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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (8/19/22)

We’re on the road to Cardiff!

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SmackDown 2022

The Scottish Warrior and the Tribal Chief, face-to-face!

SmackDown prepares for Clash at the Castle, by having the Undisputed WWE Universal Champion, Roman Reigns, look his #1 contender, Drew McIntyre, straight in the eye!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Vacated WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship Tournament, Opening Round: Natalya & Sonya Deville VS Toxic Attraction; Toxic Attraction wins and advances.
  • WWE Intercontinental Championship #1 Contender’s Fatal 5 Way: Ricochet VS Happy Corbin VS Sheamus VS Sami Zayn VS Mad Cap Moss; Sheamus wins and will challenge Gunther for the title.
  • Liv Morgan VS Shotzi Blackheart; Liv wins.

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It’s episode 1200!!

Pat McAfee confirms he was only 11 when Michael Cole and Good ol’ Jim Ross called that original episode! And look where SmackDown is now!

 

Ronda Rousey is here!?

The Baddest Woman on the Planet just struts into the ring from the crowd! She has the music cut and Montreal is torn. She said she paid her fine and then some, so tonight she is NOT leaving until she’s reinstated! Adam Pearce, get out here and undo the suspension! Montreal cheers in support as she says she’s not letting SmackDown start until Pearce responds. Pearce walks out, with security, and he says he can’t just lift the suspension because she wants him to. They had this conversation: that kind of authority is above Pearce’s paygrade. Well who isn’t? Pearce knows she’s frustrated, and he also knows she can’t just hijack the show.

So please, Ronda, calm down and listen to him. He is asking respectfully here that she leave the ring peacefully. Fans boo and Ronda says, “Peacefully? Last week, I chose to leave peacefully.” Fans chant, “We Want Ronda!” “No We Don’t!” Ronda tells Pearce to not make her choose violence. A couple security guards step forward and Ronda is ready! She rocks, one BOOTS the other and SAYANAGIS the other! Then she KNEES the others, and she has one in the double wristlock! Pearce tells her he is asking nicely, but she puts on the ARMBAR!! The guard taps and reinforcements are called out!

Ronda lets off as Montreal Police is brought in! Fans want Ronda to keep raging but Pearce says this is different now. Ronda lets the officer cuff her and Ronda is escorted away. Ronda says she’s doing this because she wants to, but does she really need to be put in the squad car? Nice haircut, Pearce. The police drive away, will Ronda have to worry about more than just a suspension now? Wait, pulling in as the police drive away is a Yukon SUV, and it’s the TRIBAL CHIEF! Roman Reigns is here, ready to be face-to-face with Drew McIntyre, later tonight!

 

Vacated WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship Tournament, Opening Round: Natalya & Sonya Deville VS Toxic Attraction!

The Queen of Harts teams up with “Cruella,” ready to get some gold back around their waists. But so are their opponents, who are last minute replacements for an injured Zoey Stark and unavailable Nikkita Lyons. Will Gigi Dolin & Jacy Jayne help NXT take over and take the titles? Or will Natty & Sonya keep them from making SmackDown toxic?

But wait! Sneaking in as fans are Bayley, Dakota Kai & Iyo Sky! Seems they want to keep a close eye on this match. The teams sort out and Gigi ties up with Natty. Natty hits a headlock takeover but Gigi hits headscissors. Natty kips free and the two stand off. They reset, circle, and Gigi kicks low. Gigi wrenches, wristlocks, but Natty rolls and handsprings. Natty wrenches but Gigi throws her by her hair! Gigi soaks up the heat but Natty rolls her up! TWO, and Natty facelocks. Natty stares Bayley down, tags Sonya, and Sonya rolls Gigi, ONE! Sonya headlocks and grinds Gigi but Gigi pulls hair! Gigi powers out but Sonya runs her over!

Fans rally as things speed up. Gigi hurdles while Sonya slides, but Sonya SPEARES! Jackknife bridge, TWO! Gigi ROCKS Sonya, Sonya shoves Gigi but Gigi RAN- NO! Sonya holds on, throws Gigi off, and then ROCKS Gigi with forearms! Sonya talks trash but Gigi knees low. Gigi throws Sonya through ropes, tags Jacy and Jacy KNEES Sonya in! Cover, TWO! Jacy talks trash on Sonya, Bayley talks trash on Michael Cole, but Sonya bumps Jacy off the buckles! And again and again and again! Fans are torn as Sonya fires off kicks! Sonya then runs in, but Jacy dodges and Sonya POSTS herself! Sonya falls out, Jacy goes to the apron to CANNONBALL!

Jacy sees Natty coming and dodges her, Gigi PENALTY KICKS her! Toxic Attraction RAMS Natty into the steel steps! Bayley says they’re pretty good, but they’re not Kai & Sky! Toxic Attraction soaks up the cheers and jeers as SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns and Gigi has Sonya in a BOW ‘N’ ARROW! Sonya endures and fans rally, Sonya pops free to a cover! TWO, Gigi CLUBS Sonya and whips her to the corner. Gigi tags Jacy, Gigi whips Jacy in to back body block! Then Jacy whips Gigi for a BRONCO BUSTER, then Jacy CANNONBALLS! Cover, TWO! Jacy is frustrated but fans rally up. Jacy drags Sonya up, whips Sonya to a corner, then run sin, but into a BOOT! Sonya elbows Gigi, BOOTS Jacy, then DECKS Gigi! Sonya runs but into an ELBOW from Jacy! Jacy mocks Natty and fans boo. Jacy steps through, and she goes to steal the Sharpshooter!

But Sonya BOOTS Jacy away! Fans fire up and Sonya crawls, but Jacy drags Sonya back! Sonya keeps reaching, fights up to her foot, and HOT TAG! Natty dodges Jacy, comes back and wrenches to a RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Then a snap suplex! Natty gets Jacy again, another snap suplex! And then a whip to the corner, but Jacy elbows back. But Natty GERMAN SUPLEXES! Fans fire up and Natty has the legs! SHARPSHOOT- NO, Jacy powers out! Gigi swipes but Natty glares at her, and Jacy CLOBBERS her! Tag to Gigi, SUPERKICK from Jacy! Gigi runs and she STO’s Natty down! Cover, Sonya breaks it in time!

Sonya throws Gigi out, Jacy ROCKS Sonya! Jacy throws Sonya out then pursues. Jacy grabs Sonya but Sonya fires off hands! Sonya whips, Jacy reverses, and Sonya hits barriers right in front of Bayley! Bayley talks trash that Sonya should’ve stuck to being a GM! Sonya drags herself up, Jacy BOOTS Sonya down! Gigi rolls Natty, TWO! Gigi dodges Natty, kicks low and runs again, but into the DISCUS! Fans fire up with Natty and she storms up to fire off forearms! Natty runs in again but into an elbow! Jacy sneaks a tag and Gigi runs in, but Natty trips her! Natty ties Gigi up in the SHARPSHOOTER! But Jacy rolls Natty up!! TOXIC ATTRACTION WINS!

Winners: Toxic Attraction, by pinfall (advance to the next round)

Bayley loves it! Gigi & Jacy now face Raquel Rodriguez & Aliyah next round, who will be the finalists for the “SmackDown” side of the bracket?

 

Sami Zayn is heading to Roman Reigns’ locker room.

But the bouncer checks who he is. Uh, he’s Montreal’s own, Sami Zayn. Well then, Roman would like to see him. Wo, really? Like, really? Sami knocks, then opens the door, and there’s Roman! Hey, Roman! How’s it going? He wanted to see Sami? Yeah, sit down. Sami sits on the couch and says it’ snice. Roman says it’s alright. But how’s everything going? Good! Very good! He’s been repping the Bloodline. It’s been good. Well, okay, it’s gotten a bit dicey lately. Sami and Jey have been getting into it. Jey was really going to town about leveling up and stuff, and it’s like Sami isn’t carrying his weight around here, which is a little annoying considering Sami took a Claymore for Jey! For the Bloodline!

But does Jey even text or call? How ungrateful! Sami calms down, realizing he’s venting about Roman’s family. But Roman agrees! Jey doesn’t appreciate anything. Thank you! They’re family, but c’mon. Why is Sami talking to Jey? He should be talking to Roman. Good point! Yes! Wait, is Sami in? The phone’s ringing. Oh, and it’s Jey! No way. It is! Then answer it. What? Really? Uh, okay. Sami answers the phone for Roman, and that’s right, Jey! It’s Sami! Sami is in Roman’s room, he was told to answer the phone. Just calm down, Jey, Sami will pass the word along, but now isn’t a good time. Sami will do it, though.

Sami tells Roman that Jey was screaming. Trouble at the border, apparently. The Usos won’t be here tonight. Well that’s not good. But hey! Sami’s here. Yeah, he is. He’s even in a Fatal 5 #1 Contender’s match for the Intercontinental Championship. That would look good in the Bloodline. Right? So Sami’s the guy! Sami will handle it. He’s gotta go get warmed up! They should do this more often. This was great. Roman tells Sami that one thing first. Is Sami still cool with KO? Kevin Owens? Yeah, they’re both from Montreal, they go back forever. Then just let KO know… Roman doesn’t “owe” anyone anything. Ever.

Y-Yeah, no, Sami gets it. Sami hasn’t really talked with Kevin lately, but Kevin should know that. Roman owes nothing to him, Okay, Sami’s gonna get going. Good luck out there, Uce. Sami is fired up, but Roman looks upset over the Usos’ issues. Will the Tribal Chief have to sort this mess out himself?

 

Maximum Male Models are in the ring!

Max & Maxxine Dupri stand with Maçé & Mansôör, and Max says, “Time and again, these two men, Mace and Mansoor, have titillated the juices of your guilty pleasures. And tonight’s no different. On the 1200th episode of SmackDown, we-” “HIT~ ROW~!” That’s right! B-Fab leads Ashante THEE Adonis & Top Dolla out and all the way to the ring. Max says okay, sorry, but this was a scheduled appearance by MMM. And to be honest, these two, especially Dolla, are NOT MMM material. Oh, too bad. DROPKICK for Mansoor and then a whip and TOSS for Mace! Fans fire up and Dolla shrugs.

“Ey yo! Montreal, what up? We got something special for y’all!” “And Adonisly… They acting like we never left!” Hit Row performs We Back, all the way back, all the way back! Maxxine wants to vibe but Max says no, MMM is getting out of here. McAfee tries to get Cole to vibe but Cole probably doesn’t know how to. But the details is crucial! PYRO! And if you didn’t know, now you know!

 

Tick-tock.

Scarlett says that, “The Tongue is not steel, yet it cuts.” Karrion Kross says, “Good evening, Mr. McIntyre. Last Monday night on Raw, something I said seemed to upset you. ‘Chosen One.’ Which begs the question, why? Whether you want to be or not, you are a chosen one. Just like Reigns. Doesn’t matter what you’ve ever done, or what you’re ever gonna do, this is what you are. But let’s review what bothers you about that. The fact that when you failed, they chose someone else. And that person built the table you failed to set.

“They chose you, and they were wrong. They chose you, and they were wrong. They chose you, McIntyre, and deep down inside, you’ve always known, they were wrong!!” But will Kross be wrong about McIntyre come Clash at the Castle?

 

WWE Intercontinental Championship #1 Contender’s Fatal 5 Way: Ricochet VS Happy Corbin VS Sheamus VS Sami Zayn VS Mad Cap Moss!

The One & Only still has beef with “Bum Ass,” but it’s being thrown in the mix with the Celtic Warrior, the Honorary Uce, and someone Corbin’s familiar with in the former funny man turned serious fighter! Who out of this fearsome five rises up to challenge Der Ring General, GUNTHER?

Fans are of course thunderous for their hometown hero, Sami Zayn, as he makes his entrance. The bell rings and Ricochet rushes Corbin! Corbin bails out, Sheamus CLOBBERS Ricochet, and Moss fires off on Sheamus! Fans sing “OLE~ OLE OLE OLEEE~! OLE~, OLE~!” for Sami as he stays back. Sheamus shoves Moss but Moss clotheslines Sheamus up and out !Sami is alone with Ricochet and he brings him around to a headlock. Ricochet powers out, things speedup, Ricochet hurdles and RANAS! Sami bails out and Ricochet says go ahead, boo! Ricochet runs, but Corbin gets in to CHOKE SLAM him! Cover, but everyone else breaks it!

Moss and Sheamus brawl, Sami fires off on Corbin in frustration, and fans fire up as Sami stomps away while SmackDown goes to break!

SmackDown returns and while Moss is down, Sami brings Corbin to the announce desk. Corbin blocks being dribbled off the desk, and Ricochet LEAPS off the steel steps to attack Sheamus! Corbin SMACKS Sami off the desk, Ricochet fires off hands on Sheamus, but Sheamus picks Ricochet up to RAM him into barriers! Ricochet falls down while Corbin drags Sami up. Sheamus fires off on Moss as he gets back up, and Corbin RAMS Sami into barriers! Fans boo Corbin and Sheamus and Corbin goes around the way to fetch Ricochet. Corbin puts Ricochet in the ring while Moss fires off hands on Sheamus!

Moss whips Sheamus into barriers while Corbin whips Ricochet hard into a corner! Ricochet writhes on the mat while Sheamus turns things around on Moss! Sheamus runs in but is tossed into the timekeeper’s area! Corbin whips Ricochet to ropes but Ricochet Tiger Wall Kicks! But Corbin DECKS Ricochet with a right! Moss gets in but Corbin knees him low. Corbin throws more knees, then whips him to a corner hard! Moss writhes now but fans chant, “We Want Sami!” Corbin drags Ricochet up to whip him hard corner to corner again! Ricochet hits chest first and falls back, then Corbin goes after Moss.

Moss ROCKS Corbin with haymakers, whips him but Corbin reverses. Corbin runs in, slides out and slides in, to LAIRAT Moss down! Sami returns but Corbin CLOBBERS him! Fans boo Corbin, as if they need a reason, but Corbin whips Ricochet. Ricochet ducks ‘n’ dodges to springboard but Corbin CLOBBER him outta the air! But Sheamus goes after Corbin! Fans fire up as Sheamus fires off hands and CLUBS Corbin around. Sheamus headlocks but Corbin powers out and sends Sheamus into buckles! Then he hits a BIG back suplex! Cover, ONE!! Corbin is annoyed, he runs in at Ricochet, but Ricochet goes up and over!

Corbin slides out then in, but Ricochet dodges to run and flapjack DROPKCIK! Moss returns, Ricochet dodges to springboard CROSSBODY Sami returns but Ricochet triangle jump DROPKICKS him down! Ricochet keeps moving, and tilt-o-whirl DDTs Corbin down! Fans fire up for the RUNNING SHOOTING STAR! Cover, TWO!! Moss returns, he dodges and ducks Ricochet to POUNCE him! Moss fires off haymakers on Sheamus, stomps him in a corner, then fires off more hands! Moss eggs Sheamus on but Sheamus throws heavy body shots! They brawl, Sheamus gets the edge but Moss whips! Sheamus reverses and Moss KICKS back!

Moss wings, into an IRISH CURSE BACKBREAKER! Sami returns, but he gets an IRISH CURSE! Sheamus grins as fans boo, and he mocks Gunther’s pose! Sheamus sees Moss on the apron, and gives him Beats of the Bodhrain! Fans count along and Sheamus goes all the way to nine, then winds up for TEN! Moss falls and then Sheamus sees Corbin on the other apron! Sheamus pulls Corbin’s shirt up for Beats of the Bodhrain! Wind up at nine, for TEN! Ricochet fires off forearms but Sheamus throws him out! Sheamus throws a body shot, then gives Ricochet Beats of the Bodhrain!! He doesn’t stop at 10, either! He goes all the way to 17, then just shoves Ricochet down!

Sheamus puts Sami in and now fans turn sour on him! Sheamus grins and brings Sami in, but Sami HOTHOTS Sheamus! Corbin flounders in, he rushes Sami but Sami dumps him out! Sami builds speed, to FLY! Direct hit and down go Corbin and Sheamus! Montreal is thunderous for Sami as stands up! Sami gets in, he drags Ricochet up but ducks a kick! Ricochet fights the Blue Thunder and fires off hands. Ricochet runs, into a scoop and MICHINOKU! Cover, TWO!! Sami can’t believe it, but Ricochet is still in this. Sami goes to a corner and fans sing again. Sami aims at Ricochet but Moss intercepts! FALL AWAY-

NO! Sami slips out, gets around, BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO!!! Sami can’t believe it all over again, but fans are thunderous for him as he goes to the corner! Sami climbs up, but Corbin rushes over. Sami DECKS Corbin, but Ricochet springs up! Sami shoves Ricochet back down! Sheamus gets in, he ROCKS Sami then fires off more hands! Sheamus climbs up, fireman’s carries and shifts, SUPER WHITE NOISE!! Sami flounders out of the ring, clutching his arm! Did that White Noise just crush Sami? Ricochet CLOBBERS Sheamus, but Moss whips Ricochet! Moss RAMS into Ricochet, then RAMS into Sheamus!

Ricochet goes up and Moss POSTS himself! Ricochet ROCKS Sheamus, CHOPS Moss, but then Sheamus dodges! Sheamus scoops Moss, POWERSLAM! Other referees come out to check on Sami, is he out of this? Sheamus CLOBBERS Ricochet, but Corbin hits DEEP SIX! Ricochet FLYING LARIATS Corbin down! All four men in the ring are down and Sami is being taken to the back, while SmackDown goes to break!

SmackDown returns again and Moss fires hands on Sheamus up top. Moss climbs up after Sheamus, fires off hands, then scoops him for a SUPER FALL AWAY SLAM!! But Moss has to crawl to the cover! Fans still rally for Sami to return as Moss covers, TWO! Ricochet hurries to LIONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Corbin rains down fists on Ricochet! Corbin drags Ricochet up, whips him to ropes, but Ricochet slips through the lariat! Ricochet dumps Corbin out, Corbin hurries back in but Ricochet handsprings to BACK ELBOW! Corbin comes back to BOOT Ricochet! Corbin hauls Ricochet into a torture rack, for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!

Ricochet keeps this match alive and fans rally up. Corbin drags Ricochet up but then he sees Sheamus. Sheamus and Corbin fire off haymakers! Fans fire up for the scrum but Corbin knees low. Corbin scoops, Sheamus slips off and he dodges! Corbin hits buckles, Sheamus clotheslines Corbin up and out! But Moss rolls Sheamus up, TWO!! Sheamus swings but misses, then misses again, but the KNEE takes Moss down! Cover, TWO!!! Sheamus stands and fans rally up, still hoping for Sami to return. Sheamus shouts and aims at Moss, runs in, but Moss blocks the Brogue into the PANCAKE! RECOIL from Ricochet!

Ricochet hurries while Sheamus is in the drop zone! Ricochet’s up top, for the SHOOTING STAR PRESS! Cover, Corbin breaks it! Corbin reels Ricochet in, he slips out again, and Ricochet dumps Corbin back out! AND SAMI RETURNS! Sami holds his bad arm as he hobbles his way to ringside! Fans are thunderous again as Ricochet runs in, but into a BUCKLE EXPLODER! Sami goes to the other end, takes aim as Ricochet stands, for the HELLUVA KICK!! Cover, Corbin drags Sami out!! Corbin soaks up all the heat from Montreal, and he POSTS Sami! Fans tell Corbin he’s an A-Hole, but he doesn’t care!

Sheamus gets in as Corbin stands Ricochet up, BROGUE for Corbin!!! Cover, Sheamus wins!!

Winner: Sheamus, by pinfall (NEW #1 Contender for the WWE Intercontinental Championship)

Sami tried, he really did, but he couldn’t win against four top level opponents. However, The Celtic Warrior succeeds, and he is heading to Cardiff, Wales! Will Sheamus dethrone Gunther and finally complete his WWE Grand Slam?

 

The Viking Raiders hold a “Viking Funeral.”

With torches and shields, Erik & Ivar approach the altar of sticks and bones, as well as many items of The New Day’s. The master of ceremonies adorns them with special paint. “New Day, we are gathered here to celebrate our battles. And to prepare for what’s to come. We respect you as great warriors, champions, and heroes. But your time has passed. The wounds upon your flesh are merely a prelude. You failed to heed our warnings. Your folly and your pride have led you here. And now, Valhalla awaits. tonight, we stand upon these consecrated grounds to pay tribute. A great battle awaits. Soon, the sun will set upon the New Day. And will be the dawn of a new Viking day!”

The altar is set ablaze as we see highlights of the devastation Erik & Ivar have brought upon Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods. Will this be the end of The New Day once and for all?

 

Backstage interview with Liv Morgan.

Kayla says Liv faces Shotzi Blackheart tonight. Is she worried that a match tonight could jeopardize her ability to face Shayna Baszler at Clash at the Castle? Liv says if she played it safe, she never would’ve won the title in the first place. She can’t sit on the sidelines and wonder how she’ll do. She has to get back in the ring and find out. She knows she has a huge target on her arm, but that’s no different than the target she has on her back as a champion. Ronda, Shayna, Shotzi and the entire SmackDown Women’s Division want what she has, and they will do anything to take it. But Liv will do anything to keep it. #WatchMe.

 

Liv Morgan VS Shotzi Blackheart!

SmackDown returns as the SmackDown Women’s Champion makes her entrance. Montreal is fired up to see her, but Kayla then interviews Shotzi in the back. She’s about to- to rip Liv’s arm from its socket and make her cry? Or maybe drive her knee into Liv’s elbow until she needs a robotic arm. Liv is overly emotional, and she thinks with her big, dumb heart. That’s why she’s coming out here trying to prove herself while hurt. Taking a match with Shotzi was a bad decision. One that Shotzi will make Liv pay for dearly! Shotzi laughs and makes her way out, will she welcome Liv to the ball pit?

The bell rings and Shotzi calls for a test of strength. Liv kicks her low instead! The hands start flying, Shotzi shoves Liv then wrenches the bad arm. Liv knee slow, SHOTGUNS Shotzi to a corner, then runs in to back body block! Liv rolls, runs back in and SHINING WIZARDS! Liv snapmares, but Shotzi comes back to ENZIGURI! Liv leans against ropes so Shotzi runs, SENTON against the ropes! Cover, TWO! Shotzi snarls and drags Liv by the bad arm. Shotzi wrenches, Liv gets the ropes and breaks free but Shotzi ROCKS Liv! Liv BOOTS back, goes up, and MISSILE DROPKICKS Shotzi away! Liv then runs in at the corner, but only gets buckles!

Shotzi runs in but Liv puts her on the apron. Shotzi ROCKS and ROUNDHOUSES Liv first! APRON DDT!! Liv flops to the floor and Shotzi laughs while SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns again and Shotzi knocks Liv down! Shotzi runs in again but Liv dodges! Liv kicks but Shotzi blocks to KICK back! And ROLLING ELBOW! Liv wobbles, into the QUESTION MARK KCIK! Shotzi fireman’s carries but Liv fights it off to a CRUCIFIX DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Shotzi survives but Liv is clutching her bad arm. Liv runs in at the ropes, Shotzi dodges and waistlocks to then chicken wing! TIGER SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Both women are down and fans rally up! Shotzi and Liv glare at each other, and they start firing hands on the mat! Shotzi gets the edge, she CLUBS away on Liv’s bad arm, then drags Liv up.

Shotzi shouts, “You’re a phony, Liv! A PHONY!” Liv hits a CODE BREAKER! Liv then gets Shotzi at the ropes, ObLIVion!! Cover, Liv wins!

Winner: Liv Morgan, by pinfall

The champions toughs it out, but then SHAYNA ambushes Liv! Shayna BOOTS Liv down, throws off her jacket, and she gets the bad arm! Shayna twists the wrist and elbow, stands on Liv’s head, then drags her around to isolate the arm! Shayna lets down her hair as she spares Liv. “I want to break your arm so bad, but I’ll wait until we get to Cardiff. That’s the only reason!” Shayna then BOOTS Liv in the face! Did Shayna just bring back the killer inside? Can Liv find a way to survive Shayna and win like she did against Ronda?

 

Speaking of Ronda…

Adam Pearce chose not to press charges for trespassing, and Ronda was released under her own recognizance. But will Rowdy Ronda only try this again next week?

 

Roman Reigns puts on the title belts.

The Undisputed WWE Universal Champion is without his Wise Man and without his cousins, will he be able to handle this face-to-face all on his own?

Drew McIntyre also prepares backstage.

He takes his jacket off the hanger, only to find Kross’ hourglass sitting there. McIntyre grumbles and storms out, is it only a matter of time before Mr. Doomsday decides to strike again?

 

Roman Reigns heads to the ring!

The Tribal Chief holds onto the Universal Championship while wearing the World Championship, as he reaches 719 days in his reign! But he alone holds up the belts for the pyro before continuing down the ramp. He then goes into the ring, holds up the belts again, and we get more pyro. A production staff member hands Roman the mic since there is no Heyman or Usos. Roman takes a moment as fans cheer and jeer, and he says, “Montreal…! ACKNOWLEDGE ME!” Fans are more than happy to do that! He has them calm down and says, “Here’s the deal. I’m not here every week anymore. So every once in awhile, people gonna come out here and say some stupid stuff.

“So I just want to set the record straight. If anyone ever comes out here and says they’re the face of the company that’s not me, they’re lying. If anybody ever comes out here and says they’re the main event and it’s not me, they’re lying! And if anyone ever comes out here and says that they carry this company on this back, Drew McIntyre, YOU’RE LYING! There’s only one man that can say they’re the face of this company, there’s only one man that can say they’re the main event. Not a ‘main eventer,’ THE main event, and there’s only one man that carries this company on his back, and his name is the Tribal Chief, the Head of the Table, ROMAN! REIGNS!”

Fans cheer in acknowledgment, and Roman says he’s said this many, many times: he’s a man of his word! What he says has substance here. So he doesn’t have to say anything face-to-face to Drew, because he is BENEATH Roman. But wait! Here comes McIntyre! Fans fire up as McIntyre gets his own pyro then storms to the ring. McIntyre gets himself a mic to say that he’d love to have said everything he’s said lately to Roman’s face, but as Roman just said himself, he’s not really here anymore. So McIntyre gets right to it: Roman isn’t representing the titles they deserve to be represented, and so Roman does NOT deserve to be champion!

Roman looks confused while fans are cheering that. “I don’t deserve it? I don’t deserve to be champion? After everything I just said, do you not understand?” NO, Roman does NOT deserve it! And why? Let’s look at the last couple of years. Roman’s had the Wise Man, Paul Heyman, working for him politically. Roman’s got the Usos doing work for him physically, taking bullets for him. And sure, when they’re all together, they’re “The Bloodline.” Yeah, yeah, who can take down The Bloodline? Probably nobody! They’re in GOD MODE, but Roman Reigns is just a man! And right now, McIntyre sees something different in Roman’s eyes when it’s just them: FEAR.

And Roman should be scared, because there is not a man alive that Drew McIntyre cannot tear apart with his bear hands. At Clash at the Castle, McIntyre tears Roman apart, takes those titles from him, and y’know what? We’re alone tonight, this is a unique opportunity since Roman’s actually in the building. McIntyre feels like having a fight in Montreal! McIntyre throws his shirt off and dares Roman to do the same. Roman fires off hands and he backs  McIntyre down! But McIntyre throws big counter punches! Then he clinches Roman to hit an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly !Roman writhes, gets the world title off, and McIntyre takes aim!

But SAMI gets in and takes the CLAYMORE!! Roman hits a SUPERMAN PUNCH! The Honorary Uce serves his purpose and fans are fired up for him! But Roman aims at McIntyre now, “OOAH~!” CLAYMORE!!! McIntyre still hits Roman!! The champion is down, and McIntyre holds the belts up!! Will we see this happen in Cardiff? Or will McIntyre be proven right when The Bloodline can regroup and help their Tribal Chief?


My Thoughts:

Another great episode for SmackDown, and a lot of great build towards Clash at the Castle. I just don’t know about that opening segment. It is logical that Ronda keeps trying to force her way back into being an active superstar, but them trying to make her Stone Cold Ronda isn’t working on me. She’s just Cold Ronda. But at least we moved on to a very good tag team match for the tag title tournament. WWE broke the news themselves that Zoey Stark & Nikkita Lyons were out (surely all kayfabe reasons) and that Toxic Attraction was in. It should’ve been an established NXT team to begin with, but whatever.

Toxic Attraction gets a great win to introduce themselves to fans who only watch RawDown, and Bayley’s group ringside was a nice touch. There’s a chance Toxic Attraction make the finals since they’re going against a rag tag team like Raquel & Aliyah, and they’ll have a great match against either team from Raw. We also got a good segment from Liv, Shotzi and Shayna. Great match and win for Liv to prove her resilience, but also a great attack from Shayna to show that killer instinct again. Shayna VS Liv is going to be a really good match, especially on the story merits of Liv just trying to win without getting more beat up.

I didn’t expect a recorded vignette for the Viking Raiders’ “funeral” for the New Day, but it was a well made and well delivered promo. If Kofi & Woods are as beat up as they are, can they even have a match against Erik & Ivar? Or will we get some kind of No Disqualification tag match out of this to essentially make up for the New Day being at less than 100%? Then, we got quite the bait and switch with Maximum Male Models starting a segment but getting kicked out by Hit Row. I chose not to try and keep up with the rap skills of Hit Row, having learned my lesson last year when Swerve was still with WWE and just leaving me in the dust.

But it’s good to see we’re getting a lot more out of the WWE Tag Division midcard. Hit Row, MMM and Los Lotharios can all start feuding on SmackDown to determine contenders to the Usos. And nice little plot twist of having the Usos “stuck at the border” so that Roman was without his usual back-up. Roman and Sami had a great segment together, and Sami really did carry his weight tonight. Even though he lost, Montreal was loving Sami out there, and I just knew that he went down in the middle so he could valiantly return. But in the end, Sheamus wins, and he is going to have an awesome match with Gunther. However, I don’t see Sheamus winning the Intercontinental Championship. Gunther’s just getting going, so Sheamus will be a great name on Gunther’s resume.

Good promo from Karrion Kross to warn both McIntyre and Roman, and while he may or may not be right about McIntyre, he’s definitely right about Roman being a chosen one. And then we got great promos out of Roman and McIntyre before turning it into a brawl. I thought Sami taking the Claymore was gonna help Roman gets advantage but nope, McIntyre stands tall! This isn’t the go-home yet so this doesn’t write McIntyre off, it just shows that he’s right: Roman needs his back-up to have a chance.

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; win.
  • Malakai Black & Brody King VS ???
  • Hechicero VS Matthew Menard; wins.
  • AEW International Championship: Will Ospreay VS Brian Cage; wins and

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?

 


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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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