Mitchell’s NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 14 Night 1 Special! (1/4/2020)
A special edition of Wrestle Kingdom 14, Night 1!
The New Year will be historic for New Japan!
The events of 2019 come to a head in a massive wrestling weekend! What history does just the first night hold for NJPW?
NOTE: NJPW no longer wants to feed AXS TV now that it is with Anthem and Impact Wrestling. But never fear, I will cover NJPW in the spirit of AXS in providing the most important matches of the show.
- 8 Man Tag: Ryusuke Taguchi, Tatsuhito Takaiwa, Shinjiro Otani & Naoki Sano w/Kuniaki Kobayashi VS Great Sasuke, Tatsumi Fujinami, Tiger Mask IV & Jushin Thunder Liger w/El Samurai; win.
- IWGP United States Championship Texas Deathmatch: Lance Archer VS Jon Moxley; Moxley wins, becomes the new IWGP United States Champion, and will face Juice Robinson on Night 2.
- IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship: Will Ospreay VS Hiromu Takahashi; Takahashi wins and becomes the new IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion.
- IWGP Intercontinental Championship: Jay White VS Tetsuya Naito; Naito wins, becomes the new IWGP Intercontinental Champion, and advances to Night 2’s Winner Takes All match.
- IWGP Heavyweight Championship: Kazuchika Okada VS Kota Ibushi; Okada wins, retains the IWGP Heavyweight Championship, and advances to Night 2’s Winner Takes All match.
PLAY BY PLAY
8 Man Tag: Ryusuke Taguchi, Tatsuhito Takaiwa, Shinjiro Otani & Naoki Sano w/Kuniaki Kobayashi VS Great Sasuke, Tatsumi Fujinami, Tiger Mask IV & Jushin Thunder Liger w/El Samurai!
The legendary career of Jushin Thunder Liger is coming to a close, so NJPW is going all out for his final Wrestle Kingdom! So many classic names in one match, what happens in this historic farewell?
The teams sort out, but Liger is calling out his old rival, Sano. Fans are already fired up with the bell as Liger and Sano circle. They tie up, Liger waistlocks but Sano switches. Liger trips and gets a leg lock to then flip Sano over for the low surfboard. Liger stands and pulls on Sano’s arms but Sano pops out. Liger headlocks but Sano powers out, only for Liger to run him over. Things speed up and Sano hurdles to then dropkick Liger out! Sano builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit sends Liger into railing! Sano slowly rises back up and gets back in the ring. Liger returns but Sano tags out, Otani goes after Liger while Takaiwa blows up the Liger corner! Otani gets the fans rallying up for the original boot wash! Otani scrapes Liger’s face over and over then runs to BOOT! Fans want one more and Otani runs to give them one! It gets El Samurai in the face, too!
Fans want a third, but Liger gets up to SHOTEI! But Otani tanks it! He leans into the palm strikes, but Liger gets it on the fifth! Tag otu to Tiger Mask but Otani tags to Takaiwa. Takaiwa ties up with Tiger, puts him on the ropes and CHOPS! But Tiger kicks! To Takaiwa CHOPS! Tiger still kicks! CHOP for kick, but Takaiwa gets a string of chops going. Tiger mule kicks then runs, into a fireman’s carry and DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Takaiwa drags Tiger up to tag in Taguchi. Taguchi stomps and snapmares Tiger to give hip attacks! The Funky Weapon drops down on Tiger’s stomach, covers, TWO! Fans cheer as Taguchi tags out to Sano and he clubs Tiger. Sano and Tiger trade shots, Sano’s sobat rocks Tiger Mask. Snapmare and tag to Otani, Otani drags Tiger up for a scoop slam! Then a whip to the corner, and a boot!
Otani shoves Tiger down then tags Takaiwa. Takaiwa drags Tiger up to CHOP and whip, and hit a corner clothesline! Another scoop slam and Takaiwa fires the fans up for his signature. Takaiwa climbs and leaps, MACHO ELBOW! Cover, TWO! Takaiwa drags Tiger up but Tiger resists the suplex to knee. Takaiwa ducks the kick and runs, but into Tiger’s underhooks! TIGER DRIVER! But Tiger is too tired to cover! Both men crawl, hot tag to Fujinami! The Dragon runs in but into Taguchi’s kick. He catches it for the Dragon Screw! Dragon Screw for Otani! Fujinami whips Takaiwa and catches him into a sleeper, then the DRAGON SLEEPER! Sano clubs Fujinami and Fujinami lets Takaiwa go, to throw hands on Sano!
Tag to Great Sasuke, and he drags Takaiwa up. Snapmare and Sasuke calls for his own move. Sasuke climbs up top and aims at Takaiwa, SWANTAON BOMB flops! Takaiwa tags Sano and Sano climbs up top. Sano leaps but Sasuke gets clear of the stomps! Sano back kicks Sasuke quick, then waistlcoks. Sasuke fights out and gives counter punches. Sasuke mule kicks and hurries up top. Sano goes after Sasuke and the two are up top together. Sano SUPERPLEXES Sasuke down! Both men crawl to their corners, hot tags to Liger and Taguchi! The Funky Weapon gets an atomic drop! And a SHOTEI! Liger puts Taguchi up top and then climbs up, SUPER STEINER! Cover but everyone runs in!
Things spill out to the outside, Tiger Mask LEAPS onto Otani! Sano drags Fujinami out while Sasuke FLIES! Liger runs into the Funky Weapon hip attack! Taguchi chicken wings but Liger drops down to deny Dodon! Victory roll, TWO!! Enziguri from Taguchi but Liger fires up, only to run into a second! Taguchi fires himself up, “YAO~!” BUM-A-YE! Cover, TWO!! Liger lives! Tokyo Dome is thunderous but the chicken wings return, DODON BUSTER!! Cover, Taguchi and team win!!
Winners: Taguchi, Takaiwa, Otani & Sano, Taguchi pinning
Liger’s teammates were kept outside, they could not help him escape defeat. Liger’s penultimate match in the Tokyo Dome is not a happy ending, but he doesn’t look sad. Liger stands up, and bows to Taguchi! Taguchi returns the bow, and Liger goes down the line of his great rivals and opponents. They all show him the utmost respect, even his greatest rival in Sano. Liger also bows and shakes hands with his teammates, and everyone celebrates this moment. Liger’s career may be ending, but his legacy will never die!
IWGP United States Championship Texas Deathmatch: Lance Archer VS Jon Moxley!
The Murderhawk Monster says #EverybodyDies, but he doesn’t know the Death Rider well, does he? The Maniac only lost this title on a technicality, will he reclaim it through brutality?
Before the match even starts, MOX prepares for war by taking chairs out from under the ring and throwing them into the ring! As for Archer, he’s dressed to kill, from his spiked jacket to spiked helmet, and brings #EBD branded trash can lids! And as always, Archer warms himself up by beating down poor Young Lions around ringside! The introductions are made, but Moxley won’t even give the ref time to raise the belt before he attacks! The bell rings and this deadly battle begins!
Moxley throws hands then runs but Archer crossbodies?! Archer stomps Moxley then ROCKS him with that right! And another! Archer whips Moxley but Moxley holds ropes. Moxley sends Archer out and builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit takes Archer out to the ramp! Fans are thunderous for the elite Purveyor of Violence as he brings Archer up for forearms. They go around ringside and Moxley dumps Archer over the rails. They fight in No Man’s Land and Moxley whips Archer into the second layer of railing! And back the other way! Moxley brings Archer around and back to ringside to put him in. Moxley checks under the ring and brings out a kendo stick! Moxley taps the railing with it before going up top. Moxley leaps over Archer’s chair shot, but Archer throws the chair into his face!
Moxley is down, the referee checks on him, but Archer SMACKS Moxley while he’s down! And SMACKS him again! And then uses his can lid to SMACK away on Moxley’s head! Archer cusses out the fans booing him, and then SMACKS away on Moxley more! Archer grabs the kendo stick to SMACK even harder! And then he grinds it into Moxley’s throat! Moxley gasps and sputters but Archer SMACKS him again! Archer keeps swinging and hitting Moxley, and then tells him to give up. Moxley refuses and gets himself to ropes. Archer puts Moxley in a corner and chokes him with the kendo stick, to then jab and SMACK Moxley’s chest. The welts are forming already, and Archer takes Moxley by the hand in a knuckle lock. Archer clubs away with his forearm before climbing up top.
Archer wants to go Old School, but Moxley throws him off balance and SMACKS him back with that kendo stick! And again! And again! And again! The stick is breaking but Moxley doesn’t stop until it’s split! Moxley only lets up to go fetch one of Archer’s trash can lids, but Archer choke grips. Moxley elbows free and runs, Archer runs perpendicular, but Moxley SMACKS him on the run! Moxley sets up some chairs and uses the trash can lid for a bridge. Moxley snap suplexes Archer across all that steel! Then runs to KNEE Archer down! But Moxley isn’t done, he watches Archer flounder out of the ring and around the way before using a slingshot. But Archer catches the pescado for an APRON CHOKE SLAM! And then Archer hits a Young Lion just because! Archer drags this poor soul over and CHOKE SLAMS him onto Moxley!! Archer is making weapons out of the LA Dojo trainees!
Archer leaves Moxley behind to build speed and FLY out onto everyone!! Tokyo is thunderous for that insanity! Archer takes his time as a standing count begins on Moxley. Moxley is up at 7 but Archer SMACKS him with a chair. Archer sits that chair up, then another. What is left of the kendo stick is used to SMACK Moxley, and then Archer completes a chair square. But Moxley is up and waistlocks! Archer resists, spins around, but Moxley fireman’s carries! Archer powers out but runs into a boot. Moxley hops up but Archer ROCKS him with a right! Crucifix lift, FULL METAL BLACK OUT!! Moxley writhes in pain as the standing count begins again, and Archer taunts him. The count is at 8 but Moxley stands! Archer grabs him with his claw and dribbles him on a chair!
The Everybody Dies Claw is clamped on, but Moxley reaches up to headscissor and bring Archer down! Armbar! Archer endures, powers his way up and clamps on the claws around Moxley’s throat! Archer drags Moxley up for an OVERHEAD SUPLEX! Archer runs corner to corner but into Moxley’s lariat! It doesn’t do it, Archer choke grips and lifts but Moxley slips out to Dirty Deeds! The standing count begins on Archer and it hits 8, but Archer sits up! Archer stands at 9, but Moxley says it’s time to end this! Underhooks, lift, but no Death Rider or even a Paradigm Shift. Moxley throws big knees then runs, but into the DERAILER! Archer sends Moxley flying into a corner! Moxley leans against the ropes but Archer drags him up and over to chairs. Choke Slam ON the chair! Moxley writhes but Archer keeps his eyes on him during the standing count.
Moxley spasms around 5 and rises at 7, only to flop back down. He springs up at 9.5! And then flips off Archer! So Archer BOOTS him down! Archer produces a plastic shopping back and uses it to SMOTHER Moxley!! Moxley flails as the Full Plastic EBD Claw is wrapped on tight! Moxley fades, the referee checks. The arm drops once! The arm drops twice! But Moxley revives on the third time! Archer rains down furious forearms! Archer goes looking for something under the ring, slapping the trash can lid on railing in frustration. He finds a TABLE! And then another! Archer brings both tables around and sets them up very close to the ring. Moxley crawls over and Archer drags him out onto the apron. Archer DIGS the spiked helmet’s, well, SPIKES into Moxley’s forehead!! Archer then puts Moxley up top and has the crucifix!
Moxley fights for dear life and escapes another Black Out. He gets in the ring but runs into the choke grip! Moxley denies the choke slam and brawls with Archer on the apron. Moxley kicks low, underhooks, DEATH RIDER THROUGH THE TABLES!! Oh the humanity!! A standing count starts on both men, and it reaches 5. Moxley rises from the wreckage and gets into the ring! Archer flops over, bleeding from the arms, and cannot stand! MOXLEY WINS!
Winner: Jon Moxley, by pinfall; NEW IWGP United States Heavyweight Champion
The Maniac didn’t die hard this night, and he’s once again champion! But before leaving, Moxley grabs a mic to address the crowd.
“I’m gonna keep this simple. I am a gambler. I came to Tokyo to either leave with nothing, or leave with everything! JUICE ROBINSON! Tomorrow night, right here at the Tokyo Dome, we settle the score. Once and for all!” Mic drop and message sent! Either Moxley stands tall or this belt goes back to Juice! What will we see on the historic second night of Wrestle Kingdom?
IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship: Will Ospreay VS Hiromu Takahashi!
Just when the Aerial Assassin thought he’d cleared out the division, the Ticking Time Bomb came back in time for the New Year! Will Hiromu make NJPW even more, more, MORE fun than before? Or will Ospreay conquer his reckless rival?
Hiromu is a colorful peacock while Ospreay has become a white tiger. The introductions are made as Ospreay draws his sword. Hiromu is not afraid of the blade, and the belt is raised. This epic rematch of rivals begins!
Hiromu rushes Ospreay but Ospreay knows that trick and gets clear. But Ospreay hears all the Hiromu fans and can’t help but chuckle. The two circle and tie up. Ospreay waistlocks, slams, floats all over and has the facelock. Ospreay floats around more and even gives Hiromu a slap on the back. Ospreay lounges on the top rope while Hiromu gets to his feet. Hiromu rushes in, avoids the boot and enziguri but Ospreay runs past him. Ospreay comes back to shoulder bump, Hiromu rebounds into Ospreay’s boot. Hiromu throws a forearm so Ospreay returns it, and we have a brawl! They go back and forth, no hesitation or sign of slowing. Hiromu gets the edge and ducks the back hand to keep going. Things speed up but Hiromu hops over Ospreay to whip. Ospreay reverses, hurdles Hiromu but Hiromu avoids the monkey flip.
Ospreay avoids the dropkick, Hiromu ducks the Penalty Kick and avoids the moonsault. Both men deflect kicks and back hands, Ospreay handsprings into a waistlock but standing switches. Hiromu breaks free and manages to duck the heel kick, and he ROCKS Ospreay with a right! Ospreay CHOPS back! Ospreay runs, Hiromu follows and huricanranas Ospreay down! Ospreay bails out to the apron, Hiromu runs and sunset flips! Ospreay holds on and throws hands, then goes to turn the bomb into a huricanrana. But Hiromu blocks that to APRON BOMB Ospreay instead! Ospreay crawls away but Hiromu aims from the apron, to JOHN WOO! The dropkick blasts Ospreay into railing! Hiromu drags Ospreay up and puts him in the ring. Hiromu stalks Ospreay as fans rally up. Hiromu stands Ospreay up to CHOP!
Ospreay leans on ropes but Hiromu is on him again, with another CHOP. Hiromu toys with Ospreay but Ospreay fires a foraerm back! And another! Hiromu rakes the eyes! The ref reprimands but Hiromu suplexes. Ospreay blocks and suplexes back! Hiromu slips out and waistlocks but Ospreay elbows him away. Ospreay runs into a boot and then Hiromu hops up, draping headscissor hold! The ref reprimands Hiromu and counts, but Hiromu lets go at 4. Hiromu heads up top but to fake Ospreay out. Hiromu forearms Ospreay away, but Ospreay avoids the shoulder to DOUBLE STOMP him down! Hiromu is stuck, Ospreay drags him back up, DRAPING DDT! Cover, TWO!! Hiromu survives but Ospreay scowls as he stands up tall. Hiromu bails out of the ring but Ospreay pursues.
Ospreay rams Hiromu into the blue railing, and pulls on Hiromu’s hair to bend him back against them! The ref reprimands and counts, Ospreay lets up at 3. Ospreay brings Hiromu up but Hiromu chops! But Ospreay doesn’t flinch, he eggs Hiromu on! Hiromu chops again but Ospreay gives him a neckbreaker! Ospreay brings Hiromu back up and puts him in the ring, then covers. ONE, and Ospreay drags Hiromu up to snapmare and kick Hiromu hard in the back. Then he rolls Hiromu for a Koji Klutch! Hiromu endures and kicks around, reaching with his legs. Ospreay cranks harder, but Hiromu gets the ropebreak with a foot! Ospreay lets go but keeps his focus as he stands back up. Ospreay walks around then drags Hiromu up, Hiromu CHOPS! Ospreay felt that one, and then Hiromu CHOPS again. Ospreay gets mad but gets another CHOP!
Ospreay back kicks then runs, but into Hiromu’s wheelbarrow and COMPLETE SHOT! Ospreay goes reeling from the impact and fans fire up for Hiromu. Ospreay gets to a corner, Hiromu runs in and corner splashes! Then snapmare to basement dropkick! Hiromu keeps going, FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO!! Ospreay gets free of that deep fold but Hiromu isn’t upset. Hiromu brings Ospreay up to CHOP and CHOP and whip. Ospreay holds ropes but Hiromu pulls hair and CHOPS him again. Hiromu whips then reels Ospreay in for a forearm. He puts Ospreay on the ropes and kicks it to jam Ospreay, then runs. Ospreay dodges, handsprings and enziguris! Both men are down and fans rally up again. Hiromu bails out but Ospreay builds speed, SASUKE SPECIAL! But Hiromu gets clear to waistlock and German Suplex!
But Ospreay lands on his feet! Ospreay runs back at Hiromu but Hiromu THROWS him! Ospreay ends up in the ring and keeps running!? Ospreay SASUKE SPECIALS and HITS! Fans are fired up again! Ospreay gets up and brings Hiromu over. They get back in the ring and Ospreay aims from the corner. Springboard, Pip Pip Cheerio flying forearm! Cover, TWO! Ospreay keeps his cool as he goes to a corner and aims again. Ospreay spins but Hiromu dodges the Robinson Special to hit another JOHN WOO! Ospreay ends up in the other corner and Hiromu has fans rallying up behind him. Hiromu runs in, big corner clothesline then a whip corner to corner. Hiromu runs in but blocks Ospreay’s boot. Ospreay ax kicks and roundhouses! Then top rope 619!
Hiromu ends up on the apron, Ospreay springboards and STOMPS Hiromu down! The Aerial Assassin strikes again and he puts Hiromu back in the drop zone. Ospreay climbs up as Hiromu stirs. Ospreay watches Hiromu rise, and missile dropkicks him in the back! Cover, TWO!! Hiromu still lives but Ospreay vows to end it. Ospreay sits Hiromu up and pulls the elbow pad. Ospreay runs out but Hiromu falls over. The referee checks on Hiromu, as that neck is still a concern. Ospreay waits as Hiromu stirs. Fans rally up to give the Time Bomb power. Ospreay gives toying kicks, and then meaner kicks to Hiromu’s head. Hiromu crawls to a corner but Ospreay kicks him in the ribs. Ospreay gives more toying kicks then drags Hiromu up. Ospreay shovels Hiromu onto the top and tucks him in, CHEEKY NANDOS!
Ospreay keeps Hiromu up there to Electric Chair carry him. And then he goes up the corner?! Hiromu fights free and CHOPS Ospreay! Hiromu climbs all the up and jumps to wheelbarrow, but Ospreay blocks the rest! Ospreay clubs Hiromu’s back over and over, then hauls him up for a waistlock! Back to the Electric Chair but Hiromu keeps fighting back. SUPER VICTORY BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Ospreay survives and Hiromu is losing his cool. But Hiromu drags Ospreay up, fireman’s carry, pop up, DYNAMITE PLUNGER! Cover, TWO!! Ospreay survives again but Hiromu keeps his focus. Hiromu drags Ospreay up, another fireman’s carry but Ospreay slips out and shoves Hiromu into a corner. Hiromu turns around into the dropkick-flip and enziguri! Hiromu flounders and Ospreay takes aim, ROBINSON SPECIAL! Direct hit with the spin kick but Ospreay keeps going. Springboard, NO Oscutter!
Hiromu fireman’s carries but Ospreay slips out. Hiromu forearms but Ospreay holds on to reel Hiromu in for a pump handle, half nelson and MADE IN JAPAN! Ospreay borrows a move from Shingo Takagi! Cover, TWO!? Ospreay doesn’t take time to ask why, he heads up top fast! SHOOTING STAR onto Hiromu’s back! Cover, TWO!! Hiromu survives but Ospreay doesn’t slow down! Tokyo is thunderous as Ospreay springboards, OSCUTTER!! Cover, TWO!?! Now Ospreay is shocked! Ospreay shakes his head and grits his teeth as Tokyo reaches a fever pitch. Ospreay aims from the corner as Hiromu stirs. Ospreay HOOK KICKS and then tightens the elbow pad! Hiromu slowly rises again, but ducks the Hidden Blade! POP-UP POWERBOMB!! Both men are down but Tokyo Dome is as fired up as ever! Hiromu stirs but the standing count begins.
Fans rally and Hiromu gets up at 6. Ospreay follows at 7, both men are up at 8! They still crawl after each other, and Ospreay throws a forearm. Hiromu gives it back! Hiromu eggs Ospreay on and Ospreay hits again. Hiromu returns the forearm but Ospreay throws another. The two stand and Hiromu throws another big forearm! Ospreay gives Hiromu one, so Hiromu gives it back. They go back and forth, back and forth, slowing down as they stagger. Hiromu throws a flurry, Ospreay ROUNDHOUSES! Ospreay whips, Hiromu reverses, handspring into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Both men are down again but Hiromu is up first. Hiromu fires himself up and runs, but Ospreay slips through the lariat to powerbomb, only for Hiromu to slip through and DESTROYER! Cover, TWO?!? Ospreay survives and no one can believe it!
Hiromu has a wild look in his eyes again as he brings Ospreay up into a fireman’s carry. Corner Death Valley! Hiromu drags Ospreay up, fireman’s carry and a spin, but Ospreay kicks free! Hiromu SUPERKICKS, and SUPERKICKS! Ospreay is on his knees but Hiromu fireman’s carries. Ospreay slips out, HOOK KICK! Underhoooks, Canadian rack but Hiromu slips out, only to run into a SPANISH FLY! Cover, TWO!! Hiromu survives but Ospreay wants the kill shot! Hiromu rises, Ospreay aims, HIDDEN BLADE!! But Ospreay doesn’t cover, he underhooks and drags Hiromu up! Canadian rack, but Hiromu pops through to hit ANOTHER DESTROYER! Cover, TWO?!?! Ospreay survives again and Tokyo is electric!
Hiromu drags himself up with the ropes and shouts at Ospreay! Hiromu runs to LARIAT!! But he’s not done, fireman’s carry to TIME BOMB!! Cover, TWO!?!? This cannot be! Hiroum is beside himself, but he drags Ospreay up again. Hiromu runs, runs and LARIATS! Then a scoop, tucking Ospreay in, INVERTED AIR RAID!! Cover, Hiromu wins!!
Winner: Hiromu Takahashi, by pinfall; NEW IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion
Whatever the name of Hiromu’s new move, it’s a winner and so is he! Hiromu has this title back, will he have even more, more, MORE fun defending it?
IWGP Intercontinental Championship: Jay White VS Tetsuya Naito!
We’re so close to history, everyone can almost taste it. The Switchblade wants to hijack the Destiny of Los Ingobernables de Japon’s charismatic leader! But will he be able to take the next step? Or will Naito be just too Tranquilo?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and Naito takes his time taking off his fancy entrance gear. Once he’s ready, this first step in the #DoubleGoldDash begins!
Fans are naturally on Naito’s side but White double guns. Naito is not impressed. And of course, White bails out per his usual strategy of delaying and taunting. Naito ignores it all. White returns and circles with Naito, but White bails out again. Fans boo but White laughs. White struts about but Naito goes after Gedo! Naito has Gedo’s beard and taunts White now. White isn’t sure what to do, so he gets in the ring. Naito gets in, too, whips White and arm-drags him around! Shotgun boot knocks White down and White bails out, but Naito builds up speed! To fake White out and Tranquilo! White catches his breath and checks on Gedo while Naito waits in the ring. White wants a time-out but Naito holds the ropes open for him. White sees Naito is playing around but does take the offer. White tries to boot Naito but gets caught, and then Naito sweeps the legs!
Naito drags White out to the apron and hits a draping neckbreaker! Fans fire up but Gedo comes over. Naito backs Gedo down and Gedo wants Naito to keep his cool. Naito goes back to White and drags him up, to whip him into railing! White is draped over but Naito drags him up by hair and brings him around the way to put back in the ring. Fans cheer the sportsmanship, then Naito stomps White around. Naito drags White up and throws a BIG forearm! Naito stomps away on White, then brings him up for a cravat. White throws body shots but Naito cranks harder. White gets the ropebreak and Red Shoes counts. Naito lets go and kicks White back down. Naito whips, White reverses but Naito grabs ropes. Naito elbows White away but Gedo grabs at Naito’s feet! Red Shoes reprimands but White attacks!
White clubs away then puts Naito in a corner for forearms and stomps! White argues with Red Shoes but brings Naito up to CHOP. White wrenches and whips but Naito reverses. Naito runs in but is put on the apron. Naito hits back but agani Gedo is after him! White hotshots Naito down as fans boo! Red Shoes gets out to argue with Gedo but White YANKS Naito into the post! There go the huevos. Gedo has a chair and he SMACKS the bad leg! Naito falls to the floor and White grins as he takes his time fetching him. White mocks Naito’s pain and stomps him down. White clears space and brings Naito up to whip into railing! White double guns and brushes himself off before going back for Naito. White laces Naito’s leg through the railing! White pulls on it and says, “Smile for the people!”
Red Shoes reprimands but White lets up to refresh the ring count. White drags Naito back up and into the ring. Naito crawls to the corner but White runs in for a big European Uppercut! And then a SAIDO! Naito bails out of the ring and White wants Naito to stand. Red Shoes doesn’t advise this but White builds speed to mock Tranquilo! It’s a Too Sweet version. Fans boo but White RAMS Naito into the apron! And then White puts Naito back in to cover, but Red Shoes won’t count after that bending of the rules. White stomps Naito out of annoyance, and goes after the bad leg. Grounded Dragon Screw! Naito writhes but White is on him again with a standing figure four. White turns Naito over for a standing deathlock, and mocks the LIJ poses before putting on the Muda Lock!
Naito endures as White bridges and cranks, and even makes Naito smile with fish hook fingers! Naito endures and Red Shoes reprimands, Naito gets the ropebreak! White lets go at 4 and releases the legs. White slaps Naito around but Naito SLAPS him! White CHOPS Naito and CHOPS again! White whips Naito corner to corner but Naito boots him back. Naito boots again then hops up, leaps to huricanrana! Fans rally while Naito gets his bad leg moving. White stands but Naito throws haymakers and kicks. Naito whips and elbows White down to then basement dropkick! And neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Naito keeps focus as he drags White back up. White hits back with forearms but Naito fakes White out! Naito kicks low, SPITS on White then whips him to a corner. Naito runs in, rocket kick to sweep, Combinacion… Naito waits for White to drop his guard, CABRON!
Fans fire up and Naito drags White to his feet. Dragon sleeper to a backbreaker, and a leg based half nelson. White endures as Naito slaps him in the head and squeezes tight. White moves around and reaches with his own legs, and manages to get the ropebreak! Naito lets go and gets back to his feet. White flounders up, Naito reels him in, waistlock but no suplex. White gets to ropes and holds on tight as Naito pulls on him. Naito honors the ropebreak, but runs back in. Naito blocks the boot but White counters the clothesline into a DDT! It spikes Naito right into the mat! White sits up and grins again as Naito clutches his neck. White gets up, drags Naito back to his feet, and fireman’s carries. Naito fights but the DVDDT hits! Cover, TWO!
White grows annoyed with Naito as he brings him around. Naito denies the leg lock but White stomps him down again. White drags Naito up but Naito resists the lift. Naito elbows but White throws him down by his hair! White drags Naito back up, suplexes but Naito slips out. The bad leg jams and Naito hobbles, but he still blocks the kick. Naito elbows the knee then whips White, but White reverses and catches the forearms! White waistlocks but Naito elbows free, so White CHOPS him back. White whips, catches the forearm again, but Naito elbows out of the urenage. Naito keeps elbowing White down, but keeps wrist control the whole time. Fans build anticipation as Naito keeps elbowing White. White dodges one last elbow to whip Naito but Naito finally hits those flying forearms!
Naito waistlocks but White elbows out. Naito swings on White but gets caught into the Complete Shot! White waistlocks and dead lifts Naito for the German Suplex! But both men are down as White can’t bridge. Fans rally and Gedo coaches White as the two men stir. White pushes Naito to a corner and hoists him up top. White CHOPS Naito before climbing up to join him. White has Naito up on the very top, but Naito fights back! Naito clubs White off and adjusts, but White returns. Naito boots White then dodges him, and blocks boots to turn White around, draping backbreaker! Now Naito puts White up top and climbs to join him, but White slips out to trip Naito up! Naito hits buckles on the way down! Both men are down again as fans rally up.
White runs in at Naito and blocks a boot to put that leg on the ropes. White goes after the bad leg with stomps, then a knee jammer! Naito clutches his knee while stuck between ropes. White grabs the bad leg and slaps Naito before hitting a DRAGON SCREW! Naito flops to the mat and White says Red Shoes should check on him. Red Shoes does check on Naito but Naito is okay to continue. White whips Naito but Naito falls down. White and Gedo mock Naito’s bad legs, and White gives toying kicks. Naito throws forearms! White kicks the knee then whips Naito again, and again Naito falls over! White acts shocked and upset while Gedo says they should just end this here. White brings Naito up, Naito reverses the whip, but the bad leg prevents a good tornado. White shoves Naito and grabs him again, BIG Urenage! Cover, TWO!! Naito stays in this and fans are still behind him!
White toys with Naito more but Naito elbows him away. White dodges an elbow to SAIDO Naito over and out! Naito crashes and burns on the apron and to the floor! White goes out to bring Naito back up and put him in the ring. White drags Naito up, fisherman but no Kiwi Krusher as Naito fights out. White fires off strikes and reels Naito back in. Another fisherman but Naito fights out again. The bad leg stops Naito from doing anything else, White suplexes for the Anarchy Neckbreaker! White drags Naito up and fisherman, KIWI KRUSHER! Cover, TWO!! Naito still lives and Gedo is shocked! White is frustrated as he drags Naito back up. White has a sleeper but Naito fights out, only for White to chop block the leg! Another grounded Dragon Screw! And then the inverted figure four, a modified TTO, “Tanahashi Tapped Out!”
Naito endures as White cranks on the legs! Naito crawls, claws and reaches but Naito pulls on the legs harder! Naito starts to fade and Red Shoes checks on him. Naito powers back up but flops back down as White moves him around. Naito crawls again, flails and claws for any ground he can gain, and gets the ROPEBREAK! Fans cheer the heart of Naito, but White reluctantly lets go at 4. White drags Naito but Naito holds tight to the rope. White clubs Naito but Naito refuses to let go right away. White gets Naito away and wants another leg lock but Naito SPITS in his face! White grabs the leg again but Naito boots him away! The two stand, Naito rolling kicks White down! Naito hobbles up, drags White up and whips, but White reverses. Naito reverses back, White waistlocks but Naito switches. White elbows and dodges, but runs into a SPINE BUSTER! Both men are down and Tokyo rallies!
Naito stirs and gets to his feet. Naito brings White up and hammerlocks, but White fight out of Gloria. White elbows Naito in the head over and over until he’s down on the mat, and even then he keeps throwing elbows. White drags Naito up, but Naito throws big forearms! Naito elbows White but Gedo gets in the ring! Red Shoes reprimands him, Naito spits at Gedo, but White swings on Naito. Naito dodges and enziguris, and manages the tornado DDT! Naito drags White back up and onto the top rope. Naito climbs up and spits on him more! SUPER STEINER! Fans fire up as Naito drags White back up. Hammerlock and GLORIA! Cover, TWO!! White survives but Naito isn’t frustrated. Naito drags White back up, wrenches and tilt-o-whirls but White drops down to avoid Destino. White grins, but gets a basement dropkick!
Naito wrenches, but White’s mule kick gets him in the knee. White whips Naito into Red Shoes! Red Shoes goes down and Gedo has a chair! But Naito kicks Gedo low! White LOW BLOWS Naito! White has Naito in the sleeper hold, but Naito standing switches to hit the Dragon Suplex first! Gedo gets back in but Naito kicks him first. And then gives Gedo a low blow kick! Turnabout’s fair play! But White SMACKS Naito with the chair! Naito wobbles and White hits a SLEEPER SUPLEX! White shouts for Red Shoes so this can end! White has Naito, but Naito fights off Blade Runner! White pulls Naito’s hair and spits in his face, SLEEPER SUPLEX! But Naito is right up, DESTINO OUTTA NOWHERE! Both men are down but Tokyo is thunderous! Naito rises slowly as he feeds on the energy of the crowd.
Naito drags White up, wrenches, but White reels him in! Naito slips out to SLAP White! And then suplex but White slips out, to gut wrench! Fireman’s carry and pop-up, POISON-RANA from Naito! Naito runs in, tilt-o-whirl, DESTINO! Cover, TWO!? White still lives?! But Naito fires up now, and he goes back to White! Naito drags White up, tries again, but White blocks! White spins Naito around, but Naito slips out to BRAIN BUSTER! Naito drags White up again, wrenches, tilt-o-whirl, DESTINO AGAIN!! Cover, Naito wins!!
Winner: Tetsuya Naito, by pinfall; NEW IWGP Intercontinental Champion
Naito’s destiny is drawing every closer! He has the Intercontinental Championship back and will head to Night 2! Who will Naito meet in a match of truly epic proportions?!
IWGP Heavyweight Championship: Kazuchika Okada VS Kota Ibushi!
The other half of Night 2’s historic match will be decided here! The Rainmaker rose back from despair in 2019 while the Golden Star has made NJPW his home. We’ve all been waiting for this moment since Ibushi won the G1 Climax, but which way will wrestling history go?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and these two modern legends face off on the doorstep of history!
Fans are already fired up for both men as they cheer and duel. Ibushi and Okada circle but keep their distance. They keep circling, approach and tie up. They are deadlocked until Okada gets around for a waistlock. Ibushi wrenches out to a wristlock, but Okada rolls and wrenches back. Ibushi rolls and trips Okada to trap a leg. Okada and Ibushi struggle for control, and Okada gets a leg over. Ibushi pushes the leg back but Okada gets a half nelson. Okada makes it a modified cradle cover, TWO and Ibushi cranks on Okada’s leg. Okada gets a chinlock and uses that to get free. Ibushi slips out to hammerlock Okada back. Okada gets up and the two go around. Okada works on an escape but Ibushi stays in his blind spot. Okada spins to reverse the hammerlock but Ibushi drop toeholds to get on Okada’s back.
Ibushi headlocks, gets the takeover but Okada headscissors. Ibushi pops out and the two back off, and the fans cheer the evenly matched match. Okada and Ibushi reset and circle again. They tie up with a knuckle lock and then another, but separate. They go again, Ibushi lunges in to get the waistlock. Okada stays low and manages to throw Ibushi over. Ibushi can’t get the headscissors counter so he fights his way up. Okada cranks harder on the headlock but Ibushi endures. Ibushi powers out but Okada runs him over, only for Ibushi to kip right back up! The two stare down and Okada throws a forearm. Ibushi returns it right back and a brawl begins! Okada slips around Ibushi, wristlock ripcords but Ibushi dodges! Ibushi fires off the strike fest and a ROUNDHOUSE! Standing moonsault! Cover, TWO! Fans cheer this exchange while Ibushi gets back up.
Ibushi chinlocks Okada and grinds him down, but Okada endures. Ibushi turns Okada over for a partial camel clutch and pulls back. Okada endures more, crawls towards ropes, but Ibushi cranks back harder! Ibushi traps the arm reaching, but Okada has the other, and he gets the ropebreak! Ibushi lets go of the hold but he stomps Okada down. Ibushi drags Okada back up but Okada throws forearms on him. Ibushi shrugs them off and KICKS Okada in the chest! Okada falls to his knees from not being able to breathe! Ibushi whips Okada, Okada dodges and dodges to hit the high-speed elbow! Okada turns the tables as he stands over Ibushi. Okada drags Ibushi up to whip him corner to corner. Okada hits the back elbow and DDT, cover, TWO!
Ibushi bails out but Okada pursues. Okada drags Ibushi up and rams him into railing! Ibushi writhes but Okada drags him up to drape over the railing. Okada hits a draping DDT to the floor! Ibushi is down and Okada leaves him be as he takes a walk around the ring. Red Shoes checks on Ibushi but he’s okay to continue. Okada finishes his lap to put Ibushi in the ring. Cover, ONE, but Okada keeps his cool. Ibushi, however, starts firing up. Ibushi throws a forearm to egg Okada on. Okada dares Ibushi to do that again so Ibushi does. Okada still wants more so Ibushi gives more! The provocation continues so Ibushi throws a BIG forearm! Okada kicks low and hits another DDT! Okada drags Ibushi up into a chinlock and clamps on tight.
Ibushi endures and even talks trash while he’s in the hold, so Okada bends Ibushi against his knee. Ibushi gets up and throws elbows to get free. Ibushi throws forearms again, but Okada catches the kick! Okada elbows the knee but runs into a dropkick! Fans cheer while both men are down. Ibushi sits up first and grits his teeth as he stands up. Okada gets up and Ibushi fires off fast forearms! Ibushi whips, Okada reverses but Ibushi enziguris on the run! Fans fire up with Ibushi while Okada gets to a corner. Ibushi whips Okada but Okada reverses. Okada runs in but Ibushi goes up and over, then catches Okada for a spinning powerslam! MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Both men are down again as Ibushi catches his breath. Ibushi is seething as he drags Okada up to whip again. Okada hits buckles hard and falls to the mat, but Ibushi won’t let up.
Ibushi waistlocks but Okada resists so Ibushi clubs him on the back. Ibushi runs in but Okada puts him on the top rope to dropkick off! Ibushi tumbles down to the floor and Okada takes this time to catch his breath. Okada then goes out to fetch Ibushi, clearing out some space. Okada whips Ibushi into the railing! And then BOOTS him over them! Signature Okada formula, and he rallies the fans up as he gets space. Okada runs and FLIES to crossbody Ibushi down! Tokyo fires up with Okada! Okada hobbles over to Ibushi and drags him back to ringside. They go back in the ring, which fans cheer, and Okada hooks Ibushi’s legs. Okada turns Ibushi over with the deathlock, and clamps on a crossface! Okada revives the Red Ink!
Ibushi endures and talks trash again so Okada cranks him back harder! Ibushi crawls forward but Okada cranks him away from the ropes. Ibushi powers his way back, and gets the ropebreak! Okada lets go right away, almost as tired as Ibushi. Okada brings Ibushi up and scoops him for a slam! Standard Okada, he heads for the top rope. Okada leaps, MACHO ELBOW! And also standard Okada, Rainmaker Pose! Okada drags Ibushi up and reels him into the wristlock. Ripcord, but Ibushi ducks to PELE! But Okada catches it and drags Ibushi up into Tombstone position! Ibushi flips it and tucks Okada in! BASTARD DRIVER!! But Ibushi is too exhausted to cover! Red Shoes checks on both men but both men are still good to continue.
Fans rally up and both men stir. Ibushi and Okada head for opposite corners, but then Ibushi shouts at Okada. Ibushi runs but gets a boot! Okada runs but into the DOUBLE STOMPS! Ibushi might’ve just crushed Okada! Okada slumps out of the ring and Ibushi takes aim. Ibushi runs to a corner, GOLDEN TRIANGLE! Fans are fired up with Ibushi now! Ibushi drags Okada up and into the ring, then heads to a corner. Ibushi demands Okada stand, and then he springboard missile dropkicks him back down! Okada ends up in the opposite corner, Ibushi runs in but is poppsed up for the Alabama! Ibushi fights out and lifts Okada, LAST RIDE!! Cover, TWO!! Okada survives and Ibushi can’t believe it! Fans rally still as Ibushi pays tribute to the King of Strong Style! Ibushi aims, “YAO~!” But Okada dropkicks Ibushi down! Okada flounders as he drags Ibushi up to the gut wrench, TOMBSTONE!
Okada fires up and brings Ibushi up again. Wristlock but Ibushi gets to the ropes! Red Shoes counts, Okada honors the break but he clubs Ibushi on the back. Ibushi holds the ropes but Okada clubs him more. Okada ROCKS Ibushi with a EuroUpper! Fans rally and duel as Okada catches his breath. Okada drags Ibushi back up, and throws another EuroUpper! But Ibushi has flipped the switch! Okada throws another EuroUpper but Ibushi just shrugs it off. And again! Okada throws a forearm but Ibushi just shrugs it off. Ibushi SLAPS Okada with the palm strike! Okada shotgun dropkicks Ibushi down! But Ibushi is right back up!?
Ibushi wipes his nose and Okada is frustrated. Okada walks into another palm strike! Ibushi body shots then DECKS Okada with a right! Red Shoes reprimands Ibushi for the closed fist, but Ibushi doesn’t even care. Ibushi kicks Okada while he’s down over and over, toying with him. Ibushi just CLOCKS Okada with another right! Ibushi has become a Golden Terminator! Red Shoes reprimands Ibushi as he keeps going after Okada with savage strikes! Okada can barely cover up, and some fans turn on Ibushi! Red Shoes tries to pull Ibushi away but Ibushi stays put, giving Okada more stinging kicks. Ibushi lets up finally, but the look in his eyes still say he wants to hurt Okada. Ibushi goes back and drags Okada up from the apron. Ibushi dead lifts Okada up higher, but Okada fights Ibushi off!
Okada drags Ibushi over and back into the gut wrench, but Ibushi powers it back to his favor! Ibushi aims but Okada slips free of the long dart! Okada boots then gut wrenches, APRON TOMBSTONE!! Ibushi hits the floor in a lump while Okada is exhausted on the apron. A ring count begins and Ibushi doesn’t respond even as it passes 10 out of 20. The count reaches 15, but only now does Ibushi stir! Ibushi realizes it’s at 16 an then 17 and forces himself up. 18, 19… Ibushi is in! But Okada is on him, Alabama to AIR RAID CRASH! Cover, TWO!?! Okada doesn’t take a moment to be shocked, DEATH VALLEY BOMB!! Cover, TWO!! Ibushi survives Heavy Rain but is still in a bad way. Okada drags Ibushi back up and into a waistlock. HARD GERMAN SUPLEX! Ibushi is folded but Okada isn’t done with him.
Okada shifts to a wristlock, but Ibushi fights out! Okada spins but it’s Ibushi who LARIATS! Ibushi and Okada slowly rise as Tokyo reaches a fever pitch again. Ibushi kicks and kicks Okada so that he’s back on the apron. Ibushi drags Okada up again, waistlocks again, and dead lifts for the SUPER GERMAN SUPLEX!! Cover, TWO!! No one can believe that Okada survived that! Ibushi wobbles to his feet but he still focuses on Okada. Ibushi scoops Okada and aims for a corner, but Okada slips out to gut wrench again! JUMPING TOMBSTONE! Okada keeps himself fired up as he drags Ibushi back into the wristlock. Ripcord, IBUSHI STEALS THE RAINMAKER!! Ibushi rises as Tokyo is electric again. Ibushi buzzsaws Okada then hits a BOMAYE!! Cover, ONE!?! WHAT!? So BOMAYE FROM BEHIND! Cover, TWO?!?
Ibushi won’t stop, he ROUNDHOUSES Okada down! Ibushi has both wrists, KAMIGOYE!! Cover, TWO!?!? Okada survives and again we’re in disbelief! But Ibushi won’t let up, he has the wrists again. KAMI- Okada dropkicks!! Both men are down but Tokyo Dome stays at that fever pitch! Red Shoes checks on both men but they’re both somehow okay to continue. Okada sits up first but Ibushi follows closely behind. The two sit up and Okada throws a forearm. Ibushi responds with one of his own. Okada gives Ibushi another, so Ibushi gives Okada another, too. The fans duel and rally more as Okada gives another forearm. Ibushi gives another of his own, and the two rise. Okada throws a fourth forearm but so does Ibushi. We have another brawl of forearms back and forth!
Okada fires off a series but Ibushi palm strikes and fires off a strike fest! BUZZSAW! Ibushi shows no mercy as he gives another! Okada sits up to get a STIFF back kick! And then Ibushi falls over! So much energy has been expended and yet these two still have something left to give! Ibushi stalks up behind Okada and drags him up to the top rope. Ibushi climbs up to join Okada, but Okada holds on for dear life! Ibushi underhooks the arms but Okada fights with everything he has. Okada throws forearms and sends Ibushi down! Okada adjusts, leaps, but into a SIT-OUT POWERBOMB!! Cover, TWO!!?? WHAT?! Ibushi drags Okada into the drop zone and heads up top! PHOENIX SPLASH FLOPS! Okada drags Ibushi up, DISCUS RAINMAKER!
But Okada isn’t done, he wants the original! Wristlock ripcord, RAINMAKER!! Cover, TWO!?!? Okada’s turn to be utterly shocked! Ibushi somehow survives but Okada grabs for his wrist again. Okada shakes his head, he won’t let Ibushi get this. POINT-BLANK RAINMAKER! But that’s not enough for Okada. Okada drags Ibushi up, THIRD RAINMAKER! Okada hits the pose, and again drags Ibushi up. Okada wristlocks, ripcords, but Ibushi ducks to ROUNDHOUSE! Okada flounders, into a V-TRIGGER!! Kenny Omega, are you watching?! But Okada counters Kamigoye into a TOMBSTONE! Wristlock, RAINMAKER!! Cover, OKADA WINS!!
Winner: Kazuchika Okada, by pinfall; still IWGP Heavyweight Champion
INCREDIBLE! Okada conquers the Golden Star! Okada has made history before as IWGP Heavyweight Champion, but now he will have the most historic opportunity of them all! Can Okada become the first-ever dual Heavyweight and Intercontinental Champion? Or is there no stopping Destino?
As for Ibushi, Okada does applaud his incredible resilience and effort. But things now shift to the fact that Naito has returned! Naito swings his Intercontinental Championship, the belt he holds both disdain and desire for. But Naito joins Okada in the ring to eye the belt everyone desires as it sits around Okada’s waist. Naito sets the Intercontinental Championship down to grab a mic. Naito asks Okada if he remembers what he said to Naito two years ago, after their own Wrestle Kingdom main event match. “Well, it looks like I’m back in that spot on more time.” Naito continues to say that he will become the first ever dual champion, because that is his goal and his destiny, “cabron!”
Okada looks down at the Intercontinental Championship and then at Naito. Okada lets Naito take his belt back, and Naito compares the two. Fans cheer, knowing how amazing this match will be just by looking at these two here. Okada holds up the Heavyweight Championship, but Naito poses with his Intercontinental Championship. Naito leaves the ring and surely preparations will begin. Who will hold both belts when all is said and down?
But now Okada takes his turn with the mic to address the Tokyo Dome crowd. “TOKYO DOME~! Thank you to the many people that have turned out here tonight.” To Ibushi, Okada thanks him for the fight of his life! And as for tomorrow night’s main event, Okada VS Naito, “Two years ago, what did I say? You wanna come in here and have that call?” Okada doesn’t give a DAMN what Naito wants, Okada is the STRONGEST IWGP Heavyweight Champion of ALL TIME! Okada adds that this wasn’t “to the rafters” event, but he still thanks everyone who came to see the best wrestling in the world! Okada promises that they’ll see the very best of NJPW and the very best of Okada, because once again, for Night 2, Okada will MAKE IT RAIN! But will Okada reign as a double champion? Or does Destino take away everything Okada’s worked for in one match?
I know I didn’t watch the entire event of about 4-and-a-half hours, but just taking the five matches I did from the night, I can’t believe Wrestle Kingdom 14 Night 1 could be anything other than amazing! The Intercontinental and Heavyweight Championship matches were obvious choices, but I felt going with the higher praised matches from Andrew Balaz’s review here would make for a great bit of action. The match with Liger and all the NJPW icons was a natural choice for the history being made. I suppose it makes a lot of sense that Liger doesn’t win here, and tomorrow night having THE final match for the living legend, it will be a huge honor for either Dragon Lee or Hiromu Takahashi to get a win off him.
The Texas Deathmatch, which was really more a Last Man Standing Match, was mostly because it had Moxley in it, and Moxley is a hot commodity right now. It makes a lot of sense for Moxley to win the title back when he didn’t lose it in a match but because of circumstances out of his control, aka the bad weather. The match itself was pretty good for a Last Man Standing match, as well as for a hardcore Moxley match. Ospreay VS Hiromu was amazing, and it’s so great that Hiromu wins back the belt he had to give up because of injury. Then both the White VS Naito and Okada VS Ibushi matches were great, with the latter being amazing. I could sense Naito was winning, but Okada VS Ibushi felt like it could’ve gone either way, and for great story in either case. But for one, it probably would be too soon for Ibushi to be Heavyweight Champion, and perhaps too soon for another Naito VS Ibushi match after how scary their previous one went.
Plus, with it being Okada VS Naito, it is just as hard to say who will make history as the double champion. Both are fan favorites, NJPW definitely has a lot of faith in both of them, this could very well be a coin toss. In the end, I just know it’ll live up to all the hype and excitement of such a moment.
My Score: 9.4
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Mitchell’s WWE WrestleMania 39 Results & Report! (4/1/23)
Lights, camera, action!
WrestleMania is ready for its close-up.
WWE is ready for the spotlight as WrestleMania Goes Hollywood! Austin Theory opens night one, but will he still be The Now after facing John Cena?
- WWE United States Championship: Austin Theory VS John Cena; Theory wins and retains the title.
- Men’s WrestleMania Tag Team Showcase Fatal 4 Way: The Street Profits VS The Alpha Academy VS The Viking Raiders VS Braun Strowman & Ricochet; The Street Profits win.
- Seth Rollins VS Logan Paul; Rollins wins.
- Six Woman Tag: Becky Lynch, Lita & Trish Stratus VS Damage CTRL; Becky, Lita & Trish win.
- Rey Mysterio VS Dominik Mysterio; Rey wins.
- SmackDown Women’s Championship: Charlotte Flair VS Rhea Ripley; Rhea wins and becomes the new SmackDown Women’s Champion.
- The Miz VS Pat McAfee; Pat wins.
- Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championships: The Usos VS Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn; Kevin & Sami win and become the new Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions.
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It’s the WrestleMania Kickoff Show, part 1!
Join Kayla Braxton, Wade Barrett, Booker T and Peter Rosenberg in discussing, analyzing and predicting all the action for this opening night of WrestleMania’s Hollywood weekend!
Backstage interview with Johnny Knoxville.
Cathy Kelly is with the Jackass lead man and brings up Sami & Kevin VS The Usos. What is Johnny feeling watching that match? Johnny still can’t stand Sami “snake in the grass, wolf in a creep’s clothing.” So the hatchet has not been buried? Nope, the hatchet has not been buried. Johnny wants to bury that hatchet into Sami’s back. Johnny thinks Kevin is gonna be dragged down by Sami. Well, maybe Kevin and Sami buried their hatchet, but Johnny says the Usos are gonna bang on Sami like the bottom of a Heinz 57 bottle. Well, thanks for joining the preshow, enjoy the night.
Here to sing America the Beautiful: Becky G!
Hollywood has its leading man.
There’s only one person on Earth distinguished enough to open tonight. The international intrigue, the biggest name with a smaller-than-average frame… Hey! The voiceover’s gonna do him like that? Good thing it’s just a voice or he’d get a boot and leg drop, brother. Ladies and gentlemen: Kevin Hart! As a storyteller, he’s here to tell a story. A Once Upon a Time in Hollywood type legend, full of legends. WrestleMania’s near four DECADE long legacy, the greatest show in live entertainment, now takes over Tinsel Town.
“Tonight, everybody’s going Hollywood. And I mean everybody!” Trailer after trailer, reference after reference, star power upon star power, action and adventure, romance, and always room for more. “Welcome, world, to WrestleMania Goes Hollywood.” What’s the pyro budget on this thing?
The Miz and Snoop Dogg are in the ring!
The Hollywood A-Lister, the host of WrestleMania, is here with the #DoggFather and WWE Hall of Famer, and Miz welcomes us to WrestleMania! “Tonight, my friend, Snoop, D O Double G, Snoop Dogg, the Dogg Father of WrestleMania and I are the perfect tag team to kick off WrestleMania Goes Hollywood, because believe it or not, we have a lot in common.” Snoop is a multi-time platinum recording artist, the King of Hip Hop, and Miz was in WrestleMania the Musical. Snoop has been in over 80 movies, and The Miz has been in the last four The Marine movies! Snoop is a WWE Golden Champion, and Miz is a TWO-TIME Grand Slam Champion!
So what Miz is saying is, he and Snoop are the same? Yep! Well, check it out, dawg, this isn’t about these two champions. It’s about the champions in the audience. Miz says Snoop is correct. Tonight, we will see some of the best of the best in a sold out SoFi Stadium! LA, Hollywood, worldwide, are you ready!? Tonight, you will see Charlotte Flair VS Rhea Ripley for the SmackDown Women’s Championship! The Usos VS Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn for the Undisputed Tag Team Championships! Miz told Snoop the pop would be good. And those are just a taste of how awesome tonight is gonna be.
But no more talk! Time to get to the action! Snoop says “Let’s fire it up!” And starting off this already massive weekend is…
WWE United States Championship: Austin Theory VS John Cena!
The Youngest WWE United States Champion in WWE history says he is The Now of WWE. But he is facing the SIXTEEN TIME World Champion! Cena already said that Theory was not ready for WrestleMania, but will he prove it? Or will Austin prove he isn’t just a theory?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if The Now is still the future!
The bell rings and fans rally behind Cena. Theory and Cena circle, feel things out, and knuckle lock. Cena goes for a leg, Theory gets away, and Cena smirks. The two go again. tie up collar ‘n’ elbow, and Theory headlocks. Cena powers up and powers out to run Theory over! Theory gets up in a huff and Cena dusts himself off. The two go again, tie up, and Cena chinbars to wrangle Theory down. Theory gets up but Cena headlocks. Cena headlocks for a takeover, fans rally, and Theory fights up. Fans duel, “Let’s Go, Cena!” “Cena Sucks!” Theory pries the hold open, wrenches to headlock back, but Cena powers out, to run Theory over!
Theory scrambles to ropes and Cena smirks as he dusts himself off again. They tie up, Cena puts Theory in the corner, and Cena lets off as the ref counts. Theory huffs and puffs, he and Cena go again, and Cena powers Theory back. Theory turns things around, he has Cena in the corner, and he BITES Cena’s ear! Cena gets pissed but Theory runs away. Cena protests to the ref but Theory CLOBBERS him! Fans boo as Theory rains down fists, then Theory talks trash. Cena sits up, Theory brings him into a facelock and snap suplex. Cover, TWO! Theory smirks as he stands over Cena. “This is the past!”
Theory brings Cena up to snap suplex again. Cover, TWO! Theory grins, “You think he’s still got it? No!” Theory soaks up the heat from all the booing fans, then he brings Cena back up. But Cena blocks the suplex to suplex back! Fans fire up while both men are down! Cena and Theory stand, Cena ROCKS Theory but Theory ROCKS Cena! Cena fires off more hands, whips Theory to a corner, then runs in, into an elbow! Theory somersaults to BLOCKBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Theory grows frustrated but he gets his smirk back as he paces around. Theory goes out to the apron and climbs up the corner.
Theory soaks up the heat as he poses, and then he goes back to the apron. Slingshot, somersault, SHOTGUN! Cover, TWO! Cena is still in this and Theory grows further frustrated. Theory goes back out, climbs up the corner again just to taunt the fans, then he reloads. Slingshot, somersault, but Cena dodges! Cena drags Theory into the STF! Theory flails and fans fire up! Theory pries at the crossface, and BITES Cena’s hand! The ref counts, Cena lets go, and Theory CLOBBERS Cena! Fans boo more but Theory just mocks the “You Can’t See Me.” Theory taunts the fans, he mocks Cena, and he ROCKS Cena with haymakers.
Theory says Cena is wrong, and so are the people. Theory ELBOWS Cena down and then stands on him with cocky cover. TWO, but Theory grins. Theory brings Cena up to snapmare and stomp! Fans boo as Theory continues to mock Cena. “You’re gonna believe in me!” Theory brings Cena up to snapmare and stomp again! Theory dusts his boot off, taunts the fans with it, then mocks the shoulder shimmy. Theory snapmares, and stomps, but Cena blocks! Cena stands, fireman’s carries, but Theory flails! Theory gets free to DDT! Cover, TWO! Theory argues the count, saying it was more like five, but the count was fair.
Theory waits on Cena to stand in the corner. Theory runs in to clothesline! Cena falls, Theory flexes, but fans boo more. Theory does laps in the ring, “That’s All Day!” Theory runs in at Cena, but Cena dodges! Theory hits buckles, Cena ROCKS him with a haymaker! Theory hits back, they go haymaker for haymaker! Cena whips, Theory reverses and Theory puts on a SLEEPER! Cena flails, but he starts fading! Theory squeezes tight, but Cena gets a second wind! Theory jumps onto Cena to be a backpack! Cena drops to a knee, but fans rally and Cena gets a third wind! Cena rises and RAMS Theory into buckles!
Fans fire up as Cena gets free. Cena runs, and he throws those SHOULDER TACKLES! Theory swings, into the SPIN-OUT BOMB! Fans fire up, because “YOU CAN’T SEE ME~!” Cena runs to FIVE KNUCKLE SHUFFLE! Theory staggers around, into the fireman’s carry! But Theory grabs ropes! Cena yanks Theory away but they knock the ref over! Drop toehold, STF!! Theory is caught but the erf is down! Theory taps and Cena thinks he’s won, but he didn’t realize what happened to the ref! Theory LOW BLOWS!! Fireman’s carry, A-TOWN DOWN!! Cover, THEORY WINS!!
Winner: Austin Theory, by pinfall (still WWE United States Champion)
Fans boo but there’s nothing that can be done! Theory cheated the living legend to get the biggest win in his career! Is this proof Cena was right? Was Theory not ready? Or is this a sign of Theory’s veteran savvy?
Titus O’Neil is here!
The WWE Global Ambassador and Real Deal is on commentary because he knows a bit about tag teams!
Men’s WrestleMania Tag Team Showcase Fatal 4 Way: The Street Profits VS The Alpha Academy VS The Viking Raiders VS Braun Strowman & Ricochet!
Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins, Chad Gable & Otis, as well as Erik & Ivar, have all been teams for a considerable amount of time. However, the Monster of All Monsters and the King of Flight have been on a roll since forming their team. Will Braun & Ricochet prove that they are truly a winning combination? Or will another duo stand out under the bright lights?
In this type of Fatal 4 Way, only two teams are legal at one time. Gable starts against Ricochet, they circle but are wary of the other teams. Ricochet shoots in to roll Gable up, TWO! Gable swings, misses, Ricochet handsprings but into an ANKLE LOCK! Ricochet scrambles, reaches out, rolls and throws Gable away! Gable avoids the Profits, Ricochet headlocks for a takeover, Gable headscissors. Ricochet kips free, rolls reverse, Gable kips free and whips Ricochet, Ricochet stops from going tot he Viking corner. Ricochet tackles Gable, jackknifes, but Gable bridges up and spins to a backslide, ONE!
Ricochet stands but into a kicks! Gable points to Otis, “A Thank Yew!” Gable whips, Ricochet reverses, Gable goes up and over but Otis tags in. Gable sunset flips, Ricochet rolls through, Otis CLOBBERS Ricochet! Otis tags back to Gable, the Academy whip and CLOBBER Ricochet! “SHOOOSH~!” Fans boo, but Ricochet hurdles Gable! Hot tag to Braun! But Otis steps to him! But so do Dawkins and Ivar! The biggest men get in, but then so do their teammates! All eight men are in the ring, the ref wants order, but it’s just a brawl! Fans fire up as Ivar fires off on Dawkins, Erik has Gable, Braun has Otis and Ricochet has Ford!
Braun ROCKS Otis, but Erik KNEES Braun, then Ivar HEEL KICKS! Braun falls out, Erik CLOBBERS Dawkins! Ivar KNEES Gable, then feeds Gable to Erik’s KNEE! Ricochet runs in, into a pop-up, and LARAIT GERMAN SUPLEX COMBO! Ford returns but the Vikings mug him, then lift him up! RAGNAROK!! The Viking Raiders stand with “Valhalla” Sarah Logan, but Braun creeps up behind them! Fans fire up and the Vikings turn around, into a DOUBLE SHOULDER TACKLE! Fans fire up with the Monster, but Gable waistlcosk him!? Braun elbows free, scoops Gable, but Gable scoops free and goes to the corner! CHAOS THEORY!!! Bridging cover, TWO!!
Fans are thunderous while Gable is shocked! Gable is shocked he didn’t win, but we’re all shocked he pulled that off! Gable goes to the corner, climbs up, “A THANK YEW~!” But Dawkins tags in. Gable DIVING HEADBUTTS but flops! Dawkins goes up, but Ivar tags in! Dawkins SWANTONS, but FLOPS! Ivar goes up, and Valhalla says put a twist on it. Ivar turns around to WARBEARD MOONOSAULT! But he FLOPS, too! Braun goes up top!? MONSTER SPLASH!! Cover, EVERYONE breaks it! Hollywood is going wild for that one! Otis roars and he brings Braun up to scoop, WORLD’S STRONGEST SLAM!!
Otis tears off the shirt and gets the truffle shuffling. Otis goes to a corner, goes up top, but Ford GAMANGIRIS him first! Otis falls, Ricochet tags off Braun! But Ford GAMANGIRS Ricochet, too! Gable trips Ford, he and Erik go up after him. Otis and Ivar join in, and then Ricochet joins in! We get a TOWER OF DOOM!! The Double Electric Chair Superplex Crossbody makes everyone lose their minds! Fans are thunderous as Dawkins tags back in. Braun DECKS Dawkins first, then looks outside. Braun gets on the tracks! The Strowman Express TRUCKS Gable, TRUCKS Erik, Dawkins hides so Braun TRUCKS Otis!
Round two! Ivar, Gable, Dawkins POUNCES Braun!!! Dawkins is fired up as he derails the Strowman Express! Dawkins and Erik brawl, Ricochet SPRINGBOARD SHOOTING STARS them down!! LA is electric as Ricochet puts Dawkins in! GAMANGIRI, and then Ricochet goes up top! For the SHOOTING STAR, onto knees! Dawkins keeps Ricochet in place, as Ford comes in FROM THE HEAVENS!!! Cover, PROFITS WIN!!
Winner: The Street Profits, by pinfall
Dawkins & Ford celebrate, they just took down the dynamic duo of Braun & Ricochet! With this big win, will the Profits be waiting on the other side of Usos VS KO & Sami for another shot at the tag titles?
Xavier Woods is backstage.
Woods welcomes us to the set of UpUpDownDown, and he’s got Liv Morgan, Tyler Breeze, Pete Dunne & Ridge Holland here ahead of Seth Rollins VS Logan Paul. They used WWE 2K23 to sim the match to see who has the best chance of winning tonight. They like the entrances, the very accurate recreations of the gear, and the expansive moveset each man has. According to the sim, Rollins wins 58% of the time. But will that be how it plays out in real time? Liv thinks so but the proof will be when that bell rings.
Seth Rollins VS Logan Paul!
The Visionary, the revolutionary, the Architect does NOT like the ImPAULsive Influencer. Logan just wants fame and fortune, but Rollins feels Logan can do that by staying in his lane. Will Rollins force Logan to do that by running him off the road? Or will #OneLuckyPunch be all it takes for Logan to go from influencer to legit?
“City of Angels, I’m back. Did you miss me?” Logan is lifted into the air and recreates HBK’s iconic zipline entrance, because it’s Logan’s birthday! And then he has a Prime energy drink mascot dancing around to walk with him to the ring. Meanwhile, Hollywood musical conductor, Jasper Randall, helps lead the fans in singing, “OH~ OHH~ OHHH~!” before the “BURN IT DOWN!” Rollins then struts down the ramp in a massive red jacket and shining red pants. Rollins takes a moment to revel in the Los Angeles choir singing, and then the bell rings. Rollins and Logan stare down, and the two circle.
The two tie up, Rollins headlocks and laughs, then shifts around to hammerlock and shove Logan away. Fans cheer and Rollins revels in it again. Logan shrugs it off, and the two go again. They tie up again, Rollins headlocks again, but Logan wrenches free to a top wristlock. Logan headlocks, Rollins works on the escape, and he powers out. Things speed up, Rollins hurdles but then redirects to run Logan over! Fans fire up but Logan is right back up. Rollins dodges to mule kick, run, but Logan avoids the stomp! Logan kips up and the two stare down again. They tie up, Rollins headlocks, but Logan powers out.
Things speed up again, Logan hurdles and drops, then hurdles again, to TOSS Rollins up and out! Flashback to the Royal Rumble! Fans boo but Rollins keeps cool, even as Logan mocks the singing. Rollins returns to TACKLE Logan! Rollins throws hands, Logan shoves him away, they end up in a corner. Rollins goes after Logan but he gets out, only for Rollins to drag him up by his hair! Logan HOTSHOTS! ROUNDHOUSES! Slingshot, BUCKSHOT! Logan grins and taunts Rollins. Rollins rises, Logan prepares that metal fist, mocking Roman Reigns’ lock ‘n’ load. BODY SHOT! Rollins falls, but Logan fires off more shots!
The ref has Logan back off with Rollins on the ropes. Logan comes back, whips, and kitchen sink knees! Fans boo but Rollins writhes. Logan paces, gets the legs, and he stomps Rollins in the stomach! Logan digs his heel in, lets off, then waits on Rollins. Rollins stands, Logan fireman’s carries, but Rollins fights free! Rollins shoves Logan toa corner, runs in, but Logan dodges! The splash hits buckles, and Logan springboards, CROSSBODY! STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Another cover, TWO! Logan is annoyed and covers again, TWO! Rollins is frustrated now, mostly in himself.
Fans sing for Rollins again but Logan kicks low. Logan whips, Rollins reverses and ROCKS Logan with a forearm! And again! But Logan turns things around to a RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP, into a GROUND OCTOPUS! Rollins endures, fans rally, and Logan pushes up to put on the pressure! Rollins powers up, gets one leg off of him, and he CHOPS Logan down! Logan elbows back! Rollins CHOPS, Logan ELBOWS! Fans keep signing, the brawl on the mat continues, and Rollins gets the edge with the CHOPS! And a fishhook of Logan’s nose! Rollins swings, into a GUT WRENCH SLAM! Cover, TWO!
Logan rains down fists on Rollins but fans boo. The ref reprimands, those are closed fists, so Logan lets off. Logan watches Rollins stir, and he goes to the corner. Logan box jumps up, MOONSAULTS but FLOPS! Rollins avoids a bit of disaster, and Logan crawls to ropes. Rollins runs in and forearms! And he fires off furious fists! The ref backs Rollins off, but fans fire up with Rollins. Logan swings! Rollins dodges, and he rallies with clotheslines! Rollins doesn’t let Logan rest! “You wanna play with the big boys? C’mon, bitch!!” Rollins TOSSES Logan out, revenge for the Rumble, but that’s just the start.
Fans sing, Rollins builds speed, and he DIVES! Direct hit on Logan into barriers! Rollins reloads, to DIVE again! And then Rollins DIVES again! The hattrick is complete and fans are thunderous! Rollins is all fired up and he glares down at Logan. Logan crawls toward Mr. Prime, but Rollins runs in to STOMP the hand!! Logan clutches his punching hand, and Rollins grins. Rollins and Logan both get in the ring, and Rollins kicks low. Rollins reels Logan in, underhooks the arms, but Logan lifts Rollins up! Rollins sunset flips, TWO! Logan stacks Rollins, TWO! Rollins sunset flips! TWO, cradle! TWO, ghost pin, TWO!
ONE LUCKY PUNCH!!! But Logan clutches the hand! Rollins is still down, Logan crawls to the cover, TWO!?!? Rollins survives and Hollywood is loving it! Logan goes to a corner, the fans are singing, but Logan runs in! CURB- NO! SIT-OUT POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Logan escapes in time, and both men go to the corners. “This is Awesome!” as Rollins aims again. But Mr. Prime drags Logan to safety? Because it’s KSI!! Logan’s business partner and best friend! But Rollins WRECKS Logan with a dropkick! Rollins gets in KSI’s face, but Logan POSTS him! Logan and KSI celebrate, then clear off the Spanish announce desk!
Logan drags Rollins over, puts him on the table, and KSI has a phone out. Logan wants to revisit Crown Jewel, but Rollins puts KSI on the desk!! VLOG SPLASH through KSI!! Rollins puts Logan in, brings him in, underhooks and PEDIGREE!!! Cover, TWO!??!? Logan survives and no one can believe it! It is a standing ovation in every section of SoFi! Rollins goes to the corner, he watches Logan rise, and the singing returns. Rollins runs in, ROLLING ELBOW! But Rollins keeps Logan up to turn him, DREAM SMASHER ELBOW! Logan is down and Rollins resets in the corner. Rollins aims, runs in, but Logan fireman’s carries!
Logan hits a GO TO SLEEP!! A shout out to another guy Rollins isn’t really into these days, and Logan hurries up top! FROG SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!!! Rollins survives and Hollywood is shocked again! Logan stomps Rollins to a corner, stomps him a little more, then goes to the adjacent corner. Logan climbs up, to go COAST2COAST into a SUPERKICK!! Fans are thunderous again as Logan flounders! Rollins is electric as he runs in, CURB STOMP!!! Cover, ROLLINS WINS!
Winner: Seth Rollins, by pinfall
Happy birthday, Logan! Here’s your song: “OH~ OHH~ OHHHH~!” Blow out the candles and make a wish, but just remember who won at WrestleMania! Will this victory bring the Visionary back to the top of the mountain?
Six Woman Tag: Becky Lynch, Lita & Trish Stratus VS Damage CTRL!
The Man has been dealing with the Role Model, #CobraKai and the Evil Genius since SummerSlam back in August, beat them at WarGames, but nothing has stopped them from messing with her. So now, as a WWE Women’s Tag Team Champion with one “extreme daredevil,” and bringing in “the blonde bombshell” to even the odds, will this story finally have its Big Time finale? Or will Bayley, Dakota Kai & Iyo Sky be the ones with the last say?
The trios stare down, and then they start brawling! Fans fire up, Lita kicks Sky out, Trish does the same ot Dakota and Becky does the same to Bayley. Then Becky runs to WRECK Kai with a dropkick! Becky puts Kai back in, the bell rings, and Becky dodges a boot to clinch. Kai fights the Manhandle Slam! Sky slides in but slips away as Becky rushes over. Kai SCORPION KICKS then fires off on Becky in the corner. Tag to Bayley, Bayley fires off, then tag to Sky. Sky digs her boots in, swings and DOUBLE KNEES! Bayley talks trash, Sky covers, TWO! Sky drags Becky up and around, whips her, but Becky reverses to put Sky int he ropes.
Becky CLUBS, UPPERCUTS, but Sky blocks the sobat to trip her! SPRINGBOARD MISSILE DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! Fans rally while Sky drags Becky back up. Tag to Bayley, then tag to Kai. DMG CTRL brings Becky around, DOUBLE BACK SUPLEX NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Kai grows frustrated but she smiles as she stands over Becky. Kai mocks Becky to reach for her team, then hip drops her down. Kai drags Becky up, bumps her off buckles, then kicks the legs out. Kai goes side to side to BOOT WASH! Cover, TWO! Kai drags Becky over, tags Bayley, and Bayley hip drops Becky now.
Bayley taunts Lita, brings Becky up, but Becky JAWBREAKERS! Kai tags in before Becky TOSSES Bayley. Kai runs in but Becky DROPKICKS her first! Both women are down, they crawl for their corners, and Kai grabs Becky’s foot. Bayley trips Trish! No tag, Kai bumps Becky off buckles! Tag to Sky, she and Kai double whip. Kai & Sky set up but Becky KICKS Kai and CLOBBERS Sky! All three women are down, Becky crawls again, but Kai keeps her from Lita! Kai whips Becky to a corner, runs in, but Becky puts her on the apron! Kai stumbles, Becky crawls, but Kai just runs at Lita! Lita DECKS Kai, then tags in!
Lita rallies on Sky, BLASTS Bayley, goes after Sky more, then whips, Sky reverses, Lita tilt-o-whirls and ranas Sky away! Lita whips, Sky goes up and over, but Lita goes upside-down to DEADLY NIGHTSHADE! Fans fire up, Lita runs in to KNEE Sky in the back! Lita waistlocks, Sky switches, but Lita elbows and CRAVAT DRIVERS! Cover off “Vertigo,” TWO! Fans rally as Lita brings Sky back up. Lita whips, Sky reverses, but Lita elbows her away. Then headscissor SLAM! Lita goes back up but Bayley distracts! Lita DECKS Bayley, BOOTS Sky, but Kai ENZIGURIS! Lita falls, Sky covers, TWO!!
Sky drags Lita over, tags Kai, and Kai tags Bayley. DMG CTRL surround Lita, count it out, TRIPLE SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO!! Lita survives and Bayley is furious! Bayley mocks Trish now, bumps Lita off buckles, and DMG CTRL gets away with mugging Lita. Bayley stands on Lita, DMG CTRL poses together, and fans boo. The ref counts, Bayley steps off, and then Bayley tags Sky. Sky has Lita against ropes and bends her back! Sky talks trash in Japanese, Bayley talks trash in English, but the ref reprimands them all. Tag to Kai, she CHOKES Lita on the ropes! Kai lets off as the ref counts, then covers, TWO!
Lita is hanging tough but DMG CTRL keeps focus. Kai drags Lita up, bumps her off buckles, and tags Bayley. Bayley tags Sky, they bring Lita around to double lift, but Lita slips through! DOUBLE DDT! Fans fire up as all three women are down! Kai panics, but Lita crawls her way over, hot tag to Trish and Kai! Trish dodges Kai, BOOTS Bayley, fires off on Kai, but Sky runs in, Trish SMACKS Sky, whips Kai and hits a THESZ PRESS! Fast hands! Kai pushes Trish away but Trish bumps her off buckles. Trish CHOPS, CHOPS, and puts some stank on it before she CHOPS again! Trish headlocks, gets Bayley involved, DOUBLE TAKEOVER!
Fans fire up as Trish dodges Kai to hit a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up as Trish whips Kai to a corner. Trish runs corner to corner, but into an elbow! Kai goes up, but Trish headscissors! Kai pushes Trish away, no Stratusphere here! Kai adjusts, but Trish ROCKS her! Bayley & Sky drag Trish down, Trish fights them off! FLYING FOREARMS from Becky and Lita! They give Trish the boost, to SUPER STRATUSPHERE onto DMG CTRL! Fans are thunderous as the heroes put Kai back in! Trish baits Kai in, into a SPINEBUSTER! High stack, TWO!! Kai survives but Trish drags Kai around.
Trish bumps Kai off buckles, tags in Lita, and the old rivals whip Kai to the corner. They set up, POETRY IN MOTION! Tag to Becky, the legends double snapmare Kai so Becky can drop THE MAN’S LEG! Cover, TWO!! But into the DISARM-HER!! Lita & Trish intercept DMG CTRL but Bayley gets free! KNEE for Becky! DROPKICK for Trish! Bayley drags Kai to the corner, tags herself in, and she says, “This is who you love, huh?! The Man?” Bayley drags Becky up but Becky SLAPS her! Becky eggs Bayley on, Bayley DECKS Becky! BLINDSIDE LARIAT! ROSE- NO, Becky body shots to a SAIDO!
Becky clinches, MAN- NO, Bayley slips out, shoves Becky at the ref! The ref dodges, Sky SHOTEIS! ROSEPLANT!! Cover, Lita breaks it! Fans fire up as Lita says no no no. Lita TOSSES Sky, Kai BOOTS Lita down! Trish gives Kai some STRATUSFACTION! But Bayley hits a BAYLEY2BELLY! But Becky rolls Bayley, TWO!! Becky SPEARS Bayley to the floor! Sky goes up the corner! For the OVER THE MOONSAULT onto everyone!! Fans fire up with all six women down on the outside! The ring count is climbing , though! We’re at 8 of 10! All six women spring in at 9.5!! The teams regroup and Becky stares Bayley down.
Bayley talks trash on Becky, but she tags Sky. Lita tags in, then she tags Trish. Sky tags Kai, and now all six women brawl again! Sky puts Trish in a corner, Kai avoids Twist of Fate! Lita gets Sky to TWIST OF FATE her! Kai runs in, to get a CHICK KICK! Lita goes up, she gets the LITASAULT on both Kai & Sky!! Bayley FLAPJACKS Becky, hoists her up top, then climbs up after her! But Becky turns things around into a SUPER MANHANDLE SLAM!! Cover, Becky’s team wins!!
Winners: Becky Lynch, Lita & Trish Stratus, by pinfall
The Man and the legends conquer DMG CTRL! Will this mean Becky & Lita can finally move on from Bayley and her buddies? Or will there still be a sequel coming?
Bad Bunny is here!
The hit rap artist and host of Backlash in Puerto Rico this year is here to watch this lucha libre family affair.
Rey Mysterio VS Dominik Mysterio!
Just a year ago, this father and son were tag team champions together. But something, or rather someone, dark corrupted Dominik and turned him against his lucha libre legend father. Rey tried so hard not to lose his temper, but Dom would not stop pushing him. Now, this blood bond becomes a blood feud. Will Rey quite literally smack some sense into his son? Or will Dom end his father’s Hall of Fame career with his own two hands?
“Ex-Con Dom” has a video package dramatizing his time in prison, and making it as if he’s being transported directly from there to the arena. In fact, a police escort brings the correctional facility van to ringside. And many more officers exit the van before Dom hops out, wearing a version of his father’s purple Phantom mask! Fans boo the disrespect as Dom is being brought to ringside in cuffs. And mother and sister ringside are even more disappointed. As for Rey, he comes out with Snoop in a low rider! “Da game is to be sold, not to be told.” And then it’s EDDIE GUERRERO’S THEME!! Fans fire up for that Latino Heat!
Rey high-fives Snoop, hops out, and now Rey’s theme of Booyaka 619 plays. Rey is cosplaying The Flash, will he look to finish this match as quickly as possible? Rey and Dom stand face to face, the ref has the bell ring, and fans fire up. Dom shoves Rey, but Rey nods. They circle, Dom flexes, but Rey just sighs. The two tie up, Dom uses his height to push Rey back but Rey puts Dom on ropes. Dom turns that around, Rey powers Dom away, and Dom arm-drags Rey away. Fans boo as Dom soaks up the heat. Dom and Rey reset, Dom soaks up the heat some more, and the two tie up again. Dom waistlocks, SLAMS Rey down, then keeps on him.
Rey moves around, Dom holds on tight, and the two stand. Rey throws elbows, then runs to throw Dom out of the ring! Fans fire up, Rey eggs Dom on, and Dom gets frustrated. Dom slides in, storms up on Rey and shoves him. Rey shoves back! Dom headlocks, Rey powers out, but Dom runs him over! Dom SPLASHES, runs, but Rey drops. Dom kicks low, whips, but Rey reverses and follows to RANA! Dom flounders to a corner and wants a timeout, Rey flexes now. Fans fire up and Rey revels in the cheers. Dom gets flustered but he gets back up. Dom and Rey circle, fans rally behind Rey, and that annoys Dom.
Dom and Rey feel it out, but Dom SLAPS him! Dom whips, Rey reverses then runs in, tilt-o-whirl rana POSTS Dom! Rey takes off his belt! Rey SPANKS Dom with the belt! Dom flops out of the ring and fans fire up! Dom is upset, and he asks mom, “You gonna let him do that to me?” Mom says “YES!” Dom takes his sister’s drink and SPLASHES her with it! Rey keeps Aalyah from getting in, and Dom CLOBBERS Rey! Dom CATAPULTS Rey into the POST! Aalyah is upset but she has to stay on that side of the barriers. Dom goes after Rey, puts him in the ring, and does the Latino Heat. Fans boo, so Dom just soaks it up.
Dom slingshots to SENTON! Cover, TWO! Dom puts Rey on the ropes and CHOKES him! The ref counts, Dom lets off, and Rey goes to a corner. Dom RAMS into Rey, then whips him corner to corner hard! Rey bounces off buckles, and Dom climbs up to soak up all the heat. Dom then kicks Rey around, brings him up, and hooks him up in the Cobra Twist. Dom mocks Rey to give up, but Rey endures. Fans rally up, Dom digs his elbows in, but Rey fights. Rey hip tosses free! Rey runs, Dom drops, Rey slides under, and then Rey arm-drags Dom! Dom wrenches to kick low and ROCK Rey! Dom goes up and up to FLYING ARM-DRAG!
And Dom holds onto the knuckle lock to reel Rey back in! MICHINOKU DRIVER! Cover, TWO! Rey survives but Dom talks more trash. Dom kicks Rey around, brings him up and runs with him, to BULLDOG HOTSHOT! Rey falls, Dom smirks at his mom and sister, and then goes back to Rey. Dom YANKS Rey out to the floor! Dom talks some trash on mom and sister, saying they won’t do anything. Mom SLAPS Dom!! Rey POSTS Dom! Rey kisses Angie and fans cheer more! Rey puts Dom in the ring, then climbs up the corner. Dom stands, into the SEATED SENTON! Rey keeps moving, springboard CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO!
Rey drags Dom up, whips him to the ropes, but Dom KICKS back! Dom whips Rey to the corner, but Rey goes up an dover to sunset BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Dom survives but Rey gives us some Latino Heat and fans fire up. Rey paces around Dom as fans chant for “EDDIE! EDDIE!” Rey eggs Dom on, Dom wants mercy, but Rey kicks low. Dom RAMS Rey into the ring! Wait! Damian Priest and Finn Balor are here! Dom runs in but Rey BOOTS him! Rey whips Dom, Dom reverses, but Rey reverses back. Dom reverses again, Rey goes up and over then runs in, but Dom ALLEY OOP BOMBS Rey into buckles!!
Judgment Day is all fired up for that! Dom drags Rey to a cover, TWO!! Rey survives but Dom gives more Latino Heat. Dom brings Rey up, to snap suplex! Uno Amigo! Fans boo as Dom continues, Dos Ami- NO, Rey slips free! Rey CLUBS Dom, goes up and over and RANAS Dom onto ropes! Rey dials it up, 619!! Fans are thunderous as Rey goes up the corner! But Finn distracts the ref! Priest grabs at Rey, but Rey kicks him away. Dom DECKS Rey! Priest takes off his jacket while he coaches Dom up. Dom and Rey rise, Dom drags Rey up, and Dom whips Rey hard into a corner. Dom then Electric Chair Lifts, but Rey throws hands!
Rey RANAS Dom and himself out of the ring! They’re at Finn’s feet, but Priest joins him. Fans boo, but here comes LWO!! Cruz, Wilde and Escobar beat up on Judgment Day! Fans fire up, Priest fights off Cruz and Wilde, LARIAT for Wilde and BOOT for Cruz! But Escobar DIVES! Priest hits the desk! Rey and Dom get in the ring, Dom LARIATS Rey! Dom gets the legs, CATAPULT! Rey is on the ropes, Dom dials it up! Fans boo for Dom’s 619!! Dom goes to the corner, climbs up top, and hits the FROG SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!?!? Rey survives and Dom can’t believe it! The fans are thunderous, though, as Rey survives!
Dom blows snot at the fans, then unties a crossbar! The ref reprimands as Dom completely bares the buckle. The ref has Dom back off, then tries to fix the situation. But Dom goes to Priest’s jacket, and he brings out a CHAIN! The ace in the hole! Dom aims, but Bad Bunny snatches the chain! Rey DROPKICKS Dom onto ropes! Redial, 619!! Rey goes up top, for the FROG SPLASH!! Cover, Rey wins!!
Winner: Rey Mysterio, by pinfall
Bad Bunny helps out as justice is served! Rey celebrates with his wife and daughter while Finn & Priest get Dom outta there. Will there ever come a time when Dom returns to his senses? Or is this only going to push him further into the darkness?
SmackDown Women’s Championship: Charlotte Flair VS Rhea Ripley!
As the Queen said herself, the more things change, the more they stay the same. Three years ago, Charlotte won the Royal Rumble to challenge a champion, in one NXT Women’s Champion, Rhea Ripley. But now, Rhea won the Rumble and is going after champion Charlotte. Will Rhea eradicate Charlotte’s reign this time? Or will the Queen still have her crown?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who reigns over SmackDown!
The bell rings and fans fire up already. Rhea and Charlotte stare down, Rhea smirks, and the two circle. Charlotte tests the ropes and grins back as fans “WOO~!” Rhea and Charlotte approach, tie up, and go around. Charlotte goes for an arm, wristlocks, and slaps Rhea around! Charlotte headlocks but Rhea powers out. They RAM shoulders, Rhea rebounds and she runs Charlotte over! Rhea says ‘SUCK IT!” then things speed up. Charlotte blocks hip toss to get a leg up and flip around. Rhea swings but misses, and now Charlotte runs Rhea over! Charlotte clotheslines Rhea up and out! Fans “WOO~!” while Rhea scowls.
Charlotte eggs Rhea on, Rhea slides back in, and the two reset. Rhea shoves Charlotte, “You think you’re the queen, huh?” Charlotte says she is. They shove each other, then Charlotte CHOPS! Rhea RAMS Charlotte to a corner, RAMS into her more, but lets off as the ref counts. Rhea tells the ref to shut up, but Charlotte ROCKS Rhea! And ROCKS her again! Charlotte whips, Rhea reverses, but Charlotte goes up and out. Charlotte BOOTS Rhea, hurries up a corner, and CROSSBODIES! Charlotte bounces off the cover, brings Rhea up, but Rhea elbows her! And again! Charlotte GAMANGIRIS in return!
Charlotte puts Rhea’s leg on the ropes, but Rhea stops the knee drop! Electric Chair SNAKE EYES! Fans rally, Rhea stomps and kicks Charlotte around, then smacks her off the mat. Rhea hip drops Charlotte down, then she soaks up the cheers and jeers. But Charlotte ROCKS Rhea! And again! Rhea kicks low, bumps Charlotte hard off buckles, and Charlotte falls tot he mat. Rhea drags Charlotte to a cover, TWO! Rhea kicks Charlotte, CLUBS her, then CLUBS her again. Rhea wraps on a body scissor and she puts on the squeeze. Charlotte endures, Rhea pulls hair but the ref reprimands. Rhea lets go of hair to focus on the squeeze.
Rhea CLUBS away on Charlotte’s back, makes it a full rear mount, and she taunts Charlotte while digging her face into the mat. Rhea keeps on the squeeze, pulls hair, but then Charlotte pulls hair! Charlotte rains forearms down, Rhea kicks her away, and Rhea gets up, only for Charlotte to roll her up! TWO, Charlotte swings into a spin. Rhea ROCKS Charlotte with a forearm to the back! Then another one! Rhea seethes, she ROCKS Charlotte again! Charlotte drops to her knees while Rhea seethes and fans fire back up. Rhea brings Charlotte up, whips her again, but Charlotte elbows Rhea away!
Charlotte BOOTS, but Rhea ducks the chop! GERMAN SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! Rhea grows annoyed with Charlotte but she looms over her. Rhea taunts Charlotte, brings Charlotte up and short arm LARIATS! Rhea stands Charlotte up again, for another short arm LARIAT! Rhea grins and fans rally up as Rhea drags Charlotte back up. But Charlotte swings, only for Rhea to ripcord. But Charlotte ROCKS and ELBOWS Rhea! Rhea runs in, into a BACKBREAKER and BUCKLE SHOT! Rhea flounders away but Charlotte takes aim! Charlotte rallies with lariats on Rhea! Fans fire up, Charlotte brings Rhea up and CHOPS!
Charlotte CHOPS more, and fans “WOO~!” CHOP after CHOP against the ropes, Rhea end s up in a corner but Charlotte just CHOPS more! The ref counts, Charlotte stops, but then CHOPS one more time to top it off. Charlotte then puts Rhea’s leg on the ropes, to KNEE DROP the knee! Rhea screams and scrambles away while clutching that knee! Charlotte revels in the cheers and jeers, runs in but Rhea puts her on the apron. Charlotte ROCKS Rhea first, then bumps her off buckles! Rhea staggers away, Charlotte fires herself up and climbs the corner. Charlotte CROSSBODIES again! But Rhea rolls through!
Rhea picks Charlotte up, but Charlotte throws elbows! Charlotte gets free, but Rhea pump handles! RIP- DDT!! Cover, TWO!!! Rhea survives the sudden counter and Charlotte is shocked! Charlotte refocuses, goes for legs, but Rhea kicks her away! And again! Then Rhea cradles, TWO!! Charlotte escapes, but DOUBLE BOOTS take both women down! Fans are thunderous as Rhea and Charlotte both sit up in a daze. Rhea slaps some sense into herself, and she crawls her way over to Charlotte. Rhea throws a forearm, but Charlotte gives it back. They stand, Rhea CLUBS Charlotte, but Charlotte ROCKS her back!
Charlotte counter punches again and again but Rhea kicks low! Rhea stomps a foot, smashes Charlotte off her knee, but swings into a scoop! EXPLODER! Both women are down again, but Charlotte kips up! Fans fire up, Charlotte feeds off the energy, and she sees Rhea in the drop zone. Charlotte steps on Rhea on her way to the corner, then climbs up top. But Rhea springs up behind her! Charlotte fights Rhea off, but Rhea returns! SUPER GERMAN SUPLEX!! Cover, TWO!!! Charlotte survives and Rhea is beside herself! Rhea snarls, drags Charlotte back up, and she back suplexes, only for Charlotte to land on her feet!
CHOP BLOCK! NATURAL SELECTION! Cover, TWO!!! Charlotte is stunned, but Rhea bails out. Rhea crawls, Charlotte makes her way over to ropes, but the ring count is climbing. Charlotte goes out after Rhea, runs in, but Rhea sends her into steel steps! Charlotte clutches her shoulder, but Rhea puts her back in. Rhea hurries to drag Charlotte up! Atomic FACEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Rhea is again stunned, and she snarls as she stalks Charlotte. Rhea drags Charlotte up, pump handles, RIP- NO, Charlotte slips free to GERMAN SUPLEX! Rhea flounders away to a corner, but Charlotte waistlocks again!
Rhea holds the buckle pad, Charlotte gets her to let go, and she GERMAN SUPLEXES again! Charlotte still holds on, she brings Rhea back up but Rhea elbows her! And elbows again! Rhea is free, she switches and GERMAN SUPLEX Charlotte completely upside-down! Rhea drags Charlotte up again, “This is Awesome!” as Rhea ROCKS Charlotte and waistlocks again. Charlotte fights the waistlock, throws elbows, and Rhea lets go. Charlotte BOOTS Rhea down! Cover, TWO!! Rhea survives and Charlotte checks her jaw. The fans rally up as Charlotte gets Rhea’s legs. Charlotte steps through, but Rhea kicks at Charlotte!
Rhea throws forearms, Charlotte lets go and stumbles away. Charlotte’s got some blood in her mouth but she just ignores that. Rhea is on the apron, Charlotte runs over to BOOT Rhea down! Charlotte then goes to the apron, but has a devious idea on her mind. Charlotte climbs the corner! Fans fire up as Charlotte ARIHARA MOONSAULTS! Direct hit at the ramp and Charlotte is all fired up! Charlotte puts Rhea back in, hurries after Rhea and tackles her! But Rhea kicks Charlotte away! Charlotte run sin, but is almost sent into the ref! Rhea HEADBUTTS Charlotte! Pump handle, RIPTIDE!!! Cover, TWO?!!??!
Fans cannot believe that Charlotte survives, and neither can Rhea! Rhea pleads with the ref, but no, that was still just two! Rhea snarls, she drags Charlotte back up, and uses a chinlock to stretch her out! Rhea throws Charlotte back down, then drags her back up, but Charlotte cradles! TWO!!! Rhea escapes in time, and grabs the legs! PRISM TRAP!!! Charlotte endures the inverted Cloverleaf and fans are thunderous! Rhea thrashes Charlotte around as she hangs off the mat! Charlotte claws her way forward, reaches out, and manages the ROPEBREAK! Rhea won’t let go, but then Charlotte rolls to send Rhea into the ref!
Rhea apologizes to the ref, and turns around into a SPEAR!! Cover, TWO!!! Now Rhea shocks Charlotte! Charlotte is flabbergasted and upset, but she says, “You want my place? You want me?!” Rhea and Charlotte start throwing forearms! They go back and forth, faster and rougher, again and again! Fans are loving this as Rhea ROUNDHOUSES! But Charlotte BOOTS! And she gets the legs! But Rhea scrambles to the ROPEBREAK!! Charlotte is frustrated but lets go at 4. Rhea drags herself to the apron while Charlotte sits and seethes. “This is Awesome!” as Charlotte mutters to herself about Rhea’s defiance.
Charlotte drags Rhea up, POSTS her, then climbs up the corner. Charlotte drags Rhea up to join her, but Rhea fights with elbows! Rhea is free, but Charlotte CHOPS! Rhea wobbles, but she SMACKS Charlotte off the top of the post! Charlotte is slumped up there, an d Rhea grins an evil grin! Rhea says this is HERS now! Rhea climbs up, pump handles Charlotte, SUPER RIPTIDE!!! Cover, RHEA WINS!!!
Winner: Rhea Ripley, by pinfall (NEW SmackDown Women’s Champion)
The brutality makes the dream a reality! Rhea almost can’t believe it, but she really has dethroned The Queen! And yet, Charlotte smiles? Is she oddly proud of the woman who took her title? Will Rhea make sure every Friday is now Judgment Day?
Backstage interview with Austin Theory.
Byron Saxton is with The Now, and says some “nefarious” tactics gave Theory a win over the GOAT, John Cena. Where is Theory’s head at right now? “I said it, I did it, and I made John Cena believe. Do you believe in Theory now?” Theory laughs and leaves, but will anyone accept this reality?
The Miz and Snoop Dogg are back in the ring!
Miz says what an incredible first night it has been! Ladies and gentlemen, tonight’s attendance is… 80,497!! Snoop says the only thing better than that would be if Miz had a match tonight. Wait, what? Yeah, Miz should’ve had a match tonight. Well, Miz does agree with him. So Miz sent out a text, an email, posted to Twitter, Instagram and even MySpace. He put out an open challenge, but no one responded! Everyone knows Miz is the toughest man in the WWE! Why? Because he’s the Miz! And heeeeee’s… AWESOME! But wait, what? PAT MCAFEE IS HERE?!? And it ain’t no April Fool’s, either!
Corey Graves is upset but Michael Cole is pumped! McAfee gets in the ring, he gets himself a mic, and he says, “Hello, beautiful people~! Sup, Snoop? Sup. Legend Dogg! Bets Dogg! Hello, Miz. I think I speak for all of us, and I think I live on social media, I’ve been on the Twitter, I’ve been on the Instagram, I’ve been on the Facebook. None of us saw this alleged open challenge that you set. But good news: This is my WrestleMania tank top. I see nothing but space and opportunity, magic on the horizon. If you would still like a match, why don’t you let me beat your ass right here, right now?”
Miz asks the fans if they wanna see Miz VS McAfee right here and now? They do! Miz takes off the jacket, and says there is nothing that he would rather do than whoop McAfee. But he is the host, and he cannot make matches official. Uh, what? Miz, your tiny balls are showing. “TI-NY BALLS! TI-NY BALLS!” Fans echo that and Miz gets annoyed. Snoop asks wait, what? Well, if Miz can’t make this official, there are 80,497 people here. Someone has to be able to make a match official, right? Snoop says as the Dogg Father and cohost, he can make that happen! We got a ref, we got Miz and we got Pat, let’s do it!
The Miz VS Pat McAfee!
Miz says wait! But Miz said he wanted to. Snoop gets outta the ring, the bell rings, and Miz turns around! Pat fires off hands! The ref counts, Pat lets off and fans fire up. Miz staggers, but he runs in, into a SPINEBUSTER! Fans fire up as Pat stands on the corner. Pat then storms up on Miz, puts him on the top rope, and he goes up to join him! Miz fights back, shoves Pat away, but Pat flips to land on his feet! Miz leaps, into a SUPERKICK! Miz flounders out of the ring in a daze, and Pat waits on him. Fans chant “TINY BALLS!” while Miz flounders up. Pat mocks Miz and his meat. Corey tells Miz to think big!
Miz says to hell with it. Miz goes to leave while fans boo, but then he sucker punches George Kittle! But that just pisses Kittle off! He hops the railing, Pat distracts the ref, and Kittel CLOBBERS Miz!! Fans fire up and Kittel tells Pat to go up. Pat goes up, he aims at Miz, SUPER CANNONBALL! Fans fire up, Pat and Kittle high-five and put Miz in the ring. The ref reprimands Kittle, but Pat aims from the corner. Fans fire up with Pat and he unlocks the leg. PUNT!! Cover, Pat wins!
Winner: Pat McAfee, by pinfall
Fans cheer as Pat humbles the Hollywood A-Lister! Will we get even more big surprises on night two?
Lil’ Uzi Vert is here!
Fans fire up as Vert performs live, I Just Wanna Rock. And that’s all to cue up #WeTheOnes!
Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championships: The Usos VS Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn!
For over 620 DAYS, Jimmy & Jey have been the ones in the WWE Tag Division. But because of Bloodline’s family drama full of manipulation, deception and betrayal, they are now facing two men as close as brothers who both have a reason to stop the madness. Will the Prizefighter and Great Liberator accomplish both goals of winning gold and helping the Usos break away from The Tribal Chief? Or will Jimmy & Jey put “WrestleZAYNIA” on lockdown?
The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see if night one has either a happy or tragic ending!
The teams sort out and Jimmy starts against Sami. Fans fire up as Jimmy talks smack on Sami. Fans sing “OLE~, OLE OLE OLE~!” for Sami while Jimmy talks with Jey. Jimmy fires Jey up, and tags him in. Fans fire up as now Jey and Sami circle. They tie up, are in a deadlock, but then Jey shifts to headlock. Sami powers up and out, but Jey runs him over. Jey eggs Sami on, then raises the finger. Fans are torn but Sami keeps cool. Sami and Jey circle, tie up again, and they’re in another deadlock. Jey headlocks again, but Sami powers up and out again. Sami drops, then CLOBBERS Jey! Sami rains down fists from all sides!
Fans fire up as Sami paces around Jey. Sami stands Jey up, ROCKS him, then whips. Jimmy tags in and Jey reverses the whip. Sami ducks but Jimmy dumps him out! Jimmy waist on Sami to stand up, then CLOBBERS him! Jimmy eggs Sami on, brings him up and POSTS him! Jimmy stalks Sami, refreshes the ring count and tags Jey. Jimmy then holds Sami for Jey to DIVE! Direct hit and Sami hits barriers! Kevin storms over but the ref has him stay back. The Usos talk trash on Sami, Jey brings Sami up, and snap suplexes to the floor! The ring count is climbing, Jey refreshes it again, and he drags Sami into the ring.
Jey stands Sami up, ROCKS him with a right, and Sami sits down. Jey pie faces Sami to ropes, then CLUBS away on him! The ref counts, Jey let off, but Jimmy BOOTS Sami down! Fans boo but Jimmy soaks up the heat. Jey holds up the finger, but Sami lurches for Kevin! Jey drags Sami back, tags Jimmy, and Jimmy stomps Sami down. Jimmy then sucker punches Kevin! The ref reprimands but Jimmy taunts Kevin. The ref has to stop Kevin from rushing in, and Jimmy stands Sami up. Jimmy CHOPS Sami, and Sami staggers into the Uso corner. Tag to Jey, Jimmy holds Sami in place for the forearm smash! Cover, TWO!
Jey keeps his eyes on Kevin, and he keeps Sami from him. Jey wraps on a chinlock, fans rally up, and Sami fights up. Sami throws body shots, reaches for Kevin, but Jey whips Sami away. Sami holds ropes, BOOTS Jey, then he DECKS Jimmy! Jey runs in but Sami TOSSES him! Fans fire up as Sami crawls his way over! Hot tag to Kevin! Kevin goes up the corner to SUPER CANNONBALL the Usos! Kevin drags Jimmy up to POST him! Then he CLOBBERS Jey! And he CLOBBERS Jimmy! Kevin puts Jey in, then FROG SPLASHES Jimmy on the floor! Kevin goes up top, FROG SPLASH on Jey! Cover, TWO!
Jey survives but Kevin aims at him. Jey stands, Kevin kick slow, but no stunner! Jey POP-UP NECKBREAKERS! Cover, TWO! Jey stalks Kevin, puts him in the Uso corner, then snarls as he storms up. Jey puts Kevin up top, climbs up after him, but Kevin fights back! Jimmy tags in, but Kevin fights him off, too! Kevin HEADBUTTS Jey down! Kevin adjusts, SWANTON BOMBS but onto knees! Jimmy USO SPLASHES! Cover, TWO!! Kevin survives and fans fire up! Kevin crawls to a corner, Jimmy aims from the opposite. “UCE! SO! UCE! SO!” Jimmy runs in, but Kevin avoid the hip attack! SUPERKICK! ANOTHER SUPERKICK!
Kevin runs corner to corner, “SUCK IT!” CANNONBALL! Fans fire up and Kevin goes up top again! But Jey anchors him! Kevin fights Jey, Sami gets Jey with an APRON BRAINBUSTER!! SWANTON BOMB!! Cover, TWO!?!? Jimmy survives and the fans can’t believe it! Sami hurries to the corner, Kevin tags him in! Sami goes up top now, he aims at Jimmy, and he raises the finger! SAMI SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!!! Jimmy survives Sami’s take on the Usos’ favorite move! Sami shakes his head, and fans sing for him again. Sami drags Jimmy up, but Jimmy blocks the lift! Jimmy CLUBS away on Sami, and SUPERKICKS Kevin!
Sami shoots around, to BLUE- NO, Jimmy still fights it! Jimmy HEADBUTTS, tags Jey, but Sami BLUE THUNDER BOMBS Jimmy! Jey SUPERKICKS! Jey drags Sami up, whips him and SUPERKICKS him down! Cover, TWO!! Jey snarls, he tells Sami to get up, and Sami sits up. SUPERKICK! Jey pushes Sami back down, then he takes off his shirt. Jey throws the shirt at Sami, tags in Jimmy, and Jimmy SUPERKICKS! Jey SUPERKICKS! The Usos DOUBLE SUPERKICK! Cover, Kevin breaks it!! Jey SUPERKICKS Kevin! Kevin flops out of the ring, Jimmy says it’s time to execute. Tag to Jey and the Usos stalk Sami.
Jey sits Sami up and tells him this is it. The Usos DOUBLE BLINDSIDE SUPERKICK!! Cover, TWO?!?! Jey is growing further frustrated but the fans rally up. Sami feebly grabs at Jey but Jey pushes him away. Jey talks with Jimmy, and Jey tags Jimmy back in. Sami sits up but then flops over. Sami tries again, he’s on his knees, and the Usos SUPERKICK SANDWICH!! Cover, TWO!?!?? How is Sami doing this!? The Usos are pissed with the ref but the count is the count! Tag to Jey again, they circle Sami like sharks, and they bring him back up. The Usos say this is what he gets, and they double whip, but Kevin trips Jimmy!
Sami sunset flips Jey, TWO!?!? Jey escapes, but Kevin SMACKS Jimmy off the desk! And again and again and again! Kevin clears off the desk, drags Jimmy up onto it, and reels him in! But Jey hurries to save Jimmy! Jimmy UPPERCUTS then SUPERKICKS! Kevin wobbles, the Usos hurry up onto the desk with him, DOUBLE UREANGE through the OTHER table!! Jey says that’s what he gets! “Look at you now!” The ring count climbs, but the Usos leave Kevin behind to go back to Sami. Sami sits up in a daze, Jey tags Jimmy. Jey reels Sami in, ONE AND DONE!!! Cover, TWO!?!?!? IS SAMI EVEN HUMAN!?!?
Jimmy and Jey are in utter disbelief, but Jimmy tags Jey back in. Jey taunts Sami as Sami flounders to the corner. Why won’t Sami quit? HUH!? WHY!? Jey SLAPS Sami and wants a response. Sami mutters and mumbles as Jey keeps SLAPPING him! Jey throws forearms now! The ref counts, Jey UPPERCUTS Sami! Sami leans against the buckles, and Jey backs away. Jey watches Sami flop in the corner, drag himself back up, then flop down again. Fans rally for Sami as hard as ever, but Jey runs in, to HELLUVA KICK!!! Sami falls against Jey, and Jey says this is what they do. Sami should’ve never left-
EXPLODER INTO THE CORNER!! Sami had one last gasp in him!! And somehow, Kevin is back!? Kevin’s just as inhuman as Sami! Sami crawls his way, to hot tag Kevin! Jimmy rushes in, but Kevin dodges, to POP-UP POWERBOMB! POP-UP POERBOMB for Jey!! Kevin calls to Sami, Sami runs in to HELLUVA KICK Jimmy! Kevin STUNNERS Jey!! Cover, TWO!?!? Jey survives and Kevin can’t believe it! All four men are down, exhausted, and the fans are thunderous! “This is Awesome!” as Sami and Kevin regroup on one side of the ring and the Usos go to the other. Kevin helps Sami stand, the Usos help each other.
Kevin and Sami stare down with Jimmy and Jey. Fans fire up all over again, and Kevin shouts, “LET’S END IT!” THE BRAWL IS ON! SUPERKICK for Sami! SUPERKICK for Jimmy! SUPERKICK for Jey! Kevin whips, Jimmy tags Jey and Jey leap frogs! SUPERKICK! SUPERKICK! DOUBLE SUPERKICKS!! DOUBLE SUPERKICKS for Sami! The Usos set Kevin up in the drop zone and the Usos each take a corner! DOUBLE USO SPLASH!!!! Cover, TWO?!?!?!?! THIS IS UNHEARD OF!!!! The Usos have no explanation for how Kevin and Sami have lasted this long! Kevin drags himself up with the ropes, but Jey is right on him.
Jey stands Kevin up, to then back off and tag Jimmy. The Usos run in, DOUBLE SUPERKICKS!! Kevin slumps right down, and Jimmy says to finish this with “a big one.” Tag back to Jey, they hoist Kevin up top, but Sami drags Jimmy out! Sami TOSSES Jimmy, Kevin hits the SUPER FISHERMAN BUSTER!! Jey flounders around, Sami hurries back over! Kevin crawls, to hot tag Sami! The hottest tag ever! Sami glares right at Jey, and then he runs in to HELLUVA KICK!!! Jey falls against Sami now, and Sami says, “I’m sorry, Uce.” He sets Jey up for another HELLUVA KICK!!!! Jey is wobbling, Jimmy returns, into a STUNNER!!
Sami sets Jey up for a THIRD HELLUVA KIIIIICK!!!!! Cover, SAMI & KEVIN WIN!!!!
Winners: Sami Zayn & Kevin Owens, by pinfall (NEW Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions)
621 days, and DONE! The Hollywood ending comes true for Kevin and Sami! They are not only tag team champions for the first time in either man’s WWE career, they are finally tag team champions TOGETHER! Jimmy & Jey are no longer the ones, that title, and the tag team titles, belong to Kevin & Sami! Is this only the beginning of the Bloodline’s fall?
What an awesome first night for WrestleMania! Now, a two hour kickoff show where there’s no kickoff match is a bit much, and it seems they’re gonna do it again tomorrow, probably with more reactions to tonight than predictions, since they took care of most of that today. Though, we did get great stuff from all the celebrity guests, and I like that Knoxville stood by not liking Sami Zayn. And really good opening vignette from Kevin Hart, he’s always great.
Anyway, every match tonight was great from top to bottom, even that surprise appearance of Pat McAfee to face The Miz. Pat is hilarious, and he is kinda the perfect crossover celebrity since he’s also a big part of traditional sports talk. Plus, fans love seeing Miz be humbled so that was a good move there. But someone not being humbled is Austin Theory, as he cheats to win. But of course he was gonna do that, he’s the Heel. Theory inflates his ego more, though not as much as I was expecting, i.e. partying backstage the whole time. Being obnoxious to that level is still more a “Happy” Baron Corbin thing, I suppose.
The Showcase tag matches may have just been put together to get more teams on the shows and all that, but the whole match turned out to be great stuff. I’m a little disappointed there was no involvement from Maximum Male Models, but maybe MMM will find Otis on Raw to try and get it through to him to join them. And in terms of the win, I didn’t see the Profits winning, but fans love the Profits so that was fine. Nice plug for UUDD and WWE 2K23, and y’know what? Turns out they were right, Rollins won. Logan again impresses, regardless of what side he plays or if fans like him, but it was clever for him to have a buddy in disguise. But Rollins winning, he’s gonna do nothing less than MITB this year, can’t wait to see what happens for Backlash in a month.
Great Six Woman Tag, and I liked the Sin City comic book superhero stuff for the Face team entrance. And again, another “make the fans happy” move by having the Faces win, but from storytelling, it doesn’t seem right. What does DMG CTRL do other than break up? How are Kai & Sky supposed to get the titles like this? Granted, the Women’s Showcase is tomorrow, maybe Ronda & Shayna win so they can challenge Becky & Lita. Rey VS Dom was great stuff, especially in the storytelling department. Getting the rest of the family involved was logical, but wow, Dom splashing his sister with her drink. I was surprised Finn showed up with Priest, but great move for the new LWO, aka Legado, to show up and fight them off, and have Bad Bunny stop the cheating.
And of course, holy crap the final two title matches tonight. No wonder WWE was torn between the women’s title and the tag titles for main event. In the end, Charlotte VS Rhea goes before the tag titles, but they definitely gave us a main event performance just to show everyone what they can do. That was high level, they deserve to be in the conversation for match of the year. The tag titles main eventing does make sense on the level that it’ll parallel Cody VS Roman tomorrow. The story of the Bloodline’s dominance has, well, dominated the WWE for over a year, and this tag title match was definitely worthy of the spot. Great action, great storytelling, though quite a lot more false finishes than I expected. Kevin & Sami winning was the right call, and was definitely catharsis for Sami. And this will all definitely affect Roman tomorrow, can’t wait to see that main event.
My Score: 9.1/10
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Mitchell’s NXT Stand & Deliver Results & Report! (4/1/23)
Who will be the shining stars in Hollywood?
NXT lands in Hollywood, with all the titles on the line, AND an Unsanctioned match between Johnny Gargano and Grayson Waller! What will NXT’s landscape look like after this blockbuster night?
- Kickoff Show – High Stakes 8 Person Tag: Chase U & Tyler Bate VS The Schism; Chase U & Bate win and own the rights to Chase University.
- NXT Women’s Championship Six Pack Ladder Match: Roxanne Perez VS Zoey Stark VS Tiffany Stratton VS Lyra Valkyria VS Gigi Dolin VS Indi Hartwell; Indi wins and becomes the new NXT Women’s Champion.
- NXT Tag Team Championships Triple Threat: Gallus VS The Creed Brothers VS Tony D’Angelo & Channing Lorenzo; Gallus wins and retains the titles.
- NXT North American Championship Fatal 5 Way: Wes Lee VS Dragon Lee VS Ilja Dragunov VS JD McDonagh VS Axiom; Wes wins and retains the title.
- Unsanctioned Match: Johnny Gargano VS Grayson Waller; Gargano wins.
- NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships: Fallon Henley & Kiana James VS Alba Fyre & Isla Dawn; Fyre & Dawn win and become the new NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions.
- NXT Championship: Bron Breakker VS Carmelo Hayes w/ Trick Williams; Melo wins and becomes the new NXT Champion.
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It’s the Stand & Deliver Kickoff Show!
Join Peter Rosenberg, the hosts of The Masked Man Podcast, David Shoemaker and Kazeem Famuyide, and the host of Busted Open, Dave LaGreca, in discussing, analyzing and predicting all the action in the first event of a huge weekend in Hollywood!
Kickoff Show – High Stakes 8 Person Tag: Chase U & Tyler Bate VS The Schism!
This is the moment of truth for Andre Chase, Thea Hail, Duke Hudson and the Big Strong Boi! They’ve been fending off Joe Gacy, Rip Fowler, Jagger Reed & Ava Raine for months now, but now the fate of the university rests on this one match! Will the #FourRootsOneTree take away everything Chase U has fought for? Or will this be the biggest #TeachableMoment of all time?
The teams sort out and Professor Chase starts against Rip. They tie up, go around, and Rip headlocks. Chase powers out but Rip runs him over. Things speed up, Rip whips Chase but Chase counters the hip toss. Rip blocks Chase’s hip toss, but Chase hits low, gets a leg up, and flips through to arm-drag. Chase wrenches but Rip ROCKS him! Tag to Jagger, they each kick, and Chase CHOPS! Tag to Bate, even though Duke was reaching out. Bate UPPERCUTS and whips, but Jagger reverses. Jagger runs in, blocks the boot but gets the KNEE! Bate goes up and FLYING UPPERCUTS! cover, ONE!
Bate wrenches Jagger, Duke tags himself in, and he argues with Bate! Chase stops them, but then Thea tags in! Ava steps in as fans fire up! Ava has her first taste of in-ring action, but then chooses to tag out to Gacy. Thea says to get Ava back in, Chase steps in to move her aside, and Gacy BLINDSIDES Chase! SPLASH in the corner, then an URENAGE! Gacy spells it out?! S! C! H! But then Chase blocks that! He ROCKS Gacy with haymakers! Tag to Bate, they keep on Gacy then double whip him to a corner. Bate gives Chase the boost, BIG forearm in the corner, followed by an UPPERCUT! Bate feeds Gacy to the scoop and SLAM!
SHOOTING STAR FIST DROP COMBO! Cover, TWO! Gacy scrambles away and he tags in Ava! Thea steps back in and she’s all fired up! Ava shoves Thea , but Thea shoves back! They tie up, Ava throws Thea down, and Ava taunts the “little girl.” Thea gets up, gets a waistlock, but Ava throws her off. Ava KNEES Thea, CLUBS her, and suplexes. Cover, TWO! Ava drags Thea around by her hair, pulls on her ears, and dribbles her off the mat. Fans rally for Thea but Ava SLAM DUNKS her down! Ava soaks up the heat, brings Thea up but Thea fires off forearms! Fans fire up, Ava swings but misses, Thea kicks and kicks!
Thea runs in to UPPERCUT in the corner! HALF HATCH SUPLEX! SENTON! Thea shakes the ropes, then springboard SENTONS! Cover, Jagger drags her away! Fans boo but Bate tags in. Bate fires off UPPERCUTS on Jagger, then headlocks to bop him with his foot. And again! Fans rally for the Big Strong Boi but Jagger elbows him away. Jagger whips, Rip tags in, things speed up, and the Dyad DOUBLE FLAPJACK Bate onto ropes! Rip taunts Bate, “This was never your fight!” Rip SLAPS Bate, CLUBS away on him with forearms and elbows, then whips him to ropes to CLOBBER him!
Rip continues to taunt Bate, brings him up, but Bate blocks the suplex! Bate suplexes Rip! Fans fire up as Bate takes Rip up and over! Rip and Bate crawl, hot tag to Gacy! Gacy back suplexes, Bate lands on his feet, fakes Gacy out and hot tags Chase! Chase rallies on The Schism, atomic drop for Gacy then a scoop SLAM! Chase goes to the corner as fans fire up! Chase climbs, leaps, CROSSBODY! Hot tag to Bate, even as Duke reaches out. Full nelson, REBOUND LARAIT DRAGON SUPLEX! Cover, Jagger breaks it! Bate fires off on The Dyad for that, haymakers and CHOPS! But Rip DUMPS Bate up and out!
Jagger and Rip mug Chase, so Duke steps in! Fans fire up as Duke fires off hot hands! But the Dyad double kick, double whip, only for Duke to break through and DOUBLE LARIAT! Fans fire up for Duke, he JABS, JABS and JABS Jagger, to flip, flop and U! Bionic Elbow! Duke DECKS Rip, drags him up and puts him in a corner. But Ava steps in to SLAP Duke! Thea CLOBBERS Ava! Jagger ROCKS Duke, drags Thea off Ava, but Thea says “YOU!” She stomps Jagger’s foot, then QUEBRADAS into a TORNADO DDT!! Fans fire up as Thea chases Jagger out! But Gacy BOOTS Duke! Bate is back! He blocks the boot, Bop up, BANG!
Gacy fights the underhooks but Bate rebounds! Gacy dodges, handsprings, but Gate ducks! Duke runs in, Gacy dodges, the BOOT hits Bate!! The Dyad drags Duke out! Gacy hits Bate with the UPSIDE-DOWN!! Cover, Chase breaks it!! Gacy fires off on Chase in anger, tags in Rip, and tag to Jagger. The Schism form up, POWERBOMB BACKSTABBER!! Ava drags Thea back into the ring! Ava WASTELAND SLAMS Thea! The Schism taunt Chase U, but Duke steps up! What’s he gonna do against them all? Fans fire up as Duke eggs them on! But Gacy has the others stand down? Gacy walks up to Duke and whispers something in his ear.
Fans chant for Duke, but The Schism offers Duke a shirt! Duke takes off his Chase U shirt!? Fans boo as Duke takes the Schism shirt, and Chase pleads Duke not to do this! Duke puts the Schism shirt on?! Is he a root of the Tree now?! The Schism hug Duke, and Chase is in disbelief. Fans chant “You Sold Out!” at Duke, but Duke backs up behind The Schism, to RIP the Schism shirt! Chase U attacks The Schism! Chase U gets surrounded, but QUADRUPLE BOPS lead to QUADRUPLE BANGS! And then they ALL spell it out! C! H! A! S! E! U! What’s that spell!? “CHASE U!!”
Hot tag to Duke, Bate FLIES and Thea SPRINGBOARDS to take out The Dyad! FRAT LINER for Jagger!! Cover, Chase U wins!!
Winners: Chase U & Tyler Bate, by pinfall (Chase University still belongs to Chase U)
Fans cheer as Duke proves he still bleeds black ‘n’ red! Will this new chapter in the school’s history be the best one yet?
Are you ready to Stand & Deliver?
The hosts, Pretty Deadly, says tonight is a night of headlines. NXT returns to Tinsel Down, so the tasty snacks are here to bring you the incredible spectacle that is Stand… And Deliver! #YesBoy! A Six Pack Ladder Match for the women’s title? That’s a show-stealer! Then a Fatal 5 for the North American title, a bustling hive of tag team wrestling, a dysfunctional duo taking on a devious one, and the return of Johnny Gargano to exact revenge on Grayson Waller “in a match so brutal, it could take years off your career.” But biggest of all, the future of NXT will be decided by a collision 18 months in the making.
The lights are ready, the cameras are rolling, and the action starts now! It’s time for NXT Stand…! And Deliver!
NXT Women’s Championship Six Pack Ladder Match: Roxanne Perez VS Zoey Stark VS Tiffany Stratton VS Lyra Valkyria VS Gigi Dolin VS Indi Hartwell!
Just as it looked like we would need to crown a brand new champion this weekend, the Prodigy makes a heroic return! But now that means she’ll have to face the FIVE women who earned this opportunity. Will Roxie survive it all to stay champion? Or will there be a new NXT Women’s Champion after all?
The introductions are made, the belt is already high above the ring, and we see who literally rises to the challenge!
The bell rings and fans fire up as all six women look up. Then Lyra and Indi go outside while STark goes after Gigi and Roxie goes after Tiff! Lyra and Indi RAM ladders like, well, rams, and then put those down cuz that hurts. Tiff turns things around on Roxie, Gigi does the same with Stark. Stark knees Gigi, Indi and Lyra DOUBLE LARIAT! Stark GERMAN SUPLEXES Gigi, Tiff fireman’s carries Roxie. Roxie slips off, Stark ROCKS Tiff, then Roxie rolls and headscissors to go around and around, and send Stark into Tiff! Then she UPPERCUTS Stark down! And UPPERCUTS Tiff!
Roxie rolls, but Lyra runs in, Roxie dodges, to THESZ PRESS! Roxie rains down fists, Lyra shoves her away but Roxie kips up and fires up! Fans are with her, but Stark runs in. Roxie dumps Stark out onto Indi, then DIVES, to get just Indi! Fans fire up more, Roxie gets herself a ladder, only for Tiff to DROPKICK it into her! Gigi ROCKS Tiff, CHOPS Stark, repeat! Gigi whips Stark to ropes, BOOTS her down, then dodges Tiff to spin and ROUNDHOUSE! Fans fire up for Gigi as she goes to get herself a ladder. Tiff and Stark brawl, Tiff whips but Stark dodges to DROPKICK the ladder into Gigi!
Stark blocks Tiff’s boot, back suplexes, but Tiff lands on her feet to RANA! Stark handsprings through! Tiff blocks a superkick but DOUBLE FOREARMS rock them both! Indi CLOBBERS Stark and Tiff! Fans fire up for #IndiWrestling as she hurries to get another ladder. Indi puts that on the apron, but lifts it up as Stark and Tiff slide in! Then she backs it up to hit them! Only for Lyra to WRECK Indi! Fans fire up for “NXT! NXT!” as Lyra takes that ladder and puts it in. Roxie snatches it, though! They tug-o-war, go back and forth, but Lyra RAMS Roxie into the corner! Roxie is stuck, Lyra BOOTS her down!
Gigi returns but Lyra SOBATS, kicks and HEADBUTTS, to AX KICK! Lyra then suplexes Gigi onto the ladder! Gigi, Roxie and the ladder fall, and fans fire up again! Indi and Stark have ladders but Indi RAMS Stark into the railing! Stark fights, but Tiff has a ladder that she makes a ramp. Indi ROCKS Tiff, Tiff ROCKS Indi then SMACKS her off the ladder! Tiff then drags Indi under, but Stark adds on! BLOCKBUSTER CATAPULT COMBO!! Lyra has her own ladder and she stands it up! Lyra climbs, “This is Awesome!” as Stark yanks her down. Stark ROCKS Lyra, SMACKS her off that ladder, and Lyra slumps down.
Stark drags Lyra up, whips her to a corner, then runs in to MONKEY FLIP! But Lyra lands on her feet to climb! Tiff also climbs, they kick Stark away, then brawl with each other. Lyra YANKS Tiff into the rungs! But Stark MISSILE DROPKICKS Lyra! But Indi tosses Stark out, has her int he ropes, KNEE and BOOT! Indi then runs to BOOT Stark off the apron! Fans fire up and Indi has the ladder! She positions it under the belt, climbs, but Tiff hurries after. They talk trash, but Roxie climbs on! Roxie elbows Indi away, Tiff grabs at the belt but Roxie ROCKS her! So Indi TIPS the ladder! Tiff and Roxie HOTSHOT off the ropes!
Indi grins, and sets the ladder back up! Fans rally behind Indi, only for Gigi to SMACK hero n the back. Gigi drop toeholds Indi onto the ladder! Then Gigi brings the ladder around, puts that in one corner and has a second in the other. Gigi goes HELICOPTER! Tiff gets hit, Lyra gets hit, Stark gets hit, and then Roxie shoots in, only to get hit on the backside! Gigi puts that ladder down, Lyra runs in but Gigi BACK DRPOS he onto a ladder! Payback for earlier, and then with interest, Gigi sets Lyra onto he ladder in a Tree of Woe. Stark SUPERKICKS Gigi, runs back in, but Gigi dodges! Stark SPLASHES onto Lyra and the ladder!
Fans fire up as everyone is down somewhere around the ring! Gigi hurries to bring another ladder in, “This is Awesome!” as this one looks to be the tallest of all. Gigi stands it up, then clears out some space before climbing. Fans cheer, but Tiff drags her down! Tiff fireman’s carries Gigi, to ROLLING SENTON on a ladder! Roxie is there to ROCK Tiff, and reel her in, only for Tiff to block! Tiff throws body shots, bumps Roxie off buckles, then throws a ladder! Roxie dodges, the ladder comes back, and they both hurry up the main ladder! Both women ROCK each other with forearms and they fall to the mat!
Roxie and Tiff stagger up. Tiff runs in, handspring back ELBOW against the ladder! Tiff climbs again, but Indi returns! Indi brings Tiff down, to SPINEBUSTER on a ladder!! Tiff writhes all the way out of the ring as Indi clears out space. Indi climbs, Stark hurries after her! Stark brings Indi down, to SUPERKICK! Indi flops against rungs, and Stark has a FOURTH ladder. She puts that in the corner, RAMS it into Indi, and again, but Indi fights back! The ladder gets wedged into the main one, and Indi ROCKS Stark! Indi puts Stark on the apron but Stark GAMANGIRIS back! Indi falls onto a ladder, Stark ARABIAN SENTONS onto her!!
Stark kicks that ladder away, brings Indi back up, Z360!! Stark hurries up the main ladder, but here comes Roxie! Roxie grabs at a foot, Stark kicks her away, so Roxie grabs the other foot! Roxie is a dangling anchor on Stark! Stark drops down, she and Roxie brawl, and Stark blocks a rung bump to ELBOW! Z3- NO! Roxie blocks the knee to SOBAT! And POP ROX!! Roxie hurries but Tiff returns! Roxie SOBATS, but Tiff pops the Rox off! Tiff kicks low, gets Roxie up, but Roxie RANAS Tiff out of the ring! Fans fire up as Roxie hurries up the ladder! Roxie reaches the top, reaches for her belt, but Gigi returns!
Gigi drags Roxie down a rung, Roxie tries to rana but Gigi blocks to SWING her into the ladder! And again, and again! Gigi then brings Roxie around, FINAL NAIL!! Roxie flops away and Gigi climbs! But Lyra CLUBS her! Lyra and Gigi brawl, fire off wild hands, and Gigi TOSSES Lyra. Lyra is on the apron, she shoulders in. Lyra bumps Gigi off buckles, runs at Stark to SHOTGUN her onto Indi and another ladder! Lyra climbs, reaches up, but Gigi grabs Lyra. Lyra kicks at her but Gigi CLUBs a leg out! Gigi SLAMS Lyra into a Tree of Woe! Lyra is stuck while Gigi climbs up! Lyra manages to sit up, she throws hands on Gigi!
Gigi ROCKS Lyra, HEADBUTTS her, and TOSSES her off!! Gigi sees she’s got a path and fans fire up! But JACY JAYNE is here?! She DECKS Gigi and she falls onto the ladder bridge!! Fans boo as Jacy says this is HER time! Jacy aims finger guns at Gigi while refs reprimand her. Jacy climbs down, fans chant “YOU SUCK!” but she got what she wanted. And then Tiffany hurries in! Tiff positions the ladder, heads back up, and reaches out, only for Indi to TIP the ladder! Tiff FLIES off onto everyone else!! Fans are thunderous as Indi is all alone now! Indi stands the ladder back up, but she’s slow to climbing the rungs.
Indi sputters as he ribs bother her, but she forces herself to climb. But she just can’t stay on the rungs. WAIT! DEXTER LUMIS is here?! He crawls under Indi and gives her a thumbs up! He Electric Chair Lifts her up! He helps her climb! Indi grabs the belt, to WIN!!
Winner: Indi Hartwell (NEW NXT Women’s Champion)
Where there’s a will, there’s The Way! #InDex wins the belt, and #IndiWrestling finally has her moment! Will this new chapter in NXT be truly impressive?
NXT Tag Team Championships Triple Threat: Gallus VS The Creed Brothers VS Tony D’Angelo & Channing Lorenzo!
Mark Coffey & Wolfgang are fighting champions, so they were more than happy to accept multiple challenges for this defense. But will it still be Gallus Boys On Top? Will Diamond Mine be golden again? Or will The Don and his Underboss bring the gold home to the family?
The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see who is really on top!
In this kind of Triple Threat, we get one man from each team, so Tony and Julius step up with Mark. They all fist bump, but then Mark throws hands! Tony runs in, Julius dodges and Mark takes the tackle! Julius RDOPRKICKS Ton, Mark RAMS Julius into the Gallus over. Wolfgang tags in, he ROCKS Juilus but Brutus tags in to CLOBBER everyone! STacks tags in, he DROPKCIKS Bruuts! Juilus tags back in to wrangle Stacks to a cover. Mark breaks it and says #GallusBoysOnTop. But then Stacks and Juilus bot elbow Mark down! Juilus suplexes Stacks, Stacks makes it a cradle, TWO! And Julius dealidfits Stacks to sLAM him!
Tony runs in to DECK Julius, KNEE Wolfgang, but Brutus tags in. Tony fires off body shots, kicks Juilus and HALF HATCH SUPLEXES Brutus! Stacks DROPKICKS Julius, then Tony gives him some shots and an X-PLEX! Tony DECKS Mark, then hip toss SENTONS Stacks into Brutus! The family work together, BACK SUPLEX NECKBREAKER! Fans fire up for Stacks & The Don, but they get dragged out by Gallus! The firms brawl, but the Creeds DOUBLE ASAI MOONSAULT! Direct hit on everyone else and the straps come down! Brutus drags Tony up and into the ring, but Wolfgang brawls with Julius.
Julius feeds Wolfgang to Brutus, double underhook and ASSISTED TIGER DRIVER! Fans fire up and Wolfgang clutches a leg. Daniel Cormier is in the crowd and he celebrates with his pick for this match. Brutus SMASH Tony, SMASH Mark, then SMASH and gut wrench for Tony! Brutus bear crawls but Mark headlocks it! Brutus powers up to SLAM Mark! Brutus goes to a corner, climbs up, leaps over Tony but Mark CLOBBERS Brutus! Mark DECKS Tony, tags Wolfgang, and he SPRINGBOARD SENTONS! Gallus gets Brutus up, to DOUBLE URENAGE! Wolfgang storms up on Tony, scoops and SLAMS him, then covers, TWO!
Wolfgang drags Tony up, ROCKS him, but Tony ROCKS Wolfgang back! They brawl with uppercuts and haymakers! Both men drop to a knee, but Brutus returns! He dodges both men to hot tag Julius! BELLY2BELLY and kip up! BELLY2BELLY and kip up! Mark rags in, he gets a BELLY2BELLY and kip up! Tony runs back in, another BELLY2BELLY and kip up! Another one for Mark! Fans fire up as Julius waistlocks Tony. Tony holds ropes, elbows free, tag to Stacks! Stacks dodge to rally on Julius, then kick Wolfgang from the apron before the SPRINGBOARD LARIAT! FLYING KNEE for Mark! SENTON for Wolfgang!
Stacks sends Brutus into steel steps, then CROSSBODIES Julius! Cover, TWO! Stacks runs in, is put on the apron, and Julius CLUBS him! Julius suplexes but Stacks resists. Mark Electric Chair Lifts Stacks, Julius slides under them both to also Electric Chair Lift!? Brutus is up top, DOUBLE DECKER DOOMSDAY!! Fans are thunderous for “NXT! NXT!” The ref checks all of hem, they’re okay to continue. Wolfgang POSTS Brutus but Julius KNEES Wolfgang! Julius drags Stacks up and into the ring, but Tony CLUBS Julius, into the FISHERMAN BUSTER! Tony shouts to Stacks, he climbs up, FROG SPLASH!! Cover, MARK breaks it!!
Tony goes after Mark, FOGETABOUTIT! Cover, Wolfgang uses Tony to break it! Tony CLOBBERS Wolfgang for that! Tony drags Mark up, he whips, and then BADA BOOM! Stacks crawls to the cover, but JOE COFFEY drags him out!! The Iron King is back! And he gives Tony ALL THE BEST FOR THE BELLS!! Joe feeds Stacks to the boys, Wolfgang tags in! Fireman’s carry, Mark runs in, KNEE TKO COMBO!! Cover, Gallus wins!!
Winners: Gallus, by pinfall (still NXT Tag Team Champions)
The ace in the hole was the Iron King! Joe chooses the perfect time to return to NXT, and he keeps his boys on top! Is NXT truly their kingdom?
Pretty Deadly are backstage.
What a wild day already! Death defying feats in the Women’s Ladder match, wow! And a new champion in Indi, double wow! Who would’ve bet on her? And it is still Gallus Boys on… Nope, they dry heave even thinking of it. But they are currently outside Bron Breakker’s locker room, ready to find out what’s on his mind before the biggest match in NXT history. Kit wants Elton to open the door but he thinks Kit should. They’re both hesitant, because last time they saw him, he speared them in half. Well, they’re gonna give the champ his space. Back to Vic & Booker T.
NXT North American Championship Fatal 5 Way: Wes Lee VS Dragon Lee VS Ilja Dragunov VS JD McDonagh VS Axiom!
The Cardiac Kick, the Must See Kid, the inspirational underdog that fought his way to this title, must now fight even harder to hold onto the title! But he stacked the odds against himself by handing the opportunities to The Wonder Boy, the Mad Russian, the Irish Ace and the Undeniable Truth. Will Wes be even more inspiring as he survives this match? Or will there be another new champion here in Hollywood?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who shines brightest under this spotlight!
The bell rings and Wes finds himself surrounded by his challengers. Wes figures what the hell, let someone go. JD and Dragunov want after each other, but Dragon lee DECKS JD then DECKS Dragunov! Axiom throws JD out, Dragon does the same to Dragunov. And now the luchadors circle around Wes. Wes ducks a kick, jumps another, but gets caught in a sleeper. He snapmares Axiom away, dodges Dragon, then sends Axiom into Dragunov! Things speed up, arm-drags cancel out and both men hit the mat! JD and Dragunov return to fire off on Wes and Axiom. KICKS, CHOPS, MACHINE GUN CHOPS and a mudhole stomp!
Fans fire up as Dragunov just peppers Axiom until he falls out of the ring! Wes also bails out, and now the archenemies meet. But Dragon gets in to knock them into each other! Dragon whips JD, JD reverses but Dragon BOOTS back. Dragon RANAS JD! Fans fire up and Dragon runs in to JUMP KICK, LEG SWEEP, COMBINACION CABRON! But Dragunov BOOTS Dragon! Dragunov whips, Dragon reverses and DROPKICKS! Fans fire up, Dragon fires off forearms on Dragunov! Dragon runs to DROPKICK JD! And then he DROPKICKS Dragunov! Fans fire up with Dragon, he BLASTS Wes off the apron.
Dragon avoids Axiom’s leap! Fans fire up as these two stare down now. Things speed up, and Dragon DROPKICKS Axiom out of the air! Axiom bails out, fans fire up and Dragon builds speed. Dragon FLIES to take out Wes and Axiom! Fans fire up again and Dragon puts Wes in the ring. Wes rises, but he blocks Dragon’s boot! The Lees circle, rush in, Dragon dodges to whip but Wes reverses. Wes runs in, is put on the apron but he GAMANGIRIS! Wes goes up and over, snapmare to a strike fest! Snapmare again, BASEMENT DROPKICK! Fans fire up but Dragunov is back! He gets around to GERMAN SUPLEX, but Wes lands on his feet!
Fans fire up as Wes eggs Dragunov on. Wes ducks the backhand, RANAS Dragunov into buckles, then runs in to KNEE him down! But now JD stands up, only for Wes to FLY! JD dodges! Wes lands superhero style while JD takes a bow. Wes mule kicks, then he puts JD back in the ring. Wes sees Axiom return but runs into the shoulder. Axiom goes up, but Wes SHORYUKENS him away! Only for JD to CLOBBER him! JD drags Wes up, short arm LARIATS, and then scowls. Dragon returns but JD shoves him away, only for Dragon to run him over! Things speed up, JD CLOBBERS Dragon!
JD KNEES Dragunov at the apron, stomps away, but Axiom wraps on a SLEEPER! JD powers out, Axiom puts him on the apron to ROCK him! JD HOTSHOTS Axiom back! JD storms in after Wes, CLUBS him and whips him, but Wes reverses to send JD tumbling up and down! JD hurries up, he PENALTY KICKS Dragunov, trips up Wes, then avoids Axiom to ASAI MOONSAULT both Axiom and Dragunov down! TORNILLO on Wes! Dragon runs in, into a SPANISH FLY! DEVLINSIDE on Wes!! Cover, DRAGUNOV STOPS THE REF!! Fans fire up as Dragunov rubs it in on JD! JD and Dragunov glare, and fans fire up!
They go forehead to forehead, then start shoving. JD eggs Dragunov on, but Axiom and Dragon return. Dragunov grins as he and the luchadors surround JD, TRIPLE DROPKICK! Dragunov GERMAN SUPLEXES JD down! Fans fire up as all five men are down! Dragunov snarls, blood coming from his forehead. Fans fire up with The Czar as he CHOPS Wes! And BOOTS Dragon! Axiom ROUNDHOUSES but Dragunov PELES in return! GERMAN SUPLEX for Dragon! GERMAN SUPLEX for Wes! Axiom fights the waistlock, wrenches and waistlocks but Dragunov fires elbows. Axiom shoves Dragunov, but gets the CONSTANTINE SPECIAL!
Fans fire up re as the blood is now a streak. Dragunov KNEES Dragon in a corner, KNEES Wes in the other, then goes back to Dragon! Snapmare and roar, Dragunov goes up for a KING KONG KNEE DROP! Wes ROUNDHOUSES Dragunov, but Dragunov CHOPS Wes off his feet! Dragunov drags Wes up, fireman’s carries, and CORNER DEATH VALLEY on Dragon Lee! Dragunov roars again as he climbs back up! Fans fire up, as Dragunov SUPER SENTONS onto Wes!! But he isn’t done, he goes back up top! Only for JD to SHOVE him off! Dragunov hits the apron on the way down, but Axiom GAMANGIRIS JD down!
Fans fire up as Axiom now builds energy. Axiom runs to the corner, up and ARIHARA MOONSAULTS onto JD and Dragunov! Fans are thunderous for “NXT! NXT!” while Dragon goes up top now. Wes trips Dragon first! Then Wes climbs up, brings Dragon up, but Axiom CLUBS them both. Axiom climbs up, all three men brawl, and Wes HEADBUTTS Axiom down. Wes and Dragon brawl with forearms, but Wes ends up in a Tree of Woe! Dragon stands up to WOE STOMP on the apron!! Both men crash down, Dragon may have hurt himself in the move! JD and Dragunov hurry in, “This is Awesome!” as they go for Axiom.
JD kicks Axiom’s leg out, CHOPS him, then whips him. Dragunov is there, Axiom RANAS him into JD, then LARIATS JD, to DDT Dragunov at the same time!! Axiom reels both men in, DOUBLE NORTHERN LIGHTS! BUZZSAW for JD, Dragunov rolls Axiom up! TWO, into the RINGS OF SATURN! Dragunov rolls before it’s on, Axiom ANKLE LOCKS! But JD ROUNDHOSUES Axiom! Kawada Kicks for Dragunov! Axiom kips up to SUPERKICK JD! And then he clamps onto Dragunov! RINGS OF SATURN!! But Dragunov keeps fighting! He grabs JD’s hair to drag him into a SLEEPER!
Fans fire up as this is now a DOUBLE SUBMISSION! Axiom gets JD in a FUJIWARA! Who is even in a hold!? JD HEADBUTTS away on Dragunov, and Dragunov lets him go! Axiom hurries to focus on just Dragunov, but Dragon jumps onto JD! Rings of Saturn VS Rear Naked Choke! Axiom shifts, but Dragunov deadlifts, he POWERBOMBS Axiom onto JD and Dragon! Stacked cover, but Wes SKY TWISTERS onto it all!! Fans are thunderous again as all five men are down! Fans hope they “FIGHT FOREVER!” but his has to end somehow. JD finds himself surrounded, Wes handsprings, but into a GOLDEN RATIO!!
JD shoots in, Axiom switches, JD bucks the O’Conner, and HEADBUTTS Axiom down! JD runs at Dragon, but into a SNAP GERMAN, and LARIAT! Dragunov fires off on Dragon, runs and KNEES him down!! Dragunov then lifts and SPIENBUSTERS Dragon! Cover, Wes AX KICKS it apart! HANDSPRING DOUBLE STOMP! Cover, TWO!! Wes runs at Dragon, but Dragon blocks the rana to SIT-OUT POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Dragon is shocked but fans are fired up again! JD brings Dragon in, catches Axiom, URENAGE REVERSE DDT! STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover on Dragon, Axiom kicks it!
All five men are down around ringside again and fans fire up. JD flounders to ropes, he goes for Axiom but Axiom monkey flips then goes up the ropes, MOONSAULT DDT! Cover, TWO!?!? JD survives and Axiom can’t believe it! “This is Awesome!” as Axiom hurries out to the apron after JD. Axiom stomps JD, drags him up, but JD SLAPS Axiom. Axiom BOOTS JD! Fans rally up, Dragon FLYING RANAS JD onto Wes! Dragunov BOOTS Axiom! Dragunov goes up the corner, deadlifts Axiom, and SUPERPLEXES!! Roll through, and FALLING FOREARM!! Cover, WES AND DRAGON BREAK IT!!
Fans again hope these guys “FIGHT FOREVER!” and at this rate, they just might! Dragunov, Dragon and Wes rise up. Dragunov roars and ROCKS Wes! And ROCKS Dragon! Then Wes! Then Dragon! Wes hits low, Dragon CHOPS, the Lees pinball Dragunov! KICK! SUPERKICK! Dragunov CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Wes SUPERKICKS, Dragon CHOPS, Wes boots and Dragon SUPEKICKS! But Dragunov still fires shots! ROUNDHOUSE on Wes!! V-TRIGGER on Dragunov! Dragon runs, into a LARIAT from Dragunov!! Fans are electric as the Czar is now stopping! “UN! BE! SIEG! BAR!!”
Dragunov runs, into the CARDIAC KICK!!! Cover, WES WINS!!
Winner: Wes Lee, by pinfall (still NXT North American Champion)
In the blink of an eye, Wes takes the win and holds onto the gold! Will nothing stop Wes from pushing his limits and stealing the show?
Pretty Deadly is backstage again.
Kit can’t believe what we just witnessed. Elton says that was barbaric. Speaking of, next is the Unsanctioned Match! But first, as your gracious hosts, they’re waiting outside Carmelo Hayes’ locker room. Surely they’ll get a scoop on Melo. Well, Melo wasn’t really nice to them, either. But they have to remember who they are! They’re Pretty Deadly, dammit! They’re the hosts of Stand & Deliver! They’re multiple time tag team champions! Elton tries to come up with a knock that means supportive but inquisitive, only for Trick Williams to open the door and asks why they’re flapping their “double breasted lips.”
Trick says they’re game planning. But if they want the scoop, here it is. Hollywood ain’t ready, LA ain’t ready, Bron Breakker ain’t ready for what’s gonna happen in this match. They’re gonna do something new tonight. They’re gonna wrestle with alligators, tussle with whales, and the way Pretty Deadly’s dressed, they should go to jail. But today, the world learns why Carmelo Hayes is HIM. Laters. There’s the scoop! Back to the ring for what could still be the most brutal match of the night!
Unsanctioned Match: Johnny Gargano VS Grayson Waller!
Just as the 21st Century Success Story started pushing things a little too far with HBK, a certain someone returned to get back at him for the chairshot that went viral. Hollywood, heeeere’s JOHNNY WRESTLING! And with no rules, no restrictions, no consequences for what happens here tonight, will Gargano make Grayson regret everything he’s ever said and done in NXT? Or will he suffer the Grayson Waller Effect?
Waller livestreams on his Instagram as he takes over production to cue up his stuff. Waller goes to the ring, and he even gets Candice LeRae and baby Quill on camera. But then Gargano gets a video package to retell his rise to becoming the NXT Triple Crown Champion before he makes his entrance. And then he SUPERKICKS Waller out of the ring! The bell rings, and Gargano DIVES to send Waller into the announce desk! Gargano TOSSES Waller over the desk! Booker gets taken out, too! Well, Gargano’s not liable for that, either. Gargano clears off the desk, brings Waller up, but Waller CLUBS Gargano in the leg!
Waller CLUBS Gargano down, taunts Vic, ‘That’s your boy, huh?” Waller steps up to Vic, but Gargano LEAPS onto Waller! Gargano fires off hands, then he brings Waller around to SMACK him with a monitor! Gargano finally takes off his vest and puts Waller in the ring. Fans rally for Johnny Wrestling and Gargano brings out a trash can! Gargano tosses that into the ring, as well as a kendo stick, and a few chairs. Waller runs in, into a SLINGSHOT SPEAR! Gargano rains down fists, then grabs the trash can. Gargano SMACKS Waller with it! Then Gargano wedges the can into the corner. Waller runs up but Gargano DECKS him!
Gargano clotheslines Waller out of the ring, and then he builds speed to DIVE, into the LID! Waller had the trash can lid waiting and he takes Gargano out of the air! Waller brings out chair after chair from under the ring, and he JAMS Gargano with one. Waller then sits chairs up but fans chant, “We Want Tables!” Waller CHOKES Gargano with a chair first, then finishes making his chair rectangle. Waller brings Gargano to the apron, fireman’s carries, but Gargano fights fere! Gargano ROCKS Waller, Waller holds onto ropes, but Gargano keeps throwing hands. Waller shoulder sin, Gargano catches him but Waller HOTSHOTS!
Waller somersaults, Gargano blocks the stunner but Waller blocks the superkick! Waller fireman’s carries, Gargano tries to rana free but Waller blocks that! Waller BUCKLE BOMBS Gargano against the trash can! Waller drags Gargano back around, brings him back up, and he aims for the outside! Gargano slips free, ends up on the apron, and he GAMANGIRIS! Gargano sees the chairs, and fans fire up as Gargano brings Waller up! SUPERPLEX onto the chairs!! Fans lose their minds as both men writhe on the steel! Gargano and Waller crawl, the ref checks them, and they’re okay to continue.
Fans rally up, Gargano stands first and he puts Waller in the ring. Gargano then considers his options, and he looks under the ring. Fans fire up as Gargano brings out a TABLE! Gargano sets that table up ringside, and fans call him “Johnny Tables!” Gargano brings Waller up to the ropes and he wants to do it again! Waller blocks the suplex, throws hands and ROCKS Gargano! Waller runs, but Gargano slingshots, into the knee! Waller suckered Gargano in, and he kips up, only for his back to bother him. Waller goes to a corner, and he tunes up the band! Fans boo, he ain’t no sexy boy! Waller runs in, but Gargano blocks!
Gargano spins Waller, ROCKS him, Waller JUMP KNEES but Gargano ENZIGURIS! Gargano runs, into a ROLLING ELBOW! Gargano falls out of the ring and Waller does drop steps to show off. Waller runs, slides, but into a CHAIR! Gargano runs in, Waller pops him up into an Alabama, but Gargano makes it a DESTROYER to the floor!! Fans rally up while Candice starts to worry. Gargano drags Waller up, brings him around, and they got the table. Gargano puts Waller on the table and fans fire up again. Gargano climbs the corner, but Waller gets away. Gargano hurries, but Waller somersaults and leaps over the table to hit the STUNNER!
Waller sends Gargano into railing, then brings him up, POWERBOMB through the table! Waller puts Gargano in the ring, covers, TWO!! Gargano survives, Candice calms Quill, and Waller staggers away. Waller grabs a chair, brings it over, and he JAMS Gargano in the gut! And again! “This is your house, huh!?” Waller rains down fists and fans boo. Waller grabs the chair, sits it up, CLUBS Gargano, then CLUBS him again. Fans chant “YOU STILL SUCK!” But Gargano fires forearms in return! Tilt-o-whirl, but Waller SIDEWALK SLAMS Gargano on the chair! Cover, TWO!! Gargano survives again, but now Waller has the kendo stick.
Waller stalks Gargano, and SMACKS him on the back! Gargano writhes, but Waller SMACKS him again! Gargano bails out of the ring, fans rally up for him, but Waller goes outside. Waller taunts Candice before he SMACKS Gargano again! Waller wants Candice to watch this, then he brings Gargano over to fire off hands! Candice keeps Quill from seeing this but Waller taunts him, “Have a look at your dad, son!” Waller puts Gargano on the steel steps, grabs a chair, and he brings it over. Fans call Waller an A-hole, but Gargano avoids the chairshot! To SMACK Waller with the kendo stick! And again!
Gargano looks to Candice and they nod. Quill is handed off to Auntie, and MRS. WRESTLING gets involved! Candice fires off on Waller until the stick breaks! But Waller grabs it to say she made the biggest mistake of her life. Only for Gargano to SMACK Waller with another kendo stick! Gargano puts Waller in the ring, ONE FINAL BEAT!! Cover, TWO!?! Waller survives but Gargano fires up more! Gargano tilt-o-whirls into the takedown, GargaNO Escape!! Fans fire up, but Waller CLAWS the eyes! Gargano lets go, fans boo, but Waller dropkicks the legs out! Then ROLLING UNPRETTIER!
Waller goes out of the ring, brings in a new trash can, then gets back in the ring. Waller drags Gargano up and around, cravats and throws knees, and Gargano falls over. Waller makes Gargano sit in the corner and he puts the trash can over him. Fans boo as Waller goes to the adjacent side. Fans boo as Waller tightrope walks to go COAST2COAST!! Cover, TWO!?!? Gargano survives and Waller is furious! “This is Awesome!” as Waller tosses Gargano out of the ring. Waller kicks things aside, clears the desk off again, and Booker gets out of the way this time. Waller taunts Vic more, then puts Gargano on the desk.
Waller brings a busted-up chair, puts it on Gargano, then goes to the ring. Fans boo as Waller climbs the corner. Waller’s copied Shane O’Mac already, he’s gonna go for another one! But Gargano TOSSES the chair at Waller! Waller falls, Gargano hurries to drag him out, and he POWERBOMBS Waller through the desk!! Waller writhes in the wreckage as fans lose their minds again. Candice and the ref check on Gargano, he’s okay to go. Waller is somehow okay, so Gargano crawls after him. Gargano drags Waller up, but Waller LOW BLOWS!! Waller puts Gargano in, somersaults, and STUNNERS!! Cover, TWO!?!??!
Gargano shows that superhuman heart like he did back in the day, but Waller goes out for more chairs. Fans rally and duel, though the “JOHNNY WRESTLING!” is still louder than the “GRAYSON WALLER!” Waller SMACKS Gargano on the back! Gargano writhes, Waller stands on his head to JAM and SMACK and SMACK him again! Waller lets off, out of breath, but he still stands Gargano up. “I told you, these 16 months, I run NXT! You are nothing! You’re not on my level!” Gargano LOW BLOWS Waller back! Turnabout is fair play, and here comes the CHAIRSHOTS! Gargano gives those all back with interest!
Gargano gets more chairs, he SMACKS Waller more, then opens a chair to put it around Waller’s head! Gargano gets the other, HOMERUN!! And then the GargaNO ESCAPE!!! Waller endures, but he taps! GARGANO WINS!
Winner: Johnny Gargano, by submission
Candice gets in the ring to celebrate with Gargano and cool him down. The Heart of NXT just broke the biggest mouth of NXT, and now he can finally move on. And best of all, #InDex returns to the stage to celebrate! This is The Way! As for Waller, will all of this finally humble him? Or does nothing stop the Grayson Waller Effect?
Tony and Stacks regroup backstage.
They have no idea where Joe Coffey came from! They gave it everything they got, and for what? Stacks apologizes for letting The Don down, but Tony says Stacks didn’t let anyone down. #YESBOY, Pretty Deadly check in. They want a little scoop. If they may, the hopes and dreams of becoming champions came crashing down, sot hey must feel terrible. Tell them about it? Tony won’t make excuses. But whatever, where they come from, you don’t quit. Very, very motivating from The Don himself. Stacks says he still feels he let everyone down. Tony says to get that out of his head, they’re a TEAM!
Pretty Deadly says that’s a nice sentiment. But it seems the only team that’s ever beaten Gallus is them. Tony gets mad now. They’re gonna come in and make stupid comments? The hosts argue with Tony & Stacks, they start shoving, and refs rush in to stop this! The Don & Underboss are still raring for a fight, will they look to settle this on Tuesday?
NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships: Fallon Henley & Kiana James w/ Josh Briggs & Brooks Jensen VS Alba Fyre & Isla Dawn!
What started as a feud became a friendship and a team-up, but now things are falling apart, all because the Calculator won’t tell Brooks Jensen the truth! Will this house of cards come tumbling down? Or can Fallon & Kiana hold together against a common enemy?
The introductions are made, the- Fyre FLIES out onto Kiana!! Fallon fires off on her but Dawn rushes out. Fallon ROCKS Dawn, puts her in the ring, and now the bell rings. Fallon dodges Dawn, scops, but Dawn slips out. Dawn shoves, Fallon gets around to waistlock, SLAM and CALF KICK! Fallon tornado wheelbarrow BULLDOGS! Cover, TWO! Fallon facelocks but Dawn pulls hair! Tag to Fyre, Dawn powers Fallon away and Fyre trips her up. Dawn waves mockingly, Fyre drags Fallon out to ROCK her with a forearm! Fyre pushes Fallon back in, then drops a knee right on her! Cover, TWO!
Fyre argues but the ref’s count was fair. Fyre stomps Fallon, bumps her off buckles, then tags Dawn, Dawn gets Fallon for a TARANTULA, and Fyre SUPERKICKS! Fallon falls, Dawn covers, TWO! Dawn drags Fallon up to CLUB her down, then brings her up into a facelock. Fallon endures the squeeze but Dawn CLUBS away on her. Dawn suplexes but Fallon blocks. Fyre tags in, she sunset flips and Dawn ROUNDHOUSES Fallon down! Cover, TWO! Fallon is hanging tough but Fyre KICKS her in the side. Fyre runs in to RAM Fallon, then backs off. Fans fire up while Fyre grins, and she runs back in, into a BOOT!
Fallon runs in to get around and DECKS Fyre! Both women fall over, and fans rally up. Fyre and Fallon crawl, Fyre drags Fallon from Kiana but Fallon fights up! Hot tag to Kiana! Kiana rallies on the wicked witches! She puts Dawn in a fire to stomp a mudhole into her! Handspring, but Fyre is there. Kiana RAMS Fyre into the corner, tosses her out, then dumps Dawn! Kiana goes to the apron, lines up the shot, ASAI MOONSAULT takes out both opponents! Fans fire up, Jensen & Briggs cheer Kiana on as she puts Fyre in. Dawn storms up, Kiana boots her away, but she has to jump over Fyre. Kiana handsprings to back suplex! Cover, TWO!
Kiana drags Fyre up, whips her to a corner, but Fyre BOOTS her! Fyre swings on Fallon, misses, and Kiana SPINEBUSTERS! Highs tack, TWO! Fallon tags in, she brings Fyre up but Fyre shoves her away. Fallon blocks the superkick to fire haymakers! Fallon whips, Fyre reverses but Fallon hits a RUNNING COMPLETE SHOT! Fallon waistlocks but Fyre elbows free. Fyre switches, Fallon bucks the O’Conner, but Dawn grabs hair! Kiana protests but that only dsitracts so that Dawn & Fyre can mug Fallon! Fans boo, the ref counts as Fyre digs her boots in. Dawn tags in, she pie faces Fallon around.
Dawn ROCKS Fallon, tags Fyre, and brings Fallon up. Fallon switches to shove Dawn into Fyre! Fyre falls to the floor, Fallon goes up to BLOCKBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Fallon grows frustrated, but Fyre grabs at Dawn. That prevents the whip, and then Dawn TOSSES Fallon! Dawn BLASTS Kiana, then tags Fyre. They mug Fallon, then Gory Especial and GORY COMPLETE SHOT!! Cover, KIANA BREAKS IT! Fans fire up but Dawn & Fyre stomp away on Kiana and Fallon. Dawn puts Kiana on the apron and BLASTS her! Fyre CLUBS Fallon, then has the boys watch this. Fyre hoists Fallon up top and Dawn joins in.
Dawn & Fyre mug Fallon, climb up after her, but Kiana sneaks the tag! Kiana drags Dawn right off! Kiana CLUBS Fyre, brings her out, and Fallon adjusts! They MISSILE DROPKICK POWERBOMB!! Cover, Dawn breaks it!! Fans fire up as all four women are down! Kiana drags Fyre up, fireman’s carries, but Fyre claws eyes! GOURD BUSTER! Tag to Dawn, she runs in to METEORA! DOUBLE SUPERKICKS! Cover, Fallon barrels in to break it!! Fans rally up while all four women are down again. Fallon and Fyre flop to one side, Dawn and Kiana on the other. Kiana JAWBREAKERS Dawn away!
But Kiana asks for her bag? Briggs says no, they have to do this fair and square. But Kiana pleads with Jensen! But Fyre tags in! ROUNDHOUSE for Kiana! SUPERKICK for Fallon! BACKSTABBER to SWANTON BOMB on the knees! Cover, Briggs holds Jensen back! Dawn & Fyre win!!
Winners: Alba Fyre & Isla Dawn, by pinfall (NEW NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions)
Jensen was gonna get in to stop this, but it’s too late! Dawn & Fyre have the gold, but will NXT only get darker now with them on top of the mountain? And how will this defeat affect the already strained relationship of Fallon and Kiana?
NXT is getting back on the road in May!
On May 28th, in Lowell, Massachusetts, it will be NXT BATTLEGROUND! Who will be bringing the gold to New England? Well, the main event is next!
NXT Championship: Bron Breakker VS Carmelo Hayes w/ Trick Williams!
It all comes down to this. As black ‘n’ gold gave way to 2.0, these two men were standouts among their class. They both won as part of WarGames to show that the new school had arrived, and this clash of alpha males is not only historic, it was inevitable. Will Bron break Melo’s hopes and dreams by holding onto the title? Or will there be no denying that Melo is him?
Melo has a new shirt for the occasion, with the words “Melo Don’t Miss,” and a purple target on Bron’s face. Trick lists Melo’s accolades: June 21st, 2020, he put the world on notice. It was banger after banger, from Strong to Grimes to D’Angelo to Ricochet to Vinci to Axiom to Bate to Crews. Everyone stand up, to Stand & Deliver! Melo is in purple ‘n’ gold because this is LA! As for Bron, he’s got the pack at his back, because he’s got that dog in him. The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who IS N! X! T!
The bell rings, fans rally up already, but Melo and Bron stare down. They slowly approach, fans chant for “NXT! NXT!” and the two finally tie up. They’re in a deadlock, Melo tries to push Bron back but Bron starts to steamroll Melo! Melo gets away before ending up in the corner, and they go again. Melo waistlocks, but Bron breaks free, so Melo shoves him away. Fans bark it up, and Bron circles with Melo. They approach, Bron switches around to lift and SLAM! Melo hurries up to his feet, but Bron tosses him away! Bron then gets down low and barks at Melo! Melo goes up the corner like a cat, and goes to the apron.
Melo and Trick talk strategy but Bron SLINGSHOTS Melo in! Melo rolls, slides, hurdles, then rolls off Bron’s back to DROPKICK him down! Fans fire up while Bron goes to a corner. Melo hits a free throw and taunts Bron. Bron rushes up, Melo gets around and headlocks. Bron powers out, things speed up, Bron hurdles to CLOBBER Melo! Fans are torn while Melo flounders away. Bron stalks Melo, runs in, but Melo dodges to springboard, only to slip! The ropes must be loose from all the action tonight. Bron drags Melo up, Melo JAWBREAKERS, then he springboards, only to bounce off Bron! And then Bron shoots his shot!
Bron whips then RANAS Melo! Bron shows he can go air, then he gator rolls Melo into a stalling suplex! Run and SLAM! Then kip up and STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Bron keeps cool and keeps Melo down with a facelock. Melo fights up, but Bron gator rolls him more. Melo reaches for ropes, but Bron keeps him away. Bron squeezes tighter on the facelock but Melo pulls on a leg. Bron uses that to throw Melo down and squeeze even tighter. Melo fights his way up as fans rally and duel. Melo stands, but Bron suplexes! Melo fights that off but he’s still in the facelock.
Bron suplexes Melo up and over hard, and Melo writhes to a corner. Bron storms up on Melo but Melo drop toeholds the legs! Bron hits ropes, Melo stomps away! The ref counts, Melo lets off, and then Melo hurries to kick away on Bron. The ref counts again, Melo lets back off, and fans duel while Bron clutches his ribs. Melo storms up but Bron elbows him away. Bron runs, Melo dodges, SPRINGBOARD LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Melo keeps Bron down with an armlock. Bron endures, fights around, but Melo pushes back as he keeps wanting that Fujiwara. Bron fights off the extension, but Melo pushes with his legs!
Fans rally and duel as Bron endures and Melo keeps on the pressure. Bron powers up, rolls Melo, TWO! Melo kicks low! Melo brings Bron around, whips him to a corner, then runs in to CHOP! Melo wraps the bad arm around ropes and YANKS it! Then he whips, but Bron reverses. Melo dodges in the corner to CHOP! Bron CHOPS! Melo kicks low again, then whips again. Bron blocks by holding ropes, then he whips Melo into the buckles. HIP TOSS on the rebound! Bron keeps moving, big shoulder tackles! Melo runs, tilt-o-whirls, but into a SIDE SLAM! Cover, TWO! Fans rally as Bron now clamps onto Melo with an armlock.
Melo clasps hands to fight off the extension but Bron drags him up. Bron CLUBS Melo’s shoulder, shoves him and ROCKS him in the back with a forearm. Fans duel as Bron stands Melo back up. Bron shoves and ROCKS Melo again, and then again. Bron keeps on Melo, back suplexes high and HARD! Cover, TWO! Trick is relieved but Bron stays focused. Bron drags Melo up, wrenches and lifts but Melo holds the ropes! Bron brings Melo away, torture racks him, but Trick brings Melo to the apron! The ref reprimands, and then he EJECTS Trick! Fans boo but now things are truly 1v1 here!
Melo tells Trick it’s okay, but then Bron FLIES! Direct hit onto Trick Melo Gang and fans fire up! Bron puts Melo in, climbs up the corner, FLYING BULLDOG! Cover, TWO!! Melo survives but Bron brings him back up. Bron suplexes, but Melo fights it. Melo throws body shots, cravats but Bron powers out. Tilt-o-whirl FACEBUSTER! Melo keeps going, suplex CUTTER! Cover, TWO!! Bron survives and Melo thinks on what he has to do. Melo fires up and the fans are with him as he goes to the corner. Melo climbs the corner, NOTHING BUT- NO, Bron dodges the three pointer! Melo BOOTS Bron to the apron!
Melo drags Bron up the ropes, REBOUND SUPLEX! Fans fire up and Melo hurries to cover, TWO! Melo goes back to the corner, climbs back up, and he wants his shot again. But Bron springs up after him, SUPER STEINER!! Fans are thunderous while both men are down! Melo crawls to the far side while Bron leans against ropes. Both men talk some trash and the fans rally back up. Melo and Bron drag themselves back up with the ropes, and then head for each other. Melo ROCKS Bron with a haymaker, but Bron gives it back! Melo BACKHANDS Bron, so Bron DECKS Melo! Melo staggers up, and he ROCKS Bron again!
Bron and Melo go back and forth, faster and faster, haymaker for haymaker! Melo ROUNDHOUSES, jumps, but into a choke grip! But Melo spins it around, only for Bron to drag Melo down! STEINER RE- NO, Melo slips out and CLUBS Bron! Melo wants the crossface, Bron powers out to a SIDEWALK SLAM! But Melo snatches Bron! CROSSFACE!! Bron rolls to a cover, TWO! Bron is free, he runs, blows past Melo, SPEAR into the ref!! Melo and the ref are both down and Bron doesn’t realize it! Bron brings down the straps, drags Melo up, STEINER RECLINER!! Melo endures, TAPS, but there’s no ref to call it!!!
Bron only now realizes what’s wrong! And then Trick gets in to CLOBBER Bron with the belt!! Trick hides the evidence, puts Melo on the cover, and the ref regains consciousness! He counts, TWO!?!? Bron survives the sneaky Trick! Melo springboards, but into the choke grip! Trophy lift, BREAKKER- DDT!!! Melo turns it around!! Melo resets at the corner, climbs back up, for NOTHING BUT NET!!! Cover, MELO WINS!!
Winner: Carmelo Hayes, by pinfall (NEW NXT Champion)
Trick tried to give the assist, but in the end, Melo had to do it himself! Bron has been dethroned, but to show respect, he personally hands over the belt. Bron offers a fist-bump, and Melo says paper covers rock, a nod to Bron’s previous response. Bron raises Melo’s hand in victory and LA cheers. Now that Melo is truly The A Champion, will there be no stopping him?
An awesome Stand & Deliver here, and it really sets the tone for the whole weekend. A little disappointed they downgraded Chase U VS Schism to the kickoff show, but looking at the time, the main show wouldn’t have fit under the three hour mark HHH & HBK like to keep things. Chase U VS Schism was great stuff, and I love the double swerve Duke pulled. We all expected him to turn and join Gacy, only to use that as a way to lower Gacy’s guard. Great win for Chase U, which will still be a thing now, and anything’s possible for them now. Maybe Bate stays on as their singles title guy while Chase & Duke try for the tag titles again?
The ladder match opening was a great choice because that was wild stuff. Of all the possibilities, I did not expect Indi would win. No offense to her, I just thought this was going to be the moment she finally moves on to Raw to be with The Way. Instead, NXT gets a great reunion of #InDex so that Indi can finally have her moment, and she joins the very small club of NXT Women’s Tag & Singles Champions. And of course Jacy shows up to ruin things for Gigi, their feud is not done yet. Roxie is an interesting one, though. She already checked off everything in NXT, but I don’t know if she’s quite ready for RawDown just yet.
I personally am very happy to see Joe Coffey return, and it all played out as I expected. Joe helps Gallus Boys stay on top, and now there are endless possibilities for the full trio. Pretty Deadly getting on the nerves of Tony & Stacks was also a good touch, their match can help build the next contenders in a more traditional 2v2 feud. With that, I’m leaning towards Tony & Stacks, those guys definitely deserve a full feud with Gallus to go “firm against firm,” aka mafia against mafia like back when Tony was dealing with Legado del Fantasma. I still feel like The D’Angelo Family should get someone new to help with numbers, but it’s hard to say who that third man could be.
The North American Championship Fatal 5 practically stole the show there. All five guys are extremely talented, all the 1v1 combinations we saw in the match worked, and though there were some scary moments, all five made it to the end. Wes retaining with that interception was a great choice. It isn’t that Wes has something to prove, so much as Wes still has so many feuds he can have before finally losing the title and moving on to something else. The Unsanctioned Match from Gargano and Waller was great stuff, but naturally NXT was not going to go as bloody as AEW has with their Unsanctioned matches. Great to have Candice get involved, and it was a strong feel-good moment for Gargano to win so that The Way could have an even bigger reunion.
The Women’s Tag Team title match went about how I expected, too. It wasn’t even so much Fyre & Dawn getting between Kiana & Fallon so much as Kiana wanting to bend the rules and Fallon being against it. Jensen got stuck in the middle, as he has this whole time, and that cost Kiana & Fallon the titles. With nothing left to lose now, Fallon will surely reveal the truth about Kiana and Sebastian to Jensen and we get another match between the ladies. And then the main event, while not as wild as the ladder match or Fatal 5, had great storytelling. Both guys knew each other well enough to handle the other’s offense, but then they brought out tricks the other wasn’t aware of.
Though, it does disappointment me that Trick tried to screw Bron over when this was to be about respect. But at the same time, that attack didn’t finish it, Melo’s did, so it was still technically a clean win. The outcome I was hoping for still happens, in that Melo has the title and Bron is free to move on. Now, whether it’s RawDown or just a different title scene, who knows. Bron’s been ready for main roster for some time now, as far as having a complete look and the in-ring talent, and he’s spent plenty of time in NXT to where fans down there are mixed about seeing him. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see this Monday on Raw.
My Score: 9/10
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