Can anyone pull off a hattrick in the G1?
NJPW arrives in Kobe World Hall to begin the third round of G1 Climax 30! Who will still be leading A Block? And who will fall behind?
NOTE: NJPW no longer wants to feed AXS TV now that it is with Anthem and Impact Wrestling. But never fear, I will cover NJPW in the spirit of AXS in providing the most important matches of the show.
- A Block – Taichi VS Yujiro Takahashi; Taichi wins.
- A Block – Jeff Cobb VS Minoru Suzuki; Suzuki wins.
- A Block – Kota Ibushi VS Tomohiro Ishii; Ibushi wins.
- A Block – Will Ospreay VS Shingo Takagi; Takagi wins.
- A Block – Jay White w/ Gedo VS Kazuchika Okada; White wins.
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Here are the current A Block standings!
Will Ospreay: 2-0, 4 points
Taichi: 2-0, 4 points
Jay White: 2-0, 4 points
Minoru Suzuki: 1-1, 2 points
Kota Ibushi: 1-1, 2 points
Kazuchika Okada: 1-1, 2 points
Jeff Cobb: 1-1, 2 points
Yujiro Takahashi: 0-2, 0 points
Shingo Takagi: 0-2, 0 points
Tomohiro Ishii: 0-2, 0 points
A Block – Taichi VS Yujiro Takahashi!
The Sliest Wrestler in the World shocked us all, and no more so than Minoru Suzuki! But will he be ready for a wrestler almost as sly in the Tokyo Pimp?
Yujiro gets the jump on Taichi by attacking right after Taichi’s introduction! Yujiro uses the Tokyo Pimp cane to jam and choke Taichi! The ref rings the bell to get this on the record, and Yujiro lets up. Yujiro stomps Taichi, kicks him to a corner and then drags him up. Yujiro bumps Taichi off buckles, stomps him at the ropes, but lets up as the ref counts. Fans cheer as Taichi finally gets the jacket and knapsack off, but Yujiro snapmares to basement boot Taichi down. Taichi bails out and leans on the railing. Taichi wants time to recover but Yujiro goes out to pursue. Taichi goes around the way, the ref tells them to get in the ring, but Yujiro still chases Taichi. Yujiro argues with the ref, Taichi gets the ring hammer to CLUB Yujiro with!
The ref tries to take the hammer from Taichi but Taichi pushes him away. Taichi chokes Yujiro with the hammer but the ref counts. Taichi lets go at 3 and the hammer is confiscated. The ref tells them to get this back in the ring, but Taichi bumps Yujiro off the post! And then uses camera wires to choke Yujiro! The ref counts, Taichi only lets go with one hand! The ref counts again but Taichi just does the same trick. The ref counts and Taichi finally lets go and fans cheer while Yujiro breathes again. Taichi drags Yujiro up and puts him in the ring, covers, TWO! Taichi chokes Yujiro with his hands! The ref counts, Taichi stops and paces about. Taichi comes back, to choke Yujiro! The ref counts, Taichi stops and Yujiro sputters for air. Taichi snapmares and KICKS Yujiro in the back!
Yujiro spasms and writhes while fans cheer. Taichi toys with Yujiro and eggs him on. Yujiro gets up as Taichi pushes him around and kicks at him. Taichi kicks and slaps Yujiro and dares him to do something. Yujiro gest up, Taichi pushes him, so Yujiro kicks and throws Taichi out! Yujiro goes out, Taichi kicks and whips him to railing! But Yujiro comes back to boot Taichi! And whips Taichi into railing! Taichi staggers into Yujiro’s inverted DDT! Fans cheer as Yujiro fires up and gives the trash talking back. Yujiro puts Taichi in as fans rally. Taichi gets to a corner, Yujiro runs in, and BOOTS! Yujiro runs but Taichi boots, only for Yujiro to block. Yujiro trips Taichi, hits a basement dropkick, then a FISHERMAN BUSTER! Cover, TWO!
Yujiro is annoyed but he keeps his focus as he drags Taichi up. Yujiro fireman’s carries, Taichi rakes eyes to fight out! The ref reprimands but the damage is done. Taichi is in the corner, Yujiro runs in but Taichi boots him. Yujiro comes back, Taichi dodges and enziguris him down! Both men are on the mat but fans build to a rally. Taichi sits up, kicks but Yujiro ducks it. Yujiro still walks into a mule kick, then BUZZSAW! Cover, TWO! Taichi brings Yujiro back up and in, thumbs down! Gut wrench lift but Yujiro blocks the bomb! And he BITES a hand! No one learns! Taichi rakes eyes to get Yujiro back! The ref counts on both men, and both men finally stop! Taichi boots but Yujiro boots back. Taichi boots, Yujiro boots again!
Yujiro eggs Taichi on, blocks the boot and throws forearms! Yujiro eggs Taichi on again, so Taichi winds up. Yujiro DECKS him first! Yujiro winds up and runs, but Taichi boots the clothesline away. Yujiro ducks and runs to LARIAT! Fans fire up as Yujiro drags Taichi back up. Taichi breaks free but Yujiro ducks the gamangiri to INCOLLE SLAM! Cover, TWO! Taichi survives Yujiro’s take on the Olympic Slam but Yujiro sits Taichi up. Taichi denies Pimp Juice to DANGEROUS SAIDO! Both men are down and fans rally up. Taichi sits up first and fires himself up. Yujiro rises, Taichi runs, AX BOMBER! Cover, TWO!! Yujiro survives but Taichi takes off the pants!
Taichi aims from the corner, Yujiro staggers over, but he blocks the superkick! Yujiro gets the fireman’s carry and MIAMI SHINE! Cover, TWO!! Taichi survives and Yujiro is furious! Fans rally as Yujiro drags Taichi back up. Yujiro talks trash before reeling Taichi in, but still no Pimp Juice! Taichi blocks the boot, shoves the ref aside and LOW BLOW KICKS! GEDO CLUTCH! Taichi wins!
Winner: Taichi, by pinfall; gains 2 points, Yujiro earns 0
The Sliest Wrestler would not be outdone! He goes 3-0, Yujiro is now 0-3! The Tokyo Pimp is out of the running! Will Taichi take the block while Yujiro is left to be a spoiler at best?
A Block – Jeff Cobb VS Minoru Suzuki!
The Hawaiian Hulk rebounded in Round 2, but he’s up against an even angrier Man with the Worst Personality. Will the former NEVER Openweight Champion withstand the current? Or will the King of Pancrase take out his rage on Cobb and everyone else at ringside?
The bell rings and fans cheer as Cobb and Suzuki circle. They feel out the grapple, Cobb swipes at Suzuki’s foot and Suzuki stumbles away. Cobb smirks but Suzuki dares him to try while having a leg guard. Suzuki gets Cobb’s leg, trips him up, and shifts to go after arms. Cobb keeps on his stomach, manages to throw Suzuki by an arm, but Suzuki headscissors back. Cobb bridges back and moves around but Suzuki has the short arm scissor. Cobb pops out, floats over, Suzuki resists the cover so Cobb goes after his arm. Suzuki resists the wristlock so Cobb shifts to a chinlock. Suzuki moves around, rolls over, pops out the back and cranks the arm. Cobb reaches around but Suzuki grabs that arm, too.
Cobb moves around in this modified chicken wing to get up and around Suzuki. Suzuki gets the leg for a heel hook! Cobb drags himself and Suzuki, and gets the ropebreak! Suzuki lets go at the ref’s count, and then grins as he tells Cobb how close that was. Fans cheer the technical exchange and the two men reset. Suzuki and Cobb feel out this next grapple, Cobb powers Suzuki to a corner but Suzuki pulls hair. The ref calls for a clean break, Cobb and Suzuki let go, and Cobb CHOPS Suzuki! Suzuki glares at Cobb so Cobb CHOPS him again! Cobb whips Suzuki corner to corner then runs in, but Suzuki dodges the leaping elbow! Suzuki gets Cobb for a DRAPING ARMBAR! The ref counts, Suzuki lets go and drags Cobb out of the ring, to whip into railing!
Suzuki brings Cobb around the way to whip into more railing! Suzuki chokes Cobb on the rails, the ref reprimands and counts, but Suzuki stops at 3. The ref tries to get Suzuki to leave Cobb alone but Suzuki knees and stomps Cobb down. Suzuki kicks Cobb, a ring count begins but Suzuki throws haymakers. Suzuki eggs Cobb on, Cobb CHOPS and forearms back. Suzuki keeps egging him on, Cobb forearms but Suzuki DECKS him! Suzuki leaves Cobb behind as the count passes 10 of 20. The count passes 15, but Cobb gets in at 16. Suzuki is on Cobb with body shots and haymakers. Suzuki has Cobb in a corner as he punches more, then goes corner to corner for a BOOT! Cobb flounders against ropes, Suzuki brings him up to snapmare, run and Penalty Kick! Fans cheer the cocky cover, TWO!
Suzuki claps and the fans rally up. Suzuki toys with Cobb, drags him up and throws knees. Suzuki whips, Cobb reverses but Suzuki boots again! Cobb stays up so Suzuki tries a third, but Cobb dodges and clips Suzuki with a shoulder! Suzuki still falls, but he gets back up, for Cobb to run him over properly! Cobb brings Suzuki up, and rams him to the corner! Cobb rams more and more, whips Suzuki out but back into the corner for the flying elbow! Cobb then lifts Suzuki for a RUNNING BACK SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! Cobb keeps his cool as fans rally up. Cobb drags Suzuki back up, but Suzuki throws body shots and forearms! Suzuki eggs Cobb on so Cobb forearms back. Suzuki forearms, Cobb hits back. Suzuki laughs as he throws more but Cobb keeps hitting back.
They brawl, the fans clap along and things get fast and furious! Suzuki ROCKS Cobb! Cobb drops to his knees, fans fire up and Suzuki runs, into a dropkick! Cobb dares Suzuki to get up, and Cobb runs, but Suzuki follows! Suzuki gets around for the sleeper hold! He doesn’t hold on long as he spins Cobb around, but Cobb back drops out of the piledriver! Suzuki is up but Cobb LARIATS him down! Fans fire up as Cobb drags Suzuki back up. Cobb gut wrenches for a suplex! Cobb holds on, rolls and gut wrenches for a second suplex! Cobb holds on to try a third, but Suzuki pries at the arms!
Suzuki digs his elbow into Cobb’s shoulder, but Cobb picks Suzuki up, pops him in and rams him in a corner! OKLAHOMA STAMPEDE! GACHIMUCHI MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO!! Suzuki survives Cobb’s showing of strength and agility! Fans fire up as Cobb drags Suzuki up. Cobb whips Suzuki, scoops him, but Suzuki fights off the Tour with a facelock! Suzuki drags Cobb down to a sleeper hold! Suzuki spins Cobb around, GOTCH PILEDRIVER!! Cover, Suzuki wins!
Winner: Minoru Suzuki, by pinfall; gains 2 points, Cobb earns 0
The King will continue on! He makes sure commentary as well as the applauds his victory, and they obey. Suzuki scares the timekeepers away before taking his leave. Will the NEVER Openweight Champion continue on all the way to the finals?
A Block – Kota Ibushi VS Tomohiro Ishii!
The Golden Star was slighted by the Switchblade and is now stuck in the middle of the block! But he might find himself between a rock and a hard place against the Stone Pitbull. Will Ishii break through and get on the board? Or will Ibushi’s determination to repeat keep Ishii down?
The bell rings and Ibushi stares down with Ishii. Fans rally as the two approach. They tie up, Ibushi manages to power Ishii back to ropes, and the ref calls for a break. Ibushi lets up, patting Ishii on the shoulders. Fans cheer as the two tie up again. Ishii powers Ibushi back now, they end up on ropes and again the ref calls for the break. Ishii pats Ibushi on the shoulder, but swings a chop! Ibushi gets under it, swings a kick but Ishii ducks it! Fans cheer the stand off. Ibushi and Ishii tie up, Ibushi headlocks but Ishii powers out. Ibushi boots Ishii but Ishii throws a forearm! Ishii blocks a kick, Ibushi blocks a forearm, Ishii ducks a haymaker to waistlock. Ibushi elbows but Ishii ducks it. Ishii swings a clothesline but Ibushi ducks it to waistlock.
Ibushi ducks Ishii’s elbow, Ishii blocks Ibushi’s kick and rocks Ibushi with a forearm! Ishii whips, Ibushi reverses, Ibushi ducks the clothesline but Ishii dodges the boot, only for Ibushi to ROUNDHOUSE him down! Ibushi standing moonsaults but Ishii dodges that. Ibushi lands on his feet but Ishii blocks his kick, and fans cheer the new stand off. Ibushi and Ishii take a breath and egg each other on. Fans rally up as they get forehead to forehead, and they start throwing forearms! These two are fast and furious already, Ishii ROCKS Ibushi with a series of forearms! Ishii mockingly asks what’s wrong, but Ibushi ROCKS him back! Ibushi runs but Ishii runs him over! Ishii steadies himself before bringing Ibushi back up.
Ibushi pushes him away but Ishii kicks at him. Ibushi eggs Ishii on so Ishii CHOPS! And CHOPS! Ibushi grits his teeth, Ishii CHOPS again! And again! Ishii gets in Ibushi’s face, Ibushi throws forearms but Ishii backs him down. Ishii corners Ibushi like he did Ospreay, and Ibushi throws forearms again and again. But like with Ospreay, Ishii just CHOPS Ibushi down! Ishii eggs Ibushi on with toying knees and kicks. Ibushi dares him to keep hitting him, so Ishii forearms him back down. Ishii drags Ibushi up, throws more forearms, and more kicks. Fans rally as Ibushi gets up. Ishii kicks him down again, and kicks him in the back! Ibushi just stares Ishii down so Ishii kicks him again.
Ibushi gets up to throw forearm after forearm but Ishii shakes his head. It’s not enough so Ibushi keeps throwing forearm after forearm. Ishii ROCKS Ibushi, runs, but Ibushi SNAP RANAS him down! Fans cheer as both men are down but stirring. Ibushi sits up, fans rally and Ibushi fires off a strike fest! ROUNDHOUSE knocks Ishii down, STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! The fans rally more and Ibushi gets back up. Ibushi kicks Ishii over and over, but Ishii eggs him on. Ibushi kicks, Ishii CHOPS back! KICK, CHOP! KICK, CHOP! Faster and faster, KICK for CHOP! KICK and Ishii staggers! Ibushi KICKS him again and Ishii flops against ropes. Ibushi shows that mean streak as he kicks at Ishii at the ropes. Fans rally and Ishii grabs Ibushi by the face to throw a forearm.
Ibushi throws forearms, Ishii headbutts! Ishii whips Ibushi but Ibushi reverses, and Ishii bounces off buckles! Ibushi gets Ishii for the SPINNING POWERSLAM! Ibushi rolls to a corner, for the MOONSAULT! Ishii moves, Ibushi lands on his feet and runs in but is put on the apron. Ibushi forearms Ishii away then springboard missile dropkicks! But Ishii rolls right back up!! Ibushi turns around into Ishii’s SPINNING POWERSLAM! Fans cheer and Ibushi is up first?! Ishii runs at Ibushi, Ibushi gets around, full nelson to waistlock, SNAP GERMAN! But Ishii rolls back onto his feet, to get Ibushi for a GERMAN! But Ibushi rises! Both men block strikes, Ibushi BOOTS, Ishii runs but Ibushi dropkicks him down! Fans rally up as both men are down on the mat.
Ibushi and Ishii kick at each other on the mat, egging each other on. They sit up and start slapping each other! Ishii gets up and still slaps. Ibushi slaps from all sides, the slapping gets faster and meaner! Fans fire up as the strikes fly too fast, too furious! Ishii ROCKS Ibushi with one shot, Ibushi DECKS Ishii with the straight shot! Fans fire up again and Ibushi is back to toying with Ishii. Ibushi kicks Ishii, grabs at the wrists, but Ishii gets free to CHOP! And CHOP! He’s getting Ibushi high in the throat so the ref reprimands. Ishii pushes the ref away to corner clothesline Ibushi! Ibushi just glares at Ishii! Ishii slaps Ibushi, Ibushi STRAIGHT SHOTS again! That also got Ishii high! Ibushi ROUNDHOUSES Ishii down! And then hauls him right up, for a LAST RIDE!! Cover, TWO!!
Ibushi keeps his cool as he drags Ishii by his wrists. Ishii headbutts first! Ibushi headbutts back! Ishii ENZIGURIS! Both men are down again and the fans cheer! Ishii rises first and waits for Ibushi to stand. Ishii runs, Ibushi blocks and back kicks, but Ishii turns the huricanrana into a BOMB! High stack cover, TWO! Ishii is furious but he fires up with the fans. Ibushi rises, Ishii runs, LARIAT! Cover, TWO!! Ibushi still lives! Ishii roars and fans fire back up. Ishii drags Ibushi up, reels him in and suplexes, but Ibushi fights free! Ibushi wrenches, KNEES, and now has both wrists! KAMI- NO! HEADBUTT!! Fans are thunderous as Ishii runs and SLIDING LARIATS! Cover, TWO!! Ibushi survives again but Ishii fires up even more!
Ishii suplexes Ibushi but Ibushi slips out. Ishii swats the roundhouse away but Ibushi PELES! Ishii wobbles, but he blocks Ibushi’s clothesline to spin Ibushi around. Ishii reels Ibushi in but Ibushi suplexes first! To STEAL the BRAIN BUSTER! Fans are thunderous again as both men are down again! The ref checks on both men, they’re okay to continue and slowly rise. Ibushi is up first, teeth grit as the fans rally behind him. Ishii rises, Ibushi runs but Ishii LARIATS! Ishii drags Ibushi back up, but Ibushi trades palm strikes again! ROUNDHOUSE!
Ibushi brings knee pads down, has the wrists and sits Ishii up, but Ishii breaks free. Ibushi still thrusts, but Ishii blocks. Ibushi forearms, hops up but Ishii pushes him off to waistlock. Ishii GERMANS, but Ibushi lands on his feet! BOMAYE!! Cover, TWO!?! Ishii survives Ibushi’s tribute to the King of Strong Style, but Ibushi keeps his focus. Ibushi grabs the wrists, sits Ishii up, but Ishii lariats! There wasn’t much to it, Ibushi KNEES Ishii again, but Ishii HEADBUTTS back! Ibushi LARIATS! Ibushi runs, V-TRIGGER!! KENYY!! KAMI-GOYE!!! Cover, Ibushi wins!!
Winner: Kota Ibushi, by pinfall; gains 2 points, Ishii earns 0
The Golden Star rebounds and breaks through the Stone Pitbull! Will Ibushi make it back to G1 Climax finals? Will Ishii be a spoiler for someone else?
Wait, wait, Ishii isn’t done fighting, at least in spirit. He keeps trying to hit Ibushi while they’re both down! Ibushi drags himself up as best he can to hit back! Young Lions get involved to separate them, and drag Ishii away. Win or lose, will Ishii and Ibushi collide again one day?
A Block – Will Ospreay VS Shingo Takagi!
The Aerial Assassin has yet to lose in this year’s G1, and the Dragon has yet to win! Ospreay beat Takagi in last year’s Best of the Super Juniors, can he do it again here? Or will Takagi turn the tables and be a speedbump on Ospreay’s road to the finals?
The bell rings and Ospreay is excited to have this rematch. The fans rally up because they’re excited, too, and the two tie up. Takagi holds firm as Ospreay tries to power him back. Takagi shoves Ospreay back, the two circle and tie up for a test of strength. Takagi bends Ospreay back, Ospreay comes back up to get a headlock. Takagi powers out, Ospreay bumps hsoulders but Takagi give sit back. Ospreay stays up and shows how strong he’s gotten. Takagi dares Ospreay to run so Ospreay does, and the two collide again. Takagi flexes on Ospreay to show how strong he still is! Ospreay dares Takagi to go but Takagi dares Ospreay to go. Fans rally, Takagi shoves, Ospreay shoves back.
Takagi runs, Ospreay hurdles but Takagi avoids the monkey flips. Ospreay avoids the sliding lariat, Takagi ducks the buzzsaw but Ospreay elbows out of the waistlock. Takagi whips, Ospreay handsprings but Takagi catches him for a GERMAN! Ospreay lands on his feet, springboards, OSCUT- NO! Takagi shoves Ospreay away, runs, but Ospreay swings around the clothesline! Ospreay reels Takagi in, but Takagi HURICANRANAS out of the powerbomb! Ospreay sweeps, covers, ONE! Both men swing strikes but the other blocks, Takagi ducks the hook kick and gets to a corner! Takagi makes sure he still has his hair and fans fire up after seeing that exchange!
Ospreay offers a handshake, but Takagi knows better than that. Ospreay says he’s honest, and the fans cheer. Takagi shakes Ospreay’s hand but then knees low! Takagi runs, Ospreay follows, Ospreay huricanranas Takagi out! Then Ospreay runs, handsprings and fakes Takagi out to superhero land. Takagi frowns and talks trash before searching under the ring. Takagi doesn’t find what he wants and Red Shoes tells him to get back in. Takagi takes his time still searching, then gets in. Ospreay is on him with stomps and clubbing forearms, and Kowata Kicks! Takagi is down, Ospreay brings him up for more kicks. Takagi blocks one to elbow th eleg! Takagki runs into an elbow! Basement dropkick! Takagi bails back out, Ospreay slingshots, but Takagi avoids the Plancha to kick back!
Takagi whips, Ospreay reverses and Takagi hits railing hard! Ospreay gets space, the fans rally, but Takagi pops Ospreay up for a Death Valley Driver! Both men are down and fans rally up. Takagi gets up first and kicks Ospreay while he’s down. Takagi puts Ospreay in the ring, brings him up, and fireman’s carries. Takagi hotshots Ospreay off ropes and then hits a DDT! Cover, TWO! Takagi keeps his cool while he brings Ospreay back up. Takagi cranks on Ospreay’s neck, shifts to a cravat to crank on the neck more. Ospreay endures, throws body shots, but Takagi wrenches harder. Fans rally as Takagi leans all his weigh ton Ospreay. Cover, ONE, but Takagi is on Ospreay’s arm. Takagi elbows away, then drops a knee on Ospreay’s head!
Fans cheer and clap with Takagi. Takagi toys with Ospreay, Ospreay eggs Takagi on. Ospreay CHOPS, Takagi CHOPS back! Ospreay CHOPS harder! Takagi CHOPS back! Fans cheer as the CHOP fight continues! Ospreay fires off many, Takagi double ax handles! Takagi whips, Ospreay handsprings, NEURALIZER! Both men are down but the fans fire up again. Ospreay sits up, Takagi gets to a corner. Ospreay runs in, Takagi dodges, blocks a boot but not the enziguri! Ospreay atomic drops, CHOPS and STANDING SHOOTING STARS! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up and Ospreay goes right to the apron. Ospreay springboards, Takagi gets under and throws forearms. Takagi runs into the dropkick-flip and enziguri! Ospreay runs, Takagi elbows, JABS and LARIATS!
Fans cheer as Takagi fires up again. Takagi drags Ospreay up, Gory Especial, but Ospreay fights it off to kick away again. Takagi blocks the kick to DRAGON SCREW! Takagi spin toeholds but Ospreay kicks him away. Takagi comes back with a SLIDING LARIAT! Cover, TWO!! Ospreay survives and Takagi keeps cool while fans cheer. Fans rally up, Takagi shakes out the cobwebs and brings Ospreay back up. Takagi pump handles but Ospreay resists. Ospreay gets around to full nelson but Takagi powers out to elbow. Takagi ducks the hook kick, Ospreay blocks the lariat but swings into Gory Especial! Ospreay slips out of that, Takagi suplexes him, STUN-DOG MILLIONAIRE! Takagi ends up in a corner and fans fire up again!
Ospreay runs corner to corner but Takagi puts him on the apron. Ospreay forearms back then springboards, PIP PIP CHEERIO! Takagi bails out, fans fire up and Ospreay builds speed, for the SASUKE SPECIAL! Direct hit at the ramp! The ring count begins as Ospreay catches his breath. Ospreay puts Takagi in at 10 of 20 then runs corner to corner again. Ospreay BOOTS Takagi, underhooks, lifts, but Takagi gets to ropes! Ospreay puts Takagi in a Tree of Woe and kicks him! Ospreay goes to the adjacent corner, springboards, COAST2COAST!! Takagi scrambles away from the impact while fans rally. Ospreay drags Takagi up in a dragon sleeper, Bloody Sunday! Cover, TWO! Ospreay keeps his focus as he goes back to the corner. Ospreay goes up top, aims and leaps, SHOOTING STAR! Cover, TWO!
Takagi grits his teeth but Ospreay grins. Fans rally up again as Ospreay calls for his shot! Ospreay runs, springboards, but into the Gory Especial, for NOSHIGAMI! Both men are down but fans still rally up again. Takagi stalks Ospreay, drags him into a wheelbarrow and lift, but Ospreay elbows back. Takagi pump handles, for JAPON GUTBUSTER! Ospreay winces and Takagi fires up! Fans rally, Takagi runs corner to corner, BIG corner clothesline! BUt Ospreay fires back forearms! Takagi throws a forearm, whips Ospreay, but Ospreay handsprings, into a torture rack! Takagi tosses Ospreay at ropes and Ospreay bounces off the ropes! Takagi waits for Ospreay to rise, runs and PUMP- NO! Ospreay slips through, lifts, SIT-OUT BOMB! Cover, TWO!!
Takagi survives but Ospreay stays fired up with the fans! Ospreay runs, springboards, OSCUTTER! Cover, TWO!! Takagi survives but Ospreay is too tired to be frustrated! Fans rally up as Ospreay and Takagi slowly rise. Ospreay reels Takagi in, hooks the arms but Takagi blocks the lift! Takagi powers out, wrenches through and point-blank LARIATS! Ospreay stays up, fires off forearms and spins, into a JAB! HOOK KICK! Takagi is on his knees, Ospreay Buzzsaw and Heel Kick! Underhooks, Canadian rack, but Takagi slips out! Ospreay roundhouses but Takagi ducks it to pump handle! MADE IN JAPAN!! Cover, TWO!?! Ospreay survives and fans are thunderous!
Takagi fires up again, waits for Ospreay to rise, PUMPING BOMBER!! Cover, TWO?!? Ospreay survives being flipped inside-out and fans fire up again! Takagi fires himself up, drags Ospreay up and pump handle torture racks, but Ospreay fights back! Ospreay pops up on Takagi’s shoulders and punches away but Takagi pushes him away. Takagi runs, Ospreay HOOK KICKS first! POISON-RANA!! Takagi roars up to his feet, Ospreay spins, into a HEADBUTT! Both men are down again and the fans are still fired up! Red Shoes checks on both men but they’re both okay to continue. Ospreay sits up first but Takagi follows. Takagi heads over for junkyard dog headbutts.
Ospreay gets up but Takagi forearms first. Ospreay forearms back, Takagi hits him again. They go back and forth back and forth, faster and faster, but Ospreay gets the edge. Takagi grits his teeth and Ospreay eggs him on. Takagi fires elbows from all sides! Ospreay ROUNDHOUSES! Ospreay runs, Takagi follows to clothesline at the ropes! Takagi runs, into SPANISH FLY!! Cover, TWO to Ghost Pin! TWO, Ospreay has it again, TWO!! Ospreay LARIATS Takagi! Both men are down again and the fans are thunderous once more! Ospreay drags himself to a corner and aims at Takagi. Takagi sits up, Ospreay swings but Takagi ducks Hidden Blade! Ospreay is in a corner, Takagi hurries over, Takagi blocks the boot but Ospreay breaks free to SUPERKICK! And HOOK KICK! And ROLLING ELBOW!
Ospreay knows that won’t be enough, he calls for another shot! Fans fire up as Ospreay goes up, SUPER- NO! Takagi shoves Ospreay down to block the super cutter! Takagi climbs up to waistlock but Ospreay elbows him away. So Takagi goes outside to LARIAT Ospreay down off the top!! Takagi gets back in, brings Ospreay up, fireman’s carry, and Takagi climbs up the corner?! Ospreay fights but Takagi locks him in with the wrist clutch, SUPER STAY DREAM!! Takagi has to crawl to the cover, ONE?!?! Takagi is shocked but fans are loving this! Takagi fires up, runs, Ospreay follows, PUMPING BOMBER hits through!! Cover, TWO!?!? Ospreay survives again and Takagi can’t believe it!
Takagi fires up, brings Ospreay back up for pump handle and fireman’s carry, LAST OF THE DRAGON!! Cover, Takagi wins!!
Winner: Shingo Takagi, by pinfall; gains 2 points, Ospreay earns 0
Best of Super Juniors REVENGE! The Dragon gets on the board, and Ospreay falls to 2-1! Has Takagi just ruined Ospreay’s chances of flying to the finals?
A Block – Jay White w/ Gedo VS Kazuchika Okada!
Once again, these two clash in the ring to revive their rivalry! Will the Rainmaker end the “Jay1” early? Or will he Breathe with the Switchblade?
White talks trash about how he beat up Okada last time they fought. White and Gedo Low Sweet and Red Shoes finishes the checks. The bell rings and White bails right out to avoid Okada’s rush. Okada gets fans to clap and stomp, and that already annoys White. White tells Okada to stay back so he can get back in. White slides but slides right out to mock the clapping and stomping. Okada keeps his cool as White paces around the corner. White gets in, ties up with Okada, and Okada powers White to ropes. Red Shoes calls for the break, Okada lets off, but White drops down and out of the ring to avoid even the fake out. White gets back up and in, circles with Okada and ties up with him. Okada puts White on the ropes but White pulls hair to turn things around.
White copies Okada’s fake out and shoulder pats. Okada ROCKS White with forearms! Okada whips, boots White and then snapmares for the running basement dropkick! White bails out again and protests to Red Shoes but Okada pursues. White runs away, Gedo sneak attacks! But Okada stays up, Gedo apologizes and runs away. Gedo gets in the ring, Red Shoes hurries after him but Okada corners Gedo! White attacks Okada from behind! White clubs Okada, Okada bails out but White goes out to whip him into railing! Okada goes down and White leaves him behind, just to mock the clapping and stomping, and then says up theirs. White goes back out to fetch Okada, and RAM him into railing! And RAM him into the apron! And back into railing!
White RAMS Okada into the apron one more time before leaving him at the mercy of the ring count. The count reaches 10 of 20 before Okada stands. The count is 15, Okada gets in at 18! White stomps Okada on his back, over and over at the ropes. Gedo applauds while White stalks Okada to a corner. Fans rally up but White mocks them right in Okada’s face. White slaps Okada to the beat then wraps on a bearhug. White grinds Okada down then drops knees. Okada endures as White continues the squeeze. Okada fights up to his feet, elbows White but White clubs him back. White scoops Okada for a backbreaker! Cover, TWO! White keeps on Okada with a half camel clutch. Fans rally as Okada endures, White hooks Okada’s nose but Red Shoes reprimands.
White brings Okada around to a chinlock, Okada starts to pry free but White rams knees in over and over! White mocks the fans again as he looms over Okada. White asks, “Is this it?” Two years ago was different, wasn’t it? White mocks the clapping and stomping, shoves Okada to ropes and CLUBS him on the back. And again! Okada goes down and White soaks up whatever applause there is. White sits Okada up, drags him up and shoves him to ropes, but Okada hits back! Okada throws forearms but White gets around to club his back again! White runs, into the FLAPJACK! Fans applaud as both men are down. White’s a bit dramatic about how badly he got hit in the stomach there, but both he and Okada rise.
Okada rallies on White with forearms and elbows. Okada whips, White reverses but Okada runs White over with an elbow! Fans fire up with Okada and he whips White corner to corner. Okada runs in, back elbows, kicks and DDT’s! Cover, TWO! Okada keeps his focus as he claps and stomps. Gedo swipes at Okada’s feet but Okada chases him again. Red Shoes sees this as they go to the ramp! White hurries after but Okada was ready! He kicks White, kicks Gedo, DOUBLE DDT to the ramp! Fans cheer as Okada puts Gedo’s hat on. Okada throws the hat away and fans fire up. Okada drags White up, brings him back to ringside, but White drags Gedo part of the way. Okada puts White in, fans rally up with “O-KA-DA” claps, and Okada Alabama lifts. White goes dead weight which makes it harder on Okada’s back. Okada throws forearms but White shoves and atomic drops to a DDT!
Both men are down and fans applaud again. Okada gets to a corner, White checks on Gedo. Gedo is back and White runs, but Okada dodges in the corner. White kicks back, and half hatch suplexes Okada into buckles! Cover, TWO! White grows frustrated but he drags Okada up to the corner. White rams into Okada, hoists him up top and throws forearms. White climbs up top, Okada forearms back and sends White down. Okada adjusts, White runs back in to European Uppercut! ANARCHY SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! Fans cheer as Okada is still in this. White mocks the applause again but he drags Okada by an arm. Okada fights off the urenage, White CLUBS him on the back again! Okada is in the corner but he pops White right up to the REVERSE NECKBREAKER! Fans cheer as both men are down again.
Fans rally as Okada and White slowly sit up. Okada stands first and he throws forearms at White. White comes back to forearm Okada, but Okada hits him again. Gedo coaches White up and White throws more forearms. Okada forearms back and they go fast and furious! White staggers into ropes and Okada eggs him on! White gets up and throws more forearms but Okada DECKS him again! White crawls back, says his arm is bothering him, but Okada knows Gedo is on the apron! Okada dodges White’s cheap shot, White avoids running into Gedo! But Okada dropkicks White into Gedo! Down goes Gedo, Okada whips White but White holds ropes to avoid the dropkick! White dead lift GERMANS Okada down!
White shakes out the arms and Gedo coaches White up. “Kiwi! Kiwi!” No, wait, steal the Rainmaker! White likes that idea! White mocks the pose! White drags Okada up, ripcords, but Okada boots first! And again! Okada ROCKS White with the EuroUpper, but White CHOPS back! White whips, Okada reverses, and now Okada hits the dropkick! Okada drags White in, gut wrench and TOMBSTONE! Okada has the arm, and wraps White up DEEP IN DEBT! Gedo freaks out as White endures the modified cobra clutch! Okada keeps White from ropes but White keeps reaching! White uses a leg for the ropebreak! Okada lets White go and White breathes again, but fans rally back up. Okada drags White from the ropes, gut wrenches again but White fights back.
Okada clubs White down, brings him back up, but White slips out of the gut wrench. BLADE- NO! Okada spins White, then spins, but White counters the discus into an URENAGE! Both men are down and fans fire up again! White crawls over to Okada, drags him up in a sleeper, but Okada fights off Triple S with elbows. So White fisherman’s a leg, but Okada elbows and clubs that away! Okada gut wrenches again, White turns it around! White pops Okada in place but Okada slips out of Blade Runner to dropkick! Gedo gets in but Okada shotgun dropkicks him down! Okada wrenches White to DEEP IN DEBT! White thumbs an eye! Okada spins him to DISCUS RAINMAKER! And then, DEEP IN DEBT!
White grabs for Red Shoes but Okada thrashes him around! Fans rally as White endures, and starts to fade! Gedo throws things at Red Shoes, and White LOW BLOWS Okada!! Red Shoes didn’t see it but the fans rally up again. White seethes as he drags Okada back up. White slashes the throat, reels Okada in, but Okada spins out for DEEP IN DEBT! White gets around the back for SLEEPER SNAP SUPLEX!! But Okada is up, into BLADE RUNNER!! Cover, White wins!!!
Winner: Jay White, by pinfall; gains 2 points, Okada earns 0
The Jay1 Climax continues!! White uses every trick in the book and again defeats The Rainmaker! Have Okada’s chances at redemption just been cut down? For the second time in this year’s G1, White gets the mic to speak.
“Okada, Okada, before you go. Wait, wait!” White wants to tell Okada something~! “I just want to say, thank you. Okada, thank you for coming here tonight and celebrating this night with myself and Gedo, on the two-year anniversary almost to the day, since we created the single most important moment in all of pro-wrestling.” White pretends to be emotional. White knows that night, just like tonight, didn’t go the way Okada wanted, but White hopes Okada can salvage some happiness and peace from the fact that he was part of history. Speaking of, Okada is history! White is not only the future but the present of NJPW! This is the JAY1 now! Fans applaud oddly enough.
White knows the total IQ is low in here, so let him remind you who he is! “I am the Last Rock ‘n’ Rolla! I am King Switch, baby! I am the man who single-handedly sold out Madison Square Garden! And in the JAY1, I am undefeated!” White applauds himself and the fans applaud, too. White toys with the fans like he did last round. “You fools! BREATHE with the Switchblade, because it is still and always will be MY new era!” A much shorter and sharper speech from White tonight. Will he go completely untouched in this tournament?
Here are the NEW A Block standings!
Taichi: 3-0, 6 points
Jay White: 3-0, 6 points
Minoru Suzuki: 2-1, 4 points
Kota Ibushi: 2-1, 4 points
Will Ospreay: 2-1, 4 points
Shingo Takagi: 1-2, 2 points
Kazuchika Okada: 1-2, 2 points
Jeff Cobb: 1-2, 2 points
Yujiro Takahashi: 0-3, 0 points
Tomohiro Ishii: 0-3, 0 points
A really strong third round here for A Block! How crazy to think that TAICHI is one of the undefeateds left in the running! Though, I didn’t expect Yujiro to win, either, so it was a given Taichi would get this one. Ospreay falls from the top but in an incredible match with Takagi that definitely matched, if not outdid, their Best of the Super Juniors finals match. If nothing else for Takagi, he kept Ospreay out of the running and we could see these two give us another match for Ospreay’s Rev-Pro British Heavyweight Championship. Ibushi VS Ishii had a great match, too, and I like that Ishii keeps trying to fight even after losing. Whether or not Ibushi wins the G1, I feel like we’re going to get more of those two on the way to other titles.
Suzuki beats Cobb so that only Taichi has beaten him so far. I feel like if Taichi doesn’t win the G1, he goes for the NEVER Openweight Championship, even though he’s also still IWGP Heayvweight Tag Team Champion with Zack Sabre Jr. If not, it’ll be the other person to beat Suzuki, but who knows who that’ll be. Okada VS White was really good but perhaps not as good as their previous matches. White wins to continue this idea of “Jay1,” and at this rate, he might be a finalist after all. He’d have to lose twice to keep him out, and now that he’s beaten both Ibushi and Okada, I can’t see that happening. Maybe he loses once with Suzuki still on his schedule, but White VS Yujiro? C’mon, that’ll be like Bullet Club Finger Poke of Doom at this point.
My Score: 9.3/10
Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (10/4/22)
Who will grab the next golden ticket?
Will tonight have a TEACHABLE MOMENT?
With NXT Halloween Havoc fast approaching, the North American Championship Ladder match must be completed! And Andre Chase takes on Von Wagner for spot number four!
- Carmelo Hayes w/ Trick Williams VS Oro Mensah; Hayes wins.
- NXT North American Championship Ladder Match Qualifier: Andre Chase w/ Bodhi Hayward & Thea Hail VS Von Wagner w/ Robert Stone; Wagner wins and advances to Halloween Havoc.
- Wendy Choo VS Lash Legend; Wendy wins.
- Six Woman Tag: Toxic Attraction VS Alba Fyre, Nikkita Lyons & Zoey Stark; changed to…
- NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships #1 Contenders match: Toxic Attraction VS Nikkita Lyons & Zoey Stark; Lyons & Stark win and will challenge for the titles at Halloween Havoc.
- Julius Creed VS Duke Hudson; Julius wins.
- Hank Walker VS Xyon Quinn; Quinn wins.
- NXT Tag Team Championships: Pretty Deadly VS The Brawling Brutes; Pretty Deadly wins and retains the titles.
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NXT has a new look!
The logo changed first but now so have the graphics! And not only that, but Wade Barrett has TWO new commentary comrades in Byron Saxton and the new kid on the block, Suou Shah! They’re excited to be here because NXT is the place to be. They’re all ready to go, so what’s up first?
Pretty Deadly heads to the ring!
They’re dressed in their parliamentary best. They’ve got the powdered wigs, the make-up, the spotted capes and leather boots. They bow to the crowd and then to each other before going to the podium. They clack their gavels and bring the fans to order. Kit Wilson brings into session the Address of the NXT Commonwealth. Members present: Lord Elton Prince, OBE; and Viscount Kit Wilson. They are YOUR NXT Tag Team Champions, Pretty Deadly. Order! Order! First order: Do they look delicious? Like the two tastiest snack sin NXT! Nay, the whole WWE! And it is time for Ye Olde SIDE PLATE CHECK~! Look at those bad boys.
Now, to depressing matters. Once upon a time, brave pilgrims left the UK to the US and proceeded to make this a better place. Fast forward a few centuries and Pretty Deadly does the same thing to make NXT drastically better. Look at it now! They are the top of the tag team division as TWO-TIME Tag Team Champions! They rule over the fans with complete impunity. However! Order! There is the issue growing beneath them. They must search for new contenders! Wherefore art thou? Competent challengers! Seasoned veterans! Optimistic teams! Up-and-comers! All training in the PC, wanting a piece of PD.
Teams are hoping to be just as “effervescent” as the champions, but there is a problem. Pretty Deadly’s beaten EVERYONE~! Briggs & Jensen beat Gallus but Pretty Deadly has their numbers: 1-800-UGLY DENIM! Edris & Malik: One can’t keep a shirt on while the other needs to take his off. OHOHOHO! Yes, yes. Sweater vest and oil abs aren’t good enough. And don’t get them started on those “boring brothers.” You mean the Creeds? Yes! The Crrrrreeds! Damon Kemp might be closing the Diamond Mine Dojo forever. What about The Dyad? No, ew, skip them, they creep Kit out.
But that means there is no choice. Has it come to this? Yes. Order! Order! Elton Prince decrees that your TWO-TIME Tag Team Champions, Pretty Deadly, rulers of their domain with naught but a challenger in sight be awarded the titles forever and ever~! #YESBOY- WAIT! WHAT?! The Brawling Brutes are here from SmackDown! Fans fire up as Ridge Holland shouts, “Surprise, surprise, fellas! You two sounded pretty tough on social media talking about what happened to Sheamus this past Friday night SmackDown. So me and the Bruiser, we’re here tonight to see how tough you really are face-to-face.”
Dunne asks if there are any objections to kicking these two Muppets’ heads in! Fans shout “NO!” but Pretty Deadly panics! They were hacked! That was Kevin Nash! Kevin Patrick! Kevin Owens! Curse him! OH SHUT UP! Dunne & Ridge get in the ring but Ridge stops Dunne from tearing into Kit & Elton. Ridge says the champs sure like dressing up and prancing around like a couple of peacocks. But all they do is talk and talk about how great they are. All Ridge 7 Dunne ask is that they prove it. Because tonight, it’s Tuesday. That means it’s… FIGHT NIGHT! And then the brawl is on! Dunne DECKS Elton, Ridged CLUBS Kit and they both snatch the capes away!
Fans are thunderous for the Bruiserweight and the yoked Yorkshire, but we’ll have to wait as Carmelo Hayes makes his way out for his match. Will Melo remind everyone why he’s The A Champion?
Toxic Attraction arrives.
And they get attacked by Alba Fyre! She hits Jacy and Gigi then abducts Mandy! What’s going to happen to tonight’s Six Woman Tag? Well the math is simple: cut it down to 2v2, and make it a #1 contender’s match! Who will win here to head for Kayden Carter & Katana Chance at Halloween Havoc?
Carmelo Hayes w/ Trick Williams VS Oro Mensah!
The former NXT North American Champion wants that belt back but must go through a ladder match to do it. The Hottest Superstar Under the Sun has held NXT UK Tag Team Championship gold but never truly lost it. Who will have pole position going into the title race? And who will hit a major speed bump?
NXT returns as Oro makes his entrance. The bell rings and Melo circles with Oro. Fans rally, Melo shoves Oro, and then shoves him again. Melo says Oro ain’t ready, but Oro grabs the arm! Oro wrenches, wristlocks and grinds but Melo spins to wrench back. Oro rolls, headstands and kicks back. Oro then arm-drags Melo down to have an armlock. Fans rally while Melo fights up. Melo pulls hair, whips but Oro reverses. Melo stops himself, blocks a boot, but Oro tiger wall kicks him! Oro says he is championship material, then he arm-drags again. Melo fights up, knees low, and he throws Oro down by his hair. But Oro kips up!
Oro dropkicks but Melo blocks it. Melo dribbles, but Oro gets up to DROPKICK! That one hits and fans fire up. Oro runs, RANAS Melo, and then catches Melo for an EXPLODER! Cover, ONE!! Fans rally up, Oro aims from the corner and runs in, but Melo bails out. Oro stops, slingshots and PLANCHAS! Direct hit and down goes Melo! Fans fire up and Oro puts Melo in. Oro warns Trick and so does the ref. But Melo kicks Oro at the corner, then POSTS him! Oro staggers back, into a SLINGSHOT DDT TO THE APRON! Fans fire up and Melo high-fives with Trick. Melo puts Oro in, covers, TWO! Fans rally and duel while Melo grows annoyed.
Melo drags Oro up, whips him to ropes, but Oro ducks and comes back, into a FLAPJACK HOTSHOT! Oro sputters, Melo fires himself up, and Melo drags Oro up. Oro throws body shots but Melo CHOPS! Melo drags Oro up, cravats and snapmare rolls, but Oro blocks the superkick to roll up! TWO!! Melo escapes to SUPERKICK! Oro sits up in a daze but he grabs Melo’s arm. Melo breaks free, springboards and CROSSBODIES! Fans fire up as Melo covers, TWO! Oro shows toughness and Trick is furious! Melo CLUBS away on Oro, then twists Oro’s head in the neck wrench. Fans rally, Oro throws elbows but Melo smothers him.
Melo drags Oro up in a cravat, and then he runs for a corner. Oro turns that around to RAM Melo into buckles! Both men are down and Trick is worried. Fans rally, Oro staggers away but he blocks a punch to give a punch! And another! And again, and again! Oro whips and back drops Melo high and hard! Melo gets up, Oro rallies with big forearms! Melo swings but into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Oro kips up, fans fire up and Oro boots, but Melo blocks! Melo flips Oro but Oro AX KICKS out of it! Then he LIONSAULTS! Fans fire up with Oro more and he aims from a corner. Oro runs in at Melo, but Trick takes the WHEEL KICK for Melo!
Melo CODE BREAKERS Oro down! Melo hurries up top, shoots THE THREE POINTER! Cover, Melo wins!
Winner: Carmelo Hayes, by pinfall
Give Trick the assist, he helps Melo shoot and score again! Will Melo need Trick’s help again when the title is hanging high above the ring?
Carmelo gets on commentary to speak to everyone watching and in the audience. “They tried to say I was on a losing streak. Losing streak where?” While Trick gets helped out, Melo wants to watch who qualifies for his ladder match. And speaking of, here comes Professor Chase! Is it time for another TEACHABLE MOMENT?
Diamond Mine is with the medical trainer.
The trainer asks how Brutus Creed’s shoulder feels, and Brutus angrily shouts, “I’M FINE!” Ivy Nile & Julius tell him to chill. The trainer has to check Brutus in order to clear him. But the trainer says there is no way he can clear Brutus for competition. This is serious damage. But then Duke Hudson swaggers in, asking “Who’s crying this week?” Julius says he doesn’t have the patience for this. Duke, go away. Duke says he’s just here to see what TEN chairshots to the back looks like. Julius tells Duke to get walking or Julius will start stepping. And Julius won’t stop at ten chairshots with Duke. Oh, the older brother sticking up for the dumb one. Er, young one. Cute.
But if Julius comes at Duke while Diamond Mine is hurt, it’ll be Julius’ funeral. Oh, is that so? Yeah, Roddy’s still in the hospital, out of commission. Well Julius isn’t. If Duke thinks they’re vulnerable, let’s find out tonight. Duke will consider it. The doc should stay here, they’re both gonna need medical attention tonight. Ivy keeps Brutus back and Julius says she should stay here to keep an eye on Brutus. Brutus needs to chill, but will Julius turn up the heat on Hudson?
NXT North American Championship Ladder Match Qualifier: Andre Chase w/ Bodhi Hayward & Thea Hail VS Von Wagner w/ Robert Stone!
Professor Chase may not have beaten Von Wagner before, but that was before and this is now! Will that golden ticket be motivation enough for the brains to beat the brawn? Or is this still Wagner’s World, and Chase U is just living in it?
NXT returns and Wagner makes his entrance. The bell rings and the two tie up. Wagner knees low, but Chase throws hands. Wagner DECKS Chase, Chase gets up and runs at Wagner, but Wagner picks him up to RAM him into a corner! Wagner RAMS in again and again, then throws elbows. Wagner stands Chase up, smothers him in the corner, but lets off as the ref counts. Chase dodges Wagner, blocks a boot and hits a KNEE JAMMER! Chase KICKS away on Wagner’s leg then CHOP BLOCKS it! Chase grabs the leg, Wagner pushes him away and LARIATS on the return! Fans boo but Wagner shakes out his leg.
Wagner storms up on Chase, SLAMS him off the mat then stomps away. Melo likes what he sees because he doesn’t like Chase after last week’s upset. Wagner digs his boot into Chase but the ref counts. Wagner lets off, he soaks up the heat while fans rally for Chase U. Chase blocks a boot to DRAGON SCREW! And then Chase YANKS the bad leg, drags Wagner up, but Wagner POWERSLAMS Chase for it! Chase goes to a corner, Wagner storms up and stomps Chase down. Wagner stands Chase up to whip him corner to corner, then he run sin, only to get buckles! Chase dropkicks the legs out! Chase runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges and dropkicks the legs out!
Fans fire up as Chase JABS away on Wagner! Chase ROCKS Wagner, whips, but Wagner reverses, only for Chase to reverse back into a RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Fans spell out “CHASE U!” as Chase stomps away! But Stone gets on the apron! Chase chases him off, and THEA Electric Chair Lifts Stone! Stone fights free, but Bodhi is there! Stone snatches the banner and throws it down, only for Thea to scoop and SLAM Stone! Fans fire up and Chase is proud of his student, but Wagner CLUBS Chase from behind! Wagner back suplexes but Chase slips off! Chase body scissors and rolls Wagner, TWO!! Wagner escapes, and he BOOTS Chase down!
Wagner is furious, and he drags Chase up to the fireman’s carry! DEATH VALLEY NECKBREAKER! Cover, Wagner wins!
Winner: Von Wagner, by pinfall (advances to Halloween Havoc)
Melo mocks Chase’s loss as a “teachable moment,” but now a big, BIG man is in the match! Will Wagner finally back up his words and make NXT his world?
Melo talks trash more, saying it doesn’t matter if it’s Oro, Wagner, or “that doofus,” Wes Lee- WES LEE FLIES IN OUTTA NOWHERE! Wes CLOBBERS Melo off commentary, fires off on him around the way, but the refs hurry to stop this! Fans want to “LET THEM FIGHT!” but this will have to wait until Halloween Havoc!
Sanga and Nathan Frazer watch this all backstage.
The Gentleman Giant says he should’ve been in one of those qualifiers, but he lost against Von, too. And now Von beat Chase and is going on to Halloween Havoc. Frazer hears that. When he dropped the first fall to Axiom in their series, he was down. He has to win two matches in a row, and trust him, he was in his head about that. But Frazer blocked all the negativity out and he’s made it 1-1. Next week, Frazer has his chance in the tiebreaker. Sanga says if he can’t win it, then he hopes Frazer does. Well, cheers, mate! Thanks! Frazer heads out, and VEER walks in!! Sanga’s old friend is back, does that mean Indus Sher is back, too?
Lash Legend walks and talks to gorilla.
“Wendy Choo, I talk a lotta mess, but I walk it like I talk it like I drop it. Case in point: I dropped your ass. And I’m gonna do it again! Boot to face two, boo! Because when Lash comes around, it’s about to go down. Okay?” The Legend is ready to dunk on Wendy, but will she straight brick when taking on the Queen of Comfy?
Someone is handing out Schism’s happy face buttons.
It’s the same mysterious figure in the red hoodie. NXT audience members are a bit torn on accepting the free gifts, but Grayson Waller drives up in his yellow H2. Waller has security on hand and tells them they have one job: Make sure no visions of Apollo Crews’ come true. Crews is a coward, understand? Someone park the car. Waller brings the rest along to the arena, but will he not see Apollo Crews coming?
Wendy Choo VS Lash Legend!
Wendy’s shut up one big ego already in Tiffany Stratton in the Lights Out match, because she can bring out her dark side. Will she have to do the same thing again against Lash? Or will Lash’s legend grow at Wendy’s expense?
Lash snatches Wendy’s body pillow and BOPS her with it! The ref reprimands, Wendy is furious, and the bell rings. Wendy ducks Lash to fire off hands! Lash shoves her down but Wendy come back with more! Lash knees low, whips Wendy but Wendy reverses to CHOP! Wendy whips but Lash reverses, only for Wendy to DROPKICK her! Lash goes to a corner, Wendy runs in to BOOT her down! Lash bails out but Wendy goes to the apron to CROSSBODY! But Lash catches her with ease, and hits a SWINGING BACKBREAKER! Lash talks trash, brings Wendy up as the ring count passes 5 of 10, and she puts Wendy in at 7.
Lash stalks Wendy to a corner, drags her up and CLUBS her down! Lash talks more trash but fans rally for Wendy. Lash puts Wendy through ropes and CHOKES her while talking more smack. The ref counts, Lash lets off to then KICK Wendy down. Cover, TWO! Lash is annoyed but she drags Wendy up. Fans rally for Wendy but Lash runs to do her make-up and LEG DROP! Cover, TWO! Lash is even more annoyed but she stalks Wendy to a corner. Lash brings Wendy out, whips her into a corner and Wendy hits buckles hard! Lash stands Wendy back up to whip her back in. But Wendy BOOTS back! Lash throws Wendy down by her hair!
Fans obo, but Wendy avoids the elbow drop! Wendy hurries to ROCK Lash, then KICK a leg. And KICKS again! Wendy sweeps the legs, then SHOTGUNS Lash down! Lash crawls to a corner, Wendy runs in to handspring back elbow! Wendy goes up, BOOTS Lash out, and then leaps, but into Lash’s arms again! Lash swings but Wendy rolls to a cover, TWO!! Fans rally as Wendy goes to a corner. Lash runs in, Wendy dodges the boot and KICKS the other leg! Wendy goes up for a VADER BOMB! Cover, WENDY WINS!
Winner: Wendy Choo, by pinfall
And a big win for Wendy! Lash gets humbled, but will she stay humbled? Or is this just the beginning of another grudge for Wendy to deal with?
Backstage interview with Wes Lee.
Kelly Kincaid, another new addition to NXT, asks him about going after Melo. Was that a message he was sending back to the former champion? Wes says that wasn’t a message. That was a receipt. Melo smashed Wes’s head in locker. Melo tried to crush Wes’s head and end his career! Wes keeps calm and says he’s focused on the ladder match. Wes is going to go all out to get the title, but he’d be lying if he said he didn’t want to get his hands on Melo- and just- Channing Lorenzo walks in and says this is the real Wes Lee. That is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Wes acts all sad and introspective with that lost boy look, going all, “My friends are gone…!”
But Stacks knows Wes is ruthless. Wes hit Tony D’Angelo’s leg so hard, The Don’s PCL is going one way while the rest of him is going that way. Wes defends that he didn’t wanna win that way. Sure, sure. But The Don knows how to make things look like an accident. Actions have consequences, Wes. Stacks leaves, will Wes have to watch his back from now until Halloween Havoc?
Gallus speak, though on suspension.
They assaulted referees and security, and now they’re suspended. They didn’t realize how soft everyone here in NXT was. But they’ll stay out of the ring until the suspension is lifted. So don’t worry, lads. They’ll be back soon enough. Briggs & Jensen, that scrap doesn’t prove anything. And Pretty Deadly, hold onto those titles tightly. And Bron Breakker, you watch yourself. When Gallus returns, they won’t just come back for tag gold. Soon, it will be Gallus Boys On Top!
Kayden Carter & Katana Chance speak.
A quote on screen reads, “Anything is possible when you have the right people there to support you.” It’s crazy that they’re even here! They shouldn’t even be besties! Look at Kayden and then look at Katana. Katana’s the “Goody two shoes.” Wow, really? Well, isn’t she? Katana’s nice to everyone and always tries to help out. Well Kayden can be nice sometimes. But the thing is, they’ve also had different paths here. Kayden’s known since she was a kid that she wants to be in the WWE. For Katana, her first love was gymnastics. She used that to win on American Ninja Warrior, and then she had a WWE tryout and fell in love.
It was a rough adjustment as the new girl. Katana had to earn respect, and a couple years back, she needed to step away. Kayden remembers that, and she holds hands with Katana. See? Kayden IS nice. Oh, stop it. But it was tough on Katana and she wasn’t sure where she belonged. Kayden was worried if Katana was ever going to come back. But Kayden being there for Katana helped in making that decision, and they both knew they had the same goal. They wanted to be champions together, and look at them now! They didn’t come together just for the gold, but because they wanted the best for each other.
Toxic Attraction thinks these titles are “on loan” to KC Squared. But no, the titles are where they belong, and Gigi & Jacy are crazy if they think they’re ever getting the titles back. KC Squared will never let go. As for Lyons & Stark, those two are great singles competitors, but as a team, they’re a question mark. KC Squared will be watching, ready for whoever comes out on top.
NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships #1 Contenders match: Toxic Attraction VS Nikkita Lyons & Zoey Stark!
Gigi Dolin & Jacy Jayne are surely worried what Alba Fire is doing to their Toxic Goddess, Mandy Rose, but they have to focus on getting themselves a second chance at gold of their own. Will they be able to finally have that rematch with KC Squared? Or will the Pride & the Fighter prove they are a dynamic duo to be reckoned with?
NXT returns and Lyons makes her entrance, followed by Stark. The teams sort out and Lyons starts against Gigi. They circle, tie up, and Lyons gets around to a waistlock. Gigi throws an elbow, snapmares Lyons, then KICKS! But Lyons blocks! Lyons stands, she pins Gigi around and backhands her! Gigi gets away and tags in Jacy. Jacy and Lyons tie up, Lyons gets an arm and she wrenches. Jacy gets away as Stark tags in. Fans rally for Zoey but Jacy tells them to shut up. The two tie up, Stark shoves Jacy away and dares Jacy to come back. Jacy runs in, they tie up again and Jacy puts Zoey in a corner.
The ref counts, Stark shoves Jacy back. Stark then rolls Jacy up, TWO! Jacy sweeps and covers, ONE! Stark trips and jackknife covers, TWO! Jacy gets around, schoolgirl with bridge, TWO! Stark CLUBS Jacy, ROCKS her, but Jacy shoves her into the corner. Tag to Gigi, she kicks but Stark blocks! Stark shoves Gigi down, but has to dodge a cheap shot. Stark elbows Gigi then springboard CROSSBODIES! cover, TWO! Tag to Lyons but Gigi tags Jacy. Lyons ROCKS Jacy with fast hands and a BACKHAND! Lyons FOREARMS Jacy in the corner! SUPERKICK! Jacy bails out but Gigi gets in, only for Stark to springboard MISSILE DROPKICK!
Fans fire up as Toxic Attraction bail out! KC Squared is doing as they said and watching this from backstage. Stark & Lyons dare someone, anyone, to get in the ring while NXT goes picture in picture.
Jacy & Gigi take their time given the sore spots Alba Fyre left them with. They talk and then Jacy gets in. Jacy and Lyons reset, but then Gigi tags in. Gigi storms up, Lyons blocks the punches to give punches. Gigi ducks, knees low, and she headlocks. Lyons powers out but Jacy tags in. Gigi sunset flips, Lyons stays up, but Jacy SUPERKICKS Lyons down! Jacy grins and runs in to back body block! Jacy snapmares and KICKS Lyons, then covers, TWO! Jacy snarls and she drags Lyons by her hair. Tag to Gigi, then Jacy feeds Lyons to Gigi’s BOOT! Gigi & Jacy then double suplex! Cover, TWO! Lyons is still in this and Gigi snarls.
Gigi drags Lyons away, bumps her off buckles, and then tags Jacy. They mug Lyons, Jacy stomps away then tags Gigi back in. The ref is busy keeping Stark back and that allows Gigi to bend Lyons back against the ropes! The ref notices and counts, Gigi lets off to tag Jacy. Now Toxic Attraction both pull Lyons back! They let off at 4 and Jacy throws Lyons down. Jacy drags Lyons up to tag Gigi, they mug Lyons more, then Gigi goes to suplex. Lyons blocks, throws body shots and she snap suplexes Gigi down! Lyons rolls Gigi up, TWO! Gigi BOOTS Lyons back down! Gigi wraps on a chinlock and she grinds Lyons down.
Lyons fights up, fans rally, but Gigi wrangles her back down. Gigi leans on Lyons but Lyons grits her teeth and fights back up. Lyons JAWBREAKERS free, then gets Gigi for an ARMBAR! NXT returns to single picture as Gigi reaches out. Gigi gets a ROPEBREAK with her foot, and Lyons lets off. Gigi hurries to stomp Lyons down! Gigi drags Lyons away from Stark, she tags Jacy in, and they double wrench to double KICK! Then BUZZSAW and SENTON! Cover, TWO! Jacy is frustrated but she clamps onto Lyons to half nelson chinbar! Fans rally up and Lyons fights up, only for Jacy to CLUB her! Jacy whips, Lyons reverses and rolls Jacy again, TWO!
Jacy and Lyons DOUBLE BOOT! Fans fire up as both women crawl, hot tags to Gigi and Stark! Stark rallies on Toxic Attraction, BIG elbow for Gigi! Gigi scurries to a corner but Stark runs in to uppercut! And GAMANGIRI! Stark whips, ROCKS, ELBOWS and MULE KICKS! Fans fire up, Stark runs, SLIDING KNEE! Cover, TWO!! Gigi survives but Stark calls to Lyons. Tag to Lyons and Stark hands off Gigi. SUPERKICK GERMAN SUPLEX COMBO! Cover, Jacy breaks it! Stark BOOTS Jacy! Jacy SUPERKICKS back! They both run, DOUBLE LARIATS collide! KC Squared likes what they see and so do the fans!
The teams regroup and then Lyons spots Gigi. They go after each other, the HEADBUTT is a bit double-edged. Lyons and Gigi fire off forearm after forearm then Lyons fireman’s carries. Gigi slips off, shoves Lyons and runs to STO! Gigi drags Lyons up, tags Jacy, and then wrenches for a ROUNDHOUSE! Jacy hits the NECKBREAKER! Cover, Stark breaks it! Jacy is beside herself and she tells Lyons that this is Toxic’s time! Jacy throws forearms, but Lyons ducks the elbow to HEEL KICK! Tag to Stark and she springboards! But Jacy moves! Stark rolls through but into a ROLLING ELBOW! Jacy DECKS Lyons and hurries to tag Gigi!
Toxic Attraction set up, but Lyons trips Jacy up! SUPERKICK for Jacy! Scoop and Z 360 for Gigi!! Tag to Lyons and then Stark PLANCHAS Jacy! Lyons roars for the LYONS DEN!! Cover, Lyons & Stark win!
Winners: Nikkita Lyons & Zoey Stark, by pinfall (NEW #1 contenders to the NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships)
KC Squared can’t help but applaud. The duo was doubted, but Stark & Lyons pull off the victory! Will the Sin City Soldier & the Lioness bring that same energy to the title match?
Ilja Dragunov speaks.
“I have never feared pain. Pain makes you feel alive. But agony is a different type of feeling. When I injured my ankle, it was far, far more than just the searing pain of a snapped ligament. The agony I felt to vacate MY NXT UK Championship, a title I slayed an unbeatable force to win. A title I defended with pride and honor was taken away not by an opponent, but by circumstance. It was my privilege to shoulder the weight of an entire brand, but my biggest challenge was sitting and watching NXT UK breathe it’s last breath.
“I watched in frustration as worlds collided, titles were unified, knowing that it should have been me in that ring against Bron. Opportunities like that only happen once in a lifetime. I cannot change the past. But I can change the future. Bron Breakker is a great champion, but he’s a man. And at Halloween Havoc, he’s stepping into the ring with a machine. JD McDonagh likes to take credit for my injury, and my body bares the scars of our great battles. But JD knows in his heard that I stop at nothing to be victorious. I leave every ounce of myself in that ring, including days, weeks, months of my career! That is something that JD talks about, but he doesn’t possess.
“At Halloween Havoc, I will suffer, I will endure a great deal of pain. But it will be worth it, because I will once again become champion as the world says in unison, ‘Long Live the Czar!'” Will UNBESIEGBAR be the one to break Bron and trump the Irish Ace?
It’s the Grayson Waller Effect!
The 21st Century Success Story has the second episode of his talk show, “back by overwhelming demand.” There are millions watching, including Apollo, but he can’t do a thing, lad! Waller has security! Waller gets his split screen, he’s live on Instagram, and everyone already follows him. So get in the chat and get a “second vision” of this show. But let’s start off hot with his first guess, the Tony Hawk of NXT, Cora Jade! Jade makes her entrance and Waller moshes to her theme. Cora also has her kendo stick, and Waller introduces Cora’s opponent for Halloween Havoc, Roxanne Perez! Roxie makes her entrance and she smiles at her former friend.
Waller sits at the desk with the ladies, setting up his phone. Sorry, he meant to get a booster seat for Roxie. But Cora, Roxie, the rematch is coming and- Yeah, so Cora’s heard. But how many people did Roxie have to cry to in order to get it? Roxie says it was easy since everyone wants to see her kick Cora’s ass. Oh~, using everyone else to get what you want. Typical Roxie. Ladies, stop interrupting Waller. This is his show. But question: This is the second time Roxie is facing Cora 1v1. How is she feel- “I feel nothing. Because I’m going into this match with no emotion. Unlike at Heatwave, where I was full of mixed emotions-”
“Awww… Are you gonna cry?” Cora mocks Roxie’s “sob stories.” Fans boo but Roxie says this is no sob story. Maybe Cora doesn’t remember, but they wanted to break into the business together, rise to the top of the division and raise the bar together. They could be to new fans what the Four Horsewomen were to them! But the second Cora thought Roxie passed her, Cora threw this away. But that’s okay, Roxie will leave Cora behind to do what they wanted by herself. Cora says at Halloween Havoc, she will beat Roxie again, and the fans will all realize Roxie was a lot of hype and not a lot of talent. Fans boo but Cora says Roxie just isn’t good enough to be part of #GenerationJade.
Roxie says no, Cora. Now that the TRUE Cora is out, see it like it is: For one whole year, Cora put on this whole act that no one was buying. And the second Cora realized that, she blamed Roxie for it! And the fans! Waller agrees with that. Roxie tells Cora and her generation are full of- HEY! Do not use that type of language on this show! And that is the second time they’ve interrupted Waller. Just so you know, Waller has two huge scoops they don’t know about! First: in two weeks, they’ll be playing a game of Pick Your Poison. Roxie and Cora pick each other’s opponents, and the whole WWE roster is fair game! Instagram likes that! Roxie VS Omos!
But secondly- Cora interrupts and says that’s perfect! She’s already got a whole list in mind for Roxie. Well, Roxie does for Cora, too. Cora says Roxie won’t even make it to Halloween Havoc. Roxie says same for Cora. SECONDLY!! Waller please asks they stop interrupting him! Their match at Halloween Havoc is a SPIN THE WHEEL, MAKE THE DEAL! Now we’re talking. But what’s wrong, Cora? Scared? Waller points out some great choices this year: Buried Alive; Casket Match; Bar Room Brawl. How about a Grayson Waller Exclusive and give it a spin right now! And if it lands on Spinner’s Choice, HE chooses! Heh heh. Oh, right. Good one.
Y’know what? You girls both suck! Spin the wheel now! Security, watch the guests. Cameraman, follow Waller! See, this is what you get on the Grayson Waller Effect. You never know what he’s gonna do! This is exciting. Wait, who is that in the hood? Fans think it’s Apollo, but Waller takes a peek. Can’t see in there. He checks the guy’s arm under the sleeve. White guy, okay! Spin the wheel! Waller wants a Coal Miner’s Glove! He doesn’t know what that is but it sounds great. Oh, oh, here we go. And… it’s a WEAPONS WILD MATCH! Not bad! But wait, security! Cora takes a swing, but Roxie blocks it! Security rushes in before this gets worse!
Waller films the brawl with his phone, fans chant “JERRY! JERRY!” and Waller is all smiles. But then he can see in his own camera, it’s APOLLO! He was in disguise as security! And he drags Waller under the ring! Just what is gonna happen under there?! Cora and Roxie can’t get loose, but this isn’t going to end here! Just what won’t they use against each other in a Weapons Wild Match?
Wait! Waller emerges from under the ring, and his eyes are bleeding red!! That was Apollo’s gruesome vision, and it has come true! Apollo stalks Waller and asks where he’s going. Waller scrambles away to the back, but will Apollo get his own revenge match at Halloween Havoc?
The Schism talks with the red hoodie.
What have they been doing all day? They had ONE job. All of their time and energy is put into this mission, yet red hoodie kid can’t even take this seriously! Joe Gacy has The Dyad cool off. But red hoodie kid does need to understand: they’re not mad, just disappointed. “You need to be better.” The Schism leaves, will little red hoodie kid make things right?
Julius Creed VS Duke Hudson!
The Diamond Mine wants revenge on Damon Kemp, but it seems Julius will have to make it through the flop to get at him. Will Julius have a hot hand after tonight? Or will he bust and have to fold?
The bell rings and Julius circles with Duke. They approach, Duke knees low and CLUBS Julius hard. Julius goes to ropes, Duke knees and stomps and CLUBS away! The ref counts and fans boo but Duke lets off at 4. Duke dusts his hands off and goes back to Julius. Duke whips, Julius ducks ‘n’ dodges to CLOBBER Duke! Julius then hits an EXPLODER! Fans fire up as the straps come down! Julius lifts Duke for the ROLLING SPINEBSUTER! And the SLIDING LARIAT! Cover, Julius wins!
Winner: Julius Creed, by pinfall
Blink and you might’ve missed that one! This is how angry Julius is right now, and Duke really did choose the wrong time to push buttons. But then BRUTUS gets at Duke! Ivy tries to stop him but he’s already in “Brutus Smash” mode! Brutus puts Duke back in the ring but Julius tries to stop him. Brutus hammers away on Duke! Julius and Ivy drag Brutus away, but then Damon Kemp talks from the perch! “Congrats on your win tonight, Julius. But at Halloween Havoc, things are going to be… a little bit different.” Brutus tells Damon to get down here so they can beat his ass! Easy, Big Brute, you had your match. Now it’s Julius’ turn.
Julius says that’s fine. Damon, Julius will be his brother’s keeper. Damon is so arrogant, Julius can’t wait to beat him down. Damon says damn right he’s cocky! You would be, too, if you were this talented. Julius might be his brother’s keeper, but Brutus is Damon’s BI*CH! And y’know what? Damon’s so confident, that if Julius somehow does beat him, he’ll give Brutus another match, “but under one condition.” Brutus says he doesn’t need another match! Just another five minutes! Whatever Damon wants, he’s got it! Julius says he knows how Damon does things. He probably wants like a million stipulations.
So what’s the deal, Damon? Loser leaves NXT? Julius has to retire? End his career? Damon says this is Julius’ downfall. It proves Julius is so self-centered. Not everything is about him! This whole stipulation isn’t about Julius, it’s about BRUTUS. Damon has things he wants to accomplish in NXT, and he cannot do that if he has to constantly look over his shoulder. Julius, when Damon wins, it isn’t Julius who leaves. It’s BRUTUS! Brutus is furious, but then he accepts for Julius! Julius doesn’t like to be cold hearted, but when it calls for it, there is no one and he means NO ONE colder. He has ice in his veins.
So it won’t be good enough to beat Kemp. It won’t be good enough to pin him. It won’t even be good enough to submit him! Julius has to send Kemp out the same way Kemp did Roddy. If Kemp likes stipulations, then at Halloween Havoc, Kemp VS Julius, in an AMBULANCE MATCH! Kemp loves it! And oh, tell Roddy to make room for Julius at the hospital. Julius says if Kemp calls for him, Julius answers on the first ring. So Kemp, get your s*it together, Julius is waiting! Will Julius save the Diamond Mine singlehandedly? Or will Kemp pick it apart piece by piece?
JD McDonagh speaks.
“I have a pretty unique perspective on my opponents at Halloween Havoc. I’m the only man on this planet to share a ring with both Bron Breakker and Ilja Dragunov. Dragunov is a former NXT UK Champion. He’s unorthodox, ferocious, very dangerous. We all know Bron: he’d run through a brick wall to keep the title. You can be forgiven for looking at these two guys and thinking they’re two wildly different athletes. But to the educated brain, you can see that these guys are exactly the same. Boundless energy, passionate, they both use their bodies as a weapon, and neither one of them have two brain cells in their heads put together.
“They’re gonna go out there and try to see who the toughest is, who can withstand the most pain. But what’s my plan? I’m gonna let them. The bait’s already out there, I’m just gonna let the two animals tear each other apart. Because you see, at Halloween Havoc, it isn’t the strongest man that’s gonna walk away champion. It’s not the most aggressive. It’s the smartest. And you can call me whatever you want. Call me a vulture, a jackal, a hyena. But by the end of the night at Halloween Havoc, when the lights go down, you will call me NXT Champion.” Will the Irish Ace’s opportunistic strategy help him take the title?
Hank Walker talks with his friends in security.
They’re all proud of him for making the jump to NXT Superstar, and he has a huge opportunity. His first match as a contracted superstar! But don’t blow it! They’re just razzing him. But Hank says Xyon Quinn won’t know what hit him. And then Quincy Elliot walks in to say hey! The Super Diva does wanna warn Hank. Watch out for Xyon. As much as Quincy loves those tribal tattoos, he kinda pissed Xyon off. What? Who could be mad at you, Quincy? Exactly! What’s with Xyon? But Hank appreciates the advice, and he’s gonna head out. They all cheer Hank on, and Quincy breaks it down. Will Big Hank get an even bigger win than the one that won him a contract?
“Next week is the trilogy match between myself and Nathan Frazer. When you think of trilogies, some of the greatest superheroes come to mind. This story with Nathan is not playing out on a comic book page, it’s live-action. It’s intense. And I know he will bring out things we have never seen before. The first two matches were so close. It could’ve gone either way. And I expect this one to be even closer. But the cool thing about the trilogy story with Nathan is that instead of reading it on a page, I get to write the final chapter.” Will Axiom be undeniable when both his pride and the final spot in the NXT North American Championship Ladder match is on the line?
Hank Walker VS Xyon Quinn!
Hank Walker was a superstar prospect paying his dues as a security guard, and taking out his frustrations on “Big Body” Javier Bernal was just the thing he needed to prove himself to the WWE. Will he prove they made the right choice? Or will Xyon prove he IS the “X Factor” after all?
The bell rings and Xyon RAMS Hank into a corner! Xyon rams his shoulder in more and more, then whips corner to corner. Hank reverses but runs into a back elbow. Hank staggers, but he still arm-drags Xyon! And again! Fans fire up for Hank as he whips corner to corner. Xyon reverses but Hank comes back, only for Xyon to SPINEBUSTER! Fans boo while Xyon snarls and throws down knees at Hank against the ropes. Xyon lets off as the ref counts, to go out and CLUB Hank back into the ring. Xyon snarls, slides back in and he drags Hank up to bend him back against ropes. Xyon UPPERCUTS, then back suplexes! Cover, TWO!
Xyon clamps on a chinlock and he grinds Hank down. Hank endures, fights up and fans rally. Hank throws body shots, but Xyon CLUBS him! Xyon HEADBUTTS Hank, whips him to a corner, but Hank comes back to LARIAT! Fans fire up as the shirt comes off! Hank runs in to THESZ PRESS! Hank rains down fast hands and fans are loving it! Hank then bumps Xyon off buckles, bumps him off more buckles, and then more! Hank runs in to SPLASH! Xyon staggers, Hank runs in again, but Xyon dodges! Xyon KICKS the leg, runs and RUNS IT STRAIGHT! Cover, Xyon wins!
Winner: Xyon Quinn, by pinfall
Well, Hank won’t have a historic winning streak to start, but Xyon doesn’t look done with him! Xyon aims from the corner, wanting to hit Hank again. But here comes QUINCY! Fans rally for the Super Diva as he backs Xyon down. Quincy helps Hank up and they fist bump. Quincy even gives Hank an encouraging smack on the butt! Y’know, it’s a sports thing. Quincy dances and Hank isn’t sure what to make of it, but does Hank at least have a friend watching his back?
Cameron Grimes finds little red hoodie kid.
He doesn’t know who this person is, but they don’t need to be dealing with Joe Gacy. All Gacy does is talk out both sides of his mouth! “Listen, listen. The guy’s a hypocrite. And it’s already bad enough the guy has The Dyad-” BOOT! Rip Fowler kicks Grimes down, then he and Jagger Reed mug Grimes! They RAM Grimes into a trunk, then Gacy hands Jagger a trash can. “Let it out.” Jagger unleashes on Grimes with the can! Gacy smiles and takes the can for himself to SMACK Grimes on the back! The Schism smiles as they look to red hoodie kid. “Job well done! Welcome to the Schism’s tree.” They hug it out, but just who is this in the hood?
Briggs & Jensen find the Brawling Brutes backstage.
The good ol’ boys want Dunne to take it easy, they’re just here to wish them good luck tonight. And they also want to let the Brutes know that once they beat Pretty Deadly and become the NEW NXT Tag Team Champions, Briggs & Jensen want the first shot. Oh, is that right? But then Malik Blade & Edris Enofe walk in, and they say they know the Brutes are gonna destroy Pretty Deadly. Ridge takes a guess and figures these two want the first shot, too. How’d he know that? Briggs & Jensen tell Malik & Edris to get in line. Now they’re all arguing, and Dunne SMACKS the lockers with a chair.
Ridge tells Briggs & Jensen that if they want a shot at the Brutes, bring that same aggressive style they brought to Gallus. And as for Malik & Edris, they need to get serious for once. Dunne says he’s done talking! it’s fight night! Watch and learn. The Brutes put on banger after banger after banger! The other teams agree, that is true. But then they argue with each other about who really gets the next shot. But will it all be for naught if the Brutes fail to dethrone Pretty Deadly?
Backstage interview with Bron Breakker.
Kelly asks the NXT Champion his thoughts on what both Ilja Dragunov and JD McDonagh have said about their Triple Threat. Bron says they can watch as much film as they want, train as hard as they want, but Halloween Havoc’s gonna be a dog fight. But then in walks Javier Bernal. He introduces himself as “Big Body Javi” and says he’s a future NXT Champion. Bron’s already proven he can beat JD, and he probably could take Dragunov 1v1. But why make it a Triple Threat, the same kind of match that cost him at Roadblock? Javi remembers, he’s got the brain of an elephant. Bron has all the tools in the world, except up there.
But hey, not everyone can be Big Body Javi. Bron says, “Big Body Javi? Yeah, I can tell. Look, my temper got me into the first Triple Threat match, my pride got me into this one. And your stupidity is gonna make me request a match against you for next week!” Javi just realized he put his foot in his mouth. Will he end up an appetizer for the Big Booty Nephew before the feast that is Halloween Havoc?
NXT Tag Team Championships: Pretty Deadly VS The Brawling Brutes!
Kit Wilson & Elton Prince thought they were clear and free to be the forever champions of NXT, but then the Bruiserweight and Yorkshire Grit returned to the brand! Will the “commonwealth” soon have new nobles? Or will their lordships survive this Tuesday Night Fight?
NXT returns and Pretty Deadly makes their entrance. The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see if Ridge & Dunne can bring these belts to SmackDown!
The teams sort out and Ridge starts with Elton. They circle, tie up, and Elton headlocks. Ridge powers up and out then hip tosses Elton hard! Fans fire up while Elton scrambles to ropes. Elton BOOTS Ridge, tags Kit, but Kit runs into a hip toss, too! Ridge taunts Kit, but Kit JAWBREAKERS! Kit CLUBS Ridge, suplexes, but Ridge blocks! Ridge suplexes and SLAMS Kit down! Tag to Dunne and Ridge butterfly suplexes Kit, for the SHOTGUN DROPKICK! Dunne keeps Kit from Elton, hammerlocks one arm and pulls the other. Fans cheer as Dunne bends Kit’s fingers! And then bends some more! Dunne then goes after the other arm, isolates it, and STOMPS!
Kit clutches the elbow and fans rally up. Dunne drags Kit up, wrenches the bad arm, but Elton jumps in, to tag Kit? The ref says that doesn’t count by a long shot, but it is all a distraction tactic so Kit can throw Dunne by his hair! Now Kit tags Elton legally, and Elton stomps away on Dunne. Fans boo but Elton covers, TWO! Elton keeps an eye on Ridge and he headlocks Dunne. Dunne powers out, hurdles and drops to then CLOBBER Elton! Tag to Ridge, Ridge gets Kit and together, the Brutes give him BEATS OF THE BODHRAIN! Dunne runs to DECK Kit with the tenth! Fans fire up as Pretty Deadly flounders and NXT goes picture in picture.
Dunne and Ridge fall back while Pretty Deadly regroups. Elton is wary as he slides in, and he ties up with Ridge. Ridge RAMS Elton into a corner, EuroUppers him over an dover, then wrenches to whip corner to corner hard! Elton hits buckles then the mat, and Ridge storms over. Elton throws hands, CHOPS, and uppercuts! Elton whips, Ridge reverses and CLOBBERS him! Ridge drags Elton up, tags Dunne, and Dunne goes up while Ridge wrenches an arm. Dunne gives DOUBLE KNEES to the arm! Dunne then wrenches the arm, wrangles Elton to the mat, and he drops DOUBLE KNEES on the elbow! Dunne then runs in at the corner, but Elton dodges!
Elton tags Kit, They double whip Dunne into the adjacent corner! Then they get Dunne up in a Tree of Woe for Elton to BOOT Dunne down! Kit taunts Ridge, drags Dunne up, and wrenches for an ELBOW BREAKER! Kit wrangles Dunne now, and he drops knees, only to miss the arm! Kit clutches his leg, but he still BOOTS Dunne down! Kit rains down fists, smothers Dunne to a cover, TWO as Dunne bridges up! Kit wraps on a chinlock and makes it a cobra clutch as NXT returns to single picture. Fans rally as Dunne endures, and Dunne reaches up. Dunne gets Kit’s nose! The ref reprimands, but Kit lets go and Dunne CHOPS him!
Dunne CHOPS Elton, ROCKS Kit, ELBOWS Elton, but Kit RAMS Dunne! Tag to Elton, he runs in to UPPERCUT! Dunne flops down and Elton looms over him. Fans rally up but Elton stands on Dunne’s head and pulls the arm! The ref counts, Elton lets off, and Elton slaps Dunne around. Elton messes with Dunne’s hair, but Dunne stands up to ROCK Elton! Elton ROCKS Dunne but Dunne ROCKS Elton! The forearms keep going, Dunne fires off haymakers and CHOPS! Dunne CHOPS Elton off his feet! Dunne reaches for Ridge but Elton whips him away, so Dunne uses that momentum to DECK Kit! Elton runs in but Dunne dodges, hot tag to Ridge!
Ridge the Fridge runs and rallies on Elton with big shoulders! Ridge ducks ‘n’ dodges to FLYING SHOULDER! Fans fire up and Elton flounders. Ridge runs in to SPLASH Elton! Kit runs in, but gets a scoop and POWERSLAM for it! Elton swings but his arms get caught, for a HEADBUTT! Ridge then scoops Elton to POWERSLAM him on Kit! Cover, TWO! Fans rally for Ridge and he drags Elton up. Ridge reels Elton in but Elton drops to KANGAROO KICK! Elton UPPERCUTS, then UPPERCUTS again! Elton runs but Ridge CLOBBERS him back! Fans are thunderous while both men are down!
Ridge and Elton crawl for their corners, kicking at each other. Hot tag to Kit, and he jumps on Ridge! Ridge carries Kit like a backpack but he’s fading in the sleeper hold. But then Ridge gets a second wind and he stomps his way to Dunne for the tag! Dunne goes up and he SUPER SUNSET BOMBS! Cover, TWO!! Kit survives but Dunne snarls. Fans rally for “NXT! NXT!” as Dunne grabs the arms. Dunne gives Kit DRAGON STOMPS! Then Dunne DOUBLE WRISTLOCKS the arm! Kit endures, reaches out, but Elton grabs his hand. Dunne lets Kit go to STOMP Elton! And then ASAI MOONSAULT! Fans fire up and Dunne goes back for Kit, SNAP GERMAN!
Dunne dodges Elton, SNAP GERMAN! Fans fire up again as Dunne runs at Kit to GAMANGIRI! Then he runs at Elton, but Elton dodge the knee. Elton runs to Kit, Kit goes up and over and gets the boost, FLYING CODE BREAKER! Cover, but Ridge breaks it! Kit DROPKICKS Ridge for it, and then tags Elton. Pretty Deadly aim at Dunne, DOUBLE SHOTEI! But Ridge returns, only to get DOUBLE BOOTS! Dunne ENZIGURIS Elton, but Kit yoyos to LARIAT Dunne! Cover, TWO!! Dunne survives and Kit is shocked! Fans are loving it, though, and are giving a standing ovation! But Pretty Deadly sets up, SPILT- Ridge CLOBBERS Elton!
Dunne gets an ARMBAR on Kit!! Elton DECKS Ridge but is also down! Dunne has the arm, but Elton pushes things over to a cover! TWO!!! Dunne is up, he blocks the haymaker and bends the fingers, to SNAP them!! And then the pump handle, BITTER END!! Cover, but Elton helps Kit with the ROPEBREAK! Fans boo but the ref can’t reprimand what he didn’t see. Ridge saw it, though, and he’s pissed! He chases Elton into the ring, Dunne is there, too! Elton swings at the ref! The ref dodges the haymaker, though, and Dunne ROCKS Elton! Ridge POUNCES Elton out of the ring! Then Dunne GAMANGIRIS Kit!
Tag to Ridge, the Brutes bring Kit around, scoop, ROUNDHOUSE NORTHERN GRIT!! Cover, but wait, IMPERIUM is here?! Giovanni Vinci gets on the apron but Ridge DECKS him! Dunne spots Ludwig Kaiser, goes outside and MULE KICKS him! But then Elton CLOBBERS Dunne from behind! Kit CHOP BLOCKS Ridge, tags Elton, and Pretty Deadly sets up! SPILT MILK!! Cover, Pretty Deadly wins!
Winners: Pretty Deadly, by pinfall (still NXT Tag Team Champions)
Another screw job, just like with the Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championships! But Imperium goes after the Brutes again, they all brawl to the back, allowing Pretty Deadly to celebrate surviving the night! But wait! Malik Blade & Edris Enofe storm out, followed by Josh Briggs & Brooks Jensen! Pretty Deadly think they cleared everyone out but are proven dead wrong! Will they have to face all four men to prove they’re the best?
Great episode for NXT to introduce all the new aspects of this “White ‘n’ Gold” era. New commentators and interviewers (partially because Vic Joseph & McKenzie Mitchell are on their honeymoon) and the new look to fit the new logo, all good stuff. And a lot of great build towards Halloween Havoc, with that being NXT’s return to Saturday streaming events a la TakeOvers. Great vignette promos from Dragunov and JD, and a great interview promo from Bron where he actually used his “shoot voice,” not his “Steiner” voice. Javier Bernal stepping in it was also great, and he’ll be a good tune-up for Bron next week. Still personally hoping Dragunov wins, but I think Bron is finally finding himself as a character.
Great stuff for the North American Championship story. Melo has a great match with Oro but of course Trick helps Melo win, and we get a great transition right into Chase VS Wagner. Ironically, Chase U being ringside is what costs Chase and Wagner is going to bring some beef to the ladder match. That always seems rather standard for a multi-man ladder match like this, and Wagner is a natural pick. Sanga and Frazer have a good promo together, and I could’ve sworn Frazer VS Axiom was this week. But Veer showing up here, that’s great. He wasn’t really working out on Raw anymore, he was just another mean monster like Omos, so resetting his personality in NXT and reuniting with Sanga is great stuff.
Lash has a good promo going into her match with Wendy Choo, and it was a good match, and it was a bit of a surprise that Wendy won. It was also a surprise no Heel attacked her after. Maybe Lash will lash back at Wendy next week to set up a rematch for later. Then I loved that they decided to change things up from the Six Woman Tag. Alba “abducting” Mandy was a hilarious and aggressive way to push things to a women’s title match at Halloween Havoc, and we got a great #1 contenders match from Gigi & Jacy VS Lyons & Stark. KC Squared has a good promo to put their run together into perspective, but I have mixed feelings on Lyons & Stark winning.
I suppose it works that they’re proving people wrong by becoming a strong team, but WWE has done a lot of “the makeshift team beats the established team” these last few years. I’m sure Halloween Havoc’s title match will be awesome, but I would hope for KC Squared’s sake, they win in the end to reestablish that a long term team beats a short term team in the end. As for Alba and Mandy, I hope this is the moment Mandy loses to bring things full circle. She won the title at Halloween Havoc last year, she’ll basically get the one-year reign accolade and then she, Gigi & Jacy can be called up as SmackDown’s trio to counter Damage Control as Raw’s trio.
The inaugural Grayson Waller Effect talk show segment was a bit awkward, but I feel like they ironed out the problems and made this second one work. For one, Roxanne is finally showing some sass to match Cora’s, and I like that Waller kept getting annoyed by them. We got a good look at Spin the Wheel for this year, and I totally knew Roxie VS Cora II was going to allow weapons like Cora’s favorite little kendo stick. Cora won the first time so I think Roxie wins this one, and brutally. Also, great appearance from Apollo, of course Waller ends up with the “bloody” eyes from the prediction, and I would actually love if the blow-off for this is Eye for an Eye, because it just makes sense.
Good stuff from Hank, Quincy and Xyon. Xyon VS Quincy could make for a good match, but also maybe Xyon finds a tag partner to take on Quincy and Hank together. At this point, maybe it’s Duke since he likes picking fights. Duke gets SQUASHED by Julius, that’s good momentum for Julius. And while the promos weren’t the sharpest, Julius, Brutus and Damon Kemp set up quite the angle for Halloween Havoc. That Ambulance Match is going to be a lot of fun, but I don’t see the Creeds being split up like this. Plus, Kemp needs some comeuppance for what he’s done, this could be that moment.
There’s a lot of intrigue in this red hoodie kid and their connection to The Schism. I go with “they/them” because it’s hard to say who is under there. This could be Schism’s North American Championship member, or it could be their first female superstar recruit, it probably depends on what NXT is feeling. But “Red” setting up Grimes was good stuff, and thinking about it, Grimes confronting Red and perhaps revealing them could set up the twist that it IS a female superstar so Grimes can’t go after them. Maybe Grimes gets Chase U as an ally instead of Edris & Malik now that it looks like it could be 4v4.
And of course, great stuff for the NXT Tag Division. Pretty Deadly was so goofy in their “lordly” costumes, the Brutes showing up was a great surprise, and a great main event match out of them. Great interactions from the good ol’ boys, Malik & Edris and the Brutes that of course foreshadow the coming tag title match. Imperium screwing the Brutes over should’ve been expected, this just adds heat for their SmackDown/Extreme Rules stuff. Pretty Deadly VS Briggs & Jensen VS Malik & Edris is going to be great, would love if they decided to Spin the Wheel, Make the Deal for this match, too. Imagine a Triple Threat Tag Trick or Street Fight so they can all just go nuts.
My Score: 8.8/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dark Results & Report! (10/4/22)
It’s Dark before the Anniversary!
Dark paves the way to the Dynamite Anniversary!
AEW is about to celebrate Dynamite’s Anniversary, but there’s plenty of action in the Dark! Will Dante Martin & Matt Sydal outwork the Workhorsemen?
- Marina Shafir VS Sio Nieves; Shafir wins.
- Ari Daivari w/ The Trustbusters VS AR Fox; Daivari wins.
- Tony Nese & Josh Woods w/Mark Sterling VS Rohit Raju & Invictus Khash; Nese & Woods win.
- Abadon VS Freya States; Abadon wins.
- Slim J w/ The Trustbusters VS Blake Christian; Slim J wins.
- Ryan Nemeth & Cezar Bononi w/ Peter Avalon VS Eli Isom & Chris Farrow; Nemeth & Bononi win.
- Parker Boudreaux w/ The Trustbusters VS Terry Kid; Boudreaux wins.
- Skye Blue VS Robyn Renegade w/ Charlette Renegade; Skye wins.
- The Iron Savages w/ JT Davidson VS Gus De La Vega & Levy Valenzuela; The Iron Savages win.
- Dante Martin & Matt Sydal VS The Workhorsemen; Dante & Sydal win.
Good line-up here. I feel like the Trustbusters are gonna sweep the night because they’ll all be supporting each other with Heel tactics. Honestly, I feel Blake Christian and AR Fox would each win their match-ups if they didn’t have to worry about outside distractions. Good to see the former Bear Country, now Iron Savages, Boulder & Bronson, back in action. They’ll definitely get a good return win. And Dante & Sydal VS JD Drake & Anthony Henry is a great tag match, and I would think Dante & Sydal win that.
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