Opinion: Match & Show Ratings for August 7 to August 13, 2022

Welcome to TPWW’s Emperor Smeat’s Match and Show Ratings for the week of August 7th to August 13th, 2022.

Match and show star ratings (out of 5):

WWE

WWE RAW (Aug. 8)
* Seth Rollins vs. Angelo Dawkins – 3.0
* Ezekiel vs. Kevin Owens – 2.0 (Squash)
* Finn Balor vs. Rey Mysterio – 3.0
* WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship Tournament First Round match – IYO SKY & Dakota Kai vs. Dana Brooke & Tamina – 2.5
* United States Championship – Ciampa vs. Bobby Lashley (c) – 3.5
* 2-on-1 Handicap match – Omos vs. Andrea Guercio & Spencer Slade – 1.5 (Squash)
* Chad Gable vs. Dolph Ziggler – 3.0
* No Disqualification match – AJ Styles vs. The Miz – 3.0
Overall – 3.0
Best – United States Championship match.
Worst – The abrupt no contest ending to the Ezekiel vs. Kevin Owens match and the ending shenanigans to the Finn Balor vs. Rey Mysterio match.
Show Notes – Opening Bayley & Pals promo about Bayley bashing the crowd and WWE’s Women’s division, Kai claiming they will win the Women’s Tag titles tournament, Bliss, Asuka, & Belair interruption retort, & trios match setup was decent but the big brawl afterwards was cool. Rollins vs. Dawkins moments: Dawkins’ pounce to Rollins into the announcer’s table via Ford’s goofy distraction assist. Rollins’ O’Connor Roll to Dawkins into Rollins’ neckbreaker style rolling punch into Dawkins’ dodges & Sky High counter of Rollins’ curb stomps. Dawkins’ counter of Rollins’ curb stomp into Rollins’ arm yank, pedigree & curb stomp finisher combo counter of Dawkins’ Sky High. Match itself was a quite good action filled bout. Miz & Ciampa backstage interview about Ciampa’s upcoming US title match, Harley Race shoutout, & Ciampa dedicating his match to Race was splendid. Ezekiel vs. Owens was going on decently until the abrupt no contest “injury” ending. Balor’s pre-match promo about Judgement Day not being afraid of Edge & Mysterios, fear being imaginary but danger being real, & Priest’s match request to Edge and promise to end him was decent at best. Balor vs. Mysterio was pretty good despite the ending shenanigans by Ripley. SKY & Kai vs. Brooke & Tamina was a solid back-and-forth bout. US title match moments: Lashley chucking Ciampa onto Miz on the outside. Ciampa’s escape & reverse DDT counter of Lashley’s press slam. Lashley’s escape & spear counter of Ciampa’s Fairy Tale Ending. Ciampa’s escape, shoves into the espoused turnbuckle and post, & knee strike combo counter of Lashley’s Hurt Lock. Ciampa’s toss to the outside & spiked Willow’s Bell combo to Lashley. Lashley’s block, spinebuster, & Hurt Lock finisher combo counter of Ciampa’s running knee. Match itself was a very good hard fought action filled bout. Gable vs. Ziggler was a good back-and-forth bout. Nikki & Doudrop, Bliss & Asuka, and Bayley & Pals backstage segment about Women’s Tag titles tournament was decent but a random crashed car being towed in the background was interesting. Styles vs. Miz moments: Miz’s counter of Styles’ Styles Clash onto the announcer’s table into Miz chucking Styles over the barricade. Styles’ kendo whacks & kendo assisted low blow to Miz. Styles; running forearm strike to Ciampa on the apron through tables on the outside. Miz’s chair toss counter of Styles’ Phenomenal Forearm. Styles’ kick counter of Miz’s Figure Four into a chair in the corner into Styles’ Styles’ Clash finisher. Match itself was an entertaining hardcore bout. Post-match Dexter Lumis surprise appearance in the crowd was pretty cool.
Final Thoughts – This week’s show was enjoyable overall.

WWE NXT (Aug. 9)
* Kiana James vs. Nikkita Lyons – 2.0
* Rounds match – Wes Lee vs. Trick Williams – 2.5
* Thea Hail vs. Arianna Grace – 2.5
* Apollo Crews vs. Roderick Strong – 3.0
* Pretty Deadly (Kit Wilson & Elton Prince) vs. Malik Blade & Edris Enofe – 2.5
* Cora Jade vs. Zoey Stark – 2.5
Overall – 2.5
Best – The Santos Escobar & Tony D’Angelo night time outdoor park meeting segment.
Worst – Lash Legend, Blade, Enofe, & Pretty Deadly rambling backstage segments.
Show Notes – The show opening promo videos from several NXT stars hyping up their matches tonight was an interesting way to start off a show. James vs. Lyons was mostly solid despite being a bit sloppy at times. Crews & Creed Bros backstage segment about Crews & Creeds studying tape, Strong’s upset interruption, & banter was mostly decent. Lee vs. Williams was a mostly solid Brawl For All style bout despite being awkward at times & loaded glove shenanigans ending by Lee. Chase U taped office segment about Grace & Hail’s black eye injury incident, match setup, & Chase’s foul mouthed retort over being potentially sued was a bit funny. Hayes’ promo about him being upset over Lee’s win costing him & Williams plans for an hour long post-match celebration and bashing Frazer, Vinci’s interruption wanting a N.A. title shot and mocking Hayes “A Champ” nickname, banter, & brawl was all right. McDonagh vs. Breakker NXT title match hype video was all right. Crews’ randomly spacing out during his pre-match backstage walk & green vision about a beaten up Diamond Mine was weird. Crews vs. Strong moments: Crews’ catch & deadlift German suplex of Strong’s leaping attack. Strong’s backdrop driver to Crews onto the apron. Strong’s block & backbreaker counter of Crews’ suplex into Crews’ catch & gutbuster counter of Strong’s backbreaker into Crews’ spinebuster style slam finisher to Strong. Match was a good hard fought action filled bout. Lash Legend, Blade, Enofe, & Pretty Deadly rambling backstage segments & abrupt ends each time was a mostly awful. Diamond Mine backstage segment about Creed Bros being puzzled over Crews’ reference earlier, Strong being pissed Creed Bros were not at ringside and his loss, & banter was all right. D’Angelo & Escobar night time outdoor park meeting about D’Angelo being upset at Escobar costing him a win last week, Escobar’s payback retort and mocking D’Angelo over his lack of NXT gold, banter, & match stip of Escobar leaves NXT if he loses but Legado leaves The Family if he wins was superb. Pretty Deadly vs. Blade & Enofe was solid despite the ending shenanigans with Briggs & Jensen. Toxic Attraction promo video about their NXT Tag titles loss & face-like rebellious outlook was a bit odd. Jade vs. Stark moments: Starks’ dodge counter of Jade’s pipe swing into Stark’s German suplex bending Jade in half. Ouch at Jade’s head after getting spiked hard from Stark’s second German suplex. Roxanne Perez’s pipe grab distraction into Starks’ superkick & flip over GTS finisher to Jade. Match itself was a solid back-and-forth bout but the ending sequence was entertaining.
Final Thoughts – This week’s show was mostly average overall.

WWE Friday Night SmackDown (Aug. 12)
* WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship tournament First Round match – Raquel Rodriguez & Aliyah vs. Xia Li & Shotzi – 2.5
* Ivar vs. Kofi Kingston – N/A
* Brandon Scott & Trevor Irving vs. Hit Row (Top Dolla & Ashante “Thee” Adonis) – 2.5 (Squash)
* The Usos (Jimmy & Jey Uso) vs. Drew McIntyre & Madcap Moss – 3.0
Intercontinental Championship – Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Gunther (c) – 4.0
Overall – 3.0
Best – Intercontinental Championship match.
Worst – Ronda Rousey’s promo segment.
Show Notes – Rodriguez & Aliyah vs. Li & Shozti opener was a solid back-and-forth bout despite being a bit sloppy at times. Kross’ overly melodramatic dim lit backstage promo about his & Scarlett’s WWE return, attack on McIntyre, & threat to the Bloodline was a bit corny. McIntyre’s promo about Kross’ attack on him last week, his three options offer to Kross for painful revenge, badmouth Roman Reigns and Bloodline, interruption by Scarlett, & Usos’ ambush attack to McIntyre and staredown with Scarlett was all right. IC title legacy hype video package was great. Sami Zayn & Usos’s brief backstage talk & McIntyre’s ambush attack getting revenge over the Usos attack earlier was all right. Hit Row’s surprise return was decent but without Swerve Strickland the group is mostly meaningless. Hit Row vs. jobbers was a fine squash bout. Ronda Rousey’s promo hijacking the SD Women’s title match contract segment about her suspension & big bag of cash was mostly awful in terms of delivery while Baszler’s abrupt face-like response to Rousey over her attack on security was weird. SD Women’s title match contract signing segment about Baszler going right back to a heelish promo bashing Morgan, Morgan’s retort mocking Baszler for being a bootleg Rousey and arrogant boasting over beating Rousey, & brawl was decent. Usos & Zayn’s backstage segment about the Usos being pissed at Zayn bailing on them earlier was all right. Usos vs. McIntyre & Moss was a pretty good back-and-forth action bout, especially the latter half. Post-match attack with Zayn shoving Jey out of the way & eating a Claymore Kick was all right. Maximum Male Models & Los Lotharios backstage segment about Lotharios’ interrupting the photo shoot, claiming they were more beautiful, & hitting on Maxxine Dupri was decent. Nakamura vs. Gunther match hype video was splendid. Zoey Stark & Nikkita Lyons SD debut vignette was all right. IC title match moments: Gunther’s swift stiff chop flooring Nakamura into Gunther’s Boston Crab & STF combo. Nakamura’s kicks to Gunther into Gunther’s stiff chop into Nakamura’s Crucifix hold into Gunther’s escape & head stomps counter. Gunther’s murder chop flooring Nakamura. Nakumra’s catch & Triangle hold counter of Gunter’s top rope splash into Gunther’s lift & underhook overhead suplex counter. Nakamura’s knee strike counter of Gunther’s running attack. Gunther’s clothesline counter of Nakamura’s Kinshasa. Gunther’s stiff chop & rear naked choke into Nakamura’s arm yanks escape counter into Gunther’s dropkick to the back of the head & powerbomb finisher. Match itself was a great back-and-forth hard hitting action filled bout.
Final Thoughts – This week’s show was mostly enjoyable overall.


AEW

AEW Dark Elevation (Aug. 8)
* Ruby Soho & Skye Blue vs. Nikki Victory & Megan Meyers – 2.5
* Parker Boudreaux vs. Casey Carrington – 2.0 (Squash)
* Athena vs. Queen Aminata – 2.5
* The Baddies (Kiera Hogan & Leila Grey) vs. Alice Crowley & Freya States – 1.5 (Squash)
* Dark Order (John Silver & Alex Reynolds) vs. TUG Cooper & Lord Crewe – 2.0 (Squash)
* The Wingmen (“Pretty” Peter Avalon & Ryan Nemeth) vs. Lucha Brothers (Penta Oscuro & Rey Fenix) – 2.5
Overall – 2.5
Best – The Wingmen vs. Lucha Bros match.
Worst – The Baddies vs. Alice Crowley & Freya States match.
Show Notes – Soho & Blue vs. Victory & Meyers opener was a solid bout despite being a bit rough at one point. Boudreaux vs. Carrington was a decent brief squash match. Athena vs. Aminata moments: Athena’s brutal looking shotgun dropkick outta nowhere to Aminata sending her crashing hard into the guard rail. Athena’s brutal looking The Eclipse finisher spiking Aminata. Match itself was a solid back-and-forth bout. Baddies vs. Crowley & States Tag was a somewhat decent but also dull extended squash bout. Dark Order vs, Cooper & Crewe was a decent brief mostly squash bout. Wingmen vs. Lucha Bros Tag moments: Fenix’s angry look while Avalon & Nemeth were buddying up and admiring each other’s muscles into Fenix’s strikes to Wingmen into Lucha Bros stereo superkicks. Penta’s kick to Avalon, Slingblade to Nemeth, & Slingblade to Avalon counter of Wingmen’s doubel team backdrop. Fenix’s top rope Frog Splash splatting Nemeth. Penta’s cazardora to Fenix onto Nemeth. Avalon’s enziguri & Nemeth’s spiked Pendulum DDT combo to Fenix. Lucha Bros superkicks to Nemeth, Fenix’s rana to Avalon off the top rope, & Lucha Bros double team Fear Factor finisher to Avalon. Match itself was a solid back-and-forth bout. Post-match La Faccion & Lucha Bros staredown was all right.
Final Thoughts – This week’s show was mostly average overall.

AEW Dark (Aug. 9)
* Private Party (Marq Quen & Isaiah Kassidy), The Butcher, & The Blade vs. Isaiah Broner, James Alexander, Brayden Lee, & Sam Moore – 2.5 (Squash)
* Anna Jay A.S. vs. Megan Meyers – 2.0 (Squash)
* Best Friends (Chuck Taylor & Trent Berretta) vs. Rohit Raju & Ben Jones – 2.5
* The Wingmen (JD Drake & “Pretty” Peter Avalon) vs. Dark Order (Evil Uno & 10) – 3.0
* Marina Shafir & Nyla Rose vs. Heather Reckless & Joseline Navarro – 1.5 (Squash)
* Kris Statlander vs. Sierra – 2.5
* Sonny Kiss, Zack Clayton, & Xavier Walker vs. The Trustbusters (Ariya Daivari, Parker Boudreaux, & Slim J) – 3.0
* Serena Deeb, Leva Bates, & Emi Sakura vs. Ruby Soho, Athena & Hikaru Shida – 3.5
* Anthony Henry vs. Orange Cassidy – 3.0
Overall – 3.0
Best – Serena Deeb, Leva Bates, & Emi Sakura vs. Ruby Soho, Athena & Hikaru Shida match.
Worst – Marina Shafir & Nyla Rose vs. Heather Reckless & Joseline Navarro match.
Show Notes – 8-Man Tag opener was a fine jobber destruction bout. JAY A.S. vs. Meyers was a decent mostly squash style bout. Best Friends vs. Raju & Jones Tag was a solid back-and-forth action bout. La Faccion vs. Lucha Bros match hype video was all right. Andrade El Idolo & RUSH interview segment about Andrade’s lack of respect for masked wrestlers and AEW locker room & RUSH’s energetic response about why came to AEW was to destroy everyone except Andrade and boasting about La Faccion was splendid. Wingmen vs. Dark Order Tag was a pretty good back-and-forth bout. Shafir & Rose vs. Reckless & Navarro was a somewhat decent brief squash bout. Post-match promo by Vicky Guerrero bashing the crowd, revealing that her group is now called Best of Burdens, & Rose and Shafir’s post-match attack was all right. Statlander vs. Sierra was a solid back-and-forth bout despite Statlander suffering a potential knee injury at the end. Kiss, Clayton, & Walker vs. The Trustbusters Trios Tag moments: Kiss’ sliding dodge, rana, & cartwheel forearm strike combo counter of Slim J’s running attack. Kiss’ Matrix dodge & thrust kick counter of Slim’s running attack. Slim’s Slice Bread to Walker via Daivari lift assist. Kiss being disinterested in helping out his tag partners from Boudreaux’s attacks was interesting. Match itself was pretty good. Post-match Daviari’s conversation with Kiss was interesting. Women’s Trios moments: Deeb’s armdrag counter of Soho’s Destination Unknown. Sakura’s chops & tilt-a-whirl backbreaker to Shida into Shida’s tilt-a-whirl backbreaker to Sakura. Soho’s cazadora splash to Bates via Athena assist. Sakura’s brutal looking hair whip toss & stiff running crossbody in the corner combo to Soho. Shida’s turnbuckles punches, dropkick, suplex, & springboard Meteora combo to Sakura. Shida’s kendo stick block of Bates’ loaded book attack into Shida’s springboard side kick & Kitana finisher combo to Bates. Match itself was a very entertaining back-and-forth action filled bout. Henry vs. Cassidy moments: Henry’s stiff strike, Tiger Driver, & STF combo to Orange. Henry’s catch & brainbuster of Orange’s leaping DDT. Henry’s vicious looking Kitchen Sink counter of Orange’s running attack. Orange’s Stundog Millionaire counter of Henry’s suplex into Orange’s dive to JD Drake on the outside & Tornado DDT to Henry. Orange’s dodge & shove into Drake counter of Henry’s running attack into Orange’s Orange Punch to Drake on the apron into Henry’s block & underhook suplex counter of Orange’s Orange Punch into Orange’s Beach Break finisher counter. Match itself was a good back-and-forth action bout.
Final Thoughts – This week’s show was enjoyable overall.

AEW Dynamite Quake By The Lake (Aug. 10)
* Coffin match – Brody King vs. Darby Allin – 3.5
* Tornado Tag Team match – La Faccion Ingobernable (Andrade El Idolo & RUSH) vs. Lucha Brothers (Penta Oscuro & Rey Fenix) – 4.0
* Luchasaurus vs. Anthony Henry – 2.0 (Squash)
* Aaron Solo vs. Ricky Starks – 2.5
* TBS Championship – Madison Rayne vs. Jade Cargill (c) – 2.5
* AEW Interim World Championship – Chris Jericho vs. Jon Moxley (c) – 4.0
Overall – 4.0
Best – Tornado Tag Team match & CM Punk’s surprise return.
Worst – TBS title match being a bit sloppy at times.
Show Notes – Coffin match opener moments: Allin’s tacks studded skateboard attacks to King into King’s doge & stiff punch counter of Allin’s skateboard strike onto the post into King’s hard chuck to Allin over the timekeeper’s table. Allin’s dodge counter of King’s top rope splash through tables on the outside. HoB’s lights out run-in & attack to Allin. Sting’s surprise pop out of the coffin & brawl with HoB. King’s hard chuck into the guard rail & bodyslam onto the steps to Allin. Allin’s chain wrapped punches & hanging choke finisher counter of King’s piledriver on the apron. Match itself was a very entertaining hard hitting hardcore style bout. Tornado Tag moments: RUSH’s overhead suplex toss counter of Fenix’s running attack in the corner. Andrade’s shove counter of Penta’s Fear Factor to RUSH & dropkick counter of Fenix’s Flying Nothing. Penta’s cazadora to Andrade & DDT to RUSH. Penta’s cazadora to Fenix onto Andrade. Fenix’s leap up splash to RUSH via Penta’s shoulders assist. Fenix’s duck counter of Andrade’s thrust kick to RUSH. RUSH’s powerbomb counter of Fenix’s top rope attack. Penta’s Destroyer to Andrade on the apron. RUSH’s shotgun missile dropkick & crosss-arm spiked piledriver to Fenix. RUSH’s brutal looking Bulls Horn dropkick to Fenix in the corner into Andrade’s El Idolo finisher to Fenix. Match itself was a great hard fought action filled bout. Young Bucks, Dark Order, & Hangman Page backstage segment about Bucks thanking Page for saving them last week, apology over their past actions to him, and offer to reunite as a Trios team, & Page’s retort denying the offer and being in Dark Order’s corner instead was splendid. Miro’s dark room promo about Black’s offer, creepy Julia persuading him to embrace Black’s gift, & Miro’s denial of her being the “one woman” who can touch him & warpath goal was splendid. Lethal & Pals promo boasting about Singh manhandling Wardlow last week and TNT title match demand, Wardlow accepting & threat to beat them all up, FTR backing up Wardlow & brawl was decent. Gunn Club backstage interview about Billy being upset over his sons losing a dumpster match, Stokley’s interruption mocking Billy and offering his services to Billy’s sons, Danhausen interruption, & match setup was okay. TBS title match was a mostly solid back-and-forth bout despite being a bit sloppy at times. Post-match ambush attack by Athena was decent. AEW Interim title moments: Moxley & Jericho’s chops exchange into Moxley’s snapemare & stiff kick into Jericho’s snapmare, stiff kick, neck crank, & ear ring yank out. Ouch at Moxley’s bloody ear afterwards. Jericho’s backbreaker & Lionsault to Moxley into Moxley’s armbar into Jericho’s ecape & seated arms yank hold into Moxley’s escape & ankle lock. Jericho’s Codebreaker counter of Moxley’s top rope attack. Moxley’s sleeper choke into Jericho’s escape & Liontamer into Moxley’s escape, overhead elbows & bulldog choke finisher. Match itself was a great back-and-forth action bout. Post-match mass brawl with JAS, Castagnoli, Kingston, and Ortiz, CM Punk’s surprise run-in save brawl, & Punk & Moxley’s staredown was cool.
Final Thoughts – This week’s Quake By The Lake show was mostly great overall.

AEW Rampage Quake By The Lake (Aug. 12)
* AAA World Mixed Tag Team Championship – Skye Blue & Dante Martin vs. Tay Melo & Sammy Guevara (c) – 3.0
* Parker Boudreaux vs. Sonny Kiss – 2.0 (Squash)
* Gunn Club (Austin & Colten Gunn) vs. Beardhausen (Erick Redbeard & Danhausen) – 2.5
* Ari Daivari vs. Orange Cassidy – 3.0
Overall – 3.0
Best – Bryan Danielson & Daniel Garcia show opening promo segment.
Worst – HOOK & Zack Clayton’s flat FTW title match setup promo segment.
Show Notes – Opening Bryan Danielson interview about Garcia recent boasting about being the Dragon Slayer, Danielson’s response about he will never stop wrestling on his own, interruption by Garcia about his “hero” being fragile and promising to end Danielson’s career, Danielson’s retort about Jericho’s sports entertainment BS brainwashing and dilemma on if Garcia wants to be the best sports entertainer or best technical wrestler after he beats him was awesome. AAA Mixed Tag titles match moments: Tay’s pump kick flooring Blue via Guevara’s leg grab distraction assist. Tay’s whip & pump kick to Blue in the corner. Martin’s pump fake shoulder tackle counter of Guevara’s leap over. Tay’s leg grab & Guevara’s hold into Martin’s flip over escape & step up Destroyer to Guevara via Tay assist. Tay’s spiked DDT to Martin & Blue’s crossbody to Guevara into Tay’s TayKO finisher to Blue. Match itself was a good back-and-forth bout. Lucha Bros’ video promo about their bad blood issues with Andrade and Rush, proclaiming Death Triangle will win the Trios Tag titles tournament, & United Empire was all right. Boudreaux vs. Kiss was a decent brief mostly squash style bout. AFO backstage segment about Andrade guaranteeing La Faccion will win the Trios Tag titles tournament & Isaiah Kassidy promising Tag gold next week was all right. Gunn Club vs. Beardhausen was a solid back-and-forth bout despite the ending shenanigans by Billy Gunn. Post-match promo by Billy bashing his sons for needing his help to win, teasing Acclaimed were better, & Stokley trying to persuade Gunn Club to take his services offer was all right. Swerve Strickland & Keith Lee backstage interview about upcoming tag titles match with Private Party & Steiner Math-like equation for Private Party’s odds was all right. HOOK’s interview about his “yup” response to winning the FTW title, interruption by Zack Clayton bashing HOOK and FTW title goal, & match setup was nothing special. Daivari & Cassidy’s pre-match split-screen backstage interview was all right. Daivari vs. Cassidy moments: Daivari’s apron shoulder tackle & neckbreaker onto the ropes counter of Orange’s running attack. Daivari’s hanging neckbreaker counter of Orange’s Tornado DDT. Orange’s Tornado DDT & top rope spiked DDT combo to Daivari. Daivari’s ropes pull & Iconoclasm counter of Orange’s top rope attack. Orange’s dodge & Orange Punch finisher counter of Daivari’s superkick. Match itself was an entertaining back-and-forth action bout. Post-match brawl with Best Friends & Trustbusters was all right but Kiss’ run-in save swerve & joining the Trustbusters was interesting.
Final Thoughts – This week’s show was enjoyable overall.


NJPW, Impact, & Other Wrestling

NJPW G1 Climax 2022 Night 13 (Aug. 7)
* YOSHI-HASHI, Toru Yano, & Hirooki Goto vs. Yuto Nakashima, David Finlay, & Hiroshi Tanahashi – 3.0
* SHO & Yujiro Takahashi vs. Jado & Tama Tonga – 2.5
* TAKA Michinoku, Taichi, Zack Sabre Jr., & Lance Archer vs. BUSHI, SANADA, Shingo Takagi, & Tetsuya Naito – 3.0
* United Empire (Great-O-Khan, Jeff Cobb, & Will Ospreay) vs. Gedo, KENTA, & Jay White – 3.0
* G1 Climax 2022 C Block match – EVIL vs. Aaron Henare – 2.0
* G1 Climax 2022 A Block match – Bad Luck Fale vs. “Filthy” Tom Lawlor – 3.0
* G1 Climax 2022 D Block match – El Phantasmo vs. Juice Robinson – 3.5
* G1 Climax 2022 B Block match – Chase Owens vs. Tomohiro Ishii – 4.0
* G1 Climax 2022 A Block match – JONAH vs. Kazuchika Okada – 4.5
Overall – 3.5
Best – JONAH vs. Kazuchika Okada match, especially the bonkers ending sequence.
Worst – The buzzkill anti-climatic DQ ending to the El Phantasmo vs. Juice Robinson match.
Show Notes – 6-Man Tag opener was a good back-and-forth bout. SHO & Takahashi vs. Jado & Tonga was mostly solid despite the lame ending shenanigans by Yujiro. Suzuki-Gun vs. LIJ 6-Man Tag was a good back-and-forth action bout. United Empire vs. BC 6-Man Tag was a good back-and-forth bout. EVIL vs. Henare moments: Henare’s hard chuck counter of EVIL’s whip into the guard rail sending EVIL crashing hard over it. EVIL’s whip to Henare into the exposed corner into Henare’s rebound Rampage Tackle. Henare’s Ultima to EVIL into EVIL’s ref grab into EVIL’s dodge of the ref’s angry slap accidentally hitting Henare. Henare’s Ultima & punch to Togo tossing him out of the ring into EVIL’s chair toss & Everything Is Evil finisher to Henare. Match itself was solid at best despite the House of Torture ending shenanigans. Fale vs. Lawlor moments: Fale’s hard whip to Lawlor into the guard rail into Fale burying Lawlor in guard rail pieces. Lawlor’s rear naked choke & DDT counter of Fale’s Bad Luck Fale. Lawlor’s rear naked choke, PK to the leg, & running knee strike combo to Fale into Lawlor’s NKOTB finisher. Match itself was a pretty good hard fought bout. El Phantasmo vs. Robinson moments: ELP & Juice’s goofy tie-ups & slow-mo chain wrestling antics was funny. ELP & Juice’s angry yelling at each other into an impromptu arm wrestling match into ELP cheating to win into Juice’s ref distracted chair toss to ELP’s head. Juice’s piledriver to ELP on the ramp. ELP’s block & lariat over the ropes counter of Juice’s Pulp Fritcion into ELP’s almost overshot suicide dive to Juice on the outside. ELP’s head smashed to Juice through a table. ELP’s tope con hilo splatting Juice on the outside. Juice’s block counter of ELP’s CR II into ELP’s Styles Clash. Juice’s block, headbutt to the nuts, swift punch, & Pulp Friction to ELP. ELP’s block, headbutt to the nuts, & chair toss counter of Juice’s piledriver. Match was a very entertaining comedic heavy & action filled bout despite the buzzkill DQ ending. Owens vs. Ishii moments: Ishii’s stiff chops to Owens into Ishii shrugging off Owens’ chop & stiff chop in return. Ishii’s dodge counter of Owens’ chop onto the post. Owens’ escape counter of Ishii’s suplex on the floor into Owens’ sunset bomb into the guard rail. Ishii’s stalling superplex to Owens. Ishii’s Dragon suplex counter of Owens’ combo forearm strikes into Owens’ superkick flooring Ishii. Ishii’s lariat to Owens into Owens’ rebound lariat into Ishii’s stiff headbutt flooring both guys. Owens & Ishii’s moves & counters fest into Ishii’s stiff lariat. Owens’ C-Trigger to Ishii into Ishii’s escape counter of Owens’ Package Piledriver into Ishii & Owens kicks to each other into Owens’ Package Piledriver finisher. Match itself was a great hard hitting action bout & bit surprised Owens won. JONAH vs. Okada moments: JONAH’s suplex counter of Okada’s suplex onto the ramp into Okada’s flip over escape & uppercut into JONAH’s body tackle splatting Okada. Bad Dude Tito’s distraction to Okada into Okada’s dodge & shove into Tito counter of JONAH’s running attack into Okada’s DDT on the floor into Okada’s Swanton to Tito & JONAH on the outside. JONAH’s spear counter of Okada’s running attack into JONAH’s running senton splatting Okada. Okada’s backdrop counter of JONAH’s powerbomb. JONAH’s kick counter of Okada’s top rope attack into JONAH’s diving body tackle splatting Okada into JONAH’s stiff lariat. Okada’s rana & dropkick counter of JONAH’s powerbomb. Okada’s bodyslam & top rope elbow drop to JONAH. JONAH’s dodge & thrust kick counter of Okada’s Rainmaker into Okada’s dropkick counter of JONAH’s running attack. JONAH’s arms trap & headbutts counter of Okada’s rainmaker into JONAH’s stiff lariat flooring Okada. Okada’s punches counter of JONAH’s top rope attack into JONAH’s powerbomb counter of Okada’s missile dropkick into JONAH’s Black Forest Bomb & Torpedo finisher combo. Match itself was a fantastic hard fought action packed battle & legit surprised JONAH won.
Final Thoughts – G1 Climax 2022 Night 13 was a very enjoyable show overall that would have been in the great tier if not for some awful booking decisions.

NJPW G1 Climax 2022 Night 14 (Aug. 9)
* BUSHI & Shingo Takagi vs. Kosei Fujita & Tomohiro Ishii – 3.0
* TAKA Michinoku & Zack Sabre Jr. vs. Team Filthy (Royce Isaacs & “Filthy” Tom Lawlor) – 3.0
* Dick Togo, SHO, El Phantasmo, & EVIL vs. United Empire (Aaron Henare, Great-O-Khan, Jeff Cobb, & Will Ospreay) – 3.0
* Gedo, Bad Luck Fale, & Juice Robinson vs. Hirooki Goto, Hiroshi Tanahashi, & Kazuchika Okada – 3.0
* G1 Climax 2022 D Block match – Yujiro Takahashi vs. YOSHI-HASHI – 2.5
* G1 Climax 2022 B Block match – Chase Owens vs. SANADA – 3.5
* G1 Climax 2022 B Block match – Taichi vs. Tama Tonga – 4.0
* G1 Climax 2022 A Block match – Lance Archer vs. JONAH – 3.5
* G1 Climax 2022 C Block match – Tetsuya Naito vs. KENTA – 4.0
Overall – 4.0
Best – Tetsuya Naito vs. KENTA match & El Phantasmo being gold on guest English commentary in terms of work and comedic banter.
Worst – The lame flat shenanigans ending to the Yujiro Takahashi vs. YOSHI-HASHI match.
Show Notes – BUSHI & Takagi vs. Fujita & Ishii opener was entertaining. Suzuki-Gun vs. Team Filthy Tag was a pretty good back-and-forth bout. Bullet Club vs. United Empire 8-Man Tag was a pretty good. Bullet Club vs. Goto, Tanahashi, & Okada was a quite good back-and-forth action bout. Takahashi vs. YOSHI-HASHI moments: Kevin Kelly explaining Pieter’s seductive dance being her “interpretive dance” tale of how Yujiro will beat YOSHI and be the surprise winner of D block & ELP on guest commentary retort of that would be a dark day in world history was a bit funny. SHO’s ref distracted chair shot to YOSHI into Yujiro’s Pimp Juice to YOSHI. YOSHI’s sleeper & backstabber counter of Yujiro’s Big Juice. Match itself was somewhat good despite the lame ending shenanigans by SHO. Owens vs. SANADA moments: SANADA’s forearms to Owens into Owens’ strikes combo into SANADA’s elbow strike into Owens’ grab, slingshot into the ropes, & STF. SANADA’s escape & TKO style Dragon Sleeper counter of Owens’ Package Piledriver into Owens & SANADA’s moves exchange into Owens’ catch & snake eyes onto the turnbuckle counter of SANADA’s moonsault. Owens’ sleeper to SANADA into SANADA’s dodge counter of Owens’ moonsault into Owens’ knees counter of SANADA’s moonsault. Owens’ knees strikes flooring SANADA into SANADA’s escape & pop-up TKO counter of Owens’ Package Piledriver into SANADA’s moonsault & Skull End finisher. Match itself was a very good hard fought action filled bout. Taichi vs. Tonga moments: Taichi baiting Tonga into taking Iizuka’s Iron Glow as a gift and free hit & Tonga refusing to fall for the DQ trap. Taichi fighting off the iron glove’s evil aura into Tonga’s rolling DVD & Supreme Flow. Tonga fighting off the iron glove’s evil aura into Taichi’s block & Gedo Clutch counter of Tonga’s Gun Stun. Taichi’s Dangerous Suplex counter of Tonga’s Gun Stun. Tonga & Taichi’s moves & counters exchange into Tonga’s Tonga Twist. Tonga’s forearms & Taichi’s kicks exchange into Tonga’s dropkick into Taichi’s Axe Bomber. Taichi’s block & Judo Throw counter of Tonga’s Gun Stun into Tonga’s Gun Stun finisher counter of Taichi’s Yokozuna Elbow. Match itself was a great back-and-forth action filled bout. Archer vs. JONAH moments: Archer & JONAH’s lengthy stiff chops, forearms, & clotheslines exchange into JONAH’s headbutt thrust & DDT. Archer & JONAH’s lariats exchange into Archer’s Black Hole Slam. Archer’s pounce to JONAH’s into JONAH’s rebound body splash. Archer’s ropes yank counter of JONAH’s moonsault into JONAH’s elbows counter of Archer’s Avalanche German suplex into JONAH’s escape & lariat counter of Archer’s ropes assisted Black Out. JONAH’s Black Forest Bomb to Archer into Archer’s leaping knee counter of JONAH’s Torpedo. Archer’s hard whip to JONAH into the guard rail into Archer’s running cannonball splatting Bad Dude Tito & JONAH in the guard rail. JONAH’s block & spear counter of Archer’s apron chokeslam. Match itself was a very entertaining hoss battle despite the anti-climatic countout ending. KENTA vs. Naito moments: Naito’s whips to KENTA into the guard rails into KENTA’s sneaky ring bell hammer shot to Naito. KENTA’s STF to Naito into Naito’s block & elbow strike counter of KENTA’s waistlock into KENTA’s dodge & spiked DDT counter of Naito’s strike. Naito’s cravat to KENTA into KENTA’s body strikes counter into Naito’s ripcord overhead elbows strikes. Naito’s overhead elbow strike & Gloria to KENTA. Naito’s stiff spinebuster counter of KENTA’s running attack. KENTA’s top rope assisted Green Killer to Naito. KENTA’s running high dropkick & running low double foot dropkick combo to Naito in the corner into KENTA’s top rope double foot stomp. Naito’s spiked Esperanza to KENTA. KENTA’s boot counter of Naito’s running attack into KENTA’s Busaiku Knee counter of Naito’s running attack. Naito’s Valencia counter of KENTA’s G2S into Naito’s Destino finisher. Match itself was an awesome hard hitting action filled bout.
Final Thoughts – G1 Climax 2022 Night 14 was a mostly great show overall.

NJPW G1 Climax 2022 Night 15 (Aug. 10)
* Ryohei Oiwa, Yuto Nakashima, & YOSHI-HASHI vs. United Empire (Aaron Henare, Great-O-Khan, Jeff Cobb, & Will Ospreay) – 3.0
* TMDK (Bad Dude Tito & JONAH) vs. Toru Yano & Tomohiro Ishii – 3.0
* Gedo, KENTA, Juice Robinson vs. TAKA Michinoku, Taichi, & Lance Archer – 3.0
* SHO, Yujiro Takahashi, Chase Owens, & Bad Luck Fale vs. BUSHI, SANADA, Shingo Takagi, & Tetsuya Naito – 3.0
* G1 Climax 2022 D Block match – El Phantasmo vs. David Finlay – 3.5
* G1 Climax 2022 B Block match – Great-O-Khan vs. Tama Tonga – 3.0
* G1 Climax 2022 C Block match – EVIL vs. Zack Sabre Jr. – 2.5
* G1 Climax 2022 A Block match – Kazuchika Okada vs. “Filthy” Tom Lawlor – 4.0
* G1 Climax 2022 C Block match – Hirooki Goto vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi – 4.0
Overall – 4.0
Best – Hirooki Goto vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi match.
Worst – The anti-climatic finish to the Kazuchika Okada vs. “Filthy” Tom Lawlor match.
Show Notes – 6-Man Tag opener was a good brief bout. TNDK vs. Yano & Ishii was a quite good back-and-forth hard hitting bout. Bullet Club vs. Suzuki-Gun 6-Man Tag was an entertaining bout with some really good comedic moments. Bullet Club vs. LIJ 8-Man Tag was a good back-and-forth action bout. El Phantasmo vs. Finlay moments: ELP’s roll-over and Bow & Arrow counter of Finlay’s armbar. ELP & Finlay’s forearms exchange into ELP’s stiff chop into Finlay’s dropkick sending ELP out of the ring. ELP’s dodge counter of Finaly’s plancha to the outside into ELP’s tope suicida. ELP’s kick counter of Finlay’s leg grab on the apron into ELP’s Asai moonsault. Finlay’s rana, lariat over the ropes, & plancha combo to ELP. Finlay’s escape, chokebreaker, & Blue Thunder Bomb combo counter of ELP’s UFO. ELP’s super rana & Thunder Kiss 86 combo to Finlay. ELP & Finlay’s moves & counters exchange into ELP’s Crucifix Pin finisher. Match itself was a very good back-and-forth action filled bout. Great-O-Khan vs. Tonga moments: Khan & Khan’s claw counter of Tonga’s atomic drop into Tonga’s escape & Tonga Twist counter of Khan’s Fireman’s carry into Khan’s claw counter of Tonga’s Tonga Twist. Khan & Tonga’s strikes & kicks exchange into Khan’s judo throw counter of Tonga’s leaping attack. Tonga’s grab & Rolling DVD counter of Khan’s claw into Tonga’s Supreme Flow. Khan’s block & airplane spin claw counter of Tonga’s Gun Stun. Khan’s Sheep Killer, backbreaker, & Sheep Killer combo to Tonga. Tonga’s Gun Stun Outta Nowhere counter of Khan’s Eliminator. Match itself was a quite good hard fought action bout. EVIL vs. Zack Sabre Jr. moments: Fujita’s “ZSJ disguise” fooling EVIL & Togo into ZSJ foiling their pre-match ambush attack plan. ZSJ shooing away the timekeeper into ZSJ’s hard shove to EVIL into the timekeeper’s table side of the guard rail. ZSJ’s block & arm twist counter of EVIL’s low blow into ZSJ’ flash Euro Clutch finisher. Match itself was a solid brief bout. Lawlor vs. Okada moments: Lawlor’s armbar & arm whip into the post to Okada. Okada’s hard whip to Lawlor into the guard rail into Okada’s big boot sending Lawlor over the rail. Lawlor’s block & hard whip into the guard rail counter of Okada’s DDT on the floor. Lawlor’s modified Triangle Lock to Okada. Lawlor’s escape & waistlock counter of Okada’s Money Lock into Okada’s escape & enziguri counter into Okada’s shotgun dropkick into the corner. Okada & Lawlor’s forearms exchange into Lawlor’s arm yanks & hammerlock forearms strikes. Lawlor’s Tornado shoulder breaker & modified Rings of Saturn to Okada. Lawlor’s pump handle style overhead slam to Okada. Lawlor’s knee strikes to Okada into Okada’s block counter of Lawlor’s NKOTB into Lawlor’s backdrop. Okada’s roll-up counter of Lawlor’s NKOTB. Lawlor’s hammerlock armbar to Okada into Okada’s block & sitdown pin counter of Lawlor’s Divorce Court. Match itself was a good hard fought hard hitting action bout despite the anti-climatic ending. Goto vs. Tanahashi moments: Tanahashi’s reverse Slingblade counter of Goto’s Ushigoroshi. Goto’s kicks counter of Tanahashi’s Texas Cloverleaf into Tanahashi’s inverted Dragon Screw. Tanhashi’s Texas Cloverleaf to Goto. Goto’s block, smash into the turnbuckle, & lariat combo counter of Tanahashi’s apron-to-inside suplex attempt. Tanahashi & Goto’s strikes on the top rope into Tanahashi’s superplex. Goto’s armbar & Crucifix lock combo to Tanahashi into Goto’s Ushigoroshi. Goto & Tanahashi’s forearms exchange into Goto’s headbutt into Tanahashi’s stiff slap & falling headbutt to Goto’s yambag. Tanahashi’s Sling Blade & Aces High into Goto’s dodge counter of Tanahashi’s High Fly Flow. Ouch at Goto’s busted open mouth. Goto’s catch & corner assisted Shoto counter of Tanahashi’s running attack. Tanahashi’s Twist & Shouts into Goto’s Shouten Kai & GTR finisher. Match itself was a great hard fought battle.
Final Thoughts – G1 Climax 2022 Night 15 was a great show overall.

NJPW G1 Climax 2022 Night 16 (Aug. 13)
* El Phantasmo, Chase Owens, Bad Luck Fale, & Juice Robinson vs. Jado, David Finlay, Tama Tonga, & Hiroshi Tanahashi – 3.0
* Team Filthy (Royce Isaacs & “Filthy” Tom Lawlor) vs. TMDK (Bad Dude Tito & JONAH) – 3.5
* BUSHI, SANADA, & Tetsuya Naito vs. TAKA Michinoku, Zack Sabre Jr., & Lance Archer – 3.0
* Dick Togo, SHO, & EVIL vs. Tomohiro Ishii, Hirooki Goto, & Kazuchika Okada – 3.0
* G1 Climax 2022 C Block match – KENTA vs. Aaron Henare – 3.5
* G1 Climax 2022 A Block match – Jeff Cobb vs. Toru Yano – 3.0
* G1 Climax 2022 D Block match – Yujiro Takahashi vs. Shingo Takagi – 3.0
* G1 Climax 2022 D Block match – YOSHI-HASHI vs. Will Ospreay – 4.0
* G1 Climax 2022 B Block match – Taichi vs. Jay White – 4.0
Overall – 4.0
Best – YOSHI-HASHI vs. Will Ospreay match.
Worst – The weak finish to the 8-Man Tag Team match.
Show Notes – 8-Man Tag opener was pretty good despite the weak finish. Team Filthy vs. TMDK was a very good back-and-forth hard hitting action filled bout. LIJ vs. Suzuki-Gun 6-Man Tag was a good back-and-forth bout. CHAOS vs. House of Torture 6-Man Tag was a good action filled bout. KENTA vs. Henare moments: Henare’s kicks to KENTA on the post into KENTA’s dodge counter of Henare’s third kick to the post. Henare’s ugly looking Berserker Bomb counter of KENTA’s running attack. KENTA’s bodyscissors hold to the ref to break Henare’s Ultima. KENTA’s nose grab & Triangle Choke counter of Henare’s Streets of Rage into Henare’s one arm powerbomb counter. KENTA’s knee strike & Game Over finisher counter of Henare’s Rampage. Match itself was a very good back-and-forth hard hitting bout. Cobb vs. Yano moments: Cobb parodying Yano’s comically long merchandise intro read for his entrance was a bit funny. Yano wrapping up Cobb’s arms in his singlet & wrapping him on the outside via ringside apron banner. Cobb’s block & shirt over the head counter of Yano’s low blow into Cobb’s superkick & Tour of the Islands finisher. Match itself was a pretty good bout with some nice comedic moments. Takahashi vs. Takagi moments: Kevin Kelly explaining Pieter’s seductive dance being her “interpretive dance” tale of a 7-way tie scenario for D Block was a bit funny. Takagi’s punch counter of Yujiro’s sneak attack on the outside via Pieter distraction. SHO’s ref distracted chair shot & Yujiro’s Pimp Juice to Takagi. Tagaki’s lariat & spiked Made in Japan to Yujiro. Takagi’s shove counter of Yujiro’s Pimp Juice on the outside into Yujiro’s thrust kick & Fisherman Buster into Takagi’s grab & DVD via apron assist to Yujiro. Yujiro’s chair whack to Takagi into Takagi’s punch to the chair onto Yujiro & chair toss to SHO into Takagi’s Pumping Bomber & Last of the Dragon finisher combo. Match itself was a good hard fought bout. YOSHI-HASHI vs. Ospreay moments: YOSHI’s suplex style neckbreaker counter of Ospreay’s suplex. YOSHI & Ospreay’s slugfest on the top rope into Ospreay’s front slam toss & flying forearm strike to the back of the head. YOSHI’s catch & Dragon suplex counter of Ospreay’s Oscutter. Ospreay’s blocks & strikes counter of YOSHI’s Karma into Ospreay & YOSHI’s forearms & chops exchange into Ospreay’s swift kick into YOSHI’s dodge & Karma counter of Ospreay’s attack. YOSHI’s dodge & superkick counter of Ospreay’s Hidden Blade into YOSHI’s superkick counter of Ospreay’s Oscutter into YOSHI’s Destroyer. Ospreay’s escape & hook kick counter of YOSHI’s Karma into YOSHI’s lariat into Ospreay’s block, strike, & hook kick counter of YOSHI’s attack into YOSHI’s facebuster counter of Ospreay’s Stormbreaker. Ospreay’s standing Spanish Fly counter of YOSHI’s running attack. Ospreay’s stiff forearm strike & brutal looking Hidden Blade finisher to YOSHI. Match itself was a great hard fought action packed bout. Taichi vs. White moments: White’s dodge & Death Valley Bomb counter of Taichi’s running attack in the corner. Taichi’s strikes counter of White’s Uranage into White’s Flatliner counter of Taichi’s lariat into White’s deadlift German suplex & Uranage combo. White’s Saito suplex to Taichi via Gedo’s grab of Miho distraction on the outside. Taichi’s death stare walk to Gedo shrugging off White’s chops & stiff forearm strike flooring White. Taichi’s Judo throw counter of White’s Dragon Sleeper suplex, double lariat to Gedo & White, & Last Ride to White. White’s chops & Sleeper suplex to Taichi into Taichi’s rebound Dangerous Suplex to White. White & Taichi’s counters exchange into Taichi’s Judo throw into Taichi & White’s counters exchange into Taichi’s Yokozuna Elbow. White’s float-over escape & Bladerunner counter of Taichi’s Black Mephisto into Taichi’s block & bridging Saito suplex counter. White’s Bladerunenr counter of Taichi’s Black Mephisto into White’s Bladerunner finisher. Match itself was a great hard fought action filled bout.
Final Thoughts – G1 Climax 2022 Night 16 was a great show overall.

Impact Wrestling Impact! (Aug. 11)
* Kenny King vs. Karl Anderson – 3.0
* Deaner vs. KUSHIDA – 3.0
* Tiffany Nieves vs. Killer Kelly – 2.0 (Squash)
* Madison Rayne vs. Mia Yim – 3.0
* Impact X-Division Championship – Rocky Romero vs. “Speedball” Mike Bailey (c) – 3.5
Overall – 3.5
Best – Impact X-Division title match and the Impact World title match contract signing segment.
Worst – Jordynne Grace & Mia Yim’s bickering backstage segment.
Show Notes – King vs. Anderson opener moments: Anderson’s uppercut, clotheslines, bodyslam, & running senton combo to King. King’s Scorpion Kick, leg onto the ropes, discus forearm, & Exploder suplex combo to Anderson in the corner into King’s legbar. Anderson’s Gun Stun finisher counter of King’s Royal Flush. Match itself was a good back-and-forth action bout. Post-match chair attack by King & Heath’s run-in save attack was all right. Shelley vs. Alexander Impact title match hype video was superb. Deaner vs. KUSHIDA moments: Deaner’s elbow counter of KUSHIDA’s handspring attack into Deaner’s knee strike & clothesline. KUSHIDA’s dodge counter of Deaner’s diving headbutt into KUSHIDA’s swift kick to Deaner’s arm & modified bridging Northern Lights suplex finisher. Match itself was a good back-and-forth bout. Eric Young’s mood lights stairwell promo to VBD about his lackeys not being able to get rid of their sickness, him taking things into his own hands, & world belonging to him was splendid. Honor No More vs. Bullet Club match hype video was splendid. HNM’s backstage segment about Edwards’ pep talk, being pleased at King hurting Anderson earlier and PCO’s win over Gallows last week was all right. Rayne vs. Yim was a quite good back-and-forth action bout. VXT backstage segment about Purrazzo’s win over Rosemary last week, Knockouts Tag titles goal, & party plans was decent. Yim & Grace’s backstage bickering segment about Grace’s issues with Yim getting banged up ahead of their match in recent weeks & Yim’s insults retort was nothing special. X-Division title match moments: Bailey’s strikes to Romero into Romero’s dodge counter of Bailey swift kick to the post on the outside. Romero’s arm kick counter of Bailey’s handspring attack into Romero’s armbar. Bailey’s rapid kicks to Romero into Romero’s lariat flooring Bailey into Bailey’s superkick counter of Romero’s running attack. Romero’s elbow & Tornado DDT counter of Bailey’s windmill kick in the corner into Romero’s block & armbar. Romero’s dodge counter of Bailey’s Ultimate Weapon into Romero’s strikes in the corner into Bailey’s windmill kick counter of Romero’s Forever Clotheslines into Bailey’s Ultimate Weapon finisher. Match itself was a very good hard fought action filled bout. Impact title match contract signing segment about Alexander praising Shelley over his greatness and impact in the wrestling industry & boasting he will beat the “Real” Shelley, & Shelley’s retort boasting about MCMG and claiming Alexander is not different than other “Shelley clones”, Alexander’s dig retort about him being more like Sabin in terms of big success, & insults banter was great.
Final Thoughts – This week’s Emergence 2022 go-home show was very enjoyable overall.


Weekly Awards:

  • Best match of the week – G1 Climax 2022 A Block match – JONAH vs. Kazuchika Okada (NJPW G1 Climax 2022 Night 13)
  • Best match of the week runner-up – Tornado Tag Team match – La Faccion Ingobernable (Andrade El Idolo & RUSH) vs. Lucha Brothers (Penta Oscuro & Rey Fenix) (AEW Dynamite Quake By The Lake)
  • Worst match of the week – The Baddies (Kiera Hogan & Leila Grey) vs. Alice Crowley & Freya States (AEW Dark Elevation)
  • Worst match of the week runner-up – Marina Shafir & Nyla Rose vs. Heather Reckless & Joseline Navarro (AEW Dark)
  • Best show of the week – AEW Dynamite Quake By The Lake & NJPW G1 Climax 2022 Night 16
  • Worst show of the week – WWE NXT