The Knockout Artist wants to avenge his friend, Johnny Wrestling, and is going after the heartless Psycho Killer himself! Can Kassius Ohno KO Tommaso Ciampa on Gargano’s behalf? Plus: How will The Top 1% himself, EC3, do in his first 1v1 match on NXT? And will the War Raiders leave Heavy Machinery down in the dumps?
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- EC3 VS Raul Mendoza; EC3 wins.
- Dakota Kai VS Vanessa Borne; Dakota wins.
- War Raiders VS Heavy Machinery; War Raiders win.
- Kassius Ohno VS Tommaso Ciampa; Ciampa wins.
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Ricochet is here!
But not to wrestle. The One and Only enters the ring to speak to the NXT Universe. “Now every place I have been around the world”, Ricochet made sure they remembered him. He knows everyone was talking about him after Wrestlemania and TakeOver: New Orleans. NXT is about taking over, and Ricochet intends to take over the brand that redefines sports entertainment. Maybe he’s confident, maybe he’s cocky, but each time he’s in the ring, Ricochet proves he’s the One and Only. And the one and only thing on his mind: no, not socks, it’s the NXT Championship. But the Velveteen Dream appears first.
The Patrick Clark Experience returns to NXT TV and the fans welcome him with an ovation. “No, no, no,” Dream says. Dream doesn’t understand who is giving Ricochet this authority to be in the ring. What gives Ricochet the right to ask for a title opportunity? Taking over? How about taking a step back? Dream wants to set this straight: The One and Only? Fans duel, “One and Only!” “Velveteen!” Ricochet “makes this look good.” Yes, he does make “this” look good. But Dream must tell Ricochet that there is one and only man, there is one and only Experience. “And guess what? You’re looking at him.” Ricochet can jump around all he wants, but no matter how he flips–or flops–make sure you land at the back of the line, behind Dream.
Behind Dream? Dream thinks he deserves a shot? Ricochet knows he’s the new kid, but he knows all about the Velveteen Dream. He got the NXT Universe to say his name. He even got Aleister Black to say it. Though Dream might not remember that since it was after getting his head kicked off. Don’t get cute, because if you keep running your mouth, #DreamOver will be your reality. Ricochet won’t run his mouth, he’ll just run circles around Dream. Dream is good, but he ain’t Ricochet. Ricochet knows Dream acts like this is his show, but enjoy that while it lasts because Ricochet is going to steal the show. Steal Dream’s show? Steal Dream’s spotlight? “YES! YES!”
The NXT Universe believes in Ricochet, fine, but Dream says he can try. “Understand this: anything that you can do, The Dream can do better.” Ricochet dares Dream to prove. The mics drop, and the fans chant for a fight. Dream takes off his jewelry, and tries to sucker punch Ricochet, but Ricochet is ready with a step. Ricochet winks and Dream slithers away. When will this #OneAndOnlyExperience happen?
EC3 VS Raul Mendoza!
The man known as Ethan Carter III makes his singles debut on NXT TV, while the Cruiserweight Classic competitor wants to finally have that break-out moment. Will Raul ruin EC3’s moment by making one of his own?
Fans already chant for EC3 at the bell. EC3 and Mendoza tie up, Mendoza getting a waistlock then headlock. Mendoza slips out of the back suplex then runs to headscissor EC3 down. EC3 powers Mendoza to a corner, rams in shoulders then whips him corner to corner. Mendoza gets out to the apron and forearms EC3 back, then springboards for a missile dropkick. Cover. ONE, but Mendoza keeps on EC3. EC3 reverses the whip into a facelock STO. EC3 puts Mendoza back in a corner for a mudhole stomp, then backs off at the referee’s count. He returns to club Mendoza in the chest, then whips him to the ropes. EC3 flips Mendoza over with a clubbing clothesline, then stalks him to a corner. He brings Mendoza up, whips him out then in, and gives another clubbing clothesline.
EC3 snapmares Mendoza then gives the neck snap, and fans cheer. He drags Mendoza up but Mendoza jawbreakers back. Mendoza throws hands, but EC3 shoves him, only for Mendoza to forearm and enziguri on the rebound. Mendoza fires up, but runs into an alley-oop snake eyes! EC3 gives Mendoza a strong knee lift, then fireman’s carry to the TKO!
EC3 covers, EC3 wins!
Winner: EC3, by pinfall
The Top 1% is on top tonight with his first 1v1 win. Will he continue climbing up until he is truly the top 1% of #NX3?
On-stage interview with EC3.
After falling short of the North American Championship in TakeOver’s ladder match, how important was it for him to win tonight? Losing at TakeOver? So what?! Adversity makes a man, and he IS a man. EC3 has the mind of a genius, the body of a deity, and has precision skill in the ring. “The only thing you’ll see out of me going forward is victory after victory after victory”, repeat, to make NXT become NX3. Fans chant along, “NX3! NX3!” He is the best here, there and anywhere, he is THE EC3.
NXT shares exclusive backstage footage from last week.
Danny Burch and Oney Lorcan encounter Pete Dunne after all three men fought off The Undisputed Era. The brawlers make it clear that they were only fighting Roderick Strong, Adam Cole and Kyle O’Reilly because of their own vendetta. It wasn’t to help the Bruiserweight, because honestly, they really, really don’t like him. But the three can agree the common enemy is the Undisputed Era. Three on three, what does Dunne say? Dunne nods “Yes”, which is good enough for them. Will the Bruiserweight and the brawlers work well together against the united Undisputed Era?
Dakota Kai VS Vanessa Borne!
Captain Kick took offense to the vivacious Vanessa insinuating the Queen of Spades traumatized her. Whether she’s afraid of Shayna Baszler or not, Dakota defends she isn’t afraid of Vanessa. Will the kicking Kiwi give Vanessa a reason to fear her?
The bell rings and fans are on Dakota’s side. She and Vanessa tie up, Vanessa gets the headlock but Dakota powers out. Dakota follows Vanessa and dropkicks her down, then already runs around the world, only to miss her corner kick. Vanessa headbutts Dakota down, then climbs up to give Dakota a facebsuter. Cover, TWO, but Vanessa keeps on Dakota with stomps and ax handles. She demands the fans cheer, but the fans only boo. She kicks Dakota low, to take her on a Moonlight Drive!
Cover, TWO, and Vanessa is already frustrated. She goes after Dakota’s arms in a half-surfboard, but the fans rally for Dakota. Dakota fights her way up but Vanessa just drags her back down. The fans keep rallying, and Dakota stands up again. Dakota arm-drags Vanessa off, then ducks to roundhouse! Another roundhouse, then a scorpion kick puts Vanessa in the corner. Dakota fires up then runs around the world, for the Kiwi Kick!
Vanessa sits down, Dakota adds a running knee! Fans fire up, and Vanessa staggers. Dakota runs and gives Vanessa a sunset backstabber!
Cover, Dakota wins!
Winner: Dakota, by pinfall
Captain Kick conquers Vanessa, but her fears come back to haunt her! Shayna Baszler appears!
The mere presence of the NXT Women’s Champion makes Dakota tremble in the ring. Shayna smirks as she walks down the ramp and joins both Dakota and Vanessa in the ring. Dakota cowers in a corner as Shayna draws near. Shayna doesn’t bother bullying her, she goes after Vanessa!
Vanessa is in the Kirafuda Klutch, and taps out to no avail. Dakota is too afraid, she slips away instead of helping Vanessa. Shayna just glares at the cowering Kiwi while she chokes Vanessa out. Will there be anywhere for Dakota to run and hide from Shayna’s #ReignofTerror?
Backstage interview with Dakota Kai.
The fleeing winner is congratulated but clearly she’s shaken by Shayna’s appearance. Why does Shayna have such power over her? Dakota can’t explain it herself. Shayna goes after Vanessa, and Dakota just froze. Oh no, Shayna walks backstage now!
“C’mon, do something!” Shayna eggs Dakota on, but Dakota can only tremble. “That’s what I thought.” Shayna leaves, and leaves Dakota feeling afraid and ashamed. And if that wasn’t bad enough, Crazy Nikki Cross is laughing from the shadows!
The loony lass laughs and laughs, will she be laughing all the way to a title shot against Shayna?
War Raiders VS Heavy Machinery!
Ray Rowe & “War Beard” Hanson made their NXT debut by wrecking Tucker Knight, Otis Dozovic, Tino Sabbatelli and Riddick Moss all at once. Sabbatelli and Moss broke up as a team but Tucky & Dozer are still together and looking for payback. Which duo will destroy the other in this truly colossal collision?
Rowe and Otis start with the bell, and Rowe dares “Doze” to do something. Otis gives a forearm, so Rowe gives back one. They brawl, and then Tucker and Hanson jump in! It’s a full on fight between all four men. Heavy Machinery turn the tides, then whips War Raiders at each other, but Hanson reverses and Rowe rucks Tucker with a forearm. Hanson goes at Otis and they collide with bodies, but Rowe’s shotgun knees send Otis into the corner. Rowe tags Hanson in, and Rowe whips Hanson in for the splash. Hanson then becomes a human weapon as Rowe lifts him, for a spinebuster senton! War Raiders fire up as Hanson tags Rowe back in. Rowe feeds Otis to Hanson’s knee, then Hanson feeds Otis to Rowe’s roundhouse.
Otis staggers to a corner while Rowe tags Hanson back in. Hanson whips Otis but Otis reverses into an overhead suplex! Fans rally while Hanson and Otis are down. Hot tags to Rowe and Tucker, but it’s Tucker who rallies with right hands. Yet Rowe stays standing! Until Tucker dropkicks and hip tosses him! Tucker fires up but Hanson comes in, to DIVE on Dozer!
Tucker goes after Rowe but Rowe fights back, Ace Ten Mao! Rowe tags to Hanson, and they pick up Tucker, for FALLOUT!
Hanson covers, War Raiders win!
Winners: War Raiders (Hanson & Rowe), Hanson pinning
War has come to NXT, and the Raiders are on a roll! After taking down one of the literally biggest teams in the division, is it only a matter of time before Hanson & Rowe wage war on the NXT Tag Team Champions?
The Street Profits get some exercise.
They work out the old school way, and are still coming for those NXT Tag Team Championships by any means necessary. They won’t let TM61’s cheating win slow them down. Can Dawkins & Ford pick up where they left off and go after the titles?
Kassius Ohno VS Tommaso Ciampa!
The Psycho Killer has no remorse over the betrayal and the beatings he’s given Johnny Gargano. He doesn’t even care that he almost ended Gargano’s career. But the Knockout Artist vows to make him care, even if he has to beat it into him. Will Ohno KO Ciampa? Or will he suffer a similar fate to Johnny Wrestling?
The referee has to keep Ohno back as he enters the ring. Ohno waits for the bell, then goes right at Ciampa. They tie up, and Ohno backs Ciampa into the corner. Ohno honors the break, and sees Ciampa’s sucker punch coming. Ohno uppercuts Ciampa out of the ring, then follows to elbow and boot Ciampa against barriers. He keeps on Ciampa with more elbows, then puts him in the ring. Ciampa slips back out, but Ohno wrecks him with the wrecking ball dropkick! Ohno has Ciampa on the ramp, and rocks him with a right hand. Ciampa slips back into the ring but Ohno follows. Ciampa kicks and punches back, then bumps Ohno off buckles. He stomps and whips but Ohno reverses, then suplexes Ciampa up on the rebound. Ciampa hits the mat hard, then Ohno adds a big back senton!
Ciampa goes to the apron but Ohno follows again, only for Ciampa to sweep the the legs! Ohno hits the mat and apron, and Ciampa adds a running knee! That knee brace is an added factor to the impact, and Ohno reels to other ropes. Ciampa stomps away on Ohno, and only stops because his rage boils over. Ciampa checks his black eye, then taunts Ohno while stomping on his ankles. He digs his fingers into Ohno’s face, then stomps more. Ohno staggers, but Ciampa rocks him with a shotgun dropkick. The Psycho Killer tells Ohno that Gargano is not worth wasting emotions on, then digs his fingers back into Ohno’s face. He lets go at the referee’s count, but then wraps on a chinlock. Ciampa squeezes, but Ohno rolls, only for Ciampa to roll through.
Fans rally for Ohno while he endures, but Ciampa adds torque to the hold. Ohno feeds off the fans’ energy, and stands up. Ciampa shifts to a cravat and drives in knees again and again. Ciampa chops Ohno, then chops again, but Ohno blocks the third to give a swift right jab! Ohno runs in for a bicycle boot, then a forearm, then another boot. He grinds his boot into Ciampa, and the fans fire up. Ohno whips Ciampa corner to corner but Ciampa revesres again, only for Ohno to boot Ciampa down! Ohno stands on Ciampa’s face, giving him a taste of his own medicine. He sits Ciampa up to trap an arm and grind his elbow into Ciampa’s bad eye. Ohno drops a knee on the eye, and Ciampa screams in pain.
Ohno stands on Ciampa again, then brings down the knee pad. He drops the exposed knee on Ciampa’s bad eye! Ciampa gets to a corner, and boots back, but Ohno rocks him with a right! Ohno grabs Ciampa with a cravat, and asks if Ciampa can see him with only one eye. Ohno then yanks Ciampa off the top rope for a floating cravat!
Ciampa flails, holding on with a body scissors, but then Ohno sits out for a cravat bomb! Cover, TWO, and Ohno is shocked. Ciampa rolls away while Ohno stands up. Ohno glares down at Ciampa, and asks “Is it worth it?!” before booting Ciampa in the face. Fans are chanting for Ohno as he boots Ciampa again. Ciampa rolls behind the referee, then gets a sucker punch. Ciampa clubs away on Ohno with lefts and rights, then undoes his wrist tape. The referee knows he’s going to choke Ohno with that, so he confiscates it. But that only allows Ciampa to dig his fingers right into Ohno’s eye!! Ohno rolls to the ropes, but Ciampa is on him with forearms and haymakers. Ciampa runs, but Ohno boots him! Ohno runs, but Ciampa dodges the High Tension elbow! Ciampa takes aim, and hits the Psycho Wizard knee!
Cover, TWO!! Ciampa is shocked, but the fans are cheering. Ohno survives, and the fans rally for him, but Ciampa grinds his foot into Ohno’s chin. Ohno fires up and stands up, to knee Ciampa back. Ciampa boots back, then spins, but Ohno counters elbow with elbow! Then he elbows Ciampa’s face, and spins, only for Ciampa to clobber him with a clothesline! Ciampa brings Ohno up and turns him around for a swinging facebuster. Cover, Ciampa wins!
Winner: Ciampa, by pinfall
The Blackheart beats Ohno, and embraces every bit of heat the fans throw at him. They chant “You Suck! You Suck!” but that doesn’t change that Ciampa won. And that doesn’t change Ciampa’s ways, as he takes off that knee brace and targets Ohno. Ciampa cracks Ohno in the back with the brace, then reaches around the ropes to place the brace on Ohno’s face!
Ciampa pulls back on Ohno, a flashback to what Gargano did to Ciampa in their Unsanctioned match at TakeOver! He finally lets go and Ohno slumps to the apron. Ciampa shouts “Was it worth it” to fight on Gargano’s behalf?! He shouts that he broke Gargano’s body, broke Candice’s heart, and killed the fairy tale. Fans boo and jeer, but Ciampa’s job here is done. He takes his leave, and basks in the hate. Will Ciampa soon bask in the light of an NXT Championship match?
Another solid NXT tonight. Great to see Ricochet, and he has a pretty good back and forth with Velveteen Dream to set up this dream 1v1 program. They are going to put on an amazing match, and it could easily be an NXT Championship #1 Contender’s match. EC3 and Mendoza have a good match, but between EC3 being the new big star and Mendoza having jobbed before, naturally EC3 wins. He himself could easily find himself competing for the North American Championship again while Adam Cole and the Undisputed Era are busy worrying about Pete Dunne. And as I guessed, there will be a Six Man Tag of Dunne, Lorcan & Burch against Undisputed Era, to possibly set up for a bigger Six Man with British Strong Style officially uniting in WWE.
Dakota does great in both her match with Vanessa, and in continuing her frightened victim act. Shayna keeps egging her own, so it’s only a matter of time before Dakota snaps. In the meantime, it looks like Nikki Cross is ready for another go at the title. Hopefully it is soon so that she can get it out of the way and join the rest of SAnitY on SmackDown. Rowe & Hanson kinda give Heavy Machinery a taste of their own squash medicine, but it was damn fun to see it. Ciampa VS Ohno was a great match, really physical like we know they’re both capable of. Ciampa having no music is GENIUS, and he is primed for an NXT Championship match as the Heel to Aleister Black’s Face, and that will be even more intense.
My Score: 8.5/10
Mitchell’s NXT TakeOver: WarGames II Results & Report! (11/17/18)
NXT takes over Los Angeles with WARGAMES! Can The Undisputed Era #ShockTheSystem with back-to-back victories? Will Tommaso Ciampa feel The Experience?
- Matt Riddle VS Kassius Ohno; Riddle wins.
- NXT Women’s Championship 2 out of 3 Falls: Shayna Baszler VS Kairi Sane; Shayna wins and retains the NXT Women’s Championship.
- Aleister Black VS Johnny Gargano; Black wins.
- NXT Championship: Tommaso Ciampa VS Velveteen Dream; Ciampa wins and retains the NXT Championship.
- WarGames: The Undisputed Era VS Ricochet, Pete Dunne & The War Raiders; win(s).
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Nina Strauss joins the NXT TakeOver preshow panel!
The rocking guitarist behind one of WarGames’ themes, Mariana Trench, joins Charli, Sam and Pat. It’s been an amazing week as her album Controlled Chaos debuted at number seven. And that’s on top of joining forces with Lzzy Hale at WWE Evolution for an amazing performance. From rock ‘n’ roll to wrestling, the Women’s Evolution is inspiring everyone, but especially young girls.
Evolution was also where Shayna Baszler recaptured the NXT Women’s Championship. But now Kairi Sane comes back for another rematch, in best 2 out of 3 falls. Nina is in the #FightForeverClub, she wants them to keep going. But this match tonight will be the most amazing one yet. What is it that makes this feud so compelling? The story, the tension, the build and the tied record. How does Nina feel about badass Baszler? Yeah she definitely doesn’t want to run into her in a dark alley. But Kairi is tough herself, so it could be either woman’s match. Who will be THE Women’s Champion after no less than two falls?
Matt Riddle joins the panel!
The King of Bros feels great to be here, “bro.” He and Pat have a bro-down and fans join in. But the NXT Universe of course loves Riddle, but here comes Kassius Ohno. Ohno mocks the bro-ness, it makes him physically ill. Ohno is sick of the bro, and is sick of Riddle. He sees through Riddle’s act! Everyone loves Riddle, but Ohno sees the mirage. Ohno says he’ll only need one second to expose Riddle. Riddle used to think Ohno was cool. But now Ohno’s just bitter. And maybe instead of being bitter, try being better. These two will face off next week on NXT, who will be better, bro?
The War has Returned Again.
For the second year in a row, “battle lines have been drawn.” Two teams, two rings, one cage. Two falls, two women, one champion. And two forces of nature, two sides to a story, one winner. “Opportunity still reigns.” Scores will be settled, let the WarGames begin!
Matt Riddle heads to the ring!
The King of Bros is here, but he’s not on the card. Riddle grabs a mic and greets LA with a “Bro…!” He wasn’t going to have a match tonight on TakeOver, a shame. But if you saw the kickoff, a certain someone interrupted him. Now Riddle and Ohno are meant to fight next Wednesday on NXT, but… If they’re chilling in LA, with two rings, maybe Riddle will KO KO in both of them! Riddle has called Ohno out, so here Ohno comes! Ohno says Riddle is “too stupid to know you’re not supposed to be out here right now”, or that he’s not ready for a TakeOver. But there’s a ref, so ring the bell! And hopefully Riddle enjoys his moment, because he won’t remember it after getting knocked out, “bro”! Is it happening? IT IS!
Matt Riddle VS Kassius Ohno!
The bell rings, and Ohno rushes Riddle! Riddle is ready, with a BIG knee! Cover, RIDDLE WINS!!
Winner: Matt Riddle, by pinfall
WHOA, BRO!! Riddle just beat Kassius in the fastest match in TakeOver history!! Who wasn’t ready for this? Will this instant victory skyrocket Riddle to a title?
NXT Women’s Championship 2 out of 3 Falls: Shayna Baszler VS Kairi Sane!
The Queen of Spades and the Pirate Princess have gone back and forth four times, and they’re all tied up. Of course, Shayna had her friends help her the last time, not that she’s bothered by it. There must be a true winner here tonight, who will be THE NXT Women’s Champion by the end of this epic fifth chapter?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we begin the first fall. Kairi runs and dropkicks Shayna in the corner! She rams her shoulder in but Shayna shoves her. Kairi gets her with a sweep then furious palm strikes. Shayana shoves Kairi away but gets the blockbuster! Then another! Kairi is all fired up and so is LA. Kairi chops Shayna at the ropes with both hands, then furiously with her right. She marches the plank and hits Shayna with a Sliding D! Shayna bails out but Kairi is on the apron, Flying Kabuki elbow! Kairi catches her breath but keeps going on Shayna. LA rallies up behind her as she puts Shayna in. Shayna fakes injury, but that’s so Jessamyn and Marina can attack! They throw Kairi into a post, then the apron!
Marina feeds Kairi to Shayna, Shayna wraps on the Kirafuda! Kairi moves around but Shayna stays on her! Shayna drags Kairi in deep, and Kairi taps! Shayna takes the fall!
Kairi: 0; Shayna 1
The Horsewomen help Shayna win again. Fans call “Bullsh*t!” but the second fall begins. Shayna hits Kairi with a step-up knee! Cover, TWO!! Kairi avoids a screw job sweep, but Shayna goes for the clutch again. Kairi resists and backs Shayna in the corner. Fans are on her side without question, even as Shayna sinks in the body scissors! Kairi gets loose and rolls around, ropebreak with a foot! Shayna lets Kairi go at 3, but she goes at Kairi. Kairi throws forearms and body shots. Kairi kicks but gets caught into a Half Crab! Shayna stands on Kairi’s head for good measure! Kairi endures, but Shayna stomps! Fans boo but Shayna just soaks it up.
Shayna looms over Kairi, and clubs her back. Shayna kicks Kairi down, then brings the legs around for a figure four while wrenching the neck. Kairi endures the various twists and stretching as fans rally up. Kairi gets a cover, TWO! Shayna suplexes Kairi but Kairi rolls her up, TWO! Shayna goes for the Kirafuda again! Kairi makes it a cover, TWO! Kairi CHOPS Shayna, then baits her to a corner. She throws big palm stirkes but Shayna kicks back. They brawl fast and furious with wild strikes! Fans love the aggression, even as Shayna clobbers Kairi! The Horsewomen applaud as Shayna stands first. Kairi stands and Shayna runs in, but is dumped to the apron. Kairi runs in but misses, and Shayna drags her out. Shayna suplexes, but Kairi DDT’s her on the apron!!
The Horsewomen panic and go to Shayna’s side while fans lose their minds. Kairi gets away to the ring while the ref checks on her. Fans chant “Mamma Mia!” Jessamyn and Marina go after Kairi but she sends them into the steps! Kairi then climbs up top, and LEAPS at Shayna for an INSANE ELBOW! She wipes all three Horsewomen out!! Fans are thunderous as Kairi puts Shayna in the ring. Kairi hurries up top again, she wants this on the mat! INSANE ELBOW #2! Cover, Kairi gets a fall!
Kairi: 1; Shayna: 1
We’re all tied up going into the third and final fall! Shayna manages to stand, and we begin again. Kairi SPEARS! And then SPEARS! Two interceptors in a row, here’s the hat trick! Kairi drags Shayna up, big back hands rock her! Kairi climbs once again, but Shayna is up quick. Shayna stops her with a right hand, then climbs up to join Kairi. They brawl up top, and fans are of course on Kairi’s side. Shayna rocks Kairi, but Kairi rocks her back. Shayna throws many forearms, and clubbing fists. She drags Kairi up for a gut wrench, but Kairi sunset flips for a powerbomb! Cover, TWO!! Kairi was so close, but she still has more to give! She drags Shayna up, Alabama Slam! Then she climbs up again, but Jessamyn distracts. Marina shoves Kairi down.
Here comes Dakota! She clobbers Marina then boots Jessamyn in the face! But she ends up 2v1 against them, until IO SHIRAI appears! Shirai climbs high, for her ASAI!! She wipes the Horsewomen AND Dakota out! Kairi climbs up again, INSANE ELBOW #3! INTO A COVER! Shayna wins!!!
Winner: Shayna Baszler, by pinfall; still NXT Women’s Champion
The Queen keeps her throne, but only thanks to highway robbery! Her friends helped her get the first fall, and then she survives by the skin of her teeth in the last fall! With back-up like this, will there ever be an end to Shayna’s reign of terror?
Aleister Black VS Johnny Gargano!
The Embodiment of the End wants revenge on the man who took him out before TakeOver: Brooklyn. Of course, Mr. “Why, Johnny Why?” doesn’t even see what he did as something wrong. It was just business. Will it be business when Aleister makes Gargano #FadeToBlack forever?
The referee keeps the two apart before the bell. It rings, and Aleister stares daggers into Gargano as fans duel. Gargano and Aleister approach, Gargano talks to Aleister then SLAPS him. Aleister boots Gargano! Then fires off furious body shots. Gargano throws Aleister out the slingshots, but Aleister dodges to roundhouse Gargano off his feet! Aleister throws more hands, but Gargano runs into the ring. Aleister follows but msises in the corner. Gargano CHOPS, then dodges the kicks to throw jabs. Gargano taunts Aleister as he dodges and ducks. Aleister kicks but Gargano gets clear. Gargano grins as he copies the cross-leg sitting. Aleister kicks but Gargano roll shim up for a school boy kick! Gargano runs in and chops Aleister, but Aleister goes after him. Gargano dodges again and throws left hands. Fans are thunderous as Aleister goes to another corner.
Gargano keeps on him, then whips. Aleister rolls off Gargano’s back to then throw more hands. He fakes Gargano out to hit a knee lift. Aliester blocks a punch to give knees, kicks, elbows, and one more knee! Gargano bails out, Aleister runs, but he fakes Gargano out. But Gargano knew it, and boots Aleister! Gargano stmops a mudhole into Aleister, then backs off at 3. He soaks up the heat, and the few cheers there are. Gargano goes back to Aleister for more kicks. He drags Aleister up, suplex but Aleister counters. Gargano slips out and rolls Aleister up, TWO, so he rolls Aleister into the seated surfboard! Aleister endures as Gargano pulls back on his arms. Fans rally up, and Aleister pries an arm out. Gargano shifts, but Aleister counters his Mahistrol, TWO! Aleister gets caught into an elbow DDT! Cover, ONE!
Gargano keeps his cool, and stomps Aleister’s hand. Gargano scrapes Aleister’s face, then puts him in a corner. Johnny Wrestling becomes Johnny Boxing as he throws hands. He chops Gargano, but then turns around into Aleister’s counter punches. Gargano kicks and whips but Aleister reverses. Gargano goes up and over, school boy kick misses. Aleister misses his knee and gets a forearm, but then he sweeps the legs! Gargano rolls out, but Aleister builds speed. Gargano expected a fake, so he gets a boot. Then Aleister FLIES! Direct hit! Fans fire up with the Dutch Destroyer as Aleister puts him in the ring. Aleister stalks Gargano to a corner, and fires off kicks and boots. Aleister whips Gargano to ropes, then sweeps the legs again, to hit double knees! He keeps going, Quebrada! Cover, TWO!
Gargano survives but Aleister keeps his cool. Gargano gets to another corner, but Aleister goes over. He elbows Gargano, then breaks free. Gargano stops Aleister up top, then brings him out. Aleister slips out but Gargano blocks the German. He gets a roundhouse, and bails out again. Aleister runs, triangle jump! But Gargano gets out of the way, and DIVES for a tornado DDT! Gargano puts Aleister in, then slingshots for another DDT! Cover, TWO!! Gargano almost had Aleister there! Fans rally up as Gargano wipes the sweat from his brow. Gargano stands on wobbly legs, but he still trash talks Aleister. Gargano chops and kicks Aleister. “You’re not the chosen one, I am!” Gargano kicks, but Aleister blocks it to hit a back elbow!
Aleister runs, but into an enziguri. Gargano runs, but into Aleister’s boot. Aleister runs, but into a SUPERKICK! They both hit each other with clotheslines, but then Aleister fires off elbows. Aleister kicks and kicks but Gargano dodges them. Gargano POISON-RANA! But he runs into a BIG knee! Both men are down but the fans give a standing ovation! Both men stir, and Gargano gets to ropes. Gargano is in No Man’s Land between the rings, and he brawls with Aleister. Aleister throws more forearms but so does Gargano. Aleister boots Gargano, and counters the slingshot spear! Then springboard meteora! Roundhouse to bridging German! TWO!! Fans love this, “This is Awesome!” but it’s far from over.
Aleister stands first but Gargano slowly follows. Aleister runs in, but misses the knee. Gargano blocks a kick, and spins Aleister for a discus clothesline! Gargano runs, tilt-o-whirl takedown! And he gets the GargaNO Escape! But Aleister rolls it up, TWO! Aleister sweeps, Gargano leaps, buzzsaw! Gargano scoops Aleister, for the lawn dart! Aleister hits buckles as Gargano grins. Gargano stands up, and he copies the foot lift. He wants Aleister to see this, as he builds up the energy. Aleister says stop? Aleister sits cross-leg. And then dares Gargano to do it! Gargano takes the knee pad down, to take Ciampa’s Psycho Knee! Aleister dodges and rolls up, but Gargano rolls through to SUPERKICK! Then the Psycho Knee! Cover, TWO!! Aleister survives and shocks Gargano! LA hopes they “Fight Forever!” but there must be a winner.
Gargano goes over to Aleister and drags him up by his hair. He keeps insisting he’s the hero, as he gives Aleister heavy forearms. Aleister still sits up, so Gargano brings him up for more. Aleister fires back, and now we brawl! Gargano hits, Aleister hits, and repeat. Then they hit at the same time! Aleister gets the edge with furious hands from all sides. Gargano gives forearms from all sides, but Aleister counters with a knee! Aleister springboards but Gargano shoves him out! Gargano builds speed, and DIVES, into a knee!! Both men are down on the outside as fans lose their minds! Aleister sits up first as the ring count climbs. He hobbles over to Gargano and puts him in. Aleister follows, but Gargano wants mercy? There will be no mercy, even as Gargano grovels at his feet. So Gargano wants Aleister to end him.
Aleister lifts him with the foot, and swings, but Gargano makes it a roll up! TWO!! GargaNO Escape!! Aleister is stuck in the hold, and he scrambles for ropes! Gargano rolls him away! Aleister pries at the hold, but rolls again! ONE, big spinning knee! Gargano is rocked, and Aleister takes the knee pad down. Aleister hits Gargano with bare knee! Then he holds Gargano up again, for the BLACK MASS! But he holds Gargano up on his feet as fans are thunderous. Because he gives Gargano a SECOND Black Mass!! Cover, Aleister wins!!
Winner: Aleister Black, by pinfall
No mercy for “Johnny Takeover”, the Embodiment of the End ends him tonight. Aleister settles one score, but is he on his way to settle another, with the title on the line? Who will be holding it when Black comes back for the gold?
NXT Championship: Tommaso Ciampa VS Velveteen Dream!
The Psycho Killer benefitted the most from Johnny Wrestling’s turn to the dark side, and now he hogs the spotlight by any means necessary. However, a shining star has come along and says the spotlight belongs to him. Ciampa claims to be the killer of fairy tales, but the Patrick Clark Experience makes dreams come true. Will the Dream be over tonight? Or will it just be over for the Dream?
The introductions are made for Ciampa and “Hollywood Dream.” Ciampa clutches to his precious a moment, gives it a kiss good luck, and “Goldy” is raised. The bell rings and we begin!
Fans are on Dream’s side and he soaks it in. Ciampa chuckles, it amuses him. The two circle and tie up. They go around, and Dream almost shoves Ciampa out of the ring! Dream backs off at the ref’s count to strike his pose. Ciampa and Dream circle again, then tie up again. They go around and Ciampa gets a waistlock. Ciampa brings Dream down, then shifts to a facelock. Dream pops out and rear mounts, and even Supermans on Ciampa. Dream slaps Ciampa in the head as he backs away. Fans are on Dream’s side as he and Ciampa tie up again. Dream puts Ciampa in the corner, but Ciampa messes Dream’s hair! So Dream SLAPS Ciampa in the front of the face! Ciampa runs into the fireman’s carry but escapes. Ciampa kicks low, underhooks, but Dream sprawls and escapes.
But Ciampa has the headband! Ciampa winds up the hand to hear the fans. Dream slides out of the ring, and laughs it off. Why? Because Dream picks up “Goldy” to hold her up! And then he gets away from Ciampa, back into the ring, and then goes to give Ciampa his draping DDT! Ciampa gets away, and both men are rather amused by the other. Ciampa swings but Dream counter punches. Dream whips corner to corner but Ciampa reverses. Dream slides to come back with more haymakers. Big scoop slam from Dream, then he swivels the hips before hitting a big dropkick! Then a running hotshot! Dream climbs up, big ax handles! Dream gets his headband back and puts it on. Fans applaud as Dream hears them out. Dream goes back to Ciampa, whips and boots, brother! Dream calls for it, hears the fans, and runs. But Ciampa bails out.
So Dream climbs up and LEAPS! Double ax handles hit, and Dream puts Ciampa in. Dream climbs again, but avoids the counter attack. He then slingshots, but Ciampa shoves him down! Dream loses his headband in the crash, but then Ciampa hits him with a swinging neckbreaker on the outside! Ciampa gets up and asks if Dream thinks this is a game. Ciampa clubs Dream then puts him back in. He keeps on Dream with a mudhole in the corner. Then he runs side to side, BIG knee wash! That knee brace adds to the impact, Dream might be knocked out! Ciampa doesn’t cover, he just mocks Dream with the sliding crawl. Fans call Ciampa names but Ciampa just grins as he drags Dream up. Ciampa clubs Dream in the ropes, and Dream slumps over. Dream gets up, but Ciampa elbows him down again.
Ciampa drags Dream up, neckbreaker hotshot! Dream falls and Ciampa gives himself a pat on the back, because “I’m the man! I’m the main event!” Ciampa drags Dream up and onto the announce desk, for another big knee! Dream flounders and flails from that impact, but Ciampa puts him back in the ring. Ciampa stomps Dream, then wraps on a chinlock. Dream scrambles up but Ciampa snapmares him back down. Ciampa keeps on Dream with the hold, but fans rally up. Ciampa wrenches back and Dream sputters in the hold. Dream’s drool hangs out, so Ciampa makes Dream eat it! Ciampa says “Night-night!” but Dream keeps fighting. Dream flails around as fans rally up. Dream fights back but Ciampa knees low. Ciampa drags Dream up again, but gets a backslide! ONE, and Dream throws a haymaker. Then another, then another! Dream gets Ciampa around, and gives him a neckbreaker!
Both men stir, Ciampa gets up first. Ciampa brings Dream up but Dream fights again. Draem whips but Ciampa reverses, only for Dream to hit forearms! And a kip-up! Dream keeps going, big haymakers and clotheslines. Another whip but Ciampa gives another knee. But Dream points his finger at Ciampa! CIampa runs into the sidewinder but slips out. Dream bucks Ciampa off, blocks and gives haymakers. Dream whips and boots Ciampa! Then the LEG DROP! And another! And a third! Ciampa gets up as Dream hulks up! Dream brings Ciampa up but Ciampa slides out and shoves. But he runs into Dream’s spinebuster! Cover, TWO! Dream feels he’s close, and so do the fans as they chant.
Dream stands and goes over to Ciampa. He throws more haymakers, then another whip. Ciampa grabs the ropes but is sent out. Dream slingshots for a big plancha! Dream puts Ciampa back in, then climbs up fast. Ciampa rolls away, so Dream hops down. Ciampa yanks Dream out, but Dream is up quick. Dream avoids the DDT to throw the knee into the apron! Ciampa clutches the brace, but Dream keeps on him through the ropes. Dream takes the legs and brings Ciampa over to a post. Hanging Figure Four on the post!! CIampa tapped but the ref was busy reprimanding Dream!! Fans try to point that out, but Ciampa gets Dream with a package! TWO, and Ciampa gives a big forearm. Waistlock, but victory roll, to Figure Four!
Dream has Ciampa in the legendary leg lock, and “WOO~” echoes through LA. Ciampa drags himself towards ropes but Dream drags him back. Dream puts as much pressure as he can on Ciampa, and fans are thunderous. But Ciampa rolls it over quick! Bug then Dream rolls it back! Ciampa rolls, Dream rolls, and now Dream throws haymakers. Dream kicks Ciampa to a cover, TWO! Ropebreak! Dream lets Ciampa go, but fans applaud this amazing exchange. Dream goes for the legs again, but Ciampa shoves Dream into barriers! Ciampa catches Dream ion the return, but no draping DDT this time. CIampa and Dream fight, and Dream resists the suplex. Dream then suplexes Ciampa and himself out of the ring! Fans lose their minds as both men crash and burn! Ciampa undoes his boot laces, his leg is really hurting now.
A ring count begins now as both men stir. Dream stands and realizes he needs to get Ciampa in. The count is at 8 but Dream puts Ciampa in. Fans applaud as this match continues. Dream and Ciampa stand, and they brawl with haymakers! They go back and forth, adding kicks. Dream gets an edge, but Ciampa kicks low. CIampa double underhooks but Dream slips out. Ciampa dodges the superkick and it almost hits the ref! Roll up, with tights! But the ref notices! The ref stops the count and reprimands Ciampa! SUPERKICK, then Dream Valley Driver! High stack cover, TWO!? Ciampa survives and fans can’t believe it! Dream himself is shocked, but he turns around into Ciampa’s fist. Dream jackknifes to a fireman’s carry, but Ciampa slides out. Ciampa rocks Dream with an elbow, but Dream gives Ciampa one back. Dream springboards, into a knee! Cover, TWO!
Ciampa brings Dream up, Project Ciampa! Cover, TWO?! Dream survives and Ciampa is at wit’s end. Fans are thunderous for Dream as Ciampa undoes more of his boot. Ciampa bails out, and hobbles over to his belt. Ciampa wants to take Goldy into the ring but the ref stops him. Dream rolls Ciampa, TWO! SIDEWINDER ON THE BELT! Not on purpose, so no DQ! Cover, TWO!? Ciampa survives, but Dream won’t stop. Dream climbs, leaps, but stops Ciampa’s counter boot! Dream wants the Figure Four again, but Ciampa shove shim out of the ring! Then DRAPING DDT! Cover, TWO!?! HOW?! Ciampa can’t believe it, but the fans love it. Maybe these two will “Fight Forever” because “This is Awesome!”
But Ciampa goes to an old trick, as he pulls off padding from the floor. He exposes concrete, and then goes after Dream at the apron. Ciampa positions Dream as he drags him out, but Dream pushes through to barrel Ciampa over the announce desk! Both men are down and fans shout “Mamma Mia!” for Mauro’s sake. Dream and Ciampa stir back to life and head for the ring. The ref hasn’t even started counting yet. But then Ciampa throws something at Mauro?! That’s uncalled for! Death Valley on the ground! Dream climbs up, PURPLE RAIN MAKER!! Cover, TWO!?! Dream keeps moving, seeing Ciampa on the apron. Purple Rain Maker MISSES! Dream hits floor, and hurts his arm! Ciampa drags Dream up and in, but then to No Man’s Land? DDT on the steel!! Ciampa drags Dream into their ring, covers, and wins!
Winner: Tommaso Ciampa, by pinfall; still NXT Champion
Dream came so close so many times but the Black Heart wins out. If not even this much can end Ciampa’s reign, what will it take? Who will be the man to accomplish such a feat?
(NOAH) WEEKLY NEWSLETTER VOL.10 ~16TH NOVEMBER 2018
Another wonderfully in depth recap of this week in Pro Wrestling NOAH. How is the Global League going? Let’s see what else has been going on in NOAH.
CURRENT TOUR RECAP
NOAH were in Hiroshima on the 12th November; Hiroshima is a city of mixed emotion for NOAH, for some it is home, but for the promotion as a whole it has sad associations, as Mitsuharu Misawa died there in 2009.
Hitoshi Kumano, (a local bear), took charge of fundraising for the Heavy Rain Fund (Hiroshima was hit badly earlier in the year by floods, and the mascot got yelled at by Mitsuya Nagai). Nagai was wound up by Naomichi Marufuji as well, who held the ropes open for him, a tactic which served to wind Kenoh up too. It was also the event where Kotaro Suzuki got his win over HAYATA, and sat on the ropes holding the belt up to both Daisuke Harada and HAYATA. Kotaro Suzuki later said that HAYATA bought out his trump card in the previous match (“the Headache”), and so he bought out his too, and that he would be no match for him with his own number of various maneuvers which he would bring out in the title match. They had their final match before the championship match on the 17th in Osaka, and they will both go into the match with one victory each over the other in the build up for the challenge.
Fan support is very much on the side of HAYATA (who is not NOAH born unlike Suzuki who is seen as an outsider, despite being NOAH born) to bring the championship home.
Mitsuya Nagai clashed with Naomichi Marufuji, and was chopped to shreds. Marufuji said he looked like a “boiled octopus” afterwards. Katsuhiko Nakajima would dismiss Nagai as “small fish” on the 14th, but Nagai would break through the dark cloud on the 16th when he ended the winning streak of Kohei Sato.
Despite his fluke win and spazz out victory celebration against Takashi Sugiura, Kaito Kiyomiya suffered two defeats in a row; the first being against Atsushi Kotoge on the 14th and Cody Hall on the 16th. Kotoge, however, has been on a roll and defeated Go Shiozaki on the 16th.
In a rare moment on the 14th, Masa Kitamiya and Kenoh shook hands. Kitamiya said that he did it to acknowledge that he and Kenoh (who lost to him) had practically fought to the death for the win, and that he didn’t trust wrestlers who had no ambition. Speaking of Kenoh, during the huge tag on the 16th November, his victory over
Marufuji seemingly wasn’t enough, and he decided to get his face again.
Marufuji (now with both shoulders needing athletic support) just looked tired and like he’d had enough.
The show on the 16th November was a shift in the league; Kohei Sato, Kazusada Higuchi and Go Shiozaki had their perfect records beaten by Mitsuya Nagai, Mohammed Yone and Atsushi Kotoge, and Nakajima avenged his loss against Quiet Storm in Global League 2017.
As Global League is beginning to heat up, everyone is talking about not letting anymore victories slip through their fingers, but of course, not all matches can go to a draw, and someone has to lose. There can only be two finalists, and ultimately one winner.
Full recap of Global League 2018 so far, can be found here.
Noah will be back on Saturday 17th November at the Edion Arena in Osaka, (gong sounds at 18.30).
THE EVOLUTION OF KENOH
The upcoming “Wrestlers Directory” 2018 (basically a guide to who is who, what, and where in 2018) was previewed and Naomichi Marufuji and Kenoh were profiled with their changing looks over the years.
Kenoh made the following comments about his entry:
- His 2009 picture is ugly
- Like all trainees, he debuted with a shaved head. Says he didn’t used to cut it, and its awkward to look at it, says he didn’t think he had any money to cut it.
- It doesn’t really translate well, but Kenoh says he cut his hair in 2012 because it had been long for long enough. In another rough translation he says that he looks like a child of badboy parents, who has been forced to pose.
- Kenoh said about his expression that it doesn’t change, because in his every day life, he does not laugh a lot.
- In 2015, Kenoh says that “I admired him and went blonde, but I can no longer say I have the aspiration to be like him” (he is talking about Morishima, who very sadly, has let a lot of people down, including Kenoh).
YOSHIKI INAMURA ADDED TO THE NOAH ROSTER PAGE
At the moment there is not too much information on him apart from his birthday (November 18th 1992), his height and weight, blood type and birthplace (Otawara City in Tochigi Prefecture), date of debut and finisher. His finisher isn’t anything special at the moment, and doesn’t have a special name, being listed only as a “tackle”.
He doesn’t have a Twitter account yet.
CHRISTMAS AT MUSCLE GRILL
Naomichi Marufuji’s current restaurant MUSCLE GRILL in Tokyo will be having a Christmas party on the 22nd December. Naomichi Marufuji, Hi69, Tadasuke, Atsushi Kotoge and Junta Miyawaki will be attending, but obviously this depends on whether or not they manage to stay injury free.
Event is now full.
HAJIME OHARA IN CHINA
Hajime Ohara has missed some Noah dates as he is training the Eastern Hero Athletes in Shanghai, and also when they visit the Noah dojo in Saitama. Ohara is known to be a very strict trainer with a lot of emphasis on health and well-being, which goes further than working out as he is a big advocate for healthy eating and avoiding alcohol (although he does seem to have a weakness for cake); he has banned smoking during training sessions, forbidding his students to smoke while on breaks.
NOAH IN 2019
Noah have announced the dates for “Navigation for The Future 2019”. The tour will run from January 6th to Friday, February 1st. They have also announced their (provisional) Korakuen Hall schedule for 2019.
TAKESHI MORISHIMA UPDATE
There has been no real news following Morishima’s arrest earlier in the month, but further sad details have come to light about his behavior prior to the arrest and his living circumstances.
Morishima it seems was (and is) homeless and without any form of income, and was begging for drinks, even using the tactic of asking to drink with the bar staff as it meant he would be given free drinks.
The management company who were sponsoring his return had originally put him up in an apartment, which they paid the rent for. The deal was that Morishima would concentrate on his return, however, Morishima didn’t do this, and preferred alcohol to training. The President of the company, seeing that Morishima wasn’t giving anything in return despite repeated requests for him to change his ways, eventually lost his patience and told Morishima to pack up and leave.
Morishima, seemingly unconcerned about this, told him flippantly that he was drinking in Shinjuku, and if he wanted the keys, he should come and get them.
GHC BELT NEWS
- GHC Heavyweight Champion: Takashi Sugiura
- GHC Junior Champion: Kotaro Suzuki
- GHC Heavyweight Tag Champions: Naomichi Marufuji & Akitoshi Saito
- GHC Junior Tag Champions: Minoru Tanaka & Hi69
The winner of Global League 2018 will earn the right to challenge Takashi Sugiura for the GHC Heavyweight title, if he himself wins, Sugiura says that he will nominate Masato Tanaka as his challenger.
Kotaro Suzuki will defend the GHC Junior Heavyweight title against HAYATA on the 17th November at Edion Arena, Osaka.
The GHC Heavyweight Tag titles have not had a challenger as of yet, and probably won’t until after Global League wraps up. Mitsuya Nagai has hinted that he may challenge, but Saito said that he will not be granted a title shot. Katsuhiko Nakajima was asked if he was going to challenge after the Global League match with Saito, and said cryptically, he was “in the mood for shopping” (i.e., shopping around to see what deal is best).
The GHC Junior Tag Championship will be challenged for by Koji Kanemoto and Hiroshi Yamato on the 25th November at Korakuen Hall. Seiya Morohashi has also challenged for them, his partner at this time is as yet unknown, but it is thought it will either be TAMURA or Kouki Iwasaki.
- Atsushi Kotoge drinks “Revolutionary Coffee”
- Naomichi Marufuji sat on a wet bench wearing thin grey pants…
- There was a cat at the hotel in Ehime, much to YO-HEY’s delight
- Kaito Kiyomiya appears to be being fitted for tailored suits (long gone are the days of the oversize one thank god)
- Daisuke Harada celebrated his 32nd birthday on the 13th November (President Uchida did not even know it was his birthday!), and Yoshiki Inamura will celebrate his 26th birthday on November 18th, Takashi Sugiura bought him an early birthday cake and a small party was held at a restaurant Inamura had been taken out to by his seniors.
- Shu Nishinaga said Ally (the ring announcer) “whined like a child” for udon noodles.
- Naomichi Marufuji says he was disturbed by mosquitoes, in November, which woke him up at 2.30am
- Kenoh apparently went jogging in the Imperial Palace Gardens in Kyoto (a fan who saw him, thought he was a blonde delinquent fleeing the law before it was discovered it was Kenoh)
KING SHAMELESS CORNER
After weeks of silence. Takashi Sugiura is back, posting a picture of Masao Inoue holding an ice cream cone with white foam in it and labeling it “mood” and photographing erotic looking food.
I’ll leave it to your (and his) dirty imagination as to what exactly he meant by oysters being “erotic”…
The final night of Global League, 25th November, will be broadcast at 6pm on Saturday 8th December
The event on the 12th December, will be broadcast on the 15th December
The event on the 16th December, will be broadcast on the 22nd December
This is more than usual, and all seem to be going out on a weekly basis. This makes me wonder if the network are trying something out.
K-FORCE: music inspired by Katsuhiko Nakajima
ARTICLE: “Traces to Nowhere: the tragic story behind the Takeshi Morishima arrest”
News article on Takeshi Morishima’s drunken and chaotic life
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