NJPW STRONG #111 – Autumn Action 2022 Part 2

Yuya Uemura was not on Impact’s “Bound For Glory” PPV, but was in a scramble in the same building a few nights later in a scramble match with other X-Division folks:

Impact scramble

Yuya Uemura vs. Alex Zayne vs. Black Taurus vs. Kenny King vs. Laredo Kid vs. Trey Miguel
Impact Wrestling #949 – Albany, NY – 10.13.2022

Crazzy Steve is in Taurus’ corner. Taurus spears Miguel off of the apron onto Kid and Miguel on the floor. King angers Zayne with a back chop, but when Zayne gives chase outside of the ring, Zayne runs right into a Gore from Taurus. Back in the ring, Uemura and Miguel backdrop Kid onto King on the floor. Uemura then flies over the top onto Taurus. Zayne and Miguel decide instead of fighting each other to land stereo tope con hilo’s. A giant fie person chain is taken down by King with a flying blockbuster. Uemura wipes out Zayne with his impressive dropkick, only for Taurus to wipe him out right after with a headbutt to the chin. Uemura later takes out King with a high crossbody and overhead suplexes Kid. Taurus pops Uemura up into a Samoan Drop. Moments later, Miguel drops Zayne with a Lightning Spiral to pick up the pin at 5:19. This was really fun, as most X-Division scrambles tend to be. I do like that Uemura and Taurus were connected throughout the match and I think a singles match between them would be great fun. ***

Las Vegas, NV – 10.15.2022

Commentary is provided by Ian Riccaboni, Alex Koslov & Clark Connors.

Kevin Knight at the start of the show tells Ian and Alex that he will be watching tonight’s STRONG Openweight Tag Team Title match, as he and the DKC want to challenge whoever wins for the titles.

Doc Gallows vs. Che Cabrera

I was impressed with Cabrera’s debut two weeks ago, but was dubious he could have another good showing against Gallows. The crowd was into Gallows, though, and it was interesting to see him fight from behind after Cabrera snapped his neck across the top rope. Cabrera did more damage to the neck with a Camel Clutch, but Gallows fought out and connected with a throat thrust. Gallows took down Cabrera with a flying shoulder tackle, and I can’t remember the last time I saw him so mobile. The Gallows Pole only got him a nearfall, and Cabrera got a nearfall of his own with a Death Valley Driver. Gallows cut off Cabrera’s charge with a superkick and dropped him with Total Anarchy for the pin at 7:53. That was so much better than I expected, thanks to the crowd being behind Gallows and Gallows actually being a totally solid comeback man. I’m also still on board the Cabrera train. **

STRONG Openweight Tag Team Championship
Aussie Open (Mark Davis & Kyle Fletcher) vs. Team Filthy (Danny Limelight & JR Kratos)

Aussie Open have been champions since 8.13.2022 and this is their third defense. Limelight retreats to Kratos when Aussie Open are about to unleash their double team offense. Kratos and Davis ram into each other before enhancing forearm strikes. Davis expends a lot of energy but is not able to move Kratos much. Kratos however cracks him with a knee strike in the chin and mows him down with a clothesline. Limelight then knocks Fletcher off the apron and poses with Kratos before assisting Kratos with beating down Davis in their corner. Limelight’s hubris, which sees him dancing before hitting the ropes, results in Davis taking him down with a backdrop and tagging in Fletcher. Fletcher is cut off promptly with a powerslam and delayed suplex by Kratos. Fletcher hops over a corner attack from Limelight and tags in Davis, who takes down Limelight with a clothesline. Davis finally takes down Kratos with a Complete Shot into the middle turnbuckle, following up with a running haymaker to a seated Kratos. Limelight saves Kratos from a double team. Kratos takes out Davis with an enzuigiri and a somersault senton off the apron while Limelight gives Fletcher a Canadian Destroyer and a frog splash for two. Fletcher runs Limelight into Kratos to knock him off of the apron. Fletcher and Davis take out Kratos with the Dental Plan and Aussie Arrow. Fletcher had stunned Limelight with a tombstone, leaving him vulnerable from the Coriolis at 10:08. It was awesome seeing Limelight in a match of consequence again, especially because he and Kratos are great partners – their strengths perfectly align for a complete package. Their dynamic is similar to Aussie Open as well, which made for a really interesting and engaging contest. Aussie Open is on a tear, and I really hope this OG Team Filthy combo is back in the regular STRONG rotation. ***½

NJPW STRONG Openweight Championship
Fred Rosser vs. Chris Dickinson

Rosser has been champion since 6.25.2022 and this is his fourth defense. Any match with Chris Dickinson is a waste of your time, but a match that goes to a double countout (at 6:48) because they beat each other up outside of the ring for too long is arguably a bigger waste of your time. Poor Fred.

NJPW put the tag title match up on YouTube. Watch that and you can comfortably avoid the rest.

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