The NXT Champion dares everyone to step up!
Finn Balor let the roster have their fun in WarGames, but now it’s time for all eyes to be on his throne! Who steps up to the Prince’s challenge?
- Jake Atlas VS Isaiah “Swerve” Scott; Atlas wins.
- Triple Threat Tag: Ever-Rise VS Imperium VS Grizzled Young Veterans; Grizzled Young Veterans win.
- Tommaso Ciampa VS Cameron Grimes; Ciampa wins.
- Killian Dain VS Pete Dunne; Dunne wins.
- Raquel Gonzalez VS Ember Moon; Gonzalez wins.
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WarGames has come and gone but is there peace?
Tommaso Ciampa showed Timothy Thatcher what “tough” really means, Dexter Lumis gave Cameron Grimes a whipping, and history was made by #JohnnyTakeOver again! Most importantly, the Poison Pixie’s team prevailed and NXT is still Undisputed inside the double-ring double-cage! But now, onward, into the next great chapter of this great brand!
Finn Balor is in the ring!
The NXT Champion has the camera right on him as he says “WarGames is done, and the time for team sports is over. Captains, factions, bragging rights? Pfft. Not interested. It’s Wednesday, and the champion is back!” Fans are fired up as Finn says some people love him, and others hate him. But if you want to know him, come see him in the ring! And answering that call is Pete Dunne! The Bruiserweight doesn’t have, and perhaps doesn’t need, Pat McAfee, Oney Lorcan or Danny Burch with him as he confronts Balor. “Me and you, we’re cut from the same cloth. I came from overseas and I made a name for myself, just like you. So it’s about time we stand face-to-face.”
And y’know what? Dunne’s glad Balor’s back. But Balor better not get used to it. Dunne will put him back on the shelf, and have that title for his own. But wait! The Undisputed Era’s Kyle O’Reilly is here! Kyle apologizes for being late, but his invitation must’ve gotten lost in the mail. He’ll get in on this conversation. “Peter, Peter, pumpkin eater.” Dunne’s tough, we all know that. Kyle and Dunne went to war, but who won that? The Era proved that this is their era and everyone else is just living in it. And surely Balor hasn’t forgotten the man who broke his jaw and took him to his limit. Yes, Balor won the match, but c’mon. Balor is still champion, but he had to eat meals through a straw. There is unfinished business.
Kyle wants Balor to listen to that inner voice. Who does Balor think is worthy? But then DAMIAN PRIEST appears! The Archer of Infamy says he’s been looking to this for awhile. And no offense to Pete and Kyle, but Balor VS Priest for the NXT Championship is marquee. That’s not just something Priest wants, but something Balor wants. Dunne says, “Aren’t you the geezer who couldn’t beat Leon Ruff?” Hah, good one. Isn’t Dunne who got paid by Pat to shut up? Kyle counters by saying isn’t Priest supposed to get paid to win matches? Hasn’t done that. Priest gets paid, but not to take off six months a year.
Balor goes around and leaves while Dunne counters Kyle, “Shouldn’t you be in the hospital visiting your mate, Bobby?” Kyle counters with a mocking British accent, “Shouldn’n you be in tha ‘ospital, visitin’ your mate, Bobby?” Balor’s already made it to the ramp and Priest asks where he’s going. Balor tells them to learn some manners. He wasn’t done. January 6th, New Year’s Evil, Balor defends the title. But who gets the Balor rub? Not his problem. That’s Regal’s job. Wait. That music. And the smoke! Balor sees what’s going on here. And yes, Scarlett is back! She looks the champion over, and is a clear warning sign to the Prince. “Let me guess.” Tick tock, right? Balor has a message for her man. “When he’s ready, Finn’s ready.” Will the Prince take on the apocalypse?!
Priest asks the “smoke show” on stage, “Do you usually tell your boy to wait in the car while you handle his business?” If he wants to come back for a fight, all he has to do is step to Priest like a man. Scarlett sighs and then turns her attention to Priest. That smile is a sinister one. Will not even Priest #LiveForever when Karrion Kross comes back to NXT?
NXT Media catches up with Pete Dunne backstage.
Making his presence known, what’s he got planned? “I didn’t come back to NXT to just wait for an opportunity. I’m gonna make my own.” But Killian Dain is coming up fast! The Belfast Beast is furious that Dunne tried to end him! Oney and Burch back Dunne up and Drake Maverick runs in to keep this from happening just yet! Dain shouts, “You think this is over!?!” Clearly it isn’t! Will Big Damo get to give back what Dunne did to him?
Jake Atlas VS Isaiah “Swerve” Scott!
The rising star of the Cruiserweight Division is aggressive and determined, but that’s what everyone needs to climb the ranks in WWE! Will Atlas carry the weight of the world on his back as he steps into Swerve’s House?
The bell rings and the two tie up. Swerve wrangles Atlas down and has the arm, but Atlas gets up and goes to the ropes. Atlas uses the ropes to flip through, then wrenches, but Swerve still tries to whip. Atlas holds ropes, breaks free and O’Conner rolls, TWO! Swerve avoids the kick, and the moonsault, to trip Atlas up to get the short arm scissor! Atlas kicks and moves around then gets free. Atlas goes out but Swerve goes to the apron, to BOOT Atlas down! Fans fire up as Swerve puts Atlas back in. Swerve sees Atlas go to a corner and runs in but has to block a boot! Atlas breaks free to EuroUpper, and RANA!
Swerve swings but Atlas dodges, Atlas springboards but Swerve gets under! Atlas flops and Swerve kips up, and the fans fire up! Swerve somersaults but into a waistlock! Swerve breaks the hold but Atlas shoves him. Atlas runs into a roll up, but slips out, only for the SOMERSAULT SHOT to hit! Cover, TWO! Swerve keeps his cool as he watches Atlas go to ropes. Swerve CHOPS Atlas right off his feet! He brings Atlas up but Atlas dodges the boot to SUPERKICK! And then a spinning KNEE! Atlas reels Swerve in, but Swerve wrenches free, only for Atlas to waistlock, spin and LARIAT!
Swerve flounders into Atlas’s facelock, suplex to a BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Swerve survives but Atlas throws CHOPS and KICKS of his own! Swerve blocks the punch to then roll Atlas and HOUSE CALL! Swerve doesn’t cover yet, he drags Atlas up and in, to half nelson, but Atlas fights off the rest. Swerve throws body shots, gets the other arm, but Atlas wheelbarrows to victory roll! ONE, Swerve has the short arm scissor! Atlas makes that a cover, TWO! Swerve gets up, fakes Atlas out and trips him, to hook a leg, turn Atlas and waistlock dead lift! Atlas elbows until he’s free, but Swerve gets the arm! Swerve clubs it, La Magistrol, but Atlas turns it into his own! Cover, Atlas wins!!
Winner: Jake Atlas, by pinfall
Atlas swerved Swerve and gets a shocker! Atlas wants to shake hands to show this was all good, but Swerve leaves him hanging! Will Swerve start to sharpen his own edge until he’s back at the top?
Tommaso Ciampa speaks.
“I didn’t expect Sunday to be an easy win. But anything worth fighting for ain’t gonna be easy in this life. So why Thatcher? I had to know. Now, nobody’s safe. It’s time I let the past die in the past, continue to move forward.” Ciampa will be direct because he doesn’t know any other way: Cameron Grimes is the squeakiest whelp in the shed, and it’s time Ciampa changed that. “Loud, brash, ignorant, confident. Maybe. Hell, to be that loud, you’ve gotta be confident. Or maybe, maybe you’re just insecure. Funny thing about insecurity. It often disguises itself as confidence.” Tonight, we find out the truth. Grimes was Silenced at TakeOver, will he be silenced again tonight?
Triple Threat Tag: Ever-Rise VS Imperium VS Grizzled Young Veterans!
Chase Parker and Matt Marthel have been ambushed by both teams the last few weeks, and ended up ambushing them both back to ruin their match against each other! But now to prove Ever-Rise rules, they’ll take on BOTH duos! Will Marcel Barthel & Fabian Aichner or Zack Gibson & James Drake make sure Parker & Marthel learn a lesson?
The teams sort out and in this style Triple Threat Tag, one man from each team is allowed to be in, meaning three men at once. But Ever-Rise uses a loophole that their guy doesn’t have to stay in the ring. Neither Parker or Marthel is in, despite the ref telling them to choose. Imperium and GYV don’t wait and they all go after Ever-Rise! Ever-Rise tries to get in the ring but they get dragged out for 4v2 beatings! Gibson puts Marthel in and whips into Aichner’s BOOT! Aichner and Gibson tie up and Aichner waistlocks to then slam Gibson down! Aichner facelocks, Gibson wrenches out to a wristlock, but Barthel tags in.
Aichner whips Gibson away, Barthel hits an arm-drag and then stomps Gibson’s face! Gibson flounders, Barthel stomps a mudhole, then shouts, “NEIN!” Barthel throws a EuroUpper and then throws Gibson with a half hatch suplex! Cover, TWO! Ever-Rise again keeps out of this as Gibson fights up. Barthel kicks low, whips Gibson to ropes, but Gibson reverses, only for Barthel to knee Gibson away! Marthel grabs at Barthel’s hair but Barthel beats him down! Gibson grabs Barthel for a headlock, tags Drake as Barthel powers out, and Drake dropkicks legs out for Gibson to basement dropkick! Drake keeps going, MAYEHM IN MOTION for Ever-Rise!
Fans fire up with GYV but Gibson checks his eye. Drake drags Barthel up for haymakers and then forearms. Drake throws forearms on Barthel and he tumbles out, tag to Gibson. Gibson scoops Barthel, Drake slingshots, PLANCHA BACKBREAKER! The GYV are fired up again, and they put Barthel in. Gibson wraps on a chinlock, grinds Barthel but Barthel fights up. Drake tags back in, ripcord and FOREARM combo! Cover, TWO! Drake and Gibson coordinate and Drake drags Barthel. Barthel resists, reaches for Aichner, but SAIDO SUPLEXES Drake first! Marthel hurries in to stomp away on Drake and then on Barthel!
Marthel tags Parker and Ever-Rise have Barthel for a crisscross neckbreaker! Cover, but Drake breaks it! Parker tackles Drake to a corner, tags in Marthel and they whip to send Parker in to forearm Drake! Marthel drop toeholds Drake, Parker uses Marthel as the step for the BOOYAH ELBOW DROP! Cover, TWO! Marthel brags like he’s already winning, but Drake gets up. Drake blocks the kick, Barthel clobbers Marthel! Drake DECKS Barthel, tags to Gibson and Aichner! Aichner dodges, fireman’s carries but Gibson fights out. Gibson swings into Aichner’s waistlock but switches. Aichner switches, Gibson powers him back to the corner and Drake tags in.
Gibson keeps Aichner in for Drake to run and back elbow! Gibson clotheslines, and feeds Aichner to Drake’s windmill kick! But Marthel clobbers Gibson out and LARIATS Drake down! Parker tags in, Ever-Rise brings Drake up, DOUBLE FLAPJACK to the buckle! Cover, but Aichner busts in and breaks it up! Aichner throws Parker to buckles, tags Barthel, and Parker is put in the ropes. Imperium meets in the corner with the double dropkicks! Drake staggers into Aichner’s fireman’s carry, and Aichner hits ROLLING SENTON to MOONSAULT! Barthel covers, TWO! Barthel drags Drake up, tags Aichner, and the feed, but Gibson drags Barthel out!
Aichner WRECKS Gibson with a dropkick, Barthel tops it off with a tilt-o-whirl SLAM! Drake swings but misses, Aichner SPINEBUSTERS Drake, Barthel PENALTY KICKS! Imperium coordinates, Aichner hops up and Barthel wheelbarrow lifts Drake, FLYING WHEELBARROW DDT!! But Parker clobbers Barthel, Marthel gets Aichner out and Parker covers Drake! TWO!! Ever-Rise almost stole that one! Parker keeps Imperium out with forearms, then suplexes Drake, but Drake slips out! Drake gut wrenches, Gibson gets in, TICKET TO MAYHEM!! Cover, Gibson and Drake win!
Winners: Grizzled Young Veterans, by pinfall
Liverpool’s Number One and Mr. Mayhem are riding high in the NXT Tag Division! Will they be the ones to go after the One Two, Oney and Burch?
NXT notes the casualties of WarGames.
As Adam Cole puts it, “One of, if not the most brutal matches.” Danny Burch could never have prepared for what WarGames was. Dakota Kai says it was carnage. Rhea Ripley and Candice LeRae actually agree, it was a “symphony of destruction,” and Toni Storm adds it was chaos. Kyle says it’s literally hell. Roderick Strong says this was the most brutal year yet. They’ve been in it before, but Dunne says it’s different. Shotzi says no one comes out of this match the same. It changes you physically and mentally. You lose parts of yourself. Io Shirai in a trash can coming off the top was unforgettable. Shirai herself says you might think she’s crazy, and you might be right.
Cole says Pat McAfee felt exactly what WarGames gives. McAfee, in a neck brace on his podcast, noted how he could barely get up or walk. No one comes out unscathed. Kyle smashed Oney’s face with a steel chair. That is what Burch will always remember. But Dunne feels good about putting Fish in the hospital. Fish himself notes he had surgery to reattach his tricep. And Oney says after all that, just imagine what a team will have to do to take the NXT Tag Team Championships from them now. Dakota of course remembers the Eclipse into chairs and the hammer attack. They are to blame for why she’ll be out for awhile. Cole says WarGames is UE’s match, and that is Undisputed.
Ember admits her team lost. Raquel knew she had the right team, when Candice sacrificed herself to take Shotzi out in return. Candice says she gave life ‘n’ limb for the win! Shotzi says her team still #TCB, Took Care o’ Business! But Raquel says HER being the one to win it for the team, on Io Shirai, proves Raquel deserves a title match. Rhea hearing the 1-2-3, she just wishes she could’ve helped Shirai. Cole says each year escalates, and yet UE isn’t going to say no to another! Kyle says surviving that turmoil makes it all worth while! But will the UE really go for a fifth WarGames next year?
Backstage interview with Toni Storm!
While Team Candice won at WarGames, what we really want to know is why Toni betrayed Ember in the first place. Oh c’mon! Put it together! Ember was just in the wrong place at the wrong time. But Toni made the right decision, because look who won! Now Toni made it very clear that her sights are on the NXT Women’s Championship. But all we hear is “Ember Moon~!” Ember stole her thunder! But that’s fine. Because right here is the NEXT NXT-
Io Shirai walks over to cut Toni off. Now that WarGames is over, Shirai says her title is her only focus. She doesn’t have a problem with Toni, but she doesn’t like her! Shirai goes after Toni, security hurries to break this up but Toni shoves Shirai into cameras! They brawl into another room! And then to ringside! They’re at the ramp as Toni CLUBS Shirai but Shira kicks back! Shirai whips but Toni reverses to send Shirai into boards! Toni puts Shirai in the ring, but Shirai SHOTEIS! Toni is in a corner, Shirai runs in with SHINKANSEN! Then Shirai goes up top, but Toni bails out to avoid the moonsault! But then EMBER attacks Toni from behind! And throws Toni into steps!
Ember says this is the receipt! She puts Toni in, Shirai hits OVER THE MOONSAULT! The Evil Genius and Evolved Shenom just showed Toni it isn’t her time just yet! But who will come out of this a contender to the NXT Women’s Championship?
Tommaso Ciampa VS Cameron Grimes!
The Psycho Killer stated his mission of sifting through the locker room to find the real tough guys on NXT. And though the Carolina Caveman got slapped around and silenced by Dexter Lumis, that braggadocios attitude is still alive and well. Will Ciampa make sure all of that ends tonight?
The bell rings and Ciampa circles with Grimes. They tie up, go around, and Ciampa headlocks and grinds Grimes down. Grimes rolls, ONE, Ciampa wrenches to a wristlock and wrangles Grimes back down. Ciampa drops a knee on Grimes’ arm, then wrenches it again. Ciampa digs a knee into Grimes’ shoulder, fish hooks his face, then wrenches. Grimes rolls, trips Ciampa and has a toehold. Grimes floats, but here comes Thatcher to take a seat, parroting what Ciampa did a few weeks ago! Ciampa fireman’s carry throws Grimes to get a chinlock, and he stares Thatcher down. Grimes fights up but Ciampa cravats to keep Grimes down.
Grimes fights up, puts Ciampa on ropes, but Ciampa turns it around. The ref wants a break, Grimes shoves Ciampa and shouts, “You get off the Cameron Grimes!” Ciampa shoves Grimes so Grimes kicks back! And CHOPS! Grimes whips Ciampa corner to corner hard, then whips him to ropes. Ciampa reverses and elbows Grimes down! Grimes flounders out and Ciampa pursues as fans rally up. Grimes goes around to the ramp and Thatcher is there. Thatcher and Ciampa stare down, but Ciampa sees the sucker punch coming! Ciampa punches Grimes first, whips him but Grimes reverses! Ciampa stops from hitting boards and then he ROCKS Grimes!
Ciampa gets in, Thatcher takes his seat, Grimes kitchen sink knees Ciampa down! Cover, TWO! Grimes scowls as NXT goes picture in picture.
Grimes drags Ciampa up, pulls on his ear, then CLUBS him down! Ciampa is in a corner, Grimes stomps him, then digs a knee in! The ref counts, Grimes lets off and swaggers about. Grimes brings Ciampa up but Ciampa CHOPS him! Grimes ROCKS Ciampa with a forearm, then whips him to a corner hard! Cover, TWO! Grimes grows frustrated but Thatcher keeps watching. Grimes chokes Ciampa on ropes, stops at the ref’s count, then has Ciampa in a corner to CHOP! Ciampa puts Grimes in the corner to CHOP back! Grimes puts Ciampa back, misses and Ciampa CHOPS! And CHOPS! And stomps away! The ref counts, backs Ciampa off, but Ciampa keeps his cool.
Ciampa drags Grimes up, reels him in and underhooks, but Grimes slips out and spins Ciampa around to scoop, swing and SLAM! Cover, TWO!! Ciampa survives and Grimes is shocked! Grimes grits his teeth and watches Ciampa while Thatcher watches the match. Grimes drops knees and digs the knee into Ciampa’s head! The ref counts, Grimes lets off and then chinbars Ciampa. Grimes wrenches Ciampa’s neck but Ciampa endures, even as Grimes shifts to add an armlock. Ciampa fights up, moves around, but Grimes CLUBS him on the back! Grimes stands Ciampa back up to KICK him in the back! Grimes then clamps back on with the chinbar and wrenches Ciampa’s head.
Ciampa endures, Grimes sets him down and drops an elbow! Cover, TWO! Grimes chinbars again, Ciampa endures again and NXT returns to single picture. Ciampa fights up, Grimes CLUBS him down! Grimes clamps on with a chinlock but Ciampa fights up to fight out! Grimes knees low, whips but Ciampa rolls him up! TWO, and Grimes kicks low! Grimes whips, Ciampa reverses but Grimes reverses only for Ciampa to kick back! Ciampa rallies with clothesline after clothesline, like he did to Thatcher at TakeOver! Ciampa LEAPING LARIATS Grimes down! Fans fire up with Ciampa as he aims at Grimes. Ciampa runs corner to corner to clothesline, then side to side to KNEE! Cover, TWO!
Thatcher stares silently as Ciampa sits Grimes up. Ciampa CHOPS Grimes down, then brings him back up. Ciampa underhooks the arms but Grimes slips out and hurries to ropes. Ciampa grabs Grimes but Grimes BOOTS from below! Grimes gets to the apron but Ciampa drags him through ropes. Grimes steps in, back drops out and sits on Ciampa’s sunset, TWO! Ciampa KNEES Grimes but Grimes SUPER FOREARMS back! Ciampa swings, Grimes dodges, COLLISION COURSE! Cover, TWO!! Fans are fired up as both men are down, and now Thatcher gets antsy. Grimes sits up and he stalks Ciampa to waistlock.
Ciampa fights off the lift by grabbing ropes then elbows Grimes away. Ciampa walks into a scoop, slips out and shoves Grimes into buckles. Grimes elbows back, hops up, but Ciampa CHOPS first! And CHOPS again! Ciampa CHOPS again, but Grimes kicks him. Ciampa SHOVES Grimes to the floor! Thatcher stands up, but Tyler Rust rushes in! Ciampa intercepts with a KNEE, then has Rust in the ropes! Grimes runs in and BOOTS Ciampa! Grimes whips Ciampa but Ciampa bails out to avoid the Cave-in! Ciampa plays cat ‘n’ mouse and KNEES Grimes in the ropes, to then hit WILLOW’S BELL! Cover, Ciampa wins!
Winner: Tommaso Ciampa, by pinfall
Distractions, interference, ambushes. None of it worked on the truly tough! The two stare down as Ciampa makes his way out. Thatcher claims he had nothing to do with Rust showing up, but Ciampa doesn’t believe it. Will the Professor of Pain find a way to break Ciampa down?
Grimes gets mad at Thatcher for coming out here and being ringside! But then Thatcher gets Grimes’ leg and TWISTS it! Grimes writhes and clutches his knee! Will Grimes finally learn to think before he speaks?
Backstage interview with Raquel Gonzalez.
We all saw Raquel get the win for her team at WarGames, but will face Ember Moon 1v1. “WarGames was the biggest night of my career. Not only did we win, but I pinned the NXT Women’s Champion.” As much as Raquel wants to celebrate, the win came at a cost. Dakota Kai is home and hurt because of what Ember did to her! After tonight, Ember will regret ever coming back to NXT. Will Big Mami Cool bring down the Moon before we see another Eclipse?
The brutal training continues.
Xia Li spars with the wooden dummy until her hands and forearms bleed! Shifu demands she hit harder and faster! Boa meanwhile is being hit again and again with kendo sticks. And Shifu demands he take harder and harder hits! She hits, he gets hit, over and over and over. What is going to happen to these two if they continue to endure this torturous training? When will “she” and Shifu be satisfied?
The Johnny Gargano Way is here!
The NEW North American Champion, as well as Candice LeRae, Indi Hartwell, and the newest addition, Austin Theory, are all here to celebrate! Gargano is dancing with the title around his waist because he is the historic THREE-TIME North American Champion! Gargano gets a mic for him and Candice but leave Indi and Austin hanging. “For months, we told you that we were going to show you the way. Well, you’re looking at it.” Not just the present, but the future of NXT! Indi Hartwell, Austin Theory, “General” Candice and the NEW NXT NAC! “Ladies and gentlemen, open your eyes, because we are the way.”
Sunday was the way it’s done! Sunday, they dominated! Gargano became champion! #ThatIsTheWay! Candice won WarGames! #ThatIsTheWay! Yeah, the milky way! Austin, no… Indi says anyway, Austin is just excited for tonight. Gargano says they overcame a lot. Candice broke her arm, and do you know how many stitches are in Gargano’s mouth right now? A lot. There was blood everywhere like a crime scene! Look at his mouth! That’s barely a cut… But he made history again to be the first-ever three-time, three-time, THREE-TIME North American Champion. And then of course, Candice, in back-to-back years, led her team to victory in WarGames. If Johnny is Mr. TakeOver, Candice is Ms. WarGames! Oh stop~!
Gargano points out to everyone that Candice is very humble. Very humble. Gargano tells fans to shut up and understand Candice is humble, and that this is a special moment for them! Just wait for it! Stop making him yell with his stitched mouth! Gargano says he has a surprise for Candice! Oh really? Wow! Indi, is it ready? Yeah? Go get it for her! This was imported from Italy, it’s so expensive! Especially with overnight shipping. Indi carefully sets it down, and Gargano has her and Austin give us a drum roll. “Drdrdrdrdrdrdr” and dancing pecs- Okay, we should’ve rehearsed. But Tim in production give us a good drum roll. TATATATATATAT! TADA~! A bright green trophy! The doll’s head is Shotzi’s head.
Candice is so honored. Johnny says this is for the greatest WarGames general ever! The fans chant, “The Trophy Sucks! The Trophy Sucks!” and Gargano says they’re ruining the moment. Candice says they shouldn’t have. She does deserve it, but now she feels bad because she didn’t get Gargano something. It’s okay. The only trophy he needs is his NXT North American Championship! And after he beat Leon Ruff and Damian Priest with help from his boy, no look high five~! Ruff and Priest are upset, they want a match with Johnny and Austin next week. That’s totally fine, because he has a theory, another no look high-five, that the result will be the same as WarGames! They’re going to show the whole world that if you’re not in The Way, stay out of their way! Get it?
Priest wants everyone to hold on. He has to congratulate Gargano for what he did. And Theory, congrats for his sweet reveal. Does he have the pipe with him? Cuz Priest is gonna shove it up Theory’s ass! Priest heads to the ring but then KARRION KROSS attacks! Kross throws Priest into boards! He obviously heard what Priest said earlier and now he throws Priest into the GIANT X on the stage! And then into the edge of the LED board! And then he stalks Priest to the edge of the stage, and POWERBOMBS Priest through it!! Fans lose their minds but also boo as Kross scowls and storms off. He joins Scarlett in their car and drives off into the night. Will Priest have to choose who he gets revenge on first?
NXT Media catches up with Tyler Rust.
He and Thatcher attacked Ciampa together a couple weeks ago, are he and Thatcher a team? But before Rust can answer, Malcom Bivens walks in and says it’s been a week since he gave Rust his business card. Clearly, Rust has had time to think. Rust showed initiative, so let’s talk business. Rust and Bivens head out, is Bivens Enterprises adding someone new to the client list?
Killian Dain VS Pete Dunne!
Big Damo said he wasn’t done with Dunne, and he was right! This match is because of their confrontation earlier tonight, and that was because of Dunne trying to CRUSH the Belfast Beast with a car door! Will Dain utterly destroy Dunne in return?
The bell rings and the brawl continues from earlier! Dain throws hands on Dunne in a corner, the ref counts but Dain lets off at 4, to TOSS Dunne away! Dunne comes back, but his kick is blocked and Dain RAMS Dunne into buckles! Dain rams in more, the ref pull shim away and Dunne ROCKS Dain with a right! Dain ducks a kick to BOOT Dunne back! Dain dares Dunne to stand and then BOOTS him out of the ring! Dunne gets up, Dain goes out after him and BOOTS him down again! The ref starts the ring count, Dain looms over Dunne at the ramp. “You want to put me on the shelf, huh!?” Dain puts Dunne on the apron and SLAMS his chest on the edge! Then ROCKS him with a right!
Dain gets up but Dunne kicks him back! Dunne goes out but Dain scoops him! Dunne slips off, Dain stops from being posted, and Dunne KICKS the leg! Dunne fires off hands, but Dain grabs Dunne by his chin! Dain goes to headbutt but Dunne moves, and Dain hits POST! Dunne grins as he KICKS Dain down and gets into the ring! The count is 6 of 10 but Dunne goes back out. Dunne brings Dain to the apron and STOMPS his head! Dain flounders into the ring, Dunne puts him in the corner and rains down forearms! The ref counts, Dunne lets off, but then comes back to bring Dain up into a chinbar and neck wrench. Dunne puts Dain’s head down to STOMP it again!
Dain stirs, Dunne kicks him around, then Kowata kicks him! The ref reprimands the hair pulling but Dunne goes after a hand. Dunne twists the wrist and throws more kicks, but Dain just glares back! Dain powers up, reels Dunne in and OVERHEAD SUPLEXES! Dain gets up, stalks Dunne and puts him in a corner for body shots! Dain whips Dunne to the corner, Dunne goes up and over then comes back to ENZIGURI! Dain staggers, Dunne shoves and SNAP GERMANS! Dunne STOMPS the hands, then BUZZSAWS Dain down! Dain gets to the apron again and Dunne scowls at him. Dain talks trash, “Is that all you got?!” Dunne kicks Dain right as NXT goes to break!
NXT returns and Dunne stands on Dain’s head in the corner! The ref counts, Dunne hops off at 4 and Dain checks his jaw. Dunne stalks Dain, wraps on a chinlock and leans his weight on Dain’s head and neck. Dain endures, fans rally up, and Dain fights his way up but Dunne hops on! Dunne smothers Dain with the chinlock but Dain pries free, and BACKPACK SENTONS! Dunne clutches his leg, surely a leftover injury from WarGames. Dain goes after Dunne and corner splashes! And then whips Dunne corner to corner, to run in and splash again! Dain rains down fists but the ref counts. Dain stops at 4, walks it off, and Dunne gets up for Dain to run in. Dunne dumps Dain out but Dain gets on the apron to catch Dunne, for an URENAGE! And SLINGSHOT SENTON!
Fans fire up with Dain as he reels Dunne in! POWERBOMB! And ELBOW DROP! Cover, TWO! Dain seethes but keeps his focus as he looms over Dunne. Dain throws hands, drags Dunne into a corner and digs him into buckles now! Dain then Electric Chair lifts Dunne, but Dunne fights out to get the arm! Dain stays up in the triangle hold, dead lifts Dunne, and SIT-OUT BOMBS! But he can’t make the cover from the damage done to him, too! Dain and Dunne slowly rise, Dain runs to SHOTGUN dropkick Dunne to the other corner! Dain runs in to CANNONBALL but into buckles as Dunne dodges!
Dunne drags Dain into Danielson Stomps in the corner! The ref counts, Dunne lets off to climb up top. Dain gets up to ROCK Dunne first! Dain climbs up, SUPER FISHERMAN BUSTER!! Dain crawls to a cover, TWO!! Dunne survives and fans are fired up for “NXT! NXT!” Dunne manages to sit up but Dain is right on him. Dain drags Dunne up by his chin, but Dunne ENZIGURIS again! Dain wobbles, Dunne has the fingers! Dain breaks free, shoves and LARIATS Dunne! Dunne sits up in a daze, Dain has wild eyes as he fireman’s carries Dunne for the WASTELAND! Dain drops a back senton and heads for the corner, but here come Oney and Burch!
Dunne’s buddies distract Dain, but Maverick is back! Maverick fights those two off with a chair! Rockstar Spud says he’s got this, but then they come back and blindside him! Dain goes out to fight the NXT Tag Team Champions, and now they leave! Dain goes back to the ring but Dunne KICKS him through the ropes! Dunne drags Dain up, pump handles, and hits the BITTER END! Cover, Dunne wins!
Winner: Pete Dunne, by pinfall
A bitter end indeed! Dunne didn’t do it alone, he had the One Two for the assist! But Dunne just shrugs. Will the Bruiserweight have the brawlers backing him up when he goes after Balor?
Backstage interview with Leon Ruff.
After what we saw Kross do to Priest, earlier, is Ruff concerned about next week’s match against #TJGW? But before he can answer, Gargano and Theory come by to answer it for him. They just saw Priest being taken out of here, “ain’t no way he’s gonna be ready.” Priest should shoot those imaginary arrows from his hospital bed! HAH! But Ruff is a “brave little soldier,” so he’ll surely take them on 2v1, right? But before Ruff can answer again, KUSHIDA comes over to volunteer! Ruff accepts with a fist bump! Will the Timesplitter make this his time against Johnny Wrestling?
Raquel Gonzalez VS Ember Moon!
Coming off the biggest win in her career so far, #RickyDesperado wants to wreck the woman who waylaid Dakota Kai! But will Raquel only be the next to learn what Ember’s Law is all about?
The bell rings, Ember avoids Raquel’s grasp and then CHOPS her! And then dodges again to KICK! Raquel is just getting annoyed and wants Ember to take this seriously. Ember is in the corner and then goes up but Raquel dodges the boot! Ember runs, Raquel denies the rana and pops Ember up but Ember lands on her feet! Ember goes up but the Code Breaker is caught! Raquel TOSSES Ember away and Ember lands hard! Raquel drags Ember up to thrash her about with a chin grip! They end up on ropes and then in a corner but the ref counts. Raquel ELBOWS Ember hard at 3, then TOSSES her again!
Ember flounders to a corner, Raquel drags Ember up and TOSSES her back the other way! Ember writhes after landing hard again. Raquel drags Ember up, whips her to a corner, then runs in to corner splash! Raquel shoves Ember around, drags her up and whips her again, but Ember pops through the hip toss, only for her arm-drag to be blocked! So Ember boots from below then sweeps the legs! Raquel reels Ember in but she breaks free and mule kicks! So Raquel throws Ember down by her hair! Raquel drops elbow after elbow then covers, TWO! Raquel seethes while fans rally for Ember.
Raquel drags Ember up, whips her to ropes, but Ember holds the ropes and dodges the boot! Raquel hobbles and Ember throws forearms! Ember dropkicks but Raquel only wobbles! Ember dropkicks again and Raquel leans on ropes. Ember runs in and dropkicks again! Raquel is still up, but the fourth dropkick drops her to a knee! Ember fires up, runs and SLIDING SHOTS! Raquel rolls out to the apron to deny a cover! Ember grows frustrated, but she fires back up and builds speed, to SPEAR Raquel to the floor! Both women crash down as NXT goes picture in picture!
Ember sits up and grins while the ref comes out to check her and Raquel. They’re both okay to continue so the ref starts a count. Ember is in fast but Raquel staggers up at about 5. Raquel is in but Ember is on her with a facelock! Ember cranks on the hold but Raquel stands up. Raquel powers up and RAMS Ember to a corner! And RAMS her again! And again! Raquel digs Ember deep into the corner, lets off at the ref’s count, and then reels Ember into a lift and toss. Ember lands on her feet but Raquel BOOTS her down! Cover, TWO!
Raquel seethes, drags Ember up by her hair, and then whips Ember to a corner. Raquel hurries over to stomp Ember, then she CLUBS Ember down! Ember crawls but Raquel kicks her over! Raquel looms over Ember, then cranks her head with the chinbar! Ember endures, fights up and throws body shots. Raquel clubs Ember again, gut wrenches her up, and has the Canadian rack to a Gory Especial stretch! Ember endures being bent back with her arms and hair, then a chinbar! NXT returns to single picture as fans are thunderous for Ember! Ember endures as Raquel cranks on the arms again!
Ember powers up, Raquel holds on but Ember sunset flips! Raquel stays up, drags Ember up, but Ember jawbreakers back! Ember runs and leaps, but into another BOOT! Cover, TWO! Raquel clamps onto an arm, grinds Ember down and pulls hair, but the ref reprimands. Raquel gets a chinbar again, cranks on neck and arm at the same time as fans rally and duel. Ember fights up, rolls, and boots Raquel away! Raquel just scowls as she kicks Ember. Ember kicks back and Raquel talks trash. Ember reaches up to headscissor Raquel into buckles! Ember hurries up top, aims at Raquel and BOOTS her, to then reel her in, for a TORNADO SUPLEX!
Both women are down and writhing as fans fire up! Raquel and Ember go to opposite ends, Raquel runs but Ember dodges! Ember dodges the boot, fires off arms and uppercuts, then mule kicks, front kicks and ENZIGURIS! Raquel wobbles while Ember roars! Ember runs in at the corner, handspring FOREARM! Then a bull- No, no bulldog, and Raquel scoops, but Ember tilt-o-whirls to a DDT! Cover, TWO! Raquel goes to ropes, Ember runs in and dropkicks her out! Ember builds speed and DIVES to send Raquel into the announce desk! Ember sees the girders are still here from WarGames, and she climbs them! But Raquel yanks her off them, to LAWN DART POST her!!
Raquel puts Ember in, covers, TWO!?! Raquel is beside herself that Ember is still in this, but the fans are thunderous! Ember stirs, Raquel stalks her, and then runs in at the corner, but into boots! Ember slips out as Raquel runs in, Raquel POSTS herself! Ember KICKS Raquel back in! Roll up, TWO! Raquel is down but still in this and now Ember is thinking what else she must do. Ember goes to a corner, climbs back up, and takes aim… ECLIPSE- NO?! Raquel catches Ember out of the air, thrashes her around, but Ember throws elbows to get free! Ember runs, but Raquel LARIATS!
Raquel drags Ember back up, ready to end this! Fisherman and lift, but Ember victory rolls out of the slam! TWO!! SUPER- NO! DESPERADO BOMB!!! Cover, Raquel wins!
Winner: Raquel Gonzalez, by pinfall
Pinning the current NXT Women’s Champion at WarGames, pinning a former NXT Women’s Champion tonight, no one can deny the power of Raquel Gonzalez! Will she be #1 contender sooner rather than later?
But first, Toni Storm returns and says, “What do we have here?” Toni picks Ember up but then Rhea’s entrance music alone scares her! The Nightmare saves Ember, and stares down her old NXT UK rival, as well as her newest rival in Raquel. Raquel says Toni can go so that she and Rhea can stare down. The female titans circle and the fans are loving the idea of another go! But Raquel decides that will be for another time, she already did enough tonight. Will Rhea make sure Raquel has to deal with her before she gets at Io Shirai?
A great NXT to follow WarGames! We get a lot of well done intermingling of stories while developing the overall stories of contenders for titles. Balor’s promo being interrupted by honestly all great contenders was a natural move, and I liked how he handled it. Kross makes his return already by beating up Priest for what he said, so I bet that’s the first feud for Kross’ in-ring return. That’s honestly a great move, as Priest isn’t quite top title material yet, and his style can pair with Kross’ very well. Kyle wanting in is fitting since he came so close last time. Dunne is definitely the singles guy for “The Kings of NXT,” and I like that Dain came back for revenge. Dunne VS Dain was a great match, and was properly overbooked with Maverick, Oney and Burch doing things. I feel like that will shift Dain and Maverick over to going after them as a tag team program for New Year’s Evil.
The Triple Threat Tag we got was great, because it had three great teams, and was the better type of Triple Threat Tag where it’s a triple threat fused with a tag match. Of course, Ever-Rise were clever to let it be more like the other kind of Triple Threat Tag until it suited them to get in. GYV getting the win makes some sense. They came in with more fire and are the team that would make history by having held both NXT UK and prime NXT tag titles in their careers, so they have to be next for Oney and Burch. Atlas VS Swerve was a great match, and clearly Swerve is going to turn Heel soon. Ciampa VS Grimes was a really good follow-up to both of their TakeOver matches, even with Thatcher and Rust getting involved. Ciampa still wins because he’s moving up those ranks, and could easily be the contender to Balor’s title after New Year’s Evil.
Bivens returning to recruit Rust is a nice move, since Indus Sher kinda shot themselves in the foot way back when Keith Lee won both top and North American titles. The new Bivens Enterprises starting with a young hopeful like Rust is a good move, and I’m interested to see who else joins. The Johnny Gargano Way had a good segment, though I hope they don’t go too hard on Austin Theory being a big of a meathead. Their match with Ruff and Kushida is going to be a lot of fun, and that is clearly setting up Kushida VS Gargano for the NAC at some point, maybe even New Year’s Evil.
We got a lot of great stuff out of the NXT Women’s Division. Toni brawling with Shirai only for Ember to get her own payback was good for setting up the very end of the night. Ember VS Raquel was an awesome main event, practically a contender’s match right there. Raquel has the hot hand so her winning was great. Toni coming back for revenge only to be startled by Rhea was pretty good. Rhea and Raquel teasing their rematch was fun, and I imagine a bit of this is improvising since Candice legitimately injured her arm and Dakota needs her own time off. Maybe we get one massive contender’s match to set up a match with Shirai at New Year’s Evil. Or the contender’s match is on New Year’s Evil and then Shirai VS the winner is given a big build to the next TakeOver. Either way, all the praise people give NXT for the women’s division is well deserved.
My Score: 9.2/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (8/10/22)
MOX VS JERICHO 2!
Can the Maniac tame the Lionheart?
Jon Moxley puts up the Interim AEW World Championship, but not against The Wizard of the Painmaker, but against LIONHEART Chris Jericho!! Will Dynamite never, ever, EEEVER… be the same, again?
- Coffin Match: Darby Allin VS Brody King; wins.
- Tornado Tag: The Lucha Brothers VS La Faccion Ingobernable; win(s).
- Ricky Starks VS Aaron Solo w/ The Factory; wins.
- AEW TBS Championship: Jade Cargill w/ The Baddies VS Madison Rayne; wins and
- Interim AEW World Championship: Jon Moxley VS Chris Jericho; wins and
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[Due to scheduling conflicts, coverage of AEW Dynamite will begin later tonight]
Mitchell’s NJPW G1 Climax 32 Results & Report! (8/10/22)
C Block’s top spot is up for grabs!
Will the Ace of the Universe stay on top?
We’re getting into the nitty-gritty of the biggest G1 Climax ever! But will Hiroshi Tanahashi still lead C Block? Or will Hirooki Goto trump the Ace?
- Six Man Tag: YOSHI-HASHI, Ryohei Oiwa & Yuto Nakashima VS The United Empire; The United Empire wins.
- Tomohiro Ishii & Toru Yano VS Bad Dude Tito & JONAH; Ishii & Yano win.
- Six Man Tag: Suzuki-Gun VS Bullet Club; Suzuki-Gun wins.
- 8 Man Tag: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS Bullet Club; Bullet Club wins.
- G1 Climax, D Block: David Finlay VS El Phantasmo; ELP wins.
- G1 Climax, B Block: Tama Tonga VS Great-O-Khan; Tama wins.
- G1 Climax, C Block: Zack Sabre Jr. VS EVIL; ZSJ wins.
- G1 Climax, A Block: Kazuchika Okada VS Tom Lawlor; Okada wins.
- G1 Climax, C Block: Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Hirooki Goto; Goto wins.
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Here are the current standings!
- Lance Archer: 3-2, 6 points
- JONAH: 3-2, 6 points
- Kazuchika Okada: 3-1, 6 points
- Jeff Cobb: 2-2, 4 points
- Tom Lawlor: 2-2, 4 points
- Bad Luck Fale: 2-3, 4 points
- Toru Yano: 1-4, 2 points [ELIMINATED]
- Jay White: 4-0, 8 points
- Tama Tonga: 3-1, 6 points
- SANADA: 3-2, 6 points
- Taichi: 2-2, 4 points
- Chase Owens: 2-4, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
- Great-O-Khan: 1-3, 2 points [ELIMINATED]
- Tomohiro Ishii: 1-4, 2 points [ELIMINATED]
- Hiroshi Tanahashi: 3-1, 6 points
- Zack Sabre Jr: 3-1, 6 points
- Tetsuya Naito: 3-2, 6 points
- Hirooki Goto: 2-2, 4 points
- EVIL: 2-2, 4 points
- KENTA: 1-3, 2 points [ELIMINATED]
- Aaron Henare: 1-4, 2 points [ELIMINATED]
- David Finlay: 3-1, 6 points
- Yujiro Takahashi: 3-2, 6 points
- Shingo Takagi: 2-2, 4 points
- Will Ospreay: 2-2, 4 points
- YOSHI-HASHI: 2-2, 4 points
- Juice Robinson: 2-3, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
- El Phantasmo: 1-3, 2 points
G1 Climax, D Block: David Finlay VS El Phantasmo!
The Rebel leads the block while the Headbanga is technically last. But ELP still has this match and another until his run is done, can he turn the block upside down? Or will Finlay shock ELP just like he did so many others in the block?
Fans rally up and ELP encourages them to get louder. The bell rings and ELP has the fans settle down. ELP and Finlay circle and the fans clap again, “RE-BE-RU!” “E L P!” Finlay shoots in but ELP keeps his distance. They tie up, Finlay gets an arm and wrenches to a wristlock. ELP rolls, wrenches and wristlocks back, but Finlay spins and wrenches to wristlock again. Finlay grinds the arm down but ELP rolls and trips Finlay. ELP turns Finlay over to a BOW ‘N’ ARROW, but Finlay pops out to a cover, ONE! Fans applaud the exchange, then ELP handsprings up. Fans applaud that, and ELP stomps, stomps, claps to get fans on that We Will Rock You rhythm.
ELP and Finlay tie up, Finlay wrenches to a hammerlock but ELP switches it onto Finlay. Finlay switches it onto ELP but ELP switches it back. Finlay switches it back again, but ELP switches it again. Finlay steps through the ropes and back in to wrap ELP’s arm around ropes. The ref counts, Finlay cranks the hold but lets off, to kick the ropes! The rope jams ELP’s arm, ELP swings on Finlay but into an arm-drag that Finlay then turns into a ghost pin, TWO! ELP scrambles away and fans fire up. Finlay and ELP reset and fans rally up. The two circle, tie up, and ELP headlocks. Finlay endures the grind, powers up and out, but ELP runs him over!
ELP flexes and fans applaud. Things speed up, Finlay hurdles but ELP shoves and follows to RANA! Finlay ends up in a corner while ELP kips up and fans applaud. Fans also rally up as ELP struts around. ELP springboards to backflip and strike his pose. Fans applaud and ELP bets Finlay can’t do that. Finlay and ELP circle, tie up, and are in a deadlock this time. ELP headlocks but Finlay powers out to get his own headlock, and the takeover. ELP headscissors, Finlay kips free but roles reverse as ELP headlocks to the takeover. Finlay headscissors, ELP kips free and sweeps the leg. Cover, ONE!
Finlay goes to sweep but ELP jumps and body scissors to a cover, ONE! Finlay sits on ELP for a cover, ONE! ELP has the cover back, ONE! Finlay has the cradle, TWO!! ELP escapes and scrambles away while fans fire up. Finlay says it was that close. Fans rally again, ELP and Finlay reset and circle. ELP wants a handshake? Finlay kicks that away and shoves ELP. ELP throws a forearm but Finlay gives it back. ELP throws another, Finlay returns it, and fans rally as they speed up! ELP knees low, CHOPS Finlay, and then runs, into a dropkick! ELP bails out, Finlay slingshots, but ELP avoids the plancha. ELP gets in the ring to HOTSHOT Finlay down!
Fans fire up as ELP builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit at the ramp! Fans rally up again as ELP stands. ELP stomps Finlay, Finlay throws body shots, but ELP KICKS Finlay’s arm! ELP brings Finlay around to smack off the apron, then he climbs up the apron. Fans rally and ELP takes aim, but Finlay anchors ELP’s foot! ELP CLUBS Finlay, throws hands, then mule kicks him away! ASAI MOONSAULT! Direct hit again and fans fire up! ELP drags Finlay up and into the ring, then climbs the ropes to SWANTON! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up as Finlay is still in this. ELP drags Finlay up, throws forearms, but Finlay kicks low.
ELP ROCKS Finlay and fires off more shots in the corner! The ref counts, ELP lets off to whip Finlay corner to corner. Finlay bounces off buckles into the atomic drop! ELP scoops and SLAMS Finlay, then he goes up the corner. Fans fire up as ELP aims, FALLING AX HANDLE! Cover, TWO! Fans rally and ELP stomps Finlay into the corner. ELP digs his boots in, then claws at Finlay’s face! The ref counts and ELP lets off. Finlay kicks from below but ELP stomps him down. ELP reels Finlay in, flexes and brings Finlay up, but Finlay RANAS free! ELP ends up on ropes, Finlay clotheslines him up and out! Then PLANCHAS! Direct hit in return!
Fans fire up with Finlay and he drags ELP up. Finlay puts ELP in the ring, sees him go to the corner, and runs in to UPPERCUT! Finlay then hits an EXPLODER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally as ELP is still in this and Finlay eggs ELP on. ELP throws a body shot but Finlay CHOPS him down! Finlay drags ELP up, ELP fights the back suplex and throws headlock punches. Finlay still back suplexes but ELP lands on his feet to roll Finlay up! TWO, and ELP dodges Finlay to springboard CROSSBODY! Then LIONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up while both men are down! ELP snarls and he BENDS Finlay’s fingers! ELP drags Finlay up to straitjacket,
ELP torture racks, spins around, but Finlay slips off and clinches, IRISH CURSE BACKBREAKER! Then a shove and scoop, BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO!! ELP survives and fans fire up as Finlay says he’s gonna bring him around! Finlay drags ELP up, cravats, ACID DROP!! Cover, TWO!?! ELP survives and fans fire up again! Finlay puts ELP in a drop zone and climbs up the corner. Fans rally as Finlay reaches the top, but ELP trips Finlay up! Finlay lands on his shillelagh, ELP ROCKS him, then climbs up after him. But Finlay throws body shots and shoves ELP away! ELP backflips to land on his feet! Then steps up to ENZIGURI Finlay!
Fans fire up as Finlay dangles from the top rope. ELP climbs up after him, drags Finlay up to the very top, and SUPER STEINERS! Then ELP goes right up for the THUNDERKISS 86!! Cover, TWO!!! Finlay survives and the fans are thunderous! ELP and Finlay both sputter but ELP drags himself up the ropes. ELP drags Finlay up and reels him in. ELP tucks the arms, but Finlay slips out to cradle! But then rolls through, but ELP slips out of Trash Panda to INVERTED SUPLEX, but Finlay slips off to O’Conner Roll! TWO!! Finlay coms back to jackknife, TWO! ELP has the cover, TWO! Finlay has it but ELP turns it right around, AND WINS!!
Winner: El Phantasmo, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Finlay earns 0)
The Headbanga is still alive! And he may have just won the biggest two points in the block! Will ELP finish strong in the final round? Or will Finlay slam the door shut when he faces Yoshi-Hashi?
G1 Climax, B Block: Tama Tonga w/ Jado VS Great-O-Khan!
The Good “Bad” Guy is on his way up, but the Dominator is out of the running. Tama still has Jay White in the final round, will he go in red hot? Or will Khan’s Eliminator all but eliminate Tama from the Climax?
The bell rings and fans rally as the two circle. They feel out the grapple, clinch, and then Khan waistlocks. Khan trips Tama to get a back mount but Tama slips around to use a leg guard. Khan lets off and the fans applaud this opening exchange. Tama and Khan reset and circle again, then Khan shoots in. Tama avoids the leg pick to throw Khan with arm-drags! Tama keeps on an armlock and fans applaud again. Khan endures, fights up, but Tama wrenches to wristlock. Tama wrenches again and keeps on the wrist, but Khan pulls on an ear! The ref reprimands but Khan puts Tama in the corner. Khan CHOKES Tama, then TOSSES Tama across the way!
Fans applaud the showing of strength, and Khan stalks up behind Tama. Khan throws Tama out of the ring, then tells Jado to stay back. Khan drags Tama up to whip hard into railing! Tama falls down and fans rally up, but Khan stands on Tama’s head. Khan shakes the railing as he digs his boot in, but lets off as the ref reprimands. Khan goes into the ring and Tama sputters on the floor. The ring count starts and Khan stands at the center of the ring. Tama gets in at 7 of 20 but Khan is right on him for a scoop SLAM! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up as Khan stalks Tama. Tama throws body shots but Khan CLUBS him down.
Khan wrenches an arm, bumps Tama off buckles, then CLUBS him. Khan hops up to sit on Tama’s head! Fans applaud as Khan pulls Tama’s arms back. The ref counts, Khan hops off at 4, and Tama falls over. Khan eggs Tama on while giving him toying kicks. Tama crawls but Khan goes to make him kiss his boot! Tama fights it as the fans rally up, but Khan CLUBS Tama! Tama fires up but Khan CLUBS him again! And again! Tama just gets powered up! Tama fires off haymakers on Khan! Tama whips, Khan reverses but Tama bounces off the buckles, into a back elbow! But Tama says F that, and he LARIATS Khan down!
Fans fire up while both Tama and Khan stir. Tama sits up first but Khan follows. Tama runs in to rally with clotheslines and elbows! Khan swings, Tama dodges, and he DROPKICKS Khan down! OFF COMES THE VEST! Fans fire up with Tama as he paces around. Khan is in a corner, Tama runs in to STINGER SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Jado coaches Tama to keep going and fans rally back up. Tama drags Khan up, elbows him down, then clamps on to back suplex. Khan fights that off with a headlock, and an IRON CLAW! Khan then fireman’s carries but Tama fights free to the dragon sleeper!
But Khan IRON CLAWS from below! Snap suplex! Fans fire up again as both men are down. Tama crawls away to a corner, Khan storms over and brings him up. Khan fires off forearm after forearm and he sits Tama down. Khan drags Tama back up to whip corner to corner and clothesline! Khan then clamps onto Tama to dribble his head off the buckles! Khan then SLAM DUNK- NO, Tama fights that off and HEADBUTTS back! Tama dribbles Khan now! Khan blocks the Slam Dunk now! Khan elbows Tama, then Mongolian Chops! Fans fire up as Khan SLAM DUNKS Tama after all! Khan then waits on Tama to stand up, and he runs, into an uppercut!
Khan BOOTS back but Tama ENZIGURIS! Khan HELL STABS! Tama leaps but into a SAYANAGI! Fans fire up again as both men are down. Khan crawls his way over to Tama and drags him up. Khan throws a forearm, but Tama gives it back. Khan throws another forearm but Tama gives it back. Khan throws another, Jado coaches Tama and Tama hits back again. Fans rally as the forearms go faster and faster and faster! Khan gets the edge, then he DECKS Tama! Khan fires up and fans rally! Tama gets up, Khan puts some stank on the Mongolian Chops! Jado coaches Tama, he stands up, and Khan Mongolian Chops again!
Fans rally as Tama gets up again. Khan Monogolian Chops him back down! Khan eggs Tama on, Tama throws fast hands! SUPERMAN- MONGOLIAN CHOP! Khan intercepts Tama, to then MONGO- Fireman’s carry! SRC! Fans fire up and Tama roars! Tama goes to the corner and climbs up, SUPREME FLOW! Cover, TWO!! Khan survives and fans are thunderous! Tama grins and pounds the mat! Fans clap along, Tama watches Khan rise at the ropes, and Tama rushes in to GUN- NO, Khan blocks it! To IRON CLAW! And then IRON RACK! Khan spins out for the NECKBREAKER! Fans are thunderous again as Khan roars!
Khan drags Tama up, HITSUJIGOROSHI! Tama endures the Sheepkiller and throws hands! Khan CHOPS Tama, scoops him, and swings for a BACKBREAKER! HITSUJIGOROSHI LUNA! Tama endures again but the fans still rally! The ref checks, Tama’s hand drops once. And then it drops twice. But Tama gets his second wind! But Khan IRON CLAWS for the ELIMI-NO, COUNTER GUN STUN!! Fans are thunderous as Tama crawls to the cover, Tama wins!!
Winner: Tama Tonga, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Khan earns 0)
The Dominator falls again, and the Good Bad Guy still has a shot! Can Tama reload and shoot down the Switchblade before the semifinals?
G1 Climax, C Block: Zack Sabre Jr. VS EVIL w/ Dick Togo!
The Submission Master is second in the block while the King of Darkness could be a wild card. Both lost to The Ace, who is in action later on, who here will be poised right behind Tanahashi with a win tonight?
For whatever reason, ZSJ is wearing a mask, and a hat that says “I AM ZSJ.” Evil attacks ZSJ at the ramp, but surprise! It’s a Young Lion in disguise! The Submission Master just tricked the trickster, but the Young Lion takes the beating for him! Dick goes looking for the real ZSJ, but gets caught into an armlock! ZSJ grins, brings Dick around and gets Evil in a headlock! ZSJ drags them both to ringside! Dick hits low, Evil smacks ZSJ off the apron, and EVIL says this is what ZSJ gets for tricking them! Evil lines up his shot, but ZSJ stops from being rammed into railing! ZSJ turns it around with a headlock, and he has Abe-san move! Then he RAMS Evil into railing!
Fans applaud as ZSJ gives Evil another taste of his own medicine, then ZSJ wrenches an ear! ZSJ puts Evil in the ring, the ref rings the bell, and ZSJ drags Evil up. ZSJ wrenches and twists a wrist but Evil throat chops! Evil whips ZSJ to a corner, but he stops from hitting bare buckles! Dick already brought the Bullet Club Special into play! Evil runs in, but ZSJ dodges! Evil hits bare steel! ZSJ rolls Evil up, TWO!! Evil survives but ZSJ EuroUppers! ZSJ runs, but Dick grabs his leg! ZSJ uses that to TWIST Dick’s arm! But then Evil shoves the ref at ZSJ! ZSJ stops the ref, and has him duck when Evil swings a clothesline!
ZSJ pushes the ref away, and blocks Evil’s low blow! ARM TWIST! Fans applaud as ZSJ bests Evil’s plot again! ZSJ scoops, but Evil slips out! Evil spins ZSJ around, EVERY- NO, ZSJ slips around to trip Evil up! Body scissors, EURO CLUTCH! ZSJ WINS!!!
Winner: Zack Sabre Jr, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Evil earns 0)
That was the fastest win in this year’s G1! The Submission Master thwarted all the tricks and the House of Torture had no chance to spring other traps! Has ZSJ just secured himself a spot in the semifinals? Or will it still come down to his battle with Naito next week?
G1 Climax, A Block: Kazuchika Okada VS Tom Lawlor w/ Royce Isaacs!
The Top Dog crushed both the Rainmaker and The Filthy One with Death From Above, but neither run has been torpedoed just yet. Will Okada rebound before the finish line? Or will this one get filthy?
Being clever, Royce Isaacs brings an umbrella to shield them from the rain. Fans rally up already, “TOM! LAW-LOR!” and Lawlor makes sure Okada hears it. The bell rings and the two circle. They feel out the grapple, Lawlor shoots in for a leg but Okada blocks. Lawlor still trips Okada up, goes for a press, ONE. The two reset, grapple Lawlor waistlocks and drags Okada down to a leg lock. Okada fights before Lawlor can lock in anything more dangerous, grabs to Lawlor’s leg back, and the two stand. Okada facelocks, Lawlor gets around to a waistlock, but Okada throws him over. Lawlor headscissors and fans applaud the exchange.
Lawlor twists Okada’s wrist but Okada reaches out to a ROPEBREAK! Lawlor lets off and fans continue to clap, “TOM! LAW-LOR!” Lawlor and Okada circle. Okada waistlocks and ripcords, but Lawlor twists Okada’s arm to a FUJIWARA ARMBAR! Okada reaches out to another ROPEBREAK, and Lawlor lets go again. Okada bails out and Lawlor spins around, OFF COME THE SHORTS! Lawlor of course has his denim tights on, but he uses the shorts to wrangle Okada. Lawlor wrenches and SLAMS the arm against the apron, then POSTS Okada! Okada falls and the claps shift to “O-KA-DA!” Lawlor drags Okada up to CHOP him!
Lawlor brings Okada around, puts him in the ring, and the “TOM! LAW-LOR!” claps return. Lawlor stomps Okada’s hand, drags him up, and CHOPS again! Okada staggers, Lawlor CHOPS him again. Okada scowls this time but Lawlor CHOPS again. Okada still scowls so Lawlor throws a forearm! And another forearm! Okada still frowns, so Lawlor wrenches the arm again! Lawlor whips Okada to ropes, ducks Okada’s elbow and BOOTS the bad arm! Lawlor runs, but into the FLAPJACK! Fans fire up as both men are down! Okada shakes out the bad arm and fans rally. Lawlor gets to his corner but Okada storms over.
Okada fires forearms, whips Lawlor to ropes, but Lawlor reverses. Okada CLOBBERS Lawlor with an elbow! Fans fire up and Okada whips Lawlor to a corner. Okada runs in to back elbow! Then he kicks low, and DDTs! Cover, TWO! Okada gets fans to clap, clap, clap, stomp but Lawlor blocks the Alabama Lift. Lawlor CLUBS Okada, wrenches his arm and EuroUppers! “TOM! LAW-LOR!” runs corner to corner but Okada dodges! Okada puts Lawlor up top to DROPKICK him to the floor! Fans fire up while Lawlor tumbles to the railing! The “TOM! LAW-LOR!” clap returns as Lawlor crawls. Okada goes out to fetch Lawlor, and he whips Lawlor hard into railing!
Okada runs in to BOOT Lawlor over the railing! Okada moves railing back to drag Lawlor back up, and he drapes Lawlor out! Lawlor WRENCHES the arm! DOUBLE WRISTLOCK over the railing, and then through it! Lawlor BOOTS the railing to jam Okada’s arm! Fans rally and Lawlor hobbles his way back to ringside. Lawlor drags Okada up, puts him in the ring, and fans rally up more. Lawlor slingshots in to get the ARMBAR! Okada clasps hands to block that, and he moves around, only for Lawlor to make this a TRIANGLE HOLD! With a DOUBLE WRISTLOCK! Okada endures this hybrid hold but he’s turning red!
Okada moves around, sputters and gets the ROPEBREAK! Lawlor lets off in frustration while fans applaud. Isaacs coaches Lawlor up and he drags Okada from the ropes. Lawlor twists the wrist, cravats and throws knee after knee after knee into Okada’s head! Lawlor lets off, fans rally up and he runs the ropes, but he fakes out the dropkick! Okada lands on his feet, Lawlor runs in and dodges the haymaker to WHEEL KICK! Fans fire up and Lawlor tries again, but Okada DROPKICKS him down! Fans fire up even more with both men down! Lawlor is dazed as he and Okada stir. Okada stands up, and he brings Lawlor around.
Okada wrenches for the MONEY CLIP, but Lawlor powers through to waistlock! Okada throws elbows, but Lawlor ENZIGURIS! Okada staggers to a corner but he comes back with a SHOTGUN! Lawlor hits buckles then falls down! Fans rally up again and Lawlor reaches out in another daze. Okada stands, he drags Lawlor up and Alabama Lifts for the REVERSE NECKBREAKER! Okada then goes to a corner and climbs up. Fans clap, “TOM! LAW-LOR!” as Okada reaches the top, MACHO ELBOW INTO THE ARMBAR!! Okada clasps hands but Lawlor slaps them to the beat! Lawlor uses a LEG CRAVAT to add on! Okada scrambles to the ROPEBREAK!!
Fans fire up and Lawlor lets Okada go. Lawlor beats his chest to the rhythm, and he drags Okada back up. Okada ROCKS him with a forearm! But Lawlor ROCKS Okada back! Okada throws another forearm, but Lawlor gives it back! Okada, then Lawlor, faster and faster and fans fire up! Okada ROCKS Lawlor again, and again, and then UPPERCUTS! Lawlor grins and grabs the bad arm to UPPERCUT it! And UPPERCUT again! Lawlor then wrenches to an ELBOW BREAKER! And another ELBOW BREAKER! Lawlor then wrenches the arm, hammerlocks it, and he fires off forearms to the beat! “TOM! LAW-LOR! TOM! LAW-LOR!”
Lawlor roars, spins, but Okada SWATS the lariat! But that hurts Okada’s arm, too! ROLLING ELBOW!! Cover, TWO!! Okada survives and fans are fired up again! Lawlor drags Okada up, has the bad arm, ARMBREAKER DDT! And then a omoplata, into the RINGS OF SATURN!! Lawlor shows savage innovation on par with ZSJ! Okada endures and fans rally up, but Lawlor pulls way back on the arms! Okada reaches with his leg for another ROPEBREAK! Fans applaud but Lawlor lets off in frustration. Fans clap for “TOM! LAW-LOR!” again and he waits on Okada to get up. Okada slowly rises, Lawlor gets his arms!
But Okada intercepts the knee for a scoop and SLAM! Fans fire up with Okada and he drags Lawlor up to ripcord, but the bad arm can’t hold on! Okada has to crawl over to Lawlor and drag him up again. Lawlor ducks the lariat to URENAGE! Lawlor roars and fans fire up with the “TOM! LAW-LOR!” rhythm. Lawlor drags Okada up by the bad arm, then gets the other, for KAMI-GOYE to the arm! And then KAMI-GOYE to the head! Then then the straitjacket! Okada fights it off with his good arm, steps forward and reaches out, but Lawlor gets a LEG CAPTURE SUPLEX! Fans fire up and Lawlor feels the energy building!
Lawlor copies the Rainmaker Pose!! The clapping continues, “TOM! LAW-LOR!” gets the straitjacket, for the- WAIT, Okada victory rolls! TWO! Lawlor runs in but Okada ducks the Penalty Kick to roll-up! TWO, and Lawlor runs to PENALTY KICK the bad arm! Lawlor then gets that arm for a STANDING ARMBAR! Then a hammerlock, and tornado into the body scissors! Okada power sup to back drop, and he sits on the cover! OKADA WINS!!
Winner: Kazuchika Okada, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Lawlor earns 0)
Okada snatches victory from the jaws of defeat! And though he didn’t need the lariat, the Rainmaker still washes away The Filthy One! Okada is back on top of the block, but can he hold onto that top spot in the final round?
G1 Climax, C Block: Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Hirooki Goto!
The Ace leads the block after beating Zack Sabre Jr, who beat the original block leader, the Fierce Warrior! Now Tanahashi and Goto meet, the top spot still up for grabs! Will Tanahashi solidify his rank before the end? Or will Goto create a rock-paper-scissors situation?
As always, Tanahashi shows off the muscles and the fans applaud. The bell rings and fans rally up, “Let’s Go, Ace!” Tanahashi circles with Goto, they tie up, and are in a deadlock! Goto finds a point of leverage and powers Tanahashi to ropes. Red Shoes calls the break and Goto lets off with a pat on the shoulder. They circle and tie up again, and are in another deadlock. Goto powers Tanahashi back but Tanahashi turns things around to put Goto on the ropes. Tanahashi lets off with a pat on the shoulder, but then he throws a body shot! Tanahashi headlocks, wrenches an arm to a wristlock, but Goto rolls and wrenches back.
Tanahashi endures as Goto twists the wrist, and he drops to get a leg pick! Tanahashi ties up the legs and fans applaud the exchange. Tanahashi shifts to a headlock and grinds, but Goto pries the hold. Tanahashi powers the hold on again, but Goto powers up. Goto can’t power out as Tanahashi holds tight! Fans rally as Goto endures the grind and fights up. Goto tries again but still can’t power out! Tanahashi grinds Goto down, but Goto fights his way back up. Goto throws body shots, then powers up and out, to put Tanahashi in a headlock! Fans applaud the exchange as now Tanahashi endures the grind.
Tanahashi fights up, throws body shots, powers out, but Goto counters a hip toss with a hip toss! Goto runs and runs Tanahashi over! Fans fire up and Goto stomps Tanahashi down. Goto drags Tanahashi up to CLUB him, whip him to a corner, and run in, but into an elbow! Tanahashi goes up to CROSSBODY! Fans fire up for the air guitar! Fans rally and Tanahashi waits on Goto to stand. Tanahashi then runs, but Goto sidesteps to send Tanahashi out! Tanahashi holds on, but Goto slides out before he can skin the cat! Goto ROCKS Tanahashi with a body shot! Goto brings Tanahashi around to CLUB and put in the ring.
Fans applaud as Goto stomps Tanahashi. Goto CLUBS and kicks Tanahashi while the fans rally, “Let’s Go, Ace!” Goto whips Tanahashi corner to corner, then runs in, but Tanahashi dropkicks the legs out! Goto bails out but Tanahashi pursues to put Goto in! Tanahashi says this is ending in the ring, and Tanahashi stomps a leg. Tanahashi YANKS the leg, then drops an elbow! Tanahashi has the toehold but Goto tries to fight back with a chinlock. Tanahashi cranks the leg, then stands to stomp it. Tanahashi drops another elbow, then ties up Goto’s legs in a BUTTERFLY DEATHLOCK! Goto endures, CHOPS Tanahashi, but Tanahashi holds on!
Tanahashi puts more pressure on the knees but Goto drags himself back! Goto reaches out for the ROPEBREAK! Tanahashi lets off while fans applaud. Tanahashi paces, stomps Goto more, then brings him up. Fans rally but Goto CHOPS! And CHOPS! Tanahashi kicks the bad leg, then kicks it again. Tanahashi runs, but Goto follows! Tanahashi dodges the lariat, but Goto deflects the boot to DISCUS LARIAT! Fans fire up while both men are down! Fans rally as Goto and Tanahashi sit up. Tanahashi gets to a corner but Goto drags him up. Goto fires forearm after forearm, then whips corner to corner. Goto runs in to MURAMASA! And then BULLDOG! Cover, TWO!
Goto keeps his focus while Tanahashi is still in this. Goto drags Tanahashi up, but Tanahashi blocks the fireman’s carry with elbows. Goto powers through, but Tanahashi slips out! Goto fireman’s carries again but Tanahashi slips off, SLING-DOG! Fans fire up and Tanahashi fires up, too! Tanahashi drags Goto by his legs, ties those up, but Goto kicks Tanahashi away! Tanahashi grabs the bad leg for a GROUND DRAGON SCREW! And then an INVERTED GROUND DRAGON SCREW! Tanahashi ties the legs up for the TEXAS CLOVERLEAF! Goto endures and fans rally up! Goto crawls, reaches out, but Tanahashi drags him away from ropes!
Goto endures as Tanahashi sits deep on the hold! Goto still reaches out, for the ROPEBREAK! Tanahashi lets go, almost too tired to hold on. Fans rally up, “Let’s Go, Ace!” as Tanahashi stomps Goto. Goto goes to the apron but Tanahashi drags him up. Tanahashi grabs at the bad leg and brings it in, but Goto fires off forearms! Tanahashi lets the leg go, and Goto bumps him off buckles! Then LARIATS him down! Fans fire up and Goto drags himself over to a corner. Goto climbs up and fans rally! But Tanahashi rises to throw a body shot! Tanahashi climbs up after Goto but Goto throws body shots. Tanahashi and Goto brawl up top and fans fire up!
Goto gets the edge with forearm after forearm, then he HEADBUTTS Tanahashi! Goto adjusts, but Tanahashi throws more body shots! Tanahashi SUPERPLEXES Goto down!! Fans are thunderous as Tanahashi gets the legs, but Goto uses that to drag Tanahashi down! Goto omoplatas one arm, then grabs the other, SHORYU KEKKAI!! Tanahashi endures and moves around while fans rally, but Goto pulls back on the arm more! Goto pulls Tanahashi back into a crossface modification!! Tanahashi endures, moves around, and reaches out for a ROPEBREAK! Red Shoes counts and Goto lets go, and fans rally up as Goto rises.
Goto drags Tanahashi up, fireman’s carries, USHIGOROSHI! Tanahashi writhes and Goto roars! Goto drags Tanahashi up again, dragon sleepers, but Tanahashi spins it around to wrench. Goto ROCKS Tanahashi with a forearm! Tanahashi drops to his knees and Goto roars again! Goto drags Tanahashi up but Tanahashi ROCKS Goto with a forearm! Goto ROCKS Tanahashi back! Tanahashi ROCKS Goto, Goto ROCKS Tanahashi, and fans rally as the forearms go faster and faster! Tanahashi fires off a flurry, but Goto gives those back! Tanahashi fires off a strike fest, but Goto HEADBUTTS! SHOTEI from Tanahashi!!
And then Tanahashi falls over, into Goto’s groin! That was an incidental low blow but the damage is done all the same! Tanahashi gets and roars! He wants Goto to stand, and Goto downs, into the SLINGBLADE! Cover, TWO!! Tanahashi hurries to go up the corner! Goto stands again, for the HIGH FLY ATTACK! Fans are thunderous as Tanahashi goes back up! HIGH FLY FLOW FLOPS as Goto moves!! Fans are thunderous again as both men are down! Red Shoes helps Goto with some blood in his mouth, and then Goto gets himself to a corner. Tanahashi stands, runs in, but Goto dodges! RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP!
Goto then clamps on to make it a cradle, GOTO SANSHIKI! TWO!!! Tanahashi escapes by nanoseconds and shocks everyone! The fans are electric and rallying again. Tanahashi roar, runs in, but is sent into the ropes! Goto has Tanahashi for the DRAPING SHOUTO!! But he can’t make the cover, he’s just too tired! Fans are electric and Goto manages to crawl to the ropes. Goto drags himself up the ropes, he roars and takes aim, BUZZSAW!! Tanahashi staggers up into the fireman’s carry! But Tanahashi slips into a cradle! TWO!!! Tanahashi holds onto Goto for TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! And then another TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! But Goto suplexes for SHOUTEN KAI!!
Fans are electric all over again as Goto’s mouth has even more blood coming from it! But Goto still dragon sleepers Tanahashi for the G T R!!! Cover, GOTO WINS!!
Winner: Hirooki Goto, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Tanahashi earns 0)
This might have been the hardest fought match in the G1! Goto literally tastes his own blood, but it is Tanahashi who tastes bitter defeat! Is there still a chance for The Ace to take the block?
As for the Fierce Warrior, he catches his breath, checks his bloody mouth, and gets his NEVER Openweight Six Man title belt. Goto then gets the mic to say, “There’s one match left in my G1 Climax. I’m barely hanging on, but I’m alive!” Fans applaud that, and Goto vows he will win his next G1 match, “and shine the light of hope through all the darkness in the world!” Fans applaud Goto’s subtle calling out of Evil. Goto then says, “Finally, to my son at home, watching on NJPW World, Daddy’s damn tough! I will live! I will survive! I will thrive!” Fans applaud as Goto has one more battle on the 16th! Will that be the moment Goto takes the C Block?
Here are the NEW standings!
- Kazuchika Okada: 4-1, 8 points
- Lance Archer: 3-2, 6 points
- JONAH: 3-2, 6 points
- Jeff Cobb: 2-2, 4 points
- Bad Luck Fale: 2-3, 4 points
- Tom Lawlor: 2-3, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
- Toru Yano: 1-4, 2 points [ELIMINATED]
- Jay White: 4-0, 8 points
- Tama Tonga: 4-1, 8 points
- SANADA: 3-2, 6 points
- Taichi: 2-2, 4 points
- Chase Owens: 2-4, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
- Great-O-Khan: 1-4, 2 points [ELIMINATED]
- Tomohiro Ishii: 1-4, 2 points [ELIMINATED]
- Zack Sabre Jr: 4-1, 8 points
- Hirooki Goto: 3-2, 6 points
- Hiroshi Tanahashi: 3-2, 6 points
- Tetsuya Naito: 3-2, 6 points
- EVIL: 2-3, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
- KENTA: 1-3, 2 points [ELIMINATED]
- Aaron Henare: 1-4, 2 points [ELIMINATED]
- David Finlay: 3-2, 6 points
- Yujiro Takahashi: 3-2, 6 points
- Shingo Takagi: 2-2, 4 points
- Will Ospreay: 2-2, 4 points
- YOSHI-HASHI: 2-2, 4 points
- El Phantasmo: 2-3, 4 points
- Juice Robinson: 2-3, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
Another great event for G1, and it definitely puts a lot of great pressure on the last few rounds coming up. ELP gives Finlay the shocking upset, and now technically, everyone outside of Juice is a viable winner of the D Block. Tama VS Khan was great stuff, but I figured Khan would lose. He’s already out and Tama could take the block if he beats Jay White in the last round, putting the spotlight on next Tuesday, 8/16. I figured ZSJ would beat Evil, but it was amazing and hilarious how he did it. I never expected ZSJ to use a Young Lion as a decoy, and then wins in under five minutes! ZSJ is leading the block, but as I said just yesterday, it all comes down to ZSJ VS Naito, also on 8/16.
Okada VS Lawlor was great stuff, Lawlor showing off a great amount of his technical ability. But to bring drama into the last few A Block rounds, Okada had to win here. Lawlor and Yano are both facing Jeff Cobb this weekend, if even one of them can beat Cobb, Cobb is done. Okada just has Archer on 8/16, and that is “win and you’re in.” Even if Jonah beats Fale, he’ll only be 4-2 to either Okada’s 5-1, or Archer’s 4-2 with the tiebreaker from that count-out win. And then we got awesome stuff from Tanahashi VS Goto. It wasn’t a shocker that Goto won, but that is still great for Goto to win. If ZSJ beats Naito, that’s it, ZSJ is in. But if ZSJ loses to Naito, Goto has to beat Evil to get in. Naito only gets in if he beats ZSJ AND Evil beats Goto. Tuesday is going to be a huge, I can’t wait!
My Score: 8.9/10
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