The A Block reaches its conclusion!
This is it! The final round for A Block! Will Rainmaker or Golden Star take the block to be a G1 Climax Finalist?!
- EVIL VS Lance Archer; Archer wins.
- SANADA VS Bad Luck Fale; Fale wins.
- KENTA VS Zack Sabre Jr; Sabre wins.
- Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Will Ospreay; Ospreay wins.
- Kota Ibushi VS Kazuchika Okada; Ibushi wins and advances to the G1 Climax 29 Finals.
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NJPW and AXS set the scene for the penultimate Climax!
A dream match-up determines the entire fate of the finals! The Rainmaker went on a 6-0 run, only to run into the Cold Skull for the seventh time in his career. And in perhaps the biggest shock ever, Sanada came away as the 1 in 6-1 for BOTH streaks! Meanwhile, the Golden Star had an epic rematch from the epic G1 Climax 28 Finals as he defeated the Ace! Ibushi not only overcame the wrestling icon, but he firmly made himself the second place contender in the A Block! Ibushi and Okada would continue into Night 15, Ibushi winning again while Okada rebounding just in time. But now, they have their first match against each other in five years! Even a draw helps Okada make it to the end, but Ibushi could win to be a back-to-back finalist! Will the Golden Star shine in the heavy rain? Or will Okada take that next step towards making history?
EVIL VS Lance Archer!
Just because the standings have eliminated the King of Darkness and the Killer Elite doesn’t mean they won’t fight for pride and glory! Who comes out of this the better man?
AXS jumps into the action as Archer drags Evil to a corner and suplexes him into bare buckles! Evil writhes in agony as Archer soaks up the heat. Archer looms over Evil, then grinds a knee into him for a cover. TWO, but Evil clutches his legs. Archer reels Evil in for a lariat, then covers with just a hand. TWO, and Archer rains down rights on Evil’s head! Archer shouts at the ref then drags Evil to a drop zone. Archer stomps Evil then goes to the apron. He climbs the ropes, but Evil gets clear of the senton! Archer stings from having to roll through, but he’s still up first. Fans rally for Evil but Archer is angry. Archer drags Evil up but Evil fights back! Evil runs, dodges and collides with Archer! Archer ends up in a corner and Evil gets a clothesline! Evil sweeps Archer’s legs then roars. Fans fire up as Evil drums the mat. Evil runs corner to corner, BIG bronco buster! Cover, ONE!?
Evil keeps his composure as he grits his teeth. Archer slowly stands but Evil is on him with a suplex. Archer blocks with height and strength, to then spin and knee Evil into a lariat! The “American Psycho” shakes the cobwebs out as he eyes the corner again. He climbs up but Evil intercepts him with hands! Evil climbs up to throw forearms, but Archer gives them back. Evil headbutts, grabs Archer, and SUPERPLEXES! Cover, TWO!! Fans still rally and Evil stalks Archer. Archer stands, Evil runs, but the clothesline barely staggers Archer! Archer grabs Evil by the throat! But Evil breaks free, to catch the kick! Evil throws it at the ref, but Archer’s so big, the ref goes flying! Evil still mule kicks, but he runs into the DERAILER POUNCE! With the ref down, Archer goes out to fetch chairs! Archer brings the chair in, wedges it in the bare-buckle corner, and fans rally up as they anticipate his evil plans for Evil.
Archer drags Evil up, whips him over, but Evil stops himself! Then baits Archer in, sending Archer crashing through the chair! The plan backfired! Evil runs, to LARIAT Archer down! Fans are thunderous and the referee has revived. Evil slashes the throat and drags Archer up. He suplexes Archer to the ropes, hanging Magic Killer! Cover, TWO!! Archer still lives, but Evil has more left. He slashes the throat again, spins Archer around, but Archer slips out to a full nelson! Evil breaks free, kicks, spins, but into the CHOKE SLAM!! Cover, TWO!? Evil lives! But Archer drags him up to a fireman’s carry, F5!! That’s not enough for Archer, he wants to use his claw! Archer reaches down to bring Evil up, Everybody- misses! Evil headbutts! Then spins Archer, only to get the claw!! Everybody Dies, cover, Archer wins!!
Winner: Lance Archer, by pinfall
Not everything is evil, but Evil is still trying everything he can to fight out of the claw! Archer holds on tight to punish him, but Young Lions rush in to help. So Archer goes after one of them with the claw! He lets go when he is satisfied, but will Archer be satisfied with anything less than crushing everyone’s dreams with that vicious claw?
Archer goes to English commentary to talk to them. “Next year, nobody lives!” This year was “sh*t”, so next year, Archer vows to be undefeated. “It does not stop!” Rocky, say it! Rocky Romero says the catchphrase, and Archer leaves him alone. Will G1 Climax 30 be the year #EverybodyDies?
SANADA VS Bad Luck Fale!
The Cold Skull isn’t too upset that he won’t be a G1 Climax finalist. After all, he has a win over Kazuchika Okada, the reigning IWGP Heavyweight Champion! But will Sanada survive the Rogue General so he can cash in that title shot burning a hole in his back pocket?
The bell rings and fans are of course on Sanada’s side against Bullet Club. Sanada stares down with Fale as they circle, but Chase Owens swipes at him from behind. This distracts Sanada for Fale to attack! Fale throws heavy hands then grinds Sanada into the ropes. Fale stops at the ref’s count, then whips Sanada, but Sanada stops himself when he sees Jado and that kendo stick. Fale comes up but Sanada is ready with big haymakers! Sanada rocks Fale then runs, and dodges, only to get that kendo SMACK after all! Fans boo but Jado gets away with it again. Fale kicks Sanada out of the ring, and they end up by commentary. Fale tosses Sanada over the railing onto monitors! And uses a mic cable to choke him! The ref reprimands him and fans boo, but Fale does let up.
Fale goes back to the ring and stays where the ref says. The ref also makes sure Chase and Jado leave Sanada alone. Sanada catches his breath and gets out of the mic cable. He heads back to the ring, but Fale is on him with stomps. Fale stands on Sanada’s stomach! The ref counts and Fale stops, only to stand on Sanada’s chest! The ref counts again and reprimands Fale, but now Chase gets cheap shots in! Fans boo but Bullet Club is too good at the game. Sanada gets up and tries to scoop Fale, but Fale’s just too big. Fale clubs Sanada down, and then clamps a hand on the trapezius muscle! Sanada endures the claw, and gets a ropebreak with his feet. But Fale stomps him down and brings him back up. Fale clamps that hand on Sanada’s side, right under the armpit! Sanada endures this new nerve hold, then stands with a cocky salute cover. TWO, and fans rally hard for Sanada!
Sanada throws CHOPS on Fale, but the scoop still doesn’t work. Fale scoops Sanada but Sanada escapes, to get the scoop! But then he falls over with Fale’s weight! Cover, TWO! Sanada survives being squashed but Fale keeps stomping him. Fale steps on Sanada, to then drop a big elbow! Cover, TWO! Fale drops more elbows out of frustration, covers, TWO! Fale scoops Sanada and slams him down, to then get a running start, only to miss the elbow drop! Sanada catches his breath while Fale clutches his elbow. Sanada throws hands on Fale then whips, but Fale reverses. Sanada dodges, dodges, and dropkicks the legs! Fale staggers so Sanada dropkicks his chest! Sanada clotheslines Fale out of the ring! Fale still stands, so Sanada slingshots to topple him over! He slingshots to take Jado out! Chase runs into the ring but Sanada redirects him. Sanada hurdles and dropkicks Chase out, to then slingshot! A hat trick for Sanada!
Fans are thunderous for Cold Skull and he wants the cameramen to see that. Sanada uses the ring count to catch his breath and get Fale in the ring. Sanada aims from a corner, springboards, but Fale dodges the missile dropkick. But Sanada gets a fireman’s carry! Only for Fale’s weight to topple him over again. Fale splashes down, cover, TWO! Sanada survives becoming a pancake, but Fale still has something left to try. He drags Sanada up, Grenade hits! Cover, TWO!! Sanada survives again and Fale is furious! Fale vows to end this while fans reach a fever pitch for Sanada. Fale lifts Sanada to the crucifix, but Sanada slips out! Sanada dodges in the corner and gets the scoop slam!! Then the fireman’s carry, to the TKO neckbreaker! Cover, TWO!! Fale still lives, but Sanada keeps his cool. He drags Fale up into the dragon sleeper!
Fale endures, but Sanada drops back for the body scissors! True Skull End is in, but Chase yanks the ref out! Fale is tapping but no one can call it! Fans boo but Bullet Club does it again. Sanada lets go, Jado runs in, but he misses the kendo strike! Sanada kicks Jado low, tosses the stick aside, and ties Jado up in Paradise! Chase runs in, but even he gets put in Paradise! Fale clubs Sanada and whips, but Sanada tumbles out, springboards in, and dropkicks Fale down! Sanada gets up top as the ref returns, Moonsault! Fale dodges but Sanada lands on his feet! Sanada runs in, tilt-o-whirl to Skull End! Cradle counter, Fale wins!?
Winner: Bad Luck Fale, by pinfall
The Rogue General’s soldiers sacrificed themselves and he comes away with one last victory in the G1! But he forgets to help Chase out… Jado kicks Chase free, and Bullet Club leaves together. Well, Crown Jewel aside, is Fale poised to get a title match from the Cold Skull if he dethrones Okada?
KENTA VS Zack Sabre Jr!
The TakeOver continues, even without being a G1 Finalist. Will Kenta makes ZSJ #GoToSleep? Or will the Submission Master make Kenta #JustTapOut?
The bell rings and the two stare down. They circle as fans duel, and Kenta is wary of ZSJ’s grip. Kenta uses a corner for defense but ZSJ just grins and taunts him. They circle again and Kenta just stays out of ZSJ’s holds. Kenta waistlocks but ZSJ drops down. Kenta floats over then back around, but ZSJ switches. ZSJ floats, Kenta pushes him over, and the two break. Fans cheer this already impressive exchange. Kenta and ZSJ go again, pushing for headlock control. ZSJ gets the facelock but Kenta puts him into the ropes. They end up in the corner, and ZSJ pats his shoulder for a clean break with “senpai.” They circle again, and ZSJ tries to reel Kenta in. They end up on ropes again, and now Kenta is a good senpai as he gives the. Only to swing a kick! ZSJ gets under and is upset senpai wasn’t more respectful, as are fans.
ZSJ and Kenta circle again, and Kenta gets a leg. ZSJ leans back to fight the takedown, then goes for Kenta’s arms. Kenta pushes to the ropes and ZSJ has him in the corner again. The clean break is immediately marred by a stiff European Uppercut. Fans cheer but Kenta eggs ZSJ on. ZSJ throws more uppercuts, but Kenta only steps into them! Then Kenta DECKS ZSJ with one hard right! ZSJ flounders up but gets kicks to the chest! ZSJ is knocked off his feet with a high one, and then Kenta kicks him in the back. Kenta toys with ZSJ now and ZSJ gets annoyed. ZSJ gives Kenta more uppercuts, but Kenta just decks him again! Kenta dares ZSJ to do something before kneeing him back down. Kenta snapmares ZSJ to kick him in the back again. ZSJ gets up but Kenta is on him with a facelock.
Kenta shifts around for a chinlock, but ZSJ works on the grip. ZSJ gets an arm and wrenches a couple times, but Kenta just narrowly avoids the Pele! ZSJ narrowly avoids another kick, then gets up to boot! But he runs into Kenta’s knee! Kenta looms over ZSJ, to drop knees. Then he hops, to scuff ZSJ’s face. Fans boo again but Kenta pretends to be confused. But ZSJ gets his leg to stomp the arm! ZSJ wants to torture the surgically repaired arm with twisting, wrenching, and stomping! ZSJ then goes after a leg for a fast deathlock, and a butterfly mount. Kenta grits his teeth and slaps ZSJ. ZSJ digs his knuckles into the knees, then stands on Kenta to grab the bad arm! ZSJ has a double wristlock on top of the leg lock! Kenta pops his legs free to then use them to knee ZSJ in the shoulder and head! ZSJ lets go and gets away to ropes.
Kenta kicks ZSJ against the ropes! And again! And again! ZSJ flops over, and Kenta drops a knee on him again. Cover, ONE, but Kenta is on ZSJ with a snapmare. Kenta wraps the chinlock back on but ZSJ quickly slips out to hammerlock the arm! ZSJ pulls on this arm, then pulls legs into a figure four. He digs his knuckles in before getting the other arm, and practically makes Kenta into a pretzel. ZSJ flops Kenta over for a cover, ONE, and ZSJ grows frustrated. ZSJ toys with Kenta now, kicking him around. Kenta gets up to SLAP ZSJ. ZSJ SLAPS back, so Kenta forearms back. ZSJ fakes the uppercut to snapmare Kenta and crank the neck! ZSJ comes back to bring Kenta up in a half nelson. Kenta resists the full nelson and fights out with elbows. Kenta runs but into a boot. But he still catches ZSJ into a powerslam!
Both men are down and fans rally up. Kenta goes to a corner while ZSJ gets up. ZSJ runs in but into boots. Kenta hops up and grabs ZSJ for the tornado hotshot! Kenta climbs again and leaps at ZSJ for the flying clotheslines! Cover, TWO! Fans cheer and rally as ZSJ stays in this. Kenta drags ZSJ up, blocks the kick, but ZSJ starts slapping him. ZSJ even toys with Kenta, but he gets hard SLAPS back for it! Kenta runs corner to corner to give ZSJ a helluva kick! Then again for a basement dropkick! Kenta drags ZSJ to a drop zone and goes up top, for flying double stomps, only to roll through. Kenta runs into an uppercut, but gives back fast hands. ZSJ Northern Lights to a Kimura and headscissors! Then shift to an armbar! Kenta holds it off with a grip, but ZSJ works on the fingers. They roll, the armbar is complete but the ropebreak is, too!
ZSJ lets Kenta go to come back with a kick to the bad arm. And again! He won’t let up, he grinds the shoulder and wrenches, but Kenta forearms back. ZSJ holds on to still wrench, but he gets another forearm. ZSJ refuses to let go, and wrenches there times. Kenta gives three forearms back, but ZSJ kicks the shoulder! Kenta back hands ZSJ down as he falls! Both men hit the mat and fans fire up! Kenta and ZSJ head for each other, and Kenta eggs ZSJ on. ZSJ forearms but Kenta give sit back. The go back and forth, and ZSJ starts kicking. They stand, and Kenta forearms, but ZSJ EuroUppers back. Kenta, ZSJ, repeat. Kenta dares ZSJ to keep going, so ZSJ does. ZSJ fires kicks and one more uppercut! Kenta is down now, and ZSJ eggs him on. Kenta blocks the Penalty Kick! To spin and LARIAT! Kenta heads back up while ZSJ is down. Flying double stomps! Cover, TWO!!
ZSJ survives Kenta’s coup de grace, but Kenta vows to end this. Fireman’s carry, but ZSj slips out to PELE the arm! And sweep the legs! Penalty Kick hits! Cover, ONE?! And ZSJ is shocked! ZSJ and Kenta throw forearms again, then Kenta SLAPS ZSJ! ZSJ SLAPS back! Now it’s a SLAP fight! Kenta ROCKS ZSJ, and again, and again, and again! But ZSJ ducks the buzzsaw to get Kenta into the EuroClutch! TWO!! Fans are thunderous as Kenta escapes. ZSJ boots Kenta’s clothesline away, uppercuts back, and then catches the discus into a takedown! ZSJ wants both arms, but Kenta slips out to his own hold! #GameOver, but not yet! ZSJ gets a Triangle Hold! Kenta pops out to get back to the GameOver LeBell lock! ZSJ scrambles with his legs for a ropebreak! Kenta lets go in frustration.
Kenta gets up first, and kicks ZSJ off the ropes! Then he runs, to Psycho Knee ZSj down! Cover, TWO! Kenta vows to end it, fireman’s carry, GUILLOTINE! ZSJ shifts to a Triangle, and brings Kenta around! Kenta gets up again, but he can’t stack to a cover. ZSJ has the arms again! ZSJ pulls on the bad arm with Rings of Saturn! Bow ‘n’ Arrow even! Kenta endures even as ZSJ kicks his head! Verbal submission, ZSJ wins!!
Winner: Zack Sabre Jr, by submission
Kenta didn’t tap, but he couldn’t withstand the man of 1000 holds’ arsenal! ZSJ survives to finish strong, and brags as he holds up his Rev-Pro British Heavyweight Championship. Will ZSJ only get stronger from here?
Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Will Ospreay!
The Ace and the Aerial Assassin is a dream match to say the least! This may not be as big as the G1 Finals, but can the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion still win big against the Once in a Century Talent?
The bell rings and fans are dueling already! “Go Ace!” “Ospreay!” goes back and forth as the two circle. They tie up, and Tanahashi puts Ospreay against the ropes. He gives a clean break and they circle again. The dueling gets louder and Ospreay is clearly appreciative of having fans in attendance. He and Tanahashi tie up again, and Tanahashi works to power Ospreay to ropes. Ospreay locks his legs, and then pushes forward to put Tanahashi back! Ospreay lets up and keeps it clean, too. Fans cheer this respect between both men. Ospreay calls for a test of strength! Tanahashi obliges, and they lock up with the knuckles. They go shoulder to shoulder, and they’re deadlocked in the middle of the ring. Tanahashi brings things up, and uses leverage against Ospreay.
But Ospreay bridges to power back up! Then he kicks and wrenches Tanahashi to a wristlock. Tanahashi reverses the wrench, and brings Ospreay to a knee. Ospreay stands and rolls to handspring and break free! Ospreay headlocks and fans cheer! Tanahashi powers up and brings Ospreay back down, standing on his leg. Tanahashi pulls Ospreay back for a headlock, but Ospreay powers out. Tanahashi runs Ospreay over but Ospreay springs right up! Ospreay plays an air guitar! Tanahashi kicks Ospreay low, air guitar is his thing! Tanahashi whips Ospreay to a corner, Ospreay goes up and over, then keeps moving to huricanrana Tanahashi out! Ospreay builds more speed, to fake Tanahashi out! Superhero Landing! And then he slingshots, but Tanahashi gets in. Ospreay forearms Tanahashi but Tanahashi dropkicks Ospreay in the ropes! Dragon screw jams Ospreay’s leg!
Fans duel hard as ever, and Tanahashi drags Ospreay in by the bad leg. Tanahashi stomps the hamstring and yanks on the leg. Ospreay crawls to ropes but Tanahashi is after him again. Tanahashi drops an elbow on the leg then wraps on an toehold. Ospreay fights back but Tanahashi keeps the chinlock off. Tanahashi then laces the legs for a deathlock. Tanahashi uses the butterfly mount, but Ospreay endures and keeps his shoulders off the mat. Ospreay drags himself and Tanahashi towards ropes, but Tanahashi stands to apply more pressure! Ospreay holds himself up on one hand, but Tanahashi bridges back! No hands! Ospreay endures this unique Ace Deathlock, but still scrambles to ropes! Tanahashi lets go with the ropebreak, but the damage has been done.
Tanahashi drags Ospreay back up but Ospreay throws forearms. Tanahashi gives them back, then eggs Ospreay on. Ospreay obliges, and now they brawl with forearm after forearm! Ospreay gets an edge, but Tanahashi kicks the bad leg. Tanahashi whips but Ospreay handsprings to enziguri! Fans rally and duel again, but the Ospreay fans are gaining steam. Ospreay throws more forearms on Tanahashi, but Tanahashi reverses the whip. Ospreay dodges to hit a flying forearm smash! Tanahashi ends up in a corner, but Ospreay runs at him, only to be put on the apron,. The leg jams but Ospreay still punches Tanahashi away. Ospreay springboards but Tanahashi intercepts and punches him down! Tanahashi runs over but is dumped out! Ospreay dropkicks Tanahashi away, then builds up speed! SASUKE SPECIAL! Direct hit takes Tanahashi down!
Ospreay puts Tanahashi in the ring, for a standing Shooting Star! Cover, TWO! The dueling is at a fever pitch now, and Ospreay brings Tanahashi up. Tanahashi fires off strikes, ducks Ospreay’s roundhouse, but then Ospreay rocks him with a right. Tanahashi ends up by ropes, Ospreay hits him with an elevated 619! Tanahashi staggers, Ospreay springboards, but Tanahashi gets clear of Pip-Pip Cheerio! The leg jams again, and Ospreay hobbles into a dropkick to the leg! Tanahashi gets up as another fan rally begins. He has Ospreay’s legs for the Cloverleaf, but Ospreay resists. Ospreay pries Tanahashi’s hands away, and then kicks until Tanahashi backs off. Tanahashi kicks Ospreay’s leg, but runs into the dropkick-flip! But the leg! He still enziguris, but Tanahashi keeps hold of the other leg! Ospreay grabs at hair, but Tanahashi pulls on the ankle, for a Dragon Screw!
Tanahashi has the legs again, and completes the Cloverleaf! Tanahashi sits deep on Ospreay, bending him from legs to neck! Fans rally and duel as Ospreay endures. Ospreay pops out the back to reach for ropes, but Tanahashi drags him away! Tanahashi sits even deeper! Red Shoes checks on Ospreay, but Ospreay is fading! Ospreay gets a second wind, to get that ropebreak! Tanahashi lets go and fans are loving this match! The dueling does not slow down as Tanahashi stomps Ospreay at the ropes. Tanahashi waits for Ospreay to stand, to kick his leg out. Tanahashi waits for Ospreay to stand again, then runs, but Ospreay dodges the Slingblade! Ospreay wants the full nelson but is denied, and his hook kick misses, too! Tanahashi full nelsons Ospreay, but Ospreay drops down to victory roll! Cover, TWO! ROBINSON SPECIAL!
Fans fire up with Ospreay as he calls for it. Ospreay springboards, but Tanahashi side-steps and slams Ospreay down! Cover, TWO!! Tanahashi drags Ospreay up, full nelsons, but Ospreay breaks free, only to be in the trapped-arm German Suplex! Bridging cover, TWO!! Ospreay escapes but Tanahashi still has more to give. Tanahashi waits for Ospreay to stand before he runs. Tanahashi comes in, but gets a SPANISH FLY! Cover, TWO!! Ospreay doesn’t hesitate, he climbs up top and leaps, SHOOTING STAR! Cover, TWO!!! But that still doesn’t deter him, he springboards for OSCUTTER!! Cover, TWO!?! How does Tanahashi keep surviving?! Ospreay is at a loss for words but the fans reach a new level of excitement! Ospreay gives a thumbs up, then slashes the throat with it. He drags Tanahashi up, underhooks, and Canadian racks, but Tanahashi makes it a SLINGBLADE!
The rallying from fans continues as Tanahashi stands back up. Tanahashi runs, and gets THE Slingblade! Cover, TWO!! But Tanahashi won’t let that slow him down, he goes up top! Ospreay stands, ACE’S HIGH Crossbody! But Ospreay rolls it over, TWO!!! SLAPPING Palm strike, but Tanahashi gets a HOOK KICK! Hidden Blade! But that’s not all, underhooks and lift, STORMBREAKER!!! Cover, Ospreay WINS!!
Winner: Will Ospreay, by pinfall
The biggest victory to date for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion! But Ospreay shows respect as he checks on Tanahashi as Young Lions help him up. The slogan has long since been “Attack for the Next Generation.” Has that banner officially been passed on from Ace to Assassin?
Kota Ibushi VS Kazuchika Okada!
It all comes down to this very last match of the A Block. The Golden Star lost early on in the round robin while the Rainmaker lost not too long ago. Can Ibushi continue his comeback and shine the brightest he ever has? Or will Okada continue to be on a whole ‘nother level? Who is THE A Block Finalist?!
The bell rings and fans are immediately fired up for these fan favorites! Okada and Ibushi can hear their supporters, but of course know there are just as many for the other. Okada teases rushing Ibushi, but he stays back to give Ibushi a fair fight. They circle and approach, wary of a grapple because they know how skilled the other is. They tie up, and Okada waistlocks. Ibushi wrenches out to a wristlock, but Okada rolls and trips Ibushi to a toehold. Okada wrenches and goes after the ankle, but Ibushi retaliates with a chinlock. They roll and Ibushi gets a headlock, only for Okada to slip out to a hammerlock. Okada rolls Ibushi to a cover, ONE! Fans cheer as Okada backs off and Ibushi stands.
The dueling continues as Okada and Ibushi reset and go again. Ibushi works to push Okada back, but Okada pushes Ibushi. Okada gets Ibushi on the ropes, but in classic Okada fashion, the break is clean, with the chop feint. Okada pats Ibushi’s shoulder and dares him to come back. Ibushi comes back with a forearm to the face! Ibushi waits for Okada’s response, and Okada forearms him back. Ibushi forearms, Okada forearms, and they go back and forth! Okada gets the edge, runs, but into Ibushi’s dropkick! The dueling returns as Okada shakes out the cobwebs. Ibushi is on him with forearms and Okada staggers to a corner. Ibushi elbows then wrenches, then whips Okada corner to corner. Okada whips Ibushi but misses in the corner. Okada still gets Ibushi up top, and dropkicks him down! Ibushi crashes and burns towards commentary!
Okada takes his time as the five minute mark is announced. After all, Okada only needs a draw to still advance. He drags Ibushi up for a DDT right to the floor! Ibushi clutches his head and neck but Okada simply walks away. Okada rests in the ring while Red Shoes checks on Ibushi. Ibushi is okay to continue, but he’s still dazed. The ring count begins, and Ibushi sits up at 10 of 20. Ibushi wobbles but Okada has Red Shoes stop there so this match can continue. Okada brings Ibushi up and throws him at buckles! Okada throws back elbows in at Ibushi, and Ibushi sits down as he clutches his ear. Ibushi wants time, and Okada pretends to give it before stomping him down! Okada lets up to bring Ibushi up, but Ibushi throws forearms back. Okada knees low, then snapmares Ibushi to run an dropkick! Okada walks it off as Ibushi clutches his face. Okada comes back to cover, TWO!
Fans duel as Okada puts on a chinlock. He digs his knee into Ibushi’s back, but Ibushi endures. Ibushi fights his way up but Okda pulls back harder. Fans build to a rally but Ibushi starts to fade. Red Shoes checks on him but Ibushi finds new life. He fights up and out of the hold, but Okada clubs him back. Okada whips but Ibushi reverses and runs in, only to get a boot. Okada runs but gets a huricanrana! Both men are down now and fans rally up again. Ibushi fires himself up knowing the 10 minute mark has arrived. He drags Okada up but Okada swings a punch. Ibushi ducks that to come back with a strike fest! Ibushi roundhouses Okada off his feet! Then standing moonsaults! Cover, TWO! Ibushi keeps his cool as he grits his teeth. Fans duel more and Ibushi stands while Okada bails out. Ibushi slingshots and splashes down on Okada!
Ibushi gets up and walks off the ankle pain. He puts Okada back in and fans cheer as he wants to end this in the ring. Ibushi whips but Okada dodges and ducks to elbow Ibushi down! Okada fires up and the fans do, too! Okada drags Ibushi up, whips him corner to corner, and runs in for a big elbow. Then he kicks for another DDT! Cover, TWO! Ibushi refuses to stay down but he is clutching his neck again. Okada drags him up, scoops and slams him fast, then heads up top. Standard Okada as he aims, but Ibushi is up and gets under. Ibushi runs into an uppercut, and Okada runs, only to get Ibushi’s enziguri! Both men are down and fans rally up!
Okada sits up first but Ibushi follows. Ibushi throws a forearm but Okada give sit back. Ibushi gives another forearm, but Okada gives it back. They go back and forth, Ibushi, Okada, repeat, faster and faster. Ibushi staggers, and Okada throws a big EuroUpper! Ibushi wobbles but stays on his feet. Okada whips Ibushi corner to corner but Ibushi reverses, only to run into an elbow. Okada runs but into Ibushi’s powerslam! Ibushi rolls, moonsaults, onto knees! Okada has control again as he looms over Ibushi. He whips Ibushi to ropes, and hits a big flapjack! Cover, TWO! Fans rally and duel again while Okada drags Ibushi back up. Okada scoops and slams Ibushi, then heads back up. But Ibushi is up fast and intercepts with a body shot. Ibushi climbs to join Okada and wants underhooks. Okada resists with just his legs, and fights back with body shots and clubbing forearms.
Okada clubs Ibushi until he’s down onto the apron. Okada adjusts, but Ibushi is up fast! Springboard SUPER STEINER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally as both men slowly stand. Ibushi blocks Okada’s meteora into a POWERBOMB! Ropebreak! Okada knew where he was and saves himself. Ibushi sits back in the corner to rest while Okada crawls away. Ibushi stands, vowing to end this. He brings Okada up by his wrists, but Okada reels Ibushi in! Ibushi ducks the Rainmaker and waistlocks, but Okada elbows out. Ibushi still comes back, only to swing into Okada’s German Suplex! The bridge doesn’t stay up, but Okada doesn’t mind, he has the wristlock. Ripcord but Ibushi dodges, only to get Okada’s dropkick! Okada drags Ibushi up, scoops him, but Ibushi flails to reverse the position! Ibushi tucks Okada in for PACKAGE TOMBSTONE!
But Ibushi can’t hold on for a cover, and now both men are down again! The fans are thunderous as Okada and Ibushi stir. Ibushi sits up first and still wants to end this. He throws forearms on Okada, but Okada comes back with his own. They brawl on their knees, Ibushi hitting and Okada responding. Each man roars in turn, and they continue hitting as they stand. The 20 minute mark is given, so Ibushi has 10 minutes to win! Ibushi hits Okada, but Okada hits back. The brawl picks up speed, but then Okada flounders! Ibushi brings him back up for more forearms, and Okada ends up in a corner. But he comes back with a shotgun dropkick! But Ibushi rolls through! LARIAT! Both men are down again and the dueling returns to that thunderous level.
Ibushi stands first, and calls for a corner. He scoops Okada, but Okada fights out to scoop Ibushi! But then Ibushi reverses positions again, only for Okada to slip out and backslide! Ibushi rolls off, to get a point-blank Rainmaker! Okada keeps wrist control and has to slap the stars out of his head. He pulls Ibushi back up, and reels him in, for another Rainmaker! Okada roars and takes off his armbands. He wants the true form of…. No, Ibushi ducks, straitjacket German! But he doesn’t bridge, because he spins Okada around, only for Okada to block. Ibushi fights Okada off the leg, only to get a dropkick to the back! Okada whips but Ibushi counters the dropkick to a bomb! Cover, TWO!! Okada survives and the fans are at that fever pitch again!
Ibushi calls upon the King of Strong Style as he stands in the corner. “YAO!” Ibushi runs out, but he gets a dropkick! Okada drags Ibushi up, wristlocks and reels him out, but Ibushi ducks! Ibushi wristlocks and ripcords Okada for a roundhouse! Then with both wrists, KAMI- NO! Okada counters, but Ibushi denies the Electric Chair. Ibushi spins around and sunset flips, but Okada sits on it! TWO!! Ibushi shocks himself with his escape! ROUNDHOUSE! Okada staggers but ducks the second, spins Ibushi as he spins, only to get a knee trigger! Ibushi has the wrists, KAMIGOYE!! Cover, TWO!?! Okada survives, but Ibushi wont’ let up! Another KAMIGOYE!! Cover, Ibushi wins!!
Winner: Kota Ibushi, by pinfall; advances to the G1 Climax Finals
Ibushi ties the score at 14, but because of this win, he has the tiebreaker! Okada’s dream of being a G1 winning IWGP Heavyweight Champion will not happen this year! But can Ibushi turn back-to-back finals appearances into a G1 Climax win? And who does he meet from B Block?
NJPW returns with Ibushi’s victory speech.
“With this, I have punched my ticket to the finals.” Ibushi stands up to do this properly. Fans cheer for Ibushi as he takes a moment to catch his breath. “First, I want to say thank you to everyone.” And he also thanks all the other wrestlers in the A Block. As the A Block winner, he vows not to lose. He won’t make the same mistakes from last year. He will not give up until the bitter end. It’s a promise! See you then! Ibushi will only have so much time to rest. Who will he have to prepare for in just a matter of days?
NJPW Media backstage interview
Ibushi sits and says, “Last year, I was a runner-up, and I’m guaranteed at least second place.” But Ibushi won’t be satisfied that for a second year. He will not quit. He’s been waiting for this a whole year. August 12 is Kota Ibushi Day. Ibushi will give back as good as he gets from his opponent. Ibushi just has to keep going, just a little further. He’ll do his very best to the very end, no matter who it is he’s up against. And as for his match with Okada, Ibushi can still barely comprehend it. Okada and Ibushi are roughly the same class, 2004. Ibushi can’t wait to face him again, because Okada is incredible. That was maybe Okada’s 1% against Ibushi’s 100%. There is still more to this between the two of them. Ibushi is writing his own story. You’ll have to wait and see the ending another time. Can Ibushi beat B Block’s best to get that Wrestle Kingdom 14 title match contract?
An amazing two hours once again, as every one of these has been from NJPW and AXS. Again, the only match that mattered for the tournament was the main event, but the other matches can make for some great story as the G1 Climax is wrapping up overall. Archer has another good showing, and even though he wins over Evil, he clearly won’t be satisfied. This already plants a story a year in advance of Archer wanting to dominate whatever Block he’s put in. Fale wins thanks to Bullet Club shenanigans, and that could be used to spark a story of Bullet Club and Los Ingobernables de Japon through Sanada. At the same time, Chase seems to be the low rung on the ladder now, I wonder if that becomes something in Bullet Club’s next phase as a faction.
ZSJ VS Kenta was a great match, and that was a great win for ZSJ. This could definitely spark a story for Kenta with ZSJ as the year rolls on. Tanahashi VS Ospreay was incredible! This was worthy of being the A Block Finals in itself, and it was big for Ospreay to win here. It was tantamount to a passing of the torch, between Tanahashi putting Ibushi and Ospreay over. Tanahashi still has a lot left, but this is a big sign that it is time for the new stars to rise up and carry NJPW forward. And of course, that extends even to Ibushi VS Okada here in the main event, which was worthy of the title match already. Ibushi winning is incredible for him and this tournament. AXS will take two more weeks to wrap up G1 even though it’s done in real time, but getting to see B Block next week and the man Ibushi faces/faced is going to be awesome. And without looking it up, I have a feeling it’s Naito just so the two of them can have one more match.
Naito could take it here so that he gets his match to be both IWGP Heavyweight and Intercontinental Champion. Plus, Okada will have a hard-fought road to Wrestle Kingdom with Sanada having his title match lined up, and technically now even Ibushi. Anything could happen where Okada shockingly loses the title to Sanada or Ibushi so that it’s one of them headed to Wrestle Kingdom to face Mr. G1 Climax 29. Because for one, I don’t see the WK14 contract holder losing that, so it has to still come down to the G1 Climax winner having a title match. This far out, things can always change, but it would be pretty awesome if Naito as Mr. G1 meets Ibushi again when Ibushi is IWGP Heavyweight Champion. At the same time, Naito VS Okada is great because beating Okada is itself a title win, while LIJ VS LIJ as Naito has to face Sanada, his teammate, to prove who is truly the best in the faction.
My Score: 9.5/10
Mitchell’s NXT Vengeance Day Results & Report! (2/4/23)
Vengeance, thy name is…
NXT is back on the road, but how will the landscape be affected?
NXT takes over Charlotte, North Carolina and puts it all on the line! Will Bron Breakker or Grayson Waller be NXT Champion after their Steel Cage match?
- NXT North American Championship: Wes Lee VS DIJAK; Wes wins and retains the title.
- NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships: Kayden Carter & Katana Chance VS Fallon Henley & Kiana James; Fallon & Kiana win and become the new NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions.
- Best 2 out of 3 Falls: Carmelo Hayes w/ Trick Williams VS Apollo Crews; Hayes wins.
- NXT Tag Team Championship Fatal 4 Way: The New Day VS Pretty Deadly VS Gallus VS Chase U; Gallus wins and becomes the new NXT Tag Team Champions.
- NXT Women’s Championship Triple Threat: Roxanne Perez VS Gigi Dolin VS Jacy Jayne; Roxanne wins and retains the title.
- NXT Championship Steel Cage Match, NO ESCAPE: Bron Breakker VS Grayson Waller; Bron wins and retains the title.
PLAY BY PLAY
It’s the NXT Vengeance Day Kickoff Show!
Join Matt Camp and Sam Roberts in discussing, analyzing and predicting all the action on this historic night!
NXT_Anonymous shares footage.
Apollo Crews and Carmelo Hayes had a tense encounter in the lobby of the hotel, but management was there to keep it from exploding. Their Best 2 Out of 3 Falls will settle things, but which way will the future go?
Wes Lee speaks.
“Woo~ hoo! Fresh to death, and ready to head to the Spectrum Center. But first, a kiss from the missus.” Wes kisses his wife, picks up his title, “never leave home without it, and I plan to make my way back home with it.” The Missus says he better. Wes tells Dijak he has no shot, the North American title stays on the #WesSide.\
Josh Briggs & Brooks Jensen talk with Fallon Henley & Kiana James.
Briggs knows Kayden & Katana have a ton of tag moves, so Fallon & Kiana have to stop them before they get going. Jensen agrees. Kayden loves her dropkick-splashes, so Kiana should get those beautiful legs- er, knees up! Kiana asks if Jensen was watching film for her. He was. Kiana tells Fallon, “Isn’t Jensen the sweetest?” Fallon says, “I don’t now, Kiana. You tell me.” Briggs tells them to focus! If they’re gonna win, they gotta listen to each other. The ladies agree, they’ve got this. Will the Cowgirl & Calculator figure out KC Squared and bring home the gold?
Backstage interview with The New Day.
McKenzie Mitchell is with the NXT Tag Team Champions, and notes that they take on three tag teams at once. Xavier Woods says yes they will, but first, he wants to talk about something very important. New Day has new shirts at WWE Shop! But also, NXT had these tag titles stuck down in Orlando, going up and down Florida, nobody saw them! The New Day has taken these belts all over the world, starting with Australia, Los Angeles, and Atlanta. Now, we’re here at Vengeance Day! Kofi Kingston says they have stiff competition.
First, the longest reigning NXT UK Tag Team Champions EVER in Gallus! Then there’s former NXT Tag Team Champions, Pretty Deadly! And if that wasn’t enough, there’s Chase U! Chase U hasn’t won titles yet, but imagine if Andre Chase won his first here in his hometown of CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA! Chase will win one day, just not today. Woods bids us adieu as he and Kofi must prepare to walk out your W, W, E, N, X, T, World, Tag, Team, CHAMPIONS~! And do you know why? McKenzie does her best Big E, “BEEECAUSE~!” “NEW! DAY ROCKS!” McKenzie knows, but will the world know after tonight’s Fatal 4 Way?
Chase U gets hyped outside the Spectrum Center.
But why? It’s freezing right now! Andre Chase says Spectrum Center in Charlotte, NC is a place with so many great wrestling moments he grew up on. And tonight, they have the opportunity to have THEIR moment! It’s just as Michael Jordan said: Heart is what separates the good from the great. Chase U may be the underdogs, but not here in Charlotte! They not only have heart, they have homefield advantage! They’ll go give those other three teams an Andre Chase University sized ASS WHOOPING! Duke does the U to high-ten, he and Chase are all fired up! But will this homecoming be a big win for Chase U?
Charlotte Flair speaks.
“Alright, North Carolina, it’s about damn time. NXT is back on the road. A brand that revolutionized this industry. But it’s not about then, it’s about this generation. Starting with this man: NXT Champion, Bron Breakker. He will Spear you so hard, your great-grandchildren will feel it. His opponent: Grayson Waller. A silver-tongued Aussie who believes it’s not talking smack if you can back it up. Two caged animals, but only one will come out as champion. From one champion to another, allow me to introduce a 21-year-old Prodigy, Roxanne Perez. This new champion has to fend off two Toxic vultures whose mission is to stop the future and rebuild their empire. Gigi Dolin and Jacy Jayne will do it by any means necessary.
“And for the ten people in the world who don’t know the new Day, they’re only the greatest tag team in WWE history. Three teams respect history, but want to write their own. A university rich in passion, rich in tradition. A flamboyant duo who’s pretty on the outside, but deadly inside the ring. And two bruisers who are ready to reign over a new kingdom. If we’re talking tag teams, where my ladies at? Katana & Kayden, please stand up. Since day one, ride or die. And you chose to ride all the way to the longest reign in Women’s Tag Team History. Raw, SmackDown, NXT, period. But there are two bitter rivals, Fallon Henley & Kiana James. They put their disdain aside for the opportunity to break the streak and capture championship gold.
“If there’s a way to get that W, North American Champion Wes Lee will find it. But Dijak is a man on a mission, ready to serve justice. It’s the classic David VS Goliath for the North American title. And finally, there’s talent, and then there’s these two men. Apollo Crews and Carmelo Hayes. They have more athleticism in their pinkie finger than 99% of men have in their whole bodies. Don’t blink, you’ll miss something incredible, because these two men are about to put on a show. Not for one fall, but for two out of three. This is your moment. This is your day. This is Vengeance Day!” The Queen has spoken, who seizes the day in The Queen City?
NXT North American Championship: Wes Lee VS DIJAK!
The Must-See Kid has proven himself to be a fighting champion and a worthy champion, but he’s going up against #HardJustice! Will this title stay on the #WesSide? Or will it be put under lock and key?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if the Cardiac Kid’s heart will see him through!
The fans fire up as the two circle. The fans chant for Wes as he ties up with Dijak. Dijak shoves Wes away, but Wes grins as he gets up. Dijak says he should’ve just given up, but Wes throws up the W. The two approach, Wes gets around Dijak, headlocks, and holds on tight. Dijak throws body shots, powers out, then runs Wes over! Wes gets up, a little worried by the strength difference, and Dijak tells him to save himself the beating and lie down. The fans rally up behind Wes, but Wes lies down? Dijak covers, but Wes KICSK him in the face! Wes grins, Dijak rushes in, things speed up and Wes slides to roll and headscissor!
Dijak hits buckles, Wes runs in and waistlocks. Wes starts to lift Dijak but Dijak elbows back. Dijak bucks Wes away, Wes returns but is put on the apron. Wes shoulders in, slingshots and RANAS Dijak into another corner! Fans fire up as Dijak bails out, and Wes WRECKS him with a dropkick! Wes goes to the apron, leaps, but into a fireman’s carry! DEATH VALLEY DRIVER to the floor!! Fans are stunned as Dijak puts Wes in the ring. Cover, TWO!! Wes survives and Dijak grows frustrated. Dijak clamps on a hammerlock and CLUBS away on Wes’s arm! Dijak pushes Wes to a cover, TWO! Wes is hanging tough but Dijak stomps him down.
Dijak stalks Wes to a corner, puts him on ropes, and CHOKES him! The ref counts, Dijak lets off, and fans rally up for Wes. Wes sputters but Dijak drags him up. Dijak throws back elbows, then CLUBS Wes in the chest! Dijak suplexes Wes, TIME TO FLY! Wes hits hard, Dijak covers, TWO! Dijak is annoyed but also a bit amused by Wes still fighting. Dijak stands WEs up but Wes throws hands! Wes UPPERCUTS, runs, and CROSSBODIES, but Dijak catches him! Dijak KNEES Wes in the side, then TOSSES him out of the ring! Fans fire up as Wes crashes down! Dijak goes out after Wes, drags him up again, and RAMS him into the apron!
The ring count climbs but Dijak THROWS Wes into barriers! The count is 5 of 10 but Dijak RAMS Wes into the apron, CLUBS him, then pushes him in at 7. Dijak stalks Wes, covers, TWO! Wes crawls to a corner, Dijak stalks him. Dijak stomps Wes again and again, but lets off as the ref counts. Wes sputters and fans boo but Dijak drags Wes up. Dijak ROCKS Wes with forearm after forearm, and then heavy elbows! Dijak lets off to whip Wes corner to corner hard! Dijak then runs in, to back elbow just as hard! Wes is dazed, but Dijak stands him back up to whip the other way. Dijak runs in again, but Wes dodges! Dijak hits buckles so hard, he falls out of the ring!
Fans rally for Wes but Dijak hurries back in. Wes avoids Dijak’s hands, throws body shots, but Dijak ROCKS Wes with a forearm! Wes SOBATS, fires off body shots, and fans fire up as he fires off in the corner! Wes ROCKS Dijak, whips Dijak, but Dijak reverses! Wes hits buckles, but he dropkicks Dijak’s legs out! Dijak hits buckles, Wes SUPERKICKS! Wes waistlocks, Dijak is too big, so Wes shoves him to ENZIGURI! Wes tires again, he has Dijak up, GERMAN SUPLEX!! Bridging cover, TWO! Fans rally up for Wes again as Dijak goes to the apron. Wes throws down hands, but Dijak drags him out to the apron!
Dijak and Wes brawl on their knees, Wes gets the edge, but Dijak fireman’s carries! Wes throws elbows to fight free! Wes then back drops Dijak OFF the apron!! Wes then builds speed to FOSBURY FLOP!! Direct hit and fans are thunderous! Wes puts Dijak in the ring, he goes to the corner and slingshots in for the HANDSPRING- NO, torture rack! FEAST YOUR- NO, POISON-RANA!!! Wes brings Dijak in, to fisherman and MICHINOKU DRIVER!!! Cover, TWO!?!? Dijak survives Wes’s feat of strength and no one can believe it! “This is Awesome!” as Wes rises up. Wes goes up the corner, takes aim, and 450- NO, Wes bails out as Dijak moves!
Dijak runs in, but into a SUPERKICK! Wes springboards, into a choke grip! HIGH JUSTICE!!! Cover, TWO!?!? Wes roars, but Dijak clamps onto him with the hammerlock sleeper! Wes fights but he fades! Fans rally and Wes reaches out! Dijak keeps Wes from ropes, but Wes backs him up and snapmares! Dijak holds on and has body scissors!! Wes is caught! Wes is fading! Fans rally up harder, the ref checks, and Wes comes back to life! Wes fights his way out of the body scissors, reaches out, but Dijak brings him around into a torture rack! FEAST YOUR- ROLL-UP!! TWO!! Dijak choke grips again, HIGH- Wes slips out! SUPERKICK!! SUPERKICK again!
Dijak shakes his head as he sits back up. Dijak is laughing and Wes isn’t sure what to make of this. RUNNING KNEE! Wes keeps moving, but Dijak CYCLONE BOOTS!! Cover, TWO!??! Wes survives and Dijak is shocked now! Wes snarls as he gets back to his feet, but Dijak SUPERKICKS! And LARIATS! Cover, TWO!?!??! How is Wes doing this!?! Fans are thunderous again for Wes as Dijak drags him by his hair to a corner. Dijak stands Wes up then climbs the corner. Dijak brings Wes up to join him, to SUPER POWER- STEINER!!!! Wes turns things around at the last possible moment! Wes hurries back up, for a SKY TWISTER!!! Cover, TWO!?!?!?
Just what are either of these two made of!? Dijak bails out, ‘This is Awesome!” as Wes goes and DIVES from the corner, to be sent into barriers! Dijak thwarts Wes’s flight plan, and then he grabs the timekeeper’s armchair! The ref starts the ring count but Dijak makes Wes take a seat. Dijak then grabs a broom, and he puts it through the armrests so that Wes can’t get out of the chair! SUPERKICK!! The ref reprimands but Dijak tells him to shut up. Dijak climbs the corner!? Dijak reaches the top, but Tony D’Angelo and Channing Lorenzo get Wes out of the way of the ARIHARA MOONSAULT!!!
Dijak wipes out Teh Don and Stacks, he tells them to stay out of his business, and then he puts Wes in the ring. Dijak springboards, into a SUPERKICK!! Wes handsprings for the PELE! Cover, Wes wins!!
Winner: Wes Lee, by pinfall (still NXT North American Champion)
Hard Justice just ran into Street Justice! The Don did Wes a favor saving him from utter destruction, but will Wes soon owe them?
Backstage interview with Kayden Carter & Katana Chance.
McKenzie is with the NXT Women’s Tag Team titles moments away from their defense against the “unorthodox team” of Fallon & Kiana. Katana says from unorthodox to in-sync to best friends to bitter enemies. They’ve faced them all on the road to becoming THE longest reigning Women’s Tag Team Champions in the WWE. Kayden says whether it’s a love triangle, rectangle or whatever between Kiana, Fallon, Jensen and Briggs, that’s not their concern. Their concern is the titles. Kayden isn’t trying to sound cocky, but this team busted their asses to become champions. They’re gonna do what they do. But will they do it for one more night to keep the reign going?
NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships: Kayden Carter & Katana Chance VS Fallon Henley & Kiana James w/ Josh Briggs & Brooks Jensen!
KC Squared loves to bring the party, but the other team is all business. Well, Kiana is business, Fallon is a pretty rough ‘n’ tumble party girl in her own right. But will the Cowgirl & Calculator handle business against a united duo? Or will Chance & Carter be bringing these titles to an after party?
The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see if KC Squared adds to the Highlight Reel!
The teams sort out and Kiana starts against Kayden. Briggs shouts, “New champ alert!” as Kiana and Kayden circle. They tie up, Kayden gets around to waistlock, and she trips Kiana to twerk on her. Kayden asks if the boys like twerking, but Briggs covers Jensen’s eyes. Kiana whips, Kayden reverses, but Kiana blocks hip toss to throw Kayden out. Jensen gives Kiana a thumbs up, but Kayden gives Jensen a spank! Kiana rushes out, chases Kayden, but Kayden dropkicks Kiana in the ring! Tag to Katana, they whip, trip and basement dropkick to a slingshot senton! Cover, TWO! Katana brings Kiana up, but Kiana knees low!
Kiana brings Katana over, tag to Fallon, and Kiana holds Katana, but also pulls hair! Fallon argues with Kiana about that, and the ref also reprimands over that, but Katana kicks! Fallon blocks, goes to punch, but Katana gets away, so Fallon has to hold back so as not to hit Kiana! Katana kicks Kiana, Fallon kicks Katana. Katana tags Kayden, Fallon & Kiana both kick but both get blocked. KC Squared swing haymakers but Fallon & Kiana get around to short arm LARIAT in stereo! Fans fire up, Fallon ghost pins Kayden, TWO! Kayden EDDY GORDO KICKS Fallon! Tag to Katana, the champs double wrench, sweep and run to MOONSAULT LEG DROP COMBO! Cover, TWO!
Katana grinds Fallon’s arm, Fallon powers her back, tag to Kiana. Fallon whips Katana into Kiana’s knee! Fallon is still upset about cheap tactics but Kiana hits a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Kiana sucker punches Kayden, pie faces Katana, and drags Katana up to whip her to the corner. Kiana fires off on Katana, RAMS into her, then handsprings to RAM into her again! Fallon tags in, runs, and Kiana feeds Katana to the LASSO FACEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Fallon clamps onto Katana with a chinlock, then makes it a half nelson chinbar! Fans rally up as Katana endures. Katana fights up but Fallon wrangles her back down!
Fallon keeps on Katana, thrashing her around. Katana still endures and fans rally up. Katana fights up and arm-drags free! But Fallon hurries to keep her from Kayden! They’re fingertips away! Fallon back suplexes, Kayden tags in! Katana slips free, Kayden BULLDOGS Fallon, BLASTS Kiana, and then fires off forearms on them both! Kayden sends Fallon into Kiana, sandwiches them, then DROP-SPLASHES! Fans fire up as Kayden runs side to side. Tag to Katana before the BOOT WASH! Fallon falls out of the ring, Katana comes in around the way to get the boost, CROSSBODY on both Kiana & Fallon!
Katana puts Fallon in, then ROLLING AX KICKS! Cover, TWO! Katana keeps on Fallon but Fallon throws body shots! Fallon throws haymakers and DECKS Katana! Fallon drags katana up but Katana JAWBREAKERS! Kiana tags in, brings Katana up and back suplexes, but Katana lands on her feet! Katana and Kayden SILLY STRING Kiana down! Tag to Kayden, she brings Kiana up toa fireman’s carry. Kiana slips free, shoves and scoops, SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Kiana is frustrated, but she drags Kayden up by her hair. The ref reprimands, Kiana whips but Kayden holds ropes. Kayden BOOTS, Katana tags in, they TABLE TOP Kiana!
Kayden gives Katana a WHEELBARROW BACK SUPLEX, but onto Kiana’s knees! Kiana TOSSES Kayden, storms up on Katana and DECKS her with a right. Tag to Fallon, she runs to go up the ropes, FLYING BLOCKBUSTER! Scoop and DOUBLE DRIVER!! Cover, Kayden breaks it apart! Kiana is furious, she kicks Kayden then throws her out! Kiana goes out to the apron, MOONSAULT! Kayden avoids it, mule kicks and goes up, FLYING CUTTER to the floor! Fans fire up for “NXT! NXT!” as Jensen checks Kiana and Briggs coaches Fallon. Fallon and Katana throw hands back and forth. Katana CHOPS, Fallon ROCKS then CHOPS!
Fallon drags Katana up, whips her to the corner, runs in but is put on the apron. Katana shoulders Fallon, Kayden tags in and she ROCKS Fallon. Kayden climbs up the corner, Fallon fights the lift! Fallon HEADBUTTS Kayden! Fallon climbs up now, but Kayden HEADBUTTS back! Fallon CHOPS Kayden but Katana sneaks a tag! Fallon is up on Kayden’s shoulders, but Katana SUPER STEINERS her down!! Cover, TWO!?! Fallon survives and no one can believe it! Katana hurries to tag Kayden, then Katana climbs. Kayden drags Fallon up and turns her, but Kiana SHOVES Katana away! Katana crashes down and Kayden is shocked!
Fallon runs, Kayden gets around, O’Conner Roll! TWO and Kayden hits ropes! Fallon kicks Kayden into body scissor clutch position, and Kiana holds Kayden’s legs! FALLON & KIANA WIN!!!
Winners: Fallon Henley & Kiana James, by pinfall (NEW NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships)
Kayden knows she got cheated! She protests but it’s too late! The streak is over at 181 days, and now the gold is going home with the Cowgirl & Calculator! Is this unlikely duo going to go far with these belts? Or will it only be a matter of time before Kiana gets caught bending the rules?
Drew Gulak is on Instagram.
He has Hank Walker join him on his Instagram story. Did Hank see Wes use speed to counter Dijak’s size and strength? Yeah, he saw that. That is how you have to beat high-fliers: you ground them. One more thing, too. See how nice everyone here is dressed for Vengeance Day? Why is Hank dressed like he’s going to repair a sink? These are just Hank’s clothes. Oh, those are just his clothes? They need to get Hank some real ring attire. Sure, right away. Good, Gulak is building a superstar, not a house. Hank says he can do that. What kind of ring gear will we see the Blue Collar Boy bring to NXT?
Lyra Valkyria speaks.
“My Vengeance Day was supposed to arrive last Tuesday. Cora Jade was going to, as she put it, teach me my place here in NXT. But I guess Cora changed her mind. I can’t respect a woman who says one thing and then does the opposite. Cora Jade’s time will come, and she will perish. This Tuesday, I’m going to be standing in the middle of the ring. So who among the women’s locker room is ready to soar?”
Best 2 out of 3 Falls: Carmelo Hayes w/ Trick Williams VS Apollo Crews!
These two have gone 1-1, and they both want the same thing: a shot at the NXT Championship. With no excuses left, this will decide who really has next! Will Melo be that man? Or is the future bright for Apollo?
Trick gives Melo the introduction. “Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, Trick ‘n’ Melo fans of all ages. I need you to strap in and glue your wigs on tight.” For he is the 2021 Breakout Superstar; the longest combined reigning North American Champion; an NXT WarGames winner; the Unified Cruiserweight & North American Champion… “HIM!” Melo makes his way out, his shirt having Apollo’s face with a big blue X through it. Apollo’s entrance has highlights from his first NXT run, facing Finn Balor, wining the United States and Intercontinental Championship, to the moment he almost beat Bron Breakker.
The bell rings and fans rally up as the two stare down. They talk a little trash, circle and then tie up. Apollo waistlocks, throws Melo down, but Melo slips out to wrench. Apollo wrenches back, but Melo drops, spins and trips Apollo. Apollo gets the ropebreak and Melo lets off. Fans cheer as the two stand off. There’s a little more trash talk, and the two tie up again. Melo wrenches, drop toeholds, and floats to a facelock. Apollo slips out to flip Melo over and facelock back. Melo slips out, but then Apollo has him again. Apollo drags Melo down but Melo slips out to wrench an arm. The two separate again and fans applaud.
Apollo and Melo reset again and tie up. Melo waistlocks, Apollo pries free to headlock, and Apollo hits a takeover. Melo headscissors, Apollo shrugs that off and he grinds the hold. Melo tries again, gets the headscissor and keeps it, but Apollo fights around. Melo slaps Apollo here and there, clamps onto an arm, but Apollo fights both holds at once. Apollo pops free, floats to the headlock, but Melo chinbars in return. Fans rally and duel, Melo facelocks and pushes Apollo, but Apollo slips out to facelock back. Melo fights up, Apollo headlocks but Melo powers out. Things speed up, Melo hurdles then ducks to roll off Apollo’s back, and SLAP him!
Melo SLAPS Apollo again! Apollo smirks while Melo talks trash. Apollo SLAPS Melo down! “Get your ass up!” Melo gets up, swings, but Apollo gets around toe headlock. Melo powers out, Apollo goes up and over and handsprings. Fans cheer as the two stand off again! Melo runs, Apollo hurdles, drops but Melo avoids the dropkick! Melo strolls around, but Apollo blocks the rana! Apollo CATAPULTS Melo at a corner! But Melo lands on the ropes! Apollo runs but into a mule kick! Melo CROSSBODIES into anti-air DROPKICK! Apollo shoots his three and scores! Fans are torn but Apollo drags Melo up.
Apollo scoops Melo to RAM him into a corner! Melo tumbles down the buckles but Apollo drags him back up. Apollo CLUBS Melo, CHOPS him, but Melo pie faces back. Apollo stomps Melo down, whips him corner to corner hard, and Melo hits buckles! Apollo drags Melo back up, scoops and BACKBREAKERS! Melo writhes but Apollo waits on him to get up. Apollo waistlocks, Melo moves around and goes to ropes. Melo throws elbows, then whips Apollo tropes. Apollo reverses, and catches the Fade Away to a GERMAN SUPLEX! Apollo holds on, but Melo throws elbows! Melo whips Apollo out of the ring!
Apollo gets on the apron, Melo runs, and Melo slides, but Apollo jumps over! Melo trips Apollo but Apollo lands on his feet. Trick stands in the way and fans boo! Melo builds speed, Apollo moves and Melo stops before he hits Trick! Apollo CLOBBERS Melo! Trick can’t believe that didn’t work! Apollo goes up the apron, MOONSAULT to the floor! Apollo is going above and beyond for this one! Fans rally for “NXT! NXT!” as Apollo puts Melo in. Slingshot senton! Cover, TWO! Trick brings out a chair!? The ref and Apollo warn him, but Trick says he’s just taking a seat. Apollo suplexes Melo, holds him up, then SLAMS Melo! Cover, TWO!
Apollo keeps focus, and he rolls Melo to his feet. Melo goes to a corner, Apollo rushes in but Melo gets away. Melo elbows Apollo, then puts Apollo up, HOTSHOT!! Apollo falls to the floor, and Trick isn’t sitting anymore. Melo grins and he dribbles. Free throw made, Melo goes out to get Apollo. Melo puts Apollo in, Trick brags and high-fives with Melo. Melo gets in the ring, CLOBBERS Apollo and hammers away with fists! Melo dribbles Apollo off the mat, covers, TWO! Apollo sputters but Melo clamps onto him with a neck wrench. Melo chinbars to pull Apollo’s head around but Apollo still endures.
Melo grabs an arm in the hold and Trick cheers Melo on. Fans rally, Apollo and Melo throw hands, but then Melo clamps on a headlock. Apollo fights but Melo throws knees. Melo whips, Apollo ducks and comes back, but into another HOTSHOT! Cover, TWO! Another cover, TWO! Melo is annoyed, but he says “I am.” Apollo goes to ropes, Melo winces and storms up on Apollo. Apollo CHOPS, ROCKS and CHOPS again! Apollo fires off, Melo knees low, Apollo wrenches but Melo CLOBBERS Apollo! Melo drags Apollo up and gives him toying kicks. “Get your ass up. You ain’t Him.” Apollo stands, but ducks the lariat to GERMAN SUPLEX!
Apollo has the waistlock to GERMAN SUPLEX again! Melo fights it but Apollo back suplexes! Melo lands on his feet, dragon sleepers, but Apollo fights around to BACK DROP! Both men are down and fans fire up! Melo and Apollo go to opposite ends, and Apollo comes back with wild eyes. Apollo mule kicks, BOOTS and LARIATS! And LARIATS again! Melo flounders, Apollo whips him to ropes for a LEAPING- NO, Melo gets around! Melo suplexes, Apollo fights out and dodges, to LEAPING LARIAT! Fans fire up with Apollo and he runs to SPLASH! And then a whip, only to get buckles! Melo runs in, is put on the apron, but he ROCKS Apollo!
Melo slingshots but Apollo GAMANGIRIS! Melo is dazed on the apron and Trick is praying he pulls through! Apollo deadlift SUPERPLEXES! Cover, TWO!! Melo survives and Apollo grows frustrated. Trick is still praying, begging and pleading even, but Apollo says he’s gonna raise the roof! Fans fire up, Apollo drags Melo up, but Melo clamps onto a leg. Apollo CLUBS Melo, KNEES Melo, then KNEES him some more! Apollo drags Melo back up, trophy lifts him, but Melo slips off to grab an arm! Apollo fights the takedown, OLYMPIC- NO, Melo arm-drags to a takedown! But Apollo rolls it! TWO, Apollo BOOTS!
Melo rebounds, and tilt-o-whirls for the FACEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Apollo survives and Melo is a bit shocked! Melo hurries to suplex and CUTTER! Cover, TWO, but into a CROSSFACE! Apollo endures, fans rally but Trick coaches Melo! Apollo TAPS, Melo gets the first fall!
Melo: 1; Apollo: 0
Melo grins, he high-fives Trick, and Melo rests in the corner while Apollo gets to ropes. Apollo goes to the other corner, Melo storms over, and there’s no rest for the second fall. But Apollo throws body shots! Melo DECKS Apollo, but Apollo throws hands from below. Melo ROCKS Apollo and Apollo leans against ropes. Melo chinlocks and brings Apollo from ropes, but Apollo throws more body shots. Melo throws a haymaker, then he HOTSHOTS Apollo on the ropes! The ref checks Apollo but Melo drags Apollo back up. Melo reels Apollo in, but Apollo slips around to a GERMAN SUPLEX! And another GERMAN SUPLEX! And another GERMAN SUPLEX!
Apollo lets off to hit a STANDING SHOOTING STAR! Cover, TWO!! Apollo hurries to a corner, goes up top, but Melo anchors a foot. Apollo CLUBS Melo but Melo GAMANGIRS! Melo puts Apollo in the ropes for an ENZIGURI! And the FADE AWAY! Cover, TWO!! Apollo is still in this and Melo can’t believe it! Melo runs, Apollo dodges, ROLLING DDT!!! Cover, TWO!!! Melo survives and Apollo is beside himself! Trick has the chair again but Melo rolls to the apron. Apollo storms over, he drags Melo up the corner again. Fans rally, but Melo shoves Apollo over! Apollo ends up in the ropes, he climbs up again and throws back hands!
Apollo climbs but Melo has him first! Apollo throws body shots, Trick is worried as the two grab at each other. DOUBLE HOTSHOTS! Both men are on the floor, Trick isn’t sure what to do as Melo and Apollo both sputter. The ring count climbs, Trick barks at Apollo, and we’re at 6 of 10. Melo pushes Apollo down, gets in the ring, but Apollo slides in at 9! Melo is shocked, and Apollo says that’s not how a champ wins. Melo runs, Apollo waistlocks, but Melo throws him away. Apollo JUMP KNEES, then pops Melo up! Wheelbarrow, but Melo slips out to go after the arm! Apollo makes that an OLYMPIC SLAM!
Apollo and Melo stagger, bump into each other, Melo CODE BREAKERS! But he runs into a POP-UP DEATH VALLEY DRIVER!! Both men are down and fans are thunderous! Trick is panicking, so he unties a buckle pad! Fans boo but the ref was too busy checking both men. Trick coaches Melo to let him know, fans chant, “Trick’s a Cheater!” Melo grins as he sees the bare buckle, and he brings Apollo up. Apollo breaks free, but Melo BOOTS him! Apollo roars! Apollo CHOPS and ROCKS and fires off furious fists int he corner! Apollo whips Melo into the bare buckle! The ref sees what happened but there’s nothing he can do now!
Melo bails out, Trick gets the chair! BUT AZEEZ IS HERE! Or rather, Dabba-Kato! He trips up Trick, and then Apollo CLOBBERS him! Apollo and Kato are united again, but Melo hits the FLYING LARIAT! Melo goes up top, to hit NOTHING BUT NET!! Cover, Melo wins!!
Winner: Carmelo Hayes, 2-0
Melo pulls off a sweep! Kato isn’t happy about that but there’s nothing he can do about it now. If Melo can do this to Apollo, will Melo do this to even the NXT Champion?
As for Kato, he joins Apollo in the ring and helps him up. Fans cheer that these two are reunited and hug it out, but then Kato’s face turns to a scowl! Kato HEADBUTTS Apollo down! Fans boo as Kato brings the chair over, and then drags Apollo up! TWO HAND BOMB on the chair!! Why did Kato help Apollo if he was just going to beat him down?
Valentina Feroz and Wendy Choo are also on Instagram.
Ferzo wants to take Lyra up on her challenge! Elektra Lopez says Lyra is tough, Feroz might need help with that. Wendy says Feroz doesn’t need help. But Wendy will offer Feroz her support. Feroz thanks Wendy for that. And she says she’ll welcome Lyra to the jungle!
Fallon, Kiana and the boys celebrate backstage!
Briggs has the bubbly, he is so proud! Jensen says it again, “AND NEW NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions!” Fallon can’t believe they did it. Kiana says she knows someone who can. They congratulate each other, and Kiana says it was all Jensen’s idea. Jensen says he loves this! And Briggs says let’s go drink! WOO~!
NXT Tag Team Championship Fatal 4 Way: The New Day VS Pretty Deadly VS Gallus VS Chase U!
Xavier Woods & Kofi Kingston have joined The Revival and Street Profits as being TRIPLE CROWN Tag Team Champions, but they’re up against the historic unified NXT & NXT UK Tag Team Champions, the historic longest reigning NXT UK Tag Team Champions, and… Well, New Day said themselves that Andre Chase & Duke Hudson have yet to put their marks on history, but could that be tonight? Or is Vengeance Day just another day for the New Day?
The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see if the New Day can defy the odds!
In this kind of Fatal 4 Tag, only two teams are legal at a time, so Kofi starts for the champs against Elton Prince. They circle, fans rally up, and the two tie up. Kofi waistlocks, fans rally for him but Elton standing switches then headlocks. Kofi wrenches out to headlock, but Elton powers out. Kofi ducks ‘n’ dodges, Woods tags in, and Kofi RANAS Elton! Woods joins in as Kofi CHOPS Elton down! Woods CHOPS Elton, too, then CHOPS again! Elton shoves Woods away, runs in but Woods throws him out! Kit Wilson runs in but is put on the apron! Woods SLAPS the hands, but Elton saves Kit with a chair lift.
Pretty Deadly do Scott Hall fingers, but Kofi runs in to baseball slide! Elton drops Kit on the apron! And Thea Hail SHOUTS at them! Then Woods WRECKS Pretty Deadly! Woods puts Elton back in, Duke has Thea not cheer New Day, and Woods suplexes. Woods holds Elton up, Duke tags in and pushes them both over! Fans cheer as Duke wrenches and shoulders into Elton. Duke wrenches and shoulders again, tags in Chase, and they double whip to drop toehold and “LET’S GO~!” ELBOW DROP! Fans shout, “U~!” as Chase lifts Elton. Kit tags in before the atomic drop, but Chase dodges Kit to hit an atomic drop on him!
Chase says that is a TEACHABLE MOMENT! But Mark Coffey sneaks a tag before Chase CHOPS Kit! Mark arm-drags Kit, wrenches him to a cobra clutch and Wolfgang tags in. Gallus mugs Kit, then Wolfgang wrenches for a Straight Arm Lever Suplex! Tag to Mark, they double wrench, CHOP and Kit is shouting in pain,. “STOP CHOPPING ME!” Kit tells them all to stop, but Mark ROCKS him! Woods tags in off Kit and fires off on Mark! Woods fires off the E Honda combo! Woods whips, Mark reverses and kitchen sink knees! Wolfgang tags in to SENTON! Wolfgang hurries to get Woods up but Elton tags in off him!
Elton tells Wolfie to leave, then he storms up on Woods. Elton throws down hands, then stomps a mudhole! Kit says Woods isn’t special! Pretty Deadly is special! They’re the specialest! Elton snap suplexes Woods, covers, TWO! Elton drags Woods up, fans rally, and Woods throws hands. Elton RAMS Woods into a corner, Kit tags in, and Kit taunts Kofi before he UPPERCUTS Woods! Cover, TWO! Kit says Woods has ruined Kit’s life! Kit wrenches the arm and bends the fingers! Woods endures the double wristlock and fans rally up. “NEW! DAY ROCKS!” Woods fights up, throws body shots, but Kit shoves him and they COLLIDE!
Kit drops elbows on Woods, then tags Elton. Pretty Deadly CHOP Woods, then CHOP him on the back! Elton stomps Woods’ hand, then he taunts each team in turn. Thea is furious but Elton uppercuts Woods, then BLASTS Chase U! Fans boo but Woods ENZIGURIS Elton! Fans fire up as both men are down! Kit coaches Elton, fans rally for New Day, and Woods crawls over, hot tag to Kofi! Kofi springboards to AX HANDLE Elton! Kofi BLASTS Kit, BLASTS Gallus and DROPKCISK Elton! Fans fire up as Kofi LEAPING LARITS Elton! Then he dodges Kit to LEAPING LARIAT him! Mark gets in but he gets a LEAPING LARIAT!
Kofi sees he has three, fans fire up as he runs, NEW~ DAY~ BOOM DROP! Fans clap along as Kofi aims at Elton. Elton ducks Trouble in Paradise, but swings into SOS! Cover, Kit breaks it! Chase runs in to COHP Kit! Wolfgang CLOBBERS Chase! Duke CLOBBERS Wolfgang! Elton CLOBBERS Duke! Woods ROLLING ELBOWS Elton! Mark CLOBBERS Woods! Kofi KNEES Mark down! Elton returns to fireman’s carry and Kit runs in, DRY MARTINI! Cover, TWO!! Pretty Deadly is furious but they get Kofi back up. They mug Kofi, back suplex, but Kofi lands on his feet! Kofi dumps Kit out hard! Kofi BOOTS Elton, Woods tags in!
Woods scoops Elton, Kofi goes up top, UP UP DOWN DOWN!! Cover, EVERYONE breaks it!!! Fans are thunderous as all four teams are down! “This is Awesome!” as the eight men sort out. Elton SMACKS Kofi, Woods staggers over to CLUB Duke. Kofi staggers into a corner, Elton throws Mark out. Brawling continues outside, Chase tags in off Kofi! The ref tries to get things in order but Kofi puts Chase up top! Kofi throws hands, everyone brawls by commentary, and Kofi climbs up! Chase throws body shots on Kofi, and SHOVES him onto the cluster! Charlotte, NC comes alive for “U~~!” Chase adjusts, but Kit SMACKS him!
Thea freaks out but Kit brings Chase up. But Chase throws body shots! The cluster is fighting again, and Chase brings Kit up for a SUPERPLEX onto the cluster!! Fans are losing their minds, they sound like Mr. Chase when he gets mad! Chase brawls with Gallus, but Gallus mugs Chase! They SMACK him off the apron, RAM him into the desk, and then decide to clear off the desk! Fans fire up, but Duke makes the save! Duke whips Wolfgang into the barriers! And then he TOSSES Mark aside! Duke finishes clearing off the desk! But Kit CLOBBERS Duke! Elton stomps Duke, he and Kit drag Duke up. Thea freaks out for the DOUBLE-
NO, Duke is too much to lift! Duke CLUBS Elton away, reels Kit in, and he lifts Kit up! Elton makes the save, kicks Duke low, then RAMS Duke into the apron! Thea panics for Duke’s sake, Pretty Deadly puts things back on the desk? Fans boo, that’s lame. But Pretty Deadly goes into the ring and they rush Duke. They double whip, but Duke busts the line to DOUBLE LARIAT Pretty Deadly! Duke JABS away on Kit, flips, flops and “U~!” ELBOW! SENTON! Clothesline for Elton, then an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Mark runs in but gets hands! Duke whips, Mark reverses, but Duke FLYING ELBOWS! Fans are thunderous as both men are down!
DUKE KIPS UP!? Duke aims from a corner, he tunes up the marching band, but Wolfgang runs in! Duke DECKS Wolfgang but Mark bails out. Duke goes out after Gallus and fires off on them! Gallus mugs Duke, clears the desk, and DOUBLE URENAGES Duke through the desk!! Fans lose their minds all over again! Gallus leaves Duke behind in the wreckage, then go tot he ring to go after Chase! Chase fires off hands! Fans fire up but he gets mugged! Wolfgang whips but Chase holds ropes! Chase dumps out Wolfgang to fire off hands on Mark! Mark whips, Chase reverses, RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Time to spell it out!
C! H! A! S! E! U! What’s that spell? “CHASE U~!” Chase goes up the corner, leaps and CROSSBODIES Mark! Cover, TWO!! Chase gest a leg, steps through, FIGURE FOUR! Charlotte, NC goes “WOO~!” for the Nature Boy shoutout! Mark endures, crawls, reaches out, but Wolfgang HOWLING SWANTONS Chase! Wolfgang lifts Chase, Mark adds on, DOUBLE TAP! Cover, TWO!?!? Chase survives Gallus’ best shot?! They haul Chase up again but Kofi leapfrogs to CLOBBER Mark! Chase slips away, Kofi dumps Wolfgang out! Kofi goes up the corner to SUPER TRUFST FALL onto Pretty Deadly, only tog et caught! SPILT MILK to the floor!!
Pretty Deadly shout, “YES BOY!” but Woods BLASTS them off the apron! Mark waistlocks, Wood switches, ROLLING ELBOW! Woods hurries to the apron and he goes up top! LIMIT- NO, Wolfgang catches Woods! DOUBLE TAP!!! Cover, GALLUS WINS!!
Winners: Gallus, by pinfall (NEW NXT Tag Team Champions)
It was chaotic and violent, but that’s how Markus & Wolfie like it! And now, we see Gallus Boys back on top! Will Gallus soon have a historic reign like they did in the UK?
NXT Women’s Championship Triple Threat: Roxanne Perez VS Gigi Dolin VS Jacy Jayne!
The inaugural Women’s Breakout Star, the inaugural Miss Iron Survivor, and a Prodigy in this business living the childhood dream, Roxanne Perez is now facing perhaps the hardest first defense a champion has faced in NXT. Toxic Attraction claims to be on the same page, and claims that they can be co-stars in the singles division, but only ONE walks out of Charlotte, NC with this title! Will the 2v1 break down into every woman for herself? Will the numbers spell disaster for Roxanne on Vengeance Day?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if the Toxic Empire strikes back!
The bell rings and Roxie eyes Toxic Attraction as they flank her. Roxie blocks Jacy’s punch and then Gigi’s punch! Roxie UPPERCUTS Jacy, UPPERCUTS Gigi, but Jacy blocks an uppercut and Gigi BOOTS Roxie down! Toxic Attraction mug Roxie, going through with their plan. Double wrench and DOUBLE FACEBUSTER! Gigi and Jacy each gloat, but fans boo as they stalk up on Roxie. Roxie fights back but gets mugged again. Toxic Attraction double whip, Roxie ducks ‘n’ dodges to CROSSBODY, but they catch her! BACKBREAKER to BOOT! Roxie bails out, Gigi pursues, and Gigi drags Roxie up to throw her back in.
Gigi lets Jacy go after Roxie, but Roxie dodges the boot! O’Conner Roll, TWO, THESZ PRESS on Gigi! Roxie rains down fists but Jacy drags her away. Jacy waistlocks but Roxie elbows free. Roxie runs but is sent into ropes! Jacy and Gigi coordinate, they aim from opposite ends, but Roxie moves! The Toxic Annihilation is stopped before someone gets hit! Jacy helps Gigi up, Roxie dodges them both to DOUBLE SHOTGUN! Fans fire up with Roxie, she wrenches Jacy and knuckle locks. Gigi storms up, Roxie kicks her low and knuckle locks her, too. Roxie goes up the ropes to springboards and DOUBLE ARM-DRAG!
Fans fire up as Toxic Attraction bails out! Roxie builds speed to DIVE! Down goes Gigi! Jacy is on the apron as Roxie gest Gigi up, Jacy CANNONBALLS but only gets Gigi! Roxie ROCKS Jacy, puts her in the ring, and Roxie has the fans rallying up. Roxie stomps Jacy, rolls and handsprings, MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! But into the CROSSFACE! Jacy endures, pries free, rolls to a cover, TWO! Roxie hurries after Jacy, wrenches an arm, and she whips. Jacy reverses to hit a NECKBREAKER! Jacy rains down fists on Roxie then shrieks! Fans boo but Jacy just grins. Jacy drags Roxie up, SLAPS her, then CHOPS her!
Roxie goes to ropes, Jacy snapmares and KICKS her in the back! Cover, TWO! Jacy clamps onto Roxie with a chinlock and she smothers her! Fans rally as Roxie fights up, and she arm-drags free! Jacy staggers up, CLOBBERS Roxie, but then Gigi drags her out! They argue about the mishaps, they shove, but then Gigi says they should focus and work together. They shake hands, but Roxie runs in! Gigi makes Jacy take the dropkick! Gigi then RAMS Roxie into steel steps! And fires off Kawada Kicks against the steps! Gigi fires off furious knees, grins, then THROWS Roxie into barriers! Gigi snarls and shouts SHE’S the next champion!
Gigi drags Roxie up and puts her in the ring. Roxie is on the apron, Gigi drags her up, but Roxie fires a forearm! And another! And another! Roxie shrieks, but Gigi hits an APRON STO! Gigi pushes Roxie in, drags her up, and hits a BIG back suplex! Cover, Jacy drags her off! Jacy wags her finger with a grin, and gets in the ring to cover. Gigi drags Jacy off and fans are loving the dysfunction. Jacy and Gigi argue, they growl at each other, then Jacy shoves Gigi. Gigi shoves Jacy! The shoving continues, but Jacy SLAPS Gigi! Gigi grins and SLAPS Jacy! Fans seem to be on Team Gigi here, but Jacy has a wild grin, too!
Gigi blocks a neckbreaker, things speed up, Jacy gets around to trip Gigi and jackknife! TWO, Gigi sunset flips, TWO! Jacy and Gigi stand, pull hair, but Roxie CROSSBODIES them both down! Fans fire up with Roxie, and she RAMS Gigi to then CLOBBER Jacy! And she CLOBBERS Gigi! Roxie SHOTGUNS Jacy down, kips up, and fans fire up! Roxie has Toxic Attraction in the corners, UPPERCUT for Gig! UPPERCUT for Jacy! UPPERCUT for Gigi! UPPERCUT for Jacy! Roxie wrenches and reels Jacy in, kicks Gigi and adds her, too! RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP DDT!! Cover on Jacy, TWO! Cover on Gigi, TWO!
Roxie shakes her head, fans rally up behind her, and she drags Jacy up. Roxie runs, hops up, but Jacy puts Roxie up top! The Tree of Woe traps Gigi, too, and Jacy stomps away! Jacy mule kicks Roxie, then shrieks as she goes corner to corner! CANNONBALL SANDWICH! Gigi flops out, Jacy SUPERKICKS Roxie! Jacy aims from the corner, runs in, and KNEES Roxie down!! Cover, Gigi breaks it! Gigi and Jacy get forehead to forehead, and fans fire up as the forearms fly! Team Gigi is strong as she hits Jacy again and again! It’s a scrum! Both women shove, Jacy ROLLING ELBOWS Gigi down! “SUCK IT!”
Jacy grabs Roxie, Roxie cradles! TWO!! Ghost pin! TWO! Jacy knees Roxie low, brings her up and puts her in a corner. Jacy back body blocks, then grins as she goes corner to corner, but Roxie dodges! SUPERKICK! Roxie hops on, but Jacy pops her off into Gigi’s STO! ROUNDHOUSE for Jacy! Gigi drags Roxie up, PANCAKE! Bridging cover, but Jacy SENTONS it apart! All three women are down and fans fire up! Gigi sputters and coughs while she crawls away. Roxie and Jacy stir, they crawl. Fans duel between Roxie and Gigi, they and Jacy meet int he middle. Jacy ROCKS Roxie, Roxie ROCKS Jacy, Gigi ROCKS Roxie, they all just go around hitting each other!
Gigi HEADBUTTS Roxie, Roxie ROCKS Jacy, then ROCKS Gigi! Roxie fires off on both opponents again and again! Roxie roars, but DOUBLE SUPERKICKS take her down! Gigi and Jacy glare at each other, DOUBLE HEADBUTTS!! DOUBLE COVER, TWO!?!? It was hard to tell who was even on top, but this match is still going! Fans rally up, Gigi and Jacy decide they should work together to take Roxie out. Gigi shouts, “Jacy! GET THE TABLES!” Jacy shrieks and brings out a table, Toxic Attraction is Team 3D tonight! They drag Roxie up and over, DOUBLE- NO, Roxie elbows free! Roxie SOBATS Jacy, but Gigi runs in!
Roxie SOBATS Gigi! POP ROX to the floor! Roxie tells Gigi that’s what she gets, but Jacy is after her! Roxie ROCKS Jacy, RAMS her into the apron again and again, then pushes her into the ring. Fans chant for the table but Roxie climbs up. But Jacy GAMANGIRIS first! Jacy climbs up, CLUBS away on Roxie, and hoists Roxie up! Roxie resists, CLUBS away on Jacy, and fans fire up! Roxie adjusts, but Gigi joins in! Jacy begs for help, and Gigi holds onto Jacy. Roxie BOOTS Gigi off and Gigi falls through the table!! Roxie then hits SUPER POP ROX!!! Cover, ROXIE WINS!!
Winner: Roxanne Perez, by pinfall (still NXT Women’s Champion)
Breakout Star, Iron Survivor, and still youngest Women’s Champion in NXT history! Will the Prodigy make all the history and break all the records now that she’s survived Toxic Attraction?
NXT Championship Steel Cage Match, NO ESCAPE: Bron Breakker VS Grayson Waller!
The Big Booty Nephew has been through a lot in his NXT career, and has survived quite a bit. But the 21st Century Success Story will not be denied! Controversy in the form of a ring malfunction muddied their previous match, will not even the cage falling apart keep these two from settling the score?
Waller has lovely ladies, lots of bubbly, and “The Golden Shoey” with him as he makes his entrance, already planning his celebration before the match has even started. As for Bron, he busts through a Grayson Waller Effect cutout and storms right tot he ring. The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and the cage is locked in place! One way or another, vengeance will be served! But then Waller CLOBBERS Bron before he gets in the cage! Waller RAMS Bron into barriers, talks trash, but fans boo and the refs reprimand. Waller throws hands but Bron throws them harder! Bron runs, but Waller dodge! Bron avoids crashing through barriers, and he stalks the swaggering Waller.
Bron CHOPS Waller, THROWS him into barriers, and barks it up with the fans. Bron ROCKS Waller, then SLAMS the door into his face! Bron puts Waller back in the ring, storms up the steps, and he slams the door shut himself. Waller realizes Bron’s not trapped in a cage with him, he’s trapped in a cage with Bron! The bell rings, fans fire up and this is happening! Waller climbs but Bron drags him down to DECK him! Bron ROCKS Waller with hands, stalks him around the way, then ROCKS him again! Waller knees low, CLUBS Bron, then cravats for a neck wrench. Waller throws knees and Bron staggers around.
Waller whips Bron to ropes, fans duel, but Bron ducks ‘n’ dodges and builds speed to CLOBBER Waller! Bron shakes the cage, fans bark it up, and Bron brings Waller up. Bron suplexes Waller and marches around! Fans fire up as Bron does a lap, then SLAMS Waller down! Bron kips up and STANDING MOONSAULTS! Waller writhes but Bron grins. Bron drags Waller up, scoops him, but Waller slips off! Waller ROCKS Bron, but Bron shakes it off quickly. Waller climbs again but that baits Bron in! Waller ROLLING ELBOWS, then tilt-o-whirls to DDT! Cover, ONE!! Bron is tough but Waller keeps cool.
Waller stomps Bron’s leg, stomps Bron’s face, then mocks the barks with little arfs. Waller CLUBS Bron, throws kidney shots, but fans boo. Bron elbows back, elbows again, but Waller dropkicks the legs out! Cover, ONE! Waller drops an elbow, talks some trash, then brings Bron up. Fans duel, Waller whips, but Bron avoids hitting steel! Bron elbows Waller away, knees him low, then throws haymakers. Bron whips corner to corner, runs in, but into a BOOT! Waller somersaults, but leaps into a clinch! OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Bron runs to rally with big shoulder tackles! Bron ducks ‘n’ dodges, and catches Waller for a POWERSLAM!
Fans bark it up as Bron goes to a corner. Bron climbs, aims, leaps, FLYING BULLDOG! Bron aims from a corner, Waller rolls away, but the cage keeps him from bailing out! Bron runs in, but Waller dodges and Bron hits steel! Waller drags Bron to a cover, TWO! Waller keeps cool, and says Bron’s in Waller’s world. Waller stomps Bron, rains down fists, then drags Bron up. Waller throws hands, using the straps to keep Bron close. Waller DECKS Bron, then swaggers. Waller drags Bron back up, RAMS him into the steel, and Bron flops back! Cover, TWO! Waller shows off by doing push-ups, then pretends to pee on Bron like a dog.
Waller knees Bron into the steel, then digs his boots in! Bron can only endure, and Waller lets off to drag Bron to center. Waller stomps the legs, throws forearms, then runs, to SPLASH Bron against steel! Bron flops down, Waller waits on him to get back up. Bron stands, Waller runs, but Bron catches the splash for a scoop! Waller rakes eyes! And RAMS Bron into steel! And then RAMS him into more steel! Waller sees Bron stagger, ROLLING UNPRETTIER! Cover, TWO! Bron survives but Waller keeps his cool. Waller drops some knees on Bron’s head, then snap suplexes. Waller grins and he goes up the corner.
Bron storms over but Waller throws hands. Bron CLUBS Waller’s legs, Waller CLUBS Bron’s back. Bron goes right up to SUPER STEINER! Cover, TWO! Waller survives and Bron is frustrated, but fans rally up while both men are down. Bron goes up the corner again, leaps, but Waller JUMP KNEES the bulldog down! Waller hurries up the ropes, for the BALLER ELBOW!! Cover, TWO!! Bron survives but Waller says, “Okay, Bron.” Waller kicks Bron around, has him against ropes, and ties the arms up in the ropes! Fans boo but Bron is stuck! Waller fires body shots on Bron like he’s the heavy bag in the gym!
Waller runs to SHOTGUN Bron in the ribs! Fans boo but Waller slaps Bron around. Waller gives toying kicks, then JABS Bron! Waller mocks taking down the straps and breaking stuff a la Bron. Waller hits a three point stance, to RAM into Bron! Waller does drop steps, but Bron just gets mad! Bron goes Incredible Hulk and breaks out of the ropes! Waller is scared now as the fans all bark it up! Waller tries to climb again, but Bron grabs him and TOSSES him! And then THROWS him into steel! And into more steel! And more steel! Waller wobbles, Bron trophy lifts! To TOSS Waller into steel! Waller scrapes down the side and fans fire up!
Bron goes to a corner, aims at Waller as he flounders up, and runs in, but Waller dodges! Bron keeps from hitting buckles, but Waller LOW BLOWS! Waller somersaults for the STUNNER! Cover, TWO!?!? Bron survives and Waller is beside himself! Fans rally up, Waller talks trash from the corner. “You can’t beat me!” But then Waller looks up at the cage, and remembers back to WarGames! Fans duel as Waller climbs the corner, and then climbs the cage! Fans are freaking out as Waller stands on the very top! Bron stands and stares Waller down! Bron hurries up, Waller kicks at him, but Bron throws hands!
Waller tries to leave the cage but that won’t change anything! Bron drags Waller back into the cage, for a SUPER DUPER PLEX!! Fans are thunderous for “NXT! NXT!” as Bron aims! SPEAR!! Bron roars, pulls down the straps, and he flexes! Waller flounders, but Bron looms over him. Waller drags himself up but can’t stay up. Bron tells Waller to look at him! “You wanna talk trash now, huh? You wanna talk trash on social media to me, huh? This is MY dog pound! I RUN NXT!” But Waller SLAPS Bron! Fans bark it up as Waller eggs Bron on! Bron runs and SPEARS Waller back down! Cover, Bron wins!
Winner: Bron Breakker, by pinfall (still NXT Champion)
Waller talked a lot, backed up a lot of that talk, but none of it was enough to break down Bron Breakker! Bron climbs the cage and holds up the belt to show he truly stands atop NXT! But wait, here comes Trick Melo Gang! Melo won against Apollo, he is the de facto #1 contender! Will Melo be the man that finally dethrones the man?
A great event for NXT to get back out on the road with! Vengeance Day wasn’t a TakeOver by name but it was definitely one in spirit and quality. Granted, they did still give us promos from the superstars not involved in matches tonight, but I do like that they were having a viewing party back in the Performance Center. Feroz VS Lyra for NXT this Tuesday is going to be good stuff, and it will surely help push stories along. It could even feed into the story of who attacked Nikkita Lyons, with Feroz still being a suspect from the footage. And I was just hoping we’d get Hank Walker having to get traditional wrestling gear, I can’t wait to see how that turns out.
Good promos in the kickoff show, and the North American title opening was a bit of a surprise. But at the same time, they went nuts in that match to really set the bar. Tony and Stacks helping Wes was a surprise, but it makes sense since they’d want to screw over Dijak. Also, Dijak apparently broke his finger through the course of this match, that sucked for him. But Wes retaining makes sense, as he’s been doing great ever since being on his own. Plus, there are limitless possibilities for his next defense. Great women’s tag match, and of course Kiana still uses her Heel tactics. Kiana and Fallon winning was a bit of a surprise, but it works for their story as we approach Valentine’s Day and perhaps the culmination of the Kiana-Jensen story.
The Best 2 Outta 3 was great stuff, but I was a bit disappointed they didn’t push that to the third fall before Azeez returned. Also, I like that Azeez has returned as Dabba-Kato. But also, I kinda meant it when I questioned them bringing him back if he was gonna turn on Apollo. I suppose this will be Apollo’s next story, and it’ll help reestablish Dabba-Kato as his own man. The Fatal 4 Way tag title match was awesome stuff, as expected. I thought Duke and Chase were going to fall apart as a team, but it seems not. Instead, we got new champs in Gallus, without Joe Coffey even showing up. Gallus is great, they will carry things while New Day will return to SmackDown for their WrestleMania story, if they have one.
Awesome Women’s Championship Triple Threat, and we all knew it was gonna fall apart for Toxic Attraction. They weren’t going to copy Michelle McCool & Layla when they were co-WWE Divas’ Champions, and Roxie wasn’t going to lose in her first defense ever. Just like with Wes, Roxie has any number of potential opponents for Stand & Deliver, maybe even the superstar who attacked Lyons! Something about that could tie in multiple stories. This person could’ve been someone Lyons considered a friend, but they betrayed her to get ahead much like Cora Jade betraying Roxie.
And of course, NXT Championship as the main event was great stuff. The Steel Cage being made No Escape was a good move, and was just what I was sensing on Tuesday. Waller going after Bron before the match was a good touch, but that and his big celebratory entrance were just indicators he wasn’t winning. And given that, I was kinda hoping Bron would Spear Waller through the steel cage wall at the end there. Escape wouldn’t give Waller the win, so it would’ve just been an epic moment to kinda get us past the whole “Bron Wins LOL.” Bron VS Melo is the clear match for Stand & Deliver, and I would hope Melo wins. Melo wins to truly be THE champion of NXT, Bron moves on to Raw or SmackDown to head for a midcard title.
My Score: 9/10
Mitchell’s NJPW New Beginning Sapporo Results & Report! (2/4/23)
Will Sapporo be tranquilo?
Sapporo sees The Roughneck VS The Stardust Genius!
Before Tetsuya Naito faces Keiji Muto in his final match ever, we see the Uncontrollable Charisma take on #SHOOTER, Shota Umino! Will the young star be a speedbump in Naito’s 2023 run?
- Great-O-Khan VS Oskar Leube; Khan wins.
- 8 Man Tag: Minoru Suzuki, El Desperado, Ren Narita & Ryohei Oiwa VS The House of Torture; Suzuki, Desperado, Narita & Oiwa win.
- 8 Man Tag: Hirooki Goto, Yoshi-Hashi, Tomohiro Ishii & Yuto Nakashima VS TMDK; TMDK wins.
- 8 Man Tag: Hiroshi Tanahashi, Tama Tonga, Hikuleo & Master Wato VS Bullet Club; Tanahashi, Tama, Hikuleo & Wato wins.
- 8 Man Tag: Kazuchika Okada, Toru Yano, Ryusuke Taguchi & YOH VS Los Ingobernables de Japon; LIJ wins.
- IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championships: Catch 2/2 VS DOUKI & Yoshinobu Kanemaru; Catch 2/2 wins and retains the title.
- Will Ospreay VS Taichi; Ospreay wins.
- Tetsuya Naito VS Shota Umino; Naito wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championships: Catch 2/2 VS DOUKI & Yoshinobu Kanemaru!
TJP & Francesco Akira made it through WrestleKingdom 17 still holding onto the titles, but Japones Del Mal & The Heel Master did get one on them in Super Junior Tag League. That golden ticket is being cashed in now, will Douki & Kanemaru win some gold for #Just4Guys? Or will the United Empire conquer their New Beginnings?
The introductions are made, with Taka Michinoku being on the mic for #Just4Guys. Taka promises victory for all of them tonight, and tells TJP & Akira, “You’re already done!” TJP & Akira then make their entrance, Great-O-Khan waving the Empire’s banner as he already won to open the show. The belts are raised, and we see if the Empire stays standing!
The teams sort out and TJP starts against Kanemaru. Akira gets the fans to chant “T J P!” as he circles with Kanemaru. They tie up, break, then circle again. They tie up, break, and reset again. They knuckle lock, TJP wrenches and wrangles Kanemaru to a top wristlock. Kanemaru rolls back but TJP wrenches him again. Kanemaru kicks low, wrenches TJP’s arm and YANKS it. And YANKS it again! Kanemaru keeps on the wristlock but TJP rolls, spins, cartwheels and drags Kanemaru down to the twist headscissors! Kanemaru reaches up to headscissor back while fans applaud the exchange.
TJP moves around, headstands, and fans applaud as he holds it. TJP then pops free of the headscissors, pats Kanemaru, and slicks his hair back. But Kanemaru kicks the leg! And again! Kanemaru whips, TJP avoids the drop down to kick. TJP headlocks, Kanemaru powers out but TJP handsprings over. Things keep moving, Kanemaru sunset flips but TJP rolls through. Kanemaru avoids the Penalty Kick but TJP MARIPOSAS! Cover, TWO! Akira runs in to BLAST Douki, and then he and TJP double whip Kanemaru. Kanemaru holds ropes, he puts Akira on the apron and Douki trips Akira up! Douki stomps Akira while Kanemaru BOOTS TJP!
TJP ROLLING SOBATS back, runs, but into DOUBLE DROPKICKS! Fans fire up as TJP tumbles out of the ring. Kanemaru whips Douki so he can DIVE onto TJP! Fans fire up as Douki gets back in and Kanemaru whips him to DIVE onto Akira! Taka cheers his guys on along with the fans, and Kanemaru gets TJP’s leg. Kanemaru SMASHES TJP’s knee into the floor! TJP writhes, Khan protests, but Douki whips Akira into railing! Akira slumps down, Kanemaru stomps TJP and SMASHES the knee again! The ref reprimands, Kanemaru argues with him, and TJP slides into the ring. Kanemaru follows and stalks TJP.
Kanemaru stomps TJP’s leg, tags Douki, and Douki gives TJP some stomps. Douki digs his boot into TJP’s bad leg, but lets off as the ref counts. Douki stalks TJP to ropes and wraps the bad leg around them. The ref counts, Douki lets off to run side to side and dropkick the bad leg! TJP falls and fans cheer, and Douki tags Kanemaru. They drag TJP to split the wishbone! Kanemaru drags TJP up, whips him to ropes, and dropkicks the legs out! Kanemaru grabs the leg, and he pulls on a deep CALF KILLER! TJP endures, Akira stomps Kanemaru, but Douki throws Akira out. Kanemaru drags TJP up for a SHIN BREAKER!
Tag to Douki, he stomps TJP’s leg, but TJP shoves him away. Douki kicks the bad leg, and kicks it again. Douki whips TJP to ropes, TJP goes Spider-Man, but Douki rushes in. TJP goes up and over Douki, Akira runs in and TJP jumps over for Akira to WRECK Douki with a dropkick! TJP BLASTS Kanemaru, Akira ASAI MOONSAULTS Douki down! Fans fire up with the Nova Fireball as he puts Douki back in. TJP hobbles over, tags Akira in, and Catch 2/2 double whip. SOBAT, KICK, KICK and SHOTGUN! Cover, TWO! Fans rally and Akira drags Douki up. Douki fights back but Akira CLUBS him on the back. Akira then RAMS Douki into a corner!
Akira RAMS Douki more, snapmares and basement dropkicks! Cover, TWO! Akira drags Douki up, scoops and SLAMS him, then tags TJP. Akira runs to hop up onto TJP’s shoulders! “Take pictures, take pictures!” ELEVATED SENTON! TJP covers but Kanemaru breaks it! Fans rally, TJP drags Douki by a leg and steps through. DEATHLOCK! Fans rally as TJP falls back to SNAP it! And SNAP it again! And then bridge for the MUTA LOCK! Kanemaru stomps TJP down, but Akira kicks Kanemaru back out. TJP drags Douki up and over, Akira holds onto Douki in the ropes for a TARANTULA!
The ref is busy with TJP and Kanemaru, Akira gets away with a bit more than a five count. Akira lets off and TJP covers, TWO! Fans rally up as Douki shakes his head defiantly. Douki fires forearms on TJP but TJP UPPERCUTS him down! TJP drags Douki to the ropes, goes to the apron, and slingshots, but Douki avoids the senton! Douki rushes in, swings into a back suplex, but lands on his feet! Douki dropkicks TJP’s legs out! Fans fire up while both men are down! TJP and Douki crawl for their corners, hot tag to Kanemaru! Akira runs in to intercept! Catch 2/2 double whip but Kanemaru ducks ‘n’ dodges to DOUBLE SHOTGUN!
Kanemaru drags TJP and whips him to a corner but TJP reverses. TJP runs but into a BOOT! Kanemaru goes up top to STRONG SCISSORS! TJP tumbles but stands, Kanemaru runs in to dropkick the legs out! Kanemaru gets the bad leg again, for another SHIN BREAKER! And then a SHIN BUSTER as he throws TJP to the mat! And then another SMASH of the knee! Kanemaru steps through, but TJP kicks him away with the good leg. Only for Kanemaru to basement dropkick TJP back down! Kanemaru drags TJP up, scoops and BRITISH FALL! Cover, TWO! Kanemaru keeps TJP in the drop zone and goes up the corner!
MOONSAULT, but TJP moves! Kanemaru lands on his feet, but Akira runs in to kick him low. Akira runs but Douki gets in to elbow Akira! Douki & Kanemaru both run, but TJP sets up for FIREBALL IN MOTION! Fans fire up with all four men down! Akira bails out with Douki and TJP brings the kneepad down on his bad leg. TJP hobbles after Kanemaru and puts him in a corner. Fans rally as TJP scrubs Kanemaru’s face with his laces. TJP then runs side to side, but Kanemaru gets up to dropkick the bad leg! Fans fire up, Kanemaru has the bad leg and steps through, but TJP makes it a cradle! TWO!! Kanemaru escapes and TJP goes to a corner!
Kanemaru runs in, but TJP goes up and over and TORNADO DDTS! Fans fire up as Akira takes Douki out! TJP climbs up and aims, MAMBA SPLASH FLOPS!! Kanemaru avoids the dunk, runs in and dropkicks the leg out again! Step through and FIGURE FOUR!! TJP endures, flails, but Douki keeps Akira outside! Khan coaches TJP, TJP reaches out, but Kanemaru thrashes the leg! TJP still fights his way over, but Kanemaru turns him away!! TJP keeps trying, he pries at the hold, but Kanemaru holds onto the leg itself! TJP reaches out one more time, ROPEBREAK! Fans fire up while Kanemaru reluctantly lets TJP go.
Douki tags in and he waits on TJP. TJP gets to a corner, Douki runs in to clothesline! Kanemaru adds on a back elbow! Douki climbs up while Kanemaru scoops for BRITISH- SUPERKICK from Akira! Douki leaps, but TJP gets under! ALLEY-OOP FACEBUSTER!! Cover, TWO!?!? Douki survives and fans fire up! Akira drags Douki up and TJP Electric Chair Lifts. Akira climbs, but the bad leg gives out! TJP falls, Akira hops down to get Douki up onto the corner. Akira CLUBS Douki, TJP tries again, and Akira climbs back up. But Kanemaru runs in! Akira MISSILE DROPKICKS Kanemaru, but Douki escapes the Electric Chair!
Douki waistlocks but TJP fights the suplex. Akira chicken wings for TIGER GERMAN! TJP adds on the jackknife bridge! TWO!?!? Douki escapes by nanoseconds and fans are thunderous! Fans rally with “CATCH! NI NI!” as Akira drums the mat. TJP sits Douki up, he and Akira run, but the bad leg gives out again! Akira checks on TJP as he clutches the leg. Akira hurries to go to the apron and tag in. Akira then drags Douki up and reel him in, SPEED- NO! Douki slips free to monkey flip, and ITALIAN STRETCH #32! TJP hurries over but Kanemaru tackles him down! FIGURE FOUR!! Catch 2/2 is enduring dual submissions!!!
Fans are thunderous as TJP reaches out for Akira! Akira is fading, turning red, but TJP keeps rocking the leglock! Kanemaru keeps rocking it back to keep TJP away, but Akira fights his way over! Douki drags Akira away, but Akira jackknifes! TWO!?!?!? And then a spin, Gory Especial, DOTON NO JUSTU!!! Kanemaru dumps TJP out of the ring and runs back in to SHOTGUN Akira!! Kanemaru hurries to scoop and SLAM Akira, to then MOONSAULT!! Douki drags Akira up, to Gory Especial, DOTON NO JUSTU, HENKEI!! Cover, TJP BREAKS IT?! Fans are electric as Kanemaru throws TJP back out!
Douki aims from the apron, slingshots, DAYBREAK!!!! Cover, TWO?!?!?! Akira survives and Duoki can’t believe it! Fans are electric and Douki roars! Douki wheelbarrows Akira, but Akira fights it! Douki powers through, full nelsons, SUPLEX DE LA- NO, Akira lands on his feet! Akira superkicks but Douki blocks! But TJP SUPERKICKS! Akira runs, rolls, RANA DDT!! TJP drags Douki up and Akira heads up the corner! FINAL CUT DOUBLE STOMP! Cover, but Kanemaru breaks it!! Neither team is giving up! Kanemaru hits a SHIN BREAKER on TJP! But TJP dumps Kanemaru out! TJP PLANCHAS to take Kanemaru out!
Akira roars, he brings Douki up, SPEEDFIRE!!!! Akira then aims from a corner, Douki sits up, NOVA FIREBALL!!!! Cover, Catch 2/2 wins!!!
Winners: Catch 2/2, by pinfall (still IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions)
This may be New Beginnings, but there will be NO new champions today! Douki & Kanemaru came so close, will they fight their way to another chance? Will TJP & Akira continue this hot streak until the wheels fall off?
Will Ospreay VS Taichi!
The United Empire is 2-0 tonight, and they already beat two of the #Just4Guys. Now, the Commonwealth Kingpin takes on The Holy Emperor in a showdown of faction leaders! Will the Empire assert complete dominance in NJPW? Or is there still a chance #Just4Guys can rise up?
The bell rings and the two rush each other! They both kick, Ospreay BOOTS but then Taichi BOOTS back! Ospreay rebounds to BOOT again! Taichi BOOTS back, Ospreay BOOTS back, repeat! Ospreay throws a forearm, Taichi KICKS! Forearm, KICK, back and forth, again and again! Ospreay fires a flurry, spins, but into a SOBAT! ENZI- NO, Ospreay ducks it! But then Taichi ducks Hidden Blade! Ospreay BOOTS, whips, but Taichi reverses to DANGEROUS HOOK KICK! Fans fire up while Ospreay checks his face. Fans chant, “Let’s Go, Taichi!” as he brings Ospreay up. Taichi snapmares and KICKS Ospreay in the back!
Taichi paces around Ospreay, stands him up and whips to ropes, for a kitchen sink knee! Taichi KICKS Ospreay in the back again! Cover, ONE!! Ospreay grits his teeth but Taichi brings him back up. Taichi knees low, whips Ospreay to ropes, but Ospreay holds ropes to stop himself. Taichi runs in but Ospreay FLAPJACK HOTSHOTS him! Ospreay runs, and he BOOTS Taichi down! Fans fire up while Taichi bails out. Ospreay PLANCHAS and takes Taichi down! Fans fire up more while Taka checks on Taichi. Ospreay has Taka back off, and he brings Taichi up. Ospreay CHOPS Taichi and Taichi sputters as he staggers away.
Fans rally, Ospreay stalks Taichi, and Ospreay throws big forearms. The ref wants this to get in the ring so Ospreay brings Taichi up onto the apron. Ospreay CLUBS away on Taichi’s back! Ospreay then goes up to the apron to KNEE DROP! Fans fire up, Ospreay covers, ROPEBREAK! Fans applaud, but Ospreay gives toying kicks. Taichi sits up and eggs Ospreay on. Ospreay kicks and kicks but Taichi keeps egging him on. Ospreay drags Taichi up, puts him in a corner, and CHOPS him back down! Fans fire up but Taichi is stinging! Ospreay talks some trash, “That’s your boy, huh? That’s your boy? Your boy’s getting f’d up!”
Ospreay goes back to Taichi, drags him up, and wrenches to whip Taichi hard into a corner! Fans rally up, Ospreay drags Taichi up and snapmares him, to KNEE him in the back! But Taichi stays up so Ospreay KNEES him again! Ospreay clamps on a chinlock but Taichi endures the squeeze. Taichi crawls forward as fans rally, but Ospreay cranks the hold. Taichi reaches out and gets the ROPEBREAK! Ospreay lets off fast to drag Taichi right up for a BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Taichi hangs tough and fans rally up. Ospreay drags Taichi back up, reels him in, but Taichi fights the lift! They fight for control, and Taichi back drops Ospreay away!
Ospreay gets right up to CHOP Taichi! Taichi goes to a corner, Ospreay runs corner to corner, but Taichi dodges to GAMANGIRI! Both men are down and fans fire back up! Ospreay sits up first but Taichi follows. Taichi stands first and he stalks up behind Ospreay. Taichi whips Ospreay to the corner, clotheslines in the corner, then runs, but Ospreay gets around to a waistlock! Taichi fights the lift, breaks free and PELES the arm! Fans fire up as Taichi stands again. Taichi runs, Ospreay ELBOWS the Ax Bomber away! Taichi blocks the kick, ducks another, runs and AX BOMBERS!! Fans are thunderous as Taichi fires up!
Taichi stands up, and OFF COME THE PANTS! Fans fire up more and Taichi aims from the corner. Ospreay stands, but he avoids the kick! Handspring, NEURALIZER! Both men are down again, but Ospreay goes out to the apron. Ospreay aims, springboards, and PIP PIP CHEERIO! Cover, TWO!! Taichi is still in this but Ospreay stands back up. Fans rally, Ospreay calls his shot, and he has Taichi get up. But Taichi reels him in! Ospreay fights free, Taichi boots the haymaker then runs, but into a Tiger Wall Kick and ENZIGURI! Ospreay wags his finger, waits on Taichi to get up again, and then springboards! OSC- NO, Taichi catches Ospreay!
Ospreay holds onto ropes to avoid the saido! Fans rally and duel as they fight for control, and Ospreay kicks off the ropes to get free. Ospreay BOOTS, whips, but Taichi reverses. Ospreay handsprings, into DANGEROUS SAIDO!! Fans fire up again while both men are down! Fans chant, “Let’s Go, Taichi!” as he and Ospreay stir. Taichi sits up first and then stands. Ospreay sits up, Taichi BUZZ- NO, Ospreay blocks! Ospreay CLUBS the leg, fires off Kawada Kicks, but Taichi just gets in Ospreay’s face. Taichi kicks low, and gives back those Kawada Kicks! Ospreay gives more Kawada Kicks, but then so does Taichi!
Fans rally up as Ospreay sits down. Taichi eggs Ospreay on, and dares him to give more kicks! Ospreay stands up to fire off more Kawada Kicks! Taichi staggers, but now Ospreay eggs him on. Ospreay wants more Kawada Kicks, so Taichi gives him more! Ospreay snarls, Taichi eggs him on, and Ospreay CHOPS! Ospreay eggs Taichi on, so Taichi KICKS! Taichi eggs Ospreay on, and Ospreay CHOPS! Taichi paces around, Ospreay eggs him on, and Taichi KICKS! Ospreay CHOPS, Taichi KICKS, repeat! Taichi staggers and Ospreay grins. Fans cheer Taichi on, and he KICKS Ospreay again! Ospreay sputters, Taichi fires off Kawada KICKS! Taichi BUZZSAWS!
Fans are thunderous and Taka pounds the mat! Khan coaches Ospreay up but Taichi roars! Fans fire up with Taichi, he drags Ospreay up and reels him in, for a LAST- NO, Ospreay slips out of the bomb to HOOK KICK! Ospreay aims from a corner now as Taka shouts to him. Taichi flounders up, HIDDEN- YOKOZUNA ELBOW!! Cover, TWO!!! Ospreay survives but Taichi keeps focus! Taichi vows to end this and fans fire up again. Taichi drags Ospreay up, Alabama Lifts, but Ospreay fights it off! Ospreay lifts Taichi but Taichi slips free to ROUNDHOUSE! Ospreay SUPERKICKS! Taichi BLINDSIDE AX BOMBERS! And then GAMANGIRIS!
Fans are thunderous as both men are down again! Ospreay sits up in a daze while fans rally behind Taichi. Taichi roars, he drags Ospreay up, and he Alabama Lifts. Ospreay fights it, Taichi back drops but Ospreay lands on his feet! Taichi swings but Ospreay catches him and spins him to double underhooks! Canadian Rack, but Taichi fights off Stormbreaker! Ospreay lifts Taichi again, TIGER DRIVER!! Ospreay grins while Akira has returned ringside to join the Empire’s cheering section. Fans rally up, Ospreay stands and brings Taichi up. Ospreay runs, springboards, OSCUTTER!! Cover, TWO?!? Fans are fired up but Ospreay is surprised!
Ospreay shakes his head and grins. He drags Taichi back up, goes for the corner, SUPER OS- NO, Taichi catches Ospreay! Taichi turns Ospreay around, Ospreay RANAS, but Taichi blocks it! To make it a PILEDRIVER!! Ospreay writhes and clutches his neck! Ospreay tells the ref his arm is stinging. Fans rally back up for Taichi and he sits back up. Taichi goes to a corner while Ospreay sits up. Taichi copies Ospreay preparing his arm, for a BLINDSIDE AX BOMBER!! Cover, TWO!! Ospreay survives but Taichi roars again! Taichi drags Ospreay up, SAIDO, but Ospreay lands on his feet! Ospreay runs, but into a DROPKICK from Taichi!
Fans are thunderous again and Taichi stands Ospreay up! DANGEROUS SAIDO!! Bridging cover, TWO!?!? Ospreay survives but Taichi is too tired to be frustrated. Fans rally up and chant harder, “Let’s Go, Taichi!” Taichi and Ospreay stir, and Taichi crawls to a corner. Ospreay sits up and Taichi roars again! Taichi takes aim, for JU- SUPERKICK from Ospreay! POISON-RANA!! Ospreay drags Taichi up, goes to the corner, SUPER OSCU- SLAM DUNK!! Taichi body scissors for the GEDO CLUTCH! TWO?!?! HIDDEN BLADE OUTTA NOWHERE!! Both men are down again and fans are going nuts!
Ospreay drags himself to the corner and slashes his throat, vowing to end this! Ospreay drags Taichi up, underhooks, Canadian Racks, but Taichi slips free! Alabama Lift, BLACK- NO, Ospreay slips out to steal DANGEROUS SAIDO! But Taichi roars and rises again!! But into a FLYING HIDDEN BLADE!!! Cover, TWO!??! Taichi survives, fans are electric, but off comes Ospreay’s elbow pad! Ospreay aims from a corner, Taichi stands back up, but Ospreay ROCKS him with forearm after forearm! Taichi staggers but he comes back. Ospreay throws more forearms! Fans rally as Taichi stays on his feet! Taichi comes back, Ospreay thrwos even more forearms, but Taichi leans against him!
Ospreay fires off more forearms, Taichi staggers about, but he still comes back! Ospreay just keeps throwing forearms! Taichi wobbles, Ospreay even more forearms! Taichi ROCKS Ospreay with just one!! Both men wobble, Ospreay roars to DECK Taichi! The ref has Ospreay back off to check Taichi! A standing count begins! Taichi is still down at 5 but Taka shouts to him. The count reaches 7, Taichi stirs, and Taichi stands at 9! BUT INTO HIDDEN BLADE!!! Ospreay then underhooks and lifts, for STORMBREAKER!!! Cover, Ospreay wins!!
Winner: Will Ospreay, by pinfall
The United Empire has conquered the day! Taka and the Young Lions check on Taichi, did Ospreay just slay the Holy Emperor? Will the Commonwealth Kingpin find his way back towards a title?
Tetsuya Naito VS Shota Umino!
The Stardust Genius is preparing to face The Wrestling Genius, Keiji Muto, in his Grand Final, but he’s also looking to settle scores. After all, The Roughneck was part of the dream team of past, present and future stars that defeated Naito and Los Ingobernables de Japon at WrestleKingdom in Tokyo. Will #SHOOTER do it to Naito again? Or will the Uncontrollable Charisma be unstoppable on the way to Muto’s Last Love?
Naito of course takes his time with his entrance attire but Shota is patient. The bell rings, fans rally up, and they chant for “NA-I-TO!” Naito and Shota circle, approach, and feel out the grapple. They back away and circle again, then tie up. They’re in a deadlock, but Shota then wrenches to a wristlock. Naito spins, wrenches and wristlocks in return, but Shota rolls to trip Naito to a toehold! Naito endures, grabs at Shota, but Shota grabs that arm to drag Naito up. But then Naito trips Shota to get a toehold in return. Shota endures now, grabs Naito for a chinlock, then hooks Naito with a leg to bring him down.
Shota pulls on Naito’s arm but Naito clasps hands. Naito fights up, stacks Shota, ONE, but Naito has a HEEL HOOK! Shota gets the ROPEBREAK, Red Shoes calls for it, and Naito lets off. Fans applaud as the two reset. Naito and Shota circle, tie up, and Shota headlocks. Shota grinds the hold, Naito powers up but can’t power out as Shota holds tight. Shota grinds Naito more, but Naito fights back up. Naito pulls hair, Red Shoes reprimands, but Naito headlocks. Shota throws body shots, powers up and out, and things speed up. Shota hurdles but Naito waistlocks. Shota switches, shoves, but Naito holds ropes to avoid the dropkick!
Shota avoids Naito’s basement dropkick, then Shota arm-drags Naito down! Naito headscissors but Shota kips free, and Naito tranquilos! Shota aims a finger gun but Naito raises the fist. Naito rolls out of the ring, Shota waits on him. Naito walks around the way, approaches, but backs away as Shota steps forward. Shota steps back and Naito slides in, and fans applaud as the two circle again. They approach, feel things out, but Naito keeps changing the hands in the knuckle lock. They finally tie up, but Naito kicks low and CLUBS Shota! Naito runs, but Shota hip tosses and basement dropkicks! Then snapmare and SOMERSAULT SENTON!
Shota throws Naito out and builds speed! Naito gets out of the way, so Shota steals tranquilo! Fans applaud but Naito just shrugs it off. Naito takes his time outside, so Shota patiently waits inside. Naito rushes in, Shota scoops him and SLAMS him down! Shota runs, and UPPERCUTS Naito! Cover, TWO! Fans applaud, Shota paces around. Shota stomps Naito, paces, then stomps him again. Naito grins as Shota stomps him again, and fans rally up. Shota slaps Naito around, but Naito claws Shota’s eyes! Red Shoes reprimands, Shota swings, but Naito gets around to pull hair. Shota breaks free, runs in, but into an atomic drop!
Naito throws Shota out, builds speed, and he WRECKS Shota with a dropkick! Shota hits railing, Naito goes out and whips him into more railing! Naito rolls into the ring to leave Shota behind. A ring count starts, Shota stirs, but Naito goes out after him. Naito drags Shota up, whips him into railing again, and Shota ends up stuck! Naito pushes him over, then drags him back up. Naito bends Shota against the railing, for a NECKBREAKER! Shota flops down while Naito leaves him behind again. Red Shoes checks on Shota and Shota stirs. Shota drags himself from the railing as the ring count starts, but he’s still down at 7 of 20.
Shota drags himself around the gate at 11 of 20, stands up at 13, and staggers his way over at 15. Shota slides in at 17, and Naito is on him! Naito turns Shota for a NECKBREAKER, into the LEG HOOK FULL NELSON! Shota endures and fans rally up. Shota kicks around, Naito puts on the pressure, and then Naito starts smacking Shota in the head. Shota keeps fighting and moves around, to the ROPEBREAK! Fans cheer and Red Shoes calls for the break, but Naito just lets go with his hands! Red Shoes reprimands, Naito pushes a bit more before finally letting go. Naito drags Shota up, Shota throws hands, but they’re not very strong.
Fans rally, Shota keep throwing forearms but Naito ROCKS and whips Shota to a corner. JUMP KICK, leg sweep, SWINGING DROPKICK! Combinacion Cabron! Fans cheer as Naito poses, and then Naito covers, TWO! Naito kicks at Shota, toying with him. Naito brings Shota up, snapmares him, and then has a cravat neck wrench! Shota endures as Naito pulls on the hold! Fans rally, Shota fights up, and throws body shots! Shota breaks free but Naito CLUBS away on him! Naito reels Shota in but Shota ducks the elbow! Shota runs to RANA! Shota then DROPKICKS Naito! Fans fire up while both men are down.
Fans rally up and Shota stands. Shota goes to a corner, aims at Naito as he stands, and runs in to forearm! And elbow! And whip! Naito reverses but Shota holds ropes. Shota BOOTS back, then dodges Naito to arm-drag him! And elbow him down! Shota keeps moving, BASEMENT DROPKICK! Fans fire up with Shota and he storms up on Naito. Shota whips Naito corner to corner, Shota runs in to UPPERCUT! And then FISHERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! It wasn’t quite perfect, but fans still rally up. Shota drags Naito, steps through on the legs, and has an STF! Naito endures as Shota pulls back!
Fans rally, Naito crawls forward, reaches out, and gets the ROPEBREAK! Fans applaud as Shota lets off quickly. Shota keeps cool as he stalks Naito. Shota stomps Naito, drags him up, and CLUBS him on the neck. Naito goes to a corner, Shota bumps Naito off buckles, then goes up the corner. Shota reels Naito in, for a TORNADO DDT! Fans fire up and Shota aims his finger gun again. Shota waits on Naito to get up, and then kicks low. Shota underhooks but Naito RAMS him into a corner! Naito walks away, Shota rushes him, but Naito catches him to get around! Full nelson, Shota switches, but Naito arm-drags free!
Naito arm-drags Shota again, then headlocks. Fans rally, Shota moves around, and Shota fights up to his feet. Naito CLUBS Shota, whips him to ropes, then ELBOWS him down before basement dropkick! Shota stands up, into a NECKBREAKER! Both men are down and fans rally back up. Naito sits up first, crawls over to Shota and brings him up. Shota breaks free and throws a forearm! Naito throws a forearm back! Shota throws another forearm, but so does Naito! Shota grins, and he gets in Naito’s face. Shota throws a forearm, Naito returns it, and they go faster and faster! Fans rally, Shota gets the edge, but Naito gives all those forearms back!
Shota rebounds off ropes, to SHOTGUN Naito down! Fans fire up while Naito bails out. Shota pounds the mat and fans rally behind him. Shota builds speed, to FLY! Direct hit at the ramp and fans fire up with Shota! Shota drags Naito back up, but he’s dead weight. Red Shoes checks on Naito and he stirs. Shota brings Naito up and into the ring, then Shota climbs up the corner. Naito stands, Shota leaps to MISSILE DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! Shota hurries to bring Naito around by his legs, steps over again, and has the STF back!! Naito endures, fans rally up, but Shota pulls on the hold! Naito crawls forward, Shota CLUBS him on the back, then pulls the hold again!
Naito still reaches out, still fights his way forward, and gets the ROPEBREAK! The fans cheer, Red Shoes reprimands Shota, but Shota pulls the hold! Shota lets off after that, then paces around in frustration. Fans rally, Shota drags Naito up, but Naito fights the clinch. Shota knees low, snapmares, and throws down HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Shota has learned much from the Blackpool Combat Club! Shota drags Naito up and clinches, but Naito fights free with elbows of his own! Shota kicks, whips, but Naito reverses to TORNADO DDT! Both men are down and fans fire back up! Fans rally for “NA-I-TO!” as he and Shota stir.
Naito sits up, crawls his way over, and he drags Shota up. Naito throws heavy elbow after heavy elbow! Shota staggers to a corner, Naito storms up on him and hoists him up top. Naito climbs up after Shota, for a SUPER STEINER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally and Naito brings Shota up. Naito hammerlocks, but Shota fights free with elbows! Naito hits a flying-mare, to the PLUMA BLANCA!! Shota endures, kicks and flails, moves around, reaches out, and gets the ROPEBREAK! Naito lets go quickly to bring Shota to a corner. Naito climbs up, ESPERANZA! Fans fire up while Shota sits up in a daze!
Naito goes to the corner, and he watches as Shota slowly stands. Naito runs in, but into an ELBOW! And ENZIGURI! Naito comes back, but into a dragon sleeper! CROSS RHODES!! Shota takes Naito down with the twisting neckbreaker, but he holds on! Shota drags Naito up again, another CROSS RHODES!! And then an inverted suplex, SAVING GRACE!! Cover, TWO!!! Naito survives and Shota is shocked! Fans rally up, Shota goes to a corner and waits on Naito. Naito rises, Shota runs in, but Naito avoids the swing to ROLLING KICK! And then ENZIGURIS! Shota staggers, Naito hammerlocks and lifts, GLORIA! Cover, TWO!!
Shota survives and fans fire back up! Naito drags Shota up, wrenches, but Shota fights free. Shota roars, runs, but into a SPINEBUSTER! Naito drags Shota up, wrenches, tilt-o-whirls, DESTI- NO! Shota shifts Naito around and tucks him in! BASTARD DRIVER!!! Both men are down and fans fire up again! Naito and Shota stir, fans rally for “NA-I-TO!” and he sits up first. Shota follows, and stands first to bring Naito up in an Alabama Lift! CRUNCHY!! Cover, TWO!!! Naito survives but Shota hurries to a corner! Shota wants Naito to stand, and Naito rises, for the SWINGING NECKBREAKER!! Cover, TWO!!!
Shota roars and fans fire up again! Shota drags Naito up, underhooks, but Naito wrenches out to scoop, VALENTIA!! Both men are down and fans fire back up! Shota and Naito stir, and Naito crawls over to Shota. Naito drags Shota up, and he throws heavy elbows again! Shota drops to his knees then flops to the mat, but he grabs at Naito’s foot. Shota drags himself back up, but Naito gives him more heavy elbows! Shota drops again, but he shakes his head! Fans fire up as Shota fights back up! Shota snarls but Naito gives him even more heavy elbows! Shota falls back down, but he just fires up! Naito gives even more elbows, Shota eggs him on, but Naito ELBOWS him down!!
Shota roars again, but Naito just fires off MORE elbows! Shota drops to his knees again, Naito says he’ll end this now. Naito stands Shota up, wrenches and tilt-o-whirls, but Shota slips free! DEATH RIDER!!! Shota is feeling it now and the fans rally up behind him! Shota drags Naito up, lifts Naito, but Naito slips free and falls to the mat. Shota drags Naito back up, lifts again, for the DEATH SHOOTER!!! Cover, TWO!?!?! Naito survives Shota’s take on the move, but Shota isn’t done yet! Shota underhooks, but Naito slips free to DESTINO!!!! Cover, TWO!?!?!? Shota survives and fans are thunderous!
Naito still has a wild look on his face as he gets back up. Naito stands Shota up, wrenches, tilt-o-whirls, DESTINO!!!! Cover, Naito wins!
Winner: Tetsuya Naito, by pinfall
The Roughneck fought as hard as he could for as long as he could, but in the end, the Uncontrollable Charisma could not be stopped! Is it still too soon for the future of NJPW to be the present? As for Naito, he gets his baseball cap, then helps Shota stand up. Shota doesn’t want his help, and he pushes Naito. So Naito TOSSES Shota from the ring! Shota is helped away by Young Lions and Naito gets the mic to say, “Buenas noches, SAPPORO~!” Sapporo cheers, and Naito says, “This was NJPW’s first Hokkaido event of the year, and hopefully everyone’s had a great time. And I’m happy to be showing all of you in Hokkaido Tetsuya Naito’s pro-wrestling here tonight. Gracias, amigos.”
Naito also notes that tomorrow, February 5th, right back here, the main event will be Hiromu Takahashi VS Yoh for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight title. He hopes everyone will come back to see that. Fans applaud, they surely will. Naito says, “By the way… You all can make noise again.” Fans cheer, they love that fact! Naito says that they should close this show right. For the first time since February 2019, four years ago, we wrap NJPW’s first night back in Sapporo the only right way! Fans do the roll call along with Naito! “Bushi! Sanada! Hiromu! Takagi! Titan! Y Naito! Nosotros…! LOS! INGOBERRRRNABLEEEES~! DE! JA! PON!!”
The Stardust Genius knows how to get the fans fired up, and they chant his name as he poses. Will Los Ingobernables de Japon make 2023 their year? Will Naito send Keiji Muto off in style in just under three weeks?
Really good stuff from NJPW for the Sapporo weekend they’ve got going. I skimmed, and I like that in the 8 Man Tag of Not Suzuki-Gun VS House of Torture, Narita was the one to get the win. He and Suzuki had a stare down and Suzuki apparently imparted wisdom on how Narita can reach that top level. Who knows if Narita sticks with Suzuki to learn more about that, but I think teaming with Suzuki in winning efforts against the House of Torture is a sign that Narita is gonna get to that top level at some point. TMDK winning was big given the IWGP Heavyweight Tag and NJPW World TV title matches tomorrow. It was also big because it was their Young Lion recruit, Kosei Fujita, getting the finish.
The other 8 Man Tags give me the feeling that this is the go-home math. Bullet Club lost because Jay White is going to beat Hikuleo and banish him to NJPW Strong in the US, and Kazuchika Okada will retain the world title against Shingo Takagi. The IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag title match was awesome stuff, and Douki again raises the bar on how great he can be. I would’ve loved to see Douki & Kanemaru win those belts, but perhaps it is too soon for Just4Guys to start taking over. To that point, Ospreay VS Taichi was also an awesome match, but Ospreay wins so that he can get himself back up.
The main event of Naito VS Shota was really good, but the pacing of it left a lot to be desired. It wasn’t as exciting, or at least the fans weren’t as fired up as they were the previous matches. Maybe the previous matches tired the crowd out, but they also got back into it at the end when Shota and Naito really upped things. I did like that Shota borrowed the Hammer ‘n’ Anvil elbows from the Blackpool Combat Club, though. But Naito wins, of course, as Shota still needs some time to really show what this Roughneck character is about. Plus, Naito needs that momentum going into his match with Muto.
My Score: 8.6/10
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