BOOTS! ZSJ runs and BOOTS! Callum BOOTS! ZSJ BOOTS! ZSJ whips, Callum ducks ‘n’ dodges and builds up speed to SHOTGUN KICK! The fans fire up but the bad arm bothers Callum again. ZSJ sits up and checks his teeth while the fans rally.

Callum shakes out his arm, runs up on ZSJ and UPPERCUTS! Callum snapmares, runs and PENALTY KICKS! Cover, TWO! ZSJ stands right up and Callum eggs him on. ZSJ UPPERCUTS Callum, and now Callum eggs ZSJ in Japanese. ZSJ UPPERCUTS Callum down, and Callum kips up to ROUNDHOUSE! And ROLLING ELBOW! And BUZZSAW! ZSJ is dazed, Callum sits on the cover, TWO! ZSJ survives and the fans rally up. Fujita coaches ZSJ but Callum stands ZSJ up for forearm after forearm. ZSJ shakes his head, but Callum SOBATS! Callum goes up the corner, then up to DIVING- NO, ZSJ avoids the stomp!

Callum rolls through but ZSJ is right after him! TORNADO DDT! And a roll through for a GUILLOTINE FACELOCK! Callum endures, powers up, and he suplexes ZSJ high and hard! The fans fire up again while both men are down! Fujita and the fans rally while both men stir. Callum rises and aims from a corner. DREAMCAST- NO, ZSJ blocks the kick for a KNEEBAR! Callum endures, but ZSJ ties up the legs in an INVERTED FIGURE FOUR! ZSJ pulls on the leg but Callum fights forward! The fans rally, Callum rolls and makes it to the ROPEBREAK! The fans cheer while ZSJ lets go in frustration.

ZSJ stands and KICKS Callum in the leg. Callum stands but ZSJ KICKS him again. Callum avoids the leg sweep but not the takedown! ZSJ rolls to ANKLE LOCK, but Callum rolls free! Callum trips ZSJ, body scissors, but ZSJ pops him into body scissors! Callum returns the favor, JAPANESE LEG CLUTCH! TWO!! ZSJ escapes and the fans fire up! ZSJ storms up but Callum UP KICKS him! ZSJ PENALTY KICKS Callum! ZSJ keeps moving, but Callum runs up to SHOTGUN! And HEEL KICK! ZSJ wobbles, Callum springboards, OSC- NO, ZSJ catches Callum to a SLEEPER! Then ZSJ scoops, but Callum slips free to have an IRON OCTOPUS!

The fans fire up as ZSJ now endures a stretch hold! ZSJ pulls on Callum’s leg! Callum shifts around for a SUNSET BOMB! Cover, TWO! ZSJ survives and the fans fire up again! Callum drags ZSJ up, reels him in, and brings him up for a POWER- NO! ZSJ makes it a TRIANGLE HOLD! But Callum deadlifts for a SITOUT BOMB! Cover, TWO, and it’s back to the TRIANGLE HOLD! Callum rolls, kicks at ZSJ’s face, but ZSJ grabs that leg for a HEEL HOOK!! Callum is caught in a combo hold, and TAPS! ZSJ wins!

Winner: Zack Sabre Jr, by submission (gains 2 points; Callum earns 0)

The Front Man is leading the way for A Block as he’s now 3-0! Will ZSJ be unstoppable on his way to the Climax? Can Callum find a way to spring back in the next round?

 

G1 Climax 34 A Block: Shingo Takagi VS Great-O-Khan!

A rivalry reignites tonight as The Rampaging Dragon once again battles The Dominator. Takagi started strong by pinning Tetsuya Naito, but got shot down by Shota Umino. Will he be able to rebound against the KOPW Champion? Or will Khan conquer this ungovernable for the United Empire?

The bell rings and the fans rally as the two circle. They feel things out, tie up, go around, and clinch. Khan waistlocks, Takagi slips free, and the two separate. The fans applaud and the two go again. They clinch, Khan facelocks, but Takagi endures the squeeze. Khan underhooks to BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! The fans cheer and Khan poses. Khan then cocky covers, ONE! Khan stomps Takagi over and over, but Takagi grits his teeth. Khan KICKS Takagi, stomps him more, then drops an AX HANDLE! Khan pushes Takagi over, cocky cover, TWO, but into a TRIANGLE HOLD! Takagi reaches back and has the ROPEBREAK!

The fans applaud, the ref counts, and Khan lets go quickly. Khan paces around, and he kicks at Takagi. Takagi scowls, then CHOPS! Khan shakes his head and smirks. Takagi CHOPS again! Then JABS! JABS! And JABS! Takagi CHOPS but Khan blocks! Khan wrangles Takagi into a FUJIWARA ARMBAR, then shifts for a DOUBLE ARMBAR! Takagi flails and reaches out, ROPEBREAK! The fans cheer, Khan lets off slowly, and then Khan clamps onto an arm for a double wristlock! Takagi endures, even as Khan pulls on the arm. Khan stands on Takagi, pushes him down, then drags him up to KNEE low! And KNEE low again!

Khan whips but Takagi blocks the sayanagi! Khan kicks and tries again, but Takagi CLUBS Khan down, and BLINDSIDE SLIDING LARIATS! The fans cheer while Khan tumbles to a corner. Takagi shakes out his arms, stands back up, and the fans rally. Takagi runs in at the corner but blocks a boot. Takagi LARIATS through, then fires the fans up more! Takagi JABS, CHOPS and repeat! The ref counts but Takagi JABS, JABS and JABS! Takagi then whips Khan corner to corner, runs in to LARIAT, and then reels Khan in. Khan fights the suplex, throws body shots, then IRON CLAWS at Takagi’s chest!

Takagi tries to pry the claw away but Khan CLUBS him first. And then Mongolian Chops! And Mongolian Chops! And Mongolian- NO, Takagi blocks and UPPERCUTS, then DOUBLE CHOPS! Then Takagi gives a bit of Muta before the SENTON! Takagi drags Khan up to suplex high and hard! Khan flounders, Takagi covers, TWO! The fans fire up and Takagi looks around. Takagi roars, and he says, “TOKI GA KITA!” The fans fire up as the time has come! Takagi rises, brings Khan up and runs, to SLIDING- HEAD ‘N’ ARM TRIANGLE! Khan drags Takagi up, Takagi fights to a clinch, but Khan hits a leg trip takedown!

The fans fire up while both men are down again. Khan rises up, drags Takagi up, but Takagi shoves him. Takagi ELBOWS, JABS, and YUKON- NO, Khan blocks the lariat to fireman’s carry and takeover! Then Khan hauls Takagi up to MONKEY FLIP, then SAYANAGI! Cover, TWO! But into the HEAD ‘N’ ARM! Khan leans on the hold, thrashes Takagi around, but Takagi still endures. Takagi fights around as the fans rally, and he has the ROPEBREAK again! The fans cheer, Khan lets go in frustration, but Khan drags Takagi up into the IRON CLAW SLEEPER! Takagi flails but he’s already fading! Takagi powers up to RAM Khan into a corner!

Khan lets go, but then he clamps right back on! IRON CLAW SLEEPER! Khan is even BITING Takagi’s ear! FGO PLEX! But Takagi’s right up to PUMPING BOMBER!! Both men are down and the fans fire up! Khan sputters and Takagi sits up. Takagi crawls over to Khan, pushes him into the corner, then runs in to LARIAT! Takagi reels Khan in to hoist him up top, and then Takagi climbs up after Khan! SUPERPLEX! The fans fire up while both men are down again! Takagi rises and the fans rally behind him again. They join in on the “OI! OI! OI!” and Takagi stands. Takagi sits Khan up for HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! “OI! OI! OI!”

Takagi runs, SLIDING- NO, Khan dodges! But Takagi blocks the boot to fire boxing elbows! Takagi ROCKS Khan, but Khan roars! Takagi JABS, HEADBUTTS, and- IRON RIGHT from Khan!! The ref reprimands but Khan IRON SLEEPERS, and then Bow ‘n’ Arrow racks Takagi! Khan spins for the SPINNING BUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Takagi survives and the fans fire up again! Khan drops back to a corner, watches Takagi rise, and then runs back in, for a BOOT! And then an ELIMI- DDT!! Takagi takes Khan down and the fans are thunderous! Khan stirs and Takagi rises, and Takagi grabs at Khan.

Takagi drags Khan up, roars, and LARIATS! Khan wobbles, Takagi runs to LARIAT! Khan stays up and Takagi runs, but Khan SWATS the lariat, to then LARIAT back! The fans are thunderous again as Khan clamps on the IRON CLAW! ELIMI- NO, Takagi slips around to SNAP DRAGON! Khan is up, but PUMPING BOMBER hits!! Cover, ONE?!? Khan lets loose the Monster Rage, but Takagi dodges him! PUMPING BOMBER into cover!! TAKAGI WINS!

Winner: Shingo Takagi, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Khan earns 0)

The United Empire has suffered loss three matches in a row! Will Khan ever get off the starting block? Will the Rampaging Dragon soar to the top of the block and take the G1 by storm?

 

G1 Climax 34 A Block: Shota Umino VS Gabe Kidd!

These two have had run-ins before, but this could be their most intense encounter yet. Both are 1-1, will it be the Roughneck that rises up? Or will #SHOOTER not be #WarReady like this War Dog?

The bell rings and the fans rally as the two stare down. The fans duel between “SHOTA!” and “GABU!” but neither man budges. They slowly start up, and then they quickly tie up! They’re in a deadlock at center, then break. Neither man backs down and the fans cheer. The two tie up again, are in another deadlock, but Shota digs in to push Gabe back. They end up on ropes, the ref counts, and Shota lets off cleanly. The fans applaud and the two go again. Another deadlock, but this time Gabe’s height helps him put Shota on ropes. The ref counts again, and Gabe lets off, to CHOP! Shota ROCKS Gabe, headlocks, and holds on tight as Gabe tries to power out.

Gabe endures the grind, fights up and throws body shots. Gabe pulls hair, wrenches free and headlocks. Shota powers up and out, ducks the rebounder, and IG- NO, Gabe slips free of the neckbreaker to reel Shota in! But Shota slips free of the suplex to half nelson. Gabe standing switches, Shota elbows free, then ROCKS Gabe. Gabe flips Shota off before he ROCKS Shota back! Shota flips Gabe off before he ROCKS Gabe again! They BOTH fire forearms, wobble, and Gabe swings! Shota dodges, comes back, but then Gabe dodges. Both men run and the RAM shoulders! They both roar and the fans fire up!

Shota fires a flurry of forearms, but Gabe CHOPS back! Gabe whips, Shota reverses and DROPKICKS! Gabe falls and the fans fire up with Shota! Shota shakes out his arm while he paces around. Shota goes back to Gabe to stomp him. Gabe goes to a corner, Shota fires a forearm, then CLUBS Gabe on the neck. Gabe goes to another corner, Shota UPPERCUTS him! Gabe sits down, so Shota digs his boot in. The ref reprimands and counts, but Gabe eggs Shota on! So Shota stomps Gabe! The ref has Shota back off, but Gabe still glares at Shota. Shota drags Gabe up, whips him corner to corner, then runs in, but Gabe puts him on the apron!

Gabe swings, Shota counter punches, then Shota slingshots in, only for Gabe to block the DDT! Gabe throws body shots but Shota CLUBS away on Gabe. Shota uses ropes but Gabe denies the tornado! Gabe dodges a lariat to BITE Shota on the face! Then Gabe SAIDOS Shota away! The fans fire up while both men are down! Shota goes to the far side while Gabe grits his teeth and sits back up. Gabe crawls over to Shota, and junkyard dog headbutts him! Gabe then KICKS Shota, KICKS him again, then stands him up. Gabe CHOPS Shota and Shota staggers away to a corner. The fans rally up and duel while Gabe snarls.

Gabe storms over to Shota, Shota kicks at him but Gabe eggs Shota on. Shota gives more kicks, but Gabe stomps Shota down! The ref counts, Gabe lets off and the fans rally more. Gabe stalks Shota, CHOPS him, but Shota gets in Gabe’s face! Gabe grins, CHOPS, but Shota still gets in his face. Gabe fires forearms then a CHOP! Shota just fires a flurry in return! Gabe fires HEADBUTT after HEADBUTT, then he DECKS Shota! Gabe grabs the legs and turns Shota over for a BOSTON CRAB! Shota endures but Gabe sits deep on the hold! Shota still fights and the fans rally up. Gabe puts all he can into the Crab but Shota powers up! Shota fights forward to the ROPEBREAK!

The ref counts, Gabe lets go of one leg, but the ref counts again. Gabe lets go of Shota completely, then paces around. Gabe makes sure the camera is on him. Gabe says Shota thought he was “him,” but no, it’s all about Gabe. Gabe talks smack, stomps Shota, then eggs him on. The fans rally up, Gabe asks if this is what Tanahashi thinks the future is, then he kicks Shota around. Gabe toys with Shota, taunts him, then drags him up. Shota fights the lift so Gabe CLUBS away on Shota’s back. Gabe tries again but Shota back drops free! The fans fire up while Shota leans on ropes. Gabe rises, swings, but into a dragon sleeper! TEST DRIVE!

Fans fire up while both men are down again. Shota grits his teeth, then he fires up! The fans cheer, Shota runs in at the corner, BLINDSIDE KNEE! Then TORNADO DDT! Shota dragon sleepers, inverted suplex, TRIDENT! Cover, TWO! Gabe survives but Shota aims while the fans fire up. Shota runs in, IGNITION! Shota then drags Gabe up and underhooks, but Gabe wrenches out to JAB! Shota roars, Gabe DECKS him! Both men fall, the fans fire up, and the ref still reprimands about a closed fist on Gabe’s part. The ref checks Shota, he’s still conscious so the match continues. Gabe sits up first, and he dares Shota to meet him.

They both go to center, and Shota fires a forearm. Gabe gives it right back. Shota glares at Gabe, then fires another forearm. Gabe fires one back! Both men stand, egging the other on. The fans rally up as the forearms go back and forth, faster and faster, harder and harder! Gabe wobbles, Shota UPPERCUTS! But then Gabe clinches to CLUB, LARIAT and CLUB! Gabe runs but into a POP-UP KNEE! Gabe still fires another forearm! Shota ROCKS Gabe, then ROLLING ELBOWS! Gabe CHOPS! Shota ENZIGIRIS! Gabe JABS, HEADBUTTS, and YUKON LARIATS! A shot at Takagi as Gabe covers, ONE?!?

Shota clinches Gabe for an EXPLODER! Gabe roars and rises, to LARIAT Shota! Shota roars and rises, catches Gabe, HALF ‘N’ HALF PLEX! Gabe rises, but into the ROLLING ELBOW!! Shota falls on the cover, TWO!! Gabe survives and the fans are thunderous! The fans then rally up as both men stir. Gabe crawls to one corner, Shota to the other end. Shota storms over to Gabe, and Gabe SPITS at him! Shota brushes that off, Gabe laughs, but Shota stomps a mudhole in! He even shoves the ref aside to give more! Shota digs his boot in, scrapes Gabe’s face again and again, then slaps him around! Gabe rises up, to SLAP Shota!

Shota SLAPS, Gabe SLAPS, then they fire forearms again! The fans fire up as the strikes fly fast and furious! Gabe HEADBUTTS away, then clinches Shota into a corner! Gabe smothers Shota, the ref counts, and Shota claws at Gabe! They both push the ref aside, then the SLAPS and forearms return! Shota SLAPS Gabe down!! The fans are thunderous while Shota looms over Gabe. Gabe is dazed and Shota roars! Shota drags Gabe up, reels him in but Gabe kicks free! Gabe reels Shota in, but Shota wrenches out! Shota ROCKS Gabe, Gabe ROCKS Shota, then Gabe runs. Shota ELBOWS Gabe, runs, but Gabe LARIATS!

Gabe keeps moving, ducks ‘n’ dodges, REBOUND- NO, Shota ducks and shoves Gabe away. Shota then pops Gabe up, but Gabe BITES Shota’s face to stop the suplex! The ref reprimands but Gabe reels Shota in, SNAP PILEDRIVER!! Cover, TWO!!! Shota survives, and Gabe is actually amused! Gabe rises up, shaking his head. The fans duel, we pass 15 minutes, and Gabe drags Shota up. Gabe reels Shota in but then shoves him back, so he can DECK him! Gabe then flips Shota over for the LIONTAMER! Shota endures, reaches out, but Gabe digs that knee into Shota’s back to bend him!

Shota endures, even as Gabe digs in deep! Shota tells Gabe off even while he’s sideways! So Gabe lets Shota go to gut wrench and DOCTOR BOMB!! Cover, Gabe wins!!

Winner: Gabe Kidd, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Shota earns 0)

The Roughneck endured a lot in this match, but in the end, The Mad Man had more malice to give! Will Gabe continue to show how NJPW Strong he truly is? Can Shota recover to still bring about the Paradigm Shift?

 

G1 Climax 34 A Block: SANADA VS EVIL w/ Dick Togo!

Now this is a highly anticipated showdown! The Cold Skull and the King of Darkness will forever be connected, from their time in Los Ingobernables de Japon, their reigns as IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions, and from their battles over the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship. The G1 Climax is both their road back to that title, who blocks the other’s path to redemption?

Evil offers Sanada a House of Torture shirt? Evil wants Sanada to leave Just5Guys to join up with him? Sanada takes the shirt, tries it on, and clearly Evil chose the right size. Sanada shakes Evil’s hand?! Is he really defecting!? Evil gets the mic to tell Hiroshima, “We’ve been talking from the start. From today, say hello to Bullet Club: House of Torture’s Sanada! That old Sanada you love is gone.” The fans boo, but Evil tells Sanada that just like they promised, Sanada will let Evil win. Evil drops the mic, the bell rings, and Sanada lies down! Evil steps up, but Sanada drags him into a cradle! TWO!!

Evil is shocked, and Sanada RIPS the shirt off! Sanada tricked the trickster, then SHINING- NO, Evil gets away first! Evil is upset that Sanada lied to him, and says this should just be a No Contest! The fans boo but Evil rings the bell himself. Evil goes to leave, but Sanada pursues! Sanada CLUBS Evil, CLUBS Dick, then CLUBS Evil again. The fans cheer as Sanada drags Evil back into the ring, and he rings the bell to let everyone know this is still a match! Sanada stands Evil up, blocks a kick, and he trips Evil up! Sanada ties Evil up in Paradise! The fans cheer and Sanada says time for pictures! Then he DROPKICKS Evil outta Paradise!

The fans cheer, Evil writhes, and Sanada drags Evil up. Sanada wrenches Evil, wrenches again, then CLUBS the arm. Sanada whips, Evil reverses, then Evil gets in the ref’s face while Dick trips Sanada up! The fans boo but Dick gets away with that one. Evil tells off the fans but they tell Evil to go home. Evil smirks as he drags Sanada up, brings him around, and TOSSES him out! Evil then goes out after Sanada, and RAMS him into Abe-san! Evil’s strange vendetta continues, and he mockingly applauds while fans boo. Evil then leaves Sanada behind, and Sanada checks on Abe. Young Lions help Abe, and Evil unties the blue buckle pad.

The ref checks Sanada, and though Sanada clutches his back, he’s alright. Sanada stands, hobbles back up, but Evil BLASTS him off the apron! Sanada falls and hits railing, knocking Abe-san over again! Abe’s suffering more than usual, but Evil just soaks up all the heat. Evil taunts the fans, the ref starts a ring count but he doesn’t have Abe backing him up. Sanada is still down at 7 of 20, but the fans rally up. Sanada rises at 11, stands at 14, and slides in at 15. The fans cheer, but Evil is right on Sanada with a cocky cover. ONE, and Evil smirks. Evil drags Sanada up but Sanada fires body shots! Sanada fires haymakers, too!

Evil whips Sanada and surprise, bare buckles! The Bullet Club Special strikes again and the fans boo. The ref asks Dick what the heck, and Evil mocks the tranquilo! Evil covers, TWO! Another cover, TWO! A third cover, TWO!! Sanada escapes that deeper leg hook and Evil is frustrated. The fans rally, Evil paces, and he talks some trash. Evil steps on Sanada’s face, tells the fans to shut up, and then taunts Sanada more. Evil kicks Sanada around, but Sanada rises to CHOP! And CHOP! And CHOP again! Evil knees low, whips, but Sanada reverses and RUSSIAN LEG SWEEPS! The fans fire up while both men are down.

The fans rally as Sanada rises, and he stretches out his back before he brings Evil up. But Evil knees low! Evil runs but Sanada hurdles, hurdles and DROPKICKS! Evil tumbles out, Sanada storms up, and Sanada PLANCHAS! Down goes Evil, and the fans fire up! Sanada encourages them to get louder and louder and the fans oblige. But while the ref’s checking Evil, Dick kicks Sanada! Dick whips but Sanada reverses, and Dick hits railing hard! Dick falls over, Sanada makes the pecs dance, and Sanada goes back for Evil. Sanada drags Evil up and puts him in the ring. The fans cheer and Sanada covers, TWO!

Sanada stays cool while the fans rally again. Sanada paces, drags Evil up, but Evil fights the fireman’s carry! Evil pulls hair, the ref reprimands, and Sanada breaks free. Evil blocks Sanada’s kick, hands it to the ref and he mule kicks Sanada down! The fans boo but Evil smirks. Sanada goes to the red corner, Evil waits on him to get up, and Evil runs in to LARIAT! Then FISHERMAN BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Sanada stays in this and Evil is annoyed, but the fans rally up again. Evil drags Sanada up, fireman’s carries, but Sanada fights free. Evil rushes in, Sanada slips around, and O’Conner Rolls! Roll through into SKULL END!

Evil endures as Sanada squeezes tight! Evil kicks around, reaches out, but Sanada keeps him from ropes! Evil still tries, and he kicks his way over to the ROPEBREAK! The fans oddly cheer and Sanada lets go. Sanada takes his time, goes back for Evil, and he fireman’s carries. Evil fights free now, shoves Sanada at the rope, but then Sanada dodges! Evil avoids running into the ref, and Sanada kicks him low! Sanada whips, Evil reverses, but sends him into the ref! Down goes the ref and in comes Dick! The fans boo as Dick stomps away on Sanada! The fans tell Dick to go home but he and Evil stomp Sanada more.

Dick and Evil “put one out” on Sanada, then drag him up. They double whip him to the neutral corner, to then UPPERCUT, LARIAT and snapmare! Evil paces, seeing the ref is still down. Dick fetches a chair! Evil holds the chair up and fans boo. Evil taunts Sanada, Sanada slowly rises, and the fans rally. Sanada stands, but he dodges the chair shot! So Evil throws the chair at Sanada! Sanada catches the chair, dodges the lariat, then tosses the chair back! Evil catches it, and Sanada DROPKICKS the chair into him! Fans fire up, Dick gets up, but Sanada DROPKICKS him, too! The fans fire up more and Sanada aims from the corner.

Evil rises, Sanada runs in, SHINING WIZARD! Direct hit and Sanada calls to the ref! Sanada drags Evil up as the ref returns, and DEAD- NO, Evil slips free, shoves Sanada away, then uses the ref as a shield! Sanada pushes the ref aside, Evil LOW BLOWS! Evil drags Sanada up, but Sanada LOW BLOWS in return! The fans cheer as Evil tastes more of his own medicine! Both men are down and the fans rally for Sanada. Sanada sits up first, and runs up again, but Evil ducks the Shining Wizard! Fireman’s carry, DARKNESS FALLS! Cover, TWO! Sanada survives and the fans fire up again! Evil is frustrated but he slashes his throat.

Evil drags Sanada up, spins him around, EVERYTHING- NO, Sanada fights that! Sanada throws elbows, spins Evil around and puts him on ropes, MAGIC SCREW! Both men are down again and the fans rally up. Sanada kips up, drags Evil to a drop zone then goes up top, ROUNDING BODY PRESS! Cover, TWO!! Evil survives but Sanada just drags him back up. Clinch and- NO, Evil slips free, EVERY- NO! Sanada slips free and steals EVERYTHING IS EVIL!! Sanada sees Dick rise and DECKS him! Then Sanada PLANCHAS Dick down! The fans fire up and Sanada hurries back in after Evil!

Sanada roars at Evil to get up, and he runs in, BLINDSIDE WIZARD!! And then Sanada reloads, but Evil uses the ref as a shield! Sanada jumps over, avoids Everything, but then Evil LOW BLOW MULE KICKS!! And KAKU-EVIL!! Cover, EVIL WINS!!

Winner: Evil, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Sanada earns 0)

The King of Darkness’ newest weapon, the combination of “kakui” (cool, handsome, etc.) and “evil,” takes down The Cold Skull! Though he sure tried every other trick he had first… But at this rate, is there any stopping Evil now? Or will Darkness Fall on the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship once again?

 

G1 Climax 34 A Block: Tetsuya Naito VS Jake Lee!

Speaking of the IWGP World Heavyweight Champion, the most shocking thing in the G1 so far has been his 0-2 start! Is The Uncontrollable Charisma done owing people golden tickets? Or will he fail to get one over on this “Smart Bastard?”

Naito takes things even slower this time, perhaps hoping to frustrated Jake. Jake speeds things up by kicking the vest and coat out himself. So Naito throws his shirt down to make Jake kick that, too. Same with the leather belt. Naito takes care of the pants himself, though. The fans cheer now that Naito’s ready, and the bell rings. The fans rally for “NA-I-TO! NA-I-TO!” and Red Shoes assesses, it is definitely in Naito’s favor. Jake doesn’t let that bother him, and he conducts the choir of fans here in Hiroshima. The two slowly circle, then tie up. Jake’s height is his leverage and he pushes Naito onto the ropes.

Red Shoes calls for the break, and Jake slowly lets off. Jake puts Naito’s hands down by his side, and pats him on the shoulder. Naito reels back but Jake ROCKS him first! No spitting for Naito and Jake whips him to ropes. Naito tumbles and hits ropes, then falls back! Jake stomps away on Naito, stands him up to SPIT on him, then Jake TOSSES Naito out! Naito lands on his feet and walks away, but Jake storms out after him. Jake CLUBS Naito, CHOPS him, then brings him around the way. Jake has cameramen clear out so he can whip Naito. But Naito reaches out to grab the post and uses that to swing back into the ring!

Naito is tranquilo and the fans cheer! Jake kicks the railing in frustration and then storms into the ring. Jake blocks Naito’s arm-drag, whips him to ropes, but Naito reverses to kick, turn, stall, and NECKBREAKER! The fans rally while Jake clutches his neck. Naito sits Jake up and clamps on a chinlock. Naito digs his knee in and Jake endures. The fans rally, Jake pries at the chinlock, then reaches out for the ROPEBREAK! Naito lets off to stomp Jake, then CLUB away on him in the corner. Naito whips corner to corner, but Jake reverses! Jake runs in, Naito dodges, but then Jake BOOTS him! Naito staggers, Jake grabs him with both hands!

Jake lifts Naito for a HANGING CHOKE, then SLAM! The fans applaud that show of strength, and Jake shouts at them that Naito’s nothing! Naito bails out of the ring while fans cheer and jeer. Jake lets his hair down, goes out after Naito, and he drags Naito up. Jake wrenches, whips, and Naito hits railing hard! Naito flounders but Jake stalks him. Jake brings Naito through No Man’s Land, and SMACKS him off a chair! The fans rally but Jake looms over Naito. Jake drags Naito up, brings him back to ringside, then brings him up the ramp. Naito fires body shots but Jake still drags Naito along, and they go up to the stage!

Jake CLUBS Naito, reels him in, and suplexes! Naito kicks and flails to fight it off! Jake tries again but Naito resists, so Jake CLUBS Naito and DDTS him on the stage! Jake stands and mockingly applauds while he walks back down the ramp. The fans rally for Naito, the ring count finally starts, and Naito stirs at 5 of 20. Jake rolls in at 7, and Naito starts rolling down the ramp. Jake mocks the tranquilo while Naito crawls. The count passes 10 of 20, Naito still crawls. Naito stands at 15, stumbles and tumbles again at 17! Naito keeps moving, and springs in at 19.5! Jake is right on Naito for a snapmare and PENALTY KICK! Cover, TWO!

Jake clamps on with a SLEEPER! Naito flails but he’s already fading! The fans rally, Naito fights up, but Jake just squeezes tighter! Naito starts to fade again, and Jake thrashes him around! Naito reaches out, but Jake makes him sit back down. Jake feints running then KICKS Naito right in the chest! Cover, TWO! Another cover, TWO!! A third cover, TWO!!! Naito narrowly gets out of that and the fans fire up! Jake is annoyed, he SPITS at the fans, and the fans boo. Jake takes a bow, soaking up the heat like a gentleman. Jake drags Naito up, reels him in, and suplexes, but Naito slips free to waistlock!

Jake elbows free, runs, but into an atomic drop! Naito CLUBS Jake, CLUBS again, then whips. Naito ELBOWS Jake down then basement dropkicks him! The fans fire up while both men are down and we pass 10 minutes. Naito rises, brings Jake up then kicks and CLUBS him. Naito whips, Jake reverses but Naito holds ropes. Naito BOOTS Jake, gets around, shoves and ELBOWS him! Naito whips, ELBOWS again, then brings Jake in to turn, stall… and NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Naito keeps cool, and he clamps on a cravat. Naito has the neck wrench on, but Jake fights up. Jake fires body shots and forearms, but Naito hits back.

The forearms go back and forth and the fans rally up. Jake winds up to ROCK Naito again, again, and again! Then he DECKS Naito! Jake stands on Naito’s neck and laughs, not even bothered this won’t count as a cover. The fans boo but Jake steps off to flip everyone off. Jake drags Naito up, but Naito throws those heavy elbows! Naito ELBOWS Jake down and the fans fire up! Naito goes back for Jake, brings him up, and puts him in a corner for forearm after forearm. Naito hops up the corner, reels Jake in, but Jake breaks free! SUPER CHOKE SLAM! Naito is down, Jake rests in the corner, and the fans rally up.

Jake grins while the fans rally for “NA-I-TO!” Jake runs in, GIANT KING KNEE! Cover, TWO!! Naito survives and Jake is annoyed. Jake waits on Naito to rise, hand primed and ready. Naito stands, into the choke grip! CHOKE- NO, Naito slips free, stumbles, but gets around to ENZIGIRI! Jake staggers around, and CORRIENDO SHIKI- NO, Jake manages to smother Destino, so Naito RAMS him into a corner! Naito hoists Jake up top, as tall as he is, and then climbs. But Jake slips under to bring Naito off the corner! LAST- NO, Naito slips free! Naito ENZIGIRIS again, then whips! Jake reverses to kitchen sink KNEE!

Jake drags Naito up for a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO!! Naito survives falling from that high up and the fans are thunderous! Jake SPITS at them again! Jake aims as Naito is in the corner, FACE BREAK- NO, Naito dodges! And he ducks Jake’s roundhouse! Naito waistlocks, but Jake pries free. Naito fires forearm after forearm! Then ENZIGIRI again! Jake wobbles, Naito wrenches, but Jake KNEES low! And ROUNDHOUSES! Naito falls to his knees then the mat! Red Shoes checks, Naito is still conscious, and the fans rally up even harder. But Jake storms back up to choke grip! And CHOKE- DESTINO!!! Cover, NAITO WINS!!

Winner: Tetsuya Naito, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Jake earns 0)

The IWGP World Heavyweight Champion does NOT owe Jake Lee a golden ticket! The Madness Dark Side could not tear Naito down, will he just have to win the whole thing if he wants his title shot?

As for Naito, after catching his breath and getting his hat, he also gets the mic. “Buenas noches, Hiroshima~!” The fans cheer, and Naito says that Hiroshima is his home. The fans cheer that, too! Naito was motivated through that match to win in front of the people here and hold this mic right now. “I was thinking up to today what to say on the mic, but that match made me forget it all. So just tranquilo, assen na yo.” The fans cheer that, and Naito says that no matter how much he relaxes, it surely won’t come back to him, but he of course remembers the one thing he wants to do the most now that he’s home.

Naito wants to have a “chorus” with everyone here in Hiroshima. They should have the first roll call of this year’s G1 Climax. The fans cheer that! So then, Hiroshima, are you ready? The fans cheer, because they’re definitely ready. Then the third night of G1 Climax action can naturally only close with… “Bushi! Hiromu! Takagi! Titan! Yota! Y Naito! NOSOTROS! LOS! INGOBERRRRRNABLEEES~! DE! JA! PON!!” The fans cheer as Naito finally gets to have his say. But will Naito have to fight even harder if he wants to stay in the running for the playoffs? Or will he end up owing a few more tickets before the end of this?

 

Here are the NEW A Block standings!

Zack Sabre Jr: 3-0, 6 points
Evil: 3-0, 6 points
Shingo Takagi: 2-1, 4 points
Gabe Kidd: 2-1, 4 points
Tetsuya Naito: 1-2, 2 points
Jake Lee: 1-2, 2 points
Sanada: 1-2, 2 points
Callum Newman: 1-2, 2 points
Shota Umino: 1-2, 2 points
Great-O-Khan: 0-3, 0 points

 

Here are the NEW B Block standings!

Yuya Uemura: 2-0, 4 points
Henare: 2-0, 4 points
Konosuke Takeshita: 2-0, 4 points
Jeff Cobb: 1-1, 2 points
Boltin Oleg: 1-1, 2 points
Yota Tsuji: 1-1, 2 points
Ren Narita: 1-1, 2 points
David Finlay: 0-2, 0 points
Hirooki Goto: 0-2, 0 points
El Phantasmo: 0-2, 0 points


My Thoughts:

Another awesome night for NJPW, and I really don’t know why Cobb VS Konosuke had to wait until now. Unless Konosuke had to do something with AEW or even DDT Pro on Sunday? Well, either way, their match was great stuff, and I’m really surprised Konosuke won. Konosuke VS Cobb for the NJPW World TV Championship down the road could be a lot of fun. All of B Block is back in action on Thursday, with Konosuke in the main event against Yuya Uemura, so it’d be pretty wild if Konosuke won and got to talk.

A Block’s round three was great stuff. I figured ZSJ would win, even with how well Callum’s been doing. Great win for Takagi over Khan, but I’m just not sure he’ll return to the KOPW Division after this. Shota VS Gabe was certainly the most intense match of the night, they’ve got a good rivalry going. Gabe winning out was fitting, he can’t be losing too much as NJPW Strong Champion. Sanada VS Evil was really good, especially with that obvious swerve coming from Sanada. But Evil winning out because of cheating, that just seems to be how it is with House of Torture. They get strong starts in these round robins, but will lose out in the end.

And great main event, but it seems to be Naito’s thing right now to just be dominated and beat up by his opponents. Naito finally turns that around to win out, and it was definitely so Naito could have his moment here. It’s still early, he can make a run at the G1 Climax playoffs since the top three scores advance. The top seed gets a bye, then second and third must face off in wild card matches, so Naito could still squeak into the next round if he’s the third best. But at the same time, he won last year’s G1 and is the champ, he doesn’t have to win out this year. I’d personally make it ZSJ, because he is that good, and I want to see how he’ll customize the Right to Challenge briefcase.

My Score: 9/10


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