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Mitchell’s NJPW WTL x BOSJ Results & Report! (12/6/20)

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NJPW WTLBOSJ

World Tag League and Best of the Super Juniors reunite in round 9!

With just one round left each, NJPW’s round robins combine their forces into a massive round nine super show! Who will be the finalists in both WTL 2020 and BOSJ 27?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Best of the Super Juniors 27: Yuya Uemura VS Robbie Eagles; Eagles wins.
  • World Tag League 2020: EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi VS Bad Luck Fale & Chase Owens; Fale & Owens win.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 27: Ryusuke Taguchi VS DOUKI; Taguchi wins.
  • World Tag League 2020: HenarACE VS Guerrillas of Destiny; GOD wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 27: Master Wato VS Hiromu Takahashi; Hiromu wins.
  • World Tag League 2020: SANADA & Shingo Takagi VS The Empire; The Empire wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 27: SHO VS Taiji Ishimori; Ishimori wins.
  • World Tag League 2020: Toru Yano & Tomohiro Ishii VS Dangerous Tekkers; Dangerous Tekkers win.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 27: BUSHI VS El Desperado; Desperado wins.
  • World Tag League 2020: FinJuice VS Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI; FinJuice wins.

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Here are the current Best of the Super Juniors 27 standings!

El Desperado: 6-2
SHO: 6-2
Hiromu Takahashi: 6-2
Taiji Ishimori: 6-2
BUSHI: 4-4 [ELIMINATED]
Master Wato: 4-4 [ELIMINATED]
Ryusuke Taguchi: 3-5 [ELIMINATED]
Robbie Eagles: 3-5 [ELIMINATED]
DOUKI: 2-6 [ELIMINATED]
Yuya Uemura: 0-8 [ELIMINATED]

 

Here are the current World Tag League standings!

The Dangerous Tekkers: 5-3
SANADA & Shingo Takagi: 5-3
FinJuice: 5-3
Toru Yano & Tomohiro Ishii: 5-3
Guerrillas of Destiny: 5-3
YOSHI-HASHI & Hirooki Goto: 5-3
The Empire: 4-4
EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi: 3-5 [ELIMINATED]
Bad Luck Fale & Chase Owens: 2-6 [ELIMINATED]
HenarACE: 1-7 [ELIMINATED]

 

Best of the Super Juniors 27: Yuya Uemura VS Robbie Eagles!

Two men out of the running are battling for pride! Will the Young Lion go without a single win?

The bell rings and both men rush in! Uemura dodges the boot to run and run Eagles over! Eagles gets up and Uemura runs to run him over again! Things speed up, Eagles hurdles but Uemura blocks the hip toss. Eagles blocks Uemura’s counter, but Uemura blocks Eagles’ Turbo Backpack! Uemura gets an armbar takedown! Eagles gets the ropebreak fast and Uemura lets off. Fans fire up as Eagles CHOPS and knuckle locks Uemura. Eagles goes up and around to arm-drag, then he dodges and ducks Uemura’s clotheslines to headscissor! But Uemura holds on to BOSTON CRAB! Eagles again gets the ropebreak fast and Uemura lets off, to stomp Eagles down!

Uemura drags Eagles up but Eagles throws forearms. Uemura gives the forearms back and then runs. Eagles follows to rolling chop block! And blindside lariat! Fans cheer as Eagles catches his breath before the cover, TWO! Eagles drags Uemura up to KICK him in the chest! And KICK, and KICK, and KICK! Eagles runs to KICK Uemura down! Cover, TWO! Uemura sits up but Eagles brings him up for a scoop and slam! Eagles drops knees on Uemura’s head, then fans fire up as Eagles goes to the corner. Eagles goes up top, WARP 4- No, Uemura dodges the splash, then dodges the running knee. Uemura puts Eagles out but Eagles counter forearms!

Eagles springboards but Uemura dropkicks him out of the air! Uemura saw that move from Eagles’ other matches and was ready! Uemura whips Eagles corner to corner and hits a back elbow! Fans rally as Uemura fires off forearm after forearm! Uemura drags Eagles up, whips him corner to corner then runs in, to dropkick Eagles down! Cover, TWO! Uemura fires up and has the legs again! Eagles resists but Uemura still turns him over for the BOSTON CRAB! Eagles endures as Uemura sits back! Fans rally up as Eagles reaches and crawls, but Uemura drags him away! Uemura sits back more, but Eagles turns it around to kick Uemura away! Uemura is right on Eagles with a facelock but Eagles breaks out and knees low. Eagles kicks but Uemura catches it!

Uemura spins Eagles, waistlocks, but Eagles throws elbows. Uemura catches the arms but Eagles gets another ropebreak! The ref calls for the break, Uemura lets off, but then walks into Eagles’ elbow! Eagles boots Uemura away, goes back to the apron, and enziguris Uemura. Springboard, missile dropkick to the leg! Eagles fires up as he gets Uemura’s leg, but Uemura cradle counters! TWO, and Eagles trips Uemura up. Uemura rolls Eagles again, TWO! Eagles ROUNDHOUSES, HEEL KICKS and PE- NO! Uemura ducks and then runs, to CLOBBER Eagles!

Uemura drags Eagles back, wrenches and traps the arm, but Eagles CHOPS with the free hand. Uemura catches that, Eagles resists the suplex, so Uemura rolls makes it a modified jackknife! TWO!! Uemura swings, Eagles dodges, blocks, hooks, TURBO BACKPACK! Cover, TWO!! But Eagles gets the legs in the RON MILLER SPECIAL! Uemura endures, crawls, reaches, but Eagles drags him back! Uemura taps, Eagles wins!

Winner: Robbie Eagles, by submission; ends at 4-5, Uemura ends at 0-9

The Sniper of the Sky shoots down one last target! The Young Lion fought so hard in the BOSJ 27 as a substitute for Yoshinobu Kanemura, but could not score over his many senpai! Will this dishearten or strengthen the rookie’s resolve?

 

World Tag League 2020: EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi w/ Dick Togo VS Bad Luck Fale & Chase Owens!

Speaking of being out of the running, Bullet Club’s King of Darkness, Tokyo Pimp, Rogue General and Crown Jewel are without a prize to fight for. But given there’s been tension within the faction, will Bullet Club still (not) be fine after this?

Being this is all Bullet Club, Owens and Fale expect to join in on a group Low Sweet. They all throw it up, and the Low Sweet is honored. Perhaps Evil and Yujiro are more reasonable than Tama Tonga and Tonga Loa are. Owens and Yujiro start but Yujiro asks for the mic? “Chase, Pieter is coming now.” OMG really!? Yujiro’s vivacious valet is just a DISTRACTION! Yujiro rolls Owens up, TWO!! Owens says that’s not cool! You can’t tease us like that! Yujiro apologizes and lies down for Owens to make it up to him. Owens covers, TWO, and into a ghost pin! TWO! Owens is more upset now! Yujiro apologizes again, it was instinct.

Yujiro offers a handshake but Owens refuses, he can’t be trusted. Yujiro shakes hands with the ref to prove to Owens he’s cool. Owens accepts that, they shake hands, then Yujiro kicks Owens! Yujiro whips Owens and SURPRISE~! The buckle pad is loose! Owens gets bare buckles! First time it’s been the red corner. Fale runs in and Yujiro kicks low. Yujiro whips but Fale reverses and Yujiro gets buckles! Evil rushes in. Fale hits him and whips, but Evil stops himself from hitting buckles. Evil baits Fale in and Fale hits buckles! Evil distracts the ref, Dick gets Yujiro the Pimp Cane! Yujiro tosses it to Owens! Owens tosses it back, but Yujiro hurries to toss it back to him! It’s hot potato with the pimp cane!

Yujiro pretends he got hit! The ref sees Owens with the cane and assumes Owens did it! Owens defends his innocence, then grabs Yujiro, but Yujiro cradles! TWO, and Owens kicks and forearms Yujiro. Owens runs, but Dick trips him up! Evil distracts the ref again, but Fale is after Evil! The ref sees Dick and the choker is spoiled! Owens shoves Yujiro into Dick and rolls Yujiro up! And uses the ropes for leverage! Fale and Owens win!!

Winners: Chase Owens & Bad Luck Fale, by pinfall; end at 3-6, Evil & Yujiro end at 3-6

That’s why you don’t cheat! You’ll only get cheated back! But will Jay White like that Yujiro got some karma? Or will he worry that Bullet Club is being divided?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 27: Ryusuke Taguchi VS DOUKI!

The Funky Weapon just showed a side we hadn’t seen as he did his best to take down the Timebomb! But Taguchi is on the outside looking in, will he take his frustrations out on Japones del Mal?

The second Taguchi gets in the ring, Douki swings his pipe! Taguchi dodges, kicks back and runs, but Douki SMACKS the hip attack with the pipe! Taguchi tumbles out of the ring while the ref reprimands and confiscates the pipe. The bell rings, Douki whips Taguchi into railing! Douki drags Taguchi up and brings him up to POST the funky weapon’s front end! Taguchi writhes but fans rally up. Douki leaves Taguchi behind and the ring count climbs. The count reaches 9 before Taguchi gets up. Taguchi throws his shirt off and walks off the pain to get in at 18! Douki stomps Taguchi, drags him up and scoops for a slam! Douki runs and runs to DOUBLE STOMP! Cover, TWO!

Taguchi survives, still sore in the groin. Douki slaps Taguchi around then brings Taguchi up. Taguchi throws a hard body shot, then CHOPS! Douki knees low but not too low, and then suplexes Taguchi up. Taguchi slips out, waistlocks, but Douki elbows him away! Douki runs in at the corner but Taguchi boots him away! Taguchi runs at Douki but Douki gives the funky weapon an atomic drop! Douki runs, Taguchi somersaults but Douki avoids the hip attack! Douki taunts Taguchi, runs, but into the SPINNING HIP ATTACK! Fans are fired up as Taguchi sees Douki outside. Taguchi builds speed and FLIES! Taguchi takes down Douki at the ramp and fans fire up more!

Taguchi drags Douki up, puts him in the ring and aims from the apron. Fans rally up as Taguchi springboards, MISSILE HIP! Cover, TWO! Taguchi drags Douki back up and fans rally as he suplexes! Uno amigo! Dos amigos! Douki fights the third amigo off and rakes Taguchi’s eyes! Douki whips, Taguchi reverses but Douki sunset flips! Taguchi stays up, and pulls down the pants! Taguchi sits down to cover, TWO! OH MY ANKLE! Douki rolls to throw Taguchi off, and blocks the boots to pop Taguchi into the Gory Especial! DODON NO JUTSU! Cover, TWO!! Taguchi survives but Douki vows to end it! Douki goes to the apron, aims and slingshots, DAY-

NO! Taguchi counters to a gourd buster! Taguchi goes to the corner and powers up, oh and pulls his pants back up. “ORAYO!” BUM- NO! Douki rolls Taguchi to the ITALIAN STRETCH #32! Taguchi moves around and gets the ropebreak! Douki lets go at the ref’s count of 3 and goes back to the apron. Taguchi rises, Douki slingshots, DAYBREAK! Cover, TWO! Taguchi survives and Douki is furious, but Douki also has something more to try! Fans rally up as Douki drags Taguchi into the wheelbarrow. But Taguchi rolls and gets OH MY ANKLE LOCK! Douki flounders around, Taguchi cranks harder, then reels Douki in, DODON-

NO! Douki rolls, slips around and gets the ITALIAN STRETCH! Taguchi manages to stay up and move around, but Douki rolls him from ropes. Taguchi slips out to get OH MY ANKLE LOCK! Taguchi drags Douki around, Douki kicks but Taguchi still holds on! Douki flails, reaches, claws over to the ropes, but Taguchi drags him away again! Chicken wings and DODON BUSTER!! Cover, Taguchi wins!!

Winner: Ryusuke Taguchi, by submission; ends at 4-5, Douki ends at 2-7

And in total, Taguchi breaks through the 69 barrier! As proud as he was to have 69, there must always come a time when you leave 69 behind. Will Taguchi prove he can still score even though his BOSJ run is over for the year?

 

World Tag League 2020: HenarACE VS Guerrillas of Destiny!

Hiroshi Tanahashi and Toa Henare are at the bottom, but they could drag Tama Tonga and Tonga Loa down in the final round! Will GOD stay alive, only to watch their fate be put in the hands of others?

HenarACE makes their entrance first, only to be attacked by GOD from behind! Tama and Loa aren’t waiting for the bell as they beat down Tanahashi and Henare! Tama drags Tana out of his jacket and throws knees! The bell rings as Loa tries Henare’s jacket on for himself, and likes it. Tama puts Tanahashi in and he grabs a leg. Tama stomps away on the leg while Loa clubs Henare on the outside. Tama hits a leg DDT! Fans rally, “Let’s Go Ace!” but Tama drags Tanahashi around to hook up the legs, in a SHARPSHOOTER! Tanahashi endures but Henare gets in to throw forearms on Tama!

Tama holds on even as Henare keeps hitting him, and then he SPITS at Henare! So Henare HEEL KICKS Tama! Now Tanahashi is free but Loa gets in to clobber Henare! Loa flexes then drags Henare up. Henare throws forearms back so the two brawl! Loa forearms, Henare forearms, repeat and the fans fire up! Loa throws more forearms, but Henare HAMMERHEADBUTTS! Loa HEADBUTTS back! They BOTH headbutt! Hammerhead and Silver Back stagger, but Loa kicks. Henare blocks to elbow, but Loa enziguris! Loa runs, but Henare spins him to SAMOAN DROP! Tama CLOBBERS Henare from behind!

Tama whips Henare to ropes but Henare reverses, and HenarACE double elbow, to Tomahawk Elbow combo! And flex! Fans fire up as HenarAce coordinate, SLING SWEEP! Tanahashi DECKS Jado, blocks Tama’s kick and DRAGON SCREWS! Tanahashi drags Tama around and has the legs, for the CLOVERLEAF! Tama endures, Jado distracts and Loa SMACKS Tanahashi’s bad leg with the kendo stick! Tama gets Tanahashi’s legs and has the SHARPSHOOTER again! Loa sends Henare into railing to keep him away! Tanahashi TAPS, GOD wins!!

Winners: Guerrillas of Destiny, by submission; end at 6-3, HenarACE ends at 1-8

And it’s over already!? Tama won’t let go but Young Lions get in. Tama throws them aside and Loa uses the kendo stick on them! Tama lets go of Tanahashi when he’s satisfied, and GOD still have a path open to the finals. But will that path be blocked by the end of the night?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 27: Master Wato VS Hiromu Takahashi!

The Way of the Grandmaster was knocked off course, but he could do the same to the Timebomb! Will Wato spoil things for Hiromu this close to the finals?

The bell rings and Wato rushes Hiromu to dynamic dropkick! Hiromu sits up but Wato KICKS and KICKS from all sides! Hiromu blocks a kick but Wato SLAPS free, then shotgun dropkicks Hiromu out! Wato runs but Hiromu gets in to deny the flight! Hiromu comes back to sunset flip! Wato can’t hold on and the POWERBOMB hits! Fans cheer as the ref checks on both men. That wasn’t the cleanest bomb but Hiromu gets up and walks it off. Hiromu drags Wato up to whip him into railing! And then into more railing! Hiromu says Tenzan should watch this, as he JOHN WOO SHOTGUNS Wato into more railing! Fans fire up as Hiromu looms over Wato.

The ring count begins and Hiromu puts Wato in at 5 of 20. Hiromu kneels on Wato for a cover, TWO! Hiromu drags Wato back up, fireman’s carries, but Wato pops up! Hiromu shoves him away and clotheslines at the ropes! Hiromu runs and shotgun dropkicks again! Cover, TWO! Hiromu keeps his cool as he stomps Wato around. Fans rally up and Wato throws forearms! Hiromu eggs him on and Wato throws more forearms, but Hiromu ROCKS him with one! Hiromu mocks Tenzan’s flailing but Wato blocks the chops to ROCK him back! Wato whips, Hiromu reverses and runs in to corner clothesline! Hiromu rolls Wato but runs into the back elbow, back hand and SOBAT!

Both men are down, fans fire up, and Wato rises. Wato drags Hiromu up, whips and dropkicks! Hiromu bails out and Wato builds speed, TORNILLO! Direct hit at the ramp! Fans fire up with Wato and he drags Hiromu up. Wato puts Hiromu in, aims from the apron, and springboards, FLYING UPPERCUT! Cover, TWO! Wato drags Hiromu up, wrenches and reels him in, but Hiromu fights out of the Mouse Trap to fireman’s carry! Wato fights out of that to spin, but Hiromu ducks the back hand to ROCK Wato with a forearm! Hiromu runs but into another sobat, and Wato ROUNDHOUSES him down! Fans fire up as Wato brings Hiromu back up and in, MOUSE TRAP DRIVER! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up as Wato fires up.

Hiromu anchors Wato’s foot so Wato drags him around to stomp him. Wato then goes to the corner, climbs up top, but Hiromu gets up to hit him first! Hiromu CHOPS, climbs, and throws forearms on Wato. Wato throws forearms back, then adjusts to sunset flip! Hiromu holds on but can’t, so he tries to huricanrana! Wato blocks to hit the JUMBO SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! Wato is frustrated but he climbs back up top! R P P FLOPS!! Hiromu avoids the corkscrew and both men are down again. Fans rally and Wato drags Hiromu back up. Hiromu breaks free but Wato BACK HANDS him!

Wato scoops, Hiromu slips out and suplexes, but Wato fights that off. Hiromu ROCKS Wato with a forearm then SUPERKICKS! Hiromu runs, into a boot! Wato runs, into a LARIAT, but he stays up!? Fans fire up, Hiromu runs but Wato dodges to come back, Hiromu LARIATS him down this time! But Wato just gets back up! Hiromu runs and runs to LARIAT again!! Cover, TWO!! Fans fire up as Hiromu drags Wato back up and into a fireman’s carry. Wato fights free, dragon sleeper but Hiromu slips out to VICTORIA! Cover, TWO!! Wato survives and Hiromu is shocked! Hiromu’s anger boils up and fans rally.

Hiromu brings Wato back up and fireman’s carries, for a CORNER DEATH VALLEY! Hiromu just fires up more and fans fire up with him! Another fireman’s carry, but Wato sunset flips out! TWO!!! Wato almost caught Hiromu there, but Hiromu drags Wato into a dragon sleeper! Hiromu lifts, for TIMEBOMB 2!! Cover, Hiromu wins!!

Winner: Hiromu Takahashi, by pinfall; ends at 7-2, Wato ends at 4-5

There is still time on the Timebomb’s clock! But will he be defused by someone else’s victory?

 

World Tag League 2020: SANADA & Shingo Takagi VS The Empire!

Other members of Los Ingobernables are now in action! Cold Skull and The Dragon pride themselves on having competed this entire three-day weekend, but will that come back to haunt them? Will Great-O-Khan and Jeff Cobb conquer LIJ for the glory of Ospreay’s Empire?

The Empire doesn’t move as LIJ enters the ring and takes off their entrance attire. Takagi says he’ll start, but then the Empire strikes! Cobb is after Takagi and Khan is after Sanada! Cobb stomps Takagi while Khan Mongolian CHOPS Sanada! The Empire whips LIJ at each other but they stop, and then send the Empire into each other instead! Sanada dropkicks Khan down then helps Takagi whip Cobb. They double elbow, drop elbow after elbow, then Takagi sentons! Sanada clubs Khan, LIJ whips him and Takagi clotheslines Khan at ropes. Takagi snapmares Khan for Sanada’s basement dropkick! Fans fire up with Takagi as he clubs Cobb.

Cobb gets up and stares Takagi down as fans rally, “L I J!” Takagi throws forearms but Cobb just tanks them. Takagi kicks low but Cobb fights off the scoop. Cobb clubs Takagi, suplexes, but Takagi slips out to waistlock. Cobb elbows but Takagi ducks and kicks. Takagi goes to whip but Cobb blocks and reverses, then catches Takagi on the rebound for a HUGE OVERHEAD SUPLEX! Cobb drags Takagi over, tags Khan in and the Empire stomps Takagi down. Khan drags Takagi up for an arm triangle but Takagi elbows out. Khan judo throws Takagi down and gets the arm triangle again! Takagi endures as Khan leans on the hold. Takagi kicks and flails, starts to fade, but gets the ropebreak!

Khan lets go at the ref’s count, but then he knees on Takagi’s head! The ref reprimands and Khan stands up. Khan waistlocks and dead lifts Takagi, to ram him into the Empire’s corner! Khan then climbs up to sit on Takagi’s head! The ref reprimands but Khan taunts Sanada. Khan pulls on the arms, the ref counts, Khan lets off at 4. Takagi sputters and Khan walks around. Khan drags Takagi up but fans rally up. Khan grinds Takagi’s face into his boot laces! Takagi fights free but Khan gives toying kicks. Khan dares Takagi to hit him, so Takagi throws forearms! And CHOPS! Khan stays put and Mongolian CHOPS! And chops! Takagi blocks to CHOP back! And ROCK Khan with an uppercut!

Khan holds off the suplex, throws body shots and suplexes, but Takagi resists and suplexes Khan instead! Fans fire up, Takagi crawls and tags in Sanada! Sanada throws forearms on Khan, Cobb clubs Sanada! The ref reprimands but the Empire mugs Sanada. The Empire double whips Sanada, Khan runs in but Sanada dodges to dropkick Cobb’s legs out! Sanada blocks a boot and drags Khan down, into Paradise! Sanada PLANCHAS Cobb down! Fans fire up, Sanada encourages them to get louder and they get much louder! Sanada returns to dropkick Khan out of Paradise! Cover, TWO! Sanada drags Khan back up, fans rally but Khan blocks the fireman’s carry. Khan clubs then Mongolian CHOPS!

Khan whips, Sanada elbows back then QUEBRADAS, to the dragon sleeper! Takagi intercepts Cobb to put him in one, DOUBLE DRAGON SLEEPERS! Takagi lets Cobb go, Sanada knees Khan down, then LIJ puts Khan in a corner. They whip him corner to corner, Sanada elbows, Takagi clotheslines, calm-fury combo! DROPKICK SAIDO! Cover, TWO! Sanada keeps focus as he drags Khan back up. Sanada fireman’s carries but Khan slips out. Sanada fights the waistlock off and whips. Khan reverses, Sanada goes up and out to springboard up and over! Sanada ducks but runs into a judo throw! Khan tags Cobb in and Cobb dead lift waistlocks!

Sanada fights that off with elbows, dodges Cobb to huricanrana, but Cobb blocks! Cobb brings Sanada up, Sanada gets Cobb with the rana this time! Fans fire up as Sanada tags in Takagi! Takagi blocks a boot to corner clothesline! Cobb resists the suplex and runs, but Takagi elbows him back! And LARIATS! Fans fire up and clap, “OI! OI! OI!” for Takagi. Takagi powers up and runs, SLIDING- Cobb tanks the lariat to arm triangle! And EXPLODER! Khan DECKS Sanada! The Empire regroups and whips Takagi corner to corner, then Khan whips Cobb in. BIG back elbow, and then Cobb gut wrench suplexes Takagi! Khan gut wrench suplexes Takagi back the other way!

Cobb gives Takagi a gut wrench BOMB! Cover, Sanada breaks it! Khan stomps Sanada, throws him out, and has Cobb handle Takagi. Cobb brings Takagi up, whips him, but Takagi holds ropes. Cobb runs in but Takagi boots him! Takagi calls for Sanada but he’s busy with Khan. Takagi BOOTS Cobb, Sanada springboards in to missile dropkick Cobb down! Khan gets back in, gets around and CLAW SLEEPERS! ELIMINATOR CLAW SLAM! Takagi dodges Khan to PUMPING BOMBER! Takagi fires off forearms on Cobb from all sides, but Cobb JABS! Takagi JABS! Cobb SUPERKICKS, Takagi LARIATS! Cobb HEADBUTTS!

Cobb fires up, runs, but Takagi clotheslines him at ropes! Takagi keeps going, Cobb dodges, REBOUND GERMAN!! Khan returns and BOOTS Takagi down! Khan drags Takagi up, and feeds him to the TOUR OF THE ISLANDS!! Cover, The Empire wins!!

Winners: The Empire, by pinfall; ends 5-4, LIJ ends at 5-4

Khan and Cobb have just spoiled LIJ’s run!! Even if other teams were to drop to 5-4, the Empire has the leg up on Sanada and Takagi! Will this mean the Dominator and Hawaiian Hulk become finalists?! For that matter, will Cobb look to take the NEVER Openweight Championship from Takagi?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 27: SHO VS Taiji Ishimori!

This is a very pivotal match placed at a very pivotal time! With the finals being made of the top two in the block, the winner here could have their foot in the door! Will High Voltage shock the Bone Soldier? Or will the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion keep his fate in his own hands?

The bell rings and Sho runs Ishimori over! Fans cheer as Sho drags Ishimori up but Ishimori rakes eyes! Ishimori CHOPS Sho, whips him corner to corner but Sho reverses. Ishimori slips out, slides under and slips out again to shoulde rin. Sho gets under the springboard, puts Ishimori back out and sweeps the legs! Sho runs to dropkick Ishimori off the apron! Then Sho goes to the apron himself, but Ishimori blocks the penalty kick to trip Sho up! Ishimori catches his breath and gets back on the apron. Sho throws forearms first, then waistlocks, to APRON GERMAN! But Ishimori lands on his feet!? And enziguris! For an APRON PILEDRIVER!!

The ref checks on Sho and somehow Sho’s still conscious, and even more surprising, able to continue! Ishimori puts Sho in, rolls him to the omoplata and the YES LOCK! Sho endures despite what just happened to his head and neck, and he reaches out with a leg. Fans rally, Sho crawls over, and gets the ropebreak! The ref counts, Ishimori lets go at 4, and keeps his cool as he looms over Sho. Ishimori drags Sho up but Sho throws forearms first! Ishimori throws forearms and elbows of his own, runs, but Sho dodges only for Ishimori to boot! Ishimori runs, Sho runs and redirects to SPEAR Ishimori down! Fans cheer as Sho has evened things up!

Ishimori goes to a corner, Sho runs in and clotheslines! Sho whips but Ishimori reverses, only for Sho to reverse back and KICK, KICK and KICK! Fans fire up as Sho grits his teeth and waits for Ishimori to sit up, to KICK him down! Cover, TWO! Sho drags Ishimori back up, wrenches to elbow breaker after elbow breaker! Ishimori avoids the penalty kick to his arm, Sho reverses the whip, Ishimori handsprings but Sho KICKS the arm after all! Sho drags Ishimori up, reels him in, but Ishimori pops out. Sho kicks low then runs, but into the JUMPING KNEE! Sho stumbles into the corner, Ishimori runs corner to corner to METEORA!

Ishimori throws Sho to center and runs at him to tilt-o-whirl but Sho blocks! Sho has the arm, drags Ishimori down, and gets the KIMURA! Ishimori endures as Sho cranks harder on the arm! Fans rally, Ishimori fights and moves around, but Sho stays in front of him. Sho gator rolls and has the arms crossed! Ishimori resists the lift to back drop out! Both men are down and fans rally up. Sho and Ishimori rise, Ishimori crawls over, and he throws the first forearm. Sho forearms back so Ishimori hits again. The forearms go back and forth as the two stand, and fans rally up as they pick up speed. Ishimori gets the edge but Sho KICKS the arm!

Ishimori LARIATS with the good arm but Sho stays up. LARIATS collide, and again! Sho runs, Ishimori dodges and RUNNING DESTROYERS! But Sho gets up to dodge and REBOUND GERMAN! Both men are down again and fans are fired up all over again! Sho gets to ropes and stands up. Sho hobbles and wobbles over to Ishimori and brings him up, but Ishimori CHOPS! Sho KICKS the arm, throws forearms from all sides, and fans fire up! Sho ROCKS Ishimori, runs, and LARIATS him down! The energy is building for High Voltage and he drags Ishimori up. Sho reels him in, lifts and POWER BREAKERS! Cover, TWO!!

Ishimori survives and Sho grows frustrated, but Sho takes aim with his bow! Sho drags Ishimori up and reels him back in, to double pump handle! SHOCK- NO! Ishimori slips out and half hatches, but Sho denies the Bloody Cross to get the pop up ARMBAR! Ishimori flails, tries to turn over but Sho keeps him down! Ishimori shifts, makes it a cover, TWO! BONE LOCK!! Sho endures, fans rally, but Ishimori cranks on the hold! Sho kicks and gets up so Ishimori rolls him from ropes! Sho denies Bloody Cross again to scoop! Ishimori slips out, Sho spins it around, CROSS ARM DRIVER!! Cover, TWO!! Ishimori survives and Sho fires himself up!

Sho takes aim with the bow, brings Ishimori back up, double pump handles and… SHOCK- NO! Ishimori body scissors and guillotines! Sho stays up but he’s fading! The ref checks and fans rally, and Sho gets a second wind! Suplex, but Ishimori slips out to backbreaker! BLOODY SUNDAY!! Cover, TWO!! Sho survives and fans are thunderous! Ishimori is furious and he drags Sho up! Half hatch, BLOODY CROSS!!! Cover, Ishimori wins!!

Winner: Taiji Ishimori, by pinfall; ends 7-2, Sho ends at 6-3

The IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion stays alive! But only for now! With Hiromu also 7-2 and having that early win over Ishimori, it all comes down to the last match of the BOSJ’s ninth round! Will Desperado fall to help Ishimori rise?

 

World Tag League 2020: Toru Yano & Tomohiro Ishii VS Dangerous Tekkers!

The Producer and the Pitbull are hoping to secure a shot at the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions, even without being in the WTL finals! But will Yano have a trick up his sleeve that even the Sliest Wrestler and Submission Master won’t see? Wait, why does that sound familiar?

Yano is again impatient during the checks. Taichi makes the pecs dance even as Yano complains. Yano loses his cool and unties a buckle pad! Red Shoes reprimands but ZSJ is doing the same as Yano! Ishii and Taichi tie up, the bell rings, Taichi waistlocks but Ishii ducks and Yano SMACKS Taichi with the pad! Ishii stops ZSJ from untying his then whips him at Yano. But ZSJ reverses and it’s Ishii who gets the SMACK! ZSJ sunset flips Yano, cover, TWO!! Yano escapes, ZSJ gets him for an ARMBAR TAKEDOWN! Yano makes it a cover, TWO!! ZSJ healdocks, Yano powers out but ZSJ hooks him!

Yano goes around with ZSJ but the IRON OCTOPUS still hooks on! Yano pops out and hip tosses ZSJ down! Yano whips, ZSJ reverses and Taichi trips Yano! ZSJ ghost pins, TWO!! Ishii knocks Taichi down as Yano drop toeholds ZSJ onto ropes, Ishii forearms ZSJ back! Yano rolls ZSJ up, TWO!! Fans cheer and Yano stomps ZSJ. Yano complains to Red SHoes about the count but bumps ZSJ off buckles. Yano whips ZSJ corner to corner but ZSJ reverses. Yano stops himself from hitting bare buckles, baits ZSJ in but ZSJ stops himself. ZSJ baits Yano back in and sends him into buckles! Yano blocks the EuroClutch and feeds ZSJ to Ishii’s suplex!

ZSJ slips out and full nelsons, but Ishii boots Taichi. Ishii sends Taichi into ZSJ, Yano rolls ZSJ up, TWO! ZSJ hooks Yano, turns so that Ishii’s lariat hits Yano, and then backslides! Cover, TWO!! Yano escapes and flops out of the ring and fans are thunderous! Taichi whips Ishii into railing, ZSJ goes out but Yano POSTS him! Yano drags ZSJ up and tells Red Shoes to shut up. Yano uses the apron skirt to wrap ZSJ up, but ZSJ grabs Yano’s ears! ZSJ frees himself and then puts Yano in the skirt roll! ZSJ drags Yano down and leaves him behind to get in the ring! The ring count climbs as the Tekkers regroup.

Yano works to free himself from the human sushi, but Ishii just drags him up and puts him in at 17! The Tekkers stand on Yano’s chest and Red Shoes reprimands. Yano is freed of the apron skirt and ZSJ puts Yano in the corner. The Tekkers dig their boots into Yano, Red Shoes counts, the Tekkers put their hands up. No that’s not the problem! Red Shoes counts again, Tekkers still put their hands up. Red Shoes counts and this time the Tekkers step away. ZSJ and Taichi give toying kicks to Yano, then ZSJ pulls Yano up by his ears! Red Shoes reprimands the ear wrenching, ZSJ stops to throw a EuroUpper! Yano pulls hair, ZSJ throws another EuroUpper!

ZSJ runs, into an atomic drop! Yano dodges the clothesline to throw ZSJ by his hair! Fans cheer as both men are down and stirring. Yano and ZSJ crawl, hot tags to Ishii and Taichi! Ishii dodges the boot but Taichi dodges the clothesline. Ishii ducks the roundhouse and waistlocks. Taichi elbows but Ishii forearms! Ishii whips, Taichi reverses and then boots Ishii! Ishii stays up, roars and runs to ram Taichi! Taichi kicks, runs but Ishii runs him over! Taichi is up to BOOT Ishii but Ishii is right up to ram shoulders again! Ishii CHOPS, Taichi KICKS, repeat! Fans rally as they pick up speed, and Taichi gets the edge.

Taichi whips Ishii, Ishii reverses and Yano trips Taichi! Ishii DECKS ZSJ, Yano drags Taichi up. Yano whips Taichi to a corner, runs in but misses! GAMANGIRI! Taichi dodges Ishii, ZSJ runs in to EuroUpper! Taichi sobats, ZSJ PENALTY KICKS! Ishii sits up, BUZZSAW from Taichi! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up again as Taichi and Ishii are down! Fans rally up, Taichi rises and runs, but Ishii blocks the bomber to headbutt! Taichi ENZIGURIS Ishii down! ZSJ returns, drags Ishii up by his ears, and Taichi takes off the pants! But Yano gets in to shove Taichi into bare buckles! Yano dodges ZSJ and ZSJ gets bare buckles! Yano grabs both Tekkers by the hair, and feeds them to Ishii’s DOUBLE LARIATS!

Fans fire up with Chaos as Yano drags Taichi back up. Yano whips, Taichi reverses but Yano holds ropes. Yano dodges Taichi, Ishii clotheslines! Yano BELLY2BELLY, SLIDING LARIAT from Ishii! Cover, ZSJ breaks it in time! Yano throws ZSJ out hard, Ishii fires up and fans rally! Ishii drags Taichi up while Yano stands on ZSJ. Yano whips ZSJ to railing, Ishii runs at Taichi, but Taichi boots him first! Ishii swats the lariat but swings into a waistlock! Ishii fights off Dangerous saido! Taichi sobats, Ishii forearms! Taichi AX BOMBERS, but Ishii stays up to HEADBUTT! Ishii fires up and so do the fans! Ishii runs, Taichi stands, LARIAT from Ishii! Cover, TWO!!

Taichi survives but Ishii drags him up. Ishii suplexes, Taichi fights out and feeds to ZSJ’s boot! ZSJ scoops, Ishii slips out but ZSJ switches on the waistlock! Yano sneaks in, but ZSJ blocks the low blow! ZSJ hooks the arm for a TWIST! Ishii swats ZSJ, Taichi ROUNDHOUSES Ishii! ZSJ EuroUppers, Taichi ROCKS Ishii, then the scoop, TENSHOU ZACK DRIVER!! Yano returns, to get TENSHOU JUJIHOU!! Tekkers drag Ishii back up, Alabama lift, ZACK MEPHISTO!! Cover, Tekkers win!!

Winners: Dangerous Tekkers, by pinfall; end at 6-3, Yano & Ishii end at 5-4

The IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions are still in this! But with three teams having wins over them, will Taichi and ZSJ still be squeezed out of the finals?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 27: BUSHI VS El Desperado!

This is it! We’ve seen how the rest of the block has played out. And all Bushi has to do to keep Desperado out of the finals is not lose! Will Narazumono (Rogue) Luchador keep his run alive against Death Mask?

The bell rings and Bushi slowly circles with Desperado. Fans rally as the two appraoch, and Desperado kicks low. Desperado clubs, CHOPS, and whips, but Bushi holds ropes. Bushi baits Desperado in, dumps him out then builds speed, but fakes Desperado out to SLINGSHOT RANA! Fans cheer and Bushi drags Desperado up to whip him into railing! And into more railing! Bushi stalks Desperado around the way, drags him back up and puts him in the ring, which fans cheer. Bushi takes off his shirt to choke Desperado with it! Red Shoes reprimands but Bushi stomps Desperado down.

Bushi puts Desperado in a corner, stomps and whips him, but Desperado reverses to run in! Bushi slips out, but Desperado slides under to drag Desperado out! Now Desperado sends Bushi into railing! Desperado has media move aside so he can whip Bushi into even more railing! Bushi goes down in a heap and Desperado walks by to taunt commentary. Desperado snatches one of Milano’s pens! But Desperado hides it from Red Shoes, to then JAM IT in Bushi’s face! Desperado throws the pen away as Red Shoes reprimands. The ring count starts, Desperado goes in at 2 but Bushi staggers up at 8 of 20. Bushi hobbles, gets to the ring and inside at 14.

Desperado is on Bushi and his leg for a SHIN BREAKER! And then a splash onto the knee! And then knee drops onto the knee! Cover, TWO! Desperado is annoyed but he stalks Bushi to a corner. Desperado jams knees into Bushi’s knee, pulls on the leg, then puts the leg on ropes for a springboard sit down! Fans rally for Bushi but Desperago wags his finger. Desperado hooks the leg up and has the butterfly deathlock! Bushi endures, Desperado mockingly applauds, then adds pressure to the hold. Desperado mockingly asks what’s wrong as Bushi endures. Bushi drags himself and Desperado over and Desperado eggs him on.

Bushi gets the ropebreak, and Desperado says he needs help undoing the hold. “GOMEN!” Knee drop to the knee! Desperado stalks Bushi as fans rally up. Bushi throws body shots and forearms, but Desperado kicks the bad leg! Desperado suplexes, Bushi slips out and fires off forearms. Bushi catches Desperado’s clothesline and spins him to a DDT! Both men are down, fans rally up and Bushi heads after Desperado. Bushi throws forearms and whips but Desperado reverses. Bushi boots Desperado away and then missile dropkicks! And even Bushiroonis! Bushi hobbles over to Desperado and drags him up to suplex and hang Desperado out to dry.

Bushi CLUBS Desperado, goes to the corner and missile dropkicks him down! Bushi drags Desperado up and through the ropes, APRON DDT! Desperado tumbles down and fans fire up! Bushi builds speed, and DIVES! Direct hit sends Desperado into railing! But Bushi keeps going, anotehr DIVE! Desperado hits railings again and both men are down! The ring count returns and is up to 7 before either sits up. Bushi is up at 13, hobbles and gets in the ring at 15. Desperado is still out!? But he revives at 19 to spring in at 19.5!! Bushi lifts but Desperado tries to back drop! Bushi stops that, so Desperado trips him to get the STRETCH MUFFLER!

Bushi moves around, is so close but Desperado drags him away! Bushi manages to power out and fans fire up! Desperado hobbles over and kicks the leg, but runs into a dropkick! Bushi drags Desperado up, FISHERMAN SCREW! Cover, TWO! Bushi goes to a corner and fans rally up. Desperado rises, Bushi aims and runs, CODE- NO! Desperado throws Bushi, hooks the leg, and drags Bushi down to the MOUSE TRAP! TWO!! Bushi escapes and fans cheer while Desperado is furiously shouting! Desperado stomps Bushi, drags him up, Guitarra but Bushi slips out! Bushi waistlocks. Desperado switches and shoves him at Red Shoes!

Bushi stops himself, but sees the right hand coming and ENZIGURIS first! Fans fire up as Bushi goes back to a corner. Bushi aims at Desperado as he slowly rises. Bushi runs in, CODE BREAKER! Bushi doesn’t cover, he drags Desperado up, DESTROYER!! Cover, TWO?!? Desperado survives but Bushi isn’t done yet! Fans rally as Bushi climbs and aims from another corner. Bushi calls for it, leaps at Desperado, SPINEBUSTER! To STRETCH MUFFLER! Desperado reaches for an arm as Bushi reaches for ropes! Fans rally as Bushi crawls and claws, but Desperado drags him away and cranks on the leg!

Desperado leans on the hold but Bushi endures and powers up! Fans rally but Desperado rolls and gets the arms! NUMERO DOS!! Bushi still endures, but he can’t hold on! Bushi verbally quits and Desperado wins!!

Winner: El Desperado, by pinfall; ends at 7-2, Bushi ends at 4-5

The IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champion has done it! He has secured a spot in the finals! And because they both have a victory over Ishimori, Desperado and Hiromu Takahashi will meet again!! Glad to hear it, Desperado gets the mic to speak!

“Bushi, you gave me more of a fight than I thought. Why don’t you bring that fire more often?” Be less talk, more actions! If you can do it like that, do it from the start! But moving on from Bushi, Desperado admits he’s better talking to someone directly than to a crowd. That said, he’ll talk directly to Hiromu! Fans clap “HI-RO-MU!” and look who appears! Hiromu claps for “Despy” as he walks down the ramp.

Hiromu goes into the ring and is given a mic so he may talk with Desperado. “I’m so very happy I get to have my revenge on you, and do it in the Budokan!” Hiromu wants Desperado to help him show the world the history they have in that venue! The finalists of BOSJ 27 stare down! They only have five days to prepare, who will be ready to hold up that Super Junior trophy?

 

World Tag League 2020: FinJuice VS Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI!

Again, this is it! And again, we’ve seen how the rest of the block has played out! David Finlay and Juice Robinson beat GOD, but so did the Fierce Warrior and Head Hunter, which really complicates things! If the 2019 WTL winners win here, they and GOD go to the finals together! If Chaos’ last pair standing wins, they are tied with GOD and Tekkers, and who knows what happens then! What will the WTL 2020 finals look like after this?

The teams sort out, and Finlay starts with Goto. Fans rally up and are loud already as the two circle. Finlay and Goto tie up, Goto powers Finlay to ropes but Finlay turns it around. Finlay lets off and circles with Goto again. They tie up, Finlay headlocks, Goto powers out to get a headlock in Finlay. Finlay powers out but Goto blocks the hip toss to give a hip toss! Goto runs to run Finlay over! Goto DECKS Juice for good measure, then tags in Hashi. Chaos whips Finlay to double shoulder, then the hip toss senton! Hashi and Goto bring Finlay up to hammer him on the back! Juice gets in but he gets hammered, too! Fans rally with Chaos as Hashi stomps Finlay.

Hashi drags Finlay up to club him to ropes. Hashi clubs Finlay more, headlocks, but Finlay powers out. Juice tags in, Finlay DECKS Goto and Juice scoop slams Hashi! Juice then scoops Finlay to slam him onto Hashi! Juice sits Hashi up and Finlay runs, basement uppercut! Juice splashes, covers, TWO! Fans cheer as Juice drags Hashi up. Juice suplexes, holds Hashi up and drops after 10! Cover, TWO! Juice tags Finlay, drags Hashi up, and Finlay drops ax handles on the arm. Finlay and Juice double whip, double elbow and then Finlay covers. TWO, but Finlay clamps onto the arm! Fans rally and Hashi fights up, but Finlay wrenches and brings Hashi to the corner.

Tag to Juice and Juice goes up to drop ax handles! Finlay hits a back suplex, Juice hits a back senton! Cover, TWO! Juice brings Hashi back up and wrenches the arm again but Hashi throws forearms! Juice wrenches again, tags Finlay and Finlay goes up to drop another ax handle! FinJuice whip Hashi, kick and DOUBLE BULLDOG! Juice DECKS Goto, Finlay covers, TWO! Finlay clamps on with a chinlock and he grinds Hashi down. Hashi endures, fights up and throws body shots. Hashi CHOPS Finlay but Finlay CHOPS Hashi down! Finlay grits his teeth and drags Hashi back up to suplex. Hashi fights it off, the two fight for suplex control and fans rally.

Hashi gets Finlay up and over! Fans fire up as both men crawl for their corners! Finlay drags Hashi away but Hashi kicks Finlay away! Juice tags in, but so does Goto! Goto runs Juice over, kicks Finlay and suplexes Finlay onto Juice! Fans fire up with Goto as he throws forearms on Juice then whips him corner to corner! MURAMASA, and BULLDOG! Cover, TWO! Goto drags Hashi up, fireman’s carries, but Juice fights out to throw forearms! Goto forearms back and the fans rally as the two go back and forth! Juice ROCKS Goto then headbutts him! Juice runs, Goto and Juice collide with LARIATS! Both men wobble but Goto fires up!

Goto stands Juice up to run, but the LARIATS collide again! Both men roar and run, DOUBLE LARIATS take both men down! Fans fire up as the two men stir. Juice sits up and flounders over, but Goto rolls, hot tags to Finlay and Hashi! Finaly forearms but Hashi returns it and now these two are fast and furious! Fans rally as Hashi gets the edge, but Finlay gives it all back! A EuroUpper added on! Finlay whips, Hashi reverses but Finlay LEAPING UPPERCUTS! Finlay runs at Hashi, Hashi CHOPS him first! Hashi fires up and runs back at Finlay to CHOP again! Hashi whips and CHOPS, then mule kicks and turns Finlay for the neckbreaker! Cover, TWO!

Fans rally up stronger as Hashi drags Finlay up. Hashi reels Finlay in, Finlay slips out of the bomb but Hashi denies the stunner! Finlay swings into the full nelson, the tuck, but Finlay slips out! Finlay denies the superkick to SATELLITE DDT! Fans fire up as Finlay grits his teeth and Hashi writhes. Tag to Juice, Juice aims at Hashi in the corner and runs in. Big clothesline! Finlay back elbows! But Hashi fights back with forearms and kicks! Hashi uses a hip toss to CANNONBALL Juice onto Finlay! Fans rally, Hashi tags in Goto! Goto drags Juice up, whips him corner to corner and runs in to clothesline! Hashi runs in and CHOPS, then feeds to Goto’s kick!

Goto hooks Juice up, Hashi runs, HEAD HUNTER LEG SWEEP! Cover, Finlay breaks it! Hashi stomps Finlay and regroups with Goto. Hashi turns Finlay but Finlay fights free! Finlay swings on Goto, Goto spins Finlay to a suplex, but Finlay tries to suplex first! Goto fights that off, suplexes Finlay again and Hashi helps hold Finlay up! G Y R!! Fans fire up as Goto and Hashi drag Juice up! Goto dragon sleepers Juice, Hashi lifts but Juice kicks free! Juice suplexes, Goto fights out and Hashi SUPERKICKS Juice! Fireman’s carry, SUPERKICK GOROSHI!! Hashi intercepts Finlay as Goto covers, TWO!!

Juice survives and fans are thunderous! Chaos regroups, drags Juice back up, G Y W!!! Cover, Finlay breaks it!!! Hashi and Goto regroup again as fans rally up. Goto stomps Finlay, he and Hashi whip Finlay but Finlay SPEARS Goto! Hashi spinning back kicks Finlay, but Finlay catches him for the URENAGE BACKBREAKER! Fans rally up as all four men are down! It’s thunderous in here as Goto goes to one corner and Finlay runs in! Finlay hits a big EuroUpper, then suplexes for LAST SHOT! Finlay drags Goto up to the top rope, climbs up top, and Juice is up on the other corner. SUPERPLEX! Goto bounces, Juice FROG SPLASHES! Cover, TWO!?!?

Goto survives the combination and FinJuice is shocked! Juice pulls down the straps and drags Goto up. Juice Electric Chair lifts Goto, Finlay is up top, but Goto slips out to shove Juice into Finlay! Finlay tumbles down into railing, Goto dragon sleepers but Juice snapmares him away! Juice chicken wings Goto and turns him, but Hashi SUPERKICKS! Goto rolls Juice to a ghost pin, TWO!?! Juice swings but misses, Goto HEADBUTTS! Hashi and Finlay crash into railing on the outside while Goto drags Juice back up. Juice fights out of the suplex and feeds Goto to Finlay’s STUNNER! LEFT HAND O’ GOD!! Juice chicken wings and turns, PULP FRICTION!! Cover, FinJuice wins!!!

Winners: FinJuice, by pinfall; end at 6-3, Goto & Hashi end at 5-4

Finlay and Juice are back-to-back finalists!! And meeting them in that finals will be the Guerrillas of Destiny! FinJuice beat Tama and Loa to be IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions in the past, and even beat them in the earlier rounds, will they beat them again in the finals to be back-to-back WTL champions?

Juice gets the mic to say, “FUKUOKA!” But wait, GOD is here and a GUN STUN OUTTA NOWHERE!! Loa mugs Finlay in a corner, then stomps him down! Jado joins in as Tama says Juice needs to keep his eyes on them. Loa drags Finlay up, Tama has the legs, COMPLETE SHOT to CROSSFACE, and then SHARPSHOOTER for Juice!! Juice is tapping but it won’t matter tonight! The Guerrillas are just sending a brutal message to their rivals! Tama stops the Young Lions from saving Finlay, and Loa lets Finlay go when he’s satisfied.

Tama drags Juice up by his hair to say, “Rematch! It’s our rematch!” Jado has the mic to say, “World Tag League. FinJuice, the winners of this tournament is NOT you!” The real main event, the real leaders of this division are the Master Heater and GOD! “Bullet Club FOOOOOR LIFE!” Will Tama and Loa avenge those losses in the most impactful way? Will they be Bullet Club’s saving grace in WTL 2020?

 

Here are the FINAL Best of the Super Juniors 27 standings!

El Desperado: 7-2 [FINALIST]
Hiromu Takahashi: 7-2 [FINALIST]
Taiji Ishimori: 7-2 [ELIMINATED]
SHO: 6-3 [ELIMINATED]
BUSHI: 4-5 [ELIMINATED]
Master Wato: 4-5 [ELIMINATED]
Ryusuke Taguchi: 4-5 [ELIMINATED]
Robbie Eagles: 4-5 [ELIMINATED]
DOUKI: 2-7 [ELIMINATED]
Yuya Uemura: 0-9 [ELIMINATED]

 

Here are the current World Tag League standings!

FinJuice: 6-3 [FINALISTS]
Guerrillas of Destiny: 6-3 [FINALISTS]
The Dangerous Tekkers: 6-3 [ELIMINATED]
YOSHI-HASHI & Hirooki Goto: 5-4 [ELIMINATED]
The Empire: 5-4 [ELIMINATED]
Toru Yano & Tomohiro Ishii: 5-4 [ELIMINATED]
SANADA & Shingo Takagi: 5-4 [ELIMINATED]
EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi: 3-6 [ELIMINATED]
Bad Luck Fale & Chase Owens: 3-6 [ELIMINATED]
HenarACE: 1-8 [ELIMINATED]

 


My Thoughts:

What a great super show between the tournaments! All the matches were good, though the matches in that first half of the card were pretty quick. Though, it makes sense when those matches had nothing to do with the finals of the tournament. And the matches that would affect the finals were amazing! Naturally GOD and Hiromu beat their opponents, that was for the drama, and the drama was definitely in Tekkers VS Yano-Ishii and Ishimori VS Sho. More Ishimori VS Sho than the tag match, though I did like the frantic nature of Yano’s trickery.

Empire spoiling things for Sanada and Takagi is a shocker, I really thought there’d be more for Sanada and Takagi to do as a team. I do get Cobb VS Takagi makes a great NEVER Openweight Championship match, which I suppose Takagi did need for WK15, but I would’ve liked if Sanada got something, too. Maybe Sanada gets something like a shot at Yano’s KOPW 2020 trophy. Sanada needs something, that’s all I’m saying.

But in the end, the main events determined the rest of this, and it was great stuff, especially in FinJucie VS Goto-Hashi. I almost thought for 2020, they’d make WTL a triple threat finals, but NJPW likes keeping things traditional. Two sides, one winner, that’s it. Plus, there’s history at stake here as FinJuice could be the third team in a row to win back-to-back WTL finals. That alone is reason enough to give us FinJuice VS GOD, but then you add their history on top of it and that’s going to be one for the ages, as will Desperado VS Hiromu.

My Score: 9.2/10


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Mitchell’s NJPW New Japan Soul Results & Report! (6/23/24)

The G1 Climax awaits!

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Who moves on to Korakuen Hall?

A Block started their G1 Climax qualifier series, now B Block begins! Will it be Toru Yano or Boltin Oleg? Will it be TJP or Satoshi Kojima?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • El Desperado & Shoma Kato VS DOUKI & Yuya Uemura; Douki & Yuya win.
  • Hiroshi Tanahashi & Katsuya Matsumoto VS Tomohiro Ishii & Tomoaki Honma; Ishii & Honma win.
  • Six Man Tag: Just5Guys VS The United Empire; The United Empire wins.
  • HENARE & Callum Newman VS Yujiro Takahashi & Yoshinobu Kanemaru; Henare & Callum win.
  • Bishamon VS Chase Owens & Gedo; Bishamon wins.
  • G1 Climax 34 A Block Qualifier First Round: Toru Yano VS Boltin Oleg; Oleg wins and advances to New Japan Soul in Korakuen Hall.
  • G1 Climax 34 A Block Qualifier First Round: TJP VS Satoshi Kojima; TJP wins and advances to New Japan Soul in Korakuen Hall.
  • 8 Man Tag: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS The House of Torture; LIJ wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

G1 Climax 34 A Block Qualifier First Round: Toru Yano VS Boltin Oleg!

While they’re once again NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Champions alongside The Ace, Hiroshi Tanahashi, neither The Joker or The Rook was going to pass up this chance! Will Yano take it easy on Oleg here? Or will this tank from Kazakh steamroll his way through the Summer?

The bell rings and the fans rally up. The two shake hands to show there’s sportsmanship, then they tie up. They go back and forth on the clinch, but Oleg powers Yano back to the ropes. The ref counts the break, Oleg lets off slowly, and the fans applaud. Yano and Oleg reset, circle and feel things out. They go around, Yano slips away but comes back. Oleg avoids the takedown to get a leg, and they roll into the ropes. The ref counts, Oleg lets off and the fans applaud. They go again, clinch, and Oleg waistlocks. Yano slips away, they tie up again, but Oleg powers Yano back onto the ropes. The ref counts, both men let off slowly, but still joke for position.

The ref gets between the two, Oleg backs away, and the fans cheer as they reset. Oleg and Yano clinch, fight for control, then back up. They feel things out, Oleg gets around to a waistlock, and he has the gut wrench! Oleg brings Yano up but Yano scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! Oleg lets off clean and Yano bails out. Yano is frustrated by how good Oleg is, and he splashes water everywhere! Yano gets his favorite red chair, the ref goes to stop him but Yano shoves him aside. Yano takes a seat on the ramp and dares Oleg to come get him! So Oleg goes out after him! Yano JAMS Oleg up, then SMACKS him on the back!

Yano drags Oleg up, and wraps him up with the apron skirt! That’s an extra large sushi roll! Yano shoves Oleg down, gets in the ring, and the ring count starts. Yano meanwhile unties a buckle pad! Oleg wriggles out of the wrap but he’s still down at 10 of 20! Oleg gets completely free by 15, and he slides in at 16! The fans cheer but Yano kicks low! Yano whips Oleg into the bare buckles! Yano tells fans to leave him alone, Oleg’s tough! Yano clamps onto Oleg’s shoulders, pushes him down to a cover, TWO! Wait, the ref finds the bit of wrist tape Yano was using to choke Oleg! The ref reprimands but Yano pretends he has no idea how that got there.

Yano storms up on Oleg, brings him around and whips him back into the bare buckles! Oleg falls over, the ref reprimands but Yano kicks Oleg and eggs him on. Yano stands Oleg up to HIP TOSS! Cocky cover, TWO! The fans applaud but Yano stomps Oleg in frustration. Yano scuffs Oleg, eggs him on, then stands him up again. But Oleg fires a forearm! Yano CLAWS Oleg’s eyes! The ref reprimands, Yano whips, but Oleg reverses. Yano avoids bare buckles, then dodges to send Oleg back in! Yano runs, but Oleg runs him over! The fans fire up with Oleg, and he scoops Yano to SLAM! Oleg runs to SPLASH! Cover, TWO!

Yano stays in this but the fans rally behind Oleg. Oleg drags Yano up with the gut wrench! Time to Shake, Rattle and THROW! Oleg kips up! The fans fire up and Oleg storms over to Yano. Oleg whips, but Yano holds ropes and taunts Oleg! Oleg runs up but Yano sidesteps and clinches, for a BELLY2BELLY! Both men are down and the fans fire up! Oleg and Yano stir, but Yano is up first. Yano brings Oleg up but Oleg ROCKS him! And ROCKS him again! And again! Oleg runs, but Yano atomic drops! Yano trips Oleg, has the legs, and CATAPULTS him into buckles! Oleg staggers up, Yano fires up and he fireman’s carries!

Yano gets Oleg up but Oleg fights free of the bomb! Oleg SHOTGUNS Yano away! The fans fire up as Yano goes to a corner, and Oleg runs in! STINGER SPLASH from the big man, then he scoops to SLAM! Oleg jumps over Yano to go up and up and VADER BOMB! Cover, TWO! Yano survives but the fans are still with Oleg! Oleg drags Yano up, fireman’s carries, and KA- NO, Yano slips free to roll Oleg, TWO! Oleg runs up, but Yano hooks him to a backslide! TWO!! Oleg escapes, Yano swings, but Oleg gets around! Yano grabs the ref to LOW BLOW! And CHOP BLOCK! Cover, TWO!! Oleg stands, blocks the takedown, and he powers Yano into a PANCAKE! OLEG WINS!!

Winner: Boltin Oleg, by pinfall (advances to the next round)

Yano tried all the tricks in the book but Oleg could not be stopped! There’s still respect between them, but will The Rook show what he’s really capable of against The Ace?

 

G1 Climax 34 A Block Qualifier First Round: TJP VS Satoshi Kojima!

Public Enemy just finished up a round robin in the form of the Best of the Super Juniors, but now he’s looking to go even bigger! But will he be able to conquer this qualifier for the United Empire? Or will things be real cozy here tonight?

The bell rings and the fans rally up and duel, “T J P! T J P!” “KO-JI-MA! KO-JI-MA!” The two circle, tie up, and are in a deadlock. Kojima digs his heels in and shoves TJP away, but TJP stands right up. The two go again, tie up, and TJP waistlocks. Kojima wrenches out to wristlock, but TJP rolls, spins, cartwheels, breaks free, but Kojima swats the dropkick away! The fans cheer as TJP handsprings back up. TJP and Kojima circle, feel things out, then tie up. TJP headlocks, but Kojima fires body shots. Kojima powers up and out, TJP RAMS him, but Kojima stays put! TJP runs again, RAMS Kojima, but he bounces off!

The fans rally up, and TJP stomps Kojima’s foot! TJP runs to run Kojima over! TJP keeps moving, but Kojima stay slow, then hip tosses TJP down! Kojima runs to run TJP over! TJP bails out and fans cheer Kojima’s dancing pecs! Kojima goes out to stomp TJP, then he CLUBS TJP. Kojima CLUBS TJP more, then brings him around to whip. TJP reverses and Kojima hits railing! TJP runs up to BOOT Kojima, then he fires haymakers. The ref reprimands, TJP CLUBS Kojima then puts him in the ring. TJP then drags Kojima up, bumps him off buckles, and CHOPS! TJP CHOPS again, the fans rally up, and TJP uses the MACHINE GUN CHOPS!

The fans are torn but Kojima gets in TJP’s face! Kojima CHOPS TJP off his feet! The fans rally up, Kojima stomps TJP to ropes, then he CLUBS TJP on the neck. Kojima CHOKES TJP on the ropes, lets off as the ref counts, and the fans cheer. Kojima drags TJP up, reels him in and turns him, NECKBREAKER! Cover, ONE!! Another cover, TWO! TJP toughs it out but Kojima stays focused. The fans rally, Kojima stomps TJP, then stands TJP up. Kojima ROCKS TJP, stomps him at the ropes, then fires hands. TJP goes to a corner, kicks back, then fires hands! TJP backs Kojima down, but Kojima body shots!

Kojima ROCKS TJP and TJP staggers to ropes. Kojima stomps TJP, brings him up and whips, but TJP goes Spider-Man! Kojima runs in, TJP slips under to sunset flip, then he steps through to trap an arm! DARK SACRIFICE! Kojima clutches his arm as he bails out of the ring. The fans rally with TJP and he builds speed to go up and up and FLYING DROPKICK! Kojima staggers, the fans cheer, and TJP stands back up. CANNONBALL! Down goes Kojima and the fans rally again. The ring count starts, TJP catches his breath before he brings Kojima up at 8. But Kojima SWEEPS the legs and TJP falls on the apron!

Kojima goes up after TJP, reels him in, and APRON DDTS!! TJP flops down to the floor while the fans rally up again. Kojima is in the ring but a new count starts. TJP stirs at 8 of 20, slowly sits up, and uses railing to stand at 12. TJP stumbles, falls, and crawls over at 15. TJP stands at 17, flounders with the apron skirt, but is in at 19! Kojima stomps TJP to a corner then CHOPS! And CHOPS! And then MACHINE GUN CHOPS! Kojima shows TJP how it’s done! The fans fire up as Kojima goes an extra round before he CHOPS TJP down! Kojima then whips TJP corner to corner, runs up and forearm SMASHES!

Kojima shoves TJP down, shouts that he’s coming after the bastard, but TJP DROPKICKS Kojima first! The fans rally, TJP goes corner to corner and ELBOWS! Kojima sits down and the fans rally up! TJP gives Kojima the scrubbing! TJP runs side to side, to BOOT WASH! The fans fire up and want it one more time! TJP obliges and gives more scrubs to Kojima’s face. TJP runs, but Kojima kicks him low! Kojima fires off forearms, then a ROLLING ELBOW, a kick, and a DDT! The fans fire up while both men are down! Kojima rises, he storms over to TJP and drags him up, then cravats. TJP fights but Kojima CLUBS him!

TJP powers up and slips through to an IRON OCTOPUS! Kojima endures, stomps his way forward, reaches out, and has the ROPEBREAK! TJP lets go but the fans rally up again. TJP aims, springboards, and FLYING DDTS! Cover, TWO!! Kojima survives and the fans fire up again. TJP goes to a corner, pounds the mat and fans clap along. “T! J P! T! J P!” TJP runs up but Kojima blocks the knee! Kojima kicks low and COZY CUT- NO, TJP handsprings through the cutter! And basement dropkicks in return! The fans fire up and TJP goes to a corner! ONE BY ONE!! Cover, TWO!! Kojima survives and the fans fire up again!

TJP points to a corner and calls his shot! TJP makes sure Kojima is in the drop zone, and he goes up top! MAMBA FLOP as Kojima moves! COZY CUTTER!! Cover, TWO!! TJP survives and the fans fire up again! Kojima stays cool, and he powers up the arm! Off comes the elbow pad! Kojima runs, but into a BOOT! JUMP SOBAT! TJP runs, into a LARIAT!! Cover, TWO!! TJP survives again but Kojima drags him back up. The fans rally, Kojima suplexes, BRAINBUSTER!! Cover, TWO!!! TJP is still in this and the fans fire up! Kojima powers up again, and he runs, into a SUPERKICK! Kojima rebounds, but into a clinch, and MOUSE TRAP! TJP WINS!!

Winner: TJP, by pinfall (advances to the next round)

Even TJP is surprised that finished it! A major win over the Major League Wrestling World Heavyweight Champion, but even bigger is that TJP is one step closer to the G1! But will Public Enemy be able to take down The Holy Emperor in Korakuen Hall?

 

8 Man Tag: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS The House of Torture!

Now, don’t be confused, this match did happen yesterday, too. But now, Yoshinobu Kanemaru is swapped out for Dick Togo! Will he be a spoiler for Bushi, Titan, Yota y Naito? Or will things still be tranquilo in the Summer heat?

Wait, Sho gets the mic just like he did last night. He again talks trash on LIJ, and says he hates having to be here in Ibaraki. Sho then asks Young Lion Katsuya Murashima where he’s from. Right here in Ibaraki. The fans cheer but Sho says no wonder he’s a loser! And then The House beats up on Murashima! LIJ protests but poor Murashima already flops out of the ring. Sho says The House is gonna prove LIJ are loses, just like Murashima and Ibaraki! The teams finally sort out, and after LIJ fist bumps, Naito steps to Evil. The fans rally for “NA-I-TO!” and that annoys The House, but Naito and Evil slowly circle.

The two feel things out, Evil knowing Naito’s tricks. But speaking of tricks, Dick jumps in to CLOBBER Naito! The fans boo and Red Shoes reprimands but Evil stomps away on Naito. Evil and Dick stand on Naito, Red Shoes reprimands more, but Evil tags Sho. The Murder Machine talks trash as he stomps Naito, then he DECKS Bushi! Sho stomps Naito more, whips him to ropes, but Naito reverses to kick low. Bushi gets in to RANA! The fans cheer, and Naito cravats Sho for a neck wrench. Naito brings Sho to the corner, Bushi tags in, and Bushi goes up to MISSILE DROPKICK Sho down! And Bushirooni!

The fans fire up, Bushi runs in to ELBOW Sho! Sho takes a swing, but Bushi ducks and spins Sho to a DDT! Cover, TWO! Bushi tags Titan and the fans rally up. Sho stands, Titan springboards in, CROSSBODY! But then Narita throws Titan down by his mask! Titan kips up to PELE Narita! Titan dodges Sho, knuckle locks and CHOPS, then goes up and up! Titan tightrope walks, jumps, but Evil distracts Red Shoes so Dick can LASH Titan with his belt! Sho then shoves Titan down and Evil BLASTS Naito off the apron! The fans boo but The House goes after LIJ on the outside! Another LASH from Dick’s belt and Titan staggers!

Dick CLOBBERS Titan into No Man’s Land, Sho & Evil double whip Naito hard into railing, and Narita is after Yota in the crowd! The fans boo, but Evil RAMS Naito into the timekeeper! Down goes Abe-san and the fans boo more. Red Shoes reprimands Evil but he misses Sho & Dick CHOKING Titan at the ropes! Red Shoes finally sees, Sho lets off and brings Titan around to bump off buckles. Tag to Dick and he CLUBS Titan on the back. Dick bumps Titan off more buckles, then climbs up to go after the mask! The fans boo, Red Shoes reprimands, but he’s busy stopping Evil as he has Dick’s belt! Dick almost has Titan’s mask off!

The cameramen are respectful enough to move so we don’t see any of Titan’s face, and then Red Shoes makes Dick stop. Titan gets his mask back on but Dick CLAWS Titan’s back! Dick then brings Titan around, tags Narita, and they mug El Inmortal. Titan drags Titan up, whips him to ropes, then ELBOWS him down! Cover, TWO! Narita BOOTS Yota off the apron just because, and then he tags Evil. Evil CLAWS Titan’s back, then he brings Titan around to wrench and whip into the corner. Evil clotheslines Titan, tags Sho, and Narita distracts Red Shoes so Dick can climb! The fans boo but Titan still suffers the DICK CHOP! Evil covers, TWO!

Evil argues the count but the fans cheer. Evil stands on Titan’s head, talks trash, and the fans boo again. The fans rally for “L I J! L I J!” “TI-TA-NN! TI-TA-NN!” Evil fireman’s carries but Titan slips free. Evil kicks, whips, but Titan reverses then goes Matrix! CALF KICK! Both men are down and the fans fire up! Titan hurries over, hot tag to Yota! The fans fire up and Yota fires forearms on Evil. Yota whips, Evil reverses but Yota ducks ‘n’ dodges to RANA! Dick runs in but Yota dodges, to then scoop and BACKBREAKER! Yota BLASTS Narita, DECKS Sho, but Evil kicks low! Evil reels Yota in, but Yota suplexes first! Cover, TWO!

The fans fire up with Yota and he brings Evil up. Yota fireman’s carries, but Evil fights free. Evil waistlocks, Yota elbows free and runs, but Narita is there with his pushup bar! Red Shoes reprimands Narita but Evil puts Yota in a corner. Evil blocks a boot, puts Yota in the ropes, then WOE STOMPS him down! Tag to Narita and he drags Yota up. Narita whips Yota to a corner, runs in and ELBOWS, then goes side to side to JUMP KICK! Narita doesn’t stop, he scrapes Yota’s face off ropes! Narita runs to BOOT Yota down! Cover, TWO! Yota is still in this and the fans rally up. Narita brings Yota up, Yota takes a swing, but Narita catches him to a SLEEPER!

The fans rally as Yota endures and reaches out. Narita pulls hair to bring Yota away from ropes. Yota breaks free to hit the BACKBREAKER, COMPLETE SHOT and STOMP! Both men are down and the fans fire up! Yota crawls over, hot tag to Naito! The fans cheer again and Naito fires hands on Narita. Naito kicks, CLUBS and whips Narita, to then arm-drag! Narita comes back but into an ELBOW! Basement DROPKICK! Naito hauls Narita up and turns him for a NECKBREAKER! The fans cheer as Naito poses, and he storms over to the corner. Naito hops up, brings Narita up, but Narita breaks free, so Naito BOOTS him!

Naito runs in, Narita redirects him into a cheap shot from Dick! Then Narita KNEE STAMPS Naito down! The House blasts LIJ, and Evil gets Naito to a corner. Evil and Dick double whip Naito to the corner, then Dick runs in to BACK ELBOW! Sho runs in to FOREARM SMASH! Evil runs in to clohtesline! And FISHERMAN BUSTER! Dick covers, TWO! The fans fire up but Evil argues with Red Shoes. But this is all a distraction so Dick can use the SPOILER CHOKER! The fans boo but Naito powers out and arm-drags Dick! Yota drags Evil out! Naito ELBOWS Dick, atomic drops, then Bushi basement dropkicks! ROLLING JACKKNIFE! TWO!!

Dick survives the combo but Naito wrenches him. Sho & Evil attack first! They whip Naito, but Naito stops himself! Titan springboards in to DOUBLE MISSILE DROPKICK! Narita knees Titan, runs, but Titan DROPKICKS! The fans fire up as Titan builds speed, and he FLIES out onto The House! Naito fires ELBOWS on Dick, then Yota SUPERKICKS! Bushi hits a CODE BREAKER! Naito tops it off with DESTINO! Cover, LIJ wins again!

Winners: Los Ingobernables de Japon, by pinfall

The hot streak continues for LIJ, which also means the House of Torture keeps losing! Will they ever learn?

As for LIJ, Naito gets the mic like he did last night, and says “Buenas tardes, KAMISUUU~!” The fans cheer, and Naito notes that it has been one year since NJPW was last here. It makes him very happy to be competing in front of them again, here in the Kamisu Bousai Arena. And he is thankful that they all came out tonight to see them. Gracias, amigos! Naito then brings up that next Sunday, he will be in the United States to challenge Jon Moxley for the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship. Naito acknowledges that he was the one who lost the title and let it go overseas, so he vows to bring it back. The fans cheer that!

Naito knows he still has to beat Moxley, but he asks until then, TRANQUILO! Assen na yo. And of course, it is time to close. And Naito’s pretty sure this is the first time they’ve had a role call here in Ibaraki. Are they ready? The fans cheer! Then New Japan Soul here in Kamisu Bousai Arena can only end one way! “Bushi, Hiromu, Takagi, Titan, Yota, y Naito! Nosotros! LOS! INGOBERRRRNABLEEEEEES~! DE! JA! PON!” LIJ is rolling, Naito is rolling, but will Naito rock New York and bring the title home?


My Thoughts:

Another solid night for New Japan Soul, and a great night for The United Empire as they sweep the card, while also getting TJP to the next round of the qualifiers. I personally would love seeing TJP get into the G1 Climax, really let him show what he’s got against the heavyweights. And great match from Yano VS Oleg, and I appreciate they gave Oleg the win here. Oleg VS Tanahashi is gonna be good stuff, too, but I feel like Tanahashi moves on to the B Block qualifier finals. And then another fun 8 Man Tag but of course Naito wins. Naito brings that momentum to Forbidden Door, Moxley probably has his own tune-up on Dynamite or something, and then as I said before, I would hope Naito wins the title back and brings it with him into the G1.

My Score: 8.8/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Collision Results & Report! (6/22/24)

Will Will Ospreay stay golden?

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An episode with truly international flavor!

While Will Ospreay defends his AEW International Championship against Brian Cage, Kazuchika Okada takes on former mentor, Ultimo Guerrero! Will the champions stay strong on the Road to The Forbidden Door?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Six Man Tag: Samoa Joe, Hook & Katsuyori Shibata VS The Premier Athletes w/ Mark Sterling; Joe, Hook & Shibata win.
  • Private Party VS Chris Jericho & “Big Bill” Morrissey w/ Bryan Keith; Jericho & Bill win.
  • AEW Continental Championship Title Eliminator: Kazuchika Okada VS Ultimo Guerrero; Okada wins and denies Ultimo Guerrero a title match.
  • Six Man Tag: The Patriarchy VS The Iron Savages; The Patriarchy wins.
  • Toni Storm & Mariah May w/ Luther VS Lady Frost & Leyla Hirsch; Storm & Mariah win.
  • Malakai Black & Brody King VS Leon & Max St. Giovanni; Malakai & Brody win.
  • Hechicero w/ The Gates of Agony VS Matthew Menard; Hechicero wins.
  • AEW International Championship: Will Ospreay VS Brian Cage; Ospreay wins and retains the title.

PLAY BY PLAY

Six Man Tag: Samoa Joe, Hook & Katsuyori Shibata VS The Premier Athletes w/ Mark Sterling!

Three dangerous men joined forces out of respect for what each of them can do, but they aren’t getting much respect from others. But will the Samoan Submission Specialist, The Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil & The Wrestler beat some respect into Tony Nese, Ariya Daivari & Josh Woods? Or can the Premier Athletes actually put their money where their muscles are?

The trios sort out, Joe starts against Nese and the fans sing, “Joe is gonna kill~ you!” Nese says not tonight. Nese and Joe tie up, Nese waistlocks, but he can’t lift Joe! Joe smirks, wrenches free, and wristlocks. Nese rolls, wrenches and headlocks. Nese’s team cheers but they’re the only ones. Joe powers up and out, then he runs Nese over! Joe smirks, stalks Nese to ropes, then brings him around. The fans fire up for Joe as he scoops, but Nese slips fere! Nese SOBATS, runs, but into an ELBOW! Tag to Hook and the fans fire up more! Hook puts Nese in a corner to fire off body shots! Hook throws hands, Nese shoves past him but Hook fires more shots!

Nese throws forearms on Hook, but Hook counter punches! Nese staggers, comes back, but Hook gets around to GERMAN SUPLEX! Nese manages to land out and he STOMPS Hook down! Nese tags Daivari and they mug Hook with haymakers! The fans boo but Nese lets off. Daivari brings Hook up, bumps him off buckles, then CHOPS! Daivari snapmares Hook, clamps on a full nelson and leans on the hold. The fans rally and Hook fights up, and he pries the hold open! But Daivari waistlocks! Hook elbows free, and hot tags to Shibata! Shibata storms in but he has to slow down as Daivari gets away to his corner.

Woods reaches out, so Daivari says here’s something for The Wrestler. Daivari tags Woods in, he steps to Shibata, and they fire forearms! The fans rally up as the shots keep going, then Shibata gets the edge! Woods trips Shibata, goes for an arm, but Shibata slips right around to go for the arm! Woods goes for Shibata’s arm, but Shibata goes after Woods again! Woods powers through to get the arm, but then Shibata slips around, changes sides, and has the ARMBAR! Woods scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! The fans cheer as Shibata lets off and CLUBS away on Woods. Shibata cranks the arm for a double wristlock but Woods throws body shots!

Shibata leg scissors to trip Woods! KNEEBAR! Nese storms in to stomp Shibata! The fans boo, Woods tags Nese in. Nese stomps Shibata around, then taunts the fans. The fans boo but Nese CHOPS Shibata. Shibata doesn’t flinch! Nese CHOPS again, but Shibata eggs him on! Nese throat chops! Nese whips, Shibata reverses, but Nese ELBOWS back! Nese goes up and up and QUEBRADAS, but Shibata steps aside! Everyone’s learning from Joe now! The fans fire up and Joe smiles. Shibata then tags Joe in, and he stalks Nese. Nese rises up, into the JABS! JABS! JABS! Joe fires off fast hands, CHOPS Nese down, but Sterling gets on the apron!

Joe scares Sterling off, but this is all a delay tactic so Nese can crawl, and Woods can HOTSHOT Joe! The fans boo but Nese brings Joe around, BULLDOG HOTSHOT! Joe staggers, Daivari tags in! Nese & Daivari mug Joe, run, and DOUBLE SHOULDER TACKLE! Daivari covers, ONE!! Joe is still tougher than that! Woods tags in, he and Daivari mug Joe, and then Woods CLUBS away on Joe’s chest! Cover, ONE!! Joe is still tougher than that so now Daivari tags back in. Daivari and Woods mug Joe, then Daivari stands Joe up. Daivari throws hands, but Joe hits back! They go back and forth, Joe gets the edge, but Daivari CLAWS the eyes!

Daivari sucker punches Shibata down! Daivari whips, Joe reverses and sweeps the legs! SENTON! The fans fire up, hot tags to Hook and Nese! Hook rallies on Nese, wrenches and NORTHERN LIGHTS! Woods runs in but Hook KNEES him down! Nese gets up, but into the clinch! TAZ PLEX! The fans fire up and Hook stalks Nese, to give crossface forearms! Daivari runs up, Hook DECKS him! Woods gets in to GERMAN SUPLEX! Hook tumbles, but Shibata tags in! Shibata ROCKS Woods, BOOTS Nese, BOOTS Daivari, then STO for Woods! Shibata runs up at Nese for a BOOT! Shibata fires off forearms and the ref counts.

Shibata goes corner to corner to HYDRAULIC DROPKICK! Shibata drags Nese up, SNAP HALF HATCH! Cover, TWO! Nese survives, but ends up in an ARMBAR!! Nese endures, but he taps! Shibata’s team wins!

Winners: Samoa Joe, Hook & Katsuyori Shibata, by submission

The Premier Athletes did prove they’ve got guts, but not enough to overcome this trio of warriors! Will Joe, Hook & Shibata find themselves on the road to trios gold?

 

The Bang Bang Gang speaks.

Juice Robinson says, “Apparently… AEW isn’t gonna recognize the fact that I was anointed one-quarter of the AEW Unified Trios Champions!” Austin says he’s pissed, Colten confirms that is true, and adds that apparently, The House of Black still gets their shot. At least, once Buddy’s leg gets better. And apparently, PAC cares!? He interrupted their match, he pushed Juice off the top, and then he flipped Austin off! But that’s good. Because their fearless leader, Jay White, is off training his butt off. You thought EIGHT abs was something? Jay will be coming back with TEN! SO Pac, you better hope you don’t see The Switchblade in the Owen Hart Cup!

Because then, The Bastard will do more than just “care” now. He’ll cry to sleep! And if you’re not down with that, they’ve got two words for ya! GUNS UP! Bullet Club Gold is taking aim at a lot of different targets, but will they be able to hit the mark?

 

Private Party VS Chris Jericho & “Big Bill” Morrissey w/ Bryan Keith!

Marq Quen & Isiah Kassidy have been busy this week. They got called out by The Learning Tree on Dynamite, they put in a fast and furious match last night on Rampage, and now they’ll be entering the “Jericho Vortex” when they take on Big Bill and the man himself. But will Quen & Zay teach Jericho something about not looking down on the younger guys? Or will Jericho ruin the fun #ForTheWorld?

The teams sort out and Jericho starts against Quen. The fans rally up and Jericho says here’s a free lesson from The Learning Tree. Then he tags out to The Redwood. Bill steps in, sporting new gear that quotes Tony Schiavone, on the butt… Bill and Quen tie up, Quen gets around and headlocks. Bill powers out and runs Quen right over! Because as the shorts say, “Too much man!” Bill mocks the “Shots! Shots! Shots!” then he stands Quen up. Bill CHOPS Quen, drags him up, then CHOPS him again! Bill keeps Quen in the corner, and he ROCKS him with a right. Then Bill TOSSES Quen across the way!

Bill mocks the dancing, runs corner to corner, and he SPLASHES Quen! Quen was practically smothered by that move! Quen falls over, but Bill stands him back up, and gives a thumbs up before he TOSSES Quen again! Quen writhes, goes to ropes, then the corner. Bill runs in again, but Quen dodges the splash! Bill staggers, Quen goes up, and Quen leaps to MISSILE DROPKICK! Bill staggers, Quen is on him in a corner! Quen rains down fists, Bill stops him at 6, then DECKS him! Jericho applauds, and Bill tags him in. The fans are torn as The Learning Tree waves, and Bill hoists Quen way up! Jericho “helps” SLAM Quen down!

Jericho & Bill wave, then Jericho stands Quen up to CHOP! Jericho CHOPS again, then whips corner to corner. Jericho runs up but Quen BOOTS him! Quen goes up and leaps to FLYING SHOULDER TACKLE! Then hot tag to Zay! The fans rally as Zay TACKLES Jericho and rains down fists! Jericho pushes him away but Zay comes back, another TACKLE and more fast hands! Jericho tries to get away but Zay fires off high and low and all around! Jericho CLAWS eyes! The fans boo but Jericho brings Zay up. Zay CHOPS, fires more forearms, then just more and more and more! Zay runs, but Jericho sends him out!

Quen is there, for SILLY STRING! Jericho tumbles, Zay covers, TWO!! Jericho survives, Quen tags in, and he TACKLES Jericho! Quen fires off hands just like Zay! Quen stomps Jericho around, runs, but Bad Apple Bryan Keith trips him! The fans boo, but then Jericho CLOBBERS Quen! Jericho waves to the fans, and Collision goes picture in picture.

Jericho takes his time waving to all sides of the arena, then he drags Quen up. Jericho hits a BIG back suplex, then has the cocky cover, ONE! Jericho perhaps returning the favor from last night there, but Jericho bumps Quen off buckles. Tag to Bill and Bill stomps away on Quen! Jericho adds on, the ref counts, and Bill digs his boots in. The ref counts more, Bill lets off with applause, and then Bryan CHOKES Quen! Bill SUCKER PUNCHES Kassidy! The ref reprimands but Bill goes back to Quen. Bill mocks the “Shots! Shots! Shots!” then CLUBS Quen on the back. Then SLAPS Quen down! Bill mocks the shots more, then mockingly cheers.

Bill drags Quen up, puts him on ropes, and RIPS his shirt open to CHOP him down! Quen sputters, Bill drags him up and tags in Jericho. They mug Quen in the corner, then Jericho brings Quen around. Quen fires hands first! Quen runs, but Jericho DROPKICKS him down! Jericho waves to the fans again, then he drags Quen up. Collision returns to single picture, Jericho bumps Quen off buckles, then Jericho puts Quen up top. Jericho CHOPS Quen, climbs, and wants his “branches” to fire up. The fans are torn, but Jericho has Quen on the very top, but Quen throws hands! Quen shoves Jericho down, and the fans rally up!

Quen adjusts, leaps, CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Jericho survives and Quen is frustrated. Quen and Jericho crawl, hot tag to Zay! Zay springboards to CROSSBODY! Zay keeps moving, he ducks ‘n’ dodges, then DROPKICKS! Bill storms in, but Zay DUMPS him out! Zay then triangle jumps to DROPKICK! That’s Jericho’s move! Zay then kicks and hits a STUNNER! Then a STUNNER for Bill! The fans fire up and Zay runs up to SUNSET BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Jericho survives and shocks Zay! Bryan coaches Jericho, Zay tags Quen. Private Party mugs Jericho, then Quen whips Jericho to a corner. Quen runs up to SPLASH!

Quen brings Jericho around again, SOBAT and SOBAT! Quen runs, but Jericho THROAT CHOPS! Then LIONSAULTS! But onto knees! Quen holds Jericho, Zay uses him as a step to FLY onto Bill! Then Zay hurries back and goes up again! Quen sets Jericho up again, SWANTON BOMB! Quen climbs now, for the 450 SPLASH! Cover, TWO!! Jericho survives and Quen can’t believe it! Tag back to Zay, but Bill returns! The ref is busy with Bryan, too! Zay springboards, into a BOOT! The Redwood slips away, Bryan hops down, and Jericho covers Zay, TWO?!? Zay survives and the fans fire up!

Jericho huffs ‘n’ puffs, drags Zay up, but Zay is dead weight. Jericho KNEES Zay, then KNEES him again. Jericho says if Zay wants to be a threat, he has to fight. So Zay fires off fast hands and CHOSP! Zay whips, Jericho reverses, but Zay KICKS, then RAN- NO! Jericho turns Rana into WALLS OF JERICHO! Zay endures, even as Jericho sits deep! The fans fire up as Zay fights around! Zay reaches out, and has the ROPEBREAK! Zay lets go in frustration but also exhaustion, so he tags to Bill. Bill storms up but into a mule kick! Zay runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges, but into the BOSS MAN SLAM!! Cover, TWO?!? Zay survives and Bill is frustrated.

Bill mocks the shots again, gives a thumbs up, then he drags Zay up. But Quen runs in! Bill choke grips Quen, to CHOKE SLAM him onto Zay! Cover, TWO?!?! Zay survives and Bill is surprised! Bill tags Jericho back in, and Jericho climbs. Bill gets Zay up and brings him over, CHOKE- NO, Zay slips free and shoves Bill into Jericho! Jericho lands on his sapling, then Quen DROPKICKS Billy into him! Private Party DOUBLE LARIAT Bill out! Then they get Jericho set up! GIN & JUICE!! CODE BREAKER STYLE!! Quen CLOBBERS Bill, Zay covers, TWO?!?!? Jericho survives and no one can believe it!

The ref defends his count was fair but Zay can’t believe that math. Jericho is up, Zay fires off forearms! “SHOTS! SHOTS! SHOTS!” Zay fires body “SHOTS! SHOTS! SHOTS!” then runs to LARIAT! Zay is all fired up and the fans are with him! But Bill returns! Zay LION- NO, Bryan Keith CLOBBERS Zay!! The ref was busy with Bill, he missed that! Jericho drags Zay to a cover, Jericho’s team wins!

Winners: Chris Jericho & “Big Bill” Morrissey, by pinfall

Consider this one a 3v2 Handicap Match, because the Bad Apple got involved. And he even goes after Zay now! Quen goes after Bryan, but Bill & Jericho go after Quen, but Samoa Joe’s team runs out there! Joe LOW BLOWS Bill! Shibata and Hook go after Jericho and Bryan, but Jericho gets outta there! The Learning Tree wants nothing to do with this! So Shibata isolates Bryan’s arm, and STOMPS it!! Jericho feels Bryan’s pain, emotionally speaking. Joe gets a mic to say, “HI~, CHRIS~!” But week after week, Jericho has “graced” us with his presence, but Joe and his associates here have been talking. And every idea that falls from Jericho’s tree “absolutely SUCKS!”

The fans cheer but Joe isn’t done. Joe tells Jericho that they come from very different schools of thought. And the best ideas survive the crucible of combat! So that is what Joe suggests! Joe, Hook & Shibata VS Jericho and what’s left of his tree, come Forbidden Door! Will Jericho, Bill & Bryan be able to regroup in the eight days they have? Or will they be turned into the lumber that builds the school of Samoa Joe?

 

BREAKING NEWS for Dynamite!

Though Will Ospreay and Swerve Strickland are Forbidden Door opponents, and hardly friends after how personal they’re making things, they must team together against The Gates of Agony! Will Bishop Kaun & Toa Liona crush the champions before they ever reach Long Island?

 

AEW Continental Championship Title Eliminator: Kazuchika Okada VS Ultimo Guerrero!

Christopher Daniels promised The Elite that they would face top tier competition for their titles, and he finally realized who would be best for The Rainmaker: the man who mentored him while on excursion in Mexico! Will Okada be able to stay undefeated in AEW when facing one of CMLL’s best? Or will Ultimo Guerrero show him that he still has a lot to learn?

The bell rings and Okada stares Ultimo down. The fans rally up, the two circle, and Ultimo offers a handshake. Okada slaps the hand away, he no longer cares about his former sensei. The two tie up, Ultimo waistlocks, then he SLAMS Okada down. Ultimo facelocks, Okada wrenches out but Ultimo rolls and trips Okada. Ultimo rolls Okada but Okada arm-drags free, and the two stand! The fans fire up as they reset and go again. Ultimo gets his side of the crowd going, but Okada has plenty of fans, too. The two speed things up, Okada drops but Ultimo runs him over! Ultimo whips, Okada ducks ‘n’ dodges, but Ultimo CHOPS!

Ultimo scoops, Okada slips free, but Ultimo LARIATS! Cover, TWO! The fans rally, Ultimo stands first and he brings Okada around. Ultimo puts Okada in a corner to CHOP! Okada sputters, but Ultimo CHOPS again! And CHOPS again! Okada drops to a knee, Ultimo brings him up to scoop, and SLAM! The fans fire up, Okada slowly rises, but Ultimo is on him again. Ultimo CHOPS, and CHOPS, then brings Okada around. Ultimo whips Okada to ropes, then LARIATS him down! Ultimo stalks Okada to a corner, KNEES low, then KNEES low again! The ref counts, Ultimo snapmares Okada down then clamps on a chinlock.

The fans rally, Okada endures and fights around, but Ultimo pushes him down to get a leg. STRETCH MUFFLER! Okada endures, reaches out, ROPEBREAK! The ref counts in Español, and Ultimo lets go at 4. Ultimo stomps Okada to the corner, lets off again, but Okada powers up to Alabama Lift! REVERSE NECK- NO, Ultimo fights it to an IRON OCTOPUS! Okada hurries to the ROPEBREAK, and Ultimo lets off again. Ultimo whips Okada to a corner, runs in, but Okada pops him up to the Alabama! REVERSE NECKBREAKER! Okada scowls and the fans fire up while Collision goes picture in picture.

Okada goes back to Ultimo, drags him up, and CLUBS him. Okada TOSSES Ultimo out, goes out after him, and UPPERCUTS! Ultimo staggers, Okada UPPERCUTS him again, and Ultimo sits in a corner. Okada stands Ultimo up, to SMACK hm off the chair! Okada drags Ultimo up and puts him back in the ring, then takes his time stepping in. Okada brings Ultimo up, turns him, and hits a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Ultimo stays in this and Okada is annoyed. Okada paces, drags Ultimo up and DECKS him! Okada looms over Ultimo as Collision goes to break.

Collision returns and Okada has Ultimo in a corner. Okada brings him up but Ultimo body shots! And CHOPS! Okada knees low, whips, and runs in to BACK ELBO! Okada goes corner to corner, but Ultimo follows to clothesline! Ultimo keeps moving, but then Okada follows! Ultimo dodges, and DOUBLE LARIATS take both men down! The fans fire up, the ref checks, and both men are still in this. Okada sits up first but Ultimo stands first. Ultimo whips, Okada reverses, but Ultimo pops Okada up to the apron! Ultimo sweeps the legs, fires up, and runs side to side to WRECK Okada with a dropkick!

The fans fire up and Ultimo goes out to the apron. Ultimo storms over to Okada, drags him up, and whips him into railing! Then he CHOPS! The fans fire up as Okada reaches out in pain. Ultimo storms up behind Okada, the ring count climbs, but Ultimo POSTS Okada at 7! Ultimo slides into the ring at 8, Okada flounders in after, and Ultimo eggs Okada on. Ultimo fireman’s carries, Okada slips free! Ultimo ELBOWS Okada, runs, but into the DROPKICK! Okada snarls and he drags Ultimo back up. Okada ripcords, but Ultimo ducks the lariat! Ultimo kicks low, runs in, but Okada avoids the splash! Okada fires forearms then goes up!

Okada pulls at Ultimo’s mask! The fans boo the disrespect, but Ultimo hits a RUNNING POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Okada stays in this but Ultimo rises up. Ultimo drags Okada up, puts him up top backwards, then climbs up behind him. Ultimo goes to the very top!? But Okada CLAWS at Ultimo’s face through the mask! Ultimo drops down, Okada climbs off the corner, and Okada ripcords! Ultimo ducks again, rolls Okada up, TWO!! Okada escapes and the fans fire up! Ultimo swings, but Okada gets around, and UNMASKS HIM! Ultimo does his best to cover up, but Okada ripcords! RAINMAKER!! Cover, Okada wins!

Winner: Kazuchika Okada, by pinfall (denies Ultimo Guerrero a title opportunity)

Despite how he got the win, Okada grins because for him, a win is a win! Will The Rainmaker be unstoppable now that he does what he wants?

 

Backstage interview with Top Flight.

Lexy Nair is with Dante, Darius & Action, and she congratulates Dante for making it into the AEW TNT Championship Ladder Match. Now, they wanted this time so what’s on their mind? Dante says the last time he was in a ladder match, he broke his leg. A broken fibula, a dislocated ankle. It took a lot of hard work for Dante to make it back here. He had to relearn how to walk, how to run, how to jump, and how to be himself again. But now, he’s going back in to that environment. A lot of people are saying that’s crazy. But it’ll take a little bit of crazy to become the NEW TNT Champion, so boys, at Forbidden Door, he’ll get some gold to celebrate with.

Lio Rush walks in and he wants to talk about last week. Action says before that, he does want to congratulate Lio Rush on the win last night. Lio appreciates that. And he asks if Darius is cool. Darius nods so Lio takes that. Lio tells Dante that when it came to last week, Lio is a man of his word. He has Dante’s back. Always has, always will. But come Forbidden Door, Lio is in the match, too, and he wants the TNT Championship for himself. Dante says same for him. So then see you there. Darius says they’ll see who the better man is. Top Flight heads out, but will the Bad Child make sure he’s the Man of the Hour in New York?

 

Six Man Tag: The Patriarchy VS The Iron Savages!

While Christian Cage still wants to be AEW World Champion, he also wants his “sons,” Nick Wayne and Killswitch/Luchasaurus, to succeed, too. So they are going to go after the AEW World Trios Championships as a family, no matter who they have to go through. Killswitchasaurus took out Jacked Jameson, Dirty Bulk Bronson & Beefcake Boulder all by himself, so will it be even easier when Captain Charisma & The Prodigy Son are with him? Or will everyone be sippin’ sauce and livin’ hoss on Saturday night?

Before the match, Jameson has a mic. He tells Christian that he has been a focal point on the biggest shows in wrestling since most of us were little kids. Christian is one of the greatest of all time, and is now better than he’s ever been. However, ever since coming to AEW, Christian’s been acting more like “Low T Loser!” A couple weeks ago, Christian had Killswitch take them out for no reason! Then he’s got that little peeper, Nick Wayne, who looks like Timothée Chalamet but even wimpier! But they ain’t going to Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory! They’re going to the milk farm in #TIDDYCITY!!

The fans are a little torn about that idea, but then The Patriarchy makes their entrance. But then Christian leaves?! No, he joins commentary! He’s leaving this all up to his “sons!” The teams sort out in this unofficial handicap match, and Luchasaurus starts against Bronson. The fans are on the dinosaur’s side, but Jameson says time to sip some sauce! Bronson grabs the cup and he CHUGS it! Bronson is all fired up, runs up on Luchasaurus, but Luchasaurus HEADBUTTS him down! Nick wants in, so Luchasaurus tags. Nick swaggers around, toys with Bronson, then taunts Jameson. Nick eggs Bronson on, kicks him around, then KICKS Bronson ont he back!

Nick flexes but Bronson gets up! Bronson is literally twice as big as Nick! Bronson back suplexes, Nick lands out! Nick kicks and runs, but into a back drop! Christian coaches Nick from 30 feet away at the desk but Bronson says it is time for TIDDY! CITY~! Bronson sends Nick right into Boulder’s beefy chest! Nick sputters, Luchasaurus tags in! He CLOBBERS Bronson, BLASTS Boulder & Jameson, then TOSESS Bronson toa  corner! Luchasaurus fires off fast hands, whips corner to corner, then runs up to BOOT Bronson down! Christian says this is the most elite big man in the business. Boulder storms up, he grabs Luchasaurus!

Luchasaurus ELBOWS Boulder, SHOVES him up and out, but Jameson grabs Luchasaurus by the hair! Christian says that’s cheating! Well, he would know… Jameson CLUBS Luchasaurus, goes up, but Luchasaurus garbs him first! To THROW him down onto Boulder! Nick gets in, he gets a boost from Luchasaurus, SUPER PLANCHA onto the Savages! Christian says they are the next Trios Champions and it is not up for debate. Luchasaurus waits on Bronson, Bronson slowly staggers to his feet, and into the choke grip! But Bronson CLUBS at the arm! Bronson breaks free, fires hands over and over, then LARIATS!

Christian is upset but Luchasaurus stays up! Bronson LARIAT, then DISCUS LARIATS! Luchasaurus drops to a knee, Bronson fires back up, “I’M GONNA BUST~!” Bronson runs, but into the choke grip! JURASSIC CHOKE SLAM! And then Nick wants back in! Christian says to do it, so Luchasaurus tags. Luchasaurus gets Bronson up, Christian says now his boys need his help. WAYNE’S WORLD! Christian goes to ringside, and Nick gladly tags his “father” in. Christian then has his “sons” get Bronson up, and he says THEY are the next Trios Champions! KILLSWITCH for Bronson! Cover, Patriarchy wins!

Winners: The Patriarchy, by pinfall

Christian tops it off after his “sons” do the heavy lifting, but a win is a win. Will nothing stop The Patriarchy as they look to reign over AEW together?

 

Mercedes Mone visited Arena Mexico.

And she told Stephanie Vaquer this is why she’s the CEO. She flew all the way to Mexico just ot make a point. Mone said hola, and then stared Vaquer down. Mone knows Vaquer is NJPW Strong Women’s Champion for now, but that title is hers come Forbidden Door. But then Vaquer told Mone, “You’re in my house now, b*tch! And we speak Spanish here!” So Mone used the internationally understood SLAP ACROSS THE FACE! The fight was on, and Mone snatched both belts! Will Mone prove she is The CEO of the entire world? Or will she find out why Vaquer is La Primera?

 

Toni Storm & Mariah May w/ Luther VS Lady Frost & Leyla Hirsch!

While Mina Shirakawa is coming for The Leading Lady’s AEW Women’s World Championship and the spotlight, she also wants her Mariah back! Will Storm and Mariah show Mina that their bond is more than just skin deep? Or will they both freeze up facing a LEGIT cool duo?

The teams sort out and Storm starts against Leyla. The fans rally for Storm as she and Leyla circle. They tie up, and Storm powers Leyla back, but Leyla puts Storm in the corner. They go around again, on the mat, then back to their feet. Storm wrenches but Leyla gets around to trip Storm. Leyla pushes Storm to a cover, ONE as Storm bridges. Leyla pushes her down, ONE! Leyla tries again, ONE! Leyla hops on but Storm stays bridged up! They stand, Storm wrenches to a facelock, then tags Mariah. The fans cheer as Storm whips Leyla to ropes, then BOOTS her down! Mariah SHOTGUNS Leyla down, but Leyla scrambles away.

Frost tags in, Mariah and Storm are too busy celebrating together. Frost gets around Mariah, goes to ropes, but Mariah bucks the O’Conner. Frost rolls through, comes back, tilt-o-whirl and sunset flip! TWO, but Mariah SLAPS Frost! Mariah puts some stank on the CHOP! Mariah then scoops for a SPIN OUT SIDEWALK SLAM! The fans fire up and Mariah even BLASTS Leyla for good measure! Storm runs in to HIP ATTACK Frost! Storm and Mariah pose together, and Storm cues us to picture in picture.

Storm and Mariah talk but Leyla drags Mariah back in! Frost drags Storm out, the two are separated and Frost fires off on Storm! Leyla throws Mariah down, covers, TWO! Frost CHOPS Storm against barriers! Leyla drags Mariah up to snap suplex! Leyla soaks up the heat, drags Mariah up, then tags in Frost. Leyla snap suplexes again, and Frost STANDING MOONSAULTS! Cover, TWO! Frost stays on Mariah and brings her back over, tag to Leyla. They mug Mariah, stomp her down, then Leyla digs her boots in. The ref counts, Leyla lets off, and then she drags Mariah up. Luther rallies the fans while Mariah endures the REAR BEARHUG!

Mariah reaches out while Leyla leans on her. Mariah fights up, reaches for Storm, but Leyla brings her away. Mariah fights with elbows, then runs, but Leyla reels her in! Mariah switches, Leyla switches, but Mariah wrenches to a SAIDO! Mariah and Leyla crawl, hot tag to Storm! Storm rallies on Leyla, BLASTS Frost, and Collision returns to single picture! Storm dodges Leyla, blocks the boots, and DRAPING BACKSTABBERS! The fans fire up and Storm stands Leyla up, for a FISHERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Not quite perfect but Storm stands Leyla up again. Storm reels Leyla in, but Leyla back drops!

Storm sunset flips, but Leyla drops into the ARMBAR!! Storm flails, reaches out, and the fans rally up again! Mariah jumps in to RUNNING KNEE Leyla down! Storm is free, Frost runs up, but into a HEADBUTT! Mariah hurries back and reaches out! Hot tag to Mariah! She drags Leyla to a corner, Frost is in the other. Mariah and Storm say kiss THESE! But then Frost & Leyla dodge! GAMANGIRI for Mariah! Now Mariah and Storm are in corners! Frost hits the CANNONBALL! Leyla adds a SWINGING DROPKICK! Leyla drags Mariah to the drop zone and Frost goes up! Leyla goes after Storm but Storm HEADBUTTS!

Storm shields Mariah from the FROSTBITE!! Frost drags Leyla to cover Mariah, STORM BREAKS IT! The fans fire up, Frost fires off on Storm! Frost bumps Storm off buckles, Leyla gets Mariah up. Leyla ROCKS Mariah, coordinates with Frost, and they whip Storm and Mariah into each other! The two HUG! Then they dodge Leyla & Frost, to DOUBLE GERMAN SUPLEX! The fans fire up as now they DOUBLE HIP ATTACK! Storm gets Leyla for STORM ZERO! Mariah covers, she and Storm win!

Winners: Toni Storm & Mariah May, by pinfall

The mentor and protege embrace as they come out victorious! But with Mina Shirakawa trying to wedge herself between them, will this story have a tragic ending?

 

Serena Deeb speaks.

“Leading up to Double or Nothing, I was 6-0. Physically, I was unbeatable. Mentally, I was untouchable, unbreakable. And subsequently, I’ve had three of the toughest losses of my career, to some of the best women in this company. And I know how this goes. Sometimes you’re on the up, sometimes you’re on the down. But when you’re on the down, you gotta stop it in its tracks and you gotta lift yourself back up. If there’s anything that my wrestling career has shown, it’s perseverance, it’s redemption, it’s grit. So next week, I will be in Buffalo at Collision, and I am begging anybody to step into my ring, to step into Deeb’s Dojo!

“Because, baby, I’m on the up. And from here, I’m gonna remind everybody, and I’m gonna remind myself, just who the hell I am: The Professor of Professional Wrestling.” Who will accept Deeb’s “pop quiz” next week on Collision?

 

Malakai Black & Brody King VS Leon & Max St. Giovanni!

The Bang Bang Gang mocked the misfortune of this malevolent faction, and they are looking to take their anger out on whatever poor souls AEW have found for them. Will LSG & MSG soon RIP at the feet of The Kings of the Black Throne?

The teams sort out, MSG starts against Malakai. They circle, MSG is wary of Brody, but he ties up with Malakai. MSG wrenches, wristlocks, but Malakai rolls, wrenches and cording holds. MSG slips around to wrench back, but Malakai spins to wrench then headlock. MSG powers out but Malakai runs him over! Malakai stands MSG up but MSG ROCKS him with a forearm! MSG winds up, but Malakai blocks the kick to ELBOW him away! Malakai runs up, but into an ELBOW! LSG tags in, but runs into an arm-drag! Malakai clamps onto LSG’s arm, wrenches it, and tags in Brody. The fans bark as Brody CLOBBERS MSG!

LSG arm-drags free of Malakai, then runs up, but Malakai drops down so Brody can CHOP LSG off his feet! LSG sputters, the fans bark for Brody, but MSG is back! Malakai blocks MSG’s superkick to KICK the other leg. Brody and Malakai FOREARM KNEE SMASH COMBO! LSG runs up, but into a POP-UP KNEE COMBO! Then DANTE’S INFERNO!! Cover, The House wins!

Winners: Malakai Black & Brody King, by pinfall

The brothers St. Giovanni could not withstand the wrath of the Dark Father and the King of Death, who still have fury burning in their eyes. But as they head up the ramp, Ian Riccaboni is there to interview them. He congratulates them on the win tonight, but he must ask: How does it feel after what happened to Buddy last week? Malakai chuckles, and says what a “human” question. Brody tells Ian that revenge is never a straight line. They feel nothing. Does that mean Buddy doesn’t matter? Or are Malakai & Brody just waiting until the right time to strike?

 

Hechicero w/ The Gates of Agony VS Matthew Menard!

The Alchemist of Lucha Libre warned MJF that at Forbidden Door, he’s going to break off one of MJF’s arms! Will Hechicero use Menard as an example of that? Or will Hechicero have a hard time handling some Daddy Magic?

The bell rings and Menard dodges Hechi to fire off fast hands! Menard whips Hechi to then CLOBBER him! The fans fire up with Menard as he keeps on Hechi, with a LARIAT! “What you got!?” The fans cheer, Menard whips, but Hechi gets under the leap frog to DUMP Menard down! Hechi ELBOW DROPS, then basement DROPKICKS! Menard bails out, shakes out the stars, then slides back in. But Hechi stomps away on Menard, then CHOKES him on ropes! The ref counts, Hechi BITES Menard before letting off. Menard gets up but Hechi CHOPS him! Hechi runs to JUMP KNEE! The fans are torn, but Hechi gets Menard up, for a back drop!

Hechi traps an arm, grabs the other, and DARK SACRIFICE! Menard writhes, staggers around, and Hechi slithers around to make sure MJF knows he is numero uno! Hechi runs up, but Menard dodges! Hechi hits buckles, and Menard fires off shots! Menard whips corner to corner, then runs up to clothesline! Menard climbs, and he rains down fists! The fans fire up and count all the way to TEN! Menard is all fired up, then he hits a CUTTER! Cover, TWO! Hechi stays in this but Menard scowls. Menard runs, but into a CROSSBODY from Hechi! SLEEPER on the ropes! The ref counts, Hechi RAMS Menard down!

Hchi then slingshots to SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Hechi waits on Menard, runs and tilt-o-whirls, HEADSCISSOR LEG DROP! Then Hechi rains down shots on Menard’s back, before reeling him into the CRUCIFIX ARMBAR! Menard taps, Hechi wins!

Winner: Hechicero, by submission

The Gates of Agony storm in to celebrate with Hechi, will the Alchemist of Lucha turn the Wolf of Wrestling into a lap dog? Or will MJF prove that he’s better than even Hechicero, and he knows it?

 

Jeff Jarrett speaks.

“When I was asked officially about being in the Owen Hart Foundation Tournament, all the emotion came back. It’s hard for me to imagine it’s been 25 years, but there are so many things that I remember like it was yesterday. In the late 90s, we would become Tag Team Champions, and I kinda look back on those days as the favorite days of my career. His passing in 1999, May 23rd, on the Monday the following day, I made a promise to myself that I would be able to look Oje & Athena in their eyes, and it really meant something. They were little kids when it happened, but to let them know what a great man their father is. I never, ever met anybody like him.”

Jarrett looks back, and he’s since become a 12-time world champion, a two-time Hall of Famer. The Owen Cup means more to him than anything he’s ever done. Toby Keith passed away earlier this year, another good buddy. And as the song says, he ain’t as good as he once was, but he’s as good once as he ever was. To get the opportunity to win three matches, then stand in the ring in Owen’s hometown of Calgary, Jarrett is absolutely gonna do it. The Last Outlaw must still wait and see what “wild card” is dealt, but will he make it through no matter what?

 

AEW International Championship: Will Ospreay VS Brian Cage!

The Aerial Assassin wants to be the #TwoBeltBruv by taking Swerve’s AEW World Championship, but he also has to defend the belt he has. And while The Machine doesn’t work for The Mogul anymore, he might end up helping him out with this match. Will Ospreay stay golden on the Road to The Forbidden Door? Or will Cage make sure Ospreay’s limping into Long Island?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and it’s time to see #WhoBetta!

The bell rings and Cage CLOBBERS Ospreay! Cage fires off in the corner, the fans boo and the ref counts. But then Ospreay turns things around to fire back! Ospreay goes up to rain down fists, but Cage SHOVES him away at 4! Ospreay lands out on his feet, only for Cage to run him over! The fans boo but Cage drags Ospreay up to ROCK him! Ospreay staggers, Cage CHOPS him, but the fans rally for the “BRUV! BRUV! BRUV!” Cage whips, Ospreay ducks ‘n’ dodges and RAN- NO, Cage stops that and TOSSES Ospreay! Then he scoops to do bicep curls, before the FALL AWAY SLAM! Cage flexes but fans boo.

Ospreay grits his teeth as he stands up, and Cage runs in. Ospreay DUMPS Cage out, ROCKS him, then ROCKS him again. Cage shoves Ospreay but Ospreay comes back to BOOT! Cage falls to the floor, the fans fire up with Ospreay, and he PLANCHAS! Down goes Cage and the fans fire up again! Ospreay paces, brings Cage up and into the ring, and Collision goes picture in picture.

Ospreay aims from the apron, springboards, but Cage catches him! Cage stalling suplexes Ospreay, walks around with him, but Ospreay flails. Cage still keeps Ospreay up, to JACKHAMMER! Cover, TWO! Cage is annoyed but he brings Ospreay back up. Cage brings Ospreay around, bumps him off buckles, then CHOPS! Cage ROCKS Ospreay, soaks up the heat, then smirks as he drags Ospreay back up. Ospreay fires forearms in return! Cage SOBATS, scoops, and SLAMS, to then drop a leg, brother! Cover, TWO! Ospreay stays in this but Cage stays on him. Cage drags Ospreay up, to HEADBUTT him!

Ospreay staggers, Cage bumps him off buckles, but Ospreay kicks low! Ospreay ROCKS Cage, CHOPS him, then CHOPS him again! Ospreay whips corner to corner, but Cage reverses hard! Ospreay falls back, Cage dusts himself off, and then Cage asks, “Who betta?!” Cage looms over Ospreay, gives him clubbing crossface forearms from both sides, and Collision goes to break.

Collision returns and Cage has Ospreay in a BEARHUG! Ospreay endures, the fans rally, and Ospreay throws elbows! Ospreay BELL CLAPS and Cage lets him go! Cage still knees low, CLUBS Ospreay, then shouts, “Who betta than Cage, huh?!” Cage runs but into the TIGER WALL KICK and ENZIGIRI! Cage staggers to a corner and the fans fire back up! Daniel Garcia is watching, as he still wants a shot at the International Championship. Ospreay runs corner to corner to BOOT Cage! Ospreay pushes Cage out, goes to the apron and springboards in, PIP PIP CHEERIO! Cover, TWO! Ospreay is annoyed but he just brings Cage up.

Ospreay reels Cage in but Cage resists the lift. The fans rally as Ospreay fires Kawada Kicks! And then winds up to CHOP! Ospreay reels Cage in again, but Cage back drops free! Cage goes corner to corner to UPPERCUT, GAMANGIRI, then GERMAN SUPLEX! Ospreay has a rough landing and the ref checks him, but he seems okay to continue. Cage goes to the corner, and he deadlift SUPERLEXES! Cover, TWO!! Ospreay toughs it out and Cage grows frustrated. The fans rally for Ospreay but Cage reels him in. Cage puts one out, lifts Ospreay up, but Ospreay RANAS Cage into the buckles!

Ospreay hurries up top now, and he BLINDSIDE CHEERIOS! The fans fire up and Ospreay prepares his elbow pad. Cage stirs, Ospreay goes to a corner and the fans are thunderous! HIDDEN- NO, Cage fireman’s carries first! But Ospreay fights around, sunset flips, but Cage stays up to YANK Ospreay up! But Ospreay gets around, full nelsons, only for Cage to ELBOW free. Ospreay HOOK KICKS back! Ospreay springboards, OSC- DROPKICK from Cage!! The fans boo, but Cage aims and spins, but Ospreay slips through the lariat! And he gets Cage up, SITOUT BOMB! Both men are down and the fans are thunderous!

Ospreay and Cage stir, a standing count begins, and the fans rally up. Both men are down at 5 of 10 but Ospreay sits up first. Cage follows, and Ospreay stands at 7. Ospreay brings Cage around to fire a forearm! And then another forearm! And then another! Cage ROCKS Ospreay back! Cage stalks Ospreay, hauls him up to a fireman’s carry, and F5!! Cover, TWO!! Cage is losing his cool and he argues with the ref but the count was still two! Cage seethes, and Collision goes picture in picture again.

Ospreay stirs while Cage paces around him. Cage slashes his throat, brings Ospreay back up, and he SLAPS Ospreay! Ospreay wobbles, Cage SLAPS him again! Ospreay ROCKS Cage, ROCKS him again, and again! Cage ROCKS Ospreay right back! Ospreay staggers around, finds his way back, and he fires more forearms on Cage! So Cage DECKS Ospreay! Cage eggs Ospreay on, and Ospreay rises to fire another flurry! Cage ROCKS Ospreay again, and Ospreay leans against Cage. Cage pushes Ospreay down, talks trash, then stands on Ospreay’s back! Cage flexes, soaks up the heat, but Ospreay pushes up off the mat!

Cage STOMPS Ospreay down! Cage runs, but Ospreay avoids the elbow drop! Cage staggers back over, brings Ospreay up, but Ospreay fires forearms! Cage ROCKS Ospreay but Ospreay just fires up! Ospreay fires another flurry, Cage ROCKS him again, but Ospreay ROARS! Ospreay fires shot after shot but Cage ROCKS him one more time! Ospreay goes to a corner, Cage brings him around and reels him in. Suplex, but Ospreay slips free! Ospreay waistlocks, Cage switches, but Ospreay ELBOWS free. Cage ROCKS Ospreay again, but Ospreay headbutts buckles to fire himself up! The fans are thunderous as Collision returns to single picture!

Ospreay eggs Cage on, then blocks a shot to fire KAWADA KICKS! Cage JUMP KNEES! DISCUS- SUPERKICK! Cage stills wings, Ospreay swats the lariat to HOOK KICK! Cage still LARIATS through!! Cage gets Ospreay up, lifts, POWERBOMB! Deadlift, SPINNING SITOUT BOMB!! Cover, TWO!! Ospreay survives and the fans are thunderous again! Cage seethes and pounds the mat in frustration but the fans are behind Ospreay. Cage drags Ospreay up, fireman’s carries again, but Ospreay fires elbows! Ospreay pops up to spin and RAN- NO! Cage blocks that again! Cage brings Ospreay up, but Ospreay slips into a DDT!

Cage staggers, Ospreay whips, but Cage reverses! Ospreay handsprings, but into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Ospreay springs right up to HIDDEN BLADE!!! Cover, TWO?!?! Cage survives and shocks Ospreay! Ospreay just fires himself back up and the fans rally as hard as they can! Ospreay gets Cage up, reels him in, and underhooks those big meaty arms! But Cage fights with those arms to RAM Ospreay into a corner! Cage goes corner to corner, but Ospraey BOOTS him! Ospreay goes up but Cage GAMANGIRIS! Right in the mouth! Cage goes up, but Ospreay slips under and tucks Cage in! CHEEKY NANDOS!

Cage wobbles, Ospreay puts him back up! Ospreay goes up TO SUPER- NO, Cage slips free! So Ospreay GAMANGIRIS back! Ospreay goes up but Cage scoop him! SUPER SPINNING POWERSLAM!!! Cover, TWO?!?! Now Ospreay shocks Cage! The fans are electric for “A E DUB! A E DUB!” Ospreay rises, Cage runs in, and he CLOTHESLINES Ospreay in that corner! Ospreay’s momentum puts him up top! Cage goes up after Ospreay, fireman’s carries, but Ospreay pops up to SUPER STEINER!! The fans are electric again, for the OS- NO!! Cage stuffs that to ripcord and HAYMAKER!

Cage vows to end this! Suplex, STUN DOG MILLIONAIRE! And POISON-RANA!! Ospreay gets moving, OSCUTTER!!! Cover, TWO!??!? Ospreay throws his elbow pad away, he means business this time! HIDDEN BLADE!!!! Cover, Ospreay wins!!

Winner: Will Ospreay, by pinfall (still AEW International Champion)

The Machine proved he can get his stuff in, and that he can take one of the best to the limit, but that is where Cage hits his limit! Ospreay is rolling into Dynamite next week, where he will have no choice but to team with The Realest to take on some common enemies. Will Will Ospreay & Swerve Strickland make it through The Gates of Agony? Or will neither of them make it to The Forbidden Door?


My Thoughts:

A great Collision, though stocked full of more action than I expected. Thankfully, it was less talky than usual, and what promos we got were fairly efficient. Well, I feel like there was a touch of redundancy to Lio interacting with Top Flight when we got that moment on Rampage. I guess AEW is worried not enough people are watching Rampage. Deeb sending out an Open Challenge for the Collision go-home next week was good, I’m sure we’ll get a great match of her and a visiting CMLL or Stardom talent. And after Jarrett’s very moving promo, I actually want to see him make it to the finals. I don’t see him winning the whole thing with Pac AND Bryan Danielson on the other side of the bracket, but for the sake of honoring Owen Hart’s memory, Jarrett at least has to get past the wild card.

Storm & Mariah VS Leyla & Frost was a good tune-up match for the Six Woman Tag set for Dynamite, but as such, The Outcasts likely win. As I said on Wednesday, if Mariah is going to beat Saraya in the Women’s Owen Hart Cup, she’ll have to lose out on Dynamite because that’s how the math works. Hechicero of course beat Daddy Magic, but that’s because MJF is going to win at Forbidden Door. And then of course The House of Black beat the St. Giovanni brothers. Their dismissive nature towards the interview was an interesting one, but I would think they will get their revenge on The Patriarchy soon enough.

Good promo from The Bang Bang Gang that helped feed into the various stories. The Patriarchy of course beat The Iron Savages, but Christian avoided doing work in an even more obnoxious way than I expected. I still think Pac should work with Malakai & Brody in an attempt to get revenge on The Bang Bang Gang together, but I guess that depends on if Pac goes to the Owen Hart Cup finals or not. Oddly, I’d love if The Bang Bang Gang did face The Patriarchy for some rare Heels VS Heels shenanigans. Christian will try to cheat at the same time Bang Bang Gang tries to cheat so it comes down to who can cheat better.

Though going by the other tag matches, the Joe-Hook-Shibata trio is a great team, and they naturally made quick work of The Premier Athletes. Then they logically went after Jericho’s group after that great match with Private Party. Jericho likely will still owe Hook an FTW Championship match, but it’d also be great if Joe-Hook-Shibata got their shot at the trios titles. We’d get some awesome promos between them and the Bang Bang Gang, as well as some fresh showdowns. And really good match of Okada and Ultimo Guerrero. It was a little sluggish, but I suppose between Ultimo and Okada needing to get a rhythm, and Ultimo being 52, it was still very solid stuff. But Okada winning was fine, it leaves him available for a different match-up for Forbidden Door weekend.

And just an awesome International Championship match for the main event. I did not think Cage was going to get as much offense in as he did, but I appreciate that they let him. Cage needs to be seen as a threat on some level so pushing Ospreay like this was a good way to do it. But of course Ospreay wins, because they’re continuing to tease Garcia VS Ospreay.

My Score: 8.9/10


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