We’re on the road to Trenton, New Jersey!
Dalton Castle and Shane Taylor face off in the finals of the ROH World TV Championship Eliminator Tournament, and the winner faces Samoa Joe tomorrow night at Death Before Dishonor!
- Pure Rules Match: Daniel Garcia VS Jason Geiger; Garcia wins.
- Trish Adora w/ The Infantry VS Utami Hayashishita; Utami wins.
- ROH World Television Championship Eliminator Tournament Final: Dalton Castle w/ The Boys VS Shane Taylor; Castle wins and will challenge Samoa Joe for the title at Death Before Dishonor.
- Pure Rules Match: Josh Woods w/ The Varsity Athletes VS James Stone; Woods wins.
- ROH Women’s World Championship Proving Ground Match: Athena VS Nikita; Athena wins and denies Nikita a title match.
- The Righteous w/ Stu Grayson VS The Boys, Brandon & Brent Tate w/ Dalton Castle; The Righteous win.
- Leyla Hirsch VS Nicole Matthews; Leyla wins.
- Tag Team Four Corner Survival: The Kingdom w/ Maria Kanellis-Bennett VS The Workhorsemen VS The Bollywood Boyz VS Action Andretti & Darius Martin; The Kingdom wins.
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ROH shares footage from last week’s Death Before Dishonor Press Conference.
It was last Saturday when Tony Khan announced the card for the PPV this Friday. For the ROH Pure Championship, it’ll be Katsuyori Shibata VS Daniel Garcia! Garcia says he respects Shibata but doesn’t understand why Shibata doesn’t reciprocate. Shibata says he doesn’t like Garcia’s dance. Garcia says the dance was pretty effective in that tag match they had before Forbidden Door. Garcia won’t let Shibata step into his house and disrespect him again. But is Garcia’s sports… enner-tay-ner mindset going to hold him back against The Wrestler?
Pure Rules Match: Daniel Garcia VS Jason Geiger!
Speaking of, the Dragonslayer is about to show us just how ready he is for this title match! Will Garcia be dancing all over Geiger to then stampede into Trenton, New Jersey?
For this match-up, our judges are Christopher Daniels, Jerry Lynn, and (though he has a match later tonight) Matt Taven. The Code of Honor is not upheld as Garcia kicks the hand away. The bell rings, we’re on the clock, and the two tie up. They end up going into a corner, along ropes, but they keep moving for a bit. Garcia keeps Geiger on the ropes but the ref lets it be a neutral break, and Garcia pats Geiger on the head. Fans boo as Garcia taunts Geiger and the two reset. They tie up again, Garcia pulls hair and headlocks. Geiger powers up and out but Garcia runs him over! And then he puts up his dukes, but tells the fans they’re not worthy of his dance!
Fans boo but things speed up. Geiger hurdles but Garcia shoves to arm-drag! Geiger gets up but into another arm-drag! And a headlock takeover! Geiger headscissors, Garcia gets up and pops free, to do his dance! Fans cheer but Geiger gets away. The two reset, tie up, and Garcia knees low! Garcia CHOPS Geiger down, then stalks him while fans “WOO~!” Garcia whips, Geiger reverses and hip tosses! Geiger ELBOWS Garcia down, then drags him up to feint the kick, and mocks the dance! Fans cheer as Geiger adds some swiveling, and then tells Garcia up his! Garcia storms up but Geiger gets around to body scissor!
Geiger wraps on a chinlock, then goes to an ARMBAR! Garcia goes to the ROPEBREAK! That’s his first of three, and Geiger wrenches Garcia’s arm. Geiger YANKS the arm, YANKS it again, but Garcia HOTSHOTS Geiger down! Fans rally as Garcia dusts off his hands. Garcia drags Geiger up, UPPERCUTS him down, then talks trash on the fans. Garcia storms up to Geiger but Geiger throws body shots. They don’t do much and Garcia stomps Geiger down. Garcia whips Geiger to a corner hard and Geiger falls back! Garcia drags Geiger around, puts him in the corner, and then stands on him to stomp his feet!
The ref reprimands and counts, Garcia lets off, and Garcia talks more trash. Fans boo but Garcia stalks Geiger. Geiger throws body shots, but Garcia FACELOCK SWINGS Geiger! And then drops into the GUILLOTINE! Geiger is caught in the body scissors, but he throws body shots. We’re past four minutes and fans rally as Geiger keeps fighting. Geiger stands and pops Garcia around, to suplex! Fans fire up with Geiger while he and Garcia are down! Fans rally, Geiger and Garcia rise, and they head for each other. They throw forearms, fans rally behind Geiger, and Geiger gets the edge!
Geiger whips, Garcia reverses but Geiger LARIATS! And ELBOWS! Geiger reels Garcia in, BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! Geiger grows a bit frustrated but he drags Garcia up with a waistlock. And then a COBRA- NO, Garcia WRINGS out of the clutch! Garcia throat chops, Mongolian Chops, repeat! Garcia whips, Geiger reverses but Garcia rolls through to LARIAT! Fans fire up, Garcia drags Geiger up and suplexes, but Geiger slips free! Geiger goes from waistlock to headlock but Garcia puts him in a corner. Garcia throws body shots then CHOPS! Garcia picks Geiger up to SPINEBUSTER, and he has the legs!
Garcia turns Geiger over to a BOSTON CRAB! But Geiger turns over to kick away! Geiger gets Garcia down for a TRIANGLE HOLD! Fans tell Garcia “YOU’RE A WRESTLER!” and Garcia fights up to deadlift Geiger, for a POWERBOMB! Garcia then steps through, and he puts on his move, the DRAGONTAMER! And he pulls way back! Geiger taps, Garcia wins!
Winner: Daniel Garcia, by submission
The #1 contender wins in under ten minutes, and he sarcastically shakes Geiger’s hand before literally kicking him out of the ring. But wait! Shibata is here! Fans fire up as the Pure Champion storms down to the ring to get in Garcia’s face. Shibata holds up the title now, but will he be leaving Trenton with it?
Trish Adora w/ The Infantry VS Utami Hayashishita!
The Kingdom may have pulled a fast one on them, but the Infantry isn’t going to call it quits because of that. Will the Afro-Punk get back on track? Or will she underestimate Big Daddy’s Third Daughter?
The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings and fans rally as the two circle. They tie up, Utami gets to a waistlock but Adora wrenches out to a wristlock. Adora then top wristlocks, but Utami powers through to a hammerlock. They go around, Adora headlocks back, and she grinds Utami down. Adora hits a headlock takeover and fans rally. Utami headscissors, but Adora kips free! Fans rally and cheer as the two reset. Utami and Adora feel out a knuckle lock, then Adora kicks and steps over to wristlock. Adora bends the fingers as she goes for the top wristlock again, and she wrangles Utami down to the mat.
Adora does push-ups and fans cheer! Utami fights up and around, Adora double wristlocks and she hits a takedown! Cover, ONE, but Adora keeps on Utami’s arm. Adora wrenches, and she WRINGS Utami out! Utami flounders but Adora gets the arm again. Adora WRINGS Utami out again, and then she drags Utami around into a La Magistrol! TWO! Utami escapes, and Adora hurries after her. Adora brings Utami up to Alabama Lift, tucks Utami in, and has the neckbreaker stretch! Utami is stuck in this upside-down octopus of sorts and fans cheer! Utami fights free, and whips Adora into buckles! Then she SPINEBUSTERS Adora down!
Fans fire up and both women rise. Utami runs in to clothesline Adora at ropes! Adora sits down, Utami hits a SLIDING LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Utami stomps Adora, CLUBS her, then brings her up to scoop. Adora slips free, throws some elbows, but Utami throws body shots. Utami tries again, and she scoop SLAMS Adora! Fans cheer, Utami covers, TWO! Utami stomps Adora around, brings her up but Adora throws body shots. Utami eggs Adora on but Adora fires off boxing elbows to the stomach! Utami staggers, and Adora fires forearms to the face now! Utami gives them back and both women wobble!
Utami runs to DECK Adora! Fans rally up and Utami drags Adora up in a waistlock. Adora fights the lift, pries the hold and switches, but Utami fights the lift now! Utami throws elbows, switches back, but Adora pries free to PELE the arm! Utami falls and fans fire up for Adora! Adora vows to end this, and she loads up! Utami stands, LARIAT TUB- NO, Utami gets around to GERMAN SUPLEX! Adora flounders, fans fire up, and Utami waistlocks again, another GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Adora survives but Utami drags her back up! Torture rack, but Adora grabs an arm! She bends those fingers!
Adora has the wristlock, she bends that arm, but Utami reaches out for the ROPEBREAK! Adora lets go in frustration but fans rally up! Utami staggers up, Adora fires forearms! Adora winds up and ROCKS Utami! Utami comes back but Adora dodges to CROSSBODY! Fans fire up with Adora, and she POLISH HAMMERS! And POLISH HAMMERS again! Then BOOTS Utami down! Fans fire up and Adora SENTONS! Cover, TWO!! Utami survives the onslaught and Adora can’t believe it! Fans rally, Adora drags Utami up, and Adora runs, but Utami gets around! Torture rack, but Adora slips free! BASEMENT GERMAN! Bridging cover, TWO!?!?
Adora is shocked as Utami survives, but Utami IS a former World of Stardom Champion! Adora powers up, runs, but Utami follows to LARIAT! Utami drags Adora up, torture racks one more time, for the SPINNING RACK BOMB!! Cover, TWO!?!? Utami is furious but she drags Adora right up! Crucifix and lift, then a spin! HIJACK BOMB!!! Cover, Utami wins!
Winner: Utami Hiyashishita, by pinfall
The former top champion of Stardom proves why she was a top champion, but Adora gave her one hell of a fight! The two keep the Code of Honor, will these two be defining the future of women’s wrestling around the world?
ROH World Television Championship Eliminator Tournament Final: Dalton Castle w/ The Boys VS Shane Taylor!
The Peacock and Big Bad Shaney T. both want to be champion again, and that means facing Samoa Joe at Death Before Dishonor. Who wins this contender’s tournament to be the one that steps to the King of Wrestling Television’s throne?
Fans rally behind Castle already as the Code of Honor is upheld. The bell rings, the two circle, and the two feel things out. Shane tests the waters with fists but Castle bails out. Castle has The Boys fan him off, Shane paces around, and Castle brings up those were closed fists. Castle then hops back into the ring, and he gets around to a waistlock. Shane fights through to push Castle to ropes, and the ref calls the break. Shane lets off slowly, and he pats Castle on the cheek. Castle shoves Shane away and the two reset. Castle reaches down into his trunks…? Castle brings out NOTHING, and uses that “surprise” to get around Shane!
Shane fights the waistlock, puts Castle in a corner, and the ref counts. Shane ELBOWS Castle as he lets off, but then Castle dodges the haymaker! Castle ELBOWS Shane in return, shoots in, but Shane throws down elbows to deny the lift. Castle backs off, dodges a lariat to give a LARIAT, and a KNEE, and a BASEMENT DDT! Fans fire up while Shane bails out to the apron. Shane shakes out the stars but Castle grabs at him. Shane elbows Castle then trips him! Shane drags Castle out, spins him around and ROCKS him! Castle flounders on the apron, Shane drags Castle out for a DRAPING STUNNER!
Fans fire up and The Boys fan Castle off again. Shane stands, rolls into the ring, and he lets the ring count climb. Castle rises as The Boys put their all into fanning! Castle goes to the apron, but Shane DECKS him! Shane drags Castle in through ropes, smothers him, but Castle throws elbows. Castle staggers around, runs in, but Shane scoops to SIDEWALK SLAM! Cover, TWO! Castle survives being crushed but Shane scowls. Shane drags Castle around but Castle kicks him away. Castle is on ropes, but Shane CLUBS him on the back! Shane CLUBS Castle again, the ref reprimands, and Shane brings Castle from the ropes.
Castle throws shoulders into Shane’s stomach, then stands to swing hands. Shane bobs ‘n’ weaves to HEADBUTT Castle down! Shane ripcords Castle up for a SPINEBUSTER! Then he runs to SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Castle survives being crushed again and fans rally up! The Boys and the fans rally behind Castle as he rises, but Shane brings Castle up. Castle fires elbows and forearms! But Shane gets around to a SLEEPER! Castle flails, reaches out, but Shane drops back! Castle rolls back to cover, TWO! Shane stands, runs in, but Castle dumps him out! Shane lands on his feet and he drags Castle out!
Shane sends Castle at the railing, but Castle dodges the haymaker to tiger feint RANA! Down goes Shane and fans fire up! Castle goes into the ring and to the corner. Shane hurries back in, runs in but only gets buckles! Castle UPPERCUTS, and CHOPS, and ROCKS Shane, then fires off more shots! Shane shoves Castle away, Castle comes back to clinch! Shane CLUBS away on Castle but Castle ROCKS him again! Shane bobs ‘n’ weaves again to BODY BLOW! Fans boo but Shane tells them off. Shane goes back, but into an EXPLODER!! Fans are thunderous as Castle rises! Castle aims from a corner as Shane stands, and Castle runs to KNEE in the corner!
Castle spins to clothesline! And then JULIE NEWMAR BULLDOGS! Cover, TWO!! Shane survives and Castle can’t believe it! Castle hammers away on Shane but Shane hits back. Castle CLUBS and HAMMERS Shane, brings him up, but Shane has the ropes. The ref counts, Castle lets off slowly, but Shane JABS him! Shane runs in, but into a waistlock! GERMAN SUPLEX!! Fans are thunderous again as Castle stalks Shane. Shane stands, fans want that again, but Castle Alabama Lifts! BANGARANG!!! Cover, Castle wins!!
Winner: Dalton Castle, by pinfall (NEW #1 Contender to the ROH World Television Championship)
That was literally a BIG win for Castle, and now he’s 24 hours away from a title match! Castle vows to be a TV Champion the fans can be proud of, but will he be able to dethrone Samoa Joe?
Pure Rules Match: Josh Woods w/ The Varsity Athletes VS James Stone!
The Technical Beast wants to prove he’s worthy of the Pure Championship, and for that, he is competing in a Pure Rules Match. Will Woods break Stone to prove he’s worthy of gold?
For this match, our judges are Christopher Daniels, Jerry Lynn, and Dalton Castle, since he was already at ringside. The Code of Honor is upheld and the bell rings. The two circle, feel out a grapple, and Woods cravats for a neck wrench. Stone powers out to waistlock, but Woods switches to hammerlock. Stone switches but Woods switches and spins Stone to a hammerlock. Stone switches that back on, but Woods switches, and repeat! Stone and Woods keep going back and forth with the hammerlocks and fans rally up, but Woods elbows free! Woods tackles Stone, waistlocks, but Stone scrambles to a corner.
The ref calls the neutral ropebreak, but Nese & Daivari talk trash on Stone. Stone and Woods reset, they circle, and they feel things out. Woods trips Stone, facelocks, but Stone goes to ropes. That is his first of three, and the Varsity Athletes cheer Woods. Woods offers a free leg, but Stones pushes past that to headlock. Woods powers up and out then runs Stone over! Woods taunts Stone, things speed up, and Woods ducks ‘n’ dodges, blocks a hip toss and rolls Stone down, to tie up the legs, GORILLA LOCK! Stone scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! That’s already his second and we’re only two minutes into this.
Woods goes for legs but Stone BOOTS him away! Stone goes for an arm-drag but Woods avoids it, and KNEES Stone in the face! Woods suplexes to ANARCHY into the corner! Cover, Woods wins!
Winner: Josh Woods, by pinfall
Woods keeps the Code of Honor after decimating Stone in under three minutes! Will Woods be first in line to challenge whoever is Pure Champion after tomorrow night?
ROH shares footage from last week.
Lexi Nair interviewed Tony Khan and the NEW Queen of Harts, Willow Nightingale! And from Lexi’s understanding, Tony Khan has an announcement. Yes, because coming off that great match to win the Women’s Owen Hart Cup, Tony would like to announce that based on that and her win over ROH Women’s World Champion, Athena, in the previous round, and given their history with one of the best matches in ROH TV’s recent history, the rubber match will be Friday on PPV, Death Before Dishonor! The ROH Women’s World Championship will see Athena VS Willow! Lexi says Willow could become champion, how is she feeling?
Willow says she’s feeling a lot of things! Still on a high from winning the Owen, and she’s faced Athena twice already. The first time, Willow learned what it was to really be in there with someone as mean yet talented as Athena. But Willow isn’t afraid of Athena anymore, because she just got a win over her. And she has learned what it is to win championships. So this Friday, Athena, Willow is bringing the working boots, the big smile, the big hair and the big fight! See you there!
Backstage interview with Jerry Lynn, Stokely Hathaway and Athena.
This was from just before the show went on the air, and the Fallen Goddess is furious to learn who her challenger is! Lexi wants a word but Athena tells her to shut up! Athena is NOT taking that match on Friday. She has carried this title, she has carried this show, they all owe her! Stokely owes her for The Baddies, and she’s known “Papa Jerry” since she was 19! She is NOT doing this match! Stokely says that he is ROH’s Judge Joe Brown, so he has decided that she IS doing the match. Air gavel. Jerry steps in and says that like Judge Judy would say, they’re having a kerfuffle. He also says Athena’s doing the match!
Athena says she is going over both their heads, she is going to get Tony Khan to veto this garbage! They say good luck with that, and Tony steps in! He tells Athena himself that he is very excited for this match, and says Athena and Willow have a great rivalry, they had one of the best matches ever on just the second episode of ROH’s return. This is what fans want to see! It’s happening, Athena VS Willow for the title. Athena throws a fit, but it’s unanimous. Will she just have to take out her frustrations in the ring?
ROH Women’s World Championship Proving Ground Match: Athena VS Nikita!
Speaking of which, the Fallen Goddess has to keep her focus because she could end up owing another title match down the line. Will she keep cool and finish this fast? Or will she be caught slipping this close to her rematch with Willow?
Wow, Athena cares so little about this match that she didn’t even get in ring gear. The Code of Honor is upheld reluctantly, and the bell rings. Athena doesn’t even rush in like she usually does. Nikita wants Athena to bring it but Athena would rather be doing anything else. Fans rally, Nikita eggs Athena on then storms up to her. Nikita pie faces Athena, and again, and again! The ref has Nikita back off, and Athena snarls. Nikita talks trash, but Athena DECKS her! Cover, Athena wins!
Winner: Athena, by pinfall (denies Nikita a title opportunity)
Nikita just learned a lesson about poking the bear and playing with fire. But Athena is going to give her a little extra! Athena fires off hammer fists! Fans boo and the ref reprimands but Athena TOSSES Nikita, KICKS her in the side, then HAMMERS away on her! Athena drags and TOSSES Nikita, to then DROPKICK her down! Athena stomps away on Nikita and kicks her out of the ring! Fans boo more but Athena goes out after Nikita. Fans want tables but Athena sends Nikita into railing! And she tells the ref to back off! Athena even shouts at commentary! Athena storms back into the ring, fetches her belt, and clutches it tightly. But then WILLOW appears!
Fans cheer as Willow, wearing the Queen of Harts belt, goes right to the ring! Willow stares Athena down as she raises her belt. Athena raises hers in response, and then fires up like she wants to fight right now! Fans want it, but then Athena bails out. Will Athena still hold onto her gold? Or will Willow become the babe with two belts?
The Righteous w/ Stu Grayson VS “The Boys,” Brandon & Brent Tate!
Dutch & Vincent have been in a one-upmanship game with The Dark Order over who can be more vicious and violent. Will Castle’s Boys suffer for the Dark Order not stepping to The Righteous? Or will Brandon & Brent shock the world by being even wilder than them?
The Code of Honor is upheld, and then Dutch CLOBBERS both Boys! The bell rings and Vincent snaps fingers as he swaggers around. Vinnie brings Brandon up but Brandon kicks low and runs, only for Vinnie to ELBOW him down! Vinnie snaps and Dutch stands Brandon up. Brandon boots Vinnie and elbows Dutch, but Vinnie runs to forearm smash! Vinnie then shoves Brandon into buckles, reels him in, and hits a SIDE EFFECT! Tag to Dutch and he drags Brandon up. Dutch feeds Brandon to a KNEE, then INVERTED SUPLEXES! Vinnie adds the BASEMENT COMPLETE SHOT! Cover, Brent breaks it!
Dutch drags Brandon up, Stu says they still have this. Dutch short arm LARIATS Brandon, then storms around. Brandon dodges but Dutch reels him in to back suplex! Brandon lands on his feet, dodges and hot tags Brent! Brent dodges Dutch, ROCKS Vinnie, ELBOWS Dutch then BOOTS him! Brent goes up, leaps, but Dutch catches him! And pops him around, only for Brent to slip free and ENZIGURI! Fans rally as Brent DROPKICKS, but Dutch stays up. Brent runs but into a BODY CHECK! Dutch drags Brent up, suplexes, and hits GHOSTBUSTER! Tag to Vinnie and he drags Brent up, AUTUMN SUNSHINE! Cover, The Righteous win!
Winners: The Righteous, by pinfall
Vicious and dominant, and Vinnie wants The Dark Order to pay attention. This is what they wanted, and this is what they’re missing! So tomorrow at Death Before Dishonor, The Righteous want to open The Dark Order’s eyes to a whole new world. Please listen to what he’s trying to remind them of! Wait, the Dark Order has heard what Vinnie’s saying, and Evil Uno steps out on stage! Just like last week, Uno has a chair, and Stu wants Uno to bring it! Uno says he’ll show them what they want, but then Stu shows Uno NIGHTFALL on Brandon! Uno says challenge accepted, and he will show them everything! Who survives at Death Before Dishonor?
Leyla Hirsch VS Nicole Matthews!
Leyla is back to make the ROH Women’s Division LEGIT, and she’s taking on a wrestler also making her return after nearly 14 YEARS! But who will prove to be the bigger deal in this day and age?
The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings, and the two circle. The two tie up, Leyla wrenches to a hammerlock, but Nicole switches, headlocks and hits a takeover. Fans rally, Leyla headscissors and flexes, but the fans are on Nicole’s side as she moves around. Nicole pops free, headlocks, but Leyla fights up to throw Nicole away. The two reset and fans rally up. They tie up again, Leyla trips Nicole with a single leg, and she waistlocks to roll Nicole around. Leyla floats around, slaps Nicole around, and even slaps Nicole in the face! Fans boo and Nicole scowls. They circle, tie up, and Leyla wrenches an arm to a wristlock.
Nicole spins, wrenches, waistlocks, but Leyla drops to drag Nicole into a facelock. Nicole switches that, but Leyla switches back. Fans rally, the two fight up, and Nicole arm-drags! Leyla staggers up, into another arm-drag! Fans rally, Nicole DROPKICKS Leyla down! Leyla goes to a corner, Nicole runs in, but Leyla sends her into buckles! Leyla CLUBS Nicole on the back, grins, and smothers Nicole! The ref counts, Leyla lets off, and she stomps a mudhole in! Leyla digs her boot in, lets off as the ref counts, and fans boo. Leyla storms around Nicole, waistlocks and squeezes tight in a REAR BEARHUG!
Nicole endures, fights up, throws elbows, and fans rally as she gets free! Nicole runs, but Leyla gets around, to SLAM her down! Leyla CLUBS away on Nicole’s neck and head! The ref reprimands, Leyla lets off, and fans boo. Nicole flounders, Leyla waistlocks but Nicole switches! Nicole spins Leyla HANGING NECKBREAKER! Fans fire up as Nicole fires forearm after forearm! Nicole fires up, runs, but Leyla hooks her to a backslide! Nicole rolls through, Leyla KNEES her down! Cover, Leyla wins!
Winner: Leyla Hirsch, by pinfall
That knee was LEGIT! She still keeps the Code of Honor, but will Leyla soon be aiming at the ROH Women’s World Championship?
BREAKING NEWS for Death Before Dishonor’s Zero Hour!
Action Andretti & Darius Martin keep climbing the tag ladder, and they take on The Workhorsemen! Then, in a Pure Rules Match, Josh Woods takes on “Hot Sauce” Tracy Williams! And Leyla looks to keep her momentum rolling as she takes on Afro-Punk Trish Adora! And rounding it out, AR Fox takes on Shane Taylor! Will Fox be flying towards his AEW International Championship next Wednesday on Dynamite?
And BREAKING NEWS for Death Before Dishonor’s main show!
After that challenge issued by The Righteous, they and Stu Grayson will face The Dark Order in a FIGHT WITHOUT HONOR!! Will these two trios tear each other down until there’s only one left? Plus, the Mogul Embassy issued their own Open Challenge for the ROH World Six Man Tag Team Championships, and there was an answer! Leon Ruffin is bringing in Six Or Nine! That’s right, Master Wato & Ryusuke Taguchi are joining the underdog in taking on Brian Cage, Toa Liona & Bishop Kaun! Will the dominance of the Embassy continue? Or will they finally fall?
And in sadder news, Mark Briscoe cannot challenge for the ROH World Championship like he wanted, his injuries have piled up and he will be out for some time. However, given what happened just last night at AEW Dynamite: Blood & Guts, it seems Claudio found a more than apt replacement. He wants to settle things with Pac for storming out on the Blackpool Combat Club, but will he regret giving this opportunity to a Bastard?
Tag Team Four Corner Survival: The Kingdom w/ Maria Kanellis-Bennett VS The Workhorsemen VS The Bollywood Boyz VS Action Andretti & Darius Martin!
Mike Bennett & Matt Taven are getting in on a Fatal 4 Way for the ROH World Tag Team Championships, and we know the Workhorsemen will face Action & Darius in the Zero Hour tomorrow night. Gurv & Harv Sihra, well, they’re just hoping to survive this match! But who makes the biggest impact in the tag division ranks this close to Death Before Dishonor?
The Code of Honor is upheld, though rather lackadaisically by Taven. Fans rally up for Bollywood as the hometown heroes, and the teams sort out. Only two teams are legal at a time, so Miracle Mike steps to Scrap Metal, JD Drake. They circle, but then they BLAST Action, Darius & The Bollywood Boyz! Fans boo and JD CHOPS Mike! Mike CHOPS JD, JD CHOPS back! They CHOP back and forth, harder and harder, then JD knees low! JD throws forearms, shoves Mike, but Taven tags in! Mike dropkicks the legs and Taven runs, but Darius sneaks a tag! Taven drops an elbow on JD, but Darius BULLDOG HOTSHOTS!
Darius goes up to shoulder into JD, and he slingshots up and over! Action helps out, they RANA JD away! Anthony Henry tags in but runs into a CHOP! Action adds as KICK, Darius snapmares and KICKS, Action basement dropkicks! Darius points to the Bollywood Boyz and fans fire up, but The Kingdom trip Gurv AND Harv off the apron! Fans boo, Henry rolls Darius and JD picks him up, BACK SUPLEX BOMB! Cover, TWO! Henry runs in to forearm smash, JD tags int o CLOBBER Darius! NECK TWIST and SENTON! JD mocks Bollywood then stalks Darius. JD drags Darius up but Darius throws hands!
Mike tags in as JD CHOPS Darius down! Maria anchors Darius’ leg and Mike stomps Darius down! Mike whips Darius into Taven’s BOOT! Forearm and MISSILE DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! Darius hangs tough but Mike stays between him and the other corners. Mike whips Darius in, tags Taven, and Taven brings Darius around to whip. Darius sunset flips, Taven rolls through, JUST THE TIP! Cover, JD boots it apart! Taven is furious, Maria protests, but JD shoves Taven. Taven shoves back, Darius shoves them into each other! Mike hurries in to RAM Darius into a corner! Mike runs in but into an ELBOW!
Darius goes up, reels Mike in and he catches Taven, too! DOUBLE DDT COMBO! Fans fire up and Maria is furious. Henry tags in and he BLASTS Bollywood! But Darius rolls Henry up! TWO and Henry ROUNDHOUSES Darius to the Workhorse corner. But Darius BOOTS Henry, ROCKS JD, but Henry kicks the legs out! Darius is stuck, JD tags in to CANNONBALL! Tag to Henry and he goes up, INVERTED WOE STOMPS! Cover, Taven drags Henry out! They argue now, Henry DECKS Taven! Mike, wearing a cowboy hat he snatched from a fan, rebounds off ropes, BOSTON BAYONET! Mike turns around, into a pop-up HAYMAKER from JD!
JD helps Henry in but Action FLIES to take out JD and Taven! Fans fire up as everyone else is down, and the Bollywood Boyz are all fired up! Darius crawls their way, Henry crawls after Darius, and Henry gets a foot! Darius BOOTS Henry away, hot tag to Harv! Mike tags in but Harv rallies on Mike with big elbows! Atomic drop, and a WHEEL KICK! Cover, TWO! Harv tags Gurv and Gurv goes up! SUPER HART ATTACK! Cover, TWO!! Mike survives and Gurv drags Mike up! Tag back to Harv but Mike fires off CHOPS and forearms! Mike runs, but into DOUBLE SUPERKICKS! Taven runs in, into DOUBLE SUPERKICKS!
DOUBLE SUPERKICKS for the Workhorsemen! Fans are thunderous but Maria is furious as they do the Bollywood Kid ‘n’ Play! Then they scoop Mike and Gurv goes up while Taven throws Darius into railing! BOLLYWOOD BLITZ!! Cover, Action SHOOTING STARS it apart! Gurv kicks Action, JABS and JABS and JABS! Gurv whips, Action handsprings to back elbow! Taven runs in to springboard, KICK OF THE KING! “That’s what you get, you little Melvin!” But then Harv BOOTS Taven! Mike runs in, he blocks Harv’s boot, and he spins to ROLLING ELBOW! Taven adds a STINGER SPLASH!
They put Hurv up top, set him up, PROTON PACK!!! Cover, The Kingdom wins!
Winners: The Kingdom, by pinfall
Mike & Matt win this Fatal 4, and are rolling into their ROH World Tag Team Championship Fatal 4 Way! Will thy Kingdom come and get the gold back around their wastes? Or will the odds not be in their favor against the Lucha Brothers, Best Friends and Aussie Open?
A really good ROH, especially for a go-home, and at only 81 minutes. I’ll say again that I hope they stick to this general length, it’s just better. Solid stuff out of Adora VS Utami, Woods VS Stone, and Leyla VS Nicole. And really good stuff leading into Death Before Dishonor. Really good promo and opening match from Daniel Garcia, and of course he won. Nice little stare down between him and Shibata, too, and it’s hard to say where that story is going. Garcia could be a more dedicated ROH star as the Jericho Appreciation Society might disband, but we’ll have to wait and see.
Tony Khan is still a bit stiff and repetitive in his promos but I figured he was going to officially announce Athena VS Willow for the women’s title. And Tony gave all the logical reasons why they’d have this match, namely that Willow beat Athena in the Owen Hart Cup. Athena and Willow were also great in their promos, especially Athena being so upset. Willow is the 2023 Queen of Harts but that doesn’t necessarily mean she’ll become ROH Women’s World Champion. At the same time, this is the perfect time for her to become champion, especially with a new Heel in Leyla Hirsch building her record.
Great match from Castle VS Shane, and Castle is a great choice to face Samoa Joe because of how different they are as personalities. And The Righteous of course squash The Boys, but there wasn’t a lot of fanfare to them and Evil Uno agreeing to a Fight Without Honor Trios match. Even so, that match will be a lot of fun, which I feel like should be more The Dark Order’s win to coincide with them returning to being vicious Heels. They might even add new members in the process, but in the end it’ll be the moral victory for The Righteous as all they’ve really wanted is a vicious Dark Order.
A little surprised the ROH World Six Man titles are on the PPV, but I suppose since ROH doesn’t do monthly PPVs, same as AEW, they have to put in just about everything to make it worth the wait. Pretty sure Ruffin, Taguchi & Wato get beat, though. And we got a really good Four Corner Survival for the main event, though it probably could’ve used a little more time, and more out of the Bollywood Boyz before they took the loss. But after hearing on Dynamite that Best Friends were taking on Lucha Brothers, I’m glad to learn The Kingdom is getting in on it, as they rightfully deserve.
And I’m also glad to learn that surprisingly, Mark Davis is already healthy enough to compete again, so Aussie Open is going to get in on the match. Aussie Open could make a massive comeback, taking the ROH Tag titles tomorrow night, and even going back for the titles they had to vacate in NJPW. It’d be quite the honor if Aussie Open were to become the 100TH IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions while reigning as ROH World Tag Team Champions.
My Score: 8.6/10
Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (12/4/23)
Main Event Jey goes for gold!
While Drew McIntyre wants the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, it’s Jey Uso who gets his shot at Seth Rollins tonight on Monday Night Raw!
- Drew McIntyre VS Sami Zayn; McIntyre wins.
- Shayna Baszler VS Nia Jax; Nia wins.
- Best 2 Out of 3 Falls: #DIY VS Imperium; wins.
- The Creed Brothers w/ Ivy Nile VS JD McDonagh & Dominik Mysterio w/ Rhea Ripley; win.
- Natalya & Tegan Nox VS Kayden Carter & Katana Chance; win.
- Cody Rhodes VS Shinsuke Nakamura; wins.
- WWE World Heavyweight Championship: Seth Rollins VS Jey Uso; wins and
PLAY BY PLAY
Drew McIntyre is here!
The Scottish Warrior is ready to tear it all down, all because he didn’t get another title match with Seth Rollins when he wanted. But before he tears into Sami Zayn, McIntyres the mic to say, “It’s been awhile since I’ve done this, but welcome everybody to Monday Night Raw!” Fans cheer that! And McIntyre says Raw is the land where it feels like everyone’s lost their minds lately! “Liars, hypocrites, cowards, just plain idiots. Apparently, you can get fired, released, leave, do what you want for a bunch of time, come back, and you’re instantly forgiven these days!” Fans chant “CM PUNK!” but McIntyre says he could be talking about anyone.
Now, Rollins tried to pull a fast one on McIntyre. Rollins could’ve given the match to anyone, but McIntyre beat Jey Uso weeks ago. So Rollins sticks it to McIntyre, slaps him metaphorically, so he headbutts Rollins in his stupid face. And speaking of Jey, O M G, Jey can apologize! He ran to Randy Orton, tail between his legs, “Oh, I’m so sorry, Randy!” Well Jey, your time’s coming. And there’s someone McIntyre is forgetting. Oh, right! Sami Zayn! And wouldn’t you know? Here comes Sami! Fans cheer and sing Sami’s song as he makes his way to the ring, a mic of his in hand. The fans then chant for ‘SAMI! SAMI!” as he sits up top.
Sami tells McIntyre, he clearly has a lot to say about everybody, including Sami, so he may as well say it to Sami’s face. Oh, yes, McIntyre sure does. Last week, Sami wanted to say how alike they are, but they are not. McIntyre has something to say to Sami and it is the truth: Sami is the one person in the world who deserved to get screwed over by The Bloodline. The fans boo but McIntyre says he will explain. Sami was the Bloodline’s lapdog errand boy, he joined them because he was running away from McIntyre, and then what? Sami screwed Bloodline over! What did Sami think was gonna happen to him? Isn’t Sami supposed to be smart?
McIntyre says Sami deserved what he got, it’s the truth. Sami says McIntyre is right about one thing: Sami was wrong. Sami thought they were alike but the more Sami is seeing, the more “truth” he’s hearing, Sami realizes they are NOT anything alike! Sami is not a delusional person. He isn’t someone who points a finger at everyone else for his own shortcomings. And big difference here: When Sami lost in front of his family and let everyone down, he stayed hungry, driven and motivated and that carried him to victory in the main event of WrestleMania! Fans fire up for that! So Sami got his redemption. Sami got to make his family proud. Does McIntyre think he’s making his family proud?
McIntyre glares at Sami, and then says one of them is NOT walking out of here. Get a ref and ring the bell! Fans fire up as we get their match now! Will McIntyre absolutely explode after Sami set him off?
Drew McIntyre VS Sami Zayn!
The bell rings and fans are behind Sami in this one. Sami and McIntyre circle, then McIntyre RAMS Sami into a corner! And OVERHEAD Belly2Belly suplexes! McIntyre asks if it was a good idea to talk bad now. McIntyre ROCKS and DECKS Sami, then stalks him. Fans rally with “Let’s Go, Sami!” as he bails out. McIntyre pursues, and SMACKS him off the apron! McIntyre scoops Sami, but Sami slips free to POST McIntyre! Sami aims at the apron, McIntyre body shots and SMACKS Sami off the apron! McIntyre puts Sami in but Sami builds speed to FLY! Direct hit and down goes McIntyre! Fans fire up with Sami as Raw goes to break!
Raw returns and fans rally as McIntyre has Sami in a motorcycle stretch. But Sami flips then BOOTS McIntyre away! But McIntyre CHOPS Sami back! Sami bails out, McIntyre pursues, but Sami kicks and CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Sami throws hands, whips, but McIntyre reverses. Sami goes up the barriers to QUEBRADA! Down goes McIntyre again and fans fire back up! The ring count climbs, the fans fire up with Sami, and Sami brings McIntyre around to put him in at 7 of 10. Sami slides in, but McIntyre LARIATS Sami back down! McIntyre seethes while fans boo, and McIntyre throws fists down on Sami!
Fans rally even harder for Sami and Sami sits up. McIntyre drags Sami up, to CHOP! Sami flops right back down, McIntyre grins, and he drags Sami up. McIntyre CHOPS and Sami wobbles around! Sami shakes his head, grits his teeth, and CHOPS in return! And CHOPS! McIntyre CHOPS and Sami falls over! McIntyre stomps Sami, smother shim, then stomps his head again! McIntyre stomps Sami’s leg, then stomps the other leg! McIntyre paces around Sami, waits on Sami to get up, and Sami goes to a corner. McIntyre runs in but Sami ELBOWS him away! Sami goes up, McIntyre runs in but into a BOOT!
Sami leaps, AX HANDLE! Sami fires up with the fans, he kicks McIntyre and reels him in, but McIntyre is a little too big to suplex! McIntyre suplexes, Sami slips free, then he lures McIntyre into the corner to POST him! Sami kicks and reels McIntyre in, to SUPLEX! Fans fire up while both men are down! Sami clutches the ankle, but he stands up to fire off haymakers! Sami whips, McIntyre reverses but Sami ducks ‘n ‘ dodges to tilt-o-whirl DDT! Cover, TWO!! McIntyre survives and Sami is stunned! Sami hurries to the apron while fans fire up! Sami climbs, leaps, but into an OVERHEAD BELLY2BELLY! And then another OVERHEAD BELLY2BELLY!
McIntyre hits a NECKBREAKER, then kips up! Fans are torn as McIntyre shakes the ropes. But then Sami clotheslines him up and out! Sami aims, and PLANCHAS! McIntyre catches him! And SLINGS him over the desk! Fans lose their minds and McIntyre seethes as Raw goes to break.
Raw returns again and McIntyre ELBOWS Sami, then Reverse Alabama Lifts! For the REVERSE ALA- NO, Sami victory rolls! TWO!! Sami runs up, into a SPINEBUSTER! Jackknife bridge, TWO!! But McIntyre deadlift POWERBOMBS! Cover, TWO!?! Sami survives and surprises even himself! The fans declare “This is Awesome!” but McIntyre snarls. McIntyre sits Sami up, fireman’s carries, and then goes up a corner! SUPER- NO, Sami flails and fights to a SUPER SUNSET FLIP BOMB!! Cover, TWO!! McIntyre survives and Sami is beside himself! Sami hobbles up, fans rally behind him and he brings McIntyre around.
Sami reels McIntyre in but McIntyre fights the lift! Sami CLUBS away on McIntyre and fans fire up! Sami tries again, BLUE- NO, McIntyre fights free to GLASGOW KISS HEADBUTT! McIntyre then aims from the corner! Sami flounders up as the countdown begins! “THREE! TWO! ONE!” BOOT from Sami! BLUE THUNDER BOMB!! Cover, TWO!! McIntyre survives again and Sami can’t believe it! “This is Awesome!” as Sami and McIntyre rise again. Sami throws a haymaker, McIntyre gives it back. They stand, Sami CHOPS! McIntyre CHOPS in return! Both men wobble, McIntyre CHOPS again! Sami BOOTS! And BOOTS!
Sami whips, McIntyre reverses but Sami goes up and over. The leg jams! The ref keeps McIntyre back but he storms in, Sami ELBOWS McIntyre, then TOSSES him out! Sami thinks about it, he wants to build speed but the leg won’t let him do it! McIntyre sees a target, and he gets in to CHOP BLOCK! The ref reprimands and backs McIntyre off. McIntyre just aims, to CLAYMORE!!! Direct hit and McIntyre covers, McIntyre wins!
Winner: Drew McIntyre, by pinfall
No mercy from McIntyre, and that is how he wins! Will the Scottish Warrior force everyone’s hands by fighting his way to a title opportunity?
Zoey Stark finds Shayna Baszler backstage.
The Queen of Spades is getting ready, but then Byron Saxton walks over to ask a few questions. Shayna faces a former tag partner in Nia Jax- Look, she has one goal tonight. Shayna put Nia on the shelf by breaking her arm. So she’ll remind Nia of that, limb by limb. Shayna heads out, Zoey follows. Will the Irresistible Force run into that immovable object again tonight?
Jey Uso speaks.
“Tonight, I have a chance to do something I thought I’d never be able to do again. A few months ago, I had a chance to dethrone the Tribal Chief and become the WWE Undisputed Universal Champion. That moment was ripped away from me by the one man in this world I love the most, my Day One. My own twin brother. Man, that hurt me more than you could ever know. I couldn’t be around this business anymore, I had to walk away. I really convinced myself I was done. Until I got a call from Cody Rhodes.” Cody told Jey he couldn’t quit, he could have a fresh start to be his own man. And the more Jey thought about it, the more he realized Cody was right.
Jey’s whole life, he’s fought for others. For Roman, for his brothers, for his father. From now on, Jey fights for HIS legacy. Before the Bloodline, before record-breaking reigns, before the Uso Penitentiary, before the Day One, before the dance, the face paint, FCW and long ass training nights, making money, being broke… There was just Jey, Uce! So Seth Rollins, we know you’re about game. Rollins has fought against Jey, fought with Jey, but now you’re fighting a starving individual ready to eat! It’s just Jey now. Jey proves to the whole world, to Rollins, to his family and himself why he IS Main Event Jey Uso! But will he become World Champion Jey Uso?
Backstage interview with Sami Zayn.
Jackie Redmond shows Sami being checked by medical staff, but then McIntyre attacks! McIntyre throws Sami into road cases, rains down fists, and says Sami can’t talk about McIntyre’s family! They’re nothing alike! NOTHING! Sami brought this upon himself! Then he STOMPS the bad ankle!! Producers rush in to get McIntyre to leave, but has McIntyre just sidelined Sami for the rest of 2023?
Raw returns as Sami is being reevaluated.
The medics check the leg, Jey hurries over to say it’ll be alright, Uce. Jey looks around for McIntyre, will Jey be able to focus on his main event after this just happened?
Backstage interview with Becky Lynch.
Byron is with The Man and asks about last week, her statement that… Oh, Nia walks in now. She tells “Barney” she has this. And Becky, she talked about some fights on the horizon. Does one include anyone in particular? Yes, Nia, it does. Nia would be number one because Becky had forgotten about her, as everyone had, but then Nia showed up on Becky’s interview and they never got to this. Becky still owes Nia a receipt. A receipt, huh? Well, once Nia squashes Shayna, she is all Becky’s. Becky can’t wait. The music hits, will we see a big time grudge match in the near future?
Shayna Baszler VS Nia Jax!
The bell rings and Nia runs in, but Shayna dodges to KICK and KICK! Nia blocks one, SLAPS Shayna, then TOSSES her! Shayna gest up in a corner, but Nia SPLASHES in the corner! Shayna flounders, Nia pushes her around and slaps her some more. Nia talks trash then TOSSES Shayna across the way! Nia runs back in, but Shayna dodges! Nia hits buckles, Shayna KNEES Nia down! Shayna then knuckle locks and twists that wrist, then goes up the corner for a HANGING ARMBAR! Nia endures, powers up, and POWERBOMBS Shayna down! Shayna gets out of the ring, Nia pursues, and fans rally up as Nia drags Shayna up.
Nia SMACKS Shayna off the desk, then SMACKS her off the apron! Nia brings Shayna around, fireman’s carries, but Shayna fights free! And she POSTS Nia! Shayna slides into the ring, then goes to the apron to PENALTY KICK the arm! Shayna isolates that arm, lets her hair down, and says Nia’s done! But Nia SWEEPS the legs! Shayna hits the apron, and Nia gets up to APRON LEG DROP! Fans boo as Shayna writhes and Raw goes to break.
Raw returns again and Nia has Shayna in a neck wrench. Shayna endures, even as NIa leans on the hold. Fans rally, Shayna fights up, and she JAWBREAKERS free! Nia staggers, Shayna fires body shots and KICKS! Shayna ROCKS Nia into a corner, then runs, but Nia URENAGES Shayna down! Nia then drags Shayna up to POST her! Nia goes to the apron, lines up the shot, runs in and HIP ATTACKS against the post! Cover, TWO!! Shayna survives but Nia drags her up. Nia puts Shayna in a corner, throws body shots and slaps Shayna around, but Shayna fires off forearms! Shayna runs, but Nia scoops her! SIDEWALK SLAM!
Nia dribbles Shayna while taunting her, then she covers, TWO! Nia is frustrated but she drags Shayna up into a cobra clutch. Shayna endures, fans rally up, and Shayna throws elbows! Then kicks! And KICKS! And KICKS! Shayna runs, KICKS, then runs again. Another KICK but Nia still stays up! Shayna runs, dodges Nia, but Nia scoops to SAMOAN DROP! Shayna crawls to a corner, Nia runs in, but Shayna ducks and the hip attack hits buckles! Then Shayna hits a roll up into buckles! Shayna goes to the far corner, Nia crawls after her, but Shayna runs in to KNEE Nia down! Cover, TWO!! Nia survives and Shayna is frustrated.
Nia rises, Shayna KICKS! And KICKS! And KICKS, KICKS, KICKS! Fans fire up with each shot but Nia blocks one! Shayna gets free to BUZZSAW! Shayna runs, but Nia CLOBBERS her at the ropes! Nia pushes Shayna down, runs and SENTONS! Cover, TWO?!? Shayna survives and fans fire up! Nia is in disbelief, but she drags Shayna to a drop zone. Nia stomps Shayna, climbs up, but Shayna grabs a leg! ANKLE LOCK! Nia kicks Shayna away, but then Shayna returns, SUPER GERMAN SUPLEX!! Both women have a crash landing and fans fire up! Shayna drags herself up while Nia stirs, and the fans rally behind her!
Shayna stalks Nia, KIRAFUDA KLUTCH!! Nia endures but she has Shayna on her as a backpack! Fans fire up, but Nia stands up! Shayna drags her back down! Shayna rear mounts again, leans all her weight on the hold, but Nia fights back up! BACKPACK SENTON!! Both women are down again as Nia sputters and coughs. But then she gets mad, and she drags Shayna to the drop zone! Nia climbs, soaks up the heat, A-NIA-LATOR!! Cover, Nia wins!
Winner: Nia Jax, by pinfall
Shayna tried but she could not be the immovable object to the Irresistible Force. Nia crushes the Queen of Spades, but here comes Becky! Fans fire up but Nia backs down! This collision is coming, but will Becky be that big time roadblock to Nia?
DIY talks backstage.
Gargano & Ciampa know what they gotta do, but then in walk Candice & Indi. They’ll be cheering DIY on, ready for back to back wins, and then they all stand at attention because Imperium walks in. Oh, yes, good, show respect. Look at this lovely couple. Yes, a lovely couple of losers! Oh, ow, wow. But it’ll be embarrassing to get beat twice in one match. Hopefully Papa Gunther won’t be too mad after. The Way heads out, and Ludwig reminds Giovanni this is important. Don’t mess up out there. Oh, he’s got it. He hopes Ludwig does, too. The dysfunction between Impeccable German and the Pride of Italy is growing, will it be their downfall?
Best 2 Out of 3 Falls: #DIY VS Imperium!
Raw returns as Imperium makes their entrance. The teams sort out and Ciampa starts against Ludwig. The fans rally behind DIY as we start this first fall, and the two circle. Ciampa and Ludwig tie up, go around, and Ludwig puts Ciampa in a corner. The ref counts, Ludwig lets off slowly, but Ciampa avoids the cheap shot to ROCK and CHOP and repeat! Ciampa whips corner to corner, Ludwig reverses and runs in. He blocks a boot, “NEIN!” UPPERCUT! Ludwig stands over Ciampa, drags him up and bumps him off buckles. Ludwig ROCKS Ciampa, tags Vinci, and Vinci RAMS into Ciampa! Vinci then stays between Ciampa and Gargano to stomp Ciampa.
Vinci throws hands and UPPERCUTS, but Ciampa hits back! They brawl, Ciampa has the edge and whips, but Vinci ducks ‘n’ dodge to CROSSBODY! Fans boo but Vinci stomps Ciampa. Vinci KNEES Ciampa in the back, then he stomps Ciampa more. Vinci talks trash, stands Ciampa up and UPPERCUTS! Vinci CLUBS Ciampa in the back, tags Ludwig, and Imperium mugs Ciampa. Ludwig looms over Ciampa, then scrapes his soles off Ciampa’s face! Ludwig taunts Gargano, fans boo, but Ludwig smirks as he whips Ciampa. Ludwig ELBOWS Ciampa down, covers, TWO! Fans rally but Ludwig clamps onto Ciampa with a chinbar and armlock.
Ciampa fights up, fans rally harder as they go around and around, and Ciampa sends Ludwig into buckles! Fans fire up, Ciampa crawls, but Ludwig anchors the feet! Ciampa ENZIGURIS, but Ludwig still holds on! Ciampa fires forearms, Ludwig keeps him from Gargano to then dodge. But Ciampa dodges, hot tag to Gargano! Fans fire up as Gargano JUMP KICKS Ludwig, then schoolboy rolls and KICKS Vinci! Gargano rallies on Ludwig, whips him to ropes, but Ludwig reverses. Gargano ducks ‘n ‘dodges to tilt-o-whirl, LA MYSTICA! Fans fire up with Johnny Wrestling and he runs in at the corner, but Ludwig puts him on the apron!
Gargano GAMANGIRIS, then he avoids Vinci to SUPERKICK! SLINGSHOT SPEAR on Ludwig! Fans fire up again and Gargano tags Ciampa back in. DIY set up in corners, Ludwig sits up, but Vinci trips Gargano! Ludwig avoids the knee, rolls Ciampa with tights, Imperium scores!
DIY: 0; Imperium: 1
Fans boo as Imperium takes the crucial first fall! But while Vinci & Ludwig gloat, Gargano gets back up, CANNONBALL takes out Vinci! Ciampa PLANCHAS Ludwig down! DIY sits on the desk, and they pat themselves on the backs while applauding! Fans applaud and Raw goes to break.
Mitchell’s NJPW World Tag League Results & Report! (12/4/23)
B Block, round 6!
Sure #EverybodyDies, but who will tranquilo?
The World Tag League round robin is almost over, and B Block is looking saucy! Will Lance Archer & Alex Zayne burn Yota Tsuji & Zandokan Jr?
- BUSHI & Shingo Takagi VS SHO & Yoshinobu Kanemaru; win.
- Six Man Tag: Kaito Kiyomiya, Ryohei Oiwa & Oskar Leube VS The Gates of Agony & Boltin Oleg; win.
- Six Man Tag: Toru Yano, Tomohiro Ishii & Tomoaki Honma VS The United Empire; win(s).
- Six Man Tag: Shota Umino, Ren Narita & Ryusuke Taguchi VS The House of Torture; win(s).
- Six Man Tag: TMDK VS Bullet Club; wins.
- 2023 World Tag League, B Block: Taichi & Yuya Uemura VS Bad Luck Fale & Jack Bonza; Fale & Bonza win.
- 2023 World Tag League, B Block: El Phantasmo & Hikuleo VS Atlantis Jr. & Soberano Jr; ELP & Leo win.
- 2023 World Tag League, B Block: Bishamon VS Yuji Nagata & Minoru Suzuki; Bishamon wins.
- 2023 World Tag League, B Block: Lance Archer & Alex Zayne VS Yota Tsuji & Zandokan Jr; Tsuji & Zando win.
PLAY BY PLAY
Here are the current 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
2023 World Tag League, B Block: Taichi & Yuya Uemura VS Bad Luck Fale & Jack Bonza!
The Holy Emperor & Heat Storm are just outside the top after their loss to Monster Sauce, but that’s way better than being at the bottom like the Rogue Army. But can Fale & Bonza ruin things for Taichi & Yuya? Or will B Block belong to Just5Guys?
The teams sort out and Yuya starts against Bonza. The fans rally up as the bell rings and the two stare down. They circle, tie up, and Bonza wrenches to hammerlock then waistlock. Yuya switches to then hammerlock, but Bonza switches the hammerlock back. Yuya reaches back, sits down, rolls and wrenches to a wristlock. Bonza spins, breaks free and pie faces Yuya! Yuya keeps cool, and he resets with Bonza. They tie up, but Bonza kicks low! Bonza runs, runs Yuya over, and says he’s pathetic! Bonza runs, Yuya stays low to then hurdle, and then he hip tosses Bonza down! Yuya scoops and SLAMS Bonza, then arm-drags him!
Fans fire up as Yuya has the armlock, but Fale runs in to throw body shots and scoop! Yuya slips free, but Fale’s too big for an arm-drag! Fale scoops again, and SLAMS Yuya! Then Fale DECKS Taichi for the hell of it! Bonza stomps Yuya around, brings him up, and bumps him off buckles. Tag to Fale and the Rogue Army mugs Yuya. Fale brings Yuya around to CLUB him down, then looms over him. Fans rally but Fale stands on Yuya! Fale goes surfing on the Heat Storm! Fale steps off, covers, TWO! Fans cheer but Fale tags Bonza. Bonza storms up on Yuya, drags him around, and then he goes surfing!
Bonza lets off to then drop an elbow! And then springboard stomp! Yuya sputters, Bonza drags him back up but Taichi rallies the fans. Yuya CHOPS Bonza, ROCKS Fale, repeat! Bonza ROCKS Yuya! Bonza bumps Yuya off buckles, whips him corner to corner, then runs in to elbow! Bonza keeps moving, but Yuya DROPKICKS! Both men are down and the fans fire up! Yuya crawls, hot tag to Taichi! Taichi storms up to Kawada Kick! Bonza says F U and ROCKS Taichi, but Taichi SOBATS back! Taichi tells Bonza off and BOOTS him in the corner! Fale runs in, but into a BOOT! Fale comes back, Taichi steps aside to GAMANGIRI!
Bonza kicks Taichi, whips him to a corner, but Taichi comes back to AX BOMBER! Fans fire up with Taichi, and OFF COME THE PANTS! Taichi then aims, but Bonza blocks the kick to ELBOW! Bonza whips, DISCUS LARIAT! Bonza fires up, he drags Taichi up, and he reels Taichi in to suplex! Taichi fights that off to suplex back! Bonza fights that off, they fight for suplex control, and fans rally up! In the end, Bonza gets Taichi up, but Taichi slips free! SAI- NO, Bonza fights with elbows! Bonza runs, into a RIDGE HAND! Taichi runs, but Bonza deflects the boot to hit a BIG back suplex! Tag to Fale and he storms up on Taichi.
Fale stomps Taichi, drags him up and CLUBS away on the back! Taichi falls over but Fale stalks him to the ropes. Fale drags Taichi up, but Taichi fights and wrenches to HOOK KICK! Fale runs up, into a clinch! Taichi is using sumo! Fale and Taichi hobble around, Fale tries to counter sumo with sumo! But Taichi still THROWS Fale!! Fans are thunderous and Taichi takes aim! BUZZSAW! Both men are down, fans rally up, hot tag to Yuya! Yuya roars, runs in and CHOPS Fale! Bonza runs in, but gets an arm-drag! And then a DROPKICK! Bonza bails out, Fale staggers up into a DROPKICK! He stays up, so Yuya DROPKICKS again!
Fale rebounds, into an ARM-DRAG!! The fans are thunderous and Yuya runs in at the corner. DOUBLE CHOP! Taichi adds a BOOT! Yuya runs in again, DROPKICK! Fale hobbles, Yuya pushes him out and goes up the corner! CROSSBODY! Down goes Fale! But Yuya isn’t done there! Yuya drags Fale up, wrenches and traps the arm, but Fale swings the other! Yuya catches it! But Fale’s too big for Kamuki! Fale TOSSES Yuya to a corner then SPLASHES! Fireman’s carry, but Yuya flails around! Sunset flip, but Fale stays up! So Taichi GAMANGIRIS him into it! High stack, TWO!! Fale escapes, but Yuya has an ARMBAR!!
Fans fire up as Fale endures! Fale fights around, but Yuya powers him down!! ARMBAR!! Fale flails and kicks around, reaches out, but Yuya shifts grip! Bonza sends Taichi into railing before he gets in, Fale has the ROPEBREAK! Bonza CLOBBERS Yuya for good measure! Fans fire up as Bonza BLASTS Taichi off the apron! Yuya CHOPS Bonza, CHOPS him again, and powers up, but Bonza dodges! Only for Yuya to catch the arms! But Bonza knees low! Yuya roars, but Bonza scoops him! BACKBREAKER to ELBOW DROP!! Cover, TAICHI BREAKS IT! Fans fire up but Bonza scoops Taichi! FIRE THUNDER DRIVER!!
Fale hoists Yuya up! Crucifix lift, for BAD LUCK FALL!!! Cover, Rogue Army wins!!
Winners: Bad Luke Fale & Jack Bonza, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Taichi & Yuya earn 0)
The Rogue General & Red Commander just brought down two of the five guys! Did they just blow up the chances of Taichi & Yuya going on to the semifinals? Or will luck be with J5G in the seventh?
2023 World Tag League, B Block: El Phantasmo & Hikuleo w/ Jado VS Atlantis Jr. & Soberano Jr!
The NJPW Strong Openweight Tag Team Champions take on the NWA World Historic Light Heavyweight Champion and a former World Middleweight Champion, but both teams are on the bubble in this block. Who pops off and who drops off right before the end?
ELP tries to get the fans cheering Soberano but it takes a second to warm them up. The fans fire up and the sons of lucha appreciate it. “AT-LAN-TIS!” and “SOBER-RA-NO!” then return the favor helping in a “HI-KU-LEO~!” chant. They all shake hands and high-five, and then the teams sort out. ELP starts against Soberano and fans rally up. The two wind up, and shake hands! Fans cheer and the two circle. They tie up, ELP headlocks, but Soberano powers up and out to then reel ELP back and run. ELP sidesteps, he avoids Soberano’s handspring, and fans cheer. Soberano flexes and fans cheer a little more.
ELP gives a mocking golf clap and then circles with Soberano again. Soberano headlocks, ELP throws body shots and powers out. Soberano runs ELP over, then things speed up. ELP hurdles but Soberano front flips! Fans fire up and Soberano looks off into the distance. Soberano then runs in, ELP dodges, Soberano RANAS but ELP handsprings through, then does his drop steps! Fans cheer as ELP flexes and kisses the biceps. ELP gives Soberano a push, Soberano pushes back. They start pushing a little harder, then things speed up again! Soberano ducks ‘n’ dodges and rolls off ELP’s back to then run and RANA!
ELP flounders out of the ring and Soberano builds speed! FOSBURY FLOP! Direct hit and fans fire up again! Soberano gets the fans rallying behind him then has the ref tranquilo. Soberano puts ELP in, then gets fans to actually chant for “PHAN-TAS-MO!” Soberano slides in, brings ELP around, and tags Atlantis. The luchadores mug ELP, and the fans still chant for “PHAN-TAS-MO!” but the luchadores double whip to DOUBLE ELBOW! Then wheelbarrow and ENZUGIRI FACEBUSTER COMBO! Cover, TWO! Atlantis keeps cool as he stomps ELP around. Atlantis drags ELP up, keeps him from Leo, and CLUBS away!
Atlantis suplexes but ELP blocks! ELP tries to suplex but Atlantis blocks! ELP RAMS Atlantis into the corner, CHOPS him, then tags Leo. ELP CHOPS again, then hushes the fans. Leo swings, Atlantis dodges to CHOP them in return! CHOP after CHOP then Atlantis runs, ducks ELP’s hurdle but ends up right in Leo’s DDT! Cover, TWO! Leo drags Atlantis up but Atlantis throws forearms and CHOPS! Leo CHOPS right back! Leo then fireman’s carries, but Atlantis fights free! Atlantis dodges the chop, tries to whip but Leo blocks and reverses! Leo runs in, Atlantis dodges and Leo’s boot gets stuck on the ropes! Atlantis dropkicks that leg!
Leo hobbles and Atlantis keeps moving, Atlantis dropkicks the legs out! Fans fire up as Atlantis stomps Leo’s leg, then SPLASHES down on a knee! Atlantis stomps the leg some more, but Jado & ELP coach Leo. Leo CHOPS Atlantis, but Atlantis stomps him down. Atlantis has the leg and works to turn Leo over! HALF CRAB! Leo endures and fans rally up! Leo fights his way over, ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Atlantis lets go at 4, and Leo clutches his knee. Atlantis eggs Leo on, Soberano tags in, and they both taunt Leo to go taunt ELP. Leo crawls over, but then the luchadores bring Leo away. “Chotto matte ne!”
Fans applaud as the Mexican luchadores know some Japanese. Then they get LEo’s hands, bend the fingers, and then Soberano BOOTS Leo down! ELP protests, the ref reprimands, but Soberano BITES Leo’s foot! Soberano keeps Leo from ropes with a chinlock, then he and Atlantis get Leo up again. They double whip Leo to a corner, Atlantis runs in but is put on the apron. Leo DECKS Atlantis, and he catches Soberano’s splash! Soberano BELL CLAPS then BOOTS Leo! Soberano taunts ELP by blowing a kiss, then he goes back for Leo. Atlantis returns, they double whip but Leo breaks the line to DOUBLE LARIAT!
Fans fire up and Leo crawls, hot tag to ELP! ELP grins as he runs up to BOOT Soberano! Mule kick for Atlantis! Atomic drop for Soberano! ELP mocks Soberano’s pain, then he atomic drops Atlantis, into a RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! ELP clotheslines Soberano up and out, but Atlantis kicks him low! Atlantis whips ELP to the corner but ELP goes up and over then springboards to CROSSBODY! Somersault, LIONSAULT! Another somersault, to PLANCHA Soberano! Fans fire up with ELP and he goes back to the corner. ELP waits on Atlantis to rise up, then he springboards in, FLYING TORNADO DDT!
Fans fire up and ELP drags Atlantis to a cover, TWO! Atlantis survives and the fans rally up again. ELP fires up and Soberano coaches Atlantis. ELP drags Atlantis up, reels him in, tucks the arms, but Atlantis fights! Atlantis ROCKS ELP, ELP ROCKS Atlantis, they go forearm for forearm! ELP whips, Atlantis reverses and Soberano jumps in! Double hip toss into TU LO SABE! Cover, TWO! ELP survives and that surprises Atlantis. The fans rally, Soberano stalks ELP to a corner and eggs him on. ELP slaps Soberano, Soberano SLAPS ELP! Atlantis BOOTS Leo, ELP throws hands on Soberano, but Atlantis kicks ELP low.
Atlantis puts ELP up top, Soberano GAMANGIRIS! Then the sons of lucha vow to end this! They both climb up after ELP, CLUB away on him, and bring him up. But Leo gets in, TOWER OF DOOM!! Fans fire up for the double powerbomb double superplex combo! Leo drags Soberano up to POWERBOMB onto Atlantis! Fans fire up again as Leo helps ELP up! Leo scoops, but Atlantis slips free to shove Leo into ELP! Then Atlantis dodges Leo to SUPERKICK ELP! And DROPKICK Leo! Leo runs back in but Atlantis dumps him out! ELP runs in but Atlantis goes up and over, rolls and SPIN POWERSLAMS!
Fans fire up as Atlantis goes up a corner! But ELP hurries to GAMANGIRI! Soberano sneaks a tag! ELP goes up to the very top, brings Atlantis up with him, SUPER STEINER! ELP goes up but Soberano is there! He springboards up to SUPER SPANISH FLY!! Fans are thunderous with everyone down, and Soberano crawls to a cover! Leo breaks it! Fans fire up again and Atlantis regroups with Soberano. Leo UPPERCUTS Atlantis, choke grips each of them, meeting of the minds! But then the luchadores double basement dropkick the legs out! Fans rally for Leo but Soberano & Atlantis have him! DOUBLE-
NO, Leo fights the suplexes to UPPERCUT Soberano! Atlantis dodges the haymaker but not the BOOT! Leo aims at Soberano now, choke grip! GOD- FLIP! Soberano ENZIGURIS! Leo roars! Soberano SUPERKICKS! ELP SUDDEN DEATH!! Fans fire up with ELP and he DIVES to take out Atlantis! Leo hits GODSEND!! ELP returns, he goes up, SUPER THUNDERKISS 86!!! Cover, ELP & Leo win!
Winners: El Phantasmo & Hikuleo, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Atlantis & Soberano earn 0)
The sons of lucha are eclipsed by the Guerrillas of Destiny! Will the “Big Blue Sexy Boys” still have a fighting chance of entering the semifinals?
2023 World Tag League, B Block: Bishamon VS Yuji Nagata & Minoru Suzuki!
Hirooki Goto & Yoshi-Hashi vow to break the curse that keeps IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions from winning the league! Will they pull it off? Or will Blue Justice & The Meanest Man in the World not only stop Bishamon, but get golden tickets at the same time?
The teams sort out and Suzuki stares Hashi down. Fans rally up and the two start. They circle, feel things out, and knuckle lock. But then Suzuki kicks one, wrenches the other to a hammerlock, but Hashi switches the hold onto Suzuki. Suzuki reaches back to cording hold and chinbar Hashi to ropes. The ref counts and Suzuki lets off slowly, then with strong pats on the shoulder. Fans cheer and Hashi keeps cool as the two reset. They step up, and Hashi fires a forearm! Suzuki fires back! They go back and forth and the fans rally as they pick up speed! Suzuki ROCKS Hashi, ROCKS him again, but Hashi comes back to CHOP!
Suzuki eggs Hashi on so Hashi CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Hashi CHOPS more and more but Suzuki stays standing on sheer anger! Hashi drags Suzuki over, tags Goto, and Bishamon double whip to then double shoulder tackle! Hashi BLASTS Nagata for good measure, then Goto stomps Suzuki. Goto drags Suzuki up, CLUBS him, then whips. Suzuki reverses to then headlock, but Goto powers out. Suzuki pulls hair to HEADBUTT! Suzuki CLUBS Goto down and Goto bails out! Nagata runs in to BLAST Hashi as payback, and then the murder grandpas go out after them! Suzuki whips Goto into railing, then brings him around while Nagata sends Hashi hard into railing!
Suzuki RAMS Goto into railing in front of commentary, then has a railing crossface! The ref reprimands, Suzuki lets off of Goto, but Nagata POSTS Hashi! Suzuki stomps Goto around, the ring count starts, and Suzuki stomps Goto again before sliding in. The count reaches 7 of 20, then 10 as Goto crawls. Goto clutches his neck, the count is 15! Goto stands at 17, and slides in at 19! Fans cheer but Suzuki clamps onto Goto with a camel clutch! Goto endures, Suzuki shifts to bring him up for a facelock. Nagata tags in and he CLUBS Goto on the neck! And CLUBS him again! Nagata wraps on a chinlock to grind Goto down!
Hashi coaches Goto as he fights around, and Goto gets the ROPEBREAK! Nagata lets go, to KICK Goto in the back! Nata then drags Goto up with a facelock and tags Suzuki. Suzuki snapmares Goto to KICK him! And then Suzuki pulls at the tape around the neck and shoulders! The ref reprimands but there’s nothing he can really do! Suzuki reels Goto in but Goto resists the Gotch lift! Suzuki powers up but Goto still fights. Suzuki CLUBS Goto, tags Nagata, and Nagata BOOTS Hashi down! Nagata KICKS Goto in the chest, then KICKS him again! Goto grits his teeth, Nagata eggs him on, but Goto blocks the next kick!
Goto CLUBS the leg, but Nagata ROCKS Goto with a forearm! Nagata whips, Goto reverses, but Nagata BOOTS back! Nagata runs, Goto follows to LARIAT! Both men are down and the fans fire up! Goto and Nagata crawl, hot tag to Hashi! Hashi runs to run Nagata over! Hashi BLASTS Suzuki off the apron and fans fire up as Hashi ROCKS, body shots and CHOPS! Then he fires off forearms over and over in the corner! Nagata sits down and Hashi keeps going! The ref reprimands, the fans fire up, and Hashi lets off to bring Nagata back up. Nagata shoves Hashi so Hashi eggs him on. The forearms go back and forth now!
Hashi gets the edge with forearms, then CHOPS Nagata back to the corner. Hashi whips corner to corner, Nagata reverses, but Hashi comes back to LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Fans rally again and Hashi fires up. Hashi reels Nagata in, suplexes, but Nagata fights it to suplex, and MAGIC SCREW! Hashi flounders, Nagata stands, and Nagata stomps Hashi. Nagata ROCKS Hashi, whips him to ropes, but Hashi holds ropes. Goto tags in, Hashi sidesteps Nagata and Goto ROCKS him! Hashi CHOPS Nagata down, then he BLASTS Suzuki. Hashi hauls Nagata up, turns him, and Goto adds on, HEAD BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally as Nagata hangs in there.
Bishamon set up in opposite corners, and they aim at Nagata. But Suzuki pushes Nagata to save him from the DOUBLE LARIAT SANDWICH! Hashi CHOPS, Goto CLUBS and then GOTO GO TO HUNTER! Bishamon have Nagata in a corner, Goto clotheslines! Hashi clotheslines! Feed to the fireman’s carry, FIERCE FLASH! Cover, TWO! Nagata survives and fans rally up again! Goto hauls Nagata up, Hashi calls the shot! Dragon sleeper and leg lift, but Suzuki catches Hashi to a SLEEPER! Nagata drags Goto down into a CROSSFACE! Goto endures, Hashi is turning red! Fans rally up as Goto fights his way around!
Goto reaches out, ROPEBREAK! Fans cheer, and Suzuki sends Goto to a corner! Suzuki BOOTS! Nagata BOOTS! Snapmare, DOUBLE PENALTY KICK SANDWICH! Then EXPLODER!! Cover, TWO!! Goto survives and fans fire up again! Nagata drags Goto up, but Goto fights the saido with elbows! Nagata knees low, and again, then CLUBS Goto’s neck! Goto falls and writhes, but Nagata drags him back up! Suzuki keeps Hashi out with an ANKLE LOCK, as Nagata SAI- NO, Goto fights free! Hashi also gets free, to SUPERKICK Nagata! Goto has a SLEEPER, then rolls it to GOTO NISHIKI!! Cover, Bishamon wins!!
Winners: Bishamon, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Nagata & Suzuki earn 0)
The murder grandpas almost had it, but Goto finds a way to survive! Does this mean the Fierce Warrior & Headhunter have a chance to #GetBackUp to the WTL finals after all?
2023 World Tag League, B Block: Lance Archer & Alex Zayne VS Yota Tsuji & Zandokan Jr!
The Monster Sauce is leading the way but they have to finish strong! Will they stay hot going into the seventh and final round? Or will they be sunk by The Gene Blast & King of the World?
Wait, Tetsuya Naito is coming out here? What a great surprise! It sure takes Shingo Takagi by surprise as he’s been on commentary this entire time. Naito joins commentary, even! And he puts his feet up on top of Milano Collection AT’s notes. He makes Milano hold the Right to Challenge bag while he puts his headset on. Monster Sauce then makes their entrance, and Archer suckers a Young Lion in by offering a high-five to then DECK him! He pats another on the shoulder, assuring him it’s fine. Then he RAMS him into railing! Zayne apologizes to each Young Lion in turn, it’s nothing personal. Archer and Zayne then have Red Shoes and Abe-san put on the jackets to see how they look.
Zando and Tsuji make their entrances, the teams sort out, and Archer says that smile of Tsuji’s is gonna be missing some teeth soon. However, Zayne and Zando step up to start and the fans rally up with the bell. They circle, tie up, and Zando powers Zayne to ropes. Zando lets off, fakes the chop, and tells Zayne to take it easy. Zayne and Zando reset and fans rally again. They tie up, Zayne puts Zando on ropes now, and Zayne fakes the chop to twirl his hair. Fans cheer and Zando smirks. The two reset again, tie up again, and Zando headlocks. Zayne wrenches out, but Zando wrenches back to wristlock.
Zayne rolls, handsprings, wrenches and wristlocks, but Zando spins, CHOPS, and whips Zayne to a corner. Zayne reverses, runs in and back elbows! Zayne slips out to the apron and slingshot RANAS! Things keep moving, Zayne ducks ‘n’ dodges and IMPLODER KNEE DROPS down on Zando’s dropdown! Zayne then rolls to STANDING MARIPOSA! Fans fire up and Zayne smirks as he twirls his hair again. Zayne stands Zando up, Zando throws hands but Zayne bobs ‘n’ weaves to body blow! Zayne runs, but Tsuji kicks him! Zayne swings on Tsuji, but Zando reels him in, chicken wings and DODON DROP!
Archer runs in to kick Zando low! Archer reels Zando in to CLUB him, then he runs. Tsuji trips Archer, Zando basement dropkicks! Tsuji then drags Archer out to RAM him into railing! Fans fire up with Zando, and Tsuji sends Archer into more railing! Zando TOSSES Zayne out of the ring, Tsuji fires off on Archer, then CHOPS him! Tsuji holds Archer out along railing, Zando runs in, LEAP FROG ATTACK! Fans fire up while Archer falls over! Tsuji finds Zayne and stomps him, to then put him in the ring for Zando. Zando storms up, drags Zayne up and has him on ropes. Zando lifts Zayne up and Tsuji runs, to LEAP FROG ATTACK!
Zayne flops over, fans rally up, and Zando tags Tsuji. Zando & Tsuij drag Zayne up to double whip. Archer returns, Red Shoes keeps him back, Zayne ends up in the POP-UP KICK! Zando & Tsuji run, basement dropkick sandwich! Fans cheer but Red Shoes reprimands. Zando exits, Tsuji digs his knees into Zayne at the ropes before a knee drop! Tsuji drags Zayne up while Archer and Zando shout at each other. Tsuji whips Zayne but reverses direction to send him into the red corner! Tsuji stomps Zayne, Zando CLUBS him, and then Zando tags in. Zando snapmares Zayne to a seated abdominal stretch! Zayne endures and the fans rally up.
Zayne reaches out, but then reaches up to drag Zando into a cradle! TWO, and Zando stomps away! Zando hits Archer, then laughs as he gets away. Zando drags Zayne back, CLUBS him, then grabs a leg. Zando steps over, then clinches, modified cobra twist! Zayne endures, hops on his one free leg, and fans rally up! Zayne reaches out, hot tag- NO, Tsuji drags Archer down and RAMS him into railing right in front of commentary! Zando wrangles Zayne to a cover, TWO! Fans cheer and Zando drags Zayne up. Zando wrenches, wristlocks, then he tags Tsuji. Tsuji BOOTS Zayne’s arm, then brings him around to ROCK with a forearm!
Fans rally up, Zayne ROCKS Tsuji back! And CHOPS! And ROCKS him again! Tsuji knees low, then wags his finger. Tsuji swings, Zayne counter punches! And again! Tsuji runs in, Zayne gets around, roll up and EDDY GORDO KICK! Both men are down and the fans fire up! Tsuji and Zayne crawl, hot tag to Archer! Archer storms around, fires up, and BLASTS Zando! It was a fake out at first, but now he runs to ELBOW Tsuji! “Ichi!” Archer keeps moving, and ELBOWS! “Ni!” Zayne runs in, tilt-o-whirl RANA CANNONBALL! But Zando SUPERKICKS Zayne! Archer CHOPS Zando but Zando just fires up!
Zando CHOPS Archer, and Archer just smiles! Archer CHOPS back! Archer eggs Zando on so Zando CHOPS! Archer CHOPS, eggs Zando on, and fans fire up as Zando CHOPS again! They CHOP back and forth, faster and faster! Archer CHOPS Zando down! Fans fire up with the Murderhawk and he storms up. Zando swings, but into a full nelson that Archer makes into a dragon sleeper. Tsuji runs in, but gets caught! URENAGE REVERSE DDT COMBO! Archer then drags Tsuji up, shoves him to a corner, and DOUBLE CHOPS! Zayne then LEAP FROG MISSILE DROPKICKS! Archer suplexes Tsuji! Then CHOKE SLAM SAULT! Cover, TWO!!
Tsuji survives and fans fire up but Archer fires himself back up. Tag to Zayne, he goes up, but Zando GAMANGIRIS! Archer grabs Zando, but Tsuji DUMPS Archer! Tsuji then rushes the corner, but Zayne jumps and over! Zayne comes back but Tsuji BOOTS him! Tsuji goes up, but Zayne returns, NO HANDS STEINER! Fans fire up as Zando hurries in. Zayne dodges the chop but Zando blocks the chip to CHOP after all! Zando suplexes, Zayne slips free to shove, but Zando blocks the kick! Zando ducks the enziguri, wheelbarrow GERMAN SUPLEX! Archer BOOTS Zando, ripcords, and HELLICOASTERS! Fans fire up with Archer again!
Archer hauls Zando back up, reels him in, but Tsuji saves Zando from the suplex! Tsuji & Zando mug Archer, then go to double suplex! Archer fights it, he wants to double suplex, but they fight it! Zando & Tsuji try again, DOUBLE SUPLEX! All four men are down and the fans fire up again! Zando stirs, flounders out of the ring, and Tsuji rises. Tsuji tags Zando in, they get Zayne up. They double whip, hip toss and SLAM! Then SPLASH, to LIONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Zayne hangs in there and Zando pounds the mat in frustration. The fans clap along, Tsuji & Zando get Zayne up, ANCHOR!! Cover, TWO!! Zayne survives and fans fire up again!
Zando pounds the mat some more and the fans clap along again. Tag to Tsuji, and he climbs up onto Zando’s shoulders! But Archer caches Tsuji, to CHOKE SLAM him into Zando! Then Archer fireman’s carries, Zayne runs in, ROLLING NECKBREAKER SAMOAN DROP COMBO!! Cover, Zando breaks it! Fans fire up, Archer runs in, but he doesn’t fall for the dump trick. Archer CLOBBERS Zando against ropes, then clotheslines him up and out of the ring! Fans fire up with Archer again and Zayne pounds the mat. Archer hauls Tsuji up, sets him up for Zayne, ROLLING- NO, Tsuji avoids the ax kick! Then he dodges Archer, and now Zando dumps him out!
Zayne mule kicks Tsuji, runs, but into the GENE BLAST SPEAR!!! Cover, LIJ WINS!!
Winners: Yota Tsuji & Zandokan Jr, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Archer & Zayne earn 0)
Monster Sauce drops, making the top of this block really interesting! If #EverybodyDies, are their chances at the finals in danger of dying off?
As for Tsuji & Zando, Tsuji gets the mic to say, “It looks like it’s someone’s birthday today.” It’s also someone in Los Ingobernables de Japon. “HIROMU-CHAN!” Oh wait, is he even here? Well, maybe Hiromu was too busy to be here, but Tsuji hopes tonight’s win is a good birthday gift. Fans applaud that, but then Tsuji says he also has some bad news. It would seem after tonight’s penultimate-penultimate results, there mathematically isn’t a chance for Tsuji & Zando to make it to the semifinals. He asks if that’s true or not. Even commentary has to check the math on that. So then, is there a chance?
Milano is sure it’s not zero percent. Really? Pretty sure. Then there IS a chance! The fans cheer and Tsuji says that even if it seems unlikely, should they win next round, Zandokan will be LIJ! Fans cheer for that, too! Tsuji then brings up that the other day, he talked with the others and hoped Takagi & Naito wouldn’t lose today. Takagi stands up from commentary to say that he does need to get better. Well, hey, tranquilo, right? Tsuji then lets Zando say a few words. “WATASHI WA…! ZANDOKAN JUNIOR!” AKA, he is Zandokan. Fans cheer the introduction, and then he says he’s a BIG DEAL! Fans also cheer that.
Zando then shouts in Spanish, Milano asks for a translation, but Tsuji asks if they’re ready for the tournament’s home stretch. Are you ready for him and Zando to do this? VAMOS, AMIGOS!! Fans cheer, but will Gene Blast & The King of The World really make it to the end?
Here are the NEW B Block standings!
Alex Zayne & Lance Archer: 4-2, 8 points
ELP & Hikuleo: 4-2, 8 points
Taichi & Yuya Uemura: 4-2, 8 points
Bishamon: 3-2-1, 7 points
Yota Tsuji & Zandokan Jr: 3-3, 6 points
Atlantis Jr. y Soberano Jr: 2-3-1, 5 points [ELIMINATED]
Bad Luck Fale & Jack Bonza: 2-4, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
Yuji Nagata & Minoru Suzuki: 1-5, 2 points [ELIMINATED]
A great round, and now with some really complex stuff at the top of the block. Monster Sauce lost to go down to 4-2 so that they’d be tied with ELP & Leo and with Taichi & Yuya. Monster Sauce VS ELP & Leo is next, and so one team will go to 5-2 with 10 points, the other will be 4-3 with 8. This scenario alone seems to be creating confusion because while commentary was not prepared to speak on who is still in this, NJPW’s official website has determined Tsuji & Zando are out despite that great main event win. Even if Tsuji & Zando beat Atlantis & Soberano next round, they’ll get to 8 points, BUT they lost to Taichi & Yuya.
And even if Taichi & Yuya lose, they’d be losing to Bishamon, who would then stand at 9 points, making THEM second place flat out. And if Taichi & Yuya win, they are in as second place, not Bishamon. So despite the moment of cheers and hope at the end of that main event, Tsuji & Zando are really just fighting for pride and apparently for Zando to become Sanada’s replacement so that LIJ maintains six members. That’d be cool stuff, but I wonder if Atlantis & Soberano being CMLL like Zando is CMLL comes into play…
My Score: 8.8/10
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