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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (7/1/20)

AKA The Great American Bash!

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NXT Great American Bash

NXT brings back another classic!

In the patriotic spirit of July, NXT transforms into The Great American Bash for a two week summer party! Will Io Shirai defend HER NXT from Sasha Banks?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • NXT Women’s Championship #1 Contender Elimination Fatal 4 Way: Mia Yim VS Candice LeRae VS Tegan Nox VS Dakota Kai; Nox wins and will challenge Io Shirai for the title.
  • Timothy Thatcher VS Oney Lorcan; Thatcher wins.
  • 2v1 Handicap Match: Robert Stone & Aliyah VS Rhea Ripley; Ripley wins and won’t have to join The Robert Stone Brand.
  • Strap Match: Dexter Lumis VS Roderick Strong; Lumis wins.
  • Champion VS Champion: Io Shirai VS Sasha Banks w/ Bayley; Shirai wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

NXT presents a two night extravaganza!

#TheBashIsBack! The biggest fights, the biggest moments, the biggest opportunities! Whose NXT will this be when it’s all said and done?

 

NXT Women’s Championship #1 Contender Elimination Fatal 4 Way: Mia Yim VS Candice LeRae VS Tegan Nox VS Dakota Kai!

The Head Baddie In Charge won’t let Mrs. Wrestling poison NXT, while the Team Kick break-up is kicking it up a notch! With so much animosity in one match, who stands tall and becomes the one to challenge The Evil Genius?

The bell rings and the four women stare down. Mia steps to Candice and Candice bails out fast. Dakota realizes she’s alone with Tegan and Mia so she gets out, too. Mia and Tegan figure they’ll go 1v1 and tie up. Mia headlocks, Tegan powers out but Mia runs her over. Mia runs again, Candice trips her up and drags her out! Candice throws Mia into steps then leaves her behind. Tegan and Candice are also former friends, but Dakota creeps up. Tegan DECKS Dakota but Candice rolls Tegan up! TWO and Dakota turns Teagn around to DECK her! Dakota ROCKS Candice, too, then clubs away on Tegan. Dakota whips, Tegan holds ropes but Dakota goes to the apron to trip her up!

Dakota spins Tegan but Tegan dodges to then tackle Dakota! They’re both down and Candice takes aim. Candice runs, but Mia dropkicks her down! Mia CHOPS Candice then goes corner to corner, only to miss the cannonball and hit buckles! Candice back elbows Mia down then gives Dakota an APRON COMPLETE SHOT! Dakota goes down in a heap but Candice leaves her behind. Candice goes up to springboard crossbody Tegan down! Candice climbs up but Mia stops her with a haymaker! Mia climbs up, clubs away on Candice, then brings her around. Candice fights back, slips under, and goes to bomb, but Mia hold ropes. Mia punches but only gets buckles, Candice SUPER GERMAN SUPLEXES! Cover, TWO!!

Dakota clobbers Candice then fireman’s carries. Tegan SUPERKICKS Dakota and Candice still gets a Samoan Drop. Tegan runs at them, but only uppercuts Candice! Dakota runs in, Around the World hits Candice! Mia BOOTS Dakota! Tegan helps Mia double suplex and gourd buster Dakota onto Candice! The crowd rallies as Mia gives Candice a CODE BREAKER! Cover, Mia ELIMINATES Candice! And she talks trash all up and down on the Poison Pixie as she leaves the ring. Tegan is still a bit remorseful about what happened to a former friend, but she learns to live with it as NXT goes picture in picture.

Dakota creeps back in and kicks Tegan down! Dakota rolls Mia, TWO! Mia stands up but Dakota BOOTS her down! Cover, TWO! Dakota grows frustrated but she keeps on Mia with clubbing forearms. Dakota drags Mia up, whips her into buckles, then stomps away. She hits Tegan to keep her out, but Mia CHOPS her back! Dakota clubs Mia, throws her down then covers, TWO! Dakota pushes Mia away and grabs Tegan as she enters. Snapmare to cover, TWO! Tegan flounders but Dakota stays on her with  a deathlock! Mia runs in to guillotine Dakota down! Tegan is trapped but Dakota is, too! Tegan endures, Dakota stays up, Tegan gets free and Dakota SPINE BUSTERS Mia! All three women are down but the crowd is fired up.

Dakota and Mia throw hands, NXT returns to single picture, and Tegan adds on. Mia and Tegan keep hitting Dakota back and forth, then double whip her to a corner. Dakota hits hard, Mia CANNONBALLS! Tegan CANNON-BOARS! Cover, TWO!?! Dakota survives and Tegan is shocked! Dakota flops out of the ring, so Mia and Tegan go 1v1 again. They shake hands, then Mia whips Tegan to follow and redirect. Tegan jumps over and choke grips! Mia breaks free, both women show haymaker so they hesitate. Mia laughs it off, to JAB Tegan! Mia brings Tegan up, whips her but Tegan reverses. Mia goes Spider-Woman, Tegan runs in but is dumped out. Mia builds speed but Tegan slides in, so Mia has to tumble out of her tope.

Dakota returns to BOOT Tegan then drag her back up! Dakota whips, hip tosses to a SLAM! Mia returns, spins Dakota to a full nelson, SNAP DRAGON SUPLEX! Mia has Dakota and Tegan in opposite corners, so she starts up infinite forearms! But Tegan dodges Mia, then dodges Dakota. Mia boots Dakota and hops up to step on Dakota and flying huricanrana Tegan down! Mia dodges Dakota to huricanrana her, too! The crowd rallies as Mia builds speed again, to DIVE onto Tegan at the ramp! Mia hurries back in, to DIVE onto Dakota on the other side! The HBIC is fired up as she drags Dakota back into the ring. Mia clubs Dakota, reels her in, CODE BLUE! Cover, TWO!?! Tegan ghost pins Mia, TWO!

Mia ducks the Penalty Kick, spins Tegan around, SOLE FOOD! Tegan flops out and Dakota has also gotten away, so Mia has no one to cover. But Dakota returns, O’Conner rolls, with a bridge! Dakota ELIMINATES Mia!! Mia is frustrated, she got caught off guard! But now it comes down to the two formerly known as Team Kick, as NXT goes picture in picture again.

Tegan crawls up and into the ring to be in opposite corners with her former friend. Dakota glares at Tegan as Tegan glares back. Tegan crawls her way over as Dakota storms up. Dakota ax kicks Tegan down! Then bumps her off buckles! Dakota covers, TWO! Dakota grows frustrated but she drags Tegan around into a chinlock. Dakota digs her knee into Tegan’s back but Tegan endures. Tegan reaches but Dakota cranks back. The crowd rallies, Tegan fights up, but Dakota wrangles her down to thrash her about! Dakota shifts to a tighter chinlock and grinds Tegan into the mat. Tegan continues to endure, fights her way up, and the crowd continues to rally.

Tegan gets up but Dakota whips her, only for Tegan to roll her up! TWO, and Dakota LARIATS Tegan down! Dakota is seething while Tegan is sputtering, and NXT goes to break.

NXT returns and the two are brawling with big haymakers! Tegan rocks Dakota but Dakota comes back with another punch. Tegan punches again and eggs Dakota on. Dakota ROCKS Tegan now, but Tegan comes back with more! Dakota CHOPS Tegan down, but Tegan gets up to CHOP back! The brawl continues, forearm for forearm, fast and furious! The crowd is loving this! Dakota gets the edge as she clubs Tegan down but that’s why we love “NXT! NXT!” Tegan fires up, Dakota SUPERKICKS her down! Dakota drags Tegan back up but Tegan HEADBUTTS! Both women wobble, but Tegan CHOPS again! And again! And again! Tegan clotheslines Dakota then starts to rally! Dakota gets to a corner, Tegan runs in, for a bit uppercut!

Tegan goes corner to corner, another uppercut! Tegan goes again, a third uppercut! Dakota sits down, Tegan runs corner to corner with wild eyes, another CANNON-BOAR! Tegan drags Dakota to a cover, TWO! Dakota is tougher than Tegan remembers, but the crowd keeps rallying. Tegan drags Dakota up, whips her, and catches her for a Fall Away BRIDGE! Cover, TWO!! Tegan still can’t believe it, but “That was Awesome!” Tegan grits her teeth and goes to a corner. Tegan climbs up but Dakota goes Around the World to BOOT her! Then she TOSSES her down! Dakota runs, KAI-ROPRACTOR! Cover, TWO!! Tegan still lives and is tougher than Dakota remembers! The crowd still cheers for “NXT! NXT!” as Dakota stands up.

Dakota hobbles over to Tegan, brings her up, but Tegan fights back. Dakota CLUBS Tegan, and again. But Tegan gets up, so Dakota CLUBS and stomps her down! Dakota drags Tegan up again, fireman’s carry, but Tegan slips out to kick low. Tegan suplexes, sit-out gourd buster! Cover, TWO!! Tegan keeps her focus as she runs, but the Shiniest Wizard misses! Ghost pin, TWO, BUTTERFLY STRETCH!! Tegan endures, but Dakota pulls hard. Tegan makes it a cover, TWO! Dakota gets up, into another HEADBUTT! Tegan climbs up top again, leaps, MOLLY GO ROUND! Then a SHINIEST WIZARD! Cover, Tegan wins!!

Winner: Tegan Nox, by pinfall (NEW #1 Contender to the NXT Women’s Championship)

The moment Tegan has been waiting for finally comes! And not just exacting revenge on Dakota, but heading for a title match! Will the Shiniest Wizard shine even brighter against the Descent Into Darkness?

 

Backstage interview with Damian Priest.

The Archer of Infamy has had a rough couple of weeks, but he has something to say to Cameron Grimes. “I don’t understand what type of man you are.” Grimes slashes Priest’s tires but won’t claim it. He attacks Priest to win a match. But now Priest has his full focus on Grimes, and Grimes will regret that. Priest challenges Grimes to a 1v1 match, “no tricks, no games.” And when Priest is done, the beating Grimes gets will #LiveForever.

 

Timothy Thatcher VS Oney Lorcan!

The professor of pain at the school of #ThatchAsThatchCan is about to teach a masterclass with the help of the Boston Brawler. Will the Fury of 205 Live be feeling this one for the rest of the year? Or will he teach Thatcher a thing or two?

The bell rings and Oney circles with Thatcher. They tie up, Oney powers Thatcher to the corner but he lets up fast. Thatcher circles with Oney again, Oney gets the arm but Thatcher resits. Oney throws Thatcher down, headscissors, but Thatcher pops out. Oney CHOPS Thatcher then goes after him again. Thatcher resists, headlocks but Oney headlocks back. Thatcher powers out, Oney comes back with a headscissor takedown! Oney has the arms, Thatcher fights free and moves around to turn Oney over. Thatcher bridges, hooks the legs and then clamps onto Oney’s face! Bow ‘n’ Arrow stretch! Oney endures, Thatcher makes it a cover, ONE! Oney CHOPS and CHOPS again, then goes after the arm. Oney throws Thatcher down again, wants the short arm scissor, but Thatcher resists.

Thatcher uses an S grip then rolls Oney to a cover, ONE. Oney still has the arm, the crowd rallies behind him, but Thatcher rolls back again. Thatcher dead lifts but Oney powers him back down! The crowd sings Oney’s song as Thatcher grits his teeth and powers his way around the back. Thatcher hooks the legs and rear mounts for a chinlock. Thatcher then goes after the arm but Oney knows that and stands up. Thatcher throws Oney down and wants the armbar, but Oney resists. Oney has his own tight grip but Thatcher clubs away on the arms. Thatcher covers, TWO, but Thatcher wants the double wristlock! Oney endures as Thatcher wrenches around. Thatcher brings Oney up in a standing armbar, but Oney powers up.

Thatcher puts Oney on the ropes, CLUBS Oney in the chest, then goes after the arm again. He throws Oney, has the wrist for the lock, but Oney moves to alleviate pressure. Thatcher keeps a mount, squeezes Oney’s head with a headscissors, then moves to another cover. ONE, but Thatcher has Oney in the facelock. Oney has a leg, Thatcher pries him off, but Oney spins through to spin around and snapmare! Oney has the arms for a stretch! The crowd rallies as Thatcher endures. Thatcher fights up, even as Oney digs his head in. Thatcher powers through the hold, Oney turns it around and sits Thatcher down! Oney digs a knee in but Thatcher just gets mad. Thatcher fights back up, tries again, but Oney CHOPS him!

Oney CHOPS again and again in the corner, then whips corner to corner. Thatcher reverses, Oney elbows back then hops up. Thatcher uppercuts Oney off the top! Oney crashes down and clutches his arm while NXT goes picture in picture.

Thatcher grits his teeth as he goes out to fetch Oney. He brings Oney around the way to slam the bad hand off the apron! The ring count climbs but Thatcher puts Oney in before 5. Thatcher stalks Oney to ropes and wraps the bad arm around one! The ref counts, Thatcher lets up and he stomps away on Oney! Oney shields the bad arm as he gets to a corner but Thatcher CLUBS him in the chest. Thatcher KNEES Oney into the corner, then grabs the bad arm. Thatcher throws Oney down and wraps up the arm and head for a wicked modification on the double wristlock. Oney endures, fights back, but Thatcher stays clamped on. They stand, Oney throws body shots but Thatcher throws forearms and uppercuts!

Oney gives EuroUppers back but Thatcher leg picks and brings Oney down. Thatcher goes after the arm again but Oney resists as best he can. Thatcher mounts then twists the arm in all sorts of directions! Oney endures as NXT returns to single picture, but Thatcher shifts to a hammerlock. Oney sits up, reaches back, fights his way up and slips out to facelock. Thatcher slips out, powers Oney to ropes for the belly2belly! Oney rolls out of the ring to save himself but Thatcher just glares. Thatcher watches Oney crawl around the way, meets him at the apron, but Oney shoulders in. Thatcher clubs and forearms Oney back, then suplexes. Oney resists, Thatcher keeps trying, but Oney sips out to HALF ‘N’ HALF! And then he BLASTS Thatcher with the basement EuroUpper! Cover, TWO!

Oney is after the legs, Thatcher kicks him away, but Oney CHOPS again! And again! Thatcher forearms, Oney EuroUppers, Thatcher EuroUppers, and Oney CHOPS again! Thatcher forearms, Oney uppercuts and gets an edge. Oney keeps going, but Thatcher grabs Oney by the jaw to SLAP him! That’s ONEY’s move! Oney grits his teeth but so does Thatcher. Oney fires palm strikes, Thatcher covers up, but Oney shows Thatcher how to grab the jaw and slap, SLAP, SLAP! Thatcher breaks free but Oney SLAPS him down! Oney has the HALF CRAB! Thatcher endures as Oney sits deep and the crowd rallies up! Thatcher claws and crawls but Oney just sits deeper! Thatcher reaches back, using his height advantage to trip Oney up. Thatcher has the leg for a Calf Killer!

Oney reaches, Thatcher goes for the arm but Oney gets away to CHOP! And CHOP! Thatcher blocks one, SLAPS Oney down, then brings him up into a butterfly suplex! Cover, TWO, but Thatcher stays right on Oney with a modified cradle. It’s a Sugar Hold! Oney fish hooks Thatcher’s mouth! Thatcher grabs that arm for the FUJIWARA! Oney endures the crank, but he taps out! Thatcher wins!

Winner: Timothy Thatcher, by submission

Thatcher makes Oney suffer before he lets go with a wild eyed grin! Will Thatcher continue to tear opponents apart to climb up the ranks?

 

Karrion Kross wants NXT to see things his way.

“Read between the lines.” He wants us to realize that “There are individuals among us, entitled vermin who have invested a significant amount of delusion.” The very same individuals that suffered under the status quo now want the others to feel what it’s like. To those individuals, Kross says Father Time has different plans for the future. Scarlett says the plot is about to thicken. NXT’s identity will soon be defined by the suffering they will endure. It has never been about the time you put in. It is about the time you take away. Keith Lee smashed the hourglass, now the clock is ticking on him. When will the sands run out on the Limitless One?

 

2v1 Handicap Match: Robert Stone & Aliyah VS Rhea Ripley!

NXT loves to make history in the most unique ways. The first-ever co-ed match could determine whether or not the Aussie Nightmare has to live a waking nightmare or gets to walk away from the Robert Stone Brand once and for all. Will the bougie brand add some brutality to their stable?

Stone looks like he’s trying to be Robbie Balboa in his boxer get-up. Rhea is ready no matter what, and Stone warms up. Stone puts on his sports goggles and puts in the mouthpiece as the bell rings. Stone and Aliyah are in this together, but he wants to do this himself. He’s serious, apparently. Rhea welcomes him to try, and he starts doing a rope-a-dope. Well the dope is true. Rhea circles with Stone, Stone does a jump and a spin, but Rhea CHOPS him down! Stone flounders out of the ring, Aliyah leaps on with a sleeper! Rhea throws her down, but Aliyah dodges the stomp. Aliyah tilt-o-whirls, goes around the world, and headscissors Rhea down! Stone anchors Rhea in a corner, Aliyah BOOTS her down! Cover, TWO!

Rhea checks her jaw but she has all her teeth. Aliyah runs and tilt-o-whirls again but Rhea blocks! Rhea powers out, brings Aliyah around with one arm, then pops her up. Aliyah fights out of the bomb, turns around, but into an Electric Chair FACEBUSTER! Cover, but Stone drags Rhea off! Rhea glares at Stone and he runs away! Stone leads Rhea on a cat ‘n’ mouse, then slingshots, to FLOP on the floor! Rhea dares him to come back, but Aliyah hits a FLYING FACEBUSTER! Aliyah throws Rhea into the ring as NXT goes picture in picture.

Cover, TWO! Aliyah keeps her focus as she watches Rhea stand. Aliyah runs to Thesz Press! She rains down fast hands but Rhea pushes her away. Aliyah comes back, waistlocks, but Rhea pries her off to whip. Aliyah holds ropes and kicks back! So Rhea BOOTS Aliyah! Aliyah hits the ropes and that knocks Stone off the apron! Aliyah staggers into Rhea’s fireman’s carry, but she fights out and shoves Rhea, into Stone! O’Conner roll, TWO and Aliyah collides with Stone! Stone just can’t catch a break! Rhea gets back up, glares at Aliyah, and GERMAN SUPLEXES her! Stone climbs up while Rhea shouts at Aliyah, but she sees him flying in. Rhea catches him with both hands, then pops him up, only for Aliyah to windmill kick a leg out!

Rhea is down in a heap but Aliyah stomps away on her! Aliyah rains down right hands, covers, but Rhea is already up. Aliyah pushes her back down, TWO! Stone comes back to grab the arms and bring Rhea up. Aliyah and Stone mug Rhea and SLAP her! Stone is fired up and fist bumps with Aliyah as NXT goes to break.

NXT returns and Rhea is caught in a double submission! Aliyah has her in a crossface while Stone has a Boston Crab! Rhea endures, powers Stone away then rolls Aliyah. Aliyah gets up and mule kicks Rhea down! Aliyah brings Rhea up, Stone helps double suplex! Stone wants the cover but Aliyah pushes him away? She wants the credit and Stone obliges. Cover, TWO! Now Aliyah is upset with Stone for messing up earlier. Stone and Aliyah bring Rhea up again, but Rhea double suplexes them! Stone and Aliyah get up, agree to attack together, but Stone stays back as Aliyah runs at Rhea! Rhea back drops Aliyah hard, then sends Stone in! Stone stops himself from running into Aliyah, but turns around into Rhea’s dropkick!

Rhea sees Aliyah coming, spins and kicks her, to send her into Stone! Aliyah backs out into Rhea’s lariat! And another! And then a ripcord, and Aliyah back hands Stone! Rhea hook kicks Aliyah, brings her up, and atomic facebusters Aliyah into Robert’s stones! Rhea laughs at his pain, but Aliyah ruins into a boot! Stone tries to roll Rhea, but she grabs his arm and stays up. Rhea brings Stone up to headbutt him down! Rhea stomps Aliyah down, drags Stone over, and then ties them both up in DOUBLE PRISM TRAPS! DOUBLE TAP, Rhea wins!

Winner: Rhea Ripley, by submission

The Stone Brand won’t be getting a new client tonight, and Rhea continues to do her own thing. Will Rhea fight her way back to the title all on her own, too?

 

NXT hears from Roderick Strong.

Strong meditates on Dexter Lumis. “The staring. The constant staring!” He just keeps staring at Strong! Then he stuffed Strong in a car trunk. The drawings are so scary. Stop staring! “To get to the other side, one must face his fear.” Strong has conquered the trunk, but he has not conquered his fear. Lumis wants him to look that fear in the eyes. Strong stops meditating, and heads to the ring.

Strap Match: Dexter Lumis VS Roderick Strong!

The “tortured artist” may have lost to the Savior of the Backbreaker once, but that only made him obsessed. Strong wants to conquer his fear, but he might be conquered by his fear instead. NXT makes history again as both men strap in for a brutal rematch!

Strong is wary of Lumis and wants Lumis to be far back as possible as they strap in. Strong has to pump himself up as the ref brings the strap over. Luims steps closer and Strong tells him to stay back. Strong looks at the strap, but then sucker punches Lumis! Strong clubs Lumis down and shouts, “I told you I wasn’t scared of him!” But then Lumis gets up and DECKS Strong! And again! And again! Lumis forces Strong’s hand through the loop, and now the match begins! Lumis reels Strong in and Strong freaks out! Lumis yanks Strong up off the mat and uppercuts him out of the air! Strong flounders out but he’s all angled up. Lumis YANKS Strong into the apron! Strong grits his teeth but Lumis YANKS him back in!

Lumis follows Strong out of the ring, stalks him around the way, but Strong knees low and bumps Lumis off the apron. Strong clubs Lumis against the barrier, then grabs up a large amount of slack. Strong whips at Lumis but Lumis avoids the leather! Lumis kicks Strong and uppercuts him down again. Lumis brings Strong up and into the ring, stomps him down then chokes him on the ropes. Lumis lets up, whips Strong into a corner and then back drops him high and hard! Lumis stomps and punches Strong more and more in another corner. He chokes Strong against buckles, then lets up to reel in the strap. Strong holds onto the ropes, forcing Lumis to step closer, and Strong kicks low. Lumis staggers, Strong knees him against the ropes then CHOPS him! But Lumis just stares at him.

Strong throws more hands, and CHOPS, but Lumis just stares. Lumis puts Strong on the apron, ROCKS Strong with a right, and then uses the strap to bring Strong back up onto the apron! Strong kicks Lumis’ legs out, then clubs him on the back. Lumis body shots and hip tosses Strong back into the ring! Strong writhes while Lumis looms over him Lumis digs his knee into Strong while raining down right hands. Strong flounders up, Lumis runs in, but Strong boots! Strong KNEES Lumis down, then brings him up to a corner. Strong throws forearms over and over, then climbs up to punch Lumis with leather fists! “I’m not scared of you!” Lumis doesn’t care as he slips under and uses the strap to tuck Strong in! And UPPERCUTS him down!

Strong is dazed and flounders out of the ring. Lumis follows Strong, reels him in with the strap and DECKS him with a forearm! Strong flounders up, Lumis has the slack and he lashes! Strong dodges and the steps take the hit! Lumis won’t let Strong get away, and he YANKS Strong up and over the steps! Strong flies to the ramp and writhes on the floor. Lumis stalks Strong at the ramp, clubs him up the way, and they end up on the stage. Lumis uppercuts Strong, brings him around and throws him into LED wall! Lumis then spots one of the sports cars near the stage, and the trunk. Lumis opens one up, and Strong freaks out. Strong YANKS Lumis into the stage edge then boots him back! And again!

Strong brings Lumis around the way and boots him again. And again! Lumis climbs up to join Strong and knees him back. Strong staggers about, wraps Lumis up with the strap, and hits an Olympic Slam to the floor! Both men are down but sit up as the crowd rallies. Strong brings Lumis up and puts him back in the ring. Lumis sits up but Strong has a lot of slack. Strong LASHES Lumis! But Lumis still stares at Strong. Strong LASHES Lumis again and again, then digs his knee in as he rains down rights. Lumis fights back but Strong basement dropkicks and clubs away on Lumis. Cover, ONE, and Lumis flounders after Strong. Strong shouts, “Do you know who I am?!” Strong wraps Lumis up, gut wrenches him up, but Lumis resists the lift. Lumis throws body shots but Strong elbows him down! Cover, TWO!

Strong keeps on Lumis with a a chinlock, even trapping an arm. Lumis endures as the crowd rallies up. Lumis fights his way up, throws body shots over and over, then clobbers Strong to a corner. Lumis stomps away, punches more, then runs in, but into a BOOT! Strong enziguris Lumis down, then uses the strap to LASH Lumis again! Strong CHOPS Lumis for all the embarrassment and trauma, then uses the strap to LASH him. The crowd says, “Dexter Likes it!” Strong runs and forearms, CHOPS and runs again. Lumis LARIATS Strong inside out! The crowd fires up again as Lumis and Strong stir. They slowly rise, Lumis DECKS Strong again! And again! And again! Lumis runs in to corner clothesline and bulldog! Cover, TWO!

Lumis keeps on Strong with a slingshot suplex! Lumis takes a long piece of strap and LASHES Strong! And again! And again! This may be the Great American Bash but Strong is feeling the backlash of his actions! Lumis grinds his forearm into Strong’s face, then brings him up by his hair. Lumis wants the vice but Strong fights out. Strong arm-drags, and KNEES! Strong puts Lumis up top, climbs up to join Lumis, but Lumis fights back. Strong fights Lumis down, brings him up, and hits a SUPERPLEX! Cover, TWO!! Strong doesn’t let frustration stop him, he ties Lumis’ feet up with the strap. He turns Lumis for a Strong Hold! Lumis endures, crawls, and gets under the ropes. Lumis escapes and the crowd cheers.

Strong follows Lumis, but Lumis flapjacks him off the apron! Lumis puts Strong in, but here comes the Undisputed Era! Bobby Fish sweeps Lumis’ legs on the apron! The ref sees Fish but nothing can be down as Strong hits the SICK KICK! Cover, TWO!! Lumis lives and Fish is furious! Strong brings Lumis up, Lumis fights back, the two brawl fast and furious! Fish gets in and rushes the two, but the two back up, and the strap clotheslines Fish! Lumis ROCKS Strong with an uppercut, whips Strong into Fish! Fish hits Plexiglas and Lumis uses the strap to help tie Strong up. Strong can’t get away from the ripcord URENAGE! To the strap-assisted SILENCE VICE!! Strong taps, Lumis wins!

Winner: Dexter Lumis, by submission

The Silence is deafening and defeating as Lumis gets his payback against The Undisputed Era! But will Silence be golden for Lumis in the near future?

 

NXT Prime Target: Winner Takes All.

Why is this the biggest match of Keith Lee’s life? “There’s so many reasons why this is the biggest match of my life, my career, biggest opportunity.” This is a defining moment. It has been this snowballing run, this connection with the fans. These experiences he’s had, the people he’s learned from. Survivor Series, Royal Rumble, and champion defense after championship defense, and he’s still standing. Now he has the chance to do what no one in NXT has done, and that is to hold both North American and THE NXT Championship at the same time. It is his chance to deliver, and he will not let anyone down.

NXT is now NX-LEE. Keith Lee is Mr. NXT and it will continue further on. Keith has had his sights set on Adam Cole and that title for a long time. Keith waited patiently, has longed for opportunity. He doesn’t want to overlook anything. Adam Cole BAYBAY has Keith’s respect and congratulations, because that reign has been “nothing short of amazing, epic, I daresay legendary.”

As for Cole, he says Keith has had one of the best years of anyone in wrestling. A star making performance at Survivor Series. He took Brock Lesnar to the limit at the Royal Rumble and did become North American Champion. Who can say they’ve had a better year than that, other than Adam Cole? If Cole had not “spearheaded” the movement, no one would be talking about Keith Lee’s appearance on SmackDown. It doesn’t happen without Cole VS Daniel Bryan. Keith Lee’s appearance on Raw does not happen without Cole VS Seth Rollins.  “Survivor Series, you name it, I am the one who led the charge. I’m the one responsible for any sort of success, and I will prove one week from tonight, with the NXT Championship in one hand, and the NXT North American Championship in the other, that I am the greatest champion in this brand’s history.”

But when all the dust settles, there will be one man hoisting two titles above his head, and that man will be Keith Lee. When the chips are down for Keith, he loses. When the chips are down for Keith, he fails. But when the chips are down for Cole, Cole finds a way to succeed. That is why he is the longest reigning NXT Champion ever. And then Cole will become the winner that takes all. And that is Undisputed. Keith tells Cole that while he is undisputed, Keith is unstoppable. The Pounce that send Cole into the crowd. The tope that toppled the main roster. The Spanish Fly that defied gravity. The reign that has so far been without end. One promises to deliver, the other vows he will continue to dominate. No one has held these titles the way these two have, and this will be the biggest match in NXT history. Who will be the man to make history at the end of The Great American Bash?

 

Backstage interview with Johnny Gargano and Candice LeRae.

The Fatal 4 Way didn’t go the way they wanted, but Candice complains that it stopped being a Fatal 4 and turned into a 3v1! Gargano backs up her protesting, and says that all happened because the others are jealous of Candice. Candice storms off, to go after Mia Yim! Gargano hurries over just as Isaiah “Swerve” Scott tries to step in and break it up. Gargano tells Swerve to get his hands off Mrs. Wrestling, but he and Swerve start arguing. Referees and security hurry to keep this from getting any wilder, Swerve says he’ll handle Gargano later. Will Swerve’s House end up being taken over by #TheJohnnyGarganoWay?

 

El Legado del Fantasma heads to the ring.

Santos Escobar is flanked by Joaquin Wilde and Raul Mendoza as the crowd boos and jeers. The NXT Cruiserweight Champion and his cohorts soak up the heat as Mendoza hands Escobar a mic. “Once revered, the culture used to mean something. The lucha libre culture used to transcend the wrestling ring. We were movie stars, icons, heroes, role models.” Do they remember those days? But the historic tradition turned into a sideshow! The fans settled, led to believe lucha libre was just “a bunch of guys in masks, doing flips.” That is wrong! Because luchadors are more than a mask. El Legado will rediscover the roots of lucha libre and shape it in Escobar’s image. They will restore honor, and they will leave a legacy they can be proud of.

Escobar says they will right the wrongs of those who disrupted what it means to be a lucha libre artist! They will build their empire! “I am Santos Escobar, and this-” Is Drake Maverick! But he has a neck brace after what Escobar did to him weeks ago. El Legado dares him to do something, and he takes off the brace. Maverick fires off on Mendoza and Wilde but that’s still 2v1! Escobar stays back as his henchmen stomp Maverick down. They drag Maverick up as Escobar takes off the belt and the jacket. “I told you, little guy. No one can touch me!” Escobar rolls up his sleeves, but here comes Breezango! Tyelr Breeze and Fandango fight off Mendoza and Wilde and clothesline them out! Escobar is alone, so he bails out.

El Legado regroups to retreat, but Fandango says, “next week, Great American Bash, Night Number 2, you’ll have no place to run and hide.” A Six Man Tag of Cruiserweight stars will shine, but who will take the spotlight for their own?

 

Backstage interview with Cameron Grimes.

He’s asked about Priest’s challenge, and Grimes mocks Priest’s low voice as he says, “I heard what he had to say.” Grimes laughs and says Priest doesn’t understand it’s #GrimeTime. For wanting to live forever, Priest sure is in a hurry to lose to Grimes! But why wouldn’t he? Grimes doesn’t worry about the past, he has his foot on the gas! He’s headed to the top! That’s why Grimes calls out Adam Cole and Keith Lee! It don’t matter who gets the victory, because he’ll have to fight Grimes! Grimes is calling it now! He is the #1 contender, and is headed to the moon! But making such a statement, is Grimes more like Icarus flying too close to the sun?

 

NXT hears from Mercedes Martinez.

“NXT is NOT for the weak. NXT is NOT for the invisible.” She has made a career on inflicting pain. Step up because she doesn’t pull punches. Mercedes isn’t playing around. She is going to make everyone take notice. She’s back with the Great American Bash, Night 2!

 

NXT announces big things for Night 2!

The Six Man Tag of El Legado del Fantasma VS Maverick & Breezango is official! And after the altercation backstage, Mia and Candice will get to settle the score in a Street Fight! Will the Head Baddie keep #TJGW from getting its way? Or will the Pint-Size Poison leave her feeling numb?

 

Champion VS Champion: Io Shirai VS Sasha Banks w/ Bayley!

The Evil Genius is the NEW NXT Women’s Champion, but the Boss and her best friend returned to the black ‘n’ gold to defend their WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships. The celebration was cut short when Shirai decided to strike, and now she has beef with #Sasha3Brands. Sasha wants to be #TwoBeltsBanks, but will she score a win here and possibly have a shot at a third? Or will Shirai prove to everyone that this is HER NXT now?

But speaking of returning, Sasha and Bayley drive into the arena in style, the 2014 Jaguar F-Type! Flashbacks to The Boss’ NXT days. To make this dream match even more special, this will be a COMMERCIAL FREE main event! Who makes the most of TV time remaining on the Great American Bash’s first night back?

The bell rings and the crowd is on Shirai’s side. Bayley tries to get a Sasha chant going but the crowd boos instead. Shirai and Sasha stare down as the crowd rallies up. They circle, tie up, and Sasha powers Shirai to a corner. Sasha lets up to swagger about, but Shirai comes back to tie up again. Shirai powers Sasha back now, but Sasha powers out to wrench. Shirai rolls, handsprings, wrenches and wristlocks. Sasha elbows out, whips Shirai, but Shirai ducks, redirects and handsprings! Sasha gets clear, Shirai mocks the Boss bling pose, then whips Sasha. Sasha reverses, runs in but Shirai slips out and kicks her away! Shirai climbs up, leaps and missile dropkicks Sasha down! Sasha bails out but Shirai builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit at the ramp and the crowd is fired up!

Shirai tells Bayley that’s why this is HER NXT, and then she brings Sasha up. Shirai puts Sasha in, Sasha gets to a corner but Shirai stomps away. Bayley protests, the ref counts but Shirai lets up. Shirai digs her boots in, then swings to meteora! Cover, TWO! Shirai drags Sasha back up and puts her back in the corner for bod shots. Shirai hoists Sasha up top, climbs up to join her, then throws forearms. Bayley distracts Shirai by honking one of the car horns! Sasha trips Shirai up and Shirai hits buckles! Cover, TWO! The best friends are furious but Sasha rains down rights on Shirai. The crowd boos but Sasha soaks it up. Sasha drags Shirai around in a chinlock, but Shirai endures. The crowd rallies, Shirai fights her way up, and she backs Sasha down into buckles.

Sasha holds on, Shirai tries again but Sasha throws Shirai into buckles. Sasha goes corner to corner, blocks the boots and turns Shirai sideways, for the Stock Drop Knees! Cover, TWO! Sasha and Bayley keep their cool, and Sasha stands on Shirai’s hand. Sasha pulls the other arm and bends the fingers, but Shirai endures as Sasha clamps on. Sasha jams elbows in over and over and over, then covers, TWO! Shirai crawls, Sasha stalks her and snapmares, to run and basement meteora! Cover, TWO! Sasha grows annoyed again but she looms over Shirai. Sasha stomps Shirai, grabs the arms and stretches her back. The crowd rallies, Shirai fights her way up, and Shirai turns the hold around to knee Sasha, then tilt-o-whirl headscissor!

Shirai runs but Sasha goes up to headscissor SPIKE Shirai into buckles! Sasha and Bayley boast, but Shirai SHORYUKENS back! Shirai climbs up to join Sasha, then goes up to SUPER STEINER! Sasha flounders across the way while both women are down and the crowd rallies up! Bayley is furious, NXT is still their house! Sasha stands, but Shirai runs her over! And again! Shirai side steps to flapjack Sasha! Then hits the tiger feint on the ropes! Sasha flounders, Shirai springboards and missile dropkicks! Cover, TWO! Shirai grows frustrated but Bayley is still worried. Shirai drags Sasha up, reels her in, and underhooks. Shirai lifts but Sasha fights out to get the chinlock. Shirai rolls out of the backstabber, waistlocks and GERMANS!

Sasha flounders again and Shirai drags her up. Underhooks in but Sasha fights out again! Fast takedown tot he CROSSFACE! The Bank Statement is in but Shirai endures! Shirai moves around, rolls Sasha up to a cover, TWO! Sasha ghost pins, TWO! Shirai wheelbarrows to the victory roll STOMPS! Sasha gets to a corner, Shirai goes corner to corner, SHINKANSEN! Sasha is in the drop zone, Shirai goes up, but Sasha trips her up! Sasha clubs Shirai into the Tree of Woe then laughs at her. “Who do you think you are, Io?!” Sasha says she’s the best and no one would be in NXT without her! Sasha keeps talking smack but Shirai SLAPS her! Sasha kicks her then goes corner to corner, but Shirai sits up! The Meteora gets buckles!

Shirai adjusts while Sasha is in the drop zone, DESCENT- NO! Sasha avoids the moonsault, BOOTS Shirai back, then hops up to leap, METEORA! Cover, TWO!! Sasha and Bayley can’t believe it but Shirai survives! “This is Awesome!” but far from over. Sasha clutches a leg and hobbles up. Shirai stands, drop toeholds Sasha onto ropes, then runs, but Sasha avoids the  619 this time. Shirai and Sasha brawl with the ropes between them, and Sasha ROCKS Shirai. Shirai ROCKS back, the brawling continues, Shirai gets the edge. Shirai hits Sasha hard, springboards, but Sasha stops her! Shirai counter punches then springboards, but Sasha catches her again! Sasha shouts, “I! AM! NXT!” and ROUNDHOUSES Shirai down! Bayley laughs like a hyena as Sasha runs and sunset flips! Shirai holds on but she still gets BOMBED into the Plexiglas!!

The crowd is thunderous as Bayley bows to The Boss’ greatness. Sasha drags Shirai up and into the ring then high fives her best friend. Sasha climbs up top, the crowd taunts, “You Don’t Go Here!” Sasha ignores that and Frog Splashes, to FLOP! Into a CROSSFACE from Shirai! Shirai is stealing the Bank Statement and Sasha must endure her own move! Sasha scrambles around, reaches for ropes, but she can’t reach. So Bayley throws in one of the tag title belts! Sasha grabs for that, the ref has to stop her, but this allows Sasha to get to the ropes and Bayley DECKS Shirai! The ref suspects something but Bayley grabs the belt back from him. Sasha still has the other tag belt, but someone else grabs it? It’s ASUKA!! Asuka SPITS MIST! Shirai rolls Sasha, TWO!?!

Shirai SHOTEIS! Asuka and the crowd cheers Shirai as she WRECKS Bayley into the Plexiglas! Shirai hurries up top, the crowd is thunderous, and DESCENT INTO DARKNESS! Cover, Shirai wins!

Winner: Io Shirai, by pinfall

The Raw Women’s Champion helps even things against the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions, and that helps the NXT Women’s Champion win! Shirai and Asuka celebrate together while Bayley helps Banks get away. What does pinning a tag champion mean for Shirai? Will this only escalate things for Extreme Rules’ Raw Women’s title match?


My Thoughts:

An incredible start to this newest throwback NXT is bringing. Thatcher VS Oney is the one match that at the moment has no real story behind it, other than these two are rivals from before NXT. And also that we finally see they’re not the same person. But it was such an incredible match, I hope this becomes something. I still want to see the Thatch As Thatch Can “students” turn out to be talent that’s been waiting to debut, but I’d also be interested in seeing some sort of alliance between Thatcher and Oney in a way similar to how Oney and Burch became a team after earning each other’s respect through brutal matches. We also got El Legado del Fantasma outta nowhere, and Escobar had a great promo to finally state their mission. It also sets up a Six Man Tag to fill time for Great American Bash Night 2, so there’s that.

Grimes rejecting Priest’s challenge will surely come back to bite him. There is no way Grimes is #1 contender just because his ego says he is, so Priest finally getting some payback would help extend their story against each other. Mercedes Martinez is returning as part of Night 2, and Finn gets a good hype video just so people don’t forget he’s here. We also got a great Prime Target vignette to add even more hype to the most hype worthy match NXT has ever seen. Kross’ promo threatening Keith makes it clear who his target is, but I am still hoping Kross waits until after the match so that we have our NXT Double Champion. Sadly, I don’t know if it’ll be Keith now because it feels odd to think Kross beats down the first-ever double champion so easily.

Rhea VS Stone and Aliyah turned much more comedic than I expected, but Stone was so amazing at all of it, comedic is actually just fine. Losing would’ve felt odd, but it would’ve been quite the story for Rhea if she had to reluctantly do the things Stone decided for the stable. But at the same time, Rhea winning adds to just how monstrous she can be. There’s a lot Rhea can still do one way or another, so doing this silly side story is fine. The strap match was pretty good, though not quite as brutal as the Daniel Bryan VS Fiend Bray Wyatt one. Lumis wins, but given how The Velveteen Dream is dealing with scandalous allegations and was in a car accident recently, it is very unlikely that tag team story comes back around.

The Women’s Elimination was a great way to open the night, and I’m pleasantly surprised Tegan won. Tegan may be a Face, but Shirai doesn’t have to change to face anyone. Much like Asuka, Shirai plays the line in this new Evil Genius persona. Shirai was the Face by default against such obnoxious Heels as Sasha and Bayley. I LOVED that Asuka showed up to help Shirai against Sasha and Bayley. While there’s a lot to the Sasha-Bayley story with the possibility of them both being double champions, as well as with them turning on each other, having a tag match against Asuka and Shirai would just blow my mind. Meanwhile, Mia and Candice continue their rivalry, and that Street Fight sounds like a lot of fun. Gargano detours into facing Swerve, but that’s fine because that’ll be a really good match. Plus, Gargano’s point is to show everyone in this newest wave of NXT stars #TheJohnnyGarganoWay, so why not move on to one of the more swaggering Faces?

My Score: 9.5/10


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Mitchell’s NJPW G1 Climax 32 Results & Report! (8/9/22)

Will Naito Go To Sleep?

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NJPW G1 Climax 32

Tetsuya Naito fights to stay alive in the G1!

In what could be his last year in NJPW, Tetsuya Naito fights to stay alive in the biggest G1 Climax ever! But will Kenta make him Go To Sleep?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Tomohiro Ishii & Kosei Fujita VS BUSHI & Shingo Takagi; Bushi & Takagi win.
  • Royce Isaacs & Tom Lawlor VS TAKA Michinoku & Zack Sabre Jr; Isaacs & Lawlor win.
  • 8 Man Tag: The United Empire VS Bullet Club; The United Empire wins.
  • 8 Man Tag: Kazuchika Okada, Hiroshi Tanahashi, Hirooki Goto & Toru Yano VS Bullet Club; Okada, Tanahashi, Goto & Yano win.
  • G1 Climax, D Block: YOSHI-HASHI VS Yujiro Takahashi; Yujiro wins.
  • G1 Climax, B Block: SANADA VS Chase Owens; Sanada wins.
  • G1 Climax, B Block: Tama Tonga VS Taichi; Tama wins.
  • G1 Climax, A Block: JONAH VS Lance Archer; Archer wins.
  • G1 Climax, C Block: Tetsuya Naito VS KENTA; Naito wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Here are the current standings!

A Block

  • JONAH: 3-1, 6 points
  • Kazuchika Okada: 3-1, 6 points
  • Jeff Cobb: 2-2, 4 points
  • Lance Archer: 2-2, 4 points
  • Tom Lawlor: 2-2, 4 points
  • Bad Luck Fale: 2-3, 4 points
  • Toru Yano: 1-4, 2 points [ELIMINATED]

B Block

  • Jay White: 4-0, 8 points
  • Tama Tonga: 2-1, 4 points
  • Taichi: 2-1, 4 points
  • SANADA: 2-2, 4 points
  • Chase Owens: 2-3, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
  • Great-O-Khan: 1-3, 2 points [ELIMINATED]
  • Tomohiro Ishii: 1-4, 2 points [ELIMINATED]

C Block

  • Hiroshi Tanahashi: 3-1, 6 points
  • Zack Sabre Jr: 3-1, 6 points
  • Hirooki Goto: 2-2, 4 points
  • Tetsuya Naito: 2-2, 4 points
  • EVIL: 2-2, 4 points
  • KENTA: 1-2, 2 points
  • Aaron Henare: 1-4, 2 points [ELIMINATED]

D Block

  • David Finlay: 3-1, 6 points
  • Shingo Takagi: 2-2, 4 points
  • Will Ospreay: 2-2, 4 points
  • YOSHI-HASHI: 2-1, 4 points
  • Yujiro Takahashi: 2-2, 4 points
  • Juice Robinson: 2-3, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
  • El Phantasmo: 1-3, 2 points [ELIMINATED]

 

G1 Climax, D Block: YOSHI-HASHI VS Yujiro Takahashi w/ Pieter!

The Headhunter is still alive in the G1, but so is the Tokyo Pimp! Someone’s bubble could burst right here, will Hashi be able to #TurnItAllAround? Or will he be washed away by Pimp Juice?

While Hashi makes his entrance, Yujiro attacks him on the corner! Yujiro throws Hashi down, stomps him, and pulls Hashi’s jacket and NEVER Openweight Six Man title belt off him while the ref reprimands. The ref snatches the belt from Yujiro and Yujiro says he wasn’t gonna use it. Yujiro stomps Hashi, the bell rings and Yujiro rains down fists. The ref reprimands about the closed fists so Yujiro lets off. Yujiro drags Hashi up while fans rally for “HEAD-HUNT-ER! HEAD-HUNT-ER!” Yujiro CLUBS Hashi, drags him up, then ROCKS him with a forearm. And another! Yujiro whips Hashi to ropes, but Hashi elbows back!

Hashi runs Yujiro over, then kicks him low to hit the NECKBREAKER! Fans fire up with Hashi while Pieter panics for Yujiro. Hashi goes out after Yujiro but Yujiro kicks low. Yujiro whips but Hashi reverses and Yujiro hits railing! Yujiro falls over, but then hurries to grab things from under the ring. Yujiro has a chair, and as Hashi walks around the way, Yujiro JAMS Hashi! And CLOBBERS him! The ref reprimands, this is the same ref who called Juice VS ELP and disqualified ELP! Yujiro defends his innocence, but fans rally for Hashi. But then Yujiro goes and unties the red corner buckle pad! The remix of the Bullet Club Special!

The ref starts a ring count and Hashi sits up at 4 of 20. Hashi stands at 7, gets in at 9, but Yujiro drags him up. Yujiro whips Hashi into the bare buckles! Hashi writhes and flounders but fans rally up. Yujiro drags Hashi up to RAM Hashi into the buckles! The ref reprimands while Hashi writhes, but there’s nothing that can be done about the pad. Fans still rally but Yujiro drags Hashi back up. Yujiro scoops Hashi to SLAM him down, covers, TWO! Hashi survives and Yujiro is almost confused as to how. Yujiro fires forearms on Hashi over and over, all the way to the mat! Yujiro then drags Hashi up to snapmare and basement BOOT! Cover, TWO!

Fans rally but Yujiro argues the count. The ref says his count is fair, and fans rally up. Yujiro drags Hashi up but Hashi throws body shots! And a CHOP! That’s a stinger! Yujiro knees low, knees low again, then runs to BOOT Hashi against ropes! Yujiro drags Hashi up and reels him in, FISHER- NO, Hashi fights that off to suplex high and hard! Fans fire up and Hashi shakes out his bad arm. Hashi and Yujiro rise, and Hashi fires off strikes and a CHOP! Yujiro staggers away, Hashi runs in at the corner to clothesline! Hashi whips to CHOP, then mule kick! Hashi runs, HEADHUNTER! Fans fire up again while Yujiro flounders away.

Hashi drags Yujiro up, suplexes him to hang him out to dry, and then runs side to side for the dropkick! Yujiro flips down, Hashi keeps moving, basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up and Hashi shakes out the bad arm. Hashi drags Yujiro up, reels him in, but Yujiro fights the lift and BITES the hand! The erf reprimands, but Yujiro CLUBS Hashi and whips him to ropes Hashi reverses but Yujiro holds ropes. Hashi runs in but Yujiro BOOTS! But Hashi comes back, into a FLAPJACK HOTSHOT! Yujiro drags Hashi up, FISHERMAN BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Hashi survives and fans fire up again!

Yujiro crawls over while Pieter looks worried. Yujiro drags Hashi up, reels him in, but Hashi blocks the Intercollegiate Slam! Hashi CLUBS Yujiro but Yujiro ROCKS Hashi! Yujiro whips, Hashi reverses and wrangles Yujiro, into the BUTTERFLY LOCK! Yujiro endures, the fans fire up, and Hashi cranks way back. But SHO is here! Of course the Murder Machine backs up his House of Torture housemate! The ref tells Sho to go but Hashi lets Yujiro go to tell Sho himself! Yujiro crawls up behind Hashi to LW- NO, Hashi blocks it! Hashi drags Yujiro up but Yujiro rakes eyes! Yujiro whips, Hashi ducks and trips Sho up to then RAM him into railing!

Fans fire up as Hashi gets on the apron, and he shoulders into Yujiro to HOTSHOT him down! Hashi climbs and fans fire up again. Yujiro stands for the BLOCKBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Yujiro survives but the fans still rally behind Hashi. Hashi drags Yujiro up, full nelsons, but Yujiro grabs the ref! Yujiro elbows Hashi away, then shoves the ref at him! Hashi shoves the ref back, Yujiro shoves him aside, SUPERKICK! SNAP DRAGON! And Hashi fires up to run, but Yujiro grabs at the ref! Hashi still DECKS Yujiro, then drags him up. Yujiro RAKES eyes! Yujiro whips Hashi then “falls” against the ref, so Sho can SMACK Hashi with a chair!!

Yujiro sits Hashi up, PIMP JUICE!! Cover, TWO!?! Hashi survives and Yujiro can’t believe it! Fans are thunderous as Yujiro pleads with the ref. Yujiro pounds the mat in frustration, then he drags Hashi up. Yujiro reels Hashi in for BIG- NO, Hashi fights off the juice to get a SLEEPER! Then a BACKSTABBER! Yujiro writhes now and fans rally back up. Hashi goes to a corner and aims at Yujiro. Yujiro sits up, BLINDSIDE KNEE! Hashi drags Yujiro up, full nelson to pump handle, but Sho distracts again! So Hashi RAMS Yujiro into Sho, schoolboy with bridge! TWO!! Yujiro escapes , blocks a lariat, but not the SOUTHPAW!

Fans fire up again as Hashi drags Yujiro back up! Full nelson, pump handle, but Yujiro fireman’s carries! But Hashi slips off to SUPERKICK! And then the spin, pump handle, but Yujiro fights free! Yujiro shoves Hashi into the buckles!! Hashi checks his face while Yujiro gets his pimp cane! But the ref sees that and tells Yujiro no! They argue over the cane, Sho has his wrench! But Hashi blocks it! So Sho LOW BLOWS, then WRENCH SHOT! Yujiro lets the cane go, hobbles over and drags Hashi up, to a BIG JUICE!! Cover, Yujiro wins!

Winner: Yujiro Takahashi, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Hashi earns 0)

The Tokyo Pimp uses the stacked deck in his favor again, and he’s right behind David Finlay! Will Yujiro take over the block? Or will The Rebel refuse to fall?

 

G1 Climax, B Block: SANADA VS Chase Owens!

The Cold Skull is right on the edge, he needs this win to stay alive. Will Sanada keep the promise of a tranquilo semifinals alive? Or will the Crown Jewel get to play spoiler?

The bell rings and fans rally up. Chase wants to Too Sweet but Sanada says no, they LIJ fist bump. No, Too Sweet, open the fist. No, fist bump, put the Too Sweet away. Chase wants a handshake but Sanada still wants a fist bump. The two circle and fans rally up, “SA-NA-DA!” They feel out the grapple, Sanada avoids the leg pick, but Chase gets a waistlock. Sanada pries free to switch and waistlock, but Chase pries free to wrench and wristlock. Sanada pushes through to get the waistlock but Chase drops to arm-drag to an armlock. Sanada reaches over to clasp hands and get a chinlock but Chase clamps it’s a choke.

Chase powers through to get the arm again, but Sanada fights up to push Chase and arm-drag. But Chase holds on to arm-drag again! Fans rally as Sanada endures but Chase grabs fingers to bend them! Sanada endures the top wristlock so Chase covers, TWO! Fans applaud the technical exchange as the two reset. Sanada and Chase tie up, Sanada clinches to a waistlock then headlock and takeover. Sanada then floats to get the legs, BOW ‘N’ ARROW but Chase pops right out to a cover, ONE!! Fans applaud this new exchange, and Chase wants a handshake to say good job. Fist bump? No, handshake.

Fans rally up and Chase says he’s a good guy. Sanada accepts the handshake, but he blocks Chase’s cheap shot kick! Sanada knew better, and he trips Chase up! Sanada ties Chase up but Chase kicks him away. Chase trips Sanada and tries to steal Paradise! Chase can’t quite get it and Sanada kicks Chase away! Chase rebounds to run Sanada over! Things speed up, Chase sunset flips but Sanada rolls through to get the legs! Sanada tells Chase this is what he gets, but Chase apologizes! No good, Sanada puts Chase in the Paradise Lock! Fans fire up and Sanada encourages them to get louder. The fans get louder, and Sanada runs in to dropkick Chase out of Paradise!

Chase bails out and fans fire up more. Sanada slingshots but Chase slides in. Sanada lands on the apron and shoulders in, but into a KICK! Chase then turns Sanada for a HOTSHOT NECKBREAKER! Sanada flops to the floor and fans rally up. Chase goes out after Sanada to drag him up. Chase wants Bushi to watch this on commentary. Headlock PUNCH! Chase then snatches Bushi’s magazine away, and throws it away. Chase puts Sanada in the ring, drops a knee, then another knee! Chase then rains down fists on Sanada but the ref reprimands. Chaes lets off, fans rally for Sanada, but Chase stands on Sanada’s bad eyebrow! Cover, TWO!

Chase clamps on a chinlock and he squeezes tight. Sanada endures and fans rally up, but Chase cranks the hold. Sanada fights up, throws body shots, but Chase scoops and SLAMS him! Chase goes to the corner, hops up and blesses his fist, but he blocks the boot! Chase wags his finger, but then misses the elbow drop! Sanada gets space, runs back in and dropkicks the leg out! Chase clutches his knee and fans fire up. Sanada fires up and runs in again, but Chase gets around! Sanada switches but Chase elbows him away. Chase runs, but Sanada hurdles, and hurdles, and dropkicks! Chase bails out and Sanada takes aim to PLANCHA!

Fans fire up as Chase goes down! Fans rally and Sanada puts Chase in the ring. Sanada covers, TWO! Chase gets up but Sanada is on him for a fireman’s carry. Chase slips off, Sanada fights the half nelson but Chase fires off a strike fest! Chase runs, but Sanada elbows him! Sanada goes to run but Chase reels him in, to schoolboy him into ropes! The ropes send Sanada down and Chase steps over, STF! Sanada endures and fans fire up, but Chase shifts to a full CROSSFACE! Sanada endures so Chase shifts right to a RINGS OF SATURN! Sanada moves around, reaches out, ROPEBREAK! The fans applaud but Chase lets off in frustration.

Chase watches Sanada go to a corner. Chase runs in but Sanada BOOTS him! Sanada hops up but Chase GAMANGIRIS! Then SUPER FLYING MARE, into a SHINING WIZARD! Cover, TWO!! Sanada survives and fans fire up! Chase drags Sanada up, tucks him in, but Sanada fights the driver! Sanada fireman’s carries, throws him into the dragon sleeper, but Chase arm-drags free! Chase runs in at the corner, but into an elbow! Sanada QUEBRADA, but Chase catches him! Chase gives Sanada SNAKE EYES, then clamps on a SLEEPER! Sanada endures and fans rally but Chase sits Sanada down!

Chase leans on the hold, Sanada is turning red, but the fans rally up. Sanada reaches out and fans rally as he fights. Sanada powers back up, reaches out, and uses the corner to push back to a cover! TWO!! C-TRIG- NO, Sanada dodges and O’Conner- NO, Chase blocks to steal SKULL END!! Sanada fades, and Chase lets him go to further copy Sanada’s style! Chase goes up the corner, ROUNDING- NO, Sanada moves! Chase crashes and fans rally up again! Sanda goes up, ROUNDING BODY PRESS onto knees! Cradle cover, TWO!! Sanada escapes at the last second, and fans fire up as he fires off forearms! Chase roars, but Sanada ROLLING ELBOWS!

Sanada runs, into a C-TRIGGER! Sanda roars, C-TRIGGER again!! Chase drags Sanada up, tucks him in, but Sanada RANAS free! And then pop-up TKO!! Chase is down, Sanada goes up again, ROUNDING BODY PRESS hits!! Cover, TWO!! Into SKULL END!!! Chase flails, fans rally up, and Chase is fading out! Chase gets a second wind, pops free of the sleeper, but Sanada fights to get the SKULL END again!! Chase flails, reaches out, but he PASSES OUT!! Sanada wins!!

Winner: Sanada, by submission (gains 2 points; Chase earns 0)

The Crown Jewel didn’t tap out, but he still met his Skull End in this one! Sanada is moving on up, but will he be able to take the block from Jay White?

 

G1 Climax, B Block: Tama Tonga w/ Jado VS Taichi w/ Miho Abe!

The Good Bad Guy and the Holy Emperor are tied for second in the block, but Jay White is pulling away with his 4-0 streak. Who wins here to then take aim at the Switchblade?

Taichi shows off the dancing pecs and fans applaud. The bell rings and fans rally up as the two stare down. Tama and Taichi slowly circle, tie up, and Tama powers Taichi to ropes. The ref calls the break and Tama lets off with a pat on the shoulder. Tama and Taichi egg each other on, and they circle again. They tie up, Tama powers Taichi back again, but the ref calls for the ropebreak. Tama lets off slowly but Taichi dares him to take a shot. Tama just pats Taichi on the shoulder again. Fans applaud the sportsmanship and Taichi asks what’s wrong. Did Tama and Jado go soft after leaving Bullet Club? Taichi then grabs his bag of tricks, and tosses Tama his bag of tricks.

Tama opens it up, and sees the Iron Claw!! It’s like Tama’s seen a ghost! Taichi says go ahead, hold it! No, that’s bad juju! Fans fire up for the claw and Taichi holds it out to Tama! Tama says no, put that away. Taichi tosses it at Tama and Tama swats it away! Taichi picks it up and stomps Tama! The ref reprimands as Taichi digs his boot in. Taichi lets off at 4 but still wants Tama to wear the iron claw! Tama swats him away and the ref has Taichi back off. Taichi lets the claw go to stomp Tama down! Taichi talks trash on Jado but the ref counts as Taichi stands on Tama’s neck. Taichi kicks Tama out of the ring, then whips him into the railing!

Fans rally up but Taichi uses camera cable to CHOKE Tama! The ref reprimands, counts, and Taichi lets go at 4. Taichi dares Jado to do something but Jado stays back. Taichi gives Jado a free shot but Jado refuses. Taichi goes back to Jado and CLUBS him down! Taichi drags Tama up and into the ring and fans rally up. Taichi stomps Tama, kicks him around, then taunts him. Taichi says if Tama’s the Good Bad Guy, then hit him below the belt! Taichi drags Tama up to CHOKE him! The ref reprimands and Taichi shoves Tama down. Taichi keeps egging Tama on, then drags him up to snapmare and KICK!

Taichi covers, but he’s also choking! ONE, but Taichi tries again. The ref sees the choke this time and reprimands. Taichi says that’s not a choke, THIS is a choke! The ref reprimands and counts, and Taichi lets off. Taichi argues with the ref, drags Tama up, but Tama throws forearms! Taichi eggs him on and then wrenches to HOOK KICK! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up and Tama snarls. Taichi paces, dares Tama to go get the claw. Tama refuses so Taichi KICKS him! Taichi says use the claw, but Tama says no! So Taichi KICKS him again! Tama roars and eggs Taichi on so Taichi KICKS! Fans rally as the KICKS keep coming!

Tama eggs Taichi, then fires off haymakers! Taichi CHOKES him to a corner! The ref counts, Taichi lets off and whips corner to corner. Tama comes back, but into a BOOT! Tama comes back again to LARIAT Taichi! Both men are down and fans fire up! Tama rises and he waits on Taichi to stand. Tama runs in to LARIAT again! And elbow! And scoop SLAM! Fans fire up more and Tama drags Taichi up. Tama reels Taichi in for a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Tama keeps his cool and paces around. Fans rally up, Tama drags Taichi up into the dragon sleeper, but Taichi CHOKES from underneath!

The ref reprimands, but Taichi CHOKES with the other hand! Tama breaks free with a EuroUpper, then throws more EuroUppers to put Taichi in a corner. Tama whips Taichi corner to corner then runs in, but Taichi dodges the splash to GAMANGIRI! Fans fire up as both men are down, and Jado and Miho coach their guys up. Taichi sits up first, then stands, and he waits on Tama. Tama sits up, but he ducks the buzzsaw! Taichi dodges the Superman Punch, BOOTS Tama, but Tama comes back, into another GAMANGIRI! Fans fire up again and Taichi rises back up. Taichi roars, and OFF COME THE PANTS!

Taichi aims from a corner and powers up, but then the fans rallying makes him think. Will Taichi use the claw?! Taichi goes to it, grabs it from his bag, and he puts it on! Taichi laughs maniacally but Jado points it out to the ref! The ref tries to stop Taichi but Taichi shoves him away! Taichi tries to resist its call, but the iron claw is so powerful! Tama fireman’s carries Taichi! SRC!! The ref takes the claw away, Tama hurries to the corner and climbs up! SUPREME FLOW!! Cover, TWO!! Taichi survives but the fans fire up! OFF COMES THE VEST! Tama and Jado get the fans to clap along with the mat drums.

But wait, is it…? Now Tama is hearing the call of the claws! Tama goes over to take it from Taichi’s corner! Jado tells Tama to let those guy! The ref tells Tama, too! But the fans rallying seems to make the call stronger! Tama looks at Jado and Jado tells him no! But Taichi says DO IT! DO IT NOW! Tama is conflicted, too! Tama presses the claws into his own head, but then throws it to the ref! GUN- NO, Taichi throws Tama down to GEDO CLUTCH! TWO!!! GUN ST- NO!! Taichi drags Tama up, DANGEROUS SAIDO!! Cover, TWO!?!? Tama survives and shocks everyone! Miho shouts to Taichi and Jado coaches Tama as the fans are thunderous!

Taichi roars, rises up, and he drags Tama up for Alabama Lift. Tama fights that to underhook, but Taichi slips out. AX- NO, Tama catches Taichi to a dragon sleeper. But Taichi slips out before the twist, and then fights the German Suplex! Taichi PELES Tama, but Tama ENZIGURIS back! Taichi wobbles, Tama stalks him, and runs in, into a ROUNDHOUSE! But Tama stays up!? Tama and Taichi run in, Tama dodges Ax Bomber to TONGAN TWIST!! Both men are down and fans are thunderous again! Tama and Taichi go to opposite corners and drag themselves up to their feet. Taichi and Tama run in, DOUBLE LARIATS!

Neither man falls, they try again! DOUBLE LARIATS! Tama and Taichi lean on each other but they’re still up. Tama throws a forearm first but Taichi throws a kick! Tama throws a forearm, Taichi throws a kick! Tama fires off fast hands but Taichi SOBATS! Taichi runs, into a DROPKICK! But he’s right up to AX BOMBER!! Fans fire up and Taichi drags Tama into the Alabama Lift, BLACK M- NO, Tama slips free to SUPERMAN PUNCH! Then he blocks the superkick to GUN- NO, Taichi shoves Tama away! YOKO- NO, no elbow! Tama and Taichi clinch and fight, Taichi hits the SUMO THROW!

Fans fire up and Taichi hits the three point stance! Taichi runs in, GUN STUN!!! Cover, Tama wins!!

Winner: Tama Tonga, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Taichi earns 0)

And the Good Bad Guy is just behind the Switchblade! Tama then grabs the Iron Claw. He tells Taichi this is over! He then hands the claw back to Taichi, and Taichi is shocked. Will Tama shoot down his last two opponents to take the block?

 

G1 Climax, A Block: JONAH w/ Bad Dude Tito VS Lance Archer!

The Top Dog is on top of the block after taking down the Rainmaker! But the battle of monsters only gets bigger, will Jonah be able to Torpedo the Murderhawk Monster’s run? Or will Archer show that no matter how big you are, #EverybodyDies?

Archer waits for Jonah at the apron, but Jonah steps right up to him. Archer moves back and Jonah gets in the ring. The bell rings and fans rally up, “JO-NAH!” “ARCH-ER!” Archer and Jonah get face to face, but Archer is taller. Archer says if Jonah wants to do something different than “all this flippin’ and floppin’ crazy sh*t,” then let’s go. Archer dares Jonah to swing on him. Jonah winds up to fire a forearm, and Archer gives it back! Jonah forearms again, Archer gives it back and eggs Jonah on. Fans rally as the forearms go back and forth, faster and faster! Jonah CHOPS and Archer smirks. Archer CHOPS and Jonah growls.

Jonah CHOPS, Archer CHOPS, repeat! The CHOPS gain speed and fans rally up! The CHOPS become SLAPS and they go faster and faster, and both men slowly drop to their knees! They still SLAP each other and lean on each other! Fans fire up and the monsters catch their breath. Then they start throwing forearms from their knees! They stand back up, Archer ROCKS Jonah! Archer runs but Jonah breaks the clothesline! But Archer breaks through Jonah’s clothesline! Jonah HEADBUTTS Archer low, then hits a DDT! Fans fire up as both men are down! Fans rally up, Jonah stands and he looms over Archer.

Jonah ELBOWS Archer, but Archer shoves him. Jonah CLUBS Archer, Archer eggs him on so Jonah ROCKS him! And HEADBUTTS him! Archer falls back down and fans fire up again. Jonah runs to ROLLING SENTON! Fans rally as Archer flounders to a corner. Jonah stalks up behind Archer and throws a heavy body shot! Jonah stands Archer up to throw haymakers! Archer chuckles but Jonah RAMS into him again and again! Jonah digs his shoulder in, Archer clubs Jonah but Jonah doesn’t feel it. Jonah lets off as the ref counts, then comes back to claw at Archer’s face! The ref counts, Jonah lets off at 4, and fans rally up.

Jonah drags Archer up, CHOPS him, but Archer CHOPS! Jonah ROCKS Archer in return! Archer sputters and Jonah catches his own breath. Fans rally up and Jonah stomps Archer in the gut! Jonah bumps Archer off buckles but Archer pushes him back. Jonah throws back elbows and Archer sits down. Jonah runs to clothesline Archer, then whips him corner to corner. Jonah SPLASHES, runs, but Archer follows to CLOBBER Jonah from behind! Fans fire up as both monsters slowly rise. Archer runs in at Jonah to back elbow! Then he runs again, to back elbow again! Archer goes again, a THIRD back elbow! Fans fire up as Jonah falls over!

Archer drags Jonah into the drop zone and fans fire up, TWISTING VADER! Cover, TWO! Archer snarls and fans rally up. Archer drags Jonah up and reels him in, but he can’t scoop! Jonah scoops Archer to SLAM him! And SENTON but Archer moves! To SENTON, but he misses, too! Fans fire up as both monsters are down again! Archer grits his teeth but he grins as he brings Jonah up. Archer throws forearms but Jonah gives them back. Fans rally as the forearms keep going, and Archer gets the edge! But Jonah bobs ‘n’ weaves to LARIAT! Archer stays up to BOOT back, then he ripcords for the HELLICOASTER!! Cover, TWO!!

Fans fire up more as Jonah survives that supersized ride! Archer grins and prepares the claw! Jonah rises, Archer reaches for his face! Jonah fights against the claw but Archer powers through! Jonah CLUBS the arm away, fires off haymakers, then HEADBUTTS! Jonah runs, but Archer goes the other way, DERAILER! But Jonah stays on track!! And comes back with the BODY CHECK!! Fans are thunderous after that human demolition derby! Jonah gets up in the corner, sees Archer is down, and he decides to climb! But Archer hits ropes to trip Jonah up! Fans rally as Archer climbs up behind Jonah and rains down fists!

Archer says, “Let’s do a big ass effin’ German!” Jonah doesn’t want to and he fires off back elbows! Archer staggers away and Jonah turns around. Archer ROCKS Jonah with a forearm! Archer then uses the elevation to inverted crucifix lift! But Jonah slips off! Jonah blocks the boot, ducks the haymaker, and LARIATS!! Fans fire up and Jonah drags Archer back up. Jonah reels Archer in, clamps on and lifts, BLACK FOREST BOMB!!! Fans are thunderous but Jonah goes up! But Archer rises!? STEP-UP KNEE!! Jonah flops down to the apron and fans rally again! Archer joins Jonah on the apron, but Jonah SUPERKICKS!

Jonah aims as Archer tumbles away, FLYING SHOULDER TACKLE! Both monsters are down on the outside and fans rally again. Jonah roars and drags Archer up. Jonah whips Archer but Archer reverses! Jonah hits railing hard, and it causes the timekeeper’s table to move back! And Abe-san thought only Evil was going to give him trouble! Bad Dude Tito coaches Jonah to get up, but Archer runs in! CANNONBALL!! Tito gets in to take some of the hit!! Archer may have just crushed both TMDK members! Fans fire up as Archer drags himself up and the ring count begins. Archer drags Jonah up at 4 of 20 to smack Jonah off the apron!

The count is 8 of 20 as Archer clamps on the choke grip! Jonah breaks free and HEADBUTTS, then SPEARS Archer down! We’re at 12 of 20, Jonah gets on the apron! Archer stands up there with him to ROCK him! Jonah LARIATS Archer back into the ring at 15! But Archer BLASTS Jonah at 18!! Jonah staggers, and the count hits 20!! Archer wins!!

Winner: Lance Archer, by count-out (gains 2 points; Jonah earns 0)

Jonah has lost to count-out again! First to Toru Yano the trickster, and now to the Murderhawk Monster! But a win is a win, and now Archer leads the block! Will Jonah be able to salvage this in the final round? Or will Archer go to the semifinals and makes sure #EverybodyDies?

 

G1 Climax, C Block: Tetsuya Naito VS KENTA!

The Uncontrollable Charisma has scratched and clawed to stay alive, but those two strikes mean he could be struck out any moment! Will tonight be the night Naito’s run ends? Or will he refuse to #GoToSleep?

Fans clap for “NA-I-TO! NA-I-TO!” as he takes his time with his entrance attire. That annoys Kenta and he tells the fans to shut up. Kenta then tells Naito to hurry up, but that only makes Naito take longer. Kenta gets antsy and Naito seems to struggle with the shirt sleeves. Naito finally finishes by putting the pants away, and now the bell rings. Fans rally and the two stare down. Naito makes Kenta aware the claps are for “NA-I-TO!” and they circle. They approach, but Kenta pulls a Naito by backing off. Kenta uses the ropes as a defense, so Naito backs off. Kenta says Naito better follow the rules. Naito lets Kenta come back and they circle again.

Fans rally up but again Kenta goes to the ropes. Red Shoes has Naito back off, and fans rally up again. Kenta comes back, he and Naito circle and then Naito backs away to ropes. Naito trolls Kenta and Kenta says that’s stupid. Kenta and Naito circle again, fans rally back up, and then they tie up! Kenta pulls Naito’s hair, knees him against ropes, then whips. Naito reverses to arm-drag, kick low and toss Kenta out! Naito builds speed, but he fakes Kenta out to tranquilo! Kenta slides in and blocks Naito’s kick to claw Naito’s eyes! Kenta throws Naito out then he builds speed, to roll and mock Naito with a cutesy pose of his own.

Kenta dares Naito to come back, but Naito takes his time returning. Naito gets on the apron, but he avoids Kenta’s boot to drag him out and whip him hard into railing! Fans fire up and Naito brings Kenta around to whip into more railing! Red Shoes reprimands and Naito gets in, just to refresh the count. Kenta makes his way to the timekeeper’s area, and he grabs the bell hammer! Kenta CLOBBERS Naito with it!! Kenta drags Naito up to whip hard into railing! Naito tumbles up and over into No Man’s Land! Kenta grabs a mic to scold Abe-san then he goes to fetch Naito. Kenta drags Naito up and POSTS him!

Naito writhes and Kenta stomps him. The ring count climbs, Kenta drags him up and puts him in at 6 of 20. Cover, TWO! Kenta argues about the count but Red Shoes says it is a fair count. Kenta KICKS Naito in the back, then stands on Naito with a cocky cover. Red Shoes refuses to count it so Kenta drags Naito up. Naito throws a haymaker! Kenta staggers to a corner, Naito runs in but Kenta puts him on the apron. Naito blocks the haymaker to ROCK Kenta back, then Naito shoulders in, into a KICK! Kenta goes up the corner for the GUILLOTINE KNEE DROP! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up but Kenta keeps his focus.

Kenta unties a buckle pad and we have another Bullet Club Special remix. Kenta whips Naito into the bare buckles hard! Naito writhes and Kenta gets fans to clap along. Then he has them stop, and he stomps Naito down. Kenta drags Naito up and turns him for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Kenta clamps on a headscissor hold! Naito endures the squeeze and fans rally up again. Naito moves around, reaches out, and gets the ROPEBREAK! Red Shoes counts and Kenta lets off at 4. Kenta drags Naito up to KICK him in the chest! And then KICKS him again! Kenta drags Naito up and whips him to ropes, to CLOBBER him! Cover, TWO!

Kenta clamps on with a chinlock and Naito endures as the fans rally up. Naito fights up to his feet, throws body shots, but Kenta throws Naito down by his hair! Fans rally again but Kenta paces around Naito. Kenta gives toying kicks then drags Naito up. Naito fires a forearm, then another, and then another! Kenta knees low, whips Naito to ropes, but Naito reverses and slips around, to NECKBREAKER in return! Fans fire up while Kenta slowly sits up. Naito also sits up, and the two slowly stand. Naito throws haymakers and kicks and whips Kenta to ropes. Naito elbows Kenta down then basement dropkicks him!

Naito gets Kenta back up, whips him at the corner, then runs in to JUMP KICK! Leg sweep, COMBINACION CABRON! Fans fire up as Naito poses! Fans rally as “NA-I-TO!” drags Kenta up to the BACKBREAKER! Then the LEG FULL NELSON! Kenta endures and eggs Naito on so Naito puts on more pressure! Kenta fights and reaches, fans rally, and Kenta crawls forward to the ROPEBREAK! Red Shoes counts, Naito holds on, claiming he needs help. Red Shoes pries at the hold, Naito lets it off and fans applaud. Naito drags Kenta up, catches his haymaker, but Kenta standing switches. Naito elbows Kenta away and runs, but into a POWERSLAM!

Fans fire up while both men are down again. Kenta crawls to the red corner, drags himself up the ropes, and fans rally up. Naito runs in but Kenta BOOTS him! Kenta goes up, reels Naito in, TORNADO HOTSHOT! Kenta then climbs up while Naito staggers away, FLYING LARIAT! Direct hit and fans fire up! Cover, TWO! Kenta keeps on Naito by going after a leg. STF! Kenta pulls back but Naito endures and fans rally. Naito reaches out while Kenta mocks the claps for “NA-I-TO!” Naito moves around, but he is fading! Naito uses a second wind to get over to the ROPEBREAK! Red Shoes counts and Kenta pulls back before letting off.

Kenta drags Naito up into a waistlock, but Naito fights the lift! Naito elbows free, but swings into a spin a DDT! Kenta covers, TWO!! Naito survives being spiked and fans are fired up again. Kenta drags Naito up, chicken wings him, but Naito fights off the lift! Naito elbows free but Kenta CLUBS him! Kenta eggs Naito on, but Naito blocks the kick and shoves Kenta away. Naito BOOTS Kenta, then TORNADO DDTs! Both men are down and fans fire up again! Naito crawls over to Kenta, drags him up with a cravat, but Kenta fights back with body shots. Naito fires off back elbow after back elbow! Fans applaud as Kenta drops to his knees.

Naito drags Kenta up, throws more of those heavy back elbows, and Kenta drops again. Naito stands on Kenta’s head to keep him down and the fans are thunderous. Naito drags Kenta up to throw even more back elbows! Naito drags Kenta back up to bump him off buckles. Fans continue to rally as Naito throws even more back elbows! Naito then hammerlock and half nelsons, for GLORIA! Cover, TWO! Kenta survives but Naito drags him right back up, to wrench, but Kenta shoves free! Kenta runs, into a SPINEBUSTER! And then wrench and tilt-o- NO, Kenta slips through and hangs Naito out to dry, for SUPER BRAINKILLER!!

Fans are thunderous and Kenta crawls after Naito. Naito sits up so Kenta goes to a corner. Kenta takes aim as Naito is in the opposite corner. Kenta runs in to FLYING BOOT! Naito sits down, Kenta gets moving, HESITATION DROPKICK! Fans fire up and Kenta goes to the corner. Kenta climbs and takes aim again, COUP DE GRACE! Cover, TWO!! Naito survives and fans are thunderous again! Kenta stands back up, drags Naito up to a fireman’s carry, but Naito fights off to back elbow again! Then atomic drop and shove, Kenta ends up in the corner. Naito runs in, he blocks Kenta’s boots, and he puts Kenta in the ropes for a DRAPING NECKBREAKER!

Fans fire up as Naito stands back up. Naito drags Kenta over to a corner and hops up, ESPERANZA! Fans are thunderous again as Naito takes aim, but Kenta BOOTS him! Naito comes back, into a BUSAIKU KNEE!! Kenta drags Naito up to the fireman’s carry, GO TO- DESTINO!! Naito turns things around and we’re past 20 minutes! Fans are electric as Naito and Kenta stir! Naito and Kenta sit up slowly, then Naito lunges to forearm Kenta down. Fans rally up, “NA-I-TO!” but Kenta lunges and forearms back. Naito throws another forearm, but Kenta throws it back. Naito throws a forearm, both men grin and Kenta throws another.

Naito forearms, Kenta forearms, and fans rally as they keep going back and forth, harder and harder! Naito, Kenta, repeat, faster and faster! Naito eggs Kenta on but Kenta keeps giving shots! Naito ROCKS Kenta, fires off a flurry, but Kenta CROSS COUNTERS! And SLAPS, SLAPS, and SLAPS away! Kenta fires up but Naito ENZIGURIS! Naito whips, Kenta reverses but Naito FLYING FOREARMS! Naito gets Kenta up, tilt-o-whirl, but CRADLE! TWO!!! Naito survives, but Kenta hurries to bump Naito off the bare buckles! Roll-up, TWO!!! BUSAIKU KNEE!! Cover, TWO!!! Naito survives again and no one can believe it!

Kenta roars and he drags a bloodied Naito up! Fireman’s carry, GO TO- NO, Naito blocks to scoop, VALENTIA!! Naito roars and fans fire up with him! Naito drags Kenta up, wrenches and tilt-o-whirls, DESTINO!!! Cover, Naito wins!!!

Winner: Tetsuya Naito, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Kenta earns 0)

With five minutes to spare, Naito strikes Kenta down and out! The Fang Revived is eliminated from the running, having lost to Naito, Evil and Zack Sabre Jr. Will Kenta have to settle for being a spoiler from now on?

As for Naito, he catches his breath, puts on his baseball cap, and says, “Buenas noches, Hiroshima~! Is everyone enjoying the heat of NJPW’s first summer G1 in 3 years?” Fans applaud, because they are! Naito says he’s delighted to be here in his home of Hiroshima, “and to show you what it looks like when I win in the main event. I want to thank you fans for supporting LIJ and myself from the bottom of my heart. Gracias, amigos!” Naito notes he was two down but has won three straight, and this win has him tied in the “pennant hunt.” But he knows it won’t be easy, “it’s a real bottom-of-the-ninth scenario. But I’m swinging for the fences.”

Naito hopes everyone looks forward to how this G1 Climax plays out. “Let’s end this as usual. Unfortunately, due to COVID, you’re unable to cheer out loud with me today, but please, yell out in your hearts. Everyone, are you ready? Let’s close out night one of two G1 shows here in Hiroshima the only right way. Bushi! Sanada! Hiromu! Takagi! Y Naito! Nosotros, LOS INGOBERRRRRNABLEEEES~! DE! JA! PON!” Another great roll call, and Naito rolls on in the G1! But just as he said, he has to win it in the end! Will he have a walk-off or a strikeout to close out the tournament?

 

Here are the NEW standings!

A Block

  • Lance Archer: 3-2, 6 points
  • JONAH: 3-2, 6 points
  • Kazuchika Okada: 3-1, 6 points
  • Jeff Cobb: 2-2, 4 points
  • Tom Lawlor: 2-2, 4 points
  • Bad Luck Fale: 2-3, 4 points
  • Toru Yano: 1-4, 2 points [ELIMINATED]

B Block

  • Jay White: 4-0, 8 points
  • Tama Tonga: 3-1, 6 points
  • SANADA: 3-2, 6 points
  • Taichi: 2-2, 4 points
  • Chase Owens: 2-4, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
  • Great-O-Khan: 1-3, 2 points [ELIMINATED]
  • Tomohiro Ishii: 1-4, 2 points [ELIMINATED]

C Block

  • Hiroshi Tanahashi: 3-1, 6 points
  • Zack Sabre Jr: 3-1, 6 points
  • Tetsuya Naito: 3-2, 6 points
  • Hirooki Goto: 2-2, 4 points
  • EVIL: 2-2, 4 points
  • KENTA: 1-3, 2 points [ELIMINATED]
  • Aaron Henare: 1-4, 2 points [ELIMINATED]

D Block

  • David Finlay: 3-1, 6 points
  • Yujiro Takahashi: 3-2, 6 points
  • Shingo Takagi: 2-2, 4 points
  • Will Ospreay: 2-2, 4 points
  • YOSHI-HASHI: 2-2, 4 points
  • Juice Robinson: 2-3, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
  • El Phantasmo: 1-3, 2 points [ELIMINATED]

My Thoughts:

Another great event for the G1, with matches that all mattered this time around. Hashi VS Yujiro was the most fired up fans got for a Yujiro match because they were fired up for Hashi. I suppose it’s okay that Yujiro won here, he is the one guy who beat Finlay so far, so if Finlay falls even once in the last two rounds, Tokyo Pimp could take the D Block. Sanada VS Chase was a very good match, and it was the right move for Sanada to win, but they also did it in a great way to benefit Chase. Chase passes out to the Skull End rather than tapping out, a la Stone Cold to the Sharpshooter, and that is a great honor for him. I bet there are big things for Chase on the other side of this G1.

Tama VS Taichi was also great, with a very clever story of Taichi trying to push Tama into being a Heel again. Both men have yet to face Jay White, those matches will have a big impact on who takes B Block, but they both have to take on Great-O-Khan at some point. Tama VS White is on 8/16, I would think both men go into that with momentum, but that means Tama has to beat Khan during tomorrow’s event. Jonah VS Archer was huge, just like Jonah VS Okada, mostly for how it shapes the A Block. Jonah may have lost, but he’s only lost by count-out in the G1, and that is a huge implication. It means no one can put him down in the ring. If Archer can’t beat Okada on 8/16 and Jonah beats Fale, Jonah can still take this block and make a huge impact on the semifinals.

And of course, Naito VS Kenta was great stuff, especially with every match now having Naito on the bubble. Naito wins, Kenta is out, and now Naito has the entire week to rest up and prepare for Zack Sabre Jr. ZSJ beat Naito last year to open the G1, and Naito got hurt, so that you can basically say ZSJ cost Naito all those opportunities last year. Naito will want revenge, ZSJ could still be leading the block after beating Evil tomorrow, and then it all comes down to it on 8/16. The winner of Naito VS ZSJ will be your C Block semifinalist, unless Tanahashi wins against Goto AND Kenta before then. But given the drama, I feel like Tanahashi loses to one of those guys, putting all eyes on Naito VS ZSJ.

My Score: 8.9/10


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Cora Jade makes it all about herself!

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Will Cora Jade do Mandy Rose’s dirty work?

Before NXT Heatwave and the NXT Women’s Championship match, Zoey Stark has to deal with the new, selfish Cora Jade standing in her way!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Nikkita Lyons VS Kiana James; Lyons wins.
  • British Rounds Match: Wes Lee VS Trick Williams w/ Carmelo Hayes; Lee wins.
  • Thea Hail w/ Chase U VS Arianna Grace; Grace wins.
  • Apollo Crews VS Roderick Strong w/ The Creed Brothers; Crews wins.
  • Malik Blade & Edris Enofe VS Pretty Deadly; Pretty Deadly wins.
  • Zoey Stark VS Cora Jade; Stark wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Trick Williams & Carmelo Hayes speak.

Good for Kayden Carter & Katana Chance on winning the NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships, but that was last week. This week, is the British Rounds Match! Trick can show the world he has the gift of gab and the gift of jab. Float like a butterfly, cry like Wes Lee. Well, close. Sting like a bee when Trick knocks out Lee! That’s all it is, and that’s all it’s goin’ be!

But Wes Lee responds!

Tonight’s Rounds Match is about Lee coming out swinging. Lee will show that for all the jawing Trick does, Trick’s jaw is made of glass!

Cora Jade speaks.

“Tonight, I put Zoey Stark back on the shelf where she belongs when I eliminate her from this division, just like I did Roxanne Perez from my life.

Zoey Stark responds.

“Cora Jade seems to thinks she’s gonna take me out and take my spot in the Women’s Championship match. Hah, Mandy Rose, put up all the roadblocks you like, but nothing is going to stop me from taking that title at Heatwave.”

Tony D’Angelo speaks.

“Speaking of championships, Santos Escobar cast me two titles. Let’s see what he’s got to say when we meet face to face, right here!” The Don waits in the park, but will he see the Emperor of Lucha coming?

 

Nikkita Lyons VS Kiana James!

The Lioness is ready to crunch the number cruncher for all the criticisms and insults thrown her way. Will Lyons roar with a win on her way to that WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship tournament match?

The bell rings and Lyons circles with Kiana. They tie up, Lyons powers Kiana but Kiana turns it around to put Lyons in the corner,. Kiana shoves but Lyons shoves back! Kiana headlocks, Lyons powers out and runs her over! Fans fire up and duel as Lyons dares Kiana to bring it. They circle, Lyons blocks a kick but not the elbow! Kiana knees low, fisherman’s, but Lyons fights the suplex. Kiana throws a body shot, wrenches an arm and YANSK on it, then YANKS it again. Kiana wrenches, but Lyons runs Kiana over! Fans fire up and Lyons runs in but misses in the corner! Kiana wraps the leg in the ropes to pull!

Lyons CLUBS Kiana but Kiana ROCKS Lyons, to drop a knee on the knee! Kiana smirks as she stalks Lyons and grabs the leg. Kiana kicks the leg, drives a knee into it, then YANKS it! Fans boo as Kiana stalks Lyons to a corner. Kiana goes out and drags Lyons around by the bad leg, to SLAM the leg on the apron! Kiana tries again but Lyons BOOTS her with the good leg. Lyons SMACKS Kiana off the apron, then kicks, but Kiana dodges and that boot goes into the steel steps! Lyons hobbles and Kiana puts her in the ring. Kiana covers, ONE!! Lyons shoves Kiana but Kiana gets the leg to JAM it! Fans rally as Kiana gets the leg again for a standing toehold.

Lyons endures, Kiana pushes that leg way back, but Lyons claws at Kiana. Lyons uses her free leg to push Kiana, but Kiana stomps the bad leg! Kiana steps through but Lyons kicks her away, only for Kiana to stomp her again! Lyons throws hands and elbows, then a BOOT with the good leg! Lyons KICKS and KICKS and roars to GERMAN SUPLEX! Fans fire up and Lyons manages to kip up! Lyons roars and runs through the pain to CANNONBALL! Lyons then spiders around to get the cover, ROPEBREAK! Kiana survives by inches because Lyons didn’t calculate the cover. Kiana avoids a kick, rolls Lyons up and holds ropes! TWO!!

Lyons gets up, grits her teeth, and SPIN KICKS Kiana down! Then LYONS’ DEN! Cover, Lyons wins!

Winner: Nikkita Lyons, by pinfall

If anyone from Raw or SmackDown was watching, they now know Lyons knows how to fight through the pain. Will they have to worry about Lyons’ roar- KIANA CLOBBERS LYONS! Kiana used her purse to blast Lyons, and she says no one makes her look stupid! Will Kiana mean business when Lyons returns from SmackDown?

 

Apollo Crews watches film with the Creed Brothers.

Here it comes! Brutus SMASH! That’s great stuff, love to see it. Julius thanks Apollo for sitting with them to watch this back. Apollo is a veteran who sees things they don’t pick up on, so they’re grateful to him. Apollo says they’ve got it. He is a huge fan, after all. But then Roderick Strong walks in and asks what the hell is going on. They’re watching film. No, he knows that. But why is Apollo in here? The better question is, where was Strong last week? He said he’d be there for them and then no-showed! Strong says it was a test! And they passed! They game planned for Strong being there, but he wasn’t there, and they still found a way to win on their own. Strong is proud!

Brutus says screw “tests,” Strong out and lied to them! The Creeds can argue and fight as brothers, but they don’t lie to each other. That’s not what Diamond Mine is about! Apollo does agree here, that was shady on Strong’s part. What? What is Apollo even here for? He’s not Diamond Mine. Oh, he can’t just sit and watch film? NO! Well, then Apollo has a better idea. Let’s put that film up from two weeks ago, the Six Man Tag. How does Roddy feel about that? HoW dOeS rOdDy FeEl? How about Roddy beats the piss outta Apollo and then we watch THAT film back?!

The Creeds keep the peace, but Strong says Apollo won’t have his new buddies in his corner, they’ll be in STRONG’s! Diamond Mine forever! Well, Apollo’s gonna get that match made. Yes, you do that, thank you. Apollo leaves, but will Strong be the one getting beat?

 

Lash Legend is on the phone.

She asks where her friends are at, they have reservations. But hold on, hold on, she’s gotta go. She walks over and asks Malik Blade where he’s off to. And where’s his boy, Edris Enofe? Oh, it doesn’t matter, because she doesn’t really like him versus Malik. But did Malik see her match VS Alba Fyre? Yeah, of course he did, right? So, ya girl was looking super fly, then her music hits and she comes out, looking good as always, and then that one fan with the poster, ugh, bye. Lash keeps on ranting while we cut away, is Malik going to be okay?

 

British Rounds Match: Wes Lee VS Trick Williams w/ Carmelo Hayes!

Just as seen on NXT UK, we take wrestling and combine it with boxing, there will be six three-minute rounds, first to two falls (submissions, pinfalls or count-outs) wins, unless there’s a disqualification, or even better, a knockout! The Must-See Kid’s got his boxing gloves ready, but will the gloves come off in this unique grudge match?

NXT returns and Trick makes his entrance, the North American Champion as his cornerman. The introductions are made, there’s a tale of the tape, and the bell rings on the first round! Lee and Trick circle, have their dukes up, but Trick JABS and JABS real fast! Trick does some rope a dope, JABS and throws a right, but Lee shrugs those off. They circle, Lee ducks a shot, and another, then fires off fast body shots! Trick pushes Lee away and falls back to his corner. Melo makes sure those gloves are secure, and fans chant “This is Boxing!” The two circle again, Lee takes another JAB, then guards the rest.

Trick tries to rope a dope but Lee stays clear of those punches! Lee bobs ‘n’ weaves, fires off body shots, Trick clinches for an STO! And some ground ‘n’ pound! But Lee turns it back around! They fire off fast hands and fans fire up! There’s still 90 seconds in this opening round, the two reset and square up again. Lee keeps his distance, Trick swings wild, and Lee fires off more body shots! Trick clinches again but Lee keeps throwing hands! Trick hits back as we reach a minute, then he throws a KNEE! Fans boo, so much for regular boxing! Trick fires off hands as he has Lee in the corner! The ref counts, Trick keeps firing off, but he backs off at 4.

Trick brings Lee out but Lee ROCKS him! And ROCKS him! And then fires off body shots! Trick shoves Lee away but Lee comes back. The hands fly, Lee JABS and ROCKS Trick, then gives more body shots! We’re at 15 seconds, then 10, and it’s all Lee! Lee has Trick in a corner, the countdown is zero! Lee is barking but he lets off.

Lee: 0; Trick: 0

Melo coaches Trick up to whoop Lee! The gloves are literally off now, and we start round two! Lee runs in to MONKEY FLIP! And then arm-drag! Trick wobbles into another arm-drag! Lee ducks the haymakers to then FLYING ARM-DRAG! And DROPKICK! Trick wobbles, Lee clotheslines him up and out! Fans fire up for Lee as he PLANCHAS and takes Trick down! Lee stares Melo down, puts Trick in the ring, and then hurries in. But Melo grabs at Lee! Lee BOOTS Melo, but Trick BOOTS Lee! Cover, Trick gets a fall!

Lee: 0; Trick: 1

Not even a minute and Trick scores, thanks to Melo! Will Lee be able to recover in these 20 seconds? Melo sprays Trick down with water while NXT goes picture in picture.

Melo peps talks Trick while Lee flounders away to his corner. Lee grits his teeth, the third round starts, and Trick SPLASHES Lee down in the corner! Trick drags Lee up, bumps him off buckles, then bumps him off buckles again. Lee wobbles, Trick bumps him off the middle buckle now. Trick drags Lee up, whips him to ropes, and DROPKICKS him down! Cover, TWO! Lee is still in this but Trick talks trash. We’re at two minutes in this round as Trick clamps on a chinlock. Trick leans on the hold and grinds Lee down, but Lee fights back up. Trick puts Lee through ropes and has him for a cobra twist!

The ref counts, Trick lets off, and YANKS the ropes to send Lee down. Trick drags Lee up to scoop and SLAM, then covers, TWO! Trick is annoyed but he CLUBS Lee down. Lee crawls back to ropes but Trick CHOKES him! The ref counts, Trick lets off at 4 and Lee sputters. Trick CHOKES Lee more, then lets off again. Lee sputters and crawls but Trick stalks him. Trick CLUBS Lee again, and again! Lee gets to ropes again but Trick brings him around to whip. Lee ducks ‘n’ dodges to then sunset flip! TWO, and Trick hurries to CLUB Lee again! We’re at 10 seconds in this round, Trick whips Lee but Lee reverses to kick and trip! The round is over before the Half Crab!

Lee: 0; Trick: 1

Trick is saved by the bell again, and Melo says he’s got the gloves “fixed.” Trick says no, no more boxing, but Melo says trust him! NXT returns to single picture just as the fourth round starts. Wait, Trick seems to understand what Melo means, and is A-OK with the glove. But Lee rolls him up! ONE, Lee ducks the glove, ducks it again, but Trick kicks low! Lee dodges the haymaker, sunset flips again, TWO! Trick staggers up but Lee KICKS away on his leg! Trick ends up in a corner, Lee whips him but Trick reverses. Lee hits buckles hard, and Trick storms up on Lee. Lee avoids that left hand again, and again, and again!

Lee rolls, gets around, crucifix takedown! Lee gets the fall!!

Lee: 1; Trick: 1

CHEAP SHOT from Trick!! The ref reprimands but the shot still landed! Is Lee even able to continue now? Trick waits in his corner, the fifth round starts, and Lee stands. Trick FLYING LARIATS Lee down! Cover, TWO!! Trick drags Lee up, reels him in and suplexes to SLAM him! Trick stomps away in frustration, then drags Lee back up. Trick whips, POP-UP UPPERCUT! Cover, TWO!?! Lee survives that shot and Trick is furious! Trick drags Lee up, suplexes again, then drags Lee back up for another! Trick drags Lee up again, another suplex! Not quite Three Amigos, but Trick covers, TWO!!

Trick is annoyed but the fans rally up. Lee stands as we reach 90 seconds, and Trick circles him like a vulture. SWINGING NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Lee is still in this, Trick covers again, TWO!! Trick and Melo don’t understand how Lee is still in this! We’re at one minute left, Trick spins but the kick misses! Lee ENZIGURIS Trick against ropes, then runs to ENZIGURI again! Fans fire up as Lee ROCKS Trick again, again, and again! Lee backs Trick down with those bare knuckle shots! Lee whips, UPPERCUTS, then whips Trick again. BULLDOG! We’re at 25 seconds as Lee gets HIS gloves back!

Lee aims at Trick with 15, HAYMAKER SHOT!! Cover, Lee wins!!

Winner: Wes Lee, by pinfall, 2-1

With 10 seconds left in the fifth, Lee made this one must-see! Will Trick be the one crying when he wakes up?

 

Andre Chase meets with someone.

He apologizes for what happened, and promises to get to the bottom of this. Someone visits, and it’s Thea Hail. Wait, Arianna Grace claims Thea gave her a black eye?! Is that true? No,  not technically! Thea and Bodhi were just playing catch in the quad, the ball got away from Thea and it hit Grace in the face! Grace says Thea ruined her perfect face! She’s a former beauty pageant queen! How can she wear a crown when she looks like this? Chase says they’ll settle this 1v1 in the ring. OMG Thea’s first match on NXT? That’s amazing! But Grace says no, she was thinking more of a lawsuit.

A lawsuit?! Are you effing kidding?! This is Chase U! They settle their differences in the ring! They can’t do that! Uh, they can! It happened on university grounds so it is under Chase’s jurisdiction. Thea is so excited but is she ready? Yes, she’s got this. Thanks so much, Mr. Chase! She’s got this! She’s got this! She’s GOT THIS! She runs off, leaving Chase falling over in her wake! Will Thea Hail score one for Chase U?

 

Carmelo Hayes is still in the ring.

“Hey! Hey, everybody, calm down, okay? Look, I’m upset, too. We were supposed to have an hour long Trick & Melobration in this ring, but Wes Lee decided he wanted to cheat!” Fans boo, they don’t believe that. But Melo says there’s time to kill and we need to talk about last week. Melo issued an open challenge for THE North American Championship, and that little peon,  Nathan Frazer, thought he was gonna pull a fast one! But just like everyone else, Frazer stepped up to get stepped on, and Melo is STILL the A Champion! That is all it is, and that is all it’s ever gonna be! But then here comes Frazer!

But wait, the British Prodigy doesn’t come out here, and surprise! From the other side of the arena, it’s Giovanni Vinci! Vinci tells Melo that he’s a top tier athlete, making the North American Championship the most important title here. But Melo’s life flashed before his eyes when he saw Vinci, didn’t he? But luckily, that goof, Frazer, saved Melo from Vinci. Vinci will deal with Frazer when the time is right. Bu tin the meantime… Vinci takes off his jacket, sets it aside, and tells Melo, “Why don’t you open that challenge back up for Heatwave? Because there is nobody standing in my way right now.”

Fans fire up for the idea, and Vinci says in Italian and then English, that while Melo says he’s THE A Champion, all Vinci sees here is a guy. Melo says hold on. If he heard correctly, Frazer saved Melo from Vinci? Nah, bro, you got it twisted. Frazer saved Vinci from Melo. Because Gio, Melo looks at your potential, but he is NOT “him.” Because Melo IS. So at Heatwave, we can put it in the pot and let it cook. But Melo will put Vinci on a shirt, and it wont’ be designer. Melo throws the mic to Vinci, Vinci throws it back, but Melo dodges the cheap shot! Vinci blocks the superkick, but Melo dodges again to SPRINGBOARD, but Vinci gets under!

Vinci kick slow, gets Melo up, but Melo slips free! The refs rush in to stop this before it gets any more heated! But will these two burn the ring down when NXT Heatwave arrives?

 

NXT looks at the NXT Championship showdown.

JD McDonagh asks if we hear the winds of change. They’re blowing here through NXT 2.0. And you know it’s for a damn good reason. And you’ll find out why soon, because you never bet against the ace. That is to say, JD pulled an ace out of the hole and clobbered Bron Breakker at The Great American Bash. The Necessary Evil has come for the Big Booty Nephew. Bron knows JD is a surgeon in the ring. JD wanted his attention so he got it! Both men pump iron and sweat it out in the gym. Bron knows the NXT Championship attracts all kinds. Those driven by fame, by legacy, by money, by power. But JD is different. He is driven by pain.

JD says Bron trains like a caveman wanting to be an alpha male. JD trains in isolation, away from witnesses. JD tests himself with the extremes. Those moments make him his most lethal, and his desire to win has never been higher. Bron will test JD’s love of pain because he’s in store for a lot of it. JD say she’ll drag Bron screaming past his limits. That is the difference between them. Joint manipulation, torture, Bron doesn’t care. His game plan is simple: speed, power and aggression. But JD promises that Bron learns once and for all to never bet against the Irish Ace.

 

Lash is still venting to Malik.

She claps at him to get him to pay attention. She had Fyre where she wanted her, one, two, and then- OH! Edris, we were just talking about you! Here, let Lash get you caught up. She was facing Fyre, like you all saw, and Edris is probably her number one fan, right? Anyway, she had Fyre where she wanted her, right? NXT cuts away from this again, will Malik and Edris make it through?

 

Thea Hail w/ Chase U VS Arianna Grace!

Though she’s been on NXT Level Up a couple times, this is the first NXT 2.0 match for Chase U’s number one recruit! Will she show the former pageant queen that looks aren’t everything?

The bell rings and Grace shouts about her black eye! Thea dodges Grace, arm-drags her, then arm-drags again! Fans rally for Thea but Grace avoids the third arm-drag to kick, But Thea blocks that for a takedown! Wheelbarrow, but Grace SLAMS Thea off the buckles! And again! Grace makes Thea look at her then smacks her off more buckles! Grace snapmares, hip tosses, then grinds Thea’s face into the mat! Fans boo and the ref reprimands. Grace lets off, to then slap away on Thea! Thea guards her face but Grace CLUBS away on her! Fans rally, Grace throws body shots, and then she traps an arm!

Grace wants the other arm, Thea fights, but Grace gets it for a cover! ONE, and Thea kicks Grace. Grace clamps onto Thea again to trap the arms and dig her elbow into Thea’s face! The fans still rally, Thea endures and fights up, but Grace talks trash as she grinds Thea down. Grace keeps on Thea with that forearm in her face, but Thea reaches out. Fans rally up, “Let’s Go, Thea, Let’s Go!” Thea fights to get an arm free, and she backpacks Grace for a SENTON! Fans fire up and Thea and Grace slowly rise. Thea blocks a punch to spin Grace and elbow her! Then CLOBBER her! And then again! Thea runs in at the corner to SPLASH!

Thea rolls back to SPLASH again! Grace staggers, Thea dropkicks a leg out! Thea runs to ROLLING NECKBREAKER! Fans fire up with Thea as she goes Ultimate Warrior! She BOOTS then STANDING MOONSAULTS! Cover, TWO! Thea drags Grace up, cravats, but Grace swings on her! Thea dodges to ROCK Grace! The black eye! Grace says it hurts, but this is a fake-out so she can BOOT Thea down! Grace fireman’s carries, for a WASTELAND SLAM! Cover, Grace wins!

Winner: Arianna Grace, by pinfall

Grace smiles big after that cheeky way to win, will Thea just have to use this #TeachableMoment for her second match in NXT?

 

Apollo Crews gets a vision of the future.

He sees Roderick Strong down in pain, but also the rest of Diamond Mine, from Damon Kemp to both Creed Brothers. Who did the damage? What does it mean? Apollo shrugs it off, his match with Strong is up next.

 

Solo Sikoa gets checked by the trainer.

The Street Champion’s got a sprained PCL, meaning it isn’t torn or broken, but he’ll be out four to six weeks. No, that’s too much time! Cameron Grimes walks over to say tough luck on the bad leg, but congrats on the big win. Solo has the doc leave them for this conversation. Solo is still feeling this, but Grimes has the whole respect of the locker room, so him saying all that means a lot. Solo mentions Vinci getting the shot at Melo, and Solo will be watching. When he comes back, he wants to get that gold for guys like them. Grimes says sure thing. Grimes then leaves, perhaps a bit bitter. Will Solo still have next? Or will someone else step up between now and then?

 

Apollo Crews VS Roderick Strong!

NXT returns as Strong makes his entrance. But despite what he said, Strong does NOT have the Creeds in his corner. Are they “testing” Strong like he did them? Can Strong still win this on his own?

The bell rings and Strong rushes in. They tie up, Strong puts Crews on ropes but Crews puts Strong on ropes in return. Strong hits a headlock takeover but Crews fights up. Crews gets the arm for a wristlock but Strong slips through. Fans rally, Strong shoots to a waistlock, but Crews switches and SLAMS Strong down. Strong moves around as Crew holds on. Fans duel, Crews facelocks, and fans rally again. Strong fights up to wrench and YANK the arm, then wristlocks back. Crews endures, Strong hits a headlock takeover, and Strong grinds Crews down. Crews keeps his shoulders up and gets a headscissors.

Strong kicks but can’t kip free. Strong moves around, headstands then turns Crews over to tie his leg sup. Strong SLAPS Crews, then scrambles to ropes as Crews storms up. Strong grins as he comes back and circles with Crews. Fans taunt Strong but Strong taunts them. Strong and Crews tie up, Crews wrenches an arm to wristlock CLUB it, and then return the slap with interest! Strong gets away and shoves Crews. Crews shoves back, Strong rushes in and gets the arm to a wristlock. Strong wrenches, wrenches and WRINGS Crews, but Crews kicks Strong away. The two reset, tie up again, and Strong trips Crews up.

Strong wants a top wristlock but Crews resists. Crews stands up, arm-drags free, then hurdles over Strong. Strong keeps moving but Crews DROPKICKS him! Fans fire up and Strong gets to a corner. Crews throws body shots, then a CHOP! Strong fires a forearm, Crews ROCKS and CHOPS Strong back! Crews reels Strong in to suplex, but Strong slips out to CLUB Crews on the back! Then Strong scoops for a BACKBREAKER! Fans fire up while Strong catches his breath. Strong drags Crews up to fishhook his face and CLUB him down! Strong CHOPS Crews against ropes, but Crews ROCKS Strong back! Strong ROCKS then CHOPS again!

Crews CHOPS, Strong forearms and CHOPS, then knees low! Strong brings Crews around and scoops to another BACKBREAKER! Fans rally and Crews gets to a corner. Strong ROCKS Crews, and again, but Crews shoves him away. Crews BOOTS Strong, goes up, but leaps into a DROPKICK! Fans fire up and Crews flounders out of the ring. Strong storms over to the apron and drags Crews up, fans rally and duel, but Crews blocks Strong’s suplex to suplex Strong. Strong slips free to land on the apron and the two start throwing hands! Strong ducks a shot to lift Crews but Crews elbows him down. Crews fireman’s carries but Strong fights free!

Strong waistlocks but Crews holds the ropes for dear life! So Strong just trips Crews instead! Crews hits apron, but he and Strong DOUBLE LARIAT! Both men are down at ringside while NXT goes to break.

NXT returns and Strong has Crews in a chinlock stretch! Fans rally while Crews endures being bent bac k! Crews pries at the hold but Strong shifts to have the leg. Strong stomps Crews down and drags Crews up. Strong reels Crews in but Crews suplexes first! Fans fire up as both men are down again! Crews drags himself up the ropes, hobbles to a corner, and climbs up top. Strong trips Crews up! Crews gets stuck up top and Strong KICKS him in the stomach! Crews falls, Strong covers, TWO! Strong clamps onto Crews with a grounded abdominal stretch but fans rally again. Crews fights up, throws body shots, but Strong knees low!

Strong runs in at the corner but misses! ENZIGURI from Crews, then a LARIAT! And another LARIAT! Crews whips, and LEAPING LARITS! Crews kips up and fans fire up! Crews runs corner to corner to STINGER SPLASH! Direct hit and Strong flounders. Crews goes up, FLYING BLOCKBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Strong survives and Crews grits his teeth in frustration. “This is Awesome!” as both men slowly rise. Crews stands first, waistlocks and GERMAN SUPLEXES! Crews holds on and he GERMAN SUPLEXES again! Crews still holds on, but Strong throws back elbows! Strong is free and he ROCKS Apollo!

Strong runs but into a pop-up wheelbarrow GERMAN! Cover, TWO!! Strong survives and Crews shakes out the cobwebs. Fans rally and duel as both men go to opposite ends. Crews drags himself up the ropes and he storms over to Strong. Crews reels Strong in, but Strong flying-mares free! Strong BOOTS Crews, then dumps Crews out to the apron! Crews slingshots into a KNEE! Strong goes back out after Crews, reels him in, APRON BACK SUPLEX! Crews flops down to the floor and Strong hobbles over. Strong puts Crews in the ring, covers, TWO! Fans fire up as Strong gets the legs, STRONGHOLD!! Crews endures as Strong sits deep!

Fans rally and duel as Crews fights his way around. Crews rolls and BOOTS Strong all the way out of the ring! Strong runs back in, into a POWERSLAM! Fans fire up and Crews says he’ll raise the roof! He lifts Strong but Strong slips off to hit a BACKBREAKER! But Crews PELES! Strong jumps, but into Crews’ arms! Crews pops Strong up, GUTBUSTER DROP! But Strong BOOTS and ENZIGURIS right back! Only to run into the SPINEBUSTER! Cover, Crews wins!!

Winner: Apollo Crews, by pinfall

Crews survives the Savior of the Backbreaker and gets a big win off a former NXT Tag Team, Cruiserweight and North American Champion! Will this lead Crews to finally get an NXT title of his own?

 

Lash is STILL venting.

Malik looks bored and Edris looks upset as she goes on and on. Edris tells Lash that she lost! Now she knows he didn’t just interrupt. And Pretty Deadly walk in to defend Lash> N ever interrupt a woman when she’s talking. #YesBoy! #YesGirl! But don’t worry, they’re facing Malik & Edris next, and will wipe the floor with them! Well, Malik just listened to Lash for an hour, so he has plenty of pent-up aggression here! See y’all in the ring! OKAY~? Edris & Malik mock Lash doing her make-up, but will they be the ones venting against Kit Wilson & Elton Prince?

 

Santos Escobar is on the road.

He’s talking to someone on the phone. He’s almost to the meeting place. He promises he’s alone, just as they agreed. Santos promises to Elektra Lopez that if anything does go wrong, he’ll send the signal. The Emperor of Lucha is moments away from meeting with The Don, but will this truly be 1v1?

 

Yulisa Leon & Valentina Feroz vent to Sanga.

This is so annoying! They were so good in that Fatal 4 Way but they lost. Sanga, how can they improve? But then the NEW NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions, Katana Chance & Kayden Carter, walk in. They’ve known Leon & Feroz a long time and they respect them. KC Squared will be fighting champions, and they will meet Feroz & Leon again. And when that time comes, they’ll be ready. Feroz isn’t so sure, and Leon isn’t sure, either. Sanga says they’re a lot like those two, though. Kayden & Katana came so close time and again, but never gave up. Now they’re the champions! So you two can’t give up. One day, you will be in that spot. You need to clear your minds.

Sanga says Leon & Feroz can learn from him how to find balance and perspective. They thank him for helping them. Will Sanga hep Leon & Feroz be Zen enough to get another golden opportunity?

 

Diamond Mine watches film again.

Damon Kemp is with the Creed Brothers, but they’re not sure what they aren’t seeing. This is the same match Crews had them watch, right? Yeah, but Julius isn’t sure what Apollo was seeing. Brutus isn’t, either. Things were good, but what about Kemp? No, he thinks they did great, though they lost. OH, wait, what was that? Run that back! But just as they want to, Strong storms in and asks where they were! That was a test, Roddy, and you passed! How’s it feel!? Strong asks what they just said. He didn’t pass, he lost! They weren’t out there with him and he lost!

Well, Roddy, they just got done through watching back the 8 Man, and there’s bigger issues here. If Julius is right, he deals with the problem next week. The problem is Crews! No talking to outsiders! Strong knows what’s best for them! Crews isn’t Diamond Mine, he’s just an idiot! And then he smashes the laptop! Will Julius have grounds to expel someone from Diamond Mine?

 

It’s time for the Final Accord.

Tony D’Angelo waits, but of course Escobar is late. “Speak of the devil, there he is.” Escobar parks and exits his car, and Tony asks if he’s alone. Of course he is. Did Tony come alone? Yeah, just the two of them. Escobar offers a handshake but Tony tells him to sit down at the table. Escobar wants to shake hands now? Last time they saw each other, Escobar got Tony with brass knuckles. Escobar’s lucky to still be breathing. Escobar says Tony thought he’d never see him again, huh? Tony and his goon put him in the hospital and almost ended his career. But Escobar is full of surprises. Last week was just some payback, nothing personal.

Tony told Escobar to stay in his lane but Escobar didn’t listen. So here we are, four months later. Escobar still works for Tony. Oh, right. But is Tony North American Champion? No. Is Tony NXT Tag Team Champion? Why is he asking questions he already knows the answers to? Escobar laughs as he says those are his favorite questions. Tony tells Escobar not to get smart with him. Tony is The Don! Yeah, yeah, he dictates the rules, the others enforce them. But Tony must know by now that this isn’t going to work. Escobar has pride and legacy. Legado was- Yeah, yeah, built on hard work. Tony’s heard that all before, too.

Escobar talks about hard work from his ivory tower with his stupid pride. But that got him walking behind Tony. Then what do they do? They don’t like each other anymore. Tony wants Escobar to do his job! Escobar has no power. Tony called the meeting to get Escobar’s head on straight. But it’s still shoved up his own ass! Oh, Escobar’s got his head up his own ass? Well, these last four months, Escobar got to learn what makes Tony tick. And Tony loves having a big feather in his cap. The only reason Tony is The don is because he sent Ciampa packing. So here it is: one final match, and they raise the stakes.

NXT Heatwave: If Tony beats Escobar, Escobar leaves,  never to be seen in NXT. Never? Never! Okay, but then Tony keeps his three sheep. Lopez, Cruz and Wilde aren’t sheep, they’re familia! NO, they’re sheep, Fine, Tony gets them. But if Escobar wins, Legado is free from the D’Angelo Family. Okay, Escobar gets his match. But under one condition. It isn’t going to be a regular match. it will be under rules they are both familiar with. This will be man to man, in a STREET FIGHT! Fine by Escobar. If Escobar wins, Legado is free. If Tony wins, Escobar is gone. Now they shake hands. And next week, we find out who is the true leader of leaders.

Tony tells Escobar to say good-bye to his people. Because he vows to rid NXT of Santos Escobar for good. Will this be adios to the Emperor of Lucha?

 

Tiffany Stratton arrives at her dressing room.

She walks inside and thinks she can relax, but WENDY CHOO is there! Wendy has night vision goggles!! She turns off the lights, then whoops Tiffany in the dark! “How do you like that, Tiffy?!” And when the lights come back on, Tiffany is a mess! Wendy tells her this isn’t over, and she leaves for now. Will Wendy turn Tiffany’s life into a waking nightmare?

 

Malik Blade & Edris Enofe VS Pretty Deadly!

For whatever reason, Lash felt the need to vent to Malik & Edris, and they just about snapped! Will they take all of that out on the former NXT UK Tag Team Champions? Or will Edris & Malik be crying over some Spilt Milk?

The teams sort out and Prince starts against Malik. They circle, tie up, and Prince headlocks. Malik powers out but Prince runs him over to then say “WHOA~!” Malik scowls and gets back up. They tie up, Prince headlocks but Malik powers out. Things speed up and Malik hurdles to arm-drag! Prince flounders, Malik arm-drags him again! Malik keeps on the arm and wrenches to a wristlock. Tag to Edris, Edris climbs up and leaps to AX HANDLE Prince’s arm! Fans fire up and Edris scoops to SLAM Prince, then drops an elbow! Cover, ONE!! Edris drags Prince over, tags Malik in, then drop toeholds Prince so they can BOOT and LARIAT!

Fans fire up and Malik runs to BOOT Wilson! But Prince FLAPJACKS Malik then tags Wilson in. Pretty Deadly double whip to POP-UP UPPERCUT! Cover, TWO! Wilson CLUBS Malik, stomps him, then drags him up, Malik throws body shots but Wilson scoops and SLAMS! Wilson drops a knee on Malik’s face, then he stalks Malik to the corner. Malik hits Prince but Wilson fires off on Malik! Tag to Prince, Wilson cheap shots Edris before the ASSISTED GUTBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally but Prince puts him on the ropes. Tag to Wilson, Pretty Deadly mock Briggs & Jensen with the “YEEHAW~!” They both slide and HAYMAKER Malik down!

Pretty Deadly strike their pose, but then Briggs & Jensen come storming down the ramp! Pretty deadly run away into the ring, then mock the UK Tag Team Champions. But they forget about Malik! Malik dodges Wilson, slides under Prince and hot tags Edris! Edris rallies on Pretty Deadly with lariats and elbows! And then a DROPKICK! Wilson wobbles, Edris whips and trips him, to then SLING-DOG! Fans fire up with Edris as he goes up top! MACHO ELBOW! Cover, Prince breaks it! Prince hurries to grab a chair from under the ring and slide it in. But Malik FLIES and takes Prince out! Wilson has the chair, but Briggs snatches it from him!

Edris runs in, but Wilson sends him into the chair and Briggs! Briggs and Edris both fall, Prince POSTS Malik then tags in! Pretty Deadly get Edris up for some SPILT MILK! Cover, Pretty Deadly wins!

Winners: Pretty Deadly, by pinfall

Wilson & Prince use Briggs & Jensen against Malik & Edris! And then Lash BOOTS Fallon Henley outta nowhere!! Lash talks trash, but will she and Pretty Deadly take over from the country trio?

 

Javier Bernal calls out to Cameron Grimes.

He tells Grimes to be more careful going through the door this time. Grimes wants after Bernal but the security guard is there to tell him it’s not worth it. Grimes says he’s right, Bernal isn’t worth it. But then Joe Gacy & The Schism walk over. They ask Grimes where he is going. He’s going home. But to who? Grimes doesn’t respond, he just walks out the door. Will Gacy break Grimes down until he’s part of their movement?

 

Toxic Attraction speaks.

Gigi & Jacy held the NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships for so long, those belts felt like a part of them. They can’t believe they let this happen. Gigi never knew a real home or had a constant in her life until Toxic Attraction, and until they became champions. When you lose something so dear, you either reflect, or you can rebel. Gigi & Jacy each revitalize themselves with their comfort zones. Jacy loves rock music, it is her release, because rock music doesn’t give a damn about who you are or what you do. Gigi doesn’t play by anyone else’s rules. She does her things her way and thrives. That will never change, ever!

Toxic Attraction lives the rockstar life: seductive, sadistic, and successful! They are wounded, but wounded animals are more dangerous. They ARE Toxic Attraction, and they will shatter your false reality. Is this all a sign that Gigi & Jacy are ready to revamp what it means to be toxic?

 

Backstage interview with Apollo Crews.

McKenzie congratulates him on the big win tonight. Crews says hell yeah that was big! The whole world saw it! And Crews says he doesn’t like or trust Strong. But Cres is getting win after win, gaining momentum- But Waller walks in to congratulate him, too. Yeah, thanks, that was a hard fought win. Waller says he’s gonna do McKenzie’s job for her again, and ask the hard hitting questions. WHY is Crews here? To take from Waller and the locker room? The rest of the guys are afraid to say it, but not Waller! On behalf of NXT 2.0, Crews is no longer welcome. Oh, is that true? Yeah, check his history, lad. Waller already ran one guy out of here. He has no problem making Crews next.

Then lets’ go now! Crews dares Waller to try, but Waller backs off. Crews says he’s going nowhere, but will his return to NXT bring him up to the top?

 

Zoey Stark VS Cora Jade!

The Iron Woman has her shot at the NXT Women’s Championship next week, but she talks with Lyons backstage about their coming tag title opportunity. Lyons owes Kiana another beat down, but for now, it’s Stark’s turn. Cora is not going to stop Stark from getting at the women’s title next week, just like no one will stop them from becoming WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions. They have a secret handshake already, will this team sweep the night? Or will Cora do the Toxic Goddess’ dirty work before Heatwave?

NXT returns and speaking of the champion, Mandy Rose joins commentary, with Wade Barrett kissing up to her immediately. Stark then makes her entrance, and she stares Mandy right down. The bell rings and Zoey circles with Cora. Fans rally, Cora shoves Zoey but she smirks. Cora shoves again but Zoey grabs her arm and reels her in to run her over! Cora scrambles away but Zoey drags her back in! Cora ducks the kick, rolls Zoey up to a cover, TWO! Fans duel, Zoey spins Cora around to a cradle, TWO! Zoey Oklahoma Rolls, TWO! Cora gets up but into arm-drag after arm-drag! Cora gets to ropes for defense and fans boo.

Zoey wants Cora to come back but the ref has her back off. Zoey RAMS into Cora, throws knees, but Cora CLUBS and throws Zoey down. Cora stomps Zoey, stands on her, but Zoey shoves her away. Cora stomps and CLUBS Zoey, covers, TWO! Zoey ROCKS Cora again and again, then CHOPS and CHOPS! Zoey whips Cora, CLOBBERS Cora, then covers, TWO! Zoey keeps on Cora with a suplex, but Cora slips out and waistlocks. Zoey bucks the O’Conner Roll so Cora ROCKS her with a right! Fans boo, Cora drags Zoey up but Zoey waistlocks and SLAMS her down! Zoey holds on, drags Cora up again, and SLAMS her back down!

Cora fights up, throws’ an elbow but Zoey ducks to FISHERMAN SUPELX! Bridging cover, TWO! Not quite perfect, so Zoey CLOBBERS Cora in a corner. Zoey goes corner to corner but Cora puts her on the apron! Zoey ROCKS Cora, sweeps the leg, then slingshot ARABIAN PRESSES! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up and Zoey drags Cora up to waistlock. Cora bucks Zoey now, then sidesteps to SHINING WIZARD! Fans boo while Cora swaggers and NXT goes picture in picture.

Cora stomps Zoey, drags her up, but Zoey ROCKS her! And again! Cora bumps Zoey off buckles, then stomps Zoey down. Cora digs her boots in, the ref counts but Zoey shoves Cora’s foot away. Cora drags Zoey to a cover, ONE!! Cora is annoyed but Zoey throws body shots and a CHOP! Cora CHOPS back but Zoey CHOPS again! Cora CHOPS, Zoey kicks low and ROCKS Cora with forearms! Zoey snapmares then runs to SLIDING LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Cora stomps Zoey back down and has her in the corner. Cora drags Zoey to a cover, TWO! Cora is annoyed but she drags Zoey up to whip to a corner hard!

Cora grins as Zoey bumps off buckles. Cora storms over, stomps Zoey down, then kicks her around. Cora drags Zoey up but Zoey ROCKS Cora again and again and again! Zoey kicks low, ROCKS Cora then whips, but Cora reverses. Zoey hits ropes hard and Cora ELBOWS her down! Cover, TWO! Cora snarls, talks some trash, then stomps Zoey down. Cora keeps stomping Zoey at the ropes, but the ref has her back off. Zoey sits up, Cora springboards to DOUBLE STOMP! NXT returns to single picture as Cora covers, TWO! Cora drags Zoey up to whip her to ropes, put her on the ropes again and KICK her down! Cora runs but Zoey dodges the elbow!

Fans fir up as Zoey jackknifes, TWO, and Cora CLOBBERS Zoey! Cora snarls and she drags Zoey up to a chinlock. Zoey endures as fans duel and Cora shifts to a neck wrench. Cora leans on the hold and traps Zoey’s arms so she can CLUB her again and again! Zoey victory rolls through, TWO! Cora CHOPS Zoey to ropes! Cora runs in to SHINING- NO, Zoey blocks that to YANK Cora down! Fans rally and duel again as Cora crawls to a corner. Cora brings out her kendo stick! Cora aims at Zoey, but Zoey dodges and GERMAN SUPLEXES! Fans fire up while both women are down! Cora and Zoey sit up slowly as the fans rally up.

Zoey blocks a punch to give a punch! And then again! And again! Zoey DECKS Cora, but Cora gets up so Zoey CLOBBERS her! And CLOBBERS her! And mule kicks to fire off forearms and elbows! Cora wobbles into a mule kick, then Zoey fires up! Zoey runs to SLIDING KICK! Cover, TWO!! Zoey is annoyed but Mandy isn’t worried. Zoey runs in at Cora but blocks a boot to reel her in! HALF ‘N’ HALF! Cover, TWO!! Cora survives and Zoey is frustrated. Cora sits up but Zoey takes aim. Cora stands, deflects the superkick and ROCKS Zoey! Cora cravats, goes up the corner, but no Sliced Bread! SUPERKICK!! Cover, TWO!!

Mandy is disappointed in Cora, she expected better out of her. Cora crawls, Zoey watches her go to ropes, and then Zoey goes to the apron. Zoey slingshots but Cora moves! Zoey handsprings through her own senton, runs back in, but into a drop toehold! Zoey’s on the ropes again and Cora SHINING WIZARDS! Cora reels Zoey into a HAMMERLOCK DDT!! Cover, TWO!! Zoey survives and shocks Cora! Fans rally and duel, Cora cravats again, SLICED BREAD! Cover, TWO!! Fans are fired up and Cora goes back for her custom kendo stick. “This is Awesome!” and guess what! Roxie just took Cora’s kendo stick!

Cora is furious, but she turns around into Zoey’s SUPERKICK! And then GO TO STARK!! Cover, Stark wins!!

Winner: Zoey Stark, by pinfall

And she stares Mandy right down! Is Mandy worried about Stark now? And as for Roxie, she warns Cora that there is nowhere to hide! Roxie swings the stick, Cora runs for it, but then Mandy gets in the ring! Stark SUPERKICKS her first! And hits GO TO STARK!! Zoey holds up the title belt, is the Toxic Reign about to end?


My Thoughts:

A great go-home episode for NXT with their newest special next week. Good opening match with Lyons VS Kiana, and I figured Lyons would win here, even without the news of Lyons & Stark being in the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship tournament. Kiana attacking Lyons after is a good way to keep the feud going, as Lyons & Stark aren’t the ones to win the RawDown titles. Great stuff out of Diamond Mine and Apollo, and even Apollo’s future vision ability going to a new level was clever. Crews sees the faction’s downfall, and the green light implies it’s because of him, but we all knew Strong is going to be kicked out of the group at some point. Awesome match out of Crews and Strong, too, and I’m sure Crews VS Waller will be a great one, too.

The British Rounds match here was a lot of fun, especially with how Trick and Lee started it as a boxing match and then shifted into wrestling. I almost thought we were going to get a knockout win here, but it was fair of them to let Lee win with a pinfall. Melo and Vinci have a great exchange, from both their promos to the acrobatic brawl. That title match is going to be awesome, and Heatwave is getting even bigger. Bron and JD have a good vignette, though it wasn’t quite a Prime Target. Both the North American and main NXT Championship matches feel like they can go either way, but I would be very surprised if both champions lost. Maybe HHH & HBK worked something out where Melo & Trick are moving up to one show (SmackDown) while Bron goes to the other (Raw).

Another great Chase U promo, and a pretty solid match from Thea VS Arianna. Thea’s got great Chase U ring gear, and quite the surprise that Grace won. I suppose Thea is going to go through some growing pains before she gets her first televised win. Lash venting to Edris & Malik was a hilarious way to lead us to a match. Edris & Malik VS Pretty Deadly was great, even with the mishap involving Briggs & Jensen. A Mixed Six Tag of Briggs, Jensen & Fallon VS Lash & Pretty Deadly would be a lot of fun, and so would Fyre joining Malik & Edris against Lash & Pretty Deadly. It could even lead to Edris & Malik getting a shot at the UK Tag titles while Briggs & Jensen are stateside.

Solo Sikoa being out for a month or so is a shame for him, real or kayfabe, but using him as part of Grimes’ bitterness was great continuity since Grimes was the one who first encouraged Solo in the North American Championship chase. Javier Bernal seems to be getting great little cameos as part of Grimes’ story, I wonder if a match with Bernal will be the last straw and Grimes goes Heel, finally joining The Schism. And though short, we got a really good segment out of Wendy and Tiffany with the dressing room ambush. I really hope their blow-off grudge match is No Disqualification. They did a great job with that backstage brawl, they really should up the ante, and then Wendy wins to move on and force Tiffany to have a confidence crisis angle.

We got a decent segment out of “The Final Accord,” but obviously the major development from that is their Street Fight blow-off. Escobar leaving NXT if he loses is clearly code that this is his window of opportunity to be called up. We got a good vignette from Gigi & Jacy, and we finally got to learn a bit about their characters, and it was framed like we are supposed to sympathize with them like they’re Faces after how they’ve behaved for almost a full year. But the main event was great stuff out of Stark and Cora, and of course Roxie shows up to keep Cora from cheating. However, with Stark winning the match and standing tall against Mandy at the end, I have a feeling Mandy finds a way to retain, which is a bit of a shame.

My Score: 8.7/10


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