Another year, another double series for NJPW!
As NJPW builds towards WrestleKingdom 17 in the New Year, World Tag League AND Super Jr. Tag League team up for a double tournament series! Who come out contenders to the heavyweight and junior heavyweight tag titles during the holidays?
- Yuto Nakashima VS Kosei Fujita; Fujita wins.
- 8 Man Tag: Tomoaki Honma, Togi Makabe, Ryohei Oiwa & Oskar Leube VS The United Empire; The United Empire wins.
- Six Man Tag: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS Suzuki-Gun; Double Count-Out Draw.
- Super Jr. Tag League 2022: KUSHIDA & Kevin Knight VS Alex Zayne & EL LINDAMAN; Zayne & Lindaman win.
- Super Jr. Tag League 2022: Ryusuke Taguchi & Clark Connors VS DOUKI & Yoshinobu Kanemaru; Taguchi & Connors win.
- Super Jr. Tag League 2022: Robbie Eagles & Tiger Mask VS SHO & Dick Togo; Eagles & Tiger Mask win.
- Super Jr. Tag League 2022: BUSHI & Titán VS Ace Austin & Chris Bey; Ace & Bey win.
- Super Jr. Tag League 2022: YOH & Lio Rush VS TJP & Francesco Akira; TJP & Akira win.
PLAY BY PLAY
Super Jr. Tag League 2022: KUSHIDA & Kevin Knight VS Alex Zayne & EL LINDAMAN!
The Time Splitter and #Jet2Fly team up for the tournament to see how far and fast they can go! But will they get up to 88 miles per hour? Or will The Sauce and the G-Rex cause them to crash ‘n’ burn?
The teams sort out and Kushida starts against Zayne. Fans rally as they get to cheer this event. Kushida and Zayne circle, feel things out, and Kushida arm-drags Zayne down. Kushida stays on top as Zayne moves around, and Kushida facelocks. Zayne powers up but Kushida throws him down. Zayne slips away and fans cheer this opening exchange. Kushida and Zayne reset, feel things out again, and Zayne shoots around to a waistlock. Kushida tries to pry that open but Zayne lifts and SLAMS Kushida down. Zayne floats to the facelock, pushes Kushida over but Kushida uses his leg guard to scissor Zayne.
Kushida has a top mount and then shifts to get an arm. Kushida wrenches an arm and brings Zayne over to tag in Knight. Zayne slips away but fans cheer as Knight eggs him on. Zayne tags Lindaman and fans fire up! Lindaman and Knight run in and Knight runs Lindaman over! Lindaman sits up and is shocked! Things speed up, Knight leaps over but Lindaman kicks low. Lindaman slaps Knight around, runs, but Knight hurdles! Knight rolls, but Lindaman leaps over! They keep moving, and Knight scoops to SLAM Lindaman! Fans fire up, Knight keeps moving, SLIDING SHOULDER! Cover, TWO!
Fans rally up and Knight brings Lindaman up. Tag back to Kushida, and Knight wrenches Lindaman’s arm to hand it off to Kushida. Kushida wrenches, wristlocks, then tags Knight back in. Kushida hands off the wristlock and Knight wrenches it more. Knight uppercuts the arm, tags Kushida, and Kushida takes the handoff to wrench. Tag to Knight, he and Kushida wrench, handoff and repeat! Then they double wrench, double snapmare, and double knee drop on both arms! Fans applaud and Knight covers, TWO! Fans rally up as Knight stands Lindaman up. Lindaman CHOPS but Knight shakes his head. Lindaman CHOPS again, but Knight shakes his head again.
Knight blocks Lindaman’s lariat, BOOTS the arm, then whips Lindaman to ropes. Lindaman holds ropes and avoids Knight’s dropkick! Tag to Zayne and Lindaman drags Knight up by his leg. Zayne runs to leap frog dropkick! Fans fire up as Zayne whips Knight corner to corner. Zayne runs in to ELBOW! Lindaman runs in to ELBOW! Lindaman feeds Knight to Zayne’s scoop, BAJA BLAST! Cover, TWO! Knight hangs tough but fans rally as Zayne’s just heating up. Zayne brings Knight up, wrenches and wristlocks, but Knight throws body shots. Zayne kicks low, wrenches again, and brings Knight around to BITE the fingers!
The ref reprimands, Zayne lets off, and he says, “Oishi! <Delicious!>” Fans rally as Zayne tags Lindaman back in. Lindaman has the ref watch Kushida, and Lindaman takes out his mouth guard. Zayne and Knight throw hands, Zayne ROCKS Knight and Lindaman wrenches, “ITADAKIMASU~! <Thanks for the meal!>” Lindaman takes a BITE! Lindaman also says it’s delicious! Lindaman stomps Knight down, puts his mouth guard back in, but Knight throws body shots. Knight fires forearms but Lindaman gives them back. Lindaman rakes the eyes, then fires up with the fans. Lindaman suplexes but Knight blocks!
Fans rally as Knight suplexes Lindaman, only for Lindaman to fight that off. Lindaman elbows and ROLLING ELBOWS, then he runs the ropes. Knight scoops to a BACKBREAKER! Fans fire up while both men are down! Knight and Lindaman crawl for their corners, hot tags to Kushida and Zayne! Zayne runs in but into a GAMANGIRI! Kushida KICKS and KICKS and KICKS the bad arm, then whips. Zayne reverses but Kushida CROSSBODIES! Fans fire up as Kushida dodges Zayne to PELE! Zayne ends up in a corner, and Kushida runs in to SHOTEI! Zayne staggers, Kushida goes up, FLYING KNEE to the bad arm!
Kushida wrenches that arm, to an ELBOW BREAKER! Zayne drops to a knee, but he avoids the Penalty Kick! Zayne waistlocks, Kushida standing switches, they go to ropes, and Kushida Electric Chair Lifts! Tag to Knight but Zayne fights free! Knight kicks low, he and Kushida double whip. They send Zayne through, body shot and knee lift! But Lindaman runs in to knee Knight! Lindaman kicks and hammers away on Kushida! Lindaman runs, into a back drop, but he tightly sunset flips through! Kushida stays up and rains down fists! Knight ROLLING SPLASHES Lindaman! Kushida puts on an ARMBAR!
Fans rally as Knight trips Zayne! BOSTON CRAB! Fans fire up for the simultaneous submission holds! Zayne powers up, turns back over, and he kicks Knight away! Knight falls on Kushida to break the armbar! Fans fire up while all four men are down. Fans rally behind Zayne and he hauls Knight up. Zayne throws a forearm, Knight gives it back. They go back and forth, forearm for forearm, and Knight eggs Zayne on! They pick up speed, Zayne gets the edge with elbows and a SOBAT! But Knight DROPKICKS back! Fans fire up even more as Knight kips up! Kushida returns, he Electric Chair Lifts again!
Knight and Kushida coordinate, DROPKICK LIFT SLAM!! Cover, Lindaman deadlifts Knight away! To GERMAN SUPLEX! Kushida KNEES Lindaman and whips. Lindaman reverses, but Kushida handsprings, into a waistlock! GERMAN SUPLEX! Fans fire up as Lindaman brings Knight up. Zayne goes to a corner, Lindaman lifts Knight, KUMAGOROSHI! Zayne fires up and says, “ITADAKIMASU~!” Zayne is up top, for the CINNAMON TWIST!! Cover, Zayne & Lindaman win!
Winners: Alex Zayne & El Lindaman, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Kushida & Knight earn 0)
#SAUCEHEARTS has a huge first win! Will they burn up the block and take those trophies? Can #TimeJet reset next round to get to 1.21 gigawatts?
Super Jr. Tag League 2022: Ryusuke Taguchi & Clark Connors VS DOUKI & Yoshinobu Kanemaru!
The Funky Weapon and Wild Rhino combine forces to become the Wild Hips! Taguchi knows firsthand how powerful those buns of steel are, but will he and Connors be sitting pretty with two points? Or will Suzuki-Gun’s Japones Del Mal and Hell Master give them a spanking?
The Wild Hips are coordinating outfits now, both wearing vests and safari hats. They also both have little black bags. What’s in the bag? Taguchi brings out a bottle of water to simply take a drink. The teams sort out and Wild Hips check that their buns are ready. “Crocodile” Taguchi starts against Kanemaru and fans rally up. Taguchi makes sure he’s hearing “TA-GU-CHI!” and he circles with Kanemaru. They tie up, Kanemaru headlocks but Taguchi powers out. Kanemaru runs Taguchi over, then keeps moving. Taguchi hurdles but Kanemaru waistlocks. Taguchi elbows free, whips, but Kanemaru reverses and Douki gets in a cheap shot!
Kanemaru DECKS Connors, the ref reprimands, but Douki hops in to stomp Taguchi. Kanemaru stomps Taguchi, and Suzuki-Gun whips Taguchi to a corner. Kanemaru runs in but Taguchi dodges! HIP ATTACK for Douki! Kanemaru dodges Taguchi to throw a body shot! Kanemaru whips but Taguchi goes up and catches Kanemaru, for the BOOTY BUMP! Taguchi runs and HIP ATTACKS! Fans fire up and Taguchi calls upon the powers of Strong Style already! “ORYA~!” But Douki dropkicks him down! Kanemaru BOOTS Connors off the apron and Douki hurries out after him. Douki stomps Connors while Kanemaru goes to Taguchi.
Kanemaru drags Taguchi up to throw him out and then go after him. Kanemaru brings Taguchi around for a BIG atomic drop! Kanemaru kicks Taguchi in the butt, then stalks him around the way. Taguchi falls over, Kanemaru kicks him around and stomps his butt! And again! Taguchi writhes and crawls but Kanemaru drags him back up. Kanemaru puts Taguchi in the ring and stalks him to the ropes. Fans rally but Kanemaru drags Taguchi up. Kanemaru whips Taguchi into the corner hard! Taguchi falls down, Kanemaru tags Douki, and Douki stomps Taguchi. Douki digs his boot in but the ref reprimands.
Douki lets off, but he has the ref busy with Connors so Kanemaru can claw Taguchi’s eyes! Douki then adds on with his boots! Suzuki-Gun lets off before the ref catches on, and Douki drags Taguchi up. Douki snapmares Taguchi, runs and SLIDING BOOTS! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up for Taguchi but Douki drags him up. Douki bumps Taguchi off Kanemaru’s boot, then tags him in. Kanemaru stomps and CLUBS Taguchi, covers, TWO! Fans rally as Taguchi hangs in there. Taguchi throws body shots and CHOPS! But Kanemaru rakes the eye! Kanemaru runs, Taguchi leaps, but into an atomic drop! Kanemaru runs again, but Taguchi somersaults to HIP ATTACK!
Fans fire up while both men are down! Taguchi and Kanemaru crawl, hot tags to Connors and Douki! The Wild Rhino rallies on Douki with shoulders and elbows, then a BIG elbow in the corner! Connors whips corner to corner, runs in and RAMS into Douki! Then Connors suplexes high and hard! Cover, TWO! Douki is still in this but fans rally for Connors. Connors aims from the corner, but Kanemaru anchors his foot! Connors kicks Kanemaru away and runs at Douki, but Douki hurdles over. Kanemaru runs in to dropkick Connors’ legs out! Connors bails out, Douki builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit and down goes the Wild Rhino!
Douki puts Connors in, Kanemaru drags Connors up and Douki climbs the corner! BRITISH FALL and DIVING DOUBLE STOMPS!! Cover, TWO!! Connors survives, but Douki drags him into ITALIAN STRETCH #32! Kanemaru intercepts Taguchi with a chop block! Kanemaru puts Taguchi in a FIGURE FOUR! Wild Hips endure simultaneous submission holds!! Fans fire up but Connors is fading! But he springs back to life with a second wind! Connors moves around, reaches out, but he’s fading again! Connors falls over, but he uses one last gasp to get the ROPEBREAK! Douki lets go at 4, and Kanemaru lets Taguchi go.
Fans rally while Douki goes to the apron. Douki aims as Connors rises, DAYBREAKER!! Cover, TWO!!! Connors survives and fans are thunderous! Douki roars, he wheelbarrows Connors, SUPLEX DE LA- NO, Connors fights the full nelson with elbows! Connor sis free but the HELL STAB knocks him down! Douki runs, but Taguchi gets in to HIP ATTACK! HIP ATTACK for Kanemaru! Fans fire up as Taguchi brings Douki up. Feed to the POWERSLAM! Taguchi and Connors roar as they combine their powers!! DOUBLE HIP ATTACK!! Cover, but Kanemaru breaks it! Taguchi throws Kanemaru out and Connors fires back up!
Fans rally behind Connors as he drags Douki back up. Back suplex, but Douki hits a takeover! Cover, TWO?!?! Connors escapes, he sets up, and SPEARS Douki! Taguchi keeps Kanemaru outside with OH MY GAH ANKLE! Connors roars, hauls Douki up again, TROPHY KILLER!! Cover, Wild Hips win!
Winners: Ryusuke Taguchi & Clark Connors, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Suzuki-Gun earns 0)
Fans are going wild for the Wild Hips! They get those important first points, but will they be leading the pack? Will Douki & Kanemaru be able to turn things around next round?
Super Jr. Tag League 2022: Robbie Eagles & Tiger Mask VS SHO & Dick Togo!
The Flying Tigers are back in action! The former IWPG Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions want those belts back, but will the House of Torture’s Murder Machine & Spoiler play spoiler already?
The teams sort out and fans cheer with Eagles, “ROBBIE ROBBIE ROBBIE!” “OI OI OI!” But then Sho & Dick rush the Flying Tigers! The bell rings to get this on record as Dick bumps Tiger off buckles and Sho rakes Eagles’ eyes! Sho kicks low then throws Eagles out. Dick digs his boots into Tiger, then Sho adds on. Fans boo but the House of Torture mugs Tiger with haymakers. They double whip, but Tiger gets around the double clothesline to waistlock Sho. Sho switches but Tiger BOOTS Dick away. Tiger then KANGAROO KICKS Sho, and hits Dick with a BACKBREAKER! Fans rally for Tiger as he tags in Eagles.
Flying Tigers double whip Dick to double hip toss! Then KICK, KICK, repeat, and double basement dropkicks! They kick and KICK and DOUBLE KICK Sho! Cover, TWO! Eagles drags Sho around and steps through, but Sho scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! Eagles lets off the legs to drag Sho up for knees! Eagles cravats but Sho stops the sliced bread! Sho wrenches an arm, bends the fingers, then whips Eagles. Eagles reverses and Sho ends up in the corner. Eagles runs in but Sho puts him on the apron. Eagles avoids the leg sweep and ROCKS Sho with a forearm, but Dick’s creeping up! Dick trips Eagles off the apron!
Fans boo as Sho DECKS Tiger! Sho distracts the ref so Dick can ROCK Eagles, UPPERCUT him, then put him in the ring. Sho ROPE GUILLOTINES Eagles! Fans boo more but Sho soaks it all up. Sho stomps Eagles, stands on his neck, but the ref reprimands. Sho steps off, drags Eagles up and wrenches the arm to a wristlock. Tag to Dick and Dick CLUBS the arm. Dick wrenches, hammerlocks, headlocks and sneaks in a punch! Eagles ends up on the ropes, so Dick CHOKES Eagles! Sho adds his boot, the ref reprimands them both, but he also has Tiger stay in his corner. Fans rally for Eagles but Dick drags Eagles up to snapmare and FIST DROP! Cover, TWO!
Dick and Sho are annoyed but the ref defends his count. Dick drags Eagles to the corner and tags in Sho. Fans rally with “ROBBIE ROBBIE ROBBIE!” “OI OI OI!” Sho laughs as he stalks Eagles and stomps him down. Sho drags Eagles up but Eagles throws body shots and CHOPS! Fans fire up, Eagles CHOPS more, but Sho rakes eyes! The ref reprimands, fans boo, but Sho whips Eagles into the corner. Sho sucker punches Tiger while Dick holds Eagles in the corner. Sho runs in but Eagles BOOTS him away! Eagles elbows Dick then RANAS Sho! Fans fire up again while both men are down! Eagles crawls over, but Sho anchors a foot!
Sho drags Eagles back from Tiger and he whips Eagles to rpoes. Eagles reverses, kicks and WHEEL KICKS! Both men are down again and fans rally up! Hot tag to Tiger Mask! Tiger KICKS and KICKS and SOBATS Sho to a corner, then he ROUNDHOUSES Sho down! Tiger underhooks but Sho wrenches out, only to swing into chicken wings! Sho fights free but Tiger kicks him again! And again! Tiger chicken wings but Sho switches! Tiger throws elbows, runs, but Sho uses the ref as a shield! Sho then runs to SPEAR! Fans rally up while both men are down! Sho grabs Tiger’s arm, wrenches and kicks, KICKS and SUPER- NO, Tiger blocks!
Tiger spins Sho, SOBATS, then runs, but into a JUMP KNEE! Sho runs in, but Tiger catches and spins Sho to the TIGER DRIVER! But Tiger can’t make the cover! Fans rally up as both men crawl, hot tags to Dick and Eagles! Eagles dodges Dick, dropkicks the leg out, then RUNNING KICKS! Dick goes to a corner, Eagles runs corner to corner, but Dick dodges the double knees! Eagles still pursues but Dick kicks a leg out and Oklahoma Rolls! TWO, but into a CROSSFACE! But Eagles rolls Dick to a cover! TWO, Dick ducks a kick but Eagles blocks Dick’s! TURBO BACKPACK! Cover, but Sho breaks it!
Tiger kicks Sho out of the ring and Eagles wraps Dick up into the RON MILLER SPECIAL!! Dick endures, fans fire up, but now Evil and Yujiro Takahashi rush in! The ref stops them but he misses Dick tapping out!! Eagles complains but Sho POSTS Tiger and gets his wrench! Fans shout for Evil & Yujiro to leave, but Sho aims at Eagles! Eagles blocks the wrench attack!! But that means letting Dick go! Eagles and Sho struggle over the wrench, and then Eagles ROUBNDHOUSES Sho down! Eagles runs Evil & Yujiro off, but Dick is there to poke him in the eye! And spin him around, into a full nelson, snapmare, and ghost pin! TWO!! CROSSFACE!!
Eagles endures and fans rally up! Eagles fights around, reaches out, and gets the ROPEBREAK! Tiger stomps Sho on the outside while Dick lets Eagles go. Dick drags Eagles up, reels him in, but Eagles wrenches out and gets around, schoolboy! TWO!! Eagles runs but into a LARIAT! Dick drags Eagles up, underhooks, and PEDIGREE!! But Dick goes up! Tiger ROCKS Dick first! Tiger goes up after Dick but Sho CLUBS away on Tiger! Sho Electric Chair Lifts Tiger and Dick adjusts, but Tiger victory rolls to avoid the Doomsday Device! Tiger DROPKICKS Sho out! Fans fire up as Tiger builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit and down goes Sho!
Eagles SHOTGUNS Evil & Yujiro, to then DIVE and wipe them out! Fans are thunderous as Eagles GAMANGIRIS Dick, springboards in and missile dropkicks the legs! RON MILLER SPECIAL!! Dick taps, Flying Tigers win!
Winners: Robbie Eagles & Tiger Mask, by pinfall (gain 2 points; House of Torture earns 0)
The deck was stacked but Eagles & Tiger still come out on top! Will the Flying Tigers fly to new heights in this tag league? Will Sho & Dick just have to cheat harder next round?
Super Jr. Tag League 2022: BUSHI & Titán VS Ace Austin & Chris Bey!
Los Ingobernables de Japon’s Black Mask & #INMORTAL were so, so close to winning the titles, but there’s always a way back! Will Bushi & Titan make this tournament tranquilo? Or will The Inevitable & The Ultimate Finesser make things just Too Sweet?
The teams sort out and Bullet Club attacks LIJ! Ace is after Bushi while Bey is after Titan! The bell rings and Ace throws Bushi out. Bullet Club put their jackets away to focus on Titan. They double whip and double dropkick! Ace then PLANCHAS to take Bushi out! Fans fire up and Bey drags Titan up. Fans rally while Bey stomps Titan. Bey drags Titan up, whips but Titan reverses to kick low. Titan runs but Bey SUPER FOREARMS! Titan staggers, Bey whips him to a corner, but Titan goes up and over and handsprings away! Fans cheer the agility, and then Titan goes Matrix to CALF KICK Bey down!
Fans fire up and Titan tags Bushi. Bushi CLUBS Bey, CLUBS him again, and stomps him down. Bushi drags Bey up to hit a NECKBREAKER! Cover, ONE, but fans rally for Bushi. Tag to Titan, and Bushi wrenches Bey’s arm while Titan climbs. Titan DOUBLE STOMPS the arm! Titan eggs Bey on, kicks him around, then fires off fast hands, kicks and a SOBAT! Titan runs but Ace stands in his way! Ace dares Titan to hit him, and Titan does swing, but Ace gets away. Bey KNEES Titan out of the ring, then DECKS Bushi off the apron! Ace APRON BACK SUPLEXES Titan! Bey flexes while Ace puts Titan in for him.
Bey stalks Titan to a corner, drags him up and UPPERCUTS him in the back! Cover, ROPEBREAK! Fans rally but Bey drags Titan over. Tag to Ace, Bullet Club double whips Titan to a corner. Bey sets up for Ace to pommel and ROUNDHOUSE! Ace sets up for FINESSE IN MOTION! Then feed to the drop toehold and capoeria kick! Bey runs in to DOUBLE STOMP! Ace covers, TWO! Fans rally, Ace drags Titan around and hip drops him. Ace hip drops again, then he kicks at Bushi. Fans rally as Ace gut wrench suplexes Titan! Ace drags Titan back up, bumps him off buckles, and he tags in Bey.
Ace holds Titan up for Bey to roll, handspring and CLAW Titan’s back! A shoutout to El Phantasmo! The ref still reprimands but Bey grins. Bey tags Ace and then sets Titan up. Ace slingshots, rolls, handsprings, and CLAWS Titan’s back! Fans applaud while Titan writhes. Fans rally up, Ace stomps Titan down, and then Ace drags Titan up. Ace RAMS Titan into the corner, tags Bey, and they double wrench and CHOP, to double drop toehold, and DOUBLE CLAW his back! Too Sweet~! Titan writhes and Bey mocks his pain before dropping an elbow. Bey sits Titan up and JAMS his knee into Titan’s back. Bey pulls on the arms for a motorcycle stretch!
Titan endures, fans rally, but Bey says Titan can’t hear it! Bey pulls on the arms but Titan fights to his feet. Titan turns things around but Bey uppercuts him down! Tag to Ace and Ace stomps Titan around. Ace stands on Titan at the ropes but lets off as the ref reprimands. Ace drags Titan around, covers, TWO! Fans rally up but Ace clubs Titan with crossface forearms. Ace clamps on a chinlock and even traps an arm. Then he shifts to a DRAGON SLEEPER! Titan endures and fans rally more! Titan kicks around, reaches out, and gets the ROPEBREAK! Ace lets off and fans rally up. Ace looms over Titan, then drags him back up.
Ace wrenches and reels Titan in, atomic drop to back suplex! Fans still rally and Ace taunts Titan. Ace taunts Bushi, too, and Titan crawls that way. But then Ace drags Titan away, puts him in the corner, and he tags in Bey. Ace brings Titan up, Bey runs in, LOW KICK RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP COMBO! And then, STANDING MOONSAULT LEG DROP COMBO! Bey covers, TWO! Bey grows frustrated but the fans fire up! Bey stands on Titan’s head, stomps him, then taunts the fans. Fans rally but Bey kicks at Bushi. Bey drags Titan over to tag in Ace. They double back suplex but Titan lands on his feet!
Titan ends up in a corner, Bey runs in but Titan sends him out! Ace runs in but Titan dodges! Hot tag to Bushi! Bushi dodges Ace, kicks and whips, but Ace reverses. But Bushi RANAS! It wasn’t the cleanest, but Bushi goes after Ace. Bey gets in and CLUBS Bushi! Bey throws hands, he and Ace double whip Bushi to the corner, then Bey runs in. Bushi dodges and Bey hits buckles! Bushi BOOTS Ace, then hooks up Bey, BULLDOG DROPKICK COMBO! Fans fire up as Ace goes to a corner. Bushi runs corner to corner, but Ace dodges! Ace runs back in but into a SWING KICK! Bushi goes up top and MISSILE DROPKICKS! Then BUSHIROONI!
Fans fire up and Bushi catches Ace to spin and DDT! Cover, TWO! Fans rally as Bushi brings Ace back up. Bushi hooks Ace up but Ace spins out of the fisherman screw! Ace reels Bushi in to back suplex! Ace sits Bushi up for the LOW SPIN KICK! Ace tags in Bey and Bey hurries to bring Bushi up. But Bushi swings, only for Bey to knee, knee and CHOP! Bey whips, Bushi reverses and dropkicks the legs out! Fans fire up as Bushi crawls for his corner, hot tag to Titan! Titan springboards and CROSSBODIES Bey! Ace throws Titan down by his mask but Titan kips up to PELE Ace! Bey mule kicks, runs, but Titan dodges to RANA Bey down!
Fans fire up as Bushi CLUBS Bey and stands Bullet Club up. Titan builds speed to somersault and slingshot, then TOP ROPE QUEBRADA! Fans fire up for Titan as he rises and roars! Titan puts Bey in, BOOTS him to a corner, then tags Bushi. Titan SOBATS Bey, LIJ double whip Bey corner to corner, and Bushi runs in to back elbow! Bushi sets up for INMORTAL IN MOTION! Titan feeds Bey to Bushi’s lift, MISSILE DROPKICK SPINEBUSTER! Cover, but Ace barrels in to break it! Fans fire up and Titan CLUBS Ace. Titan throws Ace out and fans rally as Bushi has Bey. Bushi whips Bey corner to corner, then Titan runs in to CRAZY LARIAT!
Bushi runs in, CODE BREAKER! But Bey flips through it?! PELE for Bushi! Bey kips up and avoids Titan’s springboard! Titan goes Matrix but Bey RABBIT PUNCHES him! Tag to Ace and he steps in to FLYING CHUCK! Titan bails out, Bey builds speed, TAG AND FLY! Direct hit on Titan! Ace runs at Bushi, knees low and KNEES, to HEEL KICK! Ace runs, to BLOCKBUSTER! Fans fire up as Bey tags back in! Bullet Club aim at Bushi, BOOSTED CUTTER!! Cover, Bullet Club wins!!
Winners: Ace Austin & Chris Bey, by pinfall (gain 2 points; LIJ earns 0)
Bullet Club gets those two sweet points! Will their taking the trophy be inevitable? Or can Bushi & Titan tranquilo and turn things around?
Super Jr. Tag League 2022: YOH & Lio Rush VS TJP & Francesco Akira!
Chaos’ Direct Drive teams up with their newest member, and they’re starting against the champions right out the gate! Will Yoh & Lio be the Men of the Hour? Or will “Catch 2/2” get those first two points?
The Orchestrator, Gideon Grey, gives the introduction for the “future winners of the Super Junior Tag League,” the Public Enemy and the Nova Fireball. Gideon even introduces Red Shoes for good measure. The teams sort out and a lot of trash is talked, but we start with Yoh and TJP. Fans rally and duel as the two circle. They tie up, are in a deadlock, but Yoh headlocks. Yoh grinds and hits a takeover, but TJP bridges up and turns things around to headlock Yoh! TJP hits a takeover, Yoh keeps his shoulder up, and rolls TJP to a cover. ONE and TJP keeps the headlock. Yoh kicks and kicks and pops free, which fans applaud.
TJP smirks and nods as he and Yoh reset. They circle, tie up, and Yoh hits an arm-drag. TJP headscissors and he holds tight as Yoh kicks around. Yoh hops, hops and handsprings free! Fans applaud and TJP keeps his cool as he resets with Yoh again. They circle, Yoh kicks low and wrenches an arm. TJP rolls, wrenches and cartwheels to bring Yoh into the twisting headscissors! Yoh headscissors back! TJP headstands and powers free! Fans cheer while TJP pats Yoh on the knee. Yoh avoids the Penalty Kick! And the standing moonsault! Yoh sweeps the legs and covers, ONE! TJP sweeps the legs and covers, ONE! TJP handsprings and fans fire up for the standoff!
Yoh and TJP go to their corners, they tag in Akira and Lio. Fans rally for “A! KI-RA!” and he circles with Lio. They tie up, Akira powers Lio to ropes, but Akira lets off slowly. Akira gives Lio a hard pat on the shoulders but Lio keeps cool. Lio steps up but Akira kicks low and headlocks. Lio powers out but Akira runs him over! Akira flexes, things speed up, but Akira stomps Lio as he drops down. But Lio whips, only for Akira to reverse, only for Lio to reverse, only for Akira, and then Lio, and then Akira! Lio uses the ropes to get around and whip Akira away. Lio eggs Akira on but then goes the other way, and then again!
Akira drops, Lio leaps over and comes back to go up and RANA! Fans fire up as Lio handsprings under, mule kicks, ENZIGURIS, and kips up! Fans cheer Lio on as he watches Akira flounder. Lio brings Akira up, whips him to the corner and RAMS in! Tag to Yoh, Yoh whips Lio for Lio to whip Yoh. Yoh BLASTS TJP off the apron, then Lio runs and slides up to Yoh. Yoh spins Lio and Lio victory rolls with Yoh! They roll and roll, it’s a bit clunky, but they still make it to the corner so Lio can SPLASH Akira! Fans rally up and Lio fist bumps Yoh. Yoh stomps Akira, brings him up, and ROCKS Akira with forearms!
Yoh runs, Akira dodges and tags TJP! TJP runs in to whip Yoh but Yoh reverses. TJP goes Spider-Man, Yoh runs in but is dumped out. Akira PLANCHAS Yoh down! Akira hurries in and gets a boost from TJP to SHOTGUN Lio! Fans rally for the United Empire, and TJP fetches Yoh. TJP puts Yoh in, drags him up and bumps him off buckles. TJP stomps a mudhole into Yoh, and fans rally as TJP gives Yoh scrapes to the face! TJP runs side to side, for the BOOT WASH! Fans fire up, TJP drags Yoh back up, and he gives him another round of scrapes! TJP runs side to side to BOOT WASH DROPKICK!
Fans fire up and chant for TJP as he goes into the ring. TJP drags Yoh to a cover, TWO! Yoh hangs tough but TJP drags him up again. Tag to Akira, the Empire double whip Yoh to ropes, and SOBAT, KICK, KICK, BASEMENT SHOTGUN! Cover, TWO! Akira eggs Lio on, drags Yoh back up, and he CLUBS Yoh on the neck. Yoh goes to ropes, Akira CLUBS him again, and he talks trash. Yoh CHOPS, ROCKS, CHOPS again, but Akira CHOPS! Yoh sputters as he drops to his knees but fans fire up! Akira puts Yoh in the corner, TJP runs in and DECKS Lio, then Akira snapmares Yoh. Akira runs, TJP gets him up, and Akira says take pictures now! ELECTRIC CHAIR SENTON!
Fans fire up and Akira pushes Yoh to a cover. TWO, and Akira looms over Yoh. Akira kicks Yoh around but Yoh eggs him on. Akira throws forearms but Yoh just eggs Akira on! Akira CHOPS, runs, but Yoh handsprings away! Mule kick and NECKBREAKER! Fans fire up while both men are down! Yoh crawls for his corner, TJP runs in to drag him back! But Yoh BOOTS TJP away! Hot tag to Lio! Lio baits Akira in, then goes up and around him to then go up and QUEBRADA! TJP returns, he back suplexes, but Lio lands on his feet! Lio LARIATS TJP, LARIATS Akira, then LARIATS TJP and LARIATS Akira again!
Lio whips TJP to a corner, TJP reverses but Lio slides to a stop. Lio BOOTS TJP, BOOTS Akira, but Akira ducks the haymaker. Akira waistlocks, Lio elbows free, and Lio whips TJP to ropes. TJP reverses, Akira hooks Lio up and the Empire double whip. But Lio ducks the double clothesline to handspring and DOUBLE BACK ELBOWS! Fans fire up again as TJP and Akira bail out. Lio builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit on TJP! Lio hurries and DIVES on Akira! Direct hit there, too! Fans are thunderous as Lio puts Akira in. Lio brings Akira up and in, but Akira fights the back suplex. Lio powers through to BACK SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!
Akira crawls away, TJP returns and kicks low. TJP ROCKS Lio, Lio ROCKS TJP, repeat! They go back and forth, TJP gets the edge, but Lio fires back with fast hands! Lio ROCKS TJP, runs, but TJP ROUNDHOUSES! TJP fireman’s carries but Yoh brings Lio down. Yoh kicks TJP low, gives Lio a boost, but TJP avoids the scissor kick to JUMP SOBAT Lio! TJP kicks and whips Yoh but Yoh reverses! TJP holds ropes, Lio runs in to clothesline him out! Yoh hurries and PLANCHAS! Yoh puts TJP back in, Lio schoolboys and SPIN KICKS! Fans fire up while TJP flops out of the ring. Lio aims at Akira, runs in and SPEARS! Cover, TJP breaks it!
Fans continue to rally for Lio and he throws TJP out. Lio hurries over to tag Yoh, and Yoh has the fans heat up. Yoh runs in to BACK ELBOW Akira! But Akria roars! They throw forearms back and forth! Yoh gets the edge, kicks and suplexes, but Akira slips out to shove then follow. Akira wheelbarrows, into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Yoh covers, TWO!! Akira survives and fans are thunderous as they duel! Yoh goes to the corner, he tunes up the band! Akira rises, Yoh aims but TJP blocks the superkick to spin around and back suplex! Lio SHINING WIZARDS TJP! Lio kicks at Akira but Akira blocks to flip Lio to the corner! Akira runs in but he blocks Lio’s boot, only for Lio to SLAP him!
Lio goes up but Akira gets him for a SECOND ROPE SPANISH FLY! Fans fire up as Yoh runs in, but into a SNAP DRAGON! Akira fires up and runs, but Yoh SUPERKICKS Akira down!! All four men are down and Korakuen Hall is electric! Lio and TJP bail out while Akira and Yoh stir. Yoh and Akira crawl towards each other, and Yoh brings Akira up with underhooks. Akira resists, but Yoh lifts! AKira fights that to wrench out and ENZIGURI! Then chicken wings, to HIGH ANGLE GERMAN! Bridging cover, TWO!! Fans are thunderous again as Akira fires up! Akira drags Yoh up, reels him in, but Yoh fights Speedfire! Akira throws knee after knee after knee, and Yoh falls down!
Akira taunts Yoh, drags him back up, but Yoh ROCKS him with a forearm! Yoh staggers over to Akira, reels him in, but Akira fights the full nelson. Akira elbows, runs, TJP tags in but Lio rushes in. TJP sends Lio out while Akira waistlocks Yoh. Akira shoves Yoh and TJP sends him to ropes, they STEAL 3K!!! But they don’t end it there, they run to give Yoh 2 BY 2!! And then Akira runs to FLY out onto Lio! TJP goes up top and he aims at Yoh, for the MAMBA SPLASH!! Cover, Lio breaks it in time!!! Fans are electric again as all four men are down! TJP pushes Lio out of the ring, then he drags Yoh back up. Akira coordinates with him as TJP Electric Chair Lifts!
Akira is up top, but Lio HEADBUTTS Akira down! Yoh victory rolls, TWO!! TJP catches Yoh to a dragon sleeper but Yoh drops! TJP drops on the cover, TWO and Yoh finishes the victory roll! TWO and Yoh runs, into a SUPERKICK! TJP fireman’s carries, but Lio SUPERKICKS TJP! Yoh & Lio DOUBLE SUPERKICK!! Fans are thunderous as Yoh pounds the mat Lio roars, Yoh roars, and they haul TJP up! Lio runs, rebounds, STUNNER! Yoh suplexes TJP for the GHOSTBUSTER!! Double cover, TWO!?!? Yoh & Rush cannot believe it! The fans are electric again as Yoh roars! Lio and Yoh three-finger fist-bump. They whip TJP, but Akira rushes in to victory roll DOUBLE STOMP Lio!
TJP sunset flips through the flapjack to then jackknife! The Empire wins!!
Winners: TJP & Francesco Akira, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Yoh & Lio earn 0)
The champions had a fight on their hands, but they come out on top! Will Chaos be able to make up for lost time in the next round?
As for the Empire, Gideon helps TJP stay up on his feet until he’s caught his breath. TJP then walks up to Lio and offers him a handshake. Lio accepts it, showing there is still respect between these rivals. Then the Empire ushers Chaos out of the ring so they can have their moment in the spotlight. TJP gets the mic to say in Japanese, “I’m tired… It hurts! In my head.” He then asks Red Shoes, in Spanish, “Help me.” Red Shoes returns to the ring, and Akira says to him, “Allow me to speak a bit of Japanese.” Red Shoes and the fans applaud. “Hey, Korakuen, our name is Catch 2/2.” Or perhaps in Japanese, Catch Ni Ni.
Red Shoes, Akira is going to tell you something to tell the fans. He whispers it to Red Shoes. Red Shoes takes the mic to first compliment Akira on his Japanese. And then he explains to the fans that Catch 2/2 want them to participate in a closing cheer. Fans like the sound of that! Akira and TJP quickly help Red Shoes know how it goes. You point to one side, shout “CATCH!” Then to this side, “NI NI!” So, get it? CATCH! NI NI! Fans applaud to acknowledge that, and the Empire would like the fans to be really loud. Okay, three, two, one! CATCH! NI NI! CATCH! NI NI! CATCH! NI NI! They keep it going around and around, and Akira thanks them all!
Gideon then gives final introductions! On behalf of TJP, Akira, himself and the entire United Empire, he says, “Good bye, MWAH! And good… No no no. THIS IS THE POWER OF THE UNITED EMPIRE~!!” A bit of a nod to the Cleaner that’s coming for Will Ospreay, but will the Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions remain spotless in the Super Junior Tag League?
Here are the Super Jr. Tag League standings!
TJP & Akira: 1-0, 2 points
Zayne & Lindaman: 1-0, 2 points
Taguchi & Connors: 1-0, 2 points
Eagles & Tiger Mask: 1-0, 2 points
Austin & Bey: 1-0, 2 points
Yoh & Lio: 0-1, 0 points
Bushi & Titan: 0-1, 0 points
The House of Torture: 0-1, 0 points
Suzuki-Gun: 0-1, 0 points
KUSHIDA & Knight: 0-1, 0 points
A great opening night for this new tradition of NJPW’s. Super Jr. Tag League opening was a bit of a surprise, but we got great stuff up and down the block. Great looking combinations, too, especially “Wild Hips” and Taguchi dressing up like Connors. And I feel like the only result that surprised me was LIJ losing to Bullet Club’s Impact branch. Not that Ace and Bey aren’t great in their own right, I just thought LIJ would start strong to keep pace with the champions. But maybe LIJ will have a great comeback story to become a surprising finalist. But the champions win, and they get to debut their new team name and team chant, they’re definitely going to be a finalist with some great matches all through this tournament.
My Score: 8.6/10
Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (9/29/23)
Eddie Kingston is on a Rampage!
Will the Mad King regret this gamble?
Before putting both belts on the line against Katsuyori Shibata at AEW WrestleDream, Eddie Kingston defends his NJPW Strong title against Rocky Romero! Will plans have to change all thanks to Azucar?
- AEW World Trios Championships: The Acclaimed & Billy Gunn VS The Hardy Party; The Acclaimed & Billy win and retain the titles.
- NJPW Strong Openweight Championship: Eddie Kingston VS Rocky Romero; Eddie wins and retains the title.
- The Righteous VS Caleb Crush & Gunnar; The Righteous win.
- AEW Women’s World Championship #1 Contender’s match: Ruby Soho VS Hikaru Shida; Shida wins and will challenge Saraya for the title on Title Tuesday, October 10th.
PLAY BY PLAY
AEW World Trios Championships: The Acclaimed & Billy Gunn VS The Hardy Party!
The open challenge was put forth, and it was answered very quickly! Will Matt, Jeff & Brother Zay DELETE the Scissor World Tour? Or will Max Caster, Anthony Bowens & Daddy Ass keep the party going?
But of course, Platinum Max has a diss track! “Acclaimed on the mic, ’bout to leave these dudes up in smoke! Y’know we comin’ like the Colorado Buffalos! Matt, I don’t want any heat! I don’t need your crazy ass wife sendin’ me tweets! It’s the one guy in Private Party! Nowadays, he gets tag teamed by the Hardys! Jeff, I’m a leave you black in both eyes! You gonna need these sunglasses like Coach Prime.” Bowens takes the mic to say “COLORADOOOO~! The Acclaimed have arrived! Scissor Me, Daddy Ass~!” And he does! The belts are raised, and we see who survives WrestleDream weekend!
The trios sort out and Bowens starts against Kassidy. They shake hands, tie up, and Bowens waistlocks. Kassidy drop toeholds, facelocks but Bowens slips free to wrench. Kassidy rolls, handsprings, wrenches and hammerlocks to a headlock. Bowens powers out to headlock but Kassidy powers out, only for Bowens to run him over! Bowens self-scissors, then things speed up. Kassidy hurdles, Bowens shoves then follows but Kassidy arm-drags! Bowens arm-drags! Bowens blocks Kassidy’s arm-drag to whip, but Kassidy wheelbarrows and arm-drags! Bowens stands, into a RANA! Kassidy then pounds the mat and fans fire up.
Bowens kicks but Kassidy blocks to spin him. Kassidy kicks but Bowens blocks to flip him! Bowens then kicks, kicks and KOTARO KRUSHER! Fans fire up, “EVERYONE Loves The Acclaimed!” Bowens drags Kassidy up, tags in Caster, and they double whip. Kassidy holds ropes, TOSSES Bowens then BOOTS Caster! Tag to Matt and Matt BOOTS Caster! Kassidy hits a NECKBREAKER, Jeff tags in to go up, for the SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Jeff snapmares Caster to then NECK SNAPPER! Fans fire up with Jeff and he waits on Caster to stand. Kick but no Twist as Caster slips free! Jeff ducks the backhand to SPIN KICK!
Jeff CLUBS Caster, Caster scrambles away, tags to Billy and Matt! Fans fire up as Matt says “DELETE! DELETE!” Billy says “SUCK IT!” “DELETE!” “SUCK IT!” “DELETE!” “SUCK IT!” And repeat! Then Billy headlocks! Matt throws body shots, powers out, but Billy runs Matt over! Billy flexes and does a dance, and then he runs in. Matt ELBOWS Billy, BOOTS him, then bumps him off buckles! “DELETE! DELETE! DELETE!” Billy gets all three layers, and Matt tags Jeff. Jeff tags Kassidy, and the Hardys set up fort he classic POETRY IN MOTION! Then Kassidy adds PARTY IN MOTION! But The Acclaimed CLOBBER Kassidy & The Hardys!
Fans fire up as Caster has Kassidy up to scoop and SLAM! Billy helps get the legs, and Bowens goes up to SCISSOR ME TIMBERS! Kassidy squeals before impact! Cover, TWO! Kassidy survives but The Acclaimed have control as Rampage goes picture in picture.
Billy brings Kassidy up, bumps him off buckles, and he hears the fans singing. Billy ROCKS Kassidy with a right, apologizes to the ref, then tags to Bowens. Bowens drags Kassidy up to ROCK him with haymaker after haymaker! Bowens then brings Kassidy up to tag in Caster. They double suplex Kassidy, Caster covers, TWO! Another cover, TWO! Caster keeps Kassidy down with a chinlock while fans rally up. Kassidy fights to his feet, throws body shots, and he fires forearms as Rampage returns to single picture. Kassidy runs but Caster CLOBBERS him! Tag to Billy and they mug Kassidy.
Billy brings Kassidy to an open corner, stomps and ROCKS him on repeat, then lets off to smirk at the Hardys. He dares them to do something, but Matt tells Billy to suck it! So Billy DECKS Matt! Billy runs corner to corner but Kassidy dodges! The splash hits buckles and Billy falls back! Fans rally up as both men crawl, but Billy gets Kassidy’s leg! Kassidy stands up to ENZIGURI! Hot tag to Jeff! Jeff rallies on Billy, on Bowens, and on Caster! Fans fire up and Jeff clotheslines Billy up and out! Jeff CLOBBS Bowens, then catches him for a RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Leg hook cradle! Cover, Caster breaks it!
Caster helps Bowens up, then runs in, but Jeff ELBOWS caster and ROCKS Bowens! Jeff goes up, WHISPER IN THE WIND! Jeff gets both Caster and Bowens but everyone is down! Billy returns, kicks low, says ‘SUCK IT!” and runs, but Jeff dodges! Matt kicks Billy for a TWIST OF FATE! Jeff hurries up top, fans fire up, SWANTON BOMB! Cover, Bowens breaks it in time! Matt CLUBS Bowens, Bowens hits back, and Bowens calls to Caster. They whip Matt to a corner, forearm then ELBOW then forearm again! And a feed to the POWERSLAM! ROLLING ELBOW for Jeff! The Acclaimed regroup, and Billy crawls to the corner.
Fans fire up as Billy drags Jeff over. Jeff gets loose, hot tags to Kassidy and Bowens! Kassidy dodges Bowens to DROPKICK Caster! “This is Awesome!” as Kassidy BOOTS Bowens! Kassidy goes up, leaps, FLYING FLATLINER! Billy stands, runs in, but Kassidy dumps him out! Kassidy slingshots out then QUEBRADAS to take Billy down! Kassidy mocks the scissoring, then tells Bowens to get up. Kassidy springboards in, but Bowens dodges and Caster BACKHANDS Kassidy! Then Bowens BACKHANDS Kassidy! Bowens fires off the Five Tool Strike Fest! Caster hoists Kassidy up and Bowens helps, to give Kassidy the PLATINUM BOMB! Cover, The Acclaimed win!
Winners: The Acclaimed & Billy Gunn, by pinfall (still AEW World Trios Championships)
A huge win for the champions, and the Scissor World Tour continues! In fact, it is heading to Seattle for WrestleDream’s Zero Hour! TMDK’s Shane Haste, Mikey Nicholls & Bad Dude Tito are waiting, will they show The Acclaimed that The Mighty Don’t Kneel?
Eddie Kingston speaks.
“Well folks, tonight, it’s me and Big Rock, Rocky Romero, for the NJPW Strong Openweight Championship. Rock, I got nothing but respect for you, dawg, so it’s gonna be an honor and a pleasure to defend this against you. You’re the man that got me into the G1. You’re the man that got me-” Wait, Team Triple J is interrupting. Jay Lethal says that if we’re talking honor and respect, Eddie is standing here with two titles on his shoulders, and that is worth respecting. But Lethal can’t get behind how Eddie is the ROH World Champion. Lethal dedicated his life to that title! His blood, sweat, tears, all to honor a tradition that meant that every person to hold that title would be a pure athlete!
And Eddie, you are no pure athlete! Now as for this NJPW Strong Openweight title, Lethal doesn’t care if Eddie wins it or loses it here tonight. He really doesn’t. But he just cares that Eddie is unfit to be ROH World Champion! Eddie says okay, he’s got Lethal. But excuse his back, he’s gotta go beat up Romero. The Mad King leaves, but will he still have both crowns going into WrestleDream?
AEW shares an interview from after last week’s Collision.
Lexi Nair was with Andrade El Idolo after he was bandaged up from the beating Bullet Club Gold gave him. He almost won, but Juice Robinson interfered. What was that about? Andrade says everyone saw that Andrade had White beat. But the question for Juice is… “Do you have a problem with me? With Andrade El Idolo? Lemme tell you something. See you Saturday in Seattle!” Andrade wants his revenge on Rock Hard, will he get it on WrestleDream Eve?
NJPW Strong Openweight Championship: Eddie Kingston VS Rocky Romero!
The Mad King beat Kenta at NJPW Independence Day back in July to have his first singles title under the NJPW banner. And now he defends it against Azucar as a favor for getting him in the door. Will Rocky repay this favor by taking this title from Eddie? Or will Eddie still head to Seattle as a double champion?
The introductions are made, the NJPW belt is raised, and we see who is truly NJPW Strong!
The bell rings and fans rally up for “EDDIE! EDDIE!” The two circle, Rocky tests things with a kick but Eddie stays back. They feel things out, tie up, and are in a deadlock. Eddie waistlocks, Rocky wrenches, wristlocks, but Eddie clinches. Fans rally, Rocky keeps on the wristlock but Eddie powers through to wrench and wristlock back. Rocky rolls, breaks free and DROPKICKS! Fans are torn as Rocky swaggers, but he and Eddie reset. They feel things out, knuckle lock, and Rocky knees low. Rocky headlocks, grinds the hold, but Eddie powers up and out. They RAM shoulders, but Eddie stays up with a smirk.
Fans fire up as Rocky smirks back, but then pie faces Eddie! Rocky runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges, and RANAS! Eddie bails out, Rocky builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit but Eddie stays up, so Rocky goes again! DIVE and Eddie drops to his knees! Rocky keeps going, and he DIVES for the hattrick, only for Eddie to catch him! Stalling suplex, to the floor! Fans rally behind Eddie while Rampage goes picture in picture.
Eddie stands, stretches out his back, and then he gets Rocky up and into the ring. Cover, TWO! Eddie keeps cool, and also chooses not to rain down fists, instead clamping on a chinlock. Rocky endures as Eddie grinds him down, and fans rally up. Eddie cranks the headlock but Rocky refuses to give up. Rocky fights up, throws elbows, but Eddie knees him low! Eddie whips to knee low again, then whips for another knee! Eddie whips but Rocky rolls him up, TWO! Rocky BUZZSAWS Eddie, then TORNADO DDTS! Both men are down and a standing count begins. Rocky stirs at 3, crawls over, and he brings Eddie up.
Eddie pushes Rocky, runs, but into an IRON OCTOPUS! Eddie endures, pries at the hold, and pops free, only for Rocky to wrangle him with a ghost pin! TWO, and Eddie goes to ropes. Rocky storms up, KICKS Eddie in the back, but Eddie just grimaces. Eddie eggs Rocky on so Rocky KICKS him again! Eddie growls and eggs Rocky on more as Rampage goes picture in picture.
Rampage returns and Eddie suplexes, but Rocky knees free! Rocky knees low, Eddie rebounds, but into a JUMP KNEE! Eddie goes to ropes, Rocky storms over and brings him up through the ropes, to KICK! Eddie eggs Rocky on even though he’s stuck, so Rocky SLAPS Eddie! Eddie SLAPS Rocky! Rocky SOBATS! Then Rocky goes up a corner to MISSILE DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! Eddie is still in this and Rocky argues the count but the ref says it was fair. Rocky drags Eddie up, cravats, but no Sliced Bread! Eddie runs in to clothesline in the corner! And MACHINE GUN CHOPS! Fans fire up and Eddie hoists Rocky up top!
Eddie climbs up behind Rocky, stands him up, but Rocky throws hands! Rocky CLUBS Eddie, cravats, and hits SUPER SLICED BREAD! Cover, TWO!! Fans fire up as Eddie survives, and Rocky grits his teeth. Rocky pumps up and fans rally. Rocky runs in to clothesline! That’s one-ever! Two-ever! But URAKEN stops that! URAKEN again!! Eddie drags Rocky into the STRETCH PLUM!! Rocky taps, Eddie wins!!
Winner: Eddie Kingston, by submission (still NJPW Strong Openweight Champion)
Azucar could not dethrone The Mad King, but he still shows Eddie respect with a handshake and hug. Eddie is still NJWP Strong, but will he have to fight even harder to survive The Wrestler, Katsuyori Shibata?
Wait! That’s Shibata’s music! Shibata is HERE! He goes into the ring and shakes hands with Eddie. These two respect each other, and that means they will give it everything they’ve got! Will Eddie still be a two belt king? Or will Shibata become a TRIPLE CROWN Champion?
Aussie Open speaks.
Mark Davis says he is so tired. So tired of hearing the “top blokes” walk around here the last year, hubris unchecked, lying to the people that they are the best in the world. Kyle Fletcher says that for the last 365 days, everything Aussie Open has done has been to get back to FTR. When FTR beat them a year ago, it broke Fletcher. Fletcher felt like a failure and felt lost. So what he wants more than anything is to make FTR feel that pain. This Sunday, Aussie Open takes the AEW World Tag Team Championships, burns down the legacy of #7StarFTR, and from the ashes, rebuild a new empire that they will stand atop of to proclaim that THEY are the best tag team in the world!
The Aussie Arrow and Dunkzilla are ready to bring down Dax Harwood & Cash Wheeler, will they fulfill that WrestleDream?
The Righteous VS Caleb Crush & Gunnar!
Speaking of tag titles, Dutch & Vincent are aimed at the ROH World Tag Team Championships! However, Adam Cole will be out with injury so it’ll just be Maxwell Jacob Friedman meeting them in Seattle. Will this tune-up prove to be more than enough going into that tag title handicap match?
The teams sort out, but then Dutch just CLOBBERS Crush & Gunnar! Fans boo as Dutch says just a few more days and those titles will be theirs! Vincent rains down fists on Crush, then drags him up to UPPERCUT! Vincent bumps Crush off buckles, tags in Dutch, and the Righteous mugs Crush before the BOSS MAN SLAM! Gunnar staggers up but Dutch feeds him to Vinnie’s KNEE! Then Vinnie feeds him to a BOSS MAN SLAM! Tag to Vinnie, fans are torn as the Righteous pace around Crush. Vinnie snaps his fingers, then cravats, AUTUMN SUNSET! Cover, Righteous win!
Winners: The Righteous, by pinfall
A swift and dominant win, these are the two men coming for the tag titles! Will The Righteous purge ROH of the “false friendship” that is the brochachos? Or are even two Righteous men combined not on the level of the Devil?
Ortiz sits alone in a room.
He looks back on his career alongside Mike Santana. They were at the top of their game coming into AEW, but then it ended up going downhill. There’s even audio from Konnan touching on how Ortiz and Santana stopped talking to each other and how Konnan was saddened by that. Ortiz has the footage stop there. What will it take for him to get Santana to talk to him?
Darby Allin speaks.
After replaying what Christian Cage said just last Wednesday on Dynamite, the Relentless One reiterates that he is NOT losing in Seattle, Washington! Will Darby defend home turf against Captain Charisma?
Nick Wayne speaks.
He knows Darby has a lot to say about Christian Cage, and all of that will be part of the Countdown special. But Nick also knows Darby’s actions will speak louder than his words at WrestleDream. And although Darby told Nick not to be there ringside, Nick doesn’t really want to anyway because of what Christian & Luchasaurus are capable of. So, while they let Christian and Darby settle their business, how about Nick and Luchasaurus settle theirs? For months and months, Luchasaurus walked around here while another man held his title. And Luchasaurus followed Christian around like he was some kind of father figure.
And Nick isn’t sure what it is about Christian where he thinks he can even be such a figure to “us Lost Boys,” but Nick had a father. And he told Nick at a young age “to never leave your debts unpaid.” Nick owes Luchasaurus. At Wembley Stadium, Luchasaurus choke slammed Nick onto a skateboard and Nick never forgot it. Nick will repay Luchasaurus this Sunday during Zero Hour. And Nick will even hand Luchasaurus a receipt. Nick brings his own skateboard, will he grind it right into the Right Hand of Destruction?
BREAKING NEWS for Collision!
AEW is going to do it big for WrestleDream Eve as, with Zack Sabre Jr. on commentary, we see an 8 Man Tag! FTR teams with Bryan Danielson & Wheeler Yuta to take on Aussie Open, Ricky Starks & “Big Bill” Morrissey! Plus, Chris Jericho & Kenny Omega test their tag team chemistry against The Gates of Agony! Will The Ocho & The Cleaner survive Toa Liona & Bishop Kaun to take on the Don Callis Family? And Julia Hart gets in action to build some last minute momentum, will she be ready for Kris Statlander and their TBS Championship match set for Sunday?
Backstage interview with Zack Sabre Jr.
Renee Paquette is with The Front Man of TMDK, and says we’re just days away from WrestleDream, where ZSJ takes on The American Dragon, Bryan Danielson. ZSJ just came off a three week tour in NJPW and just got here to the States, is he worried at all about acclimating? ZSJ asks Bryan “Dragon Bullocks” Danielson, “Where are you, darling?” As Renee just said, ZSJ got off a 16 hour flight from Tokyo and is feeling fresh as a daisy. But perhaps this company’s keeping Bryan wrapped head to toe in bubble wrap, or keeps him in a giant Zorb ball. At this point, a strong gust of wind will knock Bryan over.
And is ZSJ supposed to be honored that Bryan chose him as part of the year long retirement tour? Newsflash: Bryan barely has a weekend. This Sunday isn’t just about finding out who the best technical wrestler is, no no. Bryan has retired once in Seattle, so ZSJ will make it final. Ya like that? The final retirement~! Submissions in Seattle, see you on Sunday. The NJPW World Television Champion has put Bryan on notice, but will he be able to slay the American Dragon?
AEW Women’s World Championship #1 Contender’s match: Ruby Soho VS Hikaru Shida!
While the Outcasts stand at two members, Saraya is looking forward to a friendly showdown with the Runaway in a little under two weeks! But will Ruby make sure there is No Future for the Shining Samurai? Or will Shida take down one Outcast to go after another?
The bell rings and the two circle. Fans fire up as Ruby and Shida step up, and they’re on Shida’s side. Ruby shoves, runs, and RAMS Shida, but Shida just fires up! Ruby headlocks, Shida throws body shots, and then she powers out. Shida then runs past Ruby to run Ruby over! Fans duel, Shida has the majority, and she goes to the corner. Shida climbs up but Ruby slips away before any fists can rain down! Shida is annoyed but she waits on Ruby to return. Ruby takes her time going to the apron, steps in at 6 of 10 but wants Shida to stay back. Shida gets annoyed as the ref keeps her back, but then Ruby pulls Shida’s hair to throw her down!
Ruby throws hands, puts Shida in the corner, then RAMS into her again and again! Fans boo but Ruby runs, only to miss! Shida ROCKS Ruby, then climbs up to rain down fists! Ruby gets away before three, runs back in but into a BOOT! Shida bumps Ruby off buckles, climbs up and rains down those fists! Ruby slips out at five to YANK Shida down! Ruby whips, Shida goes up and CROSSBODIES! Shida then drags Ruby up, puts her in yet another corner, and tries one more time! Shida rains down fists, and goes all the way to TEN! Fans fire up with Shida and she kicks Ruby out, to then MISSILE DROPKICK!
Fans fire up as Shida drags Ruby up, and Rampage goes picture in picture.
Ruby CLUBS away on Shida to stop the lift, then shoves her to a corner. Ruby runs in, Shida dodges, but Ruby ELBOWS her! Ruby goes up to hit DEADLY NIGHTSHADE! Ruby digs Shida into the buckles, lets off as the ref counts, and then brings Shida up to snapmare. Ruby covers, TWO! Ruby throws down fists now, but lets off with a smug smirk. Ruby puts Shida on ropes to CHOKE! The ref counts, Ruby lets off, and then Ruby has Shida in the ropes to throw knees! A shoutout to Saraya, and Ruby lets off at 4. Ruby stalks Shida, looms over her, and pushes her around. Shida pushes back but Ruby eggs her on.
Shida ROCKS Ruby, then fires again! Ruby claws Shida’s face! And throws her down by her hair again! The ref reprimands, but Ruby clamps on a straitjacket stretch! Shida endures, but Ruby grinds her into the mat! Fans rally, Shida fights up, and she arm-drags free! Ruby returns to CLOBBER Shida! Cover, TWO! Ruby is annoyed but Shida grabs at Ruby’s hair! Ruby CLUBS Shida, drags her up, and stomps a hand! Shida scrambles to a corner while the ref reprimands but Ruby stomps a mudhole in. Ruby lets off as the ref counts, and Ruby storms around. Shida drags herself up, but Ruby CHOKES her on the ropes!
The ref counts while Ruby BITES Shida’s ear! Ruby lets off at 4, drags Shida up, but Shida ROCKS her! And again! And again! And again! But Ruby knees low! Ruby talks trash, whips Shida to ropes, but Shida ducks ‘n’ dodges, and DOUBLE LARIATS knock both women down! Rampage returns to single picture as the standing count climbs. Fans rally, both women are down at 5 of 10 but Shida goes to ropes. Shida snarls, she and Ruby stand at 7, and they storm up. Shida fires a forearm, Ruby gives it back! Shida throws another, so Ruby gives it back! They go back and forth, harder and harder, faster and faster!
Ruby gets the edge, but Shida ROCKS her! And ROCKS her! And ROCKS her again! Shida whips to JUMP KNEE! Shida then suplexes high and hard! Cover, TWO! Shida fires up again and the fans are with her! Shida aims, KATA- NO, Ruby ducks and bails out! Fans boo but Shida goes out to pursue! Shida runs in, jumps off the steps, and DROPKICKS Ruby down! Fans fire up again and Shida stands Ruby up. Shida torture racks Ruby, then goes to the ramp!? Fans are thunderous but Ruby fights free! They throw forearms, and CHOPS! Shida CLUBS Ruby, Ruby throws body shots, but the count is climbing!
They both hear it’s 8 of 10 and start sprinting! They both slide in at 9.5!! Fans are thunderous and then Ruby swings, but Shida blocks! Ruby HEADBUTTS, blocks a kick, then KICKS back! SAIDO! Cover, TWO! Shida survives and Ruby grows frustrated. Ruby goes to a corner, and she takes Shida’s kendo stick for her own! The ref stops Ruby, takes the kendo stick, but then Ruby brings out the spray paint! Shida and the ref both block that and they’re all fighting over it! Down goes the ref!! Shida and Ruby are both stunned, but then Ruby HEADBUTTS! DESTINATION UNKNOWN! But no ref to count the cover!
Ruby is furious, she would’ve had this! But then she sees the kendo stick! Ruby grins as she wields Shida’s weapon! Fans boo, but Shida blocks the strike to kick and HEADSHOT! Then KATANA KICK!! Cover, but still no ref! Wait, here comes Aubrey! Aubrey slides in, counts the cover, TWO!! Ruby survives but Shida fires up! Shida puts Ruby in a drop zone, goes up the corner, and she METE- NO! Ruby dodges to then STO! Ruby drags herself up the corner, goes to the very top, and STAGE DIVE SENTONS onto knees! And then FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO!! Ruby survives but Shida won’t stop there!
Shida hauls Ruby up but Ruby wrenches to NO FUTURE KICK! But Shida rebounds to KATANA!! Cover, Shida wins!!
Winner: Hikaru Shida, by pinfall (NEW #1 Contender to the AEW Women’s World Champion)
The Shining Samurai takes down The Runaway, but wait! Here comes Saraya! #TitleTuesday is coming, will that be a good Knight for the champ? Or will Shida take this belt back to become a historic THREE-TIME champion?
A great Rampage, especially as the go-home to WrestleDream. I figured the title matches would end with the champions retaining, but we got really good stuff out of Acclaimed VS Hardy Party and Eddie VS Rocky. As for their title defenses on WrestleDream, I don’t see TMDK taking the trios titles as this will be their AEW debuts. And as I’ve said a few times already, Eddie isn’t losing both belts he worked so hard to have so soon. Plus, it feels like there’s some tension between NJPW the company and Shibata, or else Shibata would already be NJPW Strong Openweight Champion and not one of ROH’s champs.
Speaking of Eddie, good promo from him before his match with Rocky, and good interaction with Team Triple J. I wasn’t exactly expecting Jay Lethal to be Eddie’s first actual feud for the ROH World Championship, but I suppose it does make sense as Lethal was a major player in ROH. I hope these guys actually show up on ROH programming, but also, Tony Khan wants this feud to be seen so it’ll end up on AEW programming instead. Y’know, just like all these other ROH title stories outside of the AEW Women’s title.
Good squash from The Righteous, and I’m really curious as to how the tag title match goes on Sunday. There’s a lot of stuff MJF still has to do with Cole, Roddy and The Kingdom, and now this intrigue with Jay White, Bullet Club Gold and the backstage attack at the end of Dynamite. I still feel it should’ve been The Kingdom in the PPV match anyway, but it seems they were going to drag this story out even before Cole hurt his foot. Good promo from Nick Wayne to call out Luchasaurus, but I feel like Luchasaurus ends up winning that match just to make a point of Nick not being able to show up ringside for Darby.
Good promo from Andrade to call out Juice for this week’s Collision, and I’m still wondering if/when La Faccion Ingobernable helps Andrade against Bullet Club Gold. For that matter, why can’t MJF be paying LFI to beat up on White and the BCG? He’s had business dealings with Andrade & Rush before, let’s strike that up again for some continuity. Really good promo from Aussie Open ahead of their tag title match, and from ZSJ to call out Bryan. That 8 Man Tag tomorrow night is going to be good stuff, and perhaps rather telling about where the PPV matches go. The only reason I don’t see Aussie Open winning against FTR is because of that big Fatal 4 Way tag contenders match, but who knows, maybe Aussie Open wins to bring the AEW belts to NJPW events as they take on like Goto & Hashi.
And of course, a great main event from Shida and Ruby. Seems a little silly to set up Ruby as a contender, wouldn’t that just end up in a Finger Poke of Doom situation with Saraya? Which therefore meant Shida was winning. Saraya VS Shida for this Title Tuesday Dynamite is going to be good stuff, but something makes me feel like Ruby is just gonna help Saraya retain. And not to be mean to Shida, but if she’s already a two-time champ, I don’t see her becoming three-time so soon. Why not get Shida in on the TBS Championship story? Britt Baker wants to be the first to have held both titles in AEW, but Shida should want that distinction, too. Then that lets us have Britt VS Shida as we should’ve gotten by now given everything else we’ve been seeing lately.
My Score: 8.7/10
Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (9/29/23)
King VS Emperor to determine a champion!
One way or another, the US title belongs to the LWO!
Rey Mysterio defends his WWE United States Championship against friend and protege, Santos Escobar! But will things stay friendly between them?
- Jimmy Uso w/ The Bloodline VS Karl Anderson; Jimmy wins.
- Austin Theory w/ Grayson Waller VS Cameron Grimes; Theory wins.
- WWE United States Championship: Rey Mysterio VS Santos Escobar; Rey wins and retains the title.
- Charlotte Flair VS Bayley w/ Damage CTRL; Charlotte wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
The Bloodline is here!
Fans boo as Jimmy Uso, Solo Sikoa & Paul Heyman head to the ring. And Jimmy is definitely hyped over how he and Solo took down AJ Styles and John Cena, putting the tag team match at Fastlane into question. Heyman has the mic to introduce himself, but the fans keep on booing. His name isn’t “Boo,” he’s Paul! Heyman! And tonight, a rare opportunity that he doesn’t have to do this into the phone but live to the world here from SmackDown, in the hell hole of Sacramento, California. “We ACKNOWLEDGE our Tribal Chief!” The Bloodline throws up the ones, and Heyman says, “And so do each and every single one of you!”
The fans boo, though some do raise the fingers. Heyman asks us why do they acknowledge Roman… Reigns? Because it is in Roman’s name that last week, the second greatest of all time, John Cena, took a beating at the hands of the Bloodline in a way Cena hasn’t taken in at least a decade. And to wit, Heyman calls our attention to the Bloodline version of the Zapruder Film. Heyman plays footage from just last week, where Cena was the only one who signed the contract to have a match for Fastlane. Cena hoped AJ Styles was going to be his partner, but then the Bloodline struck first and hospitalized AJ Styles.
And back to present, fans are booing but Jimmy’s almost cracking up. Heyman says not to get involved in Cena’s business, but a little birdie told Heyman that there are some transportation issues this evening. And while Cena is expected to make it here, you can’t see him because Cena is NOT here. But y’know who else ain’t here? AJ Styles! And why is that? Because he’s lying in a hospital bed, watching them on SmackDown and- Jimmy holds his hand out for the mic? Heyman says he wasn’t done but Jimmy snatches the mic. “Sacramento! The Bloodline is now in your city!” Heyman sighs while Jimmy raises the one.
Jimmy tells the Wise Man, you are too kind. The real reason Cena isn’t here tonight is because he’s scared! Scared of one JIM USO! Jimmy says if Cena is smart, he’ll stay far, far away. If not, they’ll take care of him like they did the Phenomenal One! The one who built the house, place, face- KARL ANDERSON CLOBBERS SOLO! Then he TACKLES Jimmy! Jimmy gets up but Karl clotheslines him up and out! Fans fire up for Karl as he represents for The OC! Karl says he told Styles not to get in Bloodline business and now Styles is in the hospital. So now, this is OC business! Any one of them, get in the ring with him!
Fans fire up but Heyman has Solo stand down. Heyman whispers things to The Enforcer, and then Solo tells Jimmy to handle this or he’ll do it for him. Jimmy says he’s got this. Solo doesn’t return the high-five, but will Jimmy return fire on the Machine Gun?
Jimmy Uso w/ The Bloodline VS Karl Anderson!
SmackDown returns and the match is going as Karl bumps Jimmy off buckles! Then CHOPS! And fires off haymakers! The ref counts, Karl lets off but then stomps a mudhole! Karl lets off to tell Heyman & Solo they made this personal. Karl stands Jimmy up but Jimmy swings. Karl dodges to JUMP KICK! Karl says he told Styles not to get involved but too late now. Karl whips, Jimmy BOOTS back! Jimmy runs, but Karl gives him a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Heyman is worried but Solo is stoic as Jimmy survives. Karl storms up on Jimmy, UPPERCUTS him to the corner, then UPPERCUTS again!
Karl brings Jimmy up to the top rope, ROCKS him with rights, then climbs. Solo steps forward and that distracts Karl, as well as the ref. Jimmy CLAWS Karl’s eyes! The ref misses it but fans boo as Jimmy rains down fists on Karl. Jimmy snarls, goes to a corner, and he SUPERKICKS Karl down! Jimmy goes to the corner, climbs up, and scowls at the booing fans before the USO SPLASH! Cover, Jimmy wins!
Winner: Jimmy Uso, by pinfall
Heyman is relieved and he whispers something more to Solo. Jimmy may be getting himself into trouble, but he’s also getting himself out, will this get Jimmy back in the Bloodline?
Wait, Karl isn’t done! He gets up to throw more hands with Jimmy! Solo storms in to hit the SAMOAN SPIKE! Solo roars as Karl is down, no back-up even possible with both Styles and Gallows hurt. Is the OC no longer a problem for The Bloodline? Wait, Michin is here! She SLAPS Jimmy right down! Fans are thunderous as she storms to the ring. Jimmy asks what the heck! Mia Yim packs a punch, will that knock some sense into Jimmy?
Backstage interview with Santos Escobar.
Cathy Kelley is with The Emperor of Lucha, and says that he faces his mentor and LWO teammate, Rey Mysterio. Where is his mind at tonight? Santos says his mind is focused, but his stomach has butterflies. But this match is about heart. And Santos has already said this is a dream match for him, and he has been working his entire life for it. Now, with the whole world watching, he has a chance to make the dream come true. He never gives up on his dreams, and he will fight for them, so Rey is in for the fight of his life. May the best man win. Will it be Emperor or King of Lucha that reigns as the United States Champion?
The Bloodline regroups backstage.
Jimmy is fuming and he yells at a production staff member just for looking at him. He asks another if they saw what happened, then just shoves the guy down! Jimmy storms off, Solo follows and Heyman has the staff relax. Then he puts in a call to Roman Reigns. What will The Tribal Chief have to say about Jimmy’s attitude?
It’s an all new Grayson Waller Effect.
The Aussie Icon, the Moment Maker, the Dynamite From Down Under is already in the ring on his set, and he says what a wild night already. Cena may be the greatest of all time, but he ain’t the greatest at being on time! Hah! But don’t worry, because Waller is here to save the show. Fans boo but Waller thanks them. Waller’s guests just keep getting bigger, and this is literal given the physical specimen. He has done everything in the WWE as a performer, but not as a talent scout. But that’s alright, he gets what he’s always been missing: the Waller rub! Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome the All Mighty Bobby Lashley!
Fans cheer as Lashley makes his way out and Waller does some push-ups so he looks at least a little bigger standing next to him. They shake hands and then sit at the desk. Waller says he wasn’t lying when the guests keep getting bigger, right? How does he fit into the suit? But Waller appreciates Lashley being on the show, especially after the week he’s had. His boys, the Street Profits had a devastating loss last week. Lashley says he made a mistake. He was looking for the next big thing, he thought the Profits had what it takes to do whatever they want, but seems not. Back to the drawing board, huh?
Wow, that must be hard for the Profits to hear. But yeah, if you’re looking for a tag team, they need to be willing to do whatever it takes. A team with unbridled charisma! A team that is undefeated! Maybe a team like Austin Theory & Grayson Waller! Lashley’s stare makes Waller slow his roll. Lashley knows all about Theory, that’s a pass. Yeah, but Theory’s changed! If you get to know him, he’s a good bloke! And- Wait! Here come the Street Profits! Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins came dressed to match Lashley, and Lashley seems rather upset and confused. The Profits step into the ring, mics in their hands.
Lashley steps to them, and he stops Dawkins before he gets started. No excuses, no reasons. If they want something out of Lashley, they need to prove it. Lashley goes to leave, and then the Profits look to each other. They storm out after Lashley and get up in his face! Lashley says he told them what to do. Now go do it. He keeps on moving, and Waller says how awkward. Hey, light the beam for the 153 million hit man, Austin Theory! Theory makes his entrance, walking past Lashley on the stage, and then continues down the ramp. He smirks at the Profits and goes to the steps, with Waller being the only one cheering.
But will it be A-Town Down as Theory faces Cameron Grimes? Or will SmackDown go TO~ THE~ MOON~?
Austin Theory w/ Grayson Waller VS Cameron Grimes!
SmackDown returns, Theory is busy looking at NXT’s Dragon Lee watching from the front row, and the bell rings. Theory turns around into a BOOT from Grimes! Grimes fires off KICKS, UPPERCUTS, and then CHOPS! Grimes whips, Theory reverses but Grimes CLOBBERS Theory! Grimes keeps moving and he CLOBBERS Theory again! Atomic drop, then KICK! Then a KICK, run, and SHOTGUN dropkick! Cover, ONE! Another cover, ONE! Theory scrambles, Grimes has the leg, and Grimes drags Theory back. Theory kicks free, Waller coaches Theory up and Theory ELBOWS Grimes! And throat chops!
Theory throws down clubbing hands while fans boo, but Theory shouts at everyone. Theory brings Grimes up, talks trash, but Grimes eggs him on! Grimes fires off fists, body shots, then backs Theory to a corner. Grimes whips, Theory reverses, then Theory runs in. Theory blocks a boot but Grimes ENZIGURIS! Grimes goes up, leaps, CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Theory hangs tough and Waller relaxes. Grimes aims, and he BUZZ- NO, Theory ducks! So Grimes backflips to deadlift GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Theory survives but Grimes storms up on him in the corner. Grimes KICKS Theory against ropes!
Grimes runs, then he clotheslines Theory out of the ring! Grimes goes to the apron, and he PENALTY KICKS Theory down! Fans fire up with the Carolina Caveman as he takes it to Mr. ATL. Waller talks trash, though, and Grimes stares him down. Theory POSTS Grimes in the distraction! Waller laughs, Theory drags Grimes up and in, and then Theory slingshots. Somersault SHOTGUN! Grimes staggers into the fireman’s carry, A-TOWN DOWN! Cover, Theory wins!
Winner: Austin Theory, by pinfall
Waller’s a baller with that assist to his boy, and The Now comes out on top! Will these two look to take over SmackDown one win at a time? Theory also talks some trash on Dragon, then pie faces him! So Dragon hits back! Fans fire up but the ref keeps Theory back. Dragon is here as a guest, but Waller says Dragon can’t do nothing anyway. Will this duo hope Boy Wonder stays away from this brand?
Backstage interview with Rey Mysterio.
Kayla Braxton is with the US Champion and says earlier tonight, Santos said this wasn’t just a dream match, but the fight of their lives. What is Rey’s response? Rey says LWO is familia and will always be that. But he knows how hard Santos has worked to get here. Heck, Rey grew up watching Santos’ father, El Fantasma. So Rey has nothing but love and respect for Santos. But be careful what you wish for. Every time Rey steps in the ring, he expects the best of his opponent and brings the best in return. So Santos, like they say, this IS the fight of their lives! May the best man win. Rey seems to feel the same way as Santos, but will either man still feel good after taking a loss?
The Bloodline is beating up Ashante THEE Adonis?!
B-Fab shouts for Jimmy to stop but Jimmy stops when he says he’s stopping! Refs and producers rush in and Jimmy says okay, his bad, he’s done now. Adonis crawls away, but Solo is there! Jimmy says finish this, Solo! UREANGE through the table!! Hit Row suffers the wrath of The Bloodline, but when and where will it stop?
WWE United States Championship: Rey Mysterio VS Santos Escobar!
SmackDown returns as Zelina is ringside for both men, and Santos makes his entrance. Santos says hola to Dragon before getting in the ring. The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who holds gold for the L W O!
The bell rings and fans fire up as the two tie up. They go around, Santos waistlocks but Rey works on an escape. Santos holds tight, they sit down, and Rey moves around. Rey fights up, jumps, but Santos holds on during the flying mare! Santos shifts to go for an abdominal stretch but Rey fights it to have a toehold. Fans rally and duel, Santos chinlocks but Rey pulls on the leg. Santos uses that to body scissor, and he rolls Rey to a cover, ONE! Rey is still stuck in the scissors but he moves around. Rey claws at the hold, Santos shifts and has the back mount to then roll Rey again. Rey slips free and the two stand off.
Fans cheer as Rey and Santos reset. Santos trips Rey, blocks the headscissor, but Rey gets up. Santos wrenches, wristlocks, but Rey flips through! Santos whips, Rey reverses but Santos reverses again. Rey is on the apron but he RAMS into Santos! Rey slingshots but Santos stops the rana to GAMANGIRI! Rey falls, Santos PLANCHAS! Down goes Rey at the ramp and Zelina is worried for both men as SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns again and Santos has Rey in a modified stretch. Rey endures, Santos shifts his grip, but Rey fights free. Santos has a hammerlock to keep Rey close, and Santos wrangles Rey down. Rey fights up, fans rally, and Rey jumps to hit that flying-mare! Fans fire up as Santos speeds things up and runs Rey over! Things keep moving, Rey dodges but Santos DROPKICKS him down! Cover, TWO! Fans rally as Rey hangs tough, and Zelina is again torn. She rallies the fans more for the LWO than for either man. Santos waistlocks, Rey switches, but Santos switches back. They go to ropes and Rey bucks the O’Conner.
Rey ducks ‘n’ dodges and tilt-o-whirls to RANA Santos outta the ring! Fans fire up and Rey builds speed, goes up the corner to PLANCHA! Down goes Santos! Fans fire up with Rey and he hears the ring count. Rey drags Santos up, puts him in at 6 of 10, and then climbs the corner. Santos stands, Rey SEATED SENTONS! Rey keeps moving, and he CLOBBERS Santos! Both men are down and fans rally up more. But wait, Jimmy and Solo are still wreaking havoc backstage? SAMOAN SPIKE for security! Jimmy says that guy won’t be Cena’s partner, either! Back to the ring, fans rally for “619! 619!” as Rey goes to ropes.
Santos stands, he rushes in to sunset flip, but Rey rolls through to BUZZSAW! Santos is dazed, Rey calls his shot and he drop toeholds Santos onto ropes! Rey dials it up as fans go wild, but Santos SUPERKICKS Rey outta the ring! Santos takes aim, builds speed, ARROW FROM HELL!! Direct hit at the ramp and down goes Rey! Santos catches his breath while he stands back up, and then he goes up the barriers? To MOONSAULT Rey on the ramp! Zelina is worried again but Santos puts Rey back in the ring. Rey staggers and goes to the far side but Santos takes aim. “This is Awesome!” as Santos spells it out, “L! W! O!”
Santos goes corner to corner, DOUBLE KNEES! Rey wobbles, but Santos puts him back in the corner. Santos goes again, DOUBLE KNEES! Santos hoists Rey up top, climbs up after him, but Rey HEADBUTTS! Rey fires forearms and he knocks Santos down! Santos stands up while Rey steadies himself, but Santos GAMANGIRIS first! Santos climbs up again, goes to the very top, and he whistles for the SUPER STEINER! Zelina couldn’t even watch that, worried for both men. Santos goes to the apron, to SLINGSHOT SPLASH! Cover, TWO!! Rey survives and Santos is a bit surprised as SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns yet again and Santos has Rey against ropes. Santos CHOPS, and fans “WOO~!” as Rey staggers. Santos whips, BOOTS, and then brings Rey around. Santos picks Rey up into a GORY ESPECIAL! Rey endures being bent back, and Santos even pulls on the arms! Fans rally, Rey fights against the hold, and pops free to arm-drag! Fans fire up as REy goes to a corner, and Santos runs in, only to be put on the apron! Santos GAMANGIRIS, Rey staggers, and then Santos fires up! Santos climbs, leaps, but Rey dodges and the crossbody flops! Rey lines up a shot, runs and springboards but then Santos dodges!
Rey and Santos are both down after those belly flops, and fans rally as both men rise up. Santos runs in, scoops Rey and hits a BACKBREAKER! Fans rally as Rey staggers up, but into a tilt-o-whirl torture rack! Santos runs around with Rey, then hits a RACK DROP! Cover, TWO!! Zelina is relieved again but Santos is surprised. Rey tells Santos to bring it on, there needs to be a winner. Santos storms up to CHOP! And whip, but Rey KICKS back! Rey runs to RAN- NO, Santos blocks that! Santos swings Rey up but Rey sunset flips! TWO!! Santos escapes and even Zelina is stunned! Fans fire up again, “This is Awesome!”
Rey runs in, Santos puts him on the apron but Rey ROCKS Santos first! Then Rey goes up a corner, brings Santos up to join him, and then adjusts position to fire off hands! Fans fire up as Rey calls the shot, but Santos drags Rey into a fireman’s carry! Rey fights with elbows, then pops up to SUPER RANA!! Fans are thunderous while Santos sits up in a daze! Rey DROPKICKS Santos onto ropes! Dial it up! 6 1 9 BLOCKED! Santos drags Rey into an Alabama Lift! But Rey holds the ropes for dear life! Rey then RANAS Santos back onto ropes, redials, and 619 HITS!!! Rey hurries up top, says hey to Eddie, and hit a FROG- NO!
Santos avoids the splash, CLUBS Rey, covers, TWO into the ghost pin! TWO!!! Both men escape by nanoseconds but Santos fireman’s carries! PHANTOM- TAKEDOWN! Rey has a spladle! REY WINS!!
Winner: Rey Mysterio, by pinfall (still WWE United States Champion)
And the greatest luchador of all time comes out the champion! Santos is stunned, but Rey offers him a handshake of respect. They are still familiar, aren’t they? WAIT! The Profits attack!! Dawkins & Ford mug Rey & Santos, this must be how they’re proving Lashley wrong! They hit Escobar with a BIG LARIAT! Fans boo but here comes Lashley! The All Mighty says that’s it! That’s what he wanted! But then here comes the rest of the LWO! Lashley CLOBBERS Wilde while Ford & Dawkins mug Cruz! But Dragon Lee wants to get in! Security keeps him back, he’s just here as a guest! So Wilde is fed to the REVELATION!
The fans boo but The All Mighty has his Profits! Will they soon run SmackDown with iron fists?
The LWO regroups.
They’ve all got icepacks in the medical trainer’s room, and Kayla walks in to congratulate Rey on the win. But before the team could celebrate the moment, they got jumped by The Profits. Santos says sorry, excuse him, but the Profits ruined the moment! Rey says they beat the Profits last week, and now Lashley and them act like they run SmackDown! LWO challenges Lashley & The Profits to a match at Fastlane! Let’s see how tough they are when it’s fair and square! What will happen when these factions go to war in Indianapolis?
WWE announces a huge signing!
Former AEW TBS Champion and rising star, JADE CARGILL, is now with WWE! She got 20 MILLION views on a video just for showing up at the Performance Center! Will a storm be coming for the WWE Women’s Division?
John Cena arrives backstage!
He pulls in rather fast and furious, and he storms right into the arena, that tag match contract in his hands! Will Cena find someone Jimmy & Solo haven’t destroyed to sign on the dotted line? Is there even anyone left?
Pretty Deadly has a video message.
“On July 14th, 2023, Elton prince suffered a devastating shoulder injury. Despite all odds, he is on the road to recovery.” It’s another rehab workout montage, but Elton is still in the wheelchair… Elton works on reaching out for hot tags, swinging chairs, ends up rolling downhill during a celebration, and can’t even poke eyes properly. But as he continues to work at it, he has the courage to stand up and tag in Kit! #YESBOY! #EltonStrong.
The Brawling Brutes are watching this.
Ridge Holland and Pete Dunne look at each other, and neither of them can even process this. Dunne feels maybe they should’ve broken Elton’s leg. The idiots. Will Elton & Kit hope they can stay far, far, far away from Northern Grit and the Bruiserweight?
Charlotte Flair VS Bayley w/ Damage CTRL!
The Queen did what she could to help The Empress of Tomorrow hold off the Evil Genius and her cohorts, but all that got them was a win for Iyo Sky and this rivalry rematch with the Role Model! Will Bayley make an example out of her fellow Horsewoman? Or will Charlotte make Bayley bow down?
SmackDown returns and Bayley makes her entrance, Iyo and Dakota right behind her. But then Charlotte has Bayley hold on so she can get a mic. Charlotte has a question for Bayley: What’s happened to you? Bayley is one of the Four Horsewomen, but now she’s just happy carrying Iyo’s bags. Bayley has become a stepping stone while Charlotte is still the measuring stick. And in the end, it doesn’t matter. Bayley is just in Charlotte’s way. She’ll beat Bayley tonight, and then challenge Iyo for the WWE Women’s Championship at Fastlane! Fans fire up for that, and the bell rings. Bayley CLOBBERS Charlotte!
Bayley fires off, all riled up after what Charlotte said. DMG CTRL cheers and high-fives Bayley. Bayley CHOPS Charlotte, bumps her off buckles, then stomps a mudhole in! Bayley ROCKS Charlotte, lets off, and brings Charlotte around to whip. But Charlotte reverses to send Bayley into the corner, and she CHOPS! Fans “WOO~!” and Charlotte CHOPS again! Charlotte whips, Bayley reverses but Charlotte goes up and out to BOOT Bayley down! Iyo swipes at Charlotte, then Bayley BLASTS Charlotte down! Bayley goes out to the apron, to then FLYING ELBOW Charlotte down! DMG CTRL is fired up as SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns and Charlotte is up top, to CROSSBODY Bayley down! Fans fire up with Charlotte as she storms around. Bayley flounders to ropes, stands up, and Charlotte CHOPS her! And CHOPS her! And CHOPS her! And then CHOPS again! Fans fire up as Charlotte says one more, then CHOPS Bayley again! Charlotte swings, Bayley dodges but Charlotte scoops! FALL AWAY SLAM! Charlotte kips up and fans fire up again! Charlotte handsprings to LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Bayley is still in this but Charlotte knows she’s tough. Bayley bails out to the apron, Charlotte storms over, but Bayley HOTSHOTS!
Bayley slides in, waistlocks, but Charlotte bucks the O’Conner, to then trip Bayley! Bayley scrambles, Charlotte steps over to drop a knee on Bayley’s knee! Bayley goes to a corner and Charlotte GAMANGIRIS! Bayley staggers, but she BOOTS back! But then Charlotte BOOTS back! Cover, TWO! Charlotte keeps her cool while the fans rally up. Charlotte steps on Bayley and goes to the corner, then goes up the corner, only for Bayley to YANK her down! Bayley puts Charlotte in the ropes, throw hands, then hits a STOCK DROP! Shoutout to another of the Horsewomen! Bayley then SUNSET BOMBS Charlotte into buckles! Bayley drags Charlotte to a cover, TWO!
Bayley tells fans to shut up, don’t cheer for her! Dakota and Iyo cheer her on, though, and Bayley fires forearms on Charlotte! Bayley mocks the “WOO~!” then CHOPS! Bayley CHOPS Charlotte again and again, runs, but Charlotte SPEARS her down! Cover, Charlotte wins!!
Winner: Charlotte Flair, by pinfall
DMG CTRL can’t believe it, but their Role Model lost! The Queen is already wearing yellow ‘n’ block to match Fastlane’s logo, will she take that gold off Iyo? Bayley gets a mic to shout, “Cut the music, you idiots!” Bayley won’t let Charlotte just cut the line! Bayley vowed to end Charlotte, and that’s what DMG CTRL is gonna do! The three surround the ring, but here comes ASUKA! The Empress joins the Queen to run off their common enemies! Asuka gets a mic to shout “OI OI OI OI!” What do you idiots think you’re doing?! She won’t let them do whatever they want! Bayley says okay, they want a Triple Threat for the women’s title?! Then they’ve got it!!
Wait, what? Iyo is confused, but Bayley says this is totally what Asuka said. No, Iyo knows what Asuka said and it wasn’t that! But Bayley says this is so they can teach both Asuka and Charlotte a lesson! Bayley sticks her foot in Iyo’s mouth again, will the Evil Genius have to really work hard on a plan to survive Fastlane?
John Cena heads to the ring!
Sacramento fires up as Cena storms out, saying we’re getting serious tonight! Cena slides into the ring, contract still in hand. Cena also gets a mic, and he tells Sacramento, “I hear ya out there!” Sacramento chants for Cena and so he knows they hear him. And he knows that because last week, he said he was back to compete and that he wanted a match. The Bloodline didn’t take too kindly to that, though. They left Cena knocked out, but they also left him with the contract. This is the contract for a match with them at Fastlane. Yeah, a little lukewarm, because there’s a problem: Cena doesn’t have a partner.
Cena says tonight is very important, because now he has a choice to make. He could rip up the contract and act like this didn’t happen. Fans boo that idea. Or he could stand and fight. The fans like that! So what do you think the man who wears the words “Never Give Up” is gonna make? They cheer the second so he says that’s damn right! He will honor this contract! And if he doesn’t find a partner by Fastlane, then he will fight The Bloodline by himself in a 2v1 Handicap! But speaking of, here comes The Bloodline! Jimmy grins as he has the mic again. “Well, look who finally showed up.”
Cena’s out here talking about Fastlane? Did he not just see what The Bloodline’s been doing all night? They were sending messages! If you team with Cena, you get got by The Bloodline! Fans boo, but Jimmy goes to the apron to tell Cena, “You’re not making it to Fastlane!” But then Cena DECKS Jimmy! Solo stares Cena down, fans fire up, and Solo gets in the ring! Cena throws off the shirt because it is go time! Solo swings, misses, and Cena fireman’s carries, but Jimmy SUPERKICKS him! Flashbacks to last week, HIP ATTACK in the corner! Then Solo adds a HIP ATTACK in the corner! Then Jimmy whips Solo in for another HIP ATTACK!
Fans boo as Cena flops out of the ring. The Bloodline clears off the announce desk! They put Cena on it, and Jimmy raises the one. Jimmy goes up the steps but Solo stops him. Solo wants this one! Jimmy grins and nods and lets Solo climb. But L A KNIGHT is here!! Fans are thunderous as the Mega Star storms down, slides in, and he dodges Jimmy to BLAST Solo! And then he BLASTS Jimmy! Knight stomps a mudhole into Jimmy but Solo stops him! So Knight fires off haymakers! Solo TOSSES Knight, but misses the splash! JUMP NECKBREAKER! Jimmy is up, Knight scoops to POWERSLAM!
Fans fire up, and they spell it out, “L! A! KNIGHT! YEAH!” BIG elbow drop for Jimmy! Cena is back and he TOSSES Solo! Knight TOSSES Jimmy! Mega Star and Greatest of All Time look to each other, and Knight picks up the contract! Fans are electric as Knight signs his name! Cena can’t believe it, either! He has a tag partner for Fastlane? YEAH!! Will Cena and Knight show The Bloodline whose game is it? With EVERYBODY saying… L A KNIGHT, YEAH!!
An awesome episode of SmackDown, especially with how fired up the Sacramento crowd was for everything. Great stuff with Bloodline and such, taking logical yet still exciting turns. Karl Anderson going after The Bloodline was good, because as much as Karl didn’t want Styles getting involved, but he also wasn’t going to let The Bloodline get away with this. Though, Karl didn’t really accomplish much as he got cheated in that match. That slap from Mia was great, though. Then Jimmy & Solo going on a rampage backstage was a great way to show how Jimmy is drunk with power all because he thinks Roman will have his back. Roman most certainly won’t now that Jimmy’s actions have brought LA Knight into the story. Great save from Knight, and he will make a great team with Cena.
Great “main event” match from Charlotte VS Bayley, and that black ‘n’ yellow gear is pretty cool stuff from Charlotte. DMG CTRL of course tries to help Bayley but that backfires. And then I actually like that we’re going back to Bayley talking big and putting Iyo on the spot. The Triple Threat title match is going to be great, and is actually some mad genius thinking from Bayley. DMG CTRL can now legally interfere to make sure Iyo wins against Charlotte and Asuka, but I feel like this can also bring in Shotzi or even Bianca to counteract DMG CTRL. Either way, it’ll be some great stuff to really up things in the SmackDown Women’s Division.
Hilarious vignette from Pretty Deadly, and good response from Brawling Brutes. That feud will definitely start up again after Fastlane and give us a SmackDown contender for the Undisputed Tag Team Championships. Really good stuff out of the Grayson Waller Effect with Lashley putting the pressure on the Profits. Almost thought they were gonna jump Theory since Lashley doesn’t like Theory, but I guess that would make this faction Faces since Theory is Heel. It was nice to see Grimes back, though he does lose to Theory. Dragon Lee being here tonight makes me think he is called up to SmackDown after he screws Dominik Mysterio out of the North American title tomorrow night.
And after just an awesome US Championship match, the Profits instead go after the LWO, a logical move given the back and forth between the factions. LWO wants a Six Man Tag, but does that mean it’ll be Santos, Cruz & Wilde? Or is Rey going to take one of the spots? Either way it’ll be a good time but it feels like the All Mighty Profits are going to take that one to build their momentum towards their own title goals. Lashley VS Rey for the US Championship with Santos helping feels like the move. Maybe there’s tension created as Santos costs Rey, or as Rey says Santos can’t be bending rules just to win. It just feels like something’s going to/has to change in the group dynamic.
My Score: 8.9/10
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