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- Kairi Sane VS Lacey Evans; Kairi wins.
- Heavy Machinery VS Tino Sabbatelli & Riddick Moss; no contest.
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NXT TakeOver: New Orleans succeeded in making history!
The North American Championship Ladder Match rocked the Smoothie King Center and the winner was ADAM COLE BAYBAY! Ember Moon brought the war to Shayna Baszler, but her fire was snuffed out by the Queen of Spades’ resilience. The NXT Tag Team Champions are still Undisputed, but with a surprise: Roderick Strong betrayed Pete Dunne to join up! El Idolo would #FadeToBlack, and we have a NEW champion in Aleister Black! But best of all, the Unsanctioned grudge match, while brutal on top of personal, ended with Johnny Freakin’ Wrestling getting back his dream! What does all of this mean for the future of the brand?
Kairi Sane VS Lacey Evans!
The Pirate Princess, the winner of the inaugural Mae Young Classic, sets sail once again to rise up the ranks of the NXT Women’s Division. But against the Model Soldier’s mission to make said division a place of proper, elegant ladies, will Kairi be able to find the treasure she’s after?
The bell rings and the two tie up. Lacey powers Kairi to a corner and grinds in a forearm, but the referee backs her off. Kairi comes out to tie up again, but Lacey gets the waistlock. Fans chant for Kairi as she works to pry her way out. Kairi wrenches Lacey’s arm but Lacey reverses back. Lacey whips but Kairi stops herself on the ropes. Kairi uses an imaginary telescope to tell Lacey she’s got her eyes on her. Lacey swings on Kairi but Kairi slips around for the waistlock. Kairi whips Lacey, runs parallel and evades to springboard up to a headscissors. She dropkicks Lacey down and covers, TWO.
Kairi keeps on Lacey with a whip into a corner, but Lacey gets to the apron to send Kairi into buckles. Lacey drags Kairi down by her hair, then slingshots over for the elbow drop. Cover, TWO, but Lacey keeps her cool while she wrenches Kairi’s arm and kicks her in the ribs. Kairi rolls her up, ONE, Lacey runs Kairi over with a lariat. Cover, TWO, but Lacey keeps on Kairi with a cobra clutch. Fans rally for Kairi while Lacey thrashes her around. Kairi gets up but Lacey brings her down, cover, TWO. Lacey grows frustrated but keeps going as she whips Kairi to a corner. She throws a rough right forearm, then another, mockingly asking, “Are you okay?” Lacey gives Kairi a stiff overhand chop, then stands on her at the ropes. Kairi gets away but Lacey is back on her with the cobra clutch.
Fans rally again while Lacey thrashes Kairi. Kairi stands up but Lacey swings her out for another cover, TWO. Lacey grows frustrated with Kairi, but still has confidence while we go to break.
NXT returns and Lacey stomps a mudhole into Kairi. She runs in, for a wrecking ball bronco boster! Cover, TWO, and the frustration returns. Lacey brings Kairi up, but Kairi chops back. Kairi fires up with double hand chops, then runs, but Lacey catches her into a shoulder breaker! Cover, TWO, and Lacey scowls down at Kairi. She drags Kairi back up, and chops her bluntly in the chest. Lacey prepares another, but Kairi blocks and counters with forearms. Lacey shoves Kairi, but Kairi comes back with the Interceptor!
The fans applaud while both women are down. The fans rally while they stir, and Kairi crawls her way back to Lacey. Lacey and Kairi stand, Kairi blocks a kick into a takedown, ax kick to Lacey’s back. Kairi keeps moving and hits a blockbuster! She’s all fired up while Lacey gets to a corner. Kairi marches the plank, then runs corner to corner for the Sliding D! Lacey stands up, but Kairi hits her with the Flying Kabuki forearm! Cover, TWO, and now Kairi grows frustrated. She goes after Lacey with a take on the Cloverleaf, but Lacey powers out. Lacey drags Kairi up, pumphandle lift, but Kairi silps out to backhand Lacey down! Kairi climbs up and sets sail for the Seven Seas elbow!
Cover, Kairi wins!
Winner: Kairi Sane, by pinfall
The Lady of NXT did a lot better than you’d expect, but the Pirate Princess was still too good. With wins like this, can Kairi find her way to the X on the map that is the NXT Women’s Championship?
Exclusive interview with the Undisputed Era after TakeOver.
It was a huge night for them, as Adam Cole became the inaugural North American Champion, then they retained the NXT Tag Team Championships, thanks to Roderick Strong. Can they explain what happened? Strong tells Cole something in secret, then all four men of the UE leave. There won’t be an explanation yet, so when will we learn the answer behind “Why, Strong, Why?”
The Authors of Pain debuted on Raw!
Akam & Rezar dominated Heath Slater & Rhyno like they have so many other teams, but surprised even Paul Ellering by saying they’re doing this on their own now. Exclusive footage gives us their explanation, as they tell the WWE Universe, “This is not about Paul. This is about how we just destroyed the world’s first SmackDown Tag Team Champions.” Ellering would appear to confront them on the issue, reminding them he developed the plans behind their dominance. Rezar speaks up, repeating that this is not about Ellering. His chapter ended with NXT, but now they’re on the main roster. The Authors of Pain are writing this next chapter on their own, but will it be the same as the first?
Exclusive interview with Shayna Baszler.
The Queen of Spades is the NEW NXT Women’s Champion, and she’s ready for the congratulations. But she’s not going to let this be a bandwagon, it’s a “war wagon”. You don’t just jump on or off based on who has the title. She knows who was on her side from the start, and who wasn’t. Then how does it feel to win this the same weekend Ronda Rousey debuts at Wrestlemania? They’re just doing the same things they’ve always done. But it does feel right. What are her plans going forward? “Things are gonna change.” Shayna says the Women’s Division won’t be about who looks good, but who can wrestle. Her mission statement has been issued, who will fall in line with the new regime? And who will just fall?
Meanwhile, Ember Moon debuted on Raw!
The former NXT Women’s Champion would hep out the new Raw Women’s Champion, Nia Jax, in dealing with Alexa Bliss & Mickie James. The War Goddess would Eclipse the Mean Girl Goddess for a major debut victory. Exclusive footage has Ember’s backstage interview alongside the Irresistible Force.
What a great debut for the Prophecy of Flame, she’s excited to have another dream come true. She’s ready to start a new chapter, even though she’s leaving unfinished business behind in NXT. “That monster” is now in charge, but Ember has faith in the strength of the other NXT women and is sure they’ll find a way to overcome Shayna. As for Ember on Raw, will she set it ablaze and rise above the ashes?
More main roster debuts!
The Fighting Fiesta brings his conga line to the main roster, and was victorious in his first match. Meanwhile, Peyton Royce & Billie Kay, the Iconic Duo, debuted on SmackDown! They didn’t have a match, but they made an iconic impact by beating down Charlotte Flair and costing her the SmackDown Women’s Championship! Will either of these superstars find their way to a title in the near future? Will they be swapped via the coming Superstar Shake-Up?
Heavy Machinery VS Tino Sabbatelli & Riddick Moss!
Tucker Knight & Otis Dozovic return from having a round of #Steaks&Weights to have another match with the Blue Chip Boys. With a void in the Tag Team Division left by the Authors of Pain departing, can one of these two teams step up to fill it?
The bell rings and it’s Tucker starting with Tino. Fans chant for “Steaks and Weights!” while they circle and tie up. Tucker powers Tino to a corner but Tino shoves Tucker away. Fans chant “Tino Sucks!” at the pretty boy former NFL player. They tie up again, Tino puts Tucker in the corner now but Tucker shoves him out! Tino is shocked, but he still hits Tucker back with a knee to the stomach. He brings Tucker over and tags in Moss but Tucker gets free and Dozer backs him up. All four men stare down, tension building, and they start brawling!
The referee can’t get them to settle down as Tucker clobbers Moss! Dozer feeds Tino to Tucker’s body shot, then Heavy Machinery marches around him before sandwiching him between their bellies! And they celebrate with belly bumps! Dozer goes back to the corner while Tucker focuses on Moss, but Tino tackles Tucker from behind! Tucker tumbles out to the apron while we go to break.
NXT returns to Tucker fighting back on Moss, ducking the clothesline, and jumping for a crossbody, only for Moss to catch him! Moss throws Tucker with a Fall Away Slam!
Cover, TWO, and Moss grows frustrated. He tags in Tino and then whips Tino in for the forearm smash. Moss adds a shoulder tackle then feeds Tucker to Tino’s dropkick. Tino covers, TWO, but Tino keeps his cool. He hears the fans chant, “Tino Sucks!” but he still grins as he puts Tucker in a corner. Tino whips Tucker corner to corner hard, then taunts Tucker, “Who’s tough now?!” He chokes Tucker on the ropes, then backs off to tag in Moss. Tucker fights out with big forearms and knees, but then Tino leaps and tackles Tucker down! Moss covers, TWO! Moss rains rights down on Tucker, then grinds Tucker with a facelock. Dozer and the fans rally for Tucker and Tucker powers Moss backwards, but Moss knees low then swings on Dozer. Dozer dodges and Tucker rolls Moss, TWO!
Moss grabs Tucker’s foot while Tucker reaches for Dozer. Tino distracts the referee so that he doesn’t see Moss yank Tucker’s hair to bring him down. Moss drags Tucker up and punches him to their corner. Tino tags in and Moss whips him at Tucker, but Tucker boots Tino away! Tucker evades Moss’ tackle, then gets past Tino to tag in Dozer! Dozer rallies on the Blue Chip Boys like a runaway train! He gives corner splash after corner splash, and blocks a boot into an overhead suplex! The fans fire up with Dozer as he runs in for one more splash on Tino. Tino flops down, and Dozer pumps up for the Caterpillar and elbow!
Cover, but Moss breaks it with an elbow of his own. Tucker returns and evades Moss, but they take each other out with clotheslines. All four men are down, and a third team appears!?
It’s Ray Rowe & “War Beard” Hanson! And they carve a warpath on both teams in the ring!
Fans chant “War Machine! War Machine!” as Rowe & Hanson wipe out Dozer, Tucker, Moss and Tino in turn. They go back to mugging Dozer, then wreck Tucker with a corner splash and shotgun knees, and then combine for the Human Weapon: Hanson Spinebuster Hip Attack on Dozer! That’s not all, but these “War Raiders” heel kick Tino and give Moss the Ace Ten Mao! And to top it all off, Rowe picks Tino up while Hanson climbs to the top rope, and hit FALLOUT!!
The void left by Akam & Rezar has been filled, by Rowe & Hanson! They demolish two teams at once tonight, who else will they mow down on their path to the top of the NXT Tag Team Division?
Normally, the first NXT after TakeOver isn’t much of anything, with its recaps, interviews and matches that don’t really mean anything. But I think we all know why this one actually mattered for once. Before that, Kairi VS Lacey was solid, and Lacey really did look good against the more accomplished Kairi, but of course Kairi goes over. Lacey is the Heel and her gimmick is being condescending, so unless she cheats, she isn’t going to win. Heavy Machinery and Sabbatelli-Moss have had a good rivalry and had a good match, and they got everyone pumped up with their match so that when Hanson & Rowe appeared to destroy them all, the fans were at a fever pitch. Debuting like this did away with concerns about the name change, War Raiders will definitely burn a trail right up to the Undisputed Era for a great ROH-in-NXT feud.
My Score: 8/10
WWE 24/7 Championship Results & Report! (7/20/19)
Stand back! There’s a Comic-Con coming through!
The WWE 24/7 Championship makes an SDCC debut!
As superheroes, super villains and super fans all converge in San Diego, watch as WWE icons collide! Who gets out of the convention with the title?
- WWE 24/7 Championship: R-Truth VS The Hurricane VS Drake Maverick; Truth wins and retains the WWE 24/7 Championship.
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WWE 24/7 Champion, R-Truth, appears for an interview!
What’s up, San Diego and IGN!? Truth sits with hosts Max Scoville and Sydnee Goodman and has been having a blast. he’s seen everything and everybody, but he just hopes no one recognized him. Truth being the 24/7 Champion, he had to stay incognito. Someone, anyone, everyone, they could take this title because it is defended at all times of the day. That is why it is the “48/7 7-11 TV” Championship. How has Truth been holding up? Well he can’t sleep, not even for a nap. He’s fought over this belt on a golf course, a tarmac, in a plane, and ruined one man’s wedding AND honeymoon. But don’t worry, Drake Maverick’s not constipated.
And now at SDCC, Truth has been able to slip through as a penguin! Pengi the penguin, noot noot! He got to shake hands and hang out with Darth Vader. Truth loves SDCC, it’s the bomb. But what else has Truth done while here? Chewbacca stared him down, but then Pikachu came along. The weather’s been a bit iffy, though. But wait! Is that…?! Yes! It is THE Hurricane!! Truth mentioned weather, so stand back, because there’s a hurricane coming through! Truth thinks this is a really great cosplay, but he’s a bit thick around the waist. Oh wow, what a great referee cosplay! He looks just like John Combs! But he’s blonde. No, wait, that’s… Nevermind. ROLL UP! TWO, but Hurricane runs away before Truth can retaliate. Because here comes Rockstar Banana, Drake Maverick! Roll up, TWO!!
Truth bails out before Maverick can attack again. Maverick vents! Truth has ruined Maverick’s life! His wedding, his honey moon, and he’s yet to consummate the marriage! Maverick is getting sick and tired of this! And then he realizes he’s on camera. Maverick gets up and runs off, but into the cameras! The signal goes down, but is Maverick too down in the dumps to get back up?
This title continues to be amazing! I was actually shocked Truth didn’t lose the title here, but him retaining is actually even more surprising. Great to see Hurricane again, even if it’s just for the gag of, “Oh, it’s Comic-Con, cosplay is everywhere.” Maverick is slowly breaking, and I love that he tied in the banana costume from when he showed up at the WWE Mattel panel during SDCC. Can’t wait to see reference to this on Raw.
Andrew’s G1 Climax 29 Ratings & Analysis: Night 6 B Block
Juice Robinson, Tomohiro Ishii and Jon Moxley come in at the top of the standings. How do we see B Block take shape?
Juice Robinson, Tomohiro Ishii and Jon Moxley come in at the top of the standings. How do we see B Block take shape?
This whole day is based around two major things:
Will Jay White or Tetsuya Naito get a win?
Will Moxley or Ishii kill one another?
Let’s find out!
- Bad Luck Fale & Chase Owens vs Zack Sabre Jr & Yoshinobu Kanemaru: Fale wins via Grenade @4:50 – **
- Tomoaki Honma & Hiroshi Tanahashi vs Minoru Suzuki & Lance Archer: Archer wins via EBD Claw Hold @9:50 – **
- SANADA, EVIL & BUSHI vs KENTA, Kota Ibushi & Clark Connors: BUSHI wins via MX @9:02 – ** 1/2
- YOSHI-HASHI & Kazuchika Okada vs Will Ospreay & Toa Henare: YOSHI wins via Fisherman Buster @8:45 – ** 1/4
- B Block: Shingo Takagi vs Taichi: Takagi wins via Last of the Dragon @14:40 – ****
- B Block: Jeff Cobb vs Juice Robinson: Cobb wins via Tour of the Islands @13:20 – *** 1/2
- B Block: Toru Yano vs Jay White: Yano wins via Brass Knuckle Low Blow/Roll-Up @3:05 – ** 1/2
- B Block: Tetsuya Naito vs Hirooki Goto: Naito wins via Destino @16:00 – *** 3/4
- B Block: Jon Moxley vs Tomohiro Ishii: Moxley wins via Deathrider @20:35 – **** 1/2
Well Fale tried to outsmart the Rainmaker in his last G1 match, and that didn’t go too well. So Sabre is being a whiny child, tried to step to Fale and for the most part, got brushed off. Fale isn’t really in a position to eat another loss, but it’s unusual for Sabre to be doing so poorly. I’m curious if Sabre continues this slide until maybe TAKA Michinoku returns to be his hype man, or Sabre gets off the schneid.
People, everybody dies. You know that, Lance knows that, Honma knows that…Kairi Sane knows that. This didn’t really add much to things except the undercurrent of a quiet Minoru Suzuki is scary for the whole world. Also – Everybody Dies!
Now that SANADA and EVIL have had their match, there is some symbiosis back on the LIJ undercards. KENTA and Kota teaming together was a cute call back, but nothing of heavy merit came from this match. BUSHI continues to rack up positive momentum during these tags, Clark Connors is impressive for an LA Dojo Young Lion. So decent match, but aside from EVIL and KENTA brawling after the match and SANADA and Ibushi having a rather civil fan support battle, nothing too important for the impending matches.
Okada and Ospreay did have the crowd hot, but aside from a small flourish, this was mostly YOSHI and Henare. Surprisingly, YOSHI-HASHI has put together a few pinfalls in the tag matches, so that tends to actually play a role in the second half story telling. Ospreay may be on his way to a big upset since even if Okada seems to be positioned to win A Block, he won’t make it through unscathed.
Now this was a fun match. It was a continuation of the Suzuki-Gun/LIJ drama, but Taichi has his own issues. Shingo is fighting as a Junior Heavyweight and Taichi moved up to Heavyweight last year, but was overlooked for the G1. So the fact that Shingo asks and gets in, yet Taichi moves up and was ignored has to bother him. With all of these little things eating through, Taichi brought out the Dangerous T that many of us have grown to love. Sure there was a brief moment of shenanigans with lovely Miho and the microphone stand, but 90% of the match was on the up and up. Pumping Bomber versus Axe Bomber was great, the callbacks to both of their mentors was wonderful and just generally speaking, when the Holy Emperor tries, those are great matches. Shingo getting the win won’t sit well with Taichi, but we’ve got plenty more time to see how this all falls.
Juice starts off the match in a 3 way tie for first, but Cobb really needs a win to legitimize his tournament. Being undefeated in ROH for about a year, as well as all his other accolades, he needs to stop losing. Cobb showed a little more fire than usual in this match and took it to Juice. Juice has been in hard hitting affairs all tournament and it looks like Juice might’ve finally hit the wall. Should be interesting to see if Juice flounders from here or if he recovers.
Well the Chaos revenge tour has another stop with Toru Yano and Jay White. Jay has not gotten off to a good start and it’s all his past decisions coming to bite him. This match…would be no different. Yano takes advantage of Gedo getting involved. Between Barbara Jean the turnbuckle pad and the brass knuckles from Gedo, Jay White’s nuts didn’t stand a chance. So Yano runs away with 2 more points and Jay’s pride…and other things…are a bit sore.
Goto started off the tournament looking like a new man, Naito has also looked different, but for different reasons. Naito sitting in the basement with zero points and Goto with the renewed sense of purpose makes for an odd dynamic. This match is one of their usual ones, where it’s quick bursts, hard hitting and a few solid false finishes. However, at multiple points Naito’s usual tranquilo is shaken and you can see him show levels of concern. Goto being the one with the power in the match, makes for some unique interactions. Naito does pull off the win, but it’s not for Goto’s lack of trying and kicking out of one running Destino. Naito finally gets some points, but it’s nothing near dominant enough to breathe a sigh of relief.
Moxley versus Ishii was the insane hard hitting match we expected. Ishii even flew. He hit a splash on Moxley through a table. The Stone Pitbull flew. Yes I realize there is a callback to Masato Tanaka in that move, but you don’t understand, Ishii flew. Anyway, the beauty of Red Shoes as a referee is he understands each wrestlers personality, so he gives them a little more leash to do what they like to do. Moxley used weapons, Ishii egged it on, there were huge strikes, Ishii’s torpedo style rising headbutts and just good violence. This was a bar fight and no one was upset. Moxley getting the win was a little surprising since most of us assume he won’t be available for many if any later dates once AEW TV starts up. This was just a nice change of pace for the usual New Japan and/or Strong Style match.
Overall Score: 7.75/10
With a great Taichi match and Moxley changing the pace, this show was definitely something to behold. Jay White’s continued spiral is more amusing than Sabre’s since this seems like retribution where Sabre is just a punk bitch when he loses. Even with an uneventful undercard, the main Block matches kept everything moving upward and onward.
With Moxley as the sole 3-0, who unseats the Death Rider?
B Block Standings:
- Jon Moxley – 3-0 (6 Points)
- Toru Yano – 2-1 (4 Points)
- Tomohiro Ishii – 2-1 (4 Points)
- Juice Robinson – 2-1 (4 Points)
- Shingo Takagi – 2-1 (4 Points)
- Jeff Cobb – 1-2 (2 Points)
- Tetsuya Naito – 1-2 (2 Points)
- Hirooki Goto – 1-2 (2 Points)
- Taichi – 1-2 (2 Points)
- Jay White – 0-3 (0 Points)