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Mitchell’s NJPW World Tag League Results & Report! (11/21/23)

B Block begins their run!

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Day two belongs to B Block!

NJPW World Tag League rolls on, and after A Block set the tone, B Block looks to raise the bar as tag team champions face tag team champions! Will Bishamon take down The Headbanga & Young Guerrilla?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Kickoff Match – Katsuya Murashima VS Yuto Nakashima; Nakashima wins.
  • The Gates of Agony VS Tomoaki Honma & Oskar Leube; The Gates of Agony win.
  • Six Man Tag: The United Empire VS Kaito Kiyomiya, Ryohei Oiwa & Boltin Oleg; Kaito, Oiwa & Oleg win.
  • 8 Man Tag: Tiger Mask, Master Wato, Shota Umino & Ren Narita VS Bullet Club; Tiger Mask, Wato, Shota & Narita win.
  • Six Man Tag: TMDK VS The House of Torture; The House of Torture wins.
  • 2023 World Tag League, B Block: Yuji Nagata & Minoru Suzuki VS Atlantis Jr. & Soberano Jr; Atlantis & Soberano win.
  • 2023 World Tag League, B Block: Alex Zayne & Lance Archer VS Bad Luck Fale & Jack Bonza; Zayne & Archer win.
  • 2023 World Tag League, B Block: Taichi & Yuya Uemura VS Yota Tsuji & Zandokan Jr; Taichi & Yuya win.
  • 2023 World Tag League, B Block: Bishamon VS El Phantasmo & Hikuleo; ELP & Hikuleo win.

PLAY BY PLAY

2023 World Tag League, B Block: Yuji Nagata & Minoru Suzuki VS Atlantis Jr. & Soberano Jr!

What in the world? Blue Justice and the Meanest Man in the World, fighting together? Well then, will this unlikeliest of pairings prove to be the most powerful of pairings? Or will the second generation luchadores be able to survive the murder grandpas?

The teams sort out, but that means Suzuki and Nagata argue about who starts. Suzuki shoves Nagata! The luchadores take the initiative and DOUBLE DROPKICK them down! The bell rings, fans fire up and the luchadores DOUBLE PLANCHA! Direct hits on both Nagata and Suzuki, and Atlantis puts Nagata in. Atlantis knees, snapmare and basement dropkicks! Cover, TWO! Atlantis stands Nagata up, wrenches and wristlocks, then tags in Soberano. The luchadores mug Nagata, then Soberano wrenches and wristlocks, then wrenches the other way to KICK a leg! Nagata fires body shots and KICKS a leg out!

Nagata stomps Soberano, CLUBS him on the neck, then whips him to the corner. Nagata storms up, tags Suzuki, and Suzuki sneers as he stomps away on Soberano. Suzuki snapmares Soberano, shifts from chinlock to motorcycle stretch, then steps over to hammerlock with his legs. Suzuki pulls on Soberano’s other arm, then has a modified Bow ‘n’ Arrow! Soberano endures, fights to get an arm free, but Suzuki focuses on the legs! DEATHLOCK, then shift to a CROSSFACE! Soberano endures, Suzuki drags him up and whips him to the corner. Hard tag to Nagata, but he still stomps Soberano. Nagata wrenches Soberano to an ELBOW BREAKER!

Nagata drags Soberano into the FUJIWARA ARMBAR! Soberano fights around, reaches out, and has the ROPEBREAK! Nagata lets off fast to then wrench Soberano’s arm again and whip him to the corner. Suzuki backs up a bit, but Nagata still tags him in. Suzuki stomps Soberano, DECKS him with a forearm, then taunts Atlantis. The ref keeps Atlantis back, and Suzuki DECKS Soberano again. Suzuki stalks Soberano to ropes, drags him up and wrenches to a hammerlock. Nagata tags in and the old men mug Soberano. Nagata wrenches, throws forearms, then whips corner to corner. Soberano reverses goes up the ropes and ENZIGURIS Nagata!

Fans fire up as Soberano crawls, hot tag to Atlantis! Atlantis runs to BLAST Suzuki, then he dodges Nagata to SUPERKICK! Atlantis whips and SPINEBUSTERS Nagata, to then KNEE Nagata down! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up, Atlantis stands Nagata up, and he clamps on a facelock. Nagata throws body shots, CLUBS him and KICKS him, then KICKS again! Atlantis flounders but Nagata KICKS him down! Nagata puts Atlantis in a corner to whip him corner to corner, and then BOOT! Nagata clinches for an EXPLODER! Cover, TWO! Nagata keeps on Atlantis with a wrench, but Atlantis reaches out. Nagata still hits the ELBOW BREAKER!

Nagata wrenches again but Atlantis fights to ropes. Suzuki tags in to kick Atlantis low and throw forearms. Suzuki runs, but Atlantis hits a POWERSLAM! Fans fire up while both men are down! Atlantis crawls, hot tag to Soberano! Soberano goes up to CROSSBODY! He keeps moving to SOBAT, KICK and ENZIGURI! Soberano runs but Suzuki avoids the dropkick to then grab the leg! HEEL HOOK! Soberano endures, flails, crawls his way over and has the ROPEBREAK! Suzuki lets go to whip Soberano to a corner. Suzuki runs in to BOOT and snapmare, then he keeps moving to PENALTY KICK! Cover, TWO!

The fans rally up while Suzuki drags Soberano up by his mask. Suzuki taunts Soberano, and Soberano CHOPS! Suzuki just smiles! Soberano is unsettled and Suzuki eggs him on. Soberano CHOPS, but Suzuki ROCKS him with a forearm! Suzuki eggs Soberano on more, so Soberano CHOPS! Suzuki forearms, Soberano CHOPS, repeat! Soberano CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS, but Suzuki just laughs! Suzuki then DECKS Soberano! Fans fire up and Suzuki looms over Soberano. Suzuki stands Soberano up to fire off forearms, then he whips to ropes. Soberano reverses to DROPKICK Suzuki down! Fans rally and Soberano goes to a corner.

Soberano climbs, leaps, CROSSBODY into a FUJIWARA! Nagata intercepts Atlantis with a GUILLOTINE! The luchadores endure stereo submissions, but then Suzuki rolls Soberano to a SLEEPER! Nagata has a CROSSFACE on Atlantis! The ref checks on Soberano and the fans rally up. Soberano is fading, but then Suzuki covers, TWO!! Soberano survives and fans fire up! Suzuki drags Soberano up to fire forearms, and Nagata sends Atlantis into railing! Suzuki whips, Soberano springboards up and over! Soberano kicks, runs, Suzuki follows to get around, SLEEPER! Soberano flails, Suzuki spins him around, GOTCH-

NO, Soberano back drops free! And dropkicks a leg out! Then a roll and cradle, Soberano & Atlantis win!!

Winners: Atlantis Jr. & Soberano Jr, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Nagata & Suzuki earn 0)

Suzuki is stunned but he got caught off guard! Suzuki storms off in frustration, will he and his age old rival just have to be sharper next time? As for the second generation luchadores, is this the beginning of big things for them in NJPW?

 

2023 World Tag League, B Block: Alex Zayne & Lance Archer VS Bad Luck Fale & Jack Bonza!

#MonsterSauce reunites in hopes they finally feast on some gold, but they’re up against the Bullet Club Rogue Army! Will the Rogue General and the Red Commando represent not just Bullet Club but NJPW Tamashii? Or will Zayne & Archer be so hot, #EverybodyDies?

Archer walks to the ring with Zayne, but then has to go backstage for some reason? Did he forget to victimize a Young Lion or something? Anyway, Archer comes back, the teams sort out, and Archer steps up. Fale wants to meet him, but Bonza says he’ll take on Archer. Archer wants to make sure Bonza’s sure, and Bonza says hell yeah. The bell rings, Bonza shoves Archer, but Archer shoves back. Bonza runs to RAM Archer, but Archer doesn’t budge. Archer dares Bonza to try that again, and Bonza runs to RAM Archer! That doesn’t do it, so Bonza says one more. The fans fire up, but Bonza fakes Archer out to poke him in the eye!

Bonza kicks a leg, CLUBS away on Archer, and fires up as he strikes a pose. But then Archer just stands back up! Fale warns Bonza, Bonza backs up into Archer and knows he’s in trouble. Archer SPITS at Bonza, then DECKS him! Archer bumps Bonza off buckles, then off more buckles, then he tags in Zayne. Fans fire up as Archer sends Zayne in to back elbow! Archer back elbows, then Zayne runs in, HIP TOSS CANNONBALL! Zayne then slingshots to RANA Bonza away! Bonza ends up in the opposite corner, Zayne runs in, but Bonza FLAPJACKS Zayne off buckles! And he feeds Zayne to Fale’s LARIAT! The ref reprimands, but he also has to keep Archer back.

Bonza stomps Zayne out of the ring, and Fale whips Zayne into railing! Bonza goes out to fetch Zayne into the ring, then he drags Zayne around. LEG DROP! Cover, TWO! Bonza stays between Zayne and Archer, then bumps Zayne off buckles. Tag to Fale and the Rogue Army mugs Zayne. Fale then BLASTS Archer! Archer comes right back, runs the ref over, and he fires hands with Fale! Fale ROCKS Archer, TOSSES him, then tells the ref to do his job! Fale tags Bonza and Bonza storms up on Zayne. Bonza trips Zayne, steps through, and turns Zayne over. Sharpshooter becomes Deathlock, and Deathlock becomes Bow ‘n’ Arrow stretch!

Zayne endures as Bonza bends him back. The fans rally, but Bonza stands to let Zayne go and sit him up. Bonza KICKS Zayne, flips off Archer, then tags in Fale. The Rogue Army mugs Zayne, but Zayne throws hands on Fale! Archer coaches Zayne but Fale throat chops him! Fale whips corner to corner to SPLASH Zayne! Cover, TWO! Zayne survives and the fans fire up. Fale drags Zayne around, and then stands on Zayne! Archer shoves Fale off of Zayne, but Fale tags Bonza. The Rogue Army drags Zayne away from Archer and Bonza CLUBS him down! And stomps him! Bonza grinds Zayne’s arm but the fans rally up.

Zayne throws body shots, and forearms, and reaches out for Archer, but Bonza holds on! Zayne throws more forearms, still reaches out, but then dodges Bonza’s lariat to schoolboy, only for Bonza to avoid the Eddy Gordo kick! Bonza waistlocks, lifts Zayne up, GERMAN SUPLEX! Zayne lands on his feet! And ROLLING AX KICKS! Both men are down and the fans fire up! Zayne and Bonza crawl, hot tags to Fale and Archer! The big men RAM shoulders, and RAM again! And again! Archer ROCKS Fale, Fale ROCKS Archer, repeat! The behemoths go back and forth, the fans fire up, and Fale gets the edge!

Fale puts Archer in the corner, Zayne sneaks a tag. Fale whips, Archer reverses, and then sets up so Zayne can LEAP FROG SHOTGUN! The fans fire up with Monster Sauce as Archer CHOKE SLAM SAULTS Zayne on Fale! Cover, TWO!! Fale survives but Zayne senses they’re close. Zayne CLUBS away on Fale, then throws forearms. Fale wobbles but stays up, so Zayne throws forearms, an ELBOW, and a SOBAT! Zayne runs, but Fale SAMOAN DROPS him! Tag to Bonza and he hurries to get Zayne for a cover, TWO! Bonza is frustrated but the fans rally up. Bonza kicks Zayne around, but Zayne rises up. Bonza ROCKS Zayne!

Zayne ROCKS Bonza in return! Bonza ROCKS Zayne, but Zayne ROCKS Bonza! Bonza ROCKS Zayne, but Zayne winds up to ROCK Bonza! Zayne fires off a flurry but Bonza knees low! Bonza runs but Zayne ELBOWS! Zayne runs but Bonza ELBOWS! Bonza whips, Zayne gets under the lariat to hook the arms! Bonza fights the backslide, steps back, and he deadlifts to a SITDOWN POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Fale runs in to BLAST Archer! Bonza hits a BACKBREAKER, Fale hits the ELBOW DROP! Cover, Archer breaks it! The fans fire up, Fale whips but Archer reverses to TOSS Fale! Archer then goes to the apron to CANBONBALL!!

Archer roars and the fans fire up with him! Bonza CHOPS Archer on the back, but that just upsets Archer. Archer swings, misses, and Bonza HOTSHOTS him down! Zayne runs in at Bonza but Bonza drop toeholds him into buckles! Gator roll and- NO, Zayne fights the DDT to put Bonza up top! Zayne SLAPS Bonza, goes up after him, and the fans rally up. Bonza throws hands on Zayne, shoves him, but Zayne backflips away! Archer runs in, step-up KNEE! Archer lifts Bonza in the reverse crucifix, BLACKOUT BOMB!! Zayne says “ITADAKIMASU~!” Zayne goes up top, to CINNAMON TWIST!! Cover, Monster Sauce wins!

Winners: Alex Zayne & Lance Archer, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Bullet Club earns 0)

Zayne & Archer were too hot to handle and they have a tasty two points! Will they keep turning up the heat until they’re at the head of the table? Will the Rogue Army be able to regroup and redeem themselves next round?

 

2023 World Tag League, B Block: Taichi & Yuya Uemura VS Yota Tsuji & Zandokan Jr!

The Holy Emperor is once again KOPW Champion, and he teams up with Heat Storm to bring more gold to Just5Guys! But Gene Blast brings in “The King of the World” from CMLL to go sailing towards the trophies! Will Yota & Zandokan drop anchor on Taichi & Yuya? Or will their ship be sunk right out the gate?

The teams sort out and Yuya starts against Tsuji. The fans rally up as the two stare down. They circle, tie up, and Tsuji kicks low. Things speed up, Yuya drops then hurdles, but Tsuji stops himself to tag in Zandokan. Fans rally as Zandokan eggs Yuya on, but then Yuya drops back to tag Taichi. And then Yuya BLASTS Tsuji, and goes out to RAM him into railing! And then whip into more railing! Tsuji tumbles out into No Man’s Land and Yuya goes after him with haymakers. They go around behind commentary while Taichi and Zandokan stand off. Yuya stomps Tsuji, throws haymakers, but Tsuji hits back with forearms!

Tsuji SMACKS Yuya off commentary! Tsuji then storms his way around the railing, but Taichi backs him off. Tsuji grins and Taichi helps Yuya up. Red Shoes has everyone stand down, and Zandokan returns to the ring. Taichi follows, and Zandokan attacks! Zandokan whips Taichi to ropes, but Taichi BOOTS back! Zandokan comes back to BOOT! Taichi KICKS, Zandokan throws a forearm! Taichi kicks again, so Zandokan throws another forearm! Taichi KICKS and KICKS and KICKS, but Zandokan ROCKS him with a forearm! Zandokan waistlocks but Taichi breaks free to ENZIGURI! Fans rally up while Taichi and Zandokan go to ropes.

Taichi stands, Zandokan runs in to run him over! Zandokan fires up and the fans cheer with him. Zandokan then offers a handshake? Taichi stands, paces, and the fans rally up. Taichi says no to the handshake but Zandokan spits on his own hand to offer the handshake again! Now Taichi definitely doesn’t want it! Taichi kicks low, swings, but Zandokan dodges to shake Taichi’s hand! Taichi wants to wipe it off on Red Shoes! Red Shoes runs around and Taichi chases him, Tsuji & Zandokan mug Taichi! They double whip and DOUBLE ELBOW Taichi, then run to DOUBLE BASEMENT DROPKICK!

Tsuji BLASTS Yuya off the apron, goes out after him, and whips him into railing hard! Zandokan brings Taichi out to the crowd to SMACK off the bleachers! Tsuji has Yuya in another section of the crowd to snapmare and KICK! Red Shoes reprimands them all as Zandokan SMACKS Taichi’s leg with a chair! Zandokan drags Taichi up while Tsuji leaves Yuya behind in No Man’s Land. Zandokan fireman’s carries Taichi, and brings him along to SNAKE EYES off railing! Tsuji & Zandokan then regroup and they get Taichi in the ring. Zandokan stomps Taichi’s leg, tags in Tsuji, and Tsuji stomps Taichi’s leg.

Tsuji drags Taichi around, puts some stank on his hand, but Taichi blocks! So Tsuji stomps Taichi, YANKS the bad leg, then scoops Taichi to SLAM him! Tsuji runs to SPLASH the legs! Fans rally while Taichi endures, and Tsuji tags in Zandokan. Zandokan suplexes but Taichi blocks. Zandokan keeps trying, and he gets Taichi up and over! Cover, TWO! Zandokan argues with Red Shoes, but Red Shoes says his count was fair. Taichi kicks Zandokan from below but Zandokan stomps Taichi’s legs. Tag to Tsuji and he storms up on Taichi. Tsuji stomps the bad leg, drags Taichi around, and then puts the legs on ropes!

Tsuji springboards to HIP DROP the legs! Taichi writhes and Tsuji gets in Yuya’s face, and Zandokan BITES Taichi’s foot! Red Shoes reprimands and Zandokan lets off. Tsuji gives Taichi some toying kicks and even a pie face. Taichi stands to CHOP! And kick! And KICK! Tsuji fires a flurry of forearms, then whips, but Taichi reverses to wrench and HOOK KICK! Fans fire up while both men are down. The fans rally up, Taichi and Tsuji crawl, hot tag to Yuya! Yuya fires off haymakers and CHOPS, then he DOUBLE CHOPS! Yuya throws haymaker after haymaker in the corner, but lets off as Red Shoes counts. Yuya runs corner to corner to clothesline and BULLDOG! Cover, TWO!

Fans rally up and Yuya drags Tsuji up. Yuya scoops, holds, and SLAMS Tsuji! Yuya runs to SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Yuya is frustrated but he paces around Tsuji. Yuya drags Tsuji up to reel him in, but Tsuji fights the back suplex with elbows! Tsuji clinches, BACKBREAKER, COMPLETE SHOT, but Yuya avoids the stomp to waistlock! Tsuji switches but Yuya sends Tsuji into Taichi’s mule kick! Yuya DOUBLE CHOPS, Taichi BOOTS, and Yuya hits the BIG back suplex! Cover, Zandokan breaks it! Taichi throws Zandokan out, and Yuya fires up! The fans rally behind him as he climbs a corner. Yuya leaps, but has to roll through as Tsuji dodges!

Yuya runs back in but Tsuji catches him, BACKBREAKER, COMPLETE SHOT and STOMP! Fans fire up and Tsuji whips but Yuya reverses to DROPKICK! Both men are down and the fans rally up again. Hot tag to Taichi! Taichi storms up on Tsuji, gives him some toying kicks, then some Kawada Kicks! Tsuji goes to a corner, Taichi runs in and BOOTS! Tsuji BOOTS but Taichi blocks! Tsuji brings Taichi down to STOMP him! Fans fire up and Tsuji hobbles over, tag to Zandokan! Zandokan stomps away on Taichi, then whips him corner to corner. Taichi reverses, Zandokan goes up and over then around to ENZIGURI!

Fans fire up and Zandokan drags Taichi up. Zandokan reels Taichi in, underhooks and lifts, but Taichi fights it! Taichi back drops Zandokan away, and goes to a corner. Zandokan rises up, runs in, but into a BOOT! Zandokan roars but Taichi AX BOMBERS! Zandokan stays up, roars again, but Taichi GAMANGIRIS him down! The fans rally and Taichi stands, OFF COME THE PANTS! Taichi BUZZ- NO, Zandokan blocks and CHOPS! Taichi sputters, rises up, and Zandokan eggs him on. Taichi KICKS Zandokan in the chest! Zandokan stays up to CHOP again! Taichi grits his teeth while his chest is stinging, and Zandokan eggs him on again.

Taichi KICKS Zandokan, and eggs him on in return, even those his chest is bleeding from those chops! Zandokan spits on his hand again so Taichi dodges! Only to run into a tilt-o-whirl BACKBREAKER! Cover, Yuya breaks it! Fans rally up, Yuya drags Zandokan up, but Zandokan CHOPS! Yuya is stinging, but he DOUBLE CHOPS in return! Yuya runs, into a fireman’s carry, SNAP DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Tsuji drags Yuya out of the ring and has him on the railing. Fans rally as Tsuji calls to Zandokan, and Zandokan builds speed, to DIVE and SPLASH Yuya on the railing!! Zandokan then goes after Taichi, kick and Canadian Rack, DOMINATOR!! Cover, TWO!!!

Taichi survives and the fans fire up again! Zandokan roars and he drags Taichi back up. Zandokan reels Taichi in, hooks the arms, but Taichi again fights the lift. Zandokan still gets Taichi up but Taichi fights free. Taichi wrenches, Zandokan avoids the Ax Bomber and Taichi keeps going. Zandokan pops Taichi up for Tsuji to KNEE! And then they get Taichi up, underhook the arms, for the ANCHOR!! The fans fire up again as Tsuji climbs and Zandokan gives him the boost! Yuya runs in to DROPKICK Zandokan! Tsuji rolls through the crash landing to JUMP KNEE! Yuya ROCKS Tsuji! Tsuji rebounds, but into an arm-drag!

Yuya spins Tsuji up to hook the arms, OVERHEAD SUPLEX! Zandokan dodges Yuya to spin him and HEADBUTT! Yuya flounders, Zandokan runs in at Taichi but only gets buckles! And then the GAMANGIRI! Yuya runs to DROPKICK Zandokan in the corner! Taichi aims, TENSHO JUJIHO! Yuya PLANCHAS Tsuji! Taichi gets Zandokan up, BLACK MEPHISTO!! Cover, J5G wins!

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

The KOPW Champion finishes this one off, keeping that momentum from when he dethroned Sho. But will Taichi & Yuya be able to keep this momentum going until they have the World Tag League trophies? Tsuji manages to smile even in defeat, will he and Zandokan be better prepared for their next opponents?

 

2023 World Tag League, B Block: Bishamon VS El Phantasmo & Hikuleo w/ Jado!

Hirooki Goto & Yoshi-Hashi are IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions, and after Lonestar Shootout, the Headbanga & Young Guerrilla are still NJPW Strong Openweight Tag Team Champions! This battle is for more than just two points, this is for golden tickets to cash in later! Who establishes tag team superiority in B Block’s first round main event?

The fans already rally for “E L P! E L P!” but then they also cheer on “BI-SHA-MON! BI-SHA-MON!” ELP and Leo want to shake hands, but Goto & Hashi are hesitant. They do accept, and the fans applaud the sportsmanship. The teams then sort out and Leo starts against Goto. Fans rally and the two circle. They tie up, and Leo powers Goto to ropes. Goto turns things around, Red Shoes counts the ropebreak, and Goto lets off. Leo gives a shove, but Goto avoids the elbow to kick low. Goto headlocks, Leo powers up and out, and they RAM shoulders! Leo doesn’t budge, so Goto runs again. Goto RAMS Leo, but still nothing.

Goto runs again, ducks ‘n’ dodges to RAM Leo! Leo rebounds to run Goto over! Leo runs but Goto avoids the elbow drop! Leo avoids the Penalty Kick, and the fans cheer. Goto and Leo stare down, then back away, to tag in ELP and Hashi. Fans rally as Headbanga and Headhunter stare down, the fans chanting and dueling. ELP gets a “YO-SHI HA-SHI!” chant going, so Hashi revels in it. Hashi and ELP tie up, ELP waistlocks but Hashi wrenches out. Hashi wristlocks, but ELP rolls, handsprings, and wrenches back to waistlock, half nelson, headlock, snapmare, but Hashi headscissors. ELP kips free and the fans cheer.

ELP talks strategy with Leo, and ELP wants Hashi to start a chant for him. So Hashi does! “E L P! E L P!” ELP thanks Hashi and Hashi gets the fans even louder. ELP and Hashi shake hands again, but Hashi kicks low! Hashi headlocks, ELP throws body shots, but Hashi grinds the hold. ELP powers up and out, but Hashi runs him over! Fans rally, things speed up, but Hashi stops himself to avoid the hurdle. But then ELP cartwheels away to avoid the dropkick! They keep moving, Hashi hurdles but ELP shoves to DROPKICK! ELP handsprings up and fans cheer the exchange. ELP then stands Hashi up to CHOP!

Hashi goes to ropes and ELP gets fans to “WOO~!” ELP whips, Hashi reverses to mule kick and BLOCKBUSTER! Fans fire up, Hashi aims from a corner, and Hashi runs in to CHOP ELP! ELP sits down in the corner, Hashi drags him up, and Hahsi whips. ELP blocks, but Hashi sends him back to the corner. ELP goes up and over, ducks ‘n’ dodges, and ELP CROSSBODIES! Then he somersaults to LIONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Fans cheer and ELP drags Hashi up. ELP hits a BIG atomic drop! Hashi hobbles around, but then so does ELP because of his knee taking some damage. ELP whips, Goto tags in and Hashi reverses, they run ELP over!

Hashi runs, ZANMAI! Hashi then BLASTS Leo, he and Goto drag ELP up, and se no, they HAMMER away on ELP’s back! Fans cheer, Leo protests, but Hashi stalks ELP to a corner. Hashi keeps ELP from Leo, and CHOPS him! Goto drags ELP up, Red Shoes counts, but Hashi CHOPS again! Hashi tags Goto, but ELP kicks back. ELP fires forearms, Goto ROCKS ELP, and Goto stomps ELP to a corner. Goto CLUBS ELP, ELP throws forearms and the two brawl. Goto KICKS ELP down! Goto whips corner to corner, runs in, MURAMASA! And SAIDO! Cover, TWO! The fans rally up behind “E L P!” as he endures a chinlock.

Goto digs his elbow into ELP’s face, then JAMS him! Goto whips ELP to the corner, tags Hashi, and Hashi brings ELP up. ELP throws forearms, but Hashi CHOPS him down! Cover, ONE!! Hashi BLASTS Leo, then he brings ELP up again. Red Shoes keeps Leo back but ELP throws hands. Hashi throws a body shot, then a CHOP! Fans fire up as ELP stays put. ELP CHOPS back, but Hashi comes back to CHOP! ELP staggers around, Hashi reels him in and then hangs him out to dry! Goto holds ELP in place so Hashi can run and DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! ELP crawls but Hashi keeps him away from Leo, then drags him all the way back.

Tag to Goto, he stomps ELP, and then Bishamon drags ELP up. DOUBLE back suplex, but ELP lands out of it! ELP goes up and over, then under, but Goto grabs legs! ELP BOOTS Goto into Hashi, hot tag to Leo! Leo UPPERCUTS Goto, scoops Hashi, but Hashi slips free. Hashi dodges a lariat but not the BOOT! Leo scoops Goto to SNAKE EYES! Leo keeps moving and he LARIATS Goto down! The fans fire up and Leo waits on Hashi. Choke grip, but then Goto gets up. So Leo grabs him, too! But Bishamon breaks free, kick and whip, but Leo breaks the line to DOUBLE LARIAT! Fans fire up with Leo as he aims again.

Leo waits on Goto to rise, then choke grips. GOD- NO, Goto slips free to fire off forearms! Goto runs, LARIATS, but Leo stays up! Leo swings, Goto blocks the lariat to spin Leo around, but Leo suplexes first! Fans fire up with Leo and he tags in ELP! ELP BLASTS Hashi before he hauls Goto up. Straitjacket torture rack, and Leo runs, BOOT into the UFO NECKBREAKER!! Cover, Hashi breaks it! Leo grabs Hashi but Hashi ROCKS Leo! And CHOPS ELP! And ROCKS Leo! And repeat! But Leo UPPERCUTS Hashi, CHOPS him down, and then ELP goes up a corner! ARIHARA MOONSAULT onto Hashi! Fans fire up and Leo hauls Goto up!

Leo calls to ELP, and ELP climbs. Leo has Goto up, POWERBOMB to SWANTON BOMB!! Cover, TWO!! Goto survives and ELP can’t believe it! Fans rally up, though, and ELP slashes his throat. ELP drags Goto up, reels him in, but Goto CHOPS! And CHOPS! ELP BUZZSAWS, and then he tucks the arms! Goto fights the lift, slips free and ROCKS ELP! ELP boots but Goto deflects it to LARIAT! Both men are down and the fans fire up! Goto and ELP crawl, hot tags to Leo and Hashi! Fans fire up as Hashi runs in, dodges Leo and fires forearms and CHOPS! Hashi whips, Leo blocks! Leo whips Hashi to a corner, runs in but Hashi dodges!

Hashi returns to CHOP! Hashi whips Leo, Leo reverses but Hashi sunset flips! Leo stays up, but Hashi avoids the leg drop! Hashi BASEMENT DROPKICKS! Fans fire up with Hashi and he watches Leo go to a corner. Hashi runs in, to clothesline! Hashi then pushes Leo out and goes up top. BLOCKBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Leo survives and the fans rally again. Hashi has the fans fire up more, and he waits on Leo to stand. Hashi then runs, LARIATS, but Leo shakes his head no! Hashi runs again, LARIATS, but it’s still not enough! Hashi runs, dodges the boot, but Leo blocks the superkick to ROUNDHOUSE! Both men are down and fans fire back up!

Hashi and Leo stir, and Leo rises up first! Leo fires himself up, whips Hashi to ropes, but Hashi DROPKICKS the powerslam down! And then BUTTERFLY LOCK! ELP DROPKICKS Hashi, and BLASTS Goto! ELP helps Leo up, and they whip Hashi to a corner. ELP DROPKICKS, then feeds Hashi to the POWERSLAM! The fans fire up again and #ELeoP aim from opposite corners. Hashi rises, SUDDEN- NO, Hashi blocks that, only for Leo to grab him! But Hashi slips free, shoves Leo at ELP, but ELP moves Leo aside, HIDDEN GAP! Goto clotheslines ELP out of the ring! Hashi dodges a lariat, shoves Leo but Leo ROCKS Goto!

Leo runs back at Hashi, he gets around and holds Leo against ropes for Goto to LARIAT! Hashi SUPERKICKS, Goto HEADBUTTS, and fans fire up with Bishamon as they call their shot! Dragon sleeper and the leg hold, but Leo BOOTS Hashi away! Goto tries to suplex but Leo is too big! Leo suplexes, but Hashi dropkicks the legs! Goto gets Leo up, and Hashi has the legs again, but for G Y R!! Cover, TWO!!! Leo survives and fans fire up again! Goto drags Leo up, dragon sleepers, and Hashi has the legs once more. SHOTO!!! Cover, ELP barrels into Goto to break it!! Fans are thunderous as ELP saves Leo and the match!

ELP drags Goto up to CHOP, and he also ROCKS Hashi! CHOP, ROCK, BOOT, but Goto blocks one! Hashi SUPERKICKS, Goto fireman’s carries! FIERCE FLASH into SHO- NO! ELP BOOTS Hashi away, goes up and around Goto and then shoves him into Hashi! ELP uses Goto as a step to SATELLITE DDT Hashi!! Then he dodges Goto to SUDDEN DEATH! ELP and Leo reset, they aim from the corners, and Hashi stands into SUDDEN DEATH! Choke grip, ELP DIVES onto Goto! GODSEND for Hashi!! And then the boosted THUNDERKISS 86!!! Cover, E-LEO-P WINS!!!

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

Incredible! The NJPW Strong Openweight Tag Team Champions just pinned THE IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions! Will Goto & Hashi be able to #GetBackUp and #TurnItAllAround from this shocking opening round upset?

As for those NJPW Strong Openweight Tag Team Champions, Leo gets the mic first to tell Bishamon, “You are the IWGP Tag Champions. Big respect. Big respect to you, Goto-san, Yoshi-Hashi, Bishamon. But… This is just the beginning. World Tag League belongs to G O D!” The fans cheer that, and Leo continues to say, “Tag League, GoD, Tokyo Dome! Tokyo Dome, GoD, Bishamon, one more time!” Fans love the sound of that! Leo vows that he and ELP become not just Strong Tag Champions but also IWGP Tag Team Champions! Leo hands the mic to ELP, and the fans rally up for “E L P! E L P!”

ELP says, “Louder so Kodani-san can hear that! E L P!” The fans get louder for ELP and “old man” Kodani. ELP then shouts, “DAISUKI, KORAKUEN HALL! I LOVE YOU!” The fans cheer, and ELP says that in their first WTL, they enter as NJPW Strong Openweight Tag Team Champions, and at Kumamoto, they will finish WTL as champions! Then, like Leo just said, they’ll go to WrestleKingdom 18, inside Tokyo Dome, with all you fans, and become the NEW IWGP World Heavyweight Tag Team Champions!! And ELP doesn’t care if you believe in Santa Claus, The Easter Bunny, or Jesus Christ. Everyone can believe in G O D!!

The fans cheer as “The Big Blue Sexy Boys” are off to a strong start. But will they truly be NJPW Strong through the entire tournament and into the New Year?

 

Here are the current B Block standings.

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


My Thoughts:

A great second day for WTL and first night for Block B. Great surprise that Atlantis & Soberano beat the murder grandpas but it feels like Nagata & Suzuki are going to parallel #DespeWato where they don’t pull it together until a few rounds in. Good match from Monster Sauce VS Rogue Army, and a good showing for Bonza on NJPW prime programming, but great win for Archer & Zayne. Similarly, Zandokan looks great, but Taichi just won back the KOPW Championship so he isn’t losing so soon. It’ll probably be on Yuya when the team loses so that there’s nothing more owed to the other team.

And what an awesome move for the opening round’s main event to be Champions VS Champions. That was definitely a tag title level match, and I didn’t expect ELP & Leo to win that. Great win for them to start WTL, and that really could end up the WrestleKingdom match. And even if not, this whole tournament is going to be good stuff, and they’re getting ready to stuff Thanksgiving Weekend with it.

My Score: 8.9/10


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Mitchell’s NJPW New Beginning Sapporo Results & Report! (2/24/24)

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The New Beginning comes to an end!

It’s a WrestleKingdom rematch here in Sapporo as Tetsuya Naito gives Sanada a shot at the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship! Will NJPW still be tranquilo? Or will the Cold Skull once again be the Gold Skull?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Frontier Zone: Toru Yano & Tomoya VS Tomoaki Honma & Katsuya Murashima; Yano & Tomoya win.
  • 10 Man Tag: The House of Torture VS Shota Umino, El Desperado, YOH, Togi Makabe & Boltin Oleg; Shota, Desperado, Yoh, Makabe & Oleg win.
  • 10 Man Tag: Chaos VS Matt Riddle & The United Empire; Chaos wins.
  • Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa VS El Phantasmo & Hikuleo; ELP & Leo win.
  • Nic Nemeth & Ryusuke Taguchi VS David Finlay & Gedo; Nemeth & Taguchi win.
  • BUSHI VS Taka Michinoku; Bushi wins.
  • Hiromu Takahashi VS DOUKI; Douki wins.
  • Shingo Takagi VS Taichi; Taichi wins.
  • Hair VS Hair Match: Yota Tsuji VS Yuya Uemura; Yota wins and Yuya must cut their hair.
  • IWGP World Heavyweight Championship: Tetsuya Naito VS SANADA; Naito wins and retains the title.

PLAY BY PLAY

Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa VS El Phantasmo & Hikuleo!

It’s Guerrillas of Destiny VS Guerrillas of Destiny in the Good Bad Guy’s farewell to NJPW! Will Tama and the Silverback “big brother” The Headbanga and Young Guerilla on the way out? Or will ELP & Leo prove their title belts aren’t just for show?

For those wondering which corner Jado would, he chose neither, as he is now the special guest referee! You can bet The Master Heater will keep this one fair and square. And in a great throwback, Tama comes out in his ghost face killer paint! Meanwhile, Loa has the Mr. Terrific T paint. The four fist bump to show respect, and ELP gets the fans rallying for Tama. The teams sort out and Leo starts against Tama. The fans rally for “G O D! G O D!” as the brothers double fist bump. They circle, tie up, and Leo shoves Tama away. Tama comes back, gets around, headlocks, but Leo endures the grind. Leo powers up to lift Tama, but Tama thrashes the hold.

Leo powers up and out, but Tama slides under the boot! The fans cheer as the stand off. They reset, speed up, and Tama dodges to DROPKICK! Leo stays up and he runs Tama over! Leo runs but Tama avoids the elbow drop! The fans cheer as the two stand off again. Leo and Tama then back off, tag to ELP and Loa. The fans rally as these two circle now. ELP and Loa feel things out, tie up, and they go around. ELP headlocks, Loa powers up and out, and they RAM shoulders! Neither falls but Loa applauds ELP. ELP dares Loa to go then, so Loa runs. They RAM shoulders and ELP falls! Loa fires up and the fans cheer.

Loa flexes, runs, but ELP drops. Loa sunset flips, ELP sits on it, TWO! Loa has it, TWO! ELP has it, TWO! Wait, aren’t those counts kinda fast? ELP and Loa rock back and forth and Jado can’t even keep up! ELP and Loa let off and ask what’s going on. Jado gives them shoves, telling them to respect his authority. ELP and Loa shove back, but Tama and Leo get in! Tama tells ELP not to shove Jado, but Leo tells Loa the same, and now they’re all shoving each other! Jado tells them all to stop it, this is a clean fight! The fans cheer and GOD all agrees. So they start throwing forearms! Nothing wrong with a brawl!

Tama gets the edge on ELP and Loa gets the edge on Leo. Tama & Loa whip, but ELP & Leo dosido! Tama & Loa dodge, but then so do ELP & Leo! They each SPLASH, then ELP feeds Tama to Leo’s SIDEWALK SLAM! ELP hits the FALLING AX HANDLE! But Loa throws hands on them both! The fans fire up, Loa runs, but ELP hurdles and Leo DDTs Loa down! The fans fire up again as ELP winds up and high-fives Leo! ELP then ROCKS Loa with a forearm, and Loa ends up on ropes. ELP fires more forearms, puts him in a corner and throws body shots. Loa shoves ELP away so ELP BOOTS him!

Tag to Leo and ELP CHOPS Loa. Leo stands Loa up to CHOP! Leo grits his teeth but Leo brings up the vest is too much padding for Loa. Jado says there’s nothing he can do about that, so Leo bumps Loa off buckles. Leo stomps Loa, then CHOPS again! Leo then scoops Loa, ELP tags in, and Leo POWERSLAMS! ELP then springboard SWANTON BOMBS, then LIONSAULTS! Cover, ONE!! ELP argues the count but Jado says he’s being fair. ELP clamps on a chinlock and grinds Loa down. Loa endures, the fans rally up, but ELP smothers Loa. Jado reprimands, ELP lets off with an ELBOW to Loa’s head!

ELP brings Loa up and around, whips but Loa blocks! ELP pushes Loa, whips, but Loa reverses! Loa runs in to A-LIST LARIAT! Loa then goes up and MISSILE DROPKICKS ELP across the ring! The fans fire up while both men are down! ELP and Loa both crawl, hot tag to Tama! Tama rallies on ELP with body shots and uppercuts! Tama fires off in a corner, then whips corner to corner. ELP reverses, runs up but Tama CLOBBERS him first! The fans fire up as the vest comes off! Tama claps and the fans clap along. ELP goes to a corner, Tama runs in, STINGER SPLASH! Then EXPLODER! ELP flounders but Tama goes over to cover, TWO!

ELP is still in this, but Tama keeps his cool. Tama CLUBS ELP, throws down hands, then brings him up. Tama dragon sleepers but ELP snapmares free! ELP dodges the superman punch to straitjacket and torture rack! Tag to Leo, Leo runs, BOOT and BRAIN SALAD! Cover, Loa breaks it! Loa kicks ELP, scoops him, but ELP slips free, feed to Leo’s UPPERCUT! Loa roars, but gets a BOOT ENZIGIRI COMBO! Tama runs up but Leo stops Gun Stun! Feed to SUDDEN DEATH! Tama is down, Leo & ELP reload to aim at Loa! SUDDEN DEATH and GODSEND!! Then Loa is in the drop zone as ELP goes up!

ELP climbs onto Leo’s shoulders, for the SUPER- GUN STUN!! Tama intercepts Thunderkiss, but then Loa grabs Tama! GOD- SPEAR from Loa!! All four men are down and the fans fire up! Jado checks them all, they all stir, and the OG GOD rise up first. They stand Leo up, bring him around and pick him up, MAGIC KILLER!! But they’re not done there, they each take a corner! Loa DIVING HEADBUTTS, Tama SUPREME FLOWS! Cover, TWO!! Leo survives the onslaught from his own brothers and the fans fire up! Tama & Loa are frustrated but they reset and call their shot again! Even Jado’s surprised they want to go this far!

Tama & Loa double whip Leo to a corner, and Loa runs in to clothesline! Tama hits the STINGER SPLASH, and then Loa goes up. The fans rally both ways as Tama tries to suplex Leo, but he’s so big! Leo suplexes Tama instead! Leo stands, Loa leaps, AX HANDLE! Leo drops to a knee, Loa fires up and kicks low. Loa scoops, but Leo slips free! Leo kicks but Loa blocks! Loa dodges the lariat, runs, but into the SNAP POWERSLAM! The fans fire up for Leo as he aims at Tama! Choke grip, but Tama breaks free to ROCK Leo! Leo choke grips again! But Tama breaks free again, so Leo UPPERCUTS! Choke grip again, for GOD-

NO, Tama slips free, shoves, runs, GUN- NO! Leo stops that and choke grips through! GOD- GUN- NO!! Leo counters the counter, then scoops, for a POP-UP CUTTER!! ELP fires up with Leo, and Leo LARIATS Tama inside-out! Cover, ONE?!!? And that’s with Jado’s faster than normal count! Tama fires up, Leo fires up, and Leo hauls Tama up and POWER- NO, Tama fights it! Leo stops the counter, though, to POWERBOMB after all!! Cover, TWO?!?! Tama survives again and everyone is shocked! The fans are thunderous as Leo drags Tama back up with the choke grip. Leo hesitates, but he still hits GODSEND!!! Cover, ELP & Leo win!

Winners: El Phantasmo & Hikuleo, by pinfall

The younger GOD duo defeats the older, and now the torch has been passed. Tama’s farewell to NJPW will be bittersweet, but he will leave knowing he gave it his all, and he has all of our love and respect. Tama stands with his brothers, with Jado and with ELP, and they group hug over the lion logo. Ain’t nobody realer than Guerilla, is the future in good hands with ELP & Leo?

 

Hair VS Hair Match: Yota Tsuji VS Yuya Uemura!

The Gene Blast and The Heat Storm both want to be THE face of NJPW’s future. They’re both so determined to rise up and leave behind their Young Lion days, they’re willing to put their glorious manes! Who wins and moves forward while the other must relive their past?

The bell rings and the fans rally up as the two stare down. They circle, feel things out, but Yota avoids Yuya’s lunge in for a leg. They knuckle lock, Yuya gets around to waistlock, but Yota wrenches and switches. Yuya wrenches out to hammerlock, but Yota elbows then switches. Yota has a nelson, then he spins Yuya to a cravat. Yuya endures the neck wrench, swings an arm to bring Yota down, then rolls to wrangle Yota with a top wristlock. Yota keeps his shoulders up, moves around, and he trips Yuya. Yota gets past the leg guard to cover, ONE, but Yota holds off Yuya’s attempt at a lateral press.

Yuya lets off slowly, Yota gets up, and the fans cheer this exchange. The two reset and circle again, feel things out, and knuckle lock again. They go shoulder to shoulder in a Test of Strength and the fans rally up. Yota’s height gives him leverage, and he powers Yuya to ropes. The ref calls the break, Yuya turns things around, but Yuya still lets off. Yuya then CHOPS and whips! Yota rolls Yuya up, TWO! Yuya cradles, ONE!! Yuya tries to roll up now, TWO! Yota bails out and fans cheer. Yuya storms right up to ropes but Yota backs away. Yota paces around the outside so Yuya rests on a corner, willing to wait.

Yota walks around as the ring count climbs, and he steps back in at 5 of 20. Yuya hops down and he resets with Yota. They stare down, Yota just smiling. They go forehead to forehead, then Yota kicks low! Yota headlocks, Yuya powers out then goes the other way! They run the ropes crisscross, then Yuya drops, hurdles and HIP TOSSES Yota down! The fans fire up and Yuya covers, TWO! Yuya keeps cool, and he brings Yota up. Yuya wrenches to wrangle Yota with another top wristlock, then he drops an elbow on the elbow! And then another elbow drop! And another elbow drop! Yuya goes for another wristlock but Yota gets the ROPEBREAK!

Yuya lets go quickly and he waits on Yota. Yota stands and Yuya whips him to a corner. Yuya runs in but Yota BOOTS him! Yuya staggers back, runs in again, but Yota dodges! SPLASH! Yota keeps moving to run Yuya right over! And then he runs to SOMERSAULT SENTON! Yota just keeps moving for a SPLASH! Cover, TWO! The fans rally up as Yuya stays in this. Yota keeps cool, though, and he storms up on Yuya. Yota reels Yuya in but Yuya fights the suplex. Yuya shoves free but Yota BODY BLOWS! Yuya falls in a heap and the ref checks him. Yota drags Yuya up, bumps him off buckles, and RAMS him again and again!

Yota snapmares Yuya to KICK him in the back. Yota kneels for the cover, TWO! A bit cocky from Yota but he grins as he looms over Yuya. Yuya sits up, Yota stands him up, and Yota winds up to ROCK Yuya in the back! Yuya staggers to ropes but Yota storms up. Yuya CHOPS Yota, but Yota fires forearm after forearm. Yota snapmares and KICKS Yuya in the back again! The fans rally as Yuya writhes and Yota paces. Yota grabs the legs, but Yuya scrambles and reaches out, ROPEBREAK! Yota doesn’t let go so Yuya kicks him away. Yuya runs, but into a scoop! BACKBREAKER! Yota gets the legs again, and he turns Yuya over for the BOSTON CRAB!

Yuya endures as Yota sits deep and the fans rally up! Yuya powers up, reaches out, ROPEBREAK! Yota lets go while the fans applaud. Yota says okay, and then he runs to baseball slide dropkick Yuya out! Yuya even tumbles to the railing! Fans rally up again as Yota grins and builds speed, but Yuya drops down! The damage to Yuya’s back keeps him from standing and taking a tope. Yota eggs Yuya on, the ring count starts, and Yuya drags himself up at 3 of 20. Yota drags Yuya to the apron and stops the count. Yota suplexes but Yuya slips free! Waistlock, but Yota bucks the O’Conner! Yota runs up, but into an arm-drag!

Yota swings, Yuya ducks, and Yuya hits another arm-drag! Then a DROPKICK! The fans fire up while both men are down! Yuya grits his teeth and clutches his back while Yota stirs and checks his chin. Yota rolls to a corner but Yuya kips up! The fans fire up and Yuya runs corner to corner, to CHOP! Yuya whips corner to corner but just reels Yota in, for a BIG back suplex! Float-over to the cover, TWO! Yota toughs it out but Yuya keeps his cool. Yuya brings Yota up, but Yota fires forearms and a knee! Yota whips, Yuya reverses to SAYANAGI! GROUND ARM SCREW! And then basement dropkick to the arm! Yota writhes, Yuya hurries to cover, TWO!

But Yuya has the top wristlock! Yota reaches out but Yuya drags him away for the DOUBLE WRISTLOCK! Yota flails, reaches out, blocks the twist on the arm, but Yuya pulls harder with his top mount! Yuya breaks the grip for the DOUBLE WRISTLOCK! Yota still reaches out for ropes but Yuya drags him right to center! Yuya keeps on the double wristlock but Yota kicks around. Yuya shifts into an ARMBAR, but Yota has the ROPEBREAK! The fans cheer and Yuya lets go. Yuya is frustrated but he stands back up and brings Yota around. Yuya wrenches, cording holds, and then goes for the other arm. Yota throws Yuya down and rolls back, into the BOSTON CRAB!!

Yuya endures as Yota sits deep on the hold! Yuya powers up but Yota drags him away! Yota’s bad arm forces him to change to a HALF CRAB! Yota still sits deep and Yuya has to bite his thumb to ignore the pain! Yuya fights forward, but Yota drags him away! Yota manages to get both legs on one side, LOBSTER CRAB! Yuya endures as Yota pulls! Yuya tries to fight, but Yota then digs a knee in! LION TAMER!! Yuya bites all his fingers just to keep from giving up! Yota lets go in frustration as his arms can’t hold on any longer! Yota grabs at both legs this time, and he SWINGS Yuya around! He only gets five rotations but he fires back up!

Yota tries for the legs again but Yuya traps the bad arm, to SNAP it! Yota staggers, Yuya swings but Yota catches him! BACKBREAKER, but Yuya swings out of the clinch to full nelson! Then he spins Yota to DIVORCE COURT DDT! Yota clutches the arm while both men are down! Yuya rolls to ropes while Yota writhes at center. Yuya goes back to Yota and they both stand. Yuya throws a haymaker, then another! Yota backs up to a corner, Yuya CHOPS him! Yuya CHOPS again, then fires haymakers! Yuya CHOPS then runs Yota corner to corner to bump off buckles! Yuya throws hands, runs Yota to the other corner and again bumps him off buckles!

Yuya CHOPS Yota, climbs up, and he rains down fists! The fans fire up and count along, Yuya goes all the way to TEN! Yuya pulls at Yota’s hair but Yota grins. Yuya drags Yota out by his legs, stomps him and covers, TWO! Yota rises up but Yuya fires up. Yuya runs up but Yota gets around, goes up and over to sunset flip, TWO! Yuya stands, swings, but into a wrench and wrangle, lateral press! TWO, and Yota arm-drags! Float over, headscissor cradle, TWO!! Yuya escapes, Yota runs up, but Yota blocks the arm-drag! Only for Yuya to swing around and arm-drag after all! Yota gets up, swings, but into a spin and backslide! TWO!

Yuya holds onto the arms, rolls into another backslide, TWO! The two men fight for control, stand back up, and Yuya spins Yota around for underhooks! Yota fights that to back drop but Yuya sunset flips it! TWO and Yota BOOTS Yuya down! The fans fire up while Yota catches his breath. Yota finally goes for the cover, but Yuya drags him into a ghost pin, TWO!! Yuya shifts around, sunset flip! TWO and it’s back to the ghost pin! TWO!! Yota escapes but Yuya UPPERCUTS! Yuya runs, but into a scoop and BACKBREAKER! The fans fire up, Yota runs, but Yuya gets around the lariat! Yuya underhooks for the BUTTERFLY SLAM! Cover, TWO!

The fans rally up again and Yuya grows frustrated. Yuya goes to a corner, then climbs up! Yota rises, then runs up to GAMANGIRI! The fans fire up with Yota as he climbs up! Yota fires hands, then goes to the very top! Yota brings Yuya up to join him, for a SUPER SPANISH FLY! Cover, TWO!! Yuya survives but Yota roars! Yota drags Yuya up and suplexes, but Yuya knees free! Double cording holds, DEADBOLT PLEX! But both men are down! The fans fire up as they stir, and Yuya goes to a corner. Yota eggs Yuya on, Yuya runs up, and DOUBLE FOREARMS DECK both men! The fans fire up again while the ref checks them!

Yota and Yuya stir, and Yota blinks through the daze. Yota stands up, but then falls right over! Yuya is also still down so the ref says it’ll be a standing count! The fans rally up for both guys, and they’re both down at 5 of 10! And then 7! And 8! Both men rise at 9 and the fans fire up again! We hit 25 minutes, leaving five left! Both men rise up, stare down, and they rush right in! Yuya headlocks, Yota powers out but Yuya runs him over! Cover, ONE!! The fans rally again as Yuya stands, but Yota runs him over! Cover, ONE!! Yuya storms up but Yota blocks the scoop with a facelock! Yota scoops Yuya to SLAM him!

Yuya rises and runs up, but into another scoop and SLAM! The fans fire up and Yota grins as he drags Yuya back up. Yota runs, but Yuya back drops him away! Yuya roars and the fans fire up again as he goes up the corner! Yuya aims as Yota rises, CROSSBODY FLOPS! CURB STOMP!! Yota then hauls Yuya up to suplex and FALCON BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Yuya survives and the fans fire up as Yota roars again! Yota powers up his arm, we hit the three minute warning, and Yota aims from a corner. GENE- RANA!! Then ARMBAR!! But Yota stacks him, TWO! Yota is free and KNEES Yuya! And SUPERKICKS! And GENE- ARM-DRAG, Ghost pin! TWO!!

Yuya ENZIGIRIS but Yota stays up! GENE- CUTTER!! Yuya has had an answer for every spear attempt, and now he drags Yota back up! Yuya cording holds, swings for the other arm, and roars to DEAD- NO, Yota HEADBUTTS! But Yuya HEADBUTTS! Two minute warning and a GERMAN SUPLEX! Both men rise, GENE BLAST!!! Cover, YOTA WINS!

Winner: Yota Tsuji, by pinfall (Yuya must cut his hair)

Yuya let Yota have too much space and he got blasted! Yota has the epic tiebreaker, will he make his way towards championship opportunities now? And Yota stands Yuya up by pulling his hair, as if adding insult to injury. Yuya says fine, just get it over with. The ring staff set out a white tarp and bring in a chair. Yuya reluctantly sits in the chair, and Yota has the scissors and clippers. Yota gathers up the hair in a ponytail, and Yuya grits his teeth as all of that is cut away. Then Yota just goes right down the middle with the clippers! Yuya says stop, and he does the rest himself! Yuya won’t let Yota have the satisfaction of humiliating him.

Yuya leaves to finish that haircut in the back. Will the Heat Storm find a way to shine while looking like a Young Boy?

 

IWGP World Heavyweight Championship: Tetsuya Naito VS SANADA!

WrestleKingdom 18 was only 50 days ago but it feels like only yesterday that NJPW had the largest LIJ roll call in history! The Uncontrollable Charisma finally had his moment, but will the Cold Skull take it back? Or will even Sapporo be tranquilo?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who closes out this New Beginning!

As usual, Naito takes his time with his elaborate entrance attire, but again Sanada is patient because he knows all about this. Naito finishes with the pants and the bell rings. The fans rally up as the two stare down. Red Shoes assesses the cheering and feels it favors Naito. Sanada doesn’t seem bothered by that, but Naito doesn’t seem fired up by it, either. The two circle, approach, but back away. Sanada knows this trick by Naito, too, and doesn’t let it get to him. They tie up now, Naito powers Sanada back to ropes then headlocks. Red Shoes calls the break, Sanada turns things around on Naito, but Naito doesn’t let go.

Red Shoes counts, Naito slowly lets go and Sanada pats Naito on the shoulders. The fans cheer as the two reset. They circle, feel things out, and Sanada gets a leg. Sanada moves to waistlock but Naito wrenches out. Naito hammerlocks then full nelsons, but Sanada fights the hold. Sanada breaks free, hammerlocks then headlocks, and he grinds Naito down. Naito powers up and out but Sanada runs him over! The fans rally up as things speed up, and Naito arm-drags only for Sanada to counter that! Sanada then trips Naito, has the legs and he ties Naito up into Paradise! The fans cheer as Sanada has Naito caught!

Sanada pulls on the legs to put some pressure on, then he DROPKICKS Naito out of Paradise! Naito bails out but Sanada waits on him. Sanada then builds speed, but he tumbles up and out as Naito moves! Naito sweeps the legs, then dropkicks Sanada down! Naito builds speed, but he rolls and tranquilos! Sanada still fell for that old trick! Sanada cools off as he paces around, though, and takes his time returning. Naito stays back, Sanada slides in, but then Naito bails out! The fans cheer but Sanada goes out to CLUB Naito! Sanada isn’t in the mood for games and he whips, but Naito reverses to CLAW Sanada’s eyes!

Naito whips Sanada, but Sanada reverses! Naito is sent into railing after all! Sanada brings Naito around, hangs him off the apron, but Naito kicks free of that to turn things around! DRAPING DDT to the floor!! Sanada writhes while Naito strikes like a Viper! The fans rally up while Naito leaves Sanada behind. The ring count starts while Sanada clutches his head and neck. Sanada is still down at 5 of 20, and then 10! Sanada sits up at 12, pushes himself up and stands at 15. Sanada shakes out the arm and slides in at 18, and fans cheer. Naito brings Sanada up to CLUB away on the neck, though, then he whips.

Naito arm-drags Sanada, ELBOWS him down and basement dropkicks! Naito floats to a cravat and he cranks on the neck! Sanada endures and kicks around. Naito leans his weight but Sanada fights up. Naito CLUBS Sanada again, and again! Sanada goes to ropes, but Naito whips him. Naito hip toss NECKBREAKERS! Sanada writhes again, rolls to the apron and flops to the floor, but Naito pursues. Naito sits Sanada up to SAMBO LEG NELSON! No ropebreaks on the outside, is Naito going to grind Sanada down for a count out? The count does start again, and Sanada can only kick around as Naito puts on the pressure.

Naito stops at 10 of 20, then slides into the ring at 14. Sanada is down at 15, rises as the fans rally, and slides in at 18! Fans cheer but Naito is right on Sanada to CLUB away on the neck! Naito whips, Sanada holds ropes to avoid the arm-drag, and he dropkicks a leg! Naito hobbles but Sanada runs up. Naito kicks low then whips Sanada to a corner. Naito runs in but Sanada BOOTS him! Sanada goes up and QUEBRADA, but Naito gets under! Only for Sanada to dropkick the legs out! Both men are down as Naito clutches his knee and Sanada shakes out his arm. Sanada stalks Naito, brings him up and has the leg, but Naito CLAWS the eyes!

Red Shoes reprimands but Naito SPITS at Sanada. Naito whips but Sanada reverses to hurdle, hurdle and DROPKICK! Sanada’s legs work just fine, and he watches Naito bail out again. The fans rally and duel, Sanada PLANCHAS! Down goes Naito and the fans fire up! Sanada encourages them to get louder so they oblige. Sanada goes back to Naito, still loving the adulation, and he brings Naito back up. Sanada puts Naito in, fireman’s carries, but Naito fights free. Naito shoves Sanada to a corner, runs up, and he blocks boots! Naito puts Sanada in the ropes for a DRAPING BACKBREAKER!

Naito drags Sanada up, whips, and HIP TOSS NECKBREAKERS again! Sanada writhes and Naito shakes out his leg. Naito drags Sanada up again, puts him up top, and then climbs up after him. But Sanada slips out to DROPKICK Naito down onto the post! That post might’ve saved Naito from a worse fall, but certainly not from a softer one! Sanada climbs up behind Naito now, brings him around, and hits a SUPER FALLING BACKBREAKER!! Then a suplex for the MAGIC SCREW! Cover, TWO!! Naito survives and Sanada seethes but the fans fire up! Sanada hauls Naito up to the SKULL END! But Naito arm-drags free!

Naito runs up, Sanada sidesteps and O’Conner Roll, into SKULL END! The body scissors are in and Naito is caught! The fans fire up and duel as Naito endures! Naito kicks around, reaches out, but Sanada squeezes tight! Naito kicks and kicks and fights to gain ground but Sanada’s body scissors keep him stuck at center! The fans rally as hard as they can for Naito but he’s fading! Sanada follows his formula by letting go to go up top! ROUNDING BODY PRESS onto knees!! Naito saves himself but in double-edged fashion! Both men are down and the fans rally up again! Naito rises first and hobbles over to Sanada.

Naito drags Sanada up to kick and ELBOW! And kick, and ELBOW! Naito fires off more elbows, and Sanada staggers away to the corner! The fans rally up again, but Naito drags Sanada up to kick and ELBOW! And kick, and ELBOW! And ELBOW, ELBOW, ELBOW! Sanada falls again and this is all going to Naito’s formula! Naito drags Sanada up, puts him up top, and climbs up again. Naito CLUBS Sanada again and again to make sure he stays put this time. SUPER STEINER!! The fans fire up as both men are down! Naito then aims from the corner as Sanada rises, and the fans rally behind him.

Sanada stands, Naito runs up, into a DROPKICK! Naito stays up so Sanada whips. Naito reveres but Sanada denies the DDT to fireman’s carry! TK- DESTINO!! Naito hits it outta nowhere but he won’t leave it at that! Naito drags Sanada up, SPITS at him, then throws those ELBOWS! Sanada drops to his knees but Naito drags him up again. ELBOW! ELBOW! ELBOW! But Sanada roars! Sanada runs, but into a SPINEBUSTER! Naito stands Sanada up, wrenches, but Sanada denies the tilt-o-whirl! Naito and Sanada fight for control, and Naito CLUBS away! Tilt-o-whirl, DESTI- NO! Sanada fights that to the clinch!

But Naito fights from below! Sanada wrenches Naito, but Naito dragon sleepers! Is Naito trying to steal Skull End?! Sanada snapmares free before Naito truly can, and Sanada SHINING- NO, Naito ducks it! Naito UPPERCUTS, ENZIGIRIS, and then wrenches! Tilt-o-whirl, but Sanada slips free! Clinch and DEAD- NO, Naito gets around to waistlock! Sanada powers out to fire forearm after forearm! ROLLING ELBOW! Naito leans on ropes and the fans fire up! Naito CLUBS Sanada again and again, then ROCKS him! Sanada fireman’s carries! TKO! Both men are down again and the fans fire back up!

Sanada and Naito stir as the fans rally and duel. The “NA-I-TO!” is still stronger than the “SA-NA-DA!” but Sanada stands up first. Sanada scoops and BACKBREAKERS Naito into position! Sanada goes up again, ROUNDING BODY PRESS!! Cover, TWO!! Naito survives and the fans are thunderous! Sanada snarls, goes back up, ROUNDING BODY PRESS!! But Sanada won’t stop there, he clinches and DEAD- NO, Naito slips free! Tilt-o-whirl, DESTINO!!! And then another wrench, another tilt-o-whirl, DESTINO~!!! But that’s still not enough!? Naito scoops Sanada, but Sanada fights it! The fans duel as the two fight for control!

Sanada powers his way out of the grip and ENZIGIRIS! Naito roars?! But he turns around into a SHINING WIZARD!! Clinch and DEAD- NO, Naito slips free again! TORNADO- NO, Sanada stuffs it, so Naito just holds onto the facelock! Naito has the squeeze on Sanada now, but Sanada moves around. Sanada reaches out but Naito has body scissors to keep him down! The fans rally, Sanada fights up, so Naito clinches, to steal DEADFALL! Sanada rolls through!? BLINDSIDE SHINING WIZARD!! The fans are thunderous again as both men are down! Sanada kips up!! The fans fire up as Sanada runs up, SHINING WIZARD!!!

Sanada isn’t done there, he drags Naito back up! Clinch and DEAD- NO, Naito just fights free again! TORNADO CRADLE! NAITO WINS!!

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

Sanada is furious that he got caught! Sanada stubbornly tried for his new ace card and that was perhaps his downfall. Will he have no choice but to go to the back of the line when it comes to this title?

As for Naito, he gets some water, and then takes the belt from Red Shoes. Naito drops it in a corner for a moment so he can get his baseball cap. Naito then gets the mic so he can say, “Buenas tardes, Sapporo~!” The fans cheer, and Naito thanks everyone for being here at NJPW: The New Beginning in Sapporo, “Gracias, amigos.” And tonight, here in Sapporo, there is someone who won’t be in the ring anymore. It was August, 2007, the first person that man wrestled in NJPW was Naito himself. And so Naito feels it wouldn’t be right if he didn’t address that man. The fans know he means “O-KA-DA!” who was on commentary for this match.

Naito says that all that said, this was a main event title match, and Naito won. So we have to end this the only way it can! It has been a minute since we heard this, so are you ready? The New Beginning in Sapporo must of course end with… “Bushi! Hiromu! Takagi! Titan! Yota! Y Naito! Nosotros…! LOS! INGOBERRRRRNABLEEEES~! DE! JA! PON!!” The confetti flies and the fans cheer as the tranquilo era continues! But then Naito invites The Rainmaker into the ring! Okada obliges by stepping off commentary and stepping through the gate. Okada steps inside and he stands with Naito right at the center of the ring.

Naito offers the LIJ fist bump, which fans cheer. Okada sighs and figures this is the last time he’ll even get the chance, so he reaches up. But then Naito SPITS in Okada’s eye and CLUBS away on Okada! Fans are torn as Naito whips, but Okada reverses! Naito avoids the dropkick, Okada avoids the lariat, and then ripcords! But Naito ducks the Rainmaker to tranquilo! The fans cheer and even Okada has to smile. Naito stands back up and says Okada can go now. Okada says fine and he exits. The fans cheer as The Rainmaker takes his leave, and the Uncontrollable Charisma waves goodbye. But will Naito prove he’s the true face of NJPW now that we’ve made it through the New Beginning?


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Mitchell’s AEW Collision Results & Report! (2/24/24)

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OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • No Disqualifications: Sammy Guevara VS “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs; Hobbs wins.
  • FTR VS Shane Taylor Promotions; FTR wins.
  • Thunder Rosa VS Ladybird Monroe; Rosa wins.
  • Six Man Tag: Jay White, Colten Gunn & Billy Gunn VS The Iron Savages & Jacked Jameson; White, Colten & Billy win.
  • Bryan Keith VS Malakai Black; Malakai wins.
  • Serena Deeb VS Lady Frost; Deeb wins.
  • Bryan Danielson VS Jun Akiyama; Bryan wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

No Disqualifications: Sammy Guevara VS “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs!

Just last night on Rampage, The Spanish God called out the Don Callis Family, and then got jumped by the Don Callis Family! Callis and the rest of the family has been banned from ringside, as has Chris Jericho, this must be settled between Sammy and Hobbs! Will there be anything left of Sammy to return home to his wife and daughter? Or will The Book of Hobbs call for no mercy and no remains?

The moment Hobbs hops off the corner, Sammy JUMP KNEES! The bell rings, Sammy runs up to JUMP KNEE again! Hobbs staggers around, but he catches Sammy to TOSS him to a corner! Hobbs runs in, Sammy dodges and RAMS in! Sammy ENZIGIRS, Hobbs staggers, and Sammy springboards, FLYING CUTTER! The fans fire up as Hobbs staggers back to his feet. Sammy runs up to clothesline Hobbs and himself out of the ring! Sammy shouts, “I’m a freakin’ Collider now!” Sammy gets the steel steps in place and the fans fire up. Sammy comes back to whip Hobbs but Hobbs reverses! Sammy leaps the steps!

Hobbs runs up, but Sammy sends him into railing! Sammy repositions the steps, gets space and runs in, to use the steps to LEAP! But Hobbs catches Sammy, and WORLD’S STRONGEST SLAM on the steps!! Sammy writhes and flounders away but Hobbs tells the ref to get outta the way. The fans boo, Hobbs soaks it up, and Hobbs drags Sammy up. Hobbs says Sammy wanted this, and he brings Sammy around to DECK him with a haymaker! The fans duel, Hobbs scoops Sammy, APRON POWERSLAM! And again! And again! Hobbs then SLINGS Sammy into railing! The fans fire up as Hobbs says one more time!

Hobbs hauls Sammy back up, for a fake out. Hobbs doesn’t do what the fans want him to do, he does what he wants. Hobbs moves the other set of steps around, brings Sammy back up, and Hobbs whips Sammy hard into railing! Hobbs asks Kevin Kelley what he’s going on about but Kevin isn’t sure Hobbs means. Hobbs tells Kevin to stand up so Kevin does, and then Hobbs demands Kevin hand over his belt. His belt? Hobbs tells him again, give over the belt. Kevin gives in and hands said belt over. Hobbs then takes the belt and uses it to LASH Sammy on the back! Fans are torn but Hobbs LASHES Sammy again!

Sammy writhes, Nigel tells Kevin this is his fault. Hobbs winds up, Sammy dodges the belt to SUPERKICK! And SUPERKICK again! Sammy grabs a chair, and he SMACKS Hobbs with it! And then HEADSHOT! Hobbs flounders against railing but the fans fire up as Sammy stalks him. Sammy tosses Hobbs the chair to KICK it into him! Then Sammy cravats, uses the steps, but Hobbs turns the cutter into a TOSS over the railing! Sammy’s leg clips the top, but Hobbs hauls him back up and over! But Sammy slips free, and CUTTERS to the steps!! Sammy gets the belt now and he LASHES Hobbs in return!

Sammy then goes looking under the ring, and he brings out a table! The fans fire up as Sammy sets the table up nearby. Sammy has security move aside, so he can slide that chair off the table and into Hobbs! Sammy then adds another table! If one is good, more must be better! The fans fire up with Sammy as he has those side by side. Hobbs goes to the apron but Sammy climbs up. Sammy aims and leaps, but Hobbs catches him again!! And he SPINEBUSTERS Sammy through the tables!!! All of Springfield, Missouri lose their minds while the ref checks on both men, and Collision goes picture in picture!

Hobbs snarls as he slowly rises up out of the wreckage. Sammy stirs but Hobbs clears out the debris to bring him up. Hobbs HEADBUTTS Sammy and Sammy staggers away. Sammy gets in the ring but Hobbs pursues. Hobbs climbs the corner?! Hobbs then FLYING LARIATS! The Powerhouse proves he can fly, then he covers, TWO!! Sammy survives but Hobbs grinds him into the mat! Hobbs talks trash on Sammy while he fishhooks the nose and pulls on the ear! Hobbs then drags Sammy up, whips him to a corner hard, and Sammy drops to his knees. Hobbs looms over Sammy, eggs him on, and the fans rally up.

Hobbs talks more trash, stands Sammy back up, and Hobbs whips Sammy hard into another corner! Collision returns to single picture as Sammy crawls around. Hobbs looms over Sammy again, slaps him around, and then whips him into another corner! Hobbs runs up, Sammy dodges and Hobbs hits buckles! Sammy uses the corner to help in the torture rack! Fans fire up as Sammy carries Hobbs, and GO TO HOSPITAL!! Cover, TWO?!? Hobbs survives and Sammy is shocked! The fans rally as Sammy hurries to find himself something more. Sammy takes a monitor from the timekeeper!

Sammy brings the equipment into the ring, MONITOR SHOT!! But that’s not enough so Sammy looks around outside. He finds another table! The fans are thunderous as table number three is put in the ring. Sammy hurries after Hobbs but Hobbs LARIATS Sammy inside-out! Hobbs storms around, grabs the table for his own and sets that up near a corner. Hobbs goes back for Sammy as the fans rally up, and Hobbs hauls Sammy up. Sammy JAWBREAKERS back! Hobbs wobbles, but Sammy SUPERKICKS! Hobbs still wobbles, so Sammy springboards and FLYING- NO, Hobbs catches him again! WORLD’S STRONGEST SLAM!! Cover, TWO!!!

Sammy survives and now Hobbs is furious! Hobbs runs to BOOT Sammy down! Hobbs goes out while Sammy flops off the apron. Hobbs looks around under the ring, and he brings out a fourth table! The fans fire up as Hobbs brings this one to the ramp side. Hobbs sets that up, stomps Sammy to keep him down, then he goes to fetch a fifth table! The fans are thunderous, this might be the most tables in a non-table match! Hobbs hauls Sammy up, scoops him, and aims, but Sammy slips free to POST Hobbs first! Sammy fires up again while Hobbs staggers around. Sammy chugs a fan’s beer, then SMASHES Hobbs with the bottle!

The fans fire up as Hobbs ends up on the tables! The fans give Sammy another beer, to SMASH it on Hobbs again! Sammy then goes looking under the ring, and he brings out a LADDER! The fans are loving it, because now we’ve entered TLC territory! Sammy gets that ladder in the ring while the fans lose their minds! Sammy moves table number three outta the way so he can stand his ladder up. And it’s a big ladder! Fans chant “Please Don’t Die!” because this is extra crazy even for Sammy! Sammy climbs to the second highest rung, takes aim, and shoutout to Jeff Hardy! SUPER SWANTON BOMB through the tables!!!

The fans lose their minds all over again as the ref checks Sammy. Sammy gets Hobbs up and into the ring and the fans fire up again. “This is Awesome!” as Sammy takes table number three and sets it back up! Hobbs flounders, Sammy pushes him onto that table and punches him down. Sammy then goes to the corner, which is comparatively short, but Hobbs shoves the ref into Sammy!! Sammy is stuck on the top rope and Hobbs snarls as he storms up after him! Hobbs brings Sammy up for the scoop! WORLD’S STRONGEST SLAM THROUGH THE TABLE!! Cover, Hobbs wins!!

Winner: “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs, by pinfall

All that damage done to Hobbs and he still took the win! Is there no stopping the Don Callis Family with the Powerhouse behind it?

 

The Blackpool Combat Club speaks.

Jon Moxley is with Claudio Castagnoli as he shares a story. “When Claudio first comes to America, he shows up at the gym to train with William Regal and Dave Taylor. When Dave pulls up, Claudio’s sitting on the front step, there’s no cars around. Dave says, ‘How’d you get here?’ Claudio says, ‘I walked.’ Dave says, ‘From the airport? 20+ miles?’ Claudio says, ‘Yeah.'” That was day one. You think 20 minutes is a lot to Claudio? It’s nothing, he’s a freak. Moxley is a freak in a different way, needing to get hit in the face a couple times just to wake up. And while Moxley’s not a sprinter, he can run all day and all night.

You will never win a war of attrition with the BCC. When it’s a game of who can endure, you have no chance. But the BCC don’t get paid by the hour and they don’t wanna wrestle like they do. So time limit draws for them are unsatisfactory. So congrats, FTR, you pissed them off! Good job. But if you wanna challenge them for Revolution, you wanna pay homage to tag team wrestling in one of the wrestling Meccas, Greensboro, North Carolina, they accept. The four of them will show the world that all that history is just that. This is 2024, this is AEW, the BCC are the elite of the elite, and this sport evolves.

Claudio, what’s Moxley thinking of right now? Well, tag team wrestling, Midnight Express, Rock ‘n’ Roll Express, Arn ‘n’ Tully, Crockett Promotions, its entire history. And about FTR, how they look to the past, how they wanna bring back the past. The BCC looks to the future. The BCC creates the style and the wrestling that they wanna see today. So FTR, if you wanna live in the past, fine. But if you wanna step into the future, that path is through them! And all you have to do is just be better than Moxley & Claudio.

Moxley also keeps thinking, that can’t be all that FTR had. Because it feels like they unloaded all their heavy artillery, every magazine, while the BCC barely pulled the trigger. If FTR want to be big names in Greensboro, then they’ll have to swim in deep, deep waters. Claudio tells FTR to bring the whole bag of tricks, because they’ll need it. The match is set, but just how far will both teams go to settle the score?

 

FTR VS Shane Taylor Promotions!

Dax Harwood & Cash Wheeler are ready for another fight with the BCC, but for right now, they’ve got the STP! Will the #TopGuys still be FTR? Or will Lee Moriarty & Shane Taylor himself prove they’re in that conversation now?

The teams sort out and Dax starts against #TAIGASTYLE. Lee and Dax tie up, Lee waistlocks and headlocks, then wrenches to hammerlock. Lee shoves Dax then claps at him, but Dax keeps it cool. Dax tags Cash, Cash runs up but Lee avoids him. The two feel things out, tie up and go around, then break the deadlock. They reset, tie up again, and Lee wrenches to spin Cash and wrangle him. Lee steps over, has La Magistrol, TWO! Lee pushes Cash around and then dances at him. Cash storms up but Lee backs off. Lee smirks at Cash then resets with him. They tie up, Lee headlocks, but Cash powers out.

Cash drops, drops, and hurdles to then ELBOW Lee down! Then arm-drag! Cash has the armlock and he slaps Lee around. Cash tags Dax, whips Lee, drop toehold and elbow drop! Fans rally up and Dax brings Lee up. Dax wrenches but Lee powers him to the corner! Tag to Shane but Dax gets away. Shane and Dax circle, talk some trash, and tie up. Dax headlocks, Shane powers up and out, but Dax RAMS him! Shane says not today! Dax runs again, RAMS again, but Shane stays up. Dax RAMS Shane again, and again, but Shane scoops! Dax slips free, waistlocks, but Shane bucks the O’Conner. Dax ducks ‘n’ dodges, but stays back to avoid hands.

The fans fire up as Dax and Shane reset, tie up, and Dax headlocks. Shane powers up and out, Dax SHOTGUNS him! Shane comes back but Dax avoids the senton! Dax wrenches, but Shane LARIATS! Shane drags Dax up, tags Lee, and STP mugs Dax. Lee throws knees, snapmares Dax and basement dropkicks! Lee drags Dax up, ROCKS hi, but Dax puts him in a corner to CHOP! And CHOP! Dax brings Lee around, wrenches, but Lee ROCKS Dax! And CHOPS him! Dax CHOPS again! And again! Lee swings, Dax ducks and picks Lee up, but Shane tags in before the atomic drop! Lee hobbles away, Dax ROCKS Shane!

Dax runs up to whip Lee but Lee reverses. Dax rebounds off buckles to CLOBBER Lee, but Shane CLOBBERS Dax! Cover, TWO! Dax survives, Shane talks trash on Cash, and Collision goes picture in picture.

Shane drags Dax up, puts him in a corner, then winds up to CHOP! Dax sputters and Shane talks more trash. Shane stands Dax up, winds up, and CHOPS again! Shane keeps Dax in the corner, whips him corner to corner hard, and Dax falls back! Shane talks more trash to Cash but the ref keeps Cash back. Shane tags Lee, STP mugs Dax and Lee puts Dax in a corner. Lee fires forearms, then climbs up to rain down fists! Lee gloats but Dax CHOPS from below! Lee stomps but Dax CHOPS! They clinch, go around, and end up on ropes. Shane tags in, he throws hands on Dax! Shane scoops and SLAMS Dax, then stares Cash down while Collision goes to break.

Collision returns and Shane has Dax in a bearhug! Dax endures the squeeze but the fans rally up. The ref checks Dax, the hand drops once. The hand drops twice! But then Dax comes back to life! And he BITES Shane’s forehead! The ref reprimands but Shane lets Dax go. Dax back suplexes, but falls over under Shane! Shane covers, TWO! Tag to Lee, and STP gets Dax up. Lee whips Dax but Dax turns the back drop into a cradle! TWO, and Dax CHOPS! Dax puts on a SLEEPER, but Lee RAMS him iont a corner! Tag to Shane, Dax fires hands on STP! Dax swings, Lee gets around to IRON OCTOPUS!

Shane runs up to KNEE Dax! Dax staggers to a corner, Shane clotheslines, then URENAGES! Shane goes up the corner, Cash shouts to Dax, but Shane leaps! Shane FLOPS as Dax moves! Dax and Shane crawl, hot tag to Lee! Lee drags Dax back but Dax hops up and up and hot tags Cash! Cash rallies on Lee, JAB, JAB and HAYMAKER! HAYMAKER for Shane! CHOP for Lee! Cash UPPERCUTS Lee, CHOPS him, then brings Lee out to LARIAT! Shane storms up but Cash spins him and UPPERCUTS! Cash runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges and LARIATS Shane down! Fans fire up but Lee is back! Cash gets around, SLEEPER, into UPPERCUT!

Lee rebounds, into a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Lee survives and bails out while the fans fire up. Cash drags Lee up from the apron, suplexes, but Shane trips Cash! Lee lands on Cash, TWO! Lee waistlocks, Cash switches, but Lee switches! Cash bucks the O’Conner but Lee distracts the ref so Shane can DECK Cash! Lee rolls Cash up, TWO!!! Cash survives but Lee brings him up. Lee whips Cash at the corner but Cash BLASTS Shane! Cash goes up and over Lee, then does it again! Tag to Dax, sunset flip leads to the pop-up, BULLDOG BOMB! Cover, FTR wins!

Winners: FTR, by pinfall

BCC said FTR live in the past, but they used an old school finisher to win! Cash gets the mic now as the fans chant for FTR, and Cash says, “So a few weeks ago, Jon Moxley said, ‘Step up, and get stepped on.'” The fans boo that, but Cash tells Moxley, FTR is like a couple roaches. It’ll take much more than getting stepped to kill them! The fans cheer that! So that said, if BCC has anything more to say, they know where FTR’s gonna be. Dax tells Moxley & Claudio that he heard everything they had to say. They talked about differing styles and different eras, how FTR are throwbacks and the past is what they care about.

“That’s not what this is about. Moxley, you’ve been here since almost the beginning. For almost five years, you’ve been the king of AEW. This is your castle! This is your house, Mox! And I see you, Mox. And I see Claudio, and I see Bryan. I see you walk around the back, and people cower and they fear and they drop their eyes because they’re afraid of you. I think the reason you’re pissed off is you found a couple guys who ain’t scared of you.” The fans cheer that, too! FTR ain’t scared. But if Moxley is the king and this is his castle, it’s been said that to be a king, you gotta kill a king. So Revolution, FTR comes for the king’s head. #TopGuysOut!

The fans fire up as Dax & Cash are ready to be more elite than the elite of the elite! Will either team be left standing after the Revolution?

 

Thunder Rosa VS Ladybird Monroe!

La Mera Mera is ranked #2 in the Women’s Division, and we know the AEW Women’s World Championship is spoken for in terms of a challenger. Will Rosa then look to solidify her spot in the TBS Championship chase?

The bell rings and Rosa circles with Monroe. They tie up, go around, and Rosa waistlocks to SLAM Monroe down. Rosa then facelocks, waistlocks, but Monroe switches. Rosa pries the hold to switch, hammerlock, and then chicken wing! Rosa wants the crossface, too, but Monroe wrenches out to hammerlock back. Monroe pulls hair, talks trash and CLUBS Rosa. Rosa gets mad now. Monroe whips, Rosa reverses and CHOPS! Monroe goes to a corner, and Rosa CHOPS her again! Rosa fires off forearms then bumps Monroe off buckles! Rosa says this is how you climb the ladder! Rosa CHOPS Monroe again!

Rosa winds up but Monroe ducks this chop to stomp Rosa in return. Monroe pie faces and CHOPS Rosa, then CHOPS! Monroe winds up, UPPERCUTS, then snapmares! Monroe cartwheels but Rosa avoids the boot! Rosa rolls Monroe then basement KNEES Monroe down! The fans fire up and Rosa runs side to side, DROPKICK against ropes! Monroe sputters but Rosa drags her up. Fireman’s carry and DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Rosa roars, wants Monroe back up, and Monroe slowly rises. The fans rally as Rosa reels her in. Rosa puts on out, package and TIJUANA BOMB! Cover, Rosa wins!

Winner: Thunder Rosa, by pinfall

“You see this? I’m climbing the ladder, because as we know, Thunder Rosa knows how to work hard.” Rosa vows this is her time, will her comeback be unstoppable?

 

Backstage interview with Kris Statlander, Willow Nightingale & Stokely Hathaway.

Renee Paquette is with The Galaxy’s Greatest, The Babe with the Power and #BigStoke, bringing up the “choice words” from Skye Blue & Julia Hart last night on Rampage. What is their reaction? Stokely wants to start by saying he doesn’t appreciate that hostility. What happened last week, he apologized for. Did he put it on social media at like 3AM and then delete it five minutes later? Absolutely! But the past is the past. Stat said it best, they worry about the future, and that includes those two- Willow says think before you speak, Stokely. “Ho…ly cow, you got something to say.”

And Kris points out Skye is always looking for a fight, so maybe, since they’re 1-1, they go 1v1 next week and Kris beats dat ass. This eclectic trio is ready to fight it out, but will they be able to tear down The House of Black?

 

Six Man Tag: Jay White, Colten Gunn & Billy Gunn VS The Iron Savages & Jacked Jameson!

As the Bang Bang Scissor Gang looks to dominate all of AEW & ROH, they are trying a team remix! Max Caster has a rap for the occasion! “Acclaimed & The Bang Bang, we the real savages. ‘Bout to bring the fight like me against management! These guys’re so mad, they prolly see red!” Oh no, Caster loses the flow! This is a travesty! Bowens takes over to say, “SPRIIINGFIELD, MIZZOU-REEE~! The Bang Bang Scissor Gang has arrived! Scissor Me, Daddy Ass!” And he does~! Will Billy, his son Colten, and the Switchblade make a killer trio? Or will they all end up sipping the Savage Sauce?

The trios sort out and White wants to start, but so does Billy. The fans sing “OH~ Scissor Me, Daddy~!” so White says okay, Billy can start. Billy stares down Beefcake Boulder and the two circle. They tie up, Billy headlocks but Boulder powers up and out! Billy RAMS Boulder, neither falls, and Boulder shows off #TiddyCity! Billy says okay, “SUCK IT!” and eye poke! Billy then runs Boulder over! The fans fire up, Billy runs and drops an elbow, but Boulder moves! Boulder then runs Billy over! Boulder swivels hips, tags Bulk Bronson, and they get Billy up. It’s time to visit the city! But Billy turns it around and shoves Bronson into Boulder!

Billy brings Bronson over, tags Colten, and they whip, body shot, BOOT and DROPKICK! The father-son combo has the fans fired up, and Colten brings Bronson up. Colten whips Bronson to a corner as White argues with Jacked Jameson. Colten goes to a corner, finger guns with his dad, but Jameson now argues with Billy. The ref is busy breaking those two up as Colten runs in, Boulder pulls Bronson to safety! Colten tumbles up and out and to the floor! Austin and Bowens check on Colten but Bronson SMACKS Colten off the apron! Bronson puts Colten in, covers, ONE!! Bronson drags Colten up and FLAPJACKS him off buckles!

Bronson goes up the ropes to HIP DROP Colten! Tag to Jameson, he HIP DROPS Colten! Boulder tags in, he stomps around and the fans fire up. Boulder brings Colten up, to suplex high and hard! Boulder then says bang bang to mock BBSG. Boulder shakes those hips, tags Jameson, and they double whip Colten, only for Colten to BLAST Bronson! Colten DUMPS Boulder, ELBOWS Jameson, hot tag to White! White may have sniped that one, but he CHOPS Jameson down! And he gets Bronson by his hair, and CHOPS! White CHOPS Jameson, fires off JABS then CHOPS! JAB, CHOP, repeat! CHOP, CHOP, and CHOP!

Bronson runs in but White sends him into Jameson! White then CHOPS Bronson! White whips Bronson but Bronson reverses. Bronson runs up but White dumps him out hard! Jameson runs up but into an URENAGE Cover, Boulder runs in, but White moves! The SPLASH hits Jameson! Boulder freaks out, and White kicks low! Billy gets in, FAMOUSER! The fans fire up as that sends Boulder tumbling! White CHOPS Bronson, Colten CLOBBERS him out of the ring! White shrugs and gets Jameson for the BLADERUNNER!! Cover, BBSG wins!

Winners: Jay White, Colten Gunn & Billy Gunn, by pinfall

It was a rocky start but a smooth finish as the hybrid trio works out! Will this super group be untouchable all the way to the top of the mountain?

 

Backstage interview with Bryan Danielson.

Lexi Nair is with the American Dragon ahead of his main event match tonight against Jun Akiyama. Some consider this a dream match. Bryan says yes, but what Lexi didn’t say and should’ve said is that this the legendary Jun Akiyama. This is a man Bryan respects as one of the greatest wrestlers in history! Someone who is Eddie Kingston’s hero! And Eddie will be on commentary tonight, watching Bryan wrestle one of the greatest wrestlers, and beat him. Bryan vows to defeat the man that is Eddie’s hero. Bryan wants to make it clear, he respects Jun Akiyama and every single thing he has done. But do you know who Bryan does NOT respect? Eddie Kingston.

Bryan says Eddie just made this thing, that their match at Revolution is about a handshake. That if Eddie wins, Bryan has to shake Eddie’s hand and show him respect, and he thinks that’ll kill Bryan inside. And maybe it will. Because Bryan does NOT respect Eddie, and do you know why? Because if Eddie was asked to do a promo, do you know how he’d do it? Lexi’s interviewed him, right? And what would he say? “Oh, the boom! Oh the lights! Oh, you’ve got shoes on! Oh!” Then he’d say this, that and whatever, storm off and that’s it. He is NOT a professional, has NEVER been a professional!

Bryan has known Eddie for 20 YEARS, and Eddie is someone who had more potential than anybody Bryan has ever met, and he WASTED it! WASTED it until just this last year! But not only does Bryan not respect Eddie, Eddie’s waste of potential just pisses Bryan off. That is why Bryan will win against Eddie at Revolution for the Continental Triple Crown. The American Dragon wants to destroy the Mad King, but will he start with the Japanese legend?

 

Bryan Keith VS Malakai Black!

The Bounty Hunter wants gold, but he’ll have to step into the shadows first. The House of Black has been nothing but brutal and sadistic, will Malakai add Keith to the body count?

The bell rings and the fans rally up. Keith stares Malakai down, and both men hear the fans cheering. Malakai and Keith circle, tie up, and Keith wrenches and wristlocks. Malakai moves around, spins through and wrenches to snapmare. Malakai headlocks but Keith slips out to wrench and wristlock again. Malakai snapmares and chinlocks but Keith wrenches out again. Malakai breaks free, tripos Keith but Keith kicks him away. Malakai storms back up but Keith trips him to cover, ONE! The two stand off and the fans rally up. Malakai and Keith reset and circle again. They tie up, Malakai ROCKS Keith, then ROCKS him again!

Malakai whips, Keith reverses but things speed up. Keith BOOTS Malakai down! Fans fire up with Keith and he storms up on Malakai. Keith ROCKS and CHOPS on repeat! Malakai KNEES Keith away, but Keith KICKS in return! And KICKS! Malakai KICKS back! Keith steps over, snap suplexes, and he then drops a knee! Cover, TWO! Malakai snarls but the fans rally with Keith. Keith brings Malakai around, reels him in, underhooks, but Malakai slips free of the lift! Keith fireman’s carries but Malakai slips free to KICK! Malakai blocks a kick to ELBOW Keith down! Keith goes to the apron and Malakai drags him up.

Keith GAMANGIRIS back, but Malakai BOOTS Keith down! Keith hits railing on the way down and Malakai snarls as Collision goes picture in picture.

Keith sits up, clutches the back of his head, and Malakai goes out after him. Malakai drags Keith up, KICKS him against railing, then BOOTS him! Keith staggers away, Malakai runs up and BOOTS him again! Malakai has Keith against railing, KICKS him again, and Keith drops to his knees. Malakai stands Keith up to put him in the ring. Malakai runs up but Keith KICKS and KICKS and KICKS! Malakai is in a corner but Keith whips him corner to corner. Keith runs up, blocks a boot, but Malakai KNEES him down! Cover, TWO! Malakai keeps his eyes on Keith, then pushes him down for a knee drop!

Malakai paces while Keith checks his face. Malakai drags Keith up, but Keith CHOPS! Malakai ROUNDHOUSES Keith down! Cover, TWO! Keith stays in this but Malakai stays on him with a scoop and SLAM! Malakai drops another knee, then covers, TWO! Malakai keeps cool and he clamps onto Keith with a chinlock. Keith sputters as he endures, and he fights up to his feet. Keith throws body shots, then knees, but Malakai knees in return! And UPPERCUTS! Keith ROCKS Malakai with a forearm but Malakai gives it back! They go shot for shot, Collision returns to single picture, and Malakai snapmares to KICK Keith!

Malakai stands Keith back up but Keith drags him into a cradle, TWO! Keith ROCKS Malakai, Malakai hits back, then Malakai blocks a boot. Keith dodges, Malakai dodges, but Keith DECKS Malakai! And LARIATS! The fans rally as Keith LARIATS again! Keith scoops for the EXPLODER! Malakai slowly rises and the fans fire up! Keith fireman’s carries, USHIGOROSHI! Cover, TWO! The fans fire up for Keith as he aims at Malakai. Keith drags Malakai up, underhooks, but Malakai fights and the leg gives up! Malakai shoves Keith to a corner, but Keith pops Malakai up. The knee still holds Keith back so Malakai CLUBS Keith on the back.

Malakai waistlocks but Keith elbows free, and uses ropes for the TORNADO DDT! Both men are down and the fans fire up! A standing count starts but the fans rally up. Both men are down at 5 of 10, but they stir at 6. Keith and Malakai both sit up like a Deadman! Then they stand and fire forearms again! Keith KICKS, Malakai forearms, they fire more shots, then Malakai KICKS! Keith ROCKS Malakai, but Malakai trips Keith! Keith blocks the knee to fire boxing elbows! ROLLING- NO, Malakai knees low and sweeps the legs! Malakai runs up to BOOT Keith to a corner! Malakai runs in, is put on the apron, but he ROCKS Keith first!

Malakai goes up, but Keith RISING HEADBUTTS! Malakai wobbles up top and fans fire up! Keith climbs, brings Malakai into a clinch, but Malakai throws down elbows! Malakai HEADBUTTS Keith down, adjusts, and DIVING DOUBLE STOMPS!! Keith sputters, Malakai BOOTS and JUMP KNEES! Then GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Keith escapes and Malakai is stunned! The fans fire up but Malakai brings Keith up. The fans rally, Malakai takes aim, BLACK- NO, Keith ducks! KNEE! And then underhooks! TIGER DRIVER!! Cover, TWO!! Malakai survives and the fans are thunderous!

Keith goes to a corner, gets his bad leg moving, and he aims at Malakai. “This is Awesome!” as Kevin runs into THE END!! Cover, Malakai wins!

Winner: Malakai Black, by pinfall

The Dark Father returned to singles action, and he was victorious! But then the lights go out? Why? Malakai’s already here! But then the lights come on and Mark Briscoe is here with a kendo stick! Malakai wants Mark to show mercy, but here come Buddy & Brody! Mark dodges Buddy to SMACK Brody! And then a SMACK for Buddy! Mark ducks the heel kick to UPPERCUT! Mark gets the kendo stick back, takes aim again, but then thinks of something else. He has a STEEL SPIKE! The same kind Julia Hart stabbed Mark with just a couple weeks ago! Mark aims at Malakai, but Malakai dodges! The spike stabs the buckle pad!

BLACK MASS, and then DANTE’S INFERNO!! The House of Black took Mark’s revenge and turned it around on him. Will Mark learn that no matter what, The House Always Wins?

 

Serena Deeb VS Lady Frost!

The Professor of Professional Wrestling is looking for her path to a championship, and you do that by winning. Deeb had studied up for Kiera Hogan, but cards are subject to change. Will Deeb still pass the pop quiz? Or will she be iced out of the title chase already?

The bell rings and the two circle. Deeb and Frost tie up, and Deeb wrenches to a wristlock. Frost trips Deeb, knuckle lock covers, ONE as Deeb gets a shoulder up. Frost pushes the arm down, ONE as Deeb gets the other arm up. Frost tries again, ONE as Deeb bridges! They stand, go around, and Deeb straitjackets Frost. Frost powers out to straitjacket Deeb in return. Deeb wriggles and wiggles through the straitjacket to put it back on Frost. Deeb brings Frost to her knees, then digs her knees into Frost! Frost endures as she’s bent back, so Deeb tosses her away! The fans cheer and Deeb flexes.

Deeb and Frost tie up, Frost headlocks, but Deeb wrenches out to arm-drag Frost away. Frost goes to a corner, Deeb runs up but Frost BOOTS her! Frost cartwheels over then basement dropkicks Deeb down! Frost whips, Deeb reverses but Frost goes up and over and handsprings away! Fans fire up but Deeb runs Frost over! Deeb says this is HER ring. Things speed up, Deeb ducks ‘n’ dodges and arm-drags into a takedown, spinning toehold into a TRAILER HITCH! Frost endures, Deeb pulls on the foot, but Frost has the ROPEBREAK! Deeb lets go quick and fans cheer her own as Collision goes picture in picture.

Deeb waits on Frost while she’s on the apron. Frost shakes out the legs, steps back in, and then Deeb runs up! Frost puts Deeb in a corner, CHOPS her, but Deeb CHOPS back! Deeb CHOPS but Frost pushes Frost to CHOP again! Frost stomps a mudhole into Deeb, then brings her around for a FISHERMAN SUPLEX! Deeb flounders to ropes but Frost hobbles over. Deeb kicks low, UPPERCUTS and Frost staggers back. Deeb UPPERCUTS again, swings but Frost dodges the chop to stomp and UPPERCUT! Frost snapmares Deeb and clamps on a headlock. Deeb endures and fights around. Frost facelocks, Deeb still fights up, but Frost throws Deeb down! Cover, TWO!

Deeb goes to ropes but Frost storms over. Frost bumps Deeb off buckles, goes corner to corner and RAMS into Deeb! Then she handsprings and RAMS in again! Frost lets off to then bring Deeb up and CHOP! Deeb sputters while Collision goes to break.

Collision returns and Frost has Deeb in another clinch. Deeb powers up and out, drops down then blocks a kick to DRAGON SCREW! Frost writhes and Deeb pounds the mat. The fans rally, Deeb winds up and CLOBBERS Frost! And CLOBBERS her! Deeb JABS, JABS and JABS! Deeb winds up, the fans fire up, but Frost kicks low! Frost whips Deeb, Deeb ducks ‘n’ dodges and dodges again, to LARIAT! The fans fire up with Deeb and she shakes the ropes! Deeb drags Frost up, whips her to a corner but Frost reverses. Frost runs up, blocks a boot, but Deeb brings her in to KICK! Deeb then goes out, catches Frost in the ropes, and HOTSHOT NECKBREAKERS!

Deeb stalks Frost as she staggers away, and then reels her in, TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! Cover, TWO! Frost survives but Deeb looms over her. Deeb drags Frost up, reels her in, and tucks the arms, DEEB- NO, Frost fights off the Deebtox and back drops free! Deeb goes to a corner, Frost runs up to GAMANGIRI! Deeb staggers, Frost runs up, cartwheel and spin, CHILLA DRILLA! Cover, TWO!! Deeb survives and Frost is furious! Frost aims, spins, but Deeb ducks the roundhouse to ripcord and ELBOW! Then wrench, hammerlock, and PEPSI TWIST! The fans fire up and Deeb gets the leg! HALF CRAB! Frost endures, but taps! Deeb wins!

Winner: Serena Deeb, by submission

The Professor didn’t even need the full Serenity Lock, she’s just that good. Deeb gets the mic and says, “The Women’s Division in AEW is heating up, baby!” Fans cheer that! “Now, I put the locker room on notice when I came back, but I’ll remind you again. Any woman that wants to step up in this ring, any woman that wants to join this Women’s Division, the Professor will be here waiting in Deeb’s Dojo, waiting for the best, because I’m here to elevate this Women’s Division!” The fans cheer that, too! Deeb says, “When The Professor wrestles, the lights don’t turn out. When The Professor wrestles, the picture doesn’t go black ‘n’ white.

“But when The Professor is in the ring, I wrestle! And Serena Deeb is back to claim the division, and I’m here to put the wrestling back in All Elite Wrestling!” The fans fire up for that one! Deeb has called out the champions, will she get to take a title away from one of those champions?

 

Eddie Kingston makes his way to the ring!

Springfield cheers on The Mad King as he joins commentary, just as Bryan said he would. But he isn’t putting on the headset just yet, he must want to wait on the legend. Will Eddie’s hero slay the American Dragon? Or will Bryan beat Blue Thunder like he did Blue Justice?

Bryan Danielson VS Jun Akiyama!

The bell rings and Bryan stares Jun down as the fans rally up. They both hear the fans mixing “YES! YES! YES!” and “HAI! HAI! HAI!” The two circle, feel things out, and Jun backs Bryan down. Bryan gets around, they still look for control, and then knuckle lock. They keep going around, then clinch, then Bryan waistlocks. Jun wrenches but Bryan grabs a leg. Bryan waistlocks, the fans duel, and Jun spins to get the arm. Bryan puts Jun on ropes, the ref counts, and Bryan lets off slowly. Bryan pats Jun on the shoulders then backs away. Jun nods and resets with Bryan. They tie up, Jun headlocks, and he grinds the hold.

Bryan powers up and out but Jun runs him over! Things keep going, Jun runs Bryan over! Bryan trips Jun, turns him over, and hooks up the legs. The fans rally as Bryan grabs at the arms. Jun resists but Bryan pulls the arms back. Jun fights that off, so Bryan STOMPS the knees! Bryan drags Jun, GROUND DRAGON SCREW! Bryan drops a knee on the knee and he pulls on the leg! Jun endures, keeps his shoulders up, and the fans rally up. Bryan pulls the leg, Jun reaches out, but Bryan drags him from ropes. Bryan drops an elbow on the knee but Jun catches him for a chinlock! Bryan fights that off but ends up in an ARMBAR!

Bryan rolls, slips out the back and ties up the legs. The fans rally, Bryan has the deathlock and he SNAPS it! Jun endures, Bryan stands up to SNAP it again! Bryan then stands up again, bridges back, MUTA LOCK! Jun endures, claws at Bryan’s face, and the ref reprimands! Jun lets go but Bryan lets the leglock go. Jun hobbles over, stomps Bryan down, then throws hands. Bryan stands but Jun wrenches the arm. Jun twists the wrist and bends the fingers! Then ELBOW BREAKER! Bryan drops to his knees and the fans fire up! Jun stalks Bryan, pushes him and KNEES the arm again and again!

Jun hammerlocks the arm but Bryan fights up. They go around and around and Bryan SLINGS Jun to the floor! Jun stands, but Bryan DIVES into a forearm! Jun evens things up and goes to the apron as Collision goes picture in picture.

Jun stands Bryan up, to APRON EXPLODER! Both men tumble to the floor but Jun stands up first. Bryan sits up and Jun hears the ring count. Jun drags Bryan up, RAMS him into steel steps, then pushes him into the ring. Jun stalks Bryan to a corner, sits him up, and then runs corner to corner for a KNEE! Jun snapmares to a cover, TWO! Bryan is hanging in there but Jun clamps on with a chinlock. Bryan endures as Jun digs his knee into Bryan’s back. Bryan fights up, powers Jun to a corner, and the ref moves aside. Bryan is free, and he KCISK! And KICKS! And KICKS! Jun eggs Bryan on!

Bryan KICKS Jun again and again but Jun just takes it! Jun ROCKS Bryan, snapmares, and runs to SLIDING KNEE! Cover, TWO! Bryan is still in this but Jun drags him out to the apron! Jun then stomps away on Bryan, but lets off as the ref counts. Jun stomps Bryan again, then shrugs as the ref reprimands. Jun stomps Bryan again and Collision returns to single picture. Jun lines up a shot, and the fans fire up as Jun APRON KNEE DROPS! Bryan flops to the floor and the fans fire up again! The ref checks Bryan, he’s somehow okay to continue, so Jun drags him up. Jun brings Bryan in for a suplex but Bryan fights it! Bryan suplexes Jun to the floor!

Bryan refreshes the ring count, then aims from the apron, FLYING KNEE! Down goes Jun and fans fire up! Bryan drags Bryan up and puts him in. Bryan climbs, the fans chant “YES! YES! YES!” Jun stands and Bryan MISSILE DROPKICKS! Jun ends up in a corner, Bryan fires up again and the fans are with him. Bryan runs in to DROPKICK! Bryan keeps moving, and he DROPKICKS again! Bryan keeps going, but Jun LARIATS! The fans fire up, “This is Awesome!” as Jun storms back up to Bryan. Jun drags Bryan up but Bryan wrangles him down! LEBELL LOCK!! Jun endures, reaches out, and has the ROPEBREAK!

The ref counts, Bryan lets go fast but in frustration. Bryan drags Jun around, and he goes to a corner! Bryan climbs up, but Jun stands! Jun storms up to ROCK Bryan! Jun fires more hands, climbs up, and fans fire up with Jun! But Bryan throws body shots! And a HEADBUTT! Jun hops back, Bryan goes up, MISSILE- KNEE!! Jun counters and then reels Bryan in, PILEDRIVER!! Cover, TWO!! Bryan survives but Jun keeps his cool. Jun sits Bryan up for knee after knee, then runs, into a takedown! HALF CRAB! Jun endures but Bryan shifts his grip for an ANKLE LOCK! Jun endures again, reaches out, but Bryan reels him in! GERMAN SUPLEX!

Bryan huffs and puffs while the fans fire up! Jun sits up slowly and Bryan KICKS! And KICKS! And KICKS! The fans chant but Jun blocks! Jun CLUBS the leg, then EXPLODERS! The OG Exploder hits and Jun covers, TWO! GUILLOTINE CHOKE! Bryan is stuck in body scissors, too! Bryan fights, pushes, tries to stack but Jun keeps his own shoulders up! The fans rally and Bryan throws body shots! Bryan shifts and reaches out, ROPEBREAK! Jun lets go, and then runs up to KNEE Bryan! Bryan ROUNDHOUSES back! And then GERMAN SUPLEX! Jun is right back up! EXPLODER! SLIDING KNEE!!

Both men are down and the fans are thunderous! The fans count along with the standing count, and both men are down at 5 of 10. Bryan and Jun go to corners, the fans hope they “FIGHT FOREVER!” Bryan and Jun stand at 8, and they run in, DOUBLE BUSAIKU KNEES!! Both men are down and the fans fire up again! Jun and Bryan rise, and Jun storms up to ROCK Bryan with a forearm! Bryan shakes his head, and he ROCKS Jun in return! Jun ROCKS Bryan again, so Bryan ROCKS Jun again! The fans rally as the forearms keep going back and forth! They go faster and faster, and June DECKS Bryan!

The fans fire up again as Jun waits on Bryan. Bryan sit sup, Jun brings him in, fisherman and- NO, Bryan fights and arm-drags free! Jun runs up but into a KNEE from Bryan! Jun falls over but Bryan shakes his head. Bryan goes to the corner, aims, “YES! YES! YES!” Jun rises up, Bryan runs in, BUSAIKU KNEE!! Cover, Bryan wins!

Winner: Bryan Danielson, by pinfall

The American Dragon survives the Japanese legend, and Eddie says he gives Bryan his due. Eddie’s problem with Bryan was never about his talent, the problem is Bryan’s problem with Eddie. Bryan gives Jun his due by shaking his hand. But then Bryan flips Eddie off! So Jun SLAPS Bryan! Jun doesn’t like the disrespect shown and Bryan apologizes. Bryan offers another handshake, Jun takes it, but Bryan LOW BLOWS Jun! Eddie runs up to TACKLE Bryan! The fans fire up as Eddie punches away on Bryan! The ref reprimands but Eddie doesn’t care, he just keeps hitting Bryan! But then Claudio runs up to tackle Eddie!

The BCC beats Eddie down, but then here comes FTR! Cash & Dax brawl with Claudio & Bryan! The fans fire up as FTR runs the BCC off! BREAKING NEWS via Tony Schiavone! Wednesday Night Dynamite, Six Man Tag: FTR & Eddie VS Bryan, Claudio & Moxley! Will the Top Guys and Mad King finally beat some respect into the BCC?


My Thoughts:

A really good Collision here, lots of good story build for both Revolution and just in general. Great opening match with the No Disqualification match, but I’m surprised Hobbs won after all the stuff Sammy was doing. I mean, that’s good for Hobbs, he really should be winning things. Maybe it’s also to build Hobbs up so that when the Don Callis Family ends up fighting Ospreay & Fletcher, Ospreay & Fletcher are made even bigger deals when they beat Hobbs & Takeshita. Good win for Rosa and really good win for Deeb, both are going strong at perhaps just the right time. Deeb also had a really good promo, both should definitely be challenging for titles after Revolution going towards Double or Nothing.

Great trios match for Bang Bang Scissor Gang, and of course there was a moment of dysfunction where White gets the tag and not Billy. BBSG still wins, but I’m more surprised by Caster losing the flow on his rap. If that was legit, I feel bad for him, but maybe he wrote himself into a corner with “red” and the rhymes being bad (something something head, something something dead). I mean, he did just say he and management argue, maybe he held himself back because he didn’t want Tony Khan upset over blatantly naughty rhymes. And also, despite me wanting them to actually go for more gold, it feels like we’re just a moment away from BBSG breaking up and fighting for all the trios titles.

Great match from Bryan Keith and Malakai Black for the hell of it, and it gives Malakai a solid singles win. When Malakai hasn’t had one of those in awhile, that’s only because he hasn’t had a singles match in a long time. A little surprising Mark Briscoe didn’t get away with his ambush. He could’ve just bailed out when Buddy & Brody showed up but I guess that wouldn’t be in-character for Mark. Maybe Keith will be an ally for Mark against The House of Black since FTR is a bit busy right now. Speaking of which, great tag match of FTR VS STP and of course FTR wins. Good promo from BCC to set up the rematch at Revolution, I feel like they should make a point that the time limit isn’t 20 minutes but I can’t even remember if PPVs have time limits on matches.

And great tie-in of BCC with the main event tonight. Bryan VS Jun was a great match, Eddie was great on commentary because he knew Jun’s moveset and style so he was saying what was coming. Bryan won, of course, adding another Triple Crown Champion to the list since he’s coming after Eddie’s Triple Crown. I had a feeling Bryan was going to disrespect Jun, but it was only because Jun told him to respect Eddie. Great brawl to set up Eddie & FTR VS BCC for Dynamite, that’ll make for a strong go-home going towards Revolution.

My Score: 8.7/10


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