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Mitchell’s NJPW Summer Struggle Osaka Report! (7/22/21)

LIJ VS Tekkers, round one!



NJPW Summer Struggle Osaka

Osaka heats up, but will it Tranquilo?

NJPW returns to Osaka, and Los Ingobernables de Japon is all over it! Will Bushi, Takagi, Sanada y Naito ALL be victorious?

NOTE: NJPW no longer wants to feed AXS TV now that it is with Anthem and Impact Wrestling. But never fear, I will cover NJPW in the spirit of AXS in providing the most important matches of the show.


  • Shingo Takagi & BUSHI VS Kota Ibushi Tomoaki Honma & Master Wato; Takagi & Bushi win.
  • SANADA VS Zack Sabre Jr; double pinfall draw.
  • Tetsuya Naito VS Taichi; Taichi wins.


Awful news for NJPW!

It’s another awful development for the Golden Star as he has been diagnosed with aspiration pneumonia! On behalf of everyone here at the Chairshot, I hope Kota Ibushi a strong, speedy recovery. Unfortunately, if he must miss Wrestle Grand Slam Tokyo for the sake of his health, then it is best he not push himself. But card subject to change, the show must go on!


Shingo Takagi & BUSHI VS Tomoaki Honma & Master Wato!

With the big title match in question, the Dragon will still prepare as if he were to face Kota Ibushi in Tokyo. Will he and Black Mask take down the substituting Kokeshi and the Way of the Grandmaster?

The teams sort out, Wato steps up and so does Bushi. Fans cheer and rally up as the two circle. They tie up, Wato trips Bushi then runs. Bushi drops, hurdles, Wato leaps, but Wato also ducks and dodges to RANA Bushi down! Wato swings on Takagi but Takagi doesn’t even budge! Wato hits Takagi again, still nothing, and Takagi ROCKS Wato. Wato dropkicks Takagi down! Bushi kicks Wato, things speed up again, Wato back elbows, back hands and sobats! Wato drags Bushi up, drags him over but Bushi gets away before Honma tags in. Honma wants Takagi! Bushi obliges and Takagi tags in! Fans cheer as the Dragon gets in and circles with Honma.

Takagi and Honma tie up, are in a deadlock, but Takagi uses leverage to get Honma on ropes. The ref calls for the ropebreak and Takagi lets off, but Honma blocks the cheap chop! Honma fires off forearms, clamps on a headlock, and holds on as Takagi tries to power out. Honma grinds the hold, Takagi fights with body shots and gets free. Honma bumps Takagi but Takagi rebounds to run Honma over! Takagi steps on Honma, flexes, then drops an elbow! And another! Then drops a back senton but FLOPS as Honma moves! Honma CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS Takagi to a corner. Honma whips corner to corner, runs in and back elbows, to then BULLDOG!

Fans fire up as Honma runs, but Takagi avoids the falling headbutt! Bushi runs in to DECK Wato and then goes out after him. Takagi throws elbows into Honma’s shoulders while Bushi whips Wato hard into railing. BACK SENTON! Takagi hits his target this time, and then he brings Honma up. Takagi bumps Honma off buckles, RAMS his shoulder into Honma again and again, then lets off. Honma kicks back, kicks again, but Takagi stays up. Honma BOOTS Takagi but Takagi double CHOPS! Takagi reels Honma in to suplex high and hard! Fans cheer as Takagi covers, TWO! Honma stays in this but Takagi tags in Bushi.

Bushi stomps Honma, kicks him, but Honma eggs him on. Bushi bumps Honma off buckles, brings him around and CHOPS! Honma growls so Bushi CHOPS more and more! Bushi brings Honma back around to knee low, then he goes up and leaps to missile dropkick! Bushirooni! Takagi gets in to BLAST Wato off the apron, then LIJ gets Honma up. Bushi puts Honma in a corner, he and Takagi double whip corner to corner, then Takagi runs in. Honma dodges, Bushi kicks him and holds him, but Honma boots Takagi! Honma spins around to reel Bushi in, Takagi runs in but Honma catches him, too! DDT COMPLETE SHOT COMBO! Fans rally up as all three men are down!

Honma crawls, Wato is back, hot tag to Wato! Wato aims, springboards in, FLYING UPPERCUT to Bushi! Takagi knees low, runs, but into a calf kick from Wato! Takagi bails out, Wato builds speed, TORNILLO onto Bushi! Wato gets Bushi up and in, fans rally up and Wato stands Bushi up for a strike fest. Wato KICKS Bushi down, drags him back up and whips him to ropes. Tilt-o-whirl BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Wato keeps his cool as Bushi survives, and Wato drags Bushi up. Wato wrenches, reels Bushi in, but no Mouse Trap! Bushi ducks a roundhouse, Wato blocks one kick and ducks the enziguri, but the heel kick connects!

Wato comes back but swings into a spin, and Bushi gets the FISHERMAN SCREW! Both men are down and fans fire up again. Wato and Bushi crawl, Bushi tags to Takagi. Takagi runs at Wato in the corner to clothesline! Feed to Bushi’s ENZIGURI! Takagi gets Wato up, Bushi runs in, SPINEBUSTER BACKSTABBER COMBO! Takagi sits Wato up to run, SLIDING LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Wato survives but Takagi drags Wato up, Honma sends Bushi into railing, Takagi hits a BIG back suplex! Cover, Honma breaks it just in time! Honma gets Takagi up and the two stare down. Honma throws forearms but Takagi eggs him on.

Fans rally as Honma throws more forearms, Takagi grits his teeth and fires boxing elbows back! Takagi whips Honma and KNEES him at the ropes. Takagi runs, into a FLYING HEADBUTT! Honma knocks Bushi off the apron then gets Wato up. They coordinate on Takagi, double whip but Takagi holds ropes to DOUBLE PUMPING BOMBER! Takagi gets Wato up, NOSHIGAMI! Cover, TWO! Wato survives but Takagi says he’s not done, either! “OI! OI! OI!” Fans rally with Takagi as he runs at the corner, corner clothesline! Takagi keeps moving, Wato dodges, pop-up to RANA! Cover, TWO! Takagi escapes, Wato rolls him, again, TWO!! Wato hurries to BUZZSAW Takagi down!

Fans fire up as Wato fires off more kicks. Takagi JABS, Wato BACK HANDS! Wato runs but Takagi follows to clothesline him at ropes! Takagi runs, Wato follows and dodges, but Takagi hits PUMPING BOMBER!! Cover, Takagi & Bushi win!

Winners: Shingo Takagi & Bushi, by pinfall

Wato couldn’t withstand that full speed Pumping Bomber and the Dragon is red hot! But with Kota Ibushi’s health a concern, will we have to wait a little longer for them to slug it out?


SANADA VS Zack Sabre Jr!

The Cold Skull and Uncontrollable Charisma are the NEW IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions, but it seems the former champions aren’t going away just yet. Takagi & Bushi just won, can Sanada keep this LIJ rally going?

The bell rings and fans rally as ZSJ oddly offers a handshake. Sanada is wary, but fans clap that he should accept. Sanada accepts, and surprisingly, it is a clean handshake. The two circle, feel things out, tie up, and ZSJ headlocks. Sanada puts ZSJ on ropes, Red Shoes calls for the ropebreak, and Sanada lets off clean. They go again, feeling out the grapple. ZSJ waistlocks, puts Sanada on ropes, but lets off even before Red Shoes brings up the ropebreak. ZSJ and Sanada go again, ZSJ gets around to a full nelson but Sanada spins through, only for ZSJ to snapmare. ZSJ runs but Sanada table tops him to go after a leg. ZSJ rolls, gets up, and cravats.

Sanada breaks free, ZSJ gets the cravat again, but Sanada arm-drags free. ZSJ gets up and evades the arm-drag! Fans cheer as ZSJ grins and Sanada gets back up. They reset, circle again, feel things out, and knuckle lock. ZSJ wrenches, steps over to trap the arm, and then cravats. ZSJ snapmares, wraps on a straitjacket, and this has become a signature exchange of the two as Sanada gets up. Sanada tries to get out but ZSJ changes it up, he ripcords and whips Sanada, only for Sanada to reverse the whip. ZSJ goes up but Sanada snapmares him. Sanada runs into a headlock, powers out but ZSJ catches him for a cobra twist! Fans cheer, but Sanada hip tosses free!

Sanada reaches down, ZSJ bridges up to cravat and snapmare! Sanada handsprings through, but ZSJ fakes him out to go for a schoolboy. Sanada sits on the roll-up, but ZSJ sunset flips! Sanada rolls through to high stack but ZSJ headscissors that to a cover. Sanada keeps rolling to sunset ZSJ but ZSJ rolls through to jackknife! Sanada rolls through to go for the legs, but ZSJ avoids Paradise by popping Sanada into a sunset! Sanada kicks ZSJ down, this is a double cover! ONE as both men get a shoulder up! The shoulders come down again, so it’s a double cover again! ONE as the other shoulders come up! Back to a double cover, TWO as both men get both arms up!

Fans cheer the impressive core strength and both men scramble away. ZSJ and Sanada think the other was closer to losing that one but fans rally up, “SA-NA-DA!” “Z S J!” Sanada and ZSJ reset, feel things out again, and knuckle lock. ZSJ rolls to wrench and wristlock and he wrangles Sanada down. ZSJ bends fingers while digging a knee into Sanada’s head. ZSJ uses his head to get leverage but Sanada gets up. ZSJ wrenches the wrist more, but Sanada stays on his feet. Sanada rolls, handsprings, cartwheels and handsprings to WRING ZSJ! ZSJ reaches up to headscissor and drag Sanada down, but Sanada kips free to arm-drag ZSJ!

ZSJ headscissors again and holds tighter! Sanada has to kip a couple more times to get free, he arm-drags ZSJ again, but again ZSJ headscissors Sanada down! Sanada is caught again and fans cheer this new exchange. ZSJ squeezes tight, Sanada fights up and around but ZSJ pushes up for leverage. ZSJ digs elbows into Sanada’s back, but Sanada hops and hops and handsprings free! Fans cheer and ZSJ keeps cool as he and Sanada reset again. ZSJ and Sanada circle, feel this out again, and double knuckle lock. ZSJ rolls, gets a foot and trips Sanada up to a toehold. Sanada endures, ZSJ traps the leg but Sanada gets a body scissors.

ZSJ endures a squeeze now but he pushes back to a deep cover, ONE as Sanada pushes ZSJ back. ZSJ pries at the feet but Sanada makes it a body scissor clutch, ONE! ZSJ pushes back again, TWO! Sanada shakes his head, saying that won’t work. ZSJ uses his own leg to pry the hold but Sanada rolls over to a clutch again, ONE! ZSJ still works on the legs, pushes back yet again, TWO! ZSJ is free and has a toehold, Sanada turns over but ZSJ blocks his escape and ties up the legs! ZSJ Bow ‘n’ Arrows but Sanada pops free to cover! TWO!! ZSJ gets up but Sanada blocks the boot. ZSJ EuroUppers and runs but Sanada dropkicks ZSJ’s legs out!

Fans fire up as ZSJ bails out and Sanada catches his breath. Sanada goes out to fetch ZSJ, gets the leg and wraps it around railing! ZSJ fights back with fish hooks but Sanada shrugs him off. Sanada lets go of the leg to BOOT the railing into it! ZSJ falls over and Sanada paces. Red Shoes checks on ZSJ but he’s okay to continue so Sanada brings him back up. Sanada puts ZSJ in the ring, fans cheer, but ZSJ hurries to ropes for safety. Sanada gets ZSJ up, gets the leg, and hits a SHINBREAKER! ZSJ writhes and rolls to ropes on the far side, but Sanada drags ZSJ back. Sanada rolls to tweak the legs, does it again, then ties the legs up in a figure four knot.

ZSJ endures as Sanada pulls on figure four. ZSJ turns over but Sanada stomps the leg, then SMASHES the knee into the mat! Sanada watches as ZSJ clutches his leg. Sanada gets the leg again but ZSJ stands up out of the smash! ZSJ gets an arm to WRING Sanada into the mat! Fans cheer while ZSJ catches his breath. Sanada writhes and rolls to the apron and out of the ring. ZSJ pursues, gets Sanada up and wraps the bad arm around railing! ZSJ BOOTS the railing like Sanada did! Then he hammerlocks and STOMPS the arm into the floor! Red Shoes has ZSJ back off to check on Sanada. ZSJ gets in the ring to rest while Sanada clutches his arm.

A ring count starts as fans rally “SA-NA-DA! SA-NA-DA!” The count reaches 7 of 20 before Sanada sits up, and 10 before he stands. Sanada gets up at 15 of 20, grits his teeth and hurries in at 18! But ZSJ is right after him and the bad arm! ZSJ isolates and STOMPS the arm again! Sanada writhes and rolls but ZSJ gets a knuckle lock. ZSJ steps over the arm for a Disarmer, pulls back and twists the wrist! He bends the fingers, tweaks the wrist, hammerlocks with his legs, and then gets the other arm to pull it way back! Sanada manages a ropebreak with his legs! ZSJ lets go clean, drags Sanada up, but Sanada rolls to trip ZSJ to a toehold.

ZSJ fights back with fish hooks but Sanada shrugs that off. ZSJ slips out of the toehold to get the bad arm. Sanada clasps hands but ZSJ pries the fingers apart. ZSJ pulls the arm, Sanada endures and fights up to his feet. Sanada reaches for ropes but ZSJ wrangles him back down! Sanada keeps moving around as fans rally back up. Sanada rolls, floats, but ZSJ avoids the facelock to hammerlock the arm! ZSJ clamps down on the shoulder, Sanada endures and fights back up, and Sanada slips around, but ZSJ slips back to keep the hammerlock. ZSJ chinbars, drags Sanada down with the hammerlock, and grinds the shoulder more.

Sanada fights back up again, reaches for ropes as he runs around, but uses that momentum to throw ZSJ out of the ring! Fans cheer while ZSJ sits up. Sanada shakes out the bad arm, aims, and PLANCHAS! Direct hit and Sanada gets the fans cheering louder! And louder! Sanada is satisfied with that and gets ZSJ back up into the ring. Cover, TWO! Sanada gets ZSJ up, fireman’s carries, but ZSJ fights to wrench, but Sanada avoids the Pele to STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Sanada is annoyed but the fans rally up again. ZSJ and Sanada go to opposite corners, Sanada runs in corner to corner but ZSJ boots him!

ZSJ runs to sunset flip, Sanada rolls through, and he has the legs! ZSJ fights Paradise off to omoplata ARM TWIST! Sanada is down, clutching the shoulder. Fans rally up again as ZSJ sits up. ZSJ kicks at Sanada, pushing him towards ropes. Sanada gets to a corner, ZSJ kicks the bad arm. Sanada dropkicks the bad leg out! Both men are down and fans cheer. ZSJ sits up to give kicks, but Sanada basement dropkicks ZSJ back down! ZSJ gets to ropes, Sanada slowly rises, and fans rally again. ZSJ pushes up, even with the bad leg. He gets Sanada’s bad arm, wrenches, wristlocks, double wristlocks, then just wrenches the arm again. ZSJ tortures Sanad’s arm from fingers to shoulder!

Sanada stays standing, but ZSJ wrenches, wrangles, and isolates the arm! Sanada avoids the stomp, gets the bad leg, and DRAGON SCREWS ZSJ down! Both men are down now as each clutches their bad limb. Sanada gets up, drags ZSJ to a drop zone and then climbs a corner, ROUNDING BODY KNEES! ZSJ saves himself, omoplatas the bad arm, and gets the far arm! Not quite Far Away From Home as Sanada scrambles for ropes! Sanada reaches out to get a ropebreak with a foot! ZSJ lets go fast but is frustrated that Sanada survives. Fans rally up again as Sanada gets to the apron. ZSJ pursues, gets Sanada up and wrenches the arm, but Sanada throws forearms! ZSJ PELES the arm!

Sanada gets the leg through ropes! DRAGON SCREW! Sanada gets back in, gets the leg and FIGURE FOURS! ZSJ scrambles and gets the ropebreak! Sanada holds on but Red Shoes undoes the hold. Fans still rally as ZSJ and Sanada are down, resting their bad limbs. ZSJ sits up, scoots after Sanada and Sanada gets him up. Sanada EuroUppers, ZSJ EuroUppers back! Fans cheer as Sanada catches his breath. Sanada comes back with another EuroUpper, but so does ZSJ! Sanada EuroUppers, ZSJ EuroUppers, and we have a EuroUpper brawl! Sanada ROCKS ZSJ with a EuorUpper, ZSJ ROCKS Sanada right back!

Sanada EuroUppers again, but so does ZSJ. They go again and Sanada knocks ZSJ down with one! ZSJ gets up but Sanada gives him more EuroUppers! ZSJ catches one to backslide, but then spins to a scoop! Sanada slips out to dragon sleeper, but ZSJ breaks free! Sanada waistlocks, they go to ropes, Sanada rolls ZSJ back to an O’Conner Roll! But ZSJ rolls through to O’Conner! TWO!! Fans fire up as Sanada fireman’s carries, throws ZSJ into a dragon sleeper, but ZSJ rolls through to EuroClutch! But Sanada slips out to the O’Conner Roll with bridge! TWO!! ZSJ narrowly escapes but Sanada trips, steps through, but ZSJ small packages, TWO!!

Fans fire up more as Sanada and ZSJ go again. ZSJ dodges the dropkick, Sanada blocks the Penalty Kick! Sanada gets up, and DRAGON SCREWS! Fans fire up again as Sanada goes to the corner and up top! ROUNDING BODY PRESS to ZSJ’s legs! Sanada steps through, ZSJ pops him down to a Euro-NO! Sanada chicken wings the arms for a Tiger Plex Bridge! But ZSJ pushes Sanada down with his feet, it’s a DOUBLE COVER, DOUBLE THREE COUNT!!?

Double Pinfall Draw

Red Shoes explains it, as ZSJ thought he got a shoulder up while pushing Sanada down! Sanada argues that ZSJ was still down! ZSJ says “USO! (LIES!)” ZSJ says he won! Well, Red Shoes’ word is final, this was a draw! The fans cheer, they never expected that! But the arguing continues, each man saying the other lost. But then they shove each other, and Sanada drags ZSJ down to a cradle! ZSJ rocks it back, it’s like the match is still going! Red Shoes tells them to stop, none of this matters! The Young Lions get them to separate! ZSJ demands they use replay, Sanada says ZSJ should just accept it. But then ZSJ rushes Sanada, and they go back and forth with sunset flips/prawn holds!

Again the Young Lions back these two off, and both men are adamant about who won and who lost. The two finally leave ringside, also arguing who gets to go up the ramp as the winner. If this is how close it was 1v1, just how much closer will it be when they’re 2v2?


Tetsuya Naito VS Taichi!

Well, it’s hard to say what the batting average for LIJ is tonight, but in the end, their charismatic leader steps up to the plate! Will he hit it out of the park like Takagi & Bushi? Will he end up in a draw like Sanada? Or will he completely strike out against the Sliest Wrestler in the World?

Both men take their time with their elaborate entrance attire, and Taichi shows off the dancing pecs. Taichi also mocks how Naito holds the title belt with how he holds his towel. Naito finally finishes with putting his things away, the fans cheer, and the bell rings. Naito mocks Taichi fishing his hair as the fans rally up, “NA-I-TO! NA-I-TO!” Taichi and Naito circle, but both men wait on the other to make a move. Neither does, so they circle again. They still wait on the other, back off again, and circle. Finally the two tie up and Naito puts Taichi on ropes. Red Shoes calls for the break, Naito lets off cleanly and the fans cheer.

Taichi and Naito reset again, tie up again, and again Naito puts Taichi on ropes. Taichi is taking it easy, Naito lets off, and Taichi applauds with the fans. Naito and Taichi circle more, tie up a third time, and Naito pulls Taichi along so that it looks like Taichi’s putting Naito on the ropes! Taichi is confused, but he lets off with a shoulder pat. Then he kicks low, clubs away on Naito’s back, and whips. Naito holds ropes, boots Taichi then runs to RANA Taichi down! Fans cheer as Taichi bails out and Naito builds speed. Naito fakes Taichi out, but then even fakes Tranquilo to WRECK Taichi with a dropkick! Taichi crashes into railing at commentary! Naito Tranquilos on the apron!

Naito then goes out and stomps Taichi down! Naito drags Taichi up, whips him hard into railing, and Taichi flounders to the floor. Naito heads over, drags Taichi back up, and he RAMS Taichi into the railing in front of commentary! Naito grinds Taichi into the railing with a cravat, right in front of Milano Collection! Taichi flails, reaches out, but there’s nothing to stop this! The ring count begins, Naito CLUBS Taichi down at 7 of 20 then goes back in at 11. Taichi sputters and we reach 15! Taichi gets up at 16, in at 18! Naito is after Taichi at the ropes, and chokes him on the bottom one! Red Shoes counts, Naito lets off and paces.

Naito drags Taichi up, snapmares Taichi and then holds onto the cravat to wrench the neck. Taichi endures, pulls Naito’s hair, but Naito cranks on the cravat. Taichi scoots around, Naito floats to a cover, TWO! Naito keeps Taichi down with a chinlock but Taichi throws hands from below. Taichi reaches out and get a ropebreak with a leg. Naito lets off only to bring Taichi up and CLUB away on his back! Naito gets the cravat again, puts Taichi in a corner, but Taichi throws body shots. Naito whips corner to corner then runs in, but Taichi avoids the rocket kick to GAMANGIRI! Fans cheer as both men are down.

Naito checks his face while going to the apron. Fans rally up again, “NA-I-TO!” “TA-I-CHI!” Taichi and Naito both bail out of the ring and Taichi goes around the way to fetch Naito. Taichi whips Naito hard into railing! Taichi drags Naito up, and whips him hard into more railing! Naito gets stuck on the railing, Taichi brings him back down and uses camera cables to choke him! Red Shoes reprimands, Taichi acts like nothing’s wrong, so Red Shoes counts. Taichi lets go with one hand, but chokes with the other. Red Shoes counts again, Taichi lets go of Naito but stomps him down. The ring count begins, Taichi brings Naito up at 7 of 20, and puts him in at 10 of 20.

Fans cheer as this continues in the ring, and Taichi CHOKES Naito inside of the chinlock! Red Shoes can tell, so Taichi lets off. Taichi drags Naito up, and chokes him inside the headlock! Taichi STO’s Naito down, and still chokes him! Red Shoes reprimands but Taichi insists it’s a type of pin! Red Shoes doesn’t fall for that at all and counts, but Taichi lets off. Taichi says if Red Shoes wants a choke, here’s a choke! With both hands! Red Shoes counts, Taichi lets off, and fans cheer the general moxie of Taichi. Taichi snapmares and KICKS Naito in the back! Naito just sits there so Taichi gives him toying kicks, then a real KICK! And another KICK!

Fans rally, “NA-I-TO!” as Taichi kicks more. Naito gets up and fires off forearms! Naito runs, but into a choke grip! Naito blocks the slam so Taichi shoves him away. Naito comes back to atomic drop and NECKBREAKER! Both men are down as fans rally up again. Naito gets up first, brings Taichi up, and throws forearms and kicks. Naito whips, elbows Taichi down then runs to basement dropkick! Taichi gets up and Naito whips him to a corner, for the rocket kick! Sweep and COMBINACION CABRON! Fans fire up as Naito strikes his pose. Naito gets Taichi up, dragon sleepers and NECKBREAKERS! Then the leg hold full nelson! Taichi endures but Naito slaps him around.

Taichi eggs Naito on so Naito puts more pressure on the hold. Taichi tries to choke Naito even from here! Red Shoes reprimands, Naito puts more pressure, but Taichi moves around. Fans rally, Naito claps along, but Taichi reaches out with a leg. Naito thrashes the hold, Taichi keeps reaching, and Taichi gets the ropebreak! Red Shoes counts and Naito lets Taichi go. Naito gets Taichi up to hammerlock and lift but Taichi fights back. Naito clubs, whips but Taichi reverses to HOOK KICK! Both men are down again as fans cheer. Fans rally again as Naito and Taichi slowly rise. Taichi stands first, Naito sits up, Taichi KICKS him in the chest! Naito eggs Taichi on, so Taichi KICKS him again.

Taichi KICKS Naito down then stands on his head. Taichi kicks at Naito toyingly as fans rally up. Naito gets up and throws more forearms. Taichi eggs him on, Naito keeps going, then Taichi KICKS a leg. Naito forearms, Taichi kicks, repeat! Fans rally up as they go faster, Taichi gets the edge and KICKS Naito off his feet! Taichi dares Naito to get back up, and Naito slowly sits up. Naito blocks the Buzzsaw, shoves Taichi, then blocks the boot to fire back elbows in the corner! Taichi slumps down, Naito brings him up and throws more elbows. Taichi flops over and Naito wants Red Shoes to check him. Taichi is okay to continue so Naito stands him up and puts him up top.

Naito climbs up, Taichi slips out and brings Naito off the corner, but Naito RANAS! Both men get up, Taichi BOOTS then GAMANGIRIS! Both men are down again and fans fire back up for “NA-I-TO!” “TA-I-CHI!” Taichi gets up first and powers up. Naito rises, Taichi runs, but Naito blocks the Ax Bomber! Taichi mule kicks, Naito dodges but runs into the AX BOMBER after all! Cover, TWO!! Naito survives but Taichi keeps on him with Seiteijyujiryou! Naito endures being twisted, stretched and bent! Fans rally up as Taichi cranks the hold harder! Red Shoes checks on Naito, Naito grabs at Red Shoes but Taichi cranks Seiteijyujiryou even harder!

Naito starts to fade, but he kicks and flails as best he can! Taichi lets go to cover, TWO!!! Naito survives and Taichi is annoyed. Fans keep rallying as Taichi slowly gets up. Taichi gets Naito up, reels him in, but Naito blocks the bomb lift. Taichi tries again but still Naito resists, so Taichi gives him Kowata Kicks! Now Taichi gets Naito up but Naito fights free! Taichi boots, whips, Naito reverses to TORNADO DDT! Both men are down again and fans fire up! Naito crawls after Taichi as Taichi goes to a corner, and Naito brings Taichi up. Naito hoists Taichi up top, climbs up and fires off forearms. Naito goes to the very top, throws down more hands, then SUPER STEINERS!

Fans fire up as Naito aims from the corner. Taichi slowly rises, Naito runs in, but into an Alabama lift! Naito fights but Taichi hits an ALABAMA SLAM! Taichi staggers back into a corner while Naito is dazed on the mat! Fans rally up harder and Taichi fires himself up. OFF COME THE PANTS! Taichi focuses, powers up, but Naito SHOTUGN BOOTS! Taichi is back up, Naito dodges the superkick to tilt-o-whirl, CORRIENDOSHIKI! Cover, TWO!! Taichi survives but Naito says he’ll end this now! Naito gets Taichi back up, wrenches to tilt-o-whirl, DESTI- NO! Taichi slips out, but Naito ENZIGURIS! Taichi ends up in a corner, Naito has the wild grin as he heads over.

Fans are thunderous as Naito goes up the corner and brings Taichi up. Naito reels Taichi in, but Taichi fights to GAMANGIRI! Naito is stuck up top! Taichi drags Naito into position for the Alabama, but Naito grabs ropes! Taichi tries to get Naito to let go, but Naito uses that momentum to spin and DDT! Cover, TWO!! Taichi survives again but Naito keeps focus as fans fire back up. Naito stands Taichi up, reels him in and scoops, VALENTIA! But he’s not done there, Naito gets Taichi up to wrench, tilt-o-whirls, DESTI- BLACK MEPHISTO!! Cover, TWO!?!? Naito survives, that was 2.9! But Taichi is too tired to be frustrated. The fans, however, are thunderous again!

Naito and Taichi slowly rise, and they go to opposite corners. Taichi fires up and demands Naito stand! Naito rises, they head for each other, Taichi BOOTS, but Naito stays up. Naito fires up, but he feints the run, only for Taichi to BOOT him again! Naito runs for real, but Taichi gets around, DANG- No! Naito holds off the saido to throw back elbows! Taichi ROCKS Naito with a forearm! Naito SLAPS Taichi! Taichi wobbles on his feet, stays up, and hits a three point stance?! Taichi DECKS Naito with a sumo forearm! Naito staggers up but Taichi reels him into a DANGEROUS SAIDO!! Cover, TWO!?!? Naito survives again and fans are thunderous again!

Taichi gets back up as fans rally hard as ever. Again, Naito and Taichi are in opposite corners. Naito gets up, TENSHO JUJIHO SUPERKICK!! But Taichi isn’t done there, Alabama to the BLACK MEPHISTO!!! Cover, Taichi wins!!!

Winner: Taichi, by pinfall

What was the pitch count on that one!? It was a battle until the very end, and in the end, Naito strikes out!! Taichi didn’t need any tricks, just his grit and determination! ZSJ joins Taichi in celebrating, but Sanada returns to make sure it stays at this. But this isn’t over here, as tomorrow will call for the trading of dance partners! Taichi is already telling Sanada that he’ll get the same, and ZSJ says he’ll see Naito tomorrow. Sanada helps Naito up and Taichi looks Naito in the eye to rub in this defeat. But even then, Naito manages to grin back at him. Will Naito be able to shrug this loss off and turn things around next round?

But as LIJ leaves, ZSJ gets the mic. “Oi, Naito. Job well done.” ZSJ even said that in Japanese! And ZSJ says he’s looking forward to tomorrow. And then back in English, he makes sure Sanada knows they’re not done yet. And more importantly, “Taichi, kyo sugoi yo! (You were amazing today!)” But soon, the Dangerous Tekkers will get those tag titles back. Tomorrow is a bit of fun, though, right? Hasta manana~! Oh, do the fans understand Spanish here? Nice. “Mina jozu. (Everyone’s so smart.)” ZSJ now lets Taichi have his turn on the mic.

“BUENOS NOCHES, OSAKAAA~!” Taichi’s mocking Naito’s introduction! And he likes how it feels. He wants Naito to know, it really does feel good to say it like that. But Naito didn’t get to say it tonight, and he won’t get to say it tomorrow, either. Taichi promises that Naito’s gonna lose two in a row! “And Sana-yan, you’re next!” LIJ has no chance against the Tekkers. Taichi’s looking forward to beating him, so Sana-yan better be ready. Taichi vows to win again tomorrow, then Sunday in the Tokyo Dome, they win the titles back. “It’s all decided. We are the toughest team, the Dangerous Tekkers.” The Sliest Wrestler is also very confident, but will it all be for naught this weekend?

My Thoughts:

A very good event to open things in Osaka! I skipped the opening Six Man, it was just the flipside to Eagles & RPG3K VS Suzuki-Gun, keeping the math even with Desperado getting the win there. Then Hiroshi Tanahashi pinned Yujiro Takahashi in another Six Man, keeping Bullet Club on their heels as they try to go after Chaos’ Six Man titles. The United Empire wins against Okada and Goto, specifically Cobb pinning Goto so that Cobb and Okada will stay even going into their special attraction singles match this Sunday. I’m sure a lot of this is to make up for Ospreay not being here to face Okada, but Cobb is going to look awesome against Okada, even if he loses.

Awful news for Ibushi that he has a form of pneumonia, and my statement at the start of the article is genuine. If Ibushi needs to miss Wrestle Grand Slam Tokyo, that’s just how it is. The match we got out of Takagi & Bushi VS Honma & Wato was still really good, but naturally Takagi & Bushi win this one. If by a minor miracle Ibushi is 100% by Sunday, Takagi will be going in with a lot of momentum. I wasn’t really seeing Ibushi winning this because Takagi seems to really have a lot going for him, from the fans liking him to obviously management seeing him as a star to get behind, but if Ibushi can be in any shape to wrestle, he’ll give Takagi one hell of a match.

Sanada VS ZSJ was awesome stuff, and they perfectly played off how familiar these two are with each other. The double pinfall draw was so masterfully built to, it was such a great surprise ending to this match. Then we got an even greater match out of Naito VS Taichi, again playing off some familiarity between both men. I didn’t see Taichi winning here for some reason, but it was a great move since tomorrow will see LIJ and Tekkers go again. I’m not sure how to factor the draw into the go-home math on this, though. Will there be another draw? I feel like not, because it might be too obvious after tonight. Maybe Taichi does come through on his 2-0 so that the math favors LIJ winning in the Tokyo Dome?

My Score: 8.9/10

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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (9/21/21)

Is Kushida’s time up?



NXT Coverage 2021

The NXT Cruiserweight Championship takes center stage!

It may be a new era for NXT, but the Cruiserweight Championship still belongs to Kushida! Will Roderick Strong break the reign and take over the division?


  • NXT Cruiserweight Championship: KUSHIDA VS Roderick Strong w/ The Diamond Mine; Strong wins and becomes the new NXT Cruiserweight Champion.
  • Kay Lee Ray VS Amari Miller; KLR wins.
  • Dante Chen VS Trey Baxter; Chen wins.
  • Cameron Grimes VS Joe Gacy; Grimes wins.
  • Elektra Lopez w/ Legado del Fantasma VS Anna Scheer; Lopez wins.
  • 2v1 Handicap Match: Cary Millman & Darren Chiappetta VS Odyssey Jones; Jones wins.
  • Tommaso Ciampa & Bron Breakker VS Pete Dunne & Ridge Holland; Ciampa & Breakker win.


NXT opens with a lot of new stars in the ring.

Carmelo Hayes, Trick Williams, Odyssey Jones, Bron Breakker, Joe Gacy, Josh Briggs and Brooks Jensen are waiting as the  NEW NXT Champion walks out! Tommaso Ciampa, Goldie in his arms, fires up the CWC and he joins these new guns in the ring. Fans are fired up for the champ and he says, “908 days, man, and on day 908, I reclaimed my spot at the top of the mountain and took back the title that I never lost in the first place! It has been a long, long journey,” and from neck surgery to tonight, “it was worth every damn second!” This moment here makes it worth it. Ciampa gets to say to each and every man in the ring, fan in the arena and fan at home that once again, Ciampa is YOUR NXT Champion!

Fans chant “Daddy’s Home!” but Ciampa hushes everyone. “I missed you, too.” Ciampa loves what’s going on with NXT 2.0! The energy is contagious, there are fresh faces, and fans like this, too. These young men and women are busting their asses day in and day out, ready to show the world just how damn good they are! Ciampa looks at Melo, “when Melo shoots, he don’t miss.” Odyssey Jones, Bron Breakker, the list goes on and on. Then there’s Ciampa, and we already know he is, was and always will be Mr. NXT! Now they can all give themselves a fresh coat of paint and put on “2.0” but one thing that hasn’t changed is the passion.

Ciampa looks around, Alicia is NXT, Barrett is NXT, and everyone in the ring is NXT! And of course, there’s the fans. They are the heartbeat and the soul of this place! The fans are the reason Ciampa gets to do what it is he does. Ciampa is so damn happy to have fans back and holding the title to represent this brand! With Ciampa holding the title, NXT 2.0 just became THE A-SHOW! So do Ciampa a solid: tell the world, and make them hear you and feel you, “WE ARE! N! X! T!” But here comes Cameron Grimes! “All this energy has got ol’ Cameron Grimes fired up!” And that fire will build with that championship, and he’ll go TO~ THE~ MOON~!

But Joe Gacy asks “Mr. Grimes” that as charitable that would be for Ciampa to give Grimes a shot- LA Knight interrupts. “Lemme talk to ya!” He’s looking at a heap of happy hot garbage when all the incels know they should be chanting “You Deserve It!” to Knight. But Odyssey tells Knight, “Last week, you lost twice in the same day! What’re you talking about, man? Shut up!” But here comes Pete Dunne and Ridge Holland! The Bruiserweight and Northern Grit storm right up to the ring, but they have Briggs & Jensen in their face. “So here we are, NXT 2.0. All these fresh new faces. SO let me give you all a piece of advice that I got: make a name for yourself.”

But Dunne says the problem is, he looks and sees “a bunch of geezers who are scared to throw the first punch.” Ciampa throws a forearm! And a brawl breaks out! Grimes stomps Gacy, Holland goes after Breakker, other superstars rush out to get them some! Hudson is after Trick, Grayson Waller and the Grizzled Young Veterans grab at who they can, and the ring clears aside from Breakker, Ciampa, Dunne and Holland. Ciampa ROCKS then TOSSES Dunne, Breakker does the same to Holland! The champion stands tall, as does the brightest of the new wave. Will they be the ones to give Dunne & Holland the fight they want?

Meanwhile, the women’s division is heating up backstage!

Elektra Lopez and B-Fab are jawing, but Amari Miller isn’t backing down from Kay Lee Ray! The shoving begins and turns to scrapping! Security hurries to break this up before it gets any worse, but the brawling continues in the ring, too! Breaker and Ciampa again DECK and eject Dunne & Holland, but then Breakker asks, “Where ya going?” The fans want to see this fight continue, so how about the two bitches grow balls and face Breakker & Ciampa TONIGHT?! Fans like the sound of that! Will NXT General Manager, William Regal, make it happen?


NXT Cruiserweight Championship: KUSHIDA VS Roderick Strong w/ The Diamond Mine!

The Time Splitter and the Savior of the Backbreaker have waited for this long enough, so they’re going to keep the energy of the night going by opening the card! Will the Super Junior still be champion? Or will the Diamond Mine finally strike gold?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who cracks under the pressure!

Strong rushes in but Kushida avoids the knee. Kushida drops down to throw kicks but Strong stays just out of reach. Kushida stands back up, they tie up, fight for control, Strong blocks a takedown to get a takedown, but Kushida fights the lateral press. Strong facelocks, gator rolls, but Kushida gets a toehold. Strong fights back with a chinlock but Kushida fights free of that. Strong wants an arm but Kushida gets away and fans cheer as the two reset. They tie up with knuckle locks and have a test of strength, but Kushida gets a takedown. Strong fights the press so Kushida throws down hands. Kushida still goes in but Strong turns it around with a clinch.

They fight up, Strong headlocks and shifts, but Kushida powers up and out, only for Strong to run him over. Things speed up, Kushida hip tosses to an ARMBAR! Strong fights to get up and make it a cover, ONE! Kushida has a short arm scissor and turns it into an ARM TWIST! Kushida keeps the omoplata, gets the other arm and falls back to SNAP! Strong bails out and is furious as NXT goes to break.

NXT returns and the two clinch again. Strong knees low and puts Kushida in a corner, but Kushida kicks back. Kushida runs in after an arm but Strong turns that to an OLYMPIC- NO! Kushida arm-drags Strong away! Strong comes back but Kushida WRINGS out the arm! Strong gets to his feet, Kushida dodges him to SHOTEI! And SHOTEI! Atomic drop and a whip to a hip toss! Cartwheel basement dropkick! Fans fire up and Kushida winds up, FASTBALL! Strong is down, but he dodges the Penalty Kick to CHOP back! Kushida ends up in a corner, Strong hurries over and puts Kushida up top. Strong climbs but Kushida gets the arm for a KIMURA! FALLING ARMBAR DDT!

Fans are fired up as Kushida and Strong slowly rise. Kushida aims from the corner, PENALTY KICK to the bad arm! Strong staggers about, but he BOOTS back from the ropes! Strong hurries to bring Kushida in, BACKBREAKER, to the OLYMPIC SLAM! Cover, TWO!! Kushida is still in this and Strong grows frustrated. The Diamond Mine coaches him up, fans are rallying and dueling, Strong runs to give forearm after forearm. But the bad arm makes things worse! Kushida kicks, Strong fires off CHOP after CHOP, then another forearm! Back suplex, but Kushida arm-drags out of the slam to get the KIMURA! Not quite the Hoverboard as Strong moves around to change leverage!

But Kushida throws Strong over! Strong keeps moving, he gets up, but Kushida gets the body scissors! HOVERBOARD!! Strong is down, Bivens helps him get the ropebreak!! The ref sees it, he calls it and Kushida lets off. Kushida already suspects Bivens! The ref is busy with Bivens as Kushida runs, but the Creed Brothers drag him out! And Ivy Niles hits a SUPERWOMAN PUNCH! The brothers put Kushida back in for Strong’s KNEE! END OF HEARTACHE!! Cover, Strong wins!

Winner: Roderick Strong, by pinfall (NEW NXT Cruiserweight Champion)

The Diamond Mine might as well have all their names on that belt with all the assists Strong just got! But now that they have a taste of gold, how long until Julius, Brutus and Ivy all get something for themselves?

But wait, here comes Grayson Waller! “Hey, chill, chill. Let’s hear it for the new champ, yeah?” Waller says after what happened to his boy, Drake Maverick, he’s starting to realize that NXT 2.0 is a jungle. But if anyone was built to survive in the jungle, it was Grayson Waller. So instead of just sitting in the back and waiting, Waller’s here to take one. So what does Strong say to a match with him for the title next week? Bivens says, “How dare you interrupt the champion’s celebration?” If we’re talking next week… Oh, gotta check in with daddy first? Bivens mocks Waller’s taunt, then talks with Strong.

Decision made! Next week, Diamond Mine shows Waller why they run NXT! Will Waller be baller and make it a slam dunk on his first try?


NXT hears from Tony D’Angelo.

He talks about the years spent on the docks, watching his uncles make some handshake deals. Some “business arrangements,” if you will. The family made many investments up and down the Atlantic, and his Uncle Paulie always told Tony, “There’s two things we take seriously: business, and family.” When it comes to sports, they were dead serious. Add a new item to that list: Tony’s success in the WWE. D’Angelo is on his way, will any wise guys try to start something with him?


NXT hears from Josh Briggs & Brooks Jensen.

Big bad Briggs first met Brooks at Johnathan’s Pub the same night Briggs lost in the Breakout Tournament. Briggs was just trying to blow off some steam. He got three deep when some idiot, aka Brooks, bumps into him and so they start swinging. They got black eyes, loose teeth, and there’s still some blood somewhere on the bar. Brooks’ hands are like bricks, so Briggs learned to respect him. Brooks says if you can knock him onto a pool table and beat him down off it, you’ve got his respect, too. From where these boys are from, you throw hands, shake hands, and become friends. They love to fight and love to drink.

In the 2.0 era, it doesn’t matter if it’s a street fight, bar fight or dog fight, you fight these two, you’re in for a bad night. If you start something, Briggs & Jensen are going to end it! Will they fight until they end up contending for the tag titles?


Kay Lee Ray VS Amari Miller!

The Scary Queen of Scots isn’t letting that confrontation with the new girl go, and now it’s going down in the ring! Will KLR show Amari and everyone else in the NXT Women’s Division why she was NXT UK Women’s Champion for so long?

NXT returns and Amari makes her entrance. The all star athlete from KC, MO is all smiles now, feeling the vibe, but will she learn why KLR is a killer? The bell rings, Miller dodges KLR then eggs her on as she fires forearms. KLR shoves Miller away but Miller elbows back. Miller reels KLR in for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Miller gets KLR up and whips, but KLR reverses and ROCKS Miller with a forearm! KLR whips, dropkicks Miller down, then stomps Miller around. KLR covers, ONE! KLR drags Miller up, CLUBS her down, then gets her up again for a GOURD BUSTER! KLR scowls as she kicks Miller to a corner.

KLR eggs Miller on now, drags her up to CLUB her down again, and fans rally up. Miller throws body shots, KLR CLUBS her again. KLR brings Miller around, but Miller jawbreakers free! KLR blocks the heel kick to the Gory Especial, GORY BOMB! Cover, KLR wins!

Winner: Kay Lee Ray, by pinfall

And that is why KLR is here in NXT prime! Will she keep climbing the ranks until she’s the one facing Raquel Gonzalez for the title?


Backstage interview with Bron Breakker.

McKenzie asks Bron about his huge tag team match alongside Ciampa. How is he feeling? Oh, tonight’s huge! He’s getting in the ring with the top three guys in the world! Bron heard what Ciampa said, and those words hold a lot of weight. Ciampa walks over to say it’s sink or swim. Ready to get in the deep end, big fish? Hell yeah! Bron’s ready to kick some ass! And who better to do it with than the champ? Bron gives Ciampa a smack on the shoulder, but will he watch where his eyes drift in regards to Goldie?


Xyon Quinn walks into the CWC.

He talks with a few female superstars about their training, and they ask him the next time he’ll be in the ring. He’s hoping very soon. They note how good he looks in the ring and he thanks them. He gets the door as a gentleman, but someone tries to cut them off. Quinn has the guy wait, ladies first. Chivalry’s dead, bro. Yeah? Quinn SMASHES the guy into the door! Quinn is a gentleman but also a warrior, will this be a lesson to everyone else?


Dante Chen VS Trey Baxter!

The first Singapore superstar in the WWE makes his debut as the 2.0 era ushers in more new names! But will #AllHeart rain on the parade as he still tries to make a name for himself?

The bell rings and Chen ties up with Trey. They go around, Chen powers Trey to a corner and fans duel. Chen lets off, Trey BOOTS him and then gets around to a BACKBREAKER to HALF ‘N’ HALF! Trey hurries to a corner and up top, but Chen anchors a foot. Trey kicks at Chen but Chen holds on. Trey gets Chen to let go but has to leap over him. Chen turns around into a cradle, TWO! Chen dead lifts Trey for a SIT-OUT CRADLE DDT! Cover, Chen wins!

Winner: Dante Chen, by pinfall

Trey may be all heart but Chen won in the blink of an eye! Will this young star take NXT by storm?


NXT has a message from “Chase University.”

Andre Chase welcomes students to day one of a place of higher learning. They’ve chosen his course to get ahead in the careers. The first lesson is on Odyssey Jones and how he failed to get ahead by losing the finals of the Breakout Tournament. Roll film. Chase didn’t take kindly to Jones embarrassing him at the #InDex Wedding, but look at how embarrassing this weak cover was. Carmelo Hayes easily rolled Jones up, and there is the face of a loser. Chase teaches the fundamentals: a lateral press with all the weight on the shoulders. Lights, please, there’s a question. Didn’t Jones beat Chase in the first round?

What’s your name again? Steve. Well, Steve, who did you ever beat?! WHO THE F DID YOU EVER BEAT!? Get the F out of here! Don’t you disrespect him! Chase throws chairs around, is class going to be canceled?


NXT has a medical update on Kyle O’Reilly.

His ribs are reinjured and he will be week to week on whether or not he can compete.


NXT also has an update on Triple H!

The Game tweeted himself that he has been “blown away by the outreach and support from so many people.” HHH is recovering, doing well and so very grateful for all the love in his life, especially from the NXT crew. Also, Steph and the girls loved the snacks they sent. HHH hopes to see us soon, and we hope to see him again, too.


NXT returns and Joe Gacy is in the ring.

“Tonight, this ring is a safe space. NXT 2.0 is full of conflict, from the smallest microaggression to the most heinous grudges. This is a place where we settle our differences.” Gacy comes to us tonight with a mindset of conflict resolution, where he doesn’t need to use “male privilege” to get what he wants. Gacy understands that life isn’t fair. But he believes we can achieve unity and tolerance for us all. Gacy can be the man that will show us we can achieve peace in this safe space. That starts tonight!

Cameron Grimes VS Joe Gacy!

The Carolina Cash Money Caveman is ready to take 2.0 #ToTheMoon, but will he have to resolve this conflict he started with Gacy? Or will Gacy’s old wild man antics find their way back to the surface?

The bell rings, the two circle and grapple. Grimes gets a leg, Gacy facelocks but Grimes wrenches and has a wristlock. Gacy powers Grimes to ropes, lets off with the ropebreak, but Grimes ducks the sucker punch! Pacifist, huh? Grimes arm-drags Gacy down, grinds the armlock, and wrangles Gacy down. Gacy headscissors, Grimes kips free and says #KissMahGrits! Gacy laughs that off, but then swings on Grimes again. Grimes waistlocks but Gacy bucks the O’Conner Roll, only to run into a BOOT! Fans fire up as Grimes runs in but into a boot from Gacy! Gacy whips Grimes in, corner splashes to a BIG Urenage! Gacy works to keep his cool but fans rally for Grimes.

Gacy wraps on a chinlock, grinds Grimes down, but fans rally up behind Grimes. Grimes fights up, throws body shots, then powers out. Gacy runs in but only gets buckles, Grimes runs to rally with forearm smashes! Grimes eggs Gacy on but Gacy dodges, handsprings and LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Grimes survives and Gacy is surprised. Gacy fires up, gets Grimes up but Grimes evades the powerbomb to ROUNDHOUSE! Gacy comes back to BOOT! Grimes stays up so Gacy runs to forearm smash! Gacy keeps moving, but runs right into a CAVE-IN! Cover, Grimes wins!

Winner: Cameron Grimes, by pinfall

Gacy didn’t find peace or victory tonight and Grimes has the momentum he wants! But then Gacy stands up, and offers a handshake. Grimes says no thanks, so Gacy hugs him! Gacy leaves it at that, is he going to keep preaching conflict resolution while Grimes goes for the gold?


NXT hears from Von Wagner.

“Last week didn’t go my way. You can either bitch ‘n’ moan, or you can put in the work.” He’s an unconventional man with unconventional methods. His journey in NXT has only just begun, will this towering man find his way back up to the top of the mountain?


Elektra Lopez w/ Legado del Fantasma VS Anna Scheer!

Santos Escobar, Joaquin Wilde & Raul Mendoza accompany Elektra to the ring. Despite the scuffle with B-Fab in the back, that beef’s being put on the back burner for now. Will Anna be the one paying the price for the fire B-Fab’s lit inside Lopez?

The bell rings and Lopez takes her time with her jacket. She circles with Scheer, then kicks hard and CLUBS her down! Lopez CLUBS Scheer, runs and runs her over, then runs to do it again! Lopez drags Scheer up, throws her by her pigtails, then tells her, “You are nobody!” Lopez throws Scheer down by her hair, then looms over her. Lopez scoops and SLAMS Scheer, but Scheer throws forearms back! Scheer runs and leaps, but into Lopez’s arms! SWINGING SIDE SLAM! Lopez hauls Scheer back up to snap suplex! Roll through, wrench and BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, Lopez wins!

Winner: Elektra Lopez, by pinfall

Scheer felt the sheer dominance of Lopez, but Escobar gets a mic to speak. “Class. Elegance. Sophistication. Fuego! And raw power to command silence and respect. And all of this under the umbrella of one word: familia!” Escobar tells Lopez that she completes Legado del Fantasma. Lopez takes the mic to speak now, saying, “What I did here tonight was just a little taste of what the First Lady of Legado del Fantasma, Elektra Lopez, La Madrina, is going to unleash on B-Fab and NXT 2.0.” Fans like the sound of that! Lopez tells B-Fab that she can keep talking, “but we all know that that’s all it is.” And if B-Fab doesn’t like, then she can get her skinny ass out to the ring!

But speaking of Hit Row, here they come! But B-Fab isn’t with the boys. She rushes in from the crowd to scrap with Lopez! Lopez turns things around but B-Fab comes back! Hit Row and Legado separate the two but fans want to “Let Them Fight!” B-Fab says it’s cool, but then she fires off on Lopez again! Hit Row and Legado get B-Fab and Lopez to back down, but this has to explode some time! When will these two finally get to have it out in the ring?


Cora Jade checks in on Trey Baxter.

She gives him a big hug and asks what’s wrong. What, she didn’t see? Well how long have they been together? He knows she still loves him. Chen came in looking like a superhero but whatever. Chin up, Trey. Then she gives him a big kiss to cheer him up. Trey does have a reason to smile, and then thinks on “superhero.” Will #AllHeart show he can be super in the 2.0 Era?


The Franky Monet Brand walks backstage.

Franky and Jessi want Rob Stone to stop jabbering as they head for Mr. Regal’s office. As they round the corner, Raquel Gonzalez is in their way. The NXT Women’s Champion says she already took care of this. They finally get their match next week. Aw, well, in that case, enjoy your last week, Chingona. La Wera Loca is ready, but then someone new walks by. She congratulates Franky on her big title match, but it won’t be as big as her talk show’s debut! Lashing Out with Lash Legend begins next week, and that is something to talk about. Wait, who and what now? Will #BougieBad feel like lashing out against Ms. Legend?


2v1 Handicap Match: Cary Millman & Darren Chiappetta VS Odyssey Jones!

Sound the alarm! Though he called out the Million Dollar Megastar, and though Andre Chase has been barking at him, Jones is more than ready to step up his game against two young and hungry opponents. Will it be a two-for-one special on squash tonight?

The bell rings, Jones is fired up and fans are fired up with him. Cary & Darren flank Jones, get an arm each, but he blocks the double whip to double shoulder tackle them! Darren & Cary regroup, coordinate, and circle with Jones again. Cary gets a leg, Darren gets a headlock, but Jones TOSSES Darren away, then drags and throws Cary! BACK SPLASH for Cary, FRONT SPLASH for Darren! Fans fire up but Chase walks out and talks trash. Jones says he’ll break Chase soon enough, but he gets Darren up first. Cary CLUBS Jones and Darren goes after the leg! They mug Jones but Jones shoves them both away! Darren & Cary come back, Jones breaks the clothesline to DOUBLE CROSSBODY!

Jones is feeling it and the fans are fired up, too! Jones gets Darren up, scoops him, and gives him a SHOUDLER BREAKER! Darren ends up in a corner but Cary jumps on for a sleeper! Jones just RAMS Cary into Darren! Jones has them both stacked on the mat, and Jones goes to the corner to climb up! DOUBLE FROG SPLASH! Cover, Jones wins!

Winner: Odyssey Jones, by pinfall

Chase may have to rethink his classes, because we just saw one be greater than two! Chase gets in with a chair, but Jones blocks it and the chair falls apart! Jones steps and Chase bails out! Will Chase’s big brain tell him that he can’t take on all that power?


Grayson Waller talks with other superstars backstage.

Baller Waller is feeling good about his chances against Strong, and they tell him these chances don’t come along very often as it is. But then Carmelo Hayes & Trick Williams walk in, and Melo says he would congratulate Waller, but he wouldn’t mean it. His Breakout Tournament contract guarantees that even if Waller won the title next week, he could lose it in the same night to ya boi, Melo. So we’ll just wait and see. Right, Trick? Yeah, keeping the options open! Waller says Melo can go ahead and do that. Waller heads out, will he be ready to pull a double header just in case?

As for Melo and Trick, the #ToxicAttraction of Mandy Rose, Gigi Dolin & Jacy Jayne walk by to say hey. Well, damn! They fine! And they’re heading to gorilla position!


NXT hears from Ikemen Jiro.

The Handsome One welcomes us to his #Ikemansion! His collection of jackets and other merchandise is just the beginning. “When you think of Japanese superstars, you think of Strong Style. But when you think if Ikemen Jiro, you think of Style Strong!” A lot of people asks what “ikemen” means, and it means “handsome man.” Jiro is a handsome man, and a handsome man needs handsome jackets! From fruits to floral to shadowy black, Ikemen Jiro is always in style. But will his strong style get him closer to the always fashionable Cruiserweight Championship?


Toxic Attraction goes to the ring!

Mandy leads the way, we’ll hear from this newest trio in the NXT Women’s Division after the break.

NXT returns and Mandy speaks first. “When I came to NXT 2.0, I came here to be your gift, your golden goddess. I realized that this division was in desperate need for a woman like me! A woman that you people will never be with, but love to look at.” Then it took a little turn. Where were the fans when her face was battered and beaten?! What did they do!? NOTHING! It’s disgusting, really. The fans ridiculed her! She was a gif replayed over and over, just yesterday’s news. But that’s when she realized that they treated her the way they were treating Gigi & Jacy. The only difference, these two don’t give a damn about what the people think!

All the guidance and advice she can give, in return Gigi & Jacy showed that behind her beauty, a beast is ready to be unleashed! This is what the future of the women’s division in NXT 2.0 looks like! They’re ready to take over their precious “greatest women’s division of all time,” with these two baddies by her side. Gigi, your turn. “The pain of my past has always fueled my aggression.,” Gigi knew that if they could bring that out of Mandy, nothing would stand in their way. But they also needed Mandy’s guidance. “Because chaos without direction is just an accident waiting to happen.” Mandy’s experience gave them purpose. And that makes them unbeatable and will lead them to the top!

Mandy dares fans to go, “What?” if they don’t think they’re the hottest things alive. Jacy says they’re more than just the prettiest faces in the crowd. And if you thought for one second that they were going to sit in the back and wait like the rest of these broads, you’ve got another thing coming. “What Toxic Attraction wants is the NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships!” Io Shirai, Zoey Stark, you’ve got an ass kicking waiting for you! And trust Jacy when she says you don’t want to keep them waiting. Speaking of which…

Backstage interview with Io Shirai & Zoey Stark.

McKenzie knows they were listening in, so what are their thoughts? Shirai doesn’t like Gigi & Jacy, so if they want a shot, they’re on! Uh, shouldn’t this be a conversation between the two of them first? As a team? Does Stark disagree? No, but it’s the principle of the matter. So Stark likes Toxic Attraction? No, Shirai knows she doesn’t. Then okay, match made. But Persia walks in and says Gigi & Jacy aren’t the only ones who want a chance. When Indi is back from her honeymoon, the two best friends are ready to go for the gold. So uh, good luck against Toxic Attraction. Stark and Shirai wonder what’s up with that, but will they make it through the thorny Gigi & Jacy first?


NXT is going to be BIG next week!

Not only is there the NXT Cruiserweight Championship match, Strong VS Waller, and the NXT Women’s Championship match, Gonzalez VS Monet, but the NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships ARE on the line! Shirai & Stark will take on Gigi & Jacy, but will they make it through to take on the best friends, Indi & Persia? Plus, after all the jawing and jumping, B-Fab VS Lopez finally happens under No Disqualifications! Who will be left standing to have the last laugh after these ladies go all out?


Tommaso Ciampa & Bron Breakker VS Pete Dunne & Ridge Holland!

The Psycho Killer and the biggest and brightest new star are ready to take the fight to the Bruiserweight and Northern Grit! But will they prove they’re not just a couple of “geezers” against the self-proclaimed baddest men in NXT today?

NXT returns and Bron makes his entrance, quickly followed by the champ. Ciampa and Dunne start and the hands fly at the bell! Ciampa headlocks, Dunne powers out and things speed up. Ciampa sees the knee coming and he backslides but Dunne rolls through. Ciampa underhooks, Dunne wrenches out to get a takedown. Ciampa boots Dunne away and trips Dunne, but Dunne boots back. Ciampa ducks the enziguri, Dunne avoids the knee and fans fire up as the two stand off. Fans rally and duel but Ciampa and Dunne back down to tag in Breakker and Holland. Bron circles with the big man and they tie up. Bron shoves Holland away and is fired up!

They go again, Holland waistlocks, spins Bron and EuroUppers! Holland headlocks, Bron powers out but Holland runs him over! Holland headlocks again but Bron pries free of the hold to headlock back. Holland powers out but Bron runs him over! Bron stays fired up, he sees the drop down and waistlocks to a roll and SLAM! And then a dead lift and SLAM! Dunne runs in, Bron hurdles then catches Dunne for a POWERSLAM! Fans fire up but Holland ROCKS Bron with a right! Holland whips, Bron reverses and clotheslines in the corner! Tag to Ciampa and Bron whips Ciampa in for a big clothesline! Ciampa feeds Holland to Bron’s atomic drop, then adds a BULLDOG!

Ciampa brings Holland around to a chinlock and he grinds Holland down. Holland endures, fights up and throws body shots. Ciampa CHOPS back, whips but Dunne tags in. Holland reverses to SPINEBUSTER then Dunne adds a basement dropkick! Dunne glares at Bron, gets Ciampa up and grinds the arm, then he drops knees on the shoulder. Dunne bends the arm at the elbow, twists the wrist and tortures the fingers! Ciampa endures but Dunne isolates the arm to drop knees again. Dunne keeps punishing Ciampa’s arm from elbow to finger to then stomp Ciampa in the ribs! Dunne wrenches but Ciampa throws forearms! Dunne wrenches, snapmares and hooks up the arm for a SNAP!

Dunne keeps after Ciampa’s left arm, pulling on the hand and elbow. Another wrench, then Dunne ROCKS Ciampa with a forearm! Tag to Holland, Dunne DECKS Bron, but Ciampa shoves Dunne into Holland! Ciampa slides to trip Dunne up, then he dodges Holland to BOOT him! Ciampa RAMS Holland into steps, then he TOSSES Dunne over the announce desk! Ciampa claps and pats himself on the back and fans cheer along, but Holland POUNCES Ciampa over the desk! Northern Grit storms in to get Ciampa back up and around into the ring as NXT goes to break!

NXT returns once again and Dunne gives Ciampa some Danielson Stomps! Fans boo but Ciampa kicks from below! Dunne staggers and tags Holland, and Holland drags Ciampa. Ciampa kicks but Holland spins him for clubbing crossface forearms. Holland hauls Ciampa up but Ciampa fights the suplex. Ciampa fights again, tries to suplex, and it happens on the second time! Fans fire up for Ciampa’s strength as he and Holland are down! Hot tags to Dunne and Bron! Bron rallies on Dunne with big shoulders, then he dodges Holland to hit a BIG shoulder tackle! Bron shoves Holland away, clinches Dunne and Belly2Belly suplexes! Then he clinches Holland for a BIG Belly2Belly!

Fans fire up with Bron as he brings down the straps! Bron gets Dunne in a STEINER RECLINER!! Dunne endures but Bron bends him back! Dunne gets his arms free, slips out the back and gets Bron’s fingers! Dunne JAMS the fingers into the mat! Then he bends them back even more, isolates the arm and STOMPS it! Tag to Holland, and the boys get Bron up for a ROUNDHOUSE to ALABAMA SLAM! Cover, Ciampa breaks it! Fans are thunderous as Dunne goes after Ciampa and they fire off big forearms! Ciampa KNEES Dunne, runs in and clotheslines Dunne in the corner! He keeps going but Dunne ROCKS him with a right! Ciampa comes back to forearm!

Ciampa keeps going, Dunne sidesteps but Ciampa still ROCKS him with a forearm! But then Holland gets Ciampa for an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! But Bron does the same, giving Dunne an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Fans fire up as Bron and Holland lock eyes again. They stand off, fire up and fire clotheslines point blank on each other! Again and again and again, but then Bron ducks and runs, DOUBLE CLOTHESLINES take them down! Fans fire up for “2 point 0! 2 point 0!” Ciampa sees Dunne getting in and takes away Holland’s Billy club! But Dunne ENZIGURIS Ciampa out! Bron gets Dunne, trophy lifts, but Holland HEADBUTTS Bron down!

Holland goes out to get his club as fans chant, “This is Awesome!” Wait a minute! Is that Kyle O’Reilly!? He snatches the club away to SMACK Holland with it! Kyle puts Holland in while the ref was busy with Dunne! Ciampa gets Dunne for WILLOW’S BELL! Bron gets Holland up in the trophy lift! POWERSLAM!! Cover, Bron & Ciampa win!

Winners: Bron Breakker & Tommaso Ciampa, by pinfall

The young stud stands tall alongside the champion! Bron has the belt, though, and he hands it over to Ciampa. Ciampa pats him on the shoulder, but it’s clear what Bron is hungry for. How long will he have to wait before he has his chance at the championship?

My Thoughts:

NXT 2.0 is now, for both better and worse, very much like its siblings, Raw and SmackDown. I sigh deeply seeing how Josh Briggs goes from “I hate people so I beat the hell out of them” to “Haha, I like to drink and fight cuz I’m Southern!” I sigh very deeply seeing Joe Gacy go from “I’m wild and violent!” to “Let’s all get along in this safe space, everyone.” And I groan seeing that the Andre Chase University catchphrase is now becoming a segment for him to try and roast his feud rival while getting roasted by “students.” It’s Vince and team having to slap tropes and cheesy characters onto people, skipping the call-up process to just ruin things here and now.

Tony D’Angelo is also just a grating stereotype a few years too late to be relevant to The Sopranos. I know The Many Saints of Newark being released revitalizes The Sopranos franchise, but c’mon, Vince. No. Just no. But at least we’re getting something out of Xyon Quinn, even though he’s only been in two matches, one of them on 205 Live. Quinn being a gentleman but also a badass is very action movie trope, but I guess he’s getting to stand out somehow. Dante Chen squashing Trey Baxter was a bit of a two birds, one stone thing, though maybe not in the way I would’ve done this. Chen VS Trey could’ve easily been a surprisingly good match to better build both men, but hey, I guess Trey has to be down in the dumps for his girlfriend to comfort him with a big kiss.

Kay Lee Ray squashes Amari, Toxic Attraction’s promos was a standard “We’re Heels because fans don’t care, so we don’t care about the fans!” so yawn. If they could’ve skipped that and just kept it to Mandy wanting to mentor the kind of female superstars she feels should be running the division, that would’ve been better to me. But again, they going after the tag titles was obvious, and it did give Shirai and Stark a quick little bit to show their dysfunction is still strong. I also like the initiative Persia is taking on behalf of Indi, and I feel this could be the new wrinkle in The Way’s happy family life when it was Indi & Candice who were a team.

Kushida VS Strong was an awesome opener, but of course Diamond Mine helps Strong cheat to win. Props to Waller stepping up with Drake Maverick gone from NXT again and him needing something to do. And with that comes some smart crossover with Carmelo Hayes putting Waller on notice because of the Cruiserweight Championship being on his radar. I hope Hayes isn’t just saying he could cash in that night. I think it’d be a great way around NXT not being in on MITB if the Breakout Tournament contract can be for any time, anywhere. Lopez squashes Tesha Price, renamed Anna Scheer here because duh, it’s the WWE, they aren’t going to acknowledge AEW.

Escobar and Lopez have a good promo, we get a decent scrap between B-Fab and Lopez but it could’ve been a bit wilder if the guys all fought each other. No DQ is great for B-Fab and Lopez, but when are we getting Swerve VS Escobar for the North American Championship already? And talk about a match that needs a stipulation. Swerve and Escobar have done quite a bit in their long rivalry, these two could probably go Last Man Standing or I Quit with this one. Odyssey squashing two dudes was alright, but a bit of a let down after he called out LA Knight. But I guess there’s no easy way around also having Chase on his case, so Jones has to handle him first.

What a great night for Bron Breakker, though. He’s definitely got some kind of rocket strapped to him, as he got to stand tall with Ciampa at the start of the night to call out Dunne & Holland. Then they had a really great tag match for the main event, and though it was apparently his own choice not to be “Rex Steiner” a la his dad and uncle, Rick & Scott, him using the Steiner Recliner of course got fans to mark out just a little. Bron getting the pin here is just further proof he’s going to be facing Ciampa for that title, but I feel like it’d benefit Bron’s build if he doesn’t succeed right away.

Let Bron come really close to winning but he loses, probably from a “miscalculation” or “rookie mistake,” and then he builds up through the North American Championship scene. We got a video from Von Wagner that detailed much of the same for him, so that is the route these two big 2.0 frontrunners should go. We know who they are, we’ll see their journey through the next year or so, and when they’ve really shown themselves to the fans, then they can take up the torch from the “1.0 guys.”

My Score: 8.7/10

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Mitchell’s AEW Dark Results & Report! (9/21/21)

Never was a cloudy day~!



AEW Dark 2

Universal Studio stays Dark!

Ba-dee-ya~! September gets Dark but there are plenty of stars ready to shine! Who builds momentum going into AEW’s Grand Slam week?


  • Santana & Ortiz VS Chaos Project; win(s).
  • Joey Janela w/ Kayla Rossi VS Dillon McQueen; wins.
  • Lee Johnson & Brock Anderson VS Luke Curtis & Cameron Stewart; win.
  • Tay Conti VS Marina Tucker; wins.
  • Ryan Nemeth & Peter Avalon w/ The Wingmen VS John Silver & Alex Reynolds w/ The Dark Order; win.
  • Colt Cabana w/ The Dark Order VS JD Drake w/ The Wingmen; wins.
  • Wardlow VS JDX; wins.
  • Daniel Garcia w/ 2point0 VS Alan Angels w/ The Dark Order; wins.
  • Lance Archer VS Marcus Kross; wins.
  • The Bunny w/ Penelope Ford VS Xtina Kay; wins.
  • Six Man Tag: The Factory VS Darian Bengston, Cole Karter & Sean Maluta; win(s).
  • Eddie Kingston VS Bear Bronson; wins.
  • Big Swole VS Allie Katch; wins.
  • FTR w/ Tully Blanchard VS Stallion Rogers & Anthony Greene; win(s).


AEW is pumping up Dark again, but this is a pretty big week for them being in New York for Dynamite and Rampage and paving the way towards the anniversary and the start of “season three.” Great to see a lot of fresh match-ups just within the established roster, such as the various Dark Order matches. Garcia VS Angels is probably going to be a show stealer in and of itself. Kingston VS Bear Bronson sounds like another great one, and I like that former WWE Cruiserweights are showing up somewhere. Curt Stallion & August Grey deserved better chances than WWE’s Prick Khan gave them, so maybe Tony Khan can at least find them a place to be within the various partnerships, even if it’s with Impact or NWA.


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