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Mitchell’s NJPW G1 Climax 30 Results & Report! (10/16/20)

The A Block winner is…!

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NJPW G1 Climax 30

It’s Round 9, who is left standing atop A Block?

The G1 Climax reaches its ninth round, and FOUR men still have a chance! Will the A Block belong to Okada, Ospreay, Ibushi or White?

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.

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • A Block – Jeff Cobb VS Yujiro Takahashi; Yujiro wins.
  • A Block – Shingo Takagi VS Minoru Suzuki; Takagi wins.
  • A Block – Kazuchika Okada VS Will Ospreay; Ospreay wins.
  • A Block – Kota Ibushi VS Taichi; Ibushi wins.
  • A Block – Jay White VS Tomohiro Ishii; Ishii wins.

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Here are the current 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 Block – Jeff Cobb VS Yujiro Takahashi!

The G1 has been done for Tokyo Pimp, but will he avoid going completely winless? Or will he take a Tour of the Islands and end 0-9?

The bell rings and fans cheer as the two circle. They tie up, Cobb shoves Yujiro down but waits for Yujiro to get up. Fans rally as the two circle again. Yujiro kicks low, throws forearms over and over, but Cobb ROCKS Yujiro with one! Yujiro tries to bail out but Cobb catches him first! Cobb brings Yujiro around but Yujiro BITES his hand! Even now, no one has learned! Yujiro headlocks but Cobb powers out. Yujiro rams shoulders but Cobb doesn’t budge! Cobb blocks the kick, scoops Yujiro and pops him up, but Yujiro slips out to kick low. Yujiro runs, Cobb ducks down, but Yujiro fakes out the hurdle to pie face Cobb! Yujiro slaps Cobb then ROCKS him with a right. Yujiro runs but into Cobb’s dropkick! Fans cheer Cobb’s agility and rally up as he sees Yujiro bail out.

Cobb pursues as Yujiro runs around the way. Yujiro keeps running and gets back inside. Cobb follows but sees the elbow drop coming and moves, Yujiro hits nothing but mat. Cobb drags Yujiro out, suplexes, but Yujiro slips out to get the reverse DDT! Fans cheer the savvy as Yujiro talks to the ref. The ring count begins but Yujiro stomps Cobb. Yujiro grinds his forearms into Cobb’s face and leaves him behind at 12 of 20. Fans cheer as Cobb gets up and in at 16! Yujiro stomps Cobb more, snapmares him then drops a leg, then an elbow, and then a headbutt! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up for Cobb but Yujiro brings Cobb up by his hair. The ref reprimands but Yujiro uses that hair hold for a facebuster! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up again as Yujiro rains down rights.

The ref reprimands the use of closed fists but Yujiro kicks at Cobb. Cobb throws body shots and a CHOP back! And another CHOP! Yujiro knees low, runs, but into Cobb’s elbow! GACHIMUCHI FLOPS! Yujiro runs to basement boot! Fans cheer and rally as both men are down. Yujiro gets up first but Cobb gets to a corner. Yujiro runs in and BOOTS! Yujiro brings Cobb out, snapmares again and runs, but Cobb avoids the boot! Cobb runs Yujiro over with shoulders! Fans rally up as Cobb lifts and tackles Yujiro to a corner! Cobb rams and whips him out to then throw back in, and then OVERHEAD BELLY2BELLY! Yujiro flounders to the corner, fans rally and Cobb leaps for the back elbow! Cobb gets Yujiro with the RUNNING BACK SUPLEX! Cover, TWO!

Yujiro is still in this but Cobb keeps his focus. Cobb waistlocks, dead lifts, but Yujiro fights out. Cobb ROCKS Yujiro with a right, but Yujiro flapjack hotshots him back! Yujiro flounders away as the fans rally up. Yujiro comes back to BOOT Cobb at the ropes! Yujiro keeps going, clothesline but Cobb stays up! Yujiro mule kicks and FISHERMAN BUSTERS! Cover, TWO! Cobb survives and Yujiro grows frustrated. Yujiro drags Cobb up, fireman’s carries but Cobb blocks. Cobb throws elbows, gut wrenches and throws Yujiro around, but Yujiro BITES again! The ref reprimands, Yujiro stops biting and runs to BOOT Cobb again! Cobb is in the corner, but he dodges Yujiro to come back with a clothesline!

Fans rally up as Cobb brings Yujiro up and yanks him into the ATHLETIC PLEX! Cover, TWO, GACHIMUCHI! Cover, TWO!! Yujiro survives and fans fire up! Cobb looms over Yujiro and drags him up. Cobb whips, scoops, but Yujiro slips out of the Tour! Yujiro wants the reverse DDT but Cobb slips around to suplex, only for Yujiro to cradle counter! TWO!! Fans fire up as Yujiro shoves the ref at Cobb! Cobb pushes the ref aside but Yujiro hits him with the PIMP CANE! Yujiro reels Cobb in for INCOLLE SLAM! Fans fire up as Yujiro drags Cobb back up. Yujiro fireman’s carries, MIAMI SHINE! Cover, TWO!! Cobb survives but Yujiro fires up more! Yujiro drags Cobb up, and hits PIMP JUICE DDT!! Cover, Yujiro wins?!?

Winner: Yujiro Takahashi, by pinfall; gains 2 points, Cobb earns 0

Tokyo Pimp finally did it! He finally scored! He ends 1-8, so still last place, but not completely without redemption! Can Yujiro redeem himself little by little?

 

A Block – Shingo Takagi VS Minoru Suzuki!

The Dragon and the King of Pancrase aren’t in the running anymore, but these two are going to be fighting for pride! Who wins in this rematch from the NEVER Openweight Championship match at Summer Struggle?

The bell rings and right away, Suzuki shoves Takagi and Takagi shoves back. Then the forearms start flying! Fans rally as they go back and forth! Takagi eggs Suzuki on so Suzuki throws one, two, three! Takagi throws three forearms in return! They go back and forth again, faster and faster! Fans still rally as there’s almost no stop! Takagi gets the edge and DOUBLE CHOPS! Suzuki ends up on ropes but Takagi runs into the DRAPING ARMBAR! The ref counts, Suzuki lets off at 3 and fans cheer as he brings Takagi out. Suzuki whips Takagi into railing then rocks him with forearms! Takagi gives forearms back, Suzuki ROCKS Takagi again! Fans cheer as Suzuki brings Takagi up to throw more forearms. Suzuki slaps Takagi so Takagi slaps back. It’s a slap fight until Suzuki ROCKS Takagi with another forearm!

Takagi grits his teeth as Suzuki talks trash. Takagi gives headbutts back, but Suzuki HEADBUTTS! Fans fire up as Suzuki snarls. Suzuki tells the ref to shut up with the count but he puts Takagi in at 5 of 20. Fans cheer as Suzuki stomps and kicks Takagi. Takagi eggs Suzuki on so Suzuki KICKS! Takagi CHOPS and Suzuki laughs! Suzuki wrenches Takagi’s arm to kick it! Takagi goes to ropes as fans rally up. Suzuki wraps the arm around ropes to pull! The ref reprimands and counts but Suzuki just climbs the ropes! The ref counts again, Suzuki lets off. Takagi gets to a corner, fans rally with “TA-KA-GI!” claps. Or it could be “SU-ZU-KI!” Either way, Suzuki runs corner to corner to BOOT Takagi in the corner! Takagi stays up so Suzuki snapmares him. Suzuki runs but the Penalty Kick is blocked!

Suzuki throws forearms and gets Takagi in a facelock, but Takagi suplexes Suzuki up and over! Fans fire up as Takagi and Suzuki slowly rise. Suzuki gets to a corner, Takagi runs in and blocks his boot to clothesline! But that was the bad arm so it’s double-edged! Suzuki kicks at Takagi but Takagi throws an elbow! Again, that’s the bad arm so Takagi backs off. But he comes back to whip corner to corner and run in for a clothesline with the good arm! And then a LARIAT! Fans cheer as Suzuki is down. Takagi dares Suzuki to get up as the fans rally. Takagi KICKS Suzuki while he’s down, then stands on Suzuki’s face! Suzuki sits up with a snarl but Takagi gives toying kicks! Takagi talks smack but Suzuki throws a forearm! Takagi gives it back! Suzuki ROCKS Takagi then roars! Fans fire up as Takagi ROCKS Suzuki!

Suzuki grins as he comes back to ROCK Takagi. Takagi hits back, Suzuki hits again and we’re back to a brawl! Suzuki kicks the bad arm then throws more forearms. Takagi throws forearms from all sides! The bad arm slows him down but he still ROCKS Suzuki again! Suzuki wobbles and fans rally up! Suzuki rises with a smirk and he kicks the bad arm again. Suzuki throws more forearms on Takagi, and ROCKS him! Fans fire up, Suzuki runs but Takagi follows to clothesline at the ropes! Takagi runs but Suzuki follows and BOOTS! Takagi elbows, JABS, but Suzuki catches the clothesline to a sleeper hold! And then he spins Takagi around, only for Takagi to back drop him away! Takagi runs, Suzuki ducks the sliding lariat to boot!

Suzuki ducks another lariat to spin Takagi around for another sleeper! Takagi stays up, Suzuki spins him and reels him in, but Takagi resists the lift! Takagi fireman’s carries, DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Fans fire up as both men are down! Fans rally up as the two stir, and Takagi gets up first. Takagi fires himself up as he sits Suzuki up. Takagi rams in elbow after elbow, then runs to SLIDING LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Fans cheer as Suzuki gets up again. Suzuki wobbles but Takagi fires up with “OI! OI! OI!” Fans clap along as Takagi watches Suzuki rise. Takagi runs but Suzuki catches Pumping Bomber to an armbar takedown! Takagi endures but Suzuki grapevines the arm! Takagi pries that apart but ends up in a triangle hold! Suzuki squeezes tight but Takagi powers up! Suzuki just cranks harder on the hold!

Takagi still fights to get up but Suzuki lets go of the arm. Suzuki kicks the arm, laughs and then stomps. Suzuki gives Takagi kicks to the head as Takagi reaches for ropes. Suzuki reels Takagi in but Takagi fireman’s carries! Suzuki slips out to get the arm again! Takagi keeps from being brought down, but his roll through only turns into a FUJIWARA! Suzuki cranks back on the arm, Takagi endures and fans rally up! Suzuki keeps on the Fujiwara as hard as he can, and even tortures the fingers! Takagi keeps moving, and gets a ropebreak with a foot! Suzuki lets go and fans rally up again. Suzuki gets Takagi in another sleeper hold and drags him up! Takagi fades, Suzuki spins him but Takagi LARIATS! Suzuki stays up! Takagi DOUBLE CHOPS but Suzuki stays up!

Fans fire up as Takagi LARIATS but Suzuki stays up! Suzuki fires off slapping palm strikes from all sides! Takagi wobbles, comes back but into the COUNTER SLAP! Suzuki drags Takagi back up to HEADBUTT! Takagi stays up so Suzuki goes for another, but Takagi HEADBUTTS first! Takagi gives mean headbutts, then runs, but Suzuki follows, gets around, sleepers, but Takagi torture racks. Suzuki gets a headlock and cranks in this side sleeper! Fans rally up as Takagi endures! The ref checks, Takagi is fading! Suzuki spins Takagi, but Takagi revives to JAB! Down goes Suzuki! Fans fire up with Takagi as he drags Suzuki back up! Pump handle and fireman’s carry, LAST OF THE DRAGONS!! Cover, Takagi wins!!

Winner: Shingo Takagi, by pinfall; gains 2 points, Suzuki earns 0

The Dragon has avenged Summer Struggle! Has he secured his own prize within the G1? Will Takagi be first in line to challenge Suzuki for the NEVER Openweight Championship? Suzuki is smiling even though he lost, so maybe he’s all for that idea!

 

A Block – Kazuchika Okada VS Will Ospreay!

Both Rainmaker and Assassin are fighting to stay alive in the G1, but there’s also the pressure of pride and the desire to be the best! Chaos collides with Chaos, who proves themselves the best within the faction before worrying about the block?

The bell rings and Ospreay shotgun dropkicks Okada! Okada bails out, SASUKE SPECIAL! Ospreay puts Okada in fast, springboards, PIP PIP CHEERIO! Cover, TWO!! Ospreay keeps going with this high speed offense, but Okada powers out of Stormbreaker! Okada throws forearms, Ospreay ROUNDHOUSES! Ospreay springboards, but Okada blocks OsCutter! Okada has the MONEY CLIP! Ospreay reaches and gets a ropebreak! The ref counts, Okada lets go at 3 and scrapes Ospreay out of the ring. Okada RAMS Ospreay into railing, puts him on the apron, and hits a DRAPING DDT! Fans cheer as both men are down! The ref checks, Ospreay is okay to continue, and the clapping for “O-KA-DA!” “OS-PU-RE!” start. The ring count climbs and fans rally up. Okada gets in at 13, Ospreay is in at 15!

Okada drags Ospreay back up, turns him and hits a neckbreaker! Cover, ONE! Fans cheer and rally up as Okada brings Ospreay up. Okada throws elbows to Ospreay’s neck, and then has Ospreay in a corner for more back elbows. Okada takes his time giving each elbow as fans rally up. Okada snapmares and runs to basement dropkick Ospreay down! Fans rally again as Okada looms over Ospreay. Okada covers, ONE, but Okada is on Ospreay with a chinlock. Fans rally up, Ospreay endures and fights to his feet. Ospreay throws body shots, then forearms. Okada throws forearms, whips but Ospreay reverses and back drops! Fans cheer and rally up again. Ospreay gets to a corner, Okada runs in but blocks a boot only to get an enziguri!

Ospreya atomic drops, CHOPS and STANDING SHOOTING STARS! Cover, TWO! Ospreay keeps his cool and fans rally up again. Ospreay brings Okada up and reels him in, but Okada blocks the suplex. Ospreay keeps trying but Okada still fights back. Ospreay CHOPS, whips but Okada ducks and dodges to back elbow Ospreay down! Fans cheer as Okada runs corner to corner at Ospreay to hit a back elbow! Okada kicks and DDT’s! Cover, TWO! Okada keeps his cool as the fans continue to rally. Okada watches Ospreay rise, and he Alabama lifts. Ospreay fights free, blocks a boot but Okada ROCKS him with a forearm! Okada whips, Ospreay handsprings and NEURALIZERS! Fans fire up as both men are down!

Okada rolls to a corner, Ospreay runs in but Okada boots. Okada shotgun dropkicks but misses! Okada ducks the superkick, throws an uppercut, but Ospreay dodges in the corner. Ospreay comes back, Okada puts him on the top rope, but Ospreay boots Okada away before he can dropkick! Ospreay knows Okada’s formula! Okada runs in but Ospreay puts him up top, and dropkicks him down! Ospreay steals the formula! Fans fire up as both men are down! Ospreay sees Okada rising, so he runs corner to corner to FLY! Ospreay goes up and over the corner to take Okada down by the gate! The fans fire up as Ospreay shines in the spotlight! Ospreay drags Okada up, puts him in the ring and climbs to the top. Fans rally as Okada rises, and Ospreay hits a BLINDSIDE PIP PIP CHEERIO! Cover, TWO!!

Okada survives but Ospreay keeps his focus. Fans rally up and Ospreay rises. Ospreay fires up and slashes the throat, he vows to end it! Ospreay underhooks but Okada resists the lift! So Ospreay unleashes Kowata kicks! Okada gets up to throw a forearm! Ospreay stares Okada down before he throws a forearm! Okada throws a forearm, Ospreay gives it back, and fans rally as the two go back and forth! They go faster and faster! Okada EuroUppers, runs, but into the dropkick flip and enziguri! Ospreay whips, Okada reverses but Ospreay denies the clothesline! Ospreay standing shooting stars, onto knees! Okada whips Ospreay but Ospreay turns the dropkick into a POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Okada survives and fans are fired up again! Fans rally as both men slowly rise.

Ospreay watches Okada, and SUPERKICKS! Then SUPERKICKS again! And HOOK KICKS! Okada drops to his knees, Ospreay prepares the arm. Okada ducks the Hidden Blade, Ospreay kicks the lariat away and SUPERKICKS again! Okada still tries but Ospreay ducks the lariat to chicken wing. Ospreay flips Okada up and over into underhooks! But Okada flips out of the lift to LARIAT! Both men are down again and fans are thunderous! Okada has Ospreay’s wrist, drags him up, and reels him in, only for Ospreay to dodge! But Okada dropkicks Ospreay back! Okada gut wrenches, and TOMBSTONES! Then the MONEY CLIP!! Ospreay endures and fans rally up as Okada cranks hard on the hold!

Ospreay pries at the cobra clutch but Okada just leans and cranks harder! Ospreay scrambles to the ropebreak! Okada lets go but fans continue to rally. Okada drags Ospreay back up but Ospreay pushes him away. Ospreay crawls but Okada brings him up. Ospreay SLAPS Okada! Okada SHOTGUN dropkicks Ospreay back! Okada drags Ospreay back up, gut wrenches again, but Ospreay fights it off! Ospreay rams Okada into a corner but Okada clubs him away. Okada boots but Ospreay fires up! Okada EuroUppers, DISCUS- SPANISH FLY!! Cover, TWO!! Fans fire up as Okada survives! Ospreay fires himself up, drags Okada up and in, underhooks but Okada back drops and sits down! TWO!! Ospreay gets up, Okada gut wrenches but Ospreay slips out, POISON-RANA!! Okada is dazed, Ospreay springboards, OSCUTTER!! But Ospreay holds on rather than covers!

Ospreay brings Okada up, underhooks and lifts, STORM- NO! Okada gets the MONEY CLIP! Ospreay endures again, moves around and fans rally. Okada leans on the hold and Ospreay starts to fade! Ospreay powers back up, reaches, but Okada backslides him. Ospreay slips through, dodges the lariat but comes back with a spin, only for Okada to dodge that. Okada spins, Ospreay slips around the lariat to get the underhooks! Ospreay lifts, Okada pops off, DISCUS LARIAT!! Okada gets the arm again, MONEY CLIP! Ospreay endures, fans rally up, but who is that coming? Stardom’s Bea Priestley!? Well, also Ospreay’s girlfriend. But what is she doing here? Ospreay endures the Money Clip as she coaches him up! Ospreay fights towards Bea but Okada gut wrenches, SPINNING TOMBSTONE! And back to MONEY CLIP!!

Bea gets on the apron and in the ring?! The ref is busy with her, and wait! Who is this getting in the ring?! Great O-Kharn, Tomoyuki Oka?! He drags Okada up, and CLAW SLAMS him!! Both Okada and Ospreay are down and fans are stunned! Is Ospreay even aware of what happened? He just underhooks and STORMBREAKERS!! Cover, Ospreay wins!!

Winner: Will Ospreay, by pinfall; gains 2 points, Okada earns 0

The Assassin’s mysterious allies just helped him destroy the Rainmaker’s G1! Ospreay still has life, but must now rely on others for his fate. Well, that might not be so different than what just happened. Wait, Bea tells Ospreay to finish Okada off?! Ospreay gets in and hits HIDDEN BLADE!!! Ospreay even tells Okada, “F YOU! You held me back!” Is the Assassin hijacking Chaos?! Or is he forming something far more dangerous?

 

A Block – Kota Ibushi VS Taichi!

Even without this being the G1, the Golden Star and the Sliest Wrestler in the World have history over the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships Taichi and teammate, Zack Sabre Jr, kept from Ibushi and Hiroshi Tanahashi. Will Ibushi avenge those losses while fighting for the finals?

Taichi throws his mic stand and fanny pack aside to show he’s doing this fair and square with Ibushi. The bell rings and there are no excuses! Fans rally as the rivals stare down. Ibushi slowly approaches, and Taichi returns the favor. Taichi does stretches before he circles with Ibushi. Fans rally again as Taichi is serious. The two approach and talk some trash. Taichi kicks but Ibushi doesn’t flinch. Ibushi kicks, Taichi doesn’t flinch. Taichi kicks, Ibushi kicks, and repeat. They circle a bit as Taichi considers how to make it hurt. The kicking speeds up and fans rally as they go faster and faster! The two let off a moment and fans cheer. The clapping for “I-BU-SHI!” begins but Taichi backs off to do more stretches.

The two circle again, Taichi kicks but Ibushi kicks. They kick and kick back and forth again and again. Taichi hops away and fans cheer. Ibushi eggs Taichi on so Taichi boots him. Ibushi boots back, and now they trade boots to the chest! Taichi boots, Ibushi boots a little higher. Taichi shakes it off to rebound and boot Ibushi in the head. Ibushi boots, Taichi boots, repeat! Taichi keeps going so Ibushi keeps going! Ibushi keeps going so Taichi keeps going! Boot for boot, back and forth, and Taichi staggers! Ibushi runs, into a boot! Taichi boots again, but Ibushi gets right up and BOOTS! Both men are down and fans cheer! Ibushi and Taichi slowly rise and talk trash to the other. Fans rally as Ibushi is up and KICKS Taichi in the back! Then Ibushi sits down to give Taichi a shot?!

Fans cheer as Taichi gets up and KICKS Ibushi. Taichi sits back down and dares Ibushi to go again. Ibushi KICKS, Taichi grits his teeth, but now Ibushi sits down and challenges Taichi. Taichi KICKS, Ibushi grits his teeth, and the two stay standing this time. Taichi dares Ibushi to kick his chest, so Ibushi KICKS his chest! Taichi stays up and Ibushi dares him to do the same. Taichi KICKS Ibushi in the chest but fans cheer as Ibushi stays up. Ibushi KICKS, Taichi takes a moment, but Taichi KICKS back! Fans cheer as Ibushi stays up but has to catch his breath. Ibushi KICKS, Taichi crouches but comes back. Taichi KICKS, Ibushi KICKS, repeat! Fans rally with every KICK, and Taichi wobbles! Ibushi sits down, too, and fans cheer!

Ibushi and Taichi head for each other, stand back up again, and Taichi KICKS first! Ibushi wobbles so Taichi KICKS again! Ibushi drops to his knees so Taichi KICKS him down! Fans cheer as Taichi catches his breath. Taichi goes back to Ibushi, brings him up, DANGEROUS SAIDO! But Ibushi somehow managed to land safe?! Ibushi tells Taichi to get the hell up! Taichi stands, Taichi kicks Ibushi’s leg but Ibushi kicks back. It’s back to leg kicks over and over, back and forth! Taichi hobbles so he sobats! Ibushi sobats back! Taichi is in a corner, Ibushi runs in but Taichi boots him away! Ibushi goes to a corner, Taichi runs in but Ibushi boots him back! Taichi is in the corner, Ibushi runs in but into a ROUNDHOUSE! Taichi runs at Ibushi but into a ROUNDHOUSE!

Taichi roars to ROUNDHOUSE again, but Ibushi ROUNDHOUSES back! Both men are down and fans fire up! Fans rally as both men slowly stir. Ibushi and Taichi slowly stand up, Taichi gives a kick! Fans rally up as Ibushi kicks back! Both men hobble and steady themselves. Ibushi eggs Taichi on so Taichi kicks his leg. Ibushi KICKS Taichi’s leg! Off come the pants!! Taichi kicks, Ibushi kicks, repeat! Taichi kicks, Ibushi kicks, repeat! Ibushi eggs Taichi on and mockingly asks, “What’s wrong?!” Taichi comes back to kick but Ibushi just kicks back. Taichi hobbles, KICKS Ibushi, but Ibushi KICKS back! Taichi kicks, Ibushi kicks, then Taichi kicks and kicks and kicks! Ibushi KICKS back! Both men fall but Ibushi fires up! Ibushi grabs the wrists, sits Taichi up, but Taichi SWEEPS the legs!

Fans are fired up as both men are down again, clutching their battered legs! Red Shoes starts a standing count as the two writhe. The count is at 7 of 20, Ibushi and Taichi flounder up. Taichi and Ibushi talk smack, head for the same corner, and it’s Ibushi who kicks first. Taichi kicks again, but Ibushi eggs him on! Taichi kicks more and more, but Ibushi kicks back. They clinch while trading kicks! Ibushi kicks harder but Taichi kicks back! The kicking continues, and fans rally up as both men stay up. Taichi KICKS and KICKS, and KICKS! Ibushi drops to his knees and fans fire up with Taichi! Taichi aims, but Ibushi blocks the buzzsaw! Ibushi KICKS the leg again!

Ibushi fires up as Taichi writhes! Fans rally with “I-BU-SHI!” claps as Ibushi aims, to BUZZSAW! But that’s not all! Ibushi sits Taichi up with the wristlocks, KAMIGOYE!! Cover, Ibushi wins!!

Winner: Kota Ibushi, by pinfall; gains 2 points, Taichi earns 0

These two quite literally kicked things up a notch, but it is the Golden Star who still has a leg to stand on! Will Ibushi’s ascension still be possible in the G1?

 

A Block – Jay White w/ Gedo VS Tomohiro Ishii!

King Switch claims conspiracy that the “Jay1” had the King of Pancrase last round and now has the Stone Pitbull in the final round! But because he beat Ibushi earlier on, it’s all on White to get himself into the finals! Will Ishii #BreathewiththeSwitchblade?

White and Gedo have Ishii wait for the Low Sweet. Fans rally up with the bell, and White doesn’t bail out right away! Oh wait, now he bails out. White mocks the applause, gets back in the ring, but then bails right back out. Ishii is stoic as White goes around the ring, then slowly slides back in. Ishii steps closer and White slides back out. White gets in, circles Ishii but Ishii is still stone faced. White slaps Ishii, Ishii DECKS White! Fans fire up as Ishii chases behind White and gets him back into the ring! Ishii glares at Gedo but White boots Ishii into railing! And then RAMS him in! And then RAMS him again! White CHOPS Ishii against railing but Ishii eggs him on! White stomps, rakes the eyes and whips Ishii into more railing! White leaves Ishii behind and mocks the applause again.

Red Shoes starts a count but Ishii is already standing. Ishii gets in the ring at 7 but White is all over him with stomps! White digs his heel in but lets off at Red Shoes’ reprimand. White scoops Ishii and slams him down, to then drop the leg! Cover, ONE! White is a bit surprised but he drags Ishii back up. White stomps Ishii into a corner, but Ishii eggs him on! White rakes Ishii’s eyes but lets off as Red Shoes reprimands. White drags Ishii up, knees low and turns Ishii for a neckbreaker! Cover, ONE, and again White is surprised. Fans cheer but White slaps Ishii to the rhythm. Ishii kicks White back, White keeps slapping and toying with him. White clamps onto a facelock, Ishii throws body shots and rams in his shoulder. Ishii whips, White follows and forearms him at the ropes!

White drags Ishii up, headlocks, but fights off Ishii’s back suplex! Ishii powers out of the headlock, White ends up in a corner but he boots Ishii back. White runs at Ishii but Ishii POWERSLAMS! Fans cheer and rally again, “I-SHI-I!” White is in the corner and Ishii CHOPS and forearms on repeat! White turns around but the CHOPS and forearms keep going! Gedo protests but Ishii lets off to bring White up. Ishii whips White but White reverses, only for Ishii to run White over! Gedo tries to help White but Ishii gets White’s legs. White kicks Ishii away and gets to the apron. Ishii comes back but White hotshots! White gets in to DDT Ishii down! Fans cheer as both men are down again. Fans rally up as White and Ishii sit up. Ishii is in a corner, White runs in and back elbows!

White brings Ishii out to BLADE BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Fans cheer as Ishii stays in this! White drags Ishii around by the bad leg but Ishii kicks him away with the good leg. Ishii avoid the kick and waitslocks but White trips Ishii up! White has the bad leg for a GROUND DRAGON SCREW! Ishii writhes while White mocks the applause again. Fans rally up as White pushes Red Shoes away so he can stomp Ishii! Gedo likes what he sees as White picks Ishii apart! White stands on the bad leg and stomps away on the knee! Fans rally up as Ishii grows angry. White stands on the bad leg more, stomps it some more, and gives toying kicks. Ishii gets angrier and eggs White on! White throws a forearm but Ishii doesn’t flinch. White tries again but Ishii is still standing.

Ishii steps into the forearms and he backs White down! White gets the leg to elbow it but Ishii ROCKS him back! Ishii runs in, White dodges but he gets the leg, KNEE JAMMER! Ishii falls, clutching the leg, but White and Gedo give thumbs up. Fans rally up and White mocks their clapping. White stalks Ishii, runs and LARIATS! But Ishii stays up! Ishii throws forearms from all sides, White sits down and covers up, but Ishii runs. White ducks the sliding lariat to get Ishii with a COMPLETE SHOT! And DEAD LIFT GERMANS! White flexes and fans do have to cheer that strength. Fans rally up as White double guns over Ishii. White toys with Ishii, telling him to “wake up!” White slaps him around and then claps with the fans. White continues to toy and mock Ishii with slaps, and even spanks. Ishii gets up and choke grips White. White slaps and throws fast hands but Ishii DECKS him!

Fans fire up as Ishii runs, but White ducks the lariat for a BIG URENAGE! Both men are down but fans rally up again. Gedo coaches White as he sits Ishii up. White has a sleeper and he drags Ishii up, but Ishii backs White into a corner! White kicks the bad leg! HALF HATCH into buckles! White throws Too Sweets at the camera then drags Ishii back up! Ishii slips out of the sleeper to GERMAN SUPLEX White into the corner! Fans rally up again as both men stir. Ishii stands first, drags White up and hoists him to the top rope. Ishii climbs up but White quickly hops down. Ishii hops down and drags White up on the apron. Gedo tries to help but Red Shoes reprimands him! White CLUBS Ishii’s legs! But Ishii drags White back up, only for White to rake the eyes!

White has the leg, DRAGON SCREW through the ropes! Gedo is the only one who likes that. Fans rally up and Ishii HEADBUTTS White off the apron! Ishii rests for just a moment and he slips out to fetch White. Red Shoes tells Gedo to stay back and Ishii puts White in. Ishii brings White up and to the top rope. Red Shoes again keeps Gedo back as Ishii climbs up. Ishii brings White all the way up, for the SUPERPLEX! Cover, TWO!! White survives but Ishii keeps focus. Ishii waits for White to rise, then runs, but White drops down. So Ishii drops a headbutt! Ishii runs, White dodges the lariat to CHOP! Ishii roars, headbutts, and ENZIGURIS, into a DRAGON SCREW! White undoes the tape on Ishii’s leg! White hits another GROUND DRAGON SCREW!

White steps through, has the legs, INVERTED FIGURE FOUR! Will White rename this the ITO, Ishii Tapped Out? Ishii endures, fans rally up and Ishii grabs at Red Shoes! White keeps cranking on the hold, but Ishii powers up! Ishii drags himself towards ropes but White keeps cranking on the hold! Ishii punches White’s legs but that’s not enough! Ishii keeps crawling, dragging himself and White forward, and fans are thunderous for him as he gets the ROPEBREAK! White holds on until Red Shoes counts 3! Fans rally up more but White brings Ishii up. White drags Ishii up but Ishii resists the sleeper, so White chop blocks the leg! White tries again but Ishii elbows and CHOPS! But he swings into the SNAP SLEEPER SUPLEX! White keeps on Ishii with the fisherman, to KIWI KRUSHER!! Cover, TWO!! Ishii survives and fans are thunderous again!

White slashes the throat, vowing to end this! BLADE- NO! Ishii gets a leg to DRAGON SCREW! Ishii gets some revenge but he drags White up to fisherman, KNEE CRUSHER! But that’s double-edged off the bad knee! Fans fire up as both men are down! White gets up and gets to ropes, comes back to Ishii and kicks the bad leg. Ishii blocks the kick to KNEE JAMMER! More revenge as Ishii chop blocks White’s leg! Fans fire up with Ishii as he gets back up! Ishii gets White’s leg for a HALF CRAB with ANKLE LOCK! White endures, crawls, but Ishii drags him away to GRAPEVINE! Ishii twists the ankle but White grabs Red Shoes! Gedo gets in but Ishii goes after him first! Red Shoes notices, gets Gedo to back off, but White knocks Ishii into Red Shoes!

Gedo kicks the bad leg, but Ishii blocks the kick! Ishii DECKS Gedo, goes to suplex him, but White kicks the bad leg out! Gedo feeds Ishii to BLADE- NO! Ishii rams White into Gedo, and GERMANS White! Red Shoes revives and Ishii sits White up for the SLIDING LARIAT! Cover, TWO!?! White survives but Ishii fires up! Ishii drags White up, suplexes, but White slips out to LOW BLOW!! Gedo kept Red Shoes from seeing it!! White drags Ishii back up as fans rally. White has the leg hooked, FISHERMAN BACK SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Ishii escapes and White is furious! White gets up as fans rally again. White drags Ishii up, crosses the arms, but Ishii fights out to HEADBUTT! Both men fall but fans fire up again!

Fans rally up as Ishii rises. Ishii fires himself up, slaps himself, and runs, but into SNAP SLEEPER SUPELX! But Ishii’s up again?! ANOTHER SNAP SLEEPER SUPLEX! White drags Ishii back up, but Ishii spins through to suplex! White slips out, lifts, but Ishii keeps fighting him off! They spin, go around, Ishii suplexes, to a STUNNER!! White wobbles, fans are thunderous and Gedo gets on the apron! Gedo shoves Red Shoes but Ishii LARIATS Gedo! Ishii runs to LARIAT White! Cover, TWO!?!? Ishii drags White up, suplexes once more, for the BRAIN BUSTER!!! Cover, Ishii wins!!!

Winner: Tomohiro Ishii, by pinfall; gains 2 points, White earns 0

The Stone Pitbull stops the Jay1 at the finish line!! White ISN’T going to the finals!! It’ll be KOTA IBUSHI!! Gedo and White are furious, but that’s how it goes! Will Ibushi win the finals for A Block?

 

Here are the NEW A Block standings!

Kota Ibushi: 7-2, 14 points
Jay White: 6-3, 12 points [ELIMINATED]
Will Ospreay: 6-3, 12 points [ELIMINATED]
Kazuchika Okada: 6-3, 12 points [ELIMINATED]
Tomohiro Ishii: 4-5, 8 points [ELIMINATED]
Shingo Takagi: 4-5, 8 points [ELIMINATED]
Jeff Cobb: 4-5, 8 points [ELIMINATED]
Taichi: 4-5, 8 points [ELIMINATED]
Minoru Suzuki: 3-6, 6 points [ELIMINATED]
Yujiro Takahashi: 1-8, 2 points [ELIMINATED]


My Thoughts:

A great ending to A Block’s round robin! Even the matches that wouldn’t affect the finals on Sunday were great for different reasons. Yujiro keeping himself from going winless was great for him, because it’d be pretty sad if he was 0-9. That’d probably be a first, though. Takagi VS Suzuki was great and I figured Takagi would win. These two can have a great NEVER Openweight Championship for Power Struggle, but that could go any which way. And obviously, the shocking part of Ospreay VS Okada wasn’t even that Ospreay won, it was Bea Priestly and Tomoyuki Oka aka Great-O-Kharn showing up to help in his Heel turn! That is some wild stuff, and I can’t wait to see how this faction grows.

Ibushi VS Taichi and White VS Ishii were both great matches, but as I expected, Ibushi comes out the winner! He’ll be going back for a THIRD TIME in a row! That’s wild! With B Block being settled tomorrow, any of the possible winners is a great choice to face Ibushi.

My Score: 9.4/10


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Andrew’s IMPACT Results & Match Ratings: 6.30.2022

The Go Home to Against All Odds with the main event of Battle of the Futures Redux! TNA vibes and hype in the Asylum!

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Against All Odds is tomorrow, and the one thing IMPACT has excelled with are the quick turnaround angles. Plus we also HOPEFULLY get a real finish to the Battle of the Futures 2022 edition. Frankie Kazarian and Chris Sabin have a main event that could definitely be something special.

Ratings:

  • Fatal 4 Way: Steve Maclin vs Trey Miguel vs Laredo Kid vs Chris Bey: Trey wins via Meteora – ***
  • Rosemary vs Gisele Shaw: Gisele wins via Knee Strike – ** ¼
  • Savannah Evans w/Tasha Steelz vs Jordynne Grace: Jordynne wins via Muscle Buster – **
  • IMPACT Tag Team Championship: The Good Brothers (c) w/James Storm vs Vincent & PCO w/ Honor No More: Karl retains via Roll Up – ** ½
  • Ace Austin w/Chris Bey vs Alex Zayne: Ace wins via The Fold – ** ¾
  • Battle of the Futures Redux: Frankie Kazarian vs Chris Sabin w/Alex Shelley: Sabin wins via Cradle Shock – *****

 

Results:

Fatal 4 Way: Steve Maclin vs Trey Miguel vs Laredo Kid vs Chris Bey

Early on the smaller men gang up on Maclin, which of course is the smart thing to do. Trey and Bey trade a few shots, Laredo tries to interject himself but Maclin comes back in and starts taking over. Wipes out most of the guys then they start trickling in for pinfall saves and each guy chopping at the bigger man. Trey does however go for a John Woo, misses and Tree of Woes himself to set up for Maclin’s Caught in the Crosshairs corner spear.

Action continues to be pretty fluid, Trey takes out Maclin, Bey looks for an Asai Moonsault, but turns it into the 5 Hole Dive that MCMG do when Laredo Kid dives through Bey’s legs. Then Bey hits the Asai Moonsault and Bey brings Laredo into the ring and tries to find a winning angle. Pop Up Cutter from Bey, but Trey saves it. A little back and forth, Trey goes to the top, misses the Meteora, but lands on his feet and manages a Running Meteora for the pinfall victory.

Trey beat Speedball before Slammiversary, so Speedball has some payback in his mind.

Rosemary vs Gisele Shaw

Madison Rayne and Tenille Dashwood are at the commentary desk for this match since Gisele did offer to fill in for an injured Madison for the Knockouts Tag rematch.

Rosemary controls Gisele early and then bends her backwards and bites her forehead. Gisele almost starts taking back over, but then Rosemary gets out of a headlock the Crazzy Steve way. Rosemary takes some control early until Gisele powders and tries to find a way back into the match. Commercial break brings us to Gisele taking Rosemary’s head off with a Lariat.

Now Gisele is in control, throws Rosemary into a corner and starts pandering for a photo op and posturing to The Influence. Gisele strings together a lot of corner attacks, whips her into the corner again and lays her out with a Flying European Uppercut. Gisele tries to hit the knee in the back of the head, but Rosemary moves and starts her comeback. Big Suplex from the corner and Rosemary keeps her down for 2. Rosemary is in control until Gisele hits and Oscutter out of nowhere for 2. Reverse DDT from Rosemary for another near fall and then The Influence is on the move. They ambush Taya, Rosemary tries to go for her Spear anyway and Shaw kills Rosemary with a great Knee Strike. Rosemary is out, Gisele wins.

A small beat down, and then The Influence pause in the ring for a little, before posing with Gisele and seemingly giving their mark of approval on her being in The Influence now.

Savannah Evans w/Tasha Steelz vs Jordynne Grace

Savannah bulldozes Jordynne into the corner, but the power game is pretty even here. Savannah has some height, but Jordynne is quicker. Jordynne manages to turn the tables on Savannah, up and over in the corner and whips her into the ropes while setting up behind her causing Evans to trip and fall. Savannah powders, Jordynne tries to break up the discussion, but after a quick flurry, Savannah hits an Apron Chokeslam and takes over.

After some back and forth, Jordynne takes back over and then Muscle Buster on Savannah Evans and its over!

IMPACT Tag Team Championship: The Good Brothers (c) w/James Storm vs Vincent & PCO w/ Honor No More

Karl and Vincent start things off, and corner to corner we see the Machine Gun in control, but a thumb to the eyes and quick strike give Vincent the chance to tag in PCO. French Canadian Frankenstein starts beating on Karl, throws him into the ropes, Vincent kicks him and it just pisses off Karl. But Karl getting distracted gives PCO the ambush chance and Karl is just getting rocked. Vincent tagged back in, quick strikes including a corner Facewash with the elbow, sliding Flatliner and PCO is back in.

PCO goes Splash into dropping DDT before hitting the middle rope Guillotine Leg Drop. LG has gotten no action while Karl is getting killed. Deanimator set up looks to take out Karl even further, and it hits! Vincent tags in, and finally Anderson Spinebuster gets LG a hot tag. Big Boot takes out PCO on the apron, Superkick and flying Big Man flattens Vincent, tag to Karl, Magic Killer set up…but PCO with the save. Satellite Russian Leg Sweep from Vincent, RedRUM misses and Karl scoops the Small Package for the win.

Immediately Honor No More attacks. Chris Harris slides in and Honor No More choose to jaw and tease him instead of attacking immediately. HEATH’s music hits before they can attack Harris, and he comes loaded with pipes. Harris and Heath lay out Honor No More with pipes, Wake Up Call from Heath, Pump Kick, Gun Stun and then only Taven is left. Last Call Superkick sends Taven to sleep.

Ace Austin w/Chris Bey vs Alex Zayne

Zayne tries to start immediately, but Ace takes a page from the Jay White book and powders right away. Ace stays a step ahead until a nice Flipping Bodyscissors out of the corner keeps Ace rolling and eating some kicks. Ace tries a top corner move and Zayne flips into a Headscissors for the advantage before commercial. Coming back Ace is in control after driving Zayne into the post.

Ace and Zayne trade, we see Zayne finally get the best of the situations. Cinnamon Twist or Crunchwrap Supreme are hinted at, but Ace rolls away. Zayne tries to get Ace in position for his Taco Driver, but Ace has all the answers. Big kicks and strikes, Ace goes for the Outside/In Avalanche Headscissors, but Zayne mostly flips the through it, but eats a Triangle Kick for his attempted counter. The Fold – gets countered with a Sauce Trigger! Ace powders, Moonsauce to take out Bey and Ace, but Bey grabs his foot before he can get back in, Ace keeps the referee distracted…THE FOLD as soon as Zayne is back in the ring and Bullet Club wins!

Battle of the Futures Redux: Frankie Kazarian vs Chris Sabin w/ Alex Shelley

If this is as good as I anticipate…I may forget how to type. So fair warning if I get sucked in, this could be a short review.

We saw both men had a plan, Sabin went after Kaz’s legs early and often, where Kaz focused on the neck. There were great callbacks, classic moments, even the feint with the Flux Capacitor which is how Kaz won the original Battle of the Futures.

This was Brian Hebner’s final match, and hot damn was it a classic. Everything about this was great.

Overall Score: 9/10

Starting out hot with the X Division match, 2 solid Knockouts matches and a main event that could’ve easily been on any PPV over the last 20 years. This set the stage well for tomorrow’s Against All Odds and could’ve been one of the best Go Home episodes from any company in recent memory. Also it was really awesome getting the Raven vignette to hype the Clockwork Orange House of Fun.

My review of Against All Odds will be a little late since I had prior engagements because Fridays aren’t usually PPVs, but I’ll get to it on Saturday. Watch it live yourself, catch the run down Saturday, either way IMPACT is killin it with that TNA vibe. Maybe its time we go back to a certain 3 letters…a 6 sided ring, or hell, just announce Lethal Lockdown. Bring that back from the dead dammit!


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Mitchell’s WWE NXT UK Results & Report! (6/30/22)

WHY, SEVEN, WHY?!

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Artful Dodger or dastardly coward? You decide!

Last time he was on NXT UK, Trent Seven gave us crocodile tears and betrayed Tyler Bate! What will Seven say this week about what he’s done?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Blair Davenport VS Angel Hayze; Davenport wins.
  • Emilia McKenzie VS Fallon Henley; Henley wins.
  • Wolfgang VS Sha Samuels w/ Noam Dar; Wolfgang wins.

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Blair Davenport VS Angel Hayze!

NXT UK beware, it’s the return of the heir! The gothic gladiator is back after that freak accident during her NXT UK Women’s Championship match with Meiko Satomura. Will Blair prove that nothing will stop her from taking the throne this time? Or will Angel leave her in a haze in her first match back?

The bell rings and the two circle. Blair and Angel tie up, go around, and Blair puts Angel on the ropes. The ref counts but Blair lets off fast. Blair and Angel reset, tie up, and Blair shoves Angel down! Fans rally up as Angel and Blair reset again. They tie up, Angel gets around to waistlock, Blair arm-drags free and Angel flounders to a corner. Blair runs in but Angel goes up and over, TWO! Angel boots Blair’s punch away, sobats then runs, to SHOTGUN Blair down! Cover, ONE!! Fans rally, Angel drags Blair up and reels her in, but Blair fights the suplex. Blair powers up, wrenches out and WRINGS the arm!

Fans rally as Blair snarls and stalks Angel. Blair runs in at the corner, Angel goes up and over again, but runs into a CHOP BLOCK! Blair DROPKICKS Angel in the back! Blair pushes Angel over to CLUB her on the back. Blair pushes Angel around, kicks her, and Angel gets to a corner. Blair is after her already and throws a heavy body shot! Angel hits back but Blair CLUBS her down again. Blair hauls Angel up, whips her to ropes and runs her over! Cover, TWO! Blair clamps onto Angels with a chinlock and she grinds Angel down. Fans rally as Angel endures, but Blair thrashes her around. Blair cranks the hold but Angel fights up to her feet.

Angel throws body shots, Blair CLUBS her again! Blair hauls Angel up to whip her to a corner. Blair runs in and GAMANGIRIS! Blair shoves Angel onto ropes, then runs side to side, SLIDING KICK! Cover, TWO! Angel survives and Blair is annoyed but the fans rally up. Blair shoves Angel to a corner, but Angel hits back. Blair CLUBS Angel, stands her up and whips her corner to corner. Blair runs in but Angel dodges and Blair hits buckles! Angel returns with a forearm smash! And then a back elbow! Angel keeps moving, she evades the lariat to fire off forearms and a ROLLING ELBOW! Angel runs again, SLINGBLADE! Cover, TWO!

Fans rally as Blair goes to a corner. Angel runs corner to corner but into a BOOT! Blair hops up and leaps to missile dropkick! Blair drags Angel up, reels her in, but Angel wrenches out to reel Blair in! GUILLOTINE! Angel has Blair in the body scissors, too! Blair endures, stays up, CLUBS Angel and powers out with a BIG suplex! Fans fire up, Blair hauls Angel up for the FALCON ARROW! Cover, Blair wins!

Winner: Blair Davenport, by pinfall

And the heir gets right back on track! Blair gets the mic to say she is back! And she is here to crush all of your hopes. Is that key word a message to a certain someone? Or is it a message to everyone who would dare defy the heir?

 

NXT UK Media caught up with Sid Scala.

The Assistant General Manager returns to his office, and Kenny Williams is there waiting! Kenny says it’s about time Sid showed up! Kenny’s been working all night, as we can see by the conspiracy web taking over Sid’s office, and Kenny claims he has finally figured it out! Tiger Turan has to be none other than… Sid says Kenny needs to stop, this isn’t why Sid asked to meet with him. This is about next week, a match between Kenny and Tiger Turan! And just as Sid says that, Tiger steps in. Kenny says this is just who he was looking for. But here’s what will happen. Kenny will win, knock Turan out and take off his mask to reveal it’s Amir Jordan!

So right now, Tiger Turan can clean up this mess while Kenny prepares. Is the Scum of the Earth on to something? Is Tiger Turan obsessed with Kenny because it’s Amir Jordan, the man Kenny banished from NXT UK over a year ago? Or is he going to lose this match along with his mind?

 

Noam Dar & Sha Samuels enter the NXT UK Performance Center.

The Scottish Supernova isn’t sure why they’re here, but the East End Bookie/Butcher promises it is for good reason: they’re going to make some big money. Dar then sees the ring and the training session Mark Coffey is helping with. Dar & Sha taunt them and Mark walks over to ask, “What’s wrong? Run out of ways to cheat?” Dar says he never needs to cheat, and certainly not to beat Mark. Dar didn’t need to cheat to beat “Dog Man” Wolfgang, or to beat big brother Joe and run him out of town. Mark points out Dar only won because of his bookie at ringside. Mark guarantees that if Sha isn’t around, Mark wins the cup.

Sha says no way, Dar is the best ever! Mark says they can bet on it. Sha takes that bet! 100 to 1, Dar still beats Mark! Sha puts money on it quite literally, and says the market is open! Everyone else swarms Sha, wanting to put money on this, too! Dar looks worried with just how many want to join in. Are they betting all on Mark? Dar is a bit upset by that, but will he prove Sha right and take everyone, including Coffey, to the cleaners?

 

Emilia McKenzie VS Fallon Henley!

#SuplexMillie is still Meiko Satomura’s protégé, but she might be feeling the pressure as of late. The Final Boss demands the best out of her disciple, but will those expectations be met? Or will the Cowgirl rope herself a big win just like Briggs & Jensen did?

The bell rings and the two tie up. They go around, end up in a deadlock, but Millie shots around to waistlock. Fallon pries at the hold, standing switches, and SLAMS Millie down. Millie slips out to hammerlock and fans rally for Millie as she cranks the hold. Fallon fights to sit up, rolls out and has the wristlock. Millie slips through, wristlocks back, but Fallon pries at the hold. Fallon slips through, hammerlocks Millie now, but Millie works on the hold. Fallon rolls Millie up, TWO! Fans applaud the opening exchange as the two stare down. Fallon and Millie reset, tie up with knuckle locks, and they have a test of strength!

Millie wrenches the wrists, kicks an arm, rolls and trips Fallon to have a standing toehold! Fallon endures, uses her free leg to kick free, but Millie cartwheels through. Fans applaud again, and even Fallon offers a handshake. Millie accepts and fans cheer the sportsmanship, and the two tie up again. Millie powers Fallon back but Fallon turns it around to arm-drag Millie away. Fallon shoots in but Millie sits on the cover, ONE! Fallon sunset flips, ONE! Millie tries a jackknife but Fallon rolls through it, TWO! Millie has the sunset, TWO!! Fans fire up for that exchange and the two reset again.

They tie up, Millie headlocks, but Fallon powers up. Millie holds tight, Fallon pries the hold open and turns it around onto Millie! Millie endures, powers out but Fallon runs her over! Fallon does a two step then runs, but Millie keeps up with the drop, sidestep, but Fallon counters hip toss with a hip toss! Fallon arm-drags Millie away and Millie takes a moment to catch her breath. Fallon is on her but Millie EuroUppers! Millie kicks low, CLUBS Fallon on the back, and has her on the ropes. Millie CLUBS Fallon again, has her in a corner now and kicks her low. Fallon throws shots back but Millie CLUBS Fallon, into the TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! Cover, TWO!

Fans rally and Millie clamps on a chinlock. Millie shifts to have almost a bully choke but Fallon endures. Fans rally again as Fallon fights up. Fallon throws elbows, body shots, but Millie EuroUppers! Fallon catches on to hooks and a backslide, TWO! Fallon rolls Millie again, TWO! Millie CLOBBERS Fallon! Cover, TWO! Millie is on Fallon again, going after the arms. Fallon fights but Millie still gets a COBRA CLUTCH! Fallon endures, resists, and fans rally as Millie still tries to lock this on! Fallon fights, Millie might just have it! Fallon is fading as Millie bends her backwards!! But Fallon gets a second wind and pries free to arm-drag Millie away!

Millie comes back to ROCK Fallon, Fallon ROCKS Millie! They throw hands, and Fallon DECKS Millie! Fallon fires up to back elbow Millie in a corner! And then a RUNNING FACEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Fans fire up as Millie survives! Fallon drags Millie up, fireman’s carries, but Millie slips off and shoves to then LARIAT! And again! Millie shoots around to get Fallon up for a BIG bag suplex! Cover, TWO! Fans rally and Millie snarls as she hauls Fallon up. Fallon fights the German Suplex, pops free to switch, but Millie elbows Fallon. Millie whips Fallon to a corner but Fallon goes up and over. Fallon’s leg tweaks! Millie shows no mercy, CHOP BLOCK!!

Millie stomps away on Fallon’s leg and fans fire up! Millie drags Fallon up, reels her in, SHIN BREAKER! And then another SHIN BREAKER! Fallon hobbles, Millie gets her again, but Fallon sunset flips! FALLON WINS!

Winner: Fallon Henley, by pinfall

Millie showed her killer instinct, but maybe she let it get the better of her! Will this be the exact opposite of what Meiko wanted for Millie?

 

NXT UK Media catches up with Oliver Carter.

They ask him if he’s been keeping in contact with Ashton Smith while he’s out with injury. Of course! Oliver has Ashton on speed dial. They are brothers, that’s never gonna change. But then Teoman and his Die Familie “brothers,” Rohan Raja and Charlie Dempsey slither in and say hi to “Oli.” They sit with him and they feel like this is deja vu. Oliver’s alone, no Ashton Smith, no titles. Oliver needs a family to watch out for him. It is a dangerous place out there. Join them! It’s in his best interest. They’ll let him think about it, and take their leave. Is there anything to think about? Or will the Hottest Superstar Under the Sun actually consider their invitation?

 

NXT UK Media catches up with Sarray.

The Warrior of the Sun is about to get in a set of squats as they ask her how she feels after her NXT UK debut. Sarray says it was very good. She got a win over Nina Samuels, and she- “Aww~, look!” Xia and Eliza return to mock Sarray for simply training in the UK PC after her first win. It’s so cute. But has Eliza heard the good news? Sarray’s sticking around for a bit. Oh, is she? But then Meiko and Millie step up to back the bullies down. Eliza tells Sarray that she better just play by their rules, or they’ll be more than happy to teach Sarray a few things.

Meiko tells Eliza that she talks too much. If Eliza & Xia want a match with Meiko and Sarray, then Eliza & Xia will be the ones being taught a lesson. Millie seems a bit surprised Meiko didn’t choose her, while Xia & Eliza storm off, Xia complaining about who is teaching who lessons. But with that, Sarray finishes putting up the weights for Meiko to take a turn. Will Final Boss & Warrior of the Sun prove to the bullies the power of Joshi Strong Style?

 

Wolfgang VS Sha Samuels w/ Noam Dar!

The Last King of Scotland heard the East End Butcher talking some smack like he wouldn’t hear it. But since he did, it’s time for Sha to put his money where his mouth is! Will Wolfgang get a big win and cash in? Or will Sha find another way to weasel out another victory?

The bell rings and the two circle. Sha gets some last minute pointers from Dar. They say they can frustrate Wolfgang and get the edge. But then Dar needs to give Sha another pointer. The ref insists they get this started already, and Wolfgang rushes in. Sha dodges, then dodges again. Sha goes back to Dar for that last pointer but Wolfgang throws Sha out of the corner! Wolfgang fires off haymakers, then an arm-drag! Wolfgang keeps on the arm with a wristlock, then stands Sha up to RAM shoulders. And again! And then a straight arm lever and SLAM! Fans fire up and Wolfgang drags Sha up again to RAM shoulders again.

Wolfgang wrenches, and hits a straight arm suplex! Cover, ONE! Dar is upset but Wolfgang keeps on Sha’s arm. Sha ROCKS Wolfgang with his free arm, then bumps Wolfgang off buckles. Sha bumps Wolfgang off more buckles, then throws heavy back elbows. Sha runs in to SPLASH Wolfgang. Wolfgang shoves Sha away, runs in, but Sha sends Wolfgang into buckles! Fans boo but Dar wants to throw up the X. Sha grabs the bad arm for an ARMBAR DDT! Sha CLUBS the bad arm, uppercuts it, then hip drops on it! Wolfgang clutches that arm, tries to get it working, but Sha drops an elbow on it!

Sha clamps onto the arm, Wolfgang fights the cobra clutch and throws body shots. But Sha wrenches and WRINGS the bad arm! Dar offers a drink but Sha says no, he has to keep working. Sha throws down elbows into the bad arm, then stands on Wolfgang to say, “ON THE MONEY~!” Sha KICKS the bad leg, then shouts out “EAST~!” Sha stomps Wolfgang but fans chant, “You’re a Mug! You’re a Mug!” Dar says yeah, Wolfgang’s the mug! But that’s not who they mean. Sha RAMS Wolfgang into the buckles, stomps away on the bad arm, then runs in to stomp it again! The ref backs Sha off, and Dar SMACKS Wolfgang around with the papers!

Wolfgang gets mad and he CHOPS Sha! And CHOPS again! And counter punches! Wolfgang suplexes Sha, but Sha fights to get to the apron. Sha HOTSHOTS the bad arm! Wolfgang staggers away and Sha gets in to run and LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Wolfgang is still in this, and Dar offers another drink. Sha says no, and he drops elbow after elbow on Wolfgang! Sha then goes up a corner, and leaps for a FLYING ELBOW DROP! Cover, TWO! Wolfgang is still in this and fans rally up. Sha stalks Wolfgang, CLUBS him at the ropes, then pulls on the bad arm. Wolfgang ROCKS Sha and gives him a kitchen sink knee! BASEMENT SENTON!

Dar is worried as Wolfgang suplexes Sha for the CAB- NO, no toss! Sha slips off, CLUBS Wolfgang and has a top wristlock on the bad arm! Fans rally as Wolfgang endures, fights up, but Sha wants the arm! Wolfgang arm-drags free! Wolfgang goes to the corner, Sha runs in but Wolfgang sends him into buckles! Wolfgang bumps Sha off buckles, fires off haymakers, then keeps Sha cornered to CHOP! Wolfgang whips corner to corner, then runs in, into an uppercut! Wolfgang snarls, shoves Sha back in, and SPLASHES in the corner! Sha flops and Wolfgang is on the apron, working on the bad arm.

Wolfgang climbs but Dar distracts! The ref reprimands but Wolfgang leaps, into a SPINEBUSTER from Sha! Cover, TWO!! Fans rally for Wolfgang while Sha is furious! Sha hauls Wolfgang up, reels him in and whips, but Wolfgang slips off the scoop to POINT-BLANK SPEAR!! But the bad arm holds Wolfgang back from making the cover, and Sha crawls away to his corner. Dar fans Sha, but fans rally for Wolfgang. Wolfgang grabs at Sha on the apron, hauls him up the corner, but Sha throws body shots. Sha HOTSHOTS the bad arm again! Wolfgang is stuck up top and Sha ROCKS him with haymakers! Sha DECKS Wolfgang!

Sha climbs up again, for the FROG SPLASH onto knees! Wolfgang saves himself but both men are down and writhing. Fans rally up again and Wolfgang grits his teeth as he gets back up. Wolfgang rallies on Sha with the one good arm! Wolfgang whips Sha to then back drop him! Fans fire up, Sha gets to a corner and Wolfgang runs in to fire off forearms! Wolfgang howls and runs, to SPLASH again! Dar is up on the apron but Wolfgang BOOTS him down! Fans cheer and Wolfgang SLINGSHOTS to SPEAR!! Cover, Wolfgang wins!!

Winner: Wolfgang, by pinfall

Fans cheer as the Last King of Scotland stands tall! This Gallus Boy is on top, but will Mark Coffey be on top in two weeks after he gets one more shot at Dar and the Heritage Cup?

 

Trent Seven heads to the ring.

And what a strange thing, for all the fans to boo this Founding Father of NXT UK. He gets a mic and “thanks” us all for that reception. Seven heard the chant of “Why, Trent, Why?” Good question! He will use visual aids to explain just exactly why. The tron shows Trent giving Tyler Bate that truly underhanded low blow uppercut. Trent gets teary eyed as he says it is just beautiful. “It’s the best low blow ever. That’s what it is.” Just look at his positioning! A work of art, really. And more importantly, it represents a turning point. “That right there is the most important moment in British Sports.” Fans chant, “No it’s not! No it’s not!”

But he says yes it is, and we all know it is, “because it’s the moment that Trent Seven saved the industry.” Fans boo but Seven asks they listen. It is the truth “because this place was dead! This studio was a ghost town! And now look at you all! Now look at you all back! The largest crowd in NXT UK BT Sports history is here because Trent Seven is on top!” Fans boo more but Seven says, “It’s a fact. This is where I like to be. Right here. Right at the top, right in the middle, the CENTER of attention!” Fans chant, “We Want Tyler!” and Seven is annoyed. “Tyler Bate is done. Now I am the center of attention, and we were the center of attention as British Strong Style! And as Moustache Mountain.”

Seven goes on about how they were touring the world, selling out every arena, and promotors were begging them to even be on the shows. “Please~! We need you~!” Yes, they did. And that is why fans need to understand it isn’t Seven who changed, it’s Tyler who changed. Seven never lost the killer instinct, he never stopped doing what was needed to win, but it was Tyler who lost his nerve. That will to win is gone, because “it’s all that rubbish, sitting in a field, hugging a tree.” But Bate isn’t coming back, and we know he won’t because he won’t fight Seven! Fans chant, “Yes, He Will!” Seven says no, he won’t, because Bate lost his fighting spirit.

“Tyler Bate is the Little Weak Boy. And I am NXT UK! I am this brand! I am NXT! I am British Strong Style! Come here! Come here! I am Moustache Mountain!!” Fans boo as Seven sets down the mic, and Seven says everyone knows he’s telling the truth. Is he telling the truth about the future of NXT UK? Or will Tyler Bate prove Trent Seven is a liar and make a heroic return?

Wait, a fan gets really heated about Seven saying Tyler is weak and afraid. So much so, friends and security are trying to get him to calm down. But the fan jumps the barrier instead! Security rushes in to stop this man from getting closer and Seven says, “We’ve got a live one!” And then he LOW BLOW KICKS the fan!! Referees rush out and say Seven is out of line! Seven says the fan is the one who got up in Seven’s face. Is there nothing Seven won’t do just to make himself feel like the bigger man?


My Thoughts:

A very good episode of NXT UK with some good set-up for the summer episodes. Blair Davenport gets a good return match win, with Angel Hayze still looking very good in the loss. And Blair emphasizing “hope” at the end of her promo has to be her setting up something with Amale before moving on to the title again. Kenny and Sid had a good interaction to set up Kenny VS Tiger Turan. But sadly for me and my theories, if Kenny also thinks Amir Jordan is Tiger Turan, then that must mean it isn’t because they wouldn’t do that. They can’t let Kenny be right about this, right? It’d be pretty wild for Kenny to win and be right about who Tiger Turan is under the mask.

Millie VS Fallon was a very good match, but I feel like they could’ve played up more of Millie struggling to be aggressive before it backfired on her. But Millie losing does help build her story of disappointing Meiko and herself. Millie also had a very good bit of character work showing her surprise and bit of hurt feelings when Meiko chose Sarray to be her tag partner against Xia & Eliza. But that’s still going to be an awesome match with Sarray and Meiko side by side. Meiko & Sarray will surely win and that will surely set up Meiko VS Sarray for an awesome NXT UK Women’s Championship.

We got a decent interaction from Oliver Carter and Die Familie. I would think Carter rejects Die Familie’s invitation, and he could easily team up with other superstars who don’t like Die Familie, like Mastiff & Starz or even A-Kid. And we got a pretty good promo with Sha, Dar and Mark Coffey about how we’re getting that 100 to 1 betting odds Heritage Cup match. If Mark is getting one more shot in what Dar claims should be his “retirement” match, does that mean Mark wins? Someone from Gallus should get something more, and Dar losing will be his own reason for “not retiring.” Plus, if Mark wins, and Joe Coffey comes back, I’d love seeing Mark VS Joe for the cup.

Wolfgang VS Sha was a great main event match, and I figured Wolfgang would win to get Gallus back up. I don’t know what’s next for Wolfgang, but he’s always been a solid character and in-ring worker. And then, we closed with a very good promo from Seven, with him playing off the crowd’s chants and booing very well. That final bit with “the fan” was quite a surprise but it sure adds to Seven’s Heel heat. But obviously, Bate is coming back and he is going to have one hell of a match with Seven. Can’t be sure who wins that, but it’d make a lot of sense if Seven cheated to win, and then somehow, Seven uses that to go after Ilja Dragunov and the UK Championship.

My Score: 8.5/10


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