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Andrew’s New Japan Road Results & Match Ratings 7.20.20

With how quickly Hiromu melted down after EVIL’s betrayal, how does he respond? Leading into his Double Gold challenge at Sengoku Lord; does our favorite little crazy… snap?

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Seems like every Japanese promotion show is just a ‘building up to’ show the last few days. This time we get New Japan, leading up to Sengoku Lord!

The bigger storylines to pay attention to are Hiromu/EVIL, Shingo/El Desperado and exactly how Yujiro Takahashi plans to drag down Okada to his level. Of these three, the Yujiro/Okada angle seems like it will be the most intriguing or generally awful angle.

Here’s to hoping everything falls into place enjoyably!

Ratings:

  • TenCozy (Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima) vs Yuya Uemura & Yota Tsuji: Kojima wins via Gowan Lariat @10:25 – ** ½
  • CHAOS (SHO, YOSHI-HASHI, Toru Yano & Tomohiro Ishii) vs GBH (Togi Makabe & Tomoaki Honma), Gabriel Kidd & Ryusuke Taguchi: Yano wins via Low Blow Roll Up @12:00 – **
  • Suzuki-Gun (DOUKI & El Desperado) vs LIJ (SANADA & Shingo Takagi): SANADA wins via Skull End @12:40 – *** ¼
  • Bullet Club (Yujiro Takahashi & Gedo) vs CHAOS (Hirooki Goto & Kazuchika Okada): Goto wins via GTR @11:45 – **
  • Master Wato, Hiroshi Tanahashi, Kota Ibushi & Yuji Nagata vs Minoru Suzuki, Taichi, ZSJ & Yoshinobu Kanemaru: Kanemaru wins via Touch Out @12:05 – ***
  • LIJ (Hiromu Takahashi, Tetsuya Naito & BUSHI) vs Darkness Club (EVIL, Dick Togo & Taiji Ishimori): EVIL wins via Everything is Evil @14:00 – *** ¼

Results:

TenCozy (Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima) vs Yuya Uemura & Yota Tsuji

Since we know the point of Young Lion matches, this one was more to focus on Uemura’s growth. Uemura took the better portion of the offense from both Kojima and Tenzan, so when he hit the hot tag for Tsuji, the senior Young Lion looked pretty good. Tsuji rocked Tenzan a few times before trying to get Uemura back in the match, but it was too much for Uemura.

There was a chance for the upset when Uemura had Kojima in a Boston Crab and Tsuji intercepted Tenzan with a Spear, but it was a short lived moment. Kojima fought back, absorbed a few more shots before ending the match with an emphatic Gowan Lariat.

CHAOS (SHO, YOSHI-HASHI, Toru Yano & Tomohiro Ishii) vs GBH (Togi Makabe & Tomoaki Honma), Gabriel Kidd & Ryusuke Taguchi

Well Young Lion logic almost didn’t matter since the CHAOS side has YOSHI-HASHI, so that’s basically a push. YOSHI-HASHI hatred aside, this match was clunky. They tried a comedy spot where during the Taguchi Coach Corner Attacks, he turned to face the crowd and act like his team was on auto-pilot. This was of course thwarted and the CHAOS team was beating down on poor Honma. It was stupid because Kidd was thrown out of the ring towards where Taguchi was facing, so it went on too long and Kidd had to get Taguchi’s attention, then Taguchi turns, grins and just shrugs before getting dog piled.

I mean, for people who care, it’s positive that YOSHI-HASHI’s knee injury wasn’t that bad (for you, that one girl from the fan meet a few years ago who’s favorite wrestle is HASHI). But yeah, clunky match, but you get a little from everyone and the Young Lion eats the pin after Yano hits a low blow and then rolls him up.

Suzuki-Gun (DOUKI & El Desperado) vs LIJ (SANADA & Shingo Takagi)

Now this match set things up nicely for Sengoku Lord. Shingo and SANADA started the onslaught, but it seemed to play into Despy’s hands. He had Shingo on the outside, and worked over the left knee with a chair for a good bit of the match. Shingo sold the knee wonderfully even using a chair as a crutch to limp back to the ring to get in the corner for SANADA.

Despy continued to focus the knee with Numero Dos and other Stretch Muffler variants. We also saw Shingo favoring the right arm a little as existing damage from his match with SHO. So the whole lead up to the NEVER Openweight match will be Shingo being banged up. This is fantastic since Despy is significantly smaller and we already saw Shingo dominate most Junior Heavyweights during his run last year. This brings things to parody quite nicely.

Even though SANADA taps out DOUKI, Desperado gets the last laugh by sneaking Shingo while he was posing after the victory, and stole the NEVER championship again.

Bullet Club (Yujiro Takahashi & Gedo) vs CHAOS (Hirooki Goto & Kazuchika Okada)

Where the last match did a great job at leading toward the bigger match this match…did nothing. Early on it seemed like Yujiro and Gedo were trying to frustrate Okada by keeping Goto cut off. But that eventually falls apart, both Gedo and Yujiro show a lot of fear and weakness to both members of Chaos, so this was weird.

The small interaction with Yujiro re-entering the ring alone to shove and stare down Okada was different, but Okada didn’t flinch. So I don’t know what they were trying to accomplish here, unless the whole point was to make everyone, including Yujiro and Okada, that Yujiro has no chance.

Either way, this is beyond skippable.

Master Wato, Hiroshi Tanahashi, Kota Ibushi & Yuji Nagata vs Minoru Suzuki, Taichi, ZSJ & Yoshinobu Kanemaru

Everyone in this match has a reason to be and it’s actually nice to see things make sense. Suzuki still wants more of Nagata after taking the loss during the New Japan Cup, Taichi & ZSJ enjoy tormenting Tanahashi and Kanemaru is making it his job to ruin Wato’s return.

These threads go through the entire match quite strongly. Taichi and ZSJ try to keep picking apart Tanahashi, while Ibushi and Taichi have more of a strike fest. Kanemaru cuts off Wato whenever possible and Suzuki goes after Nagata. We end up with Kanemaru and Wato in for the finishing sequence, and aside from one bad backflip, Wato still looks good in the ring. However, when he goes for RPP, Suzuki cuts him off, weakens him with a Guillotine and Sleeper Hold, for Kanemaru to pick up the pieces. Deep Impact rings true, but Kanemaru wants to send a message, so he pulls out his twisting brainbuster Touch Out, which I haven’t seen him do in quite a while.

After the match, Suzuki and Nagata keep hitting each other, and the rest just let the grandpas fight. Amusingly though, ZSJ and Taichi are goading Tanahashi by saying “ Ibushi can have another shot at the tag belts, but he needs a new partner”. So they’re really running with this picking apart the Ace angle.

LIJ (Hiromu Takahashi, Tetsuya Naito & BUSHI) vs Darkness Club (EVIL, Dick Togo & Taiji Ishimori)

We get a very solid drive to this story, but let’s not bury the lead, EVIL is wearing long pants and not Awesome Kong’s skirt anymore! Oh and Hiromu comes out looking distracted, hollow and with his jacket zipped up.

The jacket played a part immediately since Hiromu steps to EVIL, unzips the jacket to reveal a Bullet Club shirt! He points finger guns at Naito and BUSHI, only to sneak EVIL while the charade is playing out. So early on we see Hiromu trying to play mind games. I’m not sure if this got to Naito more than expected, because there was a moment when Naito only had Hiromu to tag in, and he was going nuts begging for the tag but Naito was very slow to do anything. EVIL tried to cut off Naito, but a step up Enzuigiri gave Naito the decision making power to tag in Hiromu.

Is Naito jealous of Hiromu’s chance at Sengoku Lord? Did the fake out alliance shift sting too much for Naito?

These questions persist since the finish cleared up nothing. There was a bit of random rumbles that Bullet Club ended up on the top of. Taiji got a lot of clear openings on each LIJ member, Dick Togo looked like a beast since he may be in his 50s but he still moves extremely well. EVIL gets the win over BUSHI, as is to be expected, but LIJ looked completely out of their depth in the last few minutes.

Hiromu gets in EVIL’s face, the Darkness Club members beat him around a little, EVIL feints to the EVERYTHING…but just let’s Hiromu drop. Mercy or a message…we’ll find out at Sengoku Lord.

Overall Score: 6.5/10

So there was some good story line movement, and also some worthless filler stuff. I hope the Okada stuff is leading to something, because I really hope that Yujiro gets a little bit of a push given the narrative last year when he was skipped on G1 was that he cared a little more. Wato eating his first pinfall loss is interesting since it was gotten out of the way early, so there’s no weird undefeated narrative. Plus it took a bit of a team up to take him out. Tanahashi being pointed out as the weak link isn’t really new, but since Ibushi regards him as a God, I’m curious how Ibushi will react to it.

Now the two biggest draws for me are Shingo and EVIL/Hiromu. Shingo is a tremendous worker, always has been and can work multiple different styles. He has great psychology and I’m glad he gets a larger stage to prove it. The way he’s gotten Desperado over is amazing. Despy seems like a legit threat, because Shingo is visibly injured and needs to overcome his own shortcomings along with a challenger.

EVIL/Hiromu is great because if you remember when Hiromu got hurt, EVIL was the one most upset. He dyed his hair, he brought things with the group. Naito and Hiromu have a sibling dynamic, but from how he reacted, EVIL and Hiromu were legit friends. So this is personal, even if they don’t play on that thread too much, this betrayal hurt Hiromu more than Naito. Just look at his reaction after Dominion if you don’t believe me.

Sengoku Lord should be awesome. I’m really forward to it now.


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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (11/29/22)

Who makes the cut?

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NXT White 'n' Gold Era

Shawn Michaels announces the Iron Survivor Challengers!

Deadline approaches, and NXT prepares to innovate pro-wrestling once again! Who will be the five men and five women entering the inaugural Iron Survivor Challenge?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Roxanne Perez VS Indi Hartwell; Perez wins.
  • DIJAK VS Dante Chen; Dijak wins.
  • Duke Hudson w/ Chase U VS Grayson Waller; Waller wins.
  • Fallon Henley VS Kiana James; James wins.
  • Six Woman Tag: Toxic Attraction VS Kayden Carter, Katana Chance & Nikkita Lyons; No Contest.
  • Axiom VS Javier Bernal; wins.
  • Malik Blade VS Von Wagner; wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Roxanne Perez VS Indi Hartwell!

The Prodigy and the Impressive One have disagreed on how to handle business outside the ring and in the back, but now we’re going to see who gets it done in the ring! Will Roxie continue to be the Breakout Star of NXT? Or will #IndiWrestling impress HBK and become an Iron Survivor?

The bell rings and Roxie offers a handshake but Indi slaps it away. Roxie gets around to waistlock but Indi headlocks back. Indi wrenches, fans rally for “BOTH THESE GIRLS!” as Roxie handsprings and wrenches back. Roxie wristlocks but Indi wrenches back. Indi whips, Roxie ducks ‘n’ dodges to tilt-o-whirl and again, for a RANA! Fans fire up as Roxie hurries up top. But Indi trips Roxie up! Indi fireman’s carries Roxie for an AIRPLANE SPIN! Fans fire up, Indi goes about ten rotations before a SNAKE EYES! Indi wobbles from being dizzy, but she finds Roxie. Roxie rolls her up, TWO!

Indi RAMS Roxie into a corner, brings her around and whips her back in. Indi runs in but Roxie dodges then hops on with a SLEEPER! Roxie thrashes but Indi endures to pry free and THROW Roxie down! But Roxie avoids the elbow drop! Roxie runs and wheelbarrows to arm-drag and cover! TWO! SHOTGUN knocks Indi down! Cover, TWO! Roxie clamps onto Indi with a chinlock and fans rally up. Indi endures as Roxie squeezes tight. Indi fights up, fans rally, and Indi reaches out to the ropes, and she HOTSHOTS Roxie! Roxie sputters but she BOOTS Indi away! Roxie goes up but Indi SHOVES her down! Roxie takes a tumble and fans fire up!

Indi wants a ring count and the ref starts it. Roxie stirs at 3 of 10 but clutches her arm. Roxie crawls over at 6, gets in at 7, but Indi grins and stomps Roxie down. Indi drags Roxie up, scoops and SLAMS her, then scoops and SLAMS her again! Then she drops the elbow! Cover, TWO! Fans rally as Indi bumps Roxie off buckles. Indi brings Roxie around to bump off more buckles, then she puts her in the ropes to UPPERCUT and BOOT Roxie down! Fans rally and duel as Indi pushes Roxie to a cover, TWO! Indi is annoyed but she stalks Roxie to the other side. Roxie flounders up and Indi is on her with another scoop SLAM!

Indi looms over Roxie and pushes Roxie to a cover, TWO! Roxie sits up, throws body shots, but Indi CLUBS Roxie. Indi scoops again but Roxie slips off! Roxie waistlocks, Indi bucks but Roxie holds on! Roxie finishes the O’Conner but Indi sits on it! TWO!! Indi hurries but Roxie JAWBREAKERS back! Indi LARIATS Roxie down! Cover, TWO! Fans rally as Roxie hangs tough. Indi short arm LARIATS Roxie down, drags her up and short arm LARIATS again! Indi drags Roxie back up, scoops her, and hits a SIDEWALK SLAM! Cover, TWO! Indi clamps onto Roxie with a chinlock but fans rally up as Roxie endures.

Roxie fights up to her feet, but Indi brings her down to SMACK her off the mat! Roxie staggers up into a kick, KNEE SMASH and JAB! Roxie goes down, Indi covers her, TWO! Indi pushes Roxie around, talks trash, but fans rally up. Roxie pie faces back! Then ROCKS Indi, and again and again and wrenches, to a RUSSIAN LE- NO, Indi scoops! But Roxie arm-drags free! Roxie runs to UPPERCUT Indi down! Fans rally up and Roxie fires herself up. Roxie dodges Indi’s boot, and then another, to UPPERCUT! UPPERCUT! But Indi kicks low to whip! Roxie goes up and headscissors for DEADLY NIGHTSHADE!

Roxie rallies with big forearms! And a SHOTGUN DROPKICK! Fans fire up with Roxie as she runs in at the corner, UPPERCUT! Roxie rolls, comes back but Indi catches her! BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO!! Roxie is still in this and fans rally up behind her. Indi storms up but Roxie UPPERCUTS again! Roxie dumps Indi out, then builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit at the ramp! Fans fire up as Roxie puts Indi in the ring and climbs the corner. Roxie CROSSBODIES, but Indi rolls through! But then Roxie cradles! TWO!! Indi escapes, and she BOOTS Roxie down! Indi waits for Roxie to stand, runs in, but Roxie KCIKS her first!!

Roxie SOBATS, tries to hop on but Indi’s so much taller. Roxie CLUBS Indi down, then hops on for POP ROX!! Cover, Roxie wins!!

Winner: Roxanne Perez, by pinfall

Roxie got it down, and proved you don’t have to bend the rules to get ahead! But is she going to make the cut? We see the WWE Hall of Famers gather backstage, will they choose the Prodigy to be an Iron Survivor Challenger?

 

Andre Chase reviews student papers.

Miguel should know better! There’s two B’s in Gobbledy and two O’s in Gooker! Dumbass… Google it! Thea Hail & Duke Hudson find him. Duke apologizes for the boot to the face last week. He booted the only man he’s ever looked up to in the face, with boots so big they could put out forest fires. And with pinpoint accuracy, as he could’ve hit Chase anywhere and got him in the chin. Yeah, Chase was there. But see, Kit Wilson moved, Duke couldn’t stop his momentum, and then he let the team, the school and Mr. Chase down! Chase deserves to be champion. But Duke has a list of signatures. It’s a petition for Chase to get into the Iron Survivor Challenge!

Duke wants to take this to Mr. Michaels, because Chase deserves to be in the match! Chase says he appreciates that, but then Grayson Waller walks in and laughs> Chase sure ain’t street smart, is he? What? Well c’mon, Duke’s been playing Chase since day one! Duke is always about Duke. Duke is fired up and says he’s had enough of this. Waller says he’d have had it by now, too, if he had to spend a whole week getting signatures for someone who’d never be in a title match, let alone be champion. Thea explodes with anger! Duke holds her back, and Chase says HE will whoop Waller’s ass! No, Duke says HE will whoop Waller’s ass. Is the 21st Century Success Story about to have a Teachable Moment?

 

DIJAK VS ???

The man once known as T-Bar is back in NXT, and is simply known as “Dijak.” Will he dish out more #HardJustice to those he deems guilty? Or will Dante Chen prove that Dijak is no hero?

The bell rings and Dijak circles with Dante. They tie up, and Dijak chinbars Dante around to CLUB him down! Dijak then sits Dante up and choke grips! Dante tries to break free, he throws forearms, and he fires off more, but Dijak shoves him out of the ring! Dijak goes out after Dante, but Dante RAMS him into the apron! The ring count starts, fans rally for Dante, but Dijak catches him as he slides into the ring! Dante kicks at Dijak, then runs and builds speed, but runs into a choke grip! SIT-OUT CHOKE SLAM!! Not quite South of Heaven, but Dijak rains down hammer fists of justice! Dijak then hammerlocks, CLUBS Dante, and stands over him.

Dante crawls to a corner but Dijak stomps him down. Dijak drags Dante up but Dante throws body shots. Dijak knees low, whips Dante to a corner and ELBOWS him! And ELBOWS! And CLUBS! Dijak reels Dante in, TIME TO FLY! Dante writhes from that suplex toss, but then Dijak stomps him more. Dante manages to stand up and throw hands but Dijak CLUBS away with more forearms int he corner! Dijak hammerlocks and CLUBS Dante again, but Dante throws back elbows! Only for Dijakc to back suplex! Dante lands on his feet! Dante throws body shots, dodges a lariat and DOUBLE CHOPS! Dante runs, and BOOTS Dijak down!

Fans fire up with Dante, but then Dijak rises and BOOTS Dante back down!! Dijak drags Dante around and hammerlocks him again. “JUSTICE IS SERVED!” HAMMERLOCK SLEEPER!! Dante is a ragdoll, but Dijak hoists him up, FEAST YOUR EYES!! Cover, Dijak wins!

Winner: DIJAK, by pinfall

Dijak gets the mic to say, “That is an example of hard justice! Unrelenting annihilation! I want you to look into my eyes. The only thing that you’ll see is the infliction of suffering. This place, NXT, this is a place of refuge. But not for me, no. I didn’t come here to reinvent myself, to discover myself, no. I came here to eviscerate a soft society and any man who stands in my way. Wes Lee, Dante Chen, Apollo Crews, Bron Breakker, it makes zero difference to me! Every last one of you is nameless, faceless men that will be brought to justice! MY justice.” Hard justice or just sheer brutality, it all seems to be the same in Dijak’s mind. Who will be next to face his law of the jungle?

 

JD McDonagh walks into the Diamond Mine Dojo.

He told Ivy Nile that she’s been right about her boys biting off more than they can chew. They all know Julius & Brutus are no match for Veer & Sanga. Those two are medical anomalies. Oh, speak of the devil, in walk the Creed Brothers. They ask why JD is here and Ivy says she has no clue. JD is hurt! He and Ivy were just having a talk about how silly it is to take on Indus Sher. Oh, is that so? Well, they don’t care. They know how Ivy feels, she knows how they feel, and they’re not backing down. Indus Sher is ready, but the Creeds’ wrestling skill is unmatched. Julius & Brutus will win this fight fair & square.

JD tells Brutus, “there is no such thing as a fair fight with these guys, and your wrestling isn’t gonna help you, either. These guys, it’s a matter of bone density. You guys are fighters, right?” JD uses the punching dummy as an example. We all know it takes 500 kilos of pressure to crack a human skull, right? Well with Veer & Sanga, it probably takes two or three times that minimum. Brutus says JD isn’t listening. The Creeds have proven doubters wrong their entire lives. Well, that’s cute but JD isn’t a skeptic, he’s an expert. JD is just telling them they can’t do this. It’s impossible. “Impossible” isn’t in the Diamond Mine dictionary. This is all they have, but it’s all they need! So get out!

JD says okay, fine, no problem. Good talk, Ivy. JD leaves, but does he have a point about the impossible odds Julius & Brutus are facing?

 

HBK and the Hall of Famers begin the discussions.

Shawn Michaels thanks and welcomes Alundra Blayze, Molly Holly, Road Dogg Jesse James & X-Pac for being here. The Iron Survivor Challenge is making its debut, and with Deadline being the final NXT premium event of the year, HBK wants to find the five superstars in both the men’s and women’s divisions that have had the best 2022. And not just from a wins or losses perspective. Road Dogg is grateful to hear that, because he was just wondering why he and X-Pac were here. Speak for yourself, Dogg! But X-Pac does admit, for being the former 1-2-3 Kid, he’s not a numbers guy. He’s had his eye on a few, though.

And that’s what HBK wants! Everyone in NXT brings something different to the table, and that’s why they’re all here. Molly keeps forgetting so many superstars have only had a few years in the business. Alundra remembers being here over the Summer, and seeing where the talent is now, that’s crazy awesome. Again why HBK asked them all here. He wants them all to share their opinions on who should get in. And HBK opens it up to the Men’s Iron Survivor Challenge first. Road Dogg jumps in with the top of his list. The quality of the year, not the wins or losses. CARMELO HAYES! X-Pac had him, too!

Melo is a bit cocky for Molly, but she can’t argue with his resume. Alundra says Melo dresses like a star, acts like a star, and passes the “airport test.” X-Pac says Melo is a Heat Magnet for sure. Alundra teases that X-Pac would know what that’s like. HBK does, too. HBK has talked with Melo, but he can’t not have him in the match. Alundra nominates Tony D’Angelo, and X-Pac is all for The Don of NXT. Dogg says that’s a spicy-a meatball-a! Settle down now. But that big moment beating Ciampa and his rivalry with Santos, but also his health… He might be a couple weeks out. Timing is everything, so maybe it isn’t Tony’s time.

HBK knows Tony would jump on the chance, but this is a case of protecting the talent from themselves. Okay, then X-Pac brings up JD McDonagh. That guy can go. He may not be 6’5″ but you don’t need to be, as these Hall of Famers can attest. JD is on another level. Dogg gets creeped out but JD can go. Molly says that from Halloween Havoc and on, to borrow a phrase from Sheamus, it has been banger after banger for JD. And the Irish Ace really has proven himself. HBK knows JD is in the zone. yes, he’s creepy, but he’s a surgeon in the ring. He has a body part and goes after it. That’s old school and Alundra likes it.

Another guy that has the creepy is Gacy. Molly knows The Schism is gaining momentum, so that would be an interesting element. Dogg listening to Gacy makes him question his own philosophies. Gacy is a leader, especially with Ava Raine in the fold and a big win on Cameron Grimes. Alundra says Gacy knowing who he is, he has to go for the kill, and that’s what we need in this match. Dogg says another guy who is in that position is Von Wagner. Fans may not like him, but he is a force to be reckoned with. X-Pac doesn’t want too many big guys in this. Why not? Is he jealous of the height? So then, is Axiom one Pac’s guys? Yes! Dogg’s too! High-five!

But Axiom isn’t cleared. Did you see how that leg was bent? HBK says going back to Von, what fans have seen has made an impact. Molly says Von has developed, going from main event of the first 2.0 episode and then that match with Bron. But Von hasn’t won the big one, so give him a shot. HBK gets it, the scoreboard hasn’t caught up with the development. Dogg asks about Waller. Yeah, no, he gets the award for the worst. But that makes him perfect! He’ll get heat. And if you’re not a fan of yourself, no one else will be. Is he popular? No. Is he able to win this? Yes! HBK has them all write down their top five and that will be a pool vote. Who will be the top five for the men of NXT?

 

Duke Hudson w/ Chase U VS Grayson Waller!

Speaking of the not popular Grayson Waller, he might have stepped in it all over again upsetting Chase U’s new star student. Will Duke prove he truly bleeds red ‘n’ black in the white ‘n’ gold? Or will he suffer the Grayson Waller Effect?

NXT returns and Chase U make their entrance. The bell rings and Duke circles with Waller. Fans rally and duel, but Waller dodges to mock the U and then say “SUCK IT!” Duke rushes in, misses, and Waller headlocks. Waller mocks Duke, but Duke powers out to run Waller over! Fans fire up, Duke headlocks and he does lunge steps to mock Waller! Waller pulls hair to get the headlock back, but fans rally for “Chase U! Chase U!” Duke powers out but Waller pulls hair to pull Duke back in! Waller dares Duke to do something shady, but Duke throws body shots instead. Duke powers out, scoops, but Waller slips out to pull hair!

Fans boo but Duke pulls hair back! Duke says Waller wanted it! Chase says no, no cheating! Duke stops, apologizes to Chase, but then Waller JABS Duke to a corner! Waller throws body shots, taunts Chase, then whips Duke corner to corner. Duke comes back to CLOBBER Waller! Fans fire up as Duke scoops Waller, for a SIDEWALK SLAM! Cover, TWO! Waller rolls away to the apron, Duke storms over, but Waller shoulders into Duke! Waller slingshots but Duke stays up to sit on Waller! But Chase tells him no, so Duke doesn’t hold ropes for the cover. TWO! Waller gets away, Duke apologizes to Chase again, but Waller CLOBBERS Duke from behind!

Waller JABS Duke into the corner, throws elbows, but Duke shoves him away. Fans chant “Let’s Go, Chase U! Waller Sucks!” Waller whips Duke corner to corner hard and Duke bounces off buckles. Waller stands Duke up and CHOKES him on the ropes! The ref counts, Waller lets off and he wears Duke’s headband as his own! Waller mocks Chase U while fans boo. Waller drops knees, throws the headband off, then drags Duke up to a cravat. Fans rally as Duke endures, Duke throws body shots. Waller throws KNEE after KNEE and down goes Duke! Waller goes up the corner, walks the rope and mocks Chase U again, but Duke avoids the elbow drop!

Fans rally, Waller CLUBS Duke but Duke fires up! And again! And again! Duke is Hulking out! “U!!” Duke ROCKS Waller, and again, and again! Waller staggers about, into a scoop SLAM! Duke runs in at the corner to clothesline! And OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Fans fire up as Duke JABS, JABS, JABS and flips, flops, flies… “U!!” BIONIC ELBOW! Waller falls out of the ring and Chase keeps Thea back. Duke storms out after Waller, runs in, but Waller moves! The boot almost hits Thea, but Duke stops himself! Everyone calms down, Waller rushes in but Duke ROCKS him with a right! Duke says he can stop at any time now!

Duke gets in, but Waller SLINGSHOT STUNNERS!! Cover, Waller wins!!

Winner: Grayson Waller, by pinfall

Fans boo but the 21st Century Success Story may have just proven he deserves to be an Iron Survivor. “I told you! You know I’m right.” Chase looks at Duke, but is Waller right about Duke’s true colors?

 

Backstage interview with Javier Bernal.

McKenzie says that most days, she loves her job. But right now… She’s here with Javier Bernal. Hey, McKenzie. It’s the holidays. Let’s put the past behind us. That’s fair. Javi says good, because he loves Christmas. So here’s what the NXT wants and needs. Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and now… BIG BODY TUESDAY~! That’s right! He has big body merch! Wow, really? Yes! Now, no one was going to bat for Big Body Javi to get TV time, but he stepped up to the plate and shows you can to! Introduction the Big Body Baseball Bat! Adam Judge slid into Javi’s DMs and asked him to endorse- Wait, does Javi mean Aaron Judge? Uh… Adam’s his middle name.

Anyway, here’s his next item. Big Body Javi is quite the sex symbol, he’s been told. By who? People… So when you can’t sleep with Big Body, sleep on Big Body with this Big Body Javi Body Pillow! So soft and handsome. Um, Big Body Pillows are trademarked. Uh, no, he knows everything about pillows. He’s been sleeping for five years. What? What? And finally… Men wanna be Javi, and women wanna be with Javi. Um, no… But here, smell like Javi with the BBC: Big Body Cologne. Spritz spritz. It smells like rotten eggs! McKenzie leaves before she barfs, but Javi says his BBC doesn’t smell that bad!

But in steps Axiom! Whoa, hey! What’s he doing here? Wondering what that smell is, for one. That’s the BBC, by Javi. Axiom is also here because he heard Javi’s been wanting to fight him. Javi says “Fight” is a strong, negative word. But even so, that doesn’t matter. Axiom isn’t cleared to compete, right? He is now. He just came from Medical. McKenzie says that’s great! Javi gets what he wants. Yeah, let’s make the match! Big Body Javi may have just stopped into something that smells worse than his cologne. Will the Undeniable Truth prove Javi’s not up to snuff?

 

Fallon Henley VS Kiana James!

Business is business, but this is personal as the Calculator has been insulting the Henley family every chance she can! And with Brooks Jensen tongue tied and googly eyed over Kiana, Josh Briggs brings him back to the back. Will the Cowgirl handle business all on her own? Or will Kiana make Fallon regret not taking that fat stack of cash she offered by taking the winner’s purse tonight?

The two stalk trash, Kiana pie faces, then the bel rings. The shoving starts, Fallon runs Kiana over, then tells her to get the hell up! Kiana stands, they tie up, and are in a deadlock. Fallon powers Kiana to the ropes, but Kiana turns it around. Fallon turns it back, the ref counts, they end up in a corner. The ref counts, Kiana pie faces, but Fallon pushes her back. The two tie up again as NXT goes picture in picture.

Kiana powers Fallon back but Fallon gets free to arm-drag Kiana down! Fallon grinds Kiana’s arm into the mat, but Kiana fights up. Fallon wrangles Kiana back down then grinds the arm again. Kiana fights up, puts Fallon in a corner, then bumps her off buckles. Fallon staggers, Kiana brings her around to bump off more buckles, then she brings Fallon to another corner. But Fallon bumps Kiana off buckles! And again! Fallon CHOPS Kiana, then snapmares her down to ghost pin! TWO! Kiana escapes but Fallon wrenches her arm to YANK it. And YANK it again! And then twist the wrist into a top wristlock!

Fallon brings Kiana down, wraps up the arm, but Kiana fights up again. Fallon knees low, snap suplexes, and Kiana flops out of the ring. Fans rally as Fallon storms over, but Kiana trips her up! Kiana drags Fallon out to CHOP! But Fallon turns things around to CHOP back! And CHOP again! Kiana is stinging but Fallon puts her in the ring. Fallon storms up but Kiana drop toeholds her down! Kiana clamps onto an arm now and grinds Fallon into the mat. Fallon endures, NXT returns to single picture, and Fallon fights to her feet. Kiana KNEES Fallon low, whips, but Fallon reverses to back elbow! Fallon runs, gets around and sits Kiana down for a CALF KICK!

Fans fire up and Fallon storms up on Kiana. Fallon whips but Kiana holds the ropes! Fallon DECKS Kiana, but Kiana goes to the apron. Kiana grabs Fallon’s arm to HOTSHOT it! Kiana drags Fallon up, CLUBS away on the arm, then brings Fallon over to SLAM the arm on the ropes! Fallon clutches the elbow but Kiana wrenches, hammerlocks, and RAMS Fallon into buckles! Kiana RAMS into Fallon, handsprings back and RAMS into her again! Kiana wraps the arm around ropes and pulls! The ref counts, Kiana KICKS the arm as she lets off. Kiana brings Fallon around, scoops and SLAMS her, then dusts herself off.

Kiana kicks Fallon, SLAMS the bad arm, then mocks her pain. Kiana SLAMS the bad arm again and Fallon screams in pain as she clutches the elbow. Fans rally for Fallon as Kiana kicks her around. Kiana drags Fallon up for an ARM CODE BREAKER! Cover, TWO! Kiana is annoyed but she drags Fallon up by her hair. The ref reprimands but Kiana hooks Fallon’s arms up. Fallon endures the top wristlock, fans rally up, and Fallon fights up. Fallon throws body shots, ROCKS Kiana, but Kiana ROCKS Fallon! Fallon ROCKS Kiana, Kiana ROCKS Fallon! Fallon ROCKS Kiana, throws more hands, then runs, but DOUBLE FACEBUSTERS bring both women down!

Fans fire up behind Fallon while the ref checks her and Kiana. Fallon and Kiana stir, Kiana sits up first but Fallon goes to a corner. Kiana runs in but into an elbow! Fallon SOBATS, front kicks, but Kiana ducks the heel kick! Fallon ROCKS, ROCKS and LARIATS Kiana down! Fans fire up and Fallon runs into the corner for a back elbow! Fallon keeps moving but Kiana KICKS the bad arm! Fallon screams in pain again but Kiana drags her up. Scoop, but Fallon slips out to wrench and half nelson, BACKBREAKER, ripcord LARIAT! Cover, TWO!! Kiana is still in this but Fallon keeps on her. Fireman’s carry, but Kiana fights off.

Kiana wrenches the bad arm but Fallon DECKS her with the other! Fallon runs, baseball slides and ROCKS Kiana again! Kiana checks her jaw, Fallon gets in and BOOTS her down! Kiana bails out, Fallon gives chase, but then Kiana grabs her bag. Kiana gets back in the ring, Fallon storms up on her. Kiana throws the bag, Fallon swats it, but Kiana kicks the legs out! And she POSTS Fallon, to drag her back out and 401K!! Cover, Kiana wins!

Winner: Kiana James, by pinfall

A calculated move wins it for Kiana in the end! For Kiana, nothing is personal, it’s just business. But will business be booming if Kiana gets into the Iron Survivor Challenge?

 

Malik Blade holds up the torn sweater vest.

Odyssey Jones and Edris Enofe are there with him. Jones knows that sweater vest meant something special to Malik, but he cannot let Von Wagner get in his head. Malik is a better man than Von will ever be! Edris agrees, but Malik says this wasn’t even his. It was… his dad’s… This was the last thing Malik had of his. And he gets what they’re saying, but he has so much anger inside. Edris says to use that. Use that anger on Von! That pent up rage! And go whoop Von! They have an hour before that match, so Malik needs to get into the Freak mode! Malik is in that mode! Von better be good at taking an ass whooping, because one’s coming for him tonight!

But he also wants to handle this himself. Malik says Von made this personal, so Malik has to handle this on his terms. Malik’s friends understand. Will “Malik Da Freak” go wild on Vicious Von?

 

HBK and the Hall of Famers continue the discussions.

Now we move on to the Women’s Division. Same concept as the men’s, so they need a top five. Alundra starts and says this may seem bias, but she’s pulling for Roxanne. They had a moment at Great American Bash, and talk about development. That rivalry with Cora Jade made Roxie into a real threat. X-Pac can’t believe Roxie is only 21. We can’t even talk about what X-Pac was doing at 21. Dogg says they can’t even mention what he was doing at 31, or even last night. Molly says she was 21, she was just starting! She can’t imagine being in this spot at that age. There is so much potential here.

HBK says that’s the thing about the NXT Women’s Division. They’re all hungry, but they’re also frustrated when it doesn’t happen fast enough. Everyone is so impressive just to start at the ground floor. Well here’s the top floor: Zoey Stark. Dogg says she’s such an impressive athlete, it befuddled her that she wasn’t here sooner. And the Iron Survivor Challenge is tailor made for her. Alundra wishes in her prime that she could’ve faced her. But Stark probably would’ve won. X-Pac is surprised “Hunter” hasn’t called and asked to bring Stark over to Raw or SmackDown. Stark is primetime ready. HBK says it is only a matter of time.

But in the end, the job of NXT is to prepare the talent for RawDown. Molly says the internet says Indi is ready for that call-up. Oh, well, if the internet says, it has to be true. But Dogg gets serious and says there is just something missing in Indi. Maybe she doesn’t believe in herself. The fans do, but the superstar has to believe first. X-Pac says fake it until you make it, but there’s no hiding in this match. And someone who doesn’t hide is Cora Jade. Cora’s gotten better faster than just about anyone else in the Women’s Division. Molly says Cora really stepped into her own. When Cora said she is only about Cora, Molly believed her.

Dogg says Cora is also young, but who didn’t think about only themselves at that age? At the same time, Cora is dangerous. Alundra says Cora doesn’t have a problem being that, either. Who throws a title belt in the trash? Well, besides Alundra. That said, what Cora is trying to say is, “This is who I am, take it or leave it.” Dogg leaves it to take Fallon Henley. Fallon and the boys make a good package. She is a dark horse in this. Pretty, tough, and someone you can have a beer with. X-Pac feels a toss up between her and Kiana James, but we just saw Kiana beat Fallon, so he’s giving the edge to Kiana.

Dogg says what Kiana does outside of the ring clearly helps her in the ring. When she walks into a room, she owns the room. She has “It.” HBK asks for any other names we haven’t talked about yet, and Molly brings in Alba Fyre. Alba is perhaps THE best on the roster, and if not for Isla Dawn, Alba would be the champion instead of a contender. Everything is great about her character and her style of throwing caution to the wind. Dogg had Fyre on his list, but scratched it off because she wants after Isla Dawn. Then after that, Fyre can refocus on the title. X-Pac says Dogg is scared Dawn will curse him. Damn right he is! She’s scary!

HBK thanks the panel for their input, but again, time to put down the top five on paper and we’ll figure this out. Time to make some big decisions!

 

Cora Jade shares a TikTok video.

She mocks “poor Wendy.” It’s just like high school, getting bullied~! She feels so bad. NOT. But will the punk rock mean girl find out what happens when bullies push it too far?

 

Six Woman Tag: Toxic Attraction VS Kayden Carter, Katana Chance & Nikkita Lyons!

Mandy Rose is still NXT Women’s Champion, but Gigi Dolin & Jacy Jayne want the tag titles back! Will Toxic Attraction prove they are the top of the NXT Women’s Division period? Or will KC Squared plus the Lioness equal a force too strong for Toxic Attraction to handle?

Wait, ZOEY STARK attacks Lyons during her entrance! She stomps away on Lyons’ leg, but then refs and KC Squared rush over! Stark lets off, having done damage. Fans sing, “Oh~ Zoey is Angry!” Did Zoey’s grudge just ruin Lyons’ chance at getting after the Toxic Goddess? Mandy and her girls mock Lyons, “What a loser!” Will the match be off? Or will KC Squared find a new third before the night is out?

 

Aoife Valkyrie speaks!

“As a child, I would always watch the sky, watching the birds as they left Ireland for a new place. For a new life. Now I have left my homeland, channeling the spirit of the Morrígan. And as my old feathers fall to the ground, new feathers emerge, stronger. Who you once knew has shapeshifted to a new form, and is ready for a new battleground. Prepare yourself for Lyra Valkyria!” The Black Bird of NXT UK has finally landed in the US, who will she target first?

 

Backstage interview with Elektra Lopez.

McKenzie asks La Madrina how she feels about Indi’s loss, given their history. Lopez is feeling good, but why is Indi her return? “Biggest impact, lowest amount of risk. Indi has this connection with the NXT Universe which I don’t understand, but it seems like a trend to be an Indi Hartwell fan. But I’m La Madrina, I don’t follow trends, I set them. Whatever it is, Indi is the heart of this division, so if I take out the heart, then it’s mine for the taking.” Lopez didn’t come back to NXT to make new friends, no. She came back to build an empire all her own. If Indi wants to bet on herself, go ahead. But do not bet against La Madrina, or you’ll go broke.

 

Axiom VS Javier Bernal!

The number one name on the Big Body Files is back! The leg is 100%, so will Axiom be right back on track? Or will Big Body Javi show some big brains and go after that very leg the Irish Ace injured?

 


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Mitchell’s AEW Dark Results & Report! (11/29/22)

Newark gets Dark!

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OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Hikaru Shida w/ Hagane Shinno VS Layla Luciano; wins.
  • Six Man Tag: Hardy Party VS The Wingmen; win(s).
  • Six Man Tag: The Factory VS Justin Corino, Ryan Mooney & Steve Josifi; win(s).
  • Zack Clayton VS Chris Wylde; wins.
  • Angelico VS Hagane Shinno; wins.
  • Brian Cage w/ Prince Nana VS Tony Deppen; wins.
  • Emi Sakura w/ Baliyan Akki VS Tiara James; wins.
  • Six Man Tag: The Jericho Appreciation Society VS Tracy Williams, LSG and Jack Tomlinson; win(s).

QUICK NOTES

Hikaru Shida bringing along Hagane Shinno (formerly known as Madoka) is interesting. More Japanese promotions seem to be willing to let talent work with AEW, and that of course helps AEW get recognition internationally, and helps those promotions get recognition in the USA. Shinno will definitely get a win off Angelico, but AEW’s already such a full roster, who knows if Shinno will see any TV time.

Good to see the Wingmen together again, even if it’s to lose to Hardy Party. But even the Trios Division needs its lower midcard, and that is where The Wingmen will be. Matt Hardy & Private Party might end up becoming The Firm’s Trios Championship contenders if they keep building up wins on AEW YouTube. They could give whoever comes out of the Best of 7 Series a great match, and we could see a lot of overbooked, “internal conflict” of whether Hardy Party is Face or Heel, same as we’re seeing with Death Triangle always resorting to the hammer.


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