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Mitchell’s NJPW G1 Climax 32 Results & Report! (7/31/22)

Will Darkness Fall on Naito?

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NJPW G1 Climax 32

Will Tetsuya Naito avoid going 0-3?

Tetsuya Naito has had a rough start to G1 Climax 32, and it could get rougher taking on EVIL! Will the King of Darkness end Naito’s WrestleKingdom dreams?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • 8 Man Tag: Hiroshi Tanahashi, Hirooki Goto, Tomohiro Ishii & Ryohei Oiwa VS Bullet Club; Bullet Club wins.
  • Bad Dude Tito & JONAH VS Tom Lawlor & Royce Isaacs; Tito & Jonah win.
  • Six Man Tag: David Finlay, Tama Tonga & Jado VS The United Empire; The United Empire wins.
  • Six Man Tag: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS Suzuki-Gun; LIJ wins.
  • G1 Climax, A Block: Jeff Cobb VS Lance Archer; Cobb wins.
  • G1 Climax, D Block: YOSHI-HASHI VS Juice Robinson; Hashi wins.
  • G1 Climax, B Block: Jay White VS Chase Owens; White wins.
  • G1 Climax, A Block: Kazuchika Okada VS Bad Luck Fale; Okada wins.
  • G1 Climax, C Block: Tetsuya Naito VS EVIL; Naito wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

G1 Climax, A Block: Jeff Cobb VS Lance Archer!

The Imperial Unit and the Murderhawk Monster are each 1-1, falling in the first but redeeming themselves in the second. But now in the third, only one giant can stand tall! Who moves on as 2-1 in this block of behemoths?

As Archer makes his way out, he CLOBBERS a Young Lion! Back to his old ways not that he’s back in Japan, it seems. He glares at another Young Lion, and SLAPS him down! Cobb tells Archer to focus on him, not the rookies. The bell rings and the two get face to face. Archer has the height advantage but Cobb isn’t intimidated. Fans rally as the two fire up and rush in! They RAM shoulders, but neither falls. Archer eggs Cobb on, Cobb runs, Archer drops and hurdles! And then hip tosses, but Cobb handsprings through!? Fans fire up as Cobb ducks the back elbow. Cobb whips but Archer goes up and over!

Things keep moving, but Cobb LEAPING SHOULDER TACKLES! Cobb grins as he says “You Can’t See Me!” But Archer grabs his arm to help with the kip up! Archer arm-drags Cobb, things keep moving, and Cobb hurdles. Archer fires off forearms, then a SHOTGUN dropkick! Cobb tumbles out of the ring and fans fire up! Cobb goes around the way, Archer waits on him. But then Archer builds speed!? Cobb moves, so Archer goes to the apron. CANNONBALL! Cobb and a Young Lion go down while the fans fire up again. Archer drags Cobb up, reels him in, but Cobb ducks the lariat to ROCK Archer! Cobb then suplexes, but Archer blocks!

Cobb still tries but Archer shoves him away. Cobb comes back but Archer pops him up into the ropes! Cobb flounders, Archer choke grips to APRON CHOKE SLAM! Fans fire up as Cobb flops back down! Archer snarls and he drags Cobb up while fans rally, “LANCE AR-CHER!” “JEFF COB-BU!” Archer gets Cobb in the ring, stands over him, and sits him up to rain down a punch! Archer tells the ref to shut up about the punches as he throws down more fists. Archer knuckle locks Cobb, goes to the corner and gives us some Old School! But Cobb yanks him off the top for an ATHLETIC PLEX! Fans fire up for that feat of strength!

Archer gets to a corner, Cobb runs in to clothesline! Cobb whips Archer out to send him back in, then hits a big back elbow! Cobb brings Archer around to suplex! And he holds Archer up for the RUNNING SLAM! Fans fire up, Cobb crawls to a cover, ONE!! Cobb stomps Archer but Archer shoves him away. Cobb stomps Archer again, to surf on Archer! Cobb mocks the song, “Every body dies~!” before he steps off. Fans rally up as Cobb stands Archer up to LARIAT! But Archer stays up! Cobb LARIATS again but Archer is still up! Cobb runs, but Archer follows to CROSSBODY, into Cobb’s arms?!

Archer fights with elbows but Cobb holds on! Cobb swings Archer, but Archer turns that into a DDT! Fans fire up as both big men are down! Archer drags Cobb up, whips him to ropes, but Cobb reverses. Archer LEAPS for a CROSSBODY! It hits this time, and Archer covers, TWO! Fans rally up as Archer drags Cobb up. Cobb throat chops! Cobb runs, but he just fakes Archer out! DROPKICK! Cover, ONE!! GACHIMUCHI MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO!! Archer survives but Cobb keeps on him. Cobb whips Archer but Archer blocks to CLUB and ROCK Cobb! Archer whips but Cobb reverses to scoop! TOUR- NO, Archer slips off to full nelson!

Cobb elbows free of the hold and runs the ropes, but Archer goes perpendicular to DERAIL Cobb! Fans fire up and Archer drags Cobb back up. Archer ripcords to HELLICOASTER! Cover, TWO! Cobb survives but Archer keeps cool. Fans rally up, Archer stomps around and they follow his beat. Cobb rises, Archer choke grips, CHOKE SLAM!! Cover, TWO!!! Cobb survives and fans fire up again! Archer grins and gnashes his teeth. Archer starts to salivate as he watches Cobb get to a corner. Archer runs in corner to corner, but Cobb dodges! Roll-up, TWO! Cobb gets up but Archer BOOTS him down! Fans rally as Archer drags Cobb up.

Archer puts Cobb in the corner, and he tells Cobb he messed up! Archer runs corner to corner to ELBOW Cobb down! Fans fire up and Archer says he’s bringing Cobb up. Archer hoists Cobb up top, ROCKS him with a haymaker, then climbs up after Cobb. Fans fire up more as Archer brings Cobb up. But Cobb throws body shots, and he HEADBUTTS Archer away! Cobb adjusts on the top rope, but Archer comes back with a STEP-UP KNEE! Cobb flops over but Archer sits Cobb up. Archer inverted crucifix lifts Cobb, but Cobb slips off! GERMAN SUPLEX! But Archer’s right back up!? Choke grip, but Cobb breaks free to GERMAN SUPLEX!

Archer and Cobb get up, Archer swings but into another GERMAN SUPLEX! Archer flounders up and he eggs Cobb on! Cobb ROCKS Archer with a right hand! Cobb whips Archer, scoops him, and hits a TOUR OF THE ISLAND!! Cover, Cobb wins!

Winner: Jeff Cobb, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Archer earns 0)

The Murderhawk Monster falls, does he have a chance to stay alive in the G1? As for Cobb, he is 2-1, just behind the Rainmaker. Can the #IchibanKaiju keep going, hoping Okada makes a mistake?

 

G1 Climax, D Block: YOSHI-HASHI VS Juice Robinson!

The Headhunter was slayed by The Dragon in his first G1 match this year, while The Booster is reeling from a shocker loss to The Rebel! Will Hashi #GetBackUp and get on the board? Or will Juice be the one to #TurnItAllAround this round?

Hashi makes his entrance then hops off the corner, and Juice attacks! The bell rings to put this on record and Juice drags Hashi up to ROCK with left hands! Hashi falls, Juice rains down fists, but the ref counts. Juice lets off and argues the closed fist stuff. Juice drags Hashi up and tosses Hashi out! Juice goes out after Hashi, and whips him into railing! And then again! And then again! Juice talks trash on English commentary before he scoops Hashi to SNAKE EYES off the railing! The ref reprimands and fans rally up, but Juice drags Hashi’s jacket off him. Juice wipes his butt on the jacket then throws it away.

Juice puts Hashi in the ring, drags Hashi back up, and reels him in for a PILEDRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Hashi survives and Juice is shocked! Juice argues with the ref, that count wasn’t fast enough! That was a piledriver, for crying out loud! Juice drags Hashi back up, throws him back out, and then pulls up some floor mats! He even shoves some over the railing at Japanese commentary! Juice storms over to drag Hashi up and bring him around. The ring count starts but Juice brings Hashi up! Hashi fights the driver to lift Juice up, but Juice CLUBS Hashi on the back! The count is 10 of 20 and Juice hauls Hashi up, but Hashi RANAS Juice into a POST!

Fans fire up as the count is 15! Hashi gets up and in at 17 but Juice is still down! Juice gets in at 19.99!! Fans rally up and Juice claims something is wrong with his eye. The ref checks, it seems okay to him. Juice gets up, Hashi storms over to him and CHOPS! Fans rally up for Hashi as he CHOPS again! And CHOPS! Juice grits his teeth but Hashi CHOPS him again! Hashi CHOPS again, but Juice turns things around. Hashi dodges the chop to CHOP and CHOP and CHOP and CHOP! Juice says F U but he misses again! Hashi CHOPS, CHOPS, CHOPS, again and again and again! Fans fire up as Hashi is making Juice into ground beef!

Juice sits down and fans fire up more! Hashi drags Juice up to whip but Juice blocks, so Hashi CHOPS! And mule kicks! Hashi suplexes to hang Juice out to dry. Hashi runs to dropkick Juice down! Then he keeps going, basement dropkick! Cover, ONE!! Juice is still in this but Hashi looms over him. Fans rally up, Hashi drags Juice up to fisherman, but Juice fights it. So Hashi wrenches, CHOPS, and runs. Juice ELBOWS him at the ropes! Juice powers up, runs, but Hashi dodges to BLOCKBUSTER! Fans fire up as Juice and Hashi go to corners. Hashi runs corner to corner, to CHOP! Juice is stinging as he staggers out.

Hashi goes up, aims and FLYING BLOCKBUSTERS! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up more as Hashi keeps his cool. Hashi drags Juice up, reels him in, full nelsons and spins, pump handle, but no Karma! Juice elbows free, but Hashi CHOPS! Hashi reels Juice in, fisherman to KUMAGOROSHI! Cover, ROPEBREAK!! Juice saves himself by inches but the fans fire up again. Hashi drags Juice up and full nelsons, pump handle, but Juice pops out! Juice waistlocks and shoves Hashi at the ref! They avoid a collision but Juice rolls Hashi up! But with tights! The ref can see that clear as day! The ref stops the count and Juice is pissed! Juice shoves the ref, but the ref shoves Juice!

Juice gets up to get back in the ref’s face, but Hashi rolls him up! TWO!!! Juice escapes, he blocks Hashi’s superkick, but Hashi ducks the Left Hand o’ God! RIGHT HAND O’ GOD HITS! Then the chicken wings, the turn, PULP- NO, Hashi gest a SLEEPER! And he uses it to hit a BACKSTABBER! Fans fire up while both men are down! Hashi crawls to a corner and Juice sits up. Hashi runs in to BLINDSIDE KNEE! Cover, TWO!! Juice survives again but Hashi fires up! Hashi drags Juice up, reels him back in, full nelson and pump handle, but still no Karma! Juice throws elbows, rolls and wrenches Hashi, but Hashi CHOPS!

Hashi LARIATS, Juice LARIATS back! Hashi roars, bobs ‘n’ weaves, and SUPERKICKS! Juice staggers, Hashi runs as the fans fire up. but Juice catches Hashi to LEFT HAND O’ GOD!! And then the chicken wings, the turn, PULP- NO, SNAP DRAGON!! Hashi turns things around and the fans are thunderous! Hashi runs to LARIAT! And Hashi roars again, he wants to finish this! Full nelson, pump handle, KARMA!!! Cover, HASHI WINS!!!

Winner: Yoshi-Hashi, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Juice earns 0)

Another shocker for Rock Hard Robinson! A loss to David Finlay, a loss to Yoshi-Hashi, is Juice out of juice in the G1 already? As for Hashi, he got back up, but can he use this momentum to keep on going?

 

G1 Climax, B Block: Jay White w/ Gedo VS Chase Owens!

Bullet Club meets Bullet Club again as the Switchblade meets the Crown Jewel! But will Chase do the IWGP World Heavyweight Champion a favor and give him this win? Or will Chase pull off a heist on the Bullet Club captain?

White and Gedo Too Sweet, but White doesn’t want to Too Sweet Chase. Fans rally as the bell rings, and White gives Chase a push. Chase pushes back, and then they Too Sweet. White gets a big fat envelope of money from his corner to give to Chase and Chase accepts. White seems to make it worth Chase’s while to give up these points. But uh, check it after. It’s all there. Just trust White. Wait, what? White makes sure Abe-san the timekeeper holds onto that to keep it safe. But just don’t count it. Chase then lies down but then sits up. He just isn’t sure. Chase takes the envelope from Abe-san, and pulls what’s in it out.

Chase already sees something is amiss. The top two bills are legit, so he pockets those in his tights for about ¥20,000 (roughly $150 USD at today’s exchange rate). But the rest is just paper cut to the size and shape of the Yen bills! White says he put it all in there, he doesn’t understand! White defends his innocence but Chase wants his money! White hurries to check his belongings, but he claims ABE pulled something! Abe defends his innocence, showing his pockets are empty. White wants Chase to trust him but Chase wants to get paid. White says it’s okay, this was all just a joke. The champ’s good for it, he’ll get Chase the money backstage.

Chase says he doesn’t trust that, he wants to fight. White says fine, and they approach. Finger poke o’ doom!! Chase tells White to cover, but now White thinks Chase is going to pull something. Chase will just turn the cover to a cradle or something like that. Chase gets back up, saying he has no tricks. White can trust him! So White reels Chase in for a clinch! But Chase escapes Bladerunner! Chase wants to know what the heck, White apologizes, but White also points out what happened to lying down. Well what happened to the money? Chase wants to get back to the hotel as quickly as possible. White tells Gedo to explain it to Chase. Chase and Gedo argue, and White CLOBBERS Chase!

White CLUBS and STOMPS but Gedo makes White stop. This isn’t the plan! Chase was going to lie down! White isn’t so sure, but now Chase shoves White. Chase goes to his corner and White apologizes. They’ll just stick to the plan. But Chase hits a C-TRIGGER!! Cover, TWO!! White scrambles away and Gedo is freaking out! Chase goes out after White, “Where’s my money!?” Chase DECKS White, then drags him up. “Where’s my money!?” Chase RAMS White into railing! White staggers away but Chase drags him around to RAM into more railing! Chase wants White to pay up. Does Gedo have the money? Gedo says it’s in the locker room!

Chase drags White up, tucks him in, but Gedo shouts at him to hold on, they’re the same team! Chase accepts that and puts White in the ring instead. But then White clinches! Chase escapes again, runs in, but White puts Chase on the apron! White HOTSHOTS Chase down! White goes out to drag Chase up, but White decides not to ram Chase into railing. He also decides not to whip him into railing. White puts Chase in, but Chase cradles! TWO!! White LARIATS Chase down! Cover, TWO! Another cover, TWO! White is frustrated but he puts Chase in the corner. White says Too Sweet, but he doesn’t chop. Chase CHOPS White, though!

Chase forearms, White kicks low and DDTs! Cover, TWO! Another cover, TWO! White can’t believe Chase is doing this to him after the deal they made. White runs in at the corner to uppercut! And then BLADE BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Chase is still in this but White hauls him up. Chase fights the clinch, but White knees low! Chase blocks that to CLUB the leg! Full nelson and spin to a NECKBREAKER! Fans fire up for Chase and he drags White up. Chase fireman’s carries, but White slips off to CHOP! Chase ends up in a corner, White swings but misses. Chase forearm smashes, snapmares and SHINING- NO, White ducks it to CHOP back!

White whips Chase, Chase reverses and then SUPERKICKS White down! Chase drags White up, runs in, SHINING WIZARD! Cover, TWO!! White survives but Chase keeps on him. Chase tucks White in, but Gedo gets on the apron to beg for mercy. Chase says to bring the money then! Gedo says hold on until after, but Chase isn’t going for that! But White back drops out of the driver! White keeps saying he has the money but Chase fires off haymakers and CHOPS! Chase whips but White blocks. White CLUBS Chase, Chase ELBOWS White! White CHOPS Chase, but Chase rebounds, into a COMPLETE SHOT!

Fans fire up while White drags himself over. White waistlocks and drags Chase up, but Chase throws elbows! White uses that to get Chase in a SAIDO! White gets Chase up, for the URENAGE! Cover, TWO! Chase survives and White is furious! White clamps onto Chase with a sleeper but Chase looks out. White wants the ref to check him. Chase is still in this, so White drags him up. VICTORY ROLL, TWO!!! Chase almost had White! White CHOPS Chase, then brings him up, to CHOP again! And CHOPS again! Chase falls over but White drags Chase up again. White runs, but Chase follows to C-TRIGGER! And then the tuck! PACKAGE-

White fights it, but Chase holds on! White keeps trying, so Chase lets him down, to hook him up for a STYLES CLASH!! Cover, TWO!?!? White survives and fans fire up! Chase gets up and he goes to a corner. Fans rally up behind Chase, he aims at White, but White catches him! But Chase rolls through! White rolls out, dodges the C-Trigger and has the SLEEPER! But Chase fights the suplex! Chase backs White down but White sends him into buckles! C-TRIGGER on the return! Chase keeps moving, C-TRIGGER again!! Fans fire up, Chase reels White in and tucks him, but White slips out! BLADERUNNER OUTTA NOWHERE!! White covers, White wins!

Winner: Jay White, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Chase earns 0)

In the end, White wins and is 3-0, but this wasn’t how he wanted to do it. White may be undefeated in the “Jay1,” but is he going to lose control of Bullet Club dealing like this?

 

G1 Climax, A Block: Kazuchika Okada VS Bad Luck Fale!

Another battle from the block of beasts, and the Rainmaker is undefeated at 2-0! Okada conquered Jeff Cobb and he was ready for Toru Yano’s tricks, but will he be prepared for some Bad Luck? Or will even the Rogue General fall in this summer heat?

The bell rings and Okada rushes Fale with forearms! Fale stays up so Okada runs and RAMS him! Fale is still up, so Okada runs and RAMS again. Nope, Fale is still up. Okada keeps trying but Fale RAMS him! Okada staggers and fans rally up. Okada tries again, and he dropkicks a leg! Okada kicks away on that leg, then runs, and he ducks the clothesline to come back and runs Fale over! Fans fire up with Okada and he brings Fale back up. Okada tries to scoop but Fale CLUBS him. Fale scoops Okada but he slips off to roll Fale up! TWO, Okada runs but into a back drop! Fans fire up while Okada flops out of the ring.

Fans rally, the ring count starts, and Fale waits on Okada. Okada stirs at 5 of 20, sits up at 10, and stands at 15. Fale is there to guard the ropes, but Okada jukes to get in at 18! Fale stomps Okada at the ropes, then stands on his back! Red Shoes reprimands and counts, Fale lets off at 4. Fale drags Okada up, and clamps on a BEARHUG! Okada endures, he CLUBS Fale, and fans rally. Fale squeezes tighter but Okada keeps throwing down elbows. Fale squeezes tighter again! And then RAMS Okada into a corner! Fale CLUBS Okada on the back again and again until Okada falls over. Fans rally for “O-KA-DA!” and he fires off forearms!

Fale throat chops Okada! Then ROCKS him with a right! Fale bumps Okada off buckles, throws big shots into Okada’s back, but fans continue to rally. Fale brings Okada around but Okada fires forearms! Fale throws body shots to back Okada down, then DECKS him with a right! Fans rally as Fale backs off. Okada drags himself up, Fale runs corner to corner, but Okada dodges the splash! Okada kicks low to DDT! Fans fire up as both men are down again! Okada and Fale rise, and Okada storms up on Fale. Okada fires forearms, whips but Fale reverses. Okada holds ropes, Fale runs in, but Okada drop toeholds him into ropes!

Okada gets moving to basement dropkick Fale! Fans fire up and Okada drags Fale up. Okada scoops but still can’t lift! Fale CLUBS Okada, whips him, but Okada ELBOWS Fale back! Okada scoops Fale to SLAM him! Okada gets Fale’s arm for a MONEY CLIP! Fale endures and fans rally up! Fale fights up, and he RAMS Okada into the corner! Okada flops out of the ring but fans rally up again. Fale goes out to fetch Okada, and whip him hard into railing! Okada falls down but Fale brings him back up. Fale gut wrenches to a crucifix, but Okada fights free! Okada kicks low and DDTs to the floor! Fans fire up while both men are down!

The ring count starts, and it climbs to 5 of 20. Okada sits up at 10 again, then stands at 12. Okada puts Fale in the ring at 15, and then he stalks Fale as he rises. Alabama Lift?! Okada manages it, to REVERSE NECKBREAKER! Fans fire up as Okada goes to the corner and climbs up top! MACHO ELBOW! And of course, the Rainmaker Pose! Okada drags Fale up, ripcords and- NO, fireman’s carry for the SAMOAN DROP! Fans are thunderous as Fale and Okada are down again! Okada and Fale stir, but Fale is up first. Fale drags Okada up but Okada fires forearms and an uppercut! Okada runs, into a SPEAR from Fale! Cover, TWO!!

Fans fire up as Okada survives! Fale drags Okada around, then runs from a corner for the BIG ELBOW DROP! Cover, TWO! Okada survives but Fale hurries to get him back up. GRE- NO, SHOTGUN from Okada! Okada dodges Fale on the rebound, and a DROPKICK takes Fale down! Okada hauls Fale up, ripcords, but Fale LARIATS first! Fale drags Okada back up, reloads, GRENADE!! Cover, TWO!?!? Okada survives being blown up and Fale can’t believe it! Fale drags Okada up, reels him in, and fans are thunderous as Fale gets Okada up. But Okada squirms free, to hit a NECKBREAKER! And MONEY CLIP!!

Fale endures as Okada thrashes him! Fale TAPS, Okada wins!

Winner: Kazuchika Okada, by submission (gains 2 points; Fale earns 0)

The Rainmaker is 3-0, the clear leader in this A Block! But with still so much of the G1 left, will Okada keep this going through the rest of the monsters?

 

G1 Climax, C Block: Tetsuya Naito VS EVIL!

It is almost unthinkable that the Uncontrollable Charisma is 0-2, tapping out to Zack Sabre Jr. and being trumped by The Ace, Hiroshi Tanahashi. And now, as if by fate, he runs into the King of Darkness! Will Naito admit Everything is Evil? Or can he stay tranquilo and thwart his archenemy to get on the board?

Evil stands right behind Naito as Naito raises his fist. Evil throws up the Too Sweet, calling back to the New Japan Cup betrayal! But Naito fights off the STO and arm-drags Evil away! Evil bails out, Naito skips taking off his entrance attire, and the bell rings to get this on record. Naito goes out after Evil but Evil kicks and whips. Naito reverses and Evil hits railing hard! Naito gets in the ring, fans rally up, and Naito finishes taking off his entrance attire. Evil gets up and tells Naito to back off. Red Shoes has Naito stay back but the ring count still starts. Evil goes looking under the ring as we approach 10 of 20, and he gets a chair!

Red Shoes reprimands as Evil throws the chair into the ring. Red Shoes grabs it but Naito isn’t tricked, he DECKS Evil off the apron! Naito builds speed, but Evil dodges, so Naito tranquilos! Evil is mad now because he fell for Naito’s favorite trick! Evil slides in fast but Naito kicks, CLUBS and CLUBS Evil to ropes. Naito pulls Evil into a corner by his hair! Red Shoes reprimands, Naito lets off at 4, and then he whips Evil corner to corner. Naito runs in but Evil BOOTS him! Dick Togo undoes the blue buckle pad behind Evil’s back! Naito runs in, Evil pulls the pad away, and Naito hits bare steel!

Naito checks his face, Evil brings him around to toss out. Naito hits railing on the way down but Evil goes out after him. Evil RAMS Naito into Abe-san! Down goes the timekeeper, as well as Naito! Red Shoes checks on everyone but Evil gets more chairs! Fans rally for “NA-I-TO!” and Evil is annoyed by that. Evil drags Naito up to whip into railing hard! Naito tumbles up and over in front of Japanese commentary! Evil twists Naito’s arm as he drags him up. Fans still rally for Naito but Evil knees Naito low. Evil puts one chair around Naito’s head, and he gets the other chair! HOME RUN CHAIRSHOT!

Dick and Evil Too Sweet, and Evil leaves Naito behind to get in the ring. Red Shoes sees the aftermath, he has a pretty good idea what happened but the damage is done. Red Shoes reprimands Evil, then starts the ring count. Evil wants it to go faster, Naito sits up at 8 of 20. Red Shoes has Dick stay away but Evil mocks tranquilo. Naito stands at 17 and rolls in at 18! But Evil covers, TWO! Evil argues the count, but then he drags Naito around to stomp the leg. Evil drops an elbow on the knee! Naito clutches that leg but fans still rally up. Evil scuffs Naito, drags him up, but Naito throws body shots! And forearms!

Evil rakes the eyes! Red Shoes reprimands and counts, Evil lets off to whip, but Naito reverses to atomic drop then dropkick the legs out! Fans fire up as both men are down. Naito stands while Evil sits up. Naito ROCKS Evil, kicks, CLUBS, and whips to arm-drag Evil! Naito then elbows Evil down and basement dropkicks! Fans fire up and Naito whips Evil to a corner. Naito runs in, JUMP KICK, leg sweep, COMBINACION CABRON! Fans fire up, Naito drags Evil back up, and turns him. But Evil fights free to get away to the outside! Naito stays cool and waits on Evil. The ring count starts but Naito goes out after Evil.

Evil grabs a chair! Naito kicks Evil first and RAMS Evil into railing! Naito uses the chair to JAM Evil in return! Naito then glares and Dick backs away. Naito puts the chair around Evil now, and Red Shoes keeps Dick away. Red Shoes says he hears no evil and sees no evil, as Naito HOME RUNS off of Evil! Fans fire up as Naito goes yard! Naito drags Evil up and puts him in the ring. Naito drags Evil up, hoists him to the top rope, then climbs up after Evil. But Evil slips out and trips Naito up! Naito hits buckle on the way down and they’re both on the mat! Fans rally up again as Red Shoes checks. Naito’s nose is not bleeding, so Evil drags Naito out, to RAM INTO ABE AGAIN!!

Evil shows no mercy to the timekeeper and he drags Naito up again. Fans rally for Naito as hard as they can as Evil puts Naito in. Evil stomps Naito around but fans still rally. Evil drags Naito up, scoops him, and hits a BACKBREAKER! Naito writhes and Evil gets the legs! DARKNESS SCORPION! Evil’s take on the Sharpshooter bends Naito back, but fans rally as Naito endures! Naito powers up, crawls for ropes, but Evil sits deep on the hold! Naito’s legs are also taking damage but Naito fights through to get the ROPEBREAK! Red Shoes counts, Evil lets off at 4! Fans rally up but Evil looms over Naito.

Evil drags Naito up, fireman’s carries, DARKNESS FALLS! Cover, TWO!! Naito survives and fans fire up again! Evil scowls and he slashes his throat. Evil drags Naito up, spins him around, but Naito slips out to a full nelson! Evil fights out, runs, but into a SHOTGUN BOOT! Both men are down again and fans rally up! Evil and Naito crawl to opposite corners, and Naito runs in at Evil. Naito blocks those boots, drapes Evil out and hits a DRAPING BACKBREAKER! Naito then goes up, reels Evil in, but Evil ROCKS Naito right off the corner! Naito falls to the floor and Red Shoes goes out to check on him.

Evil signals to Dick, and Dick fetches a TABLE! Dick sets that up for Evil while Evil fetches Naito. Evil drags Naito over to the table and fireman’s carries. But Naito fights free! Naito shoves Evil at the table, he elbows Dick and BOOTS Evil! Naito then whips Evil into Dick and Dick hits railing! Naito then brings Evil back around to whip into the railing! Evil goes up and over!! Fans are thunderous as everyone is down! Red Shoes checks on both men and Naito gets up. Naito walks over to Evil while the ring count starts. Naito drags Evil up at 7 of 20, brings him back around at 11 and puts him in at 13.

Naito rolls into the ring and fans rally up. Naito drags Evil up, but blocks Evil’s eye rake! Naito throws back elbow after back elbow! Fans fire up and Naito brings Evil back up to throw more elbows! Evil drops and fans applaud again while Naito catches his breath. Naito drags Evil up but Evil reels him in! Naito throws elbows to fight off the STO! Naito then runs in, CORRIENDO SHIKI DESTINO!! Cover, TWO!! Evil survives but Naito isn’t bothered, he just drags Evil up again. Wrench, but Evil fights free, so Naito ENZIGURIS! Naito wrenches, but Dick distracts! Evil shoves Naito into Red Shoes, then LOW BLOWS Naito!

Everyone is down again and the fans rally up for “NA-I-TO!” Evil staggers up and he scuffs Naito. Evil kicks Naito to ropes, Dick drags Naito out, and they’re near the table! Evil and Dick slash their throats to call for the end! Evil drags up the dead weight, and he coordinates with Dick. But Naito fights free! Naito HOTSHOTS Dick and he tumbles down! Evil steps in, Naito kicks the rope! The rope gets Evil right in his darkness! Naito joins Evil on the apron, drags him up and reels him in, but Evil fights the driver! Naito drags Evil back up, PILEDRIVER through the table!! Fans are thunderous as both men are down in the wreckage!

Naito, Evil, Dick and Red Shoes are all down, but at least Evil and Naito are stirring. Red Shoes gets back in the ring, Naito sits up and Naito drags Evil back up. Naito puts Evil in, a bloody cut on his back. Naito still gets in and fans rally up again. Naito drags Evil up, then goes up the corner, for ESPERANZA!! Then the wrench and- NO, Evil RAMS Naito into the bare steel! As if Naito’s back wasn’t hurting already! Fans are thunderous again as both men are down! Evil grits his teeth and pushes himself up off the mat while Naito leans against the corner. Evil storms over but into a BOOT! Naito fires up, runs, but into a LARIAT! Cover, TWO!! Fans fire up as Naito survives!

The rallying continues as Evil stands back up. Evil slashes his throat and he hauls Naito up! Spin and EVERY- NO, Naito fights it, ROLLING KICK! Naito whips, Evil reverses, FLYING FOREARMS knock Evil down! Naito wrenches, tilt-o-whirls, but Evil holds off Destino! Red Shoes avoids Naito’s boots swinging past, Naito slips off Evil’s shoulder, and Naito sees Dick on the apron! Naito KICKS Dick down and hits the TORNADO DDT! Fans fire up again and Naito gets Evil back up! Scoop and VALENCIA! Naito keeps going, wrenches the arm and tilt-o-whirls, DESTINO!!! Cover, NAITO WINS!

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

And in the longest, most grueling match of this year’s G1 yet, Naito finally scores! Will King of Darkness just have to reset and stack the deck for The Ace next round?

As for Naito, he gets some water, catches his breath, and gets the mic. “BUENAS NOCHES, NAGOYA~! NJPW held two G1 Climax events here in Aichi this weekend.” Fans applaud that fact, and Naito continues to say he started with two losses, but he’s happy to show us a victorious Naito here in Aichi. Fans definitely applaud that! Naito says he and LIJ are all thankful to the fans for their support. “Gracias, amigos!” Naito takes a moment and fans rally up, “NA-I-TO!”

Naito says he won the main event, so you all know what’s coming. “I want to cheer with all of you together, but times are still tough. So yell in your hearts with me. Are you ready? Let’s close out two days of G1 in Aichi the right way. Bushi! Sanada! Hiromu! Takagi! Y Naito. Nosotros… Los! Ingoberrrrrnableeees~! DE! JA! PON!” Naito tosses the mic, ready to make a comeback! Will he keep going all the way to the finals, even with two strikes against him?


My Thoughts:

Another great round for the G1, but with five G1 matches as opposed to the four we’ve been getting each time. An awesome match out of Cobb VS Archer, both big men busting out their agility, and a great win for Cobb. Cobb going into his match with Jonah with momentum, that is gonna be a show stealer for August 5th. Hashi VS Juice was also great, because Hashi got to look strong and win! I did not see that coming, and now we can even think of Hashi as in on the IWGP US Championship scene with this.

White VS Chase was great because yes, it started as if they were going to just hand this over to White, and then the gags and the arguments got going and it turned into an awesome showing for Chase in his loss. White and Chase were okay afterward, though, but maybe under the surface, there’s still tension that could bring us into another phase of the Bullet Club dysfunction. Okada VS Fale was great stuff, Fale is always booked strong against everyone so he had half a chance in there. Okada still wins, though, because he is Okada and he is 3-0. There’s still a lot of block left, so maybe there’s a stumble, as no one, not even Okada, has gone undefeated in taking a block.

And of course, that main event was great. Lived up to the hype given it was Naito VS Evil and Naito was fighting to avoid an 0-3 start. Naito does get that win after really pushing it to the limit with Evil, so maybe he can sweep the second half of his run. Every match of Naito’s will have that storyline ingrained in it, and especially his last one before the semifinals. If Naito really is retiring after this year, Naito having a very dramatic G1 and beyond is a great way to see him off.

My Score: 8.8/10


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

Will Will Ospreay stay golden?

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An episode with truly international flavor!

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

The Bang Bang Gang speaks.

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

BREAKING NEWS for Dynamite!

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Backstage interview with Top Flight.

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

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

 

Six Man Tag: The Patriarchy VS The Iron Savages!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: The Patriarchy, by pinfall

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

 

Mercedes Mone visited Arena Mexico.

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: Toni Storm & Mariah May, by pinfall

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

 

Serena Deeb speaks.

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

Winners: Malakai Black & Brody King, by pinfall

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

 

Hechicero w/ The Gates of Agony VS Matthew Menard!

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

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

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

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

Winner: Hechicero, by submission

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

 

Jeff Jarrett speaks.

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

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

 

AEW International Championship: Will Ospreay VS Brian Cage!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


My Thoughts:

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

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

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

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

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

My Score: 8.9/10


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Mitchell’s NJPW New Japan Soul Results & Report! (6/22/24)

Qualify for the Climax!

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The Road to the G1 has begun!

NJPW is heating up the G1 Climax already by bringing us a Qualifier Series! Whose New Japan Soul will burn bright through the Summer?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Masatora Yasuda VS Daiki Nagai; Time Limit Draw.
  • Great-O-Khan & Francesco Akira VS Katsuya Murashima & Shoma Kato; Khan & Akira win.
  • Six Man Tag: The United Empire VS Tomohiro Ishii, Satoshi Kojima & Tomoaki Honma; The United Empire wins.
  • 10 Man Tag: Just5Guys VS Hirooki Goto, El Desperado, Hiroshi Tanahashi, Toru Yano & Boltin Oleg; Goto, Desperado, Tanahashi, Yano & Oleg win.
  • G1 Climax 34 A Block Qualifier First Round: Callum Newman VS Yujiro Takahashi; Callum wins and advances to New Japan Soul in Korakuen Hall.
  • G1 Climax 34 A Block Qualifier First Round: YOSHI-HASHI VS Chase Owens; Hashi wins and advances to New Japan Soul in Korakuen Hall.
  • 8 Man Tag: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS The House of Torture; LIJ wins.

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G1 Climax 34 A Block Qualifier First Round: Callum Newman VS Yujiro Takahashi!

The United Empire has been on a roll tonight, but while those were tag matches, The Prince of Pace has to do this on his own! Can Callum conquer the Tokyo Pimp? Or will he have to watch out for the usual tricks?

The bell rings and the two run in! Yujiro BOOTS Callum down, stomps him around, and Callum goes to ropes. Yujiro ROCKS Callum with a forearm, then stalks him to a corner. Yujiro stomps Callum again, CLUBS him, then brings him out to knee low. Yujiro CLUBS Callum again, whips corner to corner, but Callum ducks ‘n’ dodges and keeps moving, to then BOOT Yujiro! The fans fire up while Yujiro bails out. Callum eggs Yujiro on, but the ref wants him to stay in. Yujiro slides in, Callum dodges and DROPKICKS! Yujiro bails out again and the fans fire up. Yujiro hurries back up to the apron, but Callum DROPKICKS him down!

Callum takes aim as Yujiro stands up, for the PLANCHA, but Yujiro moves aside! Callum lands on his feet but that strains the legs. Yujiro reels Callum in, REVERSE DDT to the floor! The ref wants this back inside, and fans rally up for Callum, but Yujiro stalks him. Yujiro drags Callum up to RAM him into railing! Yujiro brings Callum back up, to RAM him into the apron! The ref reprimands but Yujiro brings Callum around, to whip into railing! Callum goes down in a heap and Yujiro leaves him behind. The ring count starts but Callum sits up at 4 of 20. The fans cheer Callum on as he rises at 10 of 20 and hobbles over.

Callum rolls in at 13, the fans cheer, but Yujiro stomps Callum right down. Yujiro digs his boots in, the ref counts, so Yujiro lets off at 4. Yujiro whips Callum into a corner, stomps him, ROCKS him with a forearm, then ELBOWS him. Yujiro throws more elbows, then runs up to BOOT! Callum slumps down but Yujiro pushes him to a cover, TWO! The fans cheer but Yujiro argues the count. The ref says it was fair, so Yujiro drags Callum to center. Yujiro drops a leg, drops it again, then drops it again! Cover, TWO! Callum stays in this and the fans rally up. Yujiro is annoyed, but he eggs Callum on. Yujiro brings Callum up, and Callum fires a forearm!

Yujiro eggs Callum on more as Callum throws more shots. Yujiro then knees low! Yujiro snapmares Callum and then basement BOOTS! Cover, TWO! The fans cheer as Callum toughs it out. Yujiro brings Callum up, puts him against ropes, then fires forearms. The ref reprimands, but Yujiro gets space. Callum BOOTS first! Callum runs up but into a kick! Yujiro runs but Callum follows, trips him, and DOUBLE STOMPS him! The fans fire up while both men are down! Yujiro goes to one corner, Callum goes to the other. Callum fires up, the fans are with him, and he runs Around the World to DROPKICK!

Callum snapmares Yujiro, runs up and PENALTY KICKS! Cover, TWO! The fans still applaud as Callum has control. Callum clutches his beat up back, uses the ropes to stretch it out, and then he clamps onto Yujiro with chicken wings. Yujiro hurries to the ropes, so Callum ROCKS him with a right! Callum sits Yujiro in the ropes, then runs to DROPKICK Yujiro in the back! Yujiro falls, Callum brings him up and chicken wings. Yujiro fights the lift, stomps Callum’s foot, then ROCKS him with an elbow! Callum comes back to ROCK Yujiro with a forearm! Callum runs, but into a FLAPJACK HOTSHOT! Callum sputters, Yujiro runs up and BOOTS him!

Yujiro brings Callum around, reels him in, FISHERMAN BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Callum survives and the fans cheer! Yujiro is frustrated but he stalks Callum. Yujiro drags Callum up, reels him in, INCOLLE SLAM! Cover, TWO! Callum is tougher then the Intercollegiate Slam and Yujiro grows further frustrated! Yujiro stumbles after Callum, brings him up, and fireman’s carries. Callum fights free, but Yujiro blocks the lariat! Yujiro ducks the backhand but not the ROUNDHOUSE! Both men are down again as Callum catches his breath. The fans rally up and Callum fires himself back up. The fans join in and Callum takes aim.

Callum goes to run but Yujiro reels him in! Yujiro waistlocks, Callum switches, but Yujiro BITES Callum’s hand! The fans boo and the ref reprimands but Yujiro stops at 4. Yujiro runs, but Callum blocks the boot, ROCKS Yujiro, then runs. Yujiro uses the ref as a shield! He gets the cane! But Callum blocks the cane attack, kicks Yujiro low, but now the ref sees Callum with the cane! Callum defends his innocence, the ref takes the cane, and Yujiro LOW BLOWS!! The fans boo but Yujiro reels Callum in, for PIMP JUICE! Cover, TWO!! Yujiro is stunned that Callum survives! Yujiro pleads with the ref, but no, it was not a three.

Yujiro drags Callum up, reels him in, for BIG- NO, Callum wrenches out! Yujiro ROCKS Callum, runs, but Callum shoots around to chicken wing and TIGER SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Yujiro escapes but the fans fire up! Callum aims from a corner, runs Around the World, and DROPKICKS! Yujiro staggers, Callum goes up, and he roars as he springboard DOUBLE STOMPS! Then OSCUTTER!! Cover, Callum wins!

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

It was a grueling first fight, but Callum was able to outpace Yujiro, and he now moves ahead! Callum faces Kenta in Korakuen Hall, will Callum continue to build momentum? Or will he #GoToSleep before the Climax?

 

G1 Climax 34 A Block Qualifier First Round: YOSHI-HASHI VS Chase Owens!

The Head Hunter and the Crown Jewel have battled many times, both in the G1 and more recently, over the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions. Sadly, neither man has that gold, but they’re looking at something bigger. Will Yoshi-Hashi #GetBackUp and head for the next round? Or will he be the victim of a Jewel Heist?

The bell rings and the two circle as the fans rally up. The two tie up, are in a deadlock, but Chase swings Hashi around to put him on ropes. The ref counts, Chase lets off, but then he blows snot on Hashi! Chase eggs Hashi on so Hashi fires forearms! Hashi CLUBS Chase, Chase knees low and Chase TOSSES Hashi out. Hashi runs up to the apron but Chase DECKS him! Chase builds speed but Hashi dodges the dropkick! Hashi kicks low, whips, and Chase hits railing! Chase staggers away while fans applaud. Hashi goes after Chase, brings him around, and whips him into more railing! Chase staggers again while fans applaud.

The ref wants this back in the ring but Hashi lines up a shot. Chase stands, Hashi runs up, but Chase BOOTS him! Chase RUSSIAN LEG SWEEPS Hashi into railing! The ref goes out to check Hashi while Chase leaves him behind. Chase opens the gate so he can snatch a fan’s Yoshi-Hashi towel! Chase sneaks that over so he can CHOKE Hashi with it! The ref sees that, reprimands, but Chase whips Hashi hard into railing! Down goes Abe-san, too! Since when was Chase copying the House of Torture? Chase storms over, brings Hashi up, and puts him in the ring. Hashi sits up, Chase runs, SHINING WIZARD! Cover, TWO!

The fans cheer as Hashi stays in this. Chase is annoyed and he mocks the fans as they rally up. Chase CLUBS Hashi on the neck, stomps Hashi’s hand, then brings him up to wrench and wristlock. Chase bends the fingers, then SNAPS them! The ref reprimands Chase being a Villain, but Chase stomps away in the corner. Chase then bends the fingers, and he makes Hashi flip Goto off on commentary. Chase CHOPS Hashi, CLUBS him, then RAMS into him! Chase digs in his shoulder, then lifts Hashi to RAM him in again! Hashi hobbles, Chase whips him corner to corner hard, and Hashi bounces off buckles! Chase soaks up the heat while Hashi writhes.

Chase drags Hashi up but Hashi fires body shots. Hashi CHOPS and the fans cheer! But Chase BOOTS Hashi down! Chase clutches his stinging chest, drags Hashi up, but Hashi suplexes first! The fans fire up while both men are down, and Chase goes to a corner. Hashi goes to the other, runs in corner to corner, and CHOPS! Hashi ROCKS and CHOPS and repeat on Chase! The fans fire up, the ref reprimands, but Hashi lets off with one more CHOP! Chase sits down, but he SPITS at Hashi! So Hashi CHOPS him again! Hashi whips corner to corner, Chase reverses, but Hashi comes back to run Chase over!

The fans cheer and Hashi cleans himself off. Hashi then runs up to CHOP, run again, and BLOCKBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Chase stays in this but the fans rally up for Hashi. Hashi storms over to Chase, brings him up, but Chase throws body shots. Hashi eggs him on, Chase throws more shots, then a CHOP of his own! Hashi DECKS Chase and the fans fire up! Hashi goes back to a corner to catch his breath. Chase slowly goes to the other corner, Hashi runs in again, but Chase blocks the lariat to BUCKLE SHOT, STO, and SENTON! The fans fire up while both men are down! Chase runs corner to corner now to forearm smash!

Chase reels Hashi in, short arm LARIAT! Then a half nelson to GUTBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Hashi stays in this and the fans fire up again! Chase is annoyed but he drags Hashi back up. Chase reels him in, but Hashi back drops free! But Chase is right back up! BLINDSIDE C-TRIGGER! Chase then wrenches, hammerlocks and JEWEL HEISTS! Cover, TWO!! Chase is furious with the ref but the ref defends his count! Chase scowls, drags Hashi up, and reels him in. Chase tucks the arms, PACKAGE- NO, Hashi flips free to CODE BREAKER! Roll up and bridge, TWO! Chase escapes but Hashi dropkicks the legs out!

The fans fire up again while both men are down! Hashi and Chase go back to corners, and both men run in! DOUBLE LARIATS collide, but neither falls! DOUBLE LARIATS collide again, and Chase staggers back! Hashi runs corner to corner, but Chase sends him into buckles! Chase rolls Hashi up, and puts his feet on ropes! TWO!! Hashi escapes but Chase gets moving, to C- NO!! Hashi blocks the trigger! Chase fires hands but Hashi CLUBS the leg! Hashi puts the leg in ropes, to SUPERKICK! Full nelson, DRAGON SUPLEX! Chase roars and rise sup, he swats a lariat and BACK ELBOWS! Hashi roars and swings, but into a HALF ‘N’ HALF!

But Hashi is right back up! C-TRIGGER!! Hashi falls back but Chase has to sit down! The fans fire up and rally for Hashi as he stirs. Chase aims as Hashi goes to ropes, and he runs in to C-TRIGGER! Cover, TWO!! Hashi survives and the fans fire up again! Chase drags Hashi back up, POINT-BLANK C-TRIGGER!! Hashi flops over but Chase wants to go for the execution! Chase reels Hashi in, tucks the arms, and PACKAGE- NO! Hashi kicks and flails to fight! But Chase powers through! PACKAGE- NO, Hashi fights free with a back drop! Chase sunset flips it! But Hashi sits on it! Cover, TWO!! Even Chase has to check if he got free in time!

Chase runs, but Hashi dodges the trigger! ELBOW! CHOP! SUPERKICK! Chase roars, but into a SUPERKICK! Hashi reels Chase in for a DESTROYER!! Cover, TWO!! Chase survives and the fans fire up! Hashi rallies the fans, runs, and LARIATS! Cover, TWO!! Chase is still in this but the fans fire up more! Hashi gets Chase up, full nelsons, then pump handles, KARMA!! Cover, Hashi wins!

Winner: Yoshi-Hashi, by pinfall (advances to the next round)

The Crown Jewel cracked under the pressure and now Hashi heads for Korakuen Hall! But Hashi’s friend and teammate in Chaos, Tomohiro Ishii, will be waiting! If Hashi made it through this, can he make it through the Stone Pitbull?

 

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

Tetsuya Naito is preparing for the Forbidden Door and his battle with Jon Moxley, but it seems some old enemies are knocking at his door. Will Titan, Bushi & Yota Tsuji help Naito stay tranquilo? Or will Evil, Ren Narita, Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Sho make sure Darkness Falls in Fukushima?

Before the match, Sho gets on the mic to sarcastically with Naito a happy birthday. As such, he says it’s cute Naito thinks he’s going to have a happy birthday at all. Sho talks trash on LIJ, too, but the fans boo. And then The House just attacks! The bell rings, the brawl is on, and while Evil, Narita & Kanemaru drag Naito, Bushi & Yota out, Sho digs his boot into Titan’s neck! Red Shoes reprimands, Sho lets off, and he drags Titan up to CLUB him down. Sho talks trash as he digs his boot into Titan’s head. Titan gets up to fire off a strike fest! SOBAT and Titan runs, but Kanemaru gets a cheap shot in!

Red Shoes reprimands, Titan swings on Kanemaru but Kanemaru avoids it. Kanemaru throws Titan down by his mask, only for Titan to kip up! PELE! Kanemaru falls, Titan gets around Sho to knuckle lock, CHOP, and he goes up and up! Titan tightrope walks but Kanemaru gets in, so Titan MISSILE DROPKICKS the Heel Master! Then DROPKICK for the Murder Machine! The fans fire up as Titan snapmares, gets a leg, and drops a leg on the knee! And then Titan drags Sho over to tag in Naito! The fans cheer as the birthday boy drags Sho up and wrenches his arm to a wristlock. Sho begs for mercy as Naito cranks the hold!

Sho reaches out, Naito keeps him from ropes, and they go around and around. Naito even teases Evil by just barely keeping Sho back from a tag! Naito grins as he brings Sho away and Bushi tags in. Bushi climbs up, Evil protests, but Bushi still gets away with the AX HANDLE! The fans cheer, and Bushi BLASTS Evil off the apron! Bushi CHOPS Sho, whips corner to corner, then runs in, but Sho dodges. Sho runs in but into the PENDULUM KICK! Bushi aims but Dick Togo anchors Bushi’s feet while Sho gets in Red Shoes’ face! Narita BOOTS Bushi down, and then the rest of the House attacks the rest of LIJ!

Narita whips Bushi into railing, Evil CHOKES Naito, Sho whips Yota! Sho and Bushi get back in the ring, even as Evil CHOKES Naito, Kanemaru CHOKES Titan, and Narita brings Yota into the crowd! The fans have to be careful, and Red Shoes reprimands, but this lets Sho CHOKE Bushi in the ring! Sho tags Kanemaru and he scrapes his foot off Bushi’s face. Kanemaru snapmares Bushi, ELBOWS him in the head, then stomps him around. The fans rally for Bushi but Kanemaru sends him into Evil’s boot! Kanemaru tags Evil, Red Shoes sees Evil has a shirt ready to use, so Evil gives that up so he can kick Bushi out of the ring.

Red Shoes is busy putting the shirt aside, so he misses Sho and Narita mugging Bushi! Narita grabs a chair, Sho stands Bushi up, and Narita JAMS Bushi! Yota protests, Narita puts Bushi in for Evil, and Evil drags Bushi up for a FISHERMAN BUSTER! Cover, TWO! But then someone rings the bell? Dick Togo makes the announcement and Evil even grabs Bushi’s mask cover to celebrate. Red Shoes says no, this doesn’t count in any way, shape or form. Evil says fine, and he tags Narita. Narita drags Bushi up, Bushi CHOPS, and CHOPS, and CHOPS! Narita CLAWS Bushi’s eyes! Red Shoes reprimands while Narita scrapes Bushi’s face off ropes!

Red Shoes counts, Narita lets off and runs, but Bushi blocks the boot to ENZIGIRI! Both men are down and the fans fire up! Bushi crawls, but Narita stomps him down! Narita BLASTS Yota, stands Bushi up, but Bushi blocks a kick to CLUB the leg! Bushi then dropkicks the legs out, crawls for his corner, and the fans rally up! Hot tag to Yota! The fans fire up as Yota runs Narita over! Kanemaru & Sho get in to kick low then double whip, but Yota kicks Sho while he arm-drags Kanemaru! The fans fire up as Yota scoops Sho for a BACKBREAKER! Kanemaru storms up but into a scoop and BACKBREAKER!

Narita returns, kicks low and whips, but Yota reverses to scoop and BACKBREAKER! The fans fire up for the hattrick while Narita writhes! Yota gets the fans even more fired up and he smiles. Yota drags Narita up, fireman’s carries, but Narita fights free. Narita CHOKES Yota, Red Shoes reprimands, but Yota breaks free! Yota swings, Narita ducks then gets the SLEEPER! Yota endures, and he RAMS Narita into the corner! Yota sputters, but Evil sneakily unties the buckle pad! Yota runs back in and surprise! Yota runs into bare buckles! The fans boo but Narita tags Evil in. Evil & Narita split the wishbone on Narita, then Evil DECKS Naito!

Narita & Evil whip Yota to an open corner. Evil runs in but Yota BOOTS him! Narita runs in, he blocks Yota’s boot, but Yota reels Narita in to STOMP down! Evil mule kicks, runs, but into a COMPLETE SHOT! The fans fire up while both men are down! Yota crawls over, hot tag to Naito! Naito fires hands on Evil, kicks and CLUBS him, then whips. Evil reverses but Naito holds ropes. Naito BOOTS Evil, runs up and gets around, then whips to arm-drag! Evil stands, Naito RAMS into him, but Evil fights the atomic drop. Naito RAMS Evil into the corner, whips him corner to corner, then ELBOWS him! Naito snapmares and basement dropkicks!

The fans fire up as Naito poses, then he covers, TWO! Evil is still in this but Naito stays on him. Evil kicks, Naito blocks and he CLUBS the leg! Naito kicks and kicks, but Evil blocks! Kanemaru gets in to dropkick the legs out! Kanemaru & Sho hold off LIJ while Evil steps through, for the SCORPION DEATHLOCK! Naito endures, pushes up, crawls forward, but Evil sits deep on the hold! Dick pokes Naito in the eyes! But even so, Naito fights forward to the ROPEBREAK! Evil holds until Red Shoes counts 4, then Kanemaru tags in. The House sends Naito to an open corner. Sho runs in to forearm smash, then Narita adds his own!

Kanemaru runs in to elbow! Evil runs in to clothesline! Snapmare, and then Narita gets in Red Shoes’ face! Dick goes up the corner while Evil & Kanemaru hold Naito open! DICK CHOP! Kanemaru covers, TWO!! Naito survives and the fans fire up! But Kanemaru & Evil SMASH the knees! Kanemaru steps through to FIGURE FOUR! Naito endures, the fans rally, but Kanemaru thrashes around! Bushi gets in to stomp Kanemaru, but Sho kicks Bushi! Sho throws Bushi out, but Naito is still free of the leglock. Dick distracts Red Shoes, letting Kanemaru get his whiskey! The fans boo as Kanemaru aims, but Naito ducks the bottle!

Titan SHOTGUNS Kanemaru, then he BOOTS Dick! Sho kicks Titan, whips, but Titan reverses. Titan goes Matrix to then CALF KICK Sho! Evil & Narita attack, double whip, but Titan uses that to FLY out onto Sho! The fans fire up, Bushi & Yota get in! CODE BREAKER for Evil, STUNNER for Narita! Then Naito baits Kanemaru into an atomic drop! Bushi ENZIGIRIS! Yota SUPERKICKS! Bushi gives Naito a boost, TORNADO DDT! The fans fire up as Naito gets Kanemaru up, wrenches, and tilt-o-whirls, DESTINO!! Cover, LIJ wins!

Winners: Los Ingobernables de Japon, by pinfall

The House of Torture tried but failed, and the night is tranquilo after all! Yota grabs the blue buckle pad and threatens Narita with it! Souled Out runs away to help the rest of The House get outta here, will they ever learn their lesson?

As for LIJ, they regroup in the ring, and naturally, Naito gets the mic. “Buenas noches, Fukushimaaa~!” The fans cheer, and Naito continues. NJPW visits the Fukushima Prefecture often, but it has been three YEARS and eight MONTHS since they were last in THE Fukushima City. Therefore, Naito thanks everyone for coming out tonight. Gracias, amigos. Naito then notes that yes, today happens to be his birthday. The fans cheer that! And Naito says he isn’t sure where she is, but his mom made the trip all the way from Tokyo just to be here tonight. The fans are surprised, but then cheer for Mama Naito.

Naito says again, he isn’t sure where she is in the crowd, but he says gracias to her. The fans applaud that, and then Naito says that in these last three years and eight months, surely there are a lot of new fans here. So, did those new people enjoy NJPW and LIJ? The fans cheer! Then, after these three years and eight months, the next time will be… Hmm. Two years? Three? Four? Just next month? Well, Naito isn’t sure. But until then, remember: Tranquilo! Assen na yo! The fans cheer, and Naito asks, “So, shall we?” The fans cheer, and Naito says if he remembers right, it has been since October of 2016, so SEVEN years and eight months, since the last time! Is everyone ready?

The only way to close out tonight’s New Japan Soul in Fukushima is of course… “Bushi, Hiromu,Takagi, Titan, Yota, y Naito! Nosotros! LOS! INGOBERRRRRNABLEEEEEES~! DE! JA! PON!” Big mic drop and LIJ is rolling forward, but they will have to do this all over again tomorrow night. Will Naito keep up the pace as he heads for Jon Moxley and the Forbidden Door?


My Thoughts:

A very good return for the New Japan Soul series here, with plenty of tune-up matches for tomorrow’s New Japan Soul and those G1 Climax qualifiers. Really good G1 Climax qualifiers tonight, though the fans were just cold for Yujiro against Callum. Good win for Callum, and he’ll have a good showing against Kenta but I don’t expect Callum to make it to the A Block prelim finals in a couple weeks. Hashi VS Chase was very good, great win for Hashi, and while they avoided Bullet Club VS Bullet Club, they’re totally giving us Chaos VS Chaos as Hashi takes on Ishii. I’m leaning towards Ishii making it through and facing Kenta in the prelim finals.

And then a really good, really fun 8 Man Tag for the main event. Naito is definitely building momentum towards his match with Moxley in just over a week, which I would hope he wins, but it doesn’t seem like there’s a clear challenger for Naito afterwards. At the same time, the G1 is next, he’s gonna be in that as champion, the round robin nature makes for at least one person getting that golden ticket win off him in like a middle round. Also happy birthday to Naito, and it was so nice to know his mom made the trip out there to spend time with him.

My Score: 8.8/10


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