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Mitchell’s NJPW WTL X Super Jr. Tag Results & Report! (12/9/22)

Will World Tag League be tranquilo?

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NJPW WTL X Super Jr.

Will Los Ingobernables de Japon survive Suzuki-Gun?

As NJPW’s tag tournament series is nearing the end, Tetsuya Naito’s way to WrestleKingdom narrows! Can he and Sanada defeat Minoru Suzuki & Lance Archer to stay alive in World Tag League?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Bad Luke Fale VS Yuto Nakashima; Fale wins.
  • Great-O-Khan & Aaron Henare VS Oskar Leube & Ryohei Oiwa; Khan & Henare win.
  • 8 Man Tag: Tomoaki Honma, Master Wato, KUSHIDA & Kevin Knight VS Bullet Club; Honma, Wato, Kushida & Knight win.
  • Six Man Tag: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS Suzuki-Gun; LIJ wins.
  • World Tag League 2022: Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI VS Alex Coughlin & Gabriel Kidd; Goto & Hashi win.
  • World Tag League 2022: Toru Yano & Hiroshi Tanahashi VS EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi; Evil & Yujiro win.
  • World Tag League 2022: Shane Haste & Mikey Nicholls VS Aussie Open; Shane & Mikey win.
  • World Tag League 2022: Tetsuya Naito & SANADA VS Minoru Suzuki & Lance Archer; Naito & Sanada win.

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Here are the current World Tag League standings!

Aussie Open: 7-1, 14 points
The Mighty: 5-2, 10 points
Naito & Sanada: 5-2, 10 points
Goto & Hashi: 5-2, 10 points
Yano & Tanahashi: 4-3, 8 points [ELIMINATED]
Khan & Henare: 4-4, 8 points [ELIMINATED]
Suzuki & Archer: 3-4, 6 points [ELIMINATED]
Coughlin & Kidd: 1-6, 2 points [ELIMINATED]
Evil & Yujiro: 1-6, 2 points [ELIMINATED]

Chase & Fale: [FORFEIT]

 

World Tag League 2022: Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI VS Alex Coughlin & Gabriel Kidd!

Bishamon is holding on, but time is running out if they want to make repeat appearances in the finals! Will the Fierce Warrior & Head Hunter #GetBackUp? Or will the #MechanicalBulls burst that bubble?

The teams sort out and Kidd calls out Goto. Fans rally as The LADOJO graduate takes on his sensei! Kidd and Goto circle as fans cheer Goto. Goto and Kidd tie up, are in a deadlock, but Goto finds a point of leverage. Goto puts Kidd on the ropes, but the ref calls the break. Goto lets off slowly, but Kidd kicks low! Kidd fires off forearms then clamps on a headlock. Kidd grinds Goto but Goto powers up to power out. They RAM shoulders but neither falls. Fans cheer as Kidd runs, RAMS Goto, and Goto stays up! Goto runs, RAMS Kidd, but Kidd eggs him on! Goto runs, RAMS Kidd, but Kidd CHOPS then fires off forearms!

Kidd runs, but Goto dodges and runs to run Kidd over! Fans fire up as Goto looms over Kidd. Goto runs, Kidd drops, then hurdles, then DROPKICKS Goto down! Fans fire up again as Kidd storms up on Goto. Kidd drags Goto up to ROCK him, UPPERCUT, but Hashi tags before the whip. Goto reverses, and Bishamon runs Kidd over! HIP TOSS SENTON! Coughlin runs in but he gets a double kick and the drumming! Fans cheer on Bishamon as they go after Kidd. They kick and CLUB and double whip, but Kidd holds ropes. Kidd BOOTS Hashi, then BOOTS Goto! Coughlin runs Goto over! Kidd clotheslines Hashi in the corner!

Fans fire up with Kidd and he drags Hashi up. Tag to Coughlin, and the Mechanical Bulls double whip to kick, knee lift and run over! SENTON from Kidd! They then split the wishbone on Hashi! Fans rally as Coughlin gut wrenches and deadlifts Hashi for the suplex! Then Coughlin deadlifts Hashi for a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Coughlin keeps on Hashi, drags him up, and tags in Kidd. Coughlin full nelsons Hashi so Kidd can CHOP! Kidd stands on Hashi’s head at the ropes but lets off as the ref counts. Kidd goes out to drag Hashi out, and whips him hard into railing! Fans fire up as Kidd slides in the ring and flexes.

Goto checks on Hashi and coaches him up. The ring count climbs, Hashi sits up at 6 of 20 and crawls over. Kidd lounges as Hashi staggers up at 11 of 20. Hashi slides in at 13 and fans applaud. Kidd drags Hashi up to HEADBUTT him to the corner. Tag to Coughlin and Kidd chicken wings Hashi so Coughlin can CHOP! Coughlin brings Hashi around but Hashi throws body shots. Hashi CHOPS back! Fans fire up, Coughlin knees low, and Coughlin whips Hashi to ropes. Hashi dropkicks Coughlin’s legs out! Fans rally while both men are down! Hashi crawls, hot tag to Goto! Goto runs Coughlin over, and swipes at Kidd!

Kidd gets away and wags his finger. Goto turns around and Coughlin kicks low. Coughlin runs, Goto follows, but Coughlin gets around, FULL NELSON! Kidd runs in and CHOPS Goto down! Kidd & Coughlin stomp Goto, then double whip him to ropes. Goto breaks through their double clothesline to DOUBLE LARIAT in return! Fans fire up with Goto as Kidd and Coughlin go to opposite corners. Goto runs in and clotheslines Kidd! Then Goto runs corner to corner to MURAMASA Coughlin! BULLDOG for Coughlin! Cover, TWO! Fans rally and Goto brings Coughlin up. Fireman’s carry, but Coughlin fights free with elbows!

Coughlin fireman’s carries Goto now! RUNNING DEATH VALLEY! Fans fire up with Coughlin and he tags in Kidd! Kidd fires up now and he storms around. Kidd calls his shot, suplexes, but Goto slips out to waistlock. Kidd elbows free, runs, but Goto dodges. Kidd dodges, Goto dodges, repeat! Goto deflects the boot to DISCUS LARIAT! Fans fire up again as Kidd and Goto crawl. Hot tag to Hashi! Hashi runs in and CHOPS Kidd in the corner! Hashi whips Kidd to CHOP him again! Hashi mule kicks, turns Kidd, and hits a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up and Hashi drags Kidd back up. But Kidd CHOPS back!

Kidd eggs Hashi on so Hashi CHOPS back! Kidd CHOPS again! Hashi CHOPS! Kidd CHOPS! Repeat! Hashi CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Kidd DOUBLE CHOPS and down goes Hashi! Fans fire up and Coughlin joins in. Coughlin whips Kidd into the clothesline! Kidd comes back and Coughlin whips him back in at Hashi for another clothesline! Kidd then clinches for an EXPLODER! Coughlin drags Hashi up for a FALL AWAY SLAM! And Kidd goes up, for a TENZAN PRESS!! Cover, but Goto breaks it! Coughlin throws Goto out, then he joins Kidd. They stomp Hashi, then fire up and flex! Fans rally as Coughlin reels Kidd in, brings him up, but Hashi avoids the POWERBOMB!!

Coughlin freaks out, having bombed his teammate! Goto runs in, but Coughlin kicks him first! Coughlin runs, but into a fireman’s carry! USHIGOROSHI! Fans fire up and Goto calls to Hashi. Goto drags Kidd up, CLUBS away on him, then whips him to a corner. Goto runs in to clothesline! Hashi runs in to clothesline! Feed to a kick, and Goto hooks Kidd up. Kidd breaks free, SLAPS Hashi, and DECKS Goto! Fans fire up as all three men are down! Kidd fires up and fans chant “OI! OI! OI!” along with him! Kidd drags Hashi up, reels him in, underhooks the arms, but Hashi blocks the suplex! Goto CLUBS Kidd and dragon sleepers!

Hashi gets the legs but Kidd boots free! Kidd suplexes Goto, but Goto fights it off! Goto suplexes, Kidd slips out, but Kidd runs into the HIDDEN GAP! Goto fireman’s carries, FIERCE FLASH! Coughlin gets on the apron but Bishamon BLASTS him off! Goto drags Kidd up, Hashi calls for it, and they hook Kidd up! SHOUTO!! Cover, Bishamon wins!

Winners: Hirooki Goto & Yoshi-Hashi, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Coughlin & Kidd earn 0)

Goto & Hashi keep on building momentum! Will they truly #TurnItAllAround and return to the World Tag League Finals?

 

World Tag League 2022: Toru Yano & Hiroshi Tanahashi VS EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi!

The Joker & The Ace are no longer in the running, but neither are the King of Darkness & Tokyo Pimp. Then which hand is hotter: the bad boys’ love, energy and comedy? Or the House of Torture’s treachery?

Dick Togo accompanies Evil & Yujiro, so again, watch out for Sho lurking. After Yano’s long introduction, and then Tanahashi’s comparatively shorter one, the Yankees squat! But Evil & Yujiro kick them down! The bell rings and fans boo while the House of Torture stomps away! Yujiro drags Tanahashi up while Evil drags Yano up. The House whip  the Yankees but the Yankees both reverse and throw the House down by their hair! Fans cheer and the Yankees squat again. Dick gets on the apron but then the Yankees storm over, so he backs down. The jackets are finally put aside, Yano drags Evil out while Tanahashi kicks Yujiro to a corner.

Tanahashi throws forearms, then he whips Yujiro corner to corner. Yujiro reverses, runs in but Tanahashi elbows him away. Tanahashi goes up to CROSSBODY! Fans fire up as Tanahashi air guitars. Tanahashi drags Yujiro up but Yujiro pulls hair! The ref reprimands and fans boo, but Yujiro talks trash. Tanahashi breaks free, Yujiro kicks and whips. Tanahashi reverses that but Yujiro holds ropes. Tanahashi runs in but Yujiro dodges. Evil grabs Tanahashi’s feet! Yujiro runs in to BOOT Tanahashi down! Yujiro BLASTS Yano off the apron, Evil goes after Yano, and Yujiro clotheslines Tanahashi out!

Yujiro distracts the ref, the fans boo, but Dick DECKS Tanahashi and Evil rakes Yano’s eyes. Yujiro goes out to drag Tanahashi up and put him back in the ring. Cover, TWO! Fans rally but Yujiro drags Tanahashi up. Yujiro snapmares and runs to drop a leg, brother! Cover, TWO! Fans rally but Evil tags in. Evil drags Tanahashi up, throws him out, and then distracts both ref and Yano so Dick can ROCK Tanahashi! Dick puts Tanahashi back in the ring for Evil and Evil covers. TWO, and Evil is upset about the count! Tag to Yujiro, he mockingly asks Tanahashi what’s wrong, then brings him up. Tanahashi fires forearms, but Yujiro knees low.

Yujiro scoop SLAMS Tanahashi, covers, TWO! Fans rally and Tanahashi sits up, but Yujiro is on him first. Tanahashi breaks free to fire off more forearms! But Yujiro knees low again! Yujiro whips Tanahashi to a corner, runs in, and blocks a boot to fire forearms in return. Yujiro brings Tanahashi out but Tanahashi fights the Fisherman Buster! TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! Fans fire up while both men are down. Tanahashi crawls, hot tag to Yano! Fans fire up with Yano, and Yano unties a buckle pad! Yano turns around, the pad blocks a kick! Yujiro freaks out while Yano and the fans fire up about the buckle pad.

Yano throws the pad to Yujiro, the ref tries to take the pad from Yujiro, and Yano SLAPS Yujiro on the head! Fans rally with Yano as he brings Yujiro around and whips. Yujiro reverses, but Yano stops from hitting bare buckles. Yujiro runs in, but is sent into the buckles! Yano rolls Yujiro up, TWO! Yano argues with the ref, but then brings Yujiro up. Yujiro wrenches out and BITES Yano’s hand! Fans boo and the ref reprimands, Yujiro lets off and he blocks Yano’s kick. Yujiro rakes the eyes, then he throws Yano down by his foot! Yujiro runs to SLIDING BOOT! Tag to Evil and he grabs the buckle pad.

Evil drags the pad over and tells Yano this is what he gets! Evil stomps away on the pad! Fans boo as Evil kicks the pad out of the corner. Yano gets up and grabs Evil’s hair! But Evil breaks free, runs, but into an atomic drop! Fans cheer as Evil hops and falls over. Tag to Tanahashi! Tanahashi rallies on Evil, BLASTS Yujiro, then kicks Evil. Tanahashi fires off fast hands on Evil, whips him to ropes, but Evil reverses. Tanahashi baseball slides and dropkicks Dick away! Tanahashi then dodges Evil to FLYING FOREARM! Fans fire up with The Ace and Yano gets fans to cheer on “HI-RO-SHI!”

Tanahashi scoop SLAMS Evil into a drop zone. Tanahashi hops up for a SUNSET SENTON! Cover, TWO! Tanahashi keeps focus and he waits on Evil to stand. Fans rally, Tanahashi runs, but Evil uses the ref as a shield. Tanahashi still blocks Evil’s kick! DRAGON SCREW! Fans fire up and Tanahashi grabs Evil’s legs. TEXAS CLOVERLEAF! But Dick distracts the ref! Yujiro JAMS Yano with his pimp cane! Yujiro gets in, Tanahashi legs Evil go to dodge Yujiro and dropkick the legs out! Evil shoves the ref into Tanahashi! The ref goes down, Dick gets in and uses the SPOILER CHOKER on Tanahashi!

Yujiro gets back in, and he has one of the NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag titles! Dick shoves Tanahashi at Yujiro, but Tanahashi dodges the belt shot! Tanahashi shoves Yujiro into Dick! Then Yano DOUBLE LOW BLOWS Dick and Yujiro! Dick throws those two out, Tanahashi runs and SLINGBLADES Evil down! Cover, TWO!! Evil survives but Tanahashi stays fired up. Tanahashi goes to a corner and climbs! Fans rally, Tanahashi sees Evil stand, HIGH FLY ATTACK! And then Tanahashi goes back up! But here comes SHO! The Murder Machine is the card up Evil’s sleeve! Sho grabs at Tanahashi but Yano YANKS Sho down!

Tanahashi adjusts and aims at Evil, HIGH FLY FLOW onto knees!! Evil saves himself but both men are still down! Fans rally, Evil and Tanahashi stir. Evil hobbles but he brings Tanahashi up. Tanahashi DRAGON PALMS Evil! Tanahashi goes to full nelson, but Yujiro distracts the ref by bringing a chair! Evil LOW BLOWS Tanahashi! And then Evil shoves Tanahashi at Sho, for a WRENCH SHOT! Evil reels Tanahashi in, for EVERYTHING IS EVIL!! Cover, the House of Torture wins!!

Winners: Evil & Yujiro Takahashi, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Yano & Tanahashi earn 0)

Only in wrestling does a King trump an Ace! Of course, it was more than just 2v2. And speaking of, the House of Torture beat up the Young Lions checking on Tanahashi, and then they continue to beat up Tanahashi and Yano! Fans boo and Abe-san rings the bell again and again but it doesn’t change anything! Evil and the House of Torture put one out on the Joker & The Ace. Will Darkness Fall on all of NJPW soon enough?

 

World Tag League 2022: Shane Haste & Mikey Nicholls VS Aussie Open!

It’s Aussie Aussie Aussie! OI OI OI! But only one team can come out on top! Will The Mighty refuse to be conquered? Or will Mark Davis & Kyle Fletcher coast into their first World Tag League finals?

The Orchestrator, Gideon Grey, of course gives the introductions for Dunk-Zilla & The Aussie Arrow. The Mighty then make their entrance, and tensions are already high. Kyle shoves Shane but Mikey steps up. The ref works to keep the peace, and the two teams stand down. Fans cheer for “AUSSIE OPEN!” while the teams sort out. Mikey starts against Davis and fans rally. Mikey and Davis tie up, Davis puts Mikey on ropes, and Davis lets off. Mikey avoids the chop and fans cheer. Davis and Mikey reset, circle, and tie up. Davis pushes Mikey back but Mikey turns things around to put him on the ropes.

The ref counts, Mikey lets off, and then he swings! Davis avoids the punch and fans cheer. Mikey and Davis go again, Mikey headlocks, Davis powers up but can’t power out as Mikey holds on tight. Davis powers up again, powers out this time, and Mikey RAMS shoulders with him. They stay up, Mikey runs, and he RAMS Davis again! They both stay up, Mikey eggs Davis on and Davis runs. But Mikey follows to ELBOW Davis at the ropes! Mikey whips but Davis holds ropes to then whip Mikey. Mikey comes back to facelock Davis! Davis fights the suplex and wrenches out. Davis dodges the haymaker to run Mikey over!

Fans fire up as Davis runs Mikey over again! Davis reels Mikey in, but Mikey suplexes Davis! And holds him up! Fans rally as Mikey holds Davis up for ten before the SLAM! Cover, ONE!! Mikey stays between Davis and Kyle to bring Davis up. Mikey tags in Shane, the Mighty double whip Davis to ropes, but Davis ducks the double chops to shove The Mighty into each other! Davis then brings Shane around, Kyle tags in as Davis whips Shane away. Shane runs into a DOUBLE CHOP! PENALTY KICK to SENTON! Fans fire up while Shane bails out. Aussie Open goes out after The Mighty and fans rally up again.

Kyle picks Shane up, Davis picks up Mikey, and Aussie Open runs around the way to SANDWICH The Mighty! Fans cheer for “AUSSIE OPEN!” as the ring count climbs. Aussie Open sit on the apron together with crowns up, then they fetch Shane. Kyle puts Shane in the ring at 10 of 20, covers, TWO! Kyle drags Shane up, scoops and SLAMS him, and keeps wrist control. Fans rally as Shane sits up, and Kyle scoops again. Shane slips free, tags in Mikey, and Kyle runs in. Shane puts Kyle on the apron, HOTSHOTS him, then Mikey hits an APRON DDT! Shane also BLASTS Davis off the apron. Mikey claims Kyle slipped but the ref knows better.

Mikey puts Kyle in to cover, TWO! Fans rally as Mikey sits Kyle up for a neck wrench. Kyle endures, fans rally, and Kyle fights up. Kyle throws body shots, but Mikey knees low! Mikey turns Kyle for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Mikey drags Kyle up, wrenches an arm, and he tags in Shane. Mikey scoops Kyle, SLAMS him, then Shane drags Kyle to the apron to hit a DRAPING BACKBREAKER! Mikey also BLASTS Davis off the apron. Shane leaves Kyle behind as the ring count starts. Mikey taunts Kyle while he stirs. The count reaches 10 of 20, Kyle rises at 13. Kyle stands at 15 and slides in at 17! But Shane is there to CLUB him down.

Shane drags Kyle up, tags Mikey in, but Kyle fires off forearms and CHOPS! Shane ROCKS Kyle, Mikey picks Kyle up, and The Mighty hit a BACK SUPLEX NECKBREAKER COMBO! Cover, but Davis breaks it up! Mikey throws Davis out but Davis comes right back to CLUB Mikey! Shane gets in, The Mighty mug Davis, then they throw Davis out. The Mighty then go back to Kyle and Mikey CHOKES Kyle on the ropes! The ref counts, especially as Shane adds his boot to things. The Mighty let off at 4, and fans rally up. Mikey slaps Kyle around, taunts him, and Kyle gets up. Kyle CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Mikey kicks low!

Mikey brings Kyle around but Kyle blocks the suplex! Kyle blocks another suplex, so Mikey ROCKS him with a right! Mikey brings Kyle up but Kyle suplexes Mikey instead! Fans fire up as Kyle and Mikey crawl for their corners! Hot tags to Davis and Shane! Davis runs through Shane’s lariat to clothesline Mikey in the corner! And he CHOPS Shane! And clotheslines Mikey! And CHOPS Shane again! And again, and again! Shane dodges a chop, to kick low! The Mighty double whip but Davis handsprings to DOUBLE LARIAT back! Fans fire up with Dunk-Zilla and he stalks Shane to a corner. Davis CHOP LARIATS! And CHOP LARIATS! And CHOP LARIATS!

Davis brings Shane out, wrenches and torture racks, but Mikey ROCKS Davis! Mikey whips, Davis reverses and sends Mikey out. But Shane BOOTS Davis! Shane runs in but Davis dodges! Kyle runs in to A-LIST LARIAT! Kyle sits Shane down for Davis’ SLIDING FOREARM! Kyle DIVES onto Mikey! Davis torture racks Shane for the ALPAMARE WATERSLIDE! Cover, TWO!! Shane survives and fans rally for Aussie Open again. Tag to Kyle, Davis drags Shane up, fireman’s carry and POP-UP KICK! Davis scoops Shane, Kyle climbs up, but Shane slips off to shove Davis into Kyle! Mikey rushes in to clothesline Davis out!

Shane goes after Kyle but Kyle ROCKS him! Mikey tries but Kyle ROCKS him, too! Mikey gives Shane a boost to get at Kyle up top! TOWER OF DOOM, POWERBOMB SUPERPLEX!! Fans fire up and Mikey drags Shane onto the cover, TWO!! Kyle survives and fans rally again. Shane tags Mikey, The Mighty drags Kyle back up, and Shane climbs a corner while Mikey scoops. But Davis shoves Shane down! Mikey drops Kyle and swings on Davis. Davis dodges, Kyle GAMANGIRIS! Kyle tags Davis and fans fire up! Kyle feeds Mikey to a fireman’s carry, POP-UP KICK! Davis then scoops Mikey and Kyle climbs up! LAWN DART CUTTER!! Cover, TWO!!

Mikey survives and fans fire up! Davis tags Kyle back in, and Aussie Open fire the fans up. They drag Mikey up, double wrench and double pump handle, but Shane saves Mikey! Kyle kicks Shane, feeds him to the fireman’s carry, POP-UP- NO! Shane blocks the kick! Then sends it into Davis! Shane UPPERCUTS Kyle, but Kyle SUPERKICKS Shane in return! Mikey LARIATS Kyle down, but Davis ENZIGURIS Mikey! Fans are thunderous as all four men are down! Gideon and the fans rally up, The Mighty regroup and Aussie Open sits up. The four head for the center, and they throw forearms back and forth! Fans rally as the forearms go faster and faster!

The ref reprimands but Aussie Open gets the edge! Aussie Open both whip but The Mighty both reverse! But Aussie Open both KICK The Mighty, but Mikey dodges the lariats! Mikey comes back to LARIAT! Kyle dodges, and he SUPERKICKS Mikey! But Mikey stays up!! Mikey scoops Kyle, Shane runs in, TANK BUSTER!!! Cover, TWO!?!? Kyle survives and shocks The Mighty! Shane and Mikey both roar, and they drag Kyle back up. They both lift Kyle, but Davis BLASTS Shane away! Kyle cradles Mikey, TWO!! Double wrench, DOUBLE FOREARMS! Aussie Open go to opposite corners while fans rally up!

Aussie Open runs in, but Mikey dodges and Davis CLOBBERS Kyle! Mikey LARIATS Davis but Davis stays up! Shane LARIATS Davis from behind, but Davis still stays up! Mikey LARIATS again, Davis roars, but the HIGH LOW takes him down! Kyle SUPERKICKS Shane! Kyle aims but Mikey blocks that superkick! Mikey shoves Kyle into a BLINDSIDE LARIAT from Shane! Shane calls his shot, he goes up top, and Mikey scoops! SUPER TANK BUSTER!!! Cover, THE MIGHTY WIN!!

Winners: Shane Haste & Mikey Nicholls, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Aussie Open earns 0)

The Mighty Don’t Kneel, but they do conquer the Empire! And now, with Davis & Kyle going on a bye in the final round, could Shane & Mikey go into the finals as the top team?

 

World Tag League 2022: Tetsuya Naito & SANADA VS Minoru Suzuki & Lance Archer!

Los Ingobernables de Japon dances on the edge. If they don’t make it to the finals, the Uncontrollable Charisma might as well kiss WrestleKingdom good-bye. But if they win here, they can keep on fighting! Will Naito & Sanada survive? Or does the Meanest Tag Team in the World Tag League mean it when they say #EverybodyDies?

The Murderhawk Monster strikes down Young Lion Kosei Fujita this time! And then he again intimidates Milano Collection AT. The King of Pancrase makes his entrance, and fans enjoy getting to sing, “KAZE NI NARE~!” Sanada and Naito make their entrances, and of course Naito takes his time. Naito also takes his time with his entrance attire. The teams sort out and Suzuki gets impatient as LIJ go slowly. Archer tells fans to shut up with cheering for Naito and Sanada. LIJ fist bump, but then Suzuki-Gun attacks! Archer goes after Sanada, Suzuki goes after Naito, and the bell rings as Suzuki-Gun throws LIJ out of the ring.

Suzuki knees Naito low while Archer whips Sanada into railing! Archer then yells at fans, and scares some kids! Suzuki fires off forearms, then he bumps Naito off the apron. Archer continues to scare small children before going back to Sanada. Naito and Suzuki trade forearms, then Suzuki whips Naito. Naito reverses and Suzuki hits railing! Archer puts Sanada in the ring, tells fans to shut up, and then he whips Sanada to a corner. Sanada dodges Archer to dropkick a leg! Then he dropkicks Archer down! Tag to Naito, and LIJ get Archer down to split the wishbone! Double basement dropkick! Cover, ONE!!

Naito keeps on Archer by holding onto his ponytail braid. Archer swings on Naito but Naito avoids it to claw Archer’s eyes! Red Shoes reprimands, Naito stops, and Naito runs, but Archer goes the other way! DERAILER! Suzuki also goes after Sanada and sends him into railing! Fans rally but Archer stomps Naito out of the ring. Archer then drags Naito up and brings him back to those fans from earlier! Archer scares the kids as he brings Naito over and throws hands! Archer makes Naito take a seat, then JAMS Naito with one of the open chairs! Archer makes sure the kids are watching before he SMACKS Naito on the back!

Red Shoes storms over and Archer apologizes to him. Archer then stalks Naito, but he grins at the kids as he creeps over. Archer goes back for Naito, drags him up, and Suzuki is meanwhile raking Sanada’s eyes. Suzuki CHOKES Sanada on the railing while Archer brings Naito back to ringside. Archer POSTS Naito, BOOTS him down, then tells fans to shut up. The ring count finally starts, Archer drags Naito up to whip him into railing! Naito tumbles up and over! The count is 10 of 20 but Suzuki whips Sanada into railing, too! Archer fetches Naito at 14 and wants Red Shoes to hold on. Archer puts Naito in at 18 and fans applaud.

Tag to Suzuki, he stomps Naito around, and digs his foot into Naito’s face. Suzuki then has a cocky pin but Red Shoes refuses to count because of all the shenanigans. Suzuki drags Naito up and snapmares to then PENALTY KICK in the back! Cover, TWO! Fans rally and Suzuki clamps onto Naito to pull on the arm. Suzuki bends the fingers and twists the wrist! And then the elbow! Naito endures, kicks around, Archer casually keeps the ropes back, but Red Shoes reprimands. Suzuki drags Naito up to bump him off buckles. Tag to Archer and he throws heavy body shots. Archer mocks the fans cheering on Naito, then puts him in another corner.

Archer CHOPS Naito, kicks him down, then stalks over. Suzuki grabs Naito’s arm, but he points to Sanada. Red Shoes is distracted while Suzuki has a HANGING ARMBAR! Naito kicks and flails, Red Shoes notices and counts, Suzuki stops at 4. Archer drags Naito up to scoop and SLAM! Fans rally for Naito but Archer runs to FLOP as Naito moves! Red Shoes has to keep Suzuki back, and Naito tags in Sanada! Sanada fires off forearms on Archer, but Red Shoes didn’t see the tag! He says it doesn’t count! Archer laughs as he and Suzuki drag Naito away to stomp away! Red Shoes counts at Sanada and he goes back to his corner.

Archer tells fans to shut up about the tag, and then he drags Naito over. Tag to Suzuki, and Suzuki-Gun mugs Naito. Suzuki taunts Naito while Archer taunts Sanada. Naito fires forearms but Archer pulls Naito’s hair! Suzuki CHOPS Naito down! Red Shoes reprimands and fans rally, but Archer stands Naito back up. Suzuki puts one leg in the ropes, then has a HEEL HOOK on the other leg! Red Shoes counts, Suzuki lets off, and he tags Archer. Archer kicks Naito, bumps him off buckles, then whips him corner to corner hard! Naito bounces off buckles, and Archer taunts him to go tag Sanada. Fans rally and Archer tells them to shut up again.

Fans rally harder for Naito now, and Naito throws body shots! Archer eggs Naito on, Naito throws forearms, but Archer knees low. Archer whips Naito to ropes, but Naito holds ropes! Naito dropkicks the legs out! Archer still rushes Naito but Naito dumps him out! Naito BLASTS Suzuki, too, and fans rally as he crawls for his corner! But Archer gets around to drag Sanada off the apron! Archer gets in, Naito dodges, hot tag to Sanada! Sanada dropkicks Archer but Archer stays up! Sanada dropkicks again, Archer is still up! Archer rushes Sanada, Sanada dodges and he dropkicks Suzuki off the apron!

Archer corners Sanada and whips him to ropes. Sanada dodges the boot to dropkick the legs out! Fans fire up as Sanada reels Archer in, but Archer throws body shots. Archer CLUBS Sanada, tells fans to shut up, and then he drags Sanada up. But Sanada suplexes first! Fans fire up and Sanada has the legs. Sanada ties Archer up but Archer kicks free! Archer runs in but Sanada dumps him out! Sanada PLANCHAS, but Archer moves! Archer whips but Sanada stops from hitting railing! Archer runs in, but Sanada drop toeholds him into the railing! Sanada puts Archer in, slingshots, but into a choke grip!

Sanada hops down, ducks a haymaker and HOTSHOTS Archer away! Sanada runs but Archer follows to CROSSBODY! Fans rally and Archer tags in Suzuki! Suzuki drags Sanada up, puts him in a corner and KNEES low! Suzuki tells fans to shut up, he whips corner to corner and BOOTS! Suzuki then snapmares Sanada, runs, but Sanada blocks the Penalty Kick! Sanada runs but Suzuki avoids the low dropkick! Suzuki stomps Sanada, drags him up and whips him to ropes. Sanada dropkicks the legs out! Fans rally while both men are down! Sanada crawls, hot tag to Naito! Naito throws hands and kicks on Suzuki.

Naito whips Suzuki corner to corner, runs in and JUMP KICKS! Leg sweep and swinging dropkick! COMBINACION CABRON! Fans fire up as Naito poses. Naito drags Suzuki up, puts him in a corner, and throws those heavy back elbows! Naito hoists Suzuki up top, climbs up after him, but Suzuki grabs a leg! Naito falls into a HALF CRAB TREE OF WOE! Archer BLASTS Sanada, Red Shoes counts and Suzuki lets go. Archer whips Suzuki in to BOOT! Archer runs in to back elbow! Snapmare, PENALTY KICK and SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Fans cheer as Naito survives! Suzuki drags Naito up but Naito throws forearms and elbows!

Archer knees Naito low, then whips him, only for Naito to reverse! TORNADO- NO, Archer stops the DDT! Archer reels Naito in to pick him up, and Suzuki runs, HART ATTACK! Then Suzuki grabs a leg for a HEEL HOOK! Archer intercepts Sanada with a choke grip! Naito endures, flails, reaches out, but Suzuki traps the other leg! Naito claws around, reaches out, but Sanada fights free of Archer! Sanada stomps away on Suzuki! Suzuki lets Naito go but Archer puts Sanada back in a corner. Archer throws body shots and DECKS Sanada with a haymaker. Naito throws forearms on Suzuki while Archer sits Sanada up top.

Archer ROCKS Suzuki with a right, Naito runs but Suzuki follows. Suzuki shoots around to waistlock and then SLEEPER! Naito flails, Suzuki turns him around to Gotch lift! Archer inverted crucifix lifts, but Sanada slips off to shove Archer into Suzuki! Archer kicks Sanada back, whips him to a corner, but Sanada tumbles up and out to then SPRINGBOARD MISSILE DROPKICK! Suzuki kicks Sanada, whips him to a corner but Sanada reverses! Sanada runs in to back elbow! And then SAIDO! Naito rolling jackknifes! TWO!?!? Suzuki escapes, but Naito ENZIGURIS him! Sanada and Naito coordinate, but Suzuki wrenches out to ROCK Naito!

Suzuki CHOPS Sanada, CHOPS Naito, then CHOPS Sanada again! Suzuki CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS Naito, but Sanada ROLLING ELBOWS Suzuki! Naito reels Suzuki in and Sanada gives him the boost, but Suzuki drops to nerf the DDT! Sanada DROPKICKS Archer off the apron! Naito drags Suzuki up to wrench and tilt-o-whirl, DESTINO!!! Cover, LIJ wins!

Winners: Tetsuya Naito & Sanada, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Suzuki & Archer earn 0)

Suzuki-Gun falls again! They’re out of the running as it is, but will they at least finish strong in the final round?

As for LIJ, Naito gets the mic to say, “Buenas Noches, KOCHI~!” Naito notes this was the second Kochi event for NJPW this year, and there were four World Tag League matches tonight. “Everyone, did you enjoy World Tag League, and Naito and Sanada?” Fans cheer because they did! Naito notes he and Sanada stand at 6-2 with 12 points. “In two days, we’ll win our last league match, in Himeji, and move on to the finals.” Fans applaud that, too. Naito hopes everyone enjoys the conclusion of WTL, and then remembers that everyone can cheer out tonight. Fans cheer to confirm it!

“So, how about this for the first time in five years in Kochi? Everyone, are you ready? The only way to close out NJPW’s second and final Kochi show of the year… Bushi! Sanada! Hiromu! Takagi! Titan! Y Naito! NOSOTROS! LOS! INGOBERRRRNABLEEEEES~! DE! JA! PON!!” Fans cheer LIJ on, but will Naito & Sanada keep things tranquilo all the way to the WTL finals?

 

Here are the NEW World Tag League standings!

Aussie Open: 7-2, 14 points
The Mighty: 6-2, 12 points
Naito & Sanada: 6-2, 12 points
Goto & Hashi: 6-2, 12 points
Yano & Tanahashi: 4-4, 8 points [ELIMINATED]
Khan & Henare: 4-4, 8 points [ELIMINATED]
Suzuki & Archer: 3-5, 6 points [ELIMINATED]
Evil & Yujiro: 2-6, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
Coughlin & Kidd: 1-7, 2 points [ELIMINATED]

Chase & Fale: [FORFEIT]


My Thoughts:

A great penultimate round for World Tag League, though a part of me expected each of the results. Goto & Hashi beat Coughlin & Kidd to stay alive in the block while I should’ve figured the House of Torture was gonna cheat out another one since Yano & Tanahashi are also out of the running. I’ve said I’d love Yano & Tanahashi sticking together as a team, maybe they can feud with the House of Torture for a minute. Aussie Open VS The Mighty was great stuff, and what a great upset for The Mighty to win. With Aussie Open having a bye at the end because of Fale & Chase withdrawing, that really puts a lot of pressure on everything next around.

LIJ had a great match with Suzuki-Gun, and I couldn’t help but laugh at Archer scaring those kids in the crowd. But LIJ won, of course, to keep their story alive. Naito’s story of WrestleKingdom or bust has been the story of everything he’s done since the late Summer, and therefore is the story of WTL. Naito & Sanada VS Evil & Yujiro is going to be a huge match because once again, Evil could screw over his former faction. I would still think Naito & Sanada win then to get to the finals, and then we’ll see what happens for Naito and WrestleKingdom 17.

My Score: 8.6/10


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Andrew’s TNA Against All Odds Results & Match Ratings: 6.14.2024

Broken Matt attempts to procure the Championship of the World! Joe Hendry faces Frankie Kazarian! Jordynne issues an open challege, all at Against All Odds!

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I’ll be honest, since the lead up hasn’t exactly sparked much excitement from me, I can’t really tell what might get relegated to Countdown and what will be on the main show aside from major title stories. So with that being said, I’ll cover the Countdown this time around, because well…who knows what will be on it.

Let’s hope that the bit of momentum with the WWE working relationship and the stories coming out about the locker room being seemingly happy with the direction of things; have to hope that will start to equate to a product that makes some damn sense.

Ratings:

  • Countdown to Against All Odds: Jonathan Gresham vs Sami Callihan: Sami wins via Cactus Driver ’97 – ** 1/4
  • Countdown to Against All Odds: TNA Knockouts Tag Team Titles: DeMALISH (Masha Slamovich & Alisha Edwards) (c) vs The Hex (Marti Belle & Allysin Kay): DeMALISH retain via Steinerizer – ** 3/4
  • Mike Santana & Steve Maclin vs The Rascalz (Trey Miguel & Zachary Wentz): Tri State Exchange wins via Assisted Spin the Block – ****
  • PCO vs Rich Swann w/AJ Francis: PCO wins via PCO-SAULT – **
  • TNA Tag Team Championships: The Nemeth Bros (Ryan & Nic Nemeth) vs The System (Eddie Edwards & Brian Myers) (c): The System retains via Boston Knee Party – ** 3/4
  • Joe Hendry w/Ace Steel vs Frankie Kazarian: Kaz wins via Loaded Fist – ** 1/2
  • X Division Championship: Trent Seven vs Mustafa Ali (c): Ali retains via Scorpion Deathlock – *** 3/4
  • Josh Alexander & Eric Young vs The ABC (Ace Austin & Chris Bey): ABC wins via The Fold – *** 1/2
  • TNA Knockouts Championship: Jordynne Grace (c) vs Tatum Paxley: Jordynne retains via Juggernaut Driver – *** 1/4
  • BROKEN RULES – TNA World Heavyweight Championship: Moose (c) vs Broken Matt Hardy: Moose retains via Lights Out – *** 1/2

 

 

Results:

Countdown to Against All Odds: Jonathan Gresham vs Sami Callihan

Callihan attacks The Octopus on the outside before the bell rings. A few chops around the ring and bounces Gresham’s face off the post twice. Sami goes for the Cactus Driver on the outside, but Gresham rotates all the way through to grab the ropes and counter Sami. Gouges Sami’s face, breaks fingers Pentagon style, and Sami retreats to a different side of the outside of the ring. Octopus chases and keeps working on the hand, but Sami counters and starts going for a few more Knife Edge Chops. Sami tries to Lawn Dart Gresham into the post, but Gresham slips and shoves Sami into the post. Now Octopus back to working on the left hand and arm. Arm Wringers and Uppercuts right into the elbow.

Sami gets some control back, rolls Gresham into the ring and now the match can officially start…OR NOT! Gresham rolls back out and heads under the ring so Sami goes hunting for Octopus. Gresham grabs the left arm from under the ring, uses a chair since the ring obscures the referee’s vision, and then slowly they head back in the ring. Soccer Ball kick to the injured arm, and Gresham continues to try and work on the arm, but Sami is fighting back. Sami tries to Irish Whip, but the sells the left arm! Callihan adjusts his offense and tries to use his legs and only the good right arm. But as soon as he goes for a Cactus Driver, the arm sell happens again.

Gresham rips the mask off the referee, Kushida shows up in a Doc Brown gimmick and with a mask. He attacks Gresham while the ref is distracted to swab out the ink and place it into a vial. Sami connects with the Cactus Driver ’97 and wins.

Insanely gimmicky, extremely stupid. Feels like a dumbass thing that would happen on DDT, not an American program. So they made Gresham talk last night, which ruins the essence of a evil character, and now they have him lose with Kushida trying to do science on what the ink is. I can’t properly express how many brain cells I feel like I lost. 

Countdown to Against All Odds: TNA Knockouts Tag Team Titles: DeMALISH (Masha Slamovich & Alisha Edwards) vs The Hex (Marti Belle & Allysin Kay)

Marti and Alisha start, Marti uses Alisha’s face like a speed bag, tags in Allysin, quick tandem work gives The Hex a nearfall. Alisha manages to run to make the tag, and Masha comes in, but immediately starts dominating Masha. Tandem Snapmare, Fun Splash, Senton, PK, for another near fall from The Hex. Allysin tries to shoot Masha across, Masha gets the Arm Wringer, drives Allysin into her corner, but a Boot stops Masha. Allysin tries to get out and Alisha grabs Allysin by the hair to pull her back.

Alisha gets in a few quick shots, Allysin tries to fight back, but the Eye Rake evens the score. Alisha tags out, Hip Attack from Masha into repeated Snapmares with the hair into a near fall. Short Arm Lariats, Masha connects on two, Allysin counters the third, they both hit the ropes, stereo Clothesline spot into the simultaneous tags. Marti beats on Alisha in the corner, Double Knees into a two count. SAVAT KICK from Masha to level Marti, Allysin takes out Masha, Delish from Alisha, Marti hits The Stroke, and all four are down for a few moments. Rolling Forearm into Saito Suplex for another near fall on Alisha. Hex Marks the…nope Alisha slips the move, Masha gets in things breakdown into a sloppy fight, Alisha tries to shove Allysin into Marti but hits Masha. HEX MARKS THE SPOT, Masha makes the save, barely! Dual spots in corners, Alisha fights off Allysin with the Avalanche Powerbomb, Masha Electric Chairs Marti, STEINERIZER! DeMALISH retain.

Mike Santana & Steve Maclin vs The Rascalz (Trey Miguel & Zachary Wentz)

Rascalz try to utilize their speed and teamwork advantage with a tag out the gates as Trey distracts Santana, Wentz runs in, and they match each other. Counters, dodges, really fun equal footing but different styles opening. Simultaneous tags Trey and Maclin are in, Maclin quickly takes advantage of Trey, tags in Santana and they go for a Dual Suplex, but Wentz catches Trey and then takes out Maclin. Santana gets surprised by Trey, Body Scissors into a Double Stomp, then Trey tags in Wentz and a quick Tandem kick. Santana tries to fight back against Wentz, but Wentz eats a few chops and then turns it around. Tag out to Trey, Trey connects with a low single leg Dropkick for a near fall. Kick Rush from Rascalz, Wentz tries to punctuate with a Stomp on the back of the head but Santana dodges and Double Lariats The Rascalz. Maclin tags in and starts stacking up the Rascalz and beating them like they owe him money. Maclin tries a SCUD but Wentz catches him with a Cutter in the ropes, shortcut double team offense.

The ref was distracted with Santana trying to get in to stop the double team, so Maclin kicks out easily because of a slow start to the count. Trey with a cheap choke, then he tags in, goes for a disrespectful Half Crab and Santana just kicks Trey in the back. Rascalz find interesting ways to keep working over Maclin, Trey goes for a Popping Meteora, but Maclin stop it, turns it into an Electric Chair style counter and tags in Santana. Santana with the hot tag, takes out both Rascalz, stacks them interestingly to pull off a tandem DDT. Maclin and Santana work together, Maclin kicks Santana to send him into his Rolling Buck Fifty, Maclin then connects with a Busaiku Knee, and only 2 since Trey breaks it up! Rascalz finally get the best of things, a tandem Rope Assisted Pedigree with a Swanton from Wentz, but Maclin kicks out.  MACLIN EATS THE CHELSEA GREEN FUCK YOUR FACE IN THE CORNER DROPKICK SPOT!  Rolling Double Stomp! Santana rolls in to make the save, Hot Fire Flame attempt but Maclin gets the knees up. Cradle attempt, but they push off Maclin into Santana. Superkick Party on Maclin, Buckshot Lariat from Santana wipes out Trey, Enzuigiri from Santana. They set each other up, Caught in the Crosshairs , Spin the Block! Santana and Maclin win.

This is the first objectively smart thing TNA has done in the post-Scott era. Maclin and Santana were amazing together. This is a pairing that people will want to see again, and if they double down on it being a “one off”, it will make people want to see it again. Damn good stuff here.

PCO vs Rich Swann w/AJ Francis

Swann runs around tries to get frisky, but PCO grab him, Boots him, chucks him into the corner, Hesitation Dropkick to the back of Rich’s head for a near fall. AJ tries to pick the ankle, PCO kinda cares, but then eats a Superkick that does nothing. PCO charges, Rich hits the Low Bridge and PCO crashes to the floor. 450 from the apron, and Rich throws him back in and starts kicking PCO and hits a Bronco Buster.PCO fires back up, levels Rich, drapes him over the bottom rope and hits the Guillotine Leg Drop, driving Swann’s face into the mat. AJ grabs Rich’s foot and puts it on the bottom rope, then faceplants PCO on the apron. Rich takes too long to capitalize, PCO trips Swann, Lungblower from the corner spot, PCO Dives on AJ to try and equal the playing field. PCO-SAULT, 1-2-3, PCO wins.

SDL’s music hits, she walks out smiling and looking like a snack. Asks for the mic, and SDL plays with the crowd about different ways to say yes or no. Her answer is: OUI! 

TNA Tag Team Championships: The Nemeth Bros (Ryan & Nic Nemeth) vs The System (Eddie Edwards & Brian Myers) (c)

Brian Myers starts with Ryan, Ryan gets a quick advantage, they go for a tandem Arm Wringer/Neckbreaker combo. Myers tags out, Nic tries to throw a Superkick but Lish grabs the foot. WAIT DIRTY DANGO shows up out of nowhere and rats out Alisha?! We haven’t seen him in months since they punked out Oleg Prudius and him against Josh Alexander. So Lish gets ejected but The System jumps on Nic and tries to get in a few quick shots to try and end this quickly now they don’t have insurance.

Belly to Back Suplex from Myers after Eddie uses the ropes for a cheap choke, Eddie officially tags back in, and just quick tags and snappy offense from The System. Myers goes for the Manhattan Drop but Nic gets away from him, tags out to Ryan and a few quick attacks into a Rude Awakening for a near fall. Myers checks Ryan with a Boot to the gut, Eddie tags in, Eddie bounces off the ropes and Body Checks Ryan, while Myers connects with the Spear, but Nic makes the save! Myers shoves Ryan into their corner, Ryan tries to fight out to get to Nic, but a Drop Toe Hold puts a stop on the surge. Ryan counters with a Sunset Flip, but Myers manages to make the tag before falling over, so the pinfall doesn’t count and Eddie starts laying into Ryan. We get an “Ooo fuck Eddie Edwards” chat that pops up. Eddie goads the crowd a bit and tags in Myers. Headlock on Ryan, Ryan tries to Elbow out, but Myers stays in control and the crowd keeps talking shit to Eddie even though he’s not the legal man “fuck your fo-hawk”. Myers poses, Ryan hits a Reverse X Factor, simultaneous tags. Nic is on fire, laying everyone out, Jumping Leg Drop on Eddie for 2. Fame-ASSER! But only another 2 count.

Moose is down at ringside now, Eddie and Myers with their System Overload combo of Backpack Stunner and Elbow Drop for 2! Ryan grabs Eddie to stop Boston Knee Party, Superkick, into their Highway to the Danger Zone finish! 1-2-SOMEONE PULLS THE REF! Moose points at Dango, the ref is confused, Nic dives on Moose, Dango shows his true colors and clocks Ryan Nemeth. Boston Knee Party, The System retains the gold!

Joe Hendry w/Ace Steel vs Frankie Kazarian

Frankie Kazarian getting compared to Antonio Banderas and then calling him the dad from Spy Kids is fantastic. 

Hendry and Kaz Shoulder Tackle each other, trade a couple shots and then Hendry lifts him for the stalling suplex. Kaz tries to break it with punches to the body, but Hendry holds strong and connects with the Vertical Suplex. Kaz powders to the apron, Hendry tries to collect him but gets caught with the Guillotine Leg Drop. Kaz throws a few moves together, including his Side Russian Leg Sweep for a near fall. Scoop Slam from Kaz, Springboard Guillotine Leg Drop for 2! Kaz tries to cinque in the Body Scissors and Headlock, but Hendry powers through and turns it into a Suplex to break Kaz’s momentum.

Kaz gets whipped into the corner, gets the boot up, tries a Crossbody but Hendry catches him and his the Sack of Shit into the kip up! Kaz tries the Chicken Wing to slow down Hendry trying to keep momentum, a flurry of strikes with a big PK to give Kaz some space. Fade to Black attempt, but nope, Hendry tries a Powerbomb but Kaz slips it and connects with a Back Stabber! Runs the ropes and Kaz gets caught in a Pop-Up Powerbomb for 2! Kaz tries to bait in Hendry to the apron, Hendry grabs a roll of quarters from his tights, Hendry connects with an outside in Belly to Back Suplex, but Kaz pops him with the loaded fist and gets the win!

Post match, Kaz goes for a Chicken Wing to add insult to injury, Ace Steel finally comes all the way out and clocks Kaz. 

X Division Championship: Trent Seven vs Mustafa Ali (c)

Trent said the tape machines kept rolling, they show post-interview footage where Mustafa says the X Division title is a prop, he doesn’t even live in Chicago, and just freaking out. Mustafa charges Trent, Trent dodges and Mustafa bounces his face off the buckles, SEVEN STAR LARIAT! 1-2-Kick out! That was nearly a quick loss. Ali slows down Trent a few times, and the crowd is dumb and gives the “we still love you” to Ali. Ali with a Jumping DDT, then a Dive on Trent, but Trent shoves Ali into the apron and then a Dragon Suplex onto the floor. Back in the ring, Trent goes for the Corkscrew Senton but misses everything and grabs his leg.

Shotgun Dropkick into the corner from Ali, Trent absorbs and follows with a Lariat, Ali reverses Trent for another Dropkick, goes for a third but Trent catches him and Powerbombs him into the middle of the ring for a near fall. Birminghammer attempt, but Eye Gouge from Ali, Trent with an open hand Chop but Ali baits him into the corner, Gamegiri into the Rolling DDT for 2. Ali with some hammering Forearms, but Trent with a Flowsion out of nowhere to get some separation. Fighting Spirit spot, Ali does my favorite thing! He doesn’t fall for the Bop and Bang and just Roundhouse Kicks Trent in the face. Too bad Ali falls for it like 2 moves later. Ali DDTs the leg, then tries another Rolling DDT, but Trent connects with a Dragon Suplex into the Sitout Powerbomb for two. X Plex attempt, but Ali shoves Trent and the ref cowers in the corner almost bumped, Low Blow into in a Lariat for a near fall!

Ali heads to the top, Trent cuts him off, Ali flips forward out of it, Superkick rocks Trent, Ali runs up the ropes for a Superplex but AVALANCHE FLOWSION! Only 2. Birminghammer attempt, Eye Gouge again, Birminghammer attempt again, but Ali grabs the ropes, throws off Trent, slips out and then Dragon Screws the leg into the apron. Ali goes to the top, Trent meets him, they fight in the corner, Headbutt from Trent and they both crash down into the apron and bounce off to the outside. 10 Count starts, Ali decides to climb the corner, Trent slides in at 9 and eats a 450 to the back for a 2 count. Ali goes to get his belt, the referee stops him, Trent hits a Low Blow as the ref is putting the belt back, BIRMINGHAMMER! 1-2-NO!

Mustafa tries to bail, grabs the ring apron as Trent pulls him back, Chops him in the back a few times, crotches him in the corner, Avalanche BIRMINGHAMMER? Eye Gouge fights back, kicks out the leg, and then 450 to the injured legs into a Scorpion Deathlock! Trent taps out.

Josh Alexander & Eric Young vs The ABC (Ace Austin & Chris Bey)

Early on we get the typical watered down Japanese tag style of a few fancy counters like La Magistral Cradles and Suplex counters and stuff, but nothing really worth typing about. Which is smart since the last match was pretty hot, so you want to start simple and build. ABC start going for a few higher risk moves with Tandem Shoot Ins for Jumping High Kicks and Back Head Kicks. EY Up and Overs Bey, whips him into the opposite corner and tags in Josh. Josh goes for his locomotion Shoulder Tackles, Bey tries to counter it and go for an Art of Finesse, but Josh catches him and Release German Suplexes him. Teamwork from Josh, Gutbuster and Elbow Drop combination for a 2. Ace tries to get involved and Josh and Bey go for THE OLE DICK TWIST! I’m not really sure what I’m looking at beyond a meme and it’s Chicago…so I’m not surprised. But just…why.

Things break down a little everyone’s doing stuff, Josh perches Ace for the Low Crossbody but Ace dodges it! Then Ace does his Handstand dodge, Josh just grabs his Ankle though. Ace tries to hold onto the ropes to he doesn’t completely fall, Bey dives over Ace and lays out Josh but then EY flies and takes out Bey. Ace posts EY, Josh walks back in the ring and calls Ace in. Josh goes for an Avalanche Death Valley Driver, Ace fights it off, Ace hits the Flipping Outside In Headscissors. Goes for an Overhead Spin Kick, but Josh catches the foot. Ace fights out, ABC try to team up on Josh but a Suplexes both and tags out to EY. Discus Lariat into a Spicolli Driver on Ace! Bey kicks him, Ace tries something, but EY stacks them on his shoulders, they both slip him, Dual Roundhouse Kicks! But only a 2 count.

Everyone doing things in the ring, a cameraman gets taken out literally, the camera looks like scrambled porn in the 90s. Powerbreaker from Josh for 2! Rolling Senton into the Macho Elbow, but Ace makes the save. EY accidentally lays out Josh, EY tries to Piledriver Bey but Ace jumps over the world and hits The Fold on EY! Bey with the Jacknife cover and ABC win!

TNA Knockouts Championship: Jordynne Grace (c) vs Tatum Paxley

Personal concierge shows up after Tatum makes her entrance, ASH by Elegance will show up…to watch the match, as per usual. 

Things start a little slow, Tatum brings that quirky unhinged Hot Topic girl energy, and Jordynne is Thicc Mama Pump. Okay Tatum counters Jordynne’s rope run by very suggestively enticing her to come into full mount. Jordynne manages to grab her foot and get her to stand up to just Reverse Side Slam her and go for the Camel Clutch. Tatum gets out of it with biting her hand, and then heads under the ring. ASH is actually telling her where she is, Jordynne tries to grab her, but Tatum pulls her into the steel ring frame. She tries to Suplex her, but Jordynne blocks a few times, so Tatum just drives her into the post.

Tatum pulls off the old Lance Storm counter into the Half Crab, but Jordynne gets out of it. Back Kick from Jordynne, Jordynne tries the Vader Bomb, but Paxley cuts her off first, tries a Rope Hung Neckbreaker, but Jordynne holds on. Hits two Vader Bombs only for near falls. Juggernaut Driver attempt, but Tatum stops it, Jordynne hits the Rolling Fent Back Elbow. They fight in the corner, Uppercut from Jordynne, KINNIKU BUSTER! We know that won’t finish the match, Tatum tries a slide and we go into a Locomotion Cradles. Paxley connects with a Spear that she rolls through beautifully, but both women have counters for counters for counters. Tatum is perched in the corner, they’re fighting on the middle rope, AVALANCHE LOBOTOMY, 1-2-NOPE! Tatum starts clawing at the ears since she had the stitches after the Roxxane Perez match. Tatum with a Seated Head and Neck Choke, but Jordynne fights through and they start slapping each other. Jordynne goes for a lazy cover, and Tatum tries to surprise her with a Guillotine Choke! Grace stands up, Jackhammer for 2!

Jordynne clubs with a few Vader Hammers, Tatum tries to counter, Grace goes for the Sp inning Backfist but Tatum ducks it the first time, but not the second. Death Valley Driver into Juggernaut Driver, and Jordynne retains!

ASH attacks Jordynne after the match but Jordynne fights her off. Covers ASH in her bottle of champagne, then takes a swig herself and walks off victorious while ASH and concierge are slipping and looking like dorks.

BROKEN RULES – TNA World Heavyweight Championship: Moose (c) vs Broken Matt Hardy

The Nemeth Fuschnikens show up and take out The System! Only Lish is now left. 

Matt takes advantage of the early distraction, Twist of Fate attempt but Moose spins out but Matt turns it into the DDT. Side Effect from Hardy on the apron, then he hits the Twist of Fate on the outside. Moose sells dead weight well, Matt finally rolls him in, then Moose keeps rolling. Moose and Lish find weapons, and Moose hits Matt with a trash can lid and Baking Sheet. Moose takes one of many chairs, and just lays into Matt a handful of times. Moose barks at the camera that he’s “Gonna end his damn career”, so he fishing out a ladder from under the ring.

Moose smacks Matt with a few more chair shots and then makes a Ladder + Chair ramp contraption. Jacknife attempt from Moose, Hardy drops to his knees and Upper Cuts Moose’s balls! Then Matt starts using a chair of his own. Moose powders, Matt follows and they take this throw the crowd and goes somewhere…the camera work is a little useless. It’s like N.E.W. Indy level of “we can’t see”. I’m just assuming moves were attempt, looks like maybe a Jacknife that Matt counters and goes up high, just to do a Delete chant. I want a Balcony Level Extreme Leg Drop! But they head back to the ring, so at least now we can see, and Matt bounces Moose’s face off the post and rolls Moose in. Vertical Suplex from Matt, then he goes to the second rope, Elbow Drop for 2! Matt sets up for Twist of Fate, Moose pushes off and URANAGE counter! 1-2-kick out! Moose wanders out to find more weapons and drags out a table, as the peasants rejoice.

Propping the table in the corner, we see Moose trying to set up Matt for the Spear. they both dodge attempting to be put through the table, so Moose Sabu’s Matt with a chair. Moose sets up a pile of chairs, grabs Senor Hardy and they go up the turnbuckle Superplex into the chairs, only for 2! Alisha is also yelling at this very audible annoying Chicago fan. Moose goes for a second Chair spot, but Matt slips the Suplex and Avalanche Powerbomb into the chairs! Matt goes for the cover, but Moose kicks out! Hardy goes under the ring for a…. CARDBOARD BOX! A PARCEL OF CHIPBOARD! Moose decks Matt, opens the box and it’s Moose’s throwback Patriots Helmet. Moose puts his old helmet on, charges Matt Hardy and Matt Back Drops him into the Chekov’s Ladder+Chair. Matt goes for a table and another ladder. Is Matt gonna go for another crazy bump? OH Hardy gets a Bears helmet. Now it makes sense why it was a throwback Patriots helmet, because of the 1985 Bears Super Bowl. Matt clocks Moose with the Bears Helmet, the crowd chants “CTE”, Matt puts Moose on the table, EXTREME LEG DROP from the ladder!

Hardy puts the chair around Moose’s head, TWIST OF FATE into the chair! Goes for the cover and Alisha brings out Kendra and lights up Matt. REBY COMES OUT! She takes her earrings off and someone else is holding her baby! Spanish girl serious fighting 101! Reby hits the Twist of Fate on Lish and tries to help out Matt. Moose sees Matt coming and pulls Reby in the way! Matt spears his wife through the table and then Moose hits LIGHTS OUT!

 

Overall Score: 7.75/10

Well admittedly the first half of the show had a good bit of gimmicky extra bodies overbooking. Kushida, Dango and Jeff Hardy being back is definitely a positive thing with Slammiversary next up. Nic Nemeth hopefully picks up a little more steam, because early splitting time with New Japan stifled his initial impact, now with two title losses in like 4 months of activity is a little silly. Hendry getting a hold over rivalry to slow roll his rise in popularity could be ok. I think they’re not on a large enough scale to benefit more from a slow burn as opposed to cashing in now. But it’s wrestling, you never know. Plus if he gets some shine in NXT, it could be better to ride that exposure wave as well.

The card had overall solid action, even if booking was suspect at moments through the night and the audio for the Ali tape was awful…ruined the intended effect. Jordynne with the opening challenge and an at home annoyance is a good angle. System will probably get into a feud with The Hardys, ya know, while neither is injured. Moose has Hendry looming, but again, not sure how they’re gonna play that card. Also for personal reasons I wanna see if Xia continues to be SDL’s love council bestie type character now that she agreed to date PCO.

So yeah, pretty good show all things considered. The end of the show sends people home happy with Jeff Hardy returning to stand tall with Reby, Matt, Joe Hendry and the Nemeths. There’s a lot to play out. Even if somethings sound super stupid right now (looking at you Octopus and Doc Kushi). But, at least there different levels of storylines to figure out. So when it comes down to the bare bones, the show did its job and was a pretty enjoyable watch.


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Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (6/14/24)

Toni Storm is on a Rampage!

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The Leading Lady “rehearses” for The Forbidden Door.

The AEW Women’s World Champion knows Mina Shirakawa wants her spotlight, but Toni Storm must first test her mettle against “Titanium” Alex Windsor!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Toni Storm w/ Mariah May & Luther VS Alex Windsor; Storm wins.
  • Six Man Tag: The Cage of Agony VS Solomon Tupu, Jay Marston & Kevin Gutierrez; The Cage of Agony wins.
  • Rocky Romero VS Shota Umino; Shota wins.
  • Satnam Singh w/ Sonjay Dutt & Jay Lethal VS Rosario Grillo; Satnam wins.
  • PAC VS Jay Lethal w/ Sonjay Dutt & Satnam Singh; Pac wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Toni Storm w/ Mariah May & Luther VS Alex Windsor!

The Leading Lady knows her beloved, budding protege’s past partner is coming for her prized possession, but she is looking to send a message tonight. Will Mina Shirakawa hear that message loud and clear? Or will Titanium Alex be nobody’s tune-up?

Speaking of, Alex doesn’t even wait for the bell, she goes after Toni the moment she’s in a corner! The fans boo but the bell rings and the ref reprimands. Alex fires off haymakers on Storm, then bumps her off buckles. Windsor soaks up the heat, whips Storm back in, then runs up to CHOP! Windsor soaks up more heat, then runs back in, but into a THESZ PRESS! Storm rains down fast hands, then fires up! The fans are with her and Storm gives Windsor a point-blank HIP ATTACK! And then another! And then another! Storm winds up, the fans fire up, and BOOM, another hip attack! Windsor tumbles out while the fans cheer.

Storm runs side to side to HIP ATTACK Windsor off the apron! Storm calls Mariah over, nuzzles her, then goes after Windsor. Storm CLUBS Windsor, drags her up, then reels her in. Windsor fights the suplex, throws body shots, and then swings, but Storm DECKS her first! Storm goes to the ring but Windsor gets her for a wheelbarrow! Windsor SMASHES Storm off the apron! Windsor KICKS Storm, gets her back up, and hits an APRON BACK SUPLEX! Storm flounders, Mariah is concerned but Windsor gets in her way. Windsor CLUBS Storm, HAMMERS away, then soaks up the heat. Windsor slides into the ring and Mariah checks on Storm.

Windsor taunts Storm, then goes back out to fetch her. But now Luther stands in Windsor’s way to keep her from getting at Mariah. Windsor drags Storm up, whips her, and POSTS her! Storm staggers around, Windsor runs up to CLUB her again, then throws body shots! Windsor CLUBS Storm, soaks up more heat, but Storm RAMS Windsor into barriers! The fans fire up as Storm rolls into the ring. The fans rally as Windsor drags Storm to a corner, to SLAM the legs into the post! And again! And again! And again! The ref reprimands, but Windsor YANKS Storm out to CLUB her down. Windsor rolls into the ring while fans rally behind Storm.

Luther & Mariah check on Storm, but Windsor goes out again. Luther says to stay back, but Windsor SHOVES Luther into Mariah, which sends Mariah into Storm! The fans boo but Windsor stomps away on Storm, and Rampage goes picture in picture.

Windsor drags Storm up and ROCKS her with a forearm! Storm sputters and staggers around the way, but Windsor stalks after her. Windsor has Storm against barriers to CLAW the eyes! Windsor puts Storm in the ring, drags her to a cover, TWO! Storm is tougher than that, and Mariah scowls at Windsor. Windsor fires forearms on Storm, ROCKS her, then whips Storm to ropes to run her over! Cover, TWO! Windsor grows frustrated but she drags Storm up for a cravat. Storm endures the neck wrench, but Windsor throws in knee after knee!  Storm throws body shots but Windsor whips her to a corner.

Windsor runs in but Storm dodges! Rampage returns to single picture as Storm blocks boots, puts Windsor in ropes and hits a DRAPING BACKSTABBER! Windsor writhes, Storm goes to the far end, and the fans fire up for the close up! Storm runs in to SWEET HIP MUSIC! And then the fisherman SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Not quite perfect but Storm storms around. She drags Windsor up and reels her in, but Windsor wrenches out to HEADBUTT! Storm HEADBUTTS back! Storm runs, but Windsor clothesline at ropes! And again! And then a RIGHT ANGLE SLAM! Cover, TWO! Storm survives and the fans rally up!

Windsor drags Storm up but Storm drags her into a cradle! TWO, SHINING WINDSOR! Cover, TWO!! The fans rally for Storm again but Windsor snarls. Windsor storms up on Storm, drags her up, short arm- NO, Storm dodges the lariat, runs, and smothers the pop-up to STORM ZERO!! Cover, Storm wins!

Winner: Toni Storm, by pinfall

Storm breaks through Iron Will Windsor, and revels in the praise of her adoring public. She also holds Mariah close, but will she still have both once she passes through The Forbidden Door? Or will the Fighting Gravure Idol steal more than just the spotlight?

 

Backstage interview with Harley Cameron.

Arkady Aura is with The Outcasts’ crazier component, and says she’s a bit surprised to see Harley without Saraya, considering the big win last week. Yeah, yeah, who cares? Saraya is not here as a form of protest! All these women are all declaring for the Women’s Owen Hart Tournament. Oh~, declaring~! What are we? Royal subjects? Oh, a royal decree from the king! Or maybe we’re more old Southern women, “Oh, I do declare!” The only one who should be declaring anything is Saraya. Because the winner gets a world title shot at All In. And who was it that won last year at Wembley Stadium? Saraya! What a declaration!

And with that said, Saraya’s done it before, and she will do it again. And now Harley declares this interview over, goodbye. Then from Harley’s mouth to the world’s ears, will Saraya make sure she is the one crowned the 2024 Queen of Harts before crowning herself champion once again?

 

AEW hears from Thunder Rosa and Deonna Purrazzo.

La Mera Mera tells “Deonna, you might’ve been a little bit busy, but there were some flashing news. Saturday is the one-year anniversary of Collision. And as a tradition, Thunder Rosa always likes to pick a fight. And who else than you?” But The Virtuosa asks back, what does Rosa not understand here? Rosa’s selfishness has forced Deonna to embrace her own. But La Mera Mera isn’t owed anything. From where Deonna comes from, those who want respect must show respect. And those who refuse get respect beaten into them. Saturday Night Collision, Rosa VS Deonna, NO DISQUALIFICATIONS! And Deonna asks what Rosa thinks happens when her head collides with a chair.

Rosa says nothing will stop her from showing Deonna the real respect of a warrior. No disqualifications, no problems. Happy Anniversary, Collision! But who will celebrate by standing over the other’s battered body?

 

Six Man Tag: The Cage of Agony VS Solomon Tupu, Jay Marston & Kevin Gutierrez!

Brian Cage, Bishop Kaun & Toa Liona have broken away from Swerve’s House to do things their way. So far, so good, for them. But will their opponents wish it’d been another three sent into The Cage of Agony?

The trios sort out, Tupu starts against Kaun, and the two circle. Liona distracts Tupu and Kaun DROPKICKS Tupu into the corner! Kaun CHOPS, then fires off forearms! The ref counts, Kaun bumps Tupu off buckles to then fire off more forearms. Kaun CHOPS, the ref has him back off, and Kaun runs in. Tupu goes up and over, keeps moving, and Gutierrez tags in. Kaun CLOBBERS Tupu but Gutierrez kicks low! Gutierrez whips but Kaun reverses. Gutierrez ducks ‘n’ dodges, but Liona sneaks a tag. Gutierrez hurdles but turns around into a BOOT! Liona CLOBBERS Gutierrez! Liona looms over Gutierrez, drags him up, then BODY SHOTS!

Liona BODY SHOTS again, and again! Gutierrez falls, but Liona drags him up again, to LARIAT! The fans rally as Liona drags Gutierrez over and tags in The Machine. Gutierrez fires haymakers on Liona, but they do nothing! Liona SPINEBUSTERS Gutierrez! Cage smirks, Marston tags in, and Marston ducks ‘n’ dodges, but runs into a BIG back drop! Cage drags Marston up, reels him in, puts one out, an d gives Marston a POWERBOMB! Cage then tags to Kaun, Liona steps in with him. Tupu runs in, dodges The Gates, but Cage SUPERKICKS him! Then the Gates get Tupu up to CLOSE THE GATES!

Cage drags Marston over, and the trio TRIPLE SLAMS him! Kaun covers, The Cage of Agony wins!

Winners: The Cage of Agony, by pinfall

This dangerous trio is only more dangerous now that they’re the ones in charge! Will they be right on the heels of the Unified AEW & ROH World Trios Champions?

 

Rocky Romero VS Shota Umino!

It’s another Forbidden Door appetizer as Azucar “welcomes” The Roughneck back to AEW! #SHOOTER has learned a lot from Jon Moxley over the past four years, will he show all those lessons have paid off? Or will Rocky make it clear Shota’s still got a lot to learn?

The bell rings and the two shake hands to show there’s sportsmanship here. The fans cheer, the two tie up, and Shota wrenches to a wristlock. Rocky rolls, slips around, facelocks and cravats. Shota swim moves to wrench and wrangle Rocky to the mat. Rocky stands, Shota wrenches and wristlocks, but Rocky pulls hair. The ref reprimands, but Rocky wrenches through to an IRON OCTOPUS! Shota endures, powers out and throws Rocky down. Shota has the toehold, then digs a knee into the knee. Rocky turns over, stands up, clinches, and they end up on ropes. The ref counts, Rocky slowly lets off, and then CHOPS!

Shota just stares Rocky down! The fans fire up, and Shota winds up to CHOPS! Rocky staggers and sputters, Shota fires forearms! Shota spins, Rocky ducks the elbow, but runs into a scoop and DROP! Then a basement dropkick! The fans cheer and Shota does a dance similar to Mercedes Mone’s! Shota stomps Rocky around, CLUBS him, then stalks him to ropes. Shota CLUBS Rocky again, but Rocky grits his teeth. Shota ROCKS Rocky against ropes, then has him in a corner. Shota stomps and UPPERCUTS, then he stalks Rocky. Shota stomps Rocky, UPPERCUTS again, then whips to ropes. Rocky holds ropes to BOOT back!

Shota runs up but Rocky DUMPS Shota out! Rocky builds speed and DIVES! Shota’s head hits the desk and the ref checks him out while Rampage goes picture in picture.

It seems Shota is okay so the ref goes back to the ring. Rocky stands, fires up, and gives us some Latino Heat. Rocky puts Shota in the ring, drops a knee into the back, then stomps Shota before dropping a knee on the chest! Cover, TWO! Shota toughs it out but Rocky drags him up. Rocky KICKS the bad arm, wrenches it, then hits an ELBOW BREAKER! Shota goes to ropes, Rocky puts him through ropes, to KICK again! Rocky goes up a corner, gives some more Latino Heat, then MISSILE DROPKICKS! Shota flounders, Rocky covers, TWO! Rocky argues the count but the count was fair, so Rocky clamps onto Shota with a cobra clutch!

Rocky thrashes Shota around but Shota endures. Shota fights up, throws elbows, but Rocky CLUBS him on the back. Rocky TOSSES Shota out, then aims from the apron! CROSSBODY, but Shota catches him! Shota pops Rocky up but Rocky slips free, so Shota SHOTGUNS him down! Both men are on the floor on the outside and the fans rally up. Shota rises up, fetches Rocky, and puts him in the ring. But Rocky DROPKICKS Shota back! Shota is down in the corner and Rampage goes to break.

Rampage returns and Rocky clotheslines Shota in a corner! Rocky keeps going, and clotheslines again! Then he keeps going, but Shota DROPKICKS him down! The fans fire up and Shota pounds the mat. The fans rally behind Shota and he aims at Rocky at the ropes. Slingshot, APRON DDT! The fans fire up again as Rocky flops to the floor! Shota puts Rocky in, then goes up a corner. Shota aims as Rocky flounders, MISSILE DROPKICK! Shota hurries to clinch, EXPLODER! Cover, TWO! Rocky survives but Shota stays focused. Shota waits on Rocky to rise up, then runs in, IGNIT- NO, Rocky makes it a backslide!

Shota rolls through the cover, blocks a kick, ducks the enzigiri, but not the REWIND HEEL! Shota staggers to a corner, Rocky runs in. Shota dodges, runs in, but Rocky UPPERCUTS! Rocky goes up and up and TORNADO DDTS! Rocky pounds the mat, the fans rally behind him now, and he aims from a corner. Shota rises, Rocky runs in, SLICED BREAD!! Cover, TWO!! Shota survives and Rocky roars! The fans are torn as Rocky drags Shota up. Rocky fires forearms, but Shota just eggs him on! The fans like that, so Rocky fires more forearms! Shota roars, but Rocky UPPERCUTS! And cravat, for the SLICED- NO, Shota poops free!

Shota POP-KNEES, then IGNITION!! Cover, TWO!! Rocky survives but Shota takes aim from the corner now! A shoutout to Ospreay here with his BLAZE BLADE!! And then PARADIGM SHIFT!! Cover, Shota wins!

Winner: Shota Umino, by pinfall

The Roughneck does indeed prove that what he learned from his senpai, his upperclassmen, have indeed made him into a great wrestler! But will he become one of the greatest wrestlers as he continues to battle all around the world?

 

Satnam Singh w/ Sonjay Dutt & Jay Lethal VS Rosario Grillo!

The One in a Billion is a big, big man, but he still has a lot to prove if he wants to be the best of the best. Will he finally start building on a win streak? Or will Rosario overcome this mountain of a man?

The bell rings, and Satnam offers a handshake? Rosario takes it, but Satnam won’t let go! Rosario kicks and kicks and CHPOS and CHOPS, but Satnam’s grip is too strong! And speaking of, he grabs Rosario by the neck, to PO-UP BEARHUG!! Satnam ragdolls Rosario! Rosario is OUT, Satnam wins!

Winner: Satnam Singh, by pinfall

Satnam TOSSES Rosario aside, having made quick work of the mere mortal. Sonjay Dutt gets in the ring with a mic to say, “Hey hey hey hey hey! Bubba (Jay Lethal), tell ’em, what’re you gonna do?” Lethal takes the mic to say ladies and gentlemen, Satnam Singh is on a freakin’ roll! Satnam just squashed Grillo in record time, and Lethal is so impressed that not only will he beat his opponent tonight, but he and Sonjay have a little side bet that Lethal can do it even faster than what Satnam just did. Satnam chuckles and Lethal says he’s done waiting! Bring that poor shmuck out here! Did Lethal not read the match card? Lethal’s up against THE BASTARD!!

Fans fire up as Pac makes his entrance out here. Pac already said he was in a bad mood on Dynamite, and surely Lethal taking him lightly isn’t helping things. Will Pac make sure Sonjay wins that side bet with Lethal?

PAC VS Jay Lethal w/ Sonjay Dutt & Satnam Singh!

The bell rings, Pac dodges Lethal to flying-mare! Pac has the headlock, Lethal puts him in a corner, and the ref counts. Pac lets go but Lethal stomps a mudhole! The ref counts, Lethal stops and walks it off. Sonjay knows he’s already won the side bet but he still wants Lethal to win the match. Lethal tosses Pac out, but Pac lands on the apron. Pac RAMS into Lethal, slingshots up and over, then comes back, only for Lethal to hip toss! Lethal cartwheels but Pac kips up! Pac SUPERKICKS Lethal, Lethal bails out, so Pac runs to FLY! Direct hit and Pac stares through the camera into the souls of the AEW roster!

Pac drags Lethal up, but he’s wary of Satnam. Pac puts Lethal in, goes up, and fans chant “HE’S OUR BASTARD!” Lethal rises, but Sonjay distracts the ref! Pac hops down, BOOTS Lethal, but Satnam trips Pac! And YANKS him out! The ref saw that one! The fans cheer as the ref EJECTS Satnam! Team Triple J is freaking out, but Lethal rains down fists on Pac. The ref counts, Lethal lets off but the fans sing ‘Hey hey hey! Goodbye~!” to Satnam. Lethal whips Pac hard into railing, then RAMS him into the POST! Lethal then runs to DROPKICK Pac down! Sonjay mockingly asks if Pac’s hurt, but the ref tells him to back off!

Lethal tells Sonjay to cool it so he doesn’t get kicked out. Lethal drags Pac up and into the ring while Sonjay mouths off to fans. Lethal drags Pac up, but Pac fires body shots. Lethal TOSSES Pac out, builds speed, and Lethal fakes the dive to Fargo Strut instead. The fans “WOO~” with Lethal and he smiles. Sonjay says Lethal’s the man! Lethal then goes out to fetch Pac, but Pac whips! Lethal reverses, Pac hits steel steps! Sonjay mocks Pac again with a fake apology, and Rampage goes picture in picture.

Lethal leaves Pac behind, and he counts along with the ring count. Pac is still down at 5 of 10, but he drags himself up with the apron. Pac flounders in at 8, but Lethal stomps him down! Lethal drags Pac up, bumps him off buckles, then stomps a mudhole. Lethal RAMS Pac into the corner, snapmares him into a chinlock, and he grinds Pac down. Pac endures, pries at the hold, and fights up. The fans rally as Pac breaks free! Pac ROCKS Lethal, CHOPS him, then CHOPS, CHOPS and CHOPS again! Pac whips Lethal, Lethal reverses then TOSSES Pac out! Lethal wants the ring count again, but that’s just all distraction so Sonjay can stomp away!

The fans boo and try to point Sonjay out, but he scurries away. Lethal gets the ref to finally count, and then joins in. Pac is still down at 5, drags himself over, and Lethal grows anxious. Pac rises up and drags himself in at 9! Lethal runs to ELBOW DROP! Cover, ROPEBREAK! Pac survives by a literal foot but Lethal drops elbow after elbow on that leg! Lethal just keeps going with elbow after elbow, then soaks up some heat before dropping a knee on the knee! Cover, TWO! Pac toughs it out but Lethal covers again, TWO! Lethal argues the count, the ref says it is a fair count, so Lethal drags Pac around by the leg.

Lethal stomps away on Pac’s leg, and Rampage returns to single picture as Lethal steps through. Pac kicks but Lethal blocks that, and now Lethal steps through on that leg. Pac kicks again, Lethal blocks again, but then Pac kicks Lethal away! Lethal comes back, trips Pac, and steps through, but into a cradle counter! TWO!! Lethal escapes, gets around, back suplex! Pac lands out, so Lethal handsprings, but Pac SHOTGUNS Lethal while he’s upside-down! The fans fire up while both men are down! Sonjay coaches Lethal but the fans rally for Pac. A standing count starts, Pac drags himself up with ropes to stand at 5.

Pac storms up, blocks a shot to ROCK Lethal! Pac ROCKS Lethal again and again, then SOBATS! KICKS! SOBATS! Pac runs, to SHOTGUN BOOT! Lethal is dazed and Sonjay is worried as Pac goes up a corner. Pac watches like a hawk, to MISSILE DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! Lethal stays in this and Sonjay coaches him again. The fans rally for Pac as he watches Lethal rise again. Pac waistlocks but Lethal fights the lift. Lethal trips Pac, powers through, but Pac kicks and kicks and kicks! Lethal lets go, but he KICKS Pac’s leg out! Lethal drags Pac up, for a SHIN BREAKER! Then DRAGON SCREW! Then Lethal steps through, for the FIGURE FOUR!!

Pac endures, Sonjay tells him to quit, but the shoulders are down! ONE as Pac tilts to the side! Pac reaches out for ropes but Lethal thrashes and pulls on that leg! Pac fights over to the ROPEBREAK! Lethal lets go, the ref checks with Pac, but Pac says he’s still in this. Lethal rains down fists, then goes to a corner. The fans boo as Lethal climbs, and Lethal calls his shot. But Pac goes up to get a leg! Lethal CLUBS away on Pac, then drags him up top. Lethal reels Pac in, but Pac fights the lift! Pac back drops Lethal away! The fans fire up and Pac adjusts. Sonjay stresses out as Pac aims, but Sonjay gets on the apron!

Pac hops down, runs up and BOOTS Sonjay down! The fans cheer, but Lethal is lurking! Lethal runs in, Pac dodges, but Lethal switches to SNAP GERMAN! Lethal handsprings, but Pac sidesteps to run! But Lethal still hits a CUTTER! But that wasn’t lethal enough, so Lethal handsprings again! LETHAL- NO, Pac dodges to LARIAT!! And then, BRUTALIZER!! Lethal is caught, he QUITS, Pac wins!!

Winner: Pac, by submission

Pac makes Lethal suffer a few seconds longer before letting go. That’s what Lethal gets for calling The Bastard a shmuck! Pac is going to be in the Men’s Owen Hart Tournament, will he win it all to go All In for the AEW World Championship?


My Thoughts:

A great Rampage here, even with an extra squash match for the fun of it. Cage of Agony are definitely rolling, not sure they’ll be going for the trios titles while a Heel faction like Bang Bang Gang has them, but Cage, Kaun & Liona would definitely be a tough challenge for them. And I really liked that they segued from Satnam’s squash win to Lethal’s great main event with Pac. Great win for Pac to build momentum towards the Owen Hart Cup, I do like the possibility of Pac being in the main event of All In. Whether Pac is facing Ospreay or Swerve for the world title, he’ll give us great promos in the build and an awesome match in Wembley.

Great match from Rocky and Shota, and a great win for Shota. There might be something in the works for Forbidden Door, but I don’t see Shota getting in on title stories in AEW. Really good promo from Deonna and Rosa, and their No DQ match is going to be awesome stuff. That match can really go either way, but something tells me that Deonna wins. As it stands, we’ve got two Face champions in the Women’s Division, and that won’t change after Forbidden Door, so Deonna is a very strong Heel to go after Storm or Mone. And speaking of, great opener out of Storm VS Windsor, which I clearly thought was gonna be the main event but oh well. Still a good showing for Windsor and a good win for Storm, and Storm has momentum going to Forbidden Door, though she surely isn’t losing.

My Score: 8.7/10


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