Who will be a DUAL NXT champion!?
Adam Cole, the longest reigning NXT Champion in history. Keith Lee, the LIMITLESS North American Champion. But only one can be BOTH!
- Street Fight: Mia Yim VS Candice LeRae; LeRae wins.
- Bronson Reed VS Tony Nese; Reed wins.
- Johnny Gargano VS Isaiah “Swerve” Scott; Gargano wins.
- Six Man Tag: El Legado del Fantasma VS Drake Maverick & Breezango; El Legado wins.
- Santana Garrett VS Mercedes Martinez; Martinez wins.
- NXT & NXT North American Championships Winner Takes All: Adam Cole VS Keith Lee; Lee wins and becomes dual NXT & NXT North American Champion.
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Street Fight: Mia Yim VS Candice LeRae!
The Head Baddie in Charge and the Poison Pixie look to settle the score between them in historic fashion as NXT has its only second ever Women’s Street Fight! Who will be standing tall when it’s all said and done?
But before even making it down the ramp, Candice #LeSlay as the T-shirt says gets jumped! Mia is not going to go easy on Candice in the slightest! She kicks Candice down the ramp, to ringside, and then RAMS her into steel steps! The ref has Mia get this in the ring, but Mia immediately puts in props! A trash can and it’s lid, some kendo sticks and yes, plenty of chairs. The bell finally rings and the HBIC swings a kendo stick! Only for Candice to dodge, kick back and SMACK her with the stick! And again! And again! Mia blocks the next swing, then shoves Candice down. Mia gets the other kendo stick to SMACK away on Candice in return! Mia digs the stick into Candice’s stomach, then SMACKS her again!
Candice crawls to the bottom rope but Mia looks at what else she can use. Mia goes back outside to bring out a table! The crowd loves that! Mia gets the table in the ring but Candice dropkicks her down! Candice takes the table for her own and sets the table in the corner. Candice fetches Mia, brings her into the ring, but Mia fights back. Candice clubs Mia, but swings into a full nelson! Mia aims for the table but Candice slips down to kick Mia away! Mia rests on the table, Candice runs in, but Mia catches her! Candice victory rolls, Mia sits on it, TWO! Mia stomps Candice then brings her up. She tosses Candice out then goes out to grind her boot into Candice at the barriers. Candice crawls but Mia is on her. Mia whips but Candice reverses to POST her!
Candice hammers away on Mia then brings her up to YANK into the post! Mia manages to stay standing but Candice YANKS her in again! The crowd rallies for Mia and she blocks the yank to give the yank! Candice bounces off the post this time, and then Mia BOOTS her into barriers. Mia brings Candice around to bowl into the crowd! The prospects get even closer to the action now as Mia boots Candice further along. Candice throws things from the catering table at Mia! Chips and plastic plates fly but Mia bumps Candice off the table. And smacks her with a platter! Mia drags Candice up but Candice hits her with plastic cups! And even more cups! Mia throws the platter lid, but Candice SMACKS her with the platter!
Candice clears space, brings the table over, then puts Mia on the nearby platform. The crowd rallies as Mia clubs Candice back down. Candice uses a fire extinguisher! Mia sputters from the blast, Candice drags her up and over to the edge, but Mia resists the suplex! Mia pushes Candice and dropkicks her down through the table! Candice hits the floor and NXT goes picture in picture.
Both women are down and the crowd chants, “This is Awesome!” This match needs a winner, and Candice manages to sit up from the wreckage of catering. Mia hurries over to her, brings her back towards ringside, but Candice fights back. Mia clubs Candice down, gets her into the ring, covers, TWO! Mia grows frustrated and stands on Candice’s head! Candice flails, grabs a kendo stick, but Mia takes it from her and throws it away. Candice flounders against ropes, Mia uses the kendo stick herself to SMACK Candice down! Candice shields herself with a chair but it doesn’t do much as Mia breaks the stick off her back! Candice sits a chair up but Mia kicks Candice more as NXT returns to single picture.
Mia clubs Candice onto the seat of the chair then runs to the corner. But Candice drop toeholds Mia onto the chair! Mia flounders to the chair and takes a seat, but Candice runs and dropkicks her down! Cover, TWO! Mia survives but Candice keeps her focus as the crowd rallies up. Candice rains down haymakers from all sides, then grabs a chair. Candice digs the chair into Mia’s ribs, then JAMS them! The crowd boos as Candice adds on to the side of those ribs. Candice goes out to fetch even MORE chairs! Candice stomps Mia down before bringing her up. Mia hits back but Candice uses the trash can lid to SMACK away on her! The crowd boos more as Candice stomps Mia down.
Candice adjusts the table to be a shelf on the top rope. Mia grabs for chairs but Candice stops her to suplex. Mia resists to suplex Candice up and over! The crowd fires up as both women stand. Candice is up first, Mia blocks a kick but not the enziguri! But she comes back with a ROUNDHOUSE! Both women are down again and the crowd fires up more. Candice sits up in a daze while Mia checks her head. They both stand, Mia counter punches Candice, then fires off forearms and a corner clothesline! Mia CHOPS Candice, then brings the trash can over. Mia puts the can over Candice’s head, then runs in to BOOT Canned-dice down! And then a CAN-NONBALL! Mia drags Candice out, high stack covers, TWO!! Candice survives and Mia can not believe it.
But wait! Mia has an ace in the hole! A pair of BRASS KNUCKLES! Is this approved by William Regal? Doesn’t matter, it’s still legal. Mia goes to punch but Candice uses a chair as a shield! And then to SMACK Mia down! And again! Candice puts Mia on the chair pile, then puts a layer of chairs on Mia. It’s a chair sandwich! Candice goes up top, and the table is a platform for her to stand on. But Mia gets out of the chairs and ROCKS Candice! Candice is prone on the table, Mia prepares the chair pile in a new arrangement, then climbs up to join Candice. That’s a risky move. Candice fights Mia, wrenches the arm and takes the brass knuckles from her! Mia throws hands fast, stands up on the wobbly platform, but Candice ROCKS her with the knuckles! And then MRS. LERAE’S WILD RIDE onto the tables!! Candice just manages to cover with a hand, Candice wins!!
Winner: Candice LeRae, by pinfall
The Johnny Gargano Way wins as Mrs. Wrestling snatches victory from the jaws of defeat! But with Tegan Nox the #1 contender, how long will Candice have to wait to have her championship opportunity?
WWE legends weigh in on NXT’s Winner Takes All match.
Mark Henry says that whether you love him or hate him, Adam Cole has been THE NXT Champion for over a year. “That’s gotta count for something.” But Keith Lee can fight like a Cruiserweight but hits like a truck. Champion VS Champion, Henry gives the edge to Keith Lee.
NXT goes picture in picture on the aftermath of the Street Fight.
Mia is still down, and though Candice may have won, she has barely moved either. Johnny Gargano hurries out to check on his wife, and raises her hand in victory since no one else has. Gargano waves bye to Mia as he carefully rolls and carries Candice away. Johnny laughs at Mia but it’s not like Candice is in good shape. Mia manages to stand on her own, and the crowd cheers that. Mia takes a seat in a chair again, still feeling good about herself in the end. She kicks the chair away then heads out on her own. Will Mia be able to recover in the rankings despite that literally heavy fall?
Bronson Reed VS Tony Nese!
NXT’s Auszilla and the Cruiserweight Division’s Premier Athlete clashed the moment they met. A big factor in that is how they each treated Leon Ruff in their respective matches. Will Reed show Nese what happens when you don’t show respect?
The bell rings and Nese circles with Reed. Nese points out his eight pack compared to the thickness of Reed. Reed shrugs that off and ties up with Nese. Reed shoves Nese away and makes a point about Aussie Strong Style. Nese shrugs that off as the crowd rallies. The two tie up again, Reed wrenches the arm, shoulder breaker to wristlock. Reed clamps onto the shoulder, then chinbars Nese to another wrench. Nese endures, pulls Reed’s ear to get him in a corner. The ref counts, Nese hits low! Nese whips, Reed reverses, but Nese stops and elbows Reed away. Nese goes up and over and shows off with jumping jacks. Reed runs, Nese ducks and drops, but jumps into a shove from Reed! The crowd cheers as Reed trophy lifts and drops Nese, for the THICC BOI SENTON!
Nese bails out but Reed fetches him up to CLUB him down! Reed headbutts Nese and follows him around the way. Reed clubs Nese more, puts him in the ring, but Nese uses the apron skirt to blind Reed, and then basement dropkicks him back! Reed flounders into the ring but gets furious fists for it! Nese fires up but the crowd boos. Nese kicks reed against ropes, throws body shots and stomps, but Reed CHOPS. Nese fires off forearms, but Reed hits back! Reed walks into a low headbutt! Cradle, TWO! Nese keeps his cool and basement dropkicks again! Reed still gets up and Nese grows frustrated. Reed hits back with body shots but Nese back kicks. Nese brings Reed up, but Reed blocks the bulldog hotshot to bounce Nese off the ropes!
Reed rocks Nese with forearm after forearm, then a BIG Atomic Drop and Bionic Elbow! Nese goes to the corner, Reed runs in for the corner splash! Reed whips Nese the other way but Nese boots him away. Nese hops up, leaps, but into Reed’s arms! Reed pops Nese up, Nese lands on his feet and throat chops! Nese hits the hotshot bulldog! And the PREMIER TRIANGLE! Cover, TWO! Reed survives and Nese grows further frustrated. Nese goes to a corner while Reed flounders. Nese goes up top, leaps over Reed, but Reed LARIATS Nese inside out! Reed puts Nese in a drop zone and goes up top, for the AUSZILLA SPLASH!! Cover, Reed wins!
Winner: Bronson Reed, by pinfall
That’s the power of sportsmanship, and the thickness! Will Reed win even bigger matches to finally gain some ground?
Mercedes Martinez speaks.
“NXT. The center of hopes and dreams. Not anymore.” Mean Ms. Mercedes is here tonight, but who will “welcome” her back?
The Robert Stone Brand has an announcement.
Robert Stone says “Big things!” We’re about to witness history! Stone and Aliyah walk over to Shotzi Blackheart? They want to recruit the “beautiful green haired girl,” because has she seen the brand? It’s on fire! Wanna join in? Well, it is on fire. Like a dumpster fire. Hey, does she want to join or not? Look what he’s done for Aliyah. No, she doesn’t want to be part of his brand. She does things her way. Stone is not taking no for an answer, and his drink splashes… Killian Dain!! Big Damo grabs tone and throws him into trunks! And Shotzi runs Stone’s feet over with her tank! That’s what he gets! NXT goes picture in picture as Aliyah tries to drag Stone out from under Shotzi’s ride.
It takes referees and crew to lift the tank! Is it really that heavy? Stone apparently can’t walk on that leg anymore and he demands something be done about Shotzi and Dain. Will Aliyah have to step up for her manager again?
NXT is still picture in picture as The Undisputed Era arrives.
Adam Cole has his NXT Championship, and he high fives Roderick Strong and Bobby Fish. But then the other passenger door opens and… Kyle O’Reilly is back! The Era is back at 100%! Will Kyle’s moral support be the key to Cole making history?
Johnny Gargano VS Isaiah “Swerve” Scott!
#TheJohnnyGarganoWay has beef with the Fliest in the Room, all because Swerve was trying to stop Mia and Candice from brawling backstage last week. Johnny has all heart and no soul, but will any of that matter when he steps into whose house? Swerve’s House!
The bell rings and Gargano circles with Swerve. Gargano gets the arm and brings Swerve down to a wristlock then hammerlock. Gargano traps the other arm, turns Swerve to a cover, ONE! Swerve gets away and Gargano says this is his house now. The crowd boos as Gargano and Swerve circle. Swerve and Gargano feel out the grapple, Gargano drop toeholds and waistlocks to then facelock. Swerve endures, rolls, but Gargano stays clamped on. Swerve fights up but Gargano traps an arm, Gargano grabs the other and has a wristlock. Swerve shifts weight but Gargano brings him down to the mat again. Gargano shifts around, wrenches, but Swerve spins and drop toeholds back. The two fight for wrist control but Gargano uses legs to bring Swerve down.
Gargano sits up and twists the wrist all around. Swerve endures but Gargano double knuckle locks for a cover. ONE, so Gargano adds a chinlock. Swerve endures this modified crossface, the crowd jeers with “Johnny Sucks!” and Swerve pops out. Swerve stands on Gargano’s legs, then rolls him over to a waistlock. Gargano slips out the back, things speed up, Gargano huricanranas but Swerve handsprings through! The crowd cheers as Gargano rushes Swerve. Swerve side steps and sends Gargano out, then sweeps Gargano’s legs on the apron. Gargano avoids the mule kick and even the slingshot stomps! Gargano slingshots but Swerve dodges. Swerve avoids a superkick, Gargano avoids the boot, but Swerve goes Matrix to avoid a clothesline! The two stand off showing strikes, and the crowd cheers this exchange!
The ring count passes 5 so both men rush to the apron. But Gargano stays out to slingshot in, NO Final Beat just yet! Swerve tosses Gargano, goes Eddy Gordo and headscissors Gargano out. Swerve runs and FOSBURY FLOPS! Down goes Gargano and the crowd fires up! Swerve glares intently as NXT goes picture in picture.
Gargano staggers up and around the way but Swerve is in pursuit. Swerve puts Gargano in, stalks him to a corner, then wraps the arms against the ropes to CHOP! Gargano flops down hard but scrambles to another corner. Swerve throws uppercuts, arm-drags Gargano down, rolls with him and ties up an arm. Swerve uses a chinbar but Gargano gets the ropebreak. The ref counts, Swerve lets off, but then comes back to trap the arm again. Swerve pulls on the other arm but Gargano resists. Swerve clubs Gargano and even fish hooks to get Gargano to turn. Gargano resists as best as he can but Swerve still pulls the arm for a modified ghost pin. TWO, and Gargano gets to another corner.
Swerve throws forearms then rams in his shoulder. The ref counts as Swerve digs in, but Swerve lets up to wrench and whip. Gargano reverses and runs Swerve over with an elbow! Gargano throws Swerve into buckles hard! Swerve is dazed but Gargano stands on his head! The ref reprimands Gargano and he lets off, and NXT goes to break.
NXT returns and Gargano spins Swerve around to a backbreaker and gourd buster! BUZZSAW! LARIAT! Cover, ONE! Gargano drags Swerve up, suplexes, but Swerve slips out to waistlock. Gargano standing switches, reels Swerve in but Swerve breaks free to ROCK Gargano with a right! Swerve runs in to uppercut, then snapmares and leaps for the falling uppercut! Gargano bails out as the crowd fires up again. Swerve aims from the apron to BOOT Gargano down! Swerve puts Gargano in, watches him stagger about, and then bobs ‘n’ weaves with Gargano to throw body shots. He backs Gargano down with those fast hands and the crowd fires up again. Swerve rolls Gargano, somersaults to COMPLETE SHOT! Cover, TWO!
Swerve grows frustrated but he stays focused as Gargano goes to a corner. Swerve runs in but is put on the apron. Swerve rocks Gargano again, goes up and around but so does Gargano. Gargano slingshot SPEARS Swerve down! Cover, TWO!! Swerve survives and sputters but Gargano drags him up. Gargano CHOPS Swerve in the corner, then climbs up to rain down left hands. The ref counts, Swerve slips out to grab the legs. Gargano mule kicks Swerve away, but then misses the superkick! Swerve throws Gargano down, rolls him and DEAD LIFT BRAIN BUSTERS! The crowd is thunderous as Swerve goes for but misses the House Call! Swerve avoids Gargano’s grasp to waistlock and lift, but Gargano elbows out. Swerve EuroUppers, then goes Matrix to dodge the rebound! Gargano fakes Swerve out to mule kick a leg!
Gargano grabs a leg, Swerve steps through to KNEE Gargano away! Gargano ENZIGURI, HOUSE CALL OUTTA NOWHERE! But both men are down as the crowd fires up! Swerve stirs but Gargano rolls away. Gargano crawls, Swerve rises and the crowd rallies again. Swerve brings Gargano up, wants a full nelson, but Gargano standing switches and tries the full nelson himself. Swerve breaks free, but Gargano hooks the leg for a takedown! STF meets GargaNO Escape! Swerve endures, pops free to a cover, TWO!! SUPERKICK! Gargano runs, but Swerve tilt-o-whirls him. Gargano uses that to try for a takedown but Swerve stays up. Swerve ducks Gargano’s roundhouse, double pump handle and flip to a gut wrench, but Gargano grabs ropes! Gargano can’t hold forever, CONFIDENCE BOOST! Cover, TWO!?!
Swerve has fury and shock in his eyes and the crowd argues, “That Was Three!” Swerve heads to the corner and climbs up to use the classic. Gargano bails out and hurries to anchor Swerve’s feet. Swerve clubs Gargano but Gargano punches back. Gargano gets space and runs back, into a mule kick! Gargano flops to the floor and Swerve adjusts, SUPER KILL- No! The stomps miss and Swerve jams his leg! Gargano POSTS Swerve, POISON-RANA TO THE FLOOR! Gargano drags Swerve up and in, takes his time going to the apron, and says “This is MY house!” ONE FINAL BEAT!! Cover, Gargano wins!
Winner: Johnny Gargano, by pinfall
The Garganos sweep the night in two huge matches tonight! Will Johnny and Candice fulfill their vows to reign together?
NXT looks at the coming Women’s Championship battle.
“Tegan Nox… We are very similar.” She and Io Shirai both worked very hard to get to this moment, earned respect to chase a dream. This is Tegan’s comeback story. Tegan wants the narration to stop there. She is done with the perception of being the comeback kid. She’s been here all along, and is fed up with the pity. Tegan is going to prove why she is here. She is the #1 contender and soon to be THE NXT Women’s Champion. But Shirai tells Tegan that there is one thing that separates them: Tegan cannot do it alone. She has always needed support. But her so-called friends have all betrayed her. The only one Shirai relies on now is herself, because she is the only thing she needs is the title.
How can friends be a weakness? And Shirai did this by herself, except for last week when Asuka helped her against Sasha Banks and Bayley. But Shirai is right, maybe it is a weakness. They’ve been on similar journeys. They left their home countries for America and NXT, all for the same goal. Tegan has never trained harder for anything in her life. This is an opportunity eight years in the making. She’s come to fight. She is faster, stronger and shinier than ever before. But Shirai says Tegan is not Shirai. This is Shirai’s NXT Women’s Division, and she is at the top of her game. If Tegan believes this is destiny, then she’ll win next week. Shirai will be waiting. Will the Shiniest Wizard truly shine brighter with the championship gold? Or will she be dragged down into the darkness by the Evil Genius?
Six Man Tag: El Legado del Fantasma VS Drake Maverick & Breezango!
Santos Escobar, Joaquin Wilde and Raul Mendoza are on a mission to remake the Cruiserweight Division and all of lucha libre in their image. They keep beating down Rockstar Spud, but that’s one underdog that doesn’t give up so easily. Will Tyler Breeze and Fandango be able to even the odds and help Maverick redeem himself with a victory?
But speaking of remakes and makeovers, the fashion forward friends are now fashion luchadors! It’s like Los Conquistadores had trendy sons! But it’s time to get serious, and trios sort out. Maverick says he wants after Escobar, but it’s Wilde that starts. Wilde taunts the “chihuahua,” but he gets the Lord of the Dance instead. They tie up, Fandango headlocks, Wilde powers out but Fandango runs him over. Things speed up, Wilde hurdles and hip tosses! Fandango kicks Wilde away to arm-drag him down! Fandango cranks on the arm, Wilde gets up but Fandango wrenches and hammerlocks for a Half Hatch suplex! Cover, TWO!
Fandango keeps on Wilde with a facelock and then hangs him out to dry. Tag to Breeze, they make it rain with double BOOTS! Cover, TWO! Breeze keeps on Wilde but Wilde power shim to the corner. Mendoza tags in, they mug Breeze, then Mendoza CHOPS Breeze to ropes. Mendoza whips, Breeze holds ropes and kicks back! Breeze spins Mendoza around for a swinging neckbreaker! Cover, TWO, but Breeze keeps on Mendoza. Tag to Maverick and he mugs Mendoza. Maverick glares at Escobar and dares him to step up. Mendoza CHOPS but Maverick decks him! Maverick whips, Mendoza reverses, but Maverick holds ropes and kicks back. Then Maverick enziguris Mendoza down! Maverick glares at Escobar again but Escobar just smirks.
Maverick tags Breeze in and Breeze brings Mendoza out for a whip. Mendoza slips out, enziguris back then steps in to clobber Breeze down. Tag to Escobar and he tags Wilde in. El Legado double whip Breeze, elbow him down, then Wilde runs for the hip toss splash! Cover, TWO! Wilde stops Breeze down and drags him around in a facelock. Wilde whips and elbows Breeze down, then stomps his face! Cover, TWO! Wilde keeps Breeze down with an armlock, but Breeze endures as the crowd rallies up. Breeze jawbreakers free, hot tag to Fandango! Fandango hits Wilde, leaps up and knees him down! Mendoza flies into an uppercut! Wilde runs into a kick and FALCON ARROW! Escobar runs in but Maverick does, too, and Escobar bails out!
El Legado regroups on the outside and the crowd fires up. Fandango lifts and THROWS Maverick to take out El Legado! Fandango adds on with the springboard senton! Fandango hobbles as he puts Wilde in. Mendoza RAMS Fandango into steps! Maverick checks on him but has to get back to the corner. Wilde puts Fandango in, stomps him around, then grinds him in a facelock. Fandango endures but Wilde clubs him to a corner. Wilde stomps Fandango, then CHOP clothesline combos! Wilde drags Fandango to a snapmare and jams a knee into his back. Wilde stomps the bad leg, clamps onto an arm, but the crowd rallies.
Escobar tags in and clubs Fandango down. Maverick wants in but Escobar elbows Fandango to ropes. Escobar brings Fandango up but Fandango hits back with haymakers! Escobar runs and chop blocks the leg out! Escobar puts Fandango in a grounded cobra twist and clubs away on the ribs. Fandango endures but Escobar grabs the bad leg to lace it over. Fandango endures, works out of the hold, but Escobar clubs him again. Escobar goes after the knee again, then tags in Mendoza. Mendoza stomps Fandango’s bad leg, drags him around and twists Fandango to STOMP the knee! Mendoza keeps Fandango from his corner with clubbing forearms, but Fandango keeps fighting. Mendoza CLOBBERS Fandango and drops a leg on the leg!
Fandango CHOPS back but Mendoza kicks and clubs him back down. Mendoza drags Fandango again and puts the leg on the ropes. Mendoza springboards to drop down on it! He stomps and springboards to drop down again! Mendoza keeps on the bad leg, the ref counts, but Fandango kicks Mendoza out of the ring! The crowd fires up as Fandango crawls, only for Mendoza to grab the leg again! Fandango BOOTS Mendoza hard into barriers! Fandango crawls, Breeze keeps Wilde away, but Mendoza gets in to tag Escobar. Hot tag to Maverick! Maverick and Escobar fire off fast hands! Maverick rocks Escobar and CLOBBERS him! Maverick will not slow down! THESZ PRESS! Fast hands!
Escobar gets up, Maverick wheelbarrows to a BULLDOG! Breezango intercepts Mendoza and Wilde and it is chaos on the outside! Maverick climbs but Escobar SUPERKICKS the legs out! Escobar drags Maverick in, fireman’s carries, PHANTOM DRIVER!! Cover, El Legado wins!
Winners: El Legado del Fantasma, by pinfall
So much fury from Maverick and yet it is all for naught! Escobar and his crew head out victorious, is it only a matter of time before they completely take over?
Backstage interview with Johnny and Candice.
The Great American Bash was rough but still a positive for both of them with their wins tonight. Candice defeated Mia Yim- Could she say that again? Candice defeated Mia Yim- One more time? Candice defeated Mia Yim… And Johnny defeated Swerve. What is next? Tonight we celebrate great Americans! These two are a great American power couple! Wait, no! The GREATEST power couple in the WORLD! The universe even! But what would’ve happened if Finn Balor didn’t get in Gargano’s way? Gargano would beat Cole and be double champion. Gargano says that if you slight him, he doesn’t forget. Candice doesn’t forget, either. They have some wrongs they need to right. But first, they’re going to set off some fireworks, if you catch Johnny’s drift.
Drew McIntyre predicts Winner Takes All.
The WWE World Champion is honestly envious of Cole and Keith tonight. Keith has been on the run of his life, but realistically, Cole has overcome the odds for over a year. Cole always finds a way, so he feels Cole is going to win again.
Santana Garrett VS Mercedes Martinez!
Two names from the inaugural Mae Young Classic finally meet as the merciless Mercedes returns to action. Will she make Santana wish she’d stayed away?
The bell rings and Mercedes kicks and clubs Santana to a corner. She throws heavy forearms even as Santana sits down, but Mercedes stands her up for more forearms and a CHOP! Mercedes eggs Santana on as she gets up. Mercedes runs back in, Santana goes up and over, but Mercedes blocks the roll up. Mercedes goes to stomp but Santana avoids that and wrenches to yank on the arm. Santana steps over and goes for an arm, but Mercedes powers up out of the Octopus. Santana sunset flips but Mercedes drags her up and tosses her to a corner! Mercedes runs in, only gets buckles, and Santana handspring back elbows! But Mercedes BOOTS right back!
The crowd boos as Mercedes rains hands from all sides, then keeps smashing Santana with forearms. Santana flounders as Mercedes soaks up the heat. Mercedes clubs Santana, drags her into the butterfly underhooks, but Santana resists the lift. Santana fights back with forearms but Mercedes shoves. Santana gets around, Mercedes bucks the O’Conner roll off, but Santana comes back with BIG forearms! Mercedes stays up but Santana SUPERKICKS! Mercedes rebounds to LARIAT! Mercedes mean mugs the crowd as she drags Santana back up. Mercedes fisherman BUSTERS! Cover, Mercedes wins!
Winner: Mercedes Martinez, by pinfall
Mercedes is back and here to stay! Will she solidify her career with a path right to the women’s championship?
Damian Priest speaks.
“Cameron Grimes!” The self-proclaimed #1 contender. That trip to the moon is cancelled. Being #1 contender? Not going to happen. Grimes has a date with infamy. Priest told Grimes he’d regret messing with his car, attacking him in the parking lot and taking advantage of it in the ring. Priest questions what type of man Grimes is, and gets his answer next week. Grimes gets the beating Priest has promised, and we will all see Grimes “is a little b*tch.”
More WWE legends make their Winner Takes All picks.
The hardcore legend Mick Foley sees this match as going in one of two directions. Either Keith Lee comes out strong with overwhelming force, or Cole survives past 10 minutes and is guaranteed the edge. HBK says you can’t bet against the longest reigning NXT Champion of all time, but you also can’t discount the skyrocket trajectory of Keith Lee. He has to go with Adam Cole, though a part of him thinks otherwise. Two legends covering their bases, but who is it that hits the home run?
NXT & NXT North American Championships Winner Takes All: Adam Cole VS Keith Lee!
The moment is here. Adam Cole’s historic reign and unmatched ego. Keith Lee’s historic rise and limitless power. Only one man keeps going forward with both those things, and both of these titles. Who puts the exclamation point on both their career and this brand’s history tonight?
The introductions are made, the title belts are raised, and this COMMERCIAL FREE instant classic begins!
The crowd already sings “Oh Bask in His Glory!” as Keith stares down with Cole. Cole still smirks as he and Keith circle. They approach, Cole gets around and headlocks, but Keith just stands up to lift Cole. Cole grinds on the headlock, Lee lifts him with one arm, but Cole grinds harder again. Cole taunts Keith but Keith powers up to put Cole on a corner. Cole pushes off buckles to bring Keith around, “You’re messing with the wrong guy!” Keith still powers up and pries the hold apart. Keith wristlocks and knuckle locks to torture Cole with one hand. Cole gets to ropes and Keith waits until 4 to YANK Cole back in! Keith keeps on that wrist, then lifts Cole up over his head! To then drop him down and let him suffer more.
Cole endures as Keith keeps cranking the wrist. Cole forearms free, kicks and forearms more, but Keith stays up. Keith blocks the boot, then runs Cole over with a shoulder! Cole bails out, Keith heads out to pursue. Keith asks if we remember what he did to Gargano a few weeks ago. Keith runs at Cole and Cole clearly remembers, and dodges, sending Keith BLASTING through the Plexiglas! Keith slumps down against railing and Cole grins as he leaves Keith behind. Cole refreshes the count, bumps Keith off steel steps, then BOOTS him! Keith staggers, Cole throws forearms, but then has to refresh the count again. Cole goes to throw Keith at steel steps again but Keith stops himself. Cole clubs Keith for it then brings him around for EuroUppers.
The ring count reaches 5 but Cole refreshes it again. Keith powers Cole away, gets in the ring, and Cole follows. The crowd rallies as Cole brings Keith up for a neckbreaker! Cole says Keith isn’t so big anymore, and he brings Keith up for more forearms. Keith rebounds off ropes into more forearms and another BOOT! Keith slumps against the ropes and Cole drags him up. Cole hits another neckbreaker, covers, ONE!? Cole keeps on Keith with knees to the back, then wraps on a headscissor hold. Keith endures the squeeze and the crowd rallies up for him. Cole wants Keith to quit but Keith won’t. Keith pries the hold apart, but Cole clubs and punches him in the head! Cole lets Keith off and taunts Keith, “You’re nothing, you hear me?”
Keith grabs Cole in a choke grip! Cole fights free, BOOTS again, then hits a third neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Keith won’t go down that easy, but Cole still says Keith is a nobody. “You could never win the big one.” Cole brings the knee pad down but Keith grabs his hands! Keith glares, counter punches Cole and decks him over and over! Keith whips and ROCKS Cole in a corner! Keith runs but Cole ducks to BOOT yet again! Cole runs, into a scoop! POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO!! Cole survives but Keith keeps his cool. Cole goes to a corner, Keith runs in but blocks the boot this time. GRIZZLY MAGNUM! Keith dumps Cole down then goes up the corner. “I must break him.” But Cole SUPERKICKS the legs out! DRAPING BACKSTABBER!! Keith writhes and Cole crawls to a cover, TWO! Cole can’t believe it!
The crowd rallies up, Cole goes to the apron and then the corner. Keith swipes at Cole but Cole hits back. Cole climbs but Keith elbows him down! Keith climbs, drags Cole up, and DEAD LIFTS, to the SUPERPLEX! The crowd loves “NXT! NXT!” as Keith crawls to the cover! TWO!! Cole survives, he hasn’t reigned for 403 days for nothing. Keith rises up and looms over Cole. Keith drags Cole up but Cole is dead weight. Cole revives, gets under and enziguris! He fakes Keith out to mule kick a leg! Cole runs, but Keith catches him! Cole fights back but still gets a SPIRIT BOMB! Cover, ROPEBREAK by a finger!! “This is Awesome!” but far from over as Cole keeps himself alive. Keith goes to get Cole again but Cole flops out of the ring.
Keith still reaches for Cole, but Cole enziguris him back in! Cole hurries in, runs at Keith, but Keith goes the other way to POUNCE Cole down! And then POP-UP SPINE BUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Keith drags Cole to a drop zone but he’s tiring out, too. Keith still smirks as he gets back up and to the corner. He climbs as the crowd sings, second rope MOONSAULT!! Cover, TWO!?! Cole survives but is in a daze while Keith gasps to breathe. The crowd rallies up as Keith rises. Cole finally stirs but Keith looms over him. Keith drags Cole up, fireman’s carries, BIG BANG- NO! Cole lands on his feet to SUPERKICK! Keith stays up, powers up, but walks into another SUPERKICK! Keith still stays up!? And roars, into a mule kick! Cole kicks again, then LAST SHOT!! Cover, TWO?!? Cole is in shock!
Cole grits his teeth and tells himself Keith is not better. Cole aims as the crowd is thunderous for “Keith Lee! WOOP WOOP!” Keith slowly sits up, Cole runs again, but into a LARIAT! Cole lands on his head but Keith can’t cover as he flops over! The crowd reaches a fever pitch as Cole rolls to a corner. Keith stirs, spots Cole, and powers up again. Cole manages to stand, and he mule kicks a leg out! Cole goes up, leaps, PANAMA SUNRISE!! Cover, TWO!?!? And again Cole is in shock! The crowd loves “NXT! NXT!” for this main event! Cole drags himself to ropes and dares Keith to get up again. He gets in Keith’s face about it, Keith grabs at Cole but Cole pushes him away. Cole aims again, SUPERKICK! SUPERKICK! SUPERKICK!! Cover, TWO!!! Cole is beside himself!
Keith clutches his face. The damage done by Gargano around TakeOver: In Your House is still present. Cole brings that knee pad down now, runs once more, LAST SHOT!! But he won’t let that be it! Cole goes back to the corner, wanting Keith to get up. Keith does rise, Cole leaps at him again, PANAMA- NO!! SPIRIT BOMB!! But then the flip, Keith roars as he fireman’s carries, and BIG BANG CATASTROPHE!! Cover, Keith wins!!!
Winner: Keith Lee, by pinfall (still NXT North American Champion, NEW NXT Champion)
403 drops to ZERO! Keith Lee ends Adam Cole’s historic championship reign to begin one of his own! Will all of NXT #BaskInHisGlory now that he holds both belts? But Karrion Kross and Scarlett Bordeaux watch from the shadows. Is the end of history already this near?
Another amazing NXT! Reed VS Nese was out of nowhere, and it was an interesting move to use what was clearly a dark match to motivate story there, but it was a really good match. Reed winning shows NXT is putting an investment into him, so who knows what Reed does next. Mercedes Martinez had a good return but of course she wins. There’s a lot going on in the NXT Women’s Division, she might have to wait. It’s great that we’re getting the NXT Women’s Championship next week, and the vignette of Tegan and Shirai was another great one. That match is going to be really good but I can’t be sure Tegan wins. Shirai can still do a lot with her reign so I don’t think she hands this title over just yet.
Mia VS Candice was incredible, really above my expectations. Gargano VS Swerve was also above expectations, and it makes a lot of sense for #TheJohnnyGarganoWay to win 2-0 on the night. Gargano calling out Finn was an interesting move, so maybe we revisit their feud now that the roles have reversed. The Six Man Tag was pretty good, Maverick was definitely determined to get at Escobar so naturally that doesn’t really happen until the end of the match. El Legado wins because revenge can never be that easy. I hope next time, Jake Atlas and Kushida get to be Maverick’s teammates as they were the Block A Triple Threat in the tournament. Priest VS Grimes next week is going to be great, and I loved Dain and Shotzi getting to put Stone in his place. I actually don’t want a Mixed Tag there, let Stone suffer at the hands of Dain separate from Shotzi getting one over on Aliyah.
The Winner Takes All match was amazing! I loved that icons gave us their picks a la Backlash’s Greatest Wrestling Match Ever. I also liked that HBK and Foley couldn’t actually choose. And I’m actually glad The Undisputed Era and Karrion Kross had nothing to do with the decision. Kross watches from the upper level to make it clear he will be coming after Keith soon enough, but he lets a historic moment happen to make it all the sweeter. It is great that Keith Lee is the one to be dual champion, he has truly earned it with everything he’s done in the last year. The Undisputed Era can even move on to Raw or SmackDown (probably more SmackDown at this point, there are too many factions forming on Raw). Keith VS Kross is going to be an insane feud, mostly because both are already at such a power level where it’s a shame if one loses clean. But surely NXT can figure out how to do it right.
My Score: 9.5/10
Mitchell’s NJPW G1 Climax 32 Results & Report! (8/13/22)
Breathe with the Switchblade!
Will the IWGP World Heavyweight Champion keep the “Jay1” going?
The biggest G1 Climax in NJPW continues on and Jay White is spotless at 4-0! But will Taichi change all that this close to the ending?
- 8 Man Tag: Hiroshi Tanahashi, David Finlay, Tama Tonga & Jado VS Bullet Club; Bullet Club wins.
- Bad Dude Tito & JONAH VS Tom Lawlor & Royce Isaacs; Tito & Jonah win.
- Six Man Tag: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS Suzuki-Gun; LIJ wins.
- Six Man Tag: Chaos VS House of Torture; Chaos wins.
- G1 Climax, C Block: Aaron Henare VS KENTA; Kenta wins.
- G1 Climax, A Block: Toru Yano VS Jeff Cobb; Cobb wins.
- G1 Climax, D Block: Shingo Takagi VS Yujiro Takahashi; Takagi wins.
- G1 Climax, D Block: YOSHI-HASHI VS Will Ospreay; Ospreay wins.
- G1 Climax, B Block: Taichi VS Jay White; White wins.
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Here are the current standings!
- Kazuchika Okada: 4-1, 8 points
- Lance Archer: 3-2, 6 points
- JONAH: 3-2, 6 points
- Jeff Cobb: 2-2, 4 points
- Bad Luck Fale: 2-3, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
- Tom Lawlor: 2-3, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
- Toru Yano: 1-4, 2 points [ELIMINATED]
- Jay White: 4-0, 8 points
- Tama Tonga: 4-1, 8 points
- SANADA: 3-2, 6 points
- Taichi: 2-2, 4 points
- Chase Owens: 2-4, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
- Great-O-Khan: 1-4, 2 points [ELIMINATED]
- Tomohiro Ishii: 1-4, 2 points [ELIMINATED]
- Zack Sabre Jr: 4-1, 8 points
- Hirooki Goto: 3-2, 6 points
- Hiroshi Tanahashi: 3-2, 6 points
- Tetsuya Naito: 3-2, 6 points
- EVIL: 2-3, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
- KENTA: 1-3, 2 points [ELIMINATED]
- Aaron Henare: 1-4, 2 points [ELIMINATED]
- Yujiro Takahashi: 3-2, 6 points
- David Finlay: 3-2, 6 points
- Shingo Takagi: 2-2, 4 points
- Will Ospreay: 2-2, 4 points
- YOSHI-HASHI: 2-2, 4 points
- El Phantasmo: 2-3, 4 points
- Juice Robinson: 2-3, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
G1 Climax, C Block: Aaron Henare VS KENTA!
The Ultimate Weapon and the Fang Revived are both out of the running, but this is about pride! Will Henare conquer Kenta? Or will he #GoToSleep instead?
The bell rings and fans rally up as the two circle. Kenta gives testing kicks, as does Henare. They keep testing each other, but neither man gets a clean shot. Kenta tries a palm strike but Henare ducks it to give some kicks. Kenta tries kicks but avoids the roundhouse, and fans applaud this great kickboxing exchange. Henare moves to using hands and he gets some body shots in! Kenta bails out and fans applaud Henare bringing the fight. Kenta takes his time returning, and he circles with Henare again. Henare anticipates a kick but Kenta rakes the eyes! The ref reprimands, Kenta fires off haymakers and puts Henare in a corner!
The ref counts, Kenta knees low as he lets off, and runs in, but into an elbow! Henare goes up to FLYING CHUCK! Fans fire up and Kenta staggers up, but he avoids the heel kick! Kenta bails out again and fans applaud. Henare goes out after Kenta and CLUBS him down! And again! Henare HEADBUTTS Kenta, then KICKS him against the post! And again! Henare fires up but Kenta ducks, the kick hits POST! Kenta kicks that leg then POSTS Henare’s shoulder! Kenta hurries to wrench and ELBOW BREAKER that arm, then he kicks the bad leg! Then another ELBOW BREAKER, and another kick to the bad leg!
Henare falls over and the ref reprimands but Kenta KICKS Henare in the leg again. Kenta hammerlocks Henare and RAMS him into railing! Fans cheer the savagery while Kenta stomps the leg. Kenta puts the leg in the railing and stomps it more! The ref reprimands and backs Kenta off, so Kenta drags Henare up and into the ring. Cover, TWO! Kenta is annoyed but fans rally up and Kenta gets Henare’s bad leg. Kenta has the standing toehold but Henare endures. Kenta drops an elbow on the leg and has a seated toehold. Henare tries to fight the hold but he reaches out for the ROPEBREAK instead.
The ref counts, Kenta lets off slowly, and he stomps the bad leg. Kenta drags Henare up, but Henare throws body shots! Kenta kicks Henare low, then stomps him on the back. Henare wrenches the arm to ELBOW BREAKER again! Kenta is just picking apart that whole left side! Kenta joins the fans in clapping, and gets them to stop clapping all at once. Kenta stomps Henare down, drags him up and fires off haymakers! Henare just snarls through them! Kenta KICKS but Henare snarls. Kenta CLUBS Henare but fans rally up as Henare stands. Henare roars but Kenta kicks the bad leg! Kenta runs, but into a KICK!
Henare falls over because the left leg is a weak base right now, but he growls and gets back up. Henare gets that bad leg moving, KICKS Kenta’s own left leg, and KICKS away in the corner! The ref counts, Henare lets off at 4, and he hobbles back to snapmare Kenta for another KICK! Kenta writhes and fans applaud. Henare runs in at the corner to SHINING WIZARD! Henare fireman’s carries for a RUNNING SAMOAN DROP! Fans rally up and Henare snarls. Henare drags Kenta up, HEADBUTTS him down, then goes up the corner. SECOND ROPE SENTON! Cover, TWO! Henare is annoyed but fans rally as Kenta is still in it.
Henare drags Kenta up, stalks behind him and reels him into the full nelson! Kenta fights it, throws elbows, and he ducks the lariat to spin Henare to a DDT! Fans fire up and Kenta KICKS Henare in the back! And again! Kenta stomps Henare on the apron but the ref counts. Kenta lets off and drags Henare up to drag him through the ropes! BRAINKILLER! Fans fire up and Henare sits up in the corner. Kenta runs corner to corner to BOOT Henare, then he goes corner to corner to SOARING DROPKICK! Kenta goes up top as Henare is in the drop zone, COUP DE GRACE! Cover, TWO! Henare survives and fans fire up again.
Kenta slashes his throat, vowing to finish this! Fans rally and Kenta drags Henare up. Henare blocks the lift, CLUBS Kenta again and again, but Kenta BOOTS him! And LARIATS! But Henare stays up! Henare swings, misses, but he catches Kenta for the BERSERKER BOMB! Fans fire up as both men are down, and Henare pounds the mat. Henare calls his shot, clamps onto Kenta, ULTIMA!! Kenta grabs the ref with a body scissors!! The ref reprimands and they all end up by the ropes! Henare throws Kenta down, which also throws the ref down! Henare argues with the ref but fans rally up. Kenta rolls Henare, TWO!!
Kenta hurries back up, and Henare runs in, into a POWERSLAM! Fans fire up and Kenta roars! Kenta drags Henare up, fireman’s carries, but Henare fights out! Henare ROCKS Kenta, Kenta ROCKS Henare! The forearms go back and forth and fans rally up as they pick up speed! Henare gets the edge, but Kenta CROSS COUNTERS! Kenta fires off haymaker after haymaker, but Henare hits a body shot! And the HEEL KICK! Fans fire up with Henare and he drags Kenta back up. Henare fisherman’s to the torture rack, but Kenta claws Henare’s face! Kenta drags Henare down into the armlock, but Henare rolls out of Game Over!
But Kenta shifts to get a TRIANGLE HOLD! Henare endures and fans rally, and Henare deadlifts Kenta for a POWERBOMB! Fans fire up as Henare goes to a corner. Henare shakes out his bad arm, takes aim at Kenta and runs in, RAMP- KNEE! Kenta drags Henare back down, GAME OVER CROSSFACE!! Henare endures as Kenta pulls back, fans rally up as Henare starts to fade! Henare taps, Kenta wins!
Winner: Kenta, by submission (gains 2 points; Henare earns 0)
The Ultimate Weapon’s first G1 run ends in defeat and with a 1-5 record, but it was all a valiant effort. Will Henare come back next year even stronger? As for Kenta, he has momentum as he prepares for another match tomorrow! Can Kenta tear down The Ace and spoil his chances?
G1 Climax, A Block: Toru Yano VS Jeff Cobb!
The Producer is also out of the running, but the Imperial Unit still has a chance. Will Cobb take Yano on a Tour of the Islands to keep on sailing in the G1?
As Cobb makes his entrance, he’s cosplaying Toru Yano! “Funny Jeff” has a Hawaiian shirt over his merch shirt, he has a DVD case, and he has a chair! He even gives the ring announcer a very long introduction to read off, just like Yano! And to copy Yano’s disinfectant bottle, Cobb has an air freshener spray! As for the real Yano… Wait, where is he? His music is playing but Yano isn’t walking out from the ramp or anywhere else. Cobb waits, but is he going to get a win by forfeit? The bell rings, Cobb tells the ref to start already, and the count begins. So either Yano shows up before the 20 count or he’s done!
Cobb is impatient, we’re only at 7 of 20. Wait, Yano runs in from the far side! He slides in, rolls Cobb up, TWO!! Yano panics and apologizes for his prank! Cobb runs in at the corner, Yano dodges and Cobb hits buckles! Yano shoves the ref, then sprays the disinfectant at Cobb’s face!! Roll up, TWO!! Cobb escapes but Yano brings him up to throw him out! Yano hurries after Cobb and whips, but Cobb reverses! Yano hits railing hard! Cobb wipes the spray out of his eyes, but he walks into an atomic drop! Yano tucks Cobb’s arms into his singlet, then wraps him up in the apron skirt! Yano shoves the #Cobburrito down and gets in the ring!
The ring count is rising, Cobb struggles against the skirt wrap, and we’re at 9 of 20! Cobb asks for help but we’re at 13! A Young Lion finally hurries over and helps Cobb get to his feet. Cobb wiggles into the ring at 18! Yano stands on Cobb to surf! Fans applaud as Yano hangs loose! Then Yano hurries to untie a buckle pad from a neutral corner. But Cobb comes back to kick! And kick! Cobb asks the ref for help but Yano kicks Cobb low. Yano runs, but Cobb manages a DROPKICK! Fans fire up as both men are down! Cobb finally gets his arms out of his singlet and fans rally up. Cobb drags Yano up to ROCK him with a right!
Cobb whips, Yano reverses, Cobb stops from hitting buckles, and then dodges! Yano hits the buckles, then Cobb hits an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Fans fire up and Cobb drags Yano up. Yano waistlocks but Cobb switches. Yano grabs at the ref but Cobb blocks the mule kick low blow! Cobb spins Yano, kicks and then pulls Yano’s shirt up over his face! Yano is blindfolded and he staggers around, into a SUPERKICK! Then a TOUR OF THE ISLANDS!! Cover, Cobb wins!
Winner: Jeff Cobb, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Yano earns 0)
“Funny Jeff” still got serious in the end, and he is still in the running! Will Cobb be able to survive to the semifinals? Or is his fate in someone else’s hands?
G1 Climax, D Block: Shingo Takagi VS Yujiro Takahashi w/ Pieter!
The Rampaging Dragon isn’t done in the G1 just yet, but to think the Tokyo Pimp would be leading the block! Will Takagi be able to drag Yujiro down? Or will Yujiro’s G1 run have a happy ending?
The moment the introductions are over, Yujiro rushes Takagi! Takagi blocks the boot and throws Yujiro down! The bell rings and Takagi drags Yujiro up to put in the corner. Takagi fires off forearms over and over, and fans fire up as Takagi ROCKS Yujiro again. Takagi whips and KNEES Yujiro at the ropes, then runs to run Yujiro over! Fans fire up and Takagi runs in at the corner. Yujiro BOOTS, but Takagi powers through to clothesline! Takagi then reels Yujiro in to suplex high and hard! Fans fire up but Yujiro bails out of the ring. Takagi pursues, brings Yujiro up and RAMS him into the apron! Takagi then whips Yujiro into railing!
Yujiro flounders away and Pieter checks on him. Takagi storms his way over but Pieter stands in his way. Can a bunny tame a dragon? Takagi is intrigued but Yujiro rushes in! Takagi blocks the sucker punch to ROCK Yujiro back! Pieter scampers away and Takagi scolds her before he CLUBS Yujiro. Takagi POSTS Yujiro, then tells the ref to hold on. Takagi smacks Yujiro off the apron, then again, and again! Fans rally up and Takagi puts Yujiro in the ring. Yujiro crawls away to the far side and bails out again. Yujiro goes looking under the ring and he gets a chair! Takagi takes his time walking over, and Yujiro JAMS him with the chair!
The ref reprimands and takes the chair, and Yujiro knees Takagi low. Yujiro whips but Takagi reverses. Yujiro stops from hitting railing, and he drop toeholds Takagi into the railing! Then REVERSE DDT to the floor! The ref reprimands Yujiro and he apologizes before getting in the ring. Takagi stirs and the ring count starts. Takagi stands up at 6 of 20, he gets frustrated, and he gets in at 10. Yujiro stomps Takagi over and over in the corner then digs his knee in. The ref reprimands, Yujiro brings Takagi up and snapmares for the basement BOOT! Cover, ONE!! Yujiro is surprised and annoyed, but he rains down fists!
The ref reprimands about the closed fists and Yujiro lets off. Yujiro drags Takagi up and bumps Takagi off buckles. Yujiro knees low, throws back elbows, but Takagi clinches! Yujiro digs his forearm into Takagi’s eyes! Yujiro lets off, runs in and BOOTS Takagi again! Fans applaud that bit of agility and Yujiro snapmares Takagi to drop a leg, drop an elbow, and drop a headbutt! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up for “TA-KA-GI!” but Yujiro brings him up. Takagi eggs Yujiro on and Yujiro throws a forearm! And another forearm! And another! Takagi JABS, JABS and JABS, to then DOUBLE CHOP! Fans fire up and Takagi drags Yujiro back up.
Fans fire up as Takagi says it’s go time! Another suplex, but Yujiro wrenches out and BITES the hand! The ref reprimands, Yujiro lets off to fisherman, but Takagi BITES back! Fans cheer the turnabout being fair play but the ref still reprimands. Takagi lets off and wretches from the bad taste. Yujiro ROCKS Takagi then runs, but into the ELBOW! JAB! YUKON LARIAT! Fans fire up again and Takagi pounds the mat. Fans rally and Takagi aims from a corner. Yujiro stands, Takagi runs in to run him over! And then scoops to SLAM, for a SENTON! But that’s not all! Takagi drags Yujiro up, hooks him up, but Yujiro fights the Gory Especial!
Yujiro throws back elbows, but Takagi spins through to suplex! Yujiro fights that so Takagi hits a SWINGING NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! But Takagi says there’s still more! “OI! OI! OI!” Fans clap along and Takagi drags Yujiro back up. But wait, here comes Sho! Takagi sees Sho and his little wrench, but Yujiro sneaks up! Takagi elbows Yujiro away, whips him to ropes, but Yujiro holds ropes. Takagi rushes in, Yujiro dodges and distracts the ref as Sho grabs at Takagi! Yujiro runs in to BOOT Takagi! Yujiro reels Takagi in, INCOLLE SLAM! Fans fire up as both men are down, and Yujiro crawls over to drag Takagi up.
Fans rally for “TA-KA-GI!” as Yujiro fireman’s carries, MIAMI SHINE! Cover, TWO! Takagi is still in this and Yujiro is frustrated. Yujiro drags Takagi back up and reels him in, but Takagi says no to Big Juice! Takagi throws body shots, wrenches out, blocks a haymaker and he HEADBUTTS away on Yujiro! Both men wobble but Takagi runs, only for Sho to be there with a chair! The ref reprimands, Takagi goes back to Yujiro for boxing elbows! Fans rally as Takagi runs again, but into a BOOT! Yujiro runs, but into a clothesline! Takagi runs but Yujiro distracts the ref again, Sho SMACKS Takagi with the chair!
Yujiro reels Takagi in, PIMP JUICE! Cover, TWO!! Takagi survives the screw job and fans fire up! Yujiro pleads with the ref but two is two! Yujiro drags Takagi up but Takagi blocks Big Juice again! Takagi powers up to power out and he ELBOWS! JABS! YUKON feint to the DDT! And SLIDING FOREARM! Fans fire up again as Yujiro flounders around. Takagi gets up and headbutts the buckles to fire back up! LARIAT! But Takagi gets Yujiro up to a MADE IN JAPAN!! Cover, TWO!?!? Yujiro survives and even Sho is shocked! Takagi gets back up as fans rally again. Takagi stands Yujiro up to pump handle and torture rack.
Yujiro wriggles and gets free to the apron to rake eyes! Takagi runs back in but Yujiro dumps him out! Yujiro staggers over, gets Takagi up and whips him into railing! The ref has Sho stay back as Yujiro goes over to bring Takagi around. Yujiro whips Takagi into more railing, and then he wobbles and hobbles to get Takagi back. Takagi fires off forearms in return! Takagi whips, Yujiro reverses and Takagi hits railing even harder! Takagi falls in a heap, Yujiro and Sho both shout for the ring count. The ref starts, Yujiro sits Takagi up, but no Pimp Juice Basement BOOT instead! And then FISHERMAN BUSTER to the floor!
Yujiro gets in the ring at 12 of 20 but Takagi is right after him! Takagi fireman’s carries for a DEATH VALLEY DRIVER to the floor! The count is 16 of 20!! Takagi staggers up and in at 18! Yujiro is down but Sho throws him in at 19.5! Fans fire up as this keeps going, and Takagi runs in at Yujiro with a clothesline! Takagi pump handles, torture racks, but Yujiro BITES again! The ref reprimands, Yujiro throws Takagi’s arm into him! The ref staggers but stays up, Yujiro shove Takagi into him! The ref goes down, Yujiro hits a REVERSE DDT! Fans rally but Sho sends a chair in! Yujiro gets the chair, takes aim and runs in, and he JAMS Takagi low!
Yujiro then reels back to SMACK Takagi on the back! But Takagi LARIATS through the chair! And CHUCKS the chair at Sho!! PUMPING BOMBER!! But that’s not all! Yujiro deserves this one! LAST OF THE DRAGONS!! Cover, Takagi wins!!
Winner: Shingo Takagi, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Yujiro earns 0)
Well, well, well! D Block is looking like a real rock-paper-scissors scenario! Yujiro beat David Finlay, who beat Takagi (and quite a few others) but Takagi just beat Yujiro! What will this mean for the semifinals with another D Block match up next?
G1 Climax, D Block: YOSHI-HASHI VS Will Ospreay!
The Headhunter and the Commonwealth Kingpin are both still alive in the block, but the window is closing! Will the NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Champion shock the IWGP US Heavyweight Champion? Or will Ospreay make sure Hashi does NOT #GetBackUp?
The bell rings and fans rally up. These two circle and tie up, and are in a deadlock. Ospreay finds a point of leverage and he powers Hashi to ropes. Ospreay talks some trash as he lets off, then he pats Hashi on the side. Before he knees low and hard! Ospreay headlocks and grinds Hashi but Hashi throws body shots. Hashi powers up and out to reel Ospreay into a headlock! Fans applaud the exchange, then Ospreay powers up and out. Hashi runs Ospreay over, but Ospreay kips right back up! Fans applaud again the agility, then Ospreay gets Hashi with a “made you look” and SLAP! Hashi CHOPS back!
Ospreay staggers away, stinging from that back hand. Hashi runs in to CHOP again! And whip to CHOP, then mule kick! Hashi turns Ospreay to hit a NECKBREAKER! Cover, ONE, but Hashi keeps cool. Fans rally up and Hashi brings Ospreay up. Hashi CLUBS Ospreay on the back and Ospreay goes to a corner. Hashi stomps and CHOPS Ospreay and Ospreay shouts in pain! Hashi stands Ospreay up and reels him in to suplex. Ospreay slips out, shoves and fireman’s carries to then HOTSHOT! Ospreay runs to BOOT Hashi down! Fans fire up for the agility but Ospreay needs a second from the stinging in his chest.
Ospreay drags Hashi up and bumps him off buckles. Ospreay CHOPS back and Hashi sputters now. Fans fire up and Ospreay wrenches Hashi to whip corner to corner hard! Hashi bounces off buckles and hits the mat hard! Ospreay grabs the bad arm and sets it on the apron, to drop a knee right on it! Hashi shouts in pain and clutches that bad arm. Ospreay drags Hashi off the apron, wrenches the bad arm and then YANKS Hashi into the post! Hashi staggers away and leans against railing from the pain, but Ospreay leaves him behind. Fans rally up for Hashi and the ring count begins. The count is 8 of 20 as Hashi gets in the ring, and Ospreay mockingly applauds.
Ospreay drags Hashi up, but Hashi throws body shots! Ospreay gets the arm for an ELBOW BREAKER! No mercy from the Kingpin as Hashi writhes again. Ospreay tells Hashi this is his last chance to give up now. Hashi refuses so Ospreay omoplatas the good arm. Ospreay CHOPS Hashi in the side then grabs the bad arm! RECLINER ARMLOCK! Cover, but Hashi slips off before Red Shoes can count. Ospreay mockingly applauds as Hashi goes to the apron. Ospreay drags Hashi back in and wrenches again for the snapmare and top wristlock. Hashi endures again and Ospreay digs his knuckles in. Red Shoes reprimands but Ospreay pulls at the arm!
Hashi endures more, even as Ospreay is bending him across his knee! Hashi fights up, throws body shots to get free, but Ospreay CLUBS him down! Ospreay whips Hashi to a corner, runs in, but Hashi dodges! Ospreay hits buckles, but he BOOTS back! Hsahi swings but into a spin from Ospreay! Ospreay suplexes, Hashi fights it off, and Hashi suplexes to get the NECKBREAKER! Fans fire up while both men are down! Hashi and Ospreay both stand, but Hashi CLOBBERS Ospreay with elbows! Hashi whips, Ospreay reverses but Hashi comes back to dropkick the leg out! Then HEADHUNTER! Fans fire up with Hashi as he gets back up!
Ospreay gets to the ropes, Hashi runs in to CHOP! Hashi brings Ospreay up to suplex and hang Ospreay out to dry. Hashi runs side to side to DROPKICK Ospreay down! Then Hashi sits Ospreay up for a basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up and Hashi gets to his feet. Hashi brings Ospreay up and reels him in, but Ospreay wrenches out. Hashi ROCKS Ospreay, kicks him and whips him, but Ospreay handsprings to a NEURALIZER! Direct hit with that kick! Fans fire up as Hashi bails out, Ospreay hurries over to PLANCHA! Direct hit and both men are down! Fans fire up again, and Ospreay slowly sits up first.
Ospreay drags Hashi up and puts him in the ring. Ospreay aims, springboards, PIP PIP CHEERIO! Cover, TWO! Hashi is still in this and fans rally up! Ospreay keeps his focus, he drags Hashi back up, and he reels Hashi in to turn him. Hashi resists, so Ospreay gives him a Kowata Kick and a big CHOP! Hashi staggers to a corner and Ospreay runs in, but Hashi BOOTS back! Hashi runs in but into an elbow! Ospreay runs but into a CHOP! Hashi runs but into the Tiger Wall Kick and ENZIGURI! Fans fire up again as both men are down! Ospreay drags Hashi up, scoops him and SLAMS him, then goes to the corner.
Fans rally as Ospreay climbs, but Hashi rises! Hashi ROCKS Ospreay, CHOPS him, then climbs up after him. Hashi brings Ospreay up, but Ospreay fights the superplex! Fans rally as Ospreay and Hashi trade body shots! Ospreay fires off HEADBUTT after HEADBUTT, then SUPER GOURD BUSTERS Hashi down! Hashi hobbles up, into the FLYING FOREARM to the back! Ospreay gets Hashi up to a FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO!! Ospreay is surprised Hashi is still in this, but Ospreay snarls and waits on Hashi to rise. Ospreay then calls his shot, springboards, OS- NO! Hashi full nelsons to a SNAP DRAGON!
Fans rally up again as both men are down. Hashi sits up first but Ospreay follows. Hashi fires up and runs, but Ospreay swats the lariat! So Hashi CHOPS! And aims, to SUPERKICK! Fans fire up and Hashi drags Ospreay into the full nelson. Spin and pump handle, but Ospreay fights Karma with elbows. Ospreay ROCKS Hashi with a forearm, but Hashi comes back with a forearm of his own! Hashi eggs Ospreay on so Ospreay ROCKS him again! Hashi ROCKS Ospreay, but Ospreay ROCKS Hashi! Fans rally as the forearms go faster and faster, and then Hashi CHOPS! Hashi CHOPS again, then again!
Ospreay CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Hashi reels Ospreay in but Ospreay throws a forearm! Hashi HEABUTTS! Ospreay ROUNDHOUSES! Both men fall over and fans are thunderous! Ospreay roars and drags Hashi back up, but Hashi ducks the roundhouse! Pump handle to KARMA!! Hashi has to crawl to the cover, TWO!! Ospreay survives and fans are thunderous again! Hashi is too sore to be upset so he just gets up. Hashi roars, runs, and LARIATS! Ospreay flips around, Hashi gets him up, pump handle and KAR- STUN-DOG MILLIONAIRE!! Fans fire up and Ospreay grits his teeth! Springboard, OSCUTTER!! Cover, TWO!?!
Hashi survives and fans can’t believe it! Ospreay can’t believe it, either, but he drags Hashi around. Ospreay prepares his arm, takes aim, but Hashi ducks the Hidden Blade! SUPERKICK! But Ospreay dodges the lariat, to OS- SUPERKICK!! Hashi gets Ospreay with some anti-air and he hurries to add on! DESTROYER!! Cover, TWO!!! Ospreay survives and fans are thunderous again! Hashi pushes himself back up, sits Ospreay up and clamps on with a SLEEPER! Ospreay endures, fights up, but Hashi spins him into the pump handle. Ospreay slips out to HOOK KICK! Hashi runs in to LARIAT! But Ospreay roars!
Ospreay swats a lariat, ROLLING ELBOW to the HOOK KICK, tot he LIGER- FACEBUSTER from Hashi!! Hashi gets Ospreay up to the KUMAGOROSHI!! Cover, TWO!?!? Ospreay survives and the fans are electric! Hashi stands and fires up! Hashi runs, but into a SPANISH FLY! Cover, TWO!! Ospreay drags Hashi right up to turn him, DREAM SMASHER ELBOW! And then from the corner, HIDDEN BLADE!! Cover, Ospreay wins!
Winner: Will Ospreay, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Hashi earns 0)
The Kingpin wins, and the D Block picture is still a mess! Can Hashi recover to have his last G1 match tomorrow? As for Ospreay, will he settle things with Juice Robinson on Tuesday and make the path forward a bit clearer?
G1 Climax, B Block: Taichi w/ Miho Abe VS Jay White w/ Gedo!
One way or another, The Holy Emperor finishes his run this weekend, but if he wins here, it might not even matter! Will the Sliest Wrestler in the World be able to snatch a golden ticket off the IWGP World Heavyweight Champion? Or will he breath with the Switchblade as the Jay1 goes 5-0?
White and Taichi both have quite a bit to put aside, from jackets to belts. Taichi shows off the dancing pecs and even White applauds. White gets his moving, too, so he isn’t out of the NJPW Dancing with the Pecs running. White gets impatient with Red Shoes and he Too Sweets with Gedo. The bell rings and fans rally up as White and Taichi stare down. White and Taichi circle, tie up, and are in a deadlock. Taichi finds a point of leverage and he puts White in a corner. Red Shoes calls the ropebreak, Taichi pats White on the shoulder then backs away. Fans applaud and White dusts himself off. Taichi and White reset and circle again.
Taichi offers White a sumo style showdown. Fans rally up for that and White says okay, but how does it work? They crouch, then Taichi does the sumo stomp. White asks Gedo if that’s how it’s done. White returns the stomp, and they square up at center. But then White pulls hair and RAMS Taichi into the corner! White stomps a mudhole then throws forearms. White mocks the sumo then whips corner to corner. Taichi reverses and runs in but White bails out! White says nope, Taichi isn’t getting the better of him. White wants Red Shoes to keep Taichi back so he can get in. Taichi does back up and White returns.
Gedo grabs Taichi’s foot! White CLUBS away on Taichi, mocks the sumo then whips, but Taichi reverses. White holds ropes and bails out, but Taichi rushes out after him! White slides back in, Taichi pursues, but White facelocks. Taichi RAMS White into a corner! Red Shoes calls the ropebreak, Taichi slowly lets off, but White avoids the cheap shot to CHOP! Taichi just snarls and CHOKES White! Taichi has White in the corner, Gedo protests but then Taichi tells Gedo to shut up before he CHOKES Gedo! White rakes Taichi’s eyes to make him let Gedo go! White fireman’s carries and HOTSHOTS Taichi to the floor!
White applauds mockingly and he smirks as he mocks more of Taichi’s sumo style. White drags Taichi up to CHOKE him on the railing right in front of commentary! Red Shoes reprimands, White lets off and Taichi falls over. White borrows some camera cable to CHOKE Taichi! Red Shoes reprimands but White talks trash on Taichi. White lets off, tells Miho to shut it but she’s all the way on the other side of the ring. White drags Taichi up and into the ring, then puts him on the apron. White CLUBS Taichi in the chest again and again! Gedo likes it as White SMOTHERS Taichi with the apron skirt! Red Shoes reprimands, White tells Miho to shut up, but he does let off.
White is polite enough to put the skirt back where it belongs and he wipes the sweat away with his towel. White drags Taichi to a cover but Red Shoes refuses to count! Gedo and White ask why, but it’s obviously because of the shenanigans with the skirt! Gedo distracts Red Shoes with his dramatic whining so that White can CHOKE Taichi with the towel! Miho protests, Red Shoes sees something’s up, and White lets off on the towel. White tells Red Shoes to relax, it’s just his towel! The towel is taken away, and White gets the fans to clap again. “TA-I-CHI!” “JAY WHI-TO!” White mocks Taichi but Taichi kicks back from the ropes!
Taichi whips White, White reverses and kicks low to throw Taichi by his hair! White CHOKES Taichi, much like Taichi would. Red Shoes reprimands, he won’t count the cover. But White says Taichi does it all the time! Speaking of, Taichi CHOKES White from below! Gedo protests, White stomps Taichi into letting go, then stomps him more! White sputters and coughs at the ropes but fans rally up. White sits Taichi up into a chinlock but Taichi endures. White grinds Taichi down but Taichi kicks around. Taichi pulls White’s hair, stands up, and he throws elbows. Taichi KICKS White’s leg, KICKS it again, then blocks White’s kick to KICK again!
White hobbles away and fans fire up! Taichi storms over but White knees low. White Too Sweet CHOPS! And Too Sweet CHOPS! White whips Taichi corner to corner, then runs in, but Taichi dodges the chop! Taichi CHOKES White again! Gedo protests, Red Shoes reprimands, and White tries to choke Taichi back! Taichi breaks that grip and shoves White into the corner to GAMANGIRI! Fans fire up as both men fall down! White stirs and gets out of the corner while Taichi sits up. Taichi stands and storms up on White to KICK him back down! Fans fire up while White sits back up. Taichi KICKS him down again!
Gedo grows worried for White as he manages to sit up again. Taichi KICKS White down again! Taichi taunts White, looms over him, then drags him up to snapmare and KICK in the back! White writhes and fans fire up as Taichi stalks White to ropes. Taichi drags White up, whips but White reverses. Taichi reverses back to DANGEROUS HOOK KICK! Fans fire up and Taichi looms over White again. Taichi drags White up to reel him in but White fights off the saido! White CLUBS away, fires off forearms, but Taichi KICKS the leg! White hobbles and drops to a knee. Taichi runs in at the corner, White dodges and fireman’s carries, DEATH VALLEY BOMB!
Fans fire up and Gedo cheers, but both men are down. White sits up and clutches his chest while fans rally. Taichi rolls away to a corner but White runs in, UPPERCUT! White brings Taichi out to suplex for BLADEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Taichi is still in this and White is frustrated. White drags Taichi up, reels him in, but Taichi fights the urenage with elbows Taichi wrenches, White ducks the roundhouse and hits a COMPLETE SHOT! White then shifts to a waistlock and he deadlift GERMAN SUPLEXES! Fans fire up but Gedo is the most excited about that one. Fans rally up, White drags Taichi up and reels him in, URENAGE! Stacked cover, TWO!
White is frustrated and Gedo is furious but White sits Taichi up. White wraps on the SLEEPER, then he drags Taichi up! Taichi backs White down but White sends him into the buckles! White runs back in but into a BOOT! Taichi rushes but White ducks to CHOP! Taichi SOBATS, White UPPERCUTS, Taichi ENZIGURIS! Both men are down again and fans fire up! Taichi and White stir, Taichi sits up and fires himself up. Gedo shouts to White to get up but OFF COME THE PANTS! Taichi powers up in the corner and takes aim, but GEDO GRABS MIHO! Gedo’s got Miho by her hair! White waistlocks to SAIDO!!
Gedo says White should finish this, and he’ll keep Miho! White taunts Taichi with his “damsel in distress!” White makes Taichi look, and then he stands on Taichi’s head. White mockingly asks if Miho is okay, and Miho is almost in tears! Fans rally for Taichi but White CHOPS him! And CHOPS him! And CHOPS! Taichi stands up, White CHOPS, and Taichi just glares at Gedo! White wants Taichi to pay attention to him, so Taichi DECKS him!! Taichi goes out after Gedo and Gedo lets go of Miho. Gedo apologizes but Taichi doesn’t care. And in storms Yoshinobu Kanemaru! Suzuki-Gun doesn’t take kindly to mistreating a lady!
Gedo turns around and he sees he’s surrounded! Gedo scurries into the ring but Taichi rushes in after him. Gedo still wants mercy but White full nelsons! Taichi arm-drags White away, and DOUBLE AX BOMBERS! Fans are thunderous and Taichi gets White up to the LAST RIDE!! High stack, TWO!!? White survives but fans are thunderous again! Kanemaru coaches Taichi up while keeping Gedo down. Fans rally up and Taichi snarls. Taichi then roars and fans fire up with him! Taichi aims from the corner, for JYUTEN- NO, White drops down! White uses his opossum technique but Taichi says this isn’t much of a world champion then.
Taichi kicks White around, taunts him, and drags him up. White CHOPS back, but Taichi withstands it! Taichi eggs White on, so White LARIATS! Taichi rebounds, but swings into the SNAP SLEEPER SUPLEX! But Taichi’s right back up! White gets around but Taichi turns things around with a DANGEROUS SAIDO!! Taichi crawls to the cover, TWO! White is still in this but fans rally behind Taichi! Taichi and White rise again and Taichi slashes his throat to say this is done. Taichi Alabama Lifts but White sprawls to block! White brings Taichi up but Taichi breaks free and BUZZSAWS! And then Taichi hooks up the arms!
Wait, Taichi backs off on the Gedo Clutch because actual Gedo is getting in the ring! Taichi KICKS the ropes to low blow Gedo! Gedo falls down but White gets Taichi, BLADE- NO, Taichi throws White down and GEDO CLUTCH! TWO!?!?! White escapes by mere nanoseconds! But Taichi runs in to Alabama Lift and- White slips off! White blocks the kick, reels Taichi in but Taichi elbows free! Taichi clinches and SUMO THROWS! And then Taichi sets up, YOKOZUNA- BLADE- NO! YOKOZUNA ELBOW!!! Cover, TWO!?!?!? White is still surviving by the skin of his teeth! Miho is mad and she wants White to pay!
Fans are thunderous, Taichi slowly stands back up and he roars! Taichi drags White up, reels him into the Alabama Lift, but White sunset flips! BLADE- NO!! DANGEROUS SAIDO!! With bridge, TWO!?!!! Taichi is getting mad now and he drags White up! Alabama, but White wrenches! BLADERUNNER!!!! But White can’t make the cover!! Fans are electric as both men slowly stir! White flounders his way over, he drags Taichi back up, but he can’t get that dead weight up! White has to use the ropes, but Taichi throws haymakers from below! And CHOKES White! White still powers through to BLADERUNNER!!! Cover, White wins!!
Winner: Jay White, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Taichi earns 0)
White is FIVE AND OH! And in one fell swoop, The Switchblade eliminates both the Holy Emperor and the Cold Skull! Their records are not enough to take the block, will they just have to have better luck next year?
But as Taichi is taken away by Young Lions, Kanemaru and Miho trailing after, White gets the mic to say, “Hey! Hey! Come back! Come back!” He even adds in Japanese, “Don’t discriminate.” White then demands ice from the Young Lions, and they bring him a few icepacks. White puts them all on his chest given those sharp kicks from Taichi. He also claims he still has heat stroke like he did earlier this week. MORE ICE! “Shimoda! Shimoda-san, more ice!” Even more ice is brought while some fans are leaving. White again says, “Did you guys not hear? I had heat stroke, I need ice to cool down.”
White chuckles a bit and says, “Heat stroke? HEAT STROKE? I live in Florida! Do you think a little bit of sun, and heat, is going to bother me? How gullible and stupid can you all be?! But I appreciate the days off in Hiroshima, the days off those pointless matches worth zero points in the Jay1 Climax! It was nice to have that rest so I could be well-rested for matches that do matter, like today, and like against one Tama Tonga.” But that’s not what White wants to be saying. He wants to say, “Thank you all so much for all of your heartfelt messages and well-wishes and prayers, saying, ‘Jay White, please get better. Jay White, take care of yourself.'”
That really brought a tear to White’s eye and he wouldn’t be here tonight to fight his heart out for all the fans, if not for all those lovely, lovely messages. White pretends to cry over this but he can’t help but laugh. “Still my ear! Undefeated! Switchblade Era!” Jay drops the mic, but will he keep this momentum going to a spotless 6-0? Or will he drop the ball in the final round against The Good Bad Guy?
Here are the NEW standings!
- Kazuchika Okada: 4-1, 8 points
- Lance Archer: 3-2, 6 points
- JONAH: 3-2, 6 points
- Jeff Cobb: 3-2, 6 points
- Bad Luck Fale: 2-3, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
- Tom Lawlor: 2-3, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
- Toru Yano: 1-5, 2 points [ELIMINATED]
- Jay White: 5-0, 10 points
- Tama Tonga: 4-1, 8 points
- SANADA: 3-2, 6 points [ELIMINATED]
- Taichi: 2-3, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
- Chase Owens: 2-4, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
- Great-O-Khan: 1-4, 2 points [ELIMINATED]
- Tomohiro Ishii: 1-4, 2 points [ELIMINATED]
- Zack Sabre Jr: 4-1, 8 points
- Hirooki Goto: 3-2, 6 points
- Hiroshi Tanahashi: 3-2, 6 points
- Tetsuya Naito: 3-2, 6 points
- EVIL: 2-3, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
- KENTA: 2-3, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
- Aaron Henare: 1-5, 2 points [ELIMINATED]
- David Finlay: 3-2, 6 points
- Shingo Takagi: 3-2, 6 points
- Will Ospreay: 3-2, 6 points
- Yujiro Takahashi: 3-3, 6 points
- El Phantasmo: 2-3, 4 points
- YOSHI-HASHI: 2-3, 4 points
- Juice Robinson: 2-3, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
A great event for the G1, and what a great variety in these blocks. Henare VS Kenta was a great match, even with both men out of the running. But Kenta winning makes the most sense, as he’s the veteran and he needs the momentum to take on Hiroshi Tanahashi tomorrow. There is a chance Kenta wins that, as both revenge for their IWGP US Championship No Disqualifications match, as well as clear the way for Naito or Zack Sabre Jr. That win would be a big feather in Kenta’s cap, who knows if it happens. Yano VS Cobb was a ton of fun, but of course Cobb wins to keep going. Cobb VS Lawlor is tomorrow, both their last one this G1, Lawlor could get a HUGE spoiler right at the end here.
The D Block is hilariously chaotic here, and NJPW is brilliant for finding a way to make this work. Yujiro VS Takagi was a very good match, but I figured Takagi would win. Hashi VS Ospreay was awesome stuff, Hashi is continuing to look awesome, but I figured Ospreay would win. Yujiro is right smack in the middle, but he has one of the more important wins since he beat David Finlay to start this G1 before Finlay went on that wild run. Finlay has a win over Takagi, Ospreay and Juice, but ELP also just beat Finlay, and there’s still Finlay VS Hashi tomorrow. No one really knows what will happen if all seven men end up 3-3, so I would think one person has to go 4-2 and then that guy, whoever it is, is D Block’s guy.
Taichi VS White was awesome stuff, and it really felt worth of someone facing the IWGP World Heavyweight Champion. It felt like Taichi could’ve taken that win but in the end, White stays spotless. It will still come down to White VS Tama on Tuesday, “win and you’re in,” and either way, that result is going to be wild. Tama can get the golden ticket and go strong into the semifinals, or White runs the block (granted a smaller block) to look almost unstoppable.
My Score: 8.8/10
Andrew’s IMPACT Emergence Results & Match Ratings: 8.12.2022
ALEX SHELLEY VS JOSH ALEXANDER! CHAMPIONSHIP! TONIGHT! ‘NUFF SAID!
OKAY! So we all know I’m just hype to get to the main event and hopefully see Alex Shelley win the title. So I’ll do the whole “here’s my picks” cheap way to do an intro, and then into the coverage.
- X Division Match – Bailey retains (because I hate Jack Evans)
- Maclin vs Callihan – Callihan wins (because Moose needs a reason to get involved)
- VBD vs Motor City Time – VBD win (because they need relevance)
- Honor No More vs Bullet Club – Honor No More win (because Impact made me like Matt Taven)
- Bandido vs Rey Horus: Bandido wins (because he’s already got more name recognition)
- Knockouts: Jordynne Grace vs Mia Yim: Jordynne wins (because they hot shot belts to new people too much)
- World Title: Alex Shelley vs Josh Alexander: Alex Shelley wins (because I want him to)
Now on to the show!
It's MAIN EVENT TIME!
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) August 13, 2022
- X Division Championship: Speedball Mike Bailey (c) vs Jack Evans: Bailey retains via Ultima Weapon – * 1/2
- Steve Maclin vs Sami Callihan: Never Happened
- VBD (Eric Young & Deaner w/Joe Doering) vs Motor City Time (Kushida & Chris Sabin): EY wins via Piledriver – *** 1/4
- AAA Attraction Match: Bandido vs Rey Horus: Bandido wins via 21Plex – ***
- NODQ Anything Goes: Steve Maclin vs Sami Callihan: Callihan wins via Cactus Driver ’97 – *** 3/4
- Honor No More (Mike Bennett, Matt Taven, Vincent, PCO & Eddie Edwards w/Maria) vs Bullet Club (Doc Gallows, Karl Anderson, Hikuleo, Ace Austin, Chris Bey): Taven wins via Climax into Trash Can – *** 1/4
- Knockouts World Championship: Jordynne Grace (c) vs Mia Yim: Grace retains via Grace Driver – *** 3/4
- IMPACT World Heavyweight Championship: Josh Alexander (c) vs Alex Shelley: Josh retains via C4 Spike – *****
X Division Championship: Speedball Mike Bailey (c) vs Jack Evans
It should be no surprise from previous coverage, I like nothing about Jack Evans. Bad look, no psychology, all stupid flips and cheap heel gimmicks. I’m ecstatic that we get the match with the worst wrestler out of the way immediately.
Evans dives at Speedball’s legs, tries to get some cheap Roll-Ups, typical heel powder, bait into the corner, cheap shot but Bailey manages a Top Wristlock to slow down Evans. Evans Cartwheels out, two stupid High Risk misses, a few more dumb spots and then they meet in the middle with dueling Crossbodies. The early goings, really looks slow and stupid.
Kick Fight, Bailey gets the best of it, Dropkick, Dive, throws him back in, powders out, another dive, throws him back in, another powder and Bailey hits the old Will Ospreay fake dive, before trying to get Evans back in. Baits Bailey to the rope, catches him and then Slingshot Jecht Shot into a Muta Lock, but again, these are just moves with no real story. So congrats he’s agile and flexibile I suppose.
Random Snap Suplex for a 2. The match slows down to molasses in a mayo jar, Bailey tries to counter an Irish Whip, but Evans catches him. Still a super slow Rocket Launcher attempt that Bailey counters and kicks Evans in the face. A few more kicks and then a Corkscrew Shooting Star for 2. Delayed really dumb Cartwheel Back Elbow from Evans, into a Suplex and then Falcon Arrow. But Evans’ offense is just bad, he’s like if you ordered Kid Kash on Wish.
An awful and slow Double Kick spot actually has me laughing at how awful this is. I really enjoy Speedball, but god he can’t carry a match with a wrestler not worth the hot dog or handshake he was promised. Lame Dropkick from Bailey, Escalera Moonsault gets the sympathy pop from the crowd, but this needs to end soon. Apron Triangle Kick from Evans, throws in Bailey, Blockbuster gives Evans a near fall. Evans to the top, Bailey tries to cut him off, Evans fights him off twice, but Bailey keeps rising. Sloppy Spider Suplex from Evans, Evans goes for a spot, Bailey moves, Evans heads to the corner, Tornado Kick spot that Evans takes poorly (might’ve been a receipt for the bad Spider Suplex), Ultima Weapon from Bailey and he retains. Thankfully.
Honor No More segment with Eddie trying to fire up the troops. I’ll say this, he’s become a better talker, but he’s still not close to good. I would like Honor No More to win, but it feels like the way to write them out. Here’s to hoping even if they lose, a few of them stick around as official Impact wrestlers.
Steve Maclin vs Sami Callihan
Maclin attacks Sami during his entrance, and they just brawl. The bell never rings, Sami grabs a chair, the referee tries to stop him, Sami shoves the ref but Maclin counters. Maclin tries to use the chair, the referee tries to stop him and Sami and Maclin both bully the referee and shove him to the ground before continuing to brawl.
They just go out through the crowd, continuing to fight as commentary claims the match never took place but the show must go on, so we go to the tag match!
VBD (Eric Young & Deaner w/Joe Doering) vs Motor City Time (Kushida & Chris Sabin)
Kushida and Young start off, the crowd starts the Kushida chant and Young hops out to admonish the crowd for chanting for Kushida. EY slides back in and pushes Kushida into the corner and muscles him over a little before tagging Deaner in. Deaner tries to go for the Deaner DDT early, but Kushida counters with a few short arm tackles, a lot of wrist control and then quick tags and fun tandem work.
Tandem Forward Roll Body Scissors into the Kushida PK Kick to the left arm already starts the foreshadowing on the Hoverboard Lock. EY sneak attacks Kushida during a rope run giving Deaner the opportunity to tag out, EY a few quick spots, then Kushida kicks him over the top rope, Flair Flop and stumble to the turnbuckle, a little shenanigans and EY ends up with the advantage still. Rude Awakening style Neckbreaker for a 2 count from EY before tagging in Deaner and hitting a Double Boot Face Sandwich on the apron against Kushida.
VBD keep peppering in quick tags against Kushida, and it’s working pretty well. They keep him in the corner and do their version of the Unicorn Stampede, as Kushida tries to fight back but EY drops Sabin off the apron. Fastball Special punches as both VBD men are doubled over, Kushida literally runs up and over the men, rolls off to tag in Sabin. Clears house a bit, hints at Cradle Shock on Deaner, but EY gets him. EY tries to do the MCMG reference of the 5 Hole Dive, but Kushida breaks it up and they pull off their own version. Cradle Shock/Pele Combo gets a 2 count because EY slides in to break it up. EY takes control, sets up Deaner to receive his tag and things he can land the Piledriver on Sabin. Double Neckbreakers, into the Canadian Savage aerial moves before Kushida breaks it up. VBD almost slows him down before a back hand spring Double Back Elbow has everyone laid out for a moment. Rising Fighting Spirit spot, VBD take short cuts, but get Irish Whipped, Do-si-do, doesn’t matter, High Speed Dirt into a Cravat/Cartwheel Dropkick. Deaner grabs a weapon, Doering bonks Kushida and EY gets the job done with the Piledriver.
VBD needed the win here, so I’m glad they did what they needed to, to have them remain a somewhat credible force before it all eventually implodes.
VXT gloats a little after their Knockouts Tag Title victory on the pre-show. Deonna is gold, so it’s always nice when she’s wearing some.
Kenny King comes out to try and bait out Heath. I don’t mind Kenny, but his promos can be corny as hell sometimes. Some cheap shots at the Bears, then a little reference to Chicago stuff, but Sami and Maclin make their way back through the crowd to distract Kenny. Heath runs down the ramp when Kenny ain’t looking, Wake Up Call after a missed Chairshot and Kenny gets left laying. Gia grabs a quick interview with Heath and the crowd responds well to him. He says he’s not gonna interfere in the 5v5, so here’s to hoping that Honor No More win, since Heath can’t continue his Wake Up Call Revenge Tour if they disband.
AAA Attraction Match: Bandido vs Rey Horus
Bandido looks like he’s having to slow down by a step or two in the early goings. Horus is just not ready to go at the speed Bandido is and its evident from Horus not ducking in time so he eats a boot while he’s obviously trying to dodge. It’s a bunch of moves pretty quick, and honestly I can’t tell what’s actually being countered, missed or just mistimed. So this early portion is not starting off good.
Things finally start to slow down when Bandido hits the Plancha, tries to continue into the ring and eats a Dropkick. Three Amigos from Bandido with the Eddie Shake before dropping down into a Worm, Handstand Senton for 2. Bandido on the outside, thought he was clever walking away, but Horus changes his angles and then jumps over the corner to land on Bandido. 180 Frog Splash from Horus for 2. Bandido has to try and fire back up, and does so as he counters the rope run with a Single Arm Gorilla Press, into a Running Leg Lariat for 2.
Horus hits a Avalanche Satellite Tornado DDT, but the worst thing is it just looked too cooperative. Was it cool? Fucking yes. But it was just too much and looked kinda dumb at the same time. Outside-In Lifting Avalanche Vertical Suplex from Bandido onto Horus for a near fall. Pop Up Cutter is a little sloppy during the run, run continues as Horus hits his own Body Roll Cutter, then a double knockout kick takes us to a 9 count (in Spanish) and a double sit up ala Kane and Taker.
I’ll be honest, if I shut my brain off and just watched, it’s definitely entertaining and fun. But the match has been one hell of a mess at many points. Popping Satellite DDT from Horus gives him another 2 count. Horus goes to the top, Bandido cuts him off, Benadryller from Bandido, 21Plex for the win!
I can give it a 3 for entertainment value, but holy hell was it a mess.
Moose gives an interviewing denying being in cahoots with Maclin again, but Sami attacks Moose and the fight is continuing. Moose is now mad so he adds himself into this crazy brawl. D’lo finally calls in security to stop the brawl in general. SCOTT D’AMORE music hits! Scott makes it a NODQ Anything Goes match, but Moose is barred from Ringside.
Steve Maclin vs Sami Callihan (con’t)
Sami smashes Maclin’s head into the steel steps and takes a bow after the bell officially rings. Maclin is busted open and Sami is relishing in this whole situation until Maclin moves near the guardrail, Callihan gets put in the Tree of Woe and Caught in the Crosshairs on the guardrail! Suplex and then Maclin lands a Knee Drop from the apron right onto Callihan’s face.
Maclin pulls out 3 chairs and a Swiffer, Chicago pops for the Swiffer. Maclin asks if they want it…and then he throws it away, flips them off and grabs a chair to a chorus of Boos. Small “We Want Swiffer” chant but Maclin eats a T-Bone Suplex into the chair. Sami Sabu’s a chair into Maclin’s face. Another chair, another Sabu, but this time he gets the pony because it wraps around Maclin’s head like a necklace.
Thumbs Up, Thumbs…nope Low Blow. Maclin goes to down driving a chair into Sami’s ribs. Maclin grabs an equipment case with Wire Cutters, Zip Ties, Cables…it’s a box of goodies. K.I.A. from Maclin and Maclin refuses to end the match like that. He’s psyching up and looking to Zip Tie Callihan. Low Mule Kick gives Callihan the advantage. Sabu the chair a third time, “My Balls, your balls” and Sami just stomps the shit out of Maclin’s balls. Deonna is gonna be very upset with Sami after this match.
Sami goes for the Zip Ties on Maclin and has him with his hands tied behind his back. Maclin stays defiant to the end, spits at Callihan, Cactus Driver ’97, and Sami wins.
Honor No More (Mike Bennett, Matt Taven, Vincent, PCO & Eddie Edwards w/Maria) vs Bullet Club (Doc Gallows, Karl Anderson, Hikuleo, Ace Austin, Chris Bey)
It goes without saying that Honor No More should remain, plus with Bullet Club randomly using Hikuleo who hasn’t been on Impact television since GoD was still part of BC, he’s probably the fall guy. Even Vincent has more worth to Impact right now than Hikuleo.
Bell rings and we get an ole 10 man donnybrook. Just slugfests and a few people get thrown out piece by piece before starting to pair up and then take the neutral corners. Good Brothers are double teaming Vincent early, but OGK slide into interrupt it. Gallows hits the Double Lariat to try and slow things down, but Gallows is in pain after his PCO match 2 weeks ago. Eddie cuts off someone, Bey and Ace double team Eddie to give BC a short advantage before Vincent comes back to life.
Big Triangle Kick from Ace wipes out Vincent. Ace of Beyse stand tall until they try and go after PCO, now they have problems. PCO and Hikuleo have their monster face off. One of Hikuleo’s strikes are worth about 3 of PCOs. Hikuleo dumps out PCO, Bey launches off of Hikuleo and takes out most of the HNM members. Hikuleo is about to dive, but Taven cuts him off just to get Yeeted into a pile of bodies. Ace hits a Diving Fold on a climbs Taven, into most of the dudes.
Weapons come out, and more chants for the Swiffer to return. We have hit clusterfuck level for this match. 10 people is bad enough, little to no referee control, weapons and showboating to different camera cuts. Not a bad thing per se, but definitely makes things messier and easier to turn into garbage. Funny camera cut has Eddie Edwards crotching Ace with the ring post. Just revenge for when he tried to bang his wife. OGK has been doing a lot of the in ring work, but with trying to keep attention across 10 people, it’s just too much to watch. PCO misses the PCO-sault and Gallows drags him up the ramp just to eat Double Superkicks from OGK.
They drag Gallows into the crowd, we have no clue what else is going on, but Gallows fights back as PCO gets back up to his feet. Gallows and PCO fight amongst the people, Gallows tosses PCO over a second floor railing and into the Shadow Realm or something. Technically it’s 4v5 for now. Vincent Redrum’s Gallows through a table. So…someone is dead there. Eddie grabs Kenny and beats Karl with Kenny. Something oddly specific about that, but Gallows gets back up with the adrenaline surge, throws some fists and garbage cans before crumpling down. Gallows arm gives out for the Magic Killer, they wipe out Anderson, Taven hits the Climax on Gallows into a garbage can and Honor No More win!
The match totally fell apart, PCO getting sent to the Shadow Realm was a pop that didn’t really do anything aside from pop the crowd. Bey, Ace and Hikuleo weren’t really seen for the last 5 minutes of the match, at least. So yeah, over booked, sloppy, but…God dammit it was fun and the right team won.
Knockouts World Championship: Jordynne Grace (c) vs Mia Yim
Both women go for an almost Japanese Junior style of stalemate wrestling. No real power advantage from either, not strikes thrown, both are just looking for leverage and opportunities. Poor Mia tries to anticipate a Leap Frog and eats the Manhattan Drop into Low Dropkick and then a Bridging Suplex for 1. Mia slides around with a trip, Low Dropkick of her own, Hesitation Dropkick, Jordynne powders and then Mia goes after her with a dive. Slides her back in for a 1 count.
Mia is getting a little cocky with the Snap Kicks. Jordynne tries to Suplex out of Mia’s offense, but Mia body scissors and locks in a Guillotine. It takes Jordynne a hot minute to power through the Guillotine to suplex counter it. Jordynne tried to Sunset Bomb, but Mia does a great job fighting it. Kicks her legs, holds the ropes, really looks like she’s trying not to go over, but eventually falls victim. Slow rise, and strike spot. Mia trades a few Forearms, then starts responding with Round Kicks. Jordynne keeps popping up, they trade, Sole Butt, Kawada Kicks and Jordynne shoves Mia a bit too hard so she falls into the ropes instead of bouncing off right, but it doesn’t look awful.
Jordynne goes for a Muta Lock of all things, I didn’t know she could do that, though I feel like she pulled it off once before, it’s still not something she does a lot. Mia counters and they have one another in Reverse Chinlocks and just slap the hell out of each other. It takes a headbutt from Mia to actually cause a recovery spot for both. Step Through Tornado DDT from Mia, for 2.
Classic Tornado attempt, held on, Muscle Buster from Jordynne, but Mia kicks out! They fight to the top turnbuckle, Mia gets the best, Avalanche Code Blue for…2.9! Nice reference back to her Jade days. Locomotion Cradles, Eat Defeat counter, Protect Ya Neck counter and Jordynne turns it into a Grace Driver for the pinfall victory!
Masha’s music hits right before Mia and Jordynne shake hands and she hands a death warrant to Jordynne Grace. I wasn’t sure if they’d sky rocket Masha to the top…so now we see if she stays as a Wrecking Machine or if Grace knocks her down a peg.
IMPACT World Heavyweight Championship: Josh Alexander (c) vs Alex Shelley
GIVE ME AN ALEX SHELLEY WIN! You can’t steal my Cheerios! Just let me mark out a let you jerks!
Josh and Alex start slow, the normal feeling out style, but as Josh tries to apply his power, Alex grinds in a headlock and keeps things slow. A few quick strikes, Frakensteiner, Josh’s head gear fell off and Alex has a little fun.
Inverted Indian Deathlock as Alex claws at Josh’s face just rubbing in the advantageous position. Alex ducks into the ropes to break the Arm Wringer, Josh didn’t so he ducked back in to use the rope to trap Josh’s arm and get in a cheap but clever kick. Josh evens things up after a few run through Shoulder Tackles since Josh is really focusing on Alex’s left arm. Now Josh is finally grabbing at the legs, which makes more sense.
Gory Special into a backslide for a quick count and then Shelley keeps a few precision strikes at Josh’s arm to soften him up for the Border City Stretch. Naciente into a Border City attempt, but he couldn’t quite lock it in. Alex is enjoying going after the different injuries that he made sure Josh knew he was aware of, so Josh retaliates with that Low Diving Crossbody.
Knees, Hamstrings and Dragon Screw attacks from Alex as he’s really trying to dissect the champion. He could be trying to do too much, but it’s smart. Seated Cloverleaf into a Koji Kimura Lock combination. Alex is putting on a clinic at the moment. Rolling Elbow shades of Kotaro Suzuki in how he did it. Josh almost starts a comeback but Alex stifles it.
Power Struggle in the middle, but Josh eventually pulls off the Fisherman’s Suplex as they both take a beat to recover. Alex tries to stop the onslaught of Haymakers, but just gets molly whopped. Exploder Suplex from Josh sends Shelley to the center, Josh goes for a King Kong Knee Drop and misses. Shelley lays out Josh with a Tornado DDT, goes to the top, shrugs, Frog Splash for 2 and then Josh hooks the Ankle Lock but Alex gets to the rope.
After this point I just got engrossed and watched instead of typed. This was a hell of a match. Needs to be searched out by anyone who enjoys great wrestling and in-ring story telling.
Overall Score: 8/10
So there was something charming about this show, even if it started with one of my least favorite wrestlers in all of wrestling. The match that turned into a brawl for like an hour than finally a NoDQ match was VERY old school TNA and I enjoyed the camp of the situation. It was definitely an oddly paced show with a few consecutive segments of non-wrestling and just gimmick or interview, but the last few matches saved things for me.
Lucha in general is a car crash style of wrestling that I’m very hot and cold on, but when it’s done well, it’s fucking beautiful. Bandido versus Rey Horus, was more like Jersey Shore. I can’t stop watching the awful situations, but I leave amused and feeling okay about myself; so I suppose generally positive outcome. Back to back hardcore matches are usually bad booking, but Maclin was committed to his match and that made it beautiful; while the Honor No More match was a mess, but checked enough “sports entertainment” boxes to be more than just a correct finish. Jordynne and Mia worked their assess off, there were just a couple clunky spots that stopped me from getting totally hype. And of course, the Shelley vs Alexander match was actually objectively fantastic. While I loved Sabin vs Shelley, there was definitely nostalgia and general marking out for both of them going on; I would put this match against anything else in anyone’s MOTY pool.
The wrong guy won, but damn was it a fantastic match. Solid PPV, started slow, but when it picked up, it went at the speed of a freight train. Good stuff.
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