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Mitchell’s NJPW G1 Climax 32 Results & Report! (8/14/22)

Go Ace, or Go To Sleep?

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NJPW G1 Climax 32

When facing the Fang Revived, will The Ace survive?

After losing the IWGP US Championship, Kenta has wanted payback on Hiroshi Tanahashi! Will he get it through NJPW’s biggest G1 Climax ever?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • 8 Man Tag: Hirooki Goto, Kosei Fujita, Ryohei Oiwa & Yuto Nakashima VS The House of Torture; The House of Torture wins.
  • Bad Dude Tito & JONAH VS Will Ospreay & Aaron Henare; Ospreay & Henare win.
  • 8 Man Tag: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS Bullet Club; Bullet Club wins.
  • Six Man Tag: Chaos VS Suzuki-Gun; Chaos wins.
  • Tama Tonga & Jado VS Jay White & Gedo; Tama & Jado win.
  • G1 Climax, D Block: YOSHI-HASHI VS David Finlay; Hashi wins.
  • G1 Climax, B Block: Taichi VS Great-O-Khan; Khan wins.
  • G1 Climax, A Block: Tom Lawlor VS Jeff Cobb; Lawlor wins.
  • G1 Climax, C Block: Hiroshi Tanahashi VS KENTA; Kenta wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Here are the current standings!

A Block

  • Kazuchika Okada: 4-1, 8 points
  • Lance Archer: 3-2, 6 points
  • JONAH: 3-2, 6 points
  • Jeff Cobb: 3-2, 6 points
  • Bad Luck Fale: 2-3, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
  • Tom Lawlor: 2-3, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
  • Toru Yano: 1-5, 2 points [ELIMINATED]

B Block

  • Jay White: 5-0, 10 points
  • Tama Tonga: 4-1, 8 points
  • SANADA: 3-2, 6 points [ELIMINATED]
  • Taichi: 2-3, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
  • Chase Owens: 2-4, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
  • Great-O-Khan: 1-4, 2 points [ELIMINATED]
  • Tomohiro Ishii: 1-4, 2 points [ELIMINATED]

C Block

  • Zack Sabre Jr: 4-1, 8 points
  • Hirooki Goto: 3-2, 6 points
  • Hiroshi Tanahashi: 3-2, 6 points
  • Tetsuya Naito: 3-2, 6 points
  • EVIL: 2-3, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
  • KENTA: 2-3, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
  • Aaron Henare: 1-5, 2 points [ELIMINATED]

D Block

  • David Finlay: 3-2, 6 points
  • Shingo Takagi: 3-2, 6 points
  • Will Ospreay: 3-2, 6 points
  • Yujiro Takahashi: 3-3, 6 points
  • El Phantasmo: 2-3, 4 points
  • YOSHI-HASHI: 2-3, 4 points
  • Juice Robinson: 2-3, 4 points [ELIMINATED?]

 

G1 Climax, D Block: YOSHI-HASHI VS David Finlay!

The D Block is insane right now! Are all seven men still viable for the semifinals? Will the Headhunter plunge things into chaos with a win over The Rebel? Or will Finlay make things clear and establish himself as THE semifinalist?

The bell rings and fans rally as the two stare down. Finlay encourages the fans to get louder and they oblige, then Finlay and Hashi tie up. They’re in a deadlock until Finlay finds a point of leverage. Finlay puts Hashi on the ropes, wants after the bad arm, but the ref counts. Finlay lets off at 4 and fans applaud as the two reset. Hashi kicks low, headlocks, but Finlay rolls Hashi to a cover, TWO! Hashi grinds the headlock, Finlay fights up and powers out, but Hashi runs Finlay over! Fans applaud and Hashi runs again, but Finlay drops to hurdle, but Hashi waistlocks. Finlay elbows free, runs, but Hashi CLOBBERS him with the elbow!

Hashi shakes out that bad arm while fans rally up. Hashi stands Finlay up to CLUB him on the back, and has Finlay in the corner. Finlay kicks back but Hashi blocks to CLUB the leg and CHOP Finlay! Finlay is stinging already, but he CHOPS back. Hashi CHOPS again and Finlay drops to his knees! Hashi shakes out the bad arm, drags Finlay up and reels him in. Fans rally again as Finlay fights the suplex. Hashi wrenches but Finlay ROCKS Hashi first! Then he hits an ARMBREAKER DDT! Hashi clutches that bad arm while fans fire up. Finlay storms over to get the arm and drops a knee on it! Then Finlay clamps on with a double wristlock! Hashi scrambles to the ROPEBREAK!

Fans applaud as Finlay lets off, then Finlay stomps the arm. Finlay throws Hashi out then PLANCHAS! Direct hit and Hashi is down! Fans fire up and Finlay paces. Hashi clutches the bad arm but Finlay puts him in the ring. Finlay SLAMS the arm on the mat and Hashi clutches it. Finlay brings Hashi up to EuroUpper then forearm and stomp in the corner. The ref counts, Finlay stomps harder and harder, and fans clap along until Finlay lets off at 4. Finlay eggs Hashi on and fans rally up. Hashi sits up, Finlay brings him around to snapmare and trap the arm in a chinlock! Hashi endures, fights to move around, but Finlay twists Hashi from the ropes!

Hashi keeps kicking and reaching out, to the ROPEBREAK! Finlay lets off, but with a stomp! Fans rally while Hashi still shields his bad arm. Finlay looms over Hashi, brings him up and cranks on the bad arm. Hashi resists the takedown and throws body shots. Finlay knees low, whips Hashi to ropes, but Hashi dropkicks the legs out! Finlay clutches the knee while getting away to a corner. Fans rally up and Hashi shakes the bad arm. Hashi runs in at the corner to CHOP! Hashi whips Finlay out to CHOP, mule kick and then turn, but Finlay fights the neckbreaker. Finlay swings but Hashi dodges the lariat to come back with the HEADHUNTER!

Fans fire up as Finlay goes to another corner. Hashi shakes the arm, goes back in and clotheslines with the good arm! Then the NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Hashi keeps his cool while fans rally up. Hashi drags Finlay up, reels him in and hooks the leg, but Finlay fights the fisherman suplex. Hashi throws a forearm but Finlay gives it back, and fans rally as they pick up speed! The forearms go back and forth, Finlay gets the edge, but Hashi ROCKS and CHOPS! Finlay ROCKS, UPPERCUTS, but Hashi backslides! TWO! Hashi swings, but into the IRISH CURSE BACKBREAKER! Finlay holds on, and he hits another IRISH CURSE! And then a THIRD IRISH CURSE! Cover, TWO!

Fans fire up as Hashi survives that hattrick but Finlay tells Hashi to just give up already! Fans rally, “GET BACK UP! GET BACK UP!” for Hashi but Finlay slashes his throat to say this is over! Finlay drags Hashi up and reels him in, but Hashi fights the suplex to SPIN BACK KICK! Finlay tumbles to the apron and fans rally again. Hashi shakes out the bad arm, storms over to the ropes, but Finlay gets him for an ARM HOTSHOT! Finlay steps in, into the SUPERKICK! Fisherman to KUMA- STUN-DOG MILLIONAIRE! Cover, TWO!! Not quite Prima Nocta but Finlay says he’s gonna bring Hashi around for the drop!

Finlay drags Hashi up, cravats and goes up, but no Acid Drop! Finlay blocks Hashi’s superkick and rolls him up, TWO! Hashi is up but he runs into a BLUE THUNDER BOMB! High stack, TWO! Finlay grows frustrated while the fans rally up again. Finlay vows to end it this time, and he gets Hashi up to suplex. TRASH- NO, Hashi slips out to a waistlock! Finlay throws elbows into the bad arm then runs, into a SUPERKICK! But Finlay LARIATS on the rebound! Cravat, ACID- NO, Hashi fights the drop and full nelsons, KARMA CRADLE! Cover, HASHI WINS!!

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

Chaos it is, then! The Headhunter beats The Rebel who beat the Kingpin, the Dragon and the Booster, but the Rebel lost to the Headbanga and the Tokyo Pimp, so what does any of this mean for the semifinals?!

 

G1 Climax, B Block: Taichi w/ Miho Abe VS Great-O-Khan!

The B Block is almost the opposite of the D Block. We know it comes down to Jay White or Tama Tonga, so the Holy Emperor is fighting the Dominator for pride. Will Taichi take out his frustrations from yesterday on Khan here? Or will this emperor be conquered by the United Empire?

Khan patiently waits as Taichi takes off his cloak and shows off the dancing pecs. Fans applaud, Taichi still wins something here. The bell rings and Khan waits on Taichi again. Taichi takes his time stepping out of the corner to circle with Khan, but Taichi avoids Khan’s advances on the legs. Fans applaud as Taichi drops back to a corner, and Khan sits with his leg guard. Khan dares Taichi to try something but Taichi smirks. Taichi isn’t going to fall for Khan’s technical trap, and he takes his sumo stance instead. Now Taichi dares Khan to try something. Sumo versus ground wrestling? Fans rally up, wanting to see what wins.

Khan sits back more but Taichi leans forward, each still egging the other on. It’s a mental game here, and it seems to be in a deadlock. Taichi hits his three point stance but Khan sits with one leg forward. The ref tells them to break this inactivity! Fans applaud as both men stand up and reset. Taichi and Khan circle slowly but Taichi is still doing sumo body slaps. They rush each other, and Khan is trying a sumo clinch just like Taichi! They move around, each trying to get a better grip. They circle, Khan goes for the arm but Taichi fights it off! Taichi tries now but Khan fights it off! Fans applaud as they return to the deadlock.

Khan and Taichi keep feeling out the situation, and Khan has a grip on the waistband! Khan starts pushing Taichi back, but Taichi digs in his heels. Taichi then goes after Khan’s waistband, but Khan digs his heels in! They go back to a deadlock, Khan gets a body clinch! BEARHUG! Taichi fights it with the sumo clinch! Taichi THROWS Khan! Fans are fired up while Taichi goes to a corner. Khan staggers up, fans rally, and Taichi runs in but Khan RAMS shoudlers with him! And again! And again! Khan runs, but into a BOOT! Khan BOOTS back, so Taichi SOBATS! Khan Mongolian CHOPS! AX BOMBER outta nowhere!

Fans fire up with Taichi! He hits the three point stance, YOKOZUNA- SAYANAGI from Khan! Khan drags Taichi into the HITSUJIGOROSHI LUNA! Taichi endures the Sheep Killer Rack as Khan thrashes him around! Fans rally up, “TA-I-CHI!” “SU-BA-RU!” Er, wait, “GREAT-O-KHAN!” IRON CLAW! Khan drags Taichi up, but Taichi breaks free! Khan thrusts but into an Alabama Lift! Taichi adjusts for BLACK- IRON CLAW! Khan fights free and he squeezes Taichi’s head! But Taichi CHOKES Khan! The ref reprimands, but Khan squeezes harder! Khan’s claw is winning out! Taichi fades, Khan drags him back up into the ELIMI-

NO, Taichi gets around, GEDO CLUTCH! TWO!! Khan gets up and shoots in but into a sprawl! But Khan still SNAP SUPLEXES! Fisherman bridge, KHAN WINS!!!

Winner: Great-O-Khan, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Taichi earns 0)

Adding insult to injury, Khan wins with the “Pancake Hold!” Will Taichi live it down that he lost to a move with such an adorable name?

 

G1 Climax, A Block: Tom Lawlor w/ Royce Isaacs VS Jeff Cobb!

The Filthy One is out of the running with his big losses to Okada, Jonah and Archer, but he could get a big win right here! Will Lawlor spoil things for the Imperial Unit? Or will his G1 end with a Tour of the Islands?

Fans rally for “TOM! LAW-LOR!” already and spins around and around! He does some drop steps, then OFF COME THE SHORTS! Luckily, he’s still got the denim tights underneath. Wait, Cobb starts spinning? Oh, to take off his wrist tape. This is getting serious already! The bell rings and Cobb circles with Lawlor. Fans rally up as the two feel out the grapple. Lawlor rushes in but Cobb blocks and gets around to a waistlock. Lawlor spins around to try again but Cobb still blocks the leg pick. Cobb gets around and wants a leg, but Lawlor moves up so Cobb gets the waistlock again. Lawlor turns around, they clinch and end up against the ropes.

Fans applaud and Red Shoes calls the ropebreak. Cobb lets off and Lawlor applauds the clean break. They go again. Lawlor tries the fireman’s carry but Cobb is too sturdy for that. Cobb tries for an armlock, Lawlor moves around  so Cobb tries for a gut wrench, but Lawlor manages a low back drop! Cobb gets the waistlock and gator rolls with Lawlor! Lawlor slips out, waistlocks back but Cobb uses that to push Lawlor over. Lawlor shifts up to get a SLEEPER, but Cobb scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! Red Shoes calls the break and Lawlor lets off with a pat on the shoulder. Fans applaud as Lawlor gives Cobb space, and they reset again.

“TOM! LAW-LOR!” waits on Cobb, they tie up collar ‘n’ elbow, and Lawlor wrenches an arm. Cobb ROCKS Lawlor with the other, but Lawlor wrenches, ELBOW BREAKERS, then kicks, kicks and KICKS! Lawlor leaps, but into Cobb’s arms! FALL AWAY SLAM! Fans fire up as both men are down on the mat! Lawlor gets himself to the corner and Cobb gets the claps going for him! “JEFF! COB-BU!” runs corner to corner to back elbow, into a SLEEPER! Lawlor hops on to be a backpack, but Cobb RAMS him into the corner! Lawlor holds on, Cobb goes to the ropes, and then he throws Lawlor off! Lawlor tumbles to the floor!

Fans rally while Cobb sputters and coughs. Lawlor staggers up but Cobb is there to ROCK him! Lawlor throws a forearm back so Cobb throat chops! Cobb puts Lawlor in the ring, but Lawlor comes back for a TRIANGLE HOLD! Cobb stays up as Lawlor tries to drag him down, and Cobb deadlifts for an APRON BOMB! Lawlor flops down and writhes while Cobb sputters again. Fans rally up, Cobb brings Lawlor up to ROCK him in the back! Cobb ROCKS Lawlor again, then follows him around the corner. Lawlor gets in the ring and Cobb follows. Cobb brings Lawlor up to CLUB him down, and Cobb brings Lawlor up.

Cobb waistlocks and RAMS Lawlor into the corner. Cobb whips corner to corner and Lawlor hits hard! Cobb runs in to FLYING UPPERCUT! Fans fire up and Cobb covers, TWO! Cobb drags Lawlor around, stomps on him, and then stands on him to go surfing! Fans clap for “JEFF! COB-BU!” and he steps off. Lawlor grits his teeth and sits up to throw a heavy body shot! And another! Cobb HEADBUTTS Lawlor then reels him in for a short arm LARIAT! Cobb claps along but Lawlor grabs a leg! Cobb stomps Lawlor but then Lawlor grabs that leg in a grapevine! Cobb CLUBS away on Lawlor and Lawlor lets go, but then Lawlor KICKS the leg!

Lawlor KICKS the leg again and again, then kicks up at Cobb! Lawlor draws Cobb in and balances Cobb on his feet! And then drops Cobb into the ARMBAR! Fans rally as Lawlor clubs Cobb’s grip to the rhythm! The grip breaks and Lawlor has the ARMBAR!! But Cobb moves around! Cover, ONE, and Lawlor has a KNEEBAR HEADSCISSOR COMBO! Cobb fights up and out of the headscissors to then CLUB away on Lawlor! Cobb is free of the kneebar but then he CLUBS Lawlor, clamps on both hands, and DEADLIFTS to the OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Fans fire up for that wild display of strength! And then fans rally as both Cobb and Lawlor rise.

Cobb drags Lawlor up, pump handles and lifts, but Lawlor kicks off the ropes for an ARMBREAKER DDT! Lawlor then omoplatas one arm, but Cobb won’t let him have the other, so Lawlor gets an ANKLE LOCK! Cobb kicks free, rolls Lawlor away, but swings into an URENAGE! Fans fire up again as both men are down! Lawlor crawls to the cover, TWO! Lawlor pounds the mat and fans clap along again, “TOM! LAW-LOR!” Cobb goes to a corner, Lawlor aims from the opposite. Lawlor runs in to forearm smash! Lawlor keeps moving, another forearm smash! Lawlor goes the other way, one more FOREARM SMASH!

Lawlor reels Cobb in, TORNADO- NO, Cobb puts Lawlor on the ropes! But Lawlor BOOTS the haymaker away! Lawlor LEAPS, GUILLOTINE!! But Cobb powers up and out to SUPLEX! Fans fire up again as the two are down again! Fans rally, Lawlor flounders and Cobb crawls after. Cobb SLAPS Lawlor, Lawlor SLAPS Cobb. Both men sit up, Cobb throws a forearm but Lawlor gives it back. Fans rally as the forearms keep going, Cobb wobbles a moment but he ROCKS Lawlor. Lawlor fires off body shots! Cobb and Lawlor stand, the forearms keep going, Lawlor fires off kicks and a KNEE, then an ENZIGURI!

Lawlor fires up, runs, and BLINDSIDE WHEEL KICKS! Cover, TWO! Cobb is still in this and Lawlor is surprised. Lawlor gets the fans rallying again, then wrenches Cobb into an ELBOW BREAKER! And another, and then a hammerlock. Lawlor fires off “TOM! LAW-LOR!” forearms over and over! Lawlor roars, spins, but into a SUPERKICK! Lawlor staggers but roars, to SLAP Cobb down!! Lawlor also falls over and fans rally up again. Lawlor pushes himself up, he brings Cobb around, and Lawlor runs to PENALTY- NO, Cobb ducks, rolls Lawlor then DEADLIFT GERMANS! Cobb holds on to try again, but Lawlor pries at the arm!

Cobb GERMAN SUPLEXES with one arm! But Lawlor wrenches the other arm! Cobb tries but he can’t complete the suplex, Lawlor has the DOUBLE WRISTLOCK! Cobb CLUBS away, rolls and throws Lawlor off, but Lawlor KNEES the bad arm! Then V-TRIGGERS Cobb up close! Lawlor gets the arms, KAMI-GOYE!! Cover, TWO!!! Cobb survives and fans fire up again! They clap as “TOM! LAW-LOR!” stands back up. Lawlor grabs at Cobb’s arms to tie Cobb up in the straitjacket. But Cobb stands up, reels Lawlor in, but Lawlor slips off the scoop! COBRA CLUTCH SUPLEX! Fans fire up while both men are down again!

Lawlor pounds the mat and fans clap along again! Lawlor drags Cobb up, straitjackets the arms, for NKTOB!!! Cover, Lawlor wins!!!

Winner: Tom Lawlor, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Cobb earns 0)

The Nasty Knee On The Brain finishes off the Imperial Unit! Both men end 3-3, meaning The Filthy One just spoiled Cobb’s run, who will take the A Block now?

 

G1 Climax, C Block: Hiroshi Tanahashi VS KENTA!

The Ace and the Fang Revived meet in both their last G1 match this year, and Tanahashi is on the bubble. Will Kenta avenge himself from their IWGP US Championship feud? Or will the Once in a Century Talent refuse to #GoToSleep?

Tanahashi shows off the muscles and fans applaud. The bell rings and fans rally, “Let’s Go, Ace! Let’s Go, Ace!” as Tanahashi and Kenta circle. Kenta gets fans to shift to his, “KEN-TA! KEN-TA!” claps, but Tanahashi gets “Let’s Go, Ace!” going pretty easily. It’s a clapping duel but it seems the Ace’s side wins out. So Kenta bails out of the ring to go looking under it. Kenta brings out a chair, but it has no seat. Kenta is annoyed and he goes looking for another. Red Shoes says to get in the ring, but Kenta hops the rails and snatches a chair from the timekeeper’s area. Kenta puts that chair in the ring, but Red Shoes says no, this isn’t a No Disqualification match.

Kenta is annoyed but he throws the chair aside. Tanahashi picks the chair up, to use it as a guitar! Kenta sucker punches Tanahashi! Kenta CLUBS Tanahashi, CHOPS him, throws uppercuts, then brings Tanahashi around to bump off buckles. Kenta ROCKS Tanahashi with a body shot, then ROCKS him with a haymaker! And another! Kenta whips corner to corner, then runs in to forearm smash! Kenta snapmares Tanahashi, KICKS him in the back and covers, TWO! Fans rally while Kenta clamps on a chinlock. Tanahashi endures and fights up but Kenta shifts to a headlock. Tanahashi pulls hair, and then he gets the headlock!

Red Shoes reprimands but Kenta powers up. Tanahashi holds on tight and grinds Kenta. Kenta rolls to a cover, TWO! Tanahashi holds onto the headlock and fans rally up. Kenta fights up to his feet, powers Tanahashi into a corner, and Red Shoes calls the break. Tanahashi grinds the hold but lets off at 4, to throw body shots! Tanahashi fires up and whips Kenta corner to corner, but Kenta reverses! Kenta runs in, but into an elbow! Tanahashi goes up to CROSSBODY! Fans fire up and Tanahashi strums the air guitar. Kenta gets to the apron but Tanahashi drags him up. Kenta HOTSHOTS Tanahashi down, then drags him to the apron. But Tanahashi BOOTS Kenta into railing!

Tanahashi goes out after Kenta, drags him up, and puts him back in the ring. Fans rally up, but Tanahashi sees Kenta is already rolling to the adjacent side. Tanahashi hurries around the way to meet Kenta there! Tanahashi throws body shots and he puts Kenta in the ring again. Fans rally up, but Tanahashi again hurries to block Kenta from rolling out. Kenta rolls the other way and Tanahashi gets in, but Kenta BOOTS Tanahashi down! Tanahashi tumbles to the floor and Kenta goes out after him. Kenta whips Tanahashi hard into railing! Tanahashi falls over but Kenta drags him back up, and out into No Man’s Land! DDT to the floor!

Red Shoes reprimands but Kenta leaves Tanahashi behind. Fans rally up, “Let’s Go, Ace!” but Kenta refreshes the count to fetch Tanahashi. Kenta KICKS and KICKS and KICKS Tanahashi! Tanahashi falls over, Kenta drags him back to ringside and puts him in, only to drag him back out! The count is refreshed again, Kenta whips Tanahashi hard into more railing! Tanahashi falls over again and Kenta soaks up the applause. Kenta stomps Tanahashi around, then drags him up by his hair. The ring count starts again and Kenta POSTS Tanahashi! Kenta drags Tanahashi back up at 9 of 20 and puts him in at 11. Kenta pushes Tanahashi to a cover, TWO!

Fans rally up but Kenta drops an elbow, and then another elbow! And then he DOUBLE STOMPS! Tanahashi writhes but Kenta wraps him up in a body scissors! Tanahashi endures the squeeze, he pries at the hold, then drags himself forward to get the ROPEBREAK! Kenta holds on but Red Shoes counts. Kenta lets off at 4, drags Tanahashi up and turns him, NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up as Tanahashi snarls, but Kenta stomps him. Tanahashi fires off fast hands! Tanahashi runs but into a kitchen sink knee! And then Kenta drops knees onto Tanahashi’s ribs! Kenta wraps Tanahashi back up in body scissors and the fans rally up!

Tanahashi endures all over again as Kenta puts on the squeeze! Tanahashi pulls on a leg for a toehold! Kenta scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! Red Shoes counts, Tanahashi pulls harder on the leg until 4! Kenta hobbles up and he KICKS Tanahashi! And BOOTS him! And KICKS! Tanahashi drops to a knee but he grits his teeth. Kenta kicks but Tanahashi block to CLUB the leg and fire off forearms! Kenta knees low, whops Tanahashi to a corner, but Tanahashi blocks his running boot! Tanahashi then shifts to have the leg for a DRAGON SCREW! Fans fire up and Tanahashi drags Kenta back up to fire off fast hands!

Tanahashi whips, Kenta reverses but Tanahashi FLYING FOREARMS! Fans fire up more as Tanahashi fires off more fast hands! And then scoop SLAMS Kenta into a drop zone! Tanahashi hops up and SUNSET SENTONS! Cover, TWO! Kenta is still in this but Tanahashi keeps his cool. Tanahashi waits on Kenta to rise, then he runs, but into a BOOT! Tanahashi rebounds to ROCK Kenta! Kenta rebounds to BOOT! Tanahashi rebounds, into Kenta’s POWERSLAM! Fans fire up while both men are down! Kenta sits up fast and he hurries to drag Tanahashi up. Kenta reels Tanahashi in but Tanahashi throws back elbows.

Tanahashi and Kenta go to opposite corners, and Tanahashi runs corner to corner, into a BOOT! Kenta goes up, he reels Tanahashi in, TORNADO STUNGUN! Tanahashi falls down and Kenta goes back up. Tanahashi stands, Kenta hits a FLYING LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up as Kenta rains down fists on Tanahashi! Red Shoes reprimands over closed fists and Kenta lets off, to then rain down more fists! And then he lets off, to rain down more fists! Red Shoes reprimands, Kenta’s throwing too many closed fists! Kenta stands up while fans rally, and Tanahashi snarls as he sits back up. Kenta gives him toying kicks but Tanahashi eggs him on!

Kenta kicks Tanahashi more but Tanahashi throws a forearm! Kenta throws it back, Tanahashi throws another! Fans fire up, Kenta ROCKS Tanahashi but Tanahashi ROCKS Kenta! They go again, Tanahashi eggs Kenta on, and Kenta fires another shot! Tanahashi fires another, Kenta fires another, repeat faster and faster! The fans fire up and then both men grab each other’s hair! Red Shoes reprimands, but they both shove him away! Kenta kicks low, but then he ducks and Tanahashi’s SHOTEI hits Red Shoes!! Down goes the referee! Kenta hits a DDT! Kenta then sees Red Shoes is down and realizes Tanahashi did that!

Kenta goes outside and he goes looking under the ring. Kenta brings out a CRUTCH! Kenta brings that crutch into the ring and he SMACKS Tanahashi across the chest with it! And then SMACKS him on the back! Fans fire up as Kenta SMACKS Tanahashi again! The crutch has bent, but Kenta just SMACKS Tanahashi again and again and again! Kenta throws the bent-up crutch away, drags Tanahashi up and throws Tanahashi out. Kenta then goes out after Tanahashi, and he drags Tanahashi around for a DDT to the ramp! The Ace is down and Kenta clears off the timekeeper’s table to confiscate it! Kenta wants to turn the tables on that No DQ match finish!

Kenta does his best to set this table up by the ramp, and he stomps Tanahashi for good measure. The table stands at the ready right by the ring, and Kenta drags Tanahashi over to it. Kenta SMACKS Tanahashi off the table, puts him on it, and rains down more fists! Kenta goes up the corner while fans rally up! But Tanahashi hurries up after Kenta! Tanahashi ROCKS Kenta, climbs up after him, and fans anticipate a new crash landing! Kenta resists the superplex and throws body shots! Kenta HEADBUTTS Tanahashi again and again and again! Tanahashi falls to the apron and Kenta hurries in to drag him through the ropes! BRAINKILLER!

Fans fire up as Kenta shouts to Red Shoes. Red Shoes is up and Kenta aims from a corner. Fans rally, “LET’S GO, ACE!” but he’s still down. Kenta waits, and he makes sure Red Shoes is focused on the match. Tanahashi slowly sits up in the corner, and Kenta runs in to FLYING BOOT! And then SOARING DROPKICK! Kenta fires up and fans fire up, too, as Kenta climbs up! COUP DE GRACE!! Cover, TWO!! Tanahashi survives, and his kick-out sends Kenta into Red Shoes! Kenta drags Tanahashi onto the ropes and then goes to the apron. The table is there, and Kenta picks it up to SMACK Tanahashi with it! That’s thinking outside the box!

Kenta gets in the ring, he tells Red Shoes to get up already, and then he slashes his throat. Kenta fireman’s carries Tanahashi, GO TO- NO, TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! Tanahashi turns things around and fans fire up again! Tanahashi roars, runs, but Kenta fireman’s carries! GO TO- SLINGBLADE!! Fans fire up more and Tanahashi roars! Tanahashi runs, SLINGBLADE again! Cover, TWO!! Kenta survives and Tanahashi goes to a corner! Tanahashi climbs up, Kenta stands, HIGH FLY ATTACK! And Tanahashi goes back up, to HIGH FLY FLOW onto knees!! Kenta saves himself, then hurries to a corner! Fans rally but Kenta runs in, BUSAIKU KNEE!! Cover, TWO!!

Fans are thunderous but Kenta is furious! Kenta fireman’s carries Tanahashi for the GO TO- SMALL PACKAGE! Tanahashi turns things around to a cover, TWO!!! Kenta escapes and fans are thunderous again! Kenta CROSS COUNTERS! And again! And again! And again, again, again, again!! SHOTEI!! SHOTEI CROSS COUNTER! ANOTHER!!! Tanahashi falls over but Kenta drags him back up! POINT-BLANK KNEE! And then the fireman’s carry, GO TO SLEEP!!! Cover, KENTA WINS!!

Winner: Kenta, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Tanahashi earns 0)

The Ace has fallen! The Once in a Century Talent is out of the running! The Worst Invader has done his job spoiling Tanahashi’s run! And he gets the mic to say, “It’s been a long time since we’ve been in Nagano. And I bet you all wanted to hear Tanahashi say he loves you. Well too bad~!” Fans applaud, because he is right. Kenta says they’re getting an advertisement for his book instead! Fans laugh but we all know Kenta means it. “Anyone have a copy?” A fan does, and Kenta tells the Young Lions to grab it from them. The fan, who is a child, does hand it over and the book is brought to the ring.

Kenta says his dream was to “win the main event and then plug my book.” Fans laugh and applaud that hilarious dream. “If you’ve got a copy, hold it up now.” No one does… “OI, NAGANO! Do you not have bookstores here? Okay, you don’t have bookstores here, but… No internet, either? Get it on Amazon and Rakuten! Those are websites, if you didn’t know. And I’m sure it’ll hit the Tokon Shop very soon. You’re all interested, aren’t you? Aren’t you?” Fans applaud, because yes, they’re interested. Kenta says he’ll remember everyone here clapping, so they better buy it.

So, his book is out, his G1 has ended, and he put his all into every match. “Not like that concerns you. But whatever. The G1 rolls on, so keep enjoying it. I see plenty of LIJ shirts, and others. Not a lot of my own…! Well, it’s been awhile, Nagano, but what I really wanted to say was… Next time we’re back, you’ll wanna all come out again.” Fans applaud because that is definitely true. Will Kenta have more than just a book to plug when NJPW does return to Nagano?

 

Here are the NEW standings!

A Block

  • Kazuchika Okada: 4-1, 8 points
  • Lance Archer: 3-2, 6 points
  • JONAH: 3-2, 6 points
  • Tom Lawlor: 3-3, 6 points [ELIMINATED]
  • Jeff Cobb: 3-3, 6 points [ELIMINATED]
  • Bad Luck Fale: 2-3, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
  • Toru Yano: 1-5, 2 points [ELIMINATED]

B Block

  • Jay White: 5-0, 10 points
  • Tama Tonga: 4-1, 8 points
  • SANADA: 3-2, 6 points [ELIMINATED]
  • Chase Owens: 2-4, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
  • Great-O-Khan: 2-4, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
  • Taichi: 2-4, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
  • Tomohiro Ishii: 1-4, 2 points [ELIMINATED]

C Block

  • Zack Sabre Jr: 4-1, 8 points
  • Hirooki Goto: 3-2, 6 points
  • Tetsuya Naito: 3-2, 6 points
  • KENTA: 3-3, 6 points [ELIMINATED]
  • Hiroshi Tanahashi: 3-3, 6 points [ELIMINATED]
  • EVIL: 2-3, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
  • Aaron Henare: 1-5, 2 points [ELIMINATED]

D Block

  • Shingo Takagi: 3-2, 6 points
  • Will Ospreay: 3-2, 6 points
  • YOSHI-HASHI: 3-3, 6 points
  • Yujiro Takahashi: 3-3, 6 points
  • David Finlay: 3-3, 6 points
  • El Phantasmo: 2-3, 4 points
  • Juice Robinson: 2-3, 4 points [ELIMINATED?]

My Thoughts:

Another great go for the G1, though I should’ve expected a few of those results. Hashi VS Finlay was great stuff, and Hashi wins to plunge D Block into madness! It will all come down to Tuesday, Takagi VS ELP and Ospreay VS Juice on Tuesday, 8/16. Now, I don’t know the likelihood of Ospreay advancing as he and Ospreay also have to the States to be part of AEW’s Trios Championships tournament. There is no way Ospreay can fight in a G1 semifinal and in Albany, New York on the same day. So chances are, Takagi wins the D Block and advances, possibly as the ONLY one with a 4-2 record in the block.

We got a great match out of Taichi and Khan, and Khan winning was quite the surprise. But they both finish 2-4, and who knows where either guy goes from here. Lawlor VS Cobb was great stuff, too, that is big for Lawlor. The only way Jonah gets in is if he wins against Fale while Archer and Okada have a draw. If Jonah loses, it all comes down to Archer VS Okada, the winner advancing. And of course, great stuff out of Tanahashi VS Kenta, both for the G1 and to build upon their IWGP US Championship No Disqualification match. Kenta winning was the logical move, Tanahashi winning here would deflate the drama of Naito VS ZSJ. Kenta had a hilarious promo to end the night, he really should move up in the rankings.

My Score: 8.8/10


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Mitchell’s NJPW Best of the Super Juniors Results & Report! (5/26/24)

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A Block Round 8, but B Block Round 7!

After a few days off, Best of the Super Juniors kicks it back into gear! But will El Desperado and Hiromu Takahashi both stay on track back to the top?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Best of the Super Juniors 31 B Block: KUSHIDA VS Ninja Mack; Mack wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 31 A Block: Kosei Fujita VS HAYATA; Hayata wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 31 B Block: Dragon Dia VS SHO; Sho wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 31 A Block: BUSHI VS Blake Christian; Blake wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 31 B Block: Taiji Ishimori VS “Drilla” Dan Moloney; Taiji wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 31 A Block: Titan VS Yoshinobu Kanemaru; Kanemaru wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 31 A Block: Kevin Knight VS Clark Connors; Knight wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 31 B Block: Hiromu Takahashi VS Robbie Eagles; Hiromu wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 31 A Block: El Desperado VS TJP; TJP wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Here are the current A Block standings!

Titan: 5-2, 10 points
El Desperado: 5-2, 10 points
HAYATA: 4-3, 8 points
Blake Christian: 4-3, 8 points
Clark Connors: 4-3, 8 points
Kevin Knight: 3-4, 6 points
BUSHI: 3-4, 6 points
TJP: 3-4, 6 points
Kosei Fujita: 2-5, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
Yoshinobu Kanemaru: 2-5, 4 points [ELIMINATED]

 

Here are the current B Block standings!

Robbie Eagles: 5-2, 10 points
“Drilla” Moloney: 4-2, 8 points
KUSHIDA: 4-2, 8 points
Hiromu Takahashi: 4-2, 8 points
Taiji Ishimori: 4-2, 8 points
SHO: 4-3, 8 points
DOUKI: 4-3, 8 points
Ninja Mack: 2-4, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
Francesco Akira: 2-3, 4 points [FORFEIT]
Dragon Dia: 0-6, 0 points [ELIMINATED]

 

Best of the Super Juniors 31 B Block: KUSHIDA VS Ninja Mack!

There’s still time for The Timesplitter to make it to the top, but the American Shinobi no longer has an outside shot. Will the Mack attack bring Kushida’s countdown to zero? Or will Kushida head back to the future?

The bell rings and the fans rally up for “NINJA! NINJA!” Mack and Kushida circle, feel things out, and Mack avoids the leg takedown. They clinch, go around, and Kushida waistlocks. Mack drops to his knees as he pries at the hold, but Kushida floats to a facelock. Mack slips around to waistlock, Kushida switches, Mack switches back, and the two stand. The fans cheer, Kushida tries to use his leg guard, but Mack blocks that. Mack gives a kick, but Kushida rolls to snatch the other leg! Mack falls but he gets the ROPEBREAK, and Kushida lets off. The fans applaud as the two reset, and they are both in fighting stances.

Mack and Kushida circle, then they start firing KICK after KICK! They each duck a kick, then Kushida kicks low. Kushida whips, Mack reverses then hurdles, and then back handsprings over Kushida’s slide! The fans cheer as the two stand off again! Kushida runs up, RANAS, but Mack flips through! The fans fire up and Kushida hits the crane stance. Mack runs up, but into a hip toss! Kushida cartwheels, Mack kips up, Kushida crane stance but he avoids Mack’s dropkick to cartwheel and DROPKICK! The fans cheer as Mack goes to ropes. Kushida KICKS him in the arm, runs, but Mack puts him on the apron!

Mack body shots, CLUBS, and runs to handspring and NINJA SUNSET FLIP! Kushida holds the ropes, throws down fists, and Mack lets go. Kushida goes up and in, builds speed and slides as Mack ducks, to SUNSET FLIP BOMB only for Mack to handspring through! And he handsprings all the way down the aisle through the crowd! The fans are thunderous as Mack strikes another fight stance! Mack runs all the way back in, is put on the apron, and he mule kicks, to then ASAI TORNILLO! Direct hit and the fans are thunderous again! They cheer on Mack as he puts Kushida in and goes up a corner!

Mack aims, leaps, and DIVING HEADBUTTS! Both it was a bit double-edged for Mack! Mack manages the cover, TWO! Kushida is still in this, but Mack clamps on the KIMURA! Kushida endures his favorite hold as the fans rally up! Kushida rises, but then Mack jumps on for the HOVERBOARD! Now Kushida is really annoyed, and he powers his way out of the hold! And then he turns the HOVERBOARD onto Mack! The fans cheer, Mack fights around, wrenches out, and ROCKS Kushida! Kushida KICKS the leg! And KICKS again! Kushida whips, Mack reveres, Kushida handsprings, but into an ARMBAR!

The fans fire up, Kushida fights around, and he rolls back to get free, Oklahoma Roll! TWO but Kushida keeps on Mack, cradle! TWO, and Kushida drags Mack around for another cradle, TWO!! Mack escapes, rolls Kushida up now, schoolboy KICK! The fans rally up as Mack takes aim, LION’S BARRAGE into a HOVERBOARD!! Kushida has Mack caught, but Mack stacks Kushida! TWO, Kushida lets go and runs up but Mack sends him to ropes. Mack hurdles the slide, comes back, but Kushida RANAS! Cover, ONE as Mack sunset flips! Kushida rolls through, goes to stack but Mack tucks Kushida! MACK WINS!!

Winner: Ninja Mack, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Kushida earns 0)

It wasn’t Back to the Future but the Return of the Mack! Did the American Shinobi just slam the door shut on Kushida going to the semifinals?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 31 A Block: Kosei Fujita VS HAYATA!

The Japanese Young Punk is out of the running, but the GHC National Champion has an outside shot, so long as he keeps winning. But will Hayata see The Mighty Don’t Kneel? Or will he leave Fujita lost in the Silence of Darkness?

Fujita gets in Hayata’s face but the ref has him back down. Fujita doesn’t like Hayata being so dismissive of him, so he fires a forearm! The bell rings and the brawl is on! The fans rally up, Fujita knees low and whips, but Hayata holds ropes. Hayata bails out, Fujita pursues and CLUBS him on the back! Fujita puts Hayata in, brings him up, but Hayata CLAWS the eyes! The ref reprimands, Hayata headlocks, but Fujita powers out. Hayata runs Fujita over, things speed up and Fujita sidesteps to arm-drag! And arm-drag again! But Hayata avoids the third! The fans cheer, Hayata brings Fujita up, but Fujita gets that arm-drag after all!

Hayata gets up but Fujita DROPKICKS him down! Fujita drags Hayata up, ROCKS him with a forearm, then whips corner to corner. Fujita runs in but Hayata TOSSES him up and out! Fujita hits apron on the way down, and checks his teeth as he is on the floor. Hayata goes out after Fujita, and POSTS him! The ref reprimands but Hayata smirks as he looms over Fujita. Hayata drags Fujita up, puts him in, and the fans applaud. Cocky cover, ONE! Hayata paces around Fujita, brings him up, and reels him in. Hayata suplexes, but Fujita slips free! Hayata elbows free, avoid the dropkick, then things speed up.

Fujita jumps, but into a Manhattan Drop! Hayata runs to SHOTGUN BOOT! Cover, TWO! Fujita stays in this and the fans rally up, but Hayata looms over him. Hayata taunts Fujita and steps on his face! The ref reprimands, Hayata brings Fujita up, but Fujita fires a forearm! And another! Fujita eggs Hayata on, ROCKS him again, but Hayata knees low. Hayata puts Fujita in a corner, stomps a mudhole in, then digs his boots in! The ref counts, Hayata steps away, then stands Fujita up to CLUB him down! The fans rally for Fujita but Hayata stands him back up. Hayata knees low, whips, but Fujita reverses and GAMANGIRIS!

The fans fire up while both men are down! Fujita grits his teeth and sits up first. Fujita goes to a corner, Hayata goes to the other. Fujita storms up and fires forearms. Fujita whips but Hayata blocks, so Fujita CHOPS Fujita whips corner to corner, runs up, but is put on the apron this time. Fujita ducks a haymaker to ROCK Hayata! Then he springboard MISSILE DROPKICKS! Direct hit and Fujita covers, TWO! The fans rally as we pass five minutes. Fujita waistlocks and deadlifts Hayata, but Hayata fights free! Fujita ducks the elbow to CHOP! Fujita whips, Hayata PELES! Both men are down and the fans rally up again.

Both men stand, Hayata goes to a corner, then runs out to SHOTGUN! Hayata drags Fujita to the drop zone then goes up, SECOND ROPE SAULT onto knees! Fujita saves himself and the fans rally up again. Fujita rises, stalks Hayata, and brings him up. Hayata fires a forearm first, but Fujita gives it back! They go forearm for forearm, then Fujita CHOPS! Fujita waistlocks but Hayata wrenches right out to STRAITJACKET DDT! Cover, TWO! Fujita survives and the fans fire up! Hayata vows to end this, and he gets Fujita up for 403- NO, Fujita fights free, wrenches, drop toeholds, and ties up the legs! CAMEL DEATHLOCK!

Hayata endures, crawls forward, reaches out, but Fujita gets the arms! QUEEN ANGELITO! But Hayata fights and still gets the ROPEBREAK! Fujita lets Hayata go, waistlocks and deadlifts again! Hayata reaches out for ropes, Fujita brings him from ropes, but Hayata spins around! 403- NO, Fujita slips free! Hayata ducks the heel kick, runs, but into a POP-UP GERMAN SUPLEX!! Bridging cover, TWO!! Hayata escapes and the fans are thunderous as Fujita roars! Fujita slashes his throat, drags Hayata up and in, suplex, but Hayata knees free! Fujita fights Hayata’s lift and the fans rally! Hayata gets a leg, FISHERMAN SCREW!

Hayata drags Fujita back up, 403 IMPACT!!! Cover, Hayata wins!

Winner: Hayata, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Fujita earns 0)

The Mighty Don’t Kneel, but they can get dropped on their heads! Hayata rolls on, will the GHC National Champion soon become the Best of the Super Juniors?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 31 B Block: Dragon Dia VS SHO!

The Infinity Carat Diamond sure doesn’t feel like it after going 0-6. And when it comes to the House of Torture, the deck is always stacked. Will Dia get lucky in round 7 and finally score? Or will the Murder Machine not take any chances, even this deep into tournament?

Wait, Sho runs up behind Dia! He snatches Dia’s skateboard away! The fans boo but Sho gets a mic to say, “Oi, Dragon Dia’s won every one of his matches, right? Then there’s no point in me wrestling him! So just give me the points now and I’ll give you your skateboard back.” Dia gives chase instead! They go around the outside, then Yujiro appears for Sho to hand off the board! Dia goes after Tokyo Pimp but he gets mugged by them both! The fans boo more but Sho puts Dia in the ring. The bell rings, Sho stomps Dia, and fans boo more. Sho digs his heel into Dia’s ribs, then he steps off, talking trash the whole time.

Sho drags Dia up, whips, but Dia holds ropes and bails out. Sho wants Dia to come back but Dia wants his board! Dia goes after Yujiro but Yujiro rolls the board into the ring. Sho has it now, Dia slides in, only for Sho to roll the board back out to Yujiro! Dia goes for Yujiro but Sho CLUBS him on the back! Sho whips and kitchen sink knees! The fans boo as Sho stretches Dia’s arm and leg, heels digging into Dia’s ribs! Dia endures, crawls his way over and bringing Sho along, ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Sho pulls more, but lets off at 4. Dia bails out, and he rushes Yujiro! Yujiro slides the board in, but Dia catches up to it!

Dia and Sho tug-o-war over the board and the ref gets involved. Sho shoves the ref away, then fakes a low blow with the board! The fans boo the farce and Dia defends his innocence! Sho shoves Dia at the ref, takes aim, but Dia blocks the legit low blow! Dia kicks and whips Sho, Sho reverses, but Dia RANAS back! The fans fire up and Dia storms after Sho. Dia whips, Sho reverses but Dia WRECKS Yujiro with a dropkick! The fans fire up, Sho storms out after Dia and CLUBS him! Sho gets the board back, holds it up, but then Dia BASEMENT 619s Sho’s legs out! Sho falls, the board bonking him on the head as he goes down!

The fans fire up as Dia takes aim, and he ASAI MOONSAULTS the House! Dia slides in, gets his board, and the fans cheer as he holds it up! Dia hands the board to Milano Collection AT-san, then storms after Sho. Dia puts Sho in, fires off forearms in the corner, and the ref reprimands. Dia lets off, drags Sho up and whips, but Sho reverses. Sho runs up but Dia dodges, slips around, and then trips Sho to TORNILLO SPLASH! The fans fire up and Sho is on ropes, Dia dials it up, 619! Then STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Sho survives but Dia fires up! The fans rally as he climbs, aims, D D D D- NO, Sho blocks the 4DT!

Sho RAMS Dia into the corner, puts him on the top rope, then runs in, TOP SHELF KNEE! Dia flops down and Sho goes to his corner. Sho grabs his Torture Tool! The fans boo, the ref stops Sho, but Yujiro slips in with the pimp cane! But Dia dodges Yujiro to DROPKICK the pimp! Then he DROPKICKS Sho! Dia has the wrench, hands it to the ref, then runs, but then the ref is used as a shield! SPEAR! Sho’s usual tricks have worked so far, and he vows to put this one away. Sho drags Dia up, gut wrenches, but Dia arm-drags free! Dia jackknife bridges, TWO! Ghost pin, TWO!! Sho escapes but Dia runs up to wheelbarrow, somersault clutch, TWO!!!

Sho escapes by the seat of his pants, but Dia dodges him to ENZIGIRI! Dia runs, rolls, but Sho BOMBS him into the ref! And LOW BLOW for good measure! Yujiro snatches the board away from Milano! SKATEBOARD SHOT!! Dia sputters, Sho runs up, LOADED PUNT!! Cover, TWO?!?! Dia survives and the fans are thunderous! Sho shakes his head, reels Dia back in, gut wrench for the STRONG BLOCK!! Cover, Sho wins!

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

The Murder Machine holds up Dia’s board then throws it down to stomp on it! Sho needing to cheat even now is just insult to injury, but will he continue to insult this entire division until he’s holding the trophy?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 31 A Block: BUSHI VS Blake Christian!

The Black Mask is on the hot seat, and now All Heat is looking to burn him! Will Bushi find a way to keep things tranquilo? Or will the now former GCW Champion get everyone all riled up?

The bell rings and the fans rally as the two circle. They tie up, Blake puts Bushi on ropes, but Bushi turns things around. The ref counts, Bushi feints a chop then rolls back to taunt Blake. Blake runs up, Bushi avoids the kick to kick back. Bushi whips, Blake reverses but Bushi dropkicks the leg out! Bushi stomps Blake to a corner, CHOPS him, and Blake staggers away. Bushi DOUBLE CHOPS Blake, then stomps a leg. Bushi wraps the leg around ropes, then dropkicks the leg! Blake tumbles away and the fans rally up. Bushi drags Blake around, steps through, and has the TRAILER HITCH! Blake endures, reaches out, and the fans rally as he has the ROPEBREAK!

The ref counts, Bushi undoes the hold at 4, and he stomps Blake. Bushi reels Blake in, but Blake fights the lift with elbows. Bushi scuffs Blake, but Blake fires a flurry! Blake SOBATS then PELES! Bushi falls, the fans rally, and Bushi bails out. Blake builds speed to FOSBURY FLOP! A direct hit but a bit double-edged as Blake hobbles away. Blake stalks Bushi, drags him up and puts him in. The fans applaud and rally, then Blake goes up, but Bushi avoids the double stomps! Bushi runs in, Blake dodges and BOOTS! Bushi falls, Blake rises, and DIVING DOUBLE STOMP to the back! Cover, TWO! Bushi stays in this but Blake smirks.

Blake aims from a corner while the fans rally up. STEP-UP- NO, Bushi sunset flips Blake! TWO, and Blake runs in, but Bushi ROCKS him! Blake PELES again, but then he blocks a kick, ducks the enzigiri, only for the REWIND HEEL to hit! Blake staggers back to a corner, Bushi runs up, but Blake boots him away! Blake somersaults to BASEMENT ENZIGIRI! Cover, TWO! Bushi stays in this and the fans rally up. Blake huffs and puffs as the fans rally up, and Blake drags Bushi up. Blake half nelsons, but Bushi fights the lift! Bushi throws elbows, Blake hobbles, Blake kicks but Bushi blocks! Bushi dropkicks the bad leg out!

The fans fire up, Bushi ties up the legs but Blake reels him into a cradle, TWO! Bushi hurries up but Blake ROCKS him! Blake runs, but Bushi DROPKICKS! Bushi reels Blake in for the SHIN BREAKER! And then the trip, tie up, and FABLE!! Blake endures, crawls around, reaches out, ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Bushi lets off at 4. The fans continue to rally, and Bushi drags Blake up for the FISHERMAN- NO, Blake slips free to JUMP KNEE! Blake goes back to the apron, the fans rally up, and Bushi runs up. Blake ROCKS Bushi, shakes out his bad leg, then springboards, but Bushi gets under! Blake handsprings to LETHAL INJECTION!!

The fans are thunderous as Blake goes to the apron! HEAT 450!! BLAKE WINS!

Winner: Blake Christian, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Bushi earns 0)

Blake was able to reignite that spark and he gets to double digits in this tournament! Will All Heat show GCW they were wrong to doubt him when he becomes the Best of the Super Juniors?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 31 B Block: Taiji Ishimori VS “Drilla” Dan Moloney!

Bullet Club VS Bullet Club happens a lot in these tournaments, and we’ve seen how Too Sweet can turn sour. And at this point in the tournament, it is all about survival! Will Bone Soldier make sure #ItsReborn? Or will he be outdrawn by the 44 Caliber Abunai Gaijin?

The bell rings and the fans rally up as the two stare down. They circle, tie up, and Taiji wrenches, but Drilla goes to ropes. The ref counts, Taiji YANKS the arm, and Drilla shakes it out as he paces. Taiji and Drilla circle again, feel things out, and Taiji kicks. Drilla avoids it, they circle again, and then Taiji kicks low. Taiji CLAWS Drilla’s face, puts him in a corner, and whips. Drilla reverses, runs in, but Taiji slips out, slips under, and RAMS Drilla. Taiji goes up and SEATED SENTONS! The fans fire up and Taiji grins. Drilla snarls as he sits back up, but Taiji clamps on with a cravat. Drilla endures the neck wrench, Taiji snapmares, and sets up.

But Drilla reaches up to headscissor Taiji down, and he NECK TWISTS Taiji first! Taiji writhes, the fans cheer, and Drilla grins now. Drilla drags Taiji up, turns him, and hits a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! The fans rally, Drilla digs his boot into Taiji’s neck, but the ref reprimands as it’s almost a choke. Drilla lets off, drags Taiji back up, and he CLUBS Taiji on the neck. Drilla stands Taiji up to UPPERCUT the back of his neck! Then he cravats and CHOKES Taiji on ropes! The ref counts, Drilla lets off at 4, and Taiji sputters. Taiji goes to a corner but Drilla stomps him. Drilla drags Taiji up, hammerlocks, then chinbars to crank the neck!

Taiji endures, reaches out, but Drilla pulls harder! The fans rally up, Taiji fights around, ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Drilla lets off and CLUBS Taiji! Taiji throws a body shot, then another! Taiji backs Drilla down but Drilla snapmares. Taiji BOOTS from below to stop the neck twist! The fans rally and Taiji goes to a corner. The fans rally up, Drilla runs in, but Taiji BOOTS him! Taiji reaches up but Drilla stops the rana, so Taiji AX KICKS him! Taiji somersaults and jumps, ZIGZAG! The fans rally up while both men are down, and Taiji rises first. Taiji scoops Drilla, but Drilla turns that around, pops Taiji around, but Taiji fights free!

Taiji waistlocks, Drilla switches and ripcords but Taiji gets around to LA MYSTICA! BONE LOCK!! Drilla endures as that bad arm is being bent back! Drilla fights with the good arm, but Taiji rolls him away from ropes! Drilla endures, claws at the mat, fights around, ROPEBREAK! Taiji lets go in frustration and he shakes out his own bad arm. Taiji says BANG, gets Drilla up, BLOODY- NO, Drilla powers out! Drilla whips, Taiji handsprings, but into a STYLES CLASH!! Cover, TWO?!? Drilla isn’t phenomenal and that’s why Taiji survives! Drilla snarls, aims from a corner, and Taiji rises, GORE!!! Cover, TWO?!?!

The fans fire up as Taiji survives those sudden impact moves, but Taiji is in bad shape all the same. Drilla gets Taiji up, says Too Sweet and lifts, but Taiji flips through to BLOODY CROSS!! Cover, Taiji wins!!

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

It was a shootout to be sure, but Taiji proves he’s number one with a bullet! Will Taiji make it to the top of the block now? Is Drilla gonna run out of ammo before the end here?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 31 A Block: Titan VS Yoshinobu Kanemaru!

El Inmortal is riding high at the top of the block, but the Heel Master is at the bottom. Will Kanemaru step all over Titan’s hopes of making it back to the finals? Or will Titan keep the faith until the end?

Oh but of course Kanemaru attacks Titan during his introductions! The fans boo as Kanemaru dumps Titan off the corner, and then to the floor. Kanemaru stomps away on Titan, drags him up, and POSTS him! Titan flounders, Kanemaru stalks him, then Kanemaru stomps some more. Kanemaru puts Titan in the ring, but Titan comes back to WRECK Kanemaru! Titan then DIVES and down goes Kanemaru! The bell rings to get this on record and the fans fire up! Titan stomps Kanemaru, puts him in the ring, then goes up the apron. Titan springboards but Kanemaru uses the ref as a shield! Titan lands on his feet, only for Kanemaru to dropkick the legs out!

Kanemaru grabs that leg, turns Titan over, and SMASHES the knee! Kanemaru then stomps Titan, drags him up, and puts him up top backwards. Kanemaru climbs up, and he goes after the mask! The fans boo and the ref reprimands, but Kanemaru has the laces loose! Titan fights with elbows, Kanemaru falls back, but Titan is still stuck in the Tree of Woe. Kanemaru stomps Titan down, drags him back, and drops an elbow on the knee! Kanemaru has the toehold but Titan endures. Titan claws at Kanemaru, crawls backwards for ropes, but Kanemaru drags him away, for a HALF CRAB! Titan scrambles forward, ROPEBREAK!

The fans cheer and the ref counts, Kanemaru lets go at 4. Kanemaru stalks Titan, kicks him around, stomps the bad leg, then stomps it again. Kanemaru drags Titan up, whips him to ropes, and dropkicks the leg out! Titan writhes, Kanemaru covers, TWO! The fans applaud but Kanemaru drags Titan up. SHIN BREAKER! Titan writhes again, and Kanemaru smirks as he stalks Titan. Kanemaru drops a knee on the knee! Kanemaru then stomps Titan more, drags him back up, and he TOSSES Titan out. Kanemaru goes out after Titan to get the leg, and he SMASHES it on the floor! Titan writhes, the ref reprimands, and Kanemaru leaves Titan behind.

The fans rally for Titan but the ring count begins. Titan stands at 2 of 20, hobbles over at 5 and rolls in at 6. Kanemaru storms up on Titan, brings him up and kicks the leg. Titan fires a forearm! And another! Kanemaru kicks the leg again! Kanemaru whips, Titan holds ropes! Titan BOOTS Kanemaru, runs up, but into a mule kick! Kanemaru whips, Titan reverses and TORNADO DDTS! The fans fire up while both men are down! Titan goes to the apron and roars! Titan aims, springboards and MISSILE DROPKICKS! Kanemaru tumbles out, the fans fire up, and Titan builds speed! Titan FLIES and takes down Kanemaru!

The fans fire up with Titan as he rises again! Titan roars, hobbles over to Kanemaru and puts him in to cover, TWO! Kanemaru stays in this but Titan stays focused. Titan stomps Kanemaru and brings him up. Titan fireman’s carries, but Kanemaru fights and flails! Kanemaru is free but Titan fires off the strike fest! Titan runs, but Kanemaru dropkicks the leg out! But Titan kips up!? And PELES! Kanemaru falls and the fans fire up again! Titan rises again, watches Kanemaru go to the corner, and off comes the armband! Titan runs corner to corner but Kanemaru uses the ref as a weapon! ENZIGIRI! The fans boo but Kanemaru goes for his whiskey!

Kanemaru reaches over the ref to grab the bottle, and he just takes aim at Titan! Titan rises, but he goes Matrix to dodge! CALF KICK and down goes Kanemaru! Titan roars, the fans fire up, and Titan says how’s this?! Leg lock and JAVE INMORTAL!! Kanemaru endures, the ref hurries over, but Kanemaru CLAWS at Titan’s eyes!! Titan lets go of Kanemaru while the fans boo, but Kanemaru goes to a corner. Titan goes to the other, then runs in. Kanemaru BOOTS Titan, goes up, but Tian gets under the leap! Titan kicks, kicks, palm strikes and WHEEL KICKS! The fans fire up with Titan as he rises again!

Titan goes to the corner, skins the cat, and even with one good leg, he DIVING DOUBLE STOMPS into Kanemaru’s boots! Kanemaru rolls Titan up with a high stack, TWO!! Titan flounders, Kanemaru drags him up and whips, but Titan reverses! But Kanemaru says no tornados, and he THROWS Titan into the ref! Titan sees the ref is down, and Kanemaru YANKS the mask! Titan keeps hold, but Kanemaru LOW BLOWS! Shove and somersault clutch, KANEMARU WINS!

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

The Heel Master had a game plan and he played it to perfection! Kanemaru is no longer the bottom of this block, but will Titan be able to stay on top?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 31 A Block: Kevin Knight VS Clark Connors!

After what Kanemaru just did to Titan, the window is opening! Will The Jet fly past this War Dog to still have a chance? Or is there going to be No Chaser to follow Kanemaru’s whiskey?

The bell rings and the two run up! Knight leaps over Connors, but Connors comes back to run him over! The fans applaud, and Connors stomps Knight, then CLUBS him. Knight gets up, throws body shots, but Connors CHOPS! Connors CHOPS Knight again in the corner, and Knight growls as he goes along ropes. Connors whips to ELBOW Knight down, and the fans rally up. Connors runs to JUMP ELBOW DROP! He gets Knight right on the bad shoulder, then covers, TWO! Connors keeps cool while Knight clutches the bad arm. Connors brings Knight up but Knight fires body shots. Connors CLUBS Knight and barks at him.

Connors runs, but Knight DROPKICKS him down! The fans fire up and Knight runs corner to corner to clothesline! Knight stomps, UPPERCUTS, repeat! The ref counts as Knight stomps a mudhole in! Knight lets off, puts Connors up, and DROPKICKS him down to the floor! The fans cheer Knight hitting a rather Okada like move, but then Knight PLANCHAS onto Connors! The fans fire up with “KEVIN! KEVIN!” and he goes back for Connors. But Connors kicks Knight’s leg! Knight hobbles away, and Connors brings out a chair! The ref says no, but Knight SUPERKICKS the chair into Connors! Knight says not today, Connors!

Knight picks up the chair, but also stands Connors up. Knight sits the chair up, sits Connors in the chair, then fires off forearms on Connors. Knight gets space, and a lot of it, to run in, go up the apron, and FLYING DROPKICK! The fans are thunderous as Knight shouts, “TSUYOI~!” Knight storms back up on Connors, CLUBS him, then puts Connors in. Knight aims from the apron, but Connors hurries away. Knight hops back down, goes around the way, and storms up to stomp Connors on the ramp. Knight stands Connors up to UPPERCUT, then whips him, only for Connors to reverse! Knight goes up the apron, LEAPS, but Connors dodges!

Knight turns around and runs at Connors, but into a SNAP POWERSLAM to the floor! Knight writhes, Connors rises, and the ring count climbs. Connors storms around the way to get that chair! Connors brings it back as the count is 10 of 20, and he just JAMS Knight with it! Connors pushes the chair onto Knight, grabs a Young Lion, and scoops him onto Knight to sandwich the chair! The count is 15 of 20 as Knight crawls away! But then Connors tries to block Knight’s path! Knight jukes and slides into the ring, Connors hurries in at 19! Knight then goes to the apron, springboards in, but he fakes Connors out! Somersault and JET SPLASH!

The fans fire up while both men are down! Knight grits his teeth as he goes to a corner and rises up. Connors sits up, and he fires the first forearm! Knight gives it back! Connors fires another! Knight gives it back! They stand and keep throwing shots back and forth! The fans rally up as they go faster and faster! Connors winds up, Knight blocks to ROCK him! And again! And again and again and again! Knight whips, Connors reverses, but Knight goes up and over! Knight comes back, is put on the apron, but he springboards back in to FLYING LARIAT! The fans are thunderous and Knight hurries to cover, TWO!

Knight keeps cool, brings Connors up and vows to end this. Fireman’s carry, but Connors fights free. Connors spins Knight, Knight shoves Connors, but Connors dodges the dropkick to JEEP FLIPPER! Both men are down and the fans fire up again! Connors and Knight slowly rise, and Connors aims from a corner. Connors runs in, but Knight hurdles up and over! Connors comes back, into a SHOTGUN! Knight fires up, runs the ropes, but into a SPEAR!! Connors has to crawl to the cover, TWO!! Knight survives from the delay and Connors is stunned! The fans are thunderous as Connors rises again.

Connors brings Knight up, reels him in, and serves it up, but Knight says no to No Chaser! Knight cradles, TWO!! SUPERKICK! Connors stays up, runs in, but Knight pops him up, only for Connors to fight! So no Sky2High, Knight puts Connors up top! Knight ROCKS Connors, climbs up after him, but Connors fights back with body shots! Knight gives those back and drags Connors up, but Connors still fights the superplex! Connors shoves Knight, but Knight returns for the UPPER ROOM! The fans are thunderous again as The Jet gets those engines roaring! SATELLITE- NO, Connors fights out of the DDT, for NO CHASE- DDT!!! Cover, KNIGHT WINS!!!

Winner: Kevin Knight, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Connors earns 0)

Connors is in a daze from that stunning upset! Knight is 4-4, Connors is 4-4, but will this win lead the Intergalactic Jet Setters back to the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championships in the near future?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 31 B Block: Hiromu Takahashi VS Robbie Eagles!

The Ticking Timebomb is just a step behind the Sniper of the Skies in this tournament, but he could blow it all up here tonight. Will Hiromu be within reach of another BOSJ semifinal? Or will Eagles fly high at the top of the block?

As before, Hiromu offers a framed and signed headshot to Milano Collection AT-san, and Milano Collection AT-san gladly accepts. The fans rally and duel, and it sounds pretty even to Eagles. The bell rings and the “HI-RO-MU!” comes out a bit stronger. The “ROBBIE! ROBBIE!” counters, but then Eagles has everyone quiet down. Eagles starts a “ROBBIE ROBBIE ROBBIE!” “OI OI OI!” “ROBBIE ROBBIE ROBBIE!” “OI OI OI!” “ROBBIE!” “OI! ” “ROBBIE!” “OI!” “ROBBIE ROBBIE ROBBIE!” “OI OI OI!” The fans cheer, but Hiromu tries now. “HIRO HIRO HIRO!” “OI OI OI!” “HIRO HIRO HIRO!” “OI OI OI!” “HIRO!” “OI!” “HIRO!” “OI!” “HIRO HIRO HIRO!” “OI OI OI!”

The fans cheer again and Eagles shrugs at the fans. Eagles and Hiromu circle, tie up, and Eagles wrenches to a wristlock. Hiromu spins, slips through, hammerlocks then headlocks. Hiromu hits the takeover, Eagles the headscissors, and Eagles holds on tight. Hiromu fights around, traps Eagles’ legs and pops out, to then get the headlock back. Eagles fights around, stands up, but Hiromu wrenches to wristlock. Eagles spins, drop toeholds, and then ties up the legs in the RON MILLER SPECIAL! Hiromu scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! Eagles lets go and the fans applaud as Hiromu bails out.

Eagles taunts Hiromu, Hiromu returns and CHOPS! Hiromu chest bumps Eagles, so Eagles CHOPS back! Hiromu CHOPS, Eagles CHOPS, repeat! The fans “WOO~” with each CHOP, and then Eagles storms out of the ring. Eagles wants Hiromu to join him so Hiromu obliges. The CHOPS continue back and forth, harder and harder, then they both go into the ring! The CHOPS just keep going, and then Eagles bails back out! The fans fire up with Eagles, and we get more CHOPS back and forth! The ring count starts as the CHOPS keep going! Both men egg the other on, CHOP more, and we’re past 10 of 20!

The CHOPS keep flying back and forth, even as we hit 15! 16! 17! 18! 19!! Both men slide in, but then Eagles slides right out! Eagles gets Hiromu’s legs tied up, for a DOUBLE KNEE BUSTER to the floor! Hiromu writhes, the fans rally, and Eagles stalks Hiromu around the way. Eagles gets the bad leg to DDT it to the floor! Hiromu writhes and flounders, Eagles refreshes the count, but the ref reprimands Eagles. Eagles waits as the ref checks Hiromu, then he eggs Hiromu on. Hiromu rises but Eagles KICKS the leg! And KICKS it again! Hiromu gets in the ring, Eagles pursues, but the Hiromu bails out the side again.

Eagles goes back out after Hiromu, drags him around, and then UPPERCUTS the leg! Hiromu writhes, Eagles stands on the knee, and the fans are torn. Eagles mocks the fans booing him, and he brings Hiromu up. Eagles puts Hiromu in at 8 of 20, then drops an elbow on the leg! The fans rally, Hiromu endures, and Hiromu drags Eagles along for the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Eagles lets off at 4. The fans rally for Hiromu while Eagles mockingly says tranquilo. Hiromu drags himself up with the ropes, and he storms up on Eagles to CHOP! Not as much edge as before, but Hiromu CHOPS again! And again! Eagles kicks the bad leg!

Eagles runs, Hiromu follows, and Hiromu RAN- NO, Hiromu’s legs can’t hold on for him! Eagles then lines up a shot to PENALTY KICK the leg! Hiromu hobbles around and Eagles pushes him to a cover, ROPEBREAK! Hiromu’s good leg saves him, but Eagles kicks Hiromu around. Eagles steps through to have the SNAP LOCK! Then the FIGURE FOUR! Hiromu endures, drags Eagles along with him, ROPEBREAK! Eagles holds until the ref counts, then lets go at 4. Hiromu clutches his knees and Eagles mockingly encourages the fans to cheer. Eagles ROCKS Hiromu, lets out a “WOO~!” then steps through. But Hiromu kicks and kicks, so Eagles KICKS the leg!

Eagles rolls Hiromu to his feet, hooks him up, TURBO- NO, Hiromu CLUBS free of the backpack! Eagles CHOPS and Hiromu staggers away! Eagles runs up but into a BOOT! Hiromu then gets Eagles for a HANGING HEADSCISSORS, but Eagles fights free to have a HANGING CRAB!! The ref counts, Eagles lets go and Hiromu falls to the floor. Eagles runs up to DIVE! Direct hit and the fans fire up for Eagles! Eagles then drags Hiromu up, puts him in the ring, and the fans rally again. Eagles aims, springboards, MISSILE DROPKICK to the legs! The fans fire up, Eagles grabs the leg, but Hiromu BOOTS him into buckles!

The fans rally as Hiromu crawls away to the far side. Eagles runs up, DOUBLE KNEES! Eagles returns, BASEMENT 619! He sweeps the legs out, runs back in, METEORA! But Hiromu blocks?! Hiromu lifts Eagles up from there, and BACK DROPS Eagles away! The fans fire up as Hiromu turns things around on Eagles! Hiromu grits his teeth, rises up, and Eagles is in the corner. Hiromu runs in to clothesline! Snapmare, and basement dropkick! The fans fire up as Hiromu rises again. Hiromu hobbles over, brings Eagles up but Eagles swings! Hiromu spins Eagles for a FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO! Eagles is still in this and the fans continue to rally.

Hiromu rises, hobbles back to Eagles, and drags him up. Hiromu fireman’s carries, but Eagles fights free! Hiromu hobbles and falls into the corner he was aiming for, and the fans rally again. Eagles and Hiromu both slowly rise, and Hiromu hobbles after Eagles. Eagles fireman’s carries, slips Hiromu into the backpack, but Hiromu fights free! Hiromu swings but into a clinch! SPINEBUSTER! Turnover and Eagles has the legs, DEATHLOCK STOMP! Hiromu writhes and the fans rally again. Eagles stands, storms over to Hiromu, and KICKS! And KICKS! And KICKS! Eagles runs, but into a fireman’s carry! But he slips free!

Eagles dodges the elbow, Hiromu dodges the boot, and Hiromu waistlocks. Eagles switches, half nelsons and spins Hiromu, has the leg, SLAP and CLUB, TURBO- NO, Hiromu flips through to VICTORY ROYALE but Eagles braces himself! RON MILLER SPECIAL!!! Hiromu flails, claws, crawls, but Eagles pulls on the bad leg! Hiromu fights, reaches out, scrambles forward, ROPEBREAK!! Eagles lets go in frustration, but floats right to the cravat! ASAI DDT!! The fans are thunderous as Eagles goes up the corner! Eagles takes aim, but Hiromu crawls to the corner. Hiromu stands, Eagles ROCKS him with a forearm!

Hiromu shakes that off, tries to climb, but Eagles ROCKS him again! Hiromu still tries, Eagles ROCKS him again and again! And SLAPS him! And CHOPS him! And fires more forearms! Hiromu holds onto ropes to stay on the corner! Eagles kicks at Hiromu again and again, ROCKS Hiromu, but Hiromu SUPERKICKS! And SUPERKICKS again! Eagles wobbles up top and the fans rally! Hiromu climbs up after Eagles, brings him onto a shoulder, then into a gut wrench position! Hiromu tucks Eagles in, but Eagles fights free! TURBO BACK- NO, Hiromu slips free for TRIANGLE D!! Eagles flails as Hiromu squeezes tight!

Eagles fights around, reaches out, but he’s starting to fade! The ref checks, the arm drops once! The arm drops twice! But Eagles comes back to life! Eagles deadlifts Hiromu to BUCKLE BOMB him!! The fans are thunderous as both men are down! The fans rally up, Hiromu rises, but Eagles runs in! Hiromu ELBOWS, KICKS, and then KICKS again! But Eagles ducks the superkick to ROUNDHOUSE! SUPERKICK! Hiromu ROLLING ELBOWS! Eagles PELES! Hiromu SUPER- NO, Eagles catches the foot! But Hiromu pushes free to SUPERKICK after all! Hiromu roars, runs, HIROMU-CHAN BOMBER!! But Eagles stays up!?!

Both men stagger, Eagles runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges, but HIROMU-CHAN BOMBER finds him again!! Hiromu roars, the fans are with him, and he gets Eagles for TIMEBOMB MK- NO!! Eagles kicks and throws knees! Hiromu just tries again, but Eagles slips it around! TURBO BACKPACK!! Both men are down and the fans are electric! Eagles crawls to a cover, TWO?!?! But Eagles just goes into the RON MILLER SPECIAL!!! Hiromu endures, flails, pushes back, but Eagles CLUBS the bad leg! Hiromu fights forward then, reaches out, but Eagles drags him back to center!! Hiromu flails, grits his teeth, and Eagles pushes on the legs!

Hiromu looks around, grits his teeth and makes his way forward! But Eagles drags him back! AKNLE LOCK, and Eagles KICKS and KICKS and KICKS the legs!! RON! MILLER!! SPECIAL!!! Hiromu pleads with the ref, grabs at him, but the ref gets free! Hiromu claws at the mat and the fans are thunderously rallying! Eagles tries to drag Hiromu back but Hiromu still fights forward, to the ROPEBREAK!! KNEE DROPS ON THE KNEES!! Eagles roars and the fans are going nuts! Eagles aims, BANG and- NO, Hiromu ducks Hyperion to HIROMU-CHAN ROLL!! HIROMU WINS!!!!

Winner: Hiromu Takahashi, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Eagles earns 0)

Eagles is absolutely flummoxed as to how he got caught! He had Hiromu dead to rights and yet couldn’t finish him off! Is the Soul of PWA going to miss out on the semifinals? Does the Timebomb still have time on the clock for his own shot?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 31 A Block: El Desperado VS TJP!

The Rogue Luchador could stand alone as the ONLY 6-2 in this entire tournament, all but guaranteed a spot in the semifinals. But the Public Enemy wants to prove he’s still a worthy successor to Will Ospreay. Will TJP conquer Desperado for the United Empire? Or is Desperado going to make good on his promise to himself and the world?

The fans already rally for “T J P! T J P!” Despe nods, the bell rings, and the fans rally up again. The two circle, feel things out, and knuckle lock. They go shoulder to shoulder, fight for the advantage, and Despe hooks TJP’s leg to push him back. TJP bridges, fights up, but Despe puts the arms back down. TJP breaks one knuckle lock to focus on the other, and he powers Despe down with a top wristlock. Despe rolls back, stands up, wrenches to a wristlock, but TJP endures. TJP rolls, spins, cartwheels, and drops to TWIST RANA! The fans cheer as TJP has Despe down in the headscissors! Despe bridges up, but TJP pushes him down.

TJP floats to a top wristlock but Despe bridges to avoid a pin. TJP brings Despe up, wrenches, hammerlocks, then spins Despe to trip him for a standing toehold. Despe turns over, reels TJP in but TJP flips Despe back over. Despe wants an armbar but TJP rolls! Despe still wants the arm but TJP slips through and ties up Despe’s legs, and brings him into the BOW ‘N’ ARROW! Despe endures, pops free, covers, ONE! TJP stands, sweeps, covers, ONE! TJP handsprings up and the fans cheer! Despe also applauds, and he resets with TJP. The two circle, feel things out, and tie up collar ‘n’ elbow. Despe puts TJP on ropes, lets off, but then wraps an arm around ropes!

Red Shoes reprimands as Despe pulls on the arm. Despe lets off, but then CLUBS the arm! Despe stalks TJP along ropes, whips him, but TJP reverses. Despe sunset flips, TJP rolls through to high stack with knuckle locks! TWO as Despe gets one arm up! TJP puts that arm back down, TWO as the other arm comes up! TJP steps through on the legs, ties Despe up, SHARPSHOOTER SURFBOARD HYBRID!! Despe endures, TJP drops him into the deathlock, then goes back to the BOW ‘N’ ARROW! Despe endures, TJP drops him into a cover, TWO! Despe escapes and TJP paces while the fans fire up.

Despe shakes out his arms but TJP gets him up. TJP whips, hip tosses, and FIST DROPS! TJP then runs up to NECK SNAPPER! Cover, ONE, but TJP clamps onto the bad arm. Despe endures as TJP digs his elbows in, but Despe reaches out to ROPEBREAK! TJP lets go and Despe goes to a corner. Red Shoes has TJP stay back while Despe checks his arm. Despe stands, TJP drags him out and trips him, to then trap the good arm, and make the bad arm a DARK SACRIFICE! Despe writhes and flounders out of the ring! TJP waits as Red Shoes checks Despe, and Despe seems okay to continue. The ring count starts, and Despe sits up at 6 of 20.

Despe stands at 9, shakes out the bad arm, then heads inside. Despe rolls in at 15, but TJP’s right on him! TJP puts Despe in a corner, BOOTS the arm, YANKS it, then whips corner to corner hard! Despe slumps down, the fans rally, and TJP storms up. Despe throws body shots but TJP UPPERCUTS! TJP whips, Despe wrenches, hammerlocks and RAMS TJP into buckles! Despe then WRINGS the arm out! TJP writhes, the fans rally, and Despe hammerlocks TJP’s arm, for a SNAP LOCK! Despe is evening the score with TJP, and now TJP shakes out the bad elbow. Despe storms up to get the arm, and YANKS it! And YANKS it!

Despe wrenches, clamps onto the arm, then CLUBS it! TJP writhes, shakes out the arm, but so does Despe. Despe storms up on TJP again, steps over and HIP DROPS the bad arm! Cover, ONE! The fans applaud as TJP grits it out. Despe clamps back onto TJP for a motorcycle stretch, and he steps over TJP’s head! Despe then steps around to hammerlock one arm, and cording hold the other, then HALF CRAB! TJP uses his one free limb for the ROPEBREAK! The fans cheer and Despe lets go, but “Oops!” SNAP LOCK! Despe grins and taunts TJP while the fans rally. The two go forehead to forehead, and TJP pie faces Despe.

Despe gets in TJP’s face, then CHOPS! TJP CHOPS but that was his bad arm! Despe whips just to YANK the arm, then CLUB it! Despe whips, TJP Spider-Mans to the apron, and Despe runs up. TJP swings but Despe blocks the counter punch, only for TJP to avoid the shoulder! TJP DROPKICKS Despe and Despe flops to the floor! The fans fire up, TJP builds speed to go up and TRIANGLE JUMP WRECKING BALL DROPKICK! TJP puts Despe in, goes up top, and he FLYING FOREARMS! Despe flounders away and the fans rally up more. TJP aims from the corner, runs in, and BACK ELBOWS! Despe sits down, so TJP says it’s time for scrubbing!

The fans rally up as TJP scrubs Despe’s face again and again, then runs side to side, BOOT WASH! The fans want that again, so TJP obliges! TJP scrubs Despe again and again, then goes side to side, but Despe is up! Depse swings, TJP blocks and spins him, to JUMP SOBAT! Despe ends up in another corner, and TJP runs in to BOOT WASH! The fans are thunderous as Despe staggers up. TJP kicks low, Half Hatch for “ICHI!” Then again for “NII!” And then “SAN!” The hattrick is complete and the fans fire up again. TJP climbs, aims, MAMBA- NO, TJP has to bail out as Despe moves! TJP keeps moving, but Despe SPEARS!

Both men are down and the fans rally up again. Despe grits his teeth and smacks some sense into himself as he sits up. TJP sits up now, both men go to corners. Despe runs in to UPPERCUT! Despe reels TJP in, and suplexes high and hard! Cover, TWO!! TJP survives and Despe is a little surprised. The fans rally more, and Despe drags TJP up again. Despe gut wrenches for GUITARRA- NO, TJP slips free to hook arms! Despe fights the backslide, flips up and over, then GUITARRA DEL ANGEL! Cover, TWO! TJP survives but Despe stands. The fans rally harder as Despe drags TJP up and underhooks. But TJP drops to a knee to fight the lift!

Despe tries again but TJP still fights. Despe KNEES TJP, but TJP RAMS Despe into buckles! TJP staggers away, comes back, but is put on the apron. TJP swings, Despe blocks and HOTSHOTS the bad arm! TJP sits on the apron, Despe goes up the corner. Despe deadlifts TJP to the top rope! TJP fights with body shots! Despe CLUBS TJP, underhooks, but TJP fights again! SUPER GOURD BUSTER! TJP has Depse down, aims, MAMBA SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!! And Despe has a KIMURA!! TJP scrambles over, reaches out, but Despe rolls him away from ropes! But TJP stands, wrenches, LA MYSTICA into IRON OCTOPUS!

But Despe powers out! STRETCH MUFFLER!! TJP endures, reaches out, but ends up in NUMERO DOS!! But TJP drags Despe down to a cradle, TWO!! Despe blocks a kick, but TJP hits an ARMBAR TAKEDOWN, into a PACKAGE! TWO!! Despe is free and he ROCKS TJP with a forearm! Despe aims another but TJP blocks it to spin him! ROLLING LARIAT from TJP!! The fans are thunderous as both men are down! TJP and Despe stir and crawl. TJP goes to a corner, Despe rises up and glares. Despe runs in but TJP goes up and over! TORNADO DDT! The fans fire up and “T! J P! T! J P!” aims from the corner!

TJP says crowns up, ONE BY- OLYMPIC SLAM!?! TJP staggers up, into GUITARRA DEL ANGEL! Cover, TWO!! TJP survives again and the fans are thunderous! TJP sputters, Despe roars, and Despe drags TJP up. Despe underhooks, but TJP wrenches out! IRON OCTOPUS! Despe pops out, underhooks, PINCHE- NO, TJP fights that to BACK DROP! Bridging cover, TWO as Despe bridges!! TIGER DRIVER- RANA!! SUNSET FLIP!! TWO!!!! TJP escapes, the fans are thunderous, and TJP SUPERKICKS! But Despe SPINEBUSTERS!! Both men are down again and the fans are electric!

TJP and Despe stir, and both men crawl to ropes. TJP is on the apron, Despe makes his way over. Despe stalks up behind TJP, drags him up, and underhooks! The fans are going nuts as Despe lifts! But TJP slips to the inside! Despe ROCKS TJP, brings him up, but TJP goes to suplex! Despe fires body shots, but TJP still tries! TJP hangs Despe out to dry! TJP goes up, GUILLOTINE MAMBA!! Then TJP sets up in the corner! Despe rises, into ONE BY ONE!!! Cover, TWO!!! TJP is shocked, but he hurries to reload! TJP’s doing this one for Akira! NOVA FIREBALL!! And MAMBA SPLASH!!! Cover, TJP WINS!!!

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

Once again, back is the incredible, the graps animal, the uncannable, TJP! Public Enemy Number One brings Desperado down! Will the Rogue Luchador have to fight harder for his dream of being the Best of the Super Juniors?

As for TJP, the fans cheer him on as he gets the mic. “Tanoshi, desu ka? <That was fun, wasn’t it?>” The fans cheer that! TJP again asks if they had fun, and the fans cheer again. TJP apologizes, he’s just tired. TJP says that Best of the Super Juniors 31, “It’s not easy. I’m tired… Everything hurts… But TJP is still alive!” The fans cheer that! So again he asks, are they having fun? The fans cheer again! “Arigato gozaimasu. <Thank you very much.>” A female fan offers a very nice sign, and TJP accepts it. And gives it a kiss! The fans cheer that, too! TJP says he sees many of these signs in every section. Please, hold them up.

The fans cheer and oblige, and TJP points out each one. TJP holds up the one he has and thanks everyone again. “This isn’t too difficult for me. Next, I meet Titan, and Titan, this is for you.” In Spanish, TJP says, “Two years ago in BOSJ, it was Titan VS TJP. Titan won that one. Also, two years ago, it was LIJ VS Catch 2/2 in Super Junior Tag League. Titan won that one. Last year in BOSJ, it was again Titan VS TJP. Titan won that one, as well. And last year’s Super Junior Tag League, Catch 2/2 were champions, but Titan won that one. Simply put, TJP needs to make a change. TJP needs to change.”

TJP again thanks the fans again, and says “United Empire! Crowns up!” The fans cheer and the Public Enemy is gearing up for one final round! Will he bring out the side of him that can defeat even El Inmortal?

 

Here are the NEW A Block standings!

Titan: 5-3, 10 points
El Desperado: 5-3, 10 points
HAYATA: 5-3, 10 points
Blake Christian: 5-3, 10 points
Kevin Knight: 4-4, 8 points
Clark Connors: 4-4, 8 points
TJP: 4-4, 8 points
BUSHI: 3-5, 6 points [ELIMINATED]
Yoshinobu Kanemaru: 3-5, 6 points [ELIMINATED]
Kosei Fujita: 2-6, 4 points [ELIMINATED]

 

Here are the NEW B Block standings!

Taiji Ishimori: 5-2, 10 points
Hiromu Takahashi: 5-2, 10 points
Robbie Eagles: 5-3, 10 points
SHO: 5-3, 10 points
“Drilla” Moloney: 4-3, 8 points
KUSHIDA: 4-3, 8 points
DOUKI: 4-3, 8 points
Ninja Mack: 3-4, 6 points [ELIMINATED]
Francesco Akira: 2-3, 4 points [FORFEIT]
Dragon Dia: 0-7, 0 points [ELIMINATED]


My Thoughts:

Another great round for BOSJ as we approach the end of the round robin phase. Some great shockers in this round, too, like Taiji turning things around on Drilla, Knight turning things around on Connors, and Hiromu snatching Eagles all in those final moments. Sho cheating Dia and Kanemaru cheating Titan should’ve been expected, though. Certainly more the former than the latter, I thought Titan was gonna get up to six wins. But then TJP has an awesome match with Desperado and takes the win, keeping Desperado even with Titan. And as such, if TJP wins against Titan in A Block’s final round, he could very well pull of that historic comeback to get a spot in the semifinals.

My Score: 9/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Double or Nothing Results & Report! (5/26/24)

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Sin City is All Elite!

AEW’s fifth anniversary goes Double or Nothing, and The Elite are risking it all in Anarchy in the Arena! Will “Team AEW” tear down our corrupt EVPs?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Buy-In – Deonna Purrazzo VS Thunder Rosa; Deonna wins.
  • Buy-In – Six Man Tag: The Acclaimed & Billy Gunn VS The Cage of Agony; win(s).
  • Unified AEW & ROH World Trios Championships: Bullet Club Gold VS Death Triangle; wins and
  • FTW Championship Triple Threat: Chris Jericho w/ “Big Bill” Morrissey VS Hook VS Katsuyori Shibata; wins and
  • Orange Cassidy VS Trent Beretta; wins.
  • IWGP World Heavyweight Championship Title Eliminator: Jon Moxley VS Konosuke Takeshita w/ Don Callis; wins and
  • AEW TNT Championship Barbed Wire Steel Cage Match: Adam “Edge” Copeland VS Malakai Black; wins and
  • AEW International Championship: Roderick Strong w/ The Undisputed Kingdom VS Will Ospreay; wins and
  • AEW Women’s World Championship: Toni Storm w/ Mariah May & Luther VS Serena Deeb; wins and
  • AEW TBS Championship: Willow Nightingale VS Mercedes Mone; wins and
  • Anarchy in the Arena: Kazuchika Okada, Jack Perry & The Young Bucks VS Bryan Danielson, Darby Allin & FTR; win.
  • AEW World Championship: Swerve Strickland VS Christian Cage w/ The Patriarchy; wins and

PLAY BY PLAY

It’s the Double or Nothing Buy-In!

Join Renee Paquette, RJ City and “Double J” Jeff Jarrett in discussing, analyzing and predicting the high stakes, high reward, high octane action set for Sin City tonight!

 

Backstage interview with Charlie Ramon.

Lexy Nair is with AEW’s Special Match Coordinator, and she asks him what goes into tonight’s Barbed Wire Steel Cage? “In this instance, you have a cage that stands over 15 feet tall from the ground up and it weighs over 3,000 pounds. However, woven throughout it will be over 500 feet of barbed wire.” Unbelievable! Now, Adam Copeland was part of the planning process, how did that go? Charlie would normally say it went well, but in this case, Tony Khan’s absence, a lot of emotion, he’ll just say it’s been tough. Then that said, how dangerous is this match? What can we as viewers prepare for?

Normally, a cage match is about ending a feud. In this case, this cage is built for destruction. Then this just got a lot more real. Lexy thanks Charlie for his time, are we about to see the end of one man’s in-ring career?

 

Buy-In – Deonna Purrazzo VS Thunder Rosa!

The Virtuosa took offense to La Mera Mera trying to jump the line right from the moment she returned to action, and ever since, it has been a back and forth both with fists and with words. But Deonna’s been doing a lot more running and hiding than Rosa expected, so it is time to put up or shut up! With the women’s titles on the line later tonight, who wins their spot as next in line?

The bell rings and the fans rally up already. Rosa and Deonna stare down, circle, and tie up. They go around, break, and the fans are dueling. Rosa has the majority share, the two go again and tie up. Rosa arm-drags but holds onto the grapple. Deonna arm-drags but also holds onto the grapple. They get up, go to a corner, and the ref counts. Deonna lets off, but RAMS into Rosa! The ref reprimands, Deonna stomps Rosa, then digs her boot in! The ref counts, Deonna lets off and soaks up the heat. Rosa rises up but Deonna whips her. Rosa reverses to CHOP! And CHOP! And CHOP! Rosa whips Deonna but Deonna KICKS back!

Deonna swings, Rosa ducks ‘n ‘dodges to tilt-o-whirl RANA! The fans fire up, Rosa throws off the sleeves and runs in to ELBOW! The fans fire up more as Rosa goes corner to corner, but Deonna ELBOWS back! Deonna brings Rosa around to whip but Rosa goes up and over. Rosa DROPKICKS Deonna, the fans fire up, and Rosa grins as she storms back up on Deonna. Rosa stands Deonna up, but Deonna breaks free. Deonna swings, Rosa gets around and arm-drags her away! Deonna bails out, Rosa builds speed and WRECKS Deonna with a dropkick! The fans fire up and Rosa says, “Thank you very much.”

Rosa puts Deonna in, but Deonna bails out. Rosa storms up but Deonna BOOTS her down! The fans boo but Deonna soaks up the heat. Deonna scuffs Rosa, refreshes the count, and she RAMS Rosa into the apron! The ref reprimands, but Deonna CLUBS Rosa in the chest! Rosa gets in the ring, Deonna follows, and she paces around Rosa. Deonna stands on Rosa’s hand, talks trash on her, “This is what you wanted!” But Rosa fires body shots in return! Deonna DECKS Rosa, brushes herself off, then drops a leg on the arm! Deonna scissors the arm but Rosa endures. The fans rally, Deonna shifts around to wrench the arm, but Rosa fires a forearm shot!

Rosa fires more shots but Deonna WRINGS that arm out! Cover, TWO! Deonna is annoyed but she keeps close as Rosa writhes. Deonna grabs the bad arm, kicks it, then knuckle locks to step over. SNAP LOCK! Deonna drags Rosa to a cover, TWO! The fans rally with “SI SE PUEDES!” Deonna YANKS the bad arm, YANKS it again, and then wrenches for an ELBOW BREAKER! Rosa pulls hair, but Deonna wrenches and CLUBS away on the arm! Deonna grinds the bad arm, pulls at Rosa’s hair, but Rosa fights up! Rosa pushes back to a cover, TWO! Rosa has Deonna’s legs, for a SEATED SURFBOARD!

The fans fire up as Rosa pulls Deonna back, then hooks her up. Deonna fights the pendulum and ROCKS Rosa down! Cover, TWO! Deonna clamps onto the bad arm for a top wristlock! Rosa bridges to alleviate pressure and the fans rally up. Rosa fights to sit up, then arm-drag free! Rosa runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges, but DOUBLE LARIATS take both ladies down! The fans fire up again as the two stir. The dueling gets louder, but it still seems like Rosa has the majority if by only a few. The two go forehead to forehead, shout at each other, and Deonna SLAPS! Rosa SLAPS back! Rosa LARIATS! And NECKBREAKER!

Rosa pounds the mat and fans rally as Deonna goes to ropes. Rosa fires up, runs in, DROPKICK! Deonna flounders, Rosa shrieks and covers, TWO! Deonna survives but Rosa keeps her focus. Deonna bails out to the apron but Rosa runs up. The fans cheer on “Women’s Wrestling!” as Rosa ducks the haymaker and ROUNDHOUSES! Rosa goes up and up, but Deonna SLAPS her first! Deonna puts Rosa in the Tree of Woe, then takes aim! Deonna runs up, and RAMS into Rosa! Then she YANKS Rosa out of the Tree, covers, TWO! Deonna is beside herself but Rosa is tough! Deonna slashes her throat as she reels Rosa in, but Rosa wrenches out!

Rosa wrangles Deonna but Deonna fights, so Rosa shifts to a COBRA CLUTCH! The fans fire up and Rosa becomes a backpack. Deonna RAMS Rosa into buckles, arm-drags free, then runs up, but Rosa ROLLING ELBOWS! Cover, TWO!! Deonna survives that shot but Rosa snarls. Rosa drags Deonna up, reels her in, and says it’s time! But Deonna wrenches out to wrangle Rosa! FUJIWARA ARMBAR!! Rosa endures, Deonna pushes on the arm, but Rosa rolls her to a cover, TWO! Deonna swings, Rosa gets around, BACKSTABBER! Rosa glares, clamps on, but Deonna fights the Cobra Clutch! Rosa grinds Deonna down, COBRA CROSSFACE!!

Deonna fights forward, reaches out, but Rosa kicks ropes, only for Deonna to roll her to a cover! Deonna holds ropes! DEONNA WINS!!

Winner: Deonna Purrazzo, by pinfall

Rosa is shocked! The Virtuosa proved she’s an expert in stealing the win, because she just did that here! Rosa is about to lose her mind, but is Deonna going to use this move on to bigger things?

 

[Coverage will continue later tonight]


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