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Mitchell’s NJPW Sakura Genesis Results & Report! (4/6/24)

LIJ VS LIJ!

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One way or another, things will be tranquilo!

Tetsuya Naito battles his Los Ingobernables de Japon teammate, Yota Tsuji, for THE IWGP World Heavyweight Championship! Tsuji already won the New Japan Cup, but will the Reiwa Musketeer have the best rookie year ever?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Frontier Zone Six Man Tag: Toru Yano, Tomohiro Ishii & Boltin Oleg VS Chicharito Shoki, Takuro Niki & Ayato Yashida; Yano, Ishii & Oleg win.
  • Ryusuke Taguchi & El Desperado VS Zack Sabre Jr. & Kosei Fujita; ZSJ & Fujita win.
  • BUSHI & Hiromu Takahashi VS David Finlay & Gedo; Bushi & Hiromu win.
  • Six Man Tag: Just5Guys VS The United Empire; Just5Guys win.
  • IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championships Triple Threat: Bullet Club War Dogs VS Intergalactic Jetsetters VS Catch 2/2; War Dogs win and retain the titles.
  • IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships: KENTA & Chase Owens VS Bishamon; Bishamon wins and become the new IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions.
  • IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship: SHO VS YOH; Sho wins by referee stoppage, and retains the title.
  • Shota Umino & Jon Moxley VS Jack Perry & Ren Narita; Shota & Moxley win.
  • NEVER Openweight Championship, Special Guest Referee Yoshinobu Kanemaru: EVIL VS Shingo Takagi; Takagi wins and becomes the new NEVER Openweight Champion.
  • IWGP World Heavyweight Tag Team Championships: Tetsuya Naito VS Yota Tsuji; Naito wins and retains the title.

PLAY BY PLAY

IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championships Triple Threat: Bullet Club War Dogs VS Intergalactic Jetsetters VS Catch 2/2!

Clark Connors & Dan Moloney snatched these titles away during the New Beginning, but they’ve found themselves right back where they started! Kushida & Kevin Knight are former champions, but so are TJP & Francesco Akira, and they all want payback on Bullet Club! Will these titles stay 100 Proof? Or will there be “new” champions crowned tonight?

Everyone dressed up for this occasion! Kushida is wearing Back to the Future DeLorean armor and Knight is Doc, TJP is a human-Aswang hybrid, and The War Dogs have dog masks. The introductions are made, but then the brawl is on! The fans fire up as the bell rings and they’re just letting this one be tornado style! Drilla stomps Kushida out of the ring, TJP RAMS Connors into a corner and Knight RAMS Akira into another corner. TJP TOSSES Connors out, Knight RAMS into Akira more but fires forearms! Akira and Knight brawl while TJP stomps Connors. Akira CHOPS, then ducks Knight’s leg lariat, only to run into a BACKBREAKER!

The fans fire up as Knight whips Akira, hurdles, hurdles, and then Kushida is in! They bypass Akira to drop toehold and RUNNING SPLASH! Knight gets air even there, and then Jetsetters whip Akira to a corner. Akira BOOTS Knight, kicks Kushida low, then goes up the corner to use Kushida as a step, FLYING RANA for Knight! Akira dodges Kushida, rolls back, and gets Kushida for a swinging RANA! Kushida is sent into Knight, and then Akira runs up, NECKBREAKER DROP DDT COMBO! The fans fire up with the Nova Fireball and he gets the Jetsetters on ropes. TJP returns, he runs to the corner to triangle jump DOUBLE DROPKICK!

The fans fire up but Drilla returns! He kicks Akira, CHOPS TJP, then whips TJP to a corner. TJP goes up and over, Akira clotheslines! Then TJP gives Akira the boost to DROPKICK Connors down! All four corners have someone in them, and TJP scrubs Knight! The fans rally up, and TJP runs side to side to BOOT WASH Drilla! BOOT WASH Kushida! BOOT WASH Connors! And BOOT WASH Knight! TJP completes the lap and the fans are thunderous.  Kushida sneaks up on TJP but TJP switches, trips him, and steps through! TJP ties Kushida up in the Deathlock, but Connors runs up! TJP catches him to a COBRA TWIST!

Knight runs up but TJP HEADBUTTS him, then reels him into a GUILLOTINE FACELOCK! The fans fire up for this chimera of submissions, and Akira intercepts Drilla with a GUILLOTINE of his own! But Drilla carries Akira as he CLOBBERS everyone else! All six men are down and the fans fire up! TJP finds Connors, brings him around to whip to a corner, then runs in. Connors puts TJP on the apron but Akira UPPRECUTS! Akira says iku zo, and he goes to the apron. Catch 2/2 coordinate, but Drilla YANKS Akira down! TJP still runs in, but into an APRON SNAP POWERSLAM!? How’d Connors even do that!?

Knight runs up to fire forearms on Connors, then ROLLING ELBOWS! Drilla gets in to CLUB Knight! Drilla then back suplexes, but Knight lands out! Only for Connors to POUNCE him up and out onto everyone else! The fans can’t believe it but it just happened! The War Dogs brag then soak up the heat before going out to fetch Knight. Connors pushes Knight to a cover, TWO! The fans rally but Connors stomps Knight around. The other teams get up but The War Dogs BOOT and KICK them back down. Knight CHOPS Drilla, Connors UPPERCUTS Knight! Drilla CHOPS Knight, then Connors CHOPS Knight!

Drilla CHOPS Knight, Knight kicks Connors! Knight kicks Drilla, CLUBS Connors, ROCKS Drilla, repeat! But Drilla BODY BLOWS then ROCKS Knight! Connors snap suplexes Knight down! Then Connors runs to JUMP ELBOW DROP! Kushida gets in but Connors is on him first, and TOSSES him back out. The War Dogs see Akira gets up so they mug him. Drilla scoops and SLAMS Akira, then they soak up more heat. But Kushida is back, helps Knight up, but Drilla CLAWS Kushida on the back! Drilla tosses Kushida out, Connors UPPERCUTS Knight. Connors whips Knight corner to corner hard, then Drilla covers, TWO!

The fans rally as Knight keeps everyone else in this match, but the War Dogs loom over him. They mock the fans cheering on Knight then flex. Knight fires forearms and CHOPS on the Dogs! The fans fire up but Drilla mule kicks! The Dogs double whip, but Knight LEAPS the double lariat to DOUBLE PELE! The fans fire up as the Dogs bail out! Kushida returns, as does Akira! Akira kicks Knight, CHOPS Kushida, then runs, into into a bypass and DROPKICK! Kushida KICKS TJP, KICKS Connors, then HANDSPRING KICKS Drilla! And he WRECKS Akira with a dropkick! Akira and Drilla both end up in the front row!

TJP and Connors each get up, but Knight springboards to DOUBLE FLYING LARIAT! The fans are thunderous, Kushida TOSSES TJP and Connors over railing! Kushida’s gathered all targets in the front row, and Knight takes aim! Springboard SUPER CROSSBODY into the crowd!! Direct hit on everyone and the fans are thunderous! The Jetsetters regroup, a ring count starts on all six wrestlers! Kushida hurries up and over railing, he and Knight drag everyone back over. We pass 10 of 20, the brawling returns, and everyone falls over again! We’re at 16! 17! 18! EVERYONE slides in at 19! The fans fire up again as all six men are exhausted!

All six men rise up, and the brawling continues! Akira with Connors, TJP with Knight, and Kushida with Drilla. But then they trade, and Knight fires off on Connors! Drilla stomps Akira and Kushida out then goes after TJP. Drilla puts TJP up, ROCKS him, then climbs up after him. Drilla goes to the very tip, but TJP trips him into the Tree of Woe! The fans fire up, but then Jetsetters SUPERKICK ENZIGIRI COMBO! Knight says it’s time, but TJP throws him down by his hair! TJP then stands up but, Drilla kicks from below! Drilla gets out of the Tree, Knight comes back, UPPER ROOM! But Akira leaps in, only for Knight to catch him! SKY2HIGH!! Cover, TWO!!

The Dogs are up and they take aim! SPEAR GORE COMBO!! Cover on Knight, TWO?!?! Knight survives and the fans are thunderous! The Dogs get Knight up, take aim again, but Knight leaps over! The Dogs almost collide, and Knight dodges Drilla to LARIAT Connors! Drilla SUPERKICKS Knight! Kushida runs up on Drilla but is put on the apron! Connors goes out to APRON SPEAR!! A rough landing for both guys, but Drilla HEADBUTTS Knight! Knight forearms Drilla! Drilla fires back, but Knight fires another! Knight eggs Drilla on, Drilla forearms! Knight UPPERCUTS! Drilla ENZIGIRIS!

Drilla whips Knight, Knight goes up and- LOW BLOW!! Drilla inverted suplexes, OSAKA STREET CUTTER!! Kushida returns but Drilla mule kicks! Drilla whips, Kushida handsprings, but into the DRILLA- NO, Kushida lands out! Drilla ducks the Buzzsaw, Kushida rolls through the schoolboy, but gets hit by the FIREBALL! TJP CALF KICKS Drilla! Catch 2/2 coordinate and Akira builds speed to FLY! Direct hit on Connors, but a rough landing for Akira! FINAL CUT for Drilla! TJP goes up top, to MAMBA SPLASH!! Cover, TWO?!? Drilla survives and the fans are thunderous! Connors returns and he ROCKS TJP!

TJP SOBATS Connors! TJP runs, but Connors scoops for a SIDEWALK SLAM! Akira returns to wrench, knee, and STO! Akira fires up, gets Drilla up, knee and- SPIENBUSTER DOUBLE STOMP COMBO!! FASTBALL from Kushida! ROLLING SOBAT from TJP! SUPERKICK from Knight! Knight whips, TJP reverses, and he ducks Kushida’s crossbody! Drilla GORES Knight!! Akira returns to wheelbarrow and victory roll so TJP can BLOOD MIST Drilla!! STOMP 182, and then TJHP backslides Kushida! TWO!!! 2 BY 2!!! Cover, CONNORS BREAKS IT!!! The fans are thunderous as this still isn’t over!

The fans fire up for “CATCH! NI NI! CATCH! NI NI!” TJP & Akira get Kushida up, Electric Chair Lift and Akira climbs! But Knight is back and he anchors Akira! Kushida fights to a victory roll, TWO!! TJP drop toeholds Kushida to the PINOY STRETCH!! Akira SHOTGUNS Knight down! Kushida endures, Akira plays defense with DIVE after DIVE! But Kushida powers up and out to drag TJP into the HOVERBOARD!!! TJP flails, kicks, but he can’t find ropes! Akira returns but Knight runs in! SATELLITE DDT!!! Knight HOVERBOARDS Akira!!! TJP AND Akira endure, but the Dogs CLOBBER everyone else!!

Catch 2/2 tumble out of the ring, the Dogs get the Jetsetters, but then the Jetsetters switch! DOUBLE HOVERBOARDS, but then SPINEBUSTER SANDWICH! And another! Kushida still SHOTEIS! Connors mule kicks Knight, BODY BLOWS Kushida, then runs, into an atomic drop! Dropkick to the legs, Chancery and BASEMENT DROPKICK! Shoutout to Shelley & Sabin! Jetsetters then combine, Electric Chair, victory roll, SPEAR!!! Connors ruins the Culture Shock, and Drilla GORES Kushida!!! The Dogs roar and the fans are thunderous! The Dogs get the Jetsetters up, for DRILLA KILLA and NO CHASER!!

But the Dogs aren’t done there! They haul Kushida up, lock ‘n’ load as Connors climbs, and FULL CLIP!!! Cover, War Dogs win!

Winners: Bullet Club War Dogs, by pinfall (still IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion)

Drilla won’t stop there, either! He rains down forearms on Kushida for the hell of it! The Ichiban Gaijin came through for Bullet Club, but is this just the beginning of a Too Sweet Sakura Genesis?

 

IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships: KENTA & Chase Owens VS Bishamon!

We just saw the Bullet Club’s Junior Heavyweights find a way, now we see if the big boys can pull it off. Will Fang Revived & Crown Jewel still shine with gold? Or will Hirooki Goto & Yoshi-Hashi #GetBackUp to the top of the tag division?

The introductions are made, and then Bullet Club attacks! Kenta goes after Hashi while Chase is after Goto, and they both CLUB away! Kenta TOSSES Hashi out, the bell rings to get this on record, and Bullet Club stomps away on Goto. They double whip, but he ducks the double clothesline! Goto sends Chase into Kenta, but Chase knees Goto low. Chase UPPERCUTS, CHOPS, then runs, but Hashi returns! Bishamon runs Chase over! Then Hashi runs for ZANMAI! Kenta returns but Goto kicks low to snap suplex Kenta onto Chase! The fans fire up with Bishamon and they get Chase up. Goto CLUBS Chase, then stomps him and fires forearms in a corner.

Goto whips corner to corner, runs in, but Chase BOOTS back! Goto still runs in, but into a BUCKLE SHOT, STO and SENTON! Kenta YANKS Hashi off the apron, then whips him into railing! Chase brings Goto out, and he sends Goto into railing, too! Kenta whips Hashi hard into more railing! Chase CHOKES Goto against railing, the ref reprimands, and Chase punches Goto down. Kenta stomps Hashi against railing, then ROCKS him! Kenta brings Hashi around to POST him, Chase puts Goto in the ring, and Chase FIST DROPS! The fans rally but Chase drags Goto up. Chase bumps Goto off buckles, but Goto kicks back!

Chase CHOKES Goto, the ref counts, and Chase lets off at 4. Chase brushes the ref aside to tag in Kenta. Kenta and Chase split the wishbone! Kenta then drops an ELBOW, covers, TWO! The fans rally as Goto stays in this, but Kenta stays on Goto. Kenta puts on a headscissor squeeze but the fans rally more. Goto fights around, ROPEBREAK! Kenta holds until the ref counts 4, and then argues Goto was holding onto him. The ref says no, he saw clearly what was going on. Kenta brings Goto up, bumps him off Chase’s boot, then tags Chase in. They stomp mudholes into Goto, then Chase bumps Goto off buckles.

Chase whips Goto to the neutral corner, forearm smash and short arm LARIAT! Chase says that’s a homerun! Tag back to Kenta and he drags Goto up. Kenta turns Goto for the NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Kenta drags Goto back up, KICKS, but Goto blocks to CHOP and CHOP! Kenta KICKS again, Goto goes to a corner, and Kenta BOOTS him! Kenta RAMS into Goto again and again, then lets off to insult Hashi. Kenta then whips corner to corner but Goto reverses. Goto runs in, Kenta BOOTS and runs, but Goto follows! LARIAT! The fans fire up while both men are down! Hot tag to Hashi, and he runs up to ELBOW Kenta!

Hashi BLASTS Chase, DOUBLE CHOPS Kenta, and the fans fire up! Hashi runs corner to corner to CHOP Kenta, then whips to CHOP Kenta again! Mule kick! NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! The fans fire up, Hashi brings Kenta up, but Kenta fights the suplex. Kenta wrenches out but Hashi ROCKS Kenta. Hashi whips, Kenta reverses, and Chase trips Hashi! The ref reprimands but Chase and Kenta stomp Hashi to a corner. They drag him up, double whip corner to corner, then Kenta runs in. Hashi dodges to dropkick Chase’s legs! Kenta runs in again but Hashi sends him into Chase! Hashi kicks Kenta, CLUBS him, and calls Goto.

Goto gets in, Hashi feeds Kenta to the fireman’s carry, but Kenta slips free to shove Goto into Hashi! Kenta then TOSSES Goto, runs up, but Hashi dodges! Kenta blocks Hashi’s lariat to URAKEN! Kenta runs, into Hashi’s LARIAT after all! The fans fire up again while both men are down! Kenta and Hashi crawl, hot tags to Chase and Goto! Goto swings, Chase dodges to mule kick. Chase runs, but Goto runs him over! Goto fires off on Chase in a corner, then whips corner to corner. Goto runs up to MURAMASA! Then SAIDO! Cover, TWO! Chase stays in this and the fans rally up. Goto drags Chase up, fireman’s carries, but Chase fights free!

Chase ROCKS Goto, eggs him on, so Goto ROCKS Chase back! Chase ROCKS Goto again, but Goto ROCKS Chase! The forearms go back and forth, faster and faster, and the fans rally up! DOUBLE FOREARMS rock both men! They then both DOUBLE LARIAT! Neither falls, so they both roar, and DOUBLE LARIAT! GOto drops to a knee but Chase grits his teeth! Chase runs, but into a fireman’s carry! Chase slips free, but Goto puts him in a corner! Hashi runs in to clothesline! Feed to the fireman’s carry! FIERCE FLASH into dragon sleeper! Chase BOOTS Hashi away, grabs the ref while he powers Goto to ropes, Kenta CHAIR SHOTS Goto in the back!!

Chase drags Goto into a cradle, TWO!! Goto escapes the screw job and Bullet Club is furious! Chase runs in at the corner but Goto BOOTS him! Goto runs up but into a SOBAT! Chase hops on, SUNSET BUCKLE BOMB! Kenta HYDRAULIC DROPKICKS! Hashi runs in, but Chase fireman’s carries to DEATH VALLEY BOMB! Kenta PENALTY KICKS Hashi down! Chase gets Goto up, hammerlock for JEWEL HEIST!! Cover, TWO!! Goto survives and the fans fire up! Chase drags Goto up, reels him in and tucks the arms, but Goto fights the lift! Chase CLUBS Goto, ROCKS him with a forearm, then tries again. But Goto back drops free!

Chase blocks the ref’s eyes while Kenta gets in with a title belt! The fans boo as Kenta takes aim, but Goto fireman’s carries Kenta! USHIGOROSHI! Chase fires off a strike fest, ROCKS Goto, then runs, but Goto follows! Chase ENZIGIRIS first! But Goto stays up! Goto swats the first knee, but the C-TRIGGER returns! Chase takes aim, runs up, but Goto blocks this one! Chase fights but Hashi SUPERKICKS! Fireman’s carry, FIERCE FLASH! Hashi calls their shot and the fans are thunderous! Goto dragon sleepers and Hashi has the legs, but Chase boots free again! Kenta trips Hashi, Chase victory rolls, TWO!!

Goto rises up, into a C-TRIGGER! Hashi and Kenta brawl while Chase covers, TWO!! Goto survives and the fans fire up again! Chase locks ‘n’ loads and says BANG as he drags Goto up. C-TRIGGER POINT-BLANK!! Then Chase gets Goto up, hooks him up, but Hashi BLOCKBUSTERS! Kenta runs up to hit Hashi, but Hashi hits back! The brawling continues, Kenta CROSS COUNTERS! Kenta runs, into the HIDDEN GAP, GOTO STYLE! Hashi finds Chase, feeds him to Goto but Chase BOOTS! Hashi gets around Chase, has him on the ropes, and Goto LARIATS! Then the roll into dragon sleeper! Chase still fights free, but gets HIDDEN GAP! Then SHOUTO!!! Cover, BISHAMON WINS!!

Winner: Bishamon, by pinfall (NEW IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions)

Bishamon lost these belts to El Phantasmo & Hikuleo at WrestleKingdom, but now, three months later, they’ve returned to prominence! Will Goto & Hashi make sure to hold on to these titles much tighter this time?

 

The Best of the Super Juniors 31 field is announced!

Ryusuke Taguchi, El Desperado, Kevin Knight, Yoh, Hiromu Takahashi, Bushi, Titan, TJP, Francesco Akira, Douki, Robbie Eagles, Taiji Ishimori, Yoshinobu Kanemaru, Sho, Clark Connors, Drilla Moloney, Kosei Fujita, ROH’s Blake Christian, and even Pro-Wrestling Noah’s Ninja Mack and Hayata! TWENTY of the brightest stars are ready to shine, but who be the Best of the Super Juniors?

 

IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship: SHO VS YOH!

This championship has a long and storied legacy, which the Murder Machine disgraces with how he cheated this title away from El Desperado and has continued to cheat to keep it. But his former friend has come to not only humble him but to set things right! Will Mr. Direct Drive win the Roppongi 3K Civil War? Or will Sho and the House of Torture play with a stacked deck like always?

Wait, wait, Sho is chasing Yoh! Yoh still has physical possession of the title belt! They go around the outside, then the very back of the crowd! Yoh make sit back to ringside, eggs Sho on, then keeps going. They go into the ring, then back out! Then back in! Sho is getting frustrated, but Yoh DROPKICKS him back out, then PLANCHAS him down! The fans fire up as Yoh puts Sho in the ring, the bell sounds, and DIRECT- NO, Sho fights the lift, and he bends fingers! Yoh breaks free but Sho CLAWS Yoh’s face! Sho waistlocks, Yoh drop toeholds and runs, to basement dropkick! The fans cheer as Sho scrambles away.

The fans rally while Sho goes to a corner and Yoh shakes out the bad hand. Yoh stands, still works on the stinger in his arm, and Sho taunts him that this is what he gets for messing around. Yoh storms up to stomp Sho, but that shoulder does look in bad shape. The ref calls for help from the medics, and has to call this off!

Winner: Sho, by referee stoppage (still IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion)

Sho again says that’s what Yoh gets! Yoh’s arm popped out of the socket and Sho gets the belt back! Well, the actual physical possession of it, anyway. Sho got lucky here, but wait! Kosei Fujita shows up! We just learned that TMDK’s Ichiban Young Punk is going to be in the BOSJ, but Sho doesn’t take him seriously. Sho is too busy mocking Yoh getting his shoulder worked on. The fans rally for Yoh as he gets to his feet and makes his way to the back, tears of frustration pouring down. However, Fujita gets the mic and has the fans cheering him on. Fujita tells Sho, “Oi, worst champion ever. How about I take your head and become the youngest champion ever?”

Sho laughs at that, acting like it isn’t possible. But then DOUKI shows up! The fans fire up as Japones Del Mal takes the mic. He tells Fujita that he gets how he feels. However, Douki has the hot hand! He beat Hiromu Takahashi, and so before Fujita does, Douki’s gonna take that shot. Sho grabs a mic to says hey, hold on! What the hell are these two going on about? Look what happened to Yoh! That’s how tough Sho is! The fans boo the exaggeration but Sho says that some dork who wrestled in the mud huts of Mexico is no match for him! He doesn’t want either of them, so they can get outta here! Sho holds up the belt while fans boo.

Fujita springboards to DROPKICK Sho down! The fans fire up while Sho sputters! Fujita holds up the belt now, stares down with Douki, and fans like the look of this showdown. Fujita puts the belt down in front of Sho, but then Douki picks it up. Douki says Sho will have to wait to challenge the winner of Douki VS Fujita! And Douki just takes the belt with him, just like Yoh did! Sho is furious that he gets showed up! But with BOSJ on the horizon, is the Murder Machine’s luck about to run out?

 

Shota Umino & Jon Moxley VS Jack Perry & Ren Narita!

In order to have a fair fight against the House of Torture’s Scapegoat and Souled Out, The Roughneck calls in his Maniac mentor! Will Moxley help Shota finally humble Hollywood Jack Perry and the traitorous Son of Strong Style? Or will there be no Paradigm Shift here tonight?

The teams sort out and it’s Moxley & Shota that attack first! Moxley TOSSES Narita out, the bell rings, and Shota keeps after Jack! Jack kicks back, CLUBS Shota, then CHOPS! Moxley sends Narita into railing, then drags him up to headlock and bring him around the way. Moxley punches Narita out of the headlock but Jack whips Shota. Shota reverses and scoops to DROP Jack, run and SHOTGUN! Jack tumbles to a corner while the fans fire up with Shota! Shota storms up to stomp Jack, then brings him up. Jack CLAWS Shota’s eyes but Shota UPPERCUTS! Shota whips, Jack reverses and Narita gets a cheap shot in!

Jack CLOBBERS Shota, Narita BLASTS Moxley, then Narita goes out to CLAW Moxley’s eyes! Jack rains down fists on Shota, covers, TWO! The fans boo but Narita whips Moxley into railing hard! Jack stomps Shota, sits him up and KICKS him in the back! Jack snap suplexes, covers, TWO! The fans rally for Shota but Jack keeps on him. Jack tags Narita, they mug Shota, and Shota hobbles to a corner. Narita fires forearms, then brings Shota over to bump off buckles. Narita TOSSES Shota out, BLASTS Moxley, and Jack stomps Shota against railing! Moxley runs in to TACKLE Narita! The fans fire up but Narita CLUBS Moxley!

Jack drags Shota up while Narita KNEES Moxley down. Jack whips Shota into railing, then leaves him behind. Narita gets Shota in the ring, drags him up, and Narita suplexes high and hard! Cover, TWO! Shota pounds the mat in frustration but the fans rally behind him. Narita kicks Shota around, taunts him, but Shota eggs Narita on. Narita gives more scuffing kicks but Shota grits his teeth. Shota fires forearms on Narita, then UPPERCUTS! Shota turns Narita, but Narita elbows free. Narita swings, but Shota spins him again, NECKBREAKER! The fans fire up while both men are down! Shota crawls, hot tag to Moxley!

Moxley dodges Narita, BLASTS Jack, then ROCKS and CHOPS Narita over and over! Moxley whips, Narita reverses, but Moxley bounces off buckles to LARIAT Narita down! The fans fire up and Moxley flips Narita off as he runs in to corner clothesline! The fans chant “Let’s Go, Moxley!” and Moxley climbs up to rain down fists! The fans fire up as Moxley goes all the way to TEN, then goes way past it! Moxley then hoists Narita up, CHOPS him, and climbs up after him. Moxley pulls Narita’s shirt away, and CLAWS Narita’s back! The ref reprimands and counts, Moxley stops, but then Narita CLAWS Moxley’s back!

Narita CLAWS Moxley’s face, shoves him away, and runs up, but Moxley gets around to a SLEEPER! Takedown into the BULLY CHOKE! Narita endures, flails, reaches out, ROPEBREAK! Moxley BITES Narita, then lets off. Moxley goes out after Narita, shoves him into railing, but Jack attacks from behind! Moxley just gets pissed! Moxley ROCKS Jack, then whips him over railing and onto commentary! The fans fire up as Jack gets stuck in No Man’s Land, but Narita gets Moxley for an EXPLODER to the floor! The ref checks but Moxley’s okay to continue, so Narita drags him up. Narita puts Moxley in and runs, to BOOT!

Narita drags Moxley back up to BLIZZARD PLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Moxley is still in this and the fans rally, but Narita laughs as he goes to the corner. Narita climbs, watches Moxley rise, and Narita MISSLE- NO, Moxley moves! Narita tumbles, gets up, and Moxley CUTTERS! The fans fire up again and both men crawl! Hot tags to Jack and Shota! Jack dodges, Shota dodges, and Shota kicks to whip. Jack reverses but Shota ducks ‘n’ dodges to CLOBBER Jack! The fans fire up with #SHOOTER as he whips Jack to a corner. Shota runs in, UPPERCUTS, and then FISHERMAN SUPLEXES! Bridging cover, TWO!

Shota may not be perfect but the fans fire up with him all the same! Shota drags Jack up, clinches, but Jack fires elbows! Shota RAMS Jack into a corner, runs in, but Jack dodges! Jack clotheslines, then clinches to NORTHERN LIGHTS! Roll through, POLAR EXPRESS! Jack is referencing Matthew Jackson here, then he goes out to the apron to PENALTY KICK Moxley! That’s just like Nicholas Jackson! Jack then goes up top and aims at Shota, flips everyone off, MACHO ELBOW! A shot at Phil Brooks?! Cover, TWO!! Shota survives and Jack is shocked! Narita joins in to stomp away on Shota but the ref reprimands.

The House of Torture double whip Shota to a corner, then Narita sends Jack in. Shota dodges Jack to SHOTGUN Narita! Jack dodges Shota to kick and whip, but Shota holds ropes! Jack runs up but Shota drop toeholds him onto ropes! Moxley runs in and he DIVES to take out Narita! Shota slingshots to APRON DDT Jack!! The fans are all fired up again as Shota goes around the way. The ring count starts, Shota comes back for Jack by 7 of 20. Shota drags Jack up and puts him in at 13. The fans applaud as Shota goes up top, and he COAST2COAST DROPKICKS Jack! Then EXPLODERS! Cover, TWO!! Jack survives but Shota keeps calm.

Shota drags Jack up, dragon sleepers and TRI- NO, Jack slips free, underhooks, but Shota wrenches out to ROCK Jack! ROLLING- SUPERKICK from Jack! Jack runs to LARIAT, but Shota stays up! Shota LARIATS, but Jack stays up! Shota roars, Jack dodges to mule kick and SUPERKICK! Jack runs, but into a DROPKICK! The fans fire up while both men are down again! Jack and Shota crawl, hot tags to Narita and Moxley! Moxley fires forearms and KICKS on Narita, but Narita CLAWS Moxley’s face! Narita runs, BOOTS, but Moxley just roars! Narita runs to BOOT again, but Moxley flips him off, and SLAPS him!

Narita runs, Moxley blocks the boot and LARIATS! The fans fire up again while Narita flounders to a corner. Moxley runs in, clotheslines, then he hoists Narita up top! Moxley climbs, brings him up, and SUPERPLEXES! Cover, TWO! Narita survives but the fans rally behind Moxley. Moxley storms around, drags Narita up, and he reels Narita in. Narita slips around to a SLEEPER! Moxley fights, but Narita puts on the COBRA TWIST! Jack BLASTS Shota while Moxley endures! Shota sends Jack into railing then gets in to CLOBBER Narita! Moxley is free but Jack CLOBBERS Shota! Jack TOSSES Shota, goes out, and whips him into railing!

Narita has the push-up bar! He CHOKES Moxley with it!! The ref is too busy with Jack! Narita lets Moxley go, but Shota takes the shot for him!! Moxley DECKS Narita, BLASTS Jack, but Narita gets the SLEEPER! Moxley SAIDOS free! The fans are thunderous and Moxley runs, but Narita gets around again! SLEEPER, then he spins Moxley around to DOUBLE- NO, Moxley slips free of Doublecross to DEATH RIDER!! Cover, Moxley & Shota win!

Winners: Shota Umino & Jon Moxley, by pinfall

The House tried but they couldn’t beat these two aces! Will this momentum help Moxley and Shota find their way to some golden opportunities in the Spring? Or can Jack get payback next Friday at Windy City Riot?

 

NEVER Openweight Championship, Special Guest Referee Yoshinobu Kanemaru: EVIL w/ Dick Togo VS Shingo Takagi!

As if The King of Darkness doesn’t already stack the deck in his favor, he supposedly got The Heel Master approved as the special referee for this match! Will nothing stop The House of Torture from cheating their way through this one? Or can the Rampaging Dragon still pull out the win?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, but referee Marty Asami says no, Kanemaru’s not the ref for this match! Kanemaru still insists he is, as he does the check on Evil. Asami pushes Kanemaru and even Dick, and tells them to get outta here! Kanemaru reluctantly obeys and the fans cheer as he and Dick head to the back. But then Evil CLOBBERS Takagi from behind! The bell rings, the fans boo, but Evil stomps Takagi. Evil CHOPS Takagi, CHOPS again, but then Takagi knees low! Takagi CLUBS and CLUBS and headlocks, but Evil powers up, just to pull hair! The fans boo, Asami reprimands, but Evil whips. Takagi reverses but Evil holds ropes!

Takagi runs up, Evil BOOTS him then runs, but Takagi runs Evil over! The fans fire up while Evil goes to a corner. The fans rally behind “TA-KA-GI!” and he winds up. Takagi runs in but blocks a boot to clothesline through! Takagi fires the fans up more before he JABS, CHOPS and repeat! Takagi tops it off with a CHOP, then whips corner to corner. Takagi runs up to clothesline, then scoop and SLAM! Takagi goes up but Evil scrambles away. Takagi sighs, hops down, and storms over to Evil. Takagi stomps Evil, drags him up, but Evil CLAWS Takagi’s face! Evil kicks, Takagi blocks, and he JABS, then DOUBLE CHOPS!

Takagi powers up to ELBOW DROP! And ELBOW DROP! And then SENTON! The fans fire up while Evil goes to ropes. Takagi storms up again, brings Evil up to KNEE him against the ropes, then KNEE him again. Takagi whips, KNEES, then snapmares to run, but Evil bails out! The fans boo but Takagi keeps his cool. Evil tells the fans to shut up while he goes around the outside. Evil gets a chair! The ref reprimands so Evil drops it. Takagi dares Evil to get in here already, and the fans rally up. Evil takes his time, slides in, but then slides out. Takagi goes after him but Evil kicks low! Evil brings Takagi around, but Takagi stops from ramming into the timekeeper!

Takagi fires elbows then puts Evil in the ring. The fans cheer as Takagi keeps Abe-san safe. But then Evil SHOVES Takagi off the apron! Takagi wobbles, but he’s safe! Only for Evil to RAM him in anyway! Poor Abe-san still suffers, and the fans boo as Evil tells him that’s what he gets! Evil whips Takagi into more railing, then gets more chairs! The ref’s busy helping Abe-san, but Takagi takes the chair off his neck! The fans fire up as the two now have a stalemate! Takagi swings but Evil JAMS him low! Then he SMACKS the chair into Takagi’s face! Not quite the homerun but Evil still gets on base with that shot.

The fans boo but Evil then goes to the blue corner. Evil takes the tag rope away, hiding that from the ref. The ref checks Takagi but he’s somehow okay to continue. Evil wants the ring count so the count begins. No Abe-san helping, though. Takagi staggers up at 5 of 20, stumbles around at 8, checks his head, and hobbles his way back at 10. Takagi slides in at 12, but Evil brandishes the House of Torture shirt. The ref takes that form him, but the tag rope is now used to CHOKE Takagi instead! The fans boo but Evil gets away with one! Cover, TWO! Evil argues the count but the count was fair. The fans rally but Evil tells them off.

Evil stomps Takagi, gets a leg, and he stomps away on the thigh! Evil drops an elbow on the knee and Takagi writhes! The fans rally for Takagi but Evil stands on Takagi’s face. Evil steps away, drags Takagi up, and knees low! FISHERMAN BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Takagi roars as he sits up and the fans fire up! Evil keeps calm, and he scuffs Takagi. Evil slaps Takagi around, talks trash, but Takagi ROCKS Evil, knees low, then CHOPS! Evil CHOPS in return and Takagi falls! Takagi snarls as he rises back up and the fans rally again. Evil CHOPS, Takagi grits his teeth and stays standing. Evil CHOPS again, Takagi sputters but he stays standing!

Evil CHOPS again, Takagi headbutts the buckle to fire up! Takagi eggs Evil on, Evil winds up, but just CLAWS Takagi’s eyes! The fans boo, the ref reprimands but Evil tells them all to shut up. Takagi kicks, Evil blocks and hands that to the ref! But then Takagi blocks Evil’s kick! The ref lets Takagi go to DRAGON SCREW! The fans fire up while both men are down! Takagi goes to a corner and rises up. Evil rises, Takagi runs him over! Then Takagi scoops, SLAMS and SENTON FLOPS as Evil moves! Evil whips Takagi, Takagi reverses but Evil takes a swing. Takagi blocks, spins Evil around, and suplexes high and hard! Cover, TWO!

Evil is still in this but Takagi pounds the mat! The fans rally up, Takagi looks to the camera, and “TOKI GA-” EVIL CLOBBERS TAKAGI! The fans boo as Evil denies Takagi his time! Evil stomps Takagi, CLUBS him, then runs. Takagi ELBOWS! JABS! YUKON feint to DDT! The fans fire up again and Takagi looks around. Takagi sits Evil up, “Mada mada.” HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! “OI! OI! OI!” Takagi then runs, but Evil goes to a corner! Takagi still runs in to corner clothesline! The fans fire up more as Takagi puts Evil up top. Takagi goes right up after Evil, they’re on the very top, SUPER DUPER PLEX!! Cover, TWO!!

The fans are thunderous for “TA-KA-GI!” as he rises up! Takagi says “TOKI GA KITA! OI! OI! OI!” The fans join in again, “OI! OI! OI!” Takagi drags Evil up, but wait, Yujiro Takahashi is here now! The fans boo the Tokyo Pimp showing up uninvited, but Takagi stomps Evil. Takagi pump handles, but Evil fights the lift! Takagi throws knees, lifts, but Evil slips free! Evil claims bad knee but Takagi doesn’t fall for it. The ref still needs to check, and Yujiro is undoing the blue buckle pad! Evil shoves the ref at Takagi! Takagi helps Asami stay up, but then Evil blocks Takagi’s kick! Evil hands that to Asami, and mule kicks Takagi down!

The fans boo but Evil doesn’t care. Evil mocks Naito with tranquilo, then he whips Takagi into bare buckles! Takagi just fires up and runs in, but Evil LARIATS first! Evil fireman’s carries, for DARKNESS FALLS! Cover, TWO!! Takagi survives and the fans are thunderous again! Evil slashes his throat, vowing to end this! The fans boo as Evil spins Takagi around, but Takagi fights the STO! Takagi waistlocks, Evil elbows free, then LARIATS! Takagi stays up! The fans rally, Evil runs up to LARIAT again! Takagi shouts as he stays on his feet! Evil takes off his elbow pad, runs, but Takagi SWATS the lariat, wrenches and ELBOW BREAKERS!

Evil clutches the arm, still takes a swing, but Takagi SWATS it! The fans fire up as Takagi fires boxing elbows! Takagi then winds up, but Evil CLAWS eyes! The ref counts, Evil lets off to run, but Takagi LARIATS Evil at ropes! Takagi runs, Evil distracts Asami, Yujiro CHAIR SHOTS Takagi!! Evil steps through, SCORPION DEATHLOCK!! Takagi endures, the fans rally as hard as they can, and Takagi fights forward! Takagi reaches out, ROPEBREAK! Evil holds on, the fans boo, but he lets go at 4. Wait, Bushi is here! At least, we think that’s Bushi… Dick’s pulled this trick before but can’t tell if that’s him…

The ref sees Yujiro sneaking in, so Yujiro bails out. Evil tells the ref to handle “Bushi,” but then he and Yujiro double whip Takagi! Takagi DOUBLE PUMPING BOMBERS!! The fans are thunderous, Takagi wants Bushi to help, but that’s NOT BUSHI! They sucker punch Takagi, HOTSHOT him, and then go up the corner. Wait, the REAL Bushi is here!! The Spiderman Meme is real! Bushi kicks Fake Bushi, then YANKS the mask away! It WAS Dick!! But then Dick uses Asami as a shield from the BLACK MIST!! Then Dick shoves Asami into Bushi! The fans freak out as now the whole House gets in the ring!

Kanemaru has Evil, Dick & Yujiro stomp away! The fans boo and Kanemaru DECKS Bushi! The House whips Takagi to a corner, Dick runs in to ELBOW! Yujiro BOOTS! Evil clotheslines! Snapmare and then Dick goes up! DICK CHOP!! Kanemaru plays dumb, then Evil covers! TWO!!! Takagi survives, but Evil covers again, Kanemaru’s count is so fast!! TWO!!!! The fans boo and the House is upset! Kanemaru ENZIGIRIS Takagi! Dick joins in, MAGIC KILLER!! Cover, fast count and Evil “wins!!” Only because Yujiro rang the bell! Evil gets the belt, Kanemaru raises his hand, but there’s no way this stands!

Wait, here comes REFEREE HIROMU! The Timebomb SHOTGUNS Kanemaru out! Then he SHOTGUNS Yujiro & Dick! Then he says let’s go! Evil takes a swing on Hiromu, but Hiromu sends him into ELBOW! JAB! YUKON LARIAT! The fans are thunderous and Takagi shouts “OI! OI! OI!” The fans join in, Takagi winds up, and Evil rises into PUMPING- DOUBLE LARIATS! Neither falls, so DOUBLE LARIATS clash again! Evil falls, Takagi roars! Takagi sits Evil up, spins him around, but Evil dodges! Evil shoves Takagi into Hiromu, then LOW BLOWS! EVERY- NO, Takagi slips free to JAB! HEADBUTT! Evil swings, Takagi STEALS EVERYTHING IS EVIL!!

The fans are thunderous as Takagi covers and Hiromu counts! But Kanemaru CLOBBERS Hiromu! Kanemaru stomps Takagi, DECKS Bushi again, and he goes for his whiskey! The fans boo as Kanemaru takes a big swig! But Takagi JABS the mist away! Then YUKON LARIATS Kanemaru! Takagi drags Evil up, Dick is in with the SPOILER CHOKER!! The fans boo but Takagi powers up! Takagi overpowers Dick and throws him away! Bushi DROPKICKS Dick away, then DIVES onto him! Down goes Dick and the fans are thunderous! Takagi swigs the whiskey!? HE dodges Evil to WHISKEY MIST! But he’s also drunk!

Yujiro shoves Takagi, winds up, but Takagi ducks the POCKET SAND!! Evil gets a face full!! Hiromu SUPERKICKS Yujiro, Takagi sobers up and runs, DRUNKEN PUMPING BOMBER!!! Red Shoes is here to be the REAL ref, and Takagi gets Evil up! LAST OF THE DRAGON!!! Red Shoes counts, TAKAGI WINS!!!!

Winner: Shingo Takagi, by pinfall (NEW NEVER Openweight Champion)

Evil’s reign of terror ends as Los Ingobernables de Japon work together! Will The House of Torture ever learn their lesson? Or is it a good thing there are those that will always stand in their way?

Oh, hold on, Takagi gets the mic. The fans cheer him on as he says, “Before the main event, let me just take a moment of your time. I have become the 40th NEVER Openweight Champion, MY TIME HAS COME!” But wait, the War Dogs are attacking!! Gabe Kidd goes right after Takagi while Connors & Drilla go after Bushi & Hiromu! The fans boo as the Mad Man and the Ichiban Gaijin ruin the moment! Gabe grabs the NEVER title, then the mic. “I got a question for you raff. Is that what this has become? A effing joke?! An embarrassment?! Why?! Nic Nemeth ‘n’ Matt Riddle turn up, and we all start wrestling like we’re trying to get on Main Event or Superstars!

“Does the squiggle on the side of this ring say ‘Level Up’ or am I a dickhead?! NO! It’s a joke. It’s a joke. And then what? They send Jungle B*tch as what? A punishment? A punishment?! This is NJPW! Tanahashi might as well walk into Tony Khan’s office, pull his trousers down and say ‘Do your worst!’ It’s a EFFING embarrassment!” Then he SPITS at Tanahashi! Kidd asks if he stayed a year-and-a-half for this. If he nearly lost his head for this! If he nearly offed himself TWICE just for this?! NO!! He used to LOVE this company! He used to LOVE that lion logo! But from the bottom of his heart, God as his witness, F NJPW!!

Kidd SPITS on the logos, then says he’ll take everything from this company. The War Dogs will take everything! Kidd will outright kill Yota Tsuji, Tetsuya Naito, and even Tanahashi just to remind him of the old days! And it’ll start with Takagi and this NEVER Openweight title! Kidd will bring some respect to this place, sayonara you Japanese bastards! Kidd is completely out of line, but is he completely wrong? Do his words bite because of the insults or because of the harsh truth? And either way, will he come through and take it all from NJPW to give it to Bullet Club?

 

IWGP World Heavyweight Tag Team Championships: Tetsuya Naito VS Yota Tsuji!

The Uncontrollable Charisma wanted this to be Los Ingobernables de Japon VS Los Ingobernables de Japon and here it is! The Gene Blast won the New Japan Cup, will he soon have both trophy and championship? Or will Naito prove why he’s the leader of LIJ?

Tsuji is patient as of course Naito takes his time with everything, even letting Red Shoes have the belt. The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who is truly leading NJPW into the future!

Once Naito is done putting his entrance attire away, the bell rings and the fans are thunderous already! They duel between “NA-I-TO!” and “YO~TA! YO~TA!” Red Shoes feels it’s about even, maybe 55-45 in Yota’s favor. The two circle, approach, but Naito dodges. Naito tells everyone to relax, and he resets with Yota. They go again, but Naito again dodges! The fans cheer Naito’s typical tactics but Yota just grins. Yota and Naito circle again, the fans rally up, and Naito kicks low! Naito CLUBS away on Yota, headlocks and grinds him down, but Yota powers up. Yota pulls hair, Red Shoes reprimands, but Yota headlocks Naito now.

Naito endures as Yota grinds, and Naito fights up. Naito powers up and out, Yota ducks ‘n’ dodges but leaps over Naito’s dropdown! Yota whips Naito to a corner, runs in, but Naito puts Yota on the apron! Naito sweeps the legs! Naito then builds speed, but he fakes Yota out to tranquilo! Or not as Yota stomps Naito! The fans cheer as Yota grins, knowing Naito’s playbook well. Yota drags Naito up, ROCKS him, then follows him to a corner. Yota CHOPS, then CHOPS, then whips corner to corner. Naito reverses to run in, but he blocks Yota’s boot! Yota brings Naito in to STOMP him down! The fans fire up again while Naito writhes!

Yota pushes Naito to a cover, ONE!! Naito is tougher than that but Yota still grins as he has the majority of the fans. Yota stomps Naito, drags him up, and CLUBS him! Naito staggers but stays up, and he fires forearms! Yota gives those back, then snapmares. Yota wraps on a body scissor squeeze, and even adds a chinlock! Naito fights back, but Yota half nelsons Naito while keeping on the squeeze! Naito fights around, reaches out, kicks around, and drags Yota along for the ROPEBREAK! The fans cheer and Yota lets off cleanly. Yota paces, then comes back to bring Naito up. Naito fires haymakers and CLUBS Yota!

Yota KNEES low, whips, and KITCHEN SINK KNEES! Naito sputters and bails out while the fans rally. Yota takes aim, builds speed, and he DIVES! Direct hit and Naito hits railing! The fans fire up again as Yota paces around the outside. Naito sputters but Yota comes back for him. Yota drags Naito up, then he whips Naito hard into railing! Naito hobbles away, Yota tells the NJPW execs that he’s gonna be their champ soon. Yota then whips Naito into more railing! Naito staggers, Yota scoops him, SNAKE EYES off the apron! Yota drags Naito up to ROCK him, then puts him in the ring. The fans applaud as Yota slides in.

Yota looms over Naito, has a cocky cover, but Red Shoes doesn’t like that. Naito pushes Yota’s foot away so Yota stomps him down! Yota drags Naito up, scoops, and hits a BACKBREAKER! Naito writhes but Yota pushes him over to cover, TWO! Naito stays in this and the fans rally up again. Yota smiles as he stands up, and he brings Naito into the CAMEL CLUTCH! Naito endures, even as Yota bends him back! The fans rally, Yota stands to then make it a motorcycle stretch! Naito endures the knee in his back, even as Yota pulls the arms! Yota makes it a BASEMENT BACKSTABBER! Naito writhes more and Yota paces.

The fans rally, still strongly for Yota as he scuffs Naito. Yota eggs on his team leader, wanting to see the great Tetsuya Naito! Yota kicks Naito around, but Naito stands to body shot! And body shot again! Then Naito fires a haymaker! Yota SPITS in Naito’s face, a very Naito thing to do! Naito swings, but Yota BODY BLOWS! Yota runs up but Naito ELBOWS him! Yota runs back in, but into the HIP TOSS BACKBREAKER! The fans fire up while both men are down! Naito rises while the fans rally, and he stands Yota up to fire forearms and kicks. Naito CLUBS Yota, whips, but Yota reverses. Naito stops himself to BOOT, ELBOW and BASEMENT DROPKICK!

The fans fire up as Naito has Yota in a corner. Naito whips corner to corner, blocks Yota’s boot, and SPITS at him! Naito puts Yota in the ropes for the DRAPING NECKBREAKER! Naito then stands Yota up for another NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! The fans rally up and Naito stands again. Naito brings Yota up, cravats for the neck wrench, and he thrashes Yota to keep him from ropes. Yota still fights around and reaches out, but Naito brings him back. Yota throws body shots, then gets the ROPEBREAK! Red Shoes counts, Naito thrashes Yota more, but Red Shoes reprimands. Naito whips, then HIP TOSS BACKBREAKERS again!

Yota writhes and goes to the apron. Red Shoes checks but Yota seems okay to continue. So Naito goes out, brings Yota out along the apron, for a DRAPING NECKBREAKER to the floor! Yota writhes more but Naito drags him back up. Naito puts Yota in, drags him up, and dragon sleepers, for the BACKBREAKER, into the LEG HOOK NELSON! Yota endures, reaches out, and the fans rally up! Naito puts on the pressure but Yota still endures. Yota kicks his way around, and kicks, but Naito pushes up for more pressure! Yota looks to be fading! But a second wind helps him get the ROPEBREAK! The fans cheer but Naito of course “struggles” to undo the hold.

Red Shoes reprimands, he knows Naito’s tricks. Naito lets go as we pass 15 minutes, and the fans continue to rally for “YO~TA!” Naito drags Yota up, hammerlocks and half nelsons, but Yota fights with elbows! Yota is free, he dodges Naito and scoops to BACKBREAKER! The fans fire up again while both men are down! Yota rises first but Naito follows slowly. Yota fires forearm after forearm, then whips. Naito reverses but Yota BOOTS Naito down! The fans fire up again and Yota drags Naito up. Yota scoops to SLAM Naito, then runs to SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Naito stays in this and the fans rally up again.

Yota drags Naito up, reels him in, and suplexes, but Naito slips free! Naito waistlocks, Yota elbows free and runs, and RANAS! Naito tumbles all the way out of the ring! The fans fire up as Yota takes aim again, builds speed, but Naito flops to the apron. Yota has to stop himself, and then he goes out to bring Naito up. Yota ROCKS Naito, ROCKS him again, and the fans rally. Yota fires up, he fireman’s carries, but Naito fights free! Yota SUPERKICKS, but Naito forearms! Yota forearms, and forearms, and SUPERKICKS again! Naito holds onto ropes to stay on the apron, but Yota CURB STOMPS Naito to the floor!!

Both men are down on the outside but Red Shoes checks Naito as he’s the bigger concern. The fans rally as hard as they can, dueling all the same, and Yota drags himself up first. The ring count starts, Yota leaves Naito behind, and we pass 5 of 20. Naito is still down at 10! The fans rally even harder, Naito sits up at 15! Naito drags himself up at 18 and slides in! But Yota BASEMENT DROPKICKS! We hit the 20 minute mark as Yota hauls Naito right up, suplexes, but Naito knees free! Naito wrenches and ELBOWS, and kicks, and TORNADO DDTS! The fans are fired up again while both men are back down!

Naito and Yota stir, and Naito crawls his way over. Naito drags Yota up, then throws the HEAVY ELBOWS! Yota drops to his knees, but the fans rally up again. Naito stands Yota for the HEAVY ELBOWS! Yota flops right over and Naito paces. The fans are thunderous, the “YO~TA! YO~TA!” so much louder! Naito stands Yota up to HEAVY ELBOW again! Yota staggers to a corner, then slumps down against the buckle pad. Naito drags Yota up, hoists him to the very top, then climbs up, to SUPER STEINER! The fans are thunderous as Naito stands back up and waits on Yota. Yota rises, Naito runs in, but into a BLUE THUNDER!

Yota sits Naito up to KNEE him back down! Then Yota flops back over! The fans are thunderous again as they rally behind both men! Yota flounders but he rises up. Yota storms over, gets Naito up, and suplexes, for ORANGE CRUSH!! Cover, TWO!! The fans fire up again as Naito stays in this and Yota shouts in frustration! Yota goes to the corner, drags himself up, and he roars again! Three point stance, GENE- ROLLING KICK!! Naito atomic drops, ENZIGIRIS, and then tilt-o-whirls, DESTINO!! Naito hurries to get Yota up, wrenches and- NO, no Destino! GENE BLASTER!!! Yota can’t cover, he’s so tired!!

The fans are electric as we pass 25 minutes and Yota clutches his shoulder! Yota grits his teeth as he struggles to sit up, it’s like this place is going to explode! Naito stirs now, and Yota crawls his way over. Yota drags Naito up, and he manages to smile as he fires a forearm! Yota falls over, but he sits back up, just in time for Naito to throw a forearm! Both men sit up again, and Yota fires another forearm! Naito stays up while Yota has to steady himself. Yota throws another forearm and he gets Naito to sit back on the mat. Naito rises back up but so does Yota, and Yota fires another forearm. That didn’t have as much, but Yota throws another.

Naito shrugs as Yota seems to be running out of gas! Naito stands, Yota drags himself up, and he fires another shot. Naito HEAVY ELBOWS! And again, and again! Yota falls back and Naito suplexes, but Yota fights it! Yota clinches, BACKBREAKER, COMPLETE SHOT, and STOMP! Yota had enough for that combo! The fans are thunderous again as Yota roars and rises up! Yota drags Naito by a leg, then gets both legs, for the BOSTON CRAB! Yota sits deep on the Young Lion staple! Naito scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! The fans cheer as Yota lets off, then runs to CURB STOMP! Naito flounders around while Yota fires up!

The fans rally as Yota drags Naito up again. Yota puts Naito on the top rope, then CHOPS! Yota climbs, goes to the very top, and he brings Naito up to join him! The fans freak out, but Naito SHOVES Yota down! Yota perhaps wanted a Spanish Fly but it didn’t work. But then he rises right back up! Yota gets Naito again as we hit 30 minutes! SUPERPLEX! Cover, TWO!! Naito survives but it’s right back to the BOSTON CRAB! Yota stands high, this is almost Walls of Jericho! Wait, then the knee into Naito’s back, LION TAMER!! Naito knows Jericho’s moves well, how does this compare? Yota digs the knee in deep but Naito still endures!

Naito has the fans getting louder for him now as he fights his way around! But he’s still so far from ropes! Naito looks to be fading and Red Shoes checks! Yota drags Naito from ropes, but lets go of the hold so he can go up and up and FLYING CURB STOMP!! #MarrowCrusher! Cover, TWO!! Naito survives but Yota drags him up! Fireman’s carry and swing, 70 CROSS!! Cover, TWO?!? Naito survives again and the fans are thunderous again! Yota powers up and he goes to the corner! The fans are electric as they anticipate what’s coming! Three point stance, and GENE- MONKEY FLIP!! Yota is sent into the corner with that counter!

Naito runs up, to GENE BLASTER?!?! Cover, ONE?!?!? Naito steals Yota’s tackle but Yota survives it!! The fans are volcanic as Naito rises up! Naito drags Yota up, scoops, but Yota slips free! Naito ROCKS Yota, then blocks the knee! Naito suplexes to VALENTIA!! Naito drags Yota up as the fans stay at that fever pitch! DESTI- NO!! Yota blocks, but then Naito fights the clinch! Yota still spins Naito around to suplex, but DESTINO COUNTER!! Naito hurries to get Yota up, wrench and swinging DESTINOOOO~!!! Cover, NAITO WINS!!

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

LIJ’s newest member gave the team leader an all-time epic match, but perhaps it is still too soon for the new generation to be the #NowGeneration! But if Yota can win the New Japan Cup and push Naito this far in his “rookie” year, is his bright future still going to become reality?

As for Naito, he stands over Yota while the title belt and a special prize are brought into the ring. Red Shoes hands Naito the belt, which Naito snatches away. And then founder, president and CEO of Bushiroad, Takaaki Kidani, presents him with a certificate for the Sakura Genesis Dream Order Japanese baseball league trading card game! Naito does love baseball, so he appreciates this gift. He even offers a fist bump to Kidani! The fans like the idea, and so Kidani raises his fist, only for Naito to SPIT on him! Naito shoves Kidani out of the ring, still not over Kidani’s previous sleights against him.

But as Kidani takes his leave, Naito gets the mic. “Buenas noches, RYOGOKUUU~! First of all… I’d like to thank you all for coming here.” A commotion from the crowd gets Naito to stop, and Moxley has returned to ringside! The fans cheer as Maniac and Uncontrollable Charisma are now face to face ahead of their Windy City Riot main event match. Moxley looks at the belt, and Naito asks in English, “Do you want IWGP World Heavyweight Championship, yes?” When Moxley doesn’t respond, Naito asks again much slower, “Do you want… I W G P World Heavyweight Championship?” Moxley nods and the fans fire up!

Naito continues in English to say that their title match will be next week in Chicago, okay? The fans cheer, and Naito hands the mic over to Moxley. Moxley says, “Chicago, April 12th, Moxley, Naito, NEW IWGP Champion!” Mic drop from Mox and he heads out, so the showdown is set! Will the Windy City Riot see the winds of change blow through NJPW? As for Naito, he picks up the mic to say, “Let’s start again. Buenas noches, RYOGOKUUU~!” Naito again thanks everyone for coming, “Gracias, amigos.” The fans applaud, and Naito says this was only his second time facing Yota. The first time was August 1st, 2021, Yota’s sendoff match.

Naito tells Yota, “You got strong as hell. Let’s keep competing to lead NJPW and LIJ to even greater heights!” The fans like the sound of that!” And like he said in simple English, he is going to defend this world title against Moxley next week. Naito vows to beat Moxley and return home to Japan still champion, so please look forward to it. The fans cheer that! Naito then asks, “Shall we close this out the right way?” The fans cheer that, too! Time for their first roll call in Ryogoku since the G1 last August! Are you ready? They sure are! Then this is the only proper way to close Sakura Genesis!

“Bushi! Hiromu! Takagi! Titan! Yota! Y Naito! NOSOTROS! LOS! INGOBERRRRRRNAAABLEEES~! DE! JA! PON!!” The gold streamers fly and the fans cheer, will Naito be the one to keep NJPW and this world title tranquilo?


My Thoughts:

An awesome event for NJPW here, with a lot going on to add to an already stacked weekend in wrestling around the world. And there was so much Bullet Club! Well, that’s if House of Torture even still counts as Bullet Club, but then that just makes for a lot of House of Torture on this card, too. Awesome Triple Threat Tornado Tag for the Junior Tag titles, and the challengers all looked really close to winning, but it was fine for War Dogs to retain. Meanwhile, I oddly wasn’t sure Bishamon was going to win, but Goto & Hashi have proven to be solid in the ring and as characters, NJPW loves going to them so them winning was also fine.

A real shame about Yoh dislocating his shoulder and needing it popped back in right there at ringside, he and Sho were definitely going to have an awesome match. With the news of the BOSJ field, hopefully Yoh can still compete in that and get another chance. But at the same time, great moment for Douki and Fujita to not only confront Sho but to act like Sho might as well not even be the champion as we go into the tournament. Douki has been making that Yoshi-Hashi style rise from being the punchline to being a contender, it’d be awesome if Douki reached the later rounds in the BOSJ.

Really good tag match for Moxley & Shota to get a really good win. I actually really like Jack referencing the Young Bucks and CM Punk with that string of moves near the end there. “Scapegoat” as a gimmick is clearly an ongoing reference to #BrawlIn last year, and it’s only a matter of time before he goes back to really stick it to the EVPs. Great NEVER Openweight Championship, even with all the goofy overbooking and madness. Great win for Takagi, he brings this title back to LIJ and hopefully gets a redesigned belt or something to undo all the black paint Evil sprayed on the thing.

Then Kidd making his presence known, I can’t blame him for having that worked-shoot rant. I have also found it rather odd that, mostly through House of Torture, NJPW is doing things rather American style with the overbooking. And Kidd really makes a good point about Scapegoat Perry, not sure how Tony Khan got NJPW to agree to taking Jack with that kind of kayfabe behind the angle. Commentary mentioned Kidd taking on Eddie first, Windy City Riot I believe, no idea if Kidd takes the NJPW Strong title from Eddie after Eddie’s already lost all his other belts. But between sending Jack back to AEW and Kidd having beef with all these things as a whole, it’d be pretty cool if Kidd led Bullet Club War Dogs on some kind of Forbidden Door feud with other parts of Bullet Club as a whole.

And then just an amazing main event here tonight. Yota continues to look incredible in every singles match he has, this is definitely his best match yet. The fans were so strongly behind Yota for the majority of that match, I wouldn’t have blamed NJPW if they decided Yota should win here tonight. But instead, it’s still Naito, and that’s totally a great choice, too. Naito VS Moxley being for the title now is great stuff, that alone makes Windy City Riot worth the $20 USD extra. But that also makes for another busy weekend for me…

My Score: 9/10


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Will Daddy Magic & Cool Hand Ange never rise?

Matthew Menard & Angelo Parker got the band back together and want those ROH World Tag Team Championships! Will Mike Bennett stop them before they begin?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • ROH World Television Championship Proving Ground: Kyle Fletcher VS London Lightning; Kyle wins and denies London a title match.
  • The Workhorsemen VS Spanish Announce Project; The Workhorsemen win.
  • Nyla Rose VS Riea von Slasher; Nyla wins.
  • Satnam Singh VS Jimmy Jacobs; Singh wins.
  • Shane Taylor Promotions VS Jon Cruz & Artemis Spencer; Shane Taylor Promotions win.
  • Matthew Menard VS Mike Bennett w/ Matt Taven; Menard wins.
  • 8 Man Tag: Lee Johnson, Action Andretti & Top Flight VS Cole Karter, Griff Garrison & The Premier Athletes w/Mark Sterling; Lee, Action & Top Flight win.

PLAY BY PLAY

JD Drake speaks.

“Here I am again, just like I talked about the last time I was here: all by myself. Just because unfortunate circumstances happen doesn’t mean the work stops. So it’s time for me, I reckon, just like I said, to reach down, tighten up the bootstraps and get back to work. All by my lonesome.” But then Anthony Henry walks in! No more of that. Not today, not any day. They’ve been doing this since 2016, so they’ll keep doing this. So you know what time it is? Punch in, knock out! The Workhorsemen are riding together again, but will they get past the Spanish Announce Project?

 

ROH World Television Championship Proving Ground: Kyle Fletcher VS London Lightning!

The Aussie Arrow couldn’t help out Will Ospreay last night on Dynamite, but perhaps that was because Don Callis wanted him to be ready for tonight. Will Kyle prove he is The Protostar and the future of this business? Or will he be struck down by the Lightning?

The Code of Honor is not upheld as Kyle kicks the hand away, and the bell rings. The two circle, tie up, and go around. London wrenches but Kyle wrenches back. Kyle WRINGS the arm out, but London gets up fast. The fans taunt Kyle with “Your Hair’s Stupid!” Kyle just flips them off over his shoulder. The two tie up, Kyle gets around to waistlock and he SLAMS London down! Kyle flexes while London scrambles up. The two reset and feel things out, then tie up. London wrenches, Kyle spins and headlocks to hit the takeover! Kyle grinds but London endures. London fights up, powers out, then headlocks in return!

Kyle lifts, London fights the back suplex. Kyle powers through to back suplex but London lands on his feet! London ducks ‘n’ dodges then hurdles, to CROSSBODY! Cover, ONE!! Kyle is up but London ROCKS him with right hands! Kyle kicks low, ROCKS London back, and then whips. London reverses and JUMP KNEES! Kyle bails out, the fans rally for London, and London PLANCHAS! Direct hit, but Kyle manages to shrug off the impact! Kyle drags London back up to suplex and BRAINBUSTER to the floor! London writhes and Kyle smirks. Kyle soaks up the heat while the ring count climbs. Kyle leaves London behind at 10 of 20.

The fans rally for London, but we’re at 16! 17! London slowly rises at 18, staggers about, and slides in at 19.5! Kyle mockingly applauds, then he stomps London down! Then he KICKS London in the back! The fans rally, Kyle lines up a shot and BODY BLOWS! Kyle grinds his forearm into London, then CHOPS him! London staggers, but he comes back to kick! London CHOPS Kyle again and again and the fans fire up! London runs but Kyle ELBOWS him down! London writhes and the fans rally up, but Kyle grins as he stands over London. Kyle then scoops to SLAM! Kyle paces, the fans rally, and London staggers back up.

Kyle scoops and SLAMS again! Kyle mockingly applauds and waits on London. London stands, but into another scoop and SLAM! But London’s right up! London fires off haymakers but Kyle kicks low. Kyle whips, London ducks ‘n’ dodges ‘n’ dodges more to LARIAT! Then atomic drop! Kyle swings, but into another atomic drop! London SPLASHES in the corner, drop toeholds and gator rolls to a suplex! The fans fire up for London and he goes to a corner. London hops up, leaps, FALLING AX HANDLE! Cover, TWO! Kyle is still in this but London refocuses. London whips, but Kyle BOOTS him away!

Kyle runs at the corner, but Lnodon BOOTS back! London goes up, but Kyle GAMANGIRIS! London falls to the apron then the floor, but Kyle builds speed! Kyle DIVES and direct hit on London! Kyle puts London in, runs corner to corner, GAMANGIRI! And then suplex to the BRAINBUSTER!! Cover, TWO?!? London lives and Kyle argues the count! The ref says it was a fair count, two is two. The fans rally for London but London is in a daze. London sits up, but Kyle snarls. Kyle aims and KICKS! London falls over, but he sits up again. Kyle eggs London on, and KICKS again! London stays seated, so Kyle KICKS, but London blocks!

London ROCKS Kyle with forearm after forearm, but Kyle ROCKS him right back! London fires more forearms, but Kyle gives those all back! London ducks to fire another flurry! London runs, but Kyle BOOTS him! Kyle reels London in but London back drops! And sits on it! TWO!! Kyle swings, misses, London SPINEBUSTERS! London steps through and Canada goes wild for the SHARPSHOOTER! The fans are thunderous but Kyle endures and crawls his way over! ROPEBREAK! But London drags him back! We’re under 90 SECONDS! Kyle turns London to a cradle, TWO!! Both men stand up, SUPERKICK from Kyle!

Kyle reels London back in, for the PILEDRIVER!! Cover, Kyle wins!

Winner: Kyle Fletcher, by pinfall (denies London Lightning a title opportunity)

Literal last minute, but The Protostar puts this one away! Will Kyle Fletcher continue to prove he is the greatest ROH World Television Champion in history?

 

The Workhorsemen VS Spanish Announce Project!

We heard from JD Drake & Anthony Henry to start tonight, they’re both 100% and raring to go! But Angelico & Serpentico have been wanting after Cole Karter & Griff Garrison for one final fight. Who puts in the work and heads for the top?

The Code of Honor is upheld, teams sort out and we start with Scrap Metal and the South African Stud. They tie up, the fans rally, and Angelico wrenches to wristlock. JD endures, winds up, but Angelico catches him to a headlock. JD powers up and out, but Angelico rolls off JD’s back! JD hip tosses but Angelico makes it an arm-drag! JD runs up, RAMS Angelico, but Angelico rebounds and bypasses. JD blocks the hip toss to arm-drag for a cover! TWO, and JD sweeps to a cover! ONE, Angelico tries to sweep but JD’s too sturdy! JD kicks Angelico down, but Angelico avoids the senton! Angelico sweeps now, covers, ONE!

Both men stand up and the fans fire up! Angelico and JD reset, but then back up to their corners. The fans fire up as #SNAKEMAN and the Saint of Augusta tag in. Serpentico and Henry circle, tie up, and Henry wrenches. Serpentico rolls, wrenches, but Henry rolls and wrenches to slip around, spin Serpentico and snapmare him into a chinlock. The fans cheer the exchange, and Serpentico fights up. Serpentico pries free, wrenches Henry to a wristlock then snapmare, then ghost pin! TWO, and the two stand up. Serpentico  headlocks, Henry powers out, but Serpentico BOOTS him away! Then Serpentico goes up to RANA!

Things speed up, Henry turns arm-drag into takedown! Henry has a leg, Serpentico rolls and throws Henry, but Henry cartwheels through! Serpentico runs up, Henry drops down, arm-drags, but Serpentico arm-drags back! Henry hits a slick headlock takeover but Serpentico headscissors. Henry kips free, roles reverse as Serpentico hits the headlock takeover! Henry headscissors, Serpentico kips free, and both men handspring up! The fans fire up for the standoff! Serpentico nods, Henry is definitely 100%! They get all the fans fired up, then Henry BOOTS Serpentico! Henry mockingly gives a thumbs up to then give a thumbs down.

Henry runs up to forearm SMASH in the corner, tag to JD! LARAIT, NECK TWIST and slingshot SENTON! The Workhorsemen BLAST Angelico, then JD mocks the string tugging! JD drags Serpentico up but Serpentico CHOPS! JD doesn’t flinch, then he CHOPS Serpentico down! The fans “WOO~!” and even Henry checks on Serpentico. He’s okay! The fans want that “One More Time!” so JD stands Serpentico up in a corner, to JAB! JD shakes his head, he won’t do what the fans want. JD whips, then CHOPS after all! Serpentico sputters, JD tags Henry in, and Henry says he’s got one. Henry snapmares Serpentico to KICK him!

Tag to JD, and JD stomps Serpentico’s ribs. JD drags Serpentico up, CHOPS, but Serpentico DOUBLE CHOPS! And CHOPS! JD CHOPS, Serpentico CHOPS, repeat! Serpentico RODCKS Henry, ROCKS JD, then goes up to TORNADO DDT! The fans fire up while both men are down! JD and Serpentico crawl, hot tag to Henry! Henry gets Serpentico’s leg, but Serpentico BOOTS him away! Hot tag to Angelico! The fans fire up as Angelico rallies on the Workhorsemen! Henry gets around, JD runs up, but Angelico BOOTS JD and RAMS Henry into buckles! Angelico arm-drags Henry, then uses him as a step to FLYING LARIAT JD!

The fans fire up but Henry SOBATS! Angelico ROCKS Henry! Angelico then eggs Henry on, gets him for a strike fest, then fires up with the fans! Angelico whips, Henry reverses but Angelico rolls off Henry’s back! Henry jumps the sweep but the EDDY GORDO KICK hits! Cover, TWO! Angelico calls to Serpentico, ROCKS Henry, then tags in Serpentico. The fans rally as Angelico gets Henry up, BACK SUPLEX AX HANDLE COMBO! Then Angelico holds the ropes open so Serpentico can DIVE onto JD! Down goes JD at the ramp and the fans fire up! Angelico gets Henry up, clinches, FLATLINER! Serpentico goes up again, but GRIFF & KARTER are here!

The SAP get distracted by Maria’s baby boys, Henry trips Serpentico up! JD gets in to clinch and BELLY2BELLY Angelico right outta the ring! Henry runs to METEORA Serpentico! Feed to JD, WORKIN’ NINE TO FIVE! Cover, Workhorsemen win!

Winners: The Workhorsemen, by pinfall

Give the assist to Griff & Karter, and they mug Angelico! They know SAP wants revenge but they’re striking first! The fans boo, but now they beat up on Serpentico! Griff gets a chair! Karter drags Serpentico up, Griff takes aim, but Angelico anchors Karter! Serpentico mule kicks Griff! Serpentico gets the chair, but Griff dodges the chair shot! Only for Angelico to send him into steel steps! SAP stand tall tonight, will they be the ones on top at the end of this war?

 

Matthew Menard speaks.

“Now, a lot of you guys gotta be wondering, ‘Daddy Magic, this is a tag team situation, where’s your tag team partner?’ That is a great question. And the answer: I have no idea! I dunno if he’s got a Lamaze class, I dunno if he’s got a little morning sickness, NO idea what the problem is. But I’ll tell you this right now, what I do know, is that tonight, I got a gigantic opportunity in front of me. So Mike Bennett, you little Bean Town B*TCH! We’re in Canada tonight, baby! And I’ll tell ya this: Daddy Magic gets a win over you in the middle of that ring, Cool Hand Ange, Daddy Magic, we got a opportunity at the tag team championships. And THAT, that makes Daddy Magic’s nipples hard.”

 

ROH hears from Marina Shafir.

The Problem is back in the MMA gym, sharpening her skills. “My father was a calculated man. He taught me that in life, you’re gonna have a lot of problems. Some will be big, and others will be small. Some you’ll see coming, and others will sneak up right behind you. He showed me how problems are resilient, moldable, and relentless. So he taught me to become my own problem. And now, I’m gonna teach you.” Marina takes her son’s hand, and the next generation begins here. Will Marina be a Problem the rest of the ROH Women’s Division cannot solve?

 

Matthew Menard VS Mike Bennett w/ Matt Taven!

Daddy Magic spoke his mind earlier but now it’s time to take action! Will Menard win some golden tickets for him and Cool Hand Ange? Or will The Kingdom nip this challenge in the bud?

The Code of Honor is upheld, but Menard holds on at the bell. Bennett gets mad, kicks low, reels Menard in, but Menard back drops free! The fans fire up while Bennett bails out. Menard is fired up, too, but he waits on the “Beat Town B*tch!” Bennett says that’s unnecessary. Bennett slides in, he eggs Menard on but the fans are all behind “DADDY MAGIC!” Bennett frowns, especially as Menard revels in the cheers. Menard tells Taven to kiss his ass! The fans cheer that, and Menard circles with Bennett. They tie up, go around, and Bennett headlocks for the takeover. Bennett says kiss HIS ass! Menard endures the grind and fights up.

Menard powers up and out of the hold, but Bennett runs him over! Bennett flexes, the fans boo, then thinsg speed up. Menard sets up but Bennett reels him in! But Menard back drops after all! Then he clotheslines Bennett up and out! The fans fire up, Taven checks Bennett, and Menard storms out after Bennett to RAM him into the barriers! The fans fire up as Menard rains down fists against the barriers! The fans count to TEN, then Menard lets off to tell Taven off! But Bennett mule kicks! Menard sputters, Bennett whips, but Menard reverses and Bennett hits steel steps! Menard storms after Bennett, drags him up, and SMACKS him off the commentary desk!

Bennett staggers, Menard ROCKS him! And ROCKS him again! Taven talks trash and that distracts Menard, Bennett ROCKS him! Bennett whips, Menard reverses, but Bennett rebounds to CLOBBER Menard! Bennett says night night while relaxing on the apron. Then Bennett refreshes the count, gets Menard up and whips him into steel steps! Bennett takes a bow, blows kisses, then drags Menard up and into the ring. Cover, ONE! Menard is still in this but Bennett stays on him with a chinlock. The fans rally for “DADDY MAGIC!” and he fights up! Menard fires body shots and forearms! Menard runs, but Bennett DROPKICKS him down!

Taven applauds but the fans boo. Menard swipes at Taven, Bennett drags Menard up to CLUB him down. Bennett CLUBS Menard again, snapmares, then clamps on another chinlock. Menard endures, even as Bennett squeezes tight and leans on him. The fans rally, Menard fights up again and he throws body shots. Menard ROCKS Bennett, whips, but Bennett stops to KICK the back drop! Then ROLLING ELBOW, and Bennett reels Menard in! But again, back drop! Menard sits on the sunset, TWO!! Bennett finishes the sunset, ONE!! Menard hurries but Bennett gets him for a KIMURA! The fans rally as Menard endures the double wristlock!

Menard fights around, Bennett hooks a leg to slow him down. Menard gets the legs free, reaches out, and the fans continue to rally up! ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Bennett lets go, and Taven even tugs at the ropes! The ref reprimands Taven, Bennett looms over Menard and tells the fans to kiss his ass! Bennett stands Menard up, reels him in, but Menard fights the piledriver again! Bennett fires knee after knee, then tries once more! Menard fights it still, so Bennett gives him more knees! But Menard DUMPS Bennett up and out of the ring! Taven checks Bennett while the fans fire up! Menard catches his breath, heads out and he follows Bennett up the ramp.

Bennett mule kicks Menard again! Bennett reels Menard in one more time, but Menard back drops him onto the ramp! Bennett writhes and flounders his way back down the ramp and Taven says the piledriver is no longer worth it. Just finish Menard with some other move. Taven helps Bennett back to ringside and gets him in at 15 of 20. Menard hurries as Taven wants the count go go faster, and Menard storms in at 17! Bennett runs up to ROCK Menard! Menard ROCKS Bennett! The forearms go back and forth, harder and harder! The fans rally as they pick up speed, too! Menard fires a flurry and then he climbs up in a corner!

The fans fire up as Menard rains down fists! Menard goes all the way to TEN! Menard hops down, whips Bennett corner to corner, then runs up, but into an ELBOW! Bennett goes up, leaps, but Menard catches the dropkick! Menard turns Bennett, for the BOSTON CRAB! Bennett endures as Menard sits deep! Taven coaches Bennett, then gets on the apron! The ref reprimands, Menard swings but Taven gets away! But Bennett fireman’s carries, DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Menard survives and the fans fire up! Bennett and Taven are both shocked, but Bennett goes to a corner. Menard stands, Bennett runs in, but Menard KICKS him first!

Menard reels Bennett in, DDT! Cover, TWO! Bennett gets out of that, and Taven slides a tag title into the ring! The ref gets that belt outta there, but Taven slides in! Bennett grabs Menard with chicken wings, and Taven pours something out of a little bag! But Menard ducks, POCKET SAND goes into Bennett! Menard says here it comes! CUTTER for Taven! CUTTER for Bennett!! Cover, MENARD WINS!!

Winner: Matthew Menard, by pinfall

The Kingdom tried to get tricky, but they only messed themselves up! Menard wins big for him and Parker, but Taven CLOBBERS Menard! The fans boo as Taven stomps away! Bennett goes outside to grab the other tag title! Taven sets Menard up for the BELT SHOT!! They’re just lucky Parker is busy on his honeymoon with Ruby Soho. But will Menard & Parker ever rise to the occasion and take those titles from The Kingdom?

 

Backstage interview with Athena & Billie Starkz.

Lexy Nair is with the ROH Women’s World & ROH Women’s World Television Champions, and says this is an Emergency Minion Empowerment Meeting. Queen Aminata put her hands on Athena AGAIN! She has embarrassed MIT and this is ridiculous! Billie says hold on, boss, because Billie’s got something to say. “These girls wanna talk, talk, talk like it’s their show. This is MIT’s show! This is her show!” Lexy points to herself but Athena says Billie of course means Athena. Billie says if Aminata wants to throw hands, then catch some, too! Lexy says, “Baddest one hits first!”

Billie also tells Red Velvet that while she likes to talk, talk, talk, what has she really done since coming here? Athena says NOTHING. And they get it, they attacked the top of the food chain cuz they’re struggling to stay relevant. Well, Athena is glad they stepped up. Velvet & Aminata can call themselves whatever they want. They can say they’re juicy, say that they’re queens, but at the end of the day, they can never say that they are champions. Belt clink! So how about you stir that up, b*tch!? Let’s go. Athena & Billie head out, then they pull Lexy along. Will no one ever dethrone the Fallen Goddess and her protege?

 

8 Man Tag: Lee Johnson, Action Andretti & Top Flight VS Cole Karter, Griff Garrison & The Premier Athletes w/ Mark Sterling!

While Menard & Parker want after the tag titles, so do all eight of these men! Big Shotty joins up with The Sight to See & The Martin Brothers against Maria’s baby boys and Smart Mark’s stable, who will hit the mark and climb up the ROH ranks?

The teams sort out and Darius Martin starts against Ariya Daivari. They keep the Code of Honor juts barely, and the bell rings. They circle, tie up, and Darius headlocks. Darius hits the headlock takeover, Daivari fights up, and Daivari powers up and out. Darius rolls over the dropdown, keeps moving, and turns hip toss into backslide! TWO, but Darius wrenches to hook and roll for a cover, TWO! Daivari gets up but into an arm-drag! The fans rally, Daivari fights up and pulls hair! The ref reprimands but Daivari RAMS Darius into the corner. Daivari CHPOS, then tags Tony Nese. The Premier Athletes mug Darius, then Nese puts Darius in a corner.

Nese grinds a forearm into Darius’ face, the ref counts, and Nese lets off. Nese runs in, Darius goes up and over to DROPKICK! Darius storms up on Nese, tags Action, and they snapmare to then KICK, basement dropkick, and cover, TWO! Action stays cool but Sterling protests, there’s something in those boots! Action drags Nese up, but Nese pulls hair! Nese puts Action in the corner, smothers him, but lets off as the ref counts. Nese ELBOWS Action, whips corner to corner, but Action goes up and over. Action keeps moving, he ducks ‘n’ dodges, then tilt-o-whirls to RANA! Nese staggers up into a DROPKICK!

The fans fire up and Action runs, IMPLODER TORNILLO! Cover, TWO! The fans rally, Daivari coaches Nese, but Action brings Nese up. Nese gets free to throat chop! Nese ROCKS Action, bumps him off buckles then fires body shots! Tag to Karter and he brings Action around. Karter CLUBS Action, suplexes him, and holds him up! But Action slips free! Action waistlocks, Karter switches, but Action slides under, leaps over, tag to Lee! Big Shotty gets around to headlock, but Karter powers up and out. Lee goes up and over, shoots around again, shoves and hurdles, then drops to DROPKICK! Griff runs up, but Lee DROPKICKS him, too!

Nese runs in, Lee dodges and LARIATS! The fans fire up, Lee beats his chest, and he takes aim at everyone on the outside! Sterling freaks out, PLANCHA for Daivari! Lee turns around, Nese CLOBBERS him! Top Flight is kept back by the ref and Nese puts Lee in for Karter to stomp away! Karter drags Lee up, bumps him off buckles, then tags Griff. They mug Lee, then the Ivy League MVP scoops Lee for SLAM! Cover, ONE, but Griff clamps on a chinlock. The fans rally for “TOP FLIGHT! SHOTTY!” Tag to Nese, he and Griff mug Lee, then Nese CHOPS! Nese taunts Top Flight, but when did Dante grab Karter’s “I <3 Hot Moms” shirt?

Nese fires off on Lee, but Lee fires back! Daivari grabs Lee and Nese DROPKICKS! The ref reprimands but Daivari tags in. The Premier Athletes fires off hands on Lee! The ref reprimands, the fans boo, but Sterling tells the fans to shut up. Daivari scoops Lee, carries him around, then SLAMS him! Daivari stomps Lee, stays between him and Top Flight, then stomps him. Daivari spins Lee around, stomps him again, and Lee writhes. Tag to Griff, he and Daivari stomp Lee, then Griff shoves Dante! The ref keeps Dante back, Griff brings Lee up and over to his corner. Tag to Daivari, the mugging continues and Lee clutches his ribs.

Daivari snapmares Lee, then KNEES him in the back! Daivari clamps on a chinlock, then grinds Lee into the mat, The fans rally as Lee endures, but Sterling says to shut up! Lee fights up, fires body shots, but Daivari ROCKS him! Lee ROCKS Daivari, repeat! They go back and forth, faster and faster! Lee fires shot after shot, but Daivari blocks the kick! The ENZIGIRI hits! Both men are down, they crawl for the corners, hot tag to Nese! Nese STOMPS Lee first! Nese keeps Lee from Top Flight, taunts the fans, and suplexes, only for Lee to slip free! Lee hits a BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Both men are down and the fans fire back up!

Lee crawls, Sterling shouts for Nese to tag out! Hot tags to Griff and Dante! Angel Dorado goes up and over Griff, BLASTS the rest, then he fires off hands on Griff! The fans fire up as Dante hammers away on Griff! Dante roars, drags Griff up and whips, but Griff reverses. Griff runs in, Dante slips out, up and over, then GAMANGIRIS! Dante then goes up and up and springboard CROSSBODIES! Cover, TWO! Dante takes off the shirt, uses it to block Karter’s boot, and LARIATS Karter down! Dante shows off the shirt, and says OLE as Griff runs in! Dante BLASTS Griff, then calls in Top Flight and Lee!

The fans fire up as all four men take aim, Dante and Action build speed, STEREO TOPES AND STEREO PLANCHAS!! Direct hits all around and the fans are thunderous! Dante gets Griff in, spins him and hits the INVERTED GUT WRENCH! Cover, Nese & Daivari break it! Everyone jumps in and it is a brawl! The Premier Athletes TOSS Darius, TOSS Lee, and stomp away on Action! They double whip Action, but he handsprings to DOUBLE BACK ELBOW! Action kips up and nods, but Karter storms up! Karter whips, Action goes to the apron then ROCKS Karter! Action goes up but Karter trips him up!

Action tumbles down, but Dante climbs! Griff runs up, Dante drops back to GAMANGIRI! Dante goes back up, aims, but Sterling gets on the apron! The ref argues with him, and Griff trips Dante up! Griff drags Dante down, Karter goes looking for something! Karter slips a chair into the ring! The chair is wedged into a corner, then Griff & Karter stomp on Dante. But here’s SERPENTICO! He undoes the chair and Sterling is furious! Karter storms out after Serpentico, but now Serpentico has that chair! Karter backs off, Griff turns around into a JUMP KNEE! Dante brings Griff around, half nelson for the SWINGING BOMB! Cover, Top Flight wins!

Winner: Lee Johnson, Action Andretti & Top Flight, by pinfall

Spanish Announce Project get their revenge already tonight as they make sure Maria’s baby boys get nothing! Will Big Shotty and the high-flyers be cruising towards title opportunities?


My Thoughts:

A very nice episode of ROH at just 69 minutes. Good squash wins in the middle of the episode, and very good promo from Athena & Billie to call out Aminata & Velvet, thereby setting up each of those title matches for… Wow, it’s probably gonna be Death Before Dishonor in two months? That’s Tony Khan’s pacing for ya. Great return from injury for Anthony Henry, but I do appreciate they protected SAP’s loss by having Karter & Griff interfere. Great 8 Man Tag main event to also flip things around so that SAP make sure Karter & Griff lose. SAP VS Griff & Karter needs to have its true blowoff once and for all, a ladder match for Serpentico’s mask. Next week can announce it, then the week after that it happens so that both teams move on for the summer.

Great promo from Menard to hype up the really good match between him and Bennett. Great win for Menard, he and Parker are surely getting their shot at the tag titles, but I don’t know if they can wait two months for Death Before Dishonor. They can have the tag title match in a couple weeks, Kingdom cheats to retain, tag title contender build in June to determine challenges for DBD. And great Proving Ground from Kyle and London, but of course Kyle wins. Kyle still has a part to play in this Don Callis story, here’s hoping he stays on Ospreay’s side and they become United Empire in AEW while for whatever reason, Cassidy joins Don Callis.

My Score: 8.6/10


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Mitchell’s NJPW Best of the Super Juniors Results & Report! (5/22/24)

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A Block Round 7, but B Block Round 6!

It’s a little complicated, but A Block’s going again while B Block’s getting back up. Point is, Best of the Super Juniors 31 is in the home stretch!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

Here are the current A Block standings!

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

 

BREAKING NEWS for Francesco Akira!

As reported by NJPW just yesterday, The Nova Fireball’s knee injury has taken him out of the tournament. The remaining matches he was scheduled to have will now be scored as “loss by forfeit,” and the points have already been awarded. Therefore…

Here are the NEW B Block standings!

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

 

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

El Inmortal is still alive in the block, but the Ichiban Young Punk needs this win! The Mighty Don’t Kneel, but do they still fall short? Or will Fujita ruin Titan’s chances of returning to the finals?

The bell rings, they tie up, then break. They tie up again, Fujita wrenches and wrenches and wristlocks. Titan rolls, kips up, bridges back to handspring again, then he arm-drags free. Fujita runs up into a sweep, cover, ONE! Fujita sweeps to cover, ONE! Titan kips up again and the fans cheer. Titan and Fujita reset, tie up, and Titan trips Fujita. Titan runs, cartwheels over Fujita, then dodges him, Fujita stops himself, Titan runs in but Fujita puts him on the apron. Titan blocks a punch to GAMANGIRI! Titan springboards to CROSSBODY! The fans fire up and Titan DROPKICKS Fujita down!

Fujita bails out, Titan builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit and Young Lions keep Fujita from hitting the front row! Titan clutches his arm, it still beat up from last night. Titan roars and rises up, and the fans rally behind him. Titan drags Fujita up, puts him in the ring, and then covers, TWO! Fujita’s still in this and the fans applaud. Titan stomps Fujita, drags him up, and then fireman’s carries. Fujita fights free, fires a forearm, but Titan gives it back. They go back and forth, the fans rally up, and Fujita kicks low. Fujita throws forearms, but Titan SUPERKICKS! Fujita HEEL KICKS! Fujita runs, but Titan goes Matrix to dodge!

Titan then CALF KICKS and whips. Fujita reverses to LEG LARIAT! The fans fire up while both men are down! Fujita goes to ropes on one side, Titan goes to the other. Fujita runs in to STRADDLE ATTACK! Fujita keeps moving and he PENALTY KICKS! Cover, TWO! The fans fire up and Fujita drags Titan up. Fujita ROCKS Titan, whips, but Titan blocks. Fujita ROCKS Titan, whips him but Titan reverses to TORNADO DDT! The fans fire up again and rally as Titan pounds the mat. Titan roars and rises, then drags Fujita around to step through and deathlock! But Fujita rolls it back, slips free, and he hooks Titan up now! CROSS CAMEL!

Titan reaches out, but Fujita gets the arms! QUEEN ANGELITO, but Titan fights to the ROPEBREAK! The fans fire up and Fujita roars! Fujita goes to a corner, aims at Titan and runs in, but Titan BOOTS! Fujita blocks that to ROCK Titan with a forearm! Fujita runs but Titan follows! LOCO LARIAT! The fans fire up and Titan goes to the apron! Titan climbs the corner, DIVING- NO, Fujita avoids the stomps! Titan comes back, but Fujita GERMAN SUPLEXES! Fujita can’t keep the bridge because of the bad arm, but he just deadlifts Titan for another GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging this time, TWO! Titan survives but Fujita isn’t done!

Fujita waistlocks again, deadlifts again, but Titan fights the suplex with elbows! Titan runs, wheelbarrows, then rolls through to get the legs! Deathlock, JAVE INMORTAL!! Fujita endures, but now it’s the STRAITJACKET! Fujita quits, Titan wins!!

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

Titan’s been on a roll with that devastating hold! Will El Inmortal return to the finals and take the trophy home? Will Fujita just have to settle to being a spoiler in these remaining rounds?

 

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

The Sniper of the Skies gets free points from Francesco Akira’s misfortune, but the Infinity Carat Diamond is out of luck. Will Dia shift into spoiler mode and ruin things for Robbie? Or will Eagles still fly high towards the top of the block?

The fans rally and duel already, and Eagles tries to figure out who is getting more. The bell rings, the two rush in, but then back off. Eagles has Dia take it easy, and they circle. Eagles gest a leg, trips Dia and rolls to get the RON MILLER SPECIAL! Dia gets the ROPEBREAK, the fans cheer and Eagles slowly lets off. Eagles slaps Dia around, whips but Dia blocks to CHOP! The fans cheer and Dia whips. Eagles blocks now, so Dia CHOPS again! Eagles drops to a knee, but Dia brings him up to whip. Eagles reverses to go up and around an darm-drag! Things speed up. Eagles hurdles but Dia hurdles back.

Dia runs, ducks the boot and tilt-o-whirl arm-drags! Then he DROPKICKS Eagles out! Eagles rewinds and RANAS! Dia runs up but into a WHEEL KICK! Eagles kips up, Dia bails out, and the fans rally up! Eagles builds speed but has to stop as Dia slides in! Dia fakes the plancha, mule kicks, then ASAI MOONSAULTS! Direct hit but Dia holds onto a knee. Dia shakes it out and fires up as he walks over. The fans applaud and Dia gets Eagles in the ring. Dia hops in, goes up, and aims for D D D- NO, Eagles moves, the leg jams, and then Eagles CHOP BLOCKS! Dia writhes and the fans duel a bit more as Eagles storms over to Dia.

Eagles and the fans get a “ROBBIE ROBBIE ROBBIE!” “OI OI OI!” going! “ROBBIE ROBBIE ROBBIE!” “OI OI OI!” “ROBBIE!” “OI!” “ROBBIE!” “OI!” “ROBBIE ROBBIE ROBBIE!” “OI OI OI!” The fans cheer and Eagles brings Dia around to step through and tie up the legs in a deathlock. Eagles then uses Dia as a skateboard! Eagles then SNAP LOCKS, and he lets Dia go. Dia clutches that leg, Eagles scuffs him and eggs him on. Dia CHOPS back, but Eagles eggs him on. Dia CHOPS again, so Eagles DRAGON SLEEPERS! Dia fights up, throws shots from below and gets free. But Eagles dropkicks the bad leg!

The fans rally as Dia crawls but Eagles is on him. Eagles sits Dia up to KICK! And KICK! And KICKS! Dia gets mad, Eagles pie faces and LEG LARIATS! Dia is folded up and the fans fire up. Eagles pounds the mat, the fans clap along, and he goes corner to corner, but Dia dodges the double knees! Dia goes to the apron, GAMANGIRIS, then avoids the low 619! Dia trips Eagles to slingshot TORNILLO SPLASH! The fans fire up and Eagles goes to ropes. Dia runs in to 619! Eagles staggers, Dia runs up to tilt-o-whirl and DEJA VU SPIKE! Eagles falls over, Dia STANDING MOONSAULTS! Cover, TWO!

The fans fire up and Dia stands Eagles up. Dia runs, rolls, but no Reptilians here! Eagles rolls Dia to a schoolboy bridge, TWO! RON MILLER- BOOT! Dia is free to SOBAT, but Eagles blocks! Eagles reels Dia in, TURBO- NO, Dia goes up and around, MYSTERIO RANA! Cover, TWO!! Eagles survives but Dia goes to the corner! Dia runs back in, rolls and REPTILIAN- NO, Eagles fireman’s carries! But Dia fights it to the REPTILIAN KAI! Cover, TWO!! Eagles survives and the fans are thunderous! Dia roars, and he goes to the corner! Dia climbs, aims, and D D D D- NO! Eagles stops the 4DT, ties up the legs, and DOUBLE KNEE CRUSHERS!

Eagles SUPERKICKS Dia down, goes out then up, for the 450 onto legs! Dia writhes, Eagles steps through to RON MILLER SPECIAL!! Dia flails, reaches out, but Eagles drags him from ropes! Dia TAPS, Eagles wins!

Winner: Robbie Eagles, by submission (gains 2 points; Dia earns 0)

Dia still has the goose egg in his win column after being shot down by The Sniper! Will Dia ever get points on the board? Will Eagles be unstoppable on his rise to the top?

 

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

This is truly a make or break moment for Black Mask and Heel Master. Only one man can stay alive in the block, who will do whatever it takes to win?

But as Bushi is introduced, Kanemaru attacks! The fans boo as Kanemaru stomps Bushi on the floor! Kanemaru drags Bushi up, POSTS Him, and Bushi falls in a heap. Kanemaru stomps Bushi, drags him up, puts him in the ring, and the bell rings. Kanemaru whips Bushi then dropkicks Bushi’s legs out. Kanemaru grabs the bad leg to SMASH the knee on the mat! Kanemaru then drags Bushi to the corner, and he SLAMS the leg into the post! The ref reprimands, Bushi flops out of the ring, and the fans rally up. Kanemaru stomps Bushi, leaves him behind, and the fans rally as Bushi sits up.

Bushi wants to get in the ring but Kanemaru is near the ropes. The ref has Kanemaru give Bushi space and Bushi slides in. Kanemaru goes right after Bushi with stomps! Kanemaru takes Bushi’s shirt away then stomps away some more. Kanemaru drags Bushi and drops an elbow on the knee! Kanemaru has the toehold, Bushi endures, and Bushi drags Kanemaru along to the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Kanemaru lets go at 4. Kanemaru stomps Bushi to a corner, then drags him up. Kanemaru whips corner to cornre but Bushi barely makes it. Kanemaru runs in but Bushi BOOTS him! And then PENDULUM- NO, Kanemaru stops the kicks!

Kanemaru drags Bushi in, whips him again, but Bushi holds ropes. Kanemaru runs in, Bushi puts him on the apron! Bushi dropkicks the legs out! The fans rally and Bushi WRECKS Kanemaru with another dropkick! The fans rally again, Bushi builds speed, but Kanemaru’s back to dropkick the legs out! Bushi bails out, Kanemaru pursues and he grabs the bad leg. Kanemaru SMASHES the knee on the floor! Kanemaru leaves Bushi behind and the ring count begins. Bushi is still down at 5 of 20, sits up at 8, and rises up at 11. Bushi shakes out the bad leg, hobbles around at 16, and slides in at 18! Kanemaru dropkicks the leg agian!

Kanemaru drags Bushi around, steps through, but Bushi kicks him away! Kanemaru kicks again but Bushi blocks, CLUBS the leg, then dropkicks it out! Bushi gets his own leg moving, runs, but Kanemaru uses the ref as a shield! Bushi moves him aside, Kanemaru blocks the kick! Kanemaru ducks the enzigiri, but not the REWIND HEEL! The fans fire up as Bushi runs up again. CODE- NO, Kanemaru stops the Code Breaker, and then THROWS Bushi at the ref! Kanemaru gets the leg and he SMASHES the knee! The fans boo but Kanemaru goes for his whiskey! Kanemaru doesn’t bother with a sip, he just takes aim! BOTTLE SMASH to the leg!

Kanemaru steps through, but gets BLACK MIST!! Kanemaru staggers around blind, and Bushi goes up! M X!! Cover, BUSHI WINS!

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

The Black Mask gets the better of the Heel Master, and now Kanemaru is DONE! With no chance at a top spot, will Kanemaru just have to settle for being a spoiler? Can Bushi make that dark horse run at the top a reality?

 

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

The Timesplitter leads the block, but time could be running out. Plus, 44 Caliber is aiming for the kill, will he hit the mark? Or can Kushida avoid disaster and head Back to the Future?

Kushida’s on the corner for his introduction, but Drilla rushes him! Kushida jumps up an dover, rolls through and then dodges Drilla’s boot! Drilla fires haymakers, but so does Kushida! Kushida whips, Drilla reverses, and the bell rings right before Kushida FLYING FOREARMS Drilla! The fans are all fired up as Kushida dumps Drilla out, then runs. Drilla avoids the baseball slide, but Kushida keeps him from sliding away. Drilla keeps Kushida from sliding in, and spins him around, for a DRAPING DDT to the floor! The ref reprimands then checks Kushida. The fans rally up, Drilla finally takes his own vest off, and he looms over Kushida.

The ref wants this in the ring, Drilla mocks Kushida checking his watch, and Drilla leaves Kushida behind. Kushida grits his teeth as he clutches a shoulder, and the ring count climbs. Drilla paces, a wild dog behind the fence as it were. Kushida is still down at 10 of 20, even Drilla dares Kushida to get up. Kushida rises at 15 and slides in at 16. Drilla drags Kushida up for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, ONE!! Kushida is still in this and the fans applaud. Drilla digs a boot into Kushida’s neck and shoulder, and he pulls on Kushida’s head! The ref counts as Drilla claws at Kushida’s eyes! Drilla lets go at 4, and Kushida crawls.

Drilla stalks Kushida, drags him up and CLUBS him on the neck! Drilla stalks Kushida around, then CHOKES him on the ropes! The ref counts, Drilla lets off at 4, and Drilla backs the ref down to a corner. Drilla then goes back for Kushida, drags him up and hooks him up for a chinbar style abdominal stretch! Kushida endures, pries free and throws elbows. Kushida kicks but Drilla dodges! Drilla drops down for a headlock but Kushida headscissors for the cradle! TWO!! Drilla CLOBBERS Kushida! Kushida bails out, finally takes his own vest off, but Drilla is there to RAM him into the apron! Drilla UPPERCUTS Kushida, then follows him around the corner.

Drilla storms up on Kushida, UPPERCUTS again, but Kushida gets in Drilla’s face now. Drilla CHOPS, then KICKS, then he clamps on that chinbar! Kushida endures, the ref reprimands, and Drilla ELBOWS Kushida down. Drilla leaves Kushida behind again and demands a ring count. The count begins, Kushida stands at 3 and slides in at 4. The fans rally up but Drilla ROCKS Kushida with a right. Drilla mocks Kushida, Kushida snarls but Drilla fires more forearms! The fans rally, Kushida storms back up and fires forearms of his own! They go back and forth, Drilla pie faces Kushida, so Kushida fires a flurry!

But Drilla gets under, spins Kushida, but Kushida ducks to then get the arm! Drilla steps over and ENZIGIRIS! But the FASTBALL hits back! The fans fire up for the Masahiro Tanaka and we’re at the five minute mark. Kushida STOMPS Drilla’s hands! Kushida eggs Drilla on, baits him into an ELBOW, then goes up to QUEBRADA! Kushida then hurries back up, for a MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Drilla’s tough and the fans rally up, but Kushida clamps onto the fingers! Drilla breaks free but Kushida KICKS and KICKS and KICKS! Drilla falls and goes to a corner while the fans fire up again. Kushida powers up, runs in, and SHOTEIS!

Kushida puts Drilla up top, climbs, but Drilla slips under! CHOP to the leg! Drilla then drags Kushida off the corner into DRILLA- NO, Kushida slips free! But Drilla ducks the buzzsaw! Roll up, TWO! Kushida leaps on, but Drilla pushes the Hoverboard away. Kushida comes back to RAM that bad arm! Then he jumps on, HOVER- NO, SPINEBUSTER! And DOUBLE STOMP ELBOW DROP COMBO! Kushida flounders out of the ring and Drilla pursues. Kushida still wants the arm, but Drilla RAMS him into the apron! Drilla follows Kushida to the corner and grabs for him, but Kushida YANKS Drilla into the post first!

Kushida YANKS Drilla into the post again, and then goes up the corner! Kushida pulls Drilla’s arm into the crossbar! The ref counts, Kushida lets go, and Drilla drops back. The ring count starts, the fans rally, but both men are still outside at 10. Drilla drags himself up but the bad arm lets go of the ropes! Kushida is in at 15, Drilla rises at 17! Drilla shakes out the bad arm, and rolls in at 19! Kushida PENALTY KICKS the bad arm! Kushida whips then hip tosses! Cartwheel and DROPKICK! Drilla staggers, Kushida gest the arm, KIMURA! Drilla endures, fights up, but now it’s the HOVERBOARD!! Drilla flails, reaches out, tries to stack, TWO!!

Kushida lets Drilla go and Drilla CHOPS! Kushida PELES! Drilla wobbles, Kushida whips, but Drilla reverses. Kushida handsprings but into DRILLA KILLA!! Cover, DRILLA WINS!!

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

Kushida tried to make Drilla into a one-armed man, but it wasn’t enough to stop him! Is Kushida’s comeback running out of time? Will the Best of the Super Juniors end up being an Abunai Gaijin?

 

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

The Jet is squarely in the middle of the block right alongside the GHC National Champion. But will Knight be able to take flight? Or will he be left in the Silence of Darkness?

The bell rings and the fans rally up as the two stare down. They slowly circle, Hayata avoids Knight’s leg pick, and the two tie up. They’re in a deadlock, but Knight wrenches then wristlocks. Hayata wrenches back, but Knight rolls handsprings, and wrenches gain. Knight snapmares then drops a knee on the arm! The fans cheer and Knight keeps on the armlock. Knight brings Hayata up, wrenches again, then cording holds. Hayata slips through, wrenches, but Knight slips through to headlock for the takeover. Hayata headscissors, Knight kips free and the fans cheer. The two reset, circle, and they tie up.

Hayata trips Knight, things speed up, and Knight hurdles, hurdles, then follows. Hayata sidesteps but Knight goes up and over. Knight then arm-drags Hayata, arm-drags again, then runs up and springboards to FLYING arm-drag! The fans fire up and Hayata bails out. Knight aims, but has to stop the plancha as Hayata moves aside. Knight lands on the apron, jumps again, but Hayata YANKS him down! The fans cheer and rally up while Hayata shakes out the arms. Hayata brings Knight up, POSTS him, then brings him back up. Hayata headlocks Knight, brings him around and POSTS him again! The fans are torn but Hayata stalks Knight.

The ring count starts, Hayata drags Knight up at 5 of 20, then into the ring at 7. The fans applaud, and Hayata stalks Knight more. Hayata stomps Knight, CLUBS him, then snapamres. Hayata runs to basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Knight is still in this, the fans rally, but Hayata clamps on with a headlock. Hayata grinds Knight down but Knight endures. The fans rally as Knight fights up, only for Hayata to wrangle him back down! Knight pries at the hold, fights up, and throws body shots. Hayata CLAWS the eyes! The ref reprimands but Hayata whips Knight to ropes. Knight hurdles over the lariat to then PELE! The fans fire up while both men are down!

Knight crawls to a corner as the fans rally. Knight runs back in at Hayata, to STINGER SPLASH! Then a whip and DROPKICK! Hayata bails out again, and the fans fire up as Knight kips up! Knight builds speed, slides as Hayata moves, then goes to the corner for the PLANCHA! Direct hit and Knight shouts “TSUYOI~!” The fans cheer and even high-five Knight, and he gets Hayata up and in the ring. Knight aims, springboards, but Hayata dodges! Knight comes back, to SKY 2 HIGH! Cover, TWO! Hayata survives and the fans fire up again! Knight watches Hayata stir and the fans rally. Knight runs up, SATELLITE- NO, Hayata stops the DDT!

Knight kicks, whips, but Hayata reverses to arm-drag! And atomic drop! Hayata runs and BULLDOGS Knight down! The fans still rally, Hayata BASEMENT ENZIGIRIS! Cover, TWO! Knight survives and the fans cheer! Hayata gets annoyed but he and Knight slowly rise. Hayata goes to a corner, runs back in and SHOTGUNS Knight into the other corner! Knight slumps down and the fans rally up! Hayata brings Knight in, TORNADO- NO, Knight stops the DDT to put Hayata on the corner! CHOP and UPPER ROOM! Hayata writhes and the fans fire up! Knight gets Hayata up, fireman’s carries, but Hayata slips free to cradle! TWO!!

Hayata dodges Knight to slip around, sunset, then Oklahoma! TWO and Knight cradles, TWO!! Hayata escapes, Knight feints the superkick to ROUNDHOUSE! Knight resets, Hayata rises, and Knight runs up to SATELLITE- NO, still no DDT! Hayata gets Knight around for the 403 IMPACT!! Cover, Hayata wins!

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

Both Jet Setters get grounded in the same round! Will all flights to the semifinals be grounded? Will the GHC National Champion prove he is the Best of the Super Juniors?

 

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

Francesco Akira’s withdrawal ended up giving points to Hiromu, Douki, Eagles & Sho, and that ended up bumping The Bone Soldier down a couple spots! Will he take his frustrations out on the American Shinobi? Or will the Mack Attack only add to his misery?

The bell rings, Mack offers a handshake, but Taiji kicks it away. They tie up, go around, Mack goes for a leg but Taiji holds it off. They reset, feel things out, and clinch. They end up on ropes and the ref calls the break. Mack lets off clean and the fans applaud. The two reset and tie up again, and Taiji headlocks. Mack powers up to put Taiji on ropes then power out of the hold. Taiji runs Mack over and fans applaud. Things speed up, Mack drops then hurdles, but Taiji leaps over. Mack stands and strikes his fighting stance! Then finger gun to taunt Taiji! Taiji runs in, but into a drop toehold and LION’S BARRAGE!

Mack aims, Taiji avoids the falling chop, but then Mack FALLING CHOPS again! Taiji bails out, Mack builds speed and the fans rally for the handspring, but Taiji gets in to leap up, REVERSE SHOT! Mack bails out and Taiji builds speed to go up and GOLDEN TRIANGLE MOONSAULT! Direct hit on Mack and the fans fire up! The ref checks Mack, and Taiji unties the blue buckle pad! The Bullet Club Special is in effect, and Taiji goes out after Mack. Taiji CLUBS Mack, but Mack throws body shots. Taiji throws a body shot, then he POSTS Mack! The fans fire up and Taiji stalks Mack. Taiji puts Mack in the ring, covers, ONE!

The fans rally as Mack stays in this, but Taiji stays on him with a COBRA CLUTCH! Mack endures, fights up, and the fans rally. But Taiji wrangles Mack into an almost Koji Klutch variation! Mack scrambles and has the ROPEBREAK! The fans cheer and the ref counts, Taiji lets go at 4. Mack sputters but Taiji brings him up to wrench and POST in the open corner! The ref reprimands but Taiji hammerlocks and scoops, for a SHOULDER BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Mack is still in this and the fans cheer. Taiji goes to the corner, takes aim, and the fans rally again. Taiji runs up, but Mack ELBOWs, CHOPS, CHOPS and CHOPS!

Mack CHOPS and CHOPS more, then fires up, but Taiji ELBOWS him! And CHOPS! And ripcords, tilt-o-whirls, LA MYSTICA! And then BONE LOCK!! Mack flails, reaches out, and the fans rally! Mack claws his way to the ROPEBREAK! The fans cheer, Taiji lets off in frustration, and he stalks Mack. Mack throws a body shot but Taiji CLUBS him. Taiji whips, Mack blocks, but that hurts Mack’s arm! Taiji stomps Mack, whips, but Mack reverses and SNAP GERMANS! Taiji stands up into the SUPERKICK! Taiji bails out, Mack builds speed! The fans fire up for the SASUKE SPECIAL! Direct hit and the fans fire up again!

Mack drags Taiji up, puts him in as the ring count climbs, and the fans cheer. Cover, ONE!! Taiji is tougher than that and now he’s mad! But Mack KICKS! And KICKS! And KICKS! Taiji goes to ropes, Mack KICKS more and more! But Taiji blocks one! Mack swings hands but Taiji ducks them to CLUB the leg. Taiji whips, Mack reverses again and SCREW HIGH KICKS! Mack crawls to a cover, TWO! Taiji is still in this but Mack hurries to CHOP him! Mack says BANG then he goes up the corner! Mack’s up top, for the NINJA- FLOP!! Taiji avoids the senton and clamps on the BONE LOCK!! Mack scrambles, reaches out, but Taiji rolls him away from ropes!

Taiji hauls Mack up, for BLOODY CROSS!! Cover, Taiji wins!

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

Taiji just proved you don’t bring a ninja to a gun fight! Will all of the BOSJ be reborn? Can Mack keep from falling off before the end?

 

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

The Rogue Luchador has won two main events in a row, but he’s still only on par with 100 Proof. Desperado wants to be the Best of the Super Juniors so badly, he can almost taste it, but will there be No Chaser to go with it? Or can he make it three in a row overall to head for the top?

Connors isn’t playing around, he’s brought chairs with him to the ring! He takes a seat while waiting on Despe’s entrance, then he pushes the ref aside so he can send one over to Despe. The ref says no, this isn’t that kind of match, but Connors wants a shootout with Desperado. Despe keeps the ref from taking the chair, and says if that’s what Connors wants… Despe picks the chair up, the ref says no, this won’t be a match then! Connors and Despe swing! They clash, clash and CLASH! Both men drop the chairs from the recoil, and now the bell rings! The fists start flying and the fans fire up! Despe knees low, CLUBS Connors, then runs, but into a THESZ PRESS!

Connors rains down fists, but Despe turns it around to give it back! Connors CHOKES Despe from below, the ref reprimands, and Connors knees low at 4. Connors runs but Despe follows to ELBOW! Despe runs but Connors goes the other way! JEEP FLIPPER! Despe tumbles out of the ring, Connors goes out after him. Connors stomps Despe, drags him up, and UPPERCUTS! Connors SMACKS Desep off the apron, but Despe CHOPS him in return. Despe CHOPS again, Connors staggers into the crowd and ends up sitting on a woman’s lap! Despe storms up and Young Lions hurry in, Despe ROCKS Connors!

Connors staggers along, fans move aside, and Connors sits in a chair. Despe throws hands but Connors hits back! The Young Lions keep fans back as Connors whips Despe into the back wall! Connors CLUBS Despe, and now they move through the back of the crowd! Connors CHOPS, Despe hits back, but we can’t see too well because the cameramen can’t follow! They’re continuing along, and a cameraman is there as Connors sends Despe into the corner wall! Then Connors grabs a spare railing and THROWS it at Despe! The ref reprimands, Despe UPPERCUTS Connors, and Connors staggers down an aisle.

Connors topples some railings over then he stumbles into an open chair. The fans move aside, Connors kicks Despe, then ROCKS him! Despe ROCKS Connors back, and then Despe SMACKS Connors off a fan’s chair! The Young Lions usher the fans out of the way, and Despe brings Connors up, but Connors RAMS Despe into the apron! The ref finally starts a ring count, but Connors SMACKS Despe off the timekeeper’s table! We reach 10 of 20, Connors ROCKS Despe, then throws him in the ring. The fans applaud as Connors follows, but then Despe bails out the side. The fans fire up as Despe wants to keep fighting outside!

Connors shoves the ref aside, goes out after Despe, but Despe throws body shots! Despe CLUBS Connors, whips him, but Connors reverses to POST Despe! The fans fire up and Connors goes around the way. Connors grabs the chair from earlier, brings it over, and he takes aim! He SMACKS Despe on the back! The ref reprimands but Connors argues with him. Connors drags Despe up, brings him around, and headlock punches! Connors tells fans to move and the Young Lions hurry to get them out of the way! Connors brings Despe up and whips, but Despe reverses! FLAPJACK off the apron! But now Despe wants to go bowling!

Despe whips Connors and STRIKE! Right into the middle of the crowd! The fans fire up with Despe, but then Connors SPEARS! Both men are down and the fans fire up more! Connors rises first as the fans rally, and he snarls as he pulls up floor mats! Connors goes back for Despe, CLUBS him, then drags him up. The ref reprimands and says not to, but Connors reels Despe in. But Despe fights the suplex! The fans rally but Connors suplexes! Despe slips free! Now Despe BACK- NO, Connors fights off the back suplex with fists! Despe runs up, but into a SNAP POWERSLAM! Luckily for Despe, it was to the floor mats that were nearby!

Connors snarls as he rises up, storms his way over to Despe, and drags him back up. Connors CLUBS Despe, then snarls at the fans. He clears one of the spare commentary tables! Fans move aside and the ref reprimands, but Connors hauls Despe up. Despe throws body shots but Connors ROCKS him! Connors reels Despe in, throws up the Too Sweet, and lifts Despe to POWERBOMB him through the table!! The fans are thunderous while the ref checks on Despe. Connors roars and beats his chest and the fans fire up again. The ref reprimands Connors but he just looms over Despe. Connors drags Despe up and puts him in the ring.

The fans applaud and Connors slowly rolls in. Connors pushes Despe to a cover but the ref refuses after all the shenanigans! Connors glares at the ref, but the ref shoves Connors! The fans fire up for the ref, but Connors grabs him by the shirt! The ref warns Connors, Connors says he’s lucky he’s a ref! But Despe runs up to LARIAT Connors and himself outta the ring! The fans fire up and both men spot the chair! They both scramble over, Connors grabs the chair but Despe stands on Connors’ hand! The fans cheer and Despe ROCKS Connors! Then Despe grabs the chair to SMACK Connors on the back!

The fans fire up and Connors writhes, but Despe goes to get another chair! The ref reprimands. but then Despe JAMS Connors with the new chair! Despe wants fans to move aside again, then he puts the old chair on Connors’ face! Despe grabs his new chair, CON-CHAIR-TO, Despe Remix!! Connors sputters and then feels the pain in his nose! Despe stalks Connors, taunts him, drags him back up, and puts him in the ring. Despe grabs the chair and brings it in again, but the ref says no. Despe and the ref argue, and the ref takes the chair from Despe. SPEAR!! Connors gets Despe again and he drags Despe back up!

Connors reels Despe in, serves it up, NO CHASE- NO, Despe fights No Chaser, wrenches out, and LOCO MONO!! Connors wobbles, Despe reels him in, underhooks and PINCHE- NO, Connors fights free to wrench and short arm LARIAT! The fans are thunderous and Connors goes to a corner! Connors aims, barks, runs in, SPEAR!!! Cover, TWO?!?! Despe survives and shocks Connors! The fans are thunderous but Connors rains down fists! The ref reprimands as Connors hammers away! Despe punches back but Connors traps those arms to just throw down fists! The ref wants Connors to stop but Connors shoves him away!

Connors checks Despe, he seems pretty out of it. Connors drags Despe up, reels him in, and NO CHASER!! Cover, ROPEBREAK!!! Despe survives and the fans are thunderous! Connors is stunned, and then Despe flips him off! Connors rains down more fists of fury! The ref tries but Connors shoves the ref aside again! The ref counts, Connors won’t stop! THE REF CALLS IT!! DESPE WINS!

Winner: El Desperado, by disqualification (gains 2 points; Connors earns 0)

Connors’ rage costs him! He wouldn’t listen, and now Desperado comes away with the points! Connors is mad with Marty Asami, so he SPEARS Marty Asami down!!! Then he TOSSES Young Lions aside! Then he gives one a GERMAN SUPLEX! The fans boo but Connors shows no remorse as he’s the one standing tall. Then he SNATCHES Desperado’s mask!! Then he SLAPS Desperado on the face! Connors then drags Despe out of the ring, stands on his head, and taunts the fans. Connors grabs a piece of the broken table, SLAPS a Young Lion aside, then looms over Despe. Connors sits Despe up, and SMACKS him in the head with the wood!

Connors flips Despe off then throws up the Too Sweet. Connors may have lost this round, but he has Despe’s mask as his trophy. Will Connors be unstoppable in these remaining rounds? Taichi gets off commentary to help his old friend, but will The Rogue Luchador even be able to continue at this point?

 

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

This is a tale of two tides turning. Being on the hotseat lit a fire under The Public Enemy while All Heat has cooled off. Can TJP keep this historic comeback going? Or will the GCW Champion end the Cinderella story right here?

Blake mockingly puts up the crown, but TJP throws his shirt to the crowd as a free souvenir. TJP tells Blake to stop the crown, he’s not United Empire. The bell rings and the fans rally up. They circle, tie up, and TJP waistlocks. Blake goes for the arms but TJP headlocks. TJP wrenches, Blake rolls and cartwheels, then slips through to wrench back. Blake snapmares to chinlock but TJP slips right out to wristlock. The fans cheer the exchange, and Blake wrenches back. Blake wristlocks but TJP stays on his feet. Blake wrenches again, but TJP rolls, spins, cartwheels, and drops to TWIST SCISSORS, but Blake handsprings through!

The fans cheer and Blake smirks as he taunts the crown. TJP kicks low, whips, but Blake reverses. TJP handsprings over the dropdown then sidesteps, but Blake handsprings over the back drop! Blake whips, TJP RANAS, but Blake handsprings through! The fans cheer this exchange and Blake again mocks the crown. TJP runs up but Blake kicks low. Blake whips, TJP goes up, comes back, mule kicks, then bumps Blake off buckles. TJP throws knees, then he pushes Blake down. The fans fire up as TJP scrubs Blake’s face! But then Blake bails out and the fans boo. TJP smirks as Blake doesn’t want to be washed clean.

Blake mocks the fans cheering him and TJP on, then paces as the ring count climbs. Blake returns at 9 of 20, he and TJP circle and feel things out. They knuckle lock, then TJP rolls to trip Blake. TJP turns Blake over, hooks up the legs, and the fans rally as TJP messes with Blake’s hair. TJP grabs Blake’s arms to pull, pull and pull Blake into the ROMERO SPECIAL! Blake endures and the fans fire up! TJP brings Blake back for the ROMERO BRIDGE, but it’s a double cover? TWO as TJP lets Blake go! TJP double checks with Red Shoes while Blake goes to a corner. TJP accepts Red Shoes’ reasoning and runs in at Blake.

TJP blocks the boot but not the ENZIGIRI! Blake rolls back, TJP avoids his Pele and kicks low. TJP whips, Blake reverses but TJP goes Spiderman. Blake runs up, TJP ROCKS him, but Blake jumps up as TJP rams in! GUILLOTINE SPLASH! TJP flops to the floor, Blake builds speed and fans fire up for the FOSBURY FLOP! Direct hit and down goes TJP! Blake walks it off, then mocks the fans clapping. Blake flips them off, the fans boo, and Blake goes back for TJP. Red Shoes checks TJP, TJP clutches his side but seems otherwise okay. Blake puts TJP in, follows, but now it might be TJP’s arm that’s bothering him.

Red Shoes has Blake stay back so he can check TJP. That arm is really bothering TJP, so Blake shoves Red Shoes aside to RAM TJP into a corner! Blake wrenches the arm, hits an ELBOW BREAKER, then hits another ELBOW BREAKER! TJP drops back to a corner, Blake wraps the bad arm around ropes! Red Shoes counts, Blake YANKS the arm, and TJP staggers away. TJP leans on Red Shoes a moment, but Blake rolls under to then PELE the arm! TJP clutches the elbow as he drops to his knees but Blake smirks. Blake grabs the bad arm, hammerlocks it while he has TJP down, and then he drives his knee into the arm again and again!

Blake lets off, TJP clutches the arm, and Blake mocks the fans rallying for TJP. Blake then isolates the arm to drop a leg on it! Blake wrenches but TJP throws body shots. TJP ELBOWS free, Blake ends up in a corner, but Blake dodges TJP to then BOOT him! TJP flops over, Blake covers, TWO! The fans rally up but Blake puts on a body scissors! Blake grabs the bad arm, hammerlocks it and puts a lot of pressure on the hold. Blake then rolls things to a cover, TWO! Blake still has TJP’s arm, steps over, and claps with TJP’s hand. Blake makes TJP flip the fans off, then he BITES that finger! Red Shoes reprimands and Blake lets off.

Blake mocks the fans more, grabs TJP’s arms, and pulls back on a motorcycle stretch. TJP endures, the fans rally, and TJP fights up. TJP moves around, and flip kicks Blake away! Blake comes back, TJP ROUNDHOUSES! But Blake PELES! TJP goes to a corner, Blake runs up, but TJP goes up and over to TORNADO DDT! The fans fire up while both men are down! TJP rises up, storms up on Blake, and atomic drops! WHEEL KICK! Blake staggers to a corner, TJP whips corner to corner hard! TJP runs in to ELBOW! Blake sits down, and now TJP scrubs his face! The fans rally up and TJP goes side to side, BOOT WASH!

The fans cheer and want it again! TJP obliges, and he scrubs Blake more! TJP runs side to side for the second BOOT WASH! The fans fire up and TJP waits on Blake. Blake staggers up, TJP kicks low and reels him in. “ICHI!” Half Hatch! “NI!” Half Hatch! “SAN!” The hattrick is complete and the fans fire up! TJP goes up the corner, aims, MAMBA- NO, TJP has to bail out as Blake moves! Blake wheelbarrows, somersaults and SPLASH! Blake goes to the corner, takes aim, and he somersaults for the ARMBAR DDT! FUJIWARA ARMBAR! TJP endures, the fans fire up and TJP moves around! TJP rolls, but Blake wrenches!

Blake tries to wrangle TJP but TJP uses that to get Blake down! TJP has the stepover, but Blake fights forward! TJP still gets the arm for the PINOY STRETCH! Blake BITES TJP’s hand! Red Shoes reprimands but then Blake has the ROPEBREAK! TJP lets go one way or another, and Blake goes to the apron. TJP crawls out after Blake and the fans rally up. Blake stands, TJP ROCKS him with a forearm! Blake ROCKS TJP back! TJP and Blake trade haymakers, then TJP CHOPS! Blake kicks, TJP blocks but Blake ENZIGIRIS! Blake reels TJP in to WRING the arm into the apron! Blake gets back up, slashes his throat, and he drags TJP up!

Blake reels TJP in but TJP fights the lift! TJP then Alabama Lifts but Blake fights it! Blake BOOTS, but TJP BOOTS back! TJP grabs for an arm but Blake steps over and STUNNERS! TJP flops into the ring, and Blake takes aim. The fans fire up as Blake springboards, and TJP anchors him! Fireman’s carry, DETONATION KICK! Cover, TWO!! Blake survives but the fans rally for “T! J P! T! J P!” TJP aims, runs up, ONE BY- NO, Blake ducks! And ROUNDHOUSES! TJP JUMP SOBATS! Blake kips up to SUPERKICK! Both men fall and the fans are thunderous! The fans rally again and both men slowly sit up.

Blake finds TJP, throws a forearm, but TJP gives it back. Blake throws another, so TJP gives it back. They stand, and Blake fires a haymaker! TJP fires one back! Blake fires another haymaker, but TJP KICKS Blake’s leg! Blake KICKS TJP’s arm! TJP KICKS Blake’s leg again! Blake KICKS TJP’s arm again! TJP fires off a flurry of kicks, but Blake JUMP KNEES! Blake runs up but into a SUPERKICK! Blake swings, into the FINAL CUT! TJP aims from the corner! ONE BY- SPANISH FLY!! Blake roars and aims from the corner! STEP-UP STOMPS!! Cover, TWO?!? TJP survives and the fans are thunderous again!

Blake storms his way to the apron and slashes his throat. Blake springboards, 450- CUTTER!! ONE BY ONE!! Cover, TWO?!!? But TJP won’t stop there, he goes up a corner! MAMBA SPLASH!! Cover, TJP WINS!

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

That was a fiery battle, but TJP wins not just for him but for Francesco Akira! Will the Public Enemy conquer this tournament for The United Empire? Is Blake’s heat about to go cold?

 

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

This one’s gonna be good! It was Wrestling Satsuma no Kuni when Japones Del Mal got his shot at the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship, only for the Murder Machine to cheat him out of it. But now, Douki is ahead in the block and could do some serious damage with a win here! Will Douki earn both points and a golden ticket tonight? Or will Sho stack the deck so high it’ll reach the sky?

Wait, Sho is running out here from the exit side while Douki’s music is playing? Sho drops off his stuff and then grabs a chair so he can then wait by the tunnel! But where’s Douki? Sho peeks through the curtain, nothing. Douki is running in from the exit and he CLOBBERS Sho from behind! The fans cheer as Douki gets the better of Sho! Douki drags Sho up, brings him to ringside, and POSTS him! The fans cheer more but Red Shoes reprimands. Douki drags Sho up and puts him in the ring. The bell rings, Douki storms in and he stomps Sho around. Douki drags Sho up again to whip to ropes. Sho reverses but Douki arm-drags!

Douki runs, arm-drags again, but Sho gets mad! Sho swings, Douki dodges, and Douki tilt-o-whirls to RANA! Sho tumbles out, Douki builds speed, and Douki WRECKS Katsuya Murashima! Sho used the Young Lion as a shield! Sho then RAMS Douki into the apron! Sho snarls, drags Murashima up, and puts Murashima in the ring? Red Shoes hurries to usher the Young Lion out, but Sho grabs the bell hammer! Sho HAMMERS Douki, HAMMERS him again, then digs the hammer into Douki’s ribs! Red Shoes finally sees, Sho stops, and Sho drags Douki up to bring around the way. Sho RAMS Douki into the apron!

Sho storms off to the back corner, and pushes through an exit, to bring a dumpster in!? Sho laughs as he then goes to fetch “the trash.” Sho stomps Douki, brings him over to the dumpster, and then knees low into Douki’s ribs. Sho scoops and DUMPS Douki into the dumpster! The fans boo but Sho leaves him behind. The ring count starts while fans rally up. Sho talks trash, the ring count is 10 of 20, an Douki’s still stuck! Douki drags himself up and out of the dumpster, but we’re already at 17! 18! Douki slides in at 19.9! The fans cheer but Sho digs his boots into Douki! Sho scrapes Douki to the apron, pulls a sleeve off a crossbar, then pulls Douki onto the bar!

Red Shoes reprimands Sho while Douki suffers, but Sho pulls harder! Red Shoes counts and Sho lets off at 4. Sho storms in to stomp Douki and talks trash. Sho drags Douki up but Douki fires forearms! Sho kicks low, then he suplexes Douki to hang him out to dry! Sho climbs up onto Douki, then drags him off the ropes in a Canadian Rack. GUT BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Sho is upset so he stands on Douki and pulls on the arms! Douki endures, the fans rally, but then Sho shifts to clamp on the inverted straitjacket! Douki endures, so Sho shifts to dig heels into ribs, and pulls on an arm and leg! Douki endures again, fights around, but Sho pulls!

Douki still fights with his free leg, ROPEBREAK! The fans cheer, Red Shoes counts, and Sho lets off. Sho stands on Douki, digs his heel in, but steps away to bring Douki up. Sho whips corner to corner, runs in, and RAMS into Douki! Sho then hauls Douki up onto the top rope, CLUBS him again and again, then goes corner to corner. Sho runs up to TOP SHELF KNEE! Douki falls, Sho covers, TWO! Douki is still in this and the fans fire up! Sho paces around Douki, talks trash, and digs his heels in again. Douki pushes Sho away, fires up and fires off forearms! Douki runs, but Sho kitchen sink knees! Sho drags Douki up, whips, and kitchen sink knees again!

Sho taunts Douki while the fans rally, and Sho whips Douki again. But Douki turns kitchen sink into roll up, TWO! Sho runs up to kick low! Sho runs but Douki FLYING HEADBUTTS! Both men are down and the fans fire up again! Douki and Sho go to corners, and then Douki runs in. Douki ELBOWS Sho, runs, but Sho dodges! Douki still hip tosses, RAMS, then springboards to FLYING ARM-DRAG! Sho bails out, Douki builds speed to WRECK Sho with the dropkick! The fans fire up, Douki stalks Sho, then he drags Sho up to headlock. Douki brings Sho to the dumpster! Sho fights free, reels Douki in, and lifts, but Douki fights the bomb!

Sho tries again but Douki throws hands! Douki RANAS Sho into the dumpster! The fans fire up and Sho struggles to get out of the mess! Douki rises and the fans cheer as he leaves Sho behind. Sho flounders out of the dumpster covered in paper and plastic. Sho throws that away, we’re at 12 of 20! Sho staggers his way over and slides in at 16! But Douki dodges him to then DDT! Cover, TWO! Sho stays in this but Douki stays on him with a Gory Especial! Sho fights free by bending fingers! Sho then CLUBS the arm, but Douki blocks the kick! Douki spins Sho back into the Gory Especial, for the DODON NO JUTSU!! Backslide cover, TWO!

The fans rally, Douki goes to the apron, and he takes aim as Sho rises. DAY- NO, Sho uses Red Shoes as as shield! Then he SPEARS! Both men are down again and the fans rally for Douki. Sho shakes his head, aims his bow, and he drags Douki up. Sho reels Douki in, double pump handle, but Douki flips through to ITALIAN STRETCH #32! But Sho steps on Douki’s neck! Douki lets go, Sho reels him in, STRAITJACKET PILEDRIVER! Cover, TWO! The fans fire up but Sho shakes his head. Sho calls his shot again, and he drags Douki up. Sho reels Douki in for a Canadian Rack, but Douki fights free of that! ITALIAN STRETCH!!

Sho endures, moves around, reaches out, but Douki rolls him away from ropes! ITALIAN STRETCH!! Sho endures again, kicks at Douki, steps on him again, but Douki pulls on the hold! Sho falls over and the fans fire up! Red Shoes checks Sho, Sho sputters, and someone rings the bell! YUJIRO TAKAHASHI!! Not this trick again! Taichi storms off of commentary, but Yujiro PIMP CANE SHOTS Taichi down! The fans boo but Sho keeps Red Shoes from seeing Yujiro get in the ring. Douki dodges Yujiro to then DROPKICK him out! But Sho sneaks up to LOW BLOW! Roll up, with tights! TWO!! Sho is furious but Douki survives!

Sho storms over to his ring, grabs his IWGP Junior Heavyweight title, but Red Shoes says don’t try it! Sho gives the belt over, but then he throws Douki into Red Shoes! Down goes the ref and the fans boo! Sho laughs and he goes for his Torture Tool! The fans boo but Douki has his PIPE! The fans fire up and Sho freaks out! They stand off, Sho takes a swing but Douki blocks! Douki powers Sho back, takes a swing, but Sho goes low! Sho grins, winds up, but Douki gets around! LOW BLOW!! Sho suffers a taste of his own medicine! The fans fire up as Douki now has his pipe! Douki uses the pipe to CHOKE Sho, then turn him for a Gory Especial! METAL DODON NO JUTSU!!

The fans fire up as Douki now calls for Red Shoes. Red Shoes returns, none the wiser, and Douki fires up! Douki drags Sho up, torture racks, and swings Sho for the MARISHITE! Cover, YUJIRO YANKS RED SHOES OUT!! The fans boo as Tokyo Pimp just won’t go away! Yujiro sneaks up on Douki, CANE SHOT! Taichi is up but Yujiro BOOTS him down! Yujiro sits Douki up for PIMP JUICE! Yujiro helps Sho crawl to the cover, then Yujiro fetches Red Shoes! Red Shoes sees the cover and counts, TWO?!?! Douki lives and the fans are thunderous! And Taichi throws Yujiro into the ring! Red Shoes is confused, but Taichi storms around.

Taichi takes a chair from a fan, threatens Yujiro, but Red Shoes stands in the way. Taichi drops the chair, pushes Red Shoes aside, and he blocks Yujiro’s kick! LOW BLOW!! And no problems since Yujiro isn’t in the match! Taichi then runs to AX BOMBER!! The fans fire up and Taichi calls to Douki! Douki rises while Taichi drags Yujiro out of the ring and away from ringside! The fans cheer as things are 1v1 again, and Douki aims from the apron. Sho flounders about, rises up, but runs up! Douki RAMS into Sho, then slingshots for DAYBREAK!! Cover, TWO!! Sho survives but Douki just fires up! The fans are with Douki as he rises!

Douki wheelbarrows Sho, full nelsons, SUPLEX DE LA- NO, Sho fights free and throws elbows! Sho runs up, but Douki blocks the kick! But wait, it really hurt! What’s in Sho’s boot?! Sho KICKS Douki again!! Douki writhes and clutches ribs, but Sho aims from a corner! Sho PUNTS Douki in the side!! Cover, TWO?!?! Douki survives, even with Sho’s clearly loaded boot! Sho drags Douki up and reels him in as we reach 20 minutes! Gut wrench, Canadian Rack, PIMP SLAM!! Cover, SHO WINS!

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

Surprise, surprise, all this cheating helps Sho win! Sho needs an icepack for his leg, because he loaded his kick pad with a big piece of metal! Will Douki ever get one over on this snake?

Speaking of, Sho slithers over to get the mic so he can say, “Everyone thought Douki would win! You were all cheering for him! You at home were, too! You’re welcome, all of you!” The fans boo but Sho continues by saying, “Different day, same result. The champion is on a different level. A different level to all of you! Even if a scrub makes it to the finals, he doesn’t need to be in the main event. I’m winning this comfortably. Besides, you Osaka folks don’t really know wrestling.” The fans boo again, but Sho says that even if it’s in Osaka-Jo, it doesn’t need to be the main event, that’s how easily he’s gonna win.

“I’m on a different level from every other Junior Heavyweight out there, especially those in this Super Juniors!” Sho drops the mic and leaves Douki behind, will he do this to everyone left in the block?

 

Here are the NEW A Block standings!

Titan: 5-2, 10 points
El Desperado: 5-2, 10 points
HAYATA: 4-3, 8 points
Blake Christian: 4-3, 8 points
Clark Connors: 4-3, 8 points
Kevin Knight: 3-4, 6 points
BUSHI: 3-4, 6 points
TJP: 3-4, 6 points
Kosei Fujita: 2-5, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
Yoshinobu Kanemaru: 2-5, 4 points [ELIMINATED]

 

Here are the EVEN NEWER B Block standings!

Robbie Eagles: 5-2, 10 points
“Drilla” Moloney: 4-2, 8 points
KUSHIDA: 4-2, 8 points
Hiromu Takahashi: 4-2, 8 points
Taiji Ishimori: 4-2, 8 points
SHO: 4-3, 8 points
DOUKI: 4-3, 8 points
Ninja Mack: 2-4, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
Francesco Akira: 2-3, 4 points [FORFEIT]
Dragon Dia: 0-6, 0 points [ELIMINATED]


My Thoughts:

Another great night for BOSJ, and things are starting to take shape here. As I said last time, a shame about Akira’s injury, I thought he could really get things going for himself. But B Block is now just a touch lopsided since the forfeited points put some people ahead of others with less matches. Eagles of course gets a win off Dia, Dia has been “struggling” this whole tournament. Hiromu got the bye this round, so he can’t really move in the block. Kushida may have lost but he’s still ahead of Hiromu because Kushida beat Hiromu in their match.

Great win for Drilla in that, though, and he’s getting going at the right time. Drilla has Taiji and Hiromu left, those are going to be critical matches. Sho of course has to cheat again to win out, but it makes Douki look great and has the fans on his side. Douki has the top two, Eagles and Kushida, and he’d need to pull off some ultimate underdog stuff to beat them both and take a spot from one of them.

Meanwhile, A Block is looking like a race to the top between Desperado and Titan. Despe beat Titan in their match from an earlier round, so if he and Titan both win out from here, they’re both going to the semifinals just like that. Despe has TJP next, and TJP is making a great comeback, while Titan has Kanemaru who isn’t even in the running anymore. But TJP and Kanemaru can both go for a spoiler, so those are going to be really good matches. In fact, Titan also has TJP to top this off, he’s in for two big fights in a row. Though, Connors did a lot of damage to Despe, that adds more pressure to whether Despe can get past TJP and then Hayata after that.

My Score: 8.9/10


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