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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (10/30/19)

Will Finn Balor tell us why?

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NEW NXT Coverage

Is NXT about to get RRRRREEEAL?

Finn Balor shocked the world when he attacked Johnny Gargano! And all he had to say after was that “The Prince” was back. What does this mean for NXT?!

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Io Shirai VS Candice LeRae; Shirai wins.
  • Shane Thorne VS Bronson Reed; Reed wins.
  • WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships: The Kabuki Warriors VS Team Kick; The Kabuki Warriors win and retain the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships.
  • Tyler Bate VS Cameron Grimes; Grimes wins.
  • Matt Riddle & Keith Lee VS The Undisputed Era; The Undisputed Era wins.

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Poppy opens NXT!

“I Disagree” is the new hit that makes NXT rrrreal! But it even segues into “Scary Mask,” and the Evil Genius!

Io Shirai VS Candice LeRae!

Things are wild already as Poppy and the Evil Genius rock out in the ring. But Mrs. Wrestling cuts off the headbanging good time so that she and Shirai can settle things. With the NXT Women’s Champion still needing a contender, who moves one step closer to a second chance?

The bell rings and Shirai SLAPS Candice! So Candice DECKS Shirai! The chase is on outside the ring, but Candice catches up to Shirai at the ramp. She throws Shirai at the apron but Shirai tiger feints back! Shirai then DIVES! Direct hit takes Candice out at the ramp! Full Sail fires up as Shirai puts Candice in, but Candice DIVES right back! Candice drags Shirai up and into the ring and knees the shoulder back. Neckbreaker hotshot takes Shirai down, then Candice step-stool sentons! Cover, TWO! Fans are fired up as Shirai dodges Candice in a corner, only to get an elbow. Candice hops up, Shirai trips her up, draping code breaker! Shirai drags Candice back up to throw her across the way and stomp her down. Shirai stomps a mudhole but the ref counts. Shirai lets up, just to come back with grinding boots. And a swinging meteora! Shirai drags Candice to a cover, TWO!

Shirai keeps on Candice with a chinlock but fans rally up. Candice fights her way up but Shirai throws her down. Shirai basement dropkicks Candice back down! Fans duel hard as Shirai sits Candice up. Shirai wrenches the hair to simply toy with Candice. Candice gets up to throw haymakers! Shirai gives them back, then Alabama lifts, but Candice sunset flips! TWO, and Candice jawbreakers back! Shirai staggers, Candice tilt-o-whirls but Shirai handsprings through! Only to get Candice’s enziguri! Fans are fired up as Candice, bloody nose and all, brings Shirai up on the apron. Shirai resists the suplex, then throws hands and boots. Candice SLAPS back, so Shirai clubs her down. Shirai pulls on hair and even goes after that bloody nose. Shirai waistlocks but Candice elbows free. Shirai ends up back in the ring, and Candice heads up top. But Shirai uppercuts Candice down!

Shirai climbs up to join Candice, but Candice resists the superplex. The two fight up top and Candice shoves Shirai down! Candice adjusts, but Shirai trips her up again! Candice crashes and burns to the floor! Mrs. Wrestling is down while NXT goes picture in picture.

The referee checks on Candice’s bloody nose while Shirai catches her breath in the ring. Candice is okay to continue, but Shirai Tiger Feints her on the apron! Shirai shoves Candice back in, then springboard missile dropkicks her back down! Cover, TWO! Shirai is furious but she keeps on Candice with furious forearms and a rain of rights. But Candice catches her in a victory roll, TWO! Shirai mule kicks then DECKS her with a right hand! The ref checks again but Candice refuses to stay down. Shirai drags Candice up the rest of the way to throw another hand, but Candice counter punches! Candice brings Shirai up, but gets caught into the AIR RAID! Into buckles, then to the mat! Cover, TWO! Shirai is seething and Candice is crawling. Shirai aims, runs in, but misses the meteora! Candice throws big hands and CHOPS, only to wing into a CROSSFACE!

Shriai cranks back but Candice rolls it to a cover, TWO! Candice wrenches to a Russian leg sweep! And a grounded Octopus! Shirai endures, rolls it back to a cover, TWO! Candice lets Shirai go to kick low then run. Shirai dodges, they both crossbody! NXT returns to single picture as both women are down! Fans rally up and Candice throws more forearms, and a clothesline! Candice runs to basement dropkick Shirai into a corner! She goes back in, big back elbow! She snapmares Shirai down then hops up top, to get the tornado DDT! Cover, TWO!! Shirai survives and Candice can’t believe it. Fans are still fired up and dueling as Candice drags Shirai back up. She powers Shirai to a corner and then hoists her up top. Candice climbs up to join Shirai, but Shirai denies Ms. LeRae’s Wild Ride! Shirai turns around, DESCENT INTO KNEES!! Candice blocks the moonsault!!

Shirai staggers about while Candice catches her breath. Shirai is on Candice but Candice hits back. Candice fires off more, but Shirai cradle counters! TWO, SHORYUKEN! Armbar takedown, headscissors! Shirai squeezes tight while Candice endures, but Shirai traps an arm! Candice kicks with her legs to reach, ROPEBREAK! Shirai lets go and is losing her grip on her sanity. Shirai hurries out to find a CHAIR! The referee reprimands Shirai then snatches the chair away! Candice rolls Shirai, TWO!! Full nelson, pop-up, facebuster! SUPERKICK! Candice has Shirai on the chair, LIONSAULT! But Shirai dodges, Candice gets steel chair! Shirai covers, Shirai wins!!

Winner: Io Shirai, by pinfall

Her evil plot worked out in the end, and Shirai has another win over Mrs. Wrestling! Will the Evil Genius find her way back to the NXT Women’s Championship?

But Shirai won’t leave it at this! She rains down rights on Candice, but here comes Rhea Ripley! Rhea BOOTS the chair away from Shirai, then takes it for her own! Shirai runs away to avoid the chair shot! Fans cheer Rhea on, but will she be able to rip down the Evil Genius on the way to the title?

 

Finn Balor is here!

The spotlight shines on the Extraordinary Man, who has made NXT all about him. Finn takes up the mic as fans are divided. “It’s funny how things work out, isn’t it?” Two months ago, Finn is laying down “what’s supposed to be the hottest new thing in the business, just because he put on a new mask.” Finn’s taken his mask off and now he’s the hottest thing in the business! And yet, everyone has an opinion. Fans have opinions, the office has its opinions, the boys in the back have their opinions, “a bunch of Twitter tough guys out there on social media” are in the locker room when they should be in the bleachers with the fans. Finn doesn’t watch the business, the business watches him!

Which brings Finn to Johnny Gargano. “The Heart of NXT,” huh? Gargano, congrats on getting out of the hospital. Finn makes this very clear: If Gargano wants to go again, Finn will send him straight back. Then he won’t be Johnny Wrestling, he’ll be Johnny Watches Wrestling, “exactly the way it’s supposed to be.” Whether or not Finn answered the question, “Why?”, he just gave us all a reason why we should want to see him and Gargano face each other! Will “The Prince” ascend to the throne of NXT?

 

Shane Thorne VS Bronson Reed!

The Worst is back and is ready to do the worst to his opponent. But he and Aussiezilla have already had a go. Will things go the same way? Or will Aussie Strong Style get even?

The bell rings and Thorne DROPKICKS Reed right away! And then hits a corner calf kick! Reed sits down, and Thorne hits a CANNONBALL! Fans boo as Thorne aims at Reed. Reed LARIATS Thorne back down! And drops a senton! Fans rally up for Reed and he drags Thorne up. Thorne CHOPS but Reed doesn’t flinch. Reed CHOPS back, so Thorne CHOPS again. They trade more CHOPS, and Thorne starts stinging. Reed doesn’t slow down as he and Thorne just keep giving CHOPS! They speed up, even! Thorne slows down but both men are turning into ground beef. They won’t stop, and Reed gets an edge! Reed fires up but Thorne uppercuts! Reed clubs away his clothesline to hit a rolling elbow!

Reed runs but into a roundhouse! Thorne manages a SAIDO SUPLEX! Cover, TWO!! Thorne is frustrated but fans rally up as he gives Reed Yes Kicks. And No Kicks. Just a lot of kicks all over! Thorne shows no mercy as he just fires off, but Reed is just firing up! Reed blocks a boot to give a big right! Reed clotheslines, goes to a corner, and goes up and over Thorne to get a German Suplex! Reed Alabama lifts, for a DRIVER! Cover, TWO!? Thorne survives!? Reed is shocked, but he won’t let up. In fact, he brings the straps down! Reed goes to the top rope, but Thorne manages to kick him down! Thorne throws haymakers then climbs up to join Reed. Thorne throws slapping chops, hops up, but Reed SHOVES Thorne down! AUSSIEZILLA SPALSH!! Cover, Reed wins!!

Winner: Bronson Reed, by pinfall

The earth shakes and the Worst got bested by the Breakout star! Will Reed continue to crush it on his way towards a title?

 

Backstage interview with Team Kick!

Dakota Kai and Tegan Nox are excited to face the Kabuki Warriors for the Women’s Tag Team Championships. They’re nervous, but in a good way. They’ve both overcome knee injuries, and are ready for Asuka and Kairi Sane. These two are ready to win the titles alongside their best friend, but will they be able to kick the Empress of Tomorrow and the Pirate Princess to the curb?

 

The Head Baddie in Charge is on her way back.

Mia Yim can do bad all by herself, but will she get back on track when she returns to Full Sail?

 

WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships: The Kabuki Warriors VS Team Kick!

NXT finally gets to see these historic titles come to Full Sail, and it will be courtesy of two great former NXT Women’s Champions! Asuka and Kairi have sharpened their edge on the likes of the IIconics, Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross, and even their manager, Paige! Will they use that edge to cut down Dakota Kai and Tegan Nox?

Fans are still happy to see Asuka and Kairi and cheer, “Welcome Back!” The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and fans duel as the teams sort out. Tegan starts against Asuka and fans sing, “Asuka’s gonna kill~ you~!” Asuka and Tegan circle and tie up, and Asuka headlocks to grind Tegan down. Tegan powers out but things speed up, and Asuka kicks the somersault apart! Asuka drags Tegan up and tags in Kairi. Kairi winds up and puts some stank on her CHOP! Tegan falls back, gasping for air, but fans want “One More Time!” Kairi gives Tegan another CHOP! Kairi eggs Tegan on and Tegan CHOPS! But Kairi CHOPS again. It’s a CHOP fight! Until Kairi stomps on Tegan’s foot and throws her down by her hair. Kairi drags Tegan up and whips but Tegan reveres to dropkick her down! Asuka runs in but Dakota dropkicks her down!

The Kabuki bail out but Team Kick double baseball slide. The Kabuki get clear, and Asuka decks Dakota. Tegan rocks Asuka but Kairi hits Tegan, and sends her into steel steps! Full Sail is all fired up while NXT goes to break.

NXT returns as Tegan fires back CHOPS on Asuka! Tegan traps Asuka’s arms and sweeps the legs to tag Dakota. Team Kick whip Asuka into the corner and throw forearms. Dakota sweeps the legs, and whips Tegan in for the CANNONBALL! Dakota covers, TWO! Kairi was ready if need be, but she backs off for now. Asuka gets up but Dakota arm-drags her around. Dakota snapmares and runs to Penalty Kick! Cover, TWO! Dakota grows frustrated while fans rally up and duel. Dakota runs to get around Asuka, and is on the apron as she kicks, into a wicked Dragon Screw! That bad leg is a target, Asuka hip attacks Dakota down! Tegan checks on Dakota while fans are fired up for Asuka. Asuka goes out to fetch Dakota while also intimidating Tegan. Asuka puts Dakota in, then stands on her head to toy with her. Asuka also gives Dakota furious and fast kicks to the face!

Dakota scrambles to ropes but Asuka has the legs, for a heel hook! Asuka tortures Dakota but fans rally up. Dakota endures and kicks at Asuka. Asuka kicks back, but Dakota gets an edge! Asuka just wrenches on the foot! Dakota reaches, Tegan coaches her on, but Asuka shifts to an ankle lock! Dakota stands, reaches, but enziguris, to whiff! Asuka stomps her down, then has her in a corner. Asuka fires forearms then wraps the leg on ropes! The ref counts and Asuka lets up at 4. Asuka brings Dakota over and tags in Kairi. The Kabuki Warriors mug Dakota but let up at 4. Kairi marches the plank, pokes at Tegan, and hits Dakota with the Sliding D! Cover, TWO! Kairi is a bit too cocky, but she goes into a Stretch Muffler! Dakota endures as Kairi also clubs at the hip and thigh. Kairi shifts to the figure four Deathlock!

Fans rally up as Dakota continues to endure. Kairi kicks away at the leg then drags Dakota back. Asuka tags in and the leg is again laced in the ropes. Asuka lets go at 4, then hooks the leg for a modified STF! Dakota endures while Kairi taunts Tegan. Fans rally and duel more as Dakota fights her way up. Dakota rolls Asuka up, TWO! Asuka boots Dakota down just inches from Tegan! Asuka has both legs now, and stomps Dakota, before pulling her all the way away. Kairi tags in then keeps between Dakota and Tegan. She eggs Dakota on but Dakota starts firing forearms. It isn’t enough, and now it’s a brawl! Kairi CHOPS Dakota down! Full Sail fires up as Kairi pulls on Dakota’s hair. She snapmares Dakota into a headscissor hold. Dakota endures the squeeze as fans rally again. Kairi thrashes about but Dakota pushes her way back. Bridging cover, TWO!

Kairi lets Dakota go to ax kick her down! Tag to Asuka, the Kabuki double knee smash Dakota down! Asuka toys with Dakota more, wanting to see the fighting spirit. Dakota fires forearms but Asuka just clobbers her back down! Asuka stays between Dakota and Tegan as she cravats, snapmares and kicks Dakota in the back! And again! Cover, TWO!! Dakota survives but Asuka won’t leave her be. Asuka puts Dakota against the ropes and pulls, but the ref pulls her off. Asuka kicks Dakota around more, and gives more fast kicks to her face! Fans still cheer as Asuka sits down and pulls back on Dakota’s leg! It’s almost a Calf Crusher! Dakota endures the pain while NXT goes to break.

NXT returns and now Kairi has Dakota in the Calf Crusher! She shifts to a cover, TWO! Kairi throws Dakota into the Kabuki corner and Asuka tags in to throw Dakota down. Asuka has the leg again, and hooks it for a standing deathlock! Dakota endures all over again, and then Asuka shifts to get the Boston Crab! Tag to Kairi, and she waistlocks Dakota, Asuka code breakers, to Kairi’s BLOCK BUSTER! Sliding wizard and jackknife cover, TWO!! Dakota survives the onslaught, but she ends up in Kabuki territory! Kairi throws forearms but Dakota fights back! Dakota throws elbows and forearms and then dumps Kairi out! Fans fire up as Dakota crawls, but Kairi gets around to intercept! But the scorpion kick takes her down! Both Dakota and Kairi crawl, hot tags to Asuka and Tegan!

Tegan rallies on Asuka and CHOKE SLAMS Kairi! Tegan runs into the corner, big uppercut for Asuka! Corner to corner, uppercut for Kairi! Another for Asuka! Another for Kairi! Tegan whips but Kairi reverses, but Tegan still uppercuts Asuka! Tegan sends Kairi into Asuka then enziguris Asuka down! Tegan climbs up, BIG crossbody! Cover, TWO!! Asuka survives but Tegan won’t lose her focus. Fans rally for Team Kick as Tegan takes aim, but the Shiniest Wizard is turned into a KNEEBAR! Tegan endures, Asuka thrashes about, but Tegan fights her way up to her feet, and gets an ARMBAR! Asuka flails now, but Kairi ax kicks her free! Dakota BOOTS Kairi! But Asuka counters Dakota’s kick to a German Suplex! Tegan SUPERKICKS Asuka! Full Sail is loving “NXT! NXT!” as all four women are down!

The teams regroup while fans rally. Tag to Dakota, and Dakota runs to rally on Asuka with furious forearms! Swinging knee strike!Dakota goes Around the World for the boot! Fans fire up again, and Dakota drags Asuka up. Kairi distracts the ref, Asuka escapes the fireman’s carry to MIST!! ROUNDHOUSE! Tag to Kairi, Asuka hip attacks Tegan! INSANE ELBOW!! Kairi makes sure to hide Dakota’s face as she covers! Kabuki Warriors win!!

Winners: The Kabuki Warriors, by pinfall; still WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions

The Empress and the Princess hold onto the gold! With a sinister edge and malicious mist, will their reign be the biggest of these young titles?

But wait, are those the Horsewomen? Shayna Baszler, Jessamyn Duke and Marina Shafir mock Team Kick while heading down to the ring. They flank the ring as Dakota is still blinded and Tegan is still sore. But Tegan attacks first! She gets Shayna down but Jessamyn and Marina go after her 2v1! But Tegan fights out, only to get Shayna’s step-up knee! Shayna kicks Dakota out of the ring, and then goes after Tegan’s arm! But here comes RHEA! The Mosh Pit Kid already saved Candice from Shirai’s violence, she looks to do the same for Tegan. Tegan tackles Marina and Jessamyn out of the ring! But wait, Shirai just attacks out of nowhere!!

Shirai wants payback on Rhea, but here comes BIANCA BELAIR?! The EST and the Evil Genius beat Rhea down, but Candice returns! Candice throws Shirai into railing, but Bianca runs Candice over! Rhea BOOTS Bianca, and decks the Horsewomen! Shayna tries to sneak up but Rhea is ready! The Queen of Spades backs off to let Rhea into the ring, and fans want to see this fight go down. Rhea tackles Shayna and rains down rights! But Bianca, Shirai, Candice, the Horsewomen, they all run in! But so does Team Kick! The referees hurry in, and William Regal appears on the upper deck! He shouts for these forces to be separated, and it is Candice, Rhea and Team Kick left in the ring while the rest are outside. Fans hope this means, “WarGames~! WarGames~!” Regal says his simply solution to this is… WARGAMES!! A Women’s WarGames match!? Fans want to see this!

Rhea suddenly boots a security guard down! She doesn’t want to wait, she wants to fight tonight! The lines have been drawn, but what happens when all these combustible elements are locked inside the double-cage?

 

Tyler Bate VS Cameron Grimes!

The Big Strong Boy was just saying hey to the Original Bro, but the Country Caveman took offense. He also didn’t like getting tricked by the Bop ‘n’ BANG combo. Will the young man from Moustache Mountain show Grimes he isn’t ready for the inaugural United Kingdom Champion? Or is this the Breakout moment he’s been looking for?

The bell rings and the two tie up. Bate wristlocks and wrenches but Grimes slips through to back drop. Bate lands on his feet to trip Grimes and get a foot. Grimes rolls but Bate cartwheels through, and Grimes is surprised! Fans cheer as Grimes gets up and ties up with Bate. Grimes wrenches and pulls hair to bring Bate down. Bate endures the armlock and works his way up, but Grimes wrenches harder. Bate rolls and slips out of the hold to get Grimes back with the wristlock! Grimes grits his teeth as Bate steps over to straddle the arm. Bate wrenches but Grimes powers Bate to a corner. Grimes swings on Bate but Bate arm-drags him down! Grimes kips up and hooks Bate’s nose! He powers Bate to a corner but Bate dodges the punch to arm-drag again!

Bate keylocks but Grimes gets up to facelock. Bate slips out to arm-drag again, but Grimes reaches up to headscissor. Grimes drags Bate down, but Bate works his way out with a kip-up! Things speed up, Bate handsprings and hurdles then dropkicks Grimes down! Grimes staggers up but into the fireman’s carry! And the Airplane Spin! Bate gives Grimes a short trip before setting him down and dropkick’ing him out! But Grimes gets in as Bate builds speed, tilt-o-whirl powerslam! Cover, TWO! Bate survives taking a spin of his own while NXT goes to break.

NXT returns as Grimes dodges Bate, only to run into a boot! Bate hops up, but leaps into Grimes’ arms. Bate tries to elbow free of the waistlock, but Grimes throws him into the corner first. Bate goes up and under, but Grimes back flips to get behind Bate for a DEAD LIFT GERMAN! Bridging cover, TWO!! Grimes keeps his cool as he runs and rams his knee into Bate’s head! And again! Cover, TWO! Grimes grinds a knee into Bate’s head while torturing the arm very much like the Bruiserweight would. Bate endures and works his way up, but Grimes wrangles him back down. Fans rally up as Bate endures and fights his way up. Bate powers Grimes into a corner but Grimes chinbars him to a takedown. But then Bate BOOTS from the mat! Bate gets to a corner and boots back to also knee lift! He hops up, flying uppercut hits!

Grime staggers but Bate rallies! Bate gives more European Uppercuts, then whips Grimes corner to corner. Bate runs in for another big uppercut! And an exploder! Bate kips up as fans cheer for the “Big Strong Boy!” Standing shooting star! Cover, TWO! Grimes survives and bails out. Bate takes aim and builds speed, but Grimes is in again. Bate waistlocks, Grimes standing switches, but Bate hops up onto Grimes’ shoulders! Spinning HURICANRANA! Cover, TWO!! Grimes still lives and fans are loving this! Bate grits his teeth as he stands back up. He drags Grimes into the underhooks, but Grimes powers out. Bate still lands on his feet, and puts up Bop, to get Grimes’ SUPER FOREARM! Grimes still walks into BANG! Bate runs, rebound- COLLISION COURSE! The Spanish Fly hits, Grimes covers, TWO!! Bate survives again and Grimes can’t believe it!

Grimes drags Bate up and scoops, but Bate slips out to O’Conner roll. TWO, Bate rebounds to the LARIAT! Jackknife cover, TWO!! Both men are down but fans are still rallying. Bate brings Grimes up again, but Grimes powers him around to ropes. The ref calls for the break, Grimes drops down, but Bate has his legs! Bate drags Grimes back, waistlocks, for his dead lift. But Grimes elbows free, only to miss the clothesline. Bate clotheslines Grimes out and runs, but he sees Grimes getting in again, so he hits the ROLLING KICK! Grimes wobbles, Bate runs to FLY! Direct hit from the tope conjilo! Fans are fired up as Bate puts Grimes in, but is that Killian Dain? Why is he talking trash to Bate? Bate gets in, to get the CAVE-IN!! Cover, Grimes wins!!

Winner: Cameron Grimes, by pinfall

And the Beast of Belfast attacks Bate with a senton! This must be revenge on Pete Dunne through his British Strong Style brother! CANNONBALL into steel steps! “You tell your friend, Pete Dunne, we have unfinished business!” The message was sent, but how will it be received by the Bruiserweight?

 

NXT profiles Angel Garza.

Representing the Garza Dynasty, which includes the great Hector Garza and even his cousin, Humberto Carrillo, family is the most important thing in Garza’s life. Garza wants to follow in his uncle’s footsteps to make Hector proud, to make the family and future generations proud, and to show the world the greatness of Angel Garza.

 

Breaking news regarding the Women’s WarGames match!

Shayna Baszler and Rhea Ripley have been named team captains, and their interviews on this announcement can be found at CBS Sports’ website.

 

Matt Riddle & Keith Lee VS The Undisputed Era!

After Roderick Strong survived the titanic Triple Threat, the Limitless One was a target of an Undisputed beat down. Wanting payback, Lee recruited the Original Bro to help him in this fight. Will the #LimitlessBros make reDRagon #BaskInTheirGlory? Or will it simply be Total Annihilation instead?

The teams sort out while fans sing “Oh~ Bask in His Glory~, BRO!” Lee and Kyle are ready to start, but at the bell, Fish attacks Riddle! Lee was ready for Kyle’s kick and grabs him with both hands! But Fish kicks Lee’s legs and now reDRagon attack Lee together. They double whip, but Lee crisscrosses them into each other! Lee shoves reDRagon together, and hurdles over both! Then he double crossbodies them down! Fans are thunderous already with that one! Lee has Fish now and wrenches to a whip. Kyle saves Fish, but Lee sees them going for the low bridge. He tosses Fish then DECKS Kyle! Fish ducks under and bails out to regroup with Kyle. They go around the way, but Riddle is there with kicks! Fish backs off, but ends up in the ring with Lee. Lee runs Fish over then tags in Riddle.

Lee hauls Fish up for Riddle to CHOP! Fish is stinging, but now he gets the Grizzly Magnum DOUBLE CHOP! Kyle runs in, but he gets a Grizzly Magnum, too! And a SPEAR from Riddle! Fish gets fed to the JACKHAMMER! Cover, TWO! Fish survives but fans are chanting “Ri~ddle~! Ri~ddle~!” while NXT goes picture in picture.

Riddle grits his teeth as he looms over Fish. He brings Fish up for forearms and puts him in the corner. Riddle CHOPS Fish then tags in Lee. Fish hits back, but Riddle says that was a mistake. Fish keeps trying, but Lee ROCKS Fish with that left! Lee brings Fish up to wristlock and wrench. Fish throws back elbows but Lee lifts him up with one arm! Fish fights back and tags in Kyle, but Lee just runs Kyle over! Lee wrenches Kyle to a wristlock but Kyle throws forearms. Lee lifts Kyle now! Kyle keeps hitting back but Lee just lifts him again. Fish runs in but Lee easily bumps Fish down with a shoulder. Then he suplexes Kyle onto Fish! Lee brings Kyle over and tags in Riddle. Riddle gives Kyle kicks but Kyle kicks back. They brawl but Riddle gets the edge, until Kyle kicks the knee out. Kyle hurries to tag in Fish, but Fish just runs into Riddle’s forearms!

Riddle kicks but Fish counters and retaliates as NXT returns to single picture. Riddle answers back but fish slips around to forearm and kick. Riddle counters with a gut wrench suplex! He holds on to gut wrench again! Kyle runs in but he gets a gut wrench suplex! Fish runs Riddle over with a back elbow and drags him to the Undisputed corner. Tag to Kyle and Kyle fires off kicks and knees. Kyle tags Fish again, and Fish throws big hands. Riddle CHOPS back but Fish just throws more forearms. Tag to Kyle, and reDRagon double suplex Riddle down. Cover, TWO! Kyle knees and elbows Riddle form all sides, then runs to ram a knee into Riddle’s ribs! Fans are divided as Kyle drags Riddle over. Tag to Fish and he senton atomicos! Cover, TWO! Fish brings Riddle back up for knees, then back suplexes Riddle down! Cover, TWO!

Fish keeps Riddle away from Lee with a sleeper hold and body scissors. Fans rally and duel as Riddle fights his way up. Fish is a backpack as Riddle stands, but Fish knees Riddle in the back. Fish drags Riddle up but Riddle fires off strikes, to get around for a sleeper hold of his own! Fish backs Riddle into buckles and tags in Kyle. Fish runs in but is put on the apron. Riddle dodges and Kyle’s boot gets Fish! Kyle hurries after Riddle for a leglock! Riddle SLAPS and ax kicks over and over, but Kyle drags Riddle away. Riddle is up, but he can’t reach Kyle with his fists, so he jumps up to kick! He’s free, but Fish sweeps Lee’s legs! The ref reprimands Fish but Kyle forearms Riddle. And hits a running BOOT!

Tag to Fish, and reDRagon hauls Riddle up. But Riddle fires off kicks on them both! Kyle catches one kick, but Riddle breaks free to DOUBLE knee trigger! Then he runs, but into double pop-up kicks! Kyle brings Riddle up, CHASING THE DRAGON! Fish covers, but Lee breaks it up! Fish tags Kyle and Kyle grabs Riddle with a guillotine. But Riddle powers up again! Fish runs in to hit Lee, but that only angers him. Riddle slips out, boots Fish but Kyle German suplexes! Riddle lands on his feet! He dodges the kicks to tag in Lee! And Lee rallies on reDRagon! Shoulders and elbows, and then Lee gives Kyle a corner splash! A corner splash for Fish, and then he runs at them both. He busts through the kicks to double clothesline them down! Full Sail fires up as Lee DOUBLE back drops reDRagon!

Lee drags Kyle up into position, but Fish runs in. Lee elbows Fish away but Kyle slips out. Fish runs in but Lee pops him up, only for Kyle to sweep the legs! Fish gets a seated senton for free! Kyle tags Fish in and Fish runs, into a POP UP SLAM from Lee! Lee sneers as he goes up top, but Kyle joins him. Lee pushes Kyle away and MOONSAULTS, but flops! Ax ‘n’ SMASH, then Fish manages a SAMOAN DROP! Cover, TWO! Lee lives but Kyle has the cross armbreaker! Fans rally as Lee fights his way up and around. Lee dead lifts Kyle with that one arm! Kyle pulls harder but Lee just powers through, to POWERBOMB! Both men are down, hot tags to Fish and Riddle! Riddle rallies and leaping forearms Fish down. Riddle blocks Kyle’s kick into the PELE! Riddle handsprings to forearm Fish to a BROSPLODER! Then a Brosploder for Kyle! Broton for Fish! Broton for Kyle!

Riddle gives a Penalty Kick to Fish then German suplexes him away! But here comes Adam Cole and Roderick Strong! Riddle forearm Cole away, then triangle knee triggers Strong! Riddle runs at Kyle but is put on the apron. Riddle hits Kyle away, and Penalty Kicks Cole! Kyle gets dumped out, and now the entire Era gets a CORKSCREW SENTON! Riddle puts Fish in, slips around, reel out for the Final Flash Lee POUNCES Cole into Strong!! Riddle powerbombs, but into TOTAL ELIMINATION! Cover, reDRagon wins!!

Winners: The Undisputed Era, Fish pinning

And deja vu, they go after Lee! They beat him down like piranha, but here comes Tommaso Ciampa! Ciampa has the crutch and he WRECKS Strong! He SMACKS Kyle and JABS Fish! Cole is all alone so he runs away. Kyle runs in but gets a knee! Ciampa stomps away on Kyle while Cole regroups with Fish and Strong. Ciampa feeds Kyle to the Final Flash! And then Lee gets to give Kyle the trophy lift, to TOSS him onto the Undisputed Era! Full Sail is loving this, but look at what Cole left in the corner. Ciampa sees “Goldie,” and tells her she’ll have to wait a little longer. “Daddy’s going to war!” Is the Blackheart going to join forces with the Bro and the Limitless One if it means taking down the Undisputed Era?

 


 

My Thoughts:

A really great episode to finally give us some real WarGames progress! The women’s matches were clearly connected, and in a great way I didn’t expect. Shirai wins against Candice, but again not the cleanest way. At first, we think it’ll just be a set-up for Shirai VS Rhea, #1 Contender’s match. Then we get an amazing women’s tag title match for Team Kick and the Kabuki Warriors. Obviously that mist was going to show up, and it was done in another very clever way. That brawl after was amazing, it was so great to see Rhea basically be the magnet that brought out Bianca Belair and Io Shirai. This wasn’t quite the Women’s WarGames I imagined, but this is still pretty great. I assume a Face like Mia Yim joins Team Ripley so that it is 5v5 with Team Baszler, which is the three MMA Horsewomen, Bianca and Shirai. Mia also has history with Shayna, and I could see both sides having dysfunction since so many want after Shayna’s title.

Reed VS Thorne was a pretty fun filler match, though this could be the beginning of a feud for the two Aussies. I was still wondering why Thorne wasn’t just going through the Breakout tournament superstars, but maybe he’ll focus on Reed now. Grimes VS Bate was great, but I suppose we should’ve seen Killian Dain getting involved. It also seems interesting of the connection with Dain and Grimes, Grimes is always the one benefiting from Dain’s appearances. This definitely has to get Dunne’s attention so that he can go after Dain. And if need be, send Trent Seven over. British Strong Style VS Dain, Grimes and Damien Priest, the only other superstar with connection to Pete Dunne right now. Finn Balor’s promo was pretty great, and it essentially goes after the push, and then lack of push, he got on the main roster. Balor VS Gargano is going to be amazing to say the least.

Then the main event, what a great tag team match. The ending announcement weirdly said the Undisputed Era’s Fish & O’Reilly were still NXT Tag Team Champions, but I don’t remember anyone saying anything about this being for the titles. In fact, commentary said this wasn’t for the titles at all, so the ring announcer must’ve been a little confused. Either way, Strong and Cole getting involved should’ve also been easy to see coming. Ciampa helps Riddle and Lee out, and I wonder if WarGames III would be up for giving us two WarGames matches. All they’d need to do for Team Ciampa is add Velveteen Dream. This way it’s #WinnersTakeAll for the titles, Ciampa getting “Goldie” back while Dream gets the North American Championship, while Lee and Riddle might become the tag champs. This would be something to really give WarGames III the oomph to outdo Survivor Series (again).

My Score: 9/10


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Mitchell’s NJPW New Years Golden Series Results & Report! (1/20/22)

So much more than a dash!

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NJPW New Years Golden Series

NJPW starts on a new journey!

NJPW starts a month long journey that will culminate in an IWGP World Heavyweight Championship match of Kazuchika Okada VS Tetsuya Naito!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Great-O-Khan VS Yuto Nakashima; Khan wins.
  • Hiromu Takahashi VS Ryohei Oiwa; Hiromu wins.
  • Togi Makabe & Tiger Mask VS Taiji Ishimori & Jado; Makabe & Tiger Mask win.
  • Six Man Tag: Tomoaki Honma, Satoshi Kojima & Toru Yano VS Suzuki-Gun; Honma, Kojima & Yano win.
  • Six Man Tag: Master Wato, Ryusuke Taguchi & Hiroyoshi Tenzan VS Suzuki-Gun; Wato, Taguchi & Tenzan wins.
  • 8 Man Tag: Chaos VS House of Torture; Chaos wins.
  • Six Man Tag: Kazuchika Okada, Hiroshi Tanahashi & Yuji Nagata VS Los Ingobernables de Japon; LIJ wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Six Man Tag: Tomoaki Honma, Satoshi Kojima & Toru Yano VS Suzuki-Gun!

It’s a Great Bash Heels reunion as Everyone’s Kokeshi, Bread Style and The Producer are taking on Taka Michinoku, Taichi and the Meanest Man in the World himself! Yano wants to get the KOPW 2022 trophy, but will he even survive Suzuki at the start of this series?

Yano gets impatient during Suzuki-Gun’s entrance, seems he doesn’t hold the same reverence for the theme song as fans do. Suzuki and his team wait for the introductions to finish, and then the attack! Taka is after Kojima, Taichi chokes Honma in a corner, and Suzuki stomps Yano! The bell rings to get this on record, and while Taka throws Kojima out and Suzuki sends Yano out, Taichi keeps on Honma in the corner. Suzuki throws body shots on Yano, then uses his own spray bottle against him! The ref reprimands Taichi and Taichi stops choking Honma to argue with the ref. Honma kicks back but Taichi kicks, and Taichi gets the edge.

Taichi snapmares to KICK Honma in the back. Honma gets up to forearm but Taichi kicks his leg. Forearm, kick, forearm, kick, repeat! Taichi gets the edge again, eggs Honma up, then chokes him! The ref reprimands, Honma breaks free! Taichi tells him to shut it and sobats! Taichi runs, but Honma dodges the boot to run Taichi over! Fans fire up with Honma as he runs, but he waits for Taichi to roll out of the way before he drops the KOKESHI! Kokeshi gets the better of Taichi, and then tags in Yano! Yano fires up and he goes to the corner to untie the pad! Taichi tags out to Suzuki and Yano turns around to face a nightmare!

Suzuki kicks, whips, but Yano holds ropes and dodges the boot to SLAP Suzuki! Yano whips, Suzuki reverses and Yano hits bare buckles! Suzuki boots Yano, snapmares and PENALTY KICKS! Taichi and Taka go after Honma and Kojima while Suzuki drags Yano out. Suzuki sends Yano into railing, then smacks him off the apron! Taichi and Taka do the same to the others, then Suzuki goes looking under the ring. Suzuki drags Yano up, wraps his arm around railing, and cranks on the arm! Suzuki even claws Yano’s forehead and fish hooks the nose! The ring count starts, Suzuki leaves Yano behind and fans rally up.

The count is 10 of 20 and Taichi taunts Yano while he’s on the floor. Taichi stomps Yano, Yano still gets up at 17 and in at 18. Suzuki powers Yano to a cover, TWO! Fans rally, Suzuki tags Taka. Taka stomps Yano, sits him up and digs his knuckles into the forehead! The ref reprimands and counts, Taka lets off with the other hand! The ref reprimands more, counts again, and Taka lets off to scrape his soles on Yano’s face! Taka puts Yano in the corner, throws an uppercut, then tags Taichi. Taichi chokes Yano! The ref reprimands and counts, Taichi stops at 4. Taichi drags Yano up to snapmare and CHOKE! The ref notices and reprimands Taichi again!

Taichi lets off, but then he chokes Yano again! The ref reprimands, so Taichi says that’s not a choke. THIS is a choke! The ref warns Taichi, he lets off, and fans rally up as Taichi drags Yano up by his hair. Taichi feeds Yano to Suzuki’s boot! Suzuki tags in, he stomps away on Yano, then has the leg! Yano has the ropebreak but Taka stands on Yano’s neck! Taichi gets in to intercept Honma and throw him back out! The ref restores order, fans rally up, but Suzuki drags Yano up. Yano rakes eyes! Yano whips Suzuki, Suzuki narrowly avoids hitting bare buckles! Yano runs in but Suzuki dodges and Yano hits buckles!

Suzuki runs, but Yano gets him for an atomic drop! Yano hurries over, fans rally up, hot tag to Kojima! Kojima hits the Suzuki-Gun corner before he stomps Suzuki to a corner. Kojima fires off the MACHINE GUN CHOPS! Suzuki just snarls and turns things around for machine gun forearms! But Kojima turns it back for another round of MACHINE GUN CHOPS! Kojima whips Suzuki into the bare buckles, then hits a forearm smash! Kojima throws Suzuki down, but Suzuki gets right up to kick low! Suzuki brings Kojima out but Kojima fires forearms! But Suzuki knees low! Suzuki wrenches, Kojima kicks, but Suzuki blocks the cutter to a SLEEPER!

Kojima fights up, fights free, but Suzuki talks trash. Kojima CHOPS, so Suzuki CHOPS! Kojima CHOPS, Suzuki CHOPS, it’s a CHOP fight! Kojima gets the edge with forearms, then hits a ROLLING ELBOW! Kojima runs, but Suzuki shoots around to DECK Kojima! Tag to Taka, he DECKS Honma then stomps Kojima. Taka whips Kojima in to the bare buckles! SHINING WIZARD! Taichi adds a corner clothesline, then he runs Kojima to the corner! Snapmare, to a SHINING WIZARD! Cover, Yano and Honma break it! Suzuki and Taichi throw them back out, and Taka drags Kojima up. Taka scoops, but Kojima fights free! COZY CUTTER!

Kojima throws off the armband and runs, but Taka goes the other way to BOOT! And SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO! Kojima survives Taka’s Super K, but Taka runs. Taka ducks the lariat, Kojima throws a low kick but Taka hits a CALF KICK! Kojima still hits COZY LARIAT!! Cover, Great Bash Heels win!

Winners: Tomoaki Honma, Satoshi Kojima & Toru Yano, by pinfall

Suzuki-Gun’s Blue Playmaker fumbles again! And somehow, Yano has cuffed Suzuki to the ropes! Yano dares Suzuki to do something about it, but obviously he can’t without the key. Taichi gets in with his mic stand so the Great Bash Heels take their leave. Will Suzuki be unable to do anything as Yano goes after the KOPW 2022 trophy?

 

Six Man Tag: Master Wato, Ryusuke Taguchi & Hiroyoshi Tenzan VS Suzuki-Gun!

The Way of the Grandmaster joins forces with his mentors as he takes on Douki, Yoshinobu Kanemaru and El Desperado! Wato is rolling towards the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion, but will the Rogue Luchador turn the tides?

The teams sort out and Wato steps up to start against Desperado. Fans rally for this IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship teaser, but Desperado trips Wato. Desperado runs, Wato stays low, but Desperado steps on him! Desperado stands Wato up to CHOP, then whips him to ropes. Wato holds ropes, Desperado runs in but is tossed out! Wato runs to FLY! Direct hit with the tope conjilo! Fans fire up as Wato puts Desperado in, covers, TWO! Desperado sits up, Wato KICKS and KICKS and KICKS! Cover, TWO! Fans rally, Wato tags Taguchi. They drag Desperado up, whips, double drop toeholds and double basement dropkicks! Taguchi covers, TWO!

Fans rally, Taguchi throws point blank hip attacks! Desperado gets up but Taguchi bops him again and again and again! Taguchi winds up to BOP Desperado into the corner! Tag to Tenzan, he talks trash on Suzuki-Gun while Taguchi digs his boots in. Tenzan tops it off with a stomp, then a headbutt. Tenzan fires off Mongolian Chops on Desperado in the corner, and fans rally as Tenzan headbutts Desperado down. Tenzan whips corner to corner and hits a corner clothesline! Fans fire up as Tenzan calls his shot, and hits a TENZAN BRAINBSUTER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally, Tenzan ROCKS Desperado and kicks him at the ropes.

Tenzan whips, Desperado reverses, and Douki trips Tenzan! Douki drags Tenzan out and rams him into railing while Desperado blasts the corner! Kanemaru goes around the way to go after Taguchi! Desperado goes out to bring Wato up and ROCK him with an elbow! Douki chokes Tenzan with his metal pipe! The ref tries to restore order but Desperado whips Wato into railing! Kanemaru does the same to Taguchi! Douki keeps choking Tenzan, Kanemaru returns to the corner and Desperado tags him in. Douki sends Tenzan in, Kanemaru sits Tenzan up to throw an elbow into his head. Kanemaru then runs to basement dropkick! Cover, TWO!

Kanemaru stomps Tenzan, drags him up and elbows him on the neck! Tenzan fires up! Kanemaru throws hands, then rakes eyes! Tag to Douki, Douki snapmares Tenzan and runs to DOUBLE STOMP! Cover, TWO! Douki reels Tenzan into a grounded cobra twist! Tenzan endures, grabs at Douki’s head and powers out. Douki stomps Tenzan, feeds him to Kanemaru’s boot, then tags Kanemaru in. Tenzan kicks Douki but gets mugged! Kanemaru rakes eyes, he and Douki whip Tenzan to the open corner! Douki runs in but Tenzan runs him over! Kanemaru kicks low, runs, but into a MOUNTAIN BOMB! Fans fire up while everyone is down!

Tenzan crawls, hot tag to Taguchi! Taguchi runs at the ropes to give Kanemaru a hip attack! Then he runs to give Douki a hip attack! Then back to Kanemaru, then back to Douki! Taguchi slides to apron GAMANGIRI Kanemaru back in! Fans rally, Taguchi springboards, MISSILE HIP! Cover, TWO! Taguchi kips up and fans rally as he calls upon the powers of Strong Style! “ORYA~!” But Kanemaru dropkicks the legs out! Kanemaru gets a leg to SMASH the knee into the mat! Then steps through, but Taguchi KICKS Kanemaru away! Taguchi runs, but Kanemaru counters the hip attack with an atomic drop!

Kanemaru hits an ENZIGURI, but Taguchi ENZIGURIS back! Both men are down and fans fire up! Kanemaru and Taguchi crawl, hot tags to Wato and Desperado! Wato BOOTS, Desperado CHOPS! Wato KICKS, and KICKS, and KCIKS, but Desperado blocks to spin Wato, but Wato fights the back suplex! Wato then runs, but Desperado goes the other way to SPEAR! Desperado gets Wato up for a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Fans rally, Desperado stomps away on Wato, then drags Wato by a leg. Wato kicks Desperado away with the free leg, then gets up to kick, kick and sobat into a front kick, then SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO!

Wato grits his teeth and fans rally as he drags Desperado up. Desperado resists the Mouse Trap, spins around and rakes the eyes! But Wato kicks and whips, only for Desperado to reverse and SPINEBUSTER! Fans fire up while both men are down! Desperado tags Douki in and he hits Wato with a corner clothesline. Douki runs, Wato gets around but Douki fights the waistlock. Douki goes to run but Wato reels him in. Douki breaks free with his leg, mule kicks and ENZIGURIS! Wato wobbles, Douki reels him in, DDT! Cover, TWO! Fans rally, Douki drags Wato up and torture racks, for a swing, but Wato slips out!

Douki knees low, runs, but into Wato’s SCREW HIGH KICK! Fans rally up, Taguchi runs in to knock Desperado and Kanemaru down while Tenzan stomps Douki! Wato whips Douki to the corner, then runs in to back elbow. Tenzan adds a clothesline, Taguchi hits a hip attack! Double whip feed to Wato’s scoop, T T D! Cover, Desperado and Kanemaru break it! Taguchi and Tenzan go after them, throw them out, and Wato fires up! Wato goes to the corner, climbs up top, R P P FLOP! Douki Oklahoma Rolls, TWO! La Magistrol, TWO! Wato gets up but Douki HELL STABS! But Wato fires up!

Douki still dodges the roundhouse, Gory Especials, but Wato sunset flips! TWO!! Wato has Douki caught in a BUTTERFLY STRETCH! Douki endures, but he taps! Wato and team win!

Winners: Master Wato, Ryusuke Taguchi & Hiroyoshi Tenzan, by pinfall

The Way of the Grandmaster is victorious, holds on a little longer, but then lets off as Desperado storms back in. Desperado swipes at Wato but Taguchi and Tenzan back him up. Desperado still pie faces Wato, Wato gives it back, and then things turn to hair pulling and mask pulling. The ref tries to keep the peace but it takes Taguchi and Tenzan to break this up. They assure their young ward that waiting for the title match will be worth it. Wato and Desperado are on a collision course, will the Rogue Luchador survive the rising tide?

 

8 Man Tag: Chaos VS House of Torture!

Hirooki Goto, Yoshi-Hashi, Tomohiro Ishii & Yoh are far from through with Evil, Yujiro Takahashi, Dick Togo & Sho! Will Chaos strike back for WrestleKingdom 16? Or will Darkness Fall again?

The House of Torture Low Sweet, but Chaos attacks first! Yoh is after Sho, Hashi has Yujiro, Goto has Dick and Ishii has Evil! Yoh keeps Sho in while Goto, Hashi and Ishii throw the others out, and the bell rings to get this on record. Ishii CHOPS Evil, Hashi CLUBS Yujiro, Yoh stomps away on Sho, and Goto POSTS Dick! Yoh drags Sho up, but Sho bends Yoh’s fingers! Sho CLUBS the arm, headlocks, but Yoh powers out, only for Sho to pull hair! Sho headlocks, Yoh throws body shots and powers out. Things speed up, Yoh keeps things moving to drop toehold and basement dropkick! Fans fire up and Yoh tags Hashi.

Hashi and Goto get in, they and Yoh hammer Sho down! Yujiro gets in but he gets hammered, too! Evil thinks about it but he stays away. Dick does, too, but Ishii throws Dick in! All four Chaos members surround Dick, but then Dick plays dead! That doesn’t stop them from dragging Dick up and hammering him! Fans fire up as Chaos controls the ring and Evil is furious. Hashi drags Sho out from the corner, CLUBS him and CHOPS him! Hashi brings Sho around, bumps him off buckles, then digs his boot in. Ishii and Goto add on, the ref reprimands and counts, and they all let off at 4. Hashi drags Sho back up but Sho bends the fingers!

Sho whips Hashi to the House of Torture corner, and tada! Evil removes the blue buckle pad! Hashi hits bare steel, Sho hits Yoh off the apron! Sho also knows Goto and Ishii down, Dick chokes Hashi at the ropes, Evil SMACKS Ishii with the blue buckle pad! The ref is busy with everyone else, Dick digs his boots into Hashi. Sho then digs his boots into Hashi while Evil stands on Ishii. Dick tags in, he drags Hashi up to throw hands. Dick drags Hashi up to CLUB him down, then brings him around to snapmare. Dick runs to drop the fist! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up while the House protests. Evil tags in, he drags Hashi up to wrench and wrench and wrench.

Evil whips Hashi into the bare buckles! Hashi staggers and falls, Ishii runs in but he’s send into bare buckles! Evil grins, Sho keeps the ref busy with Ishii and Evil claws Hashi’s eyes! Yujiro tags in, he talks some trash but Hashi throws body shots. Yujiro CLUBS Hashi, snapmares him then runs to basement BOOT! Cover, Yoh breaks it! Yujiro hits Yoh back and sends him out. Sho PENALTY KICKS Yoh from the apron! Yujiro drags Hashi up, but Hashi fires off forearms! Yujiro knees low, puts Hashi on the ropes, and runs but blocks Hashi’s boot! Yujiro throws Hashi down to run and basement boot!

Yujiro drags Hashi back up, fisherman, but Hashi fights free to suplex! Fans fire up while both men are down! Hashi and Yujiro crawl, hot tag to Goto! Goto rallies on the House, but Yujiro kicks low. Yujiro runs, but gets run over! Goto fires off forearms, whips Yujiro to a corner, then runs in to MURAMASA! And BULLDOG! Cover, TWO! Goto drags Yujiro back up but Yujiro breaks free, only to swing into a suplex! Yujiro fights that off by BITING Goto’s hand! The ref reprimands, Yujiro whips but Goto reveres and fireman’s carries! Yujiro slips off, Goto elbows him but Yujiro throws a forearm. Goto forearms back then whips.

Yujiro holds ropes, dodges Goto, and Evil hooks a foot! Yujiro BOOTS Goto down! Tag to Evil, and he has the ref watch Ishii. Evil and Yujiro double whip, but Goto DECKS Evil! DISCUS for Yujiro! Evil kicks and runs but Goto follows to LARIAT! Fans fire up while both men are down! Goto crawls over, hot tag to Ishii! The Stone Pitbull runs in to clothesline the King of Darkness! Evil reverses the whip, kicks and runs but gets run over! Ishii snarls, runs in and clotheslines Evil at the ropes! Ishii whips, Evil reverses, and Sho trips Ishii! Evil runs, but Yoh trips him! Yoh and Sho get in, Yoh dropkicks Sho down!

Evil runs, Yoh feeds him to Ishii’s forearm! Yoh dropkicks, Ishii GERMAN SUPLEXES! Yoh PLANCHAS to take Sho out! Fans fire up, Ishii runs, but Yujiro is there with his pimp cane! Evil waistlocks, Ishii fights the lift, but he runs into Dick’s cheap shot! Evil trips Ishii and gets the legs, SCORPION DEATHLOCK! Fans rally and Yujiro keeps Hashi out but Ishii endures. Ishii fights his way over, ROPEBREAK! Dick tries to make Ishii let go, but Ishii has an iron grip! Dick tags in and stomps away on Ishii! The ref reprimands and counts Evil, Evil lets off at 4. Fans rally for Ishii but Dick keeps stomping. Dick talks trash and kicks Ishii around but fans rally harder.

Dick drags Ishii up, eggs him on, and Ishii reels back, but Dick pokes him in the eye! Dick whips, gets a sleeper, but Ishii powers up. Dick blocks the back suplex with punches, Sho blasts the Chaos corner! The House whips Ishii to a corner, Dick runs in to back elbow! Sho runs in to clothesline, Yujiro runs in to boot! Evil hits a clothesline and FISHERMAN BUSTER! Dick covers, TWO! Fans fire up, but Yujiro distracts the ref and Dick uses the SPOILER CHOKER! Sho has his wrench, but Hashi SUPERKICKS him down! Dick runs at Hashi but Hashi DECKS him! Yujiro kicks Hashi and runs, but into a LARIAT!

Evil returns, kicks Hashi and rakes the eyes! Goto runs in, Evil waistlocks, but Goto ducks for the HIDDEN FLASH SUPERKICK! Fans fire up, Goto and Hashi glare at Dick but he wants them to take it easy. But Yoh is there, too! Yoh EuroUppers, Goto fireman’s carries, Yoh and Hashi DOUBLE SUPERKICK into the USHIGOROSHI! Ishii adds a SLIDING LARIAT! Then Ishii gets Dick up for the BRAINBUSTER!! Cover, Chaos wins!

Winners: Chaos, by pinfall

Direct Drive, Fierce Warrior, Head Hunter and Stone Pitbull combine to break the Spoiler! And they add insult to injury by stomping Dick and throwing him out! Is the House of Torture going to be demolished and lose the NEVER Openweight titles? Or can they find a way to survive Chaos?

 

Six Man Tag: Kazuchika Okada, Hiroshi Tanahashi & Yuji Nagata VS Los Ingobernables de Japon!

The Rainmaker is IWGP World Heavyweight Champion and The Ace is IWGP United States Heavyweight Champion. But they have Tetsuya Naito and Sanada coming for their gold! Will the dream team and Blue Justice stand tall? Or will Uncontrollable Charisma, Cold Skull and Rampaging Dragon make this golden series tranquilo?

Tanahashi shows off the muscles and fans applaud. The teams sort out, LIJ fist bumps, and Sanada starts against Tanahashi. Fans rally for this US title preview as the two circle. “LET’S GO, ACE!” “SA-NA-DA!” They tie up, Sanada waistlocks but Tanahashi switches. Sanada wrenches but Tanahashi drops to get a leg pick. Tanahashi floats to a facelock but Sanada wrenches out. Tanahashi arm-drags but Sanada drags Tanahashi back down. Sanada keeps on the arm, Tanahashi fights up, but Sanada wrenches. Tanahashi wrenches back and headlocks. Tanahashi thrashes the headlock, Sanada powers up and pries at the hold, but Tanahashi clamps it on tighter.

Sanada endures the grind and throws body shots. Sanada powers up but can’t power out as Tanahashi holds tight. Sanada powers out the back, headlocks Tanahashi in return, and holds on tight as Tanahashi tries to power out. Fans rally up, Tanahashi powers up but Sanada hits a headlock takeover. Tanahashi headscissors, Sanada kips free but roles reverse as Tanahashi hits a headlock takeover and Sanada headscissors. Tanahashi kips free, but then roles switch back the other way as Sanada hits a headlock takeover and Tanahashi headscissors. Sanada kips free, roles reverse again, but Sanada holds tight as Tanahashi tries to kip up.

Fans cheer for the technical exchange, but Tanahashi moves around. Tanahashi headstands and pops free to then get a headlock. Sanada headscissors, Tanahashi kips free, and the two clinch. Tanahashi gets the headlock and the takeover, but Sanada headscissors again. Sanada holds tight again, but Tanahashi turns Sanada over and pops out to have the legs in a figure four. Tanahashi then floats to a headlock, but Sanada fights up to his feet. Tanahashi grinds the headlock, but Sanada wrenches out. They fight for control, and fans fire up as the hold starts to tip one way or another! Sanada gets the headlock takeover, but Tanahashi headscissors, and now Tanahashi holds on tight!

Sanada kicks around, but Tanahashi puts on more pressure. Sanada keeps kicking, turns and headstands but Tanahashi works to keep him down. Sanada hops and hops and handsprings free! Fans cheer the technical exchange as the two stand off. Tanahashi even air guitars. Tanahashi throws it to Sanada, and fans cheer for Sanada to try. Sanada strums it a couple times, then gives it to Red Shoes. Red Shoes carefully sets it aside, and Okada tags in. Sanada backs off and Naito tags in. Fans rally up again, “O-KA-DA!” “NA-I-TO!” and the two tie up. They go around, Naito puts Okada on ropes, but Okada turns things around.

Naito turns it back around, lets off slowly, and then pats Okada on the shoulder. But then Naito arm-drags Okada, only for Okada to get up before Naito can rush over. Fans cheer as the two reset and circle again. they tie up, Naito gets a leg, and then turns it into a cradle! ONE, they move around, ONE, and Okada gets a lateral press. Naito keeps his shoulders up, so Okada lets off slowly, and then scrambles for a waistlock. Naito rolls to get a headlock and he grinds Okada down. Okada fights up, powers Naito to ropes, and Red Shoes calls the ropebreak. Okada lets off slowly, and he doesn’t even fake the chop! Fans cheer as Okada takes Naito seriously.

Okada backs away to tag in Nagata, and fans rally for Blue Justice. Naito tags Takagi and now fans cheer as Blue Justice circles with the Rampaging Dragon. They both fire up, tie up, Nagata headlocks but Takagi powers out and the two ram shoulders! Neither falls, Nagata eggs Takagi on and Takagi runs, to RAM Nagata. Nagata stays up, they each egg the other on to run, so Takagi kicks and whips. Nagata reverses, BOOTS, then snapmares and KICKS! Takagi gets up and eggs Nagata on! Nagata KICKS and KICKS and KICKS Takagi to the corner! Nagata gets Takagi up, whips him corner to corner, but Takagi reverses.

Sanada runs in and back elbows Nagata! He sets Nagata up for Takagi’s corner clothesline! Takagi throws Nagata down, Naito and Sanada double basement dropkick him! Takagi knocks Tanahashi and Okada off the apron and fans rally as LIJ controls the ring! Takagi drags Nagata up, suplexes high and hard, then covers, TWO! Takagi drags Nagata up, Nagata blocks the back suplex with elbows, then he fires elbows. Takagi fires back, and it’s a brawl! Fans rally, Takagi throws more forearms but Nagata KICKS and KICKS and KICKS! Takagi blocks a kick to CLUB the leg! But he runs into an EXPLODER!

Fans rally while both men are down. Nagata tags in Tanahashi! Tanahashi fires off on Takagi, whips, but Takagi reverses, only for Tanahashi to FLYING FOREARM! Tanahashi decks Naito and Sanada, dodges Takagi and dropkicks a leg out! Then he gives Takagi a DRAGON SCREW! Fans fire up with the Ace as he runs at Takagi. Takagi ducks the slingblade but Tanahashi denies the suplex. But Takagi ELBOWs, JABS, and YUKON feints to DDT! Hot tag to Sanada! Sanada rallies on Tanahashi, arm-drag and back suplex BACKBREAKER! Tanahashi bails out, Sanada PLANCHAS! Fans fire up and Sanada encourages them to get louder.

Sanada puts Tanahashi in the ring, covers, TWO! Fans rally up, “SA-NA-DA!” “LET’S GO, ACE!” Sanada fireman’s carries, but Tanahashi fights free. Sanada ducks the shotei to steal the SHOTEI! Sanada fires off forearms, but Tanahashi ducks the rolling elbow to a SLEEPER! Then a DRAGON SLEEPER! But Sanada fights it to a dragon sleeper of his own! Tanahashi fights through to TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! Tanahashi holds on to drag Sanada up, but Sanada suplexes and puts Tanahashi on the ropes. Tanahashi kicks away to hit TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! Fans fire up while both men are down! Hot tag to Okada!

Okada drags Sanada up, fires off forearms, then whips. Sanada reverses, but Okada CLOBBERS him with an elbow! Okada glares at Naito but he stays on the outside. Okada whips Sanada corner to corner but Sanada dropkicks Okada’s legs out! Okada grabs at Sanada but Sanada still tags Naito in! Naito fires off on Okada, whips him to ropes, then hip tosses for the basement dropkick! Naito whips Okada to a corner, ROCKET KICK! Leg sweep, COMBINACION CABRON! Takagi DECKS Nagata, Naito puts Okada up top. Naito climbs, SUPER STEINER! Fans fire up as Okada flounders. Naito runs in, CORRIENDO SHIKI- MONEY CLIP!

Okada squeezes tight but Naito endures! Naito powers Okada into buckles and is free! Naito runs in, but into the Alabama lift and REVERSE NECKBREAKER! Fans rally up, Okada drags Naito up. Okada gut wrenches but Naito blocks! Naito CLUBS Okada, Okada uppercuts! Okada whips, Naito jumps, but into a waistlock! Okada ripcords, Naito dodges, but Okada DROPKICKS! Ripcord, but Naito ducks to ENZIGURI! Okada staggers, Naito whips, but Okada reverses. Naito reverses back and uses the ropes, TORNADO DDT! Both men are down and fans fire up again! Hot tag to Nagata! Nagata storms up to Naito and KICKS and KICKS and KICKS!

Nagata has Naito in a corner and whips him corner to corner. Nagata runs in to BOOT! Naito fights the exploder off, but Nagata ROCKS him with a forearm! BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up, “NA-GA-TA!” “NA-I-TO!” Nagata drags Naito up, suplexes, but Naito fights free. Naito wrenches to throw back elbow after back elbow! But Nagata hits a kitchen sink knee! Nagata drags Naito back up, suplexes, uno amigo! Another suplex, dos amigos! Nagata gets Naito up again, THREE AMIGOS! Cover, TWO!! But Nagata clamps on the NAGATA LOCK II! Tanahashi DECKS Takagi while Naito endures!

Takagi gets past Tanahashi to CLUB Nagata, but then Okada CLUBS Takagi! But Takagi spins Okada around, suplex SLAM! Tanahashi returns, Takagi dodges the basement dropkick to SLIDING LARIAT! Nagata is up, Takagi hits an ELBOW! JAB! YUKON LARIAT! Fans fire up as LIJ regroups! Sanada and Takagi whip him to a corner, Sanada uppercuts, Takagi clotheslines and Naito atomic drops! PUMPING BOMBER! Rolling jackknife! TWO!?! Nagata escapes, but Sanada and Takagi keep Okada and Tanahashi down on the outside. Naito wrenches but Nagata fights with back hands. Nagata BOOTS then ENZIGURIS!

Fans fire up as Nagata whips, but Naito hits FLYING FOREARMS! Naito gets Nagata up, wrenches through, DESTINO!! Cover, LIJ wins!

Winners: Los Ingobernables de Japon, by pinfall

Blue Justice falls as the ungovernables stand tall! Takagi gets Naito water while Sanada stares down with Tanahashi. Will the Cold Skull have a leg up on The Ace going into their US Heavyweight Championship? Or can Tanahashi turn it around in the rest of this Golden Series? Tanahashi, Okada and Nagata leave, so Naito gets the mic. “Beunas noches, Korakuen Hall! It might be awhile, but please listen to what I have to say. Last February, I was opposed to the unification of the IWGP Heavyweight and Intercontinental titles. I worked to try to stop it. But I lost my challenge to Ibushi and now we have the IWGP World title.”

Naito will be honest, he has no attachment to the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship. So why is he challenging for this title? He has three reasons: first, he wants to take on the top guy in NJPW, and that is Okada; second, he wants to beat the top guy in NJPW; third, he wants to be in the Tokyo Dome main event next year, January 4th, 2023. Fans cheer all those reasons. Naito says that, “For nobody’s benefit other than my own, I will go for the win in Sapporo.” Now, today obviously begins a new series, and there will be several warm-ups between Naito and Okada.

“Who will have the title after February 20th? Everyone, speculate, enjoy, and of course, until the title match in Sapporo on February 20… TRANQUILO! Assen na yo!” Now, they’ll see everyone here back tomorrow, but they’ll end the kickoff the only proper way they can. “Bushi, Sanada, Hiromu, Takagi, y Naito. Nosotros Los! Ingoberrrrrrnables! DE! JA! PON!” The New Years Golden Series has only just begun, but will it end with Naito taking the world title from the Rainmaker?


My Thoughts:

A great event here, even though I did skip the first few matches. The very first two were against Young Lions so of course Khan and Hiromu were winning. But I did skim through, it was pretty neat for Hiromu to wrestle in his old Kamaitachi mask just to make a point about the Young Lion not being ready. I also skipped Togi Makabe & Tiger Mask VS Taiji & Jado cuz Jado is basically one step up from Young Lion and he ended up taking the loss. But there were a lot of great tag matches here to get momentum going from after WrestleKingdom 16. Suzuki-Gun losing both Six Man Tags was surprising, but it gives Yano some momentum going towards a KOPW match with Suzuki, and I liked seeing some edge in Wato as he gets ready to face Desperado.

Chaos VS House of Torture was on par with the usual NJPW 8 Man. Chaos winning is also a good way to give them momentum as we’re going to get WrestleKingdom rematches for the NEVER Openweight singles and Six Man titles. I don’t know if Evil is only going to be Mr. NEVER for only a couple months, but at this point, he might as well keep that going until Jay White returns and we can finally get Bullet Club Civil War take two going. Then the Six Man main event was really good, we got to see everybody face everybody, and LIJ gets momentum for their coming title matches.

Naito has a good promo to frame his role in the IWGP World title story, but he himself said there will be a lot of these Six Man tune-ups. I probably won’t worry about covering these next few dates, they’re going to be VOD only anyway and those always seem to take forever to show up. I’ve already skimmed through the coming Golden Series dates, and it’s rather fitting that February 7th is the next one NJPW is advertising for livestream. That’s the one I’m thinking of waiting for, and then it’s all the February events, even just in part like I did here.

My Score: 8.5/10


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Andrew’s IMPACT Results & Match Ratings: 1.20.2022

We’re coming to the end of their first set of tapings. So I wonder what IMPACT has cooked up since the Florida tapings are supposed to have a few Bullet Club favorites. Let’s find out!

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We’re coming to the end of their first set of tapings. So I wonder what IMPACT has cooked up since the Florida tapings are supposed to have a few Bullet Club favorites. Let’s find out!

Another week with Tom Hannifan as the play by play, and he just sounds right. We’ve got Charlie Haas’ first match in IMPACT, Tasha Steelz versus Chelsea Green and Steve Maclin is aiming for the ROH Heavyweight Title.

There should be other things, but those take most of the initial attention. Let’s see what else goes on!

Ratings:

  • Tasha Steelz w/Savannah Evans vs Chelsea Green: Tasha wins via Crucifix Bomb – **
  • The Influence (Tenille Dashwood & Madison Rayne) w/Kaleb vs Decay (Havok & Rosemary): Influence wins via Kiss Kiss Bang Bang – *
  • The Learning Tree (Zicky Dice & VSK) w/Brian Myers vs Massive Cassidy: Cassidy wins via BQE – SQUASH
  • ROH Heavyweight Title: Steve Maclin vs Jonathan Gresham (c): Gresham retains via Rope Assisted Figure Four – *** ½
  • Doc Gallow & Joe Doering w/Karl Anderson & VBD vs Heath & Rhino: Gallows & Doering win via Double Chokeslam – **
  • Charlie Haas vs Josh Alexander: Alexander wins via Ankle Lock w/Grapevine – *** ¼

Results:

Tasha Steelz w/Savannah Evans vs Chelsea Green

Tasha is jawing with the crowd as the bell rings, Chelsea goes right at her and hits the Shotgun Dropkick as Tasha is turning to face her opponent. Chelsea stays on the offensive, baits Tasha to the apron, drops her on her face, Curb Stomp, attempt at an Unprettier…but no counter into a Codebreaker from Tasa and we see Chelsea’s momentum slow down a little.

After some back and forth with Tasha having a lot of advantage, Chelsea makes her comeback. Chelsea hits a middle rope Crossbody but Tasha continues to rotate and rolls it into a pin attempt. Chelsea kicks out and pulls off a Package Flatliner, but only for a near fall. Chelsea goes to grab Tasha, Tasha kicks her to stun her, looks to get caught in a Crucifix, but turns it into a Crucifix Bomb. Tasha picks up the win with the Crucifix Bomb again.

After the win, Tasha cuts a promo that doesn’t seem to really fit. Trying to portray herself as a savage, from the wrong side of town, but she’s a smack talking 5 foot nothing brat. So the second half of the promo works a lot better than the first. She also took some shots at WWE’s women’s division being Barbie Dolls, NWA, Nick Aldis and then brought the son into the mix, so of course that got Mickie fired up. Things look bad for Mickie, but Chelsea Green manages to recover and make the save for Mickie.

Video Package courtesy of Ring of Honor showcasing some of Charlie Haas’ work with Shelton Benjamin and CM Punk involved in certain clips.

The Influence (Tenille Dashwood & Madison Rayne) w/Kaleb vs Decay (Havok & Rosemary)

The Influence attack while Havok and Rosemary are distracted by Kaleb. Rosemary clutches her shoulder after the mugging, the doctors throw up the X and tell her she can’t go. Rosemary asks if Havok can go, the doctor says yes, so Rosemary tells Havok to go destroy the Influence.

Havok put up a valiant fight but the heels prevail! Cross Rayne into a Spotlight Kick into…whatever their tandem finish is called. I’m going to call it Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.

The IInspiration have a reactionary video promo which is pretty solid. I do enjoy their work. Hopefully their match ends up being pretty solid because I’d like to see The IInspiration start getting over their abilities in the ring as much as their abilities on the mic.

The Learning Tree (Zicky Dice & VSK) w/Brian Myers vs Massive Cassidy

The highlight of this match is Hannifan and Myers on commentary. There was a like 4 second spot where the Learning Tree landed a move, but then Cassidy kills them. So we’re in and out, double Pinfall murder happened.

Post-Match the Massive one goes on his search for Moose, D’Amore stops him in the back and says he’s got a title shot coming. Then we see the OGK ROH invaders have tickets this time around, and I’m going to be sick saying this…but Matt Taven is pretty great in this segment. Jesus Christ, I popped for Taven. Shoot me now.

ROH Heavyweight Title: Steve Maclin vs Jonathan Gresham (c)

Early on it looked like Gresham was toying with Maclin as he forced early rope breaks, but Maclin returned the forced rope breaks in kind. Maclin eventually started coming into his own when he utilized the one closed fist warning rule. Maclin really worked over Gresham’s back after a Butterfly Backbreaker, Boston Crab, Camel Clutch, and a lot of back work.

Gresham was really on the back foot until he managed to force Maclin to use his final rope break. Then we saw Gresham hyper extend Maclin’s knee, and keeps working on the knee. It all made sense as we saw Gresham utilize the Figure Four for the victory. It was entwined in the ropes, Gresham used it for leverage and Maclin’s will power gave out as he couldn’t get his shoulders up fast enough and succumbed to the three count.

IMPACTPlus Flashback Moment: No Surrender 2009: Sarita & Taylor Wilde vs The Beautiful People – Innaugural TNA Knockouts Tag Team Championship Match

Doc Gallow & Joe Doering w/Karl Anderson & VBD vs Heath & Rhino

So Good Brothers and VBD looked really sloppy. Gallows got rocked by Rhino, Doering was caught off guard often by Heath and there was just a ton of odd moments where it looked like they tried to regroup and until we saw the extra members get involved, Heath and Rhino dominated the legitimate tag team aspects.

I’m wondering exactly how much of a shift the Guerrillas of Destiny will have in the tag scene and if we’ll need to see the Good Brother and VBD implode first before we get the Bullet Club foundation match.

Charlie Haas vs Josh Alexander

They start with a classic grounded start with headlocks, hammerlocks, leg picks and positioning advantages. Alexander managed to take some early momentum before the commercial break, but when we come back we see Haas pop over out of the corner, striking Alexander’s knee and starts focusing a body part. A very methodical attack on knee comes off far more aggressive and cruel than Haas usually goes for. Haas locks in the Indian Deathlock, and they begin slugging at each other. The hold breaks, Alexander goes for the Finlay Roll but Haas counters into a Crucifix Cradle for 2.

Alexander locks in the German Suplex, hits 2, obviously going for 3 to make a point, but Haas blocks the third. Haas pulls off 2, before Alexander blocks and hits one more German before Haas grabs the ropes, feeds in for a lariat but gets caught in another German Suplex this time with the bridge but only for 2.

Haas manages to charge Alexander in the corner, stumbled a bit but lands in the legs that he’s been aiming for, and then goes back to the other corner and hits the mid-section. Haas looks for a leg pick, Alexander counters into his own Ankle Lock. Charlie tries to counter it a few different ways but Alexander holds on and locks in the Ankle Lock with the Grapevine so Haas taps out.

Things moved a little too quickly, so it was alright but could’ve been better. After the match they shake hands and the ROH invaders hit the ring. Haas, Alexander, Chris Sabin comes in, then Rich Swann and Willie Mack, Heath and Rhino…finally Eddie Edwards hits the ring with a kendo stick and drives the ROH guys out.

 

Overall Score: 6.25/10

I think Maria named the invading stable as Honor No More, so I suppose for like a Pop Punk or Emo band that sounds cool…but it’s a bit dumb for a faction name. Can’t really chant it, the abbreviation is dumb, H.N.M. sounds like a clothing company, but I guess this is them distancing themselves from ROH.

Either way, this was kind of a janky episode. The matches weren’t great, a lot of stories were touched upon but left wide open, and the next major event being No Surrender on Feb. 19th, feels like a lot of time to fill. So maybe it was just a little too redundant, maybe it was also that the general match quality was down to further storyline angles…not sure. This still wasn’t bad, just definitely felt extremely lacking.


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