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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (4/27/21)

NXT hears from Adam Cole BAYBAY!

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NXT Coverage 2021

El Legado del Fantasma targets the NXT Cruiserweight AND Tag Team Champions!

Santos Escobar leads his legion of luchadores against Kushida and MSK! Will the Emperor of Lucha secure a second chance at the championship the Time Splitter took from him?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Mercedes Martinez VS Dakota Kai w/ Raquel Gonzalez; Martinez wins, by disqualification.
  • Toni Storm VS Zayda Ramier; Ramier wins.
  • Bronson Reed VS Austin Theory w/ The Way; Reed wins and will challenge Johnny Gargano for the NXT North American Championship.
  • Killian Dain & Drake Maverick VS Imperium; Imperium wins.
  • Ember Moon & Shotzi Blackheart VS The Robert Stone Brand; No Contest.
  • Six Man Tag: El Legado del Fantasma VS KUSHIDA & MSK; El Legado wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Mercedes Martinez VS Dakota Kai w/ Raquel Gonzalez!

Mean Ms. Martinez wants after the NXT Women’s Championship, but she knows as well as anyone that #CobraKai always watches Big Mami Cool’s back. Will Mercedes run through Dakota to get at Ricky Desperado?

The bell rings and the two circle. Fans rally up as they tie up, and Dakota gets an arm. Dakota wrenches to a wristlock but Mercedes hits low and headlocks for a takeover. Dakota headscissors and squeezes tight, but Mercedes moves around to hop and hop and pop free, then she ROCKS Dakota with a slap! And then an uppercut! Mercedes whips, Dakota reverses and hurdles, but gets caught! Dakota falls on her face, Mercedes slaps her around then drags her up over an OVERHEAD toss! Dakota gets up only for Mercedes to rally with clotheslines! Mercedes adds a SPINEBUSTER, high stack covers, TWO!

Dakota gets to a corner, Raquel coaches her up, but Mercedes fires forearms! The ref counts, Mercedes lets off to get Dakota up. Dakota slips out of the scoop to turn Mercedes around for a DDT! Cover, TWO! Dakota drags Mercedes up, whips her to a corner hard, and Mercedes flops down for the BOOT WASH! Dakota drags Mercedes to a cover, TWO! Fans rally as Dakota drags Mercedes up and chokes her on the ropes! The ref counts, Dakota lets off at 4, and Mercedes goes back to the corner. Mercedes throws body shots but Dakota CLUBS her down! Dakota stops because of her bad arm, but keeps after Mercedes. Mercedes fires off hands, but Dakota hits a BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!

Dakota grows frustrated but Raquel tells her to shake it off. Dakota drags Mercedes back up, clubs her down, then digs a knee into Mercedes’ back. Dakota hooks Mercedes’ arm and pulls back, but Mercedes drags Dakota to a cradle! TWO, and Dakota BOOTS Mercedes to a corner! Dakota goes Around the World, but the boot misses! Mercedes is on the apron, gets Dakota’s leg stuck between ropes and fires off forearms! The ref counts, Mercedes lets off at 4, and hauls Dakota up top. Mercedes climbs up but Dakota elbows her away! Mercedes CLUBS Dakota, drags her into the crucifix, and hits a CLIFF HANGER! Cover, TWO!! Dakota survives and shocks Mercedes!

Mercedes stalks Dakota as she rolls, and drags her up to ROCK her with an uppercut! Mercedes hits a forearm in the corner, runs but into a drop toehold! Dakota goes Around the World again for the BOOT! Mercedes flops out of the ring as NXT goes picture in picture!

Dakota grits her teeth, but lets the ring count start on Mercedes. The count reaches 5 of 10, Mercedes finally sits up, and she drags herself back into the ring at 8. Dakota stomps Mercedes at the ropes but the ref counts. Dakota lets off, drags Mercedes up, and drags her to dig a knee into the arm. Dakota pulls back on both arms now for a grounded motorcycle stretch. Mercedes endures but sits up into a proper motorcycle stretch! Dakota gets both boots into the stretch, then body scissors for a clutch, TWO! Dakota fires forearms into Mercedes, keeps up the squeeze, but Mercedes pushes back to a cover! TWO, and Dakota lets Mercedes free to AX KICK her down!

Dakota stands on Mercedes, mounts an arm for a deep armlock, but Mercedes fights up. Mercedes throws hands, Dakota hits back! Dakota RAMS Mercedes into buckles, and then does it again! Dakota traps an arm around ropes and pulls! The ref counts, Dakota lets off and snapmares Mercedes to a cover. TWO, and Dakota gets frustrated. Dakota pulls on the arm, Mercedes endures but Dakota shifts to a short arm scissor! Mercedes goes after Dakota’s face and hair, then rolls her to a deep cover! TWO, and the two reset as NXT returns to single picture!

Dakota gets Mercedes up, throws her out, and then goes out after her with a smirk. Mercedes ROCKS Dakota in return and RAMS her into the apron! Mercedes puts Dakota in, gets on the apron but Dakota kicks her low! And BOOTS her and KICKS her and hits a DRAPING CODE BREAKER!! Cover, TWO!! Dakota is furious as Mercedes survives! Dakota scuffs Mercedes with her boot, toying with her. Mercedes hits back, Dakota CLUBS her and the two go back and forth! Mercedes ROCKS Dakota, Dakota hits back and now they brawl on their feet! Dakota HEADBUTTS, then runs, but Mercedes side-steps to ROLLING ELBOW!

Mercedes fires up and the fans are with her! Mercedes gets Dakota up for forearms and CHOPS on repeat! The ref counts, Mercedes lets off, and she reels Dakota in for a BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! But not just one, ANOTHER! And then a lift for a SNAP BUTTERFLY! Dakota gets up after that modified Three Amigos, only for Mercedes to WRING her arm out! Dakota flops out of the ring, Mercedes pursues, and Raquel stands in her way! The ref is counting, Dakota is back in, and she distracts the ref so Raquel can take a shot! Mercedes dodges it to DECK Raquel! Mercedes gets in, blocks a boot and KNEES Dakota back! Mercedes fireman’s carries Dakota, Raquel gets in to BOOT Mercedes down!!

Winner: Mercedes Martinez, by disqualification

Raquel throws Mercedes out of the ring and dares her to get up! Raquel throws clubbing forearms on Mercedes over and over, then THROWS her into the boards! Raquel then POSTS Mercedes, and says SHE is the champion! Raquel scoops Mercedes to LAWN DART her into the boards!! A message has been sent to Mercedes and the entire NXT Women’s Division! But will this scare Mercedes off? Or only motivate her more?

 

Backstage interview with Shotzi Blackheart & Ember Moon!

A busy few weeks as they’re going to have a match tonight before a title defense next week against The Way’s Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell. Shotzi & Ember take on the Robert Stone Brand tonight but aren’t looking past them. As for Candice & Indi, same trash, new day. And we all know they’ve lost their way. But as the NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions, they- Are being given flowers? McKenzie, you shouldn’t have! Franky Monet walks in, notices the flowers, and says someone must have a secret admirer~!

Franky grabs the card, and sees that these are from Dexter Lumis?! Ember x Dexter?! No way, Ember’s married, so these must both be for Shotzi. Oh nonononono! They both keep trying to pass the bouquet, but how do we know these really are from Dexter Lumis?

 

Cameron Grimes goes accessory shopping.

The Carolina Caveman is still flush with cash, so “watch out now.” He wants something like the one in the picture, just way shinier. He’s here to get something for a certain someone: himself! Is this gold? Nope, chocolate. No one should sell a chocolate watch. Grimes wants the most expensive, blingiest watch possible, so that’s why he’s here! What they got? Oh they’ve got something for him. Great! Because he’s got nothing but time! Though he does get impatient. What will be recommended for the king of doge coin?

 

Grizzled Young Veterans are in the ring.

James Drake points out tonight’s main event is MSK, our NXT Tag Team Champions, are in a Six Man Tag. But does Zack Gibson see a trend? MSK will compete in any sort of match except for the one that matters: defending the titles straight-up against GYV! Gibson says that MSK are a great little tag team, but they’re the two biggest knob heads Gibson’s ever seen! The titles don’t make the men, the men make the titles! And GYV are the leaders of this tag team division! The world desperately needs to fire that GYV will bring! And if some snowflakes melt, then so be it! They are the Grizzled Young Veterans, SSSSOON to be recognized as the next and most important NXT Tag Team-

Tommaso Ciampa and Timothy Thatcher interrupt! Ciampa hates to be the kind of guy that walks out here and interrupts another man while he’s talking, but Ciampa’s been listening to the similarities between these teams. They’re the Grizzled Young Veterans, but Ciampa & “Toothless Timmy” are grizzled and veterans. GYV wants to be tag team division leaders, but Ciampa & Thatcher know a thing or two about leading. And they all want to face MSK to become the next NXT Tag Team Champions. Now, last time they were in the ring together, GYV happened to find a way to win. Ciampa can’t help but respect that, and #DoubleT even watched old footage of them and took some notes.

Thatcher found a lot of strengths, but then there was this one show, TakeOver: Cardiff. How’d that go again? Shoes off if you hate Gibson! If you hate Gibson, shoes off! Ciampa takes a shoe off, to BASH Gibson with! Drake gets mugged, and then DECKED! Ciampa stomps Drake, Gibson saves his tag partner, and the suit jackets are torn! Ciampa and Thatcher hold their shoes up, but will they sssoon get their hands raised after a match?

 

Backstage interview with Drake Maverick & Killian Dain!

A huge match tonight, but can they stay on the same page against Imperium? Oh, this is all very convenient. Drake is clearly suspicious, but Dain says it’s the same as any week: you ask for it. Interesting. Drake has been watching wrestling for a long, long time! This is either going to be Dain sucker punching Drake and he joins Imperium, or Dain just ditches him. It’s happened a million times! Well in the immortal words of a great man, “You gotta have faith.” Was that George Michael? Will wrestling history repeat itself for Rockstar Spud & Big Damo?

 

Tian Sha speaks.

Xia Li, in Mandarin, gives NXT a warning. “One empress fell, while another was crowned. But no matter who sits on the throne, all kingdoms will fall to Tian Sha. Anyone who stands in-between Tian Sha and destiny will be… eliminated!” THE Tian Sha breathes smoke. Will they burn the NXT Women’s Division to the ground and stand atop its ashes?

 

Isaiah “Swerve” Scott is back in “the lab.”

“See, Swerve ain’t gonna fret. But you attacked me a couple weeks ago after our match, the first thing that came to my mind was, ‘Damn, what a coward.'” But then Swerve through about this, and is actually proud of Leon Ruff! Swerve didn’t think Ruff had it in him. But now that we know that he does, fighting at ringside, backstage and so on, it’s obvious the ring can’t contain them anymore. So Swerve’s got an idea, since the ball is in his court and all. Falls Count Anywhere. Since Ruff wants to play the game, Swerve will play and will play with Ruff’s life! It all goes down next week, but where will it end?

 

Toni Storm VS Zayda Ramier!

Before the match, The Lightning From Down Under gets a mic to address the last couple of weeks. “Zoey Stark, you owe me a thank you. Cuz at TakeOver, I made you famous!” In fact, people only know Stark thanks to Storm! But when history is written, Stark will merely be a footnote in Storm’s legendary career. The next chapter reads: Toni Storm ENDS Zoey Stark! And hopefully Stark is watching because every time she’ll slap this rookie, she’ll imagine it’s Stark. Storm is talking up a storm, but will she be the one struck down for overlooking a rookie?

The bell rings and Storm rushes Ramier to BOOT her down! Storm drags Ramier up to whip and BOOT again! Then she drags Ramier up to ROCK her with a haymaker! Ramier is in a corner but Storm TOSSES her across the way! And then back the other way! Ramier gets to ropes but Storm runs to SLIDING LARIAT! Storm drags Ramier up, wrenches and scoops for a BACKBREAKER! Storm bends Ramier back in a rack, Ramier flails and kicks as Storm shouts, “ZOEY!! THIS IS YOU!!” Storm keeps Ramier trapped until she gets frustrated and shoves her away. Ramier is in another corner and Storm stomps.

Ramier fires back but Storm ROCKS her with an uppercut! Storm gets Ramier up to whip, but runs into an elbow! Ramier boots then runs, fires off forearms and clubbing shots, but Storm shoves her again. Storm ducks the heel kick, ducks the enziguri, and GERMAN SUPLEXES Ramier with some sauce on it! Ramier flounders up, Storm runs corner to corner and back body blocks! Storm keeps going, HIP ATTACK! Storm drags Ramier up, reels her in, and… Chooses not to hit Storm Zero? Storm gets Ramier up in a fireman’s carry, puts her up top, and then climbs up. Storm underhooks Ramier up top, but Zoey Stark storms to ringside!

Storm swings on Stark but Stark gets clear! Storm goes back to Ramier, Ramier throws haymakers and forearms! Ramier sends Storm down, then adjusts for a SHOOTING STAR!! Cover, Ramier wins!!!

Winner: Zayda Ramier, by pinfall

Not even Ramier can believe it! Lightning never strikes twice, but Toni Storm can get upstaged twice! Will this only add to Storm’s fury towards Stark?

 

El Legado del Fantasma speaks.

“Kushida. No one gets one over on Santos Escobar and lives to talk about it!” Joaquin Wilde says that if not for MSK, Kushida would be in the hospital. Raul Mendoza says as for MSK, they were lucky at TakeOver. Those titles are in the wrong place. Escobar says they’re both right. “Which is why tonight, in the main event of the evening, we make a statement.” And then they’ll get all those titles! Escobar vows to once again be Emperor of Lucha, but will the champions prove they’re the rightful owners of the titles?

 

NXT returns and LA Knight wants to talk to ya!

After last week, everyone’s talking about Kyle O’Reilly stepping out of the shadow of Adam Cole, right? WRONG! Everyone’s talking about Knight getting the W on Dexter Lumis, and the one getting an eyeful in the front row is his “little pop tart,” Indi Hartwell. Indi, Knight wants to talk to you. She did a great job putting it on for the camera, but he saw a twinkle in her eye meaning there was a tingle in her loins, and there’s nothing wrong with that! After Dexter disappoints her, check with Knight’s references, and there’s plenty! They’ll tell you to the letter, that there’s nothing like an L A night! And that’s not an insult, that’s just a fact of life, YEAH!

Knight heads out, but Ever-Rise walks in? They have Ever-Rise mugs, “What a dummy.” But does McKenzie have a question about their smash hit Saturday social media show, Ever-Rise Live? Nope! Back to the ring!

 

Bronson Reed VS Austin Theory w/ The Way!

The Colossal One has a big opportunity tonight! All he has to do is get past #TheRealSuperstar, and he can get another shot at Johnny Gargano and the North American Championship! Will Reed wreck The Way all day?

Indi is also rather mopey at ringside. Perhaps she, like everyone else, thinks Lumis is flirting with Shotzi & Ember? Either way, the bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, Reed powers Theory to a corner, and lets off as the ref counts. Theory resets with Reed, they circle and tie up again. Reed powers Theory back to another corner, the ref counts but Theory turns things around to pie-face and flex on Reed. They tie up again, Reed headlocks and grinds Theory down! Reed bops Theory with a palm strike but Theory throws body shots. Theory reverses the headlock onto Reed, but Reed powers out. Fans rally as Reed runs Theory over!

Theory bails out, calms down, and gets in. Theory dodges, kicks and forearms Reed to then run, but Reed knocks Theory out of the air! Theory ends up on an apron, The Way checks on him, but Reed HIP ATTACKS him down! Theory hooks the rope with his feet, Gargano helps him get back up, but Reed comes in around the way! Gargano gets away before Reed CLOBBERS Theory! Theory flounders around, Reed tells Gargano to back off, but Gargano tells Reed to worry about Theory. Theory is in the ring, Reed pursues, and Theory somersaults to dropkick him down! Reed gets back up and shakes it off, and now he’s mad! Reed runs in but Theory dumps him out!

Theory fakes a bad shoulder, Gargano SUPERKICKS Reed! Theory PLANCHAS and takes Reed won! The Way is fired up, except for Indi, and Theory stomps Reed down. The fans boo as Theory gets Reed up and whips him, but Reed reverses! Theory stops from hitting steps, and then dodges to send Reed into steps rib first! Theory puts Reed in the ring as NXT goes to break!

NXT returns and Theory has Reed down with a chinbar. Reed endures and fights his way up, but Theory knees low! Theory stomps Reed’s arm, then sits him up to clamp on another chinlock. Reed endures again as Theory digs his knee in, and fans rally as Reed fights up again. Reed powers out of the hold to CLUB and ROCK Theory! Reed whips, but Theory denies the powerslam to stomp Reed won! Theory does the W to Reed’s face, and jumps, but Reed dodges the elbow drop! Theory goes back to the apron, slingshots back in, but Reed trophy lifts and DROPS Theory! Reed rallies with BIG forearms and Theory wobbles around! Reed whips to BODY BLOCK!

Theory flounders as fans fire up, and Reed runs in to SPLASH him! Choke grip for a COLOSSAL CHOKE SLAM! Reed has the fans fired up as he runs in to BACK SENTON! Cover, TWO! Theory survives and The Way is relieved. Gargano coaches Theory but Reed watches Theory go to a corner. Reed runs corner to corner but Theory drop toeholds him into buckles! Theory hurries to his feet, somersaults again, for a BLOCKBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally while Theory grows frustrated. Theory drags Reed up, fireman’s carries, but Reed is too big and strong for that! Theory keeps trying but Reed shoves him, fireman’s carries and SAMOAN DROPS! Cover, TWO!

Reed keeps his cool as he thinks of what else to do. Theory is in a drop zone, fans rally up for Reed and Reed drags Gargano up. Reed suplexes but Theory slips out and SUPERKICKS! Reed wobbles but stays up, Theory reels him in! “This is The Way!” But Reed suplexes Theory first! Both men are down, the fans fire up, and The Way starts to panic! Well, except for Indi, who is still sad and distracted by- Wait, Dexter Lumis is here?! The Tortured Artist must want to explain what we all saw earlier! Gargano is the first to notice and he gets Candice away. Indi sees Dexter and says she doesn’t want to talk to him. But he follows her as she goes around the corner.

The ref sees Dexter and tells him to leave, he has nothing to do with this match. Indi gets in the ring, but Dexter follows her to the apron. They look at each other and Indi tells him to shut up, he talks too much. What? Theory whips Reed but Reed reverses! Lumis gets Indi out of the way but he takes the hit! Reed sees Gargano creeping and DECKS him! Then Reed hits Theory with a LARIAT! Theory flops to a drop zone, Reed fires up and goes up top! TSUNAMI SPLASH!! Cover, Reed wins!!

Winner: Bronson Reed, by pinfall (will challenge for the North American Championship)

Gargano now has a big problem on the horizon! Will Reed rip that title away from The Way? And what of the love story that is #InDex? Can Lumis get Indi to hear him out?

 

Backstage interview with Kushida & MSK!

Tonight, these three team up in the main event against El Legado, so how are they feeling? Wes Lee is excited, as is Nash Carter, they’re going to be on fire! Three champions united, and Wes wants to show appreciation for Kushida taking them under his wing and helping them transition to NXT. That’s part of why they came out to make the save last week. Three is better than one, after all. 3v3 is what it’s gonna be tonight on NXT! Kushida likes that! And they will show them why they’re champions! Because that’s why they’re M-S-KUSHIDA, all night and all day!

 

NXT returns as The Way argues backstage.

How has this happened?! Cameraman, go away! But what happened to Theory having Reed’s number? Guess he had the wrong number. Ugh…! And now Reed’s got a title match! This is Dexter Lumis’ fault! Candice says it’s also Shotzi’s & Ember’s faults! “Those two hussies are trying to steal your man,” Indi! Indi should’ve gotten those flowers! Candice has seen the googly eyes they make at Dexter! What are they gonna do about it? Indi storms off, she’s mad! That’s good for The Way, but will The Way get their way in next week’s title match?

 

Killian Dain & Drake Maverick VS Imperium!

The Belfast Beast may have history with the German Hatchet Man, but that and what’s going on with him and Maverick are two separate things. Will Maverick take Dain at his word and get even with Imperium? Or will one of the many classic pro-wrestling scenarios turn out to be true?

The teams sort out, Maverick steps up to Fabian Aichner, but Dain insists he start so Maverick lets him. Dain and Aichner circle, approach, and tie up. Aichner waistlocks and lifts but Dain throws Aichner off first! Aichner gets to a corner, Dain eggs him on, and they go again. Aichner CLUBS Dain, but Dain withstands it. Aichner whips but Dain blocks and reverses and scoops, but Aichner slips out! Aichner tries to scoop but he’s not strong enough! Dain rocks Aichner, whips and trips and DIVIDES him! Dain gets Aichner up, fireman’s carries, but Aichner fights free to get a facelock. Dain powers up but Marcel Barthel tags in. Aichner sunset flips but Barthel hops on for a sleeper hold!

Aichner kicks Dain, Dain stays up and throws Barthel off to clothesline Barthel out! Fans fire up while Barthel grows frustrated. Barthel returns, Dain dodges and ROCKS him with a EuroUpper! Dain scoops and SLAMS Barthel, then tags Maverick in. Maverick gets help with the slingshot senton! Maverick throws haymakers on Barthel, but Barthel blocks the whip. Barthel reverses, Maverick goes up but gets caught going over! Maverick slips free, dodges and duck sand dropkicks a leg out! And then basement dropkicks Barthel down! Barthel kicks back and CLUBS Maverick down in return! Barthel clamps on a chinlock, then back suplexes, but Maverick lands on his feet!

Maverick goes under Barthel, goes up but ends up in an Electric Chair. Maverick makes it a huricanrana! Maverick hurries up top, but Barthel WRINGS him off to the mat! Barthel drags Maverick up, puts him in the ropes and tags in Aichner. Imperium has Maverick set up, Dain protests but Aichner still gets his dropkick in! Barthel BOOTS Maverick down but Dain rushes over! The ref does his best to keep Dain contained as NXT goes to break.

NXT returns and Barthel stalks Maverick to a corner. Maverick drags himself up the ropes, Barthel runs in to EuroUpper him back down! Barthel drags Maverick up with a chinlock, then throws him to the Imperium corner. Barthel runs in but Maverick dodges! Barthel stops from hitting Aichner and Maverick drop toeholds Barthel down! Maverick shoulders into Aichner, sends Barthel into buckles, but Aichner tags in! Aichner grabs at Maverick but Maverick kicks him away! Barthel runs in to DECK Dain! Aichner drags Maverick back to stomp him down! Aichner scoops and hits a BACKBREAKER! Aichner drops an elbow, covers, TWO!

Maverick snarls and roars as he gets up, but Aichner is on him again. Aichner throws Maverick around by his jeans! Maverick gets mad and throws more body shots! Maverick fires off haymakers, Aichner shoves him but Maverick kicks back! Maverick leaps but into Aichner’s arms! Aichner SLAMS Maverick back down! Maverick’s pants are falling apart but he drags himself over towards his corner. Dain reaches, Barthel tags in but Dain sends him flying! Aichner drags Maverick back again, but misses the elbow drop! Both Aichner and Maverick are down, and fans fire up! Maverick flounders his way over, reaching blindly, but Barthel trips Dain up! Maverick thinks Dain ditched him!!

Aichner BOOTS Maverick down!! Aichner drags Maverick by his hair, stomps him in the corner, and Barthel adds on! The ref counts, Imperium won’t let up, but Dain returns! Dain rallies on Imperium with big clotheslines! BIG splash for Aichner, and a TOSS for Barthel! Big Damo is fired up and goes out after Barthel, but Barthel BOOTS him down! Barthel tells Wolfe to watch Dain, and Wolfe gets a chair! Wolfe wants to smack Dain, but doesn’t? Is this their history coming back around the other way? Barthel is upset Wolfe couldn’t finish this, but Maverick DIVES and takes Barthel down!! Dain helps Maverick up and in, and they elbow Aichner! Dain TOSSES Maverick at Aichner!

Maverick fires off on Aichner, Dain scoops Barthel and then stares Wolfe down. Barthel gets free to RAM Dain into steps! Aichner reverses a whip but runs into Maverick’s boots! Maverick goes up and CROSSBODIES! But Aichner rolls through! Pop-up to the EURO BOMB!! Cover, Imperium wins!!

Winners: Imperium, by pinfall

Despite the dysfunction from the united Imperium, they are united in their victory! Will they pull Dain & Maverick apart by force as they continue their global expansion?

 

Pete Dunne speaks.

“You know what’s funny? I hear everyone talk about new opportunities, but nobody is mentioning my name. It’s because I’ve got that whole locker room shook!” Dunne is the toughest competition in NXT! Just look at Kushida. Kushida stepped up to Dunne, and Dunne put him out. That title is Dunne’s whenever he wants. Or maybe Dunne could go home, slap Walter and take back the title HE made famous. Johnny Gargano could step to Dunne, but we all know the way that’d go: a Bitter End!

As for Karrion Kross, he doesn’t scare Dunne. Dunne doesn’t need smoke and mirrors. “Trust me, mate, when I walk into a room, the mood changes.” So Dunne claims he is the baddest man in NXT, and dares anyone to prove him wrong! Will the Bruiserweight become whatever champion he wants to be? Or will all the champions choose to take him up on his open challenge?

 

NXT checks back in with Cameron Grimes.

Grimes checks the quality of this golden watch. He wants to make sure it’s working. He can’t hear it go tick-tock! Karrion Kross would hate this one. But this does look like the one to Grimes. What fine detail. Grimes says it’s perfect! He’ll wear it out, so ring it up. This is so good! Not a bad watch, kid. But it’s not a million dollar watch. TED DEBIASE?! The Million Dollar Man laughs in Grimes’ face and takes his leave. Grimes is so upset! Will Grimes ever get even with DeBiase?

 

Ember Moon & Shotzi Blackheart VS The Robert Stone Brand!

The Way wants the titles, and supposedly, the Tortured Artist wants their hearts. But will the Evolved Shenom and wild child be able to focus on Aliyah & Jessi first?

Wait, there are more gifts waiting ringside? The champs check them out, as there’s no harm in free candy and a fruit basket. But then The Way ambushes them! Indi DECKS Shotzi over the barriers, and Candice tosses Ember! Indi & Candice keep after them, and SMASH the gifts on them! There’s even mini cupcakes! Candice smashes those into Ember’s face! Indi SMASHES a glass vase full of flowers on Shotzi’s head! Referees rush in to stop this, and the Robert Stone Brand grab the belts, claiming they’ve won! This wasn’t a title match! Chaos needs to be sorted out, but will this all lead The Way to actually taking those titles off the champs?

 

Adam Cole has an exclusive interview at his home.

He finishes a phone call, and asks when the show is on the road. They’re waiting on him. Oh, is that so? Cole will call this person back, and then hangs up. Arash Markazi thanks Cole for his time, and asks about his recovery. He’s been better, for sure. But he’s also been worse. Cole has even wrestled through worse, looking back at his 403 day reign as champion. The War Games matches, and the peak of his run, he had a broken wrist. 100% or not, he’s still way better than the roster.

Looking back, was it a mistake to turn on his brothers in the Undisputed Era? Cole knows Arash is new here, but he doesn’t make mistakes, he makes decisions. Cole decided he didn’t want to carry the UE anymore. And not just carry them, but carry NXT on his back for the four years he’s been here. Cole may have delivered the first shot, the others lost sight of what the UE was about. They turned on him.

Well, Kyle O’Reilly opened and main-evented the show last week, so what does Cole say to those calling Kyle the new face of NXT? Cole says people get so excited when they get to say, “This is going to be the next big thing.” Kyle got really, really lucky at TakeOver. Cole had Kyle beat way earlier in that match. People think Kyle’s ready for the main event spot, but he’s not. There’s a reason Kyle’s been here for four years and people are just now recognizing him at this level.

Cole knows the anxiety Kyle is dealing with, and the doubts he has about the main event and the NXT Championship. And the reason for that is because this is very real. Only time will tell if Kyle will ever be ready for the top spot, but as long as Cole is in NXT, Kyle’s never taking Cole’s spot. Then what about the new NXT Championship picture with Karrion Kross? The NXT Championship race has always been the most competitive. And now with Kross at the top, he can say he’s one of the best. Cole never lies, and Kross is good. “Is he great yet? I don’t know.” When you think about the first time he won the title, that freak injury may not have been a mistake. Kross wasn’t ready.

And Kross hasn’t dealt with Cole. So if and when Cole decides to go back for the NXT Championship, Kross is on the clock. So where does Cole go from here? None of your damn business. Cole is just upset, bothered and pissed that people think Kyle is going to replace him, the man who carried this brand. No matter where Cole goes, you will see the best damn Cole you’ve ever seen, that is a promise. Is this done? Cole is burning up in this heat. And you could’ve kept him from waiting, y’know. This is absurd. This is not how you conduct business.

Cole gets up, and we see Kyle is watching this at the Capitol Wrestling Center. Kyle just shakes his head. Will Kyle make sure Cole is the one who understands the new pecking order?

 

“Pressure Makes Diamonds.”

The Diamond Mine is coming to NXT. But who will it produce? And will they shine bright with gold?

 

BREAKING NEWS!

After the attack from The Way, William Regal raised the stakes! The NXT Women’s Tag Team Championship match becomes a STREET FIGHT! Will Candice & Indi regret trying to take care o’ business before the bell?

And not only that, in two weeks, the NXT Women’s Championship will be on the line! Will Mercedes manage a comeback against Raquel for the devastating attack earlier tonight?

 

Six Man Tag: El Legado del Fantasma VS KUSHIDA & MSK!

Just as Santos Escobar became the UNDISPUTED NXT Cruiserweight Champion, he put that title on the line, and lost it! Will he redeem himself alongside his cohorts? Or will the champions prove they’re must-see as well as worthy?

Tensions are high but the teams sort out. Kushida and Wilde start, and Kushida dodges the immediate shoot-in. Wilde keeps his distance but Kushida hops on for a body scissor and knuckle lock. Kushida wrenches, Wilde spins through and pulls hair to throw Kushida down! Wilde does a dance but Kushida drop toeholds Wilde down! Kushida wrenches, Carter tags in, snapmare and slingshot senton! Tag to Lee, he slingshot knee-board sentons! Lee drags Wilde up but Wilde jawbreakers back! Wilde kicks and puts Lee in a corner, then tags in Mendoza. Legado double whip, then double SPINEBUSTER! They split the wishbone, and basement dropkick sandwich! Cover, TWO!

Mendoza drags Lee away, bumps him off buckles, and tags Wilde back in. They choke Lee, stomp him down, then Wilde brings Lee around to knee low! Wilde elbows Lee, runs but into Lee’s dropkick! Wilde ends up outside, Carter tags in, and they fire off strikes on Mendoza! Kick, kick and ENZIGURI to a DOUBLE STOMP! They dropkick Escobar off the apron! Tag to Kushida, Dream Sequence! Shout out to Motor City before Kushida handspring heel kicks Wilde down onto Legado! The fans are fired up as NXT goes picture in picture!

Kushida dares Legado to come back, but they cool off before Wilde goes back in. Kushida tags to Carter, Wilde tags to Escobar! Escobar circles with Carter, they tie up and Carter waistlocks. Escobar elbows out hard, wrenches an arm to a wristlock, but Carter rolls and handsprings and flips to arm-drag Escobar away! Escobar dodges the dropkick and KICKS Carter while he’s down! Escobar stomps Carter, drags him up and clubs him back down. Escobar is after the arm with a Fujiwara, then adds a chinlock like a modified crossface. Carter moves around, Escobar keeps on the grind, and he stomps Carter’s arm! Escobar drags Carter up, CHOPS him against ropes, then runs to dropkick Carter down!

Carter ends up outside the ring, Escobar goes out and whips, but Carter whips Escobar into the desk! Escobar ends up pulling the desk hood off as he falls back! Carter puts Escobar in the ring, Legado distracts and Escobar kicks Carter down! Escobar drags Carter up in a facelock for a KNEE SMAHS! Escobar gets Carter for a grounded cobra twist as NXT returns to single picture. Carter endures, fans rally and duel, but Escobar bends Carter’s arm way back! Lee coaches Carter, but Escobar SNAP locks the arm! Escobar kicks Carter, tags Mendoza in, and they mug Carter. Mendoza wrenches, YANKS the arm, and chicken wings to SHOVE Carter into buckles!

Mendoza gets Carter up, he and Carter brawl but Wilde tags in. Legado CHOPS and kicks Carter, then Wilde brings Carter around, but Carter cradle counters! TWO, and Wilde hurries to WRING Carter’s arm out! Wilde soaks up the heat, scuffs Carter and pushes him around. “These are the champs?!” Mendoza tags in and Wilde digs his boots in. Mendoza stomps away, Wilde talks more trash, and Mendoza kicks Carter again. Carter fights back but Mendoza knees and CLUBS him down! Mendoza stomps Carter, tags Wilde, and Legado mugs Carter again. Wilde drags Carter up, and snap suplexes! Cover, TWO! Wilde grows frustrated but he drags Carter up to bump him off buckles.

Tag to Escobar, he stomps a mudhole into Carter, but lets off as the ref counts. Escobar gets Carter up for another knee smash! Escobar hooks an arm with a double wristlock but Carter fights back! Escobar CLUBS Carter, gets him up and taunts Kushida as he SLAPS Carter. Escobar back suplexes but Carter lands on his feet! Carter dodges and tags in Kushida! Kushida rallies with SHOTEI after SHOTEI! Atomic drop an da whip for Wilde, hip toss and basement dropkick! Escobar rushes Kushida but Kushida goes around to ARM BULLDOG! FAST BALL for Wilde, and a PENALTY KICK to his arm!

Lee tags in, he tags in Carter, and MSK combines for the PUSH-SAULT! Cover, Mendoza breaks it! Lee ROUDNHOUSES Mendoza! Kushida opens the ropes for MSK, and they DOUBLE DIVE into Legado! Legado hits the boards, fans are fired up, but Escobar trips Kushida off the apron! Escobar keeps him away as Carter tags Lee. Escobar POWERBOMBS Kushida through the announce desk! Mendoza trips up Lee, Carter DECKS Wilde! Carter goes out to check on Kushida but Mendoza RAMS Carter into the steel steps! Lee is all alone with Legado as fans rally and duel again! Lee fights out of the corner, and ENZIGURIS Wilde!

Lee handsprings into a dropkick from Wilde! Wilde drags Lee up, throws him into the corner, and runs corner to corner for the LARIAT! Mendoza tags in, he LARIATS! Escobar tags in and he LARIATS! The Legado train continues with more LARIATS and tags! Kushida has medics checking on him, Escobar is back in and he DOUBLE KNEES Lee! Escobar drags Lee up, Mendoza tags in, then tags Wilde. BRAINBUSTER to the HIP TOSS SPLASH! Cover, TWO!?! Lee still lives and Legado can’t believe it! Wilde drags Lee over, tags Mendoza back in, and they whip Lee. Lee holds ropes, dumps Wilde out and then sends Mendoza’s dropkick into Lee!

Mendoza waistlocks but Lee throws him out Escobar is up top, FROG SPLASH FLOPS! Lee hurries for his corner but Wilde brings him back. Lee BACK HANDS Wilde, SUPERKICKS Mendoza, and PELES Escobar! Carter returns and fans are thunderous! Hot tag to Carter! Carter SUPERKICKS Wilde! BOOTS Escobar! Mendoza SHOTGUNS Carter! Kushida gets up!? Kushida wants back in!? He gets in but Escobar BOOTS Kushida down! PHANTOM DRIVER for Kushida!! Escobar grins as Legado sets Carter up, for the RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP GAMANGIRI! Cover, Legado wins!

Winners: El Legado del Fantasma, by pinfall

Escobar crushes Kushida and his amigos annihilate MSK! They hold the belts up as if they’re already champions, but will things be very different when the titles are truly on the line?


My Thoughts:

This was yet another awesome NXT! Opening with the NXT Women’s Championship story was a great move, and it was a great match. I sensed an unofficial double turn here, as Raquel and Dakota were somewhat Face for a moment while talking trash to Franky Monet, and Mercedes was Heel with the way she brutalized Io Shirai and a few other characters. At the same time, if any brand can experiment with Tweener VS Tweener, it’d be NXT. Raquel VS Mercedes for the title in a couple weeks is going to be a huge match, that is for sure. Toni Storm getting beat by the “rookie” was a great way to push the story with her and Stark. Their rematch is going to be a lot of fun, but I am surprised we didn’t completely shift to Storm VS Sarray. Maybe that’s after the Storm VS Stark rematch.

Grimes shopping for an expensive watch and then being upstaged by DeBiase was awesome. I was just thinking that they needed to get DeBiase on NXT, and here he was! I really hope this leads to DeBiase “hiring” someone to face Grimes in a proxy feud, possibly for a vanity belt Grimes makes himself. I have no idea what that belt would look like but it’d probably look hilarious. Ciampa & Thatcher starting stuff with GYV is great, that will be a great match to bide time while Legado goes for multiple titles. I wish Xia Li’s promo had subs, because I swear I didn’t see any and I don’t speak Mandarin. Of course, I’m sure the bottom line is that Xia Li & Tian Sha are a team and will be coming for the tag titles soon enough.

Speaking of, pretty sure the flowers “from” Dexter were all part of a plot Candice has cooked up to motivate Indi. It almost backfired with Lumis going out to “explain” things, but the match of Reed VS Theory kept that from happening. But naturally, Reed wins because of all the chaos, and gets his shot at Gargano. That is going to be a fun match, but I feel like Theory will redeem himself by helping Gargano screw Reed over. As for Candice & Indi VS Shotzi & Ember, now that it’s a STREET FIGHT, that could go either way. This could be how The Way wins the tag titles, as there will be no disqualifications and no count-outs.

And also speaking of no count outs, Swerve VS Ruff in a Falls Count Anywhere match is an interesting choice, but not a bad one. I was expecting “I Quit” but that might be too much for a grudge match just for pride. I feel like the winner will go after a title after this, and could be telling as to who wins what. Dunne calling out all the champions, including the UK Champion, is a bold move, but Dunne against any of them would be great. I like that Maverick expected Dain to join Imperium but that was a good way of subverting Maverick’s expectations, and then our own because it was Wolfe who looked like he might turn and join Dain. That’d be quite the twist, but I doubt that happens.

The Six Man Tag main event was awesome stuff, but it should’ve been obvious that Legado was going to win. You can’t continue this properly if the challengers don’t get one over on the champions. Each of those matches will be very good, maybe even TakeOver worthy, but I would think Kushida retains since Escobar had plenty of time with the Cruiserweight Championship and could easily move on to the North American Championship. The tag titles might be harder to call, as MSK came in so strong but Legado’s been hard at work on their end. There could definitely be shenanigans so that MSK doesn’t look weak, and they can build up even more in the chase. Maybe the chase could get fans live at the CWC to actually like them.

My Score: 9.3/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (8/17/22)

American Dragon VS Dragonslayer!

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AEW House of the Dragon

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?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Best 2 out of 3 Falls: Bryan Danielson VS Daniel Garcia; wins.
  • 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!

 


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Mitchell’s NJPW G1 Climax 32 Results & Report! (8/17/22)

And then there were four!

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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?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • 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?


My Thoughts:

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


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