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Mitchell’s NJPW Dominion Results & Report! (6/4/23)

Will Sanada survive Tsuji?

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Will the Cold Skull stay the gold skull?

NJPW returns to Osaka-Jo Hall for another epic edition of Dominion! But will Sanada stay IWGP World Heavyweight Champion against the returning Yota Tsuji?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Kickoff match – Young Lion Hattrick Challenge: Oskar Leube VS Ryohei Oiwa, Boltin Oleg & Yuto Nakashima; Oiwa, Oleg & Nakashima win and Oskar gets no prizes.
  • IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship #1 Contender’s Tournament Finals: Will Ospreay VS Lance Archer; Ospreay wins and will challenge Kenny Omega for the title.
  • 8 Man Tag: Just5Guys VS Los Ingobernables de Japon; LIJ wins.
  • IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championships: Intergalactic Jet Setters VS Catch 2/2; Catch 2/2 wins and become the new IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions.
  • NJPW World Television Championship: Zack Sabre Jr. VS Jeff Cobb; ZSJ wins and retains the title.
  • Vacated IWGP Heavyweight & NJPW Strong Openweight Tag Team Championships Triple Threat: Bishamon VS The House of Torture VS Great-O-Khan & Aaron Henare; Bishamon wins and are the new dual IWGP Heavyweight & NJPW Strong Openweight Tag Team Champions.
  • NEVER Openweight Championship: David Finlay VS El Phantasmo; Finlay wins and retains the title.
  • IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship: Hiromu Takahashi VS Master Wato; Hiromu wins and retains the title.
  • NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Championships: Kazuchika Okada, Hiroshi Tanahashi & Tomohiro Ishii VS Blackpool Combat Club; win(s) and
  • IWGP World Heavyweight Championship: SANADA VS Yota Tsuji; Sanada wins and retains the title.

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IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship #1 Contender’s Tournament Finals: Will Ospreay VS Lance Archer!

The Commonwealth Kingpin and the Murderhawk Monster are former IWGP US Champions, and they both want that title back from Kenny Omega! Who wins here to face the Cleaner in the near future?

The second Ospreay hops off the corner in his introduction, Archer CLOBBERS him! Ospreay flops out of the ring,. Archer goes out after him and smacks him with his own jacket! Archer then RAMS Ospreay into railing in front of commentary! The bell rings and Archer drags Ospreay over to the timekeeper’s area! Archer clears off the table, choke grips, and CHOKE- NO, Ospreay lands safe on the table! Ospreay throws haymakers and gets Archer to stagger away. Ospreay then jumps off the railing, PIP PIP CHEERIO! Ospreay goes up top fast, and he ARIHARA TORNILLOS! The fans are thunderous as Ospreay takes Archer down!

Ospreay storms up on Archer, puts him in the ring and takes aim, to springboard, but into a choke grip! Ospreay flips out of the choke slam, ENZIGURIS, but Archer stays up! Ospreay dodges Archer to springboard, OSCUTTER!! Cover, TWO! Archer survives but Ospreay prepares the arm, only to run into a LARIAT! Fans fire up and Archer grins. Archer stalks Ospreay to a corner and brings Ospreay up. Ospreay SLAPS Archer! Archer ROCKS, KNEES and ROCKS Ospreay, then stomps away on him! Fans rally, Archer runs corner to corner and hits a BIG back elbow! Ospreay sputters and Archer keeps moving, to ELBOW Ospreay again!

Fans rally, Archer keeps going, and he hits another ELBOW! Ospreay falls over while fans fire back up. Archer stalks Ospreay, drags him up, but Ospreay throws a forearm. Archer ROCKS Ospreay right back! Ospreay throws more forearms in return, but Archer laughs and then ROCKS Ospreay! Ospreay wobbles around, goes to ropes, and fires himself up. Ospreay fires off more forearms, but Archer just ROCKS him! Ospreay gets mad and fires Kawada Kicks! Archer choke grips, Ospreay breaks free but Archer CHOPS! Archer whips, Ospreay handsprings, NEURALIZER! Fans fire up, Ospreay keeps moving, but Archer CLOBBERS him!

Fans fire up as Archer stands back up and looms over Ospreay. Archer drags Ospreay up and gives him the Kawada Kicks! Ospreay staggers up into a BOOT! Ospreay flops out of the ring and Archer goes out after him. Archer aims from the apron to CANNONBALL to the floor! Fans fire up as Archer grins. Archer drags Ospreay up and puts him in the ring, to then put Ospreay on the top rope. Archer ROCKS Ospreay, tells him he’s not winning, and then picks him up in the reverse crucifix! But Ospreay fights back with elbows! Ospreay shoves Archer away, BLINDSIDE PIP PIP CHEERIO! Fans fire up while Ospreay clutches the bad arm.

Ospreay roars, drags Archer up and reels him in, underhooks the arms, but the bad arm won’t let him lift Archer! Archer runs in, Ospreay ducks under the body check, to SPANISH FLY! Cover, TWO! Ospreay goes right to the corner and up top! Archer step-up KNEES Ospreay first! Archer positions Ospreay, inverted crucifix, BLACKOUT BOMB!! Cover, TWO!?! Ospreay survives and fans fire up again! Archer snarls, he drags Ospreay into the drop zone, and goes up!? Fans fire up, the Murderhawk doesn’t usually fly. Ospreay anchors a leg, Archer CLUBS away on him, but Ospreay tucks Archer in! CHEEKY NANDOS!

Ospreay then drags Archer out onto the Canadian Rack! But Archer is too big and he slips off! Choke grip, HUGE CHOKE SLAM!! Cover, TWO!! Ospreay survives but Archer grins. The fans are thunderous as Archer drags Ospreay up. Archer swings, Ospreay dodges to mule kick a leg out, HOOK KICK Archer’s face, and then HIDDEN BLADE!! Cover, ONE?!?! HOW?!? Archer gets up but Ospreay JUMPING HIDDEN BLADE! HIDDEN BLADE to the front! And then Ospreay throws off the elbow pad to go to the corner! TRUE HIDDEN BLADE!!! Cover, Ospreay wins!!

Winner: Will Ospreay, by pinfall (NEW #1 Contender to the IWGP US Heavyweight Championship)

It took a lot to slay the Murderhawk Monster, but The Aerial Assassin pulls it off! But Ospreay does show respect to Archer with a fist bump, and then gets on the mic. “Lance. Arigato gozaimashita. <Thank you very much.>” Fans rally for Ospreay, and Ospreay then calls out “KENNY OMEGA! Remember me?! I’m the guy you left covered in my own blood at the Tokyo Dome! Now, you shoulda killed me when you had the chance! Because I’m back for revenge! I will walk in to YOUR territory, bruv. I will walk into Canada, Ospreay VS Canada, and I am bringing BACK the IWGP United States Championship!”

Fans fire up for that mic drop, will the Kingpin once again be gold? Or will fighting the Best Bout Machine in his backyard be a mistake?

 

IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championships: Intergalactic Jet Setters VS Catch 2/2 w/ Dan Moloney!

Kushida & Kevin Knight may have taken these titles from TJP & Francesco Akira in a literal bloody fight, but the Public Enemy & Nova Fireball are back for more! Will the United Empire conquer the Junior Tag Division again? Or is there still time on the Intergalactic Jet Setters’ flight?

The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see if history repeats itself!

Akira and Knight get at each other, Akira shoves but then Knight shoves. TJP and Kushida keep the peace, the teams sort out, and the two hot heads start. And they double dropkick! Those cancel out, the bell rings, and the forearms start flying! Fans fire up with every shot, Akira gets the edge, but he runs into a BOOT! Knight runs but into a forearm! Akira runs, but into a tilt-o-whirl BACKBREAKER! TJP runs in to BOOT Knight, but Kushida runs in to BOOT TJP! Kushida fires off on TJP in the corner but TJP turns things around to fire off body shots. Akira does the same on Knight, then Catch 2/2 coordinates.

Catch 2/2 whip the Jet Setters at each other, but the Jet Setters dosido and run back at Catch 2/2, but Catch 2/2 dodge! TJP & Akira trade targets, but then the Jet Setters dodge! STINGER SPLASH for Akira, BIG back elbow for TJP! Kushida then sets up and Knight runs in, BOOSTED STINGER SPLASH! TJP flops out, Kushida throws Akira out to join him, and then Kushida WRECKS them both with a dropkick! Moloney hurries over to help Catch 2/2 up but the Jet Setters go to the apron. Kushida helps Knight in the springboard, BOOSTED ASAI MOONSAULT!! Knight wipes out the United Empire at the ramp!

Fans fire up and Knight shouts, “TSUYOI!” Knight drags Akira up and puts him in for Kushida, who snapmares Akira to then set up, MOONSAULT SPLASH COMBO! Cover, TJP breaks it! TJP gets Akira out but the Jet Setters drag TJP back in! They double wrench, double snapmare, and then double knee drop each arm! Fans fire up as Knight SPLASHES TJP, and Kushida adds a back elbow! The Jet Setters whip TJP to a corner, Kushida elbows and then sets up. Knight runs in but TJP avoids the boosted splash! Knight lands safe on the second rope but TJP keeps Kushida down, and Akira uses Kushida to FIRE IN MOTION!

Akira’s dropkick sends Knight tumbling to the floor! Catch 2/2 send Kushida out, and fans rally up with them. TJP goes up and up and TRIANGLE DROPKICKS Kushida! “A! KI-RA!” builds speed to FLY! Direct hit on Jet Setters at the ramp! Fans fire up, Akira puts Knight back in, and he pushes Knight to a cover. ONE, but Akira snapmares Knight and tags in TJP. Catch 2/2 combine, “Take picture! Take pictures!” Electric Chair SENTON! TJP covers, TWO! TJP KNEES Knight in the back, drags him up and bumps him off buckles. TJP stomps Knight down, digs his boot in, and fans fire up as he starts up the scrubbing!

TJP scrapes Knight with his laces again and again, then runs side to side to BOOT WASH! Fans fire up and TJP says one more time! Fans chant “MOIKAI! MOIKAI!” and TJP puts Knight back in for more laces off the face! TJP runs side to side to BOOT WASH again! TJP signals those belts are theirs, and then tags in Akira. Catch 2/2 double whip, kick, but Knight blocks to hand it to TJP, and Knight ENZIGURIS Akira! Everyone falls over but TJP gets Knight’s leg. Knight ENZIGURIS TJP, too! Fans rally, Knight crawls, hot tag to Kushida! Kushida goes up to AX HANDLE Akira! And SHOTEI TJP!

Kushida KICKS away on Akira, whips, but Akira reverses, only for Kushida to HANDSPRING BACK ELBOW! Kushida keeps moving, SHOTEI for TJP! Akira dodges, runs in, but into a hip toss and cartwheel dropkick! Fans fire up with Kushida and he aims at Akira. Akira rises, Kushida goes for the arm but Akira holds him off! TJP rushes in but Kushida kicks TJP low. Kushida also grabs TJP’s arm! Kushida goes around with Catch 2/2 but they shove him away. Knight returns, TJP kick shim low and runs, but Kushida drops and Knight sidesteps. Then Knight drops, Kushida sidesteps, and then Knight DROPKICKS TJP down!

Fans fire up as Jet Setters combine, victory roll DDT! And roll through, into ARMBAR! Akira clasps hands, Moloney coaches TJP, but Kushida clubs Akira’s hands apart! ARMBAR! Knight SUPERKICKS TJP down, but Akira gets the ROPEBREAK! Fans fire up while Jet Setters get Akira up. Kushida Electric Chair Lifts, but Akira slips free to shove him into Knight! Akira whips, but Kushida is there, BOOSTED CROSSBODY FLOPS as Akira moves! Akira kicks and whips Kushida but Kushida reverses. TJP sneaks a tag, Akira ducks the Fastball and then slides under. TJP waistlocks Kushida to shove him, Kushida comes back into the ALLEY-OOP FACEBUSTER!

Catch 2/2 isn’t done there, they sit Kushida up! “CATCH! NI NI!” 2 BY 2!! Cover, Knight breaks it!! Fans fire up, Akira drags Knight up, Knight UPPRECUTS! Knight runs, into a SUPERKICK! Double whip, but he jumps the double lariat!? To DOUBLE PELE!! The fans fire up again as all four men are down! Kushida sits up as the fans rally, and he goes after TJP. Kushida ROCKS TJP, TJP UPPERCUTS Kushida! TJP whips, Kushida reverses, hip toss into ARMBAR!! TJP scrambles, flails, slips free, steps over, PINOY STRETCH!! Akira traps Knight in a TARANTULA!! Kushida crawls, ROPEBREAK!!

Catch 2/2 let the Jet Setters go in frustration, but Moloney coaches them up. The fans rally, TJP rises, and TJP drags Kushida up to fireman’s carry. Kushida fights free, ducks the lariat and PELES! Kushida crawls, hot tag to Knight! Knight runs in to STINGER- NO, TJP dodges the splash to TORNADO- NO, Knight stops that to swing, but into a dragon sleeper! Akira tags in, DOUBLE STOMP FINAL CUT COMBO!! Cover, TWO!!! Knight survives, but Catch 2/2 get the fans fired up! “CATCH! NI NI!” But Knight ducks the knees! TJP flops out, Kushida PLANCHAS him down! Kushida PENALTY KICKS Akira’s arm!

Kushida drags Akira up into the Electric Chair Lift, Knight says it’s time! TIME JET!!! Cover, TWO?!?! Akira survives and no one can believe it! But Knight just fires up to run in at Akira, STINGER ENZIGURI COMBO!! Knight puts Akira up, for the UP- NO, Akira boots him away! But Kushida HANDSPRING KICKS Akira, and then rushes TJP!  But TJP avoids the dropkick to send Kushida into railing! Knight goes up top, but Akira fights him. TJP joins in and Electric Chairs Knight! Catch 2/2 combine for LEANING TOWER!!! TJP WRECKS Kushida now! And then 2 BY 2!!!! Cover, Catch 2/2 win!!

Winners: Catch 2/2, by pinfall (NEW IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions)

Talk about 2 by 2, Catch 2/2 are now TWO-TIME IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions! The United Empire is on a roll, will they make this their Dominion?

Wait, the Bullet Club’s Clark Connors is on his way out here. 100 Proof is here, and Moloney is mad. But Connors says it will be Catch 2/2 VS him and… MOLONEY ATTACKS TJP & Akira?!?!? Da Drilla is betraying the United Empire!! He CHOKES Akira with his shirt! Fans boo as Moloney & Connors stomp them down! Did the battle between them in the Best of the Super Juniors convince Moloney to join Bullet Club?! Moloney tells TJP he’s not just some bodyguard! He feeds TJP to Connors’ POWERSLAM! Fans boo more but then Connors drags Akira up to feed him to Moloney! Fans tell them to go away, but Moloney hits DRILLA KILLA!!

But these two still aren’t done! They haul TJP up so that Connors can hit NO CHASER!! Moloney is an Abunai Gaijin, and he’s joining another dangerous man in this new, more savage Bullet Club. Will Catch 2/2 even stand a chance against these jacked Junior Heavyweights?

 

NJPW World Television Championship: Zack Sabre Jr. w/ Kosei Fujita VS Jeff Cobb!

TMDK’s Frontman made it through a busy week in the States, but he’s back in Japan to revisit his battle with the Imperial Unit! Last time, they went to the time limit. Will they need another 15 for this one? Or will we have a definitive winner in the sequel?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if Cobb becomes the star of the show!

The bell rings and the 15 minutes are on the clock. The two rush in, ZSJ jumps on but Cobb RAMS him into a corner! Cobb whips ZSJ back in, but ZSJ BOOTS! ZSJ fires off forearms, but Cobb runs him over! ZSJ gets up to BOOT again! And again! ZSJ runs, but Cobb JUMPING SHOULDER TACKLES! Fans fire up, Cobb throws forearms, then reels ZSJ in, TOUR OF- NO, ZSJ slips free and tilt-o-whirls, LA MYSTICA! ZSJ has an arm but Cobb powers his way up. Cobb swings but ZSJ catches that arm to an ARMBAR! Cobb stacks ZSJ, TWO!! ZSJ escapes, UPPERCUTS, but Cobb DROPKICKS! Cover, TWO!

Cobb GACHIMUCHI MOONSAULTS but misses! ZSJ traps Cobb’s head with his legs, to TWIST! Cover, ONE!! Cobb still has strength to spare and fans fire up. Cobb and ZSJ talk trash on each other, and the two stand up. Cobb eggs ZSJ on so ZSJ fires forearms. Cobb ROCKS ZSJ with just one! ZSJ staggers, comes back to fire more shots, but Cobb ROCKS ZSJ again! Cobb eggs ZSJ on again, ZSJ fires more forearms, and he eggs Cobb on. Cobb DECKS ZSJ! ZSJ rises back up, leans on Cobb, and UPPERCUTS! And UPPERCUTS! And UPPERCUTS! Cobb ROCKS ZSJ, but ZSJ flails to stay up! So Cobb LARIATS him down!

Fans fire up, ZSJ goes to a corner, and Cobb runs in to UPPERCUT! Cobb hoists ZSJ up for a RUNNING BACK SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! Fans rally, ZSJ crawls to ropes, and Cobb storms up. Cobb brings ZSJ up to scoop and RAM into the corner! But ZSJ slips free to get a COBRA TWIST! Cobb powers out but ZSJ is after a leg! Cobb drags ZSJ back up! But ZSJ spins around to GUILLOTINE! Fans rally as Cobb powers out of that, so ZSJ goes for an arm! ZSJ drags Cobb down, Cobb stacks, but ZSJ slips around to DISARMER!! Cobb endures, ZSJ shifts to hammerlock that arm, and he pulls on a leg!

Cobb crawls, ZSJ grabs the far arm and pulls! ZSJ then gets a leg added, CLARKY CAT, BAD BALLOON REMIX! But Cobb powers right out! ZSJ is furious but the fans fire up. ZSJ says, “Sugoi, desu ne.” Cobb stands, ZSJ KICKS him in the chest! And again! And again! Cobb drops, blocks a kick, but ZSJ SLAPS him! Cobb just lifts ZSJ to SAMOAN DROP! Fans rally, Cobb drags ZSJ up and whips him to a corner hard! ZSJ flops down, Cobb brings him up to whip hard into the other corner! And then hard at the first corner, but ZSJ goes up and comes back! Cobb blocks the DDT, so ZSJ UPPERCUTS!

ZSJ runs, but into an ATHLETIC- NO, ZSJ slips around to a SLEEPER HOLD! ZSJ is backpack, so Cobb BACKPACK SENTONS! Both men are down and fans fire up! Cobb rises, he drags ZSJ up in a deadlift waistlock, but ZSJ pries the hold open! ZSJ switches, Cobb elbows him, but ZSJ gets around again. Cobb throws ZSJ off the waistlock, and deadlift suplexes, but ZSJ fights that to PELE an arm! ZSJ KICKS Cobb’s arm, then GERMAN SUPLEXES!! Fans fire up as ZSJ manages to throw Cobb! ZSJ runs, PENALTY KICK! Cover, ONE!! ZSJ just keeps moving,  another PENALTY KICK! Cover, TWO!

Fans rally while both men are down again. Cobb crawls away to a corner, but ZSJ keeps his eyes on him. ZSJ runs in, to UPPERCUT, and then TORNADO- NO, Cobb blocks that! Cobb pops ZSJ around for an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! ZSJ staggers up against ropes, Cobb runs in, but ZSJ dodges the lariat. ZSJ avoid the dropkick, body scissors, but Cobb slips out to trip ZSJ! Cobb body scissors ZSJ into an O’Conner Bridge!! TWO!! ZSJ KICKS Cobb in the leg again and again! ZSJ runs, into the ATHLETIC PLEX!! ZSJ flops to the apron but Cobb drags him back in. Cobb deadlift GERMAN SUPLEXES!!

Fans fire up with Cobb and he brings ZSJ up. Cobb whips ZSJ to scoop and TOUR- NO, crucifix takedown! Cover, ZSJ WINS!!!!

Winner: Zack Sabre Jr, by pinfall (still NJPW World Television Champion)

Season one is still not done! ZSJ puts this one away in 8 minutes and 46 seconds and he shocks Cobb! Will anyone ever take this title from The Frontman?

 

Vacated IWGP Heavyweight & NJPW Strong Openweight Tag Team Championships Triple Threat: Bishamon VS The House of Torture VS Great-O-Khan & Aaron Henare!

The misfortune of Aussie Open becomes an opportunity for others! Hirooki Goto & Yoshi-Hashi thought they were 2v2 with EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi, but then the United Empire stepped back in. Will the Dominator & Ultimate Weapon take these titles back for the team? Will it be #LightsOut courtesy of Chaos? Or will Darkness Fall as the King of Darkness & The Tokyo Pimp rise?

But of course the House of Torture attacks before the bell! Evil, Yujiro and even Dick Togo attack The United Empire while they’re making their way down the ramp! Fans boo while they mug Henare, and then start brawling with Bishamon! They CHOKE Hashi with a shirt, and send Goto into railing! Evil then sends Hashi into railing for good measure. Yujiro drags Goto up and Evil has Hashi. The House both whip Bishamon, but Bishamon turns things around to send Evil into Yujiro! And then Goto DOUBLE LARIATS them down! Fans fire up and Bishamon sets the House up, for Hashi to FLY! Direct hit at the ramp!

Fans fire up more but the Empire returns! The bell rings so this is on record now, as Henare HEADBUTTS Hashi and Khan puts Goto in the ring. The Empire then keeps after Goto, IRON CLAW SLEEPER and some body shots! Then MONGOLIAN CHOP, and a KICK to the chest! This has clearly turned into a tornado tag. Khan SPLASHES, covers, TWO! Khan sits Goto up for Henare to KICK and SENTON! Cover, Hashi breaks it! Khan CLUBS Hashi, he and Henare stomp him, and then Khan whips Hashi into a corner to clothesline from behind! Fans fire up as Khan sits up on his throne! AKA on Hashi. Henare then runs in to BUTT PUNCH!!

Khan drags Hashi up, Henare climbs, FLYING CHUCK BACK SUPLEX COMBO! Cover, TWO! Hashi hangs tough but the Empire stomps him. The House of Torture returns and attacks the Empire! They whip Khan to a bare corner! When did the Bullet Club Special come into play!? But then Evil whips Henare into the bare buckles! Henare writhes and falls out of the ring, Dick stands on Khan’s neck! Yujiro RAMS Hashi into the bare buckles! Yujiro drags Hashi up, snapmares, and runs to drop a leg, brother! Cover, TWO! Evil drags Hashi up to throw him out of the ring. Evil distracts the ref, and Dick JAMS Hashi with a chair!

Fans boo, but Dick DECKS Goto then drags Hashi back up. Dick puts Hashi back in and Evil covers, TWO! Hashi is still in this but Evil argues with the ref. Fans rally, Evil & Yujiro kick and taunt Hashi. Fans rally up but Yujiro ROCKS Hashi with a forearm. Hashi ends up in a corner, the House mugs him, and the two double whip him corner to corner. Hashi avoids Evil’s clothesline to dropkick Yujiro’s legs out! Hashi dodges Evil again to SPIN BACK KICK! Fans fire up and Goto returns, he CLOBBERS Yujiro! Goto runs at Evil, blocks a boot and puts it in the ropes to KICK the leg! Yujiro runs in but is sent into Evil!

Goto kicks Yujiro, gets them both, DOUBLE BULLDOG for the House! Fans fire up, Goto drags Evil up but Evil rakes eyes. Evil runs, but into double shoulders from Bishamon! Then ZANMAI! Khan runs in but Goto kicks him first. Goto snap suplexes Khan onto Evil! Hashi mule kicks Henare, and Bishamon DRUMS away on him! Fans fire up as Bishamon flexes. Goto whips Henare corner to corner, runs in to clothesline, and then Hashi runs in to CHOP! Hashi feeds Henare to Goto’s clinch, Hashi runs, but Yujiro trips Hashi up! Yujiro drags Hashi out but Goto CLUBS Henare down. Yujiro whips Hashi into railing while Evil drags Goto out!

Evil RAMS Goto into the timekeeper’s area! Down goes Abe-san and Young Lions hurry over to help. Evil & Yujiro stomp away on Henare, Evil covers, TWO! Yujiro covers Henare, TWO! Evil covers, ONE!! Henare snarls but Yujiro SLIDING BOOTS! Cover, TWO! The House is annoyed with the count but the count is fair. Evil & Yujiro drag Henare up, mug him, but then Khan gets in! IRON CLAW, into the FGO PLEX! Henare elbows Evil to the corner, Khan runs in to clothesline! Henare adds the SHINING WIZARD! Henare feeds Evil to Khan, ASSISTED BERSERKER BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Evil survives but Khan BOOTS Yujiro out!

The Empire flexes! The Monster Rage is boiling! Henare fireman’s carries Evil, Khan runs, but Dick gets in the way! Khan MONGOLIAN CHOPS him for it! But Evil sends Henare into Khan! Khan falls, Goto LARIATS Henare! Evil kicks Goto and whips him into the bare buckles! Hashi returns, Evil kicks and whips but Hashi reverses! Evil hits bare buckles! Yujiro gets in, he dodges Hashi to then kick low, dragon sleeper, REVERSE DDT! Khan returns but Yujiro kicks him and runs. But he runs into the DOUBLE BOOT! Fans rally up, The Empire throw off their armbands to shoutout Aussie Open! DOUBLE LARIAT SANDWICH!

Khan drags Yujiro up into the HITSUJIGOROSHI! Henare gets the legs, FUBUKI! They thrash Yujiro around, and then hit MARINE!!! Cover, Dick drags the ref out!! Fans boo as Dick lives up to his namesake! But then SHO slides in, and he GERMAN SUPLEXES Henare! Khan swings on Sho, but Sho grabs the ponytail to LOW BLOW Khan! The House of Torture is in full force as they stomp out Bishamon! Fans boo as hard as they can but the House all stomp Goto! The fans tell Sho to go away but the House put one out on Goto. Then they drag Goto up, Evil & Dick hit MAGIC KILLER!! Dick gets the ref in, Evil covers, TWO!!!!

Fans fire up as Goto survives! Evil is furious with the ref, but this distraction allows Dick to get in with the SPOILER CHOKER!! But here comes YOH! Yoh has a skateboard, he throws it to Sho to then DROPKICK it into him! Yoh KNEES Dick out of the ring, SUPERKICKS Evil, and fans fire up! Yoh PLANCHAS Sho down! Fans fire up as Hashi gets in and aims at Yujiro. Yoh drags Sho away as Hashi runs in, but Yujiro boots him! Yujiro runs, but into a LARIAT from Hashi! Bishamon get Yujiro up, whip and fireman’s carry, to FIERCE FLASH!! And from there, Hashi calls their shot! They drag Yujiro back up, but Yujiro kicks free!

Yujiro grabs the ref, Dick SMACKS Goto with a chair!! But Henare is back to PENALTY KCIK Yujiro! And then he RAMPAGES into Goto!! Fans fire up as Henare roars! Fisherman suplex to torture rack, STREETS OF- SUPERKICK! Hashi takes Henare down but Yujiro TOSSES Hashi! Yujiro drags Goto up, PIMP JUICE!! Cover, TWO?!?! No one can believe it but Goto survives! Yujiro drags Goto up, fans are thunderous, but GOto fights Big Juice to waistlock. Yujiro switches, Goto RAMS him into a corner! Hashi runs in to LARIAT! Whip and CHOP! SUPERKICK! Fans fire up with Hashi and they bring Yujiro to the corner!

But Dick jumps in! Evil drags Hashi back, EVERYTHING- NO, Hashi slips free to send Evil into Dick! But Henare MONGOLIAN CHOPS Hashi and sends him into Goto! Evil returns, but Khan blocks the low blow! IRON CLAW!! ELIMINATOR SLAM!! IRON CLAW for Hashi, but Hashi slips free! SNAP DRAGON SUPLEX! BASEMENT BOOT from Yujiro! Yujiro roars, fans boo, but Yujiro has Hashi up, BIG- NO, no juice! Feed to a forearm, and then a SUPERKICK! Goto goes up top, Hashi brings Yujiro up, DANGEROUS DEED!!! Hashi SUPERKICKS Henare, and fans are thunderous as Bishamon resets!

They drag Yujiro up, SHOTO!!! Cover, BISHAMON WINS!!

Winners: Bishamon, by pinfall (NEW Dual IWGP Heavyweight & NJPW Strong Openweight Tag Team Champions)

What a battle for all these belts! The House of Torture tried to stack the deck, the United Empire tried to continue where Aussie Open left off, but it was Chaos who rose above the chaos! Goto & Hashi are now THREE-TIME IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions, and they have the NJPW Strong titles on top of it! Will Bishamon soon set a new standard for being tag team champions in NJPW?

Wait, what’s this? Bullet Club War Dogs? Who are they? ALEX COUGHLIN AND GABRIEL KIDD?!!? The Android and the Young Bull are now following David Finlay?! And they rush into the ring to fire off on Bishamon!! Fans are speechless as the new champions get beat down! Kidd flips everyone off and Coughlin shouts, that gets fans to boo. Kidd says if they’re not gonna be given chances, they’ll take ’em for themselves! And then Kidd drags Hashi up, Coughlin suplexes Goto, TOMBSTONE and a JACKHAMMER!! The Mechanical Bulls have transformed into the Rebel’s War Dogs, will Bullet Club grab up more gold?

 

NJPW announces the G1 Climax 33 field!

This year is massive! We will see Kazuchika Okada, Tetsuya Naito, Sanada, Will Ospreay, Hiroshi Tanahashi, David Finlay, Shota Umino, Shingo Takagi, Tomohiro Ishii, Tama Tonga, Tanga Loa, Hikuleo, Hirooki Goto, Yoshi-Hashi, Toru Yano, Kenta, Zack Sabre Jr, Taichi, Eddie Kingston, El Phantasmo, Ren Narita, Evil, Chase Owens, Jeff Cobb, Great-O-Khan, Aaron Henare, Gabriel Kidd, Alex Coughlin, Shane Haste, Mikey Nicholls, Yota Tsuji, and from Pro-Wrestling Noah, KAITO KIYOMIYA!! What epic history will be #BornInTheRing?

 

NEVER Openweight Championship: David Finlay w/ Bullet Club VS El Phantasmo!

In this Savages Only Era of Bullet Club, there was no room for the compassion ELP showed Tama Tonga. The Rebel kicked the Headbanga to the curb, but now ELP’s back for revenge! Will Finlay regret his hostile takeover? Or will he prove that NJPW needs The Rebel?

ELP has a remix of his theme to signify him leaving Bullet Club behind. As for Finlay, he doesn’t just have Gedo but he has Connors, and the newest recruits, Moloney, Coughlin & Kidd. Finlay hands off the belt to Gedo so he can rush the ring! ELP is ready, and the brawl is on! The bell rings, fans fire up, and ELP gets the edge! Finlay shoves ELP back, swings, but ELP dodges. Finlay narrowly dodges Sudden Death! ELP DIVES out onto Finlay to send him into railing! Fans fire up while Finlay staggers. ELP brings Finlay around to SMACK him off the apron! And then TOSS him over railing!

Finlay hits the other railing in front of the fans, and then ELP goes back into the ring. TO SPRINGBOARD CROSSBODY!! Direct hit in No Man’s Land and they both hit the railing! Fans are thunderous as ELP staggers back up. ELP fist bumps fans, drags Finlay up and tosses him back to ringside. ELP keeps after Finlay with a CHOP! Finlay kicks back, throws a forearm, but ELP ROCKS Finlay back. ELP puts Finlay in the ring, boots him to ropes, and then brings Finlay up to CHOP! Finlay whips corner to corner, Finlay reverses but ELP goes up and over. Things keep moving, ELP ducks to springboard and CROSSBODY! And then LIONSAULT! Cover, TWO!

Finlay grits his teeth but the fans rally for “E L P! E L P!” ELP stands Finlay up to ROCK him with a forearm, then ROCK him again! ELP hushes everyone, and he CHOPS! Finlay turns things around, but ELP dodges to CHOP again! Finlay tries again but ELP blocks the chop to knuckle lock and CHOP! ELP goes up, up, hops around, then FLYING RANAS! Not the smoothest but Finlay is still sent tumbling out. ELP builds speed, but the War Dogs stand in his way. Fans boo, but Finlay gets in to CLOBBER ELP from behind! Finlay rains down fists, the ref counts because those are closed fists, and Finlay lets off.

Fans boo but Finlay just flips them all off. Finlay goes out and drags ELP out to join him. Finlay ROCKS ELP, RAMS him into railing, and then stomps him. Finlay throws hands, the ref has him back off, and Finlay obeys. Fans rally for “E L P! E L P!” but Finlay comes back to then fireman’s carry ELP, and POST him! ELP falls in a heap and Finlay flexes. Fans boo again but Finlay goes looking under the ring. Finlay brings out a TABLE! Fans boo more as Finlay sets the table up. Finlay fetches ELP, drags him over, and he taunts the fans as he hauls ELP up. But ELP fights free of the bomb, gets on the apron, and he drags Finlay up!

Fans fire up as ELP reels Finlay in to hook the arms! Finlay fights, hooks ropes and gets into the ring. ELP hurries after but Finlay throat chops! Finlay whips to CLOBBER ELP, then he SENTONS! Cover, TWO! Finlay is annoyed but Gedo coaches him to stay on ELP. Finlay drags ELP up to whip him hard into a corner! ELP falls over in a heap and Gedo cheers while fans boo. Finlay stands on ELP on the apron but the ref counts. Finlay lets off, Gedo tells ELP to give up, and Finlay taunts ELP. Finlay drags ELP up, but ELP chops. There isn’t much to it, but ELP chops again. There’s still not much power, and Finlay taunts ELP.

ELP chops, but Finlay UPPERCUTS! Fans boo but the Bullet Club all soaks it up. Finlay drags ELP up to snap suplex! Cover, TWO! Finlay clamps onto ELP with a chinlock and he grinds ELP down. Fans rally, ELP fights but Finlay turns him for a full mount. Finlay KNEES ELP in the back, and again, and again! Finlay clamps back on with another chinlock to grind him down. ELP still endures and the fans rally up. ELP fights up to his feet, throws body shots, but Finlay throws ELP by his hair! Fans rally for ELP but Finlay looms over him. Finlay drags ELP up, and CLUBS him with a crossface forearm! And then another!

Fans boo but Finlay sits ELP up again for another crossface forearm! And another, and another, and then winds up to- NO, ELP ducks the blindsider! Things keep moving and ELP DROPKICKS Finlay down! Fans fire up while Bullet Club coaches Finlay up. Finlay stirs and ELP shakes his head. Fans rally again and ELP rises up. ELP goes to a corner, Finlay drags himself up with ropes. Finlay runs in, but into an atomic drop! ELP CHOPS, scoops, and SLAMS! ELP then goes to another corner, goes up top, and FALLING ELBOWS! Fans fire up as ELP tunes up the band! ELP aims but Moloney distracts! AND Connors!

Fans boo but Finlay runs in to CLOBBER ELP! Finlay stomps away on ELP and fans boo more. The ref counts, Finlay lets off at 4 and he dares the ref to keep acting tough. Finlay then drags ELP up for an EXPLODER! Finlay dusts off his hands while ELP crawls to the corner. Finlay runs in but ELP put shim right up top, and in a Tree of Woe! Gedo protests but fans fire up. ELP stands on Finlay’s crotch! The ref counts, ELP lets off, but the fans fire up! Finlay clutches his shillelagh and ELP goes Around the World, to SLIDING BOOT! Finlay falls out of the Tree and ELP drags him to a cover, TWO!

ELP goes outside, takes aim as Finlay rises, and ELP springboards to TORNADO DDT! Cover, TWO!! Finlay survives and Gedo is relieved. ELP drags Finlay up, reels him in, tucks the arms, but Finlay drops to a knee to fight the lift. Fans rally, ELP keeps trying, but Finlay spins out to ROCK ELP! ELP DECKS Finlay! Finlay goes to a corner, comes back and he ROCKS ELP! ELP winds up to DECK Finlay! Fans fire up while Finlay staggers back up. Finlay rakes the eyes! The ref counts, but ELP gives Finlay PURPLE NURPLES! Finlay throat chops, then SPITS at ELP! Fans boo but ELP swings, into an EXPLODER!

But ELP is right back up!? Fans fire up but Finlay is mad! Finlay slaps ELP around but ELP just palm strikes! And again! And again! ELP BOOTS Finlay into a corner then stomps away! The fans fire up, the ref counts, and ELP lets off to go to the far corner. ELP runs in, but Finlay ALLEY-OOPS him onto the buckles! ELP staggers back, into a BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Fans fire up as ELP is still in this, but Finlay hauls him up. Finlay scoops, swings, IRISH CURSE BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Gedo is upset with the count but fans continue to rally. Finlay shakes his head and he looms over ELP.

Finlay drags ELP up to gut wrench, but ELP slips free to mule kick! ELP front kicks, then kicks a leg out, to BUZZSAW! ELP takes off an elbow pad while fans fire up. ELP runs, and LARIATS! A shoutout to “Daddy” Takagi on commentary? Cover, TWO! Fans fire up as ELP takes off another elbow pad. ELP brings Finlay up, slashes his throat, but it’s Finlay who suplexes! Finlay hangs ELP out to dry, then gut wrenches into the Canadian Rack! DOMINATOR! Cover, TWO!! ELP survives and Finlay is furious! Fans rally up for ELP but Finlay brings down his kneepad. Finlay slashes his throat but fans boo.

Finlay drags ELP up, suplexes, but ELP slips free! SUDDEN DEATH! ELP resets, to SUDDEN DEATH again!! Cover, TWO!! Finlay survives but fans are thunderous for ELP! ELP straitjackets, torture racks, and BURNING HAMMERS! No spin needed, ELP just goes to the corner! ELP climbs but Moloney gets up. ELP BOOTS him down onto Connors! And then he ARIHARA MOONSAULTS the War Dogs, Coughlin & Kidd! Then ELP goes back up, to SUPER SWANTON Connors & Moloney! Fans are thunderous again as ELP SUDDEN DEATHS Gedo!! ELP goes up top, Finlay is down, but then Finlay springs up to SHOVE ELP to the floor!

The Rebel played dead just so he could send ELP down! Finlay hurries out, brings ELP over to the table, and he POWERBOMBS ELP through the table!! Fans boo and the ref checks ELP. Finlay grins as he drags ELP up out of the wreckage. Finlay puts ELP in the ring, takes his time stalking him, and then drags ELP up for a POWERBOMB! Finlay doesn’t cover, he’s gonna torture ELP like he did Tama Tonga. Finlay drags ELP up, suplexes him, INTO OBLIVION! Cover, Finlay wins!!

Winner: David Finlay, by pinfall (still NEVER Openweight Champion)

The Rebel is victorious, but his savage pawns were a big part of this. Finlay calls out “Daddy” Takagi on commentary, daring him to do something to help “Baby” Phantasmo. Does NJPW really need The Rebel when The Rebel needs his War Dogs to win?

 

IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship: Hiromu Takahashi VS Master Wato!

The Ticking Timebomb could not make his four-peat dream come true, but he’s still proud to see the Way of the Grandmaster succeed. Will Hiromu still be proud should Wato actually win here? Or will Hiromu prove he is still the Best of the Super Juniors?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if Wato walks away with it, the trophy and the banner!

The bell rings and fans rally and duel, “HI-RO-MU!” “WA-TO! WA-TO!” The two circle, tie up, and Wato wrenches an arm to a wristlock. Hiromu slips through, hammerlocks, but Wato switches that onto Hiromu. Hiromu headlocks for the takeover but Wato headscissors. Hiromu kips free and fans cheer the opening exchange. The two reset, circle again, and tie up. Wato headlocks, but Hiromu throws body shots. Hiromu powers out, Wato runs him over! Fans cheer, things keep moving, and Hiromu hurdles. Wato leaps over, comes back and arm-drags, then DROPKICKS! Hiromu falls out of the ring while fans rally up.

Wato builds speed but Hiromu slips in to trip Wato! Hiromu drags Wato out to RAM into railing, and then whip into more railing! But Wato comes back to BOOT Hiromu! Fans rally, Wato whips Hiromu but Hiromu reverses and Wato hits railing hard! Hiromu drags Wato up and shouts “MADA MADA! <NOT DONE YET!>” Hiromu whips Wato hard into more railing! Wato crawls, fans rally, and Hiromu aims from the apron. Hiromu JOHN WOOS Wato through the gate! Hiromu gets Wato back in the ring, covers, TWO! Wato is still in this but Hiromu keeps his cool. Hiromu drags Wato up but Wato throws body shots.

Hiromu eggs Wato on so Wato throws more shots. Hiromu CHOPS Wato, then shouts “MOTTO! <MORE!>” Fans echo that, and Hiromu CHOPS! “MOTTO!” “MOTTO!” CHOP! Hiromu whips corner to corner, clotheslines, then snapmares to basement dropkick! Fans rally as Wato bails out. Hiromu goes back to the apron, to JOHN- NO, Wato dodges! But then Hiromu dodges Wato to kick low and fireman’s carry. Hiromu takes Wato up the ramp! Fans fire up as Hiromu goes higher and higher, but Wato fights free. Hiromu kicks low to suplex Wato on the stage! The ref reprimands while fans rally and duel.

Hiromu leaves Wato behind while the ref checks him. Wato stirs, Hiromu rolls into the ring, and the ring count begins. Wato rolls his way down the ramp, and Hiromu is amused. The count is 11 of 20, Wato crawls as we reach 14. Wato stands at 15 and slides in at 16. Fans applaud and Hiromu brings Wato up. Hiromu CHOPS Wato, CHOPS him again, then whips. Wato holds ropes, he BOOTS back, and then he runs in, to CALF KICK Hiromu down! Hiromu bails out and Wato builds speed. Wato FLIES! Direct hit and Wato fires up! Fans rally, the ring count returns, but Wato puts Hiromu in at 5 of 20.

Wato aims from the apron, springboards in, but Hiromu gets under! Wato rolls to a corner and Hiromu runs in, but into a BOOT! Wato then runs to BULLDOG! Fans rally, Wato brings Hiromu up but Hiromu swings. Wato gets around to ZIGZAG! Cover, TWO! Wato keeps focus, and he rolls Hiromu into VENDAVAL! Hiromu scrambles to get the ROPEBREAK! Wato drags Hiromu back up to wrench and reel him in. Hiromu fights the lift, but Wato keeps trying. Hiromu wrenches out, fireman’s carries, but Wato slips free! Wato runs in but into a BOOT! Hiromu runs but Wato ducks to return, into a spin and FALCON ARROW!

Fans fire up while both men are down. Hiromu staggers up to his feet and brings Wato up. Hiromu fireman’s carries, to CORNER DEATH VALLEY! Hiromu then drags Wato back up to another fireman’s carry, to DYNAMITE- NO, Wato sunset flips! TWO, into VENDAVAL! Wato has Hiromu caught but Hiromu reaches out. Hiromu teetertotters the hold but Wato isn’t letting go! Hiromu keeps rocking things back and forth, getting closer and closer, but Wato puts on the pressure! Hiromu still endures, to get the ROPEBREAK! Fans cheer as Wato lets go in frustration. Wato drags Hiromu back up, but Hiromu fights the German Suplex!

Hiromu throws elbows, gets to ropes, but Wato pulls him back. Wato lifts again but Hiromu fights, and he ends up going up and over the ropes onto the apron. Hiromu pries at the waistlock but Wato just goes up the ropes! Hiromu fires more elbows and Wato lets go. But then Wato GAMANGIRIS Hiromu to the floor! Fans fire up, Wato builds speed and Wato TORNILLOS! Direct hit, and Wato puts Hiromu back in. Wato aims, springboards, FLYING UPPER- GERMAN!? Hiromu turns Wato’s flight into a crash landing! Fans fire up while Wato is dazed. Wato crawls to the far corner and Hiromu takes aim.

Hiromu runs in to SHOTGUN Wato into buckles! Then fireman’s carry, but Wato fights it. So Hiromu throws Wato to a dragon sleeper, spins him around, but Wato fights the suplex! Wato scoops but Hiromu fights free. Hiromu ducks the elbow, fireman’s carries again, and TIME BOMB 1.5! Cover, TWO!! Wato survives and fans rally up again. Hiromu roars, he waits on Wato to rise, and then runs, but Wato ducks! Wato comes back, but into the HIROMU-CHAN BOMBER! Hiromu dragon sleepers to inverted suplex, but Wato kicks around to turn things around on Hiromu! Wato scoops, to T T D!! Cover, TWO!!

Hiromu survives the Tenzan Tombstone Driver but Wato doesn’t fret. Fans rally as Wato goes to the apron and climbs up. But Hiromu CHOPS him first! And CHOPS him again! Hiromu climbs up but Wato throws headbutts! Wato adjusts, slips under Hiromu and waistlocks, and brings Hiromu off the ropes! Hiromu throws elbows to get free, but then Wato crucifix takedown, reset and RECIENTEMENTE!! Cover, TWO!! Hiromu survives but the fans are thunderous for Wato! Wato drags Hiromu up, Hiromu fights the lift and throws elbows, then reaches for ropes. Hiromu gets the ROPEBREAK, but Wato kicks that arm!

Wato reels Hiromu back in, GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! It wasn’t quite Tsutenkaku so Hiromu manages to escape! Wato fires himself back up, he chicken wings and half nelsons, but Hiromu fights the suplex to a victory roll! Only for Wato to sit on the cover! TWO!!! But Wato then body scissors, for VENDAVAL!! Hiromu endures, but he’s fading! Fans rally, Wato pulls harder on the hold, but Hiromu gets a second wind! Hiromu fights his way around, uses the teetertotter technique again, but Wato PULLS on the hold!! Hiromu starts fading again! But he gets a third wind and fights his way around to the ROPEBREAK!!

Fans cheer as Wato lets go again. Wato is beside himself, but then he fires back up. Hiromu sputters but Wato brings him back up. Waistlock, TSUTEN- NO, Hiromu fights it! Hiromu throws elbows, reaches for ropes, but Wato brings him away! Hiromu throws more elbows and from all sides! Wato lets go, but then shoves, only for Hiromu to buck the O’Conner. Hiromu ELBOWS Wato, but Wato blocks the lariat to kick, KICK and ROUND- NO, Hiromu ducks to mule kick, front kick, and SUPERKICK! Wato shakes his head, but turns around into HIROMU-CHAN BOMBER!! Fans fire up as Hiromu roars!

Hiromu runs, but into the SCREW HIGH KICK! Wato roars and fans are thunderous! Wato drags Hiromu back up, TSUTENKAKU!!! Bridging cover, TWO?!?!? Hiromu narrowly escapes the bridge, but Wato still has the waistlock! Chicken wing, half nelson, RECIENTE- NO, Hiromu slips free! Hiromu ducks the roundhouse to pump handle and HIROMU-CHAN ROLL!! TWO?!?! Wato shocks himself by escaping! But he turn around into a SUPERKICK! Wato comes back, into another SUPERKICK! Wato staggers around, but he blocks the kick to spin Hiromu, tilt-o-whirl, but Hiromu blocks! And tucks, for a- NO, VICTORTY ROLL!

Hiromu slips free! And jackknife rolls to a fireman’s carry! TIMEBOMB!!!! Cover, TWO?!?!?! Wato survives and the fans are electric!! Hiromu stands Wato up, runs, and HIROMU-CHAN BOMBER!!! But Hiromu won’t stop there, he dragon sleepers to inverted suplex, and TIMEBOMB MKII!!!! Cover, HIROMU WINS!

Winner: Hiromu Takahashi, by pinfall (still IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion)

Hiromu now knows why Master Wato won this year’s tournament, but the world knows that Hiromu is still THE Best of the Super Juniors! The two show respect to one another, will we see them run it back somewhere down the line?

 

NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Championships: Kazuchika Okada, Hiroshi Tanahashi & Tomohiro Ishii VS Blackpool Combat Club!

The Dream Trio has been going back and forth with Shota Umino and his pals from overseas, but now the Roughneck might have brought the best combination possible. Will #SHOOTER, Jon Moxley & Claudio Castagnoli bring these belts to AEW? Or will the Rainmaker, Ace of the Universe and Stone Pitbull be too much even for the BCC?

The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see if these Death Riders can bring about a Paradigm Shift!

The trios sort out and Shota stares at Okada, much like the last match they were both in. And much like then, Okada just kinda ignores Shota. Fans cheer Tanahashi’s abs as he takes off the jacket, and finally, Okada looks at Shota. Okada talks some trash, then goes to the corner. Instead, Tanahashi steps up. So then the BCC let the Swiss Superman step up! Fans cheer getting to see the ROH World Champion in action as the bell rings. Fans rally up for Tanahashi as he and Claudio circle. They tie up, are in a deadlock, but Claudio uses his height as leverage to put Tanahashi on ropes.

Tanahashi turns things around, Red Shoes calls the break, and Tanahashi lets off slowly. Fans cheer and the two reset. They tie up again, and Tanahashi waistlocks. Tanahashi goes for arms but Claudio resists. Tanahashi shifts to a headlock, Claudio powers up to power out, and he runs Tanahashi over! Tanahashi sits up but Claudio brings him around to RAM into a corner, and then UPPERCUT! Fans fire up, Claudio whips corner to corner, then runs in, but into BOOTS! Tanahashi goes up, and CROSSBODIES! Fans cheer the air guitar, but Moxley gets in to CLOBBER Tanahashi! Moxley mocks the air guitar, but Ishii storms in!

Ishii ROCKS Moxley! Moxley choke grips, Ishii breaks that to choke grip, but then Moxley breaks that to go forehead to forehead. Fans fire up, Moxley ROCKS Ishii and runs to RAM him! But Ishii stays up, roars, and ROCKS Moxley! Moxley roars and ROCKS Ishii! Moxley whips, Ishii ducks and Tanahashi comes back to dropkick a leg! Ishii dropkicks a leg, and Okada BOOTS Moxley out! Claudio returns but into double dropkicks to the legs! Okada dodges Shota to shove him into a LARIAT! The Dream Trio stands tall and fans fire up. Red Shoes reprimands, and the others exit so Tanahashi has Claudio.

Claudio UPPERCUTS! Tanahashi forearms! Claudio forearms, so Tanahashi gives it back! Fans rally as the forearms go back and forth, but Claudio kicks low and UPPERCUTS! Claudio headlocks, Tanahashi powers out and drops, but leaps into Claudio’s arms! BACKBREAKER! Fans cheer the show of strength, and Claudio tags in Shota. Shota dares Okada to tag in, but Okada again ignores him. So Shota runs in to DECK Okada! What’s Okada’s response now? Fans rally, and Okada reaches in. Tanahashi tags him in, and then Shota rushes Okada. Okada dodges, drags Shota out, and whips him hard into railing!

Okada runs in to BOOT Shota up and over the railing! Fans fire up as Okada drags Shota up from No Man’s Land and out along the railing. But Shota slips off to RAM Okada into the post! And then Shota POSTS Okada, to then whip him hard into railing! Okada goes down in a heap, but Shota isn’t done with him, as he confiscates the timekeeper table! Shota CHUCKS it at Okada! Okada goes down, Claudio & Moxley throw Ishii & Tanahashi into railing! Shota returns the table to the timekeeper and the BCC “apologize” to Red Shoes. Shota drags Okada up, puts him in the ring, and fans applaud.

Shota stalks Okada, stomps him, then tags Moxley. Fans cheer as the Maniac stomps Okada now. And KICKS him in the chest! And again! And again! Okada falls over, tag to Claudio, and he stomps Okada. Claudio gut wrenches Okada up for the SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! Okada is still in this but Claudio tags Moxley back in. The BCC mug Okada, and then split the wishbone! Moxley stomps Okada, gets a leg, and turns Okada for a HALF CRAB! Okada endures but Ishii storms over to CLUB Moxley off the hold! Fans cheer but Red Shoes reprimands. Shota tags in, he stomps a leg, then BLASTS Ishii and Tanahashi off the apron!

Shota goes back to Okada, but Okada BLASTS Moxley and Claudio! Shota fires off on Okada in the corner, digs his boot in, but Red Shoes reprimands. Claudio tags in to stomp a mudhole into Okada! Claudio then lets off, to run in and BOOT Okada! Tag to Moxley, and he runs in to clothesline! Snapmare, KICK, cover, TWO! Moxley facelocks and he drags Okada back. Shota tags in again, and he hoists Okada up. Moxley runs, HART ATTACK! Cover, TWO! Okada is still in this but Shota argues with his dad about the count. Red Shoes says that was a fair count, so Shota kicks and taunts Okada.

Fans rally, Shota keeps egging Okada on with those scuffing kicks, and then he starts slapping Okada around. Okada swings, Shota catches him, but Okada fights the clinch. Shota kicks low, Okada BOOTS him back! Shota comes right back to CLUB away on Okada! Shota whips Okada corner to corner, runs in, but Okada dodges! Okada kicks and DDTs Shota down! Fans fire up while both men crawl. Hot tags to Claudio and Tanahashi! Tanahashi dodges to fire off fast hands on Claudio! Tanahashi whips, Claudio reverses but Tanahashi FLYING FOREARMS! Moxley gets in, Tanahashi shows forearm, but he dropkicks the legs out!

Shota runs in but Tanahashi DRAGON PALMS him down! Fans fire up with Tanahashi and he runs, but Claudio UPPERCUTS! Claudio BOOTS, but Tanahashi roars! Claudio runs, but Tanahashi blocks the boot to a DRAGON SCREW! Fans fire up while both men are down. Tanahashi crawls, hot tag to Ishii! Fans fire up as Ishii RAMS Claudio! Claudio ROCKS Ishii, suplexes, but Ishii fights it to suplex. Claudio fights but Ishii powers through to suplex high and hard! But Moxley kicks ow and whips Ishii to the corner. Ishii comes back to run Moxley over! Shota RAMS Ishii, but Ishii stays up to DECK Shota!

Fans fire up with the Stone Pitbull as he goes back to Claudio. Ishii fires forearm after forearm, but Claudio ROCKS him right back! Claudio SWATS Ishii’s lariat, UPPERCUTS him, then torture racks for a RACK BOMB! Tag to Moxley and fans fire up again. Moxley runs at Ishii in the corner to clothesline! Moxley gives another clothesline, and another clothesline, and then climbs up! Moxley rains down fists and fans rally with every shot! Moxley gets TEN, then he BITES Ishii! Red Shoes reprimands, Moxley lets off at 4, then he apologizes. But Ishii BOOTS back! Ishii runs, Moxley trips him and puts on the FIGURE FOUR!

But Okada stomps Moxley! Ishii is freed, Okada whips Moxley to ropes, and Okada boots, but Moxley blocks! Moxley trips Okada, but Okada kicks him away. Ishii ROCKS Moxley, Okada BOOTS Moxley, and they double whip him to ropes, but he DOUBLE LARIATS in return! Fans fire up and Moxley drags Ishii up. Moxley reels him in, for a PILEDRIVER!! Cover, Tanahashi breaks it! Claudio goes after Tanahashi and throws him out hard. Claudio goes out after Tanahashi to send him into railing! Fans rally as Moxley sits Ishii up, for HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Fans rally, Moxley runs, SLIDING LARIAT! Cover, TWO!

Moxley stays clamped onto Ishii with a SLEEPER! Ishii endures but he’s already pretty red. Moxley shifts his grip to squeeze even tighter! Ishii fights up, reaches out, but then he SAIDOS! Moxley is right back up!? But Ishii LARIATS! Moxley’s right back up to LARIAT! But Ishii’s right back up!! DOUBLE LARIATS collide, but neither falls! Ishii HEADBUTTS! Moxley wobbles, Ishii runs, but Moxley slips around, DEATH RIDER!!! Moxley wants Ishii to get back up, and then he runs to to CURB STOMP!! Cover, but Okada breaks it! Shota goes after Okada and throws him out! Claudio BOOTS Tanahashi, then drags Ishii up!

Claudio scoops Ishii but Ishii fights free! Ishii staggers, into an UPPERCUT! And a KING KONG LARIAT!! Cover, TWO!!! Ishii survives and fans fire up again! Moxley’s busted open from that headbutt but that just motivates him. Moxley flips the Dream Trio off and calls his shot. Moxley drags Ishii up, underhooks, DEATH- NO, Ishii fights free to ROCK, HEADBUTT and ENZIGURI! Moxley wobbles, Tanahashi SLINGBLADES! Ishii SLIDING LARIATS! Cover, TWO!! Moxley survives but Ishii roars! Okada brawls with Shota, Tanahashi grapples with Claudio, and Ishii suplexes Moxley, but Moxley slips free! CUTTER!!

But Ishii’s right up to LARIAT!! Both men are down again and fans are thunderous! Fans rally, Shota and Okada are on their corners. Hot tags to the Roughneck and Rainmaker! Okada catches Shota for a HUGE FLAPJACK! Fans fire up as Shota flounders to a corner. Okada storms up, whips Shota corner to corner but Shota reverses. Shota runs in, into a BOOT! Okada SHOTGUNS Shota down! Fans fire up and Okada drags Shota up to wrench and MONEY CLIP!! Shota reaches out, Tanahashi goes after Moxley and fires hands. Okada squeezes tighter but Shota endures and fights up! Shota reaches out, and gets the ROPEBREAK!

Okada lets off with slapping hands! And a series of scuffing boots! Okada just HAMMERS away on Shota, then runs, into a DROPKICK! Fans fire up again as Shota BLASTS Ishii and Tanahashi! Claudio gets Okada by the legs, SWISS SWING!! Claudio goes around again and again and again, all the way to TWENTY-EIGHT!! Then the BCC get Okada up, Shota joins in, SHIELD POWERBOMB!!! High stack, TWO!!! Okada survives, which is good as Ishii is a nanosecond late! Claudio throws Ishii out, Moxley builds speed and Moxley DIVES to take out Ishii! Claudio goes out to keep Tanahashi down and Shota aims at Okada!

Shota runs in, SWINGING NECKBREAKER! And then underhooks, but Okada fights the lift! Okada back drops Shota away! Shota is right back up, runs back in to kick, but he runs into a DROPKICK! Okada staggers around while the fans are thunderous! Okada ripcords, RAIN- NO, Shota gets under and around, crisscrosses Okada’s arms, kicks low and reels him in, ELEVATED DEATH RIDER!!!! Cover, TWO!?!?!? Okada survives and the fans are electric! Shota roars, he brings Okada up again, and underhooks again. Okada fights it, Tanahashi runs in to SLINGBLADE! Claudio swings, but into TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT!

Moxley kicks, Tanahashi blocks to spin him! Moxley ROCKS Tanahashi but Tanahashi DRAGON PALMS! Ishii GERMAN SUPLEXES Moxley away! The Dream Trio has Shota all alone! They fire up, Okada BOOTS, Tanahashi DRAGON PALMS and Ishii LARIATS! And then they get Okada up, BOOSTED DDT!! Cover, TWO?!?!? Shota survives and fans are thunderous again! Claudio and Ishii brawl, Tanahashi and Moxley brawl, and Okada drags Shota up. Okada scoops but Shota slips free to throw a forearm! Okada scowls but Shota gets in his face. Shota throws forearms but Okada eggs him on!

Shota swings, Okada dodges and spins Shota, but Shota ducks the discus to kick low! Underhooks, but Okada scoops! EMERALD FLOWSION! And then ripcord, RAINMAKER!!! Cover, The Dream Trio wins!!

Winners: Kazuchika Okada, Hiroshi Tanahashi & Tomohiro Ishii, by pinfall (still NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Champions)

It was one hell of a battle, but Shota and his mentor could not defeat the Dream Trio! Moxley is upset, he wants a mic! Moxley gets the mic, “Check one. Is this on? Hey, mother effers, I got somethin’ to say!” Abe-san helps him by pressing the on button. “Arigato. Hey! A lot of people think the three guys standing in the ring right now might be the best wrestlers in the world, but I disagree. The BCC disagrees, because we train with the undisputed best wrestler in the world, and we bring a message.” Moxley points to the tron.

“For the last 10 years, I’ve heard people talk about how great you are. How you’re the best wrestler of this generation. And I’ve also heard in interviews, that you said you wanna wrestle me. That you wanna fight me. Watching you, you’re good. I know you’re good. But I am the litmus test of ‘great.’ You wanna wrestle Bryan Danielson? You call yourself The Rainmaker? When you step in the ring with me, you’re going into the EFFING DESERT! And there ain’t no rain.” Fans go nuts seeing the American Dragon call out Okada! Fans chant “YES! YES! YES!” and Okada gets the mic. His response: “Bryan… You’re damn right I’ll fight you, ya bastard!”

Bryan just said stepping into the ring with him is like going into the desert? Then Okada’s gonna make it rain and drench that desert of Bryan’s! Fans love the sound of that! Okada then says, “Time to step through the Forbidden Door.” Fans really love the sound of that! Will Okada slay the American Dragon? Or will Bryan bring about a drought in Toronto?

 

IWGP World Heavyweight Championship: SANADA w/ Just5Guys VS Yota Tsuji w/ Los Ingobernables de Japon!

The Cold Skull won this title back at Sakura Genesis, but his short reign could be cut short here tonight! Will Tsuji bring about an apocalypse for Sanada? Or will NJPW still belong to Just5Guys?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if the newest member of LIJ defeats the newest defector!

Takagi leaves commentary so he can be with the rest of LIJ, and Tsuji offers the fist bump. The others get on the apron, and fans cheer as they accept the fist bump. The bell rings and fans fire up as the two stare down. Fans are fired up for “YO-TA! YO-TA!” and he grins. Sanada seems a bit wary as he approaches, as Yota is a big dude. Yota just stares Sanada down as Sanada continues to approach. Sanada then backs off and fans applaud. The two circle slowly, then tie up. They’re in a deadlock as fans rally and duel. Yota pulls Sanada into a headlock and he grinds the hold. Sanada endures, throws body shots, and powers out. Yota runs Sanada over!

Fans cheer as Yota stands over Sanada and grins. Things speed up, Sanada drops then hurdle- SPEAR!! Yota takes Sanada out of the air and Sanada tumbles out of the ring! Fans fire up, Yota builds speed, and FOSBURY FLOPS?!? Fans are going nuts and Yota stands up with a big grin and a raised fist! Takagi is back on commentary and he can’t believe it! To him, that looked more like something Titan would do! Yota puts Sanada in, raises the arm and fans rally up. Sanada slowly rises, Yota takes a three point stance, and Yota runs in, but into a BOOT! Sanada stops the Spear but Yota comes right back!

Sanada blocks the Spear with a facelock and sprawl, but Yota suplexes first! Sanada slips out to SKULL END!! Yota is in the body scissors and Sanada squeezes tight! Yota endures, fans rally up, and Yota pops out of the sleeper, only for Sanada to get him again! SKULL SWING, and then SKULL END!! Yota is back in the body scissors as fans rally up. Yota fights around, reaches out, but Sanada thrashes the hold! Yota’s fading! Sanada lets him go to go up top, ROUNDING BODY PRESS onto knees! Yota saves himself, and fans rally while both men are down. Yota grins as he sits up. Is he having fun!?

Sanada stands, as does Yota. Yota ROCKS Sanada with a forearm! Sanada CHOPS in return! Yota ROCKS Sanada again, so Sanada CHOPS again! Sanada steps to Yota and Yota throws a forearm! Sanada CHOPS, Yota forearms, repeat! Yota just smiles as he ROCKS Sanada again! Sanada scowls as he UPPERCUTS! Sanada whips, Yota reverses, and Yota scoops Sanada for a BACKBREAKER! Yota gets the legs, and powers Sanada right over to a BOSTON CRAB! Yota is using a Young Lion level hold on the world champion to add insult to injury! Sanada endures, but Yota sits deep on the hold!

Fans rally and duel, and Sanada crawls towards ropes, only for Yota to pull him back! And then Yota reaches back to get Sanada’s arms! REVERSE CAMPANA! Sanada endures while Yota swings him around, and then Yota HIP DROPS him! Fans fire up with Yota and he brings Sanada up. Yota wrenches Sanada into a reverse Gory Especial! And hits a VERTEBREAKER!! Cover, TWO!! Sanada survives but Yota keeps cool. Yota goes up a corner, fans fire up, and Yota goes to the very top, for a ROUNDING BODY PRESS! But he FLOPS as Sanada dodges! Yota got a bit cheeky there, trying to steal Sanada’s favorite diving move.

Fans rally up while both men are down. Sanada goes to his corner and J5G coach him up. Yota runs in, but Sanada ELBOWS him! Sanada Quebrada but Yota gets under. Sanada dropkicks the legs and then DROPKICKS Yota out! Fans fire up as Sanada aims, to PLANCHA! Direct hit and down goes Yota! Fans fire up and Sanada encourages them to get louder. The fans oblige and Sanada is satisfied. Sanada drags Yota up and puts him in the ring. Fans rally, Sanada has them get louder, and then Sanada springboards in to MISSILE DROPKICK! But Yota’s right up!? And he SUPERKICKS Sanada!

Fans rally again while both men are down. Red Shoes checks and both men stir. Yota sits right up and fans cheer. Yota catches his breath by he nods as he stands up. Yota brings Sanada up, reels him in, but Sanada blocks the suplex! Yota throws body shots and he suplexes again, but Sanada knees free! Sanada and Yota storm up and Sanada CHOPS! Yota CHOPS back! Sanada is really stinging, but he comes back to CHOP again! Yota CHOPS again, and Sanada is stinging again! Yota grins, Sanada CHOPS, and Yota just keeps grinning! It’s starting to get a bit scary. Yota CHOPS, Sanada CHOPS, repeat!

Fans rally up with every CHOP, and Yota CHOPS! Sanada drops to a knee as he clutches his chest! Yota brings Sanada up but Sanada ROLLING ELBOWS! Sanada roars and runs, but Yota ducks the discus to BACKBREAKER, SLAM and STOMP! Yota then suplexes Sanada, for the POWERBOMB!! Cover, TWO!! Sanada survives the Orange Crush but Yota roars! Yota drags Sanada up, hoists him up top, and CHOPS him again! Yota then climbs up after Sanada and fans fire up. Yota brings Sanada up to the very top, CLUBS him, then clinches, for a SUPER SPANISH FLY!!! Cover, TWO!!!

Fans fire up that Sanada survives, and now Yota’s rage boils up! Yota powers up again and fans cheer him on! Sanada rises, Yota hits the three point stance, and SPEAR- NO, Sanada ducks it! DROPKICK! Yota stays up, runs in, but into a fireman’s carry! Throw into the SKULL END, but Yota arm-drags free! Yota blocks the Shining Wizard!! But Sanada blocks the superkick! Sanada reels Yota in, but Yota cartwheels outta Deadfall!??! And SUPERKICKS again! V-TRIGGER! HEADBUTT!! Yota roars, runs, and CURB STOMPS!!! Cover, TWO!???! Sanada survives that Gene Blast Blitz, but fans are thunderous for Yota!

Yota waits on Sanada to rise, and he runs in again, but he ducks ‘n’ dodges the clotheslines first. Yota SPEARS into a DROPKICK!! Fans are thunderous again as Sanada avoids disaster! Sanada goes up top, ROUNDING BODY PRESS!! Direct hit, and then Sanada runs to SHINING WIZARD!! Fans are thunderous as Sanada hits DEADFALL!!!! Cover, Sanada wins!!!

Winner: Sanada, by pinfall (still IWGP World Heavyweight Champion)

Yota Tsuji is truly a genetic freak, but he still fell short of dethroning Sanada! And even in defeat, he smiles. Yota is in the G1 Climax, will he turn it into the “Gene 1?”

As for Sanada, he gets the mic, and he tells Tsuji, “With what you’re capable of achieving, and what you can learn in LIJ, I’ll be waiting for your challenge anytime. Hey, let’s do it again.” Fans like the sound of that! Sanada then turns to the crowd to say that the next time NJPW is in Osaka will be for the G1 Climax. And this year, going in as the champion, Sanada vows to win it and name his own challenger! Sanada then looks to Taichi, who is also in the G1, and Taichi points to himself and says, “Me?” Sanada figures why not. But for now, Sanada wants to “do this thing.” Sanada says, “Gift, if you please.”

The lights go down and the phones come out to be the stars. Sanada says “Everyone, I have something really important to tell you all today. How’s that song go? ‘Osaka, so close, and yet so far away. I miss it so much, but something something.'” The fans encourage Sanada that he can remember it. The other Just5Guys aren’t quite sure what song he’s talking about, though. “Seriously, what was it?” The fans start singing for him. What? “‘I’m missing?'” Okay, okay. Sanada starts from the top. “Osaka, so close yet so far away. I’m missing it, Osaka. But honestly, out of everywhere in Japan, I love Osaka the most!”

Fans cheer because he said the thing! “OI, OSAKA! See you next time!” Sanada drops the mic, kicks it away, and the golden streamers fly! The Cold Skull Era has only just begun, will he make it through the Summer heat to decide his own fate?


My Thoughts:

An awesome, absolutely stacked Dominion. The kickoff match (which wasn’t part of the broadcast) being another Young Lion gauntlet challenge was really weird, especially when no one’s won even one prize. And opening with Ospreay VS Archer was a surprising choice but it was an awesome match all the same. I figured Ospreay would win, he and Omega can have just an awesome match, and depending on how they wanna play off the current story in AEW of Elite VS BCC, Ospreay could win that US title off Omega to bring it back to Japan and have it more involved in story here. And yeah, I skipped the 8 Man Tag, but we still saw all those guys as part of the main event so no big deal.

The United Empire as a whole had a great showing tonight, even though they went 50-50. Catch 2/2 winning to take the Junior Heavyweight Tag titles back was a bit of a surprise, I had hoped the Jet Setters would get to defend against more teams. Meanwhile, I figured ZSJ would retain and Bishamon would win the tag titles. In ZSJ’s case, it was a great surprise that it was under 10 minutes, and they’re doing this so ZSJ can still feud with Samoa Joe, TV Champ VS TV Champ. For Bishamon, it is mostly because Aussie Open is injured, and I figured NJPW would default to Bishamon for the time being.

Bullet Club also had a really strong night tonight, even though Finlay was the only one in a match. Connors gets Moloney to join him in Bullet Club to go after the Junior Heavyweight Tag titles, and then in an even bigger surprised, Coughlin & Kidd both turn Heel to join up and go after the Heavyweight & Openweight Tag titles. I guess Bullet Club needed some new bodies to replace those Finlay kicked out (ELP, Jay White, and I guess in a way, Juice), and this is a great chance for these younger guys to move up in the world. Finlay of course retains the NEVER Openweight title as yet another example of a Heel faction leader using his faction members, but I look forward to where things go from here.

Great stuff from Hiromu VS Wato, and as great as Wato has done, it all makes sense as to why Hiromu won. Great NEVER Openweight Six Man title match, and they did a great job teasing the BCC coming close to winning. But the Dream Trio of course wins to keep those titles here in NJPW, and I love that we’re getting Okada VS Bryan at Forbidden Door. And of course, an awesome main event for the world title, and Yota Tsuji really is a genetic freak. That Fosbury Flop was awesome given his size. But at the same time, I figured Sanada wasn’t losing, his reign is only a couple months old.

We’re getting a great G1 field, and I bet both Sanada and Yota have great showings. It has been awhile since a world champion won the G1, but I don’t think Sanada’s the guy they’re gonna give that to. And regardless of who wins, holy crap I hope Kaito Kiyomiya and Kazuchika Okada meet. From the graphic they gave us, it looks like they’re in separate blocks, so the only way they would is in the finals. But that’d be fine, because the finals would let them go all out, which is exactly what we need to see between them.

My Score: 9/10


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Mitchell’s NJPW World Tag League Results & Report! (12/2/23)

B Block, round 5!

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Will Bishamon have to tranquilo?

The IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions fought to a time limit draw last round, will Hirooki Goto & Yoshi-Hashi be able to #GetBackUp this round? Or will Yota Tsuji & Zandokan Jr. sink their ship?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Toru Yano & Tomohiro Ishii VS Yuto Nakashima & Oskar Leube; Yano & Ishii win.
  • Six Man Tag: The United Empire VS The Gates of Agony & Boltin Oleg; The Gates of Agony & Oleg win.
  • 8 Man Tag: Bullet Club War Dogs VS The House of Torture; The House of Torture wins.
  • Six Man Tag: Master Wato, Shota Umino & Ren Narita VS TMDK; Wato, Shota & Narita win.
  • 2023 World Tag League, B Block: El Phantasmo & Hikuleo VS Bad Luck Fale & Jack Bonza; ELP & Leo win.
  • 2023 World Tag League, B Block: Taichi & Yuya Uemura VS Atlantis Jr. & Soberano Jr; Taichi & Yuya win.
  • 2023 World Tag League, B Block: Yuji Nagata & Minoru Suzuki VS Lance Archer & Alex Zayne; Nagata & Suzuki win.
  • 2023 World Tag League, B Block: Bishamon VS Yota Tsuji & Zandokan Jr; Bishamon wins.

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Here are the current B Block standings.

Alex Zayne & Lance Archer: 4-0, 8 points
Taichi & Yuya Uemura: 3-1, 6 points
Atlantis Jr. y Soberano Jr: 2-1-1, 5 points
Yota Tsuji & Zandokan Jr: 2-2, 4 points
ELP & Hikuleo: 2-2, 4 points
Bishamon: 1-2-1, 3 points
Bad Luck Fale & Jack Bonza: 1-3, 2 points
Yuji Nagata & Minoru Suzuki: 0-4, 0 points

 

2023 World Tag League, B Block: El Phantasmo & Hikuleo w/ Jado VS Bad Luck Fale & Jack Bonza!

The Headbanga & Young Guerilla survived the murder grandpas but are still a long way from the front of the block. Though that’s a touch better than the Bullet Club’s Rogue Army, who only just got on the board! Will the NJPW Strong Openweight Tag Team Champions stay strong? Or will they end up on the bottom of the block?

Fans rally up as ELP builds up the energy to high five Leo! The teams sort out and ELP starts against the Red Commando, who mockingly builds up energy to salute the Rogue General. The bell rings, and the fans rally up while ELP swivels as he takes off his shirt. ELP and Bonza circle, tie up, and Bonza waistlocks. ELP switches, Bonza pries free to switch back and wrench to a wristlock. ELP rolls, trips Bonza, and then hooks up the legs to get Bonza in a BOW ‘N’ ARROW! Fans rally, Bonza pops free to a cover, ONE! Fans applaud as the two reset. Fans rally behind ELP but Bonza tells them to shut up. That only makes them chant harder!

ELP and Bonza reset, tie up, and Bonza headlocks. ELP throws body shots, powers out, but Bonza runs him over! Things keep moving, ELP avoids the elbow drop to hit an elbow drop, but Bonza makes it a ghost pin! TWO and ELP rolls Bonza up, TWO! ELP reels Bonza in, spins him but Bonza fights the backslide! ELP still gets the shoulders down, TWO! ELP stomps the hands! ELP knuckle locks, CHOPS, and goes up, up and jumps around, to FLYING RANA! Fans fire up and ELP handsprings to his feet. ELP CHOPS Bonza to the red corner, then CHOPS him again. Tag to Leo, and Leo hushes the crowd. But Bonza avoids the chop!

Bonza tags in Fale, and fans rally up as the big guys stare down. Leo offers a handshake, but Fale just pie faces Leo. So Leo fires forearms! Fale throws them back! ELP leads the fans in the “YAY! BOO!” as the two giants go back and forth! Leo gets the edge but Fale kicks a leg. Fale RAMS Leo, but Leo stays up! Fans rally up as they RAM again! Leo eggs Fale on, they RAM shoulders again! Leo then kicks low, and goes to scoop! But Fale’s so bulky! Leo gets Fale up!! But Bonza CHOP BLOCKS a leg and Leo falls back! Fale covers, TWO! Bonza drags Leo to the blue corner and Fale tags Bonza in. The Rogue Army mugs Leo in the corner!

Leo crawls, Bonza turns him over and keeps him from ELP. Bonza steps through, SPINNING TOEHOLD! Leo clutches the knee and Bonza talks some trash. SPINNING TOEHOLD! Bonza pie faces Leo, eggs him on, then mocks the heart hands. Leo CHOPS Bonza! Bonza kicks Leo down, stomps him around, then even springboard stomps him! Tag to Fale and Bonza rushes ELP. ELP avoids getting blasted off the apron, but Fale stays between ELP and Leo. Fale then stands on Leo as a surfboard! ELP CLUBS Fale, so Fale DECKS ELP! Fale tags Bonza, and Bonza CLUBS Leo down. Fans rally up but Bonza CLUBS Leo more.

Bonza drags Leo up, whips him to the corner, but Leo BLASTS Fale away! Leo then BOOTS Bonza, hurries for his corner, but Bonza dropkicks the legs out! Bonza snarls, backs ELP off, then he reels Leo in. Bonza finger guns and calls his shot, but Leo’s too big to bomb! Leo back drops Bonza away! Fans fire up while both men crawl, hot tag to ELP! ELP fires off on Bonza, whips him to ropes, but Bonza reverses. ELP ducks ‘n ‘dodges to CLOBBER Bonza! And kip up! Fans fire up as ELP atomic drops Bonza, then mocks his pain. Bonza swings, into another atomic drop! ELP hobbles, but he still hooks Bonza up, RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP!

ELP cartwheels to the corner, goes up and takes aim, FALLING AX HANDLE! Fans rally as ELP tunes up the band. SUDDEN- NO, Bonza blocks, then DISCUS LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Bonza is frustrated but he drags ELP up and calls another shot. Bonza suplexes, holds, but ELP kicks free to DDT! Fans fire up again as Bonza and ELP crawl. ELP drags Bonza from Fale, straitjacket and torture rack, then tag to Leo. Leo BLASTS Fale, BOOTS Bonza, into the BRAIN SALAD! Leo covers, TWO! Bonza survives being scrambled but the fans rally with E-Leo-P! They coordinate, tune up, and Bonza rises. But Fale CLOBBERS Leo!

Bonza ROCKS and KNEES ELP, into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Fale runs corner to corner to SPLASH Leo! And then fireman’s carry, SAMOAN DROP to MACHO ELBOW! Cover, ELP breaks it! Fans fire up but Fale kicks ELP. Fale drags ELP up but he fires forearms and CHOPS on the Rogue Army! ELP runs, but into double shoulders! Leo rises while ELP flounders out of the ring, and the Rogue Army mugs him at the ropes. The Rogue Army double whips, but Leo breaks the line to DOUBLE LARIAT! Only Bonza falls, but Leo roars as he SPLASHES Fale in a corner! Leo scoops?! AND SLAMS!! Fans fire up with Leo as the alpha giant!

Leo drags Bonza up, choke grip, but Bonza knees free! SUDDEN DEATH! Choke grip, and ELP DIVES onto Fale! Leo hits GODSEND!! Then ELP climbs onto Leo’s shoulders for the SUPER THUNDER KISS 86!! Cover, ELP & Leo win!

Winners: El Phantasmo & Hikuleo, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Rogue Army earns 0)

Just as Fale & Bonza were locked and loaded, they misfire and fall back down! Will they have to shift into spoiler mode in the tournament’s second half? As for the NJPW Strong Openweight Tag Team Champions, do they still have an outside shot at those WTL trophies?

 

2023 World Tag League, B Block: Taichi & Yuya Uemura VS Atlantis Jr. & Soberano Jr!

The Holy Emperor & Heat Storm took a loss to Monster Sauce, but they’re still near the front of the block! But the sons of lucha libre are right behind them! Will this match go a long way to determining B Block’s finalists?

The teams sort out and Soberano starts against Yuya. The fans rally up as Soberano offers a handshake. Yuya reaches out but then Soberano leaves him hanging. The two circle, tie up, and are in a deadlock. Yuya waistlocks, but Soberano wrenches out to wristlock. Soberano YANKS the arm, but Yuya rolls, wrenches, hammerlocks and he brings Soberano around. Soberano rolls, drop toeholds and then has the legs tied up to go after the arms. Soberano has a modified Queen Angelito but Yuya fights up. Soberano stands on Yuya’s shoulders for a modified motorcycle stretch, to then shift to a headlock.

Fans rally as Yuya fights up but Soberano grinds the hold. Yuya pries free, but Soberano pulls hair! The ref reprimands but Soberano snapmares Yuya. Yuya gets right up and the fans applaud. Yuya and Soberano reset, circle, and feel things out. They knuckle lock, but Soberano steps on an arm and double wristlocks the other. Soberano then spins Yuya, arm-drags him, but Yuya arm-drags back! Soberano sweeps and covers, ONE! Yuya hits a headlock takeover, but Soberano headscissors, so Yuya kips free. Both men stand back up and fans applaud the standoff. Soberano offers the handshake for real and Yuya takes it.

Fans applaud the sportsmanship as the two then back down, and they tag in Taichi and Atlantis. The KOPW Champion and NWA World Historic Light Heavyweight Champion RAM shoulders again and again! Then Atlantis runs to RAM Taichi! Taichi rebounds to BOOT! Atlantis rebounds to CHOP! Atlantis eggs Taichi on, so Taichi CHOPS back! Fans fire up as Taichi eggs Atlantis on, and he comes back to CHOP! Fans cheer more, and Taichi CHOPS again! Atlantis CHOPS, it’s a CHOP fight! They go back and forth faster and faster, but Taichi sputters. Atlantis eggs him on, so Taichi KICKS and KICKS!

Atlantis blocks a kick, dodges the forearm and RANAS! Fans fire up while Taichi goes to a corner. Atlantis runs in, but Taichi puts him on the apron. Atlantis counter punches then goes up top to CROSSBODY! Atlantis is right back up to run in, but Taichi BOOTS him! Atlantis returns but Taichi sends him into the corner for the GAMANGIRI! Yuya then runs in to BLAST Soberano! Fans rally up as Yuya coaches Taichi. Taichi and Atlantis rise, but Taichi brings Atlantis around to bump off buckles. Tag to Yuya and he CLUBS Atlantis down. Yuya whips Atlantis to ropes, DOUBLE CHOPS him down, then covers, TWO!

Fans rally as Yuya keeps cool. Yuya brings Atlantis around, snapmares and CLUBS him! Yuya then clamps onto an armlock and he grinds that taped shoulder down. Atlantis reaches out, but Yuya drags him from ropes to keep on that arm. Atlantis endures, Yuya floats to a cover, TWO! Yuya keeps on the arm with a double wristlock now but Atlantis continues to endure. Atlantis fights up, reaches out, ROPEBREAK! But Taichi tags in, and he CLUBS Atlantis on the back. Taichi snapmares Atlantis to KICK him in the back, and fans rally up. Taichi drags Atlantis around for Kawada Kicks, egging him on at the same time.

Atlantis stands right up to fire off forearms! Taichi kicks low and gives more Kawada Kicks! Atlantis sits up, and blocks the buzzsaw! He dodges the Ax Bomber to SUPERKICK! Both men are down and the fans rally back up! Atlantis crawls, hot tag to Soberano! Soberano goes up and CROSSBODIES Taichi down! Soberano then runs corner to corner, but into a BOOT! Taichi runs, Soberano dodges, goes up and over and dodges a boot to ENZIGURI! Fans fire up, and Yuya CLUBS Soberano. Yuya runs, but into a SOBAT! Step-up FAMOUSER! Soberano TOSSES Yuya, sidesteps Taichi, and SPIN POWERSLAMS!

Soberano sets Taichi in the middle of the ring to LIONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up as Taichi stays in this, and Soberano keeps his cool. Soberano stomps Taichi, drags him up, and fireman’s carries. Taichi fights free but Soberano kicks low again. Soberano talks some trash, runs but into a BOOT! Soberano comes back, but Taichi gest around, only for Soberano to fight the saido! Soberano whips, Taichi reverses and avoids the handspring to AX BOMBER! Both men are down and fans fire up again! Soberano and Taichi crawl for their corners, hot tag to Yuya and he stops Soberano! Yuya CHOPS but Soberano eggs him on!

Yuya CHOPS again, whips, but Soberano reverses. Yuya FLYING FOREARMS! And arm-drags! And DOUBLE CHOPS! Fans fire up with Yuya and he drags Soberano up again. Yuya whips to a corner, runs in and SPLASHES! Then BULLDOGS! Cover, TWO! Yuya looms over Soberano, stands him back up, and he traps the arms! But Soberano fights the suplex with knees! Yuya CHOPS, runs, but Soberano DROPKICKS him down! Fans fire up again as both men crawl! Yuya goes to a neutral corner, Soberano hot tags Atlantis! Atlantis runs to BLAST Taichi, then he runs to kick Yuya! Atlantis whips, Yuya reverses!

Atlantis dodges Yuya in the corner, and he SPIN POWERSLAMS! Cover, TWO! Yuya hangs in there but Atlantis stays focused. The fans rally up, Atlantis whips and Soberano joins in, TU LO SABE! Cover, Taichi breaks it! Soberano kicks Taichi out then goes out after him. Yuya goes back to a neutral corner and Atlantis storms over. Soberano dribbles Taichi off the apron as Atlantis stands Yuya up and scoops. Yuya fights free, and he CHOPS! Taichi sends Soberano into railing! Atlantis CHOPS Yuya! Yuya CHOPS Atlantis! They go CHOP for CHOP, the fans rally up, and Yuya sputters. But he dodges to waistlock!

Yuya sends Atlantis into Taichi’s RIDGEHAND! Yuya CHOPS again! Taichi SOBATS! Yuya BULLDOGS! Cover, TWO! Atlantis survives the assault and fans rally up. Yuya fires up and he climbs a corner! CROSS- NO, Atlantis moves and Yuya has to roll through! But then Soberano CROSSBODIES! Taichi storms in to kick Soberano, but Atlantis scoops to BACKBREAKER! Taichi bails back out and Soberano builds speed! FOSBURY FLOP! Direct hit and fans fire up! Atlantis scoops Yuya, MICHINOKU DRIVER! Atlantis hurries up top, FROG SPLASH! Cover, TWO!! Yuya survives and Atlantis is furious!

The fans fire up for Yuya but Atlantis refocuses. Atlantis vows to end this and he drags Yuya back up. Atlantis whips, Yuya holds ropes to BOOT back! Atlantis scoops Yuya and then gut wrenches, but Yuya RANAS free! Atlantis stands, into an arm-drag! Ghost pin, and Taichi keeps Soberano out! JUST5GUYS WIN!

Winners: Taichi & Yuya Uemura, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Atlantis & Soberano earn 0)

Taichi is so proud of Yuya! Not only did he win this for the team, he just pinned the NWA World Historic Light Heavyweight Champion! Too bad he’s just outside the weight requirements to challenge for that belt. But that aside, will this help Yuya & Taichi secure a shot at the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions?

 

2023 World Tag League, B Block: Yuji Nagata & Minoru Suzuki VS Lance Archer & Alex Zayne!

In a shocking twist, Blue Justice & The Meanest Man in the World are 0-4 this deep into World Tag League! But will Nagata & Suzuki finally make it work at the halfway point? Or will Monster Sauce continue their hot streak and be the only 5-0 team in the entire tournament?

Surprisingly, the Murderhawk Monster doesn’t maul Young Lions at ringside. But perhaps that is because he is saving all his energy for Suzuki. As such, he doesn’t even budge as Suzuki steps into the ring for “KAZE NI NARE~!” The former boss and subordinate stare down, so Nagata and Zayne let them start. The fans cheer as Archer brings out a Suzuki-Gun shirt! Archer then throws the shirt aside as he tells Suzuki, “Tonight, we fight. So you better bring it our I’m gonna knock your teeth out! Let’s go, Suzuki!” The bell rings and the fans fire up with Archer! Suzuki ROCKS him with a forearm already!

Suzuki eggs Archer on, and Archer grins as he comes back. Archer ROCKS Suzuki right back! Suzuki staggers, stays standing, and he also grins! Archer laughs, he and Suzuki start trading forearms! The fans fire up as the shots keep going! Suzuki gets the edge, then BOOTS! Archer wobbles but he BOOTS right back! Down goes Suzuki! Fans cheer, Suzuki stands up, and Nagata tags himself in. Zayne also tags in, and now fans rally as these two circle. They tie up, Zayne waistlocks but Nagata wrenches to a wristlock. Zayne spins, wrenches, wrangles Nagata, but Nagata kicks him away. The fans cheer as the two reset.

Nagata and Zayne tie up, Zayne headlocks, but Nagata throws body shots. Nagata powers out but Zayne runs him over! Things speed up, Zayne IMPLODER KNEE DROPS onto Nagata’s dropdown! Then he STANDING MARIPOSAS! Fans fire up and Zayne drags Nagata up. Zayne puts Nagata in a corner, tags to Archer, and he taunts Suzuki with “You Suck!” Suzuki says shut up, but Archer stomps away on Nagata. Red Shoes counts, Archer lets off and says Suzuki’s next. Suzuki says to still shut up, but Archer snapmares Nagata. Archer continues to taunt Suzuki then he CLUBS away on Nagata’s chest! Cover, TWO!

Archer is mad at Red Shoes, and Suzuki steps in just to flip Archer off. Archer tags Zayne, and scoops him to SLAM him onto Nagata! Cover, TWO! Zayne stays between Nagata and Suzuki, then bumps Nagata off buckles. Zayne ELBOWS Nagata, tags Archer, and Archer CHOPS Nagata! Nagata eggs him on so Archer CHOPS again! Even Zayne felt that one. Nagata still eggs Archer on, but Archer eggs Nagata on, so Nagata fires forearms! Archer knees low, whips Nagata to a corner, then runs in, but Nagata BOOTS him! Nagata fakes the dropkick high to dropkick low! Archer hobbles, Nagata tags in Suzuki!

Fans rally up as Suzuki fires forearms on Archer. Suzuki backs Archer down, but Archer tells him to hit harder! Suzuki fires off even more shots and he sits Archer down in a corner! Suzuki growls and the fans fire up. Suzuki knees low, whips corner to corner, then runs in to BOOT! Suzuki cravats but Archer fights the snapmare. Archer whips Suzuki to a corner, ELBOWS him, “Ichi!” Archer keeps moving to ELBOW again! “NI!” Archer keeps going, “SAN!” Hattrick achieved, and then a KNEE DROP! Cover, TWO! Archer ROCKS Suzuki, puts him on the top rope, and then lifts with the inverted crucifix!

But Suzuki fights free! Archer choke grips, but Suzuki breaks free to ROCK Archer! Archer ROCKS Suzuki! Suzuki laughs as they trade forearms back and forth again! Fans rally up, Suzuki keeps laughing, but both men ROCK the other! Fans fire up as Archer and Suzuki stand back up! They egg each other on, and the forearms fly again! They go back and forth, faster and faster! Archer wobbles, Suzuki taunts him, but then the forearms start up again! Suzuki gets the edge but Archer ROCKS him! Suzuki rises right up to ROCK Archer! Both men fall over and the fans are thunderous! Suzuki and Archer crawl, hot tags to Zayne and Nagata!

Now Zayne and Nagata trade forearms! Nagata ROCKS Zayne, KICKS him, and KICKS him! And KICKS again! Zayne ends up in a corner, Nagata fires up and whips corner to corner. BOOT! Zayne fights the clinch, suplexes, but Nagata fights that. Nagata suplexes Zayne, for MAGIC SCREW! And then an EXPLODER! Cover, TWO! But into CROSSFACE! Suzuki intercepts Archer into a SLEEPER! Monster Sauce endures stereo submissions! The fans rally, Suzuki keeps adjusting his grip, but Archer fights up! Archer storms over to BOOT Nagata, then he RAMS Suzuki into buckles! Zayne gets the boost, HIP TOSS CANNONBALL!

Archer ELBOWS Nagata down, then Zayne runs in, tilt-o-whirl RANA CANNONBALL for Archer! Fans fire up as Archer gets Zayne, CHOKE SLAM SAULT! SENTON! Cover, TWO!! Nagata survives but Archer BLASTS Suzuki back down! Zayne goes up and gets as lift from Archer, but Suzuki stops the Blackout Swanton! Suzuki DECKS Zayne, Archer knees Suzuki and TOSSES him! But Suzuki gets Archer’s legs! APRON KNEEBAR! Archer endures, Nagata cradles but Zayne smothers it into his own cover, TWO!! Nagata is free again, but Zayne kicks low. Zayne straitjackets but Nagata fights free!

Zayne fires boxing elbows, back elbow, mule kick, only to run into a WHEEL KCIK! SAIDO BRIDGE! MURDER GRANDPAS WIN!!

Winners: Yuji Nagata & Minoru Suzuki, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Monster Sauce earns 0)

The top team finally falls, and it was to the two most grizzled and experienced men in the whole tournament! Suzuki tells Archer & Zayne to still take this thing, and they fist bump as the old Suzuki-Gun theme plays. Will Monster Sauce still burn B Block and head for those trophies?

 

2023 World Tag League, B Block: Bishamon VS Yota Tsuji & Zandokan Jr!

Hirooki Goto & Yoshi-Hashi have been struggling, but they always #GetBackUp. Will they be able to #TurnItAllAround and make the threepeat a reality? Or will Gene Blast & The King of the World make the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions tranquilo?

The teams sort out and Tsuji calls out Hashi. Fans cheer as Hashi accepts, and the bell rings. Hashi and Tsuji circle, the fans rally up, and the two tie up. Hashi headlocks and grinds the hold, but Tsuji fights up with body shots. Tsuji powers out but Hashi RAMS shoulders with him! Tsuji dares Hashi to bring it, so Hashi runs. But Tsuji follows to then RANA! Fans cheer and Tsuji smiles. Tsuji stomps Hashi, drags him up at the ropes, and CHOPS! Hashi staggers but Tsuji is on him to whip to ropes. Hashi holds ropes, Goto tags in, Bishamon double shoulder tackles Tsuji down! Hashi runs for Goto to hip toss, ZANMAI!

Zando runs in but Bishamon kicks him first. They then HAMMER away on Zando’s back! The fans fire up while Goto & Hashi flex. Zando bails out and Goto stomps Tsuji. Goto drags Tsuji up, CLUBS him, fireman’s carries, but Tsuji fights with elbows. Goto ROCKS Tsuji, runs, but Zando trips him and Tsuji basement dropkicks! Tsuji BLASTS Hashi, Zando drags Goto out to throw him into railing! Tsuji goes out after Hashi, drags him up, and we hear Zando send Goto into more railing. Tsuji whips Hashi into railing, too! Fans rally up, Zando gets a chair and he SMACKS Goto with it! It wasn’t even a folding chair, it was a spare chair from the crowd!

Red Shoes reprimands, Zando puts Goto in for Tsuji, but Red Shoes won’t count the cover with all the shenanigans. Tsuji stomps Goto, tags Zando, and they double whip Goto to POP-UP KICK! And then DOUBLE BASEMENT DROPKICK! Zando covers, TWO! Hashi gets up but Zando boots him off the apron. Zando snapmares Goto into a chinlock, but he also fishhooks the mouth! Red Shoes reprimands, Zando lets off to tag Tsuji, and they set Goto up on the ropes. Fans rally but Hashi is in Tsuji’s way. Red Shoes reprimands and Hashi moves so Tsuji can run and LEAP FROG ATTACK! Goto falls and fans fire up.

Zando BLASTS Hashi, Tsuji covers Goto, TWO! Tsuji still smiles and he drags Goto up. Goto CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! But Tsuji knees low! Tsuji whips but Goto reverses. Goto runs in but Tsuji BOOTS him away! Tsuji runs, but Goto follows to LARIAT! Fans fire up while both men are down! Goto crawls, hot tag to Hashi! Hashi runs up to run Tsuji over, then he BLASTS Zando! Tsuji kicks back, whips Hashi to a corner, but Hashi returns to CHOP! Fans fire up as Hashi mule kicks then turns Tsuji, but Tsuji fights the neckbreaker. Hashi dodges the lariat to hit the BLOCKBUSTER! Fans fire up with Hashi as Tsuji goes to a corner.

Hashi runs corner to corner to clothesline, then he reels Tsuji in for the NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! The fans rally up and Hashi looms over Tsuji. Hashi drags Tsuji up, reels him in, but Tsuji blocks the suplex! Hashi keeps trying, the fans rally, and Tsuji hoists Hashi up! Hashi fights that, tries again, but Tsuji slips free. Hashi elbows Tsuji, runs, but into a BOOT! Fans fire up and Goto coaches Hashi. Hashi and Tsuji both crawl, hot tag to Goto! Goto KICKS Tsuji down then BLASTS Zando! Goto drags Tsuji up, fires off forearms, then whips Tsuji corner to corner. Goto runs, blocks a boot but Tsuji DOUBLE STOMPS him down!

Tsuji calls to Zando, hurries over, and fans fire up for the hot tag! Zando storms up on Goto, but Goto fires off CHOP after CHOP! Zando winds up to CHOP back! Fans fire up while Goto is stinging. Zando BLASTS Hashi, then he and Tsuji get Goto up. They double whip, double hip toss and cradle, for a DOUBLE SLAM! Tsuji SPLASHES, Zando goes up the ropes to LIONSAULT! Zando just makes it, then covers, TWO! Fans rally up while Tsuji paces around. Zando drags Goto up, he and Tsuji hook Goto up but Hashi saves Goto from the Anchor! Hashi fires forearms, Tsuji kicks low and whips Hashi to a corner.

Tsuji sends Zando in but Hashi dodges to then LARIAT Tsuji! Zando UPPERCUTS Hashi! Goto runs in but Zando kicks and runs. But Goto fireman’s carries! USHIGOROSHI! Fans fire up while all four men are down! Goto roars and rises, and he drags Zando up. Goto reels Zando in, dragon sleepers, but Zando drops to victory roll! TWO!! Goto escapes, hurries to a corner, and Zando runs in to clothesline! And then he undoes the wrist tape so he can run in again, and CHOP! Fans fire up and Zando says “UNO MAS!” Zando runs but Goto follows to MURAMASA! And then SAIDO! Both men are down again and the fans rally back up.

Goto crawls, hot tag to Hashi! Hashi runs to BLAST Tsuji, then he goes back for Zando. Hashi runs, but Zando BOOTS! Hashi spins through to CHOP! Zando staggers, roars, and CHOPS in return! Zando fireman’s carries, but Hashi fights free and feeds him to Goto’s forearm! Mule kick and then the clinch, GOTO GO TO HUNTER! Cover, Tsuji breaks it! Goto tosses Tsuji, and Bishamon coordinates. Goto goes up a corner, but Tsuji GAMANGIRIS him down! Zando TOSSES Hashi, and fans fire up as the amigos coordinate. Zando DIVES onto Goto, Tsuji CROSSBODIES Hashi and Young Lion Boltin Oleg!

Fans fire up as Tsuji & Zando rise! Tsuji drags Hashi up, he and Zando get him in the ring. Tsuji & Zando stand Hashi up, hook him up, ANCHOR!! Zando covers, TWO!! Hashi survives but Tsuji is already at the corner. Tsuji climbs, he stands on Zando’s shoulders, VAMOS FLOP as Hashi moves! Goto TOSSES Tsuji, and he LARIATS Zando! Zando stays up to LARIAT back! GOto drops to a knee, Zando runs again, but Goto SWATS the lariat! Goto suplexes, Zando slips free, but Goto puts him in the corner! Hashi runs in to clothesline! Tsuji runs in, but into the FIERCE FLASH! Goto clotheslines Zando, Hashi clotheslines, too!

Hashi hoists Zando up, Goto climbs, BULLDOG FLAPJACK COMBO! The fans fire up with Bishamon as they hoist Zando up and call their shot! Dragon sleeper and leg lift, SHOTO!!! Cover, BISHAMON WINS!

Winners: Bishamon, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Tsuji & Zando earn 0)

The IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions shine through as they turn the lights out on LIJ! Will Tsuji & Zando be able to stay afloat in WTL’s second half?

As for Bishamon, Hashi gets the mic first to say, “Oi, Tsuji! How was Bishamon? Was it sweet? Was it spicy? Or maybe salty?” Tsuji walks back to the ring and Hashi lets him have the mic. Tsuji says, “Now that I’ve faced Bishamon, I’ve learned… that you guys are amazing.” Fans cheer that! But Tsuji also knows Bishamon can’t stay like this. He’s sure they’ll make it back to the WTL finals. Tsuij then sends the mic back as he takes his leave, and Hashi thanks him.

Hashi continues to say that he can’t be sure if WTL can get more exciting, but if the fans aren’t already excited, then there’s no way that’ll change. But this win here gets Bishamon one step closer to that threepeat. Hashi brings up the supposed curse that keeps the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions from winning WTL. But he vows that “Gocchan and I will definitely break the curse.” Fans cheer that! Hashi continues to say that as IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions, Bishamon will win WTL for a third time in a row, and they’ll do it… IN A FLASH! The Fierce Warrior & Headhunter still have life, but will they have those trophies three years running?

 

Here are the NEW B Block standings!

Alex Zayne & Lance Archer: 4-1, 8 points
Taichi & Yuya Uemura: 4-1, 8 points
ELP & Hikuleo: 3-2, 6 points
Bishamon: 2-2-1, 5 points
Atlantis Jr. y Soberano Jr: 2-2-1, 5 points
Yota Tsuji & Zandokan Jr: 2-3, 4 points
Yuji Nagata & Minoru Suzuki: 1-4, 2 points
Bad Luck Fale & Jack Bonza: 1-4, 2 points


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Mitchell’s AEW Collision Results & Report! (12/2/23)

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Bryan Danielson and Andrade El Idolo finally start in the Blue League!

As the AEW Continental Classic’s second round continues, Bryan Danielson and Andrade El Idolo finally have their first taste of action! Will the American Dragon and Face of Latino Wrestling both get points tonight?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • AEW Continental Classic, Blue League: Claudio Castagnoli VS Brody King; Brody wins.
  • Abadon VS Kiera Hogan; Abadon wins.
  • AEW Continental Classic, Blue League: Andrade El Idolo VS Daniel Garcia; Andrade wins.
  • The Kingdom w/ Roderick Strong VS The Iron Savages w/ Jacked Jameson; The Kingdom wins.
  • Malakai Black & Buddy Matthews VS Christopher Daniels & Matt Sydal; The House of Black win.
  • El Hijo Del Vikingo VS Kip Sabian; Vikingo wins.
  • AEW Continental Classic, Blue League: Bryan Danielson VS Eddie Kingston; Bryan wins.

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Brody King speaks.

“Tonight on Collision, in Erie, PA, Blue League round two against Claudio. I’m here to prove why I’m not just an upset win, and I’m the most dominant wrestler in this tournament. HARU!”

Claudio Castagnoli speaks.

“Time for talking is over. Swiss to C2, tonight I’m going to take a King’s head.”

 

CJ Perry & Andrade El Idolo speak.

The Coldest Manager in the Game says tonight, her client will take down Daniel Garcia again tonight, and take home that fat check. And his name is Andrade The Idol. No, no, es El Idolo. And everyone knows who he is, but Garcia, see you tonight.

Daniel Garcia speaks.

“Andrade, you wanna know what really, really makes me mad? It’s when someone likes you comes in here and thinks they can step all over people like me. Well I’m not having it anymore. Tonight, I fight back. And if I needed any more motivation to win other than getting those three points, it’s putting somebody like you in his place.”

 

Bryan Danielson speaks.

“Eddie Kingston, tonight, it’s you and me in the Continental Classic. And do y’know what? I don’t want depressed Eddie Kingston. I don’t want Eddie Kingston who feels bad about himself because he lost his first round match. I want the Eddie Kingston that won the ROH World title. I want the Eddie Kingston who’s confident enough to put in BOTH his titles in this tournament! Eddie Kingston, I want the best version of you because if you don’t bring it, you’re gonna get hurt.”

Eddie Kingston speaks.

“Look, guys, I know we gotta do this cold open thing. It’s the cool thing to do on Collision. I don’t have time. I gotta go get ready, I’m 0-1 in this tournament already, I do NOT wanna go 0-2. Bryan, I do respect you, sort of, so I don’t care about your eye, I don’t care about your arm, I don’t care about anything about you. All I care about is winning. So guess what? I’m gonna bust you up.”

 

AEW Continental Classic, Blue League: Claudio Castagnoli VS Brody King!

The Swiss Superman is ready for his Collision with the King of Death! But with both men at 1-0, who, if either of them, moves on to be Blue League’s only 2-0 leader?

The bell rings, 20 minutes is ticking down, but Claudio and Brody run in to RAM shoulders! Claudio BOOTS, Brody BOOTS, and Claudio fires a forearm! Brody forearms back, fans fire up as the shots keep going! They pick up speed with those forearms, Brody CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Then he LARIATS! Claudio stays up!? Claudio seethes and fans fire up as he comes back to CHOP! CHOP! And CHOP! Claudio LARIATS, but Brody stays up! Brody LARIATS, Claudio LARIATS, repeat! Claudio rebounds, DOUBLE LARIATS collide! Neither falls, they DOUBLE LARIAT again, and again, then Claudio dodges! DOUBLE LARIATS finally take both men down!

Fans fire up as Brody and Claudio roll out opposite ends of the ring. Claudio and Brody stand back up, the ring count climbs, but both men storm up around the way to DOUBLE LARAIT! And DOUBLE LARIAT! The count is 9, both men slide in at 9.9!! Fans fire up as Brody and Claudio start throwing forearms again! Brody gets the edge, runs, and he BOOTS Claudio down! Brody then scoops Claudio but Claudio slips free to BOOT! Claudio scoops, to SLAM Brody! Fans fire up, Brody staggers back up and Claudio runs, to clothesline Brody up and out! Fans fire up, Claudio goes out and he runs in around the way, UPPERCUT!

Fans fire up more and Claudio drags Brody up. Claudio whips Brody hard into railing, but Brody comes back to CLOBBER Claudio! Fans fire up as Brody peels the bumpers off the railing, then he throws forearms with Claudio. Brody knees low, whips, and Claudio hits railing hard! Claudio tumbles up and over and Collision goes picture in picture.

Brody catches his breath, storms over to where Claudio is, and drags him up. Fans fire up as Brody suplexes Claudio to the floor! Both men writhe, but Brody storms up on Claudio to stand him up. Brody CHOPS and Claudio sputters! Brody CHOPS again! Claudio staggers back, Brody whips him hard into the apron! Brody CLUBS Claudio, stalks him as he hobbles, then POSTS Claudio! Claudio staggers and falls over, and Brody refreshes the ring count. Brody storms back up on Claudio, ROCKS him, then puts him in the ring. Brody CHOPS Claudio again, ROCKS him to a corner, then ROCKS him again.

Claudio goes to another corner but Brody CLUBS him! And CHOPS him! Claudio UPPERCUTS! Brody CHOPS! Repeat! Brody gets the edge as he ROCKS Claudio again, then CHOPS him down! Claudio leans against ropes as he coughs and gasps for air. Brody clamps on with a chinlock, digs his forearm cast into Claudio’s face, and Collision returns to single picture. Claudio endures, pries the hold open, and he stands to wrench the arm, for an ELBOW BREAKER! The forearms fly again, Claudio runs but Brody scoops to SLAM! And then SENTON! Fans rally up while Claudio crawls to a corner.

Brody runs in to SPLASH at the corner! The fans bark and hoot with Brody, but Claudio UPPERCUTS him in the corner! Claudio fires UPPERCUT after UPPERCUT from all sides! Then he jukes the ref to UPPERCUT again! Claudio fires more shots, roars, and takes a moment to steady himself. Claudio whips but Brody blocks, so Claudio UPPERCUTS again! Claudio whips, Brody reverses and runs in to SPLASH! Then fireman’s carry, but Claudio fights free to UPPERCUT the back! Claudio trips Brody, but Brody kicks him away! Claudio comes back to DOUBLE STOMP! Cover, TWO! Brody survives but Claudio keeps his cool.

Claudio drags Brody up, but Brody fights the fireman’s carry. Brody ROCKS Claudio, CHOPS him, then runs, into a POP-UP UPPERCUT!! Cover, TWO!! Brody survives but the fans fire up behind Claudio as he stands. Claudio gets the legs, to SWING Brody!! Claudio goes around and around, and fans count all the way to TEN! Then the SHARPSHOOTER!! Fans fire up while Claudio sits deep! Brody endures, claws at the mat, fights around, and he reaches out! But Claudio grabs that bad arm to hold it back! Brody still fights forward, ROPEBREAK! Claudio lets go in frustration while Brody crawls to a corner.

Claudio waits on Brody to stand, then runs in, but Brody dodges! Claudio POSTS himself, then Brody GERMAN SUPLEXES him away! Brody runs in to CANNONBALL! Brody drags Claudio to a cover, ONE?!? Fans are stunned and so is Brody! Brody ROCKS Claudio, reels him in, but Claudio slips free of the bomb to fireman’s carry! DEATH VALLEY DRIVER!! Cover, ONE?!? Brody survives and Claudio is shocked! “This is Awesome!” and Claudio drags Brody up and reels him in. Claudio Gotch Lifts but Brody back drops free! Claudio lands on his feet! Springboard- HAYMAKER!! STUFF PILEDRIVER!! Cover, TWO?!?

Fans are thunderous as Brody hurries to get Claudio up. LARIAT!! Cover, Brody wins!!

Winner: Brody King, by pinfall (gains 3 points; Claudio earns 0)

That deadly right arm brings down the Swiss Superman, and Brody has six points! Is the Blue League soon going to belong to the House of Black?

 

Jon Moxley speaks.

“If it turns out that entering this Continental Classic tournament was a bad idea, I won’t find out ’til it’s too late. I’m banged up. Maybe the last four years is finally catching with me, because nobody’s done it anywhere in the world like I do it the last four years. My head hurts, my neck hurts, my back hurts, now my knee hurts. Getting that tingly-ness in my fingers now all the time. I live in pain on a day to day basis like most people couldn’t even imagine. Now on top of that, my head’s not screwed on straight all the time lately. The doctors are prescribing me this medication, that medication.

“And I’m just sick of it all. I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired. I’m sick and tired of being pissed off at my body failing me, I’m sick and tired of being depressed, I’m being sick and tired about being pissed about the entire last year. I’m sick and tired of being pissed off. So I’m gonna do the only thing I know how to do, the only thing I’m good at: I’m gonna wrestle my way out of it. I’m gonna fight my way out of it. I’m gonna put every ounce, every drop of sweat and effort and will I have into winning this Continental Classic tournament.

“This kind of thing, this is what AEW was built on, man. Two guys in the ring, the best wrestlers in the world, giving it their all, feeling that feeling when you’ve given every ounce of yourself in the ring, and pushing the limits, and pushing the boundaries, and making people stand up and go ‘Oh my God!’ What’d I just see?’ Feeling that connection with an audience that loves wrestling as much as we do. That is what AEW is about. Somebody’s gotta step up and win this tournament, and show the world exactly what AEW is, exactly what All Elite Wrestling can be! And that’s just gonna have to be me.

“Because anybody can say what they want but I’m the Ace of the World, b*tch, and that’s just the way it is. And there is nobody in this tournament that can do anything to me worse than what I deal with on a daily basis. Nothing they can do to me that’s worse than fighting the demons that I fight on a daily basis. If you think I’m shot, if you think my trigger’s been pulled, if you think I’m ripe for the picking, please, please, take your shot.” The Maniac is going to go until he can’t go any more, will El Toro Blanco look to take that shot this Wednesday?

 

Abadon VS Kiera Hogan!

With title chases never stopping, the Undead Girl and the Hottest Flame are fighting to get ahead. Who wins here to move up in the rankings towards the champions of AEW?

The bell rings, Kiera is wary of Abadon, and the two circle. Abadon corners Kiera, run sin, but Kiera dodges. Kiera SHOTGUNS Abadon down and fans fire up! Kiera runs in but Abadon sends her into buckles! Abadon fires off clothesline after clothesline, but lets off as the ref counts. Abadon runs in but Kiera avoids the boot to then KICK the legs out! Kiera runs, and she HIP ATTACKS Abadon against ropes! Kiera then snapmares, Abadon ducks the buzzsaw but not the SUPERKICK! Kiera runs Around the World to BOOT WASH! Cover, TWO! Kiera keeps cool as she runs again, but Abadon catches her for a SCRAPBUSTER!

Abadon roars and the fans fire up! Abadon runs in to SPLASH Kiera in a corner, then whips. Kiera reverse, Abadon slips out and then ROCKS Kiera! HEADSHOT CUTTER! Cover, TWO! Kiera is still in this but Abadon mocks the peace fingers. Abadon stalks Kiera, has her in the ropes, and mocks that pretty face. Abadon licks Kiera, YANKS her off the ropes, and then storms around. Abadon kicks, Kiera ducks and rolls her up, TWO! Kiera SOBATS, ROUNDHOUSES, then reels her in! NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Abadon survives and Kiera is frustrated. Kiera pounds the mat, the fans rally up behind her, and she stalks Abadon.

Kiera fires forearms, says to stay down and she SLAPS! Abadon SCORPION KICKS, then runs to KNEE Kiera down! Abadon drags Kiera up, hammerlocks, BLACK DAHLIA!! Cover, Abadon wins!

Winner: Abadon, by pinfall

Like the Nightmare Before Christmas, Abadon is bringing the scary to the merry season! But will Abadon earn a championship match as a Christmas gift to herself?

Wait! The lights go out! And when the lights come back, JULIA HART is here! Abadon turns around to see her, and the TBS Champion smiles. The lights go out again, and when they come back again, Julia’s gone. Abadon shrieks into the night, will this be like Jason VS Freddy for the title?

 

Backsatge interview with Samoa Joe.

Alex Marvez says the last time we saw Joe, he was furious that MJF accepted a tag team challenge from “The Devil of AEW.” Joe says why wouldn’t he be? But then someone shouts “SAMOA JOOOE~!” In rolls Roderick Strong & The Kingdom. Roddy tells Joe that Roddy is willing to forgive Joe for trying to end his career with a broken neck not just once but twice. And he knows Joe has his world title match with Max, but c’mon, this is clearly a trap! MJF is the Devil! But hey, Roddy’s best friend “ADAAAM~!” likes Joe and thinks of him as a friend. So as Adam Cole’s best friend, that makes Roddy a friend to Joe.

So hey, Wednesday, it’s a set-up. Those goons will beat the crap out of Joe! And MJF isn’t even here right now! He’s probably plotting how they’re gonna do it! The Kingdom says yeah, Roddy’s right. So just listen to him, okay? Joe chuckles and leaves. Does Joe think they’re joking? Between Joe and “The Devil,” who will have the last laugh on Dynamite?

 

AEW Continental Classic, Blue League: Andrade El Idolo VS Daniel Garcia!

We saw this showdown before when CJ Perry was recruiting clients, and we saw which way that went. But then will history repeat itself? Or will Red Death ruin Andrade’s start in the Blue League?

While no “seconds” are allowed, meaning even manager CJ must return to the back, Daddy Magic found a loophole by joining commentary. He still disapproves of the Garcia dance. Anyway, the bell rings, we’re on the clock, and the two circle. Fans rally up as the two tie up, Garcia rolls Andrade up, ONE! Garcia says he almost had Andrade, but Andrade just smirks. The two reset, tie up again, and Andrade headlocks. Andrade holds on tight, but Garcia powers up to power out. But Andrade runs Garcia over! Fans rally and duel, cheer and jeer, and Andrade CHOPS Garcia! Andrade whips but Garcia stops himself to whip Andrade!

Andrade goes Spider-Man in the ropes to tranquilo! Fans fire up for that, but then Garcia puts his dukes up. Andrade says no dance, but then Garcia clamps on a SLEEPER! Andrade RAMS Garcia into buckles, goes up the ropes, and he CROSSBODIES! Garcia staggers up, Andrade CHOPS him! Andrade whips, but Garcia reverses. Andrade goes up and over, then dropkicks the dropdown! Garcia goes to the apron, and Andrade PLANCHAS! Fans fire up, Andrade puts Garcia in, and he covers, ONE!! Garcia hangs tough but Andrade brings him up. Andrade gives some Latino Heat but Garcia wrenches out. Andrade ROCKS Garcia, but Garcia hits a SHIN BREAKER!

Garcia DRAGON SCREWS the leg, GROUDN DRAGON SCREWS it, then basement dropkicks! Fans fire up, Garcia covers, ONE!! ANKLE LOCK! Andrade scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! Garcia lets go, Andrade bails out, and Andrade shakes out the bad leg. Garcia goes out, Menard likes what he sees, but Andrade kicks low! Andrade RAMS Garcia into the apron, but Garcia kicks low and CLUBS him! Then RAMS him into railing! Garcia grabs at Andrade but Andrade gets in the ring. Garcia hurries to KNEE Andrade down, covers, ONE! Andrade CHOPS! Andrade whips to a corner, but Garcia BOOTS him back!

Garcia goes up, Andrade CLOBBERS Garcia to the floor! Fans fire up and Andrade paces while Garcia is dazed, and Collision goes picture in picture.

Andrade paces, walking off the pain in his leg, while Garcia clutches his neck and shoulder. The ring count climbs, Andrade goes out to commentary to have one of their WOOOOO energy drinks! “WOO~!” Andrade then makes his way around to fetch Garcia, and he SMACKS Garcia off the steel steps! Andrade drags Garcia back up to put in the ring, and he has a cocky cover. ONE, but Andrade stalks Garcia to ropes. Andrade kicks Garcia around, pie faces him, and eggs him on. Garcia huffs and puffs, then CHOPS back! And CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Garcia whips, Andrade reverses to then CLOBBER Garcia!

Andrade clamps onto Garcia with a headlock and grinds him down, and Collision goes to break.

Collision returns and Garcia fights up out of a headlock to SAIDO! Fans fire up while both men are down! Garcia pushes up, Menard says this has been Garcia’s best match so far! And zero dancing! Garcia stands, he counter punches Andrade, and counters again! Then he dodges, fires off haymakers and fast hands, the ref counts but Garcia lets off. The fans are thunderous as Garcia runs to BOOT Andrade, then put him up top! Garcia drags Andrade into the Tree of Woe, CLUBS him, then stands on the corner to punch away on the legs! Garcia goes all the way to TEN, then lets off. Dukes up, and he does some dancing before the BASEMENT DROPKICK!

Andrade falls out of the Tree, Garcia hoists him up, BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Andrade survives and fans rally up again! Garcia drags Andrade into a waistlock, drags him back up, but Andrade ELBOWS Garcia! Garcia holds on, so Andrade throws more heavy elbows! Garcia ducks to CHOP! Garcia whips, Andrade ducks ‘n’ dodges to FLYING FOREARM! And he kips up! The fans fire up, Andrade takes aim as Garcia is in a corner, and Andrade builds speed corner to corner, but has to dodge a lariat! Andrade kicks and snap suplexes, Uno Amigo! Fans fire up as Andrade hits Dos Amigos! Andrade gives us some Latino Heat, but Garcia wrenches out! SLEEPER!!

Garcia squeezes tight but Andrade throws elbows. Andrade is fere, but Garcia hops back on! SLEEPER! Andrade carries Garcia as a backpack as he climbs the corner! Garcia CLUBS Andrade, shifts around, and the two brawl. Andrade has Garcia now, for a SUPERPLEX! And then he still rolls through to restart! Uno Amigo! Dos Amigos! THREE AMIGOS! Cover, TWO!! Garcia survives many amigos and Menard loves it! But Andrade steps through, only for Garcia to roll through, step through, DRAGONTAMER!! Andrade endures as Garcia bridges back! But Andrade grabs Garcia’s head! But Garcia rolls through!

Andrade wrenches out, hammerlocks and LA SOMBRA DDT!! Cover, Andrade wins!!

Winner: Andrade El Idolo, by pinfall (gains 3 points; Garcia earns 0)

Andrade’s first tournament match is his first win! Garcia is 0-2, Menard says this is a hole they’ll have to dig out of. Andrade still shows Garcia respect, but is Garcia going to be mathematically eliminated before long?

 

Willie Mack speaks.

“See, Wardlow, I know you’ve been going through a lot of things these past few weeks, putting your hands on people. But one thing you know about me is you don’t put your hands on my friends. Y’see, this is a person who I’ve tagged with and won multiple tag team championships in other promotions with. So what I’ma have to do, is I’ma have to reach out and touch you. So next week, we’re gonna have to do the damn thing in the ring, so guess what? You better pack a lunch, because I’m a big boy, and I’m a big meal to try to eat.” Mack is standing up for AR Fox, but will the Return of the Mack end up Wardlow’s newest victim?

 

The Kingdom w/ Roderick Strong VS The Iron Savages w/ Jacked Jameson!

Roddy shouts at “DASHAAAA!” to stop, and he has the music cut. First thing’s first, Roddy wants to say to his NEW best friend by proxy, “SAMOAAA Joe.” Listen, Roddy told him the truth back there. They roll down the ring as Roddy says MJF is the Devil and Joe will find out soon. And then those three dweebs in the ring, they ain’t gonna #NeckTheHalls, no. The Kingdom’s gonna beat their… AAAAASS! And Roddy wants to dedicate this to his best friend, whether he wants Roddy to or not, ADAAAM! “Get ’em, fellas!” The Kingdom fire off on The Savages as the bell rings! Bennett DECKS Dirty Bulk Bronson to then help Taven mug Beefcake Boulder!

The Kingdom mock the “DOUBLE CLOHTESLINE!” as they whip, but Boulder breaks through to DOUBLE CROSSBODY! Fans fire up as Boulder shows off the “BEEF! BEEF!” Boulder goes out to get Bennett up, but he SUPERKICKS first! BOSTON BAYONET! Then another BOSTON- NO, Boulder catches Bennett to APRON CHOKE SLAM! Taven WRECKS Boulder with a dropkick, but Bronson DIVES!? Direct hit and Bronson fires up! Bronson puts Taven in, storms up to whip corner to corner. Taven stops himself, ducks under and ENZIGURIS! Roll up, TWO! Taven swings, misses, and Bronson hits a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!

Fans fire up as Bronson tags Boulder. Boulder swivels and wiggles, then goes up and hup to SAVAGE FLOP as Taven moves! Bronson tags back in, Bennett tags, too. SUPERKICK and fireman’s carry, DEATH VALLEY DRIVER into JUST THE TIP of the knee! The Kingdom shouts #NeckStrong, and then Taven FLIES out onto Boulder! Bennett hauls Bronson up, Taven is on the corner, NECK CHECK PILEDRIVER!! Cover, The Kingdom wins!

Winners: The Kingdom, by pinfall

And then Roddy STRONG KNEES Jacked Jameson! He flounders back out of the ring and The Kingdom helps him get in the wheelchair. The Kingdom rolls out, will they be proven right on all fronts?

 

Backstage interview with Ethan Page.

Lexi Nair is with All Ego, who has requested this time. Ethan says that ever since losing out on the AEW World Championship to MJF, in his home country of Canada, Ethan has had to regroup and refocus. He’s gotten into the best physical shape of his life, he has been in ROH building up win after win. And so, here Ethan is to make a challenge and check off a bucket list thing. AEW is going back to Canada, and Ethan wants to be THE biggest name in Canadian wrestling. So therefore, to be the King of Canada, he needs his crown. That crown is currently on someone else’s head.

So in Montreal, 1v1, we find out who the best Canadian wrestler truly is, as Ethan calls out KENNY OMEGA! Will The Cleaner give All Ego that opportunity?

 

AEW hears from Willow Nightingale and Mercedes Martinez.

The Babe with the Power tells Mercedes, “our history goes further back than you probably even realize. I’ve been such a fan, and I’ve admired you so much.” The OG Badass says the first time they met, Willow “was this night little pretty Willow.” Willow says she is constantly disappointed in Mercedes’ behavior as of late, and in herself because she hasn’t been able to beat Mercedes. Mercedes asks how many times must Willow dance her way into Mercedes’ business? Isn’t Willow tired of being everyone’s hero? Next time they meet, Willow will need to be saved. Because Mercedes will dance and stomp all over her.

 

Malakai Black & Buddy Matthews VS Christopher Daniels & Matt Sydal!

Brody took the lead in the Blue League, and Julia has called out her next target. Will the Dark Father and Aussie Juggernaut make sure that the House Always Wins? Or will the Fallen Angel & Zen Assassin finally stake a claim in the AEW Tag Division?

The teams sort out, Buddy starts against Sydal, and the two circle. They knuckle lock, Buddy trips and covers, ONE as Sydal gets an arm up! Buddy pushes it down, ONE as the other arm comes up. Buddy pushes that down, TWO as Sydal bridges up. Buddy jumps but Sydal stops that to then go up and over for a sunset flip, only for Buddy to stand back up! Buddy TOSSES Sydal to a corner, but Sydal slips out to the apron to bump Buddy off buckles. Sydal climbs, CROSSBODIES, but Buddy rolls through! Buddy pops Sydal up to a fireman’s carry, but Sydal slips free. Sydal KICKS, KICKS, but Buddy ELBOWS him down!

Buddy drags Sydal up, whips, but Sydal wrenches, ducks ‘n’ dodges, tilt-o-whirls, but Buddy stops the DDT! Buddy suplexes but Sydal throws knees! Sydal waistlocks. Buddy switches and back suplexes, but Sydal lands on his feet! Sydal shoves Buddy to the corner, but Buddy pie faces Daniels! Sydal ROUNDHOUSES Buddy, tags Daniels, but Buddy fights them both off! Sydal RAMS Buddy, Daniels GAMANGIRIS! Feed to a ROUNDHOUSE then the STO! STANDING MARIPOSA! Cover, TWO! Daniels drags Buddy up, CHOPS, and whips. Buddy blocks, boots, then tags Malakai. Fans fire up as Malakai and Daniels stare down.

The two rush in, Daniels gets around to shove, then CALF KICK! Malakai goes to a corner, Daniels runs in and blocks a boot, but not the other BOOT! Malakai wrenches, tag to Buddy, but Daniels avoids the double stomp to CHOP and CHOP! Daniels whips, Buddy reverses and sends him into Malakai’s BOOT! Buddy TOSSES Daniels out, Malakai goes up and out to ASAI MOONSAULT! Buddy BLASTS Sydal for good measure, and then sits with Malakai as Collision goes picture in picture.

Daniels crawls his way back to the ring, drags himself in, and Buddy looms over him. Buddy drags Daniels up to ROCK him! Tag to Malakai, the House mugs Daniels, and then Malakai whips Daniels to ropes. BIG elbow! Malakai drags Daniels into an armlock but Daniels endures. Sydal coaches Daniels, rallies the fans, and Daniels fights up. Malakai wrenches to step over and have a COBRA TWIST! Daniels endures the stretch, so Malakai CLUBS him on the neck. Malakai UPPERCUTS Daniels, tags Buddy, and the House mugs Daniels again. Buddy pushes Daniels around, CLUBS him, then snapmares for a KICK! Cover, TWO!

Buddy keeps on Daniels with a chinlock and he grinds Daniels down. Daniels endures, Sydal coaches him and the fans rally up. Daniels fights up, reaches out, and throws body shots. Daniels RAMS buddy into a corner, but Buddy holds on! Daniels RAMS Buddy in again, but Buddy still holds on! Daniels tries again but Buddy sends Daniels into buckles! But Daniels BOOTS back! Daniels leaps, FLYING COMPLETE SHOT! Collision returns to single picture and both men crawl. Buddy grabs a leg, but Daniels boots him away! Malakai tags in, hot tag to Sydal! Sydal DROPKICKS Malakai, dodges to UPPERCUT Buddy, then tilt-o-whirl RANAS Malakai!

Fans fire up as Sydal KICKS and KICKS, but Malakai blocks one! Sydal ducks the jump knee to dragon sleeper, SLICE LEG DROP! Cover, TWO!! Malakai survives but Sydal calls to Daniels. Sydal goes to the corner, climbs up, but Malakai CLUBS him first! Malakai climbs up after Sydal but Daniels sneaks a tag! Daniels CLUBS Malakai, gets under, but Malakai backflips out of the bomb! Malakai ROCKS Daniels, but Daniels ducks Black Mass! Only for Buddy to METEORA! But so does Sydal to Malakai!! Fans fire up and Buddy fires off on Sydal! Kick, stomp to the foot, but Sydal avoids the knee to JUMPS OBAT!

Sydal runs, into a V-TRIGGER! Buddy runs, into a JUMP KNEE! Buddy flops out of the ring, Sydal builds speed, but Malakai trips him up and drags him out! Malakai CLUBS Sydal down, btu Daniels DIVES! Malakai is sent into the desk! Fans fire up with Daniels as he puts Malakai back in the ring. Sydal climbs,  Daniels hoists Malakai up, but Buddy SHOVES Sydal down! Daniels still rolls Malakai up, TWO! Malakai sweeps the leg, Buddy runs to CURB STOMP Daniels down! Buddy sees Sydal coming and dodges, JUMP KNEE from Malakai! And BLACK MASS!! Cover, House of Black wins!

Winner: The House of Black, by pinfall

Another Collision, another sweep for the Dark Father and his family. The lights go down, but why? The House is already here. But here comes FTR! Cash Wheeler & Dax Harwood storm down to the ring bathed in the magenta light! Malakai tells them that before they do anything, Malakai assumes that they’re both here because they are joining the House. Dax chuckles but Malakai says he is a family man. And we know it’s been weeks. The only people in AEW that have been here for the both of them has been The House of Black. Malakai’s done a lot of things, but not once has he told a lie.

The fans chant “HOUSE OF BLACK!” and Malakai drops the mic for FTR to take. Dax picks it up, but Buddy KNEES him down! Cash goes after Buddy but he gets mugged! Cash still throws hands, but Buddy CURB STOMPS him down! Buddy then drags Dax up, and he makes Dax watch as Malakai sets Cash up! BLACK MASS!! Dax is seething but he can’t get free of Buddy’s chinbar, and Malakai says see! Not one single person has come to help them! And was Malakai right or what? No one is coming to help. Dax flips Malakai off, so he gets BLACK MASS!! Is this going to be the end for FTR in AEW once and for all?

 

Backstage interview with Toni Storm.

Renee Paquette is with “Timeless Toni,” bringing up last week as Storm accepting the AEW Women’s World Championship, and Storm says yes, she knows, she has no time for these prepared questions. And where is “that man who usually does my interviews? He has so much more poise.” And she isn’t even finished doing her hair because they were too busy with some blonde floosy! And yes, Storm did accept her championship last week, Renee was a dear for presenting that. But Storm was unceremoniously interrupted by Skye Blue!

Storm tells Skye that if she had any advice at all, it’d be to walk backwards! The only time anyone has anything nice to say about Skye, it’s in reference to her bottom! Is Storm supposed to be worried because Skye’s all spooky now? With that little thing on her head? Storm used to wear hats and be spooky. BOO. See? Not that hard. Interrupt her, fine. She can be first to challenge for “this little huckleberry right here.” But until then, chin up, chest out, and oh… she’s bare foot. Sorry. She takes RENEE’S shoe to throw around! Toni is timeless, but will the Storm strike down Chicago Skye?

 

Skye Blue speaks.

Well first, she sighs. “Toni, I have met you through every single one of your phases, but this little midlife crisis your going through is the most pathetic I have seen thus far. But you haven’t met this Skye Blue. So bring your little butler, bring your little blond bimbo, and whatever 1940s black ‘n’ white crap you got up that robe, because none of it is going to stop me from taking that championship from you. So I’m gonna have my chin up, my chest out, and I’m gonna shove your shoe right up your ass.” Strong words from a fired up challenger, will she be the new leading lady of AEW?

 

Christian Cage speaks.

Captain Charisma says, “I don’t think it’s any secret to anybody how far back my relationship with Adam Copeland goes. I think I more or less tolerated Adam. He was a hanger-on, he wanted to be like me, which is why he’s always tried to steal my spotlight wherever we’ve gone.” And that held Christian back. Edge got what he never got. He was pushed all the way to the bottom when they broke up as a tag team. But Christian willed himself to the top. he is here to be the best, anyone else is expendable. And Edge wants to take away everything Christian’s built up the last three years? Christian has nothing to prove to himself, but Edge has everything to prove to Christian.

This time, Christian is what everyone talks about. Whether it’s Dynamite, Rampage or Collision, Christian nis on the tip of everyone’s tongue. He is the Face of TNT, the Face of AEW, then, now and forever! Christian has always been better than Edge, and in Montreal, everyone will finally know. But will “The Patriarch” be the one in for a shock when things get Rated R on Wednesday?

 

El Hijo Del Vikingo VS Kip Sabian!

The AAA Mega Champion is coming off a big trios win last night on Rampage, but Mr. Superbad just thinks of him as the most overrated wrestler on the AEW roster. Will Kip put his money where his mouth is? Or will he be on the losing end of this Collision?

The bell rings, the two circle, and they feel things out. They tie up, Kip cording holds but Vikingo whips. Kip arm-drags and holds on, but Vikingo goes up and over! Kip just changes up cording holds, arm-drags, but then Vikingo pushes him. Kip arm-drags again and keeps the hold, wagging his finger. Then Kip CHOPS, Vikingo CHOPS back! Vikingo throws knees, goes up and out to HOTSHOT Kip! Then Vikingo springboards, but Kip slides out., Vikingo keeps moving, but he fakes Kip out! Fans fire up, Kip runs in but Vikingo dodges to HEEL KCIK! Kip goes to a corner, Vikingo whips but Kip reverses.

Viking slips out to the apron, Kip hits buckles, then Vikingo GAMANGIRIS! Vikingo goes up and around and FLYING ARM-DRAGS! Things keep moving, Vikingo CORKSCREW RANAS Kip out! Then Vikingo DIVES into a GAMANGIRI! Kip intercepts Vikingo and talks some trash. Then Kip ARABIAN PRESSES to take Vikingo down! Fans fire up and Collision goes picture in picture.

Kip drags Vikingo up, puts him in the ring, then drags him up to ROCK him with a forearm. Kip bumps Vikingo off buckles, then whips corner to corner hard! Vikingo falls back, Kip flexes, and Kip drags Vikingo to a cover, TWO! Kip drags Vikingo into a mounted armlock, but Vikingo endures. Kip BITES Vikingo’s hand! The ref misses that, but Vikingo fights to the ROPEBREAK! Kip lets go, then stands Vikingo up to ELBOW him to the corner. Kip stomps Vikingo again and again, then sits him down. Kip backs up to then run in again, CANNONBALL! Kip drags Vikingo to a cover, TWO! Vikingo is hanging in there but Kip keeps cool as Collision goes to break.

Collision returns and Kip ROCKS Vikingo with forearm after forearm. Fans boo, Kip whips, but Vikingo rebounds, gets under, and DREAMCAST KICKS! Kip flops against ropes and fans rally with Vikingo. Vikingo runs in at the corner, but stops as Kip moves. Kip returns, into a scoop and torture rack! Argentine Flip KNEE STRIKE! Like an inverted GTS! Kip falls, Vikingo drags him to a drop zone and goes up the ropes from the outside. INSIDE-OUT PHOENIX SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!! Kip survives and he manages to smile about it. Vikingo drags Kip back to another drop zone, but Kip goes after Vikingo as he climbs!

Kip climbs up after Vikingo, fans fire up and Vikingo throws body shots. Vikingo HEADBUTTS, Kip flops to the apron. But then Kip springboards u to SUPER STEINER! Kip hurries to scoop, FISHERMAN BUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Kip is stunned as Vikingo survives! Kip drags Vikingo up again, waistlocks, then torture racks. DEATHLY- NO, Vikngo flips free, dodges and SUPERMAN PUNCHES! Vikingo goes up as Kip bails out, to tightrope walk TORNILLO!!! Direct hit and the fans lose their minds! Vikingo puts Kip back in, runs corner to corner, METEORA! And then Vikingo goes right up, for the 630 SENTON!!! Cover, Vikingo wins!!

Winner: El Hijo Del Vikingo, by pinfall

The AAA Mega Champion cools off Kip’s hot take, because no one who can do what Vikingo did in this match is “overrated!” But Vikingo does show Kip a sign of respect by offering a handshake. The fans cheer to shake hands, but Kip says no! Will Kip ever get over himself? Will Vikingo earn even more gold in the New Year?

 

Backstage interview with Keith Lee.

Lexi is with the Limitless One, and says last time, he mentioned “him.” Just who is “him?” But then in walks Shane Taylor, because he knows who “him” is! Because Keith ain’t dumb enough to look past Shane. But last year’s match didn’t solve anything, so this year, they give the people the fight they really wanna see. Keith VS Shane, 1v1, Final Battle, so Shane can beat Keith’s ass in front of the entire world! Keith thinks on that a moment. Challenge accepted. And see #TAIGASTYLE later, too. Then in two weeks, in Garland, Texas, will that truly be the Pretty Boy Killers’ Final Battle?

 

Backstage interview with CJ Perry.

Lexi and CJ are outside Andrade’s office, and notes that Andrade’s first win was impressive. UH OH, here comes Miro! Miro says move, CJ says no! Miro can’t go in there! She knows he thinks things will go poorly, but when Miro chose his god over her, she has to prove herself. By Andrade winning, it will help CJ. So if Miro wants to go in there, fine, he’s a grown man. But if there is any love left for CJ, do not do this. Do not lay a hand on her client. Please? Miro says if His God was still with him, he would be in this tournament and have ripped Andrade’s spine out already! Miro then caresses CJ’s face, and says he won’t touch her client. She has his word.

Miro storms off, but what will The Redeemer do to prove himself worthy of gold in the background of the Continental Classic?

 

AEW Continental Classic, Blue League: Bryan Danielson VS Eddie Kingston!

The American Dragon was the first entrant named to this tournament, but could not compete in it until now. And he doesn’t think The Mad King is ready if one loss takes away all the confidence he had going into this. Will Bryan just pour fuel on that fire? Or will Eddie be the one to earn his first points tonight?

The bell rings and we’re on the clock. The fans fire up as Bryan and Eddie stare down. They slowly circle and approach. They feel things out, knuckle lock, but then Eddie tests things with a kick. Bryan stays back, they reset, and Eddie guards a kick. Bryan keeps trying but Eddie pushes back. Bryan uses ropes as a defense and the fans boo. Bryan smirks as he and Eddie reset, and they test the waters again. Bryan gives kicks, Eddie walks it off, and they feel things out again. Eddie fires off hands, clinches Bryan on the ropes, and the ref counts. Eddie puts Bryan in a corner, the ref counts but Bryan turns things around.

Bryan lets off slowly, but then CHOPS! Eddie just snarls while fans “WOO~!” Eddie storms up on Bryan, they feel things out, and Eddie tries some kicks now. Bryan also kicks, neither man lands a strong shot yet. They end up in a corner, Bryan turns things around on Eddie, then he CHOPS! Eddie CHOPS Bryan down! Fans fire up as Eddie stares Bryan down again. Bryan stands, he and Eddie feel things out again, and fans are behind Eddie more than they are Bryan. The two grapple, Eddie rolls but Bryan facelocks. They go to ropes, the ref counts, and Eddie fights up. The ref gets in between but Bryan KICKS Eddie!

Bryan fires off fast hands but then so does Eddie! Bryan kicks, but then Eddie kicks the bad arm! Bryan falls back, Eddie storms up but Bryan trips Eddie! Eddie goes for knuckle locks but Eddie’s leg guard keeps him back. Bryan KICKS a leg, KICKS again, then KICKS again! Bryan KICKS Eddie in the back! Bryan sits Eddie up to CHOP! Eddie eggs him on! Bryan CHOPS again, but Eddie brings the straps down! Bryan CHOPS again! Eddie is stinging but he grits his teeth. Bryan KICKS! And KICKS! And then snapmares to cover, ONE!! Bryan keeps on Eddie with a motorcycle stretch but Eddie endures.

Fans rally, Eddie fights up, but Bryan digs his forehead into Eddie’s shoulder blades. Eddie still turns things around to have Bryan in the stretch! Bryan endures, powers up, and waistlocks to GERMAN SUPLEX! Eddie stands up but then falls back over! Eddie goes to the apron, shakes out the stars, but Bryan runs in to BOOT him! Eddie holds onto ropes! Bryan runs up again to BOOT! Eddie still holds on, and he CHOPS! And CHOPS! Eddie swings, Bryan ducks to dropkick the legs out! Bryan then builds speed to slide, but Eddie avoids him! SAIDO to the floor! Fans fire up while both men are down, and Collision goes picture in picture!

The ref checks both men, and both men are somehow still in this. Eddie shakes out his arms as he sits up, and he drags Bryan up. Eddie CHOPS Bryan, then follows him around the way. Eddie CHOPS Bryan against railing! Eddie puts Bryan in the ring, stalks him, but Bryan bails out the other side. Eddie pursues, and CHOPS! And HEADBUTTS! Bryan staggers away, Eddie follows, and Eddie CHOPS Bryan against commentary! And again! And again! Bryan flounders, Eddie puts him in the ring, and Eddie storms up in the corner. Eddie stands Bryan up to MACHINE GUN CHOP! Bryan sits down, Eddie CHOPS him again!

Eddie digs his boots in, the ref counts, but Eddie lets off. Eddie drags Bryan up, and puts him up top for another CHOP! Eddie then climbs up after Bryan, brings him up, but Bryan resists the suplex! Bryan throws body shots, then he HEADBUTTS Eddie down! Eddie comes back to CHOP! Eddie CHOPS again, and Collision returns to single picture. Eddie CHOPS one more time, climbs up after Bryan, but Bryan again resists the suplex! Fans fire up as Bryan throws down elbows again and again! “YES! YES! YES!” Bryan HEADBUTTS again and Eddie staggers away. Bryan adjusts, MISSILE DROPKICKS, and down goes Eddie!

Eddie flounders to a corner and the fans rally up. Bryan huffs and puffs and rises up. Eddie also stands, he CHOPS Bryan! Bryan throws body shots! Eddie CHOPS! Bryan fires body shots! CHOP! Bryan KICKS and KICKS, but Eddie CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! EXPLO- TAKEDOWN! Bryan has an arm, then grabs at the crossface! Eddie resists, fights around, but Bryan still gets the LEBELL LOCK!! Fans rally for Eddie as he endures, fights around, and reaches out! Bryan rolls Eddie back, and has the LEBELL LOCK again! Eddie fights around, pushes Bryan down and he fires down forearms as fans fire up!

Bryan CHOPS and SLAPS from below! Eddie SLAPOS and CHOPS in return! And then some more! They go shot for shot, and then Eddie rains down more forearms! Eddie hauls Bryan up, half nelsons, but Bryan arm-drags free! Bryan runs in, but Eddie dodges the knee to SAIDO!!  Bryan stands, into the URAKEN!! Eddie falls on the cover, TWO!! Bryan survives and fans fire up! Eddie stands, drags Bryan up, and suplexes, NORTHERN LIGHTS BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Bryan survives and fans fire up again! Both men are down, a standing count climbs, and Eddie sits up first. The count is 5 of 10, Eddie stands up!

Eddie storms up on Bryan, drags him up and reels him in, but Bryan resists the lift! So Eddie fires KNEES to that bad eye! Eddie reels Bryan back in, but Bryan back drops free! Bryan aims, BUZZSAW! Bryan huffs and puffs and the fans fire up! Eddie sits up in a daze, Bryan aims again, to KICK! And KICK! And KICK! “YES! YES! YES!” Eddie stays up, so Bryan runs to- NO, Eddie blocks the kick to CHOP! And CHOP! Fans fire up as Eddie CHOPS again! Bryan grits his teeth, fires up, and Eddie CHOPS! Bryan KICKS! And KICKS! And KICKS! But Eddie glares at Bryan, ducks the roundhouse and ENZIGURIS!

Eddie HALF ‘N’ HALF SUPLEXES, then runs up to URA- NO, Bryan blocks! Clinch, FISHERMAN BACK SUPLEX! “This is Awesome!” as both men are down again! Eddie and Bryan slowly stir, and then slowly rise. Bryan aims again, to KICK! Eddie shoves Bryan, so Bryan KICKS again! Eddie CLUBS Bryan, Bryan KICKS, KICKS and KICKS! We get the five minute warning as Eddie throws hands! Bryan has the leg again, BRIDGING BACK SUPLEX! Cover, TWO!! Eddie escapes but Bryan says time to kick his head in!! DRAGON STOMPS!! “YES! YES! YES!” Bryan runs out of gas but somehow Eddie is still in this!

Bryan and Eddie crawl to each other, Eddie FLIPS BRYAN OFF! “This is Awesome!” as Eddie rises. Bryan aims from a corner, BUSAIKU KNEE!!! Cover, BRYAN WINS!!

Winner: Bryan Danielson, by pinfall (gains 3 points; Eddie earns 0)

THIS is the fight Bryan wanted from Eddie! But in the end, Bryan is the one to win the fight! Will Bryan keep on going through his next four fights? Eddie is technically still ROH World & NJPW Strong Openweight Champion, but with an 0-2 start, has he all but lost them both?


My Thoughts:

A great Collision, with awesome Continental Classic matches, but also matches they kayfabe’d as “standby” to try and kayfabe the tournament matches not going closer to their 20 minute time limits. A weird move to me but it’s not like we haven’t seen such a move by American televised pro-wrestling before. And surprisingly great stuff out of Vikingo VS Kip, but that was partly the point. Kip calls Vikingo overrated, then gets beat by Vikingo to show how legit Vikingo is, and there could even be a rivalry in the making or something. Kip still has Butcher & Blade to call on, that trio could take on Vikingo, Komander & Penta at some point.

Good match from Abadon and Kiera, with a really good win for Abadon. Julia showing up to basically call Abadon out was an interesting move but I also like it. Different kinds of spooky wrestlers are going to collide, this will be a good program for them both. And very good promos from both Storm and Skye to hype up their title match this Wednesday. Renee definitely looked like she was struggling to not break during Storm’s part, that’s how good Storm is. And I would think Storm retains because she’ll have Luther and Mariah May ringside. And good promo from Willow and Mercedes to set up their match, that’ll be really good stuff.

Good promo from Willie Mack to call out Wardlow but I would think Wardlow beats him to continue his dominance. Good promo from Christian to add some final hype onto the TNT Championship match. And good promo from Ethan Page to not just plug his time in ROH, but also to call out Kenny Omega. Ethan VS Omega is going to be really good, but that probably ends up being Omega’s win to build momentum going into the next round against Don Callis Family. But it also just makes me think Tony Khan still doesn’t get how ROH is supposed to matter. Ethan is in the middle of stuff with Tony Nese and he’s dividing his attention by wanting to be King of Canadian Wrestlers? What?

But thankfully, we did get a promo from Keith Lee and Shane Taylor to finally set up that match. And I do appreciate that it will be part of Final Battle since that’s where this feud started. Anything to make up for poor ticket sales and no ROH World Championship. Or even tag team championship at this point, right? The Kingdom called out MJF but MJF hasn’t taken the time to respond, he has The Devil of AEW to worry about. Good promo from Joe with Roddy & The Kingdom before The Kingdom beat The Iron Savages. Roddy was extra dramatic in his floundering out of the ring this time, can’t wait to see whether he and The Kingdom are still in on the whole Devil goon squad stuff.

Very good tag match from House of Black VS Daniels & Sydal but of course the House won. And good promo with FTR that then turned into a beatdown. That tag match is definitely going to be big for like Winter is Coming. And then, the Continental Classic. Great opening match from Claudio VS Brody, with a great win for Brody to lead the way in this block. And just as I expected, while we got awesome showings in the other matches, Garcia and Eddie each lost to Andrade and Bryan. Good promo for Miro wanting after Andrade but showing mercy for CJ’s sake. That feud probably waits until after the tournament, assuming Andrade isn’t a finalist. Worlds End would be a good PPV for Miro VS Andrade to happen as part of this ongoing story.

I also appreciated Eddie saying he doesn’t want to do cold open promos when he has a big match to get ready for. Doing coverage like I do, I don’t want to fall behind on the broadcast already trying to keep up with what people are saying at the very start like that. Even Claudio did a short promo because he also just wants to have his match, so they really should just have the matches and save promos for later in the night.

My Score: 8.8/10


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