NXT is almost ready to TakeOver again!
Before NXT returns In Your House, the Million Dollar Man has a Priceless Announcement, and Karrion Kross confronts ALL FOUR of his challengers!
- Oney Lorcan VS Austin Theory; Lorcan wins.
- Killian Dain w/ Drake Maverick VS Isaiah “Swerve” Scott w/ Hit Row; Swerve wins.
- Mercedes Martinez VS ???; Martinez.
- Grizzled Young Veterans VS August Grey & Jiro Ikemen; Grizzled Young Veterans win.
- Ember Moon VS Dakota Kai w/ Raquel Gonzalez; Moon wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Oney Lorcan VS Austin Theory!
The Boston Brawler and Johnny Gargano’s protégé brawled backstage on behalf of their leaders, and now are going to fight for themselves! Will Theory feel the fury? Or will he make it #TheWayAllDay on a Tuesday night?
The bell rings, the two tie up and go around the ropes. Theory forearms then headlocks, but Oney brings Theory down to a knee and goes after the arm. Theory endures, fights up but Oney wrenches. Theory kicks low, has Oney in a corner and fires forearms. Theory whips, Oney reverses but Theory goes up and over and dropkicks Oney down! Oney gets up into Theory’s headlock takeover. Theory says “That’s the way!” but Oney headscissors back. Oney squeezes tight but Theory moves around. Oney pushes up to add pressure, but Theory gets up and pops out of the scissors to get another headlock. Oney grinds forearms in Theory’s face but Theory holds on tight.
Fans rally, Oney fights up, and Oney powers Theory to ropes. The ref calls for the break, Oney lets off but EuroUppers! Theory EuroUppers back, but so does Oney! They go back and forth with EuroUpper for EuroUpper! Oney goes after a leg and trips Theory! Oney has a toehold but Theory endures. Fans tell Oney, “You Suck! You Suck!” but he cranks the leg to torture Theory. Oney shifts to pull on the leg harder! Theory reaches for ropes, CLUBS Oney, but Oney shifts to go for a Half Crab! Theory BOOTS Oney away, gets up and runs in to clothesline in the corner! Theory throws Oney down and slingshot STOMPS! Then a DEAD LIFT SUPLEX!
Fans fire up for Theory and he says that’s the way it is. But Oney CHOPS him! And CHOPS! Oney has Theory in a corner, stomps a mudhole in, then lets off as the ref counts. Oney brings Theory up to whip and CLOBBER with a back elbow! Oney snarls while fans boo and Theory checks his face. Theory gets up and throws body shots but Oney EuroUppers again! Oney has Theory up and throws him to the apron. Theory shoulders in but into a knee! Theory falls to the floor, Oney goes out and CHOPS him again! Theory blocks the next one to CHOP back! Theory forearms Oney then puts him on the apron.
Oney clings to ropes as Theory climbs up, and Oney TRIPS Theory! Theory lands hard on the apron then flops to the floor! Pete Dunne now strolls out to ringside and NXT goes picture in picture.
Theory sees Dunne, Oney refreshes the ring count and gets Theory in the ring. The ref warns the Bruiserweight but Dunne stays back as Oney goes into the ring. Oney clotheslines Theory in the corner, then whips him corner to corner. Theory tumbles up then back into a CHOP! Theory falls and Oney gets the legs! Oney turns Theory for the FULL Boston Crab! Theory endures as Oney sits down, and Theory reaches out to get the ropebreak! Oney lets go to stomp away on Theory’s back! Theory gets to a corner, Oney brings him up and scoops him for a BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Oney clamps onto Theory with a partial camel clutch and pulls Theory back!
Theory endures, reaches for ropes again, but powers up, only for Oney to knock him down! Oney gets the camel clutch back and continues to pull Theory. Theory fights up but Oney knocks him down again! Oney soaks up the heat before he puts the camel clutch back on again. Theory refuses to give in, and he still reaches for ropes. Theory tries to pry free but Oney just shifts to a new grip. Theory still works on Oney’s hands, gets some breathing room, and gets up with Oney as a backpack! Oney CLUBS Theory with a crossface forearm to bring him back down! NXT returns to single picture as Gargano is now ringside!
Oney whips, Theory reveres, but Oney CLOBBERS Theory with a EuroUpper! Theory flounders to a corner, Oney goes corner to corner and back body block! Oney keeps moving, and hits another back body block! Oney wants a third, but he runs into a SOMERSAULT BLOCKBUSTER! The fans are fired up and Gargano coaches Theory up. Theory gets Oney with forearms but Oney EuroUppers back! These two brawl again, then Theory clotheslines Oney out of the ring! A ring count starts as Oney crawls. Oney stands at 3, gets in at 5, and shoves Theory hard out of the ring! Fans boo as Oney goes out after Theory, but glares at Gargano.
Oney stands Theory up but Theory throws Oney into boards! And then again! Theory gets Oney up and into the ring. Oney swings but into a cording hold, and then Theory CLOBBERS Oney! Theory runs in to corner clothesline, and he hoists Oney up for a FALL AWAY SLAM! Theory runs in but into a BOOT! Oney hops up, but Theory LEAPS up for an ARABIAN PRESS SPANISH FLY!? Cover, TWO!! Fans are thunderous for “NXT! NXT!” as Oney bails out. Theory glares as he follows Oney and lines up a shot. Theory runs in, but DOUBLE CLOTHESLINES knock both men down! Dunne and Gargano check on their compatriots, but spot each other. They brawl!!
Dunne throws Gargano up the ramp but referees hurry in to stop this! Gargano and Dunne keep fighting, but the refs manage to separate them. Meanwhile, Theory bumps Oney off apron and gets up. Theory is still distracted, through, and Oney SMACKS Theory off a corner! Oney hits a HALF NELSON SLAM! Cover, Oney wins!
Winner: Oney Lorcan, by pinfall
That was not the way Theory wanted that to go! Oney bails out to regroup with Dunne while Gargano checks on his guy. Will things go any better for Johnny Wrestling when he, the Bruiserweight, and the other top contenders meet again later tonight?
LA Knight is enjoying some downtime.
He sings Ted DeBiase’s theme song as he showers in his luxurious home. Knight brings up DeBiase wanting to pass on the Million Dollar Legacy, and if DeBiase wants someone to take it to unseen heights, it’s L. A. Knight! Knight thanks the woman helping him with his robe, then asks all his ladies if they want to hear a story. Meet him in the hot tub.
Cut to said hot tub, the ladies having glasses of champagne, and Knight is having them imagine how TakeOver: In Your House will end. That idiot, Cameron Grimes, will get his ass kicked in while everyone else around the world, including Grimes’ idol, the Million Dollar Man, is laughing their asses off at him! AHAHAHAHA! The ladies don’t get it but they laugh along as best they can. Alright, enough. The ladies help Knight with his Mercedes Benz, and he says DeBiase has gotten to see everything. Knight says the answer is clear: you go with L, A, Knight, yeah! But will DeBiase choose to let actions speak for themselves come TakeOver?
“Wellllll HELLO~ WWE Universe!”
Dok Hendrix is here to give us the In Your House slam jam! L I V E this Sunday, June 13th, we see Ember Moon challenge Raquel Gonzalez for her NXT Women’s Championship, Cameron Grimes and LA Knight fight over the Million Dollar Legacy, Xia Li look for vengeance on Mercedes Martinez, and of course, THE FATAL 5 WAY for THE NXT Championship! See you this Sunday, In Your House!
El Legado del Fantasma is in the ring!
Santos Escobar calls out Bronson Reed, telling him that after what he did to Escobar, and how he cost Escobar’s hermanos their NXT Tag Team Championship match, Escobar will make him pay! But here comes the COLOSSAL North American Champion himself! Reed tells Santos, “I was gonna come out here and tell you you’re full of it, but after I squished you last week, I think I emptied you out.” The replay shows it, and yes, Escobar definitely had to clean his pants out after that. Wanna see it again? Here it is on the big screen! Again, and again, and again! Legado is furious but Reed and his fans are enjoying himself.
Escobar says if Reed thinks he’s so tough, then get in the ring and do it again! “You’re on!” Reed storms to the ring, but MSK shows up to keep the numbers even! Escobar says he should’ve known. Legado backs off, Escobar vowing that they’re going to take Reed’s title and his guys are gonna take MSK’s titles! And better yet, let’s do it all at once! A Six Man Tag match, WINNERS TAKE ALL! Reed talks with MSK, and they agree. Fine! Fine! FINE! Wes Lee wants to see the squash again. The replay hits again, and again, and again. Will that happen when both the North American AND Tag Team Championships are all on the line at the same time?
Wait, here comes Hit Row! Briana “B-Fab” Brandy, “Top Dolla” AJ Francis, Ashante THEE Adonis, and of course, Isaiah “Swerve” Scott strut down the ramp and stare Legado down. They also talk some trash with the Colossal and the Must-See Kids. All these trios might meet one day, but for now, this is about the fight they picked with Big Damo and Rockstar Spud. Will the Belfast Beast be checked off Hit Row’s hitlist?
That Winners Take All Six Man IS happening, and at TAKEOVER!! Will Legado del Fantasma use one match to take over two divisions?!
Killian Dain w/ Drake Maverick VS Isaiah “Swerve” Scott w/ Hit Row!
NXT returns as Dain & Drake make their entrance. Dain has Maverick stick by a corner and the bell rings. Swerve and Dain circle, fans rally and duel, and the two tie up. Dain puts Swerve in a corner, Swerve calls for the ropebreak and the ref counts. Dain lets off, Swerve shrugs it off and circles with Dain again. They tie up, Swerve pulls hair to get a headlock, but Dain wrenches and wrenches to wrangle Swerve with a wristlock. Dain digs his knees in, Swerve kips up but Dain wrenches again. Dain reels Swerve in to shoulder him down! Dain gets Swerve back up, reels him in and shoulders him down again! Hit Row coach Swerve but Dain hits a fireman’s carry takedown!
Swerve scrambles to ropes and Dain dares him to come back. Swerve BOOTS Dain, then SLAPS him! Dain snarls and Swerve bails out to regroup with Hit Row. Dain builds speed?! Hit Row gets out of the way and Dain dares them to man up. Top Dolla talks trash to distracts and Swerve blindsides Dain! Swerve whips, Dain reverses and CLOBBERS Swerve! Swerve gets back to the apron and Dain goes up and out to join him! Dain CLOBBERS Swerve against ropes! Swerve flops back into the ring, B-Fab distracts Dain and Swerve trips Dain up! Swerve mule KICKS Dain to the floor, then goes to the apron to BOOT Dain from above!
Hit Row talk smack and mock Dain’s pain as Swerve puts him in. Swerve digs forearms in for the cover, ONE! Swerve gives toying kicks, Adonis is enjoying some popcorn, but Dain wrenches and TOSSES Swerve! Swerve comes back to DECK Dain with a forearm! Swerve pushes Dain for the cover, ONE!! Swerve keeps on Dain with an armlock and a fish hook to get the chinbar. Dain endures, fans rally up, and Dain powers up to power out. Swerve BOOTS, but Dain just scowls! Swerve talks more trash, Dain blocks the boot this time, but Swerve SLAPS him again! Dain SLAPS Swerve, and the forearms fly! Dain kicks, EuroUppers and has Swerve in a corner!
Dain fires off hands, ROCKS Swerve them whips him corner to corner hard! Dain reels Swerve in to CLOBBER him with that point-blank clothesline! Dain whips, Swerve goes up and around and speeds things up, but runs into the DIVIDE! Cover, TWO!! Swerve survives but Dain drags him back up. Dain fireman’s carries, but Swerve fights free and SLAPS Dain on the back! Swerve runs but Dain follows. Swerve rolls to dodge, then somersaults to COMPLETE SHOT! HOUSE CALL!! Cover, TWO!?! Dain survives and Maverick fires up with the fans! Swerve snarls as he gets a half nelson on Dain. Swerve drags Dain up, wants the full, but Dain snapmares free to mule kick!
Dain reels Swerve back into the fireman’s carry, for a WASTELAND SLAM and BACK SENTON! Dain keeps going to the corner, but Adonis is there! Maverick CANNONBALLS to wipe Adonis out! Dolla gets Maverick for a fireman’s carry and APRON DEATH VALLEY!! Dain is furious but Dolla eggs him on. Swerve KICKS Dain’s legs out and Dain falls off the corner! Swerve grins then gets serious as he runs in to JUMP KICK Dain in the corner! Cover, Swerve wins!!
Winner: Isaiah “Swerve” Scott, by pinfall
That was a killshot on the North Ireland Nightmare! Will Hit Row move on to bigger and better? Or will they run it back in a remix against both Dain and Drake?
Poppy is here!
The Grammy award nominated favorite of the black ‘n’ gold is back! How hard will she rock the CWC this time?
Backstage interview with Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell.
Mrs. Wrestling has been vocal about how she doesn’t like Poppy hanging around NXT, and we just saw Poppy arrive. Why is Candice so against her? This right here is why! We’re again talking to The Way, but you have to bring up Poppy? Right, Indi? Actually, Indi heard Dexter Lumis came by and picked up her headphones last week, and even teared up! Indi thinks Dexter still loves her! She has to go! No, Indi, no! Why is this still happening? They weren’t a thing! They weren’t a thing! Candice is frustrated and storms off, but will she worry more about Indi falling for the Tortured Artist or about the musical artist preparing to perform?
Cameron Grimes shows off his crib this time!
Grimes hits a CANNONBALL~ into his indoor pool! Grimes also says that DeBiase is looking for a man worthy of the Million Dollar Legacy! Will it be LA Knight? Or the man in the deep-end, Cameron Grimes? Grimes is just watching his money literally burn, and using it to light his fancy cigars, only to cough on the smoke. Grimes says that just like DeBiase, he can enjoy a “fine Cubano in my spare time.” Then the Scotch is STRONG. Has DeBiase tried this before? Does he like it? Cuz Grimes loves it *cough cough*
Grimes gets a massage and tips big. Grimes even gives the masseuse a massage just cuz he can! Grimes pulls up in his Rolls Royce and admits, he hasn’t shown DeBiase anything DeBiase hasn’t seen before. But Grimes will focus on taking the Million Dollar Legacy TOOOO THEEEE MOOOON~! Will this sales pitch convince the Million Dollar Man? Or is DeBiase going to leave things in Grimes’ hands?
Mercedes Martinez VS ???
We already know Mean Ms. Martinez is heading towards TakeOver to take on Tian Sha’s living weapon, but- Oh wait! Xia Li attacks Mercedes from behind! Xia is bringing us TakeOver early as she shoves Mercedes into the apron and CLUBS he down! Xia brings Mercedes up to KICK her against barriers, and again! Xia tears Mercedes’ jacket off and puts her in the ring. Mercedes’ scheduled opponent moves aside as Mercedes fires off on Xia! Xia shoves Mercedes away but Mercedes BOOTS her down! Mercedes pursues Xia to CLUB her and CLUB her and RAM her into the apron! And then TOSS her over barriers! Referees hurry to keep Mercedes back, this fight has to wait for Sunday!
Mercedes storms into the ring, still wanting her match!? Has Xia softened Mercedes up enough for a young upstart to take advantage?
The bell rings, and Mercedes KNEES her opponent down! Mercedes drags her opponent up, reels her in to a fireman’s carry, and hits the AIR RAID CRASH! Cover, Mercedes wins!!
Winner: Mercedes Martinez, by pinfall
“Xia! You messed with the wrong one!” Mercedes has sent a message of her own, but will she be able to capitalize and crush Tian Sha’s assassin?
Backstage interview with Breezango.
McKenzie welcomes Tyler Breeze & Fandango back to NXT, but asks them how they feel about Walter’s orders to Imperium. Fandango hushes “Makakenzie” and says he has questions for her: One, does she like their shirts? Yes. Then two, why is Walter so angry? Hasn’t he been German Champion for nine years now? Breeze corrects Dango, it’s NXT UK Champion, and yes he’s been a dominant force all over Europe. Then that makes him the Bruno Sammartino of Europe. Yeah, but they need to worry about Fabio and Marsupial. No, no, Breeze, it’s Fabian and Marcel. Oh Dango’s going to correct him now?
Well point is, Imperium is after them. Breeze saw the propaganda video, just like Dango did. They have sour grapes over losing the titles to Breezango. So Breezango needs to beat Imperium again on their way back to the titles, which means Imperium will disappoint Walter again. Dango shows off a bit more chest before taking his exit with Breeze, but will the Lord of the Dance and Prince Pretty have to get ugly to overcome the Ring General’s soldiers?
Triple H and William Regal welcome Poppy back.
They’re happy to have her again, and HHH wants to tell her how much he loves her newest tracks. All the new tracks she is allowing them to use, from Eat to Say Cheese, it’s all awesome. But when will the album “drop?” Poppy says it’s dropping right NOW! What? Really? She’s just gonna push a button and boom? Yep. Sweet! Do it! Done. So okay, hold on. All she did was push a button on her phone, and boom, world premiere of the Poppy “Eat” NXT Soundtrack? All five tracks? Yes! From Spotify to Apple music and iTunes, all of it, for the whole world? Yep. Technology’s amazing. HHH loves it. So does Poppy.
Dexter Lumis walks in, looks at Poppy, and offers her a custom piece of artwork! Poppy is honored and thanks him for it. She even gives him a hug! Indi walks in and misunderstands! She runs away crying and screaming, and now Dexter might have found him in the dog house. Well, that’s awkward. How can Lumis make this up to Indi?
Cameron Grimes pulls up into the parking lot.
And then so does LA Knight! Well about time! Yeah it is. And it’s about time Grimes take his trash, turn it around and drive it out of here. Security keeps these two from arguing, because DeBiase will be waiting in the ring. Well they can’t keep the Million Dollar Man waiting. Grimes says Knight looks like a waiter: BEGGIN’ FER TIPS! HAHAHA! Knight is BROKE! Says the rich troll living under the bridge. Yeah, so rich, he lives under TWO bridges! Grimes gives a big tip to the security guard to get something nice for his family. Oh wait, he doesn’t have a family! AHAHAHA! Anyway…
Ted Debiase is in the ring!
“Well before I make this absolutely Priceless Announcement, I would like for Cameron Grimes and LA Knight to join me here in the ring.” Grimes says he’ll take all the time he needs but Knight says Grimes just makes noise to make noise. Knight slaps Grimes’ money out of his hand then leaves him behind as he goes to gorilla. Knight makes his entrance but Grimes cuts the music off to put HIS song on! Grimes struts past Knight and goes to the ring, but Knight follows after while asking DeBiase if Grimes is really who he wants for this. Grimes counts his money and fans sing along with his song, but DeBiase has them get to business.
“Gentlemen, this Sunday is the ultimate test.” They’ve both proven themselves worthy, but it is time for them both to literally climb the ladder of success! A ladder descends from above, and it’s gold! It’s gonna be a MILLION DOLLAR LADDER MATCH! Knight says it has been abundantly clear since day one that he walks head and shoulders above the rest of the wrestlers. This Sunday, it doesn’t matter if Knight has to knock Grimes’ head off or climb the ladder, there is no hill he won’t climb or hillbilly he won’t step on, because there is only ONE man that can carry the Million Dollar Legacy, and that’s him! And why is that? That’s because this is L A Knight’s game!
Hillbilly? Grimes says Knight might be right, Grimes may be a hillbilly and a bit smelly, but he’s worth a million bucks! This hillbilly lives on the hilltop, looking down on Knight! Grimes knows DeBiase said this isn’t about the fame or the money, it was about what happens in between the ropes! Well what happens when Grimes is between these ropes and turnbuckles and in front of the people, Grimes cannot be beat! So take his money, take his fame, because he’ll take the legacy straight TO! THE! MOON~! Grimes climbs, and says as he looks to the top of the CWC, he doesn’t see what he’s supposed to be reaching for! DeBiase, what is Grimes reaching for?
DeBiase is glad Grimes asked. Gentlemen, bring it in. The security guards bring in a big briefcase, set it on the table for DeBiase, and open it up for him. Gentlemen, DeBiase wants you to know that you will be fighting, crawling, grabbing and using every fiber of their energy for what is inside here. THE MILLION DOLLAR CHAMPIONSHIP!! Knight and Grimes are beside themselves with excitement and awe! At TakeOver, the winner of this ladder match will be the NEW Million Dollar Champion! AHAHAHAHAHAHA! Now THAT is a legacy worth carrying! Will it be Knight’s belt, yeah? Or will Grimes take this title with him TO THE MOON~?
Something’s going down backstage!
Security and referees are rushing in to stop Kyle O’Reilly and Karrion Kross from fighting! Regal rushes in to tell them to stop! None of this is happening tonight! Kross and Kyle are still snarling, but will they be able to wait until Sunday?
“The following announcement has been paid for by the Ever-Rise.”
Friends of the show, they have big news for you! Your boys, THE Ever-Rise, are hosting the TakeOver: In Your House pre-preshow! It’s available on all social and digital platforms! Now you might be asking yourself, what is that? It’s the show before the preshow! And if you didn’t know, now you know! Wait, that’s Hit Row’s catchphrase. But it’s really good. Well, see you Sunday! Ever-Rise RULES! Okay that one is theirs.
Grizzled Young Veterans VS August Grey & Jiro Ikemen!
Zack Gibson & James Drake want to settle things with Old Man Ciampa and Toothless Timmy, but for now, they’ll have to settle for 205 Live’s life of the party tag team! Will #RetroAG and The Handsomest Man be able to survive against Liverpool’s Number One and Mr. Mayhem?
Gibson and Grey start and fans chant, “Gibson Sucks!” Grey and Gibson tie up, Gibson waistlocks and SLAMS Grey. Gibson shifts to a facelock, Grey gets up but Gibson wrenches an arm to a wristlock. Gibson wrangles Grey, Grey gets up and handsprings to wrench back. Grey headlocks, Gibson powers out but Grey headscissors Gibson down! Gibson gets up in a huff but Grey wrenches his arm. Tag to Jiro, he takes the hand-off, but Gibson pulls hair to throw Jiro down! Gibson gets Jiro up and grinds the headlock, but Jiro powers out to speed things up! JACKET PUNCH! Gibson flounders up and Jiro smiles as he reels him in. Gibson dumps Jiro to the apron but Jiro shoulders back!
Jiro springboards up and over to headscissor Gibson! Fans fire up with Jiro but Gibson jawbreakers back! Gibson sucker punches Grey, gets Jiro up and pulls his jacket up over his head! Jiro gets free to fire off PALM STRIKES! Jiro fires off fists then whips, but Gibson reverses to a headlock. Drake tags in, GYV speeds things up, and Drake sweeps the legs for Gibson to basement dropkick! Jiro flounders, MAYHEM IN MOTION for Grey! Fans fire up because that is still good, and GYV have their secret handshake. Drake KICKS Jiro’s bad leg and then twists it with a standing toehold! Drake eggs Jiro on then stomps and kicks the bad leg more!
Drake drags Jiro around, drops an elbow on the knee, then tags Gibson. GYV get Jiro up, they double scoop for a double slam into ropes! Jiro writhes, Drake talks trash, and Gibson gets Jiro’s leg. Jiro BOOTS Gibson, but Gibson kicks low! Tag back to Drake, SHINBREAKER and hand-off to DRAGON SCREW! Drake has the leg and he turns Jiro for a HALF CRAB! But here come Ciampa & Thatcher! GYV regroup but the grizzled old veterans just take seats at ringside. Jiro crawls, hot tag to Grey! Grey rallies on GYV with big haymakers! Grey fires off on Drake, Gibson goes after him but gets a JAWBREAKER to NECKBREAKER!
Grey runs and CHOPS Drake, then whips Drake around to reel him in for a BULLDOG! Grey fires up with the fans and he goes up top. TIGHTROPE CROSSBODY! Direct hit and fans fire up more! Grey has the arms hooked, but Drake denies So Much Prettier to then CLOBBER him! Drake seethes, tags Gibson, and Drake DECKS Jiro! They get Grey up for TICKET TO MAYHEM!! Cover as GYV stares down with Ciampa & Thatcher, GYV win!
Winners: Grizzled Young Veterans, by pinfall
Jiro & Retro did what they could but it wasn’t enough to overcome these former NXT UK Tag Team Champions! GYV get mics and hope the lads are listening! GYV is DONE with them, yet here they are, lingering like a bad smell! GYV are here for MSK and the tag titles! They’ve already proven they’re better, but Ciampa & Thatcher have only proven they’re two hooligans! Well GYV doesn’t get it, right? GYV isn’t getting their shot without going through Ciampa & Thatcher! Gibson gets angrier, but then Ciampa & Thatcher throw their chairs at him and Drake! Gibson wants Ciampa & Thatcher to listen. “If it’s a scrap you want, then it’s a scrap you’ll get!”
GYV VS Ciampa & Thatcher, no tag rules! TORNADO TAG to finish this the old fashioned way! Oh well GYV needs to know about Ciampa & Thatcher! They love tornadoes! They don’t need to tag! And they sure as hell don’t need to wait! Ciampa & Thatcher rush the ring but GYV bails out! Thatcher’s said it before and he’ll say it again: “I’m going to enjoy breaking your limbs!” The song says, “No one will survive,” and will that be true when young and old grizzled veterans collide in a match with no restraints?
Candice LeRae is storming towards gorilla.
What is she going to do and say as soon as she hits the ring? We’ll find out, after the break!
NXT hears from Bobby Fish.
The Infamous One is working out his frustrations in his own personal gym, and he tells Oney that he hasn’t forgotten. Will Fish sink his teeth right into the Boston Crab once he’s back in the ring?
Candice LeRae heads to the ring!
The Poison Pixie goes it alone, and she gets a mic to get to the point. “Poppy, Poppy, Poppy. I am so sick of hearing about Poppy!” The fans chant Poppy’s name and Candice says Poppy hijacked her interview last week, and then stole Indi’s man! And don’t act like you didn’t know Dexter Lumis was Indi’s man! Everyone loves #InDex! Now because of Poppy, Indi has left the building in tears, completely devastated. So Poppy has two options: The easy way, facing Candice right now, or the hard way, where Candice “properly introduces” Poppy to the parking lot. Poppy’s own music plays because here she comes!
Poppy tells Candice, “I don’t wrestle. But I know someone who does.” It’s IO SHIRAI! The Evil Genius is back, and she has no love lost for Candice! Candice panics as Shirai and Poppy head to the ring together. Poppy helps Shirai with her jacket, and then Shirai TACKLES Candice! Shirai gets Candice up for a FLAPJACK! Candice ends up on ropes, Shirai hits the TIGER FEINT! Shirai goes up and up and MISSILE DROPKICKS Candice out of the ring! The fans are fired up, Shirai and Poppy high five and toss their hair back. Candice is furious, but is there no way avoiding Shirai?
Dok Hendrix gives us more In Your House slam jam!
What a night it has been! And the card just keeps getting bigger and better! The Six Man Winners Take All, for the North American AND Tag Team Championships! Xia Li’s TakeOver debut is getting spicier, and the stakes are raised as Grimes and Knight now compete in a MILLION DOLLAR CHAMPIONSHIP LADDER MATCH! And again, Ember and Raquel battle for the NXT Women’s Championship, and the FATAL 5 puts THE NXT Championship on the line between the very best today!
NXT shares footage from during commercial.
As Poppy and Shirai were heading back to the back, they crossed paths with Raquel and Dakota making their way to gorilla. Shirai tells Raquel to be ready for when she comes back for the title, but Raquel just smirks.
Ember Moon VS Dakota Kai w/ Raquel Gonzalez!
The Evolved Shenom wants the NXT Women’s Championship back just as badly as anyone else, but this is about what happened to her friend and tag partner, Shotzi Blackheart! Will Ember’s Law punish #CobraKai before going after Gonzalez and the gold at TakeOver?
The bell rings and Ember rushes in but Dakota dodges. Dakota swings kicks but Ember dodges, and vice-versa. Kicks hit kicks, forearms hit forearms, and the two stand off while fans cheer. Dakota shoves Ember, Ember shoves back! They tie up, go around and Ember puts Dakota in a corner. They go around more, Dakota puts Ember in a corner and dribbles her off buckles. Ember powers Dakota to the far side, the ref counts as Ember dribbles Dakota, but Ember lets off at 4. Ember argues with the ref, but Dakota YANKS Ember into buckles! Dakota goes side to side for a BOOT WASH! Dakota drags Ember to a cover, TWO!
Fans rally and duel, Dakota CLUBS Ember, then brings Ember up to bump off buckles. Dakota digs her boot in, the ref counts and Dakota lets off. Raquel talks trash, Ember swipes at her, but Dakota get Ember up to whip her hard into a corner! And then another BOOT WASH! Cover, TWO! Dakota grows frustrated, CLUBS Ember again, then stomps her. Dakota stands on Ember’s chest, the ref counts, but Ember shoves Dakota away. Dakota CLUBS Ember again, fans rally and duel, Dakota pie faces Ember. Then SLAPS her! Ember roars, but Dakota knees low! Dakota whips, Ember handsprings through the hip toss to arm-drag and dropkick!
Dakota is in a daze but Ember wants her to get up! Ember sweeps the legs, runs and BASEMENT COMPLETE SHOTS! Cover, TWO! Raquel was ready to get in, but she doesn’t have to as Dakota survives. Ember clamps onto Dakota’s jaw and then her hair, and CLUBS Dakota on the back! Dakota goes to a corner, Ember is after her again and snapmares her to KICK her in the back. Ember talks trash to Raquel, stands on Dakota’s head then stands her up. Ember ROCKS Dakota with an uppercut, then whips her corner to corner. Ember back body blocks, then whips Dakota back the other way. Dakota slips out to the apron to throw hands but Ember hits back!
Ember drags Dakota through ropes, Dakota fights with body shots, but Ember CLUBS her! Dakota gets up, ROCKS Ember back, then trips her up to ROCK her again! Dakota SPINS Ember into the post! Ember flops to the floor as NXT goes picture in picture!
Dakota takes a moment while Ember is dazed on the floor. Dakota gets in the ring to let the count handle this, but Ember sits up at 5 of 10. Ember drags herself up and in at 7, but Dakota stomps her down at the ropes! Dakota drags Ember around, smears Ember’s face into the mat, but lets off as the ref reprimands. Dakota dribbles Ember off the mat, covers, TWO! Dakota snarls and dribbles Ember off the mat again. Dakota gets Ember up, Ember throws body shots and rolls Dakota up, TWO! Dakota BOOTS Ember right down! Cover, TWO!! Ember survives and Dakota is frustrated. Dakota CLUBS Ember, reels her in and puts on a body scissor squeeze!
Ember endures, pushes back to a cover, TWO! Dakota clubs away on Ember’s back then squeezes tighter. Ember still endures, works to pry the scissors apart, but Dakota turns her around. Ember pushes back to another cover, TWO and Dakota lets Ember free to LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Dakota is seething but she drags Ember around for a cravat neck wrench. Ember endures again, fights up, but Dakota snapmares. Ember handsprings through! Only for Dakota to throw her by her hair! Dakota wraps on a sleeper and squeezes tight! Ember fights up, Dakota hops on as a backpack, but Ember rolls for a SENTON! Dakota lets go and both women are down!
Ember and Dakota get up at the same time, Dakota swings into Ember’s BACK SUPLEX! Ember starts rallying with forearms and an ENZIGURI! Dakota ends up in a corner as Ember fires up! The CWC fire up with Ember as she snapmares Dakota. Ember climbs, leaps, FLYING CODE BREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Dakota survives but Ember keeps her cool. Ember drags Dakota up to CLUB her down. Ember runs but Dakota reels her in. Ember breaks free to SUPERKICK, but runs into a FOREARM! Dakota runs, Ember follows but Dakota side steps to BOOT her at ropes! Dakota snapmare and KICKS Ember in the back, then runs, only for Ember to duck and kip up and HOOK KICK!
Ember gets Dakota back up, dragon sleeper to a SOMERSAULT STUNNER!! Cover, TWO!! Dakota survives but again Raquel was ready to rush in. The CWC is thunderous as Ember gets Dakota in another dragon sleeper. Ember pulls back on the hold to squeeze the air out of Dakota, but Dakota fights up to her feet. Dakota turns things around to have a dragon sleeper of her own, TWISTING FACEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Ember lives and Raquel is frustrated must of all! Dakota drags Ember up, gives her Kowata Kicks, and then an extra round! Ember blocks to throw Dakota, but Dakota SCORPION KICKS and then BOOTS Ember!
Ember ends up in a corner, Dakota goes Around the World for a BOOT! Cover, TWO!! Dakota and Raquel are both beside themselves as Ember survives. Fans rally and duel, Dakota gets Ember up to fireman’s carry, but Ember fights free! Ember Electric Chair lifts, pops Dakota around, LIGER BOMB! Cover, TWO! Now Ember feels the frustration as Dakota bails out. Raquel goes to Dakota’s side but Ember rushes out. Dakota gets in the ring and Raquel blocks Ember’s way. The ref is busy checking on Dakota so Raquel takes a swing, but Ember dodges boot to ROCK Raquel! Ember goes to the apron and dumps Dakota out! Ember builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit on BOTH targets!
The CWC is thunderous for “NXT! NXT!” as Ember puts Dakota in and BOOTS her! Ember hurries to a corner while Dakota is dazed! Ember goes up top, but Raquel gets in to BOOT her down!!
Winner: Ember Moon, by disqualification
Ricky Desperado doesn’t care about Dakota’s win-loss record, so long as she gets to extinguish Ember! But she’s too busy checking on Dakota and Ember attacks! But that’s a 2v1 situation as Dakota hits Ember! Ember shoves Dakota away to BOOT her! Raquel DECKS Ember now! Raquel snarls and gets Ember back up, hooks the leg, DESPERADO- STUNNER?!? Ember counters Raquel’s power and runs in, but Raquel puts her on the apron! Only to run into a HOTSHOT! Ember climbs again, for an ECLIPSE!!
The Prophecy of Flame lights the champion up and grabs the title! Ember tells Raquel to hold onto that for her until Sunday. Will the Shenom become a TWO-TIME NXT Women’s Champion after TakeOver?
Karrion Kross speaks.
“GENTLEMEN! You have all been afforded an opportunity to be face-to-face with me tonight. But you don’t have to wait until Sunday to feel what it’s like to get flat-lined! You think you’re going to take me out? You really believe that? Now is your opportunity to show the world what you can really do. Don’t be late. Tick-tock.” Kross and Scarlett head for gorilla, but will the end come early for someone at the end of NXT?
NXT returns with Kross, Scarlett and Regal in the ring.
Regal reminds Kross who the general manager is around here. Kross is champion, but he doesn’t run the brand! Regal has seen enough chaos tonight, this is NOT happening now! Kross tells Regal he doesn’t run ANYTHING. And Regal barely runs NXT, this show has been out of control for a very, very long time. Now, we’re in Kross’ world, and he’s telling Regal that he is not leaving until his four challengers show up and get their asses kicked. But Kyle shows up and says he’s right here! Now clearly the “gas station weasel,” Adam Cole, got under Kross’ skin, and Kyle doesn’t get that. Kross is the champion and the most dominant one yet, but with the thinnest skin.
Kyle can tell because it’s that vein in Kross’ forehead that is always about to burst. It is the snarling and flexing and the compensating. Kross is insecure because he knows it is a matter of time before a guy like Kyle walks down the ramp and takes the title from him! Wow, someone call a doctor because those are sick burns! Gargano enters in from the timekeeper’s area and gets up on the commentary desk to ask Kross if he’s going to let a guy in a jean jacket talk to him like that. Kross is supposed to be the biggest and baddest dude here. Well, he’s not Johnny Wrestling, and he’s definitely not Johnny TakeOver.
But Kross IS the NXT Champion. If Gargano were Kross, which he isn’t, he’d choke Kyle out right now! But be careful not to stumble over there, we all know Kross isn’t the most graceful guy in the ring. Kross tells “Johnny Mark” that if he wants to get off the desk and into the ring, Kross will show- Dunne tells Kross to shut his mouth! Dunne is sick of all this talking and waiting. The Bruiserweight wants to show everyone why HE is the baddest in NXT, and then on Sunday we can just call him champion! But then Adam Cole talks via titantron to say, “Well, well, well. If it isn’t the four chumps I absolutely humiliated last week!”
Cole isn’t about to go down there after already embarrassing them all. But in that ring, Kross is the biggest MORON of them all. Kross says he’s the champ and thinks he’s unbeatable. Cole is pretty damn sure he “beat” Kross last week with that verbal annihilation, and Kross couldn’t do a damn thing back. Kross tricks people into thinking he’s a tough guy, just cuz he wants to face all four at once. Cole sees right through that. The idea of going 1v1 with ol’ Adam Cole Baybay has Kross shaking in his boots! Kross doesn’t want the world to see Cole run circles around him! Cole doesn’t blame Kross, but will remind him that Cole doesn’t need to beat Kross to win.
Cole might beat Johnny Wrestling again, or maybe beat Pete Dunne again. Or maybe he’ll beat the guy who doesn’t even deserve to be in this match, (Kyle O’Reilly) or maybe he’ll beat Kross. Then he’ll show everyone that Kross’ reign has been one big fat disappointment. Cole will let these boys get back to their hissy fits, and see them all on Sunday. Kyle says that Cole is clearly too much of a bitch to be here tonight and kick things off early, but Kyle ain’t. Kyle gets in Kross’ face and Kross asks who Kyle is exactly. Kyle SLAPS Kross in the face! Kross DECKS Kyle, Dunne gets in and stomps Kross, and then Dunne and Kyle mug Kross together!
Security rushes the ring, but Dunne and Kyle just go after them! Kross gets to the far side, but Gargano is there! Gargano slingshot SPEARS Kyle, but Dunne fires off hands on Gargano! Gargano and Dunne brawl, Kross interrupts to DECK Gargano and TOSS Dunne! Gargano gets up but Kross TOSSES him! Security guards get in, they each get TOSSED! Kyle gets up to fire off on Kross! Kross shoves Kyle and BOOTS him down! Kross is seething, more security gets in and restrains Kross, leaving him open to Gargano’s SUPERKICK! And Dunne’s ENZIGURI! And then they throw security out! Kross is in a corner, Kyle gives him a HELLUVA KICK! Sami would be proud!
Gargano SUPERKICKS Kyle! Dunne BLASTS Gargano! Kyle ROLLING ELBOWS Dunne! Kyle roars, but Kross gives Kyle an APOCALYPSE ELBOW!! Kross grabs his title and says it is one versus EVERYONE! But wait, Cole IS here as he SUPERKICKS Kross from behind!! And AGAIN! Scarlett freaks out as Cole hits the LAST SHOT!! The Panama City Playboy just played everyone and shouts, “SAY HELLO TO THE CHAMP!” The CWC is thunderous for Cole as HE holds up the title! Cole already held this belt for over 400 days, is he about to take over and hold it for another 400?
What an amazing go-home! Not at all like how Raw tends to do them. For one, no filler of any kind. No recap packages that we don’t need because promos already take care of a lot of that, and no filler matches where it’s just copy-paste from last week. Though, I suppose Dok Hendrix didn’t need to re-hype matches he hyped before. But we got some fairly over-the-top and hilarious vignettes from Knight and Grimes to hype up DeBiase’s big news tonight, along with their TakeOver match. It is the most natural and exciting move for DeBiase to bring THE Million Dollar Championship to NXT for someone to have. I really hope Grimes wins, he really can make the most out of this because of his charisma and comedic sense.
I haven’t been the biggest fans of Legado just because Escobar overused Mendoza & Wilde in helping him in the early days of his Cruiserweight Championship reign, but I am all for this Six Man, double title match. We get Reed VS Escobar, which 1v1 would’ve been awesome, but now we can see Reed take on Wilde & Mendoza, we can see Escobar take on Lee & Carter, maybe there can be colossal tag moves from Reed and MSK. Also, it saves space on the TakeOver card. Putting the belts up like this, this match could go either way, but I can’t see Reed and Escobar being one and done. Legado wins to be golden and then Reed gets his rematch on perhaps NXT Great American Bash 2021.
The transition from the Legado-Reed-MSK segment to Hit Row with Maverick and Dain was very good. Another trio that will be coming for those same titles reminds everyone of that very mission, and then Hit Row works together to mess with Dain and help Swerve win. That is about on par with how Legado has operated, so it got great Heel heat and is showing where Swerve is in those power rankings. I am pretty sure that Dain and Drake will regroup to take on Adonis and Top Dolla, that is a great match up because they parallel each other with the big strong hoss and the smaller, faster guy, but I would think Hit Row wins there, too.
I really like that Xia Li attacking Mercedes did not cancel Mercedes’ match with, uh, whoever that was. Mercedes is proving she is tough as nails, and that TakeOver match is going to be some brutal stuff. I feel like since Mercedes stood tall here, and won way back at MYC, Xia Li wins at TakeOver. GYV of course get a win off 205 Live’s Grey & Jiro, and of course they set up a grudge match with Ciampa & Thatcher, but I really like that it’ll be Tornado Tag rules. That is going to be awesome for the post-TakeOver episode, could really go the distance if they need to fill for time, and can definitely act as the unofficial contender’s match to go after the winners of TakeOver’s Winners Take All.
Breezango had a good promo to call out Imperium in return, Ever-Rise plugging their own social media show was good, and I like that Ever-Rise used Hit Row’s catchphrase to call them out, too. Oney VS Theory was a great opener, it was also a good vehicle to get Dunne and Gargano to interact, but something about Oney using distraction to win makes sense. Oney and Dunne are the Heels fans still like to treat as Heels while Theory was getting cheered, so it gets good Heel heat for Oney and Dunne. Kyle scrapping with Kross randomly seems a bit unneeded since we all knew there would be a face-to-face segment, but I suppose it was to add to Kross saying Regal has no control of NXT anymore.
I knew even with last week that Candice accusing Poppy of just pulling a Bad Bunny meant she was going to start “pulling a Bad Bunny,” but I do like that Poppy already has a natural proxy to go with. Io Shirai brawling with Candice works on many levels, as did that moment backstage where Shirai glared at Raquel. Tying in the #InDex drama makes me think we’re getting The Way VS Shirai & Poppy, non-title, but maybe the real plan is Shirai and Poppy recruit another proxy so that Shirai and this other superstar take The Way on in a title match. At the same time, Franky Monet calling Shirai out a few weeks ago makes me think Franky will “ruin” that stuff and make a high profile feud out of it.
Ember VS Dakota was a great main event match, but I had a feeling Raquel would interfere. Dakota was losing either way so of course the Heel champion makes sure their contender gets wrecked. But Ember turns things around and stands tall, so she clearly isn’t winning at TakeOver. Then the face-off closing, it had great promos and great brawling, and I should’ve known Cole was lying about not being at the CWC. Kross stood tall until Cole knocked him down and stood even taller, so as I figured, Kross is totally pinning Cole to send him off to RawDown. Kross can fill the Summer with the other feuds, anyone’s guess as to who takes Kross out, if it’s happening at all this year.
My Score: 9.3/10
Mitchell’s NJPW New Years Golden Series Results & Report! (1/20/22)
So much more than a dash!
NJPW starts on a new journey!
NJPW starts a month long journey that will culminate in an IWGP World Heavyweight Championship match of Kazuchika Okada VS Tetsuya Naito!
- Great-O-Khan VS Yuto Nakashima; Khan wins.
- Hiromu Takahashi VS Ryohei Oiwa; Hiromu wins.
- Togi Makabe & Tiger Mask VS Taiji Ishimori & Jado; Makabe & Tiger Mask win.
- Six Man Tag: Tomoaki Honma, Satoshi Kojima & Toru Yano VS Suzuki-Gun; Honma, Kojima & Yano win.
- Six Man Tag: Master Wato, Ryusuke Taguchi & Hiroyoshi Tenzan VS Suzuki-Gun; Wato, Taguchi & Tenzan wins.
- 8 Man Tag: Chaos VS House of Torture; Chaos wins.
- Six Man Tag: Kazuchika Okada, Hiroshi Tanahashi & Yuji Nagata VS Los Ingobernables de Japon; LIJ wins.
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Six Man Tag: Tomoaki Honma, Satoshi Kojima & Toru Yano VS Suzuki-Gun!
It’s a Great Bash Heels reunion as Everyone’s Kokeshi, Bread Style and The Producer are taking on Taka Michinoku, Taichi and the Meanest Man in the World himself! Yano wants to get the KOPW 2022 trophy, but will he even survive Suzuki at the start of this series?
Yano gets impatient during Suzuki-Gun’s entrance, seems he doesn’t hold the same reverence for the theme song as fans do. Suzuki and his team wait for the introductions to finish, and then the attack! Taka is after Kojima, Taichi chokes Honma in a corner, and Suzuki stomps Yano! The bell rings to get this on record, and while Taka throws Kojima out and Suzuki sends Yano out, Taichi keeps on Honma in the corner. Suzuki throws body shots on Yano, then uses his own spray bottle against him! The ref reprimands Taichi and Taichi stops choking Honma to argue with the ref. Honma kicks back but Taichi kicks, and Taichi gets the edge.
Taichi snapmares to KICK Honma in the back. Honma gets up to forearm but Taichi kicks his leg. Forearm, kick, forearm, kick, repeat! Taichi gets the edge again, eggs Honma up, then chokes him! The ref reprimands, Honma breaks free! Taichi tells him to shut it and sobats! Taichi runs, but Honma dodges the boot to run Taichi over! Fans fire up with Honma as he runs, but he waits for Taichi to roll out of the way before he drops the KOKESHI! Kokeshi gets the better of Taichi, and then tags in Yano! Yano fires up and he goes to the corner to untie the pad! Taichi tags out to Suzuki and Yano turns around to face a nightmare!
Suzuki kicks, whips, but Yano holds ropes and dodges the boot to SLAP Suzuki! Yano whips, Suzuki reverses and Yano hits bare buckles! Suzuki boots Yano, snapmares and PENALTY KICKS! Taichi and Taka go after Honma and Kojima while Suzuki drags Yano out. Suzuki sends Yano into railing, then smacks him off the apron! Taichi and Taka do the same to the others, then Suzuki goes looking under the ring. Suzuki drags Yano up, wraps his arm around railing, and cranks on the arm! Suzuki even claws Yano’s forehead and fish hooks the nose! The ring count starts, Suzuki leaves Yano behind and fans rally up.
The count is 10 of 20 and Taichi taunts Yano while he’s on the floor. Taichi stomps Yano, Yano still gets up at 17 and in at 18. Suzuki powers Yano to a cover, TWO! Fans rally, Suzuki tags Taka. Taka stomps Yano, sits him up and digs his knuckles into the forehead! The ref reprimands and counts, Taka lets off with the other hand! The ref reprimands more, counts again, and Taka lets off to scrape his soles on Yano’s face! Taka puts Yano in the corner, throws an uppercut, then tags Taichi. Taichi chokes Yano! The ref reprimands and counts, Taichi stops at 4. Taichi drags Yano up to snapmare and CHOKE! The ref notices and reprimands Taichi again!
Taichi lets off, but then he chokes Yano again! The ref reprimands, so Taichi says that’s not a choke. THIS is a choke! The ref warns Taichi, he lets off, and fans rally up as Taichi drags Yano up by his hair. Taichi feeds Yano to Suzuki’s boot! Suzuki tags in, he stomps away on Yano, then has the leg! Yano has the ropebreak but Taka stands on Yano’s neck! Taichi gets in to intercept Honma and throw him back out! The ref restores order, fans rally up, but Suzuki drags Yano up. Yano rakes eyes! Yano whips Suzuki, Suzuki narrowly avoids hitting bare buckles! Yano runs in but Suzuki dodges and Yano hits buckles!
Suzuki runs, but Yano gets him for an atomic drop! Yano hurries over, fans rally up, hot tag to Kojima! Kojima hits the Suzuki-Gun corner before he stomps Suzuki to a corner. Kojima fires off the MACHINE GUN CHOPS! Suzuki just snarls and turns things around for machine gun forearms! But Kojima turns it back for another round of MACHINE GUN CHOPS! Kojima whips Suzuki into the bare buckles, then hits a forearm smash! Kojima throws Suzuki down, but Suzuki gets right up to kick low! Suzuki brings Kojima out but Kojima fires forearms! But Suzuki knees low! Suzuki wrenches, Kojima kicks, but Suzuki blocks the cutter to a SLEEPER!
Kojima fights up, fights free, but Suzuki talks trash. Kojima CHOPS, so Suzuki CHOPS! Kojima CHOPS, Suzuki CHOPS, it’s a CHOP fight! Kojima gets the edge with forearms, then hits a ROLLING ELBOW! Kojima runs, but Suzuki shoots around to DECK Kojima! Tag to Taka, he DECKS Honma then stomps Kojima. Taka whips Kojima in to the bare buckles! SHINING WIZARD! Taichi adds a corner clothesline, then he runs Kojima to the corner! Snapmare, to a SHINING WIZARD! Cover, Yano and Honma break it! Suzuki and Taichi throw them back out, and Taka drags Kojima up. Taka scoops, but Kojima fights free! COZY CUTTER!
Kojima throws off the armband and runs, but Taka goes the other way to BOOT! And SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO! Kojima survives Taka’s Super K, but Taka runs. Taka ducks the lariat, Kojima throws a low kick but Taka hits a CALF KICK! Kojima still hits COZY LARIAT!! Cover, Great Bash Heels win!
Winners: Tomoaki Honma, Satoshi Kojima & Toru Yano, by pinfall
Suzuki-Gun’s Blue Playmaker fumbles again! And somehow, Yano has cuffed Suzuki to the ropes! Yano dares Suzuki to do something about it, but obviously he can’t without the key. Taichi gets in with his mic stand so the Great Bash Heels take their leave. Will Suzuki be unable to do anything as Yano goes after the KOPW 2022 trophy?
Six Man Tag: Master Wato, Ryusuke Taguchi & Hiroyoshi Tenzan VS Suzuki-Gun!
The Way of the Grandmaster joins forces with his mentors as he takes on Douki, Yoshinobu Kanemaru and El Desperado! Wato is rolling towards the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion, but will the Rogue Luchador turn the tides?
The teams sort out and Wato steps up to start against Desperado. Fans rally for this IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship teaser, but Desperado trips Wato. Desperado runs, Wato stays low, but Desperado steps on him! Desperado stands Wato up to CHOP, then whips him to ropes. Wato holds ropes, Desperado runs in but is tossed out! Wato runs to FLY! Direct hit with the tope conjilo! Fans fire up as Wato puts Desperado in, covers, TWO! Desperado sits up, Wato KICKS and KICKS and KICKS! Cover, TWO! Fans rally, Wato tags Taguchi. They drag Desperado up, whips, double drop toeholds and double basement dropkicks! Taguchi covers, TWO!
Fans rally, Taguchi throws point blank hip attacks! Desperado gets up but Taguchi bops him again and again and again! Taguchi winds up to BOP Desperado into the corner! Tag to Tenzan, he talks trash on Suzuki-Gun while Taguchi digs his boots in. Tenzan tops it off with a stomp, then a headbutt. Tenzan fires off Mongolian Chops on Desperado in the corner, and fans rally as Tenzan headbutts Desperado down. Tenzan whips corner to corner and hits a corner clothesline! Fans fire up as Tenzan calls his shot, and hits a TENZAN BRAINBSUTER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally, Tenzan ROCKS Desperado and kicks him at the ropes.
Tenzan whips, Desperado reverses, and Douki trips Tenzan! Douki drags Tenzan out and rams him into railing while Desperado blasts the corner! Kanemaru goes around the way to go after Taguchi! Desperado goes out to bring Wato up and ROCK him with an elbow! Douki chokes Tenzan with his metal pipe! The ref tries to restore order but Desperado whips Wato into railing! Kanemaru does the same to Taguchi! Douki keeps choking Tenzan, Kanemaru returns to the corner and Desperado tags him in. Douki sends Tenzan in, Kanemaru sits Tenzan up to throw an elbow into his head. Kanemaru then runs to basement dropkick! Cover, TWO!
Kanemaru stomps Tenzan, drags him up and elbows him on the neck! Tenzan fires up! Kanemaru throws hands, then rakes eyes! Tag to Douki, Douki snapmares Tenzan and runs to DOUBLE STOMP! Cover, TWO! Douki reels Tenzan into a grounded cobra twist! Tenzan endures, grabs at Douki’s head and powers out. Douki stomps Tenzan, feeds him to Kanemaru’s boot, then tags Kanemaru in. Tenzan kicks Douki but gets mugged! Kanemaru rakes eyes, he and Douki whip Tenzan to the open corner! Douki runs in but Tenzan runs him over! Kanemaru kicks low, runs, but into a MOUNTAIN BOMB! Fans fire up while everyone is down!
Tenzan crawls, hot tag to Taguchi! Taguchi runs at the ropes to give Kanemaru a hip attack! Then he runs to give Douki a hip attack! Then back to Kanemaru, then back to Douki! Taguchi slides to apron GAMANGIRI Kanemaru back in! Fans rally, Taguchi springboards, MISSILE HIP! Cover, TWO! Taguchi kips up and fans rally as he calls upon the powers of Strong Style! “ORYA~!” But Kanemaru dropkicks the legs out! Kanemaru gets a leg to SMASH the knee into the mat! Then steps through, but Taguchi KICKS Kanemaru away! Taguchi runs, but Kanemaru counters the hip attack with an atomic drop!
Kanemaru hits an ENZIGURI, but Taguchi ENZIGURIS back! Both men are down and fans fire up! Kanemaru and Taguchi crawl, hot tags to Wato and Desperado! Wato BOOTS, Desperado CHOPS! Wato KICKS, and KICKS, and KCIKS, but Desperado blocks to spin Wato, but Wato fights the back suplex! Wato then runs, but Desperado goes the other way to SPEAR! Desperado gets Wato up for a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Fans rally, Desperado stomps away on Wato, then drags Wato by a leg. Wato kicks Desperado away with the free leg, then gets up to kick, kick and sobat into a front kick, then SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO!
Wato grits his teeth and fans rally as he drags Desperado up. Desperado resists the Mouse Trap, spins around and rakes the eyes! But Wato kicks and whips, only for Desperado to reverse and SPINEBUSTER! Fans fire up while both men are down! Desperado tags Douki in and he hits Wato with a corner clothesline. Douki runs, Wato gets around but Douki fights the waistlock. Douki goes to run but Wato reels him in. Douki breaks free with his leg, mule kicks and ENZIGURIS! Wato wobbles, Douki reels him in, DDT! Cover, TWO! Fans rally, Douki drags Wato up and torture racks, for a swing, but Wato slips out!
Douki knees low, runs, but into Wato’s SCREW HIGH KICK! Fans rally up, Taguchi runs in to knock Desperado and Kanemaru down while Tenzan stomps Douki! Wato whips Douki to the corner, then runs in to back elbow. Tenzan adds a clothesline, Taguchi hits a hip attack! Double whip feed to Wato’s scoop, T T D! Cover, Desperado and Kanemaru break it! Taguchi and Tenzan go after them, throw them out, and Wato fires up! Wato goes to the corner, climbs up top, R P P FLOP! Douki Oklahoma Rolls, TWO! La Magistrol, TWO! Wato gets up but Douki HELL STABS! But Wato fires up!
Douki still dodges the roundhouse, Gory Especials, but Wato sunset flips! TWO!! Wato has Douki caught in a BUTTERFLY STRETCH! Douki endures, but he taps! Wato and team win!
Winners: Master Wato, Ryusuke Taguchi & Hiroyoshi Tenzan, by pinfall
The Way of the Grandmaster is victorious, holds on a little longer, but then lets off as Desperado storms back in. Desperado swipes at Wato but Taguchi and Tenzan back him up. Desperado still pie faces Wato, Wato gives it back, and then things turn to hair pulling and mask pulling. The ref tries to keep the peace but it takes Taguchi and Tenzan to break this up. They assure their young ward that waiting for the title match will be worth it. Wato and Desperado are on a collision course, will the Rogue Luchador survive the rising tide?
8 Man Tag: Chaos VS House of Torture!
Hirooki Goto, Yoshi-Hashi, Tomohiro Ishii & Yoh are far from through with Evil, Yujiro Takahashi, Dick Togo & Sho! Will Chaos strike back for WrestleKingdom 16? Or will Darkness Fall again?
The House of Torture Low Sweet, but Chaos attacks first! Yoh is after Sho, Hashi has Yujiro, Goto has Dick and Ishii has Evil! Yoh keeps Sho in while Goto, Hashi and Ishii throw the others out, and the bell rings to get this on record. Ishii CHOPS Evil, Hashi CLUBS Yujiro, Yoh stomps away on Sho, and Goto POSTS Dick! Yoh drags Sho up, but Sho bends Yoh’s fingers! Sho CLUBS the arm, headlocks, but Yoh powers out, only for Sho to pull hair! Sho headlocks, Yoh throws body shots and powers out. Things speed up, Yoh keeps things moving to drop toehold and basement dropkick! Fans fire up and Yoh tags Hashi.
Hashi and Goto get in, they and Yoh hammer Sho down! Yujiro gets in but he gets hammered, too! Evil thinks about it but he stays away. Dick does, too, but Ishii throws Dick in! All four Chaos members surround Dick, but then Dick plays dead! That doesn’t stop them from dragging Dick up and hammering him! Fans fire up as Chaos controls the ring and Evil is furious. Hashi drags Sho out from the corner, CLUBS him and CHOPS him! Hashi brings Sho around, bumps him off buckles, then digs his boot in. Ishii and Goto add on, the ref reprimands and counts, and they all let off at 4. Hashi drags Sho back up but Sho bends the fingers!
Sho whips Hashi to the House of Torture corner, and tada! Evil removes the blue buckle pad! Hashi hits bare steel, Sho hits Yoh off the apron! Sho also knows Goto and Ishii down, Dick chokes Hashi at the ropes, Evil SMACKS Ishii with the blue buckle pad! The ref is busy with everyone else, Dick digs his boots into Hashi. Sho then digs his boots into Hashi while Evil stands on Ishii. Dick tags in, he drags Hashi up to throw hands. Dick drags Hashi up to CLUB him down, then brings him around to snapmare. Dick runs to drop the fist! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up while the House protests. Evil tags in, he drags Hashi up to wrench and wrench and wrench.
Evil whips Hashi into the bare buckles! Hashi staggers and falls, Ishii runs in but he’s send into bare buckles! Evil grins, Sho keeps the ref busy with Ishii and Evil claws Hashi’s eyes! Yujiro tags in, he talks some trash but Hashi throws body shots. Yujiro CLUBS Hashi, snapmares him then runs to basement BOOT! Cover, Yoh breaks it! Yujiro hits Yoh back and sends him out. Sho PENALTY KICKS Yoh from the apron! Yujiro drags Hashi up, but Hashi fires off forearms! Yujiro knees low, puts Hashi on the ropes, and runs but blocks Hashi’s boot! Yujiro throws Hashi down to run and basement boot!
Yujiro drags Hashi back up, fisherman, but Hashi fights free to suplex! Fans fire up while both men are down! Hashi and Yujiro crawl, hot tag to Goto! Goto rallies on the House, but Yujiro kicks low. Yujiro runs, but gets run over! Goto fires off forearms, whips Yujiro to a corner, then runs in to MURAMASA! And BULLDOG! Cover, TWO! Goto drags Yujiro back up but Yujiro breaks free, only to swing into a suplex! Yujiro fights that off by BITING Goto’s hand! The ref reprimands, Yujiro whips but Goto reveres and fireman’s carries! Yujiro slips off, Goto elbows him but Yujiro throws a forearm. Goto forearms back then whips.
Yujiro holds ropes, dodges Goto, and Evil hooks a foot! Yujiro BOOTS Goto down! Tag to Evil, and he has the ref watch Ishii. Evil and Yujiro double whip, but Goto DECKS Evil! DISCUS for Yujiro! Evil kicks and runs but Goto follows to LARIAT! Fans fire up while both men are down! Goto crawls over, hot tag to Ishii! The Stone Pitbull runs in to clothesline the King of Darkness! Evil reverses the whip, kicks and runs but gets run over! Ishii snarls, runs in and clotheslines Evil at the ropes! Ishii whips, Evil reverses, and Sho trips Ishii! Evil runs, but Yoh trips him! Yoh and Sho get in, Yoh dropkicks Sho down!
Evil runs, Yoh feeds him to Ishii’s forearm! Yoh dropkicks, Ishii GERMAN SUPLEXES! Yoh PLANCHAS to take Sho out! Fans fire up, Ishii runs, but Yujiro is there with his pimp cane! Evil waistlocks, Ishii fights the lift, but he runs into Dick’s cheap shot! Evil trips Ishii and gets the legs, SCORPION DEATHLOCK! Fans rally and Yujiro keeps Hashi out but Ishii endures. Ishii fights his way over, ROPEBREAK! Dick tries to make Ishii let go, but Ishii has an iron grip! Dick tags in and stomps away on Ishii! The ref reprimands and counts Evil, Evil lets off at 4. Fans rally for Ishii but Dick keeps stomping. Dick talks trash and kicks Ishii around but fans rally harder.
Dick drags Ishii up, eggs him on, and Ishii reels back, but Dick pokes him in the eye! Dick whips, gets a sleeper, but Ishii powers up. Dick blocks the back suplex with punches, Sho blasts the Chaos corner! The House whips Ishii to a corner, Dick runs in to back elbow! Sho runs in to clothesline, Yujiro runs in to boot! Evil hits a clothesline and FISHERMAN BUSTER! Dick covers, TWO! Fans fire up, but Yujiro distracts the ref and Dick uses the SPOILER CHOKER! Sho has his wrench, but Hashi SUPERKICKS him down! Dick runs at Hashi but Hashi DECKS him! Yujiro kicks Hashi and runs, but into a LARIAT!
Evil returns, kicks Hashi and rakes the eyes! Goto runs in, Evil waistlocks, but Goto ducks for the HIDDEN FLASH SUPERKICK! Fans fire up, Goto and Hashi glare at Dick but he wants them to take it easy. But Yoh is there, too! Yoh EuroUppers, Goto fireman’s carries, Yoh and Hashi DOUBLE SUPERKICK into the USHIGOROSHI! Ishii adds a SLIDING LARIAT! Then Ishii gets Dick up for the BRAINBUSTER!! Cover, Chaos wins!
Winners: Chaos, by pinfall
Direct Drive, Fierce Warrior, Head Hunter and Stone Pitbull combine to break the Spoiler! And they add insult to injury by stomping Dick and throwing him out! Is the House of Torture going to be demolished and lose the NEVER Openweight titles? Or can they find a way to survive Chaos?
Six Man Tag: Kazuchika Okada, Hiroshi Tanahashi & Yuji Nagata VS Los Ingobernables de Japon!
The Rainmaker is IWGP World Heavyweight Champion and The Ace is IWGP United States Heavyweight Champion. But they have Tetsuya Naito and Sanada coming for their gold! Will the dream team and Blue Justice stand tall? Or will Uncontrollable Charisma, Cold Skull and Rampaging Dragon make this golden series tranquilo?
Tanahashi shows off the muscles and fans applaud. The teams sort out, LIJ fist bumps, and Sanada starts against Tanahashi. Fans rally for this US title preview as the two circle. “LET’S GO, ACE!” “SA-NA-DA!” They tie up, Sanada waistlocks but Tanahashi switches. Sanada wrenches but Tanahashi drops to get a leg pick. Tanahashi floats to a facelock but Sanada wrenches out. Tanahashi arm-drags but Sanada drags Tanahashi back down. Sanada keeps on the arm, Tanahashi fights up, but Sanada wrenches. Tanahashi wrenches back and headlocks. Tanahashi thrashes the headlock, Sanada powers up and pries at the hold, but Tanahashi clamps it on tighter.
Sanada endures the grind and throws body shots. Sanada powers up but can’t power out as Tanahashi holds tight. Sanada powers out the back, headlocks Tanahashi in return, and holds on tight as Tanahashi tries to power out. Fans rally up, Tanahashi powers up but Sanada hits a headlock takeover. Tanahashi headscissors, Sanada kips free but roles reverse as Tanahashi hits a headlock takeover and Sanada headscissors. Tanahashi kips free, but then roles switch back the other way as Sanada hits a headlock takeover and Tanahashi headscissors. Sanada kips free, roles reverse again, but Sanada holds tight as Tanahashi tries to kip up.
Fans cheer for the technical exchange, but Tanahashi moves around. Tanahashi headstands and pops free to then get a headlock. Sanada headscissors, Tanahashi kips free, and the two clinch. Tanahashi gets the headlock and the takeover, but Sanada headscissors again. Sanada holds tight again, but Tanahashi turns Sanada over and pops out to have the legs in a figure four. Tanahashi then floats to a headlock, but Sanada fights up to his feet. Tanahashi grinds the headlock, but Sanada wrenches out. They fight for control, and fans fire up as the hold starts to tip one way or another! Sanada gets the headlock takeover, but Tanahashi headscissors, and now Tanahashi holds on tight!
Sanada kicks around, but Tanahashi puts on more pressure. Sanada keeps kicking, turns and headstands but Tanahashi works to keep him down. Sanada hops and hops and handsprings free! Fans cheer the technical exchange as the two stand off. Tanahashi even air guitars. Tanahashi throws it to Sanada, and fans cheer for Sanada to try. Sanada strums it a couple times, then gives it to Red Shoes. Red Shoes carefully sets it aside, and Okada tags in. Sanada backs off and Naito tags in. Fans rally up again, “O-KA-DA!” “NA-I-TO!” and the two tie up. They go around, Naito puts Okada on ropes, but Okada turns things around.
Naito turns it back around, lets off slowly, and then pats Okada on the shoulder. But then Naito arm-drags Okada, only for Okada to get up before Naito can rush over. Fans cheer as the two reset and circle again. they tie up, Naito gets a leg, and then turns it into a cradle! ONE, they move around, ONE, and Okada gets a lateral press. Naito keeps his shoulders up, so Okada lets off slowly, and then scrambles for a waistlock. Naito rolls to get a headlock and he grinds Okada down. Okada fights up, powers Naito to ropes, and Red Shoes calls the ropebreak. Okada lets off slowly, and he doesn’t even fake the chop! Fans cheer as Okada takes Naito seriously.
Okada backs away to tag in Nagata, and fans rally for Blue Justice. Naito tags Takagi and now fans cheer as Blue Justice circles with the Rampaging Dragon. They both fire up, tie up, Nagata headlocks but Takagi powers out and the two ram shoulders! Neither falls, Nagata eggs Takagi on and Takagi runs, to RAM Nagata. Nagata stays up, they each egg the other on to run, so Takagi kicks and whips. Nagata reverses, BOOTS, then snapmares and KICKS! Takagi gets up and eggs Nagata on! Nagata KICKS and KICKS and KICKS Takagi to the corner! Nagata gets Takagi up, whips him corner to corner, but Takagi reverses.
Sanada runs in and back elbows Nagata! He sets Nagata up for Takagi’s corner clothesline! Takagi throws Nagata down, Naito and Sanada double basement dropkick him! Takagi knocks Tanahashi and Okada off the apron and fans rally as LIJ controls the ring! Takagi drags Nagata up, suplexes high and hard, then covers, TWO! Takagi drags Nagata up, Nagata blocks the back suplex with elbows, then he fires elbows. Takagi fires back, and it’s a brawl! Fans rally, Takagi throws more forearms but Nagata KICKS and KICKS and KICKS! Takagi blocks a kick to CLUB the leg! But he runs into an EXPLODER!
Fans rally while both men are down. Nagata tags in Tanahashi! Tanahashi fires off on Takagi, whips, but Takagi reverses, only for Tanahashi to FLYING FOREARM! Tanahashi decks Naito and Sanada, dodges Takagi and dropkicks a leg out! Then he gives Takagi a DRAGON SCREW! Fans fire up with the Ace as he runs at Takagi. Takagi ducks the slingblade but Tanahashi denies the suplex. But Takagi ELBOWs, JABS, and YUKON feints to DDT! Hot tag to Sanada! Sanada rallies on Tanahashi, arm-drag and back suplex BACKBREAKER! Tanahashi bails out, Sanada PLANCHAS! Fans fire up and Sanada encourages them to get louder.
Sanada puts Tanahashi in the ring, covers, TWO! Fans rally up, “SA-NA-DA!” “LET’S GO, ACE!” Sanada fireman’s carries, but Tanahashi fights free. Sanada ducks the shotei to steal the SHOTEI! Sanada fires off forearms, but Tanahashi ducks the rolling elbow to a SLEEPER! Then a DRAGON SLEEPER! But Sanada fights it to a dragon sleeper of his own! Tanahashi fights through to TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! Tanahashi holds on to drag Sanada up, but Sanada suplexes and puts Tanahashi on the ropes. Tanahashi kicks away to hit TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! Fans fire up while both men are down! Hot tag to Okada!
Okada drags Sanada up, fires off forearms, then whips. Sanada reverses, but Okada CLOBBERS him with an elbow! Okada glares at Naito but he stays on the outside. Okada whips Sanada corner to corner but Sanada dropkicks Okada’s legs out! Okada grabs at Sanada but Sanada still tags Naito in! Naito fires off on Okada, whips him to ropes, then hip tosses for the basement dropkick! Naito whips Okada to a corner, ROCKET KICK! Leg sweep, COMBINACION CABRON! Takagi DECKS Nagata, Naito puts Okada up top. Naito climbs, SUPER STEINER! Fans fire up as Okada flounders. Naito runs in, CORRIENDO SHIKI- MONEY CLIP!
Okada squeezes tight but Naito endures! Naito powers Okada into buckles and is free! Naito runs in, but into the Alabama lift and REVERSE NECKBREAKER! Fans rally up, Okada drags Naito up. Okada gut wrenches but Naito blocks! Naito CLUBS Okada, Okada uppercuts! Okada whips, Naito jumps, but into a waistlock! Okada ripcords, Naito dodges, but Okada DROPKICKS! Ripcord, but Naito ducks to ENZIGURI! Okada staggers, Naito whips, but Okada reverses. Naito reverses back and uses the ropes, TORNADO DDT! Both men are down and fans fire up again! Hot tag to Nagata! Nagata storms up to Naito and KICKS and KICKS and KICKS!
Nagata has Naito in a corner and whips him corner to corner. Nagata runs in to BOOT! Naito fights the exploder off, but Nagata ROCKS him with a forearm! BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up, “NA-GA-TA!” “NA-I-TO!” Nagata drags Naito up, suplexes, but Naito fights free. Naito wrenches to throw back elbow after back elbow! But Nagata hits a kitchen sink knee! Nagata drags Naito back up, suplexes, uno amigo! Another suplex, dos amigos! Nagata gets Naito up again, THREE AMIGOS! Cover, TWO!! But Nagata clamps on the NAGATA LOCK II! Tanahashi DECKS Takagi while Naito endures!
Takagi gets past Tanahashi to CLUB Nagata, but then Okada CLUBS Takagi! But Takagi spins Okada around, suplex SLAM! Tanahashi returns, Takagi dodges the basement dropkick to SLIDING LARIAT! Nagata is up, Takagi hits an ELBOW! JAB! YUKON LARIAT! Fans fire up as LIJ regroups! Sanada and Takagi whip him to a corner, Sanada uppercuts, Takagi clotheslines and Naito atomic drops! PUMPING BOMBER! Rolling jackknife! TWO!?! Nagata escapes, but Sanada and Takagi keep Okada and Tanahashi down on the outside. Naito wrenches but Nagata fights with back hands. Nagata BOOTS then ENZIGURIS!
Fans fire up as Nagata whips, but Naito hits FLYING FOREARMS! Naito gets Nagata up, wrenches through, DESTINO!! Cover, LIJ wins!
Winners: Los Ingobernables de Japon, by pinfall
Blue Justice falls as the ungovernables stand tall! Takagi gets Naito water while Sanada stares down with Tanahashi. Will the Cold Skull have a leg up on The Ace going into their US Heavyweight Championship? Or can Tanahashi turn it around in the rest of this Golden Series? Tanahashi, Okada and Nagata leave, so Naito gets the mic. “Beunas noches, Korakuen Hall! It might be awhile, but please listen to what I have to say. Last February, I was opposed to the unification of the IWGP Heavyweight and Intercontinental titles. I worked to try to stop it. But I lost my challenge to Ibushi and now we have the IWGP World title.”
Naito will be honest, he has no attachment to the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship. So why is he challenging for this title? He has three reasons: first, he wants to take on the top guy in NJPW, and that is Okada; second, he wants to beat the top guy in NJPW; third, he wants to be in the Tokyo Dome main event next year, January 4th, 2023. Fans cheer all those reasons. Naito says that, “For nobody’s benefit other than my own, I will go for the win in Sapporo.” Now, today obviously begins a new series, and there will be several warm-ups between Naito and Okada.
“Who will have the title after February 20th? Everyone, speculate, enjoy, and of course, until the title match in Sapporo on February 20… TRANQUILO! Assen na yo!” Now, they’ll see everyone here back tomorrow, but they’ll end the kickoff the only proper way they can. “Bushi, Sanada, Hiromu, Takagi, y Naito. Nosotros Los! Ingoberrrrrrnables! DE! JA! PON!” The New Years Golden Series has only just begun, but will it end with Naito taking the world title from the Rainmaker?
A great event here, even though I did skip the first few matches. The very first two were against Young Lions so of course Khan and Hiromu were winning. But I did skim through, it was pretty neat for Hiromu to wrestle in his old Kamaitachi mask just to make a point about the Young Lion not being ready. I also skipped Togi Makabe & Tiger Mask VS Taiji & Jado cuz Jado is basically one step up from Young Lion and he ended up taking the loss. But there were a lot of great tag matches here to get momentum going from after WrestleKingdom 16. Suzuki-Gun losing both Six Man Tags was surprising, but it gives Yano some momentum going towards a KOPW match with Suzuki, and I liked seeing some edge in Wato as he gets ready to face Desperado.
Chaos VS House of Torture was on par with the usual NJPW 8 Man. Chaos winning is also a good way to give them momentum as we’re going to get WrestleKingdom rematches for the NEVER Openweight singles and Six Man titles. I don’t know if Evil is only going to be Mr. NEVER for only a couple months, but at this point, he might as well keep that going until Jay White returns and we can finally get Bullet Club Civil War take two going. Then the Six Man main event was really good, we got to see everybody face everybody, and LIJ gets momentum for their coming title matches.
Naito has a good promo to frame his role in the IWGP World title story, but he himself said there will be a lot of these Six Man tune-ups. I probably won’t worry about covering these next few dates, they’re going to be VOD only anyway and those always seem to take forever to show up. I’ve already skimmed through the coming Golden Series dates, and it’s rather fitting that February 7th is the next one NJPW is advertising for livestream. That’s the one I’m thinking of waiting for, and then it’s all the February events, even just in part like I did here.
My Score: 8.5/10
Andrew’s IMPACT Results & Match Ratings: 1.20.2022
We’re coming to the end of their first set of tapings. So I wonder what IMPACT has cooked up since the Florida tapings are supposed to have a few Bullet Club favorites. Let’s find out!
We’re coming to the end of their first set of tapings. So I wonder what IMPACT has cooked up since the Florida tapings are supposed to have a few Bullet Club favorites. Let’s find out!
Another week with Tom Hannifan as the play by play, and he just sounds right. We’ve got Charlie Haas’ first match in IMPACT, Tasha Steelz versus Chelsea Green and Steve Maclin is aiming for the ROH Heavyweight Title.
There should be other things, but those take most of the initial attention. Let’s see what else goes on!
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) January 21, 2022
- Tasha Steelz w/Savannah Evans vs Chelsea Green: Tasha wins via Crucifix Bomb – **
- The Influence (Tenille Dashwood & Madison Rayne) w/Kaleb vs Decay (Havok & Rosemary): Influence wins via Kiss Kiss Bang Bang – *
- The Learning Tree (Zicky Dice & VSK) w/Brian Myers vs Massive Cassidy: Cassidy wins via BQE – SQUASH
- ROH Heavyweight Title: Steve Maclin vs Jonathan Gresham (c): Gresham retains via Rope Assisted Figure Four – *** ½
- Doc Gallow & Joe Doering w/Karl Anderson & VBD vs Heath & Rhino: Gallows & Doering win via Double Chokeslam – **
- Charlie Haas vs Josh Alexander: Alexander wins via Ankle Lock w/Grapevine – *** ¼
Tasha Steelz w/Savannah Evans vs Chelsea Green
Tasha is jawing with the crowd as the bell rings, Chelsea goes right at her and hits the Shotgun Dropkick as Tasha is turning to face her opponent. Chelsea stays on the offensive, baits Tasha to the apron, drops her on her face, Curb Stomp, attempt at an Unprettier…but no counter into a Codebreaker from Tasa and we see Chelsea’s momentum slow down a little.
After some back and forth with Tasha having a lot of advantage, Chelsea makes her comeback. Chelsea hits a middle rope Crossbody but Tasha continues to rotate and rolls it into a pin attempt. Chelsea kicks out and pulls off a Package Flatliner, but only for a near fall. Chelsea goes to grab Tasha, Tasha kicks her to stun her, looks to get caught in a Crucifix, but turns it into a Crucifix Bomb. Tasha picks up the win with the Crucifix Bomb again.
After the win, Tasha cuts a promo that doesn’t seem to really fit. Trying to portray herself as a savage, from the wrong side of town, but she’s a smack talking 5 foot nothing brat. So the second half of the promo works a lot better than the first. She also took some shots at WWE’s women’s division being Barbie Dolls, NWA, Nick Aldis and then brought the son into the mix, so of course that got Mickie fired up. Things look bad for Mickie, but Chelsea Green manages to recover and make the save for Mickie.
Video Package courtesy of Ring of Honor showcasing some of Charlie Haas’ work with Shelton Benjamin and CM Punk involved in certain clips.
The Influence (Tenille Dashwood & Madison Rayne) w/Kaleb vs Decay (Havok & Rosemary)
The Influence attack while Havok and Rosemary are distracted by Kaleb. Rosemary clutches her shoulder after the mugging, the doctors throw up the X and tell her she can’t go. Rosemary asks if Havok can go, the doctor says yes, so Rosemary tells Havok to go destroy the Influence.
Havok put up a valiant fight but the heels prevail! Cross Rayne into a Spotlight Kick into…whatever their tandem finish is called. I’m going to call it Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.
The IInspiration have a reactionary video promo which is pretty solid. I do enjoy their work. Hopefully their match ends up being pretty solid because I’d like to see The IInspiration start getting over their abilities in the ring as much as their abilities on the mic.
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) January 21, 2022
The Learning Tree (Zicky Dice & VSK) w/Brian Myers vs Massive Cassidy
The highlight of this match is Hannifan and Myers on commentary. There was a like 4 second spot where the Learning Tree landed a move, but then Cassidy kills them. So we’re in and out, double Pinfall murder happened.
Post-Match the Massive one goes on his search for Moose, D’Amore stops him in the back and says he’s got a title shot coming. Then we see the OGK ROH invaders have tickets this time around, and I’m going to be sick saying this…but Matt Taven is pretty great in this segment. Jesus Christ, I popped for Taven. Shoot me now.
ROH Heavyweight Title: Steve Maclin vs Jonathan Gresham (c)
Early on it looked like Gresham was toying with Maclin as he forced early rope breaks, but Maclin returned the forced rope breaks in kind. Maclin eventually started coming into his own when he utilized the one closed fist warning rule. Maclin really worked over Gresham’s back after a Butterfly Backbreaker, Boston Crab, Camel Clutch, and a lot of back work.
Gresham was really on the back foot until he managed to force Maclin to use his final rope break. Then we saw Gresham hyper extend Maclin’s knee, and keeps working on the knee. It all made sense as we saw Gresham utilize the Figure Four for the victory. It was entwined in the ropes, Gresham used it for leverage and Maclin’s will power gave out as he couldn’t get his shoulders up fast enough and succumbed to the three count.
IMPACTPlus Flashback Moment: No Surrender 2009: Sarita & Taylor Wilde vs The Beautiful People – Innaugural TNA Knockouts Tag Team Championship Match
"We're gonna see ourselves out"
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) January 21, 2022
Doc Gallow & Joe Doering w/Karl Anderson & VBD vs Heath & Rhino
So Good Brothers and VBD looked really sloppy. Gallows got rocked by Rhino, Doering was caught off guard often by Heath and there was just a ton of odd moments where it looked like they tried to regroup and until we saw the extra members get involved, Heath and Rhino dominated the legitimate tag team aspects.
I’m wondering exactly how much of a shift the Guerrillas of Destiny will have in the tag scene and if we’ll need to see the Good Brother and VBD implode first before we get the Bullet Club foundation match.
Charlie Haas vs Josh Alexander
They start with a classic grounded start with headlocks, hammerlocks, leg picks and positioning advantages. Alexander managed to take some early momentum before the commercial break, but when we come back we see Haas pop over out of the corner, striking Alexander’s knee and starts focusing a body part. A very methodical attack on knee comes off far more aggressive and cruel than Haas usually goes for. Haas locks in the Indian Deathlock, and they begin slugging at each other. The hold breaks, Alexander goes for the Finlay Roll but Haas counters into a Crucifix Cradle for 2.
Alexander locks in the German Suplex, hits 2, obviously going for 3 to make a point, but Haas blocks the third. Haas pulls off 2, before Alexander blocks and hits one more German before Haas grabs the ropes, feeds in for a lariat but gets caught in another German Suplex this time with the bridge but only for 2.
Haas manages to charge Alexander in the corner, stumbled a bit but lands in the legs that he’s been aiming for, and then goes back to the other corner and hits the mid-section. Haas looks for a leg pick, Alexander counters into his own Ankle Lock. Charlie tries to counter it a few different ways but Alexander holds on and locks in the Ankle Lock with the Grapevine so Haas taps out.
Things moved a little too quickly, so it was alright but could’ve been better. After the match they shake hands and the ROH invaders hit the ring. Haas, Alexander, Chris Sabin comes in, then Rich Swann and Willie Mack, Heath and Rhino…finally Eddie Edwards hits the ring with a kendo stick and drives the ROH guys out.
Overall Score: 6.25/10
I think Maria named the invading stable as Honor No More, so I suppose for like a Pop Punk or Emo band that sounds cool…but it’s a bit dumb for a faction name. Can’t really chant it, the abbreviation is dumb, H.N.M. sounds like a clothing company, but I guess this is them distancing themselves from ROH.
Either way, this was kind of a janky episode. The matches weren’t great, a lot of stories were touched upon but left wide open, and the next major event being No Surrender on Feb. 19th, feels like a lot of time to fill. So maybe it was just a little too redundant, maybe it was also that the general match quality was down to further storyline angles…not sure. This still wasn’t bad, just definitely felt extremely lacking.
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