The G1 Climax is in the home stretch with Round 8!
The top four in A Block are all tied at 5-2 with 10 points! Will Ospreay, Kota Ibushi, Jay White, Kazuchika Okada, who leads A Block?!
NOTE: NJPW no longer wants to feed AXS TV now that it is with Anthem and Impact Wrestling. But never fear, I will cover NJPW in the spirit of AXS in providing the most important matches of the show.
- A Block – Will Ospreay VS Jeff Cobb; Cobb wins.
- A Block – Kota Ibushi VS Yujiro Takahashi; Ibushi wins.
- A Block – Shingo Takagi VS Taichi; Taichi wins.
- A Block – Minoru Suzuki VS Jay White; White wins.
- A Block – Kazuchika Okada VS Tomohiro Ishii; Okada wins.
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Here are the current A Block standings!
Will Ospreay: 5-2, 10 points
Jay White: 5-2, 10 points
Kota Ibushi: 5-2, 10 points
Kazuchika Okada: 5-2, 10 points
Jeff Cobb: 3-4, 6 points [ELIMINATED]
Taichi: 3-4, 6 points [ELIMINATED]
Minoru Suzuki: 3-4, 6 points [ELIMINATED]
Tomohiro Ishii: 3-4, 6 points [ELIMINATED]
Shingo Takagi: 3-4, 6 points [ELIMINATED]
Yujiro Takahashi: 0-7, 0 points [ELIMINATED]
A Block – Will Ospreay VS Jeff Cobb!
The Assassin lost to the Golden Star but won against the Switchblade. He could lead the block, but still has Kazuchika Okada in A Block’s finale. Will he be too worried about his battle with the Rainmaker to focus on the Hawaiian Hulk?
The bell rings and Ospreay shotgun dropkicks Cobb right away! Ospreay fires off forearms and stomps then goes corner to corner. Cobb follows but Ospreay dodges and Cob hits buckles. Ospreay CHOPS but Cobb doesn’t flinch! Cobb grabs Ospreay, Ospreay breaks free and throws forearms, but Cobb CHOPS Ospreay off his feet! Fans cheer as Cobb brings Ospreay up and whips. Ospreay dodges, huricanranas and Cobb bails out. Fans fire up as Ospreay builds speed, but Cobb sees the handspring coming and catches Ospreay! Cobb drags Ospreay through ropes to the apron, lifts, but Ospreay fights off the lift to throw forearms. Ospreay kicks but Cobb ducks it to bring Ospreay up! Ospreay holds ropes again, flips into the ring and enziguris Cobb down! Ospreay runs, SASUKE SPECIAL! Direct hit at the ropes!
Fans fire up as Ospreay clubs Cobb. Ospreay puts Cobb in, throws haymakers, then bumps Cobb off buckles. Ospreay throws European Uppercuts then sweeps the legs. Ospreay runs corner to corner, basement dropkick! Cover, ONE and with power! Fans cheer and Ospreay is surprised. Ospreay gives toying kicks and slaps then throws forearms. Cobb just stands up! Ospreay throws more forearms, then offers Cobb a shot. Cobb winds up but Ospreay back kicks him first! Ospreay goes to whip but Cobb blocks with power! Cobb whips Ospreay the other way but runs into boots. Ospreay goes up, springboards, into the OVERHEAD SUPLEX! Fans fire up as Cobb runs, leaping uppercut! RUNNING BACK SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! Ospreay just manages to escape but Cobb drags Ospreay up.
Cobb headbutts Ospreay to a corner, then CHOPS! Ospreay winces but Cobb brings him out for a scoop. Cobb pops Ospreay up for the suplex slam! Fans cheer as Cobb covers, TWO! Cobb keeps his cool, drags Ospreay back up, but Ospreay throws body shots and forearms. Ospreay runs, into Cobb’s lift for the bearhug! Ospreay endures the squeeze, fights with elbows, but Cobb throws body shots. Cobb gut wrenches Ospreay up, and around, and around, for a bomb lift, but Ospreay fights back! Ospreay’s huricanrana is blocked, but he sunset flips! Cobb stops that, drags Ospreay back up, but Ospreay dropkicks out of the two hand slam! Fans cheer and rally up as both men rise. Ospreay hurries over to kick and whips but Cobb reverses. Ospreay handsprings to NEURALIZER!
Fans cheer as Cobb and Ospreay rise again. Ospreay’s in the corner, Cobb runs in but blocks the boot only to take an enziguri! Ospreay atomic drops and CHOPS, but Cobb DOUBLE CHOPS Ospreay down! GACHIMUCHI, but Ospreay moves! Ospreay standing Shooting Stars onto Cobb’s back! Ospreay turns Cobb over for the cover, TWO! Fans cheer and Ospreay goes to the apron. Fans rally up as Ospreay aims, springboards and PIP PIP CHEERIO! Cover, TWO! Cobb is still in this but Ospreay keeps cool. Cobb sits up as Ospreay goes to a corner. Fans rally up as Ospreay prepares the arm. Cobb ducks the blade, blocks the kick and CLOBBERS Ospreay to the GACHIMUCHI! Cover, TWO! Ospreay survives that quick comeback but fans rally with Cobb!
Cobb brings Ospreay up, whips him, but Ospreay holds ropes. Ospreay boots back, runs, but into a pop-up, only to tilt-o-whirl through! Cobb blocks the crucifix takedown, Ospreay tries a sunset flip but Cobb works to bring Ospreay back up, but Ospreay SUNSET BOMBS! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up as Ospreay gets up. Cobb slowly stirs and Ospreay brings him up. Ospreay reels Cobb in, underhooks, but Cobb powers up and out with a back drop! Cobb walks into the dropkick-flip but ducks the enziguri to waistlock! GERMAN SUPLEX, but Ospreay lands on his feet! Cobb blocks Ospreay’s superkick but Ospreay swats the clothesline away. Ospreay forearms and spins but into Cobb’s SUPERKICK! Fans fire up as Cobb brings Ospreay up and runs, but into a SPANISH FLY! Cover, TWO!
Ospreay hurries to the apron and springboards again, 450 SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up as both men are down! Ospreay gets up and waits for Cobb to rise. Ospreay runs, Cobb reels him in but Ospreay elbows and SUPERKICKS, then HOOK KICKS! Ospreay runs, springboards, OSC- NO! Cobb blocks, spins and fireman’s carries, F5000!! Ospreay goes flying but both men are down as fans rally up! Cobb crawls to a cover, TWO! Fans rally up more as Cobb looms over Ospreay. Cobb brings Ospreay up, whips and scoops, TOUR- NO! Ospreay escapes, springboards, OS- NO! Cobb blocks the cutter again! Cobb shoves Ospreay away but Ospreay goes right up the corner, SUPER OSCUTTER! Cover, TWO!! Cobb survives and Ospreay is shocked!
Fans fire up as Ospreay fires up and he drags Cobb up. Ospreay reels Cobb in, underhooks, and gets Cobb up, but Cobb slips out! Cobb pops Ospreay up to an Electric Chair, then into a COYT’S WRATH GERMAN! Cobb whips Ospreay, scoops for the TOUR OF THE ISLANDS!! Cover, Cobb wins!!
Winner: Jeff Cobb, by pinfall; gains 2 points, Ospreay earns 0
The Juggernaut just barreled through the Assassin! Has Cobb just sunk Ospreay’s chances of taking the block?!
A Block – Kota Ibushi VS Yujiro Takahashi!
The Golden Star beat the Assassin and the Rainmaker, but was screwed by the Switchblade! Tokyo Pimp tried to get one over on Jay White but couldn’t pull it off. Will he make it up to King Switch by stopping Ibushi’s ascension?
The bell rings and fans rally up as Ibushi circles slowly circles with Yujiro. They approach and Ibushi kicks. Yujiro backs off but comes back to tie up. Ibushi pushes Yujiro to ropes but lets up at the ref’s count. Ibushi pats Yujiro on the shoulders, but Yujiro kicks back! Yujiro throws Ibushi out but follows only as Ibushi gets back in. Ibushi waits for Yujiro to return and the two circle again. They tie up, Yujiro pulls hair and throws Ibushi back out! Ibushi hits railing and Yujiro goes out to bring him up. Yujiro whips Ibushi but Ibushi reverses to send Yujiro into the railing! Yujiro hurries back into the ring to avoid any more. Ibushi gets in, Yujiro stomps him down then brings him up. Yujiro throws forearms, but Ibushi just grins. Ibushi goes to retaliate but Yujiro hits first!
Yujiro whips, Ibushi reverses and dropkicks Yujiro down! Ibushi claps and gets the fans rallying. Yujiro bails out, Ibushi goes over but Yujiro drags him out! Yujiro whips Ibushi, Ibushi reverses but Yujiro stops himself to rake eyes! Yujiro whips Ibushi into railing, then reels him in for the reverse DDT to the floor! Fans cheer Yujiro being savvy as he brings Ibushi back up. Yujiro puts Ibushi in but Ibushi bails out the side. Ibushi clutches the back of his head but Yujiro goes out to fetch him. The ring count climbs to 7 of 20 but Yujiro puts Ibushi in. Yujiro stomps Ibushi around but Ibushi sits up. Yujiro keeps stomping but Ibushi eggs him on. Fans rally and Yujiro brings Ibushi up. Ibushi throws forearms but Yujiro knees low. Yujiro snapmares Ibushi and drops a leg, an elbow and a headbutt! Cover, TWO!
Fans cheer but Yujiro grows annoyed. Yujiro throws haymakers but Ibushi eggs him on. Yujiro slaps Ibushi around then dares him to hit back. Ibushi gives forearms but Yujiro knees low again. Yujiro brings Ibushi up and reels him in. Ibushi blocks the fisherman suplex but so does Yujiro! Yujiro gets Ibushi up, fisherman buster! Fans rally as Ibushi goes to a corner. Yujiro waits for Ibushi to get up, then he runs in to BOOT! Yujiro runs, Ibushi LEAPING KICKS Yujiro down! Ibushi grits his teeth and fires up as the fans rally! Ibushi fires off a strike fest, then KICKS Yujiro down! STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Ibushi keeps his cool and fans rally up again. Yujiro rises, Ibushi KICKS him in the chest! Yujiro stays up so Ibushi KICKS him again! And again!
Yujiro staggers to ropes, Ibushi runs in, FLAPJACK STUNGUN! Yujiro hurries up and runs back at Ibushi to BOOT! Yujiro keeps running, LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Yujiro is annoyed again but fans rally up with “I-BU-SHI!” claps. Yujiro drags Ibushi up, fireman’s carries, but Ibushi fights out. Ibushi kicks but Yujiro blocks. Yujiro throws Ibushi down, then runs, but Ibushi jumps over the basement dropkick to DOUBLE STOMP! Both men are down but fans rally up. Ibushi rises, waits for Yujiro to stand, and sobats! Ibushi reels Yujiro in but Yujiro BITES his hand! No one learns! Yujiro whips, Ibushi reverses but Yujiro denies the dropkick! Yujiro runs but Ibushi avoids the dropkick to roundhouse, but Yujiro ducks it! Yujiro reels Ibushi in but Ibushi blocks the Incolle Slam.
Ibushi elbows back, and ROUNDHOUSES! Fans fire up with Ibushi as Yujiro falls over! Ibushi reels Yujiro in, but Yujiro slips out of the Last Ride for INCOLLE SLAM! Both men are down and fans fire up again! Ibushi and Yujiro stir as fans rally. Ibushi goes to a corner but Yujiro heads that way. Yujiro brings Ibushi up and to the top rope. Yujiro climbs up to join Ibushi, brings him up and hooks a leg, SUPER FISHERMAN BUSTER! But Yujiro doesn’t stop there, ANOTHER FISHERMAN BUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Ibushi survives and the fans are fired up again! Yujiro is shocked but he brings Ibushi back up. Yujiro brings him in but no Pimp Juice! Ibushi blocks the superkick, gets around, backslide but Yujiro rolls through!
Ibushi has the wrists but Yujiro dodges the Kamigoye! Yujiro reels Ibushi in, fireman’s carry, but Ibushi pops out of Miami Shine to V-TRIGGER! KENNY!! Ibushi drags Yujiro up, KAMIGOYE!! Cover, Ibushi wins!
Winner: Kota Ibushi, by pinfall; gains 2 points, Yujiro earns 0
The Golden Star is rising again! With Ospreay dropping, will Ibushi be back on top of the block?
A Block – Shingo Takagi VS Taichi!
The Dragon was so close to stopping the Rainmaker, and now he is out of the running. However, so is the Sliest Wrestler in the World, who couldn’t stay alive against the Assassin. Instead of taking the block, who gets points for their pride and glory?
The elaborate entrance attire is removed and Taichi shows off the dancing pecs. The ref tells Taichi he also needs to put the fanny pack away. Taichi reluctantly obliges and fans cheer. The bell rings and Takagi is ready. Fans rally but Taichi hangs back. Takagi approaches, Taichi finally circles with him and they tie up. Takagi puts Taichi on ropes but lets up fast so Taichi has no excuse. They tie up again, Takagi again puts Taichi on ropes, but Takagi lets off. The two circle, tie up, and Takagi waistlocks but Taichi gets ropes. Takagi gets annoyed now and Taichi mockingly applauds as Takagi backs off. Taichi and Takagi circle as the claps, “TA-KA-GI” start up. Taichi rakes Takagi’s eyes! Taichi whips Takagi corner to corner, Takagi reverses and blocks the boot to still hit the clothesline!
Takagi runs to run Taichi over! Fans fire up with Takagi but Taichi gets to the apron and out of the ring. Takagi dares Taichi to get up but Taichi takes his time resting. Taichi gets up as the ring count starts and goes around the way. Taichi heads to the timekeeper’s area and Takagi knows what he’s up to, but that doesn’t stop Taichi from using the ring bell hammer! Taichi clubs Takagi but hides the hammer behind his back. The ref finds it, but Taichi pushes the ref away to choke Takagi with the hammer! Taichi eventually stops and gives the hammer back to the timekeeper. Because Taichi uses the camera cables! The ref reprimands, Taichi lets go and Takagi sputters. Taichi drags Takagi up and puts him in the ring.
Fans cheer but then Taichi chokes Takagi! The ref reprimands and Taichi lets up. But Taichi chokes Takagi again! The ref counts, Taichi lets go with one hand but the ref tells him to stop. Taichi lets up and paces about while Takagi sputters. Taichi stands on Takagi’s head and chokes him on the ropes. The ref reprimands and counts, Taichi stops and snapmares Takagi to KICK him! Takagi grits his teeth as Taichi slaps and kicks him around. Taichi toys with Takagi but Takagi gets up to forearm and CHOP back! Taichi chokes Takagi and throws him down! The ref reprimands but Takagi goes to a corner. Taichi runs in and corner clotheslines, then reels Takagi in. Takagi blocks the saido, elbows Taichi and whips him, only for Taichi to reverse. Takagi reverses and SAIDOS Taichi!
Fans fire up with Takagi as he goes after Taichi. Taichi grabs ropes so Takagi lets off, to stomp Taichi down. Takagi drags Taichi back up, whips him to ropes and knees him against them! Then he hits a BIG suplex! Takagi sits Taichi up, runs, SLIDING LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Taichi is still in this but Takagi keeps his cool. Takagi talks some smack and fires up as he looms over Taichi. Takagi brings Taichi up but Taichi blocks the Especial. Takagi spins him, knees him and whips him to a corner, but Taichi boots back. Taichi dodges as Takagi returns, and hits the GAMANGIRI! Both men are down and fans rally up. Taichi stands first and waits for Takagi to rise. Takagi ducks the buzzsaw, waistlocks, but Taichi elbows back. Taichi runs but into Takagi’s elbow! JAB! LARIAT!
Fans fire up and Takagi drags Taichi back up. Especial to NOSHIGAMI! Cover, TWO! Taichi survives but Takagi fires himself up! Fans clap along with “OI! OI! OI!” and Takagi powers up. Takagi brings Taichi up, pump handles but Taichi fights it off. Taichi gets a waistlock but Takagi fights that off. LARIAT, but Taichi stays up! Taichi boots, Takagi stays up and the two get forehead to forehead. Taichi kicks, Takagi chops! Taichi KICKS, Takagi CHOPS! KICK, CHOP, and Taichi wobbles! Taichi comes back to KICK, Takagi CHOPS, repeat! Taichi gets the edge and eggs Takagi on so Takagi DOUBLE CHOPS! Taichi falls and fans fire up as Takagi talks smack. Fans rally, Taichi rises and Taichi KICKS!
Takagi wobbles but he comes back to block the next kick! Takagi elbows the leg, Taichi sobats and runs, but Takagi follows to clothesline! Takagi runs, into AX BOMBER! But he’s right back up, PUMPING BOMBER! Taichi GAMANGIRIS! Takagi staggers to a corner, both men fire up, DOUBLE AX/PUMPING BOMBER! Takagi stays up, runs again, but into DANGEROUS SAIDO! Fans fire up as these two writhe and stir! Taichi sits up first and he mocks the “OI! OI! OI!” Taichi powers up and runs, PUMPING AX BOMBER! Cover, TWO! Taichi tried to get clever but it didn’t work! Taichi grimaces as fans rally up again. Takagi stirs but off come the pants! Takagi is up and he CLOBBERS Taichi into the corner! Fans fire up with Takagi as he drags Taichi back up.
Takagi fires off elbows from all sides! Takagi tops it off as he DECKS Taichi! Fans fire up more as Takagi drags Taichi back up. Takagi pump handles but Taichi slips out and shoves. Taichi blocks Takagi’s kick, shoves the ref, but Takagi blocks the low blow! Takagi spins Taichi and BLINDSIDE AX BOMBERS! GEDO CLUTCH!? TWO!! Takagi tried getting back at Taichi but it didn’t work! Fans rally up and Takagi goes to the corner. Takagi powers up and waits for Taichi to rise. Takagi runs but into a boot! Takagi still wrenches and clotheslines, but Taichi stays up! Taichi swings, into MADE INTO JAPAN!! Cover, TWO!?! Taichi survives and shocks Takagi! Takagi fires up and fans fire up with him! Takagi pumps up, waits for Taichi to rise, and he runs, to PUMPING BOMBER!! Cover, TWO!!
Taichi survives and Takagi is furious, but the fans keep rallying! Takagi drags Taichi back up, pump handle and torture rack, but Taichi rakes eyes! Taichi ROUNDHOUSES and torture racks, to TOWER HACKER BOMB, into a CLUTCH! Cover, TWO!! Takagi survives whatever Taichi calls that, and fans are thunderous! Taichi fires himself up and aims from a corner. Takagi blocks the kick and spins Taichi, only to get the GAMANGIRI! Taichi gets Takagi for the GEDO CLUTCH! TWO!! Takagi escapes and fans are fired up again! Taichi runs into an elbow, JAB, but he ROCKS Takagi! Takagi HEADBUTTS! Both men wobble, Takagi runs into the SUPERKICK! Taichi drags Takagi up, Alabama to BLACK MEPHISTO!! Cover, TAICHI WINS!
Winner: Taichi, by pinfall; gains 2 points, Takagi earns 0
Incredible! Taichi manages to slay The Dragon and gains points, though it doesn’t save his G1. Will this still lead Taichi to big things on the other side of the Fall?
A Block – Minoru Suzuki VS Jay White w/ Gedo!
The NEVER Openweight Champion could not stop the Golden Star, but he still had a lot of fun! Will he have even more fun ending the Jay1? Or will Suzuki #BreathewiththeSwitchblade?
White and Gedo stay safe from Suzuki on the outside as they Low Sweet. White then gets back in the ring, the bell rings, and White bails back out. Classic Jay, but Suzuki keeps his cool as White returns. But then White bails out. Suzuki gives chase this time and White hurries away to the far side. Suzuki keeps pursuing but White gets back in the ring. Suzuki gets in, White gets back out. White takes his time before he returns and circles with Suzuki. White stays at the ropes but Suzuki kicks a leg out! Gedo protests as White bails out and White says, “No kicks like that!” Suzuki tells White to just get back in already. White takes a moment to shake out the leg before he gets in. White gets a leg but Suzuki gets the arm and twists it all around! Suzuki is after the fingers, too!
White grabs a leg, Suzuki twists the arm more and even the wrist! White gets to ropes and Red Shoes counts but Suzuki keeps pulling fingers! Suzuki lets go at the count of 3, and pats White on the shoulder. Fans cheer as Suzuki and White circle again. They tie up with knuckle locks, and Suzuki is after the arm again! Suzuki also gets a facelock but White gets back to a corner. Red Shoes calls for the ropebreak but Suzuki CHOPS! And CHOPS! Suzuki stands White up to CHOP again! Suzuki goes corner to corner, runs in and BOOTS! Suzuki whips White, White reverses and runs in, but Suzuki slips out! Suzuki gets the arm, DRAPING ARMBAR! Gedo hurries over but Suzuki’s glare keeps him away. Red Shoes counts, Suzuki lets White go at 3. Suzuki intimidates Gedo but White sneak attacks!
White RAMS Suzuki into railing, then again! White wraps Suzuki up with camera cable! Red Shoes reprimands, White lets Suzuki go and backs away. White comes back to bring Suzuki up and RAM him into railing! White CHOPS Suzuki in front of commentary! Gedo cheers but Suzuki grimaces. That’s not a good thing. The ring count climbs, White gets in but Suzuki is in at 12. White goes after Suzuki with clubbing forearms then ramming shoulders in the corner. White turns Suzuki for the neckbreaker! Cover, ONE! White tries again, ONE! White grows frustrated and he goes after Suzuki with a chinlock. Suzuki endures as White digs his knee in. White clubs Suzuki down and puts the chinlock back on. Suzuki pries at the fingers!
White kicks and clubs Suzuki down then shifts to a snapmare. White gets the chinlock back and Gedo cheers as he rams his knee in. White kicks Suzuki in the back but Suzuki just frowns. White kicks again, Suzuki frowns again. Suzuki gets up, White gets him in a facelock but Suzuki gets the wristlock. Suzuki CHOPS, White rakes eyes! White puts Suzuki on ropes, chokes him and rakes eyes again! Red Shoes reprimands, Gedo has a chair! Red Shoes goes out to stop Gedo, but he doesn’t see White get a chair for himself! Suzuki hits White low first! Suzuki grabs the chair and fans cheer as he SMACKS White over and over! Red Shoes gets in to stop Suzuki, so Suzuki shoves him down! Suzuki glares at Gedo before going to White. Suzuki sits White and runs to Penalty Kick him down! White crawls to a corner but Suzuki looms over him.
White kicks but Suzuki doesn’t flinch. Suzuki eggs White on, White gets up and kicks more. Suzuki blocks a kick but then White kicks the leg! HALF HATCH into the corner! White and Suzuki are both down but Gedo cheers. Fans rally up and Suzuki stirs. White runs in and uppercuts! White reels Suzuki in but Suzuki slips around to sleeper hold! White backs Suzuki down to a corner, throws elbows after elbows, but Suzuki just scowls! Suzuki ROCKS White with one forearm! Suzuki growls and glares as White rises. White throws a forearm, Suzuki laughs and winds up to ROCK White again! White flounders out of the ring! Suzuki eggs him on and White rises. White gets back up, fans rally as he gets in, and White leans on Red Shoes.
White shoves Red Shoes at Suzuki but Suzuki shoves him aside. White throws a forearm but Suzuki DECKS him! Gedo coaches White but Suzuki drags White up. Suzuki knees White into a corner, then taunts him as he slowly gets up. Suzuki pulls on White’s beard, then throws body shots over and over, to then ROCK White again! Fans cheer but Gedo is upset. Suzuki runs Gedo off and goes back to White. Suzuki whips but White reverses. White blocks the boot, elbows the knee then KNEE JAMMERS the other leg! Suzuki hobbles but White chop blocks! White gets the leg, GROUND DRAGON SCREW! White gets the leg again, stomps away on it, then hits another GROUND DRAGON SCREW! White drags Suzuki up, fireman’s carries and DEATH VALLEY BOMBS! Cover, TWO!
Fans rally as Suzuki survives but White grows frustrated. Fans rally up as White says, “My time now.” White drags Suzuki up, and CHOPS him! Suzuki stays up and even eggs White on! White CHOPS again, but Suzuki again eggs him on! White CHOPS, Suzuki stays up on anger alone! Suzuki eggs White on, White CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Suzuki grits his teeth, White CHOPS, and fans rally up. White CHOPS, Suzuki stands! Suzuki choke grips but White kicks the leg out! DDT! Gedo coaches White and White drags Suzuki up into the sleeper hold. Suzuki pries the hold apart and goes after fingers! Suzuki wrenches, White kicks the leg! Suzuki throws body shots, palm strikes, and White bails out! Fans rally as Suzuki waits for White to return.
Suzuki eggs White on but White stays out. So Suzuki pursues! Suzuki clubs White, bumps him off the apron, and puts White in. Fans cheer as this continues, and White reels Suzuki in! Suzuki fights out of Blade Runner, White elbows free of the waistlock and runs, but into the SLEEPER! White endures, Suzuki spins him but White trips him, GROUND DRAGON SCREW! Gedo is fired up as White hits another GROUND DRAGON SCREW! Suzuki grimaces as he counters to a takedown and CALF KILLER! Suzuki even has a heel hook in there! White endures, crawls, reaches, turns, but Suzuki keeps hold! White drags Suzuki along with him to get the ropebreak! Suzuki lets go fast and fans rally up. Suzuki grins at Gedo before he stalks behind White.
Suzuki points at Gedo as if to say this is because of him. Suzuki sits White up to DECK him! Gedo tells Suzuki to have mercy but Suzuki sits White back up. Suzuki pulls White’s beard, then DECKS him again! Suzuki drags White back up, fans rally again, but Gedo slides in! Suzuki and Red Shoes look at him, White CHOP BLOCKS in the distraction! White reels Suzuki in, BLADE BUSTER! White slashes the throat, brings Suzuki up, but Suzuki reaches up to headscissor! Suzuki drags White down to the ARMBAR! White flails, reaches, Gedo freaks out, but White manages to get up! Suzuki tries for the triangle, and he drags White back down to the ARMBAR! Gedo gets back in, White is tapping!! Suzuki would win if Red Shoes was looking!
Suzuki keeps torturing White, but he lets go when he realizes Gedo is distracting Red Shoes. Suzuki moves Red Shoes aside to DECK Gedo! Fans fire up as Suzuki goes back to White. Suzuki brings White up, fires off fast hands from all sides, but White manages to duck and BLADE- NO! SLEEPER! Suzuki squeezes tight, spins White around, but White spins through! White has Suzuki but Suzuki pulls hair to DECK White again! Fans fire up with Suzuki, and he puts White in a SLEEPER! White fades, Suzuki leans on him, and fans rally as Suzuki drags White back up. Suzuki spins and Gotch, but Gedo grabs at Red Shoes! LOW BLOW! White reels Suzuki in, BLADE RUNNER!! Cover, White wins!
Winner: Jay White, by pinfall; gains 2 points, Suzuki earns 0
White doesn’t so much beat as he SURVIVES Suzuki! Suzuki is angry with Red Shoes but he should be going after Gedo! Young Lions bring Suzuki away just so nothing gets out of hand. Suzuki just hits them instead! Will Suzuki make sure White faces the consequences down the line? Will White still make this the Jay1 in the end?
A Block – Kazuchika Okada VS Tomohiro Ishii!
The Rainmaker begins his Chaos double header to finish the round robin! Will the Stone Pitbull block Okada’s path to the finals? Or will Okada have momentum going into his battle with Ospreay?
The bell rings and fans cheer already. Fans clap for “O-KA-DA” as Ishii stares him down. Okada and Ishii circle, approach, and tie up. They’re in a deadlock, one pushing other back just as the other gets ahead. Ishii gets Okada on the ropes, and copies Okada’s shoulder pat. But Okada sees the chop coming and gets clear! Fans cheer as the two reset. Okada and Ishii tie up again, are in another deadlock, but Okada manages to power Ishii to ropes. Okada lets off, pats Ishii on the shoulders, and then eggs him on. Ishii walks into a kick and headlock but he powers out. They collide and neither falls! Fans cheer as Okada runs and rams Ishii, but Ishii stays up to throw a forearm. Ishii runs, Okada drops then hurdles, to arm-drag! Okada snapmares Ishii then runs, but Ishii avoids the basement dropkick!
Ishii runs, rams Okada, Okada comes back to ram Ishii and then run him over! Fans cheer while Ishii is frustrated with himself. Okada stands Ishii up, turns him and hits a neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Okada brings Ishii up, rams Ishii into a corner and throws back elbows. Ishii eggs Okada on so Okada hits him harder! Okada snapmares Ishii again, runs, and this time hits the basement dropkick! Cover, ONE! Fans cheer and Okada keeps his cool as he clamps on a chinlock. Ishii endures but Okada jams a knee in and cranks back on the hold. Fans rally up as Ishii fights and moves around. Ishii gets the ropebreak and Okada lets go. Okada brings Ishii up, scoops and slams him down, then goes to the apron. Okada slingshots but Ishii avoids the senton, and then he avoids the clothesline. Ishii also avoids the elbow, reels Okada in and suplexes!
Fans cheer as Ishii slowly rises. Ishii drags Okada up and CHOPS him! Fans cheer as Ishii CHOPS Okada again. Okada staggers but Ishii CHOPS him to a corner. Ishii CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Okada’s chest is already red but Ishii throws more CHOPS! Okada gets mad and starts stepping into the chops. Okada throws forearms, but Ishii takes those to CHOP again! Okada sits down as fans cheer and Ishii eggs him on. Ishii gives toying slaps and knees to Okada but Okada gets up. Ishii CHOPS again and again but Okada just takes those to throw forearms! Okada can’t back Ishii down and Ishii CHOPS high! Red Shoes warns Ishii and Ishii brings Okada up to CHOPS high again! And again! Okada sputters as he falls and Ishii backs off.
Ishii brings Okada up, whips him corner to corner and runs in, but Okada boots him. Okada runs, Ishii throws a forearm then runs, but into the FLAPJACK! Fans cheer as the two men are down! Fans rally and Okada rises. Okada runs at Ishii and rallies with forearms and elbows! Okada whips, Ishii reverses but Okada runs him over with an elbow! Okada fires up but Ishii headbutts low! Fans cheer and rally as both men are down again. Ishii kicks at Okada and then gives slaps. Okada gets up to ROCK Ishii with a forearm! Okada brings Ishii up, whips him to a corner and back elbows! Then kick and DDT! Ishii is SPIKED! Cover, TWO!! Ishii survives but Okada keeps his cool. Okada gives toying kicks and stomps now, and slaps him around. Ishii gets up and throws forearms but so does Okada!
Fans rally as they pick up speed and go back and forth! Ishii and Okada egg each other on, Okada gets the edge but Ishii DECKS him! Fans fire up and rally as Ishii brings Okada back up. Ishii puts Okada on the top rope, climbs up to join him, but Okada fights back. Ishii and Okada brawl up top now, forearm for forearm, and Okada gets the edge! Ishii hops down but comes back up, into Okada’s elbow! Okada stands and leaps, but Ishii gets under! Okada rolls through, Ishii dodges him but comes back, into Alabama, REVERSE NECKBREAKER! Fans cheer as both men are down again. Fans rally up again as the two stir. Okada goes to a corner, Ishii slowly rises, but Ishii dodges the shotgun dropkick! Ishii forearms, runs but into Okada’s boot! Okada runs, into Ishii’s POWERSLAM!
But Okada’s right up!? Okada boots, whips and ROCKS Ishii, but Ishii roars! Ishii forearms, Okada roars, but Ishii ducks to waistlock! Okada powers Ishii to a corner, but Ishii holds on to CORNER GERMAN! Okada hits buckles and fans fire up again! Ishii and Okada slowly stir as fans rally up. Ishii brings Okada up and hoists him back to the top rope. Ishii climbs up to join him again, and brings Okada all the way up, for the SUPERPLEX! Cover, TWO! Okada survives but Ishii growls and fans rally up. Ishii runs, Okada ducks the lariat but Ishii elbows the waistlock away. Ishii ENZIGURIS but Okada comes back! Ishii blocks the boot, fires off forearms from all sides, then runs, into Okada’s dropkick! Fans fire up and Okada brings Ishii into a gut wrench! TOMBSTONE!
Okada has the arm, sits Ishii up, for the MONEY CLIP! Ishii endures, fans rally up, Okada leans on the hold, but Ishii still gets the ropebreak! Fans cheer as Okada lets go. Fans rally up again, Okada rises and brings Ishii in. Okada gut wrenches but Ishii blocks! Okada keeps trying, Ishii elbows Okada’s leg but Okada clubs him back. Okada throws a EuroUpper and ROCKS Ishii! Red Shoes checks on Ishii but he’s okay to continue. Okada brings Ishii up and ROCKS him with another EuroUpper! Fans rally up as Okada brings Ishii up. Okada gut wrenches again but Ishii fights out, to GERMAN! Ishii fires up and fans fire up with him! Ishii brings Okada up, reels him in, but Okada back drops and sits down! Cover, TWO!!
Ishii escapes, Okada blocks the lariats and spins Ishii around, back drop and sit down! TWO as Ishii sunset flips, TWO!! Okada boots, ducks the lariat but Ishii swats the discus away! Okada uppercuts, Ishii forearms, but Okada shotgun dropkicks! Ishii is right up, SLIDING LARIAT, into the MONEY CLIP!! Fans rally as Ishii endures and Okada leans on the hold! Okada arm-drags Ishii away, tries the clip again but Ishii gets chicken wing! He spins Okada to a DDT! And has the KIMURA! Okada endures, Ishii keeps after it! Ishii cranks on the arm, Okada moves around, but Ishii shifts and rolls Okada to an ARMBAR! Okada endures, reaches and gets a ropebreak! Ishii lets go and Okada shakes out the bad arm. Fans rally as both men stir.
Ishii rises and brings Okada up. Ishii puts the arm through ropes and pulls! Red Shoes reprimands, counts, and Ishii lets go at 3. Ishii pushes Red Shoes away to run back in, but Okada pops Ishii up top and dropkicks him! But Ishii stays up!? And leaps for a KING KONG KNEE DROP! The fans are thunderous as Ishii brings Okada up. Ishii runs, SLIDING LARIAT!! Cover, TWO!! Okada survives and fans are fired up again! Ishii gets up, brings Okada up, suplexes, but Okada slips out! Okada gets Ishii up for the SPINNING TOMBSTONE! Fans fire up again as both men are down! Okada and Ishii both stir as the fans rally. Okada grabs the arm, brings Ishii up, but Ishii headbutts and headbutts and headbutts! Okada LARIATS, Ishii stays up! Ishii headbutts and GAMANGIRIS!
Fans fire up with Ishii as he runs, but into another dropkick! Ishii rises?! Ishii flounders, into an uppercut and DISCUS RAINMAKER! Okada sits Ishii up, has the arm, and the MONEY CLIP! Ishii endures, but he starts to fade! Fans rally, Ishii gets a second win but Okada squeezes tight! Ishii fights up, Okada throws Ishii, but Ishii lands on his feet to HEADBUTT! Down goes Okada! Ishii wants him to get up and fans are rallying again. Ishii runs and LARIATS! Cover, TWO!! The fans are thunderous again as Ishii roars! Ishii drags Okada up, suplexes, but Okada fights out! Ishii gets around, Okada gets around, Okada gets the other arm for MONEY CLIP! Ishii CODE BREAKERS!? Well it is Jericho’s 30th anniversary.
Fans fire up as Ishii aims at Okada. Okada rises, Ishii runs in but Okada backslide counters. Ishii rolls through, dodges Rainmaker and tries to backslide back. Okada flips over, to LARIAT! Okada drags Ishii up, ducks the lariat but ishii ducks a lariat, to run into another dropkick! Okada brings Ishii up, for MONEY CLIP! Ishii endures, fans are thunderous, and Ishii gets a THIRD wind to rise up! Okada hits a back2backbreaker, and puts the MONEY CLIP back on!! Ishii fades, turns red, sputters, and is OUT! Okada wins!!
Winner: Kazuchika Okada, by submission; gains 2 points, Ishii earns 0
The Rainmaker makes it through the Stone Pitbull! He still lives in the G1! Okada gets the mic and gets the fans to clap, “O-KA-DA,” then clap-clap-clap-stomp. “MY SIXTH WIIIN~!” “Is Autumn normally this hot?” Fans cheer because they understand what he means. “I know you can’t yell, but are you all enjoying the G1 Climax?” Someone lets out a woo, is that allowed? Okada knows he’s almost done with the A Block, and then it’s the Finals. “Does Autumn normally fly by this fast?” But even then, NJPW will stay hot! Fans cheer for that, too.
“Even if you can’t yell, your love and support are heard and felt by all of us. It’s a difficult situation, but I want to return the sentiment through pro-wrestling. To do so, I HAVE to win the G1! I can’t wait to see all of you again as your G1 winner! Thank you!” The fans applaud to thank him back. Will Ospreay deny Okada’s promise to the people? Or will Okada once again make it rain?
Here are the NEW A Block standings!
Jay White: 6-2, 12 points
Kota Ibushi: 6-2, 12 points
Kazuchika Okada: 6-2, 12 points
Will Ospreay: 5-3, 10 points
Jeff Cobb: 4-4, 8 points [ELIMINATED]
Taichi: 4-4, 8 points [ELIMINATED]
Minoru Suzuki: 3-5, 6 points [ELIMINATED]
Tomohiro Ishii: 3-5, 6 points [ELIMINATED]
Shingo Takagi: 3-5, 6 points [ELIMINATED]
Yujiro Takahashi: 0-8, 0 points [ELIMINATED]
A really good Round 8 for A Block, but not as many surprises. I will say, though Taichi VS Takagi didn’t change the dynamics of the block, what a great match! I thought Takagi was going to win to rebound from that amazing match he lost to Okada, but it seems NJPW is just as high on Taichi right now. Cobb beating Ospreay was also a surprise, and it really adds to things for the final round. Again, White beat Ibushi and Okada but lost to Ospreay. Ibushi beat Ospreay and Okada, and Ospreay VS Okada is the final match. If Ospreay wins, does that put him over White? Does that also ruin White’s run so that Ibushi wins the block? If Okada wins, does that just keep Ospreay out and then it allows White to win the block? Whatever possibility that helps Ibushi win the block, I’d want that, and I’d think NJPW would do that.
My Score: 9/10
Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (1/31/23)
NXTag Team Tuesday!
Will tonight be a TEACHABLE MOMENT?
NXT is planning a Fatal 4 Way tag title match for Vengeance Day, and a Triple Threat will decide that fourth team! Who punches a golden ticket to Charlotte, North Carolina?
- The Creed Brothers VS Indus Sher w/ Jinder Mahal; Indus Sher wins.
- Zoey Stark VS Indi Hartwell; Stark wins.
- DIJAK VS Von Wagner w/ Robert Stone; Dijak wins.
- Tyler Bate VS Axiom; Bate wins.
- Stevie Turner VS Dani Palmer; Stevie wins.
- Charlie Dempsey VS Drew Gulak w/ Hank Walker; Gulak wins.
- Triple Threat Tag: The Dyad VS Malik Blade & Edris Enofe VS Chase U; Chase U wins and joins the Vengeance Day NXT Tag Team Championship match.
PLAY BY PLAY
The Creed Brothers VS Indus Sher w/ Jinder Mahal!
Julius & Brutus were denied a New Year’s Evil showdown with Sanga & Veer, but they get their moment just days before Vengeance Day! Will the Diamond Mine finally shine? Or will they be slain by the tigers hunting them down?
The teams sort out, Julius starts against Veer and they tie up. They go around as fans chant for the Creeds, and the two break. They go again, Julius waistlocks then shoves Veer. Veer nods, eggs Julius on, but then avoids Julius’ takedown. Julius waistlocks, Veer elbows free then runs, but Julius drops and Veer rolls. They keep moving, Julius ducks then jumps but Veer blocks the hip toss! Julius blocks a hip toss, and the hand start flying! Veer knees low, TOSSES Julius to the corner, then storms up. Julius slips away but gets clipped. Tag to Sanga, and tag to Brutus. Fans rally up as Brutus and Sanga circle.
The two tie up, Brutus waistlocks but Sanga THROWS him away! Sanga and Brutus go again, and Brutus tries to lift Sanga! Sanga CLUBS Brutus, whips him to a corner, then runs in. Brutus dodges, fires hands from all sides but Sanga shoves back. Brutus blocks a boot! Brutus has a leg but Veer tags in! Veer ROCKS Brutus, Sanga whips Brutus, and Sanga runs Brutus over! Veer drops a BIG elbow! Jinder applauds while fans are torn. Veer stalks Brutus, stomps him down, then stomps him again. Brutus gets up to RAM Veer into the corner! Tag to Julius, the Creeds mug Veer, and then Julius runs to forearm smash!
The Creeds DOUBLE HIP TOSS Veer! Fans fire up as Julius KNEES Veer in the side! Brutus KNEES Veer, then Julius gut wrench SLAMS Brutus on Veer! Cover, TWO! Jinder talks trash, Julius swipes at him, then goes back for Veer. Veer elbows Julius away, tags in Sanga, and they FLAPJACK HOTSHOT Julius down! Sanga throws knees, puts Julius in the ropes and bends him back! The ref counts, Sanga lets off, but Jinder hits a cheap shot! Ivy Nile protests but Sanga stands on Julius’ chest! Tag to Veer, Sanga has the legs and drapes Julius out, for Veer to LEAP FROG ATTACK! Fans are torn while Indus Sher stands over Julius.
Veer throws body shots on Julius at the ropes, then he reaches out for Sanga. Julius throws hands but Veer ROCKS and CLUBS Julius! Tag to Sanga but Julius tackles Veer! Sanga BOOTS Julius for that, then scoops him. Sanga gives Julius SNAKE EYES, and then waits on Julius before he stomps him back down! Tag to Veer, Sanga throws knees, CLUBS Julius down, but Julius TACKLES Sanga! Veer stomps Julius, stomps him more, and then has him at the ropes. Tag back to Sanga, Indus Sher mugs Julius, then double whip. They run Julius over with double shoulders! Sanga stalks Julius, and clamps on a SLEEPER!
Fans rally for Julius as he fights up. Julius stands but Sanga wrangles him back down! Julius fights up, but Sanga knees him in the back! Sanga puts Julius against ropes, kicks him and whips him to a corner. Sanga runs in to SPLASH! Sanga reels Julius in, for a SIDE EFFECT! Cover, TWO! Julius is hanging tough but Sanga throws off his armbands. Sanga drags Julius up but Julius powers Sanga back. Sanga CLUBS Julius in the corner, throws knees, then drags Julius over. But Julius shoves free! Sanga CLOBBERS Julius and smother shim into the mat! Sanga drags Julius back, tags Veer, and they hand off the leg.
Veer has a lock on the leg but Julius uses his other foot to pry at the hold! Julius hops up and ENZIGURIS! Hot tag to Brutus! Fans fire up as BRUTUS SMASH! And SMASH! And back body block for Sanga! BIG back suplex for Veer! Fans are thunderous as Brutus goes out to SMASH Sanga! Brutus drags Veer up to a GERMAN SUPLEX! Brutus roars, and he hammers away with fists! Sanga returns but Brutus DECKS him! Tag to Julius and Brutus STANDING MOONSAULTS! Julius STANDING SHOOTING STARS! Cover, TWO!! Sanga was almost there but Veer survives on his own. Fans rally, Brutus runs in and TACKLES Sanga out of the ring!
Julius drags Veer up, gut wrenches, and he double clutches to POWERBOMB! High stack, TWO!?! Veer survives and fans are thunderous again! Jinder panics but he coaches Veer up. Fans rally for “NXT!” as Julius hits the ROLLING SPINEBUSTER! The elbow pad comes off, but Jinder grabs Julius! Ivy storms over and fans rally for her! Veer ROCKS Julius, whips him, but Julius dodges! Only to BLAST Ivy off the apron by accident!! Julius can’t believe what happened, but he turns around into the MILLION DOLLAR LARIAT!! Tag to Sanga, choke grip and CHOKE SLAM! Cover, Indus Sher wins!!
Winner: Indus Sher, by pinfall
Jinder grins as he celebrates with his team, because a win is a win! Will Indus Sher look to take over the NXT Tag Division after Vengeance Day?
Axiom watches NXT UK episodes on Peacock.
Tyler Bate walks over to see it’s Tyler Bate VS A-Kid for the Heritage Cup. Bate was always a big fan of A-Kid’s. They had some excellent matches in NXT. Axiom agrees, A-Kid’s the best. What ever happened to him? Bate says Axiom reminds him of A-Kid. He isn’t sure what it is, he can’t put his finger on it. Axiom says he gets that a lot. But Bate, that Heritage Cup match was very unique, a real masterpiece. How about they create a masterpiece of their own tonight? Bate loves that idea! But then in walks Damon Kemp with sarcastic applause.
Kemp says he was walking around, and overhead them. Friendly competition makes him sick! “I respect your work a lot! I respect your work to infinity!” When Kemp was in NXT UK, he learned that all the Limeys are soft! And the European wrestling style is overrated! And if you ever see A-Kid personally, tell him that Kemp says he’s hot garbage! Well, if Axiom does see A-Kid around, he’ll tell him. Kemp walks off, but Bate says Kemp is a “right wazzock.” A what? A pendejo. Oh! Okay. Bate heads out, will Axiom get that friendly competition? Or will he first take care of Kemp’s attitude first?
Zoey Stark VS Indi Hartwell!
These two had an impressive showing in this year’s Women’s Royal Rumble match, though neither won their ticket to WrestleMania. But Indi also wants to get to the bottom of who attacked Nikkita Lyons in the parking lot. All signs point to The Hunter, will Indi get her to confess?
The bell rings and fans sing, “OH~ Zoey is angry~!” Zoey gets mad hearing that, and then ties up with Indi. They go around, Indi puts Zoey in a corner, and the ref counts. Indi lets off at 4, but Zoey shoves her back. Indi shoves back, then dodges to CHOP! And ROCK! Indi fires off and fans cheer her on. Indi whips, Zoey holds ropes, then Zoey bails out. Fans boo while Zoey throws a tantrum. Indi slips out after Zoey, they go around the way, and Indi avoids the elbow drop! Indi drags Zoey out to RAM Her into the apron, and again! Indi gets in the ring, drags Zoey up by her hair, and into the ropes for an UPPERCUT! And BOOT!
Zoey flops down, Indi drags her to a cover, TWO! Indi drags Zoey up for a short arm LARIAT! And then another! Fans rally but Zoey gets around and claws Indi’s eyes! Zoey snapmares Indi, runs and SLIDING LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Indi sits up, Zoey stomps her on the back. Zoey tells fans that THEY suck, and she clamps onto an armlock and chinbar. Indi endures, fans rally up, and Indi fights up. “OH~ Zoey is angry~!” Indi stands, arm-drags free, but Zoey comes back to CHOP! Indi CHOPS, Zoey CHOPS, repeat! Zoey kicks low, whips Indi hard into a corner, then whips her in again! Zoey soaks up heat and whips corner to corner.
Indi reverses, Zoey bounces off buckles and into a SIDEWALK SLAM! Cover, TWO! Indi gives a thumbs up and fans cheer. Indi puts Zoey in the ropes again, but Zoey avoids the uppercut to HOTSHOT! Indi falls, Zoey slingshots for the ARABIAN SENTON! Cover, TWO! Zoey snarls and she rains down fists on Indi! Indi gets up and flounders to a corner but Zoey snapmares her down. Zoey cravats for a neck wrench but Indi endures. Fans rally, Indi fights up, but Zoey wrangles her back down! Zoey cranks the cravat but Indi still endures. Fans rally up again, Indi fights up again, but Zoey shifts to a facelock. Indi still powers Zoey to a corner!
Zoey powers Indi back, but Indi RAMS Zoey into the corner! Zoey BOOTS Indi back! And then fires forearms! Indi hits back, they go shot for shot, but Indi kicks, JABS and DECKS Zoey! Zoey staggers up and Indi rallies with clotheslines! Indi dodges to SPINEBUSTER! Highs tack, TWO! Zoey is still in this but Indi keeps her cool. Zoey goes to a corner, Indi runs in but Zoey dodges! HEEL KICK! Zoey waistlocks, to GERMAN SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! Indi is still in this but Zoey is frustrated. Zoey waistlocks and drags Indi up, but Indi arm-drags out of the half nelson. Indi scoops but Zoey slips out to fireman’s carry! But Indi flights free!
Indi shoves Zoey away, runs in but is put on the apron. Indi ROCKS Zoey first, then springboards, but Zoey trips her up! Indi crashes down, Zoey drags her back up! Z 360!! Cover, Zoey wins!
Winner: Zoey Stark, by pinfall
Whether innocent or guilty in the whodunnit, Zoey Stark is still the winner here! But then Zoey attacks Indi! Sol Ruca rushes out and chases Zoey off! The Hunter has a target on her own back, will karma catch up to her one way or another?
The Schism speaks.
Joe Gacy says, “A day of vengeance is on the horizon for The Schism.” Rip Fowley says, “We seek vengeance for something that has been owed to us for far too long.” Jagger Reed says, “The NXT Tag Team Championships have been kept from us since The Dyad’s inception.” Gacy says, “Tonight, Rip and Jagger change their destiny by altering others’ reality.” Ava Raine tells Edris Enofe & Malik Blade, “We know who you are. But everyone at Chase University, you worship a false idol. You are not a family. You are abusive, devious, and delusional. School spirit will not help you tonight, because Chase University will fail. There is no unit stronger than the Schism.”
They are four roots, one tree, but will they be the final team to enter the Fatal 4 Way?
Apollo Crews speaks.
“The city of Charlotte. Packed restaurants, tons of foot traffic, bars with lines out the door. Cars flying down I-85. I came out early to feel Charlotte’s energy, and I feel the city’s excitement all the way up here. NXT’s coming, and I’m coming. I need two falls, two pinfalls, two submissions, or one each. I’ve visualized this match a hundred times. Money Melo is gonna be fast, he’s gonna be flashy, but I am ready for Melo’s handprint. My best will always be better than his best. And if Trick Williams wants to get involved, well Trick’s gonna get handled. Melo wants to call me the past and him the future? At Vengeance Day, the past will dictate the future!”
Apollo has spoken, but will he speak his vision into existence? And just who did Apollo see having his back against Trick Melo Gang?
Wes Lee heads to the ring.
The North American Champion is here, ready for his fight with #HardJustice this Saturday! Wes gets the mic to say, “Yo~! We are T-minus four days from NXT back on the road, and we are swangin’ through Charlotte, North Cackalacky, for Vengeance Day.” And it’ll be a big day for Wes literally because he has his biggest test in Dijak. Dijak is back and claims to be serving justice, but ultimately he just wants what’s shining on Wes’s shoulder. Saturday will be tough, Wes will probably take an ass-whooping. But just like Wes did with Tony and Carmelo, the Cardiac Kid will rise as your North American Champion!
But wait! Here comes DIJAK! “Mr. Lee, I want you to soak this in. I want you to soak it all in. Enjoy these moments, because these are your final days as NXT North American Champion. That was a real impassioned speech you gave, really powerful and motivating. But the reality is, it’s not gonna make a damn bit of difference. You had EVERY opportunity to hand me that championship, but you were too stupid to take it, weren’t you? And now… On Saturday, you’re gonna be standing across the ring, staring down the biggest and baddest man in the ENTIRE NXT locker room! And when that happens, I’m gonna rip that championship from your cold hands.”
Wes says that is exactly what Dijak will have to do! You will have to pry this title from Wes’s cold, dead hands! But understand that it’s much easier said than done. Wes didn’t win by accident. Every minute of training, every risk Wes took in and out of the ring, and every trial and tribulation, Wes has FOUGHT! When Wes felt like he couldn’t anymore, the chaotic support from every single one of the fans showed him that he can reach levels he had only dreamt of! So Saturday, Dijak isn’t just fighting Wes. He is fighting everyone on the #WesSide. Fans cheer Wes on! But Dijak says Wes might be fighting for the fans, but they won’t be fighting for Wes!
Wait! Von Wagner is here? He and Robert Stone walk out and Stone “apologizes.” But maybe his ears aren’t working properly. Dijak said HE’S the biggest and baddest? Have they forgotten about Von? Von tells Dijak, “Take those stupid sunglasses off, we’re inside. and I’m right here. And the only injustice is me getting overlooked.” Dijak tells Von that his eyes are focused on championship gold. Dijak has no issue with Von whatsoever. Wes says he isn’t sure about that. Fans chant “WAGNER SUCKS!” Wes says Dijak claims to be the biggest and baddest, but Von claims HE is the biggest and baddest, so Dijak is basically calling Von a liar.
Dijak tells Wes to shut up, and he knows what he’s up top. What? Wes just sees an injustice that needs to be fixed! Wes hears Von and Stone loud and clear about being overlooked. Come Tuesday… We may need to have a new #1 contender to the North American title. So uh… If Von happens to beat Dijak tonight, then Von will no longer be overlooked. Von will be looked at as a contender. And Stone says that is why they’re here! Right, right. So let’s please, PLEASE solve this injustice. Or Dijak can just give Von his jacket now. Dijak throws hands on Von! Von hits back, and fans fire up as the brawl is on!
Von clotheslines Dijak up and out! Refs rush out to stop this, but fans want to “LET THEM FIGHT!” Will we see this brawl turn into a match? WE WILL! Wes gets out of the way, who wins this battle of behemoths?
DIJAK VS Von Wagner w/ Robert Stone!
The bell rings, the haymakers fly again, and Dijak kicks low! Dijak whips, Von reverses and KNEES Dijak down! Stone fires up, Von scoops Dijak to FALL AWAY SLAM! Fans fire up while NXT goes picture in picture!
Von drags Dijak up to reel him in. Von suplexes but DIjak blocks! Von CLUBS Dijak, tries again, but Dijak still blocks! Dijak throws body shots, then suplexes, TIME TO FLY! Von crashes, writhes, and goes to a corner. Dijak runs in to kick Von and stomp aw mudhole in! Dijak CLUBS Von, Von kicks back and puts Dijak in a corner for elbows! Von whips corner to corner, Dijak reverses hard and Von falls to the mat! Dijak storms up, drags Von up and turns him to a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Von is still in this but Dijak grits his teeth. Dijak clamps on a cravat and grinds Von with a neck wrench.
Von endures, fans rally up, and Von fights up. Von throws body shots, then haymakers! Von whips Dijak to a corner, then lifts Dijak for a POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO! Von is annoyed but he watches Dijak stand. Von CLUBS Dijak, HEADBUTTS him, then ROCKS him with a right. Von whips, Dijak ducks ‘n’ dodges, then holds ropes! Von runs in but is sent into ropes! Von sputters, Dijak stomps him down, and then rains down fists! Stone protests but Dijak lets off to have the neck wrench again. Von endures, fights up, and he throws body shots. NXT returns to single picture as Von throws hands, but Dijak throws elbows and knees!
Dijak SMASHES then DISCUS LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Wes is on commentary and says it was only right that we find out who is truly the biggest and baddest in NXT. Dijak choke grips but Von fights free! Dijak wrenches, mule kicks, then back elbows hard! Dijak reels Von in but Von suplexes Dijak into buckles!! Fans lose their minds while Dijak flops down. Dijak stands up, Von runs in, and Von clotheslines! Von whips corner to corner, but Dijak BOOTS back! Von still fireman’s carries, but Dijak slips off! Dijak shoves Von away and ROCKS him at the ropes! Dijak runs but Von KNEES him low! Von runs, to RAM Dijak!
Dijak rebounds to RAM Von, then he ELBOWS, ELBOWS and CLUBS Von! Then he SUPERKICKS! Dijak runs, into a BOOT! Cover, TWO!! Dijak survives and Stone can’t believe it! Fans rally for “NXT! NXT!” and Von waits on Dijak. Dijak slowly rises, Von choke grips, but Dijak flips through the lift! To choke grip and HIGH JUSTICE!! Cover, TWO?!! Von survives and the fans are thunderous! Von goes to a corner, Dijak storms up, “This is Awesome!” as Dijak throws elbows. Dijak hoists Von up top, CLUBS him in the chest, then climbs up after him. Dijak choke grips again, but Von elbows Dijak over and over and over!
Von CLUBS away on Dijak, roars, and hits a SUPER BUTTERFLY SLAM!! Cover, TWO!?!? Fans are thunderous, Stone is beside himself, and Wes is loving this! Von gets Dijak up, OLYMIPC- NO, Dijak slips out to have the HAMMERLOCK SLEEPER! Von flails, reaches out, Stone coaches him, but Dijak says this is gonna be Wes’s future! Von is fading out, then Dijak torture racks! FEAST YOUR EYES!! Cover, Dijak wins!
Winner: DIJAK, by pinfall
Hard Justice has proven to be THE biggest and baddest man in NXT! But will he prove he is championship material? Or will Wes Lee prove he is must-see?
Tony D’Angelo and Channing Lorenzo are watching backstage.
Stacks says he can’t stand that Dijak. He’ll probably win the title on Saturday now. But The Don says not to worry about Dijak. “Street justice has no expiration date.” But what was this big impact Stacks was gonna have? Stacks has to take care of a few things. The first or the second? Both. Wow, really? Yeah, he’s the Underboss! That’s what they do. So next week, Stacks gets it done. Tremendous. Now let’s take care of that other thing. They head out, just what is Stacks going to do to handle his business?
Nikkita Lyons tweets out her status.
“Surgery was a success. Thank you deeply to the WWE universe, my Lyon Pride, for all the love and support you show. I’ll be back stronger than I’ve ever been. #ReadyToPounce Also, a big thank you to the wonderful surgeons, doctors and nurses.” It may be another setback, but will Lyons use that to set up a huge comeback?
McKenzie Mitchell is backstage with more.
McKenzie Mitchell says there are many questions surrounding the attack on Lyons in the NXT parking lot, so she has prepared some footage so that we can get a better idea of what happened. Among those on scene at the time of the attack are Valentina Feroz walking away, Dani Palmer, Arianna Grace and Alexis Leddy walking together going inside, and an unidentified woman driving away. There is also Elektra Lopez walking and talking with newcomer Lola Vice, closest to Nikkita but going on their own path. Freeze here, and you see Tiffany Stratton just going through her bag, but maybe she’s hiding the evidence.
And of course, Zoey Stark is spotted walking away, and even Tatum Paxley and Lash Legend at the very end of the lot. Indi Hartwell and Lyra Valkyria come to Lyons’ aid, and we then spot Wendy Choo peeking out of a car window. Did Wendy witness anything? McKenzie says no one is taking credit for this attack, but she will keep us informed if anyone comes forward with information. Who is behind NXT’s newest whodunnit mystery, and why did they do it?
NXT looks closer at Bron Breakker VS Grayson Waller.
The Big Booty Nephew’s NXT record is already golden, but the 21st Century Success Story isn’t impressed. In fact, he’s sick and tired of it. Waller has been running this for the last eight months, and now he’s made the decision that he needs to be champion. New Year’s Evil was going well until a freak accident took Waller out. So at Vengeance Day, their rematch will be inside a STEEL CAGE! Waller says Bron is a wild dog, and Bron admits his temper has gotten the better of him. But no one has taken advantage of it like Waller. Waller is living rent free in Bron’s brain. Bron says his temper has led to both is biggest wins and most crushing losses.
Waller says Bron will beat himself this time. Bron thought he needed to control the anger, but then he realized, with the steel cage all around them, there’s no need to hold back. Bron will beat Waller within an inch of his life, and pin what’s left! But Waller says he can read Bron like a book. And Waller has read that book, so he’ll past this test. Waller will not just beat Bron but he’ll embarrass him! Bron promises to break Waller inside the steel, but Waller went viral the last time he was inside a cage. This is what Waller wanted, but it’ll be Bron’s Vengeance Day. Who survives the steel to bring home the gold?
Tyler Bate VS Axiom!
Even with Kemp being a right wanker, the Big Strong Boy and the Undeniable Truth are going to focus on friendly competition! Will Bate continue to get A-Kid vibes from Axiom? Or will Axiom be even better than that?
The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, go around, and Bate powers Axiom to ropes. The ref counts, Bate lets off, and fans applaud the sportsmanship. They reset, tie up again, and Bate has a cording hold. Axiom whips Bate away, Bate goes up and under and then knuckle locks. Bate steps over, headlocks, waistlocks, trips and body scissors to a clutch, TWO! They tie up, Bate cravats and snapmares, but Axiom is right up. Axiom sidesteps but Bate blocks the arm-drag to hit an arm-drag! Bate has the armlock and fans applaud the exchange. Axiom fights up, facelocks, but Bate powers out to keep on the armlock.
Axiom endures, fans duel, and Axiom goes up and around to whip Bate! Bate reverses to hit the arm-drag again! Fans cheer as Bate keeps on the arm but Axiom fights up. Axiom facelocks, Bate fights that, but Axiom goes up and around again. Bate still has the arm, he turns another whip into another arm-drag, but Axiom fights up. Axiom uses the ref for an assist to flip through! But again Bate reverses a whip! And again! Axiom is frustrated as Bate keeps on the arm. Axiom fights up, goes up and headscissors! Bate throws Axiom away, Axiom avoids the elbow to springboard arm-drag, kip up and ENZIGURI! Cover, TWO!
Axiom keeps on Bate with a facelock, fans rally up, and Bate rolls. Axiom rolls with Bate, covers, TWO! The two stand off, Bate SOBATS! Axiom staggers away, Bate runs in, but Axiom arm-drags Bate and himself up and out of the ring! Fans fire up while NXT goes picture in picture.
Both men stir, and Bate stands up first. Bate follows Axiom, UPPERCUTS him, then puts him in the ring. Bate stalks Axiom, brings him up and headlocks, to bop him with a boot! Bate hits the headlock takeover, but Axiom headscissors in return. Axiom pushes up to put on pressure, but Bate moves around. Bate headstands, pops free and has Axiom’s legs tied up. Bate goes back to the headlock but Axiom goes back to the headscissor! Bate kips free, but Axiom holds onto an arm to drag Bate back down! Axiom headscissors again, but Bate moves around again. Bate headstands, pops free and basement dropkicks!
Bate drags Axiom up by an arm and wraps Axiom up in a straitjacket stretch. Axiom endures, arm-drags free, and runs in at the corner. Axiom blocks a boot but not the KNEE! Bate goes up to FLYING UPPERCUT! Cover, TWO! Bate keeps cool and he keeps his eyes on Axiom. Bate UPPERCUTS again and Axiom goes to rpoes. Bate whips Axiom to ropes, then catches him to a COBRA TWIST! Axiom endures the stretch, pops free and hip tosses Bate down! Axiom waistlocks, they go to ropes but Bate bucks the O’Conner, only to turn around into a NORTHERN LIGHTS! Axiom floats to get the arm, but Bate stacks him, TWO!
Axiom has Bate in a Triangle Hold, and NXT returns to single picture. Fans chant, “This is Wrestling!” as Bate deadlifts Axiom to a fireman’s carry! AIRPLANE SPIN! Fans fire up as Bate goes around and around and around, fifteen times! Bate slows down, staggers a bit, squats, and then powers up to spin MORE!! And then POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO! Axiom survives and Bate has to catch his breath but fans rally back up. Axiom and Bate rise, Bate spins a few more times before he throws a forearm! Axiom throws a forearm back! Bate fires forearm after forearm but Axiom hits back! Axiom kicks, Bate blocks but Axiom hops the sweep to ENZIGURI!
Bate falls over, Axiom keeps moving, PENALTY KICK! Cover, TWO! Bate goes to a corner, Axiom runs in, he blocks the boot but gets another knee! Bate goes up and leaps, into an SLEEPER!! Axiom has the body scissors and fans rally up! Bate endures, fights the hold, turns over, but Axiom squeezes tighter! Bate stands, pries at the hold, opens it up, but Axiom waistlocks. Bate bucks the O’Conner again but Axiom kips up, into a RIGHT! But he SUPERKICKS right back! Axiom rolls Bate up but Bate sits on the cover, TWO!!! Axiom escapes and fans are thunderous! Both men slowly rise and fans rally up.
Axiom ROCKS Bate! Bate rebounds, but Axiom avoids the rolling kick! Bate avoids the Penalty Kick, Axiom slips through the roll-up. Bate blocks the Superkick to spin Axiom, Bop up and BANG in! Axiom wobbles, Bate runs and REBOUND LARIATS! Bate underhooks, but Axiom NORTHERN LIGHTS out! Bridging cover, TWO as Bate bridges up! Axiom pushes Bate back down, TWO as Bate gets back up! Underhooks, TYLER- RANA!!! Cover, TWO!!! Bate has the arms again! TYLER DRIVER 97!!! Cover, Bate wins!!!
Winner: Tyler Bate, by pinfall
A big strong win for the Big Strong Boy! “That was Awesome!” but will this earn Bate a title match on the other side of this Saturday? But Bate and the fans show Axiom respect. But then Kemp CLBOBBERS them both! And he hits Axiom with an IRISH CURSE BACKBREAKER! Kemp says he told them before, but then Bate chases Kemp off! Will Bate make sure Kemp learns European wrestling is anything but soft?
Isla Dawn speaks.
“In my land, Imbolc is the beginning of Spring. It is a time to exhale all that is behind us, and to mark new beginnings. Tonight, on the Eve of Imbolc, we purge the constraints of the past. We purify the negative energy surrounding us, and we transfigure the uninitiated into members of this house. There has always been a rage inside of you,” Alba Fyre. And she just needed a nudge to reveal it. “Shall we?” Fyre nods, and Isla says they are letting go of their unbridled passions, shed their egos, and relinquish their need for control. “These emotions no longer serve us.” Fyre repeats that, and throws water on the fire. With this, the initiation process has begun.
Isla and Fyre smile as they walk into the night. Will the darkness within Fyre grow stronger with the Wicked Witch’s influence?
Backstage interview with Carmelo Hayes & Trick Williams.
McKenzie is with Trick Melo Gang, and Trick is shaking. But he’s just joking. He’s “shaking like booty meat on a Friday night.” Not because he’s scared, but because it’s cold out. “But Trick Willy can’t lie. This whole Apollo thing, I mean, I don’t know. Should I even go to Vengeance Day? He looks, he sees in the future, that’s some Cleo stuff, man!” Melo has Trick calm down. Of course Trick’s going to Vengeance Day. Apollo can stay daydreaming, but they stay scheming. McKenzie notes the match is Best 2 out of 3, so how does Melo see this playing out? Melo says everyone knows him by now, so we know how Melo sees this playing.
“Apollo needs to realize that this ain’t Jackson, that this ain’t Jordan, that these shots I take don’t ever jam.” Melo is of a different caliber! Melo took Apollo from the sidelines to the headlines. Apollo could have a top combine vertical, and his fingertips still wouldn’t reach Melo’s level. Melo tells Apollo that you can be this or that, but until you beat Melo, you can never be HIM. That’s all it is, and that’s all it’s gonna be. But is Melo overlooking the wild cards in the equation?
Roxanne Perez and Toxic Attraction sit down for video interviews.
The NXT Women’s Champion is far, far away from Gigi Dolin & Jacy Jayne for this final interview before Vengeance Day. Vic Joseph notes Roxie is the youngest woman to ever compete in the Royal Rumble match. How did that feel for her? She was overwhelmed, and so grateful to hear her music hit in front of over 50 THSOUAND people, and make the run down the ramp she’s dreamed of for so long. It was so incredible! Jacy says, “Incredible? More like incredibly pathetic! RoXaNnE~, cOnGrAtUlAtIoNs~! YoU wErE iN tHe RoYaL rUmBlE~!” But you didn’t win! And you’re not going to WrestleMania, but to Vengeance Day, to lose your title.
Gigi says the reason Roxie lost the Rumble was cuz she got put through a table! That look on her face when she realized she got tricked was great. But it’ll all be over for Lil’ Miss Perfect real soon. Roxie says Gigi & Jacy act like they’re best friends, but Roxie knows there is a lot of truth behind what they said to each other last week. Gigi says the truth is that Roxie stands no chance at Vengeance Day. How is Roxie gonna beat them both? She has the same percent chance of winning the Triple Threat as she did winning the Rumble: ZERO! Roxie is good and all, but going against the two baddest women in NXT at the same time, she has NO chance.
Actually, Roxie says she has more of a chance- Jacy cuts her off to say that Roxie had a good run. Eight months in NXT is like a little jog. Good for her! But Roxie peaked at 21 years old. That sucks. But this Saturday, it’s all coming to an end. Roxie says it’s not. But Gigi says it is. At least Roxie can go home to Texas and tell everyone she had a “cup of coffee” in the big time. She just made one critical mistake: messing with Toxic Attraction. And look on the bright side! She can play the “What If” game! What if Roxie stayed in her lane and didn’t punch up? Roxie starts to speak but Jacy cuts her off again, telling her to shut up.
Jacy says “What if” Roxie was a good little girl and didn’t make any waves. Whether Roxie likes it or not, it’s 2v1. Gigi says Roxie’s ride is over, the 15 minutes of fame are over. Roxie storms out, and Toxic Attraction make fun of her for not being able to handle it. Vic says Toxic Attraction weren’t being fair, but Jacy says, “Who cares? After Saturday, she’ll be old news. You’re looking at the next NXT Women’s Champion right here.” Then which one will it be? Gigi says you’re looking at her! Gigi knows everyone, especially Booker, is a big fan of Roxie, and is just trying to find a crack between Toxic Attraction, but there isn’t one.
For almost two years, Toxic Attraction has controlled the NXT Women’s Division. But for the last six weeks, everyone’s been on a vacation from it. That changes on Saturday, as order will be restored when Jacy & Gigi take their rightful spot. This day has been a long time coming, Roxie is just the first one to push it to the edge. But at Vengeance Day, they course correct things back to Gigi- Er, they become NXT Women’s Champion. Jacy notices that “flub,” but before she can respond, ROXANNE POUNCES!! Roxie fires off with all the pent up anger on both of them! She TACKLES Jacy through the set!!
Fans fire up as security rushes in to stop Roxie from tearing into Toxic Attraction more! Will nothing, not even two opponents at once, stop The Prodigy from proving why she IS NXT Women’s Champion?
Stevie Turner VS Dani Palmer!
Updated, online and ready to play, the Fourth Dimensional Superstar is finally back in action! Will Stevie prove that she is always two steps ahead and two levels above? Or will Dani delete Stevie before she even gets started?
The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, Stevie has an armlock, then wrenches Dani to wrangle her to the mat. Dani fights up, rolls, backflips and wrenches, but Stevie gets away. They go again, Stevie waistlocks but Dani switches, only for Stevie to elbow free. Stevie headlocks, Dani brings her down to a knee and handstands to slip free! Stevie avoids Dani’s headlock to BOOT, BOOT and then scrape Dani on ropes! Fans boo, Stevie runs side to side to BOOT WASH! Stevie laughs like mad and she pushes Dani down. Stevie then brings Dani up, but Dani pushes her away. Stevie kicks low, CLUBS Dani, then turns her for a HANGING NECKBREAKER!
Dani staggers to ropes, Stevie snapmares her and clamps on a chinlock. Fans rally, Dani fights up, and arm-drags free! Stevie runs back but into an elbow! Dani dodges to LEAPING LARIAT! And again! Dani keeps moving but Stevie kicks low! But Dani JAWBREAKERS back! Dani runs to THESZ PRESS! Dani rains down wild hands, thrashes Stevie around, and then drags Stevie up. Dani runs, but Stevie reels her in by her tights! Stevie whips Dani away, and BOOTS her down! Stevie hauls Dani up, TWISTING DDT!! Stevie isn’t done there, she drags Dani up, for the SIDE EFFECT! Cover, Stevie wins!
Winner: Stevie Turner, by pinfall
Stevie just rerouted Dani’s connection and has her first win in NXT! Will Stevie soon be the number one trend in wrestling?
Kiana James is on the phone.
She promises to see “Zack” there, and says, “Love you, too.” Fallon Henley then walks over and asks who she was talking to. No one, don’t worry about it. Fallon knew it! She KNEW Kiana would break Jensen’s heart!! Fallon, calm down, it’s not what you think. You don’t even know why you’re upset right now! Oh? Then who is Zack?! But then in walk the NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions. Kayden Carter points out the #1 contenders, and how they’re not talking about their upcoming match. Katana Chance says that sounds like trouble. Kiana says sound travels fast around here. But the only sound the champs will hear on Saturday is, “And NEW…!”
Has Fallon been giving Kiana a lot to drink lately? They’ve been a team for like a week while KC Squared has been a team for over a year! Fallon says with all due respect, we all know, we all get it, Katana & Kayden are BFFs. But Saturday is the biggest match of Fallon’s life, so she is going all out. Kiana says they are going all out. Well, we’ll see about that. But either way, the titles are staying with KC Squared. Katana & Kayden head out, and Fallon gets Kiana’s attention. Stay focused for Saturday, but just know this conversation isn’t over. Fallon heads out, is she making a mountain out of a mole hill?
Charlie Dempsey VS Drew Gulak w/ Hank Walker!
The Son of the Gentleman Villain cost the Philly Stretcher and his blue collar protégé last week, so this is all about vengeance before Vengeance Day! Will Gulak lock Dempsey down? Or will the Philly Stretcher be the one getting stretched?
The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, go around, and Gulak headlocks for a takeover. Dempsey fights up, hits a back suplex, but Gulak holds on! Gulak has control again but Dempsey headscissors. Gulak moves around, has the legs, but Dempsey keeps shoulders up in the stack. Dempsey pushes Gulak away, they stand, and Gulak facelocks. Dempsey wrenches out, wristlocks, but Gulak grinds forearms. Dempsey wrenches, Gulak gets away, and fans rally up as NXT goes picture in picture.
The two circle, knuckle lock, and go shoulder to shoulder for a test of strength. Dempsey powers Gulak down to his knees, but Gulak powers back up. They go shoulder to shoulder again and now Gulak powers Dempsey back. Dempsey bridges, but Gulak has the cover! TWO as Dempsey gets an arm up! Gulak puts that arm down, TWO as the other arm comes up! Gulak has both arms, TWO as Dempsey bridges back up! Gulak stands over Dempsey, brings him up, but Dempsey monkey flips! Dempsey rolls back to a cover, TWO as Gulak sunset flips! TWO, and Dempsey headlocks to keep Gulak down! Fans applaud as the technical exchange continues.
Gulak fights up to his feet, powers his way to a facelock, but Dempsey snap suplexes to a cover, TWO! Gulak has the facelock but Dempsey stands up again. Dempsey goes for a trip but Gulak uses that to get a cover, TWO! Dempsey fights up, Gulak facelocks, then scoops and SLAMS Dempsey into ropes! Dempsey clutches his legs but Gulak storms up. Dempsey throws body shots and uppercuts! Gulak DECKS Dempsey in return! Gulak hurries to a cover, TWO! Gulak grabs Dempsey’s legs and steps through, but Dempsey resists. Gulak still pushes through to get the deathlock, and then he gets the chinlock for a REGAL STRETCH!!
Dempsey endures, reaches out, but Gulak keeps the pressure on the hold! Dempsey still moves forward, NXT returns to single picture, and Dempsey pries the facelock away! Dempsey turns to trip Gulak into a HEEL HOOK! Gulak kicks away to get free! Dempsey UPPERCUTS, has the leg, DRAGON SCREW! Gulak clutches his knee and fans rally up again. Dempsey covers, TWO! Dempsey underhooks the arm, BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! Bridge, and then roll into the BUTTERFLY STRETCH! Gulak endures, fights up, but Dempsey shifts to have a FUJIWARA ARMBAR! Gulak endures, Dempsey turns it to a ghost pin, TWO!
ANOTHER BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Dempsey keeps on Gulak with a deadlift GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! “This is Wrestling!” as Dempsey brings Gulak up. Gulak wrenches the arm, CLUBS it, and then has the CROSSFACE CHICKEN WING! Dempsey pries free, arm-drags Gulak away, and storms up, to get the leg! Gulak slips out of the Dragon Screw, but Dempsey gets the leg again! DRAGON SCREW! And then Dempsey has the leg for a HEEL HOOK! Gulak kicks with his free leg, and he gets away! Both men rush in, Gulak blocks the forearm to LARIAT! Cover, TWO!
Gulak clutches his leg and Dempsey goes to ropes. Fans rally up, Gulak headlocks, but Dempsey hits a BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Gulak is hanging tough and Hank coaches him up. Fans rally, Gulak and Dempsey slowly rise. Dempsehy runs in, into a SLAP!! Gulak just pissed Dempsey off! Dempsey BOOTS, but Gulak TACKLES Dempsey! Cover, TWO, but Dempsey has a SLEEPER! Gulak rolls out to get the arms! But Dempsey rolls, stands, but Gulak spins. Into Dempsey’s CROSSFACE CHICKEN WING! Gulak moves around, but Dempsey pushes on the bad leg! Dempsey drags Gulak down, body scissors are on!
Gulak fights, gets free of the body scissors, and Hank coaches Dempsey! Gulak runs to ropes and Dempsey is sent into Hank!! Gulak rolls Dempsey up, Gulak wins!
Winner: Drew Gulak, by pinfall
Hank is dazed, did he just get used as a pawn? Is Gulak using his own student to help him cut corners?
Von is fuming backstage.
He throws a chair at the wall, and Stone says it ain’t working. This is not working. Von throws a locker room bench, and shouts, “YA THINK?!” Stone asks a question: Why does Von have Stone managing him? Stone has been managing Von for over a year now, yet he knows nothing about Von! Who IS Von Wagner? He’s big, he growls, but so do a lot of other guys. If Von wants to get to the next level, then he has to show Stone who he is! He has to show us who he is INSIDE! Help Stone help Von! Stone storms off, will these words help unlock Von’s true potential?
Triple Threat Tag: The Dyad VS Malik Blade & Edris Enofe VS Chase U!
The New Day, Pretty Deadly and Gallus are waiting as there’s still room for one more for Vengeance Day! Will Rip Fowler & Jagger Reed plant the roots of The Schism in Charlotte? Will the underestimated underdogs finally unlock their potential? Or will Andre Chase & Duke Hudson share this #TeachableMoment with everyone? We find out, after the break!
NXT returns as Malik & Edris make their entrance, followed by Chase U’s entrance. In this kind of Triple Threat Tag, only two teams are legal at any given time, so Malik & Edris agree to let the other teams start. Duke and Rip circle as fans rally behind Chase U. Duke and Rip tie up, Rip knees low and whips Duke, but Duke blocks! Duke glares at Rip, reels him in and scoops to SLAM! Tag to Chase, Duke whips Rip and Chase drop toeholds for the “LET’S GO~!” ELBOW! Chase covers, TWO! Chase drags Rip up but Rip gets away to the third corner. Rip CHOPS Edris as part of the tag! Edris steps in and he circles with Chase.
Chase and Edris shake hands, then tie up. Edris wrenches, steps over, then arm-drags, but Chase blocks to step over and La Magistrol! ONE, but Edris wrangles Chase for a La Magi- NO, Chase blocks it to have a cover, TWO! Edris and Chase stand off, and Chase says that was a teachable moment! Fans cheer but Edris rushes in. They go around, Chase bucks the O’Conner, and things speed up! Edris jumps then DROPKICKS Chase down! Chase staggers up, Edris runs in and rolls off Chase’s back to tag Malik before the arm-drag! Malik hurries in, he and Edris double whip, to trip, BOOT and LARIAT! Malik covers, TWO!
Malik facelocks but Chase JAWBREAKERS free! Reed sneaks a tag before Chase whips. Malik reverses, Chase ducks ‘n’ dodges but Reed trips Chase up! Malik realizes what happened, the ref has him exit, and Reed keeps after Chase. Reed fires forearms and DECKS Chase! Chase bails out, Rip drags him up, and The Dyad coordinates, PLANCHA SHOULDER BREAKER! Chase clutches his arm while Rip pushes him around. Fans boo and Duke storms over but the ref has everyone stay back. Rip drags Chase up and puts him on the apron, to SLAM him on the edge! Chase sputters but Rip drags him around.
Fans rally, but Rip hits a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Rip clamps onto Chase with a cobra clutch but Chase endures. Fans rally for Chase U as Chase fights up. Rip ripcords to LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Rip smothers Chase, has another cover, TWO! Rip and Reed are upset but the ref says his count is fair. Rip UPPERCUTS Chase in the back, then clamps on with another clutch. Fans rally, Chase fights up, but Rip ripcords to back elbow! Rip then suplexes, but Chase blocks it! Rip CLUBS Chase down, taunts Duke, but Chase fights up. Chase suplexes Rip! Fans fire up while both men are down! Reed tags in to run and DROPKICK Duke!
Reed turns around, into a BIG back drop! But no Duke means no tag! Thea Hail coaches Duke up but Rip tags back in. Rip goes after Chase but Chase throws him out! Malik & Edris call to Chase, they’re his only option! Chase runs over, but then The Dyad trips Malik & Edris up! Chase has no one, and turns around into a throat chop! Tag to Reed, the Dyad sets Chase up for a POWERBOMB BACKSTABBER!! Cover, TWO!?! Chase survives and everyone is shocked! Fans are thunderous for Chase U, but Rip says Chase is a hypocrite, a joke and a fool! Thea is furious on Chase’s behalf, and Reed runs in, but Chase goes up and over!
Hot tag to Duke! Duke rallies on The Dyad with big hands! Scoop for Rip, SIDEWALK SLAM! JAB after JAB for Reed! Rip rushes in, so he gets JAB after JAB! Flip, flop and U~! ELBOW! Then a SENTON! SPLASH for Reed, a whip corner to corner, and Reed tumbles up and out! Duke runs in to BOOT Reed down! Fans are thunderous as Duke fetches Reed back into the ring. Duke shoulders into Reed, slingshots and GERMAN SUPLEXES! Cover, TWO!! Reed survives but the student section fires up! Duke tunes up the band, but Malik tags in! Malik GAMANGIRIS Duke, springboards and CROSSBODIES Reed!
Malik goes back to ropes, to SLINGSHOT RANA Duke!! Malik is fired up and fans can’t help but fire up with him! Tag to Edris, Malik goes up a corner, FROG SPLASH onto Reed! Edris goes up, MACHO ELBOW!! Edris drags Reed up, fireman’s carries, and Malik runs! ROLLING NECKBREAKER! Cover, Rip AND Chase break it! Fans are electric as “NXT! NXT!” gives them this amazing main event! Thea is also all pumped up as all six men start brawling! Reed tumbles out but Chase and Duke throw Rip out to join him. Malik & Edris DOUBLE DROPKICK Chase U out! Then they build speed, to DOUBLE TOPE CONJILO!!
“This is Awesome!” as Edris puts Reed in! Edris goes back up top, but Reed hits ropes! Edris lands bad up top, and Reed ROCKS him! Reed climbs up after Edris, but Malik CLUBS Reed! Malik climbs up but then Rip YANKS him down! Rip RAMS Malik into steel steps! The Dyad has Edris together now, but Chase sneaks a tag! Chase joins in, and using his physics knowledge, hits a TOWER OF DOOM!! Fans are thunderous as Chase fires up! Spell it out! C! H! A! S! E! U! What’s that spell?! “CHASE U!!” But Ava Raine distracts Chase! Reed CLOBBERS Chase! But Thea YANKS Ava down! Reed is shocked!
Reed runs at Chase, GRIT YOUR- NO, Chase dodges! Hot tag to Duke, and Duke turns Reed! Gory Especial, and Chase adds on, ROLLING COMPLETE SHOT!! Cover, Chase U wins!!!
Winners: Chase U, by pinfall (join the NXT Tag Team Championship Fatal 4 Way)
Thea is the most excited of all as the red ‘n’ black now get to compete for some gold! But then we see Gallus appear in the perch and Pretty Deadly appear on stage, with the New Day on the tron! Gimme a C! H! A! S! Well, we know the rest. Congrats to Chase U! This wins means they’re going to Vengeance Day! So then, New Day will see Chase U, and Gallus, and Pretty Deadly of course. Put it together for all these teams! But will this road game be a big win for Chase U? Will Pretty Deadly redo the #SidePlateCheck? Will Gallus Boys be on top? Or will ya bois the NEW~ DAY~, still be your W, W, E, N, X, T, Tag, Team, CHAMPIONS~?
Now this was a go-home episode! No need for filling/wasting time with recaps, just give us promos, action and other stuff to hype up what’s coming. Good promo from Apollo Crews, and good response from Trick & Melo. Apollo’s vision seems to foreshadow Oro Mensah being his back-up, as I’m pretty sure I saw his dreadlocks in that silhouette. At the same time, even if someone were to cancel out Trick, that doesn’t guarantee Apollo wins. Melo could win one fall cuz of Trick, Apollo could win one fall cuz Oro cancels out Trick, and then the third fall is truly 1v1. I’m leaning towards Melo since he makes sense as the next challenger to THE NXT Championship.
Speaking of, we got a pretty good promo vignette for Bron VS Waller in the steel cage. And from how they’re talking about it, this is going to be a No Escape Steel Cage match, where the door isn’t an option and climbing the walls won’t win it for you. I am all for that, and I think all Steel Cage matches should be like that to get rid of some of the more overused tropes of a Steel Cage match. Good interview promos from Roxie, Gigi & Jacy, and while part of me wanted Roxie to explode on Toxic Attraction verbally, her going after them directly was just as good. Roxie really should show she has grit, but I feel like her initiating the brawl is tantamount to her standing tall. I hope this doesn’t put the go-home math against her, she only just got that belt.
Stevie Turner’s first match back was pretty good, and I’m actually happy to see they came up with a completely kayfabed chat box for her entrance, as I imagined last week. Good promo from Isla & Fyre to establish that they’re a team now. I was sensing there’d be something building towards Valentine’s Day in a couple weeks, and I think this whole “Who is Zack and what is he to Kiana?” is gonna be the thing. Kiana is gonna reveal that’s like her brother and Fallon’s gonna feel dumb for getting protective of Jensen’s feelings. But with that, I don’t think they win the tag titles at Vengeance Day. That should probably be Isla & Fyre.
We also got a real good “NXT Investigates” promo from McKenzie to point out just how many suspects there really are in the Whodunnit of Lyons’ parking lot attack. Indi VS Stark was a good match to play off that, but I’m starting to wonder if Valentina Feroz did it. Feroz seems like the least likely, so that’d be quite the twist. Given her talk with Elektra Lopez about doing underhanded things, Feroz said she couldn’t do anything to Wendy Choo because Wendy’s a friend. But Feroz and Lyons have no connections, so Feroz could attack her from behind with no problems.
Good promo from Wes Lee, Dijak, Von and Stone to set up Dijak VS Von. That was a good match, but of course Dijak won to have momentum going into the North American title match. I still think Wes wins, but what was really interesting to come out of this was Stone getting fired up telling Von to bring out some personality. Is Von going to suddenly have a gimmick? I can’t even be sure what that’d be. Also, good promo from Tony D and Stacks. I thought Von was gonna be the big guy Stacks went after but then this happened, so maybe Stacks calls out Odyssey Jones or Quincy Elliot to give one of those guys some screen time. And also a win, because I feel like Stacks is gonna bite off more than he can chew.
We also got some great technical wrestling singles matches. Gulak VS Dempsey was not as good as Bate VS Axiom, but I like the detail that Hank takes the hit to tip things in Gulak’s favor. Hank might confront Gulak on that move, and we get closer to Heel Gulak. Then we got just a hilarious and very meta promo out of Bate and Axiom referencing A-Kid. Kemp sticking his nose in things is fine, he needs something to do and honestly should’ve had more time in NXT UK. Bate winning makes sense, he’s also back and needs some momentum. Kemp’s blindside attack definitely earns him a match with both of them in turn, probably winning against Axiom but losing to Bate.
Really good stuff out of the NXT Tag Division tonight, too. The opener of Creeds VS Indus Sher was good, though I feel like maybe they’re going for too real of a fight feel. Julius just came off like he forgot the match flow they discussed. But it was a clever move to have Indus Sher win because of the mishap with Ivy. This will add something more to the Diamond Mine story, and Indus Sher really should be climbing up the rankings. Especially with everything going on in the title story.
Great Triple Threat main event, and as great as all three teams are, it makes sense Chase U won. New Day is Face, Gallus and Pretty Deadly are Heel, so there needed to be another Face team. There’s intrigue in the Chase U story and it can play out in the Fatal 4. And Indus Sher being Heels, if New Day retains (or even if Chase U wins), that’d be a great program going to Stand & Deliver.
My Score: 8.8/10
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As they prepare to go after the AEW World Trios Championships, AR Fox & Top Flight reunite to take on The Wingmen: Peter Avalon, Ryan Nemeth & Cezar Bononi!
- Six Man Tag: AR Fox & Top Flight VS The Wingmen; Fox & Top Flight win.
- Red Velvet VS Sofia Castillo; Velvet wins.
- Zack Clayton VS Fulton; Clayton wins.
- Brock Anderson & Brian Pillman Jr. w/ Arn Anderson VS Rosario Grillo & Dean Alexander; Anderson & Pillman win.
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- The Workhorsemen VS Liam Gray & Adrian Alanis; The Workhorsemen win.
- Angelico w/ Serpentico & Luther VS Konosuke Takeshita; Konosuke wins.
A solid line-up, and I like that we’re getting to see Brock Anderson & Brian Pillman Jr. in action together after a backstage promo on Elevation not too long ago. Not sure what the team name is but two second generation stars together is a logical combination. Angelico VS Konosuke, that is going to be a great match, but I give the win to Konosuke. Red Velvet is in action again after also being on Elevation, she’s definitely building momentum towards taking on Jade Cargill for Jade’s 50th match. And good to see Shane Taylor Promotions in action here. They’ll be a strong part of the ROH Tag Team Division, even after having lost to Keith Lee after Swerve abandoned Keith.
And good to see AR Fox & Top Flight in action, and against The Wingmen. For one, good to see Avalon, Nemeth & Bononi teaming all together again. And this will be a good match to build momentum for Fox & Flight.
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