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NXT TakeOver: XXV Results & Report! (6/1/19)

It’s the 25th TakeOver event!

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NXT TakeOver XXV

NXT takes over Bridgeport!

The milestone 25th TakeOver event is here! With all the NXT gold on the line and even literally up for grabs, who walks away on top of the brand?

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Matt Riddle VS Roderick Strong; Riddle wins.
  • NXT Tag Team Championships Ladder Match: The Street Profits VS The Forgotten Sons VS Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch VS The Undisputed Era; The Street Profits win and become the new NXT Tag Team Champions.
  • NXT North American Championship: Velveteen Dream VS Tyler Breeze; Dream wins and retains the NXT North American Championship.
  • NXT Women’s Championship: Shayna Baszler w/ The Horsewomen VS Io Shirai w/ Candice LeRae; Baszler wins and retains the NXT Women’s Championship.
  • NXT Championship: Johnny Gargano VS Adam Cole; Cole wins and becomes the new NXT Champion.

PLAY BY PLAY

It’s the NXT TakeOver Preshow!

Just five years and NXT has grown so much! Join Charly Caruso, Sam Roberts and Pat McAfee as they look back at history and prepare for tonight’s historic milestone event!

 

Tommaso Ciampa joins the Preshow panel!

The Psycho Killer is back! And fans duel between his best frenemy, “Johnny Wrestling!” and “Adam Cole!” But then fans give Ciampa cheers and he gets on the table! Ciampa pats himself on the back and fans cheer him more. Ciampa says he’s half Black Heart, half Wolverine. He’s on his way back, and Goldie will belong to “Big Daddy Ciampa” once again. But if anyone is going to hold onto the belt while Ciampa is away, it’s Gargano. Gargano changes when a TakeOver comes around. Ciampa will watch very closely that it takes a certain kind of main to crawl his way to the top, but it takes a different kind of man to stay on top.

But Ciampa isn’t making a prediction, he’ll just be going after whoever comes out of it. He’s not saying he wants Gargano or Cole as an opponent, just know that he’ll be champion soon after his return.

 

From Orlando, Florida to the entire world, NXT knows how to take over.

There have been chants from “This is Awesome!” to “This is Wrestling!” to “Fight Forever!” But in the end, TakeOver isn’t about money or fame, but the passion to be the best! History is made, as are stars and icons. #WeAreNXT, and we are only just getting started!

An epic championship match gets a sequel! Two inspired dreamers fight for the spotlight. A genius looks to kick a queen’s ass. And an Era looks to be golden, “and that is Undisputed.”

 

Matt Riddle VS Roderick Strong!

The Bro is far from his jovial self as he goes up against the Savior of the Backbreaker tonight. Strong got back in the good graces of the Undisputed Era by attacking Riddle from behind and even stealing a sandal. Will Riddle make Strong regret ever coming up with that move?

Riddle kicks his flip-flops at Strong as fans fire up for this match. The bell rings, the lights come down, and we begin!

Riddle and Strong grapple and Strong gets control but Riddle slips around to the back. Strong gets up but gets thrown by Riddle! Strong’s up fast and the two tie up again. They both grapple and use that amateur background. Riddle gets Strong to a cover, ONE, but Riddle stays on Strong, wanting the Bromission already! Strong scrambles to the ropebreak, and Riddle lets him go. Fans cheer this opening exchange, and the two go again. Strong powers Riddle to ropes but Riddle has a body scissor block. The ref counts and Strong lets off, only to CHOP Riddle back! Strong rams his shoulder into Riddle in a corner, but Riddle gut wrenches fast!

Riddle holds on to gut wrench suplex Strong again, and a third! Strong bails out and Riddle runs to the apron, but Strong trips him up. Riddle still throws forearms but so does Strong. They brawl and Riddle CHOPS before throwing Strong in. But Strong bails out the other side, only to get a FLYING forearm! Riddle pursues the scrambling Strong to CHOP him and kick him around. Riddle puts Strong on the apron but Strong kicks back. The brawl continues and even goes to the apron. Strong throws body shots but Riddle throws haymakers. Riddle gives muay thai knees but Strong shoves him into a post. Strong drops Riddle with a back suplex to the apron! Riddle writhes but gets up, as does Strong. Strong follows Riddle into the ring and keeps on him with CHOPS!

Fans duel as Strong throws more CHOPS and even forearms. Strong suplexes and hangs Riddle out to dry, Riddle flops to the floor. Strong goes out to fetch Riddle and club him down. He puts Riddle in to cover, TWO! Strong CHOPS Riddle more, then whips. Riddle holds the ropes then breaks free to throw hands. Strong dodges and catches Riddle into a backbreaker! Cover, TWO! Strong keeps on Riddle with pulling hair and clubbing away! Riddle pushes back but Strong throws more hands, then knees the back. Strong pulls Riddle back in a camel clutch. Fans still duel and Riddle still fights. Strong knees low and then drags Riddle to the post. Strong pulls Riddle back in a Bow ‘n’ Arrow! The ref counts and Strong lets up at 4 to CHOP Riddle again.

Strong puts Riddle in and stalks him, but Riddle chops back! Riddle punches from the mat, but Strong clubs him down. Cover, TWO! Strong drags Riddle up but Riddle fights back again. Riddle throws elbows and palm strikes! Strong blocks the kick but gets hands! Riddle cradles Strong, TWO! Strong knees low, then hits the Olympic Slam! Cover, TWO!! Riddle lives but Strong keeps on him. Strong powerbomb lifts to the Canadian rack, but Riddle slips out! Riddle wants the Bromission but Strong escapes and kicks. But Riddle suplexes Strong for a brain buster! Strong staggers up and the brawling continues. Riddle strikes, boots and roundhouses! Leaping forearm, PELE! Riddle kips up and runs in for a forearm smash! He runs the other way for another! EXPLODER!

Riddle runs but misses the kick, Strong evades the moonsault but not the Bro-ton! The Penalty Kick hits this time! Cover, TWO! Strong survives the rush and fans fire up. Riddle gets up first, stalks Strong and waistlocks him. Strong slips out but gets Bro Kicks! Riddle kicks more and more and more, and hits the buzzsaw! Strong flounders up but dodges the next kick to fireman’s carry. Riddle slips out but Strong knees him first. Strong spins but into Riddle’s fireman’s carry! Bro To Sleep! German Suplex, with bridge, TWO!! Strong survives and Riddle is beside himself. Riddle keeps on Strong with stomps and then drags Strong up for forearms. Riddle scoops and slams but Strong boots Riddle back. Strong walks into Riddle’s boot, but then enziguris Riddle up top! Strong climbs up to join Riddle, SUPERPLEX! Cover, TWO!! Riddle still lives and Strong grows frustrated.

Strong stands up first and heads back to Riddle. Riddle hits back and the brawl is on again. Strong throws forearms from both sides, ducks a roundhouse and rocks Riddle again. Riddle slips through to powerbomb but his back gives out! Strong boots, enziguris, and then runs in to shining wizard Riddle on ropes! Forearm after forearm after forearm, STRONG SLAM!! Cover, TWO?! Riddle survives and the fans are thunderous for “NXT! NXT!” Strong staggers to his feet and drags Riddle around. He goes to turn Riddle for the Strong Hold, but Riddle boots Strong away! Strong ends up on the outside but gets back in, only to miss a knee. Riddle roundhouses and Bro-Triggers! Deadlift to POWERBOMB! Final Flash Knee! Cover, TWO!? Strong survives that?!

Riddle drags Strong to a drop zone and moonsaults, onto knees!! Strong smashes with another knee! Fireman’s carry to a gutbuster! But not just that, Tiger Bomb! Cover, TWO!?! STRONG HOLD!! Riddle endures as Strong sits down deep! Fans are thunderous as Riddle turns things back over. Strong turns it back but gets a knee into the back for a Lion Tamer! Riddle still endures, turns, and kicks Strong over and over. Strong swings but into elbows! BROMISSION!! Strong tries everything he can, but Riddle shifts to just elbow away on Strong again and again. Strong grabs the arm! The two stand, but Riddle keeps elbowing! Gut wrench, Gotch hold, cradle tombstone!! Cover, Riddle wins!!

Winner: Matt Riddle, by pinfall

The Bro gives a shout out to Jerry Lynn with that finish! Riddle gives TakeOver: XXV an incredible start, and things already look iffy for the Undisputed Era. Will Strong’s stablemates make up for Strong’s loss?

 

NXT Tag Team Championships Ladder Match: The Street Profits VS The Forgotten Sons VS Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch VS The Undisputed Era!

The titles are vacant and literally hang in the balance! The Raid has moved on, but now it’s time for someone to step up. Angelo Dawkins & Montez Ford want to finally cash-in. Wesley Blake & Steve Cutler want to be remembered. The Brit-Am Brawlers want to finally hold some gold. And Bobby Fish & Kyle O’Reilly want to again be undisputed tag team champions! Who reaches new heights to be on top of the entire NXT Tag Team Division?

The introductions are made, with the Profits in new blue and gold ring gear and with the Forgotten Sons tempting luck by going under a ladder. Lorcan & Burch keep it simple while the Undisputed Era’s reDRagon look to be the first-ever three-time NXT Tag Team Champions. The bell rings, and we begin this massive match!

All eight men look up at the belt, and then it sparks into a fight! Four different brawls go all over the ring. Cutler & Blake drag Lorcan & Burch out while reDRagon throws Dawkins out. Fish & O’Reilly focus on Ford with double whips and kicks! Cutler returns but he gets kicks and palm strikes and knees from O’Reilly! O’Reilly sweeps and Fish fights with Blake. Fish dragon screws Blake out, then reDRagon mugs Cutler. They double whip but Lorcan dumps Cutler out. Lorcan and Burch throw hands with reDRagon! They go back and forth, then criss-cross. Lorcan CHOPS Fish, but O’Reilly catches Lorcan’s kick for Fish to kick the leg. Burch headbutts O’Reilly but O’Reilly kicks back. Fish forearms Burch but Lorcan CHOPS Fish and O’Reilly!

O’Reilly grabs the arm, Fish knees and O’Reilly sweeps. O’Reilly throws Burch out, and then boots Dawkins down. Fans cheer as reDRagon hurries for ladders. They get a couple ladders over to ringside, but settle on one. Only for Blake to DIVE the ladder into them!! Fans lose their minds over the double-edge risk Blake just took! Cutler drags two ladders over but gets blaseted by Lorcan’s uppercut! Burch and Lorcan drag Cutler up for more uppercuts, but Blake fights back. The teams brawl, but Dawkins runs and LEAPS onto them all! The Curse of Greatness wipes them all out! Fans fire up with Dawkins, and he and Ford regroup. The Profits get a ladder up and in and are all alone as they set it up! Both climb but reDRagon stops them both.

O’Reilly and Fish climb but Blake shoves the ladder over! O’Reilly lands ON the ladder! The Forgotten Sons get in and get the ladder back up, and ram Lorcan with it! And Burch! But the Profits return, to get bulldozed! And so does reDRagon! Lorcan & Burch return, but they edge dodge the Forgotten Sons, to double German Suplex them! The ladder goes flying at ropes! Everyone is down but the fans are losing their minds all over again! O’Reilly drags himself out while Lorcan & Burch flounder to their feet. But the Profits take them out with an exploder suplex, and a whip to a SPINEBUSTER! Ford climbs up and gives Burch a FROG SPLASH! The fans are thunderous as the Profits grab a ladder. They ram Blake with it, then set him on it. Dawkins makes it a bridge, for Ford’s Leap Frog!

Blake tumbles out and Cutler runs in, for a double flapjack on the ladder! But Dawkins builds another bridge! Fish intercepts Ford, O’Reilly missile dropkicks Dawkins! But O’Reilly still hits ladder! Even so, reDRagon powers through to give Ford the butterfly wheelbarrow DDT! And suplex to the ladder! Fans know “This is Awesome!” while also losing their minds. O’Reilly and Fish drag the ladder up and ram Dawkins with it. They set the ladder up but Lorcan returns. Fish hits Lorcan, then kicks Burch. But Cutler comes around back, only for Fish to body check! O’Reilly falls and hits his jaw! O’Reilly tells Fish to go up instead, and then tackles Blake! Fish reaches, but Blake powerbombs O’Reilly into the ladder!! “They killed Kyle!”

Everyone is down again as fans chant “Mamma Mia!” Cutler puts the ladder in a corner and regroups with Blake. They grab a second ladder as well as Fish. Blake bumps Fish on buckles while Cutler sets the other ladder over O’Reilly. Cutler climbs and Blake keeps guard. But O’Reilly trips Cutler up! It’s a kneebar through the rungs! Cutler taps but that doesn’t matter! Blake stomps O’Reilly out and drags him away to throw him out. Cutler climbs again but Fish kicks him! Blake goes after Fish, and the Sons give Fish Memories Remain! Blake and Cutler climb up together, but Burch and Dawkins stop them with double electric chairs! Lorcan returns, and they give Cutler a EuroUpper Doomsday! Ford returns to give Blake the Blockbuster Doomsday! The fans are at a fever pitch over this newest tag team classic!

O’Reilly crawls to the ladder, bad back and all! Fans cheer for O’Reilly, but is that… That’s Jaxson Ryker! The Gunner is not dead, even after what happened on last Wednesday! Ryker grabs O’Reilly and drags him off, to powerbomb him on the other ladder! Ryker choke slams Burch! And tosses Ford way out! Fish runs into an urenage! Dawkins climbs but Ryker spots him. Ryker tips the ladder and dumps Dawins down! Fans boo as Ryker resets the ladder, to then ram it into Dawkins! And again, and again, and again! But Ryker turns around to see Lorcan, and back drop him on the ladder!! Ryker stands alone amidst the carnage. Fans say “We Forgot You!” but he doesn’t care. Ryker stands the ladder back up, but Ford attacks! Only to get clobbered.

O’Reilly returns to throw hands! As does Fish! Fans fire up for reDRagon as they go after Ryker! Burch and the Profits do, too! Lorcan brings in yet another ladder, and oddly enough, the other three teams work together to SLAM Ryker with it over and over and over! BUt then it’s right back to their own fight! Fish and O’Reilly clear the ring of the other teams, but Ryker is still stirring. O’Reilly says they need to end him, so he and Fish ram Ryker right off the apron! But Ryker still stands?! Ford FLIES over reDRagon to wipe him out!! But Ryker sits up again! Lorcan dodges the ladder to DIVE onto Ryker! Dawkins gets rammed by reDRagon! Burch climbs and dropkicks the ladder into reDRagon! Lorcan regroups with Burch to keep on Fish, arm wrench to running uppercut! Then they throw Fish into the post!

Burch clotheslines and kicks O’Reilly, then feeds him to Lorcan for the Half ‘n’ Half! Blake returns but he gets haymakers. Dawkins and Cutler get the ladder, as does Ford. Burch and Lorcan have a ladder each, and they sandwich the Profits! Then Lorcan and Burch TOSS a ladder at the Forgotten Sons in full! Burch and Lorcan are alone, and they stand a ladder up! They both climb, but Fish and O’Reilly return. Fish and O’Reilly kick them off the ladder, then get a ladder of their own. Fish and O’Reilly climb but Lorcan and Burch follow. The two teams brawl side-by-side on the pair of ladders. Lorcan falls, leaving Burch alone with reDRagon. But Lorcan returns from the other side and stops O’Reilly from reaching. Lorcan grabs but Fish stops him.

The four men brawl fast and furious way up high! But the Sons return to tip them all!! They shove one ladder out hard, then climb the other! But Dawkins SPEARS Cutler! Ford springboards to join Blake and punch him down!! The Profits climb and WIN!!

Winners: The Street Profits; NEW NXT Tag Team Champions

They did it! They finally have the gold! Ford and Dawkins win big in their TakeOver debut! And now they celebrate with the fans! Will the Profits only grow bigger now that they’re golden?

 

NXT North American Championship: Velveteen Dream VS Tyler Breeze!

The Patrick Clark Experience wants to see if Prince Pretty remembers what it was like to be in the spotlight. Breeze wants to recapture those gorgeous glory days by capturing his first ever title in the entirety of WWE. Who wins this #GorgeousDream match?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised and we begin!

Fans duel as Dream takes off the jacket and gloves, to throw them at Breeze! Breeze applauds the classic move. Dream and Breeze hear the fans duel as they pace. Breeze and Dream tie up and go around, and Dream gets the wristlock. Dream shifts to a hammerlock but Breeze turns it around. They go around and Breeze wants the Unprettier, but Dream gets clear. Dream seems shocked so Breeze lounges on the ropes. Breeze keeps Dream way with a “no no no” foot. Dream yanks him off but Breeze kicks and shoulders back. Breeze straitjackets an arm and brings Dream sideways into a backstabber! Cover, TWO!

Dream gets away but Breeze clotheslines him out hard. Fans cheer for Prince Pretty as he builds speed, only to run into a haymaker! Dream elbows and ax handles Breeze down! Dream springboards, Lionsault! Cover, TWO! Breeze bails out but Dream pursues. Dream puts Breeze in then climbs up, but Breeze bails out again. Dream hops down and Breeze trips him up! Breeze yanks Dream into the post, and swings a leg into it! Then hits a flying forearm off the apron! Fans fire up for this new gritty yet still gorgeous side of Breeze. Breeze aims at Dream and leaps, but into a big haymaker! Dream leaves Breeze behind for the ring count. Breeze returns at 3 but gets scooped. Breeze slips out and shoves Dream. Dream goes up and over but his knee jams, and Breeze rolls him to a Half Crab!

Breeze sits deep on the hold but Dream flails with his long limbs. Dream grits his teeth and heads for ropes to get the ropebreak. Breeze holds on until 4 then comes back at Dream in a corner. Dream SLAPS Breeze, so Breeze stomps a pretty mudhole into Dream! Breeze starts throwing ugly haymakers, and then dropkicks Dream right out of the ring! Fans cheer as Breeze glares and pursues after Dream. Dream dodges and SUPERKICKS Breeze! Dream gets back in the ring and lets the count begin. Breeze stirs at 4 but Dream decides to stop the count. Dream fetches Breeze to bump him off the desk! And again! And again! Dream shows no mercy to Breeze! The referee stops him but Dream is all fired up. Dream goes to the timekeeper’s area to get his belt, and Breeze’s phone? Dream takes that selfie now! “Say cheese!”

Dream hears the ring count and just plays along. Fans cheer for Dream, but Dream turns into a SUPER(MODEL)KICK from Breeze! Dream staggers into the ring and Breeze gets in, but gets the Dream Valley Driver! Cover, TWO!! Dream gets to a corner and climbs, but Breeze rolls to the apron. Dream storms over but Breeze slips under, and then enziguri! Fans cheer both men as they slowly stand. Breeze goes up top and Dream staggers over into a crossbody! But Dream rolls through to cover, TWO! Dream trips Breeze and rolls to a fireman’s carry, but Breeze slips out. Breeze shoves Dream but the kick is blocked. Dream grabs Breeze but Breeze slips out of the Dream-DT for a SUPER(MODEL)KICK! Cover, TWO!! Dream survives but Breeze is too tired to be frustrated.

Fans duel again as Breeze stalks Dream. Dream resists and back suplexes but Breeze lands on his feet. Breeze grabs the arms again but Dream rams him into buckles. Dream elbows but Breeze throws Dream back. Breeze walks into a boot, and Dream hops up, to get a dropkick! Breeze turns Dream but Dream slips out for the Dream-DT! Cover, TWO?! Breeze survives and Dream is shocked! Breeze has a bloody ear but fans rally for him and Dream. Dream goes for a corner but Breeze anchors his feet. Dream clubs Breeze off then climbs. But Breeze trips Dream up! Dream coughs and gasps but Breeze drags him out, only for Dream to toss him off! Dream hobbles over but into a big knee! Breeze and Dream slowly stand and fans duel again.

Breeze scoops but Dream slips out to pull Breeze up. But Breeze does the same, only for Dream to do it, too! Breeze slips out and shoves Dream, but Dream elbows. Dream fakes Breeze out, leap to the jackknife to the fireman’s carry! But he pops Breeze out for the UNPRETTIER! Cover, TWO!! Dream stole Breeze’s move but Breeze still survives! Dream drags himself back to a corner and fans fire up as he climbs. Purple Rain KNEES! Dream writhes and rolls, and walks into a flapjack. But Dream lands on the ropes! But Breeze tucks him in for a cheeky SUPER(MODEL)KICK! Breeze turns Dream around for UNPRETTIER! Cover, TWO!?! Breeze can’t believe how close that was, and neither can fans!

Breeze grits his teeth as he goes back to Dream. He drags Dream up but Dream is dead weight. Breeze still gets Dream up, to get a cradle counter! TWO, BEAUTY SHOT! But Dream flops out of the ring! Breeze was again so close yet so far! The ring count begins but Breeze fetches Dream. Breeze drags Dream but he’s dead weight all over again. Breeze stands Dream up at 5 but Dream flops back over. Prince Pretty has no choice but to refresh the count, but Dream goes to hit him with the belt! Breeze blocks the belt shot, but then Dream scopos for Dream Valley! And then PURPLE RAIN!! Cover, Dream wins!!

Winner: Velveteen Dream, by pinfall; still NXT North American Champion

The Experience survives, though he did try to play a little dirty. Will the Purple Reign continue through the Summer? Will Prince Pretty come back for another try? Or will someone else step up to share Dream’s spotlight?

Dream has Breeze’s phone and takes selfie vids of himself. Breeze sees this, and Dream says that while the phone belongs to Breeze, the belt belongs to him. But Breeze keeps Dream from leaving. Fans want a “Selfie! Selfie!” and so does Breeze. Dream considers it, and accepts! The two take a selfie of sportsmanship! Is this the last we’ve seen of this #GorgeousDream?

 

NXT Women’s Championship: Shayna Baszler VS Io Shirai!

The Queen of Spades has made challenger after challenger #TapNaporSnap. From Ember Moon to Nikki Cross to Bianca Belair to Kairi Sane, Shayna’s reign of terror has been tested but not ended. At least, not for long. But the Genius of the Sky didn’t want to kick Shayna’s ass until Shayna tried to put Kairi out of commission. The Horsewomen have Shayna’s back, but Mrs. Wrestling has Shirai’s. Will Shirai win one for Kairi? Or will the Queen keep her throne by any means necessary?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we begin!

Shirai rushes Shayna! But Shayna turns it around to snapmare and fake a kick to instead toy with Shirai. Shirai gets up and goes at Shayna again. They end up in the corner and Shirai lets up, only for Shayna to snapmare and fake her out again. Shayna has the hammerlock but Shirai rolls and sweeps the legs. Shirai snapmares Shayna now, but Shirai fakes Shayna out, to SLAP her! Fans like that one! Shayna gets up but Shirai redirects her for slaps and a takedown. Shirai drops a basement dropkick! Shayna bails out but Shirai runs. Shayna gets clear, but still gets a baseball slide! Shirai pursues, dragging Shayna up and into the ring. Shirai climbs and kicks Shayna away, but Shayna yanks her off anyhow!

Shayna kicks Shirai’s arm! And hammerlocks it again! Shirai tries to kick back but Shayna shoves her down, for that #RealityCheck hammerlock stomp!! That’s been Shayna’s MO since hurting Dakota Kai almost a year ago! Shirai clutches her arm while Shayna soaks up the heat. Shayna stalks Shirai to ropes. Shayna drags Shirai up and wristlocks that arm. Shirai endures even as Shayna bends the fingers. Shirai rolls Shayna, ONE, and Shayna LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Shayna just grins as she goes after the arm again. Shayna stands on Shirai’s head and twists the wrist. The ref counts but Shayna lets up at 4. Shayna yanks the arm! Shirai clutches her arm as she crawls to a corner. Shirai kicks but Shayna kicks her back. Shayna double wristlocks and suplexes Shirai. Shayna drops elbows on Shirai, then bends Shirai in a modified Bow ‘n’ Arrow.

Fans rally for Shirai and she spins out of the hold. Shayna whips but Shirai ducks and waistlocks. Shayna breaks the grip and wrings Shirai out. She sits Shirai up for a swift kick to the back! Cover, TWO!! Shayna is a bit surprised but she goes after Shirai’s bad arm again. Fans rally up and Shirai endures. Shayna wants a second Reality Check, but Shirai dodges! Shirai dodges the Penalty Kick, too, then throws hands with her good arm. Shirai dodges in a corner, and manages a German Suplex! But she can’t hold the bridge because of the other arm! Shayna is dazed but her evil scheme is working. Fans rally up and Shirai throws CHOPS and a fast ball on Shayna! Shayna rolls to ropes but gets the 619! Shirai aims at Shayna and springboards for a missile dropkick! Cover, TWO!

Shirai won’t let her bad arm slow her down as she drags Shayna up. Shayna throws forearms, but Shirai baits her into a takedown! Crossface! Shayna endures as Shirai just holds her bad arm by the wrist. But Shayna powers out to sidewalk slam Shirai down! Both women are down but fans are loving this. Shirai crawls but Shayna stalks. Fans actually duel as Shayna drags Shirai up by her hair! For a hanging keylock! But Shirai fights free! Shirai climbs up behind Shayna, springboar dropkick sends Shayna crashing down! Shirai fires up more, and goes to another corner. She climbs up for a SUPER ASAI MOONSAULT!! Fans are thunderous as the Genius wipes out the Queen and herself!

Both women are down on the outside, but Shirai is up first. Shirai throws Shayna back in, climbs up again, and leaps for another missile dropkick! Shirai goes corner to corner for Meteora in the corner! She walks over Shayna to climb again, but here come the Horsewomen. But same for Candice LeRae! Candice SMACKS away on Marina and Jessamyn with a kendo stick! Candice will not be held back, she leaps and wipes them both out! Shirai cheers her new friend for that, but walks itn oa cradle! TWO!! Shirai throws furious forearms, but gets a kick! Kirafuda Klutch! But Shirai fights out and SHOTEI! Then she climbs, for the Asai! But she lands on her feet when Shayna dodges! Kirafuda Klutch, but Shirai rolls through, TWO!! BUZZSAW! La Majistrol, Japanese Clutch! TWO, into the Klutch!

Shirai flails, reaches, scrambles and claws, and even sits up. Shayna holds on tight but Shirai still fights! Shayna grabs a leg and then thrashes around. Shirai flails and fades, but she gets a second wind thanks to the fans rallying behind her! But that second wind goes out, and she taps!! Shayna wins!!

Winner: Shayna Baszler, by submission; still NXT Women’s Champion

The Genius came so close, but the Queen still reigns! Will Shayna ever be dethroned from atop the NXT Women’s Division?

But wait! Just because she lost doesn’t mean Shirai’s out of the fight! She grabs what’s left of Candice’s kendo stick and SMACKS Shayna from behind! This is not the “snap” Shayna expected! Shayna pokes and jabs and SMACKS Shayna more, then finally hits her ASAI MOONSAULT! And then she tells Candice to get something from under the ring. A chair!? Shirai takes that chair, and brings it with her in a second moonsault!! Fans are loving how hardcore Shirai has become! Fans want “One More Time!” but in a way, so does Shirai. The fans also tell Shayna, “You Deserve It!” Will Shirai take the fight to Shayna for a Summer blockbuster?

 

NXT Championship: Johnny Gargano VS Adam Cole!

At NXT TakeOver: New York, these two had an amazing Best 2 Out of 3 Falls match to crown a new champion. Now #JohnnyTripleCrown and the Undisputed Era’s charismatic leader will go one more time to prove to everyone the reality of the championship. Who walks out of this historic night THE NXT Champion?

Adam Cole has Mr. Wrestle & Flow himself, Josiah Williams, rapping for his entrance, “BAYBAY!” Gargano’s entrance isn’t quite as epic, but his Captain Marvel inspired gear is definitely on point. The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and Gargano’s historic 14th TakeOver appearance begins!

Fans duel as the two stare down. They eventually just settle for cheering on “NXT! NXT!” for giving us this sequel. Gargano and Cole slowly circle, then approach. They tie up and Gargano puts Cole on ropes but Cole turns it around, repeat. The ref counts for a break and Gargano lets up and dodges Cole’s sucker punch. Gargano headlocks but Cole powers out, only for Gargano to run him over. Gargano keeps going and drops down, but Cole runs him over. Things keep moving, Gargano leaps but into a fireman’s carry. He slips around to a sunset flip but Cole escapes and runs. Gargano knows what’s coming and dodges the Last Shot shining wizard!

The two sit up and stare down. Cole swings into a roll but scrambles out before it’s a GargaNo Escape. Fans fire up while Cole takes a moment to breathe. Gargano waits for Cole, and even holds the rope down for him. Cole refuses that and gets in at the ring count of 8 from the other side. Cole and Gargano circle again and tie up. Gargano goes for a headlock but Cole reverses with a wristlock. Fans still duel as Cole wrenches more. Gargano spins and turns it around on Cole, then brings Cole to the mat. Gargano pulls Cole in the modified neck vice. Cole throws Gargano off but Gargano keeps hold for a crucifix. Cole slips out again but Gargano wants the crossface! But Cole gets out and forearms Gargano hard! Gargano hits back and now it’s a brawl.

Cole kicks but Gargano fires off. Cole knees and puts Gargano in a corner for stomps. The ref backs Cole off, but he comes back to wrench and whip Gargano corner to corner. Gargano goes up and over and rolls to then push and huricanrana Cole out. Gargano slingshots but Cole gets clear. Cole swings but Gargano avoids the sweep. Gargano leaps but Cole avoids the knees. Cole boots but Gargano dodges to kick. Cole blocks that but Gargano gets away to apron cannonball! Gargano takes Cole down and a ring count finally begins. Gargano hobbles over to Cole to put him in the ring. But Cole rolls all the way out to the other end. Gargano pursues but sees the Pele coming! He gets clear and lets Cole flop onto the ground. Cole gets up, to get a kick and double stomps to his arm!

Cole writhes and clutches that arm as the ref checks on him. Gargano drags Cole up and puts him on the apron. Gargano slams the bad arm on the apron then gets back in the ring. Fans duel again as Gargano drags Cole up. Gargano wrenches the arm to a shoulder breaker, then snapmares Cole to drop a leg on the arm. Gargano has the arm trapped while covering, TWO! He tries again, TWO! Gargano turns Cole over and ties up the legs into an Indian Deathlock! Gargano bends Cole back like a House of Pain, but Cole turns over, so Gargano splashes the arm. Cole crawls but Gargano brings him up. Cole kicks and hops up, but Gargano kicks him back. Gargano climbs to join Cole and grabs the bad arm. Cole slips out to SUPERKICK the legs out! Gargano falls from that Charlie Horse!

Cole gets up and bumps Gargano off buckles. Cole puts a leg on the ropes to stomp away, then dropkick Gargano down. Gargano clutches his leg but Cole is all over it with a leg DDT! Cole drags Gargano around to push on that knee. Gargano endures the kneebar as fans rally up. Gargano kicks with his free leg but Cole ax handles Gargano down. Cole stomps Gargano then dargs him up. Gargano throws haymakers but Cole kicks the leg out. Cole hops up and leaps to missile dropkick that knee! Gargano crawls away but Cole drags him back up. Cole dragon screws the leg! Fans duel as Cole stalks Gargano again. Cole drags Gargano up and puts him in a corner. He puts that bad leg on the ropes to stomp away. The ref reprimands Cole and Cole lets up at 4, but Gargano is down on the mat.

Cole drags Gargano up and wants another screw, but Gargano throws forearms. Cole trips Gargano for a Figure Four but Gargano cradle counters! TWO, and Cole kicks out the bad leg again. Cole hops up and leaps, but into a powerbomb! Both men are down but fans still duel. Gargano crawls to ropes while Cole stands up. Cole throws a forearm but Gargano gives one back. They brawl back and forth, Gargano dodges the kick to wrench. Cole whips but Gargano comes back to rally with lariats! Gargano throws Cole overhead! Gargano rolls Cole for the school boy kick! Then hits a swinging enziguri! Gargano rolls Cole and hops up to leap, flying complete shot! Cover, TWO! Cole survives but Gargano hobbles after.

Cole puts Gargano on the apron but Gargano hits back. Gargano goes to slingshot, but stops when he sees Cole show superkick. Cole runs over but into another kick. Gargano slingshot spears this time! Cover, TWO! Gargano still works on his bad leg, and goes after Cole in a corner with CHOPS! He hoists Cole up top and climbs up to join him. Gargano stands Cole up but cole fights back. Cole bumps Gargano on buckles, but Gargano blocks the sunset flip. Cole still gets up and over and then dodges the counter punch. Gargano kicks Cole away, then leaps back, into a backstabber! Cover, TWO!! Cole keeps his cool as he walks it off.

Cole drags Gargano back up but Gargano resists more. Gargano fights out of the suplex but his leg jams. Cole runs in but Gargano goes up and over, only to get caught. Gargano fights out and hops up but Cole slips out the back, only to get a kick. Cole comes back with a PELE! Cole brings Gargano up in a torture rack, for an inverted Ushigoroshi! Cover, TWO!! Gargano still has that superhuman heart and Cole grows frustrated. Cole gets to a corner and hops up as fans duel again. Gargano crawls over and anchors Cole’s foot. Cole clubs Gargano down and leaps, but Gargano gets under.

Gargano and Cole collide with clotheslines and forearms. They both show superkick and hesitate. Cole SUPERKICKS first, but Gargano SUPERKICKS next! Cole fakes Gargano out to get another SUPERKICK! Gargano drops to his knees and Cole leaps, into a SUPERKICK! Cole flops out of the ring but so does Gargano, and fans fire back up. Fans love “NXT! NXT!” as both men come crawling around the corners. Gargano glares at Cole and vice-versa. DOUBLE SUPERKICKS take both men out! “This is Awesome!” A ring count begins but both men barely stir. They start heading for the ring at 6, and get to the apron at 8. Cole is in at 8, Gargano slingshot DDT’s! Cover, TWO!! Gargano was clever but Cole survives.

Gargano grabs Cole and gets a full nelson. Cole ropebreaks but Gargano kicks the arm away. Fans hope they “Fight Forever!” as Gargano avoids a chop block to give double stomps! Gargano aims at Cole, but Cole bails out. Gargano goes to the apron but gets a PELE to the leg! Cole gives Gargano a Last Shot 1.0! They go in the ring, Cole drags Gargano up for a Fisherman Ushigoroshi! Cover, TWO!! Gargano still survives, and Cole grows frustrated. Cole gets up and to the corner again. Gargano swings a kick but gets caught! But then he arm-drags Cole off hard! Tilt-o-Whirl, GargaNO ESCAPE!! Cole endures, pries his way up and to the bad leg! Figure Four Leg Lock!! Gargano endures the legendary hold as Cole pulls harder.

Fans rally and duel as Gargano ends up in a cover. TWO, and he goes to turn the hold. Cole pulls back the other way, and Gargano is in another cover. TWO but Gargano isn’t out of the leglock. Gargano grabs Cole’s hand and pulls on the bad wrist! He uses that for leverage into the reversal! Cole grabs the ropes for the ropebreak! The ref helps untangle them, but the damage has been down. Fans rally up as Cole and Gargano get their limbs working again. The two stare down, and Cole lunges! But into Gargano’s elbows! Gargano wrenches but gets haymakers from Cole. Gargano kicks Cole but Cole hammers away. Cole has the leg and smashes the knee! Cole pulls Gargano’s knee pads off to kick directly at the joint. Fans still duel as Cole goes at the leg again.

Gargano shoves Cole out, then catches him when he returns, draping DDT! A shout out to Ciampa! Cole falls out of the ring but Gargano builds speed, to DIVE, into a SUPERKICK! Gargano crashes and burns and fans lose their minds! Gargana flounders to his feet but Cole gives him the PANAMA SUNRISE!! Cole destroys Gargano with a destroyer to the floor! He puts Gargano in the ring while fans again lose their minds. Cover, TWO!?! Even this is insane for Gargano’s inhuman heart. Fans shout “Mamma Mia!” for that. Cole grits his teeth as he grabs Gargano again. “Johnny, it’s over for you.” Gargano had his moment, now it’s time for Cole’s! Cole takes the knee pad down, runs, but Gargano dodges! GargaNo Escape, escaped and STOLEN!! Cole has Gargano’s hold on Gargano!

But Gargano pops out, rolls back, and steals the Last Shot!! Cover, TWO!?! Now Cole shocks us with his resilience! Fans are loving this all the more! Gargano and Cole crawl towards each other, and fans still hope they “Fight Forever!” Cole throws a forearm but Gargano gives it back. They go back and forth as they stand, and faster and faster! Gargano gets an edge but he gets a BOOT! And then another! And a third! But Gargano comes back with a LARIAT! Gargano gets up, but gets Cole’s SUPERKICK! Cole runs but gets Gargano’s SUPERKICK! Gargano hops up, Reverse-Rana! But Cole is on his feet, and hits a Last Shot!! Cover, TWO!?! Gargano still survives! And the fans are at a fever pitch! Cole looks like he’s losing his mind now.

Cole argues with the ref, and goes to the outside. He gets a chair! The ref tells Cole to drop the chair but Cole doesn’t care. So the ref grabs the chair, only for Gargano to DIVE! But Gargano gets the ref instead of Cole! And now, Cole swings! But Gargano dodges and SUPERKICKS the chair into Cole’s face! Gargano puts Cole in the ring and covers, but the ref is out! The fans count past 10 but it doesn’t matter because the ref has to do it. Gargano hobbles to help the ref, but of course Cole has help of his own. Cole waves, and Gargano prepares for the Undisputed Era. But when the Era doesn’t appear, Gargano goes to the ring. Cole gets Gargano with a draping piledriver!! Cover, TWO?!? Cole is at his wit’s end. But fans know “This is Awesome!”

Cole sits Gargano up and runs, but Gargano just flops over. Gargano denies Last Shot just by not being able to do anything. Cole makes Gargano sit up again, but gets caught in GargaNO Escape! And Gargano uses his own leg to prop up the other! Cole crawls for ropes but Gargano rolls him away! Cole elbows the bad leg over and over and over until he’s free! He mule kicks the leg over and over, then hosp up again, PANAMA- Gargano sits down! TWO, roll, and Gargano can’t get up. PANAMA SUNRISE!! LAST, SHOT!! Cover, Cole wins!!

Winner: Adam Cole, by pinfall; NEW NXT Champion

It took more than either man has ever given before, but the champion is now Undisputed! The champion is now ADAM COLE BAYBAY! And the rest of the Era celebrates with him! Is the Undisputed Prophecy finally beginning? Is Cole’s reign the beginning of his team #DrippingInGold?

 


 

My Thoughts:

NXT does it again! The 25th TakeOver was definitely on the level you’d expect for something as momentous, but it still had some things it could’ve improved on. We didn’t get as many guests as I thought for the preshow, but it was great to see Ciampa, have him plug story with the title, and give us hope of seeing him in the near future. I was surprised they opened the show with Riddle VS Strong but hot damn did it deliver like every other TakeOver opener. If fans weren’t impressed with either guy before, they better sure be impressed now. And it was good for everyone involved for Riddle to win. Riddle lost to Dream last time, he deserves a win this time, and Strong losing adds to the story of the Undisputed Era struggling to get where they want to be.

Then we go into the tag ladder match, and WOW that was crazy stuff! It’s like they saw the Men’s MITB Ladder match and said, “We can get way more brutal.” And judging from Kyle’s bod, they did. But it was the perfect choice for it to be the Street Profits. Fans love those guys so much, and they’ve been red hot since their return. And now the story can be about them retaining with there still being plenty of teams wanting the belts, such as reDRagon. Speaking of retaining, Dream VS Breeze was great, and reestablishes that Breeze knows how to go. The only problem Breeze had on the main roster was Vince, but honestly, that’s everyone’s problem. But Breeze has stuck it out and kudos for him putting on a great match. Hopefully Dijakovic recovers to try next, but maybe “Damien Priest”/Punishment Martinez gets a shot.

I was surprised Shayna retained. I really felt like tonight on the 25th TakeOver, another status quo change should’ve happened. Shirai was going into this with such fire as the vengeful Face, and I was happy to see Candice have her bit with the Horsewomen the way I pictured. Still would’ve meant more if Candice didn’t talk to Shirai about it. Shayna finds a way to win, but obviously everyone loved Shirai’s attack afterward. I hope this leads to an NXT Women’s Extreme Rules or something to that effect, and that’s how Shayna loses the belt. And of course, quite the surprise but still done in epic fashion, Gargano loses to Cole for a NEW NXT Champion to cap off this milestone night. It was like they blended the New York match into one epic fall, and now the story moves to the Undisputed Era truly trying to be #DrapedInGold.

My Score: 8.9/10


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Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (1/25/21)

Will the Empress still reign?

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Raw is revving up towards the Royal Rumble!

The Royal Rumble is this Sunday, but a lot could change right before it! Will Asuka still be Raw Women’s Champion after a rematch with twisted Alexa Bliss?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Charlotte Flair VS Shayna Baszler w/ Nia Jax; Charlotte wins, by disqualification.
  • Six Woman Tag: Charlotte Flair, Mandy Rose & Dana Brooke VS Shayna Baszler, Nia Jax & Lacey Evans; Flair, Rose & Brooke win by count out, but restarted, Jax, Baszler & Evans win by pinfall.
  • Slapjack w/ Retribution VS Xavier Woods; Woods wins.
  • Sheamus VS John Morrison w/ The Miz; Sheamus wins.
  • 2v1 Handicap Match: The Miz & John Morrison VS Sheamus; The Miz & Morrison win.
  • R-Truth VS AJ Styles w/ Omos; Styles wins and Truth is NOT in the Royal Rumble match.
  • United States Championship Opportunity Gauntlet Match: Matt Riddle VS The Hurt Business; wins and
  • Raw Women’s Championship: Asuka VS Alexa Bliss; wins and

PLAY BY PLAY

Drew McIntyre is back!

The WWE World Champion is healthy and ready for his match this Sunday at the Royal Rumble PPV! McIntyre has the mic, and he says it feels so good to be back on Raw! McIntyre thanks the fans for their get-well wishes all over social media. The outpouring of support means the world to him. McIntyre was lucky with the COVID symptoms. He’s 100% now and will be for the Rumble, but he’ll dedicate his match to those dealing with COVID. We will get through this together.

But speaking of being sick, McIntyre would have to be out of his mind if he took Goldberg lightly at all. McIntyre watched Goldberg since McIntyre was a teen. Goldberg came out of nowhere and rose to the top, running through opponent after opponent, 173-0 to then defat Hulk Hogan for the championship! Then he went through The Rock, the rest of the WWE, and then just disappeared. The last thing to go in a heavyweight fighter is their power. Goldberg returned the exact same animal he’s always been, set a new streak, and has beaten every new champion he’s faced! But McIntyre vows to END the new streak! This Sunday, McIntyre is STILL going to be WWE World Champion!

McIntyre says he’s fired up and wants to start things right, but here comes The Miz and John Morrison. Miz says this Sunday IS the Royal Rumble, and McIntyre VS Goldberg will be one for the ages! WWE’s Godzilla VS King Kong! Two of the hardest hitting monsters of all time! But when something that big happens, there tends to be consequences… What might those be? Well, at the very least, one or both of them, by the end, could end up injured! Oh no~! Then what would happen? Well we can’t give that away. Oh c’mon! Well okay. “Hey, John~! Whichever superstar is left standing by the end of that match will be?” A sitting duck! CORRECT!

And then these two hit the ring. CORRECT! And then they beat the hell out of whoever is champion! COOOOOORRECT! And then, Mr. Money in the Bank, will cash-in, and all you’ll hear is… “The winner, and NEW WWE World Champion… THEEEE MIIIIIZ~!” But here comes Goldberg! McIntyre waits as the pyro goes off, and out steps the Icon himself! No faking it with Gillberg this time, Goldberg storms his way to the ring with a mic of his own! Challenger stares down champion and says, “You. Me. Sunday. You’re next.” Miz and Morrison like that and then egg the two on. But that only gets Goldberg and McIntyre glaring at them.

McIntyre and Goldberg drag Miz and Morrison into the ring! SPEAR for Miz! CLAYMORE for Morrison! Then back to staring the other down! McIntyre raises the belt, but will Goldberg be raising it after the Rumble?

 

Backstage interview with Charlotte Flair!

The Royal Rumble is Sunday, but she’s going 1v1 with Shayna Baszler for the first time! If there’s one thing Charlotte does well, it’s performing under pressure. Shayna should bring that invisible crown, because it’s one thing to say you’re a queen, it’s another to be one. Charlotte loves defying odds, and she’s always willing to bet on herself, #MsWrestleMania. So the “situation” with Lacey Evans and her father won’t cause an issue? Charlotte says she’s seen her dad in a lot of dark places, this might be his darkest. Charlotte knows Lacey’s intentions. It’s one thing to have the last name Flair, it’s another to carry the weight of that name. But for now, Charlotte focuses on Shayna.

Charlotte Flair VS Shayna Baszler w/ Nia Jax!

While the Empress of Tomorrow is busy with Lil’ Ms. Bliss, the Queen will see how ready the Queen of Spades is this close to their WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship rematch! Will Shayna be rolling towards the huge Sunday double header she has planned for herself?

The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, Charlotte headlocks, but Shayna pries out to wrench and whip. Charlotte reverses, runs in but blocks a boot to give an elbow! Charlotte spins Shayna around into the ropes, elbows her down, then runs to dropkick Nia down for good measure! Shayna rushes in to get the sleeper! Charlotte rams Shayna into buckles, throws her off, then BOOTS her down! Charlotte gets the legs, Figure Four but Shayna fights it off! They move around, NIA drops a leg!!

Winner: Charlotte Flair, by disqualification

The challengers mug Charlotte! Charlotte fights back but here come Dana Brooke and Mandy Rose! The Sexy Muscle Friends fight Shayna and Nia off of Charlotte! Shayna kicks Mandy’s leg but Charlotte CLOBBERS Shayna! But here comes LACEY EVANS! Lacey brawls with Charlotte and it is chaos as Raw goes to break!

 

Six Woman Tag: Charlotte Flair, Mandy Rose & Dana Brooke VS Shayna Baszler, Nia Jax & Lacey Evans!

Raw returns, and battle lines have been drawn! Will the Queen and Sexy Muscle Friends get payback together against the troublemakers?

Mandy starts with Lacey and the two circle. They tie up, Lacey pulls hair, but lets off as the ref counts. Lacey does the strut but Mandy gets the arm. Mandy wrenches and yanks but Lacey uses a leg to pry free and wrench back. Mandy gets around to headlock, throw Lacey down and keep her down. Lacey pulls hair again, then headscissors free. Lacey copies the “WOO~!” but Mandy kicks free. Mandy headlocks again, Lacey powers out but things speed up. Mandy KICKS Lacey while she’s down! Mandy headlocks again, shifts around, and tags in Dana. They bring Lacey around to double suplex! Dana covers, TWO!

Dana keeps on Lacey with a whip and runs her over with a shoulder! Dana flexes, covers, TWO! Dana keeps Lacey away from her corner with a whip and hip toss! Handspring and stomp! Cover, TWO! Dana grows annoyed, she drags Lacey back over and tags in Charlotte. Lacey scrambles away to tag Shayna! Shayna and Charlotte continue where things left off, Charlotte blocks a kick to run and baits Shayna into buckles! But Shayna dodges the splash to fire off fast hands! Shayna KICKS the leg, but Charlotte avoids the knee to CHOP! And CHOP! And CHOP! Charlotte scoops and EXPLODERS Shayna to then kip up! Charlotte swipes at Lacey but goes after Shayna.

Charlotte brings Shayna over, tags in Dana, and Dana tags Mandy. Snapmare and double handspring BOOT! Mandy covers, ONE! Mandy drags Shayna back up, tags Dana in and they stomp away in the corner! Dana CHOPS and Charlotte lets out a “WOO~!” Dana CHOPS again, then tags in Charlotte. Charlotte and Shayna scrap, Charlotte CLUBS Shayna down then whips her to a corner. Shayna reverses but Charlotte tumbles up and out to then hit back with forearms! Charlotte KNEES Shayna through the ropes then drags her to the floor! Shayna hits the steps on the way down and hurries away. Nia checks on her teammate but the ring count is climbing! Shayna shoves Charlotte in at 8 but can’t get in herself, she’s COUNTED OUT!

Winners: Charlotte Flair, Mandy Rose & Dana Brooke, by count out

The Queen managed to get in the heads of her opponents and it cost them! Will it be this easy when it’s Charlotte and Asuka VS Shayna and Nia?

Raw returns, and it is NOT over! Adam Pearce had this match restart over commercial, and now Nia is throwing Dana around! Dana BOOTS then kicks low to throw forearms! Dana runs, Nia reels her in but Dana throws elbows! Dana handsprings and headscissors to throw Nia into a corner! Dana runs and handspring sin to back elbow! Dana keeps moving, but Nia CLOBBERS Dana! Cover, TWO! Nia drags Dana over and tags in Lacey. Lacey gets in Dana’s face and knocks her down, but the ref reprimands. Lacey drops down for a cover, TWO! Lacey stomps Dana in frustration, drops knees on Dana’s hand, then digs her into the ropes! The ref counts and Lacey lets off.

Lacey taunts Charlotte, tags Shayna, and they mug Dana in the corner. Shayna fires off body shots, snapmares Dana and KICKS her in the back! Shayna covers, TWO! Shayna has Dana’s arm, twists the wrist and STOMPS the arm! Nia tags in and goes after the arm with a cobra clutch! Dana endures as Nia smothers her then thrashes her around! Nia brings Dana up but Dana throws more elbows! Dana pushes but Nia pushes back, and Nia blocks the huricanrana! Dana manages to sunset flip but Nia breaks free, but Dana avoids the sit down! Hot tag to Mandy and Lacey! Mandy dodges Lacey to DECK Shayna, then Mandy fires off, and FLAPJACKS!

Mandy fires up, picks Lacey up and powers her to a corner! Mandy fires off forearms, the ref counts but Mandy runs to give Lacey a KNEE FROM A ROSE!! Cover, but Shayna breaks it! Charlotte SPEARS Shayna! Nia CLOBBERS Charlotte! Nia drags Lacey to the corner to tag in! Nia aims at Mandy, Lacey drags Charlotte out but Charlotte glares. They run into the empty ringside area and Dana tags in! Nia still runs in but only gets POST! Dana manages to hit the ROLLING NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Nia survives but Dana heads up top! But Nia drags her off with a ROCKET LAUNCHER TOSS!

Nia snarls and drags Dana up again, into a lift, for a CHOKE SLAM!! And a LEG DROP! Cover, Nia’s team wins!

Winners: Nia Jax, Shayna Baszler & Lacey Evans, by pinfall

Count out, controversy, whatever it is, that’s all the past now! Nia and Shayna are rolling towards the Royal Rumble, will they leave tag team champions as well as a Women’s Rumble winner?

 

Raw shares a WWE Network Exclusive from last week.

After Retribution’s Mace beat Xavier Woods, Mustafa Ali had a message. “Kofi, Xavier, people love watching you because you are their escape from reality.” But retribution is the reminder of reality! So get well soon, Kofi.

And in a message from earlier today, Ali answers Kofi’s burning question of why Retribution is after The New Day. To have the audacity to ask that! Kofi’s greatest moment came from Ali’s worst! KofiMania happened at Ali’s expense. That was Ali’s spot in the Elimination Chamber and it could’ve been Ali’s moment at WrestleMania! Ali feels the New Day took everything from him, so will he try to take everything from them?

Slapjack w/ Retribution VS Xavier Woods!

Raw returns as Woods makes his entrance. Woods is in no mood after having faced Ali’s allies twice already. The bell rings and Woods shotgun dropkicks Slapjack down! Woods throws hands, CHOPS Slapjack to a corner, then CHOPS him more! Woods whips corner to corner then back drops Slapjack high and hard! Slapjack flounders but Woods is on him. Slapjack throws Woods to the apron but Woods forearms back! Slapjack KNEES Woods, ROCKS him with a right, then slingshots out then in for an ELBOW DROP! Cover, TWO! Slapjack digs Woods’ face into the mat, then stomps him down!

Slapjack stomps Woods more, digs his face into the mat more, then stomps him again! Slapjack goes to a corner, hops up and leaps, but Woods avoids the stomp! Woods shoves Slapjack then blocks punches to give punches! And CHOPS! And CHOPS again! Woods fires off over and over, whips but Slapjack reverses, only for Woods to tilt-o-whirl to a Russian Leg Sweep! Woods fires up again before he dodges and LEG LARIATS! Woods whips, Slapjack reverses and UPPERCUTS! Woods boots back, and hits the HONOR ROLL! Cover, TWO!! Slapjack survives and Ali has T-Bar make a move.

Woods sees T-Bar coming but Slapjack rolls Woods, only for Woods to SHINING WIZARD! Cover, Woods wins!!

Winner: Xavier Woods, by pinfall

Mace chases Woods, but Woods gets out, only for T-Bar to BOOT Woods! T-Bar puts Woods back in and Retribution surrounds him! Ali says to “SHUT HIM DOWN!” T-Bar and Mace give Woods a DOUBLE CHOKE BOMB! Ali gets Slapjack up to get a chair and Slapjack does as ordered. T-Bar and Mace sit Woods up and Slapjack hands the chair to Ali. Ali scowls and demands Woods look at him. Ali raises the chair up, but he smirks as he spares Woods. Ali takes a seat and has Reckoning fetch him a mic.

“All this talk about wanting to be King of the Ring, but man, do you sure look like a peasant right now.” But like a real king, ALI will show mercy. “And for that, you are going to do exactly what I say. You are going to deliver a message to Kofi Kingston.” Tell Kofi that Ali heard the sad news that Kofi won’t make it to this year’s Rumble. But tell Kofi not to fear, “a replacement has been found. And his name is Mustafa Ali!” The tables have turned, and now the Beacon is ready to shine.

 

Matt Riddle finds R-Truth backstage.

Truth says he heard something. The Hurt Business is throwing a surprise party for him! How does he know that? Well it was Truth’s birthday last week, but he heard about a special VIP Lounge tonight! He’s getting 24 carrots! Well that makes sense as Capricorn, sign of the goat. BAAAH~! Now, don’t spoil the surprise! The secret is safe with Riddle, bro. Wait, someone got their wires crossed. Will Truth be sorely disappointed when the VIP Lounge isn’t what he thinks?

 

The Hurt Business heads to the ring!

The WWE United States Champion, Bobby Lashley, is going to be in the Men’s Royal Rumble this year, but his associates will be taking on Matt Riddle later on in a unique contender’s match challenge. But first, the VIP Lounge is decked out in black and gold as MVP says the BIGGEST things are popping, the littlest things are stopping, so relax and enjoy the view because the VIP Lounge is for people better than you. And MVP is stoked to see Bad Bunny is going to be at the Rumble and knows the after party will be lit! Lashley wanted this meeting for something important, MVP addresses the match with Riddle. Riddle may be brain dead but he is crafty. Let us not lose focus on that task in hand, Cedric Alexander.

Now, to Lashley’s business. “Sometimes you have to believe in somebody else’s belief in you.” Look at them! They all look good! Raw Tag Team and United States Championships. They believed! And more importantly, the beauty is that they’ve only just begun. So true. Benjamin says that looking at their individual accomplishments, it is hard to think that only a year ago- Alexander says that the Hurt Business is on a roll, thanks to MVP! Lashley says they collected some “outstanding debts,” to present something to represent their appreciation. It is only fitting that while these three are dripping in gold. MVP should have some gold, too. They present to him… #THB, the Hurt Business gold chain!

MVP tries it on, and loves it! It is not often that MVP is at a loss for words, but he doesn’t have any. Alexander takes credit working with the designer. Benjamin says Alexander doesn’t know what he’s talking about. But here comes R-Truth! PARTY~ TIME~! What?! Why!? Stop the music!! Truth says it is weird that the guest of honor isn’t on the list but sometimes it happens. He is NOT on the list! Truth says it is rude to eavesdrop, but he heard about this surprise party! Truth’s birthday was last week, but better late than never. No, this has NOTHING to do with Truth! This is all about MVP! Really? THB: Truth, Happy Birthday. And where the carrots at?

No, Truth. Just stop. Wait, dance break? Lashley says Truth is right. They’ve been so busy, Lashley forgot it was Truth’s birthday. And to make it up to him, they do have something for him, in the ring. MVP remembers now! Yeah, here we go. Oh wait, the other Raw superstars come out to go after the 24/7 Championship! They bust down the velvet rope, Tucker Knight rolls Truth up but Humberto Carrillo pushes him off. Lashley RAMS Carrillo into barriers! Gulak gets a haymaker, Lashley CLOBBERS Tucker and Benjamin throws Drew Gulak into steel steps! But Matt Riddle gets in to give MVP a FINAL FLASH knee! Riddle gets away but the Hurt Business tells him he’ll still pay! Will the Bro put the hurting on the Hurt Business from top to bottom?

 

R-Truth talks with Adam Pearce.

Truth “hides” but he asks about Royal Rumble opportunities. Truth wants to prove he can enter the MITB match and win! No, Truth, no… AJ Styles and Omos come over. Styles understands what Truth is really talking about. And being the nice guy Truth is, benevolent even, he’ll help Truth out. Styles is benevolent? Truth is a Capricorn! Sigh… Pearce arranges a match between Truth and Styles, and they accept! Truth says if Styles is benevolent, Truth is a Capricorn, and Omos must be a Taurus. Truth had a Ford Taurus, it broke down and… Well anyway, will Truth be able to prove he is worthy of the Rumble with just days left to get in?

 

Sheamus VS John Morrison w/ The Miz!

The Fella saw the Guru and A-Lister get blasted by McIntyre and Goldberg earlier, and figured why not get in on the fun? Will Sheamus use Morrison as a great warm-up before entering the Men’s Rumble this Sunday?

Raw returns as the Greatest Tag Team of the 21st Century make their entrance. The bell rings, Sheamus and Morrison circle and tie up and Sheamus puts Morrison on ropes. The ref counts for the break but Sheamus lets off at 4. Morrison holds his jaw from that Claymore earlier, but gets around to waistlock. Sheamus throws Morrison down to get the arm. Morrison fights around to another waistlock, then shifts up to a chinlock. Sheamus fights up as Morrison moves around, and Morrison knees low! Sheamus blocks the knee to drop Morrison then cover, ONE! Sheamus facelocks but Morrison fights up, only for Sheamus to wrench to a hammerlock.

Sheamus cranks on the arm, wrangles Morrison down, shifts to a double wristlock but Miz cheers Morrison on. Morrison fight sup but Sheamus throws him over to add a headscissor squeeze. Morrison kicks free, shifts to a lateral press, ONE! Sheamus facelocks again, Morrison fights up and powers out, but Sheamus runs Morrison over! Sheamus runs, Morrison goes to hip toss but Sheamus blocks! Morrison avoids the counter clothesline to O’Conner roll, TWO! Sheamus avoids the Penalty Kick to roll Morrison up, TWO! Sheamus clamps back onto the arm, Morrison fights up and puts Sheamus in a corner. The ref counts for the break, Sheamus lets Morrison go but Morrison ROCKS and KICKS Sheamus!

Morrison fires off on Sheamus, KICKS him again, then stalks him to the other corner. Morrison whips, Sheamus reveres but Morrison kicks back! Morrison runs, into a BACK DROP! Sheamus looms over Morrison, kicks him while he’s down, then kicks him again! Sheamus drags Morrison back up, throws a BIG EuroUpper, then keeps on Morrison with heavy body shots! Sheamus clamps onto the arm again, grinds Morrison down, but Miz rallies up with the “Hey hey! Ho ho!” Morrison wrenches, kicks, and shifts around to ROUNDHOUSE! Morrison grounds ‘n’ pounds but Sheamus shoves him away. Morrison deflects the leg guard to spin over Sheamus and and KICK him back down!

Morrison stomps Sheamus around, has him on the ropes, then whips him corner to corner. Sheamus reverses, then shoulders into him at the corner! Sheamus rains down rights, drags Morrison up and hits an IRISH CURSE BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Sheamus keeps his cool as he goes to a corner. Miz gets on the apron, the ref backs him off, but Sheamus stops the sneak attack from Morison! Sheamus goes up, leaps, but Morrison dropkicks him out of the air! Morrison KNEES Sheamus to the apron! Morrison has the leg on the ropes and pulls! The ref counts, Morrison stops at 4, then wrecks Sheamus with a baseball slide!

Miz creeps closer but Morrison KICKS Sheamus in the leg! The ring count climbs, Morrison puts Sheamus back in and has the leg. Morrison DRAGON SCREWS Sheamus, covers, ONE!! Morrison keeps on that leg for elbow drops to the knee! Sheamus fights back but Morrison shifts around again for more ground ‘n’ pound! Then a standing toehold to a KNEEBAR! Sheamus endures, Miz likes the aggression but Sheamus throws haymakers to get Morrison away! Morrison stalks Sheamus to a corner and drops an elbow on the leg! Morrison keeps on the leg and has a toehold to bend the leg!

Sheamus endures again, reaches for ropes but throws elbows into Morrison’s head! And then stomps him! Sheamus stomps until Morrison lets him go! Both men stand slowly, and Sheamus clobbers Morrison with ax handles! Sheamus runs in to clothesline Morrison at the corner, then TOSS him across the way! Sheamus hobbles over, fireman’s carries, but Morrison elbows free! CHOP BLOCK to the leg! Sheamus stays up but Morrison springboards! Sheamus manages to catch Morrison, swing him, and SLAM him! Cover, TWO!! Sheamus grits his teeth as he gets the bad leg moving.

Morrison crawls, Sheamus gets the legs and stomps Morrison’s stomach, to then tie up the legs! Sheamus turns Morrison, Morrison resists but Sheamus kicks him into the CLOVERLEAF! Morrison endures, crawls and gets the ropebreak! Sheamus lets go at 4, Miz checks on Morrison but Sheamus hobbles over. Morrison hotshots back! Morrison hurries back in but into a KNEE! Morrison flops into the fireman’s carry, and WHITE NOISE! Cover, Sheamus wins!

Winner: Sheamus, by pinfall

The Miz protests! If Sheamus wants to prepare for the Rumble, he has to keep his head on a swivel! Miz challenges Sheamus to a handicap match, and Sheamus ACCEPTS! Will Sheamus be able to beat both members of the Greatest Tag Team of the 21st Century in one go?

2v1 Handicap Match: The Miz & John Morrison VS Sheamus!

Raw returns and the bell rings. Sheamus brawls with BOTH Miz and Morrison! Sheamus is on Miz but Morrison hops on Sheamus! Sheamus throws Morrison out over the top rope a la the Rumble, but Miz runs in! Sheamus elbows Miz away, fireman’s carries, but Morrison CHOP BLOCKS Sheamus! BASEMENT DDT! Cover, TWO! Morrison KNEES Sheamus down, Miz adds stomps, and they mug Sheamus at the ropes! Morrison and Miz double snapmare and then set Sheamus up for the BOOT, SHINING WIZARD and STANDING SHOOTING STAR! Double cover, TWO!

Miz and Morrison stalk Sheamus to ropes, he kicks them back, but Miz stomps Sheamus down! Miz digs his boot in, lets off as the ref counts, but Morrison drags Sheamus up with a chinlock. Sheamus elbows free, ROCKS Miz, but Morrison ROUNDHOUSES and clotheslines Sheamus out! Miz WRECKS Sheamus with a dropkick! Miz stands Sheamus up for Morrison to FLY out and take down! Miz and Morrison drag Sheamus back up, then throw him into the barriers! Morrison adds a HEEL KICK! Miz adds a BOOT! Sheamus flounders back up but Miz and Morrison drag Sheamus around the way to put in the ring. Miz climbs and Morrison sets Sheamus up, FLYING AX HANDLES!

Miz and Morrison put Sheamus in a corner but Sheamus blocks the buckle bump! Sheamus hits Miz back, Morrison KICKS and ROCKS Sheamus! Miz adds a mudhole stomp, then Morrison digs his knee in! The ref reprimands, Miz and Morrison drag Sheamus up and KICK, ROCK and repeat! Miz whips Morrison in but Sheamus throws Morrison out! Sheamus CLOBBERS Miz! Both men are down but Sheamus grits his teeth. Sheamus gets up and glares at Miz. Sheamus rallies with big ax handles on Miz! Morrison returns but gets a scoop SLAM! Miz staggers into a fireman’s carry, ROLLING SENTON onto Morrison!

The Celtic Warrior is seething as he sees Miz go to the apron. Sheamus stands Miz up to give him Beats of the Bodhrain! But Morrison comes over, only to miss! And now Morrison gets Beats of the Bodhrain! Sheamus shoves Morrison down, climbs up the corner, and as Miz and Morrison regroup, Sheamus LEAPS! SUPER DOUBLE FLYING CLOTHESLINES!! Sheamus drags Miz back into the ring, aims from a corner, fires himself up, and Miz stands up. Morrison anchors a foot, Miz hits the A-LIST LARIAT! Sheamus throws off the full nelson, ducks the Flying Chuck and BROGUES Morrison! SKULL CRUSHING FINALE OUTTA NOWHERE!! Cover, Miz and Morrison win!!

Winners: The Miz & John Morrison, by pinfall

Beat down as they were to start the night, and as beat up as Sheamus was from his match with Morrison, this battle was much harder than just a normal 2v1! But in the end, the two beat the one just six days from the Royal Rumble! Will Miz leave with the WWE World Championship thanks to his MITB contract? Or will he have double the chances going into WrestleMania?

 

Lacey Evans “trains” with Ric Flair.

She talks waistlock counters and Ric shows her the ways. Seems innocent enough, but Charlotte Flair walks in and walks over. Lacey, leave. Lacey does, staying away from Charlotte as best she can. Ric says that just because Charlotte is a big star now, doesn’t mean there isn’t room enough in the dressing room for both. If someone wants some tips from Ric, he’ll give it. He’ll always be him. Always be himself, huh? The man who spent all his money on everyone but his family? Charlotte isn’t the villain here. When she was young, this was “cute.” Charlotte is the only one protecting Ric. He’s going from legend to an old man. She isn’t afraid to say it, either.

The tension mounts, but Charlotte takes a step back. But Lacey is still there, and she SUCKER PUNCHES Charlotte! Then kicks her into the wall! Ric hurries over to check on Charlotte, but Lacey wants him to move on. Will Lacey pay for playing father against daughter soon enough?

 

R-Truth VS AJ Styles w/ Omos!

Truth wants to bring the 24/7 Championship to Money in the Bank! Too bad it’s Rumble season first. But will Truth still get in on the big time event when he’s up against a phenomenal gatekeeper?

The bell rings and Styles sees Truth busy with his knee pads, so he stomps and kicks him to a corner! Styles whips Truth corner to corner hard and Truth bounces off buckles! Styles taunts Truth, brings him up and throws haymakers. Truth ROCKS Styles back! Styles kicks Truth’s leg, grabs it to elbow the knee, then kick it! Styles runs in at Truth in the corner but Truth ROCKS him again! Truth runs, but into a BACKBREAKER! Styles says this is what he’ll do to 29 other men in the Rumble! Styles whips but Truth reverses and sends Styles out a la the Rumble! Styles is pissed, he gets in and drop toeholds Truth hard!

Truth checks his nose, but then he looks up to see Omos looming over him! And Omos is still on the floor level! Styles argues with the ref but Truth goes to a corner. Truth puts Styles on the apron, Styles springboards back in but Truth avoids the forearm to hit a SPIN OUT BOMB! A la his “childhood hero,” John Cena! YOU CAN’T SEE ME~! Five Knuckle Shuffle!! And the- No, Styles avoids the scissor kick! Truth fireman’s caries but Truth slips out to get the CALF CRUSHER! Truth taps, Styles wins!

Winner: AJ Styles, by submission

Another would-be Rumble entrant is denied! Is Styles going to have an even easier time in the Rumble match itself?

 

 


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NOAH WEEKLY NEWSLETTER VOL.119 ~ 24TH JANUARY 2021

A former King of Pancrase and Triple Crown champion steps up to challenge for the GHC National title at Budokan! NOAH shaping up for their biggest event in a decade! 

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NEWS

Hajime Ohara tests positive for COVID-19

It was announced on the 22nd January that Hajime Ohara had tested positive for Covid after a routine PCR test. The Osaka card was changed with YO-HEY filling in for him. Ohara has not shown any symptoms of fever, cough or loss of taste so far, and temperature taken on the morning of the 24th January was normal. Ohara is isolating at home, and true to form is studying (he was taking an online English class), and and eating nutritiously. He is determined to be back to NOAH for The Budokan.

In Osaka, the roster paid tribute to him, with YO-HEY making the Muy Bien sign, and Naomichi Marufuji finishing his promo (tantrum) with “Muy Bien”.

Kenoh from Murakami to Masakatsu

In a match that lasted only nine minutes and forty seconds, which was really for how long it needed to last, Kenoh defeated Kazunari Masakatsu for the GHC National title in Osaka on the 23rd January 2021. The match started off somewhat MMA style, and went to mat wrestling. Kenoh got his own back on Murakami for felling him with a closed fist, by doing the same, but this seemed to only make Murakami mad and he unleashed a volley of kicks and punches on Kenoh. After a brief loss of temper, Kenoh came to his senses and realized that he was going to have to take Murakami down, and he did it by using the sleeper hold, which caused the referee to stop the match.

Almost immediately after the match had finished, Masakatsu Funaki made his challenge. He simply pointed at the belt and asked Kenoh to be his next challenger. Kenoh accepted the challenge, and set it for the Nippon Budokan (12th February 2021), but backstage rather than scream abuse about his opponent, he actually said that he was it was exciting and he was looking forward to it. Murakami he said he had also enjoyed the match with, although he admitted to being scared by him.

Masakatsu Funaki seemed to have a few different reasons for challenging; he had the image of being a champion alongside Mutoh, Kenoh was not something he had experienced before, and he felt that the time was now to do it. He was also complimentary about Kenoh, saying that he was “in his thirties and riding high”. Funaki makes the third MMA fighter to have challenged Kenoh.

EVENT RECAPS & POST MATCH PROMOS

Event recap: HIGHER GROUND 2021 (January 23rd, Edion Arena Osaka 2nd Stadium)

Post match interviews: HIGHER GROUND 2021 (January 23rd, Edion Arena Osaka 2nd Stadium)

ELSEWHERE IN NOAH

~ Atsushi Kotoge admitted some jealousy of Daisuke Harada.

~ Mohammed Yone did some catering for the roster on the way home from Osaka.

~ Naomichi Marufuji won the chop challenge against Go Shiozaki, then got annoyed at it being pointed out that he beat Shiozaki in the challenge, but wasn’t the one to make the pin and win the match. Pointed out that HE was the senior to them, and would take both their belts, “so I can enter last and show them off”. And then walked off.

~ Takashi Sugiura says he aims to create a new record, and become the GHC Heavyweight Champion at the age of 50, however if Keiji Mutoh defeats Go Shiozaki for it, he will do it when he is 60.

CURRENT CHAMPIONS

ALL the titles, except the GHC Heavyweight Tag, have been challenged for and the matches will take place at The Budokan. Fans are hoping that Katsuhiko Nakajima and Masa Kitamiya will challenge, especially as they are teaming together against Takashi Sugiura (Kazushi Sakuraba is absent) on NOAH’s last show before The Budokan, on the 31st January.

 

THIS WEEK IN NOAH

Sunday 31st January: “HIGHER GROUND 2021” (11.30am JST, Korakuen Hall.)

BROADCASTS

NOAH’s 23rd January show from Osaka will be available to view on WRESTLEUNIVERSE on Tuesday 26th January. The GHC National title match, and the main event were streamed live through Periscope.

The 31st January event at Korakuen Hall has not had broadcast details announced yet.

LINKS

“Parasyte” Kazunari Murakami’s plan to take over the REIWA Ark

“For us, The Budokan is the beginning rather than the “Return” ~ Interview with Yoshiki Inamura

Kazushi Sakuraba has an astonishing determination to “become the Takako Tokiwa” of the Pro Wrestling World

Pro Wrestling Casebook ~ a shock ran through Michinoku, when Kenoh announced he was joining Noah (2013)

“Aiming to become the GHC Champion, in the year of my 60th birthday” ~ Takashi Sugiura

GIF taken from Noah’s Periscope

Match graphic taken from the Official NOAH Twitter

 


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