NXT challenges you to all out life!
Two hours, three title matches and LIMITED COMMERCIAL INTERRUPTION! NXT is ready, but are you ready for the new era?
- NXT Championship: Adam Cole VS Matt Riddle; Cole wins and retains the NXT Championship.
- Io Shirai VS Mia Yim; Shirai wins.
- Johnny Gargano VS Shane Thorne; Gargano wins.
- NXT Women’s Championship: Shayna Baszler VS Candice LeRae; Baszler wins and retains the NXT Women’s Championship.
- Pete Dunne VS Danny Burch; Dunne wins.
- NXT Tag Team Championships: The Undisputed Era VS The Street Profits; The Undisputed Era wins and retains the NXT Tag Team Championships.
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NXT Championship: Adam Cole VS Matt Riddle!
Bro… This main event match is just the opening of tonight! Riddle won this right against the vicious Killian Dain and even shut the champ up with a Fujiwara, but will he be able to end the Undisputed Era’s era already? Or will Cole find a way to retain and get revenge for that fractured wrist and bruised ego?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we begin this Undisputed Bro-down!
Fans already duel as the bell sounds, and Riddle rushes Cole to get a waistlock and slam! Cole gets up but Riddle throws him down again! And again! Riddle floats to go after the arm! Cole reaches with his leg for a ropebreak, and Riddle lets up. Fans duel more as the two circle and tie up. Riddle gets Cole around the head and heads for a corner but Cole turns it around. Cole stomps away and throws an elbow shot. But Riddle returns with a gut wrench! And holds on to gut wrench again! And then again! Cover, ONE, but Riddle keeps his cool. Riddle gives Cole stiff kicks that rock Cole all over the ring. Cole leans on the ropes but gets kicked out! Riddle hurries to fetch Cole but gets a leaping enziguri! And then Cole shoves him into steel steps! Cole sneers while Riddle writhes and rolls. Cole puts Riddle in the ring to then put him in a corner with buckle bumps. Cole stomps more and chokes Riddle, but the ref backs him off.
Cole goes after Riddle more but Riddle fireman’s carries! Cole slips out and shoves to run Riddle over with an elbow. Cole drags Riddle up again as fans rally and duel, hanging neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Cole is annoyed but he gets back to his feet. Riddle hits back with body shots but Cole clubs Riddle down. Cole brings Riddle up but Riddle fires off again. Riddle misses the kick, Cole fireman’s carry to Ushigoroshi! Cover, TWO! Cole wraps Riddle in a chinlock but fans rally. Riddle gets up but Cole smothers him back down. Cole rams his knee into Riddle’s back then wraps on a headscissor hold. Riddle endures and moves around as fans rally again. Riddle bridges back to a cover, TWO and Cole frees Riddle, to BOOT him down! Cole’s fans cheer but Riddle’s fans boo. Riddle sits up but Cole throws big forearms on him. Cole says the title is his, but Riddle throws palm strikes! Rapid fire and a boot, then a PELE! Riddle kips up and fans fire up!
Riddle runs side to side, forearm smash! And then another from the other side! Brosploder! Running penalty kick misses, so does the moonsault, but not the Broton! There is the Penalty Kick! Cover, TWO! Riddle keeps his cool as Cole stands. Alabama lift, but Cole sunset flips, Riddle slips through. Riddle kicks but Cole ducks to roll Riddle up, TWO, and Riddle powerbomb lifts. Cole slips out of that but gets caught into the wristlock ripcord, Final Flash! Fisherman Buster! Cover, TWO!! Cole escapes but Riddle won’t let up. Riddle dead lifts to a German Suplex! Cover, TWO!! Cole still survives and Riddle struggles to keep his cool. Fans rally up and duel as Riddle gets up. Cole slowly sits up on his own, but Riddle is right on him with Bro Kicks! Riddle drags Cole up, fireman’s carry, but Cole fights back. Riddle powers up, pops Cole up, BIG BACKSTABBER! Cover, TWO!! And Cole can’t believe it!
Fans cheer “Mamma Mia!” just like Mauro might, but Cole grits his teeth as he drags Riddle up for forearms. Riddle hits back and now both men brawl on the mat. They stand but still throw forearms and elbows. Riddle CHOPS and CHOPS, but Cole stomps the bare feet! But the Superkick is blocked! Riddle boots the bad arm, but walks into a SUPERKICK! Cole runs into a BRO TRIGGER! Enziguri outta nowhere, but that German Suplex is even more sudden! Riddle grabs Cole, but it’s Cole who gives Riddle the Last Shot 1.0! Cover, TWO!? Riddle survives and Full Sail is thunderous! Both men stir as the fans settle down to simply “fired up.” “This is Awesome!” because neither man is done yet. Cole gets to the apron but Riddle heads over. Riddle brings Cole up, ducks a punch to give a roundhouse. Riddle joins Cole on the apron, fireman’s carry, but Cole fights out. Cole BOOTS Riddle off the apron!
Cole goes out to the apron, smirking at Riddle. Cole leaps, into another Bro Trigger! Riddle puts Cole in, climbs up top, FLOATING BRO gets knees! Cole hurries to get up to the corner, leaps, PANAMA SUNRISE!! Cover, TWO!?! Riddle lives and Cole can’t believe it! Full Sail loses their minds as both men are stirring on the mat. Cole backs away to a corner as fans duel hard as ever. Cole aims, Riddle sits up, and Cole brings the knee pad down. Cole runs, but Riddle drops. But Cole just smirks, because he goes back to the corner. He hops up, leaps, but Riddle stops his sunrise! And spins it around, to the Bro to Sleep! Powerbomb, FINAL FLASH!! Riddle hurries, climbs, FLOATING BRO HITS! Cover, TWO!?! Now Cole shocks everyone! Fans argue over the decision, but somehow Cole survives, so they just figure, “Fight Forever!”
Riddle gets up and climbs again. Cole revives, stands up, and trips Riddle up in time! Cole climbs up to join Riddle but Riddle fights back. Riddle and Cole fight for control, and Riddle forearms Cole, and CHOPS him down! Riddle hops down, slingshots, into a SUPERKICK! And then a SUPERKICK to the back! Cole hops up again, leaps, PANAMA SUNRISE AGAIN!! riddle flounders, Cole hits- No, hi misses! BROMISSION!! Cole is caught! Full Sail is freaking out! Cole slips up and around to a cover, TWO! Riddle gets Cole with the Fujiwara! Cole’s bad arm is feeling even worse! But Cole crawls , so Riddle drags him away, only for Cole to crucifix roll-up! TWO and back to the Fujiwara! Riddle has the good arm, but that doesn’t change that it hurts. Cole slips out and CLOBBERS Riddle with the cast! LAST SHOT 2.0! Cole wins!!
Winner: Adam Cole, by pinfall; still NXT Champion
Adam Cole survives to keep the Undisputed Era’s reign alive! Riddle was so close, will he get another shot in the future? Or will the NXT Championship remain Undisputed forever?
Wait, is that Finn Balor?!
What is the Extraordinary Man doing back in NXT?! Full Sail loses their minds over this surprise homecoming, especially as Finn joins Cole in the ring. Finn takes up a mic as fans chant “Welcome Back!” Finn tells Cole and the world, “As of now, Finn Balor is NXT.” What does this mean for the landscape of all the WWE?!
NXT takes a quick look at NXT Live in Des Moines.
Just a week before tonight’s highly anticipated NXT Women’s Championship match, #1 Contender Candice LeRae was running wild, but Shayna Baszler wasn’t impressed. The same fans cheering will just be the ones crying tonight. Candice knew Shayna was watching. The big bully on campus always plays mind games. But she’s also the only two-time champion. People don’t lose matches to Shayna, they lose days of their careers against her. Candice was on the losing end the last time she faced Shayna, but she wasn’t as focused as she is now. Life on USA Network, Shayna will show Candice what she “won.” Candice is ready to be Candice again, but will she be champion along with that?
The Velveteen Dream returns!
And he’s on a new purple love seat, surrounded by the Dreamettes. “Do you feel it? How about you, Blondie?” Do they all feel it? What they’re feeling seeping into their souls, is the Velveteen Dream Experience. Dream has the fans chanting his name as he does his spin. That feeling is the “climax of life, where the spotlight shines the brightest.” Which is why the Undisputed Era tried to steal the light. Don’t make any excuses, Dream has never complained about taking on multiple men at once. But Dream has all three eyes on Roderick Strong. Consider this a challenge for a rematch for the North American Championship! Consider this a dare to share the spotlight again. Consider this a challenge as a man to see if he can perform all on his own. Unless he’s afraid to step out of the Era’s shadow, that is. But when Strong is across the ring from Dream and look him deep in his eyes, Strong knows. Because they all know, that the next thing you know, is #DreamOver. Will Strong man up to go man to man with Dream again?
NXT takes a look at the coming Cruiserweight Championship match.
The Man of the Hour is back in NXT. And he made a huge impact in his return as he won the right to challenge for the Cruiserweight Championship. Gulak says it won’t matter how impressive Lio is, because he is constantly evolving. But Lio promises that the title will soon belong to him. “Change is the rule,” and Gulak is the Law of the Cruiserweight Division. But will even that change as Gulak and Lio have their title match next week on NXT?
Io Shirai VS Mia Yim!
The Evil Genius didn’t win her way back to an NXT Women’s Championship match, but that won’t stop her descent into darkness. But at the same time, the Head Baddie in Charge wants to blaze her own trail back to the gold. With Shayna and Candice fighting over the title later tonight, who will be waiting for the champ on the other side?
The bell rings and Yim offers a handshake. Shirai slaps that hand away and shoves Yim, so Yim shoves back. Shirai runs but her dropkick misses. Yim arm-drags Shirai around then dropkicks her down. Yim boots Shirai in the corner and Shirai falls. Yim covers, TWO! Fans duel as Yim drags Shirai up by her leg. Shirai enziguris but Yim dodges that to then waistlock and atomic drop Shirai down! Shirai bails out but Yim wrecks her with a baseball slide! Yim brings Shirai up for forearms, then follows her around the corner. Yim CHOPS Shirai, then drags her up as fans want “One More Time!” Yim obliges and CHOPS Shirai again! Shirai flees around the corner but Yim forearms her against railing. The ref counts and Yim puts Shirai in at 7, but Shirai spins around to kick Yim back! Shirai goes out to throw forearms of her own, then puts Yim back in as we go picture in picture.
Yim scrambles to ropes but Shirai stomps her around the ring. Shirai has Yim in a corner to stomp away, but the ref backs her off. Shirai comes back to grind both boots into Yim’s chest, then swings for a meteora! Shirai drags Yim to a cover, TWO! Yim crawls away but Shirai pursues. Shirai chokes Yim on the ropes but lets up at the ref’s count. Shirai throws Yim by her hair! Then again! Shirai has Yim in a corner again and stomps her more. Shirai snapmares Yim to a chinlock and grinds her knee in. Yim endures and pulls hair, but Shirai rakes Yim’s eyes! The ref reprimands them both, but Shirai still has Yim caught. Yim fights her way up and arm-drags Shirai off! But Shirai comes back to forearm Yim down! Shirai paces before bringing Yim up. Yim blocks the suplex, so Shirai fires forearms. Yim gives them abck so Shirai pulls hair! Shirai whips, knees Yim hard, then snap suplexes her down! Cover, TWO!
Shirai keeps her cool while she drags Yim back up. Shirai fires more forearms, then whips. Yim reverses, but Shirai reverses back to get the abdominal stretch on! Shirai even digs an elbow into Yim’s side, but Yim endures as she works on an escape. Yim grabs at Shirai’s face but the ref reprimands her. Yim keeps trying, and gets free to hip toss Shirai down! NXT returns to single picture as Yim elbows Shirai from a corner. Yim goes to boot but Shirai blocks to a Dragon Screw! Shirai runs to dropkick Yim hard in the ribs! Cover, TWO! Shirai grows frustrated with Yim and grinds her face on the ropes! She throws Yim down by her hair but the ref still reprimands her. Shirai tells the ref off in Japanese before going after Yim with forearms. Yim SLAPS Shirai in the face! So Shirai slams her by her hair again!
Shirai mounts for some ground ‘n’ pound! Yim gets to ropes but Shirai doesn’t let up until 4. Shirai whips, and hits Yim with a flapjack! Then a handstand knee drop! Fans cheer that athleticism, Shirai covers, TWO! Shirai keeps her cool as Yim crawls to a corner. Shirai runs corner to corner, but Yim avoids the meteora. Shirai gets Yim with underhooks but Yim powers up to a back drop! But Shirai lands on her feet, only to run into an overhead suplex! Fans rally and duel as both women are down. Shirai and Yim stir but the standing count climbs to 5. Both women slowly stand at 6, and start brawling with forearms! Yim fires jabs and a boot, then a lariat! Roundhouse rocks Shirai, dropkick drops her! Yim redirects Shirai to take out the legs, then shotgun dropkicks her down again! Matchbook cover, TWO! Yim grows frustrated now but she won’t let up.
Yim gives Shirai some Yes Kicks, and they are stiff. Shirai wobbles and Yim runs, but into a huricanrana! Cover, TWO! Yim throat chops, but Shirai drop toeholds! Shirai has Yim on the ropes, Tiger Feint! The 619! Yim staggers away, Shirai springboards to missile dropkick! Cover, TWO! Yim survives and Shirai grows further frustrated. Shirai drags Yim up in a waistlock but Yim fights out, CODE BLUE! Cover, TWO!! Shirai survives and slumps out of the ring to rest. Yim takes aim, builds speed, and DIVES! The tope topples both women and fans cheer as NXT again goes picture in picture.
Both women are down again as the referee checks on them. They’re somehow okay to continue, so surely a ring count begins. The count climbs, passing 5 already. Both women stir at 7, 8, and spring in at 9.5! Both women are in and this match continues! Yim drags Shirai to a cover, TWO! There’s still life in the Evil Genius, but Yim is starting to lose her mind with frustration. Yim drags Shirai up to club her down, then spins through. But Shirai rolls her up, with tights! The ref sees that and says no go! Shirai argues with the ref, but gets caught! PROTECT YA NECK!! Cover, TWO!! Shirai survives as NXT goes to break? Technical mishap on the commercial free first half hour. Someone at USA Network is gonna pay for this. But NXT comes back quickly as Shirai puts Mia back in the ring. Yim jawbreakers back then hurries up top.
Yim reaches the top as NXT returns to full screen, but Shirai anchors her feet. Yim clubs but Shirai hits back. Shirai SLAPS away on Yim, then climbs further up. Shirai SUPERPLEXES Yim down! Both women are down again and Full Sail is fired up for “NXT! NXT!” Shirai crawls over to the cover, TWO!! Shirai grows furious, but Yim grabs her foot. Shirai slips out to Eddie Gordo kick from the mat! Shirai roars, hops up, DESCENT INTO DARKNESS! Cover, Shirai wins!!
Winner: Io Shirai, by pinfall
The Evil Genius’s rage is what won out against the Head Baddie. Shirai has had matches with both Baszler and LeRae, so who will she be targeting after tonight’s title match?
The Street Profit Fam rolls into Full Sail.
Montez Ford makes sure his best friend, Angelo Dawkins, and his wife, Bianca Belair, are looking good before tonight’s events. They are, so they continue entering. Will they be leaving with NXT Tag Team Championships once again after tonight?
Tegan Nox is back!
The girl from Wales crashed and burned in the worst way during last year’s Mae Young Classic. But after the most intense pain in her life, she had the biggest fire put under her. She fought to get back, and she’s ready to show the world why she’s got the Shiniest Wizard.
Johnny Gargano VS Shane Thorne!
Johnny Wrestling vows he will always be Johnny NXT! But now he must face the Worst opponent ever in this arrogant Aussie. Will Thorne be a thorn in the side of the Triple Crown Champion? Or will Gargano prove he’s the best, even against the Worst?
The bell rings and fans are strongly behind Gargano as he tie sup with Thorne. Thorne wrenches to a wristlock, but Gargano rolls and frees himself to wrench back. He spins Thorne around to take him down but Thorne gets up to arm-drag Gargano down. Gargano holds onto the wrist until Thorne breaks free. Thorne snapmares, Gargano dodges the kick, and then shows superkick to scare Thorne off. Gargano says how close that was, but Thorne gets him by the legs. Gargano counters to a facelock, then they roll around. Thorne tries to spin out but Gargano holds on, so he powers out. Gargano runs, gets Thorne down, cover to a crucifix, TWO! GargaNO Escape, but Thorne scrambles to a ropebreak. Then a BIG European Uppercut to a saido suplex! Thorne grits his teeth while NXT goes picture in picture again.
Thorne clobbers away on Gargano’s head and grinds Gargano’s face into the mat. The ref reprimands Thorne but Thorne steps on Gargano’s face. Gargano gets to a corner but Thorne grinds him into buckles. The ref backs Thorne off, but Gargano throws forearms! Gargano whips but Thorne blocks to redirect and whip Gargano hard into buckles! Gargano tumbles up then down, and Thorne drags him out tot he post for a cravat! Creative and cruel, but the ref counts. Thorne lets up and Gargano slumps out of the ring. Thorne follows after, but Gargnao blocks the steel step bump. Gargano CHOPS Throne against the railing, and again! Then tornado DDT, but Thorne escapes for an apron back suplex! Gargano writhes but Thorne puts him in to cover. TWO, and Thorne grows frustrated.
Gargano crawls to a corner but Thorne brings him up to ram his shoulder in. And then throws EuroUppers! Gargano staggers to another corner but Thorne is still on him with uppercuts and shoulders. Gargano hits back with forearms, but Thorne suplexes him up and down hard! Cover, TWO! Thorne rains down rights, but Gargano slaps him back. Thorne gets mad now as he continues to punch and stomp Gargano down. Thorne stands over Gargano as he hooks the nose! The ref counts and Thorne lets up at 4, but he comes back to stomp more. NXT returns to single picture as Thorne wrenches Gargaon’s neck. Fans rally up and Gargano fights out, but gets an uppercut! Thorne pulls Gargano up but Gargano blocks the suplex. Gargano elbows out, Thorne clubs him on the back! But Gargano knees Thorne, dodges an uppercut, and rallies with forearms! Gargano CHOPS Thorne in the corner! Thorne reveres the whip but Gargano goes up, school boy kick! Gargano clotheslines Thorne out!
Fans fire up as Gargano builds speed to DIVE into another uppercut! But he comes back to DIVE anyway! Fans fire up as Gargano drags Thorne up again. He puts Thorne in, takes aim, slingshot spear! Cover, TWO! Thorne toughs it out but Gargano goes back to the apron. Gargano slingshots again, but Thorne blocks the DDT with the fireman’s carry. Garagno slips out, shoves, double knees! But Thorne follows for a BIG leg lariat! And then CANNONBALL! Thorne drags Gargano up, powerbomb, AKIRA TOWER BOMB! Cover, TWO!? Gargano survives that to remind everyone why he was champion at all! Thorne scowls as he drags Gargano up. Thorne gives Yes Kicks from all sides and Gargano falls over. Thorne sits Gargano up again, Penalty Kick to the back! Gargano still gets up, but Thorne runs from the corner, into a forearm! Thorne uppercuts, Gargano fires off elbows from all sides! Thorne dodges to calf kick to the back! Gargano comes back with a LARIAT!
Full Sail fires up, Gargano runs to tilt-o-whirl but Thorne slips out to ROUNDHOUSE! Gargano dodges the boot to POISON-RANA! Gargano goes to the corner and is fired up with Full Sail! Summon the power of DIY, SUPERKICK! Cover, Gargano wins!
Winner: Johnny Gargano, by pinfall
The Worst was pretty bad, but he wasn’t bad enough to beat one of the best! Will Gargano continue to be a gatekeeper in NXT? Or will there come a day when even the Rebel Heart stops beating?
NXT Women’s Championship: Shayna Baszler VS Candice LeRae!
The Queen of Spades is the meanest but Mrs. Wrestling is the toughest. What happens when these two forces force each other past their limits, all in the name of the championship?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and this grudge match a long time coming finally begins!
Shayna and Candice circle and tie up. Shayna waistlocks and puts Candice on the mat, but is basically toying with her. Shayna has a leg, rolls Candice, but Candice comes back with an enziguri! Shayna bails out but Candice wrecks her with that dropkick! Candice keeps going, and springboard crossbodies from the apron! Fans fire up as Shayna is down! Candice keeps on her as NXT goes picture in picture.
Candice drags Shayna into the ring and follows her to a corner. Candice back elbows then snapmares and neck snaps! Jackknife cover, TWO! Shayna gets away then trips Candice up. Shayna stands but Candice runs in, only to be put on the apron. Candice shoulders back, then steps in, springboard jawbreaker! And a leg trip! Candice step-up sentons Shayna down! Cover, TWO! Candice keeps her cool as she grabs an arm and wrenches. Shayna stands up to throw body shots. Shayna wrenches Candice’s arm now, standing armlock to a high hammerlock. She sweeps the leg to have Candice down again. Candice sits up but the armlock is still on. Candice stands but Shayna throws her down. USA Network screws up again, but NXT hurries back as Shayna is caught in the Octopus! Shayna powers up but Candice knees her back down! Shayna backs into a corner as NXT returns to single picture, and the ref calls for the break.
Shayna is free but she turns around into Candice’s boot! Candice climbs but Shayna trips her up! Candice crashes and burns off buckles and apron! Fans rally up as Shayna goes out to fetch Candice. Shayna throws Candice into steel steps! Candice clutches an arm but Shayna just has a target now. Shayna taunts Candice before going after that arm, and lacing it through a step handle! Shayan BOOTS the arm!! Candice runs away but she won’t quit this golden opportunity. Shayna just runs in to shining wizard that arm! Then she puts Candice down for a cover, TWO! Shayna wrenches the bad arm in another high lock, and then spins around to wrench it worse. Fans rally up for Candice, but Candice fights her way up, only for Shayna to jam the shoulder! Shayna taunts Candice before going after the arm again. Shayna tortures Candice’s arm, but Candice reaches for ropes. Candice gets her good hand on the ropes and Shayna has no choice but to let up.
Candice is on the apron but Shayna joins her. Candice ducks and waistlocks! Shayna holds on for dear life but elbows free. Candice gives her a Complete Shot to the apron! Fans fire up, Candice runs and DIVES! They both hit barriers! Candice gets up first and gets back in the ring. Shayna slowly stands, Candice runs for another DIVE! Candice gets back in, she’s not done yet, she DIVES again! The hat trick is complete! Full Sail is thunderous as Candice puts Shayna in. Candice climbs up but Shayna kicks her back! Shayna climbs up, clubs away on Candice, but Candice hits back. Shayna slips and falls! Candice adjusts but Shayna is back to go after Candice again. Fans have a new duel: “Old Champ!” “New Champ!” The old champ clubs and elbows away on Candice before she gut wrenches for a GUT SUPERPLEX! Both women are down and fans again cheer, “Mamma Mia!” as we go back to picture in picture.
Shayna and Candice stir but Shayna is up first. She walks on wobbly legs to go after Candice again. She brings Candice up, suplex, but Candice cradle counters! TWO, and Candice goes to a corner. Shayna runs in but misses! Shayna knees a buckle, Candice is on her with a tornado, but Shayna shoves her off for a stiff knee! Then a gut wrench slam! Cover, TWO!! Shayna grows frustrated, but Candice is getting back up. Shayna drags Candice up but Candice school girl rolls her, TWO! Candice dropkicks Shayna down! Candice runs but Shayna rolls to trip her up! And then kick her down! But Shayna flops over, exhausted! Both women slowly stir but Shayna is after Candice first. Shayna stands her up to run, but into Candice’s kick! Candice misses the buzzsaw, Shayna fires off a strike fest, then runs to step-up KNEE Candice down! Cover, TWO! Candice won’t die yet!
Shayna is growing further frustrated, but she slaps Candice around. Candice sits up but Shayna still toys with her. Shayna looms over Candice and continues to bully her. Candice SLAPS Shayna in the face as we go back to single picture. Candice baits Shayna in for a rebound German Suplex! And then she fires forearm after forearm! Shayna ducks to get the Kirafuda, but Candice slips out to steal the Kirafuda Klutch!! Fans are freaking out as Shayna endures her own hold! Shayna throws Candice off, but Candice backs Shayna to a corner. Shayna hops up for a hanging sleeper! Candice slips out to SLAP Shayna again! Candice climbs up, grabs Shayna, and takes her for Mrs. LeRae’s Wild Ride!! Cover, TWO!?! Shayna survives and Candice can’t believe it!
“This is Awesome!” just like the opener, and Candice has Shayna in a underhook. Shayna slips out for the Kirafuda, but Cnadice rolls to a cover! TWO, and Candice tries the backslide, to turn it into a Butterfly DDT!! Candice LIONSAULTS, into a Kirafuda!! Candice is caught, fans are thunderous, but Candice sits up! Shayna is a backpack and drags Candice back! Candice reaches, flails, crawls, but taps!! Shayna wins!!
Winner: Shayna Baszler, by submission; still NXT Women’s Champion
So close and yet so far! Candice could not hold on and Shayna holds on to her title! Will anyone ever end the reign of the Queen of Spades?
Imperium is not done invading NXT USA!
Kushida and his new friends, the Fashion Police, beat Wolfe, Barthel & Aichner, but can Kushida stand to the massive might that is WALTER? We’ll see this international instant classic next week on NXT!
Pete Dunne VS Danny Burch!
The Bruiserweight is back, and he’s having a rematch with The Governa from their NXT UK United Kingdom Championship match earlier this year. Will Burch make up for that title defeat here in the states? Or will Dunne tough it out and get another pivotal win?
The bell rings and Burch circles with Dunne. They tie up and Dunne wrenches to a wristlock. Burch spins through to wrench back, but Dunne rolls and handsprings and handsprings again. Dunne gets the drop toehold to get the arm back, and he bend sit all around. Burch stands to wristlock Dunne back, then spins around to trip Dunne up. Burch rolls Dunne up but misses the stomp to the hand. Dunne goes to stomp the hand but Burch also evades. Dunne still gets an arm to get an armbar but Burch slips out for a crossface! Dunne makes it a cover, TWO! Dunne buzzsaws but misses, but he also avoids the big haymaker right! Burch says it was close, but the two tie up again. Burch headlocks, Dunne powers out, things speed up, and Dunne CLOBBERS Burch with that clothesline! NXT goes picture in picture yet again as Dunne goes to Burch at the ropes.
Dunne drags Burch out to then X-Plex to the apron! Dunne keeps the count fresh before he brings Burch up to bring that arm to the steel steps. Dunne bends the arm around, and STOMPS the arm against the steel! Dunne has something in common with Baszler as he just shrugs it off. Dunne drags Burch up and put shim in the ring. He goes at the arm again, wrenching the wrist for another hammerlock, that he again STOMPS! Dunne goes at Burch and Burch boots back! Burch runs, and catches Dunne’s leap for a flapjack !Dunne flounders but Burch corner clotheslines and kicks! Burch hops up, leaps, missile dropkick blasts Dunne! Burch kips up! Burch shakes out the bad arm before bringing Dunne up. Another USA Network miscue, what is going on over there? NXT returns quickly to show both men brawling with CHOPS! Dunne CHOPS, Burch CHOPS, repeat. Burch gets an edge and DECKS Dunne!
Burch drops a knee as NXT returns to single picture. Cover, TWO! Burch brings Dunne up for a EuroUpper but Dunne forearms back. Burch keeps hitting uppercuts, Dunne keeps giving forearms. Burch gets another edge, then whips corner to corner. Dunne goes up and over to enziguri! And then German Suplex! Dunne stomps the hands! BUZZSAW! Lift, POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Burch is tough but Dunne is determined. Dunne drags Burch around by his arms, but Burch avoids the stomp to roll up. TWO, and both men collide with uppercuts. Dunne goes up and over but gets a headbutt! Burch whips for a Pop-Up Bomb! Big knee trigger, then a draping DDT! Cover, TWO!! Dunne survives, reminding Burch of that UK Championship match. “This is Awesome!” just like the title matches tonight, but Burch won’t let it go the same way. But Dunne rolls, kicks, but Burch JABS! Dunne enziguris, Burch swings, but into Dunne’s grip! Finger SNAP! Pump Handle, BITTER END! Cover, Dunne wins!
Winner: Pete Dunne, by pinfall
The Bruiserweight had a fight on his hands, but he still wins it! Wait, why did the lights go down? Another technical difficulty? No! Damien Priest attacks from behind! And he gives Dunne, the RECKONING! The Archer of Infamy is taking aim at one of the most dominant champions in recent history! But will Priest truly #LiveForever by going after such a legacy?
Backstage interview with Adam Cole.
Cathy Kelly congratulates Cole on winning, even if he had to use his cast. The cast is required by WWE medical! And if you watched the match, it wasn’t the cast but the Last Shot that won. But then the Undisputed Era comes over to complain about Finn. “Screw Finn Balor!” But Finn is of no concern. The concern is keeping the Era #DrapedInGold, and that comes down to the tag titles tonight. They’ll get in the zone, but will they get the smoke against the Profits?
NXT Tag Team Championships: The Undisputed Era VS The Street Profits!
It was an epic Fatal 4 Way Ladder Match that changed the natural order of things for the reDRagon of the Undisputed Era, but it was a traditional 2v2 that set things back for the Undisputed Prophecy. Now we will see if the Profits can get it all back. And WALE is with the Profits as they make their entrance! But will even swagger to this level be enough to take the titles off O’Reilly & Fish?
The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and teams sort out. This title rematch starts with Dawkins and O’Reilly.
Kyle and Dawkins tie up, break, tie up, and go around. Dawkins facelocks to waistlocks but Kyle works on an arm wrench. Dawkins scoops, Kyle escapes, Dawkins dodges a kick to shoulder Kyle down. Cover, ONE, and Kyle slips out to go around. Both Kyle and Fish rush Dawkins, but Ford is there to back him up and back them off. Fans chant “We Want the Smoke!” as reDRagon regroups. Kyle gets in but tags out to Fish. Fish and Dawkins go around, tie up, and Fish wrenches. Dawkins powers Fish to the corner for Ford to tag in. Ford takes the hand-off and wrenches Fish around. Fish knees low then forearms away. Ford knees low to give clubbing forearms back. Fish slips out but the ref keeps Ford back as NXT goes picture in picture again.
Fish and Kyle regroup before Fish goes back in. Fish and Ford circle, and Fish throws a big right! Ford throws one right back! Fish haymakers, Ford haymakers, but Fish kicks and forearms and knees. Fish brings Ford to the corner, Kyle tags in, and the Era mugs Ford. Kyle headlocks and holds on as Ford tries to power out. Kyle throws Ford down with a headlock takeover, but Ford fights his way up. Ford powers out as Dawkins tags in. Kyle hops over Ford and bumps Dawkins, but Dawkins comes back to run Kyle over! Kyle gets up but Dawkins brings him up for a SPINEBUSTER! Dawkins waistlocks but Kyle rolls, only to get caught in a crucifix! TWO, and Dawkins has a leg. Kyle hops and tags Fish, but Fish runs into a SPINEBUSTER, too! Dawkins gets Fish up, tags Ford, and whips Fish. Ford dropkicks Fish down! Ford covers, ONE, but Ford stays on Fish with an armlock.
Fish fights his way up but Ford wrenches. Tag to Dawkins, and the Profits have Fish for ax handles! Dawkins wrenches Fish’s arm more, tags Ford, and Ford runs to leap frog onto the arm. Ford wrenches Fish, they go around, but Fish arm-drags. Ford holds on to throw Fish back. Ford has Fish down but Fish rolls back to relieve pressure. Fish forearms but Ford holds on. Fish keeps throwing forearms but Ford keeps wrenching. Ford wrenches but Fish kicks. Ford wrenches the wristlock, but Fish hooks Ford’s face. Ford still wrenches but Fish knees low. Fish is free as he forearms Ford then whips corner to corner. Ford goes up and over and shows off his agility, to then dropkick Fish down! And dropkick Kyle as he runs in!
Things speed up, Fish KNEES Ford down! Fish boots Ford to a corner, throws body shots, and Kyle tags in. Kyle throws kicks and knees and body shots. He lets up as the ref counts, but waistlocks Ford to bring him down. Kyle clubs and knees Ford from all sides, then runs to drive a knee into ribs! Fans can’t believe Kyle would mock the Running Man. Ford kips up and brawls with Kyle, but Kyle drives him down. Kyle digs his knee in and then clubs Ford down. Cradle counter, TWO! Kyle kicks and SLAPS and knees Ford more, then sweeps the legs! Tag to Fish, and Fish covers, TWO! Fish keeps on Ford at the ropes, then snapmares to slingshot senton! Cover, TWO! Fish drags Ford up by his ears, bumps him off buckles, then tags Kyle in. Double snap suplex brings Ford down, cover, TWO! Kyle keeps on Ford with ground ‘n’ pound!
Fans are divided as Kyle walks it off, then stomps Ford down. Kyle keeps on Ford at the ropes, whipping him across the way. Big kitchen sink knee drops Ford! Tag to Fish, but Ford fights back! Ford rocks reDRagon with big hands, but Fish forearms back. Fish snap suplexes and drags Ford up for another! And another! Cover, TWO! Fish drags Ford over, tag to Kyle, but Ford brawls again. Ford runs into double kicks! Cover, TWO! Kyle grows annoyed but NXT goes picture in picture again.
Kyle drags Ford up, wraps Ford up in a modified cobra twist and even clubs away on Ford’s lower back. Ford endures as Kyle stands to stretch and twist him. Kyle rolls to make it a cover, TWO! Kyle drags Ford up to throw him out, and then tags Fish so he can pursue. Fish knees Ford and bumps him off the apron. Then throw him into railing! Fish does not let up, but Ford fires back. Fish fires off with kicks, then puts Ford back in the ring. Fish pulls Ford back in a half camel clutch, but he’s hooking Ford’s face! The ref reprimands Fish and Fish lets up, to drag Ford up for more body shots. Fish picks Ford up for a big back suplex! And then wraps Ford up in body scissors! Ford endures as USA has another weird cut. NXT returns quickly but Ford is still caught. Fish makes it a bearhug now but Ford fights his way up.
NXT returns to single picture as Ford powers up. Ford elbows Fish away, then runs, but into a ROUNDHOUSE! Tag to Kyle, the two whip Ford, and Kyle runs in. Ford elbows Kyle, boots Fish, then throws Kyle out. Fish runs over but he gets back dropped out hard! Kyle gets back in and grabs Ford in a facelock, but Ford slips out and URENAGES! Both men are down but Ford fires up on the mat! He crawls over but Fish drags Dawkins off the apron! Kyle smashes and suplexes Ford around, rolling butterflies! Tag to Fish, and reDRagon hit the code breaker to boosted wheelbarrow German! Cover, TWO!! Fish drags Ford up and throws more hands and kicks. Tag to Kyle and Kyle continues where Fish left off. Tag back to Fish, and Fish drags Ford up to kick him down. Fish wraps Ford up in another cobra twist, but Ford again endures.
Fans rally as Ford is bent and twisted. Kyle helps Fish get leverage from behind! The ref looks but Kyle lets go. But they do it again! This time the ref sees it, but reDRagon lets go at 4. Tag to Kyle but Ford hip tosses Fish down. Ford escapes the suplex, dodges reDRagon, hot tag to Dawkins! Dawkins rallies on reDRagon with big lariats! He busts through the kicks to clothesline Fish and then bulldog Kyle onto Fish! Fans are fired up for the #CurseOfGreatness! Dawkins has Kyle in a corner for a cyclone splash! One for Fish, too! Dawkins dodges Kyle to POUNCE him into Fish! Then Dawkins runs, Kyle jumps, but Dawkins SPEARS Fish! Kyle hits the ax, but Dawkins hits the smash! Kyle pendulums for a lariat! But he kicks into the overhead suplex! Cover, TWO! Dawkins takes aim at Kyle from a corner, fans rally up, Dawkins runs into a knee!
Kyle runs in but catches a boot. Kyle puts it on the ropes to fire off on Dawkins. The ref backs Kyle off, but Fish Dragon Screws the leg! Dawkins still back drops Kyle out onto Fish! Dawkins crawls on one leg but Kyle climbs up top. Kyle leaps to drop a knee on the bad leg! HEEL HOOK! Dawkins flails, endures, reaches, but Fish helps Kyle drag Dawkins away! Ford runs in and brawls with Fish, but Fish hops on for a guillotine! Dual submissions from reDRagon! But Ford falls onto Kyle with Fish!! All four men are down and Full Sail is thunderous for “NXT! NXT!” The teams regroup, Dawkins and Kyle get up. They brawl back and forth, forearms for kicks. Kyle gets the leg, but Dawkins enziguris! Fish tags in and he hurries up, but Dawkins hot tags Ford! Fish FLOPS, Ford doesn’t!! Cover, TWO!?
But the Profits coordinate! Electric Chair for Fish, but Kyle kicks Dawkins. Ford watches from above as reDRagon runs away. But Dawkins comes around to go after them! They all brawl in the corner, Ford FLIES!! Ford makes it over the corner to wipe everyone out! Full Sail loses their minds as Ford puts Fish in. But here comes Roderick Strong! Strong gets SPEARED by Ford! But Fish trips Ford up, tags Kyle, TOTAL ANNIHILATION!! Cover, the Undisputed Era win!!
Winners: The Undisputed Era, O’Reilly pinning; still NXT Tag Team Champions
As their charismatic leader said, the Undisputed Era needed to stay #DrapedInGold by any means necessary! Cole himself comes out to join his boys to celebrate. But wait, is that… CIAMPA?! Tommaso Ciampa is back!! The man who only lost that title because of injury is back in Full Sail! And he eyes “Goldie” as Cole clutches the belt close. Between the Extraordinary and the Blackhearted, will Cole be able to keep this title Undisputed?
What an incredible NXT! Limited commercials with the picture in picture (confusing miscues aside) made for an actual 120 minute experience. All 120 minutes were pretty amazing, and the only real downside is that the status quo was kept all through the night. To open with a TakeOver level NXT Championship match was surprising but totally fitting since the first half hour was truly without commercial, not even in picture-in-picture form. Cole retains, but this won’t be the last chance for Riddle. Meanwhile, we do get some amazing returns to NXT. Ciampa at the very end of the night was a great closing moment, but the real surprise is actually Finn Balor. Is Finn just done with main roster? I suppose this is a plus for NXT as they get back their longest reigning and possibly most popular champion ever, and he will definitely be in the mix. I have no idea how WarGames is going to go now, but maybe we get a Triple Threat of Cole, Ciampa and Finn? That might be too good for Survivor Series weekend.
Dream making the challenge to Strong is natural, and I’m sure Strong will be compelled by William Regal’s orders to take it. Gargano VS Thorne was a better match than expected, but if this is the end of it, that’s fine, too. Gargano doesn’t have much left to do in NXT since he’s already gotten all the titles, but if NXT starts to be treated as equals with Raw and SmackDown, Gargano will definitely lead the charge. Shirai VS Yim and Dunne VS Burch were surprise matches on the card, but they were both great. Dunne VS Burch wasn’t quite on the level of their United Kingdom Championship match, but perhaps they didn’t want to take up too much time. Dunne wins, of course, but now he moves on to Damien Priest. This will be a great feud for Priest to build himself up, but I think Dunne wins out again. Shirai VS Yim was on par with a TakeOver, or at least a contender’s match.
However, the status quo being kept, Shayna retains to be a Heel Champion. Shayna VS Candice was still incredible, with the same formula of “Shayna goes after the arm” still working. And at least here, Shayna didn’t need sidekicks to save her, so she’s returning to the best form of her Reign of Terror. Candice isn’t done for good, either, but I feel Rhea Ripley comes back around as a Face to give us that match teased when she first appeared. The tag team match being the main event was great, and I was glad to see USA Network gave it the bleed-over time it needed. I don’t know if this will become a common thing for NXT, but obviously USA was flexible enough for the first actual two hours of NXT to do it here. Status quo wins again, but also through a screw job. Strong’s interference will surely get Regal to consider another rematch, maybe that comes around in time for WarGames.
My Score: 8.9/10
Andrew’s NJPW Castle Attack Results & Match Ratings: 2.28.2021
The second day contains all of the championship matches! Heavyweight Tags, Intercontinental and NEVER Openweight matches! Plus a triple threat for the vacant Junior Heavy title!
The second day contains all of the championship matches! Heavyweight Tags, Intercontinental and NEVER Openweight matches! Plus a triple threat for the vacant Junior Heavy title!
With the anniversary show a few days away, the Junior Heavyweight will be even more sought after due to the nature of the Heavyweight versus Junior champ main event. Aside from the title matches we get another CHAOS versus Bullet Club match and what could be the culmination of this United Empire going after TenCozy storyline.
Now let’s see exactly how much better today’s show if from yesterday!
- TenCozy (Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan) vs The United Empire (Jeff Cobb & Will Ospreay): Kojima wins via Cozy Lariat @6:56 – *** ¼
- Bullet Club (EVIL, Jay White & Chase Owens) vs CHAOS (Toru Yano, Tomohiro Ishii & Kazuchika Okada): Okada wins via Money Clip @8:35 – ** ½
- IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships: Guerrillas of Destiny (Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa) (c) vs CHAOS (YOSHI-HASHI & Hirooki Goto): G.o.D. retains via Gun Stun @15:46 – ** ¾
- NEVER Openweight Championship: Hiroshi Tanahashi (c) vs The Great O-Khan: Tanahashi retains via Crucifix Cradle @18:44 – *** ¼
- -VACANT- IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship: El Desperado vs El Phantasmo vs BUSHI: Despy wins via Pinche Loco @23:12 – *** ¾ – TITLE CHANGE!!!
- IWGP Intercontinental Championship: Kota Ibushi (c) vs Tetsuya Naito: Ibushi retains via Kamigoye @27:50 – *** ¾
TenCozy (Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan) vs The United Empire (Jeff Cobb & Will Ospreay)
Jeff & Will started right before the bell, but their inexperience as a team started to bleed through early. Cobb held the veterans on the outside for a Plancha from Ospreay, but TenCozy moved mid-flight and Ospreay crashed into Cobb. The during the Machine Gun chops in the corner, Jeff turned it around on Kojima while Will was pinned in the corner, but Kojima ducked and Cobb struck Will.
After that, the United Empire started putting it all together, but they made one fatal mistake. Cobb and Ospreay kept mocking Tenzan’s inability to use the Mongolian Chops by going back and forth using Mongolian Chops on him. A man can only take so many insults, so Tenzan fires and rips off some…Osaka Windmill Chops; then we see the TenCozy Cutter, but the United Empire makes the save.
Tenzan takes Ospreay out of the ring after an Anaconda Buster, Kojima winds up for the Cozy Lariat, Cobb hits a Superkick to stop him, goes for Tour of the Islands…but Kojima slips out! COZY LARIAT! And…wait the veterans won?! Interesting.
Bullet Club (EVIL, Jay White & Chase Owens) vs CHAOS (Toru Yano, Tomohiro Ishii & Kazuchika Okada)
This match played off yesterday’s show, and thankfully the only one that drove this match was the only match to matter. Ishii’s ribs are still messed up, so Bullet Club took turns isolating the Stone Pitbull and working him over. Stiff strikes, standing on his ribs in the corner, just a giant target on Ishii’s body.
When Ishii finally tagged out, we got a small taste of Yano’s…unique stylings, and then Okada looked to finish things. Everyone came in, did the signature spam with Ishii getting a little payback on White, but generally White looked great in this match. Okada ends up with Chase as the legal competitors, counters the Jewel Heist, locks in the terrible Money Clip and Chase taps.
IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships: Guerrillas of Destiny (Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa) (c) vs CHAOS (YOSHI-HASHI & Hirooki Goto)
So the first few minutes of this match really hurt the overall impression. YOSHI-HASHI got Powerbombed and decided to take a nap. It was one of the most awkward situations with the ref checking on HASHI over and over again with no real indication that it was a sell or a momentary knock out.
HASHI was moving at the speed of smell, which made his first tag take forever and look a little dumb with Loa trying to sell but everyone including Stevie Wonder could see it just took too long. Maybe he got some smelling salts after the tag out since he finally showed some first when he came back in, but once again, YOSHI-HASHI is the problem with the match.
It started to pick up, the match got hectic in a fun way with tandem moves from everyone and if the first few minutes didn’t happen, this would’ve been quite solid. The misdirection/counter wrestling between Tama and Goto was great, the fact that it ended with a small heel tactic and not being overdone was nice. Plus with the Magic Killer not ending the match for the Guerrillas, and Tama winning with the Gun Stun; this could be a little obvious foreshadowing for the Good Brothers.
NEVER Openweight Championship: Hiroshi Tanahashi (c) vs The Great O-Khan
A lot of the story going into this was Yota Tsuji’s allegiances and if he’d turn on his main senpai Hiroshi Tanahashi. It’s a good thing there were those psychological wrinkles, since the chemistry between these two, still leaves something to be desired.
Early transitions were a bit clunky, but O-Khan’s strategy was sound enough to attack the legs and reference back to moves we’ve seen Tanahashi lose to. O-Khan had most of the momentum before Tanahashi catches him, goes for Slingblade, but O-Khan gets the referee in the way. So now we see the decision moment for Tsuji, does he give a chair to O-Khan, or help his senpai?
Tsuji decides to slide in the chair to Tanahashi and O-Khan is livid. O-Khan still has a few chances to win, including a nice Claw Hold Back Breaker, which he spins out into a Claw Hold Side Effect. But as he goes for The Eliminator, Tanahashi hits the flying Crucifix and rolls him into the pinfall, retaining the NEVER championship!
-VACANT- IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship: El Desperado vs El Phantasmo vs BUSHI
Early on this was a little paint by numbers. Counters, a few signature spots to get early advantages, but the match didn’t pick up until ELP tried to take out Desperado. ELP and Despy fight up the ramp, ELP rips the mask to expose Despy’s head and pulls out the Jerry Lynn special, Cradle Piledriver right into the ramp!
ELP takes the ripped mask as a trophy, and we see a singles match between BUSHI and ELP for a good bit of time. BUSHI proves to be as stubborn as other Tetsuya’s in LIJ, and takes it to ELP fairly well. BUT – that’s not the story here. Desperado starts slowly making his way back to the ring with a new mask. Desperado comes in and goes on a warpath after ELP. Stiff looking strikes, dives that take out both of his opponents, and just an unbridled rage that makes him focus on ELP.
This of course allows for BUSHI to pick some solid spots, and after Despy returns the match really picks up. It’s also great to ELP’s heel tendencies where he takes moves from higher profile people just to turn the knife. Styles Clash, V-Trigger, an attempted One Winged Angel, Sweet Chin Music, the Undertaker arm fold pin cover, and it’s just good entertainment.
BUSHI has a great count break up where he just grabs Marty Asami’s arm to prevent the 3. BUSHI sets up for MX, but he gets caught with Sudden Death…and rolls out of the ring. So ELP has to go back to a now slowly coming back up Desperado, ELP charges, gets caught with a big right hand and not 1 but 2 Pinche Locos!
— njpwworld (@njpwworld) February 28, 2021
El Desperado finally wins the Junior Title, and after such a great 2020 and start to 2021, it’s well deserved.
IWGP Intercontinental Championship: Kota Ibushi (c) vs Tetsuya Naito
Naito focused on mat wrestling in the beginning, and it was all in effort to get to Ibushi’s knees to bring the match to parity. With Naito having well documented bad knees (including miss time during the Road to), Naito had to work to make things more even.
We see a lot of old threads get pulled on, the corner spot could reference to Naito and Omega’s G1 match, the Outside In German Suplex was something Ibushi struggled to execute before on Naito. Naito pulled out an Avalanche Diamond Dust that we don’t often see, and this was somewhat interesting. New Japan continues to implore that main events are 25+ minute matches, and lately these all drag.
Even with the fun story aspects, a few big scary spots as we’ve come to expect, the match never ascended to a great height. Naito hit Valentia and a few running Destinos, but that wasn’t enough to take out the champion. Ibushi hit Kamigoye to the back of the head, much like as Wrestle Kingdom, then we got 2 more Kamigoyes and Ibushi just falling on top of Naito for the pinfall victory!
Overall Score: 6.25/10
Well now the show was better than yesterday (low bar) but still nothing exciting. New Japan still hasn’t quite figured it out. I was a little hopeful after Wrestle Kingdom when there were a bunch of good matches, even if they were spread over two days with a lot of filler in between. But New Beginning really only had one stand out match, and we’re in the same boat since today is going to be heavily forgettable in the grand scheme of things.
Possible takeaways could really only be, Kojima proving he deserves one more dance in the G1 and Desperado finally gets into the top position of the Junior division. It also can’t be ignored how heavily English commentary and Ibushi himself were implying outside threats. When they said things like “any place, any time, anyone”, so this is laying some foreshadowing, but nothing overtly interesting to glean.
Aside from that…yeah, go cut the grass, shovel snow, build some Legos, do other things aside from watching Castle Attack.
Mitchell’s NJPW Castle Attack Results & Report! (2/27/21)
Let the Castle Attack BEGIN!
NJPW’s huge Osaka weekend event begins!
NJPW returns to Osaka for a Castle Attack! Will the Rainmaker still be atop the mountain? Or will Darkness Fall when Everything is Evil?
- Six Man Tag: Satoshi Kojima, Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Hiroshi Tanahashi VS The United Empire; The United Empire wins.
- YOSHI-HASHI VS Tonga Loa w/ Jado; Loa wins.
- Hirooki Goto VS Tama Tonga w/ Jado; Goto wins.
- KOPW 2021 YTR Style Texas Strap Match: Toru Yano VS Chase Owens; Yano wins and retains the KOPW 2021 trophy.
- Tomohiro Ishii VS Jay White w/ Gedo; White wins.
- Kazuchika Okada VS EVIL w/ Dick Togo; Okada wins.
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Six Man Tag: Satoshi Kojima, Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Hiroshi Tanahashi VS The United Empire!
The King of Cozy Style, Ikari no Mogyuu, and the Ace are all targets of Will Ospreay, Jeff Cobb & Great-O-Khan, and the Dominator is going after Tanahashi’s NEVER Openweight Championship on day two! But will the Once in a Century Talent and his iconic compatriots be able to stand up against the United Empire in this opening round?
As usual, the United Empire stands firm, even as their opponents make their entrance. Tanahashi shoves off the muscles and fans cheer. Tanahashi and Khan dare each other to step up, and so that’s who starts! Fans cheer and the bell rings, and fans rally up already as Khan and Tanahashi circle. Ospreay sneaks in with Cobb, but Kojima and Tenzan are ready to counter! The ref tells them all to back off, and Khan has the Empire stand down. But that’s a fake out! They attack Tanahashi’s team, and throw Tenzan and Kojima out! The Empire mugs Tanahashi, double whips him corner to corner, then send Ospreay in, only for Tanahashi to toss Ospreay out!
Cobb and Khan mug Tanahashi, whip him to ropes, but Tanahashi ducks the double clothesline to send Khan into Cobb! Tanahashi kicks Khan low then whips him to a corner, but Khan reverses. Khan runs in but into an elbow! Tanahashi hops up to crossbody! Fans fire up and Tanahashi air guitars before he tags in Kojima. Kojima DECKS Ospreay, and fires off the machine gun CHOPS on Khan! The ref is busy keeping Ospreay out so Kojima gets plenty of extra CHOPS in! Kojima whips Khan corner to corner, hits a forearm smash, and then throws Khan down. Kojima climbs, Cobb intercepts with forearms! Ospreay hits Tenzan and Tanahashi while Cobb TOSSES Kojima down!
Khan clamps on with the head-arm triangle! Cobb and Ospreay throw Tenzan and Tanahashi around ringside but Kojima gets a ropebreak! Khan lets go, drags Kojima over, tags in Ospreay, and the Empire mugs Kojima. Ospreay CHOPS Kojima then BOOTS him! Ospreay scoops and slams Kojima to then run and drop a leaping knee! Cover, TWO! Ospreay bumps Kojima off buckles, tags in Cobb, and Cobb headbutts Kojima in the back. Cobb CLUBS Kojima, stays between him and his team, and then scoops Kojima. Ospreay talks trash while Cobb taunts Kojima’s team. Cobb throws knees into Kojima, then RAMS Kojima into the Emipre’s corner.
Khan tags in, stomps Kojima, but Kojima hits back! Khan ROCKS Kojima, and hits the Mongolian Chop! Khan taunts Tenzan with how Tenzan can’t use this move anymore, and then Mongolian Chops again! Kojimma stands up and he ROCKS Khan with forearms! And a ROLLING ELBOW! COZY CUTTER! Both men are down but fans fire up! Hot tag to Tanahashi! Tanahashi runs to rally on Khan, then he hits Cobb an Ospreay for good measure! Tanahashi blocks Khan’s boot to bring him out for a DRAGON SCREW! Ospreay runs in, but he gets a DRAGON SCREW! Tanahashi catches Cobb in the ropes, DRAPING DRAGON SCREW!
Fans fire up with Tanahashi and he goes after Khan’s legs. Tanahashi ties the legs up but Khan clamps his claw onto Tanahashi’s face! Khan gets up, Tanahashi breaks free, but Khan ROCKS Tanahashi with a forearm! Tanahashi gives the forearm back and now it’s a brawl of forearms back and forth! Fans rally up as they pick up speed, Tanahashi fires off a strike fest but Khan Mongolian Chops! Tanahashi ROCKS Khan with a palm strike, then runs, but into Khan’s sleeper hold! Khan uses the claw, then shifts to INVERTED EXPLODER! Both men are down and fans rally up again. Khan tags in Cobb and Cobb drags Tanahashi up.
Cobb fires off forearms and headbutts, then whips Tanahashi to a corner. Cobb runs in but Tanahashi dodges! Tanahashi waistlocks, Cobb resists the lift, and pries free! But Tanahashi half nelson spins Cobb to TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! Hot tag to Tenzan! Tenzan rallies on Cobb, DECKS Ospreay, and fans fire up. Tenzan wants to Mongolian Chop but he remembers he can’t! So he kicks Cobb low and gives him a headbutt! Tenzan has Cobb in the corner, and throws more kicks and haymakers. Tenzan whips corner to corner then runs in to clothesline Cobb! Fans fire up as Tenzan calls his shot, and he hits the suplex! Cover, TWO!
Tenzan calls in Kojima and Tanahashi, and the three go after Cobb together. They double whip Cobb corner to corner, then Kojima runs in to back elbow! Tanahashi hits a splash! They double whip into Tenzan’s windmill kick! Cover, TWO! Tenzan keeps on Cobb and gets the ANACONDA VICE! Tanahashi and Kojima go after the rest of the Empire but Ospreay BOOTS Kojima and CLUBS Tanahashi! Cobb powers up but Tenzan holds tight. Cobb elbows free but Tenzan headbutts! Cobb ROCKS Tenzan with an uppercut, then tags in Ospreay! Ospreay slingshots in for a ROLLING ELBOW! Cover, TWO! Ospreay drags Tenzan up, reels him in, and underhooks, but Tenzan resists!
Ospreay gives Kowata kicks and a SUPERKICK! Ospreay runs but into a back drop! Fans fire up with Tenzan and Tenzan dares Ospreay to stand. Tenzan remembers again he can’t Mongolian Chop, but Ospreay dares him to! Ospreay SLAPS Tenzan, and then Khan CLOBBERS Tenzan! Khan and Ospreay SUPERKICK BOOT COMBO! Cover, but Tanahashi breaks it! Khan BOOTS Tanahashi, clamps on the claw, and hits the ELIMINATOR SLAM! Kojima fires off on Khan and runs, but into a TOUR OF THE ISLANDS! The United Empire feed Tenzan to the OSCUTTER! Cover, the Empire wins!
Winners: The United Empire, by pinfall
United they stand victorious! Khan gets a mic and he wants everyone in Osaka to understand! They are THE United Empire!! Will this momentum bode well for Khan coming for the NEVER Openweight Championship? Or will the Ace be able to trump the Dominator’s iron hand?
YOSHI-HASHI VS Tonga Loa w/ Jado!
Before going 2v2 with the Guerrillas of Destiny for the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships, the Head Hunter will take on the Silverback alone! Will Loa make sure Hashi can’t #GetBackUp for tomorrow’s tag title match?
The bell rings and Hashi circles with Loa. Fans rally up and they tie up. Hashi manages to push Loa back a bit, but Loa pushes Hashi to the ropes. The ref calls for a break, Hashi turns things around, and Hashi drags Loa down to an ARMBAR! Loa holds off the extension, moves around, but Hashi stays clamped on. Hashi clubs at the clasped hands but Loa holds tight. Loa pries at Hashi’s own grip, but Hashi adjusts to get the other hand isolated! Loa gets the ropebreak with a leg and Jado protests, so Hashi lets go fast. Hashi clubs Loa’s arm but Loa shoves him away. Hashi comes back with a kick, Loa throws body shots but Hashi clubs and stomps him.
Hashi wrenches Loa to a wristlock, but Loa throws a forearm, only for Hashi to make it a takedown! Hashi wants the double wristlock but Loa moves around. Hashi has a short arm scissor instead! Loa endures, moves around, but Hashi stomps the arm! Hashi stomps Loa more, Loa throws body shots but Hashi clubs him. Hashi wrenches the arm, clubs it, then wrenches again to club it again. Loa pulls Hashi’s hair but Hashi elbows Loa’s elbow. Hashi wrenches again but Loa LARIATS him down! Fans cheer the exchange but then Loa stomps Hashi over and over! Loa drags Hashi up, whips him to a corner then runs in to clothesline!
Loa whips Hashi out then back in to clothesline again! Jado cheers while Hashi falls to his knees. Loa gets the bad arm moving, drags Hashi back up, and fans rally. Hashi throws body shots, wrenches, but Loa throws a haymaker and back hand! Hashi clubs the arm, Loa throws a forearm, but Hashi wrenches to an elbow breaker! Hashi runs, but the ref is busy checking on Loa and Jado trips Hashi! Loa hurries to get Hashi up for a suplex! Uno amigo, and then a wrench to a back suplex! Cover, TWO! Fans cheer but Loa grows annoyed. Loa drags Hashi up as fans rally again. Loa throws a forearm but Hashi gives it back. Loa headbutts Hashi and Hashi is down in the corner!
Loa stomps away on Hashi, but the ref reprimands. Loa lets off, Jado taunts Hashi, and Loa whips Hashi corner to corner. Loa runs in but into a dropkick to the legs! Fans cheer as Hashi evens things back up! Hashi and Loa slowly rise, Hashi throws forearms, body shots and a CHOP! Hashi whips, Loa reverses but Hashi dodges to hit the HEADHUNTER! Hashi fires up and fans rally for him. Hashi runs corner to corner, to CHOP Loa! Hashi whips, CHOPS, but Loa just grins! Loa wags his finger at Hashi, then throws a forearm! Hashi stays up and he forearms back! Loa doesn’t budge, and he ROCKS Hashi!
Hashi stays on his feet and Loa dares him to “give me your best shot! Don’t do this to me! You came to fight me, so fight me!” Loa wants Hashi to #GetBackUp and show him what he’s got! Hashi gets up and throws forearms and CHOPS! Mule kick, and a neckbreaker! Fans fire up with Hashi and he hurries to a corner! Hashi climbs up and fans rally harder now! Loa stands and hits Hashi with a forearm first! Loa climbs up, clubs away on Hashi’s back, but Hashi resists the superplex. Hashi throws bodys shots, clubs Loa, and sunset flips, to get the RUNNING POWERBOMB!! Cover, TWO! Hashi has the BUTTERFLY LOCK! Loa powers up but Hashi throws knees into him!
Hashi grinds Loa down but Loa powers up again! Loa fireman’s carries Hashi, but Hashi slips off to CHOP! Loa laughs, kicks, knees and ENZIGURIS! Hashi falls over but Loa tells him, “I’m gonna kill you! Don’t you die on me yet!” Hashi gets up, Loa runs, but into an elbow! Hashi runs, but into a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Hashi still lives and fans fire up again! Loa likes this! “There’s that fighting spirit! I love it!” Loa drags Hashi up and vows it’s over now. Loa scoops but Hashi slips out to waistlock. Loa rams Hashi into a corner and fires off elbows! Loa runs in but Hashi dodges! SUPERKICK, but Loa just wants more! SUPERKICK, SUPERKICK and SUPERKICK!
Loa shoves Hashi and Hashi fires off another SUPERKICK! Loa still isn’t done, he wants more!! Hashi SUPERKICKS, and Loa finally wobbles! BACKSTABBER! Hashi drags Loa to a drop zone and goes up top! Fans fire up, Hashi SWANTON BOMBS! Cover, TWO!?! Loa still lives but Hashi keeps on him! Hashi gator rolls Loa into the BUTTERFLY LOCK! Loa grits his teeth and powers up again! Hashi slips an arm around to get the double wristlock! KIMURA-FLY! Loa still endures, slips his head under, but Jado gets in! Hashi is ready, and he kicks then mule kicks Jado first! Hashi sends Loa into Jado! Roll up, TWO!!
Loa swings but into a full nelson, DRAGON SUPLEX! Hashi fires up and the fans are with him, for the BASEMENT METEORA! Hashi isn’t done there, he drags Loa back up! Hashi gets Loa up, full nelsons again, but then shifts to a pump handle! Wait, Tama Tonga shows up! The distraction saves Loa, and he scoops Hashi for APE SHIT!! Cover, Loa wins!!
Winner: Tonga Loa, by pinfall
Well it was strange that Tama wasn’t here to start, and now we see he was an ace in the hole! And now they’re all beating Hashi up, 3v1! The ref reprimands but they’re not stopping! GoD drags Hashi up, but here comes Goto! Goto CLOBBERS Loa then fires off on Tama! After all, their match was up next, anyway! Tama whips Goto away but Goto comes back to block the hip toss and hit a hip toss! Fans cheer as Goto lariats Loa out of the ring, and the ref rings the bell on the next match!
Hirooki Goto VS Tama Tonga w/ Jado!
The Good Bad Guy rolls the Fierce Warrior up right away! With tights! TWO!! Goto swings, Tama gets under and Tama dropkicks Goto out! Tama hurries out after Goto, and he whips Goto into railing! Tama checks on Loa and sees he’s okay. Tama drags Goto back up, POSTS him, then goes in the ring as the ref wants. Goto stirs, the ring count begins, but Tama goes back out. The ref is busy with Tama and Jado SMACKS Goto with the kendo stick! Tama goes out to fetch Goto now, puts him back in, and clamps on with a chinbar. Tama clubs away on Goto’s chest, then paces about. Goto sits up, Tama drags him back up and snap suplexes! Cover, ONE!! Tama is annoyed but fans rally up.
Tama sits Goto up to claw his face! The ref reprimands, Tama stops, and fans rally up for Goto. Tama paces as Goto eggs him on. Tama CLUBS Goto, and Goto eggs him on more! Tama throws haymakers, but Goto gets power from it! Goto eggs Tama on, Tama headbutts, but that does more damage to Tama! Tama whips Goto, runs in but the splash misses! Goto hits a BIG suplex! Goto fires off on Tama in the corner, whips him corner to corner, and runs in to MURAMASA! Then, BULLDOG! Cover, TWO! Goto drags Tama up, fireman’s carries, but Tama fights free. Tama swings but into a hook! Tama fights free of that, gets Goto in a dragon sleeper, but Goto turns that around!
Tama slips through to suplex, but Goto resists! Goto suplexes, but Tama slips into the dragon sleeper, TONGAN TWIST! Cover, TWO! Tama is furious but fans rally up! Tama watches Goto, hears the voices in his head like he’s The Viper, and Goto rises. Goto turns around, but he denies the Gun Stun! Goto swings, but into Tama’s spin and leap, SATELLITE DDT! Both men are down but Tama is growling. Tama gets up, goes to a corner and climbs up. FROG SPLASH FLOPS as Goto moves! BLINDSIDE SLIDING LARIAT! Both men are down again and fans rally up. Goto crawls to ropes while Tama sits up. Goto staggers over and powers up!
But Loa returns to scoop Goto! Jado is distracting the ref! Goto slips out of the scoop, and HEADBUTTS Loa down! Goto DECKS Jado but turns around into GUN- NO! Goto blocks again, shoves Tama and follows. Tama stops to swing on Goto but Goto dodges, and comes back to swing. Tama ducks, redirects, dodges, hurdles, but Goto dodges the boot to swing! Tama ducks to GUN- NO!! Goto drags Tama back up, fireman’s carry, dragon sleeper, toss out, G T R!! Cover, GOTO WINS!!
Winner: Hirooki Goto, by pinfall
What a wild exchange to end this one! But now, Chaos is even with the Guerrillas, and the tiebreaker will be THE IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championship match! Will Goto and Hashi end GoD’s reign and be double champions? Or will it be Tama & Loa who #TurnItAllAround?
KOPW 2021 YTR Style Texas Strap Match: Toru Yano VS Chase Owens!
Mr. KOPW 2020 now defends his provisional 2021 KOPW trophy, and is going to put his twist on the Crown Jewel’s stipulation choice! But will that be enough for Yano to continue on through the year? Or will Bullet Club manage to add another accolade to the treasury?
The introductions are made, and Yano’s seems to get even longer with the more he does and has… But after all that, and some disinfectant spray, the trophy is to be presented, which comes as a surprise to Yano. The trophy is set aside, the strap is brought in, and Yano waits outside while Chase is strapped in first. Perhaps Yano doesn’t trust Chase. The strap is also taped down so there is no removal of it during the match. Chase tosses Yano the other end, and Yano is hesitant to strap in. Yano takes the cuff, puts it on, and the ref tapes it on. Then Chase tries to reel Yano in! Yano knew this would happen! The bell rings, and it’s a tug-o-war!
Yano gets enough slack that he can LASH Chase! And again! And again! Chase bails out but Yano reels him in! Chase tries to get away with what slack there is but Yano keeps reeling him in! Chase wants a time-out? And a handshake? Yano kicks him and SMACKS him instead! And another SMACK! Another SMACK! Yano uses the strap to choke Chase! That’s legal in a strap match but Chase grabs at ropes. Yano kicks Chase, whips him, but Chase grabs ropes to get out again! Yano decides to undo a buckle pad! Now we have a bare corner! Chase resists being reeled in, and he goes to undo a buckle pad!
Yano won’t let him, and Yano chases Chase around! Chase uses that to get the strap going through the corner, and he YANKS Yano into the post! Chase takes a moment to catch his breath before he stomps Yano. Chase goes into the ring to undo the corner trap, and he uses the slack to SMACK Yano now! And SMACKS him again! And again! Chase drags Yano up, puts him in, and stomps him down. Chase sits Yano up, rips Yano’s shirt off, and now has bare skin to go after! SMACK! There’s instantly a red mark on Yano’s back! Chase drops fists, chokes Yano with the strap, then lets off to go to a corner. Chase again copies Yano and undoes this buckle pad! The neutral corners are bare!
Chase tosses the buckle pad at Yano and Yano catches it. Chase dares Yano to use the pad, so Yano swings! Chase dodges and dropkicks Yano into the bare buckles! Chase stomps Yano at the ropes, throws the buckle pad down on him, then digs his foot into Yano’s face while mocking the YTR thumbs. Chase drags Yano up to throw him out, then he follows. Chase drags Yano up and whips him, but Yano reverses to send Chase into barriers! Yano gets something from under the ring! It’s extra tape! Chase CLUBS Yano first, then slips through the railing? He wants to reel Yano into the railing, but Yano resists! So Chase lets go and Yano falls over!
Chase is free to drag Yano up and YANK him into the railing! And then again! Yano falls back down, Chase slips back through and he gets Yano’s spare tape! Chase tapes Yano’s hand into a fist so he can’t open it! Then Chase drags Owens up and puts him in the ring. Chase stomps Owens, and gets the other hand! Chase tapes that one up, too! Yano can’t open either of his hands! Yano tries to resist but Chase claws Yano’s face. Chase finishes his handiwork, and gets some slack on the strap to again SMACK Yano on the back! Chase plays around as he stomps and kicks Yano down, then he mocks the Yano shrug! But Yano uses his fists to trip Chase! Yano still catapults Chase into bare buckles!
Yano runs as far as the strap allows, comes back, but Chase dodges! Yano gets bare buckles again! Fans fire up, and Chase undoes the blue corner buckle pad! That’s three, will Chase go for the fourth? Chase drags Yano up to reel him in for a haymaker! And then again! And again! Chase throws up the Two Sweets, but Yano slips under and uses the strap to flip Chase! Chase gets up to throw a strike fest, then he runs, but into an atomic drop! Yano dodges Chase’s swing, shoves him at the ref, and then LOW BLOWS! Chase couldn’t stop that with wrist tape! And Yano figures what the hell? Untile the last pad! But wait, the tape on his hands makes that tricky.
Yano tears at the tape and frees his fingers! Fans fire up as Yano goes for the last corner, but Chase reels him in! HAMMERLOCK LARIAT! Chase hits the Jewel Heist but he can’t cover from being too tired! Fans fire up, Chase gets up and says BANG, and he drags Yano back up. Chase reels Yano in, Yano shoves him away! So Chase goes out and uses the strap to reel Yano into the bare buckles! Chase drags Yano all the way out now, and whips him into the railing! Chase pulls up padding from the floor ringside!! He wants bare linoleum to come into play now! BANG, and the package, but Yano fights that off to back drop Chase onto the floor!
Yano is mad now, and he gets into the ring! The strap keeps Yano from the final corner pad, but fans rally up! Owens holds railing, Yano goes back out, but Chase gets the ring bell! Chase CLOBBERS Yano with the bell, then he gets in, and HE wants the final corner! But Yano’s dead weight is keeping him from getting close! Chase thought he had a fool proof plan but seems not. Chase goes back out to fetch Yano, and wraps the strap around Chase’s head. Chase drags Yano up and in, then drags him. Yano holds Chase back, reels him in, and Chase is annoyed. JEWEL TRIGGER!
Fans rally for Yano but Chase gets the buckle pad! Yano tries to pull Chase away but Chase’s one hand undoes all but one strap! Chase runs at Yano, but into a pop-up POWERBOMB! And YANO unties the buckle pad!! YANO WINS!!
Winner: Toru Yano (retains the KOPW 2021 trophy)
And that’s how you win YTR style! Will Yano continue to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat like this? Or will someone eventually beat Yano at his own games?
Tomohiro Ishii VS Jay White w/ Gedo!
The other third of the NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Champions is in action as he looks to settle things with the Switchblade! But will the Stone Pitbull be made to look like a little puppy tonight?
White insists the ref be more concerned about Ishii than him in the check. White throws off the jacket, flexes for the fans, and then has Gedo get in so they can Low Sweet. But Ishii grows impatient and he rushes over! White and Gedo bail out, “cool off,” and White mocks the clapping before giving the Low Sweet. White returns to the ring, bails right bck out, and asks about the bell. White gets in, the bell rings, and then White bails out again. White has a laugh as he goes in and out and in again, only to slide right back out. The ref reprimands, White dares Ishii to go after him, and Ishii goes! White gets far away from Ishii, goes back in the ring but Ishii is ready to follow.
White goes out, Ishii follows again. Gedo creeps up on Ishii, and White attacks! White stomps Ishii, drags him up for knees, then whips. Ishii swings, White dodges and doges and knees low. White whips, Ishii reverses but White bails out! White has a laugh, but Ishii rushes after him again! White gets in, and pretends he pulled a muscle so that Gedo can rake Ishii’s eyes! Gedo RAMS Ishii into railing then gets away before the ref notices. Ishii gets in the ring but White stomps him at the ropes. White stomps Ishii around, drags him up and throws him back out. White goes out but Ishii gets back in and runs, to run White over! Ishii pursues White on the outside, drags him up and whips him into railing!
Gedo protests but Ishii drags White up by his hair. White pushes Ishii but Ishii whips White back into railing! Fans cheer but the ref says to get this in the ring. Ishii glares at Gedo as he creeps over, and Gedo backs off. White goes to the ramp and Ishii wants to chase him down but the ref tells him to stay by the ring. The ref checks on White and tells him to get back to the ring, but White stays where he is on the ramp. Ishii argues with the ref, but he goes back into the ring. White dares Ishii to fight him on the outside but Ishii dares White to get back in. White goes in, Ishii kicks and clubs him! Ishii ROCKS White with a forearm, stomps him down, and then drags him up at the ropes.
White holds the ropes, the ref calls for the break, but White fireman’s carries and HOTSHOTS Ishii to the apron! Gedo cheers while Ishii flops to the floor. White drags Ishii back up to SNAKE EYES him off the railing! The ref checks Ishii and White mockingly asks if Ishii is okay. The ref tells White to stay back, White goes into the ring, and fans rally up for Ishii. White goes back out to drag Ishii up and RAM him into the apron! And RAM him into railing! And RAM him back into the apron! And then back into the railing! Those ribs take serious damage as Ishii goes down in a heap! Gedo mockingly asks what’s wrong, and White drags Ishii up.
White says they have to get into the ring, so he’s putting Ishii in the ring. White asks if Ishii is done, but Ishii refuses to quit! The fans rally so White stomps Ishii over and over! White digs his fingers into Ishii’s face then stomps him again! White stomps Ishii in the ribs and Ishii goes to the ropes. White pushes Ishii around and then gets him into a corner. White RAMS into the bad ribs, the ref wants White to back off but White RAMS Ishii one more time. Gedo cheers but he’s the only one as White puts Ishii in a rear bearhug. Ishii endures the squeeze, so White JAMS a knee into Ishii’s back. White goes back to the rear bearhug, mockingly asking if Ishii has a hard time breathing.
White is squeezing tighter and Ishii shouts in pain! Ishii endures, reaches, and gets the ropebreak! Fans cheer the toughness but White stomps Ishii at the ropes! The ref checks on Ishii again but White drags Ishii back up. White whips Ishii hard into a corner and Gedo wants the ref to call this. White whips, Ishii reverses, and then Ishii runs in but White dodges! Ishii crashes into buckles, and White fireman’s carries him up! Ishii slips off, but White elbows Ishii away, only to run into a POWERSLAM! Both men are down and fans fire up! Ishii growls as he gets up and he stalks White to a corner.
Fans rally as Ishii CHOPS White, and CHOPS again! And CHOPS, and then hooks White’s arms in the ropes so he can CHOP again! White falls over and Ishii hammers away! The ref reprimands, Ishii backs him down with a glare! Ishii comes back but White RAMS a shoulder into the ribs! White goes to suplex but it’s Ishii who brings White up and over! Ishii sits up, fans rally, and Ishii looms over White. Ishii brings White up but White fights off the back suplex. White swings but Ishii spins him around. White switches, Ishii wrenches, but White avoids the back suplex to turn Ishii. Ishii fights out of the neckbreaker but White kicks low to DDT!
Both men are down again and Ishii gets to the corner. White runs in to uppercut Ishii, and fireman’s carry, for a DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Cover, TWO! Ishii survives and White grows annoyed but fans fire up! White drags Ishii back up, reels him in, but Ishii fights the urenage off and they end up in a corner. White knees Ishii, CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS, but Ishii eggs him on. White CHOPS Ishii again, then puts some stank on the next CHOP! Ishii just turns things around to CHOP White high! The ref reprimands but Ishii shoves him away! Ishii CHOPS White high again! Ishii drags White up, CHOPS high and hard again and again!
The ref comes back, Ishii shoves him, and CHOPS White more! The ref finally gets Ishii to stop those near throat chops, and Ishii drags White up to whip him corner to corner. Ishii runs in to corner clothesline, then whips corner to corner. White reverses, Ishii bounces off buckles, but runs into the COMPLETE SHOT! White drags Ishii up into a DEAD LIFT GERMAN! Gedo is fired up and fans rally up as both men are down. Gedo calls for the Kiwi, and White drags Ishii back up. White reels Ishii in, fisherman hooks but Ishii fights the lift! Ishii rams White into a corner, but White CORNER HALF HATCHES Ishii! Ishii clutches those bad ribs as he flops out of the ring!
The ref checks on Ishii but Ishii refuses to quit. White goes out to fetch Ishii, and he drags Ishii up to RAILING HALF HATCH!! White leaves Ishii for dead as Ishii writhes. Fans rally up but a ring count begins. The count is already 6 of 20 before Ishii sits up. Ishii still hasn’t gotten up and we’re past 10 of 20! It’s 15, Ishii finally starts going towards the ring, and he’s in at 18! White drags Ishii up and is pissed, but he hits BLADEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Ishii survives and Gedo is furious! White drags Ishii around, reels him in, but Ishii fights the urenage. White knees low but Ishii gets around to headbutt! Ishii runs, but into a BIG urenage!
White drags Ishii up, fisherman and KIWI KRUSHER! Cover, TWO!? Ishii survives and fans fire up! White asks Gedo for ideas, then drags Ishii around. White gets the sleeper hold but Ishii hooks the leg to block the suplex. Ishii throws elbows but White KNEES him low and hard! White drags Ishii back to center, has an arm and a leg, and stomps away on the ribs! Gedo wants the ref to stop this for Ishii, but Ishii doesn’t want this to end like that! White stands Ishii up and keylocks an arm so he can JAM Ishii in the ribs! White puts Ishii in a corner for more hard body shots! Gedo cheers but the ref reprimands. Ishii dares White to bring it, and White throws forearms!
Ishii tanks them because his head is still hard as stone! White throws more forearms but Ishii leans into them! Ishii backs White down like this, so White KNEES the ribs! Ishii ROCKS White back! Ishii drags White up and Gedo starts getting worried. Ishii puts White up top, Gedo swipes at him but the ref reprimands. White claws Ishii’s eyes! But Ishii RISING HEADBUTTS! White holds on to keep from falling! Ishii climbs up, drags White up, and hits a SUPERPLEX! The ribs make that double-edged, but Ishii hurries to high stack cover, TWO!! White survives but is sputtering. Ishii powers up and takes aim. Gedo gets on the apron, but hops off when Ishii glares at him.
White gets Ishii in the sleeper, but Ishii throws him over! Ishii puts the sleeper on now! White fades already but Gedo gets on the apron! Ishii goes after Gedo, pushing the ref aside! Gedo sucker punches Ishii down! White gets Ishii in the SNAP SLEEPER SUPLEX! Fans rally but White drags Ishii back up! Ishii tries to fight the sleeper hold but he’s fading! White leans on the hold, but Ishii gets a second wind! Ishii reaches for ropes, but White gets a leg for a FISHERMAN BACK SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Ishii survives and Gedo is furious again! Fans rally for Ishii as White drags himself over.
White drags Ishii up, reels him in, but Ishii fights free of the suplex! White forearms, throws a strike fest, but Ishii gets around. They both swing and dodge but Ishii POINT-BLANK LARIATS! Both men are down as Ishii clutches his ribs. Ishii fires up to fight through the pain and the fan srally behind him. Ishii runs, but White gets around! Ishii switches and he puts White in a sleeper! Ishii leans on White and now White fades! Ishii spins White but WHITE hits the BRAINBUSTER!! Cover, TWO!?! Ishii survives and White is beside himself! White slashes the throat, drags Ishii up, but no Blade Runner! GERMAN SUPLEX! Ishii and White are down again and both sputter as they sit up.
Gedo rallies for White but Ishii hits his head off the mat to power up! Ishii gets moving, fakes White out, but White still boots Ishii! Ishii ENZIGURIS! Ishii is roaring, Gedo is panicking, and Ishii drags White up to a POWERBOMB!! High stack, TWO?!? White survives but Ishii sits him up. Gedo gets in with the brass knuckles! The ref reprimands, Ishii dares Gedo to use them, but he blocks White’s low blow! Ishii whips White into Gedo then LARIATS White! SLIDING LARIAT!! Cover, TWO?!?! White survives again but Ishii is just firing up more! Ishii drags White up, suplexes him, but White fights that off!
White tries to suplex but Ishii suplexes first. White slips out, dragon sleepre to an inverted suplex and he puts Ishii on his shoulder! White flips Ishii to the blade position but Ishii slipls out! Ishii swings but White turns him around, crosses the arms, but Ishii fights out again, only to run into a SNAP SLEEPER SUPLEX! White hurries to get Ishii up but Ishii POINT-BLANK LARIATS! Ishii suplexes, White fights out but Ishii HEADBUTTS! White still wants a Triple S, but Ishii waistlocks! White switches, Ishii switches, but White blocks and dodges to BLADERUNNER!! Cover, White wins!!
Winner: Jay White, by pinfall
A masterful exchange and it’s the Switchblade that hits the mark! White even needs to check that he won, it was that sudden! He hugs Young Lions in almost mocking celebration! But when the Young Lion pushes him away, he BOOTS them down! But does this victory mean White is done with Ishii and back on his way towards the top?
Kazuchika Okada VS EVIL w/ Dick Togo!
The Rainmaker technically got his singles match with the King of Darkness not too long ago, but it was little more than an excuse to get Okada alone so Bullet Club could beat him up. We’ve seen Bullet Club in action all night, will any of Evil’s allies be able to back him up? Or will Okada prove Everything is NOT Evil?
The bell rings and Okada rushes Evil! Evil dodges, but then Okada dodges to fire off forearms. Evil kicks low, whips Okada to ropes, but Okada reverses and BOOTS Evil down! Evil bails out, fans cheer, and Okada dares Evil to come back. Dick and Evil regroup, Red Shoes keeps Okada back, and Okada waits. Evil slides back in, circles with Okada, and Okada points Dick out to Red Shoes. Dick stays back, Okada and Evil circle, but then Dick swipes at Okada! Evil attacks from behind, whips Okada to ropes, but Okada holds ropes and boots back. Okada scoops and slams Evil, then slingshot sentons!
Fans cheer as Okada takes a moment before he covers. ONE, but Okada drags Evil back up. Okada turns Evil to hit a neckbreaker! Okada drags Evil up and clamps on a chinlock. Evil endures, even as Okada digs his knee in. Evil reaches and gets the ropebreak with a foot! Okada holds until Red Shoes counts 3, and he brings Evil up to elbow him back down. Evil goes to a corner, Okada stomps him down! Dick protests but Okada tells him to shut up. Okada drags Evil up, snapmares him, then runs to basement dropkick! Evil bails out as fans rally up. Dick checks on Evil, Okada goes out and tells Dick to back off. Okada drags Evil up and ROCKS Evil with a forearm!
Okada glares at Dick then chases him off! Dick goes in the ring, Okada follows, Evil CLOBBERS Okada! Evil mockingly applauds and then he scrapes Okada out of the ring. Evil drags Okada up and whips him into railing! Evil scuffs Okada’s face, then drags him up, to RAM into the railing and the timekeeper! Poor Abe-san! Why don’t they ever move him away from ringside? Evil drags out chairs while everyone is busy helping Abe. Evil brings Okada over, CLUBS him down, then gets a chair ready! Evil puts that chair around Okada’s head, and then has the other chair! HOMERUN! Evil goes into the ring and leaves Okada on the floor. Fans rally for “O-KA-DA!” as a ring count begins.
Okada slowly stirs, and finally gets up at 10 of 20. Okada gets in at 13, but Evil is after him. Evil whips Okada into the bare corner! When did Dick take the buckle pad?! Evil drags Okada to a Half Crab! Okada endures as Evil pulls back, using Okada’s own knee pad for leverage. Okada gets the ropebreak, and Evil lets go at 4. Evil paces, drags Okada up, but Okada throws a forearm! Okada throws more forearms, but Evil rakes Okada’s eyes! Evil throws Okada out, and then gets in Red Shoes’ face so Dick can stomp away on Okada! Dick drags Okada up and puts him in for Evil, and Evil covers. Red Shoes knows something fishy is up so he refuses!
Evil is upset with Red Shoes but he drags Okada back up. Evil reels Okada in to snap suplex! Cover, TWO! Another cover, TWO! Another, TWO! Evil is furious with Red Shoes but the count is the count. Evil mocks the fans clapping for “O-KA-DA!” and he drags Okada up. Okada throws a heavy body shot! Okada throws forearms, uppercuts, and then whips. Evil reverses, Okada dodges but Evil kicks him to throw him down! Okada avoids the back senton, and hits a basement EuroUpper! Both men are down, fans rally up, and Okada stands first. Evil follows but Okada rallies with elbows! Okada whips, Evil reverses but Okada elbows him down! Osaka fires up with Okada!
Okada whips Evil corner to corner, runs in and back elbows! Kick and DDT! Cover, TWO! Okada keeps his focus and gets the fans going with clap-clap-clap-stomp. Evil gets up but he fights off the Alabama lift! So Okada RAMS Evil into a corner! Okada puts Evil up top, Evil boots but Okada blocks! Okada clubs the leg then EuroUppers, and he dropkicks Evil off the top! Evil falls to the floor and Dick checks on him. Okada catches his breath in the ring, the ring count starts, and Dick coaches Evil. Okada goes out to fetch Evil, and drags him up. Okada elbows Evil, but then Dick talks trash. Okada chases Dick up the ramp but Evil pursues! Okada kicks and clubs Dick!
Evil runs in but Okada gets him, too! DOUBLE DDT’s to the ramp! Okada and fans rally with clap-clap-clap-stomp! Okada leaves Evil and Dick behind as he goes back down the ramp. But then Okada goes back and figures he should bring Evil back. Okada clubs Evil to make sure he keeps going towards ringside. Okada puts Evil in and fans cheer as he covers, TWO! Evil is still in this but Okada isn’t frustrated. Okada drags Evil up but blocks thje kick! Okada spins, Evil blocks the kick and gives it to Red Shoes so he can mule kick Okada low! Fans rally again, Evil pretends he can’t hear them, and then he runs in to clothesline Okada in the corner! Snap suplex and cover, TWO!
Evil is frustrated again but he gets Okada’s legs! Okada resists as Evil tries to turn him over, and Okada gets the ropebreak! Red Shoes counts, Evil lets go at 4, but Dick is there to get cheap shots in! Dick runs way before Red Shoes sees, and Evil smirks as he scuffs Okada with his boot. Evil talks trash, Okada gets up and fans rally again. Evil slaps Okada around, so Okada gets mad. Okada runs but into a fireman’s carry! Okada fights free, Evil elbows him away and runs, but into a HUGE FLAPJACK! Both men are down again and fans rally up again. Okada stands, Evil goes to a corner, but Okada BOOTS him! Okada Alabama lifts but Evil fights off! Evil pulls hair but Okada ROCKS him!
Okada runs, Evil goes to the corner, but Okada ROCKS him again! Evil reverses the whip, but runs into the Alabama! REVERSE NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Okada goes to a corner, climbs up, but Evil stands, so Okada hits a BIG missile dropkick! Cover, TWO! Okada keeps his cool as he drags Evil back up. Okada gut wrenches but Evil resists. Evil gets the ropes, Red Shoes calls for the break, but Okada clubs Evil first. Okada backs off, runs into the corner, but Evil boots him away! Evil boots Okada again, then dodges. Okada stops from hitting bare buckles, but Evil clotheslines Okada into them! Okada goes down in a heap while Evil smiles. Fans rally up but Evil drags Okada up.
Evil hoists Okada up top, climbs up to join him, and then goes to the very top! Evil drags Okada up, and hits a SUPERPLEX! Evil doesn’t cover, he gets the SHARPSHOOTER! Okada endures as Evil sits back deep! The fans rally, Okada claws for ropes, but Evil adds more torque! Okada refuses to quit and he gets the ropebreak! Red Shoes counts and Evil lets go at 4! Evil catches his breath in a corner while Okada is down. Evil drags Okada back up, reels him into the fireman’s carry, and DARKNESS FALLS! Cover, TWO!! Okada survives and fans fire up! Evil is annoyed again but he vows to end this. Evil slashes the throat, stands Okada up and spins him, but Okada denies Evil.
Okada wants the clip but Evil knees low. Evil whips, Okada reverses and Evil gets bare buckles! MONEY CLIP! Evil endures, claws Okada’s eyes, but Red Shoes reprimands. Evil lets go and then he grabs at Red Shoes! Dick CLUBS Okada with a pipe!! Dick gets in, Red Shoes reprimands, but Evil gets in Red Shoes’ face while Dick fires off haymakers! Dick whips Okada but Okada BOOTS him down! Evil kicks and whips Okada but Okada reverses to dropkick Evil down! Okada gets Evil’s arm for the MONEY CLIP! Evil endures, pries at Okada’s fingers, but Okada leans on the hold. Evil fights up, grabs at Red Shoes, but Red Shoes SWATS Evil’s hand!
Okada gut wrenches Evil to a TOMBSTONE! And back to MONEY CLIP! Evil reaches, turns a bit red, starts to fade but gets a second wind. Evil is up, grabs Red Shoes again, but Okada CLUBS Evil! Okada wrenches the other arm but Evil shoves Okada into Red Shoes! Evil runs but Okada gets around, DISCUS RAINMAKER! Okada shouts to Red Shoes but he’s still down. Okada puts on Money Clip, Dick has the CHOKER!! The Spoiler is trying to spoil this finish! But Okada powers up and RAMS Dick into the bare buckles! Okada is free, and he gut wrenches Dick to hit a TOMBSTONE!! Okada takes the choker now?! To throw it away! That’s our Rainmaker for ya! But Evil LOW BLOWS Okada!!
Evil gets the legs, but Okada LOW BLOWS Evil back!! Turnabout is fair play! Both men are down, as is Red Shoes, and fans rally up! Okada sits up first, and he drags Evil up. Okada gut wrenches again, for a SPINNING TOMBSTONE! Fans fire up with Okada again as he sits Evil up for the MONEY CLIP!! Red Shoes returns, Evil endures, and Okada keeps Evil away from ropes with a back2backbreaker! MONEY CLIP AGAIN! Evil is in the middle of the ring as he starts to fade again! Red Shoes checks on Evil as he’s turning red again! Evil finds a third wind and he reaches, but Okada clamps on tighter! Evil tries one more time and gets a ropebreak!
Okada lets go and both men are down again. Fans rally up for Okada again as he has Evil’s wrist. Okada drags Evil up, and reels him in for a LARIAT! Okada drags Evil up again, but Evil LARIATS! Okada swings but into Evil spins him to a HALF ‘N’ HALF! Both men slowly rise, and Evil runs, to LARIAT Okada inside-out! Cover, TWO!?!? Okada survives and Evil can’t believe it! Fans rally up again but Evil rises first. Evil staggers over, slashes his throat and stands Okada up. Evil spins him but Okada denies the STO again! Evil still tries but Okada spins. Evil avoids the discus, but Okada tries to steal Everything! Evil denies that, and tries to steal the Rainmaker lariat!
Okada denies that but he swings into Evil’s clinch! Okada denies the STO again! Okada gut wrenches Evil, for a SIT-OUT TOMBSTONE!! Okada brings Evil up, ripcords, TRUE RAINMAKER!!! Cover, Okada wins!!
Winner: Kazuchika Okada, by pinfall
The tried and true finisher finishes Evil! This won’t be the end of things, but has Evil learned a little of why Okada is still on a whole different level? After catching his breath, Okada gets the mic. He gets fans to clap-clap-clap, clap-clap-clap, clap-clap clap-clap clap-clap-clap. “OSAKA-JOOOOO~! If I can speak frankly, that felt damn good!” Okada apologizes to the fans for “having to put up with more of Bullet Club’s crap tonight.” But by taking care of business, Okada is sure we’re all satisfied. Okada says there’s something still bothering him, though. “Well, I should just put it out there, huh? It’s about time I get back to that IWGP Heavyweight title!”
Okada knows that as a responsible adult, he should follow proper protocol. So that starts with winning the 2021 New Japan Cup! After doing that, he’ll be back where he belongs. But he’s sure they’re all thinking that the double title thing is getting boring. If Okada were to poll Osaka, they’d say that the one who has to save the titles is him! So he’ll win the NJ Cup, take back the IWGP Heavyweight Championship, and make it rain again! Fans like the sound of that! Okada knows while the fans couldn’t chant and shout, he knows they were giving it their all to support the wrestlers, and thanks them for it! The wrestlers will do their best all over again tomorrow for night two! Until then, good night!
The Rainmaker has made it known where he wants to be, but will that only make the road back that much harder? Will Tetsuya Naito make it a bit easier by taking the IWGP Intercontinental Championship back on night two?
A very good event for NJPW to begin this weekend, but it also felt like a last-minute go-home for tomorrow’s event, as well as the New Japan Cup. The opening Six Man was good, and the United Empire wins so Khan has some momentum, but it was good math that neither he or Tanahashi were involved in the finish. That way, the NEVER Openweight Championship match could go either way. Tanahashi really only just got that belt, though, so I’m leaning towards him retaining. Ospreay & Cobb will still face Kojima & Tenzan, but that will probably go the Empire’s way like tonight did.
In similar fashion, it was good math for Goto-Hashi and GoD to split the difference. I like that Goto didn’t just win, he won in such a sudden turnaround. But with it being 50-50 here, I’m thinking GoD retain the tag titles and we wait to see if another team moves up to challenge them. Yano VS Chase was a good match, a lot of good antics from Yano, but Yano felt like a natural choice to win here. It might be awhile before someone wins and takes the KOPW 2021 trophy, but it definitely has to be in something really ridiculous.
White VS Ishii was a very good match, maybe a little long, but the slug fest nature of it and Ishii enduring bad ribs made it work. As did another fast exchange finish with White going over. White is definitely going into the NJCUP strong. Okada VS Evil was very similar, a long but storied match that turned out very well. As I said before, Okada trying to focus on the Money Clip works as a way of extending his career, but I also like this new element that when things get difficult, he can always bust out the Rainmaker lariat. Okada declares his NJCUP intentions, but that in itself could signal he doesn’t win it all, and puts someone else over. At this point, I feel like Sanada doesn’t even need to declare to be considered a favorite. Sanada’s already had great matches with Okada, Naito and Ibushi, maybe one more time is the charm for him to join the upper tier.
My Score: 9/10
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