Two huge matches for huge NXT title opportunities at TakeOver!
A battle royal for a shot at Io Shirai’s NXT Women’s Championship and a GAUNTLET ELIMINATOR for Finn Balor’s title, all in one night! Who is left standing at the end of each to challenge the Evil Genius and the Prince?
- NXT Women’s Championship #1 Contender’s Battle Royal: Candice LeRae wins and will challenge Io Shirai for the title at TakeOver.
- Tommaso Ciampa VS Jake Atlas; Ciampa wins.
- Danny Burch & Roderick Strong VS Fabian Aichner & Raul Mendoza; Burch & Strong win and their teams move on to face each other in an NXT Tag Team Championship #1 Contender’s match.
- Damian Priest VS Austin Theory; Priest wins.
- Ridge Holland VS Antonio de Luca; Holland wins.
- NXT Championship #1 Contender’s Gauntlet Eliminator: Kyle O’Reilly wins and will challenge Finn Balor for the title at TakeOver.
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NXT Women’s Championship #1 Contender’s Battle Royal!
We open with Aliyah, Shotzi Blackheart, Raquel Gonzalez, Dakota Kai, Indi Hartwell, Kayden Carter, Kacy Catanzaro, Xia Li, the returning Marina Shafir, and several other prospects of the NXT Women’s Division in the ring! They’re all pumped up and ready for a shot at Io Shirai, but Candice LeRae makes her entrance, already smiling and waving like she’s the queen of NXT. But footage plays showing that she’s in a good mood because she attacked Tegan Nox backstage! She used a pipe and a TRUNK on Tegan’s already vulnerable knees!! The crowd boos Candice, but they cheer Rhea Ripley as she arrives! Will the only woman to have been both NXT and NXT UK Women’s Champion be the one heading back to TakeOver?
The bell rings and brawls break out all over! Rhea brawls with Shotzi, Raquel hits whoever is around, and Aliyah has to fight out of a corner already. Raquel clubs Shotzi, Rhea hits some of the new faces but they hit back. Rhea double hand lifts and headbutts the young woman in camouflage, to push and ELIMINATE “Gia!” Rhea waves bye before going after Indi. Candice takes a shot, Kayden helps Kacy against Dakota, and Aliyah shows some fight. Raquel whips “Raven” and runs at her. Raven boots back but is blocked, and tossed out! Raquel ELIMINATES Raven! Raquel helps Dakota against KC Squared while Catalina fights out of a corner. Rhea hits Indi and a few others while Aliyah is after Shotzi.
Rhea TOSSES and ELIMINATES “Ellie”, right into the railing! Xia Li and Aliyah fight, an old rivalry renewed. Candice hits Shotzi, Raquel scoops Kacy but Kacy fights free. Rhea throws Marina into a corner, dumps her up and out but Marina holds on! Rhea counter punches and hotshots Marina, for a HEADBUTT! Rhea ELIMINATES Marina, for a third! Raquel CLOBBERS and ELIMINATES “Avery!” Indi throws down Shotzi and throws down Kayden to protect Candice? Raquel suplexes and puts her target on the apron. Raquel fakes punch to BOOT and ELIMINATE her! She and Rhea each have three! But then Raquel gut wrenches “Rita” up, but Rita slips out to go after the arm! Raquel stays standing, dead lifts Rita and TOSSES her! Raquel ELIMINATES a fourth!
Dakota and Xia brawl, Raquel hits whoever and then goes after Catalina. Indi goes after Rhea but she fights her off. Rhea scoops Emily to the apron, Emily shoulders back and springboards up, into a BOOT! Rhea ELIMINATES her fourth! Aliyah stomps Kacy, Indi and Candice work on Kayden. Catalina brings the fight to Raquel, goes up, but Raquel BOOTS her down! Raquel ELIMINATES a fifth! Rhea goes after Aliyah, Raquel helps Indi with Kayden. Rhea RAMS Aliyah to a corner, hoists her up top, but Aliyah fights back. Xia and Dakota fight in a corner as Dakota holds on for dear life. Candice tries to scrape Shotzi out but Shotzi hits back. Raquel is after Indi now but Indo holds on.
Aliyah has Kacy on the apron, scrapes her off with a kick, but Kacy keeps her feet up! She isn’t out until her feet touch the ground, so being on her shoulders is okay! Kacy scoots with feet up in the air, somersaults back to a handstand, and then skins the cat! She’s back in! Kacy helps Kayden against Aliyah as NXT goes picture in picture.
Dakota goes after Indi but Indi hits her away. Kayden fights with Xia, Shotzi and Candice are in a corner with Rhea. Aliyah hits Kacy, Indi drags Shotzi and Rhea off Candice! Is Indi trying to make a good impression on Candice? Raquel scoops Shotzi but Shotzi holds onto the ropes! Raquel shoves Aliyah, Rhea shoves Aliyah. It seems Aliyah has no friends in this ring. Rhea swings on her but Aliyah gets around for a sleeper! But she’s just a backpack that Rhea throws to the outside! Aliyah punches but Rhea blocks. Rhea pulls Aliyah’s fake eyelashes off her face! Aliyah freaks out so bad, and then Rhea DECKS her onto Stone, and ELIMINATES her!
Dakota and Raquel go after Shotzi together, Xia clubs Candice and then Rhea goes after Candice. Indi goes after Rhea because she again wants to be on Candice’s good side. KC Squared fights with Xia to continue things from last week. Xia counters Kayden’s toss, only to be bodyscissor’d out of the ring! Kayden ELIMINATES Xia! Shotzi fights off Dakota and Raquel but not for long. Raquel and Dakota go after her, she kicks them away again and again. Candice hides under the bottom rope a moment while Indi takes care of Rhea. Raquel scoops Shotzi, she and Dakota try to scrape Shotzi out but Shotzi kicks back. Indi and Candice go after Rhea but Kacy goes after Candice. Raquel goes after Kayden with clubbing forearms and Rhea BOOTS Dakota down.
Raquel bumps Kayden off buckles, Rhea stomps Dakota then drags her up. Indi is after Shotzi with Candice’s help and Raquel notices Rhea lifting Dakota up. Raquel saves Dakota, Shotzi survives Candice trying to push her out, and Indi scoops Kacy. NXT returns to single picture as Indi puts Kacy on the apron and BLASTS her off! But Kacy clings to the railing! She’s on the barrier, not the floor! Kacy climbs while Kayden fights off Raquel. Kacy finds her way to the steel steps but Indi is watching her. Kacy lands on the steps! But Indi boots her off them!! But Kacy just goes back to the railing!! Kacy is still in this! Indi leaves her alone to help Candice against Rhea.
Kayden ends up on the apron and HOOK KICKS Raquel! Kayden reaches out for Kacy, but Raquel BLASTS Kayden off and ELIMINATES her! Now Kacy is stranded! Or is she? Kayden can still help Kacy by letting her stand on her shoulders! Kacy is back on the apron and in the ring! Rhea CHOPS Raquel, Raquel shoves back. They start brawling with haymakers! Rhea kicks but into the Electric Chair lift! But Rhea uses the ropes to headscissor Raquel out! They both tumble off the apron and ELIMINATE each other!! Dakota panics because now she’s all alone! The refs keep Rhea and Raquel from brawling, and now we’re down to our final five! Dakota is in one corner, Kacy in another, and Indi still helps Candice with Shotzi!
Indi goes after Kacy now but that leaves Candice alone! Shotzi gets her up and over, Indi fireman’s carries Kacy and bumps her off the post! Kacy swings around it, forearms and springboards back! She headscissors and ELIMINATES Indi! So much for making an impression. Dakota is right on Kacy and Candice storms over. Dakota stomps Kacy, Candice helps out. Candice runs in to back elbow Kacy! Candice dumps Kacy to the apron, Dakota goes Around the World and BOOTS Kacy off! Dakota ELIMINATES Kacy! Now they gang up on Shotzi! They throw haymakers and stomps, Candice goes corner to corner for another back elbow, but into knees! Dakota still goes Around the World, but Shotzi dodges the boot! Dakota is stuck, Shotzi dumps her out, and ELIMINATES her!
But Candice whips Shotzi! Shotzi reverses, sends Candice up but not out. Candice elbows back, goes after Shotzi but Shotzi boots the clothesline away! Shotzi hits the SLING DOD! Candice flounders, Shotzi brings her up but Candice holds on for dear life. Candice shoulders back in, pulls on green hair, but Shotzi breaks free to ENZIGURI! Shotzi runs, for the BALLPIT, but Candice moves! DRAPING NECKBREAKER! Candice drags Shotzi up and throws her out, but Shotzi holds on! Shotzi ROUNDHOUSES back! Shotzi gets in and goes up, but Candice CHOPS her! Candice climbs up, Shotzi fights back, and puts Candice on the apron! Candice grabs at Shotzi and shoves her down! Both women are on the apron, and Candice climbs up! Shotzi ROCKS Candice first, then YANKS her into the post!
Candice flops down the steel steps but hasn’t touched the floor. Shotzi joins her, steps on her, but Candice pushes her back. Shotzi grabs for Candice but Candice monkey flips Shotzi away! Candice wins!!
Winner: Candice LeRae (NEW #1 Contender to the NXT Women’s Championship)
Considering she “eliminated” Tegan Nox even before the match, and oddly had a friend in Indi, the Poison Pixie had a much easier time winning this match. Husband Johnny Gargano joins her in the ring to celebrate, because breaking news: Gargano is going to challenge Damian Priest for the North American Championship at TakeOver, too! Will Mr. & Mrs. Wrestling make their dreams come true and reign together as champions?
Backstage interview with Damian Priest!
The Archer of Infamy knows Johnny Gargano is coming for his title, what is his reaction? “This is huge, Sarah!” It’s Johnny TakeOver! The guy made NXT, or so he says. But as good as Gargano says he is, he’s not ending the Reign of Infamy so soon. In fact, as long as Priest is champion, the title will continue to slide through Gargano’s fingers. Just like in that TakeOver: XXX Ladder match. Priest is also facing Austin Theory tonight, how is he preparing? Theory is a guy whose record is not relevant to what his talent is. Theory is great, but it sucks to be him because his losing continues. Sarah, you’re really good at this. Maybe he’ll see you at the after party? Will Priest still be in the mood for partying after going #AllDay?
NXT returns to… an investigation?
Danny Burch, Roderick Strong, Raul Mendoza and Fabian Aichner are all arguing with “Fandango Holmes” and William Regal walks over to sort this out. Cheerio, William! Please, hear him out. No silly accents, Dango. Right, sorry. Why is he dressed like that? Also, his whiteboard reads, “Fandango’s #1 Contender Algorithm,” but none of the contenders’ names are spelled right! Danee Birch & Uno Lorcan, Billy Fish & Robert Strong, Fabio Acne & Marty Barty, as well as Ryan Bulldozen and Quinoa Wilde, are not real people.
Fandango says he’s figured this out! NXT will take one man from each worthy team, from Danny & Oney to Undisputed Era to Los Gatos (The Cats?) and Emporium (Imperium…) and put them in a special tag team match! The duo that wins will have a match next week with each other, and the team of the winner faces Breezango at TakeOver! It’s so simple! Regal has no idea so he turns to Danny. Danny says he and “the Sherman” take on against the merchant and the burke, winners take on the ceptics. THAT Regal gets? Well, either way, Fandango’s fandangled process of elimination is approved! Who wins to face each other to win a chance at gold?
Tommaso Ciampa VS Jake Atlas!
The Psycho Killer made his return by brutalizing this same young star without remorse or hesitation. He also attacked Atlas backstage the same way. Will Atlas finally get a semblance of payback in the rematch? Or will he just get more of the same from Ciampa?
The bell rings and the two tie up. Ciampa puts Atlas in a corner, lets off but tries to chop. Atlas dodges to CHOP and forearm and repeat! Atlas whips, Ciampa reverses and ROCKS Atlas with that right! Ciampa throws Atlas through the ropes, Atlas escapes the DDT and drags Ciampa out for fast hands! Atlas kicks and punches Ciampa to the steel steps then stomps away! The ref counts, Atlas lets off, but Atlas brings up the apron skirt. Atlas wants to return the favor but Ciampa kicks him away! Ciampa gets in the ring, Atlas follows, and Ciampa tries to retreat! Atlas goes after Ciampa at the ropes so Ciampa LARIATS him down!
Ciampa cools off and Atlas crawls, but Ciampa is right after Atlas with a trapped-arm chinlock. “You want to be a main event player, huh!? You want to be at the top!?” Ciampa stomps Atlas! Ciampa says HE is the main event! Then he drags Atlas up, whips him to a corner hard, but Atlas comes back to ROCK Ciampa! Atlas throws more haymakers, then whips Ciampa, only for Ciampa to reverse. Atlas handsprings out of the way, shoves to Manhattan drop and dropkick Ciampa down! Atlas trips Ciampa, stomps him and rains down rights! Atlas fires off but Ciampa pushes him away. The crowd fires up, Ciampa boots but Atlas blocks to reel Ciampa in. Ciampa resists the lift, Atlas shoves him to a corner and BOOTS!
Atlas gets up top and aims at Ciampa. Ciampa bails out but Atlas just hops down to the apron. Atlas jumps over the sweep and boots Ciampa again! Atlas goes up, SUPER MOONSAULT! Direct hit takes Ciampa down but Atlas puts Ciampa in. Atlas climbs, Ciampa stands, Atlas leaps for the BLOCKBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Ciampa survives but Atlas slaps some focus into himself. Atlas goes back up, RAINBOW- NO! The boot takes Atlas down, he puts Atlas through the ropes, WILLOW’S BELL! Cover, ONE!? Ciampa lets off so he can hurt Atlas more! “You want to eat at the champ’s table?” Ciampa knows Atlas is hungry, so he feeds him stomps! “Security at gonna save you!” Underhooks, for the FAIRY TALE ENDING BOMB! Cover, Ciampa wins!
Winner: Tommaso Ciampa, by pinfall
Ciampa didn’t even have to, but he was making a point with the new take on the Fairy Tale Ending. Will everyone feel that same ending now that Daddy’s home?
NXT hears from Ridge Holland.
“People say, ‘Who is Ridge Holland?’ I remember a time back home in Yorkshire, I was around 8 years old, four kids tried to lock will over little Ridgey.” But a switch went off, and four bodies were left lying on the floor. Ever since then, Holland has fought for everything. He fought in Rugby, the toughest sport on Earth. It may not be fighting, but it is the next best thing. And during that time, Holland nurtured a skill for hurting people. And the best place to show that off is in NXT. From the UK to the US, the NXT Universe will learn what Holland is all about.
NXT returns to hear from the Gauntlet Eliminator participants.
Cameron Grimes says Regal did it again! The top five fighting for the top prize, THE NXT Championship, and Grimes is one of them! “Now that Finn Balor has that championship, that’s just what I need to take Cameron Grimes tooo theee MOOON~!”
Timothy Thatcher says “Titles are nice and all, but right now, what’s more important to me is getting another round with Finn Balor. Get ready for round two, Finn, because I’m coming for your title.”
Bronson Reed says Balor doesn’t watch the business, the business watches him. “Well, Prince. Bronson IS a battle tested, Colossal Bronson Reed who is ready to become a champion NOW more than ever!”
Kushida simply vows he is “going to be standing in front of Finn Balor.”
Kyle O’Reilly says “The Golden Prophecy is the Golden Prophecy. No matter who’s holding the gold, which member of the Era boys, it really doesn’t make a difference, because this is about becoming the NXT Champion. That’s not just a prediction, that’s Undisputed.”
Balor repeats that it is time for people to start fighting to face the champion. Who makes good on their threats and promise in the Gauntlet Eliminator? Regal wishes all the competitors the best of luck and looks forward to seeing who heads to TakeOver.
Danny Burch & Roderick Strong VS Fabian Aichner & Raul Mendoza!
The Gov’nah and the Savior of the Backbreaker are one odd couple, and so is the Pride of Italy and technical assassin of El Legado del Fantasma. Will these duos stick together long enough to earn a title opportunity for them and their real tag partners?
Strong and Aichner start us off, tie up and go around. Strong gets the arm, wrenches but Aichner pulls hair! Aichner puts Strong in a corner, whips him corner to corner but Strong goes up and over. Strong keeps moving, blocks the hip toss but Aichner blocks back. Aichner CLOBBERS Strong, runs back in and scoops Strong for a slam! Tag to Mendoza but with some salt. Mendoza snapmares Strong, runs and basement knees Strong. LIONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Strong powers Mendoza to a corner, Burch tags in and he throws European Uppercuts on Mendoza. Burch wrenches and snapmares Mendoza for a chinlock.
Mendoza fights up, pops out the back but Burch pushes him away. Burch scoops Mendoza, Mendoza slips out and slides under. Mendoza side steps, Burch catches Mendoza out of the air! Burch rolls Mendoza, TWO! Burch whips, Mendoza reverses but Burch dodges and Mendoza only gets buckles! Burch enziguris and pushes Mendoza down to then hop up. Aichner rushes over but Burch swats him away, only for Mendoza to YANK him off the top! Mendoza and Aichner are oddly working together well as NXT goes to break.
NXT returns and Aichner has Burch down in a modified chinlock, with an arm trapped inside the hold. Burch endures, Strong coaches him up but Mendoza talks trash. Burch fights up, throws body shots, but Aichner choke grips. Burch breaks free but Aichner ducks the punch to back suplex Burch high and hard! Aichner poses, kicks toyingly at Burch, then brings him up by a hair. Aichner bumps Burch off buckles but Mendoza tags in. Mendoza stomps away, the ref backs him off, but Mendoza drags Burch up. Mendoza CLUBS Burch, then chokes him on the rope! The ref counts, Mendoza lets off, and mocks the UE fingers before he kicks Burch.
Mendoza snapmares Burch, covers, TWO! Mendoza stomps Burch, drags him away from Strong and puts on a cobra clutch. Burch endures as Mendoza cranks on the hold. The crowd rallies up and Strong reaches out but Mendoza drags Burch away. Burch throws body shots but Mendoza knees low. Mendoza shoves, Burch sunset flips! Aichner tags in and stomps Burch down! Aichner BOOTS Strong for good measure, then reels Burch in for a scoop. Burch slips out, but can’t tag out! Burch BOOTS Aichner, Strong tags in! Aichner CLOBBERS Burch but Strong CLOBBERS Aichner! Strong hits Mendoza and comes back to calf kick Aichner!
Strong rallies, intercepts Mendoza, then catches Aichner to SLAM him onto Mendoza! Aichner flounders, Strong has him for an OLYMPIC SLAM! Cover, but Mendoza breaks it! Strong kicks Mendoza out, drags Aichner back up, but Aichner resists the suplex. Aichner suplexes, Strong slips out while Aichner’s back gives out, but Mendoza gets a cheap shot in! Strong staggers into the SPINE BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Aichner drags Strong up to a fireman’s carry then tags Mendoza. Strong fights out, throws Aichner out, but Mendoza dropkicks him down! Mendoza throws forearms on Strong, whips him corner to corner, but Strong puts Mendoza on the apron. Burch heads over but Mendoza enziguris him down!
Mendoza goes to the corner, Strong runs in but gets a forearm. Mendoza goes up, Strong KNEES Mendoza and Burch tags in. Strong PSYCHO KNEES Aichner, Burch drags Mendoza out, TOWER OF LONDON!! Cover, Burch and Strong win!!
Winners: Danny Burch & Roderick Strong, by pinfall; advance to the NXT Tag Team Championships #1 Contenders match
The Undisputed Era and the One Two have moved on thanks to these two, but that just means no more unlikely friendships! Will Strong and Bobby Fish take down Lorcan & Burch? Or will the BritAm Brawlers punch their ticket to another TakeOver?
Backstage interview with Austin Theory!
Coming up in a matter of minutes, Theory has his match with Damian Priest. Priest says Theory will continue to “slide,” what is his response? But Gargano interrupts and tells Theory that he’s been watching since Theory’s return. Theory has “all the God-given talent in the world to be a major player here. Kinda like me.” Just be smart, okay? Priest is big, but you can bring him down to your level. And if Theory can at least soften Priest up for Gargano, Gargano will not forget. Sarah wishes Theory luck, but he just scoffs at the sentiment. Will Theory do Johnny TakeOver a favor tonight?
Damian Priest VS Austin Theory!
No more time for talk, it’s time for the Archer of Infamy to put Theory to the test! Will Theory pass with flying colors? Or will he crash and burn as Priest continues to #LiveForever?
The bell rings and Priest circles with Theory. They tie up, Priest wrenches Theory’s arm hard, then cranks on the wristlock. Theory rolls, handsprings and wrenches back to a wristlock of his own. Priest spins through, arm-drags Theory and Theory scrambles to a corner. Priest smirks but Theory grins and shakes it off. The two go again, Theory waistlocks but Priest pries free. Priest switches, headlocks and grinds Theory down. Theory powers out and back elbows Priest hard! Theory whips, Priest reverses and leaping back elbows Theory down! Theory scrambles to a corner and Priest runs in, but Theory put shim on the apron. Priest dodges the punch, catches the arm and wrenches as he goes up top. Theory can’t stop Priest going Old School for the CROSSBODY!
Priest arm-drags Theory again, cranks on the arm and digs a knee into his head. Theory endures, Priest grinds but Theory fights up. Priest wrangles him down and clamps harder, but Theory stomps on a foot. Theory pulls hair but Priest arm-drags Theory again. Priest runs in but Theory uses a drop toehold to send him into buckles! Theory stomps away on Priest, hauls him up and back suplexes! Theory grins as he covers, ONE! Theory says he knew that’d happen, but he drags Priest back up. Priest throws body shots, Theory blocks to LARIAT back! Standing moonsault! Cover, TWO! Theory keeps his cool as he lines up the shot and KICKS Priest in the side! Theory mocks Priest’s pain and throws forearms.
Theory fireman’s carries but Priest slips out to BELL CLAP! And then ripcord LIFTING COMPLETE SHOT! Priest gets up, stalks behind Theory, and runs to springboard, but Theory pushes him out of the ring! Priest crashes and burns as NXT goes to break!
NXT returns and Priest swings on Theory at the apron. Theory ducks and forearms back, to then somersault shotgun dropkick! Cover, TWO! Theory grows frustrated and argues the ref hasn’t seen a move like that before. Theory clamps onto Priest with an armlock and chinbar. Priest endures, fights up but Theory slaps him around. Theory clamps onto the chin but Priest fights up. Theory knees low, chops Priest to a corner, but Priest JABS the arm! Priest fires off kicks and ROCKS Theory with the forearm to LARIAT him down! Priest fires up, takes aim and runs corner to corner for the leaping back elbow! Then the BROKEN ARROW! Cover, TWO! Theory survives but Priest keeps focus.
Priest watches Theory get up, but Theory ducks the spinning roundhouse. Theory waistlocks, Priest elbows free, but misses the elbow in the corner. Theory CLUBS Priest, torture racks, and spins for the TOWER HACKER BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Theory grows frustrated, but the crowd rallies up. Priest flounders up and out of the ring but Theory taunts the champ for retreating. Theory goes out after Priest with forearms and taunts him more. Priest choke grips but Theory slips out to elbow back! Theory suplexes, Priest fights out and SPINNING ROUNDHOUSES! Priest drags Theory up, crucifix, APRON RAZOR’S EDGE!! Priest stalks Theory into the ring, roars and dragon sleepers, for the RECKONING! Cover, Priest wins!
Winner: Damian Priest, by pinfall
The Archer of Infamy shoots down Theory, and now has his sights on Gargano! Will Priest keep Johnny from taking over at TakeOver? But speaking of, Gargano SUPERKICKS Priest down!! The crowd boos as Gargano looms over Priest, and mocks the archer taking aim. Gargano aims for the North American Championship, but is he going to have things #TheJohnnyGarganoWay?
NXT sees things through someone’s visor?
“I’m not sure what happened. I helped create something of my own blood. Years and years of dedication, only to be taken over by paper champions.” These championships have been in isolation for far too long. “Now I’ve come back to take what is mine.” Who is this that is returning? Find out on 10/4/20, the next TakeOver!
NXT returns and hears from Isaiah “Swerve” Scott.
“Santos Escobar, in case you forgot, that’s two pinfall victories over you.” Swerve is not content because Escobar still has the NXT Cruiserweight Championship. Swerve is this close to beating him for the title, but this time, no sidekicks. No special masks. Next time they face off, there will be a new champion.
Ridge Holland VS Antonio de Luca!
Yorkshire Grit returns to the ring, ready to bulldoze through whoever is put in front of him! Will he do just that here tonight?
The bell rings and Luca rushes Holland, but Holland shove shim away. Luca tries again, but Holland DECKS him! Holland drags Luca up, whips him but Luca kicks back. Luca runs but Holland goes the other way to POUNCE him! Holland dares Luca to stand, then gives him a HUGE overhead suplex! Holland still dares de Luca to do something, then brings him up for another overhead suplex! Holland wants Luca to get up again, but has him in the corner. Luca throws forearms but Holland HEADBUTTS and HEADBUTTS and just keeps going! The ref counts, Holland lets up at 4 and drags Luca up. NORTHERN GRIT!! Cover, Holland wins!
Winner: Ridge Holland, by pinfall
Holland manhandled de Luca to say the least! Will Holland do the same to the rest of NXT until he’s taken over?
Backstage interview with Io Shirai!
The Evil Genius and Candice LeRae have a long rivalry, and now Candice is the #1 contender. But Shirai says that it doesn’t matter what Candice does. Shirai has never really liked Candice, and never will. At TakeOver- But Candice and Johnny find Shirai and say she’s been hiding. Shirai takes offense and she argues with Candice. Gargano says while he can’t understand Japanese, he doesn’t like the literal sound of what Shirai is saying. But Priest walks in, “Here’s Johnny!” Priest DECKS Gargano! Referees hurry in to keep this from getting worse, but clearly the champions and their contenders are ready to go already. Will things only get more vicious as TakeOver draws closer?
NXT returns with news for next week!
After being in the final three of tonight’s battle royal, Shotzi and Dakota will go 1v1! Will the wild child #TCB against #CobraKai? And after the confrontation we just saw, it will be a special Mixed Tag of Priest & Shirai VS The Graganos! Will the NXT North American and Women’s Champions show their contenders what they’ve signed up for at TakeOver?
NXT Championship #1 Contender’s Gauntlet Eliminator!
Another first for NXT, this is a match that mixes the two words in its name! Two will start, but if one doesn’t eliminate the other before the countdown is over, it’ll turn into a Triple Threat! And then a Fatal 4 Way, and could even be a Furious 5 before it’s all over! Who is still standing at the end to take on The Prince?
Well first, we see who is starting this match! And it will be Kushida and Kyle O’Reilly! Will the Time Splitter put the Undisputed Era member away before time is up?
The bell rings and Kushida circles with Kyle. They both try a leg guard but then get back up. Kushida leaps on, Kyle drops him down and the two feel out a grapple on the mat. Kyle backs up to get a leg then shoot the half. Kushida keeps an elbow up so Kyle settles for a mount. Kushida turns things around, pushes for a cover, ONE! Kushida tries again, Kyle tries a triangle but Kushida cartwheels to headscissor. Kyle pops out and the two stand off. They circle again, Kushida gets a leg, Kyle reaches but drops down to get the arm and body scissors. Kushida fights out of the body scissors and shifts around to get the arm! Kyle resists th earmbar to get a kneebar! Kushida rolls to get the ropes. The ref calls for the break, Kyle lets go and the two reset.
Kyle and Kushida circle, tie up with knuckle locks, and Kushida gets a facelock. Kushida floats to a chinlock, Kyle fights up, and rolls Kushida to a cover. ONE but Kyle has a facelock now. Kushida fights up, powers out but Kyle runs him over! Things speed up, Kyle rolls to BOOT Kushida. Kyle runs into a hip toss! Kushida handsprings and dropkicks back! Kushida grabs an arm, steps through and hammerlocks to then get the arm. Kyle endures the Jim Breaks but Kushida steps over again to hammerlock that arm. Kushida drops back for a SNAP lock! Kyle gets away but Kushida is after his arm again. Kushida wrangles Kyle down, pulls on the arm and mounts, but Kyle endures.
Kyle slips around, trips Kushida but Kushida has the leg guard. Kyle kicks Kushida, Kushida goes for the drop toehold but Kyle stays up. Kushida kicks the leg then kicks Kyle in the face. Kushida kicks the arm, throws forearms, but Kyle blocks to kick back! Kyle and Kushida brawl as the last 20 seconds show on the board. Kyle grits his teeth as he forearms, but Kushida forearms back. They just keep throwing forearms faster and faster, but here comes… The COLOSSAL Bronson Reed! Kushida and Kyle glare at each other but they go after Reed! Reed clobbers them both and starts to rally! Reed lifts Kushida to TOSS at Kyle! Reed then has them both in a corner, for a COLOSSAL sandwich splash!
Reed hoists Kushida up top, brings Kyle over and fireman’s carries. Reed puts Kushida on top, but Kushida fights free. Kushida kicks Reed low and Kyle is saved. Reed reverses the whip but Kushida handsprings to back elbow both Reed and Kyle! Only Kyle falls but Kushida enziguris Reed! Reed ends up in a corner, Kushida KICKS Kyle. Kushida whips, Kyle reverses but Kushida sunset flips. Kyle stays up but he ARMBARS Kushida! Reed goes to stomp but gets caught in a HEEL HOK! Kushida MOONSAULTS onto Kyle to get the HOVERBOARD!! Kyle flails, but Reed drags Kushida up for a dead lift suplex! Then he SENTONS Kyle! Reed stomps and headbutts Kyle then goes after Kushida at the corner.
Reed RAMS into Kushida over and over but Kyle kicks at Reed. Reed and Kyle brawl but Reed headbutts Kyle down again. Reed SLAMS Kyle then goes up top. Kushida hurries but Reed punches him away. Kyle attacks with forearms then climbs up to join Reed. Reed and Kyle brawls, Kushida joins in! Kushida and Kyle club away on Reed but then hit each other. Reed headbutts Kushida down, Kyle clubs Reed but Kushida HANDSPRING KICKS them both! Kyle crashes down, the ref is busy checking on him, and Velveteen Dream slides in!? He goes after Kushida and hits the DREAM VALLEY DRIVER! Dream screws Kushida over!! Reed doesn’t even realize it, either! Reed just adjusts, and leaps for the TSUNAMI SPLASH!! Cover, Reed ELIMINATES Kushida in time for the countdown!
Reed drags Kyle up but here comes Timothy Thatcher! The Professor of Pain rushes in but Reed decks him! Reed glares at Thatcher while Kyle still flounders in a corner, and NXT goes to break.
NXT returns again, Reed and Thatcher brawl as Kyle gets back in. The countdown is in the last 20 seconds again as Kyle kicks away on both men. Kyle gives Reed a wrench and shoulder breaker but Thatcher is after Kyle’s arm! Reed waistlocks Thatcher, Kyle gets away to waistlock Reed! Thatcher switches with Kyle but Reed gets behind Thatcher again! Kyle grabs ropes, Reed GERMANS Thatcher! Reed goes back to GERMAN Kyle as the final entrant is none other than CAMERON GRIMES! The Carolina Caveman feels great about his odds as he throws forearms on Reed. Grimes goes up top for a HUGE crossbody! Grimes puts his hat on a post and BOOTS Thatcher! Grimes goes up top to QUEBRADA Thatcher down!
Grimes throws off his vest and fires up as he goes out to PENALTY KICK Kyle! Then Grimes gets in but Thatcher swats the kick to get the arm! Grimes gets free, SUPERKICK to Thatcher but Reed CLOBBERS Grimes! Kyle kicks but Reed ROCKS Kyle, Thatcher pushes Reed but gets Kyle’s yoyo LARIAT! Grimes BOOTS Kyle, Kyle rebounds again but swings into a scoop and SWINGING SLAM! Reed LARIATS Grimes! All four men are down but stirring as the “crowd” rallies up. Thatcher goes out, has Kyle on the apron for forearms, but Kyle hits back with kicks! They brawl on the edge, Thatcher gets the edge, but sees Reed coming. Thatcher goes for a sleeper, Reed pries at the hold and Grimes SUPERKICKS Thatcher down!
Kyle leaps off the apron and KNEES Thatcher at the ramp! Grimes builds speed but Reed rocks him first. Reed slingshots Grimes out onto Thatcher and Kyle! Then Reed fires up to go after all three men with forearms and headbutts. Thatcher CHOPS Reed, bumps him off the apron, then pushes him into the ring. Thatcher gets in, Reed fireman’s carries for the DEATH VALLEY! Cover, TWO!! Thatcher survives but Reed grits his teeth. Kyle goes after Reed with forearms but Reed gives them back. They brawl, Kyle goes after legs but Reed pries him off. Reed POWERBOMBS Kyle down, matchbook cover, TWO!
Kyle bails out, Grimes drags himself up and Reed is after him. Grimes hotshots Reed then gets in to CHOP! Grimes throws big forearms and kicks Reed down. Cover, TWO! Grimes won’t stop, he drags Reed into a neck wrench and chinlock. Reed powers Grimes to ropes, and TOSSES him across the way! Thatcher goes after Kyle on the outside but Reed builds speed to COLOSSAL DIVE!! Direct hit on ALL THREE opponents! All four men are down again as NXT goes picture in picture.
Thatcher flounders up and goes after Reed with a chinlock. Grimes and Kyle go to the ring, Grimes stomps Kyle as Thatcher goes after Reed’s arm. Grimes digs his knees into Kyle’s face and then throws big kicks! Kyle goes to a corner, Grimes throws body shots. Grimes whips Kyle corner to corner hard! Kyle bounces off buckles and hits the mat but Grimes calls Thatcher in to go after Kyle together. Thatcher ROCKS Kyle with uppercuts and Grimes keeps Reed out. Thatcher throws more EuroUppers then gets a leg. Thatcher goes for the Half Crab but Kyle resists. Thatcher still has the heel hook and cranks on that while Grimes gets Reed in the ring.
Grimes drops knees on Reed and stands on him in the corner. Thatcher goes after Kyle’s arm now but Kyle resists. Thatcher puts Kyle in the corner and throws more EuroUppers. Thatcher cravats Kyle for the wrench while Grimes kicks away on Reed. Thatcher throws Kyle out and helps Grimes with Reed. NXT returns to single picture as Thatcher throws knee after knee. Grimes throws forearms but Reed CHOPS away on both men! Reed Bionic Elbows Thatcher, atomic drops and elbows Grimes! Kyle kicks away on Reed, runs but into the POWERSLAM! Reed runs in to corner splash Kyle then hoists him up top. Grimes goes after Reed but gets spun into the dragon sleeper. Thatcher gets caught for an URENAGE onto Grimes! Cover on Thatcher, TWO!
Reed goes up top again, Grimes goes after him but Reed clubs him down. Thatcher throws forearms on Reed, climbs up to join him and throws more forearms. Reed hits back with body shots so Thatcher throws more forearms. Reed headbutts Thatcher down, adjusts and leaps, TSUNAMI FLOP! Thatcher dodges, Kyle LEAPS to drop KNEES! Cover, Kyle ELIMINATES Reed! But Thatcher gets an ANKLE LOCK! Kyle flails, kicks, moves around and rolls to get Thatcher for an ANKLE LOCK! Thatcher endures, fights up, turns and pries Kyle off to go after the arm. Kyle resists the takedown, hooks a leg to get a facelock. Thatcher pops free to EuroUpper hard! Kyle forearms, but shoots into a knee!
Grimes DEAD LIFT GERMANS Kyle! But Thatcher gets Grimes’ leg! Grimes kicks away to get free and scrambles up. Thatcher gets him for a belly2belly! All three men are down, but Thatcher sits up. Thatcher glares at Kyle, drags him up, and clamps on underhooks. Kyle resists, spins out and knees hard! Kyle throws forearms, Thatcher returns them and the two brawl. Kyle kicks but Thatcher catches, only for Kyle to slap away! Kyle enziguris, Thatcher ducks and Grimes takes the hit! Thatcher still wobbles into Kyle’s wrench, but gets a sleeper hold! Grimes runs in, but Kyle catches the foot! ANKLE LOCK! Grimes endures but Kyle fades! Kyle boots Grimes away and turns the hold into a cover! TWO, Grimes runs at Kyle but is sent out!
Kyle brawls with Thatcher again, throwing kicks and knees and more kicks! He sweeps the leg, takes a moment to catch his breath, and runs at Thatcher in a corner. BIG forearm smash! Kyle keeps moving but Thatcher uppercuts! Thatcher throws more EuroUppers, Kyle gives more knees and a strike fest! Thatcher choke grips and SLAPS! Thatcher grits his teeth as he swings, but into a backslide! TWO, Thatcher rushes in but Kyle steps over to roll him up! Kyle ELIMINATES Thatcher!! But Grimes hits the CAVE-IN!! Cover, ROPEBREAK!! Grimes thinks he’s won but he didn’t hear the ref! Kyle is STILL in this!
Kyle sits up, Grimes grits his teeth and talks trash as he stomps Kyle down. Grimes stomps Kyle and says, “You’re nothing like Adam! He was the man of the group!” Kyle fires up and fires off forearms. Grimes hits back but Kyle runs, into a COLLISION COURSE! Cover, TWO!! Grimes is losing his cool as Kyle survives again! The last man of the gauntlet and the first man are still going, as Grimes throws forearms. Kyle hits back, they brawl more, Kyle knees low and ax kicks, but Grimes hits the smash! Grimes runs into another knee! Kyle waistlocks, Grimes grabs ropes but Kyle DRAGON SCREWS!
Kyle has Grimes up, but Grimes knees free. Grimes SUPERKICKS Kyle, then takes aim from a corner! CAVE- NO! Kyle gets under, Grimes’ leg buckles, Kyle drops down to get the leg!! Grimes TAPS, Kyle wins!!
Winner: Kyle O’Reilly, by submission (NEW #1 Contender to the NXT Championship)
Kyle has run the gauntlet!! He survives four of the best in NXT today, to take on perhaps THE best! Will Kyle prove he can be the top star against Finn Balor? The Undisputed Era celebrates with Kyle, but here comes The Prince himself! Balor smirks as he stares Kyle down. Will Balor shoot down the Golden Prophecy once and for all?
What a great episode! There was a bit more going on that I expected but that actually made things even more fun. It is of note that there wasn’t actually a crowd as there was another breakout of coronavirus cases at the Performance Center. So much like the ThunderDome or BT Sports studio, the crowd noises were from production, not real people. Which is probably while Ridge Holland was “booed” as much as he was. Last I knew, he wasn’t a Heel, and the crowd cheered him. Holland makes quick work of his opponent tonight and with even more aggression than usual. Maybe they are trying to make him out as a Heel, but that seems a bit strange to me. Another strange thing was the video hyping a mysterious return to NXT. I honestly have no idea who this could be, as no one had a cyborg gimmick before.
The Women’s Battle Royal opening was great, and it was great to see them fill the field with some prospects and trainees. Catalina finally returns to television after being sent back to NXT when the Sin Cara VS Almas feud wasn’t really gaining traction. I was surprised Rhea and Raquel weren’t in the final three, but I do like they at least cancelled each other out. Maybe they feud now that Mercedes Martinez is weirdly part of Retribution, thereby delaying both their rises to the NXT Women’s Championship. Candice takes Tegan out and wins the battle royal, she’s going to have a great match with Shirai. Priest has a great match with Theory, and great interaction with Gargano. The mixed tag match we’re getting is going to be a lot of fun, and will be a big indicator for TakeOver since next week is the go-home.
Ciampa and Atlas have a really good match, and I was expecting Kyle to get involved given last week, but seems not. Swerve has a quick promo video on Escobar, I hope the Cruiserweight title match gets to be part of TakeOver just to give it some spotlight. Fandango being the supposed mastermind behind the convoluted tag tournament was great. The makeshift team match was really good, and I’m actually surprised it’s UE and the OneTwo instead of El Legado and Imperium. I suppose this was just a nice way to send Imperium off before they go back to NXT UK, and I suppose El Legado can bide their time with 205 Live until a later, bigger TakeOver event.
While I wish there was more time given to the Gauntlet Eliminator, we still got incredible stuff. I almost thought Kushida was going to win and give us a NJPW flashback, but I forgot Dream would want revenge. Instead, it is a great surprise for Kyle to be the one, and I want to see this be a major story point for the Undisputed Era. They’re clearly happy for Kyle here, but will they stay happy with him if he fails? Will his story with Ciampa circle back around to screw Kyle over? I actually hope note, I would love to see Kyle and Balor really give it their all and give us a great main event at TakeOver: Still No Subtitle or Theme. Seriously, is this going to be the first time since the first one that it was just NXT: TakeOver? That seems the weirdest thing of all to me.
My Score: 9.3/10
Andrew’s AJPW Champion Carnival Results & Match Ratings: 4.10.2021
Day 2 of my fill in stint covering the AJPW Champion Carnival! Can Suwama get in the winner’s column? Can the Ace Kento get on the board? Does anyone pull away so early?
Day 2 of my fill in stint covering the AJPW Champion Carnival! Can Suwama get in the winner’s column? Can the Ace Kento get on the board? Does anyone pull away so early?
Given the fact the incumbent champion lost his first round, the ace lost and there were a few main event players that picked up hard fought wins but don’t have an easy day today, this should be interesting. What kind of tournament are we looking at?
Since the tournament is 1 block, each person gets 9 matches, similar to the G1. So using G1 logic, 2 losses puts you on the bubble of being out, and 3 losses is basically death with the exception of weird breakers or fun rock/paper/scissors situations.
So for everyone’s sake, let’s hope we end up at mostly parity to continue to keep everyone alive for most of this single block tournament!
- Yuma Aoyagi vs Shotaro Ashino: Aoyagi wins via End Game @9:22 – ** ¾
- Kohei Sato vs Koji Doi: Doi wins via Murder Lariat @4:52 – * ½
- Shuj Ishikawa vs Zeus: Zeus wins via Arm Trap Facelock @10:41 – *** ½
- Shinjiro Otani vs Kento Miyahara: Kento wins via Blackout @13:23 – *** ¾
- Jake Lee vs Suwama: Suwama wins via Last Ride Powerbomb @18:23 – ****
Yuma Aoyagi vs Shotaro Ashino
So very similarly to the match against Otani, Aoyagi starts slow. The match begins with a handshake, then he gets driven to the ropes, Ashino slides under his legs during the break to trip him up and starts working over the leg. An early Stretch Muffler indicates that Ashino is most likely aiming to win with the Ankle Lock.
Aoyagi was on the move and constantly clawing for an opening. A few strikes and early knockdown give Aoyagi hope as he goes for End Game, but Ashino powers up and slams him into the corner. Ashino controls most of the tempo until we get a German Suplex trade off spot. Aoyagi ends up taking the worst of it, and Ashino goes for the Ankle Lock.
While in the Ankle Lock, Aoyagi tries to roll through 3 times, but Ashino moves with the roll and holds the move in place. Right before Aoyagi looks like he’s going to tap, he adjusts, grabs Ashino’s head for the Small Package; Ashino manages to kick out. But before Ashino can really re-orient himself, Aoyagi slaps on the full version of End Game. Ashino tries to fight through, but succumbs.
Ashino with two big losses almost writes him out already. Hopefully he makes a small run to suspend disbelief for a little bit and this isn’t his swan song from AJPW.
Kohei Sato vs Koji Doi
Doi comes out of a loss to a major player, Shuji Ishikawa, of current AJPW and Sato avenged his loss to the current Triple Crown Champion Suwama. So at face value, one should think this is a perfect time for Sato to gather some momentum to make sure he gets another shot at the title.
Contrary to logic, this match was interesting. Doi starts off with a quick flurry and picks Sato up into a Torture Rack. Sato eventually fights out and then we get a chop battle, which Sato is notoriously bad at and throws some of the lamest looking chops. Granted, even though he was losing the chops, apparently a well-placed Forearm rocked Doi enough to have Doi selling the forearm for nearly the rest of the match.
Referee Nikkan Lee gets up to seven before Doi starts responding enough to be on the receiving end of a Soccer Ball Kick from Sato. Sato senses the match is over, picks Doi up real cocky for a Brainbuster, but it gets countered into a Brainbuster of Doi’s own! A short range lariat rocks Sato afterward and then off the ropes for Murder Lariat! Sato is stacked up, Doi covers and Doi gets the win!
Well we look to be in an interesting starting spot so far. Who would’ve figured Koji Doi would have more points than Shotaro Ashino…ever. Also for clarity, the low rating is because the match was so abrupt. It wasn’t inherently bad, just not really anything to sink teeth into beyond an upset win.
Shuj Ishikawa vs Zeus
There is history with these two, most notable in my head is during Zeus’ only Triple Crown championship reign, Shuji was his first and only defense. So Zeus looks to continue momentum this year, possibly running back the undefeated record of last year; while Shuji is trying to protect his position and title as Gaora TV champion.
This goes the way most of their previous meetings have, where Shuji tries to overpower Zeus. Because even though Zeus is a bodybuilder, he’s a bit on the short side (5’10”). So with Shuji standing about 6 inches taller and not being of a slight build, Shuji loves to buckle Zeus and play the power struggle. Tests of Strength, Shoulder Tackles, Lariat battles, it’s all great power wrestler spots.
Shuji does however start to catch Zeus. So after a chagrining Lariat into the corner, the middle rope Mushroom Stomp and a few Tsunamis; it looks like Shuji is setting up to win with a Fire/Thunder Driver – but Zeus slips out the back! Zeus locks in the Arm Trap Facelock, and Shuji is dead to rights. Stuck in the middle, twisted about in the move, it only takes a few moments before Shuji is forced to tap and Zeus moves on with 4 points!
Shinjiro Otani vs Kento Miyahara
Dueling boots start the match, which Kento bails after being on the losing end of the exchange. Otani decides to remind him that recovering on the apron isn’t safe, so he charges and lands the Bootwash through the bottom rope sending Kento flying. As the match plays out on the outside, Kento regains his swagger, talks smack to referee Wada and does his “headbutts around the ring” spot.
After rocking Otani, Kento gets cocky, poses back in the ring and the smug Kento from his previous Triple Crown champion days starts making a return. He gives Otani too much space though, charges the corner, and takes a Drop Toe Hold into the bottom turnbuckle, and then Otani revs up the old kicking boot across Kento’s face for a few Bootwashes.
From this point, both men’s stubbornness comes out in spades. Kento gets a little cocky, Otani catches him on the corner, they fight back and Otani refuses to fall before hitting Kento with a Superplex. Then we go into a strike exchange where both are just wailing on one another. Otani manages to rock Kento and then catch him with a Dragon Suplex for a near fall.
Moving quickly, Otani hits Spiral Bomb, but again only two. So he tries a Dragon Suplex again, but Kento fights out. Kento hits a Blackout to the back of Otani’s head, and now they are throwing haymakers. Kento catches Otani with another Blackout, but Otani returns the favor with one of those Hashimoto Overhand Chops that put down Aoyagi yesterday! Otani goes for another, but Kento Blackouts the chop. The clash leaves Otani in more pain, another Blackout and Otani powers out of the pinfall at 1, but is scrambling and stumbling around, unable to find his feet. Kento hits one more point blank Blackout, and picks up his first points of the 2021 Carnival!
Jake Lee vs Suwama
So watching this second tournament match for Jake, I’ve come to realize what I’m referring to him as during this Total Eclipse gimmick. He is very much “Light Yagami” Jake Lee. He’s cackling when he accomplishes something, unbridled frustration and nearly schizophrenic reactions do really scream Death Note crazy Light.
This match was interesting since early on Suwama didn’t really know what to make of Jake, and Jake tried the same stuff he pulled on Ashino, where he was a little awkward, took advantage of situations and tried to bait Suwama into bad spots. The difference is, Suwama is a veteran and Triple Crown champion; so even though Jake got a few early shots, Suwama eventually forced him back into old habits.
Jake was forced to wrestle, hitting interesting flying kick and knee variations, pulled out the old Kitchen Sink and put in a lot more effort than the first match. Suwama managed to stay resilient and push our new Total Eclipse Death Note wielder. This match was built more around Jake coming into his new persona, and yet still not being able to get passed certain old hurdles.
Suwama absorbed a lot, hit some short range lariats, his Double Chop comeback, and the spinning chop. Jake hits the back of the head Giant Killing, attempts D4C, but Suwama blocks. Jake keeps the pressure up, attempts and old Giant Killing/Knee Lift, but Suwama catches the leg, lifts him into a Last Ride, and puts him away!
Suwama finally gets on the bored, and Jake is left stunned and seething. Which plays perfect for Jake to win the Carnival and earn his Suwama shot, and prove his evolution then.
Overall Score: 7.5/10
So this ended a little stronger over all than day 1, but both days so far have been a fun start. The mixture of upsets and oddly abrupt matches are perfect for a tournament even if they don’t rank high. In the larger picture of things it’s nice to see that a competitive match can end in less than 5 minutes without comedy tactics.
Seeing how Jake took the loss to Suwama gives me hope for this anime antagonist character. I’m honestly a little surprised that the whole tournament is knotted up except for Zeus at the 2-0 and Ashino at 0-2. I really did not think Ashino would be the slow kid in the pool right now. But I suppose since he was just betrayed he’s still finding his footing. Like I alluded to before, it would be nice if he’s just getting broken down to be built back up and not just putting people over on his way out.
Now since the only unique records are first and last, the rest of the tournament isn’t hard to figure out, but here are the standings! Solid first 2 days so far!
- Zeus: 2-0 – (4 Points)
- Shuji Ishikawa: 1-1 – (2 Points)
- Shinjiro Otani: 1-1 – (2 Points)
- Kohei Sato: 1-1 – (2 Points)
- Jake Lee: 1-1 – (2 Points)
- Kento Miyahara: 1-1 – (2 Points)
- Suwama: 1-1 – (2 Points)
- Koji Doi: 1-1 – (2 Points)
- Yuma Aoyagi: 1-1 – (2 Points)
- Shotaro Ashino: 0-2 – (0 Points)
Mitchell’s WWE WrestleMania 37 Results & Report! (4/10/21)
The two night extravaganza begins!
WrestleMania sets sail once again!
The first of two epic nights begins, and Sasha Banks VS Bianca Belair will be its main event! Will Boss Time end as this becomes WrESTleMania?
- WWE World Championship: Bobby Lashley w/ MVP VS Drew McIntyre; Lashley wins and retains the title.
- WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship #1 Contenders Tag Team Turmoil: Natalya & Tamina win and will challenge Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler for the titles on night two.
- Seth Rollins VS Cesaro; Cesaro wins.
- Raw Tag Team Championships: The New Day VS AJ Styles & Omos; Styles & Omos win and are the new Raw Tag Team Champions.
- Steel Cage Match: Braun Strowman VS Shane McMahon; Braun wins.
- Damian Priest & Bad Bunny VS The Miz & John Morrison; win.
- SmackDown Women’s Championship: Sasha Banks VS Bianca Belair; wins and
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It’s the WrestleMania 37 kickoff show!
Join Kayla Braxton, Booker T, JBL, Jerry “The King” Lawler and Peter Rosenberg in discussing, analyzing and predicting, finally back in front of a LIVE CROWD!!
The Night Panther is here!
But R-Truth keeps interrupting his commercials! Truth wants to be Old Spice Guy tho! Good thing he didn’t have his 24/7 Championship on him, Truth might’ve lost his baby tonight.
Sonya Deville joins the panel!
Fans are excited as the new assistant WWE official discusses the Women’s Tag Team Turmoil. She loves having fans back, and she has history with women’s tag team wrestling. She is ready to see what we get out of Billie Kay & Carmella. Finally, Billie has a spot! She has been selling herself, as it were, Mella finally accepted, and Billie’s just so entertaining so Sonya is ready to see that. And what of her former partner, Mandy Rose…? Well, they were a stronger team back in the day, but that was on Sonya. But she still wishes every team luck. JBL is so happy to have Sonya over Peter. Sonya doesn’t mind that.
And of course, today’s main event, Banks VS Belair. Sonya is a boss in her own right, so what does she make of Boss VS EST? Both very talented, but sometimes people get a nickname and it’s just that. The words better back up the names. Being a “boss” is more than just what’s on the surface. Like the suit? Yeah. You walk the walk, talk the talk, wear the suits. But Sonya will definitely be watching closely.
Vince McMahon is here!
He stands on stage with the superstars featured tonight as he speaks! “Throughout this pass year, our superstars performed tirelessly for all of you.” But there was something missing. And that was the fans of the WWE! As we now emerge from the pandemic, and on behalf of the entire WWE Family, Vince would like to say thank you, and welcome you back to WRESTLEMANIA!
Bebe Rexha performs America the Beautiful!
We’ve waited patiently for this moment.
“Finally…!” The biggest event in LIVE entertainment is BACK! Back with the spectacle, the excitement and the pageantry! WrestleMania is #BackInBusiness! And tonight, WWE sets sail on the high seas with epic epicness bigger than the history of history! Wait, what? Did he just say all that? That’s what was written. Okay, mate, let’s get this cold open done right. We pick up where we left off just last year. Our heroes are obnoxiously heroic as they battle for the ultimate prize: immortality. But no more tall tales, let’s get real, as the kids say. Tonight, we witness the global event that spans decades, created unforgettable moments, and has the memories we will remember forever.
But let us tip our caps to you, the fans, who made this possible. You over there, and them up there, and even those at home who “can’t not watch.” We raise the sails as fate still awaits. The course was corrected, the wind cannot be stopped, and the quest continues! Now how’s that? Impressive. But where’s the big finish? That’s cold open 101. Good point. Pyro montage! “Welcome back… to WrestleMania!”
There’s a rain delay!?
It seems Tampa wants to tease us by keeping things stalled a little longer.
Backstage interview with Shane McMahon.
How is he feeling after that moment on stage? Goosebumps, of course! Being back with LIVE fans, Shane is pumped! He’s going for the knockout on Braun. But what is his problem with Braun? Shane’s just poking fun is all. But he’s been more or less bullying him. What? How? What did he say? He said he was stupid. Well, Braun turned out not so stupid because a steel cage is a great choice. Shane is using is noodle to figure out what to do to Braun while he’s in there. Shane does have experience in that match. And the Monster Among Men is big, but shouldn’t Shane pick on someone more Shane’s size? Sure, maybe, but when the opportunity is there, he has to do it.
Bobby Lashley & MVP interrupt but Shane doesn’t mind, He lets them have their time. MVP says the time for talk is over. This is the crowning moment for Lashley and the All Might Era! No words can convey what is going on. The only language Lashley can speak right now and that Drew McIntyre can understand right now is VIOLENCE. MVP has said it before, the WWE World Championship changes you! McIntyre will agree with that because he has had that title and wants it back, but that isn’t happening! MVP told McIntyre that it’s over at Mania, and that McIntyre would lose his dignity, lose consciousness and lose the match. But McIntyre storms over to get in their face!
You want to go now, McIntyre?! MVP keeps the peace because this match will happen soon enough. McIntyre says Mother Nature can’t save Lashley. If they have to fight backstage, they will! McIntyre will not be stopped! MVP tells Lashley to stay calm, referees hurry over to keep this from getting any more heated, but that’s hard to do. McIntyre wants Lashley to keep that energy up. Sarah now asks McIntyre how he’s feeling. McIntyre is at a 10, he is just trying to keep his emotions in check. But last year, in the Performance Center, his first shot at the world title, he won it. McIntyre lost it for a few weeks, go it back.
But now to fight in the first match with live fans, if it’ll happen now, McIntyre is just fired up with MVP’s crap. WrestleMania or not, McIntyre just wants to drop Lashley’s ass! This WILL happen tonight!!
Kevin Patrick interviews the New Day.
They’re ready BABYYY~! People in the building has them excited! This feeling is hard to understand until you feel it! Even before Kevin was here! Kevin is happy to see these two against AJ Styles and Omos. But why? Because they’re fighting champions! Kevin had to be watching! The New Day fights the best. Omos & Styles might still not be registered, this might not happen. Oh they did? Then let’s go! Woods has felt Omos’ force but he is not afraid! Woods and Kofi have always been this size, so there are guys bigger, but they signed up for the titles! It doesn’t how big Omos is, how great Styles is, but the New Day has beaten every single other team! They cannot hang!!
OMG Big E!? Big E is THE Intercontinental Champion and he’s gonna do work on Night 2! Big E says we’ll see what makes these two one of the greatest tag teams ever!! You will see two men at their very best, so consider yourself BLESSED! Woods feels delivered! Kevin gets it, right? Yes, he does.
Backstage interview with Braun Strowman.
He has his steel cage match with Shane, but what’s he feeling? he’s just ready to do this. He isn’t doing this just for himself but for every person who has been bullied and called worthless! Braun is ready! Shane’s made the bed, he’s gonna lay it in, Braun will beat Shane within an inch of his life so let’s GO! Braun is in the best shape of his life, Shane has made a mistake getting into this. You can only poke a bear so much before it bites you. Braun is proving that bullies don’t win! You will see Braun stand over a corpse tonight, and we will be praying Shane can still breathe after tonight!
Backstage interview with Bianca Belair.
The EST’s first title match is at WrestleMania, in the main event! Where is she emotionally? Nervous, but that means she cares, just like she said on SmackDown. Yes, she’s against The Boss, she is all that, but Bianca doesn’t run from competition but runs to it. She is going to put the EST in The BEST, and will put it all on the line. And the best part? The fans are here! Bianca is going to do this not just for her, but for the world! Making #Herstory!
Backstage interview with Seth Rollins!
Mike- Er, Kevin, welcome! Your first Mania! Rollins is fired up as it’s just a wild night already. But given what’s happened since his return, with disrespect from Cesaro and the swing- MIKE. KEVIN. LISTEN. We don’t have to go over all that. You just had to bring up Cesazzlo. But that’s fine, and Rollins has wanted to address it. Since coming back, week after week, Zassoro has disrespected Rollins. Why? Maybe to use Rollins as a springboard into the potential that he’s been wasting. When the storm clears, the moon and stars will all shine on SETH FREAKIN’ ROLLINS, because he IS the NEW Mr. WrestleMania! And he’ll prove it again with the match of a lifetime when he trounces that joke Sazzaro in Raymond James Stadium! Have a great night Mike-Kevin. My Kevin? Hyphen it to Mi-Kevin.
Backstage interview with The Miz & Morrison.
They say they don’t need luck, because they have skill. You can tell a lot about a man from the company you keep. And Bad Bunny hanging out with Damian Priest means they’re scum. The fun and games are over. This isn’t the Super Bowl, the Grammy’s or SNL. This is WRESTLEMANIA! And you are up against the ONLY TWO-TIME Grand Slam Champion, and the Mayor of Slam Town, the Greatest Tag Team of the 21st Century! *Stare off into distance* #BeJealous!!
The hosts of WrestleMania are here!
Titus O’Neil and Hulk Hogan walk out on stage! Titus starts by saying, “Ladies and gentlemen! Welcome to Raymond James Stadium!” Welcome to Titus’ city of Tampa Bay! Rain, sleet, snow, it doesn’t matter! The WWE Universe has the energy we’ve been wanting for a whole YEAR! For one year, one month and a day, for the first time, we’re #BackInBusiness live! Not just that, Brother Titus! They need to hear ya! Titus says alright. Let’s try this again. For the first time in one year, one month and a day, WE ARE BACK IN BUSINESS, LIIIIIVE!!
Tampa gets loud to join in and Hogan says, “Let me tell you something, Titus!” We’re making history tonight, tomorrow night and even right now, with their very first match in front of the WWE audience, brother! But not just any match! They are kicking off with aggression, violence and the WWE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP! And it’s the All Mighty Lashley and his dangerous Hurt Lock! If he gets the neck of a 747, he could break it! But McIntyre’s Claymore could kick the faces off of Rushmore in just one go! Then there’s one question to ask, Titus! Whatcha gonna do when Titus WORLDWIDE~ and ALL the Hulkamaniacs-
Whoa whoa whoa, and what about the two nights!? We’ve got TWO NIGHTS! And then ALL the Hulkamaniacs, run wild on you!?
WWE World Championship: Bobby Lashley w/ MVP VS Drew McIntyre!
The Chief Hurt Officer tried but failed to remove the Scottish Warrior from the equation, and now he will pay for it! Will McIntyre become a three-time world champion in the span of just one year?
The introductions are made, the title is raised, and this All Might WrestleMania Weekend opening contest FINALLY begins!
McIntyre and Lashley tie right up as fans fire up! They go around, McIntyre puts Lashley on ropes but Lashley pushes back. They end up in a corner, go around more ropes, but break. Fans rally and duel as the two go again. Lashley waistlocks, McIntyre resists the lift and pries free to wrench and headlock. Lashley powers out, follows then runs McIntyre over! McIntyre stands right up and the two reset. They feel things out, knuckle lock and McIntyre reels Lashley into another headlock. Lashley powers out again, hurdles but McIntyre shoves to OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! McIntyre even says “UP YOURS” with his fist.
Lashley is furious and he gets in McIntyre’s face to pie-face him! McIntyre throws a forearm, Lashley returns it and it’s a brawl! Lashley knees low, fires off more hands in a corner, then pushes McIntyre. McIntyre turns things around to stomp and windmill some haymakers! The ref counts, McIntyre lets off but Lashley throat chops! Lashley fires off hands, forearms, and then whips. McIntyre reverses, Lashley holds ropes but McIntyre clotheslines him out! Fans fire up as McIntyre pursues. MVP checks on Lashley, and Lashley RAMS McIntyre into barriers! Lashley fires off more hands, brings McIntyre around and whips him into barriers!
MVP is fired up, Lashley drags McIntyre up and whips him into more barriers! Lashley refreshes the count, goes back out after McIntyre, and puts him in the ring. McIntyre goes to a corner, Lashley runs in and RAMS into him! Lashley turns McIntyre for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, ONE!! Lashley is right on McIntyre with a rain of fists! McIntyre goes to ropes but Lashley chokes him and throws clubbing forearms! The ref backs Lashley off, but Lashley returns with more hands! McIntyre tries to hit back but Lashley chokes him on ropes again! Lashley stands on McIntyre, lets off as the ref counts, and fans boo as Lashley looms over McIntyre.
McIntyre hits back with body shots and CHOPS! Fans “WOO~” but Lashley RAMS McIntyre into a corner. Lashley roars, goes corner to corner, but McIntyre POSTS him! McIntyre hits an ARM CODE BREAKER, to an ARMBAR! Lashley endures, clasps hands, and fights up. Lashley hammers away, gets free and fires of more hands! McIntyre is dazed as Lashley lets off. Lashley brings McIntyre up, SLAPS him, and taunts him in a corner. McIntyre gets up but Lashley RAMS into him again! And again and again! Lashley fires off haymakers and elbows, and fans are divided as Lashley paces around.
Lashley whips corner to corner but McIntyre comes back with a LARIAT! And another! McIntyre whips, Lashley reverses but McIntyre ducks and OVERHEAD Belly2Belly suplexes again! Lashley staggers up, into the clinch and ANOTHER OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! McIntyre gets around Lashley to hit a NECKBREAKER! McIntyre kips up and fans fire up! McIntyre watches Lashley get up, kicks and underhooks, but Lashley powers McIntyre into a corner! Lashley rams in again and again, but lets off to go corner to corner, but into a back elbow! McIntyre waistlocks but ducks the counter elbow to NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO!
MVP coaches Lashley up but McIntyre is after the arm! Lashley resists the wristlock with knees to the stomach and forearms to the back. Lashley shoves but McIntyre KICKS! Lashley comes back to LARIAT! Lashley reels McIntyre in, gut wrench to the DOMINATOR! Cover, TWO!! McIntyre survives and Lashley is already seething! MVP says Lashley has McIntyre where he wants him, he just has to stay on him. Lashley waits for McIntyre to get up, then reels him back in for a suplex, only for McIntyre to wrench out and GLASGOW KISS! But McIntyre runs into an ALL MIGHTY SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Lashley is getting mad but he still has his ace card to play!
McIntyre staggers up, Lashley full nelsons! McIntyre resists the Hurt Lock but Lashley throws more low knees! Lashley fireman’s carries but McIntyre elbows free, shoves and runs in. Lashley elbows McIntyre, but McIntyre gets through the boot to elbow and CHOP and ROLLING ELBOW! McIntyre gets the legs, drags Lashley up, INVERTED ALABAMA SLAM! Cover, TWO! Lashley is still in this but McIntyre keeps his focus. McIntyre brings Lashley up, fans fire up again and McIntyre puts Lashley on the top rope. McIntyre CHOPS, climbs up and throws clubbing forearms! Lashley resists and trips McIntyre up! Lashley throws haymakers, but McIntyre gets a KIMURA!
Lashley endures, throws body shots and forearms, and he puts McIntyre in the Tree of Woe! But McIntyre sits up to SUPER Belly2Belly! And then CLAY- NO! SPINEBUSTER!! Lashley is fired up and fans are thunderous as he paces around. McIntyre kips back up!? Lashley is shocked, but McIntyre says, “Bring it, bitch!” They brawl, Lashley gets the edge and has McIntyre on the ropes. Lashley roars, whips, but McIntyre reverses to OVERHEAD Belly2Belly again! McIntyre then gets Lashley into the FUTURE SHOCK! But he’s not done there, ANOTHER FUTURE SHOCK! But that’s still not enough?! A THIRD FUTURE SHOCK!! Cover, TWO!??! Lashley still lives and McIntyre is beside himself!
“This is Awesome!” and we’re just starting WrestleMania! McIntyre wants the countdown, and fans count along! But Lashley drops to get away from the Claymore! Fans boo as MVP helps Lashley get away, but McIntyre FLIES!! All three men go down in a heap and Raymond James Stadium is thunderous as they lose their minds! McIntyre gets up, drags Lashley into the ring, and then climbs a corner. McIntyre leaps but into a clinch! Lashley spins McIntyre around, throws some knees, and HALF NELSON SUPLEXES! Then a clinch for the COMPLETE SHOT! Lashley dares McIntyre to get back up! McIntyre rises, Lashley is stalking up behind him, but McIntyre blocks the Hurt Lock!
McIntyre is prying it open! And then he RAMS Lashley into buckles! McIntyre gets up and runs in, into another SPINEB- NO! KIMURA! McIntyre has Lashley down on the mat and stuck in the center of the ring! Lashley endures as fans rally and duel so hard! Lashley reaches out, McIntyre cranks as hard as he can, but Lashley gets the ROPEBREAK! McIntyre holds on until the ref counts and lets Lashley go in frustration. McIntyre gets up and fans build back to a rally. Lashley rises, both men glare at the other, and the brawl is on again! They go haymaker for haymaker, kick for kick, elbow for elbow, but Lashley clinches to throw McIntyre into buckles.
Lashley runs, into a BOOT! McIntyre gives another GLASGOW KISS! McIntyre goes corner to corner, but MVP distracts! Lashley drops to avoid the Claymore again! McIntyre staggers, Lashley CLOBBERS him in a corner! HURT LOCK!! McIntyre is caught, endures, powers up, but fades! The ref checks on McIntyre, Lashley leans on the hold as much as he can, but McIntyre gets that second wind! McIntyre stands, uses the corner to push, it’s a cover, but Lashley rolls right back to stand! Lashley still has the Hurt Lock clamped on tight! McIntyre fades again!! The ref calls it, Lashley wins!!!
Winner: Bobby Lashley, by submission (still WWE World Champion)
INCREDIBLE! This clash of titans ends with the Rocky Mountain Machine still on top of that mountain! If McIntyre couldn’t stop him, then who in the WWE possibly can?
DING DONG! Bayley is backstage!
And she’s found Titus and Hogan, and the nWo. She hosts a big show, the biggest who, the Ding Dong Hello show. Heard of it? Titus doesn’t have cable. Well if anyone needs help, she’s Too Sweet. Kevin Nash leaves Bayley hanging! Titus is hungry. Wanna go get something, guys? X-Pac gives Bayley the Too Sweet, at least, but then the legends head out with Titus. Well, just call her, brother!
WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships #1 Contenders Tag Team Turmoil!
The Irresistible Force & Queen of Spades have gotten every time between Raw and SmackDown all riled up, and now they’ll have to be ready for whatever team survives tonight! Will it be the Riott Squad, the Ravishing Glow, the Sexy Muscle Friends, the second generation superstars or the last minute but still FABULOUS Carmella and Billie Kay?
The first teams out are…
Naomi & Lana VS Carmella & Billie Kay!
The teams sort out, Naomi starts with Mella and Mella SLAPS Naomi! Naomi KICKS and KICKS and then lights Mella up! The dropkick sends Mella into the corner, Naomi tags Lana and they whip to ax kick and BULLDOG! LANA-ROONI! Lana runs and KNEES Mella against ropes, but Mella hits back and throws Lana by her hair! Mella takes a bow before she bumps Lana off her boot. Billie tags in, Mella feeds Lana to Billie’s boot, and Billie swaggers before she CLUBS Lana down then ROCKS her!
Fans rally for Lana as Billie whips but Lana tilt-o-whirls and Russian Leg Sweeps! Hot tag to Naomi and she rallies on Billie! Naomi DECKS Mella, and gives Billie the Twerk Attack! Naomi mule kicks, dodges, Lana tags in before the FLYING CHUCK! ROUNDHOUSE for Lana, ROUNDHOUSE for Billie! Tag back to Naomi, DOUBLE FACEBUSTER! Cover, Mella breaks it! Lana gets in as Nia & Shayna are watching backstage. Mella dodges a kick to FABULOUS KICK! Naomi throws Mella out but Billie rolls Naomi up! Mella helps from behind, they ELIMINATE Naomi & Lana!!
Carmella & Billie Kay VS The Riott Squad!
No time to rest, Liv & Ruby head right out! Billie stays legal as she gets a chance to settle things with the team that snubbed her. Billie runs in, Liv dodges her to DECK Mella! Liv SHOTGUNS Billie down, then tags in Ruby. The Riott Squad double whip and drop toehold Billie onto ropes for a dropkick to O’Conner Roll! ONE, but Ruby clamps onto Billie’s head. Tag to Liv, she whips Ruby in but Billie tosses Ruby out! Billie elbows then DECKS Liv! Tag to Mella, Mella puts Liv in a corner to stomp away! The ref counts, Mella moonwalks and Billie kinda tries to, before the FABULOUS BRONCO BUSTER hits!
Tag to Billie, she and Mella get Liv up to NORTHERN LIGHTS! FABULOUS KICK! Cover, Ruby breaks it! Mella throws Ruby out but Ruby knees back! Billie BOOTS Ruby down! Liv gets Billie but Billie switches to sunset, Mella tries the same trick, but the ref sees it! Billie and Mella are furious, but Liv ROCKS Billie back! Ruby tags in, Liv hits the CODE BREAKER! Ruby goes up, SENTON KNEE SANDWICH! The Squad ELIMINATES Billie & Mella! But then Mella shoves Ruby down and FABULOUS KICKS Liv!
The Riott Squad VS Dana Brooke & Mandy Rose!
Liv is down while the Sexy Muscle Friends head out! Mandy slips on a puddle someone forgot to dry up, but she recovers just fine. Ruby goes right after them, DECKS Dana but Mandy ROCKS Ruby! KNEE FROM A ROSE! Tag to Dana, she climbs up, Ruby staggers over into a SUPER BLOCKBUSTER! High stack, but Liv breaks it in time! Dana is furious, but Liv gets away. Dana rains rights down on Ruby then drags her up. Ruby stomps a foot, ROCKS Dana with a right of her own, then ROCKS her again! Ruby reaches but Dana keeps her away to kick low. Dana runs, ROLLING NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!!
Mandy tags in, she stomps a mudhole into Ruby, then forearms her down. Fans fire up but Ruby boots Mandy away. Ruby DECKS Dana, but runs into Mandy’s scoop! Ruby sunset flips through, TWO!! Ruby dodges, hot tag to Liv! Liv rallies, ENZIGURIS, and then runs into the corner for the DOUBLE STOMPS! Cover, TWO!! Liv keeps on Mandy with forearms, then tags Ruby in. The Squad coordinates, wrench and CODE BREAKER to RIOTT KICK! Cover but Dana breaks it! Dana brings Ruby up, Ruby throws her out hard, and Ruby tags to Liv. Liv kicks Mandy, whips but Mandy reverses to ROCK and whip Liv! Mandy runs in to RAM Liv into the corner!
Mandy forearms, sees Ruby coming and EXPLODERS her out of the ring! Mandy runs into a BOOT from Liv! Liv hops up, DECKS Dana, but Mandy gets up fast! Dana tags in while Mandy and Liv brawl! Dana climbs the other corner, SUPERPLEX to SWANTON! Cover, Mandy keeps Ruby out, but Liv turns things around! The Squad ELIMINATE the Sexy Muscle Friends!! And that was a shocker to Dana & Mandy!
The Riott Squad VS Natalya & Tamina!
The Queen of Harts and the Daughter of Superfly are the last step in this match! Will the Squad survive or be stopped right at the finish line?
Natty gets in, gets the legs and steps in, but Liv cradle counters! TWO!! Natty brings Liv up but Liv JABS and wheelbarrows, but into a SNAKE EYES! Tag to Tamina, she and Natty drag Liv up to mug her in the corner! Tag back to Natty, they suplex Liv into Natty’s POWERBOMB! Cover, but Ruby breaks it!! Tamina CLOBBERS Ruby, tells the ref to back off, and Natty drags Liv back up. Natty hauls Liv into the corner, tags Tamina, and they mug Liv more! Tamina lets off as the ref counts, and she hauls Liv back up to a fireman’s carry. Liv fights for her life, gets on the top rope and clubs Tamina away! Tamina staggers, Natty runs in but Liv ROCKS her!
Tag to Ruby, Liv dodges Tamina to dropkick Natty! Ruby ROCKS Tamina, combines with Liv, Wheelbarrow SPEAR! Ruby goes side to side to YAKUZA KICK! Tag back to Liv, she hits another CODE BREAKER! SENTON KNEE SANDWICH!! Cover, TWO!?!? Liv and Ruby can’t believe Tamina survived! Ruby hurries back, tags in, and they coordinate for their other combo. Wrench and- No, Tamina whips Ruby at Liv! Liv goes up and over into a SUPERKICK! Ruby staggers, Natty tags as Tamina BOOTS Ruby down! Tamina hauls Ruby up, Natty runs, HART ATTACK! Natty grins as she has Ruby all to herself, for the-
NO! No Sharpshooter! She tells Tamina to finish this and tags her in. Tamina goes up top, for the SUPERFLY!! Cover, Tamina & Natty win!!
Winners: Tamina & Natalya, by pinfall (NEW #1 contenders to the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships)
Nia & Shayna aren’t worried, even though they have 24 hours to prepare. Will the Irresistible Force & Queen of Spades lose to their equals tomorrow night?
The 24/7 Championship has a storied legacy.
It has changed hands many time. But none more accidental than when Joe “Night Panther” Average got it. Or was it fate? Akira Tozawa has Average train in an epic 80’s montage to see if he can truly become a champion. Hilarity ensues. Ninjas, birds, Drew Gulak, and the spirit puppet of a panther! Plus, hot dogs, The Hurricane, and deodorant! Watch the finale on WWE’s YouTube!
Seth Rollins VS Cesaro!
The Savior of SmackDown did not get the respect he wanted, but that was because he wasn’t showing respect first. The Swiss Cyborg became the focus of Rollins’ wrath, and now has his first-ever singles match on WrestleMania! Will Cesaro get into the swing of things and take Rollins down? Or will he be made to #EmbraceTheVision?
The bell rings and Cesaro BLASTS Rollins with a EuroUpper! He wants the legs but Rollins kicks free and kicks low. Rollins runs, the boot is blocked and Cesaro DRAGON SCREWS the leg! Rollins scramble and gets a ropebreak to avoid the swing. Rollins then shoulders into Cesaro, slingshots up and over but Cesaro dodges to springboard and FLYING EuroUpper! Fans fire up with Cesaro, but Rollins gets away. Cesaro KNEES Rollins in the ropes, but Rollins hotshots an arm! Rollins climbs but Cesaro dropkicks him first! Rollins is stuck up top, Cesaro climbs up to get him with a gut wrench! SUPER GUT-
NO! Rollins slips through to bring Cesaro up for a BUCKLE BOMB! Rollins covers, TWO! Cesaro gets his arms moving and fans rally but Rollins seethes. Rollins drags Cesaro up, rams shoulders into the bad arm, then CLUBS the arm! Rollins talks trash but Cesaro hits low! Cesaro EuroUppers, body shots, EuroUppers but Rollins CLUBS the arm! Cesaro whips, Rollins puts Cesaro on the apron but Cesaro ROCKS Rollins! Cesaro climbs, but Rollins springs right up to SUPERPLEX! And roll through, to FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO!! Cesaro survives and Rollins is annoyed, but he keeps his focus.
Rollins gets up, gets Cesaro up, and turns him, but Cesaro backslides! TWO, Cesaro EuroUppers again! Cesaro throws body shots, EuroUppers, then more EuroUppers! Rollins is in a corner and Cesaro fires off fast hands! Cesaro unloads EuroUpper after EuroUpper and fans are fired up again! Cesaro whips Rollins corner to corner, runs in and EuroUppers again! Cesaro whips him the other way, EuroUppers Rollins again, then runs to DISCUS! Cover, TWO! Cesaro keeps his cool as fans rally behind him. Cesaro wants the swing and the fans want to see it, too! Even that guy in the banana costume! Cesaro trips Rollins, has the legs, but Rollins twists to victory roll, TWO!
Cesaro tries again, Rollins scrambles to another ropebreak! Cesaro yanks Rollins up, Rollins lands on his feet to PELE! Rollins runs, but no Curb Stomp! Sunset flip, to the SWISS SWING!! Rollins goes around and around and the fans count it out! Cesaro settles for 10 because of the bad arm, and he turns it to the SHARPSHOOTER! Rollins scrambles, ROPEBREAK! Cesaro lets go in frustration but he got a little bit of payback on Rollins. Fans want the swing “One More Time!” but Cesaro brings Rollins in. Gotch hold but Rollins back drops free! Cesaro lands on his feet but misses in the corner! The arm hits buckles, Rollins springboards to FLYING KNEE!
Rollins comes back to SLINGBLADE! Rollins hurries up top as Cesaro is down, TWISTING SPLASH!? Cover, TWO!! Cesaro survives and Rollins is shocked! Rollins talks to himself that he won’t let Cesaro disrespect him. Rollins grits his teeth, fans fire up and Rollins stalks up behind Cesaro. Rollins waistlocks, ripcords but Cesaro gut wrenches, to the NEUTRALIZER!! Cover, TWO?!! Rollins survives and now Cesaro is shocked! Fans rally behind Cesaro as he works on an idea. Cesaro grabs at Rollins to rain down furious forearms! Rollins gets back to ropes, Cesaro gets the legs, Rollins lands on his feet, into the Gotch! Rollins slips free of that to PEDIGREE!! Cover, TWO!?!
Cesaro survives The Game’s best, but that’s because Rollins isn’t The Game! Rollins talks to himself again, gets back to his feet, and tells Cesaro that there are levels! Rollins survived the swing, the Neutralizer, he is a wrestling god! Rollins drags Cesaro up, turns him, and hits a DREAM SMASHER ELBOW! That’s a shot at Cesaro’s old tag partner! Cesaro ducks the stomp but gets the BOOMERANG! Rollins aims from a corner, Cesaro sits back up and Rollins runs in, but the stomp is turned into a EUROUPPER! And then a torture rack, for an AIRPLANE SPIN!! The “UFO” goes NO HANDS, then a TOSS!!
Fans are thunderous as Cesaro fires up, and calls for the swing! Cesaro gets the legs, and he starts up the rotations! The fans count along again, and Cesaro blows past 10 to go to 20, then 23! Gotch lift, NEUTRALIZER!! Cover, Cesaro wins!
Winner: Cesaro, by pinfall
FINALLY! No more talk of “untapped potential,” of just missing the mark, and of just being a good-hand! Cesaro wins and has HIS WrestleMania moment! But will this just lead to even bigger things in the Swiss Cyborg’s career?
Backstage interview with the Dirty Dawgs, Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode!
They are still SmackDown Tag Team Champions after a big WrestleMania edition of SmackDown. They’re excited to be here because there’s nothing like this in the world. The aces have arrived, and it is truly WrestleMania. For a couple dirty dogs, they clean up real nice. We’ve seen great tag action, but what about the Raw Tag Team Championships? New Day are one of the greatest, Ziggler had KofiMania. But rainbows and unicorns only get you so far. Omos looks great standing with Styles, but they’d look even better with tag gold. Roode’s known Styles a long time, and you never, ever bet against the Phenomenal One. Now, excuse them while they take pictures with the 2020 Hall of Fame class.
Raw Tag Team Championships: The New Day VS AJ Styles & Omos!
AWWWWW Tampa Baaay~! Big E says don’t you dare be sour! Clap for your world famous ELEVEN time champs, and FEEL~ the POWER~! That’s right! The now ELEVEN time W, W, E, World, Tag, Team, CHAMPIONS~ thought they were out of opponents to face, until the Phenomenal One and his ENORMOUS associate stepped up. Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods doubt the tag team chemistry, but will Styles & Omos win big on the biggest show of the WWE calendar?
The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and quite possibly the biggest match in the New Day’s career is here!
The teams sort out, and Omos starts his first match with Kofi. Kofi and Woods cheer for Styles so Styles tags in! Styles and Kofi circle, tie up, Styles waistlocks but Kofi trips him. Styles reaches up to headscissor then whip. Kofi rolls over Styles’ back but Styles denies the SOS! Kofi avoids the Calf Crusher, rolls Styles, TWO! Body scissor clutch, TWO! Styles kicks but Kofi blocks to get Styles down, but Styles headlocks back! Kofi back suplexes and Styles lands hard on his stomach! Kofi claps at Omos and Woods plays Francesca Turbo as Kofi twerks at Styles. Styles gets mad, but runs into Kofi’s dropkick! Kofi drags Styles up, brings him over but Styles throat chops!
Woods tags in, trips Styles up, and Kofi SPLASHES down! Woods slingshots to elbow drop! Cover, TWO! Woods clamps onto Styles and taunts him with explaining the strategy. Kofi tags in, the New Day mugs Styles and Kofi fires off haymakers! Kofi stomps Styles, lets off as the ref counts, and it’s time to turn up! The New Day Stampede begins! Woods tags in, he stomps away, then Kofi tags in to stomp! Tag back to Woods, Kofi whips him in to basement dropkick Styles! Cover, TWO! Woods keeps cool and keeps Styles from Omos. Woods headlocks, grinds Styles, but Styles reaches. Woods hits a headlock takeover, grinds harder, but Styles fights up.
Styles reaches, Woods hits another takeover, but Styles gets up again. Styles powers up but Woods keeps his hand from Omos! Woods hits yet another takeover! Cover, ONE as Styles gets up again. Woods wrenches, tags Kofi, and the New Day double wrench to double CHOP, double KICK and double BULLDOG! Cover, TWO! Kofi is after Styles but Styles gets a ropebreak. Kofi stays between Styles and Omos because that’s all he really has to do. Styles bails out and runs around! Tag to Woods, Woods watches Styles slide in and CLOBBERS him out! Woods runs, Kofi tags in, Woods WRECKS Styles with a dropkick! Woods puts Styles in, Kofi hits a FLYING STOMP! Cover, TWO!
Styles is still in this, Kofi drags him over and Woods hopes fans are alright. Tag, the New Day get Styles in a fireman’s carry but Styles fights free! Styles dodges Woods, reaches but Woods keeps Styles away! Styles lands out of a back suplex but Woods grabs a foot! Woods ducks the enziguri but Styles kicks him away! Tag to Kofi and he springboards to PANCAKE SPLASH Styles down! Cover, TWO! Tag back to Woods, Kofi drags Styles up while Woods climbs, backbreaker, but Styles fights free! Woods is perched, Styles sees he has an opening, hot tag to Omos!! Woods realizes he’s in trouble now and the fans are fired up!
Omos storms up to Woods but Woods gets his dukes up. Woods kicks a leg, but Omos doesn’t flinch. Woods keeps trying but that hurts him more than it does Omos! The shotgun dropkick bounces off! Styles tells Omos to get Woods, but Woods dodges, Kofi tags, Woods bounces off Omos again, and Kofi leaps, into Omos’ grip! Omos THROWS Kofi with one hand! Omos grins and styles tells him, “NOW!” Omos BOOTS Woods, TOSSES Kofi to a corner, then has two targets! Omos runs to BACK ELBOW Woods, then runs to BACK ELBOW Kofi! Omos drags Woods up for a COLOSSAL BACKBREAKER!
Omos clamps onto Woods’ face as he bends him in the backbreaker rack! Woods endures but Omos pushes him away. Omos sees Kofi get up, scoops him with one hand and carries him around! COLOSSAL BACKBREAKER! The New Day writhe but fans rally and duel! Styles uses Omos as a launching pad for a PHENOMENAL FOREARM to Woods! Kofi flounders, Omos drags him up! Omos says he’s going to have fun doing this! POP-UP SPINEBUSTER!! Styles says use one foot to cover, and Omos does! Omos & Styles win!!
Winners: AJ Styles & Omos, by pinfall (NEW Raw Tag Team Champions)
Omos’ first match and he’s not just a champion, but he DOMINATED one of the best tag team champions EVER! And Styles is now the PHENOMENAL Grand Slam Champion! Is this just the beginning for this dominant duo?
Steel Cage Match: Braun Strowman VS Shane McMahon!
For whatever reason, the Monster Among Men became the target for Shane O’Mac to mock, ridicule, insult and just outright disrespect, all while running out of reach. But now, the cage will keep Shane contained, can Braun finally #GetTheseHands on him?
Jerry Lawler joins commentary as the cage is locked and loaded! Shane tries to keep the door closed just to delay the inevitable! Braun says the cage won’t keep him out, either, even if he has to tear through it,. But then ELIAS and RYKER attack with CHAIRS! They SMACK him on the back, SMACK him on the leg, then SMACK him more! NOW Shane opens the door, gets Braun in, and gets a chair from Elias! Shane SMACKS Braun as the bell rings! And SMACKS him again! And again! Shane JAMS Braun with the chair, SMACKS him down, and then JAMS him while he’s down! Shane taunts Braun but Braun blocks a headshot! Braun throws Shane away but Shane KICKS the bad leg out!
Shane gets the chair back to SMACK Braun! Shane has the door open, but Braun yanks him back in! Shane decides to climb instead, but Braun drags him down. Braun says Shane isn’t running way, he WILL #GetTheseHands! Shane puts up his dukes, bobs ‘n’ weaves to fire off strikes and a KICK to the leg! Braun stays up, Shane comes back, fires off more, then KICKS the leg again. Shane dodges Braun, fires off more fast strikes and then mule kicks over and over in the corner! Shane fires off but Braun SHOVES Shane away! Shane hurries up but Braun grabs him! Shane kicks in a panic and gets Braun in the nose!
Wait, there was a panel up there?! Shane brings it down to SMACK Braun around! Braun stays on his feet but Shane CLOBBERS him in the head! Cover, ONE!?! And with some power! Shane scurries like a rat but Braun drags him in by his feet! Braun gets Shane up, and TOSSES him! Shane begs for mercy, but Braun storms over to THROW Shane into steel! Shane is in a daze, Braun hobbles to bring him up and RAM him into more steel! Shane sits up, Braun snarls and KICKS Shane in the side! Braun ROCKS Shane with an uppercut! Braun wants Shane to stand, and Shane flounders around into body shots! Shane is between ropes and steel, and Braun SPLASHES him!
Shane flounders down, Braun gets the bad leg moving as he looms over Shane, and then hauls Shane up just to CLUB him down! Braun shouts, “C’MOOON!” as he looms over Shane. Braun stands Shane up, scoops him, but the bad leg stops the slam! Shane RAMS Braun into steel, and in again! And again! Shane baits Braun in and spins around to DDT! Both men are on the mat, Braun sputters as Shane gets to his feet. Shane decides to go to a corner and climbs up! But not to escape, because he has Braun in his sights! COAST2COAST!! Both men are down and fans are fired up! Shane drags Braun to a cover, TWO!!! Braun survives and Shane is beside himself.
Elias & Ryker are still here, so they climb up the cage! They help Shane get to the halfway point! Shane is at the very top, but Braun runs in to BLAST Elias & Ryker off the side! The wall rattles and Shane tumbles down into the ring! Braun and Shane are down again but fans rally up. Shane gets up first, he starts to climb again and he is climbing to escape this time. Braun hurries up after Shane, grabs him but Shane jabs him back! Braun stays up, Shane reaches the top, but what is that thing on the corner? Shane reaches into it to bring out a TOOLBOX?! Shane SMACKS Braun with the steel toolbox!! Fans are divided as Shane gloats up top.
Shane slowly gets around to start his descent on the outside! Shane waves mockingly to Braun, but Braun grabs that hand through the steel fencing!! Braun is going to pull Shane through if he has to! He RIPS the cage open to get at Shane directly!! Braun drags Shane in through the hole he made, gives him some headbutts, then RAMS Shane off the side! And again! And again! And fires off body shots!! Shane is cowering and Braun is roaring! Braun then sees where they both are, and decides to go HIGHER! Braun puts Shane up on the very top, then climbs up to join him! Fans are thunderous at what Braun is planning! Braun stands up, and he drags Shane up to his feet!
Fans chant “Please Don’t Die!” But Braun asks Shane, “Who’s stupid now?!?” Braun EVEREST CHOKE SLAMS Shane down!!! Braun climbs down carefully, goes over to Shane on the mat, and Braun says this is for everyone who has ever been bullied, called stupid and told they can’t do something! Braun hauls Shane right back up, scoops him, and hits a MONSTER SLAM!! Cover, Braun wins!!
Winner: Braun Strowman, by pinfall
Braun beat Shane’s brains in and is vindicated! Will Shane ever dare to talk down to Braun again? Will Braun use this WrestleMania Moment to head for gold?
Damian Priest & Bad Bunny VS The Miz & John Morrison!
It’s a classic WWE story: a top celebrity is a guest; a couple superstars try to use them to expand their brand; the celebrity isn’t really for it and politely declines; the superstars escalate it to a personal level; the celebrity and superstars have a match. The Grammy award winning artist has an Archer of Infamy on his side, but is that enough to take down the Greatest Tag Team of the 21st Century?
Because Bad Bunny is a fan of his, Booker T is on commentary as a fan of Bunny’s, and the teams sort out.
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