This isn’t a replay, Osaka, it’s a rearrangement!
NJPW liked the idea of LIJ VS Dangerous Tekkers in separate singles matches so much, they’re doing it again! But now, Sanada and Naito trade opponents!
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.
- SANADA VS Taichi; Sanada wins.
- Tetsuya Naito VS Zack Sabre Jr; Naito wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
SANADA VS Taichi!
The Cold Skull and the Submission Master caught each other in a double pin draw just 24 hours ago, so that only bolsters the confidence of the Sliest Wrestler in the world! Will Taichi sweep Los Ingobernables de Japon’s golden duo? Or will Sanada make up for falling short with his second at-bat?
Much like yesterday, Taichi takes his time with the elaborate ring gear, and shows off the dancing pecs. Unlike Naito, Sanada is done rather quickly, and Red Shoes does his checks. The bell rings and the fans cheer as the two stare down. Taichi and Sanada slowly approach, Taichi does more dancing pecs just to show off, and then asks Sanada to do his. Sanada also has dancing pecs! Sanada passes it back to Taichi, so Taichi shows off with the alternating movement. Taichi again passes it back to Sanada, and he gets on the corner so more can see! And Sanada again passes it to Taichi. Fans rally up so Taichi climbs a corner. Sanada takes his turn without being asked!
Fans cheer as the dancing pecs keep on dancing! They finally hop down off the corner and they go down to ask commentary who has the better pair! Well obviously Yoshinobu Kanemaru is going to be on Taichi’s side. But they go back to Red Shoes, and Red Shoes determines the fan applause to be in favor of… SANADA! Taichi is upset and he chokes Sanada into a corner! Red Shoes counts, Taichi shifts to digging his boot in, but Red Shoes counts again. Taichi lets off and argues about the pec contest results. Red Shoes says the claps were honestly in favor of Sanada! Maybe this is a case of popularity over skill?
Taichi goes back to Sanada but Sanada gets around for a BIG atomic drop! Sanada gets the legs, then the arms, but Taichi kicks Sanada away. Taichi blocks a kick, trips Sanada up, and considers stealing Paradise! But Sanada kicks him away before then! Sanada gets up but Taichi chokes Sanada again! Taichi puts Sanada on ropes to use those to choke him, but Red Shoes counts. Taichi lets off fast, and then gets the arms and legs! Taichi is going to use the ropes in Paradise like Sanada sometimes does, and it makes for a good fix. Taichi has the fans fire up, also like Sanada would, and then Taichi gets a three point stance. Taichi runs in to basement dropkick Sanada out of Paradise!
Sanada falls to the floor, Taichi goes out after him. Taichi hopes Milano liked that one. Taichi gets Sanada up as fans rally, and he whips Sanada hard into railing! Sanada slumps down while Taichi paces. Taichi gets a camera cable to choke Sanada! Red Shoes goes out and reprimands, then counts. Taichi lets go with one hand but Red Shoes makes him let go completely. Sanada sputters but Taichi digs his knee in. A ring count begins, Taichi lets off on Sanada and paces about. We’re at 10 of 20 as Taichi gets Sanada up, then 15 as he puts Sanada in. Taichi takes his time getting Sanada back up, and he hides a choke inside the chinlock! Red Shoes knows this trick, he counts!
Taichi lets go, but smirks as he stalks Sanada. Taichi gets Sanada up to snapmare and choke! Again, Red Shoes has seen this trick enough, so he counts. Taichi lets off, to choke with both hands! Red Shoes counts again, so Taichi stops. Taichi mockingly applauds as he paces about. Taichi gives Sanada toying kicks, but Sanada gets up to throw forearms! Taichi just takes them, kicks low and snapmares to KICK Sanada in the back. Taichi gets Sanada in a standing cobra twist! Sanada endures, even as Taichi thrashes him about. Fans rally, Sanada fights, but Taichi clubs him in the ribs! Sanada still endures as Taichi mockingly asks, “What’re you gonna do?!”
Sanada powers up and gets the ropebreak! Taichi lets off, brings Sanada back and reels him in, but Sanada blocks the lift! Taichi CHOPS Sanada on the back, but Sanada back drops free! Taichi gets up fast but Sanada dropkicks one of Taichi’s legs out! Both men are down as fans rally, “SA-NA-DA! SA-NA-DA!” Sanada stands, gets Taichi up, and throws more forearms. Sanada whips, Taichi reverses and gets a choke grip! But Sanada breaks free to choke grip back! Sanada whips, hurdles, hurdles, and dropkicks Taichi out of the ring! Fans fire up and Sanada takes aim. Taichi stands, but avoids the Plancha!
Sanada is on the apron, he ROCKS Taichi, then springboards, but Taichi dodges! Sanada blocks a boot, and trips Taichi to put Taichi in Paradise! Fans get louder and louder as Sanada encourages them, and he likes what he hears. Sanada runs in to dropkick Taichi out of Paradise now! Cover, TWO! Sanada keeps cool and drags Taichi up to a fireman’s carry. Taichi fights free, Sanada switches but Taichi resists the slam to PELE! Both men are down again and fans rally back up. Sanada gets to a corner while Taichi sits up. Taichi runs in, clotheslines, then whips corner to corner to clothesline again! Snapmare and cover, TWO! Sanada is still in this but Taichi keeps focus.
Taichi raises his arm and the fans get louder as he powers up. Sanada rises, Taichi builds speed, but Sanada ducks Ax Bomber! Sanada comes back, Taichi boots his clothesline then ROUNDHOUSES! Taichi runs, but into a fireman’s carry! TKO! Cover, TWO!! Taichi survives and both men are down as fans rally up again. Sanada stands up, drags Taichi up but Taichi kicks from below! Sanada staggers, but he comes back to give Kowata Kicks! Taichi gets mad, mostly because they weren’t that strong. Taichi kicks low then gives Sanada his Kowata Kicks! Sanada shrugs those off?! Sanada throws a forearm, Taichi KICKS a leg!
Sanada grits his teeth to throw another forearm, but Taichi KICKS again! Forearm, KICK, repeat! Fans fire up as they go faster and faster back and forth. Taichi gets the edge and fires up. Taichi eggs Sanada on and Sanada EuroUppers! Taichi staggers but comes back to BOOT! Sanada stays up and he comes back to boot Taichi! Taichi boots back, so Sanada boots him! Fans cheer as both men stay up and Taichi boots Sanada again. Sanada boots Taichi, both take a moment to catch their breath, but Taichi fires up to boot, only for Sanada to block and EuroUpper! Taichi gets right up to wrench and HOOK KICK!
But Sanda’s right up to ROLLING ELBOW! AND TIGER DRIVER!! Cover, ONE?!?! Taichi is right up, and he reels Sanada into DANGEROUS SAIDO! But Sanada’s right up!! Both men are dizzy and they both fall over! Fans are fired up while Kanemaru is surprised on commentary. Taichi slowly sits back up and crawls towards a corner. Taichi fires himself up and fans rally behind him. OFF COME THE PANTS! Taichi powers up, aims at Sanada, but Sanada dropkicks him first! And ROLLING- Choke! CHOKE SLAM! Cover, TWO!! Sanada survives but Taichi powers up his left hand? Taichi drags Sanada up in a choke grip, reels him in and back suplexes, but Sanada lands on his feet!
Sanada shoves Taichi to a corner, Taichi dodges Sanada and comes back to GAM- No, Sanada blocks to QUEBRADA, and dragon sleeper! But Taichi slips out to SEITEIJYUJIRYOU! But Sanada arm-drags free before it locks in! Sanada spins Taichi to SHIRANUI to dragon sleeper! Fans cheer but Taichi fights free again to Alabama lift! Sanada fights out, SOBAT! Sanada runs to tilt-o-whirl into the dragon sleeper! Borrowing a bit from Naito’s Destino there! SKULL END! Taichi is caught, but he flails and reaches as Sanada squeezes tight! Fans rally up, Taichi scoots around as best he can, but he is fading! Sanada squeezes more as Taichi reaches for Red Shoes!
Red Shoes checks on Taichi, Sanada lets him free and goes to the corner! ROUNDING BODY PRESS to Taichi’s back! Sanada flips Taichi over, goes back up top, ROUNDING BODY onto knees! Taichi saves himself and fans fire back up! Sanada and Taichi stir, go to opposite corners, and Sanada grits his teeth as he gets up. Taichi stands in the other corner, Sanada runs in but into a boot! Taichi runs in but into a boot! Taichi mule kicks, Sanada fires up but Taichi ROCKS him with a forearm! BLINDSIDE AX BOMBER! Sanada staggers and rebounds off ropes into a GAMANGIRI! Taichi roars and fans are thunderous now!
Taichi gets Sanada back up, reels him in, gets him up, TAICHI STYLE LAST RIDE! DEEP high stack, TWO!! Sanada survives but Taichi is too tired to be surprised. Fans rally up again and Taichi gets up. Taichi vows to end this now, and he drags Sanada back up. Alabama lift, tuck, but Sanada springs out to O’Conner Roll and- No bridge, Taichi turns it to GEDO CLUTCH! TWO!! O’CONNER BRIDGE! SANADA WINS!!
Winner: Sanada, by pinfall
Taichi can’t believe it! He was so sure he had Sanada, but Sanada snatches victory from the jaws of defeat! Now the singles series is 1-1-1, an absolute tie! Taichi is in denial but can he make up for this at the Tokyo Dome?
Tetsuya Naito VS Zack Sabre Jr!
As we just saw, LIJ and the Tekkers have one win, one loss and one tie in their miniseries so far. It all comes down to the Uncontrollable Charisma and the Submission Master! Will Naito make up for his loss to Taichi by helping LIJ sweep the night? Or will ZSJ make him #JustTapOut to end the action in Osaka?
Naito again takes his time with the entrance gear but ZSJ stays patient. Wait was there more to it this time than usual? With that done, Red Shoes does his check, and the bell rings! Fans rally up already, and Naito insists it is “NA-I-TO!” Naito and ZSJ circle, approach, and Naito keeps changing the test of strength on ZSJ. ZSJ is annoyed by this but fans cheer. Naito and ZSJ circle again, approach, and ZSJ gets Naito on the ropes. ZSJ lets off, Naito kicks him and throws him out! Naito then waits on ZSJ for the test of strength. Fans cheer but ZSJ paces outside. ZSJ returns, circles with Naito, and still Naito wants a test of strength.
ZSJ and Naito finally tie up with knuckle locks but Naito kicks and throws ZSJ out again! ZSJ throws a fit against the railing and fans cheer. Naito waits as ZSJ goes around the corner, and Naito grins as he waits on ZSJ. ZSJ says Naito is very amusing, then he gets in. Naito kicks and throws ZSJ out again, ZSJ rushes back in but now Naito bails out! Fans cheer as Naito trolls ZSJ and asks him to tranquilo. ZSJ paces around in the ring and Naito has Red Shoes keep him back. Naito then returns, only to roll back out. ZSJ goes out and chases Naito around, Naito gets in the ring and Naito hits an atomic drop! And dropkicks the bad leg out! And still Naito wants the test of strength.
ZSJ of course refuses since he’s on the mat, so Naito stomps his bad leg! Naito still wants the test, but he stomps ZSJ again. ZSJ gets to ropes so Naito stomps him to the apron. Naito goes out but ZSJ grabs his hair, so Naito rakes ZSJ’s eyes! Naito throws elbows into the bad leg then drags ZSJ out to RAM him into railing! Naito keeps ZSJ up, wraps the bad leg around railing and pulls. Red Shoes reprimands but Naito pulls the leg more! Red Shoes counts so Naito BOOTS the railing! ZSJ falls over and Naito goes into the ring. Fans rally up as a ring count starts. ZSJ has to scoot and hobble over at 10 of 20 and hop in at 12.
Naito stomps the bad leg again and ZSJ gets to a corner. That doesn’t stop Naito from stomping! Naito snapmares ZSJ, ties up the legs, rolls him over, and has a Trailer Hitch! ZSJ endures as Naito keeps on the bad leg. ZSJ reaches back, but Naito pushes up to add leverage! ZSJ moves around, gets the ropebreak, but Naito insists he’s stuck. Red Shoes tries to figure this out but then Naito “accidentally” falls! Naito blames Red Shoes for tripping him! Naito stomps ZSJ’s bad leg, gets him up but ZSJ resists the shin breaker lift. Naito kicks the bad leg, gets ZSJ’s leg again but again ZSJ holds off the lift! Naito CLUBS the leg, runs, but ZSJ dodges the dropkick to NECK TWIST!
Fans cheer as both men are down, and ZSJ works on his bad knee. Naito clutches his neck and shoulder as he goes to ropes while fans rally up. ZSJ hobbles over and puts Naito in a headscissors. ZSJ pushes up and moves around to twist Naito’s head, and then ZSJ mocks the LIJ fist salute. ZSJ gets the legs, too, he’s modifying Cremation Lily a little. Naito endures so ZSJ grabs ropes to push up and crank the headscissors. Red Shoes counts, ZSJ lets Naito go and Naito bails out. ZSJ goes out after him to fire off EuroUpper after EuroUpper! Naito falls over and fans cheer as ZSJ goes back in the ring. Fans rally as the ring count starts again.
The count is 10 of 20 before Naito sits up. Naito crawls around at 13, gets to his feet at 15, and gets in at 17. ZSJ stands on Naito at the ropes, wraps the arm around ropes then digs his boots in. ZSJ lets off to give toying kicks. Naito gets up to CHOP ZSJ and fans like that. ZSJ EuroUppers, Naito forearms, repeat, and fans rally up as ZSJ EuroUppers and runs. Naito elbows, atomic drops, and dropkicks the leg out! Fans cheer again as both men are down. Naito gets up first, gets ZSJ up to fire off hands, then whips him to ropes to elbow him down. Naito runs to basement dropkick ZSJ in the back!
ZSJ gets to a corner, Naito whips him corner to corner and rocket kicks! Leg sweep and slingshot, but ZSJ guards. But Naito was faking him out! Naito dropkicks the bad leg! Fans cheer, and Naito takes his time going back after ZSJ. Naito stands ZSJ up to throw a back elbow, kick the leg, and repeat! Naito then CLUBS ZSJ down and eggs him on. ZSJ gets up, Naito snapmares him, then Naito goes for the bad leg. Naito drops an elbow on the knee! ZSJ fights back with a chinlock but Naito pulls on the toehold. Fans rally up as the two fight with holds, and ZSJ pulls at Naito’s nose. Red Shoes reprimands, Naito pulls on the bad leg! ZSJ scrambles to get the ropebreak!
Naito lets ZSJ go and ZSJ gets to a corner. Naito kicks at ZSJ, and kicks, and eggs him on. ZSJ gets up but Naito hammerlocks an arm. ZSJ resists Gloria to snapmare and NECK TWIST! Again, Naito clutches his shoulder area as fans rally up. ZSJ puts on a full nelson, uses that to lift Naito, but Naito fights free to arm-drag! ZSJ drops in to get a leg, then an arm, but Naito avoids the Pele to dropkick the leg out! Naito hurries after ZSJ and gets the foot for a SHORT LEG SCISSOR! ZSJ endures and fans rally up as Naito thrashes the knee! ZSJ pries at the scissors but Naito pulls on the leg. ZSJ drags himself and Naito over and gets the ropebreak! Fans cheer as Naito lets go.
Naito gets back up and paces to make sure his own legs are still good. Naito gets ZSJ up, throws more back elbows, then kicks the bad leg out! Naito dares ZSJ to get up but ZSJ dares Naito to come after him. Naito stands ZSJ up for even more back elbows, and then he kicks the leg again! Naito tries again but ZSJ dodges! ZSJ forearms, Naito forearms, ZSJ PELES the arm! ZSJ whips, catches Naito’s leaping forearm and has a GUILLOTINE! Naito stays up even as ZSJ body scissors, and Naito puts ZSJ in a corner. Naito fires body shots, whips corner to corner but ZSJ reverses. ZSJ runs in, Naito dodges, but ZSJ goes up and tornado DDT’s into a GUILLOTINE!
Naito is caught in the center of the ring as fans rally up! Naito moves around but ZSJ shifts from Guillotine to Triangle Hold! ZSJ squeezes as tight as he can and Naito is fading! Red Shoes checks but Naito gets a ropebreak with a foot! ZSJ lets go and fans rally up, “NA-I-TO! NA-I-TO!” Naito stirs but ZSJ gets him up. ZSJ throws a hard EuroUpper but Naito stays up. ZSJ shoves him so Naito CHOPS! ZSJ EuroUppers, Naito CHOPS! ZSJ comes back to EuroUpper again and Naito CHOPS again! Fans cheer as the two stay up, ZSJ EuroUppers but Naito kicks the bad leg. Naito eggs ZSJ on and ZSJ comes back to EuroUpper again. Naito just kicks the bad leg again!
Naito keeps egging ZSJ on, ZSJ scoots over and stands back up. ZSJ EuroUppers, Naito kicks! Naito stomps the bad leg, stops to line up a shot, but ZSJ blocks it! ZSJ EuroUppers, whips, but Naito reverses to TORNADO DDT! Fans fire up as both men are down again! Naito gets up, drags ZSJ up, and hoists him to the top rope. Naito climbs up to SUPER STEINER! Fans fire up again as Naito aims from the corner. ZSJ rises, Naito runs in, but ZSJ BOOTS him! Naito tries again but ZSJ BOOTS! ZSJ whips, Naito reverses to kick and ENZIGURI! Naito gets ZSJ up, hammerlock and lift but ZSJ slips out to SLEEPER! Naito snapmares free but ZSJ throws EuroUppers!
ZSJ swings but Naito catches him and spins him. ZSJ spins through the neckbreaker to backslide! Naito slips off but ZSJ NECK TWISTS again! Fans rally up as both men are down again and ZSJ gets to ropes. Naito rolls towards a corner, ZSJ runs in! ZSJ hits a EuroUpper, shoves Naito out, then gets a SLEEPER! Naito rolls but ZSJ holds on tight! ZSJ traps an arm, then another, then has a DRAGON SLEEPER! ZSJ might be inventing a new hold before our very eyes! Naito endures and reaches with his legs but he’s caught! Naito manages to move his arms but ZSJ drags him back! ZSJ lets Naito out of the arm trap to pull on the dragon sleeper harder!
ZSJ then scoops Naito, but Naito slips out and dropkicks the bad leg from behind! Both men are down again but fans rally up. ZSJ and Naito go to opposite corners again, and Naito stands first. Naito runs in and dropkicks the bad leg out! Naito gets ZSJ up at the corner as he climbs, ESPERANZA! Cover, TWO!! ZSJ survives and fans fire up as Naito goes back to the corner. Naito eggs ZSJ on, ZSJ stands, and Naito runs in, tilt-o-whirl, CORRIENDOSHIKI! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up as Naito gets ZSJ up again. Naito scoops, ZSJ slips out and SNAP DRAGON SUPLEXES! But Naito is right up to SNAP DRAGON SUPLEX ZSJ!
ZSJ staggers up, runs but Naito spins and fires off elbows and kicks! ENZIGURI! ZSJ rebounds to PENALTY KICK! Both men are down again and fans are thunderous now! ZSJ drags himself over to Naito as fans rally up. ZSJ stands Naito up, but Naito scoops to VALENTIA!! Naito fires up, fans join in, and Naito gets ZSJ up to wrench and tilt-o-whirl, DESTINO!!! Cover, Naito wins!!
Winner: Tetsuya Naito, by pinfall
And LIJ walks away with the singles series, 2-1-1! Sanada comes out to join Naito, but Taichi appears to join ZSJ. It’s quite the switch from just last night. Naito applauds ZSJ’s efforts as ZSJ and Taichi take their leave. Naito and Sanada watch the Tekkers exit completely before Naito says, “Buenos tardes, OSAKAAAAA~!” Taichi last night, ZSJ tonight, both of them Sunday, they’re really busy. But first, he thanks everyone for being here the last couple of days, even with everything that’s been happening. “Gracias, amigos!” He knows that they know just a couple weeks ago in Sapporo, Naito & Sanada won and became the 90th IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions.
Now, he and Sanada will have to defend the titles against Taichi and ZSJ in a rematch. “They both seem to have it in for me,” but Naito still likes wrestling them. So Taichi, Zack, if you can hear him right now backstage, Naito wants all four of them to really enjoy themselves in the Tokyo Dome, cabron! Who will have these belts when NJPW comes back through Osaka later this year? Everyone, please look forward to that time! But of course, until then, TRANQUILO~! Assen na yo! Fans cheer and Naito hopes to see everyone again in Osaka for G1 Climax 31’s opener on September 18th and 19th! But NJPW Summer Struggle Osaka has to of course end with the role call!
“Bushi! Sanada! Hiromu! Takagi! Y Naito! Nosotros! Los Ingoberrrrrnableeees~! DE! JA! PON!” LIJ is going strong into the Dome, but will they be able to stay golden into the Climax?
Another good event for NJPW, but yes, I did skip a lot of stuff. I will say, Bullet Club gave us a unique combo in an opening Six Man. JADO of all people gets a pin on Ryusuke Taguchi to slow down the Mega Coaches ahead of a Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship match. But other parts felt like rehashes, such as Tokyo Pimp taking another loss so Ishii and his teammates can be strong without hurting Evil or Kenta. The United Empire gets another win as Jeff Cobb gets another pin, just not on Okada, and Takagi & Bushi win another one against Honma & Wato. The math is all about the same there as I felt it was yesterday, really.
But the real math was in the LIJ VS Tekkers singles swaps. Both matches were a touch dragged out but they both still fired up at the end. Sanada and Naito both getting wins here was a big surprise. Naito was of course going to win to stay even in his own rights, but Sanada was perhaps the bigger surprise. NJPW doesn’t usually give us a case where the winners in the go-home then lose the title match, but it isn’t so easy to call it anyway. Naito & Sanada could lose and then go back to chasing singles titles, or the same could be for the Tekkers where they lose and go after singles titles. Either way, this match will be great, as will the entire Wrestle Grand Slam Tokyo show.
My Score: 8.9/10
Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (9/21/21)
Is Kushida’s time up?
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.
PLAY BY PLAY
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! Holalnd 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?
Mitchell’s AEW Dark Results & Report! (9/21/21)
Never was a cloudy day~!
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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Mitchell’s AEW Dark: Elevation Results & Report! (9/20/21)
It's a Dark Order Civil War!
News From Cook’s Corner 9.20.21: The Column From Hell
Plane rides aren't the only thing on the docket! Cook's News corner is definitely unique this week!
Rob: End the Brand Split?
Rob was inspired by some of the current IWC clamoring for an end to the brand split. How does he...
Mitchell’s NJPW G1 Climax 31 Results & Report! (9/19/21)
Now for B Block!
Women’s Wrestling Talk; PWI 500 Women’s Edition
Co-owner of Bell To Belles and Contributor for PWI Kristen Ashly brings down the women who made the PWI 500 with hosts Emily...