Aleister Black is the 13th NXT Champion, but will this prove to be bad luck against the Blackheart Psycho Killer, Tommaso Ciampa?
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- Adam Cole VS Sean Maluta; Cole wins.
- Lacey Evans VS Tenilla Price; Lacey wins.
- NXT Championship: Aleister Black VS Tommaso Ciampa; Ciampa wins and becomes the new NXT Champion.
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It’s time for darkness to fight darkness.
TakeOver: Chicago tested the Embodiment of the End. But the Devil on His Back is still with him, because he still has the NXT Championship. However, there’s a devil knocking on his door. Tommaso Ciampa also survived Chicago and his truly brutal Street Fight with Johnny Gargano. Aleister has something Ciampa wants. Aleister says that Ciampa may see himself as a devil, but Ciampa knows nothing of the devil on Aleister’s back. Ciampa brushes that off as smoke and mirrors. He promises to snuff out the mystique like a candle. Aleister tells Ciampa he’s lost and confused, but Ciampa has his path to the title. Whose darkness will envelope the other to take the NXT Championship for their own?
Adam Cole VS Sean Maluta!
The inaugural NXT North American Champion takes on the Cruiserweight Classic competitor who is still looking to make big moves in his NXT career. Can Maluta get a non-title win to put himself in line for a title shot?
Fans are on Cole’s side as the bell rings. They tie up and Cole puts Maluta in a corner. Cole grinds in cocky forearms, but backs off at the ref’s count. Cole grins but Maluta shrugs it off. The two circle again, then tie up. Cole gets a waistlock and slam, then slaps Maluta around. The champ is having fun but Maluta is not amused. Maluta keeps his cool as he circles with Cole again. Maluta gets around to a roll up, ONE. Now he tries a backslide, ONE. Cole misses, gets a neckbreaker!
Cole gets to a corner, and Maluta comes in with a boot. Maluta hops up but Cole trips him up! Maluta hits the mat while Cole checks his chin. Cole takes his frustration out on Maluta with a ground ‘n’ pound. Cole drops angry ax handles, then kicks Maluta in the ribs. He drags Maluta up and into a corner, to throw heavy hands. He hoists Maluta up to the top rope, then climbs up to join him. Maluta headbutts Cole back! Maluta adjusts, but jumps into a SUPERKICK! Then, with knee pad down, Last Shot Shining Wizard! Cover, Cole wins!
Winner: Adam Cole, by pinfall
Another win for Adam Cole BAYBAY! Cole has been on a hot streak as of late, but he has yet to find a worthy contender. Cole takes up the mic to speak.
“Adam Cole is the most buzzworthy superstar on ANY brand!” That’s because of what Cole gets done in the ring. He defends his title all over the world and North America, even the UK! Example: Maluta, a “young hungry upstart” looking for his opportunity. Who gave him the opportunity? Adam Cole, Baybay. So if there’s anyone who wants a shot– Ricochet appears!
The One and Only responds to Cole’s claims by saying he owes Cole an apology. Cole didn’t run away from competition. Granted, it wasn’t for the title and against a guy Cole won’t even remember, but Ricochet respects Cole is doing his own thing. Ricochet also gives Cole credit that ever since joining NXT, he’s take the industry by storm. But since becoming champion, Cole has shockingly done nothing but be a coward. That’s just Ricochet’s opinion. Maybe COle can change his mind. Cole really is good, but to prove it, have a match. Fans like where this is going. Ricochet wants Cole to have a match with the North American Championship on the line, at TakeOver: Brooklyn IV… against Ricochet. “Unless I was right about you, baybay.”
Cole considers his options, and admits Ricochet is right. Cole is “so, so good”, which is why Cole won’t diminish himself in a match with Ricochet. The champ takes his leave, but fans boo and jeer. Ricochet says that’s fine by him. Leave, like the coward you are. Cole gets mad now, but fans chant “Coward~!” at him. He gets back in the ring but Ricochet scares him off with the handspring superhero landing! Cole shouts he doesn’t have to prove a thing to anyone. The Undisputed Era comes to back Cole up, and now Cole has courage. But to back Ricochet up, are the WAR RAIDERS!
Rowe & Hanson scare Undisputed Era down the ramp then out the side. The Undisputed Era says this is their NXT, but then MUSTACHE MOUNTAIN appears! And a fight begins! Tyler Bate & Trent Seven scare Undisputed Era all the way backstage. Those titles are now targets on their back, can the Undisputed Era survive the Summer?
NXT GM William Regal presides over the Women’s Championship contract signing.
With Kairi Sane and Shayna Baszler seated at the table, Regal is excited at this rematch from the inaugural Mae Young Classic finals. The Queen of Spades has it stop there. This isn’t a simple rematch, because they had that rematch and Shayna won. Shayna’s changed in the last year in NXT. She has a killer instinct the Pirate Princess doesn’t, which is why Shayna’s at the top, and Kairi’s still living off her past glory. Kairi hasn’t done anything since! Kairi simply takes the contract and signs, with an icy stare at Shayna. Regal finalizes the contract while Kairi speaks up. “I know it. You know it. I can beat you.”
Shayna wants Kairi to listen: she doesn’t have what it takes, and is living in a fantasy world. Kairi and the entire locker room are just pretending to be tough. Dakota Kai pretends to have what it takes. Candice LeRae pretends to have what it takes when she should be home being a wife. Kairi pretends to be a pirate after treasure. But they’re all phonies, “and it’s pathetic.” Kairi sighs, as she vows, “In Brooklyn, I will beat you.” Shayna signs, and says that while Kairi isn’t listening now, she will be listening when they say “And still your NXT Women’s Champion.” Shayna storms out, and Kairi lets Regal knows Shayna still knows Kairi can win. Neither side is backing down from their argument, but who will win the fight come TakeOver?
Lacey Evans VS Tenilla Price!
The Lady of NXT has been on a roll as of late, armed with her Woman’s Right. She still needs to climb up towards the NXT Women’s Championship, can she do it against this debuting superstar?
The bell rings and Lacey dares Tenilla to approach. Tenilla does, and they tie up. Lacey powers Tenilla to a corner and grinds in her forearm. She backs off at 4 but comes back to throw Tenilla by her hair! Lacey then runs in for the headstand bronco buster! Tenilla is reeling but Lacey is on her with the draping armlock. Lacey lets up at 4, but then pulls on Tenilla’s hair more to tie it to the rope! The referee reprimands her but Lacey kicks Tenilla loos to then drive in elbow after elbow. Fans boo and jeer but Lacey simply salutes. Then she sweeps Tenilla’s legs and drops the slingshot elbow! Lacey brings Tenilla up for the swinging neckbreaker. She goes for the rolling cover but gets knees from Tenilla! Tenilla runs in at Lacey in the corner, handspring into a WOMAN’S RIGHT! Lacey covers, Lacey wins!
Winner: Lacey Evans, by pinfall
The Model Soldier wipes her brow, she actually worked up a little sweat. She dumps her handkerchief on Tenilla, treating her like the trash can. Will Lacey continue to #ActLikeaLady all the way to title contention?
Backstage interview with Bianca Belair.
The EST is back from her honeymoon, but she’s injured. Because of this, she missed out on the NXT Women’s Championship #1 Contenders match, but that’s not an excuse or anything to be ashamed of. She doesn’t need to work hard to prove herself, she’s undefeated. Everyone has time to catch up but they can’t. Bianca will work her hardest in physical rehab, and when she returns, she will get what she deserves as the undefeated woman of NXT! Bianca repeats this over and over as she takes her leave. Who will be the champion she aims for once she is back to 100%?
NXT Media catches up to Shayna Baszler backstage.
She just finished her contract signing, but her “strong words for a weak person” was no big deal. However, Candice gets up in Shayna’s face over the trash talk she keeps giving. Serena Deeb keeps Mrs. Wrestling from attacking the champ, despite Shayna egging her on. Candice knows now’s not her time, but she’ll find it soon enough. Shayna shrugs it off while taking her leave, but will #BullyBaszler even make it through Brooklyn?
NXT Championship: Aleister Black VS Tommaso Ciampa!
The Dutch Destroyer has made all his opponents in 1v1 action #FadetoBlack, even the lethal Leviathan, Lars Sullivan. However, he’s never gone against someone as sinister as the Sicilian Psycho. Can Aleister keep the number 13 from being bad luck? Or will Ciampa finally have his golden moment?
Both men get in each other’s face as Aleister makes his entrance, but the referee keeps the peace. Fans are clearly on Aleister’s side as the two back off. The introductions are made, the title is raised, and we begin!
The two stare down while fans fire up. Ciampa lets Aleister know it’ll be a simple “one, two, three”, but that only angers the champ. They tie up and go around the ring along the ropes and into a corner. Ciampa has control but the ref counts. He brings Aleister out with an arm wrench and arm lock. Aleister works against the hold for a takedown, going for the leg. Ciampa gets a chinlock but Aleister slides out the back. Ciampa gets a facelock but Aleister reverses to his own. Fans applaud the grappling while Ciampa works to stand up. Ciampa reverses to his own wrench, then a headlock. Aleister powers out but Ciampa runs him over. Ciampa runs while fans boo and things speed up. he fakes out the arm-drag to Oklahoma Roll, TWO! That was close, and CIampa grins because he knows it.
Ciampa and Aleister circle again, then tie up. Fans actually duel as Ciampa gets a hand for the wristlock. Aleister rolls through then reverses to a headlock. Aleister brings Ciampa to the mat, but Ciampa stands back up. Ciampa powers out but Aleister rolls off the back to small package. TWO, so he tries a school boy. TWO, so Aleister uses the arm-drag to armlock. Ciampa sits up while Alesiter wrenches the shoulder. Ciampa stands and breaks free to pie-face Aleister. Aleister swings a kick but Ciampa narrowly evades. Aleister chases Ciampa around but gets caught in a facelock! He gets away, and Ciampa is furious he didn’t get the draping DDT. Ciampa storms back over, but Aleister trips him to drag him out of the ring! Aleister ducks the punch to give a SWIFT roundhouse!
Aleister keeps kicking and hitting Ciampa as the go around the ring. Ciampa gets in and pounces with ax handles and stomps. Ciampa drags Aleister up for body shots in a corner. He whips Aleister corner to corner but Aleister goes up and over to then roundhouse Ciampa again! Ciampa crawls around, uses the ref as a shield, but still gets another kick! He goes to the apron but Aleister in on him with a boot. Aleister runs, but he fakes Ciampa out to springboard back and sit down. He even waves good-bye at Ciampa, the same way Ciampa waves at all his victims. Fans fire up for Aleister while Ciampa refocuses himself. Ciampa takes his time returning, but the ring count climbs. Ciampa gets in at 8, but then goes back out to troll Aleister.
Aleister waits for Ciampa, gets him at the ropes, but Ciampa puts him against them. Ciampa gets a cheap body shot, but Aleister comes back with a waistlock. Ciampa elbows out, but gets a swift kick! Aleister tries a German Suplex, but Ciampa runs at the ropes to hotshot Aleister off. Ciampa runs but into a boot! Aleister runs, but his springboard is dumped outside! Ciampa throws Aleister into barriers, the apron, and then steel steps! Aleister writhes while Ciampa copies the cross-leg sit. Ciampa waves at Aleister before refreshing the count. Ciampa puts Aleister in the ring, then stalks the champ. He dropkicks an arm out, then covers, TWO. Ciampa rams knees into Aleister’s ribs, then pulls back with the half camel clutch.
Fans rally up while Aleister endures. Aleister powers his way up and out, but Ciampa gets him with a pendulum backbreaker! Fans boo and jeer and even chant “You Suck!” at Ciampa as he stalks Aleister. Ciampa drops springboard knees into Aleister’s ribs, then drags Aleister up. He shoves and brings Aleister into an abdominal stretch on the rebound. Aleister endures the bending and pulling, but doesn’t quit. Fans rally up but CIampa reaches back to use the ropes. The referee sees this, so Ciampa lets go at 4. Ciampa brings Aleister back up but Aleister hits back. Ciampa knees low, then suplexes Aleister up. Aleister slips out, but his back gives out as he attempts a German suplex. Ciampa trips him up to then get the Cloverleaf! Aleister resists but Ciampa gets the turn-over.
Aleister endures all that back pain, and drags himself towards ropes. He gets the ropebreak! Ciampa has to let go, and grows frustrated. He and Aleister go to the apron, and Ciampa drags Aleister up by his hair. Ciampa throws a big forearm, but Aleister comes back with one. They brawl on the apron back and forth. Aleister kicks and kicks, and Ciampa goes back inside. Fans rally up while Aleister slowly climbs. Ciampa intercepts, then climbs up to join him. Ciampa has a fireman’s carry, that he shifts around, but Aleister slips out. Aleister wants a powerbomb but Ciampa denies it, so Aleister ditches that to kick out Ciampa’s legs! Ciampa tumbles to the mat, clutching his bad leg.
Fans rally up for Aleister as he aims at Ciampa. Aleister runs into a kick, and Ciampa wants a powerbomb. Aleister resists and back drops Ciampa. Ciampa tries a sunset flip but Aleister sits on it! TWO to Ciampa’s cover, TWO. They get up but collide heads! Both men are down but the fans are rallying up again. Ciampa sits up first and brings Aleister up. Ciampa throws hands but Aleister hits kicks. Aleister dodges the boot to rally with elbows. Ciampa kicks but gets a kick instead. Aleister sweeps the legs to hit the basement dropkick! Aleister handsprings up and is fired up as he glares at Ciampa. He waits for Ciampa to stand to give the strike fest. Aleister runs, QUEBRADA! Cover, TWO!
Ciampa gets to a corner, Aleister runs in, but Ciampa puts him on the corner. Aleister hits Ciampa away but then gets caught in the facelock. He fights his way out to kick Ciampa down again. Aleister stalks Ciampa, but Ciampa swings on him. Aleister blocks to give another strike fest! Cover, TWO! Aleister grows a little frustrated, but he dares Ciampa to get up. Ciampa slowly crawls over, but then asks for mercy. Aleister shows no mercy, “Tweet about this!” He gives stiffer roundhouses to Ciampa’s chest! He even stomps Ciampa out of the ring. Aleister drags Ciampa back up and in through the ropes. Ciampa senses what Aleister wants and scrambles away. Aleister pursues but Ciampa trips him up on the apron! Ciampa climbs up, and hits a FLYING DDT!! Cover, TWO!!
Ciampa is frustrated, but he’s not done yet. He calls back to DIY, but that killer knee is caught! Aleister swings a kick, misses, and gets a lariat! Cover, TWO! Ciampa pulls the knee pads down, runs, but into a knee of Aleister’s! Cover, TWO!! Fans chant “NXT! NXT!” and “This is Awesome!” for this amazing main event. Aleister gets up first, and still has one card to play. He lifts Ciampa with a foot, and waves bye. But Ciampa ducks to roll him up! TWO!!! Ciampa runs into a boot, then Aleister hits Meteora! Then a roundhouse, to German Suplex! Bridging cover, TWO!? Ciampa survives, and manages to slip out of the ring.
Fans are thunderous with their standing ovation, but Aleister keeps going. He runs to the apron and corner for a SUPER ASAI but he lands on his feet as Ciampa gets clear. Ciampa shoves Aleister into a cameraman! Ciampa puts Aleister in the ring, and while the ref is distracted, he grabs a CRUTCH! He jams it into Aleister’s neck! Cover, TWO!!! Ciampa is furiously shocked. He drags Aleister up, puts him through the ropes and drapes him out. But Aleister gets in and dumps Ciampa all the way out. Aleister runs, to FLY! Direct hit with the tope conjilo. Aleister hurries to put Ciampa in the ring, but on reentry, DRAPING DDT!! Ciampa covers, TWO!?!? This is unheard of!
Ciampa refuses to accept this, and has one more classic move to use. He exposes bare concrete! The referee reprimands Ciampa, but Ciampa doesn’t care. He still brings Aleister over on the apron. Aleister clutches rope to resist, and Ciampa argues with the ref. Ciampa still tries, but Aleister shoves him, into the ref! The referee hits concrete while Aleister hits BLACK MASS!! Cover, but there’s no one to count! The fans get to 10 but it doesn’t matter. Aleister is furious, where is another ref? He goes out to check but the referee’s in no shape. Aleister returns to Ciampa, and Ciampa digs his fingers into Aleister’s eye!!
Fans boo and jeer but Ciampa gets away with it. Ciampa also gets the belt, and brings it into the ring. He aims at Aleister, but here’s Johnny! SUPERKICK! Johnny Gargano grabs the belt, but he and Ciampa tug-o-war with it. Ciampa lets go, and the belt hits Aleister! Then Ciampa throws Gargano out. The referee returns in time for Project Ciampa!! Cover, Ciampa wins!!
Winner: Tommaso Ciampa, by pinfall; NEW NXT Champion
This is truly a tragedy! CIampa reigns over NXT, and Full Sail is in dismay. The fans boo, jeer, chant and even give thumbs down, but Ciampa is still the new champion. The Scourge makes good on his promise to make it one-and-down, and makes sure we all know it. Will this dark day in NXT history mark the beginning of a new era?
Wow! What a great night for NXT! Most of it comes from the main event, but everything before it was still really good. Cole VS Maluta went as expected, but Ricochet daring Cole to a match is great. War Raiders AND Mustache Mountain going after O’Reilly & Strong is also great. I sense all of Undisputed Era will be in action at TakeOver: Brooklyn, and chances are will lose all those belts of there. But that’s fine, because then Cole can go up to NXT Championship while Bobby Fish returns to team with O’Reilly and Strong moves over to the North American Championship. That way, Undisputed Era can be even more decorated in their second reigns together.
Lacey Evans looked good again in that squash of the new girl. Again, she has to wait her turn, but she’ll be fine. Bianca Belair will also be fine, because as she said again and again, she’s undefeated. Candice LeRae is also still primed for at least a feud with Shayna Baszler without the title, that’ll be fun. Shayna VS Kairi Round 3 will be great regardless of who wins, but I’m personally hoping it’s Kairi. Kairi freshens things up enough so that Heels like Lacey and Bianca can step up on the road to WWE Evolution, which will have its own NXT Women’s Championship match. Plus, with Jessamyn Duke & Maria Shafir on the way, Shayna can join her fellow MMA Four Horsewomen to face the NXT/WWE Four Horsewomen.
Then came the NXT Championship main event, HOLY CRAP this was worthy of a TakeOver too. Such great story elements with Ciampa’s game plan, and wow I didn’t think Gargano would cost Aleister like that. This better not be a weird DIY conspiracy thing. Instead, I hope this turns into a triple threat for the title at Brooklyn, and possibly Gargano’s own crowning moment via taking it from his former friend.
My Score: 8.8/10
Andrew’s Impact Wrestling Uncaged Ratings & Review
With the tag titles changing hands last week, do we see more changes with Impact Wrestling Uncaged?
With the tag titles changing hands last week, do we see more changes with Impact Wrestling Uncaged?
The pseudo-PPV atmosphere is sure to bring in more consistent viewership, but they’re in an interesting spot. Taya and Tessa are really the only two credible Knockouts unless Gail comes out of retirement (since Rosemary, Su and Jordynne are in the same storyline), so we’ll probably see this get extended somehow. As for the other title match, The Machine has a lot of support and wrestling fans all know the money is in the chase. So I could see Cage getting “screwed” again, but I’d much rather see Cage with the title.
So let’s get hype for the show with a video package of the returning Reno Scum!
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) February 16, 2019
- Knockout’s Championship Street Fight: Tessa Blanchard vs Taya Valkyrie (c) – Taya retains via Double Footstomp through Table – *** 3/4
- ‘All Ego’ Ethan Page vs Willie Mack: Mack wins via Stunner – ** 1/2
- Elimination 4v4: Team Impact (Fallah Bahh, Sami Callihan, Eli Drake & Eddie Edwards) vs Team AAA (Puma King, Psycho Clown, Hijo del Vikingo & Aerostar): Team AAA 4-3 – *** 3/4
- Fatal 4 Way Impact World Championship: Killer Kross vs Moose vs Johnny Impact (c) vs Brian Cage: Johnny retains via Starship Pain on Moose – *** 1/4
Both women come out with throwback shirts. Tessa comes out with the old school Four Horsemen shirt and Taya comes out in her Perros de Mal shirt (old Triple A stable she was in with Perro Aguayo Jr). This match was a little awkward at times, and the first table they had ” La Wera Loca vs Diamond” painted on, didn’t break after two spear attempts. Really good hardcore style action, with chairs, insults, ring posts and another table. Definitely more of a brawl than wrestling, but after the table didn’t break the subsequent spots seemed to be a little off. Still a solid match, entertaining to watch, good way to start off the Uncaged show. Dios perdona, los perros no.
After a quick promo with Team Impact, Scarlett joins Melissa during the commercial break moment and she’s barely dressed and her and Melissa start doing squats. I mean they’re doubling down on sex sells, and I’m not even mad.
Mack and Page was a solid match. Good brawling, Willie’s agility outlasted Page’s strikes. One would assume the winner should be closer to an X Division title shot at least. So it should be interesting where this leads.
Killer Kross follows that with his typical chilling, slightly unhinged promo, and damn it was well done.
The interesting thing about the commercial break stuff tonight is Melissa doing live interviews with different people. It’s kinda neat, like extra content.
Team Triple A has a clap back promo after the commercial, which says the Cup is staying in Mexico. If memory serves, Team Triple A beat Team TNA in the first World X Cup, so I’m curious if they’ll pull from that for a storyline.
Sami Callihan calls out Swann one more time, Swann throws the shirt at Callihan, so a fight ensues. Swann gets the best of things momentarily, but an eye gauge allows Sami the opening to toss Rich around a little, Piledriver him on the stage and then Powerbomb him off the stage through a table. So I guess Sami will get the X Divison shot, but might have to go through Willie Mack first in the following weeks before Rebellion.
A lot of fun fast paced action, good dives, good strikes, nice story telling and only one slip so far from Aerostar. Eli Drake is the first one eliminated by Puma King because he tries to tell Eddie to not use the kendo stick, but tries to use it himself, Eddie catches him and takes his stick back, then pushing Eli. So one Gedo Clutch later, Eli is eliminated by pinfall. Fallah Bah eliminates Vikingo after a Twisted Running Powerslam. Aerostar eliminates Bahh after a Crucifix Pin when Bahh misses the Banzai Drop. Boston Knee Party from Eddie eliminates Aerostar. Piledriver from Sami eliminates Puma King. Two on one advantage with Sami and Eddie against Psycho Clown. Eddie hits a Boston Knee Party lays out Psycho Clown, but Sami pushes Eddie off and tries to steal the spotlight, only a two count, Psycho Rolls Up Sami for the pinfall elimination. Eddie has Psycho on the ropes, but Eli returns, takes Kenny the Kendo Stick and distracts Eddie. Then he hits Eddie to give Psycho a shot to hit a Backstabber, followed up the La Magistral for the victory. So Impact kinda played themselves, but it was a damn good match with a lot to unpack.
Melissa finally returns after a few commercial breaks off, with Sami Callihan and David Crist. This was ridiculous but great. Just erratic idiocy, they steal Melissa’s sandals at some point, David sings “Hey there Samuel” and Sami does a pitch like a dating service while Melissa is getting her sandals. So dumb, but great.
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) February 16, 2019
Small promotional video package for Reno Scum. Returning to Impact for the first time since the first wave of GFW “invasion” (nearly 2 years).
A quick little moment with Dark Allie, Su Yung and Rosemary, followed by a commercial with Melissa and KM & Fallah Bahh. Very funny, Melissa plays off the wrestlers well. She needs to stick around since she’s got a nice personality and seems to work well with most of the guys.
Scarlett with a weird video package, her in a bed, a little moan and showing cleavage is her formula. So if it ain’t broke, I’m not gonna fix it, shut up, stop judging me!
LAX joins Melissa before the main event and the Latina comes out in her. She’s more animated that usual, very fun and entertaining. She even busts their chops a little, but they take it in stride and seem to enjoy each other’s company.
Since the match starts with only about 12 minutes before time limit the match wasn’t going to be a technical masterpiece, but for what it was it was fun. It was more of a brawl, since there were 3 bigger guys. Kross had a bunch of moments looking like a beat, Cage looked like a million bucks hitting the Drill Claw on both Moose and Kross. But Johnny pulled the opportunistic thing, and while Kross and Cage were tied up, Johnny pulls Moose to the corner, barely hits Starship Pain and sneaks in a pinfall before Cage finishes the Drill Claw + pin on Kross. So Johnny retains while looking like a punk, and the crowd wanted nothing to do with him. Terminator claps most of the match.
.@MrGMSI_BCage had the World Championship right within his fingertips once again…
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) February 16, 2019
Overall Score: 7.5/10
Solid solid show from start to finish. Tessa and Taya got things kicked off well, Melissa doing backstage interviews as the Twitch commercial break stuff was great. World Cup match was fun and set up a few storylines for the Impact stars while Team Triple A got the home field advantage win. Main event was a little disappointing to be honest. Johnny has worn out his fan support both in Mexico and on Twitch chat. Granted yes, I’m hopeful this is building towards a big blow off at Rebellion, maybe with Cage going over and Austin Aries returning, but I guess we’ll have to see.
Also from the main event, we see some cracks in the Moose and Kross alliance, so that could definitely be an interesting match in the near future.
So yeah, we have a lot to chew on moving into TV tapings for the shows leading up to Rebellion, but from a completely playlist mentality view point, Cage got screwed. Brian Cage better be getting this damn title soon, or I want him to put Don Callis through the announce table.
Now the weekly Twitch viewers portion:
- Week 1: High – 10,350 / Low – 8,500
- Week 2: High – 8,000 / Low – 6,500
- Week 3: High – 8,500 / Low – 7,900
- Week 4: High – 7,100 / Low – 5,300
- Week 5: High – 7,450 / Low – 5,650
- Uncaged: High – 9,000/ Low – 8,000
Well it looks like people just need a reason to tune in. Not only was this week mostly main event talent, but since the event had was named, I feel like people just expected better quality. So still no record breaking high, but solid numbers throughout the entire show.
Mitchell’s NJPW AXS TV Results: New Beginning in Sapporo Part 2!
Who leaves Sapporo with the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team titles?
NJPW continues in Sapporo with two HUGE tag team matches! The Rainmaker and The Ace look for further revenge while EVIL & SANADA defend their tag titles!
This coverage of New Beginning in Sapporo will be as aired by AXS TV.
Gifs can be found courtesy of http://frentique.tumblr.com/
- IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships: EVIL & SANADA VS Zack Sabre Jr. & Minoru Suzuki; EVIL & SANADA win and retain the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships.
- Kazuchika Okada & Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Jay White & Bad Luck Fale; White & Fale win.
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NJPW and AXS set the scene!
The Ace is once again IWGP Heavyweight Championship after dethroning The Best Bout Machine at Wrestle Kingdom 13! But the record-setting 8-time champion has a very determined challenger in The Switchblade. Jay White has Gedo and the Bullet Club by his side, and now has his title match in Osaka! But before then, Hiroshi Tanahashi will look to slow White down with the help of his old rival, Kazuchika Okada! Will this amazing tag team be able to defeat White and Bad Luck Fale? Or will it only be a sampling of the Cutthroat Era’s coming?
And before that, Los Ingobernables de Japon’s Heavyweight Tag Team Champions broke even with their challengers in singles competition. Now it is time to face off for the titles! Can the two-time Tag League and Two Time Tag Champions be able to overcome the Undisputed British Tag Team Champions? Or will Suzuki-Gun have two tag titles around their waists? That match is now!
IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships: EVIL & SANADA VS Zack Sabre Jr. & Minoru Suzuki!
Why wait for bells when you just wanna fight? Suzuki and ZSJ go right at Evil & Sanada as they enter the ring! ZSJ stomps Evil while Suzuki mugs Sanada on the outside. Red Shoes holds the belts, but Suzuki gets one to choke Sanada with it. Suzuki whips Sanada but Sanada reverses to send Suzuki into railing! Evil and ZSJ end up the leg men and brawl while the introductions are made. Evil whips ZSJ and goes to hip toss, but ZSJ counters to an abdominal stretch. ZSJ denies a counter but Evil still hip tosses out! Tag to Sanada, and LIJ go after ZSJ together. Double whips, clothesline, back senton! Cover, TWO! ZSJ rolls away but Sanada stalks him to a corner. Cold Skull whips ZSJ corner to corner but ZSj goes up and over. He fakes Sanada and rolls him up, TWO!
Sanada knees and whips ZSJ but ZSJ denies the dropkick. ZSJ misses the Peantly Kick, and Sanada trips him up! Sanada gets ZSJ in the Paradise Lock, but ZSJ slips out and toys with him. ZSJ kicks Sanada, but Sanada knees back. Sanada whips but ZSJ reverses. Suzuki gets a cheap shot and gets Sanada in a hanging armbar! ZSJ hits Evil just because. Suzuki lets Sanada go then goes after Evil. ZSJ keeps on Sanada and Suzuki mugs Evil. Suzuki brings Evil out to the crowd to bowl him through chairs. Suzuki laughs as he rams Evil with the railing. Then he throws chairs onto Evil! ZSJ twists Sanada around for a modified Octopus, then he hammerlock stomps an arm! Suzuki searches under the ring while ZSJ gives Sanada a shoulder breaker. Suzuki has a folding chair to jab Evil in the head!
The ring count passes 17, but Sanada manage to make it in at 19.5! ZSJ is on Sanada with an arm bar, to hammerlock, then digs his elbows into Sanada’s spine. ZSJ pulls back on Sanada’s free arm from wrist to elbow for another hammerlock. He makes it a buttefly of sorts, then a cover, TWO! ZSJ drags Sanada over and tags in Suzuki. Suzuki takes Sanada and wrenches, but then ZSJ wrenches, and they keep passing Sanada for wrenches. ZSJ boots the arm and then Suzuki boots the arm. Sanada clutches that tortured arm but Suzuki goes after it more against the ropes. REd Shoes counts but Suzuki lets go at 4. Suzuki toys with Sanada now, but Sanada hits back. Suzuki just laughs again and throws forearms back. They go back and forth, but Suzuki hits hard. The champs are in trouble while we go to break.
NJPW on AXS returns while Suzuki taunts Sanada. Sanada does sit up but Suzuki’s right on him with fast forearms. Suzuki kicks but Sanada dragon screws, only for Suzuki to counter into an armbar! ZSJ hits Evil to keep him away, but Sanada resists the arm. Suzuki gets the arms apart and has Sanada at full extension! Sanada flails while ZSJ keeps Evil down with his own armlock! Suzuki pulls as hard as he can, but Sanada gets a ropebreak with his feet. Suzuki holds on to slam the arm on the mat. Tag to ZSJ and he hands the wrench off to ZSJ. ZSJ hammerlocks and tweaks Sanada’s arm. ZSJ sits down on the arm to practically triangle it! Suzuki keeps Evil at bay with an armbar on the ropes! ZSJ shifts his weight into a modified Labell meets Rings of Saturn!
Suzuki tortures Evil on the apron but Red Shoes can’t do anything about that while he watches ZSJ and Sanada. Sanada shifts again and gets another ropebreak via feet. Suzuki keeps on Evil with body shots while ZSJ lets Sanada go. ZSJ dares Sanada to stand, and then rock shim with a European Uppercut. Sanada returns the EuroUpper, but his arms are hurting. ZSj shoulder breakers, then catches the leap frog for a flapjack! Penalty kick is CAUGHT! Dragon Screw! Suzuki runs in and gets a dragon screw, too! Fans rally for LIJ as Evil tags in! The King of Darkness rallies on ZSJ! He scoop slams ZSJ hard, then rocks him with forearms. Evil whips but ZSJ reverses, only for Evil to run him over!
Fans rally as Evil drags ZSJ up. ZSJ kicks but Evil blocks it to elbow the knee. ZSJ grabs the arm but Evil counters to a shoulder breaker! Evil blocks another kick, Fisherman Buster! Cover, TWO! Evil keeps his cool as fans fire up again. He drags ZSJ up again and turns him, but ZSJ turns and suplexes Evil! Then the neck twist! Both men are down from exhaustion, but they still come back for more. ZSJ wants revenge for Sapporo Part 1 as he throws EuroUppers. Things speed up and each man dodges the other, but then ZSJ runs into Evil’s lariat! Evil drags ZSJ up, fireman’s carry, but ZSj reverses to a Pele! ZSJ kicks then sweeps the legs! Both men are down again but Suzuki returns. Suzuki tags in and goes right at Evil with forearms.
Suzuki whips Evil corner to corner and boots him. He snapmares and Penalty Kicks! Cover, TWO! Evil barely escapes, but Suzuki toys with him now. Suzuki throws haymakers, then boots, but Evil hands it off to Red Shoes! Evil SUPERKICKS Suzuki down! Tag to Sanada! Sanada whips but Suzuki reverses. Sanada tumbles, springboards, but into Suzuki’s sleeper! ZSJ hits Evil again, and then helps Suzuki corner to corner train on Sanada! Snapmare, DOBULE Peanlty Kicks! Cover, TWO!! Sanada survives that string of attacks, but Suzuki stomps him down. We can hear someone throw the other into railing while Suzuki hammers away on Sanada in the corner. Red Shoes backs Suzuki off, but Suzuki runs back in. Sanada dodges, and Evil returns for a corner clothesline! He feeds Suzuki to Sanada’s back suplex!
Evil hits ZSJ and now LIJ has Suzuki isolated! They call for the finish and fans are thunderous! Evil lifts Suzuki, but ZSJ stops Magic Killer. Suzuki rolls Sanada into an Ankle Lock! ZSJ has Evil in the Octopus! Suzuki shifts to a kneebar! Sanada endures teh grapevine’d move, and Suzuki even grabs an arm! Sanada grabs Red Shoes to keep himself from tapping! ZSJ has shifted Evil into a grounded twist! Neither LIJ can get free as Suzuki shifts the position of his kneebar! Sanada endures, as does Evil. Fans cheer LIJ on, but Suzuki just twists the ankle harder! Sanada uses one last gas to get the ropebreak! Suzuki lets Sanada go, to come back for a sleeper. And then ZSJ Penalty Kicks! Suzuki also Penalty Kicks! Cover, but Evil breaks it in time!
Suzuki-Gun drags LIJ up but LIJ fights back! Suzuki wants his piledriver, and ZSJ wants his, but Evil and Sanada deny those, for Darkness Falls and TKO in stereo! LIJ fires up as they go after Suzuki again. MAGIC KILLER!! Cover, but ZSJ breaks it just in time! Sanada grabs Suzuki and Evil gets ZSJ. Skull End, but ZSJ counters the STO! Evil counters back, EVERYTHING IS EVIL!! And then for Suzuki, True Skull End, but Suzuki slips through! Sleeper, Gotch hold, but Evil saves Sanada! Everything is countered, but the Sleeper is escaped. MAGIC KILLER AGAIN!! Sanada climbs while Evil takes ZSJ out, Moonsault! Cover, LIJ wins!
Winners: Los Ingobernables de Japon, Sanada pinning; still IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions
The King of Darkness and Cold Skull are still golden! Suzuki-Gun’s quest to have two different companies’ tag titles has not worked out, it’ll be back to the drawing board for them. However, will Evil & Sanada now have a claim to the British Heavyweight Tag Team Championships?
Kazuchika Okada & Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Jay White & Bad Luck Fale!
The Rainmaker and The Ace have fought hard over the IWGP Heavyweight Championship and the claim to being the best one ever, but now they are united in making sure the Switchblade does NOT become champion! Will this all-star alliance succeed against the new Bullet Club leader and his Underboss underling?
White refuses to let this dream team have their photo op. He insists he is the historic wrestler everyone should take pictures of, not the old generation. Tanahashi and Okada bite their tongues and bide their time, they’ll get at White after the break.
NJPW on AXS returns and White starts against Tanahashi. Fans are strongly behind The Ace but White just chuckles. They circle and Gedo can be heard shouting “You’re stupid!” at commentary. White lunges but Tanahashi stays away. They tie up and go around, and Tanahashi manages to power White to a corner. White turns it around, but backs off, only to get the leg! White grins as he shows how easy he could’ve gone after the bad leg. He backs off but tries a sucker punch! Tanahashi dodges and headlocks, and he grinds White down. White gets up but can’t power out of Tanahashi’s grip. Tanahashi grinds White down again but White fights out with body shots. White powers out this time, but Tanahashi fakes him out to get him back in the headlock!
Tanahashi grinds White on the mat but White powers back up. White again can’t power out so he pulls hair! Tanahashi pulls White’s hair in return! Tanahashi throws body shots then whips, but White reverses. White runs into an elbow, Tanahashi springboard crossbodies! Tanahashi air guitars and tosses it out. He brings White over and tags Okada. Okada and Tanahashi whip White and double elbow him down. Okada back sentons, then Tanahashi somersault sentons. The dream team shake hands and drop double elbows! Fans are loving this already! Okada drags White up and fans are thunderous for him. He snapmares White and then hits a running basement dropkick! Okada drags White up but White powers him to the corner. Tag to Fale, but Okada gets away.
Okada and Fale circle and tie up. Fale shoves Okada but Okada’s right back with hammering hands! Okada whips but Fale reverses and whips Okada hard into buckles! Fale looms over Okada then stomps him down. Fale drags Okada up and talks trash, so Okada hits back. Okada runs and handsprings over the back drop! He wants a sleeper and hops on as a backpack. Fale endures then drops back! Okada lets Fale go, and White attacks Tanahashi! White goes after Tanahashi on the outside and throws him into barriers! Okada bails out but Fale gives chase. Fale throws Okada into barriers, too! White chokes Tanahashi with camera cables! White says he IS the next champion! Fans boo while Fale takes a towel and chokes Okada with it. It was an Okada Dollar towel, too!
White keeps on Tanahashi in the front row with Euro Uppers. White takes apart barriers to throw the railings onto Tanahashi. He buries Tanahashi while the ring count climbs. Then White scoops slams a Young Lion onto Tanahashi! Fale chokes Okada on the ropes in the ring. Red Shoes backs Fale off, but he comes back to drag Okada up and dump him out. White goes right at Okada by ramming him into the apron and then the railing! And then the apron again, and then the railing! White rams Okada into the apron once more, then throws forearms. Red Shoes finally spots this and reprimands White. White plays innocent as he puts Okada back in the ring. Fale tags White in, and White soaks up the heat.
White runs corner to corner for a huge Euro Upper, and then suplexes Okada into the buckles! Cover, TWO!! Somehow Okada escapes! White takes his frustrations out on Tanahashi, then returns to Okada. White grinds his forearm into Okada’s face, then puts on a Half Crab. Fans rally up for Okada and Okada crawls for ropes. White pulls harder but Tanahashi comes it go after White. Fale throws Tanahashi out, and then tags back in. Fale goes after Okada’s leg with stomps. Okada hits back and clubs Fale. Okada hops on for a guillotine, but Fale simply puts Okada in the Bullet Club corner. Fale stomps a mudhole into Okada then tags White. White drags Okada up for a CHOP! White follows Okada to the open corner, then tells Tanahashi this CHOP is for him.
Fans continue to rally as White snapmares Okada into a chinlock. Okada feeds off the energy and fights out with body shots. Okada runs but into White’s back elbow! Cover, TWO! White keeps on Okada with another chinlock. Okada endures while Tanahashi and the fans rally up again. Okada gets up and fights back again, but White clubs him down. White puts Okada in a corner and whips corner to corner, but Okada reverses. Okada runs into White’s boot. White runs but into a flapjack! Both men are down but stirring while we go to break.
NJPW on AXS returns once more, and Okada crawls for his corner. Hot tag to Tanahashi! White stands and The Ace fires off forearms on him! Tanahashi whips but White reverses, only for Tanahashi to forearm him down! Tanahashi dropkicks Fale then goes after White again. He scoop slams White into a drop zone, then hops up. Second rope somersault senton hits! Cover, TWO! Tanahashi keeps his cool while fans rally up again. Tanahashi waits for White to stand then runs, but he runs into a CHOP! But he keeps going, only to run into another CHOP! Tanahashi still shakes it off, but runs into a waistlock. He elbows out but White chop blocks the bad leg! White catches his breath as he looms over Tanahashi.
White scoops Tanahshi but Tanahashi fights out. Tanahashi waistlocks but WHite standing switches to a saido suplex! Both men are down but White tags out to Fale. Fale corners Tanahashi and throws big body shots. Then he throws bit clubbing forearms! He taunts the fans and they boo back as he drags Tanahashi up. Fale whips corner to corner then runs in, but misses! Tanahashi waistlocks, but Fale’s too big for a German Suplex! Fale fights out of the waistlock, then suplexes Tanahashi. Okada saves Tanahashi, and then they double suplex Fale together! Fans rally up again and Tanahashi crawls, but he dropkicks White first! Hot tag to Okada!
The Rainmaker forearms and whips Fale, but Fale reverses. Okada hits Fale then hits the DDT! Okada kips up and fans fire up again! He drags Fale up and manages a scoop slam! Okada winces just a moment before climbing up top. Fale gets under and Okada rolls through. Okada runs back but into a Samoan Drop! Fale hits a big splash! Cover, TWO!! Okada survives but White goes after Tanahashi! White puts Tanahashi into railing while fans cheer Okada on. Fale aims, grabs Okada, but the Grenade is denied with a dropkick! Okada wants to lift Fale!? Fale reverses but Okada slips out. Okada runs but gets run over! Both men are down but Tanahashi returns to the corner. Hot tags to Tanahashi and White!
The Ace and Switchblade each dodge each other. White trash talks Tanahashi but the brawl is on! Tanahashi hits, then White hits, repeat. They build up speed back and forth, then White throws several. Tanahashi gives them all back, but White kicks out the bad leg. White whips but Tanahashi reverses. Tanahashi dodges and slingblades White down! Cover, TWO!! Okada hits Fale then tells Tanahashi to finish this. Tanahashi gets the Cloverleaf but White rakes the eyes! White kicks Tanahashi away while Fale puts Okada into barriers. Tanahashi dragon screws White! Fale runs in but Tanahashi blocks, hands off to Okada and Okada dragon screws! Tanahashi returns to White, running, but Gedo swipes him! White gets Tanahashi with a Complete Shot to German Suplex! Bridging cover, TWO!!
Fans are thunderous again as White slashes the throat. He drags Tanahashi up into position, and Fale chases Okada. Okada saves Tanahashi then has to fight off Fale. Fale rebounds, Tanahashi slingblades him down! White rocks Tanahashi, but Okada dropkicks him down! The dream team have each other’s backs! And they both power up to combine forces! Gut wrench to TOMBSTONE! Hand off, to STYLES CLASH! Tanahashi rolls White, for Okada’s elbow! Fans are at a fever pitch, but Gedo distracts Tanahashi. Fale attacks Tanahashi and dumps him off the top rope! Red Shoes reprimands Gedo but it’s too late. Okada leaps but into the Grenade! Fale corner splashes Tanahashi, and gives him a Grenade! Fale crushes Tanahashi with his boot while White crawls over. White has Fale stand down so he can finish Tanahashi.
White drags Tananashi up, fireman’s carry, Death Valley Driver! Cover, TWO!? Tanahashi survives but White isn’t done. He slashes the throat, drags Tanahashi, but ends up in Twist ‘n’ Shout! Fale whips Tanahashi but Tanahashi reverses to another Twist ‘n’ Shout! Red Shoes keeps Gedo out of the ring, but White gets a chair in the distraction! White swings but misses, Tanahashi slingblades White down! Tanahashi sees Fale coming, and manages a German Suplex! Gedo is in, but his brass knuckles miss to get a slap! White SMACKS Tanahashi from behind! Fans boo as White gets away with it. Dragon screw to the mat! And another! And then an inverted Figure Four! Okada wants to get in but Fale drags him back out. Tanahashi endures while Okada fights Fale off. So Gedo drags Okada out! Fale SPLASHES Okada! Fale lifts Okada, Bad Luck Fall!
Tanahashi still endures as White wrenches and pulls as hard as he can on the hold! Fale keeps his eyes on Okada while Tanahashi reaches and flails. Tanahashi taps, White and Fale win!!
Winners: Jay White & Bad Luck Fale, White by submission
The unthinkable has happened! The Switchblade has made the IWGP Heavyweight Champion tap out! Is the Cutthroat Era inevitable?
White picks up the belt and the mic to address Sapporo. White looks down at Tanahashi and says, “I told you that I would beat you and take this belt from you.” People think it’ll be a shock when White wins, but it will not be! White’s already beaten Tanahashi and everyone NJPW has to offer. And he made Tanahashi submit! Gedo rubs it in, but can The Ace pull off a miracle in Osaka?
White says “You can give it multiple names.” Call it Tanahashi is White’s “b*tch”, you can call it TGU: Tanahashi Gave Up. No, TTO: Tanahashi Tapped Out. That’s what the inverted figure four will be! Put it everywhere! #TTO!
Tanahashi responds by saying he used his knee as bait. White took that bait, but he wasn’t as big of a fish as Tanahashi expected. Is The Ace putting on a brave face? Or are he and his reign in more trouble than he knows?
A really great hour for NJPW, especially with big tag team matches. Evil & Sanada VS Suzuki & ZSJ was great because they knew how to play up all the story from the many, many matches all four men have had in the past. I honestly was surprised Suzuki-Gun lost, I thought they were going to end up double champions. But LIJ has been red hot, hence why they are all champions at this point, so it makes sense to keep that hot streak going. LIJ probably won’t lose those tag titles for a long time from what I can tell. No other heavyweight tag team looks strong enough right now.
Then in the special tag match for the main event, the dream team of Okada and Tanahashi had some really good chemistry with each other, and there was plenty of story to fuel this match, too. I’m a bit surprised White won, but NJPW doesn’t really use the kind of math a company like WWE would. WWE’s math would put it that White winning now means he won’t win the title in their New Beginning Osaka match, but NJPW isn’t so back and forth like that. White’s on his own hot streak, and literally has Gedo by his side, so Osaka might be the night we all Breath with the Switchblade.
My Score: 8.5/10