Stakes are raised amidst the takeover!
While Io Shirai and Mia Yim climb to new heights of intensity for the advantage at WarGames, Lio Rush defends his championship against Angel Garza! Who come out rolling down the road to Survivor Series Weekend?
- NXT Cruiserweight Championship: Lio Rush VS Angel Garza; Rush wins and retains the NXT Cruiserweight Championship.
- Xia Li VS Aliyah w/ Vanessa Borne; Li wins.
- Roderick Strong VS Keith Lee; Lee wins.
- Isaiah “Swerve” Scott VS Bronson Reed; Swerve wins.
- Killian Dain VS Pete Dunne; No Contest.
- Ladder Match: Io Shirai VS Mia Yim; Shirai wins the advantage for their team in WarGames.
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The takeover goes both ways.
The Undisputed Era talked big on the other brands, but then The OC gave them a taste of their own medicine! AJ Styles and the Good Brothers came to Full Sail, but found it was “Daddy’s Home.” Tommaso Ciampa, Matt Riddle and Keith Lee defended their territory. The Women’s WarGames match heated up, the Bruiserweight got beat down, and the Prince drew battle lines. What is going to happen next?!
NXT Cruiserweight Championship: Lio Rush VS Angel Garza!
This is what’s next! And what’s first on the docket for tonight. The Man of the Hour tried being respectful to his number one contender, but instead of a handshake, he got a slap across the face! Will Garza climb to the mountain top of the Cruiserweight Division tonight? Or will the Living Piece of Gold keep his piece of gold around his waist?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and fans are already dueling as this match takes off!
Lio and Garza stare down but Garza offers a handshake. Lio sees the slap coming, through! Lio whips, Garza reverses but Lio redirects, slides under and waistlocks. Garza bucks Lio off but Lio handsprings under, only to be stopped by another offer of the handshake. Lio kicks but is blocked, Garza flips Lio away then bails out of the ring. Garza goes out to the crowd where Lio’s family sits, to strip his pants off in front him them! That’s daring! But Lio DIVES to take Garza down! Lio puts Garza in the ring, things speed up, Lio tilt-o-whirls to tornado DDT! Cover, TWO! Garza survives the speed but Lio won’t let up. Lio snarls as he gives kicks to the chest. Garza ducks to shove but Lio rebounds! Garza gets clear of the Come Up then runs, but Lio sends him tumbling out of the ring! Lio dares Garza to come back, to then wreck him with a dropkick. Lio builds speed again, for a LOWPE into a powerslam! Garza gets the better of Lio as NXT goes picture in picture.
Garza drags Lio up and throws him into steel steps! Garza then drags Lio into the ring, covers, TWO! Garza keeps his cool as he turns Lio around to get in a dragon sleeper. Garza suplexes, rebounds Lio off ropes to then drop the inverted suplex! Lio flounders up into a SUPERKICK in the corner! Garza drags Lio to a cover, TWO! Garza drags Lio up to haymaker him into a corner. He puts Lio on the second level, to ram in a knee! Lio flops to the mat and Garza covers again, TWO! Lio gets to ropes but Garza dares him to get up. Garza clubs Lio on the back but Lio hits back with haymakers. Garza shoves, and pops Lio up for a knee to the ribs! Cover, TWO! Garza drags Lio up to a fireman’s carry, but Lio pops up for a SPIKE-RANA! Cover, TWO!! Lio gets to a corner but comes back, only for Garza to shove and DECK him!
Garza wraps Lio up in a seated abdominal stretch, and throws toying jabs into Lio’s head. Garza slaps Lio around and gets him down for a modified Bow ‘n’ Arrow. Lio endures, resists and fights his way up. Lio and Garza throw hands, but Lio flounders on wobbly legs. Garza clubs Lio down as NXT returns to single picture. Garza brings Lio up, but gets a strike fest of palm strikes and forearms! Lio throws more forearms, but Garza comes back. Lio dodges, handsprings, back elbow! Cover, TWO! Lio grows frustrated but he and Garza slowly rise. Fans rally up as Lio drags Garza up. Garza CHOPS Lio, but that only angers him! Lio boots, Garza blocks to KNEE back. Garza goes for the underhooks but Lio slips out. His boot is caught again but the SLAP makes contact! Lio BOOTS Garza onto ropes, then runs, springboard, the DROPKICK takes down the Come Up! Cover, TWO!! Lio lives and Garza is livid!
Garza drags Lio to a drop zone, goes onto the ropes, LIONSAULT FLOPS! Lio spins Garza around and around, Hands of Time! Cover, TWO!! Garza survives the spinning Unprettier and fans are fired up for “NXT! NXT!” Lio gets some space and heads up top. Fans duel again as Lio reaches the top rope, only for Garza to trip him up! Garza climbs up to join Lio, and stands on the very top, scoop to POWERSLAM MOONSAULT!! Cover, TWO!?! Lio survives and Garza can NOT believe it! The fans themselves lose their minds, then declare “This is Awesome!” Garza drags Lio to a drop zone and climbs up again, but Lio anchors his feet. Garza kicks him off to stomp and punch away! Garza gets a running start, into a SPANISH FLY! Both men are down after Rush Hour, but Lio is up first. Lio wants Garza to get up, for the HEEL BUZZSAW!
Lio wants more, and dares Garza to get up again! Garza rises, Lio runs, COME UP! But he holds on!? Lio wants to hurt Garza now! He SLAPS, runs, COME UP- NO! Garza blocks, turns Lio around, underhooks to WING CLIPPER!! Cover, TWO!?! Lio still lives!! This is why fans love “NXT! NXT!” Garza drags Lio back up and into underhooks. Garza tries again, but he also ups the elevation! He goes up to the bottom rope, then the second! But Lio pops out to headbutt Garza! And again! Garza headbutts back! They both headbutt over and over! Lio flops and body scissor tosses Garza! Lio hurries back up those ropes but Garza is slowly standing. Lio leaps, HUGE Final Hour Splash! Cover, TWO!!! Fans still duel as Lio goes back to the corner. Garza hurries as fast as he can in that daze, but he gets a splash while standing! Cover, but Garza’s foot is on the rope! Lio wins!?
Winner: Lio Rush, by pinfall; still NXT Cruiserweight Champion
Controversy for the Cruiserweights! Lio wins because the referee missed the ropebreak! Lio leaves with the gold for now, but will this be grounds for a rematch?
There’s been an attack backstage!
Rhea Ripley and Tegan Nox have been attacked, but there’s no culprits in sight. Is this the work of Shayna Baszler and her own WarGames team? Or a stealthy retaliation from Raw or SmackDown?
The Queen of Spades wreaks havoc on all brands!
She’s already bullied and beaten woman after woman on NXT, but she’s made herself known to both The Man, Becky Lynch, and Bad Bad Bayley. Will she receive any retribution before Survivor Series?
Xia Li VS Aliyah w/ Vanessa Borne!
Things are about to get spicy in Full Sail! But can she beat one half of #BorneBougie as an audition to Team Baszler?
The bell rings and Aliyah circles with Xia. Vanessa swipes but Xia sees Aliyah coming. She waistlocks but Aliyah uses a pull of the hair in the standing switch and she throws Xia down by said hair. Aliyah doesn’t care that the ref reprimands her, she and Xia speed up. Xia rolls Aliyah, ONE, to a dead lift! Aliyah pops out but gets a strike fest! Fans cheer for the kung-fu strikes but Vanessa tries to drag Aliyah out. Xia drags Aliyah back in, and Vanessa with her! Xia stomps Vanessa’s hands to get her to back off! But Aliyah takes a cheap shot. That only angers Xia! The spicy side comes out with spin kicks! But Aliyah backs off all the way to ropes. Xia storms over, into a hotshot! Aliyah hits a Northern Lights, bridging cover, TWO!
Aliyah kicks XIa while she’s down, then runs to hit a knee strike! She drags Xia up again but Xia hits back! Xia boots Aliyah to a corner, then boots her back down! Xia whips Aliyah to a corner, handsprings in, big forearm smash! Then she pushes Aliyah aside, to springboard up to drop ax handles down! Xia keeps going, fireman’s carry, but Aliyah rakes eyes! Aliyah ducks one kick but not the second! Xia covers, Xia wins!
Winner: Xia Li, by pinfall
She was just too spicy for Aliyah. In fact, she may have done some serious damage to Aliyah’s face. Xia shows no concern for the bougie bullies, and celebrates her win. Will she be moving up the ranks right into WarGames? Or will she be waiting just outside the gates?
Finn Balor is here!
The Prince is back and he made sure to make it clear this is rrreeeal. And despite how Finn hurt Johnny Gargano really bad, fans still follow his every move. Finn takes up the mic and wonders, “This is it? This is NXT now? What happened to this place?” What happened to the business? The business Finn loves! NXT was great but now it’s a joke! The Heart of NXT, Johnny Wrestling? He’s all sore from something that happened three weeks ago! Finn built this place, and then he leaves and “a bunch of little boys moved in.” All these babies want sympathy for getting hurt? Don’t get Finn started on Matt Riddle. Finn dropped him last week and he hasn’t been seen since. So Finn begs someone to get in the ring with him.
But it IS Matt Riddle who gets in the ring! Riddle and Finn brawl, and fans chant “BRO! BRO!” Finn boots Riddle back and the brawl continues, but Riddle kicks Finn out of the ring. Finn hits back but Riddle sends him into railing and kicks him over! Finn flounders away and Riddle tells him, “Keep running, bro!” The “putz” can’t run forever. But then the Undisputed Era appears! They’re all just as riled up over things that have happened between them and Riddle. Cole tells Riddle, “Wrong place, wrong time.” They want to use Riddle as a punching bag over the OC, but here comes Ciampa and Keith Lee! The WarGames team assembles but Cole shouts, “How stupid can you guys be?!” Were they not watching SmackDown and Raw?! The Undisputed Era is the most dominant force in the WWE! Lee says “We don’t give a DAMN!” But please, get in this ring to have it out.
No? They don’t want to get in? Then shut up and let Lee give them some appreciation. Yes, Adam Cole beat Daniel Bryan. And yes, he stood up to Seth Rollins. But here’s the thing! Right here, right now, is he going to stand up to Lee? Roderick Strong shouts for Lee to shut his mouth! This is Adam Cole, BAYBAY! The most successful champion these last two weeks who deserves a night off! So instead, “you big dummy,” if Lee wants a fight, it’ll be against Strong! Lee isn’t that picky, and he draws the line. Fish says Roddy will cross that line happily! Referees hurry out to keep things from breaking down, but it sounds like the challenge has been accepted. And as soon as the rest of their teams are away from the ring, Lee YANKS Strong into the ring! This battle of the strong and the limitless begins after the break!
Roderick Strong VS Keith Lee!
NXT returns with this match already underway. Strong clubs Lee around, then kicks his legs. Strong throws forearms and kicks, but runs into a pop-up flapjack! Lee looms over Strong as fans chant. Lee stands on Strong’s chest for a cover, TWO! Strong gets to ropes but Lee still stands on him! The ref counts and Lee backs off, to drag Strong up into a corner. Lee throws big body shots, then stalks him around the way. Strong stops, only to get more body shots. Strong throws forearm and elbows back, and even CHOPS, but Lee DECKS him with that left! Strong flounders about, but Lee brings him up again, to CHOP him off his feet! Strong gets to a corner to boot back! Lee stays up so Strong hops up, and leaps, into Lee’s arms! Lee adjusts but Strong fights with elbows, only for Lee to power up. Strong keeps fighting, but Lee still slams him down! Cover, ONE!
Lee grinds Strong down and tortures an arm. Lee smothers Strong while stretching the arm back. Fans duel but Strong reaches up to kick free. Lee just grimaces but Strong CHOPS. Strong forearms and kicks away on a leg. Strong gets Lee on his knees to throw haymakers and then just barrel into him with a shoulder. Lee stays up so Strong tries again. Lee still stays up, and manages to bounce Strong off himself! Strong keeps trying, but Lee gets up. Lee looks mad! But then he grins, as he grabs Strong to whip him at a corner. Strong goes up but can’t get over, so he slips out to CHOP away! Strong runs, into the GRIZZLY MAGNUM CHOPS! Lee watches Strong crawl to the corner and under the ropes. Lee starts to climb up, and brings Strong up to join him. But Strong fights back with body shots, and then trips Lee up! BIG knee knocks Lee to the mat! Strong rests on the outside while we go to break.
NXT returns as Strong throws forearms into Lee’s back. Strong chops but Lee ROCKS him with that left. Strong comes back with more but Lee clubs him again. Lee swings, Strong dodges and dropkicks Lee out of the ring! Strong hurries to the apron, to leap! But Lee catches him again! Strong fights out with furious forearms, but Lee rocks him with another left! Lee rams Strong into the apron, then trophy lifts him to toss him into the ring. But Strong lands on his feet to wreck Lee with a dropkick! And then another! Lee bounces off the railing but Strong needs to catch his breath again. Strong drags Lee up as the ring count climbs to 5. Lee pushes Strong into railing and gets in the ring. Strong hurries into the ring at 8, and clubs away on Lee’s back! Lee tries to rise but Strong just clubs him down more. Lee shoves, Strong hits a Sick Kick! Cover, TWO!
Strong has Lee in a camel clutch, pulling back on Lee. Fans rally up as Lee endures, and Lee powers up and to his feet. Strong is a backpack and he fish hooks the face! Strong chop blocks a leg, then slaps Lee around. Strong forearms and clubs Lee, but Lee clamps onto his wrist. Lee just powers up from the forearms, then roars to DECK Strong over and over! Lee whips Strong to a corner, corner splash to a BIEL! Strong flounders up for a big forearm smash! And a standing belly2belly suplex! He didn’t need to do anything more than throw Strong! Lee covers, TWO! Lee drags Strong up in a fireman’s carry but Strong uses both elbows and knees to fight free! Strong leaps but Lee swats the knee strike away! Then elbows Strong in the back to bring him into a backbreaker! Cover, TWO! Lee keeps his cool, and formulates an idea as fans build to a rally.
Lee drags Strong to a corner and sits on top. Lee drags Strong up to join him but Strong fights back. Lee shoves Strong but Strong returns with haymakers. Strong climbs up to join Lee now, but Lee shoves him away again. Enziguri rocks Lee! Strong climbs again, and uses the leverage, but Lee powers him away again. Strong hits another knee! Then climbs up once again, to bring Lee up for a SUPERPLEX!! Fans chant “Mamma Mia!” for Mauro as Strong covers, TWO!! Lee lives but Strong goes after the legs. Strong tries to turn Lee over but Lee pushes him away. Strong clubs Lee down fast to bring him up for forearms. Lee forearms back and they brawl back and forth. Strong elbows, Lee GRIZZLY MAGNUMS! Lee runs into a boot and an enziguri! Strong hits forearms smashes side to side to side, only to get WALLOPED! Both men are down, but the Undisputed Era return. But so do Ciampa and Riddle!
Ciampa sends O’Reilly into a post then brawls with Cole before running O’Reilly over with a knee! Riddle and Fish brawl off camera but Cole SUPERKICKS Ciampa down! Riddle tosses Fish over steel steps, to then use them for a SUPER BRO FOREARM! But Finn SLINGBLADES Riddle! Then gives him double stomps! Finn is seething, his shotgun dropkick blasts Riddle into steps! Lee glares at Finn, but Strong comes up with a big knee! OLYMPIC SLAM! Cover, TWO!! Strong gets moving, but Lee ducks the kick to roll Strong around and up into the fireman’s carry! JACKHAMMER! Cover, Lee wins!!
Winner: Keith Lee, by pinfall
But then the Undisputed Era attacks! Ciampa rises to go after them but the numbers are not in their favor! They don’t have a fourth man, until now! Dominik Dijakovic is here and he clobbers the Era! And BOOTS Cole! He shoves Strong out then grabs reDRagon for DOUBLE CHOKE SLAMS! He blocks the superkick, slaps Cole around, then hits FEAST YOUR EYES! Dijakovic goes to Ciampa, and he wants in on WarGames. Ciampa shakes Dijakovic’s hand, he’s on the team! But then Dijakovic turns around to see Lee. Fans want the rivals to “Hug It Out!” but they shake hands instead. Team Ciampa needed a fourth, and this is the biggest addition you could get! Will the Croatian Colossus be the key to turning the tide in WarGames?
Another attack just happened backstage!?
Both Marina Shafir and Jessamyn Duke are down! They may not be on Shayna’s WarGames team, but between being a friends, Horsewomen and potential bodyguards, they were prime targets. But who attacked them? Wait, even Candice LeRae is down!? This no longer make sense! Triple H comes out to check on the three, and wants security to lock Full Sail down. HHH wants to know who this is just as much as we do, but will we find out before the night is over?
Isaiah “Swerve” Scott VS Bronson Reed!
Whose house? Swerve’s House! But will Swerve have the swagger strong enough to defeat Aussie Strong Style?
The bell rings and the two Breakout superstars hear the fans dueling between “SWERVE!” and “THICC!” The two fist bump to show there is respect, and then they tie up. Swerve gets around but Reed wristlocks him back. Swerve uses the ropes to flip through and reverse to a waistlock, but Reed works on the hold. Swerve shoves him but Reed rebounds to run Swerve over! Swerve kips up right back! They go again, Swerve wristlocks Reed, but Reed wrenches back. Reed whips Swerve to a corner but Swerve side steps and then hops up, leaping missile dropkick! Reed rebounds to run him over again! Reed drags Swerve back up and headbutts him. Fans say it’s “Thicc Boi Season” as Reed headbutts Swerve more. Swerve staggers after each one, then Reed gives him an extra thicc headbutt!
Swerve gets up to CHOP back, and CHOP again. Swerve runs, but into Reed’s headlock! Reed brings Swerve around but Swerve powers out. Swerve ducks under but Reed sees it, and sits on him! Swerve is being crushed by the thickness! Then Reed brings Swerve up just to banzai drop him down! Reed drags Swerve into a dead lift waistlock, and TOSSES Swerve out of the ring! Reed goes out to fetch Swerve and CHOP him against railing. He scoops Swerve but Swerve slips out to shove Reed into a post! Swerve evens things with Auszilla as NXT goes to break.
NXT returns as Swerve elbows Reed off the waistlock. Reed clubs Swerve back then German Suplexes, but Swerve lands on his feet! Swerve goes up and over and sobat kicks! Swerve kicks out a leg to then hop up, to drop the elbow on the shoulders! Swerve has Reed down as fans rally up. Swerve runs into a CHOP! Reed runs into a somersault Complete SHOT! Cover, TWO! Reed survives but Swerve keeps his focus. Swerve drags Reed up to clothesline, but Reed stays up. Swerve tries again, but Reed is still up! Swerve spins but that’s still not enough! Reed CLOBBERS then SENTONS Swerve! Fans fire up as Reed drags Swerve to a drop zone. Reed climbs up top but Swerve superkicks a leg out! Swerve haymakers then climbs, and he goes after the arm with a kimura. Reed clubs Swerve off to scoop and turn him around, but Swerve fights for his life! Swerve flips out, sweeps a leg, satellite DDT! Cover, TWO!!
Swerve grits his teeth and goes after Reed’s arm. Swerve clubs the arm but Reed snapmares Swerve off. Swerve runs in to uppercut in the corner! Then he runs, rebounds and rolls, into Reed’s sit-out SPINEBUSTER! Alabama Lift, DUDE BUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Swerve survives and Reed is at a loss for words. Reed gets up, drags Swerve into a suplex, but Swerve fights out and is safe on the apron. Swerve bobs ‘n’ weaves to hotshot the bad arm! Swerve steps in, but the huricanrana is blocked! Swerve makes it a triangle hold while Reed stays standing, but Reed dead lifts! Swerve lets up, avoids a clothesline but his kick is blocked. Reed CHOPS then spins, into a ROUNDHOUSE! Back kick, hop on, sunset flip but Reed sits down! Swerve dodges, calf kick! Cover, Swerve wins!!
Winner: Isaiah “Swerve” Scott, by pinfall
The #HouseCall calf kick gets Swerve his literally biggest win yet! But what’s bigger is that there’s still respect betwen these two. Will Swerve aim for even bigger targets after WarGames?
Cathy Kelley has updates on tonight’s goings-on.
Tensions are running high after the two separate attacks on women involved in the WarGames match. Is it a Raw, SmackDown or even another force within NXT doing this?
Meanwhile, GM William Regal has made a match for WarGames, Finn Balor VS Matt Riddle! The Prince and the Bro will settle their own beef, but that does mean Team Ciampa will need a new fourth man to replace him. Dijakovic was already big, but is there going to be an even bigger addition to Ciampa’s team this close to facing off with The Undisputed Era?
Killian Dain VS Pete Dunne!
The Beast of Belfast took offense just from the Bruiserweight walking all over his exit. But then it escalated when Dunne snapped Dain’s fingers. Dain then looked to snap bones as he went after Dunne just last week! This match is to finally have these two settle things in the ring, what will snap before the end of the fight?
But just as Dain makes his way out, DAMIEN PRIEST attacks! The Archer of Infamy stomps Dain down for his part in the attack last week! Dunne doesn’t care who he fights, he goes after Priest now! But Dain rises to run Priest over! Dain, Priest, Dunne, they’re all fighting each other! Referees and security hurry out to stop this, but fans want to “Let Them Fight!” Dain gets lose to clobber Dunne and put him int he ring Bu then Priest throws Dain into steps! Dunne is vulnerable for the CYCLONE KICK! Priest even DECKS security! He drags one up and crucifies him for a TOSS onto everyone! The Archer hit multiple targets with one shot, but Dain and Dunne are far from through with each other. So Priest step-up CONJILOS! He takes them out, too! Will Priest use both the Bruiserweight and Big Damo to #LiveForever?
Backstage interview with Mia Yim!
Just moments away from the ladder match with Io Shirai, and yet her team has been taken out. It feels like Mia is looking over her shoulder every few minutes. But this was expected from Raw and SmackDown. NXT is the main roster, so she dares anyone to come at her. She was the newest member to the team, now she’ll get her team the advantage they need. But then Dakota Kai walks in. She knows things are crazy, so Dakota just wants to let her know there are no hard feelings. Mia was chosen fair and square. If anything goes down, Captain Kick has the Blasian Baddie’s back. That ladder match main event is next!
Speaking of ladder matches…
For the Men’s WarGames advantage, it is Adam Cole and Dominik Dijakovic stepping up for their teams! The NXT Champion leads his team by example, but will he get past the towering titan that just joined up with Team Ciampa?
Ladder Match: Io Shirai VS Mia Yim!
Not only is this to gain an advantage in the first-ever Women’s WarGames match, this is also NXT’s first Women’s Ladder Match! Who climbs to the top to put their team on top come TakeOver?
The bell rings and the two go right at each other! They brawl, but Shirai grabs hair to biel Mia down. But then Mia gets Shirai with a back suplex. Shirai lands on her feet to dropkick Mia out,t hens he builds speed to DIVE! The tope takes Mia out at the ramp! Shirai goes for the ladder but Mia clubs her away. Mia bumps Shirai off the apron to then get the ladder for herself. She brings that extra tall ladder to the ring, but Shirai dropkicks the ladder into her! Shirai pushes the ladder the rest of the way but Mia anchors her feet, to bring her into a wheelbarrow. There’s a second ladder sticking out from under the ring, so Mia facebusters Shirai onto it!
Mia wobbles her way back to the ring and goes back to the first ladder. But Shirai’s in fast and clubs Mia down! Shirai throws Mia out to then go to the first ladder. Mia grabs it it, and yanks ladder to bring Shirai into ropes! Mia makes a bridge with the ladder and then drags Shirai out, to whip at the ladder! Shirai ducks, to BOOT the ladder into Mia! Shirai hurries to get back in, but Mia doesn’t let her bring the ladder in with her. Mia lets the ladder open, however, to snap clap on Shirai’s fingers! Shirai reels back in pain while Mia brings the ladder around. The ref checks on Shirai but she won’t let the hand stop her. Mia sets the ladder off to the side to BOOT Shirai out of the ring! But Shirai drags Mia out to the floor. Shirai goes to that second ladder and picks it up. She brings it around, but Mia gets clear! Shirai only hits apron!
Mia clubs Shirai on the back then CHOPS her on the front! Shirai forearms back then bumps Mia off railing. Both women crawl for the ring but Mia anchors Shirai again. Shirai CHOPS Mia, but Mia just clamps back on. Shirai stomps and kicks her down, but Mia refuses to let her get far. Shirai kicks Mia away, then crawls away. Mia pursues, and bumps Shirai off the apron. And off steel steps! Mia leaves Shirai behind to get the ladder. Shirai hurries in to grab the other end. Mia and Shirai tug-o-war, but then Mia uses the ladder to flip Shirai over! Mia drags Shirai up, clubs her back, and suplexes. Shirai blocks and fights back, to suplexes Mia! Mia fights it off, the suplex struggle continues, and it’s Mia who Suplexes Shirai onto the ladder! But that’s double-edged, and both women are writhing as NXT goes picture in picture!
Shirai and Mia clutch their damaged backs, but Mia heads for the ladder. Mia manages to stand, but it’s hard to lift that ladder with a bad back. She manages to prop it up in the corner first, then goes back to Shirai. She stomps Shirai around then drags her up. Mia whips Shirai but Shirai reverses, Mia stops herself in time to mule kick Shirai back. Shirai blocks being bounced off the ladder, to throw Mia into the rungs! Mia is up against the steel, and Shirai goes corner to corner, into a shotgun dropkick! Both women are down again! Shirai and Mia stir slowly, and head for each other. Shirai throws a forearm on her knees, but so does Mia. They brawl on the mat, putting everything behind the forearms. NXT returns to single picture as Shirai gets the edge! They both stand, and Shirai kicks low to SHOTEI! Mia is down, but crawling while Shirai staggers.
Shirai stalks Mia to the ropes to stomp her and choke her on the ropes! No disqualifications so Shirai rocks the headscissor hold over and over. Shirai lets up to kick Mia in the back, then runs to 619! Shirai heads for the ladder in the corner while Mia flounders. Mia hurries to stop Shirai, and the two brawl again. Shirai rocks Mia to then whip, for a flapjack! Shirai heads for the ladder again but Mia comes back. Shirai underhooks Mia, but Mia fights out to Alabama and back drop! But Shirai lands on her feet! only to run into an overhead suplex that clips the ladder! Shirai’s leg is more banged up than anything, and fans are rallying up. Mia heads for the ladder while Shirai hangs half in, half out. Mia stands the ladder up under the briefcase! Mia climbs the ladder but Shirai heads after her. Mia stomps Shirai off to then give her kicks to the chest!
Mia kicks Shirai more, then drags Shirai up, only to be shoved into the ladder! Shirai tips the ladder over, because she has more devious plans for it. She puts Mia in the ladder, to use it to NUTCRACK THE BACK! Shirai scrapes Mia out and ditches this busted ladder for a fresh one! Shirai brings that into the ring while Mia writhes. Shirai stomps Mia down then kicks the useless ladder out of the ring. Shirai has the new ladder, but Mia brings her in, Protect Ya Neck! Mia hurries for the ladder, brings it up, but her back is making that hard. Shirai springboard dropkicks the ladder into Mia’s face!! Mia is immediately busted open! Shirai has drawn first blood, and a lot! But Shirai doesn’t care about that, she wants the ladder.
Referees and medics check on Mia while Shirai stands the ladder up with her own body. Shirai has the ladder up after some work, then climbs. But Mia doesn’t care about a busted face, she yanks Shirai off the ladder! And climbs it herself! Shirai hurries after her, GERMAN SUPLEX! Mia crashes down and Shirai is furious! She kicks the ladder over in anger, to METEORA Mia in the corner! And then hops up, DESCENT INTO- NO! Mia trips Shirai, claws her back, then climbs up top! Mia brings Shirai up, but Shirai fights back. Shirai headbutts the already bleeding face and Mia tumbles to the floor. But here comes Dakota Kai! Dakota checks on Mia, only for Shirai to ASAI MOONSAULT her and Mia! Shirai shows no mercy and no concern as she goes back to the ring.
Shirai crawls for the ladder she toppled over and works to get it back up. Shirai climbs, but Dakota is the one that goes after her! No disqualifications as she POWERBOMBS Shirai down! Dakota helps Mia into the ring and fans rally! Mia climbs, but wait, that’s NXT UK’s KAY LEE RAY!? She attacks Dakota, and then looks at Mia up top! She shoves the ladder over, Mia crashes through the forgotten ladder!! Full Sail loses their minds as the NXT UK Women’s Champion is helping Io Shirai! Is she the fourth woman?! Shirai reaches the top, has the briefcase, she and Team Baszler win!!
Winner: Io Shirai; Team Baszler has the WarGames advantage
Who would’ve expected NXT UK would get involved in NXT USA’s historic moment? But thanks to the Lethal Lass, Shayna Baszler and her team have a huge advantage! Speaking of, Bianca Belair and Shayna herself are now in the arena! The Queen of Spades now has the Evil Genius, The EST and KLR on her team. Did this team just go from vicious to lethal?
But wait! Baszler gets blindsided by Bayley! SmackDown’s champion is here for payback on Shayna, and she uses her new move to SMASH Shayna into her own championship belt! Bayley runs off before Shayna’s team can get at her, but did she just plant her flag in Full Sail’s soil?
An amazing episode to build up WarGames! But also, just a great episode overall. That was a great NXT Cruiserweight Championship match, on level with a TakeOver match. I wouldn’t be surprised if the controversy at the end is their way of bringing this back around for TakeOver to perhaps even open the night. We also got a pretty solid match for Xia Li VS Aliyah, and Aliyah may have legit lost a tooth or cut her lip on that last kick. It was also smart positioning on the card to get the things not directly related to the TakeOver build out first so the rest of the night could just be fluid WarGames build. Finn VS Gargano won’t happen, and it was good Heel work to make Gargano sound wimpy for sitting out because of his neck. And now we’re getting Finn VS Riddle instead and that match is going to be just as stellar as Finn VS Gargano. But this also means a new fourth man for Ciampa, so someone could come out of left field for a huge opportunity.
Dijakovic was a great choice for the first “fourth man,” he and Lee are going to be amazing in that match. Dijakovic VS Cole next week in the ladder match will be great, too, and could go either way, regardless of what we saw in tonight’s Women’s Ladder Match. Strong VS Keith Lee was great, and since Lee won clean, another North American Championship match for these two is going to be great, and can feed further into the story of Undisputed Era trying to hold onto their titles. At this rate, it doesn’t sound like it’ll be #WinnersTakeAll so there’s a lot of build to be done after WarGames for those title stories. Swerve VS Reed was a great match, I wonder if Swerve is that new fourth man after that big win. And I really liked that Priest attacked Dain before a match ever began. I am really thinking a triple threat of Dunne VS Dain VS Priest should be at least the post-TakeOver episode to give us something just truly amazing to watch.
The women’s division story of the night was great, too. The mystery attacker started feeling like it was going to be Dakota Kai given how she seemed so scorned by both teams. In fact, even with her assuring Mia she was on her side, that still didn’t convince me she was innocent. Shirai VS Yim in that ladder match was amazing! NXT always finds ways to freshen up match types we’ve seen forever. Shirai was part of NXT’s first Women’s Steel Cage match and made it fresh, and then she made this first Women’s Ladder Match brutal. Mia legit getting busted open, definitely not planned but it ups everything about this main event, especially Mia’s determination to keep fighting. Dakota turned out not to be the assailant, since she didn’t go after Mia. I did not expect Kay Lee Ray, I honestly thought it was going to be Heel Toni Storm. This is actually for the better, as Toni will still one day return to NXT UK the hero, and now Team Baszler has two champions!
And then a perfect reveal as to the real attacker from the night, it was Bayley, Shayna! It was Bayley all along!! Shayna gets comeuppance from Raw and SmackDown, Bayley invades as I felt she should, and it all reminds us that Shayna really does need to worry about Bayley and pulling double duty Survivor Series Weekend. I am so pumped for that four-day weekend that is Survivor Series Weekend 2019!
My Score: 9.3/10
Mitchell’s NJPW New Years Golden Series Results & Report! (1/20/22)
So much more than a dash!
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!
- 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.
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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?
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
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!
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!
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) January 21, 2022
- 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
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.
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) January 21, 2022
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
"We're gonna see ourselves out"
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) January 21, 2022
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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