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Mitchell’s NJPW Best of the Super Juniors Results & Report! (5/17/23)

Round five, FIGHT!




Number five is alive!

Get ready for still more Best of the Super Juniors 30! Hiromu Takahashi has broke even at 2-2, can he move up or will he fall down the ranks?


  • Best of the Super Juniors 30, A Block: Ryusuke Taguchi VS Hiromu Takahashi; Hiromu wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 30, B Block: Kevin Knight VS BUSHI; Knight wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 30, A Block: TJP VS SHO; TJP wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 30, B Block: Francesco Akira VS Clark Connors; Connors wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 30, A Block: Lio Rush VS DOUKI; Douki wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 30, B Block: Yoshinobu Kanemaru VS Robbie Eagles; Eagles wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 30, A Block: Titán VS Mike Bailey; Bailey wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 30, B Block: Master Wato VS Dan Moloney; Wato wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 30, A Block: KUSHIDA VS Taiji Ishimori; Taiji wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 30, B Block: El Desperado VS YOH; Yoh wins.


Here are the current A Block standings.

Lio Rush: 4-0, 8 points
Taiji Ishimori: 3-1, 6 points
Mike Bailey: 3-1, 6 points
Titán: 3-1, 6 points
Hiromu Takahashi: 2-2, 4 points
TJP: 2-2, 4 points
SHO: 1-3, 2 points
DOUKI: 1-3, 2 points
KUSHIDA: 1-3, 2 points
Ryusuke Taguchi: 0-4, 0 points


Here are the current B Block standings.

Francesco Akira: 3-1, 6 points
Robbie Eagles: 3-1, 6 points
El Desperado: 3-1, 6 points
Master Wato: 2-2, 4 points
Yoshinobu Kanemaru: 2-2, 4 points
Dan Moloney: 2-2, 4 points
YOH: 2-2, 4 points
Clark Connors: 2-2, 4 points
Kevin Knight: 1-3, 2 points
BUSHI: 0-4, 0 points


Best of the Super Juniors 30, A Block: Ryusuke Taguchi VS Hiromu Takahashi!

The Funky Weapon has been fighting much more seriously, but he’s seriously in trouble! He’s 0-4 and going up against the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion, will he be out of the running after this? Or can he win big and defuse the Timebomb?

Hiromu’s picture diary shows the last time Taguchi was serious, and that was a long time ago. And instead of handing it to Milano Collection AT, Hiromu hands the diary over to Hiroshi Tanahashi, the special guest on commentary. Tanahashi thanks Hiromu for that, though Milano may be a little sad. The bell rings and fans rally and duel between “HI-RO-MU!” and “TA-GU-CHI!” They tie up, Taguchi gets around to a waistlock but Hiromu wrenches out to a wristlock. Taguchi rolls, kips, wrenches and hammerlocks. Hiromu reaches back to get a headlock, but Taguchi powers up to wrench out.

Hiromu powers through but Taguchi still gets the headlock. Fans applaud and Hiromu fights up. Hiromu powers out but Taguchi runs him over! Fans fire up and things speed up. Taguchi fakes Hiromu out to dropkick! Taguchi steps over but Hiromu rolls him up, TWO! Hiromu steps through, but Taguchi blocks to a cover, TWO! Fans rally and things speed up. Hiromu sunset flips but Taguchi rolls through to basement dropkick! Hiromu bails out and Taguchi strikes a pose a la The Prince! Taguchi builds speed and FLIES! Direct hit and fans fire up for “TA-GU-CHI!” Taguchi drags Hiromu up and puts him in the ring.

Taguchi aims from the apron, springboards, and MISSILE HIPS! Hiromu comes back but Taguchi dodges to dropkick the legs out! Taguchi gets a leg for OH MY GAH ANKLE! Hiromu flails around, reaches out, but Taguchi leans on the hold! Hiromu hops up but Taguchi reels him in for a BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO! Hiromu survives but Taguchi keeps focus. Taguchi goes up the corner, to ENBAN CHUUDOKU! Cover, TWO!! Hiromu survives but Taguchi is right on him with OH MY GAH ANKLE!! Hiromu flails, reaches out, but Taguchi stands to lean as much as he can on the leg!

Hiromu grips at his hair, reaches out for the ropes, but Taguchi drags him away! Chicken wings and DODON- NO, Hiromu fights it, so Taguchi TIGER SUPLEXES! Fans fire up and Taguchi runs, but Hiromu dodges! Hiromu runs, but into a DROPKICK! Taguchi hurries to chicken wing again, DODON- NO, Hiromu slips out to facelock! Taguchi wrenches out to ENZIGURI! Taguchi runs to AX BOMBER! Cover, TWO!! Hiromu survives again but fans are thunderous for “TA-GU-CHI!” Taguchi chicken wings again, DODON- NO, Hiromu fights out again! Fireman’s carry roll and then- CRUCIFIX TAKEDOWN! TWO!!

Hiromu tucks Taguchi, HIROMU-CHAN ROLL!! HIROMU WINS!!

Winner: Hiromu Takahashi, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Taguchi gains 0)

That was the closest that Serious Taguchi came to winning! And yet, Hiromu is the one who comes away with the points! Will Taguchi ever get on the board like this? Will Hiromu continue to prove why he’s the Best of the Super Juniors?


Best of the Super Juniors 30, B Block: Kevin Knight VS BUSHI!

The Jet is doing only a little better than the Black Mask, but that could change right here. Who wins to make the other the bottom of the B Block?

The bell rings and Knight SHOTGUNS Bushi down! Knight hurries to fire off forearms in the corner, then he kicks low. Knight whips corner to corner, runs and STINGER SPLASHES! Fans fire up and Knight says it’s time already. Bushi stands, but he denies the satellite DDT! He puts Knight on the apron and dropkicks him down! Knight hobbles but he hurries back up, only for Bushi to DECK him! Bushi then builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit at the ramp! Fans fire up with Bushi and he brings Knight up. Bushi puts Knight in, whips him to ropes, but Knight reverses. But Bushi avoids the dropkick to basement dropkick!

Bushi snapmares Knight, and clamps on a chinlock. Knight endures as Bushi’s knee digs into his back. Knight reaches out, ROPEBREAK! Bushi lets go quickly, and brings Knight back up. Bushi suplexes, puts Knight on the ropes and CLUBS him! Bushi then goes to the corner for the MISSILE DROPKICK! Bushi drags Knight up, brings him through the ropes, but Knight throws body shots. Bushi brings Knight towards a corner but Knight blocks the bump to bump Bushi off buckles! Knight then triangle jump LARIATS Bushi down! Fans rally up as Bushi flops to the floor. Knight waits on Bushi to stand, and then PLANCHAS! Direct hit in front of commentary!

Fans fire up as Knight flexes, and Knight drags Bushi back into the ring. Knight drags Bushi up, whips him, but Bushi reverses. Knight springboards to CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Knight keeps his cool and he brings Bushi up. Knight CHOPS, hoists Bushi up top, and then says it’s time to fly! Knight springs right up, but Bushi slips under! Bushi CLUBS Knight, brings him down and whips him corner to corner. Bushi runs in to elbow Knight, then brings Knight out. Knight swings but Bushi catches him, spins him, but Knight wrenches out. Bushi dodges to dropkick the legs out! Fans rally up while Knight writhes.

Bushi goes to a corner, he watches Knight rise, and he runs in. Knight blocks the Code Breaker, jumps, but no satellite! Bushi runs in, into the SKY HIGH! Cover, TWO! Knight says he’s done, and he brings Bushi back up. Bushi ROCKS Knight with a forearm! Knight ROCKS Bushi! Bushi ROCKS Knight! The fans rally as they go back and forth! Knight gets the edge, but Bushi dodges! Knight blocks one kick, ducks the enziguri, but the HEEL KICK hits! Fans fire up and Bushi runs, but Knight DROPKICKS him down! Fans fire up again and Knight fires up, too! Knight drags Bushi up, UPPERCUTS, then puts him up top.

Knight springs up to FLYING STEINER! OW that is a rough landing for Bushi! Knight waits on Bushi to stand back up, then jumps again, SPIKE DDT!! Cover, Knight wins!

Winner: Kevin Knight, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Bushi gains 0)

A crash landing for Bushi leaves him at the bottom, will he ever get a win? As for Knight, he’s flying high again, will he still reach the destination?


Best of the Super Juniors 30, A Block: TJP VS SHO!

The Public Enemy conquered Douki for the United Empire, but the Murder Machine could not cheat the Ticking Timebomb. Will Sho have a new trick up his sleeve? Or will TJP be ready for anything he pulls?

Wait, Evil appears, and he has a United Empire towel? Did he steal that? He’s claiming he’s here as TJP’s friend? What new trickery is this? TJP is wary as he puts his things aside, but the bell rings and TJP circles with Sho. Fans rally for “T J P! T J P!” Evil creeps close, TJP tells him to back off, but Sho CLOBBERS TJP from behind! Sho stomps TJP around, claws his eyes, but the ref reprimands. Sho lets off, he whips TJP corner to corner, but TJP headstands in the corner. Sho storms up but into a headscissors! Things keep moving, TJP drop toeholds and then ties Sho up! Fans rally as TJP leans back, MUTA LOCK!

Sho fights free of the crossface and gets the ROPEBREAK! TJP SLAPS Sho while he lets off. TJP then drags Sho up to UPPERCUT! Sho staggers, TJP tells Evil to go away but Evil throws up the crown! He’s really committed to the bit. TJP whips, Sho reverses but TJP ducks then goes Spider-Man! Sho distracts the ref and Evil shoves TJP down! Fans boo, of course Evil isn’t TJP’s friend. But Sho drags TJP up to TOSS him out! Sho distracts the ref so Evil can CHOKE TJP with the towel! Fans boo more but Evil gets away with it. Evil then drags TJP up and puts him in the ring. Sho covers, TWO! Sho gets mad but fans applaud.

Sho knuckle locks TJP and twists the wrist. Sho brings TJP down to a knee to kick, KICK and SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO! Fans applaud but Sho grins as he paces around TJP. Sho stands on TJP’s head, Evil taunts TJP, and the ref reprimands. Sho digs his boots in, the ref counts and Sho lets off. Sho puts TJP in the corner to rake the eyes! The ref reprimands and counts, Sho stops at 4. Sho grinds his forearm into TJP’s face a few times, and TJP sits down. Sho decides to give TJP a taste of his own medicine! Sho scrapes laces off TJP’s face, then he runs side to side. TJP gets up to RANA Sho! Fans fire up as Sho staggers.

TJP atomic drops Sho, whips him, but Sho reverses. TJP springboards to FLYING FOREARM! Direct hit, and TJP drags Sho up. TJP whips Sho to the corner, runs corner to corner to back elbow! TJP sits Sho down to give him the laces in the face! TJP runs side to side to BOOT WASH! Fans fire up while Evil gets upset. Fans chant “MO IKAI! MO IKAI!” so TJP gives Sho another round! TJP runs side to side but Evil trips him up! TJP WRECKS Evil with a dropkick! Sho runs in, into a GAMANGIRI! TJP climbs but Evil distracts! The ref tells Evil to get down, but Sho hits the ropes to trip TJP!

Fans boo but Sho goes up after TJP. Sho brings TJP up for a SUPERPLEX! Cover, TWO! Sho is frustrated but he brings TJP right up. STRAITJACKET PILEDRIVER! Cover, TWO!! TJP survives and Evil is furious! Sho argues the count but the count was fair! Fans rally for “T J P! T J P!” but Sho stalks him. Sho aims his bow, brings TJP back up, but TJP is deadweight. Sho says he wins but the ref says no, TJP is still conscious. So Sho hauls TJP up, tucks the arms, SHOCK-  NO, TJP slips free! TJP blocks the haymaker to ROLLING SOBAT! Sho staggers around, swings, but into the FINAL CUT! Cover, TWO!!

Sho survives and Evil is relieved. But TJP shakes his head and the fans rally up. TJP brings Sho up, fireman’s carries, calls his shot, but Sho bends the fingers! Fans boo, the ref counts, but Sho throws TJP into the ref! Sho then hurries to get his wrench! Fans boo more as Sho takes aim, but TJP HAS A WRENCH!? The Public Enemy came prepared! But then Sho drops?! He’s trying to pull an Eddie Guerrero! Fans boo but the ref is still down. TJP takes the other wrench and Evil shouts! The ref sees TJP with both tools, TJP defends his innocence, but Sho rolls TJP up! TWO!! TJP checks with the ref, but Sho runs in!

TJP goes up and over, and Sho avoids hitting the ref! Evil distracts the ref, but TJP blocks the low blow! TJP reels Sho in and kicks off Evil for the TORNADO DDT! Sho is in the drop zone and TJP goes up top! Fans fire up as TJP hits the MAMBA SPLASH!! Cover, TJP wins!

Winner: TJP, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Sho gains 0)

The House of Torture cheated themselves out of a win, will they ever give up on these antics? Will TJP take over the block for the United Empire?


Best of the Super Juniors 30, B Block: Francesco Akira VS Clark Connors w/ Gedo!

The Nova Fireball beat #DaDrilla but with respect as fellow United Empires. However, 100 Proof has shown no respect to his opponents, because this is the Savages Only Club now! Will Connors put out the fire with No Chaser? Or will Akira give the Wild Rhino the stiff shot?

The bell rings and Connors runs Akira right over! Connors mocks the fans cheering Akira, then he suplexes Akira high and hard! Fans still rally for Akira but Connors brings him up to trophy lift. Connors aims for ropes, but Akira slips off! Akira CHOPS, whips, but Connors reverses to CLOBBER Akira! Connors TOSSES Akira out, then goes out after him. Connors talks trash on the fans, brings Akira up, and POSTS him! Akira tumbles all the way to commentary, and Connors storms up. Kevin Knight has joined Kevin Kelly, Connors talks trash on him, and then Connors mocks the crowd.

Akira crawls but Connors stomps him down. Connors tells fans to move, but Akira throws forearms. Connors ROCKS Akira, the fans get out of the way, and Connors BOWLS Akira into the chairs! Gedo says that’s a strike! The ref checks Akira but he’s somehow okay. Connors goes back into the ring, Akira crawl out from the chairs. Fans rally as “A! KI-RA!” crawls. Gedo tells Akira to give up but he does not. The ring count reaches 5 of 20, then 10. Akira is still crawling, but he flounders and uses the commentary table to get up at 15! Akira staggers and stumbles in at 18! Fans applaud but Connors says fine, he’ll just beat Akira more.

Connors drags Akira up, and he gives POINT-BLANK HIPS! A reference back to his #WildHips team with Taguchi. Akira CHOPS, Connors CHOPS and then Connors whips Akira hard into a corner! Akira writhes on the mat and Gedo says he should just give up already. Connors looms over Akira, brings him up, and CLUBS him on the back. Connors whips but Akira avoids the powerslam. Akira BOOTS Connors, runs in to wheelbarrow, but Connors turns that into a WHEELBARROW GERMAN! Fans fire up and Connors sits Akira up. Akira endures the chinlock with a knee in his back, and he fights to his feet.

Akira throws elbows but Connors snap suplexes him! Connors pushes Akira down, lines up the shot, and drops an elbow! “That’s what I’m talking about!” Connors sits Akira back up for the chinlock. Akira fights up again, throws body shots, but Connors snapmares him back into the chinlock. Akira endures again, fights up again, and throws more elbows. Connors CLUBS him down! Akira roars and rises, to ENZIGURI! Fans fire up and Akira runs, but Connors goes the other way! But Akira ducks the Pounce! Connors flies into ropes! Fans fire up, Connors runs up, but Akira dodges to fire off forearms!

Connors swings, misses, and Akira fires more forearms! And a DOUBLE CHOP! Akira powers up, but Connors ROCKS him back! Connors runs, but Akira follows and wheelbarrows to victory roll, STOMP 182! Fans fire up while Connors sputters to the corner. Akira runs corner to corner to SHOTGUN Connors! And then Akira brings Connors around, “IKU ZO!” Akira runs, dodges, RANAS and Connors flops out of the ring! Akira PLANCHAS! Direct hit and fans fire up more! Akira keeps going, he puts Connors back in! Akira goes up to CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Connors is in this but the fans rally behind “A! KI-RA!”

Akira and Connors rise, and Akira reels Connors in. Connors fights free but Akira dropkicks the legs out! Akira goes to a corner, runs in, but into a POWERSLAM! Gedo says this is it, and Connors snarls as he goes to a corner. Akira rises, Connors runs in, SPEAR- SUNSET FLIP! TWO!! Akira stands, spins Connors to a rolling leg cradle! TWO!! Akira SUPERKICKS, fires up, runs, but into a SPEAR!! Connors hurries to bring Akira up, NO CHASER!! Cover, Connors wins!

Winner: Clark Connors, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Akira gains 0)

Connors puts out the fire and takes Akira’s spot at the top! Will the Nova Fireball be able to heat back up next round? Will the BOSJ 30 be 100 Proof?


Best of the Super Juniors 30, A Block: Lio Rush VS DOUKI!

The Bad Child is the ONLY undefeated 4-0 man in the BOSJ! Will he keep that streak going against Japones Del Mal? Or will Douki win big for Just5Guys?

The bell rings and Douki rushes in, but Lio dodges! Lio kicks, kicks and ENZIGURIS! Douki bails out, Lio builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit at the ramp and fans fire up! Lio puts Douki in, but Douki builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit in return! Fans fire up while both men are down! Douki brings Lio around and into the ring and fans applaud. Douki goes up top, leaps, but Lio avoids the diving stomps! Lio rolls Douki up, spins and BASEMENT ENZIGURI! Fans applaud again while Lio catches his breath. Lio encourages the fans to get louder, then he brings Douki up. Douki fights the lift, but both men kick low.

Lio throws hands, he reels Douki in again, but Douki again fights the lift with punches. Douki has Lio in a corner and claws at his eyes! The ref reprimands, Douki lets off and he whips Lio corner to corner. Lio reverses, runs in to clothesline, then whips side to side. Douki dodges to come back and CLOBBER Lio! Fans fire up, Douki brings Lio around to swing and SAHARAWI! Bridging cover, TWO! Fans rally up and Douki goes to the apron. Douki aims as Lio rises, and Douki slingshots, but Lio blocks Daybreak! Lio suplexes, SPINNING FISHERMAN BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Douki is still in this and Lio grows frustrated.

Lio pounds the mat, fans rally behind him, and Lio says it is time! Lio runs, but Douki anchors a foot! Douki trips Lio, wheelbarrows, but Lio mule kicks him away. Douki comes back, Lio dodges and SPANISH FLIES! Lio hurries to a corner and climbs up! FINAL HOUR into the ITALIAN STRETCH #32! Lio gets caught, reaches out, but Douki rolls him away! ITALIAN STRETCH #32, but Lio jackknife bridges! TWO, and Douki swings. Lio dodges, fires off a strike fest, then runs. Douki ducks to SNAP DRAGON SUPLEX! Fans fire up and Douki roars! Douki wheelbarrows and lifts, but Lio fights the full nelson!

Douki CLUBS and ENZIGURIS Lio down! Douki tries again, but Lio scrambles to ropes! The ref counts, Douki CLUBS Lio but Lio refuses to let go. Douki keeps pulling, Lio uses that momentum to swing around and sunset flip! High stack, TWO, into ITALIAN STRETCH 32!! Lio is caught and fans fire up! Lio fights around, reaches out, drags Douki with him, but Douki rolls Lio away again! ITALIAN STRETCH, but Lio rolls! Douki makes it a cover, TWO!! Back to ITALIAN STRETCH 32!! Lio VERBALLY QUITS, DOUK WINS!!!

Winner: Douki, by submission (gains 2 points; Lio gains 0)

Incredible!! Douki defeats the undefeated!! Granted, Lio is still the leader in the block and Douki is still stuck in the middle, but could this lead to quite the change in the block?


Best of the Super Juniors 30, B Block: Yoshinobu Kanemaru VS Robbie Eagles w/ Kosei Fujita!

The Heel Master fell to 2-2 against the Way of the Grandmaster, but The Sniper is still aiming for the top spot. Will Kanemaru take that shot away from Eagles? Or will he learn why The Mighty Don’t Kneel?

As soon as Kanemaru’s in the ring, he attacks Eagles! Just5Guys must be fired up after Douki’s big win! Kanemaru stomps Eagles all around, the bell rings, and Kanemaru just keeps stomping! Kanemaru whips, Eagles hurdles and then RANAS Kanemaru out! Fans rally up and Eagles builds speed, but Kanemaru moves. Eagles backflips off the ropes, then DIVES out the side, onto to get Fujita! Eagles apologizes, but then Kanemaru attacks Eagles! Kanemaru SMACKS Eagles off the apron, brings him around, and hits a SHIN BREAKER! Then Kanemaru SLAMS the bad leg into the post! Eagles falls and the ref reprimands but fans rally up.

Kanemaru slides into the ring and he waits on Eagles. The ring count starts and Eagles stirs. Eagles rises but the bad leg keeps him down. The count passes 10 of 20 as Eagles continues to hobble. Eagles manages to get in at 14 but Kanemaru whips Eagles and dropkicks the leg! Then he SMASHES it on the mat! Eagles scrambles to ropes but Kanemaru puts him in a corner. Kanemaru stands on the bad leg, the ref calls the break, then counts. Kanemaru lets off at 4, and he stomps the leg again! Kanemaru stomps the leg, but Eagles CHOPS! And CHOPS! But Kanemaru just stomps the bad leg again!

Kanemaru steps through, ties up the legs, CROSS HEEL LEGLOCK! Eagles endures Kanemaru’s unique hold and the fans rally up. Eagles crawls forward, drags Kanemaru along, and gets the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Kanemaru lets go at 4. He didn’t even pretend not to know how this time. Kanemaru stomps Eagles around, taunts him, gives him toying kicks, then brings Eagles up. Kanemaru grabs the bad leg for another SHIN BREAKER! Fans rally while Eagles writhes but Kanemaru looms over him. Kanemaru stomps the bad leg, fans rally for Eagles, but Kanemaru stands him up, just to kick the bad leg again.

Kanemaru whips corner to corner and Eagles barely makes it there. Kanemaru runs in to BOOT Eagles down! Eagles throws body shots and a kick, but Kanemaru kicks the leg! Kanemaru runs, but Eagles avoids the slide! Eagles kicks, Kanemaru ducks and kicks back. Kanemaru scoops but Eagles slips off to ROLLING CHOP BLOCK! Eagles then runs to BLINDSIDER! Both men are down and fans fire up. Eagles clutches his leg but he hobbles back up. Fans rally and Eagles KICKS Kanemaru in the chest! And again, and again! Eagles runs, LEG LARIAT! Kanemaru goes to the corner, Eagles runs in, and DOUBLE KNEES!

Eagles rolls back but the bad leg slows him down! Kanemaru BOOTS Eagles, but then Eagles LOW 619s! And then METEORAS! Eagles hobbles back, clutching the leg, but he drags Kanemaru from the corner. Eagles covers, TWO! Kanemaru is still in this but Eagles vows to end this. Eagles brings Kanemaru up but Kanemaru fights the Asai DDT. Eagles ROCKS Kanemaru, cravats again, but Kanemaru kicks the bad leg! Kanemaru grabs the leg again, but Eagles turns shin breaker into sunset flip! TWO! Kanemaru swings, misses, Eagles schoolboys with a bridge! TWO, Kanemaru kicks, but Eagles blocks!

Eagles fires off shots, picks Kanemaru up, and flying-mares him over! No backpack, but Kanemaru victory rolls! TWO, and Kanemaru steps through! FIGURE FOUR!! Fans fire up while Eagles endures! Kanemaru thrashes around, Eagles reaches out, and Eagles works to turn the hold over. Kanemaru keeps it stuck where it is but Eagles keeps fighting! ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Kanemaru lets off slowly and the fans rally up again. Kanemaru drags Eagles up, has the leg again, but Eagles fights the lift with elbows! Kanemaru kicks the leg out! And then suplexes, but Eagles slips free!

Eagles shoves Kanemaru to a corner, runs in, but is put on the apron. The leg jabs! Kanemaru kicks the leg! But Eagles still GAMANGIRIS in return! Eagles aims, springboards, and MISSILE DROPKICKS Kanemaru’s legs! Both men are down again and the fans fire back up! Eagles fires up and hobbles over. Eagles steps through but Kanemaru kicks him away. Eagles comes back, but Kanemaru blocks the Trigger! Kanemaru runs, tilt-o-whirls, but Eagles blocks the DDT! Eagles manages to power Kanemaru around to a fireman’s carry, and the TURBO BACKPACK!! But the bad leg won’t let him make the cover! Eagles crawls to the pin, TWO!!

Fans fire up, Eagles takes aim and runs in, TRIGGER KICK!! Cover, Eagles wins!!

Winner: Robbie Eagles, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Kanemaru gains 0)

Even with one leg, the Sniper still hits the mark! Will Eagles continue to fly towards the top, damaged as he is?


Best of the Super Juniors 30, A Block: Titán VS Mike Bailey!

Both men are 3-1, but one is on the rise while the other is on the downfall. Will El Inmortal stay alive? Or will the Speedball rebound in the fifth?

The bell rings and the two circle. Fans rally up and duel, and Mike encourages them to get louder. They cheer for “BAILEY! BAILEY!” but there’s also “TI-TA-NN! TI-TA-NN!” The dueling chants continue as each man gets the fans on their side. Mike applauds and he offers a handshake. Titan takes it and fans applaud the sportsmanship. They circle, feel things out, and then Mike trips Titan. Things speed up, Mike handsprings over and then sidesteps. Mike then hurdles, Titan leaps over, and Mike kips up. Titan avoids the boot to RANA! Mike bails out and fans fire up as Titan builds speed!

Mike moves so Titan rolls and flips! Mike comes running back in to JUMP KICK Titan down! Fans fire up and Mike feels the energy. Mike follows Titan around the way, kicks him low and then CHOPS him at the ramp! Mike brings Titan around and into the ring, and fans applaud again. Mike encourages them to get louder, then he brings Titan up. Mike whips Titan corner to corner, runs in and BOOTS! Then he scoops to SLAM Titan, and he goes up the corner. Fans rally as Mike DOUBLE KNEE DROPS! Cover, TWO! Titan is still in this but Mike keeps his cool. Mike waits on Titan as the fans rally up.

Titan stands, into a CHOP! Titan CHOPS back! Mike CHOPS again! Titan CHOPS again! They CHOP and CHOP and CHOP and fans fire up! Mike eggs Titan on, Titan roars and CHOPS again and again and again! Mike fires off the lightning kicks! And he tops it off with the ENZIGURI! Fans fire up and Titan flounders to a corner. Mike storms over, brings Titan up, and CHOPS again! Titan sputters and the fans rally. Mike hears them, and he brings Titan up to whip. Titan reverses but Mike holds ropes. Titan runs in but is put on the apron. Titan GAMANGIRIS back, then springboards to CROSSBODY!

Titan keeps going but Mike kicks and whips. Titan reverses but Mike denies the tornado! SOBAT! AX KICK! ROUNDHOUSE! Fans fire up and Mike takes aim, SHOOTING STAR FLOPS as Titan moves! Titan then goes to ropes. Mike blocks the boot, CHOPS Titan and whips, but Titan reverses to TORNADO DDT! Fans fire up but Mike flops out of the ring. Fans fire up and Titan builds speed, but Mike trips him! Mike gets in, builds speed, and WRECKS Titan with a dropkick! Mike hurries to put Titan back in but Titan gets moving, and Titan DIVES! Direct hit in front of commentary!

Titan hurries to put Mike back in, but Mike is up to BOOT him down! Mike triangle jump QUEBRADAS! Another direct hit and Mike puts Titan in the ring. Mike climbs a corner, but Titan GAMANGIRIS him down! Titan builds speed and he FLIES! Direct hit again!! Fans are thunderous while both men are down at commentary’s feet! A ring count starts, both men are still down at 7 of 20. Titan sits up at 10, fans rally as hard as they can, and Titan crawls around at 15. Commentary tells him to hurry! We’re at 18! Titan and Mike slide in at 19.5!! Titan hurries to the apron, and up the corner, but Mike shoves him down!

Titan gets up, runs back in but Mike dodges to throw Titan down by his mask! Titan kips up to PELE! Mike is on the apron, Titan slingshots but Mike avoids the stomps! Leg sweep! Mike hurries out to the apron, has the leg, and then decides to BACKFLIP KNEE DROP!! Direct hit and Titan flops to the floor! Mike hurries to put Titan back in and he goes up the corner! Fans rally as Mike aims, ULTIMA- NO, Titan moves and Mike rolls through. Titan runs in, Mike wheelbarrows to victory roll, TWO! Titan has it, TWO! Titan has a leg and steps through! But Mike kicks him away, and then catches him for a cradle! TWO!!

The fans are thunderous again as this continues! Titan hurries up, but into a ROUNDHOUSE! THRUST KICK! Mike aims and powers up, TATSUMAKI- BOOT! SOBAT! KICK! JUMPING SOBAT!! Fans are thunderous again as Titan hurries back to a corner! Titan skins the cat, but TATSUMAKI SENPUKKU! And then, the tuck, lift, FLAMINGO DRIVER!!! Cover, Mike wins!!

Winner: Mike Bailey, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Titán gains 0)

A truly fast and furious fight of constant motion, and in the end, Speedball smiles as the victor! Mike shows Titan respect by shaking his hand, will these two get to go again in the semifinals?


Best of the Super Juniors 30, B Block: Master Wato VS Dan Moloney!

The Way of the Grandmaster overcame the Heel Master, but he’s still just 2-2, same as #DaDrilla. Will Wato find a way to keep the momentum going? Or will “Dangerous Gaijin Dan” conquer him for the United Empire?

Dan attacks Wato during the ref’s check! The bell rings as Dan stomps away! The fans rally up and Dan throws up the crown. Dan CLUBS Wato, kicks him around, but Wato kicks back! Wato kicks more but Dan UPPERCUTS! Wato goes to ropes, Dan storms up and he whips Wato to ropes. Dan hurdles, drops, but Wato avoids the dropkick! Wato turns Dan over, body scissors, but Dan slips free to suplex and BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up but Dan mocks the Wato pose. Dan stomps Wato around, kicks him in the back, and watches Wato writhe. Wato goes to ropes, Dan drags him up, and snapmares to kick again!

Dan wraps on a body scissors to squeeze! Wato endures, moves around, and fans rally. Dan pulls hair, the ref reprimands, and Wato fights forward to the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts and Dan lets go, “apologizing” to the ref. Dan drags Wato up, hits a BIG back suplex, then covers. TWO and fans rally up. Dan grows frustrated and asks, “This your guy?” Dan drags Wato up to HEADBUTT him down! Dan looms over Wato, brings him up, and kicks! And CHOPS! And kicks! And CHOPS! And kicks but Wato blocks! Dan CHOPS free, then reels Wato in. Wato fights the back suplex and gets to a corner.

Dan runs in but Wato BOOTS him! Wato BULLDOGS! Fans fire up and Wato brings Dan up. Dan swings, misses, and Wato ZIGZAGS! Fans rally up while both men are down. Wato goes to the corner, then the apron. Dan stands, Wato springboards, FLYING UPPERCUT! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up, Wato brings Dan up and reels him in to waistlock. Dan fights the lift, but Wato CLUBS him on the back! Wato CLUBS him again, then whips. Dan reverses and DROPKICKS Wato down! Fans rally up while both men are down. Dan rises and throws up the crown, then he waistlocks Wato. Wato fights the lift, switches, but Dan fights the lift!

Dan switches, spins Wato around and CHOPS him down! Fans rally, Dan builds speed, and he GORES Wato down!! Cover, TWO!!! Wato survives and the fans rally back up. Wato and Dan rise, Dan brings Wato in, “ABUNAI GAIJIN!” But Wato slips free of the bomb! Dan CHOPS him, but Wato roars! Dan runs in but Wato sunset flips the Gore! TWO, into VENDAVAL!! Dan is caught, but he moves around and reaches out to the ROPEBREAK! Wato lets go quickly and fans fire up again. Wato drags Dan up, hooks him, but Dan fights free. Dan DOUBLE CHOPS! Wato staggers, but he grits his teeth, only for Dan to ENZIGURI!

But Wato stays up to SCREW HIGH KICK! TUTENKAKU! Cover, Wato wins!

Winner: Master Wato, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Moloney gains 0)

Da Drilla gets dropped, and Wato has now conquered the United Empire in the B Block! Will nothing stop the Way of the Grandmaster from making his way to the top?


Best of the Super Juniors 30, A Block: KUSHIDA VS Taiji Ishimori!

The Timesplitter finally got a win, but he’s still got a long way to go if he wants to be a semifinalist. Will he make it through the Bone Soldier? Or will he see #ItsReborn?

The bell rings and the two circle. Fans rally up for “KU-SHI-DA!” as he and Taiji tie up. They’re in a deadlock, Kushida gets around but Taiji switches. Kushida switches, Taiji switches, repeat again and again and again, until Kushida arm-drags Taiji away. Fans applaud that opening exchange, and the two reset quickly. Kushida shoots in but Taiji avoids the drop toehold. They feel things out, knuckle lock, and Kushida breaks one to wrench and trip Taiji to a standing toehold. Taiji rolls over but Kushida shifts to a headlock. Taiji powers up and out, but Kushida RAMS him! Taiji comes back, into a drop toehold!

Kushida wrenches the arm and wristlocks again. Kushida wrangles Taiji then steps over to drop a knee on the elbow! Kushida keeps on Taiji with a keylock, but moves around. Kushida wraps Taiji up in a half straitjacket, then has an armlock. Taiji fights up, but Kushida wrenches and CHOPS! Kushida stands Taiji up to CHOP him down again! And then he CHOPS Taiji down again! Kushida brings Taiji up again, but Taiji rakes the eyes! Red Shoes reprimands but Taiji runs in at the corner. Kushida elbows him away, goes up and FLYING KNEES the arm! Cover, TWO! Kushida drags Taiji around and crosses the arms!

Kushida knees on Taiji to trap the arms, and drops back to SNAP the lock! Taiji endures, but Kushida adds the legs to this! Hog tie cradle, TWO! But Kushida still has Taiji’s arms so he SNAPS the lock again! Kushida then shifts around, grinds Taiji down, but Taiji fights up. Kushida wraps the arm around the ropes but Red Shoes counts. Kushida lets off, brings Taiji around, and hits an ELBOW BREAKER! Kushida then runs in at the corner but is put on the apron, and Taiji HOTSHOTS Kushida’s arm! Fans fire up while Kushida flops back into the ring. Red Shoes checks Kushida, and Taiji goes to his corner to untie the buckle pad.

The Bullet Club Special comes into play as Taiji wrenches Kushida. Taiji has Kushida’s arm around ropes, but lets off as Red Shoes reprimands. Taiji whips, YANKS and wrenches, to then WRING the arm out! Fans rally as Taiji wraps Kushida in a cobra twist. Kushida endures, fights up, but Taiji ripcords to RAM him! And then hammerlock and BACKSTABBER! Fans cheer the technical savagery while Kushida bails out. The fans rally, Taiji pursues Kushida, and he grabs at him through the corner. But Kushida uses that to YANK Taiji into the post! Fans rally as Kushida rolls back into the ring and Taiji pursues.

Taiji stomps Kushida, shakes out his arm, and storms up on Kushida. Kushida CHOPS, but Taiji CLUBS him. Taiji wrenches Kushida’s arm and hammerlocks, to POST Kushida in the open corner! Red Shoes reprimands but there’s no changing it now. Taiji hammerlocks, half nelsons, lifts and SHOULDER BUSTERS! Fans rally while Kushida writhes, and Taiji aims from the corner. Kushida stands, Taiji runs in, and Kushida elbows him! Taiji avoids the low kick to basement dropkick! Fans rally up again as Kushida goes to the corner. Taiji runs in, Kushida BOOTS him then ENZIGURIS! Taiji runs back in, but into a BUCKLE SHOT!!

Fans fire up while Taiji clutches his nose! Kushida fires up, runs in at the corner and SHOTEIS! Kushida whips Taiji, hip tosses, then cartwheels to basement dropkick! Fans fire up and Kushida aims again. Kushida jumps on but Taiji slips around. Taiji waistlocks but Kushida mule kicks the leg! Kushida runs in, blocks the boot, and gets the other leg! Kushida flips Taiji off before the DOUBLE LEG DRAGON SCREW! Fans fire up while Taiji writhes. Kushida climbs up top, leaps, DIVING KNEE DROP on the bad leg!

Kushida then goes to another corner, climbs up top, and he DIVING KNEE DROPS again! Kushida steps through, has the leg, HEEL HOOK KNEEBAR COMBO!! Taiji endures, fans rally up, and Taiji reaches out! Taiji crawls, drags Kushida along, but Kushida drags him away! HEEL HOOK KNEEBAR!! Taiji endures, flails, reaches out, and gets the ROPEBREAK! Red Shoes counts, Kushida lets off, and fans rally up. Kushida aims from the corner, runs in around the way and DROPKICKS the bad arm! Kushida then tilt-o-whirls, but Taiji blocks the Hoverboard into CIPHER UTAKI! Fans fire up while both men are down!

Taiji sits up and beats his bad leg into working. Taiji aims his finger gun and says BANG. He drags Kushida up, but Kushida fights the lift. Taiji shifts to get the BONE LOCK!! Kushida slips around, drags Taiji up, BLADE- NO, Taiji slips out, but Kushida spins to ROLLING ELBOW! Taiji fires off a flurry, then runs, but into a BOOT! Kushida hits BLADERUNNER!!! Cover, TWO!! But into BONE LOCK?!? Kushida is using the Bullet Club’s moves against Taiji! Taiji endures, Kushida struggles to keep the grip, and the fans rally up hard as ever! Taiji fights and rolls Kushida to a cover, TWO!! Kushida stands, Taiji tilt-o-whirls to MYSTICA!

But Kushida slips out! Taiji and Kushida fight for control, going around and around and around with headlocks! Taiji gets the BONE LOCK!!! Kushida fights to the ROPEBREAK!! Taiji lets go but brings Kushida in, 19- NO, Kushida fights the lift, but Taiji powers through! 1916!!! Cover, TWO?!?! Taiji can’t believe it but Kushida survives! Fans rally up again as both men stir. Taiji gets to ropes, takes aim again, and BANG! He drags Kushida up, BLOODY- NO, Kushida wrenches out and leaps on! HOVERBOARD!! Taiji endures as Kushida thrashes, and then Taiji suplexes out! BLOODY CROSS!!! But he can’t cover from the bad leg hurting him!

Taiji crawls to Kushida and covers, Taiji wins!!

Winner: Taiji Ishimori, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Kushida gains 0)

The Timesplitter pushed the Bone Soldier to his limits, but Taiji came out on top! Taiji is keeping pace with Speedball and the Bad Child, will he overtake them in the end?


Best of the Super Juniors 30, B Block: El Desperado VS YOH!

The Rogue Luchador grounded The Jet while the Direct Drive made it past 100 Proof. But who wins big here in the main event of round five?

Yoh mirrors Desperado as he makes his entrance, but Desperado ignores it. The bell rings and fans rally up. The fans start to duel, “DE-SU-PE!” “YO-OH! YO-OH!” Yoh and Desperado circle, tie up, and are in a deadlock. Yoh pushes Desperado back to the ropes, Red Shoes calls the break, and Yoh rolls back. Yoh again copies Desperado, and Desperado rushes in. Yoh dodges him, then smacks him on the head. Fans cheer as Yoh drums on Desperado’s head while calling him “BAKA BAKA BAKA! <Dummy dummy dummy!>” Desperado SLAPS Yoh back! Desperado then scoops and SLAMS Yoh, and Yoh flounders his way out of the ring!

Desperado pursues, stomps Yoh down in front of commentary, and now Desperado wants to move. Desperado drags Yoh up, whips him in and BOWLS Yoh through the chairs! If Connors rolled a strike earlier, then this is definitely a strike! Desperado drags Yoh out of the chairs, fans rally up, and Desperado brings Yoh around. Desperado CLUBS Yoh, then POSTS- NO! You slings around the post to get into the ring! Desperado rushes up but Yoh DROPKICKS him back down! Fans fire up and Yoh encourages them to get louder. They oblige, Yoh fakes the plancha, and then wags his finger. Desperado swipes at Yoh, Yoh PLANCHAS after all!

Fans fire up with Yoh and he struts around. Yoh stomps Desperado, brings him up and POSTS him hard! The ring count is climbing, Yoh SMASHES Desperado’s knee on the floor! Yoh puts Desperado in at 17, hurries and SMASHES the knee again! Yoh mocks Desperado’s pain and fans rally up. Yoh stands on Desperado’s leg but Desperado chops from below. The chops aren’t strong, though, and Yoh eggs Desperado on. Desperado throws more chops, but Yoh stomps the leg! Yoh digs his heel in, mocks “DE-SU-PE!” chants, and tells Desperado not to disappoint his fans. Then he stomps the leg again!

Desperado goes to ropes, Yoh runs in to dropkick the leg! Desperado bails out and Yoh slowly rolls out, but then rolls in, then just kinda goofs around under the bottom rope. Desperado slides in but Yoh stomps away on him! Fans applaud the aggression and Yoh drags Desperado up. Desperado throws body shots! And a CHOP! And another CHOP! Yoh kicks the bad leg, then brings Desperado around for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, ONE!! Yoh is surprised, and he literally pushes Desperado around and eggs him on. Yoh toys with Desperado and dares him to hit back. Desperado stands, but then Yoh kicks the bad leg!

Yoh has the leg, wraps it around the ropes and pulls! Desperado shouts, Red Shoes counts and Yoh lets off at 4. Yoh whips Desperado corner to corner but Desperado barely makes it. Desperado turns around, into a dropkick to the leg! Yoh steps through to have a toehold! Desperado pulls Yoh’s hair but Yoh just pulls the leg! Fans rally, Yoh ties up the legs in an INDIAN DEATHLOCK! Yoh eggs Desperado on, Desperado CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Yoh “falls back” to put on the pressure! A very Desperado move! Yoh sits back up, he eggs Desperado on again, and then he grabs Desperado’s arm to make Desperado hit him! Yoh comically falls back again!

Desperado endures, crawls and reaches back, ROPEBREAK! Yoh lets go and gives childish kicks to Desperado’s back. Desperado is getting annoyed with Yoh now and he glares as he stands up. Desperado CHOPS, but Yoh shrugs it off. Desperado CHOPS again and that one stings. Yoh comes back with another grin but Desperado CHOPS! Yoh kicks the bad leg, whips, but Desperado blocks! Yoh kicks again, whips, but Desperado reveres and scoops, BIG back suplex! Fans fire up while both men are down again. Desperado stands, Yoh goes to a corner, and Desperado runs in to clothesline! Desperado reels Yoh in for a high and hard suplex!

Fans fire up and Desperado stands on Yoh. Desperado steps off, gets Yoh’s leg, and YANKS it, to then SPLASH down on it! Desperado steps through to drop a leg on the leg! And now Desperado has the INDIAN DEATHLOCK! Desperado dares Yoh to do something now! Yoh throws forearms and CHOPS, and Desperado “falls back” to put on the pressure! Desperado makes Yoh suffer while resting his own bad leg. Desperado says Yoh was all talk a second ago. Desperado stands to put pressure on the hold, but Yoh scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! Desperado lets off, but “Oops!” he drops a knee on the knee.

Fans fire up for Desperado and he drags Yoh up. Gut wrench, GUITARRA DEL- NO, Yoh slips free! But Yoh’s leg jams! Desperado shrugs, drags him up, but Yoh fights the back suplex to get around, SNAP GERMAN SUPLEX! And then a FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO!! Desperado survives and Yoh grows frustrated but the fans continue to rally. Yoh hobbles up, goes to Desperado and brings him into a full nelson. Desperado fights his way to the ropes! Red Shoes counts, Yoh lets go, but he CHOP BLOCKS! Yoh whips, Desperado reverses and reels Yoh in, SPINEBUSTER! High stack, TWO, into STRETCH MUFFLER!

Yoh endures and reaches out as Desperado thrashes! Yoh reaches, crawls, but Desperado drags Yoh from ropes! Desperado gets an arm, NUMERO DOS!! Yoh keeps fighting with his one free arm, and gets the ROPEBREAK! Desperado lets go quickly and the fans rally up more. Desperado drags Yoh up, gut wrenches, GUITARRA DEL ANGEL!! Cover, TWO!! Desperado put some stank on that one but Yoh still survives. Desperado hobbles up, goes to a corner, and climbs up! FROG SPLASH FLOPS as Yoh moves! Yoh CHOP BLOCKS the leg again! Yoh reels Desperado in, hoists him up, and DROPS him on the knees!

Yoh jackknife rolls through to have the STARGAZER!! Desperado endures Yoh’s take on the calf killer, reaches out, but Yoh drags him away! Desperado flails, the fans rally as hard as they can, and Desperado still crawls forward! But Yoh traps both legs! Desperado lurches forward, ROPEBREAK!! Yoh lets go in frustration and the fans rally again. Yoh fires up and the fans fire up with him! Yoh drags Desperado up, underhooks, but Desperado fights! Desperado reaches out, Yoh keeps him from ropes, but Desperado still tries! Yoh spins him around, full nelsons, but Desperado breaks the grip! Yoh tries again but Desperado still fights!

Yoh shoves Desperado onto the ropes, gets the bad leg, REVERSE DRAGON SCREW! And then suplex, to FALCON GOROSHI! Fans rally harder and harder while both men are down! Yoh waistlocks, he drags Desperado up, full nelsons, and DRAGON SUPLEXES!! Bridging cover, TWO!!! Desperado survives and Yoh can’t believe it! Yoh pounds the mat, the fans rally back up, and Yoh drags Desperado up. Underhooks, but Desperado wrenches out to dropkick Yoh’s legs! Yoh clutches the knee and writhes on the mat! Yoh crawls after Desperado, brings him back up, but Desperado has the leg! SHIN BREAKER! And another dropkick to the leg!

Both men are down again and the fans rally back up. Desperado slaps himself and fires up! Desperado brings Yoh up, reels him in, but Yoh kicks the bad leg! Desperado CHOPS! Yoh ROLLING ELBOWS! Desperado ROCKS Yoh, then LOCO MONO! But Yoh SUPERKICKS!! Both men are down again and fans are thunderous! The dueling of “DE-SU-PE!” and “YO-OH!” is strong as Desperado reaches up to sit up. Yoh crawls after him, gets the arms, stands up, but Desperado fights the lift! Desperado spins Yoh around and around, underhooks, and PINCHE- NO! Yoh fights that off! They struggle for control, and Yoh has the wrists!

Yoh kisses Desperado on the forehead? Desperado swings on Yoh but misses, and Yoh ripcords to FINAL FLASH KNEE! Fans are thunderous again and Yoh drags himself up with the ropes. Yoh roars and the fans are with him again! Yoh drags Desperado up, underhooks, DIRECT DRIVE!!! Cover, YOH WINS!!

Winner: Yoh, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Desperado gains 0)

The Rogue Luchador could not make heads or tails of Yoh’s behavior tonight, and that cost him! Will this loss also cost him a spot in the semifinals? Yoh helps Desperado sit up and offers him a handshake. Desperado takes it to show respect. But then he BITES Yoh’s hand! So much for respect. But as Desperado leaves, Yoh blows a kiss, gives a thumbs down, and gets the mic. Yoh lies down to rest as he says, “Hey, Sendai… I’m home.” Fans cheer and Yoh asks them if they like what they saw. They cheer because they did! Do they like Junior Heavyweight pro-wrestling? They cheer because they do!

Yoh crawls to the apron and asks if the fans love NJPW. They fans cheer because they do! Yoh thanks them, and says HE will be the Best of the Super Juniors! Fans cheer, and then Yoh says that Desperado really fought his heart out, so he’s thankful to him. And so like he said before, Yoh is going to STUN THE WORLD! Direct Drive is building up the energy, will he speed up and take the block?


Here are the NEW A Block standings!

Lio Rush: 4-1, 8 points
Taiji Ishimori: 4-1, 8 points
Mike Bailey: 4-1, 8 points
Hiromu Takahashi: 3-2, 6 points
Titán: 3-2, 6 points
TJP: 3-2, 6 points
DOUKI: 2-3, 4 points
SHO: 1-4, 2 points
KUSHIDA: 1-4, 2 points
Ryusuke Taguchi: 0-5, 0 points


Here are the NEW B Block standings!

Robbie Eagles: 4-1, 8 points
YOH: 3-2, 6 points
El Desperado: 3-2, 6 points
Clark Connors: 3-2, 6 points
Master Wato: 3-2, 6 points
Francesco Akira: 3-2, 6 points
Dan Moloney: 2-3, 4 points
Yoshinobu Kanemaru: 2-3, 4 points
Kevin Knight: 2-3, 4 points
BUSHI: 0-5, 0 points

My Thoughts:

A great fifth round, great action, but not as much in the shocker department. Douki winning against Lio was massive, though. Even with Douki not that high on the block, that is huge for him as an individual, and now Lio being the one and only is just gone. He’s back tied with Taiji and Speedball, who both had awesome matches. I really would love to see Titan and Mike go another round in the semifinals or something, but who knows how things shake out.

My Score: 8.7/10

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Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (9/25/23)

Judgment Day puts up the gold!



Will Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn get payback for Payback?

Raw is golden as Finn Balor & Damian Priest defend the Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championships and Dominik Mysterio defends his NXT North American title! However, Finn & Priest only won thanks to Dirty Dom, will they be out of luck in a fair 2v2 fight?


  • Otis w/ The Alpha Academy VS Bronson Reed; Reed wins.
  • Tommaso Ciampa VS Ludwig Kaiser w/ Imperium; Ciampa wins.
  • NXT Women’s Championship #1 Contender’s Match: Tegan Nox VS Natalya; Tegan wins and will challenge for the title next week.
  • NXT North American Championship: Dominik Mysterio VS Dragon Lee; Dom wins and retains the title.
  • Nia Jax VS Zoey Stark; Nia wins.
  • Drew McIntyre VS Kofi Kingston w/ Xavier Woods; McIntyre wins.
  • Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championships: Finn Balor & Damian Priest VS Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn; Finn & Priest win and retain the titles.


Cody Rhodes is here!

The American Nightmare has Ontario, California all fired up! They sing along with the theme song, “WHOA~ OH!” and the pyro goes off as Cody high-fives the front row and even poses for some selfies. Cody steps into the ring and, after a recap package, he gets a mic to welcome us to Raw. “For those watching at home, if you’ll indulge me for just one moment, I’m gonna turn my back on the camera so I can see a very SOLD OUT Ontario, California!” Fans fire up as Cody turns to see the other half of the arena. Fans chant for “CODY! CODY!” and he then says he has been interrupted two weeks in a row trying to talk about this, so he’ll cut to the chase.

The subject: Main Event Jey Uso. Fans chant “UCEY! UCEY!” and Cody says Jey being on Raw means that someone is going to be sent over to SmackDown. And it also means a very disgruntled locker room that thought Cody should’ve let Jey sink. That’s not Cody. And no, Jey and Cody aren’t best friends. Perhaps, there are other reasons Cody wants Jey here on Raw. Something tells Cody that we’re not in the third inning anymore. But either way, Cody wasn’t gonna watch a man get jumped by three others for making the right decision, and that right decision being turning down The Judgment Day!

Cody says The Judgment Day are “undoubtedly” the most toxic faction in the history of- Well, hold on, here comes the Judgment Day! Finn Balor, Damian Priest & Dominik Mysterio have all their prizes on hand, and even mics. Finn tells Cody, “Why you always gotta stick your nose in Judgment Day’s business?” Priest says last week, they gave Jey the chance to join a real family, but Cody couldn’t help himself. Jey turned them down, got dealt with, but Cody had to save they day because everything is about Cody. Priest talks with Dom in Spanish, but then the fans boo as Dom starts talking to Cody.

Dom tells the fans to shut up, but then he tells Cody that Jey is gonna pay! Jey will pay for disrespecting the Judgment Day. Dom tells the fans “YO SOY UN CAMPEON!” Respect him! Cody has everyone stop here. This is rude of Cody, so keep going, Dom. The fans boo again but then Cody speaks up again. Mr. MITB mentioned real family? Dom, you’ve got a real family, and they can’t stand him! And the biggest question is, since this is Raw, if they wanna come get it, he’s game! But before that, here’s a question: All of them defending their titles tonight, what happens when Mami comes back and finds they are emptyhanded?

You keep Mami’s name out your mouth! But the three look to each other, and they drop the mics! Fans fire up as Cody stares the three down, but wait! Here comes Jey from the crowd side! Main Event Jey stands with the American Nightmare against common enemies! Fans chant “USO! USO!” Finn says this is 3v2, this is easy! But then here comes Sami & Kevin from the crowd! They stand with Cody and Jey, that’s 4v3! Judgment Day reconsiders, and fans boo as they retreat. Priest says Kevin & Sami get theirs later. Oh but wait! JD McDonagh appears, with chairs! That’s 4v4 but with a little extra!

Finn nods and fist bumps his boy, and Dom says heck, this is even now! Priest stays back, but the brawl is on! He says to hell with it then! The brawl goes 4v4, but Priest ends up all alone now! He gets jumped 4v1! Cody gets a chair as Priest powers out! SUPERKICK from Jey! CHAIRSHOT from Cody! Priest tumbles out of the ring and Kevin takes a seat in the other chair. Are the walls closing in on the most toxic team in WWE today? Or can they escape the Golden State still wearing gold around their waists?


Otis w/ The Alpha Academy VS Bronson Reed!

While “Master” Chad Gable could not survive the Tsunami, perhaps his number one guy can turn the tide! Will the tree trunk that is The Dozer survive the force of nature that is Auszilla?

Raw returns and Reed makes his entrance. The bell rings and fans rally up as the two mirror images stare down. They tie up, are in a deadlock, then break. They tie up again and Reed headlocks. Otis powers out but Reed RAMS him! Neither man falls and fans fire up! Otis headlocks, Reed powers out and they RAM shoulders again! Neither falls so they both run, to DOUBLE LARIAT! Neither falls and fans are fired up! Reed SLAPS Otis, but Otis shoves Reed! The two titans egg each other on, then run in to DOUBLE LARIAT! Both men fall back and then out of the ring! Both men stand up, and they stare down from across the way.

Otis and Reed meet at the side and Otis LARIATS Reed down!! Otis keeps after Reed but is sent into the POST! Reed then CLOBBERS Otis! Reed flexes, he puts Otis in the ring, and fans fire up. Reed brings Otis up, whips him to ropes, and fireman’s carries Otis to SAMOAN DROP!?! Cover, TWO! Otis hangs in there but Reed clamps on with a neck wrench. Fans rally and Maxxine coaches Otis up. Otis fights to his feet, throws body shots, and fans fire up. Reed HEADBUTTS Otis, Otis blocks a boot, both men run, to DOUBLE CROSSBODY!! Maxxine is stunned while both men are down! Fans fire up as the real-life kaiju stand!

Otis throws body shots and he backs Reed down. Fans fire up as Otis just windmills away! Then ELBOWS him! Otis whips, Reed swings but Otis rolls under!? DISCUS LARIAT! And then an ANGLE SLAM!! Maxxine cheers Otis on as Reed flounders to a corner. Otis runs in to SPLASH! Reed falls, and fans fire up! Otis has his target, and he RIPS OFF his shirt! The CATERPILLAR ELBOW! Otis then hurries up the corner, to VADER BOMB, BUT FLOPS as Reed moves! Reed SENTONS! Reed hurries up top, fans go nuts for the TSUNAMI!! Cover, Reed wins!!

Winner: Bronson Reed, by pinfall

Maxxine is speechless! The Alpha Academy has lost 0-2 to the Colossus! As the song says, this is his moment, will Reed prove he’s ready for war?


Tegan Nox finds Becky Lynch backstage.

The Man is happy to see Tegan’s back, but she was hoping to see her in the ring. When Becky made that Open Challenge last week, she was kinda hoping for someone like Tegan. And Tegan was waiting at gorilla, so what happened? Natty showed up and Tegan showed the veteran respect. Becky says you can’t do that, you gotta step on toes to show your worth. Becky has a huge title defense this Saturday, NXT No Mercy. Becky wants Tegan to be next in line after Becky wins. Tegan’s up for that. Will the girl with the shiniest wizard get her shot at the gold next week? Or will Tiffany Stratton make some big changes to Becky’s Big Time plans?


Adam Pearce is on the phone.

No, as of right now, the trade has not been finalized. Then he excuses himself as Tegan Nox walks in. She’s sorry for interrupting, but while we know Becky has her NXT Women’s Championship match on Saturday, Tegan is just wondering if she can get the winner of that. But then in walks Natty. Natty says it is great that Tegan’s finally standing up for herself. But maybe ask him to give Natty a rematch. Uh, Natty, Tegan respects you, but you lost. So step aside so someone else can have a shot. Clearly, someone is whispering in Tegan’s ear. The greatest trick of a champion is to distract the hungry challengers.

So if Tegan doesn’t think Natty has the passion, just say it to her face. Passion? Natty’s not the only one with passion around here! And Becky said if Tegan has to step on toes around here, then that’s what she’s gonna do! Pearce has them calm down, and says he isn’t handing out title opportunities. Maybe they go to the ring and we see who earns one. Natty says she’s up for that. Maybe Tegan will get hungry and remember her manners. Tegan says she’s starving. Who gets their shot at Big Time Becks?


Tommaso Ciampa VS Ludwig Kaiser w/ Imperium!

The Psycho Killer dealt with Giovanni Vinci, but now he has to deal with Der Ring General’s lieutenant. Will nothing stop Ciampa from going after Gunther and the Intercontinental Championship? Or will the Impeccable German’s European Excellence eliminate Ciampa from the board?

Raw returns and Imperium makes their entrance. The bell rings and the two tie up. They’re in a deadlock, but Ludwig puts Ciampa in a corner. Ludwig lets off, but throws hands! Ludwig headlocks, grinds the hold, and Gunther is watching backstage as Ciampa throws hands. Ciampa powers out but Ludwig runs him over! Ludwig “kicks dirt” at Ciampa, runs, but Ciampa hits a THESZ PRESS and fast hands! Ludwig staggers up into a snapmare, and Ciampa stomps Ludwig’s face! Fans fire up as Ciampa stomps more. Ciampa CHOPS Ludwig, CHOPS him again, but Ludwig ROCKS him with a right! And another!

Ciampa hits back with haymakers, then bumps Ludwig off buckles. Ciampa CHOPS, then ROCKS Ludwig again, and repeat! Ciampa stomps a mudhole in, the ref counts and Ciampa lets off. Ciampa brings Ludwig up but Ludwig throws hands! Ludwig hoists Ciampa up top, and then DECKS Ciampa with a haymaker! Ciampa checks his teeth as he sits on the apron, but Ludwig brings him up. Ciampa ELBOWS Ludwig away and fans rally up. But Ludwig runs in to SHOVE Ciampa off apron and into steel steps! Fans boo as Imperium stands over Ciampa, and Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and Ludwig POSTS Ciampa! Ludwig keeps Ciampa stuck in the ropes, then runs side to side to DROPKICK Ciampa down! The ring count starts as Ciampa is on the floor. Ludwig eggs Ciampa on, Ciampa hurries in at 5 of 10, but Ludwig is on him. Ciampa TOSSES Ludwig out! Fans fire up, Ludwig hurries but Ciampa CHOPS! And ROCKS! And LARIATS! Ludwig flops to the floor and fans fire up with Ciampa. Ciampa puts Ludwig in, runs up and clotheslines Ludwig up and out! Gunther is upset as Ciampa SMACKS Ludwig off apron, SMACKS him off desk, and whips him into the steel steps!

Fans fire up as Ciampa grins and slides into the ring. Ciampa drags Ludwig in through the ropes, WILLOW’S BELL! Cover, TWO! Ludwig survives but Ciampa reels him in! Underhooks and- NO, Ludwig wrenches out to UPPERCUT! Ciampa CHOPS! They go back and forth, Ciampa BOOTS then ripcords, ROLLING- NO, Ludwig fireman’s carries! But Ciampa slips free to REVERSE DDT! Fans fire up as the kneepad comes down! But Vinci gets in, so he takes the PSYCHO KNEE! Ludwig ENZIGURIS Ciampa!! Cover, but the ref is busy with Vinci and his busted nose! Ludwig says get out, and he kicks Vinci away!

Ludwig brings Ciampa up, for a JUMP KNEE! Cover, Ciampa wins!

Winner: Tommaso Ciampa, by pinfall

Ciampa tells Gunther that he better be ready! Ciampa wants everything he has, and he’s taking it all! Gunther is furious, will he tear into Vinci and Ludwig for failing him?


Becky Lynch heads to the ring!

The NXT Women’s Champion holds the belt high as she’s going to be on commentary! She wants to see who is next in line, will it be the Welsh Firecracker of the Queen of Harts?

NXT Women’s Championship #1 Contender’s Match: Tegan Nox VS Natalya!

Raw returns and Natty makes her entrance. The bell rings and Natty circles with Tegan. They tie up, Natty hits a headlock takeover but Tegan headscissors. Natty kips free and the two stare down. Natty hits another takeover, denies the headscissors, but Tegan rolls her up. ONE, and Natty holds on. Natty covers, ONE, and Tegan hammerlocks. Fans rally and duel as Natty rolls and Tegan wrenches. N atty rolls and handsprings and hammerlocks, but Tegan hammerlocks back. Natty switches, Tegan switches, then Tegan stops Natty’s switch. Natty ELBOWS free, and then grins.

Tegan shoves Natty and then eggs her on. Natty shoves, spins, but Tegan dodges to TACKLE Natty! Tegan rains down shots but Natty shoves her away. Tegan UPPERCUTS Natty down! And PENALTY KICKS! Tegan then drags Natty up to suplex, for a GOURD BUSTER! Fans fire up and Tegan goes corner to corner, CANNONBALL! Cover, TWO! This is the fire Becky wants to see! Tegan runs in but Natty rolls the shining wizard up, TWO! Natty kicks low, reels Tegan in, and she gets Tegan up for a SITOUT BOMB! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up but Natty has the legs! Tegan scrambles and HOTSHOTS Natty off ropes!

Tegan runs, WORLD’S SHINIEST WIZARD!! Cover, Tegan wins!!

Winner: Tegan Nox, by pinfall (NEW #1 Contender to the NXT Women’s Championship)

Tegan did it! She stood up for herself, stepped on some toes, and took the win! But considering Becky VS Tiffy II is EXTREME RULES, will The Man have to put up the fight of her life just to give Tegan hers? Or will the Wrestling Barbie make her Raw in-ring debut next Monday?


Judgment Day regroups.

Finn says nobody should ever get the better of them! McDonagh says it was 4v4, they should’ve had that. But then Priest CHUCKS a chair at the wall! Priest tells McDonagh to shut up! He doesn’t care who he is friends with, he is NOT Judgment Day! He just took a beating cuz of McDonagh! Get out! NOW! McDonagh leaves, Dom is scared silent and Finn is a bit unsure of what to do. Is the Punisher so stubbornly against adding The Irish Ace that he’s going to lose the war for Raw?


Seth Rollins is here!

Ontario, California sings along, “WHOA~ OHH~ OHHH~!” as the World Heavyweight Champion struts to the ring. Rollins stands in his spotlight and revels in the “WHOA~! OHH~ OHHH~!” The Visionary wants an answer from the King of Strong Style about their world title rematch, will he get it? We find out, after the break.

Raw returns and Rollins now has the mic. “ONTARIOOOOO~! Welcome to Monday… Night… Rollins!” And what say we play a little game? He’s sure they’ll like this one. If you guys are as sick and tired as Rollins is of Shinsuke Nakamura ducking and dodging him, then sing his song. “WHOA~ OHH~ OHHH~!” Well that’s a yes. Rollins says alright, alright, alright. Question number two: If they think it is about time Rollins defended his world title, sing louder. “WHOA~ OHH~ OHHH~!” Two for two. Rollins says they’re beautiful and he loves ’em. And since we’re all in agreement, there’s only one thing left to do.

SHINSUKE! For weeks, Rollins has been calling you out, asking for this rematch, but Nakamura’s been duckin’, dodgin’ and playin’ games, but the time for games is over. Right here, right now, we are getting an answer! If Nakamura does not accept the challenge for a rematch, then Rollins is pulling the offer. He’s moving on! There are a million capable and willing talents, and Rollins wants to fight! So Shinsuke, this is your last chance. “The floor is yours.” Fans sing again “WHOA~ OHH~ OHHH~!” But then Nakamura is on the tron. “Seth Rollins… Name the time. Name the place. You have so many demands. No wonder your body fails you.

“I want nothing more than to be the straw that finally breaks your back, mangles you until there’s nothing left but dust. But I have restraint. Your stamina is admirable. But you have no patience. Only impulse. I dealt the hand, and you showed me all your cards. I have yet to show you mine. Let me make it clear! A match so brutal, so barbaric, you will NEVER walk again. A conclusion so humiliating, your daughter will be ashamed to look at you.” Nakamura says this is ROLLINS’ last chance. The last chance to hear his song, to be called a champion. Nakamura will stand tall, while Rollins will never stand again.

So yes, Nakamura accepts the challenge. Rollins, your career ends at Fastlane. LAST MAN STANDING!! Fans fire up hearing that! Rollins lets that sink in, and he takes off his sunglasses. Last Man Standing, huh? No  pins, no submissions. Just a straight up fight until one man cannot answer the ten count. Two men walk in, only one walks out. Rollins throws his sunglasses down, paces around and laughs. He has to admit, Nakamura played this one perfectly, he really did. Nakamura got the match he wanted, on his terms, and played it perfectly BUT he has made one critical mistake.

Nakamura thinks that Rollins’ back is a weakness. Nakamura thinks he can exploit that weakness and beat Rollins so bad that his daughter will be ashamed to look at her father. Rollins says this broken back is not a weakness. No, no, no. For Rollins, it is a strength. The only way Rollins’ family is gonna be ashamed is if he doesn’t give it every single thing he’s got! The fans fire up and Rollins says the family knows he loves them, but they also know he loves this! Rollins paces a bit more as he says, “You think, Shinsuke, that I don’t know that every single time I step into this ring, it might be the last time I do?”

Shinsuke thinks Rollins is gonna give it less than 100%, knowing this might be his last match? Then Shinsuke’s crazy! Because Rollins’ 100% makes him the best in the world! Rollins’ 100% makes him the WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION! Fans fire up more and Rollins says if Nakamura wants to get crazy… Rollins VS Nakamura at Fastlane, LAST MAN STANDING! Nakamura does have it right that only one walks outta there, but it ain’t gonna be Nakamura. It’ll be the Visionary, the revolutionary, it’ll be SETH FREAKIN’ ROLLINS!! The King of Strong Style has given Rollins more fuel for the fire, will Rollins #BurnItDown in Indianapolis?


Backstage interview with Ricochet.

Jackie Redmond is with The Highlight of the Night, who is on crutches. After last week’s attack, do we have an update on when he can be back int he ring? Ricochet doesn’t really know. He’s here, he’s on crutches, and he can guarantee his fans that he will return. It’ll take more than this to keep him down. But he wants to make something abundantly clear. It doesn’t matter who wins the World Heavyweight Championship match, because Ricochet has unfinished business with Nakamura. The King of Flight is grounded for now, but will he seek & destroy the King of Strong Style soon enough?


NXT North American Championship: Dominik Mysterio VS Dragon Lee!

Dirty Dom truly did The Boy Wonder dirty when, as special guest referee, he made sure Dragon didn’t win the title shot for No Mercy. However, justice is served, because now Dragon’s getting his shot tonight! Will Dragon take this title back to NXT? Or will Dommy do his Mami proud while she’s away?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if Dragon shows Dom no mercy!

The bell rings and fans fire up for Dragon. The two circle, tie up, and Dom kick slow. Dom throws hands, whips, but Dragon ducks ‘n’ dodges and runs Dom over! Fans fire up and things keep moving. Dom hurdles, Dragon leaps over, and then Dragon comes back to RANA! Fans fire up again as Dom bails out. Dragon builds speed and FLIES! Direct hit at the ramp! Fans are even more fired up as Dragon stands tall. Dragon puts Dom in, covers, TWO! Dragon keeps his cool as he whips. Dom reverses and rolls Dragon into a HALF CRAB! Fans boo but Dragon fights to the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts and Dom lets go.

Dom drags Dragon up, suplexes, but Dragon fights! Dragon suplexes but Dom lands on the apron. Dom kicks low to APRON DDT! Fans boo as Dom stands tall, and Raw goes to break.

Raw returns and Dom drags Dragon to a drop zone. Dom climbs the corner, gives some Latino Heat, but fans boo more. Dom tells them he’s the best, then FROG SPLASHES onto knees! Dragon saves himself and Dom writhes. Dragon and Dom rise as fans rally up, and Dragon storms up to ROCK Dom! And again! And again! Dragon whips, CLOBBERS Dom, then LARIATS! Dragon scoops but Dom slips free. Dom shoves Dragon to a corner, runs in, but Dragon pops Dom up to SUPERKICK! And JUMP KICK! Leg sweep! SWINGING BOOT! Combinacion Dragon hits, but Dragon Lee keeps going, HYDRAULIC DROPKICK! Cover, TWO!!

Dragon can’t believe it but Dom survives! Dragon stalks Dom, brings him up and in, but Dom slips free of the bomb! Dom kicks low, ROCKS Dragon, whips but Dragon gets around to SNAP GERMAN! Dom SUPERKICKS! Dragon JUMP KNEES! Dragon runs but Dom scoops, MICHINOKU DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Dragon survives and shocks Dom! Fans are thunderous while Dom argues with the ref. Dragon stands, Dom DROPKICKS him onto ropes! Dom dials it up while fans boo, but Dragon ducks the 619! Dragon spins and mule kicks, to then FLASH KNEE! Cover, TWO! Dom is still in this and the fans can’t believe it!

Dragon refocuses and he brings Dom up. Dom ROCKS Dragon, Dragon ROCKS Dom! “This is Awesome!” as they go haymaker for haymaker! Dom fires off a flurry, avoids the knee and CHOPS! Dom shoves Dragon, runs in, but Dragon puts him on the apron! Dragon ROCKS Dom, runs side to side and FLYING RANAS to the floor!! Fans are electric and Dragon puts Dom back in! Dragon brings Dom in, lifts, DRAGON BOMB!! Cover, TWO?!? Dom survives, he is not out of this yet! Dragon can’t believe this, but he goes up the corner. Dom ROCKS Dragon first! Dom climbs, but Dragon trips him up! And puts him in the Tree of Woe!

Dragon stands up, to WOE STOMP Dom down!! Dom flounders, Dragon brings down the kneepads! Dragon runs in, Dom pops him up to CROTCH him!! Dom hurries up top to FROG SPLASH!!! Cover, DOM WINS!!

Winner: Dominik Mysterio, by pinfall (still NXT North American Champion)

Dragon came so, so close to winning that title, but shockingly, Dom found a way to win all by himself! Dom might actually have the abilities of a true champion, but when will he have a personality to match?


Backstage interview with Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn.

Jackie brings up their joining Cody Rhodes and Jey Uso against The Judgment Day. Do either of them have something to say about that before tonight’s tag title match? Kevin says earlier wasn’t about helping Jey. All Jey did was prove he wasn’t with Judgment Day. All Kevin cares about is getting at Judgment Day himself. Sami agrees, this isn’t about Jey, about Cody or even Judgment Day. This is about two guys who started this as kids together! Who started at the bottom of the ladder and worked their way up, together! Working day in and day out together, to get to the highest point possible, the WWE Tag Team Championships in the main event of WrestleMania!!

This isn’t about anyone else but Sami & Kevin, and about taking back what is THEIRS! Sami calms down and Kevin says no more talking. Time to punch people in their stupid faces. The Prizefighter and Great Liberator are ready, but will they be able to pry the gold away from Judgment Day?


Michael Cole is in the ring.

The voice of WWE has Ontario welcome The Irresistible Force, Nia Jax. Fans boo but it’s not like Nia’s ever cared about that. She goes to the ring, and Maggle says since her return, she has laid waste to every woman who has crossed her path. So why is she targeting everyone in the Raw Women’s Division? Hm? Oh, sorry, she wasn’t paying attention. Relax, relax. But she is THE Nia Jax. “The baddest human in all of WWE.” They thought it was gonna be Rhea Ripley, the most dominant champion male or female. But Nia squashed her! Fans chant “YOU SUCK!” Nia says they thought it was Shayna Baszler. But Nia squashed her, too!

Zoey Stark? Squashed. Raquel Rodriguez? Squashed. Chelsea Green? Squashed! Piper Niven? Squashed! You put anyone in this ring with her and she will squash them! Wanna know why? Because she is Nia Jax, THE baddest in- Wait! Speaking of Zoey Stark, here she comes! So much for being squashed as she storms down and gets in Nia’s face! Yeah, Nia got her once. Congrats. But she did it while Zoey’s back was turned. Zoey dares her to do something here and now, face to face. Nia just grins and laughs, then she SMACKS Zoey! Zoey leaps in but Nia throws her away! The refs rush in as these two throw hands!

Fans fire up and want to “LET THEM FIGHT!” Stark gets shots in on Nia but Nia shoves her away! Stark is right back up! Will this be a match to prove who is truly the baddest? Or will Nia squash Stark once and for all?

Nia Jax VS Zoey Stark!

Raw returns as Irresistible Force and Hunter get their match! The bell rings, and the two rush in again! Nia shoves Stark, but Stark comes back to jump on! Nia throws her off, but Stark sticks ‘n’ moves and DROPKICKS! And DROPKICKS! Stark springboards but Nia SWATS her out of the sky! Nia then drops an ELBOW! Cover, ONE!! Stark is showing her toughness already but Nia hauls her up. Stark throws hands but Nia throws Stark! Nia runs in to SPLASH at the corner! Nia TOSSES Stark again, then grins as she runs in to SPLASH! Stark flounders, Nia stalks her to ropes, and then CHOKES her!

The ref counts, Nia steps away at 4, and she storms up to bring Stark up. Nia whips her corner to corner, runs in but Stark dodges to POST Nia!! Fans fire up as Stark eggs Nia on. Nia storms up, into a SUPERKICK! HEEL KICK! ENZIGURI! Nia goes back to a corner, Stark runs in but Nia puts her on the apron. Stark GAMANGIRIS, then springboards, MISSILE DROPKICK! Nia stays on her feet, but she staggers into a fireman’s carry! But then Stark falls under the weight! Nia drags Stark onto ropes, then goes to the apron. GUILLOTINE LEG DROP!! Nia pushes Stark back in, has her in the drop zone, and she stands on Stark.

Nia climbs the corner, A-NIA-LATOR!! Cover, Nia wins!

Winner: Nia Jax, by pinfall

Stark gets squashed AGAIN, and Nia has a sinister smile on her face. Will nothing stop her from crushing even the Women’s World Champion, whenever it is that Rhea returns?


Backstage interview with Jey Uso.

Byron Saxton asks Jey why he chose NOT to join Judgment Day. Jey says he has a “no more groups” policy. No teams, no groups, no emo bands, no Judgment Day. Cody gave Jey his second chance so he won’t do Cody like that. Plus, seeing how Judgment Day rolls, he ain’t about that. Well, we also know Sami & Kevin are taking on Finn & Priest, and that Jey has had a strained relationship with them. Where do they stand? Jey says he and KO have beef, it is what it is. As far as Sami goes, Sami is his dog. So as far as that goes, Jey says if Judgment Day tries to act up, Jey will be real close tonight. Yeet.


Judgment Day regroups again.

Finn congratulates Dom on still being champion. Dom asks where Priest went. Finn says he has to cool off, but it’ll be fine. They’ve still got a lot of work tonight. Dom nods and puts the ice pack on his head. Will Dirty Dom once again be an insurance policy for The Prince & Punisher?


The Miz is here!

The Hollywood A-Lister lives very close given Ontario is just outside of Los Angeles. And as such, he’s here to host MizTV with special guest, Drew McIntyre! What will Miz have to ask the Scottish Warrior? We find out, after the break.

Raw returns and Miz welcomes us back to the Most Must-See WWE Talk Show. His guest tonight will speak for the first time since walking away from Jey Uso getting beat down by The Judgment Day. Is he a coward? Or a conflicted hero? We find out tonight. Please welcome DREW MCINTYRE! McIntyre makes his entrance, sword in hand and pyro at his back. McIntyre steps into the ring, gets some more pyro, then sheaths his sword. Miz says give it up for McIntyre! Miz also sees all the pent up frustration in McIntyre, and would love for him to take it all out on Kofi Kingston in their match tonight.

But first, this is an open, judgment free zone, for McIntyre to speak freely. So no questions? Miz wants to explain that he is on McIntyre’s side! Miz commends McIntyre for throwing Jey to the wolves. Miz would’ve done the exact same thing! He repeats, he would’ve done the same thing! But if McIntyre wants a question, then here: Why would the bold and powerful Scottish Warrior just leave Jey high and dry like that? McIntyre says he will make one thing really clear: He is NOTHING like The Miz. Fans cheer that but Miz says they’re a lot alike! No one expected McIntyre to abandon a helpless Jey Uso, that is a very Miz move.

Also, they both know what it is to be the backbone of this company, to take it to new heights, to be the hardest worker both inside and outside the ring, AND be world champion! Only to then lose it. McIntyre was the unwavering, unbeatable WWE Champion, Drew McIntyre! Until he wasn’t. And then he received an opportunity of a lifetime. Clash at the Castle, in his own backyard, in front of his own people, to win it all again! And what happens? The Bloodline happens. Who was front and center to give him beating after beating? The Tribal Chief’s Right Hand Man, Jey Uso!

So safe to say, McIntyre doesn’t trust Jey, and rightfully so, because Jey always does what is best for Jey. So when Judgment Day put the boots to him… McIntyre adds, “Karma’s a b*tch.” Exactly! Jey made his bed, now he has to sleep in it. McIntyre IS the Batman of WWE! Miz says that must mean Cody Rhodes is Superman. Speaking of which, how did it feel to be upstaged by Cody last week? Fans boo but wait, here comes The New Day! Kofi has Xavier Woods with him, and Kofi tells “Drewsy, Big D,” that they didn’t know he was cold blooded like that. Cuz the Drew they know is not a coward like he showed us last week.

Woods says for real. The past few years, he’s been Big D! But uh, maybe there’s some shrinkage going on. What’s wrong. Drew? Scared? Or just worried his big sword was too limp to get the job done? Miz speaks up that “Big D and Massive Miz” were having a conversation, but McIntyre tells him to shut up. You just expect McIntyre to save the day like always? Well, the New Day was in the back. Did they come out to do something? No! Many stars didn’t. Cody did, but not out of the goodness of his heart. It is his mess so he’s just cleaning it up. And to McIntyre, those are the actions of a hypocrite!

Kofi tells McIntyre that HE didn’t do what he was supposed to do. He should’ve helped Jey. Miz says save it but McIntyre again tells him to shut up. Does The New Day remember all the beatings from The Usos? The opportunities taken away by The Bloodline? How Roman Reigns treated Woods? They’re just gonna forgive and forget? No, they remember it all clear as day. But that was not the time. Jey is here, trying to make things right! Miz says “Oh, make it right? Are you kidding me with that?” SHUT UP, MIZ! New Day wants to call McIntyre a coward, but given everything Jey has done to them, the New Day hasn’t stepped to Jey once.

Kofi says because they’re watching, and they look up to McIntyre. As sure as the sun rises in the East and sets in the West, Drew McIntyre does what’s right! And they respect him for it! Miz has his hand raised and asks them what it means. Again, McIntyre tells Miz to shut up. Fans chant “SHUT UP, MIZ! SHUT UP, MIZ!” Miz says no, when his hand goes up, their mouths go- GLASGOW KISS HEADBUTT!! Miz talked too much, and McIntyre says the time for talk is over. Kofi, get in the ring and we’ll find out what hard times is all about. A shot at Cody there? Well, Kofi’s ready, will he give McIntyre some Trouble in Paradise?


The Alpha Academy regroups.

Maxxine comforts Otis and promises to make him feel better. Otis feels bad but Gable says he’s still number one. Nothing to be ashamed of. Bronson Reed is massive, just like Otis. That was a great match, they can study tape and- But then Ludwig walks over. Maxxine, this is what he has been talking about. Look at these guys, and then look at Imperium. Imperium hold themselves to a higher standard while her guys are celebrating a loss. What an embarrassment! Um, for a man who speaks so many languages, who can he not understand what a loss means? SHOOSH! Ya lost! Ya lost! So you must be on your way back to boss man Gunther to get brow beat.

But uh, before you go, give Gunther a little message from Gable. Tell him Gable is still locked onto the Intercontinental Championship and will suplex his way into another shot and then take the title. And remember, that’s from Gable, so put some bass in your voice. Run along back to papa. A danke schoen~!


Drew McIntyre VS Kofi Kingston w/ Xavier Woods!

Raw returns and the bell rings on this match. McIntyre and Kofi circle, with the fans behind Kofimania. They tie up, McIntyre puts Kofi in the corner, but lets off. Kofi dodges the haymaker to CHOP, CHOP and CHOP! McIntyre clinches to TOSS Kofi, but Kofi dodges to fire off more CHOPS! McIntyre shoves Kofi to DOUBLE CHOP him down!  Even Woods is stinging from that one! McIntyre stands Kofi up to CHOP again! McIntyre JABS Kofi, whips him toa corner, but Kofi goes up and up to MISSILE DROPKICK! Kofi then forearms McIntyre in a corner! Then runs in again, but McIntyre catches the splash!

McIntyre pops Kofi around to suplex high and hard! Fans rally for Kofi but McIntyre CLOBBSER him! McIntyre runs, Kofi hurdles, then Kofi leaps, into a waistlock! McIntyre back suplexes but Kofi lands on his feet. Kofi runs to DROPKICK McIntyre outta the ring! Woods fires up and Kofi goes up the corner! SUPER TRUST FALL! Down goes McIntyre and Ontario fires up! Woods lifts Kofi onto his shoulders and the fans cheer along, “NEW! DAY ROCKS!” Kofi hops down to the apron, then he aims, to FLYING AX HANDLES! McIntyre staggers, Kofi CLUBS him, and Kofi puts him in the ring. Kofi climbs again, to CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO!

McIntyre hangs tough but is getting mad, and Raw goes to break.

Raw returns as McIntyre looms over Kofi. Fans rally as McIntyre drags Kofi up to whip corner to corner. McIntyre runs in, Kofi dodges to SWING KICK! Kofi then goes up the corner again, FLYING- NO, McIntyre catches him for an OVERHEAD suplex! And then another OVERHEAD suplex! NECKBREAKER! Fans fire up as McIntyre kips up! McIntyre waits on Kofi as he slowly rises. McIntyre then reels Kofi in, but Kofi trips him up! Jackknife bridge, TWO! FAMOUSER! Cover, TWO! Kofi PENALTY KICKS, then runs for the “NEW~ DAY~!” BOOM DROP! Fans fire up as Kofi goes to the corner, “NEW! DAY ROCKS!”

Kofi aims, spins, TROUBLE- NO, McIntyre moves to reel him in, FUTURE SHOCK! Cover, TWO!! McIntyre is surprised that Kofi survives, but he quickly refocuses. McIntyre drags Kofi up, CHOPS him and Kofi falls over! McIntyre shakes his head as Kofi rises up again. McIntyre brings Kofi around to CHPO him down again! McIntyre drags Kofi up and reels him in, short arm- NO, Kofi slips through! Kofi then sends McIntyre up and out! Kofi BOOTS McIntyre, runs, and DIVES! Direct hit and McIntyre hits desk! Fans fire up and Kofi brings McIntyre around, but McIntyre whips him away! Kofi leaps the steps, comes back but McIntyre gets under!

McIntyre ROCKS Kofi, then inverted Alabama Lifts. APRON ALABAMA SLAM!! Woods is freaking out as McIntyre hauls Kofi into the ring. McIntyre aims from the corner, the countdown begins! “THREE! TWO! ONE!!” CLAY- NO! Kofi ducks it! S O S!!! Cover, TWO?!? McIntyre escapes and Woods can’t believe it! “This is Awesome!” as Kofi CLUBS McIntyre. GLASGOW KISS!! Both men are down, slowly stir, and the fans rally up. Wait, here comes The Viking Raiders! Ivar CLOBBERS Woods! Then TOSSES him into barriers! And then BACKHANDS him down!! Ivar RAMS Woods into barriers, then SPLASHES against them!!

McIntyre and Kofi see all that, but Kofi is the only one who cares! CLAYMORE!!! Cover, McIntyre wins!

Winner: Drew McIntyre, by pinfall

Cowardly? That is a matter of opinion. Merciless? That is for sure! And even more so, he leaves the ring so Ivar can go after Kofi! Ivar fires off elbows in the corner while Sarah shouts praises! Fans boo but McIntyre doesn’t care. Ivar goes up the corner to VIKING MOONSAULT!! The War Beard may have just destroyed the New Day by himself, where will the raid go next?


Gunther verbally tears into Vinci.

Der Ring General is furious with him, and then asks where Ludwig was! Ludwig mentions Gable and Gunther says who cares! He didn’t expect much out of them, but he didn’t expect this! What happened out there? Ludwig blames Vinci! Gunther says that doesn’t matter, this all reflects on him! But since Ludwig seems to know how Vinci messed up, from now on, he is Ludwig’s responsibility. So if Ludwig messes up, there’s an issue. If Vinci messes up, there’s an issue. And in the meantime, Gunther will handle HIS responsibilities: being the greatest, longest reigning Intercontinental Champion of all time! And he will do so by beating Ciampa himself.

Der Ring General leaves, and then Ludwig looks at Vinci with disappointment. Vinci is again without anyone to pass the buck to, is there about to be a mutiny in the ranks?


Backstage interview with The Viking Raiders.

Byron asks them about brutally mauling The New Day. Do they care to explain? Ivar says Kofi & Woods took Erik out of action, and Sarah says this is merely eye for an eye. Then when and where will Kofi & Woods look to return the favor?


Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championships: Finn Balor & Damian Priest VS Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn!

Payback’s match may have been a Steel City Street Fight, but there is no honor among thieves. The Prodigal Son’s already handled his business, will he help The Prince & The Punisher hold onto the gold? Or will the Prizefighter & Great Liberator fight and win these titles like they did at WrestleMania?

Things are heated already as there’s some pushing and shoving, but the ref cools them off. The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see which team holds together!

The teams sort out, but then they just brawl! The bell rings, Kevin tosses Priest while Sami and Finn brawl. Finn headlocks, Sami powers out, things speed up as Sami hurdles and arm-drags! And arm-drags again! Finn avoids the third and bails out. Kevin & Sami regroup and Ontario, California is fired up for the Canadians as Raw goes to break!

Raw returns and Priest KICKS away on Sami in the corner, then ROCKS him with a right! Priest whips corner to corner, runs in, but Sami ELBOWS him away! Sami goes up to AX HANDLE! Cover, ONE!! Sami brings Priest up but Priest RAMS him into the corner. Finn tags in and CLUBS Sami. Finn bumps Sami off buckles, CHOPS him, then whips him corner to corner. Finn runs in to CHOP, then he snapmares to ELBOW Sami in the head! Finn wraps on a chinlock and he grinds Sami down. Fans rally, Sami fights up, but Finn puts him in a corner. Finn fires off body shots, whips corner to corner, but Sami comes back to CLOBBER Finn!

Fans fire up, Sami brings Finn around and bumps him off buckles. Tag to Kevin, they whip Finn to drop toehold and SENTON! Kevin tells Priest to “SUCK IT!” Fans fire up but the ref keeps Priest back. Kevin CHOPS Finn, ROCKS him, then ROCKS him some more. Kevin CHOPS again, throws body shots in the corner, and he whips. Finn reverses but Kevin holds ropes. Kevin BOOTS Finn, ducks Priest’s cheap shot and GAMANGIRIS Priest down! But Finn trips Kevin to DOUBLE STOMP! Fans boo but Finn stomps Kevin more. Tag to Priest, he and Finn stomp Kevin, then Priest KICKS Kevin against ropes.

Kevin throws hands but Priest ROCKS Kevin! Priest then CHOKES Kevin on the ropes! The ref counts, Priest lets off and Kevin sputters, but Finn BOOTS Kevin down! Priest drags Kevin from ropes, KICKS him and KICKS him, and KICKS, but Kevin blocks! Priest BELL CLAPS free! Kevin ends up in a corner and Priest digs his knee in. The ref counts, Priest lets off to talk trash, but Kevin CHOPS and CHOPS! Priest and Kevin throw hands, this is a hockey scrum like Payback! Priest knees low, whips, but Kevin turns back drop into DDT! Fans fire up while both men crawl, hot tag to Sami! Sami fires off hands on Priest!

Sami whips, Priest reverses but Sami goes up and over to LARIAT! Fans fire up as Sami puts Priest in a corner and climbs. Sami rains down fists fast and goes to TEN! Sami then whips, Priest reverses but Sami turns pop-up into DROPKICK! Finn runs in but Sami TOSSES him out! Priest runs in but Sami dodges to clothesline Priest up and out! Fans fire up as Sami builds speed, to FLY! Direct hit with the tope conjilo and the champs are down as Raw goes to break!

Raw returns again and Sami fires hands on Priest from above! Priest staggers away, Sami leaps, but into Priest’s choke grip! But Sami wrenches out, knuckle locks and CHOPS! Sami goes up and up and FLYING DDTS!! Fans are thunderous while both men are down! Sami and Priest crawl, hot tags to Kevin and Finn! Kevin dodges to clothesline Priest! Then he fires off on Finn! Kevin stomps away at the ropes, but the ref counts. Kevin lets off, Finn bails out, and fans fire up with Kevin! Kevin goes out and runs in around the way to LARIAT Finn! And he LARIATS Priest! Kevin goes up as Finn gets in, but Kevin avoids the haymaker!

Kevin ROCKS Finn, to CANNONBALL Priest! Kevin hurries back into the ring, goes corner to corner, and CANNONBALLS! Fans are all fired up for Kevin’s constant motion! Priest runs in, but gets a BIG back suplex to the desk! Kevin goes up to FROG SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!! Finn survives but Kevin doesn’t lose hope. “This is Awesome!” as Kevin watches Finn stand. But Finn denies the stunner! Kevin BOOTS Finn, but Finn GAMANGIRIS Kevin! Finn ROCKS Kevin, climbs up after him, and throws elbows! But Kevin throws body shots! Kevin HEADBUTTS Finn down, then adjusts! But Finn is back to ROCK Kevin!

Finn goes up, brings Kevin up, but Kevin fireman’s carries! SUPER ROLLING SENTON!!! Cover, TWO!!! Finn survives and no one can believe it! Kevin crawls his way back to the corner, fans rally behind him as he climbs up again. But Priest runs in! Kevin ELBOWS Priest, pushes him down, and adjusts again. SWANTON BOMB onto knees!! Finn then runs in, to SHOTGUN! Finn goes up as Kevin falls down! COUP DE GRACE!!! Cover, SAMI BREAKS IT!! Priest storms in to drag Sami up, and Priest TOSSES Sami out! The ref reprimands but Priest helps Finn clear out the cobwebs.

Finn rains down fists on Kevin, tags in Priest, and then Priest brings the straps down. Priest slashes his throat, drags Kevin up, SOUTH OF- NO, Kevin slips free, hot tag to Sami! Sami clinches to CORNER EXPLODER! Fans are thunderous as Sami aims, but here comes Dom! Dom distracts, then runs away, and Priest BOOTS Sami! Canadian Rack, RAZOR’S- NO, Sami slips free! Sami baits Priest into the corner, and POSTS him! To hit a BLUE THUNDER BOMB!!! Cover, FINN BREAKS IT!! Finn CLUBS Sami, but Kevin TACKLES Finn! Finn and Kevin scrap, they fall out of the ring, and Dom returns to HOTSHOT Sami!

Priest hits Sami with a FLATLINER!! Cover, TWO?!? Sami almost didn’t get that arm up! Dom can’t believe it, he argues with the ref, but just as promised, here comes JEY! Jey YANKS Dom down, UPPERCUTS him, and fires off more hands! Fans are thunderous as Jey keeps after Dom, but McDonagh attacks Jey! Dom & McDonagh beat Jey down! Fans boo, but HERE COMES CODY!! Cody slides through the ring to DIVE onto McDonagh! Cody & Jey go after Dom now! They run Dom off until security and producers rush out to stop this! Back in the ring, Finn drags Kevin around but Kevin hits a STUNNER!!

Priest TOSSES Kevin! Sami HELLUVA KICKS Priest!!! But McDonagh with a BELT SHOT!!! The ref was busy shouting at Cody and Dom!! Priest covers, Judgment Day wins!!

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

In the end, The Irish Ace was the trump card for the boys! McDonagh brings the prizes over to them to raise high over their heads, but will this get Priest to accept him? Wait, Jey & Cody return! They attack the Judgment Day! Producers and security rush in again, then Kevin and Sami jump back in! That 4v4 brawl happens after all! Kevin TOSSES McDonagh over the desk! Jey RAMS Dom into the apron! Sami hammers away on Finn! Priest tackles Jey but Cody’s after Priest! STUNNER on Dom!! Raw ends with chaos, but where will the chaos end?

My Thoughts:

A great Raw here tonight, especially the level of action in the matches. Great opener from Otis VS Reed in a true hoss fight, or as popularized by Big E, “big meaty men slapping meat.” But Reed is building himself momentum, so great win for him. Really good stuff from Ciampa VS Ludwig, and I figured Ciampa would win. Really good promo from Alpha Academy with Ludwig and then Ludwig with Imperium. Vinci looks to be close to his limit of taking crap from the others, can’t wait to see how he breaks away. Gunther VS Ciampa seems to be set for Fastlane, but I don’t see Gunther losing this soon after breaking the record.

Really good stuff with Becky firing Tegan up and then getting Tegan VS Natty in a very good match. Great win for Tegan, and great spot for her as she makes a return to TV. Now, No Mercy is going to be big given Becky VS Tiffy is under Extreme Rules, it could go either way. And either way, whether it is Becky or Tiffy, we’re going to get a great match for next week’s Raw for Tegan to showcase her skills against a top talent, but I would think the champ retains. Nia had a good return promo, and I like that it was Zoey Stark that stepped to her. Good match but Nia’s return push of course meant she was winning. But Nia has made so many enemies already, you can bet Piper, Shayna, Raquel and especially Rhea will all want after her. This would’ve been a perfect set-up for Elimination Chamber but that’s not until February.

Hilarious MizTV segment, especially with McIntyre telling Miz to shut up again and again. Also awesome match of McIntyre VS Kofi, though I should’ve figured Ivar would get involved. McIntyre is definitely on course to turn Heel, and they’re doing a great job of showing us the turn progressing week to week, not just having it be instant like is tradition. And at this point, if there’s to be a tag match, McIntyre could team with Ivar to take out New Day. Awesome promos from Rollins and Nakamura, with Nakamura feeling like a supervillain. And Last Man Standing is an awesome way to escalate things, giving Rollins an out of sorts should he end up losing. Plus, Ricochet is waiting to finish this feud with Nakamura, so that’d be a great first defense for Nakamura.

And of course, great stuff from Judgment Day and their enemies all night. Really good opening promo from Cody that then teased a very good 8 Man Tag idea, Judgment Day & McDonagh VS Cody, Jey, Sami & Kevin. But that might have to wait for Survivor Series. I do wanna say, to me personally, Priest having issue with McDonagh is starting to flip around for me. McDonagh is doing his best to be a teammate, bringing chairs for the group to have the advantage. But then, I suppose only bringing two, a chair for him and a chair for Finn, is a bit passive aggressive. Dom VS Dragon was a great match, and it was quite a surprise that Dom won it on his own.

I’m still very disappointed WWE let Mustafa Ali go before No Mercy this Saturday, because it hampers the story they were telling both on Raw and NXT. And now, what? Are they going to throw someone in at the last minute? I mean, great for that guy if it happens, but c’mon. But that aside, amazing tag title main event, where again, McDonagh is the key factor in winning. If Priest still holds a grudge, then maybe Judgment Day has good reason to kick him out for not giving McDonagh a chance when he’s doing the work.

My Score: 8.9/10

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Mitchell’s NJPW Destruction Results & Report! (9/24/23)

Is Kobe ready for Destruction?



Will the Aerial Assassin survive the Gene Blast?

On a night of United Empire VS Los Ingobernables de Japon, Will Ospreay defends the now IWGP United Kingdom Championship against Yota Tsuji!


  • Tiger Mask & Kevin Knight VS Clark Connors & “Drilla” Dan Moloney; Connors & Moloney win.
  • Six Man Tag: Just5Guys VS The House of Torture; J5G wins.
  • 10 Man Tag: El Phantasmo & The Guerrillas of Destiny VS Bullet Club War Dogs; ELP & GOD win.
  • YOH & Lio Rush VS Hiromu Takahashi & BUSHI; Yoh & Lio win.
  • Kazuchika Okada & Tomohiro Ishii VS Zack Sabre Jr. & Bad Dude Tito; ZSJ & Tito win.
  • KOPW Championship Handcuffed Cornermen Match: Taichi VS SHO; Sho wins and becomes the new KOPW Champion.
  • IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships: Bishamon VS TMDK; Bishamon wins and retains the titles.
  • Shingo Takagi VS Great-O-Khan; Khan wins.
  • IWGP World Heavyweight Right to Challenge Contract match: Tetsuya Naito VS Jeff Cobb; Naito wins and retains the Right to Challenge.
  • IWGP United Kingdom Championship: Will Ospreay VS Yota Tsuji; Ospreay wins and retains the title.


KOPW Championship Handcuffed Cornermen Match: Taichi VS SHO!

The Holy Emperor, and pretty much everyone, knows when you face one member of the House of Torture, you face them all! That’s why he prepared something very special for this match. Just5Guys and the HOT boys will be allowed ringside, but must all be handcuffed together! Sanada, Douki & Taka Michinoku just beat Evil, Yujiro Takahashi & Dick Togo, will they and Taichi completely topple the House? Or is this gamble going to backfire on Just5Guys?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and the refs begin to secure the faction members together with the handcuffs. Sanada is cuffed to Evil, Douki is cuffed to Yujiro and Taka is cuffed to Dick. Fans applaud seeing this, but Evil is reluctant being literally stuck with his old tag partner. The feeling is mutual but these are the rules. Evil keeps stalling, Red Shoes tells him to sit down already, and Sho is getting anxious. All the cuffs are secure, the bell rings, and the technically 1v1 battle begins!

Fans rally up and Taichi eggs Sho on. Sho stays by ropes, begs the ref to do something, but the ref tells him he can’t. Sho bails out and he runs to where Dick and Taka are seated! Sho tries to uncuff Dick but he can’t, so he goes looking under the ring. Sho goes to Douki and Yujiro, then to Evil and Sanada, but no, he can’t free any of them. Sho then goes to Abe-san for help. Abe ain’t gonna do anything after all HOT has put him through! Then Taichi attacks Sho! Taichi whips Sho hard into railing! Fans fire up as Taichi looms over Sho. Taichi puts Sho in the ring, Sho wants mercy, but too late for that.

Taichi kicks Sho around, fans rally up behind him, and Taichi kicks Sho more. Sho goes to a corner and Taichi digs his knee in! The ref, Kenta Sato, counts but Taichi drags Sho out to then KICK him in the back! Sho writhes but Taichi stalks him to ropes. Taichi drags Sho up but Sho bends fingers! The ref reprimands, Taichi kicks low, but then Sho uses the ref as a shield! Sho CLAWS Taichi’s eyes, then throws him out so Evil can attack! This is almost a Lumberjack match as Sanada has to drag Evil away and Douki has to keep Yujiro back! Fans boo but J5G get the HOT boys away from Taichi.

Taichi complains about that but the ref missed it all. Taichi gets back in and Sho is scared again. Taichi tells Sho he’s gonna get what he deserves, then runs in, only to get bare buckles! Sho switched up the Bullet Club Special by making it a neutral corner! Taichi sputters as he staggers back and Sho SPEARS him down! Sho grins and he drags Taichi around. Sho kicks Taichi out, pursues, and then wrenches the arm to whip Taichi in to railing. Sho opens the gate and he brings Taichi to the back rows, to BOWL Taichi into open chairs! Fans rally for Taichi, but Sho CHOKES Taichi with a chair! J5G and HOT keep each other back while the ref reprimands.

Sho goes back and “apologizes,” then he diverts the ref’s attention to the ring for a count. Taichi sits up as the ring count begins, and Taichi stands at 5 of 20. Taichi makes his way back to ringside at 10, slides in at 15, but Sho distracts the ref and Yujiro attacks! Douki tries to drag the Tokyo Pimp back and the ref sees this! The count continues, though!? Taichi fights Yujiro, Evil works to keep Sanada back, but Douki pries Yujiro off Taichi! Taichi slides in at 19!! Fans fire up while Sho is furious the plan failed! Sho shouts at the ref but stomps Taichi down. Sho CHOKES Taichi, the ref reprimands, and Sho lets off at 4.

Sho then CLAWS Taichi’s eyes! The ref reprimands again and Sho lets off at 4. Cover, but the ref says no! Sho asks why! Isn’t it obvious? Sho shrugs that off and talks some trash as he circles around Taichi. Sho gives Taichi some mocking kicks, but Taichi stands to CHOP! And HAYMAKER! And CHOP! But Sho claws the eyes! The ref reprimands, Sho stops and whips, but Taichi stops from hitting buckles! Sho runs in to SPEAR, but Taichi blocks it! But then Sho bends Taichi’s fingers! Sho wrenches, whips, and Taichi hits bare buckles! But Taichi comes back to AX BOMBER! Both men are down and fans fire up!

Taichi stands first, and he gives Sho some Kawada Kicks. Sho goes to a corner, and Taichi runs in to BOOT him down! Taichi brings Sho out to DANG- NO, Sho fights the saido! Sho throws elbows but Taichi wrenches to HOOK KICK! Evil argues with the ref but Taichi storms out. Evil kicks at Taichi, but Taichi and Sanada both RAM Evil into the timekeeper’s area! Sorry, Abe! Seems he suffers no matter what when Evil is around. Taichi goes back for Sho in, Sho runs in but into a DANGEROUS SAIDO! Fans fire up even more, and OFF COME THE PANTS! Taichi aims, but Sho dodges the Tensho to run. But into a SOBAT!

Fans fire up and Taichi drags Sho up. Taichi reels Sho in but Sho fights the lift. Sho bends fingers again, then wrenches to bring Taichi to his knee. Kick, KICK and SUPER- NO, Taichi blocks that kick! But Sho claws the eyes again! The ref reprimands but Sho whips, only for Taichi to reverse! Sho suffers the bare buckles! Then GAMANGIRI! Cover, but Evil distracts the ref! Sanada yanks Evil away and wrenches the arm while Taichi goes back for Sho. Taichi lets the others know to be ready with their own HOT boys, as Taichi BUZZSAWS Sho back down! Taichi roars and slashes his throat as the fans fire up again!

Taichi drags Sho up, reels him in, but then Yujiro sends his pimp cane in! The ref reprimands, Taichi is mad, but Sho shoves Taichi into the ref and the ref hits bare buckles!! Down goes Sato, and Dick uses POCKET SAND on Taichi!! Sho LOW BLOWS, then he RAMS Taichi into bare buckles! Fans boo as the House still pulls out their tricks! Sho scurries to his corner to get his “Murder Tool!” Dick CHOKES Taka while Sho takes aim at Taichi. Fans boo more but wait! The FIFTH GUY is here! Heel Master Yoshinobu Kanemaru slides in and snatches that wrench away! Fans are thunderous and Sho wants mercy!

Yoshinobu tosses the wrench, and gets his whiskey! Yoshinobu takes a big swig, and WHISKEY MISTS TAICHI?!? WHAT?!? Then he BOTTLE SMASHES Taichi!!! Yoshinobu RIPS the J5G shirt to reveal a House of Torture shirt!!! The Heel Master is living up to his name by joining the other side!!! Then he hauls up Taichi, to give him a BRAINBUSTER!! Fans boo and the rest of- Well, Just FOUR Guys, is shocked! Yoshinobu puts the ref back in, Sho drags Taichi up and in, to tuck and lift, SHOCK ARROW!!! Cover, SHO WINS!!!

Winner: Sho, by pinfall (NEW KOPW Champion)

Why, Yoshinobu, why?!? Now the azure belt belongs to the Murder Machine! And then to “celebrate,” Yoshinobu BOTTLE SMASHES Taka!! And then he CRACKS Douki with it!! He just betrayed his oldest friends in NJPW, and for what?!? Wait, he also has the key! Yoshinobu frees Dick, Yujiro and Evil while Sho holds the belt over Taichi’s prone body. Evil stomps Sanada and puts him in next to Taichi. Yujiro and Dick do the same with Taka and Douki, and they’re all cuffed to ropes now! They can only watch as Taichi gets stomped by Yoshinobu and the HOT boys! Sho talks trash on Sanada, Douki & Taka to help their friend.

Sho then gets the mic, and he mockingly asks what’s wrong. It looks like these guys will be crying tonight! You can all go back to your hotel room and figure this out together. This belt is now Sho’s, he is this year’s good luck charm! Evil then takes the mic to ask “Just Five Guys-” Well first, shut up, fans! But then Evil laughs that Just Five is now Just Four! The Heel Master is now House of Torture! And Sanada, you wanted a Lumberjack match for the world title? Well then, The House of Torture now has the numbers advantage, so let’s do it! The House of Torture has five guys and Sanada’s group will have to rebrand again. But will the Cold Skull be able to deny the King of Darkness his prize?


IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships: Bishamon VS TMDK!

Hirooki Goto & Yoshi-Hashi went back and forth with Shane Haste & Mikey Nicholls during this year’s G1 Climax, and those Mighty victories earned the “Young Punks” this match. Will Hilarious Haste & Mad Mikey bring more gold to the group? Or will the Fierce Warrior & Head Hunter prove they are the ones who don’t kneel?

The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see who is the mightiest team in NJPW!

The teams sort out and Hashi starts against Mikey. The fans rally up as the two circle. They tie up, are in a deadlock, but Mikey powers Hashi back step by step. Mikey puts Hashi on ropes but Hashi turns things around. The ref counts, Hashi lets off cleanly, and even Mikey applauds. But then Hashi blocks the cheap shot to CLUB the leg and clamp on a headlock. Mikey powers up but can’t power out as Hashi holds on tight. Mikey fights up, claws at an eye, then throws body shots. Mikey powers out and RAMS shoulders with Hashi! Neither falls so Mikey eggs Hashi on. Hashi runs and they RAM shoulders again!

Neither man falls so the forearms start flying back and forth! Fans fire up, Mikey gets the edge and he ROCKS Hashi! Hashi CHOPS back! Hashi runs, but Mikey ELBOWS back! Mikey runs but Hashi UPPERCUTS! Hashi runs but Mikey runs him over! Fans fire up more and Mikey tags Shane. Shane drags Hashi up, TMDK double whip, and then DOUBLE ELBOW! FIST DROP SENTON but Hashi moves! Hashi tosses Mikey, grabs Shane but Shane powers Hashi back. Goto tags in, Hashi whips Shane away and Bishamon DOUBLE SHOULDERS Shane down! Then ZANMAI, the hip toss senton! Mikey runs in but Goto kicks him, to snap suplex him onto Shane!

Fans rally up as Bishamon drags Shane up. Se-no, WAR DRUM FISTS! Shane falls and fans fire up more. Goto stomps Shane, Shane hits back, but Goto fires forearms and knees! Goto whips, Shane reverses and Mikey trips Goto so Shane can sliding boot! Then Shane BLASTS Hashi while Mikey SLAMS Goto! Mikey whips Goto hard into railing! Shane waits as Mikey drags Goto up to put him in the ring. Shane stands on Goto, tags in Mikey, and Mikey stomps Goto! Goto CHOPS back, but Mikey CHOPS! Shane tags in, TMDK double whip to DOUBLE ELBOW, and then FIST DROP SENTON COMBO! Cover, TWO!

Shane keeps on Goto with a wristlock. Shane KICKS the arm! Goto writhes and Shane shakes his leg. Shane bumps Goto off buckles, UPPERCUTS and ELBOWS and repeat! Shane brings Goto in for a HALF HATCH! Cover, TWO! Shane drags Goto over, tags in Mikey, and they wrench to put Goto on the ropes. Mikey BLASTS Hashi, Shane throws Goto down, and then Mikey drops a knee on Goto’s head! Mikey stands Goto up to CHOP again! Fans fire up while Goto is stinging, and Mikey tags Shane. TMDK coordinates, but Goto boots free! Goto throws elbows and forearms on everyone, but TMDK kick low!

TMDK runs, Goto follows to DOUBLE LARIAT! Fans fire up while all three men are down! TMDK go to opposite corner and Goto fires up! Goto clotheslines Mikey, Shane runs in but Gotos ends him into Mikey! Goto then runs to MURAMASA them both! Fans fire up as Goto then DOUBLE BULLDOGS! All three men are down again and fans rally up. Hashi is back and he reaches out! Goto crawls over, hot tag to Hashi! The Head Hunter runs Shane over! Then kicks low, to whip to a corner! Shane reverses but Hashi comes back to CHOP! Hashi mule kicks, turns Shane, but Mikey CLUBS Hashi first!

TMDK double whip Hashi, but he holds ropes! Hashi BOOTS Mikey, DUMPS Shane, then TOSSES Mikey onto Shane! Fans fire up as TMDK regroups in a daze. Hashi builds speed and FLIES out onto them both! Fans are thunderous as Hashi roars! Hashi drags Shane up and puts him in the ring. Hashi climbs up, aims and BLOCKBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Shane hangs tough but Hashi calls to Goto. Goto slides in, Bishamon double whip Shane corner to corner. Goto runs in to clothesline! Hashi runs in to CHOP! Hashi feeds Shane to Goto’s fireman’s carry but Shane slips free and shoves Goto into Hashi!

Hashi falls over, Goto staggers back, and Shane hits Goto with a BIG back suplex! Goto flops out of the ring, Hashi runs in but Shane spins him, X PLEX! Shane crawls for his corner while fans rally up. Mikey is still down so Shane goes after Hashi in the open corner. Shane hoists Hashi up top, CHOPS him, then climbs up after him. Hashi fights back with forearms and Shane staggers away. Mikey is back and he’s after Hashi up top! Hashi fires more forearms and now Mikey falls back. But then Mikey gives Shane a boost, POWERBOMB SUPERPLEX COMBO!! Mikey drags Shane onto Hashi for a cover, but Goto barrels in to break it!

Fans fire up while all four men are down! Mikey gets Goto out of the ring, then he regroups with Shane. Mikey tags in, TMDK drags Hashi up. Hashi fires off forearms on them, but Shane UPPERCUTS, Mikey lifts, ATOMIC UPPERCUT! TMDK double whip, but Hashi dropkicks their legs out! Fans fire up and Goto rises! Hashi crawls over to the corner, but Mikey DECKS Goto first! TMDK HIGH LOW LARIAT on Hashi! TMDK then coordinates, and Mikey fireman’s carries Hashi. Hashi slips out, shoves Mikey at Shane but TMDK stops from colliding! Shane blocks Hashi’s kick, spins him around, BACK SUPELX NECKBREAKER! Cover, Goto breaks it again!

Fans fire up but TMDK stomp Goto. They get Goto up but Goto fires forearms now! Hashi BOOTS Goto, TMDK both run but Goto follows! TMDK dodge, fake Goto out, and Mikey hits a MIKEY BOMB!! Scoop and TANK BUSTER! Goto flops out of the ring and TMDK focuses on Hashi. They drag Hashi up, Shane climbs and Mikey scoops. But Hashi slips off to shove Mikey into Shane! Schoolboy bridge, TWO!! Hashi hurries to his feet, runs in, but Mikey BLCOKS the lariat! So Hashi spins to CHOP! And SUPERKICK! Shane returns to DROPKICK! Shane calls the shot, then Mikey fireman’s carries. HIGHWAY TO HELL!! Cover, TWO?!?

Fans are thunderous as Hashi survives! Shane and Mikey fire up and go for the classic! Mikey scoops, Shane hops up the corner, but Goto anchors Shane! Hashi fights free to hit ITADAKIKARI!! Cover, Bishamon wins!!

Winner: Bishamon, by pinfall (still IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions)

The Head Hunter made “Easy Pickings” out of Mikey, proving to be the MVP of this match-up! Bishamon holds onto the gold, will they always #GetBackUp as we enter the Fall?


Shingo Takagi VS Great-O-Khan w/ Callum Newman!

The unofficial best of three series between Los Ingobernables de Japon and The United Empire begins as the Rampaging Dragon once again collides with The Dominator! Takagi won last time with the KOPW title on the line, will he do it again? Or will Khan conquer Takagi for the glory of the Empire?

Khan holds out his United Empire shirt as if to offer Takagi a spot on the team. But then Khan throws the shirt onto Takagi’s head, tackles him, and rains down forearms! The ref reprimands, the match hasn’t started yet! Khan throws fists now then shoves the ref down! Khan CHOKES Takagi with the shirt! The ref reprimands, Khan tells him to shut up and he shoves the ref away. Takagi gets up and the bell rings, then Takagi runs in! But Khan picks Takagi up to DUMP him out! Khan goes out after Takagi but Takagi fires off shots! Takagi CHOPS, whips, but Khan reverses. Takagi hits railing but just gets angry!

Fans fire up as Takagi runs and RAMS shoulders with Khan! And again! And again! Khan runs Takagi over! Fans rally, but Khan grabs a chair! The ref reprimands but Khan shoves him away again! Khan then JAMS Takagi! And SMACKS him on the back! Takagi falls over while fans rally up again. Khan drags Takagi up and into the ring, calls for the ref while he kneels on Takagi’s neck, but Takagi pushes him away. Kahn drags Takagi up to SAYANAGI! Cover, TWO, but Khan clamps on the ARM ‘N’ HEAD TRIANGLE! Takagi endures as Khan leans his weight on the hold. Takagi fights around, and has the ROPEBREAK!

The fans cheer, the ref counts, and Khan lets off. Khan scuffs Takagi against ropes, eggs him on, but Takagi fires a forearm! Khan just puts his arms behind his back. Takagi CHOPS, but Khan shakes his head. Takagi CHOPS and CHOPS but Khan CHOPS! Takagi ends up in a corner, Khan ROCKS him then CLUBS him! Khan then goes up the corner to sit on his- NO, Takagi slips free! “BAKA! <IDIOT!>” DOUBLE CHOP! Takagi fireman’s carries to DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Fans fire up while both men are down! Takagi rises first while Khan goes to a corner. Fans chant for “TA-KA-GI!” as he runs in. Takagi blocks Khan’s boot to clothesline!

Takagi runs, Khan dodges, but runs into the ELBOW! JAB! YUKON LARIAT! Fans fire up as Takagi drags Khan up, suplexes high and hard! Cover, TWO! Khan hangs in there but Takagi wants them to hold on. “OI! OI! OI!” Fans clap along, and then Takagi says IT IS TIME! Takagi has the fans all fired up, and he kicks Khan around. Takagi then hauls Khan up, pump handles, but Khan fights the lift! Takagi knees low, snapmares and runs, but Khan catches the sliding lariat into an armlock! Takagi fights free, JABS, JABS, and JABS! Khan Mongolian Chops! And Mongolian Chops! And then powers up, but Takagi blocks to steal the Mongolian Chops!

Takagi Mongolian CHOPS again, but Khan HELL STABS! Khan runs, but into the SAIDO! But Khan rises!? Khan BOOTS Takagi down! But Takagi rises! DOUBLE LARIATS collide! Double monster rage! Takagi SWATS Khan’s haymaker to wrench and ELBOW BREAKER! Takagi JABS and ENZIGURIS! Khan staggers, runs back in but Takagi blocks the boot to then reel Khan in for MADE IN JAPAN! Cover, TWO!! Khan survives but Takagi stays focused. Takagi fires up again and the fans are with him. Takagi drags Khan up, pump handles, but Khan fights the lift! Takagi LARIATS point blank, but Khan stays up!

Takagi LARIATS point blank again, and Khan drops to his knees! Fans fire up as Takagi pump handles and torture racks, but Khan slips free! IRON SLEEPER, into Grapple Feint O-Khan PLEX! Both men are down and fans rally up again. Khan snarls as he crawls after Takagi. Takagi goes to the corner, Khan runs in, and he BLINDSIDE CLOTHESLINES! Then he torture racks to bring Takagi around, ARGENTINE BACKBREAKER into HERCULES NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up as Takagi hangs in there but Khan stays on him. Khan drags Takagi up, reels him in, and scoops, but Takagi slips free!

Takagi waistlocks, Khan throws elbows, but Takagi BLINDSIDE LARIATS! Khan staggers, but he LARIATS Takagi down!! Fans fire up again as Khan looms over Takagi. Khan watches Takagi drag himself up with ropes, then clamps on the IRON CLAW! Takagi CLUBS the arm, then fires ridge hand chops, but he can’t break free! ELIMI- NO, Takagi slips free to ELBOW! JAB! YUKON- NO, Khan catches Takagi with the left hand, for an ELIMINATOR!! High stack, TWO!?! Takagi survives and fans are thunderous! Khan is rather stunned, but he drags Takagi back up. IRON SLEEPER! Fans rally as Takagi endures!

Khan drags Takagi up, squeezes tighter, and Takagi is fading! Then Khan shifts to right hand ELIMI- DDT!! Takagi turns things around and both men are down again! Fans fire up as we pass ten minutes, and Takagi crawls over to Khan. They junkyard dog headbutt, then start throwing forearms! Takagi fires up and fans are with him. Khan eggs Takagi on and the forearms continue! Takagi CHOPS! Khan CHOPS! Takagi forearms! Khan forearms! Khan fires forearm after forearm, but Takagi just roars! Takagi fires boxing elbows! Takagi winds up but the IRON CLAW returns! Takagi CLAWS back!

Khan grabs the waistband but Takagi breaks free! JAB! HEADBUTT! But Khan IRON STRAIGHTS!! Takagi falls and the monster rage boils up! Khan IRON CLAWS, then he drags Takagi up! ELIMI- NO, Takagi slips out to DRAGON SUPLEX! SLIDING FOREARM!! Cover, TWO?!?! Khan rises but staggers around! Fans are thunderous again as these two run. Takagi dodges to PUMPING BOMBER!! Fans are electric as Takagi hauls Khan back up. “OI! OI! OI!” echoes out and Takagi pump handles, LAST OF THE DRAGON!! Cover, TAKAGI WINS!

Winner: Shingo Takagi, by pinfall

Another epic battle, and another epic victory for the Rampaging Dragon! Will Takagi use this momentum to fly back up and fight for a title? What does Khan need to finally get up and over that hump?


IWGP World Heavyweight Right to Challenge Contract match: Tetsuya Naito VS Jeff Cobb w/ Callum Newman!

Speaking of colliding once again, this is the second time this year the Uncontrollable Charisma battles the Imperial Unit! Cobb won their G1 Climax match but Naito won the whole tournament, will Naito lose that Right to Challenge during a Tour of the Islands? Or will WrestleKingdom still look tranquilo?

Wait, what’s that canvas tote bag Naito is carrying? Wait, THAT is the “briefcase” Naito is carrying the contract in? And he’s written “Kenrisyou” on it, both in Japanese katakana and ABCs. Well, then, who will be left holding the bag, but in a good way?

Cobb is patient as Naito takes off his elaborate entrance attire. After all, he’s seen this a few times already. The bell rings and fans rally up as the two stare down. Naito has the strong majority of the crowd but Cobb shrugs that off as he and Naito circle. They approach but then Naito backs off. They circle more, tie up, and Cobb holds firm as Naito pushes. Cobb puts Naito on the ropes, Red Shoes calls for the break, and Cobb steps just to get Naito to flinch. Cobb raises his fist to mock LIJ, but Naito SPITS at Cobb! Cobb runs in but Naito dumps hm out! Naito knocks Cobb off the apron then baseball slides him into railing!

Fans rally for Naito as he CLUBS Cobb around the way. And CLUBS him again! Naito cravats to then CHOKE Cobb on the railing, right in front of Hiroshi Tanahashi & Toru Yano on commentary. Naito puts Cobb in, Cobb rushes up but Naito catches him for a TORNADO- NO, Cobb blocks that to then suplex! Naito slips free, waistlocks, but Cobb switches and clinches, to OVERHEAD BELLY2BELLY! Fans fire up while Naito flounders away. Cobb storms up on Naito, drags him up, and ROCKS him with a right! Naito goes to a corner, Cobb throws body shots, then throat chops! Naito kicks back but Cobb eggs him on.

Naito kicks more but Cobb blocks, to CHOP! Cobb CLUBS Naito down, then paces around him. Naito sputters but Cobb pulls hair. Red Shoes reprimands and Cobb lets off. Cobb taunts Naito, brings him up, and whips him to a corner. Cobb runs in, clotheslines, then clotheslines again and again and again! Red Shoes counts, Cobb lets off and runs to JUMP KICK! Leg sweep! SWINGING DROPKICK! Combinacion Cobb-ron! Fans are torn as Cobb mocks Naito’s posing, then Cobb covers. TWO, but Cobb covers again. TWO, but Cobb keeps his cool. Cobb looms over Naito, drags him up, and hoists him up into a BEARHUG!

Naito endures the squeeze, he CLUBS Cobb but Cobb just thrashes Naito around! Naito throws more elbows, gets free, but then Cobb HEADBUTTS! And short arm LARIATS! Then GACHIMUCHI FLOPS as Naito moves! Naito dropkicks the legs out! Fans rally while both men are down! Naito stands, throws forearms and kicks, then whips. Cobb reverses but Naito FLYING FOREARMS! Cobb staggers into an atomic drop! Naito ELBOWS Cobb down, then basement dropkicks him in the back! Fans rally as Naito has Cobb in a corner. Naito whips corner to corner, runs in to JUMP KICK! Leg sweep! SWINGING feint and then the dropkick!

Fans fire up as Naito poses for his Combinacion, then he goes back to cover. ONE!! Naito almost goes flying out of the ring there! Naito drags Cobb up, has a cravat for the neck wrench, but Cobb throws body shots. But Naito throws those heavy back elbows! Then he turns Cobb, for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Naito stays focused and he stomps Cobb around. Naito drags Cobb up, hammerlocks then half nelsons, but Cobb clubs free! Cobb then hits an atomic drop, and a DROPKICK! Fans fire up while both men are down! Cobb rises while Naito goes to ropes. Cobb storms over and he drags Naito up.

Cobb waistlocks and deadlifts, but Naito fights with elbows! Cobb hops down to HEADBUTT Naito, then has him at the corner. Cobb climbs up to then deadlift SUPERPLEX!! Fans are thunderous while both men are down! Cobb crawls to the cover, TWO!! GACHIMUCHI MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO!! Naito survives consecutive crashes and Cobb is beside himself! Fans rally as hard as they can for “NA-I-TO!” but Cobb stands first. Cobb whips Naito to ropes, but Naito holds ropes. Naito BOOTS back, runs in but Cobb gets around to shove Naito to a corner. BACK ELBOW! Cobb then hoists Naito up!

Cobb goes up the corner, but Naito slips under! Cobb holds the corner and he punches Naito away! Naito comes back to ROCK Cobb! Naito fires more forearms, then climbs up, to the very top! Naito CLUBS Cobb, but Cobb gets Naito up! Naito still SUPER STEINERS! Fans fire up as Naito BOOTS again, goes back up and reels Cobb in, ESPERANZA! Fans rally and Naito aims from the corner. Cobb stands, Naito tilt-o-whirls, but Cobb turns Destino into ATHLETIC PLEX! Naito staggers around, into a fireman’s carry! ONE ARMED F5 THOUSAND!! Fans rally up and Cobb covers, TWO?!? Naito is somehow still in this after all that spinning!

Fans rally, Cobb rises again, and he drags Naito up. Cobb reels Naito in, but Naito fights free! Naito throws those heavy elbows! Cobb wobbles, Naito comes back, but into another fireman’s carry! But Naito pops up to POISON-RANA!! Cobb gets spiked, yet he starts pushing himself up! Naito wrenches and tilt-o-whirls, but Cobb stops Destino into a TOUR- NO, Naito victory rolls through! TWO!! Naito eggs Cobb on, catches him, and TORNADO CRADLE! TWO!! Cobb escapes and runs in, into an ELBOW! And ENZIGURI! But Cobb GERMAN SUPLEXES! Naito roars and rises up!? But Cobb LARIATS him back down!!

Cobb hauls Naito up, whips and scoops, TOUR OF THE- DESTINO!! Naito tastes blood in his mouth but he just fires up! Wrench and tilt-o-whirl, DESTINOOO~!!! Cover, NAITO WINS!

Winner: Tetsuya Naito, by pinfall (retains the Right to Challenge)

Cobb may have conquered him in the G1 Climax, and may have been parodying him ever since, but the real deal Tetsuya Naito takes back that loss and holds onto his contract! Then is it all but a given that the Uncontrollable Charisma will main event WrestleKingdom 18? As for Cobb, where does he go from here, having fallen short?


IWGP United Kingdom Championship: Will Ospreay w/ Callum Newman VS Yota Tsuji!

Los Ingobernables is 2-0 on the night with Takagi conquering Khan and Naito denying Cobb. And now, the Gene Blast goes after the rebranded championship around the Aerial Assassin’s waist. Will LIJ be 3-0 and golden here tonight? Or will Ospreay bring about the Destruction of this Reiwa era Musketeer?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who feels like smiling after it’s all said and done!

The bell rings and fans rally up as the two stare down. There seem just as many “OSPREAY! OSPREAY!” fans as there are “YOTA! YOTA!” fans.  The two circle, feel things out, then back away. Fans applaud them both being wary, then the two tie up. They’re in a deadlock but Ospreay wrenches and wristlocks. Tsuji rolls, powers through to wrench Ospreay, but Ospreay spins, slips through, waistlocks, then spins Tsuji to a cravat. Fans applaud the technical exchange, but Tsuji rolls and wrenches to wrangle Ospreay down! Tsuji has a cording hold but Ospreay fights up, waistlocks, but then Tsuji switches.

Ospreay pries the hold open, switches back but Tsuji facelocks. Ospreay wrenches out, hammerlocks, but Tsuji reaches back to headlock. Tsuji grinds Ospreay, but Ospreay endures. Ospreay powers up and powers out, but Tsuji runs him over! But Ospreay kips right up! Fans cheer and Tsuji grins. Ospreay smirks, talks a little trash, then eggs Tsuji on. Tsuji runs, Ospreay drops to hurdle, but then Tsuji leaps over! Ospreay arm-drags, Tsuji headscissors, Ospreay kips free and avoids the arm-drag! Ospreay stands on Tsuji and flexes, perhaps a shot at Chris Jericho. Ospreay then brings Tsujhi up but Tsuji arm-drags him away!

Ospreay goes to a corner, Tsuji runs in and jumps up to MONKEY FLIP, but Ospreay lands on his feet! Tsuji runs in but he flips through the hip toss! Tsuji arm-drags, then ducks ‘n’ dodges to tilt-o-whirl arm-drag Ospreay out of the ring! Fans fire up and Tsuji builds speed! Tsuji DIVES and Ospreay hits railing! Fans fire up with Tsuji, and he brings Ospreay up. Tsuji puts Ospreay in the ring then runs, to run Ospreay over! Cover, ONE! Tsuji was a bit lax there but he just smiles. Tsuji drags Ospreay up, cravats, but Ospreay pulls Tsuji’s hair. Red Shoes reprimands but then Tsuji snapmares Ospreay into body scissors!

Ospreay endures, reaches out, but Tsuji hooks an arm to keep him down. Tsuji squeezes tight and Ospreay endures, to then reach out for the ROPEBREAK! Tsuji lets go quickly enough, but Ospreay fires a forearm! And another! And another! Tsuji just CHOPS back! Ospreay sputters and fans applaud as Tsuji brings him up. Tsuji ROCKS Ospreay to a corner, then whips him corner to corner. Tsuji runs in but Ospreay dodges the splash! Ospreay runs back in but into a BOOT! Tsuji goes up but Ospreay CHOPS him down! Tsuji tumbles to apron then floor, and Ospreay aims to PLANCHA! Direct hit and down goes Tsuji!

Fans fire up as Ospreay rises and shouts “IKU ZO! <LET’S GO!>” Ospreay stalks Tsuji, drags him up, and brings him around to ROCK with a forearm. And then ROCK him again! Tsuji staggers around the way but Ospreay pursues. Ospreay wrenches and whips, but Tsuji reverses! Ospreay leaps over the railing! Ospreay then ROCKS Tsuji, jumps up and FLYING FOREARMS! Fans fire up and Ospreay apologizes to the front row. Ospreay drags Tsuji up, puts him in the ring, and drops a knee on Tsuji’s chin! And again! Ospreay paces around Tsuji, drags him up, and CHOPS! Ospreay paces around Tsuji again, then bumps him off buckles.

Ospreay CHOPS again and Tsuji sits down, chest stinging. Ospreay digs his boot in, scrubs and scrapes Tsuji’s face, and Red Shoes reprimands. Ospreay “apologizes” before he brings Tsuji up and scoops, for a BACKBREAKER! Ospreay pushes Tsuji down to cover, TWO! Tsuji hangs tough and fans rally up but Ospreay keeps his cool. Ospreay stalks Tsuji, drags him up, and shoves him to ropes to then CLUB him on the back! Tsuji grits his teeth, then grins through the pain! So Ospreay CLUBS him on the back again! And again! Tsuji turns around to smile right in Ospreay’s face! Fans fire up as Ospreay fires off forearms!

Tsuji grins as he fires forearms in return! Ospreay CHOPS again! Ospreay whips, Tsuji reverses but Ospreay holds ropes. Ospreay BOOTS back, runs, but Tsuji scoops to BACKBREAKER! Fans fire up while both men are down! We pass ten minutes as fans rally and the two men stir. Tsuji rises first, then fires off forearms! Tsuji whips, Ospreay reverses, but Tsuji blasts through to FLYING RANA! Ospreay bails out and Tsuji grins. Tsuji builds speed to FOSBURY FLOP! Fans are all fired up seeing a man that big do a move that agile! Tsuji is also fired up and he does a full lap around the ring.

Fans fire up as Tsuji puts Ospreay in the ring, and he brings Ospreay up. Ospreay swings, Tsuji blocks and spins him, inverted Gory Especial for the INVERTED GORY BOMB! Cover, TWO! Ospreay is still in this but he isn’t champion for no reason. Tsuji keeps on smiling, and the fans rally up again. Tsuji brings Ospreay up but Ospreay fights the suplex. Ospreay wrenches, Tsuji forearms, and Tsuji whips but Ospreay handsprings to NEURALIZER KICK! Fans rally as Ospreay goes to the corner and he gets an “OI! OI! OI!” going. Not quite Takagi’s “Oi” but still. Ospreay springboards, PIP PIP CHEERIO! Cover, TWO!

Ospreay stays focused and stretches out his sore back. He drags Tsuji up, reels him in, but Tsuji fights the lift. Ospreay fires Kawada Kicks! But Tsuji blocks the chop! And catches the lariat to BACKBREAKER, COMPLETE SHOT and STOMP! An even more lethal combination, and Tsuji suplexes. Ospreay slips out but Tsuji elbows him! Tsuji whips, Ospreay reverses but Tsuji BOOTS him away! Tsuji tries again, Ospreay blocks but Tsuji brings him down to DOUBLE STOMP! Tsuji suplexes, but Ospreay STUN-DOG MILLIONAIRES! Both men are down again and fans fire back up!

Ospreay sits up and shakes out the stars. Tsuji crawls to a corner and Ospreay wants him to rise. Ospreay then runs in corner to corner to BOOT! That was a hell of a kick, but Ospreay just goes up. We pass 15 minutes as Ospreay BLINDSIDE FLYING FOREARMS! Fans fire up as Ospreay roars “OI! OI! OI!” and prepares that elbow. Tsuji sits up, HIDDEN- NO, Tsuji ducks it! Tsuji kicks, runs, but Ospreay flips through the lariat! But Tsuji slips out of the bomb! FALCON BOMB!! Cover, TWO?!? Ospreay survives and now Tsuji gets the “OI! OI! OI!” going. Fans rally up, Tsuji aims, and Ospreay slowly rises.

Tsuji runs in to GENE- KNEE!! CHOP! But Tsuji ROLLING ELBOWS! Tsuji runs but Ospreay Tiger Wall Kicks! Tsuji ducks the enziguri, Ospreay dodges the stomp to ROCK and ROLLING- JUMP KNEE! Tsuji runs, into a SPANISH FLY!! Cover, TWO!! Both men are down again and fans are thunderous! Ospreay sits up while Tsuji flounders. Ospreay dares Tsuji to sit up, so he does. They stare down, and then Ospreay ROCKS Tsuji with a forearm! Tsuji shakes his head while fans fire up again. Tsuji ROCKS Ospreay, but he shakes his head. Ospreay ROCKS Tsuji and he almost falls over!

Tsuji sits back up, and he throws another forearm. Not enough to Ospreay! Ospreay stands Tsuji up to ROCK him! Tsuji wobbles but he grins and fires another forearm. Ospreay ROCKS Tsuji again, Tsuji hits back, and they’re picking up speed! Ospreay eggs Tsuji on while giving him shot after shot! Tsuji leans on ropes, but he just smiles again! Tsuji comes back as Ospreay eggs him on again. Tsuji and Ospreay trade shots fast and furious! Fans are all fired up as Ospreay wobbles! Tsuji ROCKS Ospreay keeps on him, and DECKS him!! Fans are thunderous as Tsuji finally clutches his jaw. But then Ospreay rises up!

Ospreay snarls and winds up, to ROCK Tsuji! And CHOP! And CHOP on the back! And HOOK KICK! Tsuji bails out to the apron, and Ospreay goes out to join him, Ospreay goes up and up and- NO, Tsuji stops the cutter! Tsuji POSTS Ospreay, SUPERKICKS him, but Ospreay fires up! Only for Tsuji to HEADBUTT! Flashbacks to that Elimination Tag! Both men wobble, Tsuji runs in, but Ospreay moves! Tsuji’s curb stomp falls to the floor, and Ospreay goes up to SUPER OSCUTTER to the floor!! We pass 20 minutes as Red Shoes checks both men. They’re both somehow okay to continue, and fans rally back up.

A ring count starts and Ospreay slowly sits up. Ospreay grits his teeth as he stands, and he slides in at 12 of 20. Tsuji stands at 14, hobbles over but flops down at 16! Tsuji still pushes himself up, and he slides in at 19! Ospreay COAST2COAST DROPKICKS!! Cover, TWO!! Fans fire up with Ospreay and he calls his shot. Springboard, but no Oscutter! Tsuji shoves and scoops to BLUE THUNDER BOMB, then KNEE THRUST! CURB STOMP to the FACE!! Both men are down again and fans are fired up behind Yota more than Ospreay! Ospreay is dazed but he makes his way to the neutral corner.

Tsuji pounds the mat and the fans rally behind him. Tsuji storms up to Ospreay, stomps him, then stomps him again! Tsuji drags Ospreay up to CHOP! Ospreay shouts in pain but Tsuji puts him up top. Tsuji shouts and fans rally again. Tsuji climbs but Ospreay fires forearms! Tsuji throws shots back, then goes up to the very top! Tsuji brings Ospreay up to join him but Ospreay starts throwing headbutts! Ospreay switches positions to SUPER SPANISH FLY!! Cover, TWO?!? But Ospreay just brings Tsuji up, SIT OUT BOMB!! Cover, TWO!!! Fans are electric, Ospreay is furious, he BUZZSAWS and HEEL KICKS! OSCUTTER!!! Cover, TWO?!?!

Fans are electric because they are shocked, and Ospreay is just fuming! Ospreay vows to end this, and he hauls Tsuji up. Underhooks, Canadian Rack, STORM- STUNNER?!?! Tsuji brings that outta nowhere! TO GENE BLAST!!! Cover, ROPEBREAK!!! Ospreay survives by a literal foot!! We pass 25 minutes, time is not on Tsuji’s side, and yet Tsuji smiles all the same! Fans are on Tsuji’s side, though, and he rises up again. Tsuji calls his shot, and goes up, up and FLYING STOMPS!!! Tsuji reels Ospreay in to underhook, Canadian Rack and STEALS STORMBREAKER!!!! Cover, TWO?!?!?! Now even Tsuji’s shocked! Ospreay flips Tsuji off but Tsuji just grins.

Tsuji roars and powers up! Fans are thunderous as Tsuji aims, to GENE- HIDDEN BLADE?!?! that back elbow came outta nowhere!! Ospreay is seething, almost foaming at the mouth! “OI! OI! OI!” Ospreay aims, runs back in, and steals GENE BLAST!!! Cover, ONE?!?!? WHAT?!? Ospreay tries again, calls his shot, STORM DRIVER!!! Cover, TWO?!?!?! HOW?!?! Is Tsuji even human?!? Ospreay doesn’t care if human, robot, alien or more, but Tsuji’s roar does make him hesitate! Tsuji stands, grins, even laughs. He backs Ospreay down with that stare! Ospreay just HIDDEN BLADES anyway!! Ospreay hooks arms, to STORMBREAKER!!! Cover, OSPREAY WINS!

Winner: Will Ospreay, by pinfall (still IWGP United Kingdom Champion)

Tsuji pushed Ospreay to over 27 minutes, showing us he has resilience beyond expectations, but Ospreay still comes out the victor! Ospreay applauds Tsuji’s efforts, and even fist bumps him. Did tonight prove Tsuji proves to be a Reiwa Musketeer?

As for Ospreay, fans clap and chant along with his song, and he picks up both his belt and the mic. “Kobeee~!” Fans cheer the shoutout, and Ospreay says in Japanese, “Good evening. Did you have fun?” The fans cheer but he wants to ask again, did they have fun? The fans cheer even more! Ospreay continues by telling Tsuji, “You are amazing.” Tsuji grins and fans cheer, and Ospreay says the future of NJPW is in good hands with Tsuji, thank you very much. Ospreay then says that this is a beautiful place, he loves coming to Kobe. As a kid, he’d… Oh hey! It’s Zack Sabre Jr! These two are very familiar with each other.

The NJPW World TV Champion joins the IWGP UK Champion in the ring, gets a mic of his own, and then says, “Ospreay-chan, otsukaresama. <Lil’ Ospreay, thank you for your hard work.>” Fans cheer that, and Ospreay thanks ZSJ for the same. These two Englishmen continue with Japanese as ZSJ says that was a really great match and that Ospreay is really amazing. Ospreay asks if ZSJ really means that, and ZSJ says yes, he does. ZSJ says one thing, though. What is that belt? What is it called? The IWGP UK Heavyweight Champion. Oh okay. Then that belt… He wants it. ZSJ then asks if Ospreay knows enough Japanese to keep this going.

Ospreay says to give him a second while he thinks. ZSJ says good luck, you can do it. Ospreay takes a moment, the fans cheer him on, and Ospreay comes back with, “Eto… <Um…>” Challenge? Yes, maybe. “Okay desu.” Fans love that! ZSJ then tells Ospreay-chan that he has his next opponent. When is good for Ospreay? Ospreay apologizes that he’s running thin on his Japanese. ZSJ says that’s okay, but then let’s go to English. ZSJ says Ospreay still did good, though. But next month is Royal Quest III, October 14th. And ZSJ knows Ospreay knows that they are the two best British wrestlers in the world. Time to find who is THE best, with the UK title on the line.

Ospreay asks the fans if they like the idea of a match at Royal Quest. The fans cheer that! Ospreay considers it… And then he says okay, ZSJ is on! ZSJ thanks Ospreay and Ospreay thanks ZSJ. But do they bow or shake hands? They slowly reach out, and shake hands. Fans applaud as these two rivals have one more on the books. But neither wants to let go of the shake first. They agree, same time. Three, two, one, done. Then Ospreay yoinks ZSJ’s belt off him! Ospreay plays dumb but ZSJ lets that one slide. Until Ospreay rushes in! Then ZSJ dodges to scoop! Ospreay slips free and fans cheer the standoff!

Ospreay says a Zack Driver after all this? C’mon! He’s just trying to give you the belt back. Sure, sure, mate. ZSJ bails out and takes his leave, having to get ready for AEW WrestleDream and Bryan Danielson before Royal Quest. Ospreay chuckles and tells ZSJ he’ll see him at the Copper Box Arena. Ospreay tells Kobe that before they go, he needs to know the answer to one question: Who is the best pro-wrestler in the world? “OSPREAY!” Hmm… Who is the best pro-wrestler int he world?! “OSPREAY!!” That’s right! He is THE best pro-wrestler in the world, because he is Will Ospreay, and he is on ANOTHER LEVEL! ARIGATOGOZAIMASHITA!!

Ospreay waves the Empire’s banner while the streamers fly! The IWGP UK Champion is also going to Seattle for WrestleDream in a stacked Six Man Tag Match, but will he survive one more Don Callis Family feud to make it home to London?

My Thoughts:

An awesome night for NJPW on this large Destruction tour, even though I still skipped things. Well, I did skim, pretty good stuff but the first half was filler/build matches as this tour continues into October. Great stuff out of the KOPW Championship match with a unique take on the lumberjack match. But the last time (I watched) these two factions interact, something made me think the Heel Master was going to turn on his guys, and here we are! Yoshinobu now gives the House of Torture even more of a numbers advantage, really putting the pressure on Sanada and Just Four Guys when it comes to the rivalry. But as such, I would think Sanada retains in Ryogoku.

Great tag title match, but I figured Bishamon would retain. Goto & Hashi are a great team, NJPW knows they can depend on those two. Though nothing against TMDK, it probably just isn’t their time yet. NJPW probably wants to give Aussie Open time doing stuff in AEW/ROH before they resolve things between Aussie Open and Bishamon since Aussie Open never truly lost the titles. Then we got great stuff out of all the LIJ VS United Empire singles matches. Going in, I definitely figured it was all going to go this way. I lost it laughing at Naito’s canvas tote bag being his contract briefcase. And while Tsuji looked absolutely incredible tonight, I had no doubt Ospreay was going to retain.

WrestleDream is also a big part of his and ZSJ’s schedule, so Ospreay wasn’t going to lose momentum going into that Six Man Tag, and ZSJ wasn’t going to lose going into his true dream match with Bryan Danielson. And now, Ospreay VS ZSJ one more time around for the now IWGP UK Championship, that is going to be amazing stuff. Though with ZSJ still the inaugural NJPW World TV Champion, I don’t see the need for him to win Ospreay’s title. Perhaps they give these guys like 30+ minutes to put on a Match of the Year candidate so that no one can complain about ZSJ losing.

My Score: 9/10

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