WWE returns to be part of #RiyadhSeason!
Crown Jewel looks to make history this year! Along with the Universal title, World title and US title, Saudi Arabia will have its first-ever women’s match!
- Kickoff Show – WWE United States Championship #1 Contender 20-Man Battle Royal: Humberto Carrillo wins and will challenge AJ Styles for the title later on.
- Kickoff Show – WWE 24/7 Championship Side Quest: Sunil Singh w/ Samir VS R-Truth; Truth wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
- WWE World Championship: Brock Lesnar w/ Paul Heyman VS Cain Velasquez w/ Rey Mysterio; Lesnar wins and retains the WWE World Championship.
- World Cup Tag Team Turmoil: The OC win and are crowned the Best Tag Team in the World.
- Mansoor VS Cesaro; Mansoor wins.
- Braun Strowman VS Tyson Fury; Fury wins.
- WWE 24/7 Championship Hallway Havoc: Samir Singh wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
- WWE United States Championship: AJ Styles w/ The OC VS Humberto Carrillo; Styles wins and retains the WWE United States Championship.
- Lacey Evans VS Natalya; Natalya wins Saudi Arabia’s first ever women’s match.
- 10-Man Tag: Team Hogan VS Team Flair; Team Hogan wins.
- WWE Universal Championship Falls Count Anywhere: Seth Rollins VS The Fiend Bray Wyatt; Wyatt wins and becomes the new WWE Universal Champion.
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It’s the Crown Jewel Kickoff Show!
Join Charly Caruso, Booker T, David Otunga and Scott Stanford are in the WWE Headquarters Studio as they talk about all the history and excitement going into this event.
Byron Saxton interviews Ric Flair!
The Nature Boy fist bumps Byron as Byron asks about leading Team Flair against long-time rival Hulk Hogan’s own team. Hogan is more than a rival, he is a nemesis! Crown Jewel will see Corbin, Orton, Nakamura, Lashley and McIntyre, five of the greatest athletes today, representing Flair, “we will make history!” That’s what they do every day! Saudi Arabia will witness the greatest event in sports entertainment in 2019! And after today, Flair and his teams will be limousine riding and jet flying all the way back to the States as Flair celebrates beating Hogan! “We prevail, we brag, and we limousine ride and jet fly!” WOO~! Nature Boy is all fired up, but will his team be the ones making history?
Kickoff Show – WWE United States Championship #1 Contender 20-Man Battle Royal!
AJ Styles may be running wild on Raw alongside The OC, but this battle royal could see a SmackDown superstar challenging him for the title. Who will be the one to rise above and challenge The Phenomenal One?
R-Truth gets a great ovation as he makes his way out. However, he’ll have to wait until after this match if he wants the WWE 24/7 Championship. Buddy Murphy also gets a great amount of cheers, as it seems Saudi Arabia knows about the Best Kept Secret. Erick Rowan gets a different reaction, but he’ll surely look to rebound after being nearly crushed by Seth Rollins last Monday. And El Idolo es solo, but he’s more than confident in his chances. He joins the field, full of other stars like Sin Cara, Apollo Crews and THE Brian Kendrick. The bell rings and it is a chaotic brawl right away!
Titus O’Neil goes after Almas while Luke Harper uppercuts Kendrick. Apollo works on Murphy while Shelton Benjamin brawls with Tony Nese. The premier Athlete holds onto ropes while Titus is after Truth! Harper and Rowan work together on Kendrick but he’s a stubborn one. Sin Cara goes after Almas, his long time rival. Fans cheer for Harper as he ROCKS Eric Young with an uppercut. Murphy goes after Humberto Carrillo, an old 205 Live rival. Rowan lifts up Maverick and tosses him out, Rowan ELIMINATES Rowan! But a whole group goes after the Big Redwood! Rowan holds on and rocks each of them with rights. Slater tries his best, but Rowan yanks him out and ELIMINATES Slater! Nese tries now, and rocks Rowan with a dropkick! But Rowan holds on to come back and yank Nese up and out! Rowan ELIMINATES Nese! That’s three eliminations in a row!
AJ Styles watches backstage as the brawling all continues. Murphy lifts Carrillo and Titus helps out. Rowan gets mobbed but Harper helps him out and ELIMINATES Kendrick! And ELIMINATES Eric Young! Murphy CHOPS Carrillo but Almas CHOPS Murphy! Almas goes after Sin Cara again while Harper goes after Akira Tozawa. Harper throws Tozawa but he hangs onto the ropes! Harper drags him up but Tozawa holds on. Titus clotheslines and ELIMINATES Mojo Rawley! Fans bark along with Titus. Almas scoops and tosses Sin Cara, Almas ELIMINATES Sin Cara! The field is thinning out as R-Truth fights off the Singh Brothers. Apollo ELIMINATES Titus with a toss! Tozawa is pumped for his friend, but now Almas is stomping Apollo down.
Crown Jewel goes picture in picture as Almas goes after Truth. Truth holds on so Almas throws forearms. Harper comes running through them, and then he grinds boots into Tozawa. Rowan goes after No Way Jose on the other end, then trades with Harper. Rowan hoists Tozawa up but Tozawa holds on tight! Tozawa avoids elimination so Rowan stomps him down. Almas keeps on Truth while Murphy and Carrillo continue to fight back and forth. Crown Jewel returns to single picture as Harper and Rowan stare down. Is the friendship breaking down? Jose staggers in, wanting them to party instead! Fans get behind the fiesta, and is Harper getting into it? No he just disco discus clotheslines Jose! And then Rowan ELIMINATES Jose!
But Rowan and Harper are back to arguing, but Tozawa taps Rowan on the back. Tozawa wants a fight! But he’s talking to the wrong titans… Rowan scoops Tozawa and puts him on the top rope! Harper SUPERKICKS and ELIMINATES Tozawa! Now he and Rowan are even. AJ Styles still watches as Rowan grinds boots into Sunil Singh. Samir can’t help his brother, he has to watch the WWE 24/7 Championship. Carrillo baits Benjamin in and tosses him out! Carrillo ELIMINATES Benjamin! Rowan back drops and ELIMINATES Apollo Crews! Murphy runs in at Rowan but is put on the apron. He turns around into the Iron Claw, but breaks free to knee trigger! Murphy climbs up but Rowan shoves him down and ELIMINATES him! Almas ELIMINATES Truth, but Carrillo ELIMINATES Truth! Our final five are Rowan, Harper, Carrillo, Cedric Alexander, and yes, Sunil Singh!
But Carrillo turns around into Rowan’s Iron Claw! IRON CLAW SLAM! Sunil whips but Alexander reverses to ELIMINATE Sunil! Rowan clobbers Alexander and we have our final four! Fans still love Harper as he clobbers Alexander. The super heavyweights are beating down the Cruiserweights with boots and knees in the corners. Harper and Rowan work together on Alexander, but he fights back. They stomp Alexander down, but Carrillo slowly gets up. Rowan clobbers Carrillo and Harper hauls Alexander to a corner. Harper and Rowan focus on Alexander but he fires back with forearm and an enziguri! Only to get a BOOT! Rowan tosses and ELIMINATES Alexander! The WWE 24/7 Champion and his brother use the title as a consolation prize, but R-Truth is lurking! Truth throws Samir aside and rolls Sunil!! Cover, Truth wins the 24/7 Championship!!
Winner on the side: R-Truth, by pinfall; NEW WWE 24/7 Champion
At least Truth can celebrate getting his baby back! He hurries away, but then the chase is on again! ALl those eliminated have returned for a second chance at a title! Truth makes a whole lap around the ring before getting away again!
But now, the final three are Carrillo, Harper and Rowan… Harper and Rowan stare each other down, but Carrillo dropkicks them into each other! Carrillo dodges Rowan but not Harper’s BOOT! Rowan hauls Carrillo up into a corner and Harper throws an uppercut. The titans work together, Rowan whips Harper in to elbow Carrillo, and he feeds Carrillo to Rowan’s BODY CHECK! Rowan and Harper continue to disagree, but Harper tosses Carrillo. Carrillo survives, Rowan ELIMINATES Harper! Carrillo ELIMINATES Rowan and wins!!
Winner: Humberto Carrillo; will face AJ Styles for the United States Championship later tonight
AJ Styles likes the moxie from the young Ultimo Ninja. Will Styles like it better when he beats Carrillo a second time in a week?
Byron Saxton interviews The New Day!
Big E comes kicking in with Kofi Kingston, watch your chin! Xavier Woods went down with injury, but how will they rebound? Brother Woods was cut down in his prime, running so fast but pulled up and hurt tore his Achilles. Woods told him, “No, Big E, no cry.” But adversity is another word for opportunity! The Power of Positivity is always on, and while they miss Woods, Kofi and Big E will hold it down against all the teams to win that World Cup! And they’ll take that to SmackDown just tomorrow night, to beat the Revival and once again become the 7-time, W, W, E, World, Tag, Team CHAMPIONS~! Because New! Day Rocks! Byron gets into it, too! But who will be the new Best Tag Team in the World?
Paul Heyman sees the cameras outside Brock Lesnar’s locker room.
And doesn’t take kindly to them. He shoos the cameras away so that he and The Beast can go through final preparations. Will the reigning, defending, undisputed WWE World Heavyweight Champion be ready for the rematch he’s wanted for nine years?
History is not given, it is forged.
By those who seize the moment. By leaders, trailblazers and legends. “Well let me tell you something, brother!” History is made as legends lead ten of the greatest superstars today to add on to their legacies. History is made when the worlds of boxing, MMA and pro-wrestling collide in two truly heavyweight matches. History is made when a champion must fight his fears in a match that can go anywhere. And history is made when walls are broken down, and women are wrestling in Saudi Arabia! Where will you be when history is made?
WWE World Championship: Brock Lesnar w/ Paul Heyman VS Cain Velasquez w/ Rey Mysterio!
Here is a piece of that history already! The Beast waits for no one, as he and his Advocate head to the ring to have it out with “The Godfather” to open the show! Will Lesnar stay the world champion? Or will history repeat itself, right down to a scar left on Lesnar’s face?
The introductions are made, with Saudi Arabia echoing Heyman’s words. The belt is raised, and this rematch of fight-sport icons begins!
Fans chant “Suplex City!” as Lesnar and Cain circle. They approach, and Cain tests Lesnar with a quick kick. Lesnar stays up but Cain gets him with another. Lesnar goes for a leg but ends up in a corner with Cain. The ref calls for the break but Lesnar keeps throwing knees. Cain works through the guard, getting shots where he can. The two break and circle again. Fans duel as Cain tests Lesnar with more kicks. Cain has Lesnar in a corner with hands but Lesnar grapples. Cain still gets his shots in with hands and knees, but Lesnar turns things around. The ref seems to be rather lax to give Cain a chance, and Cain gets Lsenar down with a roundhouse! Cain rains rights but Lesnar uses a leg guard, to get the KIMURA!! Cain endures, flails, but he taps?! Lesnar wins!?
Winner: Brock Lesnar, by submission; still WWE World Champion
But the Beast refuses to let go, he wants to torture Cain! Rey gets in with a chair and SMACKS Lesnar! That only angers Lesnar! Lesnar hits Rey and hauls him up to toss him out! Lesnar then takes the chair Rey brought in to SMACK Cain! And SMACK him again! And again! Lesnar is seething as he hauls Cain up to the fireman’s carry, and hits an F5 on the chair!! But Rey is back with another chair and he SMACKS Lesnar more! He keeps firing off on Lesnar, he won’t give Lesnar an opening! Chair shot to the face! And the back! Rey is wearing that chair out on Lesnar! Lesnar runs away and Heyman keeps him from wanting revenge. The Beast has the belt and his payback on Cain, but what will the King of Lucha Libre do to get the rest of his own revenge?
The tag team champions of both brands speak.
Fighting up from noting to becoming the #TopGuys, it has all lead to this. The most important tag team match in history, this is Dash Wilder’s and Scott Dawson’s time to prove they are the “most precise one-two punch.” No Flips, Just Fists. The Viking Nation travels wherever the Raiders go. And tonight, all will witness the battlefield that is Crown Jewel. Their arrival is everyone else’s fall. The Raid is here! Will either of the tag team champions be standing at the end of tonight’s Tag Team Turmoil?
World Cup Tag Team Turmoil!
The largest tag team turmoil match in the history of wrestling will see nine teams compete for the right to be the BEST Tag Team in the World! Will the winner be from Raw or from SmackDown? Will they be the champions or a dark horse no one expects?
The first match-up is…
Robert Roode & Dolph Ziggler VS Lucha House Party!
The GLORIOUS Show-Offs are specifically taking on Gran Metalik and Lince Dorado. Teams sort out and Lince starts against Ziggler, and the bell rings to official start the tag team turmoil!
Lince and Ziggler tie up and Ziggler powers Lince to a corner. Ziggler lets up to pie face Lince, so Lince CHOPS back! Lince whips but Ziggler reverses, only for Lince to go up and over. Lince speed sup, slides under and huricanranas Ziggler to a corner! Fans rally with “Lucha! Lucha!” but Ziggler elbows then dropkicks Lince down! Ziggler tags in Roode and Roode stomps Lince Pennywise down. But Lince jawbreakers back! And CHOPS to a whip. Roode reverses but gets the Golden Rewind! Tag to Metalik, who gets a boost, for a splash! Then Lince becomes a human weapon, wheelbarrow suplex splash! Cover, TWO! Metalik tags Lince as he wrenches Roode. Lince climbs to drop an ax handle. Roode hits back and grimaces as he shoves Lince back. Lince fights out of the Roode-Dolph corner but gets a tilt-o-whirl backbreaker! Roode hits Metalik out of anger before he stomps Lince down.
Tag to Ziggler, and Roode suplexes to throw Lince down. Ziggler adds the Famouser! Cover but Metailk breaks it! Ziggler drags Lince away for a chinlock, tearing at the mask! The fans rally up as Lince endures. Lince fights his way up and reaches, but Ziggler pulls him away by the mask! Tag to Roode, and Roode-Dolph mug Lince in their corner. Roode drags Lince up, suplexes him down and covers, TWO! Roode drags Lince away to tag Ziggler, and then he stomps Lince’s arm. Ziggler has Lince in the open corner for haymakers. Ziggler hoists Lince up top and climbs up to join him. Lince fights back and punches Ziggler down! Lince leaps for a crossbody! But he bounces off the cover!
Ziggler and Lince crawl as fans fire up, tag to Roode! Roode grabs Lince but Lince kicks him away, hot tag to Metalik! Metalik springboards in, things speed up, Roode avoids the handspring but not the CHOP. Metalik runs in, is put up top but he comes back with a headscissors! Roode flounders into kicks from Metailk, who then runs the ropes to hit a missile dropkick! Cover, but Ziggler breaks it! Lince leaps and huricanranas Ziggler away! Fans already feel “This is Awesome!” as Roode shoves Lince down into a SUPERKICK! Metalik rolls Roode, TWO, but Metalik enziguris! Roode distracts the ref, Ziggler SUPERKICKS Metalik mid-handspring! GLORIOUS DDT from Roode! Cover, Roode & Dolph ELIMINATE Lucha House Party! But right away it’s the Major Brothers!
Robert Roode & Dolph Ziggler VS Curt Hawkins & Zack Ryder!
Ryder and Hawkins run in, dodge Roode-Dolph and hit back with a clothesline and a Rough Ryder! The Major Bros clothesline Ziggler out and Hawkins gives Roode a neckbreaker! Tag to Ryder who hops up fast, Hawkins fireman’s carries for the SUPER rolling neckbreaker Samoan drop! Cover, Ziggler breaks it! Ziggler throws Hawkins out now and SUPERKICKS him! SUPERKIKC for Ryder, GLORIOUS ZIGZAG! Cover, Roode-Dolph ELIMINATE the Major Bros! But now they face Tucker and Otis!
Robert Roode & Dolph Ziggler VS Heavy Machinery!
They’re COMIIIIIIN’~! The literally biggest team in this turmoil match get in the ring and fans are fired up for Otis. But it is Tucker Knight starting with Ziggler, and Tucker gets the leg. He rolls Ziggler to a cover, TWO, but Tucker holds on. Ziggler elbows out and leaps, but into Tucker’s catapult! Ziggler gets buckles then flounders off. Tucker leaps for a crossbody! Fans cheer for the uncanny agility as Tucker runs in. But Roode saves Ziggler from the splash! Roode tags in and goes after Tucker with buckle bumps and CHOPS. Roode fires off more CHOPS, then grinds Tucker’s face on the ropes. The ref reprimands Roode but Ziggler gets a cheap shot in! Tucker hits back with big hands, but Roode dropkicks Tucker down.
Tag to Ziggler and he mugs Tucker in the corner. Fans are rallying for Otis as Ziggler snapmares Tucker. Ziggler drops the elbow, covers, TWO! Ziggler keeps on Tucker with a grounded armlock, but fans continue to rally up for Heavy Machinery. Tucker fights his way up and reaches, but Ziggler keeps him away with a pull of the hair. Tag to Roode, and Roode stomps Tucker down. Roode tosses Tucker out hard to then taunt Otis. Ziggler gets more cheap shots on Tucker, and then Roode goes out to CHOP Tucker against barriers. Roode puts Tucker in, covers, TWO! Roode keeps on Tucker and tags in Ziggler. Ziggler stomps Tucker down then taunts the fans cheering for Otis. But Tucker fights back with big haymakers! Ziggler kicks low and tags Roode.
Ziggler whips Roode for Roode to whip Ziggler, Ziggler only gets post! Tucker lariats Roode down! Fans rally up and Tucker heads for Otis! Hot tag brings in Dozer! Fans love Otis as he rallies and flapjacks Ziggler! Off comes the shirt! Roode kicks but Otis just jiggles with it. Otis powers up from more kicks, and then lifts Roode up for a Fall Away Slam! “Oh yeah~!” Otis bulldozes Roode-Dolph in the corner! They’re both down, and Otis pumps up! Fans cheer as Otis hits the Caterpillar! But Ziggler denies the elbow, and fans boo. Roode-Dolph wants a time-out, but Tucker wipes out Ziggler! Roode gets up, but Otis drags him in! Otis runs in but gets boots. Roode hops up, but leaps into Otis’ arms! Tucker tags in, COMPACTOR! Cover, Heavy Machinery ELIMINATES Roode-Dolph! But now it’s a New Day, yes it is!
Heavy Machinery VS The New Day!
The Power of Positivity has the fans all fired up with flapjacks flying in! Big E goes at Tucker, but Tucker avoids the Big Ending. However, Big E wrangles Tucker in, wanting the cobra twist. Tucker almost gets it himself, so Big E shoves him away. Tucker rams Big E with his shoulder, but Big E wobbles and wavers! Big E bends back, back, back, and then applauds! Tucker gets upset with Big E having fun and whips him to a corner. Big E reverses but Tucker goes up and over, and then shows off his agility! Fans cheer for that, too. Things speed up again, and both men wipe each other out with clotheslines! Fans still feel “This is Awesome!” as Big E and Tucker tag to Otis and Kofi!
Kofi springboards to ax handle Otis, but Otis stays up. Kofi chops away but Otis just jiggles. Kofi dropkicks, but then leaps into the spin-cycle scoop slam! Otis runs corner to corner and squashes Kofi in the corner. Kofi is down and fans pump up with Otis. Now we get the Caterpillar ELBOW! Cover, TWO! Kofi survives but Otis tags Tucker in. Otis has Kofi for the Hoss Toss, but Kofi counters with a DDT! Kofi spins Otis for Trouble in Paradise! Out goes Dozer, and Big E is back. Kofi tags Big E but Tucker elbows back. Tucker catches Big E’s arms for an overhead suplex! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up for both teams as Tucker hops up and leaps! But Tucker flops on the mat! Big E tags Kofi, scoops Tucker, and Kofi leaps in, MIDNIGHT HOUR! Cover, the New Day ELIMINATES Heavy Machinery! But there’s no resting yet, here come Curtis Axel and Bo Dallas!
The New Day VS The B-Team!
Will “B” truly stand for Best Tag Team in the World?
Big E and Kofi are ready as Axel and Dallas get in the ring. Axel starts with Big E but Big E throws big body shots. Big E whips but Axel boots. Axel clobbers Big E from behind then rains down rights! Axel tags Dallas, and then drops an elbow on Big E. Dallas drops knee after knee on Big E, covers, TWO! Dallas keeps Big E down with a chinlock but fans rally up. Big E powers up and fights back but Dallas knees low. Tag to Axel and the B-Team mug Big E in the corner. But Big E powers Axel off the DDT, and then throws Dallas out! Kofi climbs to TRUST FALL! Big E scoops Axel, for the BIG ENDING! Cover, The New Day ELIMINATES The B-Team! But now, #SayYeah! The #TopGuys are here, and we get a SmackDown Tag Team Championship preview!
The New Day VS The Revival!
Dash and Dawson are grinning, confident they’ll show up the New Day even before their title match. Tensions rise but the ref keeps the peace until teams sort out. Kofi and Dawson start and tie up. They go around and Dawson puts Kofi in a corner. The ref counts and Dawson gets a cheap shot in. Dawson stomps and punches but the ref backs him off. Dawson pulls Kofi by his hair to tag in Dash. The Revival double headbutt Kofi down! Dash throws uppercuts and CHOPS on Kofi, then bump him off other buckles. Dash whips Kofi corner to corner, then runs in to monkey flip! But Kofi lands on his feet! To dropkick Dash back! And dropkick Dawson down! Dash headlocks but Kofi powers out to leap, into a powerslam! Cover, TWO! Dash tags Dawson and Dawson drops a leg, drops an elbow, and drops a headbutt! Dawson brings Kofi up, back suplex drops Kofi! Cover, TWO!
Fans boo the Revival as Dawson drags Kofi up by his hair. Dash tags in, Dawson snapmares and Dash is the human weapon, assisted leg drop! Cover, TWO! Fans still rally as Kofi endures the high armlock. Dash leans on Kofi but fans rally up. Kofi fights his way up and punches Dash back. Big E reaches for Kofi but Dash wrangles Kofi away. Kofi arm-drags and then hits SOS! Both Kofi and Dash are down but fans rally up. Tag to Dawson, and he intercepts Kofi to put him back in the Revival’s corner. But Kofi fights out with fury, until Dawson kicks low. Dawson whips Kofi to a corner, Kofi leaps up to missile dropkick back! Kofi crawls but Dash hits Big E down! Dawson corner clotheslines Kofi, then tags Dash. Torture rack knee drop attack! Cover, TWO!! The Revival can’t believe it!
Fans rally up for Kofi as Dash and Dawson sneer. Dash drags Kofi up and tags in Dawson. The Revival hit an assisted suplex, but Big E rams Dash! Kofi rolls Dawson, The New Day ELIMINATES The Revival! This could be what happens tomorrow night! But Dawson is a sore loser and he clobbers Big E out of the ring! Dash throws Big E into steel steps while Dawson throws hands on Kofi! The Revival beat Kofi down as fans boo, Kofi gets the SHATTER MACHINE! And this leaves the New Day vulnerable to… THE OC!
The New Day VS The OC!
The Good Brothers, Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson, hurry down to the ring to pick the bones! They drag Kofi up, MAGIC- No! Kofi kicks Anderson then tosses Gallows out! Double stomps take down The Machine Gun! Big E returns and fans rally up, but Gallows trips him up to YAKUZA Kick! Anderson hits the Shotgun! Tag to Gallows, and the OC drag Kofi back up. NOW Magic Killer!! Cover, The OC ELIMINATES The New Day! A huge assist to the Revival, but now… the RAID!
The OC VS The Viking Raiders!
The Raw Tag Team Champions are the last team left! Will Erik & Ivar add the World Cup to their long list of accolades? Or will the Best Tag Team in the World be #JustTooSweet?
And the brawl is on the moment these four meet! Erik gut wrenches to gut bust Anderson, then TOSS him at Gallows! Erik throws body shots on Gallows to then whip, but Gallows reverses. Erik goes up and over to come back with a knee! But Gallows knees back to then uppercut and throw Erik out. Erik skins the cat but Anderson runsi n. Erik elbows Anderson and then Gallows, but Anderson chop blocks! Gallows dropkicks Erik down, and the OC throw up the Too Sweet. Gallows fetches Erik into the ring and brings him up for clubbing forearms. Gallows snap suplexes Erik down and covers, TWO! Gallows keeps on Erik with a chinlock, digging his fingers into the beard. Fans rally up and Erik fights his way up to break free and ROCK Gallows with a right!
Erik and Gallows crawl to their corners, hot tags to Anderson and Ivar! The Warbeard rallies, sidewalk slam to splash! Gallwos runs in but gets heavy hands! Gallows whips but runs into the seated senton! Ivar cartwheels to dodge Anderson and come back with the clothesline! Tag to Erik and Ivar scoop slams Anderson. Ivar is the human weapon, scoop slam senton! Erik dead lifts Anderson up but Gallows knocks Ivar off the top. Anderson throws Erik into the post! Tag to Gallows, and Gallows drags Erik out. Back suplex neckbreaker combo! Cover, TWO!! Erik survives but Anderson tags back in. The OC want it again, but Ivar disrupts Magic Killer! Gallows YAKUZA Kicks Ivar, and Anderson chop blocks Erik again! Magic Killer!! Cover, The OC win!!
Winners: The OC, Gallows pinning; The Best Tag Team in the World
Not only that, but they’ve pinned the Raw Tag Team Champions! Will Gallows and Anderson rise back up and make the OC golden?
Backstage interview with Rey Mysterio.
The King of Lucha is disappointed to be sure, but after going after Lesnar, what was the message? Lesnar gets props for surviving Cain Velasquez, but Lesnar hasn’t destroyed Mysterio. Lesnar will pay for what he did to Dominick, if it’s the last thing Mysterio does. Mysterio uses Spanish to give a Paul Heyman style “spoiler”: He’s coming for revenge.
Mansoor VS Cesaro!
The hometown hero returns! Mansoor won the historic 50-Man Battle Royal, but now he must see if he can do things 1v1. Will the Swiss Cyborg ruin the inspirational superstar’s newest homecoming?
The bell rings and the fans are of course fired up for their hero. Mansoor wants to shake Cesaro’s hand, but Cesaro slaps it away. Fans boo but Mansoor and Cesaro tie up. Cesaro powers Mansoor to a corner, and gives a sharp shove. Mansoor shoves back! The two tie up again, Cesaro wrenches to a wristlock, then shifts to a hammerlock. Mansoor slips out and reverses to then get a headlock. But Cesaro blocks the takedown and has the wristlock back. Mansoor rolls and bends back, to then hop over and wrench to an arm-drag! Mansoor smiles and the fans go wild! Cesaro and Mansoor tie up again, and Cesaro headlocks. Mansoor powers out but Cesaro runs him over! Cesaro runs, Mansoor leaps up, but into a scoop! Mansoor slips out, but Cesaro bucks him off. Mansoor springs up, O’Conner rolls to a standing moonsault! Cover, ONE, but Mansoor arm-drags to an armlock!
Cesaro grows frustrated as he endures the hold. Cesaro powers up and puts Mansoor on the ropes. The ref counts and Cesaro lets up, to hit low! Cesaro knees Mansoor then whips as fans duel. Mansoor sunset flips, kips up and dropkicks Cesaro out of the ring! Cesaro flounders but is frustrated. Cesaro turns around to get a dropkick! Mansoor builds speed to DIVE, into a European Uppercut! Fans are stunned to see Mansoor wipe out! Cesaro drags Mansoor up to whip him into barriers! Mansoor writhes as fans boo. Cesaro drags Mansoor up and into the ring to then climb up top. Mansoor staggers up, into Cesaro’s flying ax handles! Cover, TWO, but Cesaro chinlocks. Fans rally as Mansoor endures. Mansoor powers up and powers Cesaro to the corner!
Cesaro whips back but Mansoor stops himself. Mansoor boots then hops up, but Cesaro yanks him down! Mansoor hits buckles and then the mat! Cesaro covers, TWO! Mansoor checks his nose but nothing’s bloody yet. Cesaro brings Mansoor up to knock him down with a EuroUpper! Cover, TWO, but Cesaro has the chinlock again. Fans rally as Mansoor fights his way up. Mansoor fights back with body shots but Cesaro shoves him, to get the sleeper on the rebound. Fans still rally and Mansoor fights free again, only to get another shove. But Mansoor was ready, and he gets Cesaro in a sleeper! But Cesaro shifts to back suplex! Cover, TWO! Cesaro climbs up now, leaps, but into Mansoor’s dropkick! Fans cheer while both men are down, “This is Awesome!”
Mansoor finds Cesaro and gives him a jawbreaker! And a CHOP! And another CHOP! And another! Cesaro reels Mansoor in, but Mansoor lands on his feet out of the back suplex to enziguri! Mansoor runs, tilt-o-whirl headscissors! Cesaro ends up outside the ring, and Mansoor fires himself up. Mansoor runs and FLIES! Direct hit takes out Cesaro! Mansoor puts Cesaro in then climbs up top, big crossbody! Cover, TWO!! Cesaro survives and Mansoor is shocked, but he has a wild look in his eyes. Mansoor runs in, BIG tornado DDT! Cover, TWO!! Cesaro still lives and Mansoor is shocked again! Mansoor drags Cesaro up but Cesaro shoves him at the ref! And then gets a throat chop! Roll up, with tights! TWO!! Mansoor escapes, elbows back, then hops up. Mansoor dodges Cesaro to come back with a kick! And a slingshot neckbreaker! Cover, ROPEBREAK!!
Mansoor was so close, but also too close to the ropes. Mansoor drags Cesaro away and then climbs up top. Cesaro gets up to trip him up! Mansoor hits the buckle, and then Cesaro climbs up. Cesaro dead lifts to a SUPER GUT WRENCH SUPLEX! Cover, TWO!! Mansoor lives and now Cesaro can’t believe it! Fans still feel “This is Awesome!” as Cesaro brings Mansoor in. But Mansoor counters to a jackknife! TWO, Mansoor runs, into a POP-UP UPPERCUT! Cover, TWO, but into a CROSSFACE! Mansoor endures being cranked back hard, but Cesaro thrashes harder. Mansoor rolls it over, TWO! Cesaro runs into a SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO!?! Cesaro survives and Mansoor is stunned.
But Mansoor won’t be denied, he heads to the corner again. Mansoor climbs, but Cesaro has him again. Mansoor kicks Cesaro away but Cesaro JABS hard! Cesaro clubs away furiously, then sits Mansoor up. Cesaro throws a BIG EuroUpper, then climbs up to join Mansoor. Another gut wrench, but Mansoor counters to a sunset flip powerbomb!! Mansoor has a wild look in his eyes as Cesaro is back down. Mansoor hurries up top again, for a MOONSAULT! Cover, Mansoor wins!!
Winner: Mansoor, by pinfall
The hometown hero does it again! The Swiss Cyborg was no easy opponent, but Mansoor found a way to win! Will Mansoor make even more memorable moments in his growing WWE career?
Greg Hamilton interviews Mansoor in the ring.
This was his first singles match in his home country, what does a victory like this mean? Fans are all cheering, and Mansoor is a bit overwhelmed. “When I woke up this morning, I looked myself in the mirror and I said, ‘This is my most important match.'” This was the most important match of Mansoor’s life. He admits he was scared and nervous. But then he stepped into the arena, in front of all the fans, in front of his family, and he remembered, “Anything is possible.” This was the most important victory of his life, but Mansoor can’t wait for “what WE do next!” Mansoor speaks to Riyadh in Arabic to assure them, he is here for them! Mansoor says that they dreamed of a Saudi Superstar in WWE, and here he is! Mansoor is ready to carry the dreams of a people on his shoulders. How high can Mansoor go with his nation behind him?
Backstage interview with Seth Rollins.
The WWE Universal Champion’s match is Falls Count Anywhere, and it cannot be stopped until there is a winner. With that said, “is this the night you end the rivalry?” Rollins says this ends tonight! The Fiend has brought out the worst in Rollins, from Hell in a Cell to burning the Firefly Fun House. The scariest part is that a little bit of Rollins that enjoys this. Rollins has had people play mind games with him, but something about this is different. It is unsettling. But what Rollins wants us to remember, that no matter what happens, Rollins didn’t pick the fight. Bray Wyatt picked the fight! Rollins didn’t start this but he is not afraid to end this! Rollins walks in the champion, and will do whatever it takes to walk out! What lengths will Rollins go to, to #BurnItDown?
Braun Strowman VS Tyson Fury!
The Monster Among Men was just trying to poke some fun at boxing’s undefeated Lineal Heavyweight Champion, but things escalated to an all out brawl! And now, we have this match of super sized stars in Saudi Arabia! Will Fury #GetTheseHands? Or will he #KnockBraunOut?
Strowman sees all the pageantry behind Fury’s entrance, but wonders where he is. Fury rises from the floor! The Gypsy King has the fans all fired up, but it’s time to get serious. The two come face to face but the ref wants them to go to their corners. The introductions are made, and the bell rings for this truly massive match!
Strowman and Fury circle, and they tie up. Strowman pushes Fury away but then they tie up again. Strowman puts Fury in a corner but the ref calls for a break. Strowman gives it, to then give a shove. Fury is mad but he and Strowman circle again. They tie up and Strowman powers Fury to the ropes. Fury slips free and gives some body shots! Strowman manages to shrug them off and he ties up with Fury again. Strowman wrenches to a wristlock, but Fury rolls and manages to kip-up to a headlock! Strowman powers out, bumps shoulders, but then BOOTS Fury down! Fans roar with Strowman as he looms over Fury. Strowman hauls Fury up to club him back down, and stomp him down! Fury gets up but Strowman is on him with a headbutt! Fans duel as Strowman throws hands on Fury now, and more headbutts!
Fury wobbles but Strowman knees low. Strowman rams shoulders into Fury’s ribs, then runs corner to corner, but only gets post! Fury catches his breath while Strowman tumbles out. Strowman heads up but Fury kicks him back out. Fury then goes out to fetch Strowman, but Strowman rams him into the apron! Strowman DECKS Fury with a right! Strowman decides to take a lap! Fury stands, but Strowman comes around, but Fury dropkicks him down! Fury roars and fans fire up with him! Fury dares Strowman to get up, and he puts Strowman in the ring. Fury gets in and stalks Strwoman. Strowman dodges to scoop! But Fury fights out and drop toeholds Strowman into ropes! Strowman gets up to get a BOOT from Fury! Cover, TWO!! Fury couldn’t figure out the leg hook and that may have cost him.
Fans rally up both ways as Fury stands up. Fury drags Strowman up but Strowman powers him to a corner! Both men start throwing hands and Strowman clubs Fury down! Strowman brings Fury up to CLUB him down again! But Fury invokes his inner Deadman as he sits up! Strowman stomps Fury back down, then waits for Fury to get up. Strowman runs in again, but gets another boot! Fury catches his breath while Strowman staggers. Fury leaps into Strowman’s arms, and a World’s Strongest Slam! Strowman shouts out Mark Henry and Fury feels all 385 pounds. Strowman sees Fury is outside, and it’s time for another lap! Strowman runs around the way to run Fury over! Fans cheer as they want “One More Time!” Strowman obliges, and runs Fury over again! Strowman puts Fury in the ring at 7, and fans are fired up! Strowman gets in the ring now but Fury ROCKS him with that right!! Strowman falls in a heap as the ring count begins again! The count passes 5 but Strowman wobbles at 7! And at 9! Strowman is down, Fury wins!!
Winner: Tyson Fury, by count out
In a very boxing way, the Gypsy King gets one over on the Monster Among Men! But The Monster Among Men still gives Fury a MONSTER SLAM! “I told you, this is MY ring, you piece of crap!” But Fury does get up! Is this the last we’ve seen of these two giants colliding in the ring?
The WWE 24/7 Championship chase is still going on backstage!
No Way Jose, Heath Slater, Eric Young and THE Brian Kendrick are among those hunting down R-Truth! But Truth ditches them all as he sneaks out of a side room. Truth turns around to see Samir! And Sunil! How many Singhs are there? Truth wants themt o know, the one thing about being the 48/7 7/11 24/7 European Television Champion is that you always need to have an escape plan. See ya! But Truth forgot he closed the door behind him! He bounces off and hits the floor, Samir covers! Samir wins!!
Winner: Samir Singh, by pinfall; NEW WWE 24/7 Champion
The Bollywood Boys have both held the title now! Truth can’t believe it, the Singh family just gets bigger and bigger. But will Truth get his baby back before leaving for the States?
WWE United States Championship: AJ Styles w/ The OC VS Humberto Carrillo!
Ultimo Ninja survived 19 other superstars to challenge the Phenomenal One here and now! But the Good Brothers overcame eight other teams to become the BEST Tag Team in the World! Will Styles keep the momentum going? Or will Carrillo shock the world and get his first title in WWE this very day?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and this phenomenal rematch from Raw begins!
Styles throws forearms and punches and stomps on Carrillo already! Fans rally and duel as Carrillo gets up and hits back! Styles rocks and CHOPS Carrillo to the corner, then bumps him off buckles. Styles throws more forearms then bumps Carrillo on more buckles. Styles CHOPS but Carrillo hits back. Styles kicks Carrillo hard, and Styles tells the Carrillo fans to “shut up.” Carrillo fires back but Styles CHOPS him again. Styles whips but Carrillo holds ropes. Carrillo dodges and then comes back to springboard arm-drag! Styles is up but Carrillo headscissors him down! Carrillo kicks hard then uses the ropes again, shows off a little and arm-drags Styles again! Then dropkicks him out! Carrillo builds speed, but Styles gets clear. They go around the way and Styles baits Carrillo into the USHIGOROSHI!
Fans rally and duel again as Styles catches his breath. Styles drags Carrillo up into a chinlock and squeezes tight. Carrillo endures and fans rally up. Carrillo fights up and fights out, but Styles counters to a backbreaker! Cover, TWO! Styles keeps his cool as fans continue to rally. Styles says “SUCK IT” to the Carrillo fans, but Carrillo hits back. Styles knees low and is getting annoyed with the upstart. He brings Carrillo up to snapmare and put on a chinlock. Fans rally up again as Carrillo endures. Carrillo fights his way up and out again, but Styles swings. Carrillo dodges, handsprings and back elbows Styles down! The OC coach Styles up but Carrillo runs in, another springboard but Styles throws him down! Cover, TWO! Styles drags Carrillo up and suplexes, to a BRAIN BUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Carrillo survives and Styles is growing frustrated.
Styles puts the chinlock back on as fans duel. Carrillo feeds off the energy and fights, but Styles holds tight. Carrillo keeps trying, and gets free, and starts trading haymakers with Styles. Styles kicks, swings, misses, and Carrillo jawbreakers! Handspring arm-drag! Fans fire up with Carrillo, somersault moonsault! Cover, TWO! Carrillo grows frustrated now, but fans still rally. Carrillo drags Styles up but Styles trips him, to catapult at the corner! But Carrillo hops up and leaps for a big crossbody! Cover, TWO!! Carrillo grits his teeth while Styles is sputtering. Carrillo brings Styles up but Styles throat chops! Styles tosses Carrillo out but Carrillo holds on. After all, he just went through a battle royal. Carrillo slingshots, but into a fireman’s carry! Styles Ushigoroshis, but Carrillo handsprings through! To enziguri! But Styles PELES in return! Both men are down but fans are rallying up, “This is Awesome!”
Carrillo goes to the apron but Styles follows. Styles brings Carrillo up, but Carrillo resists the suplex. Carrillo body shots and BOOTS! Styles stays up, and tosses Carrillo back in. Carrillo hops over to ROCK Styles, then leaps to dropkick him down! Carrillo runs and FLIES! Direct hit takes out Styles! Carrillo grits his teeth as he drags Styles up and in. Cover, TWO!! Carrillo doesn’t let that deter him, as he puts Styles on the top rope. Carrillo climbs to join Styles, and then stands up on the very top, SUPER STEINER denied! But Carrillo fights out of the Clash, only for Styles to sunset flip! TWO and Carrillo has Styles, TWO! The Phenomenal Blitz fires off! Cover, TWO!! The OC are growing worried as Carrillo survives. Styles catches his breath then drags Carrillo up. Styles wants the Clash, but Carrillo grabs ropes while upside-down! Carrillo skins the cat and trades forearms with Styles.
Carrillo springboards, but into a waistlock! Carrillo escapes the back suplex but his leg jams. He still dodges the boot, but Styles trips Carrillo up with that leg. Carrillo still kicks Styles into buckles with the good leg, but Styles comes back to roll him! CALF CRUSHER! Carrillo endures the leg hold like he did on Monday, but Styles really cranks back! Carrillo reaches and gets the ropebreak! Styles lets up and stalks a hobbling Carrillo. Styles has the leg, but Carrillo knees back! Carrillo swings a kick but hits the enziguri on the return! Carrillo drags Styles to a drop zone and climbs up, to MOONSAULT! Styles dodges, Carrillo rolls through but that leg bothers him. Styles runs in, but Carrillo puts him on the apron. Styles forearms back, and then takes aim! Springboard, Phenomenal Forearm hits! Cover, Styles wins!
Winner: AJ Styles, by pinfall; still WWE United States Champion
The Phenomenal wins again, and the OC is rolling! Will these three together become the Best TRIO in the World?
Backstage interview with Hulk Hogan!
The Immortal One says, “Let me tell you something, brother!” No wait, that’s not quite right. “Let me tell you something, Double B!” Beautiful Byron Saxton, the Hulkster is super pumped up to be in Riyadh! After 35 years of Flair flapping his gums, Hogan will put it to rest. Flair has never beat Hogan before, and Flair’s team won’t beat Hogan’s now! Hogan’s team has been clangin’ and bangin’, training day and night. “We’re ready for total destruction!” So the last question Hogan has is, what’s Flair going to do when Team Hogan runs wild on Team Flair, brother?
Lacey Evans VS Natalya!
History is being made by the Sassy Southern Bell and Queen of Harts! This the first-ever women’s wrestling match in the country, and fans are excited for this progress! But who gets the even bigger honor of being the first woman to win a match in Riyadh?
The bell rings, and Natty shakes hands with Lacey. They then circle and tie up, and Lacey headlocks. Natty powers out but Lacey runs her over with a shoulder. Lacey pretends to be surprised, but then things speed up. Lacey blocks the hip toss but so does Natty. Natty arm-drags Lacey and fans are dueling. Fans rally up as Natty and Lacey tie up. Natty wrenches to a wristlock, but Lacey cartwheels and reverses! Natty rolls and handsprings to wrench back, then roll Lacey up, TWO! Lacey has to give Natty a hand for that one, and they shake hands again. They tie up, Lacey headlocks and throws Natty but avoids a takedown. “This is Awesome!” as the two tie up again. Lacey headlocks and gets the takeover, but Natty headscissors. Lacey pops out to a jackknife, TWO as Natty bridges. Natty spins to a headlock takeover of her own, but Lacey headscissors. Natty kips up and out and fans are cheering this great technical exchange!
The two go again, Lacey elbows out of the waistlock, but misses in the corner. Natty picks Lacey up but Lacey lands on her feet out of the rebound to arm-drag Natty! Natty is up fast and trips Lacey again, and wants the Sharpshooter! Lacey kicks her away, but Natty runs and dares Lacey to chase her. Lacey does and Natty sends her out! Fans cheer as Natty fetches Lacey, but Lacey chop blocks Natty! Lacey swings to dropkick and wreck Natty! Lacey drags Natty in for the cover, TWO! Fans are loving this display of “Women’s Wrestling!” and Lacey has Natty in a seated cobra clutch. Natty endures as Lacey thrashes her about. Natty works her way up but Lacey whips her to a corner. Natty puts Lacey on the apron but walks into a kick. Lacey sweeps the legs to slingshot elbow drop! Cover, TWO!
Lacey goes back to the cobra clutch but fans rally up. Natty endures and stands, but Lacey reels her out to drive her down. Lacey drops knees on the arm, and again! Lacey puts the cobra twist on, but fans rally up. Natty fights her way up but into Lacey’s swinging neckbreaker! Lacey rolls back but her splash gets knees! Natty catches her breath and kicks Lacey back. Natty whips but Lacey reverses. Lacey misses in the corner, and Natty gets that rebound sit-down! Natty steps on Lacey to basement dropkick! And then, the Sharpshooter! But Lacey powers out to roll Natty, TWO! Lacey headlocks and suplexes Natty hard! Lacey drags Natty to a drop zone and goes to the corner. She hops up, then again, Sassiest Moonsault Ever! Cover, TWO!! Natty survives and Lacey is furious!
Lacey drags Natty up again for another suplex, then makes sure Natty is in the drop zone. Lacey wants one more, but Natty springs up to yank her off! Natty catches her breath but hits the DISCUS! And then, and truly, the SHARPSHOOTER! Fans are fired up as Lacey endures and reaches, but Natty drags her away! Natty sits deep, Lacey TAPS, Natty wins!!
Winner: Natalya, by submission
And the Harts make history again! Natalya wins in this truly historic moment! Saudi Arabia is happy to see this moment, especially as Natty helps Lacey up. There is still respect and sportsmanship here, and that’s an even greater thing!
10-Man Tag: Team Hogan VS Team Flair!
The Big Dog leads the Beacon of Light, Shorty G, the King of Flight and the Bulgarian Brute into battle against The Viper, the King of Strong Style, the King of the Ring, the Scottish Terminator and the Rocky Mountain Machine! With each team of five representing a living legend, who is victorious over the other on this historic night?
The teams sort out as tension mounts between all ten. Nakamura and Chad Gable start, but Nakamura toys with Shorty G. Nakamura kicks quick and low. He fires off strikes, but Gable catches one to get around to a waistlock and slam! Nakamura switches but Gable does, too. The two fight for control, and Nakamura triangle holds, but Gable rolls to an ankle lock! Nakamura powers out but runs into a belly2belly suplex! Gable keeps throwing Nakamura then covers, TWO! Gable drags Nakamura up to whip but Nakamura knees low. Gable ducks one kick but not the second! Tag to Corbin, and the Lone Wolf gets to pick on Gable again. Corbin whips Gable corner to corner but Gable goes up and over. Gable dodges and tags Ali to arm-drag Corbin! Ali dropkicks Corbin and again!
Ali runs, but into the grip! Corbin puts Ali in a corner but gets a roundhouse back! Ali somersaults for the facebuster! Cover, ONE, and Corbin backs away to his corner. Corbin tags in Lashley, and Rusev wants in! Ali obliges and suddenly Lashley wants out! Rusev goes after Lashley but the ref keeps him away as Lashley is in the corner. Tag to McIntyre and fans boo as Lashley runs from Rusev. Rusev and McIntyre circle and tie up and they start brawling! Rusev gets the edge but McIntyre kicks low and clubs hard! McIntyre whips, Rusev throws McIntyre back and corner splashes! Rusev whips corner to corner but runs into McIntyre’s elbow. McIntyre runs but Ruesv dodges to hit the windmill kick! Cover, TWO, and Rusev glares at Lashley. Rusev wrenches McIntyre and yanks on the arm, then tags to Ali. Ali climbs up and Ali double stomps the arm. Ali goes after the arm but McIntyre breaks free to CHOP Ali down!
Corbin tags in and drags Ali up to whip. Ali kicks back and then runs in, but into a scoop. Ali slips out to shove Corbin but Corbin puts him on the Ali. Ali hits back but Corbin shoves him off! Ali hits barriers on the way down! Team Hogan coaches Ali up but Corbin comes around to fetch Ali. Corbin puts Ali in and brings Ali over to tag in Lashley. Lashley and Corbin mug Ali but fans rally up. Lashley lifts Ali for a sidewalk slam! Lashley wraps Ali up in a chinlock and grinds him down. Lashley taunts Rusev and the ref has to keep Rusev back. Ali fights his way up and throws hands, then runs, into Lashley’s lariat! Cover, TWO! Lashley throws Ali out hard then flexes at Rusev. The ref has to hold Rusev back again, that allows Orton to get his shots in on Ali! Lashley tags out to Nakamura, and Nakamura goes around to get Ali into the ring.
Nakamura taunts Team Hogan as he bumps Ali off buckles. Nakamura gives Ali Bad Vibrations! Fans boo as Nakamura walks it off and dares Team Hogan to “C’MON!” But Ail boots, only to get turned sideways for a ROUNDHOUSE! Sliding German! Ali is down, Nakamura covers, TWO! Nakamura tags in McIntyre, and they mug Ali in the Flair corner. McIntyre puts Ali in an open corner to CHOP! McIntyre tosses Ali across the way! And then he dares Ali to stand. Ali does, but he goes up and over, only for McIntyre to pull hair. McIntyre back suplexes but Ali slips out to boot back. Ali leaps, tornado DDT! Both men are down and their teams are rallying for them! McIntyre keeps Ali away for only a moment, hot tag to Ricochet! Ricochet kicks McIntyre and throws forearms! Ricochet runs, throws more forearms, then dodges to tilt-o-whirl headscissors!
Ricochet kips up, runs in, shoulder tackles, and avoids Nakamura’s sweep. Ricochet kicks Nakamura, forearms McIntyre, then springboard clothespins! LIONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Ricochet hurries up to the top rope but Corbin creeps close. Ricochet hops down, but then McIntyre lifts Ricochet up with one hand, and turns him around for the inverted Alabama lift. Corbin gets a BIG right hand in first, and then the inverted Alabama Slam! Tag to Orton, and fans cheer finally getting to see The Viper in action! Orton stomps Ricochet around, then does his iconic pose. Orton CHOPS Ricochet in the corner, then snapmares Ricochet for more stomps. Orton grinds his boot into Ricochet’s stomach with every stomp, and then he goes after the legs. Tag to Lashley, and Flair smiles as Orton whips Ricochet to a corner.
Lashley runs in to ram his shoulder into Ricochet’s stomach! Lashley then brings Ricochet up to suplex and hold him there for a count of 15! Cover, TWO! Rusev wants at Lashley badly but Lashley uses that to taunt him more. Lashley puts Ricochet in the corner and tags Corbin. Corbin drags Ricochet up and throws a big right hand! Corbin drags Ricochet up to ram in elbows over and over into the shoulder. Corbin then half nelsons and chinbars to grind Riocchet down. Fans rally up for Ricochet as he fights his way up. Ricochet fights out with body shots but Corbin powers him to a corner. Ricochet goes up and over and hits Corbinab ck! Springboard, but into the choke grip, but Ricochet pops up to a sunset flip! TWO, Corbin slides out then in to clobber Shorty G and Ali, and then still LARIAT Ricochet! Fans boo but Flair gives a “WOO~” as McIntyre tags in.
McIntyre stomps Ricochet then dead lift suplexes him! Cover, TWO! McIntyre stomps Ricochet more then tags in Lashley. Lashley and McIntyre mug Ricochet, then Lashley cheap shots Rusev! But Ricochet fights out, dropkick-flip to enziguri! Orton tags in and has Ricochet by his super suit! But Ricochet escapes the back suplex, misses the enziguri but not the mule kick! Fans rally up as Ricochet crawls, hot tags to Corbin and Roman Reigns! The Big Dog rallies on all of Team Flair! Leaping lariats for McIntyre and Corbni, and a big uppercut for Lashley! Roman has targets on the outside, Drive-By Dropkick for Orton! Orton even hits post on the way out! Drive-By for Lashley! But Corbin grabs Roman, only to get a hotshot! Roman throws uppercuts and then point-blank lariats in the corner! He gets all 10, and then runs to BOOT Corbin down! Roman shouts out to Hogan, leg drop, brother!
But Roman isn’t done there, he locks ‘n’ loads from the corner! Nakamura gets up to get an uppercut, and Corbin runs into an elbow. McIntyre gets an uppercut, but Orton tags in. Orton has Roman, but no RKO yet! SUPERMAN PUNCH! Cover, but McIntyre and Corbin break it! Ali somersaults in, but into a CHOKE SLAM! Ankle lock for Corbin, KINSHASA for Shorty G! Ricochet springboards in, to a CLAYMORE! Team Flair has regrouped and they surround Roman. But Rusev finally gets in, to clotheslines McIntyre out! And club Corbin! And toss Nakamura! Lashley doesn’t realize, and now he’s alone with Rusev! They brawl it out, and the fans are behind Rusev! Rusev gets an edge, but Lashley tosses him out. Roman SUPERMAN PUNCHES Lashley! Team Flair is gathered, Roman runs to FLY! The Big Dog bowls everyone over!!
Roman puts Orton in and takes aim from the corner. The fans join in the “OOAAH~!” Roman runs in, to a kick! Roman rebounds, into an RKO!! Cover, TWO!?! Roman survives the three most dangerous letters in pro-wrestling!? Flair and Orton are furious, but fans are loving this! Orton looms over Roman, and decides to bring out an even more vicious move. But Shorty G anchors Orton’s feet in the corner! Orton swipes at him, and the ref keeps Gable back. Ali turns Orton around, RKO! No, wait! Ali braced himself! Ricochet standing shooting stars onto Orton! And then, the high-fliers FLY out onto Corbin and Nakamura! Gable CANNONBALLS onto McIntyre! Rusev MACHKA KICKS Lashley! Roman SPEARS Orton!! Cover, Team Hogan wins!!
Winners: Team Hogan, Roman Reigns pinning
The Hulkster couldn’t be prouder of his team! Hogan wins over Flair again, thanks to his fab five! Will this lead each man of the winning team to even bigger and better things?
WWE Universal Championship Falls Count Anywhere: Seth Rollins VS The Fiend Bray Wyatt!
Hell in a Cell was a horror movie come to life, but just like a horror movie, it wasn’t enough to stop the nightmares. The Architect did his best to literally burn down Firefly Fun House, but even that didn’t stop Bray Wyatt. What will it take to end this horror story when this match cannot be stopped for any reason, other than a winner being named?
The lights go down, and when they come back up, red light bathes the arena, just as it did for Hell in a Cell. The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and this sequel to the nightmare begins!
Fans chant “Yowie Wowie!” and the bell rings! Fiend throat chops Rollins then fires off haymakers and headbutts! Rollins swipes but misses wide, and now The Fiend dribbles Rollins off buckles! Fiend whips and headbutts Rollins down and fans are still chanting. The Fiend takes off his jacket and keeps on Rollins with uppercuts. Fiend chokes Rollins on ropes but Rollins gets free. The Fiend won’t leave him alone, and is laughing as he throws hands at the ropes. He whips Rollins but Rollins dodges to Slingblade! But the Fiend is up, only to run into a boot! Rollins hits a BLOCKBUSTER! Then springboards for a flying knee! Fiend staggers, into a SUPERKICK! Rollins runs but misses the stomp. Rollins rocks Fiend with a forearm, but things speed up, Fiend body checks Rollins down! Fans still cheer and Fiend laughs again.
The Fiend wags his fingers at “naughty Rollins” as he drags Rollins to the apron. Fiend clobbers Rollins but Rollins gets hobbling around the way. Fiend attacks Rollins and tosses him into the crowd! The red light follows them as they go to the crowd. Fiend bounces Rollins off a platform, then hops up to throw Rollins at a pillar. Rollins blocks and rams The Fiend into that same pillar! Rollins crawls to The Fiend and hammers away. Fiend goes back to ringside and Rollins hops up on the barriers to LEAP! But Fiend gets under, only to turn around into a SUPERKICK! CURB STOMP to the floor! But just like Hell in a Cell, The Fiend is up again! Rollins runs in, to an urenage onto the apron! The Fiend sits back to relax while Rollins writhes. Fans continue to chant as The Fiend rams Rollins into barriers.
The camera men move aside as The Fiend brings Rollins to the announce desk. The Fiend bounces Rollins off the one desk, then tosses him to the floor. Rollins rises, but dodges The Fiend! The Fiend busts through the barriers into the front row!! Rollins doesn’t cover, he looks for something he can use! Rollins has a TABLE! Fans love seeing tables. Rollins sets the table up on the outside, but takes aim at The Fiend. Rollins DIVES and hits him once, but then runs and DIVES again! The Fiend stays up so Rollins uses the announce desk cover to SMACK The Fiend down! The Fiend is down but Rollins won’t bother covering. Rollins goes back to his table to get a second table! Rollins stacks this second table on top of the first! Rollins grabs a chair and JAMS it into The Fiend’s ribs. Then he SMACKS the Fiend on the back! And then another chair shot while The Fiend’s down!
Rollins gives The Fiend more chair shots as fans rally up. Rollins finds the sledgehammer! Rollins puts the hammer aside for the moment, to stand up the chair. He puts The Fiend’s head on the chair and then has the hammer in hand! Fans anticipate what’s coming, but so does The Fiend! MANDIBLE CLAW! Rollins uses the hammer to fight free and SMASH The Fiend in the head! But the Fiend hits back to throw Rollins over the announce desk! The Fiend seems to be enjoying himself as he clears off this second desk. Rollins sits up but the Fiend creeps close. The Fiend throws hands, then gives Rollins the NECK SNAP! Fans rally as The Fiend stands tall on the desk. Rollins sputters but The Fiend stomps and kicks him while he’s down. The Fiend gives Rollins another throat chop to keep him down.
The Fiend is on one desk, runs over, and sentons! But Rollins dodges and The Fiend crashes through! Rollins hurries to a cover, ONE?!? Rollins is in shock! Rollins focuses as he grabs the chair again. Rollins jams the chair into The Fiend’s ribs, and then SMACKS him again! And again! The Fiend staggers about as he gets another chair shot to the back! Rollins has The Fiend on the desk, and decides to copy Shane O’Mac here as he climbs up top. But the Fiend is up fast! The Fiend shoves Rollins down through the table tower!! The fans lose their minds as Rollins is in the wreckage of his own making! “This is Awesome!” but far from over as The Fiend smiles at what just happened. The Fiend goes around to find Rollins and stomp away!
But then The Fiend has an even more “amusing” idea. He rips up floor mats to expose the steel grating underneath! Fans sing, “Fiend’s gonna kill~ you~!” Fiend walks over and sees Rollins barely rising up. The Fiend takes Rollins over to the exposed steel, for SISTER- No! Rollins slips out and PELES! The Fiend stays up, so Rollins grabs steel steps! Rollins RAMS The Fiend, and again! And a third time! The Fiend wobbles, Rollins lines it up, CURB STOMP ONTO STEEL!! Cover, TWO!?! Rollins is shocked again, and hurries to find anything else that can help him. Rollins finds a new chair and he SMACKS The Fiend! And again! The Fiend tumbles out into the crowd again, but Rollins hurries up onto the barrier. Rollins leaps to SMASH The Fiend again! The Fiend falls back onto that platform, and Rollins climbs up to follow.
Rollins runs in, into SISTER ABIGAIL! Rollins flops off the platform, into a shadowy void! The Fiend finds him, covers, TWO!! Rollins still lives, but The Fiend is having too much fun to be angry. The Fiend rains down rights then drags him up. The Fiend throws Rollins over to ringside as fans again declare, “This is Awesome!” Rollins hurries up the ramp but The Fiend chases him down. They brawl up and up, The Fiend stomps Rollins down. Rollins keeps trying but The Fiend keeps knocking him back down each time. They continue up the ramp, further and further. The Fiend toys with Rollins, then drags him up towards the stage. The Fiend crossface forearms Rollins, and they reach the stage. Rollins flails but The Fiend keeps hitting him. The Fiend has Rollins at the edge of the stage! Rollins fights out for dear life, so The Fiend throws him aside. Rollins mule kicks and CURB STOMPS! But again, The Fiend springs up!
The Fiend gets a SUPERKICK, and another SUPERKICK! Rollins SUPERKICKS again, and tries again, FOURTH Curb Stomp! But then a FIFTH! This is turning into Hell in a Cell all over again as Rollins hits a SIXTH! The Fiend is still moving, rolling, rising. Rollins runs back in, for a SEVENTH! Fans boo and jeer, they’re ending up by the other edge of the stage. Rollins stomps and fans chant, “Burn It Down!” Rollins wants and gets an EIGHTH Curb Stomp! But the Fiend still rises! Rollins SUPERKICKS him again, and they teeter near an edge. Another SUPERKICK, and then another! The Fiend FALLS INTO ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT! There are sparks and small explosions, and the crew hurries to extinguish the flames!
Rollins tries to get close but more sparks and explosions go off! Rollins is blinded by something, but THE FIEND RISES!! MANDIBLE CLAW!! The Fiend smothers Rollins against the trunks, and then sets him up, for SISTER ABIGAIL!! Cover, THE FIEND WINS!!
Winner: The Fiend Bray Wyatt, by pinfall; NEW WWE Universal Champion
UNBELIEVABLE! The Fiend survives things no normal man should have, and on top of it all, is victorious!! The Architect has been slain, and now the nightmare reigns. The lights go out, but when they come back on, The Fiend holds up the Universal Championship! What does this mean for ALL of the WWE?!
Y’know what, for the usual forced build, the same general distaste fans have for this WWE Saudi Arabia deal and any other arguments can be made against Crown Jewel, this second Crown Jewel ever was a really great event! For one, you can’t knock the crowd, they loved everything. The 20-Man Battle Royal was pretty fun, and while it seems like Cedric Alexander is being buried or dropped off the big stories, he at least got to be part of the final four. Fans really love Harper, even in Saudi Arabia, but it was almost too obvious from Raw last Monday that it would be Humberto Carrillo. At least they gave us a great way to Carrillo getting the better of Rowan and Harper. Carrillo had a really good match with AJ Styles, but it just seemed obvious the status quo would be maintained here. But speaking of that, it was pretty great we got the 24/7 Championship being hot potato’d again. At least then the status quo isn’t really kept, as Truth gets another reign and now Samir gets to hold the title.
I did not expect Lesnar VS Velasquez to open, but that does seem to be a trend with Lesnar lately. I also didn’t expect such a poor match, I thought they were going to stretch that for a few more minutes. But no, it was Lesnar squashing Velasquez. I suppose it gives that MMA feeling of how fights can end so fast, but that tends to come off dumb for pro-wrestling. Mysterio going after Lesnar and eventually running him off was great, but it does bring in the question of how Mysterio is supposed to get at Lesnar if they’re on separate brands. Survivor Series is cross-branded, so perhaps Mysterio gets his shot there. Of course, we have the shocker of the night with Rollins VS Fiend to factor in here, too. One of those top titles has to be going over to Raw, but after that honestly really great rematch to Hell in a Cell, Rollins can’t win that title back. The Fiend is basically unstoppable, so SmackDown should keep (and recolor) the Universal Championship. Raw can get Lesnar back and have him take on Mysterio. Just not sure if Mysterio wins.
That Tag Team Turmoil was alright, but I feel like the order of the teams could’ve worked out a little different. The Viking Raiders coming out last, I almost thought they were winning for sure. But in the end, the last team was always going to have the best advantage on paper, and they obviously wanted Revival and New Day to have their encounter to preview tomorrow night’s SmackDown Tag Team Championship match, so it just ended up being Raiders VS OC. I therefore did not expect The OC to win, but that was such a great choice. I was sure the AOP were going to go after the Raw Tag Team Championships, but maybe they also have to deal with The OC. That would make for some great stuff either way, and some unpredictability in the tag title scene is for the best.
However, for predictability in the Mansoor VS Cesaro match, that was actually a great match. Taking out the location and the fans being that strongly behind Mansoor, Mansoor still gives a great performance. When he sprang up out of the somersault, along with springing out of his own roll-up was great athleticism, that is something you can’t fake. Mansoor gets a great moment for himself and the people, I’m just surprised NXT hasn’t tried a little more with him since Super Showdown. The historic women’s match was pretty solid, and it was great to hear the fans get behind it so strongly. It made sense to have the Face win, because in the end, this is about the history and the progress made.
Fury VS Strowman could’ve been a bit smoother but it’s not like Fury had that long to train. But it was pretty clever to have this decided by the ring out count. We knew Fury would win so that he could stay undefeated in reality and kayfabe, but then Strowman gets the last move out of frustration. I don’t know if we will get a rematch, not really sure I want a rematch, but it wasn’t a complete mess. Team Hogan VS Team Flair was a lot of fun, certainly at the start and end. There was a lot of great stuff, and the story of Rusev and Lashley was clearly a major motivator in a lot of it, it was good that they got the little moment they had. Something in the middle dragged, but it makes a lot of sense for Roman to be the one to get the pin for the team. I was a little surprised this wasn’t the main event, but ending on the shocking win from The Fiend was definitely the way to go for the final moment of the show.
My Score: 8.5/10
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.
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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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