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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (9/23/22)

Will the Brutes strike gold?

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SmackDown 2022

The Usos defend their titles against some UK grit!

Roman Reigns is back on SmackDown, just in time to see The Usos defend their Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championships against the Brawling Brutes!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Liv Morgan VS Lacey Evans; Liv wins.
  • The New Day VS Maximum Male Models w/ Max & Maxxine Dupri; The New Day wins.
  • Braun Strowman VS Otis w/ Chad Gable; Braun wins.
  • Dakota Kai w/ Damage Control VS Raquel Rodriguez; Raquel wins.
  • Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championships: The Usos VS The Brawling Brutes; The Usos win and retain the titles.

PLAY BY PLAY

The Bloodline is here!

Roman Reigns leads the way for Paul Heyman, The Usos, Solo Sikoa and the Honorary Uce, Sami Zayn! Sami’s the only one who didn’t get the brand new “We The Ones” shirt, apparently. The belts are raised and the pyro goes off, then the Bloodline continues down to the ring. Then the belts are raised again for the second round of pyro. Heyman takes hold of Roman’s belts to then hand over the mic. Fans are torn as Roman says, “Salt Lake City… ACKNOWLEDGE ME!” There are plenty of fingers raised to the skies and Heyman gets the mic back.

“Ladies and gentlemen, my name is Paul Heyman.” And what do we call people from Utah? Utans? Utonians? Utobies? U? Let’s settle for, “Salt Lake Citians.” Fans don’t think that’s good enough. Uh, don’t boo the Wise Man. There are a lot of items on the checklist tonight. Number one: as you notice, STILL the Undisputed Heavyweight Champion of All Sports Entertainment, the Tribal Chief, Roman… Reigns. And everyone says, “Oh, poor Drew McIntyre. It was his time, it was his turn, it was his moment, it was his home turf.” WRONG. Neither Wales, Scotland or anywhere on the planet is McIntyre’s home turf.

The entire planet, the entire universe, the entire multiverse, the entire Metaverse belongs to the Island of Relevancy. And sitting on the throne is the Tribal Chief, Roman… Reigns! So now that McIntyre has another bridge to cross, let’s talk about Solo Sikoa. “Oh, how I wish I could brag that this was the Wise Man’s most brilliant coup, but it wasn’t my idea. It wasn’t the Tribal Chief’s idea. And while some people might like to take credit for being their idea…” Heyman looks at Sami. “No, the idea for Solo is that Solo was sent by the Elders of the Samoan Dynasty.

“Solo was sent because Brock Lesnar took out The Wise Man. Because the Usos have enough on their plate. And SOMEONE has to stop these conspiracies against YOUR Tribal Chief, the Head of the Table, Roman… Reigns. And if you thought the Bloodline was unstoppable before, and we were, now there is an enforcer to ensure Roman’s reign on the throne of the Island of Relevancy, and that enforce is Solo! Which opens up Jimmy & Jey Uso to concentrate on their pursuit of greatness, on their pursuit of history. It opens up the Usos and their pursuit of immortality.”

Jimmy says it’s the Usos VS the Brutes, and tonight, he guarantees you’ll hear “STILL Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions!” Jey says, “All day! Cuz you the twos! And WE! THE…” “ONES!” Jey stops short, and hands the mic back to Roman. Fans cheer Roman on as he thinks of what to say. “Solo.” Solo steps up. Roman looks at his youngest cousin, and says The Elders may have sent him, but Solo answers to Roman now. #AcknowledgeMe. Solo takes the mic to say, “I acknowledge you, My Tribal Chief.” Fans are torn on that but Sami and Heyman are happy as Solo and Roman hug it out. Their power, their dominance, and their loyalty runs deep.

But wait, Sami wants to say something now? He just wants a moment, sorry. Jey is upset but fans cheer Sami on. Sami knows he’s not blood, but the way they took him in like a family, he just wants to show his gratitude. And also, Sami wants to publicly acknowledge his Tribal Chief. Sami hands the mic over to Roman, and then calls for something. Heyman calls for another mic and hands it to Sami. Fans cheer Sami and Roman smirks. “I like you, Sami. But what’re you talking for right now? Why’re you saying anything right now? I get it, I’m seeing what’s happening her, but like… Why do you have our shirt on?”

Roman asks why Sami has a Bloodline shirt. Why is Sami tagging along with them? What does Sami want? Here’s what Roman wants. Sami needs to take the shirt off. Fans boo but Jey says, “TAKE THE SHIRT OFF!” Sami says he isn’t sure if Roman’s kidding or not. If this is about what happened with Logan Paul, Sami can explain. Just don’t be rash. Roman says last week, when Sami disrespected Heyman, right? “Sami, I’m not gonna tell you again. Take our shirt off. Now.” Jey says yeah! Take the shirt off! Fans boo and Sami is dejected, but then Jey RIPS the shirt off!

This is what Roman was talking about. Sami needs to listen for once. Sami should never wear that shirt ever again. Sami ain’t ever wearing another Bloodline shirt ever again. And that’s cuz they got him a new one. Roman throws Sami his own HONORARY UCE SHIRT! Now Jey’s upset. Fans cheer for Sami as he puts on the official merch! Sami does the handshake with Jimmy and he hugs Solo. Roman asks if there’s anything Sami wants to say now. Yes! There is, actually! Sami ACKNOWLEDGES the Tribal Chief! And then he hugs Roman! Roman is unsure but still amused, and he hugs Sami back. So again, their power, their dominance, and their loyalty runs deep. Will this be just the thing that keeps The Bloodline on top of the WWE?

 

Liv Morgan VS Lacey Evans!

The SmackDown Women’s Champion is once defending her title against Ronda Rousey, and is once again the underdog. However, she’s counteracting that by making their match an EXTREME RULES MATCH! Will taking on the Model Soldier be a great tune-up for that brutal battle? Or will Lacey use her Woman’s Right to prove Liv’s not ready?

The bell rings and Liv ties right up with Lacey. Lacey puts Liv in a corner, pie faces her and talks trash, but Liv SLAPS Lacey back! Lacey shoves Liv, kicks her, wrenches and whips but Liv reverses. Lacey jumps over the drop down and blocks a kick to trip Liv and throw a body shot! Lacey talks more trash, rolls Liv to her feet, but Liv dodges the elbow to whip. Things speed up but Lacey BOOTS Liv out of the air! Lacey says Liv ain’t extreme. Lacey drags Liv up, says she’s weak, and then bumps her off buckles. Lacey GRINDS Liv’s face off the ropes! The ref counts, the fans boo, but Lacey bumps Liv off buckles.

Lacey goes again but Liv blocks! Lacey throws Liv but Liv SHOTGUNS Lacey to the corner! Liv whips corner to corner, runs in and SHINING WIZARDS! Liv runs and returns but Lacey slips out! Liv hits buckles, Lacey ROCKS Liv and sweeps the leg! Lacey soaks up the heat from Salt Lake City, stalks Liv and snapmares her down. Lacey clamps on a half nelson and shifts to a cobra clutch. Liv endures, even as Lacey digs her chin into Liv’s forehead. Liv fights up as fans rally, but Lacey drags Liv through ropes for a KNEE! Liv swings but Lacey counter punches and sweeps the legs again! Fans boo but Lacey mocks “Extreme Liv.”

Lacey slingshots but Liv avoids the stomp! Lacey blocks the knee to shoulder into Liv! Lacey then POSTS Liv and Liv falls to the floor! Fans boo but Lacey grins while SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns and Lacey has Liv down with a chinlock. Lacey headstands to put all her weight on Liv, then drops the knees into Liv’s side! Lacey then returns to the cobra clutch. Liv SLAPS Lacey, so Lacey hammers down forearms! Lacey drags Liv up to TOSS her to a corner! Liv sits up and Lacey drags her back up. Lacey TOSSES Liv again! Lacey says Liv will never be extreme! But Liv eggs Lacey on! So Lacey BOOTS her down! Cover, TWO! Lacey looms over Liv, drags her up and puts her in the corner. Lacey climbs up and uses a leg hook to crank Liv’s neck! Then she headscissors to a takedown, and does push-ups to show off!

Liv endures and fans boo, but Lacey pushes up to crank the hold, before driving Liv back down! Liv starts kicking Lacey! Lacey scrambles away to the corner and slips out of the ring to shake out the cobwebs. Lacey’s mad now, but she goes looking under the ring. Lacey grins as she brings out a broom! No, not good enough. She finds a kendo stick! Lacey says it’s time to get extreme! The ref says no, this is no disqualifications. Liv stands, ducks the swing and hits a CODE BREAKER! Lacey staggers, into ObLIVion!! Cover, Liv wins!

Winner: Liv Morgan, by pinfall

Lacey’s ego definitely went to extremes, and it cost her! Liv holds up the title, but then she sees the kendo stick. Liv grabs it, looms over Lacey, but she throws it down. Only to then pick it up and SMACK away on Lacey! Lacey bails out but Liv gives chase! Liv SMACKS Lacey, then uses the stick to RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP Lacey into barriers! Liv shows she has that edge, and goes looking for something more. She brings out a TABLE! Fans fire up seeing that! Liv sets the table up, goes back for Lacey, and she puts Lacey on top of the wood. Liv SLAPS Lacey down then climbs up the corner! Liv aims, for a SUPER SENTON through the table!!!

“I’m ready for you, Ronda! Let’s get extreme!!” Liv is ready to live on the edge, will she use that to cut down the Baddest Woman on the Planet? Or will she take too big a risk and lose it all?

 

Hit Row has a party backstage.

This is how it should be. Almost. Because it’ll be a VIP watch party to watch the tag title match! Who y’all got? Whoever it is, Hit Row wants next. That’s right! They’ll toast their success and get that money money money money! They put their glasses in for the toast, but Montez Ford puts in his red Solo cup! Make sure to save some for the Street Profits! Heeeey! This is a great party, and the Profits are always ready~ ready~! But speaking of big nights, there’s also Otis VS Braun, so what’re y’all on? Hmm… What about you, Shinsuke? He votes BRAUN! HEEEEY! Everyone gets the bubbly, but who gets the buzz?

 

Sami Zayn reprimands the caterer.

The Honorary Uce doesn’t understand. If he asks for a vegan meal, get him a vegan meal! What’s this guy good for? Go, get outta here. Ugh. But then Sami turns around to see Ricochet and Riddick Moss. They say Sami has changed. Has he? Yeah. Before he was obnoxious and unbearable, and now he’s… Well, he’s still all that, but even more. Moss gets it, though. This is what happens when you take your head and shove it up Roman’s- Hey! Be careful what you say. You disrespect Sami, fine. But from now on, you’re not just disrespecting Sami, you’re disrespecting the ENTIRE Bloodline. Sami, c’mon. You think you’re an Honorary Uce, when in reality, you’re nothing more than-

BLAM! Solo Sikoa clobbers both of ’em! What you say?! HUH!? Solo dribbles Ricochet off the garage door! Then he rains hands on Moss! Sami has Solo let off, they understand now. Right, guys? You’re dealing with The Bloodline now! Good job, Uce. Sami was just about to get them. Sami and Solo head out, will Moss & Ricochet be more careful about making jokes?

 

Paul Heyman narrates on an Uso retrospective.

“For over a decade, Jimmy & Jey Uso have run roughshod over the competition. But it is their current championship reign that has cemented them as the greatest tag team in the world. It was 432 days ago when the Usos ended the father-son happiness of Rey & Dominik Mysterio, and in the process became the SmackDown Tag Team Champions. And then went on to decimate RKBRO to become the first-ever Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions. The Usos have carved a path of historical dominance like never before.

“Now, the Usos stand on the precipice of history. Their epic championship reign has endured longer than some of the most legendary tag teams in WWE history. Longer than the Hart Foundation, longer than the Road Warriors, longer than the New Age Outlaws, longer than the Dudley boys. Only two teams remain: Demolition, and the New Day. And soon, the Usos will surpass them to become the longest reigning WWE Tag Team Champions of all time. And then, the halls of tag team immortality will ring out only one name…” “UUUU-SO~!”

 

The New Day VS Maximum Male Models w/ Max & Maxxine Dupri!

Xavier Woods & Kofi Kingston may not have won the #1 contenders Fatal 4 Way, but THE longest reigning tag team knows how to climb the mountain. Will they do so again at the expense of Maçé & Mansôör? Or will MMM titillate even the juices of the New Day’s guilty pleasures?

The teams sort out and Woods starts against Mansoor. They tie up Mansoor headlocks, but Woods powers up and out. Mansoor just struts all over Woods and poses. But Woods waistlocks! Mace tags in before the O’Conner Roll, and Mace LEG LARIATS Woods down! Cover, TWO! Maxxine gets the camera and takes pics as Mace CLUBS and ROCKS Woods! Mace puts Woods in the corner, tags Mansoor, and they mug Woods. They double whip Woods, double elbow him down, then strike a pose! Fans boo but Mansoor drops an elbow! Mansoor clamps on a chinlock and grinds Woods down. Fans rally with “NEW! DAY ROCKS!”

Woods fights up, Mansoor CLUBS him and whips him, but Woods ROCKS Mace! And TOSSES Mansoor! Woods hurries for his corner but Max helps Mansoor up and in! Mace tags, he runs and KNEES Kofi down! Mace then scoops Woods and carries him around for the POWERSLAM! Mace climbs up to then ELBOW DROP! Cover, TWO! Mace tags Mansoor, Maxxine wants a pose! They pose, she takes pics, but even Max says no, now is not the time for this. Kofi DROPKICKS Mace, proving Max right! Woods gets the BACKWOODS on Mansoor, the New Day wins!!

Winners: The New Day, by pinfall

Max is upset with Mace & Mansoor and even Maxxine! They’re making a joke out of what he’s built! He throws off his jacket to whip it against the apron! Max storms off, leaving Maxxine and their clients stunned. Will MMM make a recovery from this embarrassment?

 

Hit Row & The Profits continue to party.

Drew Gulak’s even stopped by! And Natalya, Xia Li and Sonya Deville. But Los Lotharios interrupt the conversation Sonya and B-Fab were having just to flirt. But Dolla & Adonis walk over to stop Angel & Humberto right there. Angel & Humberto head out, and Dolla can’t believe what we’re about to see next!

 

Braun Strowman VS Otis w/ Chad Gable!

The ring crew has reinforced the ring because we’re about to see a clash of the titans! Will this match be proof that the Monster Among Men is truly back? Or will he fail the test put forward by the Alpha Academy’s number one student?

The bell rings and fans fire up as the two behemoths stare down. They circle, tie up, and are in a deadlock! Braun backs Otis down but then Otis backs Strowman down. Braun knees Otis then JABS him! Otis goes to a corner, Braun CHOPS! Braun TOSSES Otis across the ring! Otis stands up, and Braun SHOTGUNS Otis out of the ring!! Fans fire up and Braun sees Gable checking on Otis. Braun goes out, comes in around the way, but Gable ducks to be a speedbump! Braun glares at Gable, but Otis CLOBBERS Braun from behind! And RAMS him into barriers! The barriers move back! Otis then drags Braun up to POST him!

Gable says, “A THANK YEW~!” but fans boo. The ring count climbs, Otis puts Braun in at 6 of 10. Otis builds speed to DISCUS LARIAT Braun down! Cover, ONE!! Fans fire up and Gable coaches Otis to stay on Braun. Braun goes to a corner, Otis runs in, and Otis SPLASHES! Braun falls to his knees, and Otis CLUBS Braun down! Braun sits up but Otis CLUBS him down! Fans rally behind Braun and he stands, but Otis CLUBS him back down! Otis snarls, runs, but Braun hits a SPINEBUSTER! Both monsters are down but Otis rolls to the apron. Braun crawls after Otis but Otis slips away. Otis leans against the desk while Gable checks him.

Braun tries again, coming in from the other side! The Strowman Express POUNCES Otis onto the desk!! Fans are thunderous as the Academy is down! Braun drags Otis up, puts him in the ring, but Gable anchors a foot! Braun drags Gable up to TOSS him over barriers! Braun gets in the ring, he scoops Otis! Otis slips off, shoves Braun into a corner, and then Otis scoops Braun! WORLD’S STRONGEST SLAM!! Cover, TWO!! Braun survives and Otis is furious! Otis goes up the corner, fans boo, but Otis jumps, VADER BOMB!! Cover, TWO!!! Braun survives again and Otis can’t believe it! Fans rally for Braun while Otis tries to figure out what to do next.

Otis goes to another corner and he climbs up again. Braun is at center, Otis LEAPS but FLOPS!! Braun fires up and fans fire up with him! Braun reels Otis in, and Salt Lake City comes alive for the MONSTER BOMB!! Cover, Braun wins!

Winner: Braun Strowman, by pinfall

Monster Among Men no more, he’s the Monster of ALL MONSTERS! Braun is sore but he’s standing tall! Will he bulldoze his way all the way to the top of the mountain?

 

Backstage interview with The Brawling Brutes.

Sheamus is with Ridge Holland and “Butch” Pete Dunne, and they’re all excited for the main event tonight. Dunne says Friday Night SmackDown is FIGHT NIGHT! Ridge says tonight, they’ll batter the Usos and become the NEW Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions! Sheamus says that’s right, and as far as they’re concerned, the Usos face an uphill battle tonight. Them Brutes are made of sterner stuff. They love a good fight. Just ask Gunther after Sheamus dragged Gunther into the “belly of the red dragon.”

And in two week’s time, on the “season premiere” of SmackDown, it will be Sheamus VS Gunther, ROUND TWO! Absolute war in Worcester! And Sheamus vows to drag that Intercontinental Championship off Gunther’s cold, dead hands. But tonight, it’s not about Sheamy. It’s about Ridge & Butch becoming the tag team champions! Everyone knows when the Brutes step into the ring, they’ll get banger after banger after banger! The chant keeps going, but  banger or not, will Ridge the Fridge and the Bruiserweight be the ones to defeat the ones?

 

Drew McIntyre is here!

Salt Lake City fires up as the Scottish Warrior makes his way out, and instead of Angela the sword, he’s got something rolled up in that hand of his. McIntyre goes to the ring, gets the mic, and he says, “Salt Lake City, let me hear ya scream!” The fans scream and shout for McIntyre and chant “DREW! DREW! DREW!” McIntyre says after all these years, we should all know him pretty well. And we should know he doesn’t like playing games, and if you’ve got an issue with him, just step in the ring and they can figure it out. But it seems Karrion Kross never got that memo. Besides the fact that Kross loves playing games, he’s not willing to face McIntyre like a man.

Kross keeps jumping McIntyre again and again, thinking there’s no repercussions. Well, McIntyre’s got news for Kross! McIntyre went straight to the top, and there’s good news for Kross, Kross is gonna have his first big match! It’ll be at Extreme Rules. Against Drew McIntyre. And it’s no ordinary match. You’re all wondering what McIntyre’s holding on to. Their match will be designed so that Kross can’t run away from McIntyre. “A match designed to inflict maximum pain.” McIntyre unrolls the item, and he says it is McIntyre VS Kross in a LEATHER STRAP MATCH!

But now Kross makes his entrance, Scarlett Bordeaux leading the way as always. But McIntyre knows what’s really going on, and he turns around to hit Kross first! They brawl, fans fire up, and McIntyre HEADBUTTS Kross, to then POST him! McIntyre gets that strap, he gets Kross’s wrist, and then wraps up his own wrist! Kross realizes what just happened, and McIntyre reels him in for a BOOT! And then he gathers up the slack to LASH Kross on the back! And again! Kross tries to retreat but McIntyre uses the strap to reel him in and LASH him again! Then he reels Kross in for a LARIAT! Fans fire up as McIntyre gathers even more slack.

But Scarlett shields Kross! McIntyre is many things but he doesn’t hit a lady. And then Scarlett throws her FIREBALL! Kross fires off hands but McIntyre still hits Kross, and whips him for a SPINEBUSTER! So Scarlett LOW BLOWS McIntyre! Fans boo but Kross smirks as he sits back up. Kross gets free of the strap and he steps over McIntyre. Mr. Doomsday goes to the ropes, but then changes his mind. KROSSJACKET!! McIntyre falls back, he’s fading out again! Kross says, “I’ll see you at Extreme Rules! I accept! This is exactly what we wanted, and you fell for it! Let it go. Let it go, Drew!” Will Kross keep his word and keep McIntyre in that time loop of torment?

 

Dakota Kai w/ Damage Control VS Raquel Rodriguez!

The WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions and their Role Model, Bayley, are back to prove that they don’t just run Raw, they run the whole company! But will #CobraKai end up snake bit facing her old frenemy? Or can Dakota defeat Big Mami Cool and check a contender off the list?

The bell rings and Dakota rushes in, only for Raquel to RAM her into a corner! And again, and again! Raquel lets off, then scoops Dakota to SNAKE EYES her off buckles! Dakota flops down, Raquel is after her legs but Dakota kicks her away. Dakota BOOTS, but the scorpion kick is blocked into a STRETCH MUFFLER! Sky gets on the apron to shout at Raquel, but Raquel almost hits her with Dakota! Bayley distracts now, Raquel drops Dakota to chase Bayley off. SCPRION KICK! Raquel is down, Dakota BOOT WASHES her! Dakota digs her boot in, the ref counts, and Dakota lets off. But Bayley sucker punches Raquel!

HERE COMES SHOTZI! The Wild Child hits a THESZ PRESS on Bayley! Sky rushes in but Shotzi tackles her, too! Dakota is freaking out but Raquel rolls Dakota up! Raquel wins!!

Winner: Raquel Rodriguez, by pinfall

But then DMG CTRL mugs Shotzi! And Dakota keeps Raquel from helping as they RAM Shotzi into barriers! DMG CTRL then mug Raquel 3v1 while fans boo! Shotzi gets back in and she catches Bayley for the FISHERMAN DDT! Raquel BOOTS Dakota, Shotzi and Sky scrap! Shotzi tosses Sky out, and she stands with Raquel! The Ballsy & The Badass might be a new combo, but will they take those tag titles off Kai & Sky?

 

Hit Row’s party continues.

They like what they saw out of Raquel & Shotzi. Natty keeps bragging about herself. But then B-Fab spots Los Lotharios sneaking back in. She told them to- OH NO! Humberto CLOBBERS Adonis, and then they DOUBLE SUPERKICK Top Dolla! Los Lotharios run off but the Profits keep Dolla from chasing them down. Dolla says that’s the worst decision Los Lotharios ever made! Will Hit Row put Angel & Humberto on the top of their hit list?

 

Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championships: The Usos w/ Solo Sikoa & Sami Zayn VS The Brawling Brutes w/ Sheamus!

Jimmy & Jey may not agree on Sami Zayn’s place in the Bloodline, but they do agree that they are THE tag team in the WWE. Will they win like they have now, then and forever: together? Or will The Fella’s fellas, Ridge “The Fridge” and “Butch” Dunne end their reign once and for all?

The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see if the Brutes can cash in those golden tickets!

SmackDown returns, the teams sort out, and Dunne starts against Jey. Jey holds up the finger, #WeTheOnes, but Dunne ROCKS him at the bell! Dunne fires off in the corner, the ref counts, and Dunne lets off at 4. Jey gets up but runs into a drop toehold! Dunne hammerlocks an arm, stands on Jey’s head and then gets the other arm to bend the fingers! Jey endures as Dunne tortures his digits! Dunne isolates that arm, and he STOMPS it! Jey writhes but Dunne goes after the other arm. Tag to Ridge, Ridge and Dunne DOUBLE KNEE DROP the arms! Ridge whips, Jey reverses but Ridge holds ropes to BOOT back!

But then Jey distracts the ref so that Jimmy can ENZIGURI Ridge! Jey DECKS Ridge, fans are torn but Sami is fired up. Jey tags Jimmy, the Usos mug Ridge, and Jimmy CHOPS Ridge in the corner. And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Ridge flounders but Jimmy RAMS him into the corner. Tag to Jey, Jey taunts Dunne to then forearm smash Ridge! Jey runs but Ridge kitchen sink knees him! Ridge wrenches Jey’s arm, tags Dunne, and Dunne climbs up to KNEE DROP the bad arm! Dunne ROCKS Jimmy, brings him around, and with Ridge’s help, they throw down BEATS OF TEH BODHRAIN! Dunne then runs to BLAST Jimmy off the apron!

Fans are torn, Sami checks on Jimmy, but Dunne tags Ridge. Ridge CLUBS Jey’s arm, wrenches it again and tags Dunne back in. Jey ROCKS Ridge, then DECKS Dunne! But Ridge scoops Jey, only for Jey to slip off and shove Ridge out! Jimmy gets Dunne, pops him into the ring for Jey, but maybe too much as Dunne tumbles over and out the other side! Sami is fired up all the same but Sheamus backs him down. Jimmy & Jey fetch Dunne, but even Jey wants Sami to back up. Jey drags Dunne up to whip him hard into barriers! Sami dances on Dunne but again backs off as Jey storms over. Jey drags Dunne back up, puts him in the ring, and tags Jimmy.

The Usos double whip Dunne, then double SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Dunne survives, that’s the toughness of a former NXT UK and Tag Team Champion. But even so, the Usos have control as SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns again and Jimmy whips Dunne to the Uso corner. Dunne BOOTS Jimmy, fires off hands on Jey, then also hits Jimmy! Fans are fired up as Dunne blocks a kick, spins Jimmy, but Jimmy DRAGON WHIPS! Cover, TWO! Dunne is still in this and the Usos are growing frustrated. Jimmy tags Jey, he drags Dunne up on the apron to DECK him! Dunne goes to the floor, Jey distracts the ref, and Sami does the dirty work, but is too slow! The ref sees him and has him back off. Sheamus warns Sami to not even. Jey is upset with Sami for not doing it right, and he drags Dunne up to put him in the ring.

Jey tells Sami needs to do better, but Dunne ENZIGURIS Jey! Jey flops against the ropes and both men are down! They both crawl, hot tags to Jimmy and Ridge! Ridge rallies with big shoulders and elbows! Jey runs in, Ridge blocks the punches to HEABUTT him! But Jimmy MULE KICKS and UPPPERCUTS! Jimmy whips, Ridge reverses to scoop and POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO!! Jimmy survives, that’s the power of an Undisputed Tag Team Champion! Fans rally, Ridge runs in, but into an UPPERCUT! Dunne tags in before the SAMOAN DROP! SHINING WIZARD for Jimmy!! Cover, TWO!! Sami coaches the Usos but Dunne snarls at Jimmy.

Fans rally, Dunne drags Jimmy up, but Jimmy ROCKS Dunne! Dunne staggers, but he dumps Jimmy out! Jey tags in, but Dunne GAMANGIRIS him first! Dunne then ASAI MOONSAULTS Jimmy! Dunne gets back in the ring, he dodges Jey to SNAP GERMAN! And STOMPS the hands! BUZZSAW!! Cover, TWO!! Sami is freaking out but he coaches Jey. Jey is dazed, Sheamus is stressed but Dunne STOMPS Jey’s leg! Jey staggers, Jimmy tags in, Dunne runs, into a GAMANGIRI! SUPERKICK! DOUBLE SUPERKICKS for Ridge! Dunne BOOTS Jey! Dunne goes up, he MOONSAULTS, into DOUBLE SUPERKICKS!! Cover, TWO?!?!

Sami is furious! He argues with the ref, but Sheamus is loving this! Dunne stirs, drags himself over, and Salt Lake City is thunderous! “This is Awesome!” as the Usos regroup. They double whip Dunne, but he turns pop-up into a DDT!! Dunne hurries, Jey grabs a leg but Dunne grabs the fingers! Dunne wrenches, bends and SNAPS the fingers!! Hot tag to Ridge! Ridge Alabama Lifts but Jimmy tags in! Jimmy then BOOTS Ridge, Jey sunset flips, and the Usos regroup to DOUBLE- NO! Ridge gets under the kicks to lift them both!! DOUBLE BACK DROPS! Tag to Dunne, Ridge scoops Jimmy! Dunne ROUNDHOUSES into NORTHERN GRIT!! Cover, Jey breaks it in time!!!

Fans are losing their minds, and so is Sami! Sami hurries around to a spot at ringside, and he grabs a chair! But Sheamus grabs that from him! Solo steps up to back Sami up, but then IMPERIUM attacks! Ludwig Kaiser & Giovanni Vinci are doing the dirty work for Der Ring General! Sheamus fights them off, but Gunther BOOTS Sheamus down himself! Imperium retreat as Ridge & Dunne rush out, but the Usos DOUBLE SUPERKICK them from the sides!! Jimmy puts Dunne in, tags Jey, and Jey reels Dunne in, ONE AND DONE!!! Cover, The Usos win!!

Winners: The Usos, by pinfall (still Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions)

An assist to Sami, Solo and even Imperium here! But all the same, Jimmy & Jey continue their reign past 432 days! Will they continue until they surpass even the New Day’s 482 days? Will Sheamus avenge his Brutes when he goes after Gunther’s gold?


My Thoughts:

An awesome episode of SmackDown here with a lot of great stuff set up on this road to Extreme Rules. For one, Liv VS Lacey was a really good first match for tonight, and Liv really got to show some aggression. That super senton table spot was wild, I did not see that coming. But I feel like Liv just gave away her ace, and she will probably lose the title at Extreme Rules in the Extreme Rules match now. We got good segments out of Hit Row and their backstage party, and it of course helped set up a match between Hit Row and Los Lotharios. That will be a lot of fun, and at this point, it could go either way.

New Day VS MMM was okay, but of course New Day won that. I did like that part of what cost MMM was Maxxine wanting to take pics at the wrong time. Max getting mad at them all is also an interesting move, and I’m really hoping this means we’re getting closer and closer to Max returning to L A Knight, YEAH! Great match out of Strowman and Otis, but of course Strowman wins. I guess Strowman is just in a holding pattern until a singles title story opens up. Otherwise, he would’ve been the one to call out Roman for a title match by now, not this “Roman’s gonna face Logan Paul at Crown Jewel” thing.

We got a quick match out of Dakota and Raquel, but that’s because it was all to set up Shotzi as Raquel’s new partner while Aliyah is out hurt. There’s also good story potential that Aliyah returns soon and Raquel will have to decide if she’s still Aliyah’s partner or will challenge DMG CTRL with Shotzi by her side. Maybe they’ll be a trio to have a Six Woman Tag here on SmackDown to parallel what we’ve seen on Raw. Either way, it’ll be good stuff. And we got great stuff out of McIntyre, Kross and Scarlett. A strap match is an awesome choice, and we got a sampler of that tonight. Kross still stands tall thanks to Scarlett’s tricks, who knows how the PPV match actually goes.

And of course, we got awesome stuff out of The Bloodline at all levels. Great opening segment, Heyman of course giving another great speech. The shirt swerve with Sami was genius stuff, we got to see Jey play up both feeling vindicated by Roman’s treatment of Sami, and then his frustration when Roman was actually supportive of Sami. Sami and Solo also have a good segment with Moss and Ricochet to set up a match or two there. Solo against Ricochet or Moss solo would be great stuff, as would a tag match.

And of course, we got an awesome main event. Imperium interfering for their own interests was good story blending, and I figured Usos would retain anyway. The Brutes got to look excellent, even in defeat, and there’s a lot of heat going towards the Intercontinental Championship rematch of Sheamus and Gunther. The Usos now have a clean card for Extreme Rules, if the WWE chooses to give them a match. Not sure who would step up next, but I feel like Usos are going to be within days of breaking the record when they lose the belts. Fifty days can go by quickly in pro-wrestling, but that does make things line up with Crown Jewel on November 5th. If Usos retain past then, they’ll be the new #1 longest reigning champions ever.

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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