Mitchell’s New Japan Cup Results & Report! (3/9/21)
New Japan Cup, day 4!
Will the New Japan Cup reach a Skull End?
After getting in each other’s faces all week, Tomohiro Ishii and Sanada battle in the New Japan Cup! Will the Stone Pitbull bite off more than he can chew?
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.
- 8 Man Tag: FinJuice & HenarACE VS Bullet Club; FinJuice & HenarACE win.
- Six Man Tag: Chaos VS Los Ingobernables de Japon; Chaos wins.
- 2021 New Japan Cup Opening Round: Yuji Nagata VS Yota Tsuji; Nagata wins and advances.
- 2021 New Japan Cup Opening Round: Tomohiro Ishii VS SANADA; Sanada wins and advances.
PLAY BY PLAY
8 Man Tag: FinJuice & HenarACE VS Bullet Club!
The Flamboyant One wants revenge on the Fang Revived, while David Finlay and Henare prepare to face Chase Owens and Jay White, respectively! Will Hiroshi Tanahashi be the ace in the hole for his team? Or will we Breathe with the Switchblade before he takes on the Hammerhead?
Tanahashi shows off the muscles and fans cheer. Bullet Club gets impatient with the checks, then insist the ref keep Taguchi Japan back. Bullet Club Low Sweets, and Henare dares Jay White to stay up. Fans rally as the teams sort out and White does start with Henare, but then shows off his own muscles. The bell rings and Henare fires up as he circles with White. But then White tags Gedo in! Henare dares Gedo to bring it, and the two circle. But then White slips in to distract and Gedo clubs Henare! Henare doesn’t budge, and he DECKS Gedo! But then White gets in to attack and whip Henare! Henare comes back to CLOBBER White!
White bails out, Henare drags Gedo up for headbutts, then tags in Tanahashi! HenarACE mugs Gedo, Tanahashi wrenches Gedo’s arm over and over then twists the wristlock. Finlay tags in and climbs up to drop ax handles on Gedo’s arm! Finlay wrenches Gedo’s arm, tags Juice in and Juice climbs to drop ax handles on the arm! Fans fire up as Juice tells Bullet Club to “Suck it!” But Gedo pulls Juice’s hair, only for Juice to pull Gedo’s beard! Tag to Finlay, and he clubs Gedo’s beard! Finlay brings Gedo up by his beard, wrenches it, and then tags Tanahashi. Tanahashi hops up the rope to drop ax handles on the beard! Gedo clutches his face while Tanahashi air guitars at Bullet Club.
Tanahashi brings Gedo up for strikes, but runs into a cheap shot from White! White gets away but Tanahashi still hits Gedo before the sneak attack. Tanahashi runs but White trips him and drags him out, to throw him into railing! Henare gets in and Gedo “begs” for mercy, and the ref is busy with both of them while White whips Tanahashi into railing! Chase puts Tanahashi in and Gedo tags to White. White drags Tanahashi up, pulls Tanahashi’s hair, then tags in Kenta. Kenta goes up to drop ax handles on Tanahashi’s hair! White and Juice talk trash while Kenta drags Tanahashi up by his hair. Chase tags in, he climbs up and he drops ax handles on the hair!
Taguchi Japan protests but the ref is busy with them while all of Bullet Club chokes Tanahashi on the ropes! Chase drags Tanahashi around to stomp Tanahashi’s leg, then he tags in White. They stomp Tanahashi’s legs, then White stomps the left leg, then the right leg. White mocks the fans clapping for Tanahashi before he gives one leg a KNEE JAMMER! White clamps on with a standing toehold, and Gedo tags in. Gedo digs his fingers into Tanahashi’s face! The ref counts and Gedo lets off at 4 to complain to the ref. Gedo then CHOKES Tanahashi! Tanahashi gets his foot on the rope, White pushes it off, repeat while the ref is busy with an angry Taguchi Japan.
Gedo lets off, tags in Chase, and Chase brings Tanahashi up for a headlock punch! Tanahashi goes to a corner, Chase runs in to forearm smash, then reel Tanahashi into a short arm lariat! Cover, TWO! Chase brings Tanahashi up but Tanahashi fires off forearms! Chase kicks low, Tanahashi hits back with more forearms, but then Chase kicks again! Tanahashi blocks the Jewel Trigger into a DRAGON SCREW! Fans rally as both men are down, and they both crawl for their corners. Hot tag to Finlay! Finlay whips Chase, Chase reverses, but Finlay goes up and over. Finlay dodges and ducks to elbow smash Chase! Finlay blows up the Bullet Club corner, but Kenta runs in!
Finlay hits Kenta first, he and Juice DOUBLE BULLDOG! Juice fires up, Finlay hits Chase with an uppercut in the corner! Juice scoops Chase for a BACKBREAKER, Finlay hops up and adds his ELBOW DROP! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up as Finlay drags Chase up. Chase fights off the exploder with elbows but Finlay knees low. Finlay runs but into Chase’s boot! Chase runs but into Finlay’s elbow! Finlay runs but into Chase’s rebound BACKBREAKER! Fans fire up again as both men crawl, hot tags to White and Henare! Henare fires off forearms and CHOPS on White, whips him but White reverses. Henare ducks and dodges to hit a FLYING SHOULDER TACKLE!
Henare gets White up, White slips out of the suplex to kick low, but Henare counters White’s suplex with a suplex! Fans fire up with Henare as he drags White back up. White fights off the exploder, but Henare CHOPS him! Henare runs in to clothesline and fireman’s carry to a RUNNING SAMOAN DROP! Cover, TWO! Henare keeps focus and fires up more. “AOH! AOH!” White staggers up, but Gedo grabs at Henare! Henare kicks Gedo away, White throws a forearm but Henare doesn’t budge! Henare ROCKS White, reels him in, but no Urenage! White slips out, spins around and hits a DDT! Hot tag to Gedo! Gedo drags Henare up to hit a jawbreaker! And a SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO!
Gedo is furious but fans are thunderous! Gedo crawls over to the corner to grab his brass knuckles! The ref stops Gedo but Chase has his Texas Heavyweight Championship belt! But Finlay dropkicks Chase down! Finlay PLANCHAS out to take Chase down! Juice gets in to intercept Kenta with JAB, JAB, JAB! LEFT HAND O’ GOD! Juice fires up and coaches Henare but Gedo still takes aim with the knuckles! Henare blocks that to HEADBUTT! White gets Henare with a sleeper! Tanahashi gets in to SLINGBLADE White! Henare fires up, drags Gedo up and reels him in, for a fisherman to torture rack, and DEATH VALLEY BOMB!! Cover, Taguchi Japan wins!
Winners: FinJuice & HenarACE, by pinfall
The Hammerhead stares the Switchblade down as his teammates celebrate. Will Henare tear through White in the NJCUP and then face his mentor, Tanahashi? Will Finlay beat the Crown Jewel and maybe even get that Texas Heavyweight title? Or will Bullet Club turn the tables and take over the tournament?
Six Man Tag: Chaos VS Los Ingobernables de Japon!
Technically we did just see this the other day. But the Stone Pitbull and Cold Skull are battling later tonight, changing the dynamic! Will the Rainmaker and High Voltage help the Fierce Warrior prepare for the Dragon? Or will Shingo Takagi keep on winning with Tetsuya Naito and Bushi by his side?
The teams sort out, and after the LIJ fist bump, Takagi steps up to face Hirooki Goto in a preview of the NJCUP’s second round! Fans rally up as the two circle, and then the two tie up. Goto headlocks, Takagi powers out and they ram shoulders! Neither falls so they run an dram again! Goto forearms, Takagi forearms, repeat back and forth! Fans fire up as they keep going, and Takagi gets the edge! Takagi runs but Goto stays up from the shoulder to ram back! Takagi rebounds to run Goto over! Takagi brings Goto up, tags in Naito, and LIJ mugs Goto. Naito clubs Goto down, drags him back up, and clamps on a cravat. Goto throws body shots, Naito cranks harder, but Goto puts him in the Chaos corner.
Sho tags in and now Naito gets mugged. Sho stomps Naito, he and Goto drag him up to whip him corner to corner, then they double shoulder Naito over for a kick and elbow drop! Chaos hits LIJ’s corner and fans fire up. Okada joins in as they drum away on Naito’s back! Fans cheer and Sho grinds down on Naito’s arm. Naito gets up, Sho wrenches it and hits an elbow breaker! And another! And then another wrench to bend the fingers, for a third elbow breaker! Sho runs, but Naito elbows him away. Sho keeps going but he runs into an atomic drop! Bushi runs in to RANA Sho, Takagi runs in to blast the Chaos corner! Takagi and Bushi go out after Goto and Okada while Naito snapmares Sho.
Takagi POSTS Goto and fans fire up as he and Bushi keep Goto and Okada down. Naito drags Sho up, wrenches his arm and twists the wrist. Fans rally as Sho hits back but Naito hits low. Naito hammerlocks Sho’s arm, tags in Bushi, and Bushi stomps Sho down. Bushi puts Sho in a corner, and wraps Sho’s arm around the ropes to pull! The ref counts, Bushi lets off and stomps Sho. Bushi CHOPS Sho, then CHOPS again! Cover, TWO! Bushi stomps Sho more, drags him up, wrenches the arm and gives him an elbow breaker! Tag to Takagi, Bushi wrenches Sho again and Takagi CLUBS Sho’s arm! Takagi brings Sho up to knee him against the ropes!
Takagi talks smack to Goto before he whips Sho and knees him again! Takagi runs and runs Sho over! Takagi double guns at Goto, covers Sho, TWO! Goto is there but Takagi stares him down. Tag to Naito and Naito drags Sho up to wrench his arm. Bushi climbs to drop ax handles on Sho’s arm! Naito covers, TWO! Chaos coaches Sho up but Naito is on him first. Naito YANKS Sho’s arm, stomps it, and has Sho in a corner. Naito whips Sho corner to corner, runs in and rocket kicks! Leg sweep and COMBINACION CABRON! Naito poses, fans cheer, and Naito covers, TWO! Naito drags Sho up, Sho throws forearms but Naito wrenches the bad arm.
Sho keeps throwing forearms, Naito wrenches the bad arm again. Sho keeps throwing forearms and Naito lets go. Naito goes to hit Sho but Sho hits first! Sho runs, but into Bushi’s cheap shot! Sho DECKS Bushi, but Naito kicks and whips Sho. Sho reverses but Naito reverses back. Naito tornado but no DDT as Sho suplexes him down! Fans rally up, Sho tags in Okada! Okada forearms and whips, Naito reverses, but Okada dodges to CLOBBER Naito with an elbow! Okada fires up, DECKS Takagi, then whips Naito corner to corner. Okada runs in to back elbow Naito, kick low and DDT! Cover, TWO! Okada gets fans rallying with the clap-clap-clap-stomp as he circles Naito.
Naito gets up but blocks the Alabama lift. Naito clubs Okada, kicks but Okada blocks to forearm back. Okada whips but Naito holds ropes to then boot Okada away. Naito spins Okada around to hit a neckbreaker! Fans fire up as both men are down again. Naito and Okada crawl, hot tag to Takagi and he taunts Goto while also kicking Okada around. Okada fights off the Gory Especial to get the MONEY CLIP! Takagi rams Okada into buckles and runs, but into Okada’s boot! Okada hurries and hot tags Goto! Goto rallies on Takagi, DECKS Bushi, then runs corner to corner at Takagi for MURAMASA! And BULLDOG! Cover, TWO! Goto fireman’s carries Takagi but Takagi slips off.
Goto kicks low, throws forearms then whips Takagi. Takagi reverses and runs in but blocks the boot. Takagi powers through to clothesline Goto! Takagi suplexes high and hard, covers, TWO! Bushi gets in to hit the Chaos corner while Takagi drives elbows into Goto’s shoulder. Takagi runs but Goto dodges the sliding lariat. Goto kicks, runs, LARIATS collide! Neither falls, LARAITS collide again! Takagi fires up, runs, but Goto follows, only to get the elbow, JAB, and- No, Goto LARIATS first! But Takagi is right up to LARIAT Goto back! Both men are down but fans fire up. Takagi and Goto stir, hot tag to Bushi and he DECKS Sho! Bushi brings Goto up, dropkicks a leg out and DDT’s! Cover, TWO!
Bushi keeps his cool as he drags Goto up. Goto reverses the whip but he runs into Bushi’s swing kick! Bushi goes up and leaps to missile dropkick! Bushirooni! Naito joins in and gets Goto up to whip. Naito kicks, Bushi sunset flips and sets Goto up for the basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Naito makes sure Chaos stays down while Bushi drags Goto up. Bushi reels Goto in, wrenches him but Sho KNEES Bushi down first! Naito dropkicks Sho’s legs out, but turns around into Okada’s FLAPJACK! Okada sees Takagi, Takagi blocks the boot to JAB and LARIAT! Takagi fires up with “OI! OI! OI!” and fans join in.
Takagi and Bushi gets Goto up, double whip, but Goto breaks the clothesline to ROCK Takagi and DISCUS Bushi! Takagi blocks the suplex to suplex back but Goto slips out. Takagi fights off the back suplex with elbows and knees, and Bushi joins in to double whip Goto corner to corner. Bushi runs in, Goto dodges and Goto CLOBBERS Takagi. But Bushi ENZIGURIS Goto and reels him in. No Fisherman Screw, Goto fireman’s carries to an USHIGOROSHI! Goto fires up, dragon sleepers Bushi and tells Takagi this is for him! G T R!! Cover, Chaos wins!
Winners: Chaos, by pinfall
The Fierce Warrior gets the better of LIJ, and he stares down with Takagi. Will Goto slay the Dragon in the NJCUP? Or will Takagi take down two pillars of Chaos in a row?
2021 New Japan Cup Opening Round: Yuji Nagata VS Yota Tsuji!
Blue Justice never dies, but he has to prove he is still strong! Will he do that going against this very strong Young Lion?
The bell rings and Nagata circles with Tsuji. They feel out the grapple, go around and Nagata gets a headlock. Tsuji slips out the back and waistlocks but Nagata switches to a facelock. Tsuji switches back, Nagata wrenches free, but Tsuji rolls and wrenches again. Nagata rolls and boots Tsuji away! Fans cheer the technical exchange as the two reset. They tie up, Tsuji wrenches to a wristlock, but Nagata wrenches through. Nagata steps through to the wristlock but Tsuji spins and wrenches to a hammerlock then a headlock. Nagata endures the grind but Tsuji hits a takeover. Nagata headscissors back, but Tsuji moves around and powers free.
Tsuji jumps on another headlock, but Nagata fights up to his feet. Tsuji grinds, Nagata throws body shots and powers out, but Tsuji runs him over! Fans cheer Tsuji’s strength and he stomps Nagata. Nagata gets up, Tsuji throws forearms, then Tsuji has Nagata in a corner. Nagata eggs Tsuji on so Tsuji forearms more. Nagata hits back but Tsuji rocks him and stomps away in the corner! Red Shoes counts as Tsuji digs his boots in, so Tsuji lets off at 3. Tsuji brings Nagata up to snapmare into a chinlock. Nagata endures as Tsuji squeezes tight. Tsuji grinds Nagata down, Nagata moves around and gets a ropebreak. Tsuji holds on until Red Shoes counts, and then Tsuji stomps Nagata.
Tsuji scuffs Nagata with his boot but Nagata gets up. Tsuji throws forearms, Nagata eggs him on so Tsuji throws more forearms. Nagata kicks, kicks and KICKS Tsuji in the leg, to then KICK him in the back! Fans cheer as Nagata looms over Tsuji. Nagata brings Tsuji up to wrench the arm and hit an elbow breaker! Tsuji ends up in a corner, Nagata forearms and wrenches him to another elbow breaker! Nagata clamps onto the arm and wants a Fujiwara! Tsuji endures as Nagata pulls back on the arm and fans rally up. Tsuji moves around, and gets a ropebreak with a foot. Nagata lets go at Red Shoes’ count then stomps Tsuji down. Nagata keeps stomping but Tsuji gets up.
Tsuji throws forearms but Nagata ROCKS him with a right, then wrenches the arm for another elbow breaker! Tsuji falls over but Nagata watches him sit up. Nagata KICKS Tsuji in the bad arm but Tsuji just powers up! Tsuji dares Nagata to hit harder to Nagata KICKS and KICKS! Nagata KICKS Tsuji in the face, then runs, into Tsuji’s dropkick! Both men are down and fans fire up! Nagata gets up first and goes to a corner. Tsuji stands, fires up and run sin to forearm Nagata! Tsuji scoops and SLAMS Nagata, to then run and somersault senton! Tsuji runs again to SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Tsuji keeps his cool as he gets Nagata’s legs, but Nagata kicks him away.
Nagata kicks low, KICKS hard, and KICKS Tsuji to a corner! Nagata KICKS Tsuji down, but brings him back up to whip corner to corner. Nagata runs in to BOOT Tsuji, then reels him in. Tsuji fights off the exploder but Nagata ROCKS him, to then BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! Nagata drags Tsuji back up, suplexes him, but Tsuji slips out to roll Nagata up! TWO, and Tsuji gets the legs! BOSTON CRAB, but Nagata powers out! Tsuji holds onto the ropes to jackknife! TWO, and Nagata gets a CROSSFACE! Tsuji pries free but Nagata clubs him back into the hold! Fans rally as Tsuji endures but Nagata pulls him back!
Tsuji crawls and reaches, but Nagata rolls him away from ropes! Tsuji BITES Nagata’s hand! Red Shoes reprimands, Nagata clubs away on Tsuji for that, and then Nagata moves Tsuji around to a Rings of Saturn, Ghost Pin! TWO, and Tsuji has the cover, TWO!! Nagata keeps his cool but fans rally up. Nagata KICKS Tsuji in the chest again, but Tsuji sits back up. Nagata KICKS him down! Tsuji shakes his head and gets back up, so Nagata slaps him around. Tsuji gets around, rolls Nagata up, TWO! Tsuji arm-drags Nagata into TOKEN! Cover, TWO!! Tsuji knees low, whips, but Nagata reverses. Tsuji dodges the boot to SPEAR! Cover, TWO!!
Nagata survives but Tsuji fires up! Tsuji gets the legs and turns Nagata over for a BOSTON CRAB! Tsuji sits deep, Nagata endures, and then Nagata powers up for ropes! Tsuji drags him away and sits deep again! Nagata refuses to give in, and he powers up, but Tsuji adds as much weight as he possibly can! Fans rally harder and Nagata gets up to get the ropebreak! Tsuji lets go, drags Nagata right up, and scoops him, only for Nagata to slip off! Tsuji runs back in, into a KITCHEN SINK KNEE! Both men are down but fans fire up! Nagata gets up, eggs Tsuji on, and Tsuji throws a forearm! Nagata gives it back but so does Tsuji! Tsuji and Nagata stand up tall and start throwing more forearms!
Fans rally as they pick up speed, but Nagata ROCKS Tsuji and he starts to wobble. Tsuji fires up to fire off more forearms, but Nagata ROCKS him back with more! Tsuji steadies himself at the ropes and fans fire up again. Tsuji throws forearm after forearm, but swings into an EXPLODER! Nagata gets up as fans rally and he runs at Tsuji in the corner. SHINING WIZARD, and the SAI- NO! Tsuji gets a takedown and cover, TWO! Tsuji SLAPS Nagata, SLAPS him again, and then SLAPS him again! Tsuji runs, but into the WHEEL KICK! Nagata fires up and he brings Tsuji into the SAIDO! Bridging cover, Nagata wins!
Winner: Yuji Nagata, by pinfall (advances t0 the next round)
Blue Justice continues in the NJCUP! Will he be able to stay strong and continue to the end?
2021 New Japan Cup Opening Round: Tomohiro Ishii VS SANADA!
Tensions have been rising with every encounter between these two. Now it explodes as they battle in the NJCUP! But will the Stone Pitbull bury the Cold Skull? Or will there be a Skull End in the first round?
The bell rings and the two stare down as fans rally up. Sanada and Ishii circle, tie up, and are in a deadlock. Sanada wrenches to a wristlock, but Ishii throws body shots. Ishii wrenches to a wristlock, clubs Sanada’s arm, then hammerlocks. Sanada slips around to hammerlock back but Ishii slips around. Sanada headlocks but Ishii gets the hammerlock. Sanada gets the hammerlock back, spins Ishii to a snapmare, then chinlocks. But Ishii slips right out to have a hammerlock. Sanada fights up, Ishii wrenches him to a wristlock, but Sanada rolls and handsprings and cartwheels to handspring, wrench, headlock and takeover!
Fans cheer the display of technique and agility, but Ishii fights his way up. Sanada holds on tight but Ishii throws body shots. Ishii powers out, Sanada rams him with a shoulder, and things speed up. Ishii fakes out the hurdle, but Sanada dodges the clothesline. Ishii dodges the boot but Sanada trips him up! Ishii avoids Paradise and fans cheer as the two start shoving. Ishii eggs Sanada on so Sanada throws forearms. Ishii throws them back and fans rally as the two brawl back and forth. Ishii gets the edge, runs, but Sanada boots him! Sanada runs but Ishii runs him over! Sanada bails out, Ishii pursues and puts him right back in. Ishii sits Sanada up to KICK him in the back! And again! And again!
Sanada gets up and gets in Ishii’s face, before he CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Ishii doesn’t flinch so Sanada CHOPS again. Ishii CHOPS Sanada off his feet! Ishii uses his body to back Sanada into a corner and then he throws forearms. Fans rally as Ishii keeps hitting Sanada, then gives him toying kicks. Red Shoes reprimands, but Ishii mockingly asks Sanada what’s wrong. Sanada gets up and CHOPS Ishii. Ishii doesn’t flinch so Sanada throws forearms. Ishii eggs Sanada on, the forearms keep flying, but Ishii DECKS Sanada with one! Fans cheer while Ishii backs away and Red Shoes checks on Sanada. Sanada is okay to continue and fans rally up, “I-SHI-I!” “SA-NA-DA!”
Ishii drags Sanada up but Sanada blocks the back suplex. Sanada throws elbows, then forearms, but again Ishii just tanks them. Ishii slaps Sanada then forearms. Sanada reverses the whip, Ishii comes back from the corner but Sanada dropkicks the legs out! Both men are down, fans rally up, and the two stir. Sanada stands first, drags Ishii up, but Ishii throws forearms! Ishii whips, Sanada reverses then hurdles, hurdles and dropkicks! Fans fire up as Ishii bails out. Sanada aims and PLANCHAS! Direct hit and down goes Ishii! Fans rally and Sanada encourages they get louder. Sanada then goes back for Ishii, puts him in the ring, then gets the legs! Sanada ties Ishii up in Paradise!
Sanada stands on Ishii and fans cheer. Sanada again encourages them to get louder, and they get louder and louder! Sanada gets the right volume and runs at Ishii, to dropkick him out of Paradise! But Ishii is just annoyed! Ishii grabs Sanada by the face to CHOP him! And ROCK him with a forearm, then CHOP, forearm, repeat! Fans rally, Red Shoes wants Ishii to let up but Ishii just stands Sanada back up for more! Red Shoes reprimands, Ishii pushes him away and keeps firing off forearms and CHOPS! Red Shoes gets in between them but Ishii headbutts Sanada! Ishii gives a stomp before backing off, and Sanada is right up! Sanada uses his shoulder to bump Ishii around.
Ishii shoves Sanada, throws a forearm, but Sanada is rolling with the punches! Sanada EuroUppers, Ishii fires up but Sanada uppercuts again! Sanada has Ishii in the corner and digs his boots in! Red Shoes counts, fans rally again, “I-NA-I!” “SA-SHI-DA!” (Not in point?) and Sanada lets off at 4. To then shove Red Shoes!? Sanada rains down forearms over and over on Ishii! Red Shoes comes back and has Sanada let off, and fans rally up again. Ishii staggers about as he gets up, and Sanada whips him corner to corner. Ishii reverses, Sanada goes up and out then springboards back in. Ishii avoids that but runs into a back suplex! But Ishii’s right up!?
Sanada swings into Ishii’s back suplex! But Sanada is right up! Ishii avoids the dropkick, Sanada avoids the clothesline, but Ishii back suplexes again! Sanada is right up?! SHOTGUN DROPKICK! Fans fire up again as both men are down! Ishii stirs and rolls over towards Sanada, but Sanada sits up first. Sanada stands, drags Ishii up, and whips him to a corner. Ishii reverses, but Sanada boots him away! Ishii gets around Sanada to CORNER GERMAN! Sanada slumps down the buckles and fans rally up again as Ishii stands. Ishii drags Sanada up, hoists him to the top rope, then climbs up to join him.
Sanada resists the suplex, Ishii keeps trying, and Ishii gets Sanada up for a STALLING SUPERPLEX! Cover, TWO!! Sanada survives and fans fire up again! Ishii gets up and dares Sanada to stand. Sanada rises, Ishii runs, but Sanada avoids the lariat to spin Ishii to a dragon sleeper! Ishii spins around to dragon sleeper Sanada then shove him to a corner. Ishii runs in, Sanada elbows him away, and Sanada hops up. Ishii blocks the Sanada Quebrada with an Electric Chair lift! Electric Snake Eyes! Ishii runs but into Sanada’s dropkick! Sanada drags Ishii back up as fans rally, and he puts on the dragon sleeper! Ishii resists Skull End by trying to pull Sanada down, but Sanada stays up.
Ishii reaches for ropes, Sanada brings him away and fireman’s carries, TK- NO! Ishii lands on his feet and he has Sanada in a dragon sleeper! Sanada slips through, tries to suplex, but Ishii fights that off. Sanada throws forearms, then spins, into Ishii’s BIG forearm! Fans fire up again as both men fall over! Ishii rises first and he goes back to Sanada. Ishii drags him up, reels him in, and lifts, for a POWERBOMB! High stack cover, TWO!! Sanada survives but Ishii fires up. Ishii aims as Sanada rises, but Sanada blocks the lariat, only for Ishii to spin and LARIAT from the left! Ishii runs and LARIATS from the right! Cover, TWO!! Ishii grows frustrated but he drags Sanada back up.
Fans rally hard as ever as Ishii suplexes. Sanada fights free, but runs into a GERMAN! Sanada lands on his feet to fireman’s carry and TKO! But Sanada can’t make the cover, he’s too tired! Fans rally again as both men stir. Sanada gets to the apron, encourages the fans to get even louder. Sanada aims at Ishii, springboards and missile dropkicks! But Ishii is right up, only to run into Sanada’s LARIAT! Sanada dragon sleepers, Ishii throws hands, and Ishii is free! Ishii runs into Sanada’s cravat, standing Sliced Bread, and DRAGON SLEEPER! Sanada drops back, SKULL END!! Ishii is caught in the body scissors but he fights to move around!
Sanada squeezes tight, Ishii starts to pry free but he also starts to fade! Ishii reaches around, pushes with his legs, but Sanada stays hooked on! Sanada pulls as hard as he can on Ishii’s head! Ishii starts to fade again and Red Shoes checks, Ishii gets a second wind and gets the ropebreak! Sanada lets go and fans cheer. Fans rally up again, Sanada drags Ishii back up, and Sanada hoists Ishii onto the ropes for a MAGIC SCREW! Cover, TWO! Sanada vows to end this, and he drags Ishii back up. Sanada scoops but Ishii elbows him away. Ishii enziguris but misses, and Sanada goes to body scissor. Ishii slips out the back to waistlock, Sanada switches, but Ishii bucks him off.
Ishii runs in, Sanada full nelsons but Ishii breaks free. Sanada just switches to chicken wings and the TIGER SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Ishii narrowly escapes but Sanada heads up top, for a ROUNDING BODY PRESS to Ishii’s back! Sanada goes back up, to ROUND BODY- FLOP!! Ishii avoids disaster and fans are thunderous as they rally again! Sanada and Ishii go to opposite ends, and Sanada stands first. Sanada runs in at Ishii but Ishii boots him! Sanada comes back but into another boot! Ishii runs but Sanada gets around to QUEBRADA, to the dragon sleeper! Sanada drops back, Ishii rolls through and sits Sanada up! Ishii runs but Sanada avoids the sliding lariat!
Sanada kicks but Ishii blocks so Sanada forearms and sobats! Ishii ENZIGURIS! Both men are down again! Fans are fired up again and rally, “SA-NA-DA!” “I-SHI-I!” Ishii crawls over to Sanada and sits him up. Ishii runs, SLIDING LARIAT! Cover, TWO!! Sanada survives and Ishii is furious! Ishii fires up and fans join in as he drags Sanada up. Ishii suplexes, Sanada fights free and wrenches to a fireman’s carry! Sanada throws Ishii to the dragon sleeper, but Ishii slips around to spin and suplex! Sanada slips out to the dragon sleeper, but Ishii gets free! Sanada follows Ishii and O’Conner BRIDGES! Cover, TWO!?! Ishii narrowly escapes and shocks Sanada!
Fans are thunderous again and both men hurry up. Ishii LARIATS, but Sanada is up! Ishii fires off boxing elbows but Sanada gives them all back! Sanada hits a ROLLING ELBOW, Ishii HEADBUTTS! Sanada staggers back and Ishii falls to a knee, but Ishii fires back up! Ishii runs, but Sanada RANAS! Ishii is right up, into a pop-up CUTTER! Sanada hurries up top, for the ROUNDING BODY PRESS!! Cover, Sanada wins!!
Winner: Sanada, by pinfall (advances t0 the next round)
Almost out of nowhere, Sanada gets the win and is moving on! Sanada gets the mic and fans already anticipate what’s coming. “Everyone. I know you guys are doing the thing, but we can’t turn the lights off in here. But why don’t we do it with the lights on for the first time?” Fans don’t mind that. “For this New Japan Cup, I ranked second in the fan vote to win it. I will win this.” And one more thing: “Of all the towns in Japan, I like Okayama the most. OI, Okayama! See you next time!” Though Sanada couldn’t have his romantic lighting, will he shine even brighter against Blue Justice?
A very good event, but again I skipped things with Evil’s part of Bullet Club. He of course won again, and then the same for Jeff Cobb getting the win for the United Empire. Those two are going to have a lot of momentum going into their match next round. The 8 Man Tag was fun, but Henare getting the win for his team makes sense, given the math and the tournament. White has to beat Henare to then face Tanahashi, right? Just like I don’t see Cobb VS Khan, and we aren’t getting Goto VS Okada, we’re not getting Henare VS Tanahashi since they’re HenarACE. The Six Man was also good, and I think Goto won here just to keep even with Takagi in momentum. His match with Takagi could go either way, but I’m leaning towards Takagi winning again.
Nagata VS Tsuji was good but of course Nagata won, Tsuji is still a Young Lion. But as I said before for him and the other Young Lions in this crop, they’re getting great showings and stories to make up for not being able to go on excursion right now. Ishii VS Sanada was a great match, and Sanada winning makes a lot of sense. While Ishii is great, Sanada has been building steadily over the years and is just any given moment away from truly being in that uppercard. Beating Ishii, surely beating Nagata in the next round, and then meeting the winner of Ospreay VS ZSJ, Sanada could really go on a tear towards the finals. There are quite a few possibilities still for the NJCUP finals, but EVIL VS SANADA to really cap off the story that was built last year would be strong stuff for Sanada’s rise to the top.
My Score: 8.9/10
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Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (5/29/23)
Monday Night of Champions!
Who runs the Women’s Tag Division?
Night of Champions has come and gone, but Monday Night Raw has one more title match! Who will be the NEW WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions?
- Men’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match Qualifier: Ricochet VS The Miz; Ricochet wins and advances to MITB.
- Men’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match Qualifier: Shinsuke Nakamura VS Bronson Reed; wins and advances to MITB.
- Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match Qualifier: ???
- Vacated WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships: Raquel Rodriguez & Shotzi Blackheart VS Sonya Deville & Chelsea Green VS Bayley & Iyo Sky VS Ronda Rousey & Shayna Baszler; win and are the new WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions.
- Seth Rollins & AJ Styles VS The Judgment Day; win(s).
PLAY BY PLAY
Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome the WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION!
Fans fire up as Seth Freakin’ Rollins walks down from the top of the stands! They sing his song as he struts with the new World Heavyweight Championship belt around his waist and makes it to ringside. Then Rollins takes a victory lap before getting in the ring, for streamers and pyro! He revels in the moment as fans still sing, “WHOA~ OHH~ OHHH~!” Rollins then gets the mic, fans sing some more, and he says, “ALBANY, NEW YORK! Welcome to Monday! Night! ROLLINS! I am a Visionary. I am a Revolutionary! I am… SETH! FREAKIN! ROLLINS!” Fans chant “You Deserve It!” and Rollins takes a moment to enjoy that.
Rollins says he is the World Heavyweight Champion, and the fans cheer. Rollins says it has been a long, long road to get here. Lots of lows, lots of highs. But standing here tonight, it just feels right, doesn’t it? HE doesn’t wanna talk too much about the past, he wants to focus on the future. “Because finally, Monday Night Raw has a champion that wants to be here, a champion that is going to be here, and most importantly, a champion that is ready for a fight!” Fans love the sound of that! They chant “Thank You, Seth!” and sing his song, but Rollins says yeah, he’s ready! He wants to fight! He wants ALL the fights!
Because it doesn’t matter who you are, where you come from, if you step to Rollins, the result will always be the same: Rollins, every Monday night, standing in this ring with the World Heavyweight title around his waist and the world singing his song! “OH~ OHH~ OHHH~!” But wait! AJ Styles is here? The Phenomenal One is a SmackDown superstar, but he’s here on Raw to step into the ring with the man he lost to at Night of Champions. Rollins looks at him over the brim of his sunglasses, but Styles gets a mic. Styles knows he’s supposed to be on SmackDown, but he couldn’t resist coming here to Raw… to say, “Congratulations.”
Fans cheer and Styles tells Rollins he gave it everything he had, left it all in the ring. It was like Rollins knew what he was gonna do before he did it. And the fans, they say Rollins “deserves it.” Styles says he doesn’t think Rollins deserves anything. Fans boo, but Styles says Rollins earned being World Heavyweight Champion. Rollins smiles and fans sing again, “WHOA~ OH~ OHH~!” Rollins tells Styles that he’s not too good at these things, but after the beating he gave Styles at NOC, Styles earned this: a handshake. Fans cheer as Styles accepts! There’s respect here, but then the Judgment Day comes out!
Finn Balor pretends to be sick as he has a mic of his own. He asks if this is making the others just as sick. Whatever this is makes Finn wanna PUKE! Damian Priest agrees, he’s queasy. Let’s get to something more positive. What’s that thing Rhea Ripley says? “The Judgment Day, we run Monday Night Raw!” The four get in the ring, and Priest says Rhea’s right. But after watching The Bloodline implode on Saturday, without a shadow of a doubt, the Judgment Day runs the entire WWE! And let’s not forget, Finn & Priest beat the Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions, something not even Roman Reigns could do!
And to Seth, from the champion to just another champion, Rollins shouldn’t get too comfortable with his new title. Because chances are, someone from Judgment Day will take it from him. Yeah, could be big Damian! Aw, thanks, Finn! He feels the same about you! Aw shucks, thanks, mate. Rhea says it could even be her Dom-Dom. Fans boo that and Rollins looks to Styles. They laugh at that! Dom asks why, what’s so funny? He beat Styles! Fans chant “YOU SUCK! YOU SUCK!” at Dom, but Finn has everyone calm down. Finn says we saw Styles and Rollins beat each other half to death at Night of Champions. And-
Dom cuts in to say that the Judgment Day will finish the job! Fans boo but Styles asks if Rollins heard that. That almost sounds like a challenge. Rhea says it IS a challenge! Then they ACCEPT! Rollins says that’s right! Any two from Judgment Day VS Rollins & Styles in the main event of his show, Monday Night Rollins! Who will step to this phenomenal dream team? And will they only get stomped into the mat?
Adam Pearce is on the phone.
He discusses with someone. We’re all on the same page, because Rollins, Styles and the Judgment Day want this match. And yes, he understands it flies in the face of the new brand split of Raw and SmackDown, but… Yes, sir. No, Pearce thinks this match is incredible and happens tonight. Oh, hold on, they’re right here. Pearce sees Styles and Rollins talking and steps in. He knows they all want the match, so he’s working on it. Rollins says c’mon, it’s his first night as champion. Don’t embarrass him! Make the match! Styles says Rollins doesn’t speak for him. Oh, is Styles afraid of Dom? Does Rollins really think that? No, but maybe Styles is afraid of Rhea.
Pearce has them calm down and says he’s trying to get this approved. Does everyone have their gear? Styles is a pro, of course he does! Make it official! Then get Rollins to change his pants. Oh, good point. The superstars head out, Pearce is sure you know who heard all that. Then it IS official! The main event is going to be phenomenal, but who will Judgment Day send at Styles and the champ?
Men’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match Qualifier: Ricochet VS The Miz!
The King of Flight is ready to take his career to new heights, and we all know the Money in the Bank briefcase can do that. Just as The Hollywood A-Lister. Will Miz look to launch into a new sequel from his previous MITB runs? Or will the One and Only be the one going to London?
Raw returns as Miz makes his entrance. The bell rings, Miz rushes in but Ricochet gets around to a headlock. Miz powers out, Ricochet rolls over the drop down and ducks the lariat to handspring, but into a full nelson! Ricochet arm-drags free, things speed up again and a kitchen sink knee hits Ricochet down! Miz then runs, but Ricochet ducks the boot to kip up, spin and PELE! Miz bails out, Ricochet builds speed! Miz moves but Ricochet tumbles up and out to the apron. Ricochet avoids the sweep, PENALTY KICKS Miz, then goes up the corner to MOONSAULT! Fans fire up for the direct hit at ringside!
Ricochet drags Miz up and puts him in the ring. Ricochet goes up the corner, but Miz gets under the leap! Miz runs in to RANA! Miz surprises us with that, and then he BOOTS Ricochet down! Miz talks trash, and he looks up to the briefcase. Fans taunt Miz’s “TINY BALLS!” but he goes out after Ricochet. Miz SMACKS Ricochet off the desk, and again, then pushes him over the desk. Fans boo as Miz shouts, “MASSIVE!” Miz drags Ricochet up, brings him back to ringside and puts him in the ring. Miz then climbs up, leaps and AX HANDLES Ricochet down! Cover, TWO! Miz hurries to clamp onto Ricochet with a chinlock as Raw goes to break.
Raw returns as Miz is stuck in the ropes! Ricochet ROCKS him, then jumps in, but Miz avoids the stomps! Miz ROCKS Ricochet, springboards and CROSSBODIES! Cover, TWO! Ricochet survives and Miz can’t believe it! “I springboarded and everything!” Miz is mad at the fans laughing at him, but Miz KICKS Ricochet in the chest! And again! And again! And again! Miz soaks up the heat, takes aim from a corner, but Ricochet blocks the buzzsaw! Ricochet KICKS and KNEES and runs, to CLOBBER Miz! Fans fire up, Ricochet feels it, and he runs in at the corner to RAM into Miz and go to the apron!
Ricochet bumps Miz off buckles then ROUNDHOUSES him away! Ricochet springboards, but into a full nelson! Ricochet RAMS Miz into a corner, but then Miz RAMS Ricochet into the other corner! Miz runs in, into an elbow! Ricochet goes up, Miz trips him up! DRAPING CODE BREAKER, to a BASEMENT DDT! Cover, TWO!! Ricochet survives and Miz is shocked! Miz scowls and looks to the briefcase, but fans rally up for Ricochet. Miz shouts MASSIVE! Full nelson, but Ricochet victory rolls! TWO, Miz has it, TWO! Ricochet HEEL KICKS! And then cravat, for an ASAI DDT!
Fans fire up again as Ricochet goes to a corner! Ricochet climbs up, aims, and SHOOTING STAR PRESS!! Cover, Ricochet wins!
Winner: Ricochet, by pinfall (advances to MITB)
Add it to the highlight reel, Ricochet beats the two-time Mr. MITB to go to London! Will Ricochet win the golden ticket across the pond?
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Mitchell’s NXT Battleground Results & Report! (5/28/23)
Will Bron break… HIM?
Who is truly the top dog of NXT?
Lowell, Massachusetts becomes a Battleground as hometown hero, Carmelo Hayes, defends his NXT Championship in a rematch against Bron Breakker!
- NXT North American Championship Triple Threat: Wes Lee VS Tyler Bate VS Joe Gacy w/ Ava Raine; Wes wins and retains the title.
- NXT Heritage Cup Championship: Noam Dar w/ ??? VS Dragon Lee w/ Nathan Frazer; Dar wins and retains the cup.
- Last Man Standing: DIJAK VS Ilja Dragunov; Dragunov wins.
- NXT Tag Team Championships: Gallus VS The Creed Brothers w/ Ivy Nile; Gallus wins and retains the titles.
- NXT Women’s Championship Tournament Finals: Lyra Valkyria VS Tiffany Stratton; Tiffany wins and is the new NXT Women’s Champion.
- NXT Championship: Carmelo Hayes w/ Trick Williams VS Bron Breakker; Melo wins and retains the title.
PLAY BY PLAY
It’s the NXT Battleground Kickoff Show!
Join Megan Morant, Matt Camp & Sam Roberts in discussing, analyzing and predicting all the action here tonight!
Noam Dar talks with Oro Mensah backstage.
Will Oro be Dar’s cornerman now? He got Oro a first class ticket out here to Lowell, and that 5 star hotel. Oro does like the hotel room with the jacuzzi. Dar says they can live that high life together, if Oro is Dar’s second to defend the Heritage Cup in its first match on American soil! Oro says he’ll think about it. What? But the match is tonight! There’s no time to think! Dar cradles the cup, is the Scottish Supernova gonna lose his baby?
WWE returns to Lowell!
The People’s Champion, the Degeneration X, and more, “this town has always embraced the new generation.” NXT is that new generation, is still that new generation, and yet, walking into Lowell isn’t always easy for the champions. Beneath the shadow of Bean Town is the precipice of another milestone. Who will be left standing? Who will stand tall as champions? And who will make history all their own? This is NXT Battleground!
NXT North American Championship Triple Threat: Wes Lee VS Tyler Bate VS Joe Gacy w/ Ava Raine!
The Cardiac Kid has had quite the must-see title reign, but his fighting-champion ways may have gotten him stuck between a rock and a hard place. The Big Strong Boi was his friend, but he couldn’t be upfront about wanting this match. The Schism’s sinister leader is a snake in the grass, but at least he was honest about his greed. Will one of them take this title away from the #WesSide? Or will the champion win that historic title defense record?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see which way history moves!
The bell rings and Gacy rushes Wes! Wes rolls Gacy, Bate rolls Wes, but Gacy rolls Bate! TWO! The three stand off and fans cheer. The three reset, circle, and Gacy grins as he points to Bate and WEs. But Bate and Wes rush him! Gacy dodges, and Wes gets mad at Bate. Gacy tries to turn Wes against Bate again, but Batge throws hands on Gacy! Wes throws Gacy out, but then Wes shoves Bate. The “friends” circle, feel things out, but Gacy returns to egg this on. Bate and Wes change their minds and go out after Gacy! They pinball him with haymakers and forearms! Wes puts Gacy in, Bate pushes past but Wes drags Bate out.
But then Bate drags Wes out! Now Bate shoves Wes, so Wes shoves back. They throw hands! Fans fire up, but Gacy DIVES! Direct hit at the ramp and Gacy stands tall! Gacy puts Bate in and BOOTS Wes! Gacy goes into the ring but Bate CHOPS! Bate whips, Gacy reverses but Bate leaps, into Gacy’s arms! NORTHERN LIGHTS BOMB! Cover, Wes breaks it! Gacy ROCKS Wes and Wes flops to the apron. Gacy goes back to Bate but Bate slips under and waistlocks. Gacy pries the hold but Bate lifts him! Gacy fights with elbows, switches, but Bate goes to ropes. Wes FLYING SUNSET FLIPS and that sends Bate flying via a GERMAN SUPLEX!
Wes covers Gacy, TWO, and fans fire up as Wes stands tall. Wes throws hands and elbows on Bate and Gacy, then SUPERKICKS Bate! Wes fires off strikes on Gacy, has him down and DOUBLE STOMPS him! Wes then RANAS Bate! Cover, TWO!! Bate escapes and that’s also good for Gacy. Wes is annoyed, but he sees Gacy in a corner. Wes brings Bate up but Bate swings. Wes bobs ‘n’ weaves, throws hands and a BOOT! Bate boots back, Wes blocks, but Bate KNEES him away! Bate goes up, FLYING UPPERCUT! Bate runs at Gacy, into an elbow! But then Gacy runs into an EXPLODER!
Bate kips up, fans fire up, and Wes runs in. Bate catches Wes, to EXPLODER! Bate kips up again, to SHOOTING STAR Wes! Cover, Bate moves and Gacy drops an elbow on Wes! Bate fireman’s carries, Gacy slips off. Bate dodges Gacy, Bop up but Gacy ducks, so Bate KICKS Gacy! And then BANG! Fireman’s carry and AIRPLANE SPIN! Fans fire up as Bate goes around and around, but then he blocks Wes’ kick! Bate trips Wes, and we get a AIRPLANE SPIN GIANT SWING COMBO! He is truly a Big Strong Boi! Bate stops at 5 to SLAM Gacy onto Wes! Bate then runs to REBOUNDER on Gacy! Cover on Gacy, Wes SMACKS Bate!
Fans fire up while all three men are down! Fans rally for Wes and he brings Bate up. Bate throws body shots but Wes throws forearms. Bate UPPERCUTS, but Wes stays up to ROCK Bate! Bate UPPERCUTS again, fans rally and duel between him and Wes, but Wes fires off a strike fest! ROLLING ELBOW, then a whip! Bate reverses, BACK DRO POWERBOMB as Gacy joins in! Gacy deadlifts Wes to BOMB Bate! Fans fire up for that show of strength, but Bate KNEES Gacy back! Bate goes up, FLYING- NO, Gacy catches Bate to a dragon sleeper! Wes runs in, but into a clinch! URENAGE REVERSE DDT COMBO!
Gacy clamps onto Wes with the RINGS OF SATURN!! Wes endures as Gacy pulls back! But Bate is up, and he BOOTS Gacy! But Gacy just grins!? Gacy tortures Wes while grinning at Bate. Bate says okay then, and he fires off fists on Gacy! Gacy lets Wes go, Bate keeps on hammering and fans fire up again! Bate backs off from Gacy and goes to a corner. Bate runs in again, SHOOTING FLOP, and Gacy has the RINGS OF SATURN on Bate! Gacy thrashes Bate around but Bate endures! Wes DOUBLE STOMPS Gacy and Gacy lets go! All three men are down, Ava looks worried for Gacy, but “This is Awesome!” for the fans!
Gacy goes to ropes, Bate goes to the opposite side. Wes rises up, he ROCKS Gacy! And MULE KICKS Bate! And ROCKS Gacy again! And ELBOWS Bate! Haymaker for Gacy, but Bate UPPERCUTS Wes! Gacy ROCKS Wes! Both Bate and Gacy run, but Wes moves and the REBOUNDER collides with the UPSIDE-DOWN!! Wes has his choice, he decides to handspring DOUBLE PELE!! Cover on Gacy, TWO!! Cover on Bate, TWO!! Wes is beside himself but the fans are loving “NXT! NXT!” for making this the opener. All three men stir, Gacy goes for a corner, and Bate goes for the opposite, leaving Wes in the middle.
Fans chant, “We Want Tables!” but Wes runs in to UPPERCUT Gacy! Wes runs corner to corner to UPPERCUT Bate! Wes runs but Bate reels him in. Wes ELBOWS and ROCKS Bate, then GAMANGIRIS! Bate sits down, Wes runs at Gacy, but Gacy dodges! To then DECK Wes! Gacy runs but Wes reels him in! SLEEPER! Wes is a backpack and Gacy starts to fade! Gacy reaches out, not that ropebreaks would change much. Fans rally, Gacy picks Wes back up, and he CANNONBALLS! Gacy drags Wes from the corner, covers, but Bate TORNILLOS! And then underhooks, TYLER DRIVER 97!! Cover, METEORA from Wes!! Cover, Gacy TOSSES Wes!
Gacy has Wes on the apron but Wes GAMANGIRIS! Gacy staggers away, Wes puts Bate on the apron. Gacy runs in but BLASTS Bate! Wes comes back, ENZIGURI! Wes puts Gacy up top, ROCKS him, then goes corner to corner, but Gacy leans and Wes FLIES out onto Bate!! Fans are thunderous, Wes gets in and runs at Gacy, but into an URENAGE!! Gacy roars, runs, handsprings, but into a CARDIAC KICK!!! Cover, WES WINS!!
Winner: Wes Lee, by pinfall (still NXT North American Champion)
Another incredible win for Wes Lee, and now both title and record are his! Will nothing stop the Cardiac Kid from making history?
NXT Heritage Cup Championship: Noam Dar w/ ??? VS Dragon Lee w/ Nathan Frazer!
Forged in NXT UK to celebrate the lineage of European wrestling, this will be a test of strategy, ability and determination! Six rounds, three minutes at a time, and first to two falls wins, aside from a disqualification or knockout. Will the Scottish Supernova keep his historically long reign going? Or will the Wonder Boy be the one that finally dethrones him?
Dragon Lee has the British Rocket by his side, but last we saw, Oro Mensah left Dar hanging. Does Dar have a cornerman? Doesn’t look like it. The introductions are made, the cup is displayed, and we see if Dar will be delighted or dismayed!
The bell rings, round one begins, and fans rally as the two circle. They feel things out, give testing kicks, and Dragon’s hits harder. They tie up, Dar waistlocks and drags Dragon down but Dragon slips to a facelock. Dar gets up, facelocks back but Dragon trips Dar. Dar pulls at the mask but Dragon has the leg. Dar gets an arm, they stand, and then Dar wrangles Dragon. Dar JAMS the arm, pushes on it, messes with the mask, but Dragon fights up. Dragon rolls, Dar fights the takedown to wrangle Dragon again. Fans rally for Dragon but Dar SMACKS the hand! Dar drops a knee on the arm, then brings Dragon around.
Dar wrenches to an ELBOW BREAKER, but Dragon grabs at Dar’s face. Dar ELBOW BREAKERS again, but Dragon rolls, wrenches and WRINGS Dar’s arm! Dragon twists the wrist and bends the fingers but Dar moves around. Dar rolls, trips Dragon, steps through for a standing deathlock, then gets the other leg. Dar wants an Indian Deathlock but Dragon shoves him away. Dar hits a headlock takeover but Dragon headscissors. We’re under a minute, Dar bridges, but Dragon pushes him back down. Dragon puts on the squeeze but Dar headstands and pops free. Dar headlocks, Dragon fights up and powers out.
Dar jumps over, stops himself, but Dragon avoids the leg sweep! Dragon sunset flips, Dar gets free, both men avoid kicks but Dar almost gets hit! We’re at 15 seconds, Dar gets up to shove Dragon. But Dragon blocks the slap to DECK Dar! Dar bails out, Dragon builds speed to WRECK Dar off the apron! And that’s the round!
Dar: 0; Dragon: 0
Fans cheer a great opener, and wait! Oro Mensah does head out here? He wants to be on Dar’s side, though Dar says it was three minutes too late. In that case, fan him! The break is over, round two begins. Dragon gets around Dar but Dar fights the lift. Dar throws elbows, but Dragon CLUBS him! Dragon RAMS Dar into a corner, runs in to clothesline, then snapmare and ELBOW! Dar gets up into another ELBOW! Dragon scoops but Dar slips off and shoves. Things speed up as Dragon ducks n’ dodges ‘n’ RANAS! Dar flounders, Dragon runs in to JUMP KICK! Leg sweep! COMBINACION CABRON!
Fans fire up and Dragon stares at Dar. Dar eggs Dragon on, but Dragon rains down forearms! The ref counts, Dragon lets off to run corner to corner, HYDRAULIC DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! Dar is still in this and he victory rolls Dragon! TWO, Dragon dodges a boot but not the BACK ELBOW! Dar rolls with a deep bridge, Dar scores!
Dar: 1; Dragon: 0
Fans boo but Supernova 11 has the all-important first point. Frazer helps Dragon get ready, here comes round three! Dar eggs Dragon on, then bails out. Dar leads Dragon on a cat ‘n’ mouse in and out of the ring, but Dragon ducks the buzzsaw! Dragon tackles Dar, rains down fists, but Dar shifts to an omoplata! Dar CLUBS Dragon, but Dragon rolls to KICK Dar! Dragon is free and he goes to a corner. Dar runs in but into an ELBOW! Dragon goes up, but Dar trips him up! Dar then covers, TWO! Dragon is still in this but Dar drags him up. Dar goes up the corner, he CLUBS away on Dragon, but the ref counts.
Dar shoves Dragon away and shouts, “I’m the best at this!” Fans boo as Dar flexes, then Dar drags Dragon back up. Dar throws knees, but Dragon rolls Dar up! TWO, and Dragon V-TRIGGERS Dar! Dar drops to his knees, Dragon SUPERKICKS! Dar goes to a corner, fans fire up as Dragon runs, but Dar bails out to the apron. Dragon still runs in, FLYING RANA to the floor! Fans are thunderous and we’re at the last minute of round three! Dragon gets in the ring, he builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit at the ramp, this is what Dragon wanted at the end of the first round! Dragon puts Dar in and then KNEES Dar down! Cover, TWO!!
We’re at 30 seconds now as Dragon thinks on how to get on the board. Dar crawls, Dragon storms up behind him, and Dragon gives toying kicks. Dragon stomps Dar, but we’re at 10 seconds. Dar gets away but Dragon fires off more hands! The round is over, Dar gets a cheap shot!!
Dar: 1; Dragon: 0
Fans boo but Dar claims he had no idea the round ended! Frazer has to drag Dragon over to the corner, that was almost a knockout in itself! Dar defends his innocence, but he’s got a huge advantage going into round four. The ref sounds the bell, Dragon drags himself up, Dar runs in! Dar only gets buckles, but then he dodges Dragon to run and BOOT! Dar snapmares Dragon, runs in and SLIDING LARIATS! Cover, TWO!! Dragon is still in this but Dar soaks up the heat. Dar aims from a corner, demands Dragon get up, but Dragon flounders. Dar gets annoyed, he drags Dragon up but Dragon cradles! TWO!!
dragon was playing possum but Dar ROUNDHOUSES! Pop-up, ARMBAR! Dragon clasps hands, Dar kicks at the arms, and he has the ARMBAR! Dragon flails, scrambles, reaches out, but Dar drags him from ropes! ARMBAR, but Dragon stacks Dar! TWO, and Dar lets Dragon go! Dragon SUPERKICKS! And then trips, ties up the legs, TEXAS CLOVERLEAF!! Dar endures, scrambles, reaches out, Oro leans on the ropes to help with the ROPEBRAEK! Frazer gets in Oro’s face and fans fire up! Oro apologizes, but then RAMS Frazer into steel steps! Dragon is distracted, Dar rolls him up, TWO!!
Dar runs in, Dragon dodges and returns, tilt-o-whirl REVERSE DDT! Cover, Dragon scores!!
Dar: 1; Dragon: 1
We’re going into the next round all tied up! Oro drags Dar to the corner now, but then Frazer goes after Oro! Fans are thunderous, Frazer SUPERKICKS Oro! The ref reprimands but Frazer FLIES out onto Oro! The cornermen scrap up the ramp and refs rush in to stop this! Seems like both men lose their seconds! This is just Dar and Dragon now, and here’s round five! They both run in, DOUBLE LARIAT! They both fire forearms, Dragon gets the edge and BOOTS! Bar blocks the knee to DRAGON SCREW, and ANKLE LOCK! Dragon rolls to send Dar to the apron! Dragon runs in again, FLYING- POWERBOMB to the floor!! Fans lose their minds as Dar puts Dragon in!
Dar ELBOWS Dragon down, covers, TWO!?!? Dragon survives and no one can believe it! Fans rally up for Dragon but Dar stands. Dar eggs Dragon on, and then KICKS him! And KICKS him! And BOOTS him! Dar slaps Dragon around, but then Dragon blocks the kick! Dar ELBOWS Daron, STEP PUNCH, but then SNAP GERMAN from Dragon! V-TRIGGER! Dragon reels Dar in, fans fire up, LAST RIDE!! Cover, TWO!! Dar survives and Dragon can’t believe it! We’re at one minute, and JAKARA JACKSON is here? The ref has her stay out, but LASH LEGEND is here! She SMACKS Dragon with a water bucket!!
NOVA ROLLA!!! Cover, Dar wins!!!
Winner: Noam Dar, by pinfall (still NXT Heritage Cup Champion)
With 41 seconds left in the fifth round, Supernova 11 gets a huge assist from two people who were hatin’ on him just last week! Why did Lash & Jakara help Dar? Will anyone ever take the cup from Dar now?
Last Man Standing: DIJAK VS Ilja Dragunov!
#HardJustice and #UNBESIEGBAR are like an unstoppable force and an unbreakable object. But will Dijak prove there is no such thing as invincible? Or will Dragunov prove Dijak has no authority here in NXT?
The bell rings and the two rush in! The hands start flying and fans fire up! Dijak powers Dragunov to a corner, and just windmills big forearms to the chest! Dijak CLUBS Dragunov, puts him in another corner and ROCKS him! But Dragunov CHOPS, and CHOPS, and CHOPS! Dijak CLOBBERS Dragunov! Fans fire up more as Dijak hoists Dragunov up to a torture rack! Dragunov fights free, knees low, then waistlocks. Dragunov lifts but Dijak fights free. Dijak switches, shoves but Dragunov CONSTANTINE- NO, Dijak BOOTS Dragunov to the floor! Dragunov sputters, but Dijak goes out to stomp him!
Dijak pulls the steel steps apart, but puts the top half in the ring. Dijak then puts Dragunov in the ring, but Dragunov KNEES him back out! Dragunov CLUBS Dijak, CLUBS him again, and CLUBS him again! Dijak ROCKS Dragunov but Dragunov PELES! Dragunov SMAKCS Dijak off the desk, then JUMP KICKS him down! Fans fire up with The Czar and he grabs the base steps! Fans fire up as Dragunov brings those closer, runs and jumps off them, but into a BOOT! Dijak then hauls Dragunov up, suplexes, and SLAMS him on the steps! Fans are going nuts as Dragunov flops to the floor. The count starts and Dijak paces.
Fans chant “We Want Tables!” while the count reaches 5 of 10. Dijak looks under the ring, and he brings out a TABLE! Dijak stands this table up, but Dragunov runs in to BLAST through the table!! Fans love “NXT! NXT!” for this one while both men are down in the wreckage. Dijak is against the barriers, Dragunov has a cut on his chin, and the count begins. We reach 5 of 10 before Dijak stirs. Dijak crawls to the ring, Dragunov sits up. They both stand at 8, and they lean against the apron. Dijak drags himself into the ring but Dragunov returns. Dragunov throws hands, but Dijak choke grips! Dragunov ENZIGURIS free!
Fans rally as Dragunov waistlocks. Dragunov drags Dijak up in a waistlock but Dijak fights the lift. Dijak grabs ropes, Dragunov keeps trying, but Dijak bucks Dragunov off, and he falls on the steel steps! Dragunov writhes and Dijak drags him back up! Dijak aims at the steps, for HIGH- NO, Dragunov DDTS Dijak on the steps!! Double-edged since Dragunov has to hit the edge of the steps, but the fans are thunderous! The count begins, Dragunov stirs at 3 and rises at 5. Dijak stirs, is dazed, but Dragunov drags Dijak up. Dragunov puts Dijak in a corner, and scrapes his boot off Dijak’s face again and again!
Dijak sputters, Dragunov goes back to the steel steps. Dragunov picks those up, and runs in to RAM Dijak!! Fans lose their minds, but Dragunov then wedges the steps against Dijak. Dragunov flounders his way to the adjacent corner, and then he climbs up! Fans fire up, anticipating what’s coming! Dragunov blows a kiss before going FULL METAL COAST2COAST!! Fans lose their minds again while both men are down again! The standing count starts on both men, and Dragunov already rises at 4! Dijak stirs at 7, grabs at ropes, and drags himself up at 9! But Dragunov pushes the steps aside to CHOP Dijak!
And CHOP! And CHOP! And CHOP CHOP CHOP CHOP CHOP! Dijak CHOPS back, SJUEPRKICKS, but Dragunov CHOPS again! And again and again and again and again! Dragunov roars, winds up, and BACKHANDS!! Both men fall, but Dragunov just throws more CHOPS from the mat! Dragunov spins, FALLING BACKHAND!! Fans are thunderous as both men are down. “This is Awesome!” as the count reaches 5 of 10. Dragunov rises first, he stalks Dijak, and he waistlocks to drag Dijak up. GERMAN SUPLEX!! Dijak almost lands on his head! But Dijak rises!? Even Dragunov is surprised! But Dragunov also likes this!
Fans fire up, Dijak choke grips, but Dragunov SLAPS and SLAPS and SLAPS! Dijak shoves Dragunov to the apron, but Dragunov throws more chops. Dijak APRON CHOKE SLAMS Dragunov!! Fans are shocked as Dragunov flops to the floor! The count begins again, Dijak rises at 6 and Dragunov manages to stand at 9! Dijak and Dragunov stare down, both gritting their teeth. Dijak drags Dragunov into the ring, torture racks, FEAST YOUR EYES!!! Dragunov staggers all the way to a corner, but the corner helps him stand! He might be out on his feet! Dijak is furious, he roars and storms out of the ring.
Dijak goes around the way from the outside, and he looks under the ring. Fans fire up as Dijak brings out a kendo stick! Dijak brings the stick into the ring, he aims at Dragunov in the corner, and he says that if Dragunov likes pain, he’ll love this. SMACK to the ribs! Dragunov’s legs wobble and shake but fans want that “ONE MORE TIME!” Dijak asks if Dragunov feels alive. Another SMACK to the ribs!! Dragunov says, “NOT EVEN CLOSE!!” Dijak CHOKES Dragunov with the stick, saying Dragunov is making him do this. A third SMACK to the ribs!! Dragunov sputters, but he doesn’t fall over yet.
Dijak shows Dragunov the blood on the kendo stick. Dijak tells Dragunov to stay down. “Don’t you make me do this.” A fourth and a fifth SMACK to the ribs!! The stick is breaking, so Dijak just finishes it with his own knee! Dijak throws the stick away, goes to the outside and he brings out a chair! Dijak brings the chair in now, and he digs it into Dragunov’s neck! Dijak says Dragunov’s forced his hand. But Dragunov throws hands on Dijak! Dijak JAMS Dragunov with the chair, then SMACKS him on the back!! Dragunov writhes, Dijak goes to the far side and winds up, but TORPEDO MOSCOW hits!!!
Fans are thunderous as Dragunov staggers all around a sputtering Dijak! Dragunov winds up, FALLING FOREARM!! Dijak still reaches for a chair but that’s about all he can do. Dragunov gets the steel steps! Dragunov stands them up the tall way, then stands on the steps. SUPER FALLING FOREARM onto the chair!!! Both men are down and the count begins! We’re at 5 and only Dragunov stirs. Dragunov rises, he stands at 9! Dijak is DOWN, Dragunov wins!!
Winner: Ilja Dragunov
And there is your proof! Dragunov is truly UNBESIEGBAR! He is the Last Man Standing, will he look to fight his way towards a championship now?
NXT checks in on Chase U.
Substitute teacher Duke Hudson says he has put in the results of everyone’s quizzes into the system, and they all did very well. EXCEPT RICKY! Ricky sucks! Aww…. Moving on, the MVP of Chase U and substitute teacher has been time consuming, as well as life draining. So he is bringing in two men to teach the Art of Catch Wrestling: Charlie Dempsey & Drew Gulak. And if anyone needs Duke, he is going to be in the back, working on the Money in the Bank study guides.
Gulak thanks Duke and tells the students that normally, you learn what to do. Today, let’s focus on what not to do when the bell rings. And who better to use as an example than Chase U’s own Thea Hail? Wait, what? Thea losing to Kiana James is used as the main example, and Dempsey says that Thea’s lack of grappling knowledge puts her at a severe disadvantage against every opponent. This is NOT how to become a superstar. But good news, not all students have to fail like Thea. Thea storms out, which gets Duke’s attention.
Gulak says with the right guidance, they can learn to crunch and crack opponents in half. Duke asks what the heck these two are doing, and Dempsey says they’re showing the Chase U students what not to do. Yeah, he knows that was the lesson, but they just made someone leave the classroom crying. Gulak says there’s no crying in WWE. This is a reality check. No one talks to Thea or any of Duke’s- er, Chase U’s students like that! Next week, Duke has a better lesson prepared for them, in the ring. Get out. Gulak & Dempsey leave, Duke dismisses the class, and wants someone to check on Thea.
But at the same time, looking at the highlight reel, Duke isn’t happy. Will he need to start using some tough love to get Thea’s record up?
Backstage interview with Noam Dar and his team.
They’re all celebrating but McKenzie Mitchell asks for a word. She does congratulate him on retaining, but what is this? This is history! “They” just defended the cup on American soil! The lovely Miss Jackson is holding the cup, Lash and Dar’s “main man” Oro are by his side. There’s levels to this, and THEY are at the top! CHECK PLEASE! Thank you, buh-bye! They head out, but will this Supernova squad still be partying into the summer?
The NXT Great American Bash is back!
July 30th, NXT salutes the stars ‘n’ stripes from Cedar Park, Texas, as their next Premium Live Event! Will everything be bigger in Texas?
NXT Tag Team Championships: Gallus VS The Creed Brothers w/ Ivy Nile!
The Iron King’s return at Stand & Deliver is why Mark Coffey & Wolfgang are still on top, but now that trump card is out in the open. Will Julius & Brutus be the ones back on top now that they know all the pieces in play? Or will nothing stop Gallus from making this their kingdom?
The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see who really runs the tag division!
The teams sort out and Julius starts with Wolfgang. Julius gets a takedown but Wolfgang fights up to UPPERCUT! Tag to Mark, Gallus mugs Julius, then Mark facelocks to wrangle Julius down. Julius fights up to an armlock, they go around, and Julius wrenches to a SAYANAGI, and then another armlock. Mark fights up, Julius puts him in the Creed corner to tag in Brutus. Brutus wrenches and cranks the arm, trips Mark, and fights to a headlock. Mark moves around, Brutus has an arm but Mark turns that around onto him. Mark grinds the shoulder, but Brutus gets free, and Wolfgang tags in.
Julius backs Brutus up and the teams talk trash. The ref keeps the peace, things calm down, but then Wolfie runs in! Julius DECKS him, and Brutus fireman’s carry takeovers! Brutus has Mark’s arm, tags Julius, and the Creeds pinball Mark between knees to the side! Brutus drags Mark up to hit a BIG back suplex! Julius covers, TWO! Julius keeps on Mark with an armlock but Mark fights up. Julius arm-drags Mark, keeps on the armlock, but Mark fights up to ROCK Julius! Mark whips, Julius goes up and over and then runs. Brutus tags in as Julius ducks ‘n ‘dodges! Brutus then goes up, FLYING AX YHANDLES!
Brutus SMASH again and again on Mark, but Wolfgang distracts. Brutus runs Wolfgang off but Mark UPPERCUTS! Brutus just powers through to hit a headlock takeover! Mark keeps his shoulders up, powers Brutus to ropes and Wolfgang tags in as Mark powers out. Brutus returns into a FLAPJACK HOTSHOT! Brutus sputters, Wolfgang CLUBS away on him, then drops knee after knee! Wolfgang CLUBS Brutus again, then clamps on a neck wrench. Brutus endures, fans rally, but Mark tags in. Gallus stomps Brutus down, Mark CLUBS Brutus, cover, TWO! Mark KICKS Brutus in the back!
Mark drags Brutus up to ROCK him with forearms, but Brutus hits back! Mark whips and kitchen sink knees Brutus! Tag to Wolfgang, BASEMENT SENTON! Wolfgang then clamps on with a cobra clutch. Fans rally, Brutus fights up, but Wolfgang tags Mark. Ripcord shoulder, then a FLYING SHOULDER! Cover, TWO, but Mark clamps on with a chinlock. Fans rally as Brutus endures and fights up. Brutus pries the hold but Mark throws him down! Mark grinds Brutus down but Brutus keeps his shoulder up. Fans rally, Brutus fights up, and he powers up to lift Mark, BIG back suplex! Fans fire up while both men writhe!
Mark crawls, tags Wolfgang, and Wolfgang keeps Brutus from Julius with a facelock. Fans rally, Brutus fights up again, but Wolfgang CLUBS him! And then ELBOWS Julius! The ref reprimands and Julius is mad, but then Brutus back drops Wolfgang! Tag to Julius! Julius fires off hands on Wolfgang, then clinches to OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Fans fire up as Julius kips up, to OVERHEAD Belly2Belly Mark! Wolfgang returns, for another OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Julius kips up again to hit another OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! And then another kip up for another OVERHEAD Belly2Belly for Wolfgang!
Fans are thunderous, Joe Coffey can’t believe this, Mark gets another OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Julius kips up, brings down the straps, but Wolfgang ELBOWS him! But Julius still OVERHEAD Belly2Belly suplexes! Mark tags in, but he runs into a seventh BELLY2BELLY! SHOOTING STAR! Brutus tags in to STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO!! Fans are still fired up for the Creeds, and Brutus brings Mark over. Julius tags back in, he hoists Mark up in an Electric Chair. Brutus climbs, but Mark victory rolls! Cover, TWO! Wolfgang runs in to trip up Brutus! Mark ROCKS Julius, he and Wolfgang DOUBLE URENAGE Julius!
But Brutus is still up top! BRUTUS BALL still hits!! Fans are thunderous as all four men are down! “This is Awesome!” as the teams regroup in corners. The Creeds fire each other up, they egg Gallus on, and Gallus fires up now! And the brawl is on!! Fans are loving it as fists fly! Mark shoves Julius but Julius SPEARS Mark! Wolfgang DEGS Brutus, Julius DECKS Brutus! Mark ROCKS Julius, Julius JUMP KNEES Mark! And then ROLLING SPINEBUSTER! Fans fire up as Julius throws off the elbow pad! Joe hurries in! The ref reprimands, but Ivy trips up Joe! Julius clotheslines Joe out!
Julius gives thumbs up to Ivy, but wait! AVA RAINE POSTS IVY!! She still isn’t done with Ivy! GALLOW’S GATE hits Julius!! GALLUS WINS!!
Winners: Gallus, by pinfall (still NXT Tag Team Champions)
The roots of Schism’s tree reach further than expected, and it helps Mark & Wolfgang survive the Creeds! Will Gallus Boys always be on top?
The hooded attack watches her handiwork.
“I have wreaked havoc on the NXT Women’s Division for months. This Tuesday, I will reveal myself.” Who is this that has been picking apart the roster from the shadows?
NXT Women’s Championship Tournament Finals: Lyra Valkyria VS Tiffany Stratton!
Between injury and the WWE Draft taking Indi Hartwell away, the title was going to be vacated, and a new champion would need to be crowned. The Morrigan fought through Kiana James and Cora Jade while The Center of the Universe made it through Gigi Dolin and Roxanne Perez. Will Lyra ride on the winds of change to reach new heights? Or will Daddy’s Little Rich Girl once again get what she wants?
The introductions are made, the belt is on display, and one way or another, we will have a new champion!
The bell rings and fans rally and duel. Lyra and Tiff circle, stare down, and then tie up. They go around, Tiff puts Lyra on ropes but Lyra turns it around. Tiff puts Lyra in a corner but Lyra pushes back. Tiff pushes, too, they tie up again, and then Lyra headlocks for a takeover. Tiff kicks and moves around, fights up to her feet, and Lyra wrenches. Tiff ROCKS Lyra, wrenches the arm, YANKS away on it, but Lyra rolls, kips up and WRINGS Tiff out! Tiff kicks around, rolls, kips, but Lyra wrangles her with a headlock! Lyra traps an arm, rolls Tiff to a ghost pin, TWO! Tiff gets away to ropes and Lyra smiles.
Fans rally up as the two reset. They circle, they tie up, then Lyra gets a waistlock. Tiff elbows free, snapmares, ghost pins back, but Lyra rolls through! Reverse sunset, TWO! Tiff scrambles away all flustered but Lyra is loving this. The fans love it, too, and the two reset again. They tie up, Tiff knees low, then headlocks. Lyra powers up and out, but Tiff runs her over. Tiff blows a kiss, things speed up, Lyra hurdles but the bad leg gives out! Lyra hurries to a corner, walks it off, and Tiff smirks now. The two approach and Tiff wants a test of strength. They knuckle lock, they go shoulder to shoulder, but Lyra rolls back to put the pressure on!
Tiff turns things around, throws Lyra over, but Lyra then MONKEY FLIPS Tiff away! Tiff staggers up, into a SWINGING ARM-DRAG! Tiff bails out, fans fire up for Lyra, and she watches Tiff go around the outside. Lyra then runs, but she just fakes Tiff out. Tiff scowls and storms into the ring. They tie up again, go around, and Lyra arm-drags Tiff out again! Fans rally again, Tiff is even more upset, and Lyra waits on her. Lyra then builds speed to WRECK- NO, Tiff blocks the dropkick, drags Lyra out and SLAMS her to the apron! Tiff then hoists Lyra up, SHIN BREAKER to the post!
Tiff looms over Lyra, slaps her around, stomps her around, then drags her by the bad leg. Tiff stands Lyra up, gets the leg again, and SHIN BREAKER to the post, AGAIN! Fans cheer and jeer while Tiff goes into the ring to let the count handle this. Tiff then goes back out, stomps Lyra, and pulls at the knee brace! The ref reprimands but now Lyra has no protection on that leg. Tiff tosses the knee brace and puts Lyra in the ring. Tiff lifts Lyra, SHIN BREAKER! Lyra hobbles, but Tiff DRAGON SCREWS her! Tiff drags Lyra up, has the leg again, SHIN BREAKER, and then another DRAGON SCREW!
Tiff smiles as she pushes Lyra to a cover, TWO!! Lyra is hanging tough but Tiff doesn’t let up. Tiff gets the leg, turns Lyra over, and then hooks the leg up. SNAP LOCK! Tiff puts pressure on the leg, stands back up, and SNAP LOCKS again! And then Tiff stands back up, ties both legs together in a deathlock, and fans cheer as she bridges back! MUTA LOCK!! Lyra endures as Tiff pulls on her! Fans rally and duel as Lyra pries the chinlock open! Tiff lets the leglock go, covers, TWO! Tiff stomps Lyra’s leg and Lyra goes to ropes. Tiff gets the leg again, but Lyra SLAPS her! Tiff SLAPS back! They SLAP fight!
Lyra kicks but Tiff ducks, then SMASHES the knee on the mat! Tiff drags Lyra to a cover, TWO! Tiff huffs and puffs but she gets the leg, for a STRETCH MUFFLER! Lyra bridges to relieve pressure and then reaches out, ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Tiff lets go quickly, but then drags Lyra back. STRETCH MUFFLER! But Lyra kicks at Tiff with her free leg! Tiff lets go, clutches that arm, but she goes after Lyra again. SHIN- SUNSET FLIP! TWO!! Tiff escapes, stomps Lyra, and then steps through. Lyra boots Tiff into buckles! Tiff checks her teeth, Lyra O’Conner Rolls and it’s deep! TWO!!
Lyra ends up in the corner now, clutches her leg, but she says she’s still good to go. Tiff runs in, into an ELBOW! Lyra goes up, MISSILE DROPKICK! But it proves double-edged given the leg damage! Fans rally while both women are down. They stir, Tiff crawls after Lyra and they both stand. Tiff ROCKS Lyra with a forearm, but Lyra UPPERCUTS back! Tiff SLAPS Lyra, but Lyra UPPERCUTS again! Tiff runs in, Lyra dodges to SOBAT! Front kick! HEADBUTT! AX KICK!! Lyra grits her teeth, brings Tiff up again, NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridge, roll through, and then another NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridge, roll through, but Tiff kicks the leg!
Tiff runs, but Lyra ENZIGURIS!! Tiff flops out of the ring and fans fire up as Lyra slaps her leg. Lyra scowls, builds speed, and she WRECKS Tiff! Then CROSSBODIES her to the floor! Lyra drags Tiff back up, puts her back in, and hurries up the corner! The bad leg does slow her down a bit but Lyra still reaches the top. Lyra aims, for a CROSSBODY! But Tiff rolls through! Tiff powers lyra up, but Lyra CRUCIFIX DRIVERS!! Cover, TWO!!! Tiff survives and fans fire up! Lyra drags Tiff to a drop zone, goes back up the corner, and fans fire up even more! But Tiff trips Lyra up! Lyra ends up in a Tree of Woe!
Tiff runs in, she DROPKICKS Lyra out of the Tree! PRETTIEST MOONSAULT EVER!! Cover, TWO!??! Lyra survives and Tiff can’t believe it! Tiff scowls and she drags Lyra up. Tiff fireman’s carries, but Lyra slips out to waistlock! Tiff kicks the bad leg out! Lyra sits down, Tiff runs, DOUBLE- NO, SUNSET FLIP! TWO!! DOUBLE STOMPS!! Cover, TWO!!! Tiff grows frustrated but the fans stay fired up. Tiff storms up on Lyra, grabs the leg and then rolls to THROW Lyra! Lyra is in a corner, Tiff handsprings in, but into a waistlock! GERMAN SUPLEX! Lyra roars, Tiff stands, but the bad leg gives out!!
Lyra tried the spin back kick but the leg gave up on her! Tiff drags Lyra up, fireman’s carries, ROLLING SENTON! Tiff goes up now, PRETTIEST MOONSAULT- FLOPS!! Lyra fights to her feet, SPINNING HEEL KICK!!! But the bad leg slows her down, she can’t make the cover! Lyra crawls to Tiffany, ROPEBREAK!!! Tiff survives by a literal foot and Lyra cannot believe it! Fans are thunderous for “NXT! NXT!” while Lyra grits her teeth. Lyra drags Tiff into the drop zone, goes up the corner, but Tiff goes up after her! Tiff throws forearms, Lyra CLUBS her back! Lyra digs her elbow into Tiff’s back, then adjusts position.
Lyra balances on one leg, SUPER SUNSET- NO, Tiff holds on! Then she RANAS Lyra away! Tiff hurries to fireman’s carry, ROLLING SENTON again! And then PRETTIEST MOONSAULT EVER!!!! Cover, Tiffany wins!
Winner: Tiffany Stratton, by pinfall (NEW NXT Women’s Champion)
The Center of the Universe finally has the prize she’s been seeking since day one of her career! She may be rich, she may be a brat, but she still earned this one all on her own. Will Tiffany Stratton make this HER era of NXT?
NXT Championship: Carmelo Hayes w/ Trick Williams VS Bron Breakker!
Boston’s hometown hero is none other than HIM! Melo is back in Massachusetts, ready to have a rematch from the main event of Stand & Deliver. But while Melo is still Melo, the Big Bad Booty Nephew has changed. This dog is now #MeanerThanEvil, and he wants to bring scorched earth to Lowell! Will Bron break Melo to become a THREE-TIME NXT Champion? Or will Melo still not miss?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and it’s a sadistic sequel to see who is really leader of the pack!
The fans chant for “MEL~O!” already and the bell rings. The two rush in, Melo dropkicks a leg out! Melo fires off haymakers, Bron shoves him away, but Melo comes back for more! Melo KICKS the leg, Bron shoves him again, but Melo just KICKS the leg out! Bron ELBOWS Melo from a corner, hobbles but runs Melo over! Fans boo, things speed up, Melo kips up to PELE! And then runs in to BOOT Bron out of the ring! Melo builds speed and he FLIES! Direct hit at the ramp, if only barely! Melo then rains down fists on Bron, dusts himself off, and CHOPS Bron against barriers! The fans fire up as Melo CHOPS him again!
Melo brings Bron around but Bron RAMS him into the apron! Bron puts Melo in at 6 of 10, shoulders into him, then storms in. Melo dodges, Bron dodges back, and Bron turns leap into SPINEBUSTER! Fans boo but Bron puts Melo in a corner. Bron RAMS into Melo, and again, and again! The ref counts, Bron keeps going until 4. Melo BOOTS Bron back, runs and rolls off Bron’s back, to then DROPKICK Bron to the corner! Melo runs in to forearm smash! Melo whips, Bron reverses, but Melo goes up, only to get caught! Bron TOSSES Melo away, then mocks the chants, “Let’s Go, Melo. IDIOTS!”
Melo goes to the apron, Bron brings him up, but then Bron blocks the gamangiri to DECK Melo! Bron goes out after Melo, fans boo but Bron kicks Melo into the barriers. And SMACKS him off them! Trick protests but Bron brings Melo around to put in the ring. Bron tells Trick to back off, and he goes to the apron, Melo KICKS Bron, and then HOTSHOT STUNNERS him! And then FADE AWAY LEG DROP! Cover, ONE!! Bron is hanging tough but Melo drags him to the ropes. Melo has the leg on the ropes to springboard STOMP it! Bron writhes, Melo grabs the leg and stomps away on it more!
Melo drags Bron around, steps over, HALF BOSTON CRAB! Fitting since this is #Melochussetts! Fans cheer, Bron endures, and Bron fights up. Trick demonstrates how to stretch Bron, but Bron turns things over! Bron BOOTS Melo away, then hobbles up. Melo runs back in, but Bron dodges! Melo goes up, FLYING ARM-DRAG! Melo runs in, but into a LARIAT! Bron’s good leg still has some explosive power to it! Bron hobbles around, he stalks Melo, and Bron brings Melo up, to OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Melo writhes and Bron walks off the pain in his legs. “Boston sucks!” Bron then stalks Melo and drags him up.
Bron clinches, to OVERHEAD Belly2Belly again! Melo shakes his head and the fans boo Bron. Bron tells them to shut up, and he stalks Melo to ropes. Bron waistlocks but Melo holds the ropes! Bron gets in between Melo and ropes, for a SPINNING BELLY2BELLY! Cover, TWO!! Bron does push-ups just to mock Melo! Fans chant “YOU SUCK!” at Bron but he doesn’t care. Bron scuffs Melo, says, “This is what Boston looks like?” Melo throws body shots! And a CHOP! Bron KNEES low, whpis, but Melo sunset flips! Bron stays up, drags Melo up, another OVERHEAD Belly2Belly!
Bron stalks Melo to a corner, drags Melo up and pie faces him. Fans still chant “YOU SUCK! YOU SUCK!” but Bron throws body shots on Melo. Bron puts Melo up top, but Melo throws haymakers! Bron ROCKS Melo back, climbs up and brings Melo up, but Melo fights back with body shots! Melo KICKS Bron’s bad leg! Bron staggers back, but returns, for a SUPER STEINER! Cover, TWO!! Melo survives but Bron smirks, he’s starting to have fun with this. Bron drags Melo up, reels him in, short arm LARIAT! Bron taunts the fans as they boo him, and he drags Melo up again. Short arm LARIAT!
Bron says this is as easy as beating up one of the fans. Bron drags Melo back up, scuffs him, but fans chant “You’re Not Him!” Bron short arm- NO, Melo ducks! Melo KICKS the legs, CHOPS Bron, then ROCKS Bron! But Bron gets around to GERMAN SUPLEX! Bron still has power to spare, but also attitude as he mockingly chants, “Let’s Go, Melo.” Bron HIP DROPS Melo, then HIP DROPS again! Melo crawls, but Bron says it’s done! Bron hooks up an arm, Melo resists, and he gets that arm free. HIP- KNEES! Melo gets Bron low, then KANGAROO KICKS him away! Bron staggers up, kicks low, and suplexes!
But Melo turns it into a DDT!! Both men are down and fans are thunderous again! Trick fires up and he coaches Melo! The fans are thunderous as Melo stands up again! Bron shakes out the stars in his head, but Melo dodges the haymaker to give haymakers! Bron hits back, but Melo gives more! Bron ROCKS Melo, Melo ROCKS Bron again and again and fires off body shots! Bfron shoves Melo, Melo spins Bron around, SMASH and SUPERKICK! Melo runs to BOOT! Melo keeps moving, he springboards, FLYING LARIAT! Fans are thunderous again as Melo aims from a corner. Melo runs in, tilt-o-whirl, FACEBUSTER! Cover, ONE?!?!
Bron says “Is that all you got?!” Melo KNEES Bron in the face! Suplex CUTTER! Cover, TWO! Bron is still in this and Melo is starting to wonder what he has to do. Melo drags Bron up, SLAPS him, but Bron DECKS Melo! Fans boo but Melo gets up to throw hands. Bron ROCKS Melo with just one! Melo ROCKS Bron, Bron ROCKS Melo! Melo staggers, comes back and he fires off a flurry! Bron UPPERCUTS Melo! Melo kicks but Bron blocks to choke grip! Trophy lift, but Melo hits a CODE BREAKER out of it!! Melo hurries up the corner, Bron stands, NOTHING- NO, Bron dodges! Bron runs in, but Melo POSTS him!
Melo runs, springboard- SPEAR!!! Cover, TWO!!!! Bron got Melo like he did a few weeks ago, but this time Melo survives! Bron is the one shocked now, and even Trick looks in disbelief! But the fans are electric for Melo! Bron gets mad, he brings down the straps! Bron gut wrenches Melo up to SLAM him down! And then another gut wrench for another SLAM! Bron says he’s gonna end it, and he waits on Melo to rise. Choke grip, trophy lift, but Melo cradle counters! TWO!! Bron escapes, but Melo SUPERKICKS again! Bron sputters but stays up, so Melo SUPERKICKS again! Bron is still up!? SUPERKICK AGAIN!!
Bron is still up so Melo runs, springboard, FADE AWAY DDT!! Melo hurries up top, takes aim, NOTHING BUT NET!!! Cover, MELO WINS!
Winner: Carmelo Hayes, by pinfall (still NXT Champion)
Count it! Melo was in a shootout but he gets the game winner! The hometown crowd cheers their hero, has he dispatched of Bron once and for all? And if so, then who is next to challenge… HIM?
Awesome stuff for NXT here. Even though they call these Premium Live Events, this felt about as close to a TakeOver as we’re getting in this era. As such, this also flew by rather quick, and I’m not sure where they really could’ve given more time to anything because all these matches felt just right. The Triple Threat was a great opener, and I really liked Tyler Bate’s new robe and ring gear. And it was great for Wes to retain the title, he has done great work so he definitely deserves to be deemed the winningest North American Champion. There’s still any number of people he can face before ever losing the title.
Great follow-up in the Heritage Cup match, though boy I wish it was Sha Samuels who helped Dar win. But it is great for Oro Mensah, Lash Legend and Jakara Jackson to all have a spot in story and on TV. No idea how this is going to go now, other than Frazer VS Oro given their interaction. Dar can also face just about anyone next, and it feels like maybe they want it to be Frazer, between them both having talk shows, Frazer getting involved on Dragon Lee’s behalf, and the history between Frazer and Dar from NXT UK. Frazer is also great, and also deserving of things, this could be a great summer build for him.
That Last Man Standing match was wild! Never seen someone get a busted open chin the way Dragunov did, but it added something to this. Dragunov winning also made sense, as he’s been a great “giantslayer” before. But I can’t really be sure where he goes next, unless it’s the Heritage Cup with Dar being the Heel champion to Dragunov’s Face challenger. Great tag team championship match, it felt like the black ‘n’ gold era’s tag team wrestling. Though I should’ve known Ava and Ivy weren’t done fighting this out, and that is why The Creeds lose. The Tony D’Angelo arrest story is going to shake out, and maybe the D’Angelo Family gets to face Gallus over the summer, but a two month build to Great American Bash might be too much for this.
Speaking of which, great to see Great American Bash becoming more than just a themed episode on TV. A little surprised they aren’t trying for a little closer to July 4th, which is a Tuesday, but I guess that’s just how scheduling their events goes. And nice surprise promo from Chase U and Not Catch Point. Duke standing up for Thea is a good detail, but I feel like he’s going to get cheated by Gulak & Dempsey. And we might even get a tag match now of Dempsey & Gulak VS Duke and a returning Andre Chase. And good promo from this mysterious attacker, good that we’re finally going to see who this is. I’m hoping Blair Davenport, but for some reason the presentation of the character makes me think it’ll be Stevie Turner, making her streamer gimmick just her façade to fool us.
And awesome stuff from both top titles to close out the show. I wasn’t sure who was going to win in Lyra VS Tiffany, but it did feel too soon for Lyra. They kept her strong by making it about the injured leg, damage done by Cora Jade, and I don’t doubt Cora will take credit for it on Tuesday. Tiffany wins because she really is great in the ring, and is just too good at playing her character because it really gets the Heel heat from me. But HBK is also of the school that the Face is better in the chase, so whoever it is, whether Roxanne Perez, Gigi Dolin or even Lyra rising back up, they’re going to go after Tiffany over the summer.
In Bron VS Melo, I feel like Bron’s logo needs to change colors to go with his Heel side. Instead of the cyan, magenta and yellow, it should be like red, white and black. He was even wearing a white wolf mask with a black hoodie that was all “torn up and bloody,” so there it is: red, white and black. But naturally, Melo was winning here, 2-0 and winning the blowoff in his hometown. Great moment that Melo got to keep, no new challenger showing up at the end to shift attention or anything. That can be on Tuesday when Trick Melo Gang surely celebrates this win. Much like Wes and his title, Melo can move on to just about anyone for a fresh new feud to truly define Melo’s reign.
My Score: 8.9/10
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