World Tag League takes another turn!
NJPW hits Saitama and gives World Tag League another turn. Los Ingobernables de Japon only just loss, but will they get lucky in round seven?
- World Tag League 2021: TAKA Michinoku & Minoru Suzuki VS Tomoaki Honma & Togi Makabe; Honma & Makabe win.
- World Tag League 2021: Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan VS Chase Owens & Bad Luck Fale; Chase & Fale win.
- World Tag League 2021: Tiger Mask & Yuji Nagata VS The United Empire; The United Empire wins.
- World Tag League 2021: Yujiro Takahashi & EVIL w/ Dick Togo VS The Guerrillas of Destiny; Takahashi & Evil win.
- World Tag League 2021: Toru Yano & Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI; Goto & Hashi win.
- World Tag League 2021: SANADA & Tetsuya Naito VS Dangerous Tekkers; Dangerous Tekkers win.
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Here are the current World Tag League Standings!
SANADA & Tetsuya Naito: 5-1, 10 points
Dangerous Tekkers: 5-1, 10 points
Toru Yano & Hiroshi Tanahashi: 4-2, 8 points
Guerrillas of Destiny: 4-2, 8 points
Chase Owens & Bad Luck Fale: 4-2, 8 points
Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI: 4-2, 8 points
The United Empire: 4-2, 8 points
EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi: 3-3, 6 points
Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan: 2-4, 4 points
Yuji Nagata & Tiger Mask: 1-5, 2 points
Minoru Suzuki & TAKA Michinoku: 0-6, 0 points
Tomoaki Honma & Togi Makabe: 0-6, 0 points
World Tag League 2021: TAKA Michinoku & Minoru Suzuki VS Tomoaki Honma & Togi Makabe!
There can only be one last place team! Will the Blue Playmaker & Meanest Man in the World or the Great Bash Heels finally get on the board?
The second GBH is in the ring, Suzuki-Gun attacks! Makabe hits back, throws more forearms, then sends Suzuki out, but Taka has Honma in a corner. The bell rings and GBH double whip Taka to run him over! Fans fire up as Honma finally takes off his jacket. Honma CLUBS and stomps Taka, brings him up and ROCKS him with forearms. Taka stays up as Honma keeps throwing forearms, then Taka pokes Honma in the eye! The ref reprimands but Taka rakes Honma’s eyes now! Taka uppercuts, runs, but Honma ducks and runs to run Taka over. Fans fire up as Honma drags Taka up to scoop and SLAM! Honma fires up, runs, but Suzuki gets a cheap shot in!
Honma swings on Suzuki but gets caught in a HANGING ARMBAR! The ref reprimands and counts, Suzuki lets off at 4. Suzuki drags Honma out to whip into railing! Taka DECKS Makabe, then Taka goes after Honma while Suzuki whips Makabe into railing! Taka POSTS Honma and a ring count starts. Suzuki throws forearms into Makabe’s back, Taka puts Honma in at 9 of 20. Taka chokes Honma with a knee, but lets off as the ref counts. Taka sits Honma up to fish hook his face, then scrapes his soles off Honma’s forehead. Fans rally up for “G B H!” but Suzuki tags in. Suzuki stomps Honma, ROCKS him with a forearm, but Honma CHOPS back.
Suzuki and Honma trade forearms and fans rally up. Honma gets the edge but Suzuki grits his teeth as Honma keeps going. Suzuki then DECKS Honma with a forearm in return! Suzuki gets a leg and turns Honma for a HALF CRAB! Taka stands on Honma’s head, the ref counts that and Taka lets off with a quick kick. Suzuki fish hooks Honma’s face, slaps him over and over, then tags to Taka. Taka stomps Honma’s head while fans rally up. Taka lets off and the ref checks on Honma. Taka and Suzuki then both stand on Honma’s head. The ref gets Taka to let off, but Taka distracts the ref so Suzuki can have an APRON ARMBAR!
Suzuki rocks back ‘n’ forth to pull on the arm, then Taka stands on Honma’s head again. The ref reprimands, Suzuki lets off and Taka drags Honma up. Taka throws knees, then SHINING WIZARDS in the corner. Tag to Suzuki, he drags Honma up while fans rally. Suzuki snapmares Honma to then KICK him. Honma fires up and Suzuki gives him more KICKS! Honma blocks one, but Suzuki SLAPS him, only for Honma to HEADBUTT and DDT Suzuki down! Fans fire up as Honma crawls over, hot tag to Makabe! Makabe rallies on Suzuki and DECKS Taka! Fans fire up as the Rampaging King Kong clotheslines Suzuki in the corner, then climbs up to rain down punches!
Makabe laughs as he reels Suzuki in, NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO! Makabe drags Suzuki up, waistlocks, but Suzuki elbows free. Suzuki ROCKS Makabe with a forearm, then runs in and BOOTS him in the corner! Suzuki snapmares Makabe down, runs and PENALTY KICKS! Cover, TWO! Fans rally while Suzuki stomps Makabe. Makabe eggs Suzuki on, Suzuki slaps him around. Makabe gets up and talks some trash, Suzuki throws a forearm. Suzuki eggs Makabe on so Makabe forearms back. The forearms go back and forth and fans rally up as they go faster and faster. Suzuki winds up and DECKS Makabe!
Suzuki stands Makabe up for more forearms, then whips him to ropes. Makabe reverses, Suzuki ducks one lariat but not the LEFT! Both men are down and fans fire up! Hot tag to Honma! Honma CHOPS Suzuki to the corner then whips corner to corner. Honma runs in to back elbow, then BULLDOG! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up, Honma kicks Suzuki around. Honma throws forearms over and over, but runs into a knee! Suzuki drags Honma over in a facelock, tag to Taka, and they whip Honma corner to corner. Taka clotheslines, Suzuki BOOTS, then Suzuki ROCKS Honma with a forearm. Suzuki runs, BOOT SUPERKICK COMBO! Cover, Makabe breaks it!
Suzuki throws Makabe out, Taka whips but Honma reverses, only for Taka to reverse back, JUST FACELOCK! Honma endures and crawls forward to the ROPEBREAK! Taka lets off, drags Honma up, but Honma fights the scoop to HEADBUTT! Honma fires up, runs and KOKESHI FLOP! La Magistrol! TWO! Taka hurries to SHINING WIZARD! Cover, TWO! JUST FACELOCK! Taka pulls back, Makabe shoves Suzuki away and gets in to stomp Taka down. Suzuki returns to kick and whip Makabe, and BOOT him! Suzuki & Taka double whip, but Makabe breaks the double clothesline to DOUBLE CLOTHESLINE! Honma runs in to FLYING HEADBUTT Taka!
Honma runs again, KOKESHI! Honma goes up top, Makabe keeps Suzuki out, DIVING KOKESHI! Cover, Great Bash Heels win!!
Winners: Tomoaki Honma & Togi Makabe, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Suzuki-Gun earns 0)
Suzuki & Taka lost again! How is it they’re the team that’s 0-7?! But as for Everyone’s Kokeshi & Rampaging King Kong, have they finally gotten things rolling?
World Tag League 2021: Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan VS Chase Owens & Bad Luck Fale!
TenCozy have lost to the rest of Bullet Club so far, but will they lose to even the Crown Jewel & Rogue General? Or will this be their chance to finally gain some ground?
Bullet Club Low Sweets, then they pounce on TenCozy! Fale is after Tenzan while Chase kicks Kojima. Bullet Club CLUBS away on TenCozy, Chase chokes Kojima in the corner while Fale throws hands on Tenzan. The bell rings to get this on record as Chase stomps a mudhole into Kojima. Tenzan kicks Fale back but Fale chokes him! Bullet Club whips TenCozy at each other, but TenCozy dosido and then ROCK Bullet Club! Chase falls into a corner, TenCozy focuses on Fale. They double whip and double shoulder Fale down! Fans fire up and TenCozy focuses on Chase now. They pinball him between forearms and Mongolian Chops, until Kojima hits the Mongolian Chops!
Fans fire up as Kojima drags Chase up and scoops to SLAM him. TenCozy coordinate, ELBOW DROP HEADBUTT COMBO! Kojima stomps Chase, Tenzan goes to a corner. Kojima CHOPS and forearms Chase against ropes, then CLUBS him down. Kojima whips but Chase holds ropes and boots back. Fale tags in, he runs Kojima over, then he and Chase knock Tenzan off the apron. Fale stomps Kojima, then stomps him to ropes. Fale puts Kojima’s arm around ropes and pulls! Fale CLUBS Kojima, then digs in a knee. The ref counts, Fale lets off. Fale taunts Tenzan and distracts the ref so Chase can drag Kojima out and RAM him into railing.
Kojima flounders, the ring count starts, but Kojima stands at 5 of 20. Kojima staggers and gets in at 7, Fale stomps him down. Tag to Chase, Fale puts Kojima back by the ropes, he and Chase stand on Kojima’s back and salute! The ref counts, Fale and Chase let off. Chase DECKS Tenzan, then drags Koijma up to headlock. Kojima throws body shots but Chase headlock punches Kojima down. Chase drops knees, then covers, TWO! Fans rally up, Chase keeps Kojima down with a chinbar. Chase throws Kojima down, then puts some stank on his Mongolian Chops! Tenzan is upset, but Chase Mongolian Chops Kojima down! Chase drags Kojima up, puts him in a corner and stomps him.
Chase steals the MACHINE GUN CHOPS! Chase whips corner to corner, runs in but Kojima dodges to kick and COZY CUTTER! Fans fire up while both men are down! Kojima gets up to hot tag Tenzan! Tenzan runs Chase over, DECKS Fale, then gives Chase some real Mongolian Chops! Tenzan stomps Chase in a corner, CHOPS him, then CHOPS and headbutts! Tenzan stands Chase up to stomp then whip corner to corner. Tenzan runs in to clothesline, then TENZAN BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Fans still rally for “TEN COZY!” as Chase gets up. Chase throws a forearm, Tenzan gives it back. Chase forearms gain, Tenzan gives it back again.
Chase throws another forearm, Tenzan Mongolian Palm Strikes! Tenzan runs but into a boot! Chase runs but into a WHEEL KICK! Cover, TWO! Tenzan drags Chase into the ANACONDA VICE! Chase endures, Fale gets in to stomp Tenzan! Tenzan lets go but then gets up to CLUB Fale out of the ring. Tenzan turns around into Chase’s strike fest! Chase runs, into the MOUNTAIN BOMB! Fans fire up as Tenzan crawls, hot tag to Kojima! Kojima CLUBS and whips Chase for forearms! Chase gets to a corner, Kojima stomps and gives him proper MACHINE GUN CHOPS! Kojima gives him a little extra, too!
Kojima drags Chase up, whips him corner to corner then runs in to forearm smash! Kojima shoves Chase down and fans fire up as he climbs up top. But Fale throws Kojima down! The ref reprimands but Fale tags in. Fale drags Kojima up to throw body shots and then clubbing forearms in the corner. Fale lets off and Kojima falls over, so Fale drops the BIG elbow! Cover, TWO! Fale DECKS Tenzan, then goes back to Kojima. Fale whips Kojima, Chase gets in to forearm smash! Chase goes to the apron to BOOT Tenzan down while Fale SPLASHES Kojima! Fale then fireman’s carries Kojima while Chase climbs, FLYING STOMP DEATH VALLEY COMBO!
PENALTY KICK from Chase, Fale covers, but Tenzan breaks it! Chase CLUBS Tenzan, he and Fale double whip, for the body shot, knee lift and LARIAT! Fans fire up as Bullet Club has Kojima. Fale runs, Kojima kicks him first! Kojima elbows free of Chase’s waistlock, swats Fale’s lariat away then CLOBBERS Fale from behind! Off comes the armband, and Kojima runs, into the SHI TRIGGER! Chase DECKS Tenzan, Fale hits Kojima with the GRENADE!! Cover, Bullet Club wins!!
Winners: Chase Owens & Bad Luck Fale, by pinfall (gain 2 points; TenCozy earn 0)
It doesn’t matter what combination, Bullet Club has TenCozy’s number! Does this put Kojima & Tenzan out of the running? Will the Crown Jewel & Bad Luck Fale find themselves fighting for those trophies?
World Tag League 2021: Tiger Mask & Yuji Nagata VS The United Empire!
Just as Team Blue Justice got up, they got knocked back down by the House of Torture. As for the Dominator & Ultimate Weapon, they were the ones who took down Los Ingobernables de Japon! Will Great-O-Khan & Aaron Henare grow even stronger conquering these two legends?
The teams sort out, and Nagata starts against Khan. They circle and feel things out. They grapple, break, go again, and Nagata keeps Khan’s attempts at bay to then arm-drag Khan down to a double wristlock. Nagata wrenches, tags in Tiger Mask, and they fire off KICKS at the ropes! Nagata & Tiger double whip to then double shoulder Khan down! Fans cheer, and Tiger Mask stomps Khan. Khan sits up but Tiger forearms him down. Khan gets up, Tiger throws another forearm and another stomp. Tiger runs, but Henare gets a cheap shot in. Then Khan Mongolian Chops Tiger from behind! Khan throws Tiger out, Henare goes after him, and Khan DECKS Nagata!
Khan and Nagata end up brawling on the outside, and Khan Mongolian Chops Nagata down! Khan stands on Nagata’s head while Henare puts Tiger Mask in the ring. Khan covers, TWO! Fans rally up but Khan pretends he can’t hear them. Khan brings Tiger around in a facelock, Henare tags in. The Empire mugs Tiger Mask, Henare throws more body shots and then kicks the legs out! Cover, TWO! Henare and Khan argue the count, then Henare DECKS Nagata! Henare rains down forearms on Tiger. Henare spins around and has a KNEEBAR! Tiger Mask endures, fights around but they end up in the ropes. The ref counts, Henare lets go and tags in Khan.
Khan drags Tiger up to Mongolian Chop down! And again! Cover, TWO! Khan paces while fans rally up. Khan drags Tiger up but Tiger throws kicks! Khan blocks a kick and ROCKS Tiger with a forearm. Tiger catches Khan’s clothesline to spin and double underhook, but Khan breaks free, only for Tiger to sobat! Fans rally up, Tiger tags Nagata! Nagata BOOTS Khan, then BOOTS Henare! Fans fire up as Nagata KICKS Khan in the chest again and again! Khan flounders to a corner and Nagata brings him up to whip corner to corner. Nagata runs in to BOOT! Khan blocks the exploder, Nagata throws forearms then BUTTERFLY SUPLEXES! Cover, TWO!
Nagata drags Khan up, fans rally but Khan blocks the suplex. Khan throws body shots but Nagata blocks the hell stab! And he blocks the iron claw! Nagata and Khan struggle, but Nagata throws the hand away to throw a forearm! Khan throws one back, Nagata throws another. Fans rally up as they pick up speed! Forearm for forearm, back and forth, but then Khan MOngolian Chops! And again! But Nagata blocks the third to kick, KICK and run, but Khan gets around! IRON CLAW SLEEPER! Henare DECKS Tiger, the Empire mugs Nagata! Mongolian Chop, BUZZSAW, and knee drop! Khan and Nagata are both down but fans rally up. Khan crawls, hot tag to Henare!
Henare stalks Nagata, brings him up and throws forearms and knees. Henare grinds on the facelock but Nagata endures. Nagata puts Henare on the ropes, MAGIC SCREW! Fans fire up, Nagata rolls to hot tag Tiger Mask! Tiger fires off KICKS on Henare, whips but Henare reverses, only for Tiger to block the kick and sweep the leg! Henare staggers up, blocks Tiger’s kick, but gets dragged into a KNEEBAR! Khan gets in to stomp away on Tiger! Khan DECKS Nagata, Henare fireman’s carries Tiger, and Khan runs, only for Nagata to BOOT! Tiger with the crucifix takedown and cover, TWO! DOUBLE FUJIWARA ARMBAR! Nagata gets Khan for the NAGATA LOCK II!
Fans rally as the Empire endures submissions, and Henare crawls to the ropebreak! Tiger lets go, Nagata throws Khan out, and they double whip Henare to a corner. Tiger KICKS, Nagata BOOTS! Nagata hits the EXPLODER, then he stands Henare up for the DOUBLE GIRI! Tiger Mask underhooks the arms, TIGER DRIVER! Cover, Khan barrels in to break it! Nagata stomps Khan, he and Tiger whip Khan to a corner. Tiger runs in but Khan dodges then BOOTS Nagata! Khan clotheslines Tiger, then puts on the HITSUJIGOROSHI! The ref reprimands, Khan isn’t the legal man! Khan holds Tiger back but Tiger fights free! Nagata runs at Henare but Henare blocks the boot to DECK Nagata!
Henare ducks a roundhouse to HEADBUTT Tiger! Fireman’s carry, IMPERIAL DROP!! Cover, the United Empire wins!
Winner: The United Empire, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Tiger Mask & Yuji Nagata earn 0)
Blue Justice falls to the dominance of Khan and Henare! Will they establish themselves over all of NJPW’s Heavyweight Tag Team Division?
World Tag League 2021: Yujiro Takahashi & EVIL w/ Dick Togo VS The Guerrillas of Destiny!
The Tokyo Pimp & King of Darkness broke even at the expense of Yuji Nagata & Tiger Mask, and the Guerrillas of Destiny used TenCozy to climb back up. They’ve proven their dominance over #ThirdGen, but will things still be Too Sweet in Bullet Club?
Evil wants to Low Sweet as Bullet Club, but Jado says no, “Don’t trust.” Tama Tonga & Tonga Loa go with the Master Heater on this one. Evil says they can trust him, but Jado says, “Never.” Loa wonders though. “Never?” Fans rally up, they want to see the group Low Sweet. Tama & Loa reconsider, so everyone Low Sweets. But as soon as GoD turns their backs, the House of Torture attacks! The bell rings as Evil throws Tama out, Dick stomps Jado, and Yujiro keeps the Silverback in the ring. Evil brings Tama around the way in a headlock, and RAMS him into the timekeeper’s area! Abe-san suffers again! Evil uses the mic cord to CHOKE Tama!
Evil tells Tama to give up but Tama says no! Evil lets go and he puts Tama in the ring. Fans rally up for GoD but Evil drags Tama up to scoop and SLAM! Cover, TWO! Tama throws body shots, but Evil wrenches the arm and tags in Yujiro. They mug the Good Bad Guy, then Yujiro whips Tama into bare buckles! The Bullet Club special comes into play already! Yujiro sits Tama up to punch him down, and then again. Cover, TWO! Tag to Evil, then Evil has the ref pay attention to Loa. Evil drags Tama up to put in the cobra twist, and House of Torture forms the chain! Jado storms over with his kendo stick and the others let go! Evil covers, TWO!
Evil argues the count but the ref says it was fair. Evil claws Tama’s face, then whips him into the bare buckles! Tama hits chest first and falls back, Evil tags Yujiro. Yujiro drags Tama up, snapmares and runs to basement BOOT! Cover, TWO! The House of Torture is frustrated with the ref but fans rally up for Tama. Yujiro drags Tama away, stomps him down, then has him on ropes. Yujiro brings Tama up but Tama throws body shots and uppercuts! Tama forearms, Yujiro forearms back then BOOTS! Tama is on the ropes, Evil holds him there and Yujiro BOOTS Tama again! Yujiro runs to BOOT Tama a third time, and Tama falls to his knees.
Yujiro brings Tama up, but Tama fights the fisherman buster and throws hands. Yujiro rebounds into a COMPLETE SHOT! Both men are down, Tama crawls, hot tag to Loa! Loa rallies on the House of Torture with big shoulders! Loa scoops and SLAMS Yujiro, then scoops and SLAMS Evil! Fans fire up, Loa DECKS Dick off the apron! Loa runs at Yujiro, clothesline and whip, to then clothesline again! EXPLODER! Fans fire up as Loa sets up, STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Loa is annoyed but fans still rally behind him. Loa drags Yujiro up, whips him to ropes but Yujiro holds ropes. Yujiro BOOTS Loa, blocks Loa’s boot and throws him down to basement BOOT!
Yujiro drags Loa back up, FISHERMAN BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Yujiro gets up, drags Loa up and fireman’s carry, but Loa slips out to waistlock. Yujiro elbows him away, runs to duck and dodge, but Loa SPEARS him down! Fans fire up as both Yujiro and Loa crawl, hot tags to Evil and Tama! Tama dodges to dropkick! And dropkick! And dropkick again! Fans fire up as Evil crawls to a corner and Tama throws off the vest. Tama rallies the fans, runs corner to corner but misses the elbow. Evil fireman’s carries, but Tama fights off. Evil rakes Tama’s eyes! The ref counts, Evil runs but Tama hurdles, hurdles and HAKU CHOPS!
Tama brings Evil around to fireman’s carry, ROLLING DEATH VALLEY! Tama goes up top, SUPREME FLOW! Cover, Yujiro breaks it! Loa gets in to kick Yujiro, CLUB him down, then feed him to Tama. They get Yujiro up, TONGAN TWIST! The Guerrillas focus on Evil, NIGHTFALL! Cover, TWO! Evil survives the back suplex neckbreaker but Jado calls for the finish! Fans fire up, the Guerrillas get Evil up, but Evil fights Magic Killer off! He’s used it himself, after all! Evil shoves Tama into the ref! Dick gets in with the SPOILER CHOKER on Tama! Tama flails, but he pushes Dick back and Jado SMACKS Dick with the kendo stick!
Fans cheer as Jado drags Dick out to RAM him into railing! Tama is up, he blocks Evil’s low blow! Evil begs for mercy but Tama winds up to punch instead! Loa scoops to POWERSLAM Evil! Jado calls for it again, the ref is back up, and the Guerrillas set up. But Evil grabs the ref! CANE SHOT from Yujiro to Loa! GUN STUN from Tama to Yujiro! Evil shoves the ref at Tama but Tama hurdles! Evil blocks Gun Stun to LOW BLOW! EVERYTHING IS EVIL!! Evil gets the ref over, covers Tama, the House of Torture wins!!
Winners: Yujiro Takahashi & Evil, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Guerrillas of Destiny earn 0)
Seems Jado was right from the start not to trust them! Yujiro & Evil cheated Tama & Loa just like they would any other team! Will the House of Torture face the consequences soon enough? Or will they take the World Tag League trophies long before then?
World Tag League 2021: Toru Yano & Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI!
The Joker & The Ace feel a bit foolish after the Dangerous Tekkers turned the tables on them, but the Fierce Warrior & Head Hunter are coming off a great win over the Great Bash Heels. Will Yano & Tanahashi be the ones who #GetBackUp? Or will Goto-Hashi keep their own momentum going?
Yano & Tanahashi crouch and the ref is wary to do his check. Yano tells him to get on with it, and the ref checks them. Tanahashi shows off the muscles and Yano shouts, “SUGOI~! (Amazing!)” Goto-Hashi get impatient now and Yano tells them to hold on. The teams sort out, Goto has Hashi stand down. Yano goes through the selection process, and Tanahashi is chosen. Fans cheer as we start with Tanahashi and Goto. Fans rally up and the two circle. They tie up, Tanahashi waistlocks but Goto wrenches to wristlock. Tanahashi wrenches Goto back to a wristlock, but Goto rolls and wrenches Tanahashi back. Goto hammerlocks, Tanahashi slips through to hammerlock then headlock.
Goto powers up and powers out to get the headlock now. Tanahashi powers up and out but Goto runs him over! Fans fire up as Goto runs, but Tanahashi drop toeholds to a headlock then takeover. Goto headscissors, Tanahashi kips free, and the two stand off as fans cheer. Well, Tanahashi squats so not quite a stand off… Fans rally up, Tanahashi and Goto reset, but Yano wants in, so Tanahashi and Goto tag out to Yano and Hashi! Fans fire up as the two circle, but then Yano crouches. Yano eggs Hashi on, Hashi stays cool, and then Hashi crouches to stare Yano down. Yano has the ref come over, and then Goto hops in to help Hashi with his eyes.
Yano protests but then Goto kicks him and Hashi DECKS Tanahashi! Goto-Hashi then double whip Yano, then run him over with double shoulders! Then they coordinate for the hip toss senton! Fans fire up and Hashi brings Yano up. Hashi CLUBS Yano, whips him to ropes, but Yano holds ropes. Yano dodges Hashi then slaps him on the head! Tanahashi gets in, they bring Yano around, but Goto won’t let them steal the hammering! Goto bodies Tanahashi, then he and Hashi hammer away on Yano! Fans fire up, then Goto-Hashi hammer away on Tanahashi! Yano comes back but he gets a second round of hammering!
Hashi stomps Yano, fans rally up, and Hashi brings Yano around to ROCK with a forearm. Hashi stomps away on Yano in the corner, the ref counts, Goto adds on, but then they both let off at 4. Tag to Goto, he stomps Yano, then drags Yano up to snapmare and neck wrench. Yano endures, even as Goto shifts to a chinbar. Yano crawls and reaches out to get the ropebreak! Goto lets off but he stomps Yano down. Goto drags Yano up, CLUBS him on the back, then tags Hashi. They mug Yano, Hashi brings Yano around with a cravat, and fans rally up as Yano endures the neck wrench. Yano throws body shots, pulls hair, but Hashi breaks free to ROCK Yano with a forearm.
Hashi whips, Yano reverses and throws Hashi down by his hair! Hot tag to Tanahashi! Tanahashi rallies on Goto-Hashi, then fires body shots and forearms. Tana whips but Hashi reverses, only to get flying forearms! Goto gets in, Tana blocks the kick to DRAGON SCREW! Tana blocks a kick from Hashi, and DRAGON SCREWS him, too! Fans fire up with The Ace as drags Hashi up. Tanahashi scoops and SLAMS Hashi in a drop zone, then hops up to SUNSET SENTON! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up as Tanahashi waits on Hashi to rise. Tanahashi runs, but into a CHOP! Tanahashi keeps moving but Hashi CHOPS again!
Tana fires forearms, but Hashi reverses the whip and ducks the clothesline to BLOCKBUSTER! Fans fire up, Hashi crawls over, hot tag to Goto! Goto drags Tanahashi up to fire off forearms then whip him to a corner. MURAMASA, then BULLDOG! Cover, TWO! Goto drags Tanahashi up but Tanahashi fires off fast hands! Tanahashi runs, Goto follows but Tanahashi dodges to dropkick a leg out! Fans rally up as both men are down. Tanahashi crawls, hot tag to Yano! Yano goes right to the corner and unties the buckle pad! Goto runs in, Yano dodges and throws the pad to him. The ref goes to take the pad from Goto, but Hashi gets in to slap Yano on the head!
Hashi kicks Yano, throws forearms, then whips him to the padded corner. Goto runs in to clothesline! Hashi runs in to clothesline! Hashi feeds Yano to Goto’s kick, and Goto hooks Yano up. Hashi runs but Tana trips him up and drags him out to DECK him! Yano hits an atomic drop to a trip and catapult into Tanahashi’s forearm! Yano rolls Goto up, TWO! Hashi POSTS Tanahashi, and Goto reverses the whip to send Yano at the bare buckles! Yano stops himself, dodges Goto and Goto gets buckles! Roll up, but Hashi breaks it! Hashi stomps Yano, Tana kicks Hashi, but Hashi throws Tana out! Goto-Hashi regroup, they double whip Yano, but Yano gets around to waistlock Goto.
Goto ducks and Hashi SUPERKICKS Yano! Hashi turns Yano, Goto helps out, HEAD BUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Yano survives and fans fire up! Goto gets Yano back up, dragon sleeper, and Hashi has the legs. But Tana gets in to CLUB Hashi down! Goto deflects Tana’s kick but Tana ducks the discus to run, into a fireman’s carry! Hashi gets up, SUPERKICK to USHIGOROSHI! Fans fire up with Goto-Hashi as they get Yano. Yano says they’re scary but he still reverses Goto’s whip. Yano shoves Hashi into bare buckles, but Goto stops the low blow! Hashi waistlocks, but then avoids Yano’s low blow mule kick!
Goto-Hashi pull Yano’s arm and leg, then turn him for the dragon sleeper and leg lift. SHOUKO!! Cover, Goto-Hashi win!
Winners: Hirooki Goto & Yoshi-Hashi, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Yano & Tanahashi earn 0)
The Joker & the Ace have been trumped once again! Goto-Hashi even crouch over Yano to rub it in, too. The Fierce Warrior & Head Hunter continue to rise, will they be the ones to raise those World Tag League trophies in the end?
World Tag League 2021: SANADA & Tetsuya Naito VS Dangerous Tekkers!
Cold Skull & Uncontrollable Charisma meet the Holy Emperor & Submission Master again after their Wrestle Grand Slam showdown over the summer. Will Los Ingobernables de Japon stay tranquilo and rebound from their first defeat? Or will they #JustTapOut and give the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships the top spot in the block?
Naito takes his time with his suit, as usual. Taichi shows off the dancing pecs and fans cheer. The teams sort out and ZSJ calls Naito out over his history of bad knees. LIJ fist bump and fans cheer as Naito goes forehead to forehead against ZSJ. There’s an argument about the language barrier, ZSJ knowing English and Japanese but refusing to speak in Spanish. Sanada has Naito stand down so that he starts for LIJ, and fans rally as he and ZSJ circle. The two feel out the grapple, tie up with knuckle locks, and then go shoulder to shoulder in a test of strength. ZSJ rolls back to wrench the knuckles then he wrangles Sanada to a top wristlock. Sanada gets up but ZSJ shifts to a hammerlock.
Sanada reaches back to headlock, but ZSJ slips out the back to hammerlock, shoot the half and cover, ONE! Fans cheer as the two stand off. ZSJ talks a little trash to Naito as he circles with Sanada again. They go back to the knuckle locks, ZSJ brings Sanada to the mat and turns him around for the motorcycle stretch. ZSJ even steps over to lean more on Sanada. Sanada fights up, works to turn the hold around, but ZSJ turns it back. Fans cheer as ZSJ brings Sanada down to his knees and wraps on the straitjacket stretch. Sanada endures the knee in his back, fights up and fights to put the straitjacket onto ZSJ. ZSJ endures now, fights up and turns it, but Sanada turns it back!
Fans cheer, and this looks familiar from their previous match-ups. ZSJ bridges, turns and puts the jacket on Sanada, but Sanada turns it back onto ZSJ. ZSJ fights up, spins and again puts the jacket on Sanada, but Sanada just puts it back on ZSJ. ZSJ drops, rolls back, puts the jacket on Sanada yet again, only for Sanada to wiggle the jacket down. Sanada trips ZSJ, steps through but ZSJ kicks him away. Sanada cartwheels away from the leg trap and dropkicks ZSJ down! Fans cheer while ZSJ falls back to the Tekkers corner. Taichi tags in, he and Sanada circle now. The dancing pecs return and fans cheer. Taichi wants Sanada to join in, so Sanada shows off his dancing pecs.
Taichi gives some applause to that, and the two circle. They feel out the knuckle locks, and Sanada kicks low to CLUB Taichi to the LIJ corner. Tag to Naito and he stomps Taichi down. Naito snapmares and wraps on the PLUMA BLANCA! Taichi endures the leg hook full nelson, reaches for Naito’s face, but Naito keeps him away. Taichi moves around, reaches out, and gets a ropebreak with a foot. Naito lets Taichi go quickly and cleanly to throw big elbows and forearms on him. Naito whips Taichi to a corner, Taichi reverses and chokes Naito into the STO! Red Shoes won’t count that as a cover, so Taichi lets off the choke, only to choke again.
Red Shoes knows better and he counts, but Taichi lets off. Taichi then chokes with both hands! Red Shoes counts again, Taichi lets off. Fans rally up, Taichi chokes but Naito breaks free to choke Taichi! ZSJ runs in but Naito chokes him now! Red Shoes reprimands, Naito lets off, but Taichi blocks Naito’s kick! Taichi CLUBS the leg, traps Naito’s arms, and ZSJ gets the leg to DRAGON SCREW! Talk about something familiar! Sanada gets in, he gets caught for a DRAGON SCREW! LIJ clutch their knees, Sanada bails out. Taichi wraps Naito’s leg around ropes and pulls! ZSJ drags Naito around for a toehold against the apron’s edge! And then a heel hook!
Taichi stands on Naito’s head, Red Shoes counts and the Tekkers let off at 4. Taichi drags Naito around by his leg and has a CALF KILLER! It’s in deep, and Naito endures as Taichi bends him back. Taichi lets go to tag ZSJ, and ZSJ stomps Naito’s legs. ZSJ stands on Naito’s knee, has the leg in a toehold, and pulls way back on the foot! Naito pulls ZSJ’s hair, Red Shoes reprimands, ZSJ lets go of the toehold to YANK the leg! ZSJ drags Naito by his leg, has a standing toehold, but fans rally as ZSJ hits the KNEE JAMMER! Tag to Taichi as ZSJ keeps Naito down with the toehold and headlock. ZSJ lets off, Taichi stands on the bad leg then stomps the knee!
Taichi kicks Naito down, stomps the leg again, but Naito still looks up at him defiantly. Fans rally, Taichi pushes Naito around, kicks at him, but Naito chops! And chops! And CHOPS! Taichi kicks the leg, and again and again, then drags Naito by his leg. Tag to ZSJ, the Tekkers keep on the leg, and ZSJ hits a spinning toehold! ZSJ kicks at the leg but Naito kicks back with his good one. ZSJ just stomps the knee! Fans rally up as ZSJ gives toying kicks to Naito. Naito gets up to throw a forearm! And another! And another! ZSJ kicks the bad leg again! ZSJ gets the leg but Naito fights the shin breaker. ZSJ EuroUppers, runs, but Naito dropkicks the leg out!
Fans rally up while both men are down. ZSJ and Naito crawl, hot tags to Taichi and Sanada! Taichi BOOTS, whips, but Sanada forearms back! Sanada arm-drags, then gets around for a back suplex BACKBREAKER! Taichi bails out, Sanada PLANCHAS! Direct hit and down goes Taichi! Fans fire up and Sanada encourages them to get louder. The fans get louder and Sanada puts Taichi in the ring. Sanada drags Taichi up, Taichi kicks but Sanada blocks it! Sanada trips Taichi and starts to tie him up, but Taichi fights off Paradise. Sanada kicks, whips but Taichi reverses to wrench and DANGEROUS HOOK KICK! Fans rally up while both men are down.
Taichi gets up first, he brings Sanada up and whips him to corner clothesline! Taichi snapmares and KICKS Sanada, then he drags Sanada up. Sanada fights off Seiteijyujiryou, to fireman’s carry! Taichi slips off, waistlocks, but Sanada switches. Taichi fights the lift and breaks free to PELE! Both men are down again and fans rally back up. Taichi stands while Sanada goes to a corner. Taichi runs in, but Sanada elbows him away. Sanada Quebrada but Taichi gets under. Taichi runs into the fireman’s carry, Sanada throws him into the dragon sleeper. ZSJ runs in and EuroUppers Sanada down. Naito gets in, blocks EuroUpper and spins ZSJ for a NECKBREAKER!
Taichi dodges Naito to GAMANGIRI, but Sanada dropkciks Taichi! Taichi comes back, AX BOMBER! All four men are down and the fans fire up! ZSJ bails out, Naito slowly rolls out, and Taichi crawls to the ropes. Sanada stirs and sits up, Taichi runs in to BOOT! Sanada throws a forearm, Taichi KICKS. Sanada forearms, Taichi KICKS. Taichi eggs Sanada on so Sanada forearms again. Sanada eggs Taichi on so Taichi KICKS again. They go back and forth, fans rally as they pick up speed, but then the two stagger. Sanada EuroUppers, Taichi sobats! Taichi drags Sanada up but Sanada fires off forearms. Taichi ducks the rolling elbow but Sanada holds off the saido! ROLLING ELBOW!
Sanada ducks the Pele to underhook, TIGER DRIVER! Both men are down and fans fire up again! Sanada and Taichi stir, hot tag to Naito! Naito DECKS ZSJ, stomps Taichi in a corner then whips him corner to corner. Naito runs in, JUMP KICK, leg sweep, but then Naito DECKS ZSJ again before COMBINACION CABRON! Naito drags Taichi up, dragon sleepers for the BACKBREAKER, then basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up for Naito as he drags Taichi up. Hammerlock and half nelson, but Taichi fights that. Taichi dodges the back elbow to KICK the leg out! Naito and Taichi are down again but fans rally back up. Hot tag to ZSJ!
ZSJ storms over, gets the bad leg and STOMPS down on it! ZSJ STOMPS it again, then hits KNEE JAMMER after KNEE JAMMER! Fans rally up as Naito drags himself up in a corner. ZSJ runs in but Naito dodges and Sanada runs in to back elbow! Feed to back elbow, dropkick and ENZIGURI, to back suplex and running jackknife! Sanada keeps Taichi out but TWO! ZSJ escapes, Sanada goes out after Taichi, and fans fire up for Naito. Naito wrenches but ZSJ mule kicks the bad leg! Naito still throws back elbow after back elbow! Fans fire up as ZSJ goes to a corner. Naito hobbles over, drags ZSJ up, hoists him up top, then climbs up. But ZSJ slips out to trip Naito!
Taichi gets the arms, ZSJ DRAGON SCREWS the leg again! And then DRAGON SCREWS it again! ZSJ steps through to have the DEATHLOCK, and then rolls Naito into Yes I Am a Long Way from Home. Sanada gets in but Taichi catches him for SEITEIJYUJIRYOU! LIJ endures simultaneous submissions while fans rally! ZSJ keeps shifting his grip on the arm but Naito refuses to quit! Naito pulls hair, ZSJ shifts around again to keep on the hold! Fans rally as hard as ever and Naito keeps fighting, to roll to the ROPEBREAK! The Tekkers let go in frustration and all four men are down again. Fans are thunderous as Sanada and Taichi bail out.
ZSJ drags Naito up and gets the leg, but Naito turns shinbreaker into SATELLITE DDT! Fans fire up again as both men are back down! Naito crawls over, hot tag to Sanada! Sanada dropkicks ZSJ down, then brings him up to throw forearms. ZSJ ends up in a corner, Sanada throws more forearms. Sanada whips corner to corner, ZSJ reverses, but Sanada tumbles out and springboards back in. ZSJ dodges, Taichi clotheslines in the corner! ZSJ EuroUppers then feeds to Taichi’s boot! ARM PELE, choke grip, CHOKE SLAM BACK SUPLEX! Cover, TWO!! Sanada survives and fans fire back up! Taichi fires himself up, and OFF COME THE PANTS!
ZSJ drags Sanada up as Taichi aims from a corner. Sanada slips out of the suplex to dragon sleeper! Naito dropkicks Taichi’s legs out! Naito gets the legs for a FIGURE FOUR! Sanada gives ZSJ the SKULL SWING, into the SKULL END! Now the Tekkers endure submissions, but Taichi drags Naito out to the apron and they fall to the floor! ZSJ is caught in the body scissors but he endures as fans rally up again. “L I J!” “Z S J!” but time is running out! ZSJ reaches out, but he’s fading! Red Shoes checks, Sanada lets ZSJ go and puts him in the drop zone. Sanada goes up, ROUNDING BODY PRESS, but he has to land on his feet as ZSJ moves!
Taichi gets Sanada for the DANGEROUS SAIDO! But Naito gets Taichi with CORRIENDOSHIKI DESTINO! ZSJ SHOTGUNS Naito down! Fans are thunderous as all four men are down again! Naito and Taichi slowly roll out of the ring and fans rally again. ZSJ kicks Naito for good measure while he and Sanada rise. ZSJ grins as he and Sanada get back up. There’s only three minutes left, and Sanada EuroUppers. ZSJ EuroUppers back! Sanada comes back to EuroUpper again, and he eggs ZSJ on. ZSJ EuroUppers, but Sanada comes back to EuroUpper again. Fans rally up as the EuroUppers keep going, back and forth. Sanada EuroUppers and ZSJ falls over!
ZSJ gets back up but Sanada EuroUppers again. Two minute warning, ZSJ EuroUppers! Sanada EuroUppers, ZSJ EuroUppers, Sanada EuroUppers again! And again! ZSJ turns one into a backslide! TWO, but now Sanada backslides ZSJ! TWO, and ZSJ headlocks. Sanada powers out, ZSJ sunset flips, TWO! Sanada prawn hold, TWO! ZSJ sunset flip, TWO! Double cover bridge, TWO!! Last minute!! Sanada fireman’s carries, throws to the dragon sleeper, but ZSJ jumps up and over to trip Sanada and EuroClutch, TWO!!! Fans fire up as ZSJ hooks, spins, scoops, but Sanada slips out! Under 30 seconds, O’Conner BRIDGE-
NO! Feed to a Taichi ROUNDHOUSE! ZSJ scoops, HOLY ZACK DRIVER!! Cover, Tekkers win!!
Winners: Dangerous Tekkers, by pinfall (gain 2 points; LIJ earns 0)
With literal seconds on the clock, the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions pull it off! And now they lead the block! Will this be the loss that keeps Sanada & Naito out of the finals? As for the Tekkers, they get the mics, but ZSJ still asks in Japanese that the fans give them a moment to catch their breaths. That was a crazy ending, after all. And then ZSJ says, “Oi, Saitama. Buenos bloody noches, dickheads!” Do they understand Spanish? Or only Japanese? Either way, shut up. It doesn’t matter. The only thing that does matter is Dangerous bloody Tekkers! Dangerous T and Zacky Big Tekkers, the WORLD tag team champions! “We’re the bloody champions.”
Where are Sanada & Naito, huh? Crying backstage. GoD, last year’s winners, where are they? “No bloody chance.” The Tekkers are taking everything! They have the titles, now they’ll win the trophies. That is their destiny. ZSJ says his Japanese isn’t good enough, so he’ll hand this off to Taichi now. Taichi “apologizes” that they’re not LIJ. They probably wanted LIJ to win, huh? Then why are they still here? Taichi and Zack are better promo guys anyway. This is their ring, these are their titles, and this is their tournament. The Dangerous Tekkers will reign supreme. You got that, ya bastards? The Tekkers stand alone at the top of the block, will they be the pinnacle of the division?
Here are the NEW World Tag League Standings!
Dangerous Tekkers: 6-1, 12 points
SANADA & Tetsuya Naito: 5-2, 10 points
Chase Owens & Bad Luck Fale: 5-2, 10 points
Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI: 5-2, 10 points
The United Empire: 5-2, 10 points
Toru Yano & Hiroshi Tanahashi: 4-3, 8 points
EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi: 4-3, 8 points
Guerrillas of Destiny: 4-3, 8 points
Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan: 2-5, 4 points
Yuji Nagata & Tiger Mask: 1-6, 2 points
Tomoaki Honma & Togi Makabe: 1-6, 2 points
Minoru Suzuki & TAKA Michinoku: 0-7, 0 points
A great round for World Tag League, and definitely a surprise that Suzuki & Taka are dead last. They’re basically eliminated at this point, but they could be quite the spoiler in the last few rounds. Of course, Great Bash Heels and Team Blue Justice are basically in the same boat with only being 1-6. House of Torture continues to be the instigators of dysfunction in Bullet Club, I am hoping NJPW will find a way to make the Bullet Club Civil War happen. Goto-Hashi going over Yano & Tanahashi was only a moderate surprise because NJPW is still giving Hashi his due.
LIJ VS Tekkers going as close to the time limit as they did was the big surprise of that match, I almost thought we were going to see a tie. Tekkers going over makes sense, the champions are going to be strong and probably even finalists at this point.
My Score: 9.0/10
Mitchell’s NJPW World Tag League Results & Report! (12/2/23)
B Block, round 5!
Will Bishamon have to tranquilo?
The IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions fought to a time limit draw last round, will Hirooki Goto & Yoshi-Hashi be able to #GetBackUp this round? Or will Yota Tsuji & Zandokan Jr. sink their ship?
- Toru Yano & Tomohiro Ishii VS Yuto Nakashima & Oskar Leube; Yano & Ishii win.
- Six Man Tag: The United Empire VS The Gates of Agony & Boltin Oleg; The Gates of Agony & Oleg win.
- 8 Man Tag: Bullet Club War Dogs VS The House of Torture; The House of Torture wins.
- Six Man Tag: Master Wato, Shota Umino & Ren Narita VS TMDK; Wato, Shota & Narita win.
- 2023 World Tag League, B Block: El Phantasmo & Hikuleo VS Bad Luck Fale & Jack Bonza; ELP & Leo win.
- 2023 World Tag League, B Block: Taichi & Yuya Uemura VS Atlantis Jr. & Soberano Jr; Taichi & Yuya win.
- 2023 World Tag League, B Block: Yuji Nagata & Minoru Suzuki VS Lance Archer & Alex Zayne; Nagata & Suzuki win.
- 2023 World Tag League, B Block: Bishamon VS Yota Tsuji & Zandokan Jr; Bishamon wins.
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Here are the current B Block standings.
Alex Zayne & Lance Archer: 4-0, 8 points
Taichi & Yuya Uemura: 3-1, 6 points
Atlantis Jr. y Soberano Jr: 2-1-1, 5 points
Yota Tsuji & Zandokan Jr: 2-2, 4 points
ELP & Hikuleo: 2-2, 4 points
Bishamon: 1-2-1, 3 points
Bad Luck Fale & Jack Bonza: 1-3, 2 points
Yuji Nagata & Minoru Suzuki: 0-4, 0 points
2023 World Tag League, B Block: El Phantasmo & Hikuleo w/ Jado VS Bad Luck Fale & Jack Bonza!
The Headbanga & Young Guerilla survived the murder grandpas but are still a long way from the front of the block. Though that’s a touch better than the Bullet Club’s Rogue Army, who only just got on the board! Will the NJPW Strong Openweight Tag Team Champions stay strong? Or will they end up on the bottom of the block?
Fans rally up as ELP builds up the energy to high five Leo! The teams sort out and ELP starts against the Red Commando, who mockingly builds up energy to salute the Rogue General. The bell rings, and the fans rally up while ELP swivels as he takes off his shirt. ELP and Bonza circle, tie up, and Bonza waistlocks. ELP switches, Bonza pries free to switch back and wrench to a wristlock. ELP rolls, trips Bonza, and then hooks up the legs to get Bonza in a BOW ‘N’ ARROW! Fans rally, Bonza pops free to a cover, ONE! Fans applaud as the two reset. Fans rally behind ELP but Bonza tells them to shut up. That only makes them chant harder!
ELP and Bonza reset, tie up, and Bonza headlocks. ELP throws body shots, powers out, but Bonza runs him over! Things keep moving, ELP avoids the elbow drop to hit an elbow drop, but Bonza makes it a ghost pin! TWO and ELP rolls Bonza up, TWO! ELP reels Bonza in, spins him but Bonza fights the backslide! ELP still gets the shoulders down, TWO! ELP stomps the hands! ELP knuckle locks, CHOPS, and goes up, up and jumps around, to FLYING RANA! Fans fire up and ELP handsprings to his feet. ELP CHOPS Bonza to the red corner, then CHOPS him again. Tag to Leo, and Leo hushes the crowd. But Bonza avoids the chop!
Bonza tags in Fale, and fans rally up as the big guys stare down. Leo offers a handshake, but Fale just pie faces Leo. So Leo fires forearms! Fale throws them back! ELP leads the fans in the “YAY! BOO!” as the two giants go back and forth! Leo gets the edge but Fale kicks a leg. Fale RAMS Leo, but Leo stays up! Fans rally up as they RAM again! Leo eggs Fale on, they RAM shoulders again! Leo then kicks low, and goes to scoop! But Fale’s so bulky! Leo gets Fale up!! But Bonza CHOP BLOCKS a leg and Leo falls back! Fale covers, TWO! Bonza drags Leo to the blue corner and Fale tags Bonza in. The Rogue Army mugs Leo in the corner!
Leo crawls, Bonza turns him over and keeps him from ELP. Bonza steps through, SPINNING TOEHOLD! Leo clutches the knee and Bonza talks some trash. SPINNING TOEHOLD! Bonza pie faces Leo, eggs him on, then mocks the heart hands. Leo CHOPS Bonza! Bonza kicks Leo down, stomps him around, then even springboard stomps him! Tag to Fale and Bonza rushes ELP. ELP avoids getting blasted off the apron, but Fale stays between ELP and Leo. Fale then stands on Leo as a surfboard! ELP CLUBS Fale, so Fale DECKS ELP! Fale tags Bonza, and Bonza CLUBS Leo down. Fans rally up but Bonza CLUBS Leo more.
Bonza drags Leo up, whips him to the corner, but Leo BLASTS Fale away! Leo then BOOTS Bonza, hurries for his corner, but Bonza dropkicks the legs out! Bonza snarls, backs ELP off, then he reels Leo in. Bonza finger guns and calls his shot, but Leo’s too big to bomb! Leo back drops Bonza away! Fans fire up while both men crawl, hot tag to ELP! ELP fires off on Bonza, whips him to ropes, but Bonza reverses. ELP ducks ‘n ‘dodges to CLOBBER Bonza! And kip up! Fans fire up as ELP atomic drops Bonza, then mocks his pain. Bonza swings, into another atomic drop! ELP hobbles, but he still hooks Bonza up, RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP!
ELP cartwheels to the corner, goes up and takes aim, FALLING AX HANDLE! Fans rally as ELP tunes up the band. SUDDEN- NO, Bonza blocks, then DISCUS LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Bonza is frustrated but he drags ELP up and calls another shot. Bonza suplexes, holds, but ELP kicks free to DDT! Fans fire up again as Bonza and ELP crawl. ELP drags Bonza from Fale, straitjacket and torture rack, then tag to Leo. Leo BLASTS Fale, BOOTS Bonza, into the BRAIN SALAD! Leo covers, TWO! Bonza survives being scrambled but the fans rally with E-Leo-P! They coordinate, tune up, and Bonza rises. But Fale CLOBBERS Leo!
Bonza ROCKS and KNEES ELP, into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Fale runs corner to corner to SPLASH Leo! And then fireman’s carry, SAMOAN DROP to MACHO ELBOW! Cover, ELP breaks it! Fans fire up but Fale kicks ELP. Fale drags ELP up but he fires forearms and CHOPS on the Rogue Army! ELP runs, but into double shoulders! Leo rises while ELP flounders out of the ring, and the Rogue Army mugs him at the ropes. The Rogue Army double whips, but Leo breaks the line to DOUBLE LARIAT! Only Bonza falls, but Leo roars as he SPLASHES Fale in a corner! Leo scoops?! AND SLAMS!! Fans fire up with Leo as the alpha giant!
Leo drags Bonza up, choke grip, but Bonza knees free! SUDDEN DEATH! Choke grip, and ELP DIVES onto Fale! Leo hits GODSEND!! Then ELP climbs onto Leo’s shoulders for the SUPER THUNDER KISS 86!! Cover, ELP & Leo win!
Winners: El Phantasmo & Hikuleo, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Rogue Army earns 0)
Just as Fale & Bonza were locked and loaded, they misfire and fall back down! Will they have to shift into spoiler mode in the tournament’s second half? As for the NJPW Strong Openweight Tag Team Champions, do they still have an outside shot at those WTL trophies?
2023 World Tag League, B Block: Taichi & Yuya Uemura VS Atlantis Jr. & Soberano Jr!
The Holy Emperor & Heat Storm took a loss to Monster Sauce, but they’re still near the front of the block! But the sons of lucha libre are right behind them! Will this match go a long way to determining B Block’s finalists?
The teams sort out and Soberano starts against Yuya. The fans rally up as Soberano offers a handshake. Yuya reaches out but then Soberano leaves him hanging. The two circle, tie up, and are in a deadlock. Yuya waistlocks, but Soberano wrenches out to wristlock. Soberano YANKS the arm, but Yuya rolls, wrenches, hammerlocks and he brings Soberano around. Soberano rolls, drop toeholds and then has the legs tied up to go after the arms. Soberano has a modified Queen Angelito but Yuya fights up. Soberano stands on Yuya’s shoulders for a modified motorcycle stretch, to then shift to a headlock.
Fans rally as Yuya fights up but Soberano grinds the hold. Yuya pries free, but Soberano pulls hair! The ref reprimands but Soberano snapmares Yuya. Yuya gets right up and the fans applaud. Yuya and Soberano reset, circle, and feel things out. They knuckle lock, but Soberano steps on an arm and double wristlocks the other. Soberano then spins Yuya, arm-drags him, but Yuya arm-drags back! Soberano sweeps and covers, ONE! Yuya hits a headlock takeover, but Soberano headscissors, so Yuya kips free. Both men stand back up and fans applaud the standoff. Soberano offers the handshake for real and Yuya takes it.
Fans applaud the sportsmanship as the two then back down, and they tag in Taichi and Atlantis. The KOPW Champion and NWA World Historic Light Heavyweight Champion RAM shoulders again and again! Then Atlantis runs to RAM Taichi! Taichi rebounds to BOOT! Atlantis rebounds to CHOP! Atlantis eggs Taichi on, so Taichi CHOPS back! Fans fire up as Taichi eggs Atlantis on, and he comes back to CHOP! Fans cheer more, and Taichi CHOPS again! Atlantis CHOPS, it’s a CHOP fight! They go back and forth faster and faster, but Taichi sputters. Atlantis eggs him on, so Taichi KICKS and KICKS!
Atlantis blocks a kick, dodges the forearm and RANAS! Fans fire up while Taichi goes to a corner. Atlantis runs in, but Taichi puts him on the apron. Atlantis counter punches then goes up top to CROSSBODY! Atlantis is right back up to run in, but Taichi BOOTS him! Atlantis returns but Taichi sends him into the corner for the GAMANGIRI! Yuya then runs in to BLAST Soberano! Fans rally up as Yuya coaches Taichi. Taichi and Atlantis rise, but Taichi brings Atlantis around to bump off buckles. Tag to Yuya and he CLUBS Atlantis down. Yuya whips Atlantis to ropes, DOUBLE CHOPS him down, then covers, TWO!
Fans rally as Yuya keeps cool. Yuya brings Atlantis around, snapmares and CLUBS him! Yuya then clamps onto an armlock and he grinds that taped shoulder down. Atlantis reaches out, but Yuya drags him from ropes to keep on that arm. Atlantis endures, Yuya floats to a cover, TWO! Yuya keeps on the arm with a double wristlock now but Atlantis continues to endure. Atlantis fights up, reaches out, ROPEBREAK! But Taichi tags in, and he CLUBS Atlantis on the back. Taichi snapmares Atlantis to KICK him in the back, and fans rally up. Taichi drags Atlantis around for Kawada Kicks, egging him on at the same time.
Atlantis stands right up to fire off forearms! Taichi kicks low and gives more Kawada Kicks! Atlantis sits up, and blocks the buzzsaw! He dodges the Ax Bomber to SUPERKICK! Both men are down and the fans rally back up! Atlantis crawls, hot tag to Soberano! Soberano goes up and CROSSBODIES Taichi down! Soberano then runs corner to corner, but into a BOOT! Taichi runs, Soberano dodges, goes up and over and dodges a boot to ENZIGURI! Fans fire up, and Yuya CLUBS Soberano. Yuya runs, but into a SOBAT! Step-up FAMOUSER! Soberano TOSSES Yuya, sidesteps Taichi, and SPIN POWERSLAMS!
Soberano sets Taichi in the middle of the ring to LIONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up as Taichi stays in this, and Soberano keeps his cool. Soberano stomps Taichi, drags him up, and fireman’s carries. Taichi fights free but Soberano kicks low again. Soberano talks some trash, runs but into a BOOT! Soberano comes back, but Taichi gest around, only for Soberano to fight the saido! Soberano whips, Taichi reverses and avoids the handspring to AX BOMBER! Both men are down and fans fire up again! Soberano and Taichi crawl for their corners, hot tag to Yuya and he stops Soberano! Yuya CHOPS but Soberano eggs him on!
Yuya CHOPS again, whips, but Soberano reverses. Yuya FLYING FOREARMS! And arm-drags! And DOUBLE CHOPS! Fans fire up with Yuya and he drags Soberano up again. Yuya whips to a corner, runs in and SPLASHES! Then BULLDOGS! Cover, TWO! Yuya looms over Soberano, stands him back up, and he traps the arms! But Soberano fights the suplex with knees! Yuya CHOPS, runs, but Soberano DROPKICKS him down! Fans fire up again as both men crawl! Yuya goes to a neutral corner, Soberano hot tags Atlantis! Atlantis runs to BLAST Taichi, then he runs to kick Yuya! Atlantis whips, Yuya reverses!
Atlantis dodges Yuya in the corner, and he SPIN POWERSLAMS! Cover, TWO! Yuya hangs in there but Atlantis stays focused. The fans rally up, Atlantis whips and Soberano joins in, TU LO SABE! Cover, Taichi breaks it! Soberano kicks Taichi out then goes out after him. Yuya goes back to a neutral corner and Atlantis storms over. Soberano dribbles Taichi off the apron as Atlantis stands Yuya up and scoops. Yuya fights free, and he CHOPS! Taichi sends Soberano into railing! Atlantis CHOPS Yuya! Yuya CHOPS Atlantis! They go CHOP for CHOP, the fans rally up, and Yuya sputters. But he dodges to waistlock!
Yuya sends Atlantis into Taichi’s RIDGEHAND! Yuya CHOPS again! Taichi SOBATS! Yuya BULLDOGS! Cover, TWO! Atlantis survives the assault and fans rally up. Yuya fires up and he climbs a corner! CROSS- NO, Atlantis moves and Yuya has to roll through! But then Soberano CROSSBODIES! Taichi storms in to kick Soberano, but Atlantis scoops to BACKBREAKER! Taichi bails back out and Soberano builds speed! FOSBURY FLOP! Direct hit and fans fire up! Atlantis scoops Yuya, MICHINOKU DRIVER! Atlantis hurries up top, FROG SPLASH! Cover, TWO!! Yuya survives and Atlantis is furious!
The fans fire up for Yuya but Atlantis refocuses. Atlantis vows to end this and he drags Yuya back up. Atlantis whips, Yuya holds ropes to BOOT back! Atlantis scoops Yuya and then gut wrenches, but Yuya RANAS free! Atlantis stands, into an arm-drag! Ghost pin, and Taichi keeps Soberano out! JUST5GUYS WIN!
Winners: Taichi & Yuya Uemura, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Atlantis & Soberano earn 0)
Taichi is so proud of Yuya! Not only did he win this for the team, he just pinned the NWA World Historic Light Heavyweight Champion! Too bad he’s just outside the weight requirements to challenge for that belt. But that aside, will this help Yuya & Taichi secure a shot at the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions?
2023 World Tag League, B Block: Yuji Nagata & Minoru Suzuki VS Lance Archer & Alex Zayne!
In a shocking twist, Blue Justice & The Meanest Man in the World are 0-4 this deep into World Tag League! But will Nagata & Suzuki finally make it work at the halfway point? Or will Monster Sauce continue their hot streak and be the only 5-0 team in the entire tournament?
Surprisingly, the Murderhawk Monster doesn’t maul Young Lions at ringside. But perhaps that is because he is saving all his energy for Suzuki. As such, he doesn’t even budge as Suzuki steps into the ring for “KAZE NI NARE~!” The former boss and subordinate stare down, so Nagata and Zayne let them start. The fans cheer as Archer brings out a Suzuki-Gun shirt! Archer then throws the shirt aside as he tells Suzuki, “Tonight, we fight. So you better bring it our I’m gonna knock your teeth out! Let’s go, Suzuki!” The bell rings and the fans fire up with Archer! Suzuki ROCKS him with a forearm already!
Suzuki eggs Archer on, and Archer grins as he comes back. Archer ROCKS Suzuki right back! Suzuki staggers, stays standing, and he also grins! Archer laughs, he and Suzuki start trading forearms! The fans fire up as the shots keep going! Suzuki gets the edge, then BOOTS! Archer wobbles but he BOOTS right back! Down goes Suzuki! Fans cheer, Suzuki stands up, and Nagata tags himself in. Zayne also tags in, and now fans rally as these two circle. They tie up, Zayne waistlocks but Nagata wrenches to a wristlock. Zayne spins, wrenches, wrangles Nagata, but Nagata kicks him away. The fans cheer as the two reset.
Nagata and Zayne tie up, Zayne headlocks, but Nagata throws body shots. Nagata powers out but Zayne runs him over! Things speed up, Zayne IMPLODER KNEE DROPS onto Nagata’s dropdown! Then he STANDING MARIPOSAS! Fans fire up and Zayne drags Nagata up. Zayne puts Nagata in a corner, tags to Archer, and he taunts Suzuki with “You Suck!” Suzuki says shut up, but Archer stomps away on Nagata. Red Shoes counts, Archer lets off and says Suzuki’s next. Suzuki says to still shut up, but Archer snapmares Nagata. Archer continues to taunt Suzuki then he CLUBS away on Nagata’s chest! Cover, TWO!
Archer is mad at Red Shoes, and Suzuki steps in just to flip Archer off. Archer tags Zayne, and scoops him to SLAM him onto Nagata! Cover, TWO! Zayne stays between Nagata and Suzuki, then bumps Nagata off buckles. Zayne ELBOWS Nagata, tags Archer, and Archer CHOPS Nagata! Nagata eggs him on so Archer CHOPS again! Even Zayne felt that one. Nagata still eggs Archer on, but Archer eggs Nagata on, so Nagata fires forearms! Archer knees low, whips Nagata to a corner, then runs in, but Nagata BOOTS him! Nagata fakes the dropkick high to dropkick low! Archer hobbles, Nagata tags in Suzuki!
Fans rally up as Suzuki fires forearms on Archer. Suzuki backs Archer down, but Archer tells him to hit harder! Suzuki fires off even more shots and he sits Archer down in a corner! Suzuki growls and the fans fire up. Suzuki knees low, whips corner to corner, then runs in to BOOT! Suzuki cravats but Archer fights the snapmare. Archer whips Suzuki to a corner, ELBOWS him, “Ichi!” Archer keeps moving to ELBOW again! “NI!” Archer keeps going, “SAN!” Hattrick achieved, and then a KNEE DROP! Cover, TWO! Archer ROCKS Suzuki, puts him on the top rope, and then lifts with the inverted crucifix!
But Suzuki fights free! Archer choke grips, but Suzuki breaks free to ROCK Archer! Archer ROCKS Suzuki! Suzuki laughs as they trade forearms back and forth again! Fans rally up, Suzuki keeps laughing, but both men ROCK the other! Fans fire up as Archer and Suzuki stand back up! They egg each other on, and the forearms fly again! They go back and forth, faster and faster! Archer wobbles, Suzuki taunts him, but then the forearms start up again! Suzuki gets the edge but Archer ROCKS him! Suzuki rises right up to ROCK Archer! Both men fall over and the fans are thunderous! Suzuki and Archer crawl, hot tags to Zayne and Nagata!
Now Zayne and Nagata trade forearms! Nagata ROCKS Zayne, KICKS him, and KICKS him! And KICKS again! Zayne ends up in a corner, Nagata fires up and whips corner to corner. BOOT! Zayne fights the clinch, suplexes, but Nagata fights that. Nagata suplexes Zayne, for MAGIC SCREW! And then an EXPLODER! Cover, TWO! But into CROSSFACE! Suzuki intercepts Archer into a SLEEPER! Monster Sauce endures stereo submissions! The fans rally, Suzuki keeps adjusting his grip, but Archer fights up! Archer storms over to BOOT Nagata, then he RAMS Suzuki into buckles! Zayne gets the boost, HIP TOSS CANNONBALL!
Archer ELBOWS Nagata down, then Zayne runs in, tilt-o-whirl RANA CANNONBALL for Archer! Fans fire up as Archer gets Zayne, CHOKE SLAM SAULT! SENTON! Cover, TWO!! Nagata survives but Archer BLASTS Suzuki back down! Zayne goes up and gets as lift from Archer, but Suzuki stops the Blackout Swanton! Suzuki DECKS Zayne, Archer knees Suzuki and TOSSES him! But Suzuki gets Archer’s legs! APRON KNEEBAR! Archer endures, Nagata cradles but Zayne smothers it into his own cover, TWO!! Nagata is free again, but Zayne kicks low. Zayne straitjackets but Nagata fights free!
Zayne fires boxing elbows, back elbow, mule kick, only to run into a WHEEL KCIK! SAIDO BRIDGE! MURDER GRANDPAS WIN!!
Winners: Yuji Nagata & Minoru Suzuki, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Monster Sauce earns 0)
The top team finally falls, and it was to the two most grizzled and experienced men in the whole tournament! Suzuki tells Archer & Zayne to still take this thing, and they fist bump as the old Suzuki-Gun theme plays. Will Monster Sauce still burn B Block and head for those trophies?
2023 World Tag League, B Block: Bishamon VS Yota Tsuji & Zandokan Jr!
Hirooki Goto & Yoshi-Hashi have been struggling, but they always #GetBackUp. Will they be able to #TurnItAllAround and make the threepeat a reality? Or will Gene Blast & The King of the World make the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions tranquilo?
The teams sort out and Tsuji calls out Hashi. Fans cheer as Hashi accepts, and the bell rings. Hashi and Tsuji circle, the fans rally up, and the two tie up. Hashi headlocks and grinds the hold, but Tsuji fights up with body shots. Tsuji powers out but Hashi RAMS shoulders with him! Tsuji dares Hashi to bring it, so Hashi runs. But Tsuji follows to then RANA! Fans cheer and Tsuji smiles. Tsuji stomps Hashi, drags him up at the ropes, and CHOPS! Hashi staggers but Tsuji is on him to whip to ropes. Hashi holds ropes, Goto tags in, Bishamon double shoulder tackles Tsuji down! Hashi runs for Goto to hip toss, ZANMAI!
Zando runs in but Bishamon kicks him first. They then HAMMER away on Zando’s back! The fans fire up while Goto & Hashi flex. Zando bails out and Goto stomps Tsuji. Goto drags Tsuji up, CLUBS him, fireman’s carries, but Tsuji fights with elbows. Goto ROCKS Tsuji, runs, but Zando trips him and Tsuji basement dropkicks! Tsuji BLASTS Hashi, Zando drags Goto out to throw him into railing! Tsuji goes out after Hashi, drags him up, and we hear Zando send Goto into more railing. Tsuji whips Hashi into railing, too! Fans rally up, Zando gets a chair and he SMACKS Goto with it! It wasn’t even a folding chair, it was a spare chair from the crowd!
Red Shoes reprimands, Zando puts Goto in for Tsuji, but Red Shoes won’t count the cover with all the shenanigans. Tsuji stomps Goto, tags Zando, and they double whip Goto to POP-UP KICK! And then DOUBLE BASEMENT DROPKICK! Zando covers, TWO! Hashi gets up but Zando boots him off the apron. Zando snapmares Goto into a chinlock, but he also fishhooks the mouth! Red Shoes reprimands, Zando lets off to tag Tsuji, and they set Goto up on the ropes. Fans rally but Hashi is in Tsuji’s way. Red Shoes reprimands and Hashi moves so Tsuji can run and LEAP FROG ATTACK! Goto falls and fans fire up.
Zando BLASTS Hashi, Tsuji covers Goto, TWO! Tsuji still smiles and he drags Goto up. Goto CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! But Tsuji knees low! Tsuji whips but Goto reverses. Goto runs in but Tsuji BOOTS him away! Tsuji runs, but Goto follows to LARIAT! Fans fire up while both men are down! Goto crawls, hot tag to Hashi! Hashi runs up to run Tsuji over, then he BLASTS Zando! Tsuji kicks back, whips Hashi to a corner, but Hashi returns to CHOP! Fans fire up as Hashi mule kicks then turns Tsuji, but Tsuji fights the neckbreaker. Hashi dodges the lariat to hit the BLOCKBUSTER! Fans fire up with Hashi as Tsuji goes to a corner.
Hashi runs corner to corner to clothesline, then he reels Tsuji in for the NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! The fans rally up and Hashi looms over Tsuji. Hashi drags Tsuji up, reels him in, but Tsuji blocks the suplex! Hashi keeps trying, the fans rally, and Tsuji hoists Hashi up! Hashi fights that, tries again, but Tsuji slips free. Hashi elbows Tsuji, runs, but into a BOOT! Fans fire up and Goto coaches Hashi. Hashi and Tsuji both crawl, hot tag to Goto! Goto KICKS Tsuji down then BLASTS Zando! Goto drags Tsuji up, fires off forearms, then whips Tsuji corner to corner. Goto runs, blocks a boot but Tsuji DOUBLE STOMPS him down!
Tsuji calls to Zando, hurries over, and fans fire up for the hot tag! Zando storms up on Goto, but Goto fires off CHOP after CHOP! Zando winds up to CHOP back! Fans fire up while Goto is stinging. Zando BLASTS Hashi, then he and Tsuji get Goto up. They double whip, double hip toss and cradle, for a DOUBLE SLAM! Tsuji SPLASHES, Zando goes up the ropes to LIONSAULT! Zando just makes it, then covers, TWO! Fans rally up while Tsuji paces around. Zando drags Goto up, he and Tsuji hook Goto up but Hashi saves Goto from the Anchor! Hashi fires forearms, Tsuji kicks low and whips Hashi to a corner.
Tsuji sends Zando in but Hashi dodges to then LARIAT Tsuji! Zando UPPERCUTS Hashi! Goto runs in but Zando kicks and runs. But Goto fireman’s carries! USHIGOROSHI! Fans fire up while all four men are down! Goto roars and rises, and he drags Zando up. Goto reels Zando in, dragon sleepers, but Zando drops to victory roll! TWO!! Goto escapes, hurries to a corner, and Zando runs in to clothesline! And then he undoes the wrist tape so he can run in again, and CHOP! Fans fire up and Zando says “UNO MAS!” Zando runs but Goto follows to MURAMASA! And then SAIDO! Both men are down again and the fans rally back up.
Goto crawls, hot tag to Hashi! Hashi runs to BLAST Tsuji, then he goes back for Zando. Hashi runs, but Zando BOOTS! Hashi spins through to CHOP! Zando staggers, roars, and CHOPS in return! Zando fireman’s carries, but Hashi fights free and feeds him to Goto’s forearm! Mule kick and then the clinch, GOTO GO TO HUNTER! Cover, Tsuji breaks it! Goto tosses Tsuji, and Bishamon coordinates. Goto goes up a corner, but Tsuji GAMANGIRIS him down! Zando TOSSES Hashi, and fans fire up as the amigos coordinate. Zando DIVES onto Goto, Tsuji CROSSBODIES Hashi and Young Lion Boltin Oleg!
Fans fire up as Tsuji & Zando rise! Tsuji drags Hashi up, he and Zando get him in the ring. Tsuji & Zando stand Hashi up, hook him up, ANCHOR!! Zando covers, TWO!! Hashi survives but Tsuji is already at the corner. Tsuji climbs, he stands on Zando’s shoulders, VAMOS FLOP as Hashi moves! Goto TOSSES Tsuji, and he LARIATS Zando! Zando stays up to LARIAT back! GOto drops to a knee, Zando runs again, but Goto SWATS the lariat! Goto suplexes, Zando slips free, but Goto puts him in the corner! Hashi runs in to clothesline! Tsuji runs in, but into the FIERCE FLASH! Goto clotheslines Zando, Hashi clotheslines, too!
Hashi hoists Zando up, Goto climbs, BULLDOG FLAPJACK COMBO! The fans fire up with Bishamon as they hoist Zando up and call their shot! Dragon sleeper and leg lift, SHOTO!!! Cover, BISHAMON WINS!
Winners: Bishamon, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Tsuji & Zando earn 0)
The IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions shine through as they turn the lights out on LIJ! Will Tsuji & Zando be able to stay afloat in WTL’s second half?
As for Bishamon, Hashi gets the mic first to say, “Oi, Tsuji! How was Bishamon? Was it sweet? Was it spicy? Or maybe salty?” Tsuji walks back to the ring and Hashi lets him have the mic. Tsuji says, “Now that I’ve faced Bishamon, I’ve learned… that you guys are amazing.” Fans cheer that! But Tsuji also knows Bishamon can’t stay like this. He’s sure they’ll make it back to the WTL finals. Tsuij then sends the mic back as he takes his leave, and Hashi thanks him.
Hashi continues to say that he can’t be sure if WTL can get more exciting, but if the fans aren’t already excited, then there’s no way that’ll change. But this win here gets Bishamon one step closer to that threepeat. Hashi brings up the supposed curse that keeps the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions from winning WTL. But he vows that “Gocchan and I will definitely break the curse.” Fans cheer that! Hashi continues to say that as IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions, Bishamon will win WTL for a third time in a row, and they’ll do it… IN A FLASH! The Fierce Warrior & Headhunter still have life, but will they have those trophies three years running?
Here are the NEW 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
Mitchell’s AEW Collision Results & Report! (12/2/23)
The American Dragon is back in action!
Bryan Danielson and Andrade El Idolo finally start in the Blue League!
As the AEW Continental Classic’s second round continues, Bryan Danielson and Andrade El Idolo finally have their first taste of action! Will the American Dragon and Face of Latino Wrestling both get points tonight?
- AEW Continental Classic, Blue League: Claudio Castagnoli VS Brody King; Brody wins.
- Abadon VS Kiera Hogan; Abadon wins.
- AEW Continental Classic, Blue League: Andrade El Idolo VS Daniel Garcia; Andrade wins.
- The Kingdom w/ Roderick Strong VS The Iron Savages w/ Jacked Jameson; The Kingdom wins.
- Malakai Black & Buddy Matthews VS Christopher Daniels & Matt Sydal; The House of Black win.
- El Hijo Del Vikingo VS Kip Sabian; Vikingo wins.
- AEW Continental Classic, Blue League: Bryan Danielson VS Eddie Kingston; Bryan wins.
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Brody King speaks.
“Tonight on Collision, in Erie, PA, Blue League round two against Claudio. I’m here to prove why I’m not just an upset win, and I’m the most dominant wrestler in this tournament. HARU!”
Claudio Castagnoli speaks.
“Time for talking is over. Swiss to C2, tonight I’m going to take a King’s head.”
CJ Perry & Andrade El Idolo speak.
The Coldest Manager in the Game says tonight, her client will take down Daniel Garcia again tonight, and take home that fat check. And his name is Andrade The Idol. No, no, es El Idolo. And everyone knows who he is, but Garcia, see you tonight.
Daniel Garcia speaks.
“Andrade, you wanna know what really, really makes me mad? It’s when someone likes you comes in here and thinks they can step all over people like me. Well I’m not having it anymore. Tonight, I fight back. And if I needed any more motivation to win other than getting those three points, it’s putting somebody like you in his place.”
Bryan Danielson speaks.
“Eddie Kingston, tonight, it’s you and me in the Continental Classic. And do y’know what? I don’t want depressed Eddie Kingston. I don’t want Eddie Kingston who feels bad about himself because he lost his first round match. I want the Eddie Kingston that won the ROH World title. I want the Eddie Kingston who’s confident enough to put in BOTH his titles in this tournament! Eddie Kingston, I want the best version of you because if you don’t bring it, you’re gonna get hurt.”
Eddie Kingston speaks.
“Look, guys, I know we gotta do this cold open thing. It’s the cool thing to do on Collision. I don’t have time. I gotta go get ready, I’m 0-1 in this tournament already, I do NOT wanna go 0-2. Bryan, I do respect you, sort of, so I don’t care about your eye, I don’t care about your arm, I don’t care about anything about you. All I care about is winning. So guess what? I’m gonna bust you up.”
AEW Continental Classic, Blue League: Claudio Castagnoli VS Brody King!
The Swiss Superman is ready for his Collision with the King of Death! But with both men at 1-0, who, if either of them, moves on to be Blue League’s only 2-0 leader?
The bell rings, 20 minutes is ticking down, but Claudio and Brody run in to RAM shoulders! Claudio BOOTS, Brody BOOTS, and Claudio fires a forearm! Brody forearms back, fans fire up as the shots keep going! They pick up speed with those forearms, Brody CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Then he LARIATS! Claudio stays up!? Claudio seethes and fans fire up as he comes back to CHOP! CHOP! And CHOP! Claudio LARIATS, but Brody stays up! Brody LARIATS, Claudio LARIATS, repeat! Claudio rebounds, DOUBLE LARIATS collide! Neither falls, they DOUBLE LARIAT again, and again, then Claudio dodges! DOUBLE LARIATS finally take both men down!
Fans fire up as Brody and Claudio roll out opposite ends of the ring. Claudio and Brody stand back up, the ring count climbs, but both men storm up around the way to DOUBLE LARAIT! And DOUBLE LARIAT! The count is 9, both men slide in at 9.9!! Fans fire up as Brody and Claudio start throwing forearms again! Brody gets the edge, runs, and he BOOTS Claudio down! Brody then scoops Claudio but Claudio slips free to BOOT! Claudio scoops, to SLAM Brody! Fans fire up, Brody staggers back up and Claudio runs, to clothesline Brody up and out! Fans fire up, Claudio goes out and he runs in around the way, UPPERCUT!
Fans fire up more and Claudio drags Brody up. Claudio whips Brody hard into railing, but Brody comes back to CLOBBER Claudio! Fans fire up as Brody peels the bumpers off the railing, then he throws forearms with Claudio. Brody knees low, whips, and Claudio hits railing hard! Claudio tumbles up and over and Collision goes picture in picture.
Brody catches his breath, storms over to where Claudio is, and drags him up. Fans fire up as Brody suplexes Claudio to the floor! Both men writhe, but Brody storms up on Claudio to stand him up. Brody CHOPS and Claudio sputters! Brody CHOPS again! Claudio staggers back, Brody whips him hard into the apron! Brody CLUBS Claudio, stalks him as he hobbles, then POSTS Claudio! Claudio staggers and falls over, and Brody refreshes the ring count. Brody storms back up on Claudio, ROCKS him, then puts him in the ring. Brody CHOPS Claudio again, ROCKS him to a corner, then ROCKS him again.
Claudio goes to another corner but Brody CLUBS him! And CHOPS him! Claudio UPPERCUTS! Brody CHOPS! Repeat! Brody gets the edge as he ROCKS Claudio again, then CHOPS him down! Claudio leans against ropes as he coughs and gasps for air. Brody clamps on with a chinlock, digs his forearm cast into Claudio’s face, and Collision returns to single picture. Claudio endures, pries the hold open, and he stands to wrench the arm, for an ELBOW BREAKER! The forearms fly again, Claudio runs but Brody scoops to SLAM! And then SENTON! Fans rally up while Claudio crawls to a corner.
Brody runs in to SPLASH at the corner! The fans bark and hoot with Brody, but Claudio UPPERCUTS him in the corner! Claudio fires UPPERCUT after UPPERCUT from all sides! Then he jukes the ref to UPPERCUT again! Claudio fires more shots, roars, and takes a moment to steady himself. Claudio whips but Brody blocks, so Claudio UPPERCUTS again! Claudio whips, Brody reverses and runs in to SPLASH! Then fireman’s carry, but Claudio fights free to UPPERCUT the back! Claudio trips Brody, but Brody kicks him away! Claudio comes back to DOUBLE STOMP! Cover, TWO! Brody survives but Claudio keeps his cool.
Claudio drags Brody up, but Brody fights the fireman’s carry. Brody ROCKS Claudio, CHOPS him, then runs, into a POP-UP UPPERCUT!! Cover, TWO!! Brody survives but the fans fire up behind Claudio as he stands. Claudio gets the legs, to SWING Brody!! Claudio goes around and around, and fans count all the way to TEN! Then the SHARPSHOOTER!! Fans fire up while Claudio sits deep! Brody endures, claws at the mat, fights around, and he reaches out! But Claudio grabs that bad arm to hold it back! Brody still fights forward, ROPEBREAK! Claudio lets go in frustration while Brody crawls to a corner.
Claudio waits on Brody to stand, then runs in, but Brody dodges! Claudio POSTS himself, then Brody GERMAN SUPLEXES him away! Brody runs in to CANNONBALL! Brody drags Claudio to a cover, ONE?!? Fans are stunned and so is Brody! Brody ROCKS Claudio, reels him in, but Claudio slips free of the bomb to fireman’s carry! DEATH VALLEY DRIVER!! Cover, ONE?!? Brody survives and Claudio is shocked! “This is Awesome!” and Claudio drags Brody up and reels him in. Claudio Gotch Lifts but Brody back drops free! Claudio lands on his feet! Springboard- HAYMAKER!! STUFF PILEDRIVER!! Cover, TWO?!?
Fans are thunderous as Brody hurries to get Claudio up. LARIAT!! Cover, Brody wins!!
Winner: Brody King, by pinfall (gains 3 points; Claudio earns 0)
That deadly right arm brings down the Swiss Superman, and Brody has six points! Is the Blue League soon going to belong to the House of Black?
Jon Moxley speaks.
“If it turns out that entering this Continental Classic tournament was a bad idea, I won’t find out ’til it’s too late. I’m banged up. Maybe the last four years is finally catching with me, because nobody’s done it anywhere in the world like I do it the last four years. My head hurts, my neck hurts, my back hurts, now my knee hurts. Getting that tingly-ness in my fingers now all the time. I live in pain on a day to day basis like most people couldn’t even imagine. Now on top of that, my head’s not screwed on straight all the time lately. The doctors are prescribing me this medication, that medication.
“And I’m just sick of it all. I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired. I’m sick and tired of being pissed off at my body failing me, I’m sick and tired of being depressed, I’m being sick and tired about being pissed about the entire last year. I’m sick and tired of being pissed off. So I’m gonna do the only thing I know how to do, the only thing I’m good at: I’m gonna wrestle my way out of it. I’m gonna fight my way out of it. I’m gonna put every ounce, every drop of sweat and effort and will I have into winning this Continental Classic tournament.
“This kind of thing, this is what AEW was built on, man. Two guys in the ring, the best wrestlers in the world, giving it their all, feeling that feeling when you’ve given every ounce of yourself in the ring, and pushing the limits, and pushing the boundaries, and making people stand up and go ‘Oh my God!’ What’d I just see?’ Feeling that connection with an audience that loves wrestling as much as we do. That is what AEW is about. Somebody’s gotta step up and win this tournament, and show the world exactly what AEW is, exactly what All Elite Wrestling can be! And that’s just gonna have to be me.
“Because anybody can say what they want but I’m the Ace of the World, b*tch, and that’s just the way it is. And there is nobody in this tournament that can do anything to me worse than what I deal with on a daily basis. Nothing they can do to me that’s worse than fighting the demons that I fight on a daily basis. If you think I’m shot, if you think my trigger’s been pulled, if you think I’m ripe for the picking, please, please, take your shot.” The Maniac is going to go until he can’t go any more, will El Toro Blanco look to take that shot this Wednesday?
Abadon VS Kiera Hogan!
With title chases never stopping, the Undead Girl and the Hottest Flame are fighting to get ahead. Who wins here to move up in the rankings towards the champions of AEW?
The bell rings, Kiera is wary of Abadon, and the two circle. Abadon corners Kiera, run sin, but Kiera dodges. Kiera SHOTGUNS Abadon down and fans fire up! Kiera runs in but Abadon sends her into buckles! Abadon fires off clothesline after clothesline, but lets off as the ref counts. Abadon runs in but Kiera avoids the boot to then KICK the legs out! Kiera runs, and she HIP ATTACKS Abadon against ropes! Kiera then snapmares, Abadon ducks the buzzsaw but not the SUPERKICK! Kiera runs Around the World to BOOT WASH! Cover, TWO! Kiera keeps cool as she runs again, but Abadon catches her for a SCRAPBUSTER!
Abadon roars and the fans fire up! Abadon runs in to SPLASH Kiera in a corner, then whips. Kiera reverse, Abadon slips out and then ROCKS Kiera! HEADSHOT CUTTER! Cover, TWO! Kiera is still in this but Abadon mocks the peace fingers. Abadon stalks Kiera, has her in the ropes, and mocks that pretty face. Abadon licks Kiera, YANKS her off the ropes, and then storms around. Abadon kicks, Kiera ducks and rolls her up, TWO! Kiera SOBATS, ROUNDHOUSES, then reels her in! NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Abadon survives and Kiera is frustrated. Kiera pounds the mat, the fans rally up behind her, and she stalks Abadon.
Kiera fires forearms, says to stay down and she SLAPS! Abadon SCORPION KICKS, then runs to KNEE Kiera down! Abadon drags Kiera up, hammerlocks, BLACK DAHLIA!! Cover, Abadon wins!
Winner: Abadon, by pinfall
Like the Nightmare Before Christmas, Abadon is bringing the scary to the merry season! But will Abadon earn a championship match as a Christmas gift to herself?
Wait! The lights go out! And when the lights come back, JULIA HART is here! Abadon turns around to see her, and the TBS Champion smiles. The lights go out again, and when they come back again, Julia’s gone. Abadon shrieks into the night, will this be like Jason VS Freddy for the title?
Backsatge interview with Samoa Joe.
Alex Marvez says the last time we saw Joe, he was furious that MJF accepted a tag team challenge from “The Devil of AEW.” Joe says why wouldn’t he be? But then someone shouts “SAMOA JOOOE~!” In rolls Roderick Strong & The Kingdom. Roddy tells Joe that Roddy is willing to forgive Joe for trying to end his career with a broken neck not just once but twice. And he knows Joe has his world title match with Max, but c’mon, this is clearly a trap! MJF is the Devil! But hey, Roddy’s best friend “ADAAAM~!” likes Joe and thinks of him as a friend. So as Adam Cole’s best friend, that makes Roddy a friend to Joe.
So hey, Wednesday, it’s a set-up. Those goons will beat the crap out of Joe! And MJF isn’t even here right now! He’s probably plotting how they’re gonna do it! The Kingdom says yeah, Roddy’s right. So just listen to him, okay? Joe chuckles and leaves. Does Joe think they’re joking? Between Joe and “The Devil,” who will have the last laugh on Dynamite?
AEW Continental Classic, Blue League: Andrade El Idolo VS Daniel Garcia!
We saw this showdown before when CJ Perry was recruiting clients, and we saw which way that went. But then will history repeat itself? Or will Red Death ruin Andrade’s start in the Blue League?
While no “seconds” are allowed, meaning even manager CJ must return to the back, Daddy Magic found a loophole by joining commentary. He still disapproves of the Garcia dance. Anyway, the bell rings, we’re on the clock, and the two circle. Fans rally up as the two tie up, Garcia rolls Andrade up, ONE! Garcia says he almost had Andrade, but Andrade just smirks. The two reset, tie up again, and Andrade headlocks. Andrade holds on tight, but Garcia powers up to power out. But Andrade runs Garcia over! Fans rally and duel, cheer and jeer, and Andrade CHOPS Garcia! Andrade whips but Garcia stops himself to whip Andrade!
Andrade goes Spider-Man in the ropes to tranquilo! Fans fire up for that, but then Garcia puts his dukes up. Andrade says no dance, but then Garcia clamps on a SLEEPER! Andrade RAMS Garcia into buckles, goes up the ropes, and he CROSSBODIES! Garcia staggers up, Andrade CHOPS him! Andrade whips, but Garcia reverses. Andrade goes up and over, then dropkicks the dropdown! Garcia goes to the apron, and Andrade PLANCHAS! Fans fire up, Andrade puts Garcia in, and he covers, ONE!! Garcia hangs tough but Andrade brings him up. Andrade gives some Latino Heat but Garcia wrenches out. Andrade ROCKS Garcia, but Garcia hits a SHIN BREAKER!
Garcia DRAGON SCREWS the leg, GROUDN DRAGON SCREWS it, then basement dropkicks! Fans fire up, Garcia covers, ONE!! ANKLE LOCK! Andrade scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! Garcia lets go, Andrade bails out, and Andrade shakes out the bad leg. Garcia goes out, Menard likes what he sees, but Andrade kicks low! Andrade RAMS Garcia into the apron, but Garcia kicks low and CLUBS him! Then RAMS him into railing! Garcia grabs at Andrade but Andrade gets in the ring. Garcia hurries to KNEE Andrade down, covers, ONE! Andrade CHOPS! Andrade whips to a corner, but Garcia BOOTS him back!
Garcia goes up, Andrade CLOBBERS Garcia to the floor! Fans fire up and Andrade paces while Garcia is dazed, and Collision goes picture in picture.
Andrade paces, walking off the pain in his leg, while Garcia clutches his neck and shoulder. The ring count climbs, Andrade goes out to commentary to have one of their WOOOOO energy drinks! “WOO~!” Andrade then makes his way around to fetch Garcia, and he SMACKS Garcia off the steel steps! Andrade drags Garcia back up to put in the ring, and he has a cocky cover. ONE, but Andrade stalks Garcia to ropes. Andrade kicks Garcia around, pie faces him, and eggs him on. Garcia huffs and puffs, then CHOPS back! And CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Garcia whips, Andrade reverses to then CLOBBER Garcia!
Andrade clamps onto Garcia with a headlock and grinds him down, and Collision goes to break.
Collision returns and Garcia fights up out of a headlock to SAIDO! Fans fire up while both men are down! Garcia pushes up, Menard says this has been Garcia’s best match so far! And zero dancing! Garcia stands, he counter punches Andrade, and counters again! Then he dodges, fires off haymakers and fast hands, the ref counts but Garcia lets off. The fans are thunderous as Garcia runs to BOOT Andrade, then put him up top! Garcia drags Andrade into the Tree of Woe, CLUBS him, then stands on the corner to punch away on the legs! Garcia goes all the way to TEN, then lets off. Dukes up, and he does some dancing before the BASEMENT DROPKICK!
Andrade falls out of the Tree, Garcia hoists him up, BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Andrade survives and fans rally up again! Garcia drags Andrade into a waistlock, drags him back up, but Andrade ELBOWS Garcia! Garcia holds on, so Andrade throws more heavy elbows! Garcia ducks to CHOP! Garcia whips, Andrade ducks ‘n’ dodges to FLYING FOREARM! And he kips up! The fans fire up, Andrade takes aim as Garcia is in a corner, and Andrade builds speed corner to corner, but has to dodge a lariat! Andrade kicks and snap suplexes, Uno Amigo! Fans fire up as Andrade hits Dos Amigos! Andrade gives us some Latino Heat, but Garcia wrenches out! SLEEPER!!
Garcia squeezes tight but Andrade throws elbows. Andrade is fere, but Garcia hops back on! SLEEPER! Andrade carries Garcia as a backpack as he climbs the corner! Garcia CLUBS Andrade, shifts around, and the two brawl. Andrade has Garcia now, for a SUPERPLEX! And then he still rolls through to restart! Uno Amigo! Dos Amigos! THREE AMIGOS! Cover, TWO!! Garcia survives many amigos and Menard loves it! But Andrade steps through, only for Garcia to roll through, step through, DRAGONTAMER!! Andrade endures as Garcia bridges back! But Andrade grabs Garcia’s head! But Garcia rolls through!
Andrade wrenches out, hammerlocks and LA SOMBRA DDT!! Cover, Andrade wins!!
Winner: Andrade El Idolo, by pinfall (gains 3 points; Garcia earns 0)
Andrade’s first tournament match is his first win! Garcia is 0-2, Menard says this is a hole they’ll have to dig out of. Andrade still shows Garcia respect, but is Garcia going to be mathematically eliminated before long?
Willie Mack speaks.
“See, Wardlow, I know you’ve been going through a lot of things these past few weeks, putting your hands on people. But one thing you know about me is you don’t put your hands on my friends. Y’see, this is a person who I’ve tagged with and won multiple tag team championships in other promotions with. So what I’ma have to do, is I’ma have to reach out and touch you. So next week, we’re gonna have to do the damn thing in the ring, so guess what? You better pack a lunch, because I’m a big boy, and I’m a big meal to try to eat.” Mack is standing up for AR Fox, but will the Return of the Mack end up Wardlow’s newest victim?
The Kingdom w/ Roderick Strong VS The Iron Savages w/ Jacked Jameson!
Roddy shouts at “DASHAAAA!” to stop, and he has the music cut. First thing’s first, Roddy wants to say to his NEW best friend by proxy, “SAMOAAA Joe.” Listen, Roddy told him the truth back there. They roll down the ring as Roddy says MJF is the Devil and Joe will find out soon. And then those three dweebs in the ring, they ain’t gonna #NeckTheHalls, no. The Kingdom’s gonna beat their… AAAAASS! And Roddy wants to dedicate this to his best friend, whether he wants Roddy to or not, ADAAAM! “Get ’em, fellas!” The Kingdom fire off on The Savages as the bell rings! Bennett DECKS Dirty Bulk Bronson to then help Taven mug Beefcake Boulder!
The Kingdom mock the “DOUBLE CLOHTESLINE!” as they whip, but Boulder breaks through to DOUBLE CROSSBODY! Fans fire up as Boulder shows off the “BEEF! BEEF!” Boulder goes out to get Bennett up, but he SUPERKICKS first! BOSTON BAYONET! Then another BOSTON- NO, Boulder catches Bennett to APRON CHOKE SLAM! Taven WRECKS Boulder with a dropkick, but Bronson DIVES!? Direct hit and Bronson fires up! Bronson puts Taven in, storms up to whip corner to corner. Taven stops himself, ducks under and ENZIGURIS! Roll up, TWO! Taven swings, misses, and Bronson hits a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!
Fans fire up as Bronson tags Boulder. Boulder swivels and wiggles, then goes up and hup to SAVAGE FLOP as Taven moves! Bronson tags back in, Bennett tags, too. SUPERKICK and fireman’s carry, DEATH VALLEY DRIVER into JUST THE TIP of the knee! The Kingdom shouts #NeckStrong, and then Taven FLIES out onto Boulder! Bennett hauls Bronson up, Taven is on the corner, NECK CHECK PILEDRIVER!! Cover, The Kingdom wins!
Winners: The Kingdom, by pinfall
And then Roddy STRONG KNEES Jacked Jameson! He flounders back out of the ring and The Kingdom helps him get in the wheelchair. The Kingdom rolls out, will they be proven right on all fronts?
Backstage interview with Ethan Page.
Lexi Nair is with All Ego, who has requested this time. Ethan says that ever since losing out on the AEW World Championship to MJF, in his home country of Canada, Ethan has had to regroup and refocus. He’s gotten into the best physical shape of his life, he has been in ROH building up win after win. And so, here Ethan is to make a challenge and check off a bucket list thing. AEW is going back to Canada, and Ethan wants to be THE biggest name in Canadian wrestling. So therefore, to be the King of Canada, he needs his crown. That crown is currently on someone else’s head.
So in Montreal, 1v1, we find out who the best Canadian wrestler truly is, as Ethan calls out KENNY OMEGA! Will The Cleaner give All Ego that opportunity?
AEW hears from Willow Nightingale and Mercedes Martinez.
The Babe with the Power tells Mercedes, “our history goes further back than you probably even realize. I’ve been such a fan, and I’ve admired you so much.” The OG Badass says the first time they met, Willow “was this night little pretty Willow.” Willow says she is constantly disappointed in Mercedes’ behavior as of late, and in herself because she hasn’t been able to beat Mercedes. Mercedes asks how many times must Willow dance her way into Mercedes’ business? Isn’t Willow tired of being everyone’s hero? Next time they meet, Willow will need to be saved. Because Mercedes will dance and stomp all over her.
Malakai Black & Buddy Matthews VS Christopher Daniels & Matt Sydal!
Brody took the lead in the Blue League, and Julia has called out her next target. Will the Dark Father and Aussie Juggernaut make sure that the House Always Wins? Or will the Fallen Angel & Zen Assassin finally stake a claim in the AEW Tag Division?
The teams sort out, Buddy starts against Sydal, and the two circle. They knuckle lock, Buddy trips and covers, ONE as Sydal gets an arm up! Buddy pushes it down, ONE as the other arm comes up. Buddy pushes that down, TWO as Sydal bridges up. Buddy jumps but Sydal stops that to then go up and over for a sunset flip, only for Buddy to stand back up! Buddy TOSSES Sydal to a corner, but Sydal slips out to the apron to bump Buddy off buckles. Sydal climbs, CROSSBODIES, but Buddy rolls through! Buddy pops Sydal up to a fireman’s carry, but Sydal slips free. Sydal KICKS, KICKS, but Buddy ELBOWS him down!
Buddy drags Sydal up, whips, but Sydal wrenches, ducks ‘n’ dodges, tilt-o-whirls, but Buddy stops the DDT! Buddy suplexes but Sydal throws knees! Sydal waistlocks. Buddy switches and back suplexes, but Sydal lands on his feet! Sydal shoves Buddy to the corner, but Buddy pie faces Daniels! Sydal ROUNDHOUSES Buddy, tags Daniels, but Buddy fights them both off! Sydal RAMS Buddy, Daniels GAMANGIRIS! Feed to a ROUNDHOUSE then the STO! STANDING MARIPOSA! Cover, TWO! Daniels drags Buddy up, CHOPS, and whips. Buddy blocks, boots, then tags Malakai. Fans fire up as Malakai and Daniels stare down.
The two rush in, Daniels gets around to shove, then CALF KICK! Malakai goes to a corner, Daniels runs in and blocks a boot, but not the other BOOT! Malakai wrenches, tag to Buddy, but Daniels avoids the double stomp to CHOP and CHOP! Daniels whips, Buddy reverses and sends him into Malakai’s BOOT! Buddy TOSSES Daniels out, Malakai goes up and out to ASAI MOONSAULT! Buddy BLASTS Sydal for good measure, and then sits with Malakai as Collision goes picture in picture.
Daniels crawls his way back to the ring, drags himself in, and Buddy looms over him. Buddy drags Daniels up to ROCK him! Tag to Malakai, the House mugs Daniels, and then Malakai whips Daniels to ropes. BIG elbow! Malakai drags Daniels into an armlock but Daniels endures. Sydal coaches Daniels, rallies the fans, and Daniels fights up. Malakai wrenches to step over and have a COBRA TWIST! Daniels endures the stretch, so Malakai CLUBS him on the neck. Malakai UPPERCUTS Daniels, tags Buddy, and the House mugs Daniels again. Buddy pushes Daniels around, CLUBS him, then snapmares for a KICK! Cover, TWO!
Buddy keeps on Daniels with a chinlock and he grinds Daniels down. Daniels endures, Sydal coaches him and the fans rally up. Daniels fights up, reaches out, and throws body shots. Daniels RAMS buddy into a corner, but Buddy holds on! Daniels RAMS Buddy in again, but Buddy still holds on! Daniels tries again but Buddy sends Daniels into buckles! But Daniels BOOTS back! Daniels leaps, FLYING COMPLETE SHOT! Collision returns to single picture and both men crawl. Buddy grabs a leg, but Daniels boots him away! Malakai tags in, hot tag to Sydal! Sydal DROPKICKS Malakai, dodges to UPPERCUT Buddy, then tilt-o-whirl RANAS Malakai!
Fans fire up as Sydal KICKS and KICKS, but Malakai blocks one! Sydal ducks the jump knee to dragon sleeper, SLICE LEG DROP! Cover, TWO!! Malakai survives but Sydal calls to Daniels. Sydal goes to the corner, climbs up, but Malakai CLUBS him first! Malakai climbs up after Sydal but Daniels sneaks a tag! Daniels CLUBS Malakai, gets under, but Malakai backflips out of the bomb! Malakai ROCKS Daniels, but Daniels ducks Black Mass! Only for Buddy to METEORA! But so does Sydal to Malakai!! Fans fire up and Buddy fires off on Sydal! Kick, stomp to the foot, but Sydal avoids the knee to JUMPS OBAT!
Sydal runs, into a V-TRIGGER! Buddy runs, into a JUMP KNEE! Buddy flops out of the ring, Sydal builds speed, but Malakai trips him up and drags him out! Malakai CLUBS Sydal down, btu Daniels DIVES! Malakai is sent into the desk! Fans fire up with Daniels as he puts Malakai back in the ring. Sydal climbs, Daniels hoists Malakai up, but Buddy SHOVES Sydal down! Daniels still rolls Malakai up, TWO! Malakai sweeps the leg, Buddy runs to CURB STOMP Daniels down! Buddy sees Sydal coming and dodges, JUMP KNEE from Malakai! And BLACK MASS!! Cover, House of Black wins!
Winner: The House of Black, by pinfall
Another Collision, another sweep for the Dark Father and his family. The lights go down, but why? The House is already here. But here comes FTR! Cash Wheeler & Dax Harwood storm down to the ring bathed in the magenta light! Malakai tells them that before they do anything, Malakai assumes that they’re both here because they are joining the House. Dax chuckles but Malakai says he is a family man. And we know it’s been weeks. The only people in AEW that have been here for the both of them has been The House of Black. Malakai’s done a lot of things, but not once has he told a lie.
The fans chant “HOUSE OF BLACK!” and Malakai drops the mic for FTR to take. Dax picks it up, but Buddy KNEES him down! Cash goes after Buddy but he gets mugged! Cash still throws hands, but Buddy CURB STOMPS him down! Buddy then drags Dax up, and he makes Dax watch as Malakai sets Cash up! BLACK MASS!! Dax is seething but he can’t get free of Buddy’s chinbar, and Malakai says see! Not one single person has come to help them! And was Malakai right or what? No one is coming to help. Dax flips Malakai off, so he gets BLACK MASS!! Is this going to be the end for FTR in AEW once and for all?
Backstage interview with Toni Storm.
Renee Paquette is with “Timeless Toni,” bringing up last week as Storm accepting the AEW Women’s World Championship, and Storm says yes, she knows, she has no time for these prepared questions. And where is “that man who usually does my interviews? He has so much more poise.” And she isn’t even finished doing her hair because they were too busy with some blonde floosy! And yes, Storm did accept her championship last week, Renee was a dear for presenting that. But Storm was unceremoniously interrupted by Skye Blue!
Storm tells Skye that if she had any advice at all, it’d be to walk backwards! The only time anyone has anything nice to say about Skye, it’s in reference to her bottom! Is Storm supposed to be worried because Skye’s all spooky now? With that little thing on her head? Storm used to wear hats and be spooky. BOO. See? Not that hard. Interrupt her, fine. She can be first to challenge for “this little huckleberry right here.” But until then, chin up, chest out, and oh… she’s bare foot. Sorry. She takes RENEE’S shoe to throw around! Toni is timeless, but will the Storm strike down Chicago Skye?
Skye Blue speaks.
Well first, she sighs. “Toni, I have met you through every single one of your phases, but this little midlife crisis your going through is the most pathetic I have seen thus far. But you haven’t met this Skye Blue. So bring your little butler, bring your little blond bimbo, and whatever 1940s black ‘n’ white crap you got up that robe, because none of it is going to stop me from taking that championship from you. So I’m gonna have my chin up, my chest out, and I’m gonna shove your shoe right up your ass.” Strong words from a fired up challenger, will she be the new leading lady of AEW?
Christian Cage speaks.
Captain Charisma says, “I don’t think it’s any secret to anybody how far back my relationship with Adam Copeland goes. I think I more or less tolerated Adam. He was a hanger-on, he wanted to be like me, which is why he’s always tried to steal my spotlight wherever we’ve gone.” And that held Christian back. Edge got what he never got. He was pushed all the way to the bottom when they broke up as a tag team. But Christian willed himself to the top. he is here to be the best, anyone else is expendable. And Edge wants to take away everything Christian’s built up the last three years? Christian has nothing to prove to himself, but Edge has everything to prove to Christian.
This time, Christian is what everyone talks about. Whether it’s Dynamite, Rampage or Collision, Christian nis on the tip of everyone’s tongue. He is the Face of TNT, the Face of AEW, then, now and forever! Christian has always been better than Edge, and in Montreal, everyone will finally know. But will “The Patriarch” be the one in for a shock when things get Rated R on Wednesday?
El Hijo Del Vikingo VS Kip Sabian!
The AAA Mega Champion is coming off a big trios win last night on Rampage, but Mr. Superbad just thinks of him as the most overrated wrestler on the AEW roster. Will Kip put his money where his mouth is? Or will he be on the losing end of this Collision?
The bell rings, the two circle, and they feel things out. They tie up, Kip cording holds but Vikingo whips. Kip arm-drags and holds on, but Vikingo goes up and over! Kip just changes up cording holds, arm-drags, but then Vikingo pushes him. Kip arm-drags again and keeps the hold, wagging his finger. Then Kip CHOPS, Vikingo CHOPS back! Vikingo throws knees, goes up and out to HOTSHOT Kip! Then Vikingo springboards, but Kip slides out., Vikingo keeps moving, but he fakes Kip out! Fans fire up, Kip runs in but Vikingo dodges to HEEL KCIK! Kip goes to a corner, Vikingo whips but Kip reverses.
Viking slips out to the apron, Kip hits buckles, then Vikingo GAMANGIRIS! Vikingo goes up and around and FLYING ARM-DRAGS! Things keep moving, Vikingo CORKSCREW RANAS Kip out! Then Vikingo DIVES into a GAMANGIRI! Kip intercepts Vikingo and talks some trash. Then Kip ARABIAN PRESSES to take Vikingo down! Fans fire up and Collision goes picture in picture.
Kip drags Vikingo up, puts him in the ring, then drags him up to ROCK him with a forearm. Kip bumps Vikingo off buckles, then whips corner to corner hard! Vikingo falls back, Kip flexes, and Kip drags Vikingo to a cover, TWO! Kip drags Vikingo into a mounted armlock, but Vikingo endures. Kip BITES Vikingo’s hand! The ref misses that, but Vikingo fights to the ROPEBREAK! Kip lets go, then stands Vikingo up to ELBOW him to the corner. Kip stomps Vikingo again and again, then sits him down. Kip backs up to then run in again, CANNONBALL! Kip drags Vikingo to a cover, TWO! Vikingo is hanging in there but Kip keeps cool as Collision goes to break.
Collision returns and Kip ROCKS Vikingo with forearm after forearm. Fans boo, Kip whips, but Vikingo rebounds, gets under, and DREAMCAST KICKS! Kip flops against ropes and fans rally with Vikingo. Vikingo runs in at the corner, but stops as Kip moves. Kip returns, into a scoop and torture rack! Argentine Flip KNEE STRIKE! Like an inverted GTS! Kip falls, Vikingo drags him to a drop zone and goes up the ropes from the outside. INSIDE-OUT PHOENIX SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!! Kip survives and he manages to smile about it. Vikingo drags Kip back to another drop zone, but Kip goes after Vikingo as he climbs!
Kip climbs up after Vikingo, fans fire up and Vikingo throws body shots. Vikingo HEADBUTTS, Kip flops to the apron. But then Kip springboards u to SUPER STEINER! Kip hurries to scoop, FISHERMAN BUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Kip is stunned as Vikingo survives! Kip drags Vikingo up again, waistlocks, then torture racks. DEATHLY- NO, Vikngo flips free, dodges and SUPERMAN PUNCHES! Vikingo goes up as Kip bails out, to tightrope walk TORNILLO!!! Direct hit and the fans lose their minds! Vikingo puts Kip back in, runs corner to corner, METEORA! And then Vikingo goes right up, for the 630 SENTON!!! Cover, Vikingo wins!!
Winner: El Hijo Del Vikingo, by pinfall
The AAA Mega Champion cools off Kip’s hot take, because no one who can do what Vikingo did in this match is “overrated!” But Vikingo does show Kip a sign of respect by offering a handshake. The fans cheer to shake hands, but Kip says no! Will Kip ever get over himself? Will Vikingo earn even more gold in the New Year?
Backstage interview with Keith Lee.
Lexi is with the Limitless One, and says last time, he mentioned “him.” Just who is “him?” But then in walks Shane Taylor, because he knows who “him” is! Because Keith ain’t dumb enough to look past Shane. But last year’s match didn’t solve anything, so this year, they give the people the fight they really wanna see. Keith VS Shane, 1v1, Final Battle, so Shane can beat Keith’s ass in front of the entire world! Keith thinks on that a moment. Challenge accepted. And see #TAIGASTYLE later, too. Then in two weeks, in Garland, Texas, will that truly be the Pretty Boy Killers’ Final Battle?
Backstage interview with CJ Perry.
Lexi and CJ are outside Andrade’s office, and notes that Andrade’s first win was impressive. UH OH, here comes Miro! Miro says move, CJ says no! Miro can’t go in there! She knows he thinks things will go poorly, but when Miro chose his god over her, she has to prove herself. By Andrade winning, it will help CJ. So if Miro wants to go in there, fine, he’s a grown man. But if there is any love left for CJ, do not do this. Do not lay a hand on her client. Please? Miro says if His God was still with him, he would be in this tournament and have ripped Andrade’s spine out already! Miro then caresses CJ’s face, and says he won’t touch her client. She has his word.
Miro storms off, but what will The Redeemer do to prove himself worthy of gold in the background of the Continental Classic?
AEW Continental Classic, Blue League: Bryan Danielson VS Eddie Kingston!
The American Dragon was the first entrant named to this tournament, but could not compete in it until now. And he doesn’t think The Mad King is ready if one loss takes away all the confidence he had going into this. Will Bryan just pour fuel on that fire? Or will Eddie be the one to earn his first points tonight?
The bell rings and we’re on the clock. The fans fire up as Bryan and Eddie stare down. They slowly circle and approach. They feel things out, knuckle lock, but then Eddie tests things with a kick. Bryan stays back, they reset, and Eddie guards a kick. Bryan keeps trying but Eddie pushes back. Bryan uses ropes as a defense and the fans boo. Bryan smirks as he and Eddie reset, and they test the waters again. Bryan gives kicks, Eddie walks it off, and they feel things out again. Eddie fires off hands, clinches Bryan on the ropes, and the ref counts. Eddie puts Bryan in a corner, the ref counts but Bryan turns things around.
Bryan lets off slowly, but then CHOPS! Eddie just snarls while fans “WOO~!” Eddie storms up on Bryan, they feel things out, and Eddie tries some kicks now. Bryan also kicks, neither man lands a strong shot yet. They end up in a corner, Bryan turns things around on Eddie, then he CHOPS! Eddie CHOPS Bryan down! Fans fire up as Eddie stares Bryan down again. Bryan stands, he and Eddie feel things out again, and fans are behind Eddie more than they are Bryan. The two grapple, Eddie rolls but Bryan facelocks. They go to ropes, the ref counts, and Eddie fights up. The ref gets in between but Bryan KICKS Eddie!
Bryan fires off fast hands but then so does Eddie! Bryan kicks, but then Eddie kicks the bad arm! Bryan falls back, Eddie storms up but Bryan trips Eddie! Eddie goes for knuckle locks but Eddie’s leg guard keeps him back. Bryan KICKS a leg, KICKS again, then KICKS again! Bryan KICKS Eddie in the back! Bryan sits Eddie up to CHOP! Eddie eggs him on! Bryan CHOPS again, but Eddie brings the straps down! Bryan CHOPS again! Eddie is stinging but he grits his teeth. Bryan KICKS! And KICKS! And then snapmares to cover, ONE!! Bryan keeps on Eddie with a motorcycle stretch but Eddie endures.
Fans rally, Eddie fights up, but Bryan digs his forehead into Eddie’s shoulder blades. Eddie still turns things around to have Bryan in the stretch! Bryan endures, powers up, and waistlocks to GERMAN SUPLEX! Eddie stands up but then falls back over! Eddie goes to the apron, shakes out the stars, but Bryan runs in to BOOT him! Eddie holds onto ropes! Bryan runs up again to BOOT! Eddie still holds on, and he CHOPS! And CHOPS! Eddie swings, Bryan ducks to dropkick the legs out! Bryan then builds speed to slide, but Eddie avoids him! SAIDO to the floor! Fans fire up while both men are down, and Collision goes picture in picture!
The ref checks both men, and both men are somehow still in this. Eddie shakes out his arms as he sits up, and he drags Bryan up. Eddie CHOPS Bryan, then follows him around the way. Eddie CHOPS Bryan against railing! Eddie puts Bryan in the ring, stalks him, but Bryan bails out the other side. Eddie pursues, and CHOPS! And HEADBUTTS! Bryan staggers away, Eddie follows, and Eddie CHOPS Bryan against commentary! And again! And again! Bryan flounders, Eddie puts him in the ring, and Eddie storms up in the corner. Eddie stands Bryan up to MACHINE GUN CHOP! Bryan sits down, Eddie CHOPS him again!
Eddie digs his boots in, the ref counts, but Eddie lets off. Eddie drags Bryan up, and puts him up top for another CHOP! Eddie then climbs up after Bryan, brings him up, but Bryan resists the suplex! Bryan throws body shots, then he HEADBUTTS Eddie down! Eddie comes back to CHOP! Eddie CHOPS again, and Collision returns to single picture. Eddie CHOPS one more time, climbs up after Bryan, but Bryan again resists the suplex! Fans fire up as Bryan throws down elbows again and again! “YES! YES! YES!” Bryan HEADBUTTS again and Eddie staggers away. Bryan adjusts, MISSILE DROPKICKS, and down goes Eddie!
Eddie flounders to a corner and the fans rally up. Bryan huffs and puffs and rises up. Eddie also stands, he CHOPS Bryan! Bryan throws body shots! Eddie CHOPS! Bryan fires body shots! CHOP! Bryan KICKS and KICKS, but Eddie CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! EXPLO- TAKEDOWN! Bryan has an arm, then grabs at the crossface! Eddie resists, fights around, but Bryan still gets the LEBELL LOCK!! Fans rally for Eddie as he endures, fights around, and reaches out! Bryan rolls Eddie back, and has the LEBELL LOCK again! Eddie fights around, pushes Bryan down and he fires down forearms as fans fire up!
Bryan CHOPS and SLAPS from below! Eddie SLAPOS and CHOPS in return! And then some more! They go shot for shot, and then Eddie rains down more forearms! Eddie hauls Bryan up, half nelsons, but Bryan arm-drags free! Bryan runs in, but Eddie dodges the knee to SAIDO!! Bryan stands, into the URAKEN!! Eddie falls on the cover, TWO!! Bryan survives and fans fire up! Eddie stands, drags Bryan up, and suplexes, NORTHERN LIGHTS BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Bryan survives and fans fire up again! Both men are down, a standing count climbs, and Eddie sits up first. The count is 5 of 10, Eddie stands up!
Eddie storms up on Bryan, drags him up and reels him in, but Bryan resists the lift! So Eddie fires KNEES to that bad eye! Eddie reels Bryan back in, but Bryan back drops free! Bryan aims, BUZZSAW! Bryan huffs and puffs and the fans fire up! Eddie sits up in a daze, Bryan aims again, to KICK! And KICK! And KICK! “YES! YES! YES!” Eddie stays up, so Bryan runs to- NO, Eddie blocks the kick to CHOP! And CHOP! Fans fire up as Eddie CHOPS again! Bryan grits his teeth, fires up, and Eddie CHOPS! Bryan KICKS! And KICKS! And KICKS! But Eddie glares at Bryan, ducks the roundhouse and ENZIGURIS!
Eddie HALF ‘N’ HALF SUPLEXES, then runs up to URA- NO, Bryan blocks! Clinch, FISHERMAN BACK SUPLEX! “This is Awesome!” as both men are down again! Eddie and Bryan slowly stir, and then slowly rise. Bryan aims again, to KICK! Eddie shoves Bryan, so Bryan KICKS again! Eddie CLUBS Bryan, Bryan KICKS, KICKS and KICKS! We get the five minute warning as Eddie throws hands! Bryan has the leg again, BRIDGING BACK SUPLEX! Cover, TWO!! Eddie escapes but Bryan says time to kick his head in!! DRAGON STOMPS!! “YES! YES! YES!” Bryan runs out of gas but somehow Eddie is still in this!
Bryan and Eddie crawl to each other, Eddie FLIPS BRYAN OFF! “This is Awesome!” as Eddie rises. Bryan aims from a corner, BUSAIKU KNEE!!! Cover, BRYAN WINS!!
Winner: Bryan Danielson, by pinfall (gains 3 points; Eddie earns 0)
THIS is the fight Bryan wanted from Eddie! But in the end, Bryan is the one to win the fight! Will Bryan keep on going through his next four fights? Eddie is technically still ROH World & NJPW Strong Openweight Champion, but with an 0-2 start, has he all but lost them both?
A great Collision, with awesome Continental Classic matches, but also matches they kayfabe’d as “standby” to try and kayfabe the tournament matches not going closer to their 20 minute time limits. A weird move to me but it’s not like we haven’t seen such a move by American televised pro-wrestling before. And surprisingly great stuff out of Vikingo VS Kip, but that was partly the point. Kip calls Vikingo overrated, then gets beat by Vikingo to show how legit Vikingo is, and there could even be a rivalry in the making or something. Kip still has Butcher & Blade to call on, that trio could take on Vikingo, Komander & Penta at some point.
Good match from Abadon and Kiera, with a really good win for Abadon. Julia showing up to basically call Abadon out was an interesting move but I also like it. Different kinds of spooky wrestlers are going to collide, this will be a good program for them both. And very good promos from both Storm and Skye to hype up their title match this Wednesday. Renee definitely looked like she was struggling to not break during Storm’s part, that’s how good Storm is. And I would think Storm retains because she’ll have Luther and Mariah May ringside. And good promo from Willow and Mercedes to set up their match, that’ll be really good stuff.
Good promo from Willie Mack to call out Wardlow but I would think Wardlow beats him to continue his dominance. Good promo from Christian to add some final hype onto the TNT Championship match. And good promo from Ethan Page to not just plug his time in ROH, but also to call out Kenny Omega. Ethan VS Omega is going to be really good, but that probably ends up being Omega’s win to build momentum going into the next round against Don Callis Family. But it also just makes me think Tony Khan still doesn’t get how ROH is supposed to matter. Ethan is in the middle of stuff with Tony Nese and he’s dividing his attention by wanting to be King of Canadian Wrestlers? What?
But thankfully, we did get a promo from Keith Lee and Shane Taylor to finally set up that match. And I do appreciate that it will be part of Final Battle since that’s where this feud started. Anything to make up for poor ticket sales and no ROH World Championship. Or even tag team championship at this point, right? The Kingdom called out MJF but MJF hasn’t taken the time to respond, he has The Devil of AEW to worry about. Good promo from Joe with Roddy & The Kingdom before The Kingdom beat The Iron Savages. Roddy was extra dramatic in his floundering out of the ring this time, can’t wait to see whether he and The Kingdom are still in on the whole Devil goon squad stuff.
Very good tag match from House of Black VS Daniels & Sydal but of course the House won. And good promo with FTR that then turned into a beatdown. That tag match is definitely going to be big for like Winter is Coming. And then, the Continental Classic. Great opening match from Claudio VS Brody, with a great win for Brody to lead the way in this block. And just as I expected, while we got awesome showings in the other matches, Garcia and Eddie each lost to Andrade and Bryan. Good promo for Miro wanting after Andrade but showing mercy for CJ’s sake. That feud probably waits until after the tournament, assuming Andrade isn’t a finalist. Worlds End would be a good PPV for Miro VS Andrade to happen as part of this ongoing story.
I also appreciated Eddie saying he doesn’t want to do cold open promos when he has a big match to get ready for. Doing coverage like I do, I don’t want to fall behind on the broadcast already trying to keep up with what people are saying at the very start like that. Even Claudio did a short promo because he also just wants to have his match, so they really should just have the matches and save promos for later in the night.
My Score: 8.8/10
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