Will the United Empire conquer their foes?
After a few days off, World Tag League is back in action as NJPW arrives in Kanagawa! But will an All United Empire finals still be possible? Or will Bishamon and The Mighty each spoil those chances?
- Six Man Tag: Togi Makabe, Kosei Fujita & Oskar Leube VS Tomoaki Honma, Yuto Nakashima & Ryohei Oiwa; Makabe, Fujita & Leube win.
- 8 Man Tag: Ryusuke Taguchi, Clark Connors, Master Wato & Jado VS Bullet Club; Taguchi, Connors, Wato & Jado win.
- 8 Man Tag: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS Suzuki-Gun; LIJ wins.
- World Tag League 2022: Alex Coughlin & Gabriel Kidd VS Tetsuya Naito & SANADA; Naito & Sanada win.
- World Tag League 2022: Shane Haste & Mikey Nicholls VS Great-O-Khan & Aaron Henare; Khan & Henare win.
- World Tag League 2022: Bad Luck Fale & Chase Owens VS EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi; Fale & Chase win.
- World Tag League 2022: Toru Yano & Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Minoru Suzuki & Lance Archer; Suzuki & Archer win.
- World Tag League 2022: Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI VS Aussie Open; Aussie Open wins.
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Here are the current World Tag League standings!
The Mighty: 1-0, 2 points
Suzuki & Archer: 1-0, 2 points
Goto & Hashi: 1-0, 2 points
Aussie Open: 1-0, 2 points
Naito & Sanada: 1-0, 2 points
Khan & Henare: 0-1, 0 points
Yano & Tanahashi: 0-1, 0 points
Evil & Yujiro: 0-1, 0 points
Coughlin & Kidd: 0-1, 0 points
Chase & Fale: 0-1, 0 points
World Tag League 2022: Alex Coughlin & Gabriel Kidd VS Tetsuya Naito & SANADA!
The Android & The Young Bull could not make the Mighty kneel, let alone fall, and now they’re going up against the team that conquered the United Empire! Will Naito & Sanada stay tranquilo as they ride the #MechanicalBulls?
The fans already rally for “L I J! L I J!” and Kidd encourages them to keep going. The teams sort out and Naito takes his time with his entrance attire as always. Kidd sarcastically applauds as Naito finishes. Kidd bows as he asks Naito start with him. LIJ fist bump, Kidd applauds again, and continues to implore Naito. Naito does start and fans rally as the bell rings. Naito circles with Kidd, though he doesn’t seem worried. The two tie up, are in a deadlock, but Kidd finds a point of leverage to put Naito on ropes. Naito turns it around but Kidd turns it back. Kidd lets off as the ref counts, and he asks for an LIJ fist bump?
Naito wonders if Kidd means it, and he steps forward to offer it back. Fans applaud and Kidd gets fired up. Kidd goes for the fist bump, but then Naito rakes his eyes! Naito whips Kidd to ropes to ELBOW him down! Naito keeps moving but Kidd drops, hurdles, and monkey flips Naito away! Kidd keeps moving as Naito bails out, but Kidd steals tranquilo! He’s a bit hyper with the LIJ fist raise but Naito rushes in. Kidd avoids the leg drop but Naito avoids the elbow drop. Naito arm-drags Kidd to an armlock but Kidd headscissors. Naito gets free and he tranquilos right next to Coughlin. Fans applaud as Naito and Kidd reset.
Naito tags Sanada so Kidd tags Coughlin. Fans rally as these two feel out the knuckle locks. They feel out the clinch, Coughlin waistlocks but Sanada switches. Coughlin switches but Sanada wrenches out to a wristlock. Coughlin rolls, slips through, spins Sanada around and wrenches him back to a wristlock. Fans applaud the exchange as Saanada endures the twist. Sanada moves around, wrenches and hammerlocks then full nelsons. Coughlin breaks that, spins Sanada and headlocks. Sanada pries at the hold but Coughlin puts it on tighter. Fans rally as Sanada endures the grind. Sanada brings Coughlin down to a knee to pop out the back.
Sanada headlocks but Coughlin carries him to ropes! The ref counts, Coughlin lets off cleanly. Fans and Sanada all applaud the sportsmanship. Sanada and Coughlin circle, tie up again, and Sanada cravats. Coughlin endures, and he blocks the snapmare! Coughlin stands up and his core strength lifts Sanada! Sanada goes up and over, Coughlin blocks a kick to give a kick. Coughlin snapmares but Sanada handsprings through! Coughlin evades the dropkick! Coughlin steps over to La Magistrol! TWO!! Sanada escapes and Coughlin flexes as fans applaud. Sanada applauds, The Android is impressive. Fans applaud as Sanada offers a handshake.
Coughlin analyzes the situation. Fans applaud for it, Coughlin reaches out, and they shake hands. But they both go to kick! They each block, and now they argue about who’s in the wrong. Coughlin tells Sanada to put his foot down right now, but Sanada says him first. They then agree to let go at the same time. They slowly go down, but Sanada holds on! Sanada trips Coughlin and ties him up, but Coughlin powers out! Coughlin runs Sanada over! Fans fire up and Coughlin flexes again. Coughlin drags Sanada up, tags Kidd, and the Mechanical Bulls whip Sanada to ropes. They run him over with double shoulders, then they split the wishbone!
Kidd stomps Sanada down, mocks Naito with the LIJ fist, then Kidd STANDING MOONSAULTS! Cover, TWO! Kidd goes back to taunting Naito, then he brings Sanada over. Tag to Coughlin, Kidd full nelsons Sanada to hold him still. Coughlin aims, but Sanada breaks free and the CHOP hits Kidd! Sanada knees Coughlin low, whips him to ropes, but Coughlin reverses. Sanada dropkicks the legs out! Kidd run sin, into a drop toehold! Naito slides in to basement dropkick Kidd! Naito follows Kidd out of the ring but Coughlin storms up to Sanada. Sanada grabs a leg to CLUB it! Naito sends Kidd into railing, Sanada CHOP BLOCKS Coughlin!
Sanada drags Coughlin around, stomps the leg, then he tags Naito. Naito stomps the leg now, then ties Coughlin’s legs up into a modified FIGURE FOUR! Coughlin endures, drags himself and Naito over, and has the ROPEBREAK! Naito thrashes the hold but the ref unties the legs. Naito drags Coughlin over and tags in Sanada. Sanada kicks the leg, then he drags Coughlin up for more kicks. Sanada whips Coughlin corner to corner but runs into a BOOT! Coughlin runs in, sunset flips, but Sanada rolls through! Sanada ties Coughlin up in Paradise! Fans fire up as Sanada dropkicks Coughlin out of Paradise!
Sanada drags Coughlin up but Coughlin CHOPS back! Coughlin whips, Sanada reverses and leaps, but into a BEARHUG! And then an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Fans fire up as both men crawl, hot tag to Kidd! The Young Bull rallies on LIJ, DROPKICK for Sanada and DROPKICK for Naito! Kidd dodges Sanada’s clothesline to hit a BIG back suplex! Kidd mocks the LIJ fist and then brings Sanada up. Kidd CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS Sanada in the corner, then uses Tenzan Power! Mongolian Chop! Fans fire up with Kidd and he storms up to bring Sanada around. Suplex, but Sanada slips out to waistlock.
Kidd switches but Sanada throws elbows. Sanada whips, Kidd reverses but Sanada stops himself and whips Kidd out of the ring! Then Sanada PLANCHAS! Direct hit and fans fire up! Sanada drags Kidd up and in and fans rally up again. Sanada aims from the apron, springboards, but Kidd gets under. Kidd runs in but into a fireman’s carry. Kidd slips off and shoves Sanada to ropes, then dodges Sanada to run the ropes. Sanada ducks, and ducks again, to DROPKICK! But Kidd stays up to COMEBACKER LARIAT! Fans rally up while both men are down! They crawl for their corners, hot tags to Naito and Coughlin!
Coughlin lifts Naito up to RAM him into a corner! Coughlin RAMS in again and again, then UPPERCUTS and CHOPS! Fans fire up and Coughlin whips corner to corner. Coughlin runs in to FLYING SHOULDER! Coughlin then scoops to FALL AWAY SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Fans fire up and Coughlin stalks up behind Naito. Coughlin deadlifts Naito with the waistlock, but Naito throws elbows to fight free. But Coughlin ROCKS Naito back! Coughlin runs but into BOOTS! Coughlin tries again, but gets an ELBOW! Coughlin roars and tries a third time, but Naito dodges and Sanada elbows!
Sanada feeds Coughlin to an atomic drop! ENZIGURI! BIG back suplex! Rolling jackknife bridge! TWO!!! The Android survives the LIJ blitz and fans fire up! Naito drags Coughlin up, coordinates with Sanada, but Kidd CLOBBERS Sanada! Naito goes after Kidd, whips him to ropes, but Kidd reverses. Kidd catches Naito’s leaping elbow to EXPLODER! Kidd runs in at the corner to CHOP! Kidd runs and Coughlin whips him back in for a clothesline! Kidd SAIDOS Naito, and Coughlin deadlift gut wrenches! Fans fire up for the DROID PLEX! Cover, TWO! Naito survives and fans fire up again.
Kidd & Coughlin both flex, and they both bring Naito up. Sanada saves Naito from the double suplex, throws Kidd out, and gives Naito the boost for the TORNADO DDT! Sanada DROPKICKS Kidd out again, and then Naito wrenches for DESTINO!! Cover, LIJ wins!
Winners: Tetsuya Naito & Sanada, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Coughlin & Kidd earn 0)
And Naito dropkicks Kidd back out just because! The Mechanical Bulls broke down again, but will the third round be the charm? As for LIJ, they’ve got momentum building, can they take the World Tag League?
World Tag League 2022: Shane Haste & Mikey Nicholls VS Great-O-Khan & Aaron Henare!
Speaking of the Mighty and the Empire, one side stood tall while they other fell to open the tournament. The Mighty Don’t Kneel, but will they be conquered? Or will the Dominator & Ultimate Weapon not look so dominate or ultimate at all?
The Orchestrator, Gideon Grey, is of course here to give the United Empire their introductions. The teams sort out and Mikey gets impatient. Henare steps up, and the two circle. Fans rally as Henare tests the waters with kicks. Mikey and Henare tie up, Mikey gets an arm and wrenches to a wristlock, but Henare kicks low. Henare throws hands, headlocks, and he grinds Mikey down. Mikey fights up and powers out, and they RAM shoulders! Neither falls and Mikey dares Henare to try again. Henare runs and they RAM shoulders again! Mikey talks some trash but Henare ROCKS him with a right!
Henare whips, Mikey reverses, and Mikey runs in at the corner, but Henare elbows him back! Mikey ducks the flying kick to run Henare over! Mikey runs Henare over again! Mikey wrenches an arm, tags Shane, and Shane wrenches the arm to YANK it! Shane snapmares and dropkicks Henare, but has a cocky cover, ONE! Shane drags Henare up, tags Mikey back in, and the Mighty double whip to double ELBOW! STANDING MOONSAULT FIST DROP COMBO! Mikey covers, TWO! Khan was also there but Henare got out of that himself. Mikey claws Henare’s face, but lets off as the ref reprimands. Mikey drags Henare up and tags in Shane.
Mikey CHOPS Henare, Shane CHOPS Henare, but Henare throws body shots. Shane UPPERCUTS, Henare BOOTS back, and Shane staggers into Khan’s cheap shot! Henare CLOBBERS Shane, and Khan runs in to BLAST Mikey! Khan hurries back to the Empire corner while fans rally up. Henare HEADBUTTS Shane and then tags in Khan. The Empire smothers Shane, and then Khan CHOKES Shane on the ropes! The ref is busy reprimanding Henare so he misses Khan use his own ponytail in the choke! The ref finally notice something is up and counts. Khan lets off, but then digs his knee into Shane at the ropes.
The ref counts again, Khan lets off with a stomp. Shane sits up to throw body shots, but Khan uses a Mongolian Chop! Shane falls down, Khan drags him back up. Khan makes Mikey watch as he sits on his throne! Fans applaud as the Empire stands together with their arms crossed. Shane says it smells down there! Khan pulls his arms back for that one. The ref counts, Khan hops off at 4 and he taunts Mikey. The ref has to keep Mikey back, and Khan wrenches Shane’s arm to tag in Henare. The Empire mugs Shane, and then Henare puts Shane through ropes to pull him back! Henare CLUBS and CLUBS and CLUBS away on Shane!
Fans fire up as Henare lets off and Shane flops to the floor. Henare taunts Mikey, the ref is busy with them, and Khan CHOKES Shane with the microphone! Shane coughs and sputters and we can all hear it, so the ref tells Khan to stop. Khan lets off, he CLUBS Shane down again. Khan bumps Shane off the apron, but Shane hits back with forearms! Khan RAMS Shane into the apron! Henare BLASTS Mikey! Khan laughs in Shane’s face, then BITES his ear! Khan puts Shane in, Henare covers, TWO! Shane is hanging tough but Henare knuckle locks a hand. Henare gives toying kicks, twists the wrist, then gives more kicks.
Shane eggs Henare on and fans rally up. Shane stands, Henare KICKS him again! Shane stays standing, Henare kicks again, but Shane blocks it! Shane kicks Henare’s plant leg, BOOTS him, and Henare comes back with a clothesline, but Shane catches that and spins Henare into a half nelson. Shane spins Henare more, suplex and BROKEN ARROW! Fans fire up while both men are down! Shane and Henare crawl, hot tag to Mikey! Khan runs in but Mikey DOUBLE LARIATS The Empire! Mikey clotheslines Khan in a corner, then clotheslines Henare in the other! Mikey whips, Henare reverses, but Mikey gets around Khan to send him into Henare! Mikey DOUBLE LARIATS again!
Mikey fireman’s carries Henare but Henare slips off. Henare waistlocks, he ducks Mikey’s elbow, but Mikey DDTs! Mikey runs to SLIDING LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up again as Mikey drags Henare up. Henare throws body shots and an ELBOW! Mikey drops to a knee, Henare runs, but into a SPINEBUSTER! Mikey runs to SLIDING LARIAT again! Cover, Khan breaks it! Shane gets in to CLUB Khan and throw him out. Mikey shouts, “WITNESS ME, MO FO!” Mikey whips, scoops, but Henare gets up and around to shove Mikey! Scoop to the BERSERKER BOMB! Both men are down and fans fire back up!
Henare and Mikey stir, Henare tags Khan! Khan storms up to Mikey for Mongolian Chops! And Mongolian Chops! And then, Mongo- NO, Mikey blocks! Mikey kicks low, whips Khan to a corner, but Khan reverses. Mikey bounces off buckles, and Khan brings him around to dribble him off the buckles! Khan goes to ten, then SLAM DUNKS! Mikey staggers, into an EXPLODER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up as Khan roars and flexes! Khan drags Mikey up for HITSUJIGOROSHI! Mikey endures the Sheep Killer, Khan lifts him up but Mikey slips free to short arm LARIAT! Both men are down and fans fire up again!
Shane slides in and the Mighty drag Khan up. They coordinate, atomic UPPERCUT, to a BACK SUPLEX NECKBREAKER COMBO! Cover, Henare breaks it! Shane KICKS Henare and throws him out, then coordinates with Mikey. The Mighty drag Khan up, but Henare saves Khan from Thunder Valley! Henare shoves Shane into Mikey, then RAMPAGE SPEARS Shane down! Shane flops out of the ring and Henare roars! Fans fire up as Henare fireman’s carries Mikey. Khan tells Mikey this is what he gets! Khan runs, but Mikey slips out to waistlock! Henare quickly switches but Mikey ELBOWS Khan and ROCKS Henare!
Mikey ELBOWS Khan, fires off haymakers on Henare, then he runs, but into a fireman’s carry! IMPERIAL DROP!! Cover, The Empire wins!!
Winners: Great-O-Khan & Aaron Henare, by pinfall (gains 2 points; The Mighty earn 0)
The Mighty Don’t Kneel, but they do fall! The Dominator & Ultimate Weapon break even, will this win be an important tiebreaker down the line?
World Tag League 2022: Bad Luck Fale & Chase Owens VS EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi!
We saw Bullet Club meet Bullet Club yesterday in the Super Jr. Tag League, and now it happens in World Tag League! Will the Rogue General & Crown Jewel blow up the House of Torture? Or will the King of Darkness & Tokyo Pimp make up for their recent failures?
Chase wants to know why we don’t see Pieter. Maybe it’s too cold out for the Bullet bunny. But that aside, the boys all agree to Too Sweet. They throw it up, Too~… everyone pokes each other in the eyes! They were all thinking of the same sneaky move! Fale swings blind, but then DICK TOGO grabs at his foot! Fale drags Dick in and Dick wants mercy! Evil and Yujiro poke Fale in the eyes again! Then they poke Chase in the eyes! The bell rings as Yujiro goes out after Fale and Evil has Chase. Evil tosses Chase out, Yujiro rakes Fale’s eyes, so Evil does the same to Chase! If only fans could boo right now…
Yujiro RAMS Fale into railing while Evil brings a chair out from under the ring! The ref is busy with Yujiro, Evil throws the chair at Chase, and then pretends Chase brought it out. Chase says no way, and he throws it back to Evil. Evil throws it back to Chase, and then Dick pretends he got hit! Evil tattles to the ref and the ref sees the chair! Chase defends his innocence, throws the chair down and rushes at Evil, but Evil kicks him low! Evil puts Chase in the ring, claws his eyes in a corner, then lets off before the ref says anything. Evil whips corner to corner but Chase goes up and over. Chase keeps moving and he CLOBBERS Evil!
Dick distracts but Chase runs him over. Chase steps through the ropes to warn Dick, but Yujiro KICKS the ropes! Chase gets hit in his crown jewels! Evil goes out and Yujiro follows. Evil grabs the chair to JAM Chase with it! Evil pulls Chase’s shirt out of the way to CLAW his back! Evil puts Chase in, he drags Chase up, and mockingly holds Chase’s hand out to Fale. Evil claws Chase’s eyes with his other hand, then brings Chase around to tag Yujiro. Yujiro CLUBS Chase’s arm, DECKS him with a haymaker, then rains down fists. The ref reprimands about those being closed fists, so Yujiro lets off.
Chase goes to ropes, he kicks Yujiro back, then CHOPS! Yujiro knees low, bumps Chase off buckles, then runs in to BOOT Chase down! Fans rally up but Yujiro snapmares Chase to a cover, TWO! Fans rally more but Yujiro tags Evil. Evil stalks Chase as he crawls away. Evil drags Chase up, scoops and SLAMS him, then covers, TWO! Evil argues but the count was fair. Tag to Yujiro and he stands Chase up to ROCK him with a forearm. Yujiro ROCKS Chase again and Chase staggers to ropes. Evil talks trash, Yujiro snapmares Chase and basement BOOTS him! Cover, TWO! Evil is annoyed again but Yujiro tags him in.
Evil storms up but Chase throws body shots! Chase CHOPS but Evil wrenches an arm. Evil whips Chase into bare buckles! The Bullet Club Special still works in the red corner! Evil taunts Fale, the ref is busy with them, and Dick CHOKES Chase in the distraction! Evil drags Chase around to a cover, TWO! Evil is furious but fans rally up. Chase sits up but Evil wrenches and whips him to ropes. Chase ducks ‘n’ WRECKS Dick with a dropkick! Chase shoulders into Evil, slingshots and schoolboys to SUPERKICK! Fans fire up while both men are down! Chase and Evil crawl, hot tags to Fale and Yujiro!
Fale throws hands, whips Yujiro to a neutral corner, then runs in to SPLASH! Yujiro flops down and Fale runs for a BIG elbow drop! Cover, TWO! Fale snarls but fans fire up as he waits on Yujiro. Yujiro stands, Fale choke grips! Pull the pin, but Yujiro BITES the fingers! The ref reprimands, Yujiro stops, and Yujiro whips, only for Fale to reverse. Yujiro holds ropes, Fale runs in but Yujiro dodges! Evil anchors Fale’s foot, Yujiro BOOTS Fale against ropes! Yujiro runs, but Fale fireman’s carries! But Yuijro grabs the ref! Yujiro gets free of the carry and shoves the ref into Fale! Down goes the ref! Now Sho shows up!
Yujiro kicks Fale while Sho gets in the ring with a chair! Sho JAMS Fale with the chair, then he JAMS Chase! Evil CLUBS Fale, CLUBS him again, kicks him against ropes, and Yujiro joins in. They double whip Fale, but Fale runs them over instead! Fans fire up but SHo fires off on Fale. Sho runs, but Chase C-TRIGGERS Sho, then sets him up! Fale and Chase coordinate, GRENADE LAUNCHER! Sho falls out of the ring, Fale grabs Yujiro. But Dick uses the SPOILER CHOKER! Fale sputters and Yujiro gets the pimp cane! Fans fire up as Fale knocks Dick down, but Yujiro CANE SHOTS Fale! Fale stays standing, Yujiro aims again!
But Chase snatches the cane away! CANE SHOT for Yujiro! Evil runs in, but the low blow is blocked by the cane! Fale LOW BLOW GRENADES Evil!! Fans fire up as Fale drags Yujiro up! The ref is back up in time for the GRENADE!! Cover, Fale & Chase win!
Winners: Bad Luck Fale & Chase Owens, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Evil & Yujiro earn 0)
The House of Torture just can’t help themselves! They try to cheat and then it backfires on them again! Will Bullet Club decide to clip the branches once and for all?
World Tag League 2022: Toru Yano & Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Minoru Suzuki & Lance Archer!
The Joker & The Ace may have dressed up as bad boys, but they couldn’t stop Mark Davis & Kyle Fletcher. And now they’re up against some bad, bad men in the King of Pancrase and Murderhawk Monster! Will #EverybodyDie two rounds in a row? Or can love, energy and comedy help Yano & Tanahashi survive?
As usual, Archer DECKS a Young Lion during his entrance. Ryohei Oiwa probably feels even worse after losing that Six Man Tag earlier. Minoru Suzuki makes his entrance next, and unfortunately, fans can’t shout, “KAZE NI NARE~!” this time. And then Suzuki boots Young Lion Yuto Nakashima down for holding the ropes open for their opponents! Yano’s introduction seems to have gotten longer with some new roles he’s acquired. Archer throws his shirt at Tanahashi but Tanahashi catches it to put it aside. Tanahashi and Yano squat, then Yano gets impatient with the ref’s check. Tanahashi shows off the muscles, “SUGOI~!”
The teams finally sort out and Archer steps up. Tanahashi and Yano want him to back up to give them space. Tanahashi starts for his team, the bell rings, and fans rally up with “Let’s Go, Ace!” Tanahashi and Archer circle, tie up, and Archer powers Tanahashi right to the ropes. The ref counts, Tanahashi slips away, and he eggs Archer on. Archer and Tanahashi circle, Archer gives sarcastic applause, and the two tie up. Tanahashi waistlocks but Archer is too big to lift! Archer swings a big back elbow but Tanahashi ducks it! Tanahashi headlocks but Archer powers out, Tanahashi’s shoulder tackle bounces off Archer!
Tanahashi still fires up and runs, but Archer ROCKS him with a forearm! Archer whips Tanahashi but Tanahashi avoids the boot to dropkick the legs! Tag to Yano and Yano fires up. Yano storms in, to squat! He dares Suzuki to get in?! Archer tags Suzuki and fans applaud. Suzuki storms up to Yano, and they’re face to… Well, okay, Yano is face to waist with Suzuki. Yano stands up, so Suzuki SLAPS, KNEES and HEADBUTTS Yano down! Suzuki squats and tells Yano off! Suzuki drags Yano up by his hair, whips him to ropes, but Yano holds ropes. Suzuki rushes in, Yano dodges and SLAPS Suzuki on the back of the head!
Fans fire up as Suzuki scowls and Yano unties a buckle pad. The ref reprimands but Yano tells him to shut up. But then Yano turns around to see Suzuki and he’s frightened! Yano throws the pad to Suzuki and he catches it, and now the ref reprimands Suzuki! The ref and Suzuki fight over the buckle pad and Yano kicks Suzuki low! Yano runs, but Suzuki BOOTS him down! Archer runs in to BOOT Tanahashi off the apron! Suzuki-Gun goes out after The Joker & The Ace, and Suzuki whips Yano hard into railing! Suzuki stomps Yano down, then CHOKES him with camera cable! The ref reprimands and Suzuki stops to tell the ref to shut up.
Suzuki storms about, he drags Yano back up, and he RAMS Yano into more railing! Suzuki BOOTS Yano, ROCKS him with a right, and then SLAPS Yano around. Archer looms over Tanahashi then drags him up to send him into railing. Suzuki tells commentary to shut up and leave him alone. Suzuki puts Yano in the ring, then grinds his foot into Yano’s face. The ref reprimands, but Suzuki kicks and stomps Yano. Fans rally and clap for “Y T R!” but Suzuki tells them to shut up, too. Suzuki drags Yano up but Yano fires off forearms! Suzuki doesn’t flinch, though, and he eggs Yano on. Yano throws another forearm, but Suzuki throws a body shot, then DECKS Yano!
Tag to Archer and Archer drags Yano up. Archer says it’s okay, he pats Yano on the head, and then whips him into the bare buckles! Yano’s strategy comes back to bite him! Archer glares at Tanahashi and tells him to shut up but Tanahashi gets fired up. The ref keeps Tanahashi back and Archer says Tanahashi “can’t do sh*t” about what’s happening. Archer drags Yano up and puts him in a corner to ROCK him with a right! Archer pets Yano’s head, and ROCKS him again! Archer and Tanahashi shout at each other and the ref is busy with them, so Suzuki clamps on an ARMBAR on Yano in the corner! He makes it a HANGING ARMBAR!
Suzuki gets away with that while the ref is scared of Archer. Suzuki stomps Yano, then Archer stands on Yano! The ref reprimands but fans rally as Archer bounces on Yano again and again. Tag to Suzuki, Archer holds Yano up and Suzuki BOOTS Yano down. Archer pets Yano again and says it’s okay. Suzuki pulls on Yano’s beard, then SLAPS him down! Suzuki slaps Yano around but Tanahashi rallies the fans for “Y T R!” Suzuki knees Yano low, whips him corner to corner but Yano reverses. Suzuki stops from hitting bare buckles, Yano runs in, but Suzuki sends him into bare buckles! Suzuki kicks low, runs, but Yano atomic drops!
Fans fire up as Yano crawls over, hot tag to Tanahashi! Tanahashi runs to FLYING FOREARM Suzuki! Tanahashi runs at Archer but Archer catches him in a choke grip! But Tanahashi wrenches and HOTSHOTS Archer down! Tanahashi goes back for Suzuki to ROCK and whip. Suzuki reverses, but Tanahashi blocks the boot to a DRAGON SCREW! Fans fire up with Tanahashi and he drags Suzuki up to scoop and SLAM into a drop zone. Tanahashi goes up the ropes, SUNSET SENTON! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up, Tanahashi runs as Suzuki rises, but Suzuki ducks the slingblade to whip Tanahashi into a corner! BOOT!
Suzuki snapmares, runs, and PENALTY KICKS! Cover, TWO! Fans rally while Suzuki argues the count. The ref says it was a fair two. Suzuki slaps Tanahashi around, talks trash, but Tanahashi throws forearms. Suzuki doesn’t budge and he eggs Tanahashi on. Tanahashi throws more forearms, but then Suzuki ROCKS Tanahashi right back. Suzuki still eggs Tanahashi on, so the forearms start flying! Fans rally up as the shots go back and forth, faster and faster! Tanahashi gets the edge, but Suzuki just laughs! Suzuki ROCKS Tanahashi again! Tanahashi drops to his knees but fans rally back up! Suzuki stands Tanahashi up, and Tanahashi PALM STRIKES!
Suzuki palm strikes back! So Tanahashi throws another! Suzuki wobbles, Tanahashi runs, but Suzuki BOOTS! Suzuki runs, into a SLINGBLADE! But both men get back up, and Suzuki BOOTS Tanahashi down! Fans fire up and Suzuki quickly rolls to his corner, hot tag to Archer! Yano shouts to Tanahashi, but then he runs away when Archer storms over! Yano apologizes to Tanahashi, but Tanahashi throws a forearm on Archer. Archer puts Tanahashi in a corner for body shots and a windmill of haymakers! Archer laughs as Tanahashi sits down. Fans fire up and Archer tells the ref to shut up. Archer stands Tanahashi up to put him up top!
Archer has the inverted crucifix, but Tanahashi fights free! Tanahashi gets around, spins Archer around, TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! And now Yano’s back on the corner! Tanahashi crawls over, hot tag to Yano! Yano brings Archer up, ducks the haymaker, but he pulls on the braids! Archer swings an elbow but Yano avoids it! Yano baits Archer into a corner, and Archer hits the bare buckles! Yano rolls- Er, tries to roll Archer, but he stays up! Archer CLUBS Yano away! Suzuki storms in to stomp Yano. Suzuki-Gun double whip Yano corner to corner, Suzuki runs in but Yano dodges. Yano waistlocks Archer and feeds him to Tanahashi’s SHOTEI! Roll-up, Suzuki breaks it!
Tanahashi kicks Suzuki out of the ring, then he and Yano double whip Archer. Archer DOUBLE CROSSBODIES them instead! Fans fire up and Archer laughs as he stands back up. Archer stomps around and fans clap along. Then Archer tells them to shut up! Archer choke grips Yano, but Yano rakes the eyes! But Archer blocks the low blow! Yano apologizes, hooks the arms, but Archer’s too big for the backslide! Suzuki slides in and grabs Yano’s leg! Suzuki has a standing HEEL HOOK, but Yano hops away to a corner! Archer runs in to ELBOW Yano! Archer hoists Yano up, inverted crucifix, BLACKOUT BOMB!! Cover, Suzuki-Gun wins!
Winners: Lance Archer & Minoru Suzuki, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Yano & Tanahashi earn 0)
Another big win in the block, and Suzuki tortures Young Lions just for the fun of it! Archer grabs Oiwa as he checks on Yano, and hits a CHOKE SLAM! And then Suzuki grabs the referee! Suzuki reels him in, Gotch hold, but he lets him go! Fans applaud the brief moment of mercy from the Meanest Man in the World. #EverybodyDies, but will Suzuki-Gun hoist up the trophies in the end?
World Tag League 2022: Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI VS Aussie Open!
#BISHAMON shined bright against the House of Torture while Davis & Fletcher lived up to FTR’s seal as the future of tag team wrestling. But will the Fierce Warrior & Head Hunter show the future isn’t here just yet? Or will Chaos NOT #GetBackUp after facing the United Empire?
Gideon Grey returns to give Aussie Open their introductions. The teams sort out and they talk some trash to each other. Fans rally up and Hashi starts against Davis. The bell rings, fans applaud and the two circle. They tie up, are in a deadlock, but Davis’ height gives him the advantage. Davis puts Hashi on ropes, but Hashi dodges the chop! Hashi kicks low, CLUBS Davis, then CLUBS him again. Hashi headlocks, grinds the hold, but Davis fights up and powers out. Davis RAMS shoulders with Hashi, but neither falls! They get forehead to forehead and fans fire up. Davis eggs Hashi on so Hashi runs, and he RAMS Davis!
Davis stays up, Hashi brushes himself off, and Davis gets in Hashi’s face. Davis runs now, Hashi ELBOWS him, runs, but Davis runs him over! Fans fire up and Davis looms over Hashi. Davis drags Hashi up, CHOPS him to the corner, then tags in Fletcher. Fletcher CHOPS Hashi and fans applaud. Fletcher ROCKS Hashi, throws more forearms, then whips Hashi. Goto tags in as Hashi reverses, and Bishamon runs Fletcher over! Hashi runs for the hip toss senton! Fans fire up and Davis runs in, but Goto kicks low. Bishamon drums away on Davis! Goto drags Fletcher up, he and Hashi drum him, too! Fans fire up with Bishamon!
Goto goes out after Davis and Hashi goes out after Fletcher. Goto bumps Davis off the apron and Hashi sends Fletcher into railing! Goto CLUBS Davis, CLAWS his back, and Hashi brings Fletcher to the ramp. Hashi CLUBS Fletcher, Goto CLUBS Davis. Bishamon coordinates, they both whip, but Aussie Open both reverse! Goto runs into Hashi, and then Aussie Open picks them both up to run around the way, and SANDWICH them in front of commentary! The Empire throws up the crowns while fans fire up. Fletcher puts Goto in, he and Davis drag him up, and Aussie Open double whip to double CHOP!
Fletcher runs to PENALTY KICK, Davis SENTONS! Fletcher covers, TWO! Fletcher mocks the applause while Davis whips Hashi hard into railing! Red Shoes reprimands but Fletcher focuses on Goto with stomps. Fletcher drags Goto up, ROCKS him, then stomps Goto in the corner. Fletcher CHOPS Goto, stomps him, then fires off forearm after forearm! Fans fire up and Fletcher lets off to tag Davis. Davis drags Goto up, scoops him and SLAMS him, then kneels for the cover. TWO, but Davis just sits Goto up. Davis clamps onto the arm and digs his forearm into Goto’s neck but Goto endures. Goto fights forward to the ROPEBREAK!
Red Shoes counts as Davis grinds the hold, but Davis lets off at 4. Davis kicks Goto around, fans rally up, but Davis brings Goto to the Aussie Open corner. Davis CHOPS Goto, tags Fletcher, and Fletcher stomps Goto. Fletcher CHOPS but Goto kicks back! Fletcher CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS, then he grinds his forearm into Goto’s face! Red Shoes reprimands and counts, Fletcher lets off and apologizes. Fletcher drags Goto up, but Goto fires off body shots and palm strikes! Fletcher kicks low, CHOPS then runs, but Goto follows to LARIAT! Fans fire up while both men are down, and then rally as Goto and Fletcher crawl.
Hot tag to Hashi! Hashi CLOBBERS Fletcher, BLASTS Davis, then storms up to Fletcher. Hashi whips, Fletcher reverses but Hashi comes back to CHOP! Mule kick and turn, for the NECKBREAKER! Fans fire up with Hashi as Fletcher flounders to ropes. Hashi runs in to CHOP again! Hashi hangs Fletcher out to dry, runs side to side and dropkicks Fletcher down! Hashi keeps moving, basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Fans rally and Hashi keeps cool as he stalks Fletcher. Hashi drags Fletcher up and reels him in, but Fletcher fights the fisherman’s hook. Hashi wrenches to ROCK Fletcher, but Fletcher blocks the superkick!
Fletcher spins Hashi but then Hashi blocks Fletcher’s superkick! Hashi spins Fletcher, Fletcher ducks the lariat to SNAP DRAGON! Fans fire up as both men are down! Hashi and Fletcher crawl for their corners, hot tags to Davis and Goto! Goto and Davis DOUBLE LARIAT! And again! Davis kicks low, runs, but Goto follows! Davis ducks the lariat but Goto deflects the boot to DISCUS LARIAT! Goto drags Davis up, fires off forearms, then he whips Davis corner to corner. MURAMASA! And BULLDOG! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up and Goto drags Davis back up. Goto fireman’s carries, but Davis fights free!
Davis waistlocks but Goto elbows free. Goto runs, into a scoop and POWERSLAM, to SENTON! Davis staggers over, Fletcher tags in. Aussie Open drags Goto up, Davis fireman’s carries, but Hashi dropkicks Fletcher! Goto slips off but Davis switches with him! Goto ducks, HIDDEN GAP SUPERKICK for Davis! Fans fire up and Goto runs in to clothesline Fletcher at the corner! Hashi adds his own clothesline! Feed to Goto and then Hashi goes up top! Goto hooks Fletcher up, FLYING GOTO GOTO HUNTER!! Cover, TWO!! Fletcher survives but Hashi calls for lights out! Goto hauls Fletcher up, Hashi gets the legs, but Fletcher kicks him away!
Davis drags Hashi out, Fletcher turns things around on Goto, BRAINBUSTER! Tag to Davis, Aussie Open drags Goto up to fireman’s carry, POP-UP KICK!! Then the scoop and Fletcher goes up top, LAWN DART CUTTER! Davis covers, TWO!! Goto survives and shows the toughness of a former IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champion! Fans fire up and Goto crawls to the corner. Davis grinds his forearm in, then runs side to side, SLIDING FOREARM! Davis fires up and fans fire up, too! Davis wrenches and torture racks Goto but Goto fights free! Goto shoves, fireman’s carries, USHIGOROSHI!
Fans fire up and both men are down! Hashi is back on the corner! Hot tag to the Head Hunter! Hashi runs and LARIATS, but Davis stays up! Davis roars, goes forehead to forehead with Hashi, and ROCKS him with a forearm! Hashi ROCKS Davis back! Davis throws another forearm, Hashi throws it back! Daivs throws another forearm, and Hashi throws it back! Hashi fires off a strike fest and CHOP! But Davis CHOPS back! Davis runs, into a SUPERKICK! Hashi runs, and LARIATS Davis down! Cover, TWO!! Davis is still in this but Hashi and the fans are fired up! Hashi drags Davis up, full nelsons, but Davis breaks free to PELE!
Hot tag to Fletcher! Aussie Open drags Hashi up, they double pump handle, but Goto saves Hashi from Corealis! Goto CLUBS away on Davis but Fletcher kicks him! Fletcher runs, into a fireman’s carry! Fletcher slips off, but Goto ducks, HIDDEN GAP! Davis returns but Goto catches him and spins him around! Hashi helps get Davis up but Davis kicks free! Davis whips Goto out to the apron, Fletcher SHOTGUNS Goto down! Aussie Open fire up, off come the elbow pads! They aim at Hashi from opposite corners, LARIAT SANDWICH! They vow to end this now! COREALIS!! Cover, Aussie Open wins!!
Winners: Aussie Open, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Goto & Hashi earn 0)
Hashi could NOT #GetBackUp, and now Bishamon has fallen to 1-1! But will they be able to #TurnItAllAround next round?
As for Aussie Open, they usher Hashi & Goto out of “their” ring, and Gideon Grey brings the mic to them. Fletcher takes the mic to say, “Fujisawaaa~!” Fans applaud and Fletcher continues by saying, in Japanese, “I speak very little Japanese, I’m sorry. Any of you guys speak English?” Then Fletcher will speak in English. Fletcher & Davis have waited a long time to be part of World Tag League, and closing the show by winning the main event. “Bishamon, Yoshi-Hashi, Hirooki Goto, they were last year’s winners, and we just SWEPT THE FLOOR with them! We came here, guaranteeing Aussie Open winning World Tag League 2022, and I think that just proved that nobody can stop us!”
Fletcher introduces himself and Davis, “We are the United Empire! And we today and all World Tag League long, run the world! Gideon, send them home.” Gideon takes the mic to say that this message is to everybody. “If you’re going to step in this ring against the UnitedEmpire, bring your best game, because there is nobody better in the world. So on behalf of “Dunk-Zilla” Mark Davis and the “Aussie Arrow,” Kyle Fletcher, as well as himself and the rest of the United Empire, “Thank you very much for coming out, drive safely home. <This is the power of the United Empire!!>” Will Aussie Open lead the way into the future of tag team wrestling with this tournament?
Here are the NEW World Tag League standings!
Naito & Sanada: 2-0, 4 points
Suzuki & Archer: 2-0, 4 points
Aussie Open: 2-0, 4 points
Goto & Hashi: 1-1, 2 points
Khan & Henare: 1-1, 2 points
The Mighty: 1-1, 2 points
Chase & Fale: 1-1, 2 points
Yano & Tanahashi: 0-2, 0 points
Evil & Yujiro: 0-2, 0 points
Coughlin & Kidd: 0-2, 0 points
Another great event for this series, and just the second round of World Tag League. That win on LIJ VS Suzuki-Gun came about after a restart from yet another double count-out, and it was only four minutes before Takagi got Taichi with a Ground Cobra Twist. I love this whole thing, it’s hilarious. Anyway, great matches in the tag league, and I’m actually a little surprised the House of Torture didn’t cheat a win this time. Sho & Dick are 0-3, now Evil & Yujiro are 0-2 and might even go 0-3 with the next round tomorrow in a big event where both tournaments are active on the same card. There’s a chance Evil & Yujiro get a win off LIJ just to stick it to them as Naito may or may not be retiring.
The United Empire both winning this time keeps their story of wanting an all Empire finals alive, though I still don’t see it happening. LIJ VS Aussie Open will be a big one, though, with how strong Aussie Open is going. That could be the match-up we’ll see in the finals, and it’d be fitting. Aussie Open gave FTR that match of the year candidate back at Royal Quest, we could get an early 2023 match of the year candidate should Aussie Open win the league. But as I’ve been saying, it feels like LIJ should all be going to WrestleKingdom for Naito’s sake. Aussie Open is the future, reaching the finals would be great enough, and then they can come for the titles in the New Year.
My Score: 8.7/10
Mitchell’s NJPW World Tag League Results & Report! (12/2/23)
B Block, round 5!
Will Bishamon have to tranquilo?
The IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions fought to a time limit draw last round, will Hirooki Goto & Yoshi-Hashi be able to #GetBackUp this round? Or will Yota Tsuji & Zandokan Jr. sink their ship?
- Toru Yano & Tomohiro Ishii VS Yuto Nakashima & Oskar Leube; Yano & Ishii win.
- Six Man Tag: The United Empire VS The Gates of Agony & Boltin Oleg; The Gates of Agony & Oleg win.
- 8 Man Tag: Bullet Club War Dogs VS The House of Torture; The House of Torture wins.
- Six Man Tag: Master Wato, Shota Umino & Ren Narita VS TMDK; Wato, Shota & Narita win.
- 2023 World Tag League, B Block: El Phantasmo & Hikuleo VS Bad Luck Fale & Jack Bonza; ELP & Leo win.
- 2023 World Tag League, B Block: Taichi & Yuya Uemura VS Atlantis Jr. & Soberano Jr; Taichi & Yuya win.
- 2023 World Tag League, B Block: Yuji Nagata & Minoru Suzuki VS Lance Archer & Alex Zayne; Nagata & Suzuki win.
- 2023 World Tag League, B Block: Bishamon VS Yota Tsuji & Zandokan Jr; Bishamon wins.
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Here are the current B Block standings.
Alex Zayne & Lance Archer: 4-0, 8 points
Taichi & Yuya Uemura: 3-1, 6 points
Atlantis Jr. y Soberano Jr: 2-1-1, 5 points
Yota Tsuji & Zandokan Jr: 2-2, 4 points
ELP & Hikuleo: 2-2, 4 points
Bishamon: 1-2-1, 3 points
Bad Luck Fale & Jack Bonza: 1-3, 2 points
Yuji Nagata & Minoru Suzuki: 0-4, 0 points
2023 World Tag League, B Block: El Phantasmo & Hikuleo w/ Jado VS Bad Luck Fale & Jack Bonza!
The Headbanga & Young Guerilla survived the murder grandpas but are still a long way from the front of the block. Though that’s a touch better than the Bullet Club’s Rogue Army, who only just got on the board! Will the NJPW Strong Openweight Tag Team Champions stay strong? Or will they end up on the bottom of the block?
Fans rally up as ELP builds up the energy to high five Leo! The teams sort out and ELP starts against the Red Commando, who mockingly builds up energy to salute the Rogue General. The bell rings, and the fans rally up while ELP swivels as he takes off his shirt. ELP and Bonza circle, tie up, and Bonza waistlocks. ELP switches, Bonza pries free to switch back and wrench to a wristlock. ELP rolls, trips Bonza, and then hooks up the legs to get Bonza in a BOW ‘N’ ARROW! Fans rally, Bonza pops free to a cover, ONE! Fans applaud as the two reset. Fans rally behind ELP but Bonza tells them to shut up. That only makes them chant harder!
ELP and Bonza reset, tie up, and Bonza headlocks. ELP throws body shots, powers out, but Bonza runs him over! Things keep moving, ELP avoids the elbow drop to hit an elbow drop, but Bonza makes it a ghost pin! TWO and ELP rolls Bonza up, TWO! ELP reels Bonza in, spins him but Bonza fights the backslide! ELP still gets the shoulders down, TWO! ELP stomps the hands! ELP knuckle locks, CHOPS, and goes up, up and jumps around, to FLYING RANA! Fans fire up and ELP handsprings to his feet. ELP CHOPS Bonza to the red corner, then CHOPS him again. Tag to Leo, and Leo hushes the crowd. But Bonza avoids the chop!
Bonza tags in Fale, and fans rally up as the big guys stare down. Leo offers a handshake, but Fale just pie faces Leo. So Leo fires forearms! Fale throws them back! ELP leads the fans in the “YAY! BOO!” as the two giants go back and forth! Leo gets the edge but Fale kicks a leg. Fale RAMS Leo, but Leo stays up! Fans rally up as they RAM again! Leo eggs Fale on, they RAM shoulders again! Leo then kicks low, and goes to scoop! But Fale’s so bulky! Leo gets Fale up!! But Bonza CHOP BLOCKS a leg and Leo falls back! Fale covers, TWO! Bonza drags Leo to the blue corner and Fale tags Bonza in. The Rogue Army mugs Leo in the corner!
Leo crawls, Bonza turns him over and keeps him from ELP. Bonza steps through, SPINNING TOEHOLD! Leo clutches the knee and Bonza talks some trash. SPINNING TOEHOLD! Bonza pie faces Leo, eggs him on, then mocks the heart hands. Leo CHOPS Bonza! Bonza kicks Leo down, stomps him around, then even springboard stomps him! Tag to Fale and Bonza rushes ELP. ELP avoids getting blasted off the apron, but Fale stays between ELP and Leo. Fale then stands on Leo as a surfboard! ELP CLUBS Fale, so Fale DECKS ELP! Fale tags Bonza, and Bonza CLUBS Leo down. Fans rally up but Bonza CLUBS Leo more.
Bonza drags Leo up, whips him to the corner, but Leo BLASTS Fale away! Leo then BOOTS Bonza, hurries for his corner, but Bonza dropkicks the legs out! Bonza snarls, backs ELP off, then he reels Leo in. Bonza finger guns and calls his shot, but Leo’s too big to bomb! Leo back drops Bonza away! Fans fire up while both men crawl, hot tag to ELP! ELP fires off on Bonza, whips him to ropes, but Bonza reverses. ELP ducks ‘n ‘dodges to CLOBBER Bonza! And kip up! Fans fire up as ELP atomic drops Bonza, then mocks his pain. Bonza swings, into another atomic drop! ELP hobbles, but he still hooks Bonza up, RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP!
ELP cartwheels to the corner, goes up and takes aim, FALLING AX HANDLE! Fans rally as ELP tunes up the band. SUDDEN- NO, Bonza blocks, then DISCUS LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Bonza is frustrated but he drags ELP up and calls another shot. Bonza suplexes, holds, but ELP kicks free to DDT! Fans fire up again as Bonza and ELP crawl. ELP drags Bonza from Fale, straitjacket and torture rack, then tag to Leo. Leo BLASTS Fale, BOOTS Bonza, into the BRAIN SALAD! Leo covers, TWO! Bonza survives being scrambled but the fans rally with E-Leo-P! They coordinate, tune up, and Bonza rises. But Fale CLOBBERS Leo!
Bonza ROCKS and KNEES ELP, into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Fale runs corner to corner to SPLASH Leo! And then fireman’s carry, SAMOAN DROP to MACHO ELBOW! Cover, ELP breaks it! Fans fire up but Fale kicks ELP. Fale drags ELP up but he fires forearms and CHOPS on the Rogue Army! ELP runs, but into double shoulders! Leo rises while ELP flounders out of the ring, and the Rogue Army mugs him at the ropes. The Rogue Army double whips, but Leo breaks the line to DOUBLE LARIAT! Only Bonza falls, but Leo roars as he SPLASHES Fale in a corner! Leo scoops?! AND SLAMS!! Fans fire up with Leo as the alpha giant!
Leo drags Bonza up, choke grip, but Bonza knees free! SUDDEN DEATH! Choke grip, and ELP DIVES onto Fale! Leo hits GODSEND!! Then ELP climbs onto Leo’s shoulders for the SUPER THUNDER KISS 86!! Cover, ELP & Leo win!
Winners: El Phantasmo & Hikuleo, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Rogue Army earns 0)
Just as Fale & Bonza were locked and loaded, they misfire and fall back down! Will they have to shift into spoiler mode in the tournament’s second half? As for the NJPW Strong Openweight Tag Team Champions, do they still have an outside shot at those WTL trophies?
2023 World Tag League, B Block: Taichi & Yuya Uemura VS Atlantis Jr. & Soberano Jr!
The Holy Emperor & Heat Storm took a loss to Monster Sauce, but they’re still near the front of the block! But the sons of lucha libre are right behind them! Will this match go a long way to determining B Block’s finalists?
The teams sort out and Soberano starts against Yuya. The fans rally up as Soberano offers a handshake. Yuya reaches out but then Soberano leaves him hanging. The two circle, tie up, and are in a deadlock. Yuya waistlocks, but Soberano wrenches out to wristlock. Soberano YANKS the arm, but Yuya rolls, wrenches, hammerlocks and he brings Soberano around. Soberano rolls, drop toeholds and then has the legs tied up to go after the arms. Soberano has a modified Queen Angelito but Yuya fights up. Soberano stands on Yuya’s shoulders for a modified motorcycle stretch, to then shift to a headlock.
Fans rally as Yuya fights up but Soberano grinds the hold. Yuya pries free, but Soberano pulls hair! The ref reprimands but Soberano snapmares Yuya. Yuya gets right up and the fans applaud. Yuya and Soberano reset, circle, and feel things out. They knuckle lock, but Soberano steps on an arm and double wristlocks the other. Soberano then spins Yuya, arm-drags him, but Yuya arm-drags back! Soberano sweeps and covers, ONE! Yuya hits a headlock takeover, but Soberano headscissors, so Yuya kips free. Both men stand back up and fans applaud the standoff. Soberano offers the handshake for real and Yuya takes it.
Fans applaud the sportsmanship as the two then back down, and they tag in Taichi and Atlantis. The KOPW Champion and NWA World Historic Light Heavyweight Champion RAM shoulders again and again! Then Atlantis runs to RAM Taichi! Taichi rebounds to BOOT! Atlantis rebounds to CHOP! Atlantis eggs Taichi on, so Taichi CHOPS back! Fans fire up as Taichi eggs Atlantis on, and he comes back to CHOP! Fans cheer more, and Taichi CHOPS again! Atlantis CHOPS, it’s a CHOP fight! They go back and forth faster and faster, but Taichi sputters. Atlantis eggs him on, so Taichi KICKS and KICKS!
Atlantis blocks a kick, dodges the forearm and RANAS! Fans fire up while Taichi goes to a corner. Atlantis runs in, but Taichi puts him on the apron. Atlantis counter punches then goes up top to CROSSBODY! Atlantis is right back up to run in, but Taichi BOOTS him! Atlantis returns but Taichi sends him into the corner for the GAMANGIRI! Yuya then runs in to BLAST Soberano! Fans rally up as Yuya coaches Taichi. Taichi and Atlantis rise, but Taichi brings Atlantis around to bump off buckles. Tag to Yuya and he CLUBS Atlantis down. Yuya whips Atlantis to ropes, DOUBLE CHOPS him down, then covers, TWO!
Fans rally as Yuya keeps cool. Yuya brings Atlantis around, snapmares and CLUBS him! Yuya then clamps onto an armlock and he grinds that taped shoulder down. Atlantis reaches out, but Yuya drags him from ropes to keep on that arm. Atlantis endures, Yuya floats to a cover, TWO! Yuya keeps on the arm with a double wristlock now but Atlantis continues to endure. Atlantis fights up, reaches out, ROPEBREAK! But Taichi tags in, and he CLUBS Atlantis on the back. Taichi snapmares Atlantis to KICK him in the back, and fans rally up. Taichi drags Atlantis around for Kawada Kicks, egging him on at the same time.
Atlantis stands right up to fire off forearms! Taichi kicks low and gives more Kawada Kicks! Atlantis sits up, and blocks the buzzsaw! He dodges the Ax Bomber to SUPERKICK! Both men are down and the fans rally back up! Atlantis crawls, hot tag to Soberano! Soberano goes up and CROSSBODIES Taichi down! Soberano then runs corner to corner, but into a BOOT! Taichi runs, Soberano dodges, goes up and over and dodges a boot to ENZIGURI! Fans fire up, and Yuya CLUBS Soberano. Yuya runs, but into a SOBAT! Step-up FAMOUSER! Soberano TOSSES Yuya, sidesteps Taichi, and SPIN POWERSLAMS!
Soberano sets Taichi in the middle of the ring to LIONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up as Taichi stays in this, and Soberano keeps his cool. Soberano stomps Taichi, drags him up, and fireman’s carries. Taichi fights free but Soberano kicks low again. Soberano talks some trash, runs but into a BOOT! Soberano comes back, but Taichi gest around, only for Soberano to fight the saido! Soberano whips, Taichi reverses and avoids the handspring to AX BOMBER! Both men are down and fans fire up again! Soberano and Taichi crawl for their corners, hot tag to Yuya and he stops Soberano! Yuya CHOPS but Soberano eggs him on!
Yuya CHOPS again, whips, but Soberano reverses. Yuya FLYING FOREARMS! And arm-drags! And DOUBLE CHOPS! Fans fire up with Yuya and he drags Soberano up again. Yuya whips to a corner, runs in and SPLASHES! Then BULLDOGS! Cover, TWO! Yuya looms over Soberano, stands him back up, and he traps the arms! But Soberano fights the suplex with knees! Yuya CHOPS, runs, but Soberano DROPKICKS him down! Fans fire up again as both men crawl! Yuya goes to a neutral corner, Soberano hot tags Atlantis! Atlantis runs to BLAST Taichi, then he runs to kick Yuya! Atlantis whips, Yuya reverses!
Atlantis dodges Yuya in the corner, and he SPIN POWERSLAMS! Cover, TWO! Yuya hangs in there but Atlantis stays focused. The fans rally up, Atlantis whips and Soberano joins in, TU LO SABE! Cover, Taichi breaks it! Soberano kicks Taichi out then goes out after him. Yuya goes back to a neutral corner and Atlantis storms over. Soberano dribbles Taichi off the apron as Atlantis stands Yuya up and scoops. Yuya fights free, and he CHOPS! Taichi sends Soberano into railing! Atlantis CHOPS Yuya! Yuya CHOPS Atlantis! They go CHOP for CHOP, the fans rally up, and Yuya sputters. But he dodges to waistlock!
Yuya sends Atlantis into Taichi’s RIDGEHAND! Yuya CHOPS again! Taichi SOBATS! Yuya BULLDOGS! Cover, TWO! Atlantis survives the assault and fans rally up. Yuya fires up and he climbs a corner! CROSS- NO, Atlantis moves and Yuya has to roll through! But then Soberano CROSSBODIES! Taichi storms in to kick Soberano, but Atlantis scoops to BACKBREAKER! Taichi bails back out and Soberano builds speed! FOSBURY FLOP! Direct hit and fans fire up! Atlantis scoops Yuya, MICHINOKU DRIVER! Atlantis hurries up top, FROG SPLASH! Cover, TWO!! Yuya survives and Atlantis is furious!
The fans fire up for Yuya but Atlantis refocuses. Atlantis vows to end this and he drags Yuya back up. Atlantis whips, Yuya holds ropes to BOOT back! Atlantis scoops Yuya and then gut wrenches, but Yuya RANAS free! Atlantis stands, into an arm-drag! Ghost pin, and Taichi keeps Soberano out! JUST5GUYS WIN!
Winners: Taichi & Yuya Uemura, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Atlantis & Soberano earn 0)
Taichi is so proud of Yuya! Not only did he win this for the team, he just pinned the NWA World Historic Light Heavyweight Champion! Too bad he’s just outside the weight requirements to challenge for that belt. But that aside, will this help Yuya & Taichi secure a shot at the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions?
2023 World Tag League, B Block: Yuji Nagata & Minoru Suzuki VS Lance Archer & Alex Zayne!
In a shocking twist, Blue Justice & The Meanest Man in the World are 0-4 this deep into World Tag League! But will Nagata & Suzuki finally make it work at the halfway point? Or will Monster Sauce continue their hot streak and be the only 5-0 team in the entire tournament?
Surprisingly, the Murderhawk Monster doesn’t maul Young Lions at ringside. But perhaps that is because he is saving all his energy for Suzuki. As such, he doesn’t even budge as Suzuki steps into the ring for “KAZE NI NARE~!” The former boss and subordinate stare down, so Nagata and Zayne let them start. The fans cheer as Archer brings out a Suzuki-Gun shirt! Archer then throws the shirt aside as he tells Suzuki, “Tonight, we fight. So you better bring it our I’m gonna knock your teeth out! Let’s go, Suzuki!” The bell rings and the fans fire up with Archer! Suzuki ROCKS him with a forearm already!
Suzuki eggs Archer on, and Archer grins as he comes back. Archer ROCKS Suzuki right back! Suzuki staggers, stays standing, and he also grins! Archer laughs, he and Suzuki start trading forearms! The fans fire up as the shots keep going! Suzuki gets the edge, then BOOTS! Archer wobbles but he BOOTS right back! Down goes Suzuki! Fans cheer, Suzuki stands up, and Nagata tags himself in. Zayne also tags in, and now fans rally as these two circle. They tie up, Zayne waistlocks but Nagata wrenches to a wristlock. Zayne spins, wrenches, wrangles Nagata, but Nagata kicks him away. The fans cheer as the two reset.
Nagata and Zayne tie up, Zayne headlocks, but Nagata throws body shots. Nagata powers out but Zayne runs him over! Things speed up, Zayne IMPLODER KNEE DROPS onto Nagata’s dropdown! Then he STANDING MARIPOSAS! Fans fire up and Zayne drags Nagata up. Zayne puts Nagata in a corner, tags to Archer, and he taunts Suzuki with “You Suck!” Suzuki says shut up, but Archer stomps away on Nagata. Red Shoes counts, Archer lets off and says Suzuki’s next. Suzuki says to still shut up, but Archer snapmares Nagata. Archer continues to taunt Suzuki then he CLUBS away on Nagata’s chest! Cover, TWO!
Archer is mad at Red Shoes, and Suzuki steps in just to flip Archer off. Archer tags Zayne, and scoops him to SLAM him onto Nagata! Cover, TWO! Zayne stays between Nagata and Suzuki, then bumps Nagata off buckles. Zayne ELBOWS Nagata, tags Archer, and Archer CHOPS Nagata! Nagata eggs him on so Archer CHOPS again! Even Zayne felt that one. Nagata still eggs Archer on, but Archer eggs Nagata on, so Nagata fires forearms! Archer knees low, whips Nagata to a corner, then runs in, but Nagata BOOTS him! Nagata fakes the dropkick high to dropkick low! Archer hobbles, Nagata tags in Suzuki!
Fans rally up as Suzuki fires forearms on Archer. Suzuki backs Archer down, but Archer tells him to hit harder! Suzuki fires off even more shots and he sits Archer down in a corner! Suzuki growls and the fans fire up. Suzuki knees low, whips corner to corner, then runs in to BOOT! Suzuki cravats but Archer fights the snapmare. Archer whips Suzuki to a corner, ELBOWS him, “Ichi!” Archer keeps moving to ELBOW again! “NI!” Archer keeps going, “SAN!” Hattrick achieved, and then a KNEE DROP! Cover, TWO! Archer ROCKS Suzuki, puts him on the top rope, and then lifts with the inverted crucifix!
But Suzuki fights free! Archer choke grips, but Suzuki breaks free to ROCK Archer! Archer ROCKS Suzuki! Suzuki laughs as they trade forearms back and forth again! Fans rally up, Suzuki keeps laughing, but both men ROCK the other! Fans fire up as Archer and Suzuki stand back up! They egg each other on, and the forearms fly again! They go back and forth, faster and faster! Archer wobbles, Suzuki taunts him, but then the forearms start up again! Suzuki gets the edge but Archer ROCKS him! Suzuki rises right up to ROCK Archer! Both men fall over and the fans are thunderous! Suzuki and Archer crawl, hot tags to Zayne and Nagata!
Now Zayne and Nagata trade forearms! Nagata ROCKS Zayne, KICKS him, and KICKS him! And KICKS again! Zayne ends up in a corner, Nagata fires up and whips corner to corner. BOOT! Zayne fights the clinch, suplexes, but Nagata fights that. Nagata suplexes Zayne, for MAGIC SCREW! And then an EXPLODER! Cover, TWO! But into CROSSFACE! Suzuki intercepts Archer into a SLEEPER! Monster Sauce endures stereo submissions! The fans rally, Suzuki keeps adjusting his grip, but Archer fights up! Archer storms over to BOOT Nagata, then he RAMS Suzuki into buckles! Zayne gets the boost, HIP TOSS CANNONBALL!
Archer ELBOWS Nagata down, then Zayne runs in, tilt-o-whirl RANA CANNONBALL for Archer! Fans fire up as Archer gets Zayne, CHOKE SLAM SAULT! SENTON! Cover, TWO!! Nagata survives but Archer BLASTS Suzuki back down! Zayne goes up and gets as lift from Archer, but Suzuki stops the Blackout Swanton! Suzuki DECKS Zayne, Archer knees Suzuki and TOSSES him! But Suzuki gets Archer’s legs! APRON KNEEBAR! Archer endures, Nagata cradles but Zayne smothers it into his own cover, TWO!! Nagata is free again, but Zayne kicks low. Zayne straitjackets but Nagata fights free!
Zayne fires boxing elbows, back elbow, mule kick, only to run into a WHEEL KCIK! SAIDO BRIDGE! MURDER GRANDPAS WIN!!
Winners: Yuji Nagata & Minoru Suzuki, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Monster Sauce earns 0)
The top team finally falls, and it was to the two most grizzled and experienced men in the whole tournament! Suzuki tells Archer & Zayne to still take this thing, and they fist bump as the old Suzuki-Gun theme plays. Will Monster Sauce still burn B Block and head for those trophies?
2023 World Tag League, B Block: Bishamon VS Yota Tsuji & Zandokan Jr!
Hirooki Goto & Yoshi-Hashi have been struggling, but they always #GetBackUp. Will they be able to #TurnItAllAround and make the threepeat a reality? Or will Gene Blast & The King of the World make the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions tranquilo?
The teams sort out and Tsuji calls out Hashi. Fans cheer as Hashi accepts, and the bell rings. Hashi and Tsuji circle, the fans rally up, and the two tie up. Hashi headlocks and grinds the hold, but Tsuji fights up with body shots. Tsuji powers out but Hashi RAMS shoulders with him! Tsuji dares Hashi to bring it, so Hashi runs. But Tsuji follows to then RANA! Fans cheer and Tsuji smiles. Tsuji stomps Hashi, drags him up at the ropes, and CHOPS! Hashi staggers but Tsuji is on him to whip to ropes. Hashi holds ropes, Goto tags in, Bishamon double shoulder tackles Tsuji down! Hashi runs for Goto to hip toss, ZANMAI!
Zando runs in but Bishamon kicks him first. They then HAMMER away on Zando’s back! The fans fire up while Goto & Hashi flex. Zando bails out and Goto stomps Tsuji. Goto drags Tsuji up, CLUBS him, fireman’s carries, but Tsuji fights with elbows. Goto ROCKS Tsuji, runs, but Zando trips him and Tsuji basement dropkicks! Tsuji BLASTS Hashi, Zando drags Goto out to throw him into railing! Tsuji goes out after Hashi, drags him up, and we hear Zando send Goto into more railing. Tsuji whips Hashi into railing, too! Fans rally up, Zando gets a chair and he SMACKS Goto with it! It wasn’t even a folding chair, it was a spare chair from the crowd!
Red Shoes reprimands, Zando puts Goto in for Tsuji, but Red Shoes won’t count the cover with all the shenanigans. Tsuji stomps Goto, tags Zando, and they double whip Goto to POP-UP KICK! And then DOUBLE BASEMENT DROPKICK! Zando covers, TWO! Hashi gets up but Zando boots him off the apron. Zando snapmares Goto into a chinlock, but he also fishhooks the mouth! Red Shoes reprimands, Zando lets off to tag Tsuji, and they set Goto up on the ropes. Fans rally but Hashi is in Tsuji’s way. Red Shoes reprimands and Hashi moves so Tsuji can run and LEAP FROG ATTACK! Goto falls and fans fire up.
Zando BLASTS Hashi, Tsuji covers Goto, TWO! Tsuji still smiles and he drags Goto up. Goto CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! But Tsuji knees low! Tsuji whips but Goto reverses. Goto runs in but Tsuji BOOTS him away! Tsuji runs, but Goto follows to LARIAT! Fans fire up while both men are down! Goto crawls, hot tag to Hashi! Hashi runs up to run Tsuji over, then he BLASTS Zando! Tsuji kicks back, whips Hashi to a corner, but Hashi returns to CHOP! Fans fire up as Hashi mule kicks then turns Tsuji, but Tsuji fights the neckbreaker. Hashi dodges the lariat to hit the BLOCKBUSTER! Fans fire up with Hashi as Tsuji goes to a corner.
Hashi runs corner to corner to clothesline, then he reels Tsuji in for the NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! The fans rally up and Hashi looms over Tsuji. Hashi drags Tsuji up, reels him in, but Tsuji blocks the suplex! Hashi keeps trying, the fans rally, and Tsuji hoists Hashi up! Hashi fights that, tries again, but Tsuji slips free. Hashi elbows Tsuji, runs, but into a BOOT! Fans fire up and Goto coaches Hashi. Hashi and Tsuji both crawl, hot tag to Goto! Goto KICKS Tsuji down then BLASTS Zando! Goto drags Tsuji up, fires off forearms, then whips Tsuji corner to corner. Goto runs, blocks a boot but Tsuji DOUBLE STOMPS him down!
Tsuji calls to Zando, hurries over, and fans fire up for the hot tag! Zando storms up on Goto, but Goto fires off CHOP after CHOP! Zando winds up to CHOP back! Fans fire up while Goto is stinging. Zando BLASTS Hashi, then he and Tsuji get Goto up. They double whip, double hip toss and cradle, for a DOUBLE SLAM! Tsuji SPLASHES, Zando goes up the ropes to LIONSAULT! Zando just makes it, then covers, TWO! Fans rally up while Tsuji paces around. Zando drags Goto up, he and Tsuji hook Goto up but Hashi saves Goto from the Anchor! Hashi fires forearms, Tsuji kicks low and whips Hashi to a corner.
Tsuji sends Zando in but Hashi dodges to then LARIAT Tsuji! Zando UPPERCUTS Hashi! Goto runs in but Zando kicks and runs. But Goto fireman’s carries! USHIGOROSHI! Fans fire up while all four men are down! Goto roars and rises, and he drags Zando up. Goto reels Zando in, dragon sleepers, but Zando drops to victory roll! TWO!! Goto escapes, hurries to a corner, and Zando runs in to clothesline! And then he undoes the wrist tape so he can run in again, and CHOP! Fans fire up and Zando says “UNO MAS!” Zando runs but Goto follows to MURAMASA! And then SAIDO! Both men are down again and the fans rally back up.
Goto crawls, hot tag to Hashi! Hashi runs to BLAST Tsuji, then he goes back for Zando. Hashi runs, but Zando BOOTS! Hashi spins through to CHOP! Zando staggers, roars, and CHOPS in return! Zando fireman’s carries, but Hashi fights free and feeds him to Goto’s forearm! Mule kick and then the clinch, GOTO GO TO HUNTER! Cover, Tsuji breaks it! Goto tosses Tsuji, and Bishamon coordinates. Goto goes up a corner, but Tsuji GAMANGIRIS him down! Zando TOSSES Hashi, and fans fire up as the amigos coordinate. Zando DIVES onto Goto, Tsuji CROSSBODIES Hashi and Young Lion Boltin Oleg!
Fans fire up as Tsuji & Zando rise! Tsuji drags Hashi up, he and Zando get him in the ring. Tsuji & Zando stand Hashi up, hook him up, ANCHOR!! Zando covers, TWO!! Hashi survives but Tsuji is already at the corner. Tsuji climbs, he stands on Zando’s shoulders, VAMOS FLOP as Hashi moves! Goto TOSSES Tsuji, and he LARIATS Zando! Zando stays up to LARIAT back! GOto drops to a knee, Zando runs again, but Goto SWATS the lariat! Goto suplexes, Zando slips free, but Goto puts him in the corner! Hashi runs in to clothesline! Tsuji runs in, but into the FIERCE FLASH! Goto clotheslines Zando, Hashi clotheslines, too!
Hashi hoists Zando up, Goto climbs, BULLDOG FLAPJACK COMBO! The fans fire up with Bishamon as they hoist Zando up and call their shot! Dragon sleeper and leg lift, SHOTO!!! Cover, BISHAMON WINS!
Winners: Bishamon, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Tsuji & Zando earn 0)
The IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions shine through as they turn the lights out on LIJ! Will Tsuji & Zando be able to stay afloat in WTL’s second half?
As for Bishamon, Hashi gets the mic first to say, “Oi, Tsuji! How was Bishamon? Was it sweet? Was it spicy? Or maybe salty?” Tsuji walks back to the ring and Hashi lets him have the mic. Tsuji says, “Now that I’ve faced Bishamon, I’ve learned… that you guys are amazing.” Fans cheer that! But Tsuji also knows Bishamon can’t stay like this. He’s sure they’ll make it back to the WTL finals. Tsuij then sends the mic back as he takes his leave, and Hashi thanks him.
Hashi continues to say that he can’t be sure if WTL can get more exciting, but if the fans aren’t already excited, then there’s no way that’ll change. But this win here gets Bishamon one step closer to that threepeat. Hashi brings up the supposed curse that keeps the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions from winning WTL. But he vows that “Gocchan and I will definitely break the curse.” Fans cheer that! Hashi continues to say that as IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions, Bishamon will win WTL for a third time in a row, and they’ll do it… IN A FLASH! The Fierce Warrior & Headhunter still have life, but will they have those trophies three years running?
Here are the NEW B Block standings!
Alex Zayne & Lance Archer: 4-1, 8 points
Taichi & Yuya Uemura: 4-1, 8 points
ELP & Hikuleo: 3-2, 6 points
Bishamon: 2-2-1, 5 points
Atlantis Jr. y Soberano Jr: 2-2-1, 5 points
Yota Tsuji & Zandokan Jr: 2-3, 4 points
Yuji Nagata & Minoru Suzuki: 1-4, 2 points
Bad Luck Fale & Jack Bonza: 1-4, 2 points
Mitchell’s AEW Collision Results & Report! (12/2/23)
The American Dragon is back in action!
Bryan Danielson and Andrade El Idolo finally start in the Blue League!
As the AEW Continental Classic’s second round continues, Bryan Danielson and Andrade El Idolo finally have their first taste of action! Will the American Dragon and Face of Latino Wrestling both get points tonight?
- AEW Continental Classic, Blue League: Claudio Castagnoli VS Brody King; Brody wins.
- Abadon VS Kiera Hogan; Abadon wins.
- AEW Continental Classic, Blue League: Andrade El Idolo VS Daniel Garcia; Andrade wins.
- The Kingdom w/ Roderick Strong VS The Iron Savages w/ Jacked Jameson; The Kingdom wins.
- Malakai Black & Buddy Matthews VS Christopher Daniels & Matt Sydal; The House of Black win.
- El Hijo Del Vikingo VS Kip Sabian; Vikingo wins.
- AEW Continental Classic, Blue League: Bryan Danielson VS Eddie Kingston; Bryan wins.
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Brody King speaks.
“Tonight on Collision, in Erie, PA, Blue League round two against Claudio. I’m here to prove why I’m not just an upset win, and I’m the most dominant wrestler in this tournament. HARU!”
Claudio Castagnoli speaks.
“Time for talking is over. Swiss to C2, tonight I’m going to take a King’s head.”
CJ Perry & Andrade El Idolo speak.
The Coldest Manager in the Game says tonight, her client will take down Daniel Garcia again tonight, and take home that fat check. And his name is Andrade The Idol. No, no, es El Idolo. And everyone knows who he is, but Garcia, see you tonight.
Daniel Garcia speaks.
“Andrade, you wanna know what really, really makes me mad? It’s when someone likes you comes in here and thinks they can step all over people like me. Well I’m not having it anymore. Tonight, I fight back. And if I needed any more motivation to win other than getting those three points, it’s putting somebody like you in his place.”
Bryan Danielson speaks.
“Eddie Kingston, tonight, it’s you and me in the Continental Classic. And do y’know what? I don’t want depressed Eddie Kingston. I don’t want Eddie Kingston who feels bad about himself because he lost his first round match. I want the Eddie Kingston that won the ROH World title. I want the Eddie Kingston who’s confident enough to put in BOTH his titles in this tournament! Eddie Kingston, I want the best version of you because if you don’t bring it, you’re gonna get hurt.”
Eddie Kingston speaks.
“Look, guys, I know we gotta do this cold open thing. It’s the cool thing to do on Collision. I don’t have time. I gotta go get ready, I’m 0-1 in this tournament already, I do NOT wanna go 0-2. Bryan, I do respect you, sort of, so I don’t care about your eye, I don’t care about your arm, I don’t care about anything about you. All I care about is winning. So guess what? I’m gonna bust you up.”
AEW Continental Classic, Blue League: Claudio Castagnoli VS Brody King!
The Swiss Superman is ready for his Collision with the King of Death! But with both men at 1-0, who, if either of them, moves on to be Blue League’s only 2-0 leader?
The bell rings, 20 minutes is ticking down, but Claudio and Brody run in to RAM shoulders! Claudio BOOTS, Brody BOOTS, and Claudio fires a forearm! Brody forearms back, fans fire up as the shots keep going! They pick up speed with those forearms, Brody CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Then he LARIATS! Claudio stays up!? Claudio seethes and fans fire up as he comes back to CHOP! CHOP! And CHOP! Claudio LARIATS, but Brody stays up! Brody LARIATS, Claudio LARIATS, repeat! Claudio rebounds, DOUBLE LARIATS collide! Neither falls, they DOUBLE LARIAT again, and again, then Claudio dodges! DOUBLE LARIATS finally take both men down!
Fans fire up as Brody and Claudio roll out opposite ends of the ring. Claudio and Brody stand back up, the ring count climbs, but both men storm up around the way to DOUBLE LARAIT! And DOUBLE LARIAT! The count is 9, both men slide in at 9.9!! Fans fire up as Brody and Claudio start throwing forearms again! Brody gets the edge, runs, and he BOOTS Claudio down! Brody then scoops Claudio but Claudio slips free to BOOT! Claudio scoops, to SLAM Brody! Fans fire up, Brody staggers back up and Claudio runs, to clothesline Brody up and out! Fans fire up, Claudio goes out and he runs in around the way, UPPERCUT!
Fans fire up more and Claudio drags Brody up. Claudio whips Brody hard into railing, but Brody comes back to CLOBBER Claudio! Fans fire up as Brody peels the bumpers off the railing, then he throws forearms with Claudio. Brody knees low, whips, and Claudio hits railing hard! Claudio tumbles up and over and Collision goes picture in picture.
Brody catches his breath, storms over to where Claudio is, and drags him up. Fans fire up as Brody suplexes Claudio to the floor! Both men writhe, but Brody storms up on Claudio to stand him up. Brody CHOPS and Claudio sputters! Brody CHOPS again! Claudio staggers back, Brody whips him hard into the apron! Brody CLUBS Claudio, stalks him as he hobbles, then POSTS Claudio! Claudio staggers and falls over, and Brody refreshes the ring count. Brody storms back up on Claudio, ROCKS him, then puts him in the ring. Brody CHOPS Claudio again, ROCKS him to a corner, then ROCKS him again.
Claudio goes to another corner but Brody CLUBS him! And CHOPS him! Claudio UPPERCUTS! Brody CHOPS! Repeat! Brody gets the edge as he ROCKS Claudio again, then CHOPS him down! Claudio leans against ropes as he coughs and gasps for air. Brody clamps on with a chinlock, digs his forearm cast into Claudio’s face, and Collision returns to single picture. Claudio endures, pries the hold open, and he stands to wrench the arm, for an ELBOW BREAKER! The forearms fly again, Claudio runs but Brody scoops to SLAM! And then SENTON! Fans rally up while Claudio crawls to a corner.
Brody runs in to SPLASH at the corner! The fans bark and hoot with Brody, but Claudio UPPERCUTS him in the corner! Claudio fires UPPERCUT after UPPERCUT from all sides! Then he jukes the ref to UPPERCUT again! Claudio fires more shots, roars, and takes a moment to steady himself. Claudio whips but Brody blocks, so Claudio UPPERCUTS again! Claudio whips, Brody reverses and runs in to SPLASH! Then fireman’s carry, but Claudio fights free to UPPERCUT the back! Claudio trips Brody, but Brody kicks him away! Claudio comes back to DOUBLE STOMP! Cover, TWO! Brody survives but Claudio keeps his cool.
Claudio drags Brody up, but Brody fights the fireman’s carry. Brody ROCKS Claudio, CHOPS him, then runs, into a POP-UP UPPERCUT!! Cover, TWO!! Brody survives but the fans fire up behind Claudio as he stands. Claudio gets the legs, to SWING Brody!! Claudio goes around and around, and fans count all the way to TEN! Then the SHARPSHOOTER!! Fans fire up while Claudio sits deep! Brody endures, claws at the mat, fights around, and he reaches out! But Claudio grabs that bad arm to hold it back! Brody still fights forward, ROPEBREAK! Claudio lets go in frustration while Brody crawls to a corner.
Claudio waits on Brody to stand, then runs in, but Brody dodges! Claudio POSTS himself, then Brody GERMAN SUPLEXES him away! Brody runs in to CANNONBALL! Brody drags Claudio to a cover, ONE?!? Fans are stunned and so is Brody! Brody ROCKS Claudio, reels him in, but Claudio slips free of the bomb to fireman’s carry! DEATH VALLEY DRIVER!! Cover, ONE?!? Brody survives and Claudio is shocked! “This is Awesome!” and Claudio drags Brody up and reels him in. Claudio Gotch Lifts but Brody back drops free! Claudio lands on his feet! Springboard- HAYMAKER!! STUFF PILEDRIVER!! Cover, TWO?!?
Fans are thunderous as Brody hurries to get Claudio up. LARIAT!! Cover, Brody wins!!
Winner: Brody King, by pinfall (gains 3 points; Claudio earns 0)
That deadly right arm brings down the Swiss Superman, and Brody has six points! Is the Blue League soon going to belong to the House of Black?
Jon Moxley speaks.
“If it turns out that entering this Continental Classic tournament was a bad idea, I won’t find out ’til it’s too late. I’m banged up. Maybe the last four years is finally catching with me, because nobody’s done it anywhere in the world like I do it the last four years. My head hurts, my neck hurts, my back hurts, now my knee hurts. Getting that tingly-ness in my fingers now all the time. I live in pain on a day to day basis like most people couldn’t even imagine. Now on top of that, my head’s not screwed on straight all the time lately. The doctors are prescribing me this medication, that medication.
“And I’m just sick of it all. I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired. I’m sick and tired of being pissed off at my body failing me, I’m sick and tired of being depressed, I’m being sick and tired about being pissed about the entire last year. I’m sick and tired of being pissed off. So I’m gonna do the only thing I know how to do, the only thing I’m good at: I’m gonna wrestle my way out of it. I’m gonna fight my way out of it. I’m gonna put every ounce, every drop of sweat and effort and will I have into winning this Continental Classic tournament.
“This kind of thing, this is what AEW was built on, man. Two guys in the ring, the best wrestlers in the world, giving it their all, feeling that feeling when you’ve given every ounce of yourself in the ring, and pushing the limits, and pushing the boundaries, and making people stand up and go ‘Oh my God!’ What’d I just see?’ Feeling that connection with an audience that loves wrestling as much as we do. That is what AEW is about. Somebody’s gotta step up and win this tournament, and show the world exactly what AEW is, exactly what All Elite Wrestling can be! And that’s just gonna have to be me.
“Because anybody can say what they want but I’m the Ace of the World, b*tch, and that’s just the way it is. And there is nobody in this tournament that can do anything to me worse than what I deal with on a daily basis. Nothing they can do to me that’s worse than fighting the demons that I fight on a daily basis. If you think I’m shot, if you think my trigger’s been pulled, if you think I’m ripe for the picking, please, please, take your shot.” The Maniac is going to go until he can’t go any more, will El Toro Blanco look to take that shot this Wednesday?
Abadon VS Kiera Hogan!
With title chases never stopping, the Undead Girl and the Hottest Flame are fighting to get ahead. Who wins here to move up in the rankings towards the champions of AEW?
The bell rings, Kiera is wary of Abadon, and the two circle. Abadon corners Kiera, run sin, but Kiera dodges. Kiera SHOTGUNS Abadon down and fans fire up! Kiera runs in but Abadon sends her into buckles! Abadon fires off clothesline after clothesline, but lets off as the ref counts. Abadon runs in but Kiera avoids the boot to then KICK the legs out! Kiera runs, and she HIP ATTACKS Abadon against ropes! Kiera then snapmares, Abadon ducks the buzzsaw but not the SUPERKICK! Kiera runs Around the World to BOOT WASH! Cover, TWO! Kiera keeps cool as she runs again, but Abadon catches her for a SCRAPBUSTER!
Abadon roars and the fans fire up! Abadon runs in to SPLASH Kiera in a corner, then whips. Kiera reverse, Abadon slips out and then ROCKS Kiera! HEADSHOT CUTTER! Cover, TWO! Kiera is still in this but Abadon mocks the peace fingers. Abadon stalks Kiera, has her in the ropes, and mocks that pretty face. Abadon licks Kiera, YANKS her off the ropes, and then storms around. Abadon kicks, Kiera ducks and rolls her up, TWO! Kiera SOBATS, ROUNDHOUSES, then reels her in! NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Abadon survives and Kiera is frustrated. Kiera pounds the mat, the fans rally up behind her, and she stalks Abadon.
Kiera fires forearms, says to stay down and she SLAPS! Abadon SCORPION KICKS, then runs to KNEE Kiera down! Abadon drags Kiera up, hammerlocks, BLACK DAHLIA!! Cover, Abadon wins!
Winner: Abadon, by pinfall
Like the Nightmare Before Christmas, Abadon is bringing the scary to the merry season! But will Abadon earn a championship match as a Christmas gift to herself?
Wait! The lights go out! And when the lights come back, JULIA HART is here! Abadon turns around to see her, and the TBS Champion smiles. The lights go out again, and when they come back again, Julia’s gone. Abadon shrieks into the night, will this be like Jason VS Freddy for the title?
Backsatge interview with Samoa Joe.
Alex Marvez says the last time we saw Joe, he was furious that MJF accepted a tag team challenge from “The Devil of AEW.” Joe says why wouldn’t he be? But then someone shouts “SAMOA JOOOE~!” In rolls Roderick Strong & The Kingdom. Roddy tells Joe that Roddy is willing to forgive Joe for trying to end his career with a broken neck not just once but twice. And he knows Joe has his world title match with Max, but c’mon, this is clearly a trap! MJF is the Devil! But hey, Roddy’s best friend “ADAAAM~!” likes Joe and thinks of him as a friend. So as Adam Cole’s best friend, that makes Roddy a friend to Joe.
So hey, Wednesday, it’s a set-up. Those goons will beat the crap out of Joe! And MJF isn’t even here right now! He’s probably plotting how they’re gonna do it! The Kingdom says yeah, Roddy’s right. So just listen to him, okay? Joe chuckles and leaves. Does Joe think they’re joking? Between Joe and “The Devil,” who will have the last laugh on Dynamite?
AEW Continental Classic, Blue League: Andrade El Idolo VS Daniel Garcia!
We saw this showdown before when CJ Perry was recruiting clients, and we saw which way that went. But then will history repeat itself? Or will Red Death ruin Andrade’s start in the Blue League?
While no “seconds” are allowed, meaning even manager CJ must return to the back, Daddy Magic found a loophole by joining commentary. He still disapproves of the Garcia dance. Anyway, the bell rings, we’re on the clock, and the two circle. Fans rally up as the two tie up, Garcia rolls Andrade up, ONE! Garcia says he almost had Andrade, but Andrade just smirks. The two reset, tie up again, and Andrade headlocks. Andrade holds on tight, but Garcia powers up to power out. But Andrade runs Garcia over! Fans rally and duel, cheer and jeer, and Andrade CHOPS Garcia! Andrade whips but Garcia stops himself to whip Andrade!
Andrade goes Spider-Man in the ropes to tranquilo! Fans fire up for that, but then Garcia puts his dukes up. Andrade says no dance, but then Garcia clamps on a SLEEPER! Andrade RAMS Garcia into buckles, goes up the ropes, and he CROSSBODIES! Garcia staggers up, Andrade CHOPS him! Andrade whips, but Garcia reverses. Andrade goes up and over, then dropkicks the dropdown! Garcia goes to the apron, and Andrade PLANCHAS! Fans fire up, Andrade puts Garcia in, and he covers, ONE!! Garcia hangs tough but Andrade brings him up. Andrade gives some Latino Heat but Garcia wrenches out. Andrade ROCKS Garcia, but Garcia hits a SHIN BREAKER!
Garcia DRAGON SCREWS the leg, GROUDN DRAGON SCREWS it, then basement dropkicks! Fans fire up, Garcia covers, ONE!! ANKLE LOCK! Andrade scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! Garcia lets go, Andrade bails out, and Andrade shakes out the bad leg. Garcia goes out, Menard likes what he sees, but Andrade kicks low! Andrade RAMS Garcia into the apron, but Garcia kicks low and CLUBS him! Then RAMS him into railing! Garcia grabs at Andrade but Andrade gets in the ring. Garcia hurries to KNEE Andrade down, covers, ONE! Andrade CHOPS! Andrade whips to a corner, but Garcia BOOTS him back!
Garcia goes up, Andrade CLOBBERS Garcia to the floor! Fans fire up and Andrade paces while Garcia is dazed, and Collision goes picture in picture.
Andrade paces, walking off the pain in his leg, while Garcia clutches his neck and shoulder. The ring count climbs, Andrade goes out to commentary to have one of their WOOOOO energy drinks! “WOO~!” Andrade then makes his way around to fetch Garcia, and he SMACKS Garcia off the steel steps! Andrade drags Garcia back up to put in the ring, and he has a cocky cover. ONE, but Andrade stalks Garcia to ropes. Andrade kicks Garcia around, pie faces him, and eggs him on. Garcia huffs and puffs, then CHOPS back! And CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Garcia whips, Andrade reverses to then CLOBBER Garcia!
Andrade clamps onto Garcia with a headlock and grinds him down, and Collision goes to break.
Collision returns and Garcia fights up out of a headlock to SAIDO! Fans fire up while both men are down! Garcia pushes up, Menard says this has been Garcia’s best match so far! And zero dancing! Garcia stands, he counter punches Andrade, and counters again! Then he dodges, fires off haymakers and fast hands, the ref counts but Garcia lets off. The fans are thunderous as Garcia runs to BOOT Andrade, then put him up top! Garcia drags Andrade into the Tree of Woe, CLUBS him, then stands on the corner to punch away on the legs! Garcia goes all the way to TEN, then lets off. Dukes up, and he does some dancing before the BASEMENT DROPKICK!
Andrade falls out of the Tree, Garcia hoists him up, BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Andrade survives and fans rally up again! Garcia drags Andrade into a waistlock, drags him back up, but Andrade ELBOWS Garcia! Garcia holds on, so Andrade throws more heavy elbows! Garcia ducks to CHOP! Garcia whips, Andrade ducks ‘n’ dodges to FLYING FOREARM! And he kips up! The fans fire up, Andrade takes aim as Garcia is in a corner, and Andrade builds speed corner to corner, but has to dodge a lariat! Andrade kicks and snap suplexes, Uno Amigo! Fans fire up as Andrade hits Dos Amigos! Andrade gives us some Latino Heat, but Garcia wrenches out! SLEEPER!!
Garcia squeezes tight but Andrade throws elbows. Andrade is fere, but Garcia hops back on! SLEEPER! Andrade carries Garcia as a backpack as he climbs the corner! Garcia CLUBS Andrade, shifts around, and the two brawl. Andrade has Garcia now, for a SUPERPLEX! And then he still rolls through to restart! Uno Amigo! Dos Amigos! THREE AMIGOS! Cover, TWO!! Garcia survives many amigos and Menard loves it! But Andrade steps through, only for Garcia to roll through, step through, DRAGONTAMER!! Andrade endures as Garcia bridges back! But Andrade grabs Garcia’s head! But Garcia rolls through!
Andrade wrenches out, hammerlocks and LA SOMBRA DDT!! Cover, Andrade wins!!
Winner: Andrade El Idolo, by pinfall (gains 3 points; Garcia earns 0)
Andrade’s first tournament match is his first win! Garcia is 0-2, Menard says this is a hole they’ll have to dig out of. Andrade still shows Garcia respect, but is Garcia going to be mathematically eliminated before long?
Willie Mack speaks.
“See, Wardlow, I know you’ve been going through a lot of things these past few weeks, putting your hands on people. But one thing you know about me is you don’t put your hands on my friends. Y’see, this is a person who I’ve tagged with and won multiple tag team championships in other promotions with. So what I’ma have to do, is I’ma have to reach out and touch you. So next week, we’re gonna have to do the damn thing in the ring, so guess what? You better pack a lunch, because I’m a big boy, and I’m a big meal to try to eat.” Mack is standing up for AR Fox, but will the Return of the Mack end up Wardlow’s newest victim?
The Kingdom w/ Roderick Strong VS The Iron Savages w/ Jacked Jameson!
Roddy shouts at “DASHAAAA!” to stop, and he has the music cut. First thing’s first, Roddy wants to say to his NEW best friend by proxy, “SAMOAAA Joe.” Listen, Roddy told him the truth back there. They roll down the ring as Roddy says MJF is the Devil and Joe will find out soon. And then those three dweebs in the ring, they ain’t gonna #NeckTheHalls, no. The Kingdom’s gonna beat their… AAAAASS! And Roddy wants to dedicate this to his best friend, whether he wants Roddy to or not, ADAAAM! “Get ’em, fellas!” The Kingdom fire off on The Savages as the bell rings! Bennett DECKS Dirty Bulk Bronson to then help Taven mug Beefcake Boulder!
The Kingdom mock the “DOUBLE CLOHTESLINE!” as they whip, but Boulder breaks through to DOUBLE CROSSBODY! Fans fire up as Boulder shows off the “BEEF! BEEF!” Boulder goes out to get Bennett up, but he SUPERKICKS first! BOSTON BAYONET! Then another BOSTON- NO, Boulder catches Bennett to APRON CHOKE SLAM! Taven WRECKS Boulder with a dropkick, but Bronson DIVES!? Direct hit and Bronson fires up! Bronson puts Taven in, storms up to whip corner to corner. Taven stops himself, ducks under and ENZIGURIS! Roll up, TWO! Taven swings, misses, and Bronson hits a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!
Fans fire up as Bronson tags Boulder. Boulder swivels and wiggles, then goes up and hup to SAVAGE FLOP as Taven moves! Bronson tags back in, Bennett tags, too. SUPERKICK and fireman’s carry, DEATH VALLEY DRIVER into JUST THE TIP of the knee! The Kingdom shouts #NeckStrong, and then Taven FLIES out onto Boulder! Bennett hauls Bronson up, Taven is on the corner, NECK CHECK PILEDRIVER!! Cover, The Kingdom wins!
Winners: The Kingdom, by pinfall
And then Roddy STRONG KNEES Jacked Jameson! He flounders back out of the ring and The Kingdom helps him get in the wheelchair. The Kingdom rolls out, will they be proven right on all fronts?
Backstage interview with Ethan Page.
Lexi Nair is with All Ego, who has requested this time. Ethan says that ever since losing out on the AEW World Championship to MJF, in his home country of Canada, Ethan has had to regroup and refocus. He’s gotten into the best physical shape of his life, he has been in ROH building up win after win. And so, here Ethan is to make a challenge and check off a bucket list thing. AEW is going back to Canada, and Ethan wants to be THE biggest name in Canadian wrestling. So therefore, to be the King of Canada, he needs his crown. That crown is currently on someone else’s head.
So in Montreal, 1v1, we find out who the best Canadian wrestler truly is, as Ethan calls out KENNY OMEGA! Will The Cleaner give All Ego that opportunity?
AEW hears from Willow Nightingale and Mercedes Martinez.
The Babe with the Power tells Mercedes, “our history goes further back than you probably even realize. I’ve been such a fan, and I’ve admired you so much.” The OG Badass says the first time they met, Willow “was this night little pretty Willow.” Willow says she is constantly disappointed in Mercedes’ behavior as of late, and in herself because she hasn’t been able to beat Mercedes. Mercedes asks how many times must Willow dance her way into Mercedes’ business? Isn’t Willow tired of being everyone’s hero? Next time they meet, Willow will need to be saved. Because Mercedes will dance and stomp all over her.
Malakai Black & Buddy Matthews VS Christopher Daniels & Matt Sydal!
Brody took the lead in the Blue League, and Julia has called out her next target. Will the Dark Father and Aussie Juggernaut make sure that the House Always Wins? Or will the Fallen Angel & Zen Assassin finally stake a claim in the AEW Tag Division?
The teams sort out, Buddy starts against Sydal, and the two circle. They knuckle lock, Buddy trips and covers, ONE as Sydal gets an arm up! Buddy pushes it down, ONE as the other arm comes up. Buddy pushes that down, TWO as Sydal bridges up. Buddy jumps but Sydal stops that to then go up and over for a sunset flip, only for Buddy to stand back up! Buddy TOSSES Sydal to a corner, but Sydal slips out to the apron to bump Buddy off buckles. Sydal climbs, CROSSBODIES, but Buddy rolls through! Buddy pops Sydal up to a fireman’s carry, but Sydal slips free. Sydal KICKS, KICKS, but Buddy ELBOWS him down!
Buddy drags Sydal up, whips, but Sydal wrenches, ducks ‘n’ dodges, tilt-o-whirls, but Buddy stops the DDT! Buddy suplexes but Sydal throws knees! Sydal waistlocks. Buddy switches and back suplexes, but Sydal lands on his feet! Sydal shoves Buddy to the corner, but Buddy pie faces Daniels! Sydal ROUNDHOUSES Buddy, tags Daniels, but Buddy fights them both off! Sydal RAMS Buddy, Daniels GAMANGIRIS! Feed to a ROUNDHOUSE then the STO! STANDING MARIPOSA! Cover, TWO! Daniels drags Buddy up, CHOPS, and whips. Buddy blocks, boots, then tags Malakai. Fans fire up as Malakai and Daniels stare down.
The two rush in, Daniels gets around to shove, then CALF KICK! Malakai goes to a corner, Daniels runs in and blocks a boot, but not the other BOOT! Malakai wrenches, tag to Buddy, but Daniels avoids the double stomp to CHOP and CHOP! Daniels whips, Buddy reverses and sends him into Malakai’s BOOT! Buddy TOSSES Daniels out, Malakai goes up and out to ASAI MOONSAULT! Buddy BLASTS Sydal for good measure, and then sits with Malakai as Collision goes picture in picture.
Daniels crawls his way back to the ring, drags himself in, and Buddy looms over him. Buddy drags Daniels up to ROCK him! Tag to Malakai, the House mugs Daniels, and then Malakai whips Daniels to ropes. BIG elbow! Malakai drags Daniels into an armlock but Daniels endures. Sydal coaches Daniels, rallies the fans, and Daniels fights up. Malakai wrenches to step over and have a COBRA TWIST! Daniels endures the stretch, so Malakai CLUBS him on the neck. Malakai UPPERCUTS Daniels, tags Buddy, and the House mugs Daniels again. Buddy pushes Daniels around, CLUBS him, then snapmares for a KICK! Cover, TWO!
Buddy keeps on Daniels with a chinlock and he grinds Daniels down. Daniels endures, Sydal coaches him and the fans rally up. Daniels fights up, reaches out, and throws body shots. Daniels RAMS buddy into a corner, but Buddy holds on! Daniels RAMS Buddy in again, but Buddy still holds on! Daniels tries again but Buddy sends Daniels into buckles! But Daniels BOOTS back! Daniels leaps, FLYING COMPLETE SHOT! Collision returns to single picture and both men crawl. Buddy grabs a leg, but Daniels boots him away! Malakai tags in, hot tag to Sydal! Sydal DROPKICKS Malakai, dodges to UPPERCUT Buddy, then tilt-o-whirl RANAS Malakai!
Fans fire up as Sydal KICKS and KICKS, but Malakai blocks one! Sydal ducks the jump knee to dragon sleeper, SLICE LEG DROP! Cover, TWO!! Malakai survives but Sydal calls to Daniels. Sydal goes to the corner, climbs up, but Malakai CLUBS him first! Malakai climbs up after Sydal but Daniels sneaks a tag! Daniels CLUBS Malakai, gets under, but Malakai backflips out of the bomb! Malakai ROCKS Daniels, but Daniels ducks Black Mass! Only for Buddy to METEORA! But so does Sydal to Malakai!! Fans fire up and Buddy fires off on Sydal! Kick, stomp to the foot, but Sydal avoids the knee to JUMPS OBAT!
Sydal runs, into a V-TRIGGER! Buddy runs, into a JUMP KNEE! Buddy flops out of the ring, Sydal builds speed, but Malakai trips him up and drags him out! Malakai CLUBS Sydal down, btu Daniels DIVES! Malakai is sent into the desk! Fans fire up with Daniels as he puts Malakai back in the ring. Sydal climbs, Daniels hoists Malakai up, but Buddy SHOVES Sydal down! Daniels still rolls Malakai up, TWO! Malakai sweeps the leg, Buddy runs to CURB STOMP Daniels down! Buddy sees Sydal coming and dodges, JUMP KNEE from Malakai! And BLACK MASS!! Cover, House of Black wins!
Winner: The House of Black, by pinfall
Another Collision, another sweep for the Dark Father and his family. The lights go down, but why? The House is already here. But here comes FTR! Cash Wheeler & Dax Harwood storm down to the ring bathed in the magenta light! Malakai tells them that before they do anything, Malakai assumes that they’re both here because they are joining the House. Dax chuckles but Malakai says he is a family man. And we know it’s been weeks. The only people in AEW that have been here for the both of them has been The House of Black. Malakai’s done a lot of things, but not once has he told a lie.
The fans chant “HOUSE OF BLACK!” and Malakai drops the mic for FTR to take. Dax picks it up, but Buddy KNEES him down! Cash goes after Buddy but he gets mugged! Cash still throws hands, but Buddy CURB STOMPS him down! Buddy then drags Dax up, and he makes Dax watch as Malakai sets Cash up! BLACK MASS!! Dax is seething but he can’t get free of Buddy’s chinbar, and Malakai says see! Not one single person has come to help them! And was Malakai right or what? No one is coming to help. Dax flips Malakai off, so he gets BLACK MASS!! Is this going to be the end for FTR in AEW once and for all?
Backstage interview with Toni Storm.
Renee Paquette is with “Timeless Toni,” bringing up last week as Storm accepting the AEW Women’s World Championship, and Storm says yes, she knows, she has no time for these prepared questions. And where is “that man who usually does my interviews? He has so much more poise.” And she isn’t even finished doing her hair because they were too busy with some blonde floosy! And yes, Storm did accept her championship last week, Renee was a dear for presenting that. But Storm was unceremoniously interrupted by Skye Blue!
Storm tells Skye that if she had any advice at all, it’d be to walk backwards! The only time anyone has anything nice to say about Skye, it’s in reference to her bottom! Is Storm supposed to be worried because Skye’s all spooky now? With that little thing on her head? Storm used to wear hats and be spooky. BOO. See? Not that hard. Interrupt her, fine. She can be first to challenge for “this little huckleberry right here.” But until then, chin up, chest out, and oh… she’s bare foot. Sorry. She takes RENEE’S shoe to throw around! Toni is timeless, but will the Storm strike down Chicago Skye?
Skye Blue speaks.
Well first, she sighs. “Toni, I have met you through every single one of your phases, but this little midlife crisis your going through is the most pathetic I have seen thus far. But you haven’t met this Skye Blue. So bring your little butler, bring your little blond bimbo, and whatever 1940s black ‘n’ white crap you got up that robe, because none of it is going to stop me from taking that championship from you. So I’m gonna have my chin up, my chest out, and I’m gonna shove your shoe right up your ass.” Strong words from a fired up challenger, will she be the new leading lady of AEW?
Christian Cage speaks.
Captain Charisma says, “I don’t think it’s any secret to anybody how far back my relationship with Adam Copeland goes. I think I more or less tolerated Adam. He was a hanger-on, he wanted to be like me, which is why he’s always tried to steal my spotlight wherever we’ve gone.” And that held Christian back. Edge got what he never got. He was pushed all the way to the bottom when they broke up as a tag team. But Christian willed himself to the top. he is here to be the best, anyone else is expendable. And Edge wants to take away everything Christian’s built up the last three years? Christian has nothing to prove to himself, but Edge has everything to prove to Christian.
This time, Christian is what everyone talks about. Whether it’s Dynamite, Rampage or Collision, Christian nis on the tip of everyone’s tongue. He is the Face of TNT, the Face of AEW, then, now and forever! Christian has always been better than Edge, and in Montreal, everyone will finally know. But will “The Patriarch” be the one in for a shock when things get Rated R on Wednesday?
El Hijo Del Vikingo VS Kip Sabian!
The AAA Mega Champion is coming off a big trios win last night on Rampage, but Mr. Superbad just thinks of him as the most overrated wrestler on the AEW roster. Will Kip put his money where his mouth is? Or will he be on the losing end of this Collision?
The bell rings, the two circle, and they feel things out. They tie up, Kip cording holds but Vikingo whips. Kip arm-drags and holds on, but Vikingo goes up and over! Kip just changes up cording holds, arm-drags, but then Vikingo pushes him. Kip arm-drags again and keeps the hold, wagging his finger. Then Kip CHOPS, Vikingo CHOPS back! Vikingo throws knees, goes up and out to HOTSHOT Kip! Then Vikingo springboards, but Kip slides out., Vikingo keeps moving, but he fakes Kip out! Fans fire up, Kip runs in but Vikingo dodges to HEEL KCIK! Kip goes to a corner, Vikingo whips but Kip reverses.
Viking slips out to the apron, Kip hits buckles, then Vikingo GAMANGIRIS! Vikingo goes up and around and FLYING ARM-DRAGS! Things keep moving, Vikingo CORKSCREW RANAS Kip out! Then Vikingo DIVES into a GAMANGIRI! Kip intercepts Vikingo and talks some trash. Then Kip ARABIAN PRESSES to take Vikingo down! Fans fire up and Collision goes picture in picture.
Kip drags Vikingo up, puts him in the ring, then drags him up to ROCK him with a forearm. Kip bumps Vikingo off buckles, then whips corner to corner hard! Vikingo falls back, Kip flexes, and Kip drags Vikingo to a cover, TWO! Kip drags Vikingo into a mounted armlock, but Vikingo endures. Kip BITES Vikingo’s hand! The ref misses that, but Vikingo fights to the ROPEBREAK! Kip lets go, then stands Vikingo up to ELBOW him to the corner. Kip stomps Vikingo again and again, then sits him down. Kip backs up to then run in again, CANNONBALL! Kip drags Vikingo to a cover, TWO! Vikingo is hanging in there but Kip keeps cool as Collision goes to break.
Collision returns and Kip ROCKS Vikingo with forearm after forearm. Fans boo, Kip whips, but Vikingo rebounds, gets under, and DREAMCAST KICKS! Kip flops against ropes and fans rally with Vikingo. Vikingo runs in at the corner, but stops as Kip moves. Kip returns, into a scoop and torture rack! Argentine Flip KNEE STRIKE! Like an inverted GTS! Kip falls, Vikingo drags him to a drop zone and goes up the ropes from the outside. INSIDE-OUT PHOENIX SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!! Kip survives and he manages to smile about it. Vikingo drags Kip back to another drop zone, but Kip goes after Vikingo as he climbs!
Kip climbs up after Vikingo, fans fire up and Vikingo throws body shots. Vikingo HEADBUTTS, Kip flops to the apron. But then Kip springboards u to SUPER STEINER! Kip hurries to scoop, FISHERMAN BUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Kip is stunned as Vikingo survives! Kip drags Vikingo up again, waistlocks, then torture racks. DEATHLY- NO, Vikngo flips free, dodges and SUPERMAN PUNCHES! Vikingo goes up as Kip bails out, to tightrope walk TORNILLO!!! Direct hit and the fans lose their minds! Vikingo puts Kip back in, runs corner to corner, METEORA! And then Vikingo goes right up, for the 630 SENTON!!! Cover, Vikingo wins!!
Winner: El Hijo Del Vikingo, by pinfall
The AAA Mega Champion cools off Kip’s hot take, because no one who can do what Vikingo did in this match is “overrated!” But Vikingo does show Kip a sign of respect by offering a handshake. The fans cheer to shake hands, but Kip says no! Will Kip ever get over himself? Will Vikingo earn even more gold in the New Year?
Backstage interview with Keith Lee.
Lexi is with the Limitless One, and says last time, he mentioned “him.” Just who is “him?” But then in walks Shane Taylor, because he knows who “him” is! Because Keith ain’t dumb enough to look past Shane. But last year’s match didn’t solve anything, so this year, they give the people the fight they really wanna see. Keith VS Shane, 1v1, Final Battle, so Shane can beat Keith’s ass in front of the entire world! Keith thinks on that a moment. Challenge accepted. And see #TAIGASTYLE later, too. Then in two weeks, in Garland, Texas, will that truly be the Pretty Boy Killers’ Final Battle?
Backstage interview with CJ Perry.
Lexi and CJ are outside Andrade’s office, and notes that Andrade’s first win was impressive. UH OH, here comes Miro! Miro says move, CJ says no! Miro can’t go in there! She knows he thinks things will go poorly, but when Miro chose his god over her, she has to prove herself. By Andrade winning, it will help CJ. So if Miro wants to go in there, fine, he’s a grown man. But if there is any love left for CJ, do not do this. Do not lay a hand on her client. Please? Miro says if His God was still with him, he would be in this tournament and have ripped Andrade’s spine out already! Miro then caresses CJ’s face, and says he won’t touch her client. She has his word.
Miro storms off, but what will The Redeemer do to prove himself worthy of gold in the background of the Continental Classic?
AEW Continental Classic, Blue League: Bryan Danielson VS Eddie Kingston!
The American Dragon was the first entrant named to this tournament, but could not compete in it until now. And he doesn’t think The Mad King is ready if one loss takes away all the confidence he had going into this. Will Bryan just pour fuel on that fire? Or will Eddie be the one to earn his first points tonight?
The bell rings and we’re on the clock. The fans fire up as Bryan and Eddie stare down. They slowly circle and approach. They feel things out, knuckle lock, but then Eddie tests things with a kick. Bryan stays back, they reset, and Eddie guards a kick. Bryan keeps trying but Eddie pushes back. Bryan uses ropes as a defense and the fans boo. Bryan smirks as he and Eddie reset, and they test the waters again. Bryan gives kicks, Eddie walks it off, and they feel things out again. Eddie fires off hands, clinches Bryan on the ropes, and the ref counts. Eddie puts Bryan in a corner, the ref counts but Bryan turns things around.
Bryan lets off slowly, but then CHOPS! Eddie just snarls while fans “WOO~!” Eddie storms up on Bryan, they feel things out, and Eddie tries some kicks now. Bryan also kicks, neither man lands a strong shot yet. They end up in a corner, Bryan turns things around on Eddie, then he CHOPS! Eddie CHOPS Bryan down! Fans fire up as Eddie stares Bryan down again. Bryan stands, he and Eddie feel things out again, and fans are behind Eddie more than they are Bryan. The two grapple, Eddie rolls but Bryan facelocks. They go to ropes, the ref counts, and Eddie fights up. The ref gets in between but Bryan KICKS Eddie!
Bryan fires off fast hands but then so does Eddie! Bryan kicks, but then Eddie kicks the bad arm! Bryan falls back, Eddie storms up but Bryan trips Eddie! Eddie goes for knuckle locks but Eddie’s leg guard keeps him back. Bryan KICKS a leg, KICKS again, then KICKS again! Bryan KICKS Eddie in the back! Bryan sits Eddie up to CHOP! Eddie eggs him on! Bryan CHOPS again, but Eddie brings the straps down! Bryan CHOPS again! Eddie is stinging but he grits his teeth. Bryan KICKS! And KICKS! And then snapmares to cover, ONE!! Bryan keeps on Eddie with a motorcycle stretch but Eddie endures.
Fans rally, Eddie fights up, but Bryan digs his forehead into Eddie’s shoulder blades. Eddie still turns things around to have Bryan in the stretch! Bryan endures, powers up, and waistlocks to GERMAN SUPLEX! Eddie stands up but then falls back over! Eddie goes to the apron, shakes out the stars, but Bryan runs in to BOOT him! Eddie holds onto ropes! Bryan runs up again to BOOT! Eddie still holds on, and he CHOPS! And CHOPS! Eddie swings, Bryan ducks to dropkick the legs out! Bryan then builds speed to slide, but Eddie avoids him! SAIDO to the floor! Fans fire up while both men are down, and Collision goes picture in picture!
The ref checks both men, and both men are somehow still in this. Eddie shakes out his arms as he sits up, and he drags Bryan up. Eddie CHOPS Bryan, then follows him around the way. Eddie CHOPS Bryan against railing! Eddie puts Bryan in the ring, stalks him, but Bryan bails out the other side. Eddie pursues, and CHOPS! And HEADBUTTS! Bryan staggers away, Eddie follows, and Eddie CHOPS Bryan against commentary! And again! And again! Bryan flounders, Eddie puts him in the ring, and Eddie storms up in the corner. Eddie stands Bryan up to MACHINE GUN CHOP! Bryan sits down, Eddie CHOPS him again!
Eddie digs his boots in, the ref counts, but Eddie lets off. Eddie drags Bryan up, and puts him up top for another CHOP! Eddie then climbs up after Bryan, brings him up, but Bryan resists the suplex! Bryan throws body shots, then he HEADBUTTS Eddie down! Eddie comes back to CHOP! Eddie CHOPS again, and Collision returns to single picture. Eddie CHOPS one more time, climbs up after Bryan, but Bryan again resists the suplex! Fans fire up as Bryan throws down elbows again and again! “YES! YES! YES!” Bryan HEADBUTTS again and Eddie staggers away. Bryan adjusts, MISSILE DROPKICKS, and down goes Eddie!
Eddie flounders to a corner and the fans rally up. Bryan huffs and puffs and rises up. Eddie also stands, he CHOPS Bryan! Bryan throws body shots! Eddie CHOPS! Bryan fires body shots! CHOP! Bryan KICKS and KICKS, but Eddie CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! EXPLO- TAKEDOWN! Bryan has an arm, then grabs at the crossface! Eddie resists, fights around, but Bryan still gets the LEBELL LOCK!! Fans rally for Eddie as he endures, fights around, and reaches out! Bryan rolls Eddie back, and has the LEBELL LOCK again! Eddie fights around, pushes Bryan down and he fires down forearms as fans fire up!
Bryan CHOPS and SLAPS from below! Eddie SLAPOS and CHOPS in return! And then some more! They go shot for shot, and then Eddie rains down more forearms! Eddie hauls Bryan up, half nelsons, but Bryan arm-drags free! Bryan runs in, but Eddie dodges the knee to SAIDO!! Bryan stands, into the URAKEN!! Eddie falls on the cover, TWO!! Bryan survives and fans fire up! Eddie stands, drags Bryan up, and suplexes, NORTHERN LIGHTS BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Bryan survives and fans fire up again! Both men are down, a standing count climbs, and Eddie sits up first. The count is 5 of 10, Eddie stands up!
Eddie storms up on Bryan, drags him up and reels him in, but Bryan resists the lift! So Eddie fires KNEES to that bad eye! Eddie reels Bryan back in, but Bryan back drops free! Bryan aims, BUZZSAW! Bryan huffs and puffs and the fans fire up! Eddie sits up in a daze, Bryan aims again, to KICK! And KICK! And KICK! “YES! YES! YES!” Eddie stays up, so Bryan runs to- NO, Eddie blocks the kick to CHOP! And CHOP! Fans fire up as Eddie CHOPS again! Bryan grits his teeth, fires up, and Eddie CHOPS! Bryan KICKS! And KICKS! And KICKS! But Eddie glares at Bryan, ducks the roundhouse and ENZIGURIS!
Eddie HALF ‘N’ HALF SUPLEXES, then runs up to URA- NO, Bryan blocks! Clinch, FISHERMAN BACK SUPLEX! “This is Awesome!” as both men are down again! Eddie and Bryan slowly stir, and then slowly rise. Bryan aims again, to KICK! Eddie shoves Bryan, so Bryan KICKS again! Eddie CLUBS Bryan, Bryan KICKS, KICKS and KICKS! We get the five minute warning as Eddie throws hands! Bryan has the leg again, BRIDGING BACK SUPLEX! Cover, TWO!! Eddie escapes but Bryan says time to kick his head in!! DRAGON STOMPS!! “YES! YES! YES!” Bryan runs out of gas but somehow Eddie is still in this!
Bryan and Eddie crawl to each other, Eddie FLIPS BRYAN OFF! “This is Awesome!” as Eddie rises. Bryan aims from a corner, BUSAIKU KNEE!!! Cover, BRYAN WINS!!
Winner: Bryan Danielson, by pinfall (gains 3 points; Eddie earns 0)
THIS is the fight Bryan wanted from Eddie! But in the end, Bryan is the one to win the fight! Will Bryan keep on going through his next four fights? Eddie is technically still ROH World & NJPW Strong Openweight Champion, but with an 0-2 start, has he all but lost them both?
A great Collision, with awesome Continental Classic matches, but also matches they kayfabe’d as “standby” to try and kayfabe the tournament matches not going closer to their 20 minute time limits. A weird move to me but it’s not like we haven’t seen such a move by American televised pro-wrestling before. And surprisingly great stuff out of Vikingo VS Kip, but that was partly the point. Kip calls Vikingo overrated, then gets beat by Vikingo to show how legit Vikingo is, and there could even be a rivalry in the making or something. Kip still has Butcher & Blade to call on, that trio could take on Vikingo, Komander & Penta at some point.
Good match from Abadon and Kiera, with a really good win for Abadon. Julia showing up to basically call Abadon out was an interesting move but I also like it. Different kinds of spooky wrestlers are going to collide, this will be a good program for them both. And very good promos from both Storm and Skye to hype up their title match this Wednesday. Renee definitely looked like she was struggling to not break during Storm’s part, that’s how good Storm is. And I would think Storm retains because she’ll have Luther and Mariah May ringside. And good promo from Willow and Mercedes to set up their match, that’ll be really good stuff.
Good promo from Willie Mack to call out Wardlow but I would think Wardlow beats him to continue his dominance. Good promo from Christian to add some final hype onto the TNT Championship match. And good promo from Ethan Page to not just plug his time in ROH, but also to call out Kenny Omega. Ethan VS Omega is going to be really good, but that probably ends up being Omega’s win to build momentum going into the next round against Don Callis Family. But it also just makes me think Tony Khan still doesn’t get how ROH is supposed to matter. Ethan is in the middle of stuff with Tony Nese and he’s dividing his attention by wanting to be King of Canadian Wrestlers? What?
But thankfully, we did get a promo from Keith Lee and Shane Taylor to finally set up that match. And I do appreciate that it will be part of Final Battle since that’s where this feud started. Anything to make up for poor ticket sales and no ROH World Championship. Or even tag team championship at this point, right? The Kingdom called out MJF but MJF hasn’t taken the time to respond, he has The Devil of AEW to worry about. Good promo from Joe with Roddy & The Kingdom before The Kingdom beat The Iron Savages. Roddy was extra dramatic in his floundering out of the ring this time, can’t wait to see whether he and The Kingdom are still in on the whole Devil goon squad stuff.
Very good tag match from House of Black VS Daniels & Sydal but of course the House won. And good promo with FTR that then turned into a beatdown. That tag match is definitely going to be big for like Winter is Coming. And then, the Continental Classic. Great opening match from Claudio VS Brody, with a great win for Brody to lead the way in this block. And just as I expected, while we got awesome showings in the other matches, Garcia and Eddie each lost to Andrade and Bryan. Good promo for Miro wanting after Andrade but showing mercy for CJ’s sake. That feud probably waits until after the tournament, assuming Andrade isn’t a finalist. Worlds End would be a good PPV for Miro VS Andrade to happen as part of this ongoing story.
I also appreciated Eddie saying he doesn’t want to do cold open promos when he has a big match to get ready for. Doing coverage like I do, I don’t want to fall behind on the broadcast already trying to keep up with what people are saying at the very start like that. Even Claudio did a short promo because he also just wants to have his match, so they really should just have the matches and save promos for later in the night.
My Score: 8.8/10
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