NXT might never be the same again!
Two huge title matches and two big announcements from GM William Regal! Will NXT be forever changed on this Road to WrestleMania?
- NXT Women’s Championship: Io Shirai VS Toni Storm; Shirai wins and retains the title.
- Jake Atlas VS Pete Dunne w/ Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch; Dunne wins.
- NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships: Dakota Kai & Raquel Gonzalez VS Shotzi Blackheart & Ember Moon; Blackheart & Moon win and become the new NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions.
- Kayden Carter w/ Kacy Catanzaro VS Xia Li w/ Tian Sha; Xia wins, by disqualification.
- El Legado del Fantasma VS Grizzled Young Veterans; Legado wins.
- NXT Championship: Finn Balor VS Adam Cole; Balor wins and retains the title.
PLAY BY PLAY
NXT General Manager, William Regal, is already in the ring!
“WrestleMania is always a very special time here in WWE. And with that in mind, I have two game-changing announcements for you tonight. The first…” A dramatic video package plays and the narrator says, “Seven years ago, NXT revolutionized the sports entertainment industry, and we haven’t looked back. From London to LA, Toronto to New York, WarGames to In Your House, when we TakeOver, NXT always delivers.” So now, for the first time ever, TakeOver is so big, it has to be TWO NIGHTS!! TakeOver: Stand & Deliver! April 7th, TakeOver will be LIVE on television, and then April 8th, it will be live exclusively on Peacock! “Two nights, one message: We will Stand & Deliver, because we are N! X! T!”
The Capitol Wrestling Center loves that news! But Regal says NXT will continue the trend in making history, because the second announcement, the Women’s Division is here to hear that “each and every week, these ladies prove that they are the greatest women in the wrestling business. To be a competitor in the NXT Ladies’ Division, you have to be very special, and these ladies prove it week in and week out.” Therefore, the winners of the inaugural Women’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic, Dakota Kai & Raquel Gonzalez, now join Regal in the ring.
The CWC is thunderous as Regal formally announces that after the “unfortunate happenings of last week, and the injustice of the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship” that these two suffered, Regal is sick and tired of waiting for others to make decisions for him! Therefore, the NXT management has made a decision of their own! These two are now the inaugural NXT WOMEN’S TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS! Congratulates, “You Deserve It!” Raquel and Dakota raise up their belts and the rest of the division applauds, because now they, too, get to compete for their own belts. Dakota and Raquel are feeling amazing!
They thank Mr. Regal and he’s right, this IS the most talented division in the world! “And we went through every single one of you!” Don’t shake your heads for not facing them in the tournament, you would’ve lost, too! Dakota & Raquel dominated, NXT had to make these belts just for them. But this is just the beginning! Taking over the entire world is next! “Y’all better get used to this. Because we’re going to carry these championships for a very long time.” But then Shotzi Blackheart & Ember Moon step up as the very first to “congratulate” the new champions. It is amazing, really. NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships! Truly amazing!
But if there are champions… Then there will be challengers! And in the Dusty Cup, Dakota & Raquel beat everyone in their bracket. But so did Ember & Shotzi. But in the finals, it could’ve gone either way. So the point is, why not defend those titles against Shotzi & Ember, tonight? Dakota and Raquel talk it over, and with Regal right here, the match is made! Another historic moment as the Women’s Tag Titles will have their first defense in a Women’s Dusty Cup rematch! Will Dakota & Raquel lose these titles the same night they get them? Or will they #Stand&Deliver to take these titles to TakeOver and beyond?
NXT Women’s Championship: Io Shirai VS Toni Storm!
But speaking of the amazing Women’s Division, the top title is on the line in another rematch! The Evil Genius of the Sky and the Lightning From Down Under were two very different people when they met in the Mae Young Classic finals! But if lightning doesn’t strike twice, does that mean Shirai will get back that loss and retain her title? Or will it be #ToniTime then, now and forever?
NXT returns and Toni makes her entrance. The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and this 1v1 rematch a long time coming finally happens!
Shirai and Storm circle, tie up, and Shirai puts Storm on ropes. The fans rally, the ref counts, but Shirai lets off clean. She and Storm tie up again, and this time Storm powers Shirai to ropes. Storm lets off to SLAP Shirai! Shirai tackles Storm and rains down rights! Storm pushes Shirai over to rain down rights in return! Shirai rolls Storm, Storm kicks Shirai away and then BOOTS her down! Storm paces while Shirai goes to a corner. Storm runs in to HIP ATTACK! Shirai flops out of the ring, Storm builds speed but slides into a forearm! Shirai slingshots to stomp Storm on the back, and Storm ends up in a corner. Shirai stomps Storm, digs her boots in, then hits a swinging METEORA!
Shirai fires up, stomps Storm more, then brings her up for forearms. Shirai CHOPS and CHOPS Storm, runs but Storm follows to BOOT! Shirai forearms, goes Matrix to dodge a boot to roll Storm, and then basement dropkicks her! Storm gets to ropes, Shirai drags her up to bump off buckles and stomp her down. Shirai clubs Storm, brings her up, whips her to ropes, but Storm reverses. Shirai reverses back to reel Storm into an IRON OCTOPUS! Storm endures, Shirai digs her elbow in, but then Shirai CLUBS Storm, wrenches her hair, and CHOPS her to a corner! Shirai CHOPS again, whips her, but Storm reverses!
Storm runs in but is put on the apron. Shirai ducks the forearm to shoulder Storm down! Shirai goes to the apron and kicks Storm, but Storm YANKS Shirai out of her springboard, and Shirai crashes off the apron! Storm drags Shirai up and throws her into steel steps! Fans boo and Shirai writhes while NXT goes picture in picture.
Storm drags Shirai up, CHOPS her, and then follows her around the way. Storm throws EuroUppers, CLUBS Shirai into the ring, then covers, TWO! Storm smirks as she drags Shirai back up, and wrenches Shirai’s hair to TOSS her to a corner! Shirai sits up, Storm stomps her down. Storm stomps a mudhole in, but lets off as the ref counts, and Storm “apologizes” before she snapmares Shirai to a cover. TWO, but Storm hooks Shirai up with a seated cobra twist and neck wrench. Shirai endures, Storm shifts the neck wrench the other way, but still Shirai endures. Storm stomps Shirai, drags her up, and snap suplexes! Cover, TWO!
Storm wraps Shirai up in a half straitjacket, then switches arms to get a cobra clutch. Shirai endures and reaches for ropes as NXT returns to single picture. Storm CLUBS Shirai down, but Shirai avoids the elbow drop! Shirai rallies with shoulder tackles and a FLAPJACK! Storm is on ropes, Shirai hits a 619! Shirai springboards to missile dropkick! Cover, TWO! Shirai drags Storm up in a waistlock but Storm switches. Shirai wheelbarrows and victory rolls to STOMP 182! Shirai goes to a corner, climbs up top, but Storm intercepts with a headbutt! Storm climbs up, CLUBS Shirai over and over, then brings her up for the SUPERPLEX! Both women are down but fans fire up!
Shirai and Storm stir as a standing count begins. Fans rally and duel as Shirai rises but Storm follows. Storm runs and SLIDING LARIATS! Storm hauls Shirai up for a GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Shirai survives and rolls away but Storm is on her. Shirai fires forearms, counter punches Storm then runs, but Storm clotheslines at ropes Storm runs, Shirai goes Matrix again, but Storm drops an elbow on her! Storm runs again to SLIDING LARIAT Shirai at ropes! Shirai flops to the apron, Storm goes out to join her, and drags Shirai up. Storm underhooks Shirai’s arms but Shirai powers up to back drop Storm to the apron! Storm hits hard then flops down!
Shirai climbs a corner! ARIHARA MOONSAULT!! Direct hit and both women are down! The ring count climbs as they stir, and Champion’s Advantage could come into play! Shirai gets up and puts Storm in, she wants to win this without excuses! Shirai goes up but Storm clubs her! And carries her out for a SIT-OUT POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Shirai survives and Storm is furious! Storm gets up, drags Shirai back up and underhooks again. Shirai wrenches out to SHOTEI! SHOTEI! SHOTEI! Then a takedown to a CROSSFACE!! Storm scrambles around, ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Shirai lets off fast, but Shirai runs corner to corner, SHINKANSEN!!
Shirai steps on Storm, goes up top, and OVER THE MOONSAULT FLOPS!! Storm hauls Shirai up, STORM ZERO!! Cover, TWO!?!?! Shirai survives and shocks Storm but the CWC is thunderous for “NXT! NXT!” Storm hurries to the corner and goes up top! Storm leaps, DIVING HEADBUTT FLOPS!! Shirai gets a CROSSFACE! Storm flails, reaches around, moves around, but TAPS! Shirai wins!!
Winner: Io Shirai, by submission (still NXT Women’s Champion)
The Evil Genius rarely wins like that, but it shows her arsenal has more depth than we knew! Will Shirai use every style to stay on top of the best Women’s Division anywhere?
Finn Balor speaks.
“Finn Balor, Adam Cole. Two biggest names in NXT history. You were talking real tough last week, Adam. Talking like a big man with a bunch of referees holding me back. But remember: You’re a one man act now. Might not be anyone to hold you back, but there’s no one to back you up. Tonight, no blindsides, no cheap shots. Just me and you, face to face, for that,” the NXT Championship. And remember, Adam: Balor beat you to win that, and will beat you again to keep it. Will the Prince stay on his throne against Adam Cole BAYBAY?
Backstage interview with LA Knight.
Since coming to NXT, he’s had a lot to say, and he made his presence felt. He requested this time, so what’s on his mind? “Let me talk to ya.” Last week, everyone thought, “Oh man, I bet it’s gonna be LA Knight’s in-ring debut!” WRONG! But to put it like this, quick spoiler alert for everyone out there: that time is about to come! If anyone can step up, “find enough tingle in their loins” to take LA Knight on, then we’ll see how that ends up. That is not an insult, that is just a fact of life. But then BRONSON REED attacks! The Colossal is still pissed over Knight screwing him over against Cameron Grimes, and he rams Knight into a wall!
Security and staff rush in to pull Bronson away from Knight, but Bronson tells Knight, “Good luck with your debut!” Will Knight wish he’d picked on someone closer to his size? Or will Reed end up playing LA Knight’s game?
Jake Atlas VS Pete Dunne w/ the Kings of NXT!
The price of El Monte has been wanting to show NXT what he’s made of, but has he bitten off more than he can chew taking on the Bruiserweight?
The bell rings and the two tie right up. Dunne wrenches to a wristlock but Atlas rolls, spins and handsprings. Dunne wrings the arm but Atlas handsprings through! They circle again, tie up, and Dunne gets the arm to wrench it and bend the fingers. Dunne hammerlocks the arm while also isolating fingers! Atlas endures, rolls over but Dunne wrenches through to bend fingers again. Atlas spins, slips through, wrenches and arm-drags Dunne! Atlas goes back for more but Dunne fakes him out to get a leg and trip him! Dunne stands on an arm, drops down to get a headlock, and cranks back on Atlas’ neck. Atlas fights up, powers out, hurdles and RANAS!
Dunne goes to a corner, Atlas runs in but is put on the apron. Atlas kicks a leg out, slingshots and springboards to arm-drag again! Atlas rolls under the clothesline, handsprings back to headscissor, but Dunne PENALTY KICKS an arm out! Dunne grabs that arm and drops knees on it! Dunne even chinbars to pull Atlas’s head around. Fans boo as Dunne digs his knee into Atlas’ arm and bends it back! Dunne twists the wrist, tortures the fingers, and bends the arm around again, to drop a knee on it! Atlas writhes but Dunne KICKS him in the back! Dunne sits Atlas up to SLAP him to a corner! Atlas seethes but Dunne stands him up to SLAP him down, and STOMP him!
Dunne keeps Atlas from ropes, but Atlas body shots and CHOPS and throws forearms! Dunne shoves but Atlas rebounds to BOOT! And ROUNDHOUSE! Dunne avoids the Penalty Kick but Atlas STANDING MOONSAULTS, only for Dunne to catch him to a TRIANGLE HOLD! Atlas handsprings out, throws uppercuts, and then hits a SNAP GERMAN, to PENALTY KICK! STANDING MOONSAULT hits this time! Cover, TWO!! Oney and Burch are a bit worried as Atlas brings Dunne up. Dunne disrupts the tornado DDT, Atlas gets around to spin Dunne and DISCUS LARIAT! Fans fire up with Atlas as he goes to a corner. Atlas cartwheels but Dunne UPPERCUTS the arms out!
Dunne STOMPS Atlas’ arm, hooks one to grab the other, and then Danielson Stomps Atlas on the head before he tortures the fingers and SNAPS them! Then YANKS the arm into an armbar!! Atlas verbally quits, Dunne wins!!
Winner: Pete Dunne, by submission
The Bruiserweight makes Atlas suffer a little longer, then lets go to simply shrug. Dunne then gets a mic as he stands with the NXT Tag Team Champions and says, “This is the time of year that everybody wants to step up their game. When you step up to me, that’s exactly what happens.” Dunne made a name for himself in the UK, but he is THE best technical wrestler in the world! Dunne dares someone to try and prove him wrong. The gauntlet has been laid down, but who will accept this open challenge?
Marcel Barthel tells Timothy Thatcher, “The entire NXT Universe is talking about us. What I said last week, what I proposed to you. Well, a long, long time ago, we created something very special. Something only we could create. Something so unique, no one ever will be able to represent it like you did.” Barthel wants “Tim” to take his rightful spot, step in, and together, they can take what has always been theirs. Fabian Aichner tells “Tim” that Imperium is here for him. They’re doing all this for him.
But if Thatcher has to go ask “his friend,” Ciampa, for permission, then please, bring him along. They’ll still make it work, out of respect for Thatcher. Because Imperium is taking over, no matter what. Will Thatcher accept this invitation? How will Ciampa receive it?
Leon Ruff speaks.
“Let’s talk about it, Swerve. I mean, let’s talk about it. I knew you were a snake the moment I met you! You want to say I tripped and fell into my opportunities? I am so sick of people thinking that I lucked into this! I busted my ass to get here!” Ruff scratched and clawed for everything that he’s gotten, and it wasn’t luck when he beat Swerve two weeks ago! Swerve says this is his house? Ruff is the one who’s been holding it down since he got here! The opening match to the main event! And he’ll be holding Swerve down again in another #RuffLanding!
NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships: Dakota Kai & Raquel Gonzalez VS Shotzi Blackheart & Ember Moon!
These titles are brand new, and the inaugural reign is barely 40 minutes in! Will the inaugural Women’s Dusty Cup winners stay the inaugural Women’s Tag Team Champions just one month away from WrestleMania Week? Or will the rematch go the other way, with the wild child and Shenom howling to the moon?
The introductions are made, the brand new belts are raised, and history is once again forged in gold!
Ember rushes Raquel and dropkicks her to the corner! Dakota tags in fast to kick and SCORPION KICK! Ember goes to her corner, Shotzi tags in and gets around to waistlock. Shotzi dodges the elbow, shoves Dakota to a corner and runs in, but has to block boots first. Shotzi ties up the legs, drags Dakota out of the corner, and gets a CLOVERLEAF! Dakota endures, Raquel reaches out and even tries to push the bottom rope closer to her! Dakota claws her way around, but Shotzi drags her away! Raquel is freaking out but Dakota still endures as she heads for more ropes. Dakota finally gets the ROPEBREAK!
Shotzi lets go fast, kicks but Dakota ducks. Shotzi blocks a kick and DOUBLE ROUNDHOUSES take them both down! NXT goes picture in picture as fans rally up!
Shotzi and Dakota crawl for their corners, Shotzi clamps onto Dakota first to throw forearms. Dakota forearms back, Shotzi forearms again and the two brawl, Shotzi fires forearms, has Dakota against ropes then runs, but Dakota avoids the cannonball, sucker punches Ember, and gives Shotzi a DRAPING STOMP! Dakota drags Shotzi away, Raquel tags in and drops elbows! Raquel drags Shotzi up to scoop and SLAM her! Cover, TWO! Raquel looms over Shotzi, drags her up again, and CLUBS her down! Raquel kicks Shotzi to a corner, drags her up, but Shotzi throws forearms. Raquel makes her pay by throwing even more forearms!
Tag to Dakota, Raquel stomps Shotzi down for Dakota to BOOT WASH! Dakota drags Shotzi to a cover, TWO! Shotzi crawls for her corner but Dakota drags her away while mocking Ember. Dakota bumps Shotzi off buckles in an open corner, but Shotzi boots back! Shotzi hops up to leap for the sunset flip! TWO, and Dakota BOOTS Shotzi down! Cover, TWO! Dakota is annoyed but she drags Shotzi up into a seated cobra twist. Shotzi endures, Dakota leans on the hold, and Shotzi fights up, only for Dakota to throw her down! Cover, TWO! Dakota keeps Shotzi from Ember, puts her in the corner and tags in Raquel. Raquel throws back elbows, then brings Shotzi out.
Shotzi throws body shots but Raquel CLOBBERS her! Cover, TWO! Raquel keeps close to Shotzi, and brings her up for a bearhug! Shotzi endures, starts to fade, but she powers up to throw forearms! NXT returns to single picture as Shotzi gets free, only for Raquel to CLOBBER her again! Tag to Dakota, and she gets a boost to DOUBLE STOMP Shotzi down! Cover, TWO! Dakota keeps on Shotzi with body scissors and clubbing forearms. Shotzi endures as Dakota pulls her hair. Dakota clubs Shotzi, fans rally up, and Shotzi pushes back to a cover, TWO! Dakota lets Shotzi go, to BOOT her back down!
Dakota drags Shotzi up, scoops her, but Shotzi slips out to DECK Raquel, and dodge Dakota! Dakota almost runs into Raquel, but Raquel tells her to hurry after Shotzi. Dakota stops Shotzi but Shotzi breaks free to ENZIGURI! Hot tag to Ember! Ember dodges Dakota, DECKS Raquel, then rallies on Dakota! Ember spins Dakota to a back suplex SLAM! Ember runs to drop the back senton! She keeps going, mule kicks Dakota down, then drags her up for a Canadian rack, AK 47! Basement dropkick! Raquel gets in, Ember dodges, goes up and hits a FLYING CODE BREAKER! Raquel drags Dakota out to save her, but Shotzi joins in, to DIVE! Direct hit takes Raquel down!
Ember fetches Dakota and bumps her off the apron. Ember puts Dakota in, runs and rolls her up, with a bridge, TWO! Dakota flounders around, Ember grabs a leg but Dakota kicks her away. Dakota gets to her corner, Ember storms in but is put into buckles! Dakota runs side to side to BOOT Ember! Raquel tags in, she brings Ember around to a fireman’s carry, and Dakota coordinates, ASSISTED GO TO KICK! Cover, TWO!!! Raquel is furious! Raquel drags Ember around, but Ember throws body shots. Raquel kicks low, hauls Ember up to a Canadian rack and bends Ember, before the DOMINATOR BOMB!! Cover, Shotzi breaks it!!
Shotzi gets away from Raquel’s wrath, Raquel drags Ember and tags in Dakota. Dakota waits as Raquel scoops Ember, but Ember slips off to avoid the boot! Raquel and Dakota steady themselves, Shotzi tags in and climbs up, to DOUBLE CROSSBODY! Raquel is up but Shotzi springboards to RANA her out! Shotzi runs at Dakota to forearm smash, snapmare and SLING-DOG! Fans fire up with Shotzi as she KNEES and ROLLING ELBOWS! Then QUESTION MARK to a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO!! Shotzi keeps going, dragging Dakota up and putting her on ropes. Tag to Ember, Ember holds Dakota, WELCOME TO THE BALL PIT!
Ember adds a KNEE, then a SLINGSHOT SPLASH! Cover, TWO!! Ember grows frustrated but she tags Shotzi back in. They drag Dakota up for knees, then get the legs for a double wheelbarrow GERMAN! Cover, but Raquel breaks it but dragging Shotzi into a sleeper! Ember climbs up, Shotzi jawbreakers free, and Ember hits the ECLI- NO!! Raquel blocked the Eclipse, pops Ember up, and blocks a rana to get Ember up. Ember keeps fighting, they end up on ropes, and Shotzi staggers. Raquel hauls Ember back up, but Shotzi dodges and shoves Dakota into Raquel! Raquel and Ember go tumbling out of the ring! Shotzi rolls Ember, with a bridge!! THE CHALLENGERS WIN!!
Winners: Ember Moon & Shotzi Blackheart, by pinfall (NEW NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions)
A second reign on the same night as the first?! Now THAT is historic! And Ember is the first ever woman to have been both NXT Women’s and NXT Women’s Tag Team Champion in her career! Will she and Shotzi set the pace for this new era in NXT?
Adam Cole speaks.
“A lot of people have been asking me why I did what I did. But instead, I’m going to explain how we got here.” A couple weeks ago, Kyle O’Reilly decides to step out of line, and Cole “put him in his place.” Roderick Strong tried to play tough guy and Cole beat him where he stood, and he “reminded both of those chumps who the leader of the Undisputed Era is.” But don’t get Cole wrong, the UE is dead when COLE says it’s dead, and he was just getting rid of dead weight.
“Which brings us to tonight. Because, boys and girls, TakeOver comes to us four weeks early, because it’s Adam Cole VS Finn Balor for the NXT Championship.” And Balor thinks he has Cole right where he wants him, but Cole played Balor like a fiddle. This has always been about the NXT Championship, and it will always bee about that. A lot of people looked at Balor as the greatest NXT Champion of all time, and then Cole showed up to have the greatest reign at 483 days! Cole beat everyone from NXT to Raw to SmackDown! And tonight, Cole becomes a two-time NXT Champion! And if we thought Cole’s first reign was something special, “trust me, you ain’t seen nothing yet.” Are we about to see something that is even more than Undisputed?
The NXT Women’s Division celebrates their new new champions.
Shotzi & Ember are so happy to hold gold together, and many of the women are happy they’re the ones holding the belts. However, The Way are the lone dissenters. Candice LeRae and Indi Hartwell of course believe it should’ve been them, but they regroup with Johnny Gargano. They all wonder where Austin Theory has been, but he walks up behind them. Theory learned that Gargano paid the therapist off, mostly because it was all on tape. Gargano admits to it, and Theory asks why he’d do that! Well, therapy ain’t free. Oh, true. But Gargano spared no expense, and he got Theory the best money could buy. And now we all know how Dexter Lumis really feels about Theory.
Is Theory crying? N-No…! He’s mad! Well good! Theory should be mad and should want to rip Lumis’ head off! Lumis said Theory was annoying, and doesn’t know how to dress himself, and that he has “a mediocre abdominal region.” Theory is furious and he rips his shirt off! Lumis crossed a line!! Theory storms off, The Way hurries after him, but will things really be okay when Gargano’s lies are exposed?
WWE and Girl Up team up again!
Female athletes set an example for young women and girls to dream big and succeed! Learn to #LeadLikeHer by going to Girl Up’s official website!
Kayden Carter w/ Kacy Catanzaro VS Xia Li w/ Tian Sha!
Though brutally injured by her last week, Kacy is still going to be ringside to watch Xia take on Kayden, in hopes that justice will be served! But will Kayden only end up the same way as Kacy at the hands and feet of Tian Sha’s living weapon?
The bell rings and Kayden dropkicks Xia right down! Xia sits up and Kayden KICKS and KICKS! Xia blocks to ELBOW Kayden down, then stomps away! Xia clubs Kayden down, then drags her up, only for Kayden to jawbreaker! Kayden rallies with clotheslines, CLUBS Xia and whips her to ropes. Xia reverses, Kayden comes back to victory roll and mule kick! Xia is staggered Kayden runs to BOOT WASH her into ropes! Cover, TWO! Xia flounders but Kayden is after her at ropes! The ref backs Kayden up and Xia kicks a leg out! Kacy cheers Kayden on but Xia drops elbows on Kayden’s leg! Then KIKCKS it!
Xia glares at Kacy as she whips Kayden HARD into buckles! The legs take a hit, and Xia grabs them to drag Kayden to the apron. Xia stomps away on Kayden’s legs! Kacy shouts at Xia but Xia just glares at her and says, “This is for you!” Xia puts Kayden’s leg against a crossbar, but Kacy uses a crutch to SMACK Xia!!
Winner: Xia Li, by disqualification
Kacy won’t let Xia break Kayden’s leg like she did to hers! And she SMACKS Xia again to make sure! Kacy gets in with a crutch, Xia wants mercy, but Kacy JAMS Xia in the stomach! Kacy won’t show mercy to the one who took it too far first! Kacy smacks away on Xia, but Boa gets in! Boa blocks the crutch attack and takes it away to break it! But that’s just one crutch, because Kayden has the other! Tian Sha orders Boa to break Kacy, but Kayden SMACKS Boa with the second crutch! KC Squared get away together, but is this only the beginning of a much more brutal battle?
NXT hears from Jordan Devlin!
“Y’know something? I absolutely love this time of year. So much to be excited about. Summer’s right around the corner, WrestleMania season. NXT TakeOver: Stand & Deliver’s coming up in a couple of weeks. The only thing I don’t like is this Irish weather, man. Could really use a change of scenery. And it would be an awful shame if the biggest TakeOver in history didn’t have the NXT Cruiserweight Champion on the card. The real one, I mean.” So lucky for Devlin, and for NXT, his travel ban exemption got lifted today. That means, Santos Escobar, “your time playing make believe is up!”
Devlin is coming to the States and we are finally finding out who the REAL NXT Cruiserweight Champion is!! Devlin reveals he’s at the airport, his flight booked. Will you be foolish enough to bet against the Irish Ace?
NXT profiles one of their newest standouts.
“I’m Zoey Stark. There were quite a few things from my childhood that I’ve seen that were very rough. Growing up on the wrong side of those tracks, I had two roads. One road was continue living my life this way, where another road was to live a better life for myself and for my family.” Pro-wrestling was her escape. Whenever she was mad or upset, she’d turn on wrestling and it was her favorite thing in the world. Stark made an impressive debut that even champion Io Shirai acknowledges. Stark graduated, chased her dream from 18 and is here. Training helps her focus, and after years of hard work, NXT offered her a spot, it was mind-blowing! To be here is amazing.
As soon as she got in the ring, all the insecurities went away and she knew she was home. She’s a powerhouse, a striker, a chain wrestler, and goes all out in the ring. She is putting the Women’s Division on notice. “Hard work pays off, and there is no limit to Zoey Stark.”
Santos Escobar complains to William Regal.
“Who the hell does this guy think he is?” Devlin coming here, telling people that he’s the champion? Regal knows, Escobar knows, everyone knows that the REAL champion is him, Santos Escobar! Regal tries to explain to Escobar the situation, but he doesn’t want to hear. The music starts, but he tells Joaquin Wilde & Raul Mendoza they can handle their business just fine without him, and that he needs to sort this out with Regal. Wilde & Mendoza head out, will Escobar convince Regal of his perspective?
El Legado del Fantasma VS Grizzled Young Veterans!
Naturally, Zack Gibson & James Drake have mics as they enter. “How does it feel, lads, to be internationally recognized as Santos Escobar’s puppets? Is this honestly how you wanted your life to go? Because while you have been taking bullets for your boss, running his errands, giving him massages, we have been making an impact in this division!” But what they did to MSK and poor Wes Lee’s hand is nothing compared to what Legado is in for! These are the Grizzled Young Veterans, SSSSOON to be recognized as NXT’s Number One! But will Gibson & Drake be feeling like number two after taking on a riled up Wilde & Mendoza?
The teams sort out, Gibson starts with Mendoza and they tie up. Gibson waistlocks, snapmares Mendoza but he handsprings through to headlock. Gibson throws body shots then powers up to hit a back suplex! Gibson drags Mendoza up, throws forearms, then tags in Drake. Drake holds Mendoza back as Gibson runs in but Mendoza dodges to RANA Drake and dropkick Gibson! Drake ends up in the Legado corner, Mendoza runs in to clotheslines and Wilde tags in! Wilde runs in to clothesline and then Mendoza tags in. Mendoza runs corner to corner to GAMANGIRI, tag to Wilde!
Wilde gets a boost to dropkick Gibson, then Mendoza helps with the hip toss rebound SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Wilde is annoyed, but wait what is going on now? The Fashionable Astronauts are back! Breezango finally get to have the entrance they were supposed to last week as they walk through space. Drake ENZIGURIS Wilde, and surprise! It wasn’t Breezango! It was MSK! Nash Carter and Wes Lee get the better of Legado AND GYV with that trick! Wilde rolls Drake up, and Legado wins!!
Winners: El Legado Del Fantasma, by pinfall
MSK has the last laugh on GYV, but then are ready for a fight! Lee SMACKS Gibson with his space helmet, and then Carter does the same to Drake! And then Lee SMASHES Gibson’s hand on the steel steps!! An eye for an eye, a hand for a hand! But wait, the REAL Breezango gets the drop on Legado! Fandango and Tyler Breeze brawl with Wilde and Mendoza, then DECK them with haymakers over and over! SUPER MODEL KICK for Mendoza, and a SUPER MODEL KICK for Wilde, to the FALCON ARROW!
MSK gives Breezango their helmets back, and they do the Dango! Fandango makes sure Carter does it right, with the helmet on! They all hip swivel together, but will they all get proper payback on their common enemies?
Backstage interview with Dakota & Raquel.
They’re obviously in bad moods after what happened. We all saw what happened so stop asking questions! But it doesn’t matter if it was for five seconds, five days or five weeks, they were STILL the inaugural NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions and they still made history! But then Io Shirai walks in and in Japanese then English, tells Raquel that she’s calling her out! Raquel tells Shirai, “Be careful what you wish for.” Will Big Mami Cool and the Evil Genius #Stand&Deliver in a battle over THE NXT Women’s Championship?
Backstage interview with Timothy Thatcher.
Imperium revealed their takeover plans, and they even offered an invitation to him and Ciampa. How does he respond? But before he can answer, Ciampa walks over. “I don’t know what you’re thinking, man, but I know my answer. I’m not interested. I’ll tell you what I am interested in: the Ring General. Y’know, the guy who sits safely across the pond, holding onto his NXT UK title while his recruits come here and do his bidding for him.” Walter is intriguing.
Now not to put the cart before the horse, there’s that old saying of, “If you’re not with them, you’re against them.” Ciampa is pretty sure they’re against Imperium. So how about “Toothless Timmy” and “Old Man Ciampa” VS Imperium next week? Sounds good to Ciampa. But Thatcher doesn’t answer. Will his actions speak for him?
BREAKING NEWS for next week’s episode!
After The Way riled him up, Austin Theory is getting his match with Dexter Lumis! But will the Tortured Artist reveal the truth to Theory? Plus, after the back and forth both in and out of the ring, Swerve and Ruff have a rematch! Will this still be Swerve’s House after Leon runs #Ruffshod? And LA Knight gets in the ring to wrestle! Will it be against Bronson Reed? Or someone a bit less colossal?
NXT Championship: Finn Balor VS Adam Cole!
This match has been building for months, and once again the two best NXT Champions ever battle it out! Cole makes sure to remind us all of history as he wears the ring gear he wore the first time he won this title. Will history repeat itself for ADAM COLE BAYBAY~!? Or will the Prince deny the Triple Crown Champion his throne?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and perhaps we’ll finally see who is THE GREATEST in NXT history!
Fans are thunderous already as these two stare down and talk some trash. Balor rushes right in to get a headlock but Cole powers out, only for Balor to run him over! Cover, ONE, Cole headlocks but Balor powers out for Cole to run him over! Cover, ONE! Cole headlocks to a takeover but Balor rolls him over to get the headlock instead! Balor grinds Cole down, fans rally and duel, and Cole pushes with his forearm, only for Balor to crank the head. Cole makes it a cover, ONE, and Balor holds on. Cole tries again, ONE, but they stand up. Balor grinds the headlock, Cole pries at the hold, but Balor wrangles him back in. Cole brings Balor to a knee, slips out the back, and hammerlocks.
Balor reaches back, Cole shifts to a headlock but Balor tries to power out, only for Cole to hold on. Cole grinds Balor down now, and pushes back for leverage. Balor endures, Cole talks trash, but Balor fights up. Cole fights off the back suplex, hits the takeover but Balor headscissors. Cole kips out, Balor headlocks and takes over but Cole headscissors. Balor kips free, and avoids a superkick! The fans are fired up as the two stare down and NXT goes picture in picture.
Balor and Cole reset, circle, and tie up again. Balor gets an arm to a wristlock, then hammerlocks to wrangle Cole to the mat. Cole endures as Balor leans on the hold, and gives it a SNAP lock! Cole sits up, reaches back, stands up, but Balor spins Cole to a headlock and goes for the other arm, only for Cole to DECK him! Cole shakes out the arm, drags Balor up and wrenches his arm to a wristlock and has Balor on his knees. Balor fights up, rolls and hooks a leg, but Cole throws body shots. Cole wrangles Balor back down and leans on the short arm scissor. Balor kips up, wrenches but Cole DECKS him again! Balor checks his jaw but Cole bumps him off buckles.
Cole wraps Balor’s arm around ropes and pulls, but the ref counts. Cole lets off at 4, Balor goes to another corner, but Cole ROCKS him! And ROCKS him again! Cole stomps Balor in a corner, digs his boots in, but lets off as the ref counts. Balor gets up but Cole brings him up for more forearms. Balor staggers to another corner, Cole is on him with haymakers. Cole stomps Balor down, but argues with the ref about it. Cole bumps Balor off more buckles and gives him more stomps as NXT returns to single picture. The ref backs Cole off, Cole wrenches Balor to whip him to ropes, but Balor reverses. Cole sunset flips but Balor rolls through and basement dropkicks!
Fans fire up and Balor clamps onto Cole with a cobra clutch! Cole endures, Balor drags Cole down and leans on the hold. The fans rally, Cole fights up, but Balor wrangles him back down! Cole fights up, Balor shifts to wrench but Cole knees low! Cole runs, but Balor elbows him down! Balor storms over to Cole at ropes but Cole throws him out! Balor gets on the apron but Cole BOOTS him down! Cole goes out and brings Balor around to whip into Plexiglas! The ref starts a ring count, Cole drags Balor up and puts him in to stalk him to a corner. Cole whips Balor corner to corner hard and Balor bounces off buckles to hit the mat.
Cole drags Balor up, wrenches again, and whips him corner to corner. Balor comes back to dropkick Cole’s legs out! Cole goes to the corner, Balor CHOPS him then KICKS the legs out! Cole is in the corner, Balor wants after the leg but the ref backs him off. Balor CHOPS Cole again, drags him out and hits a SHIN BREAKER! Balor is after the leg still but Cole kicks him away. Cole stands up, Balor trips him and DOUBLE STOMPS him! Balor drags Cole up by his leg but Cole ENZIGURIS! Cole brings Balor into a fireman’s carry, but Balor slips out to ELBOW DROP DDT! Cover, TWO! Balor seethes and grits his teeth as Cole slowly rises. Balor stomps Cole at ropes, then stomps him more!
Fans rally and duel, Cole bails out to avoid stomps, but then grabs at Balor’s leg! Cole BOOTS Balor down! The ref starts a ring count but Cole pulls steel steps apart! Cole refreshes the count, brings Balor over to the base steps, but Balor suplexes first, and takes Cole all the way to the ramp! NXT again goes to picture in picture as both men are down!
The ref checks both men and somehow Cole, who got the worst of it, is okay to continue. Balor is also alright, but both men slowly stir. Balor sits up as the ring count starts again. Balor heads for the ring and leaves Cole behind. Cole crawls as the count passes 5, and gets in at about 8, for Balor to drop an elbow on him! Balor brings Cole up for a back suplex, covers, TWO! Balor keeps his focus and rams in KNEES! And then more knees! And more knees! Balor looms over Cole, gets the legs, and steps through to get a SHARPSHOOTER! Cole endures as Balor sits deep! Cole crawls and gets the ROPEBREAK! Balor lets off fast and drags Cole back up.
Balor CLUBS Cole, but Cole ELBOWS back! Cole throws a forearm, Balor staggers, but Balor comes back with a forearm! Cole forearms again, but Balor KICKS a leg! Cole forearms, Balor forearms, and NXT returns to single picture as they brawl! Fans rally as they pick up speed, and Balor CHOPS! Cole forearms again, then BOOTS! Balor PELES! Balor drags Cole in but Cole suplexes first, for an USHIGOROSHI BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Balor survives but Cole is too sore to be frustrated. Cole goes to the corner, climbs up slowly, and aims, but Balor avoids the Sunrise to SLINGBLADE! And SHOTGUN DROPKICK! Cole is down but Balor climbs!
COUP DE- NO! Cole moves, and comes back to SUPERKICK!! Balor clutches his jaw as Cole covers, TWO!! Cole is after Balor with a CROSSFACE!! Cole wants to break Balor’s jaw again but Balor endures and reaches for ropes! Cole rolls Balor away!! Balor still endures, shifts things around and pops free, to get Cole for a clinch of his own! Cole fights off that to get the CROSSFACE!! Balor endures, moves around, reaches, fades, but gets the ROPEBREAK! Cole holds on until 4.5! Fans are thunderous as Cole stomps Balor at the ropes. Cole lets off, but Balor trips him to ground ‘n’ pound! Cole kicks Balor away but Balor COBBERS him!
Balor drags Cole into the dragon sleeper, suplexes, but Cole slips out to mule kick the leg! Cole brings down the knee pad, runs, LAST SHOT to the jaw!! Cover, TWO!?! Balor survives and “This is Awesome!” Cole hurries back to a corner, climbs up again and takes aim. Cole leaps, PANAMA SUNRISE!! Cover, TWO!?!?! Balor survives and shocks Cole! Fans hope they “Fight Forever!” but this has to end somehow! Cole waits for Balor to sit up, and then positions him, for another- NO! The Last Shot misses as Balor throws Cole out of the ring! Cole flounders to barriers, and he sees Kyle O’Reilly lurking in the shadows! It’s like he’s seen a ghost! Balor runs in to FLY and take Cole down!!
Balor drags Cole up, reels him in, and looks to Kyle. This is for him! 1916 to the floor!! Balor puts Cole in, climbs up top, and leaps for the COUP DE GRACE!! Cover, Balor wins!!
Winner: Finn Balor, by pinfall (still NXT Champion)
The Prince holds on to his title, and now Kyle hops the barrier to survey the scene. Balor says Kyle can go ahead and handle his business with Cole, and Cole asks Kyle to have mercy on him. Cole says Kyle doesn’t have to do this, but then Kyle sees the low blow coming! Kyle takes Cole’s Undisputed Era armband off him, throws it away, then rains down furious fists on Cole! Cole flounders up but Kyle is just after him in the corner! The ref pulls Kyle away, Cole bails out, but Kyle pushes the ref to pursue! Kyle grabs Cole by his hair to drag him up, but Cole ROCKS Kyle with a haymaker! Kyle still hurries after Cole and gets him at the ramp!
The ref tries to stop this again, but Kyle knocks the ref down! Kyle brings Cole up to RAM him into barriers, then RAM him into the barriers on the other side! Kyle shouts that Cole did this! Cole tried to end Kyle’s career but now he’s going to pay! Kyle brings Cole to the steel steps but more referees rush out to stop this! They hold Kyle back as Cole runs away, but then Kyle gets loose and CLOBBERS Cole on the stage! The refs again grab at Kyle, Cole retreats but Kyle gets loose to pursue! And back to Balor in the ring, he stands triumphant, but then senses someone is near. “What took you so long?” KARRION KROSS stands in the ring with Balor!!
Kross stares Balor down and simply says, “Tick-tock.” Balor’s reign is on the clock, but will he cancel the apocalypse come TakeOver?
What an amazing episode for NXT! Firstly, one of the announcements was only expected. I did not think TakeOver would also be two nights for this year, completely packing WrestleMania Week aside from Tuesday, though they might still look to move normal episodes of NXT to it. The NXT Women’s Division getting their own tag titles was rather apparent after the nonsense from last week. This is still big, but it just continues to show WWE has no idea what they’re doing. NXT’s the third brand until it’s not the third brand because Vince McMahon is fickle and impulsive. But it does make a lot of sense for Dakota & Raquel to be crowned the inaugural champions as a prize for being Women’s Dusty Cup winners.
The tag titles being put on the line tonight was quite the surprise, and while it technically hurts Dakota & Raquel to lose them already, it’s great for Shotzi & Ember to be the new champions. Clearly, The Way’s Candice & Indi are going to challenge Shotzi & Ember for TakeOver, a great continuation of the feud between those teams. Then the was a great segue (a pun cuz the pronunciation is seg-way) where Theory finds out the truth but is easily tricked into believing Gargano again. Lumis VS Theory happening is the natural course of action, and I feel like Lumis winning will be his way of getting a North American Championship match come TakeOver.
Shirai VS Storm opening the night was a good call, really got things going. It wasn’t quite their MYC match, but it came very close. Shirai retaining makes sense, and Shirai challenging Raquel to be her next challenger makes the short tag title reign easier to accept. That match is going to be great, and could go either way at this point. Shirai’s had a great run in NXT, and losing to Raquel isn’t a bad way to go before (hopefully) going to SmackDown and taking on other great talent. Shirai was back on the rise while Bianca Belair was already heading out, so seeing Evil Genius VS EST on a Friday night would be pretty awesome.
Xia VS Kayden wasn’t as much as I expected, but it did make sense for her to threaten Kayden’s leg and for Kacy to attack first. Still waiting on Tian Sha to get involved, but with the crutches combined with the lore of Tian Sha the character, I wonder if NXT would be up for using one of the TakeOver nights to do a cinematic match. There haven’t really been that many lately, and certainly not with mostly women superstars. Sure, last year’s Corporate Ladder MITB had the women as much as the men, but Tian Sha & Xia Li VS KC Squared would be just the four women, very gritty and tough, almost like the Boneyard Match but with more acrobatics.
LA Knight finally has his in-ring debut, and it surely won’t be against Bronson Reed, but Bronson Reed could definitely make his presence felt in return for last week. He sure did this week, and if Reed VS Knight is for night one of TakeOver, that’d be pretty great. I am very happy that Devlin is going to be making the trip out to finally shut Escobar up and take away his title, and the lift of the travel ban is a great sign overall. Hopefully we can get more travel between NXT and NXT UK. That also bodes well for Thatcher & Ciampa VS Imperium. And it would seem Ciampa wants after Walter and the NXT UK Championship, which is awesome. There aren’t many in NXT UK ready to challenge Walter, so biding time with a great former NXT Champion is a good move.
GYV VS Legado being mostly a way for MSK to return was alright, but it was clever that it first looked like it was Breezango. I imagine we might get an 8 Man, Breezango & MSK VS GYV & Legado, but maybe with two nights at TakeOver, we just get both 2v2 grudge matches, and then MSK moves on to finally get that tag title match with Lorcan & Burch. Dunne VS Atlas was good, but of course Dunne wins. I hope Dunne calling out technical style wrestlers means we get Dunne VS Kushida at TakeOver.
Then of course, the NXT Championship match and the promos from tonight were great stuff. I like that Kyle didn’t directly screw Cole over, but his presence did mess with Cole. Kyle with the denim vest was a pretty cool look, and I feel like he should use that as part of his post-UE character. Kyle VS Cole is going to be great stuff, and I should’ve expected Kross to show up tonight. Balor VS Kross was clearly set even back when Edge visited NXT to at least tease that NXT was an option for WrestleMania. Kross and Scarlett can try their spooky stuff, but it won’t have any effect on the man who was also The Demon. Hell, Balor might even bring The Demon back just to throw it in Kross’ face and make TakeOver even more amazing.
My Score: 9.5/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (8/17/22)
American Dragon VS Dragonslayer!
Dynamite becomes the House of the Dragon!
AEW has an epic rematch between Bryan Danielson and Daniel Garcia, in a Best Two Out of Three Falls match! Will Red Death truly slay the American Dragon?
- Best 2 out of 3 Falls: Bryan Danielson VS Daniel Garcia; Bryan wins.
- Tony Nese w/ Mark Sterling VS ???; No Contest.
- Gunn Club VS The Varsity Blonds; win(s).
- Toni Storm VS KiLynn King; wins.
- AEW World Trios Championship Tournament, Opening Round: La Faccion Ingobernable VS The Young Bucks & ???; win(s) and advances.
PLAY BY PLAY
CM Punk is here!
The Best of the World is back and the fans in Charleston, West Virginia are fired up to see him! Especially since he has THE AEW World Championship belt on his shoulder. No stage diving this time, though, he’s being a bit more careful this time. Punk goes to the ring and gets the mic as fans chant his name. “I’m trying to put my tough guy game face on before I came out here, and you guys just ruined it all by making me smile. I don’t got the prettiest smile. What I do have is the prettiest belt! Haven’t been here in some time, and I’ve got some business to attend to. Some things very, very important. Some things not so important.
“I want to get the not so important things outta the way. Where are we? Where are wee tonight? There’s somebody from around these parts that I would like to challenge to a rematch and I would like to do it right here, right now, for you beautiful people.” Fans cheer for that, they wanna see it, too! Punk sits down cross-legged and tells Hangman Adam Page, “You want that rematch, you got it right here, right now. Let’s go!” Fans are fired up for the “Cowboy Sh*t” that could go down, but where is he? Punk checks his mic, but no Hangman, and fans boo. Punk says that’s why this isn’t important. That isn’t Cowboy Sh*t, that’s Coward Sh*t!
“A little bit of advice that I suggest you take: The apology must as loud and as public as the disrespect!” And if anyone else has a problem with THE CHAMPION, Punk suggests they come on down! “Everyone wants to be the champ until it’s time to do champ sh*t!” Fans agree with that as they chant Punk’s name. “Ladies and gentlemen, I understand that Jon Moxley’s got a lot of fans. And he can be number one in your heart, but he’s not number one in this ring. I am THE AEW Champion!!” Punk knows what it takes to be the best, to talk a big game and say you’re the best, and to breathe that into existence.
He also knows what it is like to lose. Punk has lost big, but Moxley has always been number two, there has always been someone who has Mox’s number, and it’s Punk! Boo if you want, but let him know when he’s lying. “Jon Moxley is the third best guy in his own group, and that seems to be a reoccurring theme in his career.” Fans are stunned to hear that. Punk says, “That doesn’t make him a bad guy, but that doesn’t make him the best either.” Punk is the best, but yes, Mox has been carrying the torch when Punk broke his foot. Moxley talks about breaking bones and drinking blood, but between the two of them, the only one’s who has broken bones is Punk! It was his own, but still!
So again, tell Punk when he’s telling lies. Moxley has been INTERIM AEW Champion. Look that word up, it means “temporary.” And Punk is willing to test himself against Moxley, but is Moxley willing to test himself against his best friends? Let’s talk about those friends. Mox’s best friend is the third best Eddie that Punk’s ever faced. And the second best Kingston! These people aren’t number one at anything! Tell Punk when he’s telling a lie! Fans have to admit, he’s got a point. Punk says he’s missed the fans, and he’s missed competing in the ring. He’s been wanting to defend this title on a PPV, and that will be All Out, September 4th, Chicago, Illinois!
Punk is ready to test his belt against Moxley’s “number two with a bullet.” Punk is willing to test his foot! The funny thing is, heading into Chicago, Moxley isn’t even the first Jon/John that Punk beats in Chicago for a title! And he’s certainly not number one there, either. But say his name enough and here he comes! Jon Moxley is heading to the ring but Punk taunts Moxley over the time he takes to make it to the ring. Punk does “mat angels” as Moxley and his AEW World Championship belt go through the crowd. Moxley does make it to ringside, he does get a mic and he does get in the ring to stand there across from Punk.
Fans cheer for Moxley, and Moxley says, “Look out, ladies and gentlemen, CM Punk is dropping pipe bombs! Doing what he does best: writing checks with his mouth that his body can’t cash.” Moxley makes sure to point at Punk’s foot with that. And Moxley tells Punk he’s living in a fantasy land! In Punk’s mind, he’s the best wrestler in the world. But most times, Punk’s not even the best wrestler in catering. Punk thinks his mic in his hand is power. But this is the real world, and that’s just a microphone. And all the words Punk says into it don’t mean sh*t. That belt on Punk’s shoulder don’t mean sh*t. Punk says, “Who’s living in a fantasy world now?”
Moxley says, “To be fair, right now, this belt don’t mean sh*t. Not until I beat you!” Moxley says he IS the heart and soul of AEW, and every time they call him “Interim,” he thinks of Punk and that makes him sick! Punks says, “Good! You can be the ‘heart and soul’, I’ll bet he dollars and the cents!” Both men throw the belts down and inch a bit closer. Punk asks Mox if he’s done talking. Mox says we all know Punk only came to AEW because he ran out of money, so don’t give Mox that. “Being the best is about heart and soul and guts and fighting spirit, and we both know that you ran out of fighting spirit a long time ago.”
Now both men are face to face! Mox says if Punk wants to prove him wrong, then do something about it. But Mox doesn’t think Punk’s gonna do sh*t. Punk says they have a match at the PPV, which Punk will soundly defeat Moxley in. But if Punk touches Moxley now, Punk’s afraid Moxley will just start bleeding all over him. They get forehead to forehead, Moxley puts his hands back behind him to give Punk an open shot. Punk pushes Moxley away, but Moxley comes back with a peck on the cheek! AND A SLAP! The haymakers start flying and fans are fired up for it! Moxley and Punk scrap, security and officials rush in, and fans boo!
Moxley and Punk are separated but Moxley throws off his shirt! Punk eggs Moxley on, security is a wall between them, and fans boo more. Moxley tosses his belt out of the ring, then eggs Punk on! Punk tries to get after Moxley, and Moxley LEAPS onto the pile! The scrum continues but is quickly broken up. Fans want to “LET THEM FIGHT!” and Moxley gets a chair! Moxley tosses it into the ring, and Punk uses it to take a seat! Punk eggs Mox on again, and Mox slides in! They make contact, but the security pulls them apart again! Fans boo some more, but Moxley finds an opening on the other side of the ring! The brawl is back on!
Wait, security just pulls them apart again. Fans boo as the ebb and flow just keeps going, but it seems we’ll all have to wait until Sunday, September 4th. What happens when Punk and Moxley go all out to determine an UNDISPUTED AEW World Champion?
Backstage interview with “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs.
Tony Schiavone is with Hobbs and references what we saw last week concerning himself, Ricky Starks and The Factory. Schiavone thought Starks & Hobbs were friends, so why did Hobbs betray Starks? Hobbs says he doesn’t need friends! “Ricky Starks, you proved to the whole world, your true colors came out, you told the world that you were okay with losing. I’m not okay with losing, Ricky! For two years, you got to walk around here and parade around like you’re some God’s gift to this business. You got to hide behind Powerhouse Hobbs’ back, because you knew I would get the job done.”
Hobbs was hired for one thing: make sure Starks stayed champion. And Starks couldn’t do it! Now Ricky, Hobbs not only breaks backs, he also breaks necks. And as far as The Factory goes, Hobbs has something for them, too! Will the Powerhouse turn into a juggernaut and demolish everyone in his way?
Best 2 out of 3 Falls: Bryan Danielson VS Daniel Garcia!
The American Dragon fought hard against Red Death, but was screwed over by The Wizard! Sounds like Game of Thrones, but it’s pro-wrestling! Or as the Jericho Appreciation Society calls it, “Sports Entertainment.” However, Bryan dares Garcia to look inside himself and decide: Is he the Best Technical Sports Entertainer? Or is he the Best Technical Pro-Wrestler? With Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat as the special guest timekeeper, will the Dragonslayer slay the American Dragon? Or will he JOIN the American Dragon in the Blackpool Combat Club?
But first, Chris Jericho joins commentary! Fans sing Judas for him as he joins Excalibur, Taz, and Good ol’ JR, then Bryan makes his entrance. Bryan shakes hands with Steamboat, then Garcia makes his entrance, complete with a new Dragonslayer logo on his tron. The bell rings on the first fall and fans rally up. The two circle, feel out the grapple, and Bryan shoots in to get a leg. Bryan trips Garcia but Garcia fights back and trips Bryan. Garcia goes for a leg, but Bryan trips him back and rains down forearms! Garcia guards but Bryan moves around. Garcia slips out, back mounts, but Bryan stands up.
Garcia is a backpack but Bryan snapmares and rolls! It’s a rough landing but Garcia holds on, then he drags Bryan around. Bryan slips out, throws body shots from above, then has a KNEEBAR! Garcia moves around to stand up, and he has a HEEL HOOK! Bryan endures, stomps at Garcia’s face but Garcia gives those back! They stomp and kick each other back and forth, but Bryan puts on a HEEL HOOK of his own! Fans cheer this technical exchange and the two end up in the ropes! The ref counts, the two let each other go, but then Garcia BOOTS Bryan into a corner! Garcia eggs Bryan on while fans boo.
Bryan stands up, they reset, tie up, and Garcia puts Bryan in a corner. Fans rally for Bryan as Garcia smothers him, but the ref counts. Garcia lets off to SLAP Bryan! Bryan keeps cool as AEW goes picture in picture.
Garcia taunts Bryan but Bryan puts his dukes up. Bryan KICKS Garcia’s leg, then eggs Garcia on. Garcia returns but Bryan KICKS the leg again! They tie up, Bryan SLAPS Garcia now, and Garcia wobbles a bit. Garcia throws some testing jabs but Bryan shrugs those off. Bryan throws body shots, then SMACKS Garcia! Bryan suplexes high and hard, covers, TWO! Bryan drags Garcia around by a leg, turns him over and hooks up the legs. Bryan reaches for the arms, brings them back, and then up and up and ROMERO SPECIAL! Garcia endures being held overhead, then Bryan sets him down to fishhook the nose!
The ref reprimands but Bryan throws haymakers onto Garcia’s head, then ROCKS him with a forearm! Garcia falls forward, out of the leg hooks, and fans rally up. Bryan paces, watches Garcia get up, and then KICKS him in the chest! Garcia is right up to CHOP! Bryan smirks and Garcia eggs him on. Bryan CHOPS back, so Garcia CHOPS again. Bryan smirks, dusts that off, and fans rally up more. Bryan and Garcia talk some trash, Garcia SLAPS Bryan! Bryan squats and Garcia kicks at him. Garcia eggs Bryan on, Bryan snarls and stands back up. Bryan stares Garcia down as AEW returns to single picture, and the forearms fire off! Bryan KICKS away on Garcia in the corner!
Fans chant “YES! YES! YES!” with every shot! Bryan goes corner to corner to DROPKICK! Bryan puts Garcia up top, climbs up after him, then SUPER STEINERS, but Garcia rolls it to a sunset flip! TWO! Bryan EuroUppers, Garcia CHOPS, but Bryan EuroUppers again! Garcia CHOPS, Bryan EuroUppers, Garcia kicks low then EuroUppers back. Garcia whips Bryan to a corner, Bryan goes up and over, then keeps moving! Bryan ducks and dodges but Garcia spins him for a BUTTERFLY SUPLEX into the ARMBAR! Bryan sits up, fans rally up, and Bryan clasps hands. Bryan fights but Garcia pushes him down!
Bryan rolls through, leg capture and BACK SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Garcia escapes but Bryan goes for the legs! Bryan ties the legs up, rains down forearms, and then hooks an arm! REGAL STRETCH!! Bryan makes his mentor proud while Garcia endures to make his mentor proud! Garcia crawls, reaches out, ROPEBREAK! Bryan lets off, Garcia bails out, and Bryan builds speed! Bryan WRECKS Garcia with a dropkick! Then he goes to the apron to FLYING- NO, Garcia dodges the knee to SAIDO to the floor! Fans are torn as Garcia stands back up. Garcia drags Bryan up with a facelock and he puts Bryan in the ring.
Fans rally and Garcia looms over Bryan. Garcia sits Bryan up for HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! That’s a very BCC move! Fans boo but Jericho loves it! Garcia gets the legs, SHARP- NO, Bryan spins it through! Bryan kicks Garcia down into the TRIANGLE HOLD! Garcia is caught but he stands up. Bryan throws hands but Garcia hooks Bryan up! PILEDRIVER!! Omoplata and DRAGON SLEEPER!!! Bryan is fading, the fans rally, but he’s OUT! That’s the first fall to Garcia!
Bryan: 0; Garcia: 1
The ref checks if Bryan is okay to continue, but Garcia says this is just the first fall! This isn’t over until he has his second! The ref starts a standing count, if Bryan can’t answer it, he’s lost! Garcia backs off to watch Bryan, and we’re past 5 of 10! Bryan crawls and stands at 8, so Garcia CLOBBERS him! Garcia stomps a mudhole while fans boo! Garcia lets off at the ref’s count to soak up the heat, then he storms back up on Bryan. Garcia stands Bryan up, EuroUppers, and CHOPS! Bryan looks dazed but Garcia brings him up to CHOP again! Garcia soaks up more heat while fans boo and he goes corner to corner. Garcia runs in to SHOTGUN Bryan, and AEW goes to break!
AEW returns and Garcia is stomping away on Bryan at the ropes! Fans boo Garcia and the ref counts, but Garcia stands on Bryan’s head! Garcia lets off and the ref checks Bryan. Bryan’s busted open from a DDT to bare concrete that happened during the break, but it isn’t too bad yet. Garcia drags Bryan from the ropes, kicks him more, and fans rally up. Bryan huffs and puffs as Garcia keeps kicking, and fans fire up! Bryan KICKS and KICKS and KICKS Garcia’s leg, but Garcia WRINGS the arm! Then omoplata, and the DRAGON SLEEPER! Bryan fights up, so Garcia INVERTED SUPLEXES him, and still has the DRAGON SLEEPER!
Bryan endures so Garcia rains down HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Fans boo as the DRAGON SLEEPER is back on! But Bryan rolls forward to make it a cover, and he gets the fall!!
Bryan: 1; Garcia: 1
And now we’re all tied up! Garcia can’t believe it but the fans are thunderous! Now it’s sudden death! And Garcia hammers away on Bryan’s bloody forehead! Jericho blames the ref for making a mistake but Garcia just soaks up the heat. Bryan is in a corner, Garcia runs corner to corner, but Bryan dodges! Garcia’s dropkick misses and Garcia ends up in a Tree of Woe! Bryan KICKS away on Garcia! Bryan sits Garcia up, climbs up after him, then rains down HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Fans chant “YES! YES! YES!” and then Bryan brings Garcia up. Garcia resists, but Bryan SPIDER GERMAN SUPLEXES him away!
Bryan sits up and fans are thunderous! Bryan adjusts, leaps, and MISSILE DROPKICKS Garcia all the way to the other corner! Garcia bails out as fans fire up again. Bryan kips up and fans are loving it! Bryan snarls and builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit at the corner! Bryan drags Garcia up to KICK and KICK and KICK! Bryan POSTS Garcia! And then YANKS Garcia into the post! And again! But Garcia YANKS Bryan! Bryan YANKS Garcia! Garcia YANKS Bryan, and both men fall over! Fans fire up and rally behind Bryan. Bryan and Garcia stir as the ring count climbs. The count reaches 5 of 10 but Garcia gets in at 7! Bryan flops at 8, but he’s back up and in at 9!
Fans are thunderous as now Garcia is also busted open! AEW goes picture in picture as the ref checks both men. They’re both okay to continue, even though Garcia’s a bit dazed. Garcia crawls forward after Bryan, talks trash on him, but Bryan just shouts at Garcia back! Garcia SLAPS Bryan but Bryan eggs him on. Garcia CHOPS, but Bryan still eggs him on! Fans rally, Garcia CHOPS, but Bryan just sits back! Garcia CHOPS but Bryan just does an ab crunch! Garcia runs to PENALTY KICK! Bryan does another ab crunch! PENALTY KICK! Ab crunch! Garcia CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS but Bryan doesn’t fall over!
Garcia runs again, into a HUGE forearm from Bryan! Garcia goes down and fans fire up as Bryan stays send. Bryan flips Garcia off, that’s a JAS thing! Garcia sit sup, and Bryan KICKS him! And KICKS him! And KICKS, but Garcia eggs Bryan on now! So Bryan KICKS and KICKS and KICKS! Garcia SWATS one, then CLOBBERS Bryan from behind! Garcia gest the legs, steps through, SHARPSHOOTER! Bryan endures the “Dragon Tamer” as AEW returns to single picture! And Garcia sits back deep! Bryan endures, hooks an arm, and drags Garcia out of his hold into the omoplata! Garcia moves around, rolls through, but Bryan stays hooked on!
Bryan reaches and finishes the LEBELL LOCK! Garcia rolls it back to a cover, TWO!! Garcia choke grips, Bryan breaks free, but Garcia SLAPS him again! Bryan staggers, Garcia runs in at the corner, DROPKICK! Bryan stays up to SLAP Garcia! ROLLING- NO, Garcia ducks to BUSAIKU KNEE!! Garcia steals something of Bryan’s! Knuckle lock cover, TWO!! Garcia and Bryan are in a test of strength as Bryan sits up, and they go forehead to bloody forehead! Garcia ROCKS Bryan, and Bryan ROCKS Garcia, but the knuckle locks don’t break! Another round of forearms back and forth, Garcia gets the edge and Bryan drops to his knees!
Fans rally as the knuckle locks stay clamped on! Bryan fights to his feet and he ROCKS Garcia over and over. Garcia hits back, the forearms keep going, and now Garcia leans onto Bryan. Bryan stands him up to ROCK him again and again and again! Garcia is down and Bryan rains down the shots! Bryan gets the wrists, but Garcia monkey flips! To steal the DRAGON STOMPS! Jericho is loving this but fans boo! Garcia lets off but Bryan trips him up! Bryan HEADBUTTS Garcia again and again, then gives him DRAGON STOMPS! Bryan lets go of one arm to focus on the stomps! Then the TRIANGLE, with HAMMERING ELBOWS!!
Garcia endures, fights to his feet, and he deadlifts Bryan! But Bryan drags him back down and throws more elbows! Garcia fires hands and the fans are loving the scrap! Bryan uses Garcia’s haymakers to turn the move around into the LEBELL LOCK!! Garcia endures, reaches out, Jericho cheers him on but fans want him to tap! Bryan catches the arm to HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOW!! LEBELL LOCK!!! Garcia is OUT, the ref calls it for Bryan!!
Winner: Bryan Danielson, by submission, 2-1
Sports Entertainer or Pro-Wrestler, those are just labels, because this was a battle of two fighters! But in the end, Garcia falls and Bryan is the winner! And yet, Garcia’s fighting spirit keeps him reaching for Bryan. Bryan and the fans applaud for the heart the Dragonslayer has, but did what Bryan say last week get through to Garcia? Is Garcia going to be BCC? Bryan offers Garcia a hand but Garcia stands up on his own. Jericho leaves commentary to CLOBBER Bryan! Jericho rains down fists because he’s the sore loser here! But Garcia pushes Jericho away?! Fans fire up for that, but Jericho is confused and furious!
Jericho asks Garcia why he just did that. Is he thinking of changing? Garcia slaps the accusing finger away! Jericho points his other finger, because he wants Garcia to think long and hard about what he does next. Fans chant “You’re a Wrestler!” at Garcia, but will he listen to them? Or will he still follow the Jericho Appreciation Society?
Backstage interview with Private Party and Swerve In Our Glory.
Schiavone notes that this Friday on Rampage, it will be these two teams fighting over the AEW World Tag Team Championships. Swerve says “You’re welcome, by the way.” Marq Quen asks, “For what? Last week, you guys disrespected us, talking about how we’re not ranked. In case you haven’t noticed, we’re number five!” Isiah Kassidy makes sure Swerve knows it by holding up five fingers. Keith Lee steps forward and Private Party steps back. Schiavone steps in to remind them all of the No Physicality Agreement.
Swerve says Private Party’s been here how long and this is the closest they’ve gotten to the tag titles? “Winning ain’t nothing new to Swerve In Our Glory, Keith Lee and myself. You need to respect your elders, because you could learn a thing or two from us.” Keith adds, “And after you Swerve In Our Glory, then you can walk your happy asses back down the ladder.” Kassidy says Keith embarrassed him once. It won’t happen again. And on top of that, Private Party takes these titles back to New York. FACTS. BLAOW! See you Friday, baby. Kassidy & Quen are confident now, but will they be popping bottles or sharing ice packs after Rampage?
Tony Nese w/ Mark Sterling VS ???
But wait! Moxley attacks the Premier Athlete on the stage! And then he CLOBBERS Smart Mark! Then Moxley storms to the ring and grabs the mic! “C M PUNK! I’ve been waiting too damn long for you to come back, I’m sick of waiting! You wanna unify these belts? I say let’s do it right now! Let’s get this sh*t over with!” Fans are ready for that, too! Moxley throws off his hoodie and waits, and here comes Punk! But officials and security try to stop him before he gets to ringside! Moxley rushes out to meet him at the ramp! Fans fire up as they brawl but again they are separated! Moxley returns to the ring, Punk pursues, and the security swarm in again!
Fans boo as Punk is dragged away from the ring. The BCC’s Claudio and Yuta even show up to hold Moxley back. As much as Moxley and Punk want this fight, everyone else in AEW is doing their best to delay this until All Out! Moxley storms off through the crowd and the BCC follow, will this grudge even wait for September?
Backstage interview with the Jericho Appreciation Society.
Schiavone has Matthew Menard, Angelo Parker, and Chris Jericho himself, and brings up what we saw at the end of Bryan VS Garcia. Is there possibly some dissention in the ranks? Jericho says he is giving “Danny” a pass for tonight, that was hell of a match. Maybe after getting dropped on his head, he’s a little fuzzy and didn’t realize what he was doing putting his hands on Jericho. Maybe Garcia is wavering back and forth between Bryan and Jericho, but we need to know for sure. Next week, live on Dynamite, Jericho wants to talk with Garcia, face to face, in the ring, man to man! Whose side is Garcia on? Garcia better make the right choice.
But then Ricky Steamboat walks in! He tells Jericho that he’s watched Garcia. And that young kid is coming into his own. Jericho agrees, but then Steamboat says Garcia doesn’t need Jericho or Menard & Parker. Jericho is the same guy Steamboat knew 14, 15 years ago. The same hair, same get up and go. If anyone should mentor Garcia, Steamboat says Bryan is the better choice. Oh, really? Is that what you think, Steamboat? Typical goody-two-shoes Steamboat! Jericho hasn’t liked Steamboat for those same 15 years, so he better keeps his hands off Jericho and stay out of his business! Jericho storms off, and Parker tells Steamboat to stay out of their business!
Parker tells Steamboat to look at him when he’s talking! Stay out of- BOP! Steamboat’s still got a hard right! Will that teach the JAS not to anger The Dragon?
Gunn Club VS The Varsity Blonds!
Austin & Colten lost in the Dumpster Match but they did beat #Beardhausen. And yet, Daddy Ass is still not happy with how his sons are competing. Will they finally get Papa Gunn’s approval? Or will Brian Pillman Jr. & Griff Garrison expose them as the Ass Boys they are?
Mitchell’s NJPW G1 Climax 32 Results & Report! (8/17/22)
And then there were four!
The G1 Climax’s Final Four face off!
A VS B and C VS D, the biggest G1 Climax in NJPW history reaches its semifinals! Will Tetsuya Naito make Will Ospreay trainquilo? Will Kazuchika Okada make it rain on the Good Bad Guy?
- 8 Man Tag: Chaos VS Suzuki-Gun; Chaos wins.
- Royce Isaacs & Tom Lawlor VS Dangerous Tekkers; Dangerous Tekkers win.
- Tomoaki Honma & Togi Makabe VS Bad Dude Tito & JONAH; Tito & Jonah win.
- Six Man Tag: The United Empire VS Bullet Club; Bullet Club wins.
- 8 Man Tag: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS Bullet Club; Bullet Club wins.
- 8 Man Tag: Hiroshi Tanahashi, Toru Yano, David Finlay & KUSHIDA VS Bullet Club; Tanahashi, Yano, Finlay & Kushida win.
- G1 Climax 32 Semifinal: Kazuchika Okada VS Tama Tonga; Okada wins and advances to the finals.
- G1 Climax 32 Semifinal: Tetsuya Naito VS Will Ospreay; Ospreay wins and advances to the finals.
PLAY BY PLAY
G1 Climax 32 Semifinal: Kazuchika Okada VS Tama Tonga w/ Jado!
It’s A Block VS B Block, Rainmaker VS Good Bad Guy! And in G1 Climax 31, Okada lost to Tama! Will history repeat itself? Or will Tama have to fall back to the golden ticket he got from beating Jay White?
The bell rings and fans rally up already as the two circle. Tama and Okada shake hands to show there’s respect here and fans cheer more. Okada and Tama tie up, are in a deadlock, but Okada uses his height as leverage. Okada puts Tama on the ropes and the ref calls for the break. Okada lets off, pats Tama on the shoulders, but Tama rushes in. Okada kicks low, headlocks, but Tama powers up and out. Okada runs Tama over and fans fire up. Okada runs, Tama gets up to arm-drag Okada around! Then Tama dropkicks Okada down! Fans fire up more as Tama brings Okada up. Tama CLUBS Okada and follows him to a corner.
Tama throws body shots, but Okada throws forearms! Tama knees low, Okada throws body shots but Tama CLUBS Okada down. Fans rally as Tama whips corner to corner, but Okada reverses. Okada runs in but into a back elbow. Tama runs at Okada but into the FLAPJACK! Fans applaud while Okada catches his breath. Jado coaches Tama while fans rally up. Okada drags Tama up, ROCKS him with a forearm, and Tama goes to ropes. Okada brings Tama around to CLUB him on the neck. Okada puts Tama in a corner and throws a back elbow. And then another! And then another! The ref counts and Okada lets off.
Fans rally, Jado coaches Tama, but Okada brings Tama up. Tama throws body shots but Okada knees low. Okada turns Tama for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally and Okada sits Tama up for a chinlock. Tama endures while Okada squeezes tight. The fans rally up more as Okada turns and twists Tama. Tama fights up to his feet, throws elbows, but Okada knees low. Okada throws Tama out of the ring then follows after. Tama staggers up into a kick and DDT to the floor! Okada leaves Tama behind while fans rally up. Jado coaches Tama while the ring count climbs. We’re at 5 of 20 but Tama is still down.
Tama pushes up off the floor at 10 of 20 and crawls his way over, and he drags himself up at 16, only to fall! Tama springs up and in at 19! Okada walks over and kicks Tama around while the fans rally up. “O-KA-DA!” eggs Tama on, so Tama fires off forearm after forearm! Okada eggs Tama on, Tama keeps throwing hands, but Okada DECKS Tama with one! Okada whips Tama to a corner, but Tama comes back to CLOBBER Okada! Fans fire up and rally again as Tama drags himself up the ropes. Tama rushes Okada to LARIAT, and ELBOW, and scoop SLAM! OFF COMES THE VEST! Fans fire up with Tama as he claps, “TA-MA! TA-MA!”
Okada is in the corner, Tama runs in to STINGER SPLASH! And then a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Fans continue to rally as Tama paces around. Tama brings Okada up to CLUB him down, then he throws body shots. Tama dragon sleepers but Okada fights free! Tama throws a body shot, an uppercut, and then whips. Okada ducks ‘n’ dodges to CLOBBER Tama with an elbow! Fans rally and Okada whips Tama into a corner. Okada runs in to back elbow, then kicks and DDTs! Cover, TWO! Fans clap for “O-KA-DA!” “GOOD BAD GUY!” as Okada watches Tama stand. Tama staggers into the Alabama Lift! But Tama fights it off with body shots!
Okada ROCKS Tama, but Tama ROCKS Okada. Okada EuroUppers but Tama EuroUppers back! Okada swings but into the TONGAN TWIST! Fans rally up again as Okada bails out of the ring. Tama goes out after Okada and brings him up, but Okada throws body shots! Okada whips Tama into railing, and Tama bounces off into a scoop! But Tama fights that to a TONGAN TWIST to the floor! A bit of payback from earlier! Fans rally up while the ref checks both men. Both men are able to continue and Tama stands first. The ring count starts and Tama drags Okada up at 5 of 20 to put him in at 6. Fans cheer as this match continues.
Tama stalks Okada while the fans clap. Okada stands, Tama rushes in, VENENO! Cover, TWO! Tama paces around then brings Okada back up. Tama fireman’s carries, but Okada fights free and spins Tama. ROLLING- NO, Tama ducks the lariat to fireman’s carry! S R C! Tama heads for the corner and fans fire up! SUPREME FLOW! Cover, TWO!! Okada survives and Tama grows frustrated, but Jado calls the shot! Tama and Jado pound the mat, and fans clap along. Tama watches Okada rise, then he rushes in, GUN- NO, Okada turns that into the BACK2BACKBREAKER! And then the MONEY CLIP!!
Tama endures and fans rally up! Tama reaches out and gets the ROPEBREAK! Okada lets go in frustration but fans fire up more. The fans continue to rally, “O-KA-DA!” “GOOD BAD GUY!” Okada drags Tama up, scoops him and SLAMS him, then goes to the corner. Okada climbs up and fans rally for the MACHO ELBOW! And of course, the Rainmaker Pose! Okada drags Tama up, wristlocks, but Tama throws back elbows. Okada CLUBS Tama, EuroUppers and runs, but into a DROPKICK! Fans fire up as Tama takes Okada down! Tama drags Okada up, but Okada fights off the suplex to shove and DROPKICK Tama in return!
Okada drags Tama back up, ripcords, but Tama ducks to slips around, BLOODY SUNDAY!! Shoutout to the Prince! Cover, TWO!! Okada survives but Tama just reloads and brings him back up! Double underhooks, but Okada fights free to LARIAT! Not quite the Rainmaker but Okada holds onto the wrist! Fans rally as Okada slowly rises back up. Okada drags Tama up, for a short arm LARIAT! Okada fires up and the fans follow suit! He drags Tama back up, ripcords, but Tama ducks and runs, into a DROPKICK! But he gets back up! Tama is roaring, fans are fire dup, but Okada scoops for the LANDSLIDE!!
Okada then ripcords Tama, GUN STUN!!! But Tama can’t make the cover! Jado shouts to Tama, he crawls over to Okada, pushes Okada over for the cover, TWO!!! Okada survives because of the delay! Fans are thunderous while both men are still down! Tama rises and he drags Okada back up. Tama reels Okada in, underhooks the arms, but Okada fights the lift! Tama CLUBS Okada, CLUBS him again, and fans rally as Tama CLUBS Okada one more time. Tama brings Okada up, reels him in again, but Okada back drops and sits on the cover! TWO!! Tama swings, but into a waistlock! Tama fights the suplex, throws elbows, and then whips.
Okada reverses but Tama dodges the dropkick! And he hurries to underhook, but Okada slips out! GUN- NO, Okada holds it off this time, to then get the wristlock! Ripcord, GUN- NO!! Okada turns it into a MONEY CLIP!!! Fans rally as hard as ever, and Tama turns clip into cradle! TWO!!! Okada escapes, BOOTS, but Tama PELES! Tama reloads fast and waits on Okada to stand! Okada is up, Tama runs in, GUN- NO!!! Okada fights it again, to ENZIGURI! And then pump handle scoop, POWERSLAM!! Ripcord, RAINMAKER!!! Cover, Okada wins!
Winner: Kazuchika Okada, by pinfall (advances to the finals)
Tama put up one hell of a fight, truly worthy of the biggest G1 Climax ever, but it just wasn’t enough to stop the Rainmaker! Will Okada not stop until he has that Right to Challenge briefcase once more?
G1 Climax 32 Semifinal: Tetsuya Naito VS Will Ospreay w/ Great-O-Khan!
It’s C Block VS D Block, Uncontrollable Charisma VS Commonwealth Kingpin! We know Okada awaits in the finals, will he be facing one of his great rivals in Naito? Or will it be one of his great enemies in Ospreay?
Naito takes off his elaborate entrance attire while Ospreay takes his time with his coat and two title belts. Fans rally, “NA-I-TO!” “O-SU-PREAY!” and the bell rings. Ospreay encourages the fans to get louder so they do, and Naito says that’s nice. The two then circle, Naito goes back and forth to toy with Ospreay, but then they tie up. They’re in a deadlock, but Ospreay finds a point of leverage. He puts Naito on the ropes and Red Shoes counts. Ospreay pats Naito but Naito turns things around. Naito has Ospreay on the ropes, but then pats Ospreay on the shoulders. To then kick low and CLUB him on the neck! And again!
Red Shoes reprimands but Naito whips Ospreay. Ospreay reverses, Naito holds ropes and BOOTS Back, to then RANA! But Ospreay handsprings through! Naito ducks the Penalty Kick, avoids the Standing Moonsault, then arm-drags Ospreay! Naito ducks a roundhouse and tranquilos! Ospreay smirks while Naito bails out. Fans rally up while Naito stares Khan down. Khan keeps his distance and Naito takes a walk around the ring. Khan tells Naito to get back in so Naito does. Naito and Ospreay circle, feel out a knuckle lock, then circle some more. Ospreay blocks Naito’s kick! Naito tries to reach Ospreay but he can’t!
Ospreay ROCKS Naito with a forearm, then another! Ospreay whips, atomic drops and CHOPS Naito down, for the STANDING SHOOTING STAR! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up and Khan cheers Ospreay on. Ospreay drags Naito up, ROCKS him again, then bumps him off buckles. Ospreay CHOPS Naito in the corner, then stalks him to another corner. Ospreay CHOPS again and Naito staggers. Ospreay whips him but Naito reverses, only for Ospreay to go up and over. Naito dodges, blocks a kick and puts Ospreay in the ropes for a DRAPING BACKBREAKER! Naito then whips Ospreay to ropes for a hip toss! And basement dropkick! Naito keeps going, NECKBREAKER!
Fans fire up while Ospreay clutches his neck. Fans rally up and Naito brings Ospreay into a chinlock. Naito grinds Ospreay down with an almost bulldog choke but Ospreay endures. Fans rally up more, Ospreay pulls hair but Red Shoes reprimands. Naito lets off to snapmare Ospreay into a headscissor hold! Naito pushes up to put pressure on the neck but Ospreay endures. Ospreay rolls around and gets the ROPEBREAK! Red Shoes counts and Khan protests, and Naito lets off. Fans rally up as Naito brings Ospreay around. Naito ROCKS Ospreay but Ospreay ROCKS Naito, repeat! Naito then CLUBS Ospreay on the neck!
Naito CLUBS away on Ospreay in the corner, then whips him corner to corner. Naito runs in to JUMP KICK! Leg sweep, SWINGING DROPKICK! Combinacion Cabron! Fans fire up as Naito poses, then covers, TWO! Fans rally up and Naito stomps Ospreay around. Naito brings Ospreay up to cravat and neck wrench! Ospreay endures, drops to a knee, and fans rally again. Ospreay fights back up, throws body shots, but Naito ROCKS him again. Naito whips, Ospreay reverses but Naito reverses again. Naito swings into a full nelson, but he arm-drags free! Naito dodges and whips but Ospreay handsprings to NEURALIZER!
Fans fire up while both men are down. Ospreay sits up and grits his teeth. Ospreay waits on Naito to get up, but Naito is slow. Ospreay fireman’s carries to then SNAKE EYES and BOOT! Ospreay goes to the apron and fans fire up with him. Ospreay aims at Naito, springboards and PIP PIP CHEERIO! Cover, TWO! Ospreay is annoyed but fans continue to rally. Ospreay drags Naito back up, reels him in, but Naito resists the lift. Ospreay keeps trying but Naito flails. Ospreay CLUBS Naito, throws a quick Kowada Kick, then CHOPS Naito off his feet! Naito gets up but Ospreay reels him in, only for Naito to fight the bomb!
Naito ducks the lariat to BACKBREAKER into the LEG HOOK NELSON! Naito slaps Ospreay around but Ospreay still endures. Ospreay moves around, but Naito drags him from ropes! Fans rally, Naito puts on more pressure, but Ospreay kicks his way around! ROPEBREAK! Fans fire up as Red Shoes counts, and Naito lets Ospreay go. Fans rally as Naito stands and Ospreay drags himself up the ropes. Naito hammerlocks and half nelsons but Ospreay fights off the lift! Naito ripcords but Ospreay ducks the elbow. Naito CLUBS Ospreay, dodges a haymaker, then ROCKS Ospreay! Naito runs, into the Tiger Wall Kick and ENZIGURI! But Naito rebounds, into a SPANISH FLY!!
Fans are thunderous as both men are down again! Ospreay and Naito sit up, talk some trash, and then get forehead to forehead. Naito throws a forearm but Ospreay gives it back. Naito grins and forearms Ospreay again! Ospreay ROCKS Naito back! Ospreay eggs Naito on so Naito ROCKS Ospreay! Ospreay roars and fans fire up, and Ospreay throws another forearm! Naito gives another, and they go back and forth! Fans rally up as the speed picks up! Ospreay fires off a flurry, then CHOPS!! Naito staggers and Ospreay waits on him. Naito comes back to SLAP Ospreay! Ospreay grins and fans fire up!
Ospreay blocks a kick, ducks the enziguri but Naito dodges Hidden Blade to TORNADO- NO! Ospreay blocks to suplex and BRAINBUSTER! But Ospreay holds on, brings Naito back up, suplexes but Naito RANAS! Cover, TWO!! Ospreay escapes in time but Naito gets him for the TORNADO DDT! Fans are thunderous again while both men are down. Naito and Ospreay stir and Naito sits up first. Naito crawls his way over, drags Ospreay up, and throws heavy back elbows! Ospreay drops to a knee, but Naito brings him up for more heavy elbows! Ospreay drops again but he grabs at Naito. Naito brings Ospreay up for even more heavy elbows!
Ospreay falls over backwards, and the tape on his shoulders is coming off! Naito hammerlocks, half nelsons, and hits GLORIA! Cover, TWO! Ospreay is still in this but Naito is still smiling. Naito brings Ospreay up again, wrenches the arm, but Ospreay RAMS him into the corner! Ospreay runs in but Naito alley-oops him into the corner! Naito then sits Ospreay up on the top rope backwards, and climbs up behind him! Naito goes up to SUPER POISON-RANA!!! Cover, TWO!!! Ospreay survives and fans are thunderous! Naito aims from the corner as Ospreay rises, then he runs in to CORRIENDO SHIKI- NO, Ospreay blocks Destino!
But Ospreay also holds Naito up! Ospreay ties up the legs, MAGIC CROSS DRIVER!! Cover, TWO!! Fans are thunderous again as Ospreay aims from the corner! Naito sits up, Ospreay rushes in, HIDDEN BLADE!!! But Ospreay isn’t satisfied with that, he drags Naito up! Underhook and lift, STORM- DESTINO!!! Naito turns things around but both men are down! The fans are electric as both men stir on the mat! Naito crawls over to Ospreay, drags him up, but Ospreay BOOTS! Naito ENZIGURIS! Naito scoops but Ospreay slips out to HOOK KICK! Ospreay calls his shot, springboards, but Naito ducks the OsCutter! SPINEBUSTER!!
Naito hauls Ospreay up to wrench and- NO, Ospreay turns it, CHELSEA GRIN!! Fans fire up as Ospreay aims again! Ospreay runs in, but Naito ducks the blade! CORRIENDO SHIKI DESTINO!!!! Cover, TWO?!?!? Ospreay survives and no one can believe it!! Naito roars, drags Ospreay up, and tilt-o-whirls, DESTI- NO!! Ospreay slips out to HIDDEN BLADE!!! Cover, TWO?!?!?!? Maybe 2.999!! The fans can’t believe it, Khan can’t believe, commentary can’t believe it! But Ospreay drags Naito back up, reels him in and underhooks, for STORMBREAKER!!!! Cover, OSPREAY WINS!!!
Winner: Will Ospreay, by pinfall (advances to the finals)
After fighting back from an 0-2 start, after fighting his heart out here, Naito falls before the Climax! If this is truly Naito’s last G1 Climax, if this is truly his last year with NJPW, has it all ended here and now? Or can Naito find another path to Wrestle Kingdom?
As for Ospreay, he holds up his IWGP US Heavyweight Championship and Rev-Pro British Heavyweight Championship high as he stands over Naito, and then again as he stands on the corner. Khan waves the banner of the United Empire, then brings the mic to Ospreay. The fans applaud, but Ospreay says, “Louder, Budokan! Louder!! Motto! Gentlemen, I said MORE! I want more!” Fans applaud louder, and Ospreay is happy. “Naito, good showing. One more, onegaishimasu. This doesn’t get spoken about enough. In May, I nearly died! I had a kidney infection that nearly killed me! And in three months, three months! After saying I could’ve died, I’m in the G1 Final!”
Fans applaud that heart, and Ospreay says his opponent “is a man who seemingly, I can’t beat on my own. In the seven matches Ospreay and Okada have had, Okada has one SIX of them. SIX. Everyone is now doubting me, because they think I can’t beat Okada. I’ve seen it done with my own eyes! I have seen AJ Styles beat Okada. I have seen Tanahashi beat Okada. I’ve seen NAITO beat Okada! Hell, I’ve even see Jay White dethrone Okada. Know what makes me different? I know in my heart, I know I’m better than all those guys! I know I’m the best wrestler in the world today!!” Fans applaud that, he has a case for it.
Ospreay lists off his accomplishments: Best of the Super Juniors; the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship; the New Japan Cup; the British Heavyweight Championship; the NEVER Openweight Championship; the IWGP US Heavyweight Championship; and the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship!! There’s just one more to go! “And believe me. Believe me when I say this. Believe me, I’m not gonna lose. I will beat Okada! I will lead NJPW out of the Dark Ages, and I will bring it back tot he light! Okada, matta ashita <I’ll be waiting tomorrow.> See you at the top!” The Kingpin vows to go from Grand Slam to ULTIMATE Champion in NJPW, will he succeed?
A great event as the penultimate night of the G1 this year. Yes, I skipped a lot of matches, and I wish I had time to see that 8 Man with Tanahashi, Yano, Finlay & Kushida, because it saw the return of the Good Brothers to Japan. But Tanahashi’s team won thanks to some sneaky moves from Yano. I wonder if anyone from Tanahashi’s team will go after Karl Anderson’s NEVER Openweight Championship. Any one of them would be a great opponent for Anderson, but especially Tanahashi.
But we got awesome G1 matches, as to be expected. Tama has been running strong, but it sure seems like everyone knows how to counter the Gun Stun… It makes sense that Okada wins, he could potentially go back-to-back as the G1 Climax winner. But given that, I don’t think he will. Ospreay VS Naito was a great choice to be the main event between the two semifinal matches, and honestly I didn’t think Naito was going to lose. This is supposed to be his last year, so I thought he’d get to the finals before losing and having to worry about what’s next.
Ospreay has a great promo and he does make a great argument for winning the finals. Ospreay’s checked off almost everything to do in NJPW as a singles wrestler, even more than what Okada has done. Ospreay getting the honor of being the first to check everything off the list would be huge.
My Score: 9/10
Down The Wire: A Piece of Idaho w/ Gianna Cefalu
Tom and Dave are joined by KLEW TV Reporter, formerly of the PAC-12, Gianna Cefalu.
Down The Wire: NBA Scout Mike Vandegarde
On this week's episode of DTW, Tom and Dave are joined by former Philadelphia 76ers Scout, Mike Vadegarde.
Down The Wire: Former Zappers QB Jason Stewart
Tom and Dave have a new guest joining Down The Wire and it's the former QB from the Zappers, Jason...
Down The Wire: Sell Josh Hader & Wisconsin’s State Fair Top 10 New Foods
Tom and Dave get very local on this new episode of Down The Wire, from sports to food to the...
Down The Wire: Disappointments and Baker Mayfield
Tom and Dave have a big episode planned for number 75! But then all hell breaks loose...
Chairshot Radio: Musical Chairs S2:E2- Miles Davis & Black Star Riders 
S2:E2 of Musical Chairs sees the guys go in different but equally interesting directions. Pat covers the incomparable Miles Davis,...
Bandwagon Nerds #144: Ezra Miller is Trash
This week on the Bandwagon, Patrick O’Dowd and David Ungar revisit the state of DC film projects discussing the Ezra...
Andrew’s Judgmental Album Reviews: Cannons – Fever Dream (2022)
The JAR decides to kick back on a summer day and just vibe to some electro synthwave. How does Cannons...
Mitchell’s Hyrule Puro-Resu News Report! (8/14/22)
Fallout from Treasure Island 3!
Mitchell’s Hyrule Puro-Resu Results & Report! (8/13/22)
So! Much! Gold!
Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (8/17/22)
American Dragon VS Dragonslayer!
Mitchell’s NJPW G1 Climax 32 Results & Report! (8/17/22)
And then there were four!
What I Watched #10b: All IN 2018
Harry decided to abridge his All In write up and bring us the blast from the past while he's on...
The #Miranda & Greg DeMarco Super Such Good Shit Show 11, Pal! (Way Too Early Grade For Triple H Leading WWE Creative)
How is Triple H doing at the helm of WWE creative? Miranda and Greg give him a way too early...
Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (8/16/22)
Who gets burned by the Heatwave?
Mitchell’s AEW Dark Results & Report! (8/16/22)
Powerhouse gets Dark!
Mitchell’s NJPW G1 Climax 32 Results & Report! (8/16/22)
And your semifinalists are...!
Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (8/15/22)
A PHENOMENAL first-time-ever!
Mitchell’s AEW Dark: Elevation Results & Report! (8/15/22)
Minneapolis gets Elevated!
Mitchell’s NJPW G1 Climax 32 Results & Report! (8/14/22)
Go Ace, or Go To Sleep?
Podcasts6 days ago
Mindless Wrestling Podcast: WWE Talent Rehires, Transformers 36th Anniversary and much more!
AEW Coverage5 days ago
Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (8/12/22)
Coverage5 days ago
Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (8/12/22)
Podcasts5 days ago
Retro Greg DeMarco Show: Ranking The Championships In Pro Wrestling