The Front Man and the Imperial Unit meet again!
They’ve battled over the NJPW World TV Championship a few times already, but now Zack Sabre Jr. and Jeff Cobb clash in the G1 Climax!
- G1 Climax 33, C Block: HENARE VS EVIL; Evil wins.
- G1 Climax 33, D Block: Hirooki Goto VS Alex Coughlin; Coughlin wins.
- G1 Climax 33, C Block: Shingo Takagi VS Mikey Nicholls; Takagi wins.
- G1 Climax 33, D Block: Toru Yano VS Hiroshi Tanahashi; Tanahashi wins.
- G1 Climax 33, C Block: Eddie Kingston VS Tomohiro Ishii; Ishii wins.
- G1 Climax 33, D Block: Tetsuya Naito VS Shante Haste; Shane wins.
- G1 Climax 33, C Block: David Finlay VS Tama Tonga; Tama wins.
- G1 Climax 33, D Block: Zack Sabre Jr. VS Jeff Cobb; Cobb wins.
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Here are the current C Block standings.
David Finlay: 3-0, 6 points
EVIL: 2-1, 4 points
Tama Tonga: 2-1, 4 points
Eddie Kingston: 2-1, 4 points
Mikey Nicholls: 1-2, 2 points
Aaron Henare: 1-2, 2 points
Shingo Takagi: 1-2, 2 points
Tomohiro Ishii: 0-3, 0 points
Here are the current D Block standings.
Jeff Cobb: 3-0, 6 points
Zack Sabre Jr: 3-0, 6 points
Tetsuya Naito: 2-1, 4 points
Hiroshi Tanahashi: 1-2, 2 points
Hirooki Goto: 2-1, 4 points
Shane Haste: 1-2, 2 points
Toru Yano: 0-3, 0 points
Alex Coughlin: 0-3, 0 points
G1 Climax 33, C Block: HENARE VS EVIL w/ Dick Togo!
The Face of Fury is certainly furious after losing to the Mad King, and now he’s up against The King of Darkness! Will Henare go on a Rampage to stay alive in the block? Or will even Henare see Everything is Evil?
Wait, where is Dick? He’s supposed to be by Evil’s side. WAIT, Dick attacks Henare during his entrance! And with a chair, no less! Fans boo as Dick SMACKS Henare, and SMACKS him again! Evil keeps the ref from doing anything about this and Dick JAMS Henare with the chair! Dick drags Henare up and puts him in the ring. Fans tell Dick to go away but the bell rings. Evil covers, TWO! Another cover, TWO! A third cover, TWO!! Evil is upset with the ref but fans rally behind Henare. Evil drags Henare up, puts him through ropes, and then bends him back! The ref reprimands but Evil pushes him away!
Fans boo more, the ref reprimands again and now he counts! Evil lets off at 4 and argues with the ref. Henare flops out of the ring so Evil goes out after him. Evil RAMS Henare into the timekeeper! Fans boo as Abe-san goes down pretty hard! Evil CHOKES Henare with the mic cable and tells him to give up, but Henare can only shout and cough! Fans boo but Evil finally lets off to drag Henare to the crowd! They go right up the bleachers and fans move out of the way. Henare blocks the bump off the West sign! And he fires off shots! Then Henare SMACKS Evil off the West sign! Fans cheer for Henare as he does it again! And again!
Henare drags Evil up, brings him back down the bleachers and a ring count starts. Henare throws headbutts as he keeps Evil moving. Henare puts Evil in at 8 of 20 and he stalks Evil to a corner. Evil stands, Henare fires body shots and another HEADBUTT! Fans rally as Henare snapmares and KICKS Evil, to then SENTON! Cover, TWO! Fans rally for Henare as he looms over Evil. Henare drags Evil up, but Evil swings, into the ULTIMA! But Evil fights the full nelson and elbows free! Evil runs in, into an ELBOW! Henare goes up but Evil ducks the Flying Chuck! Henare comes back, into a boot! But he still clotheslines in the corner!
Henare whips Evil to ropes, scoops and BERSERKER BOMBS! Cover, TWO! Evil survives but Henare aims from the corner. Fans rally up, Evil rises, but then Evil bails out to avoid the Rampage! Fans boo, but then Henare goes out after Evil. Dick creeps up but Henare scares him off, only for Evil to attack from behind! Evil then whips Henare into railing hard! Henare tumbles up and over! The ref reprimands but Evil goes out to fetch Henare. Evil drags Henare up and RAMS him into the barriers! The ref reprimands, he wants this back in the ring, but Evil opens the gate to go up the stands! And all the way to the back aisle!
Evil brings Henare up, FISHERMAN- NO, Henare fights that! Henare throws body shots, but then Evil grabs the ref! Dick uses the SPOILER CHOKER! Fans boo but Henare powers up! Henare pulls the choker away, and he BOOTS Evil! And ELBOWS Dick! And then sends Evil into Dick! Henare DOUBLE LARIATS them down! Fans fire up for Henare as he looms over Evil. Henare drags Evil up, CLUBS him, and brings him back down the stands, to RAM him into those same barriers! Fans fire up and Henare drags Evil back up. Henare puts Evil in the ring and fans cheer. Henare drags Evil up and fireman’s carries, for a SAMOAN DROP! Cover, TWO!
Henare sits Evil up, and he clamps on a half nelson! And then goes for the full! Evil fights up, fights the full nelson, and he stomps Henare’s foot! Evil whips Henare into bare buckles! When did Dick do that?! But Henare just runs at Evil to BUSAIKU KNEE! Fans fire up while both men are down! Fans rally up, Henare goes to a corner, and he aims as Evil rises. Henare runs back in, but Evil sends the spear into a buckle pad! Evil then runs in to clothesline, and FISHERMAN BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Henare is still in this and fans rally up. Evil rises, he drags Henare up, and he fireman’s carries! DARKNESS FALLS! Cover, TWO!! Fans fire up as Henare survives!
Both men are down again and the fans rally back up. Evil stands up as we pass 10 minutes, and he slashes his throat! Evil drags Henare up, for EVERY- NO, Henare fights it! Evil tries again but Henare CLUBS him! Evil kicks, Henare blocks, and steps over to WHEEL KICK! Evil goes to a corner, Henare runs in, SHINING WIZARD! Henare pushes Evil down, takes aim again, and RAMPAGE!! But Henare isn’t done there! He drags Evil back up, fisherman’s, but Evil fights the lift! Evil wrenches, clinches, but Henare fights out! DOUBLE LAIRATS hit, and Henare HEADBUTTS Evil down! And then PENALTY KICK! Cover, TWO!!
Evil survives but Henare throws off the shoulder tape. Fans rally behind “HE-NA-RE!” as he hauls Evil up. Fisherman, but Evil CLAWS the eyes! Evil grabs the ref, and Dick has a chair! Dick JAMS Henare, but then Henare PUNCHES the chair apart! Dick throws the frame to Henare then runs away! The ref sees just Henare and what’s left of the chair, so the ref takes the chair away. Evil LOW BLOWS Henare!! EVERYTHING IS EVIL!!! Cover, Evil wins!!
Winner: Evil, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Henare earns 0)
Once again, the Spoiler saves his King of Darkness! Will anyone ever stop the House of Torture from stacking the deck? Or will Evil take the G1 Climax by any means necessary?
G1 Climax 33, D Block: Hirooki Goto VS Alex Coughlin!
It was only three weeks ago that The Fierce Warrior and the Deadeye Dreadnought battled over the tag titles. The War Dogs won the NJPW Strong Openweight Tag Team Championships but Bishamon held onto the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships. Who wins a golden ticket to a rematch for the Fall?
But as Goto takes off his coat, Coughlin attacks! Fans boo but Coughlin throws Goto out as the bell rings! Coughlin RAMS Goto into railing, and he throws up the Too Sweet. Then Coughlin jumps the railing, takes someone’s seat, and he storms over to Goto. The ref tries to stop Coughlin, but Coughlin shoves the ref aside and JAMS Goto! Fans boo but Coughlin just soaks up the heat. Coughlin then tells the ref to count Goto out. Fans boo but Coughlin just throws up the Too Sweet. The count climbs while Goto writhes, and Goto is still down at 10 of 20. Goto sits up at 13, drags himself up at 15, and slides in at 16, only for Coughlin to stomp away!
Fans boo more as Coughlin stands on Goto! The ref counts, Coughlin steps away, but he stomps Goto more. Coughlin drags Goto up, but Goto CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Coughlin kicks low and gets the bad ribs, as beat up by Shane Haste. Goto bails out but Coughlin pursues. Coughlin drags Goto up to RAM him into railing! Fans boo but Coughlin puts Goto back in the ring. Coughlin covers, TWO! Coughlin argues the count but the fans rally for Goto. Coughlin clamps on a chinlock, then shifts to a seated cobra twist. Coughlin throws punches into the ribs, but Goto moves around! Coughlin makes it a COBRA CRADLE! TWO, but Goto is still in the twist!
Fans rally, Goto reaches out, and has the ROPEBREAK! Coughlin lets go quickly, and he eggs Goto on. Coughlin drags Goto up, but Goto CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! But Coughlin knees low! Coughlin wags his finger, but Goto turns things around to fire off forearms in the corner! Coughlin turns it around to CHOP! Goto sits right down and fans do cheer that chop. Coughlin stands Goto up to whip him corner to corner, but Goto reverses! Goto runs in, blocks a boot, puts that leg in the ropes, and then KICKS the knee! Then MURAMASA! Fans fire up while Coughlin staggers, into Goto’s SAIDO!
Both men are down and Goto crawls after Coughlin. Cover, TWO! Goto grits his teeth, too sore to be upset. Fans rally up, we pass five minutes, and Goto drags Coughlin up. Coughlin fights the fireman’s carry with elbows, then runs, but Goto follows! Only for Coughlin to CHOP him down! Coughlin powers up and fans can’t help but fire up as he drags Goto back up. Coughlin suplexes, but Goto slips free to shove and fireman’s carry! USHIGOROSHI throw and then a SLAP!! Goto dragon sleepers, but Coughlin claws at Goto’s face! Coughlin elbows free, then KNEES hard and low! Coughlin powers up again and he storms up on Goto.
Coughlin deadlift suplexes Goto! And then JACKHAMMERS! Cover, COUGHLIN WINS!!
Winner: Alex Coughlin, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Goto earns 0)
The Dreadnought sinks Goto and gets his first win in the G1! Sure, he had bad ribs, but Goto isn’t the kind to make excuses. Then will he just have to fight even harder to keep from having a losing record in the block?
G1 Climax 33, C Block: Shingo Takagi VS Mikey Nicholls w/ Kosei Fujita!
The Rampaging Dragon finally got on the board after he broke through the Stone Pitbull, and Mad Mikey’s been on a bit downward trend. The Mighty Don’t Kneel, but will Takagi make Mikey tranquilo?
The bell rings and the fans rally for “TA-KA-GI!” as the two circle. They tie up, are in a deadlock, but Takagi pushes Mikey back. Mikey applauds and resets to circle with Takagi again. They knuckle lock, but Takagi kicks low! Takagi headlocks, Mikey powers out, and they RAM shoulders! Mikey runs and RAMS Takagi, but Takagi fires a forearm! Mikey gives it back, they go back and forth and the fans fire up, but then Takagi JABS, JABS and JABS! The ref reprimands about closed fists, but Mikey runs Takagi over! Mikey runs again, Takagi ELBOWS, snapmares and runs to SLIDING- NO, Mikey avoids the lariat and fans cheer the standoff!
Takagi and Mikey reset and circle again. They feel things out, Mikey toys around with the knuckle lock then kicks low. Mikey headlocks, Takagi powers up but Mikey holds tight! Mikey thrashes the hold to grind Takagi, but Takagi pries at the hold. Mikey puts the hold on tighter so Takagi throws body shots! Takagi pries the hold open again, wrenches out, and headlocks. But Mikey hits a BIG back suplex! Mikey dusts off his hands, goes out after Takagi, and RAMS him into railing! Then APRON BACK SUPLEXES! Fans fire up and Mikey grins while Takagi flops to the floor. Mikey slides into the ring and lets the count handle this.
Takagi stirs and fans rally up. Takagi sits up at 8 of 20, stands up at 12, and slides in at 14. Mikey is on him to suplex! And stall! Fans rally as Mikey holds Takagi for TWENTY before the SLAM! Cover, TWO!! Mikey drags Takagi around into a partial Camel Clutch! Mikey fishhooks the face and the ref reprimands. Mikey lets off, changes arms in the stretch, but then BITES Takagi on the forehead! The ref reprimands and counts, Mikey lets go and kicks Takagi around. Mikey slaps Takagi around, so Takagi ROCKS him with forearms! Mikey knees low, snapmares and runs, but Takagi avoids the sliding lariat!
Mike comes back but Takagi ELBOWS, JABS, and YUKON LARIATS! Fans fire up as Takagi goes to a corner. Mikey flounders and Takagi feeds off the energy from the fans. He doesn’t say “it” yet, but he runs Mikey over to SENTON! “Mada mada!” Takagi drags Mikey up to suplex high and hard! Cover, TWO! Takagi looks to the cameras, and NOW it’s time! Fans fire up with that and Takagi drags Mikey up to whip him to a corner. Takagi runs in, blocks a boot and clotheslines through! Takagi runs to SLIDING LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up as we pass five minutes. Takagi starts up the “OI! OI! OI!” and the fans join in!
Takagi rises, he brings Mikey up, but Mikey fights the fireman’s carry! Takagi powers through but Mikey slips out. Takagi waistlocks, ducks Mikey’s elbow, but Mikey DDTs! Mikey aims from a corner, and he mocks Takagi by headbutting the buckles! Mikey runs to clothesline, then whips corner to corner! Mikey runs in, Takagi BOOTS him, but Mikey still clotheslines! Mikey puts Takagi up top, climbs up after him, and fans rally up as he goes to the very top! SUPERPLEX!! Both men are down and fans are thunderous! Mikey and Takagi crawl to each other, and they give junkyard dog headbutts!
They stand, and the forearms start flying! But then Takagi HEADBUTTS! Mikey throws another forearm, Takagi throws another headbutt! They go back to throwing forearms, but Takagi throws boxing elbows! Mikey SLAPS Takagi! Takagi rebounds, into a fireman’s carry! DEATH VALLEY BOMB! SLIDING LARIAT! Cover, TWO!! Takagi survives and the fans fire up again! Mikey drags Takagi up, whips him to ropes, but Takagi holds ropes! Mikey runs in, but into a fireman’s carry! DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Mikey’s back up, he LARAITS! Cover, ONE?!?! Takagi PUMPING BOMBERS! Cover, ONE?!!?
Fans are thunderous as both men are still in this! Takagi runs in again, but DOUBLE LARIATS collide! And then DOUBLE LARIATS again! Takagi swats a lariat but Mikey CHOPS! Takagi JABS! Mikey UPPERCUTS! Takagi HEADBUTTS! Takagi runs, RAMS shoulders, then fires a forearm! Takagi runs again, Mikey HEADBUTTS! Mikey throws a forearm, headlocks, but Takagi powers out! Takagi then dodges, PUMPING BODY CHECK!! Cover, Takagi wins!!
Winner: Shingo Takagi, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Mikey earns 0)
It’s hard to say what really happened at the end there, but it was effective! Will Takagi continue to throw everything he has into winning the G1?
G1 Climax 33, D Block: Toru Yano VS Hiroshi Tanahashi!
Oh no! The Joker and the Ace, who have teamed together in World Tag League the last few years, are now battling each other here in the fourth! Will Tanahashi thwart whatever tricks Yano has up his proverbial sleeve? Will they both be able to laugh it off if he can’t?
The bell rings and fans rally up, and then Yano squats at the center of the ring! So Tanahashi squats with him! They both fire up, but Yano rolls Tanahashi up! TWO!! Yano says sorry, he was just joking around! Tanahashi says yeah right. Tanahashi wants the ref to do a more thorough check. Tanahashi says there’s something in Yano’s waistband! Yano says no, that’s just his belly. But if you look closely… Yano says fine, and he throws out the roll of tape he was hiding! Fans cheer, but Yano says hush. But wait, there’s another roll! Yano is clean now, and he and Tanahashi circle. Tanahashi offers a handshake and Yano takes it.
Fans cheer as the two tie up and Tanahashi puts Yano on ropes. Tanahashi then lets off and the two go again. They tie up, Yano puts Tanahashi on ropes, and then Yano lets off. Fans cheer the clean break as the two reset again. They tie up, Yano waistlocks, but Tanahashi switches. Yano switches, Tanahashi pries the waistlock open and wrenches, but Yano facelocks to a takedown! BRIDGING COVER, TWO!! Tanahashi headlocks for a takeover, Yano headscissors, and Tanahashi kips free! Fans cheer and the two bump shoulders. The forearms start flying and fans fire up as they go back and forth!
Tanahashi fires the strike fest, then whips! Yano reverses but Tanahashi FLYING FOREARMS! Fans fire up with The Ace and he eggs Yano on. Yano rises, Tanahashi ROCKS him with a forearm and throws body shots. Tanahashi scoops to SLAM Yano into the drop zone! Fans cheer as Tanahashi goes up, to SUNSET- NO, Yano dodges and Tanahashi lands on his back! Maybe he hesitated? Yano drags Tanahashi out and then whips him into railing! Tanahashi hits hard and falls in a heap! Yano then goes to look under the ring, and he brings out spare tape! Of course he has a secret stash!
Yano storms up on Tanahashi, but Tanahashi kicks low! Tanahashi CLUBS Yano down, and Tanahashi has the tape! To give to a fan as a souvenir! Fans cheer and Tanahashi drags Yano up. Tanahashi puts Yano in the ring, and then drags him back up. Tanahashi throws body shots, whips corner to corner, but Yano reverses! And then he unties the buckle pad! The ref says don’t do it, but Yano swings! Tanahashi blocks! Tanahashi says how dare Yano try this on him! Yano says come off it, and then he DRAGON SCREWS the buckle pad and somehow throws Tanahashi with it! Fans fire up and we pass five minutes.
Yano drags Tanahashi up, whips him and Tanahashi hits bare buckles! Then Yano atomic drops, trips Tanahashi, and CATAPULTS him into the bare buckles! Tanahashi staggers into a lift, ONIGO- NO, Tanahashi fights free! Yano swings, misses, and Tanahashi DRAGON PALMS! But Tanahashi blocks the low blow! ARM SCREW! Yano staggers up, kicks, but Tanahashi blocks to DRAGON SCREW! Fans rally up as Yano writhes. Tanahashi runs as Yano rises, SLING- NO, Yano gets around and shoves Tanahashi at the ref! Tanahashi stops himself but Yano runs to TACKLE Tanahashi into the ref! Yano hurries to grab his red chair!
Yano waits on Tanahashi to rise, and he runs in, but Tanahashi dodges! DRAGON PALM through the chair! Tanahashi gets the chair out of the ring, and he eggs Yano on. Fans fire up as Tanahashi runs again, SLINGBLADE! Tanahashi goes to a corner and fans fire up as he climbs! HIGH FLY FLOW!! Cover, Tanahashi wins!
Winner: Hiroshi Tanahashi, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Yano earns 0)
The Ace was ready for all the Joker’s tricks, and now he has broken even. Will Tanahashi be able to keep this hot hand rolling and head for the top of the block? As for Yano, he’s 0-4, will he ever even get points?
G1 Climax 33, C Block: Eddie Kingston VS Tomohiro Ishii!
The Mad King slayed the Rampaging Dragon, and he practically knocked out the Face of Fury, but he once again meets the Stone Pitbull. Will Eddie be able to break through for another win? Or will Ishii avoid going 0-4?
The bell rings and fans rally up for “I-SHI-I!” as he and Eddie step up. They tie up, are in a deadlock, but Eddie finds a point of leverage given he’s taller. Eddie has Ishii on the ropes, but he lets off, only for Ishii to dodge his chop! But then Eddie dodges Ishii’s chop! Fans fire up and Eddie takes a moment to do some stretches. Eddie calls for a knuckle lock and Ishii obliges. They tie up, go shoulder to shoulder, and Ishii powers Eddie down to his knees! Fans cheer, and then Eddie fights up to his feet. Eddie powers Ishii down to his knees! Fans rally, Ishii fights back up, and Ishii kicks low! Ishii whips, Eddie reverses to knee low!
Eddie whips, Ishii reverses but Eddie knees low! Eddie then GOURD BUSTERS! And DOUBLE STOMPS! Fans rally but Eddie still hobbles a bit from all the damage he’s taken in the past matches. Eddie rallies for Ishii as much as the fans do, and Ishii rises. They step up again, and Ishii CHOPS! And CHOPS! Eddie laughs it off so Ishii CHOPS again! Eddie CHOPS! Ishii felt that one but he still shakes his head. Ishii CHOPS, so Eddie CHOPS! Ishii CHOPS again! Fans rally as Eddie felt that. Eddie CHOPS, Ishii CHOPS, repeat! Eddie gets Ishii with a good one, then CHOPS him again! And another! Eddie runs, but Ishii runs him over!
Fans fire up and Ishii stalks Eddie as he crawls. Ishii sits Eddie up to KICK him! Eddie goes to stand, but his back brings him down! Ishii KICKS Eddie again and again, then drags him up. Eddie throws body shots but Ishii doesn’t budge. Fans rally, Ishii CHOPS again! Eddie falls right over! Ishii eggs Eddie on, gives him toying kicks, then stands Eddie up to CHOP against ropes! And again! And again! Eddie staggers but he still has his dukes up. Ishii brings Eddie around but Eddie fights the saido with elbows! Eddie whips, but Ishii reverses then reels Eddie in, SAIDO! Fans fire up while both men are down!
Ishii sees Eddie drag himself to ropes and shake out the bad arm. Fans rally for Eddie, and Ishii runs in, but into a BOOT! Ishii runs in again, into an ELBOW! Eddie goes up, FLYING KNEE! Fans fire up while both men are down again! Eddie rises, Ishii goes to a corner, and Eddie runs in to clothesline! Eddie fires up and MACHINE GUN CHOPS! Fans cheer and Eddie reels Ishii in, EXPLODER! Cover, TWO! Ishii is still in this and the fans rally up as Eddie shakes out the arms. Ishii rises, Eddie reels him in but Ishii fights the suplex with elbows. So Eddie CHOPS! Ishii doesn’t react?! Ishii just CHOPS in return!
Eddie nods, and CHOPS again! Ishii CHOPS again, and Eddie scowls. Eddie CHOPS, Ishii CHOPS, repeat! Fans rally as the CHOPS keep going back and forth! Eddie brings down the straps and fans fire up! Ishii CHOPS, Eddie CHOPS, repeat! Eddie takes a second and fans fire up! Eddie CHOPS, Ishii CHOPS, and Eddie is starting to get frustrated. Eddie CHOPS, Ishii CHOPS, and Eddie shouts as he CHOPS! Ishii CHOPS, Eddie CHOPS, repeat! Both men start feeling the stinging, and fans fire up as Eddie nods again. Eddie CHOPS, Ishii CHOPS, and Eddie grits his teeth! Eddie CHOPS, Ishii CHOPS, repeat!
Wait, now Ishii is wobbling! So Eddie CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS!! Ishii falls!! Eddie rests against ropes while fans are thunderous! Eddie hobbles around, brings Ishii up, and half nelsons! Ishii fights the nelson, but Eddie RIDGEHANDS over and over! Ishii fires boxing elbows! But Eddie gets around to HALF ‘N’ HALF! And SLINDING FOREARM! Cover, TWO!! Ishii survives and fans are thunderous again! We reach 10 minutes and both men drag themselves up. Eddie powers up his hand, but Ishii SWATS the Uraken! To GERMAN SUPELX! But Eddie’s right up! Eddie swings, but into another GERMAN SUPLEX!
But Eddie stands up! Only to flop right back over! Fans are thunderous again as both men are down! Ishii sits up in a daze, flops over and he rolls towards a corner. Eddie is by the ropes, Ishii waits on him to sit up. Fans rally and duel, Ishii runs, but Eddie swats the lariat! Ishii SOUTHPAW LARIATS! Eddie ENZI- NO, Ishii ducks it! But then Eddie avoids the sliding lariat to LARIAT Ishii! Fans fire up and Eddie drags Ishii up, to SAIDO! Cover, TWO!! Ishii is still in this and Eddie is again frustrated! But the fans are loving it as Eddie steps over! STRETCH PLUM!! Ishii endures, even as Eddie twists him!
Fans rally, Ishii reaches out but he’s already fading! Eddie twists Ishii even further! Ishii is fading, so Eddie covers! TWO!!! Ishii gets his arm up with nanoseconds to spare and the fans rally back up! Eddie shakes out his arms, drags Ishii back up, but Ishii ducks the Uraken to HEADBUTT low, HEADBUTT high, then RUNNING HEADBUTT! Cover, TWO!!! Eddie survives the onslaught and fans are thunderous again! Ishii drags Eddie up, but Eddie CHOPS! Both men wobble, Eddie chops again but there’s no power behind it. But then Eddie powers up to CHOP! Ishii ENZIGURIS! Ishii roars and fans fire up!
Ishii runs, into Eddie’s ENZIGURI! But he comes right back to LARIAT!! Cover, ONE?!?!? Eddie shakes his head and fans are electric! Ishii runs to LARIAT again!! Cover, TWO!?!?! The fans are electric again as Ishii roars! Ishii drags Eddie up, suplexes, but Eddie fights! Eddie SLAPS, then URAKENS!! Ishii staggers, roars, but Eddie URAKENS again!! Cover, TWO!?!?? Not even going Backfist to the Future twice can stop Ishii, and we pass 15 minutes! Eddie is beside himself, and the fans are rallying as hard as they can! Eddie stands, he roars, and he drags Ishii back up. Eddie scoops, but Ishii slips free! Ishii hits a CODE BREAKER?! And a SLIDING LARIAT!! Cover, TWO!?!?!
Ishii can’t believe that Eddie is still in this! Ishii fires up, the fans are electric again, and he suplexes Eddie, for a BRAINBUSTER!!! Cover, Ishii wins!!
Winner: Tomohiro Ishii, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Eddie earns 0)
The Mad King may be NJPW Strong Openweight Champion, but he wasn’t able to deny the Stone Pitbull! Ishii is finally on the board with this win, but will he and Eddie meet again down the line?
G1 Climax 33, D Block: Tetsuya Naito VS Shante Haste w/ Kosei Fujita!
The Uncontrollable Charisma snatched the win from the Clown Prince, Toru Yano, but he might need to take “Hysterical Haste” a bit more seriously. Will Naito keep things tranquilo? Or will Shane show him that The Mighty Don’t Kneel?
As is Naito’s way, he takes his time with his elaborate entrance attire. Shane is patient, we’ve all seen this before. Naito puts the pants away, and then Naito wants to trade hats? His baseball cap for the orange top hat? Shane and Naito put the hats on, then Naito asks to see the top hat. Shane hands it over, Naito puts it on, and Shane says it looks good on him. Naito compares the two, then TOSSES the top hat away! Free souvenir? Shane runs in, Naito CLUBS him and throws him out at the bell! Naito then puts his baseball cap on and poses. Fans cheer “NA-I-TO! NA-I-TO!” while Shane keeps his cool.
Shane rushes in but Naito CLUBS him! Naito claws Shane’s face, lets off as the ref reprimands, and then whips. Shane reverses to DROPKICK Naito down! Shane then takes Naito’s hat, and he puts it! Fans cheer, Shane runs to UPPERCUT, and then he snapmares Naito to a basement dropkick! Shane turns that hat around and mocks the LIJ fist. Fans still cheer, and then Shane tosses Naito’s hat! Another free souvenir? Shane kicks Naito, reels him in, but Naito blocks the suplex! Naito throws body shots, but Shane UPPERCUTS! Shane whips Naito to a corner, runs in but only gets buckles! Naito returns, and blocks boots!
Naito puts Shane in the ropes for a DRAPING BACKBREAKER! Naito then climbs up, stands Shane up, but Shane swings on him! Naito avoids the punch to HOTSHOT and DROPKICK Shane down! Fans rally while Naito goes out after Shane. Naito drags Shane up and whips him hard into railing! Shane goes down in a heap but Naito storms up on him. Naito drags Shane into the crowd area, CLUBS him down, then goes back to close the gate? Naito drags Shane up turns him around, NECKBREAKER into the railing! The ref reprimands and Kosei checks Shane while Naito leaves him behind.
The ring count starts, Shane stirs at 5 of 20. Shane sits up, checks his neck, and crawls back to ringside. Shane stands at 13, hobbles, and slides into the ring at 16! Naito drags Shane up, cravats and cranks the neck. Shane endures, but Naito snapmares Shane down, still keeping on the neck wrench! Shane endures, even as Naito thrashes him! Shane reaches back to the ROPEBREAK! Naito drags Shane up to NECKBREAKER! Shane flounders to ropes but Naito keeps after him. The ref checks Shane but he’s okay to continue, so Naito stomps him! Naito drags Shane up, has the cravat again, and he cranks on the neck wrench!
Naito thrashes Shane, but Shane fights up and scoops! But Naito slips free to headlock, and he goes back to the cravat! Naito grinds Shane down to the mat, Shane endures again, and fans rally up. Shane pushes up, throws body shots, and he arm-drags Naito away. Naito kicks low, runs, but into a DROPKICK! Fans fire up while both men are down! Shane crawls over to Naito, waits on him to stand, and Shane KICKS! BOOTS! And back suplexes so hard, Naito lands face down! Fans fire up as Shane paces around, then deadlifts Naito for a FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO! Naito is still in this but Shane has a wild look in his eyes.
Shane makes Naito do the LIJ fist, then he KICKS Naito in the back! Fans fire up as Shane aims from a corner and Naito rises. Shane prepares his foot, and runs in, but Naito blocks the kick! Naito shoves, Shane blocks the hip toss to body shot! Shane runs, into an arm-drag! Naito ELBOWS and BASEMENT DROPKICKS! Fans rally while both men slowly rise. Naito shakes out his head and stands up. Naito drags Shane up, and throws heavy back elbows! Shane drops to his knees but Naito drags him back up. Naito throws more of those back elbows! Shane falls over and fans rally up again!
Naito goes to a corner, climbs up, and he reels Shane in. ESPERANZA!! Fans fire up while Shane flounders away! Naito aims from the corner, runs in, CORRI- UPPERCUT! But Naito’s right up to ENZIGURI! And then he headlocks, but Shane deadlift BACK SUPLEXES! Fans fire up while both men are down again! Shane and Naito stir and we pass 10 minutes. Shane throws a forearm, but Naito hits back! Shane throws another forearm, but Naito gives it back! The forearms fly faster and faster, the two stand up, and Naito SPITS at Shane! Naito fires forearms, but Shane fires UPPERCUTS and PALM STRIKES!
Shane UPPERCUTS Naito, then whips! Naito reverses, reels Shane in, TORNADO DDT! And a stiff one! Fans fire up again as Naito drags Shane up. But Shane wrenches out, kicks the leg out, then hits a SWINGING SAIDO! Cover, TWO!! Naito survives and fans fire up! Shane fireman’s carries, BOMB VALLEY- DESTINO!! Naito hits one outta nowhere, and now he wants another! But Shane slips free to LARIAT Naito inside out!! Fans are thunderous as both men are down! Naito and Shane stir, Shane crawls over after Naito, and Shane drags Naito up. Shane fireman’s carries but Naito fires off elbows!
Naito throws more heavy elbows, but Shane fireman’s carries! Naito slips free, CORRIENDO SHIKI DESTINO!! Cover, TWO!! Shane survives again and fans are thunderous! Naito stands Shane up, wrenches, tilt-o-whirl- BOMB VALLEY DEATH!! Cover, SHANE WINS!!!
Winner: Shane Haste, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Naito earns 0)
Naito got greedy, wanting to put a punctuation on the match, but ended up getting caught! Shane has the last laugh, will this be the loss that keeps Naito from the semifinals?
G1 Climax 33, C Block: David Finlay w/ Gedo VS Tama Tonga!
There seems to be a subtle them of facing familiar foes tonight, as the Rebel is the man who brutalized the Good Bad Guy and dethroned him as NEVER Openweight Champion back at Wrestling Dontaku. But will Tama get payback on Finlay here tonight? Or will Finlay just repeat the same savagery from the Spring?
But since there’s no love lost, Tama jumps out of the ring and goes after Finlay at the ramp! They brawl by the crowd, fans fire up and the bell rings as Tama SMACKS Finlay off the upper level! Tama throws more punches, then brings Finlay up into the crowd! Finlay hits back but Tama RAMS him into the wall! Fans fire up as Tama stomps Finlay down! Tama stands on Finlay and fans cheer! Tama then drags Finlay up, CLUBS him on the back and brings him down the stands, to ROCK him and SMACK him off the bleachers! Red Shoes reprimands, fans move aside, and Tama leaves Finlay behind.
Fans cheer as Tama sticks to the “good” part, but then decides to be the “bad” part and he goes back for more! Fans cheer Tama as he punches away on Finlay! Red Shoes reprimands, Tama lets off and fans fire up with him! Red Shoes warns Tama, but Tama drags Finlay up. Tama has Red Shoes move aside, and he brings Finlay up! Finlay fights the suplex desperately, then throws body shots! Finlay shoves Tama to the floor! Tama clutches a leg, Finlay hurries down to stomp away! Finlay confiscates a fan’s chair to JAM Tama with it! Finlay drags Tama up by his hair while Red Shoes returns the chair.
Finlay beats Tama down, then paces. Finlay drags Tama up, SMACKS him off the apron, and fans boo. Finlay looms over Tama while a ring count starts. Finlay stomps Tama’s leg, the count hits 10 of 20 but Finlay puts Tama in at 12. Fans cheer but Finlay drags Tama to ropes. Finlay HIP DROPS the bad leg! Finlay drags Tama out, SLAMS the leg on the apron edge, and fans boo while Tama writhes. But Finlay just SLAMS the leg on the apron again! Finlay slides in, puts the leg back on the ropes, and fans boo again. Finlay flips them off, then HIP DROPS the leg! Tama writhes, Finlay drags him around, and turns Tama!
Tama fights but Finlay still steps over for the HALF BOSTON CRAB! Tama endures, fans rally, and Tama turns over to kick away! Finlay DDTs the leg! Tama writhes and Finlay mocks him. Finlay then drags Tama up, but Tama throws body shots! Finlay DECKS Tama, then CLUBS away on him! Finlay drags Tama up, scoops, but Tama slips free to waistlock. Finlay throws elbows, Finlay runs, but into a DROPKICK! Fans fire up as both men are down! Tama clutches the leg, crawls to ropes, and he storms up on Finlay in the corner. Tama throws an elbow, whips Finlay back into the corner, and clotheslines!
Fans rally up, Tama drags Finlay up and throws haymakers! Tama fires shots, whips Tama corner to corner, but Finlay reverses! Tama comes back to CLOBBER Finlay! And OFF COMES THE VEST! Fans fire up with Tama as he glares at Finlay. Finlay crawls to a corner, Tama runs in, STINGER SPLASH! Scoop and POWERSLAM! Then cover, TWO!! Finlay survives and Gedo coaches him up, but Tama looms over him. Tama CLUBS Finlay down, then throws down elbows! Fans rally, Tama ELBOWS Finlay in the head! Tama paces, drags Finlay up, but Finlay snapmares free! Tama runs in, but Finlay avoid the Gun Stun!
Tama runs back in, but into an IRISH CURSE BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Tama hangs tough but Finlay drags him back up. Finlay gut wrenches for the Canadian rack but Tama slips out! Finlay spins things around, Tama fights the suplex but Finlay ROCKS him! Tama PELES! Fireman’s carry, S R C! Fans fire up and Tama goes up the corner! SUPREME FLOW onto knees!! Finlay saves himself but perhaps a bit double-edged! Gedo is happy either way that Finlay’s still in this. Fans rally, both men stir, and Finlay stands first. Finlay drags Tama up, scoops and SLAMS him into ropes, just to tweak the legs!
Finlay steps through, turns Tama over as we hit 10 minutes, and he has the SHARPSHOOTER! Tama endures and fans rally up! Finlay sits deep on the hold, but Tama fights his way forward! Finlay sits down all the way, it’s almost a deathlock! Tama reaches out, ROPEBREAK! Finlay lets off in frustration but Gedo smiles, he is sure this is in the bag. Finlay drags Tama up, but Tama fights the lift! Tama back drops Finlay outta the ring! Fans fire up as Tama rises again! Tama hurries to PLANCHA! Direct hit and down goes Finlay! Tama hurries to put Finlay back in, and he goes back up the corner! SUPREME FLOW!! Cover, TWO!!
Finlay survives but Tama says he’ll finish this! Finlay stands, but turns Gun Stun to backslide! Roll through, INTO- NO, Tama slips free to underhook! But Finlay slips out to get around, BLUE THUNDER BOMB!! Cover, TWO!! Tama survives and Finlay is furious! Finlay gut wrenches, Canadian DOMINATOR!! Cover, TWO!!! Tama survives, and was that a low blow kick out!? Did Tama borrow an idea from the Tribal Chief? Finlay hobbles up, he still wants to end this! But Tama cradles!! TWO!!! GUN- NO, Finlay spins Tama around, gets him up, but Tama fights free! They brawl with forearms and fans fire up!
Finlay gets the edge, UPPERCUTS, Tama SUPER- NO, Finlay ROCKS him! And ROLLING ELBOWS! And ROLLING ELBOWS again!! Fans are thunderous for Tama but Finlay aims from a corner. Tama flounders but stands, Finlay runs in to SPEAR!! Finlay vows to end this now! POWER- RANA!! Cover, TAMA WINS!!!
Winner: Tama Tonga, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Finlay earns 0)
Vengeance, thy name is Tama! Tama gets the better of The Rebel, is now the top man in the block, and that pisses Finlay off! Finlay attacks like a sore loser and fans boo! Gedo tosses the shillelagh in, but Finlay says hold on. POWERBOMB!! Fans boo, and now Finlay has the shillelagh! Gedo drags Tama up, Finlay aims, SHILLELAGH SHOT!! Fans boo as The Rebel still stands tall, and he flips everyone off. Tama didn’t have back-up, but will he be rolling three Guerrillas deep when he and Finlay meet again?
G1 Climax 33, D Block: Zack Sabre Jr. w/ Kosei Fujita VS Jeff Cobb!
At Wrestling Dontaku, the Front Man held onto the NJPW World Television Championship because of a time limit draw. At Dominion, ZSJ was able to wrap things up much faster than 15 minutes. But the bottom line is that Cobb is 0-2 against ZSJ this year. Will the Imperial Unit be able to finally take ZSJ on a Tour of the Island? Or will ZSJ finally get Cobb to #JustTapOut?
ZSJ takes a moment to walk through the crowd so the adoring fans can cheer him on even more. ZSJ even goes up into the stands, but Cobb waits patiently as ZSJ makes his way back down. ZSJ then steps into the ring, the bell rings and ZSJ actually has some breathing room since this is a 20 minute time limit, not 15. Fans rally as the two circle, feel things out, and then circle some more. ZSJ keeps away from Cobb, and Cobb gets annoyed. Fans cheer as the two tie up, and Cobb headlocks. Cobb grinds then hits a takeover, and he shrugs the headscissor off. ZSJ keeps trying, and succeeds on the third time, but Cobb kips free.
ZSJ headlocks, but Cobb blocks the takeover. ZSJ keeps trying, and again succeeds on the third time! But Cobb headscissors on his first try! ZSJ kicks and kicks and kips free on the third try! Fans cheer but Cobb frowns. The two reset, circle, and feel things out. They knuckle lock and ZSJ rolls to wrench and wrangle Cobb! Cobb rolls to his feet, wrenches through and wristlocks. ZSJ rolls, spins, spins and bridges to then slips through and wristlock! ZSJ wrangles Cobb again and fans cheer. But Cobb stands, rolls, kips up, and he slips through to wrench back! Cobb WRINGS ZSJ out, but ZSJ kips up to WRING Cobb, but Cobb handsprings!?
Fans fire up as Cobb shows his agility! Even ZSJ says that was amazing! Fans rally, the two reset, and they tie up. ZSJ clinches, waistlocks, but Cobb smirks. Cobb pries the hold open, wrenches but ZSJ shifts around to headlock. Cobb powers out, they RAM shoulders, and ZSJ staggers back! Fans fire up and ZSJ goes again. ZSJ RAMS Cobb but ZSJ’s the one falling back! Cobb acts like he doesn’t know what happened. Cobb eggs ZJS on, ZSJ runs again, but Cobb drops, then hurdles! ZSJ RAMS Cobb, Cobb rebounds, but Cobb runs ZSJ over! Fans fire up while ZSJ goes to the apron. Cobb goes out and he drags ZSJ off the apron, to ROCK him with a right!
Cobb HEADBUTTS ZSJ against railing, right in front of commentary! Cobb apologizes, drags ZSJ up, but ZSJ UPPERCUTS! And UPPERCUTS! And UPPERCUTS! Cobb DECKS ZSJ with a forearm! Fans fire up again but Red Shoes wants this back in the ring. Cobb stands ZSJ up to CLUB him on the back! Cobb then brings ZSJ around, to ROCK him again! Cobb whips ZSJ as we hit five minutes, and ZSJ hits railing hard! ZSJ flops down, Cobb refreshes the ring count. Cobb drags ZSJ up to whip him the other way! ZSJ hits railing, but comes right back! GUILLOTINE! But Cobb BACK DROPS ZSJ to the floor!
Fans rally and the ring count starts again. Cobb refreshes the count again, and he drags ZSJ up. Cobb puts ZSJ in the ring and fans applaud. Cobb drags ZSJ up, brings him around, and RAMS into him at the corner! Cobb digs his shoulder in, then RAMS in again! Red Shoes counts, Cobb whips corner to corner hard! ZSJ bounces off buckles and falls to the mat! ZSJ writhes, Cobb paces, and then Cobb drags ZSJ up. Cobb bumps ZSJ off buckles, then HEADBUTTS him! And HEADBUTTS! Cobb wrenches, whips corner to corner hard and ZSJ bounces off buckles again! Fans rally while ZSJ slumps against ropes.
Cobb mocks ZSJ, puts him near the ropes, and jumps on! Cobb stands on ZSJ’s back, Red Shoes counts, and Cobb lets go of the ropes. Red Shoes reprimands and Cobb “realizes” the problem! Cobb steps off ZSJ’s back and “apologizes” to Red Shoes. Cobb stalks ZSJ as he crawls, and brings him up. ZSJ HEADBUTTS low, HEADBUTTS low again, but then Cobb KNEES him down! Cobb stalks ZSJ to a corner, whips him corner to corner, then runs in corner to corner, but ZSJ avoids the back elbow! ZSJ comes back, goes up and around to TORNADO DDT! Fans fire up while both men are down!
Cobb and ZSJ rise, and Cobb staggers around. ZSJ UPPERCUTS him! And UPPERCUTS again! And again! And again! And again! And again, and again, and again! ZSJ runs, but Cobb reels him in to CLUB him on the back! Cobb runs, into a DROPKICK! Cobb goes to a corner and fans fire up! ZSJ runs in, to UPPERCUT! But then Cobb TOSSES ZSJ to the corner! Cobb runs in, blocks a boot, but ZSJ brings Cobb down with a headscissors, to NECK TWIST! Cobb writhes and goes to ropes, but ZSJ storms up on him. ZSJ whips, Cobb wrenches and reels ZSJ in! ATHLETIC- SLEEPER! ZSJ turns things around, but then Cobb BACKPACK SENTONS!
But ZSJ sits up to SLEEPER again! Cobb pushes back but ZSJ shifts around to an ARMBAR, and we’re at 10 minutes! Familiar territory for ZSJ as he pulls on the arm, but Cobb reaches out to the ROPEBREAK! Cobb escapes by a literal foot and the fans rally up. ZSJ brings Cobb up, tries to scoop, but Cobb’s too big! ZSJ lifts Cobb on the third try! But Cobb fights free! And CHOPS ZSJ down! Cobb brings ZSJ up to CHOP him again! ZSJ shakes his head, stands back up, so Cobb CHOPS, but ZSJ blocks! ZSJ UPPERCUTS the arm, but Cobb DOUBLE CHOSP! ZSJ PALM STRIKE! And then hops on for a GUILLOTINE!
Cobb drops ZSJ down, but ZSJ has a TRIANGLE! So Cobb deadlifts ZSJ, and shifts him around to a BRAINBUSTER! Fans fire up again while both men are down! Cobb goes to a corner and he watches ZSJ go to the other. Cobb locks ‘n’ loads, runs in as ZSJ rises, but DOUBLE LARIATS collide! Cobb stays up! Cobb eggs ZSJ on so ZSJ swings, DOUBLE LARIATS collide again! And again! ZSJ runs, but Cobb LARIATS through ZSJ! Cobb drags ZSJ up, reels him in, but ZSJ wrenches and PELES! But Cobb DROPKICKS!! ZSJ flounders to a corner and fans rally up. Cobb storms over, drags ZSJ by a leg but ZSJ kicks at CObb.
ZSJ kicks and kicks, but Cobb YANKS ZSJ from the ropes, fumbles a bit, but reels him in! ATHLETIC PLEX!! Then a whip to ropes, for the scoop, TOUR OF THE- CRUCIFIX TAKEDOWN!! TWO!!! CLARKY CAT!!! ZSJ has Cobb caught, and even adds a leg for the BAD BALLOON REMIX!! Cobb endures, kicks with his one free leg, and gets the ROPEBREAK! Fans are thunderous as ZSJ lets Cobb go! ZSJ and Cobb rise, and ZSJ UPPERCUTS! And UPPERCUTS again! And UPPERCUTS again! But Cobb ROCKS ZSJ, whips him, but ZSJ BOOTS! Cobb sits down, ZSJ BLINDSIDE BASEMENT DROPKICKS!
ZSJ sits Cobb up but Cobb slides out the back and trips him! And body scissors, to steal EURO CLU- NO, ZSJ trips Cobb into a SLEEPER! But Cobb rolls back! Cover, TWO!! ZSJ escapes but Cobb runs him over! GACHIMUCHI FLOP as ZSJ moves! NECK TWIST! Body scissors, EURO CLUTCH! TWO!! Cobb escapes and we hit the 15 minute mark! That’s the second time for these two but there’s still the home stretch to go! Fans are thunderous as both men stand, and Cobb says ZSJ ain’t sh*t! Both men run in, ZSJ BOOTS the lariat! And ROUNDHOUSES the haymaker! And then waistlocks, to GERMAN SUPLEX?!?
But Cobb rises! He deadlift GERMAN SUPLEXES ZSJ! But ZSJ rises?!? PENALTY KICK!! ZSJ roars and fans fire up with him! ZSJ runs again, but into a fireman’s carry! F5 THOUSAND!! And then the ripcord, TOUR OF THE ISLAND!!! Cover, COBB WINS!!
Winner: Jeff Cobb, by pinfall (gains 2 points; ZSJ earns 0)
The Imperial Unit finally gets one over on the Front Man! The NJPW World Television Champion is not untouchable, will this damage his chances of staying champion?
As for Cobb, he gets the mic and wants everyone to calm down a moment. “Choto matte… <Wait a moment…>” Fans cheer as Cobb rests with an ice pack on his chest. Cobb then says, still in Japanese, “Today… Today, once again in Tokyo… It’s a scorcher!” Fans cheer that, it IS a hot summer. Cobb continues so that “But this G1 Climax is even hotter!” Fans cheer that, too! “Choto matte…” Cobb gets more ice packs, and fans cheer him on as he stands back up. Cobb tells Korakuen Hall, “DOMO ARIGATOGOZAIMASU!” Fans cheer in thanks back, and Cobb stands alone as the ONLY 4-0 on this side of the Climax! Will that mean he conquers the whole thing for the United Empire?
Here are the NEW C Block standings!
Tama Tonga: 3-1, 6 points
David Finlay: 3-1, 6 points
EVIL: 3-1, 6 points
Eddie Kingston: 2-2, 4 points
Shingo Takagi: 2-2, 4 points
Mikey Nicholls: 1-3, 2 points
Aaron Henare: 1-3, 2 points
Tomohiro Ishii: 1-3, 2 points
Here are the NEW D Block standings!
Jeff Cobb: 4-0, 8 points
Zack Sabre Jr: 3-1, 6 points
Hiroshi Tanahashi: 2-2, 4 points
Shane Haste: 2-2, 4 points
Tetsuya Naito: 2-2, 4 points
Hirooki Goto: 2-2, 4 points
Alex Coughlin: 1-3, 2 points [ELIMINATED]
Toru Yano: 0-4, 0 points [ELIMINATED]
Another great round for the G1, and especially for these two blocks. Ishii and Coughlin each getting their first wins off Eddie and Goto was great stuff, especially since it doesn’t really hurt either guy, mostly because I don’t expect Ishii, Coughlin, Eddie or Goto to be the semifinalists. Of course Evil cheats to beat Henare, and then an awesome win from Tama over Finlay, now we have three 3-1 records to top C Block. In fact, Evil beat Tama, Tama beat Finlay, Finlay beat Evil, that’s a true tie right there, and it’ll really come down to these last three rounds. They could really milk this to where it all comes down to round 7.
Yano being winless so far feels about right. We all love Yano, and while he is the best comedy wrestler perhaps ever, he is still comedy wrestler. Though he could play a great spoiler at this point. And a great main event from Cobb and ZSJ, they’ve definitely got great chemistry as opponents. And an awesome move for Cobb to win, as he pretty much dominated this match, pushed ZSJ past the 15, and then took the win with minutes to spare. Cobb would be a great semifinalist from D Block, already having beat the big names of ZSJ, Tanahashi and Naito. Sanada feels primed to take A Block and Okada would take B, the C Block three way tie can go to anyone, and then Cobb probably still bulldozes whoever comes out of C Block to be a finalist.
My Score: 8.9/10
Mitchell’s NJPW World Tag League Results & Report! (12/2/23)
B Block, round 5!
Will Bishamon have to tranquilo?
The IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions fought to a time limit draw last round, will Hirooki Goto & Yoshi-Hashi be able to #GetBackUp this round? Or will Yota Tsuji & Zandokan Jr. sink their ship?
- Toru Yano & Tomohiro Ishii VS Yuto Nakashima & Oskar Leube; Yano & Ishii win.
- Six Man Tag: The United Empire VS The Gates of Agony & Boltin Oleg; The Gates of Agony & Oleg win.
- 8 Man Tag: Bullet Club War Dogs VS The House of Torture; The House of Torture wins.
- Six Man Tag: Master Wato, Shota Umino & Ren Narita VS TMDK; Wato, Shota & Narita win.
- 2023 World Tag League, B Block: El Phantasmo & Hikuleo VS Bad Luck Fale & Jack Bonza; ELP & Leo win.
- 2023 World Tag League, B Block: Taichi & Yuya Uemura VS Atlantis Jr. & Soberano Jr; Taichi & Yuya win.
- 2023 World Tag League, B Block: Yuji Nagata & Minoru Suzuki VS Lance Archer & Alex Zayne; Nagata & Suzuki win.
- 2023 World Tag League, B Block: Bishamon VS Yota Tsuji & Zandokan Jr; Bishamon wins.
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Here are the current B Block standings.
Alex Zayne & Lance Archer: 4-0, 8 points
Taichi & Yuya Uemura: 3-1, 6 points
Atlantis Jr. y Soberano Jr: 2-1-1, 5 points
Yota Tsuji & Zandokan Jr: 2-2, 4 points
ELP & Hikuleo: 2-2, 4 points
Bishamon: 1-2-1, 3 points
Bad Luck Fale & Jack Bonza: 1-3, 2 points
Yuji Nagata & Minoru Suzuki: 0-4, 0 points
2023 World Tag League, B Block: El Phantasmo & Hikuleo w/ Jado VS Bad Luck Fale & Jack Bonza!
The Headbanga & Young Guerilla survived the murder grandpas but are still a long way from the front of the block. Though that’s a touch better than the Bullet Club’s Rogue Army, who only just got on the board! Will the NJPW Strong Openweight Tag Team Champions stay strong? Or will they end up on the bottom of the block?
Fans rally up as ELP builds up the energy to high five Leo! The teams sort out and ELP starts against the Red Commando, who mockingly builds up energy to salute the Rogue General. The bell rings, and the fans rally up while ELP swivels as he takes off his shirt. ELP and Bonza circle, tie up, and Bonza waistlocks. ELP switches, Bonza pries free to switch back and wrench to a wristlock. ELP rolls, trips Bonza, and then hooks up the legs to get Bonza in a BOW ‘N’ ARROW! Fans rally, Bonza pops free to a cover, ONE! Fans applaud as the two reset. Fans rally behind ELP but Bonza tells them to shut up. That only makes them chant harder!
ELP and Bonza reset, tie up, and Bonza headlocks. ELP throws body shots, powers out, but Bonza runs him over! Things keep moving, ELP avoids the elbow drop to hit an elbow drop, but Bonza makes it a ghost pin! TWO and ELP rolls Bonza up, TWO! ELP reels Bonza in, spins him but Bonza fights the backslide! ELP still gets the shoulders down, TWO! ELP stomps the hands! ELP knuckle locks, CHOPS, and goes up, up and jumps around, to FLYING RANA! Fans fire up and ELP handsprings to his feet. ELP CHOPS Bonza to the red corner, then CHOPS him again. Tag to Leo, and Leo hushes the crowd. But Bonza avoids the chop!
Bonza tags in Fale, and fans rally up as the big guys stare down. Leo offers a handshake, but Fale just pie faces Leo. So Leo fires forearms! Fale throws them back! ELP leads the fans in the “YAY! BOO!” as the two giants go back and forth! Leo gets the edge but Fale kicks a leg. Fale RAMS Leo, but Leo stays up! Fans rally up as they RAM again! Leo eggs Fale on, they RAM shoulders again! Leo then kicks low, and goes to scoop! But Fale’s so bulky! Leo gets Fale up!! But Bonza CHOP BLOCKS a leg and Leo falls back! Fale covers, TWO! Bonza drags Leo to the blue corner and Fale tags Bonza in. The Rogue Army mugs Leo in the corner!
Leo crawls, Bonza turns him over and keeps him from ELP. Bonza steps through, SPINNING TOEHOLD! Leo clutches the knee and Bonza talks some trash. SPINNING TOEHOLD! Bonza pie faces Leo, eggs him on, then mocks the heart hands. Leo CHOPS Bonza! Bonza kicks Leo down, stomps him around, then even springboard stomps him! Tag to Fale and Bonza rushes ELP. ELP avoids getting blasted off the apron, but Fale stays between ELP and Leo. Fale then stands on Leo as a surfboard! ELP CLUBS Fale, so Fale DECKS ELP! Fale tags Bonza, and Bonza CLUBS Leo down. Fans rally up but Bonza CLUBS Leo more.
Bonza drags Leo up, whips him to the corner, but Leo BLASTS Fale away! Leo then BOOTS Bonza, hurries for his corner, but Bonza dropkicks the legs out! Bonza snarls, backs ELP off, then he reels Leo in. Bonza finger guns and calls his shot, but Leo’s too big to bomb! Leo back drops Bonza away! Fans fire up while both men crawl, hot tag to ELP! ELP fires off on Bonza, whips him to ropes, but Bonza reverses. ELP ducks ‘n ‘dodges to CLOBBER Bonza! And kip up! Fans fire up as ELP atomic drops Bonza, then mocks his pain. Bonza swings, into another atomic drop! ELP hobbles, but he still hooks Bonza up, RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP!
ELP cartwheels to the corner, goes up and takes aim, FALLING AX HANDLE! Fans rally as ELP tunes up the band. SUDDEN- NO, Bonza blocks, then DISCUS LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Bonza is frustrated but he drags ELP up and calls another shot. Bonza suplexes, holds, but ELP kicks free to DDT! Fans fire up again as Bonza and ELP crawl. ELP drags Bonza from Fale, straitjacket and torture rack, then tag to Leo. Leo BLASTS Fale, BOOTS Bonza, into the BRAIN SALAD! Leo covers, TWO! Bonza survives being scrambled but the fans rally with E-Leo-P! They coordinate, tune up, and Bonza rises. But Fale CLOBBERS Leo!
Bonza ROCKS and KNEES ELP, into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Fale runs corner to corner to SPLASH Leo! And then fireman’s carry, SAMOAN DROP to MACHO ELBOW! Cover, ELP breaks it! Fans fire up but Fale kicks ELP. Fale drags ELP up but he fires forearms and CHOPS on the Rogue Army! ELP runs, but into double shoulders! Leo rises while ELP flounders out of the ring, and the Rogue Army mugs him at the ropes. The Rogue Army double whips, but Leo breaks the line to DOUBLE LARIAT! Only Bonza falls, but Leo roars as he SPLASHES Fale in a corner! Leo scoops?! AND SLAMS!! Fans fire up with Leo as the alpha giant!
Leo drags Bonza up, choke grip, but Bonza knees free! SUDDEN DEATH! Choke grip, and ELP DIVES onto Fale! Leo hits GODSEND!! Then ELP climbs onto Leo’s shoulders for the SUPER THUNDER KISS 86!! Cover, ELP & Leo win!
Winners: El Phantasmo & Hikuleo, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Rogue Army earns 0)
Just as Fale & Bonza were locked and loaded, they misfire and fall back down! Will they have to shift into spoiler mode in the tournament’s second half? As for the NJPW Strong Openweight Tag Team Champions, do they still have an outside shot at those WTL trophies?
2023 World Tag League, B Block: Taichi & Yuya Uemura VS Atlantis Jr. & Soberano Jr!
The Holy Emperor & Heat Storm took a loss to Monster Sauce, but they’re still near the front of the block! But the sons of lucha libre are right behind them! Will this match go a long way to determining B Block’s finalists?
The teams sort out and Soberano starts against Yuya. The fans rally up as Soberano offers a handshake. Yuya reaches out but then Soberano leaves him hanging. The two circle, tie up, and are in a deadlock. Yuya waistlocks, but Soberano wrenches out to wristlock. Soberano YANKS the arm, but Yuya rolls, wrenches, hammerlocks and he brings Soberano around. Soberano rolls, drop toeholds and then has the legs tied up to go after the arms. Soberano has a modified Queen Angelito but Yuya fights up. Soberano stands on Yuya’s shoulders for a modified motorcycle stretch, to then shift to a headlock.
Fans rally as Yuya fights up but Soberano grinds the hold. Yuya pries free, but Soberano pulls hair! The ref reprimands but Soberano snapmares Yuya. Yuya gets right up and the fans applaud. Yuya and Soberano reset, circle, and feel things out. They knuckle lock, but Soberano steps on an arm and double wristlocks the other. Soberano then spins Yuya, arm-drags him, but Yuya arm-drags back! Soberano sweeps and covers, ONE! Yuya hits a headlock takeover, but Soberano headscissors, so Yuya kips free. Both men stand back up and fans applaud the standoff. Soberano offers the handshake for real and Yuya takes it.
Fans applaud the sportsmanship as the two then back down, and they tag in Taichi and Atlantis. The KOPW Champion and NWA World Historic Light Heavyweight Champion RAM shoulders again and again! Then Atlantis runs to RAM Taichi! Taichi rebounds to BOOT! Atlantis rebounds to CHOP! Atlantis eggs Taichi on, so Taichi CHOPS back! Fans fire up as Taichi eggs Atlantis on, and he comes back to CHOP! Fans cheer more, and Taichi CHOPS again! Atlantis CHOPS, it’s a CHOP fight! They go back and forth faster and faster, but Taichi sputters. Atlantis eggs him on, so Taichi KICKS and KICKS!
Atlantis blocks a kick, dodges the forearm and RANAS! Fans fire up while Taichi goes to a corner. Atlantis runs in, but Taichi puts him on the apron. Atlantis counter punches then goes up top to CROSSBODY! Atlantis is right back up to run in, but Taichi BOOTS him! Atlantis returns but Taichi sends him into the corner for the GAMANGIRI! Yuya then runs in to BLAST Soberano! Fans rally up as Yuya coaches Taichi. Taichi and Atlantis rise, but Taichi brings Atlantis around to bump off buckles. Tag to Yuya and he CLUBS Atlantis down. Yuya whips Atlantis to ropes, DOUBLE CHOPS him down, then covers, TWO!
Fans rally as Yuya keeps cool. Yuya brings Atlantis around, snapmares and CLUBS him! Yuya then clamps onto an armlock and he grinds that taped shoulder down. Atlantis reaches out, but Yuya drags him from ropes to keep on that arm. Atlantis endures, Yuya floats to a cover, TWO! Yuya keeps on the arm with a double wristlock now but Atlantis continues to endure. Atlantis fights up, reaches out, ROPEBREAK! But Taichi tags in, and he CLUBS Atlantis on the back. Taichi snapmares Atlantis to KICK him in the back, and fans rally up. Taichi drags Atlantis around for Kawada Kicks, egging him on at the same time.
Atlantis stands right up to fire off forearms! Taichi kicks low and gives more Kawada Kicks! Atlantis sits up, and blocks the buzzsaw! He dodges the Ax Bomber to SUPERKICK! Both men are down and the fans rally back up! Atlantis crawls, hot tag to Soberano! Soberano goes up and CROSSBODIES Taichi down! Soberano then runs corner to corner, but into a BOOT! Taichi runs, Soberano dodges, goes up and over and dodges a boot to ENZIGURI! Fans fire up, and Yuya CLUBS Soberano. Yuya runs, but into a SOBAT! Step-up FAMOUSER! Soberano TOSSES Yuya, sidesteps Taichi, and SPIN POWERSLAMS!
Soberano sets Taichi in the middle of the ring to LIONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up as Taichi stays in this, and Soberano keeps his cool. Soberano stomps Taichi, drags him up, and fireman’s carries. Taichi fights free but Soberano kicks low again. Soberano talks some trash, runs but into a BOOT! Soberano comes back, but Taichi gest around, only for Soberano to fight the saido! Soberano whips, Taichi reverses and avoids the handspring to AX BOMBER! Both men are down and fans fire up again! Soberano and Taichi crawl for their corners, hot tag to Yuya and he stops Soberano! Yuya CHOPS but Soberano eggs him on!
Yuya CHOPS again, whips, but Soberano reverses. Yuya FLYING FOREARMS! And arm-drags! And DOUBLE CHOPS! Fans fire up with Yuya and he drags Soberano up again. Yuya whips to a corner, runs in and SPLASHES! Then BULLDOGS! Cover, TWO! Yuya looms over Soberano, stands him back up, and he traps the arms! But Soberano fights the suplex with knees! Yuya CHOPS, runs, but Soberano DROPKICKS him down! Fans fire up again as both men crawl! Yuya goes to a neutral corner, Soberano hot tags Atlantis! Atlantis runs to BLAST Taichi, then he runs to kick Yuya! Atlantis whips, Yuya reverses!
Atlantis dodges Yuya in the corner, and he SPIN POWERSLAMS! Cover, TWO! Yuya hangs in there but Atlantis stays focused. The fans rally up, Atlantis whips and Soberano joins in, TU LO SABE! Cover, Taichi breaks it! Soberano kicks Taichi out then goes out after him. Yuya goes back to a neutral corner and Atlantis storms over. Soberano dribbles Taichi off the apron as Atlantis stands Yuya up and scoops. Yuya fights free, and he CHOPS! Taichi sends Soberano into railing! Atlantis CHOPS Yuya! Yuya CHOPS Atlantis! They go CHOP for CHOP, the fans rally up, and Yuya sputters. But he dodges to waistlock!
Yuya sends Atlantis into Taichi’s RIDGEHAND! Yuya CHOPS again! Taichi SOBATS! Yuya BULLDOGS! Cover, TWO! Atlantis survives the assault and fans rally up. Yuya fires up and he climbs a corner! CROSS- NO, Atlantis moves and Yuya has to roll through! But then Soberano CROSSBODIES! Taichi storms in to kick Soberano, but Atlantis scoops to BACKBREAKER! Taichi bails back out and Soberano builds speed! FOSBURY FLOP! Direct hit and fans fire up! Atlantis scoops Yuya, MICHINOKU DRIVER! Atlantis hurries up top, FROG SPLASH! Cover, TWO!! Yuya survives and Atlantis is furious!
The fans fire up for Yuya but Atlantis refocuses. Atlantis vows to end this and he drags Yuya back up. Atlantis whips, Yuya holds ropes to BOOT back! Atlantis scoops Yuya and then gut wrenches, but Yuya RANAS free! Atlantis stands, into an arm-drag! Ghost pin, and Taichi keeps Soberano out! JUST5GUYS WIN!
Winners: Taichi & Yuya Uemura, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Atlantis & Soberano earn 0)
Taichi is so proud of Yuya! Not only did he win this for the team, he just pinned the NWA World Historic Light Heavyweight Champion! Too bad he’s just outside the weight requirements to challenge for that belt. But that aside, will this help Yuya & Taichi secure a shot at the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions?
2023 World Tag League, B Block: Yuji Nagata & Minoru Suzuki VS Lance Archer & Alex Zayne!
In a shocking twist, Blue Justice & The Meanest Man in the World are 0-4 this deep into World Tag League! But will Nagata & Suzuki finally make it work at the halfway point? Or will Monster Sauce continue their hot streak and be the only 5-0 team in the entire tournament?
Surprisingly, the Murderhawk Monster doesn’t maul Young Lions at ringside. But perhaps that is because he is saving all his energy for Suzuki. As such, he doesn’t even budge as Suzuki steps into the ring for “KAZE NI NARE~!” The former boss and subordinate stare down, so Nagata and Zayne let them start. The fans cheer as Archer brings out a Suzuki-Gun shirt! Archer then throws the shirt aside as he tells Suzuki, “Tonight, we fight. So you better bring it our I’m gonna knock your teeth out! Let’s go, Suzuki!” The bell rings and the fans fire up with Archer! Suzuki ROCKS him with a forearm already!
Suzuki eggs Archer on, and Archer grins as he comes back. Archer ROCKS Suzuki right back! Suzuki staggers, stays standing, and he also grins! Archer laughs, he and Suzuki start trading forearms! The fans fire up as the shots keep going! Suzuki gets the edge, then BOOTS! Archer wobbles but he BOOTS right back! Down goes Suzuki! Fans cheer, Suzuki stands up, and Nagata tags himself in. Zayne also tags in, and now fans rally as these two circle. They tie up, Zayne waistlocks but Nagata wrenches to a wristlock. Zayne spins, wrenches, wrangles Nagata, but Nagata kicks him away. The fans cheer as the two reset.
Nagata and Zayne tie up, Zayne headlocks, but Nagata throws body shots. Nagata powers out but Zayne runs him over! Things speed up, Zayne IMPLODER KNEE DROPS onto Nagata’s dropdown! Then he STANDING MARIPOSAS! Fans fire up and Zayne drags Nagata up. Zayne puts Nagata in a corner, tags to Archer, and he taunts Suzuki with “You Suck!” Suzuki says shut up, but Archer stomps away on Nagata. Red Shoes counts, Archer lets off and says Suzuki’s next. Suzuki says to still shut up, but Archer snapmares Nagata. Archer continues to taunt Suzuki then he CLUBS away on Nagata’s chest! Cover, TWO!
Archer is mad at Red Shoes, and Suzuki steps in just to flip Archer off. Archer tags Zayne, and scoops him to SLAM him onto Nagata! Cover, TWO! Zayne stays between Nagata and Suzuki, then bumps Nagata off buckles. Zayne ELBOWS Nagata, tags Archer, and Archer CHOPS Nagata! Nagata eggs him on so Archer CHOPS again! Even Zayne felt that one. Nagata still eggs Archer on, but Archer eggs Nagata on, so Nagata fires forearms! Archer knees low, whips Nagata to a corner, then runs in, but Nagata BOOTS him! Nagata fakes the dropkick high to dropkick low! Archer hobbles, Nagata tags in Suzuki!
Fans rally up as Suzuki fires forearms on Archer. Suzuki backs Archer down, but Archer tells him to hit harder! Suzuki fires off even more shots and he sits Archer down in a corner! Suzuki growls and the fans fire up. Suzuki knees low, whips corner to corner, then runs in to BOOT! Suzuki cravats but Archer fights the snapmare. Archer whips Suzuki to a corner, ELBOWS him, “Ichi!” Archer keeps moving to ELBOW again! “NI!” Archer keeps going, “SAN!” Hattrick achieved, and then a KNEE DROP! Cover, TWO! Archer ROCKS Suzuki, puts him on the top rope, and then lifts with the inverted crucifix!
But Suzuki fights free! Archer choke grips, but Suzuki breaks free to ROCK Archer! Archer ROCKS Suzuki! Suzuki laughs as they trade forearms back and forth again! Fans rally up, Suzuki keeps laughing, but both men ROCK the other! Fans fire up as Archer and Suzuki stand back up! They egg each other on, and the forearms fly again! They go back and forth, faster and faster! Archer wobbles, Suzuki taunts him, but then the forearms start up again! Suzuki gets the edge but Archer ROCKS him! Suzuki rises right up to ROCK Archer! Both men fall over and the fans are thunderous! Suzuki and Archer crawl, hot tags to Zayne and Nagata!
Now Zayne and Nagata trade forearms! Nagata ROCKS Zayne, KICKS him, and KICKS him! And KICKS again! Zayne ends up in a corner, Nagata fires up and whips corner to corner. BOOT! Zayne fights the clinch, suplexes, but Nagata fights that. Nagata suplexes Zayne, for MAGIC SCREW! And then an EXPLODER! Cover, TWO! But into CROSSFACE! Suzuki intercepts Archer into a SLEEPER! Monster Sauce endures stereo submissions! The fans rally, Suzuki keeps adjusting his grip, but Archer fights up! Archer storms over to BOOT Nagata, then he RAMS Suzuki into buckles! Zayne gets the boost, HIP TOSS CANNONBALL!
Archer ELBOWS Nagata down, then Zayne runs in, tilt-o-whirl RANA CANNONBALL for Archer! Fans fire up as Archer gets Zayne, CHOKE SLAM SAULT! SENTON! Cover, TWO!! Nagata survives but Archer BLASTS Suzuki back down! Zayne goes up and gets as lift from Archer, but Suzuki stops the Blackout Swanton! Suzuki DECKS Zayne, Archer knees Suzuki and TOSSES him! But Suzuki gets Archer’s legs! APRON KNEEBAR! Archer endures, Nagata cradles but Zayne smothers it into his own cover, TWO!! Nagata is free again, but Zayne kicks low. Zayne straitjackets but Nagata fights free!
Zayne fires boxing elbows, back elbow, mule kick, only to run into a WHEEL KCIK! SAIDO BRIDGE! MURDER GRANDPAS WIN!!
Winners: Yuji Nagata & Minoru Suzuki, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Monster Sauce earns 0)
The top team finally falls, and it was to the two most grizzled and experienced men in the whole tournament! Suzuki tells Archer & Zayne to still take this thing, and they fist bump as the old Suzuki-Gun theme plays. Will Monster Sauce still burn B Block and head for those trophies?
2023 World Tag League, B Block: Bishamon VS Yota Tsuji & Zandokan Jr!
Hirooki Goto & Yoshi-Hashi have been struggling, but they always #GetBackUp. Will they be able to #TurnItAllAround and make the threepeat a reality? Or will Gene Blast & The King of the World make the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions tranquilo?
The teams sort out and Tsuji calls out Hashi. Fans cheer as Hashi accepts, and the bell rings. Hashi and Tsuji circle, the fans rally up, and the two tie up. Hashi headlocks and grinds the hold, but Tsuji fights up with body shots. Tsuji powers out but Hashi RAMS shoulders with him! Tsuji dares Hashi to bring it, so Hashi runs. But Tsuji follows to then RANA! Fans cheer and Tsuji smiles. Tsuji stomps Hashi, drags him up at the ropes, and CHOPS! Hashi staggers but Tsuji is on him to whip to ropes. Hashi holds ropes, Goto tags in, Bishamon double shoulder tackles Tsuji down! Hashi runs for Goto to hip toss, ZANMAI!
Zando runs in but Bishamon kicks him first. They then HAMMER away on Zando’s back! The fans fire up while Goto & Hashi flex. Zando bails out and Goto stomps Tsuji. Goto drags Tsuji up, CLUBS him, fireman’s carries, but Tsuji fights with elbows. Goto ROCKS Tsuji, runs, but Zando trips him and Tsuji basement dropkicks! Tsuji BLASTS Hashi, Zando drags Goto out to throw him into railing! Tsuji goes out after Hashi, drags him up, and we hear Zando send Goto into more railing. Tsuji whips Hashi into railing, too! Fans rally up, Zando gets a chair and he SMACKS Goto with it! It wasn’t even a folding chair, it was a spare chair from the crowd!
Red Shoes reprimands, Zando puts Goto in for Tsuji, but Red Shoes won’t count the cover with all the shenanigans. Tsuji stomps Goto, tags Zando, and they double whip Goto to POP-UP KICK! And then DOUBLE BASEMENT DROPKICK! Zando covers, TWO! Hashi gets up but Zando boots him off the apron. Zando snapmares Goto into a chinlock, but he also fishhooks the mouth! Red Shoes reprimands, Zando lets off to tag Tsuji, and they set Goto up on the ropes. Fans rally but Hashi is in Tsuji’s way. Red Shoes reprimands and Hashi moves so Tsuji can run and LEAP FROG ATTACK! Goto falls and fans fire up.
Zando BLASTS Hashi, Tsuji covers Goto, TWO! Tsuji still smiles and he drags Goto up. Goto CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! But Tsuji knees low! Tsuji whips but Goto reverses. Goto runs in but Tsuji BOOTS him away! Tsuji runs, but Goto follows to LARIAT! Fans fire up while both men are down! Goto crawls, hot tag to Hashi! Hashi runs up to run Tsuji over, then he BLASTS Zando! Tsuji kicks back, whips Hashi to a corner, but Hashi returns to CHOP! Fans fire up as Hashi mule kicks then turns Tsuji, but Tsuji fights the neckbreaker. Hashi dodges the lariat to hit the BLOCKBUSTER! Fans fire up with Hashi as Tsuji goes to a corner.
Hashi runs corner to corner to clothesline, then he reels Tsuji in for the NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! The fans rally up and Hashi looms over Tsuji. Hashi drags Tsuji up, reels him in, but Tsuji blocks the suplex! Hashi keeps trying, the fans rally, and Tsuji hoists Hashi up! Hashi fights that, tries again, but Tsuji slips free. Hashi elbows Tsuji, runs, but into a BOOT! Fans fire up and Goto coaches Hashi. Hashi and Tsuji both crawl, hot tag to Goto! Goto KICKS Tsuji down then BLASTS Zando! Goto drags Tsuji up, fires off forearms, then whips Tsuji corner to corner. Goto runs, blocks a boot but Tsuji DOUBLE STOMPS him down!
Tsuji calls to Zando, hurries over, and fans fire up for the hot tag! Zando storms up on Goto, but Goto fires off CHOP after CHOP! Zando winds up to CHOP back! Fans fire up while Goto is stinging. Zando BLASTS Hashi, then he and Tsuji get Goto up. They double whip, double hip toss and cradle, for a DOUBLE SLAM! Tsuji SPLASHES, Zando goes up the ropes to LIONSAULT! Zando just makes it, then covers, TWO! Fans rally up while Tsuji paces around. Zando drags Goto up, he and Tsuji hook Goto up but Hashi saves Goto from the Anchor! Hashi fires forearms, Tsuji kicks low and whips Hashi to a corner.
Tsuji sends Zando in but Hashi dodges to then LARIAT Tsuji! Zando UPPERCUTS Hashi! Goto runs in but Zando kicks and runs. But Goto fireman’s carries! USHIGOROSHI! Fans fire up while all four men are down! Goto roars and rises, and he drags Zando up. Goto reels Zando in, dragon sleepers, but Zando drops to victory roll! TWO!! Goto escapes, hurries to a corner, and Zando runs in to clothesline! And then he undoes the wrist tape so he can run in again, and CHOP! Fans fire up and Zando says “UNO MAS!” Zando runs but Goto follows to MURAMASA! And then SAIDO! Both men are down again and the fans rally back up.
Goto crawls, hot tag to Hashi! Hashi runs to BLAST Tsuji, then he goes back for Zando. Hashi runs, but Zando BOOTS! Hashi spins through to CHOP! Zando staggers, roars, and CHOPS in return! Zando fireman’s carries, but Hashi fights free and feeds him to Goto’s forearm! Mule kick and then the clinch, GOTO GO TO HUNTER! Cover, Tsuji breaks it! Goto tosses Tsuji, and Bishamon coordinates. Goto goes up a corner, but Tsuji GAMANGIRIS him down! Zando TOSSES Hashi, and fans fire up as the amigos coordinate. Zando DIVES onto Goto, Tsuji CROSSBODIES Hashi and Young Lion Boltin Oleg!
Fans fire up as Tsuji & Zando rise! Tsuji drags Hashi up, he and Zando get him in the ring. Tsuji & Zando stand Hashi up, hook him up, ANCHOR!! Zando covers, TWO!! Hashi survives but Tsuji is already at the corner. Tsuji climbs, he stands on Zando’s shoulders, VAMOS FLOP as Hashi moves! Goto TOSSES Tsuji, and he LARIATS Zando! Zando stays up to LARIAT back! GOto drops to a knee, Zando runs again, but Goto SWATS the lariat! Goto suplexes, Zando slips free, but Goto puts him in the corner! Hashi runs in to clothesline! Tsuji runs in, but into the FIERCE FLASH! Goto clotheslines Zando, Hashi clotheslines, too!
Hashi hoists Zando up, Goto climbs, BULLDOG FLAPJACK COMBO! The fans fire up with Bishamon as they hoist Zando up and call their shot! Dragon sleeper and leg lift, SHOTO!!! Cover, BISHAMON WINS!
Winners: Bishamon, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Tsuji & Zando earn 0)
The IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions shine through as they turn the lights out on LIJ! Will Tsuji & Zando be able to stay afloat in WTL’s second half?
As for Bishamon, Hashi gets the mic first to say, “Oi, Tsuji! How was Bishamon? Was it sweet? Was it spicy? Or maybe salty?” Tsuji walks back to the ring and Hashi lets him have the mic. Tsuji says, “Now that I’ve faced Bishamon, I’ve learned… that you guys are amazing.” Fans cheer that! But Tsuji also knows Bishamon can’t stay like this. He’s sure they’ll make it back to the WTL finals. Tsuij then sends the mic back as he takes his leave, and Hashi thanks him.
Hashi continues to say that he can’t be sure if WTL can get more exciting, but if the fans aren’t already excited, then there’s no way that’ll change. But this win here gets Bishamon one step closer to that threepeat. Hashi brings up the supposed curse that keeps the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions from winning WTL. But he vows that “Gocchan and I will definitely break the curse.” Fans cheer that! Hashi continues to say that as IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions, Bishamon will win WTL for a third time in a row, and they’ll do it… IN A FLASH! The Fierce Warrior & Headhunter still have life, but will they have those trophies three years running?
Here are the NEW B Block standings!
Alex Zayne & Lance Archer: 4-1, 8 points
Taichi & Yuya Uemura: 4-1, 8 points
ELP & Hikuleo: 3-2, 6 points
Bishamon: 2-2-1, 5 points
Atlantis Jr. y Soberano Jr: 2-2-1, 5 points
Yota Tsuji & Zandokan Jr: 2-3, 4 points
Yuji Nagata & Minoru Suzuki: 1-4, 2 points
Bad Luck Fale & Jack Bonza: 1-4, 2 points
Mitchell’s AEW Collision Results & Report! (12/2/23)
The American Dragon is back in action!
Bryan Danielson and Andrade El Idolo finally start in the Blue League!
As the AEW Continental Classic’s second round continues, Bryan Danielson and Andrade El Idolo finally have their first taste of action! Will the American Dragon and Face of Latino Wrestling both get points tonight?
- AEW Continental Classic, Blue League: Claudio Castagnoli VS Brody King; Brody wins.
- Abadon VS Kiera Hogan; Abadon wins.
- AEW Continental Classic, Blue League: Andrade El Idolo VS Daniel Garcia; Andrade wins.
- The Kingdom w/ Roderick Strong VS The Iron Savages w/ Jacked Jameson; The Kingdom wins.
- Malakai Black & Buddy Matthews VS Christopher Daniels & Matt Sydal; The House of Black win.
- El Hijo Del Vikingo VS Kip Sabian; Vikingo wins.
- AEW Continental Classic, Blue League: Bryan Danielson VS Eddie Kingston; Bryan wins.
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Brody King speaks.
“Tonight on Collision, in Erie, PA, Blue League round two against Claudio. I’m here to prove why I’m not just an upset win, and I’m the most dominant wrestler in this tournament. HARU!”
Claudio Castagnoli speaks.
“Time for talking is over. Swiss to C2, tonight I’m going to take a King’s head.”
CJ Perry & Andrade El Idolo speak.
The Coldest Manager in the Game says tonight, her client will take down Daniel Garcia again tonight, and take home that fat check. And his name is Andrade The Idol. No, no, es El Idolo. And everyone knows who he is, but Garcia, see you tonight.
Daniel Garcia speaks.
“Andrade, you wanna know what really, really makes me mad? It’s when someone likes you comes in here and thinks they can step all over people like me. Well I’m not having it anymore. Tonight, I fight back. And if I needed any more motivation to win other than getting those three points, it’s putting somebody like you in his place.”
Bryan Danielson speaks.
“Eddie Kingston, tonight, it’s you and me in the Continental Classic. And do y’know what? I don’t want depressed Eddie Kingston. I don’t want Eddie Kingston who feels bad about himself because he lost his first round match. I want the Eddie Kingston that won the ROH World title. I want the Eddie Kingston who’s confident enough to put in BOTH his titles in this tournament! Eddie Kingston, I want the best version of you because if you don’t bring it, you’re gonna get hurt.”
Eddie Kingston speaks.
“Look, guys, I know we gotta do this cold open thing. It’s the cool thing to do on Collision. I don’t have time. I gotta go get ready, I’m 0-1 in this tournament already, I do NOT wanna go 0-2. Bryan, I do respect you, sort of, so I don’t care about your eye, I don’t care about your arm, I don’t care about anything about you. All I care about is winning. So guess what? I’m gonna bust you up.”
AEW Continental Classic, Blue League: Claudio Castagnoli VS Brody King!
The Swiss Superman is ready for his Collision with the King of Death! But with both men at 1-0, who, if either of them, moves on to be Blue League’s only 2-0 leader?
The bell rings, 20 minutes is ticking down, but Claudio and Brody run in to RAM shoulders! Claudio BOOTS, Brody BOOTS, and Claudio fires a forearm! Brody forearms back, fans fire up as the shots keep going! They pick up speed with those forearms, Brody CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Then he LARIATS! Claudio stays up!? Claudio seethes and fans fire up as he comes back to CHOP! CHOP! And CHOP! Claudio LARIATS, but Brody stays up! Brody LARIATS, Claudio LARIATS, repeat! Claudio rebounds, DOUBLE LARIATS collide! Neither falls, they DOUBLE LARIAT again, and again, then Claudio dodges! DOUBLE LARIATS finally take both men down!
Fans fire up as Brody and Claudio roll out opposite ends of the ring. Claudio and Brody stand back up, the ring count climbs, but both men storm up around the way to DOUBLE LARAIT! And DOUBLE LARIAT! The count is 9, both men slide in at 9.9!! Fans fire up as Brody and Claudio start throwing forearms again! Brody gets the edge, runs, and he BOOTS Claudio down! Brody then scoops Claudio but Claudio slips free to BOOT! Claudio scoops, to SLAM Brody! Fans fire up, Brody staggers back up and Claudio runs, to clothesline Brody up and out! Fans fire up, Claudio goes out and he runs in around the way, UPPERCUT!
Fans fire up more and Claudio drags Brody up. Claudio whips Brody hard into railing, but Brody comes back to CLOBBER Claudio! Fans fire up as Brody peels the bumpers off the railing, then he throws forearms with Claudio. Brody knees low, whips, and Claudio hits railing hard! Claudio tumbles up and over and Collision goes picture in picture.
Brody catches his breath, storms over to where Claudio is, and drags him up. Fans fire up as Brody suplexes Claudio to the floor! Both men writhe, but Brody storms up on Claudio to stand him up. Brody CHOPS and Claudio sputters! Brody CHOPS again! Claudio staggers back, Brody whips him hard into the apron! Brody CLUBS Claudio, stalks him as he hobbles, then POSTS Claudio! Claudio staggers and falls over, and Brody refreshes the ring count. Brody storms back up on Claudio, ROCKS him, then puts him in the ring. Brody CHOPS Claudio again, ROCKS him to a corner, then ROCKS him again.
Claudio goes to another corner but Brody CLUBS him! And CHOPS him! Claudio UPPERCUTS! Brody CHOPS! Repeat! Brody gets the edge as he ROCKS Claudio again, then CHOPS him down! Claudio leans against ropes as he coughs and gasps for air. Brody clamps on with a chinlock, digs his forearm cast into Claudio’s face, and Collision returns to single picture. Claudio endures, pries the hold open, and he stands to wrench the arm, for an ELBOW BREAKER! The forearms fly again, Claudio runs but Brody scoops to SLAM! And then SENTON! Fans rally up while Claudio crawls to a corner.
Brody runs in to SPLASH at the corner! The fans bark and hoot with Brody, but Claudio UPPERCUTS him in the corner! Claudio fires UPPERCUT after UPPERCUT from all sides! Then he jukes the ref to UPPERCUT again! Claudio fires more shots, roars, and takes a moment to steady himself. Claudio whips but Brody blocks, so Claudio UPPERCUTS again! Claudio whips, Brody reverses and runs in to SPLASH! Then fireman’s carry, but Claudio fights free to UPPERCUT the back! Claudio trips Brody, but Brody kicks him away! Claudio comes back to DOUBLE STOMP! Cover, TWO! Brody survives but Claudio keeps his cool.
Claudio drags Brody up, but Brody fights the fireman’s carry. Brody ROCKS Claudio, CHOPS him, then runs, into a POP-UP UPPERCUT!! Cover, TWO!! Brody survives but the fans fire up behind Claudio as he stands. Claudio gets the legs, to SWING Brody!! Claudio goes around and around, and fans count all the way to TEN! Then the SHARPSHOOTER!! Fans fire up while Claudio sits deep! Brody endures, claws at the mat, fights around, and he reaches out! But Claudio grabs that bad arm to hold it back! Brody still fights forward, ROPEBREAK! Claudio lets go in frustration while Brody crawls to a corner.
Claudio waits on Brody to stand, then runs in, but Brody dodges! Claudio POSTS himself, then Brody GERMAN SUPLEXES him away! Brody runs in to CANNONBALL! Brody drags Claudio to a cover, ONE?!? Fans are stunned and so is Brody! Brody ROCKS Claudio, reels him in, but Claudio slips free of the bomb to fireman’s carry! DEATH VALLEY DRIVER!! Cover, ONE?!? Brody survives and Claudio is shocked! “This is Awesome!” and Claudio drags Brody up and reels him in. Claudio Gotch Lifts but Brody back drops free! Claudio lands on his feet! Springboard- HAYMAKER!! STUFF PILEDRIVER!! Cover, TWO?!?
Fans are thunderous as Brody hurries to get Claudio up. LARIAT!! Cover, Brody wins!!
Winner: Brody King, by pinfall (gains 3 points; Claudio earns 0)
That deadly right arm brings down the Swiss Superman, and Brody has six points! Is the Blue League soon going to belong to the House of Black?
Jon Moxley speaks.
“If it turns out that entering this Continental Classic tournament was a bad idea, I won’t find out ’til it’s too late. I’m banged up. Maybe the last four years is finally catching with me, because nobody’s done it anywhere in the world like I do it the last four years. My head hurts, my neck hurts, my back hurts, now my knee hurts. Getting that tingly-ness in my fingers now all the time. I live in pain on a day to day basis like most people couldn’t even imagine. Now on top of that, my head’s not screwed on straight all the time lately. The doctors are prescribing me this medication, that medication.
“And I’m just sick of it all. I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired. I’m sick and tired of being pissed off at my body failing me, I’m sick and tired of being depressed, I’m being sick and tired about being pissed about the entire last year. I’m sick and tired of being pissed off. So I’m gonna do the only thing I know how to do, the only thing I’m good at: I’m gonna wrestle my way out of it. I’m gonna fight my way out of it. I’m gonna put every ounce, every drop of sweat and effort and will I have into winning this Continental Classic tournament.
“This kind of thing, this is what AEW was built on, man. Two guys in the ring, the best wrestlers in the world, giving it their all, feeling that feeling when you’ve given every ounce of yourself in the ring, and pushing the limits, and pushing the boundaries, and making people stand up and go ‘Oh my God!’ What’d I just see?’ Feeling that connection with an audience that loves wrestling as much as we do. That is what AEW is about. Somebody’s gotta step up and win this tournament, and show the world exactly what AEW is, exactly what All Elite Wrestling can be! And that’s just gonna have to be me.
“Because anybody can say what they want but I’m the Ace of the World, b*tch, and that’s just the way it is. And there is nobody in this tournament that can do anything to me worse than what I deal with on a daily basis. Nothing they can do to me that’s worse than fighting the demons that I fight on a daily basis. If you think I’m shot, if you think my trigger’s been pulled, if you think I’m ripe for the picking, please, please, take your shot.” The Maniac is going to go until he can’t go any more, will El Toro Blanco look to take that shot this Wednesday?
Abadon VS Kiera Hogan!
With title chases never stopping, the Undead Girl and the Hottest Flame are fighting to get ahead. Who wins here to move up in the rankings towards the champions of AEW?
The bell rings, Kiera is wary of Abadon, and the two circle. Abadon corners Kiera, run sin, but Kiera dodges. Kiera SHOTGUNS Abadon down and fans fire up! Kiera runs in but Abadon sends her into buckles! Abadon fires off clothesline after clothesline, but lets off as the ref counts. Abadon runs in but Kiera avoids the boot to then KICK the legs out! Kiera runs, and she HIP ATTACKS Abadon against ropes! Kiera then snapmares, Abadon ducks the buzzsaw but not the SUPERKICK! Kiera runs Around the World to BOOT WASH! Cover, TWO! Kiera keeps cool as she runs again, but Abadon catches her for a SCRAPBUSTER!
Abadon roars and the fans fire up! Abadon runs in to SPLASH Kiera in a corner, then whips. Kiera reverse, Abadon slips out and then ROCKS Kiera! HEADSHOT CUTTER! Cover, TWO! Kiera is still in this but Abadon mocks the peace fingers. Abadon stalks Kiera, has her in the ropes, and mocks that pretty face. Abadon licks Kiera, YANKS her off the ropes, and then storms around. Abadon kicks, Kiera ducks and rolls her up, TWO! Kiera SOBATS, ROUNDHOUSES, then reels her in! NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Abadon survives and Kiera is frustrated. Kiera pounds the mat, the fans rally up behind her, and she stalks Abadon.
Kiera fires forearms, says to stay down and she SLAPS! Abadon SCORPION KICKS, then runs to KNEE Kiera down! Abadon drags Kiera up, hammerlocks, BLACK DAHLIA!! Cover, Abadon wins!
Winner: Abadon, by pinfall
Like the Nightmare Before Christmas, Abadon is bringing the scary to the merry season! But will Abadon earn a championship match as a Christmas gift to herself?
Wait! The lights go out! And when the lights come back, JULIA HART is here! Abadon turns around to see her, and the TBS Champion smiles. The lights go out again, and when they come back again, Julia’s gone. Abadon shrieks into the night, will this be like Jason VS Freddy for the title?
Backsatge interview with Samoa Joe.
Alex Marvez says the last time we saw Joe, he was furious that MJF accepted a tag team challenge from “The Devil of AEW.” Joe says why wouldn’t he be? But then someone shouts “SAMOA JOOOE~!” In rolls Roderick Strong & The Kingdom. Roddy tells Joe that Roddy is willing to forgive Joe for trying to end his career with a broken neck not just once but twice. And he knows Joe has his world title match with Max, but c’mon, this is clearly a trap! MJF is the Devil! But hey, Roddy’s best friend “ADAAAM~!” likes Joe and thinks of him as a friend. So as Adam Cole’s best friend, that makes Roddy a friend to Joe.
So hey, Wednesday, it’s a set-up. Those goons will beat the crap out of Joe! And MJF isn’t even here right now! He’s probably plotting how they’re gonna do it! The Kingdom says yeah, Roddy’s right. So just listen to him, okay? Joe chuckles and leaves. Does Joe think they’re joking? Between Joe and “The Devil,” who will have the last laugh on Dynamite?
AEW Continental Classic, Blue League: Andrade El Idolo VS Daniel Garcia!
We saw this showdown before when CJ Perry was recruiting clients, and we saw which way that went. But then will history repeat itself? Or will Red Death ruin Andrade’s start in the Blue League?
While no “seconds” are allowed, meaning even manager CJ must return to the back, Daddy Magic found a loophole by joining commentary. He still disapproves of the Garcia dance. Anyway, the bell rings, we’re on the clock, and the two circle. Fans rally up as the two tie up, Garcia rolls Andrade up, ONE! Garcia says he almost had Andrade, but Andrade just smirks. The two reset, tie up again, and Andrade headlocks. Andrade holds on tight, but Garcia powers up to power out. But Andrade runs Garcia over! Fans rally and duel, cheer and jeer, and Andrade CHOPS Garcia! Andrade whips but Garcia stops himself to whip Andrade!
Andrade goes Spider-Man in the ropes to tranquilo! Fans fire up for that, but then Garcia puts his dukes up. Andrade says no dance, but then Garcia clamps on a SLEEPER! Andrade RAMS Garcia into buckles, goes up the ropes, and he CROSSBODIES! Garcia staggers up, Andrade CHOPS him! Andrade whips, but Garcia reverses. Andrade goes up and over, then dropkicks the dropdown! Garcia goes to the apron, and Andrade PLANCHAS! Fans fire up, Andrade puts Garcia in, and he covers, ONE!! Garcia hangs tough but Andrade brings him up. Andrade gives some Latino Heat but Garcia wrenches out. Andrade ROCKS Garcia, but Garcia hits a SHIN BREAKER!
Garcia DRAGON SCREWS the leg, GROUDN DRAGON SCREWS it, then basement dropkicks! Fans fire up, Garcia covers, ONE!! ANKLE LOCK! Andrade scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! Garcia lets go, Andrade bails out, and Andrade shakes out the bad leg. Garcia goes out, Menard likes what he sees, but Andrade kicks low! Andrade RAMS Garcia into the apron, but Garcia kicks low and CLUBS him! Then RAMS him into railing! Garcia grabs at Andrade but Andrade gets in the ring. Garcia hurries to KNEE Andrade down, covers, ONE! Andrade CHOPS! Andrade whips to a corner, but Garcia BOOTS him back!
Garcia goes up, Andrade CLOBBERS Garcia to the floor! Fans fire up and Andrade paces while Garcia is dazed, and Collision goes picture in picture.
Andrade paces, walking off the pain in his leg, while Garcia clutches his neck and shoulder. The ring count climbs, Andrade goes out to commentary to have one of their WOOOOO energy drinks! “WOO~!” Andrade then makes his way around to fetch Garcia, and he SMACKS Garcia off the steel steps! Andrade drags Garcia back up to put in the ring, and he has a cocky cover. ONE, but Andrade stalks Garcia to ropes. Andrade kicks Garcia around, pie faces him, and eggs him on. Garcia huffs and puffs, then CHOPS back! And CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Garcia whips, Andrade reverses to then CLOBBER Garcia!
Andrade clamps onto Garcia with a headlock and grinds him down, and Collision goes to break.
Collision returns and Garcia fights up out of a headlock to SAIDO! Fans fire up while both men are down! Garcia pushes up, Menard says this has been Garcia’s best match so far! And zero dancing! Garcia stands, he counter punches Andrade, and counters again! Then he dodges, fires off haymakers and fast hands, the ref counts but Garcia lets off. The fans are thunderous as Garcia runs to BOOT Andrade, then put him up top! Garcia drags Andrade into the Tree of Woe, CLUBS him, then stands on the corner to punch away on the legs! Garcia goes all the way to TEN, then lets off. Dukes up, and he does some dancing before the BASEMENT DROPKICK!
Andrade falls out of the Tree, Garcia hoists him up, BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Andrade survives and fans rally up again! Garcia drags Andrade into a waistlock, drags him back up, but Andrade ELBOWS Garcia! Garcia holds on, so Andrade throws more heavy elbows! Garcia ducks to CHOP! Garcia whips, Andrade ducks ‘n’ dodges to FLYING FOREARM! And he kips up! The fans fire up, Andrade takes aim as Garcia is in a corner, and Andrade builds speed corner to corner, but has to dodge a lariat! Andrade kicks and snap suplexes, Uno Amigo! Fans fire up as Andrade hits Dos Amigos! Andrade gives us some Latino Heat, but Garcia wrenches out! SLEEPER!!
Garcia squeezes tight but Andrade throws elbows. Andrade is fere, but Garcia hops back on! SLEEPER! Andrade carries Garcia as a backpack as he climbs the corner! Garcia CLUBS Andrade, shifts around, and the two brawl. Andrade has Garcia now, for a SUPERPLEX! And then he still rolls through to restart! Uno Amigo! Dos Amigos! THREE AMIGOS! Cover, TWO!! Garcia survives many amigos and Menard loves it! But Andrade steps through, only for Garcia to roll through, step through, DRAGONTAMER!! Andrade endures as Garcia bridges back! But Andrade grabs Garcia’s head! But Garcia rolls through!
Andrade wrenches out, hammerlocks and LA SOMBRA DDT!! Cover, Andrade wins!!
Winner: Andrade El Idolo, by pinfall (gains 3 points; Garcia earns 0)
Andrade’s first tournament match is his first win! Garcia is 0-2, Menard says this is a hole they’ll have to dig out of. Andrade still shows Garcia respect, but is Garcia going to be mathematically eliminated before long?
Willie Mack speaks.
“See, Wardlow, I know you’ve been going through a lot of things these past few weeks, putting your hands on people. But one thing you know about me is you don’t put your hands on my friends. Y’see, this is a person who I’ve tagged with and won multiple tag team championships in other promotions with. So what I’ma have to do, is I’ma have to reach out and touch you. So next week, we’re gonna have to do the damn thing in the ring, so guess what? You better pack a lunch, because I’m a big boy, and I’m a big meal to try to eat.” Mack is standing up for AR Fox, but will the Return of the Mack end up Wardlow’s newest victim?
The Kingdom w/ Roderick Strong VS The Iron Savages w/ Jacked Jameson!
Roddy shouts at “DASHAAAA!” to stop, and he has the music cut. First thing’s first, Roddy wants to say to his NEW best friend by proxy, “SAMOAAA Joe.” Listen, Roddy told him the truth back there. They roll down the ring as Roddy says MJF is the Devil and Joe will find out soon. And then those three dweebs in the ring, they ain’t gonna #NeckTheHalls, no. The Kingdom’s gonna beat their… AAAAASS! And Roddy wants to dedicate this to his best friend, whether he wants Roddy to or not, ADAAAM! “Get ’em, fellas!” The Kingdom fire off on The Savages as the bell rings! Bennett DECKS Dirty Bulk Bronson to then help Taven mug Beefcake Boulder!
The Kingdom mock the “DOUBLE CLOHTESLINE!” as they whip, but Boulder breaks through to DOUBLE CROSSBODY! Fans fire up as Boulder shows off the “BEEF! BEEF!” Boulder goes out to get Bennett up, but he SUPERKICKS first! BOSTON BAYONET! Then another BOSTON- NO, Boulder catches Bennett to APRON CHOKE SLAM! Taven WRECKS Boulder with a dropkick, but Bronson DIVES!? Direct hit and Bronson fires up! Bronson puts Taven in, storms up to whip corner to corner. Taven stops himself, ducks under and ENZIGURIS! Roll up, TWO! Taven swings, misses, and Bronson hits a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!
Fans fire up as Bronson tags Boulder. Boulder swivels and wiggles, then goes up and hup to SAVAGE FLOP as Taven moves! Bronson tags back in, Bennett tags, too. SUPERKICK and fireman’s carry, DEATH VALLEY DRIVER into JUST THE TIP of the knee! The Kingdom shouts #NeckStrong, and then Taven FLIES out onto Boulder! Bennett hauls Bronson up, Taven is on the corner, NECK CHECK PILEDRIVER!! Cover, The Kingdom wins!
Winners: The Kingdom, by pinfall
And then Roddy STRONG KNEES Jacked Jameson! He flounders back out of the ring and The Kingdom helps him get in the wheelchair. The Kingdom rolls out, will they be proven right on all fronts?
Backstage interview with Ethan Page.
Lexi Nair is with All Ego, who has requested this time. Ethan says that ever since losing out on the AEW World Championship to MJF, in his home country of Canada, Ethan has had to regroup and refocus. He’s gotten into the best physical shape of his life, he has been in ROH building up win after win. And so, here Ethan is to make a challenge and check off a bucket list thing. AEW is going back to Canada, and Ethan wants to be THE biggest name in Canadian wrestling. So therefore, to be the King of Canada, he needs his crown. That crown is currently on someone else’s head.
So in Montreal, 1v1, we find out who the best Canadian wrestler truly is, as Ethan calls out KENNY OMEGA! Will The Cleaner give All Ego that opportunity?
AEW hears from Willow Nightingale and Mercedes Martinez.
The Babe with the Power tells Mercedes, “our history goes further back than you probably even realize. I’ve been such a fan, and I’ve admired you so much.” The OG Badass says the first time they met, Willow “was this night little pretty Willow.” Willow says she is constantly disappointed in Mercedes’ behavior as of late, and in herself because she hasn’t been able to beat Mercedes. Mercedes asks how many times must Willow dance her way into Mercedes’ business? Isn’t Willow tired of being everyone’s hero? Next time they meet, Willow will need to be saved. Because Mercedes will dance and stomp all over her.
Malakai Black & Buddy Matthews VS Christopher Daniels & Matt Sydal!
Brody took the lead in the Blue League, and Julia has called out her next target. Will the Dark Father and Aussie Juggernaut make sure that the House Always Wins? Or will the Fallen Angel & Zen Assassin finally stake a claim in the AEW Tag Division?
The teams sort out, Buddy starts against Sydal, and the two circle. They knuckle lock, Buddy trips and covers, ONE as Sydal gets an arm up! Buddy pushes it down, ONE as the other arm comes up. Buddy pushes that down, TWO as Sydal bridges up. Buddy jumps but Sydal stops that to then go up and over for a sunset flip, only for Buddy to stand back up! Buddy TOSSES Sydal to a corner, but Sydal slips out to the apron to bump Buddy off buckles. Sydal climbs, CROSSBODIES, but Buddy rolls through! Buddy pops Sydal up to a fireman’s carry, but Sydal slips free. Sydal KICKS, KICKS, but Buddy ELBOWS him down!
Buddy drags Sydal up, whips, but Sydal wrenches, ducks ‘n’ dodges, tilt-o-whirls, but Buddy stops the DDT! Buddy suplexes but Sydal throws knees! Sydal waistlocks. Buddy switches and back suplexes, but Sydal lands on his feet! Sydal shoves Buddy to the corner, but Buddy pie faces Daniels! Sydal ROUNDHOUSES Buddy, tags Daniels, but Buddy fights them both off! Sydal RAMS Buddy, Daniels GAMANGIRIS! Feed to a ROUNDHOUSE then the STO! STANDING MARIPOSA! Cover, TWO! Daniels drags Buddy up, CHOPS, and whips. Buddy blocks, boots, then tags Malakai. Fans fire up as Malakai and Daniels stare down.
The two rush in, Daniels gets around to shove, then CALF KICK! Malakai goes to a corner, Daniels runs in and blocks a boot, but not the other BOOT! Malakai wrenches, tag to Buddy, but Daniels avoids the double stomp to CHOP and CHOP! Daniels whips, Buddy reverses and sends him into Malakai’s BOOT! Buddy TOSSES Daniels out, Malakai goes up and out to ASAI MOONSAULT! Buddy BLASTS Sydal for good measure, and then sits with Malakai as Collision goes picture in picture.
Daniels crawls his way back to the ring, drags himself in, and Buddy looms over him. Buddy drags Daniels up to ROCK him! Tag to Malakai, the House mugs Daniels, and then Malakai whips Daniels to ropes. BIG elbow! Malakai drags Daniels into an armlock but Daniels endures. Sydal coaches Daniels, rallies the fans, and Daniels fights up. Malakai wrenches to step over and have a COBRA TWIST! Daniels endures the stretch, so Malakai CLUBS him on the neck. Malakai UPPERCUTS Daniels, tags Buddy, and the House mugs Daniels again. Buddy pushes Daniels around, CLUBS him, then snapmares for a KICK! Cover, TWO!
Buddy keeps on Daniels with a chinlock and he grinds Daniels down. Daniels endures, Sydal coaches him and the fans rally up. Daniels fights up, reaches out, and throws body shots. Daniels RAMS buddy into a corner, but Buddy holds on! Daniels RAMS Buddy in again, but Buddy still holds on! Daniels tries again but Buddy sends Daniels into buckles! But Daniels BOOTS back! Daniels leaps, FLYING COMPLETE SHOT! Collision returns to single picture and both men crawl. Buddy grabs a leg, but Daniels boots him away! Malakai tags in, hot tag to Sydal! Sydal DROPKICKS Malakai, dodges to UPPERCUT Buddy, then tilt-o-whirl RANAS Malakai!
Fans fire up as Sydal KICKS and KICKS, but Malakai blocks one! Sydal ducks the jump knee to dragon sleeper, SLICE LEG DROP! Cover, TWO!! Malakai survives but Sydal calls to Daniels. Sydal goes to the corner, climbs up, but Malakai CLUBS him first! Malakai climbs up after Sydal but Daniels sneaks a tag! Daniels CLUBS Malakai, gets under, but Malakai backflips out of the bomb! Malakai ROCKS Daniels, but Daniels ducks Black Mass! Only for Buddy to METEORA! But so does Sydal to Malakai!! Fans fire up and Buddy fires off on Sydal! Kick, stomp to the foot, but Sydal avoids the knee to JUMPS OBAT!
Sydal runs, into a V-TRIGGER! Buddy runs, into a JUMP KNEE! Buddy flops out of the ring, Sydal builds speed, but Malakai trips him up and drags him out! Malakai CLUBS Sydal down, btu Daniels DIVES! Malakai is sent into the desk! Fans fire up with Daniels as he puts Malakai back in the ring. Sydal climbs, Daniels hoists Malakai up, but Buddy SHOVES Sydal down! Daniels still rolls Malakai up, TWO! Malakai sweeps the leg, Buddy runs to CURB STOMP Daniels down! Buddy sees Sydal coming and dodges, JUMP KNEE from Malakai! And BLACK MASS!! Cover, House of Black wins!
Winner: The House of Black, by pinfall
Another Collision, another sweep for the Dark Father and his family. The lights go down, but why? The House is already here. But here comes FTR! Cash Wheeler & Dax Harwood storm down to the ring bathed in the magenta light! Malakai tells them that before they do anything, Malakai assumes that they’re both here because they are joining the House. Dax chuckles but Malakai says he is a family man. And we know it’s been weeks. The only people in AEW that have been here for the both of them has been The House of Black. Malakai’s done a lot of things, but not once has he told a lie.
The fans chant “HOUSE OF BLACK!” and Malakai drops the mic for FTR to take. Dax picks it up, but Buddy KNEES him down! Cash goes after Buddy but he gets mugged! Cash still throws hands, but Buddy CURB STOMPS him down! Buddy then drags Dax up, and he makes Dax watch as Malakai sets Cash up! BLACK MASS!! Dax is seething but he can’t get free of Buddy’s chinbar, and Malakai says see! Not one single person has come to help them! And was Malakai right or what? No one is coming to help. Dax flips Malakai off, so he gets BLACK MASS!! Is this going to be the end for FTR in AEW once and for all?
Backstage interview with Toni Storm.
Renee Paquette is with “Timeless Toni,” bringing up last week as Storm accepting the AEW Women’s World Championship, and Storm says yes, she knows, she has no time for these prepared questions. And where is “that man who usually does my interviews? He has so much more poise.” And she isn’t even finished doing her hair because they were too busy with some blonde floosy! And yes, Storm did accept her championship last week, Renee was a dear for presenting that. But Storm was unceremoniously interrupted by Skye Blue!
Storm tells Skye that if she had any advice at all, it’d be to walk backwards! The only time anyone has anything nice to say about Skye, it’s in reference to her bottom! Is Storm supposed to be worried because Skye’s all spooky now? With that little thing on her head? Storm used to wear hats and be spooky. BOO. See? Not that hard. Interrupt her, fine. She can be first to challenge for “this little huckleberry right here.” But until then, chin up, chest out, and oh… she’s bare foot. Sorry. She takes RENEE’S shoe to throw around! Toni is timeless, but will the Storm strike down Chicago Skye?
Skye Blue speaks.
Well first, she sighs. “Toni, I have met you through every single one of your phases, but this little midlife crisis your going through is the most pathetic I have seen thus far. But you haven’t met this Skye Blue. So bring your little butler, bring your little blond bimbo, and whatever 1940s black ‘n’ white crap you got up that robe, because none of it is going to stop me from taking that championship from you. So I’m gonna have my chin up, my chest out, and I’m gonna shove your shoe right up your ass.” Strong words from a fired up challenger, will she be the new leading lady of AEW?
Christian Cage speaks.
Captain Charisma says, “I don’t think it’s any secret to anybody how far back my relationship with Adam Copeland goes. I think I more or less tolerated Adam. He was a hanger-on, he wanted to be like me, which is why he’s always tried to steal my spotlight wherever we’ve gone.” And that held Christian back. Edge got what he never got. He was pushed all the way to the bottom when they broke up as a tag team. But Christian willed himself to the top. he is here to be the best, anyone else is expendable. And Edge wants to take away everything Christian’s built up the last three years? Christian has nothing to prove to himself, but Edge has everything to prove to Christian.
This time, Christian is what everyone talks about. Whether it’s Dynamite, Rampage or Collision, Christian nis on the tip of everyone’s tongue. He is the Face of TNT, the Face of AEW, then, now and forever! Christian has always been better than Edge, and in Montreal, everyone will finally know. But will “The Patriarch” be the one in for a shock when things get Rated R on Wednesday?
El Hijo Del Vikingo VS Kip Sabian!
The AAA Mega Champion is coming off a big trios win last night on Rampage, but Mr. Superbad just thinks of him as the most overrated wrestler on the AEW roster. Will Kip put his money where his mouth is? Or will he be on the losing end of this Collision?
The bell rings, the two circle, and they feel things out. They tie up, Kip cording holds but Vikingo whips. Kip arm-drags and holds on, but Vikingo goes up and over! Kip just changes up cording holds, arm-drags, but then Vikingo pushes him. Kip arm-drags again and keeps the hold, wagging his finger. Then Kip CHOPS, Vikingo CHOPS back! Vikingo throws knees, goes up and out to HOTSHOT Kip! Then Vikingo springboards, but Kip slides out., Vikingo keeps moving, but he fakes Kip out! Fans fire up, Kip runs in but Vikingo dodges to HEEL KCIK! Kip goes to a corner, Vikingo whips but Kip reverses.
Viking slips out to the apron, Kip hits buckles, then Vikingo GAMANGIRIS! Vikingo goes up and around and FLYING ARM-DRAGS! Things keep moving, Vikingo CORKSCREW RANAS Kip out! Then Vikingo DIVES into a GAMANGIRI! Kip intercepts Vikingo and talks some trash. Then Kip ARABIAN PRESSES to take Vikingo down! Fans fire up and Collision goes picture in picture.
Kip drags Vikingo up, puts him in the ring, then drags him up to ROCK him with a forearm. Kip bumps Vikingo off buckles, then whips corner to corner hard! Vikingo falls back, Kip flexes, and Kip drags Vikingo to a cover, TWO! Kip drags Vikingo into a mounted armlock, but Vikingo endures. Kip BITES Vikingo’s hand! The ref misses that, but Vikingo fights to the ROPEBREAK! Kip lets go, then stands Vikingo up to ELBOW him to the corner. Kip stomps Vikingo again and again, then sits him down. Kip backs up to then run in again, CANNONBALL! Kip drags Vikingo to a cover, TWO! Vikingo is hanging in there but Kip keeps cool as Collision goes to break.
Collision returns and Kip ROCKS Vikingo with forearm after forearm. Fans boo, Kip whips, but Vikingo rebounds, gets under, and DREAMCAST KICKS! Kip flops against ropes and fans rally with Vikingo. Vikingo runs in at the corner, but stops as Kip moves. Kip returns, into a scoop and torture rack! Argentine Flip KNEE STRIKE! Like an inverted GTS! Kip falls, Vikingo drags him to a drop zone and goes up the ropes from the outside. INSIDE-OUT PHOENIX SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!! Kip survives and he manages to smile about it. Vikingo drags Kip back to another drop zone, but Kip goes after Vikingo as he climbs!
Kip climbs up after Vikingo, fans fire up and Vikingo throws body shots. Vikingo HEADBUTTS, Kip flops to the apron. But then Kip springboards u to SUPER STEINER! Kip hurries to scoop, FISHERMAN BUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Kip is stunned as Vikingo survives! Kip drags Vikingo up again, waistlocks, then torture racks. DEATHLY- NO, Vikngo flips free, dodges and SUPERMAN PUNCHES! Vikingo goes up as Kip bails out, to tightrope walk TORNILLO!!! Direct hit and the fans lose their minds! Vikingo puts Kip back in, runs corner to corner, METEORA! And then Vikingo goes right up, for the 630 SENTON!!! Cover, Vikingo wins!!
Winner: El Hijo Del Vikingo, by pinfall
The AAA Mega Champion cools off Kip’s hot take, because no one who can do what Vikingo did in this match is “overrated!” But Vikingo does show Kip a sign of respect by offering a handshake. The fans cheer to shake hands, but Kip says no! Will Kip ever get over himself? Will Vikingo earn even more gold in the New Year?
Backstage interview with Keith Lee.
Lexi is with the Limitless One, and says last time, he mentioned “him.” Just who is “him?” But then in walks Shane Taylor, because he knows who “him” is! Because Keith ain’t dumb enough to look past Shane. But last year’s match didn’t solve anything, so this year, they give the people the fight they really wanna see. Keith VS Shane, 1v1, Final Battle, so Shane can beat Keith’s ass in front of the entire world! Keith thinks on that a moment. Challenge accepted. And see #TAIGASTYLE later, too. Then in two weeks, in Garland, Texas, will that truly be the Pretty Boy Killers’ Final Battle?
Backstage interview with CJ Perry.
Lexi and CJ are outside Andrade’s office, and notes that Andrade’s first win was impressive. UH OH, here comes Miro! Miro says move, CJ says no! Miro can’t go in there! She knows he thinks things will go poorly, but when Miro chose his god over her, she has to prove herself. By Andrade winning, it will help CJ. So if Miro wants to go in there, fine, he’s a grown man. But if there is any love left for CJ, do not do this. Do not lay a hand on her client. Please? Miro says if His God was still with him, he would be in this tournament and have ripped Andrade’s spine out already! Miro then caresses CJ’s face, and says he won’t touch her client. She has his word.
Miro storms off, but what will The Redeemer do to prove himself worthy of gold in the background of the Continental Classic?
AEW Continental Classic, Blue League: Bryan Danielson VS Eddie Kingston!
The American Dragon was the first entrant named to this tournament, but could not compete in it until now. And he doesn’t think The Mad King is ready if one loss takes away all the confidence he had going into this. Will Bryan just pour fuel on that fire? Or will Eddie be the one to earn his first points tonight?
The bell rings and we’re on the clock. The fans fire up as Bryan and Eddie stare down. They slowly circle and approach. They feel things out, knuckle lock, but then Eddie tests things with a kick. Bryan stays back, they reset, and Eddie guards a kick. Bryan keeps trying but Eddie pushes back. Bryan uses ropes as a defense and the fans boo. Bryan smirks as he and Eddie reset, and they test the waters again. Bryan gives kicks, Eddie walks it off, and they feel things out again. Eddie fires off hands, clinches Bryan on the ropes, and the ref counts. Eddie puts Bryan in a corner, the ref counts but Bryan turns things around.
Bryan lets off slowly, but then CHOPS! Eddie just snarls while fans “WOO~!” Eddie storms up on Bryan, they feel things out, and Eddie tries some kicks now. Bryan also kicks, neither man lands a strong shot yet. They end up in a corner, Bryan turns things around on Eddie, then he CHOPS! Eddie CHOPS Bryan down! Fans fire up as Eddie stares Bryan down again. Bryan stands, he and Eddie feel things out again, and fans are behind Eddie more than they are Bryan. The two grapple, Eddie rolls but Bryan facelocks. They go to ropes, the ref counts, and Eddie fights up. The ref gets in between but Bryan KICKS Eddie!
Bryan fires off fast hands but then so does Eddie! Bryan kicks, but then Eddie kicks the bad arm! Bryan falls back, Eddie storms up but Bryan trips Eddie! Eddie goes for knuckle locks but Eddie’s leg guard keeps him back. Bryan KICKS a leg, KICKS again, then KICKS again! Bryan KICKS Eddie in the back! Bryan sits Eddie up to CHOP! Eddie eggs him on! Bryan CHOPS again, but Eddie brings the straps down! Bryan CHOPS again! Eddie is stinging but he grits his teeth. Bryan KICKS! And KICKS! And then snapmares to cover, ONE!! Bryan keeps on Eddie with a motorcycle stretch but Eddie endures.
Fans rally, Eddie fights up, but Bryan digs his forehead into Eddie’s shoulder blades. Eddie still turns things around to have Bryan in the stretch! Bryan endures, powers up, and waistlocks to GERMAN SUPLEX! Eddie stands up but then falls back over! Eddie goes to the apron, shakes out the stars, but Bryan runs in to BOOT him! Eddie holds onto ropes! Bryan runs up again to BOOT! Eddie still holds on, and he CHOPS! And CHOPS! Eddie swings, Bryan ducks to dropkick the legs out! Bryan then builds speed to slide, but Eddie avoids him! SAIDO to the floor! Fans fire up while both men are down, and Collision goes picture in picture!
The ref checks both men, and both men are somehow still in this. Eddie shakes out his arms as he sits up, and he drags Bryan up. Eddie CHOPS Bryan, then follows him around the way. Eddie CHOPS Bryan against railing! Eddie puts Bryan in the ring, stalks him, but Bryan bails out the other side. Eddie pursues, and CHOPS! And HEADBUTTS! Bryan staggers away, Eddie follows, and Eddie CHOPS Bryan against commentary! And again! And again! Bryan flounders, Eddie puts him in the ring, and Eddie storms up in the corner. Eddie stands Bryan up to MACHINE GUN CHOP! Bryan sits down, Eddie CHOPS him again!
Eddie digs his boots in, the ref counts, but Eddie lets off. Eddie drags Bryan up, and puts him up top for another CHOP! Eddie then climbs up after Bryan, brings him up, but Bryan resists the suplex! Bryan throws body shots, then he HEADBUTTS Eddie down! Eddie comes back to CHOP! Eddie CHOPS again, and Collision returns to single picture. Eddie CHOPS one more time, climbs up after Bryan, but Bryan again resists the suplex! Fans fire up as Bryan throws down elbows again and again! “YES! YES! YES!” Bryan HEADBUTTS again and Eddie staggers away. Bryan adjusts, MISSILE DROPKICKS, and down goes Eddie!
Eddie flounders to a corner and the fans rally up. Bryan huffs and puffs and rises up. Eddie also stands, he CHOPS Bryan! Bryan throws body shots! Eddie CHOPS! Bryan fires body shots! CHOP! Bryan KICKS and KICKS, but Eddie CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! EXPLO- TAKEDOWN! Bryan has an arm, then grabs at the crossface! Eddie resists, fights around, but Bryan still gets the LEBELL LOCK!! Fans rally for Eddie as he endures, fights around, and reaches out! Bryan rolls Eddie back, and has the LEBELL LOCK again! Eddie fights around, pushes Bryan down and he fires down forearms as fans fire up!
Bryan CHOPS and SLAPS from below! Eddie SLAPOS and CHOPS in return! And then some more! They go shot for shot, and then Eddie rains down more forearms! Eddie hauls Bryan up, half nelsons, but Bryan arm-drags free! Bryan runs in, but Eddie dodges the knee to SAIDO!! Bryan stands, into the URAKEN!! Eddie falls on the cover, TWO!! Bryan survives and fans fire up! Eddie stands, drags Bryan up, and suplexes, NORTHERN LIGHTS BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Bryan survives and fans fire up again! Both men are down, a standing count climbs, and Eddie sits up first. The count is 5 of 10, Eddie stands up!
Eddie storms up on Bryan, drags him up and reels him in, but Bryan resists the lift! So Eddie fires KNEES to that bad eye! Eddie reels Bryan back in, but Bryan back drops free! Bryan aims, BUZZSAW! Bryan huffs and puffs and the fans fire up! Eddie sits up in a daze, Bryan aims again, to KICK! And KICK! And KICK! “YES! YES! YES!” Eddie stays up, so Bryan runs to- NO, Eddie blocks the kick to CHOP! And CHOP! Fans fire up as Eddie CHOPS again! Bryan grits his teeth, fires up, and Eddie CHOPS! Bryan KICKS! And KICKS! And KICKS! But Eddie glares at Bryan, ducks the roundhouse and ENZIGURIS!
Eddie HALF ‘N’ HALF SUPLEXES, then runs up to URA- NO, Bryan blocks! Clinch, FISHERMAN BACK SUPLEX! “This is Awesome!” as both men are down again! Eddie and Bryan slowly stir, and then slowly rise. Bryan aims again, to KICK! Eddie shoves Bryan, so Bryan KICKS again! Eddie CLUBS Bryan, Bryan KICKS, KICKS and KICKS! We get the five minute warning as Eddie throws hands! Bryan has the leg again, BRIDGING BACK SUPLEX! Cover, TWO!! Eddie escapes but Bryan says time to kick his head in!! DRAGON STOMPS!! “YES! YES! YES!” Bryan runs out of gas but somehow Eddie is still in this!
Bryan and Eddie crawl to each other, Eddie FLIPS BRYAN OFF! “This is Awesome!” as Eddie rises. Bryan aims from a corner, BUSAIKU KNEE!!! Cover, BRYAN WINS!!
Winner: Bryan Danielson, by pinfall (gains 3 points; Eddie earns 0)
THIS is the fight Bryan wanted from Eddie! But in the end, Bryan is the one to win the fight! Will Bryan keep on going through his next four fights? Eddie is technically still ROH World & NJPW Strong Openweight Champion, but with an 0-2 start, has he all but lost them both?
A great Collision, with awesome Continental Classic matches, but also matches they kayfabe’d as “standby” to try and kayfabe the tournament matches not going closer to their 20 minute time limits. A weird move to me but it’s not like we haven’t seen such a move by American televised pro-wrestling before. And surprisingly great stuff out of Vikingo VS Kip, but that was partly the point. Kip calls Vikingo overrated, then gets beat by Vikingo to show how legit Vikingo is, and there could even be a rivalry in the making or something. Kip still has Butcher & Blade to call on, that trio could take on Vikingo, Komander & Penta at some point.
Good match from Abadon and Kiera, with a really good win for Abadon. Julia showing up to basically call Abadon out was an interesting move but I also like it. Different kinds of spooky wrestlers are going to collide, this will be a good program for them both. And very good promos from both Storm and Skye to hype up their title match this Wednesday. Renee definitely looked like she was struggling to not break during Storm’s part, that’s how good Storm is. And I would think Storm retains because she’ll have Luther and Mariah May ringside. And good promo from Willow and Mercedes to set up their match, that’ll be really good stuff.
Good promo from Willie Mack to call out Wardlow but I would think Wardlow beats him to continue his dominance. Good promo from Christian to add some final hype onto the TNT Championship match. And good promo from Ethan Page to not just plug his time in ROH, but also to call out Kenny Omega. Ethan VS Omega is going to be really good, but that probably ends up being Omega’s win to build momentum going into the next round against Don Callis Family. But it also just makes me think Tony Khan still doesn’t get how ROH is supposed to matter. Ethan is in the middle of stuff with Tony Nese and he’s dividing his attention by wanting to be King of Canadian Wrestlers? What?
But thankfully, we did get a promo from Keith Lee and Shane Taylor to finally set up that match. And I do appreciate that it will be part of Final Battle since that’s where this feud started. Anything to make up for poor ticket sales and no ROH World Championship. Or even tag team championship at this point, right? The Kingdom called out MJF but MJF hasn’t taken the time to respond, he has The Devil of AEW to worry about. Good promo from Joe with Roddy & The Kingdom before The Kingdom beat The Iron Savages. Roddy was extra dramatic in his floundering out of the ring this time, can’t wait to see whether he and The Kingdom are still in on the whole Devil goon squad stuff.
Very good tag match from House of Black VS Daniels & Sydal but of course the House won. And good promo with FTR that then turned into a beatdown. That tag match is definitely going to be big for like Winter is Coming. And then, the Continental Classic. Great opening match from Claudio VS Brody, with a great win for Brody to lead the way in this block. And just as I expected, while we got awesome showings in the other matches, Garcia and Eddie each lost to Andrade and Bryan. Good promo for Miro wanting after Andrade but showing mercy for CJ’s sake. That feud probably waits until after the tournament, assuming Andrade isn’t a finalist. Worlds End would be a good PPV for Miro VS Andrade to happen as part of this ongoing story.
I also appreciated Eddie saying he doesn’t want to do cold open promos when he has a big match to get ready for. Doing coverage like I do, I don’t want to fall behind on the broadcast already trying to keep up with what people are saying at the very start like that. Even Claudio did a short promo because he also just wants to have his match, so they really should just have the matches and save promos for later in the night.
My Score: 8.8/10
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