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Mitchell’s NJPW Best of the Super Juniors 29 Results & Report! (5/24/22)

Both blocks in one night!

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NJPW BOSJ 29

TEN matches in one night!

NJPW brings both A Block and B Block together so that the Best of the Super Juniors’ fourth round can happen in one night! How hot will it get inside Korakuen Hall?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Best of the Super Juniors 29 A Block: Alex Zayne VS Francesco Akira; Zayne wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 29 B Block: Titan VS TJP; Titan wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 29 A Block: Ryusuke Taguchi VS Clark Connors; Connors wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 29 B Block: BUSHI VS Wheeler Yuta; Yuta wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 29 A Block: YOH VS Ace Austin; Austin wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 29 B Block: DOUKI VS El Phantasmo; Douki wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 29 B Block: Master Wato VS Robbie Eagles; Wato wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 29 A Block: Hiromu Takahashi VS Yoshinobu Kanemaru; Kanemaru wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 29 A Block: Taiji Ishimori VS SHO; Ishimori wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 29 B Block: El Desperado VS EL LINDAMAN; Lindaman wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Here are the current standings in A Block!

Taiji Ishimori: 3-0, 6 points
Hiromu Takahashi: 3-0, 6 points
Ace Austin: 2-1, 4 points
Alex Zayne: 2-1, 4 points
YOH: 2-1, 4 points
Ryusuke Taguchi: 1-2, 2 points
Francesco Akira: 1-2, 2 points
SHO: 1-2, 2 points
Yoshinobu Kanemaru: 0-3, 0 points
Clark Connors: 0-3, 0 points

 

Here are the current standings for B Block!

El Desperado: 3-0, 6 points
El Phantasmo: 3-0, 6 points
Bushi: 2-1, 4 points
Robbie Eagles: 2-1, 4 points
El Lindaman: 2-1, 4 points
TJP: 1-2, 2 points
Wheeler Yuta: 1-2, 2 points
Douki: 1-2, 2 points
Master Wato: 0-3, 0 points
Titan: 0-3, 0 points

 

Best of the Super Juniors 29 A Block: Alex Zayne VS Francesco Akira!

The Sauce could not burn the Bone Soldier, and the Nova Fireball flamed out against the Funky Weapon. But with the top of the block just out of reach, who reignites their run and burns brightest this night?

The bell rings and fans rally up already, “A-KI-RA!” “AL-EX ZAYNE!” The two circle, tie up, and Zayne powers Akira to ropes. The ref counts but Akira turns things around on Zayne. They end up in a corner, Akira digs his palms in but Zayne stands up tall. The ref counts, Akira backs off, and fans applaud. The fans rally, the two circle, and Akira kicks low. Akira headlocks, Zayne powers up and out, things speed up. Akira hurdles then tilt-o-whirls, but Zayne manages to handspring through, and fans applaud the standoff. Things speed up again, but Zayne fakes Akira out to springboard and drop knees on Akira’s back!

Zayne rolls back to come back with the RUNNING MARIPOSA! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up again and Zayne brings Akira up. Zayne CLUBS Akira, wrenches and whips him to ropes, then CLOBBERS Akira with an elbow! Akira bails out, Zayne flexes, and fans rally up again. Zayne aims, but Akira moves. Zayne adjusts, goes up the ropes, but Akira stops him! Akira CHOPS and CLUBS him, then goes up to join him, SUPER STEINER off the ropes! Fans fire up while Zayne tumbles, and Akira goes up another corner. Akira wants Zayne to get up, then he BLINDSIDE MISSILE DROPKICKS! Fans fire up, Akira covers, TWO!

Fans rally again, “A-KI-RA!” “AL-EX ZAYNE!” but Akira has them change the rhythm to “A! KI-RA! A! KI-RA!” Akira CLUBS Zayne at the ropes then stands on him! The ref counts, Akira steps off, then brings Zayne up. Zayne throws body shots, Akira eggs him on, so Zayne ROCKS him with a right. Akira goes to the corner, Zayne runs in but Akira slips out to trip Zayne up! Akira then runs corner to corner and back again to BLINDSIDE DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up and rally again, “A! KI-RA!” Akira drags Zayne up, turns him, and hits a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Akira is annoyed but he clamps on with a chinlock.

Zayne endures, Akira grinds him into the mat, but Zayne fights to his feet. Zayne throws body shots and elbows, then pushes Akira away. Akira swings but Zayne spins him to LARIAT! Fans fire up again and Zayne fires off boxing elbows! Akira rebounds into the leg sweep, then Zayne runs for the SOMERSAULT AX KICK! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up more, “AL-EX ZAYNE!” and he drags Akira up. Zayne wrenches, lifts, but no Baja Blast! Zayne ducks the buzzsaw, rolls Akira, but Akira rolls through, only for Zayne to EDDY GORDO KICK! Akira flounders to a corner, Zayne runs in to back elbow! Zayne puts Akira up top, climbs up after him and fans rally.

But Akira throws body shots! He shoves Zayne away but Zayne flips back to land on his feet! Zayne runs in but Akira dropkicks him down! Fans fire up while both men are down, and Akira gets to the opposite corner. Both men drag themselves up the ropes, and Akira runs in to clothesline! He keeps moving, but Zayne BOOTS him! Zayne goes up, but Akira goes up after! SECOND ROPE SPANISH FLY!! Cover, TWO!! Fans are thunderous as Akira grows frustrated. “A! KI-RA!” gets up, he drags Zayne up, CLUBS him, but Zayne ROCKS Akira. Akira throws a forearm back but Zayne gives another.

Akira forearms, Zayne elbows! Zayne runs, into an ENZIGURI! Akira reels Zayne in, POISON- NO!! Zayne blocks and brings Akira back up! Zayne pops Akira into the pump handle and cobra clutch! TACO- VICTORY ROLL!! TWO!! Zayne pops Akira up for the KNEE! Then Zayne runs, but Akira follows! SPRINGBOARD POISON-RANA!! Fans are thunderous again as both men are down! Akira and Zayne slowly stir and Zayne makes it to the apron. Akira gets up and triangle jumps to dropkick Zayne down! Fans rally up and Akira slingshots to ASAI MOONSAULT! Direct hit and fans fire up with Akira!

Akira gets Zayne up, puts him in, and hurries to the corner! Akira climbs, leaps, FLYING SPIKE-RANA!! Cover, TWO!! Zayne escapes and shocks Akira! Fans are thunderous again as Akira calls for the finish! SPEED- NO! Zayne slips out, but Akira dodges the lariat! Akira hops up, but Zayne blocks the rana to swing Akira up for a FALLING POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Akira survives and Zayne is shocked, but the fans are thunderous again! Zayne gets up, brings Akira up and scoops, but Akira uses that to sunset flip! TWO, SUPERKICK!! Zayne flounders, Akira runs, but into the scoop! BAJA BLAST!!

Zayne hurries to get Akira up, cobra clutch and pump handle, TACO DRIVER!!! Cover, Zayne wins!!

Winner: Alex Zayne, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Akira earns 0)

The Sauce is hotter than the Fireball! Will he be able to blaze a trail to the front of the pack? Can Akira turn the heat back on in the next round?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 29 B Block: Titan VS TJP!

The Immortal was cheated by El Phantasmo, but Public Enemy Number One couldn’t stop El Lindaman. Will the CMLL World Welterweight Champion have the same problems with TJP as he did ELP? Or will he finally get on the board?

The bell rings and fans rally up, “T J P!” “TI-TA-NN!” TJP and Titan circle, and Titan offers a handshake. Fans applaud that but TJP isn’t so sure. TJP leaves Titan hanging and they circle again. They tie up, TJP waistlocks then wrenches to a hammerlock. Titan throws elbows but TJP holds on, so Titan reaches back for a big flying-mare! TJP is sent out of the ring and fans fire up! TJP gets back in and circles with Titan again. TJP gets the arm, wristlocks, and keeps Titan from ropes. Titan rolls, handsprings, wrenches and wristlocks but TJP rolls, spins, cartwheels and brings Titan into the TWISTING HEADSCISSORS!

Titan gets up, they ram shoulders, and now things speed up! Titan hurdles, then springboards to FLYING ARM-DRAG! TJP goes to a corner, goes up and over, then tornado arm-drags! Leg sweep and cover, ONE! Titan leg sweeps and covers, ONE! Both men handspring up and fans fire up! They rally hard as ever and Titan offers the handshake again. TJP takes it this time and fans applaud. But then TJP short arm LARIATS Titan down! TJP stomps Titan, drags him up, CLUBS him down, and digs his knee into his head at the ropes. Titan gets the ropebreak and TJP backs off. Fans rally up and TJP drags Titan up.

TJP whips but Titan reverses, only for TJP to go Spider-Man. TJP slips under to sunset flip and high stack with knuckle locks! TWO as Titan gets his arms up! TJP pushes those back down, TWO as Titan bridges! TJP steps through, has the legs hooked with the knuckle locks, TWO, but TJP steps through! KNUCKLE LOCK SHARPSHOOTER!?! Titan endures TJP’s newest invention and fans are thunderous! TJP lets off the knuckle locks to get the Indian Deathlock, for the SNAP! And then again! And then the MUTA LOCK! Titan endures all over again, moves around, and gets the ROPEBREAK!

TJP “needs help” so the ref undoes the hold. Fans rally again and TJP brings Titan up. TJP puts Titan up top then climbs up behind him. And yes, just like ELP, TJP goes after the mask! The ref reprimands but TJP keeps trying! The ref counts, so TJP puts Titan in a Tree of Woe, to dropkick the legs! Fans rally while TJP paces. TJP grabs at Titan but he goes to the apron. TJP gets a leg and drags Titan back in to kick and YANK the leg! Fans rally, Titan writhes, but TJP brings Titan back up. TJP wrenches, but Titan ROCKS him with a forearm! Titan CHOPS, but TJP EuroUppers him down! Fans rally again and TJP brings Titan back up.

TJP fireman’s carries, but Titan grabs ropes and gets back to the apron. Titan counter punches then fires off more forearms. TJP swings but Titan goes Matrix to dodge! PELE! TJP staggers away and fans fire up again. Titan slingshots, and he gets TJP for a body scissors throw! TJP tumbles out, Titan slingshots in but the bad leg slows him down. Titan fights through that pain to build speed and FLY! Direct hit and they end up at the feet of the front row! Fans are thunderous while both men are down! The fans rally, the ref checks on both men, and Titan gets up to put TJP in. Titan fires up and fans fire up with him!

Titan hurries in, aims from a corner, and runs in to SUPERKICK TJP down! Cover, TWO!! TJP survives, gets to a corner, and Titan runs in, but TJP goes up and over! TJP reels Titan in, TORNADO- NO! Titan stops the DDT, hooks an arm and rolls TJP, to an ARMBAR! TJP clasps hands but Titan breaks the grip! ARMBAR!! TJP endures, reaches out, and fans are thunderous again! Titan drags TJP from the ropes, and ARM- NO! High stack, TWO! TJP has the leg! PINOY STRETCH!! Titan scrambles around, ROPEBREAK! Fans fire up while TJP lets off in frustration. TJP and Titan head for each other and go forehead to forehead.

Titan throws a forearm, but TJP gives it back! Titan throws another, but TJP CHOPS! Titan throws forearm after forearm and fans rally up, but TJP SOBATS! TJP runs, but Titan gets him at ropes! TJP blocks the DDT to HOTSHOT Titan! Fans fire up and TJP has Titan in a corner. TJP scrapes his boot on Titan’s face over and over! Fans rally, TJP goes side to side, but Titan follows to TORNADO DDT! Titan gets TJP up to FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up and Titan hurries to a corner. Titan climbs, even with the bad leg, but TJP ROCKS him first! TJP climbs up, gives headbutts, then brings Titan up.

TJP goes to the very top and hits a SUPERPLEX! Then rolls through to wrench and dragon sleeper, FINAL CUT! Cover, TWO!! Titan survives and fans are thunderous again! TJP can’t believe it, but he hurries to get to a corner. TJP climbs, fans rally again, N B A JAM onto knees!! Titan gets the arm, LA MAGISTROL, ONE!! But Titan rolls TJP, JAPANESE BRIDGE! TWO!! TJP has Titan now, legs and arm, PINOY STRETCH!!! Titan endures, but he’s so far from ropes! Titan keeps crawling forward with TJP on his back, and gets the ROPEBREAK!! TJP lets go and fans rally as he goes to the apron.

TJP watches Titan go through the ropes. TJP leaps, but Titan avoids the apron stomps! Titan runs in, swings but misses! TJP throws Titan by his mask, but Titan kips up to PELE! TJP falls, Titan goes out to the apron and climbs up the corner. Fans rally again as Titan reaches the top, to SUPER DOUBLE STOMP!!! Titan crushes TJP but he may have hurt himself, too! Fans continue to rally, and Titan crawls over to TJP. Titan gets TJP up and in, then crawls to a cover, TWO!! TJP survives but Titan throws off his elbow pads! Titan goes to a corner, skins the cat, and DOUBLE STOMPS TJP while he’s standing! Cover, TITAN WINS!!

Winner: Titan, by pinfall (gains 2 points; TJP earns 0)

The United Empire’s Juniors both fall in the same round! Will TJP ever live this down? Is Titan finding new life in the tournament?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 29 A Block: Ryusuke Taguchi VS Clark Connors!

The Funky Weapon finally scored last round, but the LADOJO graduate is still in last place. Will Taguchi break even in round four? Or will he just get gored by the Wild Rhino?

The bell rings and Taguchi circles with Connors. They feel out the knuckle lock, then Taguchi shoots in after a leg. Connors pushes Taguchi away and the two go again. Taguchi gets the leg this time, and the takedown, but Connors moves around. Taguchi facelocks, but Connors wrenches out to a wristlock. Taguchi rolls, wrenches back, and goes after that bad arm. Connors endures, Taguchi goes to double wristlock, and he drags Connors down. Taguchi shifts around but Connors blocks the armbar. They roll, Taguchi gets the arm but Connors gets the ropebreak. Fans rally as Taguchi lets off and the two reset.

Connors and Taguchi approach, but Taguchi kicks low. Taguchi is after the arm again, but Connors fights through to ROCK Taguchi with a forearm. But that’s the bad arm so Connors clutches that. Connors runs, but into Taguchi’s arm-drag! Connors flounders to the ropes but Taguchi is after him. Taguchi pushes his butt against Connors, then JAMS him with it. Taguchi runs to HIP ATTACK! And another HIP ATTACK! Then the baseball slide, and APRON HIP! Fans fire up and Connors stands, Taguchi springboards to MISSLE HIP! Cover, TWO! Taguchi keeps focus and fans rally up as Taguchi puts Connors in a corner.

Taguchi kicks, wrenches and whips corner to corner, but Connors goes up. Connors’ bad arm stops the jump, and Taguchi CHOPS Connors’ butt! But Taguchi clutches his arm? Taguchi claims something is up with dat ass. Does Connors have buns of steel? The ref does a check, and Connors says he’s all natural! Taguchi decides to HEADBUTT Connors’ but, but Taguchi falls down in a heap! Fans fire up and Connors finally hops off the corner. Connors threatens Taguchi with his Funky Weapon and Taguchi crawls back towards ropes. Connors gives Taguchi a HIP ATTACK! Taguchi wants mercy while fans rally up!

Connors runs side to side, HIP ATTACK! Taguchi sputters and flounders and Connors fires up! Connors gets Taguchi up and in a corner, then he climbs up the ropes for MORE hip attacks! Again and again and again! Taguchi staggers around “punch drunk” then flops. Connors covers, TWO! Fans fire up and rally as Connors gets Taguchi back up. Connors whips Taguchi to ropes, but Taguchi HIP ATTACKS back! Roll up, TWO, but OH MY GARFUNKLE! Connors rolls and kicks Taguchi away! Taguchi comes back to ENZIGURI! Both men are down and fans fire back up! Taguchi kips up and fans are thunderous!

Taguchi calls upon the powers of Strong Style, “ORYA~!” BUM- Connors HIP ATTACKS! Both men are down again and fans rally hard as ever! Connors and Taguchi stir, sit up, and they glare at each other. They go forehead to forehead, and then Connors hip attacks! Taguchi gets up to give it back! Connors gives another hip attack, but Taguchi gives another one back! Connors hits again, but so does Taguchi! It’s a buttocks brawl! Connors gets the edge, fans fire up and Connors runs, into a HIP ATTACK! Taguchi runs, into a HIP ATACK! Connors runs, Taguchi follows, HIP ATTACK! Connors comes back to HIP ATTACK!

Both men stagger and wobble and fans rally up. They both roar, then they both run! DOUBLE HIP ATTACKS! Both men stagger around again, but Connors drops! Taguchi fires up and so do the fans! Taguchi waits on Connors to sit up, he runs, but Connors goes the other way! But Taguchi avoids the Spear to OH MY GARFUNKLE! Connors endures, claws his way forward, but Taguchi drags him away! But Connors reels Taguchi into another HIP ATTACK! Connors aims from the corner, Taguchi stands, SPEAR!! Connors roars again and brings Taguchi up to whip and POWERSLAM! Fans are thunderous as Connors gets Taguchi up, TROPHY KILLER!! Cover, Connors wins!!

Winner: Clark Connors, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Taguchi earns 0)

The Wild Rhino runs through Taguchi, and now there’s a new bottom of the block! Will Connors be able to storm up in the rankings? Will Taguchi get away from bringing up the rear?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 29 B Block: BUSHI VS Wheeler Yuta!

The Black Mask kept Master Wato down while The Decoder was stumped by El Desperado. Will Bushi add to Yuta’s decent down the block? Or will the ROH Pure Champion rebound and show the strength of the Blackpool Combat Club?

Bushi, having learned from Naito, takes his time removing his entrance attire. Fans and even Yuta applaud as Bushi finishes and hops off the corner. The bell rings and fans rally up as the two circle. They tie up, Yuta puts Bushi on ropes, and the ref calls the break. Bushi turns things around on Yuta, but Yuta turns things back around on Bushi. The ref calls for the break again and Yuta lets off cleanly. Bushi applauds now, and fans rally as they reset. Bushi kicks low, CLUBS Yuta, then whips him to a corner. Bushi runs in but Yuta goes up and over. Bushi runs at Yuta again but into a scoop and SLAM! Yuta adds a SENTON! Cover, TWO!

Fans rally while Bushi bails out. Yuta goes out after Bushi and CLUBS him on the back. Yuta brings Bushi around the way, throws forearms, then puts Bushi in the ring. Yuta climbs up a corner, but Bushi gets under the leap. Yuta runs but Bushi dropkicks the legs out! Fans rally while Yuta clutches the knee. Bushi stomps Yuta on the back, takes off his shirt and uses it to CHOKE Yuta! The ref reprimands, Bushi brings Yuta up for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, but the ref refuses to count! Yuta kicks out anyway and throws Bushi’s shirt away, onto the camera! Bushi shrugs while fans rally, and Bushi stomps Yuta back down.

Bushi brings Yuta up, snapmares him into a headscissor lock! Yuta endures the squeeze and fans rally up. Yuta crawls for ropes and reaches out, ROPEBREAK! The ref counts and Bushi puts up his hands. That’s not the problem! The ref counts again and Bushi undoes the headscissors. Fans applaud, and Bushi brings Yuta up to CLUB him on the neck. Bushi suplexes Yuta to hang him out to dry! Bushi CLUBS Yuta, goes to the corner and missile dropkicks Yuta down! Fans fire up, and Bushi brings Yuta through ropes! Yuta resists and throws body shots to get free. Yuta dropkicks Bushi down and fans rally up!

Bushi gets up as Yuta builds speed, Yuta DIVES! Direct hit and both men go down in a heap! But Yuta roars and fans rally up with him! Yuta drags Bushi up as the ring count starts and gets Bushi in at 4 of 20. Yuta has Bushi in a corner, whips him corner to corner, then runs in to A-LIST LARIAT! Yuta shoves Bushi out, goes up top, FLYING ELBOW! Cover, TWO! Yuta gets the arms while fans rally! Bushi resists Cattle Mutilation to get the ROPEBREAK! Yuta lets off in frustration and fans continue to rally. Yuta drags Bushi back up, but Bushi swings and spins Yuta around, DDT! Yuta sits up in a daze while fans rally more.

Bushi drags Yuta up, reels him in, but Yuta resists the Destroyer! Yuta back drops, Bushi sunset flips, TWO! Yuta ROCKS Bushi, runs, but into a dropkick! Both men are down and fans fire back up. Bushi rolls to the far side, runs, but into an atomic drop! ENZIGURI! Both men are down again and fans rally. Yuta drags himself over, brings Bushi up, but Bushi blocks the punch to fire off forearms! Bushi runs, but Yuta BOOTS Him, and GERMAN SUPLEXES! Bridging cover, TWO, but into CATTLE MUTILATION!! Bushi endures, flails, reaches out with a foot, and fans rally! Bushi keeps moving around, to the ROPEBREAK!

The ref counts, Yuta lets off at 4 and is frustrated. Fans rally up and Yuta grits his teeth. Yuta roars, brings Bushi up, and wrenches to the OL- NO! Bushi slips out, dodges Yuta’s haymaker, and kicks. Yuta blocks, ducks the enziguri, but not the HEEL KICK! Yuta staggers and Bushi runs in, CODE- NO! Yuta shoves Bushi down, and gets him for HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Then, DRAGON’S LAIR! YUTA WINS!

Winner: Wheeler Yuta, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Bushi earns 0)

The Decoder solves the Black Mask! The ROH Pure Champion has broke even, but will he back up in the next round? Will Bushi be able to stay tranquilo and rise back up?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 29 A Block: YOH VS Ace Austin!

Last round, Mr. Direct Drive overcame the Heel Master while The Inevitable was stopped by the Ticking Timebomb. Will Yoh keep rising towards the top this round? Or will he be busted by Ace Austin and have to start again?

The bell rings and fans rally up. Yoh and Austin stare down before slowly circling. They tie up, Austin headlocks but Yoh pulls hair. The ref reprimands, Austin cranks the hold, but Yoh stomps Austin’s foot. Yoh powers out, Austin rams shoulders, then rolls to drop toehold and EDDY GORDO KICK! Fans fire up, Austin runs but Yoh drops, bypasses, then drop toeholds back! Yoh runs but Austin avoids the basement dropkick to arm-drag Yoh and has the DISARMER! Fans fire up and Austin brings out the ace up his sleeve! PAPER CUT! Austin hides the ace while Yoh bails out. Austin builds speed but Yoh moves.

Yoh swipes at Austin on the apron but Austin handstands then handsprings, PENALTY KICK! Fans fire up and Austin slingshots in to build speed. Yoh gets in, gets around Austin and SHOTGUNS Austin out! Yoh PLANCHAS and knocks Austin down! Fans fire up with Yoh and he brings Austin up to CLUB him down. The ring count starts but Yoh puts Austin in at 3. Yoh gets Austin up for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally, Yoh brings Austin up, and he CHOPS Austin towards a corner. And CHOPS him in the corner! Austin hits back, CHOPS and CHOPS, but Yoh kicks low. Yoh CLUBS Austin back into the corner.

Yoh wrenches an arm, whips Austin corner to corner but Austin reverses. Austin runs in but into a BOOT! Yoh pushes Austin to the corner but Austin slips out to the apron! Yoh turns around and Austin shoulders into him, then Austin steps in and springboards, FLYING CHUCK! Yoh bails out, Austin builds speed, FOSBURY FLOP! Direct hit and Austin lands on his feet! Fans fire up and Austin gets Yoh in the ring. Fans rally, Austin jumps into the corner for the FLYING LEG DROP! Cover, TWO! Austin is annoyed but the fans still rally up. Austin aims from the corner, runs in at Yoh, but Yoh wheelbarrows to a victory roll, TWO!

Yoh has the leg! KNEEBAR!! Austin endures, fans rally, and Austin claws at the hold! Yoh holds on, Austin crawls his way over, ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Yoh lets go at 2, and then Yoh stalks Austin. Yoh drags Austin into a waistlock, but Austin resists the lift. Austin throws elbows and then brings Yoh around. Yoh switches to GERMAN SUPLEX! Yoh holds on, to GERMAN SUPLEX again! Yoh still holds on and brings Austin back up. Austin fights the hat trick and elbows out hard! But Yoh reels him in, GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Fans fire up and so does Yoh! Yoh gets up and he brings Austin back up.

Yoh reels Austin in, suplexes, but Austin slips out! Austin swings, Yoh gets around and underhooks, but Austin NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO!! Yoh escapes and fans are thunderous! Austin gets up, runs in and knees Yoh low. KNEE LIFT, but Yoh ducks the heel kick to JUMP KNEE! Austin roars and comes back, into a SUPERKICK! Yoh roars and fans fire up again! Yoh drags Austin up, reels him in, FALCON- NO! Austin knees free, ducks the superkick and HEEL KICKS! HOUSE OF CARDS! Yoh flounders, Austin aims from a corner, and Austin runs in to hit THE FOLD! Cover, Austin wins!

Winner: Ace Austin, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Yoh earns 0)

The Impact X-Division Champion gets back on track! Will Ace be high going into round five? Is there still time for a comeback from Direct Drive?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 29 B Block: DOUKI VS El Phantasmo!

Japones del Mal gave it his all but still got shot down by the Sniper of the Skies. Meanwhile, the Headbanga took advantage Titan’s lucha libre lifestyle and stole a win! Will Douki make ELP pay for disrespecting masks? Or will ELP rip off another opponent?

The bell rings and fans rally up, “E L P!” “DO-U-KI!” ELP encourages the fans to get louder and they oblige, and then ELP rushes Douki. Douki trips ELP, things speed up, ELP hurdles but Douki leaps. Douki comes back to rana but ELP handsprings through. Douki ducks the Penalty Kick and rolls ELP, ONE! ELP sweeps and covers, ONE! ELP hops over the sweep to body scissor and roll Douki, TWO! Douki sits on the cover, TWO! Douki handsprings up and fans fire up! ELP handsprings to show he can do that, too, and then ELP offers a handshake. Douki goes to accept but ELP kicks low. ELP headlocks, but Douki powers out.

ELP runs Douki over and he flexes. ELP runs, but then he steps on Douki. Fans rally as ELP struts, but then Douki runs in. ELP easily avoids the dropkick, and he struts more. Douki is annoyed, he runs in again, but he fakes ELP out! Douki then springboards for a FLYING ARM-DRAG! Things keep moving, Douki RANAS ELP out! Fans fire up and Douki goes to the apron, FLYING TORNADO DDT to the floor! Fans fire up and the ring count starts. Douki goes up the bleachers and to the second level? ELP stands up, commentary has to watch out, Douki LEAPS! BIG CROSSBODY and down goes ELP! Douki gets in at 15 of 20!

The count is 18! ELP springs up and in at 19.9! Fans fire up and Douki looms over ELP. Douki throws forearms, then whips ELP to ropes. ELP reverses but Douki holds ropes. Douki BOOTS back, slingshots, but ELP blocks Daybreak! ELP TOSSES Douki out with a Gourd Buster! Douki crashes down and fans fire up again! ELP goes to a corner and he climbs up! ARIHARA MOONSAULT! Both men crash down and fans fire up again! ELP throws up the Too Sweet, he’s fine. Fans rally harder, “E L P!” “DO-U-KI!” and ELP gets Douki up. ELP puts Douki in at 5 of 20, covers, TWO! Douki is still in this and fans rally up again.

ELP brings Douki up to ROCK him with a right. ELP ROCKS Douki in the corner, and fires off more forearms. ELP whips corner to corner but Douki reverses. ELP goes up and over, rolls, ducks and springboards, CROSSBODY! Somersault to the LIONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up but ELP is annoyed. ELP brings Douki up, suplexes high and hard, then covers, TWO! ELP reels Douki in, gets him up, SIT-OUT POWERBOMB!! Cover, TWO!! ELP is frustrated but he cobra clutches and torture racks. ELP spins for the SWINGING NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Douki survives and fans fire up again!

ELP is annoyed and he goes to the corner. ELP tunes up the band as he waits on Douki to get up. “E! L P! E! L P!” Douki stands, SUDDEN- NO! Douki dodges, kicks, ENZIGURIS, and both men are down again! Fans rally, Douki fires up and he runs in at ELP. ELP puts Douki on the apron but Douki shoulders back. Douki slingshots, but the arms don’t hold up! Daybreak crashes ‘n’ burns, and ELP mockingly applauds. ELP reaches for Douki but Douki cradles! DOUKI WINS!!

Winner: Douki, by pinfall (gains 2 points; ELP earns 0)

The Headbanga got cocky and he LOST! His first loss of the tournament!! Douki tells ELP to “SUCK IT!” Will Douki take this momentum all the way to the top of B Block? Will ELP ever live this one down?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 29 B Block: Master Wato VS Robbie Eagles!

The Way of the Grandmaster is stagnant at the bottom of the block while the Sniper of the Skies is almost at the top! Will Wato turn the tide and finally score? Or will Eagles continue to fly and even have a golden ticket to the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship?

The bell rings and both men rush in! They DOUBLE BOOT, then DOUBLE BOOT! Eagles kicks, Wato KICKS. Eagles forearms, Wato forearms. Eagles and Wato go back to KICKS, then back to forearms, then Wato sobats. Eagles sobats! Eagles runs but into a back elbow! Wato runs, but he senses Eagles following! Wato hurdles, to back elbow, uppercut and SOBAT! Fans fire up, Wato gets Eagles hooked up, RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP, into a BUTTERFLY STRETCH! Eagles flails and kicks around, to the ROPEBREAK! Wato lets go and fans rally up. Wato stomps Eagles, brings him up and KICKS him in the chest!

Eagles goes to a corner, but Wato knees him low. Wato whips corner to corner, Eagles slips free to mule kick. Wato CLUBS Eagles to the corner, KICKS him then CHOPS him! Fans rally and Wato ROCKS Eagles. Wato whips corner to corner, runs in, but Eagles puts him on the apron. Wato ROCKS Eagles first, then springboards, but Eagles gets under the uppercut. Eagles knees Wato now, and KICKS him down! Fans fire up and rally, and Eagles brings Wato up. Eagles snapmares Wato, runs, and basement dropkicks! Cover, TWO! Fans rally, Eagles eggs Wato on, then brings Wato up. Eagles CHOPS Wato and Wato leans against ropes!

Fans rally and Eagles says one more. Eagles CHOPS Wato again and Wato flops. Eagles shakes out his hand, then he brings Wato up. Wato throws body shots, then forearms! Eagles kicks low, then KICKS Wato in the chest, and again, and again! Wato wobbles, Eagles runs, but Wato blocks the leg lariat! Eagles kicks low again, whips, but Wato reverses to tilt-o-whirl BACKBREAKER! Fans fire up and Wato runs in to rally with elbows and a BOOT! Wato brings Eagles around, whips him to ropes, and dropkicks him out! Fans fire up while Wato builds sped, TORNILLO! Direct hit but Wato tumbles to the feet of the fans!

Fans fire up more and Wato gets himself back up. Wato roars and fans fire up more. Wato drags Eagles up, puts him in, then springboards, FLYING UPPERCUT! Cover, TWO! Fans rally and Wato fires up again. Wato brings Eagles up and around, waistlocks, but Eagles elbows free. Wato spins Eagles to mule kick, front kick, but Eagles blocks the superkick! Eagles spins Wato, ROLLING CHOP BLOCKS, then BLINDSIDE LARIATS! Wato flounders to a corner, Eagles runs in, DOUBLE KNEES! Eagles rolls back and comes back, METEORA! Fans fire up and Eagles drags Wato to a cover, TWO! Eagles is a bit surprised but the fans rally up again.

Eagles drags Wato to a drop zone, goes to the corner and catches his breath. Eagles hops out then climbs up, 450 but he blocks Wato’s knees! Eagles steps through, but Wato CRADLES! TWO!! Wato rushes in but into a schoolboy with bridge! TWO, and Eagles KICKS the leg! Eagles runs, into a dropkick! Fans rally while Eagles ends up on the apron. Wato gets up, runs in, but into a GAMANGIRI! Eagles springboards to dropkick the legs out! Eagles steps through, Wato ROUNDHOUSES from the mat! Fans are thunderous while both men are down! Eagles and Wato slowly rise, and they crawl to each other.

Wato throws a forearm, but Eagles hits back. Wato wobbles but he forearms again. Eagles gives the forearm back, but Wato gives another. Wato throws more forearms as Eagles eggs him on, then Eagles ROCKS Wato with one shot! Wato fires another forearm but so does Eagles. Now Wato eggs Eagles on, so Eagles throws more shots. Wato blocks the chop to give a CHOP! Wato fires off forearms again, then a knee! And another knee! Eagles wobbles, but he ducks the roundhouse to sweep the legs! RON MILLER SPECIAL!! Fans fire up as Wato endures! Wato reaches out, grabs at the ref, but he refuses to quit!

Wato crawls, Eagles puts on more pressure, but that only motivates Wato more! ROPEBREAK! Eagles lets go, fans rally again and Eagles drops knees on the leg! Eagles rolls Wato, gets him up and tucked in, but Wato fights the backpack with elbows! Wato waistlocks, Eagles mule kicks the leg but Wato holds on. Wato ducks Eagles’ back elbow and lets him spin all the way around, HIGH ANGLE GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Eagles survives and fans are thunderous while both men are down! Wato hurries to the apron, then up the corner. But Eagles hurries and ROCKS Wato first! Eagles then CHOPS Wato, and climbs up after him.

Wato throws body shots and shoves Eagles away! Eagles lands on his feet, but Wato BOOTS him! Eagles Tiger Feints Wato off the corner! Fans rally and Eagles gets them clapping even faster! Eagles builds speed and DIVES into a GAMANGIRI! Wato hurries back in and he gets Eagles back up. Wato scoops but Eagles slips out to ROUNDHOUSE! SUPERKICK! PELE! Wato wobbles, Eagles fires up and SHIRANUI- NO, Wato slips out and elbows Eagles away! Wato fires up and ROUND- NO! Eagles blocks, fires off strikes, TURBO- NO! Wato slips out, tilt-o-whirls and PRAWN HOLDS! WATO WINS!!

Winner: Master Wato, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Eagles earns 0)

The IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champion shoots down the sniper! No golden ticket for Eagles, will he just have to focus on the tournament? As for Wato, will he ride this wave all the way to the top?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 29 A Block: Hiromu Takahashi VS Yoshinobu Kanemaru!

The Ticking Timebomb is still unbeaten this year, and the Heel Master is still winless! Will all that change with a shot of whiskey? Or will Kanemaru not be so lucky in round four?

Hiromu comes out and looks to be in shock at seeing Kanemaru’s shaved face. Also, he misplaced his notepad. Thankfully, a Young Lion brings it out to him. Hiromu compares the picture he has and the man he sees in the ring. Well, Hiromu is convinced this is still Kanemaru, so he hops up onto the apron, only for Kanemaru to dropkick him down! Kanemaru stomps Hiromu, the ref reprimands, but Kanemaru brings Hiromu up to smack off the apron! Kanemaru brings Hiromu around the way to bump Hiromu off more apron, then he puts Hiromu in. The bell rings and Kanemaru stomps Hiromu on the record!

Kanemaru drags Hiromu up, whips him to ropes, but Hiromu avoids the basement dropkick to SUPERKICK! Hiromu gets his jacket off, fireman’s carries and CORNER DEATH VALLEY DRIVERS! Hiromu fires up, fireman’s carry, and he swings Kanemaru around, but Kanemaru counters with a victory roll! TWO!! Hiromu escapes and fans fire up! Hiromu hurries but Kanemaru BOOTS him! Hiromu superkicks but Kanemaru blocks that to dropkick the leg out! Kanemaru goes to a corner and aims while Hiromu staggers. Kanemaru runs in to dropkick the leg! Fans fire up, Kanemaru gets the leg, SHINBREAKER!

Kanemaru steps through, FIGURE FOUR! Hiromu endures, fans fire up, and Hiromu drags himself and Kanemaru along. Hiromu reaches out, but Kanemaru puts more pressure on the hold! Fans rally up for “HI-RO-MU!” and he powers through to get the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Kanemaru holds on but the figure four is undone. Kanemaru brings Hiromu over to the corner and he SLAMS the leg against the apron! Then he bends the legs against the post! The ref reprimands, Kanemaru lets off, but then Kanemaru throws his whiskey into the ring. The ref goes to get that but Kanemaru gets a chair! Kanemaru SMACKS the leg while it’s against the post!

Hiromu flops down and clutches his leg, but Kanemaru gets it to SMASH it on the floor! And then again! Hiromu flounders and the ref reprimands but Kanemaru brings out another chair! Kanemaru sits this chair up, and takes a seat while he throws the beat up chair into the ring. The ref goes to fetch that now, and Kanemaru drags Hiromu up for a CHAIR SHIN BREAKER! Hiromu writhes while fans applaud the savage creativity from Kanemaru. Kanemaru stomps Hiromu while the ring count starts. Kanemaru hauls Hiromu up and TOSSES him into the metal barriers! Kanemaru then leaves Hiromu behind and stands by the ring.

Hiromu flounders up at 15, hobbles over at 17, but Kanemaru slings a chair at him! Hiromu manages to avoid it but the count is still going! Hiromu gets in at 19.9!! Fans are thunderous but Kanemaru is furious! Kanemaru stomps Hiromu’s legs but fans still rally. Kanemaru drags Hiromu up, whips him corner to corner, but Hiromu can’t make it on the bad leg. Kanemaru dropkicks the leg out! Hiromu writhes but Kanemaru drags Hiromu back into the FIGURE FOUR!! Fans are thunderous while Hiromu endures! Hiromu tries to pry the hold open but Kanemaru adds more pressure! Hiromu reaches out again, crawls over, but Kanemaru drags him back!

Kanemaru puts as much as he can on the hold, but Hiromu works to turn it! But Kanemaru turns it back! Hiromu endures, flails, reaches out, drags Kanemaru along, but Kanemaru drags him back again! Kanemaru thrashes about and even bridges up! HIROMU TAPS, KANEMARU WINS!!

Winner: Yoshinobu Kanemaru, by submission (gains 2 points; Hiromu earns 0)

The Timebomb self-destructs! He poked fun at the Heel Master, and now he’s had his first loss! Is his threepeat derailed? Or can he recover from this in round five? As for Kanemaru, will he be toasting his success tonight?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 29 A Block: Taiji Ishimori VS SHO!

The Bone Soldier is the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion, the Murder Machine is NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Champion, but they’re both in Bullet Club! But will Taiji show that the House of Torture doesn’t measure up to Bullet Club prime? Or will Sho shock Taiji and get that golden shortcut?

Because it’s Bullet Club VS Bullet Club, Sho actually behaves himself and lets Taiji make his entrance. Fans rally, “BUL-LET CLUB!” and Taiji realizes Sho’s haircut is very similar to his. Sho says it was “inspired” by Taiji’s, and then Sho throws up the Too Sweet. Fans rally up for that as the bell rings, and Taiji accepts. But then Taiji stops the eye poke, to poke Sho’s eyes! Taiji bops Sho in the head with the Too Sweet, then pokes him in the eyes again! Sho complains but he was going to do it first, and then Taiji bops him again! Sho bails out, Taiji follows and ROCKS him with a haymaker. Taiji then brings Sho around with a headlock, to smack him off the timekeeper’s table!

Sho complains again and Taiji leaves him behind. Taiji undoes his corner’s buckle pad, it’s the Bullet Club Special, Red Edition! The ref checks Sho’s eyes and says he’s fine, but Sho says he’s not fine! Sho gets in the ring anyway, and he wants Taiji to show mercy. Taiji CLUBS him down instead, and has him in the corner. Taiji rakes the eyes now! The ref counts, Taiji lets off at 4, and he stomps Sho. Taiji brings Sho up, wrenches and whips corner to corner, but Sho reverses! Taiji hits the bare steel and fans rally up! Sho throws up the Too Sweet to dig it into Taiji’s face! The ref counts, Sho stops at 4 and says it’s only fair!

Taiji bails out, Sho goes out after him and digs the Too Sweet into Taiji’s face again! Taiji swings blindly and Sho laughs at him. Sho hauls Taiji up, smacks Taiji off the timekeeper’s desk, and fans rally up. Sho gets the crossbar cover, and he uses it to CHOKE Taiji! The ref counts but Sho stops right away to let the ref have the cover. But that’s because Sho wants the bell hammer! The ref is busy with the cover and Sho hammers Taiji! And again! And again! The ref finally sees that and Sho gives the hammer back, blaming Abe-san. Abe says Sho did all this himself! Fans rally as Sho goes into the ring and Taiji slowly gets up.

The ring count starts, Taiji crawls at 4 of 20, gets to his feet at 10, and he snarls as he gets up and has Sho back off. Taiji gets in at 15, but then slides out as Sho rushes in. The count pauses and Taiji takes advantage of that. Taiji slowly gets back in, and Sho lets Taiji get up. But then Sho rakes Taiji’s eyes! Sho puts Taiji in the corner, digs his boots in, and lets off at 4. Sho knuckle locks and wrenches Taiji’s wrist, then drags him down for the DOUBLE WRISTLOCK! Taiji endures, fans rally up, but Sho BITES Taiji’s wrist! Taiji reaches out for the ROPEBREAK! Sho lets off as the ref counts, and fans rally up again.

Sho looms over Taiji, brings him up, and has the knuckle lock again. Sho twists the wrist, wrenches and ELBOW BREAKERS, then wrenches to another ELBOW BREAKER! Taiji claws Sho’s eyes! The ref counts and Taiji lets off. Sho scrambles to a corner, Taiji runs in but Sho dodges! Taiji hits buckles, Sho runs back in but Taiji BOOTS him! Sho tries again, but Taiji headscissors to ax kick! Sho gets mad and runs back in again, but into a BUCKLE SHOT! Fans rally up and Taiji shakes out the bad arm. Taiji drags Sho up, wrenches the arm and hammerlocks, to RAM Sho into the bare steel! Now the Bullet Club Special helps Taiji!

Sho writhes, Taiji drags him up and hammerlocks again, to half nelson and scoop, for the SHOULDER BREAKER! Sho clutches his shoulder and fans rally up again. Taiji goes to a corner, takes aim and runs in, to tilt-o-whirl, but Sho shoves him at the ref! Taiji stops himself, and shoves the ref at Sho! Taiji runs but Sho shoves the ref at him! Sho runs and SPEARS Taiji down! Fans fire up while both men are down, and the fans rally up as they both stir. Sho gets up, he drags Taiji up and has the knuckle lock again. Sho wrenches, whips, and Taiji hits bare steel again! This Bullet Club Special might not be worth it!

Fans rally up, Sho knuckle locks and wrenches yet again, to then bring Taiji down for a kick, KICK and SUPERKICK! Fans fire up and Sho takes aim with his bow. Sho drags Taiji up, reels him in and tucks the arms for SHOCK- NO! Taiji slips out, reels Sho in, BLOODY- NO! Sho fights free, so Taiji pokes him in the eye! Taiji whips but Sho drags the ref down! Sho then reverses the whip but Taiji handsprings, NEURALIZER! Sho and Taiji are down but so is the ref, and the fans fire up! Taiji crawls for his corner to grab the title belt! Taiji looks to beat Sho at his own game! Sho gets up, Taiji aims, but he just smacks the belt?

Taiji tosses the belt to Sho, Taiji’s pulling an Eddie Guerrero! Sho says he didn’t do it and the belt is confiscated, Taiji rolls Sho up! TWO, but Taiji cradles, TWO!! Taiji gets to the corner, Sho runs in, but Taiji goes up and over and rolls Sho up! Feet on the ropes! But he goes too high, the ref sees Taiji’s feet! The ref kicks Taiji’s feet off the ropes! Taiji argues with the ref and fans are thunderous, Sho rolls Taiji up, with tights! TWO!! Taiji swings, into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Fans fire up and Sho gets around to his corner. Sho wants to use his NEVER Openweight Six Man belt? The ref sees that right away and stops Sho!

Sho and the ref fight over the belt, so Sho shoves the ref down. Because he just gets his wrench! But Taiji BOOTS the wrench away! Fans fire up, and Taiji takes the wrench now! Taiji swings it around and Sho shouts to give it back. Taiji does, and Sho says he’s a sucker, but then Taiji pulls another Eddie Guerrero! The ref sees Sho with the wrench, and again Sho has to defend his (partial) innocence! They fight over the wrench, the ref takes it away, and Sho turns around into a BELT SHOT!! Taiji puts his belt back, covers Sho, and wins!!

Winner: Taiji Ishimori, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Sho earns 0)

So much for a clean fight between stablemates! But what else would you expect from Bullet Club? The Bone Soldier stands alone at 4-0 in A Block, will he be a shoe-in for the finals? Will Sho be able to rebound in the next round?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 29 B Block: El Desperado VS EL LINDAMAN!

The Rogue Luchador has been namedropping “Lind-chan” and preparing for this moment. But will he be able to conquer the G-Rex Champion? Or will this be a GLEAT triumph for LindaMAN?

Desperado takes a bow, and Lindaman dropkicks him out of the ring! Lindaman then builds speed and FLIES! Direct hit and down goes Desperado! The fans rally as the bell rings and this gets on record! Lindaman is fired up and he brings Desperado up and into the ring. Lindaman fires the fans back up as he climbs the corner. Lindaman leaps to missile dropkick! Desperado flounders to the far side, Lindaman covers, TWO! Fans rally, “LIN-DA-MAN!” and he CLUBS Desperado at the ropes. Lindaman kicks Desperado, bumps him off buckles, then sits Desperado down to dig his boot in. Red Shoes counts and Lindaman counts along, and stops at 4.

Fans applaud and Lindaman digs his boot back in. Lindaman scrapes Desperado, fires off elbows, then sits Desperado back down to dig his boot in again! Red Shoes reprimands but Lindman pretends he can’t hear. Desperado complains while the boot is in his face, and then Red Shoes counts. Lindaman counts along again, and lets off at 4 again. Lindaman tells Red Shoes it was 4 with a clean break, it’s all good. Red Shoes agrees and fans fire up again. Lindaman eggs Desperado on, and Desperado CHOPS! Lindaman shrugs that off to CHOP, but Desperado CHOPS back! Lindaman fires forearms, but Desperado rakes eyes!

Red Shoes reprimands, Desperado whips, but Lindaman ducks and CLOBBERS Desperado with an elbow! Fans fire up and rally while Lindaman checks his face. Desperado gets to a corner, Lindaman runs corner to corner, but Desperado BOOTS him! Lidnaman comes back, FLYING ARMBAR! Desperado clasps hands and scrambles around but Lindaman gets the grip to break! ARMBAR, but Desperado scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! Lindaman lets off and Desperado bails out. Fans rally up fast for “LIN-DA-MAN!” as he counts his own ring count. Red Shoes starts his count, and Desperado gets up at 4 of 20.

Lindaman waits and Desperado stands at 9, and slides in the ring at 10. Lindaman gets the arm, CLUBS it, lifts Desperado, but Desperado rakes eyes! Lindaman throws a knee, whips, but Desperado reverses to SPINEBUSTER! Fans fire up while both men are down. Desperado gets up, he waits on Lindaman, and then runs in, but is put on the apron! Lindaman rushes in, but Desperado drops down to trip him and drag him out. Desperado DECKS Lindaman, then brings him up to bump off the apron. Lindaman ROCKS Desperado back, then fires off more forearms! They brawl right by commentary, Lindaman gets the edge!

Lindaman smacks Desperado off the apron, then again, and again! Fans fire up with Lindaman, and he rushes back in, but Desperado gives him an APRON FLAPJACK! Desperado then gets in the ring, builds speed, SOMERSAULT TOPE! Direct hit on Lindaman, and they tumble into the front row! Young Lions manage to soften the impact, and the fans say they’re alright. Desperado pats them as apology, and then he fires back up. Desperado drags Lindaman up, puts him in the ring, and fans rally up. Desperado gets in and brings Lindaman up. He gut wrenches, but Lindaman blocks Guitarra!

Lindaman slips free, Desperado ROCKS him with a forearm, but Lindaman ROCKS Desperado back. Desperado ROCKS Lindaman, Lindaman ROCKS Desperado! Fans rally up as the two go forehead to forehead, egging each other on! Desperado fires off forearm after forearm, but so does Lindaman! They clinch, throw more forearms, then Lindaman KICKS Desperado’s arm! Lindaman swings, but Desperado blocks and spins Lindaman around to GUITARRA DEL ANGEL! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up and rally more as Desperado drags Lindaman from ropes. Desperado SPLASHES the leg, drops knees on it, then GROUND DRAGON SCREWS!

Desperado gets the leg, STRETCH MUFFLER! Desperado thrashes around but Lindaman fights with the free leg. Desperado STOMPS the bad leg, then gets Lindaman up for a SHINBREAKER! Lindaman hobbles away, Desperado runs corner to corner, but into a clinch! BUCKLE EXPLODER! Fans fire up while both men are down again! Lindaman gets himself to ropes and says this is a lot of fun! And of course, he has more to give! He tells Korakuen Hall to fire up, and they rally behind him. Lindaman gets Desperado up top, climbs up after him, but Desperado thrwos body shots! Lindaman rakes eyes!

Lindaman says here we go! Lindaman CLUBS away on Desperado over and over, but Desperado HEADBUTTS Lindaman down! But Lindaman springs right up top! FLYING ARMBAR TAKEDOWN!! Desperado flails, clasps hands, but Lindaman clubs the grip apart! ARMBAR!!! Desperado flails, reaches out, ROPEBREAK!! Lindaman lets go, and fans are thunderous as Desperado writhes and gets away. Lindaman watches Desperado flounder, and he hobbles over. Lindaman brings Desperado up, wrenches, lifts, KUMAGOROSHI! Cover, TWO!! Desperado survives and fans fire up again!

Lindaman grits his teeth and he waits on Desperado. Desperado drags himself to ropes but Lindaman hurries to waistlock! Lindaman deadlifts, Desperado fights the German to victory roll, and STRETCH MUFFLER!! Lindaman endures as Desperado bends that leg and thrashes it around! Lindaman crawls forward, but Desperado drags him away! NUMERO DOS!! Lindaman endures again, fans rally harder than ever, and Lindaman uses his one free arm to reach out. But Desperado thrashes the hold more! Lindaman still gets the ROPEBREAK! Desperado lets go in frustration and fans rally as he roars!

Desperado drags Lindaman up, reels him in, hooks the arms, but Lindaman slips out. Desperado reels him in for an OLYMPIC SLAM! High stack, TWO! Desperado drags Lindaman back up, reels him back in, underhooks, but Lindaman fights Pinche Loco! Lindaman manages to back drop Desperado! Fans are thunderous, Desperado rushes in but into an elbow! FOREARM! DISCUS! Desperado goes down in a heap and Lindaman grits his teeth. Lindaman fires up, he waistlocks and deadlifts again, GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!?! Lindaman can’t believe it but Desperado escapes! But Lindaman vows to end it here!

Lindaman drags Desperado back up, chicken wings the arms but Desperado fights for the ropes! ROPEBREAK by a chin, but Lindaman drags him away! TIGER- NO! Mule kick! Lindaman elbows, spins, but into a HARD elbow from Desperado! Desperado hauls Lindaman up, PINCHE- NO! Lindaman fights it off, gets around to backslide, but Desperado rolls through! Desperado underhooks, PINCHE- NO! Lindaman fights free again, gets around, SNAP DRAGON!! Then the chicken wings, TIGER SUPLEX! Bridging cover, LINDAMAN WINS!!

Winner: Lindaman, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Desperado earns 0)

The Rogue Luchador’s first loss in the block, and it’s to “Lind-chan!” Desperado is no longer the top of the block, is his comeback done for already?

As for Lindaman, he gets the mic and triumphantly says, “Lindaman won!” It’s been a long road since Janaury 4th, Tokyo Dome. Oi, Desperado. … Scram, loser! Listen up. You guys know the main event winner gest the honor of closing out the show! As soon as he called me out and I made this Super Junior, I was ready to surpass him. He’s not still here, is he? But as embarrassing as it is to admit it, I’m only here because Desperado called me out. Thank you so much.” Fans applaud that Lindaman was willing to admit that. Lindaman admits it is embarrassing being so open in front of everyone. But besides that, he is thrilled to see this is a packed house tonight.

“And we’re on NJPW World, right? Which camera is it? Okay. NJPW World is making this Korakuen Hall Super Juniors show available for free! That means that more than just the usual NJPW fans are watching, too, right? The free stream is just for today, but how about this Super Juniors? If you know what’s good for you, you’ll sign up now, morons!” Fans applaud, they don’t disagree with that. But GLEAT fans watching NJPW? NJPW fans watching other promotions? It’s all good to Lindaman. Everyone can join in the fun on NJPW World. No passports or Schengen Agreement needed, pro-wrestling fans are free to roam! If you don’t know what the Schengen Agreement is, you’re an idiot!

But what did we all learn today? That Lindaman will be the star of this Super Juniors! And again, the winner closes the show, so how about he does this in GLEAT style? Fans like the sound of that. Lindaman will make it simple, then. He yells out, “Let’s GLEAT” and everyone pumps their fists. Easy, right? Okay, get ready! All good? Ready for a GLEAT finale? He wants to make sure he hears those at home! Did they enjoy today? Okay then, this is the practice run. The real finale is on June 3rd, in Nippon Budokan. He wants to hear everyone! Here goes! “LET’S GLEAT!” Everyone pumps their fist into the air, and the G-Rex Champion is leading B Block into the next round. Will he make the Best of the Super Juniors GLEAT all the way to the end?

 

Here are the new standings in A Block!

Taiji Ishimori: 4-0, 8 points
Hiromu Takahashi: 3-1, 6 points
Ace Austin: 3-1, 6 points
Alex Zayne: 3-1, 6 points
YOH: 2-2, 4 points
Francesco Akira: 1-3, 2 points
SHO: 1-3, 2 points
Yoshinobu Kanemaru: 1-3, 2 points
Clark Connors: 1-3, 2 points
Ryusuke Taguchi: 1-3, 2 points

 

Here are the new standings for B Block!

El Lindaman: 3-1, 6 points
El Desperado: 3-1, 6 points
El Phantasmo: 3-1, 6 points
Robbie Eagles: 2-2, 4 points
Wheeler Yuta: 2-2, 4 points
Bushi: 2-2, 4 points
Douki: 2-2, 4 points
Master Wato: 1-3, 2 points
Titan: 1-3, 2 points
TJP: 1-3, 2 points


My Thoughts:

Yes, this was a GLEAT round and event for the Best of the Super Juniors. But wow, both blocks, all ten matches, all on one card! I know this published real late but I had to carve out quite a bit of time to get this done, so who knows how this will go tomorrow and Thursday. But it was also worth it, because every match brought the absolute best possible out of everyone. There are no more winless entries, but there is only ONE undefeated and that is Taiji Ishimori. That makes a lot of sense with him being THE IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion, and while not the best match of the card, Taiji VS Sho was a lot of fun because of the shenanigans.

Zayne VS Akira was an awesome opener, and this tournament is really showing the world how great Zayne is and how dumb it was for WWE to cut him. Titan VS TJP was great, and I really liked Titan’s entrance gear. His mask was really cool looking, it was like a fusion of the NJPW lion logo and the Mexican flag, and it was really cool that Titan won. That win brought TJP down to the bottom of the block since they’re both 1-3 and Titan has the tiebreaker win, and that is huge. Great comedy mixed with seriousness in Taguchi VS Connors, great win for Yuta to rebound, great win for Ace Austin to stay near the top of the block, and what a great surprise with Douki getting one over on ELP.

Wato VS Eagles was also great, and a great first win in the block for Wato. Great comedy to start Hiromu VS Kanemaru because of Kanemaru shaving, and then it was wild for Kanemaru to just take the fight to Hiromu and his leg. Kanemaru winning by submission was quite the surprise, that win helps Taiji stand alone as the only undefeated entry left, but I believe Kanemaru VS Taiji is next round so that should be pretty wild. At the same time, it was only a matter of time before Hiromu’s first loss in this, it adds some drama to his threepeat story.

And that main event was awesome stuff, Lindaman continues to be a house of fire and he has such great charisma. It was a great move for him to win, it adds drama to Desperado’s comeback and it’s a great way for NJPW to work with GLEAT. Lindaman has a great closing promo to further the crossover deals with NJPW, GLEAT and other promotions, I can’t wait to see how far Lindaman goes.

My Score: 9.1/10


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NJPW starts a riot!

As NJPW lands in Chicago, the IWGP World Heavyweight Champion, Testuya Naito, defends the title against Jon Moxley! Is The Maniac going to become the face of NJPW?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Kickoff Show – Strong Survivor: Matt Vandagriff VS Zane Jay; Vandagriff wins.
  • Kickoff Show – Mina Shirakawa & Viva Van VS Alex Windsor & Trish Adora; Windsor & Adora win.
  • Minoru Suzuki VS Ren Narita; Narita wins.
  • NJPW Strong Women’s Championship: Stephanie Vaquer VS AZM; Vaquer wins and retains the title.
  • NJPW Strong Openweight Tag Team Championships Fatal 4 Way: El Phantasmo & Hikuleo VS TMDK VS West Coast Wrecking Crew VS #NoFilthyDaysOff; TMDK wins and become the new NJPW Strong Openweight Tag Team Champions.
  • Shota Umino VS Jack Perry; Shota wins.
  • Mustafa Ali VS Hiromu Takahashi; Ali wins.
  • Riot Rules 8 Man Tag: Team Eddie Kingston VS Team Gabe Kidd; Team Kidd wins.
  • NJPW World Television Championship: Matt Riddle VS Zack Sabre Jr; ZSJ wins and becomes the new NJPW World Television Champion.
  • Nic Nemeth VS Tomohiro Ishii; Nemeth wins.
  • IWGP World Heavyweight Championship: Tetsuya Naito VS Jon Moxley; Moxley wins and becomes the new IWGP World Heavyweight Champion.

PLAY BY PLAY

Minoru Suzuki VS Ren Narita!

Finally, months after the betrayal, The King of Pancrase gets his chance at teaching #SouledOut Narita a lesson! Will Meanest Man in the World show no mercy? Or will the House of Torture find a way to stack the deck even now?

The Windy City knows “KAZE NI NARE~!” and then Suzuki CLOBBERS Narita! The bell rings, Narita bails out and the fans fire up as Suzuki goes after him! Suzuki stomps Narita, whips him into railing, then storms up to stomp Narita down! The fans fire up for “SU-ZU-KI!” as he whips Narita hard into more railing! Suzuki stomps Narita more, then CHOKES Narita with camera cables! The fans fire up, the ref reprimands, but Suzuki lets go. The fans cheer the “MURDER GRAMPA!” as he gets a chair! Suzuki then stomps Narita, drags him up and puts his arm through railing! The ref reprimands as Suzuki pulls on the arm!

Suzuki lets off, the fans fire up more, and Suzuki drags Narita up. Suzuki brings Narita along, SMACKS him off the apron, and the ref finally starts a ring count. Suzuki kicks away on Narita then shoves him into the ring. The fans cheer and Suzuki drags Narita up. Suzuki whips but Narita flops and flounders out of the ring. The fans boo but Suzuki is amused. Suzuki taunts Narita, but Narita trips Suzuki and whips him into railing! The fans boo as Narita goes into the ring, builds speed, and as Suzuki gets on the apron, Narita BOOTS him back down! Narita stomps Suzuki against railing while the ring count starts.

Narita fires forearms, Suzuki eggs him on, so Narita claws the eyes! Suzuki gets in the ring, Narita storms in to stomp away at the ropes! The fans boo as Narita kicks Suzuki back out, then whips him hard into railing! Suzuki sputters, Narita brings Suzuki around to whip into more railing! Suzuki grabs a bottle of water to SPLASH Narita! The fans fire up but Narita kicks Suzuki, only to slip in the water! Narita puts Suzuki in the ring, stands on him for a cocky cover, TWO! The fans boo but Narita soaks up the heat. Suzuki rises, Narita fires a forearm then runs to BOOT! Suzuki staggers, Narita whips, but Suzuki reverses!

Suzuki runs in to BOOT Narita at the corner! The fans fire up as Suzuki fires forearm after forearm! The fans count and Suzuki goes past ten, and even tells the ref to back off! Narita sits down in the corner but Suzuki fires off more forearms! Suzuki tops it off at TWENTY! The fans fire up, Suzuki drags Narita to his feet, then snapmares Narita to PENALTY KICK! Cover, TWO! Suzuki keeps on Narita with a SLEEPER! Narita fights up, slips around, and has a SLEEPER! Suzuki switches to put the SLEEPER back on Narita! The fans fire up as Narita flails, but Suzuki drops back into body scissors! Narita is caught and the fans fire up!

Narita flails, reaches out, but Suzuki rolls him away from ropes! Narita is fading, the ref checks. The arm drops once! The arm drops twice! Narita comes back at the third and has the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts as Suzuki thrashes around! The ref pries at the hold, but Suzuki holds on! The ref counts again, Suzuki lets go at 4, and Suzuki gets in the ref’s face! Narita breathes again, rises up, and then runs up to KNEE STOMP! The fans boo as Narita goes to get a chair! The ref stops Narita, but Narita wedges the chair into the corner. But Suzuki kicks Narita first! Suzuki whips, follows, then shoots around to the SLEEPER!

Narita wrenches out! Narita whips, Suzuki stops himself, and then Suzuki BOOTS Narita down! The fans fire up as now Suzuki has the chair! The ref says no, the fans boo, and Narita has his push-up bar! Suzuki shoves the ref aside, PUSH-UP BAR SHOT!! Then the DOUBLE CROSSER! Cover, Narita wins!

Winner: Ren Narita, by pinfall

The fans boo because of course the Souled Out son of a gun had to cheat to win, but it’s surprising that he did it all on his own! Suzuki is pissed, he runs back up but the Young Lions keep him away! So the Young Lions are sent into railing for it! Will anyone ever humble Narita’s inflated ego?

 

NJPW Strong Women’s Championship: Stephanie Vaquer VS AZM!

Having dethroned Giulia in the background of Stardom’s Cinderella Tournament, La Primera feels unstoppable! But will she be able to keep up with the Highspeed Superstar? Or will Stephanie show she’s a real speed demon herself?

The introductions are made, the NJPW belt is raised, and we see who is truly a Strong Star!

The bell rings and the fans rally up already as the two circle. They tie up, are in a deadlock, but then Vaquer uses her height for leverage. AZM digs her heels in to push back, and the fans rally up more. Vaquer gets around to waistlock, sit-down, roll and JAPANESE BRIDGE! TWO, and the fans cheer as the two reset. AZM runs up to kick low, whip, but Vaquer reverses. Vaquer hurdles but AZM comes right back to shove, follow and run up again. Vaquer pops AZM up but AZM slips free to then duck ‘n’ dodge and trip Vaquer up! Then PENALTY KICK! SLIDING KICK! Kip up! The fans fire up with AZM and she gets them even hotter!

AZM gets Vaquer up but Vaquer JAWBREAKERS! AZM blocks a kick, gives a kick, then runs to sunset flip! Vaquer stays up, scuffs AZM and then runs to drop the leg, brother! The fans fire up and Vaquer clamps on a chinlock. Vaquer squeezes tight but AZM endures. The fans rally, AZM fights around, reaches out, but Vaquer drags her by her hair! The fans boo but Vaquer wraps on a headscissors, and she turns AZM over to RAM her into the mat again and again and again! The fans cheer as Vaquer lets off to cover, TWO! AZM stays in this but Vaquer stays calm. Vaquer looms over AZM, then springboard KNEE DROPS!

Vaquer digs her heel into AZM’s head, but the ref counts. Vaquer lets off, drags AZM up and the fans rally up. Vaquer bumps AZM off buckles, sits her down, then goes up to stand on AZM’s face! The ref counts, Vaquer steps off, and she drags AZM up. AZM fires a forearm but then falls over. Vaquer stands AZM up to HEADBUTT her down! AZM drags herself up to fire another forearm! Vaquer HEADBUTTS again! AZM forearms again and again and again! The fans fire up, but Vaquer HEADBUTTS again and again and again! Vaquer runs, AZM gets around and spins her, snap suplex! The fans fire up while both women are down!

AZM stands, whips Vaquer to a corner, but Vaquer stops herself to CLUB AZM! Vaquer whips, runs up, but into a BOOT! AZM fires up, but Vaquer puts AZM’s leg in the ropes! Vaquer has the other leg, to DRAPING DRAGON SCREW! AZM writhes, flops out of the ring, but Vaquer goes to the apron. Vaquer watches like a hawk, but AZM avoids the kick! AZM trips Vaquer to ROUNDHOUSE Vaquer down! Vaquer slumps to the floor, AZM goes up and up and SUPER DIVING STOMPS!! The fans are thunderous as AZM stands tall! AZM drags Vaquer up, puts her in, and then goes back up the corner!

AZM aims and the fans fire up for the MISSILE DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! But into the FUJIWARA ARMBAR! Vaquer reaches out, so AZM traps that arm and pulls the other arm! Vaquer endures as AZM has a mounted armlock! Then AZM YANKS the arm into an ARMBAR! Vaquer clasps hands to fight the hold, then kicks around, ROPEBREAK! AZM lets go and fans rally as she brings Vaquer around. AZM KICKS Vaquer in the side, then drags her into a drop zone! AZM steps on Vaquer before she climbs back up. The fans fire up for the DIVING- NO, Vaquer avoids the stomps to DROPKICK!

But AZM’s right back up! She ROUNDHOUSES Vaquer, then runs, but Vaquer reels her in, BIG back suplex! Both women are down again and the fans are thunderous! The two women slowly sit up and the fans rally again. AZM fires a forearm first, but Vaquer HEADBUTTS! AZM fires another forearm, so Vaquer HEADBUTTS! Forearm, HEADBUTT, then AZM fires a flurry! Vaquer SLAPS AZM! The fans fire up as Vaquer then blocks a slap into an ARMBAR! AZM stacks it, TWO! CROSSFACE!! Vaquer pulls way back on AZM, AZM is fading, reaches out, but Vaquer rolls her from ropes!

AZM kicks around still, ROPEBREAK behind Vaquer’s back! The fans fire up as Vaquer lets go in frustration. Vaquer drags AZM up, ducks the haymaker, then spins her to snap suplex! Cover, TWO! AZM is still in this and the fans fire up! Vaquer goes to a corner, climbs up, but AZM rises! AZM ROCKS Vaquer, but then Vaquer HEADBUTTS back! AZM ROUNDHOUSES back, goes up after Vaquer, and the fans fire up for the SUPERPLEX! AZM positions Vaquer just right, hurries back up top, and DIVING DOUBLE STOMPS!! Cover, TWO!! Vaquer survives and neither Chicago nor AZM can believe it!

AZM drags Vaquer up, “This is Awesome!” as she reels Vaquer in. Vaquer wrenches out, EAT DA FEET! Vaquer runs, AZM follows and tilt-o-whirls, LA MYSTICA! Then the step over, AZM SUSHI ROLL! TWO!! Vaquer escapes the cradle, and AZM hurries to a corner. AZM runs in, but is sent into buckles! HEADBUTT HEADBUTT HEADBUTT!! Vaquer sits AZM down, runs corner to corner, METEORA! Vaquer drags AZM up and tucks her in, but AZM pops free! AZM ducks ‘n’ dodges but into a SUPERKICK! Vaquer runs, but AZM follows again! Tilt-o-whirl but no Mystica! PACKAGE BACKBREAKER!! Cover, Vaquer wins!

Winner: Stephanie Vaquer, by pinfall (still NJPW Strong Women’s Champion)

AZM’s speed was there, but so was Vaquer’s strength! Vaquer keeps her THREE belts, from NJPW Strong to CMLL, but will she be able to hold onto all of them through the Summer?

Well hold on, speaking of, here comes Alex Windsor! She gets a mic to say, “Now I understand that you maybe don’t know who I am, so allow me to formally introduce myself. I am at the top of the UK Women’s Scene. I have conquered Europe, I have overcome Japan. Every single country, every single company I have been to, I have made my presence known. And trust me when I say, it doesn’t stop here. So uh, if you’re up for it, May 11th, Resurgence, you put your NJPW Strong Women’s Championship on the line against Alex Windsor!” The fans are torn on this, but Alex bloody dares Vaquer!

Vaquer looks Alex up and down, takes the mic, and says, “You’re on.” Will Vaquer be able to break the Iron Willed Windsor? Or will Alex prove she’s just as NJPW Strong, if not stronger?

 

NJPW Strong Openweight Tag Team Championships Fatal 4 Way: El Phantasmo & Hikuleo VS TMDK VS West Coast Wrecking Crew VS #NoFilthyDaysOff!

The Guerrillas of Destiny have passed on the torch, but there’s a chance the fire could be blown out in the Windy City! Can The Headbanga & Young Guerilla make it through Shane Haste, Mikey Nicholls, Royce Isaacs, Jorel Nelson, Tom Lawlor AND Fred Rosser all at once? Or are we guaranteed NEW Strong Tag Team Champions?

The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see who defies the odds to win the gold!

Tensions are already running high given the beef between WCWC and their former leader, Lawlor. In this Fatal 4, only two teams are legal at a time, and ELP steps up to start against Hysterical Haste. The fans rally up with the bell as the two circle. They tie up, Shane headlocks, but ELP powers up and out. Shane runs ELP over, drags him back up, and runs, but ELP drops, hurdles, and drops again. ELP DROPKICKS Shane down then handsprings up! The fans cheer but Shane KICKS ELP, whips him to the corner, only for ELP to ROCK Mikey! Shane DROPKICKS ELP down! Tag to Mikey and TMDK double whip.

TMDK DOUBLE ELBOW ELP then SENTON FIST DROP COMBO! Cover, ONE, and Mikey whips ELP. Leo tags in, ELP gets around Mikey and sends him into the UPPERCUT! ELP BLASTS Shane, Leo sends Mikey to the corner to SPLASH! ELP back elbows, then feeds Mikey to Leo’s SIDEWALK SLAM! ELP is up, for the FALLING ELBOW! Then the high five! The fans fire up as Leo aims, but then Rosser tags in! Rosser eggs Mikey on, they RAM shoulders! And RAM again! Rosser runs but Mikey ELBOWS him! Mikey runs, Rosser dodges and ROLLING ELBOWS! Tag to Lawler, the fans fire up, and NFDO RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP TACKLE COMBO!

Rosser BLASTS WCWC, drops a leg on Mikey, then scoops Lawlor to SLAM him on Mikey! Rosser BLASTS Shane, too, but Royce sneaks a tag. The fans fire up as Lawlor and Royce stare down. The two circle, but then ELP tags in off Lawlor! No filthy showdown yet, but then Royce SHOVES ELP into Lawlor, then GERMAN SUPLEXES ELP! The fans boo as WCWC BLAST Leo! Royce RAMS ELP into the corner, stomps a mudhole in, then tags in Jorel. Jorel stands ELP up to CHOP, then CHOPS again! The fans rally up as Jorel winds up, but then he pokes ELP in the eyes! The fans boo but Jorel says he’s smarter than that.

Jorel RAMS ELP into the corner, tags Royce, and then WCWC wrench and DOUBLE ATOMIC DROP! ELP hobbles, Jorel sweeps the legs, and Royce deadlift suplexes! Royce holds ELP up, kicks Shane away, but then Lawlor reaches out to tag in! Royce SLAMS ELP down, but he has to exit now. Lawlor drags ELP up, and clamps on a GUILLOTINE! ELP endures, fights his way up, reaches out, but Lawlor redirects him. Rosser tags in and CLUBS ELP. NFDO double whip to ELBOW ELP down, then Lawlor hooks Rosser up, HALF NELSON FACEBUSTER SPLASH onto ELP! Cover, TWO! Rosser stares down WCWC then gets ELP up.

Rosser kicks and KNEES ELP, then HEADBUTTS! Rosser HIP ATTACKS ELP, runs, but Royce tags in! Royce then knees Rosser low and TOSSES him! Tag to Jorel, WCWC BLASTS everyone else! Then WCWC double wrench and double- NO, ELP slips free of the suplex! ELP go esup and over, slips under, but Royce gets a leg! ELP ENZIGIRIS but then Jorel gets a leg! ELP BOOTS Jorel into Royce! Hot tag to Leo! The fans fire up as Leo UPPERCUTS Jorel! Royce ducks ‘n’ dodges but Leo still BOOTS him! Leo scoops Jorel for SNAKE EYES, and the BOOT! Leo choke grips Royce, but Jorel gets up! So Leo gets him, too!

The fans fire up but WCWC break the guzels to throw hands! WCWC double whip, but Leo breaks the line to DOUBLE LARIAT back! The fans fire up but TMDK attack! They double whip but Leo breaks those lines, only for TMDK to get under! BACK SUPELX NECKBREAKER COMBO! NFDO fire off on TMDK! The fans fire up as NFDO double whip, but Shane JUMP KICKS Rosser and Mikey ELBOWS Lawlor! TMDK pinball Lawlor, get him up, but Lawlor slips free! Lawlor shoves Mikey into Shane, then he and Rosser clamp on, SLEEPER HOLD and CROSSFACE CHICKEN WING! The fans fire up as TMDK endure!

Mikey holds Shane’s hand, but then Leo DOUBLE LARIATS all four men!! The fans are thunderous as Leo gets NFDO, DOUBLE GODSENDS!! Leo SPLASHES Jorel, scoops him, and POWERSLAMS! The fans are thunderous as Leo tags ELP in! ELP and Leo coordinate, tune up, and Jorel stands. But Royce trips ELP! Leo still grabs Jorel, but Jorel STUNNERS! Royce LARIATS Leo up and out! Jorel KNEES ELP, Royce UPPERCUTS, feed to the POP UP POWERBOMB! And then CATAPULT into the fireman’s carry, DEATH VALLEY BACKBREAKER!! Cover, Lawlor breaks it! The fans are thunderous again and Royce is furious!

“This is Awesome!” as WCWC CLOBBER Lawlor! But Rosser gets in to stand Lawlor up. The four stare down, and the filthy brawl is on! The fans fire up as the forearms fly back and forth! NFDO DECK WCWC, then they DOUBLE ROLLING ELBOW on Jorel! NFDO aim at Royce, DOUBLE ROLLING ELBOW but Royce ducks! The elbows clash, Royce BOOTS Rosser! Lawlor sweeps the leg then KNEES Royce down! But Jorel SHOTGUNS Lawlor! But he turns around into SUDDEN DEATH! And then EKP DIVES onto the others before GODSEND!! ELP is back on the apron, he climbs up Leo, but Shane sneaks a tag!

SUPER THUNDERKISS, but Shane TOSSES ELP out! Mikey gets Leo, Shane LAST SUPPER on Jorel! TMDK WINS!!

Winners: TMDK, by pinfall (NEW NJPW Strong Openweight Tag Team Champions)

The Mighty Don’t Kneel, and they don’t let an opportunity get past them! Shane & Mikey have gold, will Zack Sabre Jr. join them later tonight?

Meanwhile, WCWC are pissed! They CLOBBER NFDO for it! Royce POSTS Rosser, then OVERHEAD BELLY2BELLY SUPLEXES to the floor! Jorel beats down on Lawlor, then shouts in his face, “WHY!? WHY!? WHY!?” WCWC gets Lawlor up, reel him in, PILEDRIVER!! MACHO ELBOW!! Team Filthy is truly no more, and then Jorel brings out SCISSORS!! The fans boo as Royce sits Lawlor up! Jorel grabs a handful of hair, and CUTS it away! The fans boo as Jorel & Royce disrespect their mentor as they just cut random pieces away! Jorel shouts, “It didn’t have to be this way!”

The fans tell Royce he’s sick as he EATS Lawlor’s hair! Rosser manages to rise to his feet, but he’s in no shape to fight! WCWC knows that, and Jorel MAKES Rosser eat hair!! The fans are disgusted, but the WCWC leaves. Will they prove they’re truly the filthiest of them all?

 

Shota Umino VS Jack Perry!

The Roughneck and his mentor, Jon Moxley, got the win over the Scapegoat and Ren Narita just a few days ago at NJPW Sakura Genesis. But now this is a more personal showdown as Shota wants to finally shut Jack up once and for all. Will there be a Paradigm Shift here in Chicago? Or will Perry prove Shota doesn’t know Jack?

As Jack makes his entrance, he has guards in riot gear. The fans are chanting “C M PUNK!” at him, but he came prepared! He has the flag of Chicago draped on his shoulders, then holds it up as he struts around. Then Jack turns around and drops the flag to reveal “CRY ME A RIVER” painted on the back of his jacket! Jack is rubbing it in everyone’s faces as he goes down to the ring, but will Shota make Jack cry?

Jack gets on a corner to soak up the heat, and Chicago sure gives him all he can handle. Though, there are some fans actually cheering “SCAPEGOAT! SCAPEGOAT!” The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, go around, and Jack puts Shota on ropes. Jack lets off clean and that surprises Shota, maybe even confuses him. The two reset, tie up again, and now Shota puts Jack on ropes. The ref counts, Shota lets off with pats on the shoulder, but then Jack SLAPS Shota! Jack bails out while fans boo, and a ring count starts. Jack grabs some water to take a sip, then he SPLASHES the fans! Shota rushes out, but the water trips him up!

Jack and Shota brawl, Shota RAMS Jack into railing, then CLUBS Jack around. Shota puts Jack in, but Jack KICKS Shota down! The fans boo as Jack stomps Shota to ropes. Jack CHOPS Shota, Shota staggers away, and Jack whips, Shota reverses, scoops, DROPS and basement dropkicks! The fans fire up with Shota while Jack flounders to a corner. Shota runs up to CLUB Jack down, then stomps him around. But Jack CLAWS Shota’s face! Jack CLUBS Shota, snapmares, and basement dropkicks to the back! Cover, ONE!! Shota is tougher than that, the fans chant “You Got Choked Out!” “No He Didn’t!” in reference to the All In video.

Jack stalks Shota, stands him up, and facelocks! The GUILLOTINE is a direct shot at #BrawlIn! The fans are torn, but then Jack snap suplexes! Cover, TWO! Jack says okay, he drags Shota up and he whips Shota to a corner. Jack runs up to clothesline, then he stomps Shota down. The ref counts, Jack goes up the corner to soak up the heat. Jack then hops down to drag Shota up. Shota ROCKS Jack first! Jack CLUBS Shota, whips, but Shota ducks ‘n’ dodges to CLOBBER Jack! The fans fire up with Shota and he storms up on Jack again. Shota whips corner to corner, runs in and UPPERCUTS! Then FISHERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!

Not quite perfect but Shota does the Jungle Life dance! The fans sing along, Shota drags Jack up, and then clinches. Jack fights the lift, throws elbows, and he CLAWS Shota’s back! The ref reprimands, but Jack runs up, into a drop toehold! Shota slingshots to APRON DDT! The fans fire up again while Jack flops to the floor! The ring count starts, Shota takes a full lap, then returns to Jack. Shota drags Jack up at 5 of 20, puts him in at 7, and Shota goes up the corner. Fans chant for “LUCHASAURUS!” while Shota MISSILE DROPKICKS! Shota then clinches to EXPLODER! Cover, TWO! Jack is still in this but Shota keeps his cool.

Shota drags Jack back up, dragon sleepers, and hits the TRI- NO, Jack slips free! Jack waistlocks, Shota standing switches, but Jack grabs the ref and then LOW BLOWS Shota!! The fans boo as Jack gets away with that one! Jack then drags Shota out, has him on the apron, DRAPING DDT to the floor! Jack drags Shota up, puts him back in, then brings Shota around to underhook. TIGER DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Shota survives and the fans fire up! Jack sighs, rises up and hears all the boos. Jack walks around to soak up more heat, then he scuffs Shota. Shota crawls, Jack scuffs him again, but Shota shakes his head.

Jack scuffs Shota more, pie faces him, then eggs Shota on. Shota rises up to fire a forearm! Jack puts his hair back and Shota roars! Jack ROCKS Shota, Shota fires another forearm! Jack ROCKS Shota, Shota staggers around, but Shota comes back to forearm! Jack sighs, then SPITS at Shota! The fans boo more and Shota scowls. Shota storms up on Jack, then ROCKS him! Jack ROCKS Shota, Shota ROCKS Jack, repeat! They go back and forth, the fans strongly on Shota’s side! Shota gets the edge, then UPPERCUTS! Shota eggs Jack on, pie faces him, so Jack SLAPS back! Jack CLUBS Shota, runs, but into a DROPKICK!

The fans are thunderous as both men are down! Shota pounds the mat and rises up, and the fans rally behind him. Shota drags Jack back up, dragon sleepers, and TRIDENT! Cover, TWO!! Jack survives but Shota just fires up again! Shota drags Jack into a half nelson, spin and POP UP KNEE! IGNITION! Cover, TWO!! Jack is still in this but Shota is still fired up! The fans are still with him as he aims from a corner! Jack slowly sits up, Shota kicks low and underhooks, but Jack wrenches out! Shota blocks the superkick to ROCK, ROLLING- SUPERKICK! Jack hops up, POISON-RANA! But Shota’s up to BLAZE- NO, Jack ducks!

Jack runs, into a pop-up! But Jack blocks the uppercut and spins Shota around, for an UNPRETTIER?! Shoutout to Christian Cage as Jack covers, TWO!!! Shota survives and Jack is furiously headbutting the mat! Jack drags Shota up, calls the end, and runs up, GLASSJAW!! Cover, TWO?!? Shota survives the knee shot and Jack is beside himself! The fans chant “G T S! G T S!” Jack lets his hair back down, will he listen to Chicago? Shota is in a corner, Jack aims and runs in, SHINING WIZARD! Another shot at Phil Brooks! The fans are rowdy as ever as Jack flips them off, and he shoves Shota down. Jack says night-night!

Jack takes his time going up to Shota, then brings Shota up to fireman’s carry! Jack flips everyone off before the GO TO- DDT COUNTER!! The fans are electric as Shota aims from the corner! Shota says night-night to Jack! BLAZE BLADE!! Underhooks, DEATH RIDER!! Cover, Shota wins!!

Winner: Shota Umino, by pinfall

The Scapegoat was less fighting the Roughneck and more the specter of the Second City Saint, and perhaps that cost him! Shota brings Jack down tonight, but will he still bring a Paradigm Shift to NJPW?

Wait, Jack gets to his feet and offers a handshake? He suddenly respects Shota now? Shota trusts it and shakes Jack’s hand. Jack raises Shota’s hand in victory, but still flips off Chicago. Is this itself a paradigm shift in Jack’s personality?

 

Mustafa Ali VS Hiromu Takahashi!

Chicago’s other hometown hero is here, bringing the TNA X-Division Championship AND the DREAMWAVE Alternative Champion with him. The Beacon is shining with gold but he wants to have the Junior Heavyweight Division spotlight on him. Will he do that by defusing the Ticking Timebomb? Or will Hiromu still be the Best of the Super Juniors?

Hiromu shows off a very jacked Daryl Jr. but Ali refuses to accept that thing as alive. Ali gets on a corner for fans to cheer, but then Hiromu gets on a corner and all the fans cheer! The bell rings and the fans rally as the two circle. They tie up, are in a deadlock, and then they break. They circle again, the fans cheer on “TA-KA-HA-SHI!” and he bows to Chicago. Ali gets the fans fired up, but then Hiromu gets the fans really fired up! Ali and Hiromu feel things out, knuckle lock, but Ali brings Hiromu down to wrench. Hiromu slips through, puts the wristlock up and over, using Ali’s own head to break the hold.

Hiromu then wrenches Ali to a wristlock, but Ali rolls, handsprings and wrenches back. Hiromu wrenches, Ali wrenches, repeat! The fans fire up as Hiromu WRINGS Ali! Ali stands, uses ropes to flip through, then wrenches to hammerlock. Ali headlocks, Hiromu powers up and out, but Ali runs Hiromu over! Things speed up, Hiromu drops down, hurdles, but Ali drops on the monkey flip for a cover, TWO! Hiromu sweeps the legs to cover, ONE as Ali goes Matrix! Hiromu rolls Ali up, TWO! The two stand off and the fans cheer. Ali gets Chicago fired up again, then he shoves Hiromu. Hiromu sputters and claims Ali hit him so hard!

The ref has Ali stay back while Hiromu shouts, “Oh my gosh!” Hiromu goes to Daryl Jr. and has him sit in the center. Daryl flops over but Hiromu says Daryl can handle this. Hiromu gets fans chanting for Daryl, but Ali is annoyed by these antics. Ali says fine, he’s gonna mess Daryl Jr. up! Ali circles with Daryl, but then Hiromu slips in! Ali sees that and the fans boo. Hiromu apologizes, but then Ali takes a swing! Hiromu dodges, scoops up Daryl, they duck ‘n’ dodge and then Hiromu says MEOW~! Or no, Daryl says meow! Catch! Hiromu throws Daryl at Ali, Ali catches Daryl and then Hiromu dropkicks Ali’s legs out!

The fans cheer while Ali flounders, and Hiromu picks Daryl Jr. back up. Hiromu shows Daryl to the crowd, the fans cheer, but then Ali runs up! Hiromu dodges to CHOP! Hiromu CHOPS again, then follows Ali around. Hiromu CHOPS again, whips, but Ali holds ropes. Ali bails out but Hiromu pursues, and CHOPS! The fans fire up as Hiromu follows Ali, but then Ali takes a swing! Hiromu counter punches, says “Oh my gosh,” then chases Ali around the ring! Ali suckers Hiromu into a DRAPING DDT to the floor! The ring count climbs, Ali talks trash on Hiromu, then stomps him. Ali drags Hiromu up and in at 9 of 20.

Ali shouts, “What’s my name?” The fans chant for Ali and he goes in to KNEE Hiromu in the back, then clamps on the chinlock. Hiromu kicks around, the fans duel, and Hiromu has the ROPEBREAK! Ali CLUBS Hiromu as he lets off, then whips Hiromu to a corner. Hiromu reverses, runs up, but Ali slips out to ROUNDHOUSE! Ali slingshots for the NECKBREAKER! Cover with a bridge, TWO! Hiromu stays in this but Ali stays on Hiromu with another chinlock. Hiromu endures the squeeze and the fans rally up. Hiromu fights up to his feet, throws body shots, but Ali CLUBS him again. Ali whips Hiromu to a corner, then runs to NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!

Ali is growing frustrated but he has the fans cheering. Ali sits Daryl up in the corner so he can watch what’s about to happen. Ali of course knows this is a stuffed animal, it doesn’t matter, but he’s still gonna mess Hiromu up. Ali kicks Hiromu around, tells him he’s crazy, but then Hiromu CHOPS! And CHOPS! Ali knees low, runs, but Hiromu follows to RANA! The fans fire up while Ali flounders to ropes. Hiromu drags himself up, they end up in corners, and Ali runs in. Hiromu dodges to clothesline, snapmare and basement dropkick! Ali bails out but Hiromu goes to the apron. FLYING SHOTGUN! Ali is sent into railing!

The fans fire up with Hiromu as he stands back up. The ring count starts, Hiromu goes back to Ali but we reach 10 of 20 before Hiromu gets him up. Hiromu puts Ali into the ring, cover, TWO! Hiromu drags Ali up by his hair, then fireman’s carries. But Ali slips free, runs up, but into a BOOT! Hiromu runs, but Ali ducks, only to swing into a spin and suplex, FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO! The fans rally and duel again as Hiromu rises. Hiromu stalks Ali, drags him up and fireman’s carries, but Ali fights free again. Ali shoves, runs in, and DROPKICKS in the corner! Ali keeps moving, and he DROPKICKS again!

Ali goes again, but Hiromu LARIATS first! The fans fire up, Hiromu whips Ali to ropes, then scoops him, but Ali tilt-o-whirl DDTS! Cover, TWO! Hiromu survives but both men are down, and the fans rally up. Ali slowly rises, makes his way to ropes and goes up a corner. Ali reaches the top but Hiromu throws body shots and elbows first! Hiromu climbs from the outside, and fans are freaking out as Hiromu aims for the floor! Ali fires body shots to send Hiromu to the apron. But Hiromu UPPERCUTS Ali! Ali backflips, and lands on his feet!! The cameraman almost got an eyeful, though! Ali hurries up to SHOVE Hiromu down!

Hiromu hits railing, and then Ali DIVES into him! The railing is sent WAY back, commentary takes a hit, and the fans are thunderous! Ali is busted open, but he still drags Hiromu up and into the ring, then goes up the corner! The fans rally, Ali aims, 450- NO, he has to roll through as Hiromu moves! Ali comes back, but Hiromu sends him hard into buckles! The fans rally up while the ref checks both men. Ali and Hiromu are both somehow okay, as is Chris Charlton on commentary. Hiromu crawls his way over to Ali, brings him back up to the top rope, and then CHOPS! Hiromu climbs, brings Ali up, but Ali resists!

Ali throws body shots, then he HEADBUTTS Hiromu down! Hiromu staggers to his feet, Ali stands on the top rope, but Hiromu runs up! Ali jumps to SUNSET FLIP POWERBOMB! Ali then skins the cat, takes aim, and 450 SPLASHES! Cover, Ali wins!!

Winner: Mustafa Ali, by pinfall

The X-Division/Alternative Champion is triumphant here in his hometown! And best of all, Ali shows Hiromu respect by shaking his hand. Hiromu wants Ali to shake Daryl Jr’s hand, too, and so do the fans! Ali sighs, goes over to pick Daryl Jr. up, and he shakes Daryl Jr’s hand! The Windy City cheers him on, will Ali become the champion not just Chicago needs, but that the world needs?

 

Riot Rules 8 Man Tag: Team Eddie Kingston VS Team Gabe Kidd!

The Mad King has lost the AEW Continental Championship and the ROH World Championship, but he is still NJPW Strong! However, this War Dog vows he will take everything from the company that, in his eyes, has all but thrown away its identity. There are no rules holding these teams back, but no one even knows who recruited who! Who drew the hotter hand to take the win here in Chicago?

Well of course Gabe got his fellow War Dog, Clark Connors, as well as The Fang Revived, Kenta, and the LEADER of Bullet Club, #GoatSlayer Rebel, David Finlay! As for Eddie, he’s already bringing a trash can of goodies as he’s got The United Empire’s Jeff Cobb and TJP! The enemies of his enemies are his allies tonight, and then we add HOMICIDE! Eddie’s old friend has come around to F Kidd’s S up! Team Eddie rushes down the ramp, Bullet Club runs up to meet them, the bell rings as the brawl is on! No need for tags or count outs in this match, anyway! Homicide fires off on Kidd while TJP has Connors, Cobb has Kenta and Eddie is after Finlay!

TJP sends Connors into railing, Eddie throws Kenta over railing! Homicide and Kidd brawl, Kidd gets the edge, and Finlay helps out. TJP stomps away on Connors while digging a chair into him, and Eddie grabs the ring bell! Kidd CLUBS Eddie first, then throws hands. Homicide fires off on Finlay, Cobb UPPERCUTS Kenta! TJP brings more chairs, and one is wrapped in barbed wire! Homicide UPPERCUTS Kidd, TJP digs the wires into Connors’ head! Eddie places the bell against Connors’ head and DING! TJP kicks Finlay away, Kidd gets in the ring, and so does Homicide. Eddie joins Homicide, but then the Dogs drag Eddie out!

Homicide runs up, he CLOBBERS Kidd, then goes out to CHOKE Kidd! Finlay wraps a chinlock on Homicide, Eddie CHOPS Connors in the ring! Connors goes to a corner, Eddie fires MACHINE GUN CHOPS! But Finlay CLOBBERS Eddie with a shillelagh! The fans boo but then TJP runs up on Finlay. TJP SOBATS, runs, but Finlay dodges the boot! And he ducks the blood mist! But TJP DROPKICKS Finlay out all the same! TJP runs to WRECK Finlay with a dropkick, then Cobb brings out a TABLE! The fans fire up seeing that, and the Empire gets the table in the ring. The table is put in the corner, then TJP grabs Finlay.

TJP bends Finlay back in a chinlock stretch, then feeds him to Cobb. Cobb picks Finlay up but the War Dogs save Finlay! The fans boo but TJP and Homicide turn things around on the Dogs. Everyone falls out of the ring again, TJP throws down hands on Connors but Finlay pulls TJP’s hair. Homicide has fans move aside so he can TOSS Kidd over railing! Finlay gets in the ring with a chair while Homicide SMACKS Kidd with a trash can lid! Finlay undoes the red corner’s buckle pad, Eddie CLOBBERS Connors with the trash can! Eddie even headbutts the trash can until it’s dented! But Connors CHOP BLOCKS Eddie!

Cobb SMACKS Kenta with the buckle pad, but Finlay CLAWS Cobb’s face! TJP SMACKS Finlay with a kendo stick! The fans fire up as TJP CHOKES Finlay with the stick! Kenta CLUBS TJP, grabs the stick and SMACKS TJP with it! And SMACKS him again! Cobb CLOBBERS Connors off of Eddie! Cobb rains down fists, Eddie SMACKS Connors with the trash can! Finlay has a loose skateboard deck and SMACKS Cobb with it! Eddie crotches Connors on the railing, then CLOBBERS him! Eddie then goes out to the crowd to CLAW Connors’ face, and send him into the railing! Eddie fires hands, Kenta SMACKS away on Cobb with the kendo stick!

Cobb blocks a shot and JAMS Kenta in return! Cobb SMACKS Kenta, Connors hits Eddie back! Connors then crotches Eddie on the railing! Eddie falls over, Connors talks trash on the fans, but TJP drags Finlay around. Homicide and Kidd are brawling in the crowd! Fans count as Homicide rains down TEN fists, then takes a BITE out of Kidd’s forehead! Cobb puts Kenta in the ring, TJP drags Kenta around to trap an arm, and Eddie SMACKS Connors with a stop sign! TJP puts the skateboard on Connors’ back to ride him! Finlay CLOBBERS Eddie to rain down fists! TJP HIP DROPS Connors, then Cobb brings him up.

Homicide and Kidd are still brawling somewhere in the crowd, Cobb keeps Connors down in a corner, and TJP drop toeholds Finlay down! TJP skateboards on Finlay’s back! Finlay powers up to throw TJP off, then IRISH CURSE BACKBREAKER! Eddie grabs at Finlay but Finlay hits him back. Finlay goes out after Eddie, HEADBUTTS him, but the fans rally up. Finlay throws hands, Eddie hits back! Eddie CHOKES Finlay with camera cable! Eddie rains down fists and sits Finlay down. Cobb ROCKS Kenta, then CHUCKS the trash can! Kenta ducks, the can hits post! Eddie and Connors get in the ring, Eddie fires knees.

Eddie hits a BUTTERFLY SUPLEX and Connors writhes. Kidd TOSSES Homicide over railing! But Homicide hits Kidd with the railing! And again! And again! Finlay and Connors mug Eddie, CLAW his eyes, but TJP hurries over to CLOBBER Kidd! Kidd shoves TJP into railing, gets into the ring, but Homicide finds a ladder! The fans cheer as Homicide gets Kidd up, reels him into a corner, and CLAWS Kidd’s back! Then TORNADO- NO, Kidd powers out to LARIAT! “I’m a MAD MAN, y’know!!” The fans boo but Kidd grabs that ladder! Kidd RAMS Homicide low, then equips the ladder like Terry Funk!

Kidd CLOBBERS Cobb, CLOBBERS Eddie, and CLOBBERS TJP as he does the ladder-copter! But then Cobb returns, GERMAN SUPLEX!! The ladder dropped away just in time but Kidd still tumbles out. Connors runs up to SPEAR, but Cobb blocks it! Canadian Rack, but Connors slips free, ducks ‘n ‘dodges and SPEARS!! Down goes Cobb and the fans fire up! Connors grabs the barbed wire off his hat, wears it as a crown of thorns, and then he drags TJP up. The fans tell Connors he’s sick as he BARBED WIRE HEADBUTTS! And BARBED WIRE HEADBUTTS again! Connors fires up, drags TJP back up, but gets BLOOD MIST!!

The fans fire up as TJP then sits Connors in a corner, and digs that wire in! TJP scrubs Connors’ face through the wires! TJP goes side to side for the BARBED WIRE BOOT WASH! Homicide joins in, Connors is fed to an ELBOW! And then speaking of “fed,” Homicide has a FORK! Homicide DIGS the fork into Connors’ forehead!! Kenta runs in, but blocks the fork! URAKEN! Homicide sits back but TJP kicks Kenta. TJP whips, Kenta reverses and BOOTS! Kenta runs to HYDRAULIC DROPKICK Homicide! HYDRAULIC DROPKICK for TJP! Homicide puts TJP up top, climbs up after him, but Cobb CLUBS Kenta!

Cobb drags Kenta back but Kenta fires elbows. Kenta fireman’s carries, but Cobb’s too big! Cobb CLBUS Kenta, but Kenta CROSS COUNTERS! Kenta runs, into a LARIAT! TJP adjusts up top to MAMBA SPLASH, but he has to roll through as Kenta moves! Kenta fireman’s carries! GO TO SLEEP!! But Cobb CROSSBODIES! Finlay returns and SMACKS Cobb with a kendo stick! And again! Finlay whips Cobb into the barbed wire chair wedged in the corner!! Cobb falls out of the ring, but Eddie blocks the kendo stick smack! LOW BLOW! Eddie fires off shots on Finlay!! The fans are thunderous as Eddie even headbutts the stick to break it!

The straps come down, and finally, Eddie and Kidd meet! They LARIAT, CHOP, CHOP and repeat! The fans “WOO~” with every CHOP! Eddie CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Kidd BITES Eddie’s forehead! The Mad Man spits, flips everyone off, and Kidd whips Eddie! Eddie stops himself, then clinches! EXPLODER through the table!! The fans are thunderous as Eddie rises, barbed wire in hand! Eddie wraps his hand in the barbed wire, and he aims as Kidd rises! But then the Dogs CLOBBER Eddie! The fans boo as Finlay, Connors and Kenta all beat down Eddie! They get a steel chain to gag Eddie and sit him up!

Kidd storms around as the Dogs hold Eddie open! But Homicide returns and the fans fire up! Homicide fires off shots on Kidd! Kidd denies one cutter, shoves Homicide, but Homicide returns to CUTTER after all! Eddie meanwhile breaks free to fire off hands on Kenta and Connors! Connors hits low, CLUBS away, then he and Kenta mug Eddie. The chain wraps Eddie up, but Homicide gets Kidd up. Only for Finlay to SHILLELAGH Homicide! Feed to Kidd’s HANGING GUILLOTINE, then PILEDRIVER!! The Dogs keep Eddie down while Kidd covers, Bullet Club wins!

Winners: Team Gabe Kidd, by pinfall

The War Dogs worked together to tear down Eddie’s team, and Finlay says they run this! But Eddie still puts up a fight! As do TJP and Cobb! It is chaos as Eddie CHOKES Kidd and Cobb throws hands down on Finlay! Young Lions and refs rush in to stop this, but Eddie and Kidd still throw windmilling haymakers! TJP still wants after Kenta, refs pull him back, and Kidd ROCKS Eddie! TJP and Cobb stand tall as the Dogs fall back. Kidd wants to tear Eddie apart, and Eddie gets a mic! “Hey! HEY! Gabe! Get in, you effing t*at! You effing b*tch! May 11th! May 11th! California! No ropes, Last Man Standing, you effing p*ssy!”

The fans are thunderous as the challenge has been made, and Kidd even gets some last shots in on Eddie! Eddie grabs the ladder but is told to stand down! Eddie gets back on the mic to say, “I’m gonna kill that mother effer!!” The fans are loving this as Resurgence will become violence, but will the Mad Man dethrone the Mad King once and for all?

 

NJPW World Television Championship: Matt Riddle VS Zack Sabre Jr!

The Original Bro has been taking this title on Ex-BRO-dition to Major League Wrestling, where he even fought some TMDK members in Bad Dude Tito and Kosei Fujita. But now, the original star of this title division has come back to prove The Mighty Don’t Kneel! Will ZSJ have the answer to this Riddle? Or will the Super King prove he’s mightier than The Mighty?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if “season three” gives way to a reboot!

The bell rings, 15 minutes on the clock, and the fans rally already as the two circle. They feel things out, Riddle goes for a leg but ZSJ flips him around to facelock. They go around, trade waistlocks, then break. The fans cheer as the two reset and go again. They feel things out, Riddle powers his way to a waistlock but ZSJ wrenches to an armlock. ZSJ steps over, headscissors Riddle onto his back, but Riddle moves around, and goes for the ARMBAR! ZSJ clasps hands, bridges up and rolls back, but they’re in the ropes. ZSJ still gets the KNEEBAR, but Riddle stands to pry ZSJ off! ZSJ goes for the leg again, Riddle gets away!

The fans cheer the technical exchange as the two reset. They circle, the fans sing for “OH~ Zack Sabre Jr~!” ZSJ pops Riddle up and drops him down into the ARMBAR! Riddle holds that off so ZSJ floats to a HEEL HOOK! Riddle endures, ZSJ eggs him on, and he pushes on the hold. Riddle rolls and rolls and rolls and also gets a HEEL HOOK! They duel with heel hooks, ZSJ kicks Riddle away, and the fans cheer the newest standoff. ZSJ and Riddle reset, feel things out, and ZSJ snapmares. Riddle avoids the Penalty Kick, trips ZSJ but ZSJ kicks him away. ZSJ avoids a Penalty Kick and the fans cheer again.

ZSJ and Riddle circle, feel things out again, and knuckle lock. Riddle shoots around, gut wrenches and SUPLEXES! Riddle rolls back, drags ZSJ up, GUT WRENCH PLEX! The fans are torn but Riddle smiles all the same. Riddle runs to BROTON but into an ARMBAR! Riddle scrambles, ROPEBREAK, but ZSJ has the DISARMER! The ref counts, ZSJ lets off and the fans fire up with him. ZSJ kicks Riddle, kicks again, but then Riddle blocks. Riddle stands up, ZSJ avoids the sweeps and SLAPS Riddle back! Riddle CHOPS ZSJ down! The fans are torn again while Riddle scowls now. ZSJ rises, and Riddle KICKS!

Riddle eggs ZSJ on, KICKS him again, and KICKS him again! Riddle kicks ZSJ around, then stands him up to KICK! ZSJ eggs Riddle on now, blocks that kick, and SNAPS a toe! Riddle falls over, ZSJ gets the foot and bends the toes back to SNAP! Then he twists the other foot all around, and STOMPS the leg down! Riddle bails out as we pass five minutes, and the fans are all fired up! Riddle hobbles up and into the ring, ZSJ is on him and snap suplexes! ZSJ gets the foot, hooks the leg, then twists the other foot! ZSJ turns Riddle over, ties the legs up, and has the BOW ‘N’ ARROW! Then ZSJ throws Riddle away!

Riddle storms up to CHOP! And forearm! ZSJ UPPERCUTS! Riddle goes to a corner, ZSJ runs in, but into a HANGING ARMBAR! The ref counts, Riddle lets go and ZSJ falls back. Riddle adjusts his shorts, goes up the corner, and leaps, FLYING KNEE into a HALF CRAB! ZSJ shifts to lean on that hold, STF, but Riddle has the ROPEBREAK! The fans cheer this technical exchange, ZSJ brings Riddle up, but Riddle gets around to GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! ZSJ is still in this but Riddle BROTONS! The fans are torn but Riddle is having fun again as he goes up top. Riddle aims for the FLOATING- NO, he has to bail out as ZSJ moves!

ZSJ runs up, TRIANGLE HOLD! And he fires off ELBOWS! ZSJ squeezes with the legs but Riddle powers up to deadlift, and POWERBOMB! ZSJ sits up, FLASH KNEE! Cover, TWO! ZSJ survives, but Riddle crosses his arms to mock the fans. Riddle KICKS ZSJ, KICKS him again, and again! Riddle runs side to side to forearm SMASH! Then again, but ZSJ dodges to go up, around and TORNADO DDT! Into a GUILLOTINE!! ZSJ has the body scissors, too! ZSJ flails, endures, fights up, and he lifts ZSJ to then power through into a suplex! ZSJ slips free to SLEEPER! Riddle flails, throws ZSJ off, and ARMBAR!

ZSJ clasps hands to fight the hold, but Riddle works on breaking it. ZSJ lets it go so he can shift and have the ARMBAR! Riddle clasps hands but ZSJ pulls fingers! ZSJ has the ARMBAR, but Riddle shifts into the leg guard to fire shots! The ground ‘n’ pound favors Riddle, but then ZSJ catches him to a TRIANGLE HOLD! Riddle deadlifts, but ZSJ slips free to ZACK DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! We pass ten minutes, time is on Riddle’s side! ZSJ goes to the corner, runs up, but Riddle catches Penalty Kick into the HALF CRAB! Riddle pulls on the leg but ZSJ flips Riddle off as he endures! ZSJ reaches out, even as Riddle pulls way back!

Riddle lets go to deadlift but ZSJ PELES the arm! Riddle still gets ZSJ for a GERMAN SUPLEX! Then Riddle goes up top, FLOATING BRO! Cover, TWO!! ZSJ survives and the fans fire up! Riddle is stunned, that move almost never fails! Riddle has fans chanting “BRO! BRO! BRO!” for him as he aims, and KICKS! KICKS! And SLAPS, to then KICK! KICK! And CHOP! Three minute warning, Riddle just toys with ZSJ, but ZSJ kicks, KICKS, blocks, CHOPS, CHOPS and CHOPS! Riddle wobbles ZSJ grabs a leg, but Riddle JUMP KNEES! Riddle hurries to haul ZSJ up, ripcord and FINAL FLASH!

But Riddle’s not done with ZSJ, he gets the gut wrench and tuck, BRO- VICTORY ROLL! And EURO CLUTCH!! TWO?!? Riddle escapes, but ZSJ KICKS! Then he runs up, into a FLASH KNEE!! Two minute warning, Riddle runs, but ZSJ catches him in to a ghost pin! ZSJ wins!!

Winner: Zack Sabre Jr, by pinfall (NEW NJPW World Television Champion)

ZSJ goes from the first-ever champion to the first-ever TWO-TIME NJPW World TV Champion! Riddle is mad with himself and storms off. Is Riddle going to find a way to some other title opportunity in NJPW? Or will he come back for another try?

As for ZSJ, he gets the mic to say, “Alright, Chicago, what’s up, mates? Are we having a lovely time or what? Are you having a lovely time?” Chicago sure is! ZSJ says his year hasn’t gone well. He wanted the world title, but he had to get his baby back! Did she miss him? Also, he needs industrial cleaner, he doesn’t trust the last champion. But it’s been a minute, so this is usually where ZSJ goes talking about challengers, but he won’t bother, he’s tired, it’s straight to the pub. But he will defend this title in the US very, very soon. Cheerio, everyone, buh-bye. Wait! Someone is not letting ZSJ get away that easily, because here comes Cobb!

The fans cheer as The Imperial Unit makes his way back out here, and he steps in to the ring with ZSJ. Cobb looks at the title he’s come close to taking on multiple occasions, and ZSJ sets it down at his feet. ZSJ says not today, though, he’s tired. Cobb and ZSJ shake hands to agree on it, so when and where will we get this sequel? Wait, ZSJ tries to scoop Cobb! Cobb says nope and he scoops ZSJ! ZSJ slips away, bails out, and gets the mic back. “Hawaiian Jeffery, please may I have my championship back? And I promise, I’ll give you a championship match, just not today, I’m tired.” ZSJ also compliment’s Cobb hair.

Cobb hands the belt over, ZSJ thanks him and heads out. ZSJ is back on top of the NJPW World TV Division, but will he end up the first man to lose this title twice?

 

Nic Nemeth VS Tomohiro Ishii!

The Showoff is basically showing off now, saying he isn’t going to defend his IWGP Global Heavyweight Champion until he faces Hiroshi Tanahashi. Is he really looking past the Stone Pitbull like that? Or will Ishii not give Nemeth a choice on who has next?

The bell rings and the fans rally as the two circle. They feel things out, tie up, and they’re in a deadlock. Nemeth uses his height for leverage but Ishii gets around to waistlock. Nemeth switches and hooks Ishii up in the COBRA TWIST, but Ishii slips right out to waistlock. Nemeth switches, tries for the Cobra Twist but Ishii slips around again. Ishii lifts, Nemeth hooks a leg to fight it, and he switches to wrangle Ishii to a cover. TWO, they end up in ropes, and the ref has them both separate. The fans cheer as the two reset. They tie up, are in another deadlock, but Nemeth uses his height as leverage to put Ishii on ropes.

The ref counts, Nemeth lets off, but Ishii CHOPS! Nemeth CHOPS back! Ishii CHOPS again! Nemeth CHOPS again! The CHOPS go back and forth as fans “WOO~,” but then Nemeth throws a forearm! Ishii fires a forearm in return, they go back and forth and Nemeth gets the edge. The fans fire up but then Ishii ROCKS Nemeth again and again. Ishii runs, RAMS Nemeth, but Nemeth stays up. The fans fire up as Nemeth ROCKS Ishii, runs and RAMS him! Ishii rebounds to CLOBBER Nemeth! The fans fire up more while Nemeth flounders. Nemeth slowly rises, Ishii brings him up and bumps him off buckles.

Ishii CHOPS Nemeth and Nemeth falls over. Ishii eggs Nemeth on, Nemeth stands, and the fans rally. Nemeth fires forearms, but Ishii CHOPS him down! The fans rally behind Ishii as he looms over Nemeth. Ishii drags Nemeth up to suplex high and hard! Cover, TWO! Ishii kicks Nemeth around while egging him on. Ishii slaps Nemeth around, the fans rally, and Nemeth fires body shots! Nemeth kicks, DROPKICKS, and Ishii falls! The fans fire up while both men go to corners. Ishii stands, Nemeth runs in, STINGER SPLASH! And then NECKBREAKER! Nemeth drops ELBOW after ELBOW, then winds up for the JUMPING ELBOW! Cover, TWO!

Nemeth is a little annoyed but Ishii is tougher than that. Nemeth reels Ishii in, but Ishii fights the lift! Ishii powers up and back drops Nemeth away! The fans fire up while Nemeth staggers to his feet. Nemeth fires hands but Ishii just scowls. Nemeth looks around as the fans say he messed up, but he still throws hands! Ishii doesn’t budge, then he just DECKS Nemeth with one shot! The fans fire up while Nemeth flounders to a corner. Ishii storms up, brings Nemeth up to the top rope, and climbs. Ishii brings Nemeth up to the very top, for the STALLING SUPERPLEX! The fans are all fired up while both men are down!

Ishii rises, looms over Nemeth, then drags him up. Ishii reels Nemeth in, but Nemeth fights the lift now! Nemeth wrenches, and jumps on, SLEEPER! Ishii has Nemeth as a backpack, but he shifts around to put the SLEEPER on Nemeth! Nemeth flails, gets around, OLYMPIC SLAM! The fans fire up while both men are down again! Nemeth rises while the fans rally. Nemeth runs up, but Ishii denies the satellite DDT with a throw! Ishii runs up but Nemeth UPPERCUTS! Ishii ROCKS Nemeth, but Nemeth SWATS the lariat to SATELLITE DDT! Cover, TWO! Ishii survives and the fans fire up while Nemeth is a bit surprised.

The fans rally as Nemeth watches Ishii rise. Nemeth kicks low, runs, FAM- NO, Ishii turns the leg drop into a POWERBOMB! The fans fire up again and Ishii headbutts the buckles to fire himself up! Ishii runs but Nemeth ducks to HEADBUTT! And FAMOUSER! Cover, TWO!! Ishii survives and the fans fire up again! Nemeth is beside himself, but rises as the fans rally again. Nemeth goes to a corner, Ishii staggers to his feet, and Ishii runs in! Nemeth BOOTS Ishii, runs up, and LARIATS! Ishii just roars! Ishii ROCKS Nemeth but now Nemeth roars! The fans fire up with Nemeth, but then Ishii LARIATS him down! Cover, TWO!!

Nemeth survives and Ishii growls in frustration. Ishii sits Nemeth up while fans chant “This is Awesome!” Ishii runs but Nemeth ducks the sliding lariat! Ishii blocks Nemeth’s superkick, then ENZIGIRIS! The fans fire up again while Ishii aims from a corner! SLIDING LARIAT! Cover, TWO!! Nemeth survives again and Ishii grows further frustrated. Ishii fires back up and the fans are with him as he drags Nemeth up. Ishii suplexes, but Nemeth fights it! Nemeth wrenches, HEADBUTTS, but Ishii still whips! Nemeth reverses, but Ishii bucks the Danger Zone! Only to turn around into a SUPERKICK 101! Cover, TWO!!!

Ishii just gets an arm up and Nemeth’s shock is clear on his face, even with his hair over his eyes! The fans fire up again as both men slowly rise. Ishii winds up but Nemeth ROCKS him first! Then GERMAN SUPLEXES! But Ishii rises right up! Ishii staggers, but he avoids Danger Zone to STEAL DANGER ZONE!! The fans are thunderous as Nemeth staggers up, into the LARIAT!! Cover, ONE?!?! Nemeth shocks everyone as he kicks it into another gear! Ishii rises, into the SUPERKICK 101!! Cover, ONE?!?!? Now Ishii shocks everyone! “This is Awesome!” as both men are down, catching their breaths.

Ishii and Nemeth go to corners, then they run in! DOUBLE LARIATS collide but neither man falls, and then Ishii HEADBUTTS! Nemeth rebounds to HEADBUTT, but then they DOUBLE HEADBUTT! Ishii BATTERING RAM HEADBUTTS!! Cover, TWO!?!? Nemeth survives that shot, but Ishii roars as he rises up! Ishii slaps himself to get back in this! Ishii drags Nemeth up, reels him in, suplexes, but Nemeth slips free, DANGER- NO, Ishii clinches! Nemeth slips free, ROCKS Ishii, SUPERKICK 101! Then he dodges Ishii to DANGER ZONE!!! Cover, Nemeth wins!!

Winner: Nic Nemeth, by pinfall

Nemeth is a Wanted Man, and this is why! He took Ishii to the Danger Zone, proving that hanging with NJPW isn’t Mission: Impossible! But will Nemeth prove he’s a Top Gun when he finally gets his dream match with President Tanahashi?

 

IWGP World Heavyweight Championship: Tetsuya Naito VS Jon Moxley!

The Uncontrollable Charisma has finally been back on top of NJPW since WrestleKingdom, and he even just defeated his Los Ingobernables de Japon teammate, Yota Tsuji, just a week ago at Sakura Genesis. At the same time, The Maniac put out the challenge that same night, and Naito said okay! Will Naito continue to keep NJPW tranquilo? Or is there truly about to be a Paradigm Shift in the world of pro-wrestling?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if the winds of change start to blow!

Moxley paces as Naito takes his time with his entrance attire, and Naito tells Moxley to tranquilo. Naito really takes his time with his pants, and is finally ready. The bell rings and the fans fire up already! Naito looks around but Moxley keeps his eyes right on Naito. The two slowly circle while the fans rally and duel. They approach but Naito dodges, and the fans cheer while Moxley keeps cool. They go again, and again Naito avoids Moxley’s grip. Naito again says tranquilo, and they circle. Moxley flips Naito off, the fans are torn, but Naito doesn’t even flinch. The two circle, tie up, and Moxley puts Naito on ropes.

The ref counts, Moxley lets off, but Naito SPITS at Moxley! Naito kicks low, TOSSES Moxley out, but gets Moxley with the fake out and tranquilo pose! The fans cheer while Moxley seethes. Moxley snarls, storms in, but Naito slips away to the outside. The fans cheer as Naito continues to troll Moxley, but then Moxley rushes out to fire off forearms! Moxley whips Naito into railing, then fires more forearms! Naito hits back, Moxley headlocks, and then he SMACKS Naito off the timekeeper’s table! The fans rally as Moxley goes up and over the railing to get Naito back up. The ref reprimands but Moxley ROCKS Naito!

Moxley SMACKS Naito off the table, SMACKS him off it again, then brings Naito around. The crowd moves aside as Moxley fires hockey scrum punches. Moxley then whips Naito, but Naito reverses and Moxley hits railing! The fans fire up, Naito checks his face, then he takes a seat to relax. The fans cheer, but then Moxley BOOTS Naito down! Moxley drags Naito up, brings him around, and back to ringside so he can POST Naito! Naito falls, the fans are torn, but Moxley paces around. Moxley storms back up on Naito, drags him up, and puts him in the ring. Moxley stalks Naito to the ropes, then stands on Naito’s face!

The ref counts, Moxley lets off to grab a hand, and Moxley SNAPS fingers! Moxley reels Naito in, PILEDRIVER! Cover, TWO! Naito’s still in this but Moxley paces again. Moxley waits on Naito to get up, then KICKS him! And ROCKS him! And ROCKS him, and ROCKS him again! Then Moxley KICKS a leg! And KICKS the leg, and then KICKS the leg out! Cover, TWO! Naito is still in this but Moxley eggs him on. Moxley paces around, drags Naito up and then CHOPS! Moxley KICKS, CHPOS, but Naito SPITS! Moxley KICKS, ROCKS, but Naito SPITS! Moxley fires off ELBOW after ELBOW, then whips, but Naito sunset flips!

Moxley rolls through, steps through, FIGURE FOUR! Naito endures, the fans rally, but Moxley talks trash even as he puts on pressure! Naito powers the main leg up but Moxley powers it back down! Naito sits up, SPITS at Moxley, but Moxley puts on more pressure! Naito fights around, turns things over, but Moxley slips free to get the legs again. Moxley SPITS, then he turns Naito over into a TEXAS CLOVERLEAF! Naito endures, the fans rally, and Naito fights his way around. Moxley drops down into a modified STF! Naito again endures, moves around, reaches out, and has the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Moxley lets go at 4.

Moxley eggs Naito on, talks more trash, then PENALTY KICKS! Naito sits up and shakes his head. Moxley KICKS again, but Naito again sits up. Naito even smirks as he annoy Moxley. Moxley KICKS but Naito blocks! Naito CLAWS the eyes, but Moxley kicks low! Moxley suplexes for a BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Moxley CHOKES Naito, the ref counts, but Moxley lets off. Moxley storms around, the fans rally, and Naito stirs. Moxley goes to the apron, then climbs a corner. Naito rises, Moxley leaps, Naito BODY SHOTS! Naito ENZIGIRIS, Moxley drops to his knees, but Naito still has to catch his breath.

The fans rally as Naito smirks and rises up. Naito brings Moxley around to fire forearm after forearm! Naito whips, atomic drops, and then runs to ELBOW Moxley down and basement dropkick in the back! Naito whips corner to corner, runs up, JUMP KICK! He can’t get up and over so he ELBOWS then NECKBREAKERS! Cover, TWO! Naito clamps on a cravat for a neck wrench on the mat! Moxley endures, the fans rally, but Naito thrashes him around. Moxley fights up, he drags Naito up and he DUMPS Naito to the apron! Naito gets up but Moxley fires a forearm! Naito gives it back, they go back and forth!

The fans rally as the shots keep going, faster and faster! Naito ROCKS Moxley but Moxley BOOTS Naito! Naito wobbles, Moxley goes out to the apron, but Naito fights the half nelson suplex! Naito fires elbows, gets free, but Moxley ELBOWS back! And then APRON DDT! Naito flops down to the floor while the fans fire up! Moxley leaves Naito behind to mock the tranquilo! The fans are torn but Naito stirs. Naito slowly crawls, the fans rally up, and Naito stands. Naito shakes out the cobwebs, flounders into the ring, and Moxley drags Naito up. Moxley TOSSES Naito out, then builds speed to DIVE into a chair?!

The fans fire up as Naito sneaks that one! The ref checks Moxley but he’s somehow still in this! Naito goes up to the apron and brings Moxley up, for an APRON NECKBREAKER! Moxley flops down while Naito leaves him behind. The ring count starts, Moxley stirs at about 3 of 20. Moxley turns over, he’s busted open! Naito counts along as we pass 10 of 20, then reach 15! Moxley rises at 17, staggers about, and slides in at 19.9!! The fans fire up and Naito is actually annoyed. Naito drags Moxley up, reels him in, and TORNADO DDTS! Moxley sits up in a daze, the crimson mask already complete on his face!

Moxley staggers back to his feet, Naito runs in, but Moxley KING KING LARIATS! Both men are down and the fans fire back up! The ref checks both men, especially Moxley with that blood, but they’re both okay to continue. Moxley sits up as we pass 15 minutes, a quarter of the allotted hour time limit. Moxley says he’s not gonna be taken alive! Not tonight! The fans fire up with Moxley as he is ready to Die Hard! Moxley fires a haymaker, Naito gives it back! Moxley throws another, so Naito SPITS, then ROCKS him! Moxley ROCKS Naito, Naito ROCKS Moxley, so Moxley SPITS! Naito SPITS, and the forearms fly again!

The fans are thunderous as this gets fast and furious! Moxley fires a flurry, then winds up to run, but Naito gets around! Waistlock, but Moxley switches, to a SLEEPER! Naito RAMS Moxley into buckles, gets free, but the CURB STOMP OUTTA NOWHERE! Cover, TWO!! Moxley hurries to clamp on, REAR NAKED CHOKE!! Naito flails but the body scissors are on! Blood pours off of Moxley’s head, will he give out before Naito does? The fans rally as Naito endures and fights around! Moxley uses that to get the BULLY CHOKE!! Naito fights to his feet, Moxley keeps a SLEEPER! The fans continue to rally as Naito flails!

Naito pries at the hold, then drops, victory roll! TWO!! Moxley stands, Naito wrenches and fires the heavy elbows! Again and again, and then the wrench, tilt-o-whirl, but Moxley slips free! CUTTER!! But that’s not all! DEATH RIDER!! Cover, TWO?!? Naito survives Moxley’s best shot and the fans are thunderous! Moxley snarls, the fans rally and duel, and Moxley wipes the blood from his eyes. Moxley underhooks Naito again, but Naito slips around to DESTINO!!! TWO!!! Moxley survives Naito’s best shot now! But Naito is just as confident about trying again! DESTI- NO!! Moxley slips free to ROLLING ELBOW! ROLLING ELBOW! DEATH RIDER!!! Cover, TWO?!?!?

The fans are electric as Naito survives another shot! But Moxley won’t let up, he KING KONG LARIATS again!! Cover, ONE?!?!? HOW?!?! Naito staggers about, but into a DEATH RIDER!!!! Cover, MOXLEY WINS!!!!

Winner: Jon Moxley, by pinfall (NEW IWGP World Heavyweight Champion)

Chicago cannot believe it, but they are loving it! From WWE World Champion to AEW World Champion to now NJPW’s IWGP World Champion, this is history being made before our eyes!! The Maniac makes himself a modern legend, but what does this mean for Naito? Is Naito’s destino simply that he cannot last?

As for Moxley, he does push-ups just to show he has more in that tank! He sets the title down on the lion logo then gets the mic. Moxley says a quick prayer while the fans say, “You Deserve It!” Moxley gets the mic on to say, “Arigato gozaimasu, Chicago! Holy s*it… This was a treat for everybody here that might not ever get a chance to fly across the ocean and NJPW, an authentic NJPW wrestling show live and in person. And it was special to be a part of it here, and there’s nowhere better to have done it than right here in Chicago.” The fans cheer that!

Moxley says he’s wrestled in every building in Chicago, big, small and tiny, and the fans have been with him every step of the way. He thanks them for being here to make it special, as he now stands atop the effin’ NJPW mountain!! The fans fire up for Moxley again, “Thank You, Moxley!” Moxley says he’s just getting started, so he has a message for everyone in NJPW and around the world. First order of business as the King of NJPW is to pick who’s coming at him first! Mox calls the shots, and the long list of Japanese legends he’s defeated over the last five years is really something, but that’s the easy stuff.

Moxley won’t run or hide from the Young Lions, the young and hungry stars of NJPW! He won’t sit atop a mountain and be scared of the hungriest hunters in the game. So stepping up first, this will be the final exam for #SHOOTER!! The fans fire up, but then in runs REN NARITA! PUSH-UP BAR ATTACK!! The fans boo as Narita stomps away on Moxley! Narita gets the mic while he CHOKES Moxley to tell “Shooter, no no no. I’m next challenger, mother effer!” Narita stomps away, but then here comes The Roughneck! Narita turns tail and runs, the fans cheering “SHOOTER! SHOOTER!” Narita laughs as he retreats, but Shota helps Moxley sit up.

Moxley manages to glare at Narita through the crimson mask, and Shota gets the mic for him. Moxley says, “What the heck, man? Narita! You just graduated from being a Young Boy… to being a dead man!” Moxley just said he isn’t gonna run and hide, so if Narita wants a fight, he’ll get a fight! Will The Maniac tear apart that Souled Out SOB? Will Shota get to have his match with his mentor sometime after that?


My Thoughts:

A great event for NJPW, and I did not think they’d have so many changes to the title landscape. Well, Vaquer retained but that’s because she only just got that belt off Giulia. And good on Windsor to step up, though I’m not sure she’ll take that title, either. Anyway, great Fatal 4 Way that also referenced the story between Tom Lawlor and Team Filthy falling apart. Great win for TMDK here, and rather surprising because I didn’t think ELP & Leo would be losing those belts. I wonder if ELP & Leo go back to the heavyweight titles for the Summer.

And then quite the surprise that ZSJ won the NJPW World TV title back. TMDK is taking over, and maybe this move was because Riddle is more an MLW wrestler than a NJPW wrestler. ZSJ VS Cobb the third time around is going to be awesome, great trilogy, and maybe Cobb wins this time. United Empire needs some positives in their post Ospreay era. Cobb and TJP did really good in helping Eddie and Homicide against what ended up being less Team Gabe Kidd and just Bullet Club War Dogs or whatever. Good win for Bullet Club here, and setting up a NO ROPES Last Man Standing for the NJPW Strong Championship is going to be awesome stuff.

Great non-title matches, too. Narita cheating Suzuki to win, but Shota winning despite Jack trying to cheat is good stuff for the Reiwa Musketeer rivals. Great fun in the Hiromu VS Ali match with Daryl Jr, aka El Hijo De Daryl cuz he had a little lucha mask. Great win for Ali, too, but he isn’t scheduled for the Best of the Super Juniors so maybe this was so Chicago gets a win. And then great match of Nemeth and Ishii with Nemeth getting a great win to keep his momentum up while waiting on a match with Tanahashi.

And of course, an awesome main event from Naito and Moxley. I should’ve known Moxley was gonna bleed, but I was NOT expecting Moxley to win the title. Great for Moxley personally, but I’m surprised NJPW made this move. Is Moxley going to bring this title to Dynasty AND Double or Nothing? Well, I suppose Moxley could tell us as much on Dynamite, but this is all still really surprising. I’m not gonna say I agree with Gabe Kidd’s claims NJPW is letting AEW get their way, but it certainly seems like NJPW is hoping AEW helps them with the American audience.

That stuff aside, Narita and Shota being winners works for them stepping up to the world title. Narita probably won’t win, but maybe Shota proves the student has surpassed the master. Might be a bit of NJPW fast tracking their new neo new musketeers, but it’s not like other companies haven’t done that.

My Score: 8.9/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Battle of the Belts Results & Report! (4/13/24)

Rumble, bad man, rumble!

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The tenth edition goes the X-tra mile!

Battle of the Belts returns, and to settle the score from Dynamite’s Six Man Tag, Hook puts up his FTW Championship against Shane Taylor!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • FTW Championship: Hook VS Shane Taylor; Hook wins and retains the title.
  • AEW International Championship Eliminator: Roderick Strong w/ The Undisputed Kingdom VS Rocky Romero; Strong wins and denies Rocky a title match.
  • ROH Women’s World Championship: Athena w/ Billie Starkz VS Red Velvet; Athena wins and retains the title.

PLAY BY PLAY

AEW Collision bleeds over a bit.

Bryan Danielson is still down on the ramp after Konosuke Takeshita’s Brainbuster and the medics check him. The battle with Will Ospreay at Dynasty is still in the books, but what condition will Bryan be in?

 

Backstage interview with Hook and Katsuyori Shibata.

Lexi Nari is with the FTW Champion and The Wrestler, and notes we saw Hook make the save for Shibata during Collision against Shane Taylor Promotions. At the same time, Hook is about to face Shane Taylor himself with the FTW title on the line. Knowing what Shane’s capable of, what is Hook’s strategy going into that match? Shibata uses his voice-to-text translator say, “Pardon the interruption… Hook, I’ll have your back tonight.” Hook appreciates that, but even knowing what Shane’s capable of, Hook’s got his own way of handling this. Shibata says bet, and Hook gives him the fist bump.

FTW Championship: Hook VS Shane Taylor w/ Anthony Ogogo!

The Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil knows he’s up against a bad, bad man, but this is FTW Rules! Everyone who fights for this title is a bad, bad man, so will Hook prove he’s the baddest? Or will Shane #SendHook back to New York without his gold?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who’s really the biggest badass in AEW!

The bell rings, the two circle, and they feel things out. Shane swings, Hook dodges to fire off fast hands and forearms! The fans fire up behind Hook but Shane shoves him away. Hook ducks the haymaker, waistlocks, but Shane fights with elbows. Shane swings again, but Hook gets under! Shane CLUBS the Camino down, then whips. Hook holds ropes, then DUMPS Shane out! Shane tumbles to the floor, Hook pursues, and Hook SMACKS Shane off railing! Hook SMACKS Shane off steel steps, then has Shane sit in a corner. Hook rains down fists, then lets off to revel in the cheers. Hook throws knees again and again, then CLUBS Shane again.

Shane staggers along railing, but Hook puts him in the ring. The fans cheer again, Hook storms in, but Shane JABS! JABS! And BODY SHOTS! Hook falls, sputters, and the ref has Shane stay back to check. That could’ve been a liver shot but Shane hauls Hook up. Shane CHOPS Hook in the career, and Hook sputters as he goes along ropes. Shane taunts Hook, puts him in a corner, and CHOPS again! Hook staggers to another corner, Shane taunts him, “I thought you were the man!” Shane BODY BLOWS again and Hook coughs. Hook fires hands in return, backs Shane down, then reels Shane in! Shane’s too big for the suplex, though!

Shane shoves Hook, and BODY BLOWS! Hook falls to the mat, but Shane drags him back up. Shane HEADBUTTS Hook, Hook is dazed, and Shane says he thought Hook was a killer. Shane says to bow down to the killer that’s badder! Shane CHOPS Hook, suplexes him, and hangs him out to dry! Hook sputters and falls, Shane soaks up heat, and Battle of the Belts goes picture in picture.

Shane drags Hook up, TOSSES him out, then goes out to bring Hook up. Shane whips Hook hard into steel steps! Hook writhes, Shane storms around, then Shane drags Hook up. Shane makes Hook take a seat in a corner, then runs up to KNEE Hook against railing! Hook falls over, but he’s somehow still conscious! Shane drags Hook up and hangs him out to dry on the railing! Hook sputters and falls to the floor, and Shane talks more trash. Shane drags Hook up, puts him in the ring, and BOTB returns to single picture. Shane has Hook on the apron, for the APRON LEG DROP! Hook sputters more while Shane seethes.

Shane storms in, talks trash on the fans, then soaks up the heat. Shane drags Hook up, puts him in the corner, and BODY SHOTS! BODY SHOT! HAYMAKER! Hook slumps down in the corner but the fans rally up. Shane waits on Hook, Hook says he’s still in this! Shane stands Hook up to BODY SHOT, BODY SHOT and BODY SHOT! Then Shane ROCKS Hook again, again, and AGAIN! Hook flops back down while Shane storms around. The ref checks with Hook, Shane says to call it already! Hook says no, he’s still in this! Shane drags Hook up, tells Hook to quit or he gets send home in a body bag!

The fans boo as Shane whips corner to corner, hard! Hook sputters, Shane runs in, but Hook dodges! Shane hits buckles, Hook hurries to waistlock! Shane fights the grip, then ROCKS Hook! Hook ROCKS Shane back! And ROCKS him again and again! The fans fire up as Hook fires more shots! Hook runs to LARAIT! Shane stays up, Hook LARIATS again! Hook runs, ducks the haymaker, and GERMAN SUPLEXES!! Shane staggers up in a daze, and Hook clinches to EXPLODER!! Hook covers, TWO!! Shane is still tougher than that and Hook is beside himself! Hook runs up in the corner, but into an URENAGE!

Shane drags Hook into the drop zone, goes up the corner, and he SPLASHES down! Cover, TWO?!? Hook survives and shocks Shane! Shane storms around, the fans rally up, and Shane drags Hook up. Shane slaps Hook around, then winds up, but Hook dodges! And dodges! REDRUM!! Shane is caught, he flails around, but then he fights up! Shane RAMS Hook into buckles, but Hook still holds on! Shane RAMS Hook in again, but Hook still has his hooks in! BACKPACK SENTON!! Shane is free, but then Hook springs up, REDRUM!! He even traps the arms!! Shane flails, reaches out, but he’s fading! Shane’s OUT, Hook wins!!

Winner: Hook, by submission (still FTW Champion)

The Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil does it again! He takes damage and finds a way to win! But now, will he have that face to face meeting with Chris Jericho this Wednesday Night Dynamite?

 

Backstage interview with Rocky Romero.

Lexi is with Azucar as he is just moments away from his Title Eliminator match for the International Championship. However, Lexi wants to know if he knows what’s going on with Best Friends. Rocky says Chuck, Trent and Orange Cassidy are like brothers to him, and yet he has no idea what’s going on there. But right now, he can’t really worry about that, he has to focus on the match with Roderick Strong. When Rocky wins, he’ll be one step closer to fulfilling his destiny of becoming International Champion. Kyle O’Reilly pops in, wishes Rocky luck, and then heads back out. Will Azucar be able to get one over on the Savior of the Backbreaker? Or will he just end up broken?

 

AEW International Championship Eliminator: Roderick Strong w/ The Undisputed Kingdom VS Rocky Romero!

While Azucar is confident, it was just last night on Rampage that Roddy took offense to him and Kyle O’Reilly even thinking there was a chance this match doesn’t go The Undisputed Kingdom’s way. Will Roddy prove them all wrong by crossing Rocky off the list? Or is this were The Kingdom starts to crumble?

The bell rings and the two circle. The fans are behind Rocky as he and Roddy tie up. Rocky waistlocks, Roddy wrenches to wristlock, but Rocky rolls, wrenches and wristlocks back. Roddy tries to pull hair but Rocky twists the wrist. Roddy pulls on Rocky’s ear to have the headlock and takeover. Rocky fights up, pops out the back, and then steps over. Rocky hooks an arm but Roddy fights off the takedown to hip toss and cover. ONE, but Roddy facelocks. Rocky fights up, pries at the hold, but Roddy holds on tight. Rocky still fights his way out of the hold, wristlocks and wrenches again, then YANKS the arm.

Roddy ROCKS Rocky then CHOPS him! Roddy whips, Rocky slides under then ducks ‘n’ dodges to RANA! The fans fire up as Rocky then wrenches Roddy and goes up a corner. Rocky FLYING KNEE DROPS right on the arm! The fans cheer the Latino Heat and Rocky goes back to the corner. Rocky CHOPS Roddy, Roddy CHOPS back! Rocky CHOPS, Roddy kicks low! Roddy CLUBS Rocky, ROCKS him, then reels Rocky in for a BACKBREAKER! Rocky writhes but Roddy covers, TWO! Roddy and The Kingdom talk trash, Roddy swings but Rocky dodges! Rocky CHOPS and then stomps away on Roddy!

Rocky digs his boot in, lets off as the ref counts, then stands Roddy up. Rocky snapmares and runs to basement dropkick! Roddy flounders, Rocky covers, ONE!! Rocky keeps one eye on The Kingdom, then he brings Roddy around. UPPERCUT and Roddy staggers. Roddy BOOTS, whips, but Rocky goes Spiderman! Rocky then dodges Roddy and sends him tumbling out! Rocky goes out to PENALTY KICK from the apron! Rocky leaps to DIVING STOMP! Roddy writhes, Rocky gives more Latino Heat, and BOTB goes picture in picture.

Rocky tells The Kingdom to back off, and so does the ref. Taven mocks Rocky’s Latino Heat, but Rocky puts Roddy in the ring. Rocky storms up on Roddy to KICK his leg! Roddy hobbles to a corner, Rocky CHOPS him and then follows him. Rocky ROCKS Roddy, ROCKS him again, but Roddy bails out. Rocky goes after Roddy on the apron, but Roddy lifts! Rocky fights that to then elbow Roddy! But Rocky has to watch out for The Kingdom lurking! Roddy BOOTS Rocky, then POSTS him! Rocky falls to the floor, Roddy hops down and he drags Rocky up. Roddy gives Rocky a RAILING BACKBREAKER! Rocky writhes, The Kingdom mocks him more, and Roddy drags Rocky up.

Roddy puts Rocky in the ring, stomps Rocky around, then drags him up to CHOP! Rocky staggers to a corner, Roddy storms up on him, and then DECKS him! Roddy soaks up the heat, then he digs his boots into Rocky! The ref counts, Roddy lets off at 4, but just switches feet! The ref counts more, Roddy steps away, and Rocky sputters along the ropes. Roddy gets Rocky up but Rocky ROCKS him first! And again! Roddy hits back, Rocky CHOPS, and CHOPS! Rocky runs, but Roddy blocks the Rana to make it a POWER BREAKER! Rocky writhes, Roddy covers, TWO! Roddy clamps onto Rocky with a motorcycle stretch!

Rocky endures as Roddy digs knee into Rocky’s back. Rocky fights up, moves around, but Roddy knees him low! Roddy scoops Rocky to RAM him into buckles! Then OKLAHOMA STAMPEDE! Cover, TWO! Rocky is still in this but Roddy stays on Rocky with stomps. Roddy stomps and stomps as BOTB returns to single picture. Roddy goes back to the motorcycle stretch but the fans rally again. Rocky fights up, fights back, and he KICKS Roddy’s leg! And KICKS! Roddy CLUBS Rocky, eggs Rocky on, but Rocky roars! Rocky fires forearms, then UPPERCUTS! Roddy wobbles, Rocky KICKS and KICKS and SOBATS!

Rocky CHOPS, whips, but Roddy reverses. Rocky reverses back to kick, but Roddy ducks the enzigiri! Rocky REWIND HEEL KICKS! Roddy flops out of the ring and the fans fire up! Rocky builds speed, fakes Roddy out and DIVES onto Taven! Then Rocky DIVES onto Roddy! Rocky puts Roddy in, runs up, SLICED BREAD! Cover, TWO!! Roddy survives but Rocky keeps his cool. Rocky fires forearms in the corner, then winds up! The fans fire up as Rocky runs in, clothesline! Another clothesline! But Roddy follows to RAM Rocky, and CHOP him! And CHOP! And CHOP! Roddy whips, Rocky comes back into the SICK KICK! Cover, TWO!

Roddy is frustrated but he hauls Rocky up. Fireman’s carry, but Rocky fights free! Roddy shoves, lifts again, but Rocky pops up to RANA! The fans fire up as Rocky ducks ‘n’ dodges, tilt-o-whirls and DDTS! Cover, TWO! Roddy survives but Rocky stays focused. The fans rally for Rocky as he stalks Roddy. Roddy RAMS Rocky, gets him up top, and then climbs up after him. Rocky fights with fists and a HEADBUTT! Rocky then cravats, SUPER SLICED BREAD!! Cover, TWO!! Roddy survives again and Rocky is beside himself! The Kingdom is also worried, they rally up for Roddy. The fans rally for Rocky as he goes out to the apron.

Rocky climbs but The Kingdom is lurking again. The ref tells them to back off, but Roddy ROCKS Rocky first! Roddy has Rocky up top but Rocky DECKS Roddy! Rocky adjusts, Roddy stands, METE- STRONG KNEE!! Cover, Roddy wins!

Winner: Roderick Strong, by pinfall (denies Rocky Romero a title opportunity)

The Kingdom helps Roddy, whether Roddy will say it that way or not. Kyle is here to celebrate with his friend, but he also checks on his other friend in Rocky. Kyle helps Rocky up to his feet, and wants the fans to give it up for Rocky. But then Wardlow LARIATS Rocky, and The Kingdom stomps away! Kyle has them stop, this isn’t cool! But then Roddy STRONG KNEES Kyle down?!? The fans boo as Roddy tells Kyle that he could do it on his own, but there’s only ONE man that can be International Champion! Kyle made the wrong decision! Roddy’s arrogance just ended his friendship with Kyle, will Kyle make Roddy pay for that?

 

Backstage interview with Serena Deeb.

Lexi Nair is with the Professor of Professional Wrestling and notes how last week, Serena walked on stage after Yuka Sakazaki’s return victory. Why? Serena says she was sitting in the back, watching that impressive match, and thought to herself that she was watching a great pro-wrestler. Someone that Serena would love to tear it up with. Tonight, the Professor is here on BOTB, but has no championship opportunity. She’s not sweating it, though. Since her return, Serena is undefeated. She checked the rankings, and The Professor is sitting pretty at Number 3! So week by week, she’s climbing her way up to inevitably become champion.

Serena tells Yuka, that was an invitation. To where? Into the Deeb Dojo! Serena will show Yuka that Serena is better, and that she is what she says she is: The Professor of Pro-Wrestling! Serena wants to test herself against the Wrestling Magical Girl, but who will be the one taking a step closer to a title opportunity?

 

BREAKING NEWS for Dynasty!

After Roddy’s sudden rejection of Kyle O’Reilly, they are now going to battle over the International Championship! It’s the fight neither man wanted, but will Kyle give Roddy payback for what he did with interest?

 

ROH Women’s World Championship: Athena w/ Billie Starkz VS Red Velvet!

The Fallen Goddess is 49-0 after defeating Hikaru Shida on Supercard of Honor last week, and when she says she’s the Forever Champion, she means that. But will “forever” come to a crashing halt in Kentucky? Or will The Chef be the one getting served an L?

The introductions are made by Lexi Nair, so just a little biased in Athena’s favor. The belt is raised, and here in the main event, we see who is the face of the ROH Women’s Division!

The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings and the fans fire up for Athena already. The two circle, tie up, and they go around. They go into a corner, along ropes, then Athena throws Velvet down. Velvet holds on, they roll on the mat with the collar ‘n’ elbow, then they stand up. Athena puts Velvet in a corner, the ref counts, but Athena lets off with a cocky smile. Velvet keeps cool and resets with Athena. They tie up. Velvet wrenches an arm to wristlock, but Athena handsprings and wrenches back. Velvet rolls, kips up, and wrenches back. Velvet headlocks but Athena powers up and out. Velvet runs Athena over, but Athena kips up!

The fans fire up while both women brush themselves off. They reset again, tie up, and Athena headlocks. Velvet powers up and out, but Athena wrenches to whip. Velvet ducks ‘n’ dodges and tilt-o-whirls to RANA, but Athena handsprings through! The fans fire up and Athena cheers herself on. But Velvet DROPKICSK Athena down! Athena gets up, Velvet arm-drags, arm-drags again, and then Velvet cheers herself on. Athena runs up into another arm-drag! Velvet has the armlock but Athena fights up and throws Velvet down by her hair! The fans cheer but the ref reprimands, and things speed up.

Velvet drops, runs up and CALF KICKS Athena down! Athena bails out, Billie there to check on her. Velvet goes to the apron, Athena grabs a leg but Velvet kicks her away. Velvet then ASAI MOONSAULTS land takes Athena down! The fans fire up, Velvet drags Athena up and puts her in the ring, then has her on the apron. Velvet climbs up, brings Athena up, but Athena shoves her back. FLAPJACK off the top buckles! Velvet staggers, Athena reels her back in, APRON BACK SUPLEX! The fans fire up with Athena while BOTB goes picture in picture.

Velvet crawls into the ring but Athena follows her. Athena looms over Velvet, drags her up, then CLUBS her down. Athena stands Velvet up to whip her hard into a corner. Athena revels in the cheers before she runs in and back body blocks! Then Athena goes side to side to forearm SMASH! Athena smiles as Velvet leans against buckles. Athena shoves Velvet down, stomps her around, then drags her back up. Velvet fires body shots, but Athena bumps her off buckles. Velvet avoids the forearm to DOUBLE CHOP! Velvet fires body blows but Athena throws hands! Velvet CHOPS, Athena CHOPS, they CHOP, then Athena CHOPS Velvet off her feet!

The fans cheer while Athena snarls. Athena sits Velvet back up, KICKS her in the back, then KICKS her again! And again! Athena stands Velvet up, bumps her off buckles, then scoops to put Velvet in the Tree of Woe. Athena KICKS away on Velvet’s back, then lets her fall out of the Three. Billie applauds, tells Velvet she should’ve known better, but Velvet swipes at Billie. Billie gets away, cheers Athena on, but Velvet fires hands on Athena! Athena swings back but Velvet bobs ‘n’ weaves! Velvet ROCKS Athena, kicks her legs out, then runs up , into a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Athena is annoyed but still in control as BOTB goes to break.

BOTB returns once again as Athena hits buckles! Velvet rallies on Athena with clothesline after clothesline! Velvet runs, tilt-o-whirls and RANAS Athena onto ropes! Velvet runs up to DOUBLE KNEE! Velvet shoves Athena down, runs, and tilt-o-whirls again, REVERSE DDT! Cover, TWO! Athena survives and Velvet is frustrated. Athena crawls away, wanting mercy! But Velvet storms up, only for Athena to YANK Velvet into buckles! Athena then fireman’s carries Velvet for the WASTELAND! Roll through and another fireman’s carry, for another WASTELAND! Another roll through, and then Athena mocks the stirrin’ it up motion!

But Velvet pops up to RANA! Cover, TWO!! Athena escapes, Velvet runs up to wheelbarrow, but Athena URENAGES her down! Cover, TWO!! Athena is furious as Velvet survives! Athena goes up a corner, the fans cheer, and Velvet rises. But Velvet ROUNDHOUSES first! Velvet ROCKS Athena, climbs up after her, then CHOPS! Velvet goes to the very top, to SUPER VICTORY THROW! Athena flounders but she ducks the buzzsaw! Roll up, Velvet rolls through! THE SLICE! And then the tilt-o-whirl DDT!! Cover, TWO!!! Athena survives and Velvet is fuming! Velvet pushes Athena around while the fans rally up.

Athena is in the drop zone, so Velvet goes up top. Velvet tells Billie to shut up, but Athena gets out to the apron. The fans boo but Velvet adjusts position, to leap and SUPER CROSSBODY! Athena catches her!? And then brings Velvet around to FALCON ARROW to the floor! The fans fire up as Athena roars, but so does Velvet as she rises! Only for the SUPERKICK to knock her down! Athena has a wild look on her face and Billie cheers on the Overlord. Athena gets Velvet up, THROWS her into the LED board, then THROWS her around again! Athena drags Velvet up and into the ring, storms in after her, and reels her in! Canadian Rack, but Velvet sunset flips it! TWO!!!

Athena escapes, Velvet runs up, ducks ‘n’ dodges then SUPERKICKS! But Athena DECKS Velvet with a forearm! Athena goes up top, Velvet rises in a daze, to get the O-FACE!! Cover, Athena wins!

Winner: Athena, by pinfall (still ROH Women’s World Champion)

And that’s FIFTY and zero! Fifty wins, no losses, and no slowing down as she title belt clinks with Billie. But as is customary on ROH, Athena sets her belt down, and Billie does, too. They drag Velvet up, mock “stir it up,” but Velvet SLAPS Athena! And SLAPS Billie! But then Athena and Billie mug Velvet! The fans boo as Billie picks up her belt, takes aim, but then QUEEN AMINATA is here! Aminata runs down into the ring, dodges Billie to DECK Athena, then HEADBUTT for Billie! That’s payback for cheating in the TV title match! But then Athena runs up, into an Alabama Lift! AIR RAID CRASH!!

Aminata saves Velvet while also making her own impact, will The Queen not be denied her crown? Or will the Fallen Goddess look to make her pay for this insolence?


My Thoughts:

A really good BOTB but uh, after ten of these, we already know nothing really happens on these. Great action and promos like on Collision, but no titles were ever changing hands. And after two hours of Collision, the crowd was of course tired out. Hook of course defeated Shane but it was a really good showing of Hook’s resilience to take all that damage and still win. Really good match from Roddy and Rocky that Roddy of course won, and turns out I was right in thinking they’d fast track Roddy VS Kyle here. That match will be great stuff, but it’d be a shame if Kyle’s first title shot ends up a loss, even with The Kingdom all there to interfere and distract.

Good promo from Serena to make it clear that she’s having a match with Yuka, just in case it wasn’t clear last week. And then a great main event for the ROH Women’s Championship. Red Velvet looked great even in defeat, and natural move for Aminata to show up and go after Athena & Billie. Aminata really has her pick of the two titles at this point, and while payback on Billie for Supercard is an obvious route, why wouldn’t she go right to the source and take down Athena? Athena’s made it to 50-0, and if not when Athena faced Billie, not when she faced Nyla Rose nor when she faced Shida, her first loss should be to pass the torch to Aminata.

Aminata went through the grind, paid her dues, and has got organically over with ROH viewers, so if she isn’t gonna be the historic first Women’s TV Champ, make her the woman that takes down the top woman in ROH.

My Score: 8.6/10


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