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Mitchell’s NJPW Dominion Results & Report! (6/7/21)

There WILL be a new world champion!

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NJPW Dominion 2021

Will the Rainmaker or Dragon have dominion over NJPW after tonight?

Will Ospreay’s injury gives for a NEW IWGP World Heavyweight Champion! But will it be Kazuchika Okada or Shingo Takagi that takes up NJPW’s banner?

NOTE: NJPW no longer wants to feed AXS TV now that it is with Anthem and Impact Wrestling. But never fear, I will cover NJPW in the spirit of AXS in providing the most important matches of the show.

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship: El Desperado VS YOH; Desperado wins and retains the title.
  • Kota Ibushi VS Jeff Cobb; Ibushi wins.
  • Vacated IWGP World Heavyweight Championship: Kazuchika Okada VS Shingo Takagi; Takagi wins and becomes the new IWGP World Heavyweight Champion.

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IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship: El Desperado VS YOH!

The Rogue Luchador was Mr. Junior Heavyweight when he had both the singles and tag team titles, but Roppongi 3K changed that. Will Direct Drive Yoh completely change things and become the new Mr. Junior Heavyweight? Or will Desperado desperately cling to this title?

The introductions are made, the singles title is raised, and the future of the Junior Heavyweight Division will be decided with Dominion!

The fans rally up as Desperado and Yoh circle. Yoh and Desperado tie up, are in a deadlock, but Yoh gets some leverage to push Desperado to ropes. The ref calls for the break, Yoh lets off, and borrows a move from The Rainmaker with the fake chop to shoulder pat. Desperado shoves Yoh then puts him on ropes. Desperado gives Yoh hard pats on the shoulder, but then grabs an ear! The ref reprimands Desperado but Yoh breaks free. Desperado dodges the haymaker to then kick Yoh in the butt. Desperado taunts Yoh while fans cheer. Yoh keeps his cool and blocks Desperado’s boot! Desperado pokes an eye to avoid the dragon screw!

Desperado gets a headlock to takeover, traps an arm and grinds Yoh. Yoh turns it to a cover, ONE, and Desperado holds on. Yoh gets out and floats to a headlock of his own. Desperado fights up, fans rally as Yoh grinds the hold, but Desperado brings Yoh to a knee to pop out the back. Desperado wrenches an arm to a wristlock, but Yoh rolls and handsprings around to wrench Desperado back! Yoh grinds the wristlock but Desperado reaches for ropes. Yoh keeps him away then hammerlocks to a headlock. Desperado powers out, reels Yoh in to his own headlock, but Yoh returns the power out to get an arm-drag! Yoh has the armlock as fans cheer the exchange.

Desperado fights up, Yoh wrenches, but Desperado rakes eyes! The ref reprimands but Yoh kicks low. Yoh runs but Desperado uses the ref as a shield! Yoh gets past the ref, but he jumps over Desperado’s low dropkick! Fans cheer as Yoh gives back the taunting. Desperado gets up in a huff and whips Yoh. Yoh reverses and hurdles, things speed up and Yoh dropkicks Desperado out of the ring! Fans rally as Yoh watches Desperado rise. Yoh aims, PLAN- NO! Desperado drags Yoh out to whip hard into railing! Desperado drags Yoh up, whips him the other way and into more railing! Yoh falls in a heap while Desperado paces. The ref checks on Yoh but Desperado stands on Yoh’s head!

The ref reprimands, Desperado lets off and goes looking under the ring. Desperado brings out a bucket? Desperado tosses the bucket for the ref to go after, so that he can bring out a chair! Desperado SMACKS Yoh’s leg! The champion is crafty, perhaps he could teach a thing or two to even the Sliest Wrestler, Taichi. The ring count starts, Desperado drags Yoh up and into the ring at 4 of 20. Desperado stomps Yoh’s leg, Yoh gets to ropes, and Desperado paces. Desperado drags Yoh around to put the leg on the ropes. Desperado springboards to DROP DOWN on the leg! Yoh writhes, the ref checks on him, but Yoh refuses to let it end like this.

Desperado talks trash on Yoh, Yoh gives it back and fans rally up. Desperado gets Yoh up and has the leg, for a SHIN BREAKER! And then a KNEE JACKER! And then a SPLASH to the leg! Cover, TWO! Yoh isn’t done yet but Desperado keeps cool. Desperado paces while talking more trash. He drags Yoh back up, but Yoh throws forearms! Desperado doesn’t budge, and he just kicks the shin! Desperado gets Yoh back up but Yoh turns shin breaker into sunset flip! TWO, and Desperado is right after the leg again. Desperado drops a leg on the leg, then ties Yoh up in a BUTTERFLY DEATHLOCK! Yoh endures as Desperado puts pressure on both knees at once!

Fans rally as Yoh throws forearms on Desperado! But Desperado bridges to put pressure on the legs again! Yoh fights his way towards ropes, and Desperado mockingly applauds. Desperado then adds a facelock! Desperado leans back on the leglock, but Yoh gets the ropebreak! The ref counts the break, Desperado says he needs a little help. The ref helps him undo the leglock, then Desperado “trips” and drops knees on the knee! Yoh writhes and clutches the rope but Desperado paces around impatiently. The ref checks with Yoh again but Yoh refuses to stop. Desperado gives Yoh toying kicks and mockingly asks what’s wrong.

Desperado gets Yoh up, fans rally, and Desperado reels Yoh in, but Yoh tries to suplex! The leg won’t let him finish, though! Desperado runs, Yoh dodges and Yoh starts rallying with forearms and elbows! Yoh whips, Desperado reverses but Yoh hits FLYING FOREARMS! Both men are down as Yoh clutches the leg. Fans rally up, Yoh drags himself up with the ropes, and Desperado goes to a corner. Yoh runs in and back elbows! Then reels Desperado in for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Yoh keeps cool as he gets Desperado up and reels her in. Desperado blocks the suplex, throws shots at the leg, and gets free. Desperado runs back in, but into a DRAGON SCREW!

Fans cheer as Yoh evens things up with Desperado, and then gives Desperado a SPINNING TOEHOLD! And another! Desperado flails and crawls but Yoh drags him back, for a third spinning toehold! Yoh keeps on the leg, and hooks up the other, for a modified Figure Four! Desperado endures, CHOPS Yoh, and CHOPS, and CHOPS! Yoh DECKS Desperado then bridges to put pressure on the hold! Desperado drags himself and Yoh over, and gets a ROPEBREAK! Yoh lets Desperado go free, and fans rally as Yoh stalks behind Desperado. SHOTGUN dropkick to the leg! Yoh gets the leg, but Desperado boots him away! Desperado tries to stand, but he can’t!

Desperado clutches his leg, Yoh gets him up to kick the leg and throw uppercuts. Yoh whips, Desperado reverses into a SPINEBUSTER! STRETCH MUFFLER! Yoh hurries and gets the ROPEBREAK! Desperado thrashes the leg around but the ref counts! Desperado lets go at 4 and now Yoh is feeling the pain again. Fans rally up while both men are down. Desperado and Yoh get to opposite ends, and Desperado drags himself up with the ropes. Desperado hobbles over to stomp Yoh’s leg! Yoh drags himself up with ropes and stares Desperado down. Desperado throws a forearm, but Yoh stays up. Desperado ROCKS Yoh this time, but Yoh still stays up!

Yoh kicks but Desperado blocks to a BACK SUPLEX! Desperado gets Yoh up fast, for a BIG suplex! Cover, TWO! Desperado grows frustrated but fans still rally as he brings Yoh up. Desperado reels Yoh in, hooks him up, but no Guitara! Yoh lands and his leg jams, and Desperado stomps! Desperado drags Yoh back up, whips him, but Yoh reverses. Yoh runs in at the corner but Desperado puts him out on the apron. Yoh ROCKS Desperado, but Desperado trips him up! Desperado whips, You reverses, but Desperado keeps himself from running into railing. Yoh comes running back in to SHOTGUN Desperado into the railing!

Desperado writhes while fans cheer and Yoh gets back into the ring. Yoh watches Desperado, PLANCHA! Direct hit from Direct Drive this time! Yoh keeps moving, adrenaline helps with the leg as he FLIES! Tope conjilo hits at the ramp! Fans fire up with Yoh but he and Desperado are both catching their breath on the outside. The ring count starts, fans rally, and we’re at 10 of 20 before either sits up. Yoh gets going, but we’re at 15 as he gets Desperado up. Yoh puts Desperado in at 17 and fans cheer as he takes aim from the top rope. Yoh leaps and missile dropkicks! Yoh reels Desperado in, FISHERMAN FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO! Desperado survives but Yoh stays focused.

Yoh brings Desperado up with a half nelson, then goes for the full. Fans rally as he gets Desperado up, but Desperado looks to break free! Desperado uses his leg for the leverage needed, and Yoh ends up in a corner. Desperado runs in, blocks Yoh’s boot and puts it on the rope to SHOTGUN the other leg! Desperado gets the leg to DRAGON SCREW! Both men are down, though, as Desperado catches his breath. Fans rally up as both men slowly get back up. Yoh drags himself to the far side while Desperado gets his bad leg moving. Desperado crawls after Yoh, and both men slowly stand. Desperado throws a forearm, but Yoh gives it back!

Desperado hits Yoh, Yoh hits back! They pick up speed and fans rally with them! Desperado kicks the bad leg, but Yoh kicks Desperado’s bad leg! Desperado mule kicks Yoh’s bad leg, but Yoh just kicks Desperado’s again. Desperado low KICKS the leg out, then dares Yoh to get up. Desperado runs, into Yoh’s COMPLETE SHOT! Yoh drags Desperado up, pump handle, but Desperado powers out and gets Yoh for an OLYMPIC SLAM! Desperado keeps going, GUITARA DEL ANGEL! Cover, TWO!! Yoh survives and Desperado is furious! Fans fire up as Desperado gets up. Desperado slashes the throat and vows to end it here!

Desperado gets Yoh back up, double underhooks, but no Pinche Loco! Yoh wrenches out to JUMP KNEE! Desperado CHOPS, then catches Yoh for a cradle, to the STRETCH MUFFLER! Yoh rolls it over to a cradle, TWO!! Desperado hurries to his feet, but Yoh tackles him for a CALF KILLER!! Desperado endures as Yoh pulls back harder on the leg! Desperado fights, reaches, claws, but Yoh rolls him away from ropes! Yoh has the Calf Killer deep, but Desperado isn’t giving up! Yoh wants the other leg now! Yoh makes it a FIGURE FOUR CALF KILLER! Desperado desperately reaches out and gets the ROPEBREAK! Yoh lets go in frustration but fans stay fired up!

Yoh gets to his feet, looms over Desperado, then brings him up into a half nelson. Full nelson, DRAGON SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Desperado survives but Yoh fires up! Yoh gets Desperado back up, double underhooks, but Desperado fights free! Yoh blocks the punch but not the HEADBUTT! Now Desperado fires up and fans follow suit. Desperado underhooks, PINCH- NO! Jackknife from Yoh, TWO!!! Desperado barely escapes, both men get up, and Yoh SUPERKICKS Desperado! Desperado stays up to LOCO MONO!! Yoh goes down in a heap but Desperado isn’t done with him! Desperado drags Yoh into position, PINCHE LOCO!!! Cover a la the Deadman, Desperado wins!

Winner: El Desperado, by pinfall (still IWPG Junior Heavyweight Champion)

There won’t be a new Mr. Junior Heavyweight crowned tonight, as Desperado keeps his throne atop the division! But then what is next? Defending against a new challenge? Or trying to take the tag titles back from Roppongi 3K? Sho shows up to check on Yoh, but then Bullet Club’s Taiji Ishimori & El Phantasmo appear! What do they want? ELP and Taiji signal that they’re not here to fight or they already would be fighting. ELP asks for a mic, and he is given one. “Hey, hey, hey, settle down, ya dumb mark. We’re not gonna beat you up, no, no.” Bullet Club has good news! Before those “dumb incels” on NJPW’s websites break the news, he’s gonna steal the scoop!

At Kizuna Road, RPG3K will be the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions no more! “Bullet Club’s cutest tag team are coming for the gold!” And as for Despy, oooh~ boy! Taiji cuts ELP off here, and asks he wait a moment. Taiji stares Desperado down, and tells him that a certain someone (Yoh) jumped the line ahead of Taiji, but Taiji patiently waited. And while Desperado only just defended this belt, he has what Taiji wants. Surely, Desperado remembers, right? Now it’s Taiji’s turn, Despy! Taiji adds that in the end, the Bullet Club will take ALL the belts! Desperado mockingly applauds, and then responds by saying, “Hang on. I just won. I should get the final word here, not you.”

So then, Yoh. You did better than he thought, but in the end, Desperado won. Now Desperado wants to test himself! He looks forward to putting the last nail in the Bone Soldier’s coffin! Will Bullet Club make this a Too Sweet Summer and take over the Junior Heavyweight Division?

 

Kota Ibushi VS Jeff Cobb w/ Great-O-Khan!

The Golden Star and the Hawaiian Hulk have been going back and forth, hoping to battle for a Grand Slam, but they’ll take it another step up and battle on NJPW’s gateway to summer! Will the Kami-Goye, meant to surpass god, be outdone by a #Cobbigoye?

The bell rings and the two stare down as fans fire up. They slowly circle, then Cobb signals that he’s going to break Ibushi! Things speed up as both men dodge and duck! Ibushi dropkicks Cobb to the ropes, and lets him get up. Ibushi fires off hands but Cobb shields his head. Ibushi keeps trying to get through, so he gives a kick. Cobb blocks it, slaps Ibushi then throws a forearm! Ibushi just scowls and hits back! Cobb forearms again, and now we have a brawl! Fans fire up as they go back and forth, faster and faster! Cobb ROCKS Ibushi, gets the edge and fires off! Ibushi stays up, comes back, but Cobb choke grips. Ibushi breaks free, Cobb ducks the haymakers and tackles Ibushi!

Cobb rains down heavy hands then stomps Ibushi down! Fans cheer the exchange as Ibushi flops out of the ring. Cobb goes out after Ibushi, sitting him up for a CLUBBING shot to the chest! Cobb gets Ibushi up again to ROCK him with a forearm! Ibushi goes to railing, Cobb CLUBS him down! Red Shoes says for this to get back in the ring but Cobb stands on Ibushi’s neck and chest! Cobb lets off, refreshes the ring count, and gets Ibushi up to scoop and throw knees into his ribs! Cobb then adjusts his grip to POST Ibushi! Fans rally for Ibushi while Red Shoes checks on him. Cobb goes into the ring and waits on Ibushi. Ibushi gets back in, but he has a leg guard against Cobb.

Cobb kicks Ibushi in the side, headbutts him down, then headbutts him down to the mat! Fans rally as Cobb brings Ibushi up. Ibushi fires off body shots but Cobb CLUBS him! Cobb runs, but Ibushi JUMP KICKS! Fans fire up with Ibushi and Ibushi wants a standing moonsault, only for Cobb to trip him up! Cobb stomps Ibushi down, then drags him back up. Cobb pops Ibushi up to RAM him into the corner! Cobb whips Ibushi corner to corner hard, and Ibushi bounces off buckles! Deep prawn hold, TWO! Ibushi survives but Cobb keeps his cool. Cobb drags Ibushi into a waistlock and has a rear bearhug! Ibushi gets ropes to avoid the bridging cover.

Cobb stomps Ibushi but Ibushi holds onto ropes with his legs. Cobb stands on Ibushi, Red Shoes reprimands, but Cobb lets off. Ibushi eggs Cobb on so Cobb stomps and headbutts and CLUBS Ibushi! Cobb wraps on a chinlock, but Ibushi endures as fans rally up. Ibushi has the ropes, so Cobb lets off to drop a knee into Ibushi’s back. Cobb even hits a FALLING HEADBUTT to the spine! Cover, TWO! Cobb clamps back on with the rear bearhug and squeezes. Ibushi grits his teeth, so Cobb drives his knee in again and again, then throws an uppercut to the back! Cover, TWO! Cobb grows frustrated with Ibushi but fans still rally up.

Cobb pushes Ibushi over to then stand on his back! Ibushi is Cobb’s surfboard as Cobb salutes Khan. Cobb steps off to use the United Empire towel to wipe some sweat, as well as show off the merch. Cobb goes back, Ibushi kicks at him but Cobb stomps him down. Ibushi gets up and eggs Cobb on, so Cobb SLAPS him down! High stack cover, TWO! Ibushi SLAPS Cobb before falling over, and Cobb KNEES him into the corner for it! Red Shoes checks on Ibushi but he is okay to continue. Cobb gets Ibushi up but Ibushi fires off forearms! Cobb just headbutts back, then reels Ibushi in for a short-arm LARIAT! GACHIMUCHI MOONSAULT onto knees!

Both men are down as Cobb gasps and sputters. Fans rally up as Cobb goes to a corner. Ibushi fires himself up and gets to his feet. Ibushi runs in at the corner but Cobb dodges. Cobb runs back in but Ibushi goes up and over! Cobb hits buckles, then Ibushi fires off a strike fest! Ibushi KICKS Cobb down then STANDING MOONSAULTS! Cover, TWO! Fans rally for “I-BU-SHI!” as he fires up. Ibushi waits for Cobb to get up, but Cobb ducks the roundhouse to back suplex! Cover, TWO! GACHIMUCHI! Cover, TWO!! Ibushi survives and both men are down again. Cobb sits up first but fans still rally for “I-BU-SHI!” as he brings Ibushi up.

Cobb whips Ibushi to ropes, Ibushi holds those ropes and BOOTS back! Cobb runs in but Ibushi dumps him out! Fans rally up as Ibushi aims, PLANCHA is caught! Cobb pops Ibushi up but Ibushi fights free! Ibushi is on the apron, he punches Cobb away then mule kicks him! ARIHARA MOONSAULT!! Direct hit at the ramp and fans are fired up! Ibushi mocks Cobb’s hang loose as he gets up. Khan coaches Cobb as the ring count climbs. We’re already at 10 of 20 as Ibushi gets in. Cobb crawls over and the count is 15 as he flounders to the apron. Cobb gets in at 17 but Ibushi scrapes him back out to the apron.

Ibushi drags Cobb up the corner?! He tries to dead lift but that’s a lot of man! Cobb clubs Ibushi then headbutts him down! Cobb climbs up now, and he drags Ibushi up to the top! Cobb CLUBS Ibushi, Ibushi throws a hard body shot! Ibushi springboard SUPER STEINERS!! Cover, TWO!! Cobb survives and fans fire up as Ibushi vows he’s gonna break Cobb! Ibushi goes to a corner, and calls upon the powers of the King of Strong Style! BOMAYE!! Cover, TWO!! Cobb survives again and Ibushi is surprised! Ibushi still has his best to give, and he has Cobb’s wrists! Ibushi sits Cobb up, but Cobb reels Ibushi in for an OVERHEAD BELLY2BELLY!

Ibushi flounders to a corner while Cobb gets up. Both men are in opposite corners, Cobb runs corner to corner to back elbow! And then RUNNING BACK SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! Ibushi is still in this and fans rally up again. Cobb stalks Ibushi back to the corner, grabs at a leg, but Ibushi kicks with the other. Cobb has both legs, and he YANKS Ibushi up into his arms! Ibushi fights free but leaps into a fireman’s carry! F 5 THOUSAND!! Both men are down and Ibushi looks in a daze. Cobb crawls to a cover, TWO!! Ibushi survives but his eyes still look glazed over! Fans rally up as Cobb hobbles around Ibushi. Cobb drags Ibushi up, reels him in, TOUR OF THE- NO! Ibushi slips out to ROUNDHOUSE!

Fans fire up with Ibushi as he gets the wrists again! KAMIGOYE!!! Cover, TWO?!?! Cobb survives the move to surpass gods?! Ibushi takes off the knee pad as Khan shouts at Cobb to get up! Ibushi gets Cobb by the wrists again, for SAVAGE KAMI- NO! Cobb dodges, rolls, COB- NO! Ibushi jumps to guillotine but Cobb tosses him away! Cobb has Ibushi’s wrists for the COBBIGOYE!!! Everyone’s going nuts but Cobb can’t make the cover! Khan shouts at Cobb to get up while the fans rally for Ibushi, who might be in a different dimension! Cobb drags himself over, covers, TWO!! Ibushi still lives and Cobb can’t believe it!

Fans rally up as Cobb drags himself over to ropes. Cobb uses the ropes to stand up, and he goes back to a corner. Cobb slaps some sense into himself before going after Ibushi. Dead lift, but Ibushi cradles! TWO, Ibushi leaps at Cobb but into his pop up! Ibushi makes it a METEORA! Ibushi has the wrists, SAVAGE KAMIGOYE!!!! Cover, Ibushi wins!!

Winner: Kota Ibushi, by pinfall

The Golden Star God manages to topple the Empire’s titan! But it is still going to be a long road back to the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship he created. Who will be holding onto that title when Ibushi comes back for it?

 

Vacated IWGP World Heavyweight Championship: Kazuchika Okada VS Shingo Takagi!

Though the Commonwealth Kingpin conquered the Dragon once again, it was not without its cost. Will Ospreay’s neck injury forced him to give up this title, and now his biggest rivals are fighting to take his place! Will the Rainmaker return to the top? Or will Takagi finally win the big one?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and one way or another, we get only the third man ever to hold this title!

Okada and Takagi stare down as fans clap, “O-KA-DA!” “TA-KA-GI!” Takagi approaches but Okada stays by ropes. They circle, feel out the grapple, and Okada backs away again. Takagi is patient as he and Okada go again. Takagi and Okada feel things out, then tie up. Takagi waistlocks, but Okada drops to a knee to then wrench and wristlock. Takagi rolls, wrenches back, and has the wristlock now. Okada rolls, trips Takagi and has the leg for a toehold. Takagi pulls hair but Red Shoes reprimands. Takagi uses his free leg to bring Okada down, but Okada holds off the armbar. Okada gets up inside the leg guard, but Takagi moves around.

Okada stands, manages a cover, ONE, but Okada facelocks. Takagi fights up, pries free and wrenches to a hammerlock. Okada moves around but Takagi wrangles him to the mat. Takagi SNAPS the hammerlock, then grinds Okada with a cording hold. Okada gets up, powers Takagi to ropes, but Takagi powers Okada back. Takagi drop toeholds then floats to a facelock and grinds Okada down. Okada endures, slips out and has the hammerlock to give back the SNAP. Fans rally as Okada SNAP locks again. Takagi endures, Okada half nelsons to get a cover, TWO! Okada holds onto the hammerlock, shifts to a headlock to grind Takagi back down, then hits the takeover.

Fans build to a rally as Takagi turns Okada to a cover, ONE! Okada keeps the headlock, Takagi tries again, ONE! Okada holds on, Takagi fights up and puts on a side bearhug squeeze. Okada grinds the headlock and thrashes Takagi around! Takagi throws body shots but can’t power out of Okada’s grip! Takagi pulls hair, puts Okada on ropes and uses that to power out. Okada rams Takagi but Takagi rebounds to run him over! Fans fire up as things speed up, and Okada hurdles to arm-drag Takagi. Takagi headscissors, Okada kips free but Takagi arm-drags back. Okada returns the headscissors but Takagi kips free and the fans cheer as the two stand off.

Fans rally up as Okada and Takagi reset. “O-KA-GI!” “TA-KA-DA!” The two circle, Takagi eggs Okada on, but Okada dares Takagi to hit him first. Takagi shoves, Okada throws forearms! Okada whips Takagi, Takagi reverses and runs but into Okada’s BOOT! Okada follows Takagi to ropes, brings him up, and reels him in for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, ONE!! Okada keeps cool as he clamps onto Takagi with a chinlock. Takagi endures as Okada bends him back against a knee. Takagi reaches around but Okada pulls him back harder! Fans rally as Takagi grabs at Okada’s hair. Red Shoes reprimands but Takagi scoots forward and gets a ropebreak with a leg.

Okada lets go and paces as Takagi gets to a corner. Okada brings Takagi up, Takagi throws forearms and knees. Takagi clubs then CHOPS Okada! Takagi runs, but Okada goes to hip toss. Takagi blocks, throws a body shot then throws Okada down! Okada avoids the back senton to drop a senton, onto knees! Takagi stalks Okada, runs in and clotheslines him out of the ring! Fans cheer and Takagi goes out to fetch Okada. Takagi gets the fans fired up, brings him up, and RAMS him into the apron! “Mada, mada, mada,” Takagi isn’t done yet! He reels Okada back in to RAM him again! Okada falls over in a heap and Takagi refreshes the count.

Takagi brings Okada up, brings him around the way, and CLUBS him as he goes. Takagi has media move aside, and then whips Okada into railing! And SNAP suplexes Okada to the floor! Fans fire up with Takagi and he stands on Okada’s ribs! Fans rally but a ring count starts so Takagi lets off. Takagi drags Okada up at 10 of 20, puts him in at 13, and fans cheer as he slingshot KNEE DROPS in! Takagi digs his knee in, but Okada has the ropes so Takagi lets off. Takagi takes his time getting Okada back up, and he KNEES him against ropes! Takagi whips, and KNEES Okada again, to then run and RUN Okada over!

Fans cheer as Takagi brings Okada back up. Takagi reels Okada in to suplex high and hard! Takagi then drags Okada into a body scissor squeeze! Okada endures, Takagi adds a chinbar, but Okada pries at the fingers. Takagi adds more to the squeeze, but Okada works on an escape. Okada reaches out with one arm but Takagi grabs it! Okada reaches out with the others and fans rally as he gets a ropebreak with his foot! Takagi lets Okada go, to drop the back senton! Takagi mockingly asks what’s wrong. Fans rally up and Takagi gives Okada toying kicks. Okada gets mad, Takagi throws haymakers! Okada throws forearms back, but Takagi tanks them!

Takagi kicks, Okada blocks to boot and scoop! Takagi blocks the gut wrench, to gut wrench Okada for a POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO! Okada grits his teeth as he survives but fans rally up. Takagi kicks Okada, stands on his back and digs his heel into in as he steps over. Takagi drags Okada back up, reels him in for a front bearhug, and squeezes the ribs tight. Okada endures as fans still rally, and Okada CLUBS Takagi on the back. Takagi shifts his grip to a waistlock but Okada fights off the back suplex. Takagi CLUBS Okada, then reels him in for a back suplex! Okada lands on his feet and things speed up! Okada hits a BIG back elbow to knock Takagi down!

Fans rally as both men are down again. Takagi sits up and Okada goes to a corner. Takagi runs in but Okada boots. Takagi powers through but Okada schoolboys and BASEMENT UPPERCUTS! Okada gets Takagi up for forearm after forearm! Okada whips Takagi corner to corner, runs in and back elbows! Okada kicks low and hits the DDT! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up and Okada gets the clap-clap-clap-stomp going. Takagi gets up and Okada wants the Alabama lift, but Takagi blocks! Takagi digs his elbow into Okada’s back then CLUBS him! Okada goes back to a corner, Takagi runs in but Okada dodges! Okada hoists Takagi up top and DROPKICKS Takagi to the floor!

Fans rally up as Takagi is down on the outside. Okada catches his breath before going out to fetch Takagi. Okada has media move aside as he whips Takagi into railing, then runs in to BOOT Takagi up and over! Okada then drags Takagi out onto the railing for a DRAPING DDT!! The Rainmaker looks a bit like The Viper there, but both men are down as fans rally back up. A ring count starts as both men stir, and we’re at 8 of 20 as Okada stands. Okada gets in at 11, but he leaves Takagi outside. Takagi stands at 15, hobbles over and is in at 17, only for Okada to fireman’s carry and HEAVY RAIN! To the MONEY CLIP!! Takagi hurries and gets the ropebreak!

Okada lets Takagi go and paces around while fans rally. Okada stands Takagi up, scoops and SLAMS him, and then per the formula, goes to the corner. Okada climbs, but Takagi runs in! Okada leaps up and over but runs into the elbow, JAB and YUKON LARIAT! Fans fire up with Takagi as he gets back up. Takagi hobbles over to Okada, brings him up, but catches the clothesline to the Gory Especial! Okada fights that off and elbows Takagi into the MONEY CLIP! Takagi stays standing and reaches out, but Okada goes to backslide! Takagi makes that a Gory Especial for NOSHIGAMI! Okada is down but Takagi is too tired to cover here!

Fans build to another rally as Takagi reels Okada into a wheelbarrow. WHEELBARROW GERMAN into the corner! Okada hits buckles hard but again Takagi can’t make a cover here! Fans rally up while Okada is in a daze. Red Shoes checks on him but Takagi says it’s time! Takagi reels Okada in, headbutts away on the back, then gets the torture rack! Takagi thrashes Okada around in the submission hold, then hits a GUTBUSTER! Pump handle to SOL DE JAPON! Cover, TWO!! Okada survives and fans rally up but Takagi keeps his cool. Okada goes to a corner while Takagi fires himself up. Fans follow the “OI! OI! OI!” as Takagi takes aim.

Takagi runs corner to corner but into a BOOT! He still hits a CORNER LARIAT! Takagi steadies himself, and Okada looks to be in a daze as Takagi stands him back up. Takagi CHOPS, JABS, CHOPS, JABS, repeat! Red Shoes warns about the corner ropebreak but Takagi throws headbutt after headbutt! Red Shoes pulls Takagi away, Okada SHOTGUNS! Takagi sits up but Okada is after him at the ropes with forearm after forearm! Red Shoes warns Okada, and Okada lets off, to get the MONEY CLIP! Takagi gets the ropebreak, Okada holds until Red Shoes counts 4. Okada drags Takagi back up, CLUBS him, then kicks him.

Okada runs, Takagi LARIATS at ropes! Takagi runs, fakes out Okada’s dropkick, but Okada catches the sliding lariat to MONEY CLIP!! Fans fire up, Takagi powers out but Okada gut wrenches to the SPINNING TOMBSTONE! And then, MONEY CLIP!! Okada squeezes tight and fans fire up again! Takagi endures, gets a second wind and fights to his feet! Takagi reaches for ropes but Okada uses a BACK2BACKBREAKER to stop him! MONEY CLIP!! Takagi is stuck all over again, and Okada drags him from ropes! Takagi throws haymakers with his free arm but Okada squeezes tighter! Takagi is fading! Red Shoes checks on him, but Takagi refuses to give up like this!

Takagi gets a third wind, scoots for ropes, but Okada is squeezing the tightest yet! Takagi uses a last gasp to get the ROPEBREAK! Fans fire up as Okada has to let Takagi go! Takagi flops out to the floor as he catches his breath, and Okada stays in the ring as he catches his. Okada slowly rolls out to fetch Takagi. Okada drags Takagi up, gut wrenches, but Takagi holds railing to block! Okada keeps trying, and he CLUBS Takagi on the back! Takagi still holds railing to block the tombstone! Okada CLUBS Takagi again, KICKS him, but swings into a knee and pump handle! MADE IN JAPAN to the floor!! Fans fire up again as both men are down on the outside!

Okada sputters as Red Shoes checks on him. He’s somehow okay to continue, and a ring count begins. Both men stir, Takagi sits up at 7 but crawls after Okada. Okada sits up at 12, Takagi hits his head on the railing to fire himself up?! We’re at 15, Takagi goes into the ring! Okada hurries but stumbles at 17! Okada staggers up and in at 19.5!! Takagi is frustrated that Okada survives, but he refocuses as fans rally up. Okada goes to a corner while Takagi slaps sense into himself. Takagi glares at Okada as he aims from the other corner. Takagi goes corner to corner to CORNER PUMPING BOMBER! Okada somehow stays on his feet after that!

Takagi fireman’s carries and takes Okada up the corner!? Okada fights free, but Takagi reels him back in! SUPER LEGEND FALCONRY!! Takagi has to crawl to the cover, TWO!! Okada survives and Takagi can’t believe it! Fans build to another rally as Takagi sits Okada up. Takagi runs, SLIDING LARIAT! Takagi gets Okada back up, wrist clutch, but Okada clubs Takagi to hold off the torture rack! Okada stomps Takagi’s feet, clubs him more, but Takagi hits POINT BLANK PUMPING! Takagi fires off boxing elbows then ROCKS Okada! Takagi sits Okada up again, but runs into Okada’s dropkick! Fans are thunderous as Okada gut wrenches, for a TOMBSTONE!!!

Okada is fired up, as he wristlock ripcords, PUMPING BOMBER FROM TAKAGI!?!? Takagi counters Okada’s lariat with his own and fans are thunderous! Okada and Takagi stir as fans continue to rally. A standing count begins, Okada and Takagi slowly rise, and Takagi gets to ropes as Okada sits up at 6. Okada and Takagi go forehead to forehead, then start throwing forearms. Okada hits first, Takagi hits back, then they stand up. Okada roars and he hits Takagi again. Takagi roars and steadies himself before he hits Okada back. Okada forearms, Takagi forearms, repeat, faster and faster! The fans rally as they keep going!

Takagi slows down and Okada gets the edge! Takagi snarls and fans fire up! Takagi gives more boxing elbows, going past 10 to about 20 before he ROCKS Okada! Okada grits his teeth to stay on his feet! They’re forehead to forehead again before Okada throws EuroUppers! Takagi staggers, Okada gives him another EuroUpper! Takagi fires up but swings into a spin, but he blocks Rolling Rainmaker to hit a DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Takagi gets back up, fans fire up with him, and he runs, but Okada ducks! Backslide, but Takagi rolls through, into the RAINMAKER!! Okada hits his lariat, but holds onto Takagi’s arm! Okada fires up, stands Takagi up, RAINMAKER AGAIN!

Okada hits the Rainmaker pose, gets Takagi up and wristlocks, but Takagi ducks Rainmaker proper to STEAL RAINMAKER?!? Fans are thunderous again as Takagi uses Okada’s formula to power up his own lariat! Both men are down, Takagi heads back for Okada and gets him back up. Takagi runs and runs and PUMPING BOMBERS!! Cover, TWO!?!? Okada survives, but this is what being on top of NJPW means to him! Takagi roars and fans fire up with him again! Takagi gets Okada up, wrist clutch and torture rack, but Okada flails free! Wristlock, but Takagi ducks the lariat! Takagi fireman’s carries, but Okada slips off to dragon sleeper, and gut wrench!

Takagi fights free to underhook, TIGER SUPLEX!! Okada wobbles, Takagi runs to SLIDING FOREARM! Okada is in a daze again as Takagi gets him back up! Wrist clutch, torture rack, LAST OF THE DRAGON!!! Cover, TAKAGI WINS!!!!

Winner: Shingo Takagi, by pinfall (NEW IWGP World Heavyweight Champion)

Even Takagi is in shock! The Dragon just conquered THE Rainmaker, and now has THE greatest treasure in all of NJPW! Is this the dawning of a new era? After Takagi is able to stand again, Red Shoes helps him with the belt, and Takagi’s ascension is complete. Takagi then gets the mic to speak. “The IWGP belt is right here. This isn’t a dream, this is reality. And allow me to introduce myself: I am THE IWGP World Heavyweight Champion, Shingo Takagi!” Takagi knows a few months ago, he lost to Will Ospreay. He took that loss very hard, but his heart was still beating. Takagi has been through a lot, but with this result, he’s proven he’s back on top!

Takagi says this is not the end goal, this is just the start! Takagi has a lot left to do. We’ve all been through so much, but like a dragon, Takagi has become not only the pinnacle of NJPW, but of all pro-wrestling! And uh, this belt is a bit loose, can someone help with that? Yota Tsuji gets in to help the new champ adjust the strap. Little higher up. There we go. Takagi says that there are still some rough times ahead, and there are some delays because of it, but that’s why Takagi has to do what he has to do, and why he has to bring us his power and energy. It is to inspire us to keep going. He says this is where he’d usually stop but he does have one more thing to say.

Takagi beat Okada now, and he knows who  he wants next! He was also here tonight, so why not call him out? Surely the fans know who he means. “OI! IBUSHI! GET OUT HERE!” The fans cheer as the Dragon wants to see the Golden Star face-to-face! And here he comes! Ibushi being the man who created this belt, this just makes sense! Takagi welcomes Ibushi, and says that life’s a funny thing, isn’t it? Takagi has the title Ibushi imagined. Ibushi once called Takagi out but tables have turned. Takagi says there’s just one thing he has to say to Ibushi: “Are we fighting over this title or not?” Fans cheer as Ibushi gets a mic for himself.

“It doesn’t matter when or where, let’s go!” That’s the answer Takagi was hoping for! Takagi says he and Ibushi are going to have “The kind of murderous match only the two of us can have!” The summer has just hit triple digits with this one! Will the Dragon surpass the gods of NJPW? Or will Ibushi be the first to hold this title twice?


My Thoughts:

What an event! And while I didn’t cover the entire thing, Andrew Balaz always has us covered. The 10 Man Tags are standard filler fare for NJPW, and I feel disappointed in myself that I didn’t check Road to Dominion more closely. That is where they put the NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Championships AND the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships. LIJ did not win against Chaos, but they might be shifting gears towards the latter titles after facing Douki & Tekkers today. I just feel like Sanada deserves more than just being tag title guy. With one less midcard title, I suppose Sanada could get the NEVER Openweight Championship in an epic with Hiroshi Tanahashi, but maybe for now he’s satisfied with being involved in all these title scenes.

Anyway, to what I did cover. Desperado VS Yoh was great stuff, but I figured it wasn’t time for Yoh to be Mr. Junior Heavyweight. Bullet Club’s Junior Heavyweights calling out everybody is cool, but I don’t see Bone Soldier getting both belts, either. He and ELP might get the tag titles off RPG3K, or he might get the singles title off Despy, but I don’t see Taiji reaching double champ level. Ibushi VS Cobb was awesome stuff, and I always like when someone steals someone else’s moves. That also fed well in the Okada VS Takagi match. But it was great story that Cobb hits his take on the Kamigoye, only to not capitalize on it. Ibushi wins and as we know, he’s ready for the world title.

Okada VS Takagi was strong for a long stretch and then exploded into that thunderous level. I honestly didn’t think Takagi would win, but it is amazing that he did. It shows Okada has the humility to put Takagi over, it shows NJPW has faith in Takagi and confirms that Takagi has reached this level. Takagi boldly calling Ibushi out was a great move, that match is going to be another epic, and you can toss a coin and get this one. Takagi being a one and done would be a shame but Ibushi is also a high level wrestler. I think we’re all just going to be happy to see this big match over the summer somewhere.

My Score: 9.4/10


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Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (12/4/23)

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Main Event Jey goes for gold!

While Drew McIntyre wants the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, it’s Jey Uso who gets his shot at Seth Rollins tonight on Monday Night Raw!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Drew McIntyre VS Sami Zayn; McIntyre wins.
  • Shayna Baszler VS Nia Jax; Nia wins.
  • The Creed Brothers w/ Ivy Nile VS JD McDonagh & Dominik Mysterio w/ Rhea Ripley; win.
  • Best 2 Out of 3 Falls: #DIY VS Imperium; wins.
  • Natalya & Tegan Nox VS Kayden Carter & Katana Chance; win.
  • Cody Rhodes VS Shinsuke Nakamura; wins.
  • WWE World Heavyweight Championship: Seth Rollins VS Jey Uso; wins and

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Drew McIntyre is here!

The Scottish Warrior is ready to tear it all down, all because he didn’t get another title match with Seth Rollins when he wanted. But before he tears into Sami Zayn, McIntyres the mic to say, “It’s been awhile since I’ve done this, but welcome everybody to Monday Night Raw!” Fans cheer that! And McIntyre says Raw is the land where it feels like everyone’s lost their minds lately! “Liars, hypocrites, cowards, just plain idiots. Apparently, you can get fired, released, leave, do what you want for a bunch of time, come back, and you’re instantly forgiven these days!” Fans chant “CM PUNK!” but McIntyre says he could be talking about anyone.

Now, Rollins tried to pull a fast one on McIntyre. Rollins could’ve given the match to anyone, but McIntyre beat Jey Uso weeks ago. So Rollins sticks it to McIntyre, slaps him metaphorically, so he headbutts Rollins in his stupid face. And speaking of Jey, O M G, Jey can apologize! He ran to Randy Orton, tail between his legs, “Oh, I’m so sorry, Randy!” Well Jey, your time’s coming. And there’s someone McIntyre is forgetting. Oh, right! Sami Zayn! And wouldn’t you know? Here comes Sami! Fans cheer and sing Sami’s song as he makes his way to the ring, a mic of his in hand. The fans then chant for ‘SAMI! SAMI!” as he sits up top.

Sami tells McIntyre, he clearly has a lot to say about everybody, including Sami, so he may as well say it to Sami’s face. Oh, yes, McIntyre sure does. Last week, Sami wanted to say how alike they are, but they are not. McIntyre has something to say to Sami and it is the truth: Sami is the one person in the world who deserved to get screwed over by The Bloodline. The fans boo but McIntyre says he will explain. Sami was the Bloodline’s lapdog errand boy, he joined them because he was running away from McIntyre, and then what? Sami screwed Bloodline over! What did Sami think was gonna happen to him? Isn’t Sami supposed to be smart?

McIntyre says Sami deserved what he got, it’s the truth. Sami says McIntyre is right about one thing: Sami was wrong. Sami thought they were alike but the more Sami is seeing, the more “truth” he’s hearing, Sami realizes they are NOT anything alike! Sami is not a delusional person. He isn’t someone who points a finger at everyone else for his own shortcomings. And big difference here: When Sami lost in front of his family and let everyone down, he stayed hungry, driven and motivated and that carried him to victory in the main event of WrestleMania! Fans fire up for that! So Sami got his redemption. Sami got to make his family proud. Does McIntyre think he’s making his family proud?

McIntyre glares at Sami, and then says one of them is NOT walking out of here. Get a ref and ring the bell! Fans fire up as we get their match now! Will McIntyre absolutely explode after Sami set him off?

Drew McIntyre VS Sami Zayn!

The bell rings and fans are behind Sami in this one. Sami and McIntyre circle, then McIntyre RAMS Sami into a corner! And OVERHEAD Belly2Belly suplexes! McIntyre asks if it was a good idea to talk bad now. McIntyre ROCKS and DECKS Sami, then stalks him. Fans rally with “Let’s Go, Sami!” as he bails out. McIntyre pursues, and SMACKS him off the apron! McIntyre scoops Sami, but Sami slips free to POST McIntyre! Sami aims at the apron, McIntyre body shots and SMACKS Sami off the apron! McIntyre puts Sami in but Sami builds speed to FLY! Direct hit and down goes McIntyre! Fans fire up with Sami as Raw goes to break!

Raw returns and fans rally as McIntyre has Sami in a motorcycle stretch. But Sami flips then BOOTS McIntyre away! But McIntyre CHOPS Sami back! Sami bails out, McIntyre pursues, but Sami kicks and CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Sami throws hands, whips, but McIntyre reverses. Sami goes up the barriers to QUEBRADA! Down goes McIntyre again and fans fire back up! The ring count climbs, the fans fire up with Sami, and Sami brings McIntyre around to put him in at 7 of 10. Sami slides in, but McIntyre LARIATS Sami back down! McIntyre seethes while fans boo, and McIntyre throws fists down on Sami!

Fans rally even harder for Sami and Sami sits up. McIntyre drags Sami up, to CHOP! Sami flops right back down, McIntyre grins, and he drags Sami up. McIntyre CHOPS and Sami wobbles around! Sami shakes his head, grits his teeth, and CHOPS in return! And CHOPS! McIntyre CHOPS and Sami falls over! McIntyre stomps Sami, smother shim, then stomps his head again! McIntyre stomps Sami’s leg, then stomps the other leg! McIntyre paces around Sami, waits on Sami to get up, and Sami goes to a corner. McIntyre runs in but Sami ELBOWS him away! Sami goes up, McIntyre runs in but into a BOOT!

Sami leaps, AX HANDLE! Sami fires up with the fans, he kicks McIntyre and reels him in, but McIntyre is a little too big to suplex! McIntyre suplexes, Sami slips free, then he lures McIntyre into the corner to POST him! Sami kicks and reels McIntyre in, to SUPLEX! Fans fire up while both men are down! Sami clutches the ankle, but he stands up to fire off haymakers! Sami whips, McIntyre reverses but Sami ducks ‘n ‘ dodges to tilt-o-whirl DDT! Cover, TWO!! McIntyre survives and Sami is stunned! Sami hurries to the apron while fans fire up! Sami climbs, leaps, but into an OVERHEAD BELLY2BELLY! And then another OVERHEAD BELLY2BELLY!

McIntyre hits a NECKBREAKER, then kips up! Fans are torn as McIntyre shakes the ropes. But then Sami clotheslines him up and out! Sami aims, and PLANCHAS! McIntyre catches him! And SLINGS him over the desk! Fans lose their minds and McIntyre seethes as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and McIntyre ELBOWS Sami, then Reverse Alabama Lifts! For the REVERSE ALA- NO, Sami victory rolls! TWO!! Sami runs up, into a SPINEBUSTER! Jackknife bridge, TWO!! But McIntyre deadlift POWERBOMBS! Cover, TWO!?! Sami survives and surprises even himself! The fans declare “This is Awesome!” but McIntyre snarls. McIntyre sits Sami up, fireman’s carries, and then goes up a corner! SUPER- NO, Sami flails and fights to a SUPER SUNSET FLIP BOMB!! Cover, TWO!! McIntyre survives and Sami is beside himself! Sami hobbles up, fans rally behind him and he brings McIntyre around.

Sami reels McIntyre in but McIntyre fights the lift! Sami CLUBS away on McIntyre and fans fire up! Sami tries again, BLUE- NO, McIntyre fights free to GLASGOW KISS HEADBUTT! McIntyre then aims from the corner! Sami flounders up as the countdown begins! “THREE! TWO! ONE!” BOOT from Sami! BLUE THUNDER BOMB!! Cover, TWO!! McIntyre survives again and Sami can’t believe it! “This is Awesome!” as Sami and McIntyre rise again. Sami throws a haymaker, McIntyre gives it back. They stand, Sami CHOPS! McIntyre CHOPS in return! Both men wobble, McIntyre CHOPS again! Sami BOOTS! And BOOTS!

Sami whips, McIntyre reverses but Sami goes up and over. The leg jams! The ref keeps McIntyre back but he storms in, Sami ELBOWS McIntyre, then TOSSES him out! Sami thinks about it, he wants to build speed but the leg won’t let him do it! McIntyre sees a target, and he gets in to CHOP BLOCK! The ref reprimands and backs McIntyre off. McIntyre just aims, to CLAYMORE!!! Direct hit and McIntyre covers, McIntyre wins!

Winner: Drew McIntyre, by pinfall

No mercy from McIntyre, and that is how he wins! Will the Scottish Warrior force everyone’s hands by fighting his way to a title opportunity?

 

Zoey Stark finds Shayna Baszler backstage.

The Queen of Spades is getting ready, but then Byron Saxton walks over to ask a few questions. Shayna faces a former tag partner in Nia Jax- Look, she has one goal tonight. Shayna put Nia on the shelf by breaking her arm. So she’ll remind Nia of that, limb by limb. Shayna heads out, Zoey follows. Will the Irresistible Force run into that immovable object again tonight?

 

Jey Uso speaks.

“Tonight, I have a chance to do something I thought I’d never be able to do again. A few months ago, I had a chance to dethrone the Tribal Chief and become the WWE Undisputed Universal Champion. That moment was ripped away from me by the one man in this world I love the most, my Day One. My own twin brother. Man, that hurt me more than you could ever know. I couldn’t be around this business anymore, I had to walk away. I really convinced myself I was done. Until I got a call from Cody Rhodes.” Cody told Jey he couldn’t quit, he could have a fresh start to be his own man. And the more Jey thought about it, the more he realized Cody was right.

Jey’s whole life, he’s fought for others. For Roman, for his brothers, for his father. From now on, Jey fights for HIS legacy. Before the Bloodline, before record-breaking reigns, before the Uso Penitentiary, before the Day One, before the dance, the face paint, FCW and long ass training nights, making money, being broke… There was just Jey, Uce! So Seth Rollins, we know you’re about game. Rollins has fought against Jey, fought with Jey, but now you’re fighting a starving individual ready to eat! It’s just Jey now. Jey proves to the whole world, to Rollins, to his family and himself why he IS Main Event Jey Uso! But will he become World Champion Jey Uso?

 

Backstage interview with Sami Zayn.

Jackie Redmond shows Sami being checked by medical staff, but then McIntyre attacks! McIntyre throws Sami into road cases, rains down fists, and says Sami can’t talk about McIntyre’s family! They’re nothing alike! NOTHING! Sami brought this upon himself! Then he STOMPS the bad ankle!! Producers rush in to get McIntyre to leave, but has McIntyre just sidelined Sami for the rest of 2023?

 

Raw returns as Sami is being reevaluated.

The medics check the leg, Jey hurries over to say it’ll be alright, Uce. Jey looks around for McIntyre, will Jey be able to focus on his main event after this just happened?

 

Backstage interview with Becky Lynch.

Byron is with The Man and asks about last week, her statement that… Oh, Nia walks in now. She tells “Barney” she has this. And Becky, she talked about some fights on the horizon. Does one include anyone in particular? Yes, Nia, it does. Nia would be number one because Becky had forgotten about her, as everyone had, but then Nia showed up on Becky’s interview and they never got to this. Becky still owes Nia a receipt. A receipt, huh? Well, once Nia squashes Shayna, she is all Becky’s. Becky can’t wait. The music hits, will we see a big time grudge match in the near future?

Shayna Baszler VS Nia Jax!

The bell rings and Nia runs in, but Shayna dodges to KICK and KICK! Nia blocks one, SLAPS Shayna, then TOSSES her! Shayna gest up in a corner, but Nia SPLASHES in the corner! Shayna flounders, Nia pushes her around and slaps her some more. Nia talks trash then TOSSES Shayna across the way! Nia runs back in, but Shayna dodges! Nia hits buckles, Shayna KNEES Nia down! Shayna then knuckle locks and twists that wrist, then goes up the corner for a HANGING ARMBAR! Nia endures, powers up, and POWERBOMBS Shayna down! Shayna gets out of the ring, Nia pursues, and fans rally up as Nia drags Shayna up.

Nia SMACKS Shayna off the desk, then SMACKS her off the apron! Nia brings Shayna around, fireman’s carries, but Shayna fights free! And she POSTS Nia! Shayna slides into the ring, then goes to the apron to PENALTY KICK the arm! Shayna isolates that arm, lets her hair down, and says Nia’s done! But Nia SWEEPS the legs! Shayna hits the apron, and Nia gets up to APRON LEG DROP! Fans boo as Shayna writhes and Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and Nia has Shayna in a neck wrench. Shayna endures, even as NIa leans on the hold. Fans rally, Shayna fights up, and she JAWBREAKERS free! Nia staggers, Shayna fires body shots and KICKS! Shayna ROCKS Nia into a corner, then runs, but Nia URENAGES Shayna down! Nia then drags Shayna up to POST her! Nia goes to the apron, lines up the shot, runs in and HIP ATTACKS against the post! Cover, TWO!! Shayna survives but Nia drags her up. Nia puts Shayna in a corner, throws body shots and slaps Shayna around, but Shayna fires off forearms! Shayna runs, but Nia scoops her! SIDEWALK SLAM!

Nia dribbles Shayna while taunting her, then she covers, TWO! Nia is frustrated but she drags Shayna up into a cobra clutch. Shayna endures, fans rally up, and Shayna throws elbows! Then kicks! And KICKS! And KICKS! Shayna runs, KICKS, then runs again. Another KICK but Nia still stays up! Shayna runs, dodges Nia, but Nia scoops to SAMOAN DROP! Shayna crawls to a corner, Nia runs in, but Shayna ducks and the hip attack hits buckles! Then Shayna hits a roll up into buckles! Shayna goes to the far corner, Nia crawls after her, but Shayna runs in to KNEE Nia down! Cover, TWO!! Nia survives and Shayna is frustrated.

Nia rises, Shayna KICKS! And KICKS! And KICKS, KICKS, KICKS! Fans fire up with each shot but Nia blocks one! Shayna gets free to BUZZSAW! Shayna runs, but Nia CLOBBERS her at the ropes! Nia pushes Shayna down, runs and SENTONS! Cover, TWO?!? Shayna survives and fans fire up! Nia is in disbelief, but she drags Shayna to a drop zone. Nia stomps Shayna, climbs up, but Shayna grabs a leg! ANKLE LOCK! Nia kicks Shayna away, but then Shayna returns, SUPER GERMAN SUPLEX!! Both women have a crash landing and fans fire up! Shayna drags herself up while Nia stirs, and the fans rally behind her!

Shayna stalks Nia, KIRAFUDA KLUTCH!! Nia endures but she has Shayna on her as a backpack! Fans fire up, but Nia stands up! Shayna drags her back down! Shayna rear mounts again, leans all her weight on the hold, but Nia fights back up! BACKPACK SENTON!! Both women are down again as Nia sputters and coughs. But then she gets mad, and she drags Shayna to the drop zone! Nia climbs, soaks up the heat, A-NIA-LATOR!! Cover, Nia wins!

Winner: Nia Jax, by pinfall

Shayna tried but she could not be the immovable object to the Irresistible Force. Nia crushes the Queen of Spades, but here comes Becky! Fans fire up but Nia backs down! This collision is coming, but will Becky be that roadblock to Nia?

 

 


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Mitchell’s NJPW World Tag League Results & Report! (12/4/23)

B Block, round 6!

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Sure #EverybodyDies, but who will tranquilo?

The World Tag League round robin is almost over, and B Block is looking saucy! Will Lance Archer & Alex Zayne burn Yota Tsuji & Zandokan Jr?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • BUSHI & Shingo Takagi VS SHO & Yoshinobu Kanemaru; win.
  • Six Man Tag: Kaito Kiyomiya, Ryohei Oiwa & Oskar Leube VS The Gates of Agony & Boltin Oleg; win.
  • Six Man Tag: Toru Yano, Tomohiro Ishii & Tomoaki Honma VS The United Empire; win(s).
  • Six Man Tag: Shota Umino, Ren Narita & Ryusuke Taguchi VS The House of Torture; win(s).
  • Six Man Tag: TMDK VS Bullet Club; wins.
  • 2023 World Tag League, B Block: Taichi & Yuya Uemura VS Bad Luck Fale & Jack Bonza; Fale & Bonza win.
  • 2023 World Tag League, B Block: El Phantasmo & Hikuleo VS Atlantis Jr. & Soberano Jr; ELP & Leo win.
  • 2023 World Tag League, B Block: Bishamon VS Yuji Nagata & Minoru Suzuki; Bishamon wins.
  • 2023 World Tag League, B Block: Lance Archer & Alex Zayne VS Yota Tsuji & Zandokan Jr; Tsuji & Zando win.

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Here are the current B Block standings.

Alex Zayne & Lance Archer: 4-1, 8 points
Taichi & Yuya Uemura: 4-1, 8 points
ELP & Hikuleo: 3-2, 6 points
Bishamon: 2-2-1, 5 points
Atlantis Jr. y Soberano Jr: 2-2-1, 5 points
Yota Tsuji & Zandokan Jr: 2-3, 4 points
Yuji Nagata & Minoru Suzuki: 1-4, 2 points
Bad Luck Fale & Jack Bonza: 1-4, 2 points

 

2023 World Tag League, B Block: Taichi & Yuya Uemura VS Bad Luck Fale & Jack Bonza!

The Holy Emperor & Heat Storm are just outside the top after their loss to Monster Sauce, but that’s way better than being at the bottom like the Rogue Army. But can Fale & Bonza ruin things for Taichi & Yuya? Or will B Block belong to Just5Guys?

The teams sort out and Yuya starts against Bonza. The fans rally up as the bell rings and the two stare down. They circle, tie up, and Bonza wrenches to hammerlock then waistlock. Yuya switches to then hammerlock, but Bonza switches the hammerlock back. Yuya reaches back, sits down, rolls and wrenches to a wristlock. Bonza spins, breaks free and pie faces Yuya! Yuya keeps cool, and he resets with Bonza. They tie up, but Bonza kicks low! Bonza runs, runs Yuya over, and says he’s pathetic! Bonza runs, Yuya stays low to then hurdle, and then he hip tosses Bonza down! Yuya scoops and SLAMS Bonza, then arm-drags him!

Fans fire up as Yuya has the armlock, but Fale runs in to throw body shots and scoop! Yuya slips free, but Fale’s too big for an arm-drag! Fale scoops again, and SLAMS Yuya! Then Fale DECKS Taichi for the hell of it! Bonza stomps Yuya around, brings him up, and bumps him off buckles. Tag to Fale and the Rogue Army mugs Yuya. Fale brings Yuya around to CLUB him down, then looms over him. Fans rally but Fale stands on Yuya! Fale goes surfing on the Heat Storm! Fale steps off, covers, TWO! Fans cheer but Fale tags Bonza. Bonza storms up on Yuya, drags him around, and then he goes surfing!

Bonza lets off to then drop an elbow! And then springboard stomp! Yuya sputters, Bonza drags him back up but Taichi rallies the fans. Yuya CHOPS Bonza, ROCKS Fale, repeat! Bonza ROCKS Yuya! Bonza bumps Yuya off buckles, whips him corner to corner, then runs in to elbow! Bonza keeps moving, but Yuya DROPKICKS! Both men are down and the fans fire up! Yuya crawls, hot tag to Taichi! Taichi storms up to Kawada Kick! Bonza says F U and ROCKS Taichi, but Taichi SOBATS back! Taichi tells Bonza off and BOOTS him in the corner! Fale runs in, but into a BOOT! Fale comes back, Taichi steps aside to GAMANGIRI!

Bonza kicks Taichi, whips him to a corner, but Taichi comes back to AX BOMBER! Fans fire up with Taichi, and OFF COME THE PANTS! Taichi then aims, but Bonza blocks the kick to ELBOW! Bonza whips, DISCUS LARIAT! Bonza fires up, he drags Taichi up, and he reels Taichi in to suplex! Taichi fights that off to suplex back! Bonza fights that off, they fight for suplex control, and fans rally up! In the end, Bonza gets Taichi up, but Taichi slips free! SAI- NO, Bonza fights with elbows! Bonza runs, into a RIDGE HAND! Taichi runs, but Bonza deflects the boot to hit a BIG back suplex! Tag to Fale and he storms up on Taichi.

Fale stomps Taichi, drags him up and CLUBS away on the back! Taichi falls over but Fale stalks him to the ropes. Fale drags Taichi up, but Taichi fights and wrenches to HOOK KICK! Fale runs up, into a clinch! Taichi is using sumo! Fale and Taichi hobble around, Fale tries to counter sumo with sumo! But Taichi still THROWS Fale!! Fans are thunderous and Taichi takes aim! BUZZSAW! Both men are down, fans rally up, hot tag to Yuya! Yuya roars, runs in and CHOPS Fale! Bonza runs in, but gets an arm-drag! And then a DROPKICK! Bonza bails out, Fale staggers up into a DROPKICK! He stays up, so Yuya DROPKICKS again!

Fale rebounds, into an ARM-DRAG!! The fans are thunderous and Yuya runs in at the corner. DOUBLE CHOP! Taichi adds a BOOT! Yuya runs in again, DROPKICK! Fale hobbles, Yuya pushes him out and goes up the corner! CROSSBODY! Down goes Fale! But Yuya isn’t done there! Yuya drags Fale up, wrenches and traps the arm, but Fale swings the other! Yuya catches it! But Fale’s too big for Kamuki! Fale TOSSES Yuya to a corner then SPLASHES! Fireman’s carry, but Yuya flails around! Sunset flip, but Fale stays up! So Taichi GAMANGIRIS him into it! High stack, TWO!! Fale escapes, but Yuya has an ARMBAR!!

Fans fire up as Fale endures! Fale fights around, but Yuya powers him down!! ARMBAR!! Fale flails and kicks around, reaches out, but Yuya shifts grip! Bonza sends Taichi into railing before he gets in, Fale has the ROPEBREAK! Bonza CLOBBERS Yuya for good measure! Fans fire up as Bonza BLASTS Taichi off the apron! Yuya CHOPS Bonza, CHOPS him again, and powers up, but Bonza dodges! Only for Yuya to catch the arms! But Bonza knees low! Yuya roars, but Bonza scoops him! BACKBREAKER to ELBOW DROP!! Cover, TAICHI BREAKS IT! Fans fire up but Bonza scoops Taichi! FIRE THUNDER DRIVER!!

Fale hoists Yuya up! Crucifix lift, for BAD LUCK FALL!!! Cover, Rogue Army wins!!

Winners: Bad Luke Fale & Jack Bonza, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Taichi & Yuya earn 0)

The Rogue General & Red Commander just brought down two of the five guys! Did they just blow up the chances of Taichi & Yuya going on to the semifinals? Or will luck be with J5G in the seventh?

 

2023 World Tag League, B Block: El Phantasmo & Hikuleo w/ Jado VS Atlantis Jr. & Soberano Jr!

The NJPW Strong Openweight Tag Team Champions take on the NWA World Historic Light Heavyweight Champion and a former World Middleweight Champion, but both teams are on the bubble in this block. Who pops off and who drops off right before the end?

ELP tries to get the fans cheering Soberano but it takes a second to warm them up. The fans fire up and the sons of lucha appreciate it. “AT-LAN-TIS!” and “SOBER-RA-NO!” then return the favor helping in a “HI-KU-LEO~!” chant. They all shake hands and high-five, and then the teams sort out. ELP starts against Soberano and fans rally up. The two wind up, and shake hands! Fans cheer and the two circle. They tie up, ELP headlocks, but Soberano powers up and out to then reel ELP back and run. ELP sidesteps, he avoids Soberano’s handspring, and fans cheer. Soberano flexes and fans cheer a little more.

ELP gives a mocking golf clap and then circles with Soberano again. Soberano headlocks, ELP throws body shots and powers out. Soberano runs ELP over, then things speed up. ELP hurdles but Soberano front flips! Fans fire up and Soberano looks off into the distance. Soberano then runs in, ELP dodges, Soberano RANAS but ELP handsprings through, then does his drop steps! Fans cheer as ELP flexes and kisses the biceps. ELP gives Soberano a push, Soberano pushes back. They start pushing a little harder, then things speed up again! Soberano ducks ‘n’ dodges and rolls off ELP’s back to then run and RANA!

ELP flounders out of the ring and Soberano builds speed! FOSBURY FLOP! Direct hit and fans fire up again! Soberano gets the fans rallying behind him then has the ref tranquilo. Soberano puts ELP in, then gets fans to actually chant for “PHAN-TAS-MO!” Soberano slides in, brings ELP around, and tags Atlantis. The luchadores mug ELP, and the fans still chant for “PHAN-TAS-MO!” but the luchadores double whip to DOUBLE ELBOW! Then wheelbarrow and ENZUGIRI FACEBUSTER COMBO! Cover, TWO! Atlantis keeps cool as he stomps ELP around. Atlantis drags ELP up, keeps him from Leo, and CLUBS away!

Atlantis suplexes but ELP blocks! ELP tries to suplex but Atlantis blocks! ELP RAMS Atlantis into the corner, CHOPS him, then tags Leo. ELP CHOPS again, then hushes the fans. Leo swings, Atlantis dodges to CHOP them in return! CHOP after CHOP then Atlantis runs, ducks ELP’s hurdle but ends up right in Leo’s DDT! Cover, TWO! Leo drags Atlantis up but Atlantis throws forearms and CHOPS! Leo CHOPS right back! Leo then fireman’s carries, but Atlantis fights free! Atlantis dodges the chop, tries to whip but Leo blocks and reverses! Leo runs in, Atlantis dodges and Leo’s boot gets stuck on the ropes! Atlantis dropkicks that leg!

Leo hobbles and Atlantis keeps moving, Atlantis dropkicks the legs out! Fans fire up as Atlantis stomps Leo’s leg, then SPLASHES down on a knee! Atlantis stomps the leg some more, but Jado & ELP coach Leo. Leo CHOPS Atlantis, but Atlantis stomps him down. Atlantis has the leg and works to turn Leo over! HALF CRAB! Leo endures and fans rally up! Leo fights his way over, ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Atlantis lets go at 4, and Leo clutches his knee. Atlantis eggs Leo on, Soberano tags in, and they both taunt Leo to go taunt ELP. Leo crawls over, but then the luchadores bring Leo away. “Chotto matte ne!”

Fans applaud as the Mexican luchadores know some Japanese. Then they get LEo’s hands, bend the fingers, and then Soberano BOOTS Leo down! ELP protests, the ref reprimands, but Soberano BITES Leo’s foot! Soberano keeps Leo from ropes with a chinlock, then he and Atlantis get Leo up again. They double whip Leo to a corner, Atlantis runs in but is put on the apron. Leo DECKS Atlantis, and he catches Soberano’s splash! Soberano BELL CLAPS then BOOTS Leo! Soberano taunts ELP by blowing a kiss, then he goes back for Leo. Atlantis returns, they double whip but Leo breaks the line to DOUBLE LARIAT!

Fans fire up and Leo crawls, hot tag to ELP! ELP grins as he runs up to BOOT Soberano! Mule kick for Atlantis! Atomic drop for Soberano! ELP mocks Soberano’s pain, then he atomic drops Atlantis, into a RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! ELP clotheslines Soberano up and out, but Atlantis kicks him low! Atlantis whips ELP to the corner but ELP goes up and over then springboards to CROSSBODY! Somersault, LIONSAULT! Another somersault, to PLANCHA Soberano! Fans fire up with ELP and he goes back to the corner. ELP waits on Atlantis to rise up, then he springboards in, FLYING TORNADO DDT!

Fans fire up and ELP drags Atlantis to a cover, TWO! Atlantis survives and the fans rally up again. ELP fires up and Soberano coaches Atlantis. ELP drags Atlantis up, reels him in, tucks the arms, but Atlantis fights! Atlantis ROCKS ELP, ELP ROCKS Atlantis, they go forearm for forearm! ELP whips, Atlantis reverses and Soberano jumps in! Double hip toss into TU LO SABE! Cover, TWO! ELP survives and that surprises Atlantis. The fans rally, Soberano stalks ELP to a corner and eggs him on. ELP slaps Soberano, Soberano SLAPS ELP! Atlantis BOOTS Leo, ELP throws hands on Soberano, but Atlantis kicks ELP low.

Atlantis puts ELP up top, Soberano GAMANGIRIS! Then the sons of lucha vow to end this! They both climb up after ELP, CLUB away on him, and bring him up. But Leo gets in, TOWER OF DOOM!! Fans fire up for the double powerbomb double superplex combo! Leo drags Soberano up to POWERBOMB onto Atlantis! Fans fire up again as Leo helps ELP up! Leo scoops, but Atlantis slips free to shove Leo into ELP! Then Atlantis dodges Leo to SUPERKICK ELP! And DROPKICK Leo! Leo runs back in but Atlantis dumps him out! ELP runs in but Atlantis goes up and over, rolls and SPIN POWERSLAMS!

Fans fire up as Atlantis goes up a corner! But ELP hurries to GAMANGIRI! Soberano sneaks a tag! ELP goes up to the very top, brings Atlantis up with him, SUPER STEINER! ELP goes up but Soberano is there! He springboards up to SUPER SPANISH FLY!! Fans are thunderous with everyone down, and Soberano crawls to a cover! Leo breaks it! Fans fire up again and Atlantis regroups with Soberano. Leo UPPERCUTS Atlantis, choke grips each of them, meeting of the minds! But then the luchadores double basement dropkick the legs out! Fans rally for Leo but Soberano & Atlantis have him! DOUBLE-

NO, Leo fights the suplexes to UPPERCUT Soberano! Atlantis dodges the haymaker but not the BOOT! Leo aims at Soberano now, choke grip! GOD- FLIP! Soberano ENZIGURIS! Leo roars! Soberano SUPERKICKS! ELP SUDDEN DEATH!! Fans fire up with ELP and he DIVES to take out Atlantis! Leo hits GODSEND!! ELP returns, he goes up, SUPER THUNDERKISS 86!!! Cover, ELP & Leo win!

Winners: El Phantasmo & Hikuleo, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Atlantis & Soberano earn 0)

The sons of lucha are eclipsed by the Guerrillas of Destiny! Will the “Big Blue Sexy Boys” still have a fighting chance of entering the semifinals?

 

2023 World Tag League, B Block: Bishamon VS Yuji Nagata & Minoru Suzuki!

Hirooki Goto & Yoshi-Hashi vow to break the curse that keeps IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions from winning the league! Will they pull it off? Or will Blue Justice & The Meanest Man in the World not only stop Bishamon, but get golden tickets at the same time?

The teams sort out and Suzuki stares Hashi down. Fans rally up and the two start. They circle, feel things out, and knuckle lock. But then Suzuki kicks one, wrenches the other to a hammerlock, but Hashi switches the hold onto Suzuki. Suzuki reaches back to cording hold and chinbar Hashi to ropes. The ref counts and Suzuki lets off slowly, then with strong pats on the shoulder. Fans cheer and Hashi keeps cool as the two reset. They step up, and Hashi fires a forearm! Suzuki fires back! They go back and forth and the fans rally as they pick up speed! Suzuki ROCKS Hashi, ROCKS him again, but Hashi comes back to CHOP!

Suzuki eggs Hashi on so Hashi CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Hashi CHOPS more and more but Suzuki stays standing on sheer anger! Hashi drags Suzuki over, tags Goto, and Bishamon double whip to then double shoulder tackle! Hashi BLASTS Nagata for good measure, then Goto stomps Suzuki. Goto drags Suzuki up, CLUBS him, then whips. Suzuki reverses to then headlock, but Goto powers out. Suzuki pulls hair to HEADBUTT! Suzuki CLUBS Goto down and Goto bails out! Nagata runs in to BLAST Hashi as payback, and then the murder grandpas go out after them! Suzuki whips Goto into railing, then brings him around while Nagata sends Hashi hard into railing!

Suzuki RAMS Goto into railing in front of commentary, then has a railing crossface! The ref reprimands, Suzuki lets off of Goto, but Nagata POSTS Hashi! Suzuki stomps Goto around, the ring count starts, and Suzuki stomps Goto again before sliding in. The count reaches 7 of 20, then 10 as Goto crawls. Goto clutches his neck, the count is 15! Goto stands at 17, and slides in at 19! Fans cheer but Suzuki clamps onto Goto with a camel clutch! Goto endures, Suzuki shifts to bring him up for a facelock. Nagata tags in and he CLUBS Goto on the neck! And CLUBS him again! Nagata wraps on a chinlock to grind Goto down!

Hashi coaches Goto as he fights around, and Goto gets the ROPEBREAK! Nagata lets go, to KICK Goto in the back! Nata then drags Goto up with a facelock and tags Suzuki. Suzuki snapmares Goto to KICK him! And then Suzuki pulls at the tape around the neck and shoulders! The ref reprimands but there’s nothing he can really do! Suzuki reels Goto in but Goto resists the Gotch lift! Suzuki powers up but Goto still fights. Suzuki CLUBS Goto, tags Nagata, and Nagata BOOTS Hashi down! Nagata KICKS Goto in the chest, then KICKS him again! Goto grits his teeth, Nagata eggs him on, but Goto blocks the next kick!

Goto CLUBS the leg, but Nagata ROCKS Goto with a forearm! Nagata whips, Goto reverses, but Nagata BOOTS back! Nagata runs, Goto follows to LARIAT! Both men are down and the fans fire up! Goto and Nagata crawl, hot tag to Hashi! Hashi runs to run Nagata over! Hashi BLASTS Suzuki off the apron and fans fire up as Hashi ROCKS, body shots and CHOPS! Then he fires off forearms over and over in the corner! Nagata sits down and Hashi keeps going! The ref reprimands, the fans fire up, and Hashi lets off to bring Nagata back up. Nagata shoves Hashi so Hashi eggs him on. The forearms go back and forth now!

Hashi gets the edge with forearms, then CHOPS Nagata back to the corner. Hashi whips corner to corner, Nagata reverses, but Hashi comes back to LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Fans rally again and Hashi fires up. Hashi reels Nagata in, suplexes, but Nagata fights it to suplex, and MAGIC SCREW! Hashi flounders, Nagata stands, and Nagata stomps Hashi. Nagata ROCKS Hashi, whips him to ropes, but Hashi holds ropes. Goto tags in, Hashi sidesteps Nagata and Goto ROCKS him! Hashi CHOPS Nagata down, then he BLASTS Suzuki. Hashi hauls Nagata up, turns him, and Goto adds on, HEAD BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally as Nagata hangs in there.

Bishamon set up in opposite corners, and they aim at Nagata. But Suzuki pushes Nagata to save him from the DOUBLE LARIAT SANDWICH! Hashi CHOPS, Goto CLUBS and then GOTO GO TO HUNTER! Bishamon have Nagata in a corner, Goto clotheslines! Hashi clotheslines! Feed to the fireman’s carry, FIERCE FLASH! Cover, TWO! Nagata survives and fans rally up again! Goto hauls Nagata up, Hashi calls the shot! Dragon sleeper and leg lift, but Suzuki catches Hashi to a SLEEPER! Nagata drags Goto down into a CROSSFACE! Goto endures, Hashi is turning red! Fans rally up as Goto fights his way around!

Goto reaches out, ROPEBREAK! Fans cheer, and Suzuki sends Goto to a corner! Suzuki BOOTS! Nagata BOOTS! Snapmare, DOUBLE PENALTY KICK SANDWICH! Then EXPLODER!! Cover, TWO!! Goto survives and fans fire up again! Nagata drags Goto up, but Goto fights the saido with elbows! Nagata knees low, and again, then CLUBS Goto’s neck! Goto falls and writhes, but Nagata drags him back up! Suzuki keeps Hashi out with an ANKLE LOCK, as Nagata SAI- NO, Goto fights free! Hashi also gets free, to SUPERKICK Nagata! Goto has a SLEEPER, then rolls it to GOTO NISHIKI!! Cover, Bishamon wins!!

Winners: Bishamon, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Nagata & Suzuki earn 0)

The murder grandpas almost had it, but Goto finds a way to survive! Does this mean the Fierce Warrior & Headhunter have a chance to #GetBackUp to the WTL finals after all?

 

2023 World Tag League, B Block: Lance Archer & Alex Zayne VS Yota Tsuji & Zandokan Jr!

The Monster Sauce is leading the way but they have to finish strong! Will they stay hot going into the seventh and final round? Or will they be sunk by The Gene Blast & King of the World?

Wait, Tetsuya Naito is coming out here? What a great surprise! It sure takes Shingo Takagi by surprise as he’s been on commentary this entire time. Naito joins commentary, even! And he puts his feet up on top of Milano Collection AT’s notes. He makes Milano hold the Right to Challenge bag while he puts his headset on. Monster Sauce then makes their entrance, and Archer suckers a Young Lion in by offering a high-five to then DECK him! He pats another on the shoulder, assuring him it’s fine. Then he RAMS him into railing! Zayne apologizes to each Young Lion in turn, it’s nothing personal. Archer and Zayne then have Red Shoes and Abe-san put on the jackets to see how they look.

Zando and Tsuji make their entrances, the teams sort out, and Archer says that smile of Tsuji’s is gonna be missing some teeth soon. However, Zayne and Zando step up to start and the fans rally up with the bell. They circle, tie up, and Zando powers Zayne to ropes. Zando lets off, fakes the chop, and tells Zayne to take it easy. Zayne and Zando reset and fans rally again. They tie up, Zayne puts Zando on ropes now, and Zayne fakes the chop to twirl his hair. Fans cheer and Zando smirks. The two reset again, tie up again, and Zando headlocks. Zayne wrenches out, but Zando wrenches back to wristlock.

Zayne rolls, handsprings, wrenches and wristlocks, but Zando spins, CHOPS, and whips Zayne to a corner. Zayne reverses, runs in and back elbows! Zayne slips out to the apron and slingshot RANAS! Things keep moving, Zayne ducks ‘n’ dodges and IMPLODER KNEE DROPS down on Zando’s dropdown! Zayne then rolls to STANDING MARIPOSA! Fans fire up and Zayne smirks as he twirls his hair again. Zayne stands Zando up, Zando throws hands but Zayne bobs ‘n’ weaves to body blow! Zayne runs, but Tsuji kicks him! Zayne swings on Tsuji, but Zando reels him in, chicken wings and DODON DROP!

Archer runs in to kick Zando low! Archer reels Zando in to CLUB him, then he runs. Tsuji trips Archer, Zando basement dropkicks! Tsuji then drags Archer out to RAM him into railing! Fans fire up with Zando, and Tsuji sends Archer into more railing! Zando TOSSES Zayne out of the ring, Tsuji fires off on Archer, then CHOPS him! Tsuji holds Archer out along railing, Zando runs in, LEAP FROG ATTACK! Fans fire up while Archer falls over! Tsuji finds Zayne and stomps him, to then put him in the ring for Zando. Zando storms up, drags Zayne up and has him on ropes. Zando lifts Zayne up and Tsuji runs, to LEAP FROG ATTACK!

Zayne flops over, fans rally up, and Zando tags Tsuji. Zando & Tsuij drag Zayne up to double whip. Archer returns, Red Shoes keeps him back, Zayne ends up in the POP-UP KICK! Zando & Tsuji run, basement dropkick sandwich! Fans cheer but Red Shoes reprimands. Zando exits, Tsuji digs his knees into Zayne at the ropes before a knee drop! Tsuji drags Zayne up while Archer and Zando shout at each other. Tsuji whips Zayne but reverses direction to send him into the red corner! Tsuji stomps Zayne, Zando CLUBS him, and then Zando tags in. Zando snapmares Zayne to a seated abdominal stretch! Zayne endures and the fans rally up.

Zayne reaches out, but then reaches up to drag Zando into a cradle! TWO, and Zando stomps away! Zando hits Archer, then laughs as he gets away. Zando drags Zayne back, CLUBS him, then grabs a leg. Zando steps over, then clinches, modified cobra twist! Zayne endures, hops on his one free leg, and fans rally up! Zayne reaches out, hot tag- NO, Tsuji drags Archer down and RAMS him into railing right in front of commentary! Zando wrangles Zayne to a cover, TWO! Fans cheer and Zando drags Zayne up. Zando wrenches, wristlocks, then he tags Tsuji. Tsuji BOOTS Zayne’s arm, then brings him around to ROCK with a forearm!

Fans rally up, Zayne ROCKS Tsuji back! And CHOPS! And ROCKS him again! Tsuji knees low, then wags his finger. Tsuji swings, Zayne counter punches! And again! Tsuji runs in, Zayne gets around, roll up and EDDY GORDO KICK! Both men are down and the fans fire up! Tsuji and Zayne crawl, hot tag to Archer! Archer storms around, fires up, and BLASTS Zando! It was a fake out at first, but now he runs to ELBOW Tsuji! “Ichi!” Archer keeps moving, and ELBOWS! “Ni!” Zayne runs in, tilt-o-whirl RANA CANNONBALL! But Zando SUPERKICKS Zayne! Archer CHOPS Zando but Zando just fires up!

Zando CHOPS Archer, and Archer just smiles! Archer CHOPS back! Archer eggs Zando on so Zando CHOPS! Archer CHOPS, eggs Zando on, and fans fire up as Zando CHOPS again! They CHOP back and forth, faster and faster! Archer CHOPS Zando down! Fans fire up with the Murderhawk and he storms up. Zando swings, but into a full nelson that Archer makes into a dragon sleeper. Tsuji runs in, but gets caught! URENAGE REVERSE DDT COMBO! Archer then drags Tsuji up, shoves him to a corner, and DOUBLE CHOPS! Zayne then LEAP FROG MISSILE DROPKICKS! Archer suplexes Tsuji! Then CHOKE SLAM SAULT! Cover, TWO!!

Tsuji survives and fans fire up but Archer fires himself back up. Tag to Zayne, he goes up, but Zando GAMANGIRIS! Archer grabs Zando, but Tsuji DUMPS Archer! Tsuji then rushes the corner, but Zayne jumps and over! Zayne comes back but Tsuji BOOTS him! Tsuji goes up, but Zayne returns, NO HANDS STEINER! Fans fire up as Zando hurries in. Zayne dodges the chop but Zando blocks the chip to CHOP after all! Zando suplexes, Zayne slips free to shove, but Zando blocks the kick! Zando ducks the enziguri, wheelbarrow GERMAN SUPLEX! Archer BOOTS Zando, ripcords, and HELLICOASTERS! Fans fire up with Archer again!

Archer hauls Zando back up, reels him in, but Tsuji saves Zando from the suplex! Tsuji & Zando mug Archer, then go to double suplex! Archer fights it, he wants to double suplex, but they fight it! Zando & Tsuji try again, DOUBLE SUPLEX! All four men are down and the fans fire up again! Zando stirs, flounders out of the ring, and Tsuji rises. Tsuji tags Zando in, they get Zayne up. They double whip, hip toss and SLAM! Then SPLASH, to LIONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Zayne hangs in there and Zando pounds the mat in frustration. The fans clap along, Tsuji & Zando get Zayne up, ANCHOR!! Cover, TWO!! Zayne survives and fans fire up again!

Zando pounds the mat some more and the fans clap along again. Tag to Tsuji, and he climbs up onto Zando’s shoulders! But Archer caches Tsuji, to CHOKE SLAM him into Zando! Then Archer fireman’s carries, Zayne runs in, ROLLING NECKBREAKER SAMOAN DROP COMBO!! Cover, Zando breaks it! Fans fire up, Archer runs in, but he doesn’t fall for the dump trick. Archer CLOBBERS Zando against ropes, then clotheslines him up and out of the ring! Fans fire up with Archer again and Zayne pounds the mat. Archer hauls Tsuji up, sets him up for Zayne, ROLLING- NO, Tsuji avoids the ax kick! Then he dodges Archer, and now Zando dumps him out!

Zayne mule kicks Tsuji, runs, but into the GENE BLAST SPEAR!!! Cover, LIJ WINS!!

Winners: Yota Tsuji & Zandokan Jr, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Archer & Zayne earn 0)

Monster Sauce drops, making the top of this block really interesting! If #EverybodyDies, are their chances at the finals in danger of dying off?

As for Tsuji & Zando, Tsuji gets the mic to say, “It looks like it’s someone’s birthday today.” It’s also someone in Los Ingobernables de Japon. “HIROMU-CHAN!” Oh wait, is he even here? Well, maybe Hiromu was too busy to be here, but Tsuji hopes tonight’s win is a good birthday gift. Fans applaud that, but then Tsuji says he also has some bad news. It would seem after tonight’s penultimate-penultimate results, there mathematically isn’t a chance for Tsuji & Zando to make it to the semifinals. He asks if that’s true or not. Even commentary has to check the math on that. So then, is there a chance?

Milano is sure it’s not zero percent. Really? Pretty sure. Then there IS a chance! The fans cheer and Tsuji says that even if it seems unlikely, should they win next round, Zandokan will be LIJ! Fans cheer for that, too! Tsuji then brings up that the other day, he talked with the others and hoped Takagi & Naito wouldn’t lose today. Takagi stands up from commentary to say that he does need to get better. Well, hey, tranquilo, right? Tsuji then lets Zando say a few words. “WATASHI WA…! ZANDOKAN JUNIOR!” AKA, he is Zandokan. Fans cheer the introduction, and then he says he’s a BIG DEAL! Fans also cheer that.

Zando then shouts in Spanish, Milano asks for a translation, but Tsuji asks if they’re ready for the tournament’s home stretch. Are you ready for him and Zando to do this? VAMOS, AMIGOS!! Fans cheer, but will Gene Blast & The King of The World really make it to the end?

 

Here are the NEW B Block standings!

Alex Zayne & Lance Archer: 4-2, 8 points
ELP & Hikuleo: 4-2, 8 points
Taichi & Yuya Uemura: 4-2, 8 points
Bishamon: 3-2-1, 7 points
Yota Tsuji & Zandokan Jr: 3-3, 6 points
Atlantis Jr. y Soberano Jr: 2-3-1, 5 points [ELIMINATED]
Bad Luck Fale & Jack Bonza: 2-4, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
Yuji Nagata & Minoru Suzuki: 1-5, 2 points [ELIMINATED]


My Thoughts:

A great round, and now with some really complex stuff at the top of the block. Monster Sauce lost to go down to 4-2 so that they’d be tied with ELP & Leo and with Taichi & Yuya. Monster Sauce VS ELP & Leo is next, and so one team will go to 5-2 with 10 points, the other will be 4-3 with 8. This scenario alone seems to be creating confusion because while commentary was not prepared to speak on who is still in this, NJPW’s official website has determined Tsuji & Zando are out despite that great main event win. Even if Tsuji & Zando beat Atlantis & Soberano next round, they’ll get to 8 points, BUT they lost to Taichi & Yuya.

And even if Taichi & Yuya lose, they’d be losing to Bishamon, who would then stand at 9 points, making THEM second place flat out. And if Taichi & Yuya win, they are in as second place, not Bishamon. So despite the moment of cheers and hope at the end of that main event, Tsuji & Zando are really just fighting for pride and apparently for Zando to become Sanada’s replacement so that LIJ maintains six members. That’d be cool stuff, but I wonder if Atlantis & Soberano being CMLL like Zando is CMLL comes into play…

My Score: 8.8/10


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