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Mitchell’s WWE Payback Results & Report! (9/2/23)

Hosted by John Cena!



There’s gold in the Steel City!

WWE returns to Pittsburgh in a big way! And the World Heavyweight Champion, Seth Rollins, has a big fight on his hands against Shinsuke Nakamura!


  • Steel Cage Match: Becky Lynch VS Trish Stratus; Becky wins.
  • LA Knight VS The Miz, John Cena as special guest referee; Knight wins.
  • WWE United States Championship: Rey Mysterio w/ The LWO VS Austin Theory; Rey wins and retains the title.
  • Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championships Steel City Street Fight: Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn VS Finn Balor & Damian Priest; Finn & Priest win and become the new Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions.
  • WWE Women’s World Championship: Rhea Ripley VS Raquel Rodriguez; Rhea wins and retains the title.
  • WWE World Heavyweight Championship: Seth Rollins VS Shinsuke Nakamura; Rollins wins and retains the title.


It’s the Payback Kickoff Show!

Join Kayla Braxton, Jackie Redmond, Wade Barrett, Booker T & Peter Rosenberg in discussing, analyzing and predicting all the action in Pittsburgh!


Grayson Waller joins the panel.

Jackie brings up how Cody Rhodes will be on tonight’s premium (live event) edition of the Grayson Waller Effect, and asks if he’s the biggest guest Waller’s had so far. Waller says yes, that is a SUPER superstar right there. But how much video are we going to see about Cody? Now, Waller has heard Cody has huge news tonight, and who did he come to? Grayson Waller! Waller can’t wait! Kayla says Waller surely is feeling good, just like last night on SmackDown. Waller agrees, and says his boy, Austin Theory, is gonna ride that wave to become the NEW US Champion. Waller would party with Theory here tonight but Pittsburgh’s “a bit of a hole” so they’ll wait until they leave here.

Kayla brings up social media buzz about Waller has read John Cena’s book. How does he feel about Cena hosting Payback tonight? Waller says it’s great. Cena’s book is so motivating, and it’s maybe 600 words. Get that paycheck, Cena! Impressive. But as Waller said on social media, he’ll teach Cody how to finish the story. Peter commends Waller on buttoning up two buttons on his shirt. Well he didn’t wanna embarrass Peter. Peter’s button popped when he sat down. But his bald head looks great, what shine. Kayla wants Waller’s input on The Miz VS LA Knight, two men Waller’s had history with.

Waller can’t believe they’re arguing this! It’s not a question, his close, personal friend The Miz is gonna win and teach Knight a lesson. Is LA Knight gonna win? NOPE! NOPE! Fans chant “YEAH! YEAH!” but Waller says they’re so stupid here. Miz wins! Well, anything else Waller is excited about tonight? Booker wants to know, he was watching Waller grow up in NXT, how is it different going from an NXT TakeOver even to a WWE PLE? Waller says he appreciates that question. Booker is someone who kept an eye on Waller.

But just look at the people he’s been in the ring with: Edge, a Hall of Famer; John Cena, one of the best ever; and now, Cody Rhodes, arguably the biggest name today. And they’re all coming to Waller cuz they’re legends, had some losses, been away, and wanted to be relevant again. That’s what Waller does for them. If Cody’s news is what Waller heard, then this will be massive! Waller will get back to everyone later. Jackie says yes, he’ll want to get to that scoop, but what is the one question Waller is dying to ask Cody? Oh so many things. But for Cody, Waller will say something nice here, which is rare. Cody is an example of what a superstar should be, both in and out of the ring.

When Cody walks by, he carries himself like a superstar. But Waller won’t do what everyone does and ask him backstage what it takes. No, Waller will learn in the ring, see if Cody can keep up on the mic. Wow, Waller can be nice. Well don’t tell Cody what Waller said here, okay? But Wade Barrett says he’ll try to be a friend here. Waller says he’s got some bad news, that probably won’t happen. Wade says Waller is a ten in the ring, but Cody Rhodes is one of the most dangerous men in the WWE. Cody just conquered Brock Lesnar, and Waller has a history of pushing people’s buttons. If that happens, Waller will regret it.

Waller says just watch past Grayson Waller Effect segments, he gets the best of the best on there, and he finds a way. If Cody punches Waller in the face, maybe that’s what Waller wants. Either way, Waller is taking this and going viral tonight. He might even take Wade’s advice and get on that Australian cricket team. Waller polishes Peter’s head, and Jackie thanks Waller for his time ahead of tonight’s Grayson Waller Effect. Will the Aussie Icon get to the bottom of the American Nightmare’s rumored news?


Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Steel City.

“You know that feeling? When something is coming? Something you started, but now you can’t stop? Well, that something is here. Tonight, Payback is currency, and it’s time to pay up. Tonight, get ready to raise some hell! Payback has arrived.”


Steel Cage Match: Becky Lynch VS Trish Stratus!

The Steel City gets a heavy metal opening to the show as The Man looks for big time payback on the selfish WWE Hall of Famer who betrayed her months ago, all so she could hog the spotlight. She’s got all of Becky’s attention tonight, will Trish survive her first steel cage match ever? Or will Becky finally humble her Hall of Fame ego?

Tiffany Stratton is in the crowd, NXT Women’s Championship on her shoulder. She’s talked down on Becky already, is she here to see Becky fail? Trish finally gets in the cage with Becky, the door closes, and the bell rings. Becky stands by the door and glares at Trish, as if to say that’s one way Trish ain’t gonna win. The two step up, Tirsh dodges Becky, and goes for the door! Becky reels her back in, but Trish fights the clinch to shove Becky away! Trish goes up the wall but Becky yanks her down. Trish SLAPS Becky, but Becky just glares at her! Becky fires off forearms, then bumps Trish off buckles! Becky runs Trish into another corner! And then another! And then a third!

Fans fire up as Becky ROCKS Trish with a right! Trish staggers, Becky fires up and eggs Trish on, then catches a kick to a BECKSPLODER! And then another BECKSPLODER! And then a third BECKSPLODER! Fans fire up with Becky as she storms up to Trish. Becky drags Trish up to throw her at the steel, but Trish blocks! Trish tries but Becky blocks! Becky elbows Trish but Trish throws elbows back. Trish throws Becky down by her hair! Trish checks her face, stomps Becky around, then goes to a wall. Trish climbs, but Becky hurries after! Becky drags Trish back down, they fight on the top rope, and then Becky throws Trish down!

But Trish gets up to YANK Becky down! And then Trish THROWS Becky into steel! Fans boo but Trish soaks it all up. Trish stomps Becky around, stands her up, and then THRWOS her into the steel again! Fans rally, Trish stands Becky up, and Becky is again sent into the steel! Trish bends Becky back against the ropes, and pulls hair to add on! The ref can’t do anything but reprimand, and then Trish BOOTS Becky into the steel! Trish digs Becky’s face into the chain links and tells the camera to get a close-up! But Becky fights up to fight back! Becky runs, but into a SPINEBUSTER! Trish shows her strength and covers, TWO!

Trish hurries to go for the door! But Becky rolls Trish up! TWO, and Becky hurries up, but into a LARIAT! Trish covers, TWO! Trish is frustrated, but she drags Becky up to THRWO her into more steel! Fans rally for The Man but Trish traps Becky in the ropes. Trish pulls Becky back and makes her smile with fishhooks, before throwing her into steel! Trish digs Becky’s face into the chain links again! Fans boo but Trish revels in it as she looms over Becky. Trish smacks Becky off the mat, then drags her back up. Trish taunts The Man and smacks her off the mat again! Trish stomps Becky while mocking the fans rallying up.

Becky crawls to ropes but Trish CHOKES her against them! The ref reprimands and Trish lets off, but Becky rises up. So Trish whips, but Becky reverses to send Trish into steel! Becky then drags Trish up, to throw her into more steel! And then a scoop, for a LAWN DART into steel! And then another LAWN DART! And a THIRD! Becky runs to CLOBBER Trish! Cover, TWO! DISARM-HER!! Trish can’t use ropebreaks, so she fights her way around. Trish CLUBS Becky’s back, fights up to her feet and reaches for the door! But Becky slips around, only for Trish to RAM her into steel! Trish then sends Becky into more steel!

Becky runs in, Trish goes Matrix! But Becky drops a leg on Trish’s stomach! Both women are down and fans fire up! Becky and Trish stir, Trish runs in, but Becky blocks to ROCK Trish! Trish ROCKS Becky back, and the forearms fly! Becky SOBATS! Becky runs Trish to RAM her into the steel! Becky gets in the gap with Trish, to dribble her off the steel! But Trish gives it back! They go back and forth with throwing the other into the steel! Becky gets the edge and just thrashes Trish around! Fans are all fired up with Becky now! Becky then springboards, JUMP KICK! Becky goes up the ropes, drags Trish up with her, to then THROW her into steel!

Trish is stuck on the top rope, Becky hits a GUILLOTINE LEG DROP! Cover, TWO!! Trish survives and fans can’t believe it! Becky keeps her cool, a part of her knows a Hall of Famer doesn’t get there without being that tough. Trish sits up, a lump on her head, and Becky adds on with a forearm smash! And a JUMP STOMP! Becky climbs up, but Trish SHOVES her into the steel of the corner! Trish runs in, goes up, STRATUS- NO, Becky blocks Stratusphere, so Trish sits up! They brawl with forearms while sitting up top! Fans fire up as Trish fires a flurry! Trish then climbs up and over Becky, wanting to get to the top!

Becky anchors a foot! Trish kicks with the other and sends Becky away! Becky springs back up, catches up to Trish, and drags her back down! Trish fights out of Electric Chair position, only for Becky to turn this around! RUNNING POWERBOMB!! Cover, TWO!! Trish survives again and now Becky is starting to grow frustrated. Pittsburgh says “This is Awesome!” as Becky storms around. Becky drags Trish up, reels her in, but Trish fights free! So Becky goes for an arm! Trish sends Becky away, kicks her low, and reels her in! Canadian Rack, for a WIDOW’S PEAK! Shoutout to Victoria! Cover, TWO!!

Trish is fuming, but she drags Becky around to dribble her off the mat! Trish headlocks, points to the sky, but Becky powers out to hit a TWIST OF FATE! Shoutout to Lita! Cover, TWO!!! Trish survives her greatest rival’s move, but Becky drags Trish to a drop zone. Becky fires herself up and the fans are with her as she climbs. LEG- NO, Becky has to roll through as Trish moves! Trish gets her for STRATUSFACTION!! Cover, TWO!!! That was so close and Trish is seething! Trish drags Becky up, SMACKS her off the mat again, and then stomps her around. Fans again declare “this is Awesome!” even as Trish throws Becky around.

Trish storms up to a wall and climbs. But Becky hurries to get the feet! Trish slips free, gets to the top, but Becky drags her back down! Trish throws forearms, Becky throws body shots, they brawl up top again! Becky again smacks Trish off that steel! Then clinches! But Trish fights with panic! Trish headlocks, for a SUPER STRATUSFACTION!!! Trish crawls to the cover, TWO!!! Becky survives again and Trish is shocked! Trish stalks Becky, aims from a corner, and climbs. She goes up again, but Becky springs back to life! Becky catches up to Trish, to SMACK her off the top of the cage! They both sit up there and start throwing hands!

Fans are thunderous as these two literally fight on the edge! Trish SMACKS Becky off the top, then shoves her down! Trish starts descending, but Becky hurries up! Becky grabs Trish by her hair!! Becky drags Trish up but Trish throws hands! Becky still drags Trish back over! Trish is stuck in the railing! Becky ROCKS Trish into a Tree of Woe!! Becky doesn’t let Trish off that easy, she drags her right back up, throws some hands, and then SMACKS Trish off the steel! Trish gets her legs free, but Becky uses that to drag Trish into position, for a SUPER DUPER MEGA PLEX!!! Fans are going nuts over that crash landing!

Becky crawls to cover Trish, TWO!??! Trish survives and no one can believe it! Again, “This is Awesome!” but those words don’t even really do this justice! Becky staggers up, goes back to the wall, and now she climbs up! Becky’s reached the top, but Trish is hurrying for the door! Becky realizes that, jumps down and drags Trish back! But ZOEY STARK is here!! She’s trying to drag Trish out of the cage! IT’s a tug-o-war over Trish! Becky has a grip on those legs but Stark has a grip on the arms! Becky wins out!! So Stark SLAMS the door shut on Becky!! Trish rolls Becky up, TWO!! CHIKC- NO, Becky dodges! MANHANDLE SLAM!! Cover, Stark breaks it!!

Fans boo but there’s nothing to stop Stark from helping out! Stark drags Trish’s limp body to the door, but Becky’s in the way! Becky slams the door shut, this has come full circle. Stark says okay, and they fire off fists! Fans fire up while Trish stays back. Stark CLOBBERS Becky and Trish starts climbing! But then Becky MANHANDLE SLAMS Stark!! Becky climbs up to get Trish’s leg! Becky drags Trish back in, SMACKS her off steel, and clinches, for a SUPER MANHANDLE SLAM!!!! Cover, Becky wins!!!

Winner: Becky Lynch, by pinfall

Even with her protege’s help, Trish could NOT stop Becky Lynch! The Big Time Payback is complete, and she has proven herself as THE greatest of all time! Will Becky finally be able to move on and focus on what she really wants: the women’s world title?

As for Trish, Stark helps her up. Fans boo as Trish starts to get upset with Stark. Stark says she tried to help, what more could she have done? Trish SLAPS Stark! Stark doesn’t let Trish leave the cage just yet, but Trish tells her to get out. Stark walks over to the door, and closes the door! Stark says this is how Trish repays her? Trish gets angrier, but Stark scoops Trish for Z360!! She throws the #ThankYouTrish shirt away and storms off! Will Zoey Stark move on and focus on what she wants now?


John Cena heads to the ring!

Pittsburgh fires up for the special guest host of Payback as he runs down the ramp and slides into the ring! Cena gets the mic to say, “Welcome, welcome, welcome! Pittsburgh, welcome to Payback! What a first match! That was awesome!” Fans cheer, and Cena says he’s done a lot of things in his 20 years. He’s done the opener, the main event, he’s been the champion, he’s been the challenger. He’s been a guest, he’s been a fan, a doctor and a prototype. But Cena’s never been a host! He wasn’t gonna pass this up, and so his job as host is to make tonight special.

Cena got to thinking that there is no better way to make tonight special than by being the special guest referee in a match he’s had his eye on for awhile! The match of LA Knight VS The Miz! But speaking of, here comes The Miz! Fans boo as Miz gets the mic, and Miz frowns at Cena. Miz would expect this from LA Knight, but not Cena! Pandering? To this audience? He’s John Cena, the Greatest Of All Time. But as a host, Cena sucks! Fans boo and Cena says hold on. This is his first time, Miz has had a lot of experience, so does Miz have any advice? Yeah! Don’t put yourself as a special guest referee into Miz’s match!

Oh. That was Cena’s one idea. Any other advice? Yeah, when they call you to be a merman in the Barbie movie, say no. Oh, well, okay. Miz still has it. Cena admits, he doesn’t like Miz. But he does respect Miz. And Cena still wants to make tonight special. he’s just asking for help, please give him advice. Miz admits, he has hosting experience from MizTV to WrestleMania. Cena has to be more involved. When Miz as more involved, he wasn’t in just one match, but two matches! Yeah, Cena remembers that! So be more involved. Okay. Miz asks what Cena is wearing. Miz wore a 10 THOUSAND dollar suit! Cena is almost 50 and still looks like a Teletubby!

Okay, point taken. Be more involved, dress the part. Good, good. Miz says yes, take charge! Right, right, okay. Like making himself a guest referee! NO!! But fans chant “YES! YES! YES!” Miz tries the “hand up, mouths go shut” bit, but fans just boo. Miz says Cena doesn’t even have a ref shirt, so… Wait, Cena makes one magically appear from his pocket! Perks of being the host. So Cena really IS the special guest referee for Miz’s match! NO! Yeah. Miz is angry as Cena goes back and forth with him, “NO!” “YEAH!” And here comes THE MEGA STAR! Is Miz going to make it through this with his sanity, let alone his dignity?

LA Knight VS The Miz, John Cena as special guest referee!

Pittsburgh is thunderous for “LA KNIGHT!” already while Miz complains about the entire situation. Miz still gets in the ring, and then fans taunt his “TINY BALLS!” Miz storms out to the steel steps and fans boo. Cena says c’mon, this has to happen. Miz slowly returns into the ring, the bell rings and then Miz bails out! Fans boo again as Miz paces around the outside. Miz says Knight is not on his level and he already dealt with Cena years ago. Knight holds ropes open for Miz but Miz says to hecc with this, and to hecc with Pittsburgh! Miz is going up the ramp! Knight says hold on, and he hurries out after him!

Miz takes a swing, but Knight dodges to ROCK Miz! And ROCK him again! Knight puts Miz in, and then TAKCLES him! The two scrap, Cena watches closely as the two stand up. Miz ELBOWS Knight away, then ROCKS him! Knight ROCKS Miz back, and the haymakers fly! Miz ROCKS Knight, kicks low, but Knight ROCKS him back! Knight whips and CLOBBERS Miz! Knight reels Miz in, HALF HATCH! Miz staggers up, Knight puts him on the top rope. They go to the very top but Miz fights back with body shots! Miz SUPER GOURD BUSTERS! Fans boo while Miz steadies himself. Miz sneers and leaps, AX HANDLE!

Fans boo as Miz glares and stomps Knight around. Miz digs his boots in but Cena reprimand. Miz lets off and Knight sputters. Miz says he’s watching Cena and stalks Knight to ropes. Miz CHOPS Knight, tells fans to shut up, but the fans boo. Miz whips Knight, Knight reverses but Miz ducks, only to run into a POWERSLAM! Knight throws down hands! Knight hauls Miz up to suplex, but Miz slips free! Full nelson, but Knight slips free! Miz powers out of the cravat to bail out of the ring. Fans boo but Knight waits on Miz. Miz storms back up but Knight WRECKS him with a dropkick! Fans fire up as Knight goes out, to RAM Miz into steel steps!

Knight brings Miz around, and SMACKS him off the desk! And again! “YEAH! YEAH! YEAH!” Cena counts, Knight stops at 5 of 10 to get back in the ring. Knight says “YEAH!” to Cena and goes back out. But Miz YANKS Knight into the desk! Both men are down and Cena goes out to check them. Miz is alright, he smirks as he sits back up. Knight stirs, Miz drags him up, but fans still cheer Knight. Miz mocks the “YEAH!” as he dribbles Knight off the barrier again and again! Miz slides into the ring to taunt Cena but fans boo. Miz goes back out, sets up and runs in, but Knight TOSSES Miz into the timekeeper’s area!

Fans fire up as Knight drags Miz up to TOSS back over! Knight then clears out some space, gets a running start, and he LEAPS over to CLOBBER Miz! Fans fire up with Knight and Cena goes out to tell them to get this in the ring. Knight puts Miz in the ring, but Miz throat chops him! Cena reprimands but Miz stomps Knight and fires off the It Kicks! Miz digs his boots in, Cena counts, and has to drag Miz away to stop him! Miz and Cena argue, but then Knight LARIATS Miz! Fans fire up as Knight stomps a mudhole into Miz! Cena starts  a count, then he drags Knight away. Knight jukes to stomp Miz more!

Cena counts again, and loudly, but he still has to back Knight off. Knight argues with Cena now, but Cena is being fair to both me. Miz CLOBBERS Knight now! Miz stomps Knight at the ropes, soaks up the heat, and then CHOKES Knight on the ropes! Cena reprimands, Miz lets off at 4, and Cena says good. More of that please. Miz stands Knight up but Knight shoves him and BOOTS him! Knight goes up but Miz kicks the legs out! DRAPING CODE BREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Miz is annoyed but Cena’s count was fair. Miz looms over Knight, clamps on with a fishhook then a chinlock. Knight endures and fans rally up.

Cena checks Knight, and Knight fights up to his feet! Knight reaches out, fans fire up, and Knight throws body shots! Knight whips Miz to a corner, runs in, but Miz puts him on the apron! Miz then slides out to YANK Knight down! Miz spells it out, “M I Z! YEAH~!” Miz drags Knight up, and sends him back into the ring. Miz mocks the fans as they boo, and then Miz stalks up to Knight. Miz fires off IT KICKS! Knight flounders but sits up, so Miz KICKS him again! And again! Knight staggers up to his feet, Miz winds up, but Knight ducks the roundhouse! BIG back suplex! Both men are down and fans fire up!

Cena checks both men, Knight crawls his way over, then pushes up. Miz stirs, fans rally for Knight, and Knight manages to stand up first. Miz runs in but Knight fires off haymakers! Knight DECKS Miz, whips him to a corner, then hits a JUMPING NECKBREAKER! Fans fire up as Knight climbs up, to FLYING BULLDOG! Knight watches Miz rise, and runs in to SLIDING BOOT! Cover, TWO! Miz is still in this but Knight keeps his cool. Knight stomps Miz in the corner, “YEAH! YEAH! YEAH!” Cena counts, Knight lets off at 3 to run corner to corner, KNEE WASH! Miz flounders around and fans fire up again.

Knight brings Miz up, fireman’s carries, but Miz slips free to full nelson! Knight RAMS Miz into the corner, Miz holds on, so Knight RAMS him in again! Miz sunset flips! Knight rolls through but Miz ducks the boot to kick a leg out! BASEMENT DDT! Miz rolls through to BASEMENT DDT again! Cover, TWO!! Miz is upset that Knight survives, and fans boo as Miz calls his shot. Miz full nelsons, but Knight drops down! Victory roll, TWO! Miz escapes, Knight runs in but only gets buckles! Miz almost swaggers past Cena as he goes to the other corner. Miz runs back in, but he only gets buckles! Knight hits a DRAPING SIDEWINDER! Cover, TWO!!

Knight is annoyed that Miz is still in this. Knight stalks Miz to ropes, gets a foot but Miz has the ropes. Miz boots Knight away, knight returns, into a JAWBREAKER! Miz storms up, into a scoop! Miz slips free, O’Conner Roll, with the rope! Cena sees that and says NOPE! He KICKS Miz’s arm, reprimands him, but Miz says Cena can’t touch him. Oh yes he can! He’s the ref here! Miz always takes the low road. Knight runs up, Miz fights the cravat and has the full nelson! Knight arm-drags free and Miz almost runs into Cena! Knight runs in, Miz dodges, and Knight almost runs into Cena! SKULL CRUSHING FINALE!! Cover, TWO?!?!

Miz cannot believe Knight survived his best shot! Cena assures us his count was fair, but that doesn’t make Miz any less angry. Miz decides to parody Cena! And not for the first time, y’know. Miz says you can’t see me, but Knight kips up, scoops and SLAMS him! Fans fire up and spell it out, “L! A! KNIGHT! YEAH!” BIG elbow drop! Knight then gets Miz for the cravat, B F T!! Cover, Knight wins!!

Winner: LA Knight, by pinfall

Whose game is it? With everybody saying L A KNIGHT, YEAH!! Miz couldn’t get his ego and his grudges out of the way, that is why he lost! Will Miz ever live down losing to the man he called the flavor of the month? Will Knight continue to prove to the world that he IS the Mega Star? As for Cena, he throws off his ref shirt so he and Knight can stare down. Knight says he doesn’t mind going around with him. Cena offers a handshake in respect, Knight says Cena almost cost him that one out there. Even so, Knight shakes Cena’s hand and Cena raises Knight’s hand in victory! Is this Cena’s seal of approval on Knight’s future?


WWE United States Championship: Rey Mysterio w/ The LWO VS Austin Theory!

When Santos Escobar went down with a bad leg, all Theory’s doing, the King of Lucha Libre stepped up and took this title for the LWO! Will Rey also hold onto it? Or will Theory once again be The Now of the WWE?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and Steel City sees it’s first piece of gold tonight!

The bell rings and Theory RAMS Rey right into a corner! Theory RAMS into the corner, fires off hands, then stalks Rey around. Theory whips, Rey slides under, and then Rey kicks Theory from below. Theory storms up but into another kick! Rey runs up, Theory kicks low and whips again. Theory runs in, only gets buckles, and then Rey fires hands! Fans count along and Rey gets all the way to TEN! Rey then brings Theory around, whips, but Theory reverses. Rey goes up but Theory catches him! Rey still slips free, waistlocks, but Theory runs to HOTSHOT Rey with the rope! Theory then LARIATS Rey down!

Fans boo while Theory seethes. Theory looms over Rey, mocks Rey’s posing, and then whips Rey to a corner. Theory runs in to clothesline, goes up and over, throws Rey down, and he slingshot STOMPS! Then deadlift suplexes! Cover, TWO! Theory pushes Rey down, talks trash, and gets Rey up for another suplex! Theory grins but fans boo, and Theory says that’s two! He wants three, and mocks Latino Heat. Fans boo but Theory gets Rey’s wrists again. But Rey turns suplex into a cradle! TWO, and Theory CLOBBERS Rey! Cover, TWO! Theory clamps on with a chinlock, and he SWINGS Rey around before a SLAM! Cover, TWO!

Theory has the chinlock back on and he grinds Rey back down. Rey endures, fans rally up, and Rey fights up. Rey throws elbows, but Theory throat chops him! Theory then CHOKES Rey on the ropes! The ref counts, Theory talks trash but he still lets off at 4. Fans boo even harder, but Theory drags Rey up to ROCK him with a haymaker. Rey staggers, Theory brings him around and whips him hard into buckles! Rey falls back, Theory mocks the champ, and then throws down hands. Theory says Rey ain’t nothing, then he soaks up the heat. Theory drags Rey up, puts him on the top rope backwards, and then climbs up behind Rey.

Theory CLUBS away on Rey, tells the ref to leave him alone but the ref says Theory has to listen to him. Theory climbs up again, and he tries to take the mask off! Fans boo, the ref reprimands, and Rey holds on! Rey throws elbows! Theory drops back a bit, Rey fixes his mask, and then throws more elbows! Theory keeps trying but Rey ELBOWS him down! Rey QUEBRADA MOONSAULTS! Direct hit and down goes Theory! Fans fire up as Rey and Theory stir. Theory goes to ropes but Rey fires off on him! Rey ROCKS and KICKS and whips, but Theory blocks to reverse. Rey ducks ‘n ‘dodges to tilt-o-whirl RANA!

Theory tumbles out of the ring, fans fire up as Rey builds speed, and Rey SLIDES, to TORNADO DDT at the ramp! Fans fire up even more as Rey fetches Theory and puts him in the ring. Rey climbs a corner, leaps, SEATED SENTON! Cover, TWO! Theory is still in this but Rey rallies the fans. Rey then brings Theory around, but Theory shoves him away. Rey KCIKS Theory, shoves him, runs, springboards and tilt-o-whirl RANA again! Theory staggers up, into a drop toehold! Theory is on the ropes, Rey dials it up, but Theory ducks it! Theory runs up, into an elbow! Rey springboards, into a torture rack! TOWER HACKER BOMB!! Cover, TWO!!

Theory is furious, but Rey wouldn’t be a Hall of Famer if he wasn’t this level of tough. Theory still calls his shot, but the fans boo. Theory stalks Rey to ropes, drags him up and fireman’s carries, A-TOWN- NO!! Rey slips out to ENZIGURI! Theory runs up, but Rey puts him on the apron! Theory RAMS into Rey, slingshots and somersaults to SHOTGUN! Rey rebounds to BASEMENT DROPKICK! Fans fire up while both men are down again! Rey and Theory stir, crawl around, and Theory sits up first. Theory grabs Rey by his mask, throws hands, but Rey kicks back! And forearms back! Theory ROCKS Rey, Rey KICKS Theory!

Rey fires off shots, Theory knees low, then CLUBS Rey down! Theory whips, Rey reverses to wheelbarrow and put Theory on ropes! Dial it up, 619!! Theory is down, DROP THE DIME onto knees!! Theory scoops Rey, brings him up to the fireman’s carry, A- VICTORY ROLL! REY WINS!!

Winner: Rey Mysterio, by pinfall (still WWE United States Champion)

Snatching victory from the jaws of defeat, Rey wins and now celebrates with The LWO! The Now is still The Former, and the King of Lucha Libre is still the now! Will Theory have to go back to the drawing board if he wants to get this title back? Or will ATL still be less than 619?


Backstage interview with Becky Lynch.

Cathy Kelley is with The Man and says that now she’s finally done with Trish, what is next? But before Becky can say anything, in walks Tiffany Stratton. The NXT Women’s Champion congratulates Becky on the win, but feels they got off on the wrong foot just because Tiff said she plans to be the greatest NXT Women’s Champion of all time then name-dropping Charlotte, Asuka, Bayley and Becky. Because Tiff totally forgot that Becky was never NXT Women’s Champion. So this is a formal apology, woman to woman, for unfairly calling her what she wasn’t. Becky appreciates Tiff “crawling out of your Mattel box” to tell her that.

But Tiff should focus on her title defense. And maybe Becky will see her soon. Okay then. Tootles. Tiff heads out, but is she getting ahead of herself with Kiana James on the horizon?


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

The Prizefighter & Great Liberator have gone back and forth with The Judgment Day for months now, but it all comes to a head here! With nothing holding them back, will they use anything and everything they can get a hold of to put down The Prince & The Punisher? Or is this the night all parts of The Judgment Day hold gold?

The introductions are made, the tag titles are raised, and we see just how brutal things get in Pittsburgh!

The bell rings and the brawl is on! Kevin and Priest, Finn and Sami, and fans fire up as the champs get the edge! Kevin TOSSES Priest but Priest drags him out! Sami TOSSES Finn, goes out to throw more hands, but Priest ROCKS Kevin! Kevin ROCKS Priest! They go up the ramp, Kevin CHOPS Priest, and Sami has Finn against barriers. Priest ROCKS and CLUBS Kevin but Kevin hits back! Finn turns things around on Sami, Kevin ROCKS Priest, and Sami turns things back around to send Finn into barriers! Sami puts Finn in the ring and he looks under the ring! Fans want tables but Sami has chairs!

Sami throws in three chairs, but Finn bails out the other side. Sami hurries over to that side, but gets a KENDO STICK for it! Finn then looks under the ring, and he brings out so many more kendo sticks! And a bucket? With a Terrible Towel in it? Finn swings it around, but then throws it down and STOMPS it! The fans boo him harder just for that! Kevin CLOBBERS Finn and fans cheer! Kevin SMACKS Finn off the desk, dribbles him, then SMACKS him with a kendo stick! But Priest CLOBBERS Kevin from behind! Priest ROCKS Kevin with a right, he and Finn mug Kevin, but Sami builds speed to FLY! Direct hit and down goes everyone!

Fans are thunderous and Sami is all fired up! Kevin stands up, he and Sami storm around and they look under the ring. They bring out some trash cans! Fans fire up as they bring those over, and the SMACK Priest! And they SMACK Finn! Another for Priest! And another for Priest! And another still! The cans are put in the ring, Kevin rips off his shirt to reveal he’s a Terry Funk fan! Kevin has the can, Sami has some kendo sticks, and they put the can over Finn! They start beating the can with the sticks! The Pittsburgh Pirates might wanna recruit these two with those homers! Then they DOUBLE SMACK Finn! It is GONE!

Fans are thunderous as Sami & Kevin coordinate. Kevin goes out, Sami follows, and they wanna hear the fans. The fans get loud, and here comes as TABLE! Fans get what they want after all as Sami & Kevin set that table up ringside. The champs go find Priest, Sami holds him up, but Priest BOOTS Kevin away before another can can smash him! Priest then ROCKS Sami, UPPERCUTS Kevin, and takes that can to SMASH it on Sami! And CHUCK it into Kevin! Priest DECKS Kevin onto the desk! Kevin hits back, JABS Priest, but Priest kicks back. Finn has a chair and he JAMS Sami with it! The Judgment Day then coordinate and go after Kevin in the ring.

Finn JAMS Kevin with the chair, and Priest has one of his own! Priest JAMS Kevin, then soaks up the heat. Finn takes the trash can, Priest stands Kevin up, TRASH CAN SMASH! Sami returns but he gets mugged by the Judgment Day! Fans boo as Finn & Priest stomp away in the corner! Finn soaks up the heat and Priest keeps Kevin down. Priest then looks around on the outside while Finn stomps Sami out of the ring. Priest adds more chairs to things, and Finn has Sami with knuckles in the eyebrow! Finn ELBOWS Sami in the head! Priest adds more chairs, this is itself a Funk shoutout. Finn mugs Sami right on the desk!

Fans boo but Priest has stacked some chairs. Priest swings, Kevin dodges and he fires off on Priest! Kevin stomps away on Priest, fans fire up, and Kevin just keeps going! Kevin SMACKS Priest with a chair! Finn JAMS Kevin with a chair, then SMACKS him! Sami returns and runs up to JAM Finn with a chair! Sami SMACKS Finn on the back! And SMACKS him again! Finn tumbles out, fans fire up, and now the Judgment Day is running away! Kevin & Sami pursue in the crowd! Fans fire up as the brawling gets even closer! Sami SMACKS Finn off a road case! But DOMINIK MYSTERIO attacks!

Fans boo as now Dirty Dom is the third man for his guys! Priest TOSSES Kevin and Dom & Finn TOSS Sami over the barriers! Fans boo but Judgment Day soaks it up. But now they discuss how to finish this off. Fans chant “DOM YOU SUCK!” But wait! Kevin, bloodied as he is, rises, as does Sami! And they’re in Pittsburgh Penguins gear!! Fans are thunderous as this turns into a real hockey fight! They use the hockey sticks to JAM and SMACK everyone! Fans are loving it as Sami clacks the stick on the stage! Dom snatches a stick from Kevin, but that only makes things worse! Gloves off, HERE’S THE HOCKEY SCRUM!

Fans fire up as Dom gets mugged and sent off running to Mami! Finn hobbles to the ring but Kevin JAMS him! And then he JAMS and SMACKS Priest! Sami adds on, then puts Finn in the ring. Sami hurries in and moves the chair pile around. Sami brings Finn up but Finn blocks the lift! Finn ELBOWS away on Sami, ELBOWS Sami away, and Priest grabs him! Finn grins, has a chair, but Sami BOOTS him him away! Kevin YANKS Priest down, RAMS him into steps, and Sami hits a FULL METAL BLUE THUNDER BOMB!! Cover, TWO!!! Finn survives, Kevin wipes his crimson mask away, and he rejoins Sami.

“This is Awesome!” as Sami & Kevin pick up some chairs. They arrange those in a nice little square, but Priest returns! Priest JAMS Sami with the hockey stick! And then one for Kevin! Priest BOOTS Kevin, then drags Sami up! BROKEN ARROW onto the chairs!! Sami writhes, Priest covers, Kevin breaks it with a chair! It kinda got Sami, too, though… Priest drags Sami up, tosses him out, and Finn stomps Kevin out of the ring. Kevin eggs Finn on, but Priest chicken wings! Finn WRECKS Kevin with a dropkick! But Kevin just fires off fists! Priest TOSSES Kevin over the desk, and Kevin even hits barriers!

Priest SMACKS Kevin with a trash can! Finn storms in past Corey Graves, drags Kevin up and clotheslines him over the barriers! Fans get closer to the action yet again as the Judgment Day storm after Kevin. They mug Kevin, keep him going towards the back, and even into the cameraman! Kevin kicks back, throws Finn into Priest and just fires wild shots! Priest CLOBBERS Kevin, but Sami’s back! Sami fires off on Priest! Fans are thunderous as they end up by the kickoff show set! Sami RAMS a stool into Priest and fires off hands! Kevin brings Finn along, but Finn knees him low! Sami SMACKS Sami off the Plexiglas desk!

Sami gets on said desk and fans go wild! Sami CANNONBALLS to take out the Judgment Day! Pittsburgh is thunderous for Sami but Dom returns! Dom CLOBBERS Sami, stomps him around, but Kevin fires off fists! Kevin brings Dom around to SMACK into road cases! Dom falls over, Kevin brings a spare table around, and then brings Dom around. Kevin RAMS Dom into railing and then lines up a shot. Kevin DECKS Dom onto the table, rains down some more shots, then climbs up to the upper level! Fans are going wild as Kevin hops up onto the safety railing! Not so safe right now as Kevin howls for a SUPER SWANTON BOMB through the table!!!

Fans lose their minds while Kevin clutches an arm and Dom clutches his ribs! That move broke the table but might’ve broken both men at the same time! “This is Awesome!” as Kevin crawls from the wreckage. Sami and Finn are in the ring, Finn runs in at Sami but into a CORNER EXPLODER! Sami takes aim, runs in, but into a TRASH CAN!! Priest hits the target, Finn covers, TWO!! Finn shouts to Priest to get in so they can finish this! Finn wants a combo move to end this, and Priest likes it. Priest brings down the straps, drags Sami up, and Finn climbs up. Crucifix lift, but Sami flips free to trip Finn!

Finn tumbles down, Sami ELBOWS Priest away! CORNER EXPLODER for Priest!! Fans fire up as Sami runs in at Finn to BLAST him off the apron, and through the table!! Fans are thunderous, Sami runs in at Priest, but Priest choke grips! Kevin returns! STUNNER!!! Priest staggers to the corner, Sami takes aim! HELLUVA KICK!!! Cover, JD MCDONAGH drags Sami out!!! And POSTS him!! The Irish Ace just saved The Judgment Day, but Kevin CLOBBERS JD! Kevin fires off on JD, reels him in, POP-UP POWERBOMB on the desk!! The desk doesn’t break but JD might just have! Fans rally for Kevin as he checks on Sami.

BUT RHEA RIPLEY SPEARS KEVIN THROUGH THE BARRIERS!!! The entire Judgment Day has gotten involved in this match! Sami and Finn both crawl into the ring, flounder about, and fans rally up. Sami and Finn manage to stand, but Finn hits a SLINGBLADE first! Finn aims, runs in, and he SHOTGUNS Sami into buckles! Sami is down, Finn goes up, and Pittsburgh boos the COUP DE G- NO, Sami dodges! To CORNER EXPLODER!! Sami takes aim again, he throws off his shirt, and he runs in to HELLUVA KIIIICK!!!! Cover, DOM CLOBBERS SAMI WITH THE BRIEFCASE!!! Finn covers now, JUDGMENT DAY WINS!!!

Winners: Finn Balor & Damian Priest (NEW Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions)

Rhea laughs victoriously! She put the ultimatum in on Monday, and the team came together to take these titles! Finn & Priest stand up, holding the belts high over head, even as Pittsburgh rains down boos. Will The Judgment Day now run Raw, NXT AND SmackDown?


WWE continues to fight pediatric cancer.

It’s been nearly ten years, and they thank all those who have donated and given their support to both Connor’s Cure and The V Foundation. But WWE still needs you to be there so we can #TagInACure and stomp cancer once and for all! Top fundraisers could win a chance to meet superstars like Cody Rhodes and Bianca Belair, so keep up the fight!


It’s a Premium Live Event edition of the Grayson Waller Effect!

The Moment Maker, the Aussie Icon, the Dynamite from Down Under is already on set in the ring, and fans boo. Waller welcomes us to what could be the greatest GWE of all time. It is very fitting it is taking place here in Pittsburgh, as it and his guest have so much in common. Waller’s seen Pittsburgh’s reading levels, and neither can finish a story! Waller could rip on this city the whole night, but let’s get to business. His guest is the American Nightmare, Cody Rhodes! Fans fire up as Cody makes his entrance, and they of course sing along, “WHOA OH~!” Cody gets his pyro, and then joins Waller in the ring.

Cody picks up a mic as he sits at the desk with Waller, and smiles as the fans chant his name. Cody says, “So… Pittsburgh…! Wh-” Waller cuts him off, saying they’re not doing that tonight! Fans boo, but Waller says he is just being honest. No one cares what Pittsburg wants to talk about. This is the GWE, and all anyone cares about is what Waller wants to talk about. Fans boo but Waller says it must be hard seeing someone this handsome for once. But what Waller wants to talk about is Cody’s “big announcement.” Waller’s heard the whispers, the rumblings, and for Cody personally, what a roller coaster of a year! So many ups! And so many downs.

But it’s okay, Waller appreciates Cody begging to be on the show tonight, in desperate need of the Waller rub. This could be “the beginning of something huge for you, kid.” Cody says fine little speech. And he knows Waller is a newly minted graduate from hip toss class, and has done some school sessions, so he probably knows about shows like this, from the Flower Shop to the Barber Shop to Piper’s Pit, to Cody’s personal favorite of Flair for the Gold. Even MizTV, and now the Grayson Waller Effect. So Waller understands the precedent that has been set. What’s Waller gonna do? Say some mean stuff to him? Probably.

Cody’s sure Waller will try to get under his skin, Cody takes his suit and tie off, they fight, knock over these Hooter’s trees, and then Cody hits a Cross Rhodes. Is that what the fans wanna see? “YES!” NO! Waller says that’s not happening, he will not fight in front of his lovely trees. Fans chant “Hooter Trees! Hooter Trees!” Cody says okay, let’s subvert expectations here. Cody asked to be on Waller’s show, for this massive platform, for the “rub,” and thanks for that. So in turn, Cody will give Waller something. Cody will give Waller that big scoop. Waller watches Raw, right? Every Monday.

And NXT? Of course! Cody shouts out Carmelo Hayes. He don’t miss. Does Waller watch SmackDown? Well, he IS the biggest star on the show, so he watches his stuff. Oh, okay, well, SmackDown is intriguing, wouldn’t he say? In fact, Cody saw something that happened on SmackDown just a few weeks ago, “A wrong that I felt needed to be righted.” Oh? So whatever political stroke Cody has, chips he had, he cashed those in, and he hopes this isn’t a decision that he will regret. But ladies and gentlemen, please welcome your newest member of the Monday Night Raw roster, MAIN EVENT JEY USO!!!

Fans go wild as Cody brings out Jey! Jey remixes Day One Ish in his new theme, cuz it’s all him now, Uce! Fans fire up as Jey makes his way to the ring, and Cody lets him be the guest now! Jey slaps a Grayson Waller Effect sign out of the way to get on the corner and hype the fans up even more! Waller is speechless himself, but he says okay, welcome back, Jey. He was gone like two weeks! But what a huge scoop! First Cody, and now the newest Raw superstar, Main Event Jey Uso! Waller wishes he had something prepared. Well, how does Jey feel being on Raw now? Jey gets a mic but Waller keeps talking.

See, Jey’s been a twin his whole life, he had the Bloodline. Fans chant “UCEY! UCEY!” Yeah, he is Ucey! And as successful as he has been in a tag team, as an individual, Jey has achieved… “Absolutely nothing.” Fans boo but Waller asks what, Cody comes out here, says nice things, and Jey thinks he’s gonna be a big deal now? If anyone is in desperate need of the Waller Rub, it is- SUPERKICK!! Jey takes down Waller in one shot!! Enough said! Will Jey stir things up on Raw? Will he end up overtaking even Cody in the rankings?


WWE Women’s World Championship: Rhea Ripley VS Raquel Rodriguez!

We just saw Mami help her boys beat Kevin & Sami take the tag titles, and now she has to defend her title against an old rival. These two went back and forth during their days together in NXT, but will Rhea look to eradicate Raquel? Or will Big Mami Cool ruin the Judgment Day’s night?

The introductions are made, the title is raised, and we see who is the Top Mami on Monday Night Raw!

The bell rings and the fans rally up as the two stare down. Rhea grins and then they tie up. They go around, Raquel powers Rhea back, but Rhea puts Raquel in the corner. Raquel powers her way bac out and shoves Rhea away! Fans cheer as Rhea looks surprised. Rhea steps up, shoves Raquel, and talks trash. But Raquel shoves back! Rhea headlocks, thrashes the hold, but Raquel powers up. Rhea holds on and grinds Raquel down. Rhea taunts Raquel with what she did to Liv, but Raquel powers up! Raquel gets free, they RAM shoulders, and fans fire up as neither falls! Raquel even brushes herself off.

Rhea says okay, and dares Raquel to run. Raquel does run, RAMS Rhea again, and Rhea staggers back. Fans cheer, Rhea dusts herself off, and they get forehead to forehead! They push, Raquel dodges but Rhea grabs hair! Raquel gets Rhea’s arm! Rhea wants Raquel to hold on, but Raquel fireman’s carries! Rhea slips free, shoves, dodges, but Raquel dodges and redirects to run Rhea over! Rhea bails out and fans fire up! Raquel waits but Rhea tells the ref to give her a second. But then Raquel drags Rhea up to the apron! Rhea HOTSHOTS Raquel, runs in, but Raquel runs her over again! Fans fire up as Raquel fires off in the corner!

The ref counts, Raquel whips Rhea but Rhea reverses to kick low. Rhea snarls, whips but Raquel blocks! Raquel shakes her head, and still blocks the whip! Rhea short arm LARIATS, but Raquel stays up! “Is that all you got?” Rhea throws another LARIAT, but Raquel eggs her on! Rhea says okay, and LARIATS again! Raquel swings, Rhea ducks but the SOUTHPAW finds her! Raquel hauls Rhea up, scoops and SLAMS her! Raquel scoops again, but Rhea slips free to kick Raquel’s legs out! Rhea gets a leg but Raquel boots her away! Rhea rebounds to DROPKICK! Rhea rains down fists! Rhea KICKS Raquel in the side!

Rhea blows snot on Raquel, drags her up and RAMS her into the corner! Rhea CHOKES Raquel against buckles, the ref counts and Rhea lets off. Rhea taunts Raquel about Liv again, then RAMS into Raquel! And again! And again! The ref counts, Rhea lets off and “apologizes.” Rhea then drags Raquel up, CLUBS her down, and fans rally. Rhea flexes, fans cheer, and then Rhea HIP DROPS Raquel! Rhea SLAPS Raquel around, HIP DROPS her again, then sits her up. “I thought you were doing this for Liv.” Raquel throws elbows, but Rhea HIP DROPS again! Cover, TWO! Rhea pushes Raquel around and then paces around.

Rhea stomps Raquel’s legs, has Raquel in a corner, then snapmares her down to KICK her in the back! Raquel writhes, but Rhea wraps her up in a seated abdominal stretch! Rhea clamps a claw into Raquel’s ribs, then CLUBS away! Raquel endures, fans rally, and Raquel fights up! Raquel tries to hip toss but Rhea blocks to cravat and throw knees! Rhea reels Raquel in, GUILLOTINE! Rhea tells Raquel to just stay down, but Raquel TOSSES Rhea away! Fans fire up, Raquel staggers up, and she storms over to Rhea at the ropes. But Rhea YANKS Raquel into ropes! Then she kicks the rope to jam Raquel up!

Rhea stomps Raquel again and again, then tells fans to shut up with their chants. Rhea stalks Raquel, brings her up, but Raquel throws body shots! Raquel shoves Rhea but Rhea rebounds to DROPKICK again! Rhea CLUBS away on Raquel in frustration! Rhea then stops to grin as she looms over Raquel. Rhea wipes her bloody nose, then CHOPS Raquel! Rhea CLUBS Raquel, and taunts her again. Rhea says no one makes her bleed her own blood! Raquel p ushes Rhea but Rhea choke grips Raquel! Raquel choke grips Rhea! Fans fire up and Rhea swings, but Raquel blocks to CLOBBER Rhea! And again! And again!

Rhea ducks the Southpaw but a BLINDSIDE RIGHT gets her! Raquel scoops Rhea to FALL AWAY SLAM! Fans fire up as Raquel aims. Raquel runs in at the corner to SPLASH! Rhea falls, Raquel goes up! But Rhea kicks her legs out! Rhea has Raquel stuck and fires off kicks to the back! Rhea throws Raquel down, then traps a leg int he corner! Rhea stomps away on Raquel but the ref counts! Rhea lets off to go out to the apron. Fans fire up as Rhea climbs the corner. Rhea drags Raquel up to join her, and she throws down headbutts! Raquel falls back down, Rhea adjusts, but Raquel kicks Rhea’s legs out!

Rhea is stuck up top now, and Raquel is free to CLUB her! And then deadlift suplex, with a stall! Then the SLAM! Both women are down and fans fire up again! Rhea is in the drop zone, Raquel goes up, TWISTING VADER! Cover, TWO!! Rhea survives but Raquel keeps her cool. Raquel scoops, has a leg, but Rhea fights free! Rhea waistlocks but Raquel elbows free! Raquel runs up, but into the body scissors and HEADBUTT! Atomic FACEBUSTER, then a SLIDING KNEE! Cover, TWO!! Rhea is growing frustrated with Raquel’s toughness. Rhea dribbles Raquel’s face off the mat! The ref reprimands but Rhea gets upset.

Fans rally and duel, Rhea says she’ll end this now. Pump handle and RIP- NO, Raquel fights free to GOURD BUSTER! Then she reels Rhea back in, gets her up, ALLEY OOP into the ropes! Rhea staggers, Raquel runs to LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Raquel grows a little frustrated but she drags Rhea back up. Raquel RAMS Rhea into the corner! And again! And again! The ref reprimands and counts, Raquel puts Rhea up top. Raquel CLUBS Rhea, climbs up, but Rhea throws headbutts! Raquel staggers, Rhea stumbles but lands on the apron. Rhea runs in to CHOP BLOCK the bad leg!

Rhea has a wild look in her eye as she has a target! Rhea gets the legs, for the PRISM TRAP!! Raquel endures, but she’s so tall, she can handstand from that position! Rhea CLUBS the leg, but Raquel drags Rhea down to a cover! TWO!! Rhea and Raquel stagger up, Rhea runs in, but Raquel sends her into the POST! Raquel scoops, to POWERSLAM! Both women are down again and fans rally back up! Raquel sits up, slaps her leg into working, and she glares at Rhea. Rhea glares back, they both stand, and fans rally up. Rhea SLAPS Raquel but Raquel SLAPS back! And now forearms and haymakers start flying!

Fans fire up as Raquel BOOTS Rhea! Rhea tumbles out of the ring! Raquel hurries out after Rhea, but Rhea SWEEPS the leg! Raquel falls on the apron and then to the floor! Rhea huffs ‘n’ puffs and lines up a shot. Rhea runs in, into a BOOT! Raquel runs up to bring Rhea in, POST BOMB! And then BARRIER BOMB!! Raquel refreshes the ring count and goes back for more! Raquel hauls Rhea up, scoops her, and brings her around, to LAWN DART into the POST! Rhea flops over in a daze and fans fire up! Raquel nods, she’s feeling it! Raquel puts Rhea into the ring, storms up to the apron, and fans fire up, except here comes Dom!

Mami reaches to Dommy but Raquel grabs Rhea’s legs! Dom holds onto Rhea, but Raquel drags them BOTH in! Dom wants mercy but he still runs away! Raquel drags him back in, scoops him, and POWERSLAMS him! Shoutout to Braun Strowman! But Rhea KICKS the bad leg, then KICKS Raquel down! Pump handle and RIPTIDE!!! Cover, Rhea wins!

Winner: Rhea Ripley, by pinfall (still WWE Women’s World Champion)

Call Dom the human insurance policy, this is TWICE that he has helped his fellow Judgment Day members in title matches tonight! Will anyone anywhere in the WWE ever stop the dirty, underhanded Dom-inance?


John Cena is backstage.

And he’s got a tie and suit on. “What a Payback it’s been so far!” And as a host, Cena realized he has the authority to give himself jobs he’s never had before, so that is why he’s going to be a backstage correspondent! Welcome at this time, his guests, the NEW Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions, The Judgment Day! Finn & Priest walk in, and Finn copies Cena’s old catchphrase, “The champs! Are! HEEERE~!” Cena says yes, they sure are. Now there was rumored dissention in the ranks but clearly, they held it together tonight. Any thoughts? Yeah. This is family. Brothers fight. But when they’re united, NOBODY can stop them.

They are here as the NEW tag team champions, Priest is still Mr. MITB, and they have the Women’s World Champion and the NXT North American Champion! The Judgment Day will always rise! Now time to go celebrate cuz they’ve got all the gold~! Finn & Priest head out, and Cena says this job is tougher than he thought.


WWE World Heavyweight Championship: Seth Rollins VS Shinsuke Nakamura!

The Visionary, the revolutionary, Seth FREAKIN’ Rollins thought he could trust The King of Strong Style, but he was wrong. The moment he had his back to Nakamura, Nakamura stabbed him in the back. And worse still, Nakamura revealed to the world that Rollins’ back is badly damaged. Will Nakamura completely break Rollins, both physically and mentally? Or will Rollins fight through the pain and continue to live the dream come true?

Rollins makes his entrance in a very big, very poofy, very gold jacket, and he revels in the fans singing his song, “OH~ OHH~ OHHH~!” Nakamura’s entrance is about 30 seconds later, and has a dramatic animated opening! “Seth was once a brave man. Defiant. Bold. Unwavering. But… The storm has eroded him. He has served only his ego, and now the kanji symbol on his back is nothing more than a reminder of the man he once was. Like a horse at the end of his legs, it is MY duty to put Seth out of his misery. I will remove the burden of the World Heavyweight Championship that his back can no longer hold. Tonight, I set the world title free. Seth, this is the beginning of your end!”

Then Nakamura’s song plays, and he makes his way out in a dark red snake skin robe. “The Great Muta,” Keiji Mutoh, is in the crowd to watch his young rival finally main event a WWE PPV/PLE! The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who breaks who first!

The bell rings and fans fire up as the two circle. Nakamura and Rollins feel things out, fans start to duel with their chants, but Rollins likes that, too. They continue to circle, knuckle lock, feel things out, but Nakamura slips away. Nakamura and Rollins reset, Rollins rallies the fans, and the two tie up. Rollins waistlocks, Nakamura pries the hold open and wrenches the arm to a wristlcok. Rollins rolls, wrenches, hammerlocks, and he keeps Nakamura from ropes. Nakamura keeps reaching but Rollins jams his arm. Rollins wants a double wristlock but Nakamura holds it off. Rollins wrenches to a regular wristlock but Nakamura rolls, kips up and cartwheels to hammerlock.

Rollins reaches around, Nakamura headlocks to a takeover, but Rollins headscissors. Nakamura kips free, the two stand off, and fans cheer. Rollins and Nakamura reset, circle again, and fans duel again. The two knuckle lock, then Rollins kicks and wrenches and hammerlocks to a headlock then a drop toehold. Rollins ties up Nakamura’s legs and has an almost Queen Angelito stretch. Nakamura endures so Rollins shifts to focus on just the headlock. Nakamura fights up, squeezes the back with a side bearhug, but Rollins goes to ropes. The ref counts, Nakamura grins as he pats Rollins’ back, and then he lets off.

Nakamura uses his classic, “C’MON~!” Rollins smirks, but he still rushes in! Nakamura gets around to waistlock! Rollins fights, Nakamura shoves him and KICKS him in the back! Nakamura throws Rollins down, Rollins avoids the stomp and the buzzsaw and waistlocks, only for Nakamura to switch fast. Nakamura shoves Rollins but Rollins ROCKS Nakamura! Rollins CHOPS, JABS, and ROCKS Nakamura! Rollins fires off more, stomps Nakamura to a corner, the ref counts but Rollins lets off. Fans sing Rollins’ song, then fire up as he storms up on Nakamura. Rollins whips, Nakamura reverses, but Rollins goes up and over.

Rollins speeds up, ducks ‘n’ dodges and FLYING FOREARMS! Nakamura bails out but Rollins builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit on Nakamura and fans fire up! Rollins nods and he storms over to Nakamura. The ring count climbs, Rollins puts Nakamura in, and Rollins aims from a corner. Rollins runs up to kick Nakamura, then underhooks the arms! Nakamura back drops Rollins away! Rollins clutches his back, and Nakamura KICKS him there! Nakamura stands Rollins up to CLUB him in the back! And KICKS him again! Nakamura has Rollins in the corner, stomps him, then gives him BAD VIBRATIONS!

Fans rally and duel while the ref counts. Nakamura lets off, grins, and he drags Rollins up. Nakamura puts Rollins on the top rope, then runs in to TOP SHELF- NO, Rollins moves and the knee hits buckles! Rollins runs to HOTSHOT BULLDOG Nakamura down! Nakamura is down, Rollins goes to the apron to SPRINGBOARD SWANTON! LIONSAULT but Rollins lands on his feet as Nakamura bails out! Rollins just keeps moving to DIVE again! Another direct hit and fans fire up again! Nakamura crawls away but Rollins pursues. Rollins drags Nakamura up and SMACKS him off the steel steps!

Rollins dares Nakamura to talk more trash, then he SMACKS him off the desk! And again! “C’mon, Shin! Talk trash now!” Rollins SLAPS Nakamura, refreshes the ring count, then goes to the barrier! But Nakamura gets him first! ROCKET LAUNCHER onto the desk! Fans fire up as Nakamura RAMS Rollins into barriers! Nakamura drags Rollins up and into the ring, covers, ONE!! Rollins clutches his back but Nakamura puts him on ropes. Nakamura bends Rollins back against the ropes, then KICKS him! Fans duel as hard as ever while the ref reprimands. Nakamura brings Rollins around, hoists him to the top rope, and CLUBS him on the back!

Nakamura gets space, runs in, TOP SHELF KNEE! Nakamura flips Rollins over now, TOP SHELF KNEE into the back! Cover, TWO! Rollins is still in this but even that lateral press was meant to target the back. Nakamura KICKS Rollins around, and then HIP DROPS! Nakamura pulls Rollins back in a chinlock stretch! Rollins endures and the fans rally up. Rollins fights to his feet, pries the hold open, but Nakamura KICKS Rollins’ back! Nakamura gives Rollins some mocking kicks now, but Rollins fires off hands! Nakamura clinches for a BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Rollins is hanging in there but Nakamura pushes him around.

Nakamura drags Rollins to the apron, gets some more space, and he runs in to KNEE LIFT Rollins in the chest! Then GUILLOTINE KNEE DROP! Rollins falls to the floor, Nakamura drags him back up and in! Nakamura covers, TWO! Again, hooking the leg was to target Rollins’ back, the King of Strong Style is like a chess master! Rollins sits up into more kicks! Nakamura taunts Rollins, Rollins stands and he blocks a kick, but not the ENZIGURI! Nakamura has the leg now to turn Rollins over! HALF CRAB! Rollins endures, reaches out, and fans rally up again. Rollins crawls forward, but Nakamura drags him back!

Nakamura steps over to stomp Rollins right in the face! Rollins rolls through, kicks Nakamura back, and fans sing to coach him up. But Nakamura RAMS Rollins into a corner! Nakamura hops up the corner, grins as he takes aim, but Rollins CHOPS him first! Rollins CHOPS again, then CHOPS him again! Rollins climbs up after Nakamura, brings him up to the very top, but Nakamura fights back! They brawl, so Rollins changes plans to a SUPER STEINER! Both men are down and fans fire up again! Rollins goes to the corner, Nakamura sits up, and “This is Awesome!” as the two men rise. Rollins and Nakamura start trading forearms!

Nakamura fires a flurry but Rollins returns it with interest! Nakamura fires off a strike fest! Rollins LARIATS! Mule kick! Front kick! SLINGBLADE! Rollins hurries to the apron and climbs up the corner. FROG SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!! Nakamura is still in this and Rollins is too sore to be frustrated. Rollins and Nakamura rise as the fans duel as hard as they can. Rollins reels Nakamura in, but Nakamura fights the lift! The back doesn’t help, but Rollins CLUBS away on Nakamura. Rollins slaps some fight into himself, but Nakamura slips out of the bomb! Rollins ducks the kick, waistlocks and ripcords, RAINMAKER!! Cover, TWO!!!

Rollins referencing Okada, Nakamura’s heir in NJPW and Chaos, was clever but not enough to finish this. Rollins sits up and frowns but the fans rally up. Rollins nods and gets back up. Rollins says he knows his back is messed up and the risks he takes every single time. Becky already worries, Rollins isn’t gonna let Nakamura make her worry more! Rollins fires off fists on Nakamura’s head! Fans fire up with Rollins and he takes aim from a corner. Rollins runs back in, but Nakamura avoids the stomp! SLEEPER HOLD! Rollins fights it, reaches out, but Nakamura clinches! Rollins CLUBS away and elbows free!

Nakamura goes to a corner, BOOTS back, and goes up to FLYING KNEE! Cover, TWO! Nakamura shakes his head and pounds the mat. Nakamura throws knees into Rollins from all sides! Nakamura then drags Rollins up and reels him in, scoop and SLAM! Rollins writhes but Nakamura looms over him. Nakamura stands Rollins up, to snap suplex! Nakamura is using standard moves to just torture Rollins now! Nakamura drags Rollins up again, reels him back in, and scoops, but Rollins slips free! Rollins boots but Nakamura blocks to put him in ropes! KICK and SLIDING GERMAN!! Cover, TWO!!

Rollins is still in this and Nakamura is growing frustrated. Nakamura stands Rollins up, INVERTED EXPLODER! Nakamura aims from the corner now, fans are torn, “YAO~!” Nakamura runs in, into a SUPERKICK!! Cover, TWO!! Nakamura survives the counter attack, and both men are down again! Fans sing “OH~ OHH~ OHHH~!” for Rollins as he rises. Rollins drags Nakamura around, brings him up, and swings a forearm! Nakamura staggers, Rollins ROCKS him with another forearm! Rollins won’t let Nakamura fall yet, and he ROLLING- NO, Nakamura slips around, ARMBAR TAKEDOWN!!

Rollins fights around, but he ends up in a TRIANGLE HOLD! Rollins clasps hands, tries to fight up to his feet, and tries to deadlift, but the back gives up!! Rollins falls over!! Nakamura pulls on the arm, squeezes tight around Rollins’ head and neck, and the ref checks. Rollins is still fighting, he gets back up, and fans fire up as Rollins deadlifts for the POWERBOMB!! Rollins manages to sit up and cover, TWO!! Nakamura is still in this and fans are dueling again! Both men stir, both men sit up, and Rollins snarls while Nakamura shakes his arms out. Both men face each other and nod as they stand! Fans are thunderous as the forearms start flying!

Rollins ROCKS Nakamura! Nakamura ROCKS Rollins! Rollins ROCKS Nakamura! Nakamura ROCKS Rollins! They go back and forth, they pick up speed, and then Rollins ROLLING ELBOWS! Rollins turns Nakamura, DREAM- NO, Nakamura ducks! Rollins ducks a roundhouse but not the WHEEL KICK! Nakamura hurries to fireman’s carry, but Rollins slips free to PELE! Both men are down again! Fans are thunderous again as these two are still fighting! Rollins rises as he hears the “OH~ OHH~ OHHH~!” echo out again. Rollins staggers to a corner, manages to climb up, but Nakamura trips him up!

Nakamura climbs up, SMACKS Rollins off the post, then drags him up again. Fireman’s carry, and a SUPER LANDSLIDE!!! Cover, TWO!?!?! Rollins survives and no one can believe it! Nakamura himself can’t believe it, but then he BLINDSIDE KINSHASAS!!! Nakamura reloads and aims from the other corner! Rollins slowly sits up, fans are thunderous, but then Rollins flops back over! Nakamura is annoyed, and he kicks Rollins around. Nakamura drags Rollins up, but Rollins SLAPS him! Nakamura is fuming, but Rollins SLAPS him again! Nakamura KICKS, BOOTS, KICKS, then reels Rollins in!

Rollins and Nakamura scrap, Nakamura just fires off kicks against the ropes! The ref reprimands and counts as Nakamura gives Rollins stomp after stomp in the ropes! Nakamura lets off at 4, then he drags Rollins back up. Nakamura brings Rollins around to suplex, but Rollins slips out! Rollins reels Nakamura into a waistlock, but Nakamura switches! But Rollins switches! But Nakamura switches! They go around and around, Rollins knees low! Underhooks! PEDIGREE!!! But Rollins’ back won’t let him make the cover! Rollins doesn’t care, he goes back to the corner! Rollins aims again, CURB- ENZIGURI!

Nakamura fireman’s carries, but Rollins sunset flips! Nakamura sits on it! TWO, and CURB STOMP!!! But Rollins again can’t cover! Rollins crawls over, has the cover now, ROLLINS WINS!!!

Winner: Seth Rollins, by pinfall (still WWE World Heavyweight Champion)

What a fight from Seth FREAKIN’ Rollins! Nakamura did everything he could while still playing by the rules, and it just wasn’t enough! The Visionary keeps this reign going, but with his secret out, how much longer will he last?

My Thoughts:

This was a great, maybe even awesome, Payback! If this is what we can call a “B Level” PPV/PLE, then I think WWE has raised the bar on what that means. The Steel Cage match of Becky VS Trish was an awesome opener, even with it playing up the usual steel cage match tropes. Becky winning and Stark ditching Trish were both the right moves. If we’re not getting Lita back in this story, then it’s fine that this story finishes up and moves on so we can see Becky and Stark both fight to get at the Women’s World Championship. And speaking of finishing the story, great Grayson Waller Effect because WOW, Jey Uso is now Raw! Did not see that coming in the Bloodline story, BUT perhaps this leads to Jey leading a team for Survivor Series against like, Jimmy, Solo and a trio from SmackDown.

Cena was a great host, I really liked his interaction with The Miz that led to a Special Guest Referee stipulation for Miz VS Knight. Miz VS Knight would’ve still been great on its own, but I did like the various interactions during the match with Cena. Knight winning is the right move, the fans loved it. And Cena giving Knight his respect and approval is great, would love to see more of them interacting while Cena is here. Great US Championship match from Rey VS Theory, though nothing that above and beyond what we’d see on SmackDown I suppose. Rey winning was also the right move, Theory needs to figure out something else to get him going.

Also great stuff as all the title matches were essentially in a row. The Steel City Street Fight was so wild, but of course The Judgment Day AND JD McDonagh get involved. It helped escalate things, like when Kevin & Sami went Pittsburgh Penguins mode, but of course it also helped Finn & Priest take the titles. They didn’t thank JD McDonagh in their interview promo with Cena, so I would think on Raw, McDonagh shows up, Finn celebrates with him but the others are still reluctant. In fact, Dom can point out his final move is what won things for them. Maybe we get Dom VS McDonagh? If JD wins, he’s in the faction? That’d be an interesting wrinkle to the on-again-off-again dysfunction.

And of course Dom got involved with Rhea’s match, that was also a given. Even so, Rhea VS Raquel was great stuff, and with Rhea retaining, we can bring in Becky. Though at the same time, they’re really trying to make Tiffy VS Becky a thing. WWE stop trying to make Becky VS Tiff happen, it’s not going to happen. I mean, it is, but ugh. But for all I know, Becky VS Tiff happens at NXT No Mercy since Kiana’s title match is Tuesday and she sure ain’t winning. And then after that, Becky VS Rhea can be for Fastlane the week after, or in November for like Crown Jewel or something.

And a great main event from Rollins VS Nakamura. They brought up the bad back, so they had the match be all about the back. A touch surprised Rollins retains here, but that was a great closing sequence. Nakamura after sure didn’t look as finished as you’d think, maybe he comes back for another round by Fastlane. And as I posed as a question, this story now has to be, “How long can Rollins last?” Nakamura revealed to everyone that Rollins is not going to be 100% at all, I feel like this is an even better time for Priest to cash in his MITB contract before the calendar year is out.

My Score: 8.9/10

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Mitchell’s NJPW Best of the Super Juniors Results & Report! (5/19/24)

Still together for Round 5!



We’ve reached the halfway point!

As Best of the Super Juniors 31 hits round five, it’s time to see who stays alive in the blocks, and whose windows get slammed shut!


  • Best of the Super Juniors 31 B Block: Francesco Akira VS “Drilla” Dan Moloney; Drilla wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 31 A Block: BUSHI VS Kosei Fujita; Bushi wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 31 B Block: DOUKI VS Dragon Dia; Douki wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 31 A Block: Kevin Knight VS Yoshinobu Kanemaru; Kanemaru wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 31 B Block: KUSHIDA VS Taiji Ishimori; Kushida wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 31 A Block: Titan VS Clark Connors; Connors wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 31 B Block: Hiromu Takahashi VS Ninja Mack; Hiromu wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 31 A Block: TJP VS HAYATA; TJP wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 31 B Block: Robbie Eagles VS SHO; Eagles wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 31 A Block: El Desperado VS Blake Christian; Desperado wins.


Here are the current A Block standings!

Blake Christian: 4-0, 8 points
Titan: 3-1, 6 points
Kevin Knight: 3-1, 6 points
El Desperado: 2-2, 4 points
Kosei Fujita: 2-2, 4 points
Clark Connors: 2-2, 4 points
HAYATA: 2-2, 4 points
Yoshinobu Kanemaru: 1-3, 2 points
BUSHI: 1-3, 2 points
TJP: 0-4, 0 points


Here are the current B Block standings!

KUSHIDA: 3-1, 6 points
Taiji Ishimori: 3-1, 6 points
Hiromu Takahashi: 2-2, 4 points
SHO: 2-2, 4 points
Francesco Akira: 2-2, 4 points
Robbie Eagles: 2-2, 4 points
“Drilla” Moloney: 2-2, 4 points
DOUKI: 2-2, 4 points
Ninja Mack: 2-2, 4 points
Dragon Dia: 0-4, 0 points


Best of the Super Juniors 31 B Block: Francesco Akira VS “Drilla” Dan Moloney!

The Nova Fireball burned the Bone Soldier while the 44 Caliber crushed the Infinity Carat Diamond with overwhelming strength! But this match here is personal given how Drilla betrayed The United Empire. Will Akira finally put this War Dog down? Or will it be another Drilla Killa from the Abunai Gaijin?

The bell rings and Drilla dropkicks Akira’s legs! Drilla stomps Akira at the ropes, the ref counts and reprimands, and Drilla finally lets off at 4. The fans boo while Akira clutches his knee, but the ref keeps Drilla back. Akira gets up so Drilla kicks out the leg, stomps it, then digs his boot into it! The ref counts again as they’re in the ropes, and Drilla lets off to get in the ref’s face. Akira gets up to fire a forearm, but there’s no base behind it with the bad leg. Drilla eggs Akira on, Akira throws more forearms, but Drilla trips him. Akira kicks Drilla away with the good leg, but Drilla’s right back! Drilla trips Akira, then DDTS the leg! Then HEEL HOOK!

Akira endures, the fans rally, but Drilla pulls on the leg! Akira crawls along and drags Drilla with him, for the ROPEBREAK! The fans cheer, the ref counts, and Drilla lets go, but then drags Akira back from ropes! HEEL HOOK! Akira scrambles and has the ROPEBREAK! Drilla lets go at 4, and this time Akira gets away to the outside. The ref checks Akira while Drilla taunts the Fireball. Akira pounds the mat in frustration, hobbles back into the ring, and the fans rally behind him. Drilla stands Akira up to CHOP him! Drilla runs up but Akira ELBOWS from the corner. And ELBOWS again! Akira then tilt-o-whirls to DDT!

The fans fire up while both men are down, then rally up as Akira shakes out the leg. Drilla stands first, though, but Akira blocks the kick! Akira fires forearms and a CHPO! Drilla takes a swing but Akira ducks to fire forearms and a CHOP! The fans cheer while Drilla sputters. Akira tries to run but the bad leg won’t let him take a step! Akira gets frustrated, but then Drilla KICKS the legs out! Drilla taunts Akira, then tells the ref to back up. But Akira catches Drilla to a cradle! TWO, and Drilla ENZIGIRIS Akira down! Drilla kicks Akira around, brings him up, and laughs at his pain. Drilla SLAPS Akira on the back, but Akira trips him! JACKKNIFE BRIDGE! TWO!!

Drilla escapes, Akira hobbles up, but Drilla again kicks the leg! HEEL HOOK!! Akira endures while the fans rally up! Akira TAPS, Drilla wins!

Winner: “Drilla” Moloney, by submission (gains 2 points; Akira earns 0)

Drilla won but he won’t let go! He’s like a dog with a bone! Young Lions get involved, so Drilla lets go, only to THROW the Young Lions out! Then he goes back for Akira for HEEL HOOK!! Akira suffers, the ref reprimands, and Drilla finally lets Akira go. The fans boo but Drilla laughs. Will nothing stop the Abunai Gaijin from tearing through the rest of the block? Will Akira even be able to fight in the BOSJ’s second half?


Best of the Super Juniors 31 A Block: BUSHI VS Kosei Fujita!

The Black Mask escaped being last place at TJP’s expense, but the Ichiban Young Punk is riding high after taking down 100 Proof. Will Bushi make round 5 tranquilo? Or will is it still true that The Mighty Don’t Kneel?

But as Bushi gets on the apron, Fujita BLASTS him down! Fujita then builds speed to FLY! Direct hit and the fans fire up! The fans rally behind “FU-JI-TA!” as he snatches Bushi’s mask cover and throws it down. Fujita puts Bushi in, the bell rings and Fujita sits Bushi up for the PENALTY KICK! Cover, TWO! The fans cheer, Fujita drags Bushi up, and Fujita suplexes, but Bushi fights it! Fujita tries again, Bushi still fights! Bushi then slips free to waistlock, but Fujita elbows free. Fujita whips, Bushi reverses and Bushi dropkicks the legs out! Bushi sits Fujita up to KICK him in the back! Bushi then bumps Fujita off buckles and CHOPS! And DOUBLE CHOPS!

Bushi puts Fujita’s leg in ropes to pull! The ref counts, so Bushi DROPKICKS the leg. The fans rally, Bushi stomps the bad leg, then he ties Fujita up into a TRAILER HITCH! Fujita endures and the fans rally up. Fujita crawls forward, bringing Bushi with him, and has the ROPEBREAK! The fans cheer, Bushi holds on until the ref counts, and then Bushi looms over Fujita. Bushi brings Fujita up, reels him in, but Fujita fights the lift! Fujita CLUBS away on Bushi, but Bushi kicks low. Bushi whips, Fujita reverses and GAMANGIRIS! The fans fire up while both men are down! Fujita goes to a corner, Bushi goes to the other.

Fujita runs corner to corner to CHOP! Fujita shoves Bushi down, then goes up and out, to springboard in and MISSILE DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! Fujita sits Bushi up to PENALTY KICK! Cover, TWO! The fans rally and Fujita waistlocks to deadlift! Bushi fights with elbows but Fujita ducks under and hits a GUILLOTINE! Fujita brings Bushi down, they roll, and end up in the ROPEBREAK! Fujita lets off and the fans cheer. Fujita then storms up to Bushi, brings him up, and ducks the enzigiri! Deadlift GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! The fans fire up with Fujita as he drags Bushi back up and in.

Fujita suplexes, but Bushi fights that, to FISHERMAN SCREW! Both men are down and the fans rally up again. Fujita goes to a corner, hobbles up and finds Bushi. Fujita brings Bushi up to fire forearms. Bushi wobbles, Fujita runs, but Bushi ROCKS him back! Bushi runs but Fujita CHOPS! Fujita roars, runs, but Bushi DROPKICKS him! The fans fire up and Bushi goes to a corner. Fujita stands, Bushi runs up, CODE BREAKER! Cover, TWO! The fans fire up again and Bushi rises. Bushi roars, climbs, and he takes aim. Fujita rises, turns around, MX!! Cover, Bushi wins!

Winner: Bushi, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Fujita earns 0)

Maybe The Mighty Don’t Kneel, but they do fall! Fujita is now dragged down the ranks, will he be able to climb back up? Will the Black Mask be a dark horse in this race?


Best of the Super Juniors 31 B Block: DOUKI VS Dragon Dia!

Japones Del Mal has had a roller coaster ride in this round robin, but the Infinity Carat Diamond has only been going one direction: down. Will this finally be Dia’s chance to shine? Or will Douki have back to back wins?

The bell rings, Dia runs up but Douki dodges! Douki wags his fingers, whips, but Dia ducks ‘n’ dodges ‘n’ slides to then tilt-o-whirl arm-drag! And DROPKICK! The fans fire up, Dia stalks Douki, and Dia whips corner to corner. Douki reverses, runs up, but Dia trips him into the buckles! Then Dia hops on for a sunset flip! Douki rolls through but Dia KICKS him! STANDING SHOOTING STAR! TWO! Douki is still in this but Dia fires right up! Dia climbs a corner, the fans rally, and Douki rises. D D D D- NO!! Douki stops the 4DT to SAHAWARI SUPLEX! Briding cover, TWO!! Dia escapes and the fans fire up again!

Douki keeps his cool and he drags Dia up. Dia breaks free, CHOPS, but Douki eggs him on. Dia CHOPS again, and CHOPS again! Douki HELL STABS! Dia SOBATS! Dia runs up, Douki does the splits! Dia tumbles out, Douki slingshots, but Dia tiger feints the legs out! Then Dia ASAI MOONSAULTS! Direct hit and the fans fire up! Dia storms up on Douki, brings him up, and puts him in the ring. The fans rally, Dia brings Douki up for the leg hook, and END OVER! Cover, TWO!! Douki survives but Dia aims from the corner. The fans rally, Dia runs up, rolls, but into a Gory Especial! But Dia slips free to arm-drag!

Douki stands, BOOTS and goes ot the apron! But Dia avoids Daybreak! Dia is on the apron, he trips Douki, then CORKSCREW SPLASHES! Into ITALIAN STRETCH #32! Douki has Dia caught, pulls on the arms, but Dia fights his way around! Douki rolls Dia from ropes, but Dia jackknifes it! TWO!! Dia ghost pins, TWO!! Douki escapes again but Dia wheelbarrows. Douki stops the somersault to full nelson! SUPLEX DE- NO, Dia fights free! Douki dodges an elbow to LARIAT! The fans fire up and Douki drags Dia up! The fans rally as Douki fireman’s carries, and swings, but Dia slips around to REPTILIAN KAI! Ghost pin cover, TWO!!

The fans are thunderous as Douki survives! Dia grits his teeth, rises back up, and he goes to a corner! Douki rises and the fans rally up. D D D D- NO! Douki gets around! Dia switches, Douki elbows free, but Dia keeps him from running. Douki kicks free but Dia ducks the enzigiri to ENZIGIRI back! Douki swings, Dia dodges and rolls, REPTILIAN- NO, Douki pops him around, Electric Chair into Wheelbarrow! Full nelson, SUPLEX DE LA LUNA!!! Bridging cover, DOUKI WINS!

Winner: Douki, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Dia earns 0)

A fast and furious fight from the start, but Dia’s determination to hit that DDDDT may have been his undoing! Will Dia ever get points on the board at this rate? Will Douki prove he’s ready to be the Best of the Super Juniors?


Best of the Super Juniors 31 A Block: Kevin Knight VS Yoshinobu Kanemaru!

The Jet is flying high, eyeing that top spot, but the Heel Master is looking to reroute him. Will Kanemaru be sipping his whiskey in first class? Or will Knight drop him back in coach?

Of course Kanemaru attacks while Knight’s being introduced! Kanemaru KICKS and CLUBS Knight, the bell rings and Kanemaru whips, but Knight reverses! Knight hurdles, hurdles then DROPKICKS! Kanemaru bails out, Knight kips up and takes his coat off, to then build speed! Kanemaru hurries away but Knight slides out and goes to the corner! Knight PLANCHAS but Kanemaru gets away again! Knight lands on his feet, Kanemaru runs up to dropkick the legs out! Knight writhes, Kanemaru storms up on him, and SMASHES the knee on the floor! The fans boo and Knight flounders away, but Kanemaru goes around the other way.

Kanemaru watches Knight slide in so he slides in. Kanemaru drags Knight up, to SHIN BREAKER! Kanemaru holds on, trips Knight, and ties up the legs into a FIGURE FOUR! Knight endures, reaches out, ROPEBREAK! The fans cheer, Kanemaru claims he needs help, so the ref undoes the leglock. Knight clutches his knee, but Kanemaru drags him from ropes. Kanemaru YANKS the bad leg, then he stomps it. Knight hobbles away to ropes but Kanemaru kicks the bad leg more. Kanemaru brings Knight around to whip, then he dropkicks the leg out again! Kanemaru stalks Knight, grabs the leg, and drops an elbow on the knee!

Kanemaru has the leg in a toehold, but Knight endures. Kanemaru pulls on the bad leg, but Knight fights around to the ROPEBREAK! The fans cheer, Kanemaru lets off, but he drags Knight from ropes again, to SMASH the knee! Knight writhes, goes to a corner, but Kanemaru stands on the bad knee! The ref counts, Kanemaru lets off, and Kanemaru pushes past the ref. Kanemaru stomps Knight’s leg, stomps him more, then stalks him to a corner. Knight stands, Kanemaru puts the leg in ropes, but the ref counts. Kanemaru pulls until 4, then he stomps Knight down. Kanemaru drags Knight out of the corner, but Knight throws body shots!

Kanemaru kicks the bad leg again. Knight fights the shin breaker this time, but Kanemaru kicks the leg again! SHIN- SUNSET FLIP! TWO! Kanemaru gets up, the fans rally, but Kanemaru kicks Knight. Kanemaru whips, Knight comes back to LARIAT! Knight fights through the pain to rally on Kanemaru! Knight whips, Kanemaru reverses, but Knight goes up and over! Knight then jukes Kanemaru for a SKY 2 HIGH! But he can’t cover from the pain in his leg! The fans fire up as Knight runs and JET SPLASHES! Cover, TWO! Kanemaru is still in this but the fans are behind Knight. Knight drags Kanemaru up and fireman’s carries.

Knight throws Kanemaru but Kanemaru lands on his feet! Kanemaru dropkicks the bad leg! The fans rally, Kanemaru gets the legs and steps through, but Knight cradles! TWO! Kanemaru escapes, Knight goes to a corner. Kanemaru runs up, but into a BOOT! Knight goes up and leaps, FLYING LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Knight is a little frustrated but the fans rally up as he goes to the corner. Kanemaru rises, Knight runs in, but Kanemaru uses the ref as a shield! Then as a weapon as he shoves the ref into Knight! Kanemaru ENZIGIRIS Knight, then goes to his whiskey! Kanemaru takes a swig, but Knight SATELLITE-

NO, Kanemaru slips under, kicks the bad leg, but Knight still pops Kanemaru up! WHISKEY MIST!! Kanemaru then trips Knight, into the FIGURE FOUR! The fans boo and Knight tries, but Knight taps! Kanemaru wins!

Winner: Yoshinobu Kanemaru, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Knight earns 0)

The Heel Master grounds The Jet with a bad wheel, but Knight isn’t out of the running just yet. Will Knight be able to course correct and head for the top? Will Kanemaru continue to mess up plans with these underhanded tricks?


Best of the Super Juniors 31 B Block: KUSHIDA VS Taiji Ishimori!

The Timesplitter and Bone Soldier both suffered their first losses last round, but they’re still holding the top spots. Who gets put on the bubble while the other gets a little more breathing room?

The bell rings and the fans rally up for “KU-SHI-DA!” as he and Taiji circle. They feel things out, Taiji goes for a leg but Kushida does the same. Taiji facelocks, rolls with Kushida, then rolls Kushida, but Kushida slips free. The fans cheer that fast opening exchange and the two reset. Kushida and Taiji feel things out again, tie up, and Kushida wrenches to then snapmare. Kushida gets both arms for a motorcycle stretch, but Taiji rolls over, kicks free, wrenches back, steps over then arm-drags! Kushida kips up to arm-drag! Taiji ghost pins, ONE, and Kushida wants an arm. Taiji throws Kushida down, floats to a lateral press, ONE!

Taiji clamps onto the arm but Kushida slips around to waistlock. Taiji fights but Kushida full nelsons. Taiji fights but Kushida spins him back into the full nelson. Kushida spins Taiji to arm-drag, then hammerlocks. Taiji rolls, headscissors but Kushida kips free. Kushida goes for the legs but Taiji jumps over! Kushida jumps on to body scissor, but Taiji keeps an arm back. Kushida still wants to knuckle lock? Taiji obliges, but then Kushida wants the kimura! Taiji gets free of the body scissors to waistlock but Kushida switches. Kushida then spins to get the arm! Taiji fights off the double wristlock and the fans rally up.

Kushida throws elbows then wrenches Taiji’s arm. Taiji uses ropes to flip through, then he wrenches back. Taiji hammerlocks, spins and wrangles Kushida, but Kushida headscissors! Kushida grabs Taiji’s leg to stop the kip up, and now it’s a modified cradle! KUSHIDA WINS!!!

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

Taiji is absolutely stunned! He got caught by a rather simple move, and now Kushida’s the top of the block! Will Kushida be able to win this whole thing in the blink of an eye? Will the Bone Soldier just have to be quicker on the draw from now on?


Best of the Super Juniors 31 A Block: Titan VS Clark Connors!

El Inmortal could not stop All Heat from firing up, but 100 Proof knows what that’s like. However, will Connors add on to the misery with No Chaser? Or will Titan overcome defeat by keeping the faith?

The bell rings and the fans rally up as the two run in! They RAM shoulders, then fire forearms back and forth! Connors ROCKS Titan, whips, but Titan reverses, TORNADO- NO, Connors stops the DDT, then runs Titan over! The fans applaud the show of strength, but then Connors drags Titan up and TOSSES him out. Connors goes out to bring Titan up and CLUB him. Connors says hey to Drilla on English commentary, then he brings Titan up. Connors says watch this, and he brings Titan to the back of the crowd! Then he goes up the bleachers! But Titan throws body shots and brings Connors back down!

The fans cheer as the two return to floor level, Titan knees low and he brings Connors to the ring. Connors throws body shots now, and he SMACKS Titan off the apron! Then Connors throws a Young Lion into Titan! Shoma Kato sure has seen a lot action for not even being in this tournament. The ref reprimands but Connors drags Titan up. Connors goes after the mask! The ring count climbs, the fans boo, but Connors wrenches Titan’s neck! Connors stands Titan up to POST him! Titan falls, we’re past 10 of 20, and Connors leaves Titan behind. Connors mocks Titan’s pose and even prayer, but Titan slides in at 15!

Connors drags Titan up but Titan fights the suplex. Connors knees low, snapmares Titan, then stomps him! Connors runs up to JUMP ELBOW DROP! Cover, TWO! The fans applaud but Connors goes after the mask! The ref reprimands, the fans boo, and Connors lets off of the laces. Connors stalks Titan, tells fans to shut up, then he brings Titan up. Titan CHOPS! Connors CHOPS back! Titan drops to his knees but Connors stands him up and whips. Titan holds ropes to avoid the powerslam, then BOOTS back! Connors ELBOWS Titan, reels him in, but Titan hangs Connors out to dry! Connors slips to the apron, and he ducks Titan’s punch!

Connors throws Titan down by his mask, but Titan kips up to PELE! Titan then builds speed and he DIVES! Direct hit on Connors and the fans fire up! Titan rises, the fans fire up more, and Titan KICKS Connors in the side! Titan brings Connors up to CLUB him, puts him in the ring and covers, TWO! Titan is frustrated but he CLUBS Connors. Connors ROCKS Titan with a forearm! Titan ROCKS Connors in return! Connors ROCKS Titan, Titan ROCKS Connors, and they both stand. Connors fires another forearm but so does Titan! The fans rally as they pick up speed, going back and forth, forearm for forearm!

Connors gets the edge, winds up, but Titan bobs ‘n’ weaves to fire off a strike fest! SOBAT! Titan runs, but Connors goes the other way, JEEP FLIPPER!! The hangtime on that one! Titan flounders around, Connors seethes, and Connors takes aim from a corner. Connors barks, runs in, but Titan BOOTS back! And SOBATS! KICKS! PALM STRIKE! WHEEL KICK! The fans fire up and Titan roars! Titan hurries to get Connors up into a fireman’s carry. Connors fights free and waistlocks but Titan switches. Titan shoves, follows, and TORNADO DDTS! The fans rally up more as Connors flounders to a corner.

Titan aims, throws off an armband and runs, LOCO LARIAT! Titan hurries back up top, aims, and DIVING- NO, Connors dodges the stomps! Connors runs in, Titan dodges, and Connors stops from tackling the ref! Connors runs up again but Titan goes Matrix! CALF KICK! The fans fire up and Titan roars! Titan grabs Connors’ leg, steps through, but Connors SNATCHES the mask!! The fans boo, Connors loses grip of the mask and Titan gets it back! Even Connors isn’t sure what happened, but then he runs up to SPEAR!! Connors drags Titan up, for NO CHASER!! Cover, Connors wins!

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

Connors messing with the mask was just enough to mess up Titan’s flow, and that’s all Connors needed to snatch this win. Connors also Too Sweets Drilla, will nothing stop these War Dogs from running the whole tournament? Will Titan be able to get past this defeat and be tranquilo again?


Best of the Super Juniors 31 B Block: Hiromu Takahashi VS Ninja Mack!

The Ticking Timebomb and American Shinobi are both 2-2, trying to keep up with the top of the block. Hiromu got a big win over Sho just last night, will he get another big win here? Or will the Ninja from Noah turn the tides?

Hiromu taunts Drilla on his way to handing Milano Collection AT-san tonight’s framed picture. The fans rally up already, and Mack makes sure Hiromu notices the “NINJA! NINJA!” chant. The bell rings, the “HI-RO-MU! HI-RO-MU!” comes through. But then “NINJA! NINJA!” returns. Hiromu waits on Mack but Mack still kneels in his corner. Then Mack somersaults forward, and offers a handshake. Hiromu is a little wary, but he does kneel. The fans cheer as Hiromu shakes Mack’s hand, and Mack puts up his dukes while still kneeling. Hiromu is confused, but they still tie up. They go back and forth while kneeling and the fans rally up!

Mack headlocks, then he grinds Hiromu down. Hiromu headscissors, Mack kips free, but then returns to his knees! The fans cheer, the two tie up again, and Mack waistlocks. Hiromu wrenches free, hammerlocks, but Mack drags him down to a cover. ONE, Hiromu headscissors but Mack kips free again, and they stay on their knees! The fans cheer this unique low style match. They tie up, and Mack arm-drags Hiromu to an armlock! Mack arm-drags free, and it’s back to the knees! They tie up again, Mack fireman’s carries for the takeover, then has the arm. Hiromu arm-drags free again, but Mack’s still on his knees!

Hiromu runs up, Mack trips him, but Hiromu kicks him away. Hiromu headlocks,  and now we’re standing as Mack powers up and out. Hiromu RANAS but Mack handsprings through! The fans cheer and the two reset. Hiromu runs up, Mack dodges, but Hiromu RANAS again! Mack still handsprings through! The fans cheer for “NINJA! NINJA!” but Hiromu kicks him. Hiromu whips, Mack reverses, but Hiromu RANAS again, only for Mack to handspring and flip! The fans cheer but Hiromu gets frustrated! Hiromu runs up, but Mack dumps him out! Mack then builds speed, but Hiromu slides in to ELBOW him down!

The fans rally while Mack checks his chin. Mack goes to a corner, Hiromu storms up and CHOPS! Mack scrambles away but Hiromu follows on his knees. Mack turns around, Hiromu CHOPS! Hiromu whips corner to corner, runs, and clotheslines! Hiromu snapmares to basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! The fans rally up while Hiromu walks over to Mack on his knees. Mack CHOPS! Hiromu CHOPS back! Mack CHOPS again, Hiromu CHOPS him down! Mack sits up, Hiromu stands him up, and then Hiromu scoops to SLAM! Hiromu clamps on a headscissor squeeze! Mack flails and fights around while fans rally.

Mack reaches out, moves around, and has the ROPEBREAK! Hiromu lets go quickly, then mocks the “NINJA! NINJA!” But Mack throws body shots back! Hiromu CHOPS Mack, whips him to ropes, but Mack reverses. Hiromu holds ropes, then runs up to RANA! Mack still handsprings through! Mack says no ranas today, but then Hiromu dropkicks Mack’s leg out! Hiromu smirks and wags his finger, then goes to Mack. Mack KICKS Hiromu away! Mack kips up and SCREW KICKS! Hiromu tumbles out of the ring, Mack builds speed, and SASUKE- NO, Hiromu slides in! Then he SUNSET FLIP- NO, Mack blocks the bomb and flips free!

Mack runs back up, Hiromu TOSSES Mack into the ring, but Mack just rolls and handsprings to SASUKE SPECIAL SUNSET FLIP, and then APRON POWERBOMB!! The fans are thunderous while Hiromu writhes and flounders around. Mack hobbles over to bring Hiromu up and into the ring. The fans rally as Mack goes up the corner and takes aim. DIVING HEADBUTT! Cover, TWO!! Hiromu survives but Mack covers again, TWO!! Hiromu is still in this but the fans fire up as Mack drags him to a drop zone. Mack CHOPS Hiromu, goes up the corner again, and fans cheer “NINJA! NINJA!” for the NINJA BOMB onto knees!

Hiromu fireman’s carries and rolls to bring Mack up! TIMEBOMB 1.5!! Cover, TWO! Mack survives the 1.5 but Hiromu still has more in his arsenal! The fans are thunderous as Hiromu runs, but Mack ducks the lariat to backslide! TWO! Mack cradles, TWO! Hiromu wrenches and hooks Mack but Mack slips free! Hiromu RANAS, but again Mack handsprings and flips through! But Hiromu jumps on for TRIANGLE D!! The fans duel as Mack endures, and Mack TAPS!! Hiromu wins!!

Winner: Hiromu Takahashi, by submission (gains 2 points; Mack earns 0)

The American Shinobi may be spring loaded, but he couldn’t bounce back when caught like that! Will the Mack attack just have to fight harder in the second half of this tournament? Will Hiromu blow up the top of the block and return to the finals?


Best of the Super Juniors 31 A Block: TJP VS HAYATA!

The Public Enemy is feeling like anything but a leader right now given he’s dead last in the block. But could this halfway point be a turning point for TJP? Or will he be further lost in the Silence of Darkness?

The bell rings and the fans rally as the two stare down. The two circle, feel things out, and tie up. TJP wrenches, hammerlocks, but Hayata switches that onto TJP. TJP sits down, rolls, and trips Hayata to a toehold. Hayata tries to chinlock but TJP fights it off. TJP pulls on the leg, but Hayata uses his other one to hook TJP for an ARMBAR! TJP sits up quick and turns Hayata over to then float up to a chinlock. Hayata endures so TJP traps an arm, floats and turns Hayata in one motion, and covers, TWO! TJP facelocks Hayata, brings him up to wrench and wristlock, but Hayata slips in to wrench and wristlock in return.

TJP fights up, rolls, spins, cartwheels then drops to TWIST SCISSORS! But Hayata headscissors back! TJP headstands, the fans cheer, and TJP turns Hayata over. TJP rolls back to tie up the legs, BOW ‘N’ ARROW! The fans cheer, but Hayata pops free to cover, ONE! TJP sweeps and covers, ONE! Hayata arm-drags, TJP arm-drags, and both men handspring up! The fans fire up while the two stand off. Hayata and TJP reset, TJP offers a handshake, but Hayata leaves him hanging. TJP and Hayata circle, tie up, and Hayata powers TJP to a corner. The ref counts the break, Hayata lets off slowly, but then he forearms TJP!

TJP puts Hayata in the corner to UPPERCUT! TJP whips corner to corner, Hayata reverses but TJP goes up and over. Things speed up, TJP Spider-Mans to the apron but Hayata HANDSPRING KICKS him down! Hayata then PLANCHAS and down goes TJP! The fans fire up while Hayata stands up. Hayata brings TJP up, then POSTS him! The fans rally for TJP while he crawls, but Hayata drags TJP up, to POST him again! TJP falls back, checks his nose, but Hayata brings him up again. Hayata puts TJP in, the fans applaud, and Hayata stomps TJP around. Hayata clamps on a chinlock and he grinds TJP down.

TJP endures, the fans rally up, and TJP stands. TJP powers up and out, but Hayata runs him over! Things keep moving, TJP hurdles but into an atomic drop! Hayata flips TJP for a cover, ONE! The fans cheer but Hayata keeps calm. Hayata stands TJP up to ROCK him, then has him at ropes. Hayata ROCKS TJP, whips him, but TJP holds ropes. TJP BOOTS back, runs up but Hayata ducks! TJP BOOTS Hayata’s lariat away, then drags him down! TJP traps one arm, has the other, DARK SACRIFICE! The fans fire up with TJP and he watches Hayata rise. TJP SOBATS, SNAP HALF HATCHES, then stands back up!

SNAP HALF HATCH! TJP has two, he gets Hayata up, THREE HATCH AMIGOS! Or maybe Three Kaibigan so it’s Tagalog. The fans rally up as TJP aims from the corner. Hayata stands, TJP runs up to back elbow in the corner! TJP then sits Hayata down so he can scrub Hayata’s face! The fans cheer and TJP goes side to side, to BOOT WASH! The fans cheer more and they want it again! TJP obliges and he scrubs Hayata’s face some more! TJP runs side to side again, for the BOOT WASH! The fans fire up, TJP throws up the crown, and then he stands Hayata up. TJP puts Hayata up in the Tree of Woe, then he goes up the corner.

The fans fire up as TJP aims, WOE STOMPS! Cover, TWO! Hayata is still in this but the fans rally behind TJP. TJP pounds the mat and fans clap along, “T! J P! T! J P!” TJP aims, runs up, but Hayata gets around him to roll him up! TWO! Hayata takes a swing but TJP catches it to spin and FINAL CUT! Cover, TWO! Not so final but the fans rally behind TJP. TJP goes for the corner and climbs up. But Hayata trips him up first! Hayata CLUBS TJP, climbs up, then brings TJP to the top! TJP fights the superplex! TJP throws body shots, but Hayata crosses the arms! TJP fights that and shoves Hayata down! MAMBA- NO, TJP has to bail out as Hayata moves!

TJP whips, Hayata reverses and PELES TJP down! TJP flounders to a corner, Hayata goes to the other. Hayata runs up to SHOTGUN TJP down! Hayata then scoops to SLAM TJP into the drop zone! SECOND-ROPE SAULT! Cover, TWO! TJP stays in this and the fans fire up again but Hayata says he’ll end it now! Hayata crosses TJP’s arms, reels him in again, but TJP fights the lift! Hayata kicks him, kicks again, then reels TJP in. But TJP RAMS Hayata into the corner! TJP staggers back, runs up, but Hayata dodges! TORNADO- NO, TJP stops the DDT to SUPERKICK! Hayata SUPERKICKS! Hayata runs, into a WHEEL KICK! The fans fire up while both men are down!

TJP and Hayata stir, sit up, and head for each other. TJP fires a forearm, but Hayata gives it back. TJP fires another forearm, so Hayata gives it back! They stand, the forearms keep going and the fans rally up! TJP gets the edge, then runs, but Hayata atomic drops! Hayata runs to BULLDOG! Hayata then hauls TJP up, crosses the arms, but TJP NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO! Hayata still has TJP’s arms! TJP reels Hayata in! STRAITJACKET DDT!! TJP aims, runs up, ONE BY ONE!! Cover, TWO!! Hayata survives and TJP is stunned! The fans are thunderous as TJP pounds the mat and goes back to a corner.

TJP climbs, MAMBA SPLASH onto knees! Hayata crosses those arms, STRAITJACKET DDT! Cover, TWO!! TJP survives and Hayata is furious! The fans are thunderous as Hayata gets TJP up! 403- CRADLE!! TJP WINS!!

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

TJP snatches victory from the jaws of defeat, and he lives for another round! Will the United Empire’s new leader pull off one of the biggest comebacks in the BOSJ? Will the Silence of Darkness still find a way to shine?


Best of the Super Juniors 31 B Block: Robbie Eagles VS SHO!

The Sniper of the Skies is neck and neck with the Murder Machine in this race to the top. Will the Soul of PWA Champion get one over on the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion? Or will Sho continue to lie, cheat and steal until he’s won it all?

For whatever reason, Sho tries to pester Kosei Fujita by leaning on him, even pushing his shoulder into Fujita’s chest and stomach. Fujita gets annoyed and he shoves Sho away, and Sho pretends like he just got hurt by Fujita! The fans either cheer because that’s what he deserves or boo because they know it’s a farce. The ref argues with Fujita, Eagles defends Fujita’s innocence, but Sho sneaks up behind Eagles. Eagles blocks the low blow! Sho panics, Eagles says shake hands, and they do. And then Eagles bends fingers! The bell rings, Eagles gets up and around to arm-drag! Eagles keeps moving, he hurdles Sho to then RANA! Sho staggers up, into a WHEEL KICK!

Eagles kips up and the fans fire up. Sho bails out, Eagles builds speed, but then he flips off the ropes as Sho moves. The fans cheer while Sho is upset. Sho still wants Fujita removed from ringside, then he snatches Eagles’ belt! And a chair! Sho wants to smash Eagles’ belt! The ref and Eagles say don’t do it! And then Yujiro shows up! The ref stops Tokyo Pimp where he is, but Sho JAMS Eagles with a chair! Eagles sputters and staggers away, Yujiro keeps the ref distracted, and Sho JAMS Eagles again! Sho puts Eagles’ belt next to the Junior Heavyweight belt, and he brings Eagles into the crowd! Sho has fans move aside, but then decides to go to a different section.

Sho keeps having fans clear out, but then he goes to the merch section! Sho SMACKS Eagles off a table! Eagles falls over, Sho steps on Eagles’ neck, but the ref reprimands. Sho leaves Eagles behind and returns to ringside. The fans boo but Eagles stands back up. The ref is busy arguing with Sho about the chair, the count hasn’t started so Eagles makes it back to ringside. But then Sho kicks Eagles, and suplexes him onto the chair! Eagles writhes and Sho leaves him behind again, and now the ring count begins! Eagles pounds the floor in frustration while he’s down at 5 of 20. Eagles stands at 8 and slides in at 9, but Sho stomps him down!

Sho drags Eagles up, whips him to ropes, and Sho kitchen sink knees him down! Sho grins, he stands on Eagles’ stomach and stomps him more! Sho then has the arms so he can DRAGON STOMP the abs! Eagles endures, and Sho shifts into a half straitjacket clutch! Eagles endures, even as Sho digs a knee into the stomach! Eagles pries at the hold, fights around, and has the ROPEBREAK! The fans cheer, but Sho stands on Eagles’ chest! The ref reprimands and the fans boo, but Sho steps away. Sho then stomps Eagles and insults Australia. Sho storms up on Eagles in a corner, slaps him around, then stomps him more.

Sho digs his boots in, the ref reprimands and counts, but Sho lets off at 4. Sho grins while he looms over Eagles. Sho talks trash, kicks Eagles, but Eagles throws body shots. Eagles CHOPS, and CHOPS, but Sho kicks low! Sho reels Eagles in to hang him out to dry! Then Sho gut wrenches Eagles off the ropes, for a GUT BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Eagles stays in this and the fans rally up but Sho is annoyed. Sho grabs the Soul of PWA belt again, but the ref reprimands. Sho sets the belt down, but then steps on it! The fans boo, Eagles grabs at the belt, but Sho asks what’s wrong. Eagles fires forearms and backs Sho down!

The fans rally but Sho kicks low. Sho whips Eagles to a corner hard, then runs up, but into a BOOT! Sho comes back, but Eagles drops low to get under for the sunset! TWO, but Eagles steps through, only for Sho to kick him in the stomach! Sho then fireman’s carries Eagles, puts him on the top rope, and CLUBS away on Eagles’ side! Sho runs corner to corner and back again, TOP SHELF KNEE! Sho drags Eagles down, covers, TWO! Sho is frustrated but the fans rally up. Sho slashes his throat and vows to end this one. Sho drags Eagles up, reels him in and tucks the arms, STRAITJACKET- NO, Eagles wrenches free and slips around, schoolboy bridge! TWO!

Sho gets up, but Eagles dropkicks the legs out! The fans rally up, Eagles grits his teeth and KICKS Sho in the chest! And KICKS! And KICKS! Eagles’ stomach hurts, but he runs, only for Yujiro to trip him up! Sho distracts the ref, Yujiro CLAWS Eagles’ eyes! The fans boo but Yujiro holds Eagles in place! Sho runs up, but Eagles ducks and Sho BLASTS Yujiro! Eagles gest around Sho, CHOP BLOCKS then runs, BLINDSIDE LARIAT! Sho tumbles out, the fans fire up and Eagles builds speed. Eagles DIVES and takes out both Sho & Yujiro! The fans fire up while everyone is down, and the ring count starts. Eagles roars and rises at 6 of 20!

Eagles drags Sho up at 10, puts him in at 11, and the fans fire up with Eagles. Eagles springboards in, to MISSILE DROPKICK the legs! The fans fire up, Eagles runs, LEG LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Sho is still in this, but he flounders away to a corner. Eagles runs up to DOUBLE KNEE! Eagles then rolls, returns, basement 619! Eagles snarls, runs back in, METEORA! The fans fire up as Eagles stacks Sho, TWO! Sho survives but Eagles drags Sho from ropes. The fans fire up and Eagles steps through, but Sho pulls on Eagles’ scarf! The ref reprimands, Sho lets go, and Eagles SPINNING TOEHOLDS the leg!

The fans fire up while Sho writhes, and Eagles goes up and out. Eagles rallies the fans and he climbs the corner. 450 SPLASH but Eagles has to roll through as Sho moves! Sho runs up, Eagles blocks a kick, but Sho fights the backpack and bends the fingers! Eagles breaks free, SOBATS, then runs, but the ref is a shield! Sho SPEARS Eagles down! The fans rally while Sho has a wild grin on his face. Sho drags Eagles up, tucks the arms, STRAITJACKET PILEDRIVER!! Cover, TWO!! Sho is furious with the ref but the count was fair. Sho aims his bow, drags Eagles up and reels him back in. Sho pump handles, lifts, but Eagles slips free!

Eagles steps over, ROUNDHOUSES, SUPERKICKS and PELES! Sho wobbles and the fans fire up! Eagles cravats, but Sho powers out! Yujiro is there but Eagles BOOTS him! Eagles dodges Sho, waistlocks, but Sho switches. Eagles fights the lift, to cravat and ASAI DDT! Cover, TWO! But into the RON MILLER SPECIAL!! Sho endures, but Yujiro gest on the apron! Fujita drags him down! Sho crawls for ropes , but Eagles drags him away! Eagles puts on the pressure, but Sho grabs at the ref! Yujiro’s up to something, HE RINGS THE BELL! Eagles thinks he’s won but no, it was a fake out! The fans boo as Eagles is confused!

Sho laughs at Eagles for falling for it, but Eagles just gets the leg again! Sho BOOTS Eagles into the ref! And Yujiro goes after Fujita! Then Yujiro joins Sho in the ring and they beat down Eagles! The fans boo more but Yujiro bumps Eagles off buckles. Yujiro whips corner to corner, then runs in to BOOT! Sho runs in to clothesline! Sho snapmares Eagles and sets him up for Yujiro’s FALLING HEAD- BOOTS! Eagles kicks Yujiro, he kicks Sho, and the fans fire up! Eagles fires off forearms on Yujiro and Sho! Eagles fires a flurry on Sho, but Yujiro kicks low! Yujiro grabs his cane! The fans boo but Eagles dodges! Fujita springboards in to MISSILE DROPKICK Yujiro!

The fans are thunderous, but Sho has his Torture Tool! Fujita blocks the wrench attack, and then Eagles wrenches Sho’s arm! They lift Sho up for a MAXXY BOMB!! And then Fujita PLANCHAS Yujiro! The fans are thunderous as Eagles reloads and aims at Sho! HYPERION!! Cover, Eagles wins!

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

Eagles pulls the trigger and he shoots down the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion! This on top of their wins over the War Dogs, will TMDK look to grab up all the Junior Heavyweight gold? Will Sho have to really rethink his game plan to avoid giving out more golden tickets?


Best of the Super Juniors 31 A Block: El Desperado VS Blake Christian!

The Rogue Luchador could not ground The Jet, and now he’s facing the near unstoppable All Heat! Will Desperado get burned again? Or will he bring down THE GCW Champion on his way back to the top?

The bell rings and the fans rally up as the two circle. Blake taunts the fans calling for “DESPE~!” The two tie up with knuckle locks, then Despe rolls to wrangle Blake and wrench to a wristlock. Blake rolls, cartwheels, slips through and wrenches to then clap with Despe’s hand. Blake wristlocks, hammerlocks, but Despe rolls to wrench and wristlock back. Blake fights up, powers through and waistlocks to then spin, snapmare, body scissor and roll to a cover, TWO! The fans applaud and even Despe claps. Blake mocks Despe clapping for him, and the two reset. They tie up, Despe wrenches and wristlocks but Blake wrenches back.

Despe wrenches, Blake wrenches, repeat, but then Blake CLAWS Despe’s eyes! Blake mocks Despe, whips him to a corner, but Despe reverses. Blake BOOTS back, goes up, but Despe YANKS him down! The fans cheer while Blake writhes. Despe SPLASHES down, covers, ONE! Despe stands on Blake’s leg, Blake reaches for ropes, but Despe stomps the leg! The fans rally as Despe stalks Blake, gets a leg, and he drops an elbow on the knee! Blake tries to fight back, he pulls at the mask, but Despe pulls on the leg! Despe stands up to stomp the leg, but Blake kicks free with the good leg! Despe storms back up but Blake wrenches, hammerlocks and RAMS Despe into buckles!

Blake brings Despe into the ropes, grabs the bad arm, and then turns Despe so that he can stand on the arm and bend it back! Red Shoes reprimands, the fans boo, but Blake STOMPS the arm! Despe flounders away, the fans rally up, but Blake drops down, springboards in, and FLYING LARIATS! Blake mocks the applause then flips everyone off. The fans boo but Blake goes back to Despe. Blake drops KNEES on the elbow! Despe goes to ropes, Blake follows and pulls the arm around the ropes! Red Shoes counts, Blake lets off at 3, then mocks the fans cheering “DESPE~!” Despe throws body shots, then whips, but Blake handsprings and wheelbarrows! Somersault and KNEE DROP!

The fans are torn over the agility, but Blake flips them all off anyway. Despe flops out of the ring while clutching his elbow, but Blake pursues. Blake drags Despe around for a MOUNTED ARMBAR! Blake adds a double wristlock variation, but lets off as Red Shoes reprimands. Red Shoes wants this in the ring, but Blake drags Despe to the corner and wraps the bad arm around the post! Then Blake YANKS Despe into the post! Red Shoes reprimands again, but Blake goes looking for things. Blake brings out chairs! He lets one go to bring the other over, but Red Shoes says don’t do it. Blake lets Red Shoes have that chair, to get the other! Blake JAMS the bad arm!!

The fans boo but Blake sits in the chair to mockingly applaud. Blake then puts Despe’s arm through that chair to bend it! Blake mocks the booing now, but Despe gets free. Blake has the bad arm, he brings Despe around to snapmare, then he steps over for an ARM TWIST! Despe writhes but Blake kicks him around. Despe throws hands but Blake ROCKS him! Blake pulls on the bad arm, claps with Despe’s hand, then clamps on a double wristlock! Despe fights but Blake CLUBS him, brings him along, and body shots him in front of the bleachers. Blake gets space, and comes back with railing! Blake CHUCKS it into Despe!

The fans boo, Red Shoes reprimands, but then Blake wraps Despe’s arms around the railing! Blake ROCKS Despe, wrenches, and UPPERCUTS the arm! The fans boo, Blake gets more space, and he mockingly claps. Blake runs all the way back in, and FLIES over the railing to take out Despe! The fans are again torn because that was still impressive. Blake again mocks the fans cheering on “DESPE~!” and brings Despe up. Blake UPPERCUTS the arm but Despe CLUBS Blake with the other! Blake hits an ELBOW BREAKER on the bad arm! Blake leaves Despe behind to get in the ring, and argues for the count to start.

Red Shoes does start the count, but Despe rises up. Despe reaches the ring at 6, rolls in at 8, and the fans cheer. Blake smirks and storms back up on Despe. Blake wraps the arm around ropes, then YANKS it as he lets off. Blake drags Despe up, then HALF ‘N’ HALF SUPLEXES! Blake slashes his throat, vowing to end it now. Blake aims from a corner, runs up, and STEP UP- NO, Despe avoids the stomp! Blake’s leg jams a bit, but he still kicks first. Blake whips, Despe reverses and scoops for a BIG back suplex! The fans fire up while both men are down! Despe and Blake go to corners, and Despe drags himself up with one good arm.

The fans rally, Despe runs corner to corner, and he ELBOWS Blake! Then Despe reels Blake in to suplex high and hard! Cover, TWO! Despe SPLASHES Blake’s leg! Then GROUND DRAGON SCREWS! Now Blake writhes and the fans fire up! Despe nods as the fans rally up behind him. Despe gets the bad leg, YANKS it, then puts on the STRETCH MUFFLER! Blake endures, reaches out, but Despe grabs the arm, NUMERO DOS! Blake flails with his one free arm but Despe drags him back! Blake still fights forward, to the ROPEBREAK! Despe lets go, but “Oops!” he drops knees on the knee! Blake crawls away and Despe shakes the bad arm.

Despe storms up on Blake, whips, but Blake holds ropes! Despe KICKS Blake’s leg and Blake goes to a corner. Despe runs in, Blake dodges and BOOTS! Blake then goes up and out, springboards back in, and he DOUBLE STOMPS the bad arm! Blake wrenches but Despe fights the takedown! Despe scoops, Blake slips free, and Blake staggers to ropes. Despe runs up but Blake dumps him out! Despe is on the apron, Blake blocks his punch to GAMANGIRI! Despe falls to the floor, Blake builds speed, and Blake FLIES! Direct hit and the fans fire up again! Both men are down, Red Shoes checks them both, and they’re both okay to continue.

The fans rally as Blake and Despe stir. The ring count starts, Blake rolls closer at 3 of 20. Both men are still down at 5, but Blake drags himself up and in at 9. Despe sits up at 12, hurries over, but the bad arm holds him back! We’re past 15! Despe rises, Blake wants it faster! Despe slides in at 19! Blake springboards in to 450 SPLASH on the back!! Cover, TWO!! Despe survives, but ends up in a FUJIWARA ARMBAR!! Blake thrashes the arm, puts on as much pressure as he can, but the fans are rallying behind Despe as he fights around! Despe reaches out, claws at the mat, and manages the ROPEBREAK! The fans cheer, but Blake BITES Despe’s hand!

Red Shoes reprimands and the fans boo but Blake lets Despe go. The match passes 15 minutes, one of the longer matches tonight, and the halfway point of the time limit. Blake goes back to Despe, he throws a forearm, but Despe scowls. Despe fires forearm after forearm, but Blake ROCKS him in return! Blake stands, Despe growls, and Despe throws more forearms! Blake ROCKS him again! Despe glares at Blake, Blake eggs him on, so Despe fires another flurry! Blake UPPERCUTS! Despe KICKS the leg! Blake KICKS the arm! Blake hobbles, wrenches and WRINGS the bad arm out! Blake goes to a corner, slashes his throat, and runs up to STEP UP- SPINEBUSTER!

The fans fire up as both men are down again! Despe roars, he drags Blake up and underhooks, PINCHE- NO, Blake fights it to wrench and PELE the arm! But Despe CHOPS! Blake kips up to SUPERKICK! Despe wobbles, Blake fires up, but Despe ROCKS him! And ROCKS him again! Blake rebounds to JUMP KNEE!! Blake fires up, runs, but Despe DECKS him!! Despe underhooks for TIGER DRIVER!! Despe then drags Blake back up for PINCHE LOCO!! Cover, Despe wins!!

Winner: El Desperado, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Blake earns 0)

All Heat finally runs out of steam, but Despe still needs the ice for his arm! It was a fiery main event to be sure, but will this first loss take the air out of Blake’s sails? Or can he get hot again in the next round?

As for Desperado, he gets the mic, and he promises someone will translate this for Blake later. When they faced off in America, Desperado thought there’d be more to follow. Desperado waited so long for this, but it was worth the wait! Thanks for the great match! The fans cheer that! Desperado says he was waiting so long, he could’ve made it to the finals twice and lost twice. Whether or not anyone else has waited for this, he’s waited so long to get this! And if we have to wait any longer, even Despe will get bored of himself! So watch closely, because he’s gonna win the whole thing! The fans cheer that! Will the Rogue Luchador, even with a bad arm, claw his way to the top?


Here are the NEW A Block standings!

Blake Christian: 4-1, 8 points
El Desperado: 3-2, 6 points
Clark Connors: 3-2, 6 points
Titan: 3-2, 6 points
Kevin Knight: 3-2, 6 points
HAYATA: 2-3, 4 points
Yoshinobu Kanemaru: 2-3, 4 points
BUSHI: 2-3, 4 points
Kosei Fujita: 2-3, 4 points
TJP: 1-4, 2 points


Here are the NEW B Block standings!

KUSHIDA: 4-1, 8 points
Taiji Ishimori: 3-2, 6 points
Hiromu Takahashi: 3-2, 6 points
Robbie Eagles: 3-2, 6 points
“Drilla” Moloney: 3-2, 6 points
DOUKI: 3-2, 6 points
SHO: 2-3, 4 points
Francesco Akira: 2-3, 4 points
Ninja Mack: 2-3, 4 points
Dragon Dia: 0-5, 0 points

My Thoughts:

Another awesome round for the BOSJ here, though the results weren’t quite so shocking this time. I will say, it seems like Dia is gonna keep riding the bottom of the block until he has to spoil someone’s run. TJP meanwhile gets a great first win in taking down Hayata. If nothing else, maybe there could be a NJPW VS Noah story where TJP challenges for the GHC National Championship. Great match from Kushida and Taiji for the top spot in B Block, and a very fun match from Hiromu and Mack. Hiromu and Kushida each winning is fitting, they’re both great choices for semifinalists. But with a win over Hiromu and Taiji already, Kushida has all but locked in a spot in the semifinals.

Awesome win for Eagles over Sho, and Sho might have to give a lot of people title matches for the Summer. Awesome main event for Desperado and Blake, and a great win for Desperado here. No more undefeateds in this run, and a win over the A Block leader could be a sign that Desperado is going to the semifinals one way or another. However, in more unfortunate news is that Akira did end up legitimately injured during his match, as confirmed by NJPW themselves. Here’s hoping Akira can still compete in the tournament, he was doing great for being 2-3. If not, points by forfeit would go to Hiromu, Douki, Eagles and Sho. B Block is really strong with a lot of 3-2 records right now, free points would really help Hiromu, Douki and Eagles move past Taiji, who lost to Akira anyway.

My Score: 9/10

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Mitchell’s NJPW Best of the Super Juniors Results & Report! (5/18/24)

Come together for Round 4!



Who will lead the blocks at the end of tonight?

Four men go into the Best of the Super Junior’s fourth round at 3-0. Will any of them be able to go 4-0? Or will they all run out of luck?


  • Best of the Super Juniors 31 A Block: Clark Connors VS Kosei Fujita; Fujita wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 31 B Block: Dragon Dia VS “Drilla” Dan Moloney; Drilla wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 31 A Block: HAYATA VS Yoshinobu Kanemaru; Hayata wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 31 B Block: DOUKI VS Ninja Mack; Douki wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 31 A Block: BUSHI VS TJP; Bushi wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 31 B Block: KUSHIDA VS Robbie Eagles; Eagles wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 31 A Block: Titan VS Blake Christian; Blake wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 31 B Block: Francesco Akira VS Taiji Ishimori; Akira wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 31 A Block: El Deperado VS Kevin Knight; Knight wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 31 B Block: Hiromu Takahashi VS SHO; Hiromu wins.


Here are the current A Block standings!

Titan: 3-0, 6 points
Blake Christian: 3-0, 6 points
El Desperado: 2-1, 4 points
Kevin Knight: 2-1, 4 points
Clark Connors: 2-1, 4 points
Kosei Fujita: 1-2, 2 points
HAYATA: 1-2, 2 points
Yoshinobu Kanemaru: 1-2, 2 points
TJP: 0-3, 0 points
BUSHI: 0-3, 0 points


Here are the current B Block standings!

KUSHIDA: 3-0, 6 points
Taiji Ishimori: 3-0, 6 points
SHO: 2-1, 4 points
Ninja Mack: 2-1, 4 points
Francesco Akira: 1-2, 2 points
Robbie Eagles: 1-2, 2 points
“Drilla” Moloney: 1-2, 2 points
DOUKI: 1-2, 2 points
Hiromu Takahashi: 1-2, 2 points
Dragon Dia: 0-3, 0 points


Best of the Super Juniors 31 A Block: Clark Connors VS Kosei Fujita!

100 Proof is going strong, but the Ichiban Young Punk isn’t feeling so mighty. Even so, Fujita could make a big leap up the block if he wins here. Will TMDK have a golden ticket to the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championships? Or will he have to drown his sorrows with No Chaser?

The bell rings and Connors runs right in! Fujita dodges, RANAS, and Connors tumbles out! The fans fire up and Fujita builds speed, but Connors steps aside. So Fujita goes to the apron and PENALTY KICKS! The fans fire up with Fujita while Connors flounders back into the ring. Fujita storms after Connors, CHOPS him, then has him in a corner. Fujita CHOPS again, then follows Connors to another corner. Fujita CHOPS again, Connors snarls, and he goes to the fourth corner. Fujita CHOPS, Connors shoves him away. Fujita runs back in but Connors TOSSES him up and out! The fans boo while Fujita flounders.

Connors goes out after Fujita, drags him up, and runs him into a POST! Connors shouts, the fans cheer, but then Connors takes a fan’s TMDK shirt! Connors CHOKES Fujita with it, then throws it at a Young Lion. Connors then storms down the aisle, comes back for Fujita, and tells fans to shut up with the booing. Connors stands Fujita up and fans move aside! Connors BOWLS Fujita into the chairs! Strike! The fans boo, Connors tells them off but the fans tell him off back. Connors says no one boos him! Nobody! Connors takes a chair, throws it down on Fujita, then does it again and again with more chairs!

The ref reprimands, Connors leaves Fujita behind, and the fans rally up for Fujita. Fujita rises as the ring count starts, but Connors paces around the outside as he waits. The count reaches 10 of 20, then 13. Connors chuckles as Fujita crawls, but then Connors shoves a Young Lion into Fujita! Connors leaves Fujita behind and we’re at 17! 18! Fujita slides in at 19! Connors is mad at the ref for the slow count! The ref defends his count was fair. Connors tells fans off, has a cocky cover on Fujita, but the ref refuses to count. Connors scrapes Fujita’s face, drags him up, and snap suplexes! Then Connors runs to JUMP ELBOW DROP! Cover, TWO!

The fans rally up for Fujita but Connors is frustrated. Connors drags Fujita up, but Fujita blocks the snap suplex! The fans rally as Fujita continues to block. Connors throws body shots, but Fujita CHOPS! Connors wobbles, Fujita CHOPS again! Connors UPPERCUTS, Fujita wobbles and Connors runs, but into a LEG LARIAT! The fans fire up while both men are down! Fujita rises, waits on Connors, and then runs up to CHOP in the corner! Fujita snapmares Connors, goes up and out, and the fans rally as he takes aim. Fujita springboards back in, but into a SPEAR! Connors shakes his head, whips Fujita, and SNAP POWERSLAMS! Cover, TWO!!

The fans fire up as Fujita survives! Connors goes to a corner and takes aim. Connors barks, runs in, SPEAR!! Cover, but Connors lets off!? Connors grins and wags his finger, he wants Fujita to hurt! Connors calls out “ROBBIE ROBBIE ROBBIE! F you, punk!” Connors steps through to steal the RON MILLER SPECIAL!! Fujita endures, the fans rally up, and Fujita claws his way around! But Connors drags him back! Fujita claws at the mat, powers up and has the ROPEBREAK! Connors lets go in frustration, The Sniper he is not. But Connors stomps Fujita around and drags him up. Connors reels Fujita in and calls his shot!

But Fujita fights the lift, wrenches and waistlocks, GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Connors is still in this but Fujita still holds on! Connors fights the lift, throws an elbow, but Fujita CLUBS him back! Fujita runs, but Connors goes the other way! JEEP FLIPPER!! The fans boo but Connors reloads in the corner! Fujita slowly rises, Connors runs in again, SPEAR!! Cover, TWO?!?! Fujita survives and the fans are thunderous! Connors CLUBS away on Fujita, drags him up, but Fujita’s a ragdoll! The ref checks but Connors CLUBS Fujita more. But Fujita trips Connors, rolls and ties the legs up, QUEEN ANGELITO STRETCH!!

Connors endures, reaches out, scrambles forward, but Fujita gets the arms! QUEEN ANGELITO’S SURFBOARD!! Connors endures, but Fujita has the chinlock now to really pull him back! Connors TAPS, Fujita wins!!

Winner: Kosei Fujita, by submission (gains 2 points; Connors earns 0)

Connors got cocky and now he pays for it! How will he explain this one to Bullet Club? As for Fujita, The Mighty Don’t Kneel, but will they be aiming for those tag titles after this tournament?


Best of the Super Juniors 31 B Block: Dragon Dia VS “Drilla” Dan Moloney!

The Infinity Carat Diamond isn’t shining quite as bright as he’d hope being the bottom of this block. However, 44 Caliber hasn’t quite hit the mark, either. Will Dia be unbreakable even now? Or will he start to crack under the pressure?

The bell rings and the two stare down. The fans rally for Dia and the two circle. They tie up, and Drilla shoves Dia down! Drilla laughs and mockingly apologizes. Dia fires himself up, ties up with Drilla again, but Drilla THROWS Dia away! Drilla eggs Dia on, and Dia stands back up. Dia dodges to CHOP, CHOP and CHOP! Drilla shoves, Dia ducks ‘n’ dodges to tilt-o-whirl arm-drag! The fans fire up and Dia keeps moving. Dia tilt-o-whirls twice, DEJA VU RANAS! The fans fire up and Drilla goes out to the apron! Dia GAMANGIRIS him down, then PLANCHAS, but Drilla catches him! Drilla pops Dia around, but Dia slips free to arm-drag again!

The fans fire up while Drilla writhes on the floor. Dia catches his breath, the fans rally up, and Dia drags Drilla up. Dia puts Drilla in, the fans applaud, and Dia hurries to bring Drilla up. Drilla CHOPS back! Dia comes back to CHOP, and CHOP, and CHOP! Drilla spins to CHOP! Drilla snarls, runs, but Dia DROPKICKS him! Drilla stays up, Dia runs up to ENZIGIRI! Dia fires up, drop toeholds Drilla, then runs up, 6- NO! Drilla blocks the call, brings Dia up, but Dia slips free and DROPKICKS Drilla onto ropes! Redial, 619! Dia then slingshot CORKSCREW SPLASHES! The fans fire up as Drilla goes out, and Dia ASAI MOONSAULTS!

The fans fire up again as Dia continues to bring out the Ultimo Dragon arsenal! Dia drags Drilla up and into the ring, then aims from a corner. The fans rally, Drilla stands, and Dia runs up, roll and- NO, Drilla fights it! But Dia rains down fists, and hits REPTILIAN RANA! Cover, TWO and Drilla sunset flips! To deadlift and POWERBOMB! Flip over, and Canadian Rack! DRILLA KILLA!! Cover, Drilla wins!!!

Winner: “Drilla” Moloney, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Dia earns 0)

Perhaps Drilla learned from watching Connors fail that you don’t show mercy, you get the job done! Will 44 Caliber continue to go for the kill until he’s the Best of the Super Juniors? As for Dia, he is still at the bottom, is he about to break?


Best of the Super Juniors 31 A Block: HAYATA VS Yoshinobu Kanemaru!

The Silence of Darkness and the Heel Master are near the back of the pack, both hoping to claw their way up. Will the GHC National Champion make quite the impact in the fourth round? Or will Kanemaru make things a bit hazy with his whiskey?

Oh well of course Kanemaru attacks during Hayata’s entrance! House of Torture 101 is do whatever you can to get the edge! Kanemaru then drags Hayata up to POST him! The ref reprimands and fans boo but Kanemaru stomps Hayata. Kanemaru tells the ref to leave him alone, even pushes him aside, and then he stomps Hayata. Hayata gets out of his coat but Kanemaru brings him around to SMACK off the commentary table! Kanemaru then drags Hayata by a leg, turns him over, and SMASHES the knee on the floor! Hayata writhes, Kanemaru leaves him behind, and the fans rally up. The ref checks, Hayata seems okay to continue.

Hayata gets in the ring, the bell rings, and Kanemaru is right on Hayata with a whip. Kanemaru dropkicks the leg out! Kanemaru then drags Hayata up for a SHIN BREAKER! Kanemaru drops an elbow on the leg, then traps the leg in a toehold. Hayata tries to fight back but Kanemaru cranks the knee! The fans rally as Hayata endures, crawls over, and has the ROPEBREAK! Kanemaru lets go, but then drags Hayata from ropes to YANK the bad leg! Hayata writhes, Kanemaru storms up and stomps the bad leg! Hayata grits his teeth as he sits up, but Kanemaru grabs the leg, trips Hayata, and has a standing toehold!

Hayata endures as Kanemaru twists the ankle! Hayata pushes back but Kanemaru traps the leg for a KNEE JAMMER! Kanemaru lets off to then drag Hayata from ropes, and turn him for the HALF CRAB! Hayata endures, the fans rally, but Kanemaru sits deep! The fans rally as Hayata fights his way forward, to the ROPEBREAK! Kanemaru holds on until the ref counts 4. The fans boo but Kanemaru looms over Hayata. Kanemaru stomps Hayata’s leg, but Hayata rises to fire forearms! Kanemaru kicks the bad leg, then grabs it for a SHIN BREAKER! Hayata falls over and Kanemaru paces around.

Kanemaru taunts Hayata, kicks him around, slaps him around, then kicks him some more. Hayata stands to ROCK Kanemaru! And ROCK him again! Kanemaru CLAWS the eyes! Kanemaru whips but Hayata reverses to ENZIGIRI! The fans fire up and Hayata gets up. Hayata goes to a corner, runs up and SHOTGUNS Kanemaru down! Hayata slaps the bad leg into working and the fans rally up. Hayata runs in at the corner, but into a BOOT! Kanemaru runs up but Hayata dodges! Hayata BOOTS back, goes up, and reels Kanemaru in, TORNADO DDT! The fans fire up while Hayata crawls for the cover, TWO!

The fans rally behind Hayata as he drags Kanemaru up. Hayata scoops and SLAMS Kanemaru into a drop zone, then goes up the corner. Hayata manages the second-rope MOONSAULT but FLOPS as Kanemaru moves! Kanemaru dropkicks the bad leg! Kanemaru steps through, FIGURE FOUR! Hayata endures as Kanemaru thrashes and puts on the pressure! The fans rally, Hayata reaches out, and he fights to turn things, only for Kanemaru to turn it right back! Hayata endures, keeps fighting, and he turns things over! Kanemaru turns them back over but now they’re in the ROPEBREAK! Kanemaru needs the ref to undo the hold?!

The ref pulls at the figure four, Kanemaru lets Hayata free, but then Kanemaru stomps Hayata. Kanemaru drags Hayata up to suplex, but Hayata slips free! But the leg jams! Kanemaru goes up, DEEP- DROPKICK! Hayata counters the flying DDT and now he brings Kanemaru up. Hayata cross the arms, STRAITJACKET DDT! Cover, TWO! The fans rally and Hayata brings Kanemaru up again. 403- NO, Kanemaru fights the DDT, trips Hayata, but Hayata cradle counters! TWO!! Hayata kicks, runs, but Kanemaru sends the ref into him! ENZIGIRI! The fans boo while both ref and Hayata go down!

Kanemaru mockingly checks on the ref, then gets his whiskey! Kanemaru takes a swig, brings Hayata up, but Hayata smothers him! Kanemaru pushes Hayata away, but then Hayata ducks the mist! Hayata waistlocks, but he blocks the mule kick! LOW BLOW!! And then 403 IMPACT!! Cover, Hayata wins!!

Winner: Hayata, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Kanemaru earns 0)

The Heel Master tried to sneak one past the ref, but he ended up tasting his own medicine! Will he just have to drown his sorrows in what’s left of his whiskey? Will Hayata be able to turn things around now that he’s broke even at 2-2?


Best of the Super Juniors 31 B Block: DOUKI VS Ninja Mack!

Japones del Mal was riding high after beating Hiromu, but Drilla drove him right back down to Earth. As for the American Shinobi, he got cheated by Sho just like anyone else. Who rebounds from last round to head back up the block?

The bell rings and the fans rally up for Douki. Mack offers a handshake, and Douki accepts. The fans cheer the sportsmanship and the two circle. They tie up, Douki powers Mack back but Mack puts Douki in the corner. The ref counts, Mack lets off, and the fans applaud. They rally for “NINJA! NINJA!” The two tie up again, go around and end up in a corner. Douki turns things around on Mack, but lets off as the ref counts. The fans rally up for Douki again, and he ties up with Mack. Mack wrenches the arm to wristlock, but Douki rolls. Mack rolls with him! Douki rolls back but Mack rolls with him again!

Douki stands, they both cartwheel, and Mack keeps the wristlock! The fans rally, Douki spins and reaches back to headlock. Douki grinds Mack down but Mack powers up and out. Things speed up, Mack hurdles but Douki leaps over! Mack kips up, whips but Douki reverses. Douki drops down but Mack handstand walks over! Then Mack handsprings back to RANA, but Douki handsprings through! Things keep moving, Douki tilt-o-whirl RANAS, but Mack handspring and flips through! The fans fire up as the two stand off! Mack and Douki reset, and Mack takes a fighting stance. He eggs Douki on, and the fans rally up for Douki!

Douki strikes a fighting stance of his own! The two circle, and Mack kicks first! Douki blocks that but then Mack blocks the uppercut! Douki SOUTHPAW HELL STABS! Then he reels Mack in for a DDT! The fans rally, Mack goes to a corner, but Douki is on him with a whip. Douki ELBOWS Mack down, covers, TWO! The fans applaud, and Douki stalks Mack. Mack fires body shots! Douki KNEES low, runs, but Mack pops Douki up to “HADOUKEN!” palm strike! Douki falls back, Mack takes aim from the corner. Mack runs up, UPPERCUTS and then sends himself up and out! The fans fire upas Mack returns to RAM into Douki!

Mack slingshots to sunset flip, but Douki rolls through. Mack reels Douki in, lifts, but Douki slips free! Mack HOOK KICKS, whips, but Douki reverses! Mack headstands in the corner then BOOTS Douki down! High stack cover, TWO! Another cover, TWO! The fans rally up while Mack tells Douki to just quit already. Mack drags Douki up, winds up, but Douki ducks the buzzsaw! Douki waistlocks, Mack switches, but Douki throws elbows. Douki goes to run but Mack reels him in. Douki kicks free, but Mack ducks the enzigiri to HEEL STAB! Mack runs up but Douki BOOTS him! Douki’s on the apron, DAY- CHOP!

Mack sends Douki down and then he builds speed! The fans fire up as Mack handsprings, but into a waistlock! Douki wheelbarrows but Mack slips free to roll Douki up! TWO, into ITALIAN STRETCH #32!! Mack endures and stays on his feet, but Douki pulls! Mack headstands for a cover?! TWO!! SUPERKICK!! Douki flops out of the ring, Mack fires up! The fans rally, Mack handsprings to SASUKE SPECIAL! The fans are thunderous and Mack brings Douki back up! Mack puts Douki in, covers, TWO! Mack hurries to get Douki up and reel him in. Mack lifts for the RUNNING POWERBOMB!! Cover, TWO!! Douki survives and the fans fire up again!

Mack fires up and calls for the finish! Mack goes up and NINJA- NO, Douki moves! Mack rolls through, but Douki BOOTS him! Douki goes up, Mack UPPERCUTS first! Mack goes up the corner after Douki, to SUPER STEINER that Douki sunset flips! TWO, but into ITALIAN STRETCH #32!! Mack fights around, reaches out, but Douki rolls him from ropes! ITALIAN STRETCH 32!! Mack is fading, he QUITS! Douki wins!!

Winner: Douki, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Mack earns 0)

The Mack attack could not stop Douki, and now The Italian Stretch #32 has two victims! Will Mack be able to get back up? Will Douki still find his way to the top of the block?


Best of the Super Juniors 31 A Block: BUSHI VS TJP!

A critical showdown is happening right here in the middle of the card! Neither Black Mask nor Public Enemy is on the board yet with their 0-3 records, something’s gotta give! Who leaves the other behind with a daunting 0-4 start?

The fans already rally and duel, “T J P! T J P!” “BU~SHI! BU~SHI!” The bell rings, both rush in, but TJP avoids the low dropkick! TJP stomps Bushi, strips Bushi of his LIJ shirt and throws it away! TJP whips Bushi to a corner, runs in, but Bushi BOOTS him! Bushi goes up to M- DROPKICK! The fans fire up and TJP goes corner to corner, to ELBOW! TJP then stomps Bushi down, and scrapes Bushi’s, well, mask really. TJP runs side to side, but he jumps over Bushi’s dropkick! TJP whips Bushi, Bushi reverses, but TJP goes Spider-Man, only for Bushi to dropkick him down! Bushi builds speed, but TJP returns to LARIAT!

The fans fire up was Bushi tumbles out. TJP builds speed, and he WRECKS Bushi with a dropkick! The fans fire up as TJP throws the crown up. TJP brings Bushi around, and POSTS him! The fans rally again as TJP stands in the ring. TJP goes back out to fetch Bushi and put him in the ring. TJP pounds the mat, fans clap along, “T! J P! T! J P!” Bushi rises, TJP runs up, ONE BY- NO, Bushi ducks and TJP almost runs into the ref! Bushi runs up, TJP dodges, and Bushi almost runs into the ref! TJP kicks low, reels Bushi in, and uses the ref in the TORNADO DDT! Cover, but the ref goes down! TJP realizes his mistake!

TJP checks the ref, goes back for Bushi, but he smothers Bushi to contain the mist! TJP then works up a BLOOD MIST but Bushi ducks! BLACK MIST!! Bushi reels TJP in, backslide and BUSHI ROLL! BUSHI WINS!!

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

The Public Enemy tried to make things fast and furious but it all backfired! Bushi finally has points, is there still a chance he can take the block? As for TJP, what is he supposed to do to get out of this awful slump?


Best of the Super Juniors 31 B Block: KUSHIDA VS Robbie Eagles!

The Timesplitter must have turned back time somehow, because he is 3-0 and doesn’t look to be slowing down! Will he be able to keep it up? Or will the Sniper of the Skies be the first major speedbump?

The bell rings and the fans rally as the two circle. Fans start a “ROBBIE ROBBIE ROBBIE!” “OI OI OI!” but it’s not quite as strong as other times. Kushida and Eagles knuckle lock, then Kushida steps over to wrench and cravat. Kushida brings Eagles to his knees but Eagles fights up. Eagles wrenches Kushida’s arm, wrenches it again and top wristlocks, but Kushida endures. The fans rally, Kushida slips around to waistlock, full nelson, then he spins Eagles to arm-drag him down. Kushida wrenches the arm to a hammerlock, pulls on it, but Eagles endures. Eagles sits up, rolls around and drop toe holds to facelock. Kushida rolls free and the fans cheer.

Kushida and Eagles reset, Kushida gets a leg, and then slips to a headlock. Eagles powers up and out, Kushida runs him over! Things keep moving, Eagles hurdles but Kushida leaps then backs up, to get the legs! Kushida turns Eagles over for a SEATED SURFBOARD! Eagles endures, fights up, and he fights to turn things around. The fans rally, Eagles gets an arm free and he goes up and around to arm-drag Kushida away! Eagles then runs to CHOP BLOCK the legs out! The fans fire up while Kushida clutches a knee. Eagles grabs that leg, isolates it, SLAPS it around, then winds up to PENALTY KICK the leg!

Eagles says he scores with that kick, then he stalks Kushida to a corner. Eagles CHOPS, then follows Kushida to another corner. Eagles UPPERCUTS, stomps the bad leg, then digs his boots in! The ref counts, Eagles drops back, and Kushida goes to the apron. Eagles goes out after Kushida, SLAMS the bad leg on the apron, and the fans applaud. Eagles goes to the crowd to fire them up, then he steps back into the ring. Eagles stalks Kushida, but Kushida CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS again! Eagles kicks the bad leg! Kushida falls over, but Eagles gets the leg to step over. Eagles has a standing toehold, then SNAP LOCKS it!

Eagles ties the legs up in a FIGURE FOUR! Kushida endures, the fans rally, but Eagles keeps Kushida from ropes! Kushida rolls, Eagles rolls, and they end up in the ROPEBREAK! Eagles lets off the hold, brings Kushida up, and he puts Kushida in a corner. Eagles wrenches, whips, but Kushida barely makes it corner to corner! Eagles runs in to DOUBLE KNEE! Kushida sits down, Eagles comes back, METEORA! Eagles fires up and the fans are with him! Eagles drags Kushida to a high stack, TWO! Kushida also has the ropes, but Eagles goes up the corner. The fans rally as Eagles aims, but Kushida is up to GAMANGIRI!

Kushida shakes out the bad leg, climbs up after Eagles, but Eagles fires body shots and forearms! Eagles HEADBUTTS Kushida away! Kushida comes back to HANDSPRING KICK! Eagles falls to the apron then the floor! The fans rally up, Kushida goes to the apron and runs up, FLYING KNEE to the bad arm! Eagles hobbles away but Kushida gets him in the ring. Kushida takes aim, and he KICKS Eagles in the leg! And KICKS again! Kushida whips, Eagles reverses but Kushida handsprings to BACK ELBOW! The fans fire up as Kushida roars! Kushida goes to a corner, Eagles goes to the other. Kushida runs in, but Eagles dodges!

Eagles returns but Kushida HIP TOSSES him! Kushida handsprings to basement DROPKICK, but Eagles catches the bad leg! HEEL HOOK!! Kushida scrambles around, gets free, but Eagles keeps him from ropes! KNEEBAR!! Kushida endures again and the fans rally up! Kushida drags Eagles along, reaches out, but Eagles drags him back! Kushida basement O’Conner Rolls! Bridging cover, TWO!! Both men stand, Kushida runs up to KICK Eagles’ arm! And KICK! And KICK, but into the TURBO- NO, Kushida turns backpack into takedown! ARMBAR!! Eagles flails, fights around, rolls and has the ROPEBREAK! The fans cheer while Kushida lets go in frustration.

The fans rally while both men are down and catching their breath. Eagles stands, but Kushida runs up to DROPKICK the bad arm! Kushida spins Eagles to ROLLING ELBOW! Eagles avoids the Penalty Kick! Kushida ducks the Roundhouse! Eagles avoids the Fastball to steal the FASTBALL! Kushida wobbles, Eagles reels him in but the bad arm holds him back. Eagles switches sides to cravat, SLICED- NO, Kushida slips free! Kushida jumps on for the HOVERBOARD!! Eagles endures, the fans fire up, and Eagles reaches out. Kushida goes after that arm now! Eagles clasps hands behind his back to stop that!

Eagles wrenches free to ROUNDHOUSE! SUPERKICK! ENZIGIRI! Kushida falls and Eagles roars! The fans fire up again and Eagles brings Kushida up. But Kushida cradle counters, then deadlifts into BACK TO THE FUTURE! But Kushida can’t hold onto the package! Both men are down and the fans fire up again! Kushida vows to finish this, and he gets Eagles up. Fisherman, BACK TO THE- CRADLE! Kushida gets free, but Eagles gets around, schoolboy with bridge! TWO!! Kushida runs up, wheelbarrow, somersault then roll over! PENALTY KICK to the bad arm!! Eagles flounders around, stands, but Kushida jumps up! Into TURBO BACKPACK!!

Both men are down again and the fans rally as hard as they can! Eagles crawls to a cover, TWO!! But Eagles ties up the legs! Kushida kicks free, Eagles SUPERKICKS back! Eagles runs up, TRIGGER!! Cover, EAGLES WINS!

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

Eagles pulled The Trigger and he shot down the former SIX-TIME Junior Heavyweight Champion! Will the Soul of PWA Champion soon prove he’s the Best of the Super Juniors?


Best of the Super Juniors 31 A Block: Titan VS Blake Christian!

It’s another critical showdown as El Inmortal and All Heat are both undefeated at 3-0! Titan wants to return to the finals and take that trophy, can he get through the GCW Champion to stay on course?

The bell rings and the two circle. Titan runs up, Blake dodges then whips. Titan goes up and over, handsprings away, and the fans fire up. Titan comes back, Blake slips out to the apron then flips away. Titan WRECKS Blake with a dropkick, builds speed, but Blake slides in as Titan rolls and flips up and out! Blake comes back to FOSBURY FLOP! Direct hit and the fans fire up! Blake brings Titan up, wrenches, then he wraps the arm around the post! The ref reprimands and counts, Blake lets off at 4, and the fans boo. Blake brings Titan up, puts him in, and he mockingly calls “Titan~” like the fans.

Blake HIP DROPS Titan, traps one arm, then stands on the bad one! Blake hushes the fans, so they can hear the SNAP! The fans boo while Blake mocks Titan’s pain. Blake brings Titan around into a keylock and he pulls on the arm! Titan scrambles forward to the ROPEBREAK! Blake SLAMS the arm down as he lets off! The fans boo but Blake flexes. Blake stands Titan up but Titan CHOPS! Titan fires forearms but Blake ROCKS him back! Blake snarls and he whips Titan to ropes. Titan reverses to TORNADO DDT, but Blake handsprings through! Titan is rather impressed! Titan runs up, but into a wheelbarrow, somersault and KNEE DROP on the bad arm!

Blake waits on Titan to rise up, then he builds speed, but Titan goes Matrix! Titan CALF KICKS back and the fans fire up! Titan runs up, but Blake puts him on the apron! Titan blocks a punch to GAMANGIRI! Titan springboards to MISSILE DROPKICK! Blake tumbles out, the fans fire up and Titan builds speed, to FLY! Direct hit and down goes Blake! The fans fire up and Titan rises! The ring count starts, Titan shakes out the bad arm and stalks Blake. Titan KICKS Blake at 10 of 20, drags him up and puts him in at 14, and the fans applaud. Titan pushes Blake to a cover, TWO! Titan keeps cool and the fans rally up.

Blake sits up, Titan CHOPS him! Blake CHOPS back! Titan CHOPS again, so Blake CHOPS again! They stand, and Titan CHOPS! Blake fires a forearm, then another, then another! Blake fires a flurry, winds up, but Titan kicks, kicks, SOBATS and SUPERKICKS! Blake ends up in a corner, and Titan runs in, but Blake BOOTS him! Blake somersaults to NECKBREAKER! Titan kips right up to PELE! Both men are down and the fans fire up again! Titan rolls his way to a corner and the fans rally as he climbs. Titan aims but Blake avoids the double stomps! Blake RAMS Titan into the corner! Blake RAMS Titan in again and again, then YANKS the and arm!

Blake goes corner to corner, but Titan BOOTS him! And SOBATS! KICKS! Palm strikes and WHEEL KICK! The fans fire up, Titan roars, and Titan skins the cat to the top rope! DIVING DOUBLE STOMPS!! Blake writhes, Titan pushes him to a cover, TWO!! The coup de grace wasn’t enough but the fans rally up behind Titan. Titan roars, drags Blake around, but Blake hooks him for a cradle! TWO! SCREW HIGH KICK! The fans rally again, Blake mocks Titan’s pose. Blake whips, Titan reverses, TORNADO DDT! And it hits this time! Titan wants Blake to get up, and Blake goes to a corner. The fans rally for Titan as he runs in, LOCO- JUMP KICK from Blake!!

Blake goes to the apron, springboards in, 450 SPLASH!! Cover, BLAKE WINS!

Winner: Blake Christian, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Titan earns 0)

Even the GCW Champion is a little surprised, but he says it is his time now! Is that true with him as the first to reach 4-0? Or will this one loss motivate Titan to fight that much harder to win the rest?


Best of the Super Juniors 31 B Block: Francesco Akira VS Taiji Ishimori!

The Nova Fireball’s flame is flickering, but The Bone Soldier has been shooting down everyone in his way so far. Can Akira reignite and rise to the occasion? Or will B Block see #ItsReborn?

The bell rings and the fans rally up for “A! KI RA! A! KI RA!” as the two circle. Akira and Taiji tie up, Taiji headlocks and he grinds the hold. Akira fights up, powers up and out, but Taiji runs him over. Taiji runs, Akira drops down, hurdles, but then Taiji hurdle and drops down. But Akira RANAS Taiji out! The fans fire up and Akira builds speed, slides, but Taiji ducks under! Taiji scoops, Akira slips free and shoves Taiji! Taiji stops from hitting post, then dodges Akira. Akira stops from hitting the post, but then Taiji pokes him in the eyes! The ref reprimands but Taiji whips and POSTS Akira! Taiji then grabs bell hammer and a chair!

The fans boo but Taiji only has the hammer as the ref reprimands him. Taiji throws the hammer into the ring, the ref goes after it, and Taiji grabs the chair! Taiji runs up to JAM Akira in the head! Then Taiji SMACKS Akira on the back! Taiji soaks up the cheers and jeers, then leaves Akira behind. The ref checks on Akira, and Taiji unties the blue buckle pad! The Bullet Club Special is in play as Akira scrambles into the ring. Taiji is on Akira with a wrench, ELBOW BREAKER, and snapmare. Taiji steps over to hammerlock the arm, then cradles Akira into the ARMBAR! Akira endures, flails, reaches out, ROPEBREAK!

The fans cheer, the ref counts, and Taiji lets go at 4. Akira shakes out the bad arm, the fans boo but Taiji tells the fans to shut up. Taiji stomps Akira to a corner, wraps the bad arm around ropes, but the ref counts. Taiji lets go at 4, CLUBS Akira on the neck, then whips him corner to corner. Taiji runs in but blocks boots to put Akira in the ropes. ENZIGIRI, then SLIDING- FLYING CUTTER! Akira gets Taiji first and the fans rally up again. “A! KI RA!” rises but Taiji claws the eyes! Taiji whips, Akira reverses to wrench, straitjacket, and NECKBREAKER! Akira runs to basement dropkick! Taiji bails out and the fans fire up!

Akira aims to PLANCHA! Down goes Taiji and the fans fire up with Akira! Akira puts Taiji in, goes up a corner, and CROSSBODIES! Cover, TWO! Taiji is still in this but the fans still rally behind “A! KI RA!” Akira shakes out the bad arm, drags Taiji up, SPEED- NO, Taiji blocks the twist! Akira cravats to throw knees in, then tries again. But Taiji wrenches out to WRING the bad arm! Taiji scowls while he stalks Akira. Taiji drags Akira up, whips him to ropes, but Akira reverse. Taiji handsprings to NEURALIZER KICK! Both men are down and the fans fire back up. Taiji checks his head and neck, then goes back for Akira.

Taiji drags Akira up, and then POSTS him in the open corner! The ref reprimands, but Taiji hammerlocks and scoops to SHOULDER BUSTER! Akira writhes and Taiji drops back to the corner. Akira slowly rises as the fans rally up again. Taiji runs in to tilt-o-whirl, but Akira fights off La Mystica! Akira powers up to ROCK Taiji! Taiji ROCKS Akira! Akira shouts and ROCKS Taiji! Taiji shakes it off to ROCK Akira! The forearms go back and forth, then Taiji LARIATS! Akira stays up, Taiji runs, but Akira dodges. Taiji dodges but runs into the COLLISION COURSE! Cover, TWO! Taiji is still in this but Akira goes to a corner.

The fans fire up as Akira pounds the mat. “A! KI RA! A! KI RA!” Akira powers up, runs in, but Taiji ducks the Fireball! LA MYSTICA! BONE LOCK!!! Akira endures but Taiji pushes on that bad arm! Akira reaches out, claws his way over, but Taiji rolls him away from ropes! Akira rolls to a cradle, TWO!! Akira stands, Taiji scoops him into CIPHER- NO, Akira sits on the clutch! TWO!! JUMP KNEE! Taiji roars, BANG, and he reels Akira back in. BLOODY- CRADLE COUNTER! TWO!!! Taiji escapes, Akira SUPERKICKS! Taiji wobbles, Akira knuckle locks to go up and up and TORNADO DDT! Taiji staggers around, into the FIREBALL!! Cover, Akira wins!!

Winner: Francesco Akira, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Taiji earns 0)

Akira is all fired up now as he just took down one of the top guys in this block, if not the entire Junior Heavyweight Division! Is this a sign that Akira can become the Best of the Super Juniors? Will Taiji be able to reload after this loss to still keep a top spot in the tournament?


Best of the Super Juniors 31 A Block: El Deperado VS Kevin Knight!

The Rogue Luchador and The Jet are both just outside the top spots, but now the way is open! Will Desperado ground Knight’s flight? Or will Knight be just too fly to stop him now?

The bell rings and the fans rally up for “DE-SU-PE!” as he and Knight stare down. The two circle, feel things out, and then tie up. Desperado wrenches, wristlocks, but Knight rolls and wrenches through. Knight wristlocks, Despe reaches back to cording hold then wrench. Despe whips, Knight reverses and hip tosses! The fans cheer as Knight says he is tsuyoi! Despe gets up, Knight kicks him low. Knight whips, Despe reverses but Knight goes up and over! Despe trips Knight and goes for the leg! STRETCH MUFFLER! Knight scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! Despe thrashes the leg all the same! Red Shoes counts, Despe lets off at 4.

Despe grabs Knight’s leg again, drags him back, but Knight stands up. Despe ducks the enzigiri, flips Knight, but Knight lands out! Knight ducks ‘n’ dodges to rally with big forearms! Knight then scoops to SLAM Despe, and JUMP SPLASH! Knight flexes, covers, TWO! The fans rally while Despe goes to a corner. Knight runs in to clothesline! Despe shoves Knight, ROCKS him with a palm strike, then another, then another! Knight UPPERCUTS back! Despe boots, Knight blocks, but Despe boots him away. Despe goes up but Knight ROCKS him! Depse ROCKS Knight back! Knight leaps to UPPER- NO, Despe stops it!

Despe then has the leg for a HANGING HALF CRAB! Red Shoes reprimands and counts! Despe lets Knight go, then hops down. Despe SPLASHES the bad leg! The fans rally, Despe drags Knight to the corner, and he SLAMS the leg into the post! Knight flops to the floor while the fans are torn, but Despe shrugs it off. Despe stands on the bad leg, then he SMASHES it on the floor! Knight flounders away and clutches the knee. Red Shoes wants this in the ring, and Knight hops in, but Despe follows after. Despe grabs Knight’s leg, steps over, and drops a leg on the knee! Knight writhes, but Despe hooks him up into an INDIAN DEATHLOCK!

Knight endures, Despe sits up and he pushes on the knees. Knight keeps his shoulders up, and he CHOPS! Despe eggs him on, Knight CHOPS more! Knight CHOPS, Despe “falls” and that puts more pressure on the legs! Knight reaches out, Despe mocks the “KE-VI-NN!” chants, but Knight fights to the ROPEBREAK! Despe undoes the leglock, then “Oops!” he falls on the bad leg! Red Shoes reprimands Despe’s usual tricks, but he brings Knight up. Knight throws body shots but Despe eggs him on. Knight throws a forearm, so Despe kicks the leg out! Despe whips corner to corner but Knight barely makes it halfway!

Despe storms up, but he avoids Knight’s dropkick! Despe gets the legs again and rolls into a STRETCH MUFFLER! Knight endures, reaches out, and he rolls free! Despe staggers up, into a DROPKICK! The fans cheer but that was a bit double-edged given Knight’s bad leg. The fans rally, Knight hobbles to a corner, and manages to run! Knight rallies with LARIAT after LARIAT, then whips. Despe reverses, Knight stops himself, and then Knight DUMPS Despe out! Knight manages to PLANCHA! Direct hit and the fans fire up! Knight says he’s still tsuyoi, and he puts Despe in. The fans rally up and Knight takes aim from the apron.

Knight shakes out the bad leg, steps inside to go up the corner. FLYING LARIAT! Knight still hobbles on the bad leg, but he brings Despe up to fireman’s carry! F5!! Cover, TWO!! Despe stays in this, Beast Incarnate, Knight is not. Knight still aims at Despe as he stands, SATELLITE- NO, Despe denies the DDT! Knight rolls under the lariat, PELE, but into an ANKLE LOCK! Roll and STRETCH MUFFLER!! NUMERO DOS!! Knight reaches out, but Despe THRASHES him! Despe drags Knight away from ropes, but Knight still fights with that one free arm! ROPEBREAK!! Despe lets Knight go, and the fans rally up.

Despe stomps the bad arm, reels him in, and underhooks! PINCHE- NO, Knight fights free! Knight leaps, but Despe still holds off the satellite! Despe GOURD BUSTERS, then runs up, but Knight wrenches! EDGE-O-MATIC! Both men are down and the fans fire up! The fans rally and duel as Knight forces himself to stand. Knight goes to Despe, Despe throws body shots. Knight ROCKS Despe and Despe goes to ropes. Knight eggs Despe on, but Despe gets pissed! Despe ROCKS Knight again and again! Knight fires up and DECKS Despe! The fans fire up and Knight drags Despe up. Despe KICKS the bad leg! And then runs to CHOP BLOCK!!

Knight flounders, Despe gets the leg, STRETCH MUFFLER! Knight rolls to a cradle, TWO!! Despe rises, ducks the leg lariat! Knight ducks the regular lariat! Knight puts Despe up top to PELE! Knight fires up and adrenaline helps him climb! Knight drags Despe up but Despe fights the superplex! Despe CLUBS the bad leg, then he shoves Knight down! Knight rolls back, runs up, UPPER ROOM!! The fans fire up with Knight and he aims from the corner! Knight runs to JUMPING DOUBLE STOMP!!! Cover, TWO!!! Despe survives but Knight roars! Despe slowly rises, Knight runs up, SATELLITE DDT!!! Cover, KNIGHT WINS!!!

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

Truly tsuyoi!! The Jet revved his engines and he flew right over Desperado! Knight is now right behind Blake Christian and Titan, will he be flying past one of them, too? Will Desperado be able to rebound and be ready for All Heat in the next round?


Best of the Super Juniors 31 B Block: Hiromu Takahashi VS SHO!

The Ticking Timebomb only just got on the board last round against “Ryusuke Taguchi,” even though it was really Dragon Dia. But facing The Murder Machine could be his best bet back to the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship. Will Hiromu be ready for every trick in the book? Or will Sho show us something even more dastardly than ever before?

Wait, wait, wait. What is Sho doing with Hiromu’s framed headshot? And Sho gets the mic to say good evening. It his unfortunate duty to inform everyone that Hiromu could not be here tonight. He has a written statement for Abe-san to read. The fans boo this farce, and Sho intimidates Abe into reading it! The letter is supposedly written by Hiromu himself, apologizing to everyone here tonight that he is unable to compete against “the glorious champion, Sho.” Hiromu doesn’t want to “shame the people of Hachioji by losing to Sho.” Therefore, he cannot wrestle and must forfeit this match. Sho then says this is the truth, Hiromu gave him the letter himself.

Sho says that tonight’s main event will not happen, but the fans chant for “HI-RO-MU! HI-RO-MU!” Sho says yes, he was so looking forward to this tonight. He leads the chant in support of Hiromu, and he “hopes” Hiromu will be alright for next round. Hiromu knows how the fans feel, but Sho will send us home happy with a closing word. The Best of the Super Juniors will have more, more, more, more, more, more fun with everyone~!! Wait, Hiromu’s music plays? Is this more Sho’s sarcasm? Red Shoes won’t raise Sho’s hand in victory because he doesn’t believe this for a moment! Wait, Hiromu IS here, all tied up like Ninja Mack was last round!

Hiromu still gets in the ring and he SHOTGUNS Sho down! Hiromu tells Red Shoes that they can get this going! Hiromu CHOKES Sho with the cuffs Sho put on him! The bell rings, Red Shoes reprimands about the choking, so Hiromu lets off. Hiromu stands Sho up but Sho kicks and whips. Hiromu ducks ‘n’ dodges and CROSSBODIES! Cover, TWO! Wait, from the look of it, Hiromu has doodles all over his face! The House of Torture was adding insult to injury apparently. Hiromu kicks Sho out of the ring, then he goes to the apron. Hiromu aims and FLYING SHOTGUNS but into a Young Lion!!

Sho uses Shoma Kato as a shield, then he stomps away on Hiromu! The fans boo, Sho just grins and brings Hiromu up. Sho brings Hiromu along by the cuffs, goes to the back segment of the crowd, and he BOWLS Hiromu into a chair. That’s weak, but then Sho takes a fan’s sign and throws it aside. Sho stomps Hiromu, stalks Hiromu with a chair, but Red Shoes reprimands. Sho puts the chair down, and he pulls on the cuffs to torture Hiromu’s hands! Red Shoes reprimands, Sho lets off, and then Sho leaves Hiromu behind for the ring count. The fans boo Sho, the count begins, and the fans rally up for Hiromu.

Hiromu runs in at 5 of 20 but Sho stomps him! Sho TOSSES Hiromu out, goes after him, and grabs the bell hammer! Red Shoes says no, so Sho throws that away. So then he gets as chair to SMACK Hiromu with! Red Shoes reprimands and Sho “apologizes.” Sho drags Hiromu up, scoops him and POSTS him! Sho then SLAMS Hiromu on the floor! The fans boo more but Sho just grins. Sho leaves Hiromu behind while Red Shoes calls for a key. Sho says he doesn’t know where the key to those went, oh well. A Young Lion hurries backstage to search, but Sho gloats like he’s won anyway. The fans boo and Hiromu storms back to the ring.

Sho hurries out after Hiromu so Hiromu leads him on a high speed chase through the crowd! Sho as the corrupt cop chases the noble hero criminal, all to give the Young Lion more time to find that key! The ring count starts, Hiromu stays away since his hands are still bound. But we’re past 10 of 20, Hiromu has to risk it! Hiromu watches Sho closely, then slides in. But Sho kicks low and CLUBS Hiromu down! Sho drags Hiromu up, THROWS him back out, and then goes out after him. Sho grabs his title belt, takes aim, but Red Shoes reprimands. Sho throws the belt aside, goes looking for a chair, but the key is here!

Sho SMACKS Hiromu again! Sho puts Hiromu in, but wait, was that not the right key? The Young Lions have to go looking again! Sho scoops and SLAMS Hiromu! Sho then gets the legs, and he turns Hiromu for the BOSTON CRAB! Sho wants to humiliate Hiromu with a Young Lion level hold! Hiromu endures, fights forward, but Sho drags him back! Sho sits deep on the hold, but Hiromu endures! The Young Lions return, still no luck!! The fans can’t believe it, but the Young Lions search a third time! Hiromu still fights to the ROPEBREAK! Sho lets go but he’s having fun messing with Hiromu now. Sho taunts the fans but they boo.

Sho kicks Hiromu around, taunts him, but Hiromu CLUBS him! Sho says that’s not fair, he used the cuffs as weapons! Red Shoes says Sho’s the one who gave Hiromu the cuffs! Sho avoids Hiromu but Hiromu CLUBS him again! Red Shoes ignores what’s going on, and the fans cheer that justice! Sho CLAWS Hiromu’s eyes, then runs, but Hiromu blows past him to RANA! The fans fire up because Hiromu can still use his legs! Sho bails out, Hiromu has a reprieve, and referee Kevin Sato is here with the key! So Sho gets in his way! The fans boo but Hiromu FLYING SHOTGUNS Sho! And finally, FREEDOM~!

The fans fire up as Hiromu can finally get his hands on Sho! Hiromu winds up but Sho goes scrambling away! Hiromu runs up, drags Sho up and throws him in! Hiromu drags Sho up to whip him to a corner and clothesline! Snapmare and basement dropkick! The fans fire up and Hiromu drags Sho up to reel him in. FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO! Hiromu throws off the shirt House of Torture doodled all over, and he drags Sho up. Hiromu fireman’s carries to CORNER DEATH VALLEY! Oh wait, the House of Torture drew poo on Hiromu’s back. He probably doesn’t even know! But Hiromu fireman’s carries again, only for Sho to bend fingers!

Rede Shoes reprimands but Hiromu kicks, KICKS and whips. Sho reverses, Hiromu stops himself and BOOTS back! Then HANGING HEADSCISSORS! Sho grabs at Red Shoes, and YUJIRO is here! Tokyo Pimp attacks Hiromu and drags him down! REVERSE DDT to the floor! Yujiro puts Hiromu in for Sho, Sho drags Hiromu to a cover, but Red Shoes refuses because of how Sho mistreated him! Sho is furious but Yujiro gets on the apron to argue with him. Sho gets the Torture Tool! Sho aims, swings, but Hiromu ducks! Hiromu snatches the wrench, then throws it back to frame Sho! The fans cheer and Sho defends his innocence on this specific moment!

Red Shoes still confiscates the wrench, Hiromu runs, but then Red Shoes is used as a shield! LOW BLOW!! And then Hiromu is shoved into Red Shoes! Sho and Yujiro then stomp away on Hiromu! The fans boo but this is the House of Torture for you. They double whip Hiromu, then Yujiro BOOTS! Sho runs up to clothesline! Sho snapmares Hiromu then sets him up for the FALLING HEADBUTT LOW BLOW! Sho covers and Red Shoes is back to count, TWO!! Hiromu survives and the fans are thunderous! But Sho vows to end it now. The fans rally for “HI-RO-MU! HI-RO-MU!” but Sho stalks him. Sho brings Hiromu up and in, STRAITJACKET PILEDRIVER!! Cover, TWO?!?

The fans fire up and Sho is furious! Sho aims his bow and he drags Hiromu back up. Sho double pump handles, but Hiromu fights Shock Arrow! So Sho suplexes! Hiromu slips free to SUPERKICK! Sho wobbles, the fans rally up, and Hiromu grits his teeth. Sho flounders around, comes back, but Hiromu catches him into TRIANGLE D! Sho endures, pops free, and he BITES Hiromu’s thigh!! At least we hope that’s the thigh! Red Shoes reprimands, and Hiromu spits out the fabric from Hiromu’s shorts! Sho grabs Hiromu’s legs, holds him open, and even pushes Red Shoes aside! But Hiromu kicks Sho’s legs out first! And then TRIANGLE D!!

Sho flails inside the hold and the fans rally! Sho fights to stack Hiromu, then deadlifts him! POWERBOMB! But Hiromu holds on!! Sho flails, but he’s fading! Hiromu pulls on the arm as hard as he can! Red Shoes checks, Sho fights up and stacks Hiromu again! Sho deadlifts for a BUCKLE BOMB! Both men are down and the fans rally up again. Hiromu and Sho rise, Sho runs, but into a SUPERKICK! Hiromu runs, Sho ducks the lariat then runs, but into the HIROMU-CHAN BOMBER!! Hiromu roars and drags Sho up! Fireman’s carry, but Sho CLAWS eyes! Yujiro distracts Red Shoes, and Sho LOW- NO! Hiromu stops that to LOW BLOW Sho!!!

The fans cheer the poetic justice, and then Hiromu fireman’s carries Sho, to RAM him into Yujiro! Then VICTORY ROYALE!! Cover, TWO!! Sho survives but the fans fire up behind Hiromu again! Hiromu waits on Sho to rise, then runs in to HIROMU-CHAN BOMBER!! Hiromu isn’t done there, he hauls Sho up to OG TIMEBOMB!! Cover, Yujiro YANKS Red Shoes out!! The fans boo as the Tokyo Pimp has to get involved again! Yujiro stomps Hiromu, but here comes Bushi! Yujiro kicks Bushi, fires forearms, then runs, but Bushi TOSSES Yujiro right out! Bushi builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit and down goes Yujiro!

The fans fire up as LIJ supports LIJ! HIROMU-CHAN BOMBER!! And then inverted suplex, TIMEBOMB MK II!!! Cover, Hiromu wins!!!

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

Justice, true justice, has been served! The villainous Murder Machine loses in the main event he tried to steal, will he finally learn that crime doesn’t pay?

As for Hiromu, he gets a mic and he tells Sho to hold on. Hiromu has to admit, Sho really is amazing. Hiromu ought to commend Sho. AS IF! Sho should apologize to the great people of Hachioji and to all of Japan, the stupid moron! The fans cheer that! And then apparently, Hiromu winning the main event also won him a year’s supply of original Hachioji ramen? And to present the certificate is the owner of SUPER ALPS, Nobuhisa Shiozawa. The fans cheer this great honor for both of them, especially for a Hachioji native like Hiromu. Wait, would Sho have still been given this had he won? Well, all’s well that ends well.

Hiromu and Shiozawa-san have their photo op, and then Hiromu puts his prize aside so he can get back on the mic. The fans chant for “HI-RO-MU! HI-RO-MU!” Hiromu then tells everyone, “I’m home.” The fans cheer with an “Okairi! <Welcome home!>” Hiromu does apologize that it had to be Sho for this match. But Hiromu does want to talk to Bushi. They’re in different blocks, meaning they could end up opponents down the line. Even so, Bushi helped Hiromu out here, and he thanks Bushi for that. The fans applaud that, too! Hiromu then says, “See you in the semifinals, or even the finals!”

Hiromu thanks everyone for coming tonight. He’s still bummed to see empty seats. This building can fit about 5 THOUSAND, it’s that big. The other day, he was in Niigata, went out for a late dinner, and there was a guy at the restaurant who was a fan. “Oh, it’s Hiromu!” All excited to see him and stuff. Hiromu was flattered, glad to chat. Hiromu asked the fan how the show was tonight, and the guy went, “Huh? There was a show tonight?” A funny story, but it also bummed Hiromu out. NJPW needs to promote better. When NJPW goes to all these different places, even the wrestlers try to promote a little.

And this was a guy who watches World Pro-Wrestling TV weekly! Even then, he didn’t know NJPW was in town! It’s not funny, it’s a real problem and NJPW is working to fix it. But it’s also on the wrestlers to promote the shows more. They gotta hit TV, radio, newspapers, everywhere! Plaster the towns with posters! Advertise anywhere and everywhere! The fans applaud that. Hiromu knows Hachioji is a big city, but he also knows there are a lot of people here who love pro-wrestling. But many still miss out on live shows. If they knew, how many do you think would be in here? And Hiromu knows it’d be a whole lot of fun! The fans cheer that!

“That’s why, wherever we go, big or small, we have to reach each and every person. It’s on each and every wrestler to do so. With that kind of promotion, we can let every fan know that wrestling’s in town and pack the house.” The fans cheer in support of that! Hiromu says they haven’t gone as far as they can yet. They can fill up the seats in here! It’s what he wants! This is Best of the Super Juniors, and the finals are gonna main event Osaka-Jo Hall! And of course it’s gotta be Hiromu in that ring, in that spotlight! Hiromu vows to win BOSJ 31! And then he’ll return here next year as the champion! The fans love the sound of that!

Hiromu wants everyone here to remember his words. “Get excited for the next time we’re in town.” And of course, in this BOSJ, they have to have more, more, more, more, more, more, more, more, more, more, MORE, MORE, MORE, MORE, MORE… FUN TOGETHER~! Hiromu is not just aiming for the trophy and the championship, he wants NJPW to have it all! But will he be able to have it all himself as the rounds keep on coming?


Here are the NEW A Block standings!

Blake Christian: 4-0, 8 points
Titan: 3-1, 6 points
Kevin Knight: 3-1, 6 points
El Desperado: 2-2, 4 points
Kosei Fujita: 2-2, 4 points
Clark Connors: 2-2, 4 points
HAYATA: 2-2, 4 points
Yoshinobu Kanemaru: 1-3, 2 points
BUSHI: 1-3, 2 points
TJP: 0-4, 0 points


Here are the NEW B Block standings!

KUSHIDA: 3-1, 6 points
Taiji Ishimori: 3-1, 6 points
Hiromu Takahashi: 2-2, 4 points
SHO: 2-2, 4 points
Francesco Akira: 2-2, 4 points
Robbie Eagles: 2-2, 4 points
“Drilla” Moloney: 2-2, 4 points
DOUKI: 2-2, 4 points
Ninja Mack: 2-2, 4 points
Dragon Dia: 0-4, 0 points

My Thoughts:

Another great round for NJPW here with both blocks going in one night. And great news that of all the matches heading towards Dominion, it will be the BOSJ 31 finals that take the main event. I suppose that means Moxley VS Evil will be second to last, with all the usual antics certainly keeping it from being just a real good match. But that aside, the standings took quite a shift here, with Kushida and Taiji both taking their first losses, right as they’re about to face off in Round 5. Knight getting that comeback win on Desperado was great stuff, and Blake Christian coming out as the ONLY 4-0 is some great stuff.

Bushi getting the win over TJP definitely adds to TJP’s crisis of confidence angle, and I suppose Dia losing again shouldn’t be too shocking given Drilla can’t let someone else get a golden ticket off him. Fujita getting one off Connors is great, though, and with Eagles having already beat Drilla, maybe we get Fujita & Eagles VS Connors & Drilla at Dominion, as I don’t see three-fourths of that making the semifinals. And it’d be pretty cool if TMDK got in on feuding with Bullet Club War Dogs as War Dogs transition away from other feuds.

Hiromu VS Sho was really good stuff, especially with these apparent “arrest” antics. Great win for Hiromu, and great promo from him, as well. Hiromu obviously wants Junior Heavyweight wrestling to come into its own, but he also wants NJPW to get back up to where it was before Pandemic. The lack of advertising and promoting was a rather quiet problem as far as an American fan like myself could tell, so I commend on Hiromu bringing that real conversation up and charging his fellow wrestlers and the company with fixing it, not just leaving it up to fans.

My Score: 9/10

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