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Mitchell’s WWE NXT UK Results & Report! (2/13/19)

Is Wolfgang gallus enough to defeat the Bruiserweight?

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NXT UK rolls into Phoenix as we roll on towards Wrestlemania! Jinny battles Mia Yim in a crossover match while Pete Dunne battles Gallus’ Wolfgang!

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Noam Dar VS Jordan Devlin; Dar wins.
  • Jinny VS Mia Yim; Jinny wins.
  • Pete Dunne VS Wolfgang; Dunne wins.

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WWE honors the memory of Pedro Morales.

 

NXT UK is in Phoenix!

The newest brand to the WWE visits their cousins from across the pond! What kind of crossover instant classics will we see come from this excursion?

 

Toni Storm heads to the ring!

The Lightning from Down Under is also the new NXT UK Women’s Champion! Toni picks up a mic and hears the fans in Phoenix cheer her own. A little while ago at WWE Evolution, Toni won the second Mae Young Classic. She didn’t think it could get better than that, but then she moved on to TakeOver: Blackpool and became champion. Toni knew that Rhea Ripley would want a rematch, and that’s fine. But what Toni’s not fine is how Rhea behaves. Rhea is just a bully. Toni wants to be a fighting champion, she truly means that. “Because I’ve already kicked Rhea Ripley’s ass, and I will happily kick her ass again.” Fans like the sound of that, but Rhea doesn’t as she appears on stage! Rhea has her own mic to respond.

“Mate, mate, mate. At NXT UK TakeOver: Blackpool, you got lucky.” Rhea is the inaugural NXT UK Women’s Champion. Rhea makes her way to the ring as she says she’s “sick and tired of everybody comparing” her to Toni, when it should be the other way around. “I hate Toni Storm.” From her stupid hair to her stupid face, but especially that Toni has Rhea’s title. But Rhea is getting her rematch. Yes, that’s nice. But doesn’t Rhea think they’ve talked enough? Toni tackles Rhea and the fight is on! Rhea gets away and fans boo. Toni dares Rhea to bring the fight but Rhea’s willing to wait for their rematch. Who will win the tiebreaker when these two throw down for the third time?

 

Noam Dar VS Jordan Devlin!

The Scottish Supernova has bounced between NXT UK and 205 Live, and it would seem the Irish Ace takes offense. Will Dar’s return to NXT UK TV be a success? Or will he, too, be trumped by the Ace?

The bell rings and fans are behind Dar as he circles with Devlin. Devlin and Dar tie up and go around, but Devlin gets the wristlock. Dar rolls and wrenches to get an armlock. Devlin rolls and reverses to a back drop. Devlin stays on the arm but Dar moves around. Dar gets up and spins to then throw Devlin down! Fans applaud the technical exchange, and Dar mockingly claps with Devlin’s hand. Dar gets Devlin in a haedlock but Devlin pulls hair. Devlin powers out and things speed up, but Dar dodges and table tops Delvin down! Dar wants Devlin to take it easy, but he headbutts low and then spins Devlin around and around, and around, to finally get a backslide. TWO, and both Devlin and Dar stagger away. Dar comes back to give Devlin a shoulder breaker, then a back suplex toss! Cover, TWO!

Dar keeps his cool as he grabs Devlin’s feet. Devlin shoves Dar away then gets an urenage! Standing moonsault! Cover, TWO! Devlin argues with the ref but then talks trash to the American fans. Devlin stalks Dar to a corner to grind Dar against the ropes. Fans chant “You Still Suck!” while Devlin backs off. Dar boots but Devlin kicks him back down. Devlin grinds his boot in but backs off at 4. Dar rolls and crawls away to another corner. Devlin is on him with shoulders into the stomach. Devlin hits Dar with the atomic backbreaker! Fans rally up for Dar but Devlin wrenches Dar’s hand. Dar gets up and fights back with forearms and kicks. Devlin rocks Dar with one heavy right! Devlin drags Dar up for a big European Uppercut, then kicks him while he’s down!

Dar gets to a corner and catches the next kick! Dar fires back with forearm and uppercuts, but runs into Devlin’s boot! Devlin grits his teeth as he kicks Dar in the ribs again. Devlin stands on Dar’s head but lets off at 4. Fans boo while Devlin stalks Dar around the ring. Dar elbows back and then kicks. Dar facelocks but Devlin suplexes! Cover, TWO! Devlin grows frustrated with Dar as he drags him up into an arm Bow ‘n’ Arrow. Fans rally as Dar endures. Dar feeds off the energy to get up and kick back. Dar throws forearms from both sides then a chop! Devlin hits back with a heavy body shot! Devlin whips but Dar reverses, and Dar dodges Devlin’s crossbody! Dar gets up but walks into Devlin’s elbow. Devlin hops up but Dar sweeps the legs! Devlin crashes down and Dar takes aim.

Dar throat chops, headbutts and uppercuts! Fans fire up with Dar while he and Devlin get to corners. Dar runs in for a big forearm smash! Dar drags Devlin up, Northern Lights toss! Cover, TWO! Dar gasps for air from his rib damage but fans rally up again. Dar takes aim with pinkies out, but Devlin dodges the sweep! Devlin enziguris but into an ankle lock! Devlin rolls through to escape, then slips out to let Dar hit buckles. He hits Dar back, slingshot cutter! Cover, TWO!! Dar survives and Devlin can’t believe it! Fans rally up again as Dar and Devlin rise. Devlin gives chase but Dar boots him away. They stand and Dar puts Devlin onto the apron! Devlin swings but Dar dodges to sweep the legs! Devlin tumbles down and fans fire up with Dar.

Dar follows and with pinkies out, runs at Devlin! Devlin jumps and Dar collides with steel steps! The referee checks on Dar’s ankle but Devlin just stomps away on it! Fans boo as Devlin drags Dar over to the steps. Devlin places Dar’s leg on the steel, but here comes Travis Banks! The Kiwi Buzzsaw won’t let Devlin do to Dar what he did to Banks. Devlin misses his stop, Dar trips Devlin up! Devlin hits steps and Banks backs off to let the match continue. A ring count begins as Devlin and Dar slowly stir. Devlin gets in first at 3 but Dar takes longer, standing at 6 and getting in at 7. Fans applaud as Dar runs at Devlin. Devlin rolls him up but with feet on the ropes! Banks breaks that up! Devlin kicks Banks back, but then Dar rolls Devlin! Dar wins!

Winner: Noam Dar, by pinfall

Devlin’s devious schemes were undone by the Buzzsaw! Dar gets another win in NXT UK, will this help him get a future title shot? But Devlin attacks Dar from behind! Ripcord saido suplex! But Banks gets in to drag Devlin out! Banks fires off wild shots on Devlin! They brawl up the ramp and Banks stomps Devlin down! Devlin hits back but Banks still rocks him towards the backstage area. Referees can’t restore order so we go to break! Will Devlin and Banks finally finish their war when NXT UK returns home?

 

Jinny VS Mia Yim!

The Fierce Fashionista already feels she’s next in line for a shot at the NXT UK Women’s Championship. It doesn’t matter to her if next week ends with #ToniTime or another Riptide, she wants gold. However, can she prove she’s worthy when going against the Head Baddie in Charge?

The bell rings and Phoenix is strongly behind Mia. Mia makes sure Jinny knows it but Jinny just shrugs it off. They circle and tie up, and Jinny gets a headlock to takedown. Jinny traps an arm but Mia headscissors out. Mia squeezes but Jinny moves and turns Mia over. Jinny floats over and grabs hair to get a facelock. Mia powers through to reverse the facelock. Mia brings Jinny up as she wrenches. Jinny slips out and reverses to a mounted armlock. Jinny claws Mia’s arm! Fans rally up and Mia stands to reverse to a headlock. Jinny fights back and powers out but Mia runs her over. Cover, TWO! Mia Oklahoma rolls, TWO! Mia rolls Jinny up, TWO! Jinny gets to a corner but Mia runs in for big forearms!

Mia runs but into a boot, that she catches! Jinny shoves Mia away to headscissor, but Mia handsprings through! Mia dusts off her shoulders but Jinny rocks her with a right! Jinny clubs away on Mia, then eggs her on. Mia trips Jinny to rain down rights and lefts! Mia hammers away and gets an armbar! Jinny clasps hands and crawls around, to get a ropebreak with her feet. Mia lets Jinny go and Jinny scrambles to a corner. Mia runs but Jinny catches her into a corner shot! Cover, TWO! Jinny gets up and goes after Mia with raining right hands. Jinny covers, but Mia bridges. Fans rally as Jinny stomps away on Mia. Jinny taunts Mia with how the fans love her. Jinny slams Mia’s face off the mat and again. The ref counts and Jinny lets off, to SLAP Mia instead! Cover, ONE!

Jinny keeps on Mia with an ax kick! Cover, TWO! Jinny doesn’t let up, she wraps Mia up in a chinlock. Mia endures the squeeze as fans rally up again. Mia gets up and fights out, but Jinny rocks her with a right. Jinny whips Mia to SLAP her again! Jinny whips but Mia reverses, only for Jinny to roll through to the surfboard! Mia endures as Jinny rocks back and forth to stretch her! Mia gets an arm free but Jinny uses a foot to stomp her down. Even so, Mia gets a ropebreak! Jinny lets go of the hold, only to hammer away on Mia. Fans boo as Mia gets to a corner. Jinny runs but into a boot. Jinny tries again but gets caught in the Tarantula! Mia lets go at 4 and hits a running neckbreaker!

Fans rally up for Mia as both women slowly stand. Mia counter punches Jinny and then throws forearms of her own. Mia rallies with lariats and a roundhouse! She boots Jinny down and then CHOPS Jinny to a corner! Mia keeps chopping and then throws body shots. She boots Jinny again, then runs for a cannonball! High stack cover, TWO! Mia keeps her cool as she kicks Jinny on both sides. Jinny catches a kick and spins Mia into a creative jawbreaker on her knee! Jinny runs, but into Mia’s German Suplex into buckles! Mia goes to cover but Jinny falls out of the ring. Mia fetches Jinny back in but Jinny gets her on the reentry! Cover, with feet on the ropes! Jinny wins!

Winner: Jinny, by pinfall

The Spoiled Princess wins by any means necessary! With a win on NXT UK TV but also over an NXT USA superstar, is Jinny now poised to take over both Women’s Divisions?

 

Pete Dunne VS Wolfgang!

The Bruiserweight and the Last King of Scotland faced off in the past, and the WWE United Kingdom Champion stayed the WWE United Kingdom Champion. However, this non-title rematch could turn the tides, and Gallus might actually find a way back to the title! Will Wolfie howl his way to a win? Or will it be just another Bitter End?

The bell rings and Phoenix is strongly behind the Bruiserweight. Wolfgang throws his jacket at Dunne, but Dunne just grimaces. They circle and tie up fast and hard! Wolfgang pushes Dunne but Dunne pushes Wolfgang. Wolfgang gets a wristlock and wrenches but Dunne goes after a leg. Dunne finds a way around and out to then shove Wolfgang off his feet! Wolfgang gets away and fans applaud the exchange already. Dunne and Wolfgang circle again and tie up. Dunne spins to a wristlock and goes for a keylock. He gets Wolfgang down but Wolfgang scrambles out of the ring. Fans boo as Wolfgang takes a breather. Wolfgang takes his time to return but Dunne is willing to wait.

Wolfgang wants Dunne to stay back and the referee keeps Dunne away. Dunne tries to rush Wolfgang but the ref keeps him away again. Wolfgang cheap shots Dunne! Wolfgang stomps away then drives elbows into Dunne’s head. Fans rally up for Dunne and Dunne kicks back from the mat. Wolfgang catches one to stomp Dunne again. Wolfgang stretches Dunne and taunts, “Smile for your fans, Pete!” Dunne gets up and powers out of the headlock. Things speed up and Dunne runs Wolfgang over with a lariat! Fans fire up and Wolfgang wants another breather. Dunne doesn’t let him as he wrenches and whips. Wolfgang reverses but runs into a boot. Dunne hops up to dropkick the legs out! Phoenix fires up as Dunne takes aim. Dunne kicks, Wolfgang blocks, but Dunne immediately jabs and rolls Wolfgang into a kneebar!

Wolfgang crawls and gets a ropebreak. Dunne kicks the arm off the rope! Dunne runs but Wolfgang tosses him out hard! Wolfgang takes time to check his legs while fans rally up for Dunne. Wolfgang goes out to fetch Dunne, stomping him down. The ref tells Wolfgang to put Dunne in the ring but Wolfgang talks back. Wolfgang grinds his knee into Dunne then drags him up onto the apron. Wolfgang clubs away on Dunne, but returns to the ring at 6. Dunne gets an arm, twists the wrist, for a hammerlock stomp! Dunne keeps on Wolfgang’s arm from fingers to elbow and hops on. But Wolfgang powers out to hotshot Dunne on ropes! Dunne gasps for air while Wolfgang grits his teeth. Fans rally up again but Wolfgang toys with Dunne. Cover, TWO! Dunne kicks Wolfgang from the mat again!

Fans rally up as Dunne stomps Wolfgang’s bad leg. Wolfgang gets to a corner but goes over to Dunne. Wolfgang throws a heavy Euro Upper, then grinds Dunne’s face on ropes. The ref counts and Wolfgang lets up at 4. Wolfgang runs in but misses! Dunne dodges again and rebound snap German suplexes Wolfgang! Both men are down but fans rally up. Wolfgang stands but Dunne follows. Dunne throws hands from both sides and Wolfgang can only guard. Dunne whips but Wolfgang reverses, only for Dunne to go up and over to enziguri! Wolfgang standing switches and throws Dunne but Dunne lands on his feet! Buzzsaw kick! Dunne drags Wolfgang up, X-Plex! Cover, TWO!! Phoenix knows “This is Awesome!” as both men slowly stand.

Dunne is up first and drags Wolfgang around to wrench the fingers! Then he stomps away on Wolfgang’s head! Dunne drags Wolfgang into a Triangle Hold! Wolfgang make sit a cover, ONE! Dunne gets the pinkie! But Wolfgang deadlifts for a buckle bomb! Dunne is down, Wolfgang runs, BIG back senton! Wolfgang drags Dunne up, fisherman suplex with a twist! Cover, TWO!! Dunne survives and Wolfgang can’t believe it. Fans rally up again as Wolfgang goes to the top rope. Dunne kips right up to enziguri Wolfgang down! Dunne climbs to join Wolfgang and stands him up for a SUPERPLEX! But Dunne can’t cover from the big impact on the mat!

Wolfgang and Dunne again gasp for air as a standing count begins. Dunne gets to a corner at 5 and uses it to stand up. Wolfgang crawls after Dunne but Dunne stomps the hands! Dunne buzzsaws Wolfgang again, then wrenches the fingers! Wolfgang breaks free to rock Dunne back. Dunne enziguris, then runs, but into a HUGE clothesline! Wolfgang lifts Dunne for a gutbuster drop! Wolfgang crawls to a cover, TWO!! Dunne lives again but Wolfgang has one last thing to try. Wolfgang goes to a corner and climbs up again. HOWLING, but into the armbar! Dunne snaps the fingers and pulls the arm! Wolfgang taps, Dunne wins!

Winner: Pete Dunne, by submission

The Bruiserweight wins again! Dunne hasn’t lost since first becoming WWE UK Champion, what will it take to ever dethrone him?

 


 

My Thoughts:

What a great way for NXT UK to start their Phoenix visit! Toni opening the show helps live fans understand that they will be getting an NXT UK Women’s Championship match, and her scrap with Rhea was good, too. Toni VS Rhea 3 is going to be great, but I feel like Toni retains. This is enforced by how well Jinny is doing, including today’s match with Mia Yim. Toni VS Jinny is going to be a great program going into the next UK TakeOver, which I would imagine is a week or so before Wrestlemania. They wouldn’t want to do UK TakeOver and USA TakeOver on the same day, that’s too much for any fan to do in one day, even me.

Dar VS Devlin was great, but it turns out it’s just to help keep Devlin VS Banks going. Dar has more to do right now in 205 Live in his rivalry with Tony Nese, but I’m hoping after Wrestlemania 35, he can do more on NXT UK just to freshen things up. Devlin VS Banks in Falls Count Anywhere should really happen, those guys obviously aren’t going to stay in the ring based on the story that’s building. Again, NXT UK midcard title please? I’m also pleased to hear about some upcoming matches for the Phoenix taping, those are all going to be great, too. Dunne VS Wolfgang was great for even a non-title match. Dunne is staying strong while Walter climbs up on his own end, only building up how great their match is going to be.

My Score: 8.4/10


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Andrew’s Impact Wrestling Uncaged Ratings & Review

With the tag titles changing hands last week, do we see more changes with Impact Wrestling Uncaged?

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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!

Ratings:

  • 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

Review Notes:

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.

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.

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.

 

 

 


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Mitchell’s NJPW AXS TV Results: New Beginning in Sapporo Part 2!

Who leaves Sapporo with the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team titles?

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NJPW New Beginning Sapporo 2019

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/

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • 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?

 

Backstage interviews.

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?

 


 

My Thoughts:

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


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