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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (9/30/20)

One last stop before the TakeOver!



NEW NXT Coverage

The NXT North American and Women’s Champions team up against their challengers!

Before TakeOver 31 and their respective title matches, the Evil Genius and Archer of Infamy take on Mr. & Mrs. Wrestling in a Mixed Tag Match! Will Io Shirai and Damian Priest make sure Johnny and Candice don’t get their way?


  • Dakota Kai VS Shotzi Blackheart; Shotzi wins.
  • The Cameron Grimes Invitational Stepping Stones to the Moon: Cameron Grimes VS Ariel Dominguez; Grimes wins.
  • Cameron Grimes VS Ridge Holland; Grimes wins, by disqualification.
  • KUSHIDA VS Tony Nese; Kushida wins.
  • Adam Cole VS Austin Theory; Cole wins.
  • Kayden Carter w/ Kacy Catanzaro VS Xia Li; Carter wins.
  • Mixed Tag: Io Shirai & Damian Priest VS Candice LeRae & Johnny Gargano; LeRae & Gargano win.


Dakota Kai w/ Raquel Gonzalez VS Shotzi Blackheart!

#CobraKai and the wild child were in the NXT Women’s Championship Contender Battle Royal, but neither won it all. Dakota wants payback on Shotzi for eliminating her, but will Shotzi just welcome her to the ball pit?

The bell rings, Dakota says Shotzi doesn’t need to worry about Raquel at ringside, and then she pie faces her! Shotzi trips Dakota, has the legs, but Dakota pushes her away. Dakota dodges a boot, Shotzi whips but Dakota reverses. Shotzi blocks the monkey flips but runs into a waistlock. Shotzi pries free, waistlocks back but Dakota ducks down to trip Shotzi up. Dakota runs, Shotzi ducks the kick to roll Dakota, TWO! Dakota trips and jackknifes, TWO! Shotzi Oklahoma rolls Dakota, TWO! Dakota gets up, Shotzi atomic drops her, trips her, and has both legs for a Jeff Hardy leg splitting leg drop! Shotzi drags Dakota up, wrenches and arm-drags Dakota around. Shotzi spins Dakota for an armbreaker!

Shotzi holds onto the wrists to kick Dakota from below, then spins to victory roll her! TWO, but Shotzi whips Dakota! Dakota reverses. Shotzi holds ropes and side steps to snap Dakota back and get a takedown! Shotzi laces up the legs for a drop into a modified Muda Lock! Dakota endures this Cattle Muda-lation, and Shotzi bridges up to drop down her weight! Shotzi drops again and keeps the arms hooked, but Dakota rocks and gets free to a Fujiwara! Shotzi endures, clasps hands, fights her way up and she arm-drags Dakota again. Dakota is in the corner, Shotzi storms over to throw forearms, but Dakota counter punches to rock Shotzi! Dakota bumps Shotzi off buckles and digs her boot in. The ref counts, Dakota stops at 4, but Shotzi hits back!

Dakota forearms Shotzi, sweeps the legs and digs her boot in again. The ref counts, Dakota lets up but scrapes Shotzi’s face. Shotzi gets up but Dakota reels her in for a snap suplex! Cover, TWO! Dakota grows frustrated and Raquel argues the count, too. Dakota throws forearms in the corner, puts Shotzi on ropes and digs her knees in! The ref counts, Dakota stops at 4 to run, but into Shotzi’s drop toehold! Dakota ends up on ropes now, but Raquel saves her from the cannonball! Raquel glares at Shotzi, Shotzi turns around into Dakota’s URENAGE BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Shotzi survives and Dakota is furious as NXT goes picture in picture.

Dakota cools off, stalks Shotzi and mocks her. Dakota chokes Shotzi against ropes, bumps her off buckles, then runs side to side to BOOT her! And then again! Dakota snapmares Shotzi to a cover, TWO! Dakota stands on Shotzi but lets off at the ref’s count. Shotzi staggers away, Dakota clinches but Shotzi throws body shots. Dakota grabs hair but so does Shotzi. Dakota throws Shotzi down, covers, TWO! Dakota drags Shotzi around, turns her over and laces up the legs. Dakota chinbars Shotzi and brings her into the Bow ‘n’ Arrow! Shotzi endures being bent back, pops out to cover, TWO! Dakota escapes and gets up to clobber Shotzi!

Dakota throws forearms on Shotzi in the corner, then runs back in, only for Shotzi to boot her! Shotzi hops up, FLYING SUNSET! Cover, TWO!! Dakota BOOTS Shotzi down! Cover, TWO! Shotzi clings to the ropes while Dakota seethes. Dakota drags Shotzi from the ropes, drags her up into a seated cobra twist and stretches her! Shotzi endures as Dakota cranks on the crossface. Shotzi gets her arm free and arm-drags Dakota away! NXT returns to single picture as Shotzi dodges Dakota to bait her into a corner. Shotzi goes up and over Dakota, rolls and comes back to shotgun dropkick Dakota into buckles! Shotzi hits a corner splash, snapmares Dakota and runs for the SLING DOG!

Shotzi fires up but Raquel coaches Dakota. Dakota walks into a KNEE, and a ROLLING ELBOW! ENZIGURI! Dakota is back on the ropes, the ref keeps Raquel back, CANNONBALL! Shotzi brings Dakota up, chicken wing to TIGER SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Dakota survives and Shotzi grows frustrated. Raquel coaches Dakota but Shotzi runs in, only to get BOOTS! Dakota staggers, hip tosses Shotzi into a trapped-leg cover, TWO!! Shotzi escapes and Dakota talks things through with Raquel. Dakota drags Shotzi up, fireman’s carries, but Shotzi fights out. Shotzi baits Dakota into another corner to put her on the apron. Shotzi forearms, but her shoulder gets a KICK!

Shotzi ends up on the apron, Dakota goes out to follow, but Shotzi kicks Dakota’s legs out! Dakota even lands on Shotzi’s knees in the process! Shotzi stands up, throws forearms on Dakota, but Dakota counter punches! Shotzi kicks Dakota’s legs, Dakota SCORPION KICKS! Dakota boots but Shotzi blocks to spin and QUESTION MARK KICK! Shotzi has Dakota for SLICED BREAD to the apron!! Shotzi takes herself out, practically! The ref checks on them both, somehow they’re both okay to continue! Shotzi gets in the ring first, builds speed, but Raquel trips her up! So Rhea TACKLES Raquel into steel steps! Referees rush out to get Rhea to leave, but Raquel wants to give chase! Dakota runs Around the World, Shotzi dodges the boot to roll her up! Shotzi wins!!

Winner: Shotzi Blackheart, by pinfall

A nasty spill could not stop NXT’s Tank Girl, and Shotzi was able to #TCB! Will Shotzi barrel through the rest of the NXT Women’s Division to challenge whoever is champion after Sunday?


NXT holds a dual video interview with Santos Escobar and Isaiah “Swerve” Scott.

The NXT Cruiserweight Champion and the only man to pin him twice, let alone once, are set to battle for that title at TakeOver: 31. To start, Tom Phillips asks Swerve about how he has Escobar’s number yet falls short in the matches. That’s true. Swerve has had his shots but it’s hard to believe there was fairness to those matches. Swerve is the better competitor, is still the only man to pin Escobar in NXT and all of WWE. So frankly, when they have their rematch, Swerve will come out on top.

Phillips asks Escobar if Swerve is right about things being fair this time around. Escobar laughs but tells Swerve he is a parasite that Escobar just can’t get rid of. It doesn’t matter, Swerve just lingers. And there’s nothing Escobar hates more in life than things that linger. Escobar vows Swerve will lose again and tie up loose ends. Swerve complains about what’s fair and what’s not. But Escobar promises this will be fair. Will it? Swerve can’t believe that. Every time they face off for the title, there’s always something or someone. El Legado del Fantasma interfering, a loaded lucha mask waiting under the ring, there’s always a bag of tricks. Escobar says those are excuses. When it counts, Swerve just can’t deliver.

What Escobar calls excuses are actually reality. And the reality here is that Swerve has adapted to everything in this business, and in life. Swerve is ready for whatever Escobar will throw at him. Good, Escobar is glad Swerve has prepared himself. Swerve isn’t just prepared. He is ready to show us all what he’s truly capable of. And he’ll show how the champion is just a fraud. But that’s the difference between them. Swerve makes things about himself. That is why he will fail. Escobar has built the division back up in his image, and infused it with respect for lucha libre, from which Cruiserweight wrestling was born, a culture that Swerve has no respect for. All that “showcasing” will not be enough. What Swerve claims are a “bag of tricks” is actually a century of tradition. Escobar vows to bury Swerve with it, but Swerve says he can try.


NXT hears from the anonymous alumni.

“I’ve heard them say you can never go back home. Too many roads in life to take. But sometimes, you have to stop and look around you to see that home may not be the same place it was when you left it. And you realize, doing something about it will be your best moment.” Just who or what is returning to NXT at TakeOver?


NXT presents Prime Target: Kyle O’Reilly!

“When I first stepped into a wrestling ring, a small kickboxing gym in British Columbia,” he took to it like a fish takes to water. He felt at home. This is something he has put every once of himself into for his entire adult life. Even if he never made it to NXT, just wrestling for a few dollars every other weekend, he would still be doing it with his everything. “This is my love, my passion.” The Undisputed Era is the best thing that ever happened to him professionally and personally, because these are three guys who are legitimately his best friends.

Adam Cole is so proud of Kyle. They’ve known each other for 12 years, travelled the world together, and Cole has known for a long time that Kyle is one of the best. “Blood on our lips and smiles on our face,” Kyle, Cole, Roderick Strong and Bobby Fish have all gone to war against each other and alongside each other. That’s what’s special about the Undisputed Era, “It is real.” More than anything, Kyle wants to be the NXT Champion. There is nothing more important to him right now. It is cliché, but Kyle has had his sights set on Finn Balor for a long time. As Kyle came to America, Balor was already big in Japan. When Kyle went to japan, Balor was in NXT. When Kyle got to NXT, Balor was on Raw.

“Needless to say, the fact that this match is finally happening is one thing. But to put in the main event of TakeOver and it’s for the NXT Championship, that’s what the last 15 years has been building up for.” Every moment, match, opportunity, country and company, it has all led to this Sunday. Kyle thrives under pressure, and if he wins, the Undisputed Era will be the same as when Cole won. This is just the second wave of the Golden Prophecy. And that is Undisputed.


NXT has an update on Tegan Nox.

As they tweeted out earlier today, NXT informs us that after the attack from Candice LeRae backstage, Tegan has suffered another torn ACL. The Shiniest Wizard again must recover and repair, will she ever get past being the comeback kid?


Backstage interview with Johnny Gargano and Candice LeRae.

They “feel awful” for Tegan, but this was karma. Tegan broke their TV, Candice tears Tegan’s ACL. Even Stevens now. But moving on from that, their mixed tag match with Io Shirai and Damian Priest- Johnny scoffs at that. He knows Sarah is nervous, but just breathe. NXT’s Power Couple is teaming up tonight, but what are they hoping to accomplish before TakeOver and their respective title matches? Sunday is destiny for them. Gargano said they are destined to be the first married couple to be champions in NXT, and that is already here. It starts tonight, and finishes at TakeOver. The Garganos compliment Sarah, but they don’t really mean it. But will this twisted fairy tale of theirs really have a happily ever after?


Cameron Grimes VS ???

The Technical Savage didn’t win the gauntlet like he wanted, but there’s still time for it to be Grime Time in NXT. Before his match, Grimes gets the mic to say, “To tell you the truth, I’m not in the best mood right now.” Last week, he had all the opportunities, but it was all taken away to a match called the Gauntlet Eliminator! Whose idea was that? Not Regal’s, he’d make something way better! But Grimes can cheer up! Grimes is gonna make a match right now! How about this? The Cameron Grimes Invitational Stepping Stones to the Moon match! What you think of that?

To make it better, Grimes has handpicked each of his opponents tonight. Here comes the first opponent: Joey Pistachio! Actually the jacket says Ariel Dominguez but Grimes is right about him being the NCAA Champion in the 85 pound weight class. Ariel is here, all the way from San Diego, California, and he’s here to go to the moon! “Pistachio” gets in the ring and the match begins!

The Cameron Grimes Invitational Stepping Stones to the Moon: Cameron Grimes VS Ariel Dominguez!

CAVE-IN!! Cocky cover, Grimes wins!

Winner: Cameron Grimes, by pinfall

The fastest win of Grimes’ career, is against a man quite literally half his size. Grimes feels great about it, but admits that was a little rough. But he wouldn’t be the man he is if he didn’t have more competition lined up. The second opponent is: “Joey Strong.” But whether that’s his real name or not, it doesn’t matter, because RIDGE HOLLAND tosses the guy out to the stage! Holland HEADBUTTS Joey over and over and then throws him off the stage! Also, judging from Joey’s singlet, his real last name is “Lockhart.” Grimes introduces himself to Holland and says that he’s a big fan. Holland is great, really. But he’s not part of this invitational! If Holland is here to shake his hand, that’s fine. But this isn’t a match. Holland HEADBUTTS Grimes instead! This IS a match, and here’s the bell!

Cameron Grimes VS Ridge Holland!

Holland grabs Grimes for more headbutts, and then an OVERHEAD SUPLEX! Grimes to a corner and Holland storms over to club away on him! Holland CLUBS and CLUBS and crossface forearms over and over! Grimes scrambles away but Holland stomps him at the ropes! The ref counts, but Holland won’t stop!! The ref rings the bell!

Winner: Cameron Grimes, by disqualification

Holland doesn’t care, he just wants to turn Grimes into Carolina tar! Grimes flops out of the ring, probably thinking he’s on the moon. Will Holland bring him back down to earth next time they meet?


Backstage interview with Austin Theory.

Theory requested this interview time, is it about his recent struggles? Struggles? “Theory” and “Struggles’ do not belong in the same sentence. As for Damian Priest, that should’ve never happened. Theory should’ve been in the gauntlet match Kyle O’Reilly won. Theory saw the Prime Target video, and it is very touching and inspirational to learn it took Kyle 15 years to finally get an NXT Championship match. But that’s a long time. More than half Theory’s life. Theory was already part of WrestleMania at 22, but Kyle is the future? Kyle should try to be catching up to Theory. Will Theory prove he is the one everyone should be putting stock into?


NXT hears from Kushida.

“The migration to this new environment, the United States, has been truly the biggest event that has happened to me and my family. It was a struggle to juggle my work and private life. It was hard to concentrate. But now it’s time! The setup is complete. I can concentrate on the ring.” Now Kushida will show the real him. He hasn’t had many opportunities at titles, injuries set him back, and now he is impatient. He’s changing gears, ramping it up a notch, and will go “ballistic.” Everything has its meaning, and TakeOver will see an explosion. Velveteen Dream will learn HE is the stepping stone, and Kushida will become the core of NXT. “The new Kushida is VICIOUS! Here I come, TakeOver!” But first, we’ll see the Timesplitter tune-up, after the break!



Before taking on The Experience, the Super Junior wants to give us all a sample of the new aggression he is about to unleash! Will the Premier Athlete wish he could go Back to the Future to avoid this?

The bell rings, Nese and Kushida circle, approach, but Nese flexes on Kushida. Kushida enziguris! And Kowata Kicks, and Penalty Kicks the arm out! Kushida whips, Nese holds ropes to throat chop back! Nese hotshot bulldogs Kushida down! And drags him out to whip him, but Kushida reverses to POST Nese! The crowd goes wild as Kushida puts Nese in and kicks the arm again! And again! Kushida whips, Nese slides under to pump handle, but Kushida gets the arm! Kushida wrenches Nese for a bulldog to the arm! Nese gets to a corner, Kushida is after his arm again!  The ref counts as they’re in the ropes, but he just gives Nese another arm bulldog! Kushida gives Nese DANIELSON STOMPS! Kushida doesn’t stop the stomps, then he wraps the arm into the Hoverboard! Nese taps, Kushida wins

Winner: Kushida, by submission

Kushida shows us he wasn’t kidding! This was a faster, meaner and more precise Kushida here tonight. But the lights change purple, and Dream speaks from the titantron. “Will the real Kushida please stand up?” Because it doesn’t matter who shows up, the spotlight will be too bright for Kushida. Dream always puts on his best performances under the brightest lights. See you Sunday. A simple message for simple game plans: win. Who will see that plan through to success at TakeOver?


NXT Media finds Grimes backstage, nursing his eye.

Grimes tells cameras to get out of his face or direct him to William Regal! But then Grimes walks into Dexter Lumis! Lumis is back?! Grimes walks past the “freak,” and storms off down the hall. Between Northern Grit and the Tortured Artist, will the Carolina Caveman have to be much more careful walking around Full Sail these days?


NXT returns to Adam Cole in the ring.

The former champion makes a surprise appearance as he says, “Three years. For three years, the Undisputed Era has been part of NXT. And for three years, we have dominated. We’ve done what we want, when we want, and nobody has been able to stop us.” The prophecy came true! They said they’d win every title and they did! But even more important than that, people in the locker room knew that if you crossed them, you would pay. Then the prophecy ended and they lost their titles. And somewhere along their way, people felt the Era changed. People felt like they could say whatever and there’d be no repercussions.

Cole is telling us here and now, “Nothing has changed! We are the same Undisputed Era that won the first-ever WarGames match in WWE history! We are the same Undisputed Era that has DOMINATED this brand unlike anybody has or anybody will!” So then, Austin Theory, if you want to run your mouth about Kyle, fine. Do Cole a favor and bring your ass down to this ring to say that to Cole’s face! Theory does make his way out to the ring and he wants Cole to calm down. Why is he so mad? Cole dares Theory to get in the ring since he’s so big and bad.

But if not, fine. Cole keeps this simple so even Theory can understand. Two options: bring your stupid face in and fight like a man; stay right there, so that the rest of the Era can beat him where he stands and make him BEG to go back to option one. Theory decides to take option one and heads for the ring. The ref gets in, too, and this is a match!

Adam Cole VS Austin Theory!

Cole dodges Theory to CHOP and forearm and CHOP! Theory staggers, Cole follows to fire off forearms! Cole stomps away on Theory in another corner, lets off as the ref counts, then goes after Theory at the ropes. Cole KICKS Theory, BOOTS him down, then dares him to get up. Theory stands, Cole gives him a neckbreaker! Theory pushes Cole away but Cole stomps him down. Cole drags Theory up, wrenches and whips but Theory grabs ropes to bail out! Theory mocks the UE sign, but Cole goes out to BOOT him down! Theory sits up in a daze, Cole tells him he’s nothing. Cole bumps Theory off the apron, the ring count climbs to 5 but Cole refreshes it. Cole whips Theory into steel steps!

Cole says Theory mocked the wrong people, then he drags Theory up into the ring. Theory gets Cole at the ropes but Cole PELES first! Theory checks his face but Cole is on him with another neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Theory survives that Rude Awakening, but then he talks trash about going #AllDay. Cole stomps Theory, drags him back up and snap suplexes him down. “Wrong guy, Austin. Wrong guy.” Cole drags Theory up to club him back down! Theory gets to a corner, Cole laces his leg in the ropes to dropkick him in the stomach! Theory falls with the leg twisted up, and Cole wraps on a chinlock to grind him down. Cole tells Theory to quit but he refuses. Theory tells Cole they’re “Undisputed Crap” but Cole just wrenches harder.

Cole and Theory stand up, Theory fights out but runs into a back elbow! Cole storms back after Theory to knee him down and put him in the corner. Theory hits the buckles hard, Cole throws more forearms then wrenches for a corner to corner whip. Theory reverses, runs in but is put on the apron. Theory shoulders into Cole, slingshot somersaults to shotgun dropkick! “THAT is undisputed!” Cover, TWO!! Theory grows frustrated but the crowd fires up as NXT goes to break.

NXT returns and Theory is stomping a mudhole into Cole! Theory talks smack but fans rally up as he drags Cole up to snapmare and stomp! Theory slaps Cole around before clamping on a chinbar armlock combo. Cole endures, Theory digs his elbow into Cole’s face, but Cole fights up. Cole fights back, Theory knees low and hits a backbreaker! Theory hits a standing moonsault! Cover, TWO! Theory has his arrogance back as Cole gets to a corner. Cole elbows him away, then boots him away! Cole rallies with clotheslines now, and another BOOT! Theory sits up in another daze, but Cole stalks him to ropes. Cole brings Theory into a waistlock, Theory standing switches but Cole PELES and BACKSTABBERS! Cover, TWO!

Cole grows frustrated but he has control again. He gets up while Theory stirs. Cole brings Theory to a fireman’s carry but Theory fights off. Theory whips, Cole reverses and BOOTS again! And then the fireman’s carry, USHIGOROSHI! Cover, TWO!! Theory survives but Cole smirks. Cole might actually respect Theory now, but he’s not going to take it easy on him. Cole goes to a corner, Theory anchors a foot but Cole stomps him. Cole hops up, takes aim, and leaps, PANAMA-NO! Back drop, and no sunset flip, MULE KICK to the back! Theory drags Cole up, torture rack, for the TOWER HACKER BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Cole is a Triple Crown winner for a reason!

Theory talks trash on Cole and throws forearms. Cole gives them back. They brawl from mat to their feet, Cole gives as good as he gets, then runs, into Theory’s elbow! Theory runs, into a SUPERKICK!! Theory ends up on the apron from that one! Cole sees him floundering, drags him up, but Theory hotshots! Theory slingshots, into another SUPERKICK! Suplex, UNDISPUTED BRAIN BUSTER! LAST SHOT SHINING WIZARD! Cover, Cole wins!

Winner: Adam Cole, by pinfall

And THAT is Undisputed! “Kyle O’Reilly was born ready! Nobody wants this more, nobody has earned an NXT title shot more.” Cole promises Kyle will #ShockTheSystem, but it won’t be a shock to the UE. Will this new Undisputed Prophecy come true this Sunday?


NXT returns with a backstage interview with Io Shirai and Damian Priest.

The champions are teaming for the first time ever against their respective challengers. How confident are they against the Power Couple? Hah, that’s cute. They can keep that nickname, because these two are keeping the titles. Tonight is a preview of TakeOver as the Women’s Champion and North American Champion, “the rockstars of NXT,” take care of business. Shirai says she is on another level than Candice, and Priest is literally on a different level than Gargano. In the end, that is why Johnny and Candice have no chance at becoming champions. She’s ready to rock, and Priest likes that. Will the champs stay golden all the way through Sunday?


Kayden Carter w/ Kacy Catanzaro VS Xia Li!

NXT’s Ninja Warriors are a great tag team, did very well in the Women’s Battle Royal, but things are about to get spicy! Will Xia Li divide and conquer KC Squared?

The bell rings and Xia circles with Kayden. They tie up, Xia rolls Kayden, ONE! Kayden sits on the cover, ONE! Xia sunset flips, ONE, Kayden is up but Xia sweeps the legs! Cover, ONE, Kayden reverses the roles to sweep and cover, ONE! The crowd cheers the fast and furious technical exchange, and both women fist bump out of respect. A bit different compared to the scowling Xia did last time these two faced off in that tag match. But they go again, Kayden waistlocks, Xia standing switches, but Kayden drops down, slides under and waistlocks back. Xia uses ropes but Kayden still O’Conner rolls. TWO, Kayden springboard missile dropkicks! Cover, TWO!

Xia bails out but comes back to trip Kayden up! Xia spins Kayden to ROCK her with that right! And then drags her out more to DUMP her on the ground! Kacy coaches Kayden but Xia gets back in the ring. Xia waits for Kayden to return, Kacy coaches Kayden on but Xia stomps away! Cover, ONE! Kayden gets to a corner, Xia is after her with a CHOP! Xia fires up and fires off knees! And a back kick! Cover, ONE! Xia tries again, ONE! Again, ONE! Xia gets spicy with the ref, Kayden staggers about and into a corner. Xia is after her, Kayden elbows her away. Kayden kicks but Xia blocks and trips. Kayden kicks Xia to a corner, Kacy coaches her up but Xia is after her. Kayden CHOPS, forearms, knees and repeat!

Kayden whips, Xia reverses, Kayden wheelbarrows, victory rolls and MULE KICKS! Cover, TWO!! Kayden is frustrated, Xia shoves her but then sunset flips up and over, TWO! Kayden sits up, brings Xia up, Xia bucks her to a prawn hold but Kayden rolls through to sunset Xia! Kayden wins!!

Winner: Kayden Carter, by pinfall

Xia can’t believe she got caught like that! Kayden still shows respect with her hand held out, but Xia shoves her down! Kacy asks what her problem is, but Xia shakes her off, too. Xia is going from spicy to burning with anger, will she explode soon enough?


NXT returns to Shawn Michaels in the ring.

The NXT Championship sits on a table as HBK says, “This Sunday, on the WWE Network, Finn Balor will be defending his NXT Championship against the #1 contender, Kyle O’Reilly. Gentlemen.” Balor and Kyle step in and we have our face-to-face. There isn’t animosity here, but please shake hands before you sit down. They shake hands and take their seats at the table. Balor wishes Kyle a congrats for winning the gauntlet match. Balor has the utmost respect for Kyle and what he’s done, and looks forward to their match. The feeling is mutual for Kyle, there’s nothing but respect. HBK appreciates all that, but let’s get to the heart of the matter.

Balor has told us all, and HBK agrees, this is the best Balor yet. But Balor is facing someone who HBK has said for a long time, the best kept secret in wrestling today. How does Balor prepare for a guy like Kyle? Balor doesn’t think this is a secret. Maybe a fringe, casual fan doesn’t know Kyle, but the business watches Balor because Balor watches the business. Balor has known how great Kyle is. Kyle has proven himself in the NXT Tag Team Division, but more importantly, Kyle has proven himself around the world as a singles competitor. Balor knows how hard that is.

Kyle likes Balor. He is a fan of Balor. Sitting here and seeing Balor expertly stroke his own ego, thinking he can beat Kyle. Balor is a fighting champion, and this is what a fighting champion does: defends the title, even when defeat is certain. And that’s what this is, Balor. “Absolute certain defeat.” Oh? Well there’s one thing Balor isn’t so sure about. Is Kyle going to show up with Undisputed Era, or be a man? He’ll be a man. But he appreciates the question. See this? One hand, and then the other, watching each other. That is how UE has operated since the beginning. That is the foundation to their success. But this Sunday isn’t about the UE. It is about Kyle’s moment.

HBK says that in regards to that, the elephant in the room is the “apparent conflict” that Kyle could be champion and that could upset Cole. Anything to that? Kyle says this “nonexistent power struggle amongst the Era boys, quite frankly, is laughable.” Yes, ol’ Grimey had a point with his, “You ain’t nothin’ like Adam Cole, hurr hurr,” and that’s true. They’re nothing alike because Cole is a beautiful man! Kyle has mismatched ears, freckles all over, and- Balor vows to slap the freckles off Kyle’s face. Now there’s the Prince! “A good Irish boy, this one.” Kyle welcomes that. Balor can’t say Kyle got lucky or making other excuses. Balor agrees, there’ll be no room for excuse from Kyle. And no room for jokes. Balor has proved himself for 20 years.

Big whoop! Kyle’s been here 15, so what’s another 5 years? Every month since walking in here, it’s been “the biggest match of my career.” This week, next week, and this Sunday. This isn’t the biggest match of Kyle’s career, but of Kyle’s life. Balor explains what “the big whoop” is. It’s understanding the difference between the main event of one night, versus the main event that alters your life. Not just for Kyle, but for everyone watching. Kyle gets it. Balor’s first big title defense. No one ever loses their first defense, right~?

But the truth is, Kyle being considered the underdog is BS! Kyle is not the underdog here, because Balor has never faced Kyle, or anyone like Kyle. Kyle will change Balor’s mind. “There’s something about the sound of a man’s knee caps exploding, tends to say a certain opinion.” And this Sunday, the so-called tag team specialist will do it again.

HBK says Balor is champion, so he gets one final word. “Kyle. You’re witty, you have charisma. You are really, really good in the ring. I believe you have everything it takes to be NXT Champion. And you will be, if this title was on anybody else except for Finn Balor.” HBK thanks them for their time. But who triumphs when it’s time to back up all these words at TakeOver 31?


Mixed Tag: Io Shirai & Damian Priest VS Candice LeRae & Johnny Gargano!

The Evil Genius and the Archer of Infamy face their TakeOver contenders together in this special sampler main event! Will the Pint-Sized Poison Pixie and her Wednesday Knight take the first steps toward a historic power couple reign?

The “rockstar” champions fire up and rush the ring to brawl with Johnny and Candice! Things are furious under the strobe lights, but the challengers bail out! The referee hurries in to cool everyone off, Mr. & Mrs. Wrestling complain as they take their corner. Priest starts for his team so Gargano gets in. The bell rings, Gargano fires off a haymaker but Priest kicks. Gargano gets under and uppercuts, but Priest grabs him to throw him to a corner! Gargano dodges to CHOP and forearm but Priest shoves, kicks and swings. Gargano dodges those but not the BOOT! Priest fires off fast hands in the ocrner, Cnadice protests but Priest stops at the ref’s count.

Priest whips Gargano corner to corner, scoops him for a BIG sidewalk slam! Gargano rolls away, Candice tells Priest to back off, and Candice checks on her husband. Priest tags Shirai in so Candice has to come in! The crowd is thunderous as these two step to each other. Candice fires off but Shirai gives it back! Candice knees low, whips Shirai to a corner then runs corner to corner, but Shirai dodge and kicks back! Shirai goes up, leaps, but Candice gets under. Candice comes back, Shirai waistlocks but Candice blocks the German to standing switch and roll up! TWO, SHirai FLAPJACKS Candice! Then basement dropkicks!

Candice gets to a corner as the crowd fires up. Gargano gets in the way of the bullet train, but Priest backs Shirai up. And ROUNDHOUSES Gargano into the corner! Candice gets a bit of hubby’s buns as Priest leaps in to hit the back elbow! Then Shirai runs in, Gargano bails out so that Candice takes the SHINKANSEN alone! Some husband he is. Candice bails out, Priest gives Shirai a boost for an INFAMOUS CROSSBODY! Direct hit on Mr. & Mrs. Wrestling at the ramp, and NXT goes picture in picture!

Shirai drags Candice up and puts her in the ring. Shirai stomps Candice around, and in the corner! The ref counts, Shirai lets off, but then digs her boots in! Shirai swings to meteora! Candice flounders around, Shirai drags her up and throws her! Shirai runs but Gargano redeems himself by taking the tiger feint kick for Candice! Candice hits Shirai with a DRAPING NECKBREAKER! Cover, ROPEBREAK! Candice is furious as she clubs away on Shirai! Shirai gets to a corner, Candice slaps her around, then hauls her into another corner to ram her into buckles! Candice snapmares Shirai into a chinlock and grinds her down. Shirai endures, fights back and fights up, but Candice throws her down. Candice talks trash to Priest but he tells the little lady to calm down.

Shirai knees Candice back! Candice rolls Shirai away to dropkick her down! Cover, TWO! Shirai flounders but Candice drags her away from Priest. Candice has a neck wrench as NXT returns to single picture. Shirai endures, the crowd rallies up but Gargano talks smack. Candice knees Shirai, clubs her, and paces. Gargano is the only one applauding as Candice kicks Shirai. Candice toys with Shirai, tells her the belt will be Candice’s, but Shirai gets up to SHOTEI! Candice wobbles, Shirai counter punches her and waistlocks her for a GERMAN! Both women are down, hot tag to Priest! Gargano gets in but gets clobbered over and over! Priest ROUNDHOUSES Gargano, and LRAIATS him in the rebound!

The crowd fires up as Priest aims and fires the flying back elbow in the corner! And then BROKEN ARROW! Cover off the toss, TWO! Gargano crawls to a corner but Priest brings him back up. Priest reels him in, Canadian racks to a crucifix, but Gargano slips off! Gargano boots Priest back, hops up, TORNADO COMPLETE SHOT! Gargano grits his teeth, fires himself up and kicks, but Priest ducks to kick away! Gargano enziguris, Priest staggers and Shirai tags in! Candice is now legal, but Shirai missile dropkicks Gargano! Shirai rallies on Candice with shoulders, then underhooks, but Candice fights out of the Tiger Driver! Shirai ducks the enziguri and drops down on Candice for the crossface!

Candice flails, reaches, endures, Gargano drags Shirai out of the ring! Priest comes around to choke grip and lift, but Gargano lands on his feet to mule kick from the apron! Shirai SHOTEIS Gargano! Candice cradles Shirai, TWO! Shirai wheelbarrows but Candice turns it into a FACEBUSTER! Step-up senton! Candice grins as she springboards, LIONSAULT flops! Shirai underhooks, TIGER BACKBREAKER! Shirai has Candice in the drop zone and climbs up top, but Gargano gets Candice out of the ring! Shirai shouts at Gargano, but Priest BELL CLAPS and ROUNDHOUSES Gargano! Gargano is down, Shirai still gives him the MOONSAULT!

Tag to Priest, Priest grabs Gargano for the dragon sleeper! The ref is busy telling Shirai to go back to the corner, he doesn’t see Candice LOW BLOW Priest!! Shirai goes after Candice but the damage is done! Shirai stomps Candice down, Gargano slingshots, ONE FINAL BEAT!! Cover, the Gargano Way wins!!

Winners: Johnny Gargano & Candice LeRae, by pinfall

Mr. Wrestling secures the victory only because Mrs. Wrestling kicked the Archer of Infamy in his arrow! Shirai shouts at Gargano but Candice hits her with a BACKSTABBER! And in a bit of premature celebration, Gargano grabs the belts and hands the Women’s title to Candice. They raise the belts up as if they’ve already won. But if #TheJohnnyGarganoWay only succeeds when they’re both together, do either of them stand a chance on their own?

My Thoughts:

An incredible go-home for NXT! Not much was advertised match-wise, but they were all solid to say the least. A lot of great stuff has also been added to TakeOver 31 given circumstances are clearly keeping the NXT Tag Team Championships off the card. The Cruiserweight Championship getting to be on TakeOver is exactly what I was hoping for, and while the video call interview segment was just a tad awkward, Escobar VS Swerve is going to be great once again. Kushida put a hurting on Nese, Dream had a good promo for keeping it simple, and their match is going to be a lot of fun, too. It is truly a shame Tegan is out of action again, her story with Candice had so much going for it. We can only hope Tegan can recover and still wrestle at all.

Dakota VS Shotzi was really good, and I like that Rhea and Shotzi are basically being teamed together again. I felt like these two meshed very well when going against Aliyah and Mercedes Martinez, they’ll do the same here against Dakota and Raquel, and maybe, just maybe, NXT starts getting properly involved in the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship scene. Though, if WWE is keeping their stupid Draft as just Raw and SmackDown, it seems not at all likely. Grimes was hilarious, thinking he could do the same scrub gauntlet Ariya Daivari did on 205 Live, and just hilarious in general as Holland not only mauled that jobber but then mauled Grimes. Lumis returns, too, so maybe what was meant to be Lumis & Dream becomes Lumis & Holland to put some literal heavy hitters in the tag division.

I like that this mysterious return is being kept so secret, it’s not even clear if it’s a male or female superstar. The robot voices are more male and female, the person picked up a TakeOver flyer that had both the men’s and women’s title matches on it, and in the current era, the only difference between the male and female title belts is color, which gets washed away in the night vision green. It cold be Bo Dallas, it could be Ember Moon, it could be… Paige? Maybe not, that’s something that might’ve leaked by now. And while Paige was literally born into wrestling, I feel like she’s fine with where she is in both WWE and in life right now. Though the robot-cyborg gimmick could work for her as much as it does Ember with injuries being the only thing in her way, and the idea of her repairing herself to retake NXT.

I like that the story of Xia Li, and by proxy KC Squared, is getting airtime. They’ve all been around for a good amount of time, really working hard to be notable parts of NXT, and this is it paying off. Xia continues to be a sore loser of sorts, and a full Heel turn would be something interesting to see. The Mixed Tag match was a great main event, and it was a bit out of nowhere to see Priest and Shirai work so well together, but I suppose you credit the fact they have a common enemy in Johnny and Candice. But the math indicates that the #NXTPowerCouple standing tall tonight, touching the belts no less, means they’re not both winning. Maybe Gargano gets the better of Priest, being that Gargano is the Triple Crown winner, I’m not sure about Candice. If Tegan wasn’t actually out with the torn ACL, I could see her interfering with the women’s title, but now it’ll just have to be a clean win for Shirai.

Adam Cole basically being the big brother to Kyle against Theory was unexpected, but that match Cole and Theory had was incredible. It felt on par with a midcard title match, in which case the reputation of Cole being an NXT Triple Crown was itself the prize. The Prime Target for Kyle was incredibly well made, but if he doesn’t win… In the face-to-face, Kyle sure came in with a bit of ego, but he did make some good points. They’re both much more experience than the average fan probably realized, so this isn’t an underdog story but two peers who finally meet to see who is really the better man. It’d be so wild if Kyle won, but this also feels like it’s meant to puff Kyle up so much that he falls that much harder when he loses.

My Score: 9.3/10

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Mitchell’s NJPW WTL x BOSJ Results & Report! (11/27/21)

BOSJ, Round 6!




It’s Sniper of the Skies VS Rogue Luchador!

NJPW Power Struggle’s Junior Heavyweight title match is revisited as Robbie Eagles and El Desperado meet in the Best of the Super Juniors, Round 6!


  • Best of the Super Juniors 28: Ryusuke Taguchi VS Yoshinobu Kanemaru; Taguchi wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 28: Douki VS SHO; Sho wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 28: Master Wato VS YOH; Yoh wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 28: BUSHI VS El Phantasmo; Bushi wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 28: Robbie Eagles VS El Desperado; Eagles wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 28: Hiromu Takahashi VS Taiji Ishimori; Ishimori wins.


Here are the current BOSJ 28 standings!

Yoshinobu Kanemaru: 4-1, 8 points
SHO: 4-1, 8 points
Hiromu Takahashi: 3-1-1, 7 points
Taiji Ishimori: 3-2, 6 points
El Desperado: 2-2-1, 5 points
Master Wato: 2-3, 4 points
Ryusuke Taguchi: 2-3, 4 points
El Phantasmo: 2-3, 4 points
Robbie Eagles: 2-3, 4 points
Douki: 2-3, 4 points
Bushi: 2-3, 4 points
YOH: 1-4, 2 points


Best of the Super Juniors 28: Ryusuke Taguchi VS Yoshinobu Kanemaru!

The Funky Weapon is on a roller coaster ride in this BOSJ, but now he’s meeting the Heel Master, who is the top of the block! Will Taguchi be able to even out? Or will Kanemaru continue to lead the way?

Wait, Kanemaru attacks Taguchi while he’s posing! Kanemaru stomps away at the ropes, the bell rings to get this on record, and then Kanemaru keeps stomping. He takes Taguchi’s shirt off and continues stomping him. Taguchi gets up, Kanemaru kicks low but Taguchi CHOPS back. And CHOPS! But Kanemaru rakes eyes! Kanemaru runs, Taguchi goes the other way and the two run the ropes. Kanemaru stops himself but Taguchi keeps going as fans rally. Taguchi eggs Kanemaru on to join him, but Kanemaru just lets him keep going. Then he pushes him to keep him going! Taguchi is getting tired, Kanemaru dropkicks the legs out!

Taguchi clutches his leg, Kanemaru drags him back and SMASHES the knee into the mat. Taguchi writhes but Kanemaru stomps the leg. Kanemaru drags Taguchi up, has the leg, for a SHIN BREAKER! Taguchi writhes even more and gets to ropes. Kanemaru puts the leg on the ropes to stand on it! The ref counts, Kanemaru lets off at 4. Kanemaru drags Taguchi back to drop an elbow and clamp on a toehold. Taguchi fights back with a chinlock but Kanemaru wrenches the leg. Kanemaru then lets off to drop knees on the knee, then pulls on the toehold again. Taguchi gets the ropebreak, Kanemaru lets go at 3.

Kanemaru drags Taguchi away from the ropes to YANK the leg. Fans rally for Taguchi but Kanemaru has the leg for a HALF CRAB! Taguchi endures, crawls forward and gets the ropebreak! Kanemaru lets go at 4, then stomps Taguchi’s bad leg. Kanemaru starts kicking Taguchi in the butt! Taguchi goes to the corner but Kanemaru keeps kicking. Taguchi hits back but Kanemaru rakes eyes! The ref reprimands, Kanemaru stomps the bad leg again. Kanemaru whips corner to corner, runs in but Taguchi boots him back! Taguchi gets the bad leg moving, but runs into an atomic drop! Kanemaru runs, but into the HIP ATTACK! Fans fire up as Taguchi gets his bad leg moving.

Taguchi runs at Kanemaru to hip attack at the ropes! And again! And then baseball slide to the apron GAMANGIRI! Fans fire up as Taguchi aims from the apron and springboards, MISSILE HIP! Cover, TWO! Taguchi drags Kanemaru up and suplexes, Uno Amigo! Taguchi suplexes again, Dos Amigos! Then THREE AMIGOS! Cover, TWO! Taguchi keeps focus as fans rally up. Taguchi brings Kanemaru up to chicken wing, but Kanemaru blocks, and then mule kicks the bad leg! He kicks the leg again, but Taguchi gives Kanemaru a point blank hip attack! Kanemaru kicks the bad leg again but Taguchi gives another point blank hip.

Kanemaru kicks the leg again but Taguchi fires off point blank hip attacks! Taguchi runs, but into another dropkick to the legs! Kanemaru gets the leg for a FIGURE FOUR! Taguchi blocks the leg lock from being completed! Kanemaru puts as much pressure as he can even with that much, and Taguchi can’t hold it back! Kanemaru has the Figure Four in and Taguchi reaches out for ropes. Fans rally up, Taguchi drags himself over, ROPEBREAK! Kanemaru holds on until 4, then drags Taguchi back up. Scoop and BRITISH FALL! Cover, TWO! Kanemaru drags Taguchi to a drop zone, goes up top, MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO!

Fans rally as Taguchi is still in this, but Kanemaru goes up again. Kanemaru waits on Taguchi to rise, but Taguchi’s bad leg is really wobbly. Taguchi stands, Kanemaru waits for him to be stable but Taguchi falls over! Kanemaru hops down to get at Taguchi, but Taguchi was suckering him in! Victory roll, TWO!! Kanemaru kicks the bad leg, steps through, but Taguchi kicks him down! OH MY GARFUNKEL! Kanemaru endures the ankle lock, reaches out, and fans rally up. Taguchi twists the ankle, puts as much weight as he can on the hold, but Kanemaru still fights forward to the ROPEBREAK! Taguchi lets go, and he calls upon the powers of Strong Style!

Taguchi aims from the corner, “OHYA~!” BUM- NO, roll up! TWO!! ENZIGURI from Taguchi, Kanemaru staggers around, Taguchi gets the arms! Kanemaru fights the Dodon Buster so Taguchi TIGER SUPLEXES! Bridge, TWO!! Kanemaru narrowly escapes but Taguchi fires up! Fans fire up with him, and he drags Kanemaru up. Chicken wings, but Kanemaru grabs the ref and pushes him down! Taguchi avoids the low blow to get the chicken wings, DODON LOW BLOW! Taguchi shoves Kanemaru to ropes then rolls him up, Taguchi wins!

Winner: Ryusuke Taguchi, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Kanemaru earns 0)

The Funky Weapon shoots down the top of the block! But Taguchi still has a way to go if he wants to be the Best of the Super Juniors, can he keep going on this upward trajectory? Or will Kanemaru be able to shrug this off and stay ahead of the pack?


Best of the Super Juniors 28: Douki VS SHO!

Japones Del Mal couldn’t beat his Suzuki-Gun teammates, but Kanemaru exposed the Murder Machine’s weaknesses last round. Will Douki and his pipe be able to thwart Sho and his wrench?

Sho wants the ref to check Douki thoroughly, and so the ref does, only for Sho to then push the ref aside and attack Douki! The bell rings, Sho runs but Douki hurdles, drops and rolls to headscissor! Sho gets up and Douki dropkicks him down! Fans cheer and Douki stomps Sho down. Douki drags Sho up to CLUB him, then drags him up, only for Sho to rake eyes! The ref reprimands, Sho puts Douki on the ropes, and the ref counts. Sho stops at 4, whips Douki to ropes, but holds the ropes to stop himself. Sho runs in but Douki does the splits and Sho tumbles out to the floor! Douki aims and slingshots to PLANCHA, but Sho uses a Young Lion as a shield!

Douki is down, Sho drags him up and whips him into railing! Sho steps on the Young Lion on his way to stomping Douki. Sho then has the ref check on the Young Lion, so he can get away with whipping Douki into more railing! Sho drags Douki up to torture the fingers! The ref starts the ring count, Sho slides into the ring and the count passes 10 of 20. Douki gets up at 15 and in at 16. Sho walks over to drag Douki up, but Douki throws body shots and forearms. So Sho rakes his eyes again! The ref counts, Sho stops at 4, to dig his boots in at the corner! The ref counts again, Sho stops at 4. Sho drags Douki up to scoop and SLAM! Cover, TWO!

Sho argues the count but the ref says it was far. Sho claws Douki’s eyes again! The ref counts, Sho lets off and argues with the ref again. Sho then toys with Douki, but Douki chops. And chops! Sho eggs him on so Douki CHOPS again. Sho DECKS Douki with a forearm! Sho drags Douki up, suplexes, but Douki slips out to waistlock. Sho switches, Douki resists the lift and elbows free. Sho reels Douki in but Douki breaks free to mule kick and ENZIGURI! Both men are down but Sho gets to a corner. Douki runsin to clothesline, then he runs, only for Sho to duck. Douki wheelbarrow arm-drags him, to then dodge and springboard, TRUST FALL! Direct hit and Sho bails out!

Douki aims but Sho wants to use the Young Lion again! Douki fakes Sho out, mule kicks him then ASAI MOONSAULTS! Direct hit again! Fans fire up with Douki but he’s still down to catch his breath. Douki crawls over to Sho, drags him up, and puts him in the ring. Springboard DOUBLE STOMPS! Cover, TWO! Douki drags Sho back up, hooks him up, but Sho blocks the Gory Especial. Douki knees Sho low, runs in at the corner, and blocks boots to pop Sho up into the Gory Especial! But Sho pulls the fingers! The ref reprimands, Sho CLUBS the bad hand, but Douki ducks the punch to mule kick! Douki runs, but the ref is a shield now! Sho then SPEARS Douki down!

Fans rally up while both men are on the mat. Sho gets up at the ropes, drags Douki up and wrenches the arm, and brings Douki down to kick, KICK and SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO! Sho aims his bow and drags Douki up to reel him in. Double pump handles, but Douki slips out to get ITALIAN STRETCH #32! Sho stays on his feet, reaches out, but Douki drags him from ropes to put him back in the stretch! Sho endures, Douki pulls harder on the hold and brings Sho down! Sho sputters, but he refuses to give up! Sho moves around, Douki keeps pulling, Sho turns and… ROPEBREAK! Douki lets go and Sho is dazed!

Douki hurries to the apron as Sho sputters and rises. Fans rally up, DAYBREAK!! Cover, TWO!! Sho survives but Douki calls for the finish! Douki drags Sho into the wheelbarrow, full nelson, but Sho fights free! Switch and a shove into the ref, then a clothesline in the corner that sandwiches them both! Everyone’s done, and Sho crawls to his corner! Sho brings out the wrench! But Douki’s going to his corner, and he has his pipe! Douki blocks the wrench with the pipe to PIPE SHOT Sho down! Douki gets the ref moving, drags Sho around and wheelbarrows, but Sho grabs the ref! Sho shoves the ref into Douki, then LOW BLOWS Douki from behind!

Sho gets his wrench! WRENCH SHOT!! Sho then gets the ref up and brings him over. Sho drags Douki up, for the SNAKE BITE!! Douki’s already out, Sho wins!

Winner: Sho, by submission (gains 2 points; Douki earns 0)

The Murder Machine gets away with another one! He’s back on top of the block, will he be able to stay there from now on?


Best of the Super Juniors 28: Master Wato VS YOH!

The Way of the Grandmaster surprised Ryusuke Taguchi while Direct Drive shocked the Sniper of the Skies! But will Wato stop Yoh’s momentum before it even starts?

The bell rings and fans rally up as the two circle. They feel out the grapple, Wato shoots in to waistlock but Yoh wrenches out to a wristlock. Wato spins, wrenches and wristlocks back. Yoh rolls, trips Wato and has a toehold but Wato uses a leg to bring Yoh down. Yoh clasps hands and sits up out of the armbar. Yoh has a top mount but Wato slips out. Fans cheer the standoff as the two reset. They knuckle lock, Wato wrenches to a hammerlock, but Yoh goes to elbow. Wato stops that with a headlock. Yoh pries the hold but Wato holds tighter. Yoh drop toeholds and flats to the headlock but Wato slips out again to get a chinlock and an arm. Wato then floats to have the legs tied up.

Yoh crawls and gets the ropebreak. Wato lets off, and the two reset. They feel things out then Wato KICKS a leg, then KICKS Yoh in the chest. Wato KICKS Yoh to the corner then fires off forearms. Wato whips corner to corner but Yoh goes up and over, only for Wato to kick low. Things speed up, Yoh drops and sidesteps to drop toehold. Wato avoids the basement dropkick to back elbow, uppercut and rolling sobat! Fans fire up as Wato KICKS Yoh from all sides! Cover, TWO! Wato stomps Yoh, drags him up, whips to ropes but Yoh reverses to dropkick Wato down! Wato bails out, Yoh PLANCHAS out onto him! Fans fire up with Yoh while Wato is down.

Yoh stomps Wato, drags him up, and puts him in the ring. Yoh drags Wato up, turns him and NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Yoh drags Wato up, CLUBS him on the neck, then CLUBS him again. Yoh brings Wato around to ROCK with a forearm, then whips Wato corner to corner for a back elbow! Yoh wrenches and DECKS Wato, cover, TWO! Yoh keeps on Wato with a headscissor necklock! Wato endures as Yoh puts on the pressure. Wato crawls, reaches out, and gets a ropebreak with a foot. Yoh lets go but stomps Wato down. Yoh drags Wato up but Wato throws body shots. Wato throws forearms, Yoh kicks low.

Yoh whips Wato to a corner, runs in, but Wato boots him! Yoh comes back and gets more boots, then Wato RANAS Yoh out! Wato builds speed to TORNILLO! Direct hit at the ramp and both men are down! The ref starts a count, Wato sits up at 11 and drags Yoh up and puts him in at 16. Wato then aims from the apron, springboards and FLYING UPPERCUTS! Fans fire up, Wato waits on Yoh to rise to fire off kicks! SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO! Wato keeps his focus as he drags Yoh up and wrenches to reel him in. Yoh elbows free of the Mouse Trap but Wato knees low. Wato QUESTION MARK KICKS Yoh down! You gets up, but blocks the screw high kick to a DRAGON SCREW!

Wato writhes, Yoh gets him for a CALF KILLER! Wato endures, crawls, drags himself and Yoh over, but Yoh throws elbows down! Yoh pulls back harder but Wato still gets the ROPEBREAK! Yoh stalks Wato and dropkicks the leg out! Yoh drags Wato from the ropes, to suplex, but Wato slips out. Wato’s bad leg jams, Yoh gets him again, FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up and Yoh drags Wato back up to waistlock. Wato fights with elbows but Yoh still holds on. Wato goes to ropes, Yoh CLUBS him then full nelsons. Wato breaks free, victory rolls, TWO! Yoh gets up but Wato cradles, TWO! Wato kicks but Yoh blocks, DRAGON- NO, Wato makes it a sit-down, TWO!!

Wato gets up but Yoh uppercuts! Yoh runs but into Wato’s CALF KICK! Both men are down again and fans rally up! Wato crawls over to Yoh, drags him up, and throws a forearm! Yoh forearms back, so Wato forearms again. Yoh throws another forearm, so Wato keeps going. Wato gets the edge, knocking Yoh down. Wato drags Yoh up but Yoh fires boxing elbows! Yoh kicks a leg, then spins, but Wato blocks! Yoh ducks the roundhouse, Wato ducks the heel kick, Wato sobats but Yoh goes Matrix to avoid the roundhouse! ROLLING ELBOW and GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Yoh fires up and so do the fans!

Yoh drags Wato up, underhooks, but no Direct Drive! Wato spins out to ROUNDHOUSE! Both men are down and fans rally up again. Wato rises slowly, goes to ropes and waits on Yoh to rise. Wato spins, SCREW HIGH KICK! Wato gets Yoh back up, wrenches and hooks him up, MOUSE TRAP DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Yoh escapes but Wato drags him to a drop zone. Wato climbs the corner, but oh stops him with a forearm! Yoh climbs, CLUBS Wato on the back, but Wato throws body shots. Yoh stumbles down, Wato gets up but Yoh GAMANGIRIS first! Yoh goes back up, brings Wato up for the SUPERPLEX! Roll through, and- Wato sips out to shove Yoh to a corner!

Wato runs in, Yoh puts him on the apron, but Wato GAMANGIRIS! Yoh staggers and flops, Wato aims again. Wato springboards, into a SUPERKICK!! Fans fire up and Yoh gets Wato right back up! Suplex to GHOSTBUSTER! And then, DIRECT DRIVE!! Cover, YOH WINS!

Winner: Yoh, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Wato earns 0)

The momentum keeps going for Yoh! He may still be at the back, but can he power his way right to the front?


Best of the Super Juniors 28: BUSHI VS El Phantasmo!

Black Mask lost to Hiromu-chan and the Headbanga lost to the Bone Soldier in last round’s battle of teammates. Now that things are back to facing enemies, who gets back up to break even?

Judging from how bad ELP’s foot feels from his backflip entrance, he hasn’t healed up from Taiji pulling one over on him by taking “that” and putting it in his boot. The bell rings and fans rally up as the two stare down. ELP and Bushi approach, but then ELP backs up to encourage the fans to get louder. He and Bushi approach again, but again ELP backs off to encourage the fans. The fans get louder, ELP and Bushi tie up. ELP puts Bushi on ropes but Bushi turns it around. Bushi lets off cleanly, and he gives ELP space. ELP gets fans to clap, “E! L P!” and then ties up with Bushi. ELP pulls on the mask, gets a headlock, but Bushi powers out, only for ELP to run him over.

ELP flexes, struts, runs, but Bushi drops. ELP stops to step on Bushi and strut some more. Bushi kicks and whips but ELP reverses. Bushi rolls off ELP’s back, dodges and RANAS, but ELP handsprings through! Fans cheer and ELP struts again. ELP even shows off with a backflip, but his foot hurts again! Bushi dropkicks ELP down! ELP bails out, Bushi builds speed, but ELP moves so Bushi rolls back to mock ELP’s rocker hands. ELP says no, don’t do that. ELP gets in, Bushi dodges again, then RANAS again! ELP tumbles out, Bushi runs and DIVES! Direct hit and ELP hits railing! Fans cheer as Bushi stomps ELP down.

Bushi drags ELP up, whips him into railing, then brings him up to put him into the ring. Bushi takes off his shirt to use it to choke ELP! The ref counts, Bushi lets go with one hand. The ref counts more, Bushi lets go completely. Bushi CLUBS ELP, turns him and NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Bushi keeps cool, brings ELP up and suplexes, but ELP slips out. Bushi elbows him away but ELP mule kicks! Bushi falls over and writhes on the mat! “It” IS back in ELP’s boot! ELP drags Bushi up, whips him corner to corner, and Bushi hits hard off the buckles! Cover, TWO! ELP tries again, TWO! Another try, TWO! ELP grabs for an ear but he instead has to grab the mask.

ELP stands Bushi up, brings him in and has the cobra twist! Bushi endures, ELP reaches for ropes but the ref watches him closely. Bushi throws body shots and hip tosses ELP down! Fans rally up while both men are down. ELP crawls over to Bushi and drags him up but Bushi fires off forearms! ELP stomps Bushi’s foot! “It” might’ve crushed Bushi’s toes! ELP then isolates a hand, and he STOMPS it! Bushi clutches the fingers but ELP bends them back! The ref reprimands but ELP BITES The hand! The ref counts, Bushi stops at 4. ELP twists the wrist, gets Bushi up and knucklelocks to HOP! ELP goes up and up and tightrope walks, then kicks Bushi to keep going.

ELP struts as he tightrope walks, kicks Bushi again, and keeps going. Bushi trips ELP up and ELP ends up getting a hotshot on the way down! ELP gasps and sputters, Bushi takes aim and SLINGSHOT RANAS! Both men go down and fans fire up! Bushi gets up first and fans fire up with him. Bushi brings ELP up and into the ring, then fans rally as Bushi CHOPS and whips ELP corner to corner. ELP reverses, runs in corner to corner but Bushi swing kicks him away! Bushi goes up and leaps, missile dropkick! BUSHIROONI! Bushi then runs in at the corner to back elbow! Bushi reels ELP in, but ELP slips out and dodges to springboard CROSSBODY! Handspring LIONSAULT! Cover, TWO!

Both men are down again but fans rally up. ELP kips up and brings Bushi up for an atomic drop! Then a scoop and SLAM! ELP goes to the corner, hops up, takes aim, DIVING AX HANDLE! Fans rally as ELP tunes up the band! Bushi slowly rises, ELP adjusts his boot, but Bushi blocks the kick to put the leg on the ropes! DRAPING CODE BREAKER! Both men are down again and fans rally back up. Bushi drags ELP up, catches ELP’s punch and spins him for a DDT! Bushi gets ELP back up, FISHERMAN SCREW! Cover, TWO! ELP is still in this but Bushi goes to the corner. Fans rally up as Bushi aims, M- NO! ELP pops Bushi up but Bushi sunset flips!

ELP rolls through, high stacks, TWO, but ELP drags Bushi up and hooks the arms, STYLES CLASH!! Cover, TWO!! Bushi survives, ELP isn’t phenomenal! ELP hobbles up, drags Bushi back up, reels him back in and tucks the arms. Bushi slips out to cradle! TWO!! ELP BUZZSAW! ELP goes back to a corner, gets the boot going again, Bushi stands and ELP hesitates?! ELP runs to V-TRIGGER instead! And then he Electric Chair Lifts, but Bushi fights free, to BACKSTABBER! Bushi drags ELP up and wrenches him into TERRIBLE! Cover, TWO! ELP survives but Bushi goes to the corner! Bushi goes up the ropes, ELP hobbles around, MX!! Cover, Bushi wins!

Winner: Bushi, by pinfall (gains 2 points; ELP earns 0)

The Headbanga’s hesitation may have cost him! Will he worry less about copying Bullet Club’s best and just win as himself? As for Bushi, he evens out, but will he be able to make a play for the top?


Best of the Super Juniors 28: Robbie Eagles VS El Desperado!

These two only faced off earlier this month, but the irony of Eagles losing the title is that neither has had the best run in this tournament. Will the Sniper of the Skies redeem himself from Power Struggle? Or will the Rogue Luchador give a repeat performance from Osaka?

The bell rings and fans rally up already as the two stare down. Eagles and Desperado circle and Eagles gets the fans to rally harder. They tie up, Eagles waistlocks but Desperado breaks free to wrench and wristlock. Eagles spins, breaks the wristlock, wrenches and wristlocks back. Desperado rolls, breaks and wrenches back on Eagles. Eagles rolls, handsprings and wrenches to a hammerlock. Desperado stands on Eagles’ foot, gets a headlock and the takeover. Eagles rolls it to a cover, ONE, and Desperado keeps on the headlock. Eagles headscissors and squeezes tight but Desperado endures. Desperado bridges, moves around, and gets free to have the butterfly deathlock!

Eagles is down, Desperado floats to a headlock. Desperado grinds Eagles but Eagles fights up to his feet. Eagles tries to pry free but Desperado grinds harder. Eagles still tries to pry, and he gets the hold around, to then drop and trip Desperado to a leglock. Eagles floats to a headlock, pushes off ropes but Desperado rolls to a cover. ONE, and Eagles keeps the headlock. Desperado pulls hair to get up and pop out of the headlock. The ref reprimands and counts, Desperado shifts to a headlock. Desperado grinds the hold, Eagles puts Desperado on ropes. The ref calls for the break, Eagles lets off, but he does a step to make sure Desperado stays on his guard.

Desperado applauds along with the fans as he and Eagles reset. They circle, Desperado claws Eagles’ eyes! Desperado headlocks, Eagles powers out but Desperado runs him over! Things speed up, Eagles hurdles, Desperado leads, but Eagles comes back. Eagles blocks the hip toss and rolls to drag Desperado down and basement dropkick! Fans cheer while Eagles stalks Desperado, but Desperado rakes Eagles’ eyes again! The ref reprimands, Desperado lets off and he drags Eagles up. Eagles holds ropes to stop the whip, Desperado kicks the leg! Desperado whips, Eagles reverses to go up and around but Desperado blocks the arm-drag to SLAP Eagles down!

Desperado runs, flying arm-drags Eagles away, then runs in. Eagles dodges, goes up and around to flying arm-drag back! Desperado bails out, Eagles runs but he fakes Desperado out with the backflip, and then he DIVES! Direct hit and Desperado hits railing, and it’s enough to knock Milano Collection AT out of his seat! Eagles checks on Milano, but he’s alright. Eagles flexes because that’s how strong he is! Eagles then gets Desperado up to CHOP against the apron! Desperado hobbles away, stinging, but Eagles keeps on him. Eagles puts Desperado in the ring, stops him from crawling away, and stomps the leg!

Eagles paces, drags Desperado up and snapmares for a RUNNING KICK! Cover, TWO! Eagles stomps Desperado, Desperado CHOPS back! And again! Eagles eggs him on so Desperado keeps going, but Eagles knees low and CHOPS Desperado down! Fans cheer that one, it was strong. Eagles gives Desperado space at the ropes to come back, but then he goes out to drag Desperado to the apron. Eagles SLAMS the leg on the apron! Desperado flops to the floor and flounders to the ramp. Eagles goes to the ramp and Desperado gets up. Desperado CHOPS but again Eagles eggs him on. Desperado chops again but Eagles CHOPS Desperado back down!

Eagles drags Desperado up, puts him in the ring, covers, TWO! Eagles drops a knee on Desperado’s chest! Cover, TWO! Eagles stomps Desperado at the ropes, brings him around to hook the arm, and then he gets the fans to rally up as he pulls on the legs! Deathlock STOMP! Desperado writhes, Eagles covers, TWO! Another try, TWO! Eagles is frustrated but he waits on Desperado to sit up. Eagles KICKS him, and KICKS him, and KICKS again! Eagles runs, but Desperado blocks the kick! Eagles sobats, but runs into a SPINE- NO! Eagles fights out and whips Desperado to a corner. Eagles runs in but is put on the apron.

Desperado punches, Eagles blocks and GAMANGIRIS Desperado away! Eagles springboards but Desperado gets clear to come back and SPEAR! Both men are down again but Desperado gets up at the ropes. Desperado hobbles over, brings Eagles up, suplexes high and hard! Cover, TWO! Desperado has the leg for the GROUND DRAGON SCREW! Desperado gets the leg again to drop knees on the knee! Eagles writhes but Desperado gets the STRETCH MUFFLER! Eagles endures as Desperado thrashes, and Eagles fights his way over. Desperado keeps him back, but Eagles keeps fighting, ROPEBREAK! Desperado lets go and fans rally up.

Desperado drags Eagles up, reels him in, but Eagles fights the shinbreaker. Desperado kicks the leg! Desperado then brings Eagles back up, but Eagles knees free! Wheelbarrow to victory roll, to RON MILLER SPECIAL!! Now Desperado endures the leg lock, crawls forward, but Eagles puts as much pressure as he can! Desperado refuses to give up, and he powers his way to the ROPEBREAK! Eagles lets go and Desperado clutches the leg. Eagles drags Desperado back, stomps away on the leg then KICKS it! Eagles steps over, Desperado kicks Eagles away, but Eagles comes back with a PENALTY KICK! Cover, TWO!

Eagles keeps cool while fans rally up. He gets his bad leg moving, drags Desperado back up, but Desperado dropkicks the bad leg out! Desperado gets up, hobbles over, but Eagles dropkicks him in the bad leg now! Desperado drags himself up in the corner, Eagles runs in to DOUBLE KNEE! Eagles rolls back, his leg holds him back a bit, and runs in but into a boot! Eagles comes back to Tiger Feint the leg out! Eagles then comes back with METEORA! Desperado flops down, Eagles covers, TWO! Eagles drags Desperado to a drop zone, but his own bad leg slows his climb. Eagles 450, but he catches Desperado’s knees! Eagles turns Desperado to drop knees on the knee!

Eagles gets the leg, steps through but Desperado roll shim up! TWO, to the STRETCH MUFFLER! But Eagles power sit to a cradle, TWO! ROUNDHOUSE! SUPER- NO! Desperado blocks, reels Eagles in, but Eagles fights the Guitarra to slip around and cravat, SHIRANUI but Desperado blocks that! Desperado spins Eagles around, GUITARRA- NO! Eagles slips out and ROLLING KICKS the leg out! Eagles runs, but Desperado ducks the blindside! Both men get their bad legs moving, Eagles ducks the haymaker to SUPERKICK, then SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO!! Desperado survives and Eagles can’t believe it!

Eagles grits his teeth while fans rally up. Eagles aims his finger gun, rolls Desperado up but Desperado fights out to SPINEBUSTER! And then a roll, float over, GUITARRA DEL ANGEL! Cover, TWO!! Eagles survives and fans fire up! Desperado drags Eagles up, underhooks the arms, but Eagles RANAS out but Desperado sunset flips! TWO, Eagles sits on it, TWO! Desperado runs into a schoolboy with bridge, TWO!! BIG elbow shot, but Eagles PELES back! Both men are down but Eagles fires up! Eagles drags Desperado up, cravat to SHIRANUI! Then dragon sleeper and a spin, but Desperado slips out to EL ES CULERO! DESPERADO WINS!!

Winner: El Desperado, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Eagles earns 0)

Eagles can’t believe it! Desperado didn’t even need his best shots to win! But with this, will Desperado also look to take back the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championships in the near future?


Best of the Super Juniors 28: Hiromu Takahashi VS Taiji Ishimori!

The Ticking Timebomb and Bone Soldier Reborn were the winning halves of their tag teams last round, and now they close out this round! Will one side sweep the night? Or will we see a 1-1 split?

Hiromu hands over the guide book to Milano, and he seems to be calling Taiji a “Muscular chihuahua.” The bell rings and they ram each other! Then they start throwing forearms! Taiji gets the edge, whips but Hiromu reverses to then follow and RANA, but Taiji blocks! Taiji brings Hiromu up but Hiromu slips out, only for Taiji to get around and waistlock. Hiromu switches but Taiji elbows him away. Taiji whips, Hiromu reveres but Taiji handsprings, into a waistlock! Taiji switches again, shoves Hiromu into a corner, then blocks the boots to ENZIGURI. But Hiromu gets out of the ropes to elbow! Hiromu keeps going and he runs Taiji over!

Fans fire up while Hiromu catches his breath. Hiromu drags Taiji up, CHPOS him, then CHOPS him again! Hiromu brings Taiji around to CHOP again and Taiji leans on ropes. Hiromu whips, Taiji reverse to shoulder and WRING the arm out, then WRING it again! Hiromu bails out and clutches the arm. Red Shoes checks on him but Hiromu says he can still continue. Taiji goes out as Hiromu goes around the way. Taiji stalks Hiromu, then BOOTS him into railing! Taiji wraps the arm around railing and pulls! Hiromu grabs at Taiji’s hair but Taiji kicks the railing to jam the arm. Taiji drags Hiromu up, fans rally, and Taiji wernches to hammerlock and POST the bad arm!

Taiji puts Hiromu in, pulls on the arm and SLAMS it against the post! Then Taiji brings out a chair! Taiji SLAMS the bad arm into the post, then snatches a chair from the timekeeper’s area. Red Shoes confiscates that chair, but doesn’t see Taiji get the chair from under the ring and SMACKS Hiromu’s arm! Hiromu goes running as he clutches the bad arm, but fans rally behind him. The ring count starts, Taiji drags Hiromu up by the bad arm and puts him in the ring at 8 of 20. Cover, TWO! Taiji is annoyed but he drags Hiromu by the bad arm again. Taiji wrenches to an ELBOW BREAKER! And then snapmares to drop a leg on the bad arm, and trap it for an arm scissors.

Hiromu endures, moves around, but Taiji drops a knee on the bad arm, then drops a fist! Cover, TWO! Hiromu gets himself to a corner, Taiji goes over to CHOP him down! Taiji drags Hiromu up but Hiromu CHOPS, so Taiji kicks the bad arm, and gives it an ARM CODE BREAKER! Cover, TWO! Taiji keeps on Hiromu, locking up the good arm to then pull on the bad arm. Taiji moves the arm around and around then YANKS it back! Hiromu crawls to the corner and fans rally up. Taiji paces, then drags Hiromu up but Hiromu CHOPS back! And CHOPS again! And again! Taiji CLUBS Hiromu down, but Hiromu gets up to CHOP!

Taiji eggs Hiromu on, Hiromu throws forearms but Taiji BOOTS the bad arm! Taiji runs but Hiromu follows and RANAS Taiji down! Fans rally up as Hiromu drags himself up the ropes. Taiji runs in but Hiromu boots him! Hiromu then hops up to HANGING HEADSCISSOR! Red Shoes counts, Hiromu lets go at 4. Hiromu gets in to whip Taiji to the corner and clothesline! Then he snapmares and runs to basement dropkick! Taiji bails out and fans rally up! Hiromu goes to the apron for the FLYING SHOTGUN DROPKICK! Taiji hits railing and Hiromu fires up! Hiromu gets his bad arm moving, then drags Taiji up to put him in the ring.

Hiromu drags Taiji up, FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO! Hiromu drags Taiji up, fireman’s carries, but Taiji slips off to send Hiromu into the corner. Taiji runs in, blocks boots, ENZIGURI! Taiji runs to SLIDING GERMAN! Fans rally up while Hiromu is down. Taiji drags Hiromu out, underhooks, but Hiromu fights off the Bloody Cross! Taiji knees low and fireman’s carries to SNAKE EYES Hiromu on the railing! Hiromu writhes, Taiji gets in the ring and the ring count starts. Fans rally up but Hiromu stirs. Hiromu rises at 12, stands at 14, and gets in at 15, only for Taiji to basement dropkick the bad arm! Taiji steps over, YES LOCK!

Hiromu endures, moves around, reaches out and fans rally up. Taiji pulls back, but Hiromu keeps crawling over! Ropebreak! Red Shoes counts, Taiji lets go. Red Shoes checks on Hiromu but Taiji unties the blue buckle pad! The Bullet Club favorite! Taiji goes back to Hiromu, drags him up, gut wrenches, but Hiromu fights to gut wrench Taiji! But Taiji headscissors free, but swings into a hook, spin and RANA, that Hiromu makes into D!! Taiji is stuck in the triangle hold, but he fights up to deadlift, but Hiromu RANAS him back down! Hiromu holds tight to the triangle hold but Taiji endures. Fans rally, Hiromu has Taiji down on the mat, but Taiji powers up again!

Taiji manages a deadlift and BUCKLE BOMB! It was still a padded corner so Hiromu got lucky there. Hiromu falls out of the ring but fans rally up. Taiji stays in the ring as the count climbs, but Hiromu gets up. So Taiji goes to the corner and jumps up! Hiromu stops Taiji and has a waistlock! Taiji resists, but Hiromu shifts to a bomb position! Taiji fights free of that but Hiromu SUPERKICKS him! Hiromu drags Taiji up, fireman’s carries, APRON DEATH VALLEY! Both men fall to the floor as fans fire up! Red Shoes checks, they’re both okay to continue. Fans rally up and the ring count starts while both men stir.

Hiromu stands at 11, staggers about and goes to Taiji at 15. Hiromu puts Taiji in at 17, and fans cheer as he fireman’s carries again. Taiji fights free, but Hiromu suplexes. Taiji fights that, wrenches and ducks but Hiromu mule kicks and front kicks. Fireman’s carry, but Taiji shoves Hiromu to a corner. Taiji runs back in, but he leaps over the overhead Belly2Belly! Hiromu waistlocks Taiji up top, drags Taiji down, but Taiji switches. Hiromu switches, Taiji elbows free and slides under, to then double pump handle and flip Hiromu into position, CIPHER UTAKI! Both men are down and fans rally up!

Hiromu clutches his bad arm, Taiji crawls his way over. Hiromu throws a forearm, Taiji throws it back. Hiromu forearms again, they stand and Taiji throws another. Hiromu forearms, Taiji forearms, Taiji ROCKS Hiromu and gets the edge! Hiromu keeps coming back, even as Taiji throws more forearms! Taiji ROCKS Hiromu again and again but Hiromu just fires up again and again! Hiromu finally staggers back and fans cheer. But then Hiromu SHOTGUN dropkicks Taiji into a corner! Both men are down, fans rally up. Hiromu drags himself up, Taiji fires up and runs, into the OVERHEAD Belly2Belly into buckles!

Fans rally up again as Hiromu stands up. Hiromu goes over and brings Taiji up. Hiromu suplexes but Taiji fights out to get the arm! Hiromu fights his way over but Taiji rolls him away, to then drag Hiromu up and POST him! That’s why he took away the pad: to open the way to the corner post! Taiji hammerlocks the arm and scoops, to then SHOULDER BREAKER! Fans rally up while Hiromu and Taiji are both down. Taiji aims, Hiromu slowly stands, Taiji runs in to tilt-o-whirl, but Hiromu blocks and spins for DYNAMITE PLUNGER! Hiromu roars and fans fire up as he drags Taiji back up. Hiromu suplexes but Taiji knees free, but Hiromu SUPERKICKS!

Hiromu runs into a BOOT! Hiromu roars and runs in, to a JUMP KNEE! Down goes Hiromu and Taiji roars! Taiji aims, bang! He drags Hiromu up, BLOODY- NO! Hiromu slips out, spins Taiji around, VICTORIA! Hiromu crawls to the cover, TWO! Hiromu slowly rises, fans rally up, and Hiromu drags Taiji up in the dragon sleeper. Hiromu inverted suplexes but Taiji slips out and spins around to drag Hiromu down for the over-the-shoulder, only for Hiromu to roll him up! TWO!! Taiji runs in but Hiromu scoops, dragon sleepers, but Taiji snapmares free to dragon sleeper back! But Hiromu arm-drags free, rolls to a fireman’s carry, and CORNER DEATH VALLEY!

Hiromu fires up and fans are with him! Hiromu drags Taiji up, fireman’s carries, spins and Taiji pops out! DOUBLE LARIATS collide and both men drop to their knees! Hiromu drags Taiji up, fires up and runs, HIROMU-CHAN BOMBER!! Taiji is dazed but Hiromu fires up again! Hiromu dragon sleepers for the inverted suplex but Taiji slips out, tilt-o-whirl takedown! BONE LOCK!! Hiromu scrambles, reaches out, but Taiji rolls him away! Taiji pulls way back, HIROMU TAPS! TAIJI WINS!!

Winner: Taiji Ishimori, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Hiromu earns 0)

The Bone Soldier defuses the Timebomb and has a huge win under his belt! Can Hiromu recover and still have a chance at going back-to-back? As for Taiji, he takes a moment to rest before he gets the mic. “Hiromu. You really are something. I hate to admit it, but damn!” Fans applaud this odd showing of respect Taiji is giving as Hiromu takes his leave. Taiji says he can’t go on some “energetic rant like Hiromu,” but he’ll just say, “The NJPW Junior Division isn’t all about El Desperado and Hiromu Takahashi! I said this before, but once again. Look at me! I will show you strength and greatness! It’s Reborn!” Will Taiji prove this division doesn’t belong to anyone but him?


Here are the NEW BOSJ 28 standings!

SHO: 5-1, 10 points
Yoshinobu Kanemaru: 4-2, 8 points
Taiji Ishimori: 4-2, 8 points
Hiromu Takahashi: 3-2-1, 7 points
El Desperado: 3-2-1, 7 points
Ryusuke Taguchi: 3-3, 6 points
Bushi: 3-3, 6 points
YOH: 2-4, 4 points
Master Wato: 2-4, 4 points
El Phantasmo: 2-4, 4 points
Robbie Eagles: 2-4, 4 points
Douki: 2-4, 4 points

My Thoughts:

A great round for the BOSJ, some real great surprises in the results. I thought for sure Kanemaru would keep going but Taguchi gets a win off him in a real good match. Douki using his pipe to fight off the wrench was great, but I had a feeling Sho would still win. Yoh getting another win is great, I still hope they make a big deal out of Yoh VS Sho when we get it. Bushi VS Phantasmo was good, and I like that ELP was playing it up that he got “it” back in his boot. But I find it interesting that he hesitated to use Sudden Death just to try and use Kenny Omega’s moves. I wonder if that was just to keep ELP from winning and keep him near the bottom.

I wasn’t surprised by Desperado winning, just in how he won. I didn’t think he’d win with just his signature pin, but that was quite the shocker. And then Taiji VS Hiromu was awesome stuff, and I didn’t think Taiji would get the win here. That’s big stuff for Taiji and the tournament. Taiji’s in the top three, he could make a run for the top. Desperado VS Kanemaru is next round, too, that will be a very interesting one.

My Score: 8.9/10

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