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Mitchell’s WWE Backlash Results & Report! (5/4/24)

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Will Backlash be truly phenomenal?

Cody Rhodes’ first defense of THE WWE Championship could also be his last, because he is up against The Phenomenal A J STYLES! Will The American Nightmare have finished his story only for the next chapter to be cut short?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Randy Orton & Kevin Owens VS Solo Sikoa & Tama Tonga w/ Paul Heyman; turned into…
  • Street Fight Tag: Randy Orton & Kevin Owens VS Solo Sikoa & Tama Tonga w/ Paul Heyman; Solo & Tama win.
  • WWE Women’s Championship Triple Threat: Bayley VS Naomi VS Tiffany Stratton; Bayley wins and retains the title.
  • WWE World Heavyweight Championship: Damian Priest VS Jey Uso; Priest wins and retains the title.
  • WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships: The Kabuki Warriors VS Bianca Belair & Jade Cargill; Bianca & Jade win and become the new WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions.
  • Undisputed WWE Championship: Cody Rhodes VS AJ Styles; Cody wins and retains the title.

PLAY BY PLAY

It’s the Backlash in France Kickoff Show!

The countdown to showtime is on! Join Jackie Redmond, Big E and CM Punk as they discuss, analyze and predict what happens at the first-ever Premium Live Event to ever air from France!

 

BREAKING NEWS!

Make sure to watch the Kentucky Derby’s kickoff show on NBC today, right after Backlash, because there will be news about WWE WrestleMania 41!

 

Backstage interview with Jey Uso.

Byron Saxton brings up that Jey Uso was Raw’s number one draft pick. Now he can build on that by becoming the NEW World Heavyweight Champion. How is he feeling? Jey says he’s got goosebumps, Uce. You can’t see ’em, but he’s got ’em. He appreciates Byron being there from day one on Jey’s career, to tonight. This is a career defining moment. Damian Priest is a beast, but Jey’s gotta prove he can stand on his own two feet. And by the end of tonight, Lyon, France and the world will YEET with the new champion, Main Event Jey Uso! Gimme a yeet. Byron says “YEET!” and says we could be looking at the new WHC. Will Jey finally have his moment?

 

Backstage interview with Bianca Belair & Jade Cargill.

Byron is now with the strongEST duo, and says they are going after Damage CTRL and the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships. Bianca immediately says she is so tired of talking about DMG CTRL. She is done, ready to be done with Kairi, with Asuka, with Iyo, with Dakota, and even Bayley. Taking those titles means DMG CTRL gets stuck on Raw. Why does she have to keep repeating herself? She is tired of hearing herself talk about it! She wants to be done! Jade steps in and says they’re just excited to be NEW WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions. They don’t have time for this, they gotta go. Jade & Bianca head out, will they soon be the newEST champions?

 

WWE shares a special interview with AJ Styles.

Kayla Braxton sat down with The Phenomenal One, and wanted to talk about his new attitude since returning. Styles seems confused as to that phrasing, and she asks what brought this on. New attitude? No, this is focus. He was out, got his mind right, dialed in, that’s where he’s at right now. Then to her next question, he hasn’t been world champion in six years. Is frustration over that what brought this change about? Styles says he looked back and realized he’d gotten complacent. So again, he got his mind right and focused himself. Kayla knows Styles and Cody have never faced each other. Styles says he still respects Cody, but that won’t stop him from beating him.

Then to add to that, these two have been ships in the night. Styles comes into WWE, Cody makes his way out. Does this match resonate on a personal level? Styles say sit isn’t personal, it’s business. But he also takes this business personally. He doesn’t wanna beat Cody, but he has to. Then what happens if he doesn’t? That possibility isn’t in Styles’ mind. He doesn’t want this, he needs this, and he needs it much more than Cody. It took Cody two YEARS to get this title, but it’ll only be 27 days when he loses it. Will Styles bring about a phenomenal end to The American Nightmare’s dream?

 

Now this is cinema.

Time to make hot, new headlines, and to start some new stories. When the stakes are this high, the world tunes in, and the superstars turn it up. “When one good story ends, an even better one begins.” Are you ready? Ready for war!? History is being made before your eyes as WWE is live from France! Welcome to Backlash!

 

Randy Orton & Kevin Owens VS Solo Sikoa & Tama Tonga w/ Paul Heyman!

The Viper and the Prizefighter have proven to be a powerful duo, and they’ve both had their beef with The Bloodline, plus they have initials that line up, so this just seemed like a natural move! Will #R-KO #JustKeepFighting until they’ve torn down the Enforcer and the Good Bad Guy? Or will The Wise Man’s warning from last night come true?

The fans chant “WE WANT ROMAN!” but Solo tunes that out. The teams stare down, the ref wants them to sort out, but Kevin gets righ tin Tama’s face! And then the brawl is on! The fans are thunderous as the hands fly fast and furious! Tama and Kevin tumble out one side, ORton and Solo on the other! Kevin fires off fists on Tama against the desk! Then he dumps Tama over barriers! Orton SMACKS Solo off the apron, throws more hands, then brings SOlo over to the desks! Solo stops that, SMACKS Orton,m and Tama fires hands on Kevin! Refs and produers rush out here to try and get this intno a match but the fans want to “LET THEM FIGHT!”

Security now has to get involved, this is just like last night at the end of SmackDOwn! Kevin and Tama are in the ring, Kevin hits a sTUNNER on a guard! STUNNER again! Kevin grabs at Tama, Tama grabs at Kevin! Nick Aldis storms out here as SmackDown GM, and tells his superstars to stop it already! But alright, if they wanna disregard rules, throw out stunners, then fine! Do whatever you want! Thi sis now a STREET FIGHT!!

Street Fight Tag: Randy Orton &

The fans are thunderous as the bell rings and the brawling continues! Tama CHUCKS the Prime at Kevin! Orton and Solo brawl in the crowd! Kevin fires hands on Tama against the French commentary, then SMACKS him with a bottle! Kevin CHUCKS the Prime jug, shoves the cart over, then SMACKS Tama with the Prime sign! Kevin then SPITS on the sign, throw sit down, and keeps after Tama. Meanwhile, Solo and Orton have brawled up into the bleachers! Solo HEABUTTS Orton, throws up the one, but Orton pokes him in the eyes! Kevin and Tama brawl their way through the crowd, Kevin JAMS Tama up with a fan’s chair!

Kevin SMACKS Tama with the chair, then grabs some railing to SMACK him with that, too! Orton has Solo down, but drags him back up to return to ground level. The fans are thunderous for “K O! K O!” as Kevin keeps after Tama. Solo DECKS Orton in return but then Kevin runs over to attack Solo! We’re getting picture in picture of the same beating! Kevin rains down fists and fans count all the way to TEN, or whatever that is in French. But then Tama grabs Kevin in a SLEEPER! Orton is looking for him in the wrong place! The Bloodline mugs Kevin, the fans taunt them, but Orton doubles back!

Solo whips Kevin into barriers, but then Orton attacks him and Tama! Orton HEADBUTTS, but you never headbutt a Samoan! Solo UPPERCUTS Orton down, but Kevin SUPERKICKS Solo! Kevin TOSSES Solo to ringside! The fans are thunderous again as Kevin gets up on the barriers. Kevin walks along, to then FROG SPLASH Tama on the floor! Orton goes up!? Then he hops down. Orton brings Tama up to SMACK him off steel steps! Orton drags Tama along, back to the desks! The fans fire up for the DESK BACK SUPLEX! Tama writhes on top of the French team’s monitors, but then Orton brings Tama to DESK BACK SUPLEX on the English commentary table!

Kevin SMACKS Solo off steel steps, then pulls the steps apart so he can DDT Solo on the steel! Orton goes looking under the ring, and fans cheer! They bring out trash cans and their lids! Lyon wants tables but they’ll have to wait a moment. Orton SMACKS Tama down with a trash can! Solo staggers up, staggers his way over, and Kevin SMACKS him with the lid! The fans cheer for “E C DUB!” as Orton gives Kevin a kendo stick! Kevin SMACKS, JAMS, then SMACKS Solo again! Solo staggers around, into a TRASH CAN SHOT! The fans are still thunderous as Kevin drags Tama up to put him on the desk. Orton SMACKS Tama! And SMACKS him again!

Orton SMACKS Solo off a desk, throws hands, then he and Kevin go looking for something more. The fans are electric as they each bring out a TABLE! “OUI! OUI! OUI!” echoes out as Orton puts his in the ring while Kevin sets his up ringside. Orton throws hands down on Solo, Kevin fetches Tama, and Kevin drags Tama over to the ring. Tama fights back with fast hands! Kevin SMACKS Tama off the apron, then puts him on the table! Orton finishes setting his table up at the center of the ring, and Kevin goes up to the apron! “SUCK IT!” FROG SPLASH through the table!! Kevin roars right in Tama’s face!

Orton gets Solo in the ring and the fans are loving all of this! Orton grins as he brings Solo up, but Solo UPPERCUTS! Orton wobbles, Solo fireman’s carries! SAMOAN DROP through the table! Orton writhes out of the wreckage but Kevin hurries in! Solo stands, roars, but turns around into haymakers! The fans fire up as Kevin kicks, but no stunner! Solo LARIATS Kevin inside-out! The fans boo and taunt Solo, but Solo tunes that out to call to Tama. Tama rises, he and Solo beat Kevin down. Kevin kicks back but Tama fires stomps and fists! Tama just hammers away on Kevin, then rains down HEADBUTTS!

The fans boo and Tama finally lets off. Solo tosses a kendo stick in, Kevin grabs for it but Tama takes it from him! The fans tell Tama off, but Tama SMACKS Kevin! Solo steps in, Tama hands him the stick. Solo stalks Kevin, then SMACKS him in the ribs! Kevin sits down in a corner, Solo rains down fists on him! The fans rally for Kevin but Tama has a trash can lid. Solo lines up a shot first, and he goes corner to corner for the HIP ATTACK! The fans boo as Solo roars, but now Tama takes his turn. Tama SMACKS Kevin with the lid! And then SMACKS him again! And again! Solo has him stand down, then Solo throws down hands!

Tama returns with a trash can, but Kevin TACKLES him first! Solo SMACKS Kevin with the can! And again! Kevin grabs at the kendo stick but Solo takes it from him to SMACK away again and again! The fans boo as Solo holds up the one. Solo tells Tama to fetch more things, and Tama looks under the ring. Tama brings out another TABLE! The fans cheer the table but The Bloodline is setting it up. Kevin manages to stand while the table is propped up in a corner. Kevin BOOTS Tama then TOSSES him out! But Solo ROCKS Kevin back! Solo gets in Kevin’s face and grins a sinister grin before he throws HEADBUTT after HEADBUTT!

Solo brings Kevin around, whips him corner to corner, but Kevin reverses! Solo crashes through the table!! But Tama LARIATS Kevin back down! The fans rally for Randy, wherever he’s disappeared to, but Tama brings in chair after chair. Tama stalks Kevin as he goes to ropes, but Orton returns! Tama hears the fans cheering and turns around. Orton and Tama stare down, they circle, and Tama fires up! Tama swings, Orton dodges! LARIAT! LARIAT! Orton then dodges to SNAP POWERSLAM! The fans are electric again, and Orton puts Tama through ropes! The fans cheer for the DRAPING DDT!

Even with 11 THOUSAND cheering him on, Orton hears those voices now! R K O!! Cover, Solo breaks it!! Solo throws HEADBUTTS until Orton tumbles out of the ring! Solo goes after him, SMACKS him off the desk, then clears it off! English commentary might end up off the air as Solo drags Orton over. The fans chant “SOLO SUCKS! SOLO SUCKS!” but Solo ignores that again to stand Orton up. Solo HEADBUTTS Orton onto the desk, then climbs up after him. Solo drags Orton up, powers up the thumb, RKO ON THE DESK!!! The fans are thunderous as The Viper strikes outta nowhere! But it was also double-edged given the landing!

Kevin drags himself back up in the ring and the fans fire up as he has Tama to himself! Kevin grabs a chair, “This is Awesome!” as Kevin SMACKS Tama on the back! Kevin sets that chair up, SMACKS Tama with another chair, then sets that chair up. Kevin SMACKS Tama with a third chair, then sets that one up. And then SMACK with a fourth chair, and another SMACK, and another SMACK, before the chair square is complete! The fans are thunderous again as Kevin makes Tama recline back on all those chairs! Kevin goes up, but Tama goes after him first! Tama fires hands, then grabs at Kevin. Kevin fires hands in return!

Kevin ROCKS Tama, adjusts position, but Tama goes up after him! Tama fires HEADBUTT after HEADBUTT, then goes to the very top! But Kevin turns that around! SUPER FISHERMAN BUSTER through the chairs!!! The fans are absolutely losing it as both men are down in the wreckage! Kevin crawls to a cover, but TANGA LOA drags the ref out of the ring?!? Tama’s brother is here?! Since when!? The Silverback has the steel steps, and he CLOBBERS Randy!! And then he CLOBBERS Kevin! Solo hits an URENAGE on a chair!! The fans boo as Solo drags Kevin up, to SAMOAN SPIKE!!! Cover, Bloodline wins!!

Winners: Solo Sikoa & Tama Tonga, by pinfall

Just when the Bloodline looked like they were at their most dangerous, they got even MORE dangerous! Solo leads the OG Guerrillas of Destiny forward in the WWE, is there going to be no stopping them now?

 

WWE Women’s Championship Triple Threat: Bayley VS Naomi VS Tiffany Stratton!

They say all people are created equal, but when a champion is in a Triple Threat, their odds drastic go down! The Role Model only just got this title off Iyo Sky at WrestleMania, but now things have gotten complicated. Bayley and Naomi are friends, and Tiffany is anything but. Will Bayley survive to bring this belt back to the States? Or will there already be a new Women’s Champion on SmackDown?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if the numbers spell disaster at Backlash!

The bell rings and the fans sing for Bayley. But Tiffy stays it is still Tiffy Time, and the fans join in on that, too! Then Tiff kicks Naomi, swing son Bayley but Bayley dodges to arm-drag! Bayley runs up on Naomi but Naomi arm-drags! Naomi blocks Tiffy’s arm-drag, whips her away, then splits, but Tiffy handsprings over! The fans cheer this opening exchange, and ‘TIFFY TIME!” echoes out. Bayley shoves Tiff, rolls her up, but Naomi rolls Bayley! Tiff rolls Naomi, but Bayley breaks it! The fans cheer, “That was Awesome!” Bayley runs to ELBOW Tiff in the back, then SLIDING LARIAT from the front! Naomi runs up, into a sweep! Cover, TWO!

Bayley keeps going, she ELBOWS Naomi, but Naomi catches the sliding lariat to a ghost pin! TWO, Bayley cradles, TWO! Tiff gets a DOUBLE JACKKNFIE! TWO!! The fans cheer this second exchange as all three women cool off. Bayley smiles, digging the energy from the fans, and then Bayley and Naomi both kick Tiff! They double whip but Tiff KICKS Bayley! Naomi waitslocks, Tiff elbows free, then Tiff sends Bayley into buckles! Tiff whips Naomi, Naomi slides under, then mule kicks back! Naomi runs but Tiff dodges, Naomi SHOTGUNS Bayley! Tiff kicks Naomi, bumps her off buckles, then runs corner to corner to handspring and BACK ELBOW!

The fans fire up as Tiff snapmares Naomi, runs, but Bayley DECKS her! Bayley runs at Naomi, sunset flips, but Naomi stays up! But Tiff SHOTGUNS Naomi, then STOMPS Bayley! Cover on Bayley, TWO! Tiff covers Naomi, TWO! Tiff is annoyed but the fans are still loving this. Tiff TOSSES Naomi out, brings Bayley up to bump her off buckles. Tiff wrenches and whips then ELBOWS Bayley down! The fans applaud and Tiff brings Bayley up. Tiff CLUBS Bayley, CLUBS her again, but fans sing for Bayley again. Tiff puts Bayley in ropes to CHOKE her! And she doesn’t have to let off in a Triple Threat!

Tiff YANKS the ropes to jam Bayley up, but Bayley fires body shots and forearms! Bayley runs, but Tiff LARIATS her down! Cover, TWO! Tiff is annoyed again but the fans continue to cheer. Tiff stomps Bayley, ROCKS her, and Bayley goes to ropes. The fans rally for Bayley as Tiff CHOKES her again! The erf reprimands but that’s all he can do. Tiff brings Bayley around but Bayley fires body shots! Bayley fires forearms but Tiff knees low! Tiff whips but Bayley goes up and over the corner to roll Tiff up! TWO and Tiff CLOBBERS Bayley! Cover, TWO! The fans have not stopped chanting as Tiff brings Bayley up and around.

Tiff whips again, Bayley ends up in the corner. Tiff then handsprings, but Bayley catches her! For a BIG back suplex, but Tiff lands out! Cartwhele and Alabama SLAM! High stack, TWO! Naomi CLOBBERS Tiff, too! The fans are still thunderous like they have since last night on SmackDown, and Naomi whips Tiff. Tiff holds ropes, BOOTS back, but Naoim comes back to SPEAR Tiff through the ropes! Naomi fires up and the fans fire up again, too! Naomi fires forearms on Tiff, then brings her around to whip. Tiff reverses and Naomi hits barriers! Tiff runs and handsprings to BACK ELBOW! Tiff SHOVES Naomi over into the timekeeper’s area!

Tiff says it’s Tiffy Time, but Bayley DIVES onto her! The fans are thunderous as Bayley rains down fists! Bayley finds Naomi, brings her up, but Naomi ROUNDHOUSES her! Naomi goes up onto the barrier, and then BLOCKBUSTERS to the floor! The fans cheer as Naomi finds Tiff and puts her in. “This is Awesome!” as Naomi KICKS Tiff in the ropes, then twerks right on her! HEATSEEKER! Naomi then hits the SPLIT-LEG MOONSAULT! Cover, Bayley breaks it! All three women slowly rise, and Naomi mule kicks Bayley! Naomi then runs Bayley to BUCKLE BULLDOG in the corner!

Naomi puts Bayley up top, climbs up after her, but Bayley fires hands! Tiff YANKS Naomi down, then climbs up after Bayley! Bayley fights with body shots again, and then Naomi CLUBS Tiff! Naomi brings Tiff out for a POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Into the BUTTERFLY STRETCH!! Tiff endures, but Bayley MACHO ELBOWS!! Cover on Naomi, TWO!! Bayley hurries to cover Tiff, TWO!! The fans continue to rally, all three women rise up again. Bayley has targets in both corners, so Bayley sunset BUCKLE BOMBS Naomi! Bayley runs to sunset Tiff, but she sits on it!! TWO!! Tiff swings, into a BAYLEY2BELLY!! Cover, TWO!!

Tiff survives, the fans continue to chant and cheer, and Bayley is beside herself. Bayley CLUBS Tiff, stomps her to a corner and fires off fast hands! The fans cheer, Tiff shoves Bayley away, then POSTS her! Bayley is stuck in the ropes, Tiff drags her back out and fireman’s carries! ROLLING SENTON! Tiff goes up but Naomi YANKS her down! Naomi drags Tiff to the floor and rains down fists! Tiff BOOTS Naomi into barriers, then cartwheels for the ALABAMA- NO, they cartwheel more and more! Tiff has Naomi back up, ALABAMA SLAM on the desk!! The fans are thunderous as Tiff drags Bayley out for an ALABAMA SLAM on the French desk!!

Tiff puts Naomi in the ring, then puts Bayley in. Tiff has them lined up like weeks before, PRETTIEST MOONSAULT- NO, Tiff rolls through as both opponent move! Naomi & Bayley hit a ONE D!! The fans are thunderous, “This is Awesome!” as Bayley and Naomi stare down. They are friends but this is about the title! They fire off forearms back and forth, and Naomi gets the edge! Naomi ENZIGIRIS Bayley down! Then Oklahoma Roll, TWO! Bayley cradles, BAYLEY WINS!!

Winner: Bayley, by pinfall (still WWE Women’s Champion)

The Role Model snatches victory away and certainly stuns a portion of the fans! But with how fast this match was moving, will Bayley have to keep up the pace if she wants to stay champion?

 

Jey Uso prepares backstage.

Solo walks over, as do Tama & Loa. They don’t say anything, but the Bloodline heads out. And then Heyman walks over, shakes his head, then walks on. Can Main Event Jey keep the drama out of his head to YEET the World Heavyweight Championship right off Damian Priest? We find out, because that match is next!

 

WWE World Heavyweight Championship: Damian Priest VS Jey Uso!

Senor Money in the Bank became El Campeon at WrestleMania, but that’s about the only thing that’s gone well for him. The Judgment Day is looking lost without Mami, is this title match going to be another loss? Or will The Punisher make sure Main Event Jey doesn’t have his crowning moment?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see just who’s getting fed to who!

The bell rings, the fans fire up again and the two stare down. “YEET! YEET! YEET!” echoes out, and Jey gets the fans to bounce again, on all four sides of the ring! The fans cheer, and then they all join in, but Priest grabs Jey’s neck! Jey fires haymakers, but Priest TOSSES Jey to a corner! Jey dodges to then fire off haymakers, “YEET! YEET!” Jey whips, Priest reverses, Jey goes up and over, then “YEET!” The fans cheer again but Priest is getting annoyed. Priest runs up but Jey DUMPS him out! Jey then builds speed, but has to stop as Priest moves aside. Priest cools off, but Jey goes out to LEAP from the apron! Only for Priest to catch him!

Priest runs and RAMS Jey into barriers! Priest brings Jey around to ROCK him, but the fans rally for “USO! USO!” Jey gets in the ring, Priest storms in after him, and the “UCE! OH!” echoes out now. Priest stands Jey up but Jey fires body shots! Priest DECKS Jey! Priest soaks up the cheers and jeers, then waits on Jey. Jey goes to a corner, Priest runs in, BACK ELBOW! Priest runs to CLOBBER Jey! Priest mocks the yeet bounce, covers, TWO! Jey stays in this and the fans stay fired up, but Priest grabs Jey’s arms. Priest has a motorcycle stretch and he digs his knee into Jey’s back! The fans rally for Jey as he endures!

Jey fights up to his feet, but Priest chinlocks. Jey throws body shots, “YEET!” But Priest BELL CLAPS! Jey falls, Priest shakes his head, and Priest says Jey is not next. The fans continue to rally as Priest kicks Jey around. Jey stands, into a KICK! And another KICK! And another, and another! But he ducks the discus to hit a BIG back suplex! Both men are down and the fans fire up! Jey and Priest slowly rise, Priest stands first. Jey grins as he hruns up to HAYMAKER! And counter punch! “YEET! YEET! YEET!” Jey pops ‘n’ locks then puts some stank on the HAYMAKER! Priest staggers, the fans fire up, and Jey whips.

Priest reverses, but Jey slips free of the scoop to mule kick! And UPPERCUT! Priest wobbles, Jey kicks, but Priest blocks! Only for the DRAGON WHIP to hit! The fans fire up as Priest ends up in a corner! Jey goes to a corner, the fans “YEET! YEET! YEET!” and bounce along. Jey runs in, but Priest puts Jey on the apron! Jey GAMANGIRIS in return, then goes up top! Jey leaps, CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! The fans continue to rally and Jey catches his breath. Priest is outside, so Jey builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit and Priest hits barriers! The fans fire up again and Jey nods. Jey hears the ring count, brings Priest up and puts him in at 7 of 10.

But wait, Judgment Day rushes out here! JD McDonagh messes with the ropes to trip Jey up! Priest SPEARS!! Cover, TWO!! Jey survives and JD is furious that their plans still aren’t working! JD coaches Priest but Priest asks what he’s even doing here! Wait, JD is going rogue again? Priest says he doesn’t need any help here! Priest and JD argue, Jey runs up! Jey dodges Priest to SUPERKICK JD! SUPERKICK for Priest! Jey goes up top, USO SPLASH! Cover, TWO!! Priest survives and Jey is stunned, but the fans are still fired up! Jey and Priest sit up, and Jey throws a haymaker! “YEET!” Priest gives back a forearm, “BOO!”

Jey haymakers, “YEET!” Priest forearms, “BOO!” Both men stand, and then Jey UPPERCUTS! “YEET!” Jey shoves Priest, Priest comes back to ROCK Jey! “NO YEET!” “YEET! NO YEET! YEET! NO YEET!” Priest gets the edge, fires himself up, and swings, into an UPPERCUT! But then Priest UPPERCUTS! Jey SUPERKICKS! Priest ROCKS Jey again! Jey PELES! Priest JUMP KICKS! Both men fall and the fans are thunderous again! They stare each other down and the fans are so loud, this place is rumbling! Priest blocks a kick, kicks back, then gets Jey up for the RAZOR’S EDGE!! Cover, TWO!!

The fans continue to cheer while Priest cools off. Priest brings down the straps, powers up the hand, and waits on Jey. Jey rises slowly, turns around, into the choke grip! SOUTH OF- NO, Jey slips free, then ducks ‘n’ dodges to SPEAR!! Cover, TWO!! Priest survives and the fans are thunderous again! Jey thinks on what he has to do to keep Priest down, and the fans rally behind him as he goes back for a corner. Jey climbs, but now FINN BALOR is here! Finn gets on the apron, Jey SUPERKICKS! Jey then runs in at Priest, but Priest LARIATS! Priest staggers around, choke grip, and SOUTH OF HEAVEN!! Cover, TWO?!?

Jey survives Priest’s best shot and the fans are electric! Priest has no idea how, but he works to calm back down. “This is Awesome!” as Priest storms around. Priest fires himself back up, wants Jey to rise, and Jey slowly stands back up. Priest runs up to SPIN KICK! Jey flops back down but Priest tells him to get back up! Jey rises, the fans rally, and Priest SPIN KICKS again! Jey wobbles, drops to his knees, but Priest says one more time! Rise! The fans “YEET! YEET! YEET!” as Jey makes it back to his feet, SPIN- SUPERKICK!! Jey hits another SUPERKICK! And another SUPERKICK! The fans fire up with Jey as he runs in to SUPERKICK at the corner!

Priest wobbles, Jey runs, SPEAR!! Jey goes up a corner and the fans are thunderous! USO SPLASH!!! Cover, JD GIVES HIM THE ROPEBREAK!! Maybe Priest was wrong about needing the help! Jey is beside himself, it’s like being on the other side of Bloodline antics. The fans tell JD off, but JD and Finn both coach Priest back into this. The fans chant, “F U J D!” Jey DIVES onto JD! The fans fire up again and Jey hurries around. Finn runs up, into a SPEAR! Jey leaves The Prince behind to aim at the Punisher. Jey climbs, but Priest hits ropes to trip him up! Priest goes up after Jey, choke grips, SUPER SOUTH OF HEAVEN!!! Cover, Priest wins!!

Winner: Damian Priest, by pinfall (still WWE World Heavyweight Champion)

The Judgment Day didn’t plan this as a team, but they still won as a team to keep the gold with their man! And then Finn & JD have to add on by beating Jey down! That Priest does NOT approve of! He throws JD off, and shoves Finn back! Priest tells them that is enough! Jey’s done, they can leave. Finn & JD don’t understand, but they still listen to Priest. Are things (not) going to be fine with The Judgment Day?

 

Phillipe Chereau is in the ring.

He thanks the fans for being here this weekend, and for setting the LARGEST GATE of ANY ARENA SHOW in WWE history! Vive la France, vive la WWE!

 

WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships: The Kabuki Warriors VS Bianca Belair & Jade Cargill!

The Empress of Tomorrow & The Pirate Princess reunited under Iyo Sky’s Damage CTRL, and they took control of the Women’s Tag Division. However, the EST is about to lose control, and not in a good way! Will Bianca and Jade bring the storm that washes away the reign? Or will even the strongEST duo not be ready for Asuka & Kairi?

The introductions are made, the titles are raised, and we see who is truly in control!

The teams sort out and the fans cheer for “E S T! E S T!” as she starts against Asuka. They circle, tie up, and Bianca headlocks hard. Asuka pulls the braid and powers out of the hold, but Bianca RAMS her! Neither falls, Bianca fires up, and they start shoving! The fans rally and duel as the forearms go back and forth! Bianca gets the edge, but Asuka SOBATS! Asuka runs, but Bianca blows past her to run her over! The fans fire up and Bianca keeps moving, but Asuka drops. Bianca handsprings, and says kiss this! Asuka runs up, but Bianca bypasses her. Asuka turns hip toss into takedown, TWO! Asuka gets around, IRON OCTOPUS!

Bianca endures as Asuka pulls her arm and twists the wrist! Bianca powers Asuka around for a swinging GUTBUSTER! Asuka flounders away, Bianca runs up but ducks the kick! Asuka ducks a haymaker to drop toehold! Kairi runs up but Bianca DECKS her! Bianca dodges Asuka, reels her in, and suplexes! Bianca kips up again and the fans fire up! Jade reaches out, Bianca tags her in! The fans cheer as Jade and Kairi now face off. Kairi runs up, gets around, but Jade THRWOS her away! Jade flexes, Kairi runs up again, but Jade smothers the spear! Jade lifts, Kairi slips free and kicks Jade in the back! Kairi SLAPS Jade!

Kairi dodges the haymaker, but Jade picks Kairi up for a SWINGING BACKBREAKER! Jade then picks Kairi up for another BACKBREAKER! Kairi writhes, but Jade brings her over, tags Bianca, and they double whip to double hip toss, into a DOUBLE FLAPJACK! The fans fire up as Jade & Bianca say Wakanda Forever and Black girl magic! Bianca then handsprings to MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Kairi stays in this but Bianca stays cool. Bianca drags Kairi up, fires forearms, then whips. Bianca RAMS Kairi in the corner, then climbs up to rain down fists! The fans count all the way to TEN, but Kairi slips under to CLUB Bianca!

Kairi grabs the braid, the fans boo, but Bianca backflips and DROPKICKS! Kairi tumbles out and the fans fire up! Bianca PLANCHAS but Kairi dodges! Asuka ROUNDHOUSES Bianca, then Kairi goes up the corner! Kairi grins as she aims for a SUPER CROSSBODY! The Kabuki Warriors fire up while they stand tall! Kairi gets Bianca back in, covers, TWO! Kairi rains down forearms, then drags Bianca over. Tag to Asuka, Bianca fights back but the Kabuki Warriors mug her. They reel Bianca in but she wrenches out to fire forearms! Bianca runs, but into an ELBOW! Kairi adds a SLIDING D! Asuka adds the SLIDING KNEE! Cover, TWO!

Asuka drags Bianca up while the fans rally. Asuka CLUBS Bianca, kicks her around, then stands on her face. The fans boo, the ref counts, and Asuka steps away. Asuka kicks, Bianca blocks and ROCKS Asuka! Bianca reaches out but Asuka holds her back! Bianca fiefs a forearm but Asuka KICKS! And KICKS! Tag to Kairi, and the Kabuki Warriors double whip. Bianca is int he corner. Kairi sends Asuka in to ELBOW! Kairi runs corner to corner, SLIDING D again! The fans rally while Kairi goes up, FLYING KABUKI FOREARM! High stack cover, TWO!! Bianca survives and Kairi is annoyed, but she tags Asuka.

The Kabuki Warriors stand Bianca up, but Bianca ROCKS Kairi and dodges Asuka’s leap! Bianca hurries to crawl forward, but Asuka is in her way! The fans rally, Bianca JAWBREAKERS free! Roll up, TWO! Bianca stands, into a SOBAT! Asuka snarls, reels Bianca in, but Bianca suplexes first! Kairi hurries back up while both women are down! Bianca and Asuka crawl, hot tag to Kairi, Kairi uses Bianca as a step to BLAST Jade! The fans boo but Kairi smiles. Kairi drags Bianca up, SLAPS her around, but Bianca SLAPS back! Kairi whips, Bianca reveres, but Kairi holds ropes! Kairi ELBOWS Bianca, Asuka tags in! CODE BREAKER!

Asuka holds on, Kairi BLOCKBUSTERS! The fans fire up for the KABUKI SLIDING COMBO! Cover, TWO!! Bianca stays in this and the fans continue to rally. Asuka stomps away on Bianca, drags her around by an arm, and has a MOUNTED ARMBAR! Does Becky know Asuka’s using her move? Bianca endures, fights around, and lifts Asuka up! Torture rack, but Kairi tags in first! Kairi then saves Asuka from the Kiss of Death, and Asuka ROUNDHOUSES Bianca! Kairi goes up, Asuka has Bianca, but Bianca shoves Asuka away! Kairi leaps, Bianca gets under! Kairi hurries to grab the braid! Asuka waistlocks Bianca, but Bianca fights free!

Bianca reels Kairi in to short arm LARIAT! The fans are thunderous as Bianca and the Kabuki Warriors are all down! Hot tag to Jade! And she SPRINGBOARD CROSSBODIES! She gets both Asuka & Kairi! Jade runs, LARIAT for Kairi, BOOT for Asuka! Then a STINGER SPLASHY in one corner, STINGER SPLASH in the other, repeat! Asuka falls out, Kairi runs up, but into a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, Asuka breaks it! Jade is frustrated but she stays focused on Kairi. Jade drags Kairi up, wrenches and scoops, to then trophy lift! MILITARY PRESS SLAM! The fans fire up with Jade as she storm around. But Kairi BOOTS her back!

Asuka tags in, blocks a boot, and then URAKEN! URAKEN! SOBAT! KICK! MULE KICK! URAKEN! ROUNDHOUSE! Jade wobbles, Kairi tilt-o-whirls for DESTINO!! Cover, but Kairi forgets Asuka tagged in! Kairi still drags Jade around, but Jade UPPERCUTS her down! Jade herself thinks Kairi is still legal, but she whips! Kairi holds ropes, BOOTS back, and Asuka makes it clear this time. Asuka waistlocks, Jade throws elbows, but both women kick low! Jade SUPERKICKS! Asuka falls but Jade drags her back up. Jade reels Asuka in, but Asuka RAMS Jade into ropes! The ref counts, Kairi tags in!

Kairi gets around Jade, waistlocks, CLUBS her, but Jade choke grips! CHOKE SLAM! Jade staggers, maybe running out of steam, but she still gets Kairi up. Kairi trips Jade, pushes to a cover, TWO, into an ARMBAR!! Jade endures, Asuka catches Bianca! ARMBAR!! The fans rally while the strongEST team endures double submissions! Jade clasps hands, Bianca moves around, and then they both deadlift the Kabuki Warriors! STEREO POWERBOMBS!! All four women are down and the fans are thunderous! “This is Awesome!” as Bianca bails out, and Jade has both Kabuki Warriors! But they both kick back!

The Kabuki Warriors double whip, Bianca sneaks the tag! Jade KICKS Asuka, gets around Kairi, WHEELBARROW DDT GERMAN SUPLEX COMBO!! Cover, TWO?!?! Kairi survives all that and no one can believe it! Asuka is lurking behind Jade, too! Asuka YANKS Jade down, then sends her into steel steps! Bianca is furious, but Kairi rolls her up! TWO!! Bianca escapes, to SPINEBUSTER! Bianca runs at the corner, Kairi sends her into POST! Tag to Asuka, and they get Bianca up! InSANE DDT!! Cover, JADE BREAKS IT! The fans fire up and now the Kabuki Warriors are shocked! Kairi SLAPS Jade, then tags Asuka.

The Kabuki Warriors get Jade up, URAKEN! URAKEN! SOBAT! KICK! Kairi goes up but Jade blocks a kick to SUPERKICK! Kairi still leaps, but into Jade’s arms! Jade pops Kairi up and around, then into the chicken wings! JADED!! Bianca tags in, she gets Asuka in a torture rack! KISS OF DEATH onto Kairi!! Bianca covers, she and Jade wins!!

Winners: Bianca Belair & Jade Cargill, by pinfall (NEW WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions)

And the strongEST become the newEST! Bianca has a Triple Crown in the WWE, and Jade is already a champion just three matches in! DMG CTRL is now stuck on Raw, is this truly the last time Bianca has to worry about them?

 

WWE announces the opening round for The King & Queen of the Ring tournaments!

Monday Night Raw has decided on their brackets! First, in the Queen of the Ring: Ivy Nile VS Zoey Stark! Shayna Baszler VS Zelina Vega! Lyra Valkyria VS Asuka! Iyo Sky VS Natalya! And then for the Kings: Drew McIntyre VS Finn Balor! Kofi Kingston VS Rey Mysterio! Ricochet VS Ilja Dragunov! Gunther VS Sheamus! A star-studded show to be sure, but who will take one step closer to WWE’s return to Saudi Arabia?

 

Undisputed WWE Championship: Cody Rhodes VS AJ Styles!

So much has already been said about this first-time-ever match-up over the last few weeks. Ships passing in the night, both men respecting each other but also both needing to win this match to solidify their legacies. Will the American Nightmare keep the dream alive? Or will The Phenomenal One end this new story before it even begins?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who is truly undisputed!

The bell rings and the fans are singing and jumping around so much, this place is practically shaking! Cody and Styles circle, tie up, and go around. They break, the fans fire up again, and the two reset. They tie up again, go around, and Cody puts Styles in a corner only for Styles to turn it around. They go along the ropes, into the corner, and they break again. Styles and Cody tie up again, Cody headlocks, and he hits a takeover. Styles keeps his shoulders up, pushes his way to a headscissor, but Cody pops free. The fans rally again as the two circle. Styles shoots in, gets a leg, but Cody rolls free.

The fans duel between Cody and Styles as the two reset again. The two feel it out, tie up, and Styles headlocks. Styles grinds the hold, hits a takeover, but Cody keeps his shoulders up. Cody pushes to a headscissor, Styles kips free, but Cody hits another headlock takeover! Styles headscissors again, Cody bridges, grabs at Styles, but Styles pulls thar arm down. Cody headstands, pops free, goes for the headlock, but Styles rolls through! Cody waistlocks, Styles waistlocks, they switch and switch, but Styles puts Cody in the corner! The fans cheer the exchange but Cody steps up. Styles shoves Cody, but Cody SLAPS Styles!

Styles staggers away as Cody gets him back for last night! The fans fire up behind Cody, and he resets with Styles. They tie up, but Styles knees low! Cody still puts Styles in a corner to CHOP! Styles CHOPS! Cody CHOPS! Repeat! The fans “WOO~” with every CHOIP, and Styles gets CHOP after CHOP! Styles headlocks, Cody powers out, then Cody drops, hurdles and DROPKICKS! The fans fire up and Cody cartwheels to give the Stardust to Styles! The fans are thunderous as the two reset again. The fans chant for “STARDUST! STARDUST!” The two knuckle lock, Styles kicks low then fires off CHOP after CHOP!

Styles whips and DROPKICKS Cody! Payback for the payback and the fans sing for the Phenomenal! Styles runs, but Cody back drops him away! Styles writhes and the fans fire up with Cody! Cody covers, ONE, but he clamps on with a chinlock. Styles endures, fights up, but Cody CLUBS the arm. Cody reels Styles in, suplexes, and holds Styles up! The fans cheer as Cody goes all the way to TEN before the GOURD BUSTER! Styles sputters, Cody looms over him, then Cody brings Styles up. But Styles RAMS him into a corner! Styles hammerlocks an arm and RAMS that shoulder into buckles! Styles wrenches the arm again, to hit a AMRBAR DDT!

The fans duel again as Styles brings Cody up. Styles wrenches the arm to WRING it out! Cody writhes, but Styles hammerlocks the arm to keep Cody down. Cody endures, fights up, and the fans rally. Cody throws forearms on Styles but Styles keeps the wristlock! Cody ROCKS Styles, runs, but Styles kitchen sink knees! The fans sing again, Styles brings Cody up to KICK him! And KICK him again! Cody crawls but Styles stalks him. Styles taunts Cody, kicks, but Cody blocks to hook Styles up, BACKPACK CRADLE! TWO, Cody tries again! TWO, RHODES UPPERCUT! But Styles PELES back!

The fans continue to rally while both men are down! Styles goes to ropes, stands up, runs back in, but Cody sends Styles into ropes! Styles gets jammed up and flops out of the ring! Cody builds speed and DIVES into a haymaker! Styles drags Cody out to SMACK off the English desk! The ring count starts, but Styles refreshes that. Styles drags Cody back up, to SMACK him off the desk again! Cody flounders around, Styles looks to the French desk. French commentary asks him not to, but he still clears their desk off! Styles brings Cody over, but Cody sends Styles into steel steps! Cody gets in the ring and the fans rally back up.

Cody drags himself up with ropes, Styles flounders to the apron, but Cody brings Styles up! Styles fires hands, Cody hits back, then Cody bumps Styles off buckles! Fans chant “Too Sweet! WOOP WOOP!” while Cody drags Styles up the corner. Styles throws body shots, but so does Cody! The fans fire up, and Cody lifts Styles! Stalling- NO, Styles slips free and YANKS Cody down! A hard landing for both men and Cody scrambles to a corner. Cody stands, but Styles storms up on him! Styles Electric Chair Lifts Cody, for a SLAM! Cody writhes on the Prime logo while the fans sing for The Phenomenal again.

Styles runs to LIONSAULT onto knees! Cody saves himself there, and both men are down! The fans cheer while Styles sputters and both men sit up. Styles drags himself to a corner and stands while Cody rises at center. Styles runs up but Cody counter punches! And counter punches again! And again! And again, and again! Cody whips, Styles reverses but Cody FOREARMS! Styles stays up, runs in at the corner, but Cody goes up and over! SNAP POWERSLAM! The fans fire up again and Cody feels it! The cameras are shaking from the power of the fans! Cody runs, springboard, BEAUTIFUL DISASTER KICK! Cover, TWO!

The fans continue to rally as Cody keeps his focus. Cody rises, the fans continue to sing, and Cody throws hands. Cody springboards again, but Styles catches him to another Electric Chair! But Cody victory rolls it, TWO! Styles fireman’s carries, USHIGOROSHI! Cover, TWO! Cody stays in this, the fans cheer, and Styles grits his teeth. Styles rises again, hobbling on that banged up leg. Cody rises, Styles runs up, but Cody dodges! BULLDOG! Both men are down again but Styles rolls to the apron. Cody steps out after him, “This is Awesome!” as Cody reels Styles in! But Styles suplexes first! APRON BRAINBUSTER!!

Cody sputters while on his feet, then flops over! Both men are down on the outside, the fans sing for The Phenomenal, and the ref checks Cody. Cody is somehow still in this, and the ring count climbs. Styles rolls in at 3 of 10, then goes back out. SLIDING KNEE, BLOCKED! Cody hits a POWERBOMB through the French commentary table!! The fans chant “OUI! OUI! OUI!” while both men are down again! The ring count starts again, both men are still down at 5 of 10! The fans count along, we pass 7, then 8! Both men stand at 9, and slide in safe at 9.5!! The fans are thunderous as this main event continues!

Styles flounders to a corner, runs up on Cody, DOUBLE LARIATS collide! Neither man falls, so they start throwing forearms back and forth! The fans are torn as the shots keep going! Cody fires hands, as does Styles, then both men ROUNDHOUSE! Both men fall and the fans fire up again! “This is Awesome!” as both men go to corners. Both men drag themselves up, fire up, and they both run in! They fire furious fists, then Cody throws body shots! Styles blocks to fire the PHENOMENAL BLITZ! Cody ducks the lariat to JAB, JAB, JAB! Flip! Flop! Fly and a little extra, BIONIC ELBOW! Cover, TWO! The fans are still electric as both men are down!

Both men sit up, Styles grabs at Cody but Cody kicks him away. Cody pounds the mat, the fans fire up with him, and Cody springboards! CODY CUT- NO, Styles dragon sleepers! Inverted suplex, into a gut wrench! Cody flips through to have Styles up! But Styles slips free! Cody runs in, into a BOOT! CORNER SNAP SUPLEX!! Cody slumps down the buckles and the fans sing for The Phenomenal again! Styles drags Cody up and around, scoops him and hits a BACKBREAKER! Cody is down in a drop zone and Styles goes to the corner. Styles aims from the apron, springboards, 450 SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!!

The fans are thunderous as Cody survives and Styles is frustrated. Styles stalks Cody, torture racks, and hits a BURNING HAMMER!! Cover, ONE?!?!? WHAT?!?! Cody punches himself and is all fired up! The fans are volcanic seeing this, but Styles KICKS, punches, repeat! Cody blocks a kick, spins him around, then springboards to CODY CUTTER!! Cover, TWO!!! Styles survives and Cody is beside himself! The fans rally as Styles crawls to the apron and Cody rises. The fans hope they “FIGHT FOREVER!” but this has to end somehow! Styles is in a corner now, Cody shakes his head. Styles tells him to bring it! They both run in, Cody LARIATS Styles down first!

The fans fire up again as Cody has a second wind! Cody storms around, calls his shot, and then dragon sleepers! CROSS- SNAPMARE! Styles ducks the lariat to PELE! Cody goes to a corner, Styles runs in, but Cody puts him on the apron! Styles ROCKS Cody and Cody staggers away! Elbow pad off, Styles springboards, PHENOMENAL- SUPERKICK!! Both men are down again and the fans continue to cheer! Cody drags Styles into a KIMURA!! Cody learned this from The Beast! Styles is caught in the body scissors, endures as Cody twists that elbow joint, and the fans duel as Styles fights up!

Styles manages to deadlift Cody off the mat, to SPINEBUSTER! Styles drags Cody up into position now, but Cody kicks free of the Clash! Cody BOOTS Styles, dragon sleepers, CROSS- NO, Styles turns things around again! Styles kicks, reels Cody in, STYLES- NO, Cody fights that off to back drop! Styles sunset flips, Cody sists on it! TWO!! Styles swings, Cody dodges to go up and up and SUPER CODY CUTTER!!! The fans are volcanic again as Cody rises! Cody says this is it! Dragon sleeper, CROSS RHODES!!! Cover, Cody wins!

Winner: Cody Rhodes, by pinfall (still Undisputed WWE Champion)

That match was Just Too Sweet! A truly phenomenal match, but that just shows how The American Nightmare is undeniable! Will Cody keep writing this incredible “sequel” to his story?


My Thoughts:

I know “Phenomenal” has been used a lot because of how AJ Styles was on this show, but it is truly a fitting adjective for this year’s Backlash. Lyon, France as a crowd definitely proved they were the right location. They were non-stop energy between both last night on SmackDown and right here for Backlash, it added to everyone’s energy, including my own, so much fun. Opening with the Bloodline match was a bit surprising, but it was a great move given it turned into a Street Fight. And the surprise of the night happened here with Tanga Loa making a debut. I did not see that coming, I honestly thought he was still with NJPW, but here he is, and that’s awesome.

The Triple Threat was a great follow-up for that tag match, especially with how WWE has learned from other places how to book a Triple Threat that almost never slows down. They didn’t constantly boil it down to 1v1 pairings until closer to the end, and it was great seeing Naomi and Bayley take Tiff out with a tag team finisher to get there. Bayley’s quick pin win is great for everyone, we can definitely get some more of Bayley and Naomi 1v1 and same for Bayley and Tiff 1v1. Great promo from Jey with The Bloodline, because it was actually more powerful that they didn’t speak. It was just Jey knowing that The Bloodline is getting more dangerous and outta control, and in a way, it’s because Jey left at a pivotal moment.

Priest VS Jey for the world title was a great match, and a solid halfway point on the card. Turns out that Judgment Day can interfere on Priest’s behalf and not muck it up, but Priest still doesn’t like that they’re beating up on people when, in Priest’s opinion, it’s not needed. I’m still sensing that Priest could be leaving Judgment Day because he’s trying to do things in a respectable way and they wanna stay vicious, “pack of wild dog” Heels. Something’s gotta give, and either way, I’d love seeing Priest VS Finn for the title. Great picks for those King & Queen of the Ring brackets, but with McIntyre VS Finn in round one, I feel like so much of the tournament is determined right there.

Great Women’s Tag Team Championship match, though it got a bit wonky in the middle when ref and Kabuki Warriors lost track of who was what. But either way, great to see Bianca & Jade defying the go-home math. They stood tall with Naomi and Bayley last night, and they still won the titles here tonight. Bianca’s grudge against DMG CTRL didn’t cost them, and now with some teams moving around, we can get some fun, fresh match-ups for these titles. And then, the fans just never stopped losing their minds during Cody VS Styles, taking what was a great match and making it feel truly awesome. But I figured Cody would retain, he just got the belt and there is any number of match-ups for him to still do.

Maybe Styles’ story after this is sorting things out with The OC since they’re all still on the same brand. There are still plenty of factions they can feud with for the Summer, like The Pride, Legado, and the Logan-Theory-Waller friends. Maybe Styles also gets in on King of the Ring, as SmackDown’s bracket wasn’t announced yet.

My Score: 9.2/10


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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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